Eric Hartvigson
Breaking the Huddle – Week 6

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Here we go, here we go! Week 6 has arrived. As we know every game could be the difference in making the fantasy postseason, and see yeah next year. With our enemies just over the horizon we take one final lap around the league for all the last minute news and notes before sending our players onto the gridiron.

Friday Injury Report

When examining injuries, the Friday injury report is the most reliable source. Of course, we’ve been monitoring players throughout the week, but we finalize our opinion on Friday (the reason I chose this article). Here are the key terms we are looking for along with my interpretation.

“ Probable/Full Participation”

This is the tag reserved for players who, baring a dramatic setback, will start on Sunday. Entering week six we find; Eric Decker, Ronnie Hillman, Matt Prater, Frank Gore, Alfred Morris, Colin Kaepernick and Vernon Davis. Last but not leasst is Adrian Peterson. Following the tragic loss of his 2-year-old son, AD missed multiple practices this week including Friday. Being a new father this strikes at my core, as my condolences go out to anyone who has ever lost a child. As I set my lineup, which happens to include Adrian Peterson, I am reminded that although serious, fantasy football pales to what is truly important.

“Out” and “Doubtlful”

I think we all know waht Out and Doubtful means; zero fantasy points. Skimming through the Friday Injury report we find; James Starks, E.J. Manuel, Nate Burleson, Brian Hoyer, Santonio Holmes, and Ryan Mathews. You know what to do.

“Questionable / Limited”

And that leads us to the crystal ball portion of this article; uncovering the dreaded Game Time Decision (GTD). Any player branded with the scarlet letters of GTD can wreak havoc on our starting lineup. GTD is coaches speak for; “maybe he’ll play, maybe he won’t” (right Jim Schwartz?). A prime example is C.J. Spiller. Even after 10 days of rest, Spiller has been tagged as questionable/limited. Ten carries won’t cut it against the stiff Cincy front line. I’m sitting Spiller with ease ………… Even more alarming is a player returning from a bye and still unable to suit up. This week we find Mike Williams. We should note Williams has a prime matchup against a pathetic Eagles secondary. I’m betting he sits, but if he’s active on Sunday he’s a mid WR3. ………… Good news for Ray Rice owners as Bernard Pierce has been hindered all week by injury. Green Bay can be run on………… Zac Stacy made headlines last week after supplanting Daryl Richardson as the lead ball carrier for the Rams. He then suffered a rib injury and is now listed as a GTD. Even if fully healthy, this is a bad matchup as Stacy remains on our bench.……….. It’s a good bet Stevie Johnson won’t be in the Bills' lineup this weekend. Bench him………... Surprise, surprise, Mr. Andre Johnson was limited in Friday’s practice. The matchup against the Rams is tasty, and Johnson has been managing to see action. If Johnson starts for the Texans he starts on our fantasy team……….. Arian Foster earns the odd title of probable/limited after a thumb injury. I’m 99% positive he will play………  It’s clear Christian Ponder is on his way out of Minnesota. The Vikings will give Matt Cassel every opportunity to earn the job while they warm up Josh Freeman……….Another roller coaster ride has been the QB situation in Philly. On Friday, Mike Vick was deemed the rare “questionable/full participation.” Philly is yet another situation where the coaching staff will use injury to evaluate their backup quarterback………. Cecil Shorts played through injury last week. The matchup is ripe for the picking as Shorts should be penciled into your lineup……… It pains me to say, but I’m searching for any wide receiver I could start over Larry Fitzgerald. Hobbled by a hamstring injury and traveling to face the No. 3 ranked 49ers pass defense is a monumental task. Mid-WR3 at best…………. Calvin Johnson rocked the fantasy world last weekend being ruled inactive leaving owners scrambling to adjust their roster. As the old saying goes; “trick me once, shame on your. Trick me twice, shame on me.” I’m sure everyone who owns Megatron already has Plan B mapped out ………. The Belichick trickeration continues as Stevan Ridley, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Brandon Bolden are all considered a GTD. As always, we’re sitting Ridley and Bolden. Amendola is a mid-high WR3 while Dobson is a high WR4 and nothing more than a desperation start. But the big news from New England is learning Rob Gronkowski has not been cleared by surgeon to the NFL Dr. James Andrews. We’re reading words like “setbacks” and “serious concerns.” Again, Belichick is never to be trusted. However, the arrow is pointing down for Gronk this week.



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