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Fantasy News of the Week- 10/25

Increased workload for Pats Faulk is in sight.

The dominoes known as the

New England Patriots

running backs have slowly been falling lately.

Laurence Maroney is done for the season,

Sammy Morris

could miss 2-3 weeks,

and Lamont

Jordan, well, he’s
recovering from a right calf injury and is still hobbling. What does this mean?
According to the


it just means that

Kevin Faulk
will have to do what he’s done every year since 1999 — step up when called
upon. That’s right, Faulk will most likely be the lead back when the Patriots
face the Rams

on Sunday, a role he seems to be
ready for just as he’s been for the past nine seasons. “We’re all
competitors,” Faulk said yesterday. “Once a guy goes down, you know
your workload is going to increase a little bit more, so you have to take that
pride in what you do and lift it up.” His back-up will be

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, a practice squad back-up who has
received nothing but high marks from coaches including head man Bill Belicheck.
“He is a tough kid, runs hard, has good balance, and catches the
ball,” said coach Belichick. “We ask a lot of our running backs – in
the running game, in the passing game, in pass protection. He’s shown that he’s
on top of it and he’s been productive for us with the ball in his hands.”
The good news for fantasy owners is that Laurence Maroney is a mere
afterthought. The bad news is that the Patriots backfield has now turned in to
an unstable circus act.

Shiancoe wants to be great?

The Minnesota Vikings are on bye
this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any news to report.

  According to the

St Paul Pioneer Press there has been some buzz in


surrounding the play of tight end Visanthe

  The Vikings tight end has
clearly raised his game thus far this season and is already reaping the

  “I think he gets
more and more comfortable,” coach Brad Childress said. “You see his
opportunities around the ball increase. The more he does, the more you’re
looking to create things for him to do. I don’t think that he’s thinking
anywhere near as much as he had to last year and, as I’ve said before, you can
see some of his God-given ability.”

Shiancoe has already recorded 223 receiving yards through seven games—
just 100 away from his 323 total last season through 16 games.

  He also has tripled his touchdown number from
a year ago and is on pace to catch 6-7 touchdowns by the end of the 2008

  “I’m getting used to everything,
the playbook, the routes,” Shiancoe said. “Me and the QB are on the
same page. Me and the O-line are on the same page.

  I’m growing in the system. Other people have
been here for a couple years. I’m trying to get on that comfort level that
everyone else is on. I pretty much feel like I’m almost there.”

  As many fantasy owners have already
experienced first hand this season tight end play is down from what it use to
be, and if there was ever a tight end to take a chance on because you can’t
find one, it’s Shiancoe.

  Come fantasy
playoff time— weeks 14-16— Shiancoe and the Vikings play the 31st,
26th, and 20th ranked pass defenses in the Lions,
Cardinals, and Falcons.


Kerry Collins is the key to the Titans success.


The Tennessee Titans have probably
been the biggest surprise story of the NFL this season.

  They sit atop the NFL world and the AFC South
division with a 6-0 record.

  They have a
defense that is second to none in the points per game category.

  They have a two headed monster at running
back that is bar none the best the NFL has to offer.

  But most importantly they have a quarterback
who finally fits the system they’re trying to run.

  No, Kerry Collins will never be an NFL or
fantasy superstar again, but according to the

Nashville Tennessean one NFL analyst believes he is doing what the
Titans have asked him to do.

is doing exactly what they want him to do,” said Ron Jaworski, ESPN
analyst. “He’s efficient right now. He can’t make all the throws right
now, but he can make most of them.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger certainly can’t argue with the
results, “He’s kept the chains moving, made good decisions,”
Heimerdinger said.”

  He had two
picks at

Baltimore, but he comes
back and regroups and gets us going, so he’s been great.”

  How does this news affect fantasy

  It’s simple— the success of
the running game will highly depend on whether or not the Titans can keep
defenses off balanced.

  If Collins stays
healthy and the Titans continue to dominate, their rushing attack will continue
to excel.

  And while most people will key
in on Chris Johnson’s 549 rushing yards through six games, they should not
forget about LenDale White’s eight touchdowns; which is already one more than
his total from last season.

  Overall, the
Titans have at least six games remaining against teams ranked in the bottom 10
against the run including two against the Colts and one each against the Lions
and Texans in weeks 14 and 15.

  If you’re
going to trade for either Johnson or White do it now!


Boldin should play on Sunday.


The Cardinals offense seemed to take a big hit to their receiver core at the
end of the Jets massacre in week four when they lost wideout Anquan Boldin to a
concussion on a wicked hit in the closing seconds of their 56-35 loss.

  Since then Steve Breaston has filled in quite
admirably, but now according to the


Republic Boldin is targeting a return
this week when the Cardinals travel to

to take on the Panthers.

  “I feel
like I’m ready to go,” said Boldin, who has missed the past two games.
“That’s what I’ve been working toward the past couple weeks, getting back
on the field after the bye week, so hopefully it will work out.”

  This is great news for Boldin owners who have
been anxiously waiting to put the once top fantasy scorer back in to their
lineups, but could spell some trouble for Breaston owners who were enjoying
solid points out of the waiver wire warrior.

Most importantly, it’s good to know that Boldin himself seems to be
unafraid of laying it all on the line again no matter what the circumstance.

  He talked about the injury to his head;
“It was just unfortunate but that’s kind of been a point of emphasis
around the league this year,” Boldin said. “But that’s football. I
don’t blame nobody. I chose to play this game and I’ll continue to play. That’s
just a risk you take when you play it.”

Let’s just hope the Cardinals star wideout can stick to his words much
like the pigskin sticks to his hands.


Pats Brady to recover from surgery on both knees?

Yes, we all know that

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
is done for the 2008 season, but what we don’t know is how long he’ll truly be
out for. Why? According to the

Boston Herald
Brady has an infection that has spread in his left knee originating from
an incision to repair his

medial collateral ligament.

From the




“Brady had torn both his anterior
cruciate and medial collateral ligaments during the season-opening game against

Kansas City

on Sept. 7. The typical course of action is
to wait for the MCL to heal before embarking on the

for the ACL. The protocol is to wait 4-6 weeks before going
ahead with the reconstructive surgery.”

“During the process of the
reconstruction, while Brady was under anesthesia, Dr. Neal ElAttrache realized
the knee was still unstable after moving it around because the MCL hadn’t fully
healed. It was decided at that point to also repair the MCL, and, according to
the source, that’s the incision that ultimately became infected.”

What’s next? If a second reconstruction is needed the patella tendon (which
was used from the left knee the first time) may have to come from the right
knee, thus making Tom Brady‘s recovery that much harder. Dynasty and keeper
owners better cross their fingers, because if the Patriots star quarterback
wants to comeback, he may have to do a great deal of recovering, fast!


Quick Bites

According to the

Associated Press
Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will sit once again and Seneca Wallace
will start in his place.


According to the

Cincinnati Enquirer
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer could be done for the season if he decides to
have Tommy John surgery done to fix his frayed ulnar collateral ligament in his
right throwing elbow.



According to the

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has decided to sideline wide
receiver Santonio Holmes in light of his recent drug charges.

  “At this point we’ve chosen to name him
as inactive,” Tomlin said after yesterday’s practice, which Mr. Holmes did
not attend. “His situation has created somewhat of a distraction and we
want to minimize that as much as we can and remain focused on the task at

According to the

Philadelphia Daily
the Eagles have decided to go with Kevin Curtis and DeSean Jackson as
their starting wide receivers when they face the Falcons on Sunday.

 “I just want to be a guy that can step in
and make plays,” Curtis, the Eagles’ top 2007 wideout, said yesterday.
“I’ve obviously got a role and a job to do, first and foremost, but at the
same time, I need to be a playmaker, too. That’s something I plan to do.”

According to the

Detroit Free Press
offensive coordinator Jim Colletto isn’t worried about teams taking away Calvin

  “Sometimes they’re smart,
too,” Colletto said. “They’re going to take him away, but when they
do that, there are some other guys available.”

  That’s not exactly what CJ2 owners want
to hear, but it’s good news for fantasy owners planning on picking up Mike


According to the

Dallas Morning News
Cowboys head coach is feeling good about his team’s showdown with


Bay this Sunday.


“I have a good
feeling,” Wade Phillips said. “Our team attitude is good. They’re
looking forward to this game.”


Message to coach Phillips: Just hand
the ball to


“I’m going to plow you over” Barber. 

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