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Fantasy News of the Week- 9/13

Tomlinson expects to play.

Despite being listed as questionable on the injury report due to a toe injury he suffered in last week’s game, Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson insists that he’ll be ready to go when the team travels to

Denver. According to the

San Diego Tribune the star running back shrugged off questions about the injury. “It’s usually just something that doesn’t last a long time as long as you keep getting it treated,” Tomlinson said of the toe problem. “You gotta make sure you stay on top of it, like everything else. You can obviously play with it, but you’ve got to stay on it.” While the toe injury should remain a concern to fantasy owners, especially considering how much of an investment is at stake, if Tomlinson insists that he’ll play, then I’m sure he’ll play and play hard.  

Charles to get more touches?

Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards liked what he saw from his rookie running back in week one against the Patriots. In fact, according to the

Kansas City Star, he liked Jamaal Charles’ 5.6 yards per carry average so much that he wants the speedy back to get more touches. “He needs to touch the ball more,” Edwards said. In order for Charles to get more touches either Larry Johnson is going to have to get hurt, or the Chiefs will have to limit the number of three and outs, especially early in games. Herm may say he wants Charles in the game more, but let’s face it Johnson gives the young developing Chiefs the best chance to win.

Jaguars will have three offensive linemen out this week.

Week 1 saw many freak injuries and surprising outcomes. One of most surprising outcomes was the Jaguars-Titans game for which the Titans won 17-10. In that game the Jaguars lost two key blockers that have made their rushing attack one of the strongest in the NFL – Maurice Williams and Vince Manuwai. According to the

Florida Times-Union Williams suffered a ruptured biceps while Manuwai suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament. Both were placed on IR. Add to that the Richard Collier shooting incident last week, and Brad Meester’s torn biceps, and you have big trouble up front. Now, the Jaguars did sign Todd Wade, but he doesn’t figure to be a factor in this week’s game, unless the injury bug stings again. Until the new starters get adjusted I would think Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor will be running a lot of off tackle plays, and seeing a few swing passes. If you’re in a PPR league don’t be afraid to start MJD.  

Other AFC South Notes

: According to the

Nashville Tennessean quarterback Vince Young “mentioned suicide several times” during a meeting with a psychologist Monday before coach Jeff Fisher called police to search for his running quarterback.  Young is listed as “out” on this week’s injury report with a knee injury (See below).

And in case you haven’t heard or seen yet, due to Hurricane Ike the Texans-Ravens game has been postponed until a later date.

 

Garcia questions benching.

Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden gave starting quarterback Jeff Garcia the quick hook to the bench in favor of Brian Griese, but according to the

Tampa Tribune Garcia doesn’t understand why and says his ankle is fine and he just needs more reps. “Having only played one game, I would have liked to have been given a chance to battle through whatever I’m going through,” said Garcia. “I mean, there are some quarterbacks out there that played worse than I did last week. I’m really one of those guys who needs practice. I definitely need reps. And, unfortunately, because of the things that have taken place, I went into the opener with just two solid weeks of practice instead of six.” As for the ankle, “It got better as the week progressed,” Garcia said. “I feel like it’s at a point now where if I were the starter I would have been able to practice Wednesday and Thursday. But that’s not the situation.” While I wouldn’t go as far as to question a Super Bowl winning head coach, I will say that coach Gruden needs to find one quarterback and stick with that one quarterback. It makes you wonder who was really at fault in the whole Chris Simms saga.

Injuries hit the Saints hard. 

Let the fun task of sorting through injuries begin. After learning that wide receiver Marques Colston will miss 4-6 weeks and the offense will have to rely on the likes of David Patten, Devery Henderson, Lance Moore and Robert Meachem to move the chains at wide receiver the team received some more bad news. According to the

Times-Picayune linebacker Mark Simoneau will miss the rest of the season due to a back injury and three other defensive starters – LB Scott Fujita (who had the game-sealing interception last week), CB Randall Gay and S Roman Harper – will miss this week’s contest with the Redskins as well. I guess when the injury bug bites it bites hard.  

As for Mr. Brees; to be quite honest I don’t think the Saints quarterback’s numbers will be affected too much by the loss of Colston, because remember that it was Brees who made Colston, not the other way around. Let’s also not forget that Brees threw for 343 yards against a very tough

Tampa

Bay pass defense last week, for which Colston accounted for just 26 of those 343 yards. 

Payne and Taylor to start against the 49ers.

When wide receiver D.J. Hackett left for

Carolina not many were concerned, especially with a trio consisting of Bobby Engram, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson projected to run routes. It was almost like fantasy owners were begging for someone to leave. Now, fantasy owners are scratching and shaking their heads as Hackett is the only one of the four who will be a factor this week. With Burleson, Engram and Branch all out this week the Seahawks will have to rely on untested wide receivers Logan Payne and Courtney Taylor. Fantasy owners probably weren’t too impressed with

Taylor’s showing last week, but according to the

Seattle Post-Intelligence coach Mike Holmgren says

Taylor will get another shot. “He’s a young guy and we got off to a little bit of a rocky start last week,” Holmgren said. “Now he gets another crack at it.” The Seahawks released Jordan Kent this past week, leaving practice squad receiver Michael Bumpus as the team’s best number three option. The team also signed Billy McMullen and Samie Parker, but don’t expect them to make much of an impact in Holmgren’s complex offensive system this week. One player to keep an eye is tight end John Carlson. Carlson may become quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s favorite target pretty quickly.

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