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Fantasy News of the Week – 9/20

Rams want to get the ball to

Jackson

more.

“Give me the ball.” According to the

St Louis Dispatch those were the words that star running back Steven Jackson taped over his locker back in 2005. Now, almost three years later he’s matured, but is still as eager to get more carries, something that offensive coordinator Al Saunders wants to do against

Seattle this Sunday. “We have to get the ball to our best player, No. 39,” Saunders said. “He hasn’t run the ball enough, and we need to make sure that we establish our run so that opponents can’t tee off in obvious passing situations.”

Jackson currently has rushed for 93 yards this season – good for 30th in the NFL. No. 39 owners have to be frustrated by now, and if the Rams don’t start playing defense and have to play catch up every week Jackson may be headed down the same road as Larry Johnson in Kansas City.

Galloway

will not play.

It didn’t take long. Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway is back on the shelf, and coincidentally one week after Jeff Garcia was benched. According to the

St Petersburg Times the 36-year old receiver is not expected to play against the Bears due to a right foot sprain he suffered against the Falcons last week.

Galloway insists he can walk, but running on it could make it worse. “It could make it worse if we were to do too much right now,” he said. “We’ll just have to let it quiet down a bit and then begin the rehab process.” Antonio Bryant is slated to take his spot at split end, which would then force Michael Clayton in to the starting lineup at the flanker spot. Fantasy owners should try and avoid any players playing in this game, especially at wide receiver. This game may get ugly.

Smith is ready to put the past behind him.

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has handled himself quite well in the past couple of weeks, and according to the

Charlotte Observer is ready to start clean but doesn’t want to dwell on the past. “If I allow my past to stay in the back of my head all the time, then I miss out on the future and I miss out on the present things that are happening,” Smith said. Since the altercation Smith has apologized and talked with Ken Lucas. “I think we had a great conversation the first time; we talked back in training camp for about two and a half hours,” Smith said. “We walked into it (and) there were some frowns going on, some laughing. We talked about a lot of things. I think that was kind of the ice breaker. Hopefully, it continues, and I think it will.”   Smith is pumped up about playing Sunday against the Vikings, but wouldn’t speculate on how much of an impact he would have. “We’ll see on Sunday,” he said. The wait is over for fantasy owners who have had the patience and depth to win without him in their lineups. Smith is a good play against the Vikings as he’s the Panthers’ big play threat – an aspect of the game the Vikings’ secondary has struggled to eliminate thus far.

Boldin focused, while Rosenhaus wants a trade.

Towards the end of training

camp

Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin made his unhappy feelings about his contract known, creating widespread speculation of where the sure-handed receiver may end up. And while his agent Drew Rosenhaus has been begging for a trade to

Miami, according to the

Arizona

Republic Boldin has maintained a good attitude and has kept his word about playing without being a distraction. “I don’t feel the need every week to discuss how I feel. I did that in camp. Now, I’m here to play football. That’s what I’m focused on. I’m not even worried about what people say or think. The only thing I’m worried about is the guys in the locker room. They worked too hard this offseason for me to come in and be a distraction to this team. I refuse to be a distraction. I won’t be a distraction.” I don’t think fantasy owners can complain about his season totals of 14 receptions, 222 yards and three touchdowns. In most leagues he sits atop the wide receiver rankings. He may wear number 81, but he probably won’t create the same headaches as one of Rosenhaus’ other client receivers playing star in

Dallas.

Collins is confident and ready to lead the Titans.

According to the

Nashville Tennessean a new side of Kerry Collins has emerged in the wake of the news and injury surrounding former starter Vince Young. But is he ready to make this team his? “I don’t know if it is yet. But I really plan on making it mine,” Collins said. “Ultimately you have to have guys believe in you and I feel like I’ve got support in this locker room and I appreciate that. But those kinds of things develop with time, and with games and guys seeing how you play and how you react. I am just excited about getting the chance.” Collins probably won’t be a fantasy star, but his real quarterback skills should help out in the running game. With Collins’ ability to stretch the field, rookie Chris Johnson won’t see eight in the box as much as he would if Vince Young was behind center. And if a big-play threat emerges at wide receiver the Titans could become a very dangerous team, especially with the overpowering defense they’ve been trotting out these last two weeks. Collins’ main job this week will be to hand the ball off as the Texans have one of the worse run defenses in the league.

Falcons’ Robinson is ready for more catches.

Looking for a late week three sleeper? According to the

Atlanta Journal-Constitution wide receiver Laurent Robinson is making a push for more playing time, this on the heels of a productive first outing against the Buccaneers last week. “I thought Laurent had by far his most productive game in terms of the preseason and our first games,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He made four big catches and had some yards after the catch as well. He’s a guy that we’d like to get involved in our offense.” Robinson wouldn’t even be on the radar, even with this news, if it weren’t for the fact that the Falcons host the Chiefs this week in the dome. If you’re in a very large league with not a lot of players to choose from Robinson may be worth taking a flyer on. If not, then you just got a little smarter.

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