Fantasy football news and views
NFL Week 3 is closing in, and to get you ready, we bring you the latest fantasy news. Also, we will avoid the temptation to bring you the new while using our pirate voice, even though today is
Views: Peterson suffered the injury during Sunday's loss the Colts. He told reporters he hopes to play Sunday against the 2-0 Panthers.
Verdict: Missing practice this late in the week is never a good sign. Peterson leads the NFL with 263 rushing yards, and he would be a huge loss to both the Vikings and his fantasy owners. Keep your eye on Friday's reports out of Minnesota to see if Peterson puts in a full practice -- or any practice at all. In a worst-case scenario, fantasy owners who stashed away
Views: Marshall's Week 2 performance against the Chargers -- 18 catches, 166 yards, one TD -- was phenomenal, but his off-field issues continue to linger. (Last week Marshall
Verdict: The alleged Atlanta incident occurred on March 8, so this is merely a new development to an old problem, rather than a fresh offense. Still, there's a chance Marshall could face additional suspension pending the outcome of the case.
Views: Wow, that was fast. We knew Jackson was still a work in progress, and a preseason knee injury cost him some snaps and a chance to get more comfortable with the offense. Two games is still pretty quick hook. Jackson completed 51 percent of his passes through two games, both Vikings losses.
Verdict: It's a bold move, but the Vikes already trail the unbeaten Packers in the NFC North by two games, so the roll of the dice is justifiable. The 37-year-old Frerotte will probably be asked to play a game manager-type of role, with plenty of hand-offs to running back Adrian Peterson (or Chester Taylor). If Frerotte can limit turnovers and keep defenses honest with even the modest threat of a competent passing game, Peterson's fantasy value could climb even higher. As for Frerotte, he might be worth a flyer on your fantasy roster if you're desperate at quarterback. Those who can afford to wait should tune in on Sunday to see how he performs in his first start of the season.
Views: Hester said he suffered the injury while trying to avoid a tackle in last week's loss to Carolina and couldn't breathe normally for two days.
Verdict: Surprisingly, Hester hasn't done much as a receiver this year (two receptions, 13 yards). His loss would mostly affect the Bears' special teams unit, which is almost always a threat to score with Hester in the lineup.
Views: Smith was suspended by the NFL for sucker-punching teammate
Verdict: It's never wise to trash talk Steve Smith. Also, Fantasy owners who had Smith stashed on their bench will want to activate the explosive receiver this week as he plays on the artificial turf in Minnesota.