NFL fantasy news and views
Week 5 of the regular season is in the books. What are the latest roster shakeups and how will, or should, they affect your lineup? Let's take a look.
Views: Aren't NFL teams the best at suppressing injury news? When Westbrook left the Redskins game on Sunday, the Fox announcing crew had zero access to the real truth (perfectly understandable). And on Monday morning, while I was listening to a four-letter-network podcast, Westbrook's rib injury was being characterized as nothing more than a nuisance (gee, I bet the Eagles supplied that misleading info). It's all very comical, the cloak-and-dagger aspect of all this. However, I'm willing to give Philly
Verdict: Let's go on the assumption that Westbrook takes an NFL-approved painkiller or two prior to Sunday's game at San Francisco. And let's also assume Westbrook is wearing not one, but two flak jackets -- designed to protect the ribs from any real danger when carrying the ball. Right here, right now, if Westbrook suits up and starts against the 49ers, who's to say he won't score a short-yardage TD even with limited reps? (Note: I sincerely doubt the Eagles would call one pass play -- eliminating any risk of Westbrook extending his body to make the play.) Here's the deal: If you have a comparable back on your fantasy roster, I suggest playing him over Westbrook; and I would recommend starting Philly backup
Views: This game, in a nutshell, explains why there is sooooooooo much love and
Verdict: I'm going to stay consistent on this matter: Unless you already own
Views: From the reports, a Miami defender inadvertently stepped on LT's toe, with one of the cleats driving his foot into the Dolphins Stadium turf. Ouch!
Verdict: All that rehab progress on the toe ... gone! It seems LT will have to start from scratch with the medical trainers, which doesn't bode well for the Chargers or LT owners in fantasyland. Yes, he has four TDs on the season, better than most high draft picks combined (ahem,
Views: Let's get this straight: Warner was reportedly thinking about retiring out of feelings of guilt for
Verdict: With Boldin (fractured sinus membrane) slated to make a relatively speedy recovery, Warner bounced back in Week 5, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's surprisingly easy 41-17 victory over Buffalo. So, one can assume Warner's head is back in the right place. Even without Boldin, Warner (10 TDs, 1,072 yards in '08) has access to some amazing toys (WRs
Views: Gonzalez took a glancing blow to the head in the Colts' crazy game with the Texans on Sunday, but it appears he suffered no effects of a concussion.
Verdict: Of course, I'm happy to see Gonzo's doing well. But from a fantasy perspective, he has no real value when tight end