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Social (Fantasy) Network: M.A.S.H Units

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Social (Fantasy) Network: M.A.S.H Units

The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. That never made a lot of sense to me. Do mice really plan things? I mean, aside from this mouse – he was always planning something, generally to good effect. But most mice I’ve encountered seem to work on the spur of the moment. It usually doesn’t work out too well.

But I digress.

We all entered this season with high hopes and good intentions. But for some of us, things have gone sideways. The injury bug hits most of us during the season, some of us get bit worse than others. For instance, NFL Fantasy LIVE’s Elliot Harrison has found that his team in the Experts’ League is the injured reserve list personified. Of course, he’s not alone. So this week, the Social (Fantasy) Network wanted to know which of you out there are dealing with injuries and how are you handling it?

First there’s the recognition of what’s going on.

Then there’s the emotional response.

Plenty of bargaining is sure to come not long after.

Followed by desperate scrambling.

Finally comes acceptance.

Then again, there are plenty of ways to salve that wound. If you have a new one, let us know in the comments section. In the meantime, keep a look out for next week’s #SocialFantasy question. Happy Week 7 everybody!

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Rob Gronkowski cleared to play by doctors

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Rob Gronkowski cleared to play by doctors

Gronk ready to go: After a number of false starts, it looks like Rob Gronkowski is finally ready to go. The Patriots tight end “has now been cleared by all his doctors to play” in Week 7. That’s good news for New England and equally positive news for the scores of fantasy owners have have been waiting on the big pass-catcher to get back on the field. Head coach Bill Belichick was characteristically mum on the subject of Gronk playing this week, but after reports that he has dominated in practice, it’s hard to imagine him not suiting up this week. If  he is on the field, he’ll face a Jets defense that has been middle-of-the-road in stopping fantasy tight ends. Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine Tom Brady not targeting the man with which he’s built a solid rapport.

Locker not ruled out: Since Jake Locker has been out of action, the Titans have lost two in a row. Now head coach Mike Munchak is leaving the door open for Tennessee’s quarterback to return for Sunday’s contest against the 49ers. Locker hasn’t played since suffering a sprained knee and hip in the Week 4 win over the New York Jets. In his absence, Ryan Fitzpatrick has had a pair of rocky starts. Munchak says Locker can play, but isn’t sure if the QB will be 100 percent ready. Whomever starts under center this week will face a San Francisco defense that has allowed the sixth-fewest points to fantasy quarterbacks and seems to have found its sea legs in recent weeks.

Harvin aims for Week 8: Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin has been itching to get back on the field for the past couple of weeks. It looks like his wish could come true as soon as Week 8. NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Harvin could begin practicing next week, adding another weapon to a Seattle offense that is finding its stride. It might be too late to snag Harvin off the waiver wire at this point. But if he’s still there, go get him. Seattle’s Week 8 opponent is the Rams, who have been pretty forgiving against fantasy wideouts.

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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Keenum to start in place of Schaub

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Keenum to start in place of Schaub

Keenum gets Week 7 start: Well, the Matt Schaub era seems like it’s coming to an end, which means its time for me to go QB shopping. Case Keenum finally gets his first taste of NFL action after playing college ball in as pass-happy of an offense as you’ll find.  The good news is he can make all the throws that will be asked of him since he probably attempted all of them under Kevin Sumlin. The bad news? His first start comes against the Chiefs on the road. No big deal … only the most intimidating and productive defense in the league. Go get’em, kid! This would be like finding out that your son’s first little league at-bat will happen with Nolan Ryan on the mound. Only start Keenum if you’re truly desperate, and don’t be shocked if his uniform is very muddy when he steps off the Arrowhead field.

Foles gets another start: Remember when Chip Kelly said Nick Foles could earn himself another start by putting in an outstanding performance against Tampa Bay? He wasn’t kidding. Foles, who has yet to throw an interception this year, has been announced as Philly’s starter against the Cowboys this week. It’s certainly fun for a neutral observer to watch the Michael Vick vs. Nick Foles QB carousel here, but it has to be maddening for fantasy owners to keep tabs on this on almost a daily basis.  Both of them can produce big stat lines. This sounds like it should be a slogan for a luxury car line, but unless you own them both, you really didn’t own either. Foles is going to be Kelly’s QB du jour, so if you’ve got him, give him a go. Dallas’ defense isn’t nearly as good as last week’s shutdown performance against Washington would have you believe.

Fitz should be a go tonight: The Cards will need a lot of help if they have plans to upset the Seahawks at home tonight, but the good news is Larry Fitzgerald, who had been limited in practice earlier in the week and almost sat out Week 6 with a hamstring ailment. is expected to play tonight. He’s listed as probable, and as good as the Seahawks pass defense may be, they are prone to conceding lengthy pass plays. Fitz only needs to break one long one to have a good fantasy night for most of you. I like his chances.

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Peyton Hillis, Danny Ware to reportedly work out for Giants

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Peyton Hillis, Danny Ware to reportedly work out for Giants

Giants auditioning RBs: It’s been a rough year all around for the New York Giants offense. But that frustration has been acutely felt in the backfield. Andre Brown hasn’t played since breaking his leg in the preseason and David Wilson was a disappointment before he went down with a neck injury. The team re-signed Brandon Jacobs, but is now looking for additional help. It could come in the form of either Danny Ware or Peyton Hillis. Both backs have been on the free agent market for some time. The RB who lands on Big Blue’s roster will have some fantasy value. But it’s not likely to make much of an impact for owners — especially if Jacobs continues to dominate carries the way he did in Week 6.

Shorts could play Week 7: Fantasy owners knew that a balky groin threatened to keep Cecil Shorts out of action against the Broncos in Week 6. No one foresaw the shoulder injury that would end his day after just three snaps. However, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says the wideout could play in Week 7 versus the Chargers. Even if Shorts is healthy, he clearly has been surpassed in the offense by Justin Blackmon. Nonetheless, San Diego has struggled to slow opposing receivers, so the young playmaker still has fantasy potential.

Harvin nearing return: Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin (hip) is back with the team and could be getting closer to returning. The speedy receiver is eligible to come off the PUP list and had hoped to play in Thursday night’s contest against Arizona — something head coach Pete Carroll pooh-poohed. A more realistic return date for Harvin is somewhere around Week 10 or 11, which is still ahead of the original date that ended closer to Thanksgiving. If you haven’t picked him up and stashed him yet, you should get on it. Harvin could the be perfect playoff accessory for the fantasy team on the go.

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Is Cam Newton back for good?

Oct 21, 2013   //   by Fantasy - NFL.com   //   Fantasy Football, SSE Blog  //  Comments Off on Is Cam Newton back for good?

Can we trust Newton? Remember when Cam Newton burst onto the scene in 2011 and topped 400 passing yards in each of his first two starts as a rookie? “Wow, let the good times roll!” thought his owners. Then he went on to post either mediocre or disappointing weeks until … well, pretty much now. He threw for 308 yards and no TDs against the Cardinals a couple weeks ago, then threw for 242 yards and three TDs yesterday. Hmm. We’ve seen these outbursts from Cam in the past, but is it finally time to start him on a weekly basis? A lot depends on what you’re expecting from him on a weekly basis, but if you’re going by history, the answer to the question is no. Newton is a guy who will typically get you around 230 yards with a touchdown and a pick more often than not. The Panthers have spent so many recent draft picks remodeling the defense that it’s time to get some offensive playmakers to help out. Cam could become an absolute fantasy stud if the team can somehow land a true WR1 for him by next season. Steve Smith’s best days are well in the rear-view mirror.


Is Gronk a lost cause for 2013? Those of you who own Rob Gronkowski are probably getting tired of the ongoing soap opera, but it may just be beginning. there is some weird internal shoving match going on between the team doctors, the coaching staff and Gronkowski’s independent doctors. Each of them are giving a different opinion on whether Gronk really is cleared to play. His team docs say he should have been back a month ago. His own docs say he’s not ready yet. I’m left wondering whether he’ll have any fantasy value at all whenever he finally does return. Tom Brady continues to turn water into wine with his plug-in WRs, and it’ll take some time for Gronk to get up to game speed. As your elected America’s Team official, I’m suggesting we try to move Gronk in a trade … and if there are no takers, we just dump him altogether. Thoughts?


WR Shorts has joint injury: It’s really insane to think the Jags could have made it an even closer game against the Broncos had Shorts been able to finish the game, but he left early with what is now diagnosed as an “an AC joint injury under his clavicle.” This news comes in addition to the rumor that Shorts has been dealing with sore ribs. Grr. I own Shorts in several leagues, and even though Jacksonville’s record is abysmal, Shorts was one of a scant few reliable start options on that roster. Even with Justin Blackmon emerging into a solid start, His status is questionable for Week 7, and I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’ll miss him if he’s not able to go.



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