Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, Dwayne Bowe, Percy Harvin Updates
No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.
Dwayne Bowe, Darren Sproles, Darrius Heyward-Bey Updates
This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.
Both of these AFC West rivals need a win badly tonight.
Two divisional foes who have not won since September will clash on Thursday Night Football, when the San Diego Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:20 p.m. EST on the NFL Network. The Chargers started the season 3-1 before blowing double-digit, second-half leads against New Orleans and Denver, and then losing 7-6 in Cleveland last Sunday.
Fewer teams are on bye in Week 8 than last, meaning the player pool is deeper for this week. That still doesn’t mean there aren’t those who should probably be left on your bench this week. Here are a few names I am not that crazy about in Week 8.
There are a few key fantasy contributors that have had a number of injury question marks surrounding their playing status leading up to Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season. Here’s a little bit about these three and what you should consider.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday night)
What can the Kansas City Chiefs do for you this fantasy season? Check out Athlon Sports' team report as we break down the rookies, veteran players to watch and avoid, fantasy playoff schedule and more to help you get ready for the 2012 season.
Inside the Locker Room
with Kent Babb, Kansas City Star
An in-depth look at the Chiefs' offense, defense and special teams this year.
Somehow, the Chiefs did it. After three miserable seasons, it all came together in 2010 for a remarkable season in which the team went 10–6 and won the AFC West.
Quarterback Matt Cassel was sharp. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was diligent. Safety Eric Berry lived up to the hype. Now, as coach Todd Haley enters his third season in Kansas City, having experienced one good and one forgettable season, the Chiefs face a lingering question: Can they do it again?
• Inside the Locker Room
With Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star
What are the expectations for Tony Moeaki this season? Is he more than a bye-week replacement in 2011?
Moeaki showed flashes last year of becoming one of the NFL’s best young tight ends, and only injury might prevent him from becoming an elite receiver. His pass-catching ability is dazzling, and that makes him at least a mid-range tight end and perhaps more like a sleeper to join the best in the league. Moeaki has a history of injuries, and he’s not as tall as many of the league’s best players at his position. But he emerged last year as one of Matt Cassel’s favorite targets, and that faith is likely to grow.
Should Eric Berry be the No. 1 defensive back selected in IDP leagues?
It’s still early to compare Berry to Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu, but the second-year strong safety proved last year that he’s a rising star. He reached the Pro Bowl in his rookie season, but that was more because of his play in the run game than in breaking up or intercepting passes. Berry might still be a second-tier safety because of his inexperience, but his four interceptions in 2010 proved that he could be a breakout star in his second season.
Was Cassel’s 2010 season a fluke?
It will be difficult for Cassel to play at the same level as his Pro Bowl season in 2010, but the Chiefs added some weapons in this year’s draft. First-round receiver Jon Baldwin and second-round center Rodney Hudson were added in part to improve Cassel’s comfort, but it’ll be up to Cassel to prove whether he can consistently play at a high level. People in Kansas City remain skeptical that Cassel is an elite passer, so for now, draft with caution.
• Fantasy Playoff Run — Weeks 14-16: @NYJ, GB, OAK
This is not the schedule you want to see when you’re debating between Jamaal Charles and other top backs. The Jets and Packers were Nos. 2 and 3 against fantasy RBs last season and in the top five the last two years. Division rival Oakland surrendered just 140 yards on the ground, 60 through the air and one score to Charles in the two meetings combined last season. All three opponents were top six vs. the pass as well.
• Athlon Best Bets
Sleeper: Steve Breaston, WR Deep-Sleeper: Tony Moeaki, TE Overvalued: Matt Cassel, QB Top Rookie: Jon Baldwin, WR Bounce-Back: Dexter McCluster, WR Top IDP: Eric Berry, DB
• Try to Avoid
Matt Cassel, QB
Cassel tossed 27 passing scores last year but is a longshot to repeat that total. Coordinator Charlie Weis is gone, and doubts remain about Cassel's ability to be an elite quarterback. WAIT UNTIL: 16th RD
• Draft Class Fantasy Impact
Baldwin could finally be the answer to Kansas City’s inability to find a consistent receiver to pair with Dwayne Bowe. Baldwin has all of the tools to become a solid fantasy option in the next five seasons, but he lost valuable practice time due to the lockout. Keep Baldwin on the radar as a WR4 or WR5 in fall drafts. Ricky Stanzi has potential to be a future starter, but look for the Iowa product to serve as the No. 3 quarterback in 2011.