Strike a pose? Probably not this week (USP)Psst. Hey you, Ramses Barden owner. Step away from the keyboard. Hands off the smart phone. It's too early to consider dropping your Week 3 wonder off the waiver wire.
Hakeem Nicks, you see, is a headache once again for Week 4.
The Giants have slapped the doubtful tag on Nicks and don't figure he'll go in the divisional showdown Sunday night against the Eagles. Nicks is dealing with swelling in his knee, and fantasy owners won't want to deal with the wait-and-see concept given that it's the evening game. Start scouting replacements immediately.
(Saturday Update: Nicks is confirmed out; he didn't travel with the club. Done and done.)
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Now we'll go around the league, in this order: QB, RB, WR, TE, other positions. Settle in, settlers.
• Matthew Stafford (hip) had a full practice Friday and is listed as probable. Plug and play as you normally would. The weakest part of the Vikings defense is the secondary.
• Christian Ponder (neck) is on the injury report but it's as probable; go ahead and use him at Detroit.
• Matt Schaub (shoulder) should be fine against Tennessee. He's listed as probable.
• The Buffalo backfield is a cloud of confusion, as Fred Jackson (knee) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder) both hold the questionable tag. The Bills don't mind keeping the Patriots guessing; Bill Belichick would probably list his entire roster as questionable if he could get away with it. Context clues point to Jackson being more likely to play than Spiller, but there's nothing guaranteed with this backfield. Hopefully you have safer options to rely on. If all else fails, Tashard Choice is the No. 3 back.
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