Good news for the Arizona fantasy defense – Jake Delhomme's(notes)
interception-making right arm is still in front of the Carolina passing game. John Fox isn't the type of head coach to make knee-jerk changes in his starting lineup (think back to the DeAngelo Williams(notes)
vs. DeShaun Foster(notes)
days), and on Wednesday Fox made the news official – Delhomme is still the Panthers starting quarterback. Of course it's not like Fox is sitting on a lot of other viable options here; the other QBs in town are Matt Moore(notes)
and A.J. Feeley(notes).
The glass is half full and half empty with Andre Johnson(notes)
as we get ready for Week 8. He wasn't able to practice Wednesday (lung) and the matchup on paper is less than ideal; Buffalo's underrated secondary has allowed just one wide-receiver touchdown on the year. But Johnson's a star receiver and essentially a matchup-proof option, and while he was limited to side running Wednesday, Johnson did personally guarantee that he'll be on the field come Sunday. [Houston Chronicle
makes for an interesting potential sleeper now that the Chargers are finally starting to see the reality of Chris Chambers(notes)
(who really has no right starting). And there's a lot to like about the primary elements in the San Diego passing game going forward, the setup is perfect; we know the Bolts can't run it that well anymore, the bye has come and gone, and the Chargers defense is going to be exposed by good opponents. Go where the points are. [San Diego Union-Tribune
So much for the Josh Johnson(notes)
era in Tampa Bay – the stumbling Bucs are going to start first-round pick Josh Freeman(notes)
at quarterback when the club returns from its Week 8 bye. I don't see a lot of viable win chances for the Bucs over the second half of the year
; I'll be surprised if they manage more than a couple of wins and another 0-16 season isn't out of the realm of possibility. Let's hear your Tampa Bay win projection in the comments. [Pewter Report
I'm not a believer in pre-season strength of schedule analysis – the reshuffle nature of the NFL makes it a fool's errand – but now that we have six or seven games on the entire league, it's a good time to apply what we've learned and take a stab at projecting what's to come. With that in mind, the strength-of-schedule charts over at Fantasy Index are must-reading. Get excited if you're tied to the Cardinals, Saints, Seahawks, Bengals, Jaguars or Niners, they have the easiest slates on paper. Flip side, the road could get rocky (or rockier) for the Redskins, Panthers, Giants, Eagles, Bucs and Ravens down the stretch. Dig in, there's good stuff here. [Fantasy Index
Heads up if you're tied to the Giants backfield – Ahmad Bradshaw(notes)
missed practice Wednesday so he could have his foot and ankle examined by a specialist in North Carolina. It might be your last chance to buy low on Brandon Jacobs(notes)
(who's looked better of late). [New York Daily News
We'd like to know who the starting quarterback is in Tennessee but Jeff Fisher isn't telling. "I'm going to start one of the two on the roster," Fisher offered Wednesday. Okay, so Neil O'Donnell is out. The Titans have a late kickoff for Sunday, just to mess with us a little more. My gut tells me Vince Young(notes)
is going to get the call against Jacksonville (given that owner Bud Adams wants it so), but obviously you can't take any risks with this situation, even in a two-QB format. [Nashville Tennessean
Another day of practice for Matthew Stafford(notes),
another no-go for Calvin Johnson(notes).
Vegas is expecting a lot from the Detroit offense this week, favoring the Lions by more than a touchdown over the Rams. [MLive.com
Speed Round: Brian Westbrook(notes) (post-concussion) and DeSean Jackson(notes) (foot) didn't practice with the Eagles Wednesday. I'll be surprised if Jackson doesn't play this week, but Westbrook is considered a game-time decision. … Matt Hasselbeck(notes) (ribs) didn't practice Wednesday but he's still fully expected to go at Dallas. … Chris Cooley(notes) had successful tibia surgery and is looking at a return in four weeks. … As usual, Jonathan Stewart(notes) (Achilles) did not practice on Wednesday, standard operating procedure for him. … Jerricho Cotchery(notes) (hamstring) did some work on Wednesday and "looked sharp" during his time. The Miami secondary can be had. … Nothing new on the Larry Johnson(notes) front – the Chiefs don't have to do anything immediately as they're off in Week 8. Keep in mind there's two elements to LJ's Twitter controversy – the gay slur tied to his criticisms of the coaching staff – and he's had off-the-field problems before. Jamaal Charles(notes) should be owned in any league of 10 or more teams. (PM Update: LJ is finally suspended.) … Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes) will start for the Bills again, which means it's safe to consider Lee Evans(notes) as your third receiver or flex option. … Seahawks LT Walter Jones(notes) is out for the season. Good luck behind that makeshift line, Mr. Hasselbeck.
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