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9-on-9: Hasselbeck, Williams, Manning, mayoral league updates

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First, the good quarterback news: Matt Hasselbeck(notes) completed a second straight practice on Thursday and he seems likely to start at home on Sunday against Jacksonville. The Jaguars, as we keep mentioning, give up an NFL-worst 282.3 passing yards per game. Seattle's offensive line is heavily damaged right now (three linemen down, including Walter Jones(notes)), but Hasselbeck still merits fantasy consideration in a rough bye week for QBs (Brees, Rodgers, Rivers, Cutler out). [The Seattle Times]

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Now, the less satisfying quarterback news. It involves Eli Manning(notes): "[Tom Coughlin] acknowledged on Wednesday that the quarterback could be a game-time decision against the Raiders on Sunday and can play without practice time." If Manning can't go due to his plantar fascia injury, then David Carr(notes) brings everyone's fantasy value down a notch. Manning has started 82 straight games, though, so there's hope. [New York Daily News]

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And finally, some non-news that involves QBs. Marc Bulger(notes) is "progressing," but Kyle Boller(notes) "remains the first-team QB as the Rams prepare for Sunday’s home game against the unbeaten Vikings." Donnie Avery(notes) and Keenan Burton(notes) have both been troubled by hamstring issues this week, so please, try to temper your usual excitement for the Rams' passing game. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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We are not yet prepared to declare a winner in the Mayoral Face-Off fantasy league, but the fan-voting portion of the competition was a total rout in favor of Green Bay, the smallest city involved. Sincere congratulations to Mayor Jim Schmitt and the Green Bay Children's Museum. Nicely done. The blog editor was dispatched to Green Bay on Wednesday to present a GIANT CHECK, golf tourney-style. (Not a joke. Check the link). Good times, delightful cheese curds. [FOX 11 WLUK-TV]

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On Thursday, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips declared that injured receiver Roy Williams (ribs) "doesn't necessarily have to practice to play." That's a sunshiny way of saying that he can't yet practice. Look elsewhere. Dallas travels to Kansas City on Sunday to face the 0-4 Chiefs. Miles Austin(notes) will reportedly start if Williams can't go. [Dallas Morning News]

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If you enjoy a good fantasy roundtable, then head over to Fantasy Index for a discussion on when it's acceptable to bench studs. Our own Scott Pianowski participates, because he says "yes" to everything. He makes good sense, too. Here's an excerpt: "The definition of a stud is fluid anyway. You drafted Steve Slaton(notes) as a stud, is he one now? Is Tom Brady(notes) an automatic play as he comes back from his knee injury? Not in my book he isn't, not right now, anyway. Don't play for the 'most gut-acceptable loss,' play for the most plausible win." [Fantasy Index]

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John Hansen urges dynasty league gamers to go get Malcom Floyd(notes). He urges the Bears to do the same: "And I have the prefect landing spot for him too: Chicago. Think about Malcolm Floyd on the Bears, with Jay Cutler(notes). How perfect would that be? He’d be the big physical receiver they need, and he’d be Jay Cutler’s Brandon Marshall(notes). Chicago could get him as a free agent in 2010 and he would start and contribute immediately." Yes, please. [Fantasy Guru]

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Over at SB Nation you'll find a thorough review of the Browns' receiving corps, post-Braylon. Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) hit everyone's radar last week following his 148-yard performance. Brian Robiskie(notes) could be a person of interest, too. This should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway: DO NOT overinvest in Browns. Don't go to the multiple-Brown formation. There are no touchdowns to be had. [DawgsByNature.com]

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The Boston Globe reports that the damage to Fred Taylor's(notes) right ankle ligament(s) was "severe," and it's possible that he'll miss the remainder of the season. Sammy Morris(notes) is the preferred add, if you're in the sort of league where Taylor was proudly owned. Kevin Faulk(notes) remains the PPR play. [Boston Globe]

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