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It's mostly a football Friday on the linkage but we'll sneak a few fastballs in here just to keep you off-balance. Batting leadoff, all the Keystone State news we could find.
Donovan McNabb(notes) (rib) missed another day of work Friday and is officially listed as doubtful by the Eagles. He's not going to play. We can discuss the sum of all fears – Kevin Kolb(notes) – in the comments. [Associated Press]
The backfield committee is alive and well in Pittsburgh. Willie Parker(notes) will play the first two series at Chicago, Rashard Mendenhall(notes) gets in on the third series, and Mewelde Moore(notes) takes the third-down work and the no-huddle stuff. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Why hasn't Brett Myers seen the ninth inning in Philadelphia yet? Because Charlie Manuel says he's "not quite ready" for the assignment. Whatever you say, skip. Remind me to pick against the Phillies in the playoffs. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Antonio Bryant(notes) has hit a setback with his knee and he's doubtful for Sunday's match with the Bills. Get George Clooney Michael Clayton(notes) on the horn, he might actually have some fantasy value this week. Kellen Winslow(notes) gets a push forward as well; keep in mind how poorly the Buffalo safeties played at the tail end of Monday's loss at New England. [Tampa Tribune]
Now that we have a week of real games, real stats and real tape to dissect, let the "buy low, sell high" discussions begin. Here's a round table of sell-high candidates to get you started. [Fantasy Index]
The slumping and desperate Detroit Tigers are willing to try just about anything right now, which includes Carlos Guillen batting right-handed and Nate Robertson pitching Sunday at Minnesota. Get out the list of classic September choke jobs, it might be time to make another entry. [, Bless You Boys]
For my money Greg Cosell of NFL Films is the finest analyst in the game today. When he speaks, you should listen. When he writes, you should read. When he shows up in line at the coffee shop, you should get out of the way and let him go first. He's that good. [Fantasy Guru]
You gotta love a high school football team that never punts. That's how Brad Evans would run his team, I bet. [Sports Illustrated]
If you're still engaged in the baseball season, you probably have a championship in your sights (or you're one of those "must finish second" chuckleheads, you know, like Behrens and me). Brian Joura has some intriguing two-start options to consider for the new week that starts Monday. [Fangraphs]


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