Playmaker down in Minnesota (USP)
Here's the 2.0 version of the Week 10 bumps and bruises. Please have your co-pay ready, and let us know if you're allergic to any medication.
• Percy Harvin (ankle) hasn't been practicing and he's listed as doubtful for Sunday's divisional rematch with Detroit. While head coach Leslie Frazier doesn't want to discount Harvin yet, it would be a stunner if the franchise wideout is able to play on game day. Minnesota's receiver depth is a mess after Harvin: Jerome Simpson is the other starter (perhaps worth a shot in deeper leagues), while Michael Jenkins (not recommended) should see more reps. A struggling Christian Ponder doesn't make things any easier.
• Owen Daniels (hip) had a limited Friday practice and he's no sure thing to play Sunday night at Chicago. The Bears have been ordinary in tight end coverage this year, though they've only allowed two touchdowns all season. Consider possible caddy options, not that the leftovers are appealing from the final two games of the week. James Casey would pick up extra work if Daniels isn't in uniform.
• The Patriots listed just about their entire roster as questionable, but Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is the player most likely to sit out. New England activated Visanthe Shiancoe off the injured list Saturday, a good sign that Hernandez won't be in uniform. You can also scratch Brandon Bolden from New England's plans for a while — he's been slapped with a PED suspension and will miss four games.
• The Raiders have already said they'll go without Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson (ankle) at Baltimore. Track star Taiwan Jones and converted receiver Marcel Reece are the next backs up on the depth chart, but neither is a runner to be confident in; the team doesn't seem to fully trust Jones with ball security, and Reece isn't the ideal physical match for the position. Look for Carson Palmer to throw a bunch of passes against the Ravens. Reece still might be a playable flex option when you consider his likely role in the passing game.
Now let's get to everyone else in positional order:
• Jake Locker (shoulder) had a good week of practice and will start at Miami. Locker is more week-to-week playmaker than reliable option at the moment, but at least in a theoretical sense he brings more upside to the Titans passing game.
• Matt Cassel will start for the Chiefs at Pittsburgh, which might be (slightly) good news for Dwayne Bowe. This game obviously has blowout written all over it.
• Darren Sproles (broken hand) has already been ruled out for Week 10. Pierre Thomas is the best of the leftover backs, obviously, though Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram both looked good in the victory over Philadelphia. A fantasy-friendly shootout with Atlanta is expected on Sunday.
• Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) won't play Monday against Kansas City. Look for Isaac Redman to start and Jonathan Dwyer to also be in the mix.
• DeMarco Murray (foot) isn't ready to return, so Felix Jones and (perhaps) Lance Dunbar ready themselves for the Eagles.
• Calvin Johnson (knee) was able to practice Friday and although he basically lives on the injury report, he's fully expected to go at Minnesota. The Lions also had Titus Young (knee) at Friday's session, and Young Sr. should be in his normal role on Sunday.
• All signs point to Danny Amendola playing at San Francisco; he's returning from a collarbone injury. I'd like to wait a week before I expect much, however.
• Although Stevie Johnson (thigh) has been limited in practice all week and carries the questionable tag on the injury report, he insists he'll be ready to go at New England. He has a lukewarm track record in this matchup; I've ranked him a little lower than usual.
• Hakeem Nicks (knee) had a partial week of practice, though he's listed as probable. He's a low WR2 or a high WR3 for me in Week 10.
• Robert Meachem (hamstring) and Eddie Royal (hamstring) are both listed as probable, which might cut into the Danario Alexander excitement.
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