The key word heading into the sixth week of the fantasy football season is focus.
No matter what your record is heading into this week’s game you must remain focused. Even if you haven’t won a game this season you are not out of it yet. You must remain focused and prepare yourself to once again put together the best possible lineup this week.
The Bruno Boys are here to go over this week’s News and Notes from around the NFL and study its possible fantasy football impact. If you keep yourself prepared with the most up-to-date fantasy football information it will help you to remain focused on putting your best lineup forward.
Good luck in Week Six, no matter what your record is this is likely a big week in your fantasy football season.
Calvin Johnson Misses Practice Wednesday & Thursday, Questionable for Week Six
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, resting a sore right knee from a hit that he took in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers . He left the game in the first quarter with one reception for two yards, not exactly what fantasy football owners were hoping for.
Losing Johnson would be a big blow for the Lions and fantasy owners alike. He is a huge part of Detroit’s offensive system and is a must-start WR1 for fantasy owners. Before being injured last week Johnson had posted 21 receptions for 323 yards with one touchdown through four games.
Keep an eye on whether he practices on Friday or not; usually if a player can’t practice by Friday, they don’t get to play on Sunday. If he is able to play this week, he should be used as a must-start against a Green Bay Packers team that he had success against in two games that season.
Carson Palmer Injures Thumb Week Five, Participates in Full Practice
Just three days after injuring his left thumb during the Bengals’ Week Five win over the Baltimore Ravens , Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer was able to complete a full practice Wednesday. He wore a glove on his left hand to help protect the injury and it appears he will be ready to go this coming Sunday against the Houston Texans .
This is good news for fantasy football owners who were hoping to use Palmer this week against a Texans team that is ranked No. 16 against the pass this season, giving up more then 220 passing yards per game.
Palmer has passed for 1,116 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions in five games this season and he should be considered a low-end QB1 this week, making him a solid bye week replacement.
Pierre Thomas Was Limited in Practice Wednesday & Thursday, While Mike Bell Had a Full Practice
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas was limited in practice on Wednesday while nursing a hamstring injury. The injury does not appear to be serious and he is expected to play this week in a possible NFC Championship preview against the New York Giants .
Fellow running back Mike Bell is also expected back this week after practicing in full on Wednesday. Bell has missed the Saints’ past two games due to a sprained MCL.
Both running backs are expected to play, but how the carries will be divided and will likely depend on the health of both players. Thomas is expected to start, but he will likely share carries with Bell and Reggie Bush .
Thomas, if expected to see a solid amount of touches, should be used as a low-end RB2 in this tough match-up, while Mike Bell (if healthy) and Reggie Bush could be used as RB3 or flex options if needed in deeper leagues.
Eli Manning Still Struggling With Injured Heel, Limited at Practice on Wednesday
While dealing with the ongoing plantar fasciitis injury on his right heel, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he expects Manning to get more and more reps with the first team offense each day leading up to the game on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints . Expect Manning to start again this week.
Keep on eye on this situation as it could change right up until game time. If he is healthy enough to play this week, consider Manning a high-end No. 2 fantasy football quarterback this week.
He could be used as a bye week replacement if necessary, but he will be facing a Saints defense that has given up just three passing touchdowns, with 10 interceptions in four games this season.
Willie Parker Has Full Practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Expected to Play in Week Six
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker was able to participate in full team workouts over the past two days of practice. He has missed the team’s last two games with a toe injury, but after getting in a full workout he appears likely to return to action this week as Pittsburgh will take on the Cleveland Browns .
Even if he returns for this week’s game against the Browns, Parker should not be considered more then a RB3 or flex option. Not only is he recovering from an injury, but he will likely be splitting carries with second-year running back Rashard Mendenhall who has played very well in Parker’s absence over the past two games.
Mendenhall could also be used as a RB3 or flex option this week, but he does have more upside for the future. However, until we get a better gauge on what head coach Mike Tomlin plans to do it’s best to limit your expectations on both options.
Jerricho Cotchery Questionable For Week Six Match-up With the Buffalo Bills
New York Jets wide receiver Jericho Cotchery missed Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice because of a hamstring injury and he is questionable for the Jets’ Week Six game against the Buffalo Bills .
Cotchery also missed two days of practice last week while resting the injury, but he was able to play Monday night against the Miami Dolphins .
Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan has already said that Cotchery likely won’t practice this week, leaving him a question mark against the Bills. He has 24 receptions on the season for 360 yards with one touchdown, but he only managed one catch for four yards against the Dolphins.
He should not be used as anything higher then a WR3, even if he is healthy enough to play in a good match-up. The Jets have also added a new No. 1 target for quarterback Mark Sanchez , as they traded for wide receiver Braylon Edwards last week.
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY LARRY JOSEPH .