Fantasy Football News & Notes (10/30)

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 30, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 26:  Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles is escorted off the field after getting hit during the first quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field October 26, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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After eight weeks of NFL action it is getting harder and harder to field a fantasy football team. Between bye weeks, injuries and suspensions there seems to be a ton of players who are either out or questionable for this week’s action.

As you try and prepare the best possible lineup for your fantasy football team this week, the Bruno Boys are once again here to bring you the latest NFL news and study the potential fantasy football impact for Week 8. This week we will take a look at a litany of injuries around the league and another suspension for Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson.

Andre Johnson suffers lung contusion Week 7, likely to play versus Buffalo

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson suffered a lung contusion in the second quarter of the team’s Week 7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers after he was hit in the lower back. He remained in the game, but ended up coughing up blood after landing on the ball while making a catch in the fourth quarter. He stayed in the game for one more play before the Texans’ medical staff took him off the field.

Johnson ran with the team, but did not practice on Wednesday. However, he did practice on Thursday. He is listed as day-to-day and he is expected to play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, unless he suffers a set-back. The Bills who have struggled this season are actually ranked No. 10 against the pass and pose a tough match-up, but if he plays he is a must-start fantasy football wide receiver. Keep an eye on this situation throughout the weekend, but it does appear Johnson will be ready to go this week.

Calvin Johnson still unable to practice Wednesday, limited Thursday, listed as questionable for Week 8

It is a bad week to own a wide receiver named Johnson, as Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is also banged up and is questionable for the team’s showdown with the winless St. Louis Rams this week. Johnson is suffering from what is believed to be a sprained knee, which he injured during Detroit’s Week 5 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He missed the Lions’ game Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers.

The Lions’ had a bye last week and were hoping to get their top wide receiver back for this week’s game against the Rams. Johnson sounded optimistic earlier this week about being ready for the St. Louis game, but the fact that he hasn’t been able to practice at all this week has us concerned. Reports out of Detroit are that the Lions are being cautious with him, but if he doesn’t practice on Friday it would seem doubtful that he would be able to play Sunday. We will keep you updated on this situation throughout the week.

If he is able to play, he should be inserted into your starting lineup against the Rams’ who are ranked No. 25 against the pass this season and have given up 11 passing touchdowns.

Kansas Chiefs suspend running back Larry Johnson for two weeks

In what seems to have become an annual thing, the Kansas City Chiefs have suspended running back Larry Johnson for two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team. This time he has spouted off about his head coach Todd Haley and used homophobic slurs on his Twitter account and in the Kansas City media. The suspension means that he is not allowed to report to the team’s headquarters or participate in any team activities before November 9.

Fantasy owners were already going to be without Johnson this week as the Chiefs are on their bye, but they will also lose him for Kansas City’s Week 9 match-up with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is the teams leading rusher this season with 132 carries for 358 yards, but he has not scored a touchdown and his is only averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Keep Johnson stashed away on your bench if possible, but it is questionable how much value he will have this season. Chiefs’ backup running back Jamaal Charles has some value now as a sleeper in deeper leagues for Week 9.

Brett Favre listed on injury report, expected to play this week at Green Bay

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury. He is officially listed as questionable for the team’s game this week against the Green Bay Packers, but he is expected to play in what would be his first trip to Lambeau Field since being traded to the New York Jets in August of 2008.

He has been on the injury report several times this season with various ailments, but has yet to miss a game. Favre is coming off his second 300-yard passing performance of the season last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and he should be considered a low-end QB1 this week. In the Vikings Week 4 match-up with the Packers, Favre had 271 yards passing with three touchdowns and he should be motivated to have an even better game this week in his homecoming in Green Bay where he played 16 seasons.

Aaron Rodgers has sprained foot, limited in Wednesday’s practice

Brett Favre’s replacement in Green Bay is also banged up and was limited in Wednesday’s practice. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers is suffering from a sore foot due to a sprain and he did not participate in full with the team on Wednesday. He is listed as questionable on the injury report, but he is expected to start in the big game this week against the Minnesota Vikings.

Rodgers passed for 384 yards with two touchdowns and one interception Week 4 against the Vikings. He was blitzed often by Minnesota and was sacked eight times in the game. Look for another big game from Rodgers this week, as the Vikings are very good against the run and he should once again be forced to pass early and often. He should be used as a high-end No. 1 fantasy football quarterback this week.

Reggie Wayne sits out with a sore groin, expects to play against 49ers

Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Reggie Wayne suffered a pulled groin in the team’s Week 7 victory over the St. Louis Rams and he did not finish the game. He said that he “feels good,” but did not practice with the team on Wednesday. Colts’ head coach Jim Caldwell said, “We’re hoping he will progress throughout the week and we will increase his activity. We will see were he is come Friday or so.”

If you read between the lines, it sounds like Wayne will rest until Friday and then see how his groin feels. It appears he will be able to play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but he could very well be a game time decision. Keep an eye on this situation throughout the week and check in with us Sunday morning to make sure he is active for the game. If active, Wayne should be used as a WR1 this week in a good match-up against the 49ers.

Westbrook a game time decision after suffering a concussion Week 7

Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was injured with a concussion early in the team’s Week 7 victory over the Washington Redskins. He was forced to leave the game and was unable to return. He will be a game time decision for the Eagles contest this week against the New York Giants.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid did say that he’s counting on Westbrook being there Sunday, but you should be cautious before inserting him into your starting lineup. Check back with us Sunday morning to see if he is active for the game or not. If active, he should be used as a low-end RB2 in the NFC East battle. If he is unable to play, rookie LeSean McCoy will get a bulk of the work load and could be used as a low-end RB2.