A ton of quarterback changes across the landscape of the NFL this week. All of these will affect fantasy owners somewhere.
Michael Vick in Philadelphia
Easily the most notable quarterback change of the week, Vick takes over despite Kevin Kolb being declared healthy and ready for football action. A change in strategy here by the Eagles’ coaching staff.
To their credit, Vick has been tearing it up. He is a startable fantasy football quarterback from here on out, as long as he continues to play like a stud.
Jimmy Clausen in Carolina
Bad news for Steve Smith owners. Good news for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart owners.
Clausen figures to manage the game as best he can by trying to avoid mistakes. Heavy doses of JStew and DWill are expected.
Bruce Gradkowski in Oakland
Louis Murphy owners, rejoice!
Jason Campbell was much, much worse than expected, so there has not been much of an upgrade at the QB position for the Raiders. Gradkowski, at the very least, has some chemistry with the receivers in this passing game.
Charlie Batch in Pittsburgh
Not much of a change here for Pitt.
Batch is a game manager, if there ever was one. Not a threat to break a defense with the run, he will rely on Heath Miller, Hines Ward and Mike Wallace heavily in the passing game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick in Buffalo
He cannot be any worse than Trent Edwards.
Doesn’t it seem like these two have been flip-flopping at QB for the Bills since Jim Kelly left? Surely, they could have found a better option by now.
Still cannot trust anyone in this passing game, but the running backs should get a lot of work.
Injuries of Note:
Ryan Mathews [RB, Chargers]
For one of my last posts of the day—hold the applause—I can tell you that Ryan Mathews won’t play in Seattle. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune has the news, describing how Mathews had a protective boot on for part of Thursday.
Mike Tolbert, who scored two touchdowns last week, will replace Mathews in the lineup. Darren Sproles will play his usual third-down, change-of-pace role.
Prepare for life without Mathews for at least one week, and possibly six.
Percy Harvin [WR, Vikings]
Vikings coach Brad Childress revealed Wednesday that Percy Harvin was not at practice due to a recurrence of his migraines.
Harvin returned to practice yesterday and said that he felt great. That is good news for Harvin owners, who again have to worry about his status every week.
Chad Ochocinco [WR, Bengals]
And the news he broke is that he has a broke rib.
Actually, Chad says it’s cracked.
Keep an eye on the injury report to see whether it’ll affect Chad’s availability for Sunday at Carolina, when he reunites with former junior college teammate Steve Smith.
There has not been much made of this during the week. I do not expect it to keep Ochocinco off the field this Sunday.
Start & Sit Reads
- Flames and Lames for the third weekend of the NFL regular season: Ricky Williams is set to have his first big weekend of the year against the Jets. Meanwhile, if you have been waiting for Brett Favre to break free of his early-season funk, you better grab a chair. It could be another stinker for the Vikings’ QB. [Roto Arcade]
- Week 3 start and sit advice: Michael Vick is, again, one of the best starts of the weekend. Dude is on a tear and has the job all to himself. Fantasy owners love those rushing totals, too. [Fantasy Football Xtreme]
- Jason Snelling and Mike Tolbert were the adds of the week. Snelling, however, is going to take a backseat to Michael Turner this weekend. The Burner appears ready for the Saints. Tolbert, meanwhile, is going to start in place of the injured Ryan Mathews. [FanHouse]
- If you are really, really desperate for a fantasy quarterback this weekend, Matthew Berry suggests Josh Freeman against the Steelers in his weekly Love/Hate column. You read that right. Against the Steelers. Temper your expectations. [ESPN.com]
- A lot of love for Donovan McNabb this weekend against the Rams. How could you hate that advice after what he did last weekend in a loss? Also, no love for Matt Ryan in New Orleans after his three-touchdown performance. More week 3 fantasy football prep. [The Fifth Down]
Joe Flacco, Ravens
OK, he has to break out of this slump at some point. Why not at home against Cleveland this weekend?
Give him another chance.
David Garrard, Jaguars
Shaun Hill lit up the Eagles last weekend; Garrard should be able to produce decent numbers this weekend. Nothing more than a spot starter, though.
Jahvid Best, Lions
Don’t worry about the tough matchup at Minnesota. Ride the hot hand.
Clinton Portis, Redskins
Larry Johnson is gone, so there is less competition. Keiland Williams will get some of those touches, but Portis gets the goal-line work, and there should be plenty of it.
Mark Clayton, Rams
Sam Bradford is making strides as a QB, and he likes to throw the ball to Clayton in important spots. Could be a good flex play this weekend.
Malcom Floyd, Chargers
Time for Floyd to break out and start living up to some of that preseason hype.
Brett Favre, Vikings
It is a great-looking matchup on paper, but Favre has been terrible, and no one is stepping up at wide receiver. Cannot trust him yet.
Carson Palmer, Bengals
He is nearly cutable now, if you still have him on your roster. There is so much talent here, you would think Palmer would be a better fantasy QB right now.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals
Give it a week before you starting trusting Wells. Not sure how much the Cardinals even plan to use him this weekend.
Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers
Tough matchup for the pimp ride. The Bucs have their first big test of the season at home against Pittsburgh.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers
He has not been a focal point of the passing game so far. Vernon Davis still is the top dog here.
Dez Bryant, Cowboys
As expected, Bryant has been inconsistent as a fantasy rookie wide receiver. Still nothing more than a WR3 with upside, at the moment.
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