It’s “Running Back Injury Week” in Week Four, as the reports have been flooded with the names of starting half backs from around the league. Whether it’s a veteran like Fred Taylor or a young stud like Ray Rice, one thing is certain: Fantasy Football owners will have to choose their matchups wisely.
And remember, for all those owners who like to simply skim through an article, be sure to note the bold and italicized portion of each description, as this note shows the players’ status for the upcoming week.
Joshua Cribbs (WR) (CLE) (QUEST) - There are truly some players that can do it all. In the past, we were amazed as WR Antwan Randle El threw bombs for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their Super Bowl run. We gazed in awe as Troy Brown played both WR and CB for the New England Patriots in the early 2000s. We watched with dumbfounded expressions as Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester returned kick, after kick, after kick (and some punts) into the opposing end zone.
Now, Joshua Cribbs is the new man to marvel at. After being known as the Cleveland Browns’ primary weapon on special teams, the team decided to move him over to the offensive side of the ball (Trust me, when you are as bad as the Browns, you will try anything). So far, so good. In three games in 2010, Cribbs has ten receptions for 143 yards and a TD, making him the primary target in the passing game.
So now you may be asking, “Why is he on your injury report?” The latest news out of Cleveland states that Cribbs has been limited in practice with an apparent ankle injury; however, he is expected to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals, who have faced their share of solid offensive attacks this season, have hunkered down on pass defense, including a four-interception performance against the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco. With backup QB Seneca Wallace currently running the show for the Browns, things may get ugly for Cleveland. Even with Cribbs playing against Cincy, I wouldn’t dare starting him in Week Four...