Week 10: DeSean Jackson Deactivated & 6 Injuries to Key Players
Jackson missed a mandatory team meeting and will now sit versus the Arizona Cardinals at the Lincoln Financial Field. According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, Jackson missed the Saturday morning meeting because his alarm didn't go off. He overslept.
Quarterback Michael Vick will be without his top threat on offense. Jackson's deactivation changes the entire game plan for both teams, and for yours.
After the past few weeks of Jackson not having a touchdown or more than three catches or 50 yards in a game, it will feel refreshing to sit the disappointing wideout.
You can do what you've wanted to do for the past several weeks—sit him.
Undoubtedly, an uniformed manager will start Jackson only to learn about his deactivation in the middle of the first quarter. Don't be that guy.
Besides Jackson, there were a couple late additions to the injury reports on Saturday.
I have the latest news on those injuries and a few others that you need to know to help you set your fantasy lineup.
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Super Mario Won't Be All That Super on Sunday
The New York Giants added wide receiver Mario Manningham to the injury report on Sunday morning, hours before kickoff. That's never a good sign.
The Giants reported that Manningham had swelling in his knee and will be a game-time decision.
Manningham made it through practice all week without mention of this or any other injury.
It's likely that he sustained the injury at practice on Friday.
While Manningham has made the trip out west, he and his puffy knee shouldn't see your starting lineup.
Manningham's injury makes Giants tight end Jake Ballard a sneaky TE play.
Newton's MRI Shows Damage to Shoulder
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has breathed life into that organization.
He's phenomenal. But his shoulder isn't.
On Saturday, the Panthers added Newton to the injury report because of an MRI that was done on his shoulder late in the week, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Fantasy owners don't necessarily rely on Newton for his throwing ability (although he hasn't disappointed too much in that area). Newton beats defenses on the ground as well as through the air.
Newton has become the Panthers goal-line back, as he leads the team in rushing touchdowns with seven. DeAngelo Williams has one and Jonathan Stewart has two.
The news on Newton's shoulder is concerning, but not enough to bench him.
Mark Ingram Made the Trip to Atlanta
New Orleans running back Mark Ingram has been battling a bad hoof since Week 7.
His heel had kept him out of the past several games, but this week he was allowed to make the flight to Atlanta.
After being limited all week in practice, Ingram probably won't get a full slate of carries.
His probable designation, however, says that he will get some work in this shoot-out.
Ingram figures to play this week, but it's murky as to who will get the carries for the Saints.
With the four sets of hands vying for a limited amount of opportunities, he's best left on benches for now.
Beanie Wells Is Getting Well
Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells ran his way into most owners' dog house last week.
Wells ran 10 times for 20 yards.
We all knew about his balky knee, but he was facing the St. Louis Rams—they are supposed to be chicken soup for any recuperating player.
Not for Wells.
This week, however, Wells has declared his knee to feel better than it has in a month. That's great to hear.
Last time he said that, he faced the Baltimore Ravens and did well (83 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries).
Wells faces another forgiving run defense in the Philadelphia Eagles. But be wary.
Taking a Look at Frank Gore's Ankle
When I heard of Frank Gore's injured ankle, I was surprised.
Not because of the injury, but because of how long we've made it through the season without hearing about a Gore injury.
The San Francisco running back was limited all week in practice.
Gore is used to that type of workload, however.
The 49ers will do what they have done all season and make Gore the centerpiece of their offense.
They have to—they still have Alex Smith at quarterback.
Gore is listed as probable, and barring any injury in warm-ups or during the game, Gore will get his usual workload.
Steven Jackson's Foot Figures to Be Fine
St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is suffering through an injured foot.
Jackson is a warrior who has endured injuries his entire career.
Jackson put in a solid week of practice and is listed as probable.
With Cleveland Browns defensive back T.J. Ward out for this game, Jackson should run wild.