Week 7 Quibbles and Bits

After missing last week’s game and not practice most of the week, Joseph Addai seems ready to go after practicing Friday in full. The problem is that he is the night game and who knows if he will be on a limited snap count. None of the Colts backs are trustworthy and better options should be found. If you must start one, I would go with Addai, Carter, and Brown in that order.

Ladainian Tomlinson will get the start against his former team the Chargers. While he may not get the majority of carries, I would not be surprised to see Rex stick with L.T. if he has the hot hand. L.T. may be saying there are no hard feelings, but he would love nothing more than to show GM A.J. Smith how big of a mistake it was to bust his chops. Tomlinson and Smith had a semi-public feud before Tomlinson left town and most believe Smith was the reason Tomlinson left in the first place.

Devin Hester did practice and will be available on Sunday. He will be facing the Bucs 28th ranked pass defense so expect a decent performance. Hester has made some excellent catches the last two games and looks like he has transitioned into a true wide receiver. The only thing that lowers his value this week is if Earl Bennett does play. Cutler likes Bennett and may take some of the looks normally reserved for Hester.

While everyone else is eating up Tebow mania this week, I say proceed with caution. Evaluate who you have on the bench and how they stack up depending on match up. Miami is poor against the pass (29th) but does rank 12th vs. the run. Tebow is appetizing because of his running abilities, and will most likely score a rushing touchdown. Still, this will only be his second career start on the road and the Dolphins players must be taking it as insult that management would promote Tebow as a means of getting butts in the seats. I don’t know if an opposing player has ever been marketed as a means of getting the home team a sell out, but you can bet the Fins would love nothing more than to shut him down and make this the last time management ever uses an opposing player as a means of making money.

Earnest Graham has huge sleeper potential this week. He rushed for over 100 yards against the Saints 14th ranked rush defense and now faces the Bears 22nd ranked rush defense. While none of that should be too read into, the fact that Graham is excellent with his hands and will be on the field for about 85% of the plays means he will be one of the rare lone backs who is not in a time share this week. He will get all the red zone looks and should be dependable for at least 70 total yards with a score. The Bears also waited until Thursday night to make the trip to London so I would not be surprised to see them a bit out of sorts.

It looks like Kyle Boller and not Carson Palmer will get the start on Sunday. Hue just won’t let the cat out of the bag yet but all signs point to Boller being the man. If so, check if you have better options at WR other than the Raiders wide outs. Boller has been out of action for quite some time and his rust was apparent once he entered the game last week. The Chiefs are actually decent (17th) against the pass and Oakland will be content to run it all day anyway.

Percy Harvin’s value actually goes up with Ponder at the helm. Mcnabb was far from even close to decent as the starter, and Ponder seemed to key in on Harvin last week after Mcnabb was benched. Both guys are products of the Florida football system and seem to be on the same page between the lines. Harvin could actually find the end zone in this one, especially since they will most likely be playing from behind and throwing often in the second half.

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski may miss this week with a sore hamstring. The Raiders worked out three kickers on Friday so it doesn’t look good for his availability. Hopefully you have a reserve or an extra waiver day in your league to make sure you get a warm body on your squad.

Look for RB Maurice Morris to be the back you want this week with Jhavid Best sitting this one out. There is even speculation Best may miss the season after suffering his 3rd concussion of his young career, and Morris looked excellent in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers.

TE Antonio Gates looks like a go after practicing on a limited basis this week. Though he will likely be a royal headache most of the season in terms of his health, he should be available and will be heavily used. Rivers has had no true #2 receiving option in his absence so this not only helps Gates value but Rivers as well.

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