FRIDAY NEWS AND NOTES

Jeremy Maclin and Mike Vick each did not practice on Friday, leaving Vince Young and Riley Cooper once again in their place.Desean Jackson also returned to practice so looks good to go Sunday as well. All three players present solid starts against the league’s worst secondary in New England. There is a good possibility this becomes an aerial shootout, after Nnamdi Asomugha missed practice Friday after hyper extending his knee in Thursday’s practice.

News out of Oakland is RB Darren McFadden will be out a few more weeks and Taiwan Jones will miss this week as well. Mike Bush has been in beast mode and is the obvious start, but we can expect solid production out of Marcel Reece. Reece has been active in the pass game and without Jones he should see a decent number of  touches. Jacoby Ford did not practice Thursday and looks doubtful as well. I haven’t seen a solid report on Heyward-Bey, but given the injury we should assume he is out. Palmer will haveKevin Boss and Schilens as his primary targets.

Reports out of Minnesota are that Adrian Peterson may be available but it is coming from beat writers. He was in a boot all week and given the Vikes have nothing to play for I doubt they are going to risk a long term injury. Percy Harvin will see some touches in the back field and continues to be Ponder’s top target.

Peyton Hillis did work out in the individual drills portion of practice but is still not expected to play Sunday. Montario Hardestyon the other hand practiced fully and is expected to go. Expect some kind of time share with Ogbannaya since he has performed well over the last few games and has shown more than Hardesty in terms of quality.

Speaking about time shares, Jerry Jones stated Miles Austin is questionable for this week and could possibly play. Even if it does not happen this week it brings the question on what they will do with Laurent Robinson. It’s pretty hard to ignore a guy with 7 scores in 5 games but a look at what happened last time may help. Robinson still received a good amount of looks but obviously his yardage did go down with Austin in the lineup. Still, Robinson caught 2 touchdowns in the previous 3 games he and Austin played together. His value will strictly hinge on his scoring which is a risk given his low yardage totals in 2 of the 3 games. While it’s going to be very hard to sit him, you will want to evaluate your other starters if you have better options or solid #1 WR’s on your team.

Hines Ward is reportedly now #4 on the WR depth chart with the return of Emmanuel Sanders. Ward is clearly on the downside of his career and is useful only as a reserve unless Sanders or Brown go down with injury.

Ryan Mathews did not practice on Thursday and is listed as Questionable. He looks like it will come down to a game time decision.

For those of you burned by Kevin Smith’s injury yesterday, good news he is not seriously hurt and should be back next week. Better news (in terms of fantasy) is Jahvid Best will be put on the I.R. this week which means Smith is the long term option presuming he stays healthy.

Naaman Roosevelt will be officially Doubtful and is a long shot to play Sunday. Steve Johnson actually had 84 yards receiving last time these two teams met, but the problem here is they only scored 11 points vs. the Jets and will be without Fred JacksonTahsard Choice was signed by the Bills this week and is expected to see work behind Spiller. Choice is useless unless Spiller goes down and even then you are in trouble if you are counting on him. If he’s on your roster at this point then you are either a hoarder or are not in contention. Also in this game, it looks like Ladainian Tomlinson will be out as well after not practicing all week. Good news forGreene owners.

Ahmad Bradshaw did run on the side this week but Brandon Jacobs will get the start against the New Orleans front which is allowing 121 yards per game.

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