Tuesday Update

With one game to go in order to salvage your season and squeak into the playoff’s, it is as important as ever to make the right decisions.

Monday Night Football saw an explosion of offense from the Saints. Drew Brees was in beast mode, tossing 4 scores and running one in so he is of course a must start. The issue here is picking a running back to roll with on this team. The Saints have been using all three backs with effectiveness but there are only two you can trust. Darren Sproles carries the greatest value due to his special teams, pass catching and runs. If you have Mark Ingram, he has quickly separated himself as the lead back for runs. He has scored in 3 of the last 5 games he has played and received 13 touches last night compared to 8 each for Sproles and Pierre Thomas. Thomas is the most unworthy of the three and will have to rely on the big play. Ingram is the better red zone option and will have some solid match up’s coming in the playoffs.

Brad Smith was announced as the guy who will line up across Steve Johnson next week after Chan Gailey stated how much he was impressed with his performance. David Nelson still has value as the red zone target but he is clearly a flex play as is Smith. Smith does get a slight bump due to his Wildcat potential but neither deserves consideration as a lead receiver on your team.

Darren McFadden did some light work on Monday but is still far from being a definitive start. Keep tabs throughout the week to see his progress. As I alerted everyone to before the games last week, Marcel Reece makes for a sneaky flex play. He has 153 total yards in 2 games now.

Sam Bradford tweaked his ankle once again but is expected to practice on Wednesday. Either way, Brandon Lloyd remains the top target on the team and if anything Bradford’s absence hurts Steven Jackson most. Lloyd has a TD in four of his last five games.

Mike Vick did not practice on Monday which is not a good sign given the Eagles have the Thursday night game. Barring him getting on the field tomorrow, expect him to be very doubtful. We should see Lesean McCoy perform well against a Seattle team which allowed Ryan Helu a 162 yard performance. Though the Eagles are imploding, McCoy is a gamer and will be heavily relied upon at the home of the 12th man. Andy Reid is sure to notice the 14 touches Sunday as a problem he will make sure does not repeat itself.

Aaron Brown was signed by the Detroit Lions this week after putting Best on the I.R. list. The problem here is I am not sure if it was to fill the vacancy or because Kevin Smith is not as healthy as expected. Keep tabs on Smith’s practice participation this week. He has a decent match up against the Saints 19th ranked rush defense and will be a big factor in the screen game if he plays.

All signs point to Adrian Peterson missing week 13 though he could be a game time decision. High ankle sprains are about the worse non-season ending injury a running back could have so get ready to look elsewhere just in case.

Expect Peyton Hillis to carry a good load once again but he is matched up against a tough Baltimore defense which should have issues containing him. If you have a better option, go for it. The never bench your studs rule is gold, but match ups don’t get much worse. His lone saving grace may come if he breaks a few due to volume. Otherwise I would plan on avoiding him based on who else is on your roster.

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