Fantasy Football News Week 4


Fantasy Football News & Notes

RB Roy Helu (toe,heel) was placed on season-ending IR and the Redskins signed veteran runner Ryan Grant to play behind starter Alfred Morris and Evan Royster. Morris is the obvious starter for now and Royster has some value as a handcuff. Grant hasn’t had much fantasy value for years now, and should be left on waivers…Still no update on Pierre Garcon (foot), so he should still be considered doubtful to play.

It’s probably safe for anyone who owns RB Kevin Smith to go ahead and cut him. Mikel LeShoure excelled in an expanded role in his debut, rushing 26 times for 100 yards and even catching four passes. Unheralded Joique Bell even had nine touches in the Lions Week Three loss, while Smith had none. Don’t forget that Jahvid Best (concussions) is eligible to return in a few weeks, which could put Smith’s roster spot in jeopardy…QB Matt Stafford (hip) didn’t practice Wednesday and should be considered questionable. Should Stafford sit, Shaun Hill makes an excellent waiver-wire pick-up for those in dire need of help at QB.

RB Peyton Hillis (ankle) was seen in a walking boot and isn’t expected to practice this week or play Sunday against the Chargers. This is obviously a big boost for Jaamal Charles, who is coming off a win that saw him garner 39 touches, 288 yards and a touchdown. Shaun Draughn will spell Charles this week and could see some short yardage work.

It’s looking like RB Fred Jackson has a good chance to play this week. With the Bills thin in the backfield due to Jackson’s absence and the recent injury to the dynamic C.J. Spiller, Buffalo may allow Jackson (knee)to return a little earlier than expected. Tashard Choice is next in-line for work and could be worth a flyer in very deep fantasy leagues if Jackson is unable to go or is limited.

Looks like RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) will be back in the starting line-up for Week Four, but don’t discount Andre Brown‘s value. Brown certainly earned some extended playing time after his impressive showing last Thursday. Since the Giants have been a committee team for many years with Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs most recently, expect that to continue, with Brown more likely to see short-yardage duties.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi has been ruled out for Thursday’s AFC North battle between the Browns and Ravens.

RB Reggie Bush (knee) didn’t practice Wednesday and is looking questionable for Sunday’s game. If Bush sits out, Daniel Thomas and rookie Lamar Miller will likely split time, with Thomas more likely to play on first and second down and the more dynamic Miller playing in obvious passing situations. Both backs could be worth taking a look at, with Miller having more long-term value in dynasty and keeper leagues.

Don’t read too much into Stevan Ridley‘s quiet showing last week. The tempo of the New England offense favored more passing situations, so Danny Woodhead saw more snaps out of New England’s backfield. Ridley is still the back to have here and should get back on track this week against Buffalo…WR Julian Edelman (hand) is still day-to-day . If he’s limited, obviously Wes Welker will begin to shoot back up fantasy rankings for Week Four.

The Cardinals placed RB Beanie Wells on designated-for-return IR, meaning he will miss at least the next eight weeks. The oft-injured Wells is battling turf toe and had offseason knee surgery. If Ryan Williams, who excelled last week, is on your waiver-wire, go grab him as his value is skyrocketing.


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Jody Smith

Co-owner and Managing Editor of Gridiron Experts. 2012 FantasyPros Most Accurate Fantasy Expert. Member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. 26 year fantasy football veteran. Featured on, Fantasypros, Football Diehards annual magazine, local AM sports radio, podcasts everywhere and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School.

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