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With 880 total yards and six touchdowns, McFadden has been the fantasy monster we’ve been waiting to see since he arrived in the NFL from Arkansas three years ago. He’s among the season leaders in yards from scrimmage, and a big reason why the Raiders look set to reach .500.
Raiders QB Jason Campbell has played well today, completing 14 of 25 for 241 yards and a touchdown. RB Marcel Reese leads Raiders receivers, with 90 yards and said touchdown.
In other fantasy implications, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and QB Matt Hasselbeck have amounted to not very much. WR Golden Tate made a nice catch earlier, but those don’t really get fantasy bonuses. Will Oakland’s defense post the day’s second shutout?
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Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams put the Buccaneers offense on his back as they went into the half up 24-14 on the Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarter back Josh Freeman had only 162 yards at the half, with 83 of those yards to the hands of Williams. Williams, at half, had already moved into the top 6 for receiving yards this week. In regular Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues Williams has given his fantasy owners 14.3 points through the first half.
Williams leads all rookies in receiving yards after being drafted in the fourth round, 101 overall, by the Buccaneers. Coming into today's game Williams had 28 receptions for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns. Today's display gives him a prime opportunity to have his first career 100 yard receiving day (the closest he has been was a 7 catch, 99 yard and 1 TD game versus the Cincinnati Bengals).
After a pair of relatively underwhelming outings against the Patriots and Rams, Chargers TE Antonio Gates is expressing himself against the Titans today. His four catches for 102 yards is already his third-best total of the season, and he scored his ninth touchdown.
Last week against the Pats, the Chargers had a hard time even targeting Gates until late in the second half, but he still managed 50 yards and a touchdown. Gates is second among tight ends in fantasy scoring today, behind only Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis’ two-score day.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers is now up to 253 yards, meaning he’s on pace for his weekly statsgasm that somehow fails to produce a Chargers win due to a hilarious mishap. Still plenty of football left to be ruined here in San Diego. Rivers extends his games-with-a-touchdown streak to 21 games.
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With departed WR Randy Moss watching from the other sideline (and mostly watching even when on the field, as he has only one catch today), Patriots QB Tom Brady launched a 65-yard touchdown to WR Brandon Tate, putting Tate over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career. It's also Tate's first NFL touchdown, meaning only the most clear-eyed and/or desperate fantasy owners started Tate today anyway.
Brady's up to 168 yards, already topping two of his last three games. He has, however, thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game this season. The 65-yarder was his longest pass since week 13 of 2009.
Presumably the Pats will keep slinging, as their 10 rushing attempts have produced all of 19 yards, though Danny Woodhead did manage a touchdown. Not that you started any New England backs anyway.
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At halftime in San Diego, Titans QB Vince Young has thrown 13 times for 150 yards and a touchdown. Chargers QB Philip Rivers, meanwhile, has 166 yards and an interception to show for his 21 attempts. Before the game, Young was reported to be backing up Kerry Collins due to injuries, but it looks like the Titans made the right call in giving Young the start. The Titans just wouldn’t be the same without their ever-revolving quarterback carousel, even if the thing reaches tropical storm levels from time to time.
WR Lavelle Hawkins has stepped up as Tennessee’s top pass-catcher, with 42 yards at the half. TE Antonio Gates leads for the Chargers, producing 54 yards on five targets by Rivers.
Young is beating Rivers at his own game so far, completing passes of 24 yards or more to four different receivers. And he’s doing it without last week’s unstoppable WR Kenny Britt, who left early with a hamstring injury.
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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has 68 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against the New England Patriots at halftime, while Brett Favre has only thrown two incompletions in 13 attempts. Favre has 121 yards as the Vikings hold a 7-7 tie with the Pats. Patriots WR Randy Moss has zero catches through his first half against his former team. In fact, he's yet to even be targeted.
Peterson has now scored at least one touchdown in five of seven games this year, and is on pace for his fourth 100-yard game. But the bigger story so far is Favre's non-weehaw game-management, especially in light of week-long injury concerns.
Though Favre hasn't found the end zone, he may wind up with his best game of the season if he continues to avoid throwing picks. He's thrown at least one interception in all but one game this year, and in that game he only managed 119 yards all day.
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Week 7 of the NFL season was certainly a career day for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt but Week 8 has not been as nice of a week for Britt. Coming off of a 7 catch, 225 yard and 3 receiving touchdowns week, Britt has 0 catches and 0 points and it will remain that way. Britt was forced off the field after attempting to haul in a long toss to him down the field, his attempt resulting in him remaining on the field clearly in pain. According to SI's Jim Trotter, Britt suffered an injury to his right hamstring and is unlikely to return to the game.
Britt typically would be replaced with Justin Gage, whom Britt overtook on the Titans depth chart, but Gage is inactive for today's game. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher favored rookie wide receiver Damian Williams over Gage, leaving Williams as the likely new number two wide receiver versus the San Diego Chargers.
For more on Kenny Britt and the Titans, check out SB Nation's Titans blog Music City Miracles.
Garrard led the way with four passing touchdowns and a rushing score as the Jags pounded the Cowboys in Dallas. Completing 17 of his 24 attempts, his 260 yards amounted to his highest passing total since late last season. His only demerit: a lost fumble.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford threw four touchdowns of his own, three of them to Johnson. Megatron now has two straight 100-yard, multi-touchdown games after a slow start. Stafford had possibly the second best game of his career after missing the Lions' last five games with an injury.
The Chiefs outlasted the Bills in overtime, largely due to Charles' 238 yards on 26 touches. He was Kansas City's leading rusher and receiver, and went over 100 yards rushing for the first time since his four-game streak to close 2009.
Cowboys QB Jon Kitna's four interceptions did Dallas in today, but TE Jason Witten and WR Miles Austin put up big fantasy days anyway. Witten has 97 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches, while Austin has reached 117 late in the fourth. WR Dez Bryant produced 84 yards of his own.
The Jaguars have dominated both this game and fantasy rankings throughout the league, with QB David Garrard's five total touchdowns giving him the best day of any player so far. WR Mike Sims-Walker, TE Marcedes Lewis, and RB Maurice Jones-Drew are also among today's leaders, and WR Mike Thomas turned his five touches into 50 yards and a touchdown.
Today's game marked the biggest yardage day of the year for both Jones-Drew and Sims-Walker, and was Lewis' third multi-score game of the year. Without all those picks, Kitna would've put up a decent amount of points, with 379 yards and a touchdown.
With under four minutes to go, the Green Bay Packers defense has held the New York Jets off the scoreboard. This is pretty surprising, and not only because the Jets have home field advantage here. The Jets entered this game ranked fourth in the NFL in points per game, while Green Bay's defense was ranked in the bottom half in scoring defense.
Though Jets QB Mark Sanchez has thrown for 236 yards, the Packers have also come up with two picks, two sacks, and a fumble recovery. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers hasn't fared much better against the Jets' D, with only 170 yards, but at least he hasn't thrown any picks.
Packers WR Greg Jennings and Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery have been the only other fantasy notables, with 81 and 69 yards respectively. Packers kicker Mason Crosby has been the only thing keeping this one from a 0-0 tie, with two field goals made. Windy weather seems to have played a role in Jets kicker Nick Folk's earlier miss.
Brett Favre's consecutive games started streak of 291 straight games, the current NFL record, looks like it will continue. Favre was named as an active player on the Minnesota Vikings active roster list for their 4 pm game versus the New England Patriots. As reported by Peter King of SI.com, "he suffered aOne is a stress fracture of his ankle, and the other "avulsion fracture'' of his calcaneus, or heel area, where a portion of the heel bone has chipped away." Speculation is that Tarvaris Jackson will most likely be needed to fill in for Favre at some point during the game.
The Patriots activated wide receiver Deion Branch, though he may not make much of an impact versus the Vikings. Branch is expected to be limited due to the same quadriceps injury that limited him in practice this week. With Branch playing it means that the first match up of the Patriots and the now departed Randy Moss will feature the wide receiver that was indirectly traded for him.
Steve Breaston will make his first appearance for the Arizona Cardinals after missing the last three weeks. Breaston has been recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. In his only three games, all three were starts, of the season Breaston had 14 catches for 183 yards and 1 TD.
Vince Young is active and is expected to start for the Tennessee Titans over Kerry Collins. The Titans deactivated Justin Gage, who apparently has fallen down the depth charts. Fellow wide receiver Legedu Naanee is inactive for the San Diego Chargers because of continued problems with his hamstring. Kris Brown will once again be the Chargers kicker as he was declared as active; normal Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding is still out with a groin injury. LeGarrette Blount is active for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has been speculated to receive most of the carries for the Bucs.
May the fantasy gods have mercy on you if you started either 49ers QB Troy Smith or Broncos QB Tim Tebow today, but Smith has actually turned in a very good day in London. In the past five minutes of game time, Smith has thrown a 28-yard touchdown to WR Michael Crabtree and rushed for a one-yard score, rivaling Tebow's own short-yardage touchdown run.
Smith is second among all quarterbacks in fantasy scoring, behind only Jaguars QB David Garrard, who's exploded for four touchdowns against the Cowboys. While Redskins QB Donovan McNabb has far more rushing yards than Smith, it's the touchdown that matters here.
As for his passing, Smith is an entirely respectable 12-of-19 with zero picks in his first regular season action as a Niner. TE Delanie Walker has ably filled in for Vernon Davis, catching five balls for 85 yards. Crabtree has 53, and WR Josh Morgan has 30 of his own.
No, Tebow doesn't have any passing yards.
In today's battle of young quarterbacks, Rams QB Sam Bradford has more than dominated Panthers QB Matt Moore. Bradford has thrown for 191 yards and two touchdowns, while Moore has been good for 96 yards and two interceptions. Bradford did let the ball hit the turf, but the Rams recovered his fumble.
The rookie has done a great job of spreading the ball around; that's great for the Rams, but bad for anyone trying to settle on a Rams receiver worth starting in fantasy. Bradford's touchdowns went to TE Daniel Fells and WR Danny Amendola, while WR Brandon Gibson leads all receivers with 67 yards.
Panthers WR Steve Smith is Carolina's only noteworthy box score participant, with 38 yards on five catches.
Bradford looks set to exceed 200 yards for his fifth time as a pro. He also produced his fourth game with multiple touchdowns, his third straight game with a touchdown, and his third straight game without an interception. So far, at least, on that last part.
It's been a while since Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb led his team in rushing, but that's the case so far today. McNabb's 45 yards on the ground supplement an otherwise meh performance against the Lions, as McNabb has only thrown for 165 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts. This is already his best rushing game since late 2007; if he adds nine more yards, you can spin that dial back another calendar year.
Redskins RB Ryan Torain has been a running game non-factor, producing a 1.1 yard average on 10 attempts, though he caught McNabb's sole touchdown pass. WR Anthony Armstrong and TE Chris Cooley lead all Skins receivers, with 57 and 48 yards respectively.
McNabb only has two 300-yard games this year, but has thrown one touchdown in seven straight games. That's not "at least one touchdown," either. He's thrown exactly one touchdown per week. If any team is capable of giving up a second touchdown pass, it's got to be the Lions, right?
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford as looked shaky in his first game since week one, completing 13 of 24 with a pick, but he's thrown a touchdown each to WR Calvin Johnson and TE Brandon Pettigrew to put the Lions up on the Washington Redskins. Stafford has a mighty 97 yards halfway through the third quarter, but only trails David Garrard, Carson Palmer, and Donovan McNabb in fantasy scoring today.
Johnson had 47 yards on four catches. Though he hasn't been racking up the yards, except for a 147-yard outburst against the Giants, he now has five touchdowns in his past four games. Pettigrew's score is his second of the year, and with only eight yards on two catches he doesn't appear to be in line for too many more scoring opportunities today.
The Lions aren't giving up on the run, with Jahvid Best getting most of their 16 rushing attempts, but expect the Stafford-to-Johnson connection to produce at least a few more yards today.
San Francisco 49ers starting tight end Vernon Davis is doubtful to return to today's 49ers match up against the Denver Broncos. Davis was knocked out of the game after he aggravated an already bad ankle injury. Prior to the injury Davis had only caught one ball for twelve yards and hadn't made a huge impact on the game for the 49ers.
Brian Orakpo appeared to injury his already injured left ankle even more and back up Chris Wilson came on for the remainder of the series However, Orakpo returned the next Washington Redskins defensive series. Orakpo was seen wearing a walking boot prior to the start of the game and there was worry about whether or not the injury would force him out of the game.
Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones briefly left the Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars game with an arm injury, but returned before the end of the first half. Jones had his forearm wrapped up and reappeared just before the second quarter expired. It appears that his X-Rays came back clean.
The Green Bay Packers got even thinner at cornerback when back up cornerback Patrick Lee left today's game against the New York Jets with an ankle injury. No news has been released about his status so far but Lee was taken to the locker room for X-Rays.
Though the London matchup between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers has been about as ugly as Roger Gooddell likely feared, Niners RB Frank Gore and Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd are doing their parts to showcase NFL football to the world. How can American football be all that bad when it involves Frank Gore and Brandon Lloyd?
Gore has 87 yards on 18 carries, while Lloyd has contributed 95 yards on three catches. Broncos QB Kyle Orton is up to 183 yards with no touchdowns. No other 49er has more than 12 yards, and Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is the game's only other player to exceed 20 yards.
Oh, and Tim Tebow scored a touchdown, set up by Lloyd's 71-yard catch. If you started Tebow today, we'd like a look at your depth chart. Maybe you were thinking London weather would ground Orton and force the Broncos to trot out the Tebowcat on every play?
Somehow, Jaguars-Cowboys is the early favorite for fantasy game of the week, believe it or not. Cowboys WR Miles Austin has 102 yards on six catches in addition to the big days by Jaguars QB David Garrard, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, TE Marcedes Lewis, and WR Mike Sims-Walker.
Austin nearly added a touchdown at the end of the half, but his end zone catch was ruled out of bounds. This is his fourth 100-yard game this season, and he's got a good chance to outdo his previous efforts of 166, 146, and 142 yards. With only two touchdowns on the year, a score in the second half would really hit the spot for both the struggling Cowboys and Austin's fantasy owners, about whom we'll make no assumptions.
Cowboys RB Marion Barber nearly added to this game's fantasy implications, but his fourth-down goal line run was ruled short of the end zone as the half wound to a close.
Week by week, the Kansas City Chiefs slowly continue to realize RB Jamaal Charles is their best weapon. He has 86 rushing yards and 45 receiving yards in today's first half against the Bills. That's 131 yards on only 12 touches, making him the game's leading rusher and receiver.
Charles has yet to break 100 yards this season, though he's finished with 87 or more yards four times. He's also only scored twice, having played setup man for RB Thomas Jones and others, and today's no different. QB Matt Cassel and WR Dwayne Bowe connected for the Chiefs' only touchdown.
Though Charles broke a 56-yard gain in week one, his 32-yard burst today was his longest run since. Considering the Chiefs tend to keep him below 20 touches per game, fantasy owners hoping for the rare Charles touchdown may not have too many more chances today, especially since the Chiefs should be able to beat the Bills with or without him.
The stars have aligned, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are the most electric team in pro football at the moment. QB David Garrard, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Mike Sims-Walker, and TE Marcedes Lewis are the NFL's hottest fantasy performers at their respective position for the time being.
Garrard's 42-yard touchdown pass to Lewis was his second passing score of the day after an earlier strike to Sims-Walker. Garrard is up to 137 yards and remains perfect through nine attempts.
Jones-Drew has yet to find the end zone against the Cowboys, but has 60 rushing yards plus 10 in receptions. The Jags' defense is doing very well too, after nabbing two Jon Kitna passes and allowing only three points so far. As more teams score throughout the league, Jacksonville's D might find itself on top of its position rankings too.
Who needs Tim Tebow to keep the team in Florida, anyway? This is thrilling football! Just play the Cowboys every week, and Duval County will have football forever.
Jacksonville Jaguars QB David Garrard has yet to throw for more than 178 yards this season, but he’s on pace to approach 400 today. As the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys closes, Garrard is eight-for-eight for 81 yards, plus a touchdown to WR Mike Sims-Walker.
Garrard has done an efficient job of finding the end zone, and today’s early score is his tenth of the season. He’s also been strikingly accurate in all but two games, so a perfect quarter isn’t that big of a surprise.
Sims-Walker has 51 of those yards, already his second-best game of the year. He put up 105 and a score against the Chargers in week two, which is certainly within reach against a top-ten Cowboys passing defense.
The knock on Garrard: he turns the ball over more than you’d like, with seven interceptions so far this year, and he’s already lost a fumble today near Dallas’ red zone. Without that fumble, Garrard might already have his fourth multi-touchdown game.
Bengals QB Carson Palmer is off to a hot start against the Dolphins, throwing a touchdown to WR Terrell Owens on the game’s opening drive. Palmer lit up the Falcons’ secondary last week for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, while Owens extends his scoring streak to four games.
Owens has caught fire as of late, putting up 412 yards in his previous three games after a slow start. Palmer has been very hot and cold, with three 300-yard games and two sub-200 efforts. He’s thrown multiple touchdowns in four games, with a pair of multiple-interception outings.
A big day from Owens might not be all that surprising, as his last game against the Dolphins was one of his only two impressive games of 2009.
Chad Ochocinco is also on the board early, with two catches for 20 yards. It’s hard to know what to make of Ochocinco’s role in the Owens-enabled Bengals offense, as his only two touchdowns and only 100-yard games came in week one and last week.
David Garrad and Terrance Newman are both expected to play for their respective teams in today's match up between the floundering Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Garrard is recovering from a concussion that he suffered in week 6 versus the Tennessee Titans (a 30-3 loss for the Jaguars). On the season Garrard is throwing 84-128 for 838 yards and 9 touchdowns against 7 interceptions. Trent Edwards and Todd Bouman, Garrard's backups, were both injured over the past two weeks, leaving the Jaguars in a pickle if Garrard's concussion symptoms had continued. Bouman was already signed out of no where and ended up not only playing but starting a game for the Jaguars.
Newman, according to Rotoworld.com, is "expected to play in Week 8 against Jacksonville. The Cowboys are extremely thin at the cornerback position, so having Newman on the field is a big relief." The Cowboy's secondary is hurt across the board with Michael Jenkins, Newman and Alan Ball all nicked up.
Darrelle Revis was given a fully clean bill of health for today's game, indicating that he is finally up to 100 percent for the firs time this season. Rotoworld.com reports that "The New York Post claims that Revis Island is back in order, and that they predict him to have an interception against Aaron Rogers. While we don't completely buy that Revis is back to full healthy, the Week 8 matchup between one of the league's best passing attacks and most talked about secondaries should be fun to watch."
But even at 100 percent, Revis will not be covering Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings in today's New York Jets versus Packers match up. Instead of Revis, Antonio Cromartie will cover Jennings, who had a big day the last two weeks, torching both the Minnesota and Dolphins secondaries for a combined 12 catches for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Steven Jackson's workhorse role for the St. Louis Rams has given him many injuries problems over his years in the NFL. This season has been none the different for the six year veteran, as he has suffered his typical share of injuries. Currently Jackson is hampered by an injured hand which limits his ability to be a weapon out of the Rams' backfield. Jackson has recorded 16 receptions for 165 yards this season, which leaves him currently with his highest yards-per-catch average of his career (10.3).
The Rams are unexpectedly competing for the NFC West division title this season, after going 1-15 last season. With Jackson contributing like normal and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford managing to shoulder a large load given to him by the Rams coaching staff (Bradford is averaging 37 attempts per game), the Rams have already won two more games than last season and are only 1.5 games out of first place in the NFC West.
It’s another week in the NFL and another week for you to pick up some much-needed points in fantasy football. We’ve got the scoop on fantasy injuries and fantasy sleepers, and we’re going to keep you updated in this stream so make sure to keep checking back periodically throughout the day.
Will Brett Favre's streak be broken? Who starts at QB this week for the Titans? Who starts at QB for the Jaguars and does anyone care? Which major fantasy RB looks doubtful for the weekend? Here are the team by team injury reports for week eight of the NFL season to help answer those questions.
The one notable injury in this game is that WR/PR/RB/everything guy Dexter McCluster is questionable with an ankle injury. Kansas City has been very cagey about whether he might be ready to play this weekend.
For the Rams, Steven Jackson is listed as questionable with a finger injury but he is expected to play
I put "at" in quotes because of course this game will be played in front of the fine little gentleman in foggy London town. WR Eddie Royal was battling a groin injury early in the week, but was a full go on Friday.
From a fantasy perspective there's no surprises here.
For the Jags, it's all about who will play QB. All three of their signal callers are on the injury report, with last week's start Todd Bouman in the worst shape and listed as questionable. Jack Del Rio says that it looks like David Garrard will return as the starter.
Nothing of fantasy note
You might have this week that Brett Favre has a foot and ankle injury that might keep him out this week and break his consecutive games streak. ESPN mentioned this once or twice... I'll believe Favre misses a game when I see it, but if he can't go Tarvaris Jackson will go in his place. As of now Favre is listed as questionable, but look for the final decision to be made on Sunday.
TE Zach Miller is questionable with a foot injury,
The self professed "best team in the NFC" looks pretty healthy this week. The Cardinals also look pretty good and figure to get back rookie QB Max Hall this week.
Once again, the Redskins list half their team as questionable. The only person out for sure is RB Clinton Portis.
For the Lions, Jahvid Best has been limited in practice all week with a toe injury but he should be ready to go.
No Pierre Thomas for another week
This is the Monday Night game so the teams haven't released their full injury report but neither Josepth Addai nor Austin Collie were able to practice on Friday.
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