NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football News: Michael Turner And Darren McFadden Lead Big Ground Day

We've got complete team-by-team breakdowns of injury news for Week 14 of the fantasy football season.

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Kyle Orton Struggling; Time To Start Tim Tebow?

Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton has thrown 14 incompletions and two interceptions in 26 attempts today. This is even worse than last week’s effort, a 32.8 completion percentage outing that was his worst game of the season by far. When will the Broncos turn the rest of their season over to rookie QB Tim Tebow?

What does a soon-to-be 3-10 team have to lose by finding out what it’s got in its first-round quarterback? Wish Josh McDaniels out as head coach, Denver needs to figure out whether Tebow is a long-term option or not. Getting blown out by the Cardinals is usually the first sign it’s time to try something different.

And if they have no interest in keeping Tebow, they should find a way to let him produce the best film he can for other teams. Run the Gatorcat (?), let him take some basic dropbacks, whatever. Nobody’s going to take this guy off the Broncos’ hands if they don’t let him show off the specific things he does well.

To debate Tebow vs. Orton, join Mile High Report.


Minus Matt Cassel, Philip Rivers Dominating Chiefs-Chargers

With QB Matt Cassel out due to surgery, the Kansas City Chiefs offense isn’t getting very much accomplished. Backup Brodie Croyle has thrown for only 40 yards, giving up 23 yards worth of sacks in the process.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers is having no such difficulties, passing for 178 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to WR Malcolm Floyd. This is Rivers’ ninth multiple-touchdown game of the season, and Floyd is up to six scores on the year.

Cassel underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday and had been questionable all week. Croyle is on his way to becoming a nice, round 0-10 as a starter. As usually RB Jamaal Charles is the bulk of Kansas City’s offense, but he’s provided only 49 yards so far.

For more on Cassel and the Chiefs, join Arrowhead Pride. For more on Rivers and the Chargers, join Bolts From The Blue.


Drew Brees And Marques Colston Score Twice In First Against Rams

Two straight close calls against teams with losing records? Sounds like the New Orleans Saints needed a game against an NFC West team — well hello there, St. Louis Rams.

Saints QB Drew Brees has already thrown two scores to WR Marques Colston, a five-yarder halfway through the first and a 17-yarder just before the second. Brees is already 13 of 15 for 97 yards, putting him on pace to end up with a season-high 60, though he won’t have much reason to throw 60 times if the Rams don’t start scoring. His previous season high was 56, so this is all actually worth mentioning. He’s also thrown a touchdown in every game this season, with multiple scores in 10.

After not scoring through week six, Colston now has seven touchdowns in his last seven games.

For more on Brees, Colston, and the Saints, join Canal Street Chronicles.


Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson, Michael Turner Running Wild In Charlotte

The Carolina Panthers running game is probably the best thing the Cats have going, but nobody expected an outburst like this. RB Jonathan Stewart has 134 yards on only 17 carries, his first 100-yard game of the season. RB Mike Goodson, who had taken over as Carolina’s featured back in recent weeks, has another 70 and a touchdown.

Falcons RB Michael Turner is a handful of yards away from his seventh 100-yard game of the year, with two touchdowns to boot. He’s now scored in four straight games, with multiple touchdowns in three games this season. He’s also gained 100 yards in four straight games against the Panthers.

Carolina’s passing game hasn’t helped out their running attack, with only 53 yards on the day. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan has pulled his weight, throwing for 220 and a touchdown so far.

Join The Falcoholic for more Falcons, and Big Cat Country for more Panthers.


Donovan McNabb Holding Off Rex Grossman Against Bucs

After a week in which the Washington Redskins reportedly split QB practice time between Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman, McNabb has yet to get pulled in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s completed nine of 12 for 74 yards and a touchdown and hasn’t thrown any picks, but mainly he’s just staying out of Ryan Torain’s way.

McNabb has thrown an interception in an impressive ten straight games, so his lack of turnovers so far today will indeed be something to write home about if he can keep it up. McNabb’s fantasy owners will gladly note what’s become a 12-game touchdown streak, however.

It’s hard to say how many of McNabb’s owners actually played him today, as he also had a minor hamstring injury in addition to Grossman nipping at his heels.

For more on McNabb and the Skins, join Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC.


Peyton Hillis Hits The 1000 Rushing Yard Mark

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis reached the 1000 yard rushing mark early into the first quarter of the Browns match up against the Buffalo Bills. With 13:23 left in the first quart, an eight yard run by Hillis valuted him over the 1000 yard rushing mark and became the ninth running back this season to hit 1000 rushing yards.

Entering the game Hillis had 962 yards on the season, putting him in tenth in the NFL in rushing yards. After being almost non-existent as a rusher during his time with the Denver Broncos, the 6'1", 240 pound Hillis has found himself new life in Cleveland. Hillis has already eclipsed his career numbers this season, having rushed 71 times, in two season, for 343 yards and six touchdowns for the Broncos (this season he has, going into today's game, 217 carries for 962 yard and 11 touchdowns).

Heading into half time, Hills has 72 rushing yards on 12 carries and one fumble.

For more on Hills, and the Browns, join Dawgs By Nature - SB Nation's Cleveland Browns blog.


Ryan Torain Has Over 100 Rushing Yards In First Quarter

It’s no mystery that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ undersized defensive front struggles against defending the run. They rank No. 26 this season and are giving up 128.5 yards per game on the ground on average.

Today, Washington Redskins’ running back Ryan Torain has been the benefactor, and he is really punching them in the mouth running in between the tackles. As a result, they have looked to an extremely run-heavy offense to move the chains.

At the end of the first quarter, Torain has carried the ball 10 times for 121 yards, and is averaging 12.1 yards per carry!

He also set a Redskins’ first quarter rushing record, which was previously held by RB Clinton Portis (88 yards in 2004).

We look for the Redskins to continue to pound the football in between the tackles against this Tampa Bay defensive front which really struggles against quality power-running offenses. Expect a lot of running, today.


Matt Ryan, Darren McFadden, Carson Palmer Provide Sunday's First Touchdowns

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden, and Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer are on the board early with the day’s first scores.

Ryan threw a four-yard pass to TE Tony Gonzalez after the Carolina Panthers fumbled away their opening drive. Ryan’s numbers so far suggest he is indeed playing against the Panthers, as he has 59 yards only nine minutes in. The score was only Gonzalez’ fifth of the season.

McFadden pulled in a pass from QB Jason Campbell for a 67-yard score — since the Raiders are playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, look forward to multiple subsequent posts in this stream on both teams. For whatever reason, Jags games are always extremely fantasy-relevant. McFadden appears to be back on his hot streak after a mere 30-yard outing a few weeks ago.

Luckily you played Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth today, since he was the happy recipient of Palmer’s one-yard touchdown strike. It was the first score of Whitworth’s career.


NFL Week 14 Fantasy Football Injury News: Will Brett Favre's Streak End This Sunday?

In this week's team by team look at the walking wounded we ponder whether Brett Favre will play for what appears to be the 100th time this season, a funeral could keep out a key TE, the Cardinals try another QB, and a few kickers won't be able to go. Here's your team by team injury reports for week 14 of the NFL season.


Backup RB Jason Snelling is questionable, but otherwise the Falcons are in good shape to face the NFC's worst team.


TE Jermaine Gresham missed practice all week after his grandmother died on Monday. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis apparently doesn't even know if he'll play on Sunday. I don't mean to be insensitive but... really? CB Brandon Ghee has been ruled out.

For the Steelers, TE Heath Miller will not play after suffering a concussion last week.


It seems as though Colt McCoy won't play again this weekend since Eric Mangini is trying to decide whether he'll be the third QB.

For Buffalo, TE Shawn Nelson won't play because of migrane headaches.


Rookie WR Demaryius Thomas has been ruled out. Kicker Matt Prater did light practice this week after picking up a groin injury. Might be worth grabbing another kicker if you have him.

For the Cardinals, Derek Anderson won't play so rookie John Skelton gets his first NFL start.


Both QBs Matt Stafford and Shaun Hill are still out so Drew Stanton gets another start. He'll be without T Gosder Cherilus as well.


The big one here is that Matt Cassel won't play after having an emergency appendectomy this week. It should be noted that he hasn't officially been ruled out and is just listed as questionable. Still it would be a shock if he did play.

For the Chargers, WR Patrick Crayton is out. Antonio Gates (toe), Vincent Jackson (calf), & Darren Sproles (concussion) are all questionable.


Brandon Marshall is questionable with a hamstring. Plus, Miami is beat up along both lines with LBs Channing Crowder & Karlos Dansby questionable on defense while T Jake Long is questionable on offense.

Other than some injured pride after being embarrassed by the Pats, the Jets are in good shape.


Both of these teams are pretty healthy. Pisa Tinoisamoa won't play for the Bears, but otherwise it's all hands on deck.


For the Giants, the question is whether WRs Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks can get back. Both practiced this week, but in a limited fashion. The two did make the trip to Minnesota today so you have to think there's a decent chance they play.

For the 800th time this year... Will Brett Favre play?! Is the streak in jeopardy? He's listed as questionable! I'll believe he misses this game when I see it.

Probably of more concern to the Vikings is that Percy Harvin is listed as doubtful with migranes. If they continue he won't play, but it's one of those things that can magically go away and he's fine. So this will be one worth watching on gameday.


The Raiders will get back TE Zach Miller, but otherwise not really much fantasy injury news in this one.


WR Mike Williams is still working through a hand injury and he's considered questionable.

For the Niners, kicker Joe Nedney will not play. Also Joe Staley is out, which certainly won't help once again starter Alex Smith.


No TE Michael Hoomanawanui again this week for the Rams.

For the Saints, RBs Julius Jones and Pierre Thomas both have ankle injuries but will play.


The Bucs lost their center and best corner, Aquib Talib, for the year last week.

The Redskins, as they have all year, have half of their team listed as questionable. They do expect to get RB Ryan Torain back.


The Eagles just announced that Asante Samuel and Winston Justice will not make the trip to Dallas. Meaning the team's best corner and the guy who protects Michael Vick's blind side are out.

The Cowboys lost Dez Bryant for the year last week. Marion Barber will also not play.


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