JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback David Garrard #9 and Luke McCown #12 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrate following a touchdown during a game against the St. Louis Rams at EverBank Field on September 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Fantasy Football News, Week 1: David Garrard Released By Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars released David Garrard Tuesday afternoon. The news affects the rest of the Jaguars starting lineup as you decide who to start and sit this weekend in fantasy football.

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Arian Foster Out: Derrick Ward Starting But Ben Tate Close Second

Arian Foster has officially been ruled inactive for Sunday's Texans-Colts game as his hamstring injury has not come around yet. John Clayton reported earlier in the week that he believed the injury was a three-to-four week issue rather than a simple week off.

For this week, Derrick Ward will get the start in Houston and if he gets hot early he could secure the short term starting job. The problem for Ward is that backup Ben Tate is a more talented running back and if Ward does not get hot right away, he could very well losing the starting job even before the end of Sunday against the Colts.

For now if you don't have a better option, Derrick Ward is likely to get the most carries on Sunday. However, if you're uncomfortable with Foster potentially being out for several weeks, Ben Tate is the guy you should be looking at for the next few weeks.

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Denver Broncos RB Situation: Knowshon Moreno, Willis McGahee Will Split Carries Early

Trouble is brewing in Denver for fantasy owners as the Broncos have declared they really don't have a set plan for how they will rotate Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee at running back. The thinking among fans has been that Moreno would end up starting with McGahee snagging mostly third down carries. That apparently is not necessarily the case.

Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy discussed the issue on Friday and indicated a preference for simply going with the hot hand:

"We're going to roll them," McCoy said. "They're going to play, and if one of them is tired, the other one is going in. Then we'll just keep them going. Both of them are going to play plenty of snaps, but we're not going to worry about counting snaps with them.

"If someone is in there playing and they're on a roll, then they're going to stay in. When they need to come out, then they're going to come out."

When McGahee signed with the Baltimore Ravens he saw his role move from clear number one to running back by committee to clear number two behind Ray Rice.

Now he comes to Denver behind the third year back Moreno who has taken some time to reach his potential. Moreno rushed for 947 yards his rookie season at 3.8 yards per carry. His total yards declined to 779 his second season but he improved his ypc to 4.3. The Broncos went in the tank as the Josh McDaniels experience came to an abrupt end so it's hard to blame him for fewer overall carries in the rushing game.

Moreno is the more talented back in this rotation and will likely emerge as the proverbial "hot hand." However, depending on how the Broncos develop he is at best an RB2 and in the short term might best be served as a rotational flex guy. It is hard to tell how the Broncos will develop in 2011 under John Fox, which means proceed with extreme caution.

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LeGarrette Blount Fantasy Impact Blunted By Running Back By Committee?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik appeared on Pro Football Talk Live and managed to create unbearable stress for fantasy football players with one of the worst phrases in the English language: "running back by committee." Dominik told PFT Live that while LeGarrette Blount would receive the bulk of the carries, Earnest Graham and Kregg Lumpkin would also receive a decent share of carries. This follows a Sporting News report that Graham would become the primary third down back in the Bucs offense.

It's easy to make grand proclamations prior to the season when you've got a plan in mind. However, when Blount is pounding through defensive lines for big gains, it will be interesting to see how much of the load Graham and Lumpkin carry. I could see Graham and Lumpkin splitting 7-10 carries, but not a whole lot more than that. This may change when Sunday gets here, but until proven otherwise, Blount remains a must-start.

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Braylon Edwards Will Not Face Suspension, Looks Like 49ers Number One Receiver

The San Francisco 49ers can breath a bit of a sigh of relief as they were informed on Tuesday that wide receiver Braylon Edwards would not be suspended for his DWI incident last September with the New York Jets. Edwards pled guilty to driving while intoxicated in July and had been waiting for word from the league on whether he would face a one or two game suspension.

While many people scoff at the 49ers offensive fantasy football options outside of Frank Gore and Vernon Davis, Braylon Edwards could emerge as a solid fantasy start in San Francisco. While Michael Crabtree sat out all of training camp with a fractured foot, Edwards has emerged as a potentially frequent target of Alex Smith. Edwards and Smith have spent extra time after practice working on timing and chemistry. While Vernon Davis and Frank Gore will get their numbers, the 49ers know they need consistent work from the wide receivers if they are going to implement a consistent offense.

Edwards is a big, physical wide receiver and could be a frequent red zone target on fade routes. This Sunday he faces a Seattle Seahawks defense that has plenty of question marks. While Edwards is not a number one receiver in fantasy football by any stretch of the imagination, he is at least a solid flex option in week one, and I think by season's end he could be a decent number two receiver on your fantasy squad. If he's on the waiver wire I recommend grabbing him sooner rather than later.

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David Garrard Released: Fantasy Football Impact

The Jacksonville Jaguars released David Garrard Tuesday afternoon. The news affects the rest of the Jaguars starting lineup as you decide who to start and sit this weekend in fantasy football.

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