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Week 2 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, please understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Andre Johnson or any other top-tier players.

Fred Jackson showed in Week 1 that he clearly still is the best running back in Buffalo with his performance in an upset win at Kansas City. And now he's ready for an encore.

Despite having to prove that he should remain the starter ahead of C.J. Spiller in the preseason, Jackson was the main man in the backfield in the season opener against the Chiefs. He had 20 carries for 112 yards and one catch for 5 yards, proving he can still be a viable Fantasy option in all leagues.

Jackson should run well again in Week 2. He has a favorable matchup against the Raiders, who come into this game on a short week after playing the Broncos on Monday night. Oakland also has to make the dreaded trip from the West Coast to the East Coast for a 1 p.m. ET start, and Jackson should be able to take advantage of this defense.

I'm starting Jackson over ...
Frank Gore, SF vs. DAL
Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC at NYJ
Chris Johnson, TEN vs. BAL
Beanie Wells, ARI at WAS
DeAngelo Williams, CAR vs. GB

The Raiders played great in Week 1 against the Broncos in holding Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee to a combined 25 rushing yards on 12 carries. But Denver abandoned the run in that game and threw the ball 46 times.

Bills coach Chan Gailey won't go away from Jackson, who has been stellar at home. In his past five home games he has at least 100 total yards or a touchdown with 407 rushing yards and two touchdowns and 19 catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns over that span, including matchups with Chicago, Pittsburgh and New England last year. And the Raiders defense could show its true colors in this game since they allowed the fourth most rushing yards in the NFL last year at 134 yards per game.

There aren't many weeks where Jackson will be considered a must-start Fantasy option, but this is one of those favorable matchups. He should continue his stellar start to the 2011 season with another big outing against the Raiders.

Full Disclosure from Week 1
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals 14 16 73
Recommended starts that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage
49ers DST 12 31 24
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions 20 28 69
Mike Tolbert, RB, Chargers 12 26 26
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans 10 25 68
Kevin Kolb, QB, Cardinals 19 22 30
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets 16 21 16
Tim Hightower, RB, Redskins 12 15 60
Plaxico Burress, WR, Jets 9 13 43
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage
Josh Freeman, QB, Bucs 20 16 57
Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants 11 2 28
Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings 11 1 69
Recommended sits that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage
Eli Manning, QB, Giants 15 14 42
Ryan Grant, RB, Packers 8 4 45
Mark Ingram, RB, Saints 8 4 42
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks 7 4 25
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers 9 2 90
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars 8 2 46
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage
Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens 14 26 22
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears 15 22 17
Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys 7 15 63
Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys 9 10 63

Quarterback

Start 'Em

Week 2 sleeper QBs
Mark Sanchez, NYJ vs. JAC
Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF vs. OAK
Chad Henne, MIA vs. HOU

Matthew Stafford (vs. KC): This might be the last time you see Stafford listed here since he's heading into the obvious start range based on his start percentage. But for one more week, we'll mention him coming off his amazing Week 1 at Tampa Bay with 305 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. The Chiefs are without standout safety Eric Berry (knee) for the rest of the season and just allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw four touchdowns against them.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. SEA): Fantasy owners are ready to hit the panic button after Roethlisberger struggled in Week 1 at Baltimore with 280 passing yards, one touchdown, three interceptions and two lost fumbles. Keep in mind it was the Ravens, and this week he gets the Seahawks. He should rebound in a big way and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
Josh Freeman (at MIN): Freeman struggled in Week 1 against Detroit with 259 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception and four carries for 26 yards. But he should rebound this week against the Vikings, who struggled to stop the Chargers' passing attack last week. We understand that Freeman is no Philip Rivers, but he should be able to reach at least 18 Fantasy points in this matchup, which should make him a Top 12 quarterback in Week 2.
Joe Flacco (at TEN): Flacco was one of the biggest surprises in Week 1 with his performance against the Steelers with 224 passing yards and three touchdowns. He should play well again this week against the Titans, who stopped Jacksonville's passing game in Week 1 but were among the worst teams against opposing quarterbacks last season. Flacco was drafted as a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback, but he could easily emerge as a No. 1 option if he continues to play at this level.
Rex Grossman (vs. ARI): In four games as Washington's starter going back to last year, Grossman is averaging 286 passing yards, two touchdowns, one interception and one fumble. In one game against a rookie quarterback (Cam Newton), the Cardinals secondary allowed 422 passing yards and three total touchdowns. I'll give Grossman the edge here, and he should be considered a Top 12 Fantasy quarterback coming into Week 2.

Sit 'Em

Kevin Kolb (at WAS): Kolb got off to a hot start in his debut with the Cardinals with 309 passing yards, two touchdowns and a fumble against the Panthers, but he should struggle this week. The Redskins held Eli Manning to 268 passing yards, no touchdowns and an interception, although he did score on the ground. Kolb could be a little more turnover prone this week, and he's a risky starter in standard leagues.
Sam Bradford (at NYG): The Rams had a tough Week 1 against the Eagles, losing Danny Amendola (elbow), Steven Jackson (quad) and Bradford (finger) to injury. Only Bradford will play this week at the Giants, and he could struggle again. It's not the worst matchup for him, but since he's less than 100 percent and without Amendola, you can probably find better options to start this week.
Kyle Orton (vs. CIN): Orton had a tough start to the season with his performance against the Raiders in Week 1. He passed for 304 yards, one touchdown and one interception and lost a fumble, but now his job could be in jeopardy with another poor performance since fans were calling for Tim Tebow. This isn't a horrible matchup at home against the Bengals, but Orton could hear boo birds again if he gets off to a bad start. And if Brandon Lloyd (groin) is out then Orton's value will suffer even more.
Matt Cassel (at DET): As expected, Cassel was terrible against the Bills in Week 1 with 119 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. He isn't expected to do much better this week, and he could be dropped in a lot of leagues with another poor performance. There are plenty of quarterbacks out there who have higher upside like Grossman, Fitzpatrick, Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne.
Cam Newton (vs. GB): Newton was great in Week 1 with his record-setting performance against the Cardinals. But that said as much about Arizona's defense as it did about the way Newton played. He has a much tougher matchup this week against the Packers, who should be rested and ready after 10 days off. He is going to find that not every NFL defense is as easy to tear apart like the Cardinals defense he faced in his debut.

Bust alert: Matt Ryan (vs. PHI): Ryan struggled in Week 1 at Chicago with 319 passing yards, one interception and one lost fumble. He will have better days, but this will be another tough matchup for him against the Eagles. Philadelphia rolls into town with that impressive secondary of Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel, and they will look to shut down Ryan like they shut down the Rams last week with no passing touchdowns allowed. Ryan has mixed success against the Eagles with 527 passing yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions and a lost fumble in two meetings, but he is worth benching this week based on the matchup.

Running back

Start 'Em

Week 2 sleeper RBs
Ben Tate, HOU at MIA
Cadillac Williams, STL at NYG
Reggie Bush, MIA vs. HOU
Danny Woodhead, NE vs. SD
Darren Sproles, NO vs. CHI

Mike Tolbert (at NE): We expected Tolbert to play well in Week 1 against Minnesota, but he was still a surprise with three touchdowns and nine catches for 58 yards. He will continue to work as the receiving threat out of the backfield, and he will also get touches at the goal line. Since his knee is fine following a scary moment against the Vikings, you should keep him active in all leagues.
Shonn Greene (vs. JAC): There are two things you should ignore from Week 1 when it comes to this matchup. For starters, Greene will run better this week than he did last week against the Cowboys, when he was held to 10 carries for 26 yards and one catch for 7 yards. The other is how the Jaguars played in run defense against the Titans, allowing just 34 rushing yards, including 24 to Chris Johnson. Greene will get more carries this week, and he will be successful. Don't hit the panic button yet after his slow start against Dallas.
Tim Hightower (vs. ARI): Hightower was another candidate for Start of the Week since he's facing his former team, he played well in Week 1 against the Giants with 97 total yards and a touchdown and the Cardinals are heading to the East Coast for a 1 p.m. ET start. Hightower should be motivated for this game, and he's worth starting in all leagues based on the matchup.
Felix Jones (at SF): The 49ers haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 23 consecutive games, which doesn't bode well for Jones, but he doesn't need to rush for 100 yards to be successful as he showed last week. He had 66 total yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble at the Jets, and this is an easier matchup. Look for Jones to reach double digits in Fantasy points again this week, and he should be started in the majority of formats.
James Starks (at CAR): Starks showed in Week 1 against New Orleans that he's clearly the best running back in Green Bay even though Ryan Grant remains the starter. Starks had 12 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Saints, but the playing time was definitely slanted in his favor. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Panthers, who couldn't stop Beanie Wells in Week 1 with 102 total yards and a touchdown. Look for Starks to be useful again in this matchup, and he's worth starting as a No. 2 running back in most leagues.

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Sit 'Em

DeAngelo Williams (vs. GB): The Packers proved how tough it could be in Week 1 against the Saints by holding Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles to a combined 78 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Sproles and Thomas did combine for 112 receiving yards on 11 catches, but Williams has shown that catching the ball isn't a big part of his game. He also struggled in Week 1 at Arizona with 12 carries for 30 yards and one catch for 6 yards, and don't be surprised if he has another low total this week.
Knowshon Moreno (vs. CIN): Moreno is dealing with a potential hamstring injury, which could limit his production or keep him out. But if he does try to play against the Bengals in Week 2 then he should be reserved in most Fantasy leagues. He was miserable against the Raiders in Week 1 with eight carries for 22 yards and two catches for 35 yards with a lost fumble, and Willis McGahee could see an increase in touches this week. Let Moreno get healthy and prove himself before considering him a must-start option.
Marshawn Lynch (at PIT): The worst thing for Lynch this week was watching Ray Rice trounce the Steelers defense in Week 1. Pittsburgh should be highly motivated coming off that blowout loss to the Ravens, and the Steelers should be able to shut down the entire Seahawks offense. Lynch had 13 carries for 33 yards and two catches for 14 yards in Week 1 at San Francisco, and he could struggle to reach four Fantasy points again in this matchup.
Mark Ingram (vs. CHI): Things could change for Ingram and the Saints if Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher is out following the death of his mother. And New Orleans could be more run-oriented with the injuries their dealing with at wide receiver to Marques Colston (collarbone) and Lance Moore (groin). But Ingram is part of a three-headed backfield with Thomas and Sproles, and Sproles could end up being the Saints' most-productive running back this week because of his receiving skills. If Ingram doesn't score a touchdown this week then his production would be minimal. Consider him a No. 3 Fantasy option at best.
LaDainian Tomlinson (vs. JAC): Tomlinson was great last week in helping the Jets in their comeback effort against the Cowboys. He had just five carries for 16 yards, but he contributed a team-high six catches for 73 yards. The Jets should be ahead in this game, which means Tomlinson won't be needed as much as a receiver. And with Greene expected to get the bulk of the carries, Tomlinson's production should be minimal. I would only use him as a flex option in deep point per reception leagues this week.

Bust alert: Chris Johnson (vs. BAL): We had Rashard Mendenhall in this same spot last week because of the matchup with the Ravens, and Baltimore held him to 12 carries for 45 yards and a lost fumble. Johnson also struggled in Week 1 against Jacksonville with just nine carries for 24 yards and six catches for 25 yards. We understand most Fantasy owners can't afford to sit Johnson, but if you have better options on your bench then you might keep him reserved. He had 18 carries for 44 yards and two catches for 4 yards in his lone meeting with the Ravens in 2008, and Baltimore's run defense is just as good now as it was then. Start Johnson if you have to in Week 2, but just lower your expectations since he could struggle in this tough matchup.

Wide receiver

Start 'Em

Week 2 sleeper WRs
Deion Branch, NE vs. SD
Eric Decker, DEN vs. CIN
Brandon Gibson, STL at NYG
Malcom Floyd, SD at NE
Jacoby Jones, HOU at MIA

Santana Moss (vs. ARI): The Cardinals looked lost on defense in Week 1 against the Panthers when they allowed 13 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns to receivers. Moss is coming off a solid game against the Giants with six catches for 76 yards on a team-high eight targets. All the Redskins receiving targets are worth a look this week with Jabar Gaffney and Anthony Armstrong, but Moss is easily the best of the bunch.
Plaxico Burress (vs. JAC): Burress played well in Week 1 against Dallas with four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown on nine targets, and he has the chance for another productive game against the Jaguars, who again will struggle with their secondary. Jacksonville gave up two touchdowns to Kenny Britt last week, and the Jets should be able to move the ball at will in this matchup, which will help all their main Fantasy options, including Burress.
Jordy Nelson (at CAR): Lost in all the Newton hype last week was the fact that the Panthers secondary was atrocious against Arizona, allowing Kolb to throw for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Now they have to slow down Aaron Rodgers, who has a plethora of receiving talent at his disposal, including Nelson. He was great in Week 1 against New Orleans with six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. He should be heavily involved again this week and is worth starting in all formats.
Mario Manningham (vs. STL): Even if Hakeem Nicks (knee) plays this week we still expect Manningham to have a productive game. He struggled in Week 1 at Washington with four catches for 49 yards, but he still had seven targets. If Nicks is out then Manningham's value will rise, and he has been great at home. In his past five home games, Manningham has 27 catches for 352 yards and five touchdowns with double digits in Fantasy points in four of those outings.
Robert Meachem (vs. CHI): Meachem is worth using this week as at least a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with Marques Colston (collarbone) out and Lance Moore (groin) at less than 100 percent. Someone has to catch the ball for the Saints, and Meachem and Devery Henderson should see a boost in value. Meachem played well in Week 1 at Green Bay with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on eight targets, and Henderson had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. We give Meachem a slight edge over Henderson since he's more consistent, but both have a chance to play well this week.

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Sit 'Em

Julio Jones (vs. PHI): You're not going to bench Roddy White this week despite the tough matchup, but you should keep Jones reserved. He played well in his NFL debut at Chicago with five catches for 71 yards on six targets, but the Eagles secondary should be able to contain him. He is a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best this week.
A.J. Green (at DEN): Green made the most of his lone catch in Week 1 at Cleveland with a 41-yard touchdown. But that came in broken coverage, and he only had four targets in the game. The Bengals might be starting Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback with Andy Dalton (wrist) injured, and it could be risky to start Green this week. Like Jones, he should only be started as a No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues.
Chad Ochocinco (vs. SD): Fantasy owners are ready to hit the panic button on Ochocinco after his poor outing in Week 1 at Miami when he had one catch for 14 yards on just three targets. Well, be patient and see what develops over the next few weeks. But for this matchup, you should sit Ochocinco in the majority of leagues. The Patriots clearly don't need him now after Tom Brady threw for 517 yards against the Dolphins without him doing anything. Once he starts to become more involved then he could be useful to Fantasy owners, but right now he should just be considered a reserve.
Mike Thomas (at NYJ): Thomas was great for PPR owners in Week 1 when he had eight catches for 55 yards on 11 targets, but five Fantasy points in a standard league isn't very attractive. This week, Thomas will struggle going against Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, and Fantasy owners might consider benching him in all formats. Even with the quarterback switch from David Garrard to Luke McCown it still appears like Thomas will retain plenty of Fantasy value, but ignore him this week based on the matchup.
Braylon Edwards (vs. DAL): Edwards wasn't needed much in Week 1 against Seattle and finished with three catches for 27 yards on five targets. He has a tougher matchup this week with Dallas, and the Cowboys should be able to keep him in check. Let's see how well the rapport is with Alex Smith and Edwards before calling him a must-start receiver in the majority of leagues. For now, he should just be used as a No. 3 option in deeper formats.

Bust alert: Steve Smith (vs. GB): Smith was fantastic in Week 1 with eight catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns at Arizona, and the touchdown total matches his entire production from 2010. He also had 11 targets, and he is back on the radar for Fantasy owners after a disappointing campaign last year. But don't expect Smith to be as productive in Week 2 as he was last week since he's facing a much tougher opponent. The Packers will scheme to stop Smith in the passing game, and he could be dealing with top corners in either Charles Woodson or Tramon Williams, who is battling a shoulder injury. All it takes is one big play for Smith to be successful, but he could also falter if the Packers focus on shutting him down. Be careful in assuming Smith is a must-start Fantasy option for this week.

Tight end

Start 'Em

Week 2 sleeper TEs
Lance Kendricks, STL at NYG
Dustin Keller, NYJ vs. JAC
Greg Olsen, CAR vs. GB

Aaron Hernandez (vs. SD): The Chargers will do a better job of slowing down the Patriots offense than the Dolphins did in Week 1, but Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski should still remain starting options in the majority of leagues. When looking at New England's receiving corps, Hernandez and Gronkowski are the second and third options, respectively, behind Wes Welker. Hernandez had seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown against Miami on 10 targets, and he should remain heavily involved this week. There's no reason to bench him with the way he's playing.
Tony Gonzalez (vs. PHI): Gonzalez was a pleasant surprise in Week 1 at Chicago with five catches for 72 yards on seven targets, and he should play well again this week. The way to attack Philadelphia's defense is over the middle since they have amazing cornerbacks, and Gonzalez could be featured in this matchup. Last year at Philadelphia he had three catches for 19 yards and two touchdowns, and he's worth starting this week in the majority of leagues. The old man will show you he still has enough left in the tank to help Fantasy owners.
Brandon Pettigrew (vs. KC): The Chiefs allowed Buffalo tight end Scott Chandler to score two touchdowns last week on five catches for 63 yards, and with Berry out, this secondary will struggle. Pettigrew had a productive game in Week 1 at Tampa Bay with four catches for 57 yards, but he should improve this week based on the matchup. He should finish as a Top 10 tight end for Week 2.

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Sit 'Em

Chris Cooley (vs. ARI): Cooley appears to be healthy following the knee problem that plagued him in training camp, but it's clear Fred Davis has now passed him as the tight end to own for the Redskins. Cooley was held to two catches for 21 yards in Week 1 on three targets, while Davis had five catches for 105 yards on six targets. Cooley can easily improve as the season goes on, but for now he should not be started in any leagues.
Zach Miller (at PIT): Miller, as expected, had a disappointing debut with the Seahawks last week with two catches for 19 yards on four targets. He can expect many more poor outings like this as the season goes on since Tarvaris Jackson is not a good quarterback. The Steelers struggled with the Ravens' tight ends in Week 1 as Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta combined for seven catches, 104 yards and a touchdown. But unless Miller gets an upgrade at quarterback he should not be started in the majority of leagues.
Jared Cook (vs. BAL): Cook was a tremendous disappointment in Week 1 with one catch for 7 yards on two targets, and coach Mike Munchak has already said he will be more involved this week. Good luck with that against this Ravens defense. Baltimore is among the best teams at stopping tight ends with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed roaming the middle of the field, and Cook should not be trusted until he proves himself first.

Bust alert: Scott Chandler (vs. OAK): It's fun watching Fantasy owners overreact to certain players, especially in Week 1. If you look at Chandler's player page on CBSSports.com, there are questions about dropping Owen Daniels and Greg Olsen to add Chandler after his performance against the Chiefs last week. While Chandler will have positive moments as the season goes on, and he can be added in deep leagues where needed, don't expect him to become an elite Fantasy tight end just yet. This is not a week to consider Chandler a starting option either with much better tight ends out there on the majority of rosters – including Daniels and Olsen.

Defense/Special teams

Week 2 sleeper DSTs
Redskins vs. ARI
Texans at MIA
Bills vs. OAK

Start 'Em

Lions (vs. KC): The Chiefs still have plenty of weapons when you look at Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, but Kansas City was a mess last week at home against Buffalo and could struggle again. The Lions, meanwhile, played well defensively at Tampa Bay and should be fired up at home. The key for Kansas City is not falling behind because if that happens you can see Cassel having a couple of turnovers, which would benefit this improving Lions DST.

Sit 'Em

Chargers (at NE): The Chargers DST is going to be a starting option most weeks, but facing the Patriots and Brady is a daunting task. Brady just ripped apart the Dolphins defense for 517 passing yards and four touchdowns, and while that is unlikely to happen again, it will be hard to stop this passing attack. Losing defensive end Luis Castillo (leg) will also hurt, and the Chargers special teams is not the same without Sproles. This is not a good week to count on the Chargers DST as a No. 1 option in all leagues.

Kicker

Start 'Em

Week 2 sleeper Ks
Shaun Suisham, PIT vs. SEA
Phil Dawson, CLE at IND
John Kasay, NO vs. CHI

Robbie Gould (at NO): Gould was impressive in Week 1 against the Falcons with three made field goals and three extra points, and he gets to kick indoors this week at the Falcons. I don't expect the Bears to score 30 points against the Saints, but Gould could have the opportunity for three field goal attempts again. He had four field goals and four extra points in his last game indoors last year at Minnesota, and the Saints allowed five games with multiple field goals at home in 2010.

Sit 'Em

David Akers (vs. DAL): Akers was great in Week 1 with four field goals and three extra points, but that was against the Seahawks. The Cowboys defense will play better, and the 49ers could struggle to move the ball. Akers does have a good history against Dallas with 11 field goals in 13 attempts in his past five meeting with 10 extra points over that span, but that was with the Eagles. Akers will likely be on and off your roster several times this year, and this is a good week to drop him for someone like Gould, Shaun Suisham, John Kasay or Phil Dawson.

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by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
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"Y'all will see a big significant difference in the way I play, the speed. I won't have to think about a lot of stuff," Richardson said earlier this offseason. "It's going to be big -- timing with the offensive line, timing with Andrew (Luck), just knowing a lot more with the program, the whole system.

"They haven't seen everything they're going to get out of me yet. A lot of it is going to come next year. A lot of it is going to come in the offseason. I'm going to put in a lot of work, as I've been doing this whole season. This season humbled me. ... This season was a lesson to me."

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Maybe Johnson, who was let go by the Titans, can do the same thing.

"I can turn the bad things people are saying into a good thing for me, to give me motivation, to keep me hungry and to keep a chip on my shoulder and prove the naysayers wrong," he said Thursday.

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"I'm hopeful that he's able to come back -- everybody is. This team won't be the same if he's not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, 'Hey, he's ahead of schedule and everything's going fine,' I'm not sure how you can really measure that here in April."


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Chris Snee will give it a shot this spring
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:52 am ET) Giants guard Chris Snee will attempt to go through the Giants offseason program once he's healthy, the New York Daily News reports. Snee had hip surgery last season and an elbow surgery earlier this year. There is no timeline for him to be at 100 percent but he is expected to be on the field for the "bulk" of offseason activities. 

Report: Niners won't release Aldon Smith
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:50 am ET) The 49ers might expect a suspension for pass rushing linebacker Aldon Smith, but they are not planning to release him, NFL Network reported on Friday.

Smith was arrested recently for making false bomb reports at a Los Angeles airport, the latest of a string of troubles for the highly talented linebacker. He was also arrested for suspicion of DUI in January, 2012 and again September, 2013. He also had marijuana on him during that September arrest. In October, 2013 he was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon. 


Russell Allen among Jaguars' latest releases
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:43 am ET) On Thursday the Jaguars released veteran linebacker Russell Allen along with Will Pericak , D'Aundre Reed and Jabin Sambrano, ESPN reported. Allen was released with a failed physical designation, a sign that he might not quite be over the effects of a concussion suffered late last season. 

Ravens reinstate Rolando McClain
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:41 am ET) Despite a poor workout earlier this month the Ravens have reinstated linebacker Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list, NFL.com reports. It remains to be seen if McClain has a legitimate chance of staying on the roster this summer. 

J.J. Watt locked up through 2015
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:39 am ET) The Texans have exercised their option to keep defensive end J.J. Watt on the roster through the 2015 season. The Houston Chronicle believes that Watt won't even play under the terms of that fifth year (roughly $10.6 million guaranteed) because the Texans will agree to a long-term extension with him before then. 

 
 
 
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