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Reggie Bush could pose big quandary for Fantasy owners
Fantasy owners who did not handcuff
Bush told reporters Wednesday he expects to play despite aggravating a calf injury in pregame warmups Week 14 and sitting out. The Lions' first practice is Thursday.
If Bush is active, he's a no-brainer RB1. Bush ranks seventh among running backs in weekly scoring in standard leagues, fifth in PPR formats. In his last game, the Thanksgiving blowout of Green Bay, Bush ran 20 times for 117 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 65 yards. He did lose a fumble.
The Ravens give up the 2nd-fewest Fantasy points (11.9 per game) to running backs. Bush is matchup-proof, however.
Bell, for his part, has proven he's an above-average replacement. He's scored in four of the past six games. Owners who have Bush and Bell can rest easy. Everyone else needs to follow the practice reports carefully and have a backup plan.
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Another favorable matchup for Steven Jackson
The Redskins rank a not-so-telling 18th against the run, allowing 115.3 yards per game, but have given up 19 touchdowns on the ground, most in the NFL. They'e surrendered the second-most Fantasy points to running backs, behind only the Cowboys, and just last week, they got thrashed by the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles, who had 159 total yards and two touchdowns in three quarters of play against them.
Granted, Jackson is no Charles, but it's clear the Falcons are trying to involve him in the game plan. With the Redskins turning to backup Kirk Cousins at quarterback this week, it's not like the Falcons will fall behind big, forcing them to pass. Jackson seems like a good bet for solid numbers.
Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank him in their top 12 at running back this week. I don't know that I'd go that far, but on most teams, I'd have trouble finding two running backs I prefer to him.
Quartet of Steelers defenders miss Wednesday session
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Can Tony Gonzalez make it three in a row?
The Redskins rank 27th against the pass, allowing 256.7 yards per game, and have been particularly vulnerable against tight ends, allowing the sixth-most Fantasy points to them. They didn't have a tight end put up big numbers against them last week vs. the Chiefs, but they gave up five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown to the Giants' Brandon Myers in Week 13 and four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown to the 49ers' Vernon Davis in Week 12.
Obviously, trying to predict which targets will score in a given week is a fool's errand, but with the Redskins in a state of disarray and coming off a 45-10 loss against the Chiefs in which they appeared positively disintrested, the Falcons passing game figures to have a big day, making Gonzalez a good bet for better numbers even if he's held out of the end zone.
Rob Housler unable to practice
Arizona visits Tennessee on Sunday.
Three Texans tight ends absent from Wednesday practice
Also out on Wednesday were fellow tight ends
Knee injury limits Roddy White
Tony Gonzalez limited in practice
Chargers healthy as they prepare for Broncos
The defensive players on that list are ends
The offensive probables are wide receiver
Tavon Auston not practicing Wednesday
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December 11, 2013
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