Here’s some information you need to consider when setting your fantasy football lineup for Sunday, October 21st:
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB) – Though he was dealing with some calf issues earlier in the week, Aaron Rodgers is listed as probable for Week 7 in St Louis. He fully participated in practice on Thursday and Friday, and Aaron Rodgers should get the start for your team, although the Rams defense is much improved this season (averaging nearly 3 sacks and 1 interception per game this season and allowing an average of 11 points over the past 3 games).
Greg Jennings (WR – GB) – He’s one of Aaron Rodgers’ top targets, but for the third straight week Greg Jennings is ruled out.
Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman (RBs – Pit) – Both of the top two running backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers are out this week. Mendenhall is having issues with his Achilles and Redman hasn’t practiced all week due to an ankle issue. Jonathan Dwyer is getting the start at running back against the Cincinnati Bengals, though he’s probably going to be sharing time with Baron Batch.
Jimmy Graham (TE – NO) – The Week 6 bye for the Saints wasn’t enough to get their star Tight End on the field against the dreadful Buccaneers pass defense. He’s listed as OUT for the game.
DeMarco Murray (RB – Dal) – He’s a great weapon when he can play, but the Cowboys have already ruled him out against the Panthers today.
Pierre Garcon (WR – Was) – With the Washington Redskins having been fined $20,000 for their handling of their announcing the mild concussion sustained by Robert Griffin III a couple weeks ago, you can bet that when they list Pierre Garcon as “Doubtful” for today’s game, it’s probably accurate. His foot isn’t healed yet after getting injured week 1 and aggravating the injury Week 5. When he gets back on the field, keep an eye on him.
Kevin Kolb (QB – Ari) – Expected to miss the next six to eight weeks, Kevin Kolb is OUT against the Vikings this week in Minnesota. John Skelton didn’t light it up last week when he showed up late in the game against the Bills, though a full week of practice might help him out a bit. He won’t have a good look next week against the 49ers, so his long-term value is questionable.
Donald Brown (RB – Ind) – He was out last week and he’s out again in Week 7 against the Browns. If you don’t know about Vick Ballard and find yourself in need of someone to start at running back this week, hop on this against a poor Browns defense.
Alshon Jeffery (WR – Chi) – Before the Bears’ Week 6 bye, he found the end zone after a three week drought. The two week break between games isn’t enough to get him on the field against the Lions.
Mohamed Massaquoi (WR – Cle) – The 4-year veteran is still not back to action after going down week 3 against the Bills.
Travis Benjamin (WR – Cle) – The rookie has shown some decent flashes of talent for a fourth-round pick, but don’t start him today. He’s listed as questionable with a hamstring for the third straight week. The Browns are facing the Indianapolis Colts this week, so it’s not a good spot to start him anyway.
That’s two Cleveland Browns Wide Receivers who aren’t playing this week. Maybe you should consider looking at Josh Gordon – a homerun threat who’s probably not still available in your league but certainly worth seeking out.
Brandon Bolden (RB – NE) – If Bolden is on your radar at this point, you need to enlist some full-time assistance for your fantasy football squad… or you’re in a super-deep league or a dynasty format. Either way, don’t look to him against the Jets. It would be a good spot to consider him… if he weren’t out this week. If you are considering starting him, I’d hope you would’ve noticed that this fringe player has missed three straight practices.