Each week this space will look at the names in the news and what owners need to know. There is always plenty going on and it is often times more than just what took place on the field that dictates how a player will be used. Add in the volume of injuries and there is always plenty to talk about. Check out what made headlines coming out of Week Six.
- While no player is impacted directly, the decision made by the Eagles on Tuesday to fire defensive coordinator Juan Castillo should change how the Philadelphia defense is viewed in the coming weeks. This seemed to be a mismatch from the start and the team has not been able to find an answer to solve the problems. Owners should take advantage of the state of flux in the coming weeks and avoid putting this team defense in a starting lineup.
- Sticking in Philadelphia, there is plenty of discussion surrounding Michael Vick. While Andy Reid has indicated that Vick is still the team’s starter for the time being, turning the ball over more than two times a game will eventually cost him his job. There has to be a reason the Eagles looked at Nick Foles in the draft. Watch this closely as there should be little doubt that patience is wearing thin and the team is starting to get a little more deperate…
- In Baltimore, there is plenty to be concerned about even with a team holding a 5-1 record. The losses of Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb further handicap a team that has been struggling more so than many realize. ESPN points out that now five of the 11 starters from last year’s AFC Championship game are not playing.
- The Browns have classified Trent Richardson as day-to-day with a rib injury. This will obviously be watched over the course of the week as practices begin. Montario Haaaaa…,Hardesty did look good against a tough run defense in Cincinnati. A helmet to the ribs is a painful injury and Hardesty’s ability to fill in for Richardson means the Browns can take some time. This will be a tough situation as one hit could again knock Richardson out this week.
- The Cowboys are likely to be without DeMarco Murray this week and that means that Felix Jones will once again have a shot to be a starter. Jones had over 90 yards rushing last week against the Ravens, showing he still had plenty of the burst we saw even just last season. Jones is a must add this week because he is a known commodity that will be relied upon to produce. The Murray injury could linger and that means more than one potential opportunity.
- After more tests, it has been determined that Jahvid Best is still not ready to return to action for the Lions. Best has not been able to take the field thanks to the after effects of two decent concussions. While it has not been entirely ruled out that he could play again, there has to be a growing concern here. For now it continues to mean that Mikel Leshoure will be the primary game in town with little chance of being challenged.
- While not necessarily headlines, fantasy owners need to remember why players like Brian Hartline and Kevin Ogletree were not drafted to begin with. They just are not consistent enough to be reliable fantasy starters on a weekly basis. Ogletrees coming out party in Week One seems like a distant memory. While Hartline has had multiple strong performances, being held without a catch this week again proves the point.
- In the AFC East, we saw two offenses doing very things. The Jets seemed to find themselves using an aggressive running game to put up 252 yards against the Colts. This is exactly the type of game the team needs to play given the struggles of Mark Sanchez throwing the football. In New England, what was a balanced attack the last few weeks became a pass-heavy offense that had Tom Brady throw a career high 58 times. The Patriots could show an entirely different offense again next week against the Jets.