Each week, this space will take a look at the key players in the news that will have some sort of impact on your fantasy decisions. That impact could be upgrading a passing game, a player missing due to a suspension or injury, or notes about key happenings in practice. Whatever the news, come here each Wednesday to take stock of what happened and what the good word is as the next weekendâ€™s games approach.
- The Steelers have plenty of issues, but one that has been settled is that of their starting running back. Mike Tomlin has announced that Jonathan Dwyer will be the primary ball carrier heading into the weekend. Some of this is due to injury, but the reality is that Dwyer has looked the best of a bad lot.
- A defense that is already battered and bruised suffered another blow yesterday. The Patriots will be without Jermaine Cunningham as he has been suspended for performance drug usage. Cunningham has been the primary backup to rookie Chandler Jones. With Jones also battling injuries, it will be an even weaker pass rush this weekend against Miami. Something to take note there.
- The Giants have brought in both Ryan Grant and Cadillac Williams for workouts this week as they look to bolster their running back corps. Grant had caught on with the Redskins briefly while Williams has not been in the NFL yet this season. The injury to Andre Brown as well as the tentative status of Ahmad Bradshaw is making a move more than necessary.
- Methinks that it might be a good idea to grab the Dallas defense this weekend. The news that DeSean Jackson is heading to IR and that LeSean McCoy is still in the early stages of his concussion recovery combined with a very tentative Michael Vick could make for an even longer day for the Philadelphia offense.
- Interesting to see that the Cowboys will be ready to with Miles Austin this weekend. Austin has continued to have lingering hamstring and hip issues, but will be on the field come Sunday. Also note the number of targets Cole Beasley received in the slot. Remember Kevin Ogletree? Looks like he might be behind Beasley on the depth chart.
- The Rams have found a new deep threat in Chris Givens. ESPN has pointed out that Givens is averaging over 20 yards per reception and he has had a string of five games this season with at least one 50-yard reception. He is becoming a legitimate deep threat in the offense though his targets right now have remained relatively low. He is making headlines, so be aware.
- The Buccaneers were already giving up a league-worst 315 yards passing per game before the loss of Eric Wright for four games. Wrightâ€™s loss could not have come at a more challenging time. The Bucs will face the Broncos this weekend before facing New Orleans the week of December 16th. To say that there could be fireworks would be an understatement.