Early Sunday Fantasy Prep: Live Update

14 December, 2008 (10:27) | NFL | By: Grafton

49ers RB Frank Gore will miss today’s game against the Dolphins with a sprained ankle. He’d been looking forward to his South Beach homecoming all season, so it’s a shame he won’t get to go in this one. Deshaun Foster will pick up the carries today, but he’s still Deshaun Foster. Gore owners should look to Dominic Rhodes, Derrick Ward, or Ahmad Bradshaw for a replacement today (in that order).

Jeff Garcia is the 3rd quarterback today against the Falcons, meaning Brian Griese will get the start. Griese threw it about 100 times in Chicago, so there’s no telling how productive Griese could be today. I know Atlanta is 23rd in the NFL against the pass, so this makes Griese an interesting option if you’re facing quarterback trouble this week.

Update: It’s now possible that both Griese and the other backup, Luke McCown, could see time today against the Falcons.

JP Losman will get another start for the Bills, with starting QB Trent Edwards inactive for today’s game against the Jets. This is only relevant if your league requires 2+ starting quarterbacks, I hope.

QB Matt Cassel will start today against the Raiders. I anticipate him having a huge day, with Randy Moss as the catalyst as he returns to Oakland.

RB Tashard Choice should get the lion’s share of the carries today against the Giants, even if RB Marion Barber III returns and plays. Barber is still affected by his injured pinky toe, and will see limited carries even if he does play. Choice wasn’t terribly impressive running the ball last week against the Steelers, but nobody is. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield means that 100 total yards and a score aren’t out of the question, making Choice a nice sleeper pick if you’re one of many owners affected by injuries in the backfield today.

Lions RB Kevin Smith is active today against the Colts, and could be the lone Lion to have a decent day today. The Colts struggle against the run without Bob Sanders, and guess who the Colts are without today? The Lions will try to control the ball and stay in the game against the Colts (especially with Culpepper out), and I anticipate Smith being a big part of that. He makes for another good sleeper if you’re desperate for backfield help.

QB Matt Hasselbeck is inactive for today’s game, despite hopes earlier in the week that he’d be able to go today. Seneca Wallace will start in his place today, and will be facing the 24th ranked defense against the pass, the St. Louis Rams. With Deion Branch that finally healthy, Wallace could be poised for a good game. He’s definitely worthy of a starting spot in standard leagues today.

Correction: Hasselbeck is active, but as the third QB. There are rules in place that effectively prohibit the use of a 3rd QB, save in an emergency situation.

With WR Matt Jones suspended (finally!), putting WR Jerry Porter on the inactive list today makes the Jags passing game even more anemic. QB David Garrard gets taken down a notch and should not be playing on fantasy rosters. With this, though, RB Maurice Jones-Drew becomes the only offense in town (RB Fred Taylor is out for the season), and should have a big game today.

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