The Thanksgiving week seems to always be the drop off date of many fantasy football players. At this point, we have 11 weeks in the bag and the NFL season is nearly 65% complete. This means nearly half of the teams in all leagues are now realizing that they have no chance at a fantasy championship and are ready to drown their sorrows in turkey and pumpkin pie. For those of us who still have the dream of bringing home a title and those of you who are smart and will double down by playing in salary cap and weekly fantasy leagues, we won’t let you down. Our staff knows what it takes to close out a title and we’ll be with you to the very end. So get your notebooks ready and figure out how to print out these pages because salvation lies within the pages of Fantasy Alarm.
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The Broncos have released QB Kyle Orton. Although the timing seems strange, it is a wise move right now since teams like Kansas City, Chicago, Tennessee, Arizona, Cleveland and Houston all could use a QB. If claimed it would save the Broncos $1.2 million this season and since he’s not in their future plans this is a very wise move right now.
I doubt that the Texans would have any interest in Orton since they like Matt Leinart a lot but I wouldn’t doubt if the Bears make a run at Orton. The team is not in love with Caleb Hanie by any stretch and although Orton didn’t play in Mike Martz offense while with the Bears the first time, there are similarities between Josh McDaniels system and Martz’. Stay tuned to Fantasy Alarm for more details on this developing story.
Injury Updates & The Hereafter Effects
The Bears have lost starting QB Jay Cutler for most of the rest of the season with a broken right thumb. He will have surgery on Wednesday and is hopeful to be back by week 17 at the earliest. He is no longer of use for fantasy purposes outside of keeper leagues. His injury also has a major affect on Bears WR Earl Bennett who now becomes just another wide receiver. Caleb Hanie is the new Bears starter and he has shown a preference for Johnny Knox both in practice and in the preseason.
Both Greg Jennings and James Starks practiced with the Packers today. Jennings injury is now being called a bruised knee but he is just fine. Starks on the other hand was limited today and is considered questionable for Thursday’s game with the Lions. Either way, Jennings should be in your lineups on Thursday and Starks absolutely should not be.
Michael Vick did some soft tossing at practice today, the first step in his comeback from broken ribs that kept him out of week 11. Vick still has a long ways to go and he is highly questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
Although Adrian Peterson’s ankle injury is only a grade 1 sprain, it is in the upper portion of the foot which is often called a high ankle sprain. He won’t play in week 12 and will probably miss 2-3 weeks in total. Grab Toby Gerhardt if you are hurting for a RB this week.
It is going to be another week without Darren McFadden for the Raiders and for fantasy owners. This is good news for those of you riding Michael Bush to the Promised Land however, all the reason I stress that handcuffing is so important especially with top flight RB’s in strong rushing offenses.
The Bills have placed WR Donald Jones on IR, ending his season. They signed recently released Raiders WR Derek Hagan however who could suit up this week against the Jets.
Speaking of the Bills, Fred Jackson will not be participating in practices this week as he nurses a severely bruised calf. From what I am hearing out of Buffalo, this is one of those situations in which they don’t even really know the extent of the injury until the swelling goes down which could be a few days. Chances are Jackson has a strain or even a tear in the muscle which would keep him out for at least a couple of weeks. I wouldn’t be counting on him this week and would be targeting C.J. Spiller high on waiver priority this week.
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New QB Rankings
So many starting QB’s have gone down with injuries the past few weeks. If you still have your starter than consider yourself very, very lucky my friend. With all of these new starting QB’s, I felt that it was time to re-rank all of the current starting QB’s for the rest of the season. Here is how I have them:
1) Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay
2) Cam Newton – Carolina
3) Tom Brady – New England
4) Drew Brees – New Orleans
5) Tony Romo – Dallas
6) Matthew Stafford – Detroit
7) Tim Tebow – Denver
8) Eli Manning – N.Y. Giants
9) Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh
10) Phillip Rivers – San Diego
11) Michael Vick – Philadelphia
12) Matt Ryan – Atlanta
13) Joe Flacco – Baltimore
14) Matt Leinart – Houston
15) Carson Palmer – Oakland
16) Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee
17) Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo
18) Sam Bradford – St. Louis
19) Tarvaris Jackson – Seattle
20) Christian Ponder – Minnesota
21) Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay
22) Mark Sanchez – N.Y. Jets
23) Matt Moore – Miami
24) Alex Smith – San Francisco
25) Andy Dalton – Cincinnati
26) Caleb Hanie – Chicago
27) Kevin Kolb – Arizona
28) Rex Grossman – Washington
29) Colt McCoy – Cleveland
30) Tyler Palko – Kansas City
31) Curtis Painter – Indianapolis
32) Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville
Playing The Market
Here are some players you should be trying to trade away and a few that you should be trying to acquire this week.
Nate Washington – WR – Tennessee
Torrey Smith – WR – Baltimore
Jordy Nelson – WR – Green Bay
Earl Bennett – WR – Chicago
Josh Freeman – QB – Tampa Bay
Carson Palmer – QB – Oakland
Michael Bush – RB -- Oakland
Chris Ogbonnaya – RB – Cleveland
Marshawn Lynch – RB – Seattle
Frank Gore – RB – San Francisco
Deion Branch – WR – New England
Brandon Lloyd – WR – St. Louis
Santana Moss – WR – Washington
Percy Harvin – WR – Minnesota
Michael Vick – QB – Philadelphia
Phillip Rivers – QB – San Diego
Beanie Wells – RB – Arizona
Ahmad Bradshaw – RB – N.Y. Giants
Mark Ingram – RB – New Orleans
Montario Hardesty – RB – Cleveland
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