Friday, October 31, 2014

Russell Westbrook Out Indefinitely - Broken Hand

Russell Westbrook broke his hand last night in the Oklahoma City Thunder vs Los Angeles Clippers game.  OKC entered the night with Kevin Durant, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow in street clothes.  Westbrook played just 9 minutes, scored 2 points, before walking himself straight to the locker room, but not before stopping to chat with a fan:

The Thunder are off to an 0-2 start, averaging just 89 points per game, and Sebastian Telfair will run the offense on Saturday, when they host the Denver Nuggets. Telfair played 38 minutes last night and scored 11 points (2-9 FG, 1-5 3pt, 6-8 FT) and picked up 7 assists. Perry Jones scored a career high 32 points for OKC, on 10-17 shooting, including three 3s, and knocked down 9 of his 11 attempts from the charity stripe. Serge Ibaka was good for 17 points and 9 boards.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Giovani Bernard Out vs Jaguars?

According to the Cincinnati Bengals website, Giovani Bernard will not suit up for the Bengals on Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars:

...running back Giovani Bernard was nowhere to be seen for the second straight day. That would indicate Bernard is going to miss the first game of his two-year NFL career 1 p.m. Sunday against the Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. -

With A.J. Green already a question mark, Andy Dalton will rely heavily on Mohamed Sanu and Jeremy Hill will be the Bengals feature back.  On 50 attempts, Hill is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry.  Over his first 3 NFL games, Hill picked up 132 yards on 26 carries (5.07 YPC). Since week 3, 2.6 YPC over 24 carries.

The Jaguars allowed 115 yards per game on the ground and 7 TDs to running backs, 2 were caught for scores.  Jacksonville has limited Bishop Sankey, Ben Tate and Lamar Miller to just 58 yards per game over the last 3 weeks and Jackie Battle is the only RB to score a TD against them since Ahmad Bradshaw caught a pass from Andrew Luck in the endzone in Week 3.

This is a huge blow to fantasy football owners as Matt Forte and Eddie Lacy are on BYE this week, along with Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick, Sankey, Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown and Steven Jackson.

RBs That May Have Cleared Waivers

Updated Fantasy Football RB Rankings

With the suspension of Adrian Peterson coming after the start of the NFL season, many fantasy owners were stuck between a rock and a hard place on how to replace him. Matt Asiata spent weeks 2 -5 as the Vikings feature back, scoring 4 TDs, 3 in one game.  Jerick McKinnon has seen double digit carries in 4 of the last 5 games, and rushed for 100+ yards twice but has yet to score a TD and is not involved in the pass game.  During the last 5 weeks, only DeMarco Murray, Arian Foster and Matt Forte have rushed for more yards.

Justin Forsett has done a nice job in Baltimore filling in for Ray Rice, and while many thought it would have been Bernard Pierce, he has missed weeks 3,4 and 8.

Braden Oliver wasn't even ranked by Fantasy Pros prior to the season (146 ranked), with Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown ahead of him on the depth chart.  His days as a relevant player are limited though, with Mathews & Brown set to return any day now.

Ahmad Bradshaw has scored 6 of his 8 touchdowns via pass from Andrew Luck.  Prior to last season, Eli Manning had thrown just 3 TDs to Bradshaw over 6 seasons with the Giants.

Of the 29 backs with 75+ carries, only LeSean McCoy, Le'Veon Bell, Frank Gore, and Bishop Sankey have yet to score more than 1 rushing TDs.  As mentioned before, Jerick McKinnon has yet to score a TD.

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