No, Gio! Bengals’ Bernard likely to miss Week 9
Bengals RB Gio Bernard has not practiced yet this week, as he’s suffering from injuries to his hip pointer and clavicle. The Cincnnati Enquirer reports that Bernard is unlikely to play on Sunday, and the team’s website seems to agree.
If Bernard is indeed out, Jeremy Hill becomes a top-15 back against a Jaguars’ defense that ranks 20th in the league against the run (but has improved lately). Cedric Peerman would likely take Bernard’s pass-catching role in the Bengals’ backfield, but you’d need to be a bit desperate and in a PPR format to start him.
In other news …
Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) has been limited in practice this week, and looks to be on track to play. I tend to think that if a stud player’s real team is ready to start him, then his fantasy owners should as well.
Remember your byes: The Falcons, Bills, Bears, Lions, Packers and Titans are off this week.
The Cowboys "have no idea" if QB Tony Romo (back) will play on Sunday, according to the Dallas Morning News. If Romo doesn’t play, please don’t get cute and start Brandon Weeden on your fantasy team, no matter how good you might think the team’s offense is.
According to my unscientific survey, the most asked-about fantasy player this week has been Bucs RB Charles Sims, but head coach Lovie Smith said Thursday, "I don’t know if he’ll be ready to go this week." Doug Martin didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday due to an ankle injury, so Bobby Rainey could be very busy on Sunday against the Bucs’ 30th-ranked run defense. It’s possible that Martin’s status could affect Sims, but let’s wait and see.
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman was limited in Thursday’s practice after injuring his shoulder on Wednesday, but it doesn’t sound like anything to worry about.
Is there anything to talk about from Thursday’s Saints-Panthers game? Maybe Mark Ingram’s continued fantasy dominance? What a clunker. Try not to jump out any nearby windows, Cam Newton owners.
It sounds like the Redskins will start Robert Griffin III at quarterback against the Vikings. Griffin’s ownership percentage in FOXSports.com leagues is 38.6, and he’s an interesting, high-upside fantasy backup at this point. However, those of you that want to start RGIII this week need to remember that he didn’t look that great or run too much before he got hurt. You want to grab him and hope for the best? Fine, but let’s see how he plays before putting him in our fantasy lineups.
Browns TE Jordan Cameron has not practiced this week due to a concussion. Don’t expect to see him on Sunday.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) isn’t expected to play Sunday, but "it would be a shock" if he wasn’t ready for Week 11, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Donald Brown (concussion) has been back at practice this week, so while Branden Oliver should once again be the lead back against the Dolphins, Brown will be available to give him some breathers. I’ve got Oliver at RB20.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) has been ruled out for Monday’s game against the Colts. Andre Williams will again carry the load.
Eagles RB Darren Sproles (knee) is on track to return against the Texans.
The Chiefs’ defense is still available in 31.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues, in case you’ve been drooling at the thought of starting them against Michael Vick. Vick probably can’t be much more of a turnover machine than Geno Smith, but he coughs up the ball on a regular basis, too.
Here’s my tentative roster for this week’s DraftKings "Millionaire Maker." If I win, everyone gets their own 250-piece bag of Halloween candy!
QB: Eli Manning $7,300
RB: Marshawn Lynch $6,100
RB: Jerick McKinnon $4,700
WR: Jeremy Maclin $7,600
WR: Rueben Randle $5,400
WR: Vincent Jackson $4,500
TE: Julius Thomas $5,600
FLEX: Andre Johnson $5,500
DST: Chiefs $3,300
Make sure to check out our Sunday morning chat, featuring Adam Meyer, Joel Beall and me from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET, as well as our Week 9 rankings, which will be updated Friday night. Good luck this week!