Dynasty News You Can Use - Week 12
by Jeff Tefertiller
November 20th, 2012

The season is in full swing. Dynasty owners are keeping a close eye on all of the football news. This article can serve as a place to catch you up on the recent football news as it relates to dynasty leagues. We will look to identify some winners and losers. Keep a close eye on the Footballguys.com news page for the up to date news.

After Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured against the Kansas City Chiefs, the reports of his diagnosis have emerged. This past week, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said his star quarterback has a sternoclavicular sprain in his right shoulder. In medical terms, a sternoclavicular sprain means the Pittsburgh passer sustained an injury to the joint connecting his clavicle to his sternum and the connecting ligament has sustained damage. Roethlisberger also suffered a rib injury that is serious. Adam Schefter reported that Roethlisberger's rib injury is "rare and dangerous." Per Schefter, even with the shoulder injury, the "greater concern" is his rib. The rib injury is rare, very rare, so much so that the last documented case was in 1998. Per beat writer Ed Bouchette, Roethlisberger's rib is partially dislocated, and could actually kill him if it pressed against his aorta. That is one serious football injury. The doctors will not release the big quarterback for contact until the rib is fully healed, which might take a few weeks, but Roethlisberger is expected back before the season is over.

Last week, a report by Profootballtalk stated that the concussion Michael Vick suffered was in fact "significant." While most, including this writer, believed the concussion was a convenient mechanism to open the door for rookie Nick Foles, thus allowing coach Andy Reid to make the quarterback change, the concussion is severe enough that Vick was still having light sensitivity this past weekend. With the team's record, Foles has a chance to play his way into the 2013 starting gig. But, after the poor game against the Redskins Sunday, Vick could be the team's starter again very soon. There is little hope that Vick will be back with the team at his hefty salary next year. He will need to renegotiate the deal in order to be pack in Philadelphia.

In the past few weeks, we have written about the Buffalo Bills front office wanting to draft a quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft. Last week, head coach Chan Gailey gave further clarity to the subject. Per the Bills coach, "You draft them to play them now … You don't draft them to let them sit ... They're thrown in there, and they're responding extremely well right now." It is interesting how the team's brass and coaches have been transparent about replacing the staring passer since it was them who gave Ryan Fitzpatrick the whopping seven-year, $62 million contract last October. The new pact included $24 million guaranteed and the quarterback is slated to make $7.35 million in 2013 (according to Rotoworld). While we admire the ability to admit a wrong, and want to move in a different direction, the Bills have a lot of needs for which to utilize a top draft pick. Put, remember that Gailey is a "quarterback" guy so he should continue to cycle through the position until either he finds one he likes or is no longer employed by the organization. With Fitzpatrick only topping the 200-yard mark in half of the Buffalo games, it is difficult to imagine him as the 2013 starter.

It surprised many when Andre Brown played almost twice as much as Ahmad Bradshaw in week ten, before the Giants bye week. But, in the third quarter of that contest, Bradshaw took a hard hit to the head. The New York coaching staff has since said the playing time was skewed because of the game situations, with the team needing to run more "no huddle" offense, but Bradshaw is a decent blocker and receiver. There had to be more to the story. So, when Chris Mortensen stated on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown last week that Bradshaw left the game because he had to undergo some tests, it all made sense. The starting tailback has had x-rays, MRIs, and a battery of other tests since that game. Keep an eye on the situation when practice reports come out on Wednesday. To many, the Giants working out free agent running backs like Joseph Addai and Ryan Torain indicate that Bradshaw's injury might keep him out of action in week twelve.

It has been good to see several reports of Chris Wells coming back to the field this coming week after recovering from his turf toe injury that was severe enough to land him on injured reserve. Wells has now been practicing for two weeks, and should easily reclaim the starting job from the less than inspiring LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell. The Cardinals meet the Rams this week and Wells has a decent matchup. It might be a good time to put out offers for the Arizona running back, but do not expect fantasy results right away. It is not as though he was tearing it up pre-injury.

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Packers tailback Cedric Benson has circled the December 16 game at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears as his target to return to action. Let's remember that Benson's injury was to his foot, and injury players want to coming back too quickly and risking re-injury. Benson is eligible to return to action in three weeks, although fantasy owners should not expect him back before the fantasy Super Bowl. The Packers want him back for the team's playoff run.

Fantasy owners were disappointed when the Oakland Raiders announced that Taiwan Jones would start in week ten, but saw little action. We were left wondering "why?". It became clearer when Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp was quoted in Contra Costa Times, "Sometimes it's handoffs and sometimes it's been on contact," before acknowledging Jones' weakness in pass protection. Even though he has talent, the speedy back is buried on the Raiders depth chart until further notice. He is not a player to acquire, especially with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson expected back very soon.

The Cincinnati Bengals relatively valuable spent two draft picks on the wide receiver position, acquiring Mohamed Sanu (3rd round and 83rd pick overall) and Marvin Jones (5th round and 166th pick overall). While Sanu has played very well the past few weeks, dynasty owners are wondering about Jones. Well, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden stated in a Cincinnati Enquirer article that Jones was "coming on like gangbusters" before his injuring his MCL roughly four weeks ago. Per the younger Gruden after Jones rejoined practice last week, "Now he’s just got to work his way back into the lineup and get a feel for all the routes and get back into shape, … Hopefully he'll be ready to roll either this week or next week or the week after." The Bengals need a receiver to step up across from superstar A.J. Green. The team has plenty of depth at the position now with Green, the pair of rookies, Brandon Tate, Andrew Hawkins and Armon Binns. The strong, young receiving corps gives hope in a bright future for quarterback Andy Dalton and the pass offense.

In an article in the Indianapolis Star, Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener will not be back in on the field until week thirteen, at the earliest. He partially dislocated his shoulder and needs to heal so there will not be further damage. Further, the strong play of fellow rookie Dwayne Allen has eased the void.

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