Jake Locker, QB, Titans
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2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-11-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Jake Locker's fourth season is going to be one to watch. His return from Lisfranc surgery has gone very well, and he is actually ahead of schedule. Locker needs to focus on a few key aspects of his game this season to be productive--namely his movement in the pocket and his completion percentage. Locker has a great offensive line and this should help him work to improve; however, another underwhelming season or a string of injuries would force the Titans to find a new QB for the future. The addition of Bishop Sankey from the draft will provide Locker a tough rusher that can help the passing game succeed. Locker is probably best left on the waiver wire until he produces something on the field.
Editor's note: It's hard to imagine a scenario where the Titans decide to keep Locker as their franchise QB after this season. For example, if they don't make the playoffs, how well would Locker need to play in order to be re-signed? The former Washington Huskies star is in a contract year and may be one season away from the end of his career. If that isn't motivation, nothing is.
It's Week 7 -- the halfway point of the fantasy regular season for most leagues. Is your team living up to expectations? Have you been plagued by injuries and underperforming players? Either way, remember that seven weeks still remain until the fantasy playoffs. A lot will change between now and then. Your fate is far from sealed.
As usual, we'll be here all morning long giving you the latest info on the injured stars in today's early games. Names we're watching include Jimmy Graham, Kelvin Benjamin and Jake Locker along with many more. Keep refreshing this post from 11:30 a.m. Eastern until the early kickoffs.
-- Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has announced that wide receiver A.J. Green won't play today, as expected. Mohamed Sanu is a WR2 today against the Colts.
-- Jimmy Graham is active for the Saints, but reports have stated that he won't start and will play limited snaps, most often in the red zone. He is still a solid start, especially with a touchdown staring him in the face often today. He is fighting through a sprained shoulder.
-- Mark Ingram is also active for the Saints in his first game back from a broken hand. He'll still share work with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson, but he will get goal-line looks. Unfortunately, Lions have a very strong run defense. Ingram is a mid-range flex.
-- Brandon Gibson is out for the Dolphins even though he was listed as probable for today's game versus the Bears. That's good news for rookie Jarvis Landry, who scored his first NFL TD last week. He's on the WR3 radar.
-- Kelvin Benjamin is active for the Panthers. He has been cleared to play following last week's concussion and is a fine WR2 today in Green Bay. Jonathan Stewart will start at RB for Carolina. Even against a terrible run defense, he is not a confident flex.
-- Denard Robinson will start for the Jaguars, but he will share carries with Storm Johnson and Jordan Todman. Stay away.
-- Calvin Johnson and tight end Eric Ebron are inactive for the Lions as expected. That means more targets for Golden Tate and, if you're desperate, Brandon Pettigrew. Also, Reggie Bush is active for the LIons and is a low-end RB2 in a possible shootout versus New Orleans. Theo Riddick is inactive.
-- Jake Locker is inactive for the Titans. Charlie Whitehurst will get another start at QB. That's good news for TE Delanie Walker.
-- Browns RB Terrance West is active after he was a healthy scratch in Week 6. We don't know how much work he will get, but it probably won't be enough to greatly affect Ben Tate's or Isaiah Crowell's value versus Jacksonville.
-- Bills WR Mike Williams is active. He wants to be traded, so this is a good stage for him to show why a team should want him. You don't. RB Bryce Brown is still inactive for the Bills despite the team's struggles with running the ball. Because Anthony Dixon is so much better ...
-- Packers WR Jarrett Boykin is active after missing a few games due to a groin injury. He's has already been supplanted by Davante Adams. Adams is worth a WR3 today.
-- Seahawks TE Luke Willson is inactive. Cooper Helfet gets the start for Seattle in St. Louis. Moving on ...
-- Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is active. He has been nagged by a minor hip injury. His lack of involvement in the Vikings' offense means he should be on your bench until further notice.
-- WR Austin Pettis is a healthy scratch for the Rams.
-- Percy Harvin is gone, but WRs Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, and RB Christine Michael are all active for the Seahawks. Michael is a dynasty darling and future stud, but he's not worth anything in re-draft leagues unless Marshawn Lynch gets injured. Richardson is a second-round rookie with serious wheels. He could be a situational deep threat for Russell Wilson. Again, none of these guys are worth a roster spot right now in 10-team re-draft leagues. They have plenty of upside, however.
-- Ravens WR Marlon Brown is inactive despite being listed on the injury report as probable. Jacoby Jones and Kamar Aiken will fill in.
Players who have already been ruled out for Week 7 include Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball, Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings, Shonn Greene and Toby Gerhart. For a full rundown of injuries across the league this week, click the source link below to the NFL's official injury report.Fantasy Analysis:
-- Moreno's bad luck continued when he tore an ACL last week in his first game back from a dislocated elbow. He will miss the rest of the season. Thus, Lamar Miller is locked in as the Dolphins' main back. He's not exactly a workhorse -- season-high in touches is 19 -- but he has the skill and opportunity to be a low-end RB1. He has scored four touchdowns in five games.
-- Ball is expected to miss a few more weeks due to a groin injury. We now know Ronnie Hillman is the clear leader in Denver's backfield after he took on 24 carries in Week 6. However, he is only a mediocre RB2 tonight versus the 49ers' defense. Juwan Thompson, who ran for 38 yards on eight carries last week, is worth a pickup in 12-team leagues.
-- The Giants really need their youngsters to step up now that Cruz is out for the season and with Jennings still sidelined by a knee sprain. The G-Men can't play any worse than they did last Sunday night. Wide receivers Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham are both start-worthy in 12-team, three-receiver leagues versus the Cowboys. Randle is the better play as he is projected as the team's No. 1 WR right now. Rookie Andre Williams is worth a spot as an RB2 due to workload alone. He touched the ball 38 times in the past two weeks. And Dallas' run defense is middle-of-the-road.
-- Greene is out for a second consecutive week because of a bad hamstring. Bishop Sankey will be the first one out of the gate among Titans RBs, but he's only a flex option, even against the Redskins. He played just half of the snaps last week versus Jacksonville, losing valuable field time to Dexter McCluster and Leon Washington. Even worse, he was taken out at the goal line so Jackie Battle could get the glory on a 1-yard touchdown.
-- Gerhart is still being bothered by foot and ankle injuries. You should stay away from the Jaguars' running game as their coaches are planning to turn it into a three-man committee.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/19 - Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 7?
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9/28 - Report: Titans will start QB Charlie Whitehurst; TE Delanie Walker expected to play
9/20 - Titans looking for more from talented WR Justin Hunter
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