Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys: Absent from practice all week with the exception of a light load on Friday, Barber is one of the biggest question marks of the week with the fantasy football play-offs well under way. Can anyone risk Barber be limited by his pinky toe and calf injuries? Probably not especially when fill-in RB Tashard Choice was so effective last week, and the Boys face a stiff New York Giants rush defense.
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers: Neither Will Carroll or Stephania Bell, the two most prominent fantasy football injury voices in the media, believe Gore will start in a cross-country game against the good Miami Dolphins rush defense. While Gore is a game time decision, I wouldn't risk him being limited in the game even if he is not on the inactive list for the 1:00 PM tilt. (Man, that can bite me in the backside. I am already hesitating on that advice.)
Dominic Rhodes & Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts: Addai hasn't practiced all week, and the Colts face the putrid Lions defense. I wouldn't risk Addai sitting the game or getting limited carries. However, I would start Dominic Rhodes because I expect him to carry the load, to be a factor in the passing game and he faces the Lions. I said the Lions part already, didn't I?
Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions: With QB Dan Orlovsky under center, the Lions passing game should rebound to NFL levels. Expect a decent game for WR Calvin Johnson. This will also have the added benefit of making Smith relevent again. As long as he is active, Smith could provide a sneaky 100 yards and a TD as a Flex/RB2.
Jerricho Cotchery & Laverneus Coles, New York Jets: Am I the only one sensing a WR explosion of "good" stats from the Jets the week following consecutive losses where the Jets made the passing game an after afterthought?