SPIN News & Views

Each week we will analyze the defenses and provide our take on which Quarterbacks you should start and which should be benched based on matchups with stout run defenses, stubbed toes, potential weather problems, conduct code violations etc.

No, you did not predict this in week 1. Facing off in a highly anticipated NFC West rivalry game, both the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks have a lot on the line Sunday night. A win for the 49ers and they will go on to clinch their second consecutive division title. A win for the Seahawks clinches their spot in the playoff and also leaves the NFC West title up for grabs. With both teams had impressive wins the week before, this game will arguably be the most intriguing matchup on the Week 16 schedule. That also makes it a craps-shoot for those still in their fantasy football league playoffs.

While it’s true that Sidney Rice hasn’t missed a game this year he has seemingly always been on the verge of not starting because of injury in his career – which is just a way of making a run-on sentence of of saying he’s injury prone, so I am just gonna keep going with this run-on while I have momentum. Anyway, he didn’t practice today and was in a walking boot with a bruised foot.

Ray Rice has a hip pointer that limited him in practice today. The injury doesn’t appear serious and we would be very, very surprised to see him not start and play the majority of the snaps on Sunday against the Broncos. New OC Jim Caldwell is going to be anxious to get the most out of Rice and get the Ravens offense moving.

Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a knee sprain during the Giants drubbing of the Saints. Luckily for the Giants they draft as well or better than any team in the NFL and they were prepared. David Wilson stepped and broke records with his rushing and special teams performance. It’s looking very likely that Bradshaw will be at best limited and at worst sidelined for the Week 15 matchup with a generous Atlanta run defense.

Bryce Brown it is once again. In our estimation it would be a mistake to play Lesean McCoy at all from here on out. The Eagles season is over and mercifully for Eagles fans the Andy Reid era is drawing to a close as well. Barring an injury it’s clear that we won’t see Michael Vick on the field and reading between the lines in Reid’s recent comments it seems the same can be said for McCoy.

Among the big name QBs it’s really just Michael Vick who is still sidelined by injury. Big Ben is back this week against the Chargers to help put another dagger into AJ Smith and Norv Turner.

After missing four weeks with an ankle injury, Oakland running back Darren McFadden appears ready to return for the Week 14 when the Raiders host the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football. Marcel Reece has filled in admirably especially for PPR leaguers but is dealing with quad and hamstring injuries that have him listed as questionable (short week won’t do him any favors). If Reece is unable to suit up, Mcfadden could be worth rolling the dice on as he should see 15-20 touches in his return as the Raiders look to keep Peyton on the sidelines.

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