FF Brainwave Report – 10/12
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Percy Harvin’s Hamstring Should Be Fine
Mid-week it appeared Harvin’s status for the Vikings matchup against the Redskins was in doubt with a hamstring ailment. As Tom Pelissero’s points out, Harvin should be fine for this week, and that means we must put him in the lineup.
Knock on wood but Harvin has played each game this year and it appears he will continue to at least be a WR2 option this season, if not a low-end WR1 as Christian Ponder continues to develop.
Adrian Peterson Good Despite Ankle Injury
I’m sure Peterson has had this game checked off on his calendar for some time as he returns to the field where he suffered his knee injury last winter.
While Peterson hasn’t had a big breakout game up to this point, it could come in what is sure to be an emotional game for the star running back.
Hakeem Nicks Should Play Against the 49ers
It seems like deja vu but Nicks was banged up and questionable coming into last years big game against the 49ers during the regular season and played. Nicks had a good game in San Francisco, and he should have some success in this contest as well.
It will be interesting to see how the 49ers come out, as we should expect them to be extra focused against a team that brought them so much pain and misery last January. A small dose of payback is likely on the way, but as the adrenaline wears off for the home team, Nicks should find at least 75 yards and possibly a score in this game.
RG3 Looks Ready To Go
As we’ve found with other players, concussions can set a player back for some time but it appears Griffin is going to play this week. He is going to play against a good defense, but I think he will find a way to post QB1 numbers again.
While Griffin is doing a good job of playing within the pocket he will look to run and score when he’s inside the red zone. Rushing touchdowns in some leagues are more valuable (six points, vs four points for a pass) than a passing touchdown.
Pierre Garcon Has Setback
This is troubling and yet very typical for a player trying to come back from an injury too fast. Many times you will see a aggravation to the injury or another injury as the body attempts to compensate for your original ailment.
Perhaps it would be best for the Redskins to take the same approach the Packers are using with Greg Jennings; just make sure that when he’s back, he’s ready to go.
Unfortunately for Garcon, that could be a long time as foot injuries can take time to recover from all the way. Garcon admitted this week he was in pain when he played, not good news and best to keep him on the bench for now.
I still recommend you keep him on your roster because his upside when healthy is a potential WR1 in this offense.
Aaron Hernandez Out For This Week
The loss of Hernandez is very important to what the Patriots want to do on offense. That said, as we’ve found out in recent weeks, that doesn’t mean the Patriots won’t adjust and find ways to put up over 30 points a week.
Expect New England to continue to use a three receiver set look without Hernandez, but when he returns this offense will move back to a two tight end look.