Here are a few excerpts from my 4th & Long column on Sporting News:
Ben Roethlisberger left practice early Thursday after tweaking his ankle. At this time, it doesn't appear to be anything serious, so plan to start him if you normally would. Lord knows Big Ben has played effectively with injuries in the past.
For obvious reasons, Montario Hardesty was a popular waiver-wire addition this week. But don't get overly excited about his prospects Sunday. Trent Richardson (ribs) claims to be "pain-free," and all signs point to him donning a flak jacket and carrying the load against the awful Colts run defense. So Richardson should be protected if Hardesty comes after him with a gun, making the backup unworthy of a starting spot in all but the most depleted of lineups.
Hakeem Nicks (foot, knee) belongs in your lineup this weekend after emerging from the 49ers contest no worse for wear. He's still not 100 percent, but he's on track to play against the porous Washington secondary.
Another week, another "O" for Greg Jennings. Don't count on Jermichael Finley (shoulder), either.
If it matters to you that there's a competition between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn for the starting quarterback job in Kansas City, you should stop reading now. Your team doesn't stand a chance.
[Saturday updates: DeMarco Murray, Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Brandon Bolden and Laurent Robinson all have been officially ruled out for Week 7.]
About the author
Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.