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Brett Favre’s fantasy football quarterback is … Aaron Rodgers

Brett-Favre-Aaron-RodgersGreen Bay Packers legend Brett Favre and heir to the throne Aaron Rodgers may have a fairly awkward relationship, but Favre is a retiree now. He no longer plays football on Sundays, unless he’s slinging the pigskin with some buddies in his Wrangler jeans. Instead, Favre plays fantasy football like the rest of us. And you’ll never guess who his starting quarterback is.

During an interview on NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning” on Sunday, Favre revealed that he has a rooting interest in Rodgers and his old team this season.

“It is true. And I have 27 minutes left to set my team,” Favre said. “Aaron is my quarterback. And he’s usually guaranteed to get me about 30 points. First week I think he got me about 45. … He’s been good.”

Favre added that his wife’s team has been killing his this season, as he has dealt with injuries to players like New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola. Hopefully the health of his team didn’t get any worse with all the significant injuries like Arian Foster, Doug Martin and Reggie Wayne that took place over the weekend.

Maybe that explains why Favre recently admitted he was at fault for the ugly ending to his tenure in Green Bay. Did he have an early fantasy draft and already have Rodgers on his squad at that point? Favre also later said he believes Rodgers will shatter all of his team records, which could have been fantasy football wishful thinking. Now it all makes sense.

Mike James fantasy running back to pick up after Doug Martin injury

Mike James BucsMike James is the running back replacement fantasy football owners should focus on in light of Doug Martin’s shoulder injury suffered on Sunday.

Martin left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game with the Atlanta Falcons early in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. The Bucs fed James the ball a bunch in the third quarter, but they ran it less after they fell behind by two scores.

James’ final stats were 45 yards on 14 carries and 8 yards on 3 catches. Martin had been a big fantasy disappointment all year and only had one touchdown. I wouldn’t expect James to suddenly start lighting up the scoreboard, but he does offer the value of consistent carries in the future and the possibility of scoring if it looks like Martin will miss time. The other good news is that Tampa Bay’s offense has been moving under Mike Glennon and looks like it can put up some yards.

Keep your eye on the Bucs’ running back situation and Martin’s status before blowing a waiver priority on James, but keep in mind that he could be out a few weeks. The Bucs play the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and Bucs reporter Rick Stroud says Martin’s arm was in a sling after the game. X-rays reportedly showed Martin does not have a separation, but it would be hard to envision him playing in four days.

Week 7 fantasy pickups include Nick Foles, Joseph Randle, Keenan Allen

Nick-Foles-EaglesA number of fairly significant injuries across the NFL in Week 6 should lead to a fairly hot waiver wire in fantasy football leagues heading into Week 7. With offensive approaches becoming more clear, we are now able to tell which sleepers are for real and which ones will likely turn out to be duds. We’re hoping the players on our Week 7 fantasy pickups list turn out to be studs.

Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: Michael Vick missed Philadelphia’s Week 6 game with a hamstring injury, and as many expected Nick Foles filled in admirably. Foles and Vick split most of the first-team reps throughout training camp, so Foles is plenty familiar with Chip Kelly’s offense. He doesn’t have the running ability that Vick has, but he can compensate for that with his superior passing ability. Foles threw for a combined 497 yards and five touchdowns against the Giants and Buccaneers over the past two weeks. More importantly, he has not thrown an interception. He has a good chance to put up solid fantasy numbers in Chip Kelly’s video-game offense. He should make for a great bye week filler if nothing else.

Joseph Randle, RB, Cowboys: Surprise, surprise — Demarco Murray has gone down with an injury. He could miss several weeks with a sprained MCL, and backup running back Phillip Tanner is also injured. As a result, Randle is in line to handle most of the work for the foreseeable future. The rookie out of Oklahoma State ran for just 17 yards on 11 carries Sunday night, but he should make for a viable flex play from a pure volume standpoint. The Cowboys move the ball. Any running back that receives most of the carries in an offense that moves the ball is worth rostering.

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Brandon Jacobs a fantasy option, looking like old self

Brandon JacobsBrandon Jacobs was a force for the New York Giants in the first half of their Thursday night game with the Chicago Bears and even looked like a good fantasy option.

Jacobs, 31, was signed by the Giants last month after backup running back Andre Brown fractured his leg during the preseason. Jacobs received 11 carries from Weeks 2-4, but then his workload picked up last week against Philadelphia when he rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries. On Thursday, he was steadily fed the ball in the first half and looked like his old self, even scoring a 4-yard touchdown.

Jacobs punished some Bears defenders — just ask linebacker DJ Williams how he felt after their collision — and was hitting the hole with a purpose. He rushed for a long of 16 yards in the first half and gave the Bears defenders fits every time they tried to bring him down. After riding the bench most of last year with the San Francisco 49ers, Jacobs showed for the first time since 2011 that he still has legs.

Naturally, after running the ball so well with Jacobs in the first half, the Giants came out throwing in the second half. Just what they want — they finally get a running game going, and they put the ball back in the hands of the guy who leads the league in interceptions. At least the Giants fed Jacobs the ball at the goal line for his second touchdown after getting a pass interference call to set things up.

Week 6 fantasy pickups include Harry Douglas, Zac Stacy, Rueben Randle

Harry-Douglas-FalconsThe waiver wire was looking relatively thin heading into Week 6, but that changed in a hurry on Tuesday when news surfaced that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. There are a few names who could be worth an add if you’re battling injuries or looking for bye-week replacements, though I don’t expect many lottery tickets from this bunch. In any event, here are your Week 6 fantasy football pickups.

Harry Douglas, WR, Falcons: As we explained in detail on Tuesday, Douglas is the favorite to receive the majority of targets in Atlanta with Jones reportedly out for the season and Roddy White battling a new hamstring injury in addition to his high ankle sprain. Douglas has experience in the Falcons’ system and is in his fifth season with the team. He has been known to make a big play every now and then, but other than that he has held little fantasy value. That should change with Matt Ryan desperate for someone to catch the ball.

Zac Stacy, RB, Rams: Assuming he’s not lying about simply getting the wind knocked out of him against the Jaguars, Stacy should be locked in as the Rams’ starter for the foreseeable future. Isaiah Pead has found his way into Jeff Fisher’s doghouse for some unknown reason and Daryl Richardson, who entered the season as the starter, has been horrendous. The Rams’ running game leaves a lot to be desired, but Stacy rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries against Jacksonville. The Jags are horrendous, so we will have to wait and see if that type of production can continue. If you’re looking for running back help, Stacy is worth an add strictly because he has little competition in a disappointing backfield.

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Harry Douglas, Drew Davis fantasy players to pick up after Julio Jones injury

Harry-Douglas-FalconsWhile we are certainly hoping for the best for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and his injured foot, it appears likely that the former Alabama star is going to miss the remainder of the 2013 season. Fellow wide receiver Roddy White has been dealing with a high ankle sprain all season and suffered a hamstring injury in Monday night’s loss to the New York Jets. So who is left for Matt Ryan to throw to?

If Jones is done for the year and White is forced to miss time, the Falcons will likely become dependent on the run for the rest of the season. However, it should be noted that Steven Jackson also remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, so the running back position is thin as well. Behind Jones and White, the next two receivers on Atlanta’s depth chart are Harry Douglas and Drew Davis.

Douglas, a fifth-year receiver out of Louisville, is the more experienced option. He has flashed signs of playmaking ability over the years, although he has just 16 receptions for 219 yards in five games this season. He has regressed quite a bit since his six catches for 93 yards in Week 1.

[Video: Jim Harbaugh throws hilarious fit after Harry Douglas catch]

Davis, on the other hand, is in his second season and only has four career catches. Fantasy owners who are desperate for receiver help can consider adding him based strictly on the potential for workload, though he is not likely to make any type of consistent contribution.

The best bet for production is Douglas. He should see a good amount of targets even if White plays, and he would be all the Falcons really have at receiver if White misses time. This is not a good situation by any means, but Douglas holds the most value from a fantasy standpoint.

Daniel Radcliffe is a fantasy football addict, has team named ‘Barkevious Mingo’s mother’

Daniel-RadcliffeHarry Potter is a huge fantasy football buff. Well, Harry might have his hands full with evil spells and Lord Voldemort, but the actor who plays him is glued to the computer on Sundays tracking his fantasy team like the rest of us.

Radcliffe was the subject of a lengthy interview with The New York Times Magazine’s Susan Dominus. In the feature, Radcliffe boasts that he is a huge American football fan and claims he knows the name of every starter in the NFL. The New York Times’ 6th Floor blog was intrigued by Radcliffe’s NFL obsession, so they delved deeper into the fantasy football subject. The 6th Floor’s Samantha Henig asked Radcliffe how he became such a big fan.

“It’s just a fantastic sport,” Radcliffe told Henig. “I watched it ever since I came over and was doing “Equus” in the Broadhurst Theater. I got christened a Giants fan that year by the crew who were working there. I took an interest then, but when I got into fantasy football, that’s when my level of obsession with the game increased and my understanding of it grew very quickly as I realized that if I was not going to completely embarrass myself in this league then I was going to have to put in some serious time learning about it.”

Radcliffe’s favorite sport is cricket. He said he would never do any type of fantasy cricket league because he could never bring himself to root against the English cricket team if there were fantasy implications. But the best part of Radcliffe’s passion for fantasy football is his team name, “Barkevious Mingo’s mum,” which is a tribute to the Cleveland Browns linebacker.

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