Pierre Thomas owners simply cannot catch a break. It was bad enough watching Mike Bell tear through defenses as Thomas sat out for the first two games of the season, but now that he is finally healthy (and Bell is not), according to FFToolBox, the Saints are giving first team repetitions to Lynell Hamilton (this was also mentioned in the Cram Session podcast by our Matt Snyder and Tom Herrera). Pardon my French, but who the hell is Lynell Hamilton?
As a matter of fact, Lynell Hamilton came to the Saints undrafted by way of San Diego State, but I suppose the better question remains, why the hell Lynell Hamilton? Realistically, this looks like a case where both Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell look pretty questionable for Sunday's game. Pierre Thomas did suit up and practice in full on Wednesday, but coach Sean Payton plans to give a decent workload to this mystery man, Lynell Hamilton. Enough is enough; get on the field already Pierre Thomas. Ultimately, I think we will see plenty of Thomas, but as an owner, this is getting frustrating in a hurry.
- Our buddy over at the Worldwide Leader, Matt Mosley, reported that Marion Barber is making some noticeable improvement and hopes to put himself in a position to play on Sunday. Realistically, Barber would probably like to play, but Jerry Jones and company have a deep enough backfield that there is no point to rush him back. I doubt we will see him this week, but nevertheless, keep a close eye on the situation if you own Barber, Felix Jones, or even Tashard Choice.
- John Halpin who writes Wide Write for Fox News, thinks it might be time to buy low on Steve Slaton. Halpin is not the only one to think this way either. FanHouse's own Sean Lalley pulled the trigger on a Slaton trade earlier this week, offering up Cedric Benson and Willie Parker in return. We've said all along that Slaton is a hit or miss guy, so his big weeks will certainly be coming, but so will more of these goose-eggs. That's what you should always expect with Slaton.
- George Winkler from the Sporting News' Fantasy Source Blitz assembled the all-decade fantasy team, which should provide for a good debate. This looks pretty much dead on, but I'm beginning to wonder if Peyton Manning eventually loses this spot to Drew Brees.
- The New York Sports Jerk posted a gem of a photo here titled "The Billion Dollar Booger." I'm not really sure how this will help your fantasy team this week, but who doesn't want to see pictures of Jerry Jones picking his nose.
- What will likely prove to be the non-event of the week, ESPN reports that Adrian Peterson's back "is no big deal."
- The Contra Costa Times reports that Chaz Schilens will be out for the Raiders' week 3 game, but looks to return on October 4th against the Texans. Considering that nobody on the receiving corps -- with the exception of Zach Miller in week 1 -- has turned into any semblance of a threat, taking a flier on Schilens in deep leagues may not be a bad idea. Coach Tom Cable said in preseason that he thought Schilens provides the best target of all the receivers, so he should get some good looks when he returns. Whether or not JaMarcus Russell can keep the ball in the same time zone is another story.
- The joke-crackinest NFL newsman there is, Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk, confirms that Michael Vick will suit up and play for the Eagles this weekend. Most pundits expect him to work primarily out of Wildcat sets, but I bet we will see more than just a few running plays from Vick. The Eagles should have a field day against the 0-2 Chiefs, so look for Vick to get a decent amount of playing time.
- Finally, picking up where Terrell Owens left off, the Ft. Worth Star Telegram reports that Roy Williams started complaining about not getting the ball more often. In other more important news, I'll be eating a burrito for dinner tonight.