Carroll: Chester Taylor looks to return
The Vikings were excited to see Chester Taylor back at practice on Thursday, but no more so than the fantasy owners that were smart enough to draft Taylor a few months back. Taylor is still sore, but is expected to start. The bigger question now is how he'll hold up to contact and if Artose Pinner's big day in his place will lead the Vikings to give Pinner a few carries to take the load off of Taylor. That'd be a good move for the Vikings and a bad move for fantasy owners. Assuming that Taylor makes it to Sunday without any setbacks, his normal results and the Jets run defense should combine to make Taylor a good fantasy start. Don't write his name in pen just yet -- unless you had to set your lineup early due to this week's strange schedule, in which case I'm too late to help you anyway.
The Falcons running back situation is good and bad. The bad is that Warrick Dunn hasn't practiced yet this week and that Jerious Norwood is still hobbled by a recurrent MCL sprain. The good news is that the line uses the Denver scheme and could seemingly get anyone 100 yards rushing. The even better news is that the team still has Michael Vick. Sure, he's frustrating to fantasy owners, but he's essentially a Reggie Bush-style game changer who also happens to run the offense. If neither Dunn nor Norwood is able to go, the Falcons seem serious about letting Vick line up as either a shotgun-set run/pass option with Justin Griffith as lead blocker or in a more innovative and dangerous tailback set with Matt Schaub coming in at QB. If nothing else, this will be dramatic. All that said, I think it's likely that both RBs will be available in enough capacity to let Griffith fill in instead of Vick.
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