May 7, 2009The global illness count for the novel H1N1 swine influenza climbed to 2,099 confirmed cases with 44 deaths in 23 countries early today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. That included 1,112 cases and 42 deaths in Mexico and yesterday’s US count of 642 cases and 2 deaths. Spain reported 73 cases and the United Kingdom 28. [WHO update 19]The US swine flu case count jumped to 896 cases in 41 states this morning, an increase of 254 cases since yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. The number of affected states was the same as yesterday (41), and the death toll remained at 2. [CDC swine flu page]If the swine flu epidemic evolves into a full-scale pandemic, the record of past pandemics suggests it would be reasonable to estimate that perhaps as many as a third of the world’s population could become infected, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO said at a press briefing today. But he said he was not making a prediction, only noting the historical pattern. “We live in a different world” today, and no one knows what will happen, he added. Fukuda said he wanted to explain the seriousness of the threat because the WHO has been getting questions about why it is paying so much attention to the virus.Health officials in Canada yesterday said recently sick people who live on a farm where pigs were infected with the swine flu virus tested negative for the virus, including the carpenter who worked near the pigs when he was sick after traveling to Mexico, the Canadian Press (CP) reported. However, David Butler-Jones, MD, Canada’s chief public health officer, told the CP that “sampling” issues might have affected the test results and antibody tests will be conducted to confirm whether the farm residents were infected with the new virus.Yesterday in testimony before a House foreign affairs subcommittee, Dennis Carroll of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) detailed US efforts to help global agencies respond to the swine flu epidemic. USAID has provided $5 million to help the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization beef up detection and control efforts in Mexico, sent 100,000 sets of personal protective equipment to surveillance workers and first responders in Mexico, and provided support for swine surveillance in Mexico and Central America. Carroll told legislators that USAID has also established its own H1N1 task force and has activated a response team to address the humanitarian needs of 1 billion people in developing countries. [May 6 USAID statement]Two infectious disease experts are warning people against intentionally getting infected with the swine flu as a hedge against getting sick with a potentially more lethal strain of the virus in the months ahead, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. William Schaffner, MD, a flu immunization expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, told the AP that an individual’s response to a particular flu virus is unpredictable and could involve life-threatening complications. He also said infected people can unintentionally spread the virus to more vulnerable populations. [May 7 AP story]Vical Inc., a San Diego vaccine company, announced yesterday that it signed an agreement with the US Navy Medical Research Center to speed the development of a DNA-based vaccine against the swine flu virus. The vaccine would contain Vaxfectin, the company’s proprietary adjuvant, which it has used in its DNA vaccine against the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The company did not disclose how much money the agreement involves. [May 6 Vical press release]
Tottenham and Newcastle are interested in the striker, but Albion have no intention of cashing in before Monday’s transfer deadline, Press Association Sport understands. They rejected four bids from Spurs in the summer – which led to Berahino threatening to strike – but have not received any offers during the January window. Saido Berahino is set to stay at West Brom, with the Baggies unwilling to sell this month. Tottenham’s offers would have been paid in instalments, with their final bid rising to £23million, and their approach strained the relationship between the clubs, although any differences have since been patched up. Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has been bullish in his stance over Berahino, with no club getting close to his valuation of the 22-year-old, and with just days left of the January transfer window it is understood the Baggies do not expect to receive an acceptable offer. The England Under-21 international has scored four goals in 19 games this term – and has not started a match since October – after netting 20 times last season. Last month head coach Tony Pulis said Berahino was lucky to be included in the squad for their 1-0 win over Newcastle because of behind-the-scenes issues, with the forward’s time-keeping understood to be a problem. Berahino will have one year left on his contract in the summer, yet Peace would still then only entertain sizeable offers. The Baggies revealed they spent £36million in the summer and will only sign new players – likely to be on loan – if they are able to move others out. James Chester was an £8million recruit from Hull but the defender has played just seven times, making only one Barclays Premier League start. Cristian Gamboa and Sebastien Pocognoli will also be allowed to leave if the club can find buyers, while Serge Gnabry’s season-long loan from Arsenal is still yet to be officially cancelled. QPR’s Matty Phillips has been linked but, while he was an Albion target in the summer, Press Association Sport understands any fresh move is unlikely. Press Association
There have been some developing storylines across the NFL landscape over the past few days with some surprise performances, unexpected injuries, and a pretty shocking suspension for a player that was listed in this article the last couple weeks. We approach a six-team bye week in Week 10, so there are plenty of streaming options (Derek Carr, Brian Hoyer) and players to consider (Zach Pascal, Kalen Ballage, Ronald Jones, Kareem Hunt) as we push toward the fantasy playoffs. We’ve got all the FAAB advice you need to bid on the right waiver pickups and sleepers going forward.DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass! Week 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: QuarterbackDerek Carr OAK; FAAB Bid: 5-8%: Carr actually leads the league in completion percentage among qualified quarterbacks, and he has seven touchdown passes in his past three games with at least 285 passing yards in each outing over that span. He’s had some problems with fumbles as of late, but he’s thrown just four interceptions all season, and the Raiders remaining schedule isn’t terrible. They still play the Chargers (twice), Bengals, Jets, Chiefs, Titans and Jaguars. The establishment of the Oakland running game has really helped Carr find a groove in the passing game, and the Raiders are in the midst of three straight games at home. There’s also the narrative this is the Raiders’ last season in Oakland, and they want to go out in style. He’s not quite a top-12 quarterback the rest of the season, but he’s worthy of being a streamer with some upside. This is the best he’s looked in a few years.Brian Hoyer; FAAB Bid: 1-2%: If Jacoby Brissett (knee) is out, Hoyer is the ultimate streamer this week against the Dolphins, especially if you’re without Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, or Deshaun Watson. He threw three touchdowns Sunday and still has a great offensive line protecting him. It’s hard to believe the Colts have gone from Andrew Luck in the preseason to Brian Hoyer in Week 10, but they’re still in the playoff picture. The Colts are also without T.Y. Hilton (calf) for a couple more weeks, so it’s not like Hoyer has the greatest weapons at his disposal. But at least he has a matchup against the Dolphins this week.WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: RBRonald Jones II TB; FAAB Bid: 8-12%: It’s pretty clear he’s the lead back in Tampa Bay. However, a modest bid is largely in order for Jones, who has been very inconsistent even with more work than Peyton Barber and Dare Ogunbowale. Jones rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. The offensive line isn’t very good, either, but at least the Bucs are out of the woods in terms of the brutal travel they’ve had to endure. Next week they draw the Cardinals at home, and it will be Tampa’s first true home game since Week 3. You can’t trust Jones enough to start him, but he’s a FLEX play in deeper leagues next week, and he can be owned based on his workload in this backfield.Kareem Hunt CLE; FAAB Bid: 6-8%: Hunt is now clear to return after serving his eight-game suspension, and he’s ready to make his Browns debut. He barely qualifies as a waiver wire target since he’s just under 60 percent owned in ESPN and Yahoo leagues, but we’ll still give him some attention because he’s an immensely talented player with some off-field problems. He’s kept a lower profile so far this season and is ready for a fresh start. How much work does he get? It’s tough to tell. The Browns have no reason to take the ball out of Nick Chubb’s hands, and it would take a serious injury to Chubb for Hunt to be an automatic start. The talent alone is enough to roster Hunt so if people are dropping him, and you have an obvious “drop” on your team like Frank Gore per se, then go for it.Bilal Powell/Ty Montgomery NYJ; FAAB Bid: 6%: Le’Veon Bell had to get an MRI on his knee on Monday, and while the severity of his knee injury is still a little unclear, you should probably look to handcuff him if he is out. And even if you do cuff him, can you really feel that great about a lesser running back in the Jets offense? Bell, as talented as he is, only has two touchdowns to go with 415 rushing yards through eight games. The volume of targets in the passing game with Sam Darnold embracing an easier schedule seemed like Bell could get better as we enter the second half of the season, but this news of an MRI should have Bell owners worried. Powell has been playing more than Montgomery lately, so it seems likely he would get the bulk of the carries, but both of these backs could factor into the offense.Kalen Ballage MIA; FAAB Bid: 5-6%: Even this much seems like a heavy bid for Ballage, but when Mark Walton gets suspended four games, you almost feel obligated to give him a look. Walton has been leading the team in carries and touches the last couple weeks, and the Dolphins just traded away Kenyan Drake. I hope they kept the receipt because the backfield is a mess right now. Ballage hasn’t been a very good runner, but the opportunities will be there for him if the Dolphins don’t bring in anybody else. And he is a goal-line vulture, so that’s just one more thing you can hang your hat on.MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSDerrius Guice WSH; FAAB Bid: 3-5%: Guice (knee) is now in the 21-day window for the Redskins to activate him off IR and on to the 53-man roster. The most likely scenario for Guice is that he’ll make his return in two weeks against the Jets since the team is on bye in Week 10. Guice has been marred with injuries in his brief career, but he’s a great talent that showed a lot of promise in the preseason. When he does return he’ll have to contend with Adrian Peterson, who has at least 75 rushing yards in four straight games. The workload may be hard to come by at first, but Guice is available if you’re in need of some depth at the running back position.Ryquell Armstead JAC; FAAB Bid: 1-2%: This is more of a food for thought recommendation for Leonard Fournette owners because it isn’t an awful idea to handcuff Fournette if you can afford the bench spot. Fournette missed 11 games between 2017 and ’18 and while he’s healthy this year, and productive, we have to be weary of his injury history. Fournette is seeing about 20 carries and five-to-six targets per game. If anything happens to him and he goes down, most of that workload should go to Armstead, who has looked pretty good at times. For this reason you should also look to handcuff Alexander Mattison in Minnesota considering Dalvin Cook’s injury history, but Armstead is more widely available.Honorable Mentions: There are a few guys here worth keeping an eye on. I’ve mentioned Ty Johnson in the past, and I do like that he led the Lions in carries and touches on Sunday against the Raiders. He didn’t do too much with the rushing workload, but not many can in Detroit. J.D. McKissic could be worth looking at in PPR formats. He had four carries for 32 yards to go with three receptions for 40 receiving yards and a touchdown on Sunday. There is always a slight fear that Detroit could bring somebody in. Most recently, Jay Ajayi came in for a workout with Detroit last Friday. He hasn’t signed as of right now, but the Detroit backfield is clouded with mystery as always. Lastly, Trey Edmunds is worth keeping an eye on as well, but his value is also dependent on James Conner. Edmunds saw a dozen carries and turned it into 73 rushing yards in Week 9. You can’t bid too much for a guy like Edmunds because he would need a lot to go his way. If anything, he’s a deeper league addition.Week 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: WRJamison Crowder NYJ; FAAB Bid: 12-15%: Crowder’s under 60 percent owned and is a PPR value the rest of the season. The schedule is an easy one for the Jets going forward, and while Darnold still had his struggles on Sunday against Miami, Crowder saw a solid amount of work. He caught eight-of-nine targets for 83 yards and a touchdown and has 28 targets in his last four games. He looks to be the top option in the Jets passing game and while that may not excite too many people, Crowder can be a WR3 play in PPR formats.Zach Pascal IND; FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Pascal is worth adding whether Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer is playing quarterback in Indy. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) out the next couple weeks, there’s an opportunity for Pascal to excel. He has three touchdowns in his past three games. Hoyer really seemed to favor Pascal once he came in, so hopefully this is a connection that can continue to develop in the coming weeks with Brissett potentially out in the short-term.DeVante Parker MIA; FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Preston Williams is out for the year, and it’s hard to not notice what Parker has been doing. Parker has upside, shown by his four touchdowns in the past five games. The Dolphins don’t necessarily have a terrible schedule coming up. Yes, they’ll play the Bills once again, but they also draw the Colts, Browns, Eagles, Jets, Giants and Bengals through Week 16. Parker could be a FLEX play down the stretch if he can keep finding the end zone.Hunter Renfrow OAK; FAAB Bid: 5-6%: Here’s a guy that’s available in virtually every fantasy football league. Renfrow has gradually been getting more involvement in the Oakland offense over the past couple weeks, including touchdowns in back-to-back games. You can’t expect the touchdowns to become a consistent pattern, especially when there are larger targets in the offense like Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller. But there’s no reason Renfrow can’t be a solid PPR option for the Raiders. This is all speculation since this was his first game with at least six targets since Week 2, but keep in mind the next four games are against the Chargers, Bengals, Jets and Chiefs. Those are some favorable matchups for the Oakland receivers.Keelan Cole JAC; FAAB Bid: 2-5%: A lot of people are speculating that Nick Foles could return after Jacksonville’s bye week and take over the starting quarterback job from Gardner Minshew. The Jags at least have options. If they go with Foles, Dede Westbrook is a popular add off waivers if he’s available. Those two had great chemistry in the preseason, but Westbrook was inactive for Sunday’s game because of a shoulder injury, and Cole stepped up and had a nice game to the tune of five catches on six targets for 80 yards. Cole’s not the biggest add of the week, especially since he’s off next week, but if Westbrook’s injury sidelines him for quite some time, then Cole is a solid deep-league addition.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight EndRyan Griffin NYJ; FAAB Bid: 4-5%: I wasn’t wildly optimistic about Griffin after his two-touchdown performance in Week 8, but I’m feeling better about him this week after he saw eight targets. Chris Herndon still hasn’t played (although he was active in Week 9 and didn’t see the field), but when he does return his presence will impact Griffin’s numbers a bit. And yes, Herndon is still worthy of a waiver claim although it’s frustrating for those who have been sitting on him. For now, Griffin is a good add on a week-to-week basis. Griffin almost came down with another touchdown on Sunday, but it was overturned after review showed he didn’t have control of the ball. He still finished with six catches for 50 yards.Darren Fells HOU; FAAB Bid: 3-5%: Fells made the article last week after a two-touchdown game, and despite the fact he had just one catch for one yard on Sunday, it did come on a touchdown reception. So, he now has five touchdowns in his past five games and six touchdowns in his past seven games. At this point with tight ends, you’ll take any kind of production if you don’t own any of the studs at the position. The Texans are off in Week 10 and then they have some difficult matchups on the horizon. In the short-term you can turn to the other guys on this list, but don’t sleep on Fells after Houston’s week off.Mike Gesicki MIA; FAAB Bid: 2-5%: With the way the tight end position has gone this year, it should come as no surprise that a TE from the Dolphins cracked this article. And fantasy football is a bit of a reactionary game, but Gesicki has a decent schedule the rest of the way, and you just hope Ryan Fitzpatrick can keep the Fitzmagic alive a little longer. Gesicki caught all six of his targets on Sunday for 95 yards, but he still hasn’t found the end zone this season. This is what the Dolphins were hoping to get when they drafted Gesicki in the second round of the 2018 draft. Will the games always be this good? No, we’re still talking about the Dolphins here. But the schedule is a bit soft going forward, and consistency has been hard to find at tight end. Even if he cools off you can drop him for another player. WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWeek 10 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/STIndianapolis Colts (vs. MIA): This is the obvious D/ST to stream for Week 10, but it’s not as obvious as it once was. The Dolphins haven’t been pushovers lately, and Ryan Fitzpatrick looked good last Sunday, albeit against the Jets. But the Fins will be without Preston Williams and Mark Walton next week. On ESPN standard scoring for D/STs, the Colts have at least eight fantasy points in their last four games. For a streamer, that’s all you’re really looking at, and you can easily get that this week from Indy.Baltimore Ravens (at CIN): If the Ravens can put up 12 fantasy points against the Patriots, just imagine what they can do against the Bengals. They held the Patriots to 342 yards of offense and forced some crucial turnovers Sunday night. This isn’t the same dominant defense we’re used to from Baltimore, but it’s getting better. After totaling negative fantasy points in Weeks 3 and 4, the Ravens have scored 44 points in their past four games. They’re certainly playable this week against the Bengals, but you may consider dropping them with matchups against the Texans, Rams, and 49ers on deck.