Le’Veon Bell has acquaint at atomic 99 complete yards and/or a touchdown in 4-of-5 NFL appearances, and in Anniversary 10 gets a run-blocking boost. RG David DeCastro will acknowledgment from an abate abrasion to bite holes in Buffalo’s arresting line. Enjoying a agilely ascendant year, DeCastro is the No. 3-rated bouncer in Pro Football Focus’ grades. Apprehend accession abundant workload from Bell adjoin the Bills’ No. 17 run defense. Admitting a abridgement of big-play alive adeptness puts a lid on his going-forward ceiling, Bell at actual affliction is an every-week RB2. … Block Ben Roethlisberger’s Anniversary 9 stats into Anniversary 10 will allure abounding a fantasy owner, but adeptness ones will resist. Philosophically, the Steelers don’t appetite to comedy shootout football as they did in aftermost week’s accident to New England. This is a aggregation that adventurous affairs to affection the run and should accept success on the arena adjoin an adversary that won’t force Pittsburgh to arbor up yardage and points. The Patriots challenge credible aloof Roethlisberger’s additional multi-touchdown accomplishment in eight amateur this season. If OC Todd Haley has his way, Big Ben won’t bead aback to canyon added than 30 times this week. And Bell will handle 25-plus touches. … Ben’s ambition administration aback Le’Veon aing the calendar bristles amateur ago: Antonio Brown 52; Emmanuel Sanders 38; Heath Miller 30; Bell 26; Jerricho Cotchery 22; Felix Jones 9.
Brown has at atomic nine targets in six of Pittsburgh’s aftermost seven amateur and is on blow for 122 catches. He’s an every-week WR2 in accepted leagues with WR1 amount in PPR. Bills top CB Stephon Gilmore has struggled mightily aback abiding from a access wrist four amateur ago, giving Brown a favorable matchup. … Now accepted as Pittsburgh’s No. 2 passing-game advantage advanced of Miller, Sanders has been targeted 11 times in anniversary of the accomplished two weeks and is account a attending in WR3 slots. Miller’s disability to accomplish at aiguille activity on the acreage has been noticeable, and is benefiting Sanders in the box score. The Bills accept accustomed alliance highs in TD passes (20) and 40-plus-yard casual plays. … Miller acutely isn’t accomplished aftermost year’s triple-knee bond tear. I’m not adage he’s “done,” but he doesn’t attending 100% physically. Buffalo has accustomed the sixth atomic fantasy credibility to bound ends. Averaging an bloodless 26.3 yards over his aftermost three games, Miller is acceptable to pay Anniversary 10 fantasy assets if and abandoned if he array a red-zone touchdown. He doesn’t arise able of cutting up yards and catches. … There doesn’t accept to be abundant fantasy fizz on Cotchery admitting his 7-96-3 band in aftermost week’s shootout with the Pats. It’s for acceptable reason. Cotchery is a No. 3 receiver on a philosophically run-first team, and will activate accident snaps to Markus Wheaton eventually rather than later. Wheaton is due aback from a feel abrasion this week.
Week 9 adventurous watchers apperceive C.J. Spiller’s abate woes aren’t “behind him” as Bills drillmaster Doug Marrone claimed Wednesday — he re-tweaked it alert adjoin the Chiefs — but it’s outstanding account for accommodating owners that Buffalo affairs to resume aptitude on a aback it can now feel assured about from a bloom standpoint. Spiller was the best activating amateur on the football acreage in aftermost week’s accident to Kansas City, ripping off assets of 61, 29, 27, 12, 9, and 8 amid 14 touches. Here is Spiller’s run-defense agenda from Weeks 13-16, afterward a Anniversary 12 bye: Atlanta (20th adjoin run), Tampa Bay (13th & falling), Jacksonville (32nd), Miami (21st). … The Steelers accord Buffalo’s backfield accession favorable matchup. Pittsburgh ranks 31st in run aegis and has accustomed 12 hasty array through eight games, the additional best in football. Between-the-tackles grinder Fred Jackson looked aciculate and angry a few “nothing runs” into article adjoin the Chiefs, accretion 99 yards. Jackson will additionally be a acceptable bet for a goal-line score. He’s a affection RB2/flex at Pittsburgh. … With aftermost week’s shredding by Tom Brady as an outlier, the Steelers’ 2013 arresting backbone has been adjoin the pass. Dick LeBeau’s accumulation is fourth in the NFL in canyon aegis and has captivated adversary arresting callers not alleged Brady to a paltry 5:4 accumulated TD-to-INT ratio. The acknowledgment of E.J. Manuel’s bifold blackmail has a adventitious to added atom an already advantageous Bills run game, but he’d be a poor two-QB-league comedy in his aboriginal adventurous aback from a five-week knee injury.
Manuel’s ambition administration on the season: Stevie Johnson 38; Robert Woods 33; Scott Chandler 24; F-Jax 18; T.J. Graham 15; Spiller 11; Tashard Choice 2; Marquise Goodwin 1. … Johnson is Buffalo’s abandoned abiding Anniversary 10 fantasy canyon catcher. He will go to assignment in the slot, area Danny Amendola aerated this aforementioned Steelers aegis for 112 yards and a touchdown aftermost week. … The Steelers are aloof 20th in fantasy credibility accustomed to bound ends, giving Chandler a below-average matchup. Chandler has averaged 40.8 yards per adventurous in Manuel’s bristles starts. He’d acceptable charge a close-in touchdown to pay off as a fantasy start. … Woods (ankle) isn’t activity to face the Steelers, giving amateur burner Goodwin some Hail Mary WR3 appeal. Consistently outplaying Graham, the third-round aces from Texas has 50-plus yards in three of his aftermost four games. It stood out in Anniversary 9 that playcaller Nathaniel Hackett dialed up afresh advance plays for Goodwin. Ambience up bombs with a run-heavy abject offense, the Bills are efforting to get Goodwin the rock.
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Detroit @ Chicago
The Lions acknowledgment from a Anniversary 9 bye clumsily aing to 100% bloom as a team. The abandoned skill-position players on Detroit’s Anniversary 10 abrasion address are Calvin Johnson (knee), who is fine, and Nate Burleson (arm), who may acknowledgment in Anniversary 11. Matthew Stafford’s antagonism is a breeze on paper, as he’ll do activity with a Chicago aegis that ranks 23rd adjoin the canyon and 29th in sacks, and is arena on a abbreviate anniversary afterward aftermost Monday’s agitated win at Lambeau. With an 8:3 TD-to-INT arrangement and 365-yard boilerplate over his aftermost three games, Stafford owners should be excited. … Stafford’s ambition administration during that three-game stretch: Megatron 39, Kris Durham 27, Reggie Bush 20, Brandon Pettigrew 17, Joseph Fauria and Joique Bell 7, Jeremy Ross 3. … Megatron is a affirmation top-three fantasy receiver play, but it’s account acquainted Chicago has historically captivated him in check. These are Calvin’s aftermost four carbon curve in Bears games: 4-44-1; 5-72-0; 3-34-0; 7-81-0. I’m not adage to bank Johnson, but doors could accessible for added Lions canyon catchers if the Bears abide that trend. Bush and to a basal admeasurement Durham would be the ytic beneficiaries. Manning the No. 2 wideout role until Burleson’s return, Durham is a a full-time amateur in Detroit’s advancing casual offense. Durham has agony WR3 affability this week.
Bush has a adventitious to be a fantasy stretch-run beast. The Bears serve up 4.40 yards per backpack and rank 29th in run defense, with ten hasty array accustomed in eight games. Blaze up Bush as a top-five RB1. In these clubs’ Anniversary 3 meeting, Bush aished Chicago for 174 yards, a touchdown, and a 7.7 YPC average. The Bears’ aegis has become alike added depleted up advanced since. … Added acumen for Anniversary 10 Bush love: In Weeks 6-9, Alfred Morris/Roy Helu, done Brandon Jacobs, and Eddie Lacy/James Starks accumulated to adhesive Chicago for 432 yards and seven TDs on 80 carries (5.40 YPC). … Lightly targeted and abandoned a 30% amateur in Detroit’s offense, red-zone specialist Fauria is a touchdown-dependent fantasy article I would never feel adequate starting. … Pettigrew’s beam is bound by his abridgement of big-play talent, but this is a solid antagonism in PPR. The Bears admittance the third best receptions in the alliance to bound ends. … Although Joique Bell is not abundant of a Anniversary 10 angle advantage — he’s now consistently aeriform amid 5-9 touches per adventurous — there aren’t three bigger rest-of-season handcuff/stashes than Detroit’s change-of-pace back. Bell is able and accomplished abundant to be a accepted fantasy aberration maker were Bush to get hurt. Cling deeply to Bell in the additional bisected of the season, alike if it agency bottomward a WR4.
Friday Update: Reggie Bush continues to appearance up as one of the arch Anniversary 10 fantasy plays, behindhand of position. Chicago will be afterwards every-down LE Shea McClellin on Sunday due to a hamstring injury. They’ll about-face to late-round amateur David Bass at larboard end. Bass was cut by the Raiders in training camp. The Lions’ abhorrent band will accept no agitation alarming the Bears’ arresting advanced off the ball.
Observers of Jay Cutler’s Anniversary 7 beam breach are acceptable abashed he’ll be starting aloof three weeks afterwards the fact. An abrasion like Cutler’s is accountable to aggravation, so a run-first adventurous plan from drillmaster Marc Trestman is best credible in Cutler’s aboriginal adventurous back. It can’t aching that Matt Forte is on a tear, and Anniversary 10 adversary Detroit is accessible on the ground. The Lions’ No. 14 run aegis surrenders 4.74 yards per carry, the fifth accomplished blow in football. As usual, Forte is an aristocratic RB1. … While arena him this anniversary feels like too-risky business, Cutler needs to be affective in all leagues area he was dropped. Pre-Week 7, Cutler was on blow for career highs in touchdown passes (32), achievement allotment (65.9), and passer appraisement (95.2). He was the No. 6 fantasy quarterback on the season. If Cutler avoids setbacks this week, fantasy owners should feel adequate aptitude on him as an every-week QB1 bottomward the stretch. Chicago’s adulterated aegis will actualize shootout situations, and two of the Bears’ opponents during the fantasy playoffs (Dallas, Philly) rank in the 30s adjoin the pass. … Here is Cutler’s ambition administration on the year: Brandon Marshall 62; Alshon Jeffery 52; Martellus Bennett 45; Forte 38; Earl Bennett 16; Michael Bush 4.
Even if Trestman calls this adventurous conservatively, the Bears are able of aeriform success adjoin a all-a-quiver Lions backend. 26th adjoin the pass, Detroit ranks an abundantly black 30th in sacks admitting absorbing on-paper arresting band talent. It’s an aperitive antagonism for go-to guy Marshall, who enters this one with four touchdowns over his aftermost four games. … Bookend Jeffery is the bright No. 2 advantage in Trestman’s casual advance and disconnected Detroit for a 5-107-1 carbon band aback these teams met in backward September. Blaze up Jeffery as a WR2/3. With Cutler adequate beneath center, there won’t be a anniversary the blow of the division area Jeffery isn’t a recommended start. … The Lions accept accustomed the fifth best receptions and 11th best yards in the alliance to bound ends. Martellus is a quality, if back-end TE1. … Trestman has been putting on a account playcalling clinic, and Chicago’s breach should anon resume battlefront on all cylinders. Forward-thinking stashers should accept Michael Bush rostered because he would be an every-down aback in an atomic breach if Forte went down. I’m not adage Forte will go down; I’m adage there’s consistently that possibility. He hasn’t played a abounding 16-game agenda aback the 2010 season.
Score Prediction: Bears 30, Lions 27
Cincinnati @ Baltimore
Andy Dalton entered Cincinnati’s Anniversary 9 antagonism with Miami acutely on fire. Dalton comatose aback to Earth in the Dolphins’ agitated victory, re-exposing himself as a quarterback erfingers of high-level achievement over a abiding stretch. About a souped-up Trent Dilfer, Dalton is a passer whose aptitude limitations charge be affected by his teammates. Now on the alley to face a Ravens aegis that ranks third in the NFL in sacks per adventurous and has captivated adversary quarterbacks to seven touchdown passes over its aftermost seven games, Dalton would alluringly be advised as a high-end to middling QB2 rather than a standard-league starter. … Dalton’s ambition administration the aftermost four weeks: A.J. Green 45, Marvin Jones 26, Mohamed Sanu 20, Jermaine Gresham and Giovani Bernard 19, Tyler Eifert 15, Andrew Hawkins 2, BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1. … Jones would’ve had a abundant bigger Anniversary 9 box account if not for Gresham’s captivation amends that negated a 50-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Jones is still the No. 1 all-embracing fantasy wideout over the accomplished bristles weeks. As connected as Jones is actuality targeted like the No. 2 advantage in Cincinnati’s casual game, I’ll abutment him as a solid WR3 play. … Accession acumen for Jones optimism is Baltimore’s actual adeptness to ascendancy Green in check. Green has faced the Ravens three times in his career. These are his carbon lines: 2-26; 5-70; 2-26. You’re acutely starting Green as an every-week WR1, but Jones could account on the off adventitious Baltimore’s aegis sells out to stop Cincinnati’s best abhorrent weapon.
Sanu abandoned two of his nine targets adjoin the Dolphins and could be headed for a abiding abridgement in arena time. The second-year receiver has been abortive all division long. There is no catechism Jones is a bigger advantage out wide. … Still alive aback into the mix afterwards missing the season’s antecedent eight weeks with an abate injury, aperture man Hawkins was targeted alert adjoin Miami. Hawkins has big-play explosiveness, but he is activity to advance for constant acceptance in the Bengals’ spread-the-wealth casual advance abaft Green. … It’s absurd to absolve either Eifert or Gresham as added than a mid-level TE2 aback neither has accomplished 70 yards in any adventurous this season. Baltimore has accustomed the additional atomic receptions in the alliance to bound ends. … The fantasy association has alleged for Bernard’s role to access at Green-Ellis’ amount all season. It hasn’t happened yet, and we can’t apprehend that to change during the amplitude run. Although Bernard is activity to comedy adjoin the Ravens, his Anniversary 9 rib alarm won’t brainwash coaching-staff aplomb the baby amateur is able of administration a full-time workload. “Some of these guys, it’s important for them to be fresh, fast,” explained OC Jay Gruden this week. “That’s the way he is. He needs to accept abounding stamina.” Bernard charcoal an adorable RB2/flex play, abnormally in PPR leagues. Adverse the Ravens’ top-eight run defense, Green-Ellis should be cautiously stationed on fantasy benches.
Friday Update: Gresham (groin) absent a additional beeline convenance Friday and is listed as ambiguous for Anniversary 10. TE1 streamers should accumulate an eye on the situation. Eifert will be an arresting bye-week or injury-crunch accompaniment adjoin Baltimore if Gresham does not play.
I’ve noticed a lot of anguish about fantasy acreage apropos Torrey Smith. He’s strung calm three almost apathetic games, with one touchdown on the season. Smith is still advancing off a five-catch, 78-yard Anniversary 9 performance, and I anticipate he’s far likelier to aces it up than flatline the blow of the way. The hot amplitude could activate this week. Cincinnati’s canyon aegis is depleted, accepting absent top cornerback Leon Hall (Achilles’) and autogenous canyon rusher Geno Atkins (ACL). Joe Flacco is activity to accept added time to bite up downfield advance plays, which are Smith’s aliment and er. He’s a acceptable bet to outrun 35-year-old LCB Terence Newman for a bomb. … Carved up by Ryan Tannehill two Thursday nights ago, the Bengals aback affectation a additional antagonism for Flacco. This is a assemblage bare actual arguably its two best defenders. Flacco has been a 2013 fantasy dud — he’s on blow for a 20:18 TD-to-INT arrangement and has hit 300 yards in aloof two of his aftermost seven amateur — but this is a acceptable anniversary to use him in two-QB leagues. … Flacco’s ambition administration aback Marlon Brown alternate from a hamstring abrasion three amateur ago: Brown 20; Smith and Jacoby Jones 18; Ray Rice and Tandon Doss 13; Dallas Clark 11, Ed Dickson 5; Deonte Thompson 4; Bernard Pierce 3.
The Ravens are arena three-wide breach with Jones and Smith outside, and Brown administration the slot. At 6-foot-5, 216, Brown creates Colstonian antagonism problems central the numbers. Brown’s assembly has been frustratingly inconsistent anniversary to week, but the targets and arena time are there, and his Anniversary 10 antagonism is too adjoin 33-year-old Bengals aperture CB Chris Crocker, a adapted safety. Appearance Brown as a low-end but accessible WR3. … Situational abysmal blackmail Jones has yet to adeptness 50 yards in a adventurous this season. He’s abandonment fodder in 10- and 12-team leagues. … Cincinnati is acceptance the seventh atomic fantasy credibility to bound ends. Drop-machine Dickson is no best complex in the casual offense, while 34-year-old Clark is predictably fading. … If Ray Rice fantasy owners can still advertise him on name value, accomplishing so now would apparently be their best option. A Baltimore run-blocking accumulation that absent LG Kelechi Osemele to year-ending aback anaplasty isn’t activity to get better. And it appears Rice’s early-season hip abrasion wasn’t abandoned to accusation for his curtailment of pre-bye production. He struggled yet afresh advancing off the Anniversary 8 accessible date, managing 17 yards on 11 carries in aftermost Sunday’s accident to the Browns. It’s bright bright on band that Rice’s alive adeptness is evaporating. He has actual little adventitious to be a stretch-run fantasy aberration maker. He’s aloof a angle advantage adjoin Cincinnati’s top-ten run defense. … Although Bernard Pierce additionally has struggled, I wouldn’t be afraid to see added of him affective forward. Not abandoned do the Ravens charge to amount out whether Pierce is their advance aback of the future, at this point they artlessly can’t angular on Rice as a bellcow.
Score Prediction: Ravens 20, Bengals 17
St. Louis @ Indianapolis
Same adventurous plan, altered opponent. The Rams will access Anniversary 10 arena breach on the aback of amateur Zac Stacy, about whom they are now artful and calling plays. He’s the best skill-position amateur they have, and St. Louis’ apprenticeship agents knows it. The Rams accept afflicted their cadre groupings to abutment a run-first breach afterwards attempting to comedy advance aboriginal in the year. I’m agnostic Stacy is able of comestible his Weeks 8-9 assembly with such a bound abutment cast, but would blaze him up with activity adjoin Indy’s bottom-six run defense. A accurate every-down back, Stacy is blame for RB1 value. … Kellen Clemens’ ambition administration on the season: Jared Cook and Chris Givens 14; Stacy 10; Lance Kendricks 9; Austin Pettis 8; Brian Quick and Tavon Austin 5; Daryl Richardson 2. … There is no featured amateur in the Rams’ casual attack, and Clemens hasn’t credible any addiction to pepper one canyon catcher with targets. Add in below-average quarterback comedy and a run-first offense, and you accept both a compound for blunder and low beam for production. While Cook and Givens both acquire abstract big-play adeptness and can affected the allowance in a accidental game, the best acceptable aftereffect for Rams receivers and bound ends is consistently auto weeks. You can try demography a shot. Aloof apprehend there is a baby adventitious it’ll pay off.
I anticipate it’s fair to admiration if the Colts adeptness be 8-0 had they maximized T.Y. Hilton’s early-season snaps at the amount of Darrius Heyward-Bey’s. Amateur OC Pep Hamilton fabricated the acquainted pre-season accommodation to complete his best atomic playmaker’s acreage time in favor of a drop-prone blocking receiver, all in the absorption of arena “run-first” football. (Pep the Playcaller accounted DHB a bigger blocker.) Now a 90% amateur in Indy’s breach — admitting abandoned by absence — Hilton is activity to backfire bottomward the stretch. Like a added sudden, versatile, quicker-twitch adaptation of Victor Cruz, Hilton is about uncoverable one on one, and floats about the accumulation so generally that he becomes actual difficult to bifold aggregation or bracket. Alpha Hilton as a WR1 this week. Noteworthy opposing wideout stats adjoin St. Louis’ adulterated accessory this season: Golden Tate 5-93-2; Justin Blackmon 5-136-1; Cecil Shorts 5-74-1; Larry Fitzgerald 8-80-2; Anquan Boldin 5-90-1; Dez Bryant 4-38-1; Julio Jones 11-182-1; Steve Smith 5-69-1; Andre Johnson 7-88. … Although Andrew Luck’s arduous playmaking adeptness can basement him to amazing fantasy weeks, Hamilton’s run-first access won’t stop annoyance his upside. The Colts are 27th in the NFL in canyon attempts, and Luck is tenth in per-game fantasy quarterback scoring. He’s a mid-range to low-end QB1 adjoin the Rams. Luck’s own abhorrent playcaller is alive adjoin him, abnormally in fantasy.
Luck’s ambition administration aback Reggie Wayne tore his ACL in Indy’s Anniversary 7 win over Denver: Hilton 13; Griff Whalen 9; Heyward-Bey 7; Coby Fleener 5; Trent Richardson 3; Donald Brown and LaVon Brazill 2; Stanley Havili 1. … DHB has abandoned four passes over his aftermost four amateur and still hasn’t accomplished 60 yards in any anniversary this season. He’s abandonment fodder with little or no adventitious of actuality a stretch-run fantasy asset. … Whalen (40 snaps) was the Anniversary 9 baton in a third receiver circling that additionally complex Brazill (21 snaps) and to a basal admeasurement David Reed (9). Whalen has actual little fantasy amount above 14- and 16-team leagues. Brazill offers the accomplished upside because he has the best talent, but isn’t activity to be a fantasy advantage arena 33% of the abhorrent snaps. … The Rams accept accustomed the additional atomic fantasy credibility to bound ends, giving black Fleener a asperous Anniversary 10 matchup. Fleener is aloof a atrocious advancement blazon TE1 option. … St. Louis ranks 28th adjoin the run and has coughed up 11 hasty TDs through nine games. Unfortunately, Richardson can be trusted abandoned as a flex. The Colts emerged from their Anniversary 8 bye committed to a alive aback committee, although I did acquisition it able they acclimated Richardson in the awning adventurous and on pitch-run plays. They’re acutely aggravating to get him on the edges. Richardson needs Indianapolis to jump out to added early-game leads. Brown’s arena time will abide to counterbalance on T-Rich’s fantasy amount aback Indianapolis is abatement deficits. I do anticipate Richardson is a acceptable bet to account adjoin the Rams, but I’ve absolutely apprehension that entering anniversary of the Colts’ aftermost six games. And he’s currently on a four-game touchdown drought.
Score Prediction: Colts 24, Rams 14
Oakland @ NY Giants
Darren McFadden’s latest hamstring affliction opens Raiders affection aback duties to Rashad Jennings, a able amateur who lacks appropriate qualities but is able of administration ample workloads for abbreviate stretches and acutely has the apprenticeship staff’s assurance as an every-down back. In the three amateur this year area McFadden has either suffered an aboriginal abrasion or absent altogether, Jennings has averaged 18 touches for 111 complete yards with one score. The Giants rank ninth in run defense, but Jennings’ projected workload gives him Anniversary 10 angle appeal. … In those aforementioned three McFadden-injury games, FB Marcel Reece has averaged bristles touches for 26 yards. Attending for Reece in a pace-change role adjoin the G-Men. … Terrelle Pryor’s hasty stats accumulate him in the two-QB-league mix, but he’s amorphous to advance as a passer. And advance mightily. Pryor has been a one-read quarterback all year, which makes him apparently accessible to avert aback opponents booty abroad that go-to receiver. Over his aftermost three games, Pryor has completed aloof 50-of-94 passes (53.2%) for 592 yards (6.30 YPA), and a 1:7 TD-to-INT ratio. He’s taken 14 sacks. The Giants don’t blitz the passer able-bodied — they’re aftermost in the alliance in sacks — and advance in the secondary, so it’s absolutely accessible this antagonism will get Pryor aback into a groove. It’s additionally absolutely accessible we’ve credible the best of Pryor this year. He’s not arena able-bodied abundant to beck as a QB1.
Pryor’s 2013 ambition distribution: Denarius Moore 50; Rod Streater 38; Mychal Rivera 21; DMC 17; Reece 14; Brice Butler 13; Jacoby Ford and Jennings 11. … Calmly the best fantasy bet amid Oakland canyon catchers, Moore is averaging bristles catches for 79 yards with three TDs over his aftermost six games. I don’t decidedly adulation Moore’s Anniversary 10 antagonism adjoin RCB Prince Amukamara — the Giants’ top bend — and would still confidently alpha him as a high-ceiling WR3. … Control “Z” receiver Streater austere 60 yards for the aboriginal time aback Opening Day aftermost week. Streater lacks big-play ability, has denticulate one touchdown over his aftermost 12 games, and is a commutual advanced receiver on a run-first aggregation with a disturbing quarterback. He’s a WR4 in fantasy. … Juron Criner played a career-high 63 snaps in the accident to Philadelphia, primarily because the Raiders were in improvement access all adventurous and abounding the acreage with receivers. Criner bent three assurance for 22 yards and charcoal abaft Ford on the abyss chart. Criner does arise to accept anesthetized up Butler. Oakland wideouts abaft Moore and Streater are not on the alarm in re-draft leagues.
The Giants’ Anniversary 10 backfield is abstraction up as a two-member hot-hand book with Peyton Hillis set up for the aboriginal able and Andre Brown abatement aback in. Washed-up Brandon Jacobs won’t comedy due to hamstring and knee injuries. Drillmaster Tom Coughlin fabricated it bright this anniversary Brown would not anon accept lead-back assignment in his acknowledgment from concise I.R. “He’s accessible to help, but there is a big aberration amid adventurous day and practice,” Coughlin said Wednesday. Added Brown, “I’m appealing abiding they are activity to about-face us in, about-face us out.” Amalgamate the workload ambiguity with Oakland’s top-six run defense, and these Giants backs backpack an abominable lot of apprehension abeyant into Anniversary 10. … It’s activity to be Brown’s backfield in abbreviate order, but Hillis is the accepted amateur adjoin the Raiders. Coughlin and OC Kevin Gilbride are adequate with Hillis’ canyon protection, and at this point he’s in bigger football appearance than Brown artlessly because Hillis has been playing. I’d still amusement Hillis as an abominable angle comedy in this abhorrent matchup. Oakland’s arresting front-seven adiposity is legit. … The Giants are added acceptable to accept casual than hasty success adjoin the Raiders. Lacking alfresco canyon rushers and rag-tag in the secondary, Oakland was credible and afresh some in Anniversary 9 by Chip Kelly’s advancing downfield casual attack, as Nick Foles set single-game career highs in about every class en avenue to a seven-touchdown, 406-yard day. Eli Manning is an arresting matchup-based QB1 banderole and affirmation two-quarterback-league starter.
Eli’s 2013 ambition distribution: Victor Cruz 77; Hakeem Nicks 67; Rueben Randle 45; Brandon Myers 39; Hillis 11. … Nicks has been so berserk inconsistent because his abilities accept faded. He still flashes from time to time, but has become a volume-dependent wideout who relies on acceptable contested catches as adjoin to the bland separator he acclimated to be. Nicks has a additional antagonism this anniversary afterwards Raiders RCB D.J. Hayden (groin) pulled up bruised in practice. Hayden was already advancing off a Anniversary 9 torching by Riley Cooper, and may now not comedy at all. Nicks charcoal a boom-or-bust fantasy WR3. … Cruz, Torrey Smith, and Larry Fitzgerald are advanced receivers I’d be aggravating to buy low advanced of the fantasy amplitude run. Cruz has at atomic bristles catches in all but two amateur this year, but hasn’t begin pay clay aback Anniversary 4. His accepted buyer may be activity anxiety. Cruz has rest-of-season WR1 abeyant in a advantageous breach that will account from run-game adherence already Brown settles in. … Randle has been and will abide to be a boom-or-bust fantasy option. He has 40 or beneath yards in 5-of-8 amateur this season, and 75 or added in the added three. This is a acceptable antagonism for Randle, but I wouldn’t feel adequate application him as added than a WR3 in 14- and 16-team leagues. … Myers has been a disappointment in both complete activity and fantasy with the Giants, and I wouldn’t be afraid if they arise from the Anniversary 9 bye accretion above blocking TE Adrien Robinson’s involvement. The Raiders are 16th in fantasy credibility accustomed to bound ends, giving middling TE2 Myers a middling Anniversary 10 matchup.
Score Prediction: Giants 24, Raiders 17
Seattle @ Atlanta
Although this adventurous doesn’t necessarily activity as decidedly aeriform scoring — the over-under is a reasonable 44.5 credibility — I anticipate it’s a acceptable one to ambition for fantasy owners in the adequate borders of Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. Over their aftermost seven games, the Falcons accept accustomed Mike Glennon, Carson Palmer, Geno Smith, receiver-depleted Tom Brady, Ryan Tannehill, Cam Newton, and Sam Bradford to amalgamate to go 154-of-240 (64.2%) for 1,780 yards (7.42 YPA) with a 15:5 TD-to-INT ratio. Alike with Percy Harvin (hip) yet to access the mix, Russell Wilson is blame for top-six QB1 value. He’s got a abundant antagonism this week. … This is Wilson’s ambition administration aback Sidney Rice tore his ACL in the additional division of Anniversary 8: Doug Baldwin 11; Golden Tate and Zach Miller 7; Marshawn Lynch 6; Jermaine Kearse 4; Ricardo Lockette 1. … The Falcons accept been access in the aperture all division long, so abundant so that they had to calibration aback accepted aperture apostle Robert McClain’s snaps three weeks ago. They’re now application two rookies in their nickel package, with Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant bookending LCB Asante Samuel. Baldwin is activity to be an arresting WR3 until Harvin returns. Accepting the alpha in Rice’s absence aftermost week, Baldwin blood-soaked up a team-high ten targets and played a season-high 87% of Seattle’s abhorrent snaps.
Tate was targeted abandoned three times in aftermost Sunday’s improvement win over Tampa Bay, but had Darrelle Revis on him for best of the game. He charcoal the Seahawks’ No. 1 receiver. Tate will coil with Trufant on abject downs this week, and Alford in sub-packages. … In-line TE Miller is averaging beneath ten yards per accession this year and hasn’t accomplished 50 yards in any of his seven appearances. He’s a mid-range TE2 adjoin an Atlanta aegis surrendering the fifth atomic catches and 11th atomic yards to bound ends. … Jump-ball specialist Kearse is abstraction up as a touchdown-dependent fantasy commodity. I don’t like him as abundant at Atlanta as I did aftermost week. Kearse will run best of his routes into Samuel’s coverage. I’d bet on Tate and Baldwin over third receiver Kearse in this game. … The Falcons are alike worse adjoin the run than their No. 20 baronial suggests. Mike Nolan’s aegis is confined up 4.51 yards per carry, the seventh accomplished boilerplate in football. They’re additionally ambidextrous with a knee abrasion to ytical DT Corey Peters, a top-nine run-stopping arresting accouterment according to Pro Football Focus’ grades. Alive as able-bodied as he has all year admitting a two-game touchdown drought, Lynch is a top-five RB1 in Anniversary 10.
The Falcons’ curtailment of supporting-cast aptitude has acutely bent up with Matt Ryan. Ryan has managed 55 completions on his aftermost 89 attempts, for 511 yards (5.74 YPA) and a 2:7 TD-to-INT ratio. Abaft a apologetic abhorrent line, Ryan is dinking and ablution in an added advancing breach due to Atlanta’s abridgement of a foundation run game. It would be a amplitude to rank Ryan as a top-12 fantasy quarterback advantage adjoin Seattle’s No. 2 canyon defense. The Seahawks accept bound adversary passers to a 9:13 TD-to-INT arrangement on the season. They’re angry for third in the NFL in sacks and will accomplish Ryan’s activity actual difficult. … Ryan’s ambition administration the aftermost three games, in the post-Julio Jones era: Harry Douglas 30; Jacquizz Rodgers 20; Tony Gonzalez 19; Darius Johnson 14; Drew Davis 10; Steven Jackson 9; Levine Toilolo 3. … Douglas’ ambition ascendancy is ambiguous because he accumulated up 18 in Anniversary 8, and has 12 accumulated in the added two games. As a aperture receiver, he still has the best antagonism of Atlanta’s canyon catchers adjoin Seattle. Douglas should abstain anchored RCB Brandon Browner and LCB Richard Sherman on best of Sunday’s snaps. Douglas is a middling WR3 play. … Roddy White maintains arresting fantasy playoffs value, but isn’t account the Anniversary 10 accident in such a abhorrent matchup. White is activity to be active, but may not comedy a abounding accompaniment of snaps. And aback he’s on the field, he will booty on Sherman. White’s acknowledgment additionally wipes out Davis’ already basal fantasy value. They comedy the aforementioned position.
Considered a bang acknowledgment apprehension advancing out of SMU, amateur Johnson ran 4.59 at 5-foot-9, 179 at his March Pro Day afore activity undrafted in April. If Johnson keeps third receiver duties over Davis, he will absorb Sunday’s adventurous in hulking, 6-foot-4 columnist bend Browner’s coverage. It’s a mismatch. … In aftermost January’s playoff win, Gonzalez tagged Seattle’s linebackers and safeties for six catches, 51 yards, and a score. Appearance Gonzo as a mid-range to low-end TE1 adjoin a Seattle aegis acceptance the 12th best receptions to bound ends. … Although S-Jax looked a bit bigger in Anniversary 9 than he did in his Anniversary 8 acknowledgment from a six-week hamstring injury, Atlanta’s run blocking charcoal awkward and he is not actuality activated as a full-time player. Jackson played 28 snaps to Rodgers’ 22 at Carolina aftermost week, as the above accomplished with 16 touches compared to the latter’s 11. Jackson adeptness accept played added had the Falcons affective an aboriginal lead, but that’s a boxy bet to arise adjoin the 8-1 Seahawks. As a crumbling board aback on a pass-first aggregation abaft a poor abhorrent line, Jackson is a bald Anniversary 10 angle option. Glass-half-full owners can try blind their hats on the actuality that Seattle has sprung contempo leaks in run defense. Over their aftermost two games, the Seahawks accept served up 405 yards on 75 carries (5.40 YPC) to St. Louis and Tampa Bay. Afterwards watching their Anniversary 9 affray with the Bucs, I apprehension Pete Carroll’s assemblage looked like a aggregation badly in charge of a bye. The Seahawks’ accessible date isn’t until Anniversary 12.
Friday Update: S-Jax’s Anniversary 10 antagonism is assisted by the absence of Seahawks LE Red Bryant, who was disqualified out on Friday with a concussion. Bryant is a mammoth, 6-foot-5, 330-pound run stuffer. Jackson is an added adorable angle comedy this week.
Score Prediction: Seahawks 27, Falcons 20
Jacksonville @ Tennessee
Chris Johnson entered the Titans’ Anniversary 9 cruise to St. Louis with 111 scoreless yards on his antecedent 48 carries (2.31 YPC). Exploding for a 23-150-2 hasty line, Johnson angry in calmly his best able achievement of the season, maximizing runs by finishing them with ascendancy and administration his accomplished backpack complete aback Anniversary 2. In accession to a year-best 6.52 YPC average, Pro Football Focus accustomed Johnson with division highs in yards afterwards acquaintance (57) and access tackles (4) adjoin the Rams. Based carefully on band study, I’ve connected maintained Johnson’s abeyant to antithesis distinction was up to him. And watching the Rams-Titans game, I wondered if Shonn Greene’s advantageous acknowledgment motivated CJwhateverK to run with purpose and aggression. If Johnson keeps up this accepted of play, he’s every bit able of actuality as able as Jamaal Charles. Lock in Johnson as an RB1 adjoin the Jags’ last-ranked run defense. … “Big back” accompaniment Greene is abstraction up as a TD-dependent angle option. He’ll vulture all goal-line assignment and apparently hover in the 8-12 touch-per-game ambit the blow of the way. He’s absolutely account a attending this anniversary adjoin such a acceptable opponent. … Jake Locker was the bigger disappointment of Tennessee’s Anniversary 9 win, missing receivers with poor brawl adjustment and demography four sacks. Dating aback to his canicule as a Washington Huskie, Locker has been such a streaky, week-to-week quarterback that one game’s comedy can’t anxiously be taken as an indicator of what’s to come. Locker’s alive adeptness accumulated with Jacksonville’s adulterated canyon aegis gives him banderole QB1 address afresh this week. The Jaguars accept accustomed a 16:3 TD-to-INT arrangement to adversary passers, and rank aftermost in the AFC in sacks. Locker’s upside didn’t bright in one bad game.
Locker’s abounding ambition administration this year: Kendall Wright 44, Nate Washington 40, Delanie Walker 25, Kenny Britt 19, Damian Williams 14, Johnson 13, Justin Hunter 7, Greene 1. … Washington has topped 62 yards in 2-of-8 amateur and denticulate a touchdown in 1-of-8 this season. Advancing off a catch-less Anniversary 9, he’s adamantine to assurance admitting this block matchup. … Wright opened the division as a situational aperture receiver. He’s played 79% of Tennessee’s abhorrent snaps the accomplished four games, acutely arising as the Titans’ go-to guy in the canyon game. Wright’s stats in Locker’s aftermost bristles starts: 9-98, 3-69, 7-54-1, 6-71, 5-56. He’s a affection WR3 adjoin the Jags. … Britt was additionally captivated afterwards a t in St. Louis and played abandoned ten snaps. He should’ve been abandoned by re-draft leaguers weeks ago. … Hunter bypassed Britt and Williams to be the Titans’ No. 3 receiver in Anniversary 9, accepting added arena time (18 snaps) than both and accepting 2-of-2 targets for 13 yards. Hunter’s role as a rotational receiver on a low-percentage casual aggregation makes him an airedale Anniversary 10 fantasy gamble, but I wouldn’t be afraid if Hunter delivered a big adventurous afore the division is through. Guessing aback it’ll arise is still activity to be about impossible. … Possession-blocking TE Delanie Walker has started all eight Titans amateur this season. He has maxed out at 52 yards and will acceptable abandoned pay Anniversary 10 assets if he array a red-zone TD.
Justin Blackmon’s year-ending abeyance will accept a ample fantasy fallout in Jacksonville, alpha at quarterback area Chad Henne loses his primary chain-moving after-catch weapon. Henne has never flirted with QB1 production, but was an every-week two-quarterback-league amateur due to his absorbing wideout band and garbage-time stats. Now adverse Tennessee’s top-seven canyon aegis afterwards his abominable Z/slot receiver, Henne is almost a top-24 fantasy QB. The Titans accept bound opponents to a accumulated 7:6 TD-to-INT ratio. … The primary box-score almsman will be arising Mike Brown, who had already becoming 78.7% of Jacksonville’s abhorrent snaps the accomplished three weeks. He’ll now be an every-down player, lining up as a motion man at Z and aperture receiver. If Tennessee has a absence anywhere in the secondary, it’s aperture cornerback Coty Sensabaugh. Brown has a additional matchup, his arena time is on the rise, and he’s activity to account from pass-happy improvement access aloof like Cecil Shorts and Blackmon afore him. Brown is absolutely on the WR3 alarm this week. … Amateur Ace Sanders has performed so ailing that Stephen Burton is added acceptable to comedy the old Brown role. Shorts (WR2) and Brown (WR3) are the Jaguars’ abandoned canyon catchers account standard-league application this week. Burton is account a flier in 16-teamers.
The abandoned adventurous in which Shorts has not credible double-digit targets this division was Anniversary 6 adjoin Denver, aback he suffered an early-game accept injury. Although his antagonism is tougher adjoin baking contract-year RCB Alterraun Verner, Shorts is a affection WR2 based on volume. He has rest-of-season WR1 upside in PPR leagues. Shorts will be brindled with targets. … It isn’t crazy to anticipate Marcedes Lewis would additionally accept a post-Blackmon bump. It’s aloof difficult to angular on a bound end with aught touchdowns over his aftermost nine amateur and no amateur over 31 yards this season. Lewis is a bigger acquaintance than canyon catcher. The Titans are 18th in catches accustomed to bound ends and 13th in yards, giving Lewis a characterless Anniversary 10 matchup. … Although his aciculate abatement in on-field achievement and putrid run blocking are accessible concerns, Maurice Jones-Drew is a solid low-end RB2/flex adjoin Tennessee’s adulterated run defense. The Titans rank 26th adjoin the run and accept coughed up ten hasty touchdowns through eight games. On the aback of Zac Stacy, the Rams disconnected Tennessee for 160 yards and two TDs on 32 carries (5.0 YPC) aftermost week.
Score Prediction: Titans 24, Jaguars 13
Philadelphia @ Green Bay
Leave out Nick Foles’ Anniversary 7 alpha adjoin Dallas area it’s believable he played through an early-game concussion, and on the division he’s completed 63-of-89 passes (70.8%) for 948 yards (10.65 YPA) and a 13:0 TD-to-INT arrangement with a 14th touchdown on a scramble. Those are Peytonian stats. Foles’ record-tying Anniversary 9 seven-score achievement has put him absolutely aback on the QB1 alarm for Sunday’s bender with Green Bay’s No. 20 canyon defense. The Packers accept accustomed 14 touchdown passes compared to three interceptions. These are the abandoned Anniversary 10 fantasy quarterbacks I’d alpha over Foles: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, and Russell Wilson. I’d acerb accede Foles over Cam Newton this week. … Although LeSean McCoy’s YPC boilerplate is bottomward with Michael Vick’s (hamstring) bifold blackmail removed from Philadelphia’s offense, McCoy’s added passing-game acceptance stabilizes his RB1 value. He has at atomic four receptions in three afterwards weeks and at atomic 16 touches in every adventurous this year. Admitting Sunday’s difficult antagonism with Green Bay’s top-five run defense, McCoy charcoal an every-week RB1. … Foles’ 2013 ambition distribution: DeSean Jackson 25; Jason Avant and Riley Cooper 17; McCoy and Zach Ertz 15; Brent Celek 10; Bryce Brown and Jeff Maehl 7.
D-Jax’s stats in the four amateur Foles has attempted at atomic 25 passes this season: 7-132-1; 6-64-2; 3-21; 5-150-1. Extrapolated over a 16-game schedule, those numbers would put Jackson on an 84-catch, 1,468-yard, 16-touchdown pace. The abandoned Packers bend who can run with Jackson is RCB Sam Shields, and the Eagles move D-Jax about the accumulation abundant that he should abstain Shields on affluence of snaps. … Cooper’s numbers in Foles’ four amateur of all-encompassing play: 0-0; 4-120-1; 6-88; 5-139-3. Jackson is a WR1. Cooper is a boom-or-bust WR3 option. … Although both begin Anniversary 9 pay , neither Ertz nor Celek has austere 60 yards in any adventurous this season. The actuality that Green Bay is acceptance the sixth best fantasy credibility to bound ends may construe to one advantageous off in Anniversary 10. As for who it’ll be, your assumption is as acceptable as mine. I would comedy Ertz over Celek due to the ambition differential. … Possession-slot receiver Avant’s arena time is bottomward with the Eagles employing added two-tight end bales instead of three-wideout sets. Avant abandoned played 30-of-60 snaps in aftermost Sunday’s win over Oakland, and accomplished afterwards a reception. Avant could account a accident touchdown adjoin the Packers and would still be fantasy waiver-wire material.
Similar to St. Louis’ activity afterward Sam Bradford’s ACL tear, attending for the Packers to body their breach about amateur crammer Eddie Lacy in the absence of Aaron Rodgers (collarbone). This would beggarly added two-tight end bales with blocking-oriented Andrew Quarless as an every-down player, and added acceptance of FB John Kuhn. The Packers could use anew activated OT Derek Sherrod as an in-line bound end in colossal packages. Lacy leads the NFL in hasty yards (545) over the accomplished bristles weeks, and has denticulate a touchdown in three beeline games. His division YPC boilerplate is up to 4.45 afterwards a abominable achievement in aftermost Monday night’s accident to Chicago. The Rams accept had abhorrent success arena this array of smash-mouth football with Zac Stacy, and Green Bay has above run-blocking talent. … Accession fallout from authoritative Lacy their abhorrent centerpiece could be beneath three-wideout sets. James Jones and Jordy Nelson will be the primary receivers affective forward, with Jarrett Boykin and Myles White acceptable demography on beneath roles. Afterwards a 15-yard Anniversary 9 adventurous adjoin the Bears, Boykin’s fantasy amount has absolutely possibly hit the gutter. He’s abandoned account blind assimilate in 14- and 16-team leagues in apprehension of Rodgers’ return.
James Starks is additionally activity to comedy a ytical role as the additional allotment of a one-two bite abaft Lacy, admitting dupe commutual skill-position players is consistently chancy business. Philly ranks 15th adjoin the run and is acceptance 4.06 yards per carry. Starks is a low-end angle play. … Seneca Wallace’s ambition administration off the bank adjoin Chicago: Nelson 8; Quarless 7; Jones 2; Boykin and White 1. … Wallace is bigger than he showed adjoin the Bears, but charcoal a back-end QB2 as a amateur drillmaster Mike McCarthy will advance to “hide.” Philadelphia’s 32nd-ranked canyon aegis does accord Wallace two-quarterback-league address in this accurate matchup. … Nelson’s fantasy amount isn’t torpedoed afterwards Rodgers. The Packers will still bite up a aeriform allotment of plays for Nelson whenever Wallace drops aback to pass. It’s additionally account acquainted the Eagles may be bare top CB Bradley Fletcher (pectorals) in this game, and RCB Cary Williams is consistently torched by adversary wideouts. Nelson should not abridgement for targets and has a additional antagonism admitting the under-center downgrade. At actual worst, he’s a WR2. … Jones’ best acceptable angle is a TD-dependent WR3. His snaps were bound adjoin the Bears, but Jones will become a full-time receiver afresh in Anniversary 10. … Quarless’ Anniversary 9 targets are acceptable to prove misleading. Wallace has acquaintance with him from their time calm on the second-team offense, and Wallace ran the aboriginal aggregation for the aboriginal time this week. The Eagles accept accustomed the third atomic fantasy credibility to bound ends.
Score Prediction: Packers 24, Eagles 23
4:05PM ET Game
Carolina @ San Francisco
Back from a bye, 30-year-old Frank Gore’s legs should be as alpha as they’ve been all division entering this angle with Carolina’s No. 2 run defense. Admitting the difficult on-paper matchup, Gore is accepted as an every-week RB1. He’s totaled 100 yards and/or denticulate a touchdown in six beeline games, and acquired 558 yards with six touchdowns on his aftermost 116 carries (4.81 YPC). … The Niners are added acceptable to accept hasty than casual success adjoin the Panthers, who accept bound adversary arresting callers to a 7:12 TD-to-INT ratio. They comedy barbaric football in the arresting advanced seven. A ambiguous QB1, Colin Kaepernick will acceptable abandoned pay off as a fantasy alpha if he break a connected run or two off apprehend advantage or on a scramble. … Vernon Davis is the one San Francisco canyon catcher I’d feel assured arena adjoin the Panthers. Carolina served up 6-81-1 to Tony Gonzalez aftermost week, a 5-48-1 band to Bucs TE Tim Wright in Anniversary 8, eight catches to Rams bound ends in Anniversary 7, and an 11-109-1 cardinal to Vikings TEs in Anniversary 6. … These are the after-effects of the aftermost bristles opposing “No. 1” receivers to face the Panthers: Larry Fitzgerald 3-43; Greg Jennings 6-34; Chris Givens 1-24; Vincent Jackson 5-79; Harry Douglas 3-82. No touchdowns. Anquan Boldin is aloof a WR3. … Mario Manningham will eventually booty over as the Niners’ assured No. 2 receiver, but abstracts to circle with Kyle Williams and conceivably Jon Baldwin in his Anniversary 10 acknowledgment from the PUP list. Manningham is advancing off ACL and MCL surgery. If/when 100%, Manningham could be a complete benefaction to Kaepernick’s receiver band because he creates break from arresting backs. To this point, Davis has been the abandoned Niners canyon catcher able of that.
The Panthers are on the alley for this alarming antagonism with a active Niners aegis that gets aback All-Pro bend rusher Aldon Smith. San Francisco ranks No. 6 in complete aegis and has accustomed the third atomic credibility in football. While this is a exceptional real-life NFL game, it isn’t necessarily one to ambition for box-score stats. The over-under is 43 points, third everyman amid Sunday’s games. … I’m a huge backer of Cam Newton and apparently consistently will be, but the concrete 49ers are a aggregation able of arresting Cam, which has historically led to all-a-quiver on-field achievement from Carolina’s 24-year-old quarterback. Adversary passers accept managed a 10:9 TD-to-INT arrangement adjoin the Niners, and an NFC-worst 57.2 achievement rate. I would actively accede arena Nick Foles over Newton this week. Ultimately, Cam charcoal a top-12 QB1 behindhand of matchups. … Cam’s ambition administration over his aftermost six games: Steve Smith 47, Brandon LaFell 36, Greg Olsen 31, Ted Ginn 23, DeAngelo Williams 16, Mike Tolbert 12, Jonathan Stewart 3. … Devolving into a late-career control receiver on a aggregation that ranks 30th in the alliance in canyon attempts, Smith is a limited-ceiling WR3 adjoin San Francisco’s press-man secondary. No best activated as a acreage stretcher, 34-year-old Smith is 46th in per-game fantasy advanced receiver scoring.
If Cam is activity to accept a big casual day — and the allowance are adjoin that — I’m absorbed to see from area it’ll come. Olsen acutely advantaged his averse basal in aftermost week’s win over Atlanta, and the 49ers are acceptance the fifth atomic fantasy credibility to bound ends. Olsen can apprehend common advantage from Patrick Willis. … LaFell has been captivated beneath 55 yards in 6-of-8 games. Above 14- and 16-team leagues, it’s adamantine to absolve owning LaFell on fantasy rosters, let abandoned starting him. … Third wideout Ginn is averaging 46 yards per adventurous and hasn’t hit pay clay aback Anniversary 3. He’s a WR5 at best. … Carolina’s backfield has become a accurate fantasy quagmire. Here are the hasty carbon curve of the aftermost bristles adversary advance backs to face the Niners: Chris Johnson 9-39-0; Rashard Mendenhall 10-40-0; Arian Foster 21-98-0; Daryl Richardson 12-16-0; Maurice Jones-Drew 19-75-0. Williams averaged 18.1 touches per adventurous afore Stewart came off PUP. In Stewart’s Anniversary 9 return, Williams handled 15, accepting 54 scoreless yards adjoin Atlanta and was outgained by Stewart. So a three-headed timeshare that additionally involves goal-line vulture Tolbert and quarterback runs will now coil with San Francisco’s top-12 run aegis at Candlestick afterward a 49ers bye. I anticipate it would be clumsily adventurous and conceivably alike capricious to alpha any Panthers alive aback in Anniversary 10.
Score Prediction: 49ers 20, Panthers 17
4:25PM ET Games
Houston @ Arizona
The Cardinals accept declared about Rashard Mendenhall will abide complex in their backfield, and that I don’t doubt. What I do tend to agnosticism is that Mendenhall would be reinserted as the advance aback afterwards Bruce Arians’ agents had a Anniversary 9 bye to abstract film, per-play adeptness stats, Mendenhall’s connected accommodation toe woes, and Andre Ellington’s activating 162-yard advantageous accomplishment as Arizona’s top aback aloof afore the accessible date. The Cards exhausted the Falcons 27-13. The timing of Ellington’s argument adventurous couldn’t accept been better. Although I don’t apprehend Ellington to “start” or comedy alike 80% of the snaps, I do apprehend him to be a safe bet for no beneath than 14 touches in every adventurous activity forward. About Gio Bernard West, I’d amusement Ellington as an agitative RB2/flex advantage adjoin Houston’s Brian Cushing-less No. 18 run defense. … A hobbled misfit abaft his abhorrent band with a acceptable crumbling role, Mendenhall would be a poor angle bet adjoin the Texans. Wholly ineffective, Mendenhall has managed 156 yards on his aftermost 62 carries (2.52 YPC), and still couldn’t convenance absolutely this anniversary advancing off the bye. … The Cardinals are added acceptable to accept arena than aeriform success in this one. J.J. Watt is able of alone antibacterial Arizona’s casual adventurous in a conflict with one of the league’s weakest lines. Carson Palmer is a two-quarterback-league advantage abandoned this week. The Texans rank No. 1 in the NFL in canyon defense.
Palmer’s ambition administration aback Rob Housler alternate from abrasion in Anniversary 3: Larry Fitzgerald 47, Michael Floyd 44, Ellington 29, Andre Roberts 21, Housler 20, Mendenhall 8, Jim Dray 7. … In the aback end, Houston’s arresting backbone is ambit cornerback play, area Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph cast abandon generally and are able of blockage best receivers. Floyd carefully plays alfresco and has the added difficult Anniversary 10 antagonism amid Arizona’s wideouts. … Fitzgerald has a bigger advance than Floyd at a big day. Not abandoned is Fitz absolutely recovered from his alternating first-half hamstring woes, he’ll bout up Sunday with account aperture whipping boy Brice McCain central the numbers. 5-foot-9, 180-pound McCain got disconnected by T.Y. Hilton aftermost week, and will now booty on a far added concrete wideout with alike bigger route-running chops. Lock in Fitzgerald as a fantasy WR2. … Housler was a backward accession to this week’s abrasion address afterwards adversity an credible beam cull during Thursday’s practice. Scratch him off Anniversary 10 sleeper lists. … Roberts hasn’t been a fantasy agency aback the division opener, admitting he’s a amateur for abysmal leaguers to monitor. The Cardinals had scaled aback their three-receiver set acceptance afore the off week. Conceivably they’ll bite it aback up afterward the bye. Either way, Roberts is far from a standard-league fantasy option.
Case Keenum has started fast afore crumbling in anniversary of his aboriginal two starts. It’s adamantine to say if that’s apocalyptic of things to come, but his gunslinger mentality and athleticism accept both afflicted to this point. Keenum is accepting the brawl to his playmakers, and absolution Andre Johnson win contested catches. He’s cartoon Tony Romo comparisons. Keenum’s advancing arena appearance is acceptable account for Houston’s surrounding accomplishment players. … Keenum is account starting in two-quarterback leagues, although I wouldn’t belittle this sneaky-difficult alley test. The Cards bout up able-bodied with the Texans’ offense. Arizona stops the run and will acceptable attach Patrick Peterson to Johnson, banishment Keenum to assignment to his non-primary reads. … It’s why I anticipate DeAndre Hopkins is an absorbing dice-roll WR3 and bargain FanDuel option. Hopkins is accepting a mostly quiet amateur year, but has 50-plus yards in anniversary of Keenum’s starts, and will aboveboard off in this one with burnable LCB Jerraud Powers. Powers is 94th of 107 in Pro Football Focus’ cornerback advantage ratings. … Johnson’s carbon curve in Keenum’s starts: 4-89, 9-229-3. Don’t be afraid off by Peterson; Johnson torched Colts RCB Vontae Davis aftermost week, and Davis is accepting a bigger year than Arizona’s top corner.
Keenum’s ambition administration on the season: Johnson 19; Garrett Graham 14; Hopkins 10; DeVier Posey 6; Ben Tate 5; Lestar Jean 2; Arian Foster 1. … A disappointment so far as Owen Daniels’ replacement, these are Graham’s carbon curve aback Daniels went down: 3-15-0; 2-25-0; 3-38-0; 4-46-0. TE1 desperados can try block Graham’s antagonism instead of his assembly in Anniversary 10. Arizona has accustomed the best touchdowns and accepting yards in the alliance to bound ends. … The Cardinals’ run aegis is legit. Ranked No. 4 in the league, Arizona is acceptance aloof 3.48 YPC with three hasty array accustomed through eight games. And the Cards are now advancing off a bye. Still aggravating to gut it out through four absurd ribs, Tate was a carapace of himself in aftermost week’s accident to Indy, activity to abundant and credible lengths to abstain contact. I absolutely apprehend him to advance in this game. He’s aloof a angle option. … With Foster (hamstring, back) alone indefinitely and Tate boilerplate a 100%, UDFA Dennis Johnson is now the additional man in the rotation. Johnson abandoned played 13 snaps adjoin the Colts, but could see added activity in Anniversary 10 afterwards accepting 36 yards on eight carries. For now, Johnson is aloof a change-up aback account rostering in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Friday Update: The Houston Chronicle reported Friday Arian Foster may charge year-ending aback surgery, which the Texans won’t go out of their way to abstain with a 2-6 record. Dennis Johnson should be endemic in all 12- and 14-team fantasy leagues with some abeyant to see affection aback carries bottomward the stretch. Arena through four access ribs, Ben Tate is no lock to aftermost for the continuance of the season.
Score Prediction: Cardinals 23, Texans 20
Denver @ San Diego
Broncos-Chargers has the accomplished over-under of Anniversary 10 at 58 points. You’ll appetite to alpha appealing abundant anybody activity in this game. … Demography on Denver’s No. 30 canyon defense, Philip Rivers is a top-five fantasy quarterback this week. Peyton Manning won’t advance to rip afar San Diego’s secondary, creating a acceptable shootout book with above garbage-time potential. Rivers is the No. 5 fantasy quarterback in credibility per game. … Rivers’ ambition administration over his aftermost bristles games: Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen 44, Danny Woodhead 37, Vincent Brown 29, Eddie Royal 22, Ladarius Green 6; Ryan Mathews 5. … No. 1 receiver Allen already looks like one of the NFL’s arch avenue runners. On an complete tear, the arising brilliant is averaging 105 yards over his aftermost four amateur and blame for accepted WR1 cachet in PPR leagues. Blaze up Allen adjoin Denver, which will be afterwards CB Champ Bailey (foot) afresh this week. … The Broncos accept accustomed the fourth best receptions and additional best yards in the alliance to bound ends. Gates is a mid-range to high-end TE1 in this game. … Now the Nos. 4 and 5 options in San Diego’s casual attack, Brown and Royal are all-a-quiver WR3s alike in this adorable matchup. Royal continues to activity a toe abrasion that’s preventing him from practicing, and his two-week touchdown band isn’t to be anxiously chased on the heels of a four-game end-zone drought.
Brown is carefully a control receiver, averaging 10.4 yards per t on the division with aught touchdowns aback Anniversary 1. He artlessly hasn’t approved playmaking ability. Brown is now accepting lapped account by third-round amateur Allen. … If the Bolts do abatement abaft on the scoreboard, Woodhead will end up arena added than Mathews because he’s San Diego’s go-to passing-down back. Woodhead is an every-week angle comedy in accepted leagues with RB1/2 amount in PPR. … The accident Mathews owners run is pass-happy improvement mode, and it doesn’t advice that Denver ranks No. 3 in the NFL adjoin the run, captivation opponents to 3.39 yards per carry. Abandoned the Jets accept been stingier than the Broncos. I’d alarm Mathews an RB2 if the Chargers had added acceptance in him as a goal-line back. Instead, playcaller Mike McCoy anesthetized up several opportunities to accord Mathews short-yardage scoring affairs in aftermost week’s O.T. accident to Washington. Mathews is a chancy flex.
The actuality that San Diego can account credibility gives McCoy’s aggregation a puncher’s adventitious in this game, but defensively there may not be a club in football that matches up added ailing with Denver than the Chargers. Bolts starting cornerbacks Shareece Wright and Derek Cox both rank in the basal ten of Pro Football Focus’ CB ratings. Cox was benched aftermost week. San Diego has absent anniversary of its starting alfresco linebackers (Melvin Ingram — ACL, Dwight Freeney — quadriceps tear) to above injuries. The Chargers rank 27th in canyon aegis and angry for 22nd in sacks. Manning is activity to aces them afar from a apple-pie pocket. … Demaryius Thomas (WR1), Wes Welker (WR1), and Eric Decker (WR1/2) are all locked-in, every-week fantasy starters. There is no anguish about any of the Denver accepting matchups. … The Chargers accept been stingier in bound end advantage — they’re 24th in fantasy credibility accustomed to the position — but Julius Thomas is consistently a able bet for red-zone touchdowns. He’s on blow for 16 array this year. Orange Julius is a top-five TE1 this week.
I’ve noticed contempo activity in fantasy acreage about Knowshon Moreno conceivably “losing touches” to Montee Brawl and C.J. Anderson. The Broncos do appetite to accumulate Moreno as alpha as accessible advanced of a hopefully-deep postseason run. Moreno is still an RB1. He’s a three-down aback in a Manning-quarterbacked breach and activated heavily as a receiver. With at atomic 18 touches in four beeline games, there is actual little acumen to worry. … Brawl did handle the majority of scoring-position assignment in Denver’s Anniversary 8 win over Washington, afore the Anniversary 9 bye. The rookie’s fantasy amount is agnate to Shonn Greene’s. Because he doesn’t get aggregate or comedy abundant in the casual game, Brawl will be a touchdown-dependent angle option. If you alpha Brawl in a accustomed anniversary and he doesn’t assassinate on a goal-line carry, he will bake a aperture in your fantasy lineup. He should be rostered in leagues of all sizes, but I don’t anticipate Brawl is account application in 10- and 12-team fantasy settings. … It was aloof a four-carry sample, but Anderson apparent lighter anxiety and added first-step access than Brawl in the Redskins game, accepting 22 yards on four runs. Although Anderson is currently not aing to a fantasy starter, I bet he’d anatomy a near-even circling with Brawl were Moreno to go down.
Score Prediction: Broncos 33, Chargers 27
Sunday Night Football
Dallas @ New Orleans
The Cowboys’ aegis has been a biconcave address anytime aback a flukish — and abrupt — hot alpha to the season. Now 31st in both complete yards accustomed and canyon defense, Dallas is activity to get dismantled by Drew Brees. With a 15:3 TD-to-INT arrangement over his aftermost bristles amateur and 287 per-week passing-yard boilerplate on the year, baking Brees is the No. 2 fantasy quarterback comedy in Anniversary 10, abaft abandoned Peyton Manning. … Brees’ ambition administration aback New Orleans’ Anniversary 7 bye: Jimmy Graham 15; Lance Moore 14; Pierre Thomas 13; Kenny Stills 9; Robert Meachem 8; Marques Colston 6; Darren Sproles 5; Nick Toon and Ben Watson 4. … Becoming added adequate arena through the affliction acquired by his partially access plantar fascia, Graham played 60-of-78 (77%) of the Saints’ Anniversary 9 abhorrent snaps. That is his accustomed role. With Rob Gronkowski on a bye, Graham is this week’s affirmation top bound end start. Dallas has accustomed the additional best fantasy credibility to bound ends. … The Saints’ skill-position band is added than it’s anytime been in the Sean Payton era, creating a spread-the-wealth bearings that leads to headaches for assertive players, and ambiguous “breakout” weeks for others. I still appearance Sproles as the additional best fantasy advantage in New Orleans abaft abandoned Graham. Sproles is a high-ceiling angle comedy in this projected shootout.
Colston is a dicier bet. The knee abrasion that led to Colston’s cessation in aftermost week’s accident to the Jets acutely came out of nowhere, which makes you admiration if it’s at the base of Colston’s abrupt and aciculate abatement both in assembly and breeze percentage. He’s abandoned been a 65.5% amateur over his aftermost four games. Amusement Colston as a boom-or-bust WR3 adjoin Dallas, which has accustomed aloof one adversary “No. 1” receiver to acquisition pay clay aback Anniversary 2. (It was Calvin Johnson.) … Thomas’ contempo statistical billow has been abundantly the artefact of abrasion situations. Aboriginal it was Mark Ingram’s toe injury. Then, Sproles’ Anniversary 9 concussion. With both Ingram and Sproles now healthy, Thomas resumes all-a-quiver flex-play value. … The Saints are arena agreeable chairs at No. 2 receiver, with Moore aback at the arch of the pack, Stills bitter at his heels, and Meachem ambuscade as a streak-route specialist. Toon abandoned saw all-encompassing Anniversary 9 activity because he’s Colston’s complete backup, and Colston didn’t play. In fact, Stills played added snaps (44) adjoin the Jets than Moore (35), and Meachem (30) wasn’t far abaft them. If affected to adjudge from that trio, I’d booty a advance on Stills’ big-play adeptness over Moore’s possession-type game. Like Colston, both Moore and Stills abide boom-or-bust WR3 gambles.
The Cowboys about absent their Anniversary 9 adventurous to Minnesota afterwards abandoning the run early. OC Bill Callahan is an ex-offensive band drillmaster and wants to run the football, on both a abundant and able basis. Attending for Callahan to reemphasize the arena adventurous adjoin the Saints. New Orleans ranks 25th adjoin the run and surrenders 4.95 yards per carry, the additional accomplished boilerplate in the league. Blaze up a advantageous DeMarco Murray as a ambiguous RB1 this week. Callahan is activity to accomplish up for absent time. … That, of course, isn’t to abate Tony Romo’s top-five QB1 address as Dallas works to accumulate blow on the scoreboard with Brees & Co. Leading the NFL in canyon attempts, Romo is on blow to bout his career aeriform in touchdown passes (36). Say what you appetite about Romo; he is arena lights out this year. … Romo’s ambition administration aback third-round aces Terrance Williams became a agency six amateur ago: Dez Bryant 51; Jason Witten 33; Williams 30; Cole Beasley 28; Murray and Joseph Randle 10; Miles Austin 7; Dwayne Harris 6.
Bryant charcoal the No. 2 fantasy receiver comedy abaft abandoned Calvin Johnson, but Williams, Beasley, and Witten should booty agenda of the actuality that Saints DC Rob Ryan is absolutely accustomed with Dallas’ top receiver afterwards ogous the Cowboys’ 2012 defense. It’s absolutely accessible Ryan will advance to annihilate Dez with brackets and bifold teams, which would accessible up the acreage for others. The Saints are 29th in fantasy credibility accustomed to bound ends, but Witten is an every-week TE1. He’s advancing off an 8-102-1 adventurous adjoin the Vikings. … Williams had his slowest adventurous (2-33) in six weeks adjoin Minnesota, but is a able applicant to backlash in a projected high-scoring affair. He’s the No. 11 fantasy advanced receiver over the accomplished bristles weeks. Austin (hamstring) is activity to absence accession game. … Aperture receiver Beasley has at atomic six targets in three of Dallas’ aftermost four games. Because Beasley isn’t a big-play or red-zone threat, he’s abandoned account application in PPR leagues. … Word bankrupt Thursday afternoon that the Cowboys abhorrence Dez is ambidextrous with a herniated or billowing disc in his back. Bryant was accustomed to convenance this week, however, and all signs still point to him starting adjoin the Saints. Accumulate Dez in your fantasy calendar while ecology the bearings into Sunday.
Friday Update: Abide to adviser Dez’s bearings into Sunday, but he accomplished afresh Friday and looks to be all systems go. The Cowboys listed Bryant as probable. Conceivably the aback botheration is article doctors could delay until afterwards the division to fix. Marker in Dez as an aristocratic WR1 in this acceptable high-scoring affair.
Score Prediction: Saints 34, Cowboys 30
Monday Night Football
Miami @ Tampa Bay
Finally acumen their early-season passing-based breach put far too abundant of a accountability on their expansion-level canyon protection, the Dolphins re-prioritized antithesis afterward an awkward Anniversary 7 home accident to Buffalo. (Had OC Mike Sherman fabricated this run-game charge afore the season, his authorization quarterback apparently wouldn’t be on blow to booty 70 sacks.) In two amateur since, Miami has 61 runs compared to 70 passes, which about qualifies as run-first breach by today’s NFL standards. Lamar Miller has reemerged as the Fins’ bright advance back, with 41 touches over that amount to Daniel Thomas’ 23. Miller will access Monday night advancing off afterwards 110-plus total-yard efforts with a 5.51 yards-per-carry boilerplate aback the Anniversary 6 bye. Collapsing in run defense, Tampa has served up 327 yards and three hasty touchdowns on 62 carries (5.27 YPC) to its aftermost two opponents. Miller is an adorable RB2/flex. … As the banausic basal bisected of Miami’s committee, Thomas will abandoned pay Anniversary 10 assets on the off adventitious he finds the end area adjoin the Bucs. He’s done so in 3-of-8 amateur so far. Thomas’ single-game aeriform for complete yards is 58. … Ryan Tannehill’s ambition administration aback the Anniversary 6 accessible date: Mike Wallace 28, Brian Hartline 22, Charles Clay 14, Rishard Matthews 11, Miller 10, Thomas 4.
Wallace has been a boom-or-bust WR3 this season, and will abide so on Monday night. The Bucs accept amorphous application Darrelle Revis in added man coverage. Revis played a big role in captivation Golden Tate beneath 30 yards on three catches aftermost week. … Hartline will accept added opportunities if Revis caliginosity Wallace, although there are no guarantees. Hartline’s abridgement of big-play adeptness still banned his ceiling. He’s bootless to bright 70 yards in seven beeline amateur and is scoreless aback Anniversary 3. I do anticipate Hartline would be a bigger PPR bet than Wallace in Tampa Bay. … Tannehill isn’t a recommended QB1 streamer, but he’s account battlefront up in two-quarterback leagues. Over their aftermost four games, the Bucs accept been disconnected by Nick Foles, receiver-depleted Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Russell Wilson for a accumulated 84-of-115 casual (73%) for 1,007 yards (8.76 YPA) and a 10:2 TD-to-INT ratio, with three added array on scrambles. Tannehill is alarming in a apple-pie pocket. Tampa Bay is angry for 27th in the NFL in sacks. … The Buccaneers accept accustomed the 15th best fantasy credibility to bound ends, giving Clay a middling matchup. Although Clay is a awful able and able H-back, his passing-game acceptance has been adequately inconsistent anniversary to week. He’s a low-upside TE1. … Matthews has replaced Brandon Gibson as the Dolphins’ third receiver and lacks fantasy amount above abysmal Dynasty leagues. He has ten catches on the season.
The Bucs access Anniversary 10 accepting abandoned 13 of their aftermost 14 amateur beneath Greg Schiano, who is advantageous to still accept his job afterward a Anniversary 9 accident accident to the Seattle, area Tampa Bay affective a 21-0 first-quarter lead. It’s like Bucs buying isn’t alike advantageous attention. The abandoned animated ablaze on Tampa’s end was amateur tailback Mike James. The sixth-round aces consistently accomplished the additional akin adjoin a decidedly bendable Seahawks run defense, ambience career highs in complete yards (166) and single-game YPC boilerplate (5.6). James is a characterless talent, but aggregate and able run blocking can beacon him into low-end RB2/flex territory. Dolphins DC Kevin Coyle’s black run aegis ranks 21st in the NFL with nine hasty touchdowns accustomed through eight games. Miami’s advanced seven is accepting confused off the brawl far added generally than it was the accomplished two seasons. Admitting an affluence of arresting band talent, the Dolphins accept been access by Patriots and Bengals tailbacks for 298 yards and four TDs on 63 carries (4.73 YPC) over the aftermost two games. … Mike Glennon is arena acute football, assuming a alertness to accomplish throwaways rather than accepting sacks and announcement a 5:0 TD-to-INT arrangement over his aftermost three games. He’ll accept his assignment cut out adjoin a Fins canyon aegis that can accomplish constant up-front accountability and has captivated adversary quarterbacks to nine casual touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions on the year. Glennon is a low-end QB2 in Anniversary 10.
Glennon’s ambition administration on the season: Vincent Jackson 64; Tim Wright 28; Brian Leonard 17; Tiquan Underwood 13; James 11; afflicted Doug Martin 10; Chris Owusu 7; Tom Crabtree 5. … Fantasy owners should’ve advancing all forth some ups and downs for V-Jax. His quarterback is a third-round rookie. Still, these are Jackson’s carbon curve in Glennon’s bristles starts: 2-27; 9-114-2; 10-138-2; 5-79; 2-11. Jackson is a boom-or-bust WR2, but I’d still comedy him every week. The Fins use LCB Brent Grimes as a anchored corner, and V-Jax plays abundant on the adverse ancillary of the accumulation and in the aperture that he will abstain Grimes’ advantage on the majority of Monday’s snaps. … Attending for Underwood to see added of Grimes in this game. Replacing Mike Williams at “Z” receiver, Underwood was targeted three times by Glennon in Anniversary 9. … Wright is a ytic Anniversary 10 TE1 streamer. An able-bodied “flex” amateur in OC Mike Sullivan’s offense, Wright will booty on a Dolphins aegis acceptance the third best fantasy credibility to bound ends. Undrafted amateur Wright has strung calm afterwards box-score curve of 7-91, 2-15, 5-48-1, and 4-58-1 over his aftermost four games.
Score Prediction: Buccaneers 20, Dolphins 17
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