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Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - Thursday 12:30pm

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Was quiet last week and he faces a tough pass defense, on the road to boot. But he has the weapons that he can produce any week, but he continues to be frustrating with his inconsistency. If you need him, I would take a chance on him, though I would still be nervous about it, just like it seems I am every week.

Matt Forte - - Coming off a big game, although has a tall order against a strong Lions defense. He split with them last season and his upside is too good to pass up, especially with so few consistent producers at the running back position.
Ka'Deem Carey - - Still nothing but a handcuff to Forte, so continue to bypass him.

Alshon Jeffery - - Continues to find the end zone, but definitely a bigger risk against a strong Lions defense. That being said, he can produce any given Sunday, err, Thursday, so unless you are super loaded at WR, you need to keep riding him.
Marquess Wilson - - Still not being targeted much, so you will want to continue to forget about relying on him.

Martellus Bennett - - His 37 yards led the Bears last week, which is disappointing considering the matchup. Has really cooled off and faces a tough Lions defense, though that could mean he needs to be more involved. Still a risky option, albeit one that has proven capable of getting it done.

Robbie Gould - - The offense has just been so inconsistent, which is a shame considering the plethora of talent on offense. A good defense could make it tough to put up points, though if they find themselves, they could struggle to find the end zone. So Gould could be busy or spend the bulk of the day coming wishing he could be thankful for a more consistent offense.

Chicago Bears - - The defense is coming off a solid performance, though it was against the Bucs. This time they head to face a capable Lions offense that often has Thanksgiving magic on their sides.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Coming off a tough game, but heading home for Thanksgiving and facing a bad Bears pass defense should be just what he needs. Hopefully its not too late for his fantasy owners (Sadly it is for me I fear).

Joique Bell - - Should see plenty of touches and has a great matchup, so should be a good time to get him back in your starting lineup.
Reggie Bush - - While he is hoping to return from ankle injury, it is still up in the air and even if he can go, he may not be ready for a heavy load. A good matchup should help, but still probably too risky to rely on.
Theo Riddick - - If Bush is back, he probably loses most of his value, but if he is out again, then he could be worth a shot in PPR leagues, but only if you are pretty desperate for RB help. He just isn't being used enough to feel good about starting him.

Calvin Johnson - - Has given the Bears nightmares throughout his career and since they continue to struggle on defense, there should be an excellent chance that Megatron busts out in a big way.
Golden Tate - - A sweet matchup against the lowly Bears defense should be just what he needs to get on track, at least for this week. Lions often seem to have some Thanksgiving magic in them.
Jeremy Ross - - Sure he has a superb matchup, but he just hasn't been involved in the offense enough to consider him much of a threat.
Corey Fuller - - The great matchup could help his cause some, but it is still unlikely that he produces enough to merit starting.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Who knows which, if any, of the Lions tight ends will produce from week-to-week. A good matchup may give him a little upside, but still probably not enough to merit starting.
Eric Ebron - - Like Pettigrew, who knows what you will get. Ebron may be the best option, but that isn't saying much, so I'd prefer to stay away.
Joseph Fauria - - Hard to rely on any of the Lions tight ends, so I'd pass on him as well, even with a favorable matchup.

Matt Prater - - The offense should be able to get back on track against a bad Bears defense, which should lead to plenty of scoring chances of Prater.

Detroit Lions - - The defense is coming off a rough week, but should bounce back as they head home to face an inconsistent Bears offense that has struggled to protect the QB and the ball.

Favorite: Detroit Lions by 7
Prediction: Detroit Lions 27 - Chicago Bears 17


Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys - Thursday 4:30pm

Philadelphia Eagles

Mark Sanchez - - Went for over 300 yards last week, though only had a single touchdown and threw a pair of picks. Still hard to get fully on board with him thanks to his history, though he has the weapons and a nice matchup, so he is certainly capable of getting enough done to merit starting.

LeSean McCoy - - Coming off a big game as the Eagles have been relying on him more with Sanchez under center. Has an average matchup, but since he is starting to get it going and should be busy once again, he should be a worthy starter.
Darren Sproles - - While he did find the end zone last week, his lack of touchdowns make him heavily reliant on big plays and touchdowns. Not a bad matchup, so he could make some plays, but still hard to rely on a guy that is touching the ball so little.
Chris Polk - - His touches are just too few and far between, so it is very wise to bypass him.

Jeremy Maclin - - Continues to slip with Sanchez under center, but can make a big play at any time. He may not be the no brainer he was with Foles, but he is still a guy that should probably be started.
Jordan Matthews - - The rookie continues to impress, though his touchdown streak came to an end. He is battling a minor knee issue, but one that shouldn't impact him (But keep yours ears open to be safe). Not a bad matchup, so the way he has been rolling, he is probably worth another shot.
Riley Cooper - - Continues to struggle and blaming Maclin's impending free agency now as part of the reason he isn't producing. Not a good way to make friends and likely will continue to struggle.

Brent Celek - - While he may have his productive moments, you can bet most weeks he struggles so he is just not worth the risk, especially considering his limited upside.
Zach Ertz - - Missed some time last week with a strained oblique, but looks ready to go this week. That being said, he really has been hit and miss, though not a bad matchup. But there are still quite a few other TEs I'd rather rely on, though he is capable of getting it done if you need him.

Cody Parkey - - The Cowboys defense has been up and down, though playing at home with Sanchez leading the way could mean another big day for the rookie, who is coming off a monster game connecting on 5-of-6 field goal attempts.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense continues to make tons of big plays and while the Cowboys offense has lots of weapons and has been rolling, Romo can be pressured into mistakes. So as hot as the Eagles have been, you should keep on riding them.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Coming off a huge game and facing a banged up Eagles pass defense which has really struggled against the pass. You never know what this rivalry could bring, but the upside, especially at home is probably too good to pass up.

DeMarco Murray - - Continues to light it up and once again should be very busy and has a solid matchup. He has earned stud status, so if you are lucky enough to have him, keep riding him.
Joseph Randle - - He ain't nothing but a hound dog, ummm, I mean handcuff.

Dez Bryant - - Continues to be practically unstoppable and will look to put on a show on Thanksgiving Day against a porous Eagles pass defense. You never sit him, especially when the matchup is this favorable.
Terrance Williams - - Has been pretty quiet of late, though maybe the good matchup will help his cause. Is dealing with a busted finger, which may not help, but does expect to play. That just makes him a riskier option, one you may be best off avoiding.
Cole Beasley - - Found the end zone last week, but continues to be a rare touchdown or nothing, so I'd be hard pressed to rely on him.

Jason Witten - - Has been finding the end zone more of late and could really take advantage of a banged up linebacker corps, which should give him a ton of upside on Turkey Day.
Gavin Escobar - - While he has a good game on very rare occasion, he just has way too much risk to consider starting him.

Dan Bailey - - The offense should be able to keep rolling at home against an Eagles defense that has given up lots of points, though they could make it tough in the red zone and force them to settle for some field goals.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense has cooled off, though they do have some play makers and are facing an offense led by Mark Sanchez, who has a history of mistakes, including a pair of interceptions against the Titans.

Favorite: Dallas Cowboys by 3
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 30 - Philadelphia Eagles 26


Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers - Thursday 8:30pm

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - His running ability has really provided a good bit of his fantasy value of late as he really hasn't had to throw it much. Against a tough 49ers defense, on the road even, it may be hard to expect him to suddenly bust back out.

Marshawn Lynch - - Beast mode is dealing with a back injury, but expects to be ready to go. He does face a tough run defense, though he gave them some trouble last season and is capable of getting it done against any defense. So if you have him, you need to keep riding him.
Robert Turbin - - While he mat see some touches with Lynch not quite 100%, he likely won't see enough action to merit starting him, especially against a tough 49ers run defense.

Jermaine Kearse - - Just hasn't produced enough to merit starting him even with a good matchup, which he does NOT have against the 49ers. I'd recommend staying away from him as he just has too much risk and not enough upside.
Doug Baldwin - - He was downright brutal last week and has really cooled off of late. Another tough matchup won't make it easy for him to get back on track, so I'd lean elsewhere.
Paul Richardson - - Like the rest of the Seahawks receivers, you just never know who, if anybody, will produce at any time. So I'd just avoid the situation entirely.
Ricardo Lockette - - The way the ball is spread by Wilson, he is more likely to get you nothing than decent fantasy production, so I'd continue to forget about him.

Luke Willson - - Just not being targeted much and with a tough matchup, there is probably not good reason to be starting him.
Cooper Helfet - - Found the end zone last week, but typically isn't target much and is dealing with an injured ankle now. Move along please.

Steven Hauschka - - The tough 49ers defense could make it tough for the Seahawks to finish drives and force them to settle for field goal attempts.

Seattle Seahawks - - Maybe last week will help jump start them as a fantasy defense. Face an offense that has had some ups and downs, but usually takes care of the ball. Still have the play makers to get it done against anyone, so you probably want to keep riding them.

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Has cooled off of late as the offense hasn't exactly been lighting it up and faces a tough task against a strong Seahawks defense. He is capable of still producing since he can beat you with his arm and legs, but his upside is limited considering the tough matchup.

Frank Gore - - The veteran just seems to be wearing down and is dealing with a knee injury, albeit a minor one that shouldn't be a factor. Add in a tough matchup and it is probably a good week to explore other options. He did go over 100 yards last year when he faced them in San Fran, but was held to 30 total yards in the other meeting.
Carlos Hyde - - While he has had some touchdowns, his continued lack of touches make him too big of a risk to rely on, especially with the tough matchup he faces against the Seahawks.

Michael Crabtree - - Has shown some signs of life and gets to renew his rivalry with Richard Sherman, so maybe that will help energize him. Still hard to rely on him considering his up and down production and that he faces a tough defense.
Anquan Boldin - - Coming off a big game, but like much of the 49ers offense he has been inconsistent. He faces a tough task against a good pass defense, but he is probably the safest of the receiving options, which isn't exactly Brinks safe.
Stevie Johnson - - Put up a big fat zero last week as he showed why he is a tough option to rely on. Likely a touchdown or nothing and with a tough matchup, a touchdown may be unlikely.

Vernon Davis - - Continues to be used too little to merit starting him, especially against a strong Seahawks defense. Sure he could find the end zone any week, but it has been a good while, so hard to rely on him. Talk about a big disappointment.

Phil Dawson - - A tough 49ers defense could make it hard for the 49ers to find the end zone, which could mean they are forced to rely heavily on the leg of Dawson for scoring.

San Francisco 49ers - - The defense has been solid NFL-wise, but has been up and down fantasy wise. Will likely have their hands full with the Seahawks offense whom rarely beat themselves and do a good job of limiting mistakes. They still have some upside thanks to their play makers, but definitely a much riskier option than usual.

Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 1
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 19 - San Francisco 49ers 16


Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills - Sunday 1:00pm

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer - - Struggled against the Falcons, though he made plays at the end when he needed to. Faces a tough pass defense, but he does have Gordon back which will allow him to make plays against anyone, though still has limited upside considering the matchup.

Isaiah Crowell - - Coming off a huge game, though the Browns running game can be fluid, but it seems like Crowell may be separating himself a bit. Does face a good run defense, but the Browns running game has been on a roll making him a worthy option.
Terrance West - - Crowell is probably the better option, which means it will be West's week :). With a tough matchup, it is probably best to play it safe and look elsewhere, even though he should get some touches.

Josh Gordon - - Returned in style as he predicted and looks focused. Definitely is back to being a must start option, even though he faces a tough Bills defense on the road. He can light up any defense so is a must start.
Andrew Hawkins - - Gordon will take pressure off him and he should still get some looks, as he did last week. But his ceiling may be capped a little lower and with a tough matchup, it may be best to explore other options.
Miles Austin - - While he did a little last week, it wasn't an ideal fantasy day and that is probably about as high as he can go, so he is just not producing enough to merit starting.
Taylor Gabriel - - The rookie has shown flashes, but will likely continue to be inconsistent, maybe even more inconsistent with Gordon back in the fold.
Travis Benjamin - - He can make a big play, but with Gordon back, balls may not come his way much. You just never know when he will make a big play and he will usually get you next to nothing.

Jordan Cameron - - Still dealing with a concussion, but hopes to return this week (We've heard this before). It may be best to just play it safe and look elsewhere like you have been, especially with a tough matchup.
Jim Dray - - May see a little extra action again if Cameron is out, but he just isn't producing enough to consider him fantasy worthy.
Gary Barnidge - - Ctrl-V, Ctrl-V, Come on, I want to copy and paste Dray. Forget it, go see Dray and do the same thing with Barnidge.


Cleveland Browns - - The defense continues to lose bullets to injury and facing an offense that while inconsistent, does have its share of play makers. But the Browns are capable of making some big plays.

Buffalo Bills

Kyle Orton - - Coming off a solid game and has shown some nice flashes, but faces a good pass defense and will be back out in the elements, so Bills may run it more to exploit the Browns iffy run defense.

Fred Jackson - - Still not 100%, but another week removed from that injured groin could mean more touches. The nice matchup should also help his cause, though he is a little riskier option since he is still not 100%.
Bryce Brown - - With F-Jax back in the fold, he likely won't get the necessary touches to merit taking a chance on him.
Anthony Dixon - - With F-Jax expected to see a little more action, that makes him a riskier option, albeit one that has the favorable matchup that could allow him to get the job done.

Sammy Watkins - - Was quiet last week as Woods stepped up and the Bills weren't force to air it out much late. Likely will see plenty of Joe Haden, which could limit his upside. But Haden has given up his share of big plays and Watkins is capable of making them.
Robert Woods - - Coming off a big game, but his production continues to run hot-and-cold. Has a solid matchup and with Watkins likely dealing with Haden, he could be counted upon again. Hit or miss option, but if you need to take a chance, maybe he is a deep sleeper that could pan out.
Chris Hogan - - While he may show a flash at times, his production is lacking for the most part, which makes him a poor fantasy option.
Marquise Goodwin - - Just not being used enough to consider him worth taking a chance on.

Scott Chandler - - Found the end zone, though that was after being shutout the previous week. He is just too up and down to rely on.

Dan Carpenter - - The offense has the play makers and facing a banged up defense, so there should be some scoring chances to be found. The Browns are capable of making it tough to find the end zone and forcing them to settle for FG attempts.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense is coming off a huge game, though face a better offense that has taken care of the ball, well except for last week when they had some issues. So they certainly are more than capable of keeping the good times going.

Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 1.5
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 23 - Buffalo Bills 20


Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - Back to the bench, though he still could be in the long-term plans, so WTF. Guess we will see what is going on in the dumpster fire that is Washington.
Colt McCoy - - Has shown some flashes and facing a defense that has been susceptible to the pass. Plus the Redskins could be forced to play keep up, so he could be a pleasant surprise if you need to gamble on him.

Alfred Morris - - Coming off another big game as he continues to be the offense, though who knows how long the run can remain in the game plan. Colts can be run on, so expect him to be quite busy early, which should allow him to do some damage and keep it going.
Roy Helu - - Hard to rely on him since his touches are so inconsistent. Though if the Redskins fall behind the high-powered Colts, he could be used a little more often and would have a chance to surprise.

Pierre Garcon - - Another quiet game though the QB change could help his cause. Still not a sure thing by a long shot, but if you need to rely on him, you can take a shot and hope McCoy is the answer.
DeSean Jackson - - His production is iffy with RG3 struggling, but the QB change could help. Facing an iffy pass defense and the Redskins could be airing it out late, so he has more than enough upside to give him a shot and hope he can make a big play.
Andre Roberts - - While he could make a big play and has a good matchup, the Redskins passing attack is struggling too much to rely on him.
Ryan Grant - - Move along, no reason to gamble on the rookie.

Jordan Reed - - Still dealing with that hamstring and even if he can go, the offense is just too a mess to rely on him. Let him get healthy and prove he will get the ball before considering him.
Niles Paul - - Just not producing enough to merit starting him, especially since the passing game is struggling.

Kai Forbath - - The offense continues to struggle, which makes him a risky option, especially since they could be forced to bypass FG attempts late.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has shown flashes, but will likely struggle to get it done against the high-powered Colts offense, so I'd strongly consider other options.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Was quiet last week and faces a tough pass defense, but he has been rolling too well this season to bail on him. Keep on riding him unless your other QB is a stud as well, in which case you probably should have traded one away by now.

Dan Herron - - Looks like he could get a chance to push past T-Rich, but regardless he should get touches. A tough matchup may not help and with the situation still up in the air, it may be best to take a wait and see approach. If you need to take a flier on him, he could certainly reward you.
Trent Richardson - - A touchdown saved him last week, though he didn't pick up the expected touches as Herron stepped up and could force his way into more touches. A tough matchup won't help, so it may be wise to see how this plays out. If you need him, he should get enough touches to have a chance to produce something, just maybe not as much as you'd like.

T.Y. Hilton - - Coming off another big game, though he does face a tough pass defense. That being said, he is rolling and has emerged as a must start option, so keep on riding him.
Reggie Wayne - - He has cooled off and faces an iffy matchup, though he is a guy that if you start to count out could get it going again. Riskier than he once was, especially considering the matchup.
Donte Moncrief - - The rookie has shown flashes and with Wayne's career winding down, he could be the WR of the future. Not the ideal matchup, so is a risky option that you probably want to avoid using if you can.
Hakeem Nicks - - Still not producing enough to consider him worth starting, especially against a capable Redskins pass defense.

Dwayne Allen - - Still dealing with that injured ankle and it is sounding iffy. If he can go, he may be limited and with Fleener also in the mix, it may be wise to play it safe and pass on him.
Coby Fleener - - With Allen still banged up, he could be asked to step up more, though it didn't really help against the Jaguars. But against a good pass defense, he could be a key to the passing game giving him some nice upside.

Adam Vinatieri - - The Redskins capable defense could force the Colts to settle for some FG attempts, which could really help Vinatieri make some waves.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense is coming off a big game and facing an offense that has really been a mess of late and may be changing QBs prior to or during the game. Definitely should be a good week to rely on their services.

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 9.5
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 30 - Washington Redskins 17


New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday 1:00pm

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Coming off a huge game and with Beckham rolling and catching anything in his vicinity, you'd expect Manning to keep using him and continuing to put up nice numbers. Manning is certainly a risky option since he can be very hot and cold, but probably worth a gamble against the lowly Jaguars.

Rashad Jennings - - Healthy and was busy against the Cowboys, especially as a receiver. He did lose out at the goal line to the rookie, so that needs to be monitored. But a good matchup should make him a nice option, especially if he continues to be used so heavily as a receiver.
Andre Williams - - The rookie looks like he will get touches still and found the end zone as the goal line guy. We shall see if that trend continues and if it does, he could surprise this week against an iffy run defense. Still with Jennings healthy, he is a riskier option and I'd prefer to lean on a more consistent and proven option that is not the second fiddle.

Odell Beckham - - That was one of the great catches last week as he continues to just light it up. A great matchup should keep the good times rolling, so if you have him, you need to keep riding him.
Rueben Randle - - He has the talent and matchup to make plays, but still hasn't been productive enough to feel comfortable starting him, especially since Manning seems to look Beckham's way a ton (And I don't blame him).
Preston Parker - - Just not being used much, so he has very limited fantasy value (And that may be putting it nicely).

Larry Donnell - - Was quiet last week, but a good matchup will give him a shot to bounce back and merit another start.

Josh Brown - - The offense should be able to move the ball on a struggling Jaguars defense, though playing on the road could mean they struggle to finish drives and rely on the leg of Brown.

New York Giants - - The defense continues to struggle, though they may be able to take advantage of a rookie QB who continues to experience growing pains. Still not the ideal option considering the lack of production this season, but if you are trying to dig dip for a surprise, the matchup could allow them to do just that.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - - The rookie continues to struggle as he tries to find his way. Has a solid matchup, but he just hasn't done enough to consider him much of a fantasy threat. May spend a lot of time handing the ball off.

Toby Gerhart - - His touches are just too few and far between to consider him worth taking a chance on, even though he does face a bad Giants run defense.

Cecil Shorts - - Coming off a rough week as he was a huge disappointment. Continues to be inconsistent, so hard to rely on him, even with a decent matchup (Though he likely will be keyed on and find the sledding tough).
Allen Hurns - - He has been extremely volatile, lighting it up one week and disappearing the next. He does have a solid matchup, though the passing game has cooled of late, so definitely a gamble, albeit one with upside.
Marqise Lee - - The rookie's 52 yards led the way last week, but until he actually puts up some worthy fantasy production, he is not a guy worth considering.
Ace Sanders - - Just not being used much, so I'd continue to forget about relying on him.

Marcedes Lewis - - Not being targeted much and while maybe that changes at some point, until it does, I'd forget about starting him.

Josh Scobee - - The offense continues to struggle, though they do have a good matchup, which could mean they have some success and get Scobee some scoring chances. But he definitely is a risky option, even though he could pay off.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defense has struggled much of the season, but they have had some moments and face an offense that has had some ups and downs. So while they could surprise, they still may be a little bigger gamble than you want to take.

Favorite: New York Giants by 2.5
Prediction: New York Giants 27 - Jacksonville Jaguars 20


New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday 1:00pm

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - Coming off a huge game, but the Saints have had issues on the road, but he has a solid matchup and can light up any defense, so is a guy you need to keep riding.

Mark Ingram - - Coming off a tough game as he was cooled off and does not have the ideal matchup. But the elements could be a factor, so the Saints could run it a little more. Is a riskier option then he was a couple weeks ago, but hopefully he can get back on track.
Pierre Thomas - - Back to getting some touches, but Ingram continues to be the main man, which is limiting his upside. If you are hosed in a PPR league, he does have a chance to produce, but I'd prefer to rely on an option more entrenched in the offense.
Khiry Robinson - - Still dealing with an arm injury and even if he returns, he likely won't see enough action to make him worth taking a chance on.
Travaris Cadet - - With Thomas back, his role took a major hit, so I'd forget about relying on him.

Marques Colston - - At least he found the end zone last week, but you have to worry that Stills may be stepping up to take on a larger role cutting into Colston's value. Continues to be a risky option, but has a decent matchup so if you need to give him a chance, go for it. Though he is definitely not the consistent option from years past.
Kenny Stills - - He has started to really step up to fill-in for the injured Cooks and looks like Brees is starting to trust him more. Not a bad matchup, so if you need to take a chance on him, he could pay off.
Robert Meachem - - Dealing with an injured ankle and continues to be a big play or nothing, which makes him a pretty poor fantasy option.
Nick Toon - - Actually had some modest production last week, so maybe injuries will open the door for him. Considering he has no track record of fantasy success, there is no reason to suddenly start him.

Jimmy Graham - - Coming off another big game and as always, he is a must start.
Ben Watson - - While he may make a big play here and there, they are just too few and far between to consider him fantasy worthy.

Shayne Graham - - The offense has the weapons to move the ball, but playing on the road could mean they struggle to convert and rely on the leg of Graham more than usual.

New Orleans Saints - - The defense continues to struggle and facing an offense that has been very good at home, so likely will be another tough week.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Has been really hot at home and has a good matchup, so should be a nice time to get him back in the lineup. Bell rolling may give him a little risk, but it also will keep defenses honest and open up his big play threats.

Le'Veon Bell - - Coming off a huge game and you can bet he is relied upon heavily again, both as a runner and receiver. Keep on riding your talented young back.
Dri Archer - - Likely won't see many touches as the Steelers ride Bell like a rented mule, so no reason to consider starting him.

Antonio Brown - - Just keeps on rolling and with a good matchup, he is a must start again. Actually he is a must start regardless of the matchup, so keep riding him.
Markus Wheaton - - Coming off another quiet day as he continues to produce too little to consider fantasy worthy. The matchup could help his cause, but I'd still prefer to lean on a more consistent and productive option.
Martavis Bryant - - Coming off hie worst game as a pro (Only has five games) and his value will likely be tied to big plays and touchdowns. Thus he may have some ups and downs, but he has more than enough upside to justify starting him, especially when the matchup is a good one, like he has against the Saints.
Lance Moore - - Just not a big enough piece of the offense to consider him fantasy worthy.

Heath Miller - - While he does have his moments, he has not gotten as many red zone looks, which is what typically drives his fantasy value. A good matchup could help his cause, but still has a little too much downside to consider him an ideal fantasy option.

Shaun Suisham - - The offense should be able to keep rolling against a struggling Saints defense, which should mean a busy day for Suisham.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense has been up and down and will have their hands full against a good Saints offense. Though on the plus side, the Saints have had some issues on the road. Still not the ideal gamble though.

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 3
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 - New Orleans Saints 23


Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings - Sunday 1:00pm

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Has been up and down, though his legs give him the ability to get it done any week. Vikings have a pretty good pass defense, so they may limit his upside, especially on the road.

DeAngelo Williams - - While he has a good matchup, the return of Tolbert throws another wrench into the mix and gives him more risk. But the matchup may make him worth a taking a chance on, at least if you are in bind and really need help at RB.
Jonathan Stewart - - The Panthers could be back to a three-headed RB, not to mention Newton's ability to run. A good matchup gives him upside, but definitely a risk since he may see too few touches.
Mike Tolbert - - Has been activated from I/R and appears to be ready to return against the Vikings. Who knows how he will be used, so I'd forget about starting him.
Fozzy Whittaker - - Tolbert's return likely killed even the smallest speck of fantasy value he had.

Kelvin Benjamin - - The rookie continues to dominate and the Panthers have talked about making sure they keep him heavily involved, so keep riding him, even with a less than ideal matchup.
Jerricho Cotchery - - Just not a productive enough member of the fantasy football community to consider him for your team.
Philly Brown - - Found the end zone last time out, but it was his only reception as the rookie just isn't being targeted enough to start.

Greg Olsen - - Continues to receive plenty of looks, which likely isn't going to change anytime soon. What wold be nice to see change is his trend of missing the end zone, so hopefully he can start showing off his touchdown dance in the near future.

Graham Gano - - A good Vikings defense could make it tough on the Panthers and force them to settle for some FG attempts, which should make Gano a nice option.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense has weapons, but have been very inconsistent. They could benefit from facing an offense that has also had some ups and downs and is led by a rookie QB.

Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater - - The rookie has been inconsistent as you would expect, but put up solid numbers against the Packers last week and faces a struggling Panthers defense, so will have a chance to surprise.

Jerick McKinnon - - Has been up and down, but dealing with back injury still, which probably won't stop him from playing, though it could limit his effectiveness. He does have a good matchup though, so as long as the back sounds fine, he could be worth a shot.
Matt Asiata - - Coming off a concussion, but hopes to return and would have a solid matchup. If McKinnon were scratched, be could even have some extra upside and be a pleasant surprise.
Ben Tate - - Injuries could open the door for some playing time, but I would try to avoid reaching this far, unless McKinnon and Asiata were both out.
Joe Banyard - - May see some touches thanks to injuries, but probably not enough of them to consider him fantasy worthy.

Charles Johnson - - Coming off a nice game and has started to become more involved in the offense. Has been a deep sleeper in dynasty leagues, so could be a pleasant surprise. Still may be a little early to start him, but if you are in a bind and need to roll the dice, he has a shot to pay off.
Greg Jennings - - While he found the end zone last week, he still has been very inconsistent. A nice matchup could help, but you probably need to be in a big bind to feel good about starting him.
Jarius Wright - - Johnson appears to have passed him up, so he pretty much has no value (Which is pretty close to what he already had).
Cordarrelle Patterson - - Dealing with injuries and since he hasn't produced much this season, I wouldn't want to take a chance on him when banged up.

Kyle Rudolph - - Slowly coming back on, but looks like he will be on the field the bulk of the time again, so that is a big step. A good matchup should help his cause, though he is still trying to get the chemistry right with Bridgewater.
Chase Ford - - With Rudolph back, you can forget about him.

Blair Walsh - - The offense has been up and down, though should be able to find some success against an iffy Panthers defense, though the end zone could be tough to find, which could lead to good things for Walsh.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense has had some nice days, but quite a few stinkers as well. So they are capable of going either way. Facing a Panthers offense that has been inconsistent, so that could help their cause, especially playing at home.

Favorite: Minnesota Vikings by 2.5
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 23 - Carolina Panthers 20


Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday 1:00pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - While he has a good matchup and A.J. Green, the Bengals have good running game which could again be busy, especially with Bernard healthy again.

Giovani Bernard - - Has big play potential, but Hill may have become the better fantasy value as he is liable to get the goal line calls. But Bernard can make a big play on any touch and does have a good matchup, so has more than enough upside to merit the start.
Jeremy Hill - - Even with Bernard back he was quite busy and productive. Another good matchup should allow him to keep it going as it appears he will see plenty of touches and likely the bulk of the goal line work.

A.J. Green - - Coming off another big game as he continues to light it up and should be able to keep it going against a struggling Bucs pass defense.
Mohamed Sanu - - Coming off a solid game and should be able to take advantage of the favorable matchup and have a good shot to produce again.
Brandon Tate - - Continue to forget about him as he is rarely used in the passing game.
Greg Little - - Not a guy that is worth the trouble since he is rarely used, even though he has a good matchup.

Jermaine Gresham - - With Green fully healthy, he may not be used as much, but he does have a good matchup and he has had some big games. You just never know when they could come. If you are looking for TE help, he has enough upside to merit a shot.

Mike Nugent - - The Bengals should be able to move the ball, though they have had some red zone woes and playing on the road again could force them to settle for some FG attempts.

Cincinnati Bengals - - Coming off a big game as the defense has started to live up to its potential and facing an inconsistent offense, albeit one with some capable weapons. Should be able to keep the good times going.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown - - Coming off a 300 yard game, though the pair of picks were disappointing. Faces a tough task against a capable Bengals pass defense, but he does have the weapons to get it done.

Doug Martin - - Lots of different backs could touch the ball again and when you factor in the tough matchup, it is probably in your best interests to not rely on him.
Charles Sims - - Dealing with an ankle injury and since there could be a lot of RBs touching the ball, not to mention facing a good Bengals run defense, he is probably not worth starting.
Bobby Rainey - - Has shown flashes, but who knows how carries will breakdown against a good Bengals defense. So it is probably wise to explore other options.

Vincent Jackson - - Bounced back to go over 100 yards, so he isn't quite dead fantasy wise. Still not the best matchup, but does get them at home and with Evans playing so well, that could help open him up for production.
Mike Evans - - Cooled off last week, though still found the end zone. He should be the go to WR most weeks, but faces a solid pass defense that has come on of late. Still the way he has been rolling, he should probably continue to be started.

Brandon Myers - - With ASJ banged up, he could see more action. But he is also banged up, dealing with a calf injury, so I'd probably forget about gambling on him.

Patrick Murray - - The offense has just been too up and down, making hm a risky option. Touchdowns could be hard to come by against a Bengals defense that has stepped up of late, so that could help Murray's cause.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The defense has struggled most of the season, but they have had some nice days and face a QB that has been susceptible to bad passes and pick sixes. Risky option, but if you are really desperate, the matchup could allow them to surprise.

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 4
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 27 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17


Oakland Raiders at Saint Louis Rams - Sunday 1:00pm

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - - The rookie has shown flashes, but is facing a Rams pass defense that has come on of late. Raiders likely will try to use the running game again, so probably has a limited ceiling.

Latavius Murray - - Got the start last week and went for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns on only four carries before being knocked out with a concussion. His status is up in the air, but is sounding like he could be ready to go. Faces a defense that has been susceptible to the run, though one that has come on of late. May be hard pressed to replicate last week's numbers, but is he can go, he is probably worth a shot to see if he can pickup where he left off.
Darren McFadden - - If Murray is unable to go, he could be the main man against an iffy run defense. Still he hasn't been all that productive when given the chance, so may be a little too risky to rely on (Especially since it is sounding like Murray will be good to go).
Marcel Reece - - Should see some touches, but probably not enough to consider him fantasy worthy.
Maurice Jones-Drew - - As he has been all season, he likely won't be used enough to have any fantasy value.

James Jones - - Has his moments, but faces a Rams defense that has done a better job against the pass of late. Still is capable of finding the end zone, but is a hot and cold option.
Andre Holmes - - Another hit or miss option for the Raiders, so while he could produce he could also get you little. So proceed with caution.
Vincent Brown - - Not being targeted enough to merit starting him.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - Just not being targeted enough to consider him much of a threat, especially against a Rams defense that has stepped up of late.

Mychal Rivera - - He has cooled off of late as he continues to be inconsistent. Facing a pass defense that has come on and did a good job bottling up Antonio Gates last week, so while he could get it done, he could struggle as well.

Sebastian Janikowski - - The offense was solid last week against a good defense, though in some nasty weather. Lets see how they can do on the road against an improving defense that has been tough at home. Still hard to rely on him as his scoring chances have been up and down.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense has just not done much all season, though maybe they can take advantage of a struggling offense, but I'd rather rely on almost any other defense since the Raiders are pretty much at or near the bottom in every fantasy scoring system.

Saint Louis Rams

Shaun Hill - - Just not producing enough to consider him worth starting, especially since the Raiders have a solid pass defense.

Tre Mason - - The rookie has stepped up and with a great matchup, it should be a nice week to get him into your starting lineup.
Benny Cunningham - - Has his moments and a good matchup, but Mason is the main man, so he may not get enough touches to merit a start.
Zac Stacy - - Not even sure why I wasted my time and your writing this sentence, but forget about him.

Kenny Britt - - Has been inconsistent, but is capable of making plays, although the Raiders pass defense hasn't been too bad (Though some of that is their run defense has struggled). If you need him, could be worth a gamble.
Stedman Bailey - - Coming off a big game, but he has struggled to produce most of the season, so hard to rely on him after one good performance.
Tavon Austin - - Got three carries last week and scored on one of them, so the Rams may be trying to get him more involved. Still not producing enough to feel good about starting him.
Chris Givens - - Still not producing much, so I'd continue to forget about starting him.

Jared Cook - - Has shown flashes, but dealing with a little back issue, though it sounds like he expects to play. Is capable, but not the best matchup and hasn't been a pillar of consistency.
Lance Kendricks - - Just not being used enough to consider him worth a shot, unless Cook were out. Even then he is probably a little too risky to rely on.

Greg Zuerlein - - The offense should be able to run the ball, though they could struggle to finish drives, which could mean we get a Legatron sighting.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense has stepped up of late and lived up to the early hype. Facing an up and down offense that is being led by a rookie who is still learning his way. Playing at home should help as well.

Favorite: Saint Louis Rams by 7
Prediction: Saint Louis Rams 20 - Oakland Raiders 13


San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1:00pm

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Likely will be counted on more against Baltimore's replacement secondary, especially since they are tough to run on. Lets just hope he has more success then he did last time he headed to the East Coast (The Miami debacle).

Ryan Mathews - - Coming off a big game, but will have his hands full with a strong Ravens rush defense, so is a riskier option, although he should see plenty of touches.
Branden Oliver - - With Mathews expected to be able to go again, he likely won't get the necessary touches to have any real fantasy value, at least not enough to be a worthy starter.
Donald Brown - - With Matthews back, his value is pretty much toast, so I'd pass on him.

Keenan Allen - - Coming off a big game and should be able to take advantage of a struggling secondary, which should give him more than enough upside to merit starting.
Malcom Floyd - - Continues to struggle to produce on a consistent basis, but could take advantage of a struggling secondary and merit taking a chance on him.
Eddie Royal - - Still hasn't been finding the end zone of late, which is the main builder of his fantasy value. He does face a defense that has had issues defending the pass, so he has a chance to be relative.

Antonio Gates - - Struggled last week as the Rams shut him down, but has a good chance to get back on track against a Ravens defense that has had issues against the pass.
Ladarius Green - - He is just not being utilized enough to consider him worth starting.

Nick Novak - - The offense has had some road woes and are facing a defense that has some weapons, though the struggling secondary should allow the Chargers to move the ball and put up points. Could struggle to finish drives, which should help Novak.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense has come back on, though will likely have their hands full with a good Ravens offense that usually doesn't make many mistakes, which will limit the Chargers fantasy chances.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Was OK last week and while he has the weapons to produce, the matchup with a good Chargers pass defense won't help his cause, so it may be a good week to checkout your other options.

Justin Forsett - - Coming off a freaking awesome performance as he continues to roll. Faces a decent run defense, but one that is tough to throw on, which could mean a busy day for Forsett, who is on fire and should definitely be in just about everyone's starting lineup every week.
Bernard Pierce - - Like the rookie, he isn't a guy you want to be relying on as Forsett continues to be the man.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - - Likely won't see many touches, so he is just not worth taking a chance on.

Steve Smith - - Finally got back into the end zone, though does face a good Chargers pass defense, which may make it tough on him to repeat that effort. But he has the skills needed to make big plays against anyone.
Torrey Smith - - Continues to get it done, though does face a good pass defense, so that may limit his upside.
Marlon Brown - - His touches continue to be too few and far between, so there is no reason to consider starting him.
Jacoby Jones - - Move along please as he continues to have pretty much no fantasy value.

Owen Daniels - - While he is capable of putting up some solid fantasy numbers, he is just as likely to struggle. Faces a poor matchup, so it is probably in your best interests to explore other options.

Justin Tucker - - The Chargers defense could make it tough for the Ravens to finish drives, which could lean to plenty of FG attempts for Tucker.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense has play makers, but a struggling secondary, which could have some issues with the Chargers capable passing attack. that being said, the Chargers laid a huge egg last time they came this far East, which could help their cause.

Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 4.5
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 27 - San Diego Chargers 20


Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans - Sunday 1:00pm

Tennessee Titans

Zach Mettenberger - - Coming off a nice performance, though was forced to air it out to play catch up. Faces a defense that has struggled against the pass, one he threw for 299 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in the previous meeting. So he could get it done, though don't lose sight of the fact he has to do it on the road this time.

Bishop Sankey - - The rookie has been inconsistent, but was held in check the last time he faced the Texans. While he could produce, the odds just don't seem to be in his favor.
Shonn Greene - - Found the end zone and while he is getting some touches and could score a touchdown, still hard to rely on him and his limited role.
Dexter McCluster - - Dealing with a concussion, so could miss this game. Even though he found the end zone last week, still not touching the ball enough to merit starting him, especially with his status up in the air.

Kendall Wright - - He may have the skill set to produce, but it hasn't translated into production very often. On the plus side, the good matchup could help his cause, so if you really need to take a chance on him, he could pay off.
Justin Hunter - - Coming off a nice game with a touchdown, but continues to be reliant on finding the end zone. He did just that in the previous meeting and the Texans have had issues against the pass, so that could allow him to get it done.
Nate Washington - - Continues to be hit or miss, so hard to rely on him. That being said, this week's favorable matchup could allow him to get the job done.

Delanie Walker - - Coming off a huge game and had some success in the earlier meeting with the Texans, so could be worth taking a chance on him.

Ryan Succop - - The offense has been up and down and faces a defense that has potential, especially at home. You just never know how the offense may go, which makes him a risky play.

Tennessee Titans - - The defense has shown some flashes, but hasn't been very productive. Maybe they surprise this week against Ryan Fitzpatrick who will get another chance to lead the offense. He has struggled taking care of the ball, which is why the Titans could surprise.

Houston Texans


Arian Foster - - Hopes to return from that injured groin to face a bad run defense that he already went crazy on earlier in the season. So if he is cleared to play, he is back to being a must start.
Alfred Blue - - With Foster likely back, he probably doesn't get quite enough touches to merit starting, even though he has a great matchup. But if Foster is unable to go, you probably need to find a way to get him into your starting lineup as he faces a terrible run defense.
Jonathan Grimes - - While he may catch a few balls, he likely won't produce enough to merit starting.

Andre Johnson - - Has the potential to produce, though dealing with another change at QB, at least he is familiar with Fitz. But faces a good Titans pass defense, though he was solid in the last meeting.
DeAndre Hopkins - - Could almost go word for word from Johnson, so if you need him, he is capable of producing, even with a less than ideal matchup.
Damaris Johnson - - Just not seeing many touches, so he has pretty much no fantasy value.

Garrett Graham - - His production just hasn't been quite good enough to consider starting him, especially when you factor in that he was shutout against the Titans solid pass defense earlier in the season.

Randy Bullock - - The offense has a good matchup and he had a big game in the previous meeting. Should be able to put up points again.

Houston Texans - - The defense has J.J. Watt who seems to make big plays constantly and since they are hosting an inconsistent offense being led by a rookie, it should be another good time to start them.

Favorite: Houston Texans by 6.5
Prediction: Houston Texans 23 - Tennessee Titans 17


Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons - Sunday 4:05pm

Arizona Cardinals

Drew Stanton - - Just hasn't produced enough to feel good about relying on him, though he does have a good matchup that could allow him to surprise. But his ceiling doesn't seem high enough to merit the start, unless you have limited options.

Stepfan Taylor - - Likely won't see enough touches to merit starting him, unless Ellington is a no go, which could make him worth taking a chance on thanks to the good matchup.
Andre Ellington - - Coming off a tough game, but goes from facing an elite defense to one of the league's worst. The only thing keeping him down is that he is banged up, so watch his status closely. If he is good to go, should make for a good starter.

Michael Floyd - - Coming off a terrible game, but faces an easier matchup against the struggling Falcons defense. Still needs Stanton to get his confidence back and get him the ball. Good upside thanks to the matchup.
Larry Fitzgerald - - That injured knee could force him to sit out again, which is a shame as he has a good matchup. But even if he can go, he may be hampered a little, making him a gamble. But the matchup may make him worth a shot anyway, though it is sounding like you won't have to make that decision.
John Brown - - With Fitz looking like he will miss, that should lead to an increased role for Brown, who should be able to take advantage of a bad defense to make a worthy gamble.
Ted Ginn Jr. - - Even if injuries pile up, he likely won't be used enough to consider him a viable option.

John Carlson - - Still not being utilized enough to merit starting him.

Chandler Catanzaro - - Coming off a quiet week, like the rest of the team. But has a much better matchup, so should be able to move the ball, but could struggle to finish drives on the road and be forced to settle for FG attempts.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense continues to play well and face an offense that while loaded with talent, has had some issues protecting the QB, so the Cardinals could come out attacking.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - While the Cardinals have had some issues against the pass and he has weapons to produce, he could see plenty of pressure from the defense, which may not help his cause. Still if you need him, you could do worse, even though he is a riskier play.

Steven Jackson - - Found the end zone against the Browns, but was otherwise held in check. A tough matchup likely will mean few yards and he may need another touchdown to have any real value and that may be tough to come by (Though a touchdown can come against anyone if they get close enough).
Jacquizz Rodgers - - While he found the end zone against the Browns, he is still not touching the ball enough to merit starting him, especially against a good Cardinals defense.
Devonta Freeman - - The rookie's role in the offense is just too minimal to make him fantasy worthy.

Julio Jones - - Found the end zone and once again will be tested as he will likely see plenty of Patrick Peterson. But as he showed last week, he can get the job done against anyone.
Roddy White - - Dealing with an injured ankle, though if he can go, he has a good enough matchup to merit giving him a shot, especially with Peterson looking to take away Jones.
Harry Douglas - - Dealing with an injured foot, so probably should shy away from him again. Though if White were out and he could go, he could be worth taking a shot on.
Devin Hester - - With White and Douglas banged up, he could be asked to take on a larger role in the offense. Still hard to rely on him, but if both WRs are out, he could be worth a shot.
Eric Weems - - Even if White and Douglas are unable to play, I'd still have to be in a monster bind to consider riding with Weems.

Levine Toilolo - - He is just not involved in the passing game much and while the banged up WR corps could help, still hard to rely on him with his limited track record of success.

Matt Bryant - - The offense has the weapons to find success, but the Cardinals defense is tough to score on, which could mean that Bryant is counted on for scoring.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense is coming off a solid game, but has struggled to produce most of the season. But they could take advantage of a West coast team coming East and being led by a QB that hasn't exactly lit it up. It also helps that the Cardinals were held to three points last week, albeit that was against a much better defense.

Favorite: Arizona Cardinals by 2.5
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals 20 - Atlanta Falcons 16


New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers - Sunday 4:25pm

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Coming off a big game and while everyone is predicting a battle of QBs, the Packers run defense has struggled, so we could see lots of the Patriots running game. Brady should still get his chances and his upside is too good to consider sitting him, so keep riding him.

Shane Vereen - - Dealing with a tweaked ankle, but assuming he can go, he has the matchup that could make him a nice option. But he is a New England RB, so who knows which name comes out of Belichick's magic RB hat. But his receiving skills could come in handy and while he is risky, he could be worth the trouble if your options are limited.
LeGarrette Blount - - Coming off a big game after getting signed earlier in the week. Who knows how the running game will play out, but the matchup is a great one and this looks like the type of game that Belichick brings out the running game hard, like they have in recent weeks. Risky since he is a Patriots RB, but has plenty of upside considering the matchup.
Jonas Gray - - Have I ever told you I hate Patriot RBs thanks to Bill "Freaking" Belichick? I'm pretty sure I have, but after a huge game he didn't touch the ball. Though it sounds like he was late to practice, so who knows if this week he will be back in the fold. Packers can be run on and this has a running week written all over it, but may bee too risky to rely on.

Brandon LaFell - - An injured shoulder could limit him (Or maybe even keep him out), but with Brady throwing him the rock, he can get it done any week. Packers have a solid pass defense, though they haven't faced many elite passing attacks.
Julian Edelman - - Coming off another big week with a whopping 11 receptions and with LaFell not 100%, it could mean another big week. The potential of a shootout should help as well.
Danny Amendola - - Continues to produce very rarely and usually nowhere near enough to be a worthy fantasy option, so I'd continue to forget about him.

Rob Gronkowski - - Keep riding one of the league's best tight ends that should continue to make plays and give defenses fits.
Tim Wright - - Another guy that is frustrating to predict. He can go off or get you nothing and nobody has a freaking clue. If you are in a bind at TE, he could be worth a shot, just be prepared for the inevitable goose egg. Though if you sit him, he'll score twice. Frustrating to say the least.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The offense should be able to keep rolling, though playing on the road could mean they are forced to settle for some FG attempts, which could mean another big day for Gostkowski.

New England Patriots - - The defense has play makers, but definitely will have their hands full playing one of the league's best offenses, on the road to boot. But the Patriots are certainly capable of making some plays, though they are riskier than usual.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - Continues to roll, though will have his hands full against a good Patriots pass defense. But with the weapons he has, there is no way you can sit him, so keep riding him.

Eddie Lacy - - Continues to tear it up and again should be plenty busy. Not the best matchup, but the Patriots have to worry about the pass, which should open up running room for Lacy (Unless the Patriots decide to key on Lacy to force the Packers to throw it, which may not be the wisest decision).
James Starks - - He has pretty much turned into nothing but a handcuff to Lacy, so there is no reason to start him.
John Kuhn - - A rare touchdown or nothing, so not a guy you want to be forced to rely on.

Jordy Nelson - - Has been huge this season and is a must start every week, even though he does face a tough task against a good Patriots pass defense. Just playing too well to sit him.
Randall Cobb - - Can make a big play at any time, but faces a good pass defense, so he is a riskier option. But with Aaron Rodgers leading the offense, he is still a guy that should be started.
Davante Adams - - Against a good pass defense, maybe he is more involved in the game plan, but still hard to rely on the inconsistent rookie.
Jarrett Boykin - - Has been non-existent this season, so I'd continue to forget about relying on him.

Andrew Quarless - - Just not being used enough to consider him worth taking a shot on.

Mason Crosby - - The offense has been rolling, but faces a good defense that could make it tough in the red zone and force the Packers to settle for some FG attempts.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense has shown flashes, but will have their hands full against a Patriots offense that has been on fire and rarely beats themselves.

Favorite: Green Bay Packers by 3.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 30 - Green Bay Packers 27


Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday 8:30pm

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - While the Chiefs have a strong pass defense, he did toss three touchdown passes in the earlier meeting and continues to be a no brainer option.

C.J. Anderson - - Coming off a big game and with the Chiefs struggling against the run, he could be quite busy again, giving him a ton of upside.
Juwan Thompson - - Nothing but a backup to Anderson, so not a guy you should be starting.

Demaryius Thomas - - Coming off an unbelievable performance and while the matchup is a tough one, he is too hot to sit and is a must start. Did find the end zone in the previous meeting, even though he was limited to 5 receptions for 62 yards.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Was able to play last week and put up big numbers as usual. Keep on riding him as he again should be busy, just like the previous meeting with the Chiefs.
Wes Welker - - Did find the end zone last week, but was held to 18 yards, so still not producing enough to merit starting him.
Andre Caldwell - - Move along as there is no fantasy value to be found here.
Cody Latimer - - No fantasy value to be found here either.

Julius Thomas - - Looking like that injured ankle will force him to sit out again, or limit him if he can play. But his upside is too good to bypass him if he can suit up.
Jacob Tamme - - If Thomas is a no go again, maybe he gets a shot to produce, but didn't do much last week, so probably not the best option.

Connor Barth - - The Broncos new kicker should get scoring chances and playing in a tough environment could mean some drives sputter and they settle for some FG attempts.

Denver Broncos - - The defense just hasn't produced much fantasy wise, including in the previous meeting. The Chiefs usually don't beat themselves, especially at home.

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Even if he is forced to play catch up, the offense just isn't built for that and he really has had no fantasy value, so I'd continue to avoid him.

Jamaal Charles - - While the Broncos run defense has solid, they have been aided by teams abandoning the run. The Chiefs likely won't do that and Davis had a pair of touchdowns in the earlier meeting, which Charles was knocked out of early. So keep on riding your talented RB.
Knile Davis - - Just a handcuff to Charles, so not a guy you want to be starting.

Dwayne Bowe - - It still amazes me that the Chiefs have not had a wide receiver catch a touchdown pass this season. Maybe they are due and it happens, but that has contributed to the Chiefs providing pretty much no value to the fantasy world from the WR position.
Donnie Avery - - Looks to return from that injured groin, but even when he was healthy early on, he wasn't producing enough to merit starting.
Jason Avant - - Brought aboard after the Panthers let him go and expected to see some action. Though the Chiefs passing attack isn't dong much, so he likely isn't the answer.

Anthony Fasano - - Dealing with a knee injury and since his value is limited when healthy, there is no use to rely on him when he is banged up.
Travis Kelce - - He did catch four balls for 81 yards in the previous meeting and he has seen a larger role in the offense since that game. That being said, the passing attack is still iffy, but Kelce is the only piece of the passing game that is worth considering as a starter.

Cairo Santos - - The offense hasn't exactly been lighting up the scoreboard and face a capable Broncos defense, albeit one that has had some ups and downs. If the offense has success, it could lead to FG attemps for Santos, so he is still a capable option.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense has been solid, but will have their hands full against the high-powered Broncos offense. Playing in K.C. gives them a little upside, but probably not enough to merit starting.

Favorite: Denver Broncos by 1.5
Prediction: Denver Broncos 27 - Kansas City Chiefs 20


Miami Dolphins at New York Jets - Monday 8:30pm

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - Coming off another big game and has a solid matchup, so certainly a guy that cold step up on MNF and put up some nice numbers. Though the Jets offense may struggle to do anything, which could limit his scoring.

Lamar Miller - - He has cooled off of late, though should be busy late as the Dolphins likely look to kill the clock. Jets have been tough to run on, but the team in general hasn't exactly been playing well of late. Plenty of upside, even with the iffy matchup.
Daniel Thomas - - While he did find the end zone last week, he only touched the ball three times and likely would need another touchdown to have any value, which may not be very likely.

Mike Wallace - - His yardage numbers haven't been ideal, but he has been finding the end zone a good bit. A good matchup should help his cause, though LKandry may have turned into the better option as he is being targeted more frequently. Still a guy that has fantasy value and is worth starting though.
Brian Hartline - - Still not producing enough to consider him much of a fantasy threat. More of a chain mover for the Dolphins.
Jarvis Landry - - Coming off a nice game as he has quietly emerged as a legit fantasy threat, especially in PPR leagues. A solid matchup should make him a nice option once again.
Brandon Gibson - - While he may show flashes, he just isn't productive enough to consider him fantasy worthy.

Charles Clay - - Hopes to return from that knee injury, but has been a little too inconsistent to rely on him, though he does have a solid matchup.

Caleb Sturgis - - The offense should be able to move the ball on the Jets defense that has had some issues of late, though they are capable of forcing Miami to settle for some FG attempts.

Miami Dolphins - - The defense has been rolling this season and faces a struggling offense that is going back to Geno Smith, who struggled to take care of the ball. Arguably the top fantasy defense this week, so if you have them, ride them.

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - Back to the starting lineup, but probably has no confidence and facing a tough Dolphins pass defense. So probably not a guy you should consider starting, not even for a split second.

Chris Ivory - - Falling behind early last week forced him out of the game plan. Maybe this week will be different and they will try to establish him. Dolphins are solid against the run and the offense is just a mess, so he is risky, but could be worth a chance if you are in a bind.
Chris Johnson - - Was the leading rusher last week, but still hard to rely on him with Ivory in the mix and not really having produced much this season.
Bilal Powell - - Likely won't see much action, so forget about him.

Eric Decker - - While he has had some good moments and quietly produced, he faces another QB change and a tough matchup, so proceed with caution. May be the best option the Jets have to offer.
Percy Harvin - - Did nothing last week as the Jets forgot about him and with a tough matchup this week, it may be best to play it safe and look elsewhere.
Jeremy Kerley - - Just not being used much and with the offense in shambles, it is probably best to pass on him.

Jeff Cumberland - - If Amaro can't go, he could see more action, but just hard to rely on the Jets tight ends against a good pass defense, especially with another QB change.
Jace Amaro - - Dealing with a concussion and since he has been inconsistent any dealing with another QB change, it is probably best to play it safe and look elsewhere, especially since it is a Monday night game.

Nick Folk - - The offense has been a mess, so it is hard to rely on him since who knows if the offense will do enough to get him chances.

New York Jets - - The defense has struggled and is facing a solid offense that does a good job of taking care of the ball, so I'd probably look elsewhere from defensive help.

Favorite: Miami Dolphins by 4.5
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 23 - New York Jets 13
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