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New York Giants at Washington Redskins - Thursday 8:25pm

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Like the rest of the Giants, his performance last week was piss poor. This week he gets to play on the road again, but against a better pass defense. Definitely a gamble, though with the defense struggling, he may be forced to play catch up and has the weapons to succeed (Not to mention this could be they could play as a desperate team and bounce back). Still would prefer to stay away from him if you can.

Rashad Jennings - - His touches are still too few and far between to consider him starter worthy. Continues to be nothing more than a handcuff to DMC.
David Wilson - - He held onto the ball again last week. Looks like he is back as the main man. The question is, can the Giants put last week behind them and move on? The Chiefs have had issues against the run, so it would be wise for the Giants to try and get Wilson going this week. We shall see if they do what is wise though.

Victor Cruz - - His fire was put out last week, though it was just a stinker all around. Does have a tough matchup this week, but he has proven in the past it does not matter the opponent, he typically produces. Got to keep on riding him.
Rueben Randle - - Dealing with some injured ribs and with the offense currently a mess and facing a Chiefs defense that has been stellar against the pass thus far, it is probably best to play it safe and let him sit and heal this week.


Josh Brown - - After putting up a goose egg last week and this week playing on the road against a better defense, I'd definitely be concerned using Brown. I expect the Giants to come out swinging this week, but hard to rely on a kicker coming off a shutout.

New York Giants - - The defense continues to struggle and this week they face a Chiefs offense that has yet to turn the ball over this season.

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - Looked a little better last week, although his lack of touchdowns hurt your cause. Should be able to give the Raiders defense fits and merit another start this week. Hopefully he continues to progress.

Alfred Morris - - Coming off another splendid performance and he once again should be busy. With RG3 starting to run it a little more, it should help keep defenses honest and help him find more running room.
Roy Helu - - His touches continue to be way too few and far between to consider him even the slightest bit of a fantasy threat at this time.

Pierre Garcon - - Just continues to get look after look from RG3 and should be quite busy again this week. RG3 should continue to improve as the season progresses, which should only help his cause.
DeSean Jackson - - Was quiet last week, though this week the Eagles are facing arguably the best offense in the league, so they could be forced to air it out a ton, which could really bode well for Jackson's fantasy value.
Andre Roberts - - After a good start in Week One, he has certainly cooled off. The Bucs defense has been average thus far, so he could get back on track. Still would rather rely on a receiver with more upside and much less risk.
Santana Moss - - Coming off a nice game as the veteran continues to show he is not done yet. Still not a slam dunk since RG3 does like to spread the wealth.
Leonard Hankerson - - Has cooled off after a strong Week One, though has been dealing with some lingering injuries. Probably a good idea to hold off on using him until he gets healthy and back on track.

Jordan Reed - - The rookie has showed flashes, though now is dealing with an injured quad, so it may be wise to rest him this week and allow him to heal.
Logan Paulsen - - Injuries to the other TEs could open him up for a chance to produce. Still hard to rely on a teams No. 3 TE for fantasy help though.

Kai Forbath - - Still dealing with a groin injury and could be forced to sit out again this week. Hard to recommend gambling on an injured kicker, so again this week it is probably best to look elsewhere.

Washington Redskins - - The defense may be giving up a ton of points, but they have made some big plays and could certainly benefit from facing the inexperienced Pryor.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Washington Redskins 27 - New York Giants 17


Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - Still not productive enough to consider him anything but a rare spot start. With a poor matchup this week, it is probably not a good move to rely on him this week.

Shonn Greene - - Expected to sit out again this week as he recovers from knee surgery.
Dexter McCluster - - His role in the passing game continues to be too small to consider him much of a fantasy threat.
Jackie Battle - - His touches continue to be too few to merit starting him. Maybe, just maybe he can get you a touchdown one of these weeks, but do you really want to rely on a guy like that? Didn't think so.

Kendall Wright - - Has shown flashes and even with a less than ideal matchup this week, he is capable of making a big play. Still would like to see more from the Titans passing game though.
Nate Washington - - Coming off a huge week and as Britt continues to struggle, Washington continues to turn into a key option. Not the ideal matchup this week though, but he is looking like Locker's current security blanket.
Justin Hunter - - The rookie hauled in the game winning touchdown last week, but that was his only reception. With Britt struggling, he could see his role increase, but I'd continue to bypass him until he is utilized more frequently and puts up stronger numbers.

Delanie Walker - - Never a good sign when a guy is seen in a walking boot at the beginning of the week. Too much risk to justify starting him, so you should keep checking out your options and hit the waiver wire hard if necessary.
Craig Stevens - - A banged up Walker could open the door for Stevens. I certainly wouldn't want to reach this far for TE help though.


Tennessee Titans - - The defense has been much improved from last season and could keep rolling this week as he faces a Jets offense being led by a rookie QB who has had some struggles taking care of the ball.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Has a good matchup, though this week the Colts face a horrid run defense, so it may be a good week for them to ride the running game hard and help Richardson become more involved in the offense and keep Bradshaw happy. Was hit-or-miss last year against the Jaguars, though this year the Jaguars offense is not putting up points.

Trent Richardson - - With Bradshaw out suddenly, he could be even more involved in the offense this week, even though he is not fully up to speed. The matchup against a weak Jaguars defense should allow him to get plenty of touches and learn the offense as he goes. Great upside this week.
Ahmad Bradshaw - - Became a late week scratch with an injured neck, so forget about him this week.

Reggie Wayne - - Has cooled off since a strong Week One, though still is the go to receiver. While the Colts may not throw it a ton, he should still get his and maybe he can return to the end zone this week.
Hakeem Nicks - - Ouch! Talk about a huge letdown last week, like the rest of the Giants. But a big goose egg is a tough one to overcome. Poor matchup this week won't exactly help, so I would not be afraid to sit him down. Though I also expect the Giants to make a conscience effort to get him the ball more this week.
T.Y. Hilton - - Had one big game against the Jaguars last season and one I would classify as a stink bomb. He and DHB seem to be battling for 2nd fiddle and against a struggling Jaguars team, the Colts may not air it out enough to recommend starting Hilton.

Coby Fleener - - The loss of Allen really didn't help his cause last week. That should change as the season progresses, though there may be concerns as to if the Colts will throw enough to merit starting him.

Adam Vinatieri - - The offense should be able to keep it rolling this week as they face a struggling Jaguars defense. Playing on the road could mean they are forced to settle for FG attempts more often than not.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense stepped up last week and this week they face a Jaguars offense that has struggled to protect the ball and to muster many points.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 27 - Tennessee Titans 17


Detroit Lions at New York Jets - Sunday 1:00pm

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Continues to roll and faces a Bears defense that has been susceptible to the pass this season. Has had plenty of success against them during his career (As well as some off days). Went for 272 and three touchdowns in last year's meeting in Detroit.

Reggie Bush - - Hopes to return from that knee injury this week, though does face a tough run defense. That being said, the Bears can be thrown on, which is where Bush could do most of his damage.
Joique Bell - - Coming off a big game in place of Bush and if Reggie is out again, he could be very busy again this week. Not the ideal matchup though, but quite a few touches could help and he likely would be the goal line guy regardless. Definitely a riskier option if Bush can go.
Theo Riddick - - If Bush is out, maybe he gets a couple/few touches. Certainly not enough of them to be a fantasy threat though.

Calvin Johnson - - The Bears did a good job shutting down Megatron last season, but you can never, ever, ever sit him. If you do, he likely will go off and make you kick yourself the rest of the season. Don't do it, just start him.
Golden Tate - - Showed some signs of life last week, though still trying to remember where the end zone is. The Texans pass defense has bounced back since the rough Week One (And the Seahawks aren't liable to air it out heavily), so not the ideal matchup.
Kris Durham - - With Burleson lost to injury, he could get a chance for a larger role in the offense. I wouldn't find out the hard way by starting him though.
Kevin Ogletree - - The passing game continues to struggle and he is just not being targeted enough to have much fantasy value. Move along to the next option on your list please.
Ryan Broyles - - The loss of Burleson will give the youngster a larger role (Which was likely going to happen as he got healthier, but now it will be a more prominent one). Thus far offenses have had some success throwing on the Bears and he did find the end zone against them last season, so he does have some potential.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Continues to struggle and at this point it appears he is not worth starting until he finally gets going and starts acting like a productive member of fantasy society.


Detroit Lions - - The defense has some capable play makers and Cutler has a history of stupid mistakes and sacks, although in 2013 he has been the anti-Cutler. Maybe this week he reverts a little and helps the Lions cause (Honestly, I'm not counting on that though).

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - Coming off a gratifying performance, although this week he takes to the road to face a Titans defense that has been pretty good out of the gates. Still likely to have some growing pains, making him an iffy option.
Michael Vick - - With Manning and the Broncos lighting up the home side of the scoreboard, Vick likely will have to play some serious keep up and could be in for a monster day himself.

Chris Johnson - - Still looking to find the end zone and does face a Jets defense that has been stout again the run, but he had a pretty big game in last year's meeting which is probably enough to justify giving him another start.
Chris Ivory - - Knocked out last week with a hamstring injury and his status for this week is up in the air. After the performance Powell put up, you can bet the Jets will take it easy on Ivory and limit his role in the offense, so probably best to sit him this week.
Bilal Powell - - Coming off a huge game, albeit against a struggling run defense, as he continues to push his way past Ivory. A tougher matchup this week likely won't help his case. Still has a good chance of getting plenty of touches, so could pay off.
Daryl Richardson - - Lasted one play last week before being knocked out with an injured foot. The short week comes at a pretty rough time as he may not be ready to go. If he can, he may not be able to handle a full load, so proceed with caution. Surprisingly the 49ers have had some issues against the run thus far.

Eric Decker - - There are enough balls to go around from Manning so that all WRs produce most weeks, though which have big games will likely change. Was the big man last week, but you pretty much have to keep starting all of the Denver WRs, especially with a great matchup like this week.
Stephen Hill - - Continues to make big plays as the youngster continues to develop. Looks like he could be a guy to spot start on occasion, although I'd like to see him produce a little more often before really relying on him.
Jeremy Kerley - - I just can't with a good conscience recommend Kerley to anyone, even if it was my worst enemy and I was playing them this week with a chance for $1,000,000.
Jacoby Ford - - Like Streater, he is capable of making a big play, especially with a stellar matchup this week. The problem is, he is probably a big play or nothing, which is a scary proposition in the fantasy football world.

Jeff Cumberland - - Even with Winslow banged up, he is just not expected to have a big enough role in the passing game to merit starting him.
Zach Sudfeld - - The hamstring is getting pretty close to healthy and he expects to play this week. Though who knows if he will really have a role in the offense, so I'd probably pass on him until he proves to be worthy.

Nick Folk - - The offense has been inconsistent and face a Titans defense that has been much improved from 2012, in which the Jets were held to 10 points at Tennessee. This is a different offense, but still one that is experiencing growing pains.

New York Jets - - The Titans have done a pretty good job of limiting mistakes, though the Jets defense has been a pleasant surprise. Locker is still not a sure thing at QB, so they could certainly force him into some mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Detroit Lions 23 - New York Jets 13


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday 1:00pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon - - The rookie will get to make his debut as the starter this week. A good matchup could help his this week, although hard to rely on a rookie QB making his debut (Even though I could see him being a pleasant surprise this week).

Doug Martin - - Expect him to carry a heavy load again this week as the Bucs hope to take pressure off the rookie QB making his debut. The Cardinals run defense has been pretty good this year and they may stack the box a little more and force the rookie QB to beat them. Martin is one of the top RBs in the game for a reason and should still be started, although he has a little more risk today.
Mike James - - Still not likely to get more than a touch or two at best, so continue to forget about all Buccaneer RBs not named Doug Martin.
Bobby Rainey - - Between the who has any clue who will carry the ball for the Browns this week and the iffy matchup, it is probably best to just stay away from all Browns RBs at this time until someone steps up to take charge.

Vincent Jackson - - Was quiet last week, but you can bet he bounces back this week against a Cardinals defense that has been susceptible to the passing game. Definitely worth starting in hopes of redeeming himself this week. Keep an eye on the injured ribs just to be on the safe side, although he is expected to be ready to go.

Brandon Myers - - With the offense coming off a rough week and playing in a tough environment against a good pass defense, it may not be a bad idea to look elsewhere. Certainly could produce though.
Tim Wright - - The rookie is just not involved in the offense enough to have any real fantasy value.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The defense has been up and down thus far, but definitely could benefit from facing Mr. Pick-Six himself.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Coming off a big game as he was forced to play keep up last week. This week is probably more of a Steelers type of game, but he should benefit from facing a struggling pass defense that was lit up by Brian Hoyer last week.

Le'Veon Bell - - The rookie is expected to make his debut, though he likely will be behind since he missed so much time. Probably not ready to carry the load, so it may be best to take a wait and see approach here.
LeGarrette Blount - - Put up some decent numbers last week and could continue to push past Ridley. Nobody really knows how the running game will play out and with a tough matchup this week, it may be wise to take a wait and see approach here.

Antonio Brown - - Coming off a monster game and with a great matchup this week, it is probably wise to ride the hot hand and keep him going.
Markus Wheaton - - The rookie can make a big play, but he is the epitome of an all or nothing option. Too many other receivers for Big Ben to choose from to reach this far, especially with Miller back in the fold.
Lance Moore - - Still waiting for him to turn it on and start channeling his old self. A good matchup could help, though until he finds his groove it may be a smart move to hold off on starting him.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - - Was solid last week, though the battle between he and Hilton could continue to rage weekly (I expect both to have their share of good and poor performances). The Colts may not have to throw it much this week, so it may be best to just explore other options this week.

Heath Miller - - Miller should be even more healthy this week and his return should definitely help the offense continue to head in the right direction. Could be a key threat in the red zone against a struggling pass defense.

Shaun Suisham - - The offense should be able to have success this week against a struggling Vikings defense, which should open up an opportunity for Suisham to have a nice fantasy game.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense continues to struggle to produce much fantasy wise, though they could benefit from facing a Vikings offense that has had some ups and downs of their own and are playing almost half way across the world.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20


Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 1:00pm

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - Coming off an acceptable performance and while he does face a good pass defense this week, there is a chance he could be forced to throw it a little more than normal, at least late.

Lamar Miller - - The running game continues to be an unknown commodity and who knows what this week will bring. The Saints have been susceptible to the running game, so he certainly could surprise.
Knowshon Moreno - - Was quiet last week and wound up being the worst of the three options for the Broncos. Who knows what this week will bring, although a wonderful matchup could help his cause. Still probably the safest of the options. Any of the three runners could light it up or struggle.
Daniel Thomas - - Continues to get his share of touches as the Dolphins employ a full-fledged RB by committee. Who knows which RB, if either, will enjoy success this week. A favorable matchup could allow him to be productive though.

Mike Wallace - - After a big Week Two, he cooled off again last week. Certainly can make a big play any week and while the Saints pass defense has been solid, he can do it against anyone.
Brian Hartline - - Just continues to quietly make plays and pile up fantasy points. Somehow he is still an FA in some leagues and he is a guy that should be at least considered for your starting lineup, especially if the Saints offense steps up and forces a little more throwing.
Rishard Matthews - - While he may have some good times, he likely will struggle to produce more often than not, so he should not be on your fantasy radar.
Brandon Gibson - - Has his moments, though likely the third fiddle in the passing game. Saints pass defense actually has been pretty good this year.

Charles Clay - - Continues to get looks, although this week he faces a good pass defense. Though he could always get a crack at a short rushing TD again, so he does have some upside.

Caleb Sturgis - - The Saints defense has been better than expected and could make it tough for the Dolphins to finish drives and force them to settle for some FG attempts from Sturgis.

Miami Dolphins - - The defense has done a solid job of holding scores down, but haven't been producing much fantasy wise and will have their hands full this week against the high-powered Saints offense.

Oakland Raiders

Matt Schaub - - Has been up and down thus far and faces a very talented Seahawks pass defense, so it may be best to strongly consider other QBs for your starting lineup.

Maurice Jones-Drew - - Has been slow out of the gate, although the one game he was healthy enough to face the Colts last season, he rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown. Colts defense is still susceptible tot he run and the offense will likely ride MJD hard this week. Probably worth rolling the dice on.
Darren McFadden - - His fantasy value was saved by a passing touchdown last week. This week he faces a much easier task though as he faces a struggling Redskins defense and should return to being plenty busy.

Rod Streater - - Definitely can make a big play, especially when you consider the phenomenal matchup he has this week. That being said, he is just not targeted enough to be a reliable option and should only be used if you are in a bind and need to roll the dice in hopes of a big play.
Denarius Moore - - Coming off a big game as he finally started to get it going in 2013. A good matchup this week could certainly help him keep the good times rolling, so could be worth rolling with if you need to.
Brice Butler - - The rookie showed some flashes last week, although he is still nowhere near involved in the offense enough to consider him fantasy worthy.
Greg Little - - Still not involved in the passing game enough, at least as a receiver, to merit giving him a shot as a starter especially against a good Bengals defense.

Mychal Rivera - - The rookie has had some good moments, although he is still not producing enough to be a contributor you would want to willing rely on.

Sebastian Janikowski - - The offense has had some ups and down, although this week they should definitely benefit from facing a Redskins defense that has been giving up a boatload of points. The Raiders offense is still a work in progress, so they could struggle to finish drives and be forced to settle for FGs.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense has been struggling to produce from a fantasy standpoint and are facing an offense that is still trying to find itself, but one with plenty of weapons that typically has taken good care of the ball.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Oakland Raiders 23 - Miami Dolphins 20


Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1:00pm

Green Bay Packers

Matt Flynn - - Could start if Pryor is unable to go and does have a very nice matchup to exploit this week. So if you were really hosed, maybe he could pay off. Still probably best to play it safe with a more proven option who isn't be thrust into the lineup at the last minute.






Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Continues to look like a new man and with a good matchup this week, against a capable offense, he could look to air it a little more this week. The Lions pass defense has done a good job of keeping teams out of the end zone though.

Matt Forte - - Coming off a nice game and will continue to get plenty of touches, although officially hearing the new head coach say Bush will be the goal line guy sucks. But he often lost goal line carries and still produces well most weeks.
Shaun Draughn - - Dealing with an injured ankle, so even if Rice were a scratch again, no need to consider a back up RB that is dinged who likely will touch the ball rarely, if at all.

Brandon Marshall - - Was quiet last week, at least compared to his usual performances. This week's matchup is more favorable though and his upside is too good to pass up, so don't worry about it, just start him and be happy.
Alshon Jeffery - - Has the potential to make a big play, though still waiting for him to really get it going before considering him fantasy worthy. If you need to gamble on him, there are worse options out there though.
Josh Morgan - - Still really hasn't gotten it going yet, so you probably should continue to take a wait and see approach with him.

Martellus Bennett - - Was quiet last week, though this week he has a better matchup and has a good chance to get back on track.

Robbie Gould - - The offense should continue to roll this week, though playing a rival on the road could make it tough to finish drives and force them to rely on the leg of Gould.

Chicago Bears - - The defense continues to play well, though they will have their hands full this week against a good Lions offense that usually takes good care of the ball, especially at home.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Chicago Bears 27 - Green Bay Packers


Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1:00pm

Carolina Panthers



Jerricho Cotchery - - Just not targeted enough to consider him worthy of a start, even with a good matchup this week. You really have to be desperate or in a huge league of like 32 teams to consider starting him.
Jason Avant - - While he has not been lighting it up, he has been productive and with a nice matchup this week and the distinct possibility the Eagles will be play keep up, he has enough upside to merit gambling on this week.

Ed Dickson - - Still not showing any signs of being involved in the passing game, so I'd definitely continue to ignore him as a fantasy prospect.



Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Was very quiet last week as he did not have to throw it much. With the Bills run defense struggling, it could be another busy week for the running game, which again could limit Flacco's attempts. Probably not a ton of upside this week.

Ray Rice - - Still dealing with that injured hip and there is a good chance he is out again this week. If he can return, he could be more limited than usual and lose more touches to Pierce. A good matchup does give him enough upside to merit starting him if he can play, but you may need to exercise some caution.
Bernard Pierce - - Assuming Rice is unable to go, he faces a struggling run defense and should again be very busy. Tons of upside with him this week. Downgrade him to a 3 football option if Rice plays as Pierce likely would still see a decent amount of touches as Rice likely won't be ready for a heavy load.

Torrey Smith - - He has been pretty consistent this season with some nice yardage totals, although he is still looking for his first touchdown of the season. A favorable matchup this week could certainly help his cause, though the Ravens may not have to throw it a ton this week.
Marlon Brown - - The rookie was quiet last week and you can expect the inconsistent trend to continue as he learns his way. Does have a solid matchup this week, although like last week, the Ravens may not throw it enough to justify taking a chance on Brown.

Owen Daniels - - With a strong secondary making it tough on the Texan WRs this week, Daniels could come in quite handy. Definitely a tough matchup though, so he better wear his big boy pants this week.

Justin Tucker - - Coming off a strong performance and heads on the road to face a defense that has been inconsistent, but could make it tough to finish drives since they are the home dog. Could lead to plenty of field goal attempts again this week.

Baltimore Ravens - - Coming off a huge game and this week they get the pleasure of facing a rookie QB who is still getting his feet wet and was sacked eight times last week against the Jets.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 23 - Carolina Panthers


Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans - Sunday 1:00pm

Buffalo Bills

E.J. Manuel - - The rookie has shown flashes, though this week he faces a Ravens pass defense that has been pretty tough, outside of the Peyton Manning debacle to open the season.

C.J. Spiller - - Dealing with a thigh injury, which could slow him down and limit his explosiveness. Considering he has started slowly, is dealing with an injury, losing touches to Jackson and facing a good run defense this week, you may want to consider other options, assuming you have a good one at your disposal.
Fred Jackson - - Continues to produce solid numbers and with Spiller banged up now, he likely will continue to be quite busy. Not the best matchup this week as the Ravens defense has been pretty good thus far, though Jackson is a proven veteran who usually gets the job done.
Bryce Brown - - As long as McCoy continues to remain healthy (Knock on wood), he likely won't get enough touches to consider fantasy worthy. Just a handcuff to McCoy at this time.
Anthony Dixon - - Even if Gore is in the dog house, it is unlikely he will see much action. Thus you should continue to explore other options.

Robert Woods - - The rookie is capable of making a big play any week or could struggle to produce. That is just the nature of rookie WRs. Has the upside to produce, although it still may be a little early to consider him against a Ravens defense that has been playing well after the Week One debacle.
Mike Williams - - Hasn't been lighting it up thus far, but has been solid and a favorable matchup this week should give him enough potential to merit starting him if you need to.
T.J. Graham - - Move along please as there is no fantasy value to be found here.

Scott Chandler - - Coming off a good game as Manuel has realized he has a capable weapon at TE. The Ravens have been susceptible to the tight end, so Chandler could merit gambling on this week, especially since the Bills could be forced to air it out late.

Dan Carpenter - - The offense has been up-and-down and face a good defense this week. That could mean lots of field goal chances or limited scoring period. Keep an eye on this situation in case Hopkins becomes the starter.
Dustin Hopkins - - Dealing with a groin injury, but make sure you keep an eye on this situation just in case they put in Hopkins for Carpenter.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense started the season hot, but has slowly cooled off since. This week they face a Ravens offense that typically limits mistakes and is coming off a good game.

Houston Texans


Arian Foster - - Each week should see his touches go up some and while he faces a tough defense this week, the Seahawks have been more susceptible to the run than the pass. Foster has given plenty of good defenses fits and is a stud RB that you start every week he is playing.

Andre Johnson - - Overcame a concussion to play last week and is now dealing with a shin injury. Add in the tough matchup this week and it may be a good time to let him sit out and rest up. This assumes that you have other good WR options. If you are not comfortable with any of your other option, just start him (He has earned it during his career).
DeAndre Hopkins - - The rookie continues to impress and could be a key to passing success this week as AJ will likely draw plenty of attention from the defense. Though he will have his hands full with the talented Seahawks secondary, so still a risky option.
Keshawn Martin - - Still not seeing enough action to merit reaching this far for WR help, especially against one of the top pass defenses in the league.

Garrett Graham - - Expect him to be a touchdown or nothing option most of the season. With touchdowns likely at a premium this week against a superb Seahawks defense, it is probably wise to explore other options.

Randy Bullock - - The Texans return home, where they are usually a much better team, to face a tough Seahawks defense that will likely make it tough to move the ball. When they do have success, finding the end zone could be tough, which could mean another busy week of kicking field goals for Bullock.

Houston Texans - - The defense has not quite lived up to the hype thus far, though they certainly have the talent to do it, even against a good Seahawks offense that typically limits mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Houston Texans 23 - Buffalo Bills 16


Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers - Sunday 4:05pm

Jacksonville Jaguars


Toby Gerhart - - As I stated last week and the week before, he continues to be nothing but a handcuff to ADP.
Jordan Todman - - Got a garbage touchdown last week, although MJD was active so his role was pretty minor. With MJD expected to go again this week, there is no reason to consider him worth starting.
Denard Robinson - - The flashy rookie is still not being utilized much, so he continues to have no fantasy value.

Cecil Shorts - - Coming off a huge game and he could be a major garbage time contributor this season if the offense continues to fall behind early. He did find the end zone in both meetings with the Colts last season, so maybe he can finally find the end zone in 2013.
Ace Sanders - - Honestly, I really hope you are not seriously in so much trouble at the WR position that you are forced to rely on Ace.

Marcedes Lewis - - Could return from a calf injury this week, though I'd continue to forget about him until he proves he is healthy and starts to produce some adequate fantasy numbers.

Josh Scobee - - With the offense continuing to struggle, it is just awfully risky to rely on the kicker. Maybe playing at home will allow them to get some scoring chances, but I'd really hate to risk it.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defense continues to struggle and will have their hands full this week with an offense that appears to be going upward, although playing on the road could slow them some and help the Jaguars cause.

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Cooled off last week, though has been a nice fantasy option this season and should be able to take advantage of the struggling Cowboys pass defense.

Ryan Mathews - - Continues to get the bulk of the carries, though still has not exactly been lighting it up. This week he could find running room harder to come by as the Cowboys run defense has been pretty stout.
Danny Woodhead - - Coming off a solid game as he was a big factor in the passing game. With the Cowboys tough to run on and iffy against the pass, he could be busy again this week, so could be a nice gamble, at least in PPR leagues.
Donald Brown - - With Bradshaw out suddenly, he could see some action while Richardson learns the ropes, so could surprise. Still would be hard pressed to rely on him though.

Keenan Allen - - The rookie is still not productive enough to merit taking a chance on him.
Malcom Floyd - - Expected to miss again this week with that injured neck, so you can continue to bypass his name.
Eddie Royal - - Last week's touchdown was wiped out by penalty and his fantasy value fell back to Earth. He probably was playing over his head early on, though he likely will continue to be involved in the passing game. Chargers may be forced to throw it a good deal this week and face a Cowboys defense that has struggled against the pass.
Vincent Brown - - Still waiting for him to take his chance and run with it. A good matchup this week could help his cause, although I'd probably wait until he proves his worth before gambling on him.

Antonio Gates - - Coming off a nice performance and with an ideal matchup this week, he could certainly keep the good times going and be a worthy starting option again this week.

Nick Novak - - The offense should be able to have some success, at least in the air. Finding the end zone could be a little tougher, so they could be forced to rely on Novak for scoring.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense continues to really struggle and will likely be in for another tough week against an offense that while banged up, still has plenty of weapons.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 23 - Jacksonville Jaguars 13


Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings - Sunday 4:25pm

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Hasn't really been lighting it up thus far, though is with a limited key weapon in White, who is still not fully back. Patriots pass defense has been solid thus far, although they really haven't been tested like Ryan and the Falcons should be able to.

Steven Jackson - - Expected to miss at least this week with that injured thigh, so continue to hold off on using him.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - He will likely lose touches to Snelling again this week, though his receiving skills could help his cause, as could the favorable matchup he has this week. Though the Falcons running game still isn't really rolling. Has some upside thanks to the nice matchup.

Julio Jones - - Put up huge numbers last week while dealing with the banged up knee, so there is no reason to believe it will slow him down this week. Just keep plugging him in.
Roddy White - - Continues to be more a decoy than anything as he continues to battle that injured ankle. Once he gets going, he will likely turn into a nice option, but who knows when that will be. Could be this week, but if you have another good option, I'd use it until White proves he is back.
Harry Douglas - - Continues to be very inconsistent, so still not the ideal starting option, unless you are really desperate and hope he has one of those rare good games.


Matt Bryant - - The Falcons offense should find success this week, though with S-Jax still out, it could struggle in the red zone and be forced to settle for field goals.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense has made some plays, but will likely struggle to do much damage against Brady and the Patriots, who typically take good care of the QB and the ball.

Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel - - Gets the starting nod with Ponder out, though does face a Steelers defense that has been tough to throw on and liable to be a little rusty as well.
Christian Ponder - - Will miss this week's affair with injured ribs.

Adrian Peterson - - The Browns did a good job against him last week and he still put up good numbers. The Steelers have had some issues against the run and he should be showcased for all of London to see.

Greg Jennings - - The passing game has not been productive enough (Or maybe I should say consistent) to really consider any piece of it against a tough Steelers pass defense.
Cordarrelle Patterson - - The rookie could see his role continue to expand. But at this point, like the others, he is not worth the gamble this week.
Jerome Simpson - - See Jennings and apply the same logic. Just can't recommend any of the Vikings WRs this week against a good Steelers pass defense.
Jarius Wright - - See the other WRs and do the same thing I said above.
Lestar Jean - - Even if AJ were to sit out, it is probably a dumb decision to gamble on Jean against a tough Seahawks pass defense.

Kyle Rudolph - - Still really hasn't gotten rolling this season, though his five receptions last week matched the total in the first two weeks. Faces a tough pass defense this week, though he could be a key safety net for Ponder this week.

Blair Walsh - - The offense has been putting up points thus far, though face a capable defense this week which could force the Vikings to settle for quite a few FG attempts this week.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense took advantage of the young Hoyer last week and will likely have a tougher go of it this week against Big Ben. Although the Steelers o-line continues to have protection issues and the Vikings could make them pay.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 23 - Atlanta Falcons 23


Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers - Sunday 4:25pm

Philadelphia Eagles


LeSean McCoy - - Coming off yet another huge game. This week he faces the league's top ranked run defense, although much of that is attributed to the fact that the offense is so good and offenses abandon the run. That could occur here as well (Although I'd still expect him to get a ton of carries), though he has been way too hot to ever sit, so just keep riding him.
Darren Sproles - - Should continue to get his share of touches, though primarily as a receiver, so he is most valuable in PPR leagues. Would be helpful if he can start finding the end zone though as his lack of touchdowns has limited his value.

Riley Cooper - - His combined season production is barely a solid game for most receivers, so at this point, there is no reason to consider him a viable starting option.
Damaris Johnson - - Extra! Extra! Read all about it. No fantasy value to be found with Johnson.

Zach Ertz - - The rookie is still not seeing enough action to consider him worthy of a spot in your lineup.
Brent Celek - - While he may have his moments and the Eagles may be forced to air it out, especially late, he is just not producing enough to be more than a spot start option, at least at this point.

Alex Henery - - The offense could be forced into a shootout, which could mean a busy day for Henery. Although they could be forced to bypass FG attempts late in lieu of going for touchdowns.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense has struggled more often than not and will likely be in for a long week against a Broncos offense that is a ball of fire at the moment.

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Has started the season off slowly and while the Rams did a good job slowing his passing last season, he went crazy as a runner. With the Rams defense struggling at the moment, he has plenty of potential. Still could have some issues with Davis still banged up and needing his receivers to step up.
Blaine Gabbert - - Returns to the starting lineup since his hand is healed (At least enough to allow him to play). But he was doing nothing prior to injury and unless he proves otherwise, he should not be started unless you are 50 year old virgin desperate.

Frank Gore - - He found the end zone in both meetings with the Rams last season and their defense has not exactly been playing well thus far. Expect him to continue to carry the bulk of the load, even after a heated exchange with Harbaugh last week.
Kendall Hunter - - Found the end zone last week for the 49ers only score. Gore is not a happy camper supposedly, but you can bet he is still the man, which will leave too few touches for Hunter to merit starting, even with a good matchup.
LaMichael James - - Still dealing with an injured knee, so you can continue to forget about him.

Anquan Boldin - - Was decent last week, although would like to see him return more toward his Week One form. A good matchup this week could help his cause, though another receiver stepping up some to take pressure off him can't hurt.
Stevie Johnson - - Coming off another solid game as the veteran continues to get plenty of attention from the rookie signal caller. Not the ideal matchup this week, although he certainly could give the Ravens secondary some fits (Since the Ravens pass defense has been much improved since Week One).
Quinton Patton - - Kaepernick has started out slowly and outside of Boldin, there just hasn't been another WR that merits a start, even with a good matchup this week.

Vernon Davis - - After missing last week with an injured hamstring, the short turnaround could make it tough for him to be back in the mix this week. A favorable matchup could help his cause, although he may be forced to sit out again this week, or could be limited. Watch his situation closely.
Vance McDonald - - If Davis is unable to go this week, the rookie could benefit. Last week he didn't do much, so it is probably a wise move on your part to not reach this far for TE help.

Phil Dawson - - The Rams defense has some weapons, although have started off slowly. The 49ers offense is in a funk, but should be able to start breaking out of it this week. Playing on the road could mean Dawson is a key to scoring this week.

San Francisco 49ers - - The defense has not lived up to the hype thus far, although facing a Rams offense that has been up and down can't hurt.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 27 - San Francisco 49ers 20


New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 8:30pm

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - He continues to produce well and the Dolphins have had issues against the pass, though they have stiffened in the red zone. But he has more than enough weapons to keep it going and put up big numbers on Monday night.

Pierre Thomas - - Should continue to get his share of touches and has more upside if Ingram is out again. Still would like to see him produce on a more consistent basis though.
Mark Ingram - - Still dealing with that injured toe, but even when healthy he was probably too inconsistent to start anyway.

Marques Colston - - While he hasn't been putting up big numbers, he has certainly been serviceable and is capable of busting out any week. The Dolphins can be thrown on, although they have done a good job of limiting touchdowns.
Kenny Stills - - The rookie is still not involved in the passing game enough to merit taking a chance on him.
Robert Meachem - - Found the end zone last week in his return to the Saints. Still liable to be inconsistent like he has been throughout his career.

Jimmy Graham - - Continues to light it up and the Dolphins have had some issues against the TE, so one of the best in the game should be in for another field day.


New Orleans Saints - - The defense has been improved and is capable of making some plays, though the Dolphins offense has been pretty solid and typically takes good care of the ball.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Coming off a big game with three touchdowns and could keep it going this week as he faces a Chargers defense that has really struggled. A banged up Austin could hurt some, but he still has Bryant and Witten at his disposal, not to mention Murray.
Brandon Weeden - - Could return from thumb injury, but Hoyer will get the start again this week to see if he can keep rolling.

DeMarco Murray - - Coming off a huge game as the Cowboys finally got to running the ball often (Though it helped they played with a lead and were never really threatened). Another good matchup this week should allow him to keep it going again this week.
Lance Dunbar - - Still nothing more than a handcuff (And who knows if he'd actually be the guy if Murray were to go down). Not a valid starting option.

Dez Bryant - - At least he found the end zone last week to help his worth, though he should be in good position to bounce back this week against a Chargers defense that has really struggled against the pass this season.
Terrance Williams - - The rookie could get the start this week with Austin plagued by an injured hammy. A superb matchup does give him the potential to surprise, but I'd probably need to be pretty desperate to rely on him until he proves his worth.
Cole Beasley - - With Austin and Harris banged up, he could see a bigger role in the offense this week. Still unlikely to get enough touches to have any real fantasy value, so I'd pass as you usually do on Beasley.
Dwayne Harris - - Dealing with an injury hip, so even with Austin banged up, he may not be able to take advantage of an increase in playing time. No way I'd gamble on him when hurt.

Jason Witten - - Continues to produce and with Austin injured again, Romo may look to Witten even more than usual, which can only be a good thing, especially when you consider the most excellent matchup he has this week.
James Hanna - - Injuries at the WR position could open the door for Hanna ro get some looks. I would be surprised if he got enough of them to have any real fantasy value though.

Dan Bailey - - The offense should be able to roll again this week as they face a Chargers defense that has been struggling. Playing on the road could force them to struggle in Charger territory and settle for some FG attempts.

Dallas Cowboys - - Has cooled off after a huge first week and is facing a capable offense this week, though one that has had some turnover woes in the past.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 27 - New Orleans Saints 27


New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs - Monday 8:30pm

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Continues to get more familiar with his new options and hopes to get the benefit of Gronk's return. Certainly is a plus that the Falcons defense has struggled against the pass this season, so he should be busy.

Stevan Ridley - - Blount was better last week and who knows what this week will bring. We do know that the Falcons have a pretty good run defense, so it may be wise to pass on the Patriots running game and see how it plays out.
Brandon Bolden - - Dealing with a knee injury, though his receiving skills could turn him into a solid contributor. Considering he is not at 100%, may be best to play it safe with another option this week.

Julian Edelman - - Continues to receive plenty of looks from Brady and should continue to be heavily involved in the offense, which should continue to make him a nice option, especially in PPR leagues. Though as the youngsters get more trust from Brady, he could see those looks dwindle some.
Aaron Dobson - - Coming off a nice game and Brady is looking his way more often. Still not there yet, but does have upside this week against a struggling Falcons pass defense.
Danny Amendola - - Expected to miss one more game with that injured groin, though is targeting a Week Five return.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - Found the end zone twice last week as he continues to improve and gain a little more trust from Brady. A good matchup this week certainly won't hurt his case.

Rob Gronkowski - - Still dealing with injuries, though is hoping to return. A good matchup this week could definitely help his cause if he can return. His upside is too good to pass up, assuming he can play. So watch his status closely.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The offense should be able to find success moving the ball, though with the offense still not firing on all cylinders, they could be forced to settle for FGs this week.

New England Patriots - - The defense has some play makers, although haven't made many big plays yet this season. Could be tough to do it this week against a tough Falcons offense that is loaded with weapons.

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Has the ability to put up some nice fantasy numbers, but will also have games like last week where he manages the game. A nice matchup this week could help, though I also expect the Chiefs to utilize heavy dose of Charles again this week.

Jamaal Charles - - Coming off a monster game and has a good chance to keep it rolling this week against a Giants defense that has been struggling this season, especially against the run.
Knile Davis - - The rookie has been seeing some touches, just not enough of them to be anything more than a handcuff to Charles.

Dwayne Bowe - - Ugh! Laid a stinker last week as Smith is just not targeting him much. A solid matchup this week gives him plenty of potential, but he is back to be a risky option while he and Smith's relationship flowers. He is more than capable of going off, so still merits starting if your options are limited.
Donnie Avery - - Coming off a huge game and with a good matchup this week, he could merit rolling the dice on if you are in a bind. Still would rather see him produce more consistently before relying on him though.
A.J. Jenkins - - Starting to see some action, though still not involved in the offense enough to have any real fantasy value.
Kyle Williams - - Was quiet last week and while the nice matchup this week could help him be a productive option, the passing game is just not performing well enough to reach here. Too much downside for a limited return.

Anthony Fasano - - Still dealing with an ankle injury, so probably would be best to continue looking elsewhere for TE help.
Travis Kelce - - The knee is getting healthier, but Angry Travis is not a guy worth considering yet.

Ryan Succop - - The offense should be able to keep it going this week against a struggling Giants defense and get him plenty of scoring chances.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense continues to play exceptionally well and this week they face an offense that has been a hot mess and been turning the ball over at alarming rates.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 27 - New England Patriots 20
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