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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers - Thursday 8:25pm

Minnesota Vikings







Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - While he did struggle in Week Three, you can bet he bounces back in a big way against an inferior Lions defense, at home and having had an extra week to prepare.

Eddie Lacy - - Really only has one game of experience and returning from a concussion. A juicy matchup could help, although the Packers likely will employ a RB by committee which could limit his touches. Could pay off if you need him, but may be best to wait for the RB situation to become less muddy.
James Starks - - Has been ruled out for Week 5.

Jordy Nelson - - Just continues to produce and should have a good chance to do it again this week against a Lions pass defense that has had some issues and likely will struggle to slow the Packers pass attack, especially with an extra week to prep.
Randall Cobb - - While he was semi-quiet the last time out, he has been producing too much this season to not run him out every week. It certainly helps that he has a favorable matchup this week and that he gave the Lions nightmares in both meetings last season.

Andrew Quarless - - With Finley banged up, he could be called upon more often. Though with so many other options at Rodgers disposal, he may not get enough touches to merit gambling on (Although he certainly could find himself in the end zone, but I wouldn't bet on it).
Jermichael Finley - - Dealing with a concussion and it is looking likely he will sit this one out. If he can go, does have a good matchup, although you have to wonder if they may take it a little easy on him this week.

Mason Crosby - - The offense should be able to keep putting up plenty of points this week against a porous Lions defense, which should make for another good week for Crosby.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense really hasn't done much from a fantasy standpoint and will have their hands full this week against a Lions offense that has been rolling.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 34 - Minnesota Vikings


Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Coming off a horrible week with five interceptions, although in many leagues he was still a good option thanks to 300+ yards and a pair of touchdowns. While he is no Drew Brees, he could find enough success this week to merit a start if you need to roll with him.

Ray Rice - - The hip may not be 100%, but he should be ready to roll again. Really struggled last week, though another week to heal should help. The Dolphins run defense has been pretty good though, but he is one of the better RBs in the league for a reason and always deserves a start.
Bernard Pierce - - Dealing with a calf injury and with Rice back in the fold, he likely won't get enough touches to merit taking a chance on.

Torrey Smith - - Coming off a huge game as he seems to be flying under the radar. Don't forget about him, especially since the Dolphins have had some issues against the pass.
Steve Smith - - Dealing with an injured hip that could slow him down this week. This makes him a little riskier than usual, albeit a good matchup certainly gives him the upside to take keep plugging him into your lineup.
Marlon Brown - - The rookie found the end zone last week and has a decent matchup this week. Still not quite as involved in the passing game as you'd like, but if you are in a bind, he could help you out of it.
Jacoby Jones - - Could return this week from that injured knee. Still liable to be limited, so it may be in your best interests to let him sit out and prove he is healthy and worthy.

Owen Daniels - - Schaub has utilized both TEs heavily this year and likely will continue to look their way this week, although the matchup is a tough one, which may favor Daniels.

Justin Tucker - - The Ravens offense has the weapons to move the ball, but could struggle to finish drives against a solid Dolphins defense (Don't weigh Monday night's performance too heavily).

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense still is capable of making big plays and is facing an offense that turned it over four times last week (Though one that typically has limited mistakes) and has struggled to keep Tannehill off his back.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - After a cake walk last week, he faces another tough task this week against an excellent Seahawks pass defense. Has the weapons to still produce, but honestly it would be best to explore other options if you have that luxury this week.

Trent Richardson - - Still learning his way with the Colts, though he should carry a pretty big load this week. The Seahawks have a tough defense, though have had some issues against the run, which could help T-Rich produce.
Ahmad Bradshaw - - After sitting out last week with a neck injury, it may be best to hold off on using him until he proves he is healthy and shows that he has a big enough role in the offense to consider him fantasy worthy.

Reggie Wayne - - He is one of the top WRs in the game and a wily veteran that just keeps producing. A tough matchup this week definitely makes him a risky option, though if your options are limited, you can still go with him since he has proven time and again he can produce any week.
Hakeem Nicks - - At least he caught three passes last week, though still struggling to produce. Though the struggling Eagles defense could be just what the doctor ordered, so probably worth giving him a shot this week. If he struggles again, then be afraid.
T.Y. Hilton - - Played through the toe injury last week, so it appears he should be alright going forward. With a brutal matchup this week, it may be wise to play it safe and explore other options.

Coby Fleener - - Coming off a good game and with the talented defensive backs making it tough on the Colt WRs, he could be very involved in the passing game again this week (The Texans had plenty of success with the tight ends last week).

Adam Vinatieri - - A tough Seahawks defense will likely make it tough to finish drives and force Viantieri into action.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense is coming off a big week, though this week they face a much tougher task against one of the best teams in the league, so likely won't replicate last week's performance.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 20 - Baltimore Ravens 20


Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans - Sunday 1:00pm

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer - - Coming off another solid performance, which was against a good Bengals defense. This week he faces a much easier task against the Bills banged up defense, though they did pick off Flacco five times last week.

Ben Tate - - Foster continues to run away with many more touches, which is starting to make Tate more of a handcuff. Not the ideal matchup this week, although the 49ers have had some issues defending the run, so you probably don't want to go here this week.
Chris Ogbonnaya - - He has been a key in the passing game and is capable of making plays, so does have some value in PPR leagues. A good matchup this week could help his cause, though still would prefer to rely on a guy with a larger role in the offense.

Miles Austin - - Still dealing (and not practicing as of Wednesday) with that injured hamstring, so once again considering his hamstring history, I'd forget about relying on him.
Travis Benjamin - - Is a big play threat that can bust one on any touch and does have a good matchup this week. The problem is, he typically sees very few touches, which makes him a significant gamble with limited upside.

Jordan Cameron - - Coming off another big game as Hoyer continues to look his way a ton and the offense tried to get him the ball. The short week won't help the Bills game plan for him, though you can bet he draws more attention from the defense this week. Good matchup and too hot to not keep riding.
Jim Dray - - Cooled off last week as the Cardinals tight ends continue to be too unpredictable to consider fantasy worthy.

Billy Cundiff - - Had a couple key misses last week and his hold on the job could be getting a little weak. The offense has shown some life and has a good matchup this week, so he should get some scoring chances. Just needs to connect on them. Also dealing with a little of a thigh issue, so watch his status closely.

Cleveland Browns - - They have been a tough NFL defense, but a middling fantasy defense. Do have some capable play makers and could benefit from facing a rookie QB playing on the road under the lights.

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - Injured hip will sideline him for 4-8 weeks, so just as he was starting to find himself, he is sidelined.

Shonn Greene - - Still dealing with a knee injury, though he hopes to return this week. Even if he can, he likely won't have a large enough role in the offense to merit starting.
Dexter McCluster - - While he may slowly be seeing a little more action on offense, still not involved quite enough to consider him worth starting, unless you are really in a bind and need to take a big time gamble.
Jackie Battle - - Got plenty of touches late last week, though this week's game will likely be a tight one, which will likely limit the chances he has to touch the ball.

Kendall Wright - - Dinged his knee up last week, though was still able to go. Has shown off some potential, though with a tough matchup this week, it may not be a bad idea to explore other options.
Nate Washington - - Coming off a monster performance as he has turned into the go to guy. Had a big touchdown from Fitzpatrick as well, but there is risk with the QB change and the tough matchup this week.
Justin Hunter - - The rookie continues to make big plays when given the chance. Still not getting enough chances to really consider relying on him, especially against a tough Chiefs pass defense.

Delanie Walker - - Has shown some flashes, though is dealing with sore ribs, although he expects to be ready to roll. Tough matchup and a QB change will not help his cause.


Tennessee Titans - - The defense continues to surprise and is more than capable of making some plays again this week. Although the Chiefs have done a good job of protecting the QB and the ball thus far.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Tennessee Titans 20 - Cleveland Browns 20


Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday 1:00pm

Pittsburgh Steelers


LeGarrette Blount - - Coming off a nice game with a big 47 yard touchdown run. Continues to make some plays, though still in a hefty RB by committee. May be turning into the best option at RB so could help you if you need to gamble on him. Still may be best to continues to take a wait and see approach with the Patriots running game though.

Lance Moore - - Has been ineffective thus far and was out last week with a hand injury. Until he proves to be healthy and starts contributing, I'd forget about considering him for your starting lineup.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - - Has just been too inconsistent to consider starting him against a Seahawks defense that has been lights out.




Jacksonville Jaguars


Jordan Todman - - Considering the offense has been horrid and he likely won't get many touches, I'd say it is pretty safe to forget about using him.
Denard Robinson - - Between the limited role and the injured hamstring, there is no reason to consider him worth starting.

Cecil Shorts - - Has been rolling, although the return of Blackmon could cut into him production (Although it could force the defense to pay more attention to Blackmon and actually help Shorts). A solid matchup could help his cause, plus the Jaguars could again be forced to play catch up. Keep an eye on that injured groin suffered during Wednesday's practice.
Ace Sanders - - The return of Blackmon will cut into his already limited fantasy value, thus I'd pass again this week.
Tandon Doss - - Was decent last week, but you don't want decent in your fantasy lineup. I'd move along and find a more consistent option with much more upside.

Marcedes Lewis - - Re-aggravated that injured calf, so looks like he may sit out again this week and if he can go, likely would be too limited to rely on.
Clay Harbor - - With Lewis banged up, he could see a larger role in the offense. But this offense is a dumpster fire at the moment, so I would strongly recommend passing on him like most of the Jaguars.

Josh Scobee - - The offense is just too horrid at the moment to rely on him, even though he could be a key scorer if the offense can find itself (The return of Blackmon could help).

Jacksonville Jaguars - - Even though they face an inconsistent offense, the Jaguars defense has just not done near enough to merit starting them.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 16 - Pittsburgh Steelers


Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 1:00pm

Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - - The veteran has done it plenty in the past and does have some capable weapons at his disposal giving him some upside. The issue is that this week he faces a sterling Chiefs pass defense that could make it tough for him to produce enough to merit starting him. There will be better days in which he could merit starting.

Arian Foster - - Went over 100 yards against the Seahawks, which is an accomplishment that few have met. He should be quite busy again this week against another good NFC West defense, though the 49ers have had some issues defending the run.

Andre Johnson - - Coming off a big game against a tough defense, while dealing with a shin injury. Another tough matchup this week, but as he proved last week, he is more than capable of getting it done any given Sunday. Still would be nice if he can figure out what the end zone is.
DeAndre Hopkins - - The rookie cooled off last week, though certainly has the talent to get the job done any week. Although Week Five brings on another tough matchup, so it may be in your best interest to avoid the rookie wide out this week.
Keshawn Martin - - Between the limited role in the offense and the tough matchup, my crystal ball says, don't start him (I'm pretty sure I'll get this one right).

Garrett Graham - - Has quietly been a productive option who continues to fly under the radar. Tough matchup this week likely won't help his cause, although if you are in a bind, he could be worth gambling on.

Randy Bullock - - The offense has more than enough weapons to move the ball on a tough 49ers defense, but finding the end zone could be tough forcing them to settle for field goals.

Houston Texans - - The offense hasn't quite lived up to its potential yet, though they have the weapons to make big plays and face a 49ers offense that hasn't quite found itself yet (Last week they started showing signs of life though).

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Likely will have to air it out a ton this week to try and keep up with the Broncos high-powered offense. Has the weapons to light it up, so definitely a guy that deserves a shot this week.

DeMarco Murray - - I expect him to be busy early to try and control the clock, but once they fall behind, he may not run it much. But he could be a huge threat in the passing game, so I think even though he is a risky option, he will still be a productive one.
Lance Dunbar - - As usual, just not expected to get enough touches to consider him a viable fantasy option.

Dez Bryant - - Coming off another huge game and the Cowboys will likely have to air it out often, which could mean another huge day for Bryant.
Terrance Williams - - Austin's injury opened the door for the rookie to impress last week and he did a solid job, although the big fumble late was a killer. With Austin still banged up and a good matchup this week, he could be a nice option to take a chance on this week.
Cole Beasley - - In the same boat as Harris, so I'd probably not consider him fantasy worthy either.
Dwayne Harris - - Could benefit if the Cowboys are forced to air it out as expected, although he may be too far down the pecking order to merit starting.

Jason Witten - - Has cooled off some of late, though we all know what he is capable of. The Cowboys will likely need to air it out early and often to play keep up and the Broncos have been susceptible to the pass, especially from the TE position.

Dan Bailey - - The offense should be able to put up some points, although they could be forced to bypass FG attempts late, in lieu of going for touchdowns if they can't keep up.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense has made plenty of big plays, though this week they face a Broncos offense that is on fire. It also doesn't help that Manning has yet to throw an interception, which is amazing considering how often he throws the ball.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 27 - Houston Texans 20


Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants - Sunday 1:00pm

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Coming off a big game and should be able to keep it going at home, although the Jets defense has been pretty good this season (Although the Titans lit them up last week). Has too many weapons to not keep rolling with, especially on MNF.

Steven Jackson - - Sounds like he will miss again this week with that injured thigh. With it being a MNF game, no use gambling on him somehow playing.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - The RB by committee is in full effect, though his receiving skills should help him in PPR formats. Jets defense has been pretty good, though he could give them trouble in the passing game.

Julio Jones - - Just keeps on going and as White gets healthier, it should help take some pressure off of him. Expect him to be busy this week as he looks to impress the nation.
Roddy White - - Getting healthier and was able to play almost the entire game last week. At this point, you can probably roll the dice on him as he is due to bust out one of these weeks. May still need another week or so to really be ready, but may pay off this week.
Harry Douglas - - Just hasn't been producing enough to merit starting, especially as White continues to get healthier.


Matt Bryant - - The offense should be able to keep rolling, though the Jets defense could force them to settle for some FG attempts.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense has been up and down, though should be able to take advantage of the young QB playing his first MNF game, on the road.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Continues to really struggle, although he may deserve one last chance to get it going as this week he faces an abominable Eagles defense, which could allow him to take advantage of the great weapons he has and actually produce. Still scary considering the struggles of late, but have you see the Eagles play defense, or should I say, struggle to defend? Honestly with this matchup he should be a 5 football option, but I can't pull the trigger on that (And it was hard enough to make him a 4 football option).

Rashad Jennings - - With DMC and Reece both banged up (And McFadden a good bet to sit), he could carry the bulk of the load this week. Could be a nice surprise against
David Wilson - - Like most of the Giants offense, he has struggled to produce. This week's matchup could be exactly what he needs to get him going as the Eagles defense has been dreadful.

Victor Cruz - - Continues to be the only real good fantasy option for the Giants and with a great matchup this week, there is no reason he can't keep rolling. So just keep plugging him into your lineup.
Rueben Randle - - Coming off another quiet game, although he could be worth taking a chance on this week as the Giants host arguably the worst defense in the league, which could give the Giants offense a chance to do some damage.


Josh Brown - - The offense should be able to break out of its funk this week as it faces am Eagles defense that is arguably worse than the Giants horrid defense.

New York Giants - - The defense continues to reek and are facing an offense that has some weapons. Eagles offense has been a little inconsistent, but the Giants defense just hasn't produced enough to consider starting them.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: New York Giants 30 - Atlanta Falcons 27


Saint Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday 1:00pm

Saint Louis Rams

Sam Bradford - - Has shown flashes and not a bad matchup this week, although I can see the Rams exploiting the league's worst ranked run defense with some concoction of RBs, which may limit Bradford's upside.

Zac Stacy - - Maybe this week he'll get a chance to impress. Nobody has a clue and I wonder if even the Rams coaching staff knows how the carries will breakdown. A great matchup being wasted this week on a RB by committee.
Benny Cunningham - - Got the bulk of the carries last week, but struggled against a tough 49ers run defense. Who knows what this week will bring. Has a lot of upside thanks to a great matchup, but could see limited action. Unless we hear something concrete, which is unlikely, it may be best to pass on the Rams running game.
Isaiah Pead - - Was a surprise inactive last week, but who knows what this week will bring. A great matchup could help, but at the moment, there are four RBs in the mix, so may be best to avoid the situation entirely.

Chris Givens - - The Rams WR corps, like their RBs, have been unpredictable. There are at least three guys that could produce any week and it is hard to figure out which will get it done. Not a bad matchup this week, although you have to wonder if the Rams will take this opportunity against a dreadful run defense and try to get the run attack going.
Austin Pettis - - Certainly is capable of getting it together and producing this week. Although he could also have a quiet week. There are worse options out there, but his upside may be a little limited this week.
Tavon Austin - - Capable of making a big play, but the rookie continues to struggle to find some consistency. Not a bad matchup this week, although you have to wonder how much the Rams will throw it around.
Kenny Britt - - Was out with injured ribs last week and even if he can go this week, he has done next to nothing, so at this point, he has very little fantasy value and definitely not worth starting this week against a superb Chiefs pass defense.
Brian Quick - - Still being targeted too infrequently to consider him worth starting.

Jared Cook - - After a huge Week One, he has really cooled off. But at least he proved he is capable of doing it, although Bradford seems to be getting different guys involved every week. Maybe this is his week.

Greg Zuerlein - - The offense should be able to light up the scoreboard against the struggling Jaguars defense, although I could see them struggling to finish drives and being forced to rely on Legatron.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense has started off quietly, although this week's matchup could help get their play makers going and lead to a nice week.

Philadelphia Eagles


LeSean McCoy - - Let me think about this for a minute. One of the best RBs in the game that has started the season on fire against a Giants defense that has been horrid thus far. Yeah, pretty sure you want to start McCoy again this week (And every week).
Darren Sproles - - Coming off a monster game as he torched the Dolphins defense time and time again. He should continue to get chances to make plays and faces a defense that struggled to contain Reggie Bush last week, so that should bode well for Sproles (Albeit he heads to Chicago, so he may be slowed down some on the Chicago grass).
Chris Polk - - Found the end zone last week, although that is likely the rare exception to the rule, so don't expect him to have much value going forward.

Riley Cooper - - Still nowhere near productive enough to consider him much of a threat to the fantasy football world, thus I'd continue to forget about gambling on him.

Zach Ertz - - The rookie is still not being utilized in the passing game enough to merit taking a chance on him.
Brent Celek - - Still really hasn't done enough to justify starting him, although a good matchup could help him get on track this week. Pretty significant gamble, although one that has a chance to pay off.

Alex Henery - - The offense should be able to have success against a struggling Giants defense and get Henery plenty of chances to put up points.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense continues to struggle, although they could benefit from facing a Giants offense that has been a disaster...Umm, it's just been a nightmare and has struggled to take care of the ball.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 27 - Saint Louis Rams 23


Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions - Sunday 1:00pm

Buffalo Bills

E.J. Manuel - - The rookie has shown flashes, especially at home. This week he gets a short week to prepare for a tough Browns defense, playing on the road in prime time, which could make for a tough environment for a rookie QB.

C.J. Spiller - - Dealing with an injured ankle though he expects to play (Keep your eyes and ears open though). He could lose some explosiveness because of the injury and does face a good Browns run defense, so he is much riskier than usual, although he can break a big play on any touch.
Fred Jackson - - Dealing with a knee injury, so like Spiller, watch his status closely. He continues to produce every week, even with some iffy matchups. He has another tough one this week and since he is battling injury as well, proceed with caution.
Bryce Brown - - While he continues to get some touches, he just isn't busy enough to consider him worth taking a chance on and continues to really just be a handcuff to McCoy.

Robert Woods - - Coming off a good performance and with Haden likely dealing with Johnson often, Manuel may have to look the rookie's way more often this week. Still a tough matchup, but he has shown to be a capable play maker thus far. If Johnson were unable to go, he likely would draw Haden and probably would not be worth gambling on.
T.J. Graham - - His role in the offense continues to be very lacking, so as usual, I'd recommend you strongly consider other options.

Scott Chandler - - Has been up and down thus far. Faces a tough pass defense this week, though he may be forced to be more involved in the offense this week to help take pressure off Manuel, thus he does have some upside.

Dan Carpenter - - The offense is dealing with quite a few injuries, which could make it tough against a good Browns defense. This could lead to a few FG attempts as the Bills struggle to finish drives.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense is coming off a big game with five picks against the Ravens. Could benefit this week from facing a Browns offense that is relying on an inexperienced QB.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Put up some nice fantasy numbers last week and should be able to keep it going this week against a Packers defense that has struggled against the pass, which is what the Lions excel at.

Reggie Bush - - When healthy, he has been a juggernaut with the Lions offense. While the Packers are tough to run on, they struggle against the pass, which is arguably one of Bush's biggest assets. Thus he should be a strong starting option again this week.
Joique Bell - - Was quiet last week in Bush's return, though he still got some touches. Should get some again this week and likely would get the call at the goal line, assuming there are any carries to be had there. Packers have been pretty tough to run on thus far, so that does give him a good bit of risk.
Mikel Leshoure - - With Bush back in the mix, he likely won't see much, if any, action. I'd definitely pass.

Calvin Johnson - - He has torched the Packers often in his career and the Packers have been susceptible to the pass. Even if they were good against the pass, you start Megatron, so don't think about it, just start him.
Golden Tate - - The Seahawks WR corps has been inconsistent as a whole. There are four guys that could produce any week, and while Tate and Rice are the most likely options, they are certainly not safe options. A tough matchup this week doesn't help.
Kris Durham - - Stepped up last week with Edwards out and Broyles still not rolling. Could he surprise again this week? Possibly since he has a good matchup, but I'd prefer to lean on a more proven option.
Ryan Broyles - - So much for stepping it up in Burleson's absence. A good matchup this week may allow for a mulligan for Broyles, though it may be best to make him prove he is worthy before starting him.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Finally broke out last week, so maybe the loss of Burleson will help get him going. I'm still a little gun shy, but with a good matchup this week, he certainly could pay off if you need to run him out there.


Detroit Lions - - The defense has made some big plays and could give the Packers struggling o-line fits and get to Rodgers a good deal. He will still make plays, but the Lions should be able to put up some fantasy points.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Detroit Lions 27 - Buffalo Bills 16


Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1:00pm

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Coming off a pretty good game fantasy wise at least and assuming you don't get dinged hard for picks. He certainly has the horses to produce again this week, albeit the Saints pass defense has been excellent thus far and he could still be lingering on last week's interception woes.

Matt Forte - - Coming off another big game and should be quite busy again this week. While he faces an improved defense, the Saints have had some issues defending the run. Add in that Forte should touch the ball early and often and you have no reasons to not start him again this week.
Shaun Draughn - - A banged up Pierce could open the door for some touches, although I wouldn't recommend digging this deep for RB help. A very bad move in my opinion.

Brandon Marshall - - Cutler is starting to get more guys involved, though Marshall continues to get plenty of looks. While the Saints pass defense has been pretty good thus far, they will be hard pressed to slow down the talented Marshall.
Alshon Jeffery - - Coming off a big game, although this week he faces a tough Saints pass defense which could make it tough to build on it. He is headed in the right direction though and likely will help your team as the season progresses, though this week could be a little tougher for him.

Martellus Bennett - - Just continues to produce as Cutler continues to get more and more comfortable with him. The Saints have been good against the pass, although they did struggle to slow down Clay last week. Dealing with an injured shoulder, so watch his status closely.

Robbie Gould - - The offense has been playing well (Outside of all the turnovers last week), though they are facing a Saints defense that has been surprisingly stout, which could force them to rely heavily on the leg of Gould this week.

Chicago Bears - - The defense has plenty of weapons, but will definitely have their hands full this week against the Saints clicking offense, that typically does a good job of taking care of the QB and the ball.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Finally got it together last time out and has an extra week to prepare for an iffy Cardinals pass defense. Hopefully he is finally rounding into form, although I'd like to see him put together back-to-back strong performances.

DeAngelo Williams - - Still trying to recall where the end zone is at, although he is coming off a big game. This week could be a tough one as he heads on the road to face a Cardinals run defense that has been very stout and shutdown the talented Doug Martin last week.
Mike Tolbert - - Found the end zone last time out and is capable of doing that any week. Still a risky option since he is really the 2nd fiddle to D-Will, not to mention he faces a Cardinals defense that has been very tough to run on.
Kenjon Barner - - The rookie's foot is pretty close and he may be ready to have a role in the offense. Question is if he will get a chance? At this time, I'd play it safe and make him prove his worth before thinking about how he could help your fantasy team.

Jason Avant - - Has shown some flashes, but continues to be very hit or miss, like he has almost his entire career. A nice matchup does give him some upside, but I'd really be hard pressed to gamble on him.

Greg Olsen - - Continues to produce week-in, week-out. With Smith banged up, he could really be counted on this week and it certainly helps to be facing a struggling pass defense.
Ed Dickson - - Still not being targeted enough to consider him worthy of being used int he realm of fantasy football.

Graham Gano - - The offense has plenty of weapons and is coming off a strong performance prior to the bye week. Though they face a defense getting back a key weapon that can be tough at home.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense had a huge game last time out and could benefit this week from facing an offense that has struggled with turnovers, not to mention led by Mr. Pick Six himself (Although others are starting to push for that title).

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Carolina Panthers 23 - Chicago Bears 23


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints - Sunday 1:00pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Bobby Rainey - - He is still rarely touching the ball, so you should definitely move along and see who else is available.

Louis Murphy - - Not expected to see much action, so even with a great matchup, you probably don't want to reach this far.

Brandon Myers - - The atrocious Eagles pass defense could be just what the medicine man ordered to help get the Giants passing game going, even if it is only for one week. Definitely worth taking a shot on this week.



New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - Coming off another huge game and while the going will be tougher on the road this week, the Bears can be thrown on and you can bet Brees will keep it rolling.

Pierre Thomas - - His inconsistent role in the offense can be frustrating, although he continues to see plenty of short passes, so has more value in PPR leagues. Still would rather rely on a RB that is more involved in the offense, at least on a consistent basis.
Mark Ingram - - Still dealing with a toe injury and even if he can play, he really wasn't doing enough when healthy to consider him a viable fantasy option.

Marques Colston - - While he hasn't exactly been lighting it up, his numbers have been acceptable more often than not. Bears can be thrown on and with Moore nicked up, he could be counted on a little more.
Kenny Stills - - The rookie is starting to show some signs of life and a banged up Moore can only help his chances. Still hasn't been productive enough to merit starting him just yet, though he is starting to show up on the "keep an eye on me" radar.
Nick Toon - - Still hasn't done much during his NFL career, so I'd continue to forget about him.
Robert Meachem - - While he is capable of making a big play, he still is not involved in the offense enough to consider him for your fantasy team at the moment.

Jimmy Graham - - Continues to put up supercalifragil....ah forget it. He is freaking awesome. No need to think about the matchup or anything like that. Just start him and count your lucky stars.
Ben Watson - - Found the end zone last week, although he likely won't see enough action most weeks to really have any value.


New Orleans Saints - - The defense continues to play well and this week they face an offense that struggled to take care of the ball last week as Cutler reverted to his old self.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 27 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos - Sunday 4:05pm

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer - - After a big game to open the season, he has cooled off considerably and this week he draws a talented Panthers defense. While he has the weapons to produce, he is still learning a new offense and new teammates and facing a poor matchup this week, so may be a good time to shelf him.

Andre Ellington - - With Mendenhall struggling, he could see an increased role in the offense. Although he is not fully there yet and faces a good run defense this week, so it may be best to wait on him a little longer (Although his receiving skills give him some PPR value).

Larry Fitzgerald - - Coming off a nice performance and appears that his injury woes are behind him. A tough matchup won't exactly help his cause this week, but he is one of the most talented WRs in the league and Palmer has the skills to get him the ball.
Michael Floyd - - The youngster has shown some nice potential, although he is still dealing with consistency issues. Not the ideal matchup this week, so may not be the best week to plug him into your starting lineup.
Ted Ginn Jr. - - Holy cow, another receiving touchdown last time out. Maybe the Panthers will actually utilize him as a receiver, although I'd still like to see him be a little more involved before starting him, but he is at least on the radar now.

Robert Housler - - Just not getting the necessary targets from Palmer to consider him worthy of a spot on your fantasy team.

Jay Feely - - The offense has been inconsistent, but is capable of putting up points. They do face a good Panthers defense this week, although plying at home should help them at least get Feely some FG chances.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense has been average, although the return of Washington from suspension could be huge, although the Panthers offense has been pretty solid this season.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - Put down the crack pipe. Step away from the crack pipe. Good, now clear your head and think about it. Do you really want to sit Peyton "Freaking" Manning, especially against a defense he practiced against daily during his Indy days? Didn't think so. Glad you are thinking clearly now.

Montee Ball - - At the moment, the rookie appears to be at the bottom of the RB food chain. That could change as we go, but until he proves to be a worthy option, it may be best to explore other options.
Ronnie Hillman - - Has his moments and is pushing Ball at this time, although it appears that Moreno is option 1A. Faces a tough run defense this week, although with Manning running the show, he will get his chances to make plays.

Demaryius Thomas - - Coming off another huge game and has a great matchup to exploit this week. With Manning and the Broncos offense on such a role, just keep riding as many of them as you can.
Wes Welker - - Last week was another big week for Welker. No reason to think he won't keep it rolling, so just keep on plugging him into your starting lineup and enjoy the show.

Julius Thomas - - Has cooled off some, though last week was the first time all season he was held out of the end zone. With so many options for Manning to spread it to, there will be slow days for Thomas. Though he likely will have some huge days as well, so probably should keep running him out there every week in hopes of the monster game.

Matt Prater - - The offense should continue to light up the scoreboard, though maybe playing on the road they will be forced to settle for more FG attempts.

Denver Broncos - - The defense continues to make big plays, even though they are giving up a lot of points late, which hurts in some scoring systems. Romo has been known to make some stupid throws that can result in big plays for the defense.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Denver Broncos 41 - Arizona Cardinals 20


New York Jets at San Diego Chargers - Sunday 4:25pm

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - Continues to be up and down, although he does face a defense that can be thrown on and may need to play keep up. Having his top two WRs banged up and possibly out will not help the cause, especially on the road.
Michael Vick - - Was quiet last week, although the garbage the Giants call a defense could be just what the fantasy doctor ordered for Vick. Expect him to bounce back this week and put up some strong numbers.

Chris Johnson - - Still really hasn't gotten it going thus far (Has had moments though). Faces a good Chiefs defense this week, albeit one that has been susceptible to the run, which could help CJ2K's fantasy value.
Chris Ivory - - Dealing with a hamstring injury and Powell still appears to be the main man, so even if he can go, he likely won't see enough action to merit starting.
Bilal Powell - - Has shown some flashes, though this week could be a tough go because of the tough matchup and that the Jets may be forced to abandon the run early on.
Daryl Richardson - - Still dealing with that injured foot and supposedly will not start, though could play. Who knows how the RB situation will play out this week as it seems to change weekly. Too bad, since he has a great matchup to exploit, but probably best to just avoid the situation entirely. I would bet that at least one of the Ram RBs has a field day, just no clue which it could be.
Alex Green - - Even if Ivory is out again, he likely won't see enough action to consider him fantasy worthy.

Eric Decker - - Coming off a quiet game, though his five catches for 88 yards were still more than most WRs in the league last week. The Broncos offense is clicking too well and has too good a matchup to pass up any of the big three receivers.
Stephen Hill - - Dealing with a concussion and could be out this week. Does have a good matchup this week, so if you are in a bind and he has no limitations, you could roll the dice on him.
Jeremy Kerley - - With Holmes and Hill banged up and possibly out, he could benefit against a defense that can be thrown on. Plus the Jets may be in keep up mode, so does have some upside if you are in a pinch.
Jacoby Ford - - May have an occasional good week here or there, but it is probably a bad move to rely on him, even with a sweet matchup this week.

Zach Sudfeld - - Not involved in the offense as a receiver, so even if Gronk is unable to return this week, the rookie is not worth taking a chance on.

Nick Folk - - The way the offense is currently struggling and playing in a hostile environment with a young QB, it may be best to find a safer option at kicker.

New York Jets - - The defense has been solid at times, though a little up and down. This week they face a strong offense that typically limits mistakes, so could be a long night for the Jets defense.

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Has been a late round steal for many owners (Heck a waiver wire pickup for some). Looks like he has found his old form and is rolling. Another nice matchup this week could allow him to keep it going.

Ryan Mathews - - Still waiting for him to get it together, though facing the struggling Raiders run defense could be just what the fantasy doctor ordered.
Danny Woodhead - - Coming off a huge game and could see his role expand as the season progresses. A favorable matchup this week could allow him to merit a start this week, especially in PPR leagues. Still has risk in case the Chargers play ahead much of the game and run it early and often.
Donald Brown - - Had one big 50 yard run last week, but if you take that away, he would have had no fantasy value. Even if Bradshaw is out again this week, he is too large a gamble to take considering his limited upside.

Keenan Allen - - The rookie is coming off a nice performance and with Floyd lost for the year, he could become a producer, down the line. At this time, he is probably not ready to help your fantasy team.
Malcom Floyd - - His season is officially over thanks to that neck injury. No use keeping him on your roster in hopes he could return.
Eddie Royal - - Another quiet week, so the love affair he had with many owners could be over. A solid matchup this week could help his cause, though he is back to being a spot starter with some upside. Hopefully he can change that and get back on track.
Vincent Brown - - Caught a lot of balls last week and maybe he will start to turn it on now. I'd still like to see a little more production from him before anointing him ready for the fantasy football world.

Antonio Gates - - Coming off a huge game as he continues to bounce back and make those owners happy that took a chance on him late. Another splendid matchup this week should allow him to keep on trucking.

Nick Novak - - The offense should be able to exploit the Raiders struggling defense and get Novak plenty of scoring chances and maybe since the game is being played on the road, most will be of the FG variety.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense has been a very poor fantasy producer, although this week they could benefit from facing a Raiders offense that has struggled to find themselves and protecting the ball.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 27 - New York Jets 10


Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers - Sunday 4:25pm

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Continues to quietly be an effective fantasy option, although likely won't put up many big games. This week could be a tough one as they take to the road to face a vastly improved Titans defense.

Jamaal Charles - - Coming off another big game and should continue to be quite busy in the Andy Reid offense. Does face a surprisingly good Titans defense this week, though he is a stud that can light up any defense any week. Don't over think it, just start him.
Knile Davis - - Still just a handcuff to Charles, even though he could get some touches here and there.

Dwayne Bowe - - Found the end zone last week and maybe that will help him get going. Not the ideal matchup this week though and since he is still struggling to get on the same page as Smith, you may want to consider other options (Assuming you have other good ones).
Donnie Avery - - Was quiet last week as it seems every week a different Chiefs receiver steps up. Facing a good Titans defense on the road is not exactly a recipe for success, so probably best to consider your other options this week.
A.J. Jenkins - - Still not involved in the offense enough to consider him for your fantasy squad, so you should continue to forget about him.
Kyle Williams - - Between the limited looks from Kaepernick and the brutal matchup this week, it would be a smart move to find yourself another option at WR.

Anthony Fasano - - Still dealing with injuries and really hasn't done enough with the Chiefs to consider him fantasy worthy.
Travis Kelce - - Still dealing with a knee injury, though he is getting closer.
Sean McGrath - - Coming off a good game and looks like he could surprise. Still would like to see him produce a little more before starting him, especially with an iffy matchup this week. Certainly could surprise though.

Ryan Succop - - A good Titans defense could force the Chiefs to rely on the leg of Succop heavily this week.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense continues to really dominate and this week they face an offense that is being forced to flip to its No. 2 QB, although Fitzpatrick is a proven QB, though one who has struggled with turnovers at times.

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Tossed a couple touchdown passes last week, though was pedestrian besides that (Although to his credit, he didn't need to do any more). Still trying to get rolling in 2013 and that could be tough this week against the league's top ranked pass defense. Maybe he will tuck it and run a little more which could turn him into a strong starting option. Key word, could!
Blaine Gabbert - - The return of Blackmon can't hurt, but he has so far to go before he is a valid fantasy threat, that there is no reason whatsoever that you should be starting him.

Frank Gore - - Coming off a huge game, albeit against a horrid run defense. This week he faces a good Texans defense, though one that has had issues against the run. Passing could be tough this week, so Gore could be forced to carry the load this week, making him a fine fantasy option.
Kendall Hunter - - Found the end zone last week, though this game will likely be much tighter, limiting his touches and making him a poor fantasy option.
LaMichael James - - Voicing his frustration for his lack of a role in the offense. Until he proves to be worthy, continue to forget about him.

Anquan Boldin - - Coming off a good game again, to help get back on track. Has been a little hit or miss as he gets used to his still new squad. A tough matchup this week won't help, though somebody has to catch some passes, might as well be Boldin.
Stevie Johnson - - Dealing with a tweaked hamstring and was shutdown last week. This week he faces a tough Browns pass defense and likely will see plenty of Joe Haden, who continues to play well against top receivers.

Vernon Davis - - Found the end zone last week, though he hasn't been targeted as much as I would like. A tough matchup this week won't help his value, though he is still capable of finding the end zone another time.

Phil Dawson - - The offense has the weapons to move the ball, but a battle of top defenses could come down to the leg of the kickers. Still having a little issues with his accuracy, so he better get that issue worked out.

San Francisco 49ers - - The defense has plenty of weapons, even though they are missing some key components. Could benefit from facing a QB that has struggled with some decisions and made some huge mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 23 - Kansas City Chiefs 19


Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots - Sunday 8:30pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - Coming off a tough game and appears to be regressing this season. Likely will have to throw it more this week to play keep up with Brady and when you have A.J. Green, good things can happen (Assuming they can get back on the same page).

Giovani Bernard - - His role continues to increase as he appears to now be the much better RB option. Not a bad matchup this week and his receiving skills could come in handy.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - - Another week, another cut into his touches. At this point, Bernard appears to be the much better option and while he could still punch one into the end zone, it is probably best to only use him if you are really in a pickle.

A.J. Green - - Caught his share of passes last week against Haden, but was not a huge producer. Has an easier matchup this week, though it appears that he and Dalton are just not on the same page. Dalton will likely continue to try and force the ball his way often though and the Bengals likely will need to play keep up, which should help him get back on track.
Marvin Jones - - While he is capable of making a big play, the looks he gets from the struggling Dalton are just too rare to merit taking a chance on him.
Mohamed Sanu - - Was quiet last week, although he is more than capable of making some big plays and does have a decent matchup this week. Still would prefer to rely on a starter on an offense that is clicking and not still trying to get it going.
Dane Sanzenbacher - - His role in the offense is way, way, way too small to consider him for your fantasy team.

Jermaine Gresham - - Still not exactly lighting it up as Eifert seems to steal just enough action to limit his upside. A solid matchup this week could help his cause, though still would be nice to start a more consistent and productive option.
Tyler Eifert - - The rookie has made some nice plays, although the problem has been there have just been too few of them to merit taking a chance on him. Maybe as the season progresses, the Bengals will figure out how to get him more involved in the passing game.

Mike Nugent - - The offense is coming off a tough game, though they return home this week to face an average defense (Who lost a key cog). With the offense still trying to find itself, they could be forced to settle for a few FGs this week.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense has a talented d-line, but the banged up secondary will not help against the veteran Brady, even with a banged up receiving corps.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Hopes to get at least one of his weapons back this week, though that may not happen (And he may actually be done another). But at least he is starting to get comfortable with his new receivers. Faces a banged up secondary, which Brady is more than capable of feasting upon.

Stevan Ridley - - Showed some life last week and the Patriots have had success running the ball. The issue has been, who will produce any given week. Against a good Bengals run defense, it may not be a bad idea to play it safe and look at other options.
Brandon Bolden - - Is a capable receiving threat and can make a big play. But hard to rely on a RB that is part of a three-headed RB by committee and faces a good defense on the road in Week Five.

Julian Edelman - - Was quiet early last week, then came on and put up solid PPR numbers. Should continue to see plenty of looks against a banged up secondary.
Aaron Dobson - - Suffered a back/neck injury last week, though all appears to be alright. His status for this week is still up in the air and since he has been inconsistent, it may be best to play it safe and rest him this week.
Danny Amendola - - Hopes to return from that injured groin this week. Bengals banged up secondary could allow him to step it up, though you have to wonder if he will be limited or rusty. May be best to let him get his feet wet before using him (And my gut actually thinks he sits out one more game).
Brandon LaFell - - Found the end zone twice in Week Three, although he continues to be very unpredictable. One week he can be huge and the next, not so much. A banged up Smith could help his cause, as could the favorable matchup, so could be worth betting on this week if you are in a pinch.
Josh Boyce - - Just not expected to be involved in the passing game enough to merit reaching this deep in the cookie jar.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - The rookie returns back to his college stomping grounds to face a banged up secondary. With the receiving corps still dinged up, he could continue to be heavily involved in the offense. Plenty of upside this week, so I'd strongly consider giving him a start this week.

Rob Gronkowski - - Still looks like he will not be ready to go this week. If somehow he is, he certainly merits a start considering the Bengals struggles against the TE. My gut says he is out at least one more week.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The offense should be able to move the ball on the banged up Bengals defense and get him plenty of scoring chances. Playing on the road against a good defense could make it tough to finish drives though.

New England Patriots - - They have play makers (Though the loss of Wilfork hurts), although they have not been as opportunistic as they have in previous seasons. This week they face a QB that has struggled to hold on to the ball, so they could get a couple chances to capitalize.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: New England Patriots 27 - Cincinnati Bengals 23


Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins - Monday 8:30pm

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - Really hasn't lived up to his fantasy hype thus far, though he is capable of lighting it up any week. Though this week he faces a good Colts pass defense, so may not air it out much (Still could toss some TDs though, so not a bad option).
Terrelle Pryor - - Back from a concussion this week and faces a great matchup at home. Thus he has some nice upside, but is there any concern he may run it less this week since he is returning from a head injury? Good upside if you need to roll the dice on a QB.

Marshawn Lynch - - Expect another busy week for Lynch as the Colts have been pretty tough to throw on and not so much against the run. Thus expect the Seahawks to engage Beast Mode and unleash him on the Colts defense.
Robert Turbin - - Pretty much the same as every week this season, still nothing more than a potential handcuff to Lynch (And he may struggle to hold off Michael if it were to come down to that, which we all hope it does not).

Doug Baldwin - - With an iffy matchup and having been very inconsistent, it may be best to play it safe and explore other options.
Jermaine Kearse - - More likely to get you a goose egg than anything good, though he will have a rare good game. Not the ideal matchup this week, so definitely not in your best interests to roll the dice this week.
Sidney Rice - - Has the talent to produce this week and get the job done. Not the ideal matchup and you just never know what you could get from week-to-week.

Zach Miller - - After a big game in Week Three, he struggled mightily last week. The Seahawks passing game continues to be frustrating, at least from a receiver standpoint and this week they face a Colts pass defense that has been up to the task thus far.

Steven Hauschka - - The Colts defense is improved from last season and has been tough to throw on. But the Seahawks should be able to move the ball, though it could be tough to finish drives on the road, so he may need to come up clutch again this week.

Seattle Seahawks - - The defense continues to dominate, though this week they face a good Colts offense that typically does a good job of limiting mistakes (Though they have let Luck deal with a good deal of pressure).

Washington Redskins



DeSean Jackson - - Another quiet week last week, but his upside is almost too good to pass up. This week he faces a struggling Giants defense, so that could certainly help him get back on track and into your good graces again.
Andre Roberts - - Has shown some flashes, although he is probably the 3rd option in the passing game most weeks, making him a risky option, especially against a decent Panthers pass defense.




Favorite: Even
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 23 - Washington Redskins
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