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

Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater - - Talk about starting your NFL career in style. He is dealing with a sprained ankle, so watch his status closely, but hard to not at least think about him after last week's performance. But if he can go, you have to wonder if he could be limited and prone to re-injury, so may be wise to play it safe and sit him out this week. I could see him being a solid option though.
Christian Ponder - - Could start if Bridgewater can't go, but I can't imagine relying on him to lead your team, especially on the road against a good pass defense.

Matt Asiata - - Coming off a huge game with three touchdowns, though his value appears to be tied to the end zone (Since McKinnon is proving himself worthy of a time share), so that makes him a risky option. This week he faces a Packers defense that has struggled against the run, so that could help his cause.
Jerick McKinnon - - Coming off a big game, though Asiata snagged the touchdowns. A good matchup this week could help his cause, though still a gamble since he is splitting touches with Asiata, at best.

Cordarrelle Patterson - - Another quiet game as he just isn't being used as much as he should (At least in my opinion). Tough matchup this week, though he can bust one at any time, so has a ton of upside. But becoming a bigger risk every week, so if you have other options, may be time to look at them.
Greg Jennings - - Dealing with a QB change and facing his former team didn't pay off last season. Packers have a pretty solid pass defense, so may not be the best week for him.
Jarius Wright - - Coming off a huge game as he was heavily targeted by Bridgewater. I'd like him to prove this wasn't an anomaly before starting him, but maybe he has become quite familiar with Bridgewater running the 2nd team. My guess is as Teddy gets more comfortable with his other weapons, Wright will struggle most of the time. But he could be a boom or bust pick. Faces a good pass defense this week, but if you are in a bind, maybe he could help out.

Kyle Rudolph - - Still out for many weeks with that injured groin, so forget about him.
Rhett Ellison - - He is just not involved in the passing game much, so I'd continue to forget about relying on him.

Blair Walsh - - The offense is coming off a big game, so maybe they are finding themselves, although the Falcons defense is pretty bad. We shall see what the future brings. If the Vikings offense can keep going, it could struggle to finish drives this week and make a busy day for Walsh.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense has shown some flashes, but this week they will have their hands full as they take to the road to face a talented Packers offense that is coming off a monster week.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - Coming off a huge game and he returns home this week to face an average defense, one he has had plenty of success against in the past.

Eddie Lacy - - Still not the best game last week, but he found the end zone to salvage a solid outing. A good matchup this week should help his cause, though really would be nice if he can start living up to his lofty expectations.
James Starks - - He played one snap last week and didn't touch the ball. So looks like Lacy is the guy, though that is about the time Starks will step up. But after last week, no way I'd consider starting him.
John Kuhn - - Can find the end zone any week, but is a touchdown or nothing, so should only be started in cases of extreme emergency.

Jordy Nelson - - Coming off another big game as he continues to roll and faces a defense that he destroyed last season in the matchup that Rodgers was under center. Continues to be too hot to even consider sitting, so keep on riding and enjoy the ride.
Randall Cobb - - Coming off a big game as he showed that big play ability. A solid matchup makes him a strong starting option as usual.
Jarrett Boykin - - Was inactive last week with injuries and expected to miss again this week.
Davante Adams - - The rookie has shown some flashes, but still not involved quite enough in the offense to merit starting him. If you are really in a bind with limited options, you could take a chance on him since he has Aaron Freaking Rodgers throwing him the ball.

Andrew Quarless - - Was back to quiet last week as he continues to be a guy that really isn't worth the trouble.
Richard Rodgers - - The rookie caught the first two balls of his NFL career last week. Hmmm...Yeah need to see a lot more production before considering him fantasy worthy.

Mason Crosby - - The offense should be able to move the ball on the iffy Vikings defense, which should allow Crosby to get his share of scoring chances.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense is coming off a solid game against a good offense and this week they face an offense that is undergoing changes, albeit coming off a big week. The may be facing a rookie QB, which could help their cause this week.

Favorite: Green Bay Packers by 9
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 27 - Minnesota Vikings 20


Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Continues to look good and with a great matchup this week and possibly having to keep up with Luck and his NBA Jam "He's on Fire" mode, he could be in for a great game again this week.

Bernard Pierce - - Still dealing with a quad injury, though hopes to return this week. The million dollar question is, did Forsett and Taliashire, Taliefaraway, Taliaferro, yeah that's it, make it tough for him to get back in the mix. There is fantasy value to be found with the Baltimore RBs, the question is how it all plays out. May be best to watch and learn if you have that option.
Justin Forsett - - Continues to produce and honestly, if I had to pick one of the three to start, he is probably my choice for now. Really a mess at the moment and all are risky.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - - The rookie continues to flash potential and it will be hard to keep him off the field. Long-term potential looks good, though the short-term, who knows. Boom or bust option.

Steve Smith - - Really brought it against his former team and continues to be on a huge tear. A great matchup this week should help his cause and since he is on fire, you need to keep on riding him.
Torrey Smith - - He found the end zone last week, so that helps, but the other Smith continues to be the main man. Maybe defenses will continue to adjust and Flacco will go back to using him a little more. With a nice matchup this week, he is probably worth taking a chance on if you need him.
Jacoby Jones - - Still not being used much on offense and appears that Brown continues to be the better option (And he really isn't a good option either).
Marlon Brown - - Still not being used enough to merit starting him, even with a solid matchup this week. He can certainly slip through the cracks and score any week, but is more likely to get you too little production.

Owen Daniels - - Cooled off last week, but still getting plenty of looks and with a good matchup this week, he should be a nice option if you need his services.

Justin Tucker - - Never hurts to have a kicker that may be involved in a potential shootout. Helps that the Ravens offense has been on a nice roll and they face an iffy defense.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense has had some good moments, but this week they will have their hands full against a QB and offense that has been crazy hot, so could be in for a long day.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Continues to be on fire and faces a Ravens defense that has had some issues defending the pass, so should be able to keep rolling this week. Keep on riding arguably the fantasy football MVP at this point.

Trent Richardson - - Coming off a good game as he has started to get it going. Faces a good run defense, but his receiving skills have come in handy lately, which should help his cause.
Ahmad Bradshaw - - While he was in a walking boot Sunday, it was probably more precautionary, but watch his status closely. Should continue to get his touches. Not the best matchup, although he can give them fits as a receiver.

T.Y. Hilton - - Coming off another solid game and with a good matchup this week, might as well keep riding the rolling Colts offense.
Reggie Wayne - - That's more like it Mr. Wayne. Glad to see he finally really busted out. Faces a pass defense that has had some issues, so might as well keep on riding him.
Hakeem Nicks - - Still not consistently productive enough to merit starting him, although he does have a good enough matchup that he could help your cause.
Donte Moncrief - - The rookie is still not being used much, so I'd continue to forget about relying on him.

Dwayne Allen - - Luck is really spreading the wealth, but both tight ends found the end zone last week. A good matchup helps, but with Luck distributing the wealth, he may not have the upside to make him an ideal option. But still a guy that can be a productive member of the fantasy world.
Coby Fleener - - Like Allen, he can get it done any week, but he may not have many big days and will have some giant stinkers. So you can do worse than him, but there are plenty of better options out there.

Adam Vinatieri - - A solid Ravens defense could slow down the Colts offense enough to force them to settle for some FG attempts, but likely won't be able to slow them down too much.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense has picked it up of late, although this week they face a solid Ravens offense that typically doesn't beat themselves, which will limit their upside.

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 3.5
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 34 - Baltimore Ravens 27


Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans - Sunday 1:00pm

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer - - Has shown some flashes and facing a Titans defense that was just decimated by the Colts last week. Though this offense isn't going to be confused with Indy and who knows if they will unleash Johnny Football a tad more this week (My gut says no). Just too much risk to consider starting him unless you are really in a bind.

Ben Tate - - Hopes to return from injured knee this week, though his status is up in the air. If he is healthy, he should see decent touches, though Crowell likely earned touches and West probably to a lesser degree.
Isaiah Crowell - - Has been rolling and has a good matchup this week. Though the possible return of Tate could cut into his touches, though hard to keep him down the way he has been playing. Probably the safest of the three, but may not be a bad idea to see how the situation plays out. If Tate is out, you may even consider giving him a little bump up.
Terrance West - - Sounds like he will fall to the 3rd option if Tate is back this week. If not, he could have some decent value this week against a Titans defense that has had issues stopping the run.

Andrew Hawkins - - The Titans pass defense has a good ranking, even though they were lit up by the Colts last week. Hawkins has been the best option for the Browns and likely will continue to get his touches, so has good upside again this week.
Miles Austin - - Had a nice game prior to the bye week, so maybe he is finally ready to turn the corner. Not the ideal matchup and it would be mice to see him produce again, assuming you aren't this desperate for WR help.
Taylor Gabriel - - The rookie is still not involved in the offense enough to consider him a viable starting option, even though he has shown some flashes.
Travis Benjamin - - Can make big plays, though with an iffy matchup and being a boom or bust option, it may be best to look elsewhere for WR help.

Jordan Cameron - - The bye should have given his shoulder some much needed rest and hopefully he is ready to start living up to his hype. Not the ideal matchup, but when he is on, he is tough cover, so has plenty of upside this week.

Billy Cundiff - - The offense has been decent and has a solid matchup this week. Finding the end zone on the road could be tough, which could lead to a busy day for Cundiff.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense has plenty of weapons, but has been a little slow out of the gate. Though on the plus side, they face an offense that is still struggling to find itself and dealing with QB injury woes, so definitely could turn into a nice option this week.

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - Hopes to return from that injured wrist this week and while the Browns have had some issues against the pass, they were facing some solid pass offenses, which the Titans are not. So hard to rely on him coming off injury.
Charlie Whitehurst - - Could start if Locker were out, but it was ugly last week, so I'd stay far away.
Zach Mettenberger - - the rookie could be pressed into action this week if Locker is not ready, but why reach this far for QB help?

Shonn Greene - - Honestly have no clue how the RB situation will play out this week. A good matchup helps his cause, so he has upside if you really need to gamble on him.
Bishop Sankey - - The rookie continues to improve and is expected to see his role continue to increase. With a good matchup this week, maybe he is worth taking a chance on, though definitely a gamble since who knows how big a role Greene will have this week. Might be worth the risk this week if you are really in a pinch.
Dexter McCluster - - With Sankey seeing a little more action, he will likely see less action, making him a poor starting option.

Kendall Wright - - While he may be the WR with the most upside, he could also see the most Haden time (Although Haden has had some issues at times). Hard to trust the Titans passing attack.
Nate Washington - - He just can't consistently get the job done, so I'd be hard pressed to rely on him as a fantasy starter.
Justin Hunter - - While he can find the end zone any week, still hard to rely on him as a starting option, even against a pass defense that has struggled out of the gate.

Delanie Walker - - The only real consistent threat at receiver for the Titans and faces a defense that has had some issues against the pass, so should be a worthy option this week, though the QB woes don't help his cause.

Ryan Succop - - The offense is just not producing enough to consider him a safe option, so may be best to explore other avenues (Even though if the offense can get to the Browns, he could be key).

Tennessee Titans - - The defense has cooled off since a nice Week One performance, though facing a Browns offense that is not exactly lighting it up, so they could surprise.

Favorite: Tennessee Titans by 2
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 20 - Tennessee Titans 16


Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday 1:00pm

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Coming off a huge game and this week he faces a bad Jaguars defense, which should give him a good chance to keep it rolling.

Le'Veon Bell - - Even though he had a down game last week, he still went over 100 combined yards. This week he should be able to explode against one of the league's worst defenses, so if you had any doubts for some reason, forget about them and just start him.
LeGarrette Blount - - His value is heavily keyed to touchdowns, so he is always a risky option. That being said, this week he faces a horrid Jaguars defense, so could get a crack or two at the end zone and if the Steelers can get a big lead, he could be busy late. Nice upside this week, although still not exactly a safe option.

Antonio Brown - - Coming off another big game as he continues to tear it up. Another excellent matchup this week, so don't fret, just plug him in and enjoy the results.
Markus Wheaton - - Was decent last week, though this week he has a great matchup, so if you need to run with him, probably worth giving him a shot.
Justin Brown - - Just not targeted near enough to merit starting him, no matter how exceptional the matchup may be.
Lance Moore - - In the same boat as Brown, so continue to forget about using him.

Heath Miller - - Coming off a huge game and with a juicy matchup this week, he is definitely a guy worth running out there again. He can be a little hit or miss since his value is often tied to touchdowns, but the matchup makes it worthwhile this week.

Shaun Suisham - - The offense is coming off a solid performance and this week they face a struggling defense, so should have plenty of success. Though playing on the road could make it a little tougher to score, resulting in some FG attempts.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense hasn't quite lived up to their potential, although they have had some good moments. This week they could benefit from facing a rookie QB that is making only his 2nd start, so that could allow them to shine this week (Although this isn't your typical Steelers defense).

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - - The rookie did some good things last week and can do some things with his legs as well. Steelers pass defense has been iffy, though expect some growing pains. Wouldn't be surprised if Bortles put up some solid numbers, but I'd prefer to sit him and let him get some experience before relying on him.

Toby Gerhart - - Robinson continues to steal touches, but he did find the end zone last week. Still hard to rely on him considering he has done little thus far.
Denard Robinson - - Has been coming on, but still in a time share, so probably not the ideal fantasy option, unless you are up the creek without a paddle.
Jordan Todman - - Move along as he just isn't seeing much action and has no fantasy value whatsoever.

Cecil Shorts - - Injured again and likely will be out this week thanks to that hamstring. Even if he can go, it may be best to pass and let him fully recover.
Allen Robinson - - The rookie has shown flashes and again the Jaguars may have to throw it late, which could allow him to be a pleasant surprise. Though you probably need to be in a bind to truly consider starting him.
Allen Hurns - - The rookie has had some nice games, but like many rookies, he has been hit and miss. Not a bad matchup this week and the Jaguars may be airing it out late this week, so has some nice upside.
Marqise Lee - - May be able to play this week, though that hamstring is still a factor. Even if he can go, he is probably too far behind the curve to consider starting him.
Ace Sanders - - Back from suspension and could be counted on to step up with the offense mainly relying on rookie WRs. But learning a new QB, so I'd probably take a wait and see approach with him.
Mike Brown - - May get a bone here and there, especially considering the injuries, but I'd still strongly advise against starting him.

Clay Harbor - - Coming off a big game as the young signal caller leaned on his tight end. Not a bad matchup and with the Jaguars heavy reliance on rookie WRs, he could be a key to the offense again this week, giving him a good deal of upside.

Josh Scobee - - The offense is relying on a lot of rookies, so there will be growing pains. Facing a defense that hasn't quite gotten it done, but one that is capable of making it tough on them.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defense just isn't getting it done and facing an offense with plenty of weapons, although playing them at home could help some. Still would prefer to explore other options.

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 6.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 - Jacksonville Jaguars 17


Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 1:00pm

Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - - While he hasn't exactly been lighting it up, he has had some good times. This week he has an excellent matchup (Although the Cowboys defense is showing signs of life).

Arian Foster - - He was quiet last week, though clearly was still battling that injured hamstring. If he is a go this week, the matchup gives him a ton of upside, so should be in the lineup, but watch his status closely.
Alfred Blue - - Still only a guy worth starting if Foster is out, which doesn't sound likely this week. If Foster can't go, upgrade him to at least a 3 football option (borderline 4 football) and consider him a good gamble this week.

Andre Johnson - - Left briefly with an injured ankle last week, but expected to be fine. A good matchup this week will give him a chance to put up some strong numbers this week.
DeAndre Hopkins - - Coming off a nice game and has a good matchup this week. Still would be nice for Fitzpatrick to step up his game to help Hopkins take his game to the next level.
Damaris Johnson - - Rarely targeted, so continue to forget about using him.

Garrett Graham - - Still waiting for him to get it together this season. This week's matchup could be what jump starts him, so if you are in a bind, he could be worth a gamble.

Randy Bullock - - The Cowboys defense is coming off a nice game and could make it tough for the Texans to finish drives, which could mean a busy day for Bullock.

Houston Texans - - Three words, J.J. Watt. He is a beast and can make huge plays any week. They will have their hands full against a revamped Cowboys offense that has been taking better care of the ball. Though if you can get to Romo, he can still revert and do some stupid stuff, so they do have plenty of upside.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - He hasn't been asked to throw it as much of late and facing a solid pass defense this week. Should be another week of a heavy run game, though he certainly has the weapons to be a strong option, so I would certainly not be afraid to rely on him.

DeMarco Murray - - He continues to be incredible, so continue to ride him hard. The Texans have had some issues against the run, which should play right into the Cowboys hands.
Lance Dunbar - - His role in the offense is way too small to give him any fantasy value.
Joseph Randle - - Still nothing but a handcuff to Murray, so forget about him again.

Dez Bryant - - Was quiet last week, but at least he found the end zone late. He can go off against any defense, though the Cowboys have been running it more. But that can help open up Dez for more touchdowns, so still a guy that should be started weekly.
Terrance Williams - - Coming off a huge game with a pair of touchdowns, though Dez will typically be the main man. So days like last week will be pretty rare, but nice to know he is capable. Not a bad matchup, so a guy that should be worth taking a chance on if you need him.
Cole Beasley - - While he may have a good game here and there, for the most part, he will struggle to do much of anything.
Devin Street - - The rookie is still nowhere to be found, so continue to forget about him.
Dwayne Harris - - Like Beasley and Street, he is still not seeing enough action to consider him worth taking a chance on.

Jason Witten - - Was decent last week, though we are still waiting for him to to find the end zone and to produce like he has in previous years. Not a bad matchup and he has the talent to go off any week. Though the new Cowboys run more offense isn't helping his cause.

Dan Bailey - - The offense has really come on as the running game has been practically unstoppable. The Texans have the weapons on defense to force the Cowboys to settle for FG attempts this week, so Bailey could be in for a big day.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense has really stepped it up lately and this week they could benefit from facing an offense that has been inconsistent and led by a QB that has dealt with turnover issues.

Favorite: Dallas Cowboys by 4
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 26 - Houston Texans 20


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

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Continues to light it up and while the Giants defense was good last week, most of the season they have struggled against the pass, which is what the Falcons do best. Keep on riding Ryan.

Steven Jackson - - The Falcons are suddenly employing a monster RB by commitee. S-Jax likely will get the most carries, but still hard to rely on a guy that is losing touches to three other RBs. Add in the iffy matchup this week and it is probably wise to explore other avenues. Probably the best bet of the group if you really need one.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - Mainly used as a receiver and with three other guys in the mix, he is probably not a guy worth relying on.
Antone Smith - - Has shown he can bust a big play, but still hard to rely on a RB that is only touching the ball a handful of times. Just way too much risk for limited upside (If he misses the end zone, you are probably hosed).
Devonta Freeman - - The rookie is just dealing with too many cooks in the kitchen, so I'd continue to hold off on using him.

Julio Jones - - Cooled off last week, at least for him. Should be able to bounce back against an iffy Giants pass defense. He should be started every week, no questions asked.
Roddy White - - Coming off a nice game as he continues to get healthier. A good matchup this week should help him keep it going.
Harry Douglas - - Dealing with a foot injury, but the biggest issue with him is all the other weapons available to Ryan. Even when he is 100%, he is a risky option. When he is banged up, you probably want to stay far away from him.
Devin Hester - - With Douglas out last week, he got a chance to step up and see more actions. Who knows how much action he sees if Douglas plays, but he can bust one on any touch, so could be a guy worth gambling on if you are in a bind.

Levine Toilolo - - Still not being used near enough to consider him much of a a fantasy threat.

Matt Bryant - - The Giants defense stepped up last week, so maybe they will force the Falcons to settle for some FG attempts this week.

Atlanta Falcons - - After a huge performance in Week Three, they were downright putrid last week. Face a Giants offense coming off a great performance, although one that has had some issues, so they have some upside. But after last week, I'm a little more gun shy about them.

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Coming off a huge game as he is starting to get rid of the ball quicker. A great matchup this week will give him a chance to be a strong option again this week. I was close to making him a five football option, but his recent couple seasons scared me off of that. Though I could certainly see him putting up big numbers again.

Rashad Jennings - - While the passing game lit it up last week, he was semi-quiet. But you can bet he will again be quite busy and against a bad Falcons defense, he will have a chance to put up big numbers this week.
Andre Williams - - The rookie put up nice numbers last week, but most of his damage was done in garbage time, which may not be there this week. So I'd prefer to look for a more reliable option for your starting lineup.

Victor Cruz - - Has come on after a slow start to the season as he has adjusted to the short passes and taking off. A great matchup this week should give him a ton of upside this week and give him a good chance to eclipse 100 yards and hopefully find the end zone.
Rueben Randle - - Coming off a big game as the offense is starting to find its groove again. A great matchup this week gives hiom more than enough upside to consider him for your starting lineup.
Preston Parker - - Just not being used enough to merit starting him, especially with Beckham poised to make his debut, which could cut into his limited touches.
Odell Beckham - - The rookie could finally make his debut this week, but he will likely have a lot of catching up to do, so I wouldn't consider him fantasy worthy at this time.

Larry Donnell - - Coming off a monster game as the fantasy world was introduced to Mr. Donnell. He may never have a game like last week again, but Manning trusts him and with a great matchup this week, he is certainly worth starting this week.
Daniel Fells - - Has his moments, but Donnell has emerged as the go to TE, which likely will limit the chances for Fells.

Josh Brown - - The offense has stepped it up the last couple games and face a Falcons defense that has been downright horrible. So expect the Giants to be able to light up the scoreboard this week and get him plenty of scoring chances.

New York Giants - - The defense is coming off a good week, but they will have their hands full this week against a very talented Falcons offense, so likely will not repeat last week's performance.

Favorite: New York Giants by 4
Prediction: New York Giants 30 - Atlanta Falcons 27


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

Saint Louis Rams

Austin Davis - - He did enough in limited action to be named the starting QB even when Hill is healthy. He does have a good matchup, so could be a pleasant surprise. Still would prefer to lean on a more proven QB though.
Shaun Hill - - Even if he is healthy this week, Davis has taken over the starting job for the forseeable future.

Zac Stacy - - Really good matchup this week, but with Cunningham pushing him for touches, he has more risk. But I like his upside this week and would consider him a nice starting option. I had him as a four football option, but Cunningham scared me down to a three (So consider him a 3+).
Benny Cunningham - - Has gotten some decent touches and with a good matchup this week, he could certainly surprise and be a productive option. Still hard to rely on the Rams 2nd option in the running game, even with his receiving skills. Though coming out of the bye, he could certainly see even more touches, who knows.

Brian Quick - - Has been the only consistent fantasy threat for the Rams and with a good matchup this week, he certainly is a guy that deserves a shot as a starter.
Kenny Britt - - Wasn't bad against the Cowboys and does have a good matchup this week, so he certainly could surprise. Still would like to see a little more production from him before I consider him ready to be a starter.
Tavon Austin - - Still dealing with the injured knee and even if he can go, who knows how much he will actually get used. Probably not enough if history is any indication.
Chris Givens - - May have his moments on occasion, but way too all or nothing to consider him worth taking a chance on, even with a good matchup.
Stedman Bailey - - The bye may help him get ready after coming back from suspension in Week Three. Still want to see him prove his worth before I consider him fantasy ready.
Austin Pettis - - Found the end zone prior to the bye, but still so many receivers and only Quick has shown any consistency, so he'd be the only guy I'd consider starting at this time.

Jared Cook - - Coming off a nice game as Davis liked to use the tight ends (Although who knows who starts this week). A good matchup probably makes him worth rolling the dice on if you need TE help.
Lance Kendricks - - Davis got both tight ends involved in the offense and with a good matchup, they could surprise. Cook is probably the safer option though.

Greg Zuerlein - - The offense was big prior to the break and face another struggling defense this week, so could get his share of scoring chances this week. Still risky since the offense isn't exactly a juggernaut.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense has weapons, but struggled out of the gate. Facing a good offense this week, but one with a decimated offensive line, which could be huge for the Rams fearsome pass rush.

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles - - A depleted o-line has made his life tough and while he gets back a key piece this week in Lane Johnson, he could see plenty of pressure this week from a good Rams pass rush. May hand it off more this week to exploit the bad run defense. Still with the offense he runs, can go off any week, so you should stick with him this week, unless you have a really great matchup at QB to exploit.

LeSean McCoy - - This should be the week he finally lives up to his potential. Rams have been horrible against the run and the Eagles get at least one piece of the o-line back. Still worried about the o-line, but the threat of the pass will also help open up running lanes, so he should finally bust out this week, knock on wood.
Darren Sproles - - Was quiet last week, like the rest of the offense, but should get a chance to make plays this week. Faces a good pass defense this week, though he could do some damage with carries.

Jeremy Maclin - - Has been pretty big all season, though cooled off some last week. This week he faces a tough pass defense, so is a riskier option this week. But I wouldn't be scared to use him since he has been playing so well this season.
Riley Cooper - - Had a Cooper sighting last week, at least a partial one. Still waiting for him to return to 2013 form, though Matthews won't make it easy on him. With a tough matchup this week, it is probably best to pass on him this week.
Jordan Matthews - - After a big game in Week Three, he cooled back off as Cooper stepped back up. Rams are tough to throw on, so may be best to wait for him to show some consistent production.
Brad Smith - - Move along please, no value to be found here.

Zach Ertz - - Against a good pass defense, he could come in handy as he will be a tough matchup for the defense, so probably worth running out there.
Brent Celek - - Can find the end zone any week, else he will struggle to produce. So probably not the ideal starting option for your squad.

Cody Parkey - - A good Rams defense could make touchdowns hard to come by and result in a big day for Parkey.

Philadelphia Eagles - - Coming off a huge week against a team that limits mistakes and this week they face an offense that is still a work in progress, at home to boot. So have some nice upside this week.

Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 7
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 26 - Saint Louis Rams 16


Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions - Sunday 1:00pm

Buffalo Bills

Kyle Orton - - Takes over as the starting QB and is rewarded by going on the road to face one of the league's top pass defenses. Good luck with that.
E.J. Manuel - - Been sent to the bench and who knows if/when the youngster will get another shot.

C.J. Spiller - - With a tough matchup this week, it may be a good time to explore other options. The Bills could rely heavily on the RBs this week, so they both have upside, just a nasty matchup this week.
Fred Jackson - - Like Spiller, I can see him being productive, but it is a pretty ugly matchup, so may be worth looking elsewhere if you have other good options.

Sammy Watkins - - Found the end zone last week, but this week will be a tougher time against a strong Lions pass defense. He certainly has the tools to get it done, but between the tough matchup and QB change, it may be best to pass on him this week.
Robert Woods - - Still not being utilized enough to consider him worth starting, especially with a tough matchup this week.
Mike Williams - - Found the end zone last week, but still only caught two passes. Would like to see more production before starting him. If you are still on the fence, consider that he is facing the Lions 2nd ranked pass defense who has been tough as nails.
Marquise Goodwin - - Considering the tough matchup this week, I'd pass. Heck I'd pass even if the Bills were playing the Sisters of the Poor since he likely wouldn't get many looks.

Scott Chandler - - His season stats aren't even considered good games for some of the better tight ends in the league, so that means you should forget about him. Maybe the QB change will help, but I'd rather see him prove his worth before blindly starting him.

Dan Carpenter - - Hard to trust the offense this week against a strong Lions defense, so could be a slow day for Carpenter (Although if the offense can find itself, they could be forced to rely heavily on him for scoring).

Buffalo Bills - - The defense has its moments, but this week they will have their hands full against a good Lions offense, so could be a tough day for the Bills.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Faces a defense that can be thrown on and with the RB position so banged up, he could be forced to throw it more than usual, so could be exceptionally busy this week.

Reggie Bush - - Injuries at the RB position could mean a bigger role for Bush this week. He does face a tough run defense, which could mean a heavy reliance on him as a receiver, so he could be huge in PPR leagues (Maybe not as much in standard leagues).
Joique Bell - - Dealing with a concussion and looks like he may miss this week, so watch his status closely. If he plays, he has a solid matchup and is probably worth running with, although he may not be used quite as much. Sounds like you need to make other plans this week.
Theo Riddick - - Sounds like he will be out/limited with an injured hamstring, so may not be able to step in if Bell is out, so probably not a guy to consider starting. If his hamstring makes a quick recovery, then maybe he could surprise, but he may be too prone to re-injury to start.
George Winn - - With Bell and Riddick banged up, Winn was activated from the practice squad. He could wind up being the banger RB and possibly get a goal line shot (Assuming both Bell and Riddick are out). But hard to rely on a guy on the practice squad early this week, so hopefully you aren't this desperate for RB help.

Calvin Johnson - - That injured ankle made him more of a decoy last week, but he made it through no worse off. Hopefully this week he will be ready to be unleashed once again. If he plays, his upside is too good to pass up, so you have to stick with him.
Golden Tate - - Coming off a big game as Megatron played decoy. Johnson may be healthier this week and could steal looks, but he has a good matchup this week, so probably a good shot again this week.
Jeremy Ross - - Found the end zone last week, though with Megatron a little healthier, he may not see as much action this week (And he only caught two passes to begin with, so he really isn't a guy you want to lean on).

Brandon Pettigrew - - Still not being used quite enough to consider him worth taking a chance on.
Eric Ebron - - Saw an increased role last week, though a healthier Megatron may hurt his chances. But he has a good matchup this week and could certainly take advantage and produce.

Alex Henery - - The banged up running game could make it tough in the red zone and force the Lions to settle for more FG attempts this week.

Detroit Lions - - The defense has been a tough one and facing a struggling Bills offense that just made a QB change, which could be a good or bad thing. But playing in Detroit makes them a strong option this week.

Favorite: Detroit Lions by 7
Prediction: Detroit Lions 23 - Buffalo Bills 10


Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1:00pm

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Coming off another nice performance and should be able to take advantage of a defense that has really struggled since they lost Hardy to suspension. Marshall's injury is a concern, but still has enough weapons to get it done.

Matt Forte - - Coming off another big game and this week he faces a defense that has struggled to contain the running game. Add in a banged up Marshall and you have a guy that should be quite busy again this week.
Ka'Deem Carey - - While he actually got decent carries late last week to spell Forte, it is not likely that will happen often. So he continues to be nothing more than a handcuff.

Brandon Marshall - - There is a chance they let him rest that ankle this week, so watch his status closely. He is clearly not his usual self, but if he is able to go, he is probably worth the risk since he can light it up any week. But keep a very close eye on his status this week.
Alshon Jeffery - - With Marshall still banged up, he could be leaned on a little harder this week. Not a bad matchup as the Panthers have struggled the last couple weeks so he is certainly a guy worth starting this week.
Santonio Holmes - - Even with Marshall banged up last week, he did nothing. Maybe if he is out this week, then maybe he gets as chance, but I'd prefer to not find out the hard way.
Josh Morgan - - If Marshall is unable to play, maybe he could surprise, but honestly, I'd be hard pressed to rely on him.

Martellus Bennett - - He has been on fire this season and coming off a huge game. With Marshall still not 100%, he should continue to see plenty of targets. Cutler clearly loves looking his way, so expect him to continue to be quite busy making him a great starting option.

Robbie Gould - - The Panthers defense has fallen apart the last couple weeks, so that should bode well for the Bears offense. Though playing on the road against a defense with good weapons could mean more FG attempts this week.

Chicago Bears - - The defense is coming off a rough week, but they have the guys that can turn mistakes into points. Facing an offense with weapons, although down to their 14th string RB, so do have nice upside this week.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - With the injuries at the RB position piling up, he may be counted on to do more throwing and running. With a good matchup this week, he could be a nice option.

DeAngelo Williams - - Expected to miss a couple/few weeks with an injured ankle, so you need to find other options.
Darrin Reaves - - Injuries could thrust the rookie into action, although he struggled last week when given a shot. But if the pickings are slim, he could fit the bill since he could be busy (Depending on the status of the other RBs). Not a bad matchup either, so if you are really desperate, you could do worse than Reaves.
Fozzy Whittaker - - Hopes to return from that injured quad and with all the other injuries, he could see some action. Still a risky option, but beggars can't be choosers.
Jonathan Stewart - - Hopes to return from that knee injury this week, but given his history, I'd be hard pressed to rely on him when not fully healthy.
Chris Ogbonnaya - - Signed this week thanks to all the injuries. Probably not going to go from the street to productive though, so I'd avoid being this desperate.

Kelvin Benjamin - - The rookie continues to play well and with a good matchup this week (Not to mention banged up running game), he could be very busy again this week.
Jerricho Cotchery - - Coming off a solid game and with the RBs so banged up, the passing game could be more prevalent. Add in a good matchup and you have a receiver that just might pay off this week.
Jason Avant - - Just not being used enough to consider him worth gambling on, unless you are really, really, really desperate.

Greg Olsen - - Was quiet last week, but I'd expect him to bounce back this week as the Panthers may be forced to lean more on the aerial attack this week.

Graham Gano - - The offense has been in a funk of late as injuries have been piling up. Not a bad matchup, so could get back on track this week.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense is really feeling the loss of Hardy, though maybe hosting a gun slinging QB that has been known to throw picks could help their cause this week.

Favorite: Carolina Panthers by 2.5
Prediction: Chicago Bears 23 - Carolina Panthers 20


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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon - - Coming off a nice performance and this week he faces a Saints defense that has been terrible, plus he may need to play keep up with the Saints offense this week. Could be worth taking a shot on him this week.
Josh McCown - - Out with injured thumb and may not sniff the starting job when he gets back.

Doug Martin - - Healthy and back to carrying the load. A good matchup this week should help his cause and with Evans down and out, could mean more action in the passing game for him.
Bobby Rainey - - With Martin back, you can return him to the scrap heap as it doesn't look like he will see much action. Back to being just a handcuff to Martin.

Vincent Jackson - - He has yet to really get it going this season, but with Evans down and a great matchup this week, he may finally live up to his potential, so I'd give him another shot before really worrying about him.
Mike Evans - - Out 2-3 weeks with an injured groin.
Robert Herron - - Injuries could pave the way for him to have a role in the offense. Still has done nothing at all, so I'd pass on him.
Louis Murphy - - With Evans out for a couple weeks, he should see an increased role. Not sure he will produce enough to merit starting him, but at least he is now on the fantasy radar.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins - - The rookie's role has greatly increased and with Evans out this week, he could be a key piece of the passing game against a horrible pass defense. Nice gamble this week (Even though I usually like to see someone produce before counting on them, he could be an exception this week).
Brandon Myers - - With ASJ stepping up, looks like Myers won't see enough action to have any fantasy value.

Patrick Murray - - The offense has had some issues, but coming off a nice week and have a great matchup this week, so could pay off this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The struggling defense will have its hands full this week against a talented Saints offense, one that is probably looking to take out some frustration now that they are back home.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - Even though he was off last week, he still had good fantasy numbers. Back at home where he is usually pretty tough and gets to face a struggling pass defense, so definitely want to keep him in your starting lineup.

Mark Ingram - - Still out with injured hand.
Pierre Thomas - - So much for an increased role in the offense as he tallied a whopping four touches last week. Hard to rely on him, even with a good matchup this week.
Khiry Robinson - - With lots of mouths to feed at RB, he appears to be at the head of the class, at least from a carry standpoint. A good matchup this week gives him enough upside to merit risking him as a starter.
Travaris Cadet - - Was the main pass catching back last week, so could be a nice surprise with a good matchup this week, at least in PPR leagues. Still a risky option considering all the RBs in play for the Saints.

Marques Colston - - Still hasn't exactly been stellar thus far, but he does have a nice matchup this week and was busy last week, although he had some key drops. The matchup makes him a worthy starting option this week.
Brandin Cooks - - The rookie has shown flashes, but needs to be more consistent. With Brees throwing him the rock and facing an iffy pass defense this week, at home, he should be worth running out there this week.
Kenny Stills - - Still not being targeted enough to feel good about starting him. A good matchup does give him some upside, so maybe if you are desperate, he could help.
Robert Meachem - - Still not being targeted near enough to consider him a viable starting option.

Jimmy Graham - - Continues to be the go to receiver and with another good matchup to exploit, keep on plugging him into your lineup.
Ben Watson - - May have his moments, but most of the time he produces little to nothing, so not worth taking a chance on.

Shayne Graham - - The offense should get back on track this week as they get to head home, where they are usually quite lethal.

New Orleans Saints - - The defense continues to be horrible, though maybe facing a banged up offense that has been inconsistent will help. Still hard to rely on a defense that has been so sieve-like.

Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 10.5
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 30 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23


Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos - Sunday 4:05pm

Arizona Cardinals

Drew Stanton - - Was solid prior to the bye and may start again as Palmer continues to deal with that injured shoulder. Has a good matchup and may be forced to play keep up, so could be worth gambling on if your options are limited and Palmer is scratched.
Carson Palmer - - Still dealing with that injured shoulder, though he hopes to play. Stanton was solid prior to the bye, so they may not mess around with Palmer. Not a bad matchup if he can go, but shoulder injuries and QBs are a risky proposition, so may be wise to play it safe.

Andre Ellington - - Has a good matchup this week and his receiving skills could come in quite handy. Expect him to be busy early as the Cardinals try to control the clock to keep Manning sidelined.
Stepfan Taylor - - Just a handcuff to Ellington, so forget about him.

Larry Fitzgerald - - He still hasn't been Fitz-like this season, although this week may be the time for him to shine against an iffy pass defense, in which the Cardinals may be playing keep up. Still riskier than in the past, but he deserves another shot to see if he found his usually reliable form during the bye.
Michael Floyd - - Coming off a good game and with a good matchup this week, his upside is large enough to consider him a nice starting option this week.
John Brown - - Has big play ability, but that will make him extremely volatile. A good matchup this week could help his cause, so the upside may be worth the risk this week.
Ted Ginn Jr. - - Just not being used near enough to consider him much of a fantasy option.

John Carlson - - While he was targeted a little more often last time out, he still isn't seeing enough action to consider him fantasy worthy.

Chandler Catanzaro - - The offense has a good matchup this week, so could be a worthy option. Though if they start off slowly, could be forced to bypass FG attempts late (Though the defense may be good enough to keep it close enough).

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense has been good thus far, but they will have their hands full this week with a Broncos offense that has been rolling, especially at home. Awfully risky option this week.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - Cardinals have had some issues against the pass, but have plenty of weapons, just not enough to counter the Broncos offense. Now that his bye week is over and he has gotten past the Seahawks, he should be started every week without thought (Barring injury of course).

Montee Ball - - Struggled in the prior game against a stout Seahawks defense and could find running room tough to come by again this week. Though with Manning under center, he can certainly perform and find the end zone any week. Riskier option this week, but don't be overly afraid to start him.
C.J. Anderson - - Still not involved in the offense enough to consider him worth starting, so I'd look elsewhere.
Ronnie Hillman - - In the same boat as Anderson, so move along pardner.

Demaryius Thomas - - One of the most talented WRs in the league should be in your lineup every week, so just keep on riding him.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Coming off a huge game as he was extra busy. Though with Welker now fully ready to roll, who knows if he could take a hit. Manning will spread the wealth, so with a solid matchup this week, I'd probably ride him again.
Wes Welker - - Was solid in his debut, but is a big hit from being out, so always has risk, especially considering the routes he likes to run can lead to big hits. A solid matchup this week gives him enough upside to merit starting him though.
Andre Caldwell - - With so many weapons in the mix, he will struggle most of the time to produce, but then every once in a while, Boom, he gets it done. Hard to rely on such a boom/bust option.

Julius Thomas - - Continues to be a matchup nightmare for defenses and arguably Manning's go to red zone option, so keep on riding him and be glad his bye week is over.
Jacob Tamme - - May find the end zone on rare occasion, but for the most part, he will likely struggle to get it done most weeks, so I'd pass on him.

Brandon McManus - - The offense should be able to keep rolling, so he should be golden for another week. Then Prater is back and all bets are off.

Denver Broncos - - The defense hasn't quite gotten it going yet, but they have plenty of weapons and are facing an offense that hasn't been lighting it up and may be dealing with a backup QB (Or the original Mr. Pick Six if Palmer starts).

Favorite: Denver Broncos by 7.5
Prediction: Denver Broncos 30 - Arizona Cardinals 20


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

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - The rumblings for Vick are getting louder, so it is hard to rely on him. Not the ideal matchup either, so even though he has had some good moments, he is not a guy you should be starting.

Chris Ivory - - Appears to have taken over as the main man in the running game that will likely be leaned on heavily. A tough matchup this week makes him a risky option though, so may be best to explore other options if you can,
Chris Johnson - - Luckily he busted a 35 yarder last week to salvage something, but it seems like Ivory has taken over as the main man, so CJ is more of a change of pace back. With a tough matchup this week, may be wise to look elsewhere.

Eric Decker - - He played most of the game last week on that hamstring, so with another week to heal, expected to be ready to go. Not the best matchup, but he is certainly the main man in the passing game and the Jets may be forced to play keep up.
Jeremy Kerley - - Just too inconsistent to rely on him, especially with an iffy matchup this week.
David Nelson - - Injured ankle may force him to sit this week and even if he can go, he may be limited. So since he has an iffy matchup, I'd stay away.
Greg Salas - - May make a play here and there, but the good ones are too few and far between to feel good about starting him, especially against a solid defense.

Jeff Cumberland - - Not being used much as a receiver as Amaro has become the pass catching tight end.
Jace Amaro - - The rookie is looking promising as his role has started to increase. Still may be a risky option for now, but the future looks good. Not the best matchup, but if you are in need of TE help, he could help your cause.

Nick Folk - - With the offense struggling and taking to the road to face a good Chargers defense, it may be wise to look elsewhere for a starting kicker.

New York Jets - - The defense has shown some flashes, but this week they will have their hands full with a Chargers offense that has been rolling.

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Has been tearing it up, though this week he will have his hands full against a stout Jets pass defense. A banged up running game could mean more passing from the Chargers and since he has been rolling, probably worth keeping him in the lineup. Definitely a riskier option than usual, so if you have another strong option, maybe you consider it this week.

Ryan Mathews - - Still out for a couple more weeks with that injured knee.
Donald Brown - - Has been struggling and losing touches to the rookie Oliver, although he hasn't been much better. With a good Jets run defense on the docket for this week, it is probably wise to look elsewhere for a starting RB this week.
Branden Oliver - - Pushing the struggling Brown for touches, but still in a RB by committee at best. A tough matchup this week probably makes him a less than ideal starting option.

Keenan Allen - - Coming off a nice game, but this week he faces a good Jets pass defense. But the Chargers passing attack is rolling, so still worth running out there again this week.
Malcom Floyd - - Coming off a solid game and with Rivers spreading the wealth and the running game banged up, he has solid upside this week, even with the iffy matchup. Still would prefer to lean elsewhere, but if you don't have that option, he can get it done.
Eddie Royal - - Coming off another big game with a pair touchdowns as he started the season hot again this year. Lets see if he can avoid cooling off this time around. Not the ideal matchup this week, though the Chargers passing game has been hot and likely will be used heavily again this week.

Antonio Gates - - Has cooled off, but a banged up running game could mean plenty of passing from the Chargers, which should give Gates a chance to put up strong numbers, even with the less than ideal matchup.
Ladarius Green - - May have his moments, but for the most part, Gates continues to be the main receiving threat at TE. Add in an iffy matchup this week and it would be wise to look elsewhere. The hamstring issue seems to be a non-factor at this time.

Nick Novak - - A good Jets defense and a struggling running game could mean struggles to finish drives and force the Chargers to rely on the leg of Novak for scoring this week.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense has been good thus far and facing an offense that continues to struggle while turning the ball over frequently. Good option this week.

Favorite: San Diego Chargers by 6.5
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 23 - New York Jets 13


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

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - While he is coming off a big three touchdown performance, he likely won't replicate that success this week as he is playing a strong 49ers pass defense, on the road to boot.

Jamaal Charles - - Coming off a huge game and he finally proved what he is capable of. Has a tougher matchup this week (Though the Patriots run defense wasn't too shabby prior to last week). He has proven he can light up any defense and after last week, you probably have to keep riding him. Don't expect a repeat of last week though.
Knile Davis - - Coming off a big game, but it was a blowout so he was busy late. Though he did have a role early on, so maybe he sees enough touches to merit starting some weeks if you are in a bind. But against a stout 49ers run defense probably isn't on of them.

Dwayne Bowe - - Sowed some signs of life last week, but a tough matchup hurts his cause this week. Though the defense having to worry about Kelce could mean that Bowe sees a little less attention. Plus a banged up Avery could mean more targets for him, so he could pay off this week if you really need him.
Donnie Avery - - Injured hip will likely keep him out this week and even if he does go, he may be limited. Add in the tough matchup this week and you should play it safe and explore other options.
Junior Hemingway - - With Avery injured, he could benefit. But the Chiefs passing game leaves a lot to be desired and they have a tough matchup this week, so I'd pass.

Travis Kelce - - Coming off a big game as his role continues to increase. Reid loves those ex-Bearcat TEs (See Brent Celek) and he is a big play threat. Faces a tall order this week against a strong 49ers pass defense that has shutdown opposing TEs. Though the struggling WRs may mean the Chiefs make a concerted effort to get Kelce the ball.
Anthony Fasano - - Just not being used in the passing game much with Kelce stepping it up.

Cairo Santos - - The offense is coming off a huge game, though this week they take to the road to face a strong 49ers defense, so the going will likely be much tougher. This could mean they rely on Santos for FGs, so he does have upside.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense is coming off a huge performance and this week they face an offense that typically takes care of the ball, but gave up three defensive/special teams touchdowns last week. Hard to imagine that will happen again, but you never know. So they do have upside, even against an offense that usually takes care of the ball.

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Was solid last week, but this week he faces a tough pass defense. Though he could give them some trouble with his legs, so still has plenty of fantasy upside.

Frank Gore - - Coming off a huge game and this week he should be busy again as the Chiefs have had issues defending the running game, but are tough to throw on.
Carlos Hyde - - While he is getting some touches and may get a goal line bone thrown his way every once in awhile, it is hard to rely on Hyde due to his limited touches.

Michael Crabtree - - Was quiet last week though has he talent to get it going any week. Facing a defense that has been tough to throw on, but this week is a different story as they take to the road. Riskier option than usual.
Anquan Boldin - - The veteran continues to put up solid numbers, though not producing huge numbers. Not the ideal matchup, but as usual, he should get you a few catches and decent yards with a chance to find the end zone any week.
Stevie Johnson - - Had a great, clutch TD reception last week, but that was his only reception. Will have his moments, but still seeing a limited role in the offense, making him very up and down.
Brandon Lloyd - - Just not being used enough to consider him much of an option, so move along please.

Vernon Davis - - Dealing with a back injury, so he could be out this week. After getting knocked out last week, may be best to explore other options. But if he can go, he is capable of producing, though not the best matchup. Even if he plays, he could be used in a more limited role, so definitely very risky this week.
Vance McDonald - - Still dealing with a knee injury, though if he can play and Davis can't, maybe he can surprise. Still would rather rely on a more proven TE that is fully healthy.
Derek Carrier - - With Davis and McDonald injured, he could see some action. But he hasn't shown he is capable of producing, so I'd forget about using him.

Phil Dawson - - The Chiefs defense is coming off a big week, though this week they have to play on the road. But they proved they are capable and could force the 49ers to settle for field goals.

San Francisco 49ers - - The defense has been solid and is facing an inconsistent offense, albeit one that usually doesn't beat themselves. But playing in San Fran should help their cause.

Favorite: San Francisco 49ers by 6.5
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 23 - Kansas City Chiefs 17


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

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - Has been a nice option most weeks, though does face a good Patriots pass defense that is getting Browner back this week. But he has A.J. Green, so he can get it done any week. Just may not be his most productive game this week.

Giovani Bernard - - Has been rolling, but faces a good defense this week on the road. Though the Patriots were torched by Charles and the Chiefs last week, so has plenty of upside. If you are lucky enough to have him, he should be starting.
Jeremy Hill - - Found the end zone last time out as he continues to get some touches. Still not getting quite enough to make him a strong option, especially against a good run defense (Albeit one that struggled last week).

A.J. Green - - He is a stud that can get deep on anybody and has big upside, even with a tough matchup this week. He should be in your starting lineup every week now that his bye is done with.
Marvin Jones - - Tweaked his ankle in practice as he was on track to return, so his status is up in the air again. He may be rusty and since he may not be 100%, may be best to hold off on him again.
Mohamed Sanu - - The potential return of Jones could cut into his touches, though he continues to get chances to make plays and still should. Facing an iffy matchup this week, so may be best to look elsewhere.
Dane Sanzenbacher - - Hasn't done much this season even with Jones out, so I'd continue to forget about him.

Jermaine Gresham - - While he has the talent to get it done, he often isn't getting the necessary looks to succeed. So he is a hit or miss option, so I'd prefer to go with a tight end that is more involved in the passing game.

Mike Nugent - - The Bengals have had plenty of issues finishing drives and playing on the road against a good defense could mean another busy week for the Nuge.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense continues to dominate and facing an offense that is kind of in a funk. But Brady doesn't often have many stinkers like last week. That being said, the Bengals defense is playing so well right now, they could make it tough on him again.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Really hasn't been his old self this season and coming off a horrible performance. At least this week he is at home, but the bad news is that he gets a stellar Bengals defense. While he rarely has back-to-back stinkers, hard to count on him this week with such a tough matchup.

Shane Vereen - - The running game continues to be a mess as you never have a clue who may produce from week-to-week. With a tough matchup this week, it may be best to play it safe and explore other options.
Stevan Ridley - - In the same boat as Vereen, so probably best to look elsewhere if you have that option. Just not a very good matchup this week.
James White - - Saw some action last seek, but still not being used enough to merit starting him, especially with a tough matchup this week.

Julian Edelman - - Was quiet last week as LaFell stepped up his game. Could that be a sign of things to come or a one week anomaly? My guess is Edelman's familiarity will continue to help his cause. Not the best matchup this week, but someone has to catch some balls.
Brandon LaFell - - Coming off a big game and maybe he is turning into a key piece of the passing game. Lets see him do it again, especially since he has a tough matchup this week. Though if you are really in a bind, he could pay off.
Danny Amendola - - Continues to struggle to produce and with a tough matchup this week, I'd continue to avoid him. Honestly if you still have him, it is probably time to consider him a bust and hit the waiver wire.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - Just not being used enough to consider him worthy of a shot.
Aaron Dobson - - Has been invisible so I'd continue to forget about using him.

Rob Gronkowski - - Continues to get healthier and keeps finding the end zone. The one thing the Bengals defense has issues with is defending the tight end, which probably makes Gronk the Patriots best fantasy option this week.

Stephen Gostkowski - - A tough Bengals defense could make it tough on the Patriots offense again this week, so that could limit the scoring chances this week (Or he could be a key scoring option).

New England Patriots - - The defense has plenty of weapons, but is facing an offense that has been tearing it up and taking care of the QB and the ball. Though in the previous seasons, Dalton has been known to throw an occasional pick six, so they have upside.

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 1
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 23 - New England Patriots 20


Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins - Monday 8:30pm

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - Just continues to light it up and while he faces a defense that has been solid against the pass, I'm sure you recall what the Giants did to Washington (Sorry can't type the word Red skins or face fine by the FCC). Got to keep riding him.

Marshawn Lynch - - You can only hope to contain the Beast, so expect him to be quite busy again this week. If you have him, count your lucky stars and just plug him in. Who really cares about the matchup for Lynch?
Robert Turbin - - Still nothing but a potential handcuff, so continue to forget about using him.

Percy Harvin - - The ability for him to bust a big play on any touch makes him a good gamble every week. While he may have some off weeks, his ceiling is just too good to pass up. Not the ideal matchup, though after last week's defensive performance, you should feel better about his chances.
Doug Baldwin - - The way Wilson spreads the ball around, you just never know what you are going to get any given Monday. I'd much rather look for an option with less risk and a higher ceiling.
Jermaine Kearse - - Has his moments, but is just too darn inconsistent to consider him worth taking a chance on, unless you are really up the creek without a paddle.
Ricardo Lockette - - Caught a touchdown in the last game, but that was a rare reception for him, so I'd forget about relying on him.
Paul Richardson - - May have his moments, but the good ones are way too rare to consider him fantasy worthy.

Zach Miller - - Expected to miss 2-3 weeks with an injured ankle, so forget about him.
Luke Willson - - With Miller sidelined, he will get the start. Wilson likes to spread the wealth, so he could surprise, but still probably too risky to consider him worth starting. Though after the success Donnell had last week, maybe he deserves a little more consideration. Still would prefer to lean elsewhere though.

Steven Hauschka - - The offense should be able to keep rolling, though the Redskins defense has been solid much of the season, so playing in D.C. could force them to settle for some FGs.

Seattle Seahawks - - One of the league's best defenses faces an offense that has had some turnover woes, so expect them to continue to roll.

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins - - As he did last season, he really didn't take the bull by the horns. This week he will have his hands full against one of the league's best defenses, so I'd look for another starting option.

Alfred Morris - - Has been productive, but this week he faces a strong run defense, so it may be hard to find room to run. He has had success in the past against good run defenses, so he still isn't a definite bench. But if you have other good options, I would strongly consider resting him this week and using them.
Roy Helu - - Has his moments and if the Redskins fall behind early, he could be counted on late due to his receiving skills. But he could also see limited action, so why gamble on him?

Pierre Garcon - - The Seahawks have given up yards through the air and Garcon should get his looks. Not the ideal matchup and probably doesn't have as high a ceiling as usual, but still a guy that can help your cause.
DeSean Jackson - - Was quiet last week, but the Redskins could be playing catch up, which could give him a chance to produce. Though a big play may be hard to come by, so you can probably do much better this week (Though probably worse as well).
Andre Roberts - - While he may have his moments, it is hard to imagine this week against the Seahawks will be one of the good ones.
Ryan Grant - - The rookie just isn't ready for prime time, so continue to forget about him.

Jordan Reed - - Still dealing with that injured hamstring and while he could play, do you want to risk him being a late scratch and not being able to replace him? Add in the tough matchup and there is no reason to gamble on him this week.
Niles Paul - - Dealing with a concussion and since he plays on MNF, it may be wise to find another TE for this week, especially when you factor in the tough matchup.
Logan Paulsen - - Injured could open the door for him to produce, but I wouldn't want to reach this far, especially considering the opponent.

Kai Forbath - - Coming off a tough week and this week they face one of the leagues best defenses. Playing at home could help, but awfully risky this week.

Washington Redskins - - The defense will have their hands full this week against a Seahawks offense that is rolling and rarely beats themselves.

Favorite: Seattle Seahawks by 7.5
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 27 - Washington Redskins 13
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