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Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans - Thursday 8:25pm

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Coming off a good performance against one of the top defenses in the league. This week he does have to go on the road, although he heads to face a defense that has struggled, which should allow him to keep rolling this week.

Trent Richardson - - Still has yet to really find his groove with the Colts. Another week in the system should help his cause, although he likely will greatly benefit this week by facing a poor Chargers run defense.

Reggie Wayne - - The veteran just continues to produce and he may be due for one of his big games as he faces a struggling Chargers pass defense.
Hakeem Nicks - - Hey, look at that, he can still get the job done. Albeit against one of the league's worst defenses. This week he faces a better defense, though one that has had some issues against the pass. With the Giants defense so bad, they may throw it around a ton again this week.
T.Y. Hilton - - Coming off a big game as he seems to have emerged as option No. 2 is the passing game. A good matchup this week should allow him to keep the good times rolling.

Coby Fleener - - Still waiting for him to step up his game and maybe the juicy matchup this week can help his cause and allow him to get it going. Still would like to see him produce more consistently before starting him.

Adam Vinatieri - - The offense has been on a roll and should be able to keep it going this week against a struggling Chargers defense that has given up quite a few points this season.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense has improved this season and is coming off a couple pretty good weeks. They do face a capable offense, though one that has dealt with some turnover issues.

Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - - Been a slow start to his starting role and this week faces another tall order playing on the road against an elite pass defense. There will be days to start him, but Sunday is not one of them.

Arian Foster - - The Texans are liable to really ride the running game hard, which should be a plus this week as the Rams run defense has been putrid. So one of the top RBs in the league should be in for a huge day.

Andre Johnson - - Struggled last week, but after facing two of the top pass defenses in the league in back-to-back weeks, facing a middle of the pack Rams defense should be a cake walk.
DeAndre Hopkins - - The rookie has cooled off, albeit he faced some strong pass defenses. This week he should bounce back against an iffy Rams pass defense (Although he really needs Schaub to find his confidence).
Keshawn Martin - - Just not being targeted much, so there is no reason to consider him when filling out your lineup card.

Garrett Graham - - With Daniels out for a couple months, Graham will get a chance to step up and become a key contributor. Had his moments with Daniels in the mix, so definitely becomes a fantasy friendly option.

Randy Bullock - - The offense has had some issues, although they still ahve plenty of weapons and a great matchup to exploit this week, which should get Bullock plenty of scoring chances.

Houston Texans - - The defense has a ton of capable play makers, although they haven't really taken advantage of them much this season, at least not fantasy wise. Hosting an inconsistent and young offense could certainly help them get it going this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 27 - Houston Texans 23


New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - Sunday 1:00pm

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - His impressive games with a touchdown streak ended at 52 games. He will look to bounce back this week at home and certainly has the weapons to get it going again.

Stevan Ridley - - Still dealing with that injured knee and since he was struggling when healthy and in a huge RB by committee, it is probably a smart move to pass on him again.
Brandon Bolden - - Dealing with a knee injury, though he can be an effective receiver if he can go. Still has risk even when healthy, so when banged up, probably best to pass on him.

Julian Edelman - - Was quiet last week as the Patriots offense struggled and the return of Amendola cut into some of his role. Still has the potential to get the job done, though he is now a riskier option.
Aaron Dobson - - A neck injury could slow him down this week, although he is capable of making a big play if he can go. Since he is banged up, may be wise to pass on him this week.
Danny Amendola - - Still slowed by that injured groin, although had his moments last week and should be a little healthier this week. With so many other injuries, he should be involved plenty this week.
Brandon LaFell - - Continues to be inconsistent and needs to help Cam out by holding onto some clutch passes. A good matchup this week could help his cause, so could merit taking a chance on if you need to rely on him.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - The rookie was quiet last week, like pretty much the whole offense. Returning home should help the offense get going, plus they may have to air it out with the running game also dinged up.

Rob Gronkowski - - Still not looking good for his return this week. If he can go, he likely would be limited, but his 75% is still better than most TEs in the league, so may be worth the gamble if he can play.
Michael Hoomanawanui - - Still not involved in the offense enough to consider starting him, even if Gronk is unable to play.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The offense should be able to get back on track this week, although the Saints defense has been pretty good and could force the Patriots to settle for plenty of FG attempts.

New England Patriots - - The defense will be in for a tough day against a Saints offense that is rolling and typically protects the QB and the ball well.

Buffalo Bills

E.J. Manuel - - Expected to miss a few weeks with an injured knee.
Thaddeus Lewis - - From the practice squad to the starting QB in less than a week. His reward, a tough Bengals defense that just held Tom Brady out of the end zone. I think I'd pass.

C.J. Spiller - - Finally broke one for a long touchdown last week. Still not quite 100%, but getting close. Likely will be relied upon heavily this week with an inexperienced QB under center. Although he faces a talented run defense that will likely focus on stopping the run. Still capable of busting one on any touch though.
Fred Jackson - - Coming off a big game against a good defense and faces another one this week. Although with a really green QB going this week, the defense could really focus on the running game (Although the Bills will likely run it a ton).
Bryce Brown - - While he may get an occasional touch, they are just too few and far between to consider him anything but a handcuff to McCoy.

Robert Woods - - The rookie is coming off a solid performance, although another new QB to contend with won't make it easy on him to keep it going. Probably best to strongly consider your other options this week.
Mike Williams - - Found the end zone last time out and while there likely will be some growing pains with the offense as Glennon auditions to be the QB of the future, this week could be a nice time to run him out there against a struggling Eagles defense.
T.J. Graham - - Between his limited role in the passing game and the fact the Bills are on their third starting QB, who was just on the practice squad, it is probably a super smart decision to forget about him.

Scott Chandler - - While he has shown flashes and the tight end can be a great help to an inexperienced TE, who knows if Lewis will get him involved. Better safe than sorry, so I'd look elsewhere.

Dan Carpenter - - With the Bills relying on yet another quarterback and facing a tough Bengals defense, it may be a good time to explore other options at kicker.
Dustin Hopkins - - Has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury, ending his season. Not that he had any real fantasy value to begin with.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense has made some big plays this season and face a Bengals offense that has not lived up to its potential. Dalton has had some turnover woes which could allow the Bills to make a big play or two.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: New England Patriots 23 - Buffalo Bills 13


Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins - Sunday 1:00pm

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - Coming off another quiet game, at least by Rodgers standards. Faces an adequate pass defense this week, although the last time the Ravens faced a similar offense, they were lit up (Although the Ravens pass defense has been pretty lights out since).

Eddie Lacy - - The rookie just missed the 100-yard barrier last week. He likely will have to wait another week as he will have his hands full this week against a tough Ravens run defense (And is playing them on the road to boot).

Jordy Nelson - - Just continues to produce week-in, week-out, so even with a less than ideal matchup this week, he should probably be in your starting lineup as usual.
Randall Cobb - - After a hot start to the season, he has cooled off the last couple weeks. But his big play ability can allow him to go off any given week, so even with an iffy matchup this week, his upside still makes him an option you should probably rely on.

Andrew Quarless - - He may get a bone thrown in his direction on rare occasion, but that is certainly not a recipe for fantasy success. Move along please.
Jermichael Finley - - Returned to action last week and picked up pretty much where he left off (Although a touchdown would have been helpful). While he faces a solid defense, the Ravens have had some serious issues covering the tight end, which could give Finley a lot of upside this week.

Mason Crosby - - Coming off a huge game as he is starting to redeem himself in the fantasy football world. This week he faces a good Ravens defense, though the Packers have more than enough weapons to move the ball, though finishing could be tough again this week.

Green Bay Packers - - The loss of Matthews could be a significant blow to the defense, which has really only had once productive fantasy week. This week they face an offense that typically takes care of the ball.

Miami Dolphins


Knowshon Moreno - - Coming off a strong game and has a great matchup to exploit this week. The Broncos should run away early and could use the running game a little more than usual.





Favorite: Even
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 26 - Miami Dolphins


Denver Broncos at New York Jets - Sunday 1:00pm

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - I will probably personally find your house and slap you in the face if you sit him against the lowly Jaguars. Broncos appear to be looking to break all the scoring records.

Montee Ball - - The rookie could see more action late if the Broncos run away early with this one, so he does have potential this week. But still hard to rely on the 3rd option in the run game.
Ronnie Hillman - - Have a feeling he could be more involved in the offense, especially late, which could allow him to merit taking a chance on, even though he is clearly the 2nd option in the running game.

Demaryius Thomas - - Capable of a monster game any week, so if you have a Broncos WR, you have to plug them in. Even an off week will likely be better than many NFL WRs put up.
Wes Welker - - Like the rest of the Broncos WRs, don't think, just plug them into your lineup. There may be games where any of them are a little quiet, but all will have huge games and you don't want ti miss out on those.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Has been hit or miss thus far and against a good pass defense, it may be best to explore other options this week.
Andre Caldwell - - Has his moments, but still hard to rely on the 5th or 6th option in the passing game.

Julius Thomas - - Coming off a huge game and with his upside, you definitely have to keep plugging him into your starting lineup. There may be weeks his number isn't called as much, but you don't want to miss out on games like last week.
Jacob Tamme - - There may be a lot of passes to go around, but there probably aren't enough to reach quite this far.

Matt Prater - - Should be another very busy week for Prater, whose leg is liable to fall off at some point from all the extra points and kickoffs alone.

Denver Broncos - - The defense has been giving up tons of points, but they have made their share of big plays and should definitely be in position to do it again this week against a turnover prone offense.

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - Coming off a big game on a huge stage, on the road to boot. This week he faces a tougher test against a good Steelers pass defense. Considering many were complaining about him a couple/few weeks ago, its not time to crown him starter worthy after one strong performance against a struggling pass defense.
Michael Vick - - Expected to miss at least this week's game with an injured hamstring. If Foles were to grab the bull by the horns, Vick could wind up the backup when he does get healthy, so watch the situation closely.

Chris Johnson - - Found the end zone finally last week, though it may be tough to do it this week against a good Seahawks defense, although they have had some issues against the run. Still a bigger gamble than usual.
Chris Ivory - - Powell continues to be the main man, so he likely won't get enough touches to consider him fantasy worthy.
Bilal Powell - - Cooled off last week, though he continues to be the main option at RB. This week he faces a Steelers defense that can be run on and the Jets will likely try to control the clock wit hthe running game.
Daryl Richardson - - Stacy will get the start again this week as he tried to become the go to RB. Richardson likely will get some touches, though his value was as the main RB, but a second fiddle. So at this time, I'd hold off on relying on him.

Eric Decker - - Just keep plugging him in as he could go off any week. Too much upside and not a ton of risk to go with it.
Stephen Hill - - Was coming off a concussion last week, which seemed to cut into his action. Should be more involved this week, although he faces a good pass defense, so may have a little more risk than you want to take on this week.
Jeremy Kerley - - Coming off a nice game, but faces a tougher matchup this week and also could lose some touches to a healthier Hill, and maybe Holmes if he were able to return.
Jacoby Ford - - Still not involved in the offense enough to consider him a viable option.

Jeff Cumberland - - Coming off a nice game as he competes with Winslow for TE touches. With a poor matchup this week, it may be wise to play it safe and see how this situation plays itself out.

Nick Folk - - The offense has shown some signs of life, but face a solid defense this week. This could mean they are force to rely on the leg of Folk more than usual.

New York Jets - - Has been a good NFL defense, although fantasy wise have not been producing much. Facing an o-line that has struggled to protect the QB, so do have some upside this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Denver Broncos 52 - New York Jets 16


Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday 1:00pm

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Threw for over 300 yards last week, although the three picks and lack of a touchdown made for a rough fantasy day. The Panthers continued to struggle on the road, which they are on again this week. On the plus side, the Vikings defense has been giving up a ton of points, which should help Newton and the Panthers get back on track.

DeAngelo Williams - - Was quiet last week and is still trying to locate the end zone this season. Has a decent matchup this week and while his upside may be limited, there are worse starting options out there since he should be busy this week.
Mike Tolbert - - His touches continue to be way too few to consider him much of a fantasy threat. Sure he could punch one into the end zone, but that may be too big of a risk to take.
Kenjon Barner - - The rookie still has no real role in the offense, so you should definitely continue to ignore him as a fantasy commodity.

Jerricho Cotchery - - Coming off a big game, although he continues to be very inconsistent and could find the going tough this week against a good Jets pass defense.
Jason Avant - - Still hasn't been quite productive enough to consider him starter worthy at this time. Maybe Foles will help him get there and maybe Revis forces Avant to be used more, but I hope you are not forced to reach this far.

Greg Olsen - - In a walking boot after injuring his foot last week. May go, but could be limited some. Watch his status closely and be prepared to go in a different route. If he plays, a good matchup could help him keep producing, even with the injury.
Ed Dickson - - Flacco just has not been using the tight ends much since the big Week One for Clark. Even with a good matchup this week, you are probably better off looking elsewhere.

Graham Gano - - The offense is coming off a rough week as it has had some woes on the road. They are on the road again this week, although they face a Vikings defense that has given up a ton of points, which should help Gano get some scoring chances.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense has its occasional flash of brilliance, but has struggled to produce most of the time. This week they face an offense that has been up and down, so maybe they can take advantage of some of the down times.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - Still hasn't been doing a ton fantasy wise, even though he is loaded with weapons. A nice matchup this week could help his cause, although the Bengals seem to be winning with defense and controlling the clock, so may not throw it a ton.

Giovani Bernard - - Just continues to make plays when given a chance and with a great matchup this week, he should have a good chance to help your fantasy team out this week.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - - Still getting touches, although Bernard continues to cut into his value heavily. Although a great matchup this week should allow for both RBs to be productive options with plenty of upside.

A.J. Green - - Still waiting for him to really bust out again this season. Does have a nice matchup this week, although he really could use some help from Dalton to get him the ball down the field. He can bust out any week, so you have to keep riding him.
Marvin Jones - - Like Sanu, he may have his moments, but more often than not he just isn't seeing the necessary targets to merit a start.
Mohamed Sanu - - The Bengals have started to use the tight ends a good bit more this season, which has really made the WRs more inconsistent. A favorable matchup could help, although I'd rather rely on a more productive WR with less risk.

Jermaine Gresham - - The Bengals have used the TE pretty heavily this season. The problem has been, they have been spreading the ball amongst both options and neither has found the end zone yet. A good matchup does give him upside.
Tyler Eifert - - Like Gresham, he has been pretty solid although inconsistent as the Bengals have spread the wealth. A favorable matchup this week could allow him to pay off if you need to gamble on him this week.

Mike Nugent - - The offense should be able to move the ball on the inconsistent Bills defense, although they have had some red zone woes, which could lead to a busy day for Nugent.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense showed what it was capable of last week and this week faces a much easier task against a banged up Bills offense that is pulling a QB off the practice squad to start.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 20 - Carolina Panthers 20


Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 1:00pm

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Continues to see a ton of pressure from the defense and likely will be dealing with it again this week. Has the weapons to succeed if he gets time, so certainly capable of getting it done, although I'd still rather rely on an option that has been productive this season.

Le'Veon Bell - - The rookie started his career off with a bang and appears to be the go to guy. He may have his hands full this week against a good Jets defense, but it can only help that the Steelers found their RB of the future.
LeGarrette Blount - - With so many injured RBs, he could be the main RB threat again this week and the Saints have had some issues against the run. So he could pay off if you need him (Although the Patriots running game has been hard to rely on).

Antonio Brown - - While he faces a tough matchup this week, you can bet Big Ben will throw him the ball a ton again this week, which should allow him a few chances to make big plays.
Markus Wheaton - - Out with a broken finger, although his fantasy value was limited to begin with.
Lance Moore - - Still battling an injured hand and considering he has done next to nothing this season, I'd strongly recommend passing him up again this week. Make him prove his worth before considering him again.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - - Has been very inconsistent, but a good matchup could certainly help his cause this week. Still a risky option, though one that could pay off if you need to take a chance on him.

Heath Miller - - Definitely helped the offense last week, although a tough matchup this week won't help the cause. Still has potential to score if you need him.

Shaun Suisham - - The Jets defense has been pretty tough, so finding the end zone could be hard to do, which could mean a busy day for Suisham.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense has still not done didley squat fantasy wise, although they could benefit from facing a QB that has struggled to take care of the ball, albeit one that played a great game on MNF on the road.

Cleveland Browns


Ben Tate - - A good matchup could allow him to produce this week, assuming he gets enough touches to get the job done (Which he may since the Texans passing game is a mess at the moment). Probably not worth the gamble, unless your other options are iffy ones.
Chris Ogbonnaya - - While he has shown flashes and has a decent matchup this week, you probably want to rely on a running back that is more entrenched in the offense than Ogbonnaya is.

Miles Austin - - Looks like he could return from that hamstring injury this week, but watch his status closely. Ideally you'd sit him until he proved healthy, but the matchup may be too juicy to pass up if you are not enamored with any of your other options. The emergence of Williams could hurt his value, so still a gamble.
Travis Benjamin - - Unless your league rewards for punt return yardage, he is not much of a fantasy option as he sees little action in the passing game.

Jordan Cameron - - Cooled off last week, although Hoyer going down probably didn't help. The Browns will still want to get Cameron involved in the offense, so expect Weeden to look his way more this week. A good matchup can only help his cause.
Jim Dray - - Found the end zone last week and while he could surprise, I'd still prefer a more consistent option with a better matchup.

Billy Cundiff - - The offense is coming off a nice game and does have a pretty solid matchup this week. Should get his share of scoring chances as the Lions do have some capable weapons that could force the Browns to settle for FG attempts.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense is coming off a phenomenal game, although this week they face a much better offense and I would not be surprised if they learned from the Bills mistakes and keep any punts away from Benjamin, who proved he is a strong return option.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 26 - Pittsburgh Steelers 13


Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans - Sunday 1:00pm

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne - - Gets the start for the injured Gabbert and faces a defense that has given up a ton of points. So he likely will have to throw the ball all over the field, which should allow him to be a pleasant surprise this week and could pay off if you are struggling to find QB help this week.

Toby Gerhart - - Still ain't nothing but a handcuff.
Jordan Todman - - The Jaguars likely won't be running the ball much this week and even if the could, he likely won't see much action. Definitely a no brainer to completely avoid.

Cecil Shorts - - The injured groin didn't slow him down too much last week. With the Jaguars expected to give up 50+ points, they could be throwing the ball coming off the bus, which should allow for plenty of production from the WRs.
Ace Sanders - - With Blackmon back, the rookies already iffy fantasy value is pretty much in the trash can.
Tandon Doss - - Injuries could again open the door for him and he does face a Packers defense that has struggled to defend the pass. But you have to be pretty desperate to reach this far for WR help.

Marcedes Lewis - - Still dealing with a calf injury, so I'd continue to pass him by.
Clay Harbor - - Could surprise this week as the Jaguars will likely be forced to the air early and often. Still probably the 4th option in the passing game, which still makes him a pretty risky play.

Josh Scobee - - While the Broncos have been giving up a ton of points, hard to rely on the Jaguars offense, especially if they are forced to bypass FGs in lieu of going for touchdowns.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - A struggling defense likely has no chance this week going on the road against the record setting Broncos offense.

Tennessee Titans


Shonn Greene - - Still dealing with that knee injury. If he can come back this week, between the tough matchup and the limited role, there is no good reason to gamble on him.
Dexter McCluster - - Did nothing last week as he continues his history of extreme inconsistency, whose upside is not exactly through the roof. Best to pass on him as usual.
Jackie Battle - - The injured neck should not be a factor, but the possible return of Greene and the tough matchup are major issues, so I'd pass again.

Kendall Wright - - Has had some good moments this season, but this week's tough matchup against the brutal Seahawks pass defense will make it tough for him to make many this week.
Nate Washington - - Cooled off last week, but still a key part of the passing game. It could be tough to get going this week playing in a super hostile environment against a talented pass defense.
Justin Hunter - - The rookie is still not involved in the passing game enough to merit starting him, especially on the road against a tough defense.

Delanie Walker - - Has his good times, but with a poor matchup this week, it may be a good week to strongly consider other options.


Tennessee Titans - - The defense has been pretty solid, but there will be better weeks as they face a capable offense this week, one that typically does a good job of protecting the ball.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 24 - Tennessee Titans 13


Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - Sunday 1:00pm

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Was quiet last week as the passing game sputtered without Megatron. Faces a tough pass defense on the road this week, although if he has Megatron, he is more than capable of lighting them up. If he were out again, he becomes a riskier option.

Reggie Bush - - With Megatron out last week, the Packers took him away and made the WRs step up, which didn't happen. Has another tough matchup this week, although he can light up any defense. Even if Johnson is out, he still merits starting as he is still capable of breaking a long one (The Bills had success last week).
Joique Bell - - Has his moments and could get a goal line crack this week, although the Browns defense has been pretty tough this season, so it is probably a wise decision to explore other options again this week.

Calvin Johnson - - Don't expect the Lions to use Megatron as a decoy because of his injured knee. If he plays, he will be expected to produce. If he is unable to, he will sit. If he plays, you have to start him. If not, sit him. Easy as pie.
Golden Tate - - Finally found the end zone last week, so maybe that will get him going. Wilson continues to spread the wealth, so liable to continue to be hit or miss. Facing a solid Titans pass defense doesn't help, though certainly capable of finding the end zone if you really need him.
Kris Durham - - Found the end zone last week and maybe he will turn into receiver whom steps up opposite Megatron and turns into a decent bye week option. He is not there yet, although he is on the radar at least.
Kevin Ogletree - - Until he starts producing, I'd pass on him.
Ryan Broyles - - Was quiet last week, like pretty much the entire offense, and with a tough matchup this week, it is probably best to pass on him again.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Has started to show signs of life and is at least back into consideration for your fantasy team. Does face a pretty tough pass defense this week, although the Browns have had some issues covering the TE at times.


Detroit Lions - - The defense is coming off a tough game, but they have had some good times this year and have some play makers. Could benefit from facing an offense that is relying on a second year QB that has had some turnover woes, not to mention being sacked quite often.

Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel - - Coming off a strong performance and with Ponder still banged up, he is expected to start again. But the addition of Freeman could negatively impact him. It is unlikely Freeman will be ready to step in this week if Cassel struggles, but may be best to play it safe and avoid the situation at this time. He could pay off if you are really desperate though.

Adrian Peterson - - No need to sweat this decision. As usual, it doesn't matter who he plays, you just start him and be happy you are lucky enough to have All Day Peterson.

Greg Jennings - - Coming off a big game with a pair of touchdowns, although I'd still like to see him used a little more in the offense. Not the ideal matchup this week, though with Cassel expected to start again this week, he could be worth running out there again this week. He has the talent to produce as long as the QB can get him the ball.
Cordarrelle Patterson - - The rookie's role is expected to continue to grow, although he is still not involved in the offense enough to merit gambling on him yet.
Jerome Simpson - - Coming off a huge game with 124 receiving yards. With Cassel expected to start again this week, he could certainly be a pleasant surprise. Still would like to see a little more from him before truly starting him.
Jarius Wright - - Just not being targeted anywhere near enough to consider him worthy of being used in the fantasy football realm.

Kyle Rudolph - - Cassel didn't utilize him much last week, although he certainly is capable of getting the job done. Still his production through four games is less than a typical Jimmy Graham performance, so he is still not quite productive enough to consider him an ideal starting option.

Blair Walsh - - The offense is coming off a nice game and had the bye to prepare for what has been a capable NFL defense, which could make it tough to find the end zone and force the Vikings to settle for FG attempts. Dealing with a leg injury, so keep your eyes on his status.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense has been up and down, although they have enough play makers that they could be a worthy starting option this week as they face an inconsistent Panthers offense that has had some road woes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 23 - Detroit Lions 23


Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday 1:00pm

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Injuries at WR have piled up, although at least he has the under-rated Torrey Smith at his disposal. A great matchup can only help his cause this week, so he certainly could surprise.

Ray Rice - - Finally lived up to the hype last week. Does face a defense that has been tough to run on, but lost arguably its heart and soul to injury. Plus his receiving skills could really come in handy, so he is back to being a must start option.
Bernard Pierce - - With Rice healthy and back in the mix, he likely won't get quite enough touches to consider him worth starting.

Torrey Smith - - Just continues to light it up and still a little under the radar. A phenomenal matchup this week means you should definitely keep running him out there.
Steve Smith - - Can make a big play at any time and does have a nice matchup to exploit this week, so certainly could merit starting. Cam is starting to get more guys involved, which does cut into his potential somewhat.
Marlon Brown - - Still dealing with a hamstring injury, so even though he has a prime matchup, it is probably in your best interest to play it safe and look elsewhere (Now if he is announced a full go, maybe he pays off).
Jacoby Jones - - Still dealing with that injured knee and while he could return this week, it is probably best to wait until he has returned and proved he is a worthy option before considering him for your fantasy team.

Owen Daniels - - Been placed on the injured reserve, designated to return list, so he is out for at least eight weeks. Time to move on and find another TE.

Justin Tucker - - The offense is starting to get it together with Rice healthy and Smith lighting it up weekly. A splendid matchup this week should allow for the Ravens to put up some points and make Tucker a strong fantasy option.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense continues to play well and should be able to put pressure on Rodgers thanks to a leaky o-line. Though forcing turnovers is a little tougher to do.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon - - The rookie had an extra week to prepare for a struggling Eagles pass defense, so I would not be surprised if he actually put up some solid numbers this week. Still is a rookie QB that was probably thrown to the wolves before he was ready, so expect him to have some growing pains.

Doug Martin - - Struggled last time out and you can bet defenses will continue to focus on him while Glennon learns the ropes. On the plus side, a good matchup this week should allow him bounce back and return to being a productive member of fantasy society.
Bobby Rainey - - He is still not touching the ball much, so I'd continue to forget about using him.

Vincent Jackson - - Was quiet last time out as the rookie signal caller struggled out of the gate. With a bye week to help the duo become more comfortable with each other and a great matchup this week, V-Jax could bounce back and help your cause this week.

Brandon Myers - - Dealing with an injured ankle that could force him to sit out this week. With the offense still really not clicking and facing a good Bears defense, albeit one that has been susceptible to the pass, it may be best to pass on him this week.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The defense has made some big plays, though has been quiet most of the time. Facing an inexperienced QB, playing on the road while learning a new offensive system. So they could take advantage and surprise this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 23 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20


Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons - Sunday 1:00pm

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Coming off a huge game as he started to really utilize Jeffery. As he spreads it more, it can only help the overall passing attack. A strong matchup this week should allow him to keep it going.

Matt Forte - - Was quiet last week, at least to Forte's standard, but should have a great chance to bounce back this week against one of the league's worst defenses. Don't give up after one week, just start him and be happy you have him.

Brandon Marshall - - Was quiet last week as the Saints game planned to take him out of the game and has begun voicing his frustration (Not so much with his role, but that is likely the heart of it). A great matchup this week should help him bounce back and get it going again as the Bears try to make him a happy camper and use him heavily.
Alshon Jeffery - - Coming off a huge record setting performance. Though he is currently being slowed by an ankle injury and with Marshall a little frustrated, I expect him to be used a little more this week. Though Jeffrey certainly is becoming a legit fantasy threat and with a great mathcup this week, you may want to ride the hot streak. Keep an eye on that ankle though.

Martellus Bennett - - Keep an eye on that injured knee, although a favorable matchup this week can only help his cause, so if he is healthy enough to go, he likely merits a start.

Robbie Gould - - The offense should be in for a big day against the lousy Giants defense and get him plenty of scoring opportunities this week.

Chicago Bears - - The defense was quiet last week, although this week they face a Giants offense that has struggled much of the season and has been turning the ball over at an alarming rate, which is a strength of this defense.

Atlanta Falcons







Favorite: Even
Prediction: Chicago Bears 34 - Atlanta Falcons


San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 4:05pm

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - While he faces a tough task this week, the Chargers running game has struggled and with Mathews banged up, he could air it out a ton again this week. May make some mistakes, but likely will be in for another big yardage day.

Ryan Mathews - - Has struggled and was knocked out of the game with a concussion last week, so watch his status closely. The Colts have struggled against the run, though he has seen his playing time cut into by Woodhead, who appears to be the better option. May be a good idea to sit him out this week and allow him some time to heal.
Danny Woodhead - - Continues to be a huge threat in the passing game and while the Colts pass defense has been solid, they have struggled against the run. Should continue to see plenty of touches, especially as a receiver and with Mathews banged up, the touches could increase.
Donald Brown - - With Bradshaw lost for the season, he could see some action and did find the end zone last week. Likely won't be involved enough to merit starting and likely more of a handcuff to Richardson than anything else.

Keenan Allen - - The rookie is coming off a huge game and looks like he is starting to get comfortable with the offense. A tough matchup this week may give you the necessary excuse to sit him and allow him to prove he is ready for the limelight.
Eddie Royal - - Has really cooled off and appears the be the 4th or 5th option in the passing game now. Not the ideal matchup this week, so maybe you want to explore other avenues.
Vincent Brown - - Has started to emerge as one of the go to targets, although the rookie Allen may push him for that role. A tough matchup this week may have you lean toward other options this week, although you could do worse.

Antonio Gates - - Coming off another good week as Rivers continues to look the old crafty veterans way often. Not the ideal matchup, but for a TE, there are not many better options out there.

Nick Novak - - The offense cooled off some last week, although still has plenty of weapons and playing at home, which should allow them to put up their share of points.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense has been struggling and could be in for a rough day against a Colts offense that has been on quite the roll of late.

Oakland Raiders

Matt Schaub - - Was yanked last week and with loser fans taunting him at his house, etc, his confidence is likely in the dumpster. A solid matchup this week should help him find some confidence, but the risk of being benched again makes him a little riskier option then you probably want to take on.

Maurice Jones-Drew - - There is a good chance he won't get many carries as the Jaguars may be forced to abandon the run. Though his receiving skills could be huge this week, which should allow him to put up some nice fantasy numbers, especially in PPR leagues.
Darren McFadden - - With his injury history, there is probably a good chance he sits again this week. If he can go, maybe he could surprise since Chiefs can be run on. Still may be limited if he can go, so may want to play it safe and pass him up this week.
Marcel Reece - - With Jennings and DMC both banged up, he could be counted on in a big way this week. Chiefs can be run on and he is also a capable receiver, so he could surprise if you need to gamble on him. If either Jennings or DMC play, I'd stay away from him.
Jeremy Stewart - - Maybe he gets a handful of touches if Jennings and DMC are both out, but do you really think he is a worthy option? I don't either.

James Jones - - Coming off another big game as he has finally started to roll. This week he faces a Ravens pass defense that has been pretty tough of late, although the Packers three pronged attack could help them succeed. Definitely a guy you should continue starting since he is on a hot streak.
Rod Streater - - Found the end zone last week and is more than capable of making a big play any week. But he continues to be very inconsistent and against one of the top pass defenses in the league, it is probably wise to look elsewhere.
Denarius Moore - - Coming off a nice game, but this week he faces a tall order against a stupendous pass defense, so has a lot more risk than usual this week.
Greg Little - - Can make a big play here and there, but he is still not involved in the offense enough to consider him worthy of even a spot start.

Mychal Rivera - - Disappeared last week as the Raiders just don't consistently use the TE enough to merit starting either of them, especially against a strong Chiefs pass defense.

Sebastian Janikowski - - Coming off a big game, although this week the Raiders face a tough Chiefs defense in a hostile environment. Although touchdowns could be very tough to come by, so Janikowski could be heavily relied upon.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense is coming off a strong performance, though it likely won't last as they take to the road this week to face an offense that does a great job of limiting mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 23 - Oakland Raiders 13


Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks - Sunday 4:25pm

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Coming off a gigantic performance (Thanks for leading my team to 1st place and $50 in a Fanduel league). This week he should be able to keep rolling against a struggling Redskins pass defense (Don't expect him to need to go as big this week, but should still be a very strong option).
Brandon Weeden - - He has shown some flashes and filled in admirable last week when Hoyer went down. Still a risky option, but a solid matchup gives him enough upside to merit gambling on him if you are really in a major bind.

DeMarco Murray - - Cooled off some last week, although a touchdown helped his cause. This week he faces a garbage defense, which should allow him to roll big this week.

Dez Bryant - - Just continues to light it up and should be able to keep it going this week as the Cowboys host the Redskins and their horrible defense.
Terrance Williams - - With Austin likely back, his role could be cut some, although Romo will spread the wealth. Austin may still be a little limited so the rookie could still pan out if you want to give him a shot.
Cole Beasley - - With Austin likely to return, he likely won't see enough action to consider him worth gambling on.
Dwayne Harris - - Dealing with a hip injury, so even with a great matchup this week, you probably don't want to go here.

Jason Witten - - Coming off a huge game and has another great matchup to exploit this week. Has had plenty of big games against the Redskins during his career.
James Hanna - - Has his moments, although Witten is still the main man. With Austin likely back, that could cut into his chances as well.

Dan Bailey - - The offense should be able to light up the league's worst ranked defense and get him more than enough scoring chances this week.

Dallas Cowboys - - After a huge performance in Week One, they have cooled of. Still have play makers and face a Redskins offense that has been slow out of the gate, although one with plenty of weapons.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - Coming off a big game as he did a ton of damage on the ground. Faces an above average defense this week, although he can go off any week. Playing at home should help his cause as well.
Terrelle Pryor - - Coming off a huge game, although this week times will be much tougher as he faces a tough Chiefs defense, on the road in one of the more rowdy stadiums in the league. His running ability could help him produce just enough to consider him for a starter if your options are extremely limited (Hopefully they are not this limited though).

Marshawn Lynch - - Coming off another fine performance and should be busy again this week against a Titans defense that has had their issues against the running game. Unleash the beast.
Robert Turbin - - Nothing has changed this week. Still nothing more than a handcuff to Lynch.

Doug Baldwin - - Has his good moments, but also a lot of poor ones as well, since at times he is non-existent in the offense. Not a good enough matchup to recommend starting him this week.
Jermaine Kearse - - Found the end zone again last week, but continues to be a touchdown or nothing option, which is not a recipe for fantasy success, especially against a solid pass defense.
Sidney Rice - - Was quiet last week as the Seahawks seem to play musical WRs from week to week. Not the ideal matchup this week, so may want to strongly consider other options.

Zach Miller - - Still dealing with an injured hamstring, so you probably should let him sit out again this week.
Luke Willson - - With Miller banged up, he could be busier again this week. Still probably best to consider a more proven option.

Steven Hauschka - - The Titans defense is good enough that they could force the Seahawks to rely on the leg of Hauschka for some FG attempts this week.

Seattle Seahawks - - The defense is a little banged up, but still has plenty of weapons to give the inconsistent Titans offense fits, especially playing in the friendly confines of Seattle. Fitzpatrick has had some issues taking care of the ball throughout his career.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 34 - Seattle Seahawks 23


Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday 4:25pm

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - While he has been a little slow out of the gate, the bye week likely helped him get more confidence in that knee. This week's matchup against a struggling Cowboys pass defense could really help jump start his game.

Alfred Morris - - Sounds like his ribs should not be a factor, but don't forget to keep your eyes and ears open. The Cowboys have been tough to run on, but Morris is more than capable of giving them some trouble still.
Roy Helu - - With Morris expected to go, he likely won't get many carries, although his receiving skills could come in handy this week and potentially allow him to produce some modest numbers.

Pierre Garcon - - Just continues to get the job done and this week he faces a defense that has been susceptible to the pass and with the Redskins defense struggling, the Redskins could be forced to air it out often.
DeSean Jackson - - Talking smack to Revis is never a good thing, although he certainly has the talent to still make plays and the Eagles likely will try to get him away from Revis at times. Has more risk than usual with the tough matchup, but still merits starting if you don't have another strong option at your disposal.
Andre Roberts - - Just not productive enough to consider starting him against a stupendous Niners pass defense.
Santana Moss - - The veteran has his moments and a good matchup this week, so he could get the job done if you need to reach this far for WR help.
Leonard Hankerson - - Has shown flashes and with a favorable matchup this week and that the Redskins could be playing keep up, he could merit gambling on if your options are limited.
Aldrick Robinson - - RG3 will spread the wealth and a good matchup may allow him to surprise, but this is probably digging too far down the depth chart.

Jordan Reed - - The return of Davis could cut into his action, although he has shown some potential and could remain a threat even with Davis back. Probably want to see how this plays out before touching the Redskins TE situation again.

Kai Forbath - - Dealing with a groin injury, though he expects to be ready to roll. The offense has been a little inconsistent, although a week off likely will help RG3 and the offense get it going.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has really struggled, although they have quietly been a solid fantasy defense and could benefit from facing a QB that has made his share of dumb passes (Although he only threw his 2nd interception of the season last week).

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer - - Continues to struggling taking care of the ball, but at the moment, I'll stop referring to him as Mr. Pick Six, as that title now belongs to Matt Schaub. A tough matchup this week could make it tough for you to count on him this week.

Andre Ellington - - The Cardinals are afraid to overuse him for fear he would breakdown. Still will get chances to make plays, especially as a receiver, but with a tough matchup this week, it is probably not in your best interests to start him this week.
Jonathan Dwyer - - Like Jones, I'd forget about him at this time unless he proves he is worth starting.

Larry Fitzgerald - - Has the talent to light it up any week, although a tough matchup this week won't help his cause, especially with Palmer having cooled off after a hot start to the season.
Michael Floyd - - The youngster has had some nice games thus far, although still hit-or-miss and with a tough matchup this week, a miss is more likely.
Ted Ginn Jr. - - Continues to get his looks and while I'm still a little leery of him, a good matchup this week could help him produce enough to merit gambling on if you really need to reach this far.

John Carlson - - His targets are just too few and far between to consider him fantasy worthy.
Robert Housler - - Not targeted enough to consider him for your starting lineup.

Jay Feely - - The offense could find the going tough this week as they head on the road to face a good 49ers defense, so scoring could be a premium.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense has some play makers, although this week they will have their hands full against a solid 49ers offense that typically limits mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Washington Redskins 27 - Arizona Cardinals 10


New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday 8:30pm

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Coming off a big game, though this week he faces a tougher defense that will likely put plenty of pressure on him. May be forced to play catch up again, which could help his cause.

Rashad Jennings - - Knocked out Sunday (or early Monday morning) with an injured hamstring. Even if he can go, he could be limited, so probably would be wise to pass on him, especially since he is playing in a crazy hostile environment.
David Wilson - - Finds the end zone and then injures his neck. Considering the struggles thus far and the iffy matchup, it is probably best to play it safe and avoid him even if he can play.

Victor Cruz - - Cooled off last week, though the Giants likely will be forced to the air a ton again this week, so he certainly will get a chance to bounce back this week.
Rueben Randle - - Coming off a monster game, although has a taller order this week against a Bears defense that will likely pressure Manning a good bit. Although the Giants may be forced to play keep up and air it out a ton again, which will give him some upside.

Larry Donnell - - With Myers banged up, he could be counted on more than usual this week. Although it is probably a horrible idea to consider starting him.

Josh Brown - - With the offense still not exactly clicking and facing a good Bears defense on the road, it may be wise to move on to another kicker if you have not already done so.

New York Giants - - The defense continues to be downright putrid and even though Cutler has been known to throw some errant passes, it is just hard to rely on the Giants defense at this time.

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles - - Stepped up last week when Vick went out and put up some nice numbers. Not a bad matchup this week, although playing on the road may not be ideal, especially since he is still likely the new offense.

LeSean McCoy - - Actually struggled some last week, though still put up some nice fantasy numbers. Should continue to be super busy and has a decent matchup this week. As long as he is healthy and not on bye, you start him. No questions asked.
Darren Sproles - - Was really quiet last week and is away from the fast turf again this week. But with the WRs struggling to produce, he could be quite busy as a receiver this week and get back on track.
Chris Polk - - Like Brown, his touches are just too infrequent to consider him for your fantasy team.

Riley Cooper - - For a starting NFL WR, his overall numbers have been pretty poor. Maybe the QB change will help his cause, but unless he proves to be a worthwhile fantasy option, I'd forget all about him.

Zach Ertz - - The rookie has had a good moment here and there, but not enough of them to consider him for your lineup.
Brent Celek - - Found the end zone last week and with Revis looking to slow down D-Jax, he could see an uptick in his targets and become a nice fantasy option this week.

Alex Henery - - The offense kept rolling last week when Vick went out, so they should be able to move the ball this week. Although the Bucs defense could make it tough for them to finish drives and force them to settle for FG attempts.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense continues to struggle, although they are capable of making a big play or two against a struggling offense being led by a rookie QB who is still in over his head.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 23 - New York Giants 17


San Francisco 49ers at Saint Louis Rams - Monday 8:30pm

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Was really quiet last week as he hardly threw the ball. There is risk of that again, although the Cardinals are tough to run on, so he could be asked to air it out more, giving him plenty of upside.
Blaine Gabbert - - Dealing with an injured hamstring, so is out at least for this week's game.

Frank Gore - - Coming off another good game as he continues to roll. He will need to bring it this week as the Cardinals have been pretty good against the run, although Gore has had plenty of success during his career against them.
LaMichael James - - Still not touching the ball enough to consider him ready for the fantasy football world.

Anquan Boldin - - The 49ers passing game has cooled off lately as they have relied more on the run, although a good Cardinals run defense could force the 49ers to mix it up more this week.
Stevie Johnson - - Dealing with an injured back, although he is expected to play this week. With major question marks at QB and facing a good Bengals defense, it may be a good week to play it safe with another option. If you aren't enamored with any other option, he certainly could still produce.

Vernon Davis - - Coming off a big game and with no real No. 2 WR threat, he could be extra busy this week as the Cardinals defense could force them to throw it more this week.

Phil Dawson - - The offense has been rolling and should be able to keep it going this week, although the Cardinals defense is talented and could force them to settle for some field goals.

San Francisco 49ers - - The defense has plenty of weapons and faces an offense that has struggled to take care of the ball and a QB that has a history of pick sixes.

Saint Louis Rams

Sam Bradford - - Coming off a huge game, but that was against the NFL-Division I-AA Jaguars defense. This week he takes on the league's top ranked pass defense, on the road to boot. Not looking like the ideal week to roll the dice on Bradford.

Zac Stacy - - Coming off a pretty decent performance in his first start and earned another one this week. But still in a RB by committee and this week's matchup is a tougher one, albeit the Texans have had some issues defending the run. If you are in a bind, he could merit a shot since he should get a decent number of touches.
Benny Cunningham - - Being the third option in the Rams RB by committee is about as useful as a three dollar bill.
Isaiah Pead - - Forget about him as his role in the offense is pretty much non-existent.

Chris Givens - - Has cooled off and with a tough matchup this week, it is probably a wise move to explore your other options this week.
Austin Pettis - - Coming off a huge game as he has slowly turned into the Rams go to WR. The future looks like it could be bright, though this week he faces an exceptional pass defense, so may want to play it safe this week and strongly consider other options. If you need a Rams WR, he may be your best bet.
Tavon Austin - - The rookie is capable of making big plays, though Bradford has spread the wealth and this week the Rams will have their hands full against a top notched Texans pass defense.
Kenny Britt - - Continues to be in the dog house and until he proves otherwise, he is not worth starting, especially this week with the tough matchup.
Brian Quick - - His role in the passing game is still too minimal to consider him a viable fantasy option.

Jared Cook - - Kendricks has cut into his targets as Cook has cooled after a monster Week One performance. With a brutal matchup this week, on the road to boot, it may be best to sit him out this week.
Lance Kendricks - - Found the end zone last week as Bradford continues to spread the wealth. Cook is still likely the better option and with a crappy matchup this week, it is probably smart to look elsewhere.

Greg Zuerlein - - The Rams offense has some capable weapons, though they have been hit or miss. The Texans likely will make it tough on the Rams to find the end zone, so Legatron could be the key scoring threat this week.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense is coming off a big game and this week they face a QB who is the new Mr. Pick Six, having thrown one in four straight games. Can the Rams make it five in a row? Probably worth the risk considering the funk Schaub is in and the off-the-field insults he is taking.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: San Francisco 49ers 23 - Saint Louis Rams 16
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