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New York Jets at New England Patriots - Thursday 8:25pm

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - Continues to struggle and who knows how firm that grasp is on the starting gig. I'd do my best to avoid this situation entirely.

Chris Ivory - - While he has had some good moments and appears to be the No. 1 option at RB, h faces a good run defense in New England, so probably not the ideal starter.
Chris Johnson - - Coming off a game with a whopping four touches. Faces a solid Patriots defense on the road and just too hard to rely on him as Ivory continues to get more touches (Although he was bad last week as well).
Bilal Powell - - He is the third wheel in this broken cart of a Jets running game, so no way I'd consider starting him.

Eric Decker - - Coming off a nice game against his former team as he continues to be the only consistent fantasy threat for the Jets. Faces a tough matchup against the Patriots, though he has proven he can continue to get that job done, so still worth taking a shot on him.
Percy Harvin - - Was non-existent last week, or almost was I should say. But he can put up large numbers any week, though does face a strong pass defense, which could make him a bigger gamble than usual.
Jeremy Kerley - - Outside of Decker, there is no value to be found in the Jets WR corps.
Greg Salas - - See Kerley and apply the same, stay far away logic.
T.J. Graham - - In the same boat as the other non-Decker Jet WRs, so move along please.

Jeff Cumberland - - The continued emergence of Amaro likely spells the death of the already limited fantasy value for Cumberland.
Jace Amaro - - The rookie continues to see more action and make plays, so if you are in need of tight end help, he could be your man. Not the ideal matchup on the road, but if Jets trail early again, could be plenty of passing.

Nick Folk - - The offense may show some life at times, but for the most part they are just hard to trust. Plus they face a good defense, on the road, so may be wise to find another kicker.

New York Jets - - The defense has shown flashes, but will have their hands full against a Patriots offense that has started to find its groove and is usually pretty tough at home.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Coming off another monster performance as he has started to hit his stride. He does face a good Jets pass defense which did a good job of shutting him down in 2013. Still the way he has been rolling, he deserves another start, especially since he is at home.

Shane Vereen - - Could get going again with Ridley sidelined, though Bolden and possibly White could see action as well. Against a good Jets run defense, it may be a good time to see how this situation plays out. You just never know what you will get from the Patriots running attack from week-to-week.
Stevan Ridley - - Torn ACL and MCL in his knee has ended his 2014 season.
Brandon Bolden - - Expect his role to increase with Ridley sidelined, although he faces a good Jets run defense and who knows if Vereen becomes the bigger beneficiary. May be best to wait and see, although he may be the goal line option. Time will tell.
James White - - With Ridley injured, the rookie could get a chance, though he may still only be the 3rd option. Until he proves he is worth starting, I'd continue to sit him.

Brandon LaFell - - Coming off a big two touchdown performance and maybe he is finally starting to find his groove. Still not a sure thing, though has a solid matchup, so if you need to roll the dice with him, he could pay off.
Julian Edelman - - Continues to see plenty of targets from Brady, so expect him to get it done as usual, making him a nice starting option again.
Danny Amendola - - Continues to be non-existent, so it is probably in your best interests to continue to forget about him.
Aaron Dobson - - Still doing next to nothing and now may be worrying about Tyms, so I'd continue to forget about starting him.
Brian Tyms - - Found the end zone last time out, though it was his only reception. Until he starts being targeted a little more frequently, I'd pass on starting him.

Rob Gronkowski - - Continues to produce and facing a Jets defense he lit up last season (And other times throughout his career). So if you have him, keep on riding him.
Tim Wright - - Found the end zone again last week, though still not on the field all that often. A solid matchup could help his cause, though still looks like his value will be heavily tied to touchdowns, which could lead to inconsistency. Still a guy that can help you out if you need to take a shot with him.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The Jets defense is more than capable of forcing the Patriots to settle for field goal attempts, so he could be plenty busy.

New England Patriots - - The defense has plenty of play makers and face an offense that has really struggled to move and protect the ball, which should make them a wise starting option.

Favorite: New England Patriots by 9.5
Prediction: New England Patriots 26 - New York Jets 13


Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills - Sunday 1:00pm

Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater - - The rookie really struggled against the Lions, though to his credit the Lions have a very good defense. He heads on the road to face a Bills defense that has had issues defending the pass, so he could surprise. Still hard to rely on a rookie QB that is trying to find his way, though maybe he could pay off.

Jerick McKinnon - - The rookie appears to be pushing his way past Asiata. Faces a strong run defense in Buffalo, though his receiving skills could really come in quite handy this week and merit starting him, at least in PPR formats.
Matt Asiata - - Looks like McKinnon is taking aver as the main RB, so you probably want to look elsewhere for your starting RB.

Greg Jennings - - Still trying to get on the same page as Bridgewater. A good matchup could allow him to merit a gamble this week, assuming you are between a rock and a hard place. I'd prefer many other options, but he does have enough upside to merit gambling on if you really need to.
Cordarrelle Patterson - - Vikings still don't know how to use him properly and still not 100% with that injured hip. Has a good matchup, but continues to be a boom or bust option. His upside makes him worth the trouble, but you have to temper expectations in case he has yet another dud.
Jarius Wright - - While he had a big game a couple weeks back, he is still trying to get back in fantasy owners good graces. Maybe the exceptional matchup against a porous pass defense helps, so if you are in a bind, he could pay off. I'd still rather rely on a receiver with more upside and less risk.
Charles Johnson - - With Patterson not 100%, he saw some action last week, though he continues to not be in the fantasy discussion.

Chase Ford - - Was decent last week, though until he can consistently produce (And produce nice fantasy numbers), there is no reason to roll with him.

Blair Walsh - - A better matchup could help the offense, although still hard to rely on the Vikings to put up points considering the growing pains they are going through.

Minnesota Vikings - - Outside of a big performance in the opener, they have done little. They could benefit from facing an offense that isn't exactly instilling fear in opponents.

Buffalo Bills

Kyle Orton - - Coming off a solid performance, though he was forced to play catchup most of the game. The defense should have more success this week, so Bills are liable to run it more to exploit a weak Vikings run defense. Certainly could toss a couple TDs, but I'd rather go with a QB with less risk and a higher ceiling.

Fred Jackson - - At least he found the end zone against the Patriots, but expect him to bounce back nicely against a struggling Vikings run defense. Should continue to be the main man at RB as the wily veteran just continues to produce.

Sammy Watkins - - The rookie continues to be inconsistent, though he is a big play waiting to happen. Does face an iffy matchup, so that may give you a good excuse to explore other options.
Robert Woods - - Coming off a big game and maybe with Orton under center he will live up to his potential. Not the best matchup and since he has been quiet more often than not, it may be best to explore other options.
Mike Williams - - Was scratched last week and was healthy, so looks like he has fallen out of favor in Buffalo. Has been granted permission to look for a trading partner, so you can forget about using him.

Scott Chandler - - Coming off a big day, though that is his history. He will bust a nice one on occasion and then struggle most of the time. So I'd prefer to avoid him as usual, unless you are really desperate for TE help.

Dan Carpenter - - The offense has been inconsistent, although playing at home should give the offense a chance to succeed, although finishing drives may not be as easy, which could bode well for Carpenter.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense cooled off last week, though have made some plays and facing an offense that has been in a funk and utilizing a rookie QB still finding his way.

Favorite: Buffalo Bills by 4
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 23 - Minnesota Vikings 17


Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - Coming off a strong performance, which is impressive considering the weapons he was without. Against a Colts offense that is tearing it up, he may need to play keep up, which should bode well for his fantasy value (Although with his weapons banged up, he still has some risk).

Giovani Bernard - - Coming off his first career 100 yard rushing game as he continues to make big plays. Not the ideal matchup against the Colts, though he can bust one on any touch and his receiving skills also help his cause. Continue to ride your explosive back.
Jeremy Hill - - Found the end zone last week, although he is still seeing limited touches. Certainly capable of punching one any week, so has upside. It is just limited due to his limited touches, not to mention a so-so matchup against the Colts.

A.J. Green - - That injured toe is still an issue and expected to sit out again. If he can go, he has risk of being less effective, but his upside is too good to pass up. Sounding like you will need to find another option though.
Mohamed Sanu - - Coming off a monster performance as injuries are piling up in Cincy. With the injuries still in play this week, you can bet Sanu gets plenty of looks again, giving him a ton of upside. Downgrade him some if Green is able to fight through it and play.
Brandon Tate - - Say a larger role with Green out last week and did find pay dirt. Still has more risk than upside, so unless you are uber desperate for WR help, you are probably better off elsewhere.
Dane Sanzenbacher - - With Green banged up he could be more involved again. A solid matchup gives him some potential, though his upside is limited, so I'd prefer to lean on an option that has a better chance to put up big numbers.
James Wright - - Injuries could open the door for the rookie, but even if it does, he likely won't be used enough to have any real fantasy value.

Jermaine Gresham - - With Green out, he stepped up last week and may need to do it again against the Colts. Has a solid matchup, though if Green is able to play, he becomes a riskier option.

Mike Nugent - - Coming off a rough week, only because he missed a chip shot that resulted in a tie. Still had a big fantasy day and as long as he is still the Bengals kicker Sunday, he should be busy again. Needs to improve that accuracy though.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense has struggled the last couple times out and head on the road to face one of the league's best offenses. They certainly have enough talent to make some plays though will have their hands full and not the best week to start them.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Continues to light it up and hosts a talented Bengals defense, though one that has been torched the last couple games, so definitely need to keep riding arguably the hottest QB in football.

Trent Richardson - - He continues to struggle to put up yards, though he continues to be saved by touchdowns, which he can do any week. Not a bad matchup, so if you need him, he could pay off. Not the largest upside considering his struggles with yardage.
Ahmad Bradshaw - - Continues to produce and has emerged as the better fantasy threat, though T-Rich still being involved does limit his upside. Faces a Bengals defense that is in a funk, so could be in for another nice performance, although his ceiling could be much higher with a larger role.

T.Y. Hilton - - Coming off another monster game (The Texans are about to be renamed Hilton's bit...each). Facing a defense that has talent, but is coming off a pair of rough outings. The way Hilton is rolling, you have to keep riding him.
Reggie Wayne - - Has cooled off lately, though as he has proven throughout his career, he can explode at any time. Bengals pass defense has had major issues of late, so has plenty of upside.
Hakeem Nicks - - He is still not being used enough to merit starting him, so unless you are in a major bind, I'd continue to explore other options.
Donte Moncrief - - The rookie is just not seeing enough action to consider him much of a fantasy threat.

Dwayne Allen - - Continues to battle inconsistency, though he does face a Bengals defense that continues to have issues defending the tight end, giving him enough upside to merit a start.
Coby Fleener - - Has his moments, but still not being targeted quite enough to consider him an ideal option, although does face a defense that has struggled against the tight end, so if you really need to gamble on him, this may be the week.

Adam Vinatieri - - The offense is rolling and the Bengals have the weapons to force them to settle for some FG attempts, so expect a busy day for the Colts veteran kicker.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense has its moments, but will have their hands full this week with a good offense that has done a very good job of limiting mistakes and has only allowed two sacks all season.

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 3
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 33 - Cincinnati Bengals 27


Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday 1:00pm

Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer - - Didn't have to do much last week and while he has a good matchup again, he may spend a lot of time handing the ball off again, so his upside is limited.

Ben Tate - - Coming off a strong game as the Browns will likely look to run the ball often again to exploit a struggling run defense. The loss of Mack will hurt, though the running game should still be able to get it done this week.
Isaiah Crowell - - While Tate is the go to guy, Crowell is still getting his touches and a nice matchup should give him a chance to produce enough to merit starting, if you are in a bind.
Terrance West - - Not involved in the game plan at this time with Tate and Crowell playing so well, there is no reason to consider starting him, even with the ideal matchup. May see a little action this week, but until he can prove he has a role in the three-headed RB attack, I wouldn't start him.

Andrew Hawkins - - Coming off a quiet day, although facing a struggling defense so could get back on track. After a goose egg last week, he has risk, but the matchupo gives him enough upside to merit gambling on.
Miles Austin - - Still not touching the ball near enough to consider him fantasy worthy, even with a great matchup like he has against the Jaguars.
Taylor Gabriel - - The rookie is still not being used much, so I'd continue to forget about relying on him.
Travis Benjamin - - Was quiet against the Steelers, but facing a defense that has struggled so has good upside. Definitely no sure thing, but as he has proven at times, he can make big plays. Risky, but has enough upside to merit starting.

Jordan Cameron - - Finally put up big numbers, though still only had three receptions. A good matchup should give him a chance to put up big numbers, so certainly worth running with yet again.

Billy Cundiff - - The offense has been coming on and with a great matchup, they should be able to put up points again. Playing on the road could force them to settle for FG attempts, which could boost Cundiff's value.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense is coming off a big game, though could be in for a letdown on the road after an emotional rivalry game. Still the Jaguars offense has struggled and being led by a rookie QB, so definitely have plenty of upside.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles - - The rookie has shown flashes of potential and does have a nice matchup since the Browns have had issues defending the pass (Although are coming off a strong performance). Still would prefer to rely on a more proven option.

Denard Robinson - - While he should see some touches and has an outside shot to surprise in PPR leagues, I'd be hard pressed to rely on him, even with a good matchup.
Toby Gerhart - - Still dealing with that injured foot and who knows how the RB situation will play out, even if he can start. Not a bad matchup, but considering the struggles of the Jaguars running game, it may be best to avoid them all.
Storm Johnson - - Found the end zone last week to salvage some value, but for the most part was ineffective. Faces a struggling run defense, but the Jaguars may spread the wealth at RB, plus Bortles can run, so all of them are risky options.
Jordan Todman - - Is the longest of the long shots, so I'd continue to forget about using him.

Cecil Shorts - - Coming off a big game, though likely will draw the attention of Haden, albeit teams haven't been overly afraid to avoid him. Considering that now that he is healthy Bortles likes to look his way, he deserves a shot.
Allen Robinson - - The rookie continues to step up and has a good matchup, so if you need to roll with him, he could pay off.
Allen Hurns - - Has cooled off and with Sanders and Lee now in the mix, he becomes a much riskier option. A good matchup could help his cause, though still a gamble with lots of risk.
Ace Sanders - - Has done nothing since his return from suspension, so even though the Browns pass defense has had some issues, there is no reason to consider starting him. Make him prove his worth before even thinking about him.
Marqise Lee - - The hamstring woes may be in the rear view mirror, but I'd still wait for him to actually produce before considering him starter worthy, even with a good matchup.

Clay Harbor - - Coming off a nice performance and Bortles appears to want to get him involved. He has a good matchup, so if you need to take a chance on him, he could be worth a shot.

Josh Scobee - - While I can see the offense taking advantage of a good matchup and moving the ball, it is hard to rely on the Jaguars offense to put up points. While I expect him to actually produce, there is just too much risk with him to feel good about starting him.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defense continues to struggle and facing an offense that has done a good job of protecting the ball, so continue to be an iffy fantasy option.

Favorite: Cleveland Browns by 5
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 23 - Jacksonville Jaguars 16


Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins - Sunday 1:00pm

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - Still dealing with that injured thumb and his status is up in the air. Has a decent matchup, but since he is banged up, it may be best to play it safe and explore other options.
Charlie Whitehurst - - Was quiet last week and even with a decent matchup, it is probably wise to look elsewhere as I hope you are not forced to reach this far for a starting QB.

Shonn Greene - - Dealing with a hamstring injury and even if he can go, Sankey appears to have the inside track due to his upside. So probably not a guy you want to be relying on.
Bishop Sankey - - Showed some flashes against the Jaguars, but faces a better defense in Washington. Could surprise though, but still would like to see a little more production from him before plugging him into my lineup.
Dexter McCluster - - Has his moments, mainly as a receiver. Though still hard to rely on a guy that sees so few touches. Maybe if you are desperate in a PPR league he could get you something, but probably not enough to make you happy.

Kendall Wright - - Was quiet last week, though has a decent matchup and has the most upside of the Titan receivers, though he is a better option if Locker is able to suit up.
Nate Washington - - While he may make a big play on occasion, for the most part he has limited fantasy value, so not a guy you want to rely on.
Justin Hunter - - Can make a big play against any defense, but is also known to struggle to produce often. Not a bad matchup, so he could help if you are in a pinch, though you probably should explore other options.

Delanie Walker - - Probably the most consistent receiving threat on the Titans and does have a solid matchup this week. While his upside may not be as good as some tight ends, he has a legit shot to put up solid numbers.

Ryan Succop - - The offense has been inconsistent, so you are probably better off relying on a kicker on a more potent offense.

Tennessee Titans - - Coming off a good game, though they face a more experienced offense, on the road to boot. Probably not the ideal starting option.

Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins - - While he has shown flashes, he really hasn't been all that and isn't making it look like he will keep the starting gig when RG3 is healthy in a couple weeks. Does have a nice matchup, so if you need him, he could help your cause.

Alfred Morris - - Was quiet against the Cardinals, but goes from facing a good run defense to one that has struggled. Expect him to get back on track and merit getting back into your starting lineup.
Roy Helu - - Still not touching the ball a ton, so best suited as a sport fill-in if your options are limited, which hopefully they are not.

Pierre Garcon - - Coming off a game with a touchdown and has a nice matchup against an iffy Titans pass defense. With Reed back, there are more mouths to feed, which could cut into his upside.
DeSean Jackson - - Continues to make big plays and has a good matchup worth exploiting against Tennessee, so definitely should remain in your lineup.
Andre Roberts - - While he has shown flashes, including a solid performance last time out, there are just too many other options, so even with a nice matchup, he is best suited on your bench or waiver wire.
Ryan Grant - - The rookie is just not seeing much action, so I'd continue to pass him by.

Jordan Reed - - Coming off a nice game and looks like he is back and ready to contribute. A nice matchup should give him enough upside to start him, if you are on the fence.
Niles Paul - - With Reed healthy, he likely will not see much action as a receiver, which will limit his fantasy value.

Kai Forbath - - The offense has weapons and a good matchup, though the Titans defense is capable of forcing them to settle for some FG attempts.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has struggled fantasy wise much of the season, though they do have some play makers and are facing an offense that has had issues.

Favorite: Washington Redskins by 4.5
Prediction: Washington Redskins 23 - Tennessee Titans 13


Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1:00pm

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - He may not have many big games, but he can get you some decent production and with a nice matchup, he could help you out of a bind if you need to lean on him.

Lamar Miller - - With Moreno now lost for the season, he is back to the featured runner. Expect him to be busy, though the Bears have been pretty solid against the run, which could limit his upside, though still a guy that can be counted on as a starter.
Daniel Thomas - - With Moreno lost for the season, he could get some shots are toting the rock. Though until he proves he is worthy, I'd continue to ignore his presence.
Damien Williams - - The rookie could see some touches with Moreno gone, though unless he proves he has some fantasy value, there is no reason to consider him for your team.

Mike Wallace - - While he may not be putting up huge numbers thus far, his weekly numbers have been pretty nice and he has been relatively consistent. A good matchup should give him a shot to keep on rolling.
Brian Hartline - - His production continues to slip this season and even with a solid matchup, it is hard to rely on him since his upside seems to be much lower than in previous seasons.
Jarvis Landry - - He got a chance last week and shined, so he could be a pleasant surprise as the season progresses. A solid matchup could help his cause, though I'd still like to see a little more consistent production before considering him fantasy worthy.
Brandon Gibson - - Still dealing with that hamstring and since his upside is minimal when healthy, it is probably best to look elsewhere.

Charles Clay - - Continues to disappoint, so I'd explore other options and forget about him until the time he and the Dolphins decide he should have a larger role in the offense. His knee being dinged won't help matters.
Dion Sims - - If Clay can't go, he could pickup the production, though that hasn't been much to date, so he would not be a guy I'd want to rely on.

Caleb Sturgis - - The inconsistent offense makes him a risky option, albeit one with a good matchup, so I wouldn't be surprised if he got the job done.

Miami Dolphins - - They have been inconsistent and face an offense that has plenty of weapons, albeit one that has a QB that can be sacked and will try to force some balls he shouldn't. So if you need to take a chance on them, it could pay off.

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Continues to put up strong numbers and while he faces a solid Dolphins defense, he has too many weapons to keep in check and the way he has rolled, deserves another shot.

Matt Forte - - Coming off a monster performance, though goes from facing a porous defense to a solid one. He can light up any defense and has been on a nice roll, so keep on riding your high draft pick.
Ka'Deem Carey - - Still mainly a handcuff to Forte, so continue to forget about starting him.

Brandon Marshall - - Coming off a strong performance, although a TD would have been nice. Iffy matchup, but he can light up any defense, so if you have him, keep on riding him.
Alshon Jeffery - - Coming off strong game as well and like Marshall a touchdown would have been a plus. Not the best matchup though he can light up any defense, so unless you are super loaded at WR, you need to keep riding your talented receiver.
Santonio Holmes - - Continues to be non-existent on offense, so continue to forget about using him.
Josh Morgan - - Found the end zone last week, but that was his only target and just too many other options to consider him worthy of a spot start.

Martellus Bennett - - After a blistering start to the 2014 campaign, he has cooled off lately. Not the ideal matchup, but you can certainly do worse than Bennett who the defense can't pay too much attention to or face the wrath of the WRs.

Robbie Gould - - The offense should be able to put up points on the Dolphins defense, although they have enough weapons to make it tough to finish drives, which could mean a strong performance from Gould.

Chicago Bears - - The defense has play makers and facing an inconsistent offense that has had some turnover woes. Injuries are piling up, so definitely no sure thing.

Favorite: Chicago Bears by 3.5
Prediction: Chicago Bears 23 - Miami Dolphins 20


New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions - Sunday 1:00pm

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - Faces a tough defense and has had some struggles on the road. Though the extra week to prepare should help his cause, but definitely a riskier option than he usually is. Though unless you have another strong option at QB, he should be in your starting lineup as usual.

Mark Ingram - - Hopes to return from that injured hand, though still in a RB by committee and while he has stepped it up this season, he faces a tough Lions defense, so may be best to pass on him.
Pierre Thomas - - With Ingram hoping to return, the backfield gets crowded once again. His receiving skills could help, but with a brutal matchup, it may give you a good excuse to pass and see how the situation plays out.
Khiry Robinson - - Had been playing well, though the return of Ingram will cut into his touches. With a tough matchup, it may be best to play it safe and see how the situation plays out.

Marques Colston - - The injury to Graham could mean a larger role for Colston, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him step it up. A tough matchup against the Lions on the road, though his upside is high enough to consider him a viable starting option anyway.
Brandin Cooks - - Continues to get plenty of looks from Brees and with Graham likely out, he could see even more touches. Faces a tough matchup, but the Saints can move the ball on anyone, even though they have struggled away from the Super Dome.
Kenny Stills - - Still hasn't been doing enough to justify starting him, especially against a good Lions pass defense. Maybe the bye week will help get him on track, but I wouldn't want to find out the hard way by starting him.
Robert Meachem - - Big play or nothing, so I'd play it safe, especially considering the tough matchup.
Joseph Morgan - - Could see some action with Graham likely out, but I'd be very hard pressed to consider him.

Jimmy Graham - - Expected to miss at least this week (And potentially another game or two) with an injured shoulder. If somehow he can go, his upside is too good to pass up (Even though he may be limited or be more of a decoy). I'm guessing he sits and you won't have to worry about starting him and hoping he plays enough.
Ben Watson - - Will get a chance to step up with Graham likely out and has had some success in the past. He is not in the same class as Graham and faces a tough matchup, but you can do worse than the wily veteran who has gotten it done in the past.
Josh Hill - - Likely will see some action as well if Graham is out as expected. Still hard to rely on a guy with such a limited track record.

Shayne Graham - - The Saints have struggled away from home and face a tough Lions defense. Though they certainly are capable of moving the ball, but I can see them struggling to finish off drives.

New Orleans Saints - - The defense continues to be atrocious and while the Lions are dealing with loads of injuries and may not exactly be lighting it up, you can't discount just how bad the Saints defense has been.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Hasn't been himself lately, though when you are without a fully functioning weapon like Megatron, that will hurt. The likely return of Bush should give the passing game a much needed lift and with a good matchup, he should have a shot to bounce back. Probably doesn't have the upside he usually has, but he should be able to get the job done.

Reggie Bush - - Expected to return from that injured ankle and faces a defense that has struggled against pass catching backs, which should really help Bush, especially with Calvin Johnson still banged up.
Joique Bell - - Coming off a nice game and faces a struggling defense and with Megatron likely out, they may rely more on the running game, which gives Bell a lot of potential.
Theo Riddick - - That hamstring is still iffy, though the return of Bush and a healthy Bell likely means he is the 3rd option at best, so you can forget about using him.
George Winn - - With Bush hopeful to return, Winn probably won't see much action, so you can forget about him.

Calvin Johnson - - Could play this week or could sit out for a few weeks. Who really knows. He is definitely nowhere near 100% and if he plays, he could be limited or be used as a decoy. But his upside it too good to pass up if he plays, so it is a tough call. If he can go, considering the good matchup I'd probably give him a shot, although my gut says he will sit out again.
Golden Tate - - He didn't exactly light it up last week, though he is more than capable of giving a struggling Saints pass defense trouble, so keep on riding him. May actually have more upside if Megatron can go, so I wouldn't be afraid either way.
Jeremy Ross - - Maybe if Megatron can't go, he could benefit, although that wasn't the case last week. Does have a good matchup, but I'd like to see him get it done before relying on him.
Corey Fuller - - Maybe he sees a little more action, but I'd much prefer to find an offense that actually has a legitimate chance to produce.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Just not being used much at all, even with Megatron banged up, so I'd continue to forget about Pettigrew who was a solid fantasy option with an expected bright future at one point.
Eric Ebron - - Hamstring could slow him down and considering he isn't exactly lighting up the fantasy world, it is probably wise to explore other options.

Matt Prater - - Must be something in the Detroit water that is contagious as he missed a pair of FGs in his debut. Attribute it to rust and hope he bounces back when he gets to kick in the calm dome against a struggling defense.

Detroit Lions - - The defense continues to play well, though they face a talented Saints offense. On the plus side, New Orleans has had some struggles on the road, which could help the Lions continue to make big plays.

Favorite: Detroit Lions by 3
Prediction: Detroit Lions 23 - New Orleans Saints 20


Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers - Sunday 1:00pm

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Coming off a huge game as injuries at RB had him running the ball more often. While he faces a good pass defense, he could really give them fits with his legs making him a nice option again.

Jonathan Stewart - - Expected to return from that injured knee, so keep your ears open. With the injury bug still running wild in Carolina's backfield, he should be quite busy and faces a Packers defense that has struggled against the run, so he has a lot of upside.
Fozzy Whittaker - - Dealing with a quad injury and even if he can go, with Stewart expected back, he probably isn't worth the risk when he is banged up.

Kelvin Benjamin - - Suffered a concussion and his status is up in the air. Faces a good pass defense, though they could be forced to play keep up again, which could help his cause. Bigger risk than usual, but Cam has to lean on someone and Benjamin has the tools to give any defense fits.
Jerricho Cotchery - - Has his moments and with Benjamin dealing with a concussion, he could be thrust into a bigger role. Not the best matchup, so may be best to explore other options if there are any.
Jason Avant - - A banged up Benjamin could open the door for Avant to produce, but not the ideal matchup so you may want to look elsewhere.
Brenton Bersin - - Probably too big a long shot to consider him fantasy worthy.
Philly Brown - - Hard to tell if he or Bersin are the bigger long shot, but neither is worth taking a chance on.

Greg Olsen - - Has been playing well, though dealing with an injured ankle. Sounds like he expects to play and while he could be hampered somewhat, he is still liable to get it done, especially with Benjamin banged up.
Ed Dickson - - If Olsen's ankle takes a bad turn, he could be counted on more, though he doesn't have the chemistry with Newton that Olsen has, so probably not going to put up similar numbers (Though he could be serviceable if you are really in a bind).

Graham Gano - - The Panthers offense has a good matchup, though injuries are really hurting them, which could lead to struggles to find the end zone and force them to rely heavily on Gano again.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense has talent, but still having some issues and faces an offense that is rolling, which could make for another long day.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - Coming off another big game and faces a defense that has been struggling, so he will have a good chance to keep it going. So if you have him, keep on riding him.

Eddie Lacy - - Coming off a quiet game and Starks continues to cut into his touches. Though he faces a struggling run defense and would likely be the goal line guy, which could come into play this week. Not as safe as I'd like, but the matchup should really give him a shot to come up big.
James Starks - - He is really starting to see more action, though he likely won't see much goal line action. But his receiving skills help his cause in PPR leagues, so if you are in a bind, he could be worth a shot.

Jordy Nelson - - Continues to roll and facing a pass defense that has struggled, so expect him to keep rolling. Just keep on plugging in your very productive receiver.
Randall Cobb - - Another good game and he can make big plays against anybody. A good matchup should allow him to keep it going and gives him potential for a big performance.
Davante Adams - - The rookie has been stepping up and expected to keep Boykin in the rear view. But there is a little uncertainty with Boykin, so he has some risk. A good matchup helps, so I wouldn't be afraid to roll the dice on him.
Jarrett Boykin - - Hopes to return from that injured groin, but it is likely too late as Adams appears to have forced his way past him, making Boykin nothing but waiver wire fodder.

Andrew Quarless - - Found the end zone last week, though he is still not being used enough to consider him much of a starting option, so I'd continue to explore other options.

Mason Crosby - - The offense should be able to keep it going as the Panthers defense has had issues lately, so expect plenty of scoring chances.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense has put up some nice games, though are facing an offense that is capable, but is dealing with quite a few injuries, which could help their cause.

Favorite: Green Bay Packers by 7
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 34 - Carolina Panthers 23


Seattle Seahawks at Saint Louis Rams - Sunday 1:00pm

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - Was quiet against the Cowboys and faces a defense that has been good against the pass and horrible against the run, so may hand it off early and often. He can throw multiple touchdowns any week and his legs could come in handy.

Marshawn Lynch - - Was quiet last week, though faces a Rams run defense that has been horrible this season, so expect him to bounce back in a big way.
Robert Turbin - - If the Seahawks can get to the Rams early, he could see action late against a bad run defense. Hard to rely on him getting carries if its a blowout, especially a division game on the road.

Doug Baldwin - - Has his moments, but like most of the Seahawks WRs, he is very inconsistent as Wilson spreads the wealth. Faces a good pass defense, so probably has more risk than usual.
Jermaine Kearse - - Like Baldwin, he can get it done any week, but also often struggles to produce. Not a very good matchup, so you probably want to explore other options.
Ricardo Lockette - - While he may get an occasional bone thrown his way, there are way too few of them to consider him fantasy worthy.

Zach Miller - - Out again with injured ankle.
Luke Willson - - Starts again with Miller still sidelined, but just hasn't been utilized enough to consider him worth taking a chance on.

Steven Hauschka - - The offense should be able to roll this week, though playing on the road could lead to field goal attempts.

Seattle Seahawks - - The defense is fired up after a rough outing and will look to take out its frustrations on a struggling Rams offense that is led by an inexperienced QB.

Saint Louis Rams

Austin Davis - - The youngster will have his hands full against a good Seahawks defense, though they have had some issues against the pass. Still hard to rely on him against the Legion of Boom.

Tre Mason - - The rookie could see action with Stacy banged up, but likely will find the running room hard to come by against a strong Seahawks run defense.
Benny Cunningham - - Found the end zone last week and a banged up Stacy could mean more touches. Has a tough matchup, though if the Rams fall behind early, he could make some hay as a receiver and merit a start in PPR leagues. Still would rather lean elsewhere if you can.
Zac Stacy - - Injured ankle could keep him out or limit him. When you factor in the tough mathcup, it is probably wise to play it safe and eliminate him from the starting discussion this week.

Brian Quick - - Disappeared last week, though he has been the most consistent of the Rams receivers and if they fall behind early, he could put up some garbage production. Not the ideal matchup, but you can do worse.
Kenny Britt - - Has started to show some signs of life, but with a tough matchup, it is probably best to explore other options again.
Tavon Austin - - Looks like maybe they are trying to get him involved. A tough matchup won't help and I'd like to see him involved more before starting him again.
Chris Givens - - Just not producing enough to consider starting him against a good defense.
Stedman Bailey - - Like Givens, he just isn't ready to help your team.

Jared Cook - - May have his moments, but has a tough matchup and just not producing enough to merit taking a chance on him.
Lance Kendricks - - Like Cook, he could make a play or two, but I'd feel much more comfortable with many of the other tight end options out there.

Greg Zuerlein - - The offense will likely find the going tough against a strong defense, though playing at home could help and touchdowns may be very hard to come by, so you never know.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense has weapons and can be tough at home, but faces a talented offense that typically doesn't beat themselves, which will limit chances to fantasy points.

Favorite: Seattle Seahawks by 6.5
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 27 - Saint Louis Rams 10


Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1:00pm

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Was OK last week, at least considering what he is capable of. Would help if the Falcons could run the ball to help take some of the pressure off the passing game. On the plus side, they face a Ravens defense that has had issues defending the pass, which should help his cause.

Steven Jackson - - Continues to struggle and faces a good run defense, so I'd continue to find yourself another starting RB.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - Still not getting enough touches to consider him worth taking a chance on.
Antone Smith - - Had a season high six touches last week and found the end zone yet again (That is four straight games for those keeping track at home). Can he make it five and merit a start? Still hard to rely on a guy getting so few touches, but hard to argue with his explosiveness.

Julio Jones - - Dealing with an ankle injury but expected to be fine, although he could be a half step slower than usual. Should be able to take advantage of an iffy Ravens pass defense and produce as usual.
Roddy White - - Has cooled off, though faces a Ravens defense that has had some woes defending the pass, so the veteran could get back on track. Has a proven track record, so certainly a guy that deserves a shot if needed.
Harry Douglas - - Still dealing with that injured foot, so continue to forget about him. Even when he is healthy he is a risky option.
Devin Hester - - Has a tweaked hammy, but should be good to go again. Though he has been quiet the last few weeks and is once again an all or nothing option. I'd prefer to rely on an option that is more heavily relied upon.

Levine Toilolo - - Still not being utilized much, so I'd continue to forget about starting him.

Matt Bryant - - The offense has been in a little funk, at least a minor one. Faces a solid defense, though one that has had issues defending the pass, which is what the Falcons do best.

Atlanta Falcons - - The struggling defense will have their hands full against a Ravens offense that has been on a roll, so could be another tough week to be a Falcons fantasy owner (Which hopefully you are not and if so, you probably should explore other options). Honestly Hester's return skills are pretty much all they have going for them.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Coming off a monster, ginormous performance and faces another horrible NFC South pass defense, so has a chance to put up big numbers again (Though he likely won't come close to last week's output).

Justin Forsett - - Coming off a big game and appears to be the main man at RB for the Ravens. A good matchup against a leaky Falcons run defense could allow him to put up big numbers, so I think he could be a strong option worthy of a start.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - - Looks like the 3rd wheel, though has a good matchup, so who knows. But I'd rather not rely on him and his limited touches.
Bernard Pierce - - Found the end zone last week, though Forsett appears to have pulled ahead in the RB race. A good matchup could allow him to produce if you really need to gamble on him, though I'd feel more comfortable relying on a more heavily used RB.

Steve Smith - - Coming off yet another big game and faces another porous pass defense, so definitely want to keep him in your starting lineup.
Torrey Smith - - Was that a Torrey Smith sighting last week? I think it was thanks to a pair of touchdowns. Still risky since that is pretty much all he has done, but with another great matchup, he may be worth gambling on.
Marlon Brown - - Expected to return from injury, though still probably won't be targeted enough to consider him a viable option.
Jacoby Jones - - Wasn't doing much with Brown out and now that is he expected back, he probably will do even less (Can you even do less than nothing?).

Owen Daniels - - Has been inconsistent, though with a tasty matchup, it could be a good time to dust him off. Although he certainly is no sure thing, so don't bypass a more proven option to gamble on him.

Justin Tucker - - The offense should be able to light up the scoreboard again and keep Tucker plenty busy.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense has the weapons to make plays, though is facing a capable offense, albeit one that has cooled off lately and is struggling to run the ball.

Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 7
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 27 - Atlanta Falcons 17


Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers - Sunday 4:05pm

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Typically hasn't been throwing it enough to justify starting him, though he did throw for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns last season in the lone meeting he faced them. Though this defense is much better than the 2013 version and the Chiefs passing game has been struggling this season.

Jamaal Charles - - He lit up the Chargers last season (And the 2nd meeting he was out and Davis did the lighting up), although the Chargers defense has improved. But he should be busy and can light up any defense, so keep on riding him.
Knile Davis - - Still mainly a handcuff to Charles, so likely won't see enough touches to merit a start, especially when you factor in the tough matchup.

Dwayne Bowe - - Still not producing enough to merit starting, especially considering the Chargers pass defense has been pretty good this season (although he did find the end zone against them last season).
A.J. Jenkins - - A banged up Avery could open the door for more touches, but considering I can probably count on one hand (Probably one finger) how often he has been a useful fantasy option and there is no reason to rely on him.
Junior Hemingway - - Just not producing enough to consider him worthy of a start, especially with an iffy matchup.
Frankie Hammond - - Maybe Avery's injury opens the door for him, but I sure as heck don't want to walk through it.
Donnie Avery - - Out with an injured groin and even when healthy, he is a less than ideal option.

Travis Kelce - - At least he found the end zone last time out to salvage the day and with the wide receivers struggle, he should be instrumental as a receiver. Still would like to see them utilize him even more, which could help him become one of the better tight ends in the league.
Anthony Fasano - - Just not seeing much action as a receiver, so I'd continue to forget about him.

Cairo Santos - - The Chiefs offense has been playing well, though against a good Chargers defense, it could struggle to finish drives and have Santos busy trying to convert field goals into points.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense hasn't been near as productive this season and will have their hands full on the road against an offense that has been on fire.

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Gave the Chiefs defense fits last season and he has been rolling, so you probably want to keep riding him this week, especially at home.

Ryan Mathews - - Still out with an injured knee, but hopeful to return in a week or two.
Branden Oliver - - Coming off a big game and still the feature RB with Mathews still sidelined. Though faces a much better run defense, but still should see plenty of action.
Donald Brown - - Dealing with a concussion and even if he can go, Oliver would likely be the feature back.
Shaun Draughn - - With Brown banged up, he could see a little action, key word "little". So likely has no fantasy value whatsoever.

Keenan Allen - - Was quiet last time out, though he had plenty of success against the Chiefs last season and with Royal not at 100%, he could see more targets.
Malcom Floyd - - Coming off a strong performance, though Royal injuring his ribs may have helped his cause. If Royal can't go, give him a little bump up in value. Still is a hit or miss option, so proceed with caution.
Eddie Royal - - Continues to find the end zone, though is dealing with injured ribs, so watch his status closely. If he can go, he has a decent enough matchup to keep riding him, though he is a little riskier option.
Seyi Ajirotutu - - Just not seeing much action, so I'd continue to forget about him.

Antonio Gates - - Found the end zone against last week, though he hasn't been as busy of late. On the plus side, he continues to find the end zone and has had plenty of success against the Chiefs during his career, so you should continue to plug him into your starting lineup.
Ladarius Green - - He has the tools to make big plays, though still the second fiddle to Gates, which limits his upside. A decent matchup could help, but still not the ideal starting option.

Nick Novak - - The offense is rolling and should have success moving the ball, though I can see the Chiefs defense making it tough in the red zone and keeping Novak busy again.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense has been improved this season (Although last week wasn't pretty), though facing an offense the usually doesn't beat themselves.

Favorite: San Diego Chargers by 4
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 23 - Kansas City Chiefs 20


Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 4:25pm

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer - - Put up nice numbers in his return, though heads on the road to face a solid Raiders pass defense. Cardinals may rely a little more on the run this week to exploit the hole in the Raiders defense.

Andre Ellington - - Still not 100%, but expected to be good to go Sunday against a bad Raiders run defense, which could lead to a big game to Ellington.
Stepfan Taylor - - Still not being used much, so unless Ellington suddenly is scratched, he has no business being started.

Michael Floyd - - Dealing with a groin injury, though expected to be fine for Sunday. Not the ideal matchup, but he certainly is capable of giving the Raiders some trouble.
Larry Fitzgerald - - Holy cow, we had a Fitzgerald sighting once again. Maybe the return of Palmer will help get him going. Not the ideal matchup, but he has the skills to get the job done.
John Brown - - Has cooled off and with Palmer trying to get Fitz more involved, it could limit his chances. Add in the Raiders have a solid pass defense and it is probably wise to pass on him.

John Carlson - - The return of Palmer helped him some, but still not being used enough to consider him a viable option.

Chandler Catanzaro - - The offense continues to roll and facing an iffy defense, which should keep Catanzaro plenty busy. Maybe playing on the road could force them to settle for field goals.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense is coming off a big game and facing an offense that has struggled most of the season, albeit one coming off a nice performance. Expect the Cardinals to give them trouble and put up nice fantasy numbers in this one.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr - - The rookie is coming off a huge game, though like many young QBs, he likely will be inconsistent. On the plus side, the Cardinals defense has had issues against the pass, though they also have faced some elite QBs, which Carr is not. Still could put up some solid numbers if you are really in a bind, though I'd prefer to lean on a more proven signal caller.

Darren McFadden - - Put up decent number against the Chargers good run defense, though faces another tough one in the Cardinals. Considering even his good games this season aren't all that,m it is probably wise to pass on him.
Maurice Jones-Drew - - DMC has definitely passed him by so you can continue to forget about him, especially when you factor in the tough matchup.
Latavius Murray - - Not touching the ball, so you can forget about him.

James Jones - - Continues to produce and faces a struggling pass defense, although he could be stuck with Peterson covering him, which could limit his effectiveness.
Andre Holmes - - Coming off a huge game and looks like he is turning into Carr's go to receiver. A good matchup this week makes him a worthy option, so certainly worth taking a look at him.
Denarius Moore - - While there is talk he could see an expanded role, he isn't producing anywhere near enough to merit starting him, even with a good matchup.
Brice Butler - - Coming off a nice game and while he has a good matchup this week, I'd be shocked if he replicated those numbers, so I'd continue to explore other options.

Mychal Rivera - - Continues to disappoint, so unless he starts getting the job done, there is no reason to consider starting him.

Sebastian Janikowski - - The offense just has not been producing enough to consider him an ideal starting option, although playing at home could help his cause.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense continues to struggle, so hard to rely on them, even though they are facing the original Mr. Pick Six.

Favorite: Arizona Cardinals by 3.5
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals 26 - Oakland Raiders 17


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 4:25pm

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Coming off a brutal performance and facing a defense that has been tough of late, although Manning has had plenty of success against the Cowboys during his career. Although the loss of Cruz will certainly leave a mark.

Rashad Jennings - - Out again with that injured knee.
Andre Williams - - The rookie has shown some potential, though facing a solid run defense that may be able to give him a little more attention with Cruz no longer running through the secondary. Should see plenty of touches, so certainly could put up solid numbers.
Peyton Hillis - - Even with Jennings out, he isn't expected to see enough touches to consider him fantasy worthy.

Rueben Randle - - With Cruz lost for the season, he becomes the focal point of the passing game (And of the defense). Not the ideal matchup, though in this rivalry, anything can happen and he has had success against them in the past.
Odell Beckham - - The rookie has shown flashes, though like many rookie could be inconsistent. The loss of Cruz will likely expand his snaps a good deal, though not the ideal matchup. Still he has the tools to make big plays and could pay off if you need to run with him.
Preston Parker - - With Cruz lost for the season, he could see an increased role, but until he proves he is worthy, I'd forget about his existence.
Corey Washington - - Maybe the Cruz injury will allow the rookie to see some action, but no chance I would pick him up and start him (Or even just pick him up). He has no fantasy value at this time.

Larry Donnell - - Has really cooled off, though with Cruz lost, he could see an expanded role and while the Cowboys pass defense has been solid, they have had issues defending the tight end, so he could pay off.

Josh Brown - - After getting shutout last week, it is hard to rely on the offense that is facing a Cowboys defense that has been playing well. But you never know what you will get from this heated divisional game.

New York Giants - - The defense has cooled off and facing an offense that has been playing well. Though Romo has been known to make mistakes in the past, so there is some potential.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Dealing with injuries, but expected to be ready to roll. Has a good matchup, though you can bet they ride Murray yet again, though all the attention the running game will get from the defense should open up his talented receivers for touchdowns.

DeMarco Murray - - Is currently sick, but expected to be ready for Sunday ad after running wild yet again, you have to keep riding him, no questions asked.
Joseph Randle - - Don't have any clue why an NFL player would shoplift cologne and underwear, but apparently Randle did just that. He is expected to be active, but still won't see much action (Probably saw more action in jail).
Lance Dunbar - - Even if Randle were to be benched, that means nothing for Dunbar's fantasy value as he likely won't see many touches.

Dez Bryant - - He split with the Giants last season, though he has the potential to go monster any week. It helps that the Giants have had issues defending the pass, so keep riding him.
Terrance Williams - - Wasn't huge last week, though had one heck of a huge reception as he showed off his talent. A good matchup should give him a chance for a productive outing.
Cole Beasley - - Just not being targeted enough to consider him fantasy worthy.
Devin Street - - Move along, no fantasy value to be found with the rookie at this time.

Jason Witten - - Found the end zone last week, though he still isn't being used near as much as in the past (Although Murray lighting it up probably has a good deal to do with that). Has a good history against the Giants, so if you haven't upgraded tight end, he is still a guy worth starting.

Dan Bailey - - The offense should continue to roll and give Bailey plenty of scoring chances, so you should continue to ride him.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense continues to play well and facing an inconsistent and banged up offense, which could help the Cowboys produce nice numbers again.

Favorite: Dallas Cowboys by 5.5
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 27 - New York Giants 17


San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos - Sunday 8:30pm

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Coming off a big game and while he faces a solid defense, he may be forced to play keep up, which could open up the door for a strong fantasy performance.

Frank Gore - - Was quiet last week, making for a very disappointing day as he faced a bad run defense. He faces a much tougher run defense, although he has proven time and again that he can get it done against anyone. Just may not the ideal matchup, so may be a good week to consider your other backs.
Carlos Hyde - - Was quiet last week and even though he had a chance to punch one into the end zone, he came up short. Faces a solid run defense and with Gore still the main man, he probably isn't worth the trouble.

Michael Crabtree - - Still waiting for him to get on track, though at least he found the end zone against the Rams. Faces a decent matchup with the Broncos and if the 49ers get into a shootout, he could benefit. Still not living up to the hype as Kaepernick has been spreading the wealth.
Anquan Boldin - - Coming off a big game and he is capable of producing any week. A solid matchup should help, especially if the 49ers wind up trying to play keep up.
Stevie Johnson - - Dealing with an injured hip, which could slow him down or force him to sit. Not a bad matchup if he can go as he continues to make big plays. Still not being targeted consistently enough to make him an ideal option.
Brandon Lloyd - - We had an appearance by Lloyd again and it had been a long while. Though one 80 yard reception for a touchdown when the defense fell asleep does not suddenly make him a fantasy option.

Vernon Davis - - Escaped unscathed in his return and should continue to get his red zone looks, which could come in handy this week, so time to get him back into your lineup now that he appears close to fully recovered.
Vance McDonald - - With Davis back in the fold, his limited fantasy option is pretty much back in the crapper.

Phil Dawson - - The offense has the weapons to move the ball on the Broncos and may be forced to put up points, which should help Dawson's fantasy value.

San Francisco 49ers - - The defense has been solid, but will definitely have their hands full this week against the high-powered Broncos offense, so may not be a bad time to explore other options if they are available to you.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - Sure he faces one of the top pass defenses in the league, although it is at home. But he has proven time and again that he can light up any defense. So if you are lucky enough to have him, you need to keep riding him.

Montee Ball - - Expected to be out a couple/few more games.
Ronnie Hillman - - Ran for 100 yards on the nose last week and will be the go to RB again. But faced a tough run defense in the 49ers, though with the passing game so lethal, he could make the defense pay and make some plays.
Juwan Thompson - - Dealing with a knee injury, so looks like he won't have a chance to build upon the chances he got last week.
C.J. Anderson - - Didn't touch the ball last week, so doesn't look like he has any real value, so forget about him. Maybe with Thompson banged up he could see a little action.

Demaryius Thomas - - While he faces a tough matchup, he can light up any defense and if you have him, he should be in your lineup, regardless of the matchup.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Cooled off against the Jets and faces a good pass defense. Though with Manning throwing him the ball, he can definitely put up strong numbers. Just not the ideal matchup for him.
Wes Welker - - Struggled last week, though this is the kind of game he often came up big in, so even though he isn't lighting it up yet, you can do much worse than Welker, even though the matchup is not ideal.
Andre Caldwell - - You never know when he may appear and produce, but typically he does very little, so unless you are really in a major bind, there is no reason to start him.

Julius Thomas - - With Graham banged up, there is no question as to who is the top tight end in all the land (And he probably had that title even with Graham healthy the way he is rolling). Tough matchup, but do you really care? Didn't think so. He may be the easiest call in fantasy football at the moment (Or one of them). If you are lucky enough to have him, start him.
Jacob Tamme - - While he may have a good moment on rare occasion, there aren't enough of them to merit gambling on him.

Brandon McManus - - A talented 49ers defense could make it tough for the Broncos to finish drives, which could mean McManus is busy attempting field goals.

Denver Broncos - - The defense has been improved, though they likely will have their hands full with a good offense that usually doesn't beat themselves by limiting their mistakes.

Favorite: Denver Broncos by 6.5
Prediction: Denver Broncos 27 - San Francisco 49ers 23


Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers - Monday 8:30pm

Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - - He is just not producing enough to merit starting him on the road against a decent pass defense, albeit one having some issues of late.

Arian Foster - - Continues to light it up and facing a Steelers defense that has had issues defending against the run of late. Foster is still a stud when healthy and should again be the focal point of the offense, so keep riding him.
Alfred Blue - - Still nothing but a handcuff to Foster, so don't start him.

Andre Johnson - - The veteran can produce any week, although this week's matchup is not an ideal one. But I wouldn't be afraid to rely on him.
DeAndre Hopkins - - Was quiet last week, though he has the tools needed to get it done against anyone. Not the best matchup on the road to boot, but you can do worse than him.
Damaris Johnson - - Showed a little life last week, but still not producing anywhere near enough to have any business playing in the fantasy football world.

Garrett Graham - - Just not being used near enough to consider him worth taking a chance on.

Randy Bullock - - The offense has enough weapons to give an iffy Steelers defense fits, though on the road they could struggle to finish those drives and be forced to rely on the leg of Bullock.

Houston Texans - - The defense continues to put up numbers and with J.J. Watt leading the way, a big game cam happen at any time. The potential return of Clowney can only help. The Steelers offense is in a funk and the offensive line can have protection issues.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Just hasn't been doing enough most weeks to make him an ideal starter, though he certainly has enough weapons to get the job done. Needs that offensive line to give him time to find his play makers though.

Le'Veon Bell - - Has been pretty good much of the season and facing a Texans defense that has had issues against the run, so expect a busy week from Bell, which should result in nice numbers.
LeGarrette Blount - - Just not getting the touches or goal line carries to give him any fantasy value.
Dri Archer - - The rookie may get an occasional touch, but not receiving enough of them to merit starting.

Antonio Brown - - Continues to be an elite receiver and has a good matchup, so expect him to produce as he has pretty much all season. If you have him, just be happy and plug him into your lineup as usual.
Markus Wheaton - - Still learning his way and is coming off a rough performance. Not a bad matchup, but Bell and Brown have been the main options, which has made Wheaton hit or miss.
Lance Moore - - He did find the end zone last week, though it was his only catch. But at least he did something finally, though not enough to suddenly merit starting him.
Justin Brown - - Still not being used much, so I'd continue to forget about relying on him.

Heath Miller - - The Steelers offensive funk has limited his red zone chances, which is where his value comes from. He can find the end zone any week, but definitely a bigger gamble at the moment with the offense still trying to get back on track.

Shaun Suisham - - The offense has had issues, though not a bad matchup and at home, which could help the cause. But finding the end zone could be tough, which may lead to a busy day for the Steelers field goal unit.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense has put up big numbers a couple time and struggled the rest. But they are capable and facing an offense that is led by a QB that has had turnover issues during his career.

Favorite: Pittsburgh Steelers by 3.5
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 20 - Houston Texans 16
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