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

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - The rookie really struggled in the previous meeting with the Patriots and while he has grown since then, he is still not exactly lighting up the fantasy scoreboard. Still probably not worth taking a chance on.
Michael Vick - - Expected to sit out this week as he continues to battle an injured hamstring. If he could go, he likely wouldn't be himself, so it is unlikely he goes.

Chris Johnson - - Was quiet last week as he is no longer the plug him and forget him option. Still has the big play ability and the 49ers have had some issues defending the run, so could get the job done this week. Still not the best option out there.
Chris Ivory - - He is still not touching the ball near enough to merit starting him, even if you are uber desperate for RB help.
Bilal Powell - - Found the end zone in the previous meeting with the Patriots and that was before he was the focal point of the running game. Patriots have struggled against the run, although they may try to key on Powell and force Smith to beat them. Still a worthwhile option this week though.
Daryl Richardson - - With Stacy banged up, he could see a little more action this week. Although he faces a tough run defense this week, so you may want to be cautious and explore other options.

Eric Decker - - The way the Broncos offense is rolling, no need to consider sitting any of them, even though they face a tough pass defense this week.
Stephen Hill - - Has made some big plays at times, though continues to be pretty inconsistent, which is not unexpected since he is relying on a rookie QB. Did have some success in the previous meeting and could make a big play, but definitely a risky option.
Jeremy Kerley - - Has shown some flashes of potential, but still hard to rely on the Jets passing game as Smith continues to try and find his way.

Jeff Cumberland - - With Winslow suspended, he could turn into a pleasant surprise. Although the Jets offense continues to struggle more often than not, so may be best to look at a tight end on a more accomplished offense.

Nick Folk - - With the offense being so inconsistent and facing a defense that held them to 10 points earlier in the season, it may be in your best interests to find a kicker on a better offense.

New York Jets - - The defense has been pretty tough this season, at least from an NFL standpoint. Fantasy wise, they have had some moments, but have not lit up the scoreboard very much and struggled to produce against the Patriots in the previous meeting.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Still hasn't been the Tom Brady of old, although he is starting to get more comfortable with his receiving corps, although still battling injuries. Faces a tough Jets defense this week that has given him some troubles at times, including earlier in the season. Still is more than capable of going off though, so should only be benched if you have another strong option.

Stevan Ridley - - Last week was the Ridley we have been waiting on all season, so maybe that will help get him going. With a brutal matchup this week, it may be best to let him sit this one out and prove that he is actually back before going back to him.
Brandon Bolden - - With Ridley back to his old self, even if only for a week, the RB situation suddenly gets a lot murkier. Against a tough Jets run defense, he could be called upon as a receiver more this week. Still a pretty risky option, that is probably not worth the trouble.

Julian Edelman - - Dealing with a leg injury, though expected to be ready to roll and had a 13 catch game last time he faced the Jets. Although since then, Brady has become more comfortable with his other options, plus the Jets likely will be a little more prepared for him this time around.
Aaron Dobson - - Has been an all or nothing option, so if your options are limited, you could gamble on him and hope he delivers a touchdown, though you may need to prepare yourself for a poor performance as well.
Danny Amendola - - Was knocked out last week with a head injury as he continues to battle injuries. His status is still up in the air for this week, although with a tough matchup this week, maybe it is wise to let him heal up this week.
Brandon LaFell - - Coming off a big game and with Olsen still banged up, he could be a key option again this week. Not a bad matchup this week.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - Coming off a solid game thanks to an unlikely game winning touchdown. Continues to increase his trust from Brady, although faces a tough pass defense this week. Still, it doesn't hurt to have Tom Brady chucking the ball your way.

Rob Gronkowski - - Another week in the "As the Gronk Turns" saga. Who knows what this week brings, but whenever he is cleared to play, you likely need to get him into the lineup. Just has too much upside to not start him, even though he likely will be rusty and have some ups and downs.
Michael Hoomanawanui - - Showed that he is capable last week and who knows what is going on with Gronk. Still probably would be best to consider other options at TE who likely have much less risk and more upside.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The offense should be able to move the ball, though the Jets defense continues to play well and could make it tough for the Patriots to find the end zone, so they could be forced to heavily rely on Gostkowski this week.

New England Patriots - - The defenses best performance was in the Week Two meeting with these same Jets, who continue to have some ups and downs on defense. But the Jets are still reliant on a rookie QB who is still learning his way.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: New England Patriots 23 - New York Jets 13


Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills - Sunday 1:00pm

Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel - - Looks like he is back to the end of the line, so you can forget about him this week.
Christian Ponder - - Could get the start this week, though it is looking like Freeman will be the man. Who knows how this situation could play out and if he could start, but get yanked. Too many unknowns, which is a shame considering the nice matchup this week.

Adrian Peterson - - Could see a very motivated ADP this week after dealing with the loss of his son. Definitely a tragic loss and my thoughts and prayers are with the Peterson family. The Giants struggling run defense could be in for a long night.

Greg Jennings - - Could see another change at QB and continues to be up and down with his new team. An awesome matchup this week could certainly help him help you this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson - - The rookie could make a big play, but still not very involved in the offense and may be dealing with another new QB.
Jerome Simpson - - Has put up some big games and some pretty rough ones. A good matchup this week could help his cause, though may be dealing with another starting QB this week.
Jarius Wright - - While he has shown some flashes and does have a good matchup, the chances of him producing are pretty slim, so he is just not worth the trouble.

Kyle Rudolph - - Coming off a huge week and has a sweet matchup this week, although another QB change can't help matters. Still probably worth gambling on considering the favorable matchup.

Blair Walsh - - The offense should be able to take advantage of a struggling Giants defense and get Walsh plenty of scoring opportunities this week.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense has some capable play makers and could definitely take advantage of facing an offense that has struggled to take care of the ball.

Buffalo Bills

Thaddeus Lewis - - Coming off a good performance against a good pass defense and this week he faces a defense that can be thrown on. Although he is also dealing with a foot injury that could force him to sit out or hamper him. Since he plays on the road, it may be best to play it safe and explore other options.
Jeff Tuel - - If Lewis can't go, he could get the start. Dolphins have had some issues against the pass at times, although hard to trust the rookie that has had little success in limited action.

C.J. Spiller - - Has a good deal of success against the Dolphins last season, though he has been splitting touches with Jackson this season. Add in the QB woes and the defense may key on the running game, which could limit his upside.
Fred Jackson - - Like Spiller, the defense could focus on slowing the running game, which could make it tough for him to put up large numbers. Still more than capable of putting up starter worthy numbers though.
Bryce Brown - - Still nothing more than a handcuff to McCoy, so don't expect much, if anything, from him again this week.

Robert Woods - - The rookie struggled last week with Johnson out and while he does have upside with a good matchup this week, the revolving quarterbacks are likely tough on the rookie WR. Could definitely pay off if you need to gamble on him, just a little riskier then you may want to mess with.
Mike Williams - - Still not 100% thanks to that injured hamstring, although he is expected to roll this week. Could hamper him some, although a favorable matchup can only help his cause, so does have some upside this week.
T.J. Graham - - Has shown some flashes and does have a nice matchup this week, so maybe he could pay off. But still hard to rely on a WR that may be forced to work with a QB that was sitting at home a few days ago.

Scott Chandler - - Found the end zone last week and the tight end can be a huge help to an inexperienced QB, so he does have a chance to be a nice option this week. Still have a history of inconsistency and doesn't have many big games, so best used as an emergency fill-in.

Dan Carpenter - - With the QB situation once again up in the air, and this week taking to the road, it may be a good idea to explore a safer option at kicker.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense does a good job of getting after the QB, which could come in quite handy this week as they face an offense that has struggled to protect the quarterback.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 23 - Buffalo Bills 13


Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 1:00pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - Coming off a strong performance and has another good matchup to exploit this week. Although he has been a little up and down and the Bengals may rely heavily on the running game this week to keep the Lions offense on the sidelines. Has the potential to produce though, so could be a worthwhile option again this week.

Giovani Bernard - - Coming off another strong performance, thanks to a receiving touchdown. This week he faces a defense that struggles against the run and pass, so he should have plenty of chances to make good things happen.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - - Continues to get his share of touches and with a favorable matchup this week, he could be worth rolling the dice on if you are in need of RB assistance.

A.J. Green - - Coming off a big game and may want to show Megatron that he is a baller too. Lions have struggled against the pass, so he has a good bot of upside again this week.
Marvin Jones - - In the same situation as Sanu, so only go with Jones if you are really in a bind and the waiver wire is barren.
Mohamed Sanu - - Dalton continues to spread the wealth and with the exception of Green, it seems the touches are just too few most weeks to allow anyone else to have any real fantasy value. A good matchup could help, but still a risky option with a limited ceiling.

Jermaine Gresham - - Combined the Bengals tight ends would make an elite fantasy tight end. Unfortunately, unless you are a super rare team TE league, they both continue to frustrate as the continue to split production and just aren't producing enough individually most weeks to make good options. Certainly could have a good week any time, but could struggle as well.
Tyler Eifert - - In the exact some boat as Gresham, so exercise caution. Likely will get some touches, but will he produce enough to merit starting? Not quite as likely.

Mike Nugent - - The offense has struggled to finish drives at times and have had some road woes. Face an iffy defense this week though, so they should be able to get The Nuge plenty of scoring chances.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense has plenty of play makers and really gets after the QB, but will have their hands full with a strong Lions passing attack.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Expect him to try and keep up with Manning this week and since the Broncos pass defense has struggled (Although getting some pieces back), he should be able to put up some very strong numbers this week and bounce back as he returns home.

Trent Richardson - - Still hasn't really gotten it going. Faces a tough run defense this week, although the Colts are liable to ride him hard, especially early, to try and keep Manning and the Broncos high flying offense on the sidelines. So maybe he could surprise this week, though still hard to rely on this 1st round fantasy bust.

Reggie Wayne - - Faces a struggling pass defense this week, though likely will need to deal with a healthier Bailey this week, though that didn't stop Blackmon last week. Expect him to be plenty busy this week.
Hakeem Nicks - - The trade rumors may be swirling, but you can expect the Giants will not forget about using him and may even try to showcase him if they really do want to move him. A great matchup this week can only help.
T.Y. Hilton - - The youngster could be very busy this week against a defense that has struggled against the pass. Plus the Colts are liable to be forced to air it out early and often. Could be counted on a ton this week.

Coby Fleener - - Still waiting for him to step up his game, which he has yet to do. Maybe the juicy matchup and potential shootout this week will help him start to get the job done.

Adam Vinatieri - - Never hurts to have your kicker involved in a potential shootout, so should be a strong starting option this week.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense is improved, but will have their hands full this week against the high-powered Broncos offense that will be looking to get Manning a huge W in his return to Indy.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 34 - Cincinnati Bengals 23


Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday 1:00pm

Cleveland Browns


Ben Tate - - Found the end zone last week, although didn't do much with his touches and is still the second option in the offense. The Chiefs have had some issues against the run and the Texans could really lean on the running game this week, so maybe he could surprise. Still hard to rely on a backup RB going on the road into Arrowhead and producing enough to merit starting.
Chris Ogbonnaya - - Could do some damage as a receiver, but still hard to rely on him since he could see limited touches.

Miles Austin - - Was quiet in his return from that injured hamstring, although the passing game in general was quiet. Still really hasn't done quite enough to consider him an ideal option. The great matchup he has this week could finally help him get going though, so he does have upside.
Travis Benjamin - - Likely a big play or nothing and the chances at busting one are probably too slim to merit starting him.

Jordan Cameron - - Has cooled off since Weeden took over, though a good matchup this week could help him get back on track this week.
Jim Dray - - With Housler a little banged up, he could take on a larger role in the offense, but I would still be hard pressed to reach this far for TE help.

Billy Cundiff - - The offense has been up and down, though not a bad matchup this week. Still playing at Lambeau is rarely fun, so the offense could struggle this week.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense continues to play well, though will have their hands full this week against an offense that does a great job of taking care of the ball. They could have some success getting to Rodgers for some sacks and maybe they can make a big play on special teams.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne - - The veteran has had some good times during his career and has some capable weapons at his disposal. Considering the favorable matchup he has this week, he could merit taking a chance on if you are in a bind at the QB position.

Toby Gerhart - - As usual, still nothing more than a handcuff to ADP.
Jordan Todman - - Nothing more than a handcuff, so please continue to move along. Nothing to see here.
Denard Robinson - - Like Todman, his role in the offense is miniscule, so no need to consider him.

Cecil Shorts - - Left early last week with an injured shoulder and could be forced to sit out this week. If he can go, he could be limited, but the prime matchup could make him worth the risk, assuming he is able to lace them up.
Ace Sanders - - The rookie could see a little more action with Shorts banged up, but still hasn't done near enough to consider him fantasy worthy.
Mike Brown - - Stepped up last week after Shorts went down and could be counted on again this week, especially if Shorts is unable to play. Does have a good matchup, although I'd much rather rely on a more proven option.

Marcedes Lewis - - Still dealing with that injured calf, but is hopeful to return this week. I'd continue to forget about him until he returns and proves he will be utilized in the offense.
Clay Harbor - - With Lewis still banged up, he could see some action, although he hasn't seen much thus far, so I'd continue to pass on him.

Josh Scobee - - The offense has had some moments, mainly in garbage time. This week they could benefit from returning home to face a defense which has given up a ton of points this season (outside of last week, but could be in for a post Monday swoon).

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defense had a pick six against Peyton Manning last week and continues to play hard. This week they face an offense that has plenty of weapons, but has had some turnover woes, so maybe they could surprise again this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Jacksonville Jaguars 27 - Cleveland Browns 13


Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins - Sunday 1:00pm

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - Could return from injury this week, but probably still at least a week away. If he did return, he would have his hands full against a stout 49ers pass defense.

Shonn Greene - - Still dealing with a knee injury and if he did go, would likely see limited carries, so not worth taking a chance on.
Dexter McCluster - - Capable of making a big play, though most weeks he struggles to produce anything, so I'd strongly recommend that you move on and find another option.

Kendall Wright - - Has his moments and certainly can get the job done any week, he can also get you limited production. With a tough matchup this week, may be in your best interests to see what else is out there. If you aren't enamored with any of them, then Wright could still be your guy.
Nate Washington - - Has put together some nice games, though still not quite on the same page as Fitzpatrick. With a tough matchup this week, you may want to explore other options.

Delanie Walker - - Has had some good times and could be playing with a little chip on his shoulder against his former team. The matchup definitely leaves a lot to be desired though.


Tennessee Titans - - The defense has been quietly good this season, although they will have their hands full this week against an offense that typically does a good job of not beating themselves.

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - Again was quit last week as he continues to struggle to get his groove back. The Bears defense has made big plays, although have had issues defending the pass at times, so still has upside, especially since he is a strong runner, which he is starting to do more of. Would be nice if he can finally get it all together.

Alfred Morris - - Coming off a nice game, although most of it was attributed to one big touchdown run. Still trying to really find himself and faces a good Bears defense this week, so definitely not a sure thing like he was last season.
Roy Helu - - Has shown flashes and is capable of doing some damage as a receiver, though this week's matchup is less than ideal. Continues to be a risky option due to his potential for limited touches.

Pierre Garcon - - He continues to get the majority of the looks from RG3 and keeps making plays. May draw plenty of attention again this week, but he keeps making plays and is certainly capable of producing strong numbers yet again.
DeSean Jackson - - Coming off a huge game and has another great matchup to exploit this week, so keep on rolling with D-Jax, regardless of who is at QB.
Andre Roberts - - Still nowhere near productive enough to consider starting him, especially against one of the league's top pass defenses.
Santana Moss - - See Hankerson and apply the same logic. Proceed with caution.
Leonard Hankerson - - Outside of Garcon, you just never know which, if any, of the receivers will step up any given week. Could surprise as the Bears have had some struggles against the pass, although the Redskins passing game is still not clicking.

Jordan Reed - - The rookie continues to receive plenty of attention from RG3 and faces a defense which has been susceptible to the TE, so has some nice upside this week.

Kai Forbath - - The offense could struggle to finish drives against a solid Bears defense and be forced to settle for Forbath FG attempts again this week.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has had some good fantasy performances and some real stinkers, so who knows which one this week will yield. The Bears offense has played well much of the season, although Cutler does have a history of trying to do too much, which leads to some big mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Washington Redskins 20 - Tennessee Titans 16


Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears - Sunday 1:00pm

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - Coming off a 300-yard game, well i guess technically off the bye, but you get the point. This week he faces a defense that has struggled against the pass, so he should be able to find some success through the air again this week.

Lamar Miller - - Has shown some flashes, though the Dolphins running game continues to have some issues. Has a tasty matchup this week and maybe the bye will help get the running game going. So if you need him, could be a good time to take a chance on him.
Knowshon Moreno - - Coming off a monster game and this week he faces another defense that has struggled against the run. With defenses forced to focus on the passing attack, Manning keeps taking advantage of the defense and helping Moreno excel. Should be busy again this week.
Daniel Thomas - - The Dolphins running situation continues to be a mess. A wonderful matchup this week could allow him to surprise, but you probably need to be pretty desperate to be forced to reach this far.

Mike Wallace - - Had a big game last time out, although he continues to be very inconsistent. But his big games have been pretty strong and with a sweet matchup this week, he is likely a nice gamble this week.
Brian Hartline - - Continues to make his share of catches and has a nice matchup to exploit this week, which should make him a decent starting option for those who need to utilize him.
Rishard Matthews - - His targets continue to be way too rare to consider him fantasy worthy.
Brandon Gibson - - Has been hit-or-miss and is still looking to find the end zone this season. A good matchup could help his cause, although he is still probably the 3rd or 4th option in the passing game.
Damian Williams - - Not receiving enough looks to consider him much of an option. Move along and find yourself a good WR to start.

Charles Clay - - Just continues to produce and faces a defense that has been susceptible to the pass attack, which could help him keep it going this week.

Caleb Sturgis - - Coming off a good game, though ended with his first career miss (Albeit from 57 yards). The offense should be able to move the ball on the Bills, though they could again struggle in the red zone and be forced to settle for FG attempts.

Miami Dolphins - - The defense has been up and down, though have plenty of weapons that could make some big plays this week, especially against an offense that likely won't know the starting QB until late in the week.

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - Coming off another good performance and with another juicy matchup to exploit this week, he could be in line to do it again this week.

Matt Forte - - Was quioet last week, at least by Forte's lofty standards. Expect him to bounce back this week against one of the league's worst defenses.

Brandon Marshall - - Bounced back last week as Cutler made sure to make his star WR happy. Another excellent matchup this week could allow him to produce huge numbers again, although with Jeffrey and Martellus stepping up, he is not being force fed the ball as much as in the past. Still a great option though.
Alshon Jeffery - - After a huge game in Week Six, he did next to nothing last week as Marshall was the main man. This could be the story of his season, an occasional big game, with some solid ones as well, but an occasional craptastic performance. A good matchup this week gives him more than enough upside to merit taking a chance on him.
Josh Morgan - - See the rest of the non-Garcon WRs and proceed accordingly.

Martellus Bennett - - Dealing with a knee injury, so watch his status closely. May not be a bad idea to pass on him if there are still concerns about the knee since he could be hampered. But hard to pass up the great matchup this week, so if he plays, his upside may be worth the risk.

Robbie Gould - - The offense should be able to light up the struggling Redskins defense and get Gould more than enough scoring chances.

Chicago Bears - - The defense continues to make big plays and are facing an offense that is still trying to find itself and has had some issues protecting the QB.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Chicago Bears 27 - Miami Dolphins 23


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

New Orleans Saints







Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Coming off a huge game against one of the better pass defenses in the league. Has another tough matchup this week, but with Megatron getting healthier, he is still capable of lighting it up yet again.

Reggie Bush - - Coming off another big game and while he faces a good Bengals defense, when he is on, he is hard to contain, especially at home on the fast Detroit turf.
Joique Bell - - Dealing with some injured ribs and facing a good run defense this week. Add in the limited touches and you probably don't want to go there. He likely will be a touchdown or nothing.

Calvin Johnson - - Was quiet last week as that knee definitely seemed to slow him down (Not to mention the poor matchup). This week's matchup is not much better, though the Bengals secondary is still dealing with some injuries. Another week to heal should only help Megatron, so time to make sure he is back in the lineup.
Golden Tate - - Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe, catch a Seahawks WR by the toe. Who will be the go to guy in Week Seven? Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe. A good matchup gives him the upside to produce, although your guess is as good as mine as to which of the Seahawks WRs, if any, will step up this week.
Kris Durham - - Has stepped it up lately and looks like he will be a solid complement to Megatron. That likely means he could be a little up and down, though with Johnson still not 100%, he could benefit again this week.
Kevin Ogletree - - Still has pretty much no role in the passing game, so you should continue to forget about his existence.
Ryan Broyles - - Continues to be a huge disappointment, so I'd continue to forget about him. Maybe at some point he gets it and provides some value, but it is not looking good at this time.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Still not producing enough to consider him worth taking a chance on, especially with the iffy matchup and the emergence of Fauria.
Joseph Fauria - - The rookie is coming off a mammoth performance as he continues to be a huge red zone threat. You can bet the Bengals know who he is, so hard to expect a repeat of anything close to last week. If you are desperate, maybe he could pay off.


Detroit Lions - - The defense has been hit or miss, though definitely could benefit this week from facing an offense that has also been hit or miss and has had some turnover woes at times.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Detroit Lions 26 - New Orleans Saints


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

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Coming off a monster week as he has started to find himself. Has a worthy matchup this week, so probably deserves to be run out again this week.

DeAngelo Williams - - A good matchup should help his cause, though to really be a fantasy factor, he needs to start getting some goal line chances and take advantage of them. Maybe this will be the week.
Mike Tolbert - - Found the end zone last week and with a good matchup this week, he could certainly do it again. Still not the ideal option due to his lack of touches, but if you are in a bind, there are many worse options out there.
Kenjon Barner - - The rookie is still not involved in the offense enough to merit taking a chance on him, regardless of the matchup.

Jerricho Cotchery - - Has a good game on rare occasion, but that is not a recipe for fantasy success, so probably not worth taking a chance on.
Tiquan Underwood - - Have you seen his season stats? Honestly, neither have I, and I decided not to waste my time looking them up. All I know is that he has done pretty much nothing every week. That should be all you care about.
Jason Avant - - Still hasn't really found his groove, though he has always been inconsistent. A good matchup this week would allow for him to have one of those rare good weeks.

Greg Olsen - - Was quiet last week and still dealing with that foot injury, so could be slowed again this week. Watch his status closely and if he goes he probably is worth the start, unless you have another worthy TE option available to you.
Ed Dickson - - Just not involved in the passing game enough to consider him worth taking a chance on.

Graham Gano - - The offense has started to find itself and while they face a Rams defense that has potential, they should still have success and get Gano plenty of scoring chances.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense has been a pretty good NFL defense, although fantasy success has been a little rare. Though could benefit from playing at home against an offense that has been hit or miss.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - Faces a tough pass defense this week and is without his top target and may be down a 2nd key option as well. Still, he is Aaron "Freaking" Rodgers, and can light up any defense.
Matt Flynn - - Signed off the street and there is an outside shot he could start, but probably a horrible decision to start a guy that was on the street at the beginning of the week.

Eddie Lacy - - Faces a good defense this week, though the injuries to the WR position could force the Packers to rely more on their rookie runner this week. Browns may be too worried about Rodgers, which could certainly help open the run.

Jordy Nelson - - Likely will draw the attention of Haden this week with injuries taking a major toll on the WR position. But with Rodgers throwing him the rock, he is more than capable of still getting the job done.
Randall Cobb - - Placed on injured reserve, designated to return, thanks to a broken leg. You can forget about him until late this season.
Jarrett Boykin - - With Cobb lost for many weeks and Jones banged up, he could be counted on for a larger role in the offense this week. Not the best matchup, though it never hurts to have Aaron Rodgers leading your offense.

Jermichael Finley - - Could become an integral part of the passing game with Cobb out and Jones banged up, so could be a nice option to rely on this week, especially with Nelson likely to draw Haden. Could even see time as a WR, which could lead to more targets.

Mason Crosby - - The Browns defense has been pretty good and injuries at the WR position could make it tougher than usual on the offense to finish drives, which could make for another busy day for Crosby.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense has struggled at times, though still has plenty of play makers and could take advantage of facing a QB that has struggled to take care of the ball.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 26 - Carolina Panthers 23


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

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - While he hasn't exactly been lighting the fantasy world on fire, he has been respectable and faces a defense that has had some issues defending the pass. Has done a nice job of spreading the ball around, which on the downside has made it tough to count on the Seahawks WRs fantasy wise.

Marshawn Lynch - - The Cardinals run defense has been pretty tough and kept him in relative check in last year's meeting in the desert (Although Lynch went crazy against them in Seattle). He is a stud and should be in your starting lineup with no questions asked.
Robert Turbin - - Move along please. Nothing to see here except a potential handcuff to Lynch.

Doug Baldwin - - The Seahawks passing attack can be awfully frustrating to rely on since none of the WRs have been a consistent threat as Wilson spreads the wealth in a big way.
Jermaine Kearse - - On the plus side, he does have the potential to produce as Wilson spreads the wealth. On the downside, he could get you nothing because Wilson spreads the wealth. Still no real consistency from the Seahawks WRs and he is probably the last of the options to consider.
Sidney Rice - - In the same boat as Tate. Could put up some strong numbers or disappoint once again. Has the upside if you need to roll the dice on him, though you need to prepare yourself for either a good game, a poor one or somewhere in between. I actually feel he could be the guy this week, but it is just a gut call.

Zach Miller - - Sounds like he will could from that injured hamstring this week and while he does have a solid matchup, outside of a pair of touchdown receptions in Week Three, he really hasn't done enough to consider starting him at this time, especially when he is not 100%.
Luke Willson - - With Miller still banged up, he has a chance to surprise, but it is unlikely he will produce much fantasy wise, so I'd continue to bypass him.

Steven Hauschka - - The Cardinals defense is a little under-rated and playing at home, they could force the Seahawks to settle for a few FG attempts this week.

Seattle Seahawks - - The defense has plenty of weapons and has a huge amount of upside this week as they face an inconsistent offense that has really struggled to take care of the ball.

Saint Louis Rams

Sam Bradford - - Coming off a huge game thanks to three touchdown passes, which came against the top ranked pass defense. Although yardage wise he did little and he faces another tough pass defense this week.

Zac Stacy - - Dealing with a chest injury, so watch his status closely. Has become the lead back, so if he plays, he should be busy. Although he does face a good Panthers run defense, so could find running room hard to come by this week.
Benny Cunningham - - Injured ankle will likely keep him out or limit his touches. Not a guy to consider starting this week.
Isaiah Pead - - Maybe injuries will open the door for him, but he has not done much this season, making him a very poor fantasy option.

Chris Givens - - Just hasn't been productive enough to consider starting him with a tough matchup this week.
Austin Pettis - - Has been the most consistent option, though has been hit or miss as well. Not the best matchup this week, so probably want to strongly consider other options.
Tavon Austin - - Has really cooled off as Bradford has really spread the wealth. With a tough matchup this week, probably should pass on him again.
Kenny Britt - - Still not living up to the hype and he continues to see very few balls thrown his way. He probably can't get out of Tennessee fast enough and get a change of scenery in hopes of resurrecting his career.
Brian Quick - - Found the end zone last week, but has become a touchdown or nothing option. With a tough matchup this week, probably not very likely he finds the end zone.

Jared Cook - - While he does have the skills necessary to produce, he really hasn't gotten the chances much of late as Bradford has gotten like 15 receivers involved (Or something like that).
Lance Kendricks - - Found the end zone last week, but as Bradford has really spread the wealth and with a tough matchup this week, probably not a guy you want to rely on.

Greg Zuerlein - - A good Panthers defense could make it tough for the Rams to find the end zone and force them to settle for FG attempts.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense has plenty of play makers, although they have their hands full this week with an offense that is starting to roll.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 23 - Saint Louis Rams 16


Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 1:00pm

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - While he has a decent matchup, hard to expect any QB to go to battle without his top two targets and produce. Still has Gonzo and Rodgers and Douglas have their moments, so can still put up nice numbers, just may be a little tougher this week.
T.J. Yates - - Got a shot last week and struggled. Stepped in for Mr. Pick Six and threw a Pick Six of his own. Could start this week with Schaub banged up, but his reward is to head on the road to face one of the league's top defenses. Good luck with that.

Steven Jackson - - Expected to miss at least one more game with that injured hamstring. So forget about him again this week.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - Still expected to see plenty of touches, but faces a tough run defense. Though his receiving skills could come in quite handy this week, especially with all the WR injuries piling up.
Antone Smith - - Maybe with Snelling banged up, he will see a little action. I wouldn't want to bet on it though.

Roddy White - - Now dealing with a hamstring injury in addition to the ankle surgery he is recovering from. Looking like he could sit out again this week, but even if he can go, likely would be limited.
Harry Douglas - - He has shown some flashes during his career, though now will really get a chance to shine. Is a risky option, especially since he may be the guy to deal with Revis Island (Unless they try to use him on Gonzo). Has the potential to produce, though still not exactly your ideal option.
Drew Davis - - In the same boat as Cone, so probably just worth monitoring the situation for possible use down the line.
Devin Hester - - Still mainly a special teams threat, so he has no real fantasy value as a WR.


Matt Bryant - - The offense still has weapons, although definitely could struggle to move the ball some, especially in the red zone, which could force them to settle for FG attempts.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense has done very little fantasy wise, although maybe they can take advantage of the rookie QB playing on the road.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Has been very up and down, but is coming off a big game. Faces a tougher pass defense this week, so may not be the best week to rely on him.

Ray Rice - - Steelers can be run on and Rice has had success against them in the past. Expect another busy day from Mr. Rice.
Bernard Pierce - - His touches are just not frequent enough to consider him worthy of a start.

Torrey Smith - - Was quiet last week, though that was the first time he was slowed down this season. Certainly could get back on track this week, although the Steelers tough pass defense has done a good job of shutting him down in the past, so he is a risky option this week.
Steve Smith - - Capable of making a big play and does face an average pass defense this week, so certainly could bust one this week. Not quite the must start option like he was in years past, but still worthy of starting this week.
Marlon Brown - - The rookie has shown flashes, but continues to be hit and miss. With a poor matchup this week, may be best to bypass him this week.
Jacoby Jones - - Found the end zone last week, but has a history of inconsistency and the rough matchup this week makes him an unworthy option.


Justin Tucker - - The Steelers solid defense could make it tough for the Ravens to finish drives and force them to settle for FG attempts this week.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense has plenty of talent and faces an offense that has struggled protecting the QB, so has the potential to get it done this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons 23 - Baltimore Ravens 13


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

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Was quiet last week and while he has had some good times, he has been more of a game manager this season. And when a game manager faces a strong pass defense, it is not often fantasy success is found, so probably want to bypass him this week.

Jamaal Charles - - Coming off another big week and once again, the offense will likely go through him. Texans have had issues against the run, which should allow Charles to put up big numbers once again.
Knile Davis - - Still nothing more than a handcuff to Charles, so forget about starting him.

Dwayne Bowe - - Continues to struggle and faces the league's top ranked pass defense this week. Has the ability to bust out any week, but it may be best for him to show some consistency before relying on him on a weekly basis. At this point, he is probably best suited as a spot starter when the matchup is right.
Donnie Avery - - Has shown some strong flashes at times, though also has struggled to produce as well. The Chiefs offense continues to play well, though the passing game has been inconsistent. Very tough matchup this week.
Junior Hemingway - - Still not touching the ball near enough to consider him a viable starting option.
Kyle Williams - - Just not getting the job done enough to consider him worthy of a spot on your roster, much less a chance to start.

Anthony Fasano - - Until he returns from injury and proves that he has fantasy value, I'd continue to totally forget about him. Totally!
Sean McGrath - - With Fasano still dealing with injury, he could be involved in the passing game again this week. Although the Texans defense has been very tough to throw on, so probably not worth the trouble this week.

Ryan Succop - - Has had some big games this season and the Texans defense is still loaded with weapons, which could make touchdowns hard to come by and force the Chiefs to rely heavily on the leg of Succop again this week.

Kansas City Chiefs - - Continues to light it up and faces a struggling offense that has given up a pick six in five straight games. Arguably the top fantasy defense in the land, so keep on riding them.

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - Cooled off last week, although that was against a pretty tough Colts pass defense. This time he faces an easier task, although he will need to do it on the road against a Jaguars team that continues to scrap.

Ryan Mathews - - Injured his leg last week, though he was able to return. Just scary that it seems almost weekly something bad happens to him. Has a great matchup this week, so could be time to give him a shot and hope he finally pays off.
Danny Woodhead - - Continues to get some carries, although his value continues to be mainly as a receiving option. A strong matchup this week could certainly help him put up nice numbers again.
Donald Brown - - Still not getting the necessary touches to consider him worth starting, especially against a good run defense.

Keenan Allen - - Has now had back-to-back 100 yard games and had a touchdown to boot last week. Appears that he is developing into Rivers' go to receiver. A solid matchup this week makes him a worthy gamble.
Eddie Royal - - Was held without a reception Monday night (Although did injure his toe) and it appears like his is back to being a useless starting option (Which means he will probably have a big game this week, LOL). Maybe the good matchup this week will help, but I'd strongly advise looking elsewhere.
Vincent Brown - - Has shown some flashes and certainly could surprise this week thanks to a favorable matchup. Still, I'd like to see a little more consistent production from him before relying on him.

Antonio Gates - - Was quiet last week, although he is still more than capable of making the struggling Jaguars defense pay, so he should be able to bounce back this week.

Nick Novak - - The offense faces a struggling Jaguars defense, although do head across the country after a Monday night game, which could result in some struggles and force them to settle for field goals.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense is coming off a strong performance, at least from a fans standpoint, but again struggled to produce much fantasy wise. Maybe this week against a struggling Jaguars team they can make some good things happen and merit a rare start.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 26 - San Diego Chargers 23


Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 4:25pm

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer - - Faces an awesome Seahawks pass defense this week, with a hobbled Fitzgerald, so could be another tough week for Palmer. Probably in your best interests to explore other options.

Andre Ellington - - Coming off a big game and should continue to get his share of touches. His receiving skills could be large this week as the Cardinals may be forced to rely heavily on him as the Seahawks DBs will likely make it tough to find the WRs.
Stepfan Taylor - - His touches continue to be way too rare to consider starting him.
Jonathan Dwyer - - Not expected to get enough touches to merit taking a chance on him.

Larry Fitzgerald - - Tweaked that hamstring again last week and considering he may be slowed some and facing a tough pass defense, it may be best to pass on him this week. He had limited success last season against the Seahawks.
Michael Floyd - - The youngster is coming off a nice game and continues to show off his potential. Though he continues to be a little up and down and once you factor in this week's brutal matchup, it probably makes sense to explore other options.
Ted Ginn Jr. - - While he has become a better option this season, still a little up and down, so should only be utilized if your options are limited.

Robert Housler - - Showed a little flash last week and maybe he could surprise as the Seahawks strong secondary looks to lockdown the WRs, which could force Palmer to utilize his TEs more this week. Still would rather rely on an option with a better track record instead of a might happen scenario, especially since he isn't quite 100%.

Jay Feely - - The offense has been hit or miss, though they do have the weapons to move the ball. Still, last time they faced the Seahawks, albeit last year in Seattle, they were shutout, so you have to worry a little about him.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense continues to be quietly productive, albeit inconsistent. They do have their hands full this week against a talented Seahawks offense that typically limits mistakes, although one that has had some road struggles, including in last season's Cardinal victory in Arizona.

Oakland Raiders

Matt Schaub - - Knocked out with an injured ankle (I won't get started on the booing of an injury). Even if he can return this week, he has to go into what is now the loudest stadium in the world to face a strong Chiefs defense. Um yeah, I think I'd pass.

Maurice Jones-Drew - - Found the end zone last week and with a prime matchup this week, especially playing at home, he could pay off again. MJD still has the skills to get the job done.

James Jones - - An injured knee could force him to sit out and even if he can go, he could be limited. Faces a tough pass defense this week, so may not be the best time to use him. Though with Cobb out, he likely will be targeted more if he can go.
Greg Little - - Still not being targeted enough to merit starting him, even against a defense that has been susceptible to the passing game.




Favorite: Even
Prediction: Arizona Cardinals 17 - Oakland Raiders


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

New York Giants

Eli Manning - - Continues to struggle taking care of the ball, but playing at home on MNF against a struggling pass defense could be just what the doctor ordered. Still a gamble, though one that just might pay off this week.


Victor Cruz - - Have a feeling he is due to bust out again this week as he faces a Vikings defense that has really struggled against the pass.
Rueben Randle - - Found the end zone last week as he continues to put up solid numbers and with a strong matchup this week, he is probably worth considering as a worthy starter this week.


Josh Brown - - The offense has started to show signs of life and facing a defense that has struggled, so they should be able to put up some points this week, especially playing at home.

New York Giants - - The defense has really struggled, although maybe they could take advantage of a new starting QB that is still learning his new team's offense.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Failed to live up to the hype last week, though will get another shot this week as he heads to Philly to take on the struggling Eagles pass defense. As a good history against them, so you probably want to give him a shot to redeem himself this week.
Brandon Weeden - - Put up some decent numbers and likely will have to air it out a good bit to try and keep up with the Packers, whose defense has had issues defending the pass.

DeMarco Murray - - Expected to sit out this week with an injured knee, although he has said he could play. With his injury history, I'm not buying it.
Lance Dunbar - - Another Cowboys RB that is expected to miss this week. Dunbar is out because of an injured hamstring (Not that he really had any value anyway).
Joseph Randle - - The rookie is expected to start for the injured Murray and did find the end zone last week. Cowboys are liable to rely on Romo a little more, but he should still get enough chances to make plays.

Dez Bryant - - Was quiet last week, but don't expect a repeat of that performance as you can bet he won't go quiet again this week, especially against an Eagles defense that has really struggled to slow down the passing game.
Terrance Williams - - The rookie found the end zone last week as he continues to produce and push Austin for targets from Romo. A great matchup this week should make him worthy of another start this week.
Cole Beasley - - Continues to make some key plays here and there, although still hard to rely on probably the 5th or 5th option in the passing game. Just way too much risk with limited upside.
Dwayne Harris - - Mainly a special teams threat that gets an occasional pass here and there, but not frequently enough to have any real fantasy value.

Jason Witten - - Like the rest of the Cowboys passing attack last week, he was pretty quiet. Expect him to get back on track this week against an Eagles defense that has really struggled against good passing teams.

Dan Bailey - - Got to like relying on a kicker on an offense that has been rolling and faces the league's worst ranked defense. Playing it on the road could actually force them to settle for some FG attempts.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense is a little banged up, but still has plenty of weapons to make big plays, especially on special teams as they displayed last week. Still facing an offense that has started to find itself, so may give up a few points.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 37 - New York Giants 27


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

San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick - - Has been more hit or miss than expected this season and with a poor matchup this week, he may be a little more risky than usual. Still not a bad option, though if you have another good option with a better matchup, it may be a good week to consider them.

Frank Gore - - The crafty veteran just continues to get it done and the Titans defense while pretty good, has had some issues defending the run.

Anquan Boldin - - His last five games almost exactly equal his first game of the season, so he has really cooled off and has become a risky option. Certainly has the skills to produce any week, but this week's matchup leaves a lot to be desired.
Stevie Johnson - - Still dealing with an injured hamstring, which could force him to sit out this week or hamper him if he can go. With the QB situation once again unknown, it may be wise to play it safe with another option.

Vernon Davis - - Coming off a monster game as he has become the 49ers go to option in the passing game. Keep riding the hot streak, even with the less than ideal matchup this week.
Vance McDonald - - The rookie is just not seeing near enough action to consider him worthy of a shot.

Phil Dawson - - The 49ers offense has the weapons to move the ball, but playing on the road against a talented defense could make it tough for them to finish drives and force them to settle for FG attempts.

San Francisco 49ers - - The defense has plenty of talent, though have had some ups and downs. Face an offense that has been inconsistent, so definitely have the potential to get the job done this week.

Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - Heads back to the house that Peyton Manning built to face a tough pass defense. But you can bet he will be motivated to stick it to the Colts a bit and with the weapons he has, should be able to keep rolling.

Montee Ball - - The rookie just isn't getting many touches of late, so even with a good matchup, it is probably best to pass him by.
Ronnie Hillman - - Moreno continues to be the main man and while he should see some touches against a struggling run defense, his limited touches make him a little too risky to rely on.

Demaryius Thomas - - While he may have a poor matchup this week, he does have a motivated Manning throwing him the ball, so just keep plugging him into the starting lineup.
Wes Welker - - Doesn't appear that injured ankle will hurt him much, but keep your eyes open just to be on the safe side. Keep on riding the hot Broncos passing attack.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Found the end zone last week and has stepped it up this season, although he still has been a little up and down, although had success against the Ravens last season. If you need him, you could certainly take a chance on him, but there will be better week to use him.
Andre Caldwell - - Has his moments, but more often than not he gets lost in the shuffle. With an iffy matchup to boot, probably not your ideal option this week.

Julius Thomas - - Was quiet last week, though still found the end zone. Even with an iffy matchup this week, his upside is too good to pass up.

Matt Prater - - The offense should be able to keep rolling, though a tough Colts pass defense could make it tougher on them to find the end zone as often and potentially force some FG attempts.

Denver Broncos - - The return of Miller could certainly help the defense start to improve. Will have their hands full against a capable offense that has been tough at home and typically doesn't make many mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Denver Broncos 37 - San Francisco 49ers 20


Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers - Monday 8:30pm

Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick - - Still really hasn't gotten it together and if he does get the start again this week, it could be tough treading against a strong 49ers pass defense.
Case Keenum - - Will get the start this week and gets to head on the road against a brutally tough defense. Pretty sure I'd stay far, far away from this situation.

Arian Foster - - Coming off another big game and with Schaub banged up, the Texans could really rely on the run this week. The Chiefs have had issues against the run and he has proven time and again he can light it up any week. So if you have him, keep rolling with him, even as he heads into Kansas City to face a tough defense.

Andre Johnson - - He is one of the elite WRs in the league, capable of producing any week with any QB under center. That being said, this week he has his work cut out for him, heading on the road to face a strong pass defense with a green QB likely under center (Or one that is struggling if Schaub cn go).
DeAndre Hopkins - - The rookie has shown flashes, but he is still learning the ropes and is not getting much help from his QB. Add in a brutally tough matchup this week and it is probably best to look elsewhere this week.
Keshawn Martin - - Between the limited role in the offense and the crazy tough matchup this week, there is more than enough evidence for you to decide to keep him off your roster.

Garrett Graham - - Didn't do much with Daniels out last week, though the QB situation isn't helping. There will be better weeks for him, but this one could be another tough one as he faces a great Chiefs pass defense.

Randy Bullock - - The offense is coming off a tough week and faces a phenomenal defense this week, with an inexperienced QB likely at the helm, on the road to boot. Not a lot going for the Texans this week (Although if they have any success FGs may be what they are forced to settle for).

Houston Texans - - The defense is coming off a really tough week and this week they face an offense that has done an excellent job of protecting the QB and the ball, so there may not be many chances for big plays.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Faces a defense that has had some issues against the pass, but he could be dealing with plenty of pressure from the defense. Looks like it could be another defensive struggle in this rivalry.

Le'Veon Bell - - The rookie cooled off last week, though proved he can be a solid receiving option. Not the best matchup this week, though should see plenty of touches which could allow him to put up some solid numbers. Still a pretty risky play this week.
LeGarrette Blount - - Just as it was starting to look like Blount could turn into the main man, Ridley rises from the ashes and lights up the fantasy scoreboard and suddenly appears to be the man again. Probably best to hold off on using Blount once again.

Antonio Brown - - Capable of making a big play and has stepped it up this season. Will be keyed on by the defense, which gives him a little risk. Still not a bad option that is more than capable of making a big play.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - - Still not being targeted quite enough to consider him a good option, although the matchup could help him get it going this week, so he could surprise if you need to gamble on him.

Heath Miller - - The return of Miller has helped the offense get it going a little and does not have a bad matchup this week. Has had some success against the Ravens in the past (As well as some quiet games).

Shaun Suisham - - The offense still hasn't really got it going, but facing a rival at home could help them motivate. Touchdowns could be tough to come by though.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense still has plenty of weapons and could benefit from facing an inconsistent offense at Heinz Field, so certainly could make some plays this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 16 - Houston Texans 13
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