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San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos - Thursday 8:25pm

San Diego Chargers

Kellen Clemens - - With Bradford lost for the season, he steps in as the new starter. Nothing like jumping into the fire right off that bat as he faces a strong Seahawks pass defense.






Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning - - No need to even think about it. The hottest QB in the league faces a struggling Redskins defense, so he should light it up again this week.

Montee Ball - - The rookie is currently nowhere to be found, so forget about him until the time he proves to be worthy.
Ronnie Hillman - - While he has his moments, his lack of touches most weeks make him an iffy option, even with a good matchup this week.

Demaryius Thomas - - Is capable of putting up crazy points any week, so keep on riding him. This week's phenomenal matchup can only help his cause.
Wes Welker - - Dealing with an ankle injury, but he almost always plays through stuff like that, so keep on riding him, unless he somehow sits out, which seems unlikely.
Emmanuel Sanders - - Coming off a poor performance as he continues to be up and down, like the rest of the Steelers offense. Maybe the threat of a running game will help open up the pass now, which could help his cause. Still, he may be a little riskier than you want to rely on.
Andre Caldwell - - While he may have a good game here and there, it is just too hard to guess when to rely on him, unless you are really desperate and the waiver wire is barren.

Julius Thomas - - Like the bulk of the Broncos receiving corps, just keep plugging him in as he is capable of going off in a big way any week.

Matt Prater - - The offense should light up the scoreboard yet again and keep him extremely busy again this week.

Denver Broncos - - The defense continues to struggle, although they have made some big plays. They do face an offense that is starting to find itself and has plenty of play makers to utilize, so it may not be the ideal week to use them.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Denver Broncos 45 - San Diego Chargers


Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons - Sunday 9:30am

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford - - Coming off a big game and this week has a better matchup as the Cowboys pass defense has struggled most of the season. This game could turn into a high scoring affair.

Reggie Bush - - Capable of busting one on any touch and this week he faces a struggling Cowboys defense, on the fast turf in Detroit, so he has a ton of potential this week.
Joique Bell - - His touches are just too few to merit starting him, although he could certainly get a shot at a goal line carry, so maybe if you are really desperate, he could help your cause.

Calvin Johnson - - While he may not be quite 100%, he is freaking Megatron and last week was a perfect example of what he is capable of. This week's matchup is a much better one and with Bryant talking a little smack, he could be even more motivated than usual.
Golden Tate - - Dealing with a foot injury and has been hit or miss already. The Seahawks may not need to throw it much this week, so may be a good time to let him sit out.
Kris Durham - - Continues to get his looks from Stafford and with a superb matchup this week, it could be a worthy gamble to start him this week, assuming your options are a little limited.
Kevin Ogletree - - While he may get some looks, there likely won't be quite enough of them to consider him a viable starting option.
Ryan Broyles - - Still not touching the ball enough to consider him a worthy starter, even though he has a phenomenal matchup this week.

Brandon Pettigrew - - Found the end zone last week, but still hasn't been productive enough to consider him a true fantasy threat. Stafford has spread the ball around a little more this season.
Joseph Fauria - - The rookie fell back to Earth last week and proved he is not quite ready for prime time. Keep forgetting about him until he proves to be a worthy option more often than not.


Detroit Lions - - The defense has some big time play makers, though they haven't made a ton of big plays this season. Will have their hands full this week with a strong Cowboys offense, though maybe Romo will channel his old self and throw an ill-advised pass or two (Which he has not done much in 2013).

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Coming off a big game as he proved he can still get it done without his top receivers. This week he faces a defense that has had some issues defending the pass, so has a chance to keep rolling.

Steven Jackson - - The hamstring is still not 100%, although he could return this week. If he can, likely won't be in a full capacity and does face a good run defense. May be best to let him sit out and see how much he is able to go unless you are really thin at RB.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - Coming off a big game with a pair of touchdown receptions. The possible return of S-Jax may force him to be downgraded to a two football option, though he likely would still get some touches. If S-Jax is out, his receiving skills could allow him to be a sold starting option.

Roddy White - - Still dealing with that hamstring injury and even if he can go, he could once again be limited. With Jones gone, maybe he could get it done, though still a pretty big risk.
Harry Douglas - - Coming off a huge game as he has been pressed into being the go to guy. Even if White returns this week, Douglas would still likely be the main receiving threat this week. Might be worth trying to ride the wave to see if he can keep rolling.
Drew Davis - - With White injured, he should see more action, though it didn't really help last week. So probably a bigger gamble than you want to consider taking.


Matt Bryant - - The offense still has the weapons to move the ball, though a solid Cardinals defense could force them to settle for FG attempts this week.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense is coming off a good performance and this week could benefit from facing a QB that continues to struggle throwing the ball to the right team.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Detroit Lions 27 - Atlanta Falcons 23


Chicago Bears at New England Patriots - Sunday 1:00pm

Chicago Bears







New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - The return of Gronk can only help the offense and this week he should also benefit from the ideal matchup against a struggling Dolphins pass defense. I'd make him a five football option if he hasn't disappointed so much, but has a ton of upside and deserves a shot to redeem himself.

Stevan Ridley - - Coming off another good game, so maybe he is finally back to his old self. A decent matchup this week should help, as will the return of Gronk who will force defenses to respect the pass more.
Brandon Bolden - - Should continue to get his touches and his receiving skills could give the Dolphins some trouble, assuming Brady utilizes him enough. Probably not the ideal option at this time, although with six teams on a bye this week, he could be pressed into action and maybe he could pay off again.

Julian Edelman - - Coming off a nice week and could benefit from Gronk's return as defenses may focus on the tight end. Back to a risky option as this situation plays itself out, but the favorable matchup this week probably makes him worth the risk.
Aaron Dobson - - The return of Gronk could really throw a wrench into the WR position. Who knows just how this will play out. He does have a good matchup going for him, so does have the upside to produce if you need to roll the dice on him.
Danny Amendola - - Likely out again this week as he overcomes the effects of a concussion and that injured groin.
Brandon LaFell - - Dealing with a knee injury, though still expected to play. The injury could slow him down some, though does have a solid matchup this week, so still could pay off.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - Has Thompkins separated himself from the rest of the pack to become the go to fantasy option with Amendola out? Who knows how this situation will play out. He was the hardest hit last week, but hard to argue with what he has done thus far. Nice matchup this week.

Rob Gronkowski - - He's Back! After last week's strong performance, there is no question he should be started in every league.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The return of Gronk should help the offense start to click, which should continue to get Gostkowski plenty of scoring opportunities.

New England Patriots - - The defense put up some good fantasy numbers last week, although they are dealing with injuries still. Could benefit from facing a young offense that has had some QB protection issues.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: New England Patriots 27 - Chicago Bears


Buffalo Bills at New York Jets - Sunday 1:00pm

Buffalo Bills

Thaddeus Lewis - - While he has shown flashes, he will have his hands full this week on the road against a pretty solid pass defense. Could benefit from being forced to play catch up though. Still probably not worth the trouble.

C.J. Spiller - - Still dealing with an ankle injury and just isn't his usually explosive self. Still capable of busting one, though the Saints defense has been pretty solid this season. With Jackson producing well, Spiller just may not get the necessary touches. Could pay off if you need to rely on him, assuming he plays, which is not a given.
Fred Jackson - - Dealing with a knee injury so watch his status closely, although he is expected to go. Does have a nice matchup this week and with Spiller still slowed, he could be quite busy again this week.
Bryce Brown - - As he was last week and the week before that and before that, well you get the picture, he is nothing more than a handcuff to McCoy.

Robert Woods - - The rookie has shown some flashes of potential, but really hasn't been consistent enough to really rely on him. Could surprise if the Bills are forced to air it out late and maybe can do something in garbage time.
Mike Williams - - While he is capable of finding the end zone any week, he really hasn't been putting up much yardage wise and with a tough matchup this week, a TD could be a little tough to come by, making him a bigger gamble than usual.
T.J. Graham - - Still not involved in the offense enough to consider him much of a starting option.

Scott Chandler - - Has really been an all or nothing option and it doesn't help all the QBs the Bills have been utilizing. Not the best matchup this week either.

Dan Carpenter - - The offense may be forced to bypass FG attempts late if they fall behind too much and this isn't the old Saints team that didn't play defense, this one does.

Buffalo Bills - - While the defense has had some nice performances, it is unlikely this will be another one as they head on the road to face the high-powered Saints offense, on that rarely turns the ball over.

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - The rookie has been inconsistent, go figure, like many rookie signal callers. This week he heads on the road to face a tough pass defense, so could be a tough time to rely on him.
Michael Vick - - Back in the starting lineup, although is dealing with a hamstring issue still, so could hamper his running skills. A good matchup could help his cause this week, though since he may not run much, he has more risk than usual.

Chris Ivory - - Was the hot hand last week, so was rode hard and had a big game. Who knows what this week holds, but does have a poor matchup, so it may be best to see how this situation plays out.
Bilal Powell - - With Ivory rolling, he was limited to three touches and who knows what this week brings. After last week, I'd probably rely on Ivory over Powell, but neither is ideal this week with a bad matchup.
Daryl Richardson - - Stacy has a stranglehold on the starting job now, so he likely won't get many touches, so I'd pass on him.

Eric Decker - - Coming off another huge game as he just keeps rolling. Just keep plugging him in, though it does help this week to have a great matchup.
Stephen Hill - - While he has had some good times, he has struggled a good bit as well (Some of that is his reliance on the rookie QB). Faces a good pass defense this week, albeit a banged up one, so it may be best to explore other options.
Jeremy Kerley - - Like Hill, he also has been up and down, though has the potential to give a banged up secondary some trouble. Still relying on a rookie QB that could be feeling a good bit of heat from a good Bengals pass rush.
David Nelson - - Coming off a solid performance, although with a tough matchup this week and a limited track record of success, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Jacoby Ford - - Like Streater, it is probably not in your best interests to rely on him.

Jeff Cumberland - - Dealing with an injured hamstring, which could force him to sit out this week. While the Bengals have had issues with the TE at times, it may not be best to rely on one that is banged up and not exactly on an offense known for its passing.

Nick Folk - - The offense could find the sledding tough this week, which could be good or bad for Folk. Still may not be a bad idea to find a kicker on a more consistent offense, although there are worse options out there.

New York Jets - - The defense has been solid this season, albeit not the best fantasy defense. Faces a capable offense this week, although one that has had some turnover issues at times.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Buffalo Bills 17 - New York Jets 13


Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday 1:00pm

Baltimore Ravens



Steve Smith - - Coming off a fine performance thanks to the help of a touchdown and not a bad matchup this week. He still has been a little more hit-or-miss then you'd like, but always capable of breaking a big play.




Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - Has started to find his groove as he has been spreading the wealth, but still can throw the ball up to Green and expect him to fight for it. Does have a tough matchup this week, so not the best option out there, but if you really need him, he could certainly help.
Jason Campbell - - Expected to get the start this week, but good luck with that as he heads on the road to face a great Chiefs pass defense.

Giovani Bernard - - The rookie can bust one on any touch, though still not getting quite enough touches to make him a slam dunk option. Add in the cruddy matchup this week and it is probably best to pass him up this week.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - - Really struggled last week and this week may not be much better as the Bengals face one of the league's top ranked rush defenses.

A.J. Green - - Faces a tough pass defense, but he is coming off a big game and has proven time and again, he can go off any week. As long as he is playing that week he starts. No real thought required.
Marvin Jones - - Coming off a nice game, but still hasn't been quite productive enough to start him against a good pass defense, especially since he is dealing with an injured shoulder.
Mohamed Sanu - - Dalton has been spreading the wealth and Sanu really hasn't been producing quite enough to merit starting him unless you are really in a major bind, and even then he is less than ideal.

Jermaine Gresham - - Has a tough matchup this week and Dalton has really been spreading the ball around this season, including to both of the capable tight ends, so who knows which one, if either, gets it done this week.
Tyler Eifert - - In the same boat as Gresham, so only use him if your options are limited. Sure he could pay off, but he could also get you limited production.

Mike Nugent - - The offense is starting to roll, but could struggle to finish drives this week against a tough Jets defense, which could make for a very busy day of kicking field goals for the Nuge.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense was quiet last week, though this week their d-line could put a good bit of pressure on the rookie QB and force him into a mistake or two.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 19 - Baltimore Ravens


Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans - Sunday 1:00pm

Houston Texans







Tennessee Titans


Dexter McCluster - - Continues to be very hit or miss and even his hits are usually pretty minimal, so he really isn't a guy you should be considering for your starting lineup.





Favorite: Even
Prediction: Tennessee Titans - Houston Texans


Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars - Sunday 1:00pm

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - Coming off a pretty good game thanks to three TD tosses. Faces a banged up defense this week, although on the road, but may be forced to play keep up if the Patriots offense continues to find itself with Gronk back.

Lamar Miller - - Thomas was the main man last week, although Miller is still the starter and expected to be the main man most of the time. Who knows what this week will bring, but a great matchup is one of them, so he has plenty of upside and could pay off if you need him.
Knowshon Moreno - - Continues to play well and should get his numbers again this week as he faces one of the league's worst run defenses, so keep on riding him.
Daniel Thomas - - Thomas was the main option last week because of the offense they ran last week. Just what fantasy owners want to hear, another reason to frustrate fantasy owners and keep them guessing. He does have a superb matchup this week, so probably worth taking a chance on if you are suffering from the bye week blues this week.

Mike Wallace - - Still hasn't quite lived up to the hype thus far, though he has had his moments. The Patriots pass defense has been solid this season, though they are banged up and had some issues slowing the rookie QB last week.
Brian Hartline - - Tannehill has been spreading the wealth and has three capable WRs to utilize and all are capable of getting the job done, or being semi-quiet. With Gronk back, the Patriots are liable to put up some points and force the Dolphins to the air.
Brandon Gibson - - Coming off a big game as he continues to surprise and could be worth riding the hot hand if you are in a bind as the Patriots defense is banged up and down a few players.

Charles Clay - - Has now found the end zone in three straight games, although the touchdown was his only grab last week. A decent matchup this week could give him a chance to get the streak to four games this week, key word could.

Caleb Sturgis - - The Dolphins offense should benefit from facing a banged up defense, although playing on the road could make it a little tough to find the end zone and force the Dolphins to settle for some FG attempts.

Miami Dolphins - - The defense has some play makers, though really haven't had many good fantasy moments and will have their hands full this week against a good Patriots offense that typically takes good care of the ball.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne - - Maybe he can do some damage late as he could be forced to really air the ball out to play catchup. The matchup is a brutal one though, so it is probably not a wise move to rely on Henne.

Toby Gerhart - - With ADP dealing with a hamstring tweak, maybe he sees a little more action this week. Unless Peterson were to sit out, he really has no business in any lineups.
Jordan Todman - - His role in the offense is way too small to merit starting him, especially against the likes of the tough 49ers defense.

Cecil Shorts - - That shoulder is still not quite 100%, but he has been a pretty consistent option this season and even with a poor matchup this week, the Jaguars may be forced to throw it a ton, so he could still be productive.
Mike Brown - - Coming off a big game, as Shorts and Blackmon were both less than 100%. Considering his lack of production this season and the tough matchup this week, it is probably best to play it safe and look elsewhere.

Marcedes Lewis - - Finally appears to be healthy, but considering he really hasn't done anything this season and the ugly matchup he has this week, it is probably in your best interests to explore other options.

Josh Scobee - - The offense has some capable weapons, although this week's tough matchup could limit their scoring chances, making Scobee-Doo a risky option his week.

Jacksonville Jaguars - - The defens eis just not producing enough to merit starting them against a team like the 49ers that do a good job of limiting mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Miami Dolphins 20 - Jacksonville Jaguars 10


Saint Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs - Sunday 1:00pm

Saint Louis Rams


Zac Stacy - - The rookie has taken over the starting job and appears to be the current solution. Faces a tough defense this week, though may be very busy with Bradford lost for the season. Though running room could be hard to come by.
Benny Cunningham - - Likely won't see much action, so I'd continue to look elsewhere.

Chris Givens - - I'll take the lazy way out and make a blanket statement about the Rams WRs this week. With the QB change, who knows which WR, if any, will step up to become Clemens go to guy. Maybe he spreads the wealth too. With a horrible matchup this week, you should just avoid the situation and take a wait and see approach.
Austin Pettis - - See Givens and play it safe with another option this week.
Tavon Austin - - See Givens and Pettis and apply the exact same logic.
Brian Quick - - See the other Ram WRs and do the right thing, which is to stay away, far, far away.

Jared Cook - - Who knows who Clemens will lean on this week and since the matchup is a tough one, it may be wise to just avoid the situation entirely and watch and learn.
Lance Kendricks - - Will the Rocket, oops, wrong Clemens, utilize Kendricks? Will anyone step up and become his go to guy? Only time will tell, so you should see how this plays out.

Greg Zuerlein - - Legatron is a pretty risky option this week as the Rams head into battle with a rusty backup QB that faces one of the top pass defenses in all the land.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense is capable, but this week they could be in for a long night against a talented Seahwaks offense that does an excellent job of limiting mistakes.

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Coming off another quiet fantasy week and while he will have his moments, this week against a tough Browns pass defense is not liable to be one of the good ones.

Jamaal Charles - - Coming off another strong performance and while the Browns defense has been tough to run on, he can get it done against any defense and you can bet he gets a ton of touches again this week. Keep on riding your stud runner.
Knile Davis - - Still nothing more than a handcuff to Charles, so keep on looking for a worthy starting RB.

Dwayne Bowe - - While he has had some good moments, for the most part he has struggled to produce and this week he likely will have the pleasure of being shadowed by the talented Joe Haden, which likely won't help him get it going.
Donnie Avery - - He has put up some nice numbers at times, but often has struggled to produce. With an iffy matchup this week, it may be best to explore other options who will likely be more involved in the offense.
Kyle Williams - - Boldin is the only WR that deserves any starter consideration and he is barely there at the moment.

Anthony Fasano - - Returned from injury last week and was on the field often and did get his share of passes thrown his way. Still the Chiefs passing attack is not very active, so he is not the ideal option. If you are in a bind though, maybe he could surprise, albeit his matchup is a poor one.
Sean McGrath - - The return of Fasano looks like it may have killed the fantasy value of McGrath, so if somehow you were relying on him, it is time to quit and find another option.

Ryan Succop - - The offense has been playing well, although they could be forced to settle for FG attempts this week against a Browns defense that has been pretty good more often than not.

Kansas City Chiefs - - The defense continues to dominate and this week they host a struggling offense that is making yet another change at the quarterback position.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 23 - Saint Louis Rams 13


Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sunday 1:00pm

Minnesota Vikings

Christian Ponder - - With Freeman banged up, he could be the starter again. Can he mentally get back in the game with how the QB situation has played out? A good matchup does help, though still hard to rely on any of the QBs. If he struggles early, could he get yanked for Cassel? Not a risk I'd be willing to take.

Adrian Peterson - - Coming off a rough game (The Giants really do have his number it seems) and is dealing with some tightness in his hamstring. But he faces a defense he has lit up often in the past and he is the top RB in the league for a reason. If he plays, you need to start him.

Greg Jennings - - Really hasn't produced a ton this season, although has had his moments. Could benefit from facing his former team this week, so does have a little more upside than he has recently. Still a risky option though.
Cordarrelle Patterson - - The rookie is started to see a little more action, though it isn't helping the youngster to have a new QB under center almost every week.
Jerome Simpson - - He has a good game here and there, but often struggles to produce. The revolving door at QB isn't helping the cause. Does have a favorable matchup that could help his cause, so if you are really in a bind, maybe he helps.
Jarius Wright - - Just not being used enough to merit starting him, even with a solid matchup this week.

Kyle Rudolph - - Cooled back off last week, though he had the ball thrown his way often, just not many of them were catchable. Not a bad matchup this week, so does have the potential to get back on a hot streak.

Blair Walsh - - That hamstring injury led to him missing his first career kick from outside of 50 yards as he came up short. Definitely a factor and with the offense in a funk, maybe you need to at least think about other options.

Minnesota Vikings - - A struggling defense will have their hands full this week against a talented, yet banged up, offense. Not a defense you want to rely on this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon - - The rookie QB has shown some potential, although this week's matchup is a tough one as he faces a Panthers defense that has been one of the league's better defenses, against both the run and the pass.

Doug Martin - - An injured should could sideline him the rest of the season, though the Bucs are optimistic he can return at some point. If you have an I/R in your league, time to use it.
Mike James - - The rookie is expected to get the first crack to replace Martin, though this week may not be the best time to test drive him as he faces a strong Panthers run defense.

Vincent Jackson - - Coming off another huge game as he has really started to roll. This week's matchup is a much tougher one though, but hard not to keep running him out there considering how hot he has been of late.
Chris Owusu - - See Underwood and do the right thing, being don't even think about starting him, not even for a split second.

Brandon Myers - - Another Giant that started the season strong, but has really faded. He also did little against the Eagles in the previous meeting, who have done a solid job against the TE position much of the season.
Tim Wright - - Was quiet last week and with a tough matchup this week, it may be another rough one this week (Although with Martin gone, the Bucs could pass more and Wright could definitely help).


Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The defense has cooled off of late, especially fantasy wise, and will have their hands full against an offense that has been playing pretty well in recent weeks.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings 17 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16


Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1:00pm

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - Coming off a big week thanks to three TD tosses. The question is, will he throw it much this week against a terrible Rams run defense (Didn't do much against them last year)? Certainly could again toss some TDs and his rushing skills could come in quite handy, so does have upside and is probably worth the start again.
Terrelle Pryor - - The youngster faces a tough Steelers pass defense this week, so it could be a tough week to consider him. His ability to run the ball does give him to potential to at least be a solid starter any week.

Marshawn Lynch - - One of the league's best RBs faces one of the league's worst run defenses this week. Yes Please. Really wish I had him on one of my rosters, especially this week.
Robert Turbin - - Still nothing more than a handcuff to Lynch. Step away from Turbin please. Even though he could get touches late, I don't want to take that chance.

Percy Harvin - - Has an outside shot of returning from that injured hip this week, though he is likely another week or two out. But definitely worth grabbing and stashing on the bench for some potential help in the stretch run.
Doug Baldwin - - His good games are just too rare to really consider him worth starting, especially since the Seahawks may run the ball down the Rams horrid run defense this week.
Sidney Rice - - Found the end zone last week, though the Seahawks may run the ball early and often this week, so he likely would need a touchdown to really have fantasy value this week.

Zach Miller - - Has his good times and bad ones. Since the Seahawks may not throw it a ton, that will limit his chances to make plays. Certainly could get a short TD and merit a start though.

Steven Hauschka - - The offense should be able to ram the ball down the defenses throat which should result in plenty of scoring chances this week.

Seattle Seahawks - - One of the top defenses in the league is licking its chops as they face an inconsistent offense that just lost their starting QB.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Was kind of quiet last week and this week faces a defense that has been pretty solid this season. They also had some success against Cam last season, although he did go over 300 yards in one of the meetings. May not be his best week, but still capable of lighting it up, so keep riding him unless you are loaded at QB.

DeAngelo Williams - - Really was a disappointment last week as he had a great matchup (I put my money where my mouth was trying him in my Fanduel contests). With a much tougher matchup this week, it is probably best to shy away from him against the stingy Bucs run defense.
Jonathan Stewart - - Looking to practice this week, but still a week or two from a possible return (Key word possible as there is still no real time table for his return).
Mike Tolbert - - Found the end zone last week to turn into a decent starting option, though he continues to be a touchdown or nothing. Faces a good Bucs run defense this week, so a TD may be a little tougher to come by.

Jerricho Cotchery - - Continues to be an all or nothing option and really his good games have been pretty rare, so probably not an option you should be relying on.
Tiquan Underwood - - Outside of V-Jax and Williams, there really is not fantasy value to be found at the WR position.
Jason Avant - - His lack of production for the majority of this season make him a risky proposition, even though he does have a favorable matchup this week.

Greg Olsen - - Still dealing with that injured foot, which has slowed him down some. Expected to once again play this week, though his production seems to have slipped thanks to the injury. Still not a bad option for a tight end as he does have a decent matchup again this week.

Graham Gano - - The Bucs defense has been playing pretty well much of the season, which could make it tough on the Panthers to find the end zone and force them to settle for some FG attempts again this week.

Carolina Panthers - - Has been a productive NFL defense, but is coming off a big game as they start to show some fantasy value. This week they face an offense that has been inconsistent, albeit starting to gel, that just lost their top RB and is being led by a rookie QB.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 30 - Carolina Panthers 20


Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday 4:05pm

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles - - Dealing with a concussion and is back behind Vick. Could get a chance again down the line, but for now you can return to forgetting about him.

LeSean McCoy - - The Giants just shutdown ADP and did a good job of keeping McCoy in check the previous meeting, although he still wound up with some good overall fantasy numbers. Has cooled off some lately, though he is one of the top RBs in the league for a reason, so keep on riding him.
Darren Sproles - - Didn't exactly light it up last time out, though still wasn't too bad and should continue to get his share of touches, especially in the passing game, making him a strong option in PPR leagues.

Riley Cooper - - Has been better lately, though he did little with Vick at the helm and guess who is coming back this week, yep, Vick. So his value could take a hit again this week, so even with a solid matchup, you may want to proceed with caution.

Zach Ertz - - The rookie has stepped it up somewhat lately, though Vick seemed to favor Celek early on, so who knows how his return will impact the TE situation. Regardless, both TEs are risky plays since they may split touches and neither has had many good fantasy performances this season.
Brent Celek - - Maybe the return of Vick will jump start his fantasy value and he did find the end zone in the previous meeting with the Giants. Still Ertz continues to push for more touches, which is coming at the detriment of Celek.

Alex Henery - - Went 5-for-5 in FG attempts the previous meeting with the Giants and could be in for another huge game this time around as well.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense has really struggled this season, although they had a pretty good performance in the previous meeting with the Giants, forcing four turnovers, so could be one of the rare times starting them could pay off.

Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer - - Continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate, though with Fitzgerald getting healthier and facing a defense that has been susceptible to the pass, he could be a worthwhile gamble this week, especially if you are not penalized for interceptions.

Andre Ellington - - Has cooled off, although his receiving skills could come in handy this week. If Mendenhall is out, you may even want to bump him up to a three football option and consider giving him a shot if you are in need of his services.
Jonathan Dwyer - - May be lucky to get a carry or two, which makes him a bad idea, kind of like that time in college I woke up...umm, I've said too much. Just don't do it.

Larry Fitzgerald - - His hamstring is getting closer to 100%, so he should start getting back to what he is capable of. It should help that this week he faces a Falcons defense that has struggled to defend the pass this season.
Michael Floyd - - The youngster has been up and down, though a tasty matchup this week could help him merit taking a chance on this week.
Ted Ginn Jr. - - Continues to be an inconsistent option, although he has at least produced enough at times this season to be taken seriously, at least as a bye week fill-in. With LaFell banged up, he could benefit if you are in a bind.

Robert Housler - - Is starting to become more involved in the passing game, so with a good matchup this week, he could certainly be a nice surprise.

Jay Feely - - The offense has been inconsistent to say the least, though this week's matchup could help Feely get his share of scoring opportunities.

Arizona Cardinals - - The defense has quite a few play makers and have had some nice moments. They do face a good offense this week, albeit one that is really battling injuries and being forced to rely on less proven options, which could lead to some mistakes.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 26 - Arizona Cardinals 20


Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 4:25pm

Oakland Raiders


Maurice Jones-Drew - - Was quiet last week and this week he faces a good 49ers defense and it could be another week where the Jaguars are forced to abandon the run early on.
Darren McFadden - - DMC should be even healthier coming off the bye week and should get his share of touches this week against a defense that has had some issues against the run. Still, he hasn't exactly been on fire this season, but he is capable of getting it done any week.

James Jones - - Still battling that knee injury and even if he can go, he could be limited. Though he does have a juicy matchup this week, so if he can play, he certainly could be a nice option.
Rod Streater - - Outside of Moore, who hasn't exactly been a pillar of consistency either, you just never know what you are going to get from week-to-week from the Raiders receivers. With a tough matchup this week, you probably should strongly consider other options.
Denarius Moore - - Has been quietly productive this season, though a tough matchup this week won't make it easy on him. Though Pryor may try to force it toward his go to guy this week.
Greg Little - - He just hasn't produced enough to consider starting him, especially when you consider the toughness of this week's matchup.

Mychal Rivera - - The rookie has shown some flashes, although he still hasn't done near enough to really consider him ready for the fantasy world.

Sebastian Janikowski - - The offense has been like Jekyl and Hyde this season, so who knows what this week will bring. The Steelers defense still has weapons and could make it tough on the offense this week, though that could mean a few FG attempts for Janikowski.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense has had some good times this season, although a lot of low ones as well. Could benefit from facing an offense that has struggled to protect the QB at times, although they also have started to find a run game which should help the offense.

Cleveland Browns


Chris Ogbonnaya - - Whittaker could cut into his touches and with a tough matchup this week, it is probably best to continue to pass on him.

Miles Austin - - Still being slowed by that hamstring injury and while he is liable to play, he may not be quite as involved in the passing game, especially with Williams and Beasley playing so well.
Travis Benjamin - - Still mainly just a special teams ace and really has no fantasy value as a WR.

Jordan Cameron - - Coming off a good game, although this week he gets another new QB to deal with, albeit one with experience as a starter. The matchup is a tough one though, but the Browns could be forced to play catch up late.

Billy Cundiff - - With the offense struggling and making yet another QB change, not to mention taking to the road to face a strong Chiefs defense, it could be a pretty big gamble to rely on Cundiff this week.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense may be wearing out some as the offense has not exactly helped them. They are capable of slowing down the Chiefs offense, although Kansas City has done a good job taking care of the ball, so may need to make a big play on special teams this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Oakland Raiders 13 - Cleveland Browns 10


Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday 4:25pm

Indianapolis Colts



Hakeem Nicks - - Was quiet last week, albeit the offense really didn't need to throw it much. Keep an eye on that injured finger just to be on the safe side, but he did catch nine balls for 142 yards in the previous meeting with the Eagles, so he does have some upside. Still not a slam dunk considering how up and down he has been.




Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Still hasn't really been his old self, though the Steelers are starting to find a running game, which could help open up the play action and help slow the pass rush. This can only help Big Ben start to find his old form.

Le'Veon Bell - - The rookie has been pretty good thus far and the Steelers will likely ride him hard again this week to try and get back to Steelers football, so has a chance to put up some strong numbers this week, even though the matchup is not ideal.
LeGarrette Blount - - Carried the ball once last week, so now that Ridley seems to have found himself, it looks like Blount is back to the scrap heap (For now, until Ridley does something wrong and the Patriots mix it up again).

Antonio Brown - - Coming off his worse performance of the season and for the most part has been pretty good this season, although more touchdowns would be nice. Hopefully the threat of the run will open up the play action and more big plays for Brown.
Markus Wheaton - - Out with injured finger.
Lance Moore - - That hand injury is getting better and he could be ready to roll this week. Still, he really has done nothing thus far, so you probably should pass on him until he proves to be a worthy option once again.

Heath Miller - - Found the end zone last week and since Big Ben likes to look his way in the red zone, he is always a threat to produce (Though he does have his share of stinkers as well).

Shaun Suisham - - The Steelers offense is still trying to find itself, though is slowly starting to. But touchdowns have still been tough to come by, which could mean a few FG attempts for the Steelers again this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense has had one good fantasy performance this season, although this week they have a chance to make it two as they head to Oakland to face an offense that is not exactly striking fear into opposing defenses.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 23 - Indianapolis Colts


Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints - Sunday 8:30pm

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - One of the top QBs in the league faces a Vikings pass defense that has been brutal this season. Yeah, seems like you should definitely make sure he is in your lineup as usual.

Eddie Lacy - - Coming off another nice performance and should continue to be a key part of the offense, especially with the receiving corps still banged up. Defenses can't key on the running game though, which helps him find plenty of running room.
James Starks - - Even if the knee is healthy enough for him to go, he isn't expected to get many touches, so he is a poor fantasy option.

Jordy Nelson - - A touchdown salvaged last week, though has a great matchup this week and no longer has to worry about Haden being in his shorts. Expect him to bounce back in a big way this week.
Jarrett Boykin - - Coming off a big game and the loss of Finley could mean more targets for him. Nelson not being locked down this week could steal some touches, though it may all wash out and allow him to be a nice starting option again this week.
Myles White - - The rookie could be forced to step it up this week, though this is probably a little farther than you want to consider reaching.

Andrew Quarless - - With Finley out, Quarless could be counted on to step up his game. If you are desperate, you could roll the dice on him since he has a great matchup, though it is probably best to hold off on him to see if Rodgers gets him involved in the passing game.
Jermichael Finley - - Finley is out indefinitely with a spine injury and could decide to hang them up. Only time will tell, but best of luck on his recovery from a scary injury.

Mason Crosby - - The offense should keep on trucking this week and get him plenty of scoring chances again.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense may not exactly be lighting it up, but did you see how bad that Vikings offense was last week? If not, trust me, you didn't miss anything. After that, it is probably a good idea to roll the dice on the Packers defense.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - Just keep on rolling with Brees, who has another good matchup to exploit this week.

Pierre Thomas - - A good matchup this week could help him produce nicely this week, although now the rookie Robinson is pushing for playing time, which makes him a riskier option. The matchup probably makes him worth the gamble this week.
Mark Ingram - - Still dealing with that injured toe, so continue to forget about considering him.
Khiry Robinson - - The rookie showed some nice potential last time out and could see an increased role in the offense, though who knows how it will play out with so many options to utilize. Maybe he can get some extra time late and surprise, but he is probably not quite ready to start.

Marques Colston - - Has the talent to get it done, but really has been quieter than in the past and is suddenly not an every week option. A good matchup this week makes him a worthy risk though, but still not the slam dunk he once was.
Kenny Stills - - The rookie has shown some signs of life, though he still hasn't been consistent enough to consider him worth starting, at least not quite yet.
Nick Toon - - Still not seeing enough action to consider him fantasy worthy.
Robert Meachem - - Maybe the bye week will help him get back in the mix. But until he proves to be worthy, I'd take him off the radar.

Jimmy Graham - - Keep a close eye on that injured foot and be prepared to look elsewhere. But if he is able to roll, you need to make sure he is back in your lineup. While he may not quite go as large as usually, a 75% Graham is still better than 95% of the tight ends out there.
Ben Watson - - With Graham banged up, he could be pressed into a larger role in the offense. If Graham is out, you should probably upgrade him to a three football option and consider him a solid fill-in for Graham owners.


New Orleans Saints - - The defense has been a nice surprise this season and could benefit this week from hosting an inconsistent Bills offense that has been forced to play musical QBs this season.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 34 - Green Bay Packers 34


Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys - Monday 8:30pm

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - Coming off a big game as he continues to improve weekly and with an awesome matchup this week and that he is liable to be playing keep up, it should be a good week to rely on him.

Alfred Morris - - Put up 95 yards last week, though Helu got all the touchdowns. Faces a tough run defense this week and the Redskins could be forced to abandon the run late, so is a riskier option than usual. Still could get something done, especially early as the Redskins may try to control the clock, at least early.
Roy Helu - - Coming off a huge game thanks to three touchdowns. Faces a good run defense this week, though his ability as a receiver could help his cause. I wouldn't expect a repeat of last week, though he does have a chance to surprise.

Pierre Garcon - - Has cooled off some of late, though the emergence of Reed may have something to do with that. This week he could definitely get back on track as he faces a poor pass defense, not to mention the Redskins may be forced to air it out a ton this week to play keep up.
DeSean Jackson - - While he was quiet last week, he has had some big games this season, including earlier this season against this same Giants defense.
Andre Roberts - - While he does have a good matchup and he has had some good moments, he really hasn't been productive enough to really consider him much of a fantasy threat.
Santana Moss - - A good matchup could allow him to be a pleasant surprise this week, although since he has struggled to produce most of the season, he is a very risky play.
Leonard Hankerson - - A foot injury could force him to sit out this week, so even with a great mathcup this week, you may want to exercise caution.

Jordan Reed - - Coming off a huge game as RG3 continues to look his way often. A great matchup this week gives him a ton of upside and makes him a very worthwhile option this week.

Kai Forbath - - The offense should be able to put up some points on a Broncos defense that has struggled to stop most teams, which should allow Forbath to put u psome points.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has struggled much of the season, although they have had some good times. But it is unlikely this week will result in a good performance as they head to Denver to face the high-powered Broncos offense.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - With Murray still banged up and facing a struggling Lions pass defense, you can bet Romo will be quite busy this week, which should lead to another pretty strong game for Romo.
Brandon Weeden - - Ugh! Coming off a horrible performance that helped contribute to his benching. We will see how long it lasts, but there is no reason to consider him.

DeMarco Murray - - Still battling that injured knee, but hopes to return. Could be in more of a RB by committee this week if he can go, though still likely the main man. A good matchup should help his cause, though watch his status closely.
Lance Dunbar - - Still hampered by the hamstring, although he hopes to be ready to roll this week. But he likely is the 2nd or 3rd option, so likely won't see enough action to merit starting.
Joseph Randle - - With a good matchup this week, he could build upon last week's performance and turn into a nice starting option. Though if Murray is able to return, his touches may be too few, so you may need to downgrade him.

Dez Bryant - - Expect him to bring his A+ game after comparing himself to Megatron, so he will look to back up his words and since the Lions pass defense is struggling, he should be able to do just that. Is a little banged up, but should have no issues playing. Just don't forget to double check his status on Sunday.
Terrance Williams - - The rookie continues to produce well and has another good matchup to exploit this week. Will the Cowboys try to get it to Bryant a little more this week to try and help him back up his big talk, which could mean fewer balls his way. Still should be in for a nice day though.
Cole Beasley - - Coming off another solid performance as he continues to fly under the radar. Austin is still not 100%, so he could benefit from that. Add in the good matchup this week and he could surprise. Still, the Cowboys have lots of options in the passing game, so he does have a good bit of risk.
Dwayne Harris - - Still nothing more than a special teams guru.

Jason Witten - - He has been a little more inconsistent in the past, though still a key part of the offense. A good matchup should help his cause this week.

Dan Bailey - - The offense should be able to get it rolling again this week in what could be a potential shootout against two talented offenses.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense has been on a roll, although this week they face a tougher task against a talented offense that typically does a good job of protecting the QB and the ball.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: Washington Redskins 34 - Dallas Cowboys 30
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