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Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins - Thursday 8:25pm

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton - - Coming off a huge game against a strong defense as he has really started to find himself. Slowly working his way toward the top of the QB rankings and with a good matchup this week, even on the road, he is probably worth running out there this week to keep riding the wave of success.
Jason Campbell - - Coming off a strong performance in his first start as a Brown. Ravens aren't their usually strong selves, but still a very capable defense. Add in he is still learning his way with his new team and he is probably a little too risky to rely on.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - - He has been very up and down, though this week he does have a favorable matchup. He could be especially useful if the Bengals can get a lead on the road and are killing the clock late. Still, who knows if that will happen, so proceed with caution. There are worse options out there, especially with so many teams on bye this week.
Giovani Bernard - - Was very quiet last week, although this week he has a much better matchup and could really come in handy as both a runner and receiver. Though still not a slam dunk option with the Law Firm still in the mix, but I like his upside this week and think he is worth the risk.

A.J. Green - - Only caught three balls last week, but still made them count. The emergence of Jones could force defenses to adjust a little, which could actually help Green's cause. As usual, don't over think it, just start him (If you have any doubts for some reason, he does have a nice matchup this week).
Marvin Jones - - Went from almost not playing to four touchdowns last week as he has started to really catch fire. Definitely a guy that is worth a gamble to ride the hot streak, especially since he has a pretty nice matchup this week.
Mohamed Sanu - - Has cooled off as Jone has really stepped it up and now he is dealing with a shoulder injury. Considering he hasn't had a worthy fantasy performance in some time, I'd move along and find another option.
Dane Sanzenbacher - - While Dalton has been spreading the wealth, Sanzenbacher is just not typically one of the guys receiving the love from Dalton.

Jermaine Gresham - - Finally found the end zone last week, though with Dalton flinging it to many options, he continues to be a risky option, albeit one that can be a useful option if you are desperate for TE help.
Tyler Eifert - - The rookie is capable of finding the end zone any week, though with Dalton really spreading the wealth, he likely will continue to be very streaky. If you are really in a bind, he could certainly help, though still not the ideal fantasy option.

Mike Nugent - - The offense has really started to roll and has a nice matchup this week. Maybe the short turnaround and playing on the road will make it tougher for the Bengals to finish drives and force them to rely more on Nugent this week.

Cincinnati Bengals - - The defense is coming off a mammoth performance with a pair of pick sixes. This week they face an offense that has struggled to protect the QB, which plays right into the Bengals hands.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill - - While he has shown some flashes or brilliance, he has struggled a good deal as well, especially turning the ball over of late. Faces a good defense this week on a short turnaround, which could limit his upside.

Lamar Miller - - Last week his role expanded and he had arguably his best game of the season. If his role increases, or stays the same as last week, he could turn into a solid fantasy option. Though I'd like to see it happen with my own eyes before relying on him, especially with a poor matchup this week. I wouldn't be shocked if he got the job done, but just not crazy about the risk.
Daniel Thomas - - Found the end zone last week as he continues to find the end zone on occasion. Still hard to rely on a guy that is typically a touchdown or nothing, especially this week against a good Bengals defense.

Mike Wallace - - Got plenty of looks from Tannehill last week which likely was aided by the loss of Gibson. So he could benefit the most from the injury, though he really has been inconsistent as all heck this year. Not the ideal matchup this week, although injuries in the secondary could help his cause and make him worth the gamble this week.
Brian Hartline - - Continues to get his looks, though they are not quite as frequent as early on this season. Though with Gibson down, he could see more targets and have a chance to get back on track. An iffy matchup this week may not help, though the injuries in the secondary do give him upside. Someone has to step up for Gibson, so could be worth a dice roll.
Rishard Matthews - - With Gibson out with an injured knee, he should get a chance to take on a larger role in the offense, although it likely will lead to more targets for Wallace, Hartline and Clay. I'd definitely not grab him and start him right off the bat.
Damian Williams - - He just hasn't produced enough this season to consider him much of an option in the fantasy world.
Brandon Gibson - - Looks like his season is over thanks to an injured knee.

Charles Clay - - His touchdown streak ended at three games last week, though he was used more heavily and faces a defense which has had some issues against the TE in the past. Add in the loss of Gibson and it could lead to more targets for Clay.

Caleb Sturgis - - The offense has been a little up and down and faces a good defense this week, albeit one that is dealing with some injuries. So touchdowns could be hard to come by this week, which could mean a busy week for Sturgis.

Miami Dolphins - - The defense has been inconsistent and is facing an offense that has started to roll. Though Dalton has had some turnover woes during his career, especially on the road, so they do have some potential.

Favorite: Cincinnati Bengals by 2.5
Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals 23 - Miami Dolphins 20


Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills - Sunday 1:00pm

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith - - Coming off a fine performance and with a prime matchup this week, he could certainly help you out if you need to take a chance on him. Still not the ideal option since he is more of a game manager and playing on the road, but if you are in a pinch this week, he could help you out.

Jamaal Charles - - Keep an eye on that injured knee, though it sounds like he should be fine. Assuming he is able to play, he is a must start this week against a struggling Bills defense.
Knile Davis - - With Charles banged up, he could see a little more action this week. Though he still is really only a useful option if Charles is unable to go, in which case you should upgrade him and consider him a potential starting option thanks to a great matchup.

Dwayne Bowe - - While he is hobbled a little with a strained groin, his fantasy value continues to be pretty bad. He does have a good matchup this week, so maybe he can help for a change, though I'd avoid using him unless you are really suffering from a bad case of the bye week blues.
Donnie Avery - - His good times have just too infrequent to rely on him, though the matchup is a juicy one so maybe if you are really in a bind you could take a chance on him.
Junior Hemingway - - Just hasn't been productive enough to consider him much of a fantasy option.

Anthony Fasano - - With Smith continuing to spread the wealth, who knows which receivers, if any, will have a big game any given week. A good matchup does give him the potential to produce, so could help you get over the bye week blues.
Sean McGrath - - Has shown some flashes, though with Fasano in the mix, the good times could be much rarer. Although Smith does spread the wealth and he does have a good matchup, so he does have a chance to get it done. I'd still rather explore other options.

Ryan Succop - - The offense should be able to find success against a struggling Bills defense, although playing on the road could force them to rely on the leg of Succop a good deal this week.

Kansas City Chiefs - - One of the league's top defenses faces an offense that continues to be up and down, so keep on riding the Chiefs defense.

Buffalo Bills

Thaddeus Lewis - - Hard to rely on a QB that has had limited success and faces one of the league's top defenses this week, so unless you are extremely desperate for a starting QB, you should look elsewhere. Also dealing with a rub injury, so may not even be able to play.
Jeff Tuel - - Could start if Lewis can't go, but no chance I'd want to be caught using the rookie against the talented Chiefs defense.

C.J. Spiller - - Missed last week with a high ankle sprain and sounds like he might have a chance to play this week. Key word MIGHT and he likely would lose more touches than usual to Jackson, so probably not a wise move to start him against a stout Chiefs defense.
Fred Jackson - - Continues to get the job done week-in, week-out and should again be plenty busy. Will have his hands full against a talented Chiefs defense, though still has been productive enough to rely on almost weekly.

Stevie Johnson - - Dealing with an injured hip that could slow him down, or even force him to sit. Add in the tough matchup this week and he is a bigger gamble than usual, although the Bills may be forced to the air late. Watch his injury status closely.
Robert Woods - - The rookie has cooled off recently and I would guess the game of musical QBs hasn't helped his cause. Add in the tough matchup this week and it is probably wise to hold off on him until he finds his groove again.
Mike Williams - - His season is over after busting up his hamstring.
Marquise Goodwin - - The rookie has shown some flashes here and there, but I'd say it is a horrid idea to rely on him against one of the top pass defenses in the league, especially considering the QB injury woes.
T.J. Graham - - Just not being targeted enough to consider him much of an option especially when you consider this week's brutally tough matchup.

Scott Chandler - - Coming off a big game as Lewis has been looking his way a good deal of late. A poor matchup this week may not help the cause, though playing at home and the Bills possibly being forced to air it out could allow him to surprise.

Dan Carpenter - - You never know what you will get from an inconsistent offense when facing an elite defense. Could do just enough to allow Carpenter to have a huge game or could get you next to nothing. My gut says playing at home that he gets a few chances to produce and merits a start.

Buffalo Bills - - The defense has made some big plays, though this week they will have their hands full against a Chiefs offense that does an excellent job of protecting the QB and the ball.

Favorite: Kansas City Chiefs by 3.5
Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs 26 - Buffalo Bills 16


New Orleans Saints at New York Jets - Sunday 1:00pm

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees - - Coming off a huge game and while the Jets pass defense has been pretty good for the most part, they are coming off a horrid week. Add in that Brees is on a roll and the Jets are tough to run on and you should definitely keep riding Brees.

Pierre Thomas - - Could find the running room hard to come by this week against a very tough Jets run defense. Though he is capable of making plays as a receiver, so certainly could still get the job done.
Mark Ingram - - Still dealing with a toe injury and even if he is healthy enough to go, who knows if he really gets many chances. I'd stay away until he proves he is fantasy worthy.
Khiry Robinson - - The rookie is still not getting quite enough touches to really consider him a worthwhile starting option.

Marques Colston - - My how the once mighty have fallen. Another week of struggles and faces a good pass defense this week, albeit one that was lit up last week. With Brees under center, he is certainly capable of lighting it up, though outside of Graham, you never really know who will produce any given week. Has upside if your options are limited, though keep an eye on that knee which could slow him down.
Kenny Stills - - Coming off a huge game with a pair of touchdowns, so he could be a nice bye week option. The rookie is still learning his way and has a ton of risk though as he still only has 13 receptions on the season. It helps he has three touchdowns in the last two games though, so he could be turning the corner and just could help you out if you are struggling to find WR help.
Robert Meachem - - Still nowhere near productive enough to consider him worthy of your fantasy roster.

Jimmy Graham - - Even when he wasn't 100% last week, he was still able to out up big numbers, albeit on only three receptions. He proved that if he can play, he must be started, so keep on riding him.


New Orleans Saints - - The defense has been a pretty solid option this season and face an offense that has been hit-or-miss. Doesn't hurt that Smith threw two pick sixes last week, so definitely have a good deal of upside this week.

New York Jets

Geno Smith - - Talk about hit-or-miss. Seems like he has a pattern of good game, horrid game. He is due for a good game, though still hard to trust the rookie against a good Saints defense. Although he is playing at home and may be forced to air it out more than usual to play keep up.
Michael Vick - - Out with an injured hamstring this week. No real time table for when he will return or if the Eagles will give the other QBs an extended audition.

Chris Johnson - - While he has been a disappointment for much of the season, that could change this week as he faces one of the league's worst run defenses, so he is definitely a strong starting candidate this week.
Chris Ivory - - The Jets running situation is just downright ugly. With a good matchup this week, we could see some good fantasy production out of it, but the question is, which RB will it be? Good upside, so could merit a gamble if you are between a rock and a hard place.
Bilal Powell - - Was the RB that was relied upon most last week, but who knows what this week will bring. The Saints can be run on, so he definitely has enough upside to merit starting him. Though if Ivory was the man this week, that could leave a mark.

David Nelson - - Coming off a nice performance, though he is back to dealing with an injured hamstring and considering his inconsistent nature, it is probably best to pass him by again.
Jeremy Kerley - - He is probably the safest of the Jets WR options and he is certainly no sure thing. Not the ideal matchup, though if you are struggling to find WR help, maybe he could help you out.
Stephen Hill - - Like pretty much all of the Jets passing game, he has been very hit or miss. He is certainly capable of making a big play, though is just as likely to put up little. Not the ideal matchup this week, so may be a little to risky.
Jacoby Ford - - His season totals would barely register on the fantasy radar, so I'd continue to forget about him.

Jeff Cumberland - - Dealing with a concussion and sounds like he will be unable to go. Even if he can, he hasn't done enough when healthy to earn a start when not fully healthy.

Nick Folk - - Which offense will show up this week? He really has been producing pretty well this season and the Jets are due for a good game, which may mean a few of FG attempts for Folk.

New York Jets - - The defense is capable of getting the job done, but likely will have their hands full this week against the high-powered Saints offense that typically take excellent care of the ball, while keeping Brees upright.

Favorite: New Orleans Saints by 5.5
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 27 - New York Jets 20


Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys - Sunday 1:00pm

Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel - - See Ponder and apply the same bench warming logic. For the record, I'm still waiting for a call to try playing QB for the Vikes. Just about everyone else has, so my turn should be near.
Christian Ponder - - Who knows who will start at QB this week and the starter could have a short leash. I'd just avoid this nightmare of a situation, which kind of is a waste of a great freaking matchup.

Adrian Peterson - - Hasn't been his usual self of late, but we all know he is capable of lighting up the fantasy scoreboard any given week, so keep riding him. He does have a nice matchup this week.

Greg Jennings - - On one hand, he has a phenomenal matchup to exploit this week. On the other hand, the QB position is a hot mess and who knows who will be chucking the rock this week. Probably too risky to rely on, especially since his knee is bothering him, though if you are super desperate, the matchup could allow him to surprise.
Cordarrelle Patterson - - The rookie continues to see a little more action, though still not involved enough to merit starting him especially with the QB situation such a mess, even with a great matchup this week.
Jerome Simpson - - Like Jennings, he certainly has a chance to get the job done this week thanks to a superb matchup, but I've wasted too much time of late watching this horrid passing attack to feel good about starting any piece of it.
Jarius Wright - - Have you seen, or at least heard, about the gigantic mess that is the Vikings passing game? No reason whatsoever to go here.

Kyle Rudolph - - He has been all or nothing and the revolving QBs isn't helping his cause. Though I do like his upside this week against a poor pass defense, especially since I can see the Vikings playing from behind yet again.

Blair Walsh - - With the offense so inconsistent, you just don't know how often he will see the field. Has the leg to score from almost anywhere in the building, but needs the offense to help. They do have a good matchup though, so I could see him being in for a nice week.

Minnesota Vikings - - The defense has struggled more often than not and this week they head on the road to face an offense that has been tearing it up of late and has done an excellent job of taking care of the ball.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo - - Continues to roll and faces another defense that has really struggled against the pass, so keep on riding Romo.

DeMarco Murray - - Hopes to return from that injured knee this week and would return to being the main man. While maybe he gets eased back in a little bit, he does have a good matchup and is more than capable of lighting it up. Watch his status closely though.
Lance Dunbar - - If Murray is forced to sit again, he could see some action again this week, although he likely won't get the necessary touches to give him much fantasy value.
Joseph Randle - - Didn't do much with his opportunity in Murray's absence and looks like he is back to the backup. Maybe he sees some touches, but likely not enough to merit starting him. Now if Murray were to be a late scratch, he could surprise thanks to the nice matchup, although he didn't really do much last week, so still a risky option.

Dez Bryant - - Whether the sideline issues were blown out of proportion or not, there is no doubting his talent and with another great matchup this week, you need to keep riding him.
Terrance Williams - - Thankfully he caught a big 60-yard touchdown pass or it could have been a rough day. Continues to produce and Austin is still banged up and he may have passed Austin by anyway. With another good matchup this week, he certainly merits running out there again.
Cole Beasley - - While he does have some good moments to his credit this season, for the most part he has just not been productive enough to merit starting him.

Jason Witten - - He really has cooled off of late as Romo has been spreading the wealth. He is certainly more than capable of lighting it up any week as when the going gets tough, Romo often looks his way. Though he just hasn't been the consistent week-in, week-out option he was in the past. Still a guy worthy of starting though.
James Hanna - - While he gets a bone thrown his way on occasion, he is just not getting enough of them to consider starting him.

Dan Bailey - - The offense is rolling and should be able to keep it going this week against a bad Vikings defense, which should net Bailey plenty of scoring chances.

Dallas Cowboys - - The defense continues to produce pretty well fantasy wise and should be able to take advantage of a Vikings offense that continues to struggle and could be making yet another QB change.

Favorite: Dallas Cowboys by 10.5
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 34 - Minnesota Vikings 20


San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins - Sunday 1:00pm

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers - - While he had cooled off some after a hot start, he has still been pretty productive much of the season and with a great matchup this week, he should have a legitimate chance to get rolling again this week.
Kellen Clemens - - Really was quiet last week and this week he faces another good pass defense, so unless you are super, duper desperate, you probably don't want to go here.

Ryan Mathews - - Just when it seemed all was lost, he now has back-to-back 100 yard games and even got his first touchdown of the season last time out. Hopefully the bye week doesn't cool him off, but considering the great matchup, he is probably worth giving a start to in hopes he can keep the good times rolling.
Danny Woodhead - - With Mathews suddenly finding himself, Woodhead's role could slip a little, though he should still be involved in the offense, especially as receiver. While he is now a little riskier, a good matchup this week is probably enough to quit worrying about that.
Ronnie Brown - - While he could punch one into the end zone, do you really want to gamble on a guy whose entire season numbers have been exceeded in a single game by many RBs in the league?

Keenan Allen - - The rookie has really stepped it up and while he could have some ups and downs like many rookie WRs struggle with, his upside this week against a horrible Redskins pass defense should not be ignored.
Eddie Royal - - Last time out he finally got back into the end zone, so maybe that will get him back on track. Does have a sweet matchup this week, so he could merit taking a chance on. Still a risky option considering how little he had done outside of the opening couple games and that he is being hampered by an injured foot.
Vincent Brown - - While he has shown some flashes of potential and he does have a freaking awesome matchup this week, he probably has been a little too inconsistent to consider starting him.

Antonio Gates - - He has been a little up and down, though has had some big time performances this season and with a very tasty matchup this week, he is more than capable of going large again this week.

Nick Novak - - The offense should continue to roll coming out of the bye week as they face one of the league's worst defenses, thus Novak should get his share of scoring chances this week.

San Diego Chargers - - The defense has been struggling to produce most of the season, so hard to rely on them, though they are coming off a nice performance last time out. Though facing an offense that has quite a few weapons, albeit one that has been up and down.

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III - - Tweaked his knee last week and left the game early, although he likely would have gone back in had the game not been out of hand. Still has been a little up and down and that knee is still a little bit of a concern. Though the good matchup this week gives him plenty of upside and merits another start.

Alfred Morris - - While Helu has stolen some touches, Morris has still been the main man and is coming off a nice game. Should be plenty busy again this week and does have a pretty nice matchup.
Roy Helu - - After a huge game in Week Seven, he fell back to Earth hard last week, proving that the huge game was more of an aberration. Though knowing he is capable of a big game at least gives super desperate owners a little hope, though hopefully you are not one of them.

Pierre Garcon - - Caught a lot of passes last week, though for minimal yards, which he has dealt with much of the season. But should again be targeted frequently this week as he faces a cruddy Chargers pass defense.
DeSean Jackson - - He has been pretty good or very bad, though he has been more good than bad. Has a solid matchup this week, so certainly worth running the veteran out there again this week, even with the QB questions as he is typically the go to guy.
Santana Moss - - He is just not quite the guy he once was and while he could make a big play, they have become too uncommon to consider him a viable option.
Leonard Hankerson - - Got back into the end zone last week, although that was his only reception. A good matchup this week does give him some upside, although I'd rather rely on a receiver that is targeted a little more frequently.

Jordan Reed - - Coming off another big game as he continues to emerge as a major fantasy threat. With another great matchup this week, there is no reason to stop starting him.

Kai Forbath - - The offense should be able to move the ball pretty well on the struggling Chargers defense, which should net Forbath quite a few scoring chances.

Washington Redskins - - The defense has actually made quite a few big plays this season, although they have been giving up points at an alarming rate. With Rivers having been known to throw a stupid pass at times, they certainly could make another big play or two this week.

Favorite: Even
Prediction: San Diego Chargers 34 - Washington Redskins 27


Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers - Sunday 1:00pm

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan - - Coming off a rough game with four interceptions, although he did go over 300 yards. While he did light up the Panthers last season, this year's Carolina pass defense is much better, plus Ryan is without his top target and his No. 2 guy is still banged up.

Steven Jackson - - Returned from injury last week and was quite rusty, though at least he had a chance to knock some off. With the passing game so banged up, he could be a key piece of the offense, although this week's matchup leaves an awful lot to be desired as the Panthers run defense has been very strong.
Jacquizz Rodgers - - The return of S-Jax will send him back to the fantasy bench. While he likely will get some touches in the passing game, he probably isn't quite involved enough to consider him starter worthy.

Roddy White - - Another week of questions about injuries and could sit out again. If he can go, could be limited and with a brutal matchup this week, it may be best to hold off on him again.
Harry Douglas - - Coming off another huge game as he has really started to turn onto Ryan's go to guy. With White still banged up, he likely will be the man again, though he does face a good pass defense this week. Though Falcons could be playing catch up this week.
Darius Johnson - - The rookie showed a little potential last week, though this week's matchup is much tougher and he is still not one of Ryan's first targets.
Drew Davis - - Coming off a nice performance as he is starting to step it up. Though with a tough matchup this week, it may be best to look at other options.


Matt Bryant - - With the offense having some injury issues and facing a strong Panthers defense, scoring could be at a premium this week, which makes Bryant a risky option.

Atlanta Falcons - - The defense has had some good moments, but often has struggled and likely will have their hands full this week against a Panthers offense that has been playing well, especially of late.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton - - Coming off another big game as he has really started to roll and this week he has great chance to keep it going as he heads home to face a struggling Falcons defense, a team he put huge numbers against in two meetings last season.

DeAngelo Williams - - Just when we had pretty much given up all hope, he finally found the end zone last week. He didn't get the touches he usually does, though that was probably an anomaly. He has a nice matchup this week, so he could certainly pay off if you need to roll with him.
Jonathan Stewart - - Could return from the ankle injury this week, though who knows how large of a role he would have. After missing so much time, my guess is a minimal one, so I wouldn't even consider starting him until he proves himself to be worthy.
Mike Tolbert - - He continues to find the end zone and has been a nice option in the passing game. A good matchup this week could make him worthy of giving a shot to this week.
Kenjon Barner - - Please disperse, nothing to see here.

Jerricho Cotchery - - He continues to be extremely inconsistent, so should only be used if you are really up the creek without a paddle and are hoping that maybe he can get one of those rare touchdowns.
Tiquan Underwood - - With Williams lost for the rest of the season, he will get first crack at taking over. Considering the horrid matchup this week, I'd definitely not consider starting him.

Greg Olsen - - Seems like that injured foot is now in the rear view and he faces a defense that has struggled against the pass, one that he has really been tough on as a Panther.
Ed Dickson - - He is just not being targeted much as it seems Clark is the better option at TE. Add in the tough matchup this week and you should definitely forget about him.

Graham Gano - - The offense should be able to keep it going this week as they face a struggling Falcons defense, which should allow them to put up plenty of points.

Carolina Panthers - - The defense has been a pleasant surprise this season and faces a banged up offense that turned the ball over four times last week.

Favorite: Carolina Panthers by 7.5
Prediction: Carolina Panthers 27 - Atlanta Falcons 17


Tennessee Titans at Saint Louis Rams - Sunday 1:00pm

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker - - He quietly has put up some solid numbers when healthy and has a decent matchup this week, so if you are having bye week issues, he could certainly be a worthy option.

Chris Johnson - - While he has been a disappointment for much of the season, that could change this week as he faces one of the league's worst run defenses, so he is definitely a strong starting candidate this week.
Shonn Greene - - There are rumors he could start seeing more touches and maybe with a good matchup this week he could surprise, though I'd still like to actually see his touches go up greatly before relying on him.

Kendall Wright - - He has quietly put up pretty solid numbers this season as he has turned into Locker's go to receiver. A nice matchup this week should help his cause and potentially allow him to put up some big numbers.
Justin Hunter - - The rookie is still not involved in the offense enough to merit starting him, even though he is capable of finding the end zone.
Nate Washington - - He has been quiet in recent games, though he showed early in the season what he is capable of, so he does have upside and could help your cause if you need him.
Dexter McCluster - - Coming off a big game as he has been used a good bit at times, although some weeks his touches are limited. Though he seems to be used a little more in recent weeks and a good matchup this week gives him a ton of upside, so he may just pay off (Although he could get you little as well).
Damian Williams - - He just hasn't produced enough this season to consider him much of an option in the fantasy world.

Delanie Walker - - While he hasn't caught a ton of passes, he has found the end zone a decent amount, especially with Locker under center. A nice matchup this week will give him at least a chance to do it again.


Tennessee Titans - - The defense has been quite productive at times and could benefit from facing an offense that is relying on their backup QB and is not exactly clicking at the moment.

Saint Louis Rams


Zac Stacy - - Dealing with a sprained ankle, although he is expected to be ready for this week's game. He has really started to come on and went for well over 100 yards last week against a tough Seahawks defense and this week he faces a struggling Titans run defense, so has a ton of upside this week. But keep an eye on that ankle, which could limit his effectiveness this week.
Benny Cunningham - - Looks like he could return to action this week after dealing with an injured ankle. Though he is likely third fiddle at best, making him an unworthy option.
Daryl Richardson - - With Stacy dinged up, he could see a little more action this week. Although unless Stacy is scratched, he likely won't get enough touches to consider him worthy of a start.

Chris Givens - - It may take some time to see who becomes Clemens go to receiver and since they face a good Titans pass defense this week, it may be a good idea to watch and learn if you have that luxury.
Austin Pettis - - While he has shown flashes this season, he is dealing with a new QB and a tough matchup this week, so it may be in your best interest to hold off and see how the passing game plays out with Clemens under center.
Tavon Austin - - The rookie continues to be pretty much useless fantasy wise as the Rams just haven't utilized his skill set much this season.
Kenny Britt - - Never a good sign when nobody is willing to trade for a player and he continues to be deep in the dog house. Maybe, just maybe the bye week will help his cause, but I doubt it.
Brian Quick - - Still likely a touchdown or nothing and considering how rare touchdowns are for him, I'd pass him up.

Jared Cook - - He was hot early on and maybe facing his former team will give him a little more motivation, but still hard to rely on him, especially with the Rams still trying to find their offense with Clemens at the helm.
Lance Kendricks - - Like the rest of the passing game, we are still unsure how targets could play out with Clemens under center. There have been a lot of receivers that have made an impact at times this season for the Rams, you just never really know which one it will be from week-to-week.

Greg Zuerlein - - The offense should be able to find success moving the ball, though could again struggle to finish drives and force Legatron into action.

St. Louis Rams - - The defense has been inconsistent, though they have a ton of play makers and can really get after the QB.

Favorite: Tennessee Titans by 3
Prediction: Saint Louis Rams 23 - Tennessee Titans 20


Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders - Sunday 4:05pm

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles - - Struggled last time he played, before being knocked out with a concussion. Is hopeful to start this week, but watch his status closely. Not a bad matchup, but certainly has a good bit of risk with a limited history of success. Though during bye weeks, beggars can't be choosers.
Matt Barkley - - The rookie could get a shot this week if Foles isn't quite ready and he does have a solid matchup. Still hard to rely on a rookie QB that would be making his first start, on the road to boot.

LeSean McCoy - - Has cooled off, though the offense will continue to go through him and he can run on anyone. Although this week he faces a run defense that has been pretty stout, but he is one of the top RBs in the game and should start every week, unless you are just overly loaded with RB talent.
Bryce Brown - - Still just a handcuff to McCoy, so continue to forget about him.

Riley Cooper - - While he hasn't been a total waste this season since he has had a couple nice fantasy games, for the most part he has put up very little, so definitely not your ideal starting option.
Damaris Johnson - - You must be a Kardashian looking for attention if you are this desperate for WR help.

Brent Celek - - The Eagles QBs have really spread it around, so you never really know who, if anyone, will step up any given week. Not a bad matchup, but definitely not a sure thing.
Zach Ertz - - The rookie has shown flashes, though still hasn't been quite productive enough to merit starting him. The fluid QB situation isn't exactly helping the cause.

Alex Henery - - The offense hasn't lived up to the hype, though the revolving door at QB probably hasn't helped. They still have the weapons to move the ball though they could struggle to finish drives on the road against a solid Raiders defense.

Philadelphia Eagles - - The defense has struggled much of the season, although they have made their share of big plays and have had some nice fantasy performances. Face a young QB this week, so could make good things happen again.

Oakland Raiders

Terrelle Pryor - - His running skills continue to really help his cause and this week he should find success throwing the ball as well against a defense that has been putrid against the pass, so he could be a strong bye week option.

Darren McFadden - - Coming off a huge game as he is back to fully healthy. While he faces a solid run defense this week, he receiving skills could really give the Eagles fits and allow for hiom to keep rolling this week.

James Jones - - Still dealing with that injured knee, so watch his status closely. If he can play, he does have a good matchup and is worth running back out there.
Denarius Moore - - He has been inconsistent, though he has had plenty of nice games and with an awesome matchup this week, he is definitely worth plugging into your starting lineup this week.
Rod Streater - - While he is capable of making a big play and does have a very favorable matchup this week, he may be a bigger gamble than you are willing to take. If you are really in a huge bind, the matchup could allow him to surprise.
Brice Butler - - The rookie is just not seeing the necessary action to consider him a viable fantasy option.

Mychal Rivera - - He has shown some flashes and really could take advantage of a sweet freaking matchup this week, so if you are in a pinch, maybe he could help out. Still would like to rely on a guy more involved in the offense though.

Sebastian Janikowski - - He really has disappointed this season, though could be worth a dice roll this week as the Raiders face a bad Eagles defense which should allow the Raiders to move the ball and put up some points.

Oakland Raiders - - The defense has had their share of big games this season as they do have some talented weapons, though they also have struggled to produce at times. They could take advantage of a hit-or-miss option that has been playing revolving QBs. If the rookie Barkley gets his first career start, give them an upgrade and strongly consider them.

Favorite: Philadelphia Eagles by 2.5
Prediction: Oakland Raiders 20 - Philadelphia Eagles 16


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks - Sunday 4:05pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown - - Expected to start this week with Cutler out and was solid as a replacement last time out. Has some experience and does have some nice weapons and a good matchup, so could surprise. Certainly a gamble, but the Bears could be forced to play keep up.
Mike Glennon - - While the rookie has produced at times, this week he will have his hands full dealing with a great pass defense with a crazy crowd backing them.

Mike James - - The rookie is expected to carry the load, but good luck this week against a tough Seahawks run defense. I wouldn't be swayed too much by the Rams performance last week since they have been tough all season and will be at home. His receiving skills could come in handy though.

Vincent Jackson - - Has been playing very well, although this week he will have his work cut out for him against a strong Seahawks pass defense. Maybe if the Bucs are playing catch up, he can still put up big numbers, though is a riskier option than usual. Still has too much potential to sit unless you are loaded at WR.
Chris Owusu - - Likely will see more action, but unless he proves at some point to be a viable option, I'd ignore his existence.
Eric Page - - Expected to see more time, but there is no chance I even think about him this week, not even for a second, as he faces the elite Seahawks pass defense.

Tim Wright - - The rookie has come on and could be a key check down option for Glennon against a great secondary, so could be a key to passing game success this week.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - The defense just hasn't been productive enough to consider starting them on the road against an offense that typically takes good care of the ball.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson - - Tossed a couple touchdown passes last week to help his cause and this week he has a nice matchup and playing at home. The loss of Rice hurts, though his ability to hurt defenses with his legs could come in handy.
Terrelle Pryor - - His running skills continue to really help his cause and this week he should find success throwing the ball as well against a defense that has been putrid against the pass, so he could be a strong bye week option.

Marshawn Lynch - - Come off a hugely disappointing performance as he did very little against a terrible run defense. Expect him to bounce back, even with a less than ideal matchup this week, as he doesn't struggle like last week often. Don't think about it, just keep starting him.
Robert Turbin - - You, you got what I need. But you says he's just a handcuff, say he's just a handcuff.

Percy Harvin - - Sounds like he may not be quite ready for this week after having a little hip setback. If he can go, he may be rusty and likely would need some time to get it going, though with Rice gone, he could become the main man, so he does have upside if he plays.
Doug Baldwin - - With Rice lost for the season and Harvin still not 100%, he should see a larger role in the offense, at least this week. Has a decent matchup to exploit, so could be a worthy gamble this week if you are in a pinch.
Jermaine Kearse - - Injuries could pave the way for him to see a little more action, but still a risky option as Wilson likes to spread the wealth and he just doesn't get enough of the love usually.

Zach Miller - - He is a frustrating option as it seems he is a touchdown or nothing. A solid matchup could help his cause, but still not the ideal starting option since he may have a better chance of getting you a goose egg than a touchdown.

Steven Hauschka - - The offense should bounce back from last week's struggles as they return home. Bucs defense has given up 31 points in three straight games, so the Seahawks should put up their share of points.

Seattle Seahawks - - The defense continues to play well, especially at home with their rowdy crowd backing them. Against a rookie QB, they could certainly use that to their advantage.

Favorite: Seattle Seahawks by 16.5
Prediction: Seattle Seahawks 27 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10


Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots - Sunday 4:25pm

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger - - Still really hasn't gotten it going, at least not consistently and it may be tough to do it this week on the road against a defense that has typically been tough to throw on.

Le'Veon Bell - - At least he found the end zone last week to help his cause, though this week he has a ton of upside as he faces a banged up Patriots defense that has had all sorts of issues defending the run.
LeGarrette Blount - - He does have a good matchup and the Patriots could run the ball a good deal this week against a struggling run defense. So maybe he could surprise if you are stuck, but Ridley still the main man, which makes Blount a little too risky.

Antonio Brown - - Coming off a nice game, though is making some waves with his complaining and not making many friends. Still a key to the passing game, though a tough matchup this week won't help his cause.
Lance Moore - - He's back as the finally found the end zone, though I still would like to see him targeted a little more frequently, but at least he is working his way back into our good graces. Still would prefer to see him produce on a more consistent basis before relying on him again, though if you are in a bind, he could be worth the risk.
Markus Wheaton - - Dealing with a finger injury, but could return this week. If he does, it likely would be in a limited role making him a terrible starting option.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - - Will get a chance to really step up with Wayne lost, though faces a shutdown pass defense this week, so it may be a good idea to see how the Wayne-less Colts pass defense plays out.

Heath Miller - - Is capable of finding the end zone against any defense, though does face a good pass defense this week, plus the offense hasn't exactly been near the goal line a ton this season.

Shaun Suisham - - The offense is starting to find a running game, which could really come in handy this week and help the Steelers get some FG attempts this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers - - The defense continues to be a solid NFL defense, but has done little from a fantasy standpoint and will have their hands full this week with a capable Patriots offense that is getting healthier.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady - - Still really hasn't gotten going, though now that his receiving corps is at full strength, he has no more excuses. Though a horrid matchup this week may not help, but he certainly is capable of still getting the job done.

LeGarrette Blount - - He does have a good matchup and the Patriots could run the ball a good deal this week against a struggling run defense. So maybe he could surprise if you are stuck, but Ridley still the main man, which makes Blount a little too risky.
Stevan Ridley - - Coming off another good game as it appears he finally has gotten going, though he was absent in the 1st quarter as Bellichick was Bellichick and mixed it up. So there is always that concern, but he has a superb matchup this week, so definitely worth riding again this week.
Brandon Bolden - - With Ridley starting to click, he becomes a riskier option, though still can do some damage as a receiver. Though with the Steelers struggling against the run, he may not be used much this week.

Julian Edelman - - Could see his role drastically reduced with guys getting healthy. With a tough matchup this week and dealing with a thigh injury, it may be a good excuse to see how the situation will play out now.
Danny Amendola - - Back in the mix although the groin is still not 100%, though who knows just how often he will be targeted. With a tough matchup this week, it may give you a good excuse to pass on him and see how things play out.
Brandon LaFell - - He continues to be extremely volatile, although a tip-top matchup this week could help him get the job done, so with all the top-notched guys on bye this week, he could help your cause if you need to rely on him.
Aaron Dobson - - Coming off a good game, though Gronk was hardly used, which is liable to change this week. Faces a tough pass defense to boot, so may be best to take a wait and see approach with the new Patriots pass attack.
Kenbrell Thompkins - - Was shutout last week, so probably should play it safe and pass on him. Lets see how the touches play out now that Gronk and Amendola are healthy and back in the mix.

Rob Gronkowski - - Was quiet last week, though he rarely has back-to-back stinkers, so even with a good matchup, expect him to get his. When he is healthy, you have to start him.

Stephen Gostkowski - - The offense is getting healthy and should be able to move the ball this week, though the Steelers defense is still capable of making them settle for a few FG attempts this week.

New England Patriots - - The defense has been pretty solid the last couple games and face an offense that is still not clicking and continues to struggle protecting the QB.

Favorite: New England Patriots by 7
Prediction: New England Patriots 23 - Pittsburgh Steelers 16


Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns - Sunday 4:25pm

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco - - Really hasn't gotten it going this season and will have his hands full this week against a good Browns pass defense, one that did a solid job against him earlier in the season. Though coming off the bye could help his cause, so there are definitely worse options out there, especially with six teams on bye this week.

Ray Rice - - The bye week should have allowed him to get all signs of injury in the rear view mirror and allow him to get back to being his old self, who usually torches the Browns.
Bernard Pierce - - He is just not getting enough touches to really make him much of a fantasy threat.

Torrey Smith - - Has been playing very well this season and while he will be shadowed by Haden this week, he was able to put up some nice numbers in the earlier meeting. He is the passing game, so he likely will continue to get plenty of looks.
Steve Smith - - While he has been a little more up and down than in previous seasons, he has a sweet matchup at his disposal this week and is more than capable of making a big play.
Marlon Brown - - The rookie has cooled off after having a good run earlier in the season, including against the Browns earlier in the season. Still hard to rely on him against a good pass defense.
Jacoby Jones - - Maybe the bye week will help him get back into the mix, though with a poor matchup this week, I'd probably play it safe and explore other avenues.

Ed Dickson - - He is just not being targeted much as it seems Clark is the better option at TE. Add in the tough matchup this week and you should definitely forget about him.

Justin Tucker - - The Browns defense could make it tough for the Ravens to find the end zone and force them to rely on the leg of Tucker for scoring.

Baltimore Ravens - - The defense has been playing well and has quite a few play makers. This week they face a struggling offense that is on their 3rd QB, although one that does have experience and is coming off a fine performance.

Cleveland Browns


Ben Tate - - Dealing with a rib injury, though is hopeful to play. A good matchup should help his case, especially if Foster is unable to go. If Foster plays, he may not get enough touches, though he also could see more than usual since Foster is hurt as well. You can probably upgrade him if Foster is out and he can play, so watch the situation closely.
Chris Ogbonnaya - - While he can make some plays, the Browns are using three RBs in one way or another which makes them all pretty risky. His touches are usually too few to consider him a viable option.
Fozzy Whittaker - - Has slowly become more involved in the offense as a receiving threat, so maybe he could surprise. Still hard to rely on a back that gets so few touches though.

Josh Gordon - - Coming off another big game as he just keeps making big plays. A decent matchup this week could certainly help him keep it going.
Greg Little - - Still not doing anywhere near enough to consider him fantasy worthy, so keep looking for WR help.

Jordan Cameron - - Was solid last week and another week with Campbell can only help the cause. Gave the Ravens trouble in the previous meeting and is more than capable of doing it again. Hopefully he can get back to putting up the large numbers he had with Hoyer.

Billy Cundiff - - The offense has been very inconsistent and they face a capable Ravens defense this week, although one the Browns should have some success moving the ball on.

Cleveland Browns - - The defense has plenty of play makers, though the loss of Benjamin's return skills hurts. Ravens usually protect the ball well, so it may be hard for the Browns defense to put up big numbers this week.

Favorite: Baltimore Ravens by 2.5
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 20 - Baltimore Ravens 16


Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans - Sunday 8:30pm

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - - Will have his hands full this week against the league's top ranked pass defense. Was held under 200 yards in both meetings last season, although on the plus side, he did throw a pair of touchdowns in each game with no picks.

Trent Richardson - - Still waiting for him to get it together and start doing something. Hard to really recommend him, though the Texans run defense has had some serious issues, so maybe he can finally get going. Still a gamble though one that could pay off.

T.Y. Hilton - - Has had some good moments this season and will be counted on to step up with Wayne lost for the season. This week's matchup leaves a lot to be desired though, so if you have other options, you may want to consider them and see who steps up to replace Wayne.
LaVon Brazill - - Will get a crack to replace Wayne, but until he proves to be a worthy contributor, I'd bypass him.
Griff Whalen - - Will get a chance to compete for the No. 3 WR job, but unless he proves he is worthy of being on your fantasy team, I'd definitely not consider him at all.

Coby Fleener - - Maybe with Wayne gone, he will become more involved in the passing game. Everyone keep's waiting for that college teammate hookup to pay off and it really hasn't at least not consistently. If you are in a bind, maybe this will be one of the good weeks.

Adam Vinatieri - - The Colts offense has been rolling, though they will have their work cut out for them this week against a good Texans defense, especially on the road. They have the weapons to move the ball, though finding the end zone could be tough.

Indianapolis Colts - - The defense continues to play well and faces an offense that is banged up and has struggled to take care of the ball, while giving up many pick sixes this season.

Houston Texans

Case Keenum - - Gets the start again this week and wasn't horrible last time out. The bye should only help him out, though still facing a solid pass defense this week, so not your best bet.

Arian Foster - - Dealing with a hamstring injury and could be a game time decision, which sucks for a Sunday night game. Has a good matchup, so if he plays, he needs to be in your lineup.
Dennis Johnson - - Could see some action if Foster and Tate are both out, but hard to rely on a guy that was on the Browns' practice squad on Monday morning.
Ray Graham - - Maybe injuries will get him a role in the offense, but I wouldn't even think about going this deep for RB help.

Andre Johnson - - Can go off any week, though still has to deal with a green QB under center and facing a good pass defense. Still, he is a guy that should probably be started unless your WR corps is crazy loaded.
DeAndre Hopkins - - The rookie continues to struggle with consistency, though did find the end zone last time out, so is capable of getting it done. Not the ideal matchup though.
DeVier Posey - - Like Martin, he just hasn't done enough to have any real fantasy value.
Keshawn Martin - - He has done next to nothing, so I'd continue to forget about using him.

Garrett Graham - - The tight end can be very helpful to an inexperienced QB, so he does have some upside this week, although the matchup is less than ideal.

Randy Bullock - - With the running game banged up, finding the end zone could be a tall order, so Bullock may be a key scoring option this week.

Houston Texans - - The defense has the weapons, but really has done nothing fantasy wise outside of a couple games. This week they benefit from playing at home, though face a talented Colts offense that has done a good job of limiting mistakes.

Favorite: Indianapolis Colts by 2.5
Prediction: Indianapolis Colts 19 - Houston Texans 16


Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers - Monday 8:40pm

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler - - While he has an outside shot of playing with that groin injury, it is highly unlikely, so I'd find another option this week.

Matt Forte - - While he faces a tough run defense this week, his receiving skills give him the potential to still produce. Plus with a new QB under center, they may use Forte quite often.

Brandon Marshall - - Has had plenty of success against the Packers, though that was with Cutler under center. Though McCown was solid in limited time and he likely will try to get the ball to his play maker, so keep on riding him.
Alshon Jeffery - - Caught four passes for 105 yards, all from McCown last time out, so it does appear McCown will look his way. Add in the good matchup and that the Bears may be forced to play keep up, and he merits another start.

Martellus Bennett - - His knees are bugging him, though it sounds like he will give it a go. Does have a good matchup, but who knows how often McCown will look his way. Could pay off if you are in a bind and need TE help.

Robbie Gould - - The offense still has plenty of weapons, even with a QB change and should be able to find some success moving the ball and get him some scoring chances.

Chicago Bears - - The defense has really been a ball hawking defense, though this week they will have their hands full with the talented Packers offense.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers - - Continues to play well and since the Bears have had issues against the pass, he should be able to keep rolling, so you should definitely keep him in your starting lineup.
Matt Flynn - - Injuries could force him to start this week. I think I'd pass on a QB that has only been with the team a couple weeks and would be facing one of the top pass defenses in the league.

Eddie Lacy - - Coming off a good game and should continue to get plenty of touches, even though Starks role may increase some. With defenses on their heels worrying about the pass, running room is there to be had. Plus the Bears can be run on.
James Starks - - Coming off a good game and could see more touches to help keep Lacy fresh, though still the 2nd fiddle and you need to be in a bind to really consider him worth starting.
Johnathan Franklin - - Likely won't get any touches or if he does, it will likely be too few to give him any fantasy value.
John Kuhn - - Every once in awhile he finds the end zone, but most of the time he puts up nothing, so not a guy you really want to rely on.

Jordy Nelson - - Coming off a huge game and should continue to see plenty of looks from Rodgers and the Bears have had issues defending the pass.
Jarrett Boykin - - Continues to play well and even if Jones is back, he likely earned enough of Rodgers trust to still get looks against a defense that can be thrown on.
Myles White - - Showed flashes last week, though if Jones is back, he likely will be used sparingly. Even if Jones is out, he is a risky option.

Andrew Quarless - - I'd continue to just monitor Quarless until he has earned the trust of Rodgers and is utilized more in the passing game.

Mason Crosby - - The offense should keep it rolling, though the Bears defense is more than capable of making the Packers settle for FG attempts this week.

Green Bay Packers - - The defense has been up and down, though has given up a lot of points this season. Though they could take advantage of facing a new QB under center for the Bears, especially playing at Lambeau.

Favorite: Green Bay Packers by 11
Prediction: Green Bay Packers 34 - Chicago Bears 24
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