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Fantasy Intelligence Report – Week 13

W.12.R. – Week 12 Reactions

– Stevie Johnson’s touchdown dance sadly was perhaps the most exciting play of the New York Jets-Buffalo Bills game on Sunday. Unfortunately for Johnson though, it left a bitter taste in most viewers’ mouth (not mine) that turned in to a super-sized Elmo laugh when he dropped what could’ve led to the game-winning touchdown. Fortunately for fantasy owners Johnson’s overall production (8 receptions, 75 yards, 1 TD) is a clear indicator that Revis Island can be shutdown, as long as the receiver gets to the middle.

– When Vince Young throws for 400 yards and Jason Avant (8 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD) gets mistaken for Terrell Owens, you know that the opposing defense deserves to be ranked 32nd against the pass. The New England Patriots’ pass defense is brutally atrocious, and it’s not going to get any better unless someone besides Kyle Arrington starts making plays.

– The Texans need to get a quarterback, and fast. Neither T.J. Yates nor Jake Delhomme are the answers, and sooner or later Andre Johnson owners may be wishing he was playing in Denver. I mean, you thought the Indianapolis Colts’ passing attack was a hot mess? The only worthy receiver right now in Houston’s offense until they sort out their quarterback dilemma is sadly running back Arian Foster. Keep that in mind this week.

– Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz showed once again why he may be the team’s best fantasy option period moving forward. Monday night was Cruz’s five consecutive game with six or more receptions and 84-plus yards. It was his second consecutive 100-plus yard game. Supposed-to-be top option Hakeem Nicks has scored one touchdown, and has recorded six or more receptions just twice in the past five games. He hasn’t gone over the 100 yard mark since Week 4. Put it in Cruz Control.

N.N. – News Nuggets

According to the
Indianapolis Star, the Colts will start Dan Orlovsky at quarterback this week against the New England Patriots.

Curtis Painter will not start this game,” Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday afternoon.

Ironically, this will be Orlovsky’s first start since 2008, when he was starting for the 0-16 Lions. What’s the worst that could happen?

According to the
Forth Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas
Cowboys rookie running back Demarco Murray was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November. In the past four games, Murray has carried the pigskin 89 times for 434 yards and scored once. He also caught 20 passes for 156 yards and was a big part of Dallas finishing 4-0 in November and now being back atop the NFC East standings. This is great news for fantasy owners down the stretch, as I can’t see head coach Jason Garrett letting him see too much aluminum now, even if Felix Jones is 100 percent. Murray is clearly the best runner the Cowboys have on the roster.

According to
NFL.com, Minnesota
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been ruled out against the Denver Broncos this week by head coach Leslie Frazier.

“He’s much further along than he was a week ago, so hopefully in the next few days, being able to cut will be less of a problem than it is today,” Frazier said.

Toby Gerhart will start in Peterson’s place against a Broncos defense that is allowing 120.5 rushing yards per game.

According to the
Nashville Tennessean, Tennessee
Titans head coach Mike Munchak isn’t ready to declare the running game fixed, even after Chris Johnson’s big breakout game last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“It was fun to watch, and it looked better,” Munchak said. “We’re thinking, ‘We’re heading in the right direction,’ and we’d rather be running the ball well now, at this point in the season.” Tennessee should be able to continue running the ball well. This week’s opponent, the Buffalo Bills, have been allowing 123.8 yards and just over one touchdown per game this season.

According to the
Indianapolis Star, the Colts have confidence in Donald Brown at running back, and are encouraged by his recent outburst in production to go along with his newfound fire.

“The guy’s playing great football right now,” center Jeff Saturday said. “You can see when he goes in the huddle he wants the football. He wants his touches. As an offensive lineman, you like to see running backs who are confident, who know they can get yardage.”

Coach Jim Caldwell added: “I think Donald just keeps getting better. He’s really kind of finding his niche. While I’m not totally sold that Brown is the sure-fire top option for the offense’s future, I do believe that Brown is too hot right now to sit down. The Colts play the New England Patriots this week, a defense notorious this season for being poor against the pass.

According to
Newark Star-Ledger, New York
Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham is likely to miss Sunday’s game against the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Manningham has been nursing a bad knee, and while he insists that there isn’t a lot of pain, he is not quite at full speed. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are also listed on the injury report as probable with hip and rib issues. Ramses Barden will continue to see an increase in touches, and could be in line for a very nice game this week against one of the weaker pass defenses statistically in the NFL.

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