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Week 9

BYE WEEK: CHI, MIA, NYG, STL

Player Notes, Rumors and Quotes:

The Oakland Raiders have waived Mike Williams. Coach Lane Kiffin has known him since high school and coached him in college, so this may be the end of his, never got started, career. Oakland also released P.K. Sam from the practice squad and signed free-agent Tim Dwight. – Plaxico Burress (NYG) and his lingering ankle injury, said Monday that he hopes to begin practicing at some point during their bye week. – Laveranues Coles (NYJ) reportedly seemed fine on Tuesday after being knocked out cold by a crushing hit last Sunday. – While Andre Johnson (HOU) is expected to see more time in practice this week and hasn’t been ruled out for this Sunday yet, he said he was 85% recovered and that he could play if he had to. Houston is 3-5 so he does not have to and likely will not play until after their bye in week 11. – Marvin Harrison was limited in practice on Wednesday, but if he practices later this week it would be hard to keep him on the bench against NE. – Coach Mike Holmgren did not sound optimistic speaking about Deion Branch (SEA) having only a 50-50 chance of playing this Sunday. – Santonio Holmes (PIT) missed practice on Wednesday with a quadricep injury, but he is still expected to be ready to play this Sunday. – Rookie Dwayne Jarrett (CAR) was talking to reporters on Wednesday when Steve Smith told him he should be watching film instead. Jarrett tried to play it off, but Smith said “seriously!” How true, after the miserable season he has had so far, how serious is this guy? – Darrell Jackson (SF), Reggie Brown (PHI) and Koren Robinson (GB) fully practiced on Wednesday. – Calvin Johnson (DET), Randy Moss (NE), Michael Clayton (TB), Brandon Jones (TEN), Eddie Kennison (KC), Andre Davis (HOU), Andre Johnson (HOU) and Chris Henry (CIN) participated or were limited in practice on Wednesday. Ronald Curry (OAK) could not finish practice on Wednesday. – Bobby Wade (MIN), Laveranues Coles (NYJ) and Rod Smith did not practice on Wednesday.

Injury Watchlist: A list of injuries reported throughout the week, some teams did not report and player status will be reported when the official injury report is released on Friday.

Teams that did not report: BAL, GB, SD, SF, SEA. – BUF: Sam Aiken (hamstring) – DAL: Terry Glenn (knee) – DEN: Javon Walker (knee), Rod Smith (hip) – DET: Calvin Johnson (back) – HOU: Andre Johnson (knee), Andre Davis (chest) – IND: Marvin Harrison (knee) – KC: Eddie Kennison (hamstring) – MIN: Troy Williamson (player decision), Bobby Wade (knee) – NE: Randy Moss (team decision) – NYJ: Laveranues Coles (concussion) – OAK: Ronald Curry (foot) – PHI: Reggie Brown (neck), Greg Lewis (chest) – PIT: Hines Ward (team decision), Santonio Holmes (quadricep) – TB: Joey Galloway (team decision), Michael Clayton (ankle) – TEN: Brandon Jones (knee)

Favorable Matchups:

SEA @ CLE: Cleveland ranks as the 2nd worst fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. They are ranked as the worst fantasy group against the quarterback position. Cleveland has allowed 1298 yards to the receivers and 10 of 18 passing touchdowns have been allowed to the receivers. Cleveland allows a touchdown reception to the receivers on 11% of converted receptions or every 9.60 receptions on average.

SD @ MIN: Minnesota ranks as the 4th worst fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. They are ranked as the 5th worst fantasy group against the quarterback position. Minnesota has allowed 1276 yards to the receivers and 9 of 10 passing touchdowns have been allowed to the receivers. Minnesota allows a touchdown reception to the receivers on 11% of converted receptions or every 9.78 receptions on average. They have allowed 590 yards and 4 touchdowns to the receivers in the last 3 games. That is almost half of what they allowed thru their first 4 games, which shows this group is getting worse not better.

PHI vs DAL: Dallas ranks as the 5th worst fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. They are ranked in the middle at 16 against the quarterback position. Dallas has allowed 1131 yards and 9 of 11 passing touchdowns have been allowed to the receivers. Dallas allows a touchdown reception to the receivers on 10% of converted receptions or every 10.23 receptions on average. They have allowed 376 yards and 4 touchdowns to the receivers thru their last 2 games played, allowing a touchdown reception on 15% of converted receptions or every 7 receptions on average. Another group looking like it is getting worse.

Unfavorable Matchups:

ARI @ TB: Tampa Bay is ranked as the 2nd best fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. They are ranked as the best group against the quarterback position. Tampa Bay has only allowed 896 yards and 3 of 6 passing touchdowns to the receivers. Tampa Bay has only allowed a touchdown reception to the receivers on 4% of converted receptions or every 27.00 receptions on average. They have only allowed 314 yards and 1 touchdown to the receivers thru their last 3 games. This group is getting better, so lower your expectations.

KC @ GB: Green Bay ranks as the 6th best fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. They are ranked as the 10th worst group against the quarterback position. They have only allowed 860 yards and 5 of 10 passing touchdowns to the receivers. Green Bay has only allowed a touchdown reception to the receivers on 9% of converted receptions or every 11.00 receptions on average. They have allowed 223 yards and 0 touchdowns to the receivers over their last 2 games played. This group is playing much stronger lately.

NO vs JAC: Jacksonville is the 4th best ranked fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. They are ranked as the 14 best group against the quarterback position. They have only allowed 1032 yards and 2 of 5 passing touchdowns to the receivers. Jacksonville has only allowed a touchdown reception on 3% of converted receptions or every 38.00 receptions on average. The shorter the field, the better this group is. They may give up some yards, but not the touchdowns, so lower your expectations.

Watchlists: Players that may be available or are worth keeping an eye on.

Anthony Gonzalez – IND: 21 targets, 14 receptions, 67%RC (reception conversion), 194 yards, 0 touchdowns. Marvin Harrisons injury seems to be lingering and keeping him out longer than it would have in the past, age could be catching up with him. Gonzalez will start in his place and remain the 3rd wideout on a still potent Colts offense.

Biggest Bust of the Year Watchlist: Ranked by ADP.

1. Lee Evans – BUF: 46 targets, 22 receptions, 53%RC, 349 yards, 1 touchdown

2. Reggie Brown – PHI: 49 targets, 25 receptions, 51%RC, 319 yards, 0 touchdowns

3. Mark Clayton – Bal: 34 targets, 18 receptions, 53%RC, 153 yards, 0 touchdowns

Rookie of the Year Watchlist:

1. Dwayne Bowe – KC: 46 targets, 29 receptions, 63%RC, 499 yards, 3 touchdowns

2. James Jones – GB: 43 targets, 26 receptions, 61%RC, 400 yards, 2 touchdowns

3. Calvin Johnson – DET: 28 targets, 15 receptions, 54%RC, 273 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown

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