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Fantasy football: Week 10 Rankings

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Up to date on eleven/10/2013 at 12:00 PM ET. 

Contrary to popular perception, the C.J. Spiller hype didn’t come out of nowhere. Spiller finished as fantasy’s No. 7 operating back final season, both by raw points and weekly average. That, along with his prodigious physical ability, underrated durability and the Bills’ new run-minded head coach made him a simple pick for prime four-5 general value.

Only issues didn’t go to plan. Having entered the season with a consecutive-video games performed streak of 37, Spiller totaled a disappointing fifty five yards from scrimmage in Week 1. He improved to 117 yards on solely 19 touches in Week 2, but issues went downhill from there, as Spiller tweaked his quad in Week three and sprained his ankle in Week four. The injuries coincided with Fred Jackson stinging two of the league’s best run defenses in the Jets and Ravens for 159 yards on solely 23 carries (6.91 YPC). Spiller should have rested for the Bills’ Thursday night time trip to Cleveland in Week 5, but as an alternative gutted out eight carries for sixty six yards, scoring a 54-yard touchdown in the process. Spiller then had 10 days to get higher for Week 6, but he didn’t, trying more ragged than he did in Week 5. He nonetheless by some means managed 55 yards on 10 carries, however appeared as limited as you’ll ever see somebody on a football subject.

Again, Spiller should have rested, but once more he didn’t, suiting up for Week 7. That is the place his season reached its nadir. Gaining all of seven yards on 9 touches, Spiller regarded like an previous man only capable of running in a straight line, checking himself out of the game and limping after every single carry. On his longest scamper, an eleven-yarder in the first quarter, Spiller prevented contact, acquired to the sideline and … kept working. In so much pain he couldn’t apply the brakes, Spiller ran a stable 10-15 yards out of bounds before motioning to the trainer. For whatever reason, Spiller stayed in the game, but went to near comical lengths to avoid contact on his final eight touches. The Payments finally obtained the message: Their running again needed a rest.

Spiller acquired one in Week eight, and lo and behold, returned rejuvenated in Week 9, speeding for a season-high 116 yards on solely 12 carries (9.7 YPC) whereas adding two catches for an additional 39 yards. A third of Spiller’s carries gained a minimum of eight yards, whereas his receptions went for 12 and 27. Spiller’s practically unmatched change-of-direction skills appeared all the way in which back, offering hope for fantasy homeowners who’ve gotten subsequent to nothing out of their first-spherical pick, and emboldening his coach to remove him from the Week 10 damage report. “When they’re off the injury report, then I really feel they’re advantageous,” Doug Marrone mentioned Wednesday. “(As) quickly as somebody comes off the injury report, I am considering that he’s full go.”

The really good news? Spiller’s return to full health comes because the Payments’ schedule is softening up. Even including the Jets’ league-main run defense, Buffalo’s ultimate seven opponents are permitting a collective four.2 yards per carry, and 119 dashing yards per recreation. When you take away the Jets, those numbers enhance to 4.3 and 127. On tap for Week 10 is the Steelers, who’re allowing a really un-Steeler like 4.2 yards per carry and 131.3 yards per sport. Marrone sounds like a man who wants to take full benefit of Spiller’s newfound well being. “I believe the more we will get his fingers on the ball, there’s an opportunity for him to make an enormous play,” Marrone said Wednesday. “In order that’s something we’re at all times striving for.”

Spiller’s season didn’t start the best way anyone wanted it to, however nevermind that. It stinks, however it occurs. All that issues now’s that he’s in excellent position to redeem himself. Might or not it’s a bit too late for some fantasy owners? Yes. However can or not it’s higher later than never for a overwhelming majority who took the first-spherical plunge? Absolutely. Spiller is a particular talent. Special abilities don’t let a foul stretch spoil their season, or Fred Jackson steal all their glory. They rise to the top, and for Spiller, the ascent should begin now.

Week 10 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Identify Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning at SD -
2 Drew Brees vs. DAL -
three Matthew Stafford at CHI -
four Philip Rivers vs. DEN -
5 Tony Romo at NO -
6 Andrew Luck vs. STL -
7 Robert Griffin III at MIN -
eight Russell Wilson at ATL -
9 Cam Newton at SF -
10 Nick Foles at GB -
eleven Colin Kaepernick vs. AUTOMOBILE -
12 Andy Dalton at BAL -
thirteen Jay Cutler vs. DET Questionable (groin)
14 Jake Locker vs. JAC -
15 Terrelle Pryor at NYG Probable (knee)
16 Ben Roethlisberger vs. BUF -
17 Eli Manning vs. OAK -
18 Ryan Tannehill at TB -
19 Case Keenum at ARZ -
20 Matt Ryan vs. SEA -
21 Joe Flacco vs. CIN -
22 Christian Ponder vs. WAS -
23 E.J. Manuel at PIT Questionable (knee)
24 Chad Henne at TEN -
25 Carson Palmer vs. HOU -
26 Mike Glennon vs. MIA -
27 Seneca Wallace vs. PHI -
28 Kellen Clemens at IND -

QB Notes: Peyton Manning returns from the Broncos’ bye needing to common 320 yards per recreation to break Drew Brees’ single-season yardage document of 5,476. Presently averaging 365, Manning is on pace for five,838. San Diego enters Week 10 with the league’s No. 27 cross defense, permitting 275 yards per game. … Unusually, Brees enters Week 10 not on tempo to interrupt his own file, but he’s still properly on monitor for his fourth 5,000-yard marketing campaign. Dallas’ 31st ranked go defense isn’t going to gradual him down this weekend. Of the six 5K campaigns in NFL historical past, Brees owns three of them. Till 2008, Dan Marino was the lone member of the 5,000-yard membership. … Matthew Stafford enters Week 10 third in common fantasy quarterback points (26.2). That’s properly ahead of his disappointing 2012 average (22.eight), and only a shade behind his 2011 mark (26.5). The matchup is true in Chicago’s newly mortal protection. … Not only has Philip Rivers erased all reminiscences of his nightmarish 2012, he’s on pace for brand spanking new private bests in yards (four,946) and completion share (seventy two.7). He’s additionally on monitor for 34 scores, which would tie his profession excessive from 2008.

Coming off his second greatest fantasy effort of the season (25.7 points), Tony Romo should match wits with Drew Brees on the Superdome’s speedway. Romo underperformed in three straight plus matchups between Weeks 6-eight, but as was the case in Week 5 towards the Broncos, that received’t be an possibility towards the Saints. An enormous day is coming. … Coming off a fluky zero-touchdown effort in what was otherwise one of his finest starts of the season, Robert Griffin III will get a Vikings defense permitting the second most fantasy factors to enemy quarterbacks. Nice matchups haven’t all the time translated to fantasy success for RGIII this season, however the Vikings’ damaged-down secondary goes to supply little-to-no resistance. Fireplace him up with out a second thought. … Quietly fantasy’s No. 10 quarterback over the past five weeks, Russell Wilson gets a Falcons protection allowing the 10th most points to rival QBs though it is faced solely two prime-15 quarterbacks. Wilson would be the third.

Why does Wilson get the call over Cam Newton? It’s not a slam-dunk choice. Newton is coming off probably the greatest four-recreation stretches of his profession, but has been fattening up on the a number of the league’s most wayward teams (Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, St. Louis). Now he will get a 49ers protection that’s not solely taking part in its best football of the season, however getting Aldon Smith back. Of course, the Niners haven’t faced a quarterback as good as Newton since Weeks 2 and three, when they misplaced to Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. If Newton can hold his good thing going towards the very best group in football on the street, his so far career-defining streakiness might lastly be a factor of the previous. … To belief Nick Foles or not to belief Nick Foles, that’s the question. In the span of two starts, Foles has had maybe the worst efficiency by any quarterback this season, and one of the biggest video games in NFL historical past. Right here’s guessing he’ll cut up the difference in opposition to the Packers, who are extra susceptible to the move than run, and won’t be capable to stress Chip Kelly’s offense by matching points within the absence of Aaron Rodgers. Even if he will get off to a gradual start in Lambeau, one other face-plant shouldn’t be in the playing cards for Foles.

Doggedly declared a bust by each fantasy owner who couldn’t understand why he wasn’t racking up big totals in blowout wins, Colin Kaepernick has averaged 24.9 fantasy points over his past three begins, which might rank fourth on the season behind solely Manning, Brees and Stafford. Now up another weapon in the passing recreation with the return of Mario Manningham, Kaepernick should proceed to trend in the precise path even as he squares off with one of the league’s finest defenses. … In principle, as fantasy’s No. 5 quarterback over the past three weeks, Andy Dalton deserves to be larger on this listing. But as anybody who saw last Thursday evening’s game can attest, this isn’t necessarily a new Dalton. That being mentioned, as anyone who’s seen Dalton over the previous two years can attest, that is indeed a extra harmful fantasy quarterback than he’s been in the past. Thanks largely to the perfect supporting cast he’s ever had, Dalton should discover himself in the high-12 extra weeks than not, even when his on-paper talent-set remains to be prime 20, at finest. … Taking part in one of the best football of his profession, Jake Locker gets a Jaguars protection struggling against all quarterbacks, and fresh off getting demolished by twin-menace Colin Kaepernick in Week 8. Locker is an excellent bye-week streamer.

Terrelle Pryor (knee) is predicted to be effective for Sunday’s inviting matchup with the Giants. … Eli Manning has failed repeatedly to take advantage of plus matchups this season, however has one other one in a Raiders protection allowing a 68.7 completion proportion. He’s a high-end QB2. … Case Keenum has burst onto the scene like only a few have the previous few seasons, but happening the highway towards one of many league’s best defenses, he’ll be with out his play-caller Gary Kubiak. If Keenum can keep dropping bombs below these circumstances (he already has eleven completions of 25-plus yards), we’re going to have a participant flirting with QB1 worth on our fingers. … Does No. 19 seem unfathomably low for Matt Ryan? It’s, however that doesn’t imply he hasn’t earned it. The proprietor of a 2:7 TD:INT ratio and 5.91 yards per attempt over his previous two starts, Ryan goes to be onerous pressed to shake his slump against the league’s most bodily secondary. … Coming off one of the better spot starts by a 34-yr-outdated former high school coach in latest memory, Josh McCown will get a Lions cross protection allowing 273 yards per recreation. … Wait and see with E.J. Manuel. … Don’t hassle seeing with Seneca Wallace.

 

Updated on 11/10/2013 at 12:00 PM ET. 

Contrary to well-liked belief, the C.J. Spiller hype didn’t come out of nowhere. Spiller finished as fantasy’s No. 7 working again final season, each by uncooked points and weekly average. That, alongside with his prodigious physical talent, underrated durability and the Bills’ new run-minded head coach made him an easy choose for high four-5 overall worth.

Only issues didn’t go to plan. Having entered the season with a consecutive-games performed streak of 37, Spiller totaled a disappointing 55 yards from scrimmage in Week 1. He improved to 117 yards on solely 19 touches in Week 2, however issues went downhill from there, as Spiller tweaked his quad in Week 3 and sprained his ankle in Week four. The injuries coincided with Fred Jackson stinging two of the league’s best run defenses within the Jets and Ravens for 159 yards on only 23 carries (6.ninety one YPC). Spiller ought to have rested for the Payments’ Thursday night trip to Cleveland in Week 5, but instead gutted out eight carries for sixty six yards, scoring a 54-yard touchdown in the process. Spiller then had 10 days to get better for Week 6, however he didn’t, trying extra ragged than he did in Week 5. He still in some way managed fifty five yards on 10 carries, but appeared as restricted as you’ll ever see somebody on a football subject.

Again, Spiller should have rested, however again he didn’t, suiting up for Week 7. That is the place his season reached its nadir. Gaining all of seven yards on 9 touches, Spiller regarded like an previous man solely capable of working in a straight line, checking himself out of the sport and limping after each single carry. On his longest scamper, an eleven-yarder in the first quarter, Spiller prevented contact, acquired to the sideline and … saved running. In so much pain he couldn’t apply the brakes, Spiller ran a strong 10-15 yards out of bounds before motioning to the trainer. For no matter reason, Spiller stayed in the recreation, but went to close comical lengths to keep away from contact on his last eight touches. The Payments lastly bought the message: Their running again needed a relaxation.

Spiller acquired one in Week 8, and lo and behold, returned rejuvenated in Week 9, speeding for a season-high 116 yards on solely 12 carries (9.7 YPC) while including two catches for an extra 39 yards. A 3rd of Spiller’s carries gained not less than eight yards, whereas his receptions went for 12 and 27. Spiller’s nearly unmatched change-of-route abilities appeared all the way in which again, offering hope for fantasy homeowners who have gotten next to nothing out of their first-spherical choose, and emboldening his coach to take away him from the Week 10 injury report. “When they’re off the harm report, then I really feel they’re nice,” Doug Marrone mentioned Wednesday. “(As) soon as somebody comes off the harm report, I am pondering that he is full go.”

The actually excellent news? Spiller’s return to full well being comes because the Payments’ schedule is softening up. Even including the Jets’ league-main run protection, Buffalo’s ultimate seven opponents are allowing a collective 4.2 yards per carry, and 119 speeding yards per recreation. If you take away the Jets, these numbers enhance to 4.3 and 127. On tap for Week 10 is the Steelers, who are permitting a really un-Steeler like 4.2 yards per carry and 131.3 yards per recreation. Marrone feels like a man who wants to take full advantage of Spiller’s newfound well being. “I think the extra we are able to get his palms on the ball, there’s a possibility for him to make an enormous play,” Marrone said Wednesday. “In order that’s something we’re always striving for.”

Spiller’s season didn’t begin the way anybody needed it to, but nevermind that. It stinks, but it occurs. All that issues now is that he’s in perfect place to redeem himself. Would possibly it’s a bit too late for some fantasy owners? Sure. However can or not it’s better later than never for a overwhelming majority who took the first-round plunge? Absolutely. Spiller is a special talent. Special skills don’t let a foul stretch ruin their season, or Fred Jackson steal all their glory. They rise to the highest, and for Spiller, the ascent should begin now.

Week 10 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Identify Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning at SD -
2 Drew Brees vs. DAL -
three Matthew Stafford at CHI -
four Philip Rivers vs. DEN -
5 Tony Romo at NO -
6 Andrew Luck vs. STL -
7 Robert Griffin III at MIN -
8 Russell Wilson at ATL -
9 Cam Newton at SF -
10 Nick Foles at GB -
eleven Colin Kaepernick vs. CAR -
12 Andy Dalton at BAL -
thirteen Jay Cutler vs. DET Questionable (groin)
14 Jake Locker vs. JAC -
15 Terrelle Pryor at NYG Probable (knee)
16 Ben Roethlisberger vs. BUF -
17 Eli Manning vs. OAK -
18 Ryan Tannehill at TB -
19 Case Keenum at ARZ -
20 Matt Ryan vs. SEA -
21 Joe Flacco vs. CIN -
22 Christian Ponder vs. WAS -
23 E.J. Manuel at PIT Questionable (knee)
24 Chad Henne at TEN -
25 Carson Palmer vs. HOU -
26 Mike Glennon vs. MIA -
27 Seneca Wallace vs. PHI -
28 Kellen Clemens at IND -

QB Notes: Peyton Manning returns from the Broncos’ bye needing to average 320 yards per recreation to interrupt Drew Brees’ single-season yardage report of 5,476. Currently averaging 365, Manning is on tempo for 5,838. San Diego enters Week 10 with the league’s No. 27 move protection, permitting 275 yards per recreation. … Unusually, Brees enters Week 10 not on tempo to break his own document, however he’s nonetheless nicely on monitor for his fourth 5,000-yard campaign. Dallas’ 31st ranked move protection isn’t going to gradual him down this weekend. Of the six 5K campaigns in NFL historical past, Brees owns three of them. Until 2008, Dan Marino was the lone member of the 5,000-yard membership. … Matthew Stafford enters Week 10 third in average fantasy quarterback points (26.2). That’s effectively forward of his disappointing 2012 average (22.8), and just a shade behind his 2011 mark (26.5). The matchup is right in Chicago’s newly mortal defense. … Not solely has Philip Rivers erased all reminiscences of his nightmarish 2012, he’s on tempo for brand new private bests in yards (four,946) and completion percentage (72.7). He’s additionally on track for 34 scores, which might tie his career high from 2008.

Coming off his second best fantasy effort of the season (25.7 factors), Tony Romo must match wits with Drew Brees on the Superdome’s speedway. Romo underperformed in three straight plus matchups between Weeks 6-8, but as was the case in Week 5 in opposition to the Broncos, that gained’t be an option in opposition to the Saints. A giant day is coming. … Coming off a fluky zero-touchdown effort in what was in any other case one of his finest begins of the season, Robert Griffin III gets a Vikings protection allowing the second most fantasy factors to enemy quarterbacks. Great matchups haven’t all the time translated to fantasy success for RGIII this season, but the Vikings’ broken-down secondary goes to supply little-to-no resistance. Fireplace him up with out a second thought. … Quietly fantasy’s No. 10 quarterback over the previous five weeks, Russell Wilson will get a Falcons protection permitting the 10th most points to rival QBs regardless that it is faced solely two prime-15 quarterbacks. Wilson would be the third.

Why does Wilson get the decision over Cam Newton? It’s not a slam-dunk resolution. Newton is coming off probably the greatest 4-game stretches of his profession, however has been fattening up on the a few of the league’s most wayward teams (Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, St. Louis). Now he will get a 49ers protection that’s not only taking part in its finest football of the season, however getting Aldon Smith again. After all, the Niners haven’t faced a quarterback pretty much as good as Newton since Weeks 2 and 3, after they lost to Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck. If Newton can maintain his good factor going towards the very best group in football on the highway, his to date profession-defining streakiness would possibly lastly be a factor of the past. … To trust Nick Foles or not to belief Nick Foles, that’s the query. Within the span of two starts, Foles has had maybe the worst performance by any quarterback this season, and one of the biggest video games in NFL history. Right here’s guessing he’ll split the difference against the Packers, who are extra susceptible to the cross than run, and gained’t have the ability to strain Chip Kelly’s offense by matching factors within the absence of Aaron Rodgers. Even if he gets off to a slow begin in Lambeau, another face-plant shouldn’t be within the playing cards for Foles.

Doggedly declared a bust by every fantasy proprietor who couldn’t perceive why he wasn’t racking up enormous totals in blowout wins, Colin Kaepernick has averaged 24.9 fantasy points over his past three starts, which might rank fourth on the season behind only Manning, Brees and Stafford. Now up one other weapon within the passing game with the return of Mario Manningham, Kaepernick should proceed to pattern in the appropriate direction at the same time as he squares off with one of many league’s finest defenses. … In theory, as fantasy’s No. 5 quarterback over the past three weeks, Andy Dalton deserves to be higher on this list. But as anyone who saw final Thursday night’s recreation can attest, this isn’t necessarily a brand new Dalton. That being said, as anyone who’s seen Dalton over the past two years can attest, that is indeed a more harmful fantasy quarterback than he’s been in the past. Thanks largely to the perfect supporting solid he’s ever had, Dalton ought to discover himself in the high-12 extra weeks than not, even if his on-paper skill-set remains to be top 20, at best. … Enjoying one of the best football of his profession, Jake Locker will get a Jaguars protection struggling in opposition to all quarterbacks, and contemporary off getting demolished by dual-threat Colin Kaepernick in Week eight. Locker is an excellent bye-week streamer.

Terrelle Pryor (knee) is expected to be superb for Sunday’s inviting matchup with the Giants. … Eli Manning has failed repeatedly to make the most of plus matchups this season, but has one other one in a Raiders protection permitting a 68.7 completion proportion. He’s a high-finish QB2. … Case Keenum has burst onto the scene like very few have the previous few seasons, but occurring the highway towards one of the league’s finest defenses, he’ll be with out his play-caller Gary Kubiak. If Keenum can preserve dropping bombs underneath these circumstances (he already has eleven completions of 25-plus yards), we’re going to have a participant flirting with QB1 worth on our arms. … Does No. 19 seem unfathomably low for Matt Ryan? It is, however that doesn’t imply he hasn’t earned it. The proprietor of a 2:7 TD:INT ratio and 5.91 yards per attempt over his previous two starts, Ryan goes to be laborious pressed to shake his droop against the league’s most bodily secondary. … Coming off one of the better spot begins by a 34-yr-outdated former highschool coach in recent reminiscence, Josh McCown gets a Lions move defense allowing 273 yards per game. … Wait and see with E.J. Manuel. … Don’t bother seeing with Seneca Wallace.

 

Week 10 Working Backs

Rank Player Identify Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson vs. WAS -
2 Reggie Bush at CHI Possible (knee)
3 LeSean McCoy at GB -
4 Matt Forte vs. DET -
5 Marshawn Lynch at ATL Possible (knee)
6 Eddie Lacy vs. PHI -
7 Alfred Morris at MIN -
eight Frank Gore vs. AUTOMOBILE Probable (ankle)
9 Knowshon Moreno at SD Possible (knee)
10 Chris Johnson vs. JAC -
11 Zac Stacy at IND Probable (ankle)
12 DeMarco Murray at NO Possible (knee)
13 Lamar Miller at TB -
14 Fred Jackson at PIT Probable (knee)
15 Mike James vs. MIA -
16 C.J. Spiller at PIT -
17 Le’Veon Bell vs. BUF -
18 Danny Woodhead vs. DEN -
19 Andre Ellington vs. HOU -
20 Giovani Bernard at BAL -
21 Maurice Jones-Drew at TEN Probable (knee)
22 Ben Tate at ARZ Questionable (ribs)
23 Darren Sproles vs. DAL Possible (concussion)
24 Ryan Mathews vs. DEN -
25 Steven Jackson vs. SEA -
26 Rashad Jennings at NYG -
27 Trent Richardson vs. STL Questionable (ankle)
28 Ray Rice vs. CIN -
29 Pierre Thomas vs. DAL -
30 Joique Bell at CHI -
31 Rashard Mendenhall vs. HOU Possible (toe)
32 Shonn Greene vs. JAC -
33 Mike Tolbert at SF -
34 Donald Brown vs. STL -
35 BenJarvus Green-Ellis at BAL -
36 DeAngelo Williams at SF Probable (quadriceps)
37 Jonathan Stewart at SF -
38 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. SEA -
39 Montee Ball at SD -
forty Peyton Hillis vs. OAK -
41 Andre Brown vs. OAK Possible (leg)
forty two Brian Leonard vs. MIA -
forty three James Starks vs. PHI -
44 Daniel Thomas at TB -
forty five Dennis Johnson at ARZ -
46 Roy Helu at MIN -
forty seven Bryce Brown at GB -
forty eight Bernard Pierce vs. CIN -
forty nine Kendall Hunter vs. CAR -
50 Mark Ingram vs. DAL -
51 Benny Cunningham at IND Questionable (ankle)
52 Tashard Choice at PIT -
fifty three Robert Turbin at ATL -
54 Marcel Reece at NYG -
fifty five Michael Bush vs. DET -
fifty six C.J. Anderson at SD -
fifty seven Denard Robinson at TEN Possible (hamstring)
fifty eight Lance Dunbar at NO Possible (hamstring)
59 Felix Jones vs. BUF -
60 Joseph Randle at NO -
61 Isaiah Pead at IND -

RB Notes: It was about this time last season that Adrian Peterson went on the warpath. Coming off one among his best games of 2013, the matchup is correct in a Redskins run protection allowing a weekly 117 yards, and over a touchdown per sport. … Though solely AD is averaging more dashing yards per sport, LeSean McCoy has seen his fantasy stock fall as he’s found the tip zone just once in his previous four games. It’s a fluke, and one that should right itself if Chip Kelly’s offense can construct on final week’s beatdown of the Raiders. … Tied with McCoy for the second most yards from scrimmage per recreation (121.9), Reggie Bush goes to feast on a Bears defense permitting shockingly dangerous numbers to opposing runners over the past 5 weeks (754 yards rushing, 9 touchdowns). … Coming off his finest sport of the season (24 carries for one hundred twenty five yards and a landing, 179 yards from scrimmage), Matt Forte enters Week 10 as fantasy’s No. 1 running again over the previous three weeks. Allowing 4.7 yards per carry, the Lions aren’t going to gradual him down, no matter who’s under center for Chicago.

By Pro Football Focus’ rely, Marshawn Lynch’s 44 “missed tackles” are probably the most in the league by 12. … Eddie Lacy’s 545 yards dashing are probably the most in the league by seventy four over the past five weeks. There’s not going to be any mystery about the Packers’ sport plan towards the Eagles with out Aaron Rodgers, but that doesn’t mean Philly goes to be able to stop it. Lacy is a beast who’s working like he by no means left the SEC. … Third in the league in dashing yards per recreation? Alfred Morris, whose 5.2 yards per carry continues to lead all operating backs (he’s behind Terrelle Pryor and Russell Wilson). He’s not going to face much resistance in opposition to a Vikings protection that may’t stop anything. … Frank Gore has 4 touchdowns over his past two games, but is squaring off with a Panthers run defense allowing simply 79.1 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. Gore’s quantity retains him within the top 10, but he doesn’t have the top-five upside he’s been sporting most weeks. … Is Knowshon Moreno’s RB1 status dwelling on borrowed time? Averaging simply 2.ninety one yards per carry over his previous three games/43 totes, Moreno was ominously out-touched 3-1 by Montee Ball on aim-line carries in Week 8. Moreno should preserve at the least RB2 value, but he’s not a nasty sell-high candidate.

So that’s what it’s like when Chris Johnson tries? Coming off his best sport of the season, CJ2K now will get a Jaguars defense allowing the second most factors to enemy working backs. Jax is permitting a comical 161.8 dashing yards per sport, and has been stung for thirteen scores on the bottom. All of it units up very well for Johnson’s Week 10 prospects, though it’s worth noting that neither of his Week 9 TDs have been of the “purpose-line” variety. Johnson scored from 14 and 19 yards out. Shonn Greene really out-carried Johnson 3-0 inside the Rams’ 10-yard line. As was the plan all alongside, Greene appears to be Tennessee’s brief-yardage hammer. It’s a touch of grey to Johnson’s seeming resurrection as he embarks on the gentle portion of his schedule. … If not for Eddie Lacy, no participant would have extra rushing yards over the previous 5 weeks than Zac Stacy. Coming off back-to-again a hundred twenty five-yard efforts on the bottom, Stacy will do battle with Indianapolis’ No. 27 run defense. The centerpiece of the Rams offense is a viable RB1 for Week 10. … Is it time to trust Lamar Miller? The survey says yes after Miller turned his two largest workloads of the season into 241 yards from scrimmage and 5.71 yards per carry. Daniel Thomas is a zombie who nonetheless received’t go away (23 touches the past two weeks), however he’s lastly driving obvious shotgun to Miller’s driver. You drafted Miller as your RB2, now use him as such.

Averaging simply 3.5 yards per carry coming into Week 9, Mike James exploded for 28-158 against the Seattle freakin’ Seahawks. It was a shocking blow up for an unproven player stuck in an undesirable situation, however James can have a chance to build on it against the Dolphins, who are allowing essentially the most fantasy factors to opposing operating backs. Rival RBs are averaging 24.5 factors per sport towards the Fins, and have totaled 1,319 yards from scrimmage in eight contests. James will need the Bucs to avoid getting put away early to have an enormous night time on the nationwide stage, however the Dolphins haven’t buried anybody lately. He’s value an RB2 dice roll coming off what might very easily find yourself the very best sport of his career. … Fantasy’s No. 22 working back thanks nearly solely to his 49/391/three line as a receiver, Danny Woodhead is doing battle with a Broncos defense allowing a superb but not nice four.5 catches per sport to opposing runners. Woodhead has proven sufficient to be trusted as a FLEX option even in robust matchups. … Giovani Bernard (ribs) is on track for his ordinary function in opposition to the Ravens.

Nevermind Rashard Mendenhall’s (toe) well being/position. Andre Ellington is going to push 15 touches per game from here on out, and that interprets to actual FLEX worth for a participant averaging 7.7 yards per carry, and eight.17 yards per contact. … With Arian Foster (again, hamstring, who is aware of what else) wanting unlikely for Week 10, Ben Tate (ribs) will gut issues out as the Texans’ lead back for the second consecutive week. He should get a goal-line look or two, however doesn’t have a simple task in a Cardinals protection permitting solely 3.47 yards per carry. He’ll be backed up by Dennis Johnson. … Contemplate Week 9 our newest humbling reminder: Never trust Ryan Mathews as more than a FLEX possibility. We apologize for final week’s error. … Trent Richardson has a plus matchup in St. Louis, however he’s had no scarcity of plus matchups as a Colt and remains to be averaging simply 2.98 yards per carry. We’ll take into account his free-fall over when we see it. … You may do worse for an emergency FLEX choice than Rashad Jennings. … As is the case with T-Wealthy, consider Ray Rice’s slump over when you see it. His Week 9 performance was a significant, main concern coming off Baltimore’s bye week. … Peyton Hillis will supposedly lead the Giants’ committee this Sunday. Meaning you could wait Andre Brown out for at the very least one week. … If at all doable, keep away from the Panthers’ burgeoning committee against the 49ers’ stout run protection.

Week 10 Receivers

Rank Participant Title Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson at CHI Probable (knee)
2 Dez Bryant at NO Possible (again)
3 A.J. Inexperienced at BAL -
four Brandon Marshall vs. DET -
5 Demaryius Thomas at SD -
6 Wes Welker at SD Possible (ankle)
7 Andre Johnson at ARZ -
8 Pierre Garcon at MIN -
9 DeSean Jackson at GB Probable (ankle)
10 Victor Cruz vs. OAK Probable (neck)
11 Keenan Allen vs. DEN -
12 Antonio Brown vs. BUF -
thirteen T.Y. Hilton vs. STL -
14 Jordy Nelson vs. PHI -
15 Eric Decker at SD Probable (toe)
16 Alshon Jeffery vs. DET -
17 Vincent Jackson vs. MIA -
18 Torrey Smith vs. CIN -
19 Cecil Shorts at TEN Probable (groin)
20 Larry Fitzgerald vs. HOU -
21 Hakeem Nicks vs. OAK -
22 Denarius Moore at NYG -
23 Kendall Wright vs. JAC -
24 Emmanuel Sanders vs. BUF -
25 Golden Tate at ATL -
26 Mike Wallace at TB -
27 Anquan Boldin vs. AUTOMOBILE -
28 Steve Smith at SF -
29 Terrance Williams at NO -
30 Marvin Jones at BAL -
31 Greg Jennings vs. WAS -
32 Stevie Johnson at PIT Probable (hip)
33 Roddy White vs. SEA Questionable (hamstring)
34 Harry Douglas vs. SEA -
35 Michael Floyd vs. HOU -
36 Kris Durham at CHI -
37 Riley Cooper at GB Probable (sickness)
38 Marques Colston vs. DAL Questionable (knee)
39 Rueben Randle vs. OAK -
40 James Jones vs. PHI -
41 Brian Hartline at TB -
42 Brandon LaFell at SF -
43 DeAndre Hopkins at ARZ -
44 Marlon Brown vs. CIN Probable (finger)
45 Doug Baldwin at ATL -
46 Rod Streater at NYG Possible (hip)
forty seven Eddie Royal vs. DEN Questionable (foot)
forty eight Kenny Stills vs. DAL -
49 Lance Moore vs. DAL -
50 Cole Beasley at NO -
51 Leonard Hankerson at MIN Probable (hamstring)
fifty two Mike Brown at TEN -
53 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. STL Probable (-)
54 Ted Ginn at SF -
fifty five Chris Givens at IND -
56 Marquise Goodwin at PIT Probable (hamstring)
57 Nate Washington vs. JAC -
58 Jerricho Cotchery vs. BUF -
59 Jacoby Jones vs. CIN -
60 Vincent Brown vs. DEN -
61 Jason Avant at GB -
62 Jarrett Boykin vs. PHI -
sixty three Mario Manningham vs. CAR -
sixty four Andrew Hawkins at BAL -
65 Rishard Matthews at TB -
66 Jerome Simpson vs. WAS -
sixty seven Tiquan Underwood vs. MIA -
sixty eight Jermaine Kearse at ATL -
sixty nine Cordarrelle Patterson vs. WAS -
70 Austin Pettis at IND -
71 T.J. Graham at PIT -
seventy two Stephen Burton at TEN Questionable (concussion)
73 Andre Roberts vs. HOU -
seventy four Griff Whalen vs. STL -
75 Justin Hunter vs. JAC -
seventy six Markus Wheaton vs. BUF Possible (finger)
seventy seven Robert Meachem vs. DAL -
78 LaVon Brazill vs. STL -

WR Notes: Since returning to a full workload in Week 7, Calvin Johnson has caught 23 passes for 484 yards and three touchdowns. The yards would rank 34th for the season, and ahead of the likes of Mike Wallace, Larry Fitzgerald and plenty of, many others. … No one within the NFL is extra overdue to explode for a monster sport than Dez Bryant. Here’s guessing he’ll have one in a shootout in New Orleans. … A.J. Green entered Week 6 mired in a four-recreation hunch. Four weeks later, he’s main the league in receiving due to a forty four/501/2 outburst in Weeks 6-9. The Ravens aren’t going to slow him down. … Demaryius Thomas’ 2013 hasn’t generated a complete lot of buzz, but he enters Week 10 No. 6 in common fantasy receiver factors, and on tempo to roughly equal his ninety four/1,434/10 2012 with a 96/1,370/12 2013. Thomas has forty four more yards after the catch than anybody within the NFL. … Held beneath seventy five yards only twice all season, Brandon Marshall is on pace for his fifth career 100-catch campaign, and third straight 1,200-yard season. Marshall has cleared 1,000 yards every year since 2007.

Wes Welker has caught fewer than six passes only twice, and been held out of the tip zone in precisely one in all eight video games. … Andre Johnson has caught 13 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns since Case Keenum took over at quarterback. The duo seems to be a match made in heaven. Johnson now leads the league in yards per move route run at 2.86 … Pierre Garcon’s lengthy overdue yardage explosion lastly came in Week 9, and he could easily make it back-to-again monster efforts in opposition to a Vikings defense allowing the ninth most factors to opposing receivers. Garcon has caught fewer than six passes just as soon as in 2013, and been held below 5 catches only one time in his past thirteen video games. … Leading the league in receptions with sixty one, expect Antonio Brown to answer his Week 9 benching with a vengeance towards a Payments team allowing the second most fantasy factors to enemy wideouts. … Fantasy’s No. 5 receiver over the previous five weeks, Keenan Allen hasn’t been held below 67 yards in any of his past 5 video games, and is averaging a weekly 6.2/ninety nine. There’s an enormous day available against a Broncos defense permitting the third most passing yards within the league.

Quietly fantasy’s No. 2 receiver over the past 5 weeks, issues aren’t going to remain quiet for T.Y. Hilton much longer. Now the focus of the Colts’ aerial attack, Hilton should common 10-12 weekly targets in an each-down role. If you give a participant with Hilton’s large-play potential that many seems, big video games — like his three-landing effort in Week 9 — are positive to comply with. The Rams’ highly burnable secondary is simply dying to serve up lengthy completions. … Victor Cruz’s (neck) Week 9 standing is a bit up in the air, but he’ll be a giant-time menace for a WR1 afternoon in opposition to the Raiders’ Laissez-faire secondary if he can go well with up. … One of many league’s easiest receivers this season, it’s painful to rank Jordy Nelson so low, however so is life in a Seneca Wallace-led offense. Nelson might nonetheless easily show his rating improper, however the potential for a dud is there for a player who almost by no means has them. … Torrey Smith has cooled a bit following his torrid begin, but has nonetheless been held under seventy five yards only twice in eight video games. Second within the league in yards per catch at 19.6, he’s going to eat most of the time.

Now the Jaguars’ unquestioned No. 1 receiver following Justin Blackmon’s newest suspension, Cecil Shorts has a tricky Week 10 matchup in the Titans’ No. 7 go defense, but could have garbage time to fall again on if he’s locked up out of the gate. … Larry Fitzgerald is as healthy as he’s been all season, but there’s no guaranteeing it would translate to more fantasy worth with Carson Palmer below center. Fitz is averaging four.5 catches for fifty nine yards … Mike Wallace is quietly averaging 5.3 catches for 76 yards over his past four games after averaging three.eight/forty four in his first 4, but nonetheless has only one landing on the season. That’s not what the Dolphins or fantasy house owners had in mind. With Darrelle Revis rising his press protection in recent weeks, Wallace could possibly be in for a long Monday night. … A giant part of Denarius Moore’s turnaround has been his improved palms. Moore has dropped only one cross after muffing nine a yr in the past, and boasts a fifty eight.2 catch share after delivering a forty six.4 mark in 2012. Moore is on tempo for 64 catches, 1,026 yards and eight touchdowns. All three totals can be new career highs.

With 13 catches for 186 yards and a landing over his past two games, Emmanuel Sanders is a strong WR3 bet towards a Payments protection that’s been getting burned all season long. … Golden Tate is averaging eight.three yards after every one in every of his catches, which leads the league. The issue, in fact, is that his 35 catches rank simply forty third. … Roddy White (ankle, hamstring) is finally on track to return, however can be doing so towards Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner and the remainder of Seattle’s elite protection. Together with his well being nonetheless a question mark, he’s the lowest end of WR3s. … Marvin Jones was held to four catches for 66 yards in Week 9, however had a long landing referred to as again by a dubious holding penalty, and noticed his snap share leap from 32.7 to 53.7. The red-zone dynamo is value another shot as your WR3. … With Roddy White again and Seattle in town, the dream is shortly dying for garbage-time hero Harry Douglas. … Averaging 5.3 catches for 59 yards over his past three video games, Kris Durham is a WR4 who could be referred to as on in a WR3 pinch. … With not less than 88 yards in three of his past 4 video games, Riley Cooper has improved himself from WR5 cube roll to WR4 dice roll.

Week 10 Tight Ends

Rank Participant Title Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. DAL Questionable (foot)
2 Antonio Gates vs. DEN -
three Vernon Davis vs. AUTOMOBILE -
4 Julius Thomas at SD Questionable (ankle)
5 Jordan Reed at MIN -
6 Tony Gonzalez vs. SEA -
7 Jason Witten at NO -
8 Martellus Bennett vs. DET -
9 Greg Olsen at SF -
10 Tim Wright vs. MIA -
eleven Garrett Graham at ARZ Possible (thigh)
12 Coby Fleener vs. STL -
thirteen Tyler Eifert at BAL -
14 Charles Clay at TB -
15 Heath Miller vs. BUF -
sixteen Zach Miller at ATL -
17 Jared Prepare dinner at IND -
18 Brandon Pettigrew at CHI Probable (hamstring)
19 John Carlson vs. WAS -
20 Delanie Walker vs. JAC -
21 Zach Ertz at GB -
22 Scott Chandler at PIT -
23 Andrew Quarless vs. PHI -
24 Brent Celek at GB -
25 Brandon Myers vs. OAK -
26 Rob Housler vs. HOU Questionable (groin)
27 Joseph Fauria at CHI -
28 Marcedes Lewis at TEN Possible (calf)
29 Mychal Rivera at NYG -
30 Dallas Clark vs. CIN -
31 Ben Watson vs. DAL -
32 Ladarius Inexperienced vs. DEN -
33 Ed Dickson vs. CIN -
34 Logan Paulsen at MIN -

TE Notes: Jimmy Graham: Over his foot concern. Graham and A.J. Green are the league’s only receivers with at the least 5 a hundred-yard games this season. … Held under six catches simply once in his past five games, Antonio Gates will do battle with a Broncos defense allowing the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends. … With Jimmy Graham being the opposite, Vernon Davis is considered one of only two tight ends averaging greater than 12 fantasy factors per sport. Davis is putting up a weekly thirteen.4. … Julius Thomas’ ankle injury appears unlikely to hold him out for Week 10. Averaging eleven.6 fantasy points, Thomas has been held out of the end zone just twice in eight games. … Jordan Reed’s four-catch, 37-yard Week 9 was nothing greater than a mediocre sport. All good gamers have them once in a while. Reed stays locked in as a excessive-finish TE1.

Drawing extra defensive consideration than perhaps any player in the league, Tony Gonzalez will still have TE1 outbursts just like the one he did in Week 9, but his dud price might be larger than it’s been previously. Gonzalez’s upside is such that he stays a prime 6-eight play. … Martellus Bennett gets a Lions crew he stung for eight catches and 90 yards in Week 4, solely this time, the sport is at Soldier Subject. … Averaging an excellent however not great 4.3/fifty three.3, Greg Olsen isn’t a high-upside play as he troopers by means of a foot injury against a 49ers staff allowing the fifth fewest fantasy factors to opposing tight ends. … Tampa’s Tim Wright is averaging four.6 catches over his previous five games, and now will get a Miami defense permitting the third most fantasy points to enemy tight ends. He’s a legit TE1 in every week the place Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Cameron are on bye.

The matchup is true for Garrett Graham — no workforce is permitting extra fantasy factors to tight ends than Arizona — but with only one 5-catch or 60-yard game on his résumé, he’s arduous to trust as more than a bottom-barrel TE1. … Coby Fleener’s role will continue to extend, however until we actually see it translate to elevated box-score productiveness, he’s nothing greater than a cube-roll TE1. … Charles Clay and Heath Miller have both settled in as acceptable plug-and-play starters, but little else. They are gamers who won’t hurt you, however ones you might want to upgrade. … Until all you want is a shot at a random landing, Zach Miller isn’t your man. … If you have been beginning Kyle Rudolph — which might have been an issue — hopefully you can do better than John Carlson for a alternative. … Zach Ertz’s Week 9 shouldn’t be taken as an indication of issues to come back. … The same is true for Andrew Quarless.

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NFL Sunday Night Preview/Pick- Packers vs. Vikings

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Green Bay Packers (4-2) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-5) 10/27- 5:30PM EST

 

Line: GB -9.0

Over/Under: 47.0

 

The juggling act of Minnesota quarterbacks will continue on Sunday night as Christian Ponder will call the signals in place of Josh Freeman who was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms suffered last week against the Giants in his Vikings’ debut last Monday night.

 

Minnesota (1-5) coach Leslie Frazier made the decision to start Ponder with the Vikings having a short week.

 

At the quarterback position, you want to know who is going to be lining up week-in and week-out,” Frazier said. “But that’s the circumstance where we are and Christian will do a good job for us on Sunday.”

 

Former Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings will be facing the team he spent seven-years with for the first time on Sunday before signing a five-year deal with Minnesota in March. Despite the rocky season he has endured with the Vikings and the quarterback situation, he is rallying behind Ponder.

 

It doesn’t matter who it is, we have to help him be successful and he has to help us be successful so it’s Christian this week, that’s who we’re rolling with, that’s who we’re rooting for,” Jennings said.

 

Jennings was a mainstay with the Packers combining with quarterback Aaron Rodgers for 425 receptions and 53 touchdowns in his seven seasons.

 

I still have love for those fans and for that organization, absolutely, and the guys within that locker room, but I’m developing new ties and new relationships over here,” Jennings said.

 

Minnesota will be looking to get last season’s MVP award winner Adrian Peterson back on track after being held to a season-low 28 yards on 13 carries against the Giants.

 

But, to do so, he will be facing a Green Bay defense ranked first in the NFC against the run allowing only 79.0 yards a contest.

 

They do a good job on defense of bottling things up and trying to defend the run,” Frazier said.

 

Despite the Packers (4-2) injuries, they are riding a three-game win streak going into their final Metrodome matchup with their NFC North rivals.

 

The latest injury suffered was to tight end Jermichael Finley, who sustained a significant neck injury.

 

They are already without Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Brad Jones as well as receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones.

 

James Jones is expected to be back in action come Sunday night and Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is making no excuses for the abundant of injuries to his football team.

 

We’re going to have 46 guys lined up against the Minnesota Vikings and we’re going to the Metrodome to win,” McCarthy said.

 

Green Bay will also have healthy receivers Jarrett Boykin and Jordy Nelson for Rodgers to target.

 

Sundays game will the first-meeting between these two teams since last year and the final meeting at the Metrodome where the Packers are 14-16 all time.

 

Despite all the injuries for the Packers… they will add one more win at the Metrodome come Sunday night. Too solid of a football team for the Vikings to overcome.

 

Pick: Green Bay Packers

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Arian Foster is out-touching Ben Tate fifty seven-35. So why does he have simply 21 more yards from scrimmage?

Film review reveals a player who isn’t emerging from piles with as many additional yards as we’re used to seeing. Houston’s run blocking actually appears improved on it’s down — by its standards — 2012, whereas Foster has been typically making the precise reads. He merely isn’t attending to the second stage as simply as he as soon as did. It’s to be anticipated for a participant who pushed his touch odometer past 1,000 the previous three seasons, and led the league in carries in 2012. That being stated, Foster hardly appears to be like out of fuel. In reality, he looked pretty much as good as he had all season within the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, however didn’t get a chance to get into a second-half groove and put on down the defense with Houston falling behind 24-9 early in the third quarter.

Reality be advised, there hasn’t been a lot distinction between Foster and Tate since Week 1, the place Tate seemed shot out of a cannon in opposition to San Diego’s horrible run defense and Foster seemed drained. Since, Foster has actually appeared a tad extra slippery, with Tate wanting a bit sluggish, significantly Sunday. Since Tate’s 60-yard scamper on his first carry of Week 2 — the place he received run down by (admittedly athletic) Titans LB Zach Brown — Tate has averaged simply four.05 yards on 17 carries. Foster, in the meantime, has averaged 4.29 yards on 31 totes since Week 2. We’re performing some serious cherry choosing here, however the point is, the emerging narrative that Foster is on his last legs while Tate is being unjustly diminished to second fiddle is overblown.

What’s not overblown are Foster’s utilization considerations. This is very much a committee in the intervening time, one which’s operating into the Seahawks’ buzzsaw defense this weekend. With Foster-Tate in basically a 60-40 timeshare, neither are notably excessive-upside performs in a game where the Texans could again fall behind early. Foster is an RB2, Tate a shaky FLEX choice. But Foster owners shouldn’t quit hope. Perhaps his RB1 days are behind him. The movie suggests he’s going to hit fewer dwelling runs than he did in 2010-12. What it additionally suggests, nevertheless, is that he still has loads of useful football left in his 27-year-old legs. It simply won’t be elite.


 

Week 4 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Title Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning vs. PHI -
2 Drew Brees vs. MIA -
three Michael Vick at DEN Probable (foot)
four Robert Griffin III at OAK -
5 Tony Romo at SD -
6 Matthew Stafford vs. CHI -
7 Matt Ryan vs. NE -
8 Russell Wilson at HOU -
9 Tom Brady at ATL -
10 Andrew Luck at JAC -
eleven Colin Kaepernick at STL -
12 Philip Rivers vs. DAL -
thirteen Terrelle Pryor vs. WAS Questionable (concussion)
14 Jay Cutler at DET -
15 Ben Roethlisberger at MIN -
sixteen Eli Manning at KC -
17 Joe Flacco at BUF -
18 Ryan Tannehill at NO -
19 Sam Bradford vs. SF -
20 Alex Smith vs. NYG -
21 Matt Schaub vs. SEA -
22 Andy Dalton at CLE -
23 Carson Palmer at TB -
24 Brian Hoyer vs. CIN -
25 E.J. Manuel vs. BAL -
26 Jake Locker vs. NYJ -
27 Geno Smith at TEN -
28 Matt Cassel vs. PIT -
29 Blaine Gabbert vs. IND Possible (-)
30 Mike Glennon vs. ARZ -
31 Matt Flynn vs. WAS -

QB Notes: Peyton Manning may as nicely construct a beach house and placing green in the Eagles’ secondary. This could get ugly. … Drew Brees has yet to throw for fewer than 322 yards in a sport this season. A touchdown avalanche is coming. … Michael Vick is predictably taking a ton of hits, however has to this point been standing and delivering, both to his wideouts and fantasy owners. He’s out-pointed each quarterback not named Peyton Manning. … Robert Griffin III’s play has hardly warranted a prime-five ranking, however he’s been simply ok, and is going through a Raiders defense permitting a thoughts-boggling 76.5 completion share. Throw in Oakland’s comfortable front seven, and all the elements are there for an RGIII breakout outdoors of rubbish time. … Tony Romo is off to a slow-ish start, however eased by the Rams in Week 3 and is facing a Chargers protection that’s allowed probably the most passing yards within the league by the season’s first three weeks (1,022). Begin him with confidence.

The Patriots’ go protection seems to be to be for actual, but with Roddy White lastly trending again toward full well being, Matt Ryan stays a safe QB1. The sport is at the Georgia Dome, where Ryan boasts a profession 34-5 file in comparison with 23-19 on the street. … Russell Wilson’s 9.10 YPA is third within the NFL. … After one week in the QB2 wilderness, Brady is again in QB1 territory. Is the promotion warranted? It’s arduous to say. He’d be no better than No. eleven have been Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton not on bye, whereas his 5.5 YPA is the worst within the NFL. Brady is coming off a superb game against a terrific defense, nonetheless, whereas he finally gave the impression to be on the same web page with rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson in Week three. Throw in the attainable return of Rob Gronkowski, and you’ve got a future Corridor-of-Famer who’s not worth betting against in a dome versus an harm-decimated protection.

The Colts are more likely to go run heavy in opposition to the Jaguars’ league-worst run defense, but enjoying as sound of soccer as any quarterback within the league, you don’t bench Andrew Luck in opposition to a staff missing both of its beginning cornerbacks. Luck’s utilization has been irritating — his 93 move attempts are twenty fifth in the NFL — but talent all the time wins out. Luck shouldn’t even need more than 25 attempts to put up QB1 numbers towards the Jags. … Philip Rivers’ numbers — 70.zero completion share, 7.ninety eight YPA, 116.2 QB score and 8:1 TD:INT ratio — are nice, nevertheless it’s straightforward to neglect he’s surpassed 200 yards simply once in three games. That was towards the Eagles, who should give up 200 yards to most quarterbacks earlier than halftime this season. Facing a Cowboys crew on the street that’s forced seven turnovers by way of three video games, Rivers’ scorching start will likely be put to the test.

Quarterbacks by no means blame their supporting solid for slip ups or poor performances. That’s Quarterbacking one zero one. But if Colin Kaepernick were allowed a moment of honesty? He’d most likely say something like, “how am I purported to information this team to more than seven points when Vernon Davis is out and Kyle Williams is starting?” Outdoors of Anquan Boldin — who doesn’t win with separation, but toughness — Kaepernick flatly didn’t have a receiver capable of getting open last weekend, and the Colts responded by bearing down on the box and eliminating his running lanes. Kaepernick has been far from good the past two weeks, as his six turnovers would attest. But what’s he supposed to do? Gap up in an Alex Smith-like shell as the 49ers protection gets embarrassed by Seattle and run throughout by Ahmad Bradshaw? Possibly Kaepernick has been forcing the problem. It will be tough to pin all six turnovers on his teammates. However somebody needs to try to make performs for the 49ers while they wait on Davis — who needs to be again this night — and Kaepernick has continued to do so, perhaps at the expense of your fantasy matchup. Possibly he’ll break again out tonight, maybe he won’t. It’s going to be robust in a brief week on the street. However to suggest that defenses have figured Kaepernick out is a lazy assumption devoid of context. There are few higher buy-low targets.

Terrelle Pryor (concussion) could possibly be absent from these rankings by this time tomorrow if he doesn’t acquire clearance, but the early signs suggest he’ll play towards the Redskins, and the season-lengthy indicators recommend he’ll shred them. Washington has allowed a hard-to-believe 1,464 yards by way of its first three video games, and is 31st both in opposition to the cross (333 yards per sport) and run (one hundred fifty five). If there was ever a week to start Pryor in a one-QB league, this is it. … Jay Cutler is off to a strong, if measured, start below new coach Marc Trestman. 300 yards might not be in the offing towards the Lions, but there are few stabler plug-and-play QB2s. … Eli Manning’s 931 yards are sixth in the NFL, but coming off a recreation where he absorbed a preposterous seven sacks, he may not make it out alive in opposition to the Chiefs’ league-main pass rush on the highway. … Maybe Ben Roethlisberger will survive the yr as a solid QB2, in any case. How he fares against the Vikings’ shaky secondary and go rush might be a huge indicator.

Lace Joe Flacco up towards the league’s most damage-ravaged protection, which permitted 11.four yards per try to Geno Smith final Sunday. … The fantasy numbers aren’t fairly there but for Ryan Tannehill, but the peripherals (66.four completion percentage, 7.seventy three YPA) suggest they soon will be. He must cease fumbling and taking so many sacks, nevertheless. Only (vastly) improved protection will be certain that. … Sam Bradford: Pretty Sam Bradford-y to this point in 2013, though — as standard — he’s been harm immensely by drops. Per Professional Football Focus, his pass catchers have already muffed 12 passes. … Alex Smith: What quarterbacking at 55 miles per hour appears to be like like. … Game-supervisor Matt Schaub has watched his yardage totals go from 346 to 298 to 194. Don’t be stunned if he sets one other new low vs. Seattle this weekend. … Although they’re both coming off robust fantasy efforts, start Geno Smith and Brian Hoyer at your own danger.

 

Arian Foster is out-touching Ben Tate fifty seven-35. So why does he have just 21 more yards from scrimmage?

Film overview reveals a participant who isn’t emerging from piles with as many additional yards as we’re used to seeing. Houston’s run blocking really appears improved on it’s down — by its requirements — 2012, while Foster has been typically making the best reads. He simply isn’t getting to the second level as simply as he once did. It’s to be anticipated for a player who pushed his touch odometer previous 1,000 the past three seasons, and led the league in carries in 2012. That being said, Foster hardly looks out of gas. The truth is, he regarded as good as he had all season in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, however didn’t get an opportunity to get into a second-half groove and put on down the defense with Houston falling behind 24-9 early in the third quarter.

Truth be informed, there hasn’t been a lot difference between Foster and Tate since Week 1, where Tate appeared shot out of a cannon towards San Diego’s horrible run protection and Foster appeared drained. Since, Foster has really appeared a tad more slippery, with Tate looking a bit sluggish, significantly Sunday. Since Tate’s 60-yard scamper on his first carry of Week 2 — the place he got run down by (admittedly athletic) Titans LB Zach Brown — Tate has averaged simply 4.05 yards on 17 carries. Foster, in the meantime, has averaged 4.29 yards on 31 totes since Week 2. We’re performing some severe cherry selecting here, but the point is, the emerging narrative that Foster is on his final legs while Tate is being unjustly lowered to second fiddle is overblown.

What’s not overblown are Foster’s usage considerations. This is very much a committee in the intervening time, one which’s operating into the Seahawks’ buzzsaw defense this weekend. With Foster-Tate in basically a 60-40 timeshare, neither are notably excessive-upside performs in a sport the place the Texans might once more fall behind early. Foster is an RB2, Tate a shaky FLEX choice. But Foster house owners shouldn’t give up hope. Maybe his RB1 days are behind him. The movie suggests he’s going to hit fewer home runs than he did in 2010-12. What it also suggests, nevertheless, is that he nonetheless has plenty of helpful football left in his 27-year-outdated legs. It just may not be elite.

 

Week 4 Quarterbacks

Rank Participant Title Opponent Notes
1 Peyton Manning vs. PHI -
2 Drew Brees vs. MIA -
3 Michael Vick at DEN Probable (foot)
4 Robert Griffin III at OAK -
5 Tony Romo at SD -
6 Matthew Stafford vs. CHI -
7 Matt Ryan vs. NE -
eight Russell Wilson at HOU -
9 Tom Brady at ATL -
10 Andrew Luck at JAC -
11 Colin Kaepernick at STL -
12 Philip Rivers vs. DAL -
thirteen Terrelle Pryor vs. WAS Questionable (concussion)
14 Jay Cutler at DET -
15 Ben Roethlisberger at MIN -
16 Eli Manning at KC -
17 Joe Flacco at BUF -
18 Ryan Tannehill at NO -
19 Sam Bradford vs. SF -
20 Alex Smith vs. NYG -
21 Matt Schaub vs. SEA -
22 Andy Dalton at CLE -
23 Carson Palmer at TB -
24 Brian Hoyer vs. CIN -
25 E.J. Manuel vs. BAL -
26 Jake Locker vs. NYJ -
27 Geno Smith at TEN -
28 Matt Cassel vs. PIT -
29 Blaine Gabbert vs. IND Possible (-)
30 Mike Glennon vs. ARZ -
31 Matt Flynn vs. WAS -

QB Notes: Peyton Manning may as nicely build a seashore home and putting inexperienced within the Eagles’ secondary. This might get ugly. … Drew Brees has but to throw for fewer than 322 yards in a recreation this season. A touchdown avalanche is coming. … Michael Vick is predictably taking a ton of hits, but has to this point been standing and delivering, both to his wideouts and fantasy house owners. He’s out-pointed each quarterback not named Peyton Manning. … Robert Griffin III’s play has hardly warranted a prime-five ranking, but he’s been simply ok, and is dealing with a Raiders defense permitting a thoughts-boggling seventy six.5 completion percentage. Throw in Oakland’s smooth front seven, and all the ingredients are there for an RGIII breakout exterior of garbage time. … Tony Romo is off to a gradual-ish start, but eased by the Rams in Week 3 and is dealing with a Chargers defense that’s allowed probably the most passing yards within the league via the season’s first three weeks (1,022). Begin him with confidence.

The Patriots’ go protection appears to be like to be for real, but with Roddy White lastly trending back towards full well being, Matt Ryan stays a safe QB1. The game is at the Georgia Dome, where Ryan boasts a career 34-5 document compared to 23-19 on the road. … Russell Wilson’s 9.10 YPA is third in the NFL. … After one week within the QB2 wilderness, Brady is again in QB1 territory. Is the promotion warranted? It’s hard to say. He’d be no higher than No. 11 were Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton not on bye, whereas his 5.5 YPA is the worst in the NFL. Brady is coming off an excellent sport in opposition to an excellent protection, nevertheless, while he lastly seemed to be on the same page with rookies Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson in Week three. Throw within the doable return of Rob Gronkowski, and you have a future Hall-of-Famer who’s not worth betting towards in a dome versus an harm-decimated defense.

The Colts are more likely to go run heavy in opposition to the Jaguars’ league-worst run defense, but enjoying as sound of soccer as any quarterback within the league, you don’t bench Andrew Luck towards a staff missing each of its starting cornerbacks. Luck’s usage has been frustrating — his ninety three move attempts are 25th within the NFL — but talent all the time wins out. Luck shouldn’t even need greater than 25 attempts to put up QB1 numbers in opposition to the Jags. … Philip Rivers’ numbers — 70.zero completion proportion, 7.ninety eight YPA, 116.2 QB score and eight:1 TD:INT ratio — are nice, however it’s simple to neglect he’s surpassed 200 yards just once in three games. That was towards the Eagles, who ought to surrender 200 yards to most quarterbacks before halftime this season. Dealing with a Cowboys group on the road that’s compelled seven turnovers via three games, Rivers’ scorching begin can be put to the take a look at.

Quarterbacks never blame their supporting cast for slip ups or poor performances. That’s Quarterbacking one hundred and one. But if Colin Kaepernick were allowed a second of honesty? He’d in all probability say something like, “how am I alleged to guide this group to more than seven factors when Vernon Davis is out and Kyle Williams is starting?” Outdoors of Anquan Boldin — who doesn’t win with separation, however toughness — Kaepernick flatly didn’t have a receiver capable of getting open final weekend, and the Colts responded by bearing down on the field and eliminating his working lanes. Kaepernick has been removed from good the previous two weeks, as his six turnovers would attest. But what’s he speculated to do? Hole up in an Alex Smith-like shell as the 49ers protection gets embarrassed by Seattle and run throughout by Ahmad Bradshaw? Possibly Kaepernick has been forcing the problem. It will be tough to pin all six turnovers on his teammates. But someone needs to attempt to make plays for the 49ers whereas they wait on Davis — who needs to be again this evening — and Kaepernick has continued to do so, maybe on the expense of your fantasy matchup. Perhaps he’ll break again out tonight, perhaps he gained’t. It’s going to be powerful in a brief week on the street. But to recommend that defenses have figured Kaepernick out is a lazy assumption devoid of context. There are few better buy-low targets.

Terrelle Pryor (concussion) could possibly be absent from these rankings by this time tomorrow if he doesn’t achieve clearance, but the early signs recommend he’ll play against the Redskins, and the season-lengthy signs suggest he’ll shred them. Washington has allowed a hard-to-consider 1,464 yards through its first three video games, and is thirty first both against the move (333 yards per sport) and run (155). If there was ever a week to start out Pryor in a one-QB league, this is it. … Jay Cutler is off to a powerful, if measured, start underneath new coach Marc Trestman. 300 yards might not be within the offing in opposition to the Lions, however there are few stabler plug-and-play QB2s. … Eli Manning’s 931 yards are sixth in the NFL, however coming off a game the place he absorbed a preposterous seven sacks, he might not make it out alive against the Chiefs’ league-leading move rush on the road. … Possibly Ben Roethlisberger will survive the 12 months as a stable QB2, in spite of everything. How he fares towards the Vikings’ shaky secondary and cross rush might be an enormous indicator.

Lace Joe Flacco up towards the league’s most damage-ravaged defense, which permitted 11.4 yards per attempt to Geno Smith final Sunday. … The fantasy numbers aren’t fairly there but for Ryan Tannehill, but the peripherals (sixty six.four completion proportion, 7.73 YPA) counsel they quickly will be. He needs to cease fumbling and taking so many sacks, however. Only (vastly) improved safety will make sure that. … Sam Bradford: Fairly Sam Bradford-y thus far in 2013, although — as normal — he’s been damage immensely by drops. Per Professional Football Focus, his go catchers have already muffed 12 passes. … Alex Smith: What quarterbacking at 55 miles per hour seems like. … Sport-supervisor Matt Schaub has watched his yardage totals go from 346 to 298 to 194. Don’t be shocked if he units one other new low vs. Seattle this weekend. … Although they’re each coming off strong fantasy efforts, start Geno Smith and Brian Hoyer at your own threat.

 

Week four Working Backs

Rank Participant Name Opponent Notes
1 Adrian Peterson vs. PIT -
2 Jamaal Charles vs. NYG -
3 LeSean McCoy at DEN Possible (ankle)
4 Doug Martin vs. ARZ -
5 Matt Forte at DET -
6 Alfred Morris at OAK -
7 Marshawn Lynch at HOU -
eight DeMarco Murray at SD -
9 Frank Gore at STL -
10 Trent Richardson at JAC -
eleven Reggie Bush vs. CHI Questionable (knee)
12 Chris Johnson vs. NYJ -
13 Arian Foster vs. SEA -
14 C.J. Spiller vs. BAL Possible (thigh)
15 Darren McFadden vs. WAS -
sixteen Bernard Pierce at BUF -
17 Darren Sproles vs. MIA -
18 Bilal Powell at TEN Probable (illness)
19 Stevan Ridley at ATL -
20 Ray Rice at BUF Questionable (hip)
21 Knowshon Moreno vs. PHI -
22 Lamar Miller at NO -
23 Maurice Jones-Drew vs. IND Possible (ankle)
24 David Wilson at KC -
25 Ryan Mathews vs. DAL -
26 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. NE -
27 Giovani Bernard at CLE -
28 Le’Veon Bell at MIN Probable (foot)
29 Joique Bell vs. CHI -
30 Ben Tate vs. SEA -
31 Daryl Richardson vs. SF Possible (foot)
32 Fred Jackson vs. BAL -
33 Rashard Mendenhall at TB Possible (toe)
34 Jason Snelling vs. NE -
35 Pierre Thomas vs. MIA -
36 Danny Woodhead vs. DAL -
37 BenJarvus Inexperienced-Ellis at CLE Possible (ankle)
38 Brandon Bolden at ATL Questionable (knee)
39 Willis McGahee vs. CIN -
40 Montee Ball vs. PHI -
forty one Daniel Thomas at NO -
forty two Michael Bush at DET -
forty three Andre Ellington at TB -
44 LeGarrette Blount at ATL -
45 Donald Brown at JAC -
forty six Brandon Jacobs at KC -
47 Chris Ogbonnaya vs. CIN -
forty eight Jonathan Dwyer at MIN -
forty nine Alex Inexperienced at TEN -
50 Robert Turbin at HOU -
fifty one Da’Rel Scott at KC -
fifty two Jackie Battle vs. NYJ -
53 Kendall Hunter at STL -
fifty four Ronnie Hillman vs. PHI -
55 Bryce Brown at DEN -
fifty six Benny Cunningham vs. SF -
57 Ronnie Brown vs. DAL -
fifty eight Marcel Reece vs. WAS -
fifty nine Knile Davis vs. NYG -
60 Zac Stacy vs. SF -

RB Notes: Looking stronger every week, Jamaal Charles might finally blast again into the fantasy stratosphere in opposition to the Giants’ strolling-dead defense. Charles’ 18 catches are tied for the league lead amongst operating backs. … The NFL hasn’t found a solution for LeSean McCoy by way of his first three games in Chip Kelly’s offense, however Denver’s high-ranked run defense — 43.3 yards per recreation, 2.3 yards per carry — can be by far the hardest problem he’s confronted. … The most surprising a part of Doug Martin’s so-so (however still solid) start? He’s caught just 4 passes via three video games after snagging forty nine as a rookie. That should change in a big approach going forward. Though new Bucs QB Mike Glennon is thought for his large arm and big body, he was also recognized for checking it down at NC State. With the Bucs lacking a succesful slot risk or go-catching tight end, you better imagine the Muscle Hamster might be racking up targets, restoring the receiving threat that helped make him third in the NFL in yards from scrimmage final season.

Matt Forte’s 363 yards from scrimmage are fourth amongst running backs, whereas his 18 catches are tied with Jamaal Charles for the working-back lead. … Alfred Morris is averaging 5.6 yards per carry. So why does he have simply forty of them? Because the Redskins have spent the complete season playing from behind. Astonishingly, Morris has gotten the ball as soon as whereas Washington’s had a lead. That ought to lastly change this weekend with the Redskins taking over an opponent extra their velocity within the Raiders. … DeMarco Murray is an effective participant. Perhaps an ideal one. So take this amusing, however mostly pointless, statistic with a grain of salt. For his profession, Murray has averaged four.eight yards on his 383 carries. When you take out his fifty one totes in opposition to the Rams, however? His YPC plunges from four.eight to 4.3. Murray gets a run defense almost as soft because the Rams’ in San Diego this weekend.

Squeaky wheel, is thy name Frank Gore? For a lot of causes, the answer is sort of definitely “yes.” Rightfully upset after he obtained just eleven carries in Sunday’s blowout loss — regardless of averaging 7.forty five yards per tote — Gore reportedly had some “selection phrases” for coach Jim Harbaugh. Gore has since downplayed the situation, but all indicators point to a a lot greater workload towards the Rams. St. Louis is contemporary off getting torched by DeMarco Murray, whereas the 49ers have confirmed completely incapable of transferring the ball via the air since Week 1. It all provides as much as re-emphasizing the run sport in opposition to a division rival in a should-win sport, and to fantasy owners lastly getting a giant week out of their pseudo RB1. … Ray Rice (hip) expects to play Sunday, but might find yourself a game-time choice for the second consecutive week. If the Ravens declare him able to go on Friday or Saturday, nonetheless, he’ll be a should begin RB1 in opposition to the Payments’ battered run protection. If Rice finally ends up once more sitting out, Bernard Pierce will be a plug-and-play RB2 in a far juicier matchup than the one he bumped into last Sunday towards the Texans.

Darren McFadden’s first three games by carries/yards/YPC: 17/48/2.eight, 19/129/6.eight and 12/9/zero.8. The increase-or-bust trend is about to continue for one more week against the Redskins’ saloon-door run protection. DMC can be bumped down, although, if Terrelle Pryor (concussion) can’t go. To date, the operating lanes opened up by Pryor’s scrambling ability seem like the difference between DMC’s 2012 and 2013. … Contemporary off a terrible matchup in his abbreviated first week as a Colt, the opponent for Trent Richardson’s second sport in blue-and-white couldn’t be more inviting. Thus far, the Jaguars’ overmatched entrance seven is allowing 167.7 yards per game on the ground, and 5.2 yards per carry. The Colts’ coaching employees is intent on making things difficult, nevertheless, with head man Chuck Pagano saying Wednesday his running back rotation would stay the identical as it did in Week three’s upset win. Ahmad Bradshaw touched the ball 22 times towards the 49ers, with T-Rich taking the rock thirteen times. Do we actually anticipate Bradshaw to get the ball 9 extra instances than Richardson for the second consecutive week? No. Is it a fluid enough state of affairs to keep Richardson out of the ranks out of the RB1s for not less than one more sport? Unfortunately, yes. T-Rich could finish the timeshare by doing what he’s anticipated to do in opposition to the league’s worst run protection.

Update: With Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) now declared out for Week 4, Trent Richardson has been ran into the highest 10. 

Bilal Powell is brief on talent, however he’s all of the sudden lengthy on volume in an offense that’s lacking Chris Ivory and rediscovered the run in Week three. With so many query marks across the running-back panorama, Powell is a legit RB2. … Is Invoice Belichick the brand new Mike Shanahan in terms of seemingly arbitrary use of his backs? Stevan Ridley’s homeowners appear to assume so, but the answer is a flat “no.” Ridley simply led all Patriots backs in snaps and touches last season, and goes to do so again in 2013. His uneven first three weeks — largely the result of two fumbles and two robust run-game opponents — aren’t going to alter that. Start him confidently against Atlanta’s injury-smoked floor unit. … Don’t let Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman’s rubbish-time carries idiot you: Knowshon Moreno remains the unquestioned leader of Denver’s running-back carousel. … David Wilson was two holding penalties away from a 13/70/1 day in Week 3. He’s getting nearer, however is a decidedly boom-or-bust possibility towards Kansas City’s apparently elite defense. … Joique Bell might be bumped down if Reggie Bush (knee) keeps trending in the appropriate route, moved up if it doesn’t.

A struggling and gimpy Daryl Richardson (foot) is an uncompelling choice against the 49ers’ run protection, although it’s missing Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis. He’s a desperation FLEX play. … A 50-% participant by snaps for the first time in Week three, Giovani Bernard continues his effortless kick past BenJarvus Inexperienced-Ellis on the depth chart. … Hold your expectations low for Le’Veon Bell’s debut. Perhaps he’ll be instantly thrust into an each-down position, however it appears unlikely after he’s missed a lot time. He is a solid FLEX play, nevertheless. … Keep away from the Browns backfield. … Take a flier on Isaiah Pead.

Week four Wide Receivers

Rank Participant Title Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. CHI -
2 Dez Bryant at SD -
3 Demaryius Thomas vs. PHI -
four Julio Jones vs. NE Questionable (knee)
5 Brandon Marshall at DET Possible (again)
6 A.J. Inexperienced at CLE -
7 DeSean Jackson at DEN -
8 Pierre Garcon at OAK -
9 Victor Cruz at KC -
10 Torrey Smith at BUF -
11 Antonio Brown at MIN -
12 Larry Fitzgerald at TB -
thirteen Wes Welker vs. PHI -
14 Eric Decker vs. PHI -
15 Josh Gordon vs. CIN Possible (-)
sixteen Andre Johnson vs. SEA Questionable (leg)
17 Vincent Jackson vs. ARZ Questionable (ribs)
18 Hakeem Nicks at KC -
19 Anquan Boldin at STL -
20 Marques Colston vs. MIA -
21 Reggie Wayne at JAC Probable (-)
22 Stevie Johnson vs. BAL Probable (hamstring)
23 Cecil Shorts vs. IND -
24 Dwayne Bowe vs. NYG -
25 Mike Wallace at NO -
26 Roddy White vs. NE Questionable (ankle)
27 T.Y. Hilton at JAC Probable (foot)
28 Julian Edelman at ATL -
29 Brian Hartline at NO -
30 DeAndre Hopkins vs. SEA -
31 Mike Williams vs. ARZ Questionable (hamstring)
32 Tavon Austin vs. SF -
33 Alshon Jeffery at DET -
34 Santonio Holmes at TEN Possible (foot)
35 Kenbrell Thompkins at ATL -
36 Emmanuel Sanders at MIN -
37 Golden Tate at HOU -
38 Michael Floyd at TB -
39 Greg Jennings vs. PIT -
40 Chris Givens vs. SF Probable (knee)
41 Lance Moore vs. MIA Uncertain (wrist)
42 Andre Roberts at TB -
43 Denarius Moore vs. WAS -
44 Stephen Hill at TEN -
forty five Sidney Rice at HOU -
46 Rueben Randle at KC -
forty seven Marlon Brown at BUF Possible (neck)
forty eight Aaron Dobson at ATL -
forty nine Eddie Royal vs. DAL Probable (-)
50 Brandon Gibson at NO -
51 Kendall Wright vs. NYJ -
52 Ryan Broyles vs. CHI -
fifty three Vincent Brown vs. DAL -
fifty four Rod Streater vs. WAS -
55 Donnie Avery vs. NYG -
fifty six Robert Woods vs. BAL -
fifty seven Mohamed Sanu at CLE -
fifty eight Santana Moss at OAK -
fifty nine Harry Douglas vs. NE -
60 Nate Washington vs. NYJ -
sixty one Jason Avant at DEN -
62 Jeremy Kerley at TEN -
sixty three Davone Bess vs. CIN -
64 Leonard Hankerson at OAK -
sixty five Kenny Britt vs. NYJ Questionable (ribs)
sixty six Austin Pettis vs. SF -
67 Riley Cooper at DEN -
68 Terrance Williams at SD -
69 Kyle Williams at STL -
70 Jerome Simpson vs. PIT -
71 Darrius Heyward-Bey at JAC Possible (shoulder)
72 Keenan Allen vs. DAL -
seventy three Dwayne Harris at SD Questionable (hip)

WR Notes: Calvin Johnson scored his third landing Sunday. He scored his third touchdown on November 18 last season. … The Eagles’ protection misses tackles for a residing. Demaryius Thomas breaks them for a dwelling. You do the maths. … Julio Jones leads the NFL in receiving yards, and is third in yards from scrimmage. His 157 yards after the catch lead the league. … DeSean Jackson’s 18.9 yards per catch led all receivers with at the very least 10 receptions, whereas his seven grabs of 20-plus yards are tied for first with Antonio Brown. … Pierre Garcon’s 39 targets are third within the league behind Cecil Shorts and Jimmy Graham. He’s caught at least seven passes in all three games.

Anxious Torrey Smith doesn’t have a touchdown? You shouldn’t be. Baltimore’s No. 1 receiver has cleared 85 yards in all three video games, and has six catches of 20 yards or longer. He’s overdue to get loose for a rating, and Buffalo’s forest fireplace of a secondary gives the most effective alternative for pay dirt he’ll see all season. Smith is a WR1 for Week 4. … Antonio Brown was annoyed heading into Week three, however wasn’t precisely struggling. He’s caught no less than five passes in all three video games, and is now squaring off with a Vikings secondary that received torn up by Josh Gordon in Week 3, and Brandon Marshall in Week 2. Headed across the pond, the Steelers aren’t going to mess with the formulation that brought them their first offensive success of the season. … Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is as healthy as he’s been since Week 1, however a showdown with shutdown CB Darrelle Revis curbs his WR1 appeal.

A sport-time choice headed right into a rough matchup, Andre Johnson (shin) has the potential to tumble down the ranks. Johnson’s sturdiness is once more a difficulty. … Josh Gordon’s 19 Week 1 targets had been essentially the most for any receiver in a single recreation this season. It’s a number he’s unlikely to match again in 2013, let alone Sunday. Evidently, nonetheless, he proved his WR2 bonafides against the Vikings. Gordon might be a WR1 in comparatively short order. … Hakeem Nicks correctly observed that he “can’t throw the ball to (himself)” after his Week 3 doughnut. Count on Eli Manning to overcorrect this week. To not placate his frustrated wideout, however as a result of he has to if the Giants are going to avoid an 0-four begin. … Coming off three straight underwhelming efforts, Marques Colston isn’t a very robust breakout candidate against Brent Grimes and the Dolphins. … By the grace of garbage time, Cecil Shorts is essentially the most focused participant in the league via the primary three weeks. With Blaine Gabbert back on the controls for Week four, not even garbage time could also be sufficient to avoid wasting Shorts from his hopeless situation.

Dwayne Bowe’s drawback? He’s too good for Alex Smith, who doesn’t like looking greater than 6-eight yards past the line of scrimmage. Bowe likes to do his work deep, which could as nicely be 20,000 leagues beneath the sea to Smith. The Chiefs are going to have to begin manufacturing touches for their $fifty six million receiver closer to the LOS, however till they do, he’s a middling WR3, and a wasted talent. … Coming off a season-high snap rely, Roddy White would possibly finally be ready to erupt, although the Patriots’ secondary is formally legit. Taking part in by way of a high-ankle sprain, White has just seven catches on 10 targets. … T.Y. Hilton is shaping up as a boom-or-bust WR3, however the growth potential is excessive towards the Jaguars’ undermanned and overwhelmed secondary. … With Danny Amendola (groin) nonetheless out indefinitely, Julian Edelman remains a PPR superstar, however a normal-league “meh.”

Even towards the Seahawks’ robust secondary, DeAndre Hopkins might be bumped up the ranks if it turns into clear Andre Johnson (shin) shall be on a snap depend. … Take into account Miles Austin (hamstring) iffy with a touch of doubtful. His harm history makes it laborious to imagine he’ll play, but for now, Dallas is insisting he’ll. … Tavon Austin has 18 grabs through his first three video games, however is averaging just 6.6 yards per catch, and has a protracted of only 14. Sam Bradford isn’t getting Austin out into house. He’s a WR4, albeit one with room to grow. … The two touchdowns looked good final week, however Kenbrell Thompkins still managed to harness simply three-of-7 targets, making him 9-of-28 on the season. Thompkins has made strides, but isn’t yet a legit starter. … Monitor Ryan Broyles this weekend.

Week 4 Tight Ends

Rank Participant Identify Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. MIA -
2 Julius Thomas vs. PHI -
3 Jason Witten at SD -
4 Jordan Cameron vs. CIN -
5 Vernon Davis at STL Questionable (hamstring)
6 Antonio Gates vs. DAL -
7 Tony Gonzalez vs. NE -
8 Martellus Bennett at DET Possible (shoulder)
9 Rob Gronkowski at ATL Questionable (again)
10 Jared Prepare dinner vs. SF -
eleven Brandon Myers at KC -
12 Heath Miller at MIN Possible (knee)
thirteen Owen Daniels vs. SEA -
14 Coby Fleener at JAC -
15 Charles Clay at NO -
16 Kyle Rudolph vs. PIT -
17 Jermaine Gresham at CLE -
18 Scott Chandler vs. BAL -
19 Dallas Clark at BUF -
20 Zach Miller at HOU -
21 Brandon Pettigrew vs. CHI -
22 Rob Housler at TB -
23 Tyler Eifert at CLE -
24 Marcedes Lewis vs. IND Possible (calf)
25 Delanie Walker vs. NYJ Questionable (toe)
26 Brent Celek at DEN -
27 Mychal Rivera vs. WAS -
28 Kellen Winslow at TEN Possible (knee)
29 Fred Davis at OAK Questionable (ankle)
30 Anthony Fasano vs. NYG Uncertain (ankle)
31 Garrett Graham vs. SEA Questionable (groin)
32 Lance Kendricks vs. SF -
33 Joseph Fauria vs. CHI -
34 Zach Ertz at DEN -
35 Travis Kelce vs. NYG Questionable (knee)

TE Notes: Julius Thomas seems due for a dud. He particularly seems attributable to get held out of the end zone. But these aren’t compelling sufficient causes to bet in opposition to him as he takes on a workforce with two struggling inside linebackers, and a good worse security duo. … With Miles Austin (hamstring) trying shaky, Jason Witten might be in for his first 10-plus target afternoon of the season. … Rob Gronkowski would already be the No. 2 tight end if we knew for certain he was going to play, but with the Pats, we’d not find out until inactives are announced. That’s an issue since New England is taking part in within the Sunday night time recreation. For now, pencil Gronk in — it’s something it’s important to do if there’s a chance he’ll play — but have a contingency ready for the fourth consecutive week.

Jordan Cameron’s 31 targets are second amongst all tight ends, while his 4 touchdowns are tied for first. He’s one or two more big weeks away from cementing himself as the every-week No. three total tight finish. … If Vernon Davis (hamstring) is energetic, you begin him and don’t look again. … Tony Gonzalez’s gradual start is formally a bit of a priority. He failed to benefit from a juicy Week three matchup in the Dolphins, and will now be squaring off with a Patriots workforce that routinely eliminates tight ends. So far this season, no workforce is allowing fewer fantasy points to tight ends than New England, although they’ve yet to sq. off with a talent better than Scott Chandler. It could be a wonderful signal for Gonzalez going ahead if he could finally have one thing like a 5/60/1 night time.

Martellus Bennett’s involvement in the sport plan appears poised to differ week to week, however he’s nonetheless top-of-the-line tight-end bets to seek out the top zone on a weekly basis. He’s Kyle Rudolph with more quantity. … Jared Cook dinner’s expertise is protecting him among the many TE1s, however the Rams’ unimaginative offense is limiting his upside. Sound acquainted? … Low-upside TE1 Brandon Myers has a tricky matchup in a Chiefs defense that’s to date been making the middle of the sector a tough place for tight ends to roam. … Expected to have his snap-count restrictions eliminated in his second week again, Heath Miller has critical upside towards a Vikings defense that’s gotten absolutely scorched by enemy tight ends up to now in 2013. … You need to have the ability to do better than Owen Daniels towards the Seahawks.

Coby Fleener is an upside chase until additional discover. He hasn’t had much consistency on the NFL level. … For now, Charles Clay is still only a bench stash, but he’s nonetheless one of many extra intriguing TE2s. … Per Professional Football Focus, Kyle Rudolph is averaging simply 0.ninety seven yards per cross route run, placing him behind the likes of Scott Chandler and Delanie Walker, to call a few. He’s touchdown-or-bust. … Zach Miller is a particularly desperate touchdown chase. … Marcedes Lewis (groin) is lastly set to make his 2013 debut. Blaine Gabbert figures to make it forgettable. … With two scores in three weeks, Joseph Fauria remains somebody to control near the bottom of the ranks.

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Greg Cosell’s Spotlight Team – The Green Bay Packers, and more short passes for Aaron Rodgers

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NFL analyst and NFL Movies senior producer Greg Cosell watches as much NFL sport movie as anyone. Throughout the season, Cosell will join Shutdown Corner to share his observations on the teams, schemes and personnel from around the league.

It’s powerful to make definitive judgments about a crew’s new schematic wrinkles from just two video games. For instance, you’ll be able to’t say if something a workforce reveals early in the season is a brand new staple of its protection or a function of who they’re playing against.

However, the Green Bay Packers have shown some fascinating new things to date this season.

Green Bay’s offense has been relying just a little more on the brief passing sport, and that is because of the offensive line.

I suppose the Packers’ offensive line can be problematic at instances this season. Even in the win against Washington final week, the Packers had been overmatched by the Redskins’ move rush within the first quarter. That’s going to occur at instances with this line, which has rookie David Bakhtiari at left sort out and second-12 months participant Don Barclay at right deal with. The coaches will do one thing to attempt to help the road. To date it’s getting out the ball faster, and having fewer deep drops for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Defensive coaches will study route mixtures on these brief drops, and if they take away these throws Rodgers is so good he will modify. He is a fast choice maker, and can even transfer within the pocket when necessary. He also can simply stick a tricky throw to his receiver very quickly along with his fast release and arm energy. He could make those fast throws in addition to any quarterback within the league, as he confirmed on a 14-yard landing to Jordy Nelson.

The Redskins showed “cover zero blitz,” but then dropped eight into coverage on the snap. Rodgers simply drilled a throw to Nelson anyway. Along with his arm, Rodgers beat a defense designed to take that throw away.

The Packers’ offense is mostly the same. Tight end Jermichael Finley and receiver Randall Cobb are nonetheless the movable chess pieces. James Jones moved into Greg Jennings’ role as a receiver that will move around the formation. Jordy Nelson almost at all times traces up exterior the numbers. The Packers appear to wish to be more balanced – that’s why they drafted Eddie Lacy in the second spherical – but it surely’s mainly the identical offense with extra fast throws. And in earlier years that they had extra shot plays, on deeper drops or bootleg action, and I’m sure they’ll get to that. It is of their playbook they usually’re not giving it up.

(USA Right now Sports activities Photographs) Defensively, the Packers blitzed Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III loads. On every third down within the first half and early third quarter, Inexperienced Bay blitzed. They typically used rookie slot cornerback Micah Hyde on those blitzes. However, it’s inconceivable to inform this early in the season if they did that particularly for the Redskins or if that would be the Packers’ plan all year. What appears clear, however, is the Packers will transfer Clay Matthews around extra this season.

Green Bay has been shifting Matthews round, usually stacked behind the defensive position, to create strain alternatives. Matthews is their only true pressure player at this point. Linebacker Nick Perry, a 2012 first-round decide, has flashed a bit but not in the sense that he is a really good move rusher yet. The Packers are still ready for him.

It’s robust early in the season to say which defensive wrinkles are specifically for the opponent, but you’ll be able to guess Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers plans on transferring Matthews around to create extra alternatives for him all season.

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Shane Vereen takes what Stevan Ridley fumbles away

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In New England — and in the NFL generally — you may get away with doing a number of questionable and/or socially irresponsible issues before they kick you to the curb. HOWEVER YOU CAN’T BE A FUMBLER, Stevan Ridley. No, you can not.

Fumble once, it is a reprimand from Bill Belichick. Do it twice, they put you on the following bus to wherever the hell they despatched Laurence Maroney.

Ridley, proper now, appears to be treading very close to the Maroney line. He was off to a respectable start on Sunday at Buffalo, gaining 46 yards on his first 9 carries. However then he put the ball on the bottom with disastrous results within the second quarter, untouched by any defender. And that was the final we saw of him.

Shane Vereen ran nicely towards the Payments’ consumer-pleasant protection, ending with one zero one speeding yards on just 14 carries, including seven catches for 58. LeGarrette Blount took seven hand-offs, however did little or no with ‘em (15 yards). If Ridley continues to get the fumbler’s therapy from his head coach, Vereen clearly graduates from the flex ranks, changing into a should-start.

“I assumed Shane stepped up and did a great job for us,” mentioned Belichick in his postgame comments, following a surprisingly slender win. “We counted on him so much and he got here by for us. He obtained us down in discipline objective vary in the end, kept the ball in bounds, forced [Buffalo] to make use of one other day trip. It was a very good play, a smart play.”

And the fumbling?

“That is the NFL. You’ve got to deal with the ball better.”

While I do not actually have a clip of Belichick’s presser, I’m assuming his deadly robot laser-eyes flared crimson as he stated, “take care of the ball.” Because he’s as fumbling-illiberal as anyone has ever been.

Ridley has been placed on notice earlier than and he’s now in a fight to protect his role. If you happen to’ve invested in him in fantasy, this is not the time to shop him — it’s a long season; he isn’t a scrub. But that is definitely the time to develop a decent Plan B. In Vereen, the Pats clearly have theirs.

Ridley wasn’t even New England’s largest concern on offense in the opener. Rookie tight finish Zach Sudfeld was barely a rumor, failing to crack the field rating (unofficially credited with an assist on Tom Brady‘s INT). You’re dropping Sudfeld for Julius Thomas. Or dropping him just for the pure pleasure of doing it. Kenbrell Thompkins appeared like an undrafted rookie (which he’s), catching just four passes on 14 targets, gaining forty two yards. I suppose you can also make the case that 14 appears within the Pats offense is a promising beginning, irrespective of the outcomes. However Thompkins didn’t appear like a man who deserves to see double-digit targets once more.

Danny Amendola battled by way of a groin damage to post a traditional Welkerian stat line (10-104-0) and Julian Edelman made some noise as well (7-seventy nine-2), forcing his method into your mid-week FAAB bidding. But this offense badly needs another dimension. Hurry back, Gronk. Brady house owners are a bit skittish.

Terrelle Pryor, avoiding all Colts (USAT Photographs)

Terrelle Pryor principally regarded just like the Ohio State version of himself in Oakland’s opener, piling up numbers like it was a Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, not a Sunday in Indianapolis. When the early video games ended, Pryor truly led the NFL in rushing. He delivered a formidable 329 mixed yards against the Colts — 112 on the ground, 217 by means of the air. For fantasy purposes, a line like that will pay the payments.

No, the Raiders did not win, but they have been far more aggressive than most of us imagined they’d be. And so they were certainly more aggressive than a Matt Flynn-led workforce would have been. Of course it helped that Pryor was going through a lower-tier defense, however he’ll see another a kind of next week, when Oakland hosts Jacksonville. Instantly, Pryor is not merely some flier from the Brad Evans/Group Huevos™ fringe. We have to think about Terrelle a legit asset, not less than when the matchup is right. He’ll put up some ugly turnover numbers from time to time — he threw two picks on Sunday, in reality. However we won’t dismiss any dual-risk quarterback with wheels like Pryor’s.

Rod Streater, we should notice, led the Raiders in targets (eight), catches (5) and receiving yards (70), backing up the preseason experiences about his reference to Pryor. In a deeper fantasy league, he’s actually on the map.

One remaining Raiders thought: Oakland gave a pair of goal-to-go carries to Rashad Jennings within the second quarter, setting up Darren McFadden‘s 1-yard rating. The sequence obviously ended properly for DMC house owners, however no one wanted to see Jennings on the sphere, inside the 5. McFadden had an excellent-not-great day, gaining 66 whole yards, rushing for less than 2.8 per carry. He had a TD reception wiped out by replay assessment (a definite no-catch),

I am basically on board with the whole working-backs-are-fungible factor, however it all breaks down when you get to this dude. Adrian Peterson shoulda possibly been flagged for face-planting a defenseless defender proper there. Welcome to the league, Darius Slay. You’ll solely see AP twice each year; not every week is so rough. Peterson finished his day with three scores and 111 scrimmage yards (and 4 catches, too). Nonetheless, someplace I’m certain there’s an AP proprietor who feels prefer it wasn’t enough.

In actual-life, Peterson’s three-TD effort truly wasn’t enough to overcome an embarrassing performance by Minnesota’s protection. The Lions by some means managed to realize 474 complete yards on a day when Calvin Johnson accounted for just 37. New addition Reggie Bush was a monster, dashing 21 occasions for 90 yards, catching 4 balls for a hundred and one yards and a rating. Joique Bell poached a pair of short-yardage TDs, however Reggie’s house owners really have nothin’ to complain about.

Also price mentioning: Christian Ponder did plenty of the usual Ponder-ish things, finishing with 4 turnovers and absorbing three sacks. He threw for 236 yards, 140 of which belonged to Jerome Simpson. If I had been a Greg Jennings proprietor (and I am not, wherever), I would sell low.

In an act of criminal negligence, the Browns gave Trent Richardson just 15 touches on Sunday, even though the sport was never out of attain. I am not actually a lot of a Richardson zealot, nevertheless it’s robust to think about why that group wouldn’t discover a way to give him 20-25 possibilities.

Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron had a mostly wonderful day, hauling in nine of his 13 targets for 108 yards and one score, beating double-coverage on the TD. He also had a cross skip off his hand, leading to considered one of Brandon Weeden‘s three picks (not an excellent throw, however Cameron did not modify). Even when Josh Gordon is again in the mix, it’s a must to imagine Cameron will see loads of targets — perhaps not perfect targets, delivered with precision. But he’ll have opportunities beneath Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner, longtime associates to tight ends.

Lamar Miller had a nightmarish day towards a Browns defensive entrance that wasn’t even playing at full strength (no Ahtyba Rubin). Miller rushed for under three yards — THREE — on 10 carries. And Daniel Thomas vultured a late 1-yard score. The nicest factor we will say about Miller’s day is that at the very least he wasn’t fuming after his workforce’s win, like Mike Wallace

Wallace was asked about the lack of targets within the first half. “Ask coach,” he said. “It is not my recreation plan.”

Brian Hartline, not Wallace, had the large day in opposition to Cleveland, catching nine balls for 114 yards and a landing. He out-targeted Wallace 15 to five. If you have a problem with that, ask coach.
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The Steelers were brutal of their opener, in all of the ways you feared they may very well be. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 5 instances, and Pittsburgh’s longest run went for just eight yards. The workforce put simply 9 factors on the board, two of which came by way of safety. They also misplaced Pro Bowl heart Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Larry Foote and working back LaRod Stephens-Howling to season-ending accidents. When you can supply a ray of hope to Steelers fans, please do so in comments. I acquired nothin’.

Welp, David Wilson gave us another opening week gem, full with multiple fumbles and near-tragic errors in go-safety. Of course he did. The most effective factor we are able to say about Wilson’s night is that his substitute, Da’Rel Scott, did not precisely cowl himself in glory, both. Scott allowed a short pass to doink off his hand on a possible go-ahead drive, and the ball was returned by Brandon Carr for a Dallas rating. The Giants are going to must kick the tires on varied vets this week. Or simply sign one in all ‘em, unseen.

AJ Green was an unyielding beast at Chicago on Sunday (162 yards, 2 TDs), again propping up Andy Dalton. Rookie Tyler Eifert had a good recreation for the Bengals as effectively, catching 5 balls on as many targets, usually serving as a decent secondary option. If it weren’t for the truth that each tight end blew up in Week 1, Eifert would actually be an fascinating waiver declare.

Jay Cutler maintained radar-lock on Brandon Marshall in the Bears’ comeback win, focusing on his bestie 10 instances, finishing eight. Marshall finished with 104 yards and a go-forward fourth quarter score. But give Cutler credit score for recognizing just a few other eligible receivers, as Martellus Bennett caught an early TD pass, and Alshon Jeffery snagged five balls on eight targets.

Andrew Luck completed 18 of 23 attempts on Sunday in opposition to the Raiders, passing for two scores and rushing for an additional. He’s not fairly a twin-risk on the level of different younger, cell QBs, however the guy has demonstrated a nose for the end zone. Final year’s speeding scores weren’t flukes. If Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw continue to split the backfield work as they did in the opener (thirteen carries to 7) then I might give Luck a shot to repeat as his workforce’s leader in speeding TDs.

Anquan, nonetheless fantasy related (USAT)

We undoubtedly saw some low-high quality video games in Week 1, however Green Bay-San Francisco wasn’t certainly one of ‘em. That was wonderful. I’m not gonna complain that those groups had the late-sport highlight. Colin Kaepernick was sensible once more in opposition to the Packers, passing for 412 yards and three scores, gaining 22 yards on the ground. So much for all that fretting concerning the lack of Michael Crabtree.We have stated it earlier than and we’ll certainly say it once more: Kaepernick is a foul, unhealthy dude. Huge arm, nice escapability, and he’s in complete management of the field. Anquan Boldin turned back the clock to 2005, hauling in thirteen balls on 17 targets for 208 yards (plus he blocked a couple of dudes into oblivion); Vernon Davis fell into playoff mode, catching six passes for 98 yards and two scores.

Aaron Rodgers was terrific for the Pack, per his usual (333 yards, 3 TDs), and Jordy Nelson was pretty much as good as ever, if not higher. This full-extension reception was simply silly. James Jones was curiously quiet, but there is no obvious problem there. Eddie Lacy bounced back from an early fumble (and short-time period benching), ultimately breaking the plane on a 2-yard fourth quarter score. All issues thought of, a satisfying sport. More like that, please, NFL.

The Chiefs smoked the Jaguars on Sunday, winning a 28-2 laugher. It’s best to most likely be fearful about any/all of your Jacksonville property. Let’s hope you didn’t purchase too many. Cecil Shorts noticed one million targets, but solely caught three; Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for just forty five yards. Blaine Gabbert was his typical combination of unhealthy and injured.

Jamaal Charles suffered a dented quad in KC’s win, however the harm doesn’t sound in any respect severe. When he checked out on Sunday, his team was at no danger of dropping and he’d already gained a hundred yards from scrimmage. He also scored on a short-vary carry, which lots of you appear to think he can’t (or won’t) do with a lot frequency.

I’ll assume none of you were stunned to see Larry Fitzgerald deliver an enormous fantasy line (eight-eighty-2), given the improve he acquired at quarterback. The larger story for Arizona’s offense was the fact that multiple receivers proved helpful. Andre Roberts caught eight of his nine targets, finishing with a team-excessive 97 yards. Michael Floyd delivered eighty two receiving yards, and a catch of the day candidate (ridiculous one-hander, worth a glance). Of course the Cards still misplaced their opener, but that is only a minor footnote for the fantasy community.

As for St. Louis, properly…the Rams offense was basically the Jared Cook present, with a number of minor distractions. Prepare dinner crammed the stat sheet with seven catches for 141 yards and two scores (and nearly a 3rd). He was implausible, worthy of his 5 years of relentless hype. Tavon Austin was targeted seven occasions, catching six balls for 41 yards. Daryl Richardson dominated the backfield work (unspectacularly), carrying 20 occasions for sixty three yards, catching five passes for 33.

EJ Manuel was something less than a mad bomber in his regular season debut, failing to attach on any move that lined 20 yards or more. But the child completed 18 of 27 throws, he protected the soccer (zero INTs), he passed for two scores, and he ran for 23 yards. It actually wasn’t an empty performance. He showed us enough to make me feel much less-horrible about Stevie Johnson‘s outlook. Loads of you are steamed about CJ Spiller‘s dud day (fifty five total yards), however let’s be aware that he had 22 touches. It isn’t as if he’s slipped again into a part-time position. Primarily based on the disgusted tweets I’ve seen from his owners, I might say there is a buying alternative here.

If the Seahawks and Panthers would have given us a couple of more points, they’d get an even bigger blurb. That’s simply how it goes. Russell Wilson had the useful day we all expected, connecting with eight different receivers for 320 yards and a score. Somewhat surprisingly, Doug Baldwin (longtime Funston favorite) led Seattle in catches (7) and receiving yards (ninety one). Apologies to anyone who started Golden Tate on my recommendation (four-51-zero); he was simply one other face in the crowd.

Atlanta-New Orleans wasn’t my primary early watch, but every moment I caught was entertaining. No shock to see both Drew Brees and Matt Ryan high 300 yards, with all the usual suspects concerned (Julio, Gonzo, Colston, Graham). Roddy White performed via his ankle harm, though he was uncharacteristically quiet. Harry Douglas led Atlanta in receiving yards (ninety three), while Steven Jackson delivered 122 scrimmage yards on sixteen touches. Sean Payton adopted by on his preseason commitment to run the ball, distributing 26 carries to his three-man committee. Mark Ingram was notably ineffective, with just 11 yards on nine carries.

Of course Lamar Miller dreams of days like that, so it’s all relative.

PRIORITY CHOOSE-UPS FOR WEEK 2

TE Julius Thomas, Den (at NYG)
WR Marlon Brown, Bal (vs. CLE)
QB Terrelle Pryor, Oak (vs. JAC)
WR Rueben Randle, NYG (vs. DEN)
WR Rod Streater, Oak (vs. JAC)
WR Julian Edelman, NE (vs. NYJ)
RB Joique Bell, Det (at ARI)
WR Andre Roberts, Ari (vs. DET)
RB Knowshon Moreno, Den (at NYG)

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Juggernaut Index, No. 3: The Green Bay Packers

Three non-voting crew homeowners, little doubt (Getty Photos)

So the first five years of the Aaron Rodgers period in Green Bay have gone reasonably well. The Packers are fifty two-26 in the common season beneath Rodgers, making 4 playoff appearances, claiming two division titles and winning Tremendous Bowl XLV. Rodgers himself has been an All-Pro, league MVP and Super Bowl MVP. He holds the only-season and career records for passer-score (122.5, 104.9). He has the bottom interception fee in NFL historical past (1.7) and the second-highest completion share (65.7). His career yards-per-pass-attempt (8.1) is the best posted by any quarterback for the reason that AFL-NFL merger.

Fantasy-wise, Rodgers has ranked among the top-three scorers at his place yearly since 2008. He is solely missed two video games over 5 seasons, so durability isn’t a priority. Rodgers actually would not come low-cost on the draft desk (ADP 14.7), however his history of consistent prime-tier manufacturing supports the value. Over the past two seasons, he’s thrown 84 touchdowns passes while speeding for 5 extra scores. Rodgers and Drew Brees are the only quarterbacks in the player pool who could be projected for one thing near 40 TDs in 2013.

It’s positive to say that you simply like the QBs who are sometimes obtainable in the mid-rounds in fantasy drafts, in fact — guys like Romo, Luck, Stafford and Wilson. Simply please don’t assume these decrease-tier choices will hold pace with game’s elite passers. The names at the very top of the ranks have separated themselves.

If there’s a potential weak spot in the Pack’s Demise Star-offense this season, it is the O-line. Rodgers was sacked a league-high 51 occasions final 12 months. Green Bay ranked twenty fifth in run-blocking in 2012, per Football Outsiders, and next-to-final in move protection. It is tough to imagine the line enhancing substantially within the 12 months ahead, not with left deal with Bryan Bulaga sidelined (ACL).

Still, Rodgers is an assassin in opposition to the blitz, and mobile sufficient to increase plays when pressured. He’ll be with out Greg Jennings and Donald Driver this season, true, however this crew’s receiving corps stays loaded. James Jones is entering his seventh season with Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley their sixth, and Randall Cobb is in year three. Continuity clearly isn’t an issue right here. Nelson had a knee scope early in camp, but he has returned to practice and isn’t at risk of missing the opener. Cobb has handled a biceps concern recently, although he’s also on track for Week 1.

MUSTACHE! (USAT Sports Photographs)

Green Bay’s passing attack is absurdly productive, so it should come as no surprise that Cobb (ADP 29.7), Nelson (49.7) and Jones (sixty one.6) are all drafted as top-25 fantasy receivers. Cobb ought to be a PPR monster — he is a devastating quick-vary weapon, a matchup nightmare — while Nelson and Jones may every rating double-digit TDs, assuming good health. Jordy has visited the tip zone 22 instances over the past two years, and Jones has 21 spikes. No one expects Jones to match final year’s TD-to-catch ratio (14-to-sixty four), however that is not much of a draft day concern, since we’re solely paying a WR3 worth for his companies.

Finley has been a multi-yr disappointment to fantasy investors, but he’s actually had a stellar offseason by all accounts:

“It’s not simply this camp, the entire spring,” [OC Tom] Clements mentioned. “[Finley] has been outstanding. He’s been working arduous. I feel he’s improved his blocking tremendously. He’s turn into a extra detailed route runner. He’s ending plays.”

As the ninth tight end off the board in a mean draft (ADP 83.9), there’s little danger hooked up to Finley in 2013. He actually established a new career-excessive in receptions final season (61), not that anyone noticed, and he is more likely to decide up a share of Jennings’ previous targets (7.8 per game in 2012). Don’t overlook Finley, simply because the model slightly tarnished.

Green Bay’s working game has averaged lower than 4.zero yards per carry in each of the previous three seasons, which is of course pathetic. But this staff stole Eddie Lacy late in the second round in April’s draft, addressing a major shortcoming. Lacy initially discovered himself in a contest for touches on a crowded depth chart, however in recent weeks DuJuan Harris was placed on IR (knee), Alex Green was launched, and fourth-spherical rookie Johnathan Franklin has persistently underwhelmed.

Thus, the Packers will enter the season with Lacy in a featured position. He was a terror at Alabama last yr, rushing for 1322 yards at 6.5 per carry, scoring 19 touchdowns. We should always note that he did his collegiate working behind a line of five crimson mastodons, two of whom have been first-round picks themselves (DJ Fluker, Chance Warmack). Lacy will not discover the running lanes to be quite as vast in 2013 as they had been final year. Still, it is hard to not love the child’s fantasy setup. He should dominate the backfield touches for a massively productive offense. Over the previous month, Lacy’s ADP has jumped from the mid-fifth spherical to the mid-third. But no matter the place you snagged him, he provides revenue potential.

This defense features a number of respectable names — notably Clay Matthews and Morgan Burnett — but it was a middle-of-the-pack group last year. The Packers allowed four.5 yards per carry to opposing rushers last season (and a whopping 7.four to Adrian Peterson. AP completely humiliated this group, operating for 409 yards over two video games.) I am unable to advocate this D/ST as anything more than a match-up play. First-spherical DE Datone Jones will assist, as will a wholesome version of LB Nick Perry. But I would not touch the Packers D within the season-opener, when they journey to San Francisco to face the quarterback who torched ‘em in the playoffs final January.

2012 staff stats: 27.1 points per game (5), 271.four passing yards per game (eight), 106.four dashing yards per recreation (20)

Previous Juggernauts: 32. NY Jets, 31. Oakland, 30. Jacksonville, 29. Buffalo, 28. Cleveland, 27. Tennessee, 26. San Diego, 25. Miami, 24. St. Louis, 23. Pittsburgh, 22. Arizona, 21. Minnesota, 20. Kansas City, 19. Chicago, 18. Baltimore, 17. Philadelphia, sixteen. Indianapolis, 15. Carolina, 14. Cincinnati, thirteen. NY Giants, 12. Detroit, eleven. New England, 10. Tampa Bay, 9. Seattle, 8. Washington, 7. Houston, 6. New Orleans, 5. San Francisco, 4. Denver

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Wallet 2013: Antonio Brown, come on down

Smile, you’re a Pockets Player (USAT) Let’s set up a couple of issues up entrance about this Faux Football racket.

First off, it is a sport of opinions. We’re speculated to disagree on many, many things – that is why we have now a sport in the first place.

Strategy is great, but bear in mind any technique can work (even a nasty one) for those who choose the proper gamers. Gene McCaffrey likes to say that in case you present him a very good strategy, he’ll find a group in first and in last using that technique. The meeting sport plan is just the first step in a 4-month journey.

Today I’m going to focus on “my guys” – the Yahoo Fantasy Football gamers I’ve drafted essentially the most by August, and some areas the place I disagree with business consensus. You may agree with a few of these picks, a handful of them, or perhaps none of them. That doesn’t guarantee success or doom for either one of us; the sport is far more dynamic than that.

I welcome your suggestions and I welcome your Wallet Picks as properly – the recurring themes that may go a protracted way to defining your 2013 season. To the clipboard:

Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers: It might not appear like it at first glance, but Brown quietly had a development season in Yr 3 (it is necessary to realize he missed three video games with a bum ankle). His touchdowns crept up from two to five, and he showed extra versatility as a route runner (albeit his YPC also collapsed within the course of). The Steelers clearly plan to function Brown as their go-to choice in 2013, the brand new split finish within the offense. And heck, take a look at all of the lacking items right here – Mike Wallace is gone, Heath Miller is coming off an injury, Le’Veon Bell is not healthy but. Someone will decide up the slack, and let’s look to Brown first.

Brown’s present receiver ADP of 24 affords great room for revenue – I would be fine slotting him as a WR2 anyplace. And I know many of you can be lucky sufficient to land him as your third wideout.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers: While we ought to be cautious with what the eyes inform us in August, sometimes it’s a must to belief your instincts, too (see Russell Wilson 12 months ago). Lacy’s achieved every thing we wanted to see on the August tape – run decisively inside, decide up the blitz, often show some lateral abilities (albeit he’s a power guy first and foremost).

The Green Bay offensive line isn’t ideally suited, however Lacy will enjoy the benefit of the Aaron Rodgers show – each protection headed to Lambeau Field is targeted on defending the passing. DuJuan Harris is completed for the 12 months and Johnathan Franklin hasn’t accomplished something. I expect Lacy to take this job and run with it, easily the best of the rookie operating backs.

Rueben Randle, WR, Giants: The learning curve is steep for any first-yr wideout, and Randle, predictably, did not do a lot in 2012. Nonetheless, the sunshine began to go on within the ultimate couple of weeks; he had a forty three-yard grab in the Week sixteen loss at Baltimore, and he torched the Eagles for 2 touchdowns in Week 17.

The Giants went out of their way to reward Randle’s growth in spring exercises, and he is slotted behind a couple of harm-inclined receivers (Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks). Randle can even see quite a lot of work with the starters anyway, as the Giants choose to maintain Cruz within the slot. There’s a major upside with the 12 months 2 receiver, and it’s coming at a national ADP common of about 50 on the huge receiver place. Sure, please.

Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: It took him some time to get comfortable in Carolina, but look at the second half manufacturing: 40 grabs, 496 yards, four touchdowns. With Steve Smith at the tail end of his career and nothing new added to the Panthers passing recreation (I do not dislike Brandon LaFell but he’s not a monster-upside guy), I give Olsen a powerful chance to grow to be Cam Newton’s main goal in 2013. A perfect middle-spherical choice.

Show us your recreation face, Tony Romo (USAT) Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys: I’m mostly playing the market in the course of the QB board, content to take what the room gives me. But I can’t help however have a sweet tooth for Romo, mostly because of the presence of the ridiculously-talented Dez Bryant. If Bryant goes bonkers and scores 15-20 instances (attainable; have a look at those second half sport logs), Romo comes along for the journey. And the opposite puzzle items look good in Large D: reliable Jason Witten, rededicated Miles Austin. Even the shaky Dallas operating game matches the narrative here; the Pokes will need to score by way of the air.

Phil Dawson, PK, 49ers: There is a lengthy-standing fantasy in fantasy football that suggests you possibly can’t forecast the excessive-variance kicker position. That’s a bunch of bunk. There are logical patterns that come into play with kickers. It is really one of the best spots to barter.

You desire a kicker tied to a successful workforce, before everything (be it for the lengthy haul or on every week-to-week streaming foundation; the same goes for your defense, by the best way). Teams trailing by huge numbers within the second half do not kick many subject goals – it becomes finish-zone or bust on each possession. You need a kicker tied to a powerful protection and a strong operating game. Think of the setup that sparked Justin Tucker’s terrific rookie 12 months in Baltimore.

Dawson has to battle the fickle winds of San Francisco, but large deal – we’re speaking about someone who linked on 14-of-15 distance kicks (50-plus) in Cleveland, of all places, the final two seasons. The Niners are a possible playoff crew and the defense and floor sport present the perfect backdrop. I’m shocked to see some trade scribes tired of Dawson – all of the pieces join here. I’m not going to throw heavy assets at any kicker, but when I’ve my choice of all of them, Dawson’s the play.

Joique Bell, RB, Lions: Whereas I am bullish on Reggie Bush for 2013, we additionally have to be aware of his damage concerns. Bell turns into the intriguing upside backup in Detroit (it is not Mikel Leshoure), a nifty combination of inside energy and pass-catching versatility. Bell goes to have a job on this team both manner, and maybe he is a High 20 back if something happens to Bush.

Anquan Boldin, WR, Niners: I like to search out a number of Ibanez All-Stars in every fantasy sport, the boring-but-dependable veterans who seldom command a giant price tag. Boldin’s no longer a Professional Bowl contender, however the Niners want him to be a 3rd-down choice and chain-transferring target in place of the injured Michael Crabtree. You may chase upside elsewhere, however I have no problem with the expected flooring here, say 800-950 yards and 6-8 touchdowns. An ideal WR4. (I also performed the Ibanez card a couple of instances with Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker, sooner than Boldin of course.)

Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: He is not a shiny toy, no longer a buzzy player. You won’t find Rice on any of the journal covers. But I’m a ground-pushed proprietor in the case of first-spherical picks or huge-ticket items, and Rice is one of the most secure gamers you could find. Bernard Pierce is around, positive, but he is not going to scale back Rice’s workload too much. And with Boldin and Dennis Pitta gone, the Ravens might need to throw an extra 20-30 passes in Rice’s course over the balance of the year.

From zero to hero? (USAT) Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: He’s burned you, he’s burned me, he is burned nearly all of us over the past few years. Mathews has been hurt in San Diego, he was continuously damage in Fresno, and he in all probability got here out of the womb with a questionable tag. But the market has lastly adjusted to Mathews, to the point that you can land him as a RB3 or RB4 in lots of leagues. Reliable starter? Heck no. But when you can grab Mathews as an upside swing only, I am going to positively log off. The offensive line has been upgraded in San Diego (it’s not nice but it surely’s better than final yr’s horror present), and Mathews appeared spectacular throughout the exhibition season.

Chris Givens, WR, Rams: Here’s a rookie season that did not get sufficient fanfare, a quick 698-yard marketing campaign from a modest 42 receptions. Givens can score from anywhere on the field and he was everywhere in the tape in August, looking each bit like a sophomore breakout candidate. Let the opposite guys in your league give attention to Tavon Austin; the more polished Givens is the Rams receiver you want.

Before we wrap this up, let’s quickly point out a few non-Wallet players of notice, in two classes:

- Players I in all probability like greater than normal consensus: Emmanuel Sanders, Tony Gonzalez, Cecil Shorts, Owen Daniels (very a lot an Ibanez All-Star), Vincent Brown, Jeremy Kerley (final spherical), Mohamed Sanu (could rating eight times), Stevie Johnson (some fleas here however low cost getting silly), Dwayne Bowe, Michael Floyd (or maybe I merely agree with the thrill), Matt Forte (particularly in a Trestman scheme), Bilal Powell.

- Players I probably like less than basic consensus: Marques Colston, Robert Griffin III (undecided how much he can or will run in 2013), DeMarco Murray, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson (he’s terrific however something’s up with Josh Freeman), Tom Brady (all the time good however they’ve lost plenty of talent, clearly), Giovani Bernard (better than Regulation Agency, sure, but not satisfied he takes over immediately), Shane Vereen (received trendy awfully fast), Brandon Marshall (go safer in Round 2-3), Montee Ball, DeAndre Hopkins (as a rule, I am not chasing rookie wideouts), Pierre Garcon, Michael Vick, Jamaal Charles (not Prime 5 for me), Mark Ingram, Ryan Broyles (buried in late August), Greg Jennings, Chris Ivory, and of course the Non-Wallet 5 (click on that group right here).

I’ve had my say; the floor is yours now. What widespread-hyperlink gamers are able to rock for you in 2013? And on the flip facet, who’re you avoiding?

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Mostly NFL Notes: An NFC Season Preview

What’s in retailer for Kaepernick’s encore? (USAT)

NFC EAST

1. Washington Redskins 9-7
2. Dallas Cowboys 8-8
3. New York Giants 8-8
four. Philadelphia Eagles 8-8

Comments/Fantasy predictions: After the Redskins opened three-6 last yr, it appeared quite unlikely they’d be a playoff workforce, however a 7-0 finish modified every little thing. There’s no query Washington had some luck, in some way recovering a whopping sixty nine.8% of the 43 fumbles that occurred throughout its video games (H/T Chase Stuart). However they outscored their opponents by only six fewer points than the eventual Super Bowl profitable Ravens, so it’s not like they had been total flukes. I’m clearly excessive on Alfred Morris and likewise take into account Pierre Garcon a high-15 fantasy huge receiver. The largest question each for Redskins followers and fantasy house owners is the well being of RG3, who turned the primary rookie in NFL historical past to steer the league in YPA (eight.1) last season. He additionally had a league-finest 1.three INT% on dropbacks and an NFL-high 6.eight YPC mark. No team was better final yr during play motion. How Griffin performs coming off knee surgical procedure can be key. I count on this division to be extremely aggressive, with each workforce an actual risk to win it.

This run by a high schooler is pretty legit.

In case you missed part one, here’s my AFC season preview.

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Here are my ideas on Tony Romo. And it doesn’t matter what you consider him in real life terms, it’s onerous not to think about Romo underrated in fantasy circles. There’s merely zero reason Matt Ryan must be going 50 picks larger (I’d really argue there’s no cause Ryan ought to be going greater at all). My love for Romo pales in comparison to my affection for Dez Bryant. Having mentioned that, it seems to be like Bryant can be on zero of my teams this 12 months, as going working back early seems to be as important as ever. I can’t get behind DeMarco Murray, who for some motive continues to be drafted aggressively (I loved stashing Lance Dunbar, however he received hurt, so there’s no clear Dallas RB2 to roster proper now). Professional Soccer Focus graded Sean Lee because the sixth finest inside linebacker last season, when he missed 10 video games. To put this in perspective, forty eight other ILBs completed with extra snaps. He was on pace to file 155 tackles before happening. Lee is going to be an IDP monster in 2013.

If I ever get right into a excessive speed chase, I positive hope this cop isn’t the one after me.

Here are the Giants’ sack numbers from 2007-2012, respectively: fifty three (NFL-high), 42 (sixth), forty two (6th), 46 (5th), 48 (3rd) after which simply 33 (22nd) final season, once they allowed an NFL-high 8.1 YPA. I’d love to say a bounce again is in retailer, but while some improvement is inevitable, there are some red flags this unit will proceed to be a problem. FS Stevie Brown was lost for the season with a torn ACL, and query marks continue to encompass Jason Pierre-Paul’s well being. However in fantasy phrases, there’s loads to like right here, even when I believe Hakeem Nicks is getting overdrafted (take Reuben Randle a lot afterward as an alternative). Eli Manning has an enormous bounce again season, throwing for 4,500-plus yards and rewarding homeowners who wait on the quarterback place. For individuals who planned on focusing on David Wilson in their drafts this weekend, the Andre Brown harm information could truly be dangerous, as Wilson’s price tag is shooting by the roof (and Brown was likely to get harm in some unspecified time in the future anyway). Nonetheless, Wilson is worth his increasing value, as he’s one of the league’s most explosive backs who’s going to be given a heavy workload. Wilson is a borderline high-12 fantasy pick for me proper now.

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Over the Eagles’ closing 10 video games final season (proper after defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired), Philadelphia allowed 30.9 points-per-recreation, which might have tied for the worst mark over a full year since 2008. And if the preseason was any indication, the workforce’s D goes to be among the league’s worst as soon as once more in 2013. Nonetheless, this team has a lot upside on offense while facing a last place schedule only one 12 months faraway from being among the convention’s favorites, the Eagles have the widest vary of outcomes as any crew in soccer. Michael Vick is easily the very best upside QB not drafted inside the top-12, whereas DeSean Jackson finishes as a high-20 fantasy broad receiver, forward of Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, Hakeem Nicks and Reggie Wayne. Furthermore, I’d strongly think about drafting LeSean McCoy as soon as Adrian Peterson is gone. The Eagles have an underrated offensive line and may lead the NFL in dashing makes an attempt, so it is a good rebound alternative for McCoy, who led the NFL with 20 touchdowns simply two years in the past (that number fell to 5 last 12 months, and it needs to be noted he suffered a extreme concussion. But then once more, it’s straightforward to forget McCoy is younger than C.J. Spiller and only six months older than Doug Martin (H/T Nate Ravitz)). McCoy goes to have a monster 2013 season.

NFC NORTH

1. Green Bay Packers 11-5
2. Chicago Bears eight-8
three. Detroit Lions 7-9
four. Minnesota Vikings 5-11

Comments/Fantasy predictions: Aaron Rodgers is the most helpful commodity in soccer, however since QB is so deep, he’s not price taking as early as he sometimes goes in fantasy drafts. Regardless of playing simply 651 snaps last year (57 different WRs saw extra), Randall Cobb was targeted 104 instances and had the fourth-most damaged tackles among all wideouts. Elevated taking part in time will result in massive issues in 2013, when he finishes as a top-10 fantasy extensive receiver. Jermichael Finley lives as much as the preseason hype for as soon as, whereas Eddie Lacy scores double-digit touchdowns and finishes as the most priceless rookie runner.

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The Bears truly had a greater point-differential than 4 division winners last season, including the Packers. The Marc Trestman hiring is a whole unknown since he hasn’t been within the NFL since 2007, however his monitor document (and training camp reviews) recommend it is going to be a positive for Chicago’s offense, particularly for Matt Forte, who’s going to be heavily involved as a receiver. He’s a prime-10 general choose on my board. Rookie Kyle Long seems to be like a direct upgrade alongside the offensive line, and fantasy homeowners have to hope Brandon Marshall’s latest concern over his offseason hip surgical procedure is overblown. Alshon Jeffery shows improvement, but a wholesome Marshall is once once more among the many league-leaders in targets.

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The Lions have a potentially dominant front four on protection and the game’s finest wide receiver. Reggie Bush must also be an upgrade at operating back, and it’s value noting Detroit was a bit unfortunate final 12 months, as they faced a very tough schedule and went 3-8 in games decided by a landing or less and recovered simply 32.6 % of fumbles (H/T Invoice Barnwell). But the Lions’ schedule in 2013 doesn’t precisely look favorable, and this is nonetheless a defense that allowed 27.three factors-per-sport final season. And as always, it comes back to the quarterback. Matthew Stafford was the tenth most worthy fantasy QB last season despite trying 36 extra passes in a season than some other quarterback in NFL historical past while enjoying in a dome and having one of many greatest vast receivers ever at his disposal. Pointing to the various occasions his receivers had been tackled contained in the 5-yard line truly hurts his argument, as that helped Stafford one way or the other run for 4 touchdowns. He’s nonetheless simply 24 years outdated, so there’s room for development, but he has a 6.9 profession YPA. He’s on the bottom of the “Large 12” (I guess with Michael Vick’s emergence this tier could expand to thirteen now) fantasy QBs on my board. Calvin Johnson loses 250 receiving yards, however he greater than doubles final season’s TD production. Reggie Bush catches 90 passes and approaches 1,500 yards from scrimmage. He shouldn’t be lasting previous the middle of the second round of fantasy drafts (and anyone taking Mikel Leshoure over Joique Bell as his handcuff is doing it mistaken).

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The Vikings seem like the obvious crew that came out of nowhere and performed a bit over their heads to make the playoffs final season because of take a significant step back the next campaign, and that’s before considering them losing impact participant Percy Harvin (as well as Antoine Winfield, who Pro Soccer Focus graded as the perfect CB in football last 12 months). Furthermore, as superhuman as Adrian Peterson is, asking him to reproduce what he did in 2012 is just unfair. In actual fact, over the ultimate eight video games, Peterson received 6.7 YPC, whereas Christian Ponder obtained 5.four YPA. Peterson averaged a hundred sixty five.3 rushing YPG while Ponder averaged 149.zero passing YPG, they usually both totaled nine touchdowns over that span. Wow. And to suppose AP just had probably the greatest seasons by a working back in NFL history while getting back from a torn ACL. Unreal. Peterson in all probability has lower than a 50 percent chance of ending as the No. 1 fantasy back in 2013, however there’s no argument for him not to be the No. 1 pick. I preferred Greg Jennings earlier this summer but have since soured, as I don’t anticipate him to be a top-30 fantasy huge receiver. Cordarrelle Patterson is too uncooked to make a serious impression this season, however he’s a future star and somebody to target in dynasty leagues. Due to what looks like a troublesome schedule, some regression and Ponder’s extreme limitations, I took the Vikings’ Below this year.

NFC SOUTH

1. Carolina Panthers 9-7
2. Atlanta Falcons 9-7 (Wild Card)
3. New Orleans Saints 9-7
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers eight-8

Comments/Fantasy predictions: The NFC South has never had a repeat winner, however that’s more of a fun truth than any cause why I selected to go off the board here. I actually think you could order this division in any approach in any way and have an affordable chance of wanting proper. But I personally like Carolina, who quietly has put collectively what may very well be a formidable entrance seven on protection. Luke Kuechly is already one of the best center linebackers within the league and must be either first or second off the board in IDP formats. Charles Johnson’s 49 QB hurries last season had been the second most among four-3 defensive ends, whereas the team’s other DE is younger and has much more upside, as Greg Hardy has set a purpose to get 50 sacks this 12 months. Carolina also used its first two picks on defensive tackles within the draft, so even with a suspect secondary, the Panthers are one in every of my favourite fantasy defenses that may even be cheap.

As for the other aspect of the ball, after deemphasizing the learn/option final year, Cam Newton was a beast, posting a 19:4 TD:turnover ratio over the final 9 video games. His dashing stats also truly increased, as he ran for 431 yards and 5 touchdowns in comparison with 310 and three over the primary seven contests. Newton is a 24-year-outdated who’s by no means missed a game with a 7.9 YPA (to associate with 1,447 speeding yards and a whopping 22 rushing scores) over two seasons within the league. He’s carried out so taking part in outdoors with a shaky offensive line and a under common receiving corps. Make no mistake, this can be a true superstar. Despite Jonathan Stewart‘s absence, DeAngelo Williams fails to score greater than 5 touchdowns and is barely price using as a FLEX (thanks to Newton and Mike Tolbert). The Panthers received their last four games last 12 months and are my favourite lengthy shot to make a Tremendous Bowl run in 2013 (I bet on them at 40/1).

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The Falcons were awfully shut to creating the Super Bowl last year, and it’s fairly attainable the workforce’s ability to win close games at a a lot higher rate than league common is extra talent than luck. But are you prepared to hear a stat that will fairly presumably blow your thoughts? Atlanta went 13-three final year, finishing with a +one hundred twenty-point differential. They outgained their opponents by fifty seven yards. In complete. 57! It’s onerous not to love the Falcons skill position players, however their protection is questionable, and an already common offensive line dropping RT Mike Johnson for the season sure doesn’t help. The crew will also should cope with going through a schedule primarily based off being the conference’s No. 1 seed. Steven Jackson is getting drafted far too excessive for my style. While I get the argument for his improved setting, I just don’t want to bet on a working back approaching 2,500 career rushing makes an attempt who’s averaged 5.2 touchdowns over the previous six seasons.

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The Saints (just like the Eagles) have a variety of possible outcomes. They’re only one season removed from dropping 32 points on the street in opposition to arguably the league’s prime defense in San Francisco in a slender loss within the playoffs (New Orleans would have been massive favorites within the NFC Championship had this not happened). However then bounty-gate occurred, and the Saints’ protection final 12 months was about as unhealthy as it will get, as they allowed NFL-highs in both YPA (eight.1) and YPC (5.2), which is pretty robust to do. Sean Payton’s return should assist, however it’s not like offense was the crew’s downside final season. I’m on board with Jimmy Graham being a high-15 pick, but I’m certain Marques Colston finally ends up on none of my fantasy teams. New Orleans’ poor defense hurts Saints followers, but it helps Drew Brees’ fantasy house owners.

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Although I’m placing the Buccaneers ending last here, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if they really gained this division. The protection seems sneaky good, as Gerald McCoy has developed right into a beast (between the No. 2 and No. 3 picks within the 2010 draft, which DT would you favor transferring ahead: Ndamukong Suh or McCoy? The previous is healthier towards the move, while the latter is FAR superior against the run. It’s a really interesting debate right now, and I’d most likely want either over that 12 months’s No. 1 decide). Talking of run protection, the Bucs did the unthinkable, going from the league’s worst run protection in 2011 (5.0 YPC) to one of the best in 2012 (three.5), and don’t think McCoy enjoying 10 extra video games didn’t have quite a bit to do with it. And we haven’t even started to debate the enhancements within the secondary, as robust safety Mark Barron should enhance in year two, they usually added free security Dashon Goldson and corner Darrelle Revis through free company, the latter with the upside to be a high-three defensive player should he return even close to full power.

On offense, not solely does the trio of Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams look good, but it surely’s value noting simply how completely different this offense was once their high-priced guards went down with injury final yr. Unfortunately, Carl Nicks is dealing with a staph an infection that has his future trying murky. And maintaining with my QB obsessed theme, Tampa Bay goes only so far as Josh Freeman, who was truly second in yards per completion final 12 months, will take them. Over his first 13 video games final season, Freeman posted a 25:8 TD:INT ratio. Over the ultimate three (together with going through a traditionally dangerous Saints secondary), he posted a 2:9 TD:INT ratio. He actually struggles when facing strain, so the Nicks well being scenario is large. Doug Martin will live as much as the fantasy hype, whereas Vincent Jackson (who by some means scored eight touchdowns final year despite seeing zero targets contained in the five and just three inside the 10) remains maddeningly inconsistent on every week-to-week basis.

NFC WEST

1. San Francisco 49ers 11-5
2. Seattle Seahawks eleven-5 (Wild Card)
three. St. Louis Rams 7-9
four. Arizona Cardinals 5-11

Comments/Fantasy predictions: The Packers aren’t far behind, but for my part, the two greatest groups in the NFC (which has shortly grow to be far superior to the AFC) are both in the West. The only motive I give the 49ers the slight edge right here is because it looks as if their hardest opponents mostly come at house, as that is just a scheduling subject. The Niners seem to have the league’s best offensive line entering 2013, and Phil Dawson must be an enormous upgrade over what David Akers did last year, while Andy Lee is adding a “knuckle punt.” It’s pretty loopy Aldon Smith had 19.5 sacks over thirteen video games final season, and then didn’t report another over his last six contests. Clearly, Justin Smith’s harm had a lot to do with it, however Aldon also was playing at far lower than 100%, at the least SF followers and potential IDP homeowners hope so. Vernon Davis finishes because the No. 2 fantasy tight end, whereas Quinton Patton and Vance McDonald ought to be stashed in dynasty leagues. Frank Gore gets hurt, and Kendall Hunter turns into a monster consequently.

Here are some Colin Kaepernick (who shall be a prime-5 fantasy QB) stats: As a starter, Kaepernick led your entire NFL in Total QBR from inside the pocket, an indication he wasn’t overly reliant on the learn/choice. He was the only participant to rank within the top-three in QBR on both passing and rushing plays. Kaepernick also led the NFL in AIR YPA by a large margin. His 181 dashing yards in the divisional round had been the most in NFL historical past by a quarterback. For what it’s worth (in all probability nothing), Kaepnerick scored a 37 on the Wonderlic, which was greater than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre. Over his closing six games last 12 months, Kaepernick confronted 5 playoff teams that had a combined 57-23 file, and the opposite was an Arizona team that held opposing passers to an NFL-low 71.2 QB Ranking. Throughout this span, Kaepernick received 9.1 YPA with a 14:four TD:turnover ratio. The loss of Michael Crabtree is important, but Kaepernick has the expertise to beat it.

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The Seahawks had a dominant defense final yr, allowing simply 6.2 YPA and a 71.eight QB Score with an NFL-low 15.3 PPG (practically two factors decrease than the next best). DE Chris Clemons suffered a torn ACL in the crew’s playoff win over the Redskins, but Seattle added Michael Bennett (who ranked seventh final yr among all defensive ends in keeping with PFF) and Antoine Winfield, who Pro Soccer Focus graded as the perfect CB in football last yr, both on the cheap in the course of the offseason. Bruce Irvin’s ceiling remains high as nicely. The lack of Percy Harvin hurts, but he was more of a luxury than a necessity. Despite the Seahawks working the ball more than any workforce in soccer last season (and making an attempt fewer passes than any other as properly), Russell Wilson must be handled as a top-seven fantasy QB at minimum.

Wilson is coming off a rookie season wherein he produced an 8.7 YPA with a 24:5 TD:INT ratio over his remaining thirteen video games (together with the playoffs). This isn’t picking an arbitrary finish point either, because the Seahawks decided to take the training wheels off their rookie after their Week eleven bye, when Seattle increased its use of the learn/option (and gave Wilson a lot more accountability). Over Wilson’s remaining eight video games (once more, together with the playoffs, which greatest reveals how a group truly views its gamers), he rushed for 424 yards and 5 touchdowns (whereas getting 7.4 YPC). He’s a particular expertise who’s only going to get better throughout 12 months two in the league. Golden Tate, who had the third most damaged tackles among broad receivers last yr despite seeing restricted snaps, finishes as a prime-25 fantasy WR, forward of Mike Wallace. Christine Michael is perhaps my favourite dynasty goal. He seems like a future star and is in a system set up for fulfillment for a few years to return (and Marshawn Lynch might stroll after 2013). If Lynch had been to suffer an injury in 2012, Michael is among the many short listing of backup RBs who could then be the kind of participant who wins your league for you.

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The Rams someway went 2-1-1 in opposition to the 49ers and Seahawks who in any other case went 21-7 last season, but this can be a team on the upswing simply saddled by a ridiculously robust division. The truth is, after adjusting for SOS, all 4 NFC West defenses had been top-six against the go in 2012. Chris Long led the NFL with 55 QB hurries last year, and the team added left sort out Jake Long by way of free agency throughout the offseason. Daryl Richardson finishes with extra fantasy worth than both DeMarco Murray and Darren McFadden, while Chris Givens easily outscores Tavon Austin. Givens, who had 5 straight games with 50+ yard catches as a rookie last season, goes down as among the best values among all fantasy broad receivers. Austin makes a big impact on particular groups, and Jared Cook is another potential improve in the passing game, so it’s time for Sam Bradford to sink-or-swim, as there will no longer be any excuses if he fails to impress. The Rams are likely to be a significantly better soccer team than their remaining record indicates.

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As talked about earlier, the Cardinals allowed the fewest YPA last season, and sometimes an upgrade from the worst QB situation within the NFL to round league common can have a much more dramatic effect than expected. Carson Palmer, who just threw for more than four,000 yards in solely 15 video games for a dysfunctional Raiders franchise, ought to thrive joining a Bruce Arians led Arizona team with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts as receiving options. It’s just too dangerous the team’s already greatest drawback (the offensive line) lost G Jonathan Cooper, who was the seventh total pick, to a season-ending broken leg. However, Fitzgerald goes again to being among the many top tier fantasy WRs, while Michael Floyd justifies being a well-liked sleeper target. But Rashard Mendenhall disappoints (I’d personally draft Ben Tate over him), as no one emerges as a reliable weekly fantasy starter among the Cardinals backfield.

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Jordy Nelson out for rest of camp after knee surgery, as hits keep on coming for Packers

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First Aaron Rodgers misplaced his left tackle to an ACL harm – though Bryan Bulaga still hasn’t ruled out attempting to play through it.

Now, Rodgers’ prime receiver is out for the rest of coaching camp, with hopes he can return by Week 1.

Jordy Nelson, coming off an harm-plagued season, had surgical procedure on his knee and will miss no less than the rest of coaching camp.

Somewhere, Greg Jennings just chuckled.

The Packers did not resign Jennings, who signed with Minnesota this offseason. Part of the reason the Packers felt snug with out Jennings was their depth at receiver, which doesn’t look quite as nice with out Nelson. NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport defined that the surgery was to relieve a nerve situation in his knee he has dealt with since faculty. Another key receiver, Randall Cobb, dropped out of Tuesday’s apply with a biceps damage, although the damage does not seem critical.

The announcement on Nelson got here after a apply during which rookie fourth-spherical pick David Bakhtiari played with the first-crew offense at left deal with, because projected starter Bryan Bulaga has a torn ACL. Bakhtiari has drawn optimistic opinions in camp, however he’s still a fourth-spherical rookie protecting Rodgers.

However, Packers coach Mike McCarthy stated after practice that Bulaga hasn’t ruled out trying to play through the injury, which would be quite a story.

Nelson had 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns two years in the past and was in line to produce an enormous season as Rodgers’ top goal. He still may put up large numbers, however a knee surgery during camp isn’t something he or the Packers needed to take care of. Now the crew has to hope he recovers and might play Week 1 at San Francisco.