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Fantasy Football Rankings: RB – Week 10 – PPR

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Fantasy Football Rankings

 

 

Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings

RK Fan Pos Tier Rnk Chng Running Backs TM Vs. TM Pos SP WP FA G Run TD Rec TD Run Yds Rec Yds Off Yds Run Att Yds / Run No. Rec 2pt All
1 1 1 Reggie Bush DET @CHI 1 SP 3 1 1 220 131 351 fifty eight 3.8 16 zero
2 1 1 Knowshon Moreno DEN @SD 1 three 4 1 a hundred twenty five one hundred sixty 285 forty three 2.9 16 0
3 1 1 Matt Forte CHI DET 1 WP 3 4 zero 283 116 399 59 four.eight thirteen 0
4 1 2 Chris Johnson TEN JAX 1 SP 3 2 1 222 112 334 44 5.1 10 zero
5 1 2 Eddie Lacy GB PHI 1 four 3 0 446 forty nine 495 96 four.7 10 0
6 1 2 Marshawn Lynch SEA @ATL 1 4 3 0 316 one zero one 417 seventy one 4.5 10 0
7 1 or 2 3 Le’Veon Bell PIT BUF 1 four 1 zero 225 120 345 sixty four three.5 thirteen zero
8 1 or 2 3 LeSean McCoy PHI @GB 1 four 0 1 263 one hundred thirty five 398 70 three.eight sixteen zero
9 1 or 2 3 Zac Stacy STL @IND 1 WP 4 2 1 393 91 484 88 4.5 thirteen zero
10 1 or 2 three Frank Gore SF AUTOMOBILE 1 WP three four zero 242 40 282 68 3.6 3 zero
11 2 four Maurice Jones-Drew JAX @TEN 1 SP 3 1 zero 183 sixty nine 252 forty eight 3.8 10 zero
12 2 four Pierre Thomas NO DAL 2 SP 3 0 0 a hundred and forty 124 264 31 four.5 eleven zero
thirteen 2 four Danny Woodhead SD DEN 2 3 1 0 86 171 257 25 three.4 18 0
14 2 4 Rashad Jennings OAK @NYG 3 WP FA-A 3 1 0 122 83 205 21 5.8 eight zero
15 2 5 Mike James TB MIA 2 SP 4 zero 0 249 41 292 54 4.6 9 zero
16 2 5 C.J. Spiller BUF @PIT 1 three zero 0 182 forty six 228 28 6.5 7 zero
17 2 5 Lamar Miller MIA @TB 1 3 0 zero 237 51 288 forty three 5.5 8 0
18 2 5 DeMarco Murray DAL @NO 1 2 1 0 60 forty a hundred 11 5.5 8 0
19 QUE 5 DN-16 Giovani Bernard CIN @BAL 2 WP 4 2 1 152 138 290 36 four.2 sixteen 0
20 2 or flex 6 Darren Sproles NO DAL 1 SP 3 zero 0 15 60 75 5 3 eleven zero
21 2 or flex 6 DN-19 Peyton Hillis NYG OAK three 2 1 0 106 60 166 38 2.eight 8 zero
22 2 or flex 6 Jonathan Stewart AUTOMOBILE @SF 2 1 zero zero 43 22 65 9 four.eight 3 0
23 2 or flex 6 Fred Jackson BUF @PIT 2 four 2 zero 193 92 285 52 3.7 11 zero
24 2 or flex 6 Steven Jackson ATL SEA 1 2 zero zero sixty three 26 89 24 2.6 6 zero
25 QUE 7 DN-24 Trent Richardson IND STL 1 3 zero 0 97 forty six 143 32 three 3 zero
26 Flex 7 UP-32 Donald Brown IND STL 2 three zero zero 87 61 148 20 4.4 5 zero
27 Flex 7 Ray Rice BAL CIN 1 WP 3 0 zero 96 sixty three 159 40 2.four 10 zero
28 Flex 7 Andre Ellington ARI HOU 2 WP three 2 0 213 54 267 25 eight.5 9 0
29 Flex 7 Ben Tate HOU @ARI 2 WP three 1 0 143 19 162 47 three 6 0
30 Flex 8 Joique Bell DET @CHI 2 SP 3 1 0 84 59 143 sixteen 5.3 5 zero
31 Flex 8 James Starks GB PHI 2 2 2 zero ninety seven zero 97 thirteen 7.5 0 zero
32 Flex 9 Shonn Greene TEN JAX 2 SP 2 1 0 forty 28 68 10 four 1 zero
33 Flex 9 UP-NR Andre Brown NYG OAK 6 FA-A 1 0 0 0 0 zero zero 0 0 zero
34 Flex 9 Michael Tolbert AUTOMOBILE @SF 3 4 three 2 122 62 184 34 three.6 9 0
35 Flex 9 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL SEA 2 3 0 2 43 eighty two 125 15 2.9 sixteen 0
36 Flex 9 DN-34 Ryan Mathews SD DEN 1 three 1 zero 246 0 246 50 four.9 zero 0
37 Flex 9 UP-forty four BenJarvus Inexperienced-Ellis CIN @BAL 1 WP 4 0 0 215 zero 215 60 3.6 zero zero
38 Flex or bench 10 Brian Leonard TB MIA 3 SP four 0 zero 33 92 one hundred twenty five eight 4.1 12 0
39 Flex or bench 10 Daniel Thomas MIA @TB 2 three zero 1 145 7 152 33 four.4 3 zero
40 Flex or bench 10 DeAngelo Williams CAR @SF 1 four 1 0 189 92 281 53 three.6 9 zero
forty one Flex or bench 10 Rashard Mendenhall ARI HOU 1 WP 2 1 zero 62 2 sixty four 23 2.7 1 zero
42 Flex or bench 10 Dennis Johnson HOU @ARI three WP 1 0 zero 36 0 36 8 four.5 zero zero
43 Bench 11 Mark Ingram NO DAL 3 WP 1 zero 0 19 zero 19 four four.eight 0 zero
44 Bench 11 Robert Turbin SEA @ATL 2 WP four 0 0 70 39 109 15 four.7 3 zero
forty five Bench 11 Montee Ball DEN @SD three WP three 1 0 53 zero fifty three 15 3.5 zero 0
46 Bench eleven Kendall Hunter SF AUTOMOTIVE 2 WP three 1 zero one zero one zero a hundred and one 16 6.three 0 0
47 Bench 11 Marcel Reece OAK @NYG 2 WP three 0 zero 10 31 41 4 2.5 three zero
48 Bench eleven Jeremy Stewart OAK @NYG four WP three 1 0 2 0 2 2 1 zero zero
forty nine Bench 12 John Kuhn GB PHI four WP four zero 0 6 24 30 2 three 4 zero
50 Bench 12 Tashard Choice BUF @PIT 3 WP 4 0 0 92 9 one zero one 22 4.2 2 0
51 Bench 12 Lance Dunbar DAL @NO 2 WP 2 zero zero 10 17 27 8 1.3 three zero
52 Bench 12 Joseph Randle DAL @NO 3 WP four 1 zero 111 61 172 45 2.5 8 0
fifty three Bench 12 Bernard Pierce BAL CIN 2 WP three zero zero 33 31 sixty four 18 1.8 3 zero
54 Bench 12 Daryl Richardson STL @IND 2 WP three 0 zero fifty three 35 88 14 3.8 3 zero
55 Bench 12 Stepfan Taylor ARI HOU 4 WP 3 zero zero 45 0 forty five 16 2.8 0 0
fifty six Bench 12 Bryce Brown PHI @GB 2 WP four zero zero 77 8 85 17 4.5 2 zero
57 Bench 12 Michael Bush CHI DET 2 WP 2 0 0 33 21 54 thirteen 2.5 2 zero
fifty eight Bench 13 Denard Robinson JAX @TEN 2 WP 3 0 0 26 0 26 6 4.3 0 0
59 Bench thirteen Jed Collins NO DAL 6 WP 3 zero 0 eight eleven 19 2 four 2 0
60 Bench thirteen Stanley Havili IND STL WP 3 zero 1 2 33 35 1 2 3 0
61 Bench thirteen John Conner NYG OAK 4 WP three zero 0 zero 29 29 zero zero four zero
sixty two Bench 13 Phillip Tanner DAL @NO four WP four 1 zero eleven 24 35 5 2.2 2 zero
63 Bench 13 Ronnie Hillman DEN @SD 2 WP 2 zero 0 forty five 17 sixty two eight 5.6 3 0
sixty four Bench thirteen C.J. Anderson DEN @SD WP 1 zero 0 22 zero 22 4 5.5 zero zero
65 Bench thirteen Felix Jones PIT BUF four WP 4 zero zero 38 forty two 80 12 three.2 5 0
66 Bench 13 Jonathan Dwyer PIT BUF three WP 4 zero zero 53 23 76 eight 6.6 1 0
67 Bench thirteen Jason Snelling ATL SEA three WP 2 zero zero 14 0 14 7 2 0 0
sixty eight Bench 13 Vonta Leach BAL CIN four WP 3 zero 0 12 three 15 4 three 1 0
69 Bench 13 Bruce Miller SF CAR 5 WP 3 0 zero 7 seventy six 83 4 1.8 4 0
70 Bench 13 Benny Cunningham STL @IND three WP 2 0 0 22 zero 22 6 three.7 zero zero
seventy one Bench 13 Alfonso Smith ARI HOU three WP three zero 0 2 30 32 1 2 4 zero
72 Bench 13 Tony Fiammetta CHI DET 5 WP three zero zero 0 30 30 zero 0 1 0
73 Bench 14 Jackie Battle TEN JAX three WP three 0 zero zero 6 6 0 zero 1 zero
74 Bench 14 Justin Forsett JAX @TEN 2 WP three 0 0 19 34 53 three 6.3 7 zero
seventy five Bench 14 Will Ta’ufo’ou JAX @TEN 5 WP 3 0 zero 1 eight 9 1 1 four zero
76 Bench 14 Theo Riddick DET @CHI 3 WP 1 0 zero 7 7 14 1 7 1 zero
seventy seven Bench 14 DN-fifty two Michael Cox NYG OAK 5 WP three zero 0 forty two 12 fifty four 20 2.1 three 0
seventy eight Bench 14 Kenjon Barner AUTOMOTIVE @SF 4 WP 1 zero zero 1 2 3 1 1 1 0
seventy nine Bench 14 Johnathan Franklin GB PHI three WP four zero 0 three 7 10 three 1 1 0
80 Bench 14 Frank Summers BUF @PIT 4 WP four zero zero 21 0 21 four 5.three zero zero
81 Bench 14 Le’Ron McClain SD DEN four WP three zero zero 7 -1 6 four 1.8 1 zero
eighty two Bench 14 Ronnie Brown SD DEN 3 WP three zero zero 17 zero 17 5 three.4 zero zero
83 Bench 14 Anthony Dixon SF AUTOMOBILE four WP three 0 zero 14 three 17 5 2.8 1 0
84 Bench 14 Greg Jones HOU @ARI 5 WP three zero 0 2 4 6 2 1 1 zero
85 Bench 14 Cedric Peerman CIN @BAL three WP 4 zero 0 eleven zero eleven 6 1.eight zero 0
86 Bench 15 Collin Mooney TEN JAX 5 WP three 0 zero zero 22 22 zero zero 1 0
87 Bench 15 Jordan Todman JAX @TEN 3 WP 3 0 0 8 zero eight 2 four 0 zero
88 Bench 15 Mikel Leshoure DET @CHI four WP 2 0 zero 9 zero 9 2 four.5 zero 0
89 Bench 15 Erik Lorig TB MIA 5 WP 4 0 zero 0 sixteen 16 0 0 four zero
ninety Bench 15 Bobby Rainey TB MIA 4 WP 3 zero 0 0 zero zero 1 zero 0 0
ninety one Bench 15 Khiry Robinson NO DAL four WP 2 1 0 62 zero sixty two 14 4.4 0 0
92 Bench 15 Travaris Cadet NO DAL 5 WP 2 zero 1 0 3 3 0 0 1 0
93 Bench 15 Marcus Thigpen MIA @TB 3 WP three 0 zero -1 0 -1 1 -1 0 zero
ninety four Bench 15 Michael Robinson SEA @ATL four WP 2 zero zero 0 zero zero 1 zero zero 0
ninety five Bench 15 Patrick DiMarco ATL SEA WP three zero zero 0 thirteen 13 zero zero 2 0
ninety six Bench 15 Will Johnson PIT BUF 5 WP 4 0 zero 0 2 2 zero 0 2 zero
ninety seven Bench 15 James Casey PHI @GB three WP three zero 0 0 eleven eleven 0 zero 1 zero
- DBT - Brandon Jacobs NYG OAK three 1 2 zero 106 8 114 22 4.8 1 0
- OUT - Arian Foster HOU @ARI 1 three 0 0 152 57 209 24 6.3 four zero
- OUT - Darren McFadden OAK @NYG 1 three 2 0 137 39 176 45 3 6 0
- OUT - Derrick Coleman SEA @ATL 5 2 zero zero 0 14 14 0 zero 2 zero
- IR - Doug Martin TB MIA 1 2 0 zero 114 31 145 27 four.2 5 0
- IR - Jeffery Demps TB MIA 6 1 zero zero 0 13 13 0 0 2 0
- IR - David Wilson NYG OAK 1 zero 0 0 0 zero zero
- BYE - Chris Ogbonnaya CLE BYE three 4 zero 1 fifty one 115 166 12 4.three 15 0
- BYE - Foswhitt Whittaker CLE BYE 2 four zero 1 22 48 70 7 three.1 7 zero
- BYE - Willis McGahee CLE BYE 1 four zero zero a hundred thirty five 2 137 fifty one 2.7 3 0
- BYE - Jamaal Charles KC BYE 1 4 3 0 328 139 467 78 four.2 19 zero
- BYE - Anthony Sherman KC BYE three four zero 1 2 33 35 1 2 5 zero
- BYE - Knile Davis KC BYE 2 4 0 zero 18 eleven 29 5 3.6 2 zero
- BYE - Cyrus Grey KC BYE 4 four zero 0 3 zero 3 1 3 zero 0
- BYE - Stevan Ridley NE BYE 1 four 6 zero 340 26 366 seventy one 4.eight 6 0
- BYE - Brandon Bolden NE BYE 2 four 2 0 113 23 136 24 four.7 5 0
- BYE - LeGarrette Blount NE BYE three 4 1 zero 106 zero 106 24 four.4 zero zero
- BYE - Shane Vereen NE BYE 6 zero 0 0 zero zero 0
- BYE - Mike Goodson NYJ BYE 4 1 0 0 29 10 39 four 7.three 1 zero
- BYE - Chris Ivory NYJ BYE 2 FA-A four 1 zero 270 -2 268 sixty two 4.four 1 0
- BYE - Bilal Powell NYJ BYE 1 four 0 zero eighty four 40 124 31 2.7 7 0
- BYE - Tommy Bohanon NYJ BYE four zero 0 21 11 32 6 three.5 1 0
- BYE - Alex Inexperienced NYJ BYE 3 3 0 0 20 7 27 3 6.7 1 0

DAMAGE DEFINITIONS

  • P – Possible – player has a 75 percent likelihood of playing
  • Q – Questionable – player has a 50 percent probability of taking part in
  • D – Doubtful – participant has a 25 p.c likelihood of enjoying
  • O – Out – participant is just not going to play
  • IR – Injured Reserve – player is out for the remainder of the season

KFFL Fantasy Football Rankings Key

Be aware – Displayed statistics are from previous 4 weeks unless less than 4 weeks of information is accessible.

RK – Total rank, not absolute rank; every possibility is part of a tier of one or more gamers

Fan Pos – Fantasy position and/or standing of player this week for 12-crew leagues with sixteen-player rosters

1 No. 1 possibility at place this week INJ-XXX Injured; enjoying standing for this week is indicated by GTD (sport-time determination), QUE (questionable), DBT (uncertain) or OUT
2 No. 2 possibility at position this week INJ Injured; enjoying standing for this week is to be determined
three No. 3 choice at position this week INJ-PUP Injured; on Bodily Unable to Carry out checklist and never eligible to play till group activates him
Flex Choice for flex spot at position this week INJ-NFI Injured; on Non-Football Injury list and never eligible to play until team prompts him
Bench Not a beneficial possibility at place this week INJ-IR Injured; on Reserve/Injured checklist and never eligible to play this season
BYE On a bye and never playing this week  MNG Ranking can be up to date following Monday evening game

Tier – Grouping of equally ranked choices this week; one player could also be considered over others in same tier primarily based on preference

Rnk Chng – Signifies if participant has moved up or down since previous release of rankings

UP-NR Was not ranked in earlier release UP-## Has moved up since previous release; number signifies previous rank
DN-## Has moved up since previous release; quantity indicates previous rank

SP/WP – Signifies if participant has a matchup that makes him a strong play or a weak play this week

SP Has a good matchup and will exceed usual manufacturing; not an endorsement to play any participant in one tier over one in a higher tier WP Has an unfavorable matchup and could fail to fulfill level of traditional production; not an endorsement to bench any player in one tier in favor of 1 in a decrease tier

FA – Signifies if player is a goal on waiver wire or in free-agent pool

FA-A Could also be out there in your league and must be acquired, particularly in the event you need help at place FA-WL Could also be available in your league and must be monitored, especially if you need assistance at place. He could also be worthy of buying quickly
FA-L May be out there in your league and might be acquired, especially should you need assistance at place FA-OW May be out there in your league and needs to be acquired when you want a one-week play; has a positive matchup but might not necessarily have long-term worth

 

 

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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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Week 7 injuries

Jake Locker could be back on the field just three weeks after being carted off it. (USATSI)
Jake Locker may very well be back on the sector simply three weeks after being carted off it. (USATSI)

For extra harm information and notes from across the league, be sure you check out CBSSports.com’s NFL Rumors blog. And here is your hyperlink for the excellent list of recreation-day inactives.

Patriots Day: Danny Amendola out, Aqib Talib uncertain, Rob Gronkowski cleared to play

Vast receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) positively won’t be taking part in on Sunday and it’s unlikely cornerback Aqib Talib will either. Talib, who injured his hip flexor towards the Saints is listed as uncertain. One person who might play is tight finish Rob Gronkowksi. Gronk has been medically cleared to play and is listed as questionable, meaning the Patriots feel there is a 50/50 probability he’ll be on the sphere against the Jets. Even when Gronk would not play, you’ll be able to nonetheless buy his t-shirt.

Titans quarterback Jake Locker needs to play, reportedly will start

After being carted off the sphere in Tennessee’s Week four win over the Jets with a knee and hip harm, the Titans thought they were going to lose quarterback Jake Locker for 4-8 weeks. Locker’s been a fast-healer and he could be on the field towards the 49ers on Sunday, after only lacking two weeks of play. NFL.com has reported that Locker will be the team’s starter in opposition to San Francisco. Locker, who took the vast majority of the first crew snaps in follow on Friday, is offcially listed as questionable. Titans coach Mike Munchak did not rule out Locker presumably starting, “We’ve not decided but,” Munchak mentioned on Friday. The Titans have a Week eight bye, so if he sits out the 49ers sport, he would have an additional week to heal.

Calvin Johnson listed as probable, nonetheless not 100 percent

After a being a surprise scratch in Week 5, Lions vast receiver Calvin Johnson returned last week towards the Browns and performed in 38 offensive snaps. Johnson is listed as probable this week and is anticipated to play, however he’s nonetheless not one hundred pc, in line with Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. “It’s not an in a single day factor to get back to one hundred pc, but he’s working very onerous to get there,” Linehan stated, via the Detroit Free Press.

Falcons will probably be flying with out Roddy White, Steven Jackson

Matt Ryan’s working out of weapons in Atlanta. Extensive receiver Roddy White (ankle) and working back Steven Jackson (hamstring) have each been dominated out for Sunday’s game in opposition to the Buccaneers. For White, it will be the primary recreation he is missed of his nine-year profession and finish a streak of 133 consecutive games played in. After all, the Falcons offense won’t have Julio Jones both, Jones was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 9 after fracturing his foot in Week 5 against the Jets.

DeMarco Murray and DeMarcus Ware are each uncertain in Week 7

Roddy White won’t be the only participant missing the primary sport of his profession, Cowboys defensive finish DeMarcus Ware may too. Ware’s streak of 134 consecutive video games performed in might finish against the Eagles. Despite an initial report that Ware (thigh) would be out a month, Ware insists he would possibly play, however it’s unlikely – officially he’s listed as doubtful. Running again DeMarco Murray is also listed as uncertain and is not expected to play.

Michael Vick has ruled himself out vs. Cowboys; Eagles say he is questionable

Chip Kelly hasn’t formally ruled out Michael Vick for Sunday, but Michael Vick has. Vick said he is not playing this week as a result of his injured hamstring is worse than he thought it was going to be. Regardless that Vick’s dominated himself out and is not anticipated to play, he was formally listed as questionable on the Eagles last harm report this week.

Santonio Holmes is out for the Jets and it is the media’s fault

Santonio Holmes hasn’t played since Week 4 and he won’t be returning this week. Holmes remains to be rehabbing his hamstring, rehab that will be going better if the media wasn’t messing it up. “I used to be simply on the rehab desk and I needed to get taken off the desk to come do interviews, so yes I do,” Holmes said this week when asked if the media was interrupting his remedy.

Matt Schaub is out in Houston; Case Keenum’s in

Matt Schaub won’t be the Texans starting quarterback in Kansas Metropolis, that honor will go to Case Keenum, an undrafted free agent signed by Houston in 2012. Schaub, who injured his ankle and foot against the Rams, won’t play at all against the Chiefs, coach Gary Kubiak stated. T.J. Yates will serve as the Texans No. 2 quarterback.


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Falcons’ White to miss first game of career

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Hamstring and ankle accidents will preserve Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White sidelined for Sunday’s game in opposition to Tampa Bay, ending his consecutive games streak at 133.

White suffered the hamstring harm in the Falcons’ 30-28 Week 5 loss to the New York Jets. He beforehand sustained a excessive-ankle sprain throughout the preseason.

The four-time Professional Bowler didn’t observe this week. White previously expressed hope to return to 100% following last week’s bye, however that was before the hamstring harm surfaced. He was officially dominated out Friday.

White had played in each recreation since joining the Falcons as a first-spherical draft decide in 2005, with 112 begins. He final missed a game at any level on Sept. 29, 2001 – his freshman season at UAB, in accordance with college officials.

His absence Sunday means the Falcons might be without their two top receivers. Julio Jones suffered a season-ending foot damage in opposition to the Jets. Tight finish Tony Gonzalez will be counted on even more with Jones and White out.

Teammates still marvel over White enjoying in 133 consecutive NFL games.

“It is an amazing streak,” receiver Harry Douglas mentioned. “It is goes to show you what sort of participant he is, the durability that he has. I like it. I look up to him. He’s a big brother to me.”

White is the group’s sixth-main receiver with 14 catches for 129 yards.

Operating again Steven Jackson, who did not apply all week, additionally has been dominated out for the fourth straight sport attributable to a hamstring harm.

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Source: Falcons’ Jones could miss season

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons are concerned that extensive receiver Julio Jones will miss the rest of the season with a foot harm, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Falcons coach Mike Smith addressed Jones’ status throughout a news convention Tuesday afternoon, saying it was “untimely” to call it a season-ending harm.

However Smith acknowledged that “the primary diagnosis was not encouraging” before confirming that Jones will search a second opinion Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.

The possibility that Jones might miss the rest of the season came as a surprise to him, a source close to the Professional Bowl receiver instructed ESPN. Jones has said that the pain in his foot just isn’t unbearable, based on the source.

Jones will seek the second opinion from noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, a source told ESPN.

Jones suffered the injury throughout Monday night time’s 30-28 loss to the New York Jets. X-rays taken after the sport were clean, but Jones had a CT scan Tuesday morning that may have indicated a more severe injury.

“I do not want to get into the specifics about what foot it is,” Smith said. “He did injure his foot last night time and was capable of full the sport. He had a check this morning and goes for a second opinion tomorrow. The primary prognosis was not that encouraging.”

Jones has a league-leading forty one catches for 580 yards – second only to New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham – and two touchdowns this season. The Pro Bowler is second in the NFL with 231 yards after catches.

“He’ll be a hard guy to interchange, if we now have to switch him,” Smith mentioned Tuesday.

The injury is to the identical foot that Jones injured earlier than the 2011 season, a supply mentioned. The day after his workout at the 2011 NFL mix, Jones was diagnosed with a damaged foot and ultimately underwent surgery. Despite the harm, Jones was selected by Atlanta with the sixth general pick and appeared in thirteen video games that season.

Fox Sports earlier reported that Jones is perhaps out for the 12 months.

Dropping Jones would be a major blow for a Falcons workforce already hit laborious by accidents.

Atlanta (1-4) has not had working again Steven Jackson since he suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2, and receiver Roddy White was knocked out of Monday’s recreation with a hamstring harm.

Dropping Jones would take away quarterback Matt Ryan’s high vertical menace. Jones had eight catches for 99 yards against the Jets, together with a forty six-yarder.

It remained unclear how Jones was injured. He had been restricted in practice throughout the season because of knee problems, and he banged up his leg in a Week 4 loss to the New England Patriots.

Harry Douglas is listed as Jones’ backup on Atlanta’s depth chart. The Falcons even have Drew Davis and Kevin Cone in the receiving corps but seemingly should add one other receiver to the combo. The workforce is not currently seeking a trade for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon or every other receiver, a league supply informed ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Jones can be the fourth starter placed on injured reserve for the reason that begin of the common season, joining defensive end Kroy Biermann, fullback Bradie Ewing and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

Weatherspoon was positioned on brief-time period IR with a foot harm and is eligible to return in Week 11.

The Falcons have a bye this week before returning to action against Tampa Bay on Oct. 20.

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Week 4 Injury Report; New York Giants could have trouble blocking Kansas City Chiefs’ rushers

NFL: Denver Broncos at New York Giants

The New York Giants are zero-3 and must go on the street to face the three-zero Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. They’ll be doing so with out no less than two-fifths — and maybe three-fifths — of their offensive line.

Heart David Baas and proper guard Chris Snee are officially out for the sport. In addition, proper deal with David Diehl is listed as uncertain with a thumb damage.

The Giants have allowed 11 sacks this season, however seven got here last week (and six within the first 17 minutes of play) towards the Carolina Panthers. The Chiefs have an NFL-best 15 sacks, together with six last week.

Left sort out William Beatty, who has struggled to move block, must deal with Chiefs move rusher Tamba Hali a lot of the sport. Rookie right deal with Justin Pugh, who additionally has taken some severe lumps, should attempt to cease the Chiefs’ Justin Houston, the NFL’s chief in sacks with 7.5. No indication who will start in Baas’ place at heart and need to content material with nostril deal with Dontari Poe, who is off to a fantastic start.

Oh, and the Giants also can be without cornerback Corey Webster, who has been dominated out, too. Apart from that, they’re in nice form.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, tight end Travis Kelce (knee) is out once more, and 5 common contributors are listed as questionable: guard Jeff Allen (groin), tight finish Anthony Fasano (ankle/knee), corner Brandon Flowers (knee), and safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle).

Now onto the rest of the significant injuries for Sunday’s games:

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Payments: Ray Rice (hip) is listed as questionable however is likely to go on this one, barring any setbacks. However the workforce’s depth can be examined with a slew of contributors listed as questionable or doubtful. Excellent news, Bills fans: Safety Jairus Byrd is listed as questionable, which is an enchancment, though so are defensive finish Mario Williams (ankle) and working back C.J. Spiller (quad).

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns: Brian Hoyer once more will begin at quarterback for Brandon Weeden (thumb), who’s out. Jabaal Sheard (knee) is listed as uncertain, which might harm that proficient front seven. The Bengals are suffering from a hamstring epidemic in the secondary: Leon Hall, Dre Kirkpatrick and Reggie Nelson all are listed at uncertain, so maybe Hoyer can have another big sport throwing the ball.

(USA Right now Sports Pictures) Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions: It appears Bears corner Charles Tillman (groin/knee) might be a go, which units up an amazing battle against the Lions’ passing sport. Henry Melton is finished for the season with a torn ACL, leaving the Bears’ D-line a bit skinny. For the Lions, receiver Nate Burleson (forearm) is out, and 4 are questionable, together with defensive finish Ziggy Ansah (stomach) and right deal with Jason Fox (groin). Fox practiced totally Friday; Ansah practiced on a restricted foundation.

Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans: The Seahawks will likely be painfully thin up front if center Max Unger (arm) and right sort out Breno Giacomini (knee), both uncertain, can’t go along with left tackle Russell Okung already on injured reserve. J.J Watt must be licking his lips if they all are out. The Texans have a slew of players listed as questionable — left sort out Duane Brown (toe), cornerbacks Kareem Jackson (illness) and Johnathan Joseph (toe), receiver Andre Johnson (shin) and linebacker Darryl Sharpton (hip/foot) — who have an opportunity to play.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars: The shock is that Colts operating again Ahmad Bradshaw, who apparently suffered a neck injury throughout his breakout sport at San Francisco, and will likely be out for this one. That sets up an enormous workload within the good setting for brand spanking new working again Trent Richardson. Safety LaRon Landry is also out. Blaine Gabbert is again to beginning for the Jaguars at quarterback, and a lot of the group’s core can be available, too.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings (in London): We very effectively might see the NFL debut of Steelers rookie operating again Le’Veon Bell, who’s listed as probable and certain would begin. But just as the Steelers are getting more healthy, the Vikings are banged up. With Christian Ponder (rib) out, Matt Cassel will get his first start with the workforce. Also out: corner Chris Prepare dinner (groin), tight end Rhett Ellison (knee) and security Jamarca Sanford (hamstring).

Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Two Cardinals defenders, nose deal with Dan Williams (personal) and linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring), have been ruled out. Rashad Johnson, who lost part of his finger in final week’s loss, could play — he’s questionable — however would wear a club-like forged on his hand if he does. Wow. New Buccaneers beginning quarterback Mike Glennon is hoping that his two predominant receivers, Vincent Jackson (rib) and Mike Williams (hamstring), can go; both are listed as questionable.

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans: With Chris Ivory (hamstring) out, Bilal Powell should begin at operating again for the Jets and could be poised for a nice game. Also out is nook Dee Milliner (hamstring), who had been off to a tricky begin this season. Titans receiver Kenny Britt (neck/ribs) is listed as questionable.

Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos: The Eagles are available healthy, with only harried safety Patrick Chung dominated out; only one different participant — left tackle Jason Peters — made the checklist, and he is possible. Nook Champ Bailey (foot) is listed questionable and very effectively may make his season debut, but security Duke Ihenacho (ankle) might be on the surface looking in.

(USA Right now Sports Pictures) Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders: The large question is Terrelle Pryor — the Raiders’ quarterback suffered a concussion against the Broncos on Monday, and although he practiced Friday, there nonetheless is doubt if he can go. In any other case, welcome Matt Flynn to the lineup. The Redskins can have most hands on deck, but tight finish Fred Davis (ankle) is considered one of 5 players at questionable.

Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers: Miles Austin’s hamstring points, which have been happening a number of seasons now, continue as he’s been ruled out. It appears that Dwayne Harris, regardless of a hip damage (questionable), could take his spot in the lineup as the slot receiver. Expect Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o to make his season debut after lacking the first three games with a pesky foot damage.

New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons: Steven Jackson (hip) is out for a minimum of another week, and once again receivers Roddy White (ankle) and Julio Jones (knee) are questionable, although each have played by pain thus far. Joining them at the 50-50 mark are cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) and left sort out Sam Baker (knee/foot). There are reports that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss yet another recreation, however could Danny Amendola (groin) return? Keep tuned; it seemingly will be a Sunday decision.


 

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Steelers could get Heath Miller, Le’Veon Bell back for crucial matchup

(USA Right this moment Sports Images) Sunday night might see the debut of two key Steelers — one for this season, the opposite for his career.

The team has been with out key offensive cog Heath Miller at tight finish, and it has soldiered on too with out running back Le’Veon Bell, who was expected to be their bell cow again this season.

Both practice fully this week at instances, so each may very well be on the sphere when the zero-2 Steelers take on the 2-0 Chicago Bears in Pittsburgh. They’d be returning at a crucial juncture, as the offense has struggled mightily and the warmth has been turned up on coordinator Todd Haley.

Still, Miller is listed as questionable, meaning he has a 50-50 chance of playing. Bell is probable, so he has a seventy five percent probability of constructing his NFL debut this week. On protection, cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) stays out.

The Bears, meanwhile, could be with out one in all their key defenders. Cornerback Charles Tillman has solely practiced this week on a limited basis with a knee. Extensive receiver Brandon Marshall (back), offensive guard Kyle Lengthy (back) and tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder) all are listed as probable.

Here’s a take a look at some of the other key accidents from around the NFL for Sunday’s video games:

(USA Right this moment Sports activities Photographs) Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens: Ravens running back Ray Rice (hip) is listed as uncertain, as is defensive tackle Chris Canty. They both needs to be thought of recreation-time choices. This game likely will mark the return of safety Ed Reed to Baltimore, though he’s nonetheless listed as questionable for the Texans. Receiver Andre Johnson (concussion) has been cleared to play and is probable to go.

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers: The massive information for the Giants is that cornerback Corey Webster (hip) is listed as uncertain, which is a tricky blow for a shallow secondary, depth-smart. The Panthers will definitely be taxed of their defensive backfield with security Quintin Mikell (ankle), and corners D.J. Moore (knee) and Josh Thomas (concussion) all listed as out, and cornerback James Dockery (thumb, shoulder) questionable.

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals: Working back Eddie Lacy (concussion) missed Friday’s observe and is listed as questionable, but James Starks is anticipated to start out for the Packers. We’ll have to wait another week not less than before security Morgan Burnett returns. For the Bengals, defensive end Robert Geathers (elbow) is out and nook Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) is uncertain; each received harm in Monday’s win over the Steelers.

St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys: Wide receiver Dez Bryant has gotten some excellent news on his again, and although he’ll have to play via some ache, he’ll give it a go, apparently. He’s listed as possible, along with corner Morris Claiborne (shoulder), quarterback Tony Romo (ribs) and defensive end DeMarcus Ware (neck). Fellow finish Anthony Spencer (knee) is questionable. The Rams shall be with out offensive deal with Rodger Saffold (knee), but most of the different key contributors needs to be ready for Sunday.

Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings: With Brandon Weeden (proper thumb) out, the Browns will call on Brian Hoyer — not Jason Campbell — to start for the second time in his profession. The final one was last season with the Cardinals, in a loss to the 49ers in Week 17. Different key Browns accidents: Ahtyba Rubin (calf) is questionable, and offensive guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is doubtful. The Vikings have myriad injuries, however most usually are not that severe; only Rhett Ellison (knee) has been ruled out.

(USA At present Sports Photographs) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots: For the primary time this season, tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is listed as questionable — considered one of six Patriots with such a designation. Gronk might be a recreation-time determination, reportedly. Receiver Danny Amendola (groin) is uncertain, and never expected to play. For the Bucs, guard Carl Nicks is expected to make his debut Sunday, although he’s listed as questionable. He has been out since August with a foot damage.

Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and running again Rashard Mendenhall (toe) have been battling accidents and every are listed as questionable, though anticipated to offer it a go Sunday. The Saints once more will likely be hurting on protection, with safety Roman Harper (knee) out, defensive sort out Brodrick Bunkley (calf) questionable and a slew of players nicked up and listed as probable. Guard Jahri Evans (hamstring) and working back Mark Ingram (toe) also are questionable.

San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans: Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd, who suffered a scary neck damage final week, is out, and linebacker Manti Te’o stays doubtful with a foot damage. Two other key Chargers — linebacker Donald Butler (groin) and right sort out D.J. Fluker (concussion) — are questionable. The Titans can be with out running back Shonn Greene (knee) and defensive deal with Sammie Lee Hill (ankle) however otherwise needs to be in first rate form.

Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins: The excellent news for Detroit is that Reggie Bush, questionable with a knee, seems ready to go. The Redskins have 5 gamers listed as questionable — defensive ends Stephen Bowen (knee) and Kedric Golston (abdomen), kicker Kai Forbath (proper groin), receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring, hip) and safety Brandon Meriweather (concussion).

(USA At the moment Sports Photographs) Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins: The Falcons are among the extra banged up groups within the NFL. After placing Sean Weatherspoon and Kroy Biermann on the harm list this week (Weatherspoon can return later), the protection additionally might need to be with out corner Asante Samuel (thight) and the offense won’t have left sort out Sam Baker (knee, foot) and operating back Steven Jackson (hamstring), each of whom have been ruled out. Receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White proceed to intestine their manner by way of injuries, too. The Dolphins listed heart Mike Pouncey (ankle) and receiver Mike Wallace (groin) as questionable, but as a staff they look like getting healthier.

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets: Bills security Jairus Byrd (foot) has been upgraded to questionable after missing the first two weeks, but corner Stephon Gilmore stays out. The Jets are relatively healthy, with no new accidents.

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers: The Colts’ defense comes in slightly banged up, with safety LaRon Landry (ankle) out and linebacker Pat Angerer (knee) listed uncertain. The 49ers went from one participant on the injury listing final week, to 10 this week. Most everybody should play, but tight finish Vernon Davis (hamstring), running again LaMichael James (knee), defensive deal with Ray McDonald (each ankles) and security Eric Reid (concussion) are all questionable.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks: The 0-2 Jaguars, practically 20-point canine, have dominated out 4 players, including quarterback Blaine Gabbert (throwing hand) and tight finish Marcedes Lewis (calf), so Chad Henne once more will start. The Seahawks shall be without left sort out Russell Okung, who was positioned on the quick-time period IR with a toe damage, however are pretty healthy in any other case.

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Falcons running back Steven Jackson questionable after thigh bruise

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Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson was off to a superb begin against his former workforce. Sadly, for Jackson, his day could have come to an finish.

Jackson scored on an 8-yard landing reception from Matt Ryan for a 7-0 lead towards the St. Louis Rams within the first quarter, and Jackson seemed poised for a very good outing against his former workforce.

During Jackson’s landing reception, Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree hit the operating again as he was moving into the top zone. Consequently, Jackson acquired a thigh bruise.

Jacquizz Rodgers is presently starting at running back during Jackson’s absence.

If vengeance is supposed to sweet, Jackson has been compelled to swallow a bitter capsule at this time.

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Mostly NFL Notes: A Week 1 Recap

LeSean McCoy is in store for a huge season (USAT)

I guess on the Steelers to win more than 9.5 games, to win the NFC North and to win the Tremendous Bowl this season, but when that wasn’t enough on the line Sunday, I picked them in my Survivor league. To be honest, I hated all of the Week 1 options and wasn’t shocked I lost, however this wasn’t only a “pot odds” play – I really thought they have been more prone to win than the Colts and Patriots (the latter two each almost losing yet securing a win inside the ultimate 10 seconds of each their video games was completely salt in a big wound). Pittsburgh not only misplaced, but they did so after being gifted a security on their first play of the season. Their offense wouldn’t score a single level until 1:23 left in the fourth quarter at home against a Tennessee group that allowed an NFL-high 29.four points per recreation last season. Losing a center (especially so early on and a good one in Maurkice Pouncey) is definitely one of many more durable positions to replace mid-recreation, but that’s still inexcusable.

I always talk about working again being probably the most fungible place in soccer, but there’s a threshold for which it turns into an issue, and Pittsburgh has officially reached it. Isaac Redman had two fumbles throughout the first 20 minutes, including shedding one inside Tennessee’s 5-yard line, and the workforce bought 2.1 YPC. I still believe in Pittsburgh’s defense and Ben Roethlisberger (and each other workforce within the division misplaced Sunday, although the Steelers have been the only favorites to do so), however this was a reasonably discouraging begin, clearly. Here’s a (fairly closely) favored house group who allowed 117 internet yards passing and a pair of.7 YPC and yet misplaced (pretty handily I would add)…Le’Veon Bell can’t return quickly enough. Clearly, Pitt’s backfield must be completely avoided in any respect prices till then…Chris Johnson lost GL work to Jackie Battle even after Shonn Greene left hurt, but CJ ought to have a lot better days ahead. Don’t worry about him.

Here’s my Speedy React to the Denver/Baltimore game.

Here’s a fairly crazy successful play on a squib kick.

Comparing E.J. Manuel to Tom Brady, the rookie had a better completion percentage, YPA and QB Score whereas taking two fewer sacks and committing two fewer turnovers whereas throwing for the same amount of touchdowns. Despite this whereas taking part in at home and in addition scoring a defensive TD, Buffalo nonetheless misplaced…I wrote off 32-year-old Fred Jackson this season, however he averaged 5.2 YPC in contrast to C.J. Spiller’s 2.four, with the latter additionally dropping a fumble. Nonetheless, Spiller should nonetheless be valued simply as he was before Sunday’s sport…Speaking of lack of ball safety, whereas I’d prefer to brag about being so excessive on Shane Vereen entering the 12 months, I was additionally all in on Stevan Ridley, who was benched after fumbling twice, together with losing one on a play through which he was untouched (and albeit, looked like he might have been badly injured but wasn’t). Invoice Belichick is so ruthless. Ridley also misplaced a fumble throughout New England’s loss in last year’s playoffs, however that got here throughout a crushing hit that resulted in a serious concussion, and luckily for him and his owners, Vereen can be out the next few weeks after undergoing wrist surgical procedure…It was good to see Danny Amendola intestine it out and play by his groin injury, hauling in 10 catches for 104 yards. It’s simple with him, he’s going to be a fantasy monster as long as he stays wholesome, but that is far from a sure factor…Zach Sudfeld was a complete no show (although this may increasingly have been as a result of harm), and Kenbrell Thompkins someway bought just 3.0 YPT in opposition to a Buffalo secondary decimated by injuries. Julian Edelman has quickly change into fantasy related because of this. Rob Gronkowski will be again quickly, however Edelman recorded seven receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, and simply imagine how important he’d become if Amendola goes down. I’d be VERY aggressive with my FAAB this week on Edelman. He completely has an opportunity to be a serious difference maker.

“I Killed A Man.”

In a week full of surprises (as all the time), the Saints/Falcons sport combining for just forty factors was certainly considered one of them. Furthermore, those who have been Steven Jackson haters in the preseason (myself included) pointed to his high career dashing attempts with the pondering being he’ll wear down and won’t be environment friendly, whereas the counter was he’ll be a workhorse and score a bunch of TDs in Atlanta’s system. So naturally, he gets 7.0 YPC (and added five catches for 45 yards) while getting simply eleven carries and not scoring, even ceding a carry contained in the 5-yard line to Jacquizz Rodgers. Go figure…It’s fairly humorous Roddy White is now letting the world know he’s more injured than Atlanta led on…The Saints’ working back situation remains as muddled as ever, and after lots of praise about Mark Ingram being healthier and extra explosive than ever within the preseason, the third-yr again managed just 1.2 YPC towards an Atlanta entrance seven that allowed 4.8 YPC and 16 rushing scores last season, which isn’t precisely encouraging.

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Anyone who is aware of playing quickly realized this week’s Bucs/Jets sport was an apparent “go ugly” play, as more than 90% of the public cash was on Tampa Bay. I’d have said the same thing even when the Bucs coated, as the point is you’ll win these varieties as a rule in the long run (although to be fair, I need to say I lost my one teaser bet this week)…Did Kellen Winslow actually secure seven of eight targets for 79 yards and a touchdown against a robust Tampa defense with a uncooked rookie QB throwing to him? I’ve to say I didn’t see that coming…Stephen Hill has the bodily attributes to be a beast, so his ability to be a fantasy factor will probably be straight tied to Geno Smith’s growth…Doug Martin not solely obtained 2.7 YPC and lost a fumble, but he one way or the other additionally had unfavorable receiving yards whereas seeing six targets. At the least he scored a five-yard touchdown, regardless of being the worst objective-line runner in the NFL final season…Lavonte David’s private foul on a late hit on Smith when the result was nearly certainly solidified will definitely go down as one of the crazier methods to lose a football sport this season.

Here’s an epic “bad beat” poker face.

Around 20 minutes into Week 1, three groups led 2-zero, which isn’t precisely normal (a fourth security later occurred Monday night). A kind of groups was the Jaguars, who would find yourself dropping 28-2 at home in opposition to a KC squad that finished an NFL-worst 2-14 final season…Alex Smith by some means recorded a 94.four QB Score whereas getting 5.1 YPA, however Dwayne Bowe owners must be concerned. Smith is without query an improve over Matt Cassel, however his unwillingness to go downfield goes to really harm Bowe’s fantasy worth. Nonetheless, Smith threw for 25 percent of the Chiefs’ total TD passes all of last season Sunday…Cecil Shorts pulled down simply 27.3 p.c of the passes headed his method, getting an anemic three.6 YPT in the course of. Of course, it wasn’t his fault. Blaine Gabbert, who was dealing with a Chiefs secondary that allowed eight.zero YPA with an NFL-excessive 99.9 QB Ranking final season, completed just 45.7 % of his passes with a 3.5 YPA mark while taking six sacks and posting a zero:2 TD:INT ratio. I don’t care if this is a controversial assertion, but I really feel like Gabbert isn’t Jacksonville’s long-time period solution at quarterback.

Here’s a large boulder almost crushing a automobile in China.

Carolina was spectacular defensively, holding the Seahawks to simply 12 points. This front seven is legit, although Greg Hardy, who set his objective to report 50 sacks this season, better step it up after getting none Sunday. Still, Russell Wilson managed to quietly full 75.eight percent of his passes for 320 yards (9.7 YPA) anyway. This play was just foolish. I’m beginning to assume teams overly fearful about his peak during last year’s draft…Golden Tate had a disappointing efficiency, particularly for me, as I personal him in practically all of my leagues, however not less than he saw seven targets (Sidney Rice noticed simply three, in comparison)…With a sixty nine.6 completion percentage and a 5.four YPA, the Panthers didn’t exactly attack downfield, though a few Greg Olsen drops didn’t assist…Robert Turbin appears to be Seattle’s clear RB2 proper now, but I still say Christine Michael is a difference maker in some unspecified time in the future…With 2:14 left in the fourth quarter after a Marshawn Lynch run, the Panthers referred to as a timeout, to which announcer Tim Ryan said: “I may have saved that final timeout until after the 2-minute warning.” It’s virtually as if Ryan doesn’t understand probably the most rudimentary math. We’ve been over this easy equation for years now, but somebody whose profession is looking NFL games nonetheless doesn’t get it. Ugh.

Here’s The Faux Being pregnant Prank.

The Browns have an underrated defense, however 10 carries for 3 yards is the kind of performance to get Lamar Miller fantasy homeowners rightfully involved, particularly when it’s accompanied by just one target. Daniel Thomas definitely didn’t do significantly better, getting simply 1.8 YPC, but he at the least reached pay filth. If Miller doesn’t bounce again in Week 2 in opposition to an Indy D that was gashed for 5.1 YPC last season, it will be time to formally panic…I’m firmly on the Trent Richardson bandwagon, however he’s now rushed for fewer than fifty five yards in 9 of his 16 career video games…Mike Wallace had one catch for 15 yards on 5 seems, whereas Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson combined for 25 targets…It seems the preseason buzz on Jordan Cameron was worthwhile, at the least while Josh Gordon stays suspended…Cameron Wake had 2.5 sacks, as he remains one of the 5 or so most valuable defensive gamers in football.

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It’s pretty remarkable Adrian Peterson had a seventy eight-yard landing run on his first touch of the season (and scored two more instances thereafter) but completed with just ninety three speeding yards. After all, fantasy house owners aren’t complaining…Calvin Johnson wasn’t tackled on the one-yard-line like he generally was last 12 months, however he had a very close TD catch overturned by the booth, making his day quite disappointing…Matthew Stafford is on pace to throw “only” 688 passes this season…Reggie Bush had a monster recreation, totaling 191 yards and a rating, nevertheless it might’ve been a lot bigger, as he had two originally ruled touchdowns overturned by sales space critiques that couldn’t have totaled greater than six inches earlier than reaching the end zone. Even if he’ll proceed to get replaced by Joique Bell at the goal line, only health will prevent Bush from finishing as a top-10 fantasy back.

Here’s a terrible driver who a minimum of realizes as a lot soon after making a poor decision.

While it shouldn’t have needed to come all the way down to it as large favorites at dwelling, Andrew Luck recorded one more recreation-profitable fourth quarter drive Sunday (he had a whopping seven of them final year as a rookie), punctuated by a 19-yard TD run. It was a positive matchup, but Luck played nicely, finishing 78.3 percent of his passes whereas getting 7.7 YPA and posting a 3:zero TD:TO ratio. I totally expected Ahmad Bradshaw to be a worthy RB2 in fantasy leagues, however he ended with just seven carries for 26 yards, so um, my unhealthy…Except accidents strike, T.Y. Hilton goes to go down as a serious fantasy disappointment. He played just 26 snaps…The biggest takeaway right here must be Terrelle Pryor, who seemed quite competent. It was against a suspect Colts D, and he made some terrible mistakes (taking a foul sack on 1st-and-aim with lower than one minute remaining in the fourth quarter jumps out), but he really showed some accuracy while getting 7.5 YPA, and most significantly for fantasy homeowners, ran for 112 yards (the most by any player Sunday!). I’m not projecting Pryor as a positive franchise QB, but I’ll say this, particularly considering the Oakland offensive line in entrance of him, what he confirmed Sunday should make a Raiders fan far more optimistic than they had been two weeks in the past (and in fantasy terms, Pryor’s dashing skill makes him obviously intriguing).

I’m informed this GIF of Lady Gaga is funny, but I don’t get why. I demand this on a regular basis.

Among the non-quarterbacks, I’d argue A.J. Green was the perfect football participant Sunday. He torched a Chicago secondary that allowed just 6.3 YPA and a 71.three QB Score final season for 162 yards (12.5 YPT) and two touchdowns, nevertheless it wasn’t just the numbers, as he hauled in several impressive catches in tight protection. Not that I’m telling you anything you didn’t know, however this was an elite expertise on full display whereas enjoying on the street and with a QB who was 0-for-5 with an interception on passes that traveled 15-plus yards within the air this preseason throwing to him. At minimum, it’s safe to say Green is totally recovered from his current knee injury…Giovani Bernard homeowners can’t be happy with 5 touches, however how long can Cincy keep on with BenJarvus Green-Ellis (14 carries, 25 yards)?…Tyler Eifert positive seems like a future star…Martellus Bennett saw extra targets Sunday than he did all of the preseason with his new staff…Matt Forte was held to only 50 speeding yards on 19 attempts, however a one-yard TD conversion is large for a RB who went three-for-33 on the GL from 2009-2011.

Here’s a highschool soccer player getting his helmet twisted backward, then leveled.

Not only did Jared Cook have seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns, however he also lost a fumble on the 1-yard line a mere second before scoring, so he practically reached pay dust three times against an Arizona secondary that allowed an NFL-low seventy one.2 QB Score final season. Looks like Cook’s a lot-delayed breakout would possibly actually finally be in retailer…Chris Givens and Golden Tate, two of my favourite mid-round extensive receiver targets, didn’t precisely get off to great starts in Week 1…Daryl Richardson left banged up, however he returned and totaled 99 yards on 25 touches as the staff’s clear lead again. It was more encouraging than discouraging for fantasy owners…I’m beginning to assume Larry Fitzgerald may put up better numbers with Carson Palmer now his quarterback.

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What a game between the 49ers and Packers. Many extra of those this yr, and there’s going to be issues in the Del Don family, and I say that on behalf of my six-month outdated daughter…First off, Aaron Rodgers is so good it’s almost unfair. Some of the throws he made Sunday have been simply ridiculous, and his interception was one hundred pc Jermichael Finley’s fault (despite that, the tight end did look good, living as much as the preseason hype)…Eddie Lacy was benched for an excellent period after losing a fumble, but it surely’s clear who’s the crew’s No. 1 again. Lacy is in retailer for a huge rookie season. Buy him now in case your league gives something resembling a discount…Jordy Nelson seemed implausible…There have been three 10+ catch, 200+ yard receiving season opening performances in NFL historical past, and Anquan Boldin now has two of them. Clearly, there’s nowhere to go however down, however don’t consider this a total fluke. Boldin is clearly SF’s WR1 and ought to be treated as a high-20 fantasy WR transferring forward, if not high-15…Since entering the league in 2011, Aldon Smith is tied for essentially the most sacks within the NFL (35)…Frank Gore was held to only 44 yards on 21 carries, however the vision he exhibited on his TD run was pretty much as good as it gets.

So the question is no longer “will Vernon Davis dwell up to the preseason hype?” It’s now “Jimmy Graham or Davis?”…Colin Kaepernick had never thrown for 300 yards in a daily season recreation earlier than reaching 412 Sunday. During his final two outings in opposition to the Packers, Kaepernick has totaled 878 yards and 7 touchdowns. Factoring in age and wage, I’d love to listen to an argument he’s not probably the most worthwhile commodity in the NFL…With 9:fifty one left in the second quarter, Mike McCarthy accepted an illegal formation penalty that resulted in a 3rd-and-6 for the 49ers against what would have been 4th-and-1. As insane as that call was, issues only received weirder thereafter, as the following play resulted in Kaepernick getting tackled late out of bounds by Clay Matthews, which was a personal foul penalty through which Joe Staley retaliated and acquired certainly one of his personal. The refs ruled them offsetting and had the teams replay third down, only since they were each useless ball fouls, it ought to have been 4th-and-2. The ensuing play was a Boldin TD, so SF caught a fairly enormous break.

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The Cowboys had never beaten the Giants at dwelling since the opening of their new stadium, and they gained by simply five points Sunday night time regardless of a plus-five turnover margin in fairly a bizarre sport. The Manning brothers mixed for 912 passing yards and 11 touchdowns throughout Week 1. They face each other in Week 2…The Giants dedicated three turnovers within the first 6:10 of the sport. David Wilson has three lost fumbles throughout Week 1s towards the Cowboys. He has zero fumbles in his other 15 profession video games performed. Buy him right now, please…Dez Bryant, who had 879 yards and 10 touchdowns over the ultimate eight video games of final 12 months, tallied 22 yards on eight targets Sunday evening against a Giants secondary that allowed an NFL-excessive eight.1 YPA last season. It’s clear defenses are going to be paying extra consideration to him in 2013, and while I wish to say ignore Week 1, his foot sprain is at least a bit worrisome…Jason Witten somehow scored simply three touchdowns final season regardless of recording essentially the most catches (110) by a good end in NFL historical past. It’s unclear if the preseason chatter of involving him more in the red zone was real or simply pure regression was in charge, however his present fantasy owners are sure blissful to see him catch two touchdowns Sunday night time…Tony Romo’s 33 go attempts in the first half had been a profession excessive, and fantasy homeowners can breathe a sigh of reduction his rib harm isn’t critical…Dallas trailed in every sport final season earlier than never falling behind against the Giants on Sunday evening.

Here’s a pretty sick touchdown scored on a fake punt.

Here’s a sixth-grader making a legit hurdle.

Despite a questionable backward go that led to a Washington defensive touchdown, the Chip Kelly Philadelphia period couldn’t have gotten off to a extra impressive begin, because the Eagles ran a whopping fifty three performs in the first half of Monday night’s recreation, when they entered halftime with a 26-7 lead (that rapidly turned 33-7). Philadelphia’s offense became conservative afterward, and it stays to be seen what happens once opposing defenses get extra on tape (and whether or not Michael Vick can stay wholesome), however Philly followers need to be awfully excited proper now…DeSean Jackson goes to be a prime-15 fantasy WR for many weeks through which he’s healthy…LeSean McCoy’s means to interrupt tackles mixed with this technique goes to lead to massive issues. I’ll say he has a 45 percent likelihood of ending with better numbers than Adrian Peterson, and also you’re loopy if you happen to don’t have him as the clear No. 2 fantasy participant…Pierre Garcon had eleven targets and regarded wholesome. Big numbers are to come back…Clearly it was a fairly dismal begin to Alfred Morris’ season, but it surely shouldn’t be something to fret about transferring forward…Washington committed the fewest turnovers within the NFL last season and but had two (including a safety that might as properly have been another) through the group’s first three possessions Monday night time (and later added another)…Robert Griffin was flat out bad early on, as he was clearly rusty. His mechanics were means off, resulting in uncharacteristically inaccurate throws. However RG3 rebounded in a giant approach, placing up some good fourth quarter stats that his fantasy homeowners had to appreciate. His early efficiency shouldn’t be a lot of a fear considering he didn’t play a snap in the preseason. Griffin’s recovery will be a process, but he’s solely going to get better from here on out.

Longread of the Week: What Occurs When You Win “The Price Is Proper?”

The Chargers were up 28-7 with lower than five minutes remaining within the third quarter at house and yet by some means managed to lose, not even requiring additional time. And this occurred without Norv Turner being involved! To be honest, it’s laborious not to query the penalty resulting in a primary down in the course of the Texans’ fourth-quarter subject objective attempt that then led to a touchdown. Pretty nebulous…It’s not simple to kick off, not score a defensive touchdown and be up 7-0 just 15 seconds right into a game, but San Diego did so Monday evening. Once more, they still misplaced…After all Ryan Mathews obtained everyone excited trying so good with the early TD catch and but still finished with just 33 yards on 13 carries. He’s a strolling paradox wrapped in a riddle…Andre Johnson had 12 catches for 146 yards on 16 targets yet didn’t score, whereas Eddie Royal had two touchdown catches. It’s nothing new for Johnson, but Royal’s performance completely got here out of nowhere…Arian Foster gained 57 yards on 18 speeding makes an attempt (three.2 YPC) while Ben Tate gained 55 yards on nine carries (6.1). It won’t be as drastic moving ahead, however that is telling.

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Falcons running back Steven Jackson drops three passes in loss against Saints

(USA Today Sports activities Pictures)

Here are two things most individuals didn’t expect when the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints squared off on Sunday.

New Orleans would win because of its defense.

Atlanta would lose due to Steven Jackson.

Jackson dropped three passes in the course of the Falcons’ 23-17 loss to the Saints, however the largest miscue occurred on the most inopportune second. Atlanta took over on its 20-yard line with 3:12 remaining, however marched down the sphere and was on the 3-yard line with fifty four seconds remaining. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan attempted a pass to Jackson, but the operating again dropped the potential game-winning reception.

On the subsequent play, Ryan’s go to Tony Gonzalez was intercepted, and the Saints took over with 43 seconds remaining.

New Orleans’ protection – or lack thereof – was the team’s greatest query mark entering this yr, but the Saints recorded three sacks, compelled two fumbles and one interception during Sean Payton’s return to teaching after serving a one-12 months suspension in 2012.

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Shane Vereen takes what Stevan Ridley fumbles away

Shane Vereen, protecting up (Getty Images)

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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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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Position Primer: Martin, others, proof running theory isn’t dead

Thanks to the Muscle Hamster, RBs are on the upward swing.

Under nearly each roof in America, Momisms are ever-current, entrenched sayings interwoven into the material of family. Growing up in the cornfields of Central Illinois, my mother was no completely different. A few of her favourite quips:

“Eat your greens. Children in China are starving.”

“Decide up your room. I’m your mom, not your maid.”

“Never date a lady named Future. She most likely has daddy points.”

Yep, no stone was left unturned in the Evans household.

This 12 months, if my mom played fantasy soccer, likelihood is she would impart wisdom on anyone who asked. Her recommendation:

“Don’t draft a running back in Round 1, and also you’ll sorely remorse it.”

Listen to mothers. She’s completely right. The running principle, clinging to life last year as a result of rising recognition of backfield timeshares and spike in quarterback values, is again alive and very nicely. Overshadowed by the league’s relentless vertical bombardment, workhorse running backs, although still on the endangered species record, are slowly making a comeback. Going RB-RB is fashionable as soon as again.

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Dictated by league rules and scoring systems, each drafter has their very own private choice when it comes to approaching working back. However, as a result of the tier-to-tier drop-off stays the steepest in Fantasyland (-9.zero factors per game from RB1 to RB24 final 12 months) and because of the continued lack of 300-contact rushers (10 in 2012), it’s imperative for potential investors to pound the position early and often. With absurd six-point per passing touchdown leagues the lone exception, a rusher deserves to be drafted with 11 of the first 12 picks. In normal or PPR settings, only Calvin Johnson has a powerful argument to buck the early run-heavy development.

The pool of high-flight RBs is the deepest its been in years. In a variety-heavy age, multidimensional rushers have turn into all the rage. The reason is obvious. Swiss Army Knives like LeSean McCoy beat defenders in variable methods, a headache for opponents to organize for. A number of RBs possess that sort of talent set. Whether you’re speaking McCoy, Doug Martin, Jamaal Charles, C.J. Spiller or Trent Richardson every has affordable odds of accumulating 1,700-2,000 total yards with 10-15 TDs and 60-plus receptions, eye-popping numbers that, if tallied, would have both sitting atop the RB ranks come January. Others properly-rounded contributors like Matt Forte, Lamar Miller and rookie Le’Veon Bell may not lag far behind.

Of course, given the bodily nature of the place, risk is unavoidable. Since 2008, 41.3 % of RBs drafted contained in the place’s top-12 didn’t end prime-15, a staggering failure charge when compared to QBs and, to a lesser extent, WRs. In a violent sport where vicious hits, awkward cuts and Ryan Mathews shattered collarbones are frequent, it is a gamble every fantasy supervisor should take. Still, the rewards may be grand. Among Yahoo!’s high-five MVPs last yr, three the place running backs.

Last season, fantasy pundits screamed ‘range’ in the early rounds. However, as a consequence of excessive depth at QB, WR (It is dwindling however stays deep) and TE after Jimmy Graham, it’s good to floor-and-pound out of the gate.

Everyone and their mom ought to know that.

Below are urgent questions in regards to the risers, fallers and child crawlers on the RB place this season:

Few would disagree, but Adrian Peterson, off one of many all-time great season, is the consensus No. 1 operating back in common drafts. Get ballsy. What rusher presently ranked outdoors the RB prime-15 according to common drafts is his biggest menace?

Andy – To begin with, I will simply point out the actual cause it’s best to draft Peterson first general. It’s not as a result of he happened to be the No. 1 fantasy again final 12 months, but because he is ranked prime-eight in each season of his career, with five high-three finishes. He’s never had a down yr. His flooring continues to be first-round worth. That said, give me DeMARCO MURRAY and DARREN McFADDEN right here. Either of these two, if by some miracle they play full 16-game seasons, would have a shot at the top spot.

Brad – LE’VEON BELL. If there is a Doug Martin on this yr’s draft class, it’s the ‘Huge Rig.’ He possesses the facility, measurement, versatility, wiggle and hurdling potential to blow up onto the fantasy scene. Pittsburgh’s O-line must stay healthy, however with out a lot competition for touches, a 1,300-1,500 total yards 12-15-TD marketing campaign isn’t any drug-induced hallucination.

Brandon – LAMAR MILLER. I’ve tossed out this stat earlier than this summer time, and it is value mentioning once more here: Miami completed No. 7 in RB fantasy manufacturing last season. And with Reggie Bush gone, I don’t see any critical competition for Miller in the Fins’ backfield – sorry, Daniel Thomas. With Miller’s breakaway means, a workload of 250-300 touches could go a long ways.

Maurice Jones-Drew had an attention-grabbing offseason clocking a nightclub bouncer, crushing Huge Macs all the whereas resting his surgically repaired foot. Now leaner and reportedly wholesome, the 28-yr-previous is hopeful he will regain his foothold among the elites in a contract 12 months. OVER/BELOW 1,299.5 complete yards

Brad – OVER. Don’t inform me Blaine Gabbert’s despicable play will tremendously suppress MJD’s contributions. Remember what he accomplished in an identical scenario two years in the past? That’s proper, high-three RB numbers. The retooled O-line should jell shortly, but ultra-confident – he picked himself No. 1 overall in Sirius/XM’s fantasy celeb draft – in line for 300-plus touches and motivated to silence critics, he simply overachieves. Final year’s preempted season was precisely what the doctor ordered.

Brandon – OVER. I am an unapologetic MoJo supporter. Earlier than last season’s derailment, he had topped this number in 5 of his first six season, including 1,600-plus total yards in every of the three seasons prior to ’12. Wholesome again, and nonetheless the straw that stirs the Jags’ drink, I feel MoJo simply tops this quantity.

Scott – OVER. The Pinball Machine was a bankable stud for our purposes over his first six years, and even final season seemed good on a per-play foundation. The offense hasn’t been mounted, but that’s by no means stopped MJD in the past. More importantly, the foot has been fixed. Good value here.

After he skilled a dramatic decline in yards per carry final season and shouldered a burdensome load, many associated with the fantasy industry have predicted a tough fall for Arian Foster in 2013. With the rusher battling a strained calf and now a sore again, confidence in him continues to wane. On the concern issue scale of 1-10 with one being dying by Sharknado and 10 breathing contemporary air, where does owning Foster rank?

Brandon – SEVEN. We have been down this damage-scare road before with Foster. However he is robust, and I expect he’ll battle by means of once again. Houston continues to be a premium piece of speeding real estate and I would haven’t any points taking Foster at No.2 in my draft. I’d simply make sure to achieve a round early for his backup, Ben Tate. Having controlling interest in the Texans backfield is price it.

Scott – Call it a SEVEN – the Texans are whistling an optimistic tune and I will take them at their word. Those double-digit touchdown lock players do not grow on bushes. Foster knows find out how to put together, how one can maintain his body.

Dalton – I will say a stable THREE-4, particularly since he was the consensus No. 2 pick coming into summer season. Foster has fallen out of my prime-five, however that’s also a reflection of numerous younger, thrilling players in conditions with a bunch of upside as viable alternatives, not simply his injury concerns. Foster nonetheless deserves to be a first spherical choose, however it’s hard to disclaim there’s reputable risk right here.

As mentioned above the failure rate among first-round RBs is quite vital. What high-profiled back taken on average inside the RB top-12 could have you consulting Jack Daniels come year’s finish?

Scott – JAMAAL CHARLES has never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season and his modest build makes you marvel how much of a workload he can soak up. I know, Andy Reid fixes everything, that’s the occasion line. However I am hoping to land a safer pick in the first round.

Dalton – I will keep on with ARIAN FOSTER. It isn’t just his profession-low four.1 YPC final season that’s scary, but his his big drop in manufacturing as a receiver (he had 400 extra yards the prior yr in three fewer video games). He’s still young, however Foster has accrued 1,061 carries during the last three seasons (while lacking three games), and Houston’s offensive line is trending in the mistaken direction.

Andy – I will go MATT FORTE right here, although I expect to truly own him in a fair variety of leagues. More than any of the opposite prime-12 backs, he really needs a big yardage complete. He’s had his struggles on the objective line, by no means dashing for greater than eight TDs in any season.

PPR Decide ‘em. Who finishes the season with extra receptions: Matt Forte, Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles or darkish-horse Shane Vereen?

Dalton – SPROLES. I would favor Reggie Bush total without question, but when we are predicting receptions alone, give me Sproles, who’s totaled 161 catches over his two years since joining New Orleans. Ray Rice has the second most among RBs over this span with 137 receptions, and Sproles missed three video games last season.

Andy – SPROLES, in all probability by a snug margin. He caught 75 balls in simply 13 games last season and 86 the year before. His function is well-recognized; with these different three backs, we’re simply guessing.

Brad – BUSH. Matthew Stafford’s exhausting 1,390 move makes an attempt the past two years significantly favors arguably the most effective receiving again within the sport. Provided he avoids injury, it’s completely possible he goes all Charlie Garner 2002 on the competition. Sketchy defense will once more have the Lions playing from behind often. Fearless forecast: 87 catches.

Several rushers within the middle rounds have ‘Fragile, deal with with care’ labels slapped on their chests. Amongst brittle backs Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Rashard Mendenhall and Ahmad Bradshaw, who possesses the lowest risk?

Andy – MURRAY, despite the fact that he has the very best draft-day worth. We’re solely two years into his career, so it appears a bit early to slap a label on him. It is not like he has any kind of chronic drawback, or a extreme injury in his latest previous.

Brad – BRADSHAW. The ex-Large, currently on the lively/PUP checklist, has most feeling uneasy. Nevertheless, he is vowed to return for Week 1 and is blessed with a incredible alternative. His jack-of-all-trades ability set will thrust him into a lead function, one he probably will not relinquish. His toes could also be manufactured from Jell-O, however it will be no surprise if he finishes properly inside the RB high-24.

Brandon – BRADSHAW. This entire group is fraught with peril, frankly. But Bradshaw is the most important warrior of this group, and once he’s back on the field, I feel he’s going to be the hardest one to knock again out of action. However it’s a crapshoot, little question.

Umm, No. 22, please squeeze that rock tightly. (USAT)

Last year, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris and Trent Richardson skilled break out rookie seasons. From that same loaded draft class, what sophomore rusher makes the quantum leap this yr: Lamar Miller or David Wilson?

Brad – MILLER. Botching his first touch of the preseason final Sunday night in Canton, Miller immediately grew to become the focal point of proprietor overreaction. Nonetheless, he eased considerations, ripping off consecutive runs of 10-plus yards, displaying explosion, sharp imaginative and prescient and shifty ft. Daniel Thomas, in the meantime, resembled a bag of cement on a flat-drained wheelbarrow. Imagine the hype. By season’s finish his line will learn 260-1,200-45-450-eleven.

Brandon – MILLER. There is no Andre Brown to cope with in Miami. Miller’s path to the next degree is a little less sophisticated than Wilson’s.

Scott – WILSON hardly noticed the soccer last yr but he still scored three touchdowns from distance (exterior the 40). The Giants know what’s possible with this explosive playmaker. I do not dislike Miller in any respect – and I could see Miami sneaking into playoff contention – however Wilson can be my first pick on this bracket.

Le’Veon Bell is the unanimous selection to steer this 12 months’s rookie RB pack. Who’s the ‘Massive Rig’s’ biggest challenger: Montee Ball, Giovani Bernard, Eddie Lacy or Wildcard?

Brandon – LACY. I have Lacy greater than Bell now. The Alabama product needs to be a giant TD pressure given his energy instruments, and the likelihood that the Packers will as soon as again visit the pink one often. Lacy is having a robust summer time and appears to be distancing himself from the competition.

Scott – I will be shocked if BALL does not finally shove the other Denver backs out of the way in which; the Broncos know there isn’t any nice upside to Ronnie Hillman or Knowshon Moreno. Ball didn’t get many passing-game reps at the finish of his Wisconsin profession, but this isn’t Differential Calculus – you can train most players to adequately catch the ball and execute blitz pickups. The cloudy news cycle in camp this month isn’t a nasty factor – it is bringing Ball’s price down for you.

Dalton – LACY. I maintain altering my thoughts on this, and his current picture was anything however flattering. I still would not be shocked if Ball finally ends up because the leading RB scorer among rookies, but there’s actual worry Denver implements a full blown committee. Unlike Ball, Lacy’s largest competitors is one other rookie, and Lacy is at minimum the favourite for goal-line carries in Green Bay.

Avoiding overlap with query No. 1, what different operating back in early drafts is the most underrated?

Scott – Marc Trestman turned Charlie Garner right into a weapon back in the Oakland days; get ready for MATT FORTE to catch eighty or extra passes. Some lucky homeowners would possibly be capable to steal Forte as their second back.

Dalton – SHANE VEREEN. I will not faux Vereen does not come without hype, but he also enters 2013 as his team’s clear No. 2 again, so he’s not overly costly at draft tables. He’s going to be utilized in many ways for an explosive Patriots squad that wants someone to step as much as fill some voids. I totally anticipate Vereen to be an RB2 regardless, but if Stevan Ridley were to get harm, he’d possess top-5 upside.

Andy – DeANGELO WILLIAMS. With Stewart damaged, DeAngelo has a transparent path to carries in what should be a very good run sport. He is principally an afterthought in drafts.

Conversely, what working back in early drafts is probably the most overrated?

Dalton – STEVEN JACKSON. He appeared good down the stretch final season and now enters a extra favorable state of affairs in Atlanta, but I just can’t spend a top decide on a operating again with a career 2,395 dashing attempts. Over the past 4 seasons, Jackson has averaged 337.zero touches per recreation and but, he’s additionally averaged just 5.0 touchdowns. More objective-line opportunities are prone to be in retailer with the Falcons, nevertheless it’s not an area during which he’s excelled all through his profession.

Andy – FRANK GORE. He is clearly a helpful player, however I do not assume his staff intends to present him greater than 245-265 carries. The Niners do not lean on him within the passing recreation nowadays, either.

Brad – CHRIS JOHNSON. Tennessee’s rebuilt offensive line is promising, but final year’s seesaw will again be a king of inconsistency. Lack of enthusiasm over Jake Locker and the cross game mixed with Johnson’s tap-dancing persona and Shonn Greene’s presence at the objective-line do not lend much confidence. You’ll find better values/extra reliable options well after the place CJ2Lame goes in drafts (ADP: 17.eight).

Play the Powerball. What rusher going after pick No. one hundred has the best odds of striking it rich in 2013?

Andy – Guess I will go DeANGELO once more. He is clearly the No. 1 man in Carolina, whereas Stewart recovers from his numerous procedures. He won’t get the objective line motion, however he’ll dominate carries elsewhere.

Brad – PIERRE THOMAS. The PT Bruiser, criminally underused over the past couple seasons, could quickly reappear on a virtual gridiron close to you. Atop the Saints’ preliminary RB depth-chart, he has the within monitor on perennial abomination Mark Ingram for early-down/goal-line work. With Darren Sproles’ position set, PT may garner 13-16 touches per sport. That occurs, and a return to 2009 (1,095 complete yards, 8 touchdowns) is totally cheap.

Brandon – DEANGELO WLLIAMS. We’re severely overlooking the fact Jonathan Stewart is not remotely healthy and Carolina is reverting to a more traditional floor-heavy strategy. Late-spherical gold.

Scott – Everybody sees the plain fleas with Steven Jackson at this stage of the sport, and the Falcons were utilizing JACQUIZZ RODGERS extra extensively in final 12 months’s second half. Rodgers improved his YPC by a full yard in the second half, and he was useful in two playoff video games. Even when he is capped round a hundred seventy five-200 touches, that is somebody you need to goal within the center rounds.

Dalton – Based on ADP in Yahoo! leagues, SHANE VEREEN is occurring common at decide No. 108.9, behind the likes of Vick Ballard. Even Amanda Bynes thinks that is irrational,

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High Fives: Despicable us

Despicable Dez? Not any more. (Getty)

In honor of the recent release of Despicable Me 2, I asked my anti-villian league of Yahoo! experts to show some Gru-vy kind of love for those players that they deemed “evil” last summer but now consider to be all “good.” I’ll start things off with my High Five of players that I’ve had a change of heart about in the past year.

1. Dez Bryant – I took a show-me stance with Dez last year, as in show me some consistency, show me that you can hang onto the ball in crucial situations, show me that you can be a true go-to guy. Asked and answered. I’m all aboard the Bryant bandwagon this time around.
2. Alfred Morris – I was skeptical last summer, but Morris proved to be that rare Shanahan back that has staying power.
3. James Jones – I buried him in my rankings last year, but there’s no more denying that he has a place at the Packers offensive table.
4. Alex Smith – He was better than I expected before he got hurt last season, and he’s got a shot to be one of the better backup fantasy QBs in Andy Reid’s system.
5. Peyton Mannning – My ranking for Manning last summer was more bearish than most. Lesson learned.

The Pianowman, Scott Pianowski, sings us his redemption song:

1. C.J. Spiller – I was the last Fred Jackson sympathizer in the summer of 2012; finally, all dentists are recommending C.J. Spiller. Use a Top 5 pick on Spiller in PPR formats.
2. Philip Rivers – he gets a fresh start at the right time – new coach, and hopefully a new offensive line. Vincent Brown helps.
3. Ahmad Bradshaw – He might be the toughest player in the league, pound-per-pound. I like this Colts offense, too.
4. Peyton Manning – I didn’t take a leap of faith on Peyton Manning’s comeback, which turned out to be a grave error. Well played, 18. The Broncos are loaded with targets, too.
5. Alex Smith – The Niners constantly hid Smith in their offense but Andy Reid doesn’t operate that way. Smith becomes a sneaky QB2 in hybrid formats.

Dalton Del Don weighs in:

1. Marshawn Lynch – I called him a bust, but he continues to prove me wrong. Lynch got 5.0 YPC last year and is in a terrific situation in Seattle.
2. Steven Jackson – I remain skeptical, but the move to Atlanta could be huge.
3. Peyton Manning – I was highly skeptical coming off those surgeries, but he’s an obvious top-four fantasy QB now.
4. Cristopher Ivory – From buried on depth chart in New Orleans to lead dog with the Jets.
5. Dwayne Bowe – Alex Smith and Andy Reid provide a massive upgrade in his environment.

Brad Evans brings his Noise:

1. Steven Jackson – Opportunity says everything. Always admired toughness and skill set, but situation in St. Louis was dire. Now in the A-T-L, he’s in a prime spot to post his best fantasy season since 2006.
2. Frank Gore – Seemingly predicted demise for years, but keeps on truckin’.
3. Tony Romo – Consistency king really doesn’t deserve ridicule … in fantasy.
4. DeSean Jackson – Will shed one-trick pony image in Chip’s complex offense.
5. Dennis Pitta – Thought he was flash in pan, but clearly not case. Top-5 TE in ’13.

Andy Behrens offers his bears-turned-bulls:

1. Reggie Wayne – OK, so “evil” might be a bit of a stretch, but I certainly didn’t think that Wayne, at age 34, would top 1,300 yards and 100 catches – not with a rookie quarterback.
2. Steven Jackson – This particular change of scenery gives Jackson a ridiculous fantasy boost. Remember, last year’s broken down version of Michael Turner still managed to rush for 10 scores for Atlanta.
3. Alfred Morris – I really thought I was finished forever with Shanahan backs. In fact, last summer I was fairly confident that Washington’s quarterback was going to lead the team in rushing.
4. Rashard Mendenhall – He’s coming off a lost season, derailed by ACL recovery and various smaller tweaks. But he’s in a great spot with the Cards, handed an opportunity to return to fantasy relevance.
5. Rookie Quarterbacks – Perhaps it was a fluke year, one in which three all-timers debuted together. Still, Wilson, Luck and RG3 re-set my expectations for what’s possible with rookie signal callers.

Finally, no Despicable Me-themed article is complete without some sort of nod to the real stars of the show, the minions. The little yellow Weeble Wobbles with arms and legs got us thinking, which NFL players would make the best minions.