Week 20
January 21, 2018


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Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Rex Back

Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, it appears as though Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play.
This will cut into the 13 targets Amendola saw last week.

01/20/18, 10:49 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Adam Thielen

Minnesota Vikings

Making The Wright Move?

Adam Thielen (back) is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Eagles.
He's fully expected to play after limited practices the last two days. He probably won’t be 100 percent so if you’re putting in a line-up you might want to pivot to Diggs or save some money and drop down to Jarius Wright who grabbed three-of-six targets for 56 yards Sunday and has established himself as the number three WR in this offense.

01/20/18, 10:31 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Ankle In Question Again

Fournette aggravated his ankle in the Divisional Round and was limited early in the week. He was left off the injury report for Sunday's AFC Championship game. Fournette saw a heavy workload last week getting 27 touches in Jacksonville's upset of the Steelers. T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 57 yards. If you’re looking for a cheaper option I expect we see Yeldon to be used to keep Fournette from aggravating the injury early.

01/20/18, 10:23 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Give Him A Hand

Reports are that Tom Brady threw the ball "incredibly well" during Friday's practice. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville, but I don’t think there was any real doubt that he’d play. Keep in mind what D-Rex spoke about on the Pyro Podcast 303 andScott Barrett tweeted about Brady last week:
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating
The hand injury on top of his achilles injury, as well as going against the Jags #1 rated pass defense could keep the Patriots attack grounded this week. Lewis is the obvious play, but if Burkhead (Q) comes back it could be he or White that steals the show.

01/20/18, 10:22 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tom Still Terrific?

Tom Brady was first listed on the team's injury report with an Achilles injury heading in to Week 11.
Weeks 1-10: 21.2 fantasy points per game, 110.9 passer rating
Weeks 11-17: 14.2 fantasy points per game, 87.3 passer rating

Fantasy Goo: This should line up for a good week for Brady, Tennessee is 8th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, but just below average against QB’s. The Patriots are 13 point favorites on Saturday Night, if Brady doesn’t do it at home in prime-time then something is wrong.

01/09/18, 07:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alvin Kamara

New Orleans Saints

Primary Role Shifting

Saints have run 5 times at/inside opponent's 5-yard line over last 4 weeks (including playoffs):
Alvin Kamara 3 carries, Zach Line 1, Mark Ingram 1. Kamara was in on all 3 Saints run plays at/inside 5 vs. Panthers last week, including Line's 1-yard TD run.

Fantasy Goo: If you’re trying to decide between Kamara and Ingram for the playoff run, Kamara looks to be the much better play.

01/09/18, 07:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

It's A Trap

Jay Ajayi (knee) is practicing in full for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Goo: Atlanta is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s this year and they are more susceptible to pass-catching backs. Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons, adding four receptions for 10 additional yards. Ajayi might have been drafted before Gurley this year, but that was clearly a mistake. Ajayi has talent, but he’s far from a good option this week.

01/09/18, 07:16 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Back in Action

Chris Hogan (shoulder) is expected to return for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans.

Fantasy Goo: He’s going to take a couple of weeks to get in tune with the offense, I’m looking to save him until the Super Bowl if you’re in one of those one and done fantasy playoff tournaments.

01/09/18, 07:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints

Strength vs Strength

Saints RBs led NFL during regular season in receptions (9.0) and receiving yards (77.8) per game.
Vikings held opposing RBs to fewest yards per target (4.2) and 3rd-fewest yards per game (30.6).

Fantasy Goo: The Vikings have been absolutely sick in all aspects on defense this year. If the Saints are going to pull this one out it sounds like it’s going to have to be a Brees week, I’m not so sure he’s going to be the guy you want to start on the road this week.

01/09/18, 07:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

Not The Real McCoy

LeSean McCoy said if he plays Sunday, "I want to be able to cut well enough to where I don't have a lot of pain cutting. I just want to be close, or the best as far as 100 percent as I can get. The type of game like this, you got to lay it all on the line.”

Fantasy Goo: McCoy is a poor play against the Jags this week. The Jags strength on defense is against the pass (#1 in FP allowed), but they are still strong against the rush (11th). I’m not taking any Bills on fantasy playoff squads or in DFS this week.

01/04/18, 09:29 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Arrow Pointing Down

DeMarco Murray (knee) didn't practice again Thursday. Derrick Henry show ready to go.

Fantasy Goo: The way to attack KC is through the air, they rank 9th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. They will most likely be in negative game script. KC hasn’t allowed any team to score over 20 points in Arrowhead all year.

01/04/18, 09:27 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

No Fly Zone

Julio Jones finished 11th in NFL in red-zone targets but caught only 5 of 19. He finished 4th in targets inside 10 but only caught 4 of 11.

Fantasy Goo: The Rams have a strong pass defense, especially against outside receivers, but are second worst in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. Freeman and Coleman are the only Falcons I am considering this week.

01/04/18, 09:25 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Kenny Golladay

Detroit Lions

Under the Radar

In the first game with TJ Jones (shoulder) on IR last week, Kenny Golladay played 95% of snaps and led DET WRs with 8 targets.

Fantasy Goo: Marvin Jones has a history of shredding the Packers defense and is a solid play at $6500 on DK, but Golladay is half the price ($3300) and will probably see a similar number of targets. If Detroit had something to play for I’d be stacking the heck out of this game, but I still think it’s smart to have one of these guys in the line-up this week.

12/31/17, 09:46 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie Debut

Patrick Mahomes was 2nd in PFF’s QB Rating when kept clean in preseason. He rushed for 744 yards, 22 TDs in his last two years at Texas Tech. Denver has allowed multiple passing TDs to six-straight QBs not named Petty or Brissett.

Fantasy Goo: The rookie was supposed to take over for Alex Smith much earlier this season, but Smith and the Chief’s came out firing on all cylinders and kept the rookie on the bench. Mahomes will get his chance this week as Smith gets a week off before the playoffs. Denver may be packing it in, but they still have one of the best defenses and I expect they will play more inspired this week against a division rival.

12/31/17, 09:32 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Wayne Gallman

New York Giants

Last Man Standing

Giants will be without Shepard (neck), Engram (ribs), and King (concussion) vs. WAS. Wayne Gallman has 9, 7, 8 target counts in last three weeks.

Fantasy Goo: Washington ranks 24th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s and Gallman is $4200 on DK. Feels like a great way to save and pay up at other positions.

12/31/17, 09:21 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Alex Collins

Baltimore Ravens

Burfict Situation

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict ruled out for game Sunday at Baltimore because of shoulder injury.

Fantasy Goo: Collins becomes a solid RB1 this week. Cincinnati’s run defense is a sieve with Burfict out.

12/31/17, 09:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Akeem Hunt

Houston Texans

Akeem No Dream

Charcandrick West is out Sunday vs Denver with an illness. Akeem Hunt and Kareem Hunt only RBs on active roster for KC. It would be a surprise to see Kareem play much. That means a ton of Akeem Hunt and likely some De'Anthony Thomas on passing downs.

Fantasy Goo: Akeem is min price ($3000) on DK so the definition of a free-square, but there’s a reason he’s bounced around the NFL and never earned a starting role. Denver is 5th in fantasy points allowed to RB’s, I’m not rostering Akeem when there are so many other options this week.

12/31/17, 09:17 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans

Milestone Not Worth The Risk

Bill O'Brien on DeAndre Hopkins' status: 'Probably won't know up until game time'. Typically, we might classify this as coach-speak, but Hopkins has never missed a game, and is four catches away from 100 for the season. He's probably pushing hard to play.

Fantasy Goo: This is an awesome match-up for the Houston WR’s going against a very weak Indy pass defense, but there is really no reason for Hopkins to play, especially with the calf injury. At $8400 on DK he’s just way too pricey given this news. A sneaky start might be Will Fuller at $4300, he has 5 targets in each of the past three games and is coming off some difficult match-ups. Earlier in the season he was a superstar with Watson throwing the ball, but he has always had the big play in his arsenal no matter who the QB is.

12/29/17, 10:03 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Vultures Are Always Flying

James White (ankle) remained limited at Thursday's practice. White was absent for last week's win over Buffalo but should be out there against the Jets in Week 17. He ranks eighth among running backs with 56 catches this year.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis dominated last week with White and Burkhead out, even though Gillislee vultured a TD. I would imagine that White playing will take away the five receptions Lewis had last week and the Jets actually have a better rush defense than the Pats week 16 opponent (Buf). The Pats will be looking to lock-up home field advantage and won’t be resting their starters, but they will probably be looking to get everyone some work as they prep for the playoffs. Gillislee appears to be nursing a hammy and is not expected to play, but let’s not forget how White performed last year in the Super Bowl.

12/29/17, 09:47 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Pittsburgh Steelers

Stars Sitting

The Steelers Marcus Gilbert tells reporter Tim Benz that the Steelers won't play Ben Roethlisberger or Le'Veon Bell in finale vs. Cleveland. Landry Jones will be under center for Pittsburgh and Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming RB committee against the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Underwhelming is an understatement for these two backs, a highly respected fantasy website hasn’t even updated the news on these two since the pre-season and doesn’t even recognize them as being on the team. The one player of note in this is Martavis Bryant, The Alien averages over 17 ppr points per game with Landry at the helm as opposed to 8.4 ppg with other QB’s. He also has 5 TD’s in 5 home games with Landry. Granted most of this production comes from 2015 when they worked together often in the preseason, but Bryant could be a very sneaky GPP play this week.

12/29/17, 09:23 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

2013 - Week 3 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

2013 - Week 3 Fantasy Football Player Rankings - Quarterbacks

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 09/16/13

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2013 Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks




Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 3




RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings




Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Saturday, Sept. 21 - 01:58PM CT)



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1.       Peyton Manning (vs. Oak, Monday night)


If ESPN could take this week's Monday Night Football matchup back, surely they would. I feel bad for Raider Nation, as this is NOT the time to get a matchup against Peyton on the league's biggest stage. So far in 2013, the Broncos have scored 90 points in two games, with the next highest point-output being 66 by the Green Bay Packers (almost a 3rd fewer points). The best part is that 66 of those 90 points came in the second half!

With Manning healthy and rollin' along with the talent he has at his disposal, this team is capable of scoring over 40 points a game across the entire season. Only three teams in NFL history have scored more points in their first two games than the Broncos this season (1968 Raiders, 95; 2009 Saints, 93; 1971 Cowboys, 91). And just be clear, Denver has done this against the past two Super Bowl champions, not teams like the Raiders - oh, wait… Manning plays the Raiders this week! Imagine what he can do against a bottom-feeder, hence the #1 placement this week.

Two weeks, nine passing TDs… Two weeks, 769 passing yards… Two weeks, zero interceptions. The guy is simply the best at his craft. It's hard to imagine the riches, but not only does he have three stud WRs (who have actually dropped a bunch of balls this year on some big plays), he also has Orange Julius Thomas at the TE spot who almost looks like he could be the next Jimmy Graham... who looked like the next Antonio Gates... who looked like the next Tony Gonzalez… 



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2.       Drew Brees (vs. Ari)


It's pure and simple; the Superdome savior, Drew Brees, puts up staggering fantasy football numbers when he's inside the dome at home. We all know he leads every category for QBs since arriving in New Orleans, but at home in the Mercedes Benz paradise, Brees averaged just over 309 yards and exactly three TDs from 2010-2012. Just ridiculous. He has 81 pass attempts in two games thus far, only four less than Peyton, which tells us all what we already knew - that the Saints still plan to pass the pill around with Sean Payton back on the sidelines calling the plays.

Drew has as many TDs as INTs (3 each), which is a tad worrisome, but I expect a high-flying game this week at home against a solid young Cardinals defense. The run game hasn't been there, so it will clearly be on Brees' accurate noodle-arm yet again for the Saints this weekend.



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3.       Michael Vick (vs. KC, Thursday night)


If he can stay healthy for 16 games (which he can't) then he'll have the highest ADP value of any QB in this years #FF drafts while commanding Chip "Big Balls" Kelly's jaw dropping hyper-offense. The pace is amazing, the momentum is the stuff fantasy football gods dream of. Although not knowing how to slow down the game and milk the clock cost them this week's game against the Bolts, it's hard to think this offense is going to get outscored by any team in the league. Sunday's 428 passing yards by Mike Vick is the most he's had in his career, it's actually his only 400 yard passing game… hell just to shit on his passing capacity more, it's only his 12th career 300 yard game.

The thing that has us fired up is that he has 2 rushing TDs in 2 games with 15 rushing attempts. When he's running, he's a beast... but, just know, you must be willing to just enjoy it while it lasts. We like him tons, want him to succeed, and hope he can stay on his feet for the next 15 and stay clear of the injury report- but his age and the fact that this offense relies on the threat of him running on any play makes it hard for him to play every game. Two games in and he's running 7+ times a game and using his legs again, this my fantasy football friends is awesome for the moment, but scares the living daylights out of us at PYRO®.



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4.       Matthew Stafford (at Was)


Washington’s pass D was one of the worst in the league last year and just when you thought it couldn’t get worse coming into this season… it did - these guys. Given Stafford's uneventful opening to the season, and the belief that this is the type of game he can have his way is the main reason his ranked this high. Add to that, Reggie Bush is banged up, so Matthew is going to have over 40 passing attempts for the second time of the season.

This feels like a game where Stafford could go ballistic, but not gonna lie - something seems to be missing with this offense and this team in general.


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5.       Colin Kaepernick (vs. Ind)


Dåwg would probably have Colin in the top 2-3 this week except he thinks the 49ers are going to get back to establishing the run a little bit more after not doing so much of it the first couple of games. The run opens it up for this team, grinding… they need teams to worry about that part of their attack, or else their one eyebrowed QB is going to have a hard time living up to his potential as one of the next Superstars of the league.

The 49ers needed that wake up call the Seahawks just delivered them in last nights shellacking last night, but the offensive line hasn't looked like the best in the league and the defense looks slow and not nearly as tough as they had been the past 2 seasons. The team seems to be listening to their coach too much, or reading their own press. The fact is, the offensive end of this S.F. deal relies almost solely on #7's arms and legs, and we feel he'll respond in a beast Kaepernick fashion, I could see a continuation of the rushing yards trend from his last outing - in that lame game against the Seahawks, he had 87 yards on the ground on just 9 carries, averaging almost 10 yards per tote.

Most of all, I think Colin's pride is going to rise to occasion against another elite youngster in Andrew Luck, should be a a great time.


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6.       Aaron Rodgers (at Cin)


It looked like Mr. Rodgers was trying to be Pyeton Manning's neighbor and match his previous week's 7 TDs and 452 yards passing this week. Double check discount boy had completed 26-of-31 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns in the first 30 minutes of Sunday's game alone - at one point, he was on pace for a 670 game. With Eddie Lacy concussed, James Starks was back there again... different dynamic, basically we feel it's back to the old way for the Packers, and there is no reason to think isn't the going to be the norm moving forward for the rest of this season.

Cobb and Jordy are top Tier talent, add James "Earl" Jones to the mix showing this weekend that he's still going to be involved plenty with a 178 yard outing on 11 catches (12 targets) and even the Donkey JerMoron in the collective mix the NFL's most accurate passer of all-time isn't missing Donald Driver or lose lips Greg Jennings one bit!


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7.       Carson Palmer (at NO)


If pick-6's hurt your fantasy score, then move him way down - but the team is 1-1, and these guys are obviously going to have to pass to keep up with their competition. This is favorable to any owner that has Palmer on their team, but the limitations are extreme. While we prefer this Heisman Trophy winner as a QB2 in general, this week, against a string-cheese New Orleans secondary, he's a Top-10 play.

His safety blanket, Larry Fitzgerald, will be rested all week in practice, so his hamstring injury should be close to 90% by game-time. Something we are excited about is the fact that the light is starting to turn on in Bruce Arians' head about what a dynamic player Andre Ellington can be for them, and how that explosion CJ2K-like player can only help Palmer and the passing game at every level. He's a fear factor.

Watching Carson on Sunday's ain't so fun, but this week he has one of the best situations an NFL QB can have, so it's a great moment to utilize him if you don't have a top QB on your squad. 


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8.       Tony Romo (vs. StL)


Tony Romo owners were hurt badly by the 4th quarter drop Dez Bryant had against the Chiefs on Sunday that should have gone for a long touchdown… As an owner who has that particular QB-WR combination in my main league, it definitely hurt - I would have won the week if Dez grabs that pass and scores. Ahhh... fantasy football aneurysms.


“I knew I had it. That’s what I was thinking, took my eyes off the ball. Shouldn’t have. That was a real bad mistake. That is not winning football. I can’t win like that. I can’t beat the guy and be nonchalant with the football.” -Dezzy Did Dallas & Vegas on Sunday.

Romo is already annoying owners just two games into the new season - he has no 300-yard games, no three-TD games (actually, he has only three TDs through the first two games).

This week is primed for Tony to have his 2013 breakout performance, but to be honest, this team (as usual) isn't giving us happy feelings at all.


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9.       Matt Ryan (at Mia)


Like his bestie, WR Julio Jones, Mr. "Personality" Matt Ryan is a better fantasy QB on the road than he is in the house that Deion built, and all signs point to a nice clear day to put up some serious fantasy points against a tough Dolphins defense. Dawgmaticå is confident that Ryan puts up Top-10 Week 3 QB numbers despite Rowdy Roddy still nursing his ankle injury and having his worst start to a season in ages. That said, Happy Harry Douglas is showing signs of why the Falcons made him a third-round pick in 2008, while Tony G and Julio will also help Ryan's cause.

Not sure if the thigh bruise will be a big issue for Steven Jackson, but even if he plays, the passing game has been the only thing working for the offense so far. Steven Jackson has only 1 more carry than Jacquizz on the year while the off-season free agent acquisition has only 77 yards on the ground through the first two games for his new team (he had eight-straight 1,000-yard seasons on the Rams).

Matty Ice will go as far as Julio Jones can take him, which seems to be quite far, actually.


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10.     Tom Brady (vs. TB)


The Patriots will need to balance their offense a bit more this week, which should bring Brady's pass attempts down some. Tampa Bay has a tough D right now, but the only guy on the planet that wears Ugg boots should put up Top-10 numbers at his position, incredibly despite not having Gronk, Amendola or Vereen (Gronk has recently been given a 50/50 chance to play). It really sucks for Brady that Welker isn't around, because even though Thompkins and Dobson look like they will be awesome in time, they've both shown their lack of NFL experience on plenty of plays thus far.

If Welker was still on the Pats payroll, by the looks of things, he'd be getting 20 catches a game... but I guess he wasn't worth the $6 million per season, huh? Always on the Mendola at $30 million versus his mentor at $12 million - bad call Bill and Robert.

Brady leads the league with 91 passing attempts thru two games and with this many "looks", fantasy points are just around the corner. Add to this the fact that Ridley has fumbled (again) while looking marginal overall, and that 3rd-down back, Shane Vereen, is out for the next 10 weeks, owners must find themselves in a perpetual Manningface mode. However, when it's Terrific Tom, you never worry too much, even when it's going to be a couple of talented rookies and an undrafted QB from Kent State (Julian Edelman) catching the future Hall of Famer's lasers…

Quarterbacks Ranked  #11 - 32


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11.     Robert Griffin III (vs. Det)


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12.     Andy Dalton (vs. GB)


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13.     Eli Manning (at Car)



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14.     Cam Newton (vs. NYG)


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15.     Ryan Tannehill (vs. Atl)


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16.     Sam Bradford (at Dal)


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17.     Alex Smith (at Phi, Thursday night)


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18.     Matt Schaub (at Bal)

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19.     Russell Wilson (vs. Jax)



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20.     Joe Flacco (vs. Hou)


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21.     Philip Rivers (at Ten)


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22.     Andrew Luck (at SF)


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23.     Josh Freeman (at NE)


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24.     Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Chi, Sunday night)


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25.     Jay Cutler (at Pit, Sunday night)


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26.     Jake Locker (vs. SD)




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27.     Geno Smith (vs. Buf)


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28.     E.J. Manuel (at NYJ)


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29.     Terrelle Pryor (at Den, Monday night)


30.     Brian Hoyer (at Min)



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31.     Christian Ponder (vs. Cle)


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32.     Chad Henne (at Sea)




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19.     Cam Newton (vs. NYG)

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19.     Cam Newton (vs. NYG)