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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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08/17/17, 10:10 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Player Rankings for Week 11

Player Rankings for Week 11

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QB Player Rankings – Week 11

 

(BYE: Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh)

 

 

RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

Quarterbacks

 

 

1.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. TB) – Can this other-worldly robotic figure formally known as Aaron Rodgers be stopped? The answer is an emphatic “No” as the Packers head back to Lambeau Field to take on a reeling 4-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. Rodgers is playing out of his mind at this point and is currently on pace to set three separate single-season records (Passing Yards, QB Rating and Completion Percentage) and tie another (Passing TDs). With the Buccaneers defense allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game in the league (263) along with the most yards per attempt (8.5), Aaron “It Out” should have no problem keeping in stride with his historic season this Sunday.

 

2.           Tom Brady (vs. KC – Monday Night) – When Tom Brady and the Patriots brain trust realize that some part of their game is amiss, they change it—and almost always change it for the better. The Stetson Man was personally in a bit of a five-game fantasy funk coming into last week’s game with the Jets, so after losing two straight games to the Steelers and Giants, he knew adjustments needed to be made…and make them he did as he became the first QB to throw three TDs versus the Jets defense this season along with the first to beat them at home. This weekend he’ll be facing a much easier Kansas City pass D that has let three different QBs to throw for three or more TDs against them along with allowing both Curtis Painter and Donovan McNabb to toss up two TDs apiece. Look for a good one out of Mr. Bundchen this Monday night.

 

3.           Eli Manning (vs. Phi – Sunday Night) – Eli had arguably his best game of the season when he faced the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week 3 completing 16 of 23 passes for 254 yards, four TDs and no INTs. In 2010, he did the same thing throwing for 289 yards, four TDs and just one INT. In 2009, same thing as he tossed up 391 yards, three TDs and zero INTs. Notice a pattern here? Basically, Manning loves playing against the Eagles, or at least he knows how to get up for these inter-division games. Either way, with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie out and Philly falling apart at the seams, I expect Manning and his all-star cast of wide receivers to take full advantage this Sunday night.

 

4.           Carson Palmer (@ Min) – Palmer put on quite a performance in San Diego last Thursday night, eh? Of course it doesn’t hurt when your receivers are catching everything thrown their way, but going 14 out of 20 for 299 yards and two TDs in an inter-division away game is no easy task regardless. Carson and the now division-leading Raiders will be on the road once again this Sunday, but this time he’ll be up against a Vikings team that not only lost their top cover-corner for the year, but were allowing the third-most passing yards, second-most TDs and third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs anyway. Even with Jacoby Ford out, Palmer and the rest of his WR corps have enough talent to do some big things this weekend.

 

5.           Matthew Stafford (vs. Car) – The Carolina Panthers haven’t given up a ton in the passing game this season, but that’s because teams have found they are able to win with just their running game and end up not even bothering to pass the ball. The problem here is that the Lions don’t have much of a running game to speak of, but that’s why it’s nice to have a guy like Matthew Stafford be able to step in and take over the game for you. The Panthers can be beaten through the air, as Drew Brees showed with his 359-yard, two-TD performance back in Week 5, so despite his bum finger, I expect Stafford to end up with numbers similar to those…though probably not quite as gaudy.

 

6.           Cam Newton (@ Det) – So it looks like the Big Fig Newton is human after all. The Carolina rookie QB finally fell from second place down to third in fantasy points per game after putting up a bit of a stinker in a home loss against the Tennessee Titans last weekend. The question now is; how will the youngster respond? My guess is he’ll be just fine considering how well he’s done in proving people wrong thus far. The Lions pass defense has been relatively tough this season, but they’ve had a real hard time stopping the run lately which is where about a third of Newton’s fantasy points are scored. I expect Cam to bounce back with a nice game indoors this Sunday.

 

7.           Tony Romo (@ Was) – After his first half performance last weekend against the Bills when he went 18 for 19 passing for 237 yards and three touchdowns, most experts have Romo ranked among the top three quarterbacks for the week…but not I. Don’t get me wrong, I like the way he’s been playing of late as it seems he and the Cowboys have found their groove once again, but don’t be fooled into thinking he can just all of the sudden put up huge numbers every week now. In his last six games against the Redskins, only once has he thrown for more than one TD or tossed up 300-plus yards with both accomplishments coming in the same game at home back in 2008. Washington actually has one of the better pass defenses in the league holding their opponents to just 217 yards and less than one passing TD a game, so even though I think Tony will have some nice numbers in the end, don’t expect a headline-making performance this week.

 

8.           Matt Ryan (vs. Ten) – Though somewhat disappointing considering the expectations laid upon him before the season started, Matt Ryan has started to turn it on of late putting up two straight real nice fantasy performances against the Colts and Saints. The Titans are better against the pass than both of those teams; though overall they’ve played much worse on the road allowing a five-TD game to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh and a 350-yard game to Colt McCoy in Cleveland earlier in the season. It would be a huge bonus for Ryan if WR Julio Jones suits up as he’ll have a big target to throw to while Titans CB Cortland Finnegan pays attention to Roddy White; but it shouldn’t matter too much. Get Matty Ice in there while he’s hot.

 

9.           Philip Rivers (@ Chi) – His overall performance throughout the year has been staggeringly bad, but at least he’s been turning it on in the fantasy department as of late. Over the last three weeks, Rivers has averaged 343 yards, two TDs, two INTs and almost 22 fantasy points per game for his owners, which isn’t too bad considering his rough start to season. The Bears are an up-and-down team when it comes to defending the pass as they’ve held Michael Vick and Matt Ryan to some of their worst numbers on the year, yet allowed Cam Newton and Josh Freeman to have some of their best. No doubt this game will be interesting, though I’m betting on Rivers to put up decent numbers with the Chargers playing from behind in the second half.

 

10.       Josh Freeman (@ GB) – Josh Freeman has two games with three or more touchdown passes in his career thus far. One was against the Seahawks at the end of last season when he put up a whopping five TDs in a blowout. The second was in his very first game as a starter back in 2009 going up against these same Green Bay Packers. Now I don’t know if that means much of anything, but at least Big Josh will have some good memories heading into this contest up in Lambeau Field. Besides that, the Packers pass defense has been terrible this season allowing five QBs out of nine to throw for 300 yards or more and one of the other four remaining to throw for three TDs and 273 yards.  As I’ve said it before, Josh Freeman is about as vanilla of a fantasy quarterback as you’ll ever find in this league, but this Sunday, he’ll at least have a chance to at least add some sprinkles to that cone.

 

 

11.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Mia)

 

12.       Matt Moore (vs. Buf)

 

13.       Jay Cutler (vs. SD)

 

14.       Joe Flacco (vs. Cin)

 

15.       Matt Hasselbeck (@ Atl)

 

16.       John Skelton (@ SF)

 

17.       Vince Young (@ NYG – Sunday Night)

 

18.       Tarvaris Jackson (@ StL)

 

19.       Alex Smith (vs. Ari)

 

20.       Andy Dalton (@ Bal)

 

21.       Christian Ponder (vs. Oak)

 

22.       Sam Bradford (vs. Sea)

 

23.       Rex Grossman (vs. Dal)

 

24.       Colt McCoy (vs. Jax)

 

25.       Tyler Palko (@ NE – Monday Night)

 

26.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Cle)

 

 

 Mark Sanchez (@ Den – Thursday Night) – 24-for-40, 252 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT

        

 Tim Tebow (vs. NYJ – Thursday Night) – 9-for-20, 104 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs; 8 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD

 

 

 

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1.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. TB) – Can this other-worldly robotic figure formally known as Aaron Rodgers be stopped? The answer is an emphatic “No” as the Packers head back to Lambeau Field to take on a reeling 4-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. Rodgers is playing out of his mind at this point and is currently on pace to set three separate single-season records (Passing Yards, QB Rating and Completion Percentage) and tie another (Passing TDs). With the Buccaneers defense allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game in the league (263) along with the most yards per attempt (8.5), Aaron “It Out” should have no problem keeping in stride with his historic season this Sunday. 

2.           Tom Brady (vs. KC – Monday Night) – When Tom Brady and the Patriots brain trust realize that some part of their game is amiss, they change it—and almost always change it for the better. The Stetson Man was personally in a bit of a five-game fantasy funk coming into last week’s game with the Jets, so after losing two straight games to the Steelers and Giants, he knew adjustments needed to be made…and make them he did as he became the first QB to throw three TDs versus the Jets defense this season along with the first to beat them at home. This weekend he’ll be facing a much easier Kansas City pass D that has let three different QBs to throw for three or more TDs against them along with allowing both Curtis Painter and Donovan McNabb to toss up two TDs apiece. Look for a good one out of Mr. Bundchen this Monday night. 

3.           Eli Manning (vs. Phi – Sunday Night) – Eli had arguably his best game of the season when he faced the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week 3 completing 16 of 23 passes for 254 yards, four TDs and no INTs. In 2010, he did the same thing throwing for 289 yards, four TDs and just one INT. In 2009, same thing as he tossed up 391 yards, three TDs and zero INTs. Notice a pattern here? Basically, Manning loves playing against the Eagles, or at least he knows how to get up for these inter-division games. Either way, with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie out and Philly falling apart at the seams, I expect Manning and his all-star cast of wide receivers to take full advantage this Sunday night.

4.           Carson Palmer (@ Min) – Palmer put on quite a performance in San Diego last Thursday night, eh? Of course it doesn’t hurt when your receivers are catching everything thrown their way, but going 14 out of 20 for 299 yards and two TDs in an inter-division away game is no easy task regardless. Carson and the now division-leading Raiders will be on the road once again this Sunday, but this time he’ll be up against a Vikings team that not only lost their top cover-corner for the year, but were allowing the third-most passing yards, second-most TDs and third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs anyway. Even with Jacoby Ford out, Palmer and the rest of his WR corps have enough talent to do some big things this weekend.

5.           Matthew Stafford (vs. Car) – The Carolina Panthers haven’t given up a ton in the passing game this season, but that’s because teams have found they are able to win with just their running game and end up not even bothering to pass the ball. The problem here is that the Lions don’t have much of a running game to speak of, but that’s why it’s nice to have a guy like Matthew Stafford be able to step in and take over the game for you. The Panthers can be beaten through the air, as Drew Brees showed with his 359-yard, two-TD performance back in Week 5, so despite his bum finger, I expect Stafford to end up with numbers similar to those…though probably not quite as gaudy.

6.           Cam Newton (@ Det) – So it looks like the Big Fig Newton is human after all. The Carolina rookie QB finally fell from second place down to third in fantasy points per game after putting up a bit of a stinker in a home loss against the Tennessee Titans last weekend. The question now is; how will the youngster respond? My guess is he’ll be just fine considering how well he’s done in proving people wrong thus far. The Lions pass defense has been relatively tough this season, but they’ve had a real hard time stopping the run lately which is where about a third of Newton’s fantasy points are scored. I expect Cam to bounce back with a nice game indoors this Sunday.

7.           Tony Romo (@ Was) – After his first half performance last weekend against the Bills when he went 18 for 19 passing for 237 yards and three touchdowns, most experts have Romo ranked among the top three quarterbacks for the week…but not I. Don’t get me wrong, I like the way he’s been playing of late as it seems he and the Cowboys have found their groove once again, but don’t be fooled into thinking he can just all of the sudden put up huge numbers every week now. In his last six games against the Redskins, only once has he thrown for more than one TD or tossed up 300-plus yards with both accomplishments coming in the same game at home back in 2008. Washington actually has one of the better pass defenses in the league holding their opponents to just 217 yards and less than one passing TD a game, so even though I think Tony will have some nice numbers in the end, don’t expect a headline-making performance this week. 

8.           Matt Ryan (vs. Ten) – Though somewhat disappointing considering the expectations laid upon him before the season started, Matt Ryan has started to turn it on of late putting up two straight real nice fantasy performances against the Colts and Saints. The Titans are better against the pass than both of those teams; though overall they’ve played much worse on the road allowing a five-TD game to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh and a 350-yard game to Colt McCoy in Cleveland earlier in the season. It would be a huge bonus for Ryan if WR Julio Jones suits up as he’ll have a big target to throw to while Titans CB Cortland Finnegan pays attention to Roddy White; but it shouldn’t matter too much. Get Matty Ice in there while he’s hot. 

9.           Philip Rivers (@ Chi) – His overall performance throughout the year has been staggeringly bad, but at least he’s been turning it on in the fantasy department as of late. Over the last three weeks, Rivers has averaged 343 yards, two TDs, two INTs and almost 22 fantasy points per game for his owners, which isn’t too bad considering his rough start to season. The Bears are an up-and-down team when it comes to defending the pass as they’ve held Michael Vick and Matt Ryan to some of their worst numbers on the year, yet allowed Cam Newton and Josh Freeman to have some of their best. No doubt this game will be interesting, though I’m betting on Rivers to put up decent numbers with the Chargers playing from behind in the second half. 

10.       Josh Freeman (@ GB) – Josh Freeman has two games with three or more touchdown passes in his career thus far. One was against the Seahawks at the end of last season when he put up a whopping five TDs in a blowout. The second was in his very first game as a starter back in 2009 going up against these same Green Bay Packers. Now I don’t know if that means much of anything, but at least Big Josh will have some good memories heading into this contest up in Lambeau Field. Besides that, the Packers pass defense has been terrible this season allowing five QBs out of nine to throw for 300 yards or more and one of the other four remaining to throw for three TDs and 273 yards.  As I’ve said it before, Josh Freeman is about as vanilla of a fantasy quarterback as you’ll ever find in this league, but this Sunday, he’ll at least have a chance to at least add some sprinkles to that cone.

11.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Mia) –

12.       Matt Moore (vs. Buf) –  

13.       Jay Cutler (vs. SD) –  

14.       Joe Flacco (vs. Cin) –  

15.       Matt Hasselbeck (@ Atl) –  

16.       John Skelton (@ SF) –  

17.       Vince Young (@ NYG – Sunday Night) – 

18.       Tarvaris Jackson (@ StL) –  

19.       Alex Smith (vs. Ari) –

20.       Andy Dalton (@ Bal) –  

21.       Christian Ponder (vs. Oak) –  

22.       Sam Bradford (vs. Sea) –  

23.       Rex Grossman (vs. Dal) –  

24.       Colt McCoy (vs. Jax) –  

25.       Tyler Palko (@ NE – Monday Night) –

26.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Cle) –  

27.        

28.       Mark Sanchez (@ Den – Thursday Night) – 24-for-40, 252 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT 

29.       Tim Tebow (vs. NYJ – Thursday Night) – 9-for-20, 104 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs; 8 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD 

1.           Aaron Rodgers (vs. TB) – Can this other-worldly robotic figure formally known as Aaron Rodgers be stopped? The answer is an emphatic “No” as the Packers head back to Lambeau Field to take on a reeling 4-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. Rodgers is playing out of his mind at this point and is currently on pace to set three separate single-season records (Passing Yards, QB Rating and Completion Percentage) and tie another (Passing TDs). With the Buccaneers defense allowing the fifth-most passing yards per game in the league (263) along with the most yards per attempt (8.5), Aaron “It Out” should have no problem keeping in stride with his historic season this Sunday. 

2.           Tom Brady (vs. KC – Monday Night) – When Tom Brady and the Patriots brain trust realize that some part of their game is amiss, they change it—and almost always change it for the better. The Stetson Man was personally in a bit of a five-game fantasy funk coming into last week’s game with the Jets, so after losing two straight games to the Steelers and Giants, he knew adjustments needed to be made…and make them he did as he became the first QB to throw three TDs versus the Jets defense this season along with the first to beat them at home. This weekend he’ll be facing a much easier Kansas City pass D that has let three different QBs to throw for three or more TDs against them along with allowing both Curtis Painter and Donovan McNabb to toss up two TDs apiece. Look for a good one out of Mr. Bundchen this Monday night. 

3.           Eli Manning (vs. Phi – Sunday Night) – Eli had arguably his best game of the season when he faced the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week 3 completing 16 of 23 passes for 254 yards, four TDs and no INTs. In 2010, he did the same thing throwing for 289 yards, four TDs and just one INT. In 2009, same thing as he tossed up 391 yards, three TDs and zero INTs. Notice a pattern here? Basically, Manning loves playing against the Eagles, or at least he knows how to get up for these inter-division games. Either way, with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie out and Philly falling apart at the seams, I expect Manning and his all-star cast of wide receivers to take full advantage this Sunday night.

4.           Carson Palmer (@ Min) – Palmer put on quite a performance in San Diego last Thursday night, eh? Of course it doesn’t hurt when your receivers are catching everything thrown their way, but going 14 out of 20 for 299 yards and two TDs in an inter-division away game is no easy task regardless. Carson and the now division-leading Raiders will be on the road once again this Sunday, but this time he’ll be up against a Vikings team that not only lost their top cover-corner for the year, but were allowing the third-most passing yards, second-most TDs and third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs anyway. Even with Jacoby Ford out, Palmer and the rest of his WR corps have enough talent to do some big things this weekend.

5.           Matthew Stafford (vs. Car) – The Carolina Panthers haven’t given up a ton in the passing game this season, but that’s because teams have found they are able to win with just their running game and end up not even bothering to pass the ball. The problem here is that the Lions don’t have much of a running game to speak of, but that’s why it’s nice to have a guy like Matthew Stafford be able to step in and take over the game for you. The Panthers can be beaten through the air, as Drew Brees showed with his 359-yard, two-TD performance back in Week 5, so despite his bum finger, I expect Stafford to end up with numbers similar to those…though probably not quite as gaudy.

6.           Cam Newton (@ Det) – So it looks like the Big Fig Newton is human after all. The Carolina rookie QB finally fell from second place down to third in fantasy points per game after putting up a bit of a stinker in a home loss against the Tennessee Titans last weekend. The question now is; how will the youngster respond? My guess is he’ll be just fine considering how well he’s done in proving people wrong thus far. The Lions pass defense has been relatively tough this season, but they’ve had a real hard time stopping the run lately which is where about a third of Newton’s fantasy points are scored. I expect Cam to bounce back with a nice game indoors this Sunday.

7.           Tony Romo (@ Was) – After his first half performance last weekend against the Bills when he went 18 for 19 passing for 237 yards and three touchdowns, most experts have Romo ranked among the top three quarterbacks for the week…but not I. Don’t get me wrong, I like the way he’s been playing of late as it seems he and the Cowboys have found their groove once again, but don’t be fooled into thinking he can just all of the sudden put up huge numbers every week now. In his last six games against the Redskins, only once has he thrown for more than one TD or tossed up 300-plus yards with both accomplishments coming in the same game at home back in 2008. Washington actually has one of the better pass defenses in the league holding their opponents to just 217 yards and less than one passing TD a game, so even though I think Tony will have some nice numbers in the end, don’t expect a headline-making performance this week. 

8.           Matt Ryan (vs. Ten) – Though somewhat disappointing considering the expectations laid upon him before the season started, Matt Ryan has started to turn it on of late putting up two straight real nice fantasy performances against the Colts and Saints. The Titans are better against the pass than both of those teams; though overall they’ve played much worse on the road allowing a five-TD game to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh and a 350-yard game to Colt McCoy in Cleveland earlier in the season. It would be a huge bonus for Ryan if WR Julio Jones suits up as he’ll have a big target to throw to while Titans CB Cortland Finnegan pays attention to Roddy White; but it shouldn’t matter too much. Get Matty Ice in there while he’s hot. 

9.           Philip Rivers (@ Chi) – His overall performance throughout the year has been staggeringly bad, but at least he’s been turning it on in the fantasy department as of late. Over the last three weeks, Rivers has averaged 343 yards, two TDs, two INTs and almost 22 fantasy points per game for his owners, which isn’t too bad considering his rough start to season. The Bears are an up-and-down team when it comes to defending the pass as they’ve held Michael Vick and Matt Ryan to some of their worst numbers on the year, yet allowed Cam Newton and Josh Freeman to have some of their best. No doubt this game will be interesting, though I’m betting on Rivers to put up decent numbers with the Chargers playing from behind in the second half. 

10.       Josh Freeman (@ GB) – Josh Freeman has two games with three or more touchdown passes in his career thus far. One was against the Seahawks at the end of last season when he put up a whopping five TDs in a blowout. The second was in his very first game as a starter back in 2009 going up against these same Green Bay Packers. Now I don’t know if that means much of anything, but at least Big Josh will have some good memories heading into this contest up in Lambeau Field. Besides that, the Packers pass defense has been terrible this season allowing five QBs out of nine to throw for 300 yards or more and one of the other four remaining to throw for three TDs and 273 yards.  As I’ve said it before, Josh Freeman is about as vanilla of a fantasy quarterback as you’ll ever find in this league, but this Sunday, he’ll at least have a chance to at least add some sprinkles to that cone.

11.       Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ Mia) –

12.       Matt Moore (vs. Buf) –  

13.       Jay Cutler (vs. SD) –  

14.       Joe Flacco (vs. Cin) –  

15.       Matt Hasselbeck (@ Atl) –  

16.       John Skelton (@ SF) –  

17.       Vince Young (@ NYG – Sunday Night) – 

18.       Tarvaris Jackson (@ StL) –  

19.       Alex Smith (vs. Ari) –

20.       Andy Dalton (@ Bal) –  

21.       Christian Ponder (vs. Oak) –  

22.       Sam Bradford (vs. Sea) –  

23.       Rex Grossman (vs. Dal) –  

24.       Colt McCoy (vs. Jax) –  

25.       Tyler Palko (@ NE – Monday Night) –

26.       Blaine Gabbert (@ Cle) –  

27.        

28.       Mark Sanchez (@ Den – Thursday Night) – 24-for-40, 252 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT 

29.       Tim Tebow (vs. NYJ – Thursday Night) – 9-for-20, 104 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs; 8 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD