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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST 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) –  

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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