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Ted Ginn Jr

New Orleans Saints

Must Be Smokin' Snead


Per source with knowledge of the situation, Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr won't play today and will be ruled inactive. Expect WRs TommyLee Lewis and Willie Snead to play a bigger role.

Fantasy Goo: Snead has seen a huge uptick in first team practice snaps this week, he’s been a huge disappointment this season after a break-out year last season. I would not stream Snead for your playoff match-up, the offense is powerful, but unpredictable. Lewis and Brandon Coleman could vulture targets and TD’s at any moment.


12/17/17, 08:59 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Downgrade Equals RB Upgrade


Ajayi can do more than he has since the Eagles acquired him from the Dolphins on Halloween. And with quarterback Carson Wentz done for the season and Nick Foles tossed into the cauldron, the Eagles will likely need additional carries from the 24-year-old tailback if they are to stoke their chances of securing home field throughout the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: Ajayi could shred the Giants if he gets the touches, but he hasn’t scored a TD since his 46-yarder against the Bronco’s in his first game with the Eagles. It’s not like the other Eagles backs have been producing TD’s either, Wentz had been that dominant. I have no doubt they will lean on the running game this week, I’m high on Ajayi.


12/16/17, 03:18 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.philly.com


Jermaine Gresham

Arizona Cardinals

Ricky Business


The AZ Cardinals have downgraded TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) to OUT for Sunday’s game against Washington.

Fantasy Goo: Seals-Jones is a desperate move if you’re in the semi-finals of your playoffs, he’s only a streaming option if you’ve been streaming all year. He’s had a couple of big games, but there’s no floor. He could end up with 10 targets or he could end up with none.


12/16/17, 03:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Flying Solo


Joe Mixon did not pass concussion protocol and will not play Sunday against the Vikings.

Fantasy Goo: Bernard will see a solid workload, but it’s going to take a big play for him to have any real fantasy value. Minnesota did give up that big play to Jonathan Stewart last week, but I don’t see that happening again.


12/16/17, 03:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Bell-Cow Workload


Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’s in the NFL concussion protocol, was declared out of the Tampa Bay game on Saturday by coach Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: Tampa has been solid against the run at home, but a complete sieve on the road. They are at home this week, but they haven’t faced a RB like Freeman at home this year. Freeman has traditionally been a better performer at home, but I have no doubt he’ll put up RB1 numbers with action in the passing game.


12/16/17, 03:10 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.myajc.com


Dion Sims

Chicago Bears

Honorable Mention


Bears TE Adam Shaheen (chest), who is listed as questionable against the Lions, is not expected to play, source said. Chicago goes in a little short-handed.

Fantasy Goo: I like Sims as a streamer if you’re desperate, he always seems to put up numbers when he’s the only option. I rarely start a streamer in the early set of games, there will be safer options tomorrow.


12/16/17, 03:06 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Stefon Diggs

Minnesota Vikings

Diggin' It and Thielen It


The Vikings have played five out of their last six games on the road. They return home this week to face a banged-up Bengals defense and Kyle Rudolph is out. Stefon Diggs has played in four home games this year. He has hit 27.7 and 40.3 on DK in two of them.

Fantasy Goo: Diggs has never played a game without Rudolph in the line-up, so we don’t really know how this will affect his targets. Cincinnati has been without both starting CB’s, but may get Dre Kirkpatrick back this week. I have Diggs as a WR2/Flex this week with Thielen being a solid WR1, must start.


12/15/17, 05:20 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams

Back in Action


Seahawks Weeks 1-9 (With Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 2nd
Explosive pass rate allowed:19th
Weeks 11-14 (Without Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman)
Passing success rate allowed: 22nd
Explosive pass rate allowed: 24th

Fantasy Goo: Robert Woods comes back this week, so I’m moving Watkins way down. Watkins production went up about 70% across the board with Woods out. Kupp’s production went up with Woods out as well, but even with Woods in the line-up he was second on the team in targets. Woods might need to knock some rust off after being out for three weeks so I have Woods and Kupp in the WR3/Flex range, and feel safe with starting either one.


12/15/17, 05:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jag's Starting JAG's


Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette missed his third straight day of practice today due to his quad injury. No practice all week.

Fantasy Goo: I expect Yeldon and Ivory to split the touches if Fournette doesn’t play, neither seems to be worth starting, but Houston has given up five rushing TD’s in the past three games (one to a QB).


12/15/17, 05:14 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Howard

Chicago Bears

Here Comes the BOOM!


Detroit is allowing 3.4 offensive touchdowns per game over the past five weeks, the most in the league, they have also allowed a rushing touchdown in eight straight games. Jordan Howard is tied for the most runs of 10 or more yards (30) on the season. Howard has had 12 100-yard rushing games in his first two seasons and he wasn’t even the starter the first four games last year.

Fantasy Goo: Howard is really boom-bust, he has yet to pair together fantasy RB1 weeks this year. He had a huge game last week and his match-up this week is just too sweet to think that he won’t be able to break this trend.


12/15/17, 05:12 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

In the Clear


Zach Ertz has cleared the concussion protocol and will play this week.

He’s pretty much ranked as the number three TE across the industry, but I think he lacks the boom upside we might think he has against the Giants. His production with Foles, back in 2013, was only slightly lower than his production this year. In the first nine games the Giants gave up a TD to a TE in every game. In the last four games the Giants have only given up one, to Jason Witten, who has historically torched the Giants, it was his only catch of the game. They even managed to keep Kelce out of the end-zone, I believe a couple of OPI’s were involved there and Kelce did get 109 yards receiving though. I believe Ertz is a prime candidate for 5/50/1, but I don’t expect him to win you your week or be worth paying up for in DFS.


12/15/17, 05:11 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nick Foles

Philadelphia Eagles

Not Skipping a Beat


Carson Wentz is out for the season, and maybe some of Next season with a torn ACL. Over their first 24 games Foles has more TD’s, fewer INT’s, and more yards that Wentz has in his first 24 games. Foles was a Pro Bowler who threw 27 TD & 2 INT with the Eagles in 2013. The last time Nick Foles faced the Raiders, he threw for 7 TDs.

Fantasy Goo: I’m not saying there won’t be an adjustment period and I’m not trying to say the Eagles are better-off without Wentz, but Foles is a very capable back-up and if he can stir-up that 2013 magic the Eagles should be fine. Normally I’d say wait a week before starting Foles or any of the skill position players on the Eagles, but with it being week 15 and the match-up being a weak Giants defense, I’m starting them all as you usually would.


12/13/17, 03:59 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Lamar Miller

Houston Texans

Miller a Solid Cash Play on DFS


Miller will face the 49'ers, who according to Football Outsiders ranks 30th in Defensive DVOA.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 3 weeks, Miller is 6th in total carries. In cash games, you want opportunity. Considering the 49'ers run one of the fastest paced offenses in the league, his carries, already in the top 10 in recent weeks, should see an increase.


12/10/17, 11:14 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.footballoutsiders.com


Giovani Bernard

Cincinnati Bengals

Gio Free Square


Gio is gets the starting role today as there as Mixon is out.

Fantasy Goo: The man is only $3100 on Draft Kings. The Baengals are home and 6 point favorites. The game script could easily favor the ground game, which means Gio should get plenty of touches to surpass 3X value.


12/10/17, 10:57 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles

Still in Concussion Protocol


Eagles still want to look at TE Zach Ertz and his concussion on Sunday, but he is considered doubtful for game vs. Rams even though he is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Goo: Trey Burton has been a big name all week, going for 4 receptions for 42 yards after Ertz’s exit last week. Burton is a versatile athlete, but not a premier TE like Ertz. His good numbers came against Denver which is giving up the second most points to the TE position this year. Philly faces the Rams this week who are sixth best in fantasy points allowed. I'm not considering Burton a good stream this week.


12/10/17, 10:19 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions

Pain in the Neck


Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (neck, questionable) is not expected to play today, source said, though it's more for play than injury reasons. Detroit is trying other players to improve the run game.

Fantasy Goo: This isn’t surprising given Abdullah’s disappointing performances over the past year and more.
Tion Green led the team with 51 rushing yards in his debut last week, and figures to be the Lions' ball-carrier Sunday in Tampa. Pass-catcher Theo Riddick will see reps as well and I expect that he has a safer floor especially in PPR.


12/10/17, 10:05 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Chris Hogan

New England Patriots

Primed for Monday Return


Hogan has been out the past four weeks and has basically caused me a playoff berth in one of my dynasty leagues. If you’re still in it I’d get him into the line-up. With Gronk out Hogan should see a solid number of targets.


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

Source: twitter.com


Amari Cooper

Oakland Raiders

It's A Trap


Source says, if Cooper can cut at full speed and start and stop in pregame workout, they will use him on a limited basis or “pitch count.” Calls it a “very dramatic turnaround” from what team was expecting 48 hours ago.

Fantasy Goo: Total decoy move, I’m not starting him even if he is healthy enough to play. Cooper went for 11/210/2 when he faced the Chiefs in Week 7, so it is tempting to put him in, but you’ve got to figure that the Raiders want him in there just so the Chiefs have to play coverage his way and leave Crabtree in single coverage.


12/10/17, 10:01 AM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Lower Expectations This Week


Todd Gurley has just 1 TD over his last four games, but still has finished as RB6, RB16, RB8, and RB7 in those games. The TD came in the RB16 week. Insane usage AND efficiency from Gurley.

Fantasy Goo: He’s been the most consistent RB1 for the entire season, which is a nice turn-around from a disappointing 2016. He faces the Eagles this week who are second-best in fantasy points allowed to the RB position this year. I think we have to start him, but expectations must be lowered. He’s a fade in DFS this week.


12/09/17, 12:58 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

Balls Flying Everywhere


Per @rotounderworld, 70% of DeShone Kizer's pass attempts have been catchable balls, the third-lowest rate among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts this season. Winds expected near 20 mph in Cleveland this week.

Fantasy Goo: I would not consider starting Kizer at any point this year, but the key question here is will he be able to get the ball anywhere near Josh Gordon. He was only able to catch 4 of the 11 balls thrown in his direction last week, but he was going against one of the top corners in the league. He was still able to rack up 85 yards, and had over 200 air-yards, so we can be confident the opportunity will be there. If I had him anywhere I would most likely start him and will probably have him ranked as a mid-range WR2.


12/09/17, 12:53 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