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Zay Jones

Buffalo Bills

Jones to Compete for WR2


Zay Jones' and his 399 college reception record could make an immediate impact as he performed favorable to Sterling Shepard in college.

Fantasy Goo: Jones' is many fantasy analysts favorite among rookie WRs in 2017. With the 167 vacated targets among Woods, Goodwin and Hunter, Zay has upside as a fantasy WR3.


07/21/17, 12:35 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: prod.www.bills.clubs.nfl.com


Will Tye

New York Giants

Coughlin May Bring Giants to JAX


The Giants have reportedly started shopping Will Tye and Tom Coughlin may be a suitor. If Tye is traded it would convey their plans to use Engram could be immediate.

Fantasy Goo: Although rookie TE's have historically lacked production, Engram is more of a big slot WR. If they move Tye Engram will likely split time in teh slot with Sterling Shepard and could be worth a late round flier after we saw Shepard score 8 TDs in the same position.


07/21/17, 12:26 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Geronimo Allison

Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Suspended For Opener


Geronimo Allison is suspended for Week 1 due to violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Fantasy Goo: It is worth noting that Geronimo put up 4 catches for 91 yards and a score Week 17 when Jordy was being shadowed by Darrius Slay. He could be nice DFS play in games Jordy gets shadowed and Cobb or Adams are inactive.


07/21/17, 12:14 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Braxton Miller

Houston Texans

Braxton A Breakout WR?


QB Guru George Whitfield thinks Braxton Miller could take a dramatic step forward as a WR

Fantasy Goo: September 7, 2015. That was when Braxton took a direct snap, scrambled left and then put a spin move on the Virginia Tech defense that froze in time and broke Twitter. Miller was an all around stud in college and has Julian Edelman type potential. He could be worth a very late round pick, but keep him on your radar.


07/21/17, 11:25 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley Could See More Targets in 2017


Sean McVay recently went on ESPN LA and talked about Jared Goff's development and how the Rams are looking to get Gurley more work in the passing game.

Fantasy Goo: Not known for his receiving skills, despite Dunbar coming to the Rams in the offseason, Sean McVay will travel by air to get Gurley into open space. McVay know's the O-Line is a work in progress, but Gurley is an animal in the open field.


07/21/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bellcow To Play On Franchise Tag


Le'Veon Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers 5 year contract that averaged 12 million per year. That number is 50% higher than the next highest paid RB, LeSean McCoy.

Fantasy Goo: This was a ballsy move by Bell, he has stated that he wants to reset the RB market. Adrian Peterson's 2012 was one of the largest RB contracts as he amassed $20.1 million on his base + incentives. Le'Veon Bell is now the #1 player to have in 2017 playing on a contact year under the Franchise tag.


07/21/17, 10:08 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Dan Orlovsky

Detroit Lions

Rams Add Veteran QB


The Rams veteran journeyman Dan Orlovsky to backup their promising young QB Jared Goff. Orlovsky is rejoining his OC from his 2005 season in Detroit.

Fantasy Goo: Orlovsky's last effective game was in 2015 when he threw for 191 yards with a TD and an interception. Even if Goff goes down for an extended period of time Orlovsky has never shown the ability to have a fantasy presence.


07/21/17, 09:59 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Carlos Henderson Impresses in Broncos OTA’s


"Carlos is a great route-runner," fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said during OTAs. "He keeps his arms running through the cuts. I’ve been watching film on him and just seeing how he is. He is a technique guy."

Fantasy Goo: This offense has been missing the short-game middle of the field presence in the passing game from a TE or slot receiver. It’s hard to say how many opportunities are there with the QB situation the way it is and two premier receivers on the outside, but this report sounds like they are looking to create opportunities for him, even if it’s on special teams. His metrics profile compares best to Stealing Sheppard.


07/20/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverbroncos.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals Re-sign RB Chris Johnson to One-year Contract


This is the perfect situation for everyone involved. Johnson obviously knows the offense, the Cardinals have a solid back-up and can bring their rookie along slowly. Ellington has moved to WR and Kerwynn Williams is comfortable with the offense, but certainly not a solid No.2.

Fantasy Goo:
It doesn’t move the needle for anyone’s value, David Johnson is still the number one or two overall pick and there was no “handcuff” on the radar to begin with. In the four games Chris Johnson was active last year he only did more than spell David in one game, when Arizona crushed Tennessee 40-7.


07/20/17, 04:11 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers

Chargers First Round Pick Might Need Surgery


Reports on Mike Williams are mixed on whether he’ll need surgery or not for the herniated disk in his back, either way it seems unlikely that he will have anything to contribute this year. It seems like Schefter and Rapoport are having a little pissing contest as to whether Williams will actually need surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Draft Tyrell Williams as your WR3, he’s going after the 10th round right now, but that won’t happen for much longer. Keep Dontrell Inman on your radar, he could be a late round flyer in PPR leagues, with Allen out last year Inman finished with more PPR points than Ginn, Cobb and DeVante Parker.


07/20/17, 03:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Gary Barnidge

Cleveland Browns

Jaguars Meet With Barnidge


“Barnidge was released by Cleveland following this year's NFL Draft. The Browns used a first-round pick on Miami tight end David Njoku, who is set to take on Barnidge's playing time. If the Jaguars were to sign Barnidge, it would be a homecoming for the veteran tight end.”

Fantasy Goo: This means nothing, Barnidge will not have a repeat of his 2015 season. Barnidge is a solid blocking TE that had a spectacular year when there were no other options in the offense. The Jaguars aren’t very adept at using the TE either, Julius Thomas did next to nothing in his two years with the team.


07/20/17, 03:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.firstcoastnews.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Run Anywhere Else


When Jay Ajayi runs to either side of Jermon Bushrod the Dolphins starting right guard (7 or 8 holes) he averaged 2.97 yards per rush. When Jay Ajayi ran on plays designed for any other holes he averaged 6.04 yards per.

Fantasy Goo: Bushrod was clearly the weak link in Miami's line finishing the year with a 43 PFF Player grade. Look for Miami to try to replace him with Kraig Urbik or Jesse Davis once training camps roll in.


07/16/17, 06:11 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

Texans Rookie Gets Caught with Stoned Friend


Big news of D’Onta Foreman’s arrest came on Sunday (7/16) and because everyone is in front of their computers, the news splashed Twitter into a frenzy. The gun he had was legal, his passenger is taking the fall for the weed.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s clean on the piss test, absolutely nothing happens, maybe a 1-2 game suspension at most. He does take a hit in dynasty if he fails the drug test, buy low.


07/16/17, 02:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jarvis Landry

Miami Dolphins

Deadline Set for Miami to Re-Sign Landry


Landry will not negotiate his contract after the season begins. I’m not so sure Landry is in Miami’s future plans. They surely won’t franchise him for $18 million next year and they just gave Kenny Stills a nice contract.

Fantasy Goo:I believe Miami has high hopes for DeVante Parker becoming the wide receiver one they drafted him to be. That may be a tall task with Tannehill running the show, but Parker appears to be far more committed to improving this year.


07/15/17, 08:55 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sun-sentinel.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers Backfield Community


Reports out of SF say that Hyde has to earn the starting job. SF drafted two running backs and signed several free agents in the off-season including Tim Hightower and Kyle Juszczyk. If Hyde stays healthy there’s little doubt he earns the job, but he’s in the last year of his contract so if SF has their expected slow start I expect them to turn to their other options quickly.

Fantasy Goo: There are also reports that Hyde doesn’t fit into the Shanahan system well, he’s a tremendous athlete, but this is the time of year to pay attention to the negative information when we usually see nothing but fluff.


07/15/17, 08:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.csnbayarea.com


Virgil Green

Denver Broncos

Denver Tight End Job Up for Grabs


The team did select tight end Jake Butt in the 2017 NFL draft, but a knee injury suffered in Michigan’s bowl game may keep the talented rookie out of action for this entire season.

Fantasy Goo: Virgil Green is a blocker and AJ Derby is a natural athlete that converted to TE from QB, they believe he can be used in many ways and McCoy’s offense can use a third pass-catcher. Derby isn’t worth drafting, but we may want to keep an eye on him.


07/15/17, 08:42 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: 1043thefan.com


Demaryius Thomas

Denver Broncos

Denver Receivers Excited for New Offense


“We’ve got this new offense with Mike McCoy. We’re going to be throwing the ball around so my conditioning has to be up and I’ve been working on that.’’
Sanders is working on a healthier lifestyle and getting ready for a high paced offense. Thomas is just happy to get his favorite play back in the rotation (WR screen).

Fantasy Goo: Thomas’ ADP is rising to the second round, while Sanders’ is hanging around in the late fifth. If you miss on Thomas keep an eye on Sanders slipping to you. While we’re not sure who the QB will be, these two should be just fine where they are being drafted.


07/15/17, 08:37 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.9news.com


Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

McNichols Working on Pass Catching Skills


Jeremy McNichols has been working with the Bucs wide receivers. He's going basically undrafted, McNichols may be worth a late round flyer if you’re in a FFPC (28 round) draft, but we have to see what happens in camp before we can judge this one.

Fantasy Goo: Doug Martin’s ADP has risen to the point where he’s getting way too expensive. If he’s hanging around in the ninth or tenth he might be worth a shot, but there are probably better options to choose from before that point.


07/15/17, 08:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.buccaneers.com


Frank Gore

Indianapolis Colts

Opportunities in Colts Backfield


“As long as I’m healthy and my guys up front get me the opportunities, I’m going to be successful,’’ Gore said.
Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski remains squarely in Gore’s corner, but there figures to be more of a backs-by-committee approach this season. “You can go a lot of different directions in that you can feature more things or different things with different people,’’ he said. “Some of that will be personnel-driven.’’

Fantasy Goo: With no improvements to the O-line, Robert Turbin showing life in camp, and Marlon Mack being drafted, I don’t see how Gore improves on last year’s total. He keeps on ticking like the energizer bunny, but I think that cliff is close. I’ve been high on him every year until now.


07/15/17, 08:25 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: cbs4indy.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron to see more red-zone targets?


Ebron’s ADP has risen 2-3 rounds, depending on your scoring, in the past two months. Everyone seems to think that Ebron will see more red-zone looks this year with Boldin’s 22 RZ targets leaving town. He has a very safe floor so there’s no real downside to drafting him in the eighth round or later.

Fantasy Goo: I’m going to keep an eye on Boldin as well, he hasn’t signed with another team yet, and he’s not finished playing. Detroit is still on the list of places he could end up.


07/15/17, 08:06 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.freep.com

Playoffs - Player Rankings for All Positions - Week 3

Playoffs - Player Rankings for All Positions - Week 3

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Quarterbacks 



1.       Aaron Rodgers (@ Chi) – Okay, you’ve got to be kidding me with this stat-line:  31 completions in 36 attempts, 366 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs and a 136.8 QB Rating.  Now we all knew the Falcons pass D was their weak link, but to go into the Georgia Dome last weekend and completely demolish a team led by a QB that had lost only two games at home his entire career is downright scary.  What’s even more insane is that in two road playoff games this year, Rodgers now has six TDs, zero INTs, 546 passing yards and a 134.5 QB rating!  Even though he didn’t do nearly as well as that against the Bears this year, it’s hard to go against a guy on a roll like this.

 

2.       Ben Roethlisberger (vs NYJ) – Roethlisberger is another QB that never ceases to amaze.  After missing the first four games of the season (suspension) while dealing with injuries throughout the rest, once again he has led his team on a deep playoff run and now has a chance to go to (and win) his third Super Bowl in seven years.  Unreal.  Last week against the Ravens, Big Ben played well enough to win throwing up 226 yards and two TDs without an interception.  Against the Jets back in Week 15, he also played pretty well throwing for 264 yards and a TD with zero interceptions, but couldn’t come away with a win.  If the Steelers want to get by the streaking Jets this Sunday, Ben is going to have to pull the hero-card and beat Revis Island & Co. with some regularity.  I expect a pretty good game, but whether or not his beat-up offensive line can give him enough time to throw will tell the story.

 

3.       Jay Cutler (vs GB) – Cutler proved he can take the pressure of a playoff game last Sunday as he threw for 274 yards, two TDs while rushing for two more in his first ever post-season appearance.  However, his foe this weekend won’t be the defensively-challenged Seahawks again… it’s the hated Packers.  Does he have a chance of putting up a nice game?  Sure, but don’t bet on it.  His career stats as a Bear against the Pack are pretty poor as not once has he thrown for more TDs in a game than INTs against them (four games).  OC Mike Martz will do everything he can to put Cutler in a position to succeed, but don’t expect him to do what he did to Seattle last week.

 

4.       Mark Sanchez (@ Pit) – The Sanchize continues to surprise even his biggest supporters as this week, Sanchez becomes just the second QB in NFL history to lead his team to the Conference Finals during each of his first two years in the league (the other is none other than Ben Roethlisberger!!!).  Basically, what the guy lacks in overall talent, he more than makes up for in charisma and leadership.  When these two teams met in Pittsburgh back in Week 15, Sanchez had the kind of day you’d expect against a hard-nosed defense like the Steelers:  19 for 29, 170 yards, zero TDs and zero INTs.  However, the Jets ended up winning the game due in no small part to a game-tying seven-yard TD run by Sanchez deep in the third quarter.  The question for Sunday’s game is not whether Sanchez will put up great stats or not, because he won’t.  The question is, can the kid from Long Beach, California play error-free ball once again and lead his team to a Super Bowl berth over the mighty Steelers?  The answer is yes, but only if his teammates can follow suit.

 

 

 

Running Backs 



1.       Rashard Mendenhall (vs NYJ) – The Jets rush D is third in line behind the Steelers in terms of domination, so Rashard will have his work cut out for him again this weekend.  He did just fine against them in their first matchup putting up 99 yards and a TD on 17 carries, and you know Pittsburgh won’t stray from using Mendy, so he’ll at least get the touches to produce.  This could turn into a battle between the trenches, so how Mendenhall fares might just determine the outcome of this game.  I expect his ferocity to step forward and answer the call.

 

2.       Matt Forte (vs GB) – Forte had himself another solid game against the Seahawks putting up 134 total yards with 80 coming on the ground and another 54 yards on three catches.  Mike Martz might be thought of as a passing offensive coordinator, but it’s clear at this point that the Bears offense runs through Matt Forte.  In the final game of the regular season, Matt had 91 yards rushing and eight catches for 60 yards receiving against Green Bay.  I’m not sure the Packers will allow that much this Sunday, but the Bears RB is looking as good as he has in his career right now, so I wouldn’t put it past him.

 

3.       James Starks (@ Chi) – His second career playoff game wasn’t nearly as good as his first, but he still leads the league in playoff rushing yards (189), attempts (48) and first downs (8) this year.  It’s not going to get any easier for the rookie this weekend as the Bears are one of the best in the league at defending the run and held Seattle to just 34 yards on 12 carries last Sunday.  The Packers will use him quite a bit to set up the pass, but don’t expect too much.

 

4.       Shonn Greene (@ Pit) – Shonn and his punishing style of running should end up with a good amount of carries and some decent final numbers this Sunday, but with the Steelers allowing so few yards on the ground this season, you can’t expect too much.  If Pittsburgh decides to let Sanchez take his shot at winning this one, Greene will without a doubt be stuffed at the line more often than not.  However, with the front seven all bunched in tight, we also could see a long run or two take place if he can sneak by the initial set of defenders.

 

5.       LaDainian Tomlinson (@ Pit) – The offense still seems to be doing a good job of splitting the workload between Tomlinson and Greene, but like last year during the Jets playoff run, the edge in carries has swayed toward the bigger, more physical Greene.  Expect more of the same against the brutish Steelers this week as the Jets will have to win the battle in the trenches if they want to take this game on the road.

 

6.       John Kuhn (@ Chi) – Kuhn’s worth comes mainly along the goal-line as the Packers use either his 6’0”, 250-pound frame to bust in the one-yard TDs or his receiving ability to catch play-action passes in the flat.  Other than that, he’s simply a blocker.

 

7.       Chester Taylor (vs GB) – Even though Taylor was the one with a touchdown in the final statistics last weekend, Forte is still the man on this team.  Chester will get a few touches here and there in order to give Forte a rest, but it won’t be enough to make a difference.

 

8.       Brandon Jackson (@ Chi) – After receiving just three carries against the Eagles in the Packers first playoff win, Jackson found himself with just one carry on the final stat-sheet against the Falcons.  It’s clear Brandon has been passed on the depth chart by the bigger, more talented Starks, and this time I think it’s for good.  Jackson still might see a few carries and dump-offs on third down, but his chances of putting up fantasy-worthy stats are pretty slim.

 

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1.          Greg Jennings (@ Chi) – Jennings looked like the number one WR that he is last weekend against the Falcons, but he’ll have a tough time repeating his 101-yard, eight-catch performance against the Bears D.  In fact, Chicago has had a pretty good bead on Greg throughout his career allowing him an average of just 3.8 catches for 55.6 yards a game.  With Rodgers on the roll he is, I’d have a tough time betting against Jennings having a nice game, but don’t expect a repeat of the Atlanta game.

 

2.          Mike Wallace (vs NYJ) – Wallace will likely have the undesirable job of toting Darrelle Revis around in his jockstrap all game this Sunday and with a matchup like that, there’s no doubt the rest of the sporting world will be eyeing them just as closely.  Mike actually had a really good game in their first tilt putting up 102 yards on seven catches (10 targets), but you can’t really expect the same with Revis playing as well as he is right now.  The fact of the matter is, Wallace really does have the physical gifts of the Gods, so even against this New York pass D, anything is possible.

 

3.          Braylon Edwards (@ Pit) – If there’s one chink in this vaunted Steeler defensive armor, it’s in the passing game, particularly against the bigger, more physical receivers.  Marques Colston, Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin all had nice games against the Steelers earlier this year, as did Edwards in their Week 15 matchup when he came away with team-highs of eight catches, 11 targets and 100 yards.  If Sanchez has enough time in the pocket and strength in his arm to throw it Braylon’s way, watch for the ego-driven receiver to have something to talk about by game’s end.

 

4.          Santonio Holmes (@ Pit) – Holmes is still seeing a good amount of passes come his way, but the amount of short slants and quick screens make it difficult for him to do any serious damage.  Because Sanchez is still sporting a bit of a sore shoulder, Holmes will likely see much of the same this weekend leaving little room to make any real high-impact plays.  However, Santonio has always been a big-game player, and given that this game happens to be against his old team with an added bonus of a Super Bowl berth on the line, all bets are off and anything goes.

 

5.          Donald Driver (@ Chi) – Driver may not have a touchdown in the playoffs yet this year, but he’s leading the team in both catches and yards with 5.5 receptions and 66 yards per game.  His veteran presence seems to be rubbing off on everyone around him right now as the Packer offense is clicking better than it has all year.  He may not put up a bunch of yards, but five or more catches on Sunday is almost a given.

 

6.          James Jones (@ Chi) – Jones’ size and athleticism always give him a chance to put up some nice numbers, but his lack of concentration is about as frustrating as it gets.  He seems to have no trouble making tough, crazy catches, but throw him the ball with nobody around him and you’re in for a disappointment.   His up-and-down play is hard to predict, so even though he has a TD in each of the first two playoff games, don’t look for a third in a row, especially against this Bears pass D.

 

7.          Johnny Knox (vs GB) – Knox had a decent game last week catching four balls for 48 yards in the Bears win over Seattle.  He might be able to produce a bit this Sunday as well as his speed can beat even the best secondary deep on occasion.  If the Packers decide to throw Charles Woodson on him, he won’t be much of a factor, but he’ll still be able to stretch the defense and carry Woodson out of the play, so his worth might end up being as a decoy.

 

8.          Hines Ward (vs NYJ) – Ward’s speed and skills have diminished to the point where he’s having a tough time getting open in space, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get the job done.  In fact, Ward has crossed the goal-line two weeks in a row now for the Steel Crew while his TD last weekend ended up tying the game heading into the fourth quarter.  Even though I don’t expect too much out of the seasoned vet this Sunday, I wouldn’t put it past him to make a difference when it counts.  His best remaining qualities are his overall toughness and blocking ability, of which will be needed regularly come Sunday.

 

9.          Jordy Nelson (@ Chi) – The Packers might actually have the best fourth wide receiver in the league in Jordy Nelson.  Last week, Nelson caught all eight passes thrown his way for 79 yards and a TD, numbers most number one WRs would love to see in their stat-line.  His 6’3”, 217-pound frame makes him a mismatch all over the field and since it looks like Rodgers has a ton of confidence in him, don’t be surprised to see Jordy have another nice game this weekend.

 

10.        Earl Bennett (vs GB) – Bennett is a nice possession receiver who I’m sure Cutler will try to use this weekend.  He should be able to haul in around four or five passes, but his lack of size (6’0”) doesn’t make him much of a red-zone target, so his fantasy upside is minimal.

 

11.        Jerricho Cotchery (@ Pit) – Jerricho is still the most dependable wide receiver on this team, and he was used as such last week against the Patriots in coming out with team-highs in targets (7), catches (5) and yards (96).  The Jets may have to turn to a ball-control type of game this Sunday, so look for Cotchery to be used wisely in the offensive game-plan once again.

 

12.        Emmanuel Sanders (vs NYJ) – The electric third-round pick out of LSU seems to have taken over as Roethlisberger’s No. 2 receiver as his speed and play-making ability are simply too awesome to ignore.  Last weekend he tied for the team lead with seven targets while hauling down four passes for 54 yards.  Not too shabby for your playoff debut, and I expect it to be even better this weekend.  In the Week 15 game against the Jets, Sanders had a whopping 13 balls thrown his way and turned them into seven catches for 78 yards.  Even if for some reason the Steelers stick Cromartie on him, I can still see a good 6-7 catches out of Emmanuel this Sunday.

 

13.        Devin Hester (vs GB) – Hester is still one of the most electrifying, game-changing players in the league and you can bet that with the Packers being in the Bears division, they know this all too well.  If Green Bay decides to kick to him, his punt return duties combined with a few targets on offense will give him a chance to shine this weekend.  If they don’t, then you can’t expect more than maybe a couple of wide receiver screens for minimal yardage.

 

14.        Brad Smith (@ Pit) – Smith’s groin is still a bit banged up so he’s not expected to be used very often this weekend.  If he’s able to return kickoffs, he’ll have a slight chance to create some havoc, but don’t expect him to do much out of the Wildcat formation.

 

15.        Antwaan Randle El (vs NYJ) – Randle El isn’t used very much as a receiver in this offense, but if Pittsburgh decides to run a trick play or two, you can be sure Antwaan and his variety of skills will be involved.

 

16.        Devin Aromashodu (vs GB) – Aromashodu was a huge disappointment this season and the only chance he has of doing anything in this game is if the Bears end up needing his size in the red-zone.

 

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1.     Greg Olsen (vs GB) – Last weekend was an awesome time for Olsen to come alive for Mike Martz and Jay Cutler, wouldn’t you say?  Not only did he lead the team with nine targets and 113 yards, but he also kick-started the Bears offense by scoring a touchdown on the Bears first possession of the game.  If the Packers have a weak link on D, it’s guarding a team’s opposing tight end.  Olsen had five catches in each of their meetings during the year, so I’d expect at least that many once again with another possible touchdown coming his way.

 

2.     Heath Miller (vs NYJ) – The Jets defense held opposing tight ends to the third least amount of catches per game this season, so Miller isn’t likely to be too much of a factor.  He wasn’t available in Week 15 against the Jets, but his replacement, Matt Spaeth, did catch a TD pass against them, so Miller might be a decent red-zone threat this Sunday.

 

3.     Dustin Keller (@ Pit) – Keller will likely be used as more of a blocker in this game to create some holes for the Jets backfield and to give Sanchez more time to throw the ball downfield.  He’ll get a few dump-offs in the process, but don’t expect much as the Steelers have been pretty good all year in defending opposing tight ends.

 

4.     Andrew Quarless (@ Chi) – Quarless has been a non-factor in each of Green Bay’s first two playoff games, and since the Bears are pretty darn good at defending tight ends, I don’t expect that trend to change.

 

5.     Donald Lee (@ Chi) – Lee is a grizzled veteran who will certainly see his fair share of action this Sunday, but his skills are more as a pass-blocker than a receiver.

 

6.     Matt Spaeth (vs NYJ) - Spaeth did a fine job filling in for Miller while he was out for a couple of games during the season and even caught a touchdown against this Jets D, but with Heath back in the lineup, he won’t be used as more than a much-needed blocker this weekend.