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Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans

Henry Begins Take-Over


Derrick Henry is expected to get a "significant workload" regardless of whether or not DeMarco Murray (questionable, hamstring) plays against the Seahawks in Week 3. Murray did get in a limited practice session on Friday, but even if he is active Henry out-touched him 14-10 in last week's win over the Jags while racking up a career-high 92 rushing yards.

Fantasy Goo: It's not a great match-up for Henry against Seattle, but his workload should be enough to consider starting him in all formats. If Murray is out Henry becomes a solid lock-it-in starter, that’s why he was going in the single-digit rounds in most drafts. If you have lazy owners in your league offer a trade for Henry and try to sell Murray while you have a chance.


09/22/17, 07:27 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Green Bay Packers

Targets Up for Grabs


Randall Cobb (chest) is listed as doubtful for Week 3 against the Bengals.
This should move Jordy Nelson into the slot with Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams as the Packers' outside receivers versus Cincinnati. Despite the Questionable tag, Nelson is fully expected to play against the Bengals after missing almost all of Week 2 with what he deemed a "charley horse." We can consider Cobb as "week to week."

Fantasy Goo: With the Packers target leader Randall Cobb (shoulder) listed as doubtful, Nelson should be locked and loaded into fantasy lineups as a WR1. Many DFS analysts are also eyeing Adams for a break-out game and I’ve seen Allison being scooped up in several dynasty/deep roster leagues.


09/22/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

Pats Injury Report Always a Long List


Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 3 against the Texans. Chris Hogan (knee) and Amendola are questionable. Hogan was limited by a knee injury at practice this week but his status for Sunday has never been in doubt.

Fantasy Goo: Looks like Gillislee and Hogan should be solid plays this week. With Burkhead out both are in line to benefit greatly, Amendola could cut into Hogan just enough to knock him out of flex range though if he ends up playing.


09/22/17, 06:35 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys

At Least Two More Weeks of Zeke


The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set a date for a hearing in the Zeke Elliott case: Oct. 2.
It will be two weeks before the court of appeals even hears the arguments from both sides. This thing could certainly get strung out and the suspension could come next season.

Fantasy Goo: If you have him you’re going to have to ride this out all season. His schedule eases some after week 4 so if the court denies the plea from the NFL you are going to reap rewards that you expected when you drafted him. Something in my gut tells me that he will serve some sort of suspension this year though, either way you’ll never get fair value for him in a trade and my gut feeling could just be because I’m a Giants fan. I don’t get the sense that it’s worth handcuffing him at this point either, just because we can’t be sure who the handcuff is yet.


09/22/17, 06:26 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sam Bradford

Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford (knee) Out for Sunday


Sam Bradford‘s knee could be a real problem. The Vikings quarterback is not expected to play on Sunday. Bradford will get a second opinion on his left knee from Dr. James Andrews, on Friday. Whenever I hear Dr. Andrews name red flags go up, because it always seems to mean more surgery, but Andrews has performed Bradford’s first two ACL surgeries, so he’s quite familiar with his medical history.

Fantasy Goo: Bradford being out is definitely a down-grade for Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph with Keenum throwing the rock. Theilen gets the largest drop, averaging 9 more PPR points per game with Bradford in.


09/21/17, 08:09 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jimmy Graham

Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham (ankle) DNP Thursday.


That makes it two missed practices in a row and he's shaping up to be very questionable for Week 3 against the Titans. The Seahawks have listed him on the injury report with an ankle injury, but the team did say he banged his knee in Week 2. If Graham can't play, Luke Wilson would likely fill in while the Seahawks run with more three-wide sets.

Fantasy Goo: Whenever Graham is out you have to look for Tyler Locket to get more targets. It’s only a five game sample, but Lockett averages six more PPR points per game with Graham out.Pete Carroll came out Friday and said Graham, listed as questionable, should be fine for Sunday.


09/21/17, 07:37 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Chris Johnson

Arizona Cardinals

Johnson Back for Arizona


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3. Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts, out-playing Kerwynn Williams. It appears as though he is ready to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence.

Fantasy Goo: We shouldn't expect more than an RB3 production, but he is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains un-owned (admittedly, probably not many). I’m looking to make some trades to clear roster space and grab him, bye weeks will be coming soon and he could end up with 15-20 carries some weeks.


09/21/17, 06:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Chris Thompson

Washington Redskins

Thompson Flashes


Thompson only had three carries, but two of them went for scores, including a 61-yard scamper. He finished with six touches for 106 yards and two scores. Rob Kelley could miss time with the injury and Thompson is lightening in a bottle.

Fantasy Goo: Thompson is the back to own in PPR leagues, his floor is solid with the passing downs work and he will probably average five carries a game if Kelley (ribs) is out.


09/19/17, 07:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Chris Carson

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Backfield Jumble


Carson was the man at running back for the Seahawks, running the ball 20 times for 93 yards, and he caught one pass for 7 yards to give him 100 total yards on the day. Lacy is a non-factor, and Rawls does not look like he will be able to keep Carson from getting the Lion share of carries going forward.

Fantasy Goo: Carson will probably be the number one waiver add in your league, and if you have the number one pick you NEED to add Carson now.


09/19/17, 07:06 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


D'Onta Foreman

Houston Texans

The Foreman Is On The Job


The Texans want to get Foreman more involved in the offense, and this week he had 12 carries for 40 yards. He is going to be in a 60/40 split with Lamar Miller, but there is upside if Miller goes down. His workload should only increase as the season moves along.

Fantasy Goo: If he’s still available, if you have space on your roster, and if you can wait a few weeks for him to take even more of the role, then this is your guy to grab. Foreman could emerge as the Texans primary back by the end of the year.


09/19/17, 07:03 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: pyromaniac.com


Rashard Higgins

Cleveland Browns

They Call Him "Hollywood"


Browns placed WR Corey Coleman on injured reserve with a broken hand. Coleman underwent surgery on his broken right hand Monday. Higgins played 54-of-71 snaps against the Ravens, 12 more than Kenny Britt. He also turned 11 targets into seven catches for 95 yards. He was just promoted off the practice squad on Saturday, so he could be a one hit wonder.

Fantasy Goo: Normally I would say to just put him on your watch list, but he could emerge into what we thought Kenny Britt would be. Britt is playing like he doesn’t give a crap right now, which is giving Higgins opportunity and with Coleman out for at least eight weeks there might not be anyone else to throw to.


09/19/17, 07:00 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


Will Fuller

Houston Texans

Strong Out, Fuller In


Will Fuller (collarbone) returned to practice on Monday. It's a potential sign Fuller could return for Week 3. The Houston Chronicle reported in early August that Fuller would likely miss "2-3 months," but Fuller is an elite athlete in optimal condition, and he is capable of beating a lengthy timetable like that. The Texans also placed WR Jaelen Strong on waivers and the Jaguars have claimed him.

Fantasy Goo: It’s too bad the Texans still don’t have a QB. Fuller could add a valuable weapon for Watson, but I don’t see Watson being a productive QB that can maintain two WR’s with weekly fantasy value. Keep Fuller on the watch list just in case Watson proves he can produce or they shift to a free agent QB.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com


A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

Green looking forward to Green Bay


A.J. Green has struggled to get going this season, with 10 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns. This week he faces a Packers defense that could be without Mike Daniels and Ahmad Brooks. Julio Jones had 108 yards against the Packers last week, and without the pass rush of Daniels Green should be able to make more plays downfield this week. The Bengals are looking for their first touchdown of the season, and Dalton wants it to be a passing touchdown to A.J.


09/19/17, 06:57 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell looking for a breakthrough against the Bears


Le'Veon has only totaled 138 yards with no scores through the first two weeks. Owners should be feeling good about his matchup this week against the Bears. Chicago is already without LB Jerrell Freeman, and last week lost his replacement Nick Kwiatkowski. The Bears are a mess and Bell should be able to exploit those weaknesses for big gains this week.


09/19/17, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Carolina Panthers

Carolina In My Mind


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Cam looked rusty last week, he was literally shaking his arm after passes like there was rust in his shoulder joint. Christian McCaffrey out-snapped Jonathan Stewart 70% to 43% in Week 1, but Stewart out-touched McCaffrey 20 to 18, and Stewart scored the backfield’s lone TD on a red-zone reception where McCaffrey served as a decoy. As Carolina is favored by a touchdown at home, this sets up as another positive-script game where Stewart can log a similar if not superior workload to his dynamic rookie counterpart, giving both Panthers backs RB2/flex appeal. I don’t like any of the receivers, Benjamin is only ranked within the startable range because of the implied opportunity and what should be a prime match-up.


09/17/17, 10:30 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo @ Carolina


Implied Team Totals: Panthers 25, Bills 18
Tyrod is a solid sit for me on the road against a strong Carolina defense that silenced the 49ers on the road last week. McCoy will get 25 or so carries so I’m starting him in season-long, but his upside is capped so he’s a fade in DFS this week. Charles Clay led Buffalo in targets and caught his eighth TD in 29 games as a Bill. Last year’s Panthers allowed the league’s second-most fantasy points to tight ends, a position to which their Cover-3 zone can be vulnerable.


09/17/17, 10:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New England Patriots

New England @ New Orleans


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
Last year the Saints allowed the second-most points (454) and the most passing yards (4380), the Superdome is now known as football’s version of Coors Field for its elevation of offensive output. My top DFS plays are Brady, of course, Cooks in a revenge game, Gronk if you are ok with paying up at TE, and the way to get Gronk in a DK line-up is to play James White at RB2 or flex. White is cheap, and played the most snaps of the RB’s last week, he could have around 5 receptions for around 35-50yds and cross your fingers for a TD.


09/17/17, 10:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Hosting New England


Implied Team Totals: Patriots 31, Saints 25
The Saints, and Brees are a different animal at home than the road. Alex Smith shredded the Pats last week and even on short rest (6 days, compared to NE’s 10 days) Brees should see similar numbers. I feel good about starting Michael Thomas or Fleener, they should see the bulk of red-zone targets. The RB situation is in flux so the only RB I’m considering is Alvin Kamara, he’s obviously not a cash game play, but at $3500 he could pay-off in a big way.


09/17/17, 10:09 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.com

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have alot to do to bounce back to fantasy relevance in week 2


With Blake Bortles playing the role as "game manager" it certainly puts a cap on the Jags offense as a whole,sure Leonard Fournette can be counted on to get the Lions share of work but at the cost of the passing game especially after losing AR15 who is left to count on ?
Blake threw for a meager 125 and a TD in week one's victory over Houston,but went 11 for 21 pass attempts. (21 attempts yoikes)
It seems the lack of faith in Bortles has everyone wondering if you can even start any pass catcher on this team.
The improvement of the defense should help but if history tells us anything it is that the Jags will be playing from behind and will be forced to throw. So again who's catching the ball in Jacksonville week 2?

Allen Hurns caught 3 out of 4 targets for 42 yards in the Jaguars' season opener and should be the one to take on the WR1 duties. He did show some fantasy value two years ago and is most likely to be the receiver with the most upside and is currently WR 49 on pyro rankings.

Marqise Lee was off the marq week 1 and had 4 balls thrown his way and failed to haul in a single catch, but he is in line to be the WR2. Maybe the increased workload and motivation of being more involved in the game plan will be the trick for Lee who's is WR 50 on pyro rankings.

Marcedes Lewis the tight-end failed to make a single reception of his two targets vs.the Texans. He could be called on to make up some of the loss of ARob but I'm not holding my breath. He only had 169 yards and a single touchdown all of last season Lewis is currently holding down TE 47 on the current pyro rankings.

Fantasy Goo: So if your like me the approach in Jacksonville is wait and see what happens Sunday vs Tennessee and hopefully we get the answers we are looking for by end of week three.


09/17/17, 05:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper

Source: pyromaniac.com

Green Bay Packers

Packers @ Falcons


Ty Montgomery played 75 of82 snaps, he’s playing a team that struggles to cover RBs and there’s a high over under. After allowing a league-high 14.5 receiving points per game to opposing backfields in 2016, Atlanta allowed a Week 1 high 23.1 points to the Chicago backfield receiving. Aaron Rodgers has thrown 10 touchdowns with at least three in each game and averaged 29.3 points per game. Randall Cobb accounted for 32 percent of the Green Bay targets Week 1.

Fantasy Goo: Start everyone mentioned above and Jordy. I guess Adams and Bennett are solid plays too, but I usually stay away from them in general, very TD dependent. This should be a shoot-out in Atlanta’s new stadium, and I expect Ty Montgomery to have the best value at $5800 on DK.


09/16/17, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.rotoworld.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.