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Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams

Mr. Cooper's neighborhood


Cooper Kupp was 4th in the NFL last year in red-zone targets. Kupp and Goff have the most chemistry of all the receivers on the team as Goff targeted him more than anyone last year. Everyone is expecting Cooks to lead these receivers in points this year, but Kupp will be the receiver to own. Sammy Watkins had eight red-zone touchdowns last year. Cooks is not a red-zone target receiver, so Kupp should see more targets and could sneak into the WR2 with massive upside.


08/13/18, 09:39 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

The Jet is set to take off!


Mckinnon has been a super divisive player this offseason. Especially after the first preseason game where he didn't amass many yards and the following day he injured himself in practice. I constantly hear people question his ability to carry the ball 200+ times or that he can’t run between the tackles, or he’s unproven in a lead role. This is all NONSENSE and you shouldn’t believe any of it. Shanahan had his pick of players that he could’ve signed instead of Mckinnon, including Dion Lewis, Carlos Hyde, or drafting a rookie. He chose Mckinnon cause he felt he fit his offensive system in the same way that Devante Freeman fit his scheme. The 49ers just signed Alfred Morris today as a safety net, but I’m taking all the Mckinnon I can this year. I see him carrying the ball 205car/950yds/6td while also amassing 60rec/500yds/5td making him an RB1 this year. Don't be scared, and steal him away from people that are.


08/13/18, 09:24 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

Too good, too fast


Marquiae goodwin has been targeted like a number one in camp. With Pierre Garcon likely squaring off with one of the toughest schedules against number one DBs, Goodwin could break out even more than he did last year. I wouldn't put it past him to put up T.Y HIlton numbers this year. Pick him up in the 6th and 7th round and pile up the points.


08/13/18, 09:11 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jay Ajayi

Philadelphia Eagles

Ready To Fly


In 2016 Ajayi racked up 1272 yards on 260 carries and 8 TD’s and finished as the RB11 in both standard and PPR scoring. Last year Miami ran him out of town when he struggled in an anemic offense. He was not heavily used when he got to Philly, but his touches did increase every week until the Superbowl. He was also hyper efficient gaining 5.8 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. Despite the general perception Clements usage went down with Ajayi’s arrival, even with Smallwood going down with injury. The Eagles have the number 1 offensive line as graded by PFF, and 18 RB targets and 192 carries vacated. Ajayi is a safe pick in the fourth round and a steal in the fifth.


08/02/18, 06:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.nflmock.com


Jimmy Graham

Green Bay Packers

Split Wide, Back in Stride


He is coming off a season that produced only 57 receptions for 520 yards, his fewest since his rookie season. With that said, Graham remains a big-time weapon in the red zone. He led the league last year with 27 targets in the region, which led to 10 touchdowns. You can bet Rodgers and play-caller Mike McCarthy will be utilizing his skills early and often when knocking on the door of the end zone.
Look for McCarthy to use a variety of personnel groupings with his new tight end group and expect to see Graham split out wide as a receiver much more than as a traditional in-line tight end.

This goes right along with what I was saying on Pyro podcast 308. I expect Graham to be used as a wide receiver and not a tight end. When Graham was negotiating his contract in his last season in New Orleans he wanted to be paid on scale with wide receivers because he rarely lined-up as an in-line tight end. When Seattle paid him, he did whatever they asked, and they asked him to block more. He was out for five games that year, but averaged one less reception per game and only scored two TD’s, after having at least nine TD’s in the previous four years. Overall Graham saw about 25% fewer targets while in Seattle compared to New Orleans and his fantasy numbers reflect it. I see Green Bay using him more like he was used in New Orleans, and even though he has obviously lost a step or two I see him as the major replacement for the Jordy Nelson targets.


07/22/18, 01:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packersnews.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

Cream Rises To The Top


Jones’ 5.55 YPC on first- and second-down carries trailed only Alvin Kamara (6.24) for best in the league last year. Jamaal Williams averaged 3.80 YPC on first- and second-down in 2017.

He’s slid two rounds since the announcement of his two game suspension, he is a screaming value if you can get him in the ninth round. We already knew he was going to be competing in a crowded backfield so missing two games really shouldn’t be a big hit to his overall production. The likelihood of either of the other two backs taking over the role is slim, Jones should be able to carve out 10 touches a game when he gets back with fresh legs. They are all high risk for injuries so I’m hoping this added rest will help Jones in the long run.


07/21/18, 06:51 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Nelson Agholor

Philadelphia Eagles

Solidified Role


In 2017, Nelson Agholor had 62 recs, 768 yds, 9 TDs and 7 games of WR2 or better. There is no reason he wouldn't maintain this output, even with additions in the offense. Agholor had to carve out a role for himself and beat out incumbent Jordan Matthews. This year he'll be the main slot receiver and have an established role from the start.


07/21/18, 06:49 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Buying The Slot Receiver in a Shurmur Offense


Sterling Shepard is currently 24 years old with a 124/1,414/10 career line, in two seasons. He finished 2017 as the WR42 in 11 games (WR22 in FP/G) with only a 13.9% target share. He finished 2016 as the WR36 as a rookie. He's currently being drafted as the WR42 in MFL10’s.

Shepard does see more targets (+2.7), get more receptions (+2.3), more yards (+28), and get about three more PPR points per game when Beckham is out. But he still averages over 11 PPR points per game when he is playing. Apparently Shepard is more open in the end-zone when Beckham is playing, as he averages three times as many TD’s when they are both playing.


07/21/18, 06:47 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Allen Hurns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Plenty of Targets in Dallas


He’s been hampered by injuries over the past couple of years, but when he has stayed healthy and gotten the targets he has been successful. His best season was in 2015, he had 105 Targets for 64 Receptions at 1031 Yards for 10 TDs, that’s 16.11 Yards Per Reception and a 61% Catch Rate coming from Blake Bortles. He finished as the WR14 in Standard Scoring and WR18 in PPR.

He's an amazing value in the 11th round of current best-ball drafts.


07/21/18, 06:41 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Second Team Breath's New Life Into TE


Outside Brady, Luck is the only other QB to support 2 TE's, both Fleener and Allen had 8 TD's with Luck. Frank Reich runs 2 TE sets very successfully - see: 2018 Eagles. TE1's for Coach Reich have never finished worse than 12th. Yes, Doyle would seem like the obvious choice after last season, but that was with Brissett who needed a quick dump off outlet. Luck isn't a check-down machine.

Eric Ebron has lined up "everywhere" in the Colts offense. And the new tight end already is beginning to feel at home in Indianapolis. Without a strong WR2, Ebron could see a large number of targets. The Colt's line-up in two TE sets more than any other team in the NFL.


07/21/18, 06:36 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers

Filling Coleman Role


“One guy who stood out at Niners practice to me was RB Matt Breida. No one talks about him, but the dude is gonna get some run this year. Fast downhill player.”

This is just some more camp hype from a beat reporter, but if they don’t get another running back through trade or free-agency Brieda is going to see plenty of touches to pay off being picked in the 15th round of fantasy drafts. McKinnon has never had over 205 touches in a season, that leaves plenty of opportunity in a Shanahan offense.


07/21/18, 06:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills

McCoy starring down 30 with uncertainty


LeSean McCoy, despite ending the year as the #7 fantasy running back in standard leagues was a slight disappointment for fantasy owners last year. McCoy played in all 16 regular season games, but only cracked 100 yards rushing 4 times, and averaged 4.0 yards per rush, which was 23rd in the NFL. That all happened with a formidable QB with a scrambling ability that defenses had to respect, presumably allowing McCoy some more room before tacklers ascended.
The Bills have the least sexy QB situation in the entire NFL in my opinion. With Tyrod Taylor at the helm for most of the season last year, the bills had the 31st passing offense. None of the QBs on the Bills roster are considered mobile and without a wide receiver on their roster worthy of drafting in any fantasy formats, defenses can stack the box against McCoy. McCoy will be overused, underperform and probably get hurt because of it. McCoy’s ADP is in the second round, but wouldn’t touch him until the fourth or beginning of the fifth round.


06/29/18, 12:42 PM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs

Hill lookin' busty with chiefs new look.


Tyreek Hill had a great 2017, amounting 75 receptions for 1183 yards and 7 touchdowns in 15 games. He’s currently being drafted in the middle of the third round in standard leagues, which would appear to be a great value. However, with promoted RB coach Eric Bieniemy presumably in-line to be the primary play caller, a new QB, Travis Kelce receiving the #1 target share and the addition of Sammy Watkins, I expect Hill’s numbers to decrease dramatically.
I believe Hill to be more of a boom or bust player this year. There’s no denying his break-away speed and ability to separate from defenders, and with Mahomes cannon of an arm, I expect them to connect deep on occasion. However, I believe Sammy Watkins to be the more complete receiver and likely to take more of the target share from Hill. Bundled with the change in offensive strategy toward the end of last year to run the ball more, the change to a young QB presumably resulting in a more conservative game plan, I see a major decline in the amount of touches Hill will get and see him as more of a 5-6 round flex play guy.


06/21/18, 10:54 AM CDT by C-wags

Source: pyromaniac.com


Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


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

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

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


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

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


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


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

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


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

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


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

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


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

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


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

Source: twitter.com

Weekly Matchups - Week 13 - Sunday Early Games

Weekly Matchups - Week 13 - Sunday Early Games

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New Orleans @ Cincinnati

 

New Orleans Saints (8-3)    Saints Schedule 

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Cincinnati Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 15th - TDs Allowed 15th

Cincinnati Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 23rd – TDs Allowed T-24th

 

New Orleans Offensive Cast

 

Drew Brees (QB Week 13 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 313/456 – for 3,321 Yards & 23 TDs

 

Believe it or not, Brees is now actually tied for the league lead in passing TDs with 23 and is just 48 yards behind Kyle Orton for the NFLs best in that category as well.  The guy has been outstanding since his sluggish start, and even though last week was the first time since Week 4 that he threw for less than two TDs, he still made up for it with 352 passing yards on the day.

 

Reggie Bush (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 8 Carries for 19 Yards & 0 TDs || 10 Recs for 75 Yards & 1 TD

 

Pierre Thomas might be back for this one, which doesn’t coincide very well with Bush trying to break back onto the scene.  His return to the field last week wasn’t so hot, so leave him benched until he proves his mojo is workin’ again.

 

Chris Ivory (RB Week 13 Ranking #20) 2010 Season: 108 Carries for 519 Yards & 3 TDs || 1 Rec for 17 Yards & 0 TDs

 

He ain’t the prettiest of backs, but he gets the job done.  Two TDs last week was a huge bonus for anyone who took a chance on him, and even though Pierre might be back to steal a few carries, Ivory should still garner the heavy load and be able to put up some decent numbers against a declining Cinci rush D.

 

Pierre Thomas (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 46 Carries for 147 Yards & 1 TD || 17 Recs for 133 Yards & 0 TDs

 

So Pierre looks like he might finally get back on the field this week.  Don’t get too excited though, as he’ll likely be limited to just a few carries to see how he reacts.  Sit him until he shows us something.

 

Marques Colston (WR Week 13 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 68 Recs for 810 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Once Colston found his groove back in Week 7, he hasn’t looked back.  Over the last five games, the Big Queese has four TD catches while averaging 7.6 catches and 94 yards.  Basically just roll with him.

 

Lance Moore (WR Week 13 Ranking #36) 2010 Season: 43 Recs for 530 Yards & 6 TDs

 

Outside of Brees and Colston, Lance Moore is the most likely candidate for production out of the bunch.  Is that to say he’ll win you your fantasy week?  Hell no!  But if you’re looking for a fill-in or play in a deep-league, Moore is your guy.

 

Robert Meachem (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 28 Recs for 409 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Like I keep saying, his inconsistency is absolutely maddening.  If you like your hair and really don’t want to punch any more walls, don’t bother with this guy.

 

Devery Henderson (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 27 Recs for 376 Yards & 1 TD

 

Even more frustrating than Meach is Devery Henderson.  As he proved last Thursday with his once-in-a-blue-moon 97-yard effort, he’s a total crapshoot every week, period.  Don’t bother.

 

Jeremy Shockey (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 31 Recs for 314 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Jeez Louise, another crapshoot… and that’s just to get on the field!  If he plays, he might do well, but again, don’t bother.

 

Jimmy Graham (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 16 Recs for 193 Yards & 1 TD

 

Just forget it when it comes to the Saints tight ends.  It’ll probably be David Thomas who goes off this week.

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals (2-9)    Bengals Schedule 

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

New Orleans Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 3rd - TDs Allowed 1st

New Orleans Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 15th – TDs Allowed T-20th

 

Cincinnati Offensive Cast

 

Carson Palmer (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 257/432 – for 2,760 yards & 19 TDs

 

A New Orleans prolific pass defense plus Carson Palmer’s declining skills equals a headache and heartache for fantasy owners across the world.

 

Cedric Benson (RB Week 13 Ranking #15) 2010 Season: 218 Carries for 788 Yards & 4 TDs || 20 Recs for 126 Yards & 1 TD

 

The only way the Bengals are going to take this game is if they get Benson rolling from the first snap of the ball, and that’s exactly what they’ll try to do.  I expect upwards of 25 carries for The Drunken One in this game, which could amount to around 100 yards with a possible TD thrown in for fantasy owners’ delight.

 

Terrell Owens (WR Week 13 Ranking #23) 2010 Season: 65 Recs for 914 Yards & 8 TDs

 

As bad as Carson Palmer is, Owens is still good enough to make up for his ineptitude.  If both he and Ochoschizo were seven years younger, Palmer might still be an All-Pro.  However, they’re not, so even though it’s possible for TO to work a little magic, don’t go depending on it.

 

Chad Ochocinco (WR Week 13 Ranking #31) 2010 Season: 54 Recs for 628 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Schizocinco has been drawing coverage from the second-best corner on opposing teams for a while now, yet he hasn’t been able to put up his old-school numbers with the mismatch.  Against one of the best pass Ds in the league, I can’t foresee the breakout coming this week either.

 

Jordan Shipley (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 518 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Like last week, Shipley might end up being the beneficiary of tight coverage on TO and Schizocinco in this one.  The Bengals aren’t good enough for you to depend on him, but if you’re in a bind, you could do worse.

 

Jermaine Gresham (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 44 Recs for 366 yards & 3 TDs

 

Gresham could turn out to be the cherry on top of the melted sundae in this one.  The Saints are one of the best in defending the pass this year, but one area they’ve had a bit of trouble with is the tight end.  I’m not expecting the world, but with all the injuries at that position, Gresham might not be too bad of a call.

 

 

 

Chicago @ Detroit

 

Chicago Bears (8-3)    Bears Schedule 

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Detroit Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th - TDs Allowed T-23rd

Detroit Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 24th – TDs Allowed 30th

 

Chicago Offensive Cast

 

Jay Cutler (QB Week 13 Ranking #7) 2010 Season: 180/292 – for 2,311 Yards & 16 TDs

 

Cutler keeps finding a way to stay in the good graces of the fantasy overlords.  Every time you write him off, he ends up throwing four TDs out of nowhere while showing enough discipline to handle whatever defenses throw at him.  Normally I would say this is the “let-down” game for the cocky kid, but against the Lions, it just can’t happen.  In fact, in three games as a Bear, Cutler has averaged 263 yards and 3.3 TDs against these Lions while Chicago has put up almost 35 points a game.  Sounds good to me!

 

Matt Forte (RB Week 13 Ranking #14) 2010 Season: 164 Carries for 684 Yards & 4 TDs || 34 Recs for 353 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Looks like Mike Martz found a way to make Forte productive within his “supposed” high-octane passing offensive scheme.  In fact, what people don’t quite know yet is that the Bears actually finished second in the league in run-to-pass ratio during the month of November at 52.9 percent.  Looks like Forte is here to stay folks.

 

Johnny Knox (WR Week 13 Ranking: #18) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 740 Yards & 2 TDs

 

The Detroit pass D can and WILL be beat this Sunday.  Johnny Knox is still the main guy for Cutler and remains the most likely candidate to break off a long one at any time.

 

Devin Hester (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 31 Recs for 370 Yards & 2 TDs

 

He’s still one of the most electric players in the league, but his special teams usage takes away from his offensive capabilities, so don’t bother playing him unless your league adds points for return yardage.

 

Earl Bennett (WR Week 13 Ranking: #41) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 353 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Bennett has always had the closest bond with Cutler seeing that they played in college together, and last week the connection showed in spades.  Against a weak Detroit secondary, the trend could continue.

 

Greg Olsen (TE Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 29 Recs for 331 Yards & 5 TDs

 

The Lions are pretty darn good at defending tight ends (tied for fourth in fantasy points allowed), so don’t think too hard about using Olsen this week.

 

 

Detroit Lions (2-9)    Lions Schedule 

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Chicago Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th - TDs Allowed 2nd

Chicago Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 2nd – TDs Allowed T-20th

 

Detroit Offensive Cast

 

Shaun Hill (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 215/351 – for 2,206 Yards & 13 TDs

 

Hill has a broken finger on his throwing hand and might be out for the season.  Big-time bummer, especially for Megatron owners.

 

Drew Stanton (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 20/36 – for 233 Yards & 1 TD

 

Shaun Hill may be down for the count, so the Lions will have to turn to third-stringer Drew Stanton for the time-being.  Actually, he’s not all that bad, so go ahead and pick him up if you’re in a major bind.

 

Jahvid Best (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 127 Carries for 382 Yards & 4 TDs || 49 Recs for 375 Yards & 1 TD

 

Best is just too banged up to be considered a viable fantasy threat at this point.  Sit him down until he's healthy enough to make a difference... which could be for the rest of the year.

 

Maurice Morris (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 30 Carries for 96 Yards & 2 TDs || 16 Recs for 114 Yards & 0 TDs

 

With Best hobbled, Morris will again receive the most touches this week.  However, that in no way means you should actually play him against a stout Chicago rush D.

 

Calvin Johnson (WR Week 13 Ranking #10) 2010 Season: 59 Recs for 806 Yards & 11 TDs

 

For as talented as Megatron is, nothing seems to ever go his way.  If it’s not his own injuries, surely his favorite QBs will go down.  Stanton will look for him every chance he gets, which still gives Calvin some value, but he won’t be the player you were hoping for down the stretch at this point.  

 

Nate Burleson (WR Week 13 Ranking #44) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 468 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Burleson might actually take a bigger hit with the Shaun Hill injury than Megatron does.  Backup QBs, and especially third-string QBs, tend to depend on their tight ends and most talented receiver more than anyone else in order to avoid looking like they don’t belong in the league making an NFL salary.  Burleson may have enough talent to squeak by with some decent numbers, but don’t expect too much.

 

Brandon Pettigrew (TE Week 13 Ranking #14) 2010 Season: 55 Recs for 554 Yards & 3 TDs

 

I’m interested to see how the Shaun Hill injury affects Pettigrew’s growing tight end status.  It could really go either way as Stanton could either end up depending on him even more for dump-offs or neglect him in search for Megatron and possible status-enhancement.  Take a chance if you have to, but if you don’t, wait and see what happens for a week.

 

Tony Scheffler (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 283 Yards & 1 TD

 

You really can't depend on a second-string TE at this point, especially when he's not one hundred percent.

 

 

 

San Francisco @ Green Bay 

 

San Francisco 49ers (4-7)    49ers Schedule 

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Green Bay Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 10th - TDs Allowed 3rd

Green Bay Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 18th – TDs Allowed T-5th

 

San Francisco Offensive Cast

 

Troy Smith (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 56/101 – for 829 Yards & 3 TDs

 

It ain’t pretty, but he’s getting the job done… at least for the 49ers.  With regards to the fantasy world, don’t even think about it.

 

Alex Smith (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 143/242 – for 1,554 Yards & 9 TDs

 

Alex can’t seem to buy a break.  Oh well, at least the ‘Niners are winning.

 

Frank Gore (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 203 Carries for 853 Yards & 3 TDs || 46 Recs for 452 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Name the year Gore was healthy enough to play all 16 games.  Give up?  I’ll give you a hint:  It’s not this year.  Drop him immediately and pick up Brian Westbrook if he’s still on the waiver wire. 

 

Brian Westbrook (RB Week 13 Ranking #25) 2010 Season: 28 Carries for 145 Yards & 1 TD || 5 Recs for 38 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Westy never thought he was done.  His mother never thought he was done.  That’s just about the end of the list… until now.  The job he did filling in for the injured Gore last week was nothing short of astounding, and though he shouldn’t come close to that sort of output this week against a much better Packers defense, he seems to have the ‘surprise’ factor working in his favor.

 

Anthony Dixon (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 24 Carries for 72 Yards & 2 TDs || 1 Rec for -5 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Anthony Dixon is a monstrous beast that will, by the end of his career, leave more than a few opposing defenders clutching their pillows with night-sweats just thinking about him.  However, in the next handful of games, he’ll probably only grab a couple of TDs away from Westbrook and some decent yardage here and there, but keep him on your radar just in case.

 

Michael Crabtree (WR Week 13 Ranking #46) 2010 Season: 38 Recs for 509 Yards & 5 TDs

 

Crabby continues to show a nice rapport with Troy Smith as he hurled in yet another TD pass from him last week from 38-yards out.  However, Week 13 will NOT be a lucky one for the youngster.  Charles Woodson will be shadowing him all day long on Sunday, and seeing that he held Roddy White to 49 yards on five catches just last weekend, I can’t see Crabby out-performing those numbers by any stretch of the imagination.

 

Josh Morgan (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 29 Recs for 412 Yards & 1 TD

 

Josh has a ton of talent, or at least that’s what I’ve been told.

 

Vernon Davis (TE Week 13 Ranking #8) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 548 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Vernon is not the same Vernon we saw last year.  However, he’s still one of the most talented tight ends in the league, and if the Packers have any sort of weak spot on D, it's their coverage of opposing tight ends.

 

 

Green Bay Packers (7-4)    Packers Schedule 

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

San Francisco Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 16th - TDs Allowed T-11th

San Francisco Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 8th – TDs Allowed T-8th

 

Green Bay Offensive Cast

 

Aaron Rodgers (QB Week 13 Ranking #1) 2010 Season: 240/369 – for 2,945 Yards & 20 TDs

 

If he’s not passing it in, he’s running it in.  He’s one of the best QBs in the game, both in real life and in the fantasy world and he rarely ever lets you down.  In fact, he’s only had one game with less than 12 fantasy points this season (against the Jets) and none less than 17.2 at home.  The Pack will have to throw it against the ‘Niners, which can only mean good things for Aaron ‘it out’ Rodgers owners this weekend.

 

Brandon Jackson (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 132 Carries for 514 Yards & 3 TDs || 32 Recs for 241 Yards & 1 TD

 

Brandon won’t have a very good time on Sunday trying to sneak through this San Francisco front-seven.  Avoid playing him if you can.

 

Greg Jennings (WR Week 13 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 51 Recs for 822 Yards & 9 TDs

 

Jennings has been a top-three receiver over the past six weeks putting up an average of 6.2 catches, 106.5 yards and six TDs.  If there’s one way the 49ers can definitely be beat, it’s through the air, so watch out for another Jennings explosion this weekend.

 

Donald Driver (WR Week 13 Ranking #48) 2010 Season: 34 Recs for 364 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Driver may not be at his best right now, but his veteran savvy and hard-nosed determination can more than make up for it.  Rodgers should be passing the ball all over the place in this one, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Driver to contribute.

 

James Jones (WR Week 13 Ranking #26) 2010 Season: 35 Recs for 502 Yards & 3 TDs

 

With Driver still not all the way back, Jones should have no trouble producing at the pace he’s been going at.  Look for around 70 yards or so with a possible touchdown thrown in.

 

Andrew Quarless (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 11 Recs for 139 Yards & 1 TD

 

Quarless has nice pass-catching skills, but not enough to depend on.

 

 

 

Jacksonville @ Tennessee

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)    Jaguars Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Tennessee Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 26th - TDs Allowed T-8th

Tennessee Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 17th – TDs Allowed T-1st

 

Jacksonville Offensive Cast

 

David Garrard (QB Week 13 Ranking #14) 2010 Season: 165/249 – for 1,856 Yards & 17 TDs

 

Garrard is another nice surprise this year in the world of fantasy football, and though he might not win you your week, he’s been doing well enough to keep you afloat if your normal starters went down to injury.  He’s thrown for two or more TDs in five of the last seven games, so if you’re up for playing the odds, this won’t be too bad of a week to do so against a middling Tennessee pass D.

 

Maurice Jones-Drew (RB Week 13 Ranking #8) 2010 Season: 230 Carries for 991 Yards & 4 TDs || 28 Recs for 272 Yards & 2 TDs

 

MJD has rattled off four straight 100-yard games now with a TD in two of them, so go ahead and ride him while he’s hot.  Another 100-yard effort is easily within his reach, but the Titans have been super-stingy in allowing rushing TDs, so don’t expect all-world fantasy numbers this week.

 

Mike Sims-Walker (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 36 Recs for 466 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Sims-Walker has been ruled out for this contest due to a set-back he incurred during practice this week.

 

Mike Thomas (WR Week 13 Ranking #40) 2010 Season: 52 Recs for 618 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Thomas is still getting a ton of targets and catches in this offense, and I don’t expect it to slow down in this game.  Six catches for 60-plus yards sounds about right.

 

Marcedes Lewis (TE Week 13 Ranking #6) 2010 Season: 38 Recs for 481 Yards & 8 TDs

 

Not only is Marcedes Lewis huge (6’6”, 275 pounds), but he’s also relatively fluid as a receiver.  The Titans are in the bottom quarter of the NFL in allowing fantasy points to tight ends, so Lewis looks to be a good play this week.

 

 

Tennessee Titans (5-6)    Titans Schedule 

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Jacksonville Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 28th - TDs Allowed T-28th

Jacksonville Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 20th – TDs Allowed T-28th

 

Tennessee Offensive Cast

 

Kerry Collins (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 62/107 – for 638 Yards & 5 TDs

 

It’s looking like Collins will be healthy enough to suit up this week, and boy are the Titans loving that.  He’s not even close to a fantasy play, but he sure does make everyone else on the team a lot more enticing.

 

Chris Johnson (RB Week 13 Ranking #3) 2010 Season: 223 Carries for 973 Yards & 9 TDs || 27 Recs for 105 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Not many people can stop Chris Johnson, but when you combine Rusty Smith and Jeff Fisher, you pretty much have an unbeatable combination.  Last week was an absolute nightmare for CJ28 owners, but believe me, with Kerry Collins coming back against this Jacksonville defense, Johnson should be able to get you back all those points you lost last week and more.

 

Randy Moss (WR Week 13 Ranking #42) 2010 Season: 26 Recs for 362 Yards & 5 TDs

 

I never thought the Mossman could fall so far so quickly, but it seems I was wrong.  Screw the theory that he’s only being used as a decoy.  The fact is, he doesn’t have the explosiveness anymore to beat defenders like he used to and it’s becoming as apparent as can be in the stat-column.  I hate to say it, but if you have any better options on your team, even against this Jacksonville defense, use it.

 

Nate Washington (WR Week 13 Ranking #35) 2010 Season: 30 Recs for 504 Yards & 5 TDs

 

One of the biggest reasons why people are calling Moss a “decoy” is because Washington’s numbers have gone up since he arrived.  Sure, he definitely benefits from the attention paid to old Randy, but you can’t take away from the fact that he IS getting open.  The Titans have learned that they can’t solely depend on Chris Johnson, so go ahead and take a chance on Nate if you’re looking for a dark horse this week.

 

Justin Gage (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 17 Recs for 234 Yards & 0 TDs

 

His chances of showing up each week are akin to your chances at a roulette table, if you catch my drift.

 

Bo Scaife (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 31 Recs for 291 Yards & 2 TDs

 

The Jags are pretty poor at defending tight ends (allow the seventh most fantasy points to TEs in the NFL), so if you’re looking for something that might produce this week, Bo might do a little something for you.

 

 

 

Denver @ Kansas City

 

Denver Broncos (3-8)    Broncos Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Kansas City Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 24th - TDs Allowed T-18th

Kansas City Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 7th – TDs Allowed T-8th

 

Denver Offensive Cast

 

Kyle Orton (QB Week 13 Ranking #4) 2010 Season: 265/429 – for 3,370 Yards & 20 TDs

 

It doesn’t really matter if the Donkeys are winning or losing, Orton will put up some pretty awesome fantasy numbers for you no matter the final score.  However, the best part about Orton’s game at this point is that awful Denver defense.  The more points they allow (last in the league at 29.4/game), the more points Orton has to get.  The Chiefs happen to be the fourth-highest scoring offense in the league… WOOHOO!!!

 

Knowshon Moreno (RB Week 13 Ranking #11) 2010 Season: 123 Carries for 472 Yards & 4 TDs || 28 Recs for 301 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Moreno is a touchdown machine.  He now has seven total TDs in eight games this year and five in his last five games.  In the game against the Chiefs three weeks ago, Moreno rattled off the only 100-yard game of his career while putting up 156 total yards and a TD.  Sounds like a winner play to me.

 

Brandon Lloyd (WR Week 13 Ranking #1) 2010 Season: 58 Recs for 1,122 Yards & 9 TDs

 

The surprising Broncos receiver had 90 yards and two TDs in his last game against these guys, and even if the Chiefs young stud cornerback, Brandon Flowers, is healthy enough to play, his hamstring won’t be able to keep up with Lloyd.

 

Eddie Royal (WR Week 13 Ranking #47) 2010 Season: 51 Recs for 552 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Royal had his best game since Week 4 last weekend grabbing six balls for 74 yards and a touchdown.  The consistency isn’t quite there to be able to trust him, but if you’re in a fix, go ahead and take a chance.

 

Jabar Gaffney (WR Week 13 Ranking #38) 2010 Season: 54 Recs for 665 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Gaffney is an up-and-down receiver with no rhyme or reason to his game, but he did catch a TD in the last game against these guys, and you can bet that Orton will be tossing up a good 40-plus balls again this Sunday.

 

Daniel Graham (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 15 Recs for 104 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Graham has a catch in two weeks straight.  I'm thoroughly impressed.

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)    Chiefs Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Denver Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 20th - TDs Allowed T-30th

Denver Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 30th – TDs Allowed 32nd

 

Kansas City Offensive Cast

 

Matt Cassel (QB Week 13 Ranking #11) 2010 Season: 195/323 – for 2,307 Yards & 22 TDs

 

Fact is, Cassel is actually becoming somewhat of a dependable fantasy QB, though I’m not entirely sure if it’s because he’s gotten better as a player or because Dwayne Bowe has become a monster.  Whatever the case, he now has TD passes in seven straight games with multiple scores in six of them.  He also has only four INTs on the year if that matters in your league.

 

Jamaal Charles (RB Week 13 Ranking #1) 2010 Season: 161 Carries for 1,021 Yards & 3 TDs || 32 Recs for 359 Yards & 1 TD

 

Charles said after last week’s game that he feels as good as he’s felt all year and that it feels like the season is just starting.  If this is true, then look out fantasy world, ‘cause ‘The Ostrich’ is about to go a little nutty.

 

Thomas Jones (RB Week 13 Ranking #22) 2010 Season: 176 Carries for 712 Yards & 5 TDs || 8 Recs for 54 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Jones has done well enough throughout the season to be played in most weeks, but his time is running short.  You might be able to start him one last time this week against an awful Denver D.

 

Dwayne Bowe (WR Week 13 Ranking #2) 2010 Season: 58 Recs for 885 Yards & 14 TDs

 

Bowe simply cannot be stopped, so don’t you dare go thinking that Champ Bailey will somehow figure it all out after getting burned for 13 catches, 186 yards and two TDs the last time they hooked up.

 

Dexter McCluster (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 15 Recs for 147 Yards & 1 TD

 

McCluster may be back out on the field, but he hasn’t been worth using since, well, college.

 

Tony Moeaki (TE Week 13 Ranking #12) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 384 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Moeaki caught just one pass in his return last week, but that one catch happened to go for a TD.  Expect more out of him in this one as the Donkey’s allow the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.

 

 

 

Cleveland @ Miami

 

Cleveland Browns (4-7)    Browns Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Miami Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 4th - TDs Allowed T-8th

Miami Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 14th – TDs Allowed T-8th

 

Cleveland Offensive Cast

 

Jake Delhomme (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 57/95 – for 569 Yards & 1 TD

 

If you’re starting Jake the “Turnover King” Snake on your fantasy team, you’re in more trouble than I know how to talk you out of.

 

Peyton Hillis (RB Week 13 Ranking #4) 2010 Season: 199 Carries for 905 Yards & 11 TDs || 46 Recs for 414 Yards & 2 TDs

 

The Big Twinkie went ballistic last week putting up 194 total yards (131 rushing) on the Panthers with three TDs.  He might never see those numbers again in his career, but he’s become one of the steadiest plays in fantasy and can’t be left on your bench no matter who the Browns play.  At the very least, you have to expect a TD out of him seeing that he’s scored in every single week except one (Week 6 at Pittsburgh).

 

Josh Cribbs (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 17 Recs for 235 Yards & 1 TD

 

Cleveland receivers are not worth using with Delhomme running the show.

 

Mohamed Massaquoi (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 23 Recs for 284 Yards & 2 TDs

 

See above

 

Chansi Stuckey (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 32 Recs for 296 Yards & 0 TDs

 

See above

 

Ben Watson (TE Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 40 Recs for 474 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Watson would be the only offensive character on the Browns I would say is worth taking a peek at besides Hillis, except for the fact that the Dolphins allow the fourth-least amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year.

 

 

Miami Dolphins (6-5)    Dolphins Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Cleveland Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 19th - TDs Allowed T-21st

Cleveland Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 21st – TDs Allowed T-1st

 

Miami Offensive Cast

 

Chad Henne (QB Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 212/335 – for 2,447 Yards & 11 TDs

 

Henne returned with a bang last week tossing for 307 yards and two TDs to beat Oakland on the road.  He’s normally a much better player at home, so if you’re in need of a spot start, Henne isn’t a terrible call.

 

Ronnie Brown (RB Week 13 Ranking: #32) 2010 Season: 140 Carries for 539 Yards & 3 TDs || 21 Recs for 139 Yards & 0 TDs

 

By no means did I think Ronnie would have some sort of break-out year, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this bad.  He did, however, put up his highest rushing total last week with 85 yards against the Raiders.

 

Ricky Williams (RB Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 112 Carries for 496 Yards & 2 TDs || 10 Recs for 67 Yards & 1 TD

 

Ricky had himself a nice statistical day due to his 45-yard TD scamper at the end of the game last week.  This does NOT mean you should all of the sudden consider using him on your fantasy team.

 

Brandon Marshall (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 58 Recs for 693 Yards & 1 TD

 

Marshall came back to practice on Wednesday, though it’s unknown how involved he was.  Either way, it’s progress, so continue to check the news coming out of Dolphins camp at www.pyromaniac.com or www.ffpharmacy.com to see whether or not he’ll suit up this week.

 

Davone Bess (WR Week 13 Ranking: #32) 2010 Season: 55 Recs for 600 Yards & 3 TDs

 

With Marshall out last week, Davone put up the second most yards he’s had in his young career with 111 on six catches.  It’s unlikely to continue, but Henne seems to like him, so stranger things have happened.

 

Brian Hartline (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 43 Recs for 615 Yards & 1 TD

 

Hartline has put up 70 or more yards in each of the last four games.  If Marshall returns, the likelihood of that streak continuing goes down, but he’s still not a terrible play in deeper leagues.

 

Anthony Fasano (TE Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 28 Recs for 393 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Fasano isn’t involved enough in the offense to be worth taking a chance on.

 

 

 

Buffalo @ Minnesota

 

Buffalo Bills (2-9)    Bills Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Minnesota Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 14th - TDs Allowed T-18th

Minnesota Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 5th – TDs Allowed T-8th

 

Buffalo Offensive Cast

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB Week 13 Ranking: #12) 2010 Season: 192/330 – for 2,226 Yards & 19 TDs

 

Fitz continues to put together some nice fantasy games, and if Stevie J had caught that overtime bomb in the endzone against the Steelers, last week’s line would have looked even better.  Playing in a dome against a middling Vikings defense should give Ryan an opportunity to continue the trend this Sunday.

 

Fred Jackson (RB Week 13 Ranking: #17) 2010 Season: 141 Carries for 621 Yards & 5 TDs || 26 Recs for 182 yards & 2 TDs

 

Jackson proved to be a pretty decent player last year, but this season, he’s starting to turn some heads.  I’m not expecting the world out of him against this stout Vikings front-seven, but around 100 total yards with the chance of a TD gets him right within starter-status for me this week.

 

C.J. Spiller (RB Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 41 Carries for 164 Yards & 0 TDs || 18 Recs for 81 Yards & 1 TD

 

Even if Spiller does return this weekend, with the way FJax is playing, you shouldn’t even think about using him outside of return-yardage leagues.

 

Steve Johnson (WR Week 13 Ranking: #8) 2010 Season: 59 Recs for 796 Yards & 9 TDs

 

Stevie J probably embarrassed himself more than he’s ever done so in his life last week against Pittsburgh.  The great ones tend to use stuff like this as motivation, and I believe Johnson will step up to the plate against a beatable Vikings secondary because of it.

 

Lee Evans (WR Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 34 Recs for 506 Yards & 4 TDs

 

Evans has taken a deep backseat to Stevie this year and has always been too inconsistent to use regardless.

 

Jonathan Stupar (TE Week 13 Ranking: #NR) 2010 Season: 7 Recs for 59 Yards & 0 TDs

 

I’m convinced this man does not exist.  If anyone has proof, please send me a picture.

 


Minnesota Vikings (4-7)    Vikings Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Buffalo Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 11th - TDs Allowed T-23rd

Buffalo Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 32nd – TDs Allowed T-24th

 

Minnesota Offensive Cast

 

Brett Favre (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 212/350 – for 2,446 Yards & 10 TDs

 

It’s getting harder and harder to predict which Sunday’s Old Man Favre will go off on, and against probably the worst rush defense in the league, you’d have to think the Vikings will simply run the ball all day long.

 

Adrian Peterson (RB Week 13 Ranking #2) 2010 Season: 217 Carries for 1,016 Yards & 8 TDs || 32 Recs for 331 Yards & 1 TD

 

If Purple Jesus is healthy enough to go this weekend, don’t be surprised to see him whip off his best fantasy day of the year.  He went nuts earlier in the season against a bad Detroit rush D (160 yards, two TDs) and was all set to do so (before injuring his ankle) against an equally poor defense in Washington last week.  Buffalo’s D is worse than both of them.

 

Toby Gerhart (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 46 Carries for 162 Yards & 1 TD || 15 Recs for 144 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Make sure you keep an eye on the news coming out of the Vikings camp this week at www.pyromaniac.com or www.ffpharmacy.com because if AP28 can’t make a go of it this Sunday, Gerhart is in line for the game of his life.

 

Sidney Rice (WR Week 13 Ranking #29) 2010 Season: 4 Recs for 76 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Rice and Favre are taking a bit of time to sync up, but I could definitely see it happening against this Buffalo team.  The Bills may not let up a ton of yardage in the passing game (because teams just run on them all day long), but they still surrender a boatload of receiving TDs.  Sidney could easily grab one of them this game.

 

Percy Harvin (WR Week 13 Ranking #22) 2010 Season: 51 Recs for 627 Yards & 4 TDs

 

The Vikings will have to pass the ball a little bit in this game to keep the Bills honest, so I can see quite a few play-action slants to Harvin being the course they take in order to accomplish that.  Watch Harvin break a long one because of it.

 

Bernard Berrian (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 18 Recs for 176 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Not only is Berrian gimpy, but he also kinda sucks.

 

Visanthe Shiancoe (TE Week 13 Ranking #10) 2010 Season: 33 Recs for 420 Yards & 2 TDs

 

With Childress gone, Shiancoe put up the second most yards he’s had in the last nine games against the Redskins (three catches, 54 yards) and it looks like Favre is trying to get him going again as Shank garnered the most targets of any Vikings receiver last week (six).

 

 

 

Washington @ New York Giants

 

Washington Redskins (5-6)    Redskins Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

New York Giants Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 1st - TDs Allowed T-8th

New York Giants Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game T-9th – TDs Allowed T-13th

 

Washington Offensive Cast

 

Donovan McNabb (QB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 227/393 – for 2,853 Yards & 11 TDs

 

McNabb has thrown a touchdown pass in each of his last 10 games.  The problem is, in nine of those games he threw for just that one.  Now THAT’S McNasty.

 

Ryan Torain (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 91 Carries for 391 Yards & 3 TDs || 8 Recs for 55 Yards & 1 TD

 

Torain has a slim chance to make it back this week, but even if he does, you can’t use him against this dominant Giants defense.

 

Keiland Williams (RB Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 52 Carries for 200 Yards & 3 TDs || 28 Recs for 183 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Keiland looked pretty bad last week against the Vikings, but that might have had just as much to do with Shanahan’s play-calling as it does with Williams’ average talent-level.  Look elsewhere this week.

 

Santana Moss (WR Week 13 Ranking #33) 2010 Season: 62 Recs for 778 Yards & 3 TDs

 

The Redskins are going to have to pass the ball if they want a shot at winning this one, so Santana could sneak in a decent fantasy game here.

 

Anthony Armstrong (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 25 Recs for 545 Yards & 1 TD

 

Armstrong has had a few decent weeks this season, but hasn’t been consistent enough to depend on him as a starter.

 

Chris Cooley (TE Week 13 Ranking #16) 2010 Season: 54 Recs for 603 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Cooley continues to see a ton of targets from McNabb (he led the team with eight last week), though his production is still a little on the light side.  Again, McNabb will have to pass the ball to win this game, so Cooley should have another chance to prove himself this week.

 

 

New York Giants (7-4)    Giants Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Washington Pass Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 29th - TDs Allowed T-18th

Washington Rush Defense – 2010: Yards Allowed/Game 26th – TDs Allowed T-13th

 

New York Giants Offensive Cast

 

Eli Manning (QB Week 13 Ranking #9) 2010 Season: 245/376 – for 2,821 Yards & 23 TDs

 

Even after losing his WR1, WR2, WR4 and WR5, Eli found a way to put up his seventh straight multi-TD game last week.  The Redskins pass D is really really bad, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see his streak continue.  Don’t expect a ton of yards though as the Giants may run the ball all day long.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw (RB Week 13 Ranking #13) 2010 Season: 194 Carries for 916 Yards & 5 TDs || 32 Recs for 231 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Bradshaw was demoted to second-string last week, but he still managed to secure 13 touches to Jacobs’ 14 on the day.  Not just that, but he also saw the ball around the goal-line over Jacobs, so he could be climbing back into the good graces of Coach Coughlin.  Watch him break a couple of long runs this week en route to a nice fantasy day for your team.

 

Brandon Jacobs (RB Week 13 Ranking #18) 2010 Season: 92 Carries for 474 Yards & 5 TDs || 7 Recs for 59 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Jacobs got his chance to start last week and actually performed pretty well (14 carries, 87 yards).  However, not getting the goal-line touches raises a huge red flag for me, but he should still be able to rattle off some good stats this week against a crappy Washington defense.

 

Hakeem Nicks (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 62 Recs for 800 Yards & 9 TDs

 

Nicks will be out for at least the next couple of games, and possibly longer than that.  Stash him on your bench and hope for a return during your fantasy playoffs.

 

Steve Smith II (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 47 Recs for 517 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Smitty should be out for another one, but he was able to do a little bit at practice on Wednesday, so check the news at www.pyromaniac.com or www.ffpharmacy.com to see what his story is later in the week.

 

Mario Manningham (WR Week 13 Ranking #15) 2010 Season: 41 Recs for 561 Yards & 5 TDs

 

Manningham will be in the driver’s seat for some nice fantasy points again this weekend with both Nicks and Smith out.  If he doesn’t come close to around 100 yards plus a touchdown, I’ll be shocked.

 

Derek Hagan (WR Week 13 Ranking #NR) 2010 Season: 5 Recs for 31 Yards & 1 TD

 

Hagan looked pretty bad as the WR2 last weekend, but he’ll get another shot at it regardless.

 

Kevin Boss (TE Week 13 Ranking #5) 2010 Season: 24 Recs for 392 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Boss should be the one Manning will depend on to pick up the slack again this weekend, so after his 74-yard, one-TD output last game, don’t be scared to start him once more.

 

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