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Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell Lookin' To Get PAID!


“Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will report back to team before regular season kicks off, though it remains unclear exactly when.” Bell values himself at about $15mm per year, your move Rooney.

Fantasy Goo: There is no doubt Bell is an elite RB1 when he is active, this hold-out makes me nervous. He might be staying in shape, but there is no way to really simulate game-speed without actually participating with the team. He missed 3 games last year and came in shredding defenses, but that is much different than missing camp completely.


08/18/17, 05:48 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Eddie Lacy

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's Crowded Backfield


Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls ankle injury will hold him out of week 2 preseason action on Friday. It’s being called a minor injury and Eddie Lacy is now expected to be the starting tailback for the second preseason game.

Fantasy Goo: When it was first announced that Rawls would get the start I thought nothing of it, teams usually rest their banged-up players week 2 anyway. Week 3 is what we really care about, but if they’re resting Rawls this week that becomes somewhat questionable. We should probably consider this a full blown committee at this point, in which case you can read our “League Winners” article to see who I think is worthy of drafting in this backfield.


08/17/17, 09:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts

Indy Needs Some Luck


There has been quite a bit of concern about Andrew Luck’s availability to start the season on the active roster after offseason surgery. Hartbeat points out that, “Colts seem confident in Luck for week 1 as they haven't changed their playbook.” There is a concern about his offensive line though as starting C Ryan Kelly is likely to find himself on the designated IR for return after foot surgery.

Fantasy Goo: Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If he’s healthy he’s a must start, and his ADP has fallen nearly two rounds since August first. He is now being drafted as the eighth QB off the board. Check out the Draft Kit vol.3 to get the full goo.


08/17/17, 08:57 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers

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

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Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers

Samuel Back in Pads


Curtis Samuel was back in full pads for today's practice (Wednesday), he has missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring problem that began as a issue in the spring. He's been out for so long that it's hard to see him having a immediate early-season role.

Fantasy Goo: Samuel is the ultimate utility knife if he can get healthy, he can pick up the big plays vacated by Ginn and match anything fellow rookie McCaffrey does in the passing game.


08/16/17, 08:15 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Ty Montgomery

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Rookie's on Display


“Ty Montgomery’s likely absence from Saturday night’s preseason game at Washington will put an even bigger spotlight on the depth-chart battle involving three of Green Bay’s third-day draft picks. Williams is the front-runner in part because he’s shown the best aptitude for pass protection in the backfield. Jones has displayed a different gear in the open field that he’d love to show off in a game if he gets a crease. Mays is the best example of compact power, at 5-10 and 230 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo:Ty performed very well last year with the 3rd best juke rate of 34% and the best yards per contact per touch of all RBs at 2.8. The issue with Montgomery is Jamaal Williams is in line to take away the short yardage work and it’s unclear what type of volume Ty can handle as he rushed double digits in only 1 game.


08/16/17, 07:58 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.packers.com


Jaron Brown

Arizona Cardinals

Jaron Number Two?


Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 wideout. Brown? “He’s No. 2 right now,” Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday.
“I’ve been here for a while,” Jaron Brown said. “Every camp is different. We obviously have injuries, and that gives me an opportunity. I just try to take advantage.

Fantasy Goo: I could see Jaron shooting up draft boards, and I like him as a last round dart throw, but this just makes that receiving corps all the more crowded. A torn ACL prevented Jaron from possibly breaking-out last year. Yesterday we thought JJ Nelson would emerge, I’m sure we will be re-visiting this regularly.


08/16/17, 04:21 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys

Beasley Under the Radar


NFL Next Gen Stats have revealed many of their numbers to the public recently. Hartbeat picked this one out on Twitter: Cole Beasley adding another advanced stat that he thrives in, Top 10 in separation among all pass catchers.

Fantasy Goo: Beasley was one of the most efficient weapons in the NFL last year. His Defense-adjusted Yards above Replacement and Defense-adjusted Value over Average ranked as 5th best among WRs. For more on Beasley and others check out the Pyro Pulse podcast episode 6, WR Tiers.


08/15/17, 05:08 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


John Brown

Arizona Cardinals

John Brown’s Health Back in Question


WR John Brown looking like sickle cell IS NOT being managed by the Cardinals. Could be another injury plagued season for Brown. Arians said WR John Brown not practicing full time is a concern (He's been participating in certain drills during practice).

Fantasy Goo: JJ Nelson was the WR11 in PPR scoring weeks 13-17, it appears as though we should be drafting Nelson as one of our late round flyers immediately. If the Brown news continues to be negative we will begin to see Nelson’s stock rise. Jaron Brown and Chad Williams are names we should also keep an eye on, but Arians has complained about their lack of performance publicly.


08/15/17, 04:28 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Maxx Williams

Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Looks Slow, Open Door for Watson


“Tight end Maxx Williams deserves a ton of credit for persevering through a serious knee surgery and getting back onto the field this summer. But in watching him run, it’s still pretty clear that he has a ways to go. He has bulked up and gotten considerably stronger, so it will be interesting to see whether he becomes more of a blocking tight end, assuming he’s on the season-opening roster.”

fantasy Goo: Ben Watson appears to be worth a last round flier. Denis Pitta was the number eight TE overall last year and he only scored 2 TD’s. Watson was the number 6 TE in 2015 with Drew Brees throwing him 6 TD’s.


08/15/17, 03:54 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.baltimoresun.com


Ryan Mathews

Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Matthews Released


After passing his physical earlier today, The Eagles have informed former starting RB Ryan Mathews that he's been released. This move was completely expected, the Eagles save a bunch of money by releasing him now.

Fantasy Goo: Hartbeat would like to see him land in: IND, SF, MIA or CHI (all backup roles). I think the Giants or Ravens should see what he has left in the tank, even if it’s just a few games Matthews is a talented back, he’s just been drenched with injuries. I don’t think the team that picks him up has to pay much for him.


08/15/17, 03:30 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons

Freeman in Concussion Protocol


Coach Quinn says Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol, will be ruled out for Sunday's game. This really means nothing if he’s back by next week, but if this lingers like Jay Ajayi’s concussion, Coleman might actually be worth his draft value in the sixth round.

Fantasy Goo: Despite being only 206 lbs he had the 3rd most RZ carries with 53. Although Coleman is an extremely strong receiver Freeman was still top 5 in catches among RBs on only a 63% snap share.


08/14/17, 04:34 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Leonard Fournette

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette Battling Same Issues


Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette suffered a foot injury and HC Doug Marrone said team intends to be "careful with him." Fournette battled a recurring foot/ankle injury throughout his final season at LSU. It was a real problem most of the year.

Fantasy Goo: Fournette was clocked running 22.9 MPH at LSU last season, for reference Tyreek Hill was the NFLs fastest player at 23.2MPH. It appears as though Jacksonville is being cautious, but rookies need to get on the field and learn the nuances of the NFL, especially pass blocking.


08/14/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Matthews

Buffalo Bills

Matthews Must Play With Pain


Bills' WR Jordan Mathews has what team is calling "a chip fracture in his sternum" and is week to week.
The good news is that it’s just a pain tolerance issue. The bad news is that it can be pretty painful.

Fantasy Goo: Matthews move to Buffalo had very little effect on his projections, but with lack of practice with his new team he will almost certainly get off to a slow start. Check the Pyro Pulse Podcast (Ep.5) to get the hot, sticky goo on how this affects the value of the other Bills and Eagles skill players.


08/14/17, 03:29 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marqise Lee

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee High Ankle Sprain Opens Door for Hurns, Again


Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain, source said. He'll push hard to be ready for Week 1, but caution could push it back.

Fantasy Goo: Lee was the 39th overall pick of the 2014 draft. In 2016 he caught a career-high 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns. He was finally healthy after continuous injuries the last two years. I think many would rank him higher if we could be sure that he has beaten Allen Hurns out for regular targets.


08/14/17, 02:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jordan Reed

Washington Redskins

Reed Has "Special Shoes"


“Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said his new cleats and orthotics have made a difference for his sprained big toe. Reed said, "I'll be out there shortly." He remains on the PUP list.”

Fantasy Goo: Jay Gruden has made it very clear that the offense runs through Jordan Reed, this was never more prominent than when the Redskins let their two best WRs based on production walk this offseason. Reed has obviously red flags when it comes to injuries, he is one dirty hit away from a career ending concussion. When he is healthy, there is no TE that I would rather have, Reed has averaged the most fantasy points per game over the past two seasons and is targeted on a minimum of 15% of his routes.
For more see Hartbeat TE Gold Diggers vol.1


08/13/17, 08:24 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sterling Shepard

New York Giants

Shepard Back in Practice


“Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.”

Fantasy Goo: Shepard finished second among rookie WRs in targets, catches, yards and touchdowns. In general, second year WRs see a jump in fantasy production by 16%, but Sterling is more likely to move in an inverse fashion. With the Giants bringing in Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram, Shepard is the most likely to see a decrease in targets. See Hartbeat, WR Gold Diggers vol.1 for more.


08/13/17, 07:55 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Robby Anderson

New York Jets

Robby With Early Bomb


With Enunwa out for the season the New York Jets will be looking for one of their young receivers to step-up. On their first drive Josh McCown connected with Robby Anderson for a 53 yard gain and finished the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake. Anderson finished the first half with three receptions for 71 yards.

Fantasy Goo: Anderson could be a nice late-round flyer, but this offense doesn’t project for much fire-power. Anderson projects for a 63/830/4 line and Peake is nothing more than a DFS GPP play or possible bye-week flyer.


08/13/17, 08:14 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce to Return Next Week


After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid provided an update on a few of those guys, specifically Travis Kelce. “They are close,” Reid noted of those three guys. “(They will) potentially get some work this next week, we’ll just see how it goes. They’ve got a big rehab session (Saturday), so we’ll see.”

Fantasy Goo: Since he fractured his patella in 2013 and missed his entire rookie campaign, Kelce has not missed a game. Kelce led all TEs last season in fantasy points, but he also thrived under advanced metrics, also leading the league in Success Rate on 65% of his plays. – Hartbeat
I five games without Maclin on the field over the past two years Kelce averages 2.76 more PPR points per game even though he did not score a TD in any of them.


08/12/17, 07:56 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jay Ajayi

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Kenyan Drake

Miami Dolphins

Ajayi Still in Concussion Protocol


Running backs coach Danny Barrett believes Kenyan Drake could be an every-down back if Jay Ajayi misses multiple games. He said Drake is “more reliable, more dependable, being where he’s supposed to be – especially in our passing game”

Fantasy Goo: I’m not necessarily buying what they’re selling, but Ajayi out for 10 days so far does concern me. Gase was not happy with Ajayi to start last year and it was a work-ethic issue. A concussion requires medical clearance and cannot be put in the same category, but Gase seems to have the old-school mentality of, “you can’t make the club from the tub.” If Ajayi is out for any amount of time we can expect about a 50/50 split from Drake and Damien Williams, neither is built for work-horse carries.


08/12/17, 06:23 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

WR Player Rankings - Week 15

WR Player Rankings - Week 15

Posted by Dawgmaticå on 12/15/10

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WR Player Rankings – Week 15

 

 

QB Rankings  RB Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

 

1.               Roddy White (@ Sea) – Roddy has been one of those guys (Kyle Orton and Dwayne Bowe are a couple others) who have killed many an owners playoff hopes the last few weeks, but if you happened to skate by and make it into the post-season, he won’t disappoint you again.  Seattle’s pass D is close to as bad as it gets (30th in the NFL), so have confidence in Roddy serving well as your WR1 this week, just as the Falcons will down the stretch.

 

2.               Andre Johnson (@ Ten) – Andre vs. Cortland, Part II:  The Rematch.  To be honest, I don’t know if the Titans can afford to put Finnegan on him this weekend seeing that before their little Brouhaha a few weeks ago, ‘Dre was consistently making him look like a kindergartner out there.  Finnegan or not, Johnson is going to light it up this weekend.

 

3.               Reggie Wayne (vs Jax) – Wayne had a monster game against Jacksonville the first time around going off for 15 catches and 196 yards.  With Manning realizing his Colts are backed into a corner right now, I’m not sure it’s going to matter what the Jags do to slow him and Wayne down this Sunday.  Their 28th-ranked pass D is simply overmatched.

 

4.               Terrell Owens (vs Cle) – Terrell Me-O Owens went absolutely ballistic in their first showdown to the tune of 10 catches, 222 yards and a 78-yard TD.  Those numbers won’t be repeated this weekend, but then again, hell, they just might!

 

5.               Hakeem Nicks (vs Phi) – Nicks came back looking like he never left last weekend and won’t have a whole hell of a lot around him to compete for targets with this Sunday.  Steve Smith is gone for the year due to knee surgery, Mario Manningham is hobbled by a hip flexor, and Derek Hagan is, well, Derek Hagan.  Expect Nicks to put up nice WR1 numbers this week.

 

6.               Calvin Johnson (@ TB) – Megatron won’t have to deal with the Bucs top cover-corner (Aqib Talib) as he’s out for the season, so there’s hope for Calvin despite the Lions being down to their third-string QB, Drew Stanton.  Stanton isn’t what you’d call an “elite” QB, but he’s not bad, and you can bet your ass he’ll be looking Johnson’s way a ton this game.

 

7.               Marques Colston (@ Bal) – Colston is one of the hottest receivers in the game right now as he’s put up seven TDs and three 100-yard games in his last starts.  Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson showed that a good QB and a big WR can beat the Ravens D, so expect Marques to keep his hot streak alive in Week 15.

 

8.               Vincent Jackson (vs SF) – He’s back, and he looks like he might even be in mid-season form!  Rivers didn’t seem to have a problem making fourth-string WRs look good this year, but believe me, the guy is ecstatic to have his main man back.  Plant VJax in your starting lineup this Sunday against a beatable 49ers secondary and expect some WR1 numbers to come your way.

 

9.               Pierre Garcon (vs Jax) – Manning has been passing the ball a ton lately, and I don’t expect the Colts to all of the sudden turn to the run at this point in the season.  Garcon’s numbers have been steadily increasing since he was called out for his butterfingers problem over a month ago, culminating in a two-TD, 93-yard effort last week against the Titans.  Both Pierre AND Wayne have a chance to put up WR1 numbers this weekend.

 

10.           Miles Austin (vs Was) – With Dez Bryant going down for the year, Austin becomes the sole WR1 on this team and will demand a ton of targets because of it.  He may have been held at bay last week against the Eagles, but Miles showed that the Redskins D isn’t nearly as good as them by putting up 146 yards and a TD on 10 catches during their first game this season.

 

11.           DeSean Jackson (@ NYG) – DeSean had himself quite a game last week against the Cowboys weak-ass defense, but it won’t come as easily this Sunday playing a top-five Giants defense.  He’ll get his chances to shine, and he might come away with another great performance, but it’s hardly a game where you can expect WR1 numbers from The Green Blur.

 

12.           Wes Welker (vs GB) – The Slot Machine just keeps on churning out the big paydays.  Wes continued his hot streak last week against the Bears putting up 115 yards on eight catches in basically the worst weather the NFL season has seen so far this year.  Ride this kid as a solid WR2 play through to the end of the year.

 

13.           Larry Fitzgerald (@ Car) – Whether it’s John Skelton or Skeletor himself, Larry is going to be getting a ton of targets from here on out and should be able to capitalize on them against the Panthers this weekend.  He’s no longer a dependable WR1 for your team (nor has he been all year), but he should be able to put up WR2 stats this fantasy playoff weekend.

 

14.           Dwayne Bowe (@ StL) – The fantasy-team killer struck again last weekend as Bowe was held to just one catch and three yards against the Chargers.  The good thing heading into Week 15 is that he won’t have to face this week what he’s come up against the past two Sundays.  Two weeks ago it was perennial All-Pro Champ Bailey on him, while last week it was the top ranked pass D in the league he had to deal with.  The Rams won’t be able to throw either of them at Bowe.

 

15.           Mike Williams – TB (vs Det) – Super-stud rookie Mike Williams was held to just one catch for 15 yards last week by DeAngelo Hall.  Thank goodness the Lions don’t have anyone even close to that for him to have to worry about.

 

16.           Greg Jennings (@ NE) – It’s looking more and more like it might be Matt Flynn running the show this weekend, and if it is, Jennings barely fits in here as a WR2 option.  However, if Rodgers happens to make it back for the game, shoot Greg up the list and treat him like the WR1 he normally is.

 

17.           Santana Moss (@ Dal) – It’s getting tough for wide receivers NOT to go off against the Cowboys this season, and even though Moss isn’t exactly the steadiest of plays, this weekend may be the best bet he’s had all year to put up some real nice fantasy numbers.

 

18.           Sidney Rice (vs Chi) – Whether it will be Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson, Joe Webb, Patrick Ramsey or the Easter Bunny, Rice is looking like the stud he was last year and should get plenty of targets to do something this weekend.  Last year Rice did just fine against the Bears D, and this year they may even depend on him a little more.

 

19.           Kenny Britt (vs Hou) – Britt looked real good in his return to the field last week and was targeted a team-high eight times because of it.  Against the worst pass D in the league this week, he stands to have himself a nice little game for your fantasy team.

 

20.           Brandon Marshall (vs Buf) – Marshall had eight catches in his first game against Buffalo this season, and seeing that Henne finally found him for his second touchdown of the season last weekend, “Baby T.O.” may be looking to go on his yearly end-of-the-season roll right about now.

 

21.           Deion Branch (vs GB) – Branch was supposedly a little gimpy going into last week’s matchup against the Bears, but he looked fine to me hauling in eight catches for 151 yards and a TD while playing in a blizzard.  With a sizzling hot Tom Brady as his QB, it might not matter if Charles Woodson guards him or not this Sunday night.

 

22.           Chad Ochocinco (vs Cle) – Schizocinco led the Bengals in yards once again last week and seems to have rebuilt his rapport with Palmer.  If it continues to grow, Chad might be the one hauling in 10 catches for 222 yards this time around instead of T.O.

 

23.           Jeremy Maclin (@ NYG) – Maclin has had his ups and downs this season, with last week’s one-catch, 11-yard performance being his worst on the year.  However, one of his best games of 2010 came against these same Giants about a month ago when he put up 120 yards on nine catches.  A repeat of those numbers would make fantasy owners very happy.

 

24.           Santonio Holmes (@ Pit) – Holmes let one of the easiest touchdown catches of his career slip through his fingers last weekend, so you can bet he’ll be looking to atone for his bungle, especially against his former team back in the stadium he made his NFL name in.

 

25.           Anquan Boldin (vs NO) – Boldin’s play has been erratic this season, but in a game that could possibly turn into a shootout, you have to like your chances of him putting up some nice fantasy numbers for your team.

 

26.           Brandon Lloyd (@ Oak) – Lloyd wasn’t expected to do anything at all this year, so it sort of feels wrong saying that he’s been one of the guys who killed owners fantasy playoff dreams these past couple of games.  That said, you really can’t blame Lloyd personally as Kyle Orton has been absolutely horrendous, which is partly the reason I have him ranked so low.  The other part is that Nnamdi Asomugha might be guarding him this Sunday.

 

27.           Malcom Floyd (vs SF) – Floyd had a sweet two-TD game last weekend, but he also came out of the game with a slight tweak to his old hamstring injury as well.  He’ll most likely play Thursday night, but he’ll be a risky play being hobbled and Vincent Jackson looking to re-take his WR1 job.

 

28.           Mike Wallace (vs NYJ) – Wallace’s production has been slowed since the initial onslaught that took place when Roethlisberger returned to the lineup earlier this year.  It doesn’t look like it’s going to pick back up this week either with Revis Island in his hip pocket all game long.  You might have to play him, but don’t expect too much.

 

29.           Steve Johnson (@ Mia) – Ever since his embarrassing drop in the endzone to win the game in OT against Pittsburgh three weeks ago, Stevie J has pretty much fallen off the fantasy map.  He’s still a touchdown waiting to happen, but the Dolphins don’t allow too many of those (15, sixth in the NFL) so temper your expectations a bit.

 

30.           Percy Harvin (vs Chi) – If Harvin plays this week, which he should, he could be a nice sleeper against Chicago this weekend.  He’s scored in two of his three career games against the Bears (including in the one earlier this year) and is always a threat to break the long one.

 

31.           Hines Ward (vs NYJ) – Ward has been turning up his game lately as his career might be coming to a close.  I would be hard-pressed to advise playing him against a stingy Jets pass D, but you never know what a wily old veteran will do when faced with the prospect of retirement.

 

32.           Nate Washington (vs Hou) – With Kenny Britt back, Nate will likely be facing off against the Texans second-best corner this Sunday.  If that happens, Washington could be in for a very nice game against this woeful Houston pass D.

 

33.           Ben Obomanu (vs Atl) – If Obomanu returns (which Coach Carroll says he is), he could end up as a very nice sleeper against a Falcons pass D that happens to be their Achilles Heel.  Make sure you check the news this week before making any moves. 

 

34.           Johnny Knox (@ Min) – Knox is one of the biggest burners in the league and shouldn’t have a problem getting behind the Vikings defenders at least a couple of times this weekend.  If the Bears open up the playbook a bit, Knox could have a decent game.  If not, you’ll want to look elsewhere for your fantasy production.

 

35.           Austin Collie (vs Jax) – Collie went through a full practice on Wednesday, which bodes well for his return this Sunday against the Jags.  He might be eased back into things a bit as the Colts will definitely want to take caution with his concussion issues, but he could be another nice sleeper for fantasy owners this weekend.

 

36.           Derrick Mason (vs NO) – Mason had himself another awesome game last week grabbing two TDs in an overtime win against the Texans on Monday night.  New Orleans isn’t likely to give up the same, though, as they are first in the league in allowing just eight passing TDs on the year.

 

37.           Brandon Gibson (vs KC) – Bradford has gone through a bit of a rookie dry spell the last couple of weeks, but he’s too good to be held down for long.  Gibson has been his main man lately leading the team in both catches and targets the last two games, so if Sam the Ram does happen to break out of his mini-slump, Gibson could be in for a nice little game.

 

38.           Derek Hagan (vs Phi) – Hagan is clearly nothing special, but with Steve Smith out for the year and Manningham hobbled, he could be the beneficiary of the Eagles sliding their D towards Nicks this game.  However, don’t play him unless you absolutely have to.

 

39.           Arrelious Benn (vs Det) – The big rookie out of Illinois is starting to turn some heads down in Tampa.  He was a well-known rookie coming into the season, but has been completely overshadowed by the play of fellow rookie Mike Williams for the greater part of the season.  Last game he came up with four catches for 122 yards and was one yard short of adding a TD to that line.  With Tampa playing Detroit this weekend, Benn deserves a look.

 

40.           Lance Moore (@ Bal) – Baltimore can be beaten through the air, and that’s exactly what the Saints will be doing in this game.  Besides Brees and Colston of course, Moore is the most consistent player on the team and should be used as a nice flex this week with a lot of upside potential.

 

41.           Roy E. Williams (vs Was) – It’s tough for me to put this guy in my rankings, but with Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree both out for the year, Williams will be counted on to step up his game.  Against the Redskins pass D, even Roy E. can surprise with a nice fantasy showing.

 

42.           Louis Murphy (vs Den) – Murphy is hardly a guy you want to depend on in your fantasy playoffs, but if you’re stuck between him and another middling receiver, you might want to take a chance on him as the Raiders take on a Broncos defense that gives up the most points per game in the league (28.9).

 

43.           Earl Bennett (@ Min) – Bennett is really no more than a desperation play, but he does have the best rapport with Cutler at this point.  If you need to use him, don’t throw him in there as anything more than a flex this week.

 

44.           Donald Driver (@ NE) – If Rodgers comes back to play this week, you can move Driver up about 10 slots or so in these rankings.  If not, then keep him here and don’t expect much more than a few catches for maybe 40 yards or so.

 

45.           Braylon Edwards (@ Pit) – It’s more than obvious how much Braylon hates playing in the cold weather as his normally butterfinger hands end up becoming big slabs of brown and orange ice.  Don’t expect much more than flex numbers out of Edwards this week.

 

46.           Michael Crabtree (@ SD) – San Diego has the best pass D in the league and regularly hold the opposing team’s top receiver to less than desirable numbers.  If you have someone you can plug in for Crabtree this week, do it.

 

47.           Jacoby Ford (vs Den) – He’s not a consistent play yet, but you could be trapping lightning in a bottle this weekend as the Raiders play possibly the worst defense in the league on Sunday.  Whether you start him or not, the kid is a crapload of fun to watch.

 

48.           Robert Meachem (@ Bal) – Meachem is about as frustrating of a fantasy player there is in the NFL.  One week he’s exploding for either two TDs or 100 yards and a TD… the next, he’s throwing up a goose-egg.  Start him at your own discretion and only if you’re the betting type.

 

 

 

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