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I did it! I finally dropped Eddie Royal in both of my leagues. I am free of his crap! I feel like I’ve been in an abusive relationship for nine weeks and now have found the courage to rid myself of the pain. Oh god, just watch him take off now.
The (former) Kansas City RB was cut from the team on Monday due to his behavior in recent weeks, most notably, using offensive homosexual slurs towards members of the press on October 26th. Jamaal Charles is the most likely recipient of the workload in the backfield.
Redskins QB Jason Campbell was hit repeatedly by the Falcons on Sunday, including five sacks. The constant abuse forced Campbell from the game on two separate occasions for chest and ankle injuries. Washington has given up 27 sacks this season, and it looks like Campbell will have to fight for his life to play the rest of the year.
Washington RB Clinton Portis was knocked out cold in the first quarter against Atlanta. According to Portis, he doesn’t even remember the play. Backup RB Ladell Betts filled in for the rest of the game, and it looks like Betts will get the start this Sunday against Denver.
Last week, he was in the “Duds” section, and now he has returned to greatness. After throwing five INT’s in week 8, Warner came back to throw for 261 yds and five TD’s on Sunday.
Arizona faces the Seahawks on Sunday. The last time the two teams met, Warner threw for 276 yds and 2 TD in the Cardinals’ 27-3 win.
The Redskins couldn’t stop Turner as he rushed for a season-high 166 yds and 2 TD.
Turner has now rushed for 150+ yds in two straight games, and he gets a crack at Carolina’s 23rd ranked rush defense. The Panthers allow only 181 pass yds per game, so don’t expect Matt Ryan to throw it too much, especially since Turner is on fire.
Fitzy turned in his best game of the season with 123 receiving yds and 2 TD.
Believe it or not, this was only Fitzgerald’s second 100-yd game of the year. He faces Seattle this Sunday, and during their last meeting in week 6, Fitzgerald had his other 100-yd game of the year.
All three of Jay Cutler’s TD passes went to Olsen who had a total of 71 yds and three scores against Arizona.
Before that game, Olsen had 3 TD’s in the previous seven games combined, so don’t think this is a regular thing. However, Olsen may be in store for a cheap TD this week against San Francisco. The 49ers have lost four in a row, with an average of 271 pass yds allowed per game.
Mare was a perfect 4/4 on field goals and a perfect 2/2 on extra points against the Lions.
In his last game against Arizona, Mare made just one field goal, and the Cardinals have allowed just eight field goals all season.
Yeah, you read that correctly. The Buccaneers turned into fantasy’s best defense on Sunday. Even though they allowed 28 points, they still managed to collect six sacks, three interceptions, and 2 TD.
Even though they had a good game (for fantasy purposes), Tampa Bay is still Tampa Bay. When their rush defense (163 yds allowed per game) meets the 4th best rushing offense in football in the form of the Miami Dolphins, they won’t find themselves in this section next week.
Flacco failed to throw a TD pass for the first time all season as Cincinnati held him to 195 yds with 2 INT’s.
A bounce back game is in store for Flacco as he faces Cleveland. The Browns own the 22nd ranked pass defense in football and they only have 4 INT’s on the season. Plus, the last time they faced each other (week 3), Flacco threw for 342 yds.
Jacobs once again failed to return your investment on him as he rushed for 67 yds and no scores.
Jacobs does not have a 100-yd game this season, so hopefully the bye week can get him well rested for a week 11 game against the Falcons.
Colston snapped his scoring streak at three games as he failed to find the endzone while accumulating only 45 yds.
Colston and the Saints get to set a scoring record as they face the Rams. That’s all the advice I need to give on the matter…Drew Brees+St. Louis Defense=KABOOM!!!!!
After taking over for Chris Cooley, Davis has 78 yds and a TD in week 7, so expectations were high. Instead, we were let down as Davis caught two passes for 26 yds and no scores.
Expect another lackluster performance as Washington opposes the Broncos. Despite their recent struggles, Denver still owns a tough pass defense that allows only 183 pass yds per game.
Kaeding once again wasn’t given enough/any opportunities as he failed to make a field goal, and came away with only three extra points on the day.
Kaeding had made 14 field goals over his first six games, but has fallen into nothing with just one field goal in the past two weeks. The struggles will continue if San Diego doesn’t give him opportunities, plus the Eagles have allowed just eight field goals all year.
The Packers find themselves here for the 2nd straight week as they allowed 32 points (to Tampa Bay!!!) with just one sack and one pick.
After a stellar season, the Packers defense has allowed 62 points in their past two games. It won’t be any easier against the Cowboys. Dallas has won four games in a row, thanks to their rushing offense (8th best in NFL) and Tony Romo throwing 7 TD’s in the past three games.
The rookie, making his first start of the season, led the Bucs to their first win of the season over Green Bay as he threw for 205 yds and 3 TD.
Is there a chance for two wins in a row? I can’t answer that, but Tampa Bay’s matchup against the Dolphins defense looks pretty decent. Miami has the fifth worst pass defense in football with 246 pass yds allowed per game, which includes three straight weeks of 250+ pass yds allowed.
With less than a week of practice with the Chiefs, Chambers ended up being the best WR for Kansas City as he hauled in three passes for 70 yds and 2 TD.
Hopefully this game means that Matt Cassel has someone to rely on in the passing game. This Sunday against Oakland, the Raiders will most likely put All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Dwayne Bowe, leaving Chambers open for most of the looks.
Cassel turned in his best performance of the season with 262 yds and 2 TD.
OK, so Cassel’s TD passes came in the final 2:32 of the game. He gets most of stats in garbage time anyways. He faces another easy matchup against Oakland. Oakland once again has a decent pass defense with 212 pass yds allowed per game. Now that Cassel has a chemistry with Chris Chambers, expect a more than decent showing from him this Sunday.
With Portis out, Betts carried 15 times for 70 yds and a TD.
The Broncos have a top-10 rush defense, but they have allowed teams to run for over 120 yds in back-to-back games, with Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall ripping Denver open for 155 rush yds on Monday night.
Wallace turned in another solid game with 69 yds and a TD.
Wallace has scored a TD in three of his past four games, and now he goes up against the Bengals this Sunday. Cincinnati has the 8th worst pass defense with 241 pass yds allowed per game, and Wallace seems to have a nose for the endzone.
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