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In one of my leagues, I have lost two straight weeks. Normally, I wouldn’t dwell on it, but in both losses, I have lost only because I made a last minute roster move. Every Sunday, I make a frantic re-arrangement of my roster before the first kickoff. Two weeks ago, if I had played WR Chris Chambers, then his 119 yds would have let me win. This past week, if I had played Justin Forsett over Maurice Jones-Drew (Forsett was facing the Rams), then his 130 yds and 2 TD would have given me the edge by less than two points.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan left Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay with a toe injury that is now diagnosed as Turf Toe. Chris Redman, who filled in for Ryan, will get the start against the Eagles this week.
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is the latest NFL player to suffer a concussion, joining Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger, Clinton Portis, Brian Westbrook, and God knows who else this season. Jackson’s status for this week against the Falcons in uncertain, but if we have learned anything from this season, then Jackson will miss time with the injury.
Panthers QB Jake Delhomme fractured a finger on his throwing hand on Sunday against the Jets. Reports say that he won’t play this week against Tampa Bay. Matt Moore would get the start if Delhomme doesn’t play.
We here in New England saw the destruction that Drew Brees can bring upon a good defense as he threw for 371 yds and 5 TD.
Washington is on tap for the Saints this week. The Redskins allow the least amount of passing yds per game this season (170), but come on, this is Drew Brees. You’re going to play him no matter what.
Johnson turned in another outstanding performance against Arizona, rushing for 154 yds and a TD.
That was Johnson’s fifth straight game with 150+ total yds and now he faces the Colts in what should be one of the best games of the season. The last time the two faced, Johnson had his worst rushing game of the year with only 34 rush yds. However, these aren’t the same Titans that we saw earlier this season.
Austin wasn’t scared of Nnamdi Asomugha or anyone else in Oakland’s secondary as he caught seven passes for 145 yds and a TD.
This was Austin’s first 100-yd game since Week 7, but another solid game is on the horizon against the Giants. New York has been struggling recently, losing five of their last six games. In those six games, they are giving up an average of 248 pass yds.
Gates led all tight ends in yds and TDs and he had 118 yds and two scores.
This was Gates’ first 100-yd game since Week 4 and it was his first time finding the endzone since…Week 4! Gates does face another bad defense in the form of the Cleveland Browns. Most teams just like to run the ball against Cleveland because they allow 159 rush yds per game, but if the Chargers can’t pound the ball across the goal line, then Gates will get looks.
Prater did very well against the Giants as he was a perfect 4/4 on field goals and 2/2 on XPM.
Given the Broncos’ recent struggles, Prater never really had any scoring opportunities. It should be all systems go this week against the Chiefs. Kansas City and their 30th overall defense should be no problem for Denver.
Rex Ryan’s squad feasted on Jake Delhomme and the Panthers, allowing just six points while racking up three sacks, four interceptions, and a TD.
The Jets face Buffalo in this week’s Thursday night game. Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has put up a decent showing in his last two games with 543 pass yds and 2 TD. That was against Miami and Jacksonville, both of which are bottom-10 pass defenses. The Jets should have no trouble this week.
Brady doesn’t find himself in this section often, but with a 237 yd, 0 TD, 2 INT performance on Monday night, he deserves it.
Don’t let one game make you doubt Brady’s abilities. In a game after a loss this season, Brady has thrown for an average of 322 yds with 8 TD and 0 INT.
Williams rushed for only 40 yds and failed to find the endzone for the third straight game.
I think a game against Tampa Bay is just what Williams needs. The Bucs allow 160 rush yds per game and last time they faced, Williams rushed for 152 yds and 2 TD.
Moss couldn’t do much against the Saints and he caught three passes for 67 yds with no scores.
Moss and New England travel to Miami this week. The Dolphins give up 233 pass yds per game and in their last meeting, Moss had 147 yds and a TD.
Boss had been on a roll recently with three straight games with a TD, but he came up short last Thursday with no scores and only 22 yds.
The Giants will have a tough time against a Cowboys defense that has only given up an average of 204 pass yds and 3 passing TD in their last four games.
Why am I picking on New England? Well, did you see Monday’s game? Anyways, Gostkowski missed another field goal against the Saints, and was 1/2 on the night. On the plus side, he did go 2/2 on XPM.
After missing only four field goals all of last season, Gostkowski has already missed five this season. If it’s any consolation, Gostkowski was 4/4 on field goals in his last game against the Dolphins.
Once again the Giants find themselves in this section. This time, they gave up 26 points while getting just one sack and one INT.
The Giants have lost five of their last six game and they aren’t getting your team enough sacks and turnovers to make up for all of the points they allow. I think it is time to find a better option elsewhere.
Forsett dismantled the Rams as he ran for 130 yds and 2 TD.
He has done a great job filling in for Julius Jones, and has probably earned himself a share of the carries even when Jones comes back. Seattle’s rush game could be in trouble against the 49ers, who give up only 3.6 ypc and have allowed only three rushing TD all season.
Taking the majority of the carries, Jackson unleashed hell with 116 total yds and two TD.
Why he doesn’t start over Marshawn Lynch every week is a mystery to me. In any case, nobody on the Bills will be having a good game against the Jets this week. Buffalo defeated the Jets in Week 6, but that was due to the Bills forcing five INT’s, not their superb running game.
It is time to realize that the guy is legit. Young orchestrated an amazing fourth quarter drive to lead the Titans to victory over the Cardinals. Young had 387 yds and a TD on the day.
The Titans have won five straight and they will oppose the undefeated Colts this Sunday. Indianapolis has numerous injuries to their secondary and as a result, have allowed an average of 299 pass yds in their last four games.
Henderson’s 75-yd TD catch was the highlight of his 113-yd game against New England.
Henderson is usually good for one big play per game. A game against the Redskins’ top ranked pass defense is scary to most, but not to the Saints. Look for Brees and company to have another glorious day.
Redman, filling in for the injured Matt Ryan, ended up with 243 yds and 2 TD.
Redman may not be your best option this week against the Eagles. Philly has a top-10 pass defense and they have allowed an average of 197 pass yds in their last three games.
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