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I hope I find you all still in the hunt for a league championship. I myself have officially hung up my cleats for the 2009 fantasy season. Yes, a sad and tragic event I know. Now don’t let this sad news get you down, I always bounce back big.
Atlanta RB Michael Turner tried to make a return from a sprained ankle on Sunday. His comeback lasted only one play as he reaggravated the same injury. Jason Snelling stepped and received the majority of the carries.
Not that you should have a Cleveland QB on your roster, but just in case you did, I have some bad news. Brady Quinn is done for 2009 as he was placed on the IR with a foot injury. Derek Anderson is the likely candidate to take the snaps.
The Buffalo QB who has taken a back seat to Ryan Fitzpatrick, will be placed on IR after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday.
Well Pittsburgh finally won a game, but Roethlisberger had to throw for 503 yds and 3 TD in order to do it.
The Ravens look like a tough matchup since Baltimore barely allows 200 yds passing per game. On the road however, the Ravens allow 244.5 pass yds per game.
Well I recommended that you pick up Chris Jennings. I guess I was wrong. Harrison had the best day for any running back this season and set a Cleveland Browns franchise record with 286 yds and 3 TD.
Don’t you dare expect that again! However, you can expect a productive outing against Oakland and the 5th worst rush defense in football.
Jackson had been in a funk recently but he came out of his shell with 5 catches for 108 yds and 2 scores.
After a minor slump, Jackson has put together back-to-back 100 yd games. His good fortune should continue this week against the Titans, who own the 2nd worst pass defense in football.
Clark was once again the best tight end of the week with 95 yds and 2 TD.
This makes six touchdowns for Clark in the last four games, but the scoring won’t be easy against the Jets, who own the league’s best pass defense.
Prater unloaded against Oakland for four field goals and he made all of his extra points as well.
Prater has 11 field goals in the last four games, but the scoring won’t be as easy against Philadelphia, whose defense allows only 314 total yds per game. Prater has been notoriously good against bad defenses, but Philly is not a bad defense in any aspect.
New York has been terrible over the past month and a half, but they looked like the Giants defense of old on Monday night as they tore apart the Redskins for five sacks, three interceptions, and a touchdown. They did all of this while allowing only 12 points.
Expect another good outing by this defense against a struggling Panthers squad. Carolina may have upset the Vikings on Sunday, but I don’t see Matt Moore putting together another amazing game this week.
Cutler once again showed us that he can’t play on the road as he tossed up 94 passing yds with 3 interceptions.
This now makes 20 interceptions on the road for Cutler this season. He plays at home this week, but it is against the Vikings. Avoid Cutler at all costs.
Jones was on quite the roll this season. He had 100 rush yds and/or a TD in 10 straight games until Week 15 where he rushed for 52 yds with no scores.
Jones and the Jets look to stop the Colts’ perfect season this week. Rushing against Indianapolis has been easy for opposing rushers lately as the Colts are giving up 124 rush yds over the past four weeks.
The NFL’s leader in receptions put together just 4 catches for 40 yds.
Tom Brady, Randy Moss, and Wes Welker should put up big total against the Jaguars, who allow 244 pass yds per game.
One of fantasy’s best tight ends had trouble against the Eagles, amassing only 43 yds with no scores.
You’ll want to start Davis this week for obvious reasons as he faces Detroit. You might as well just keep him in your TE slot for Week 17 because he then gets to face the Rams.
Folk missed his 10th field goal of the season (leads NFL) and Dallas began auditions for new kickers this week.
No outlook needed, Folk is done in Dallas.
The Vikings surprisingly couldn’t handle Matt Moore and the Panthers as they allowed 26 points and got only 2 sacks and a blocked kick.
Minnesota’s dominating defense is still playing for the #1 seed in the NFC, so they will be going all out agaisnt the struggling Bears. Given Jay Cutler’s recent love for throwing picks, I’d say that the Vikings are in store for a huge game.
With Kevin Smith out for the season, Morris took the full work load and delivered with 161 total yds and a score.
The odds of Morris doing this against San Francisco are remote. The 49ers are one of eight teams that give up less than 100 rush yds per game.
Moore surprised the country on Sunday night by stunning the Vikings and throwing for 299 yds and 3 TD.
Well he has already done better than Jake Delhomme has done in any one game this season. Moore could have success against the Giants, but we should wait and see if his performance against Minnesota was legit or lucky.
Bush carried the most this week in Oakland’s crowded backfield and he turned in a very impressive 133 yds and a TD.
There is no one consistently good RB in Oakland, so it is hard to endorse Bush. However, his matchup against the Browns looks very good since Cleveland is 29th in the league in rush defense with 149 rush yds allowed per game.
Cassel pulled his best game of the season out of his ass with 331 yds and 2 TD against the Browns.
Please, Cassel will only have a good game this week if he faces the Browns again…which he won’t. Instead, he faces the much tougher Bengals defense. Bench Cassel and don’t think twice about it.
The rookie turned in 79 yds and 2 TD.
Unless Roethlisberger has to throw the ball that much again (503 yds), then don’t expect enough looks in Wallace’s direction to consider him startable this week.