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Behind the Steel Curtain closes the show with Pittsburgh.
Ben Roethlisberger - The Steelers are putting up tons of yards every week through the air and the thing stopping Roethlisberger from being a top tier fantasy quarterback is the Steelers inability to score touchdowns in the redzone. Roethlisberger is averaging almost three hundred passing yards per game and a touchdown in the first three weeks of the season. San Diego has not been all that impressive on the defensive side of the ball so I would look for another strong performance from Ben Roethlisberger.
Willie Parker/ Rashard Mendenhall/ Mewelde Moore – Willie Parker has yet to practice this week due to a turf toe injury that he developed last week against the Bengals. Reports out of Pittsburgh today is that Willie Parker is unlikely to play, although it will probably be a game-time decision. If you are a Willie Parker owner and Rashard Mendenhall or Mewelde Moore are available in your league I would attempt to pick them up before Sunday Night’s game against the Chargers in case Parker is unable to start. Turf Toe has a tendency to linger for a while and it could increase the role that Mewelde Moore and Rashard Mendenhall play in the offense for the rest of the season. Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians said that Mendenhall had a much better week of practice and if Parker is indeed unable to go on Sunday this could be Mendenhall’s breakout game.
Hines Ward - Hines Ward became the first Steelers receiver to break 10,000 yards in his career. This is quite an accomplishment for Ward who has played his entire career in Pittsburgh where the offense has primarily been “run-first.” Hines has not yet seen the endzone this season, but this week might change that with the Chargers and the Steelers both having high powered offenses with defenses that aren’t playing up to expectations.
Santonio Holmes – After a promising week one where Holmes posted over a hundred yards and a touchdown Santonio Holmes fantasy owners were thinking they had a true number one receiver. Since that first game Holmes has struggled and throughout the season he has been targeted 30 times and only brought in 15 of those targets. Perhaps Holmes became complacent with his success or perhaps opposing teams are covering him differently, but either way Holmes needs to step up if the Steelers look to compete in a very competitive AFC North. Mike Tomlin has a way of keeping Holmes motivated and I would look for Santonio to bounce back with some solid games sooner rather than later.
Mike Wallace – If you are looking for a possible sleeper pick-up Mike Wallace might be the guy. He broke 100 yards receiving last week against the Bengals and is really starting to get with Ben Roethlisberger. If you are in a keeper league and you have an extra spot on your roster I would pick up Wallace because he is making a large impact on the Steelers offense in his rookie season and with an aging Hines Ward he could be the future star of the Steelers receiving corp for years to come.
Limas Sweed – If your fantasy league gives points for dropped touchdown passes Limas Sweed is your man.
Defense – I have a suspicion that this week might be a shoot-out between two of the best young quarterbacks in the league. If you are fortunate enough to have another defense on your roster, this might be a week to think about giving the Steelers defense a rest. Judging by their performance late in games this season the extra rest might do them some good.
You know the deal, for Steelers news, it’s Behind the Steel Curtain.
Stamped Blue is all over the Colts scene.
Peyton Manning – He’s the offensive player of the month for a reason: He’s really friggin good. He’s thrown for over 300 yards in all three games thus far this season, and Sunday he is facing a Seattle Seahawks defense missing several key starters in the secondary.
Pierre Garcon – Two weeks in a row, Peyton Manning has hit Garcon on big plays to help win ball games. With Anthony Gonzalez on the shelf until after the bye week, Garcon has become Manning’s deep threat. Garcon abused Cardinals corner back Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie last Sunday night, and the Seahawks have some injuries in their secondary. Manning will attempt a few deep balls to Garcon against the Seahawks.
Donald Brown – Brown has been gaining steam in Indianapolis’ two-back system. Last week, he had well over 100 rushing and receiving yards. The Colts like to run Brown in the fourth quarter, and, unlike Joseph Addai, Brown has a third gear once he gets into the second level.
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Hogs Haven has all the analysis you could want on the Redskins.
Jason Campbell - While the Redskins have yet to establish their offensive identity, Jason Campbell has very quietly become a decent starting fantasy quarterback. He is averaging about 265 yards per game and has a 92.6 QB rating. For the third week in a row, he gets a team that is strugg-a-ling. The Bucs are 31st in the league in total yards per game allowed and are giving up just slightly less than JC’s per game average through the air. I expect Coach Zorn to continue to search for a rhythm in the passing game—despite the Buccaneers being second to last against the run. I hope I’m wrong, but with Portis ailing, I think Zorn leans on JC to move the ball.
Chris Cooley – Screens and short dump-offs to Cooley in the middle of the field will be the long handoffs that take the place of our running game. Campbell has been helping Cooley build another Pro Bowl resume so far this season—Chris is 4th in yards and receptions among all tight ends in the league. Only Owen Daniels (Texans) and Antonio Gates (Chargers) have a higher 1st down percentage (minimum of 15 receptions.)
Santana Moss – Moss has been a streaky fantasy player over the years, a fact that would lead me to bench him after his 178 yard performance. But Campbell has been targeting Moss more and he is currently the 14th most targeted wide receiver in the NFL (great stat). I would be ecstatic if they learned a lesson last week and spend most of his targeted plays in the middle of the field where has room to operate. One thing we know—he gets open, and he can get yards in huge chunks. Against a weak defense, he should be good for a few big plays.
Defense - The Buccaneers managed just 86 total yards of offense last week against the Giants. The QB change tends to spark a little something when it is made, but Greg Blache has been around long enough to know what to do against a guy making his first NFL start (more on that below.) I will refrain from wondering aloud how this defense let the Lions march all over them last week and instead will say that this is a matchup that favors the Skins and unless you have a much better option, starting this defense is likely to benefit all fantasy owners.
Clinton Portis – What!!!??? For a lot of owners, they need CP to play like the elite runner we all believe he is. But he has yet to really bust out yet and I know I wasn’t the only one who saw him limping around on the field against Detroit. I think he is already banged up enough to start losing regular carries to Ladell Betts and influence the way Zorn calls plays. I hope I am wrong on this too, but with the lack of any real attempt to establish the run on somebody, and the perceived health issues going into only Week 4, I would look at other options on your fantasy bench. By the way, I fully expect Portis to play on Sunday. I just think until the Redskins dedicate themselves to some semblance of a running game, his value is diminished in fantasy.
It is doubtful you are considering starting Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, or Fred Davis, but if you are, you have bigger problems with your fantasy football team than I can help you out with in this post. As for Antwaan Randle El, he will get his catches, but the truth of the matter is that as Thomas and Kelly get better, he should see less and less action. In the meantime, I have to believe you have someone else you can go with besides any of these players at this point in the season.
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Blogging The Boys scouts the Cowboys.
Tony Romo – 255 yards passing and 22 rushing against the Panthers didn’t get fantasy owners the 30-burger they were hoping for. In fact, it barely pushed Romo over double-digits in most leagues. He did do his part to push the Cowboys within scoring range and even had a few shots in the end zone, including a TD pass to Tashard Choice that was nullified by instant replay.
This week, Romo faces a Denver defense that has yet to allow a passing score and boasts 5 INTs along with 10 sacks. Against the Bengals, Browns, and Raiders, the Broncos have only given up a combined 16 points with only 408 total passing yards. What they have accomplished in the first three weeks of the season is simply amazing. This does not look to be a favorable matchup for Romo owners. Expect a conservative week from him if you decide to start him.
Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice – Barber (quad) put in a full practice on Thursday and both Coach Phillips and Jerry Jones said they expect him to play Sunday. Apparently, Barber wanted to play against the Panthers but it was a coaching decision to hold him out last week. Now that he is healthy, he should start the game. The Broncos run defense has allowed just 78 yards rushing per game, so don’t expect gaudy numbers for Barber. Nevertheless, the Cowboys lead the league in rushing, averaging nearly 194 yards per game.
Like the Cowboys did with Barber last week, Felix Jones (knee) will be held out of this game. Tashard Choice owners have a bit of a dilemma this week. Choice is the Cowboys’ only fully healthy RB. He looked like his steady self against the Panthers – racking up 118 total yards from scrimmage and a TD. Even if Barber gets the start, the Cowboys will feed the ball to Choice. He should be a solid start off the bench in place of injured/bye-week RBs.
Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton – Crayton and Williams lead this group with 8 receptions each. That’s it. Not since Week 1, have the Cowboys been able to generate more production from the WR position. Nobody from this group is a good start for a PPR league. Much like you read up-top with Romo, the Denver passing defense has been extremely stingy. Only start one of these guys if you have to.
Jason Witten – Witten is still a steady start every week. Against the Panthers, he snagged 9 more balls for 77 yards to give him 19 for 181 after three games. He just always seems to get open and Romo depends on him for third-down conversions.
Nick Folk - Before missing a 40-yarder last week, Folk hit 16-consecutive FGs. The Mile High air in Denver may give his kicks a little more boost. Plus, with all the talk of Denver’s stingy defense, the Cowboys may have to settle for more FGs than TDs.
Cowboys D/ST -No more talk of no sacks and no turnovers. The Dallas D showed up big last week at home against Carolina. The team intercepted Jake Delhomme twice (one for a TD) and sacked him thrice, which led to holding the Panthers’ offense to just 7 points and 271 total yards.
While Denver’s offense hasn’t been blowing defenses away, it is effective (20.7 ppg, 374.3 ypg). QB Kyle Orton may test the Dallas secondary with his talented four-WR combo of Brandon Stokely, Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal, and Brandon Marshall. OT Ryan Clady looks to be a good matchup for DeMarcus Ware. This will be a tough test on the road for the Dallas D/ST, so don’t expect to have a high-scoring week from this unit.
Cowboys news all day, everyday at Blogging The Boys.
Niners Nation goes with the prose to layout this week’s fantasy scouting report.
The 49ers find themselves in the position of not having their top fantasy performer this weekend. Frank Gore injured his ankle and will be out through their week 6 bye. The coaches have said they will not alter the offense just because he’s not in, which means Glen Coffee is a solid pickup this weekend, if you haven’t grabbed him yet. Coffee struggled early last weekend against the VIkings, but showed some solid progress later in the game. Given that the Rams defense isn’t all that great, I would expect a decent showing. Additionally, if you’re in a really deep league, RB Michael Robinson might be worth a look. The 49ers did not add a third running back so Robinson is the only backup. Robinson is a great pass catcher, so he’s worth a pickup in PPR leagues.
The 49ers defense continues to be a solid play, and is worth a start against the Rams. While turnovers can’t really be predicted in football, the 49ers defense plays an aggressive brand of football meaning interceptions and sacks. Additionally, while many may consider the field goal block “lucky,” the 49ers had been getting close in previous weeks, so we might see another field goal block before the season is done.
Finally, even though the coaches have said they won’t alter the play-calling, this could be a good week to start Vernon Davis or Isaac Bruce. I just think we’ll see bit more passing than usual and one of those would like be the primary beneficiary. Davis had the best game of his career last week and might finally be turning into the receiver fans have been clamoring for since he was drafted.
Tune into Niners Nation for all your 49ers news.
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Aaron Rodgers – In his only career start in the Metrodome, Mall of America Field, whatever it they call it these days, the Packers offense was held to under 200 yards of total offense as the receivers struggled to get open and the pass protection collapsed. In 2009, the pass protection is weak again as they lead the league in sacks allowed with 12, and starting LT Chad Clifton is probably out with a foot injury. The only bright spot is that while the Vikings defense has looked good so far in 2009, they’ve done it against some of the most offensively challenged teams in the NFL (Browns, Lions and 49ers) and the Niners lost Frank Gore about two minutes into the game. He’s a great fantasy player, but there might be a better matchup available on your bench.
Ryan Grant - 49ers RB Glen Coffee had a miserable day against the Vikings run defense last week, and the Packers run offense has been inconsistent. To make matters worse (for Grant owners) two short-yardage TDs last week against the Rams went to FB John Kuhn. This looks like a good week to bench Grant and find your Plan B.
Greg Jennings – If the Packers offense does any damage on Monday night, it’s going to be through the air. Jennings has three catches of 50 yards this season, and remains the Packers top deep threat. The Vikings pass defense has surrendered some big passing plays this season; TE Vernon Davis had a career game against them last week. Not his best matchup, but the potential for a big game is there.
Donald Driver – With the exception of a couple drops/missed passes in week 1, he’s been one of the best in the league. His season could be even better, but Rodgers has missed him on two sure TD passes already this season. The presence of Jennings, and the fact that Rodgers does a good job throwing to different receivers, means that teams can’t focus on shutting down Driver, and he’s gotten a lot of single coverage. He should be starting until further notice.
Packers D – High risk/high reward pick this week. RB Adrian Peterson has ran all over them in two Metrodome starts, but last season they picked off QB Gus Frerotte 3 times, including one pick-six. Their pass rush has been blah so far, but the Vikings pass protection has been one of the worst in the league. Favre has been playing it safe so far this season, but who knows if his blood is up for revenge and the Gunslinger decides to take some chances against an opportunistic Packers secondary. My current recommendation is to start whatever defense is playing against the Browns (it’s the Bengals this week), but the Packers do have the potential for a big week too.
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Mile High Report gives you the mile-high view of the Broncos – while using a super-powerful zoom lens!
Kyle Orton – He’s been solid, if not spectacular, for the Broncos this season. For fantasy owners, however, he’s be a bit underwhelming. That could change this week facing a Cowboys team that is allowing nearly 400 yards of offense per game. If the Broncos fall behind, it might rest on Orton’s arm to get the Broncos back in the game. Don’t let the past fool you. Orton played in a prolific offense in college and the Broncos have the weapons. More good news is the fact Orton might be able to play without the glove on his throwing hand, something he despises. Could be a solid play for team’s looking to fill a BYE week.
RB - The committee systems seems to be firmly entrenched in Denver. Last week the Broncos carved up the Raiders for 215 yards. Correll Buckhalter has been the more explosive runner and is averaging 7 yards per carry. Knowshon Moreno looks to be the tougher runner and may get more chances near the endzone. It is only a matter of time with Moreno, as each week he looks more and more explosive. Fantasy wise, however, the Broncos will likely continue to use their stable of running backs making no one player a sure thing week to week.
WR – For all the talk about Brandon Marshall, nothing much has changed. He leads the Broncos is receptions and targets. Better yet, Marshall scored his first TD of the season last week against the Raiders and Kyle Orton seems to be looking for Marshall more and more in the offense. Gone are the days, however, of Marshall, or anyone in this offense, catching 18 passes. The Broncos offensive mentality has been to spread the ball around that that is likely to continue. Marshall should continue to be the main target near the endzone, however, and remains a solid play.
TE – This could be a good week for both the Broncos Tight Ends – Tony Scheffler and Daniel Graham. The Cowboys will likely focus on keeping Brandon Marshal, Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney from making big plays which might allow Scheffler and/or Graham to make plays down the middle of the field. Cowboys S Ken Hamlin really struggles in pass coverage. If you need a quick fix for one week, and either of these guys is available, I would definitely take a chance on them.
Matt Prater – Prater was the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in September, so you know he is solid. Better yet, Prater is nails from long range which is a bonus to Fantasy Owners. If Prater is available in your league you’d better go get him!
Defense – The surprise of the NFL so far has to be the Broncos defense. Allowing just 5 points per game, while scoring big with turnovers and sacks, the Broncos defense might be a must play every week. More on that will be told this weekend against an explosive Cowboys offense. If the Broncos hold the Cowboys down this week it might be time to consider this unit a Top-Fantasy defense.
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You know Buffalo Rumblings is going to bring the detail, making the choice of Bills players a snap for any fantasy owner.
Trent Edwards – Last week, he was Trentative Checkwards, as he finished with 156 yards passing, 1 interception and a putrid 4.5 yards per attempt. Let’s hope he steps up this week and gets his game, and the offense, going. The Saints did an excellent job of harassing him, changing up coverages and bringing a variety of blitzes to confuse and fluster him all game. With a weak set of tackles blocking for him and a defensive-minded Dolphins team on the docket, expect them to try similar tactics. If the offensive line can hold up and give him some time, he could be in line for a pretty decent game. The Dolphins’ pass defense is giving up 265 yards per game, has allowed 4 passing touchdown, hasn’t registered an interception (knock on wood!) and opposing quarterbacks have posted a 103.3 QB rating. They’ve been susceptible to the big play, having allowed 11 passes of 20+ yards (third-most in the NFL) and 5 passes of 40+ yards (most in the NFL). Edwards and his receivers will have opportunities to put up some big plays this week, especially if Joey Porter isn’t there to make his day miserable. I think he’ll rebound from last week, take a few more shots down the field, and post some solid numbers once again. I don’t think those numbers will be good enough to consider him a starter this week, or going forward. Verdict: Sit ‘Em
Fred Jackson – I listed him first for a reason; I expect him to get more than Marshawn Lynch this week, as Lynch will be making his season debut. Those touches will be earned, too. Jackson has been one of the best running backs in the league so far this season, as he is currently second in the NFL in total yards (141.7 ypg) to Tennessee’s Chris Johnson. It’s tough to take too many touches away from a guy who’s been playing so well. With that said, this is a tough matchup for him and Lynch. The Dolphins have been extremely stout against the run so far this season, ranking third in the NFL in yards allowed per game (66.0) and yards per carry (3.0). I don’t think he’ll have a ton of success, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t get roughly 50-60 yards on 12-15 carries. The Dolphins struggled in the opener against RBs out of the backfield, as Falcons RBs finished with 8 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. They’ve clamped down the past two games, allowing a total of just 4 receptions for 45 yards. Jackson will get his chances through the air, however, so expect the receptions to be there for those of you in PPR leagues. Verdict: Sit ‘Em in default league, Start’Em as a flex in all or in PPR leagues.
Marshawn Lynch – Well, after a slew of bad injury news this week, Beast Mode’s return gives us a positive going into Sunday. I know we all want him to explode onto the scene this week, but I just don’t see it happening after a month of no contact or practices. He will get the start and probably see a lot of carries early to get him into the flow again. I don’t see him getting more than 12-15 carries this week, so I’m guessing his numbers shouldn’t exceed Jackson’s there. He’ll probably get the goal line carries again, so if the Bills can finally get inside the 5-yard line, Lynch will get the touchdown opportunities. Don’t go expecting the moon from Lynch this week, but he could be a valuable flex option for those with that as part of your league. Verdict: Start’Em as a flex, Sit’Em in 2 RB leagues.
Terrell Owens – I think it’s safe to say T.O. is not a happy camper after getting shut out last week against the Saints. It’s ridiculous that the team couldn’t get him the ball, and didn’t try to get it to him or Lee Evans more often. There’s no doubt in my mind that Alex Van Pelt will be trying to get T.O. the ball early this week. He may be on the verge of losing Owens to a meltdown, and somewhat rightfully so, if another week goes by and he isn’t involved much. It’s about time Owens gets more slants, drags and even quick throws out to him if the defender plays off the line. As mentioned above, the Dolphins are susceptible to the big play, so expect some shots downfield to Owens again this week. Let’s hope we finally connect early. T.O., you’re on notice! I might be done suggesting you as a starter if you aren’t productive again this week, even if it’s not really your fault! Verdict: Start ’Em
Lee Evans – I know, I know. I’ve talked about how juicy a match-up this could be for our passing game, and Evans has simply dominated the Dolphins in the past (693 yards, 8 TD’s in 10 career games), but I’m done recommending him. He’s just too unreliable an option, even though I’d hardly say it’s his fault. The offense just isn’t designed to get him the ball that often, at least thus far. I’m on a full-out wait and see approach with Evans from here on out. Until he is used consistently, he’ll be sitting on my bench (if I owned him). After talking about how I wouldn’t even consider starting him this week, watch him go for 100+ and multiple touchdowns. Verdict: Sit ‘Em
Derek Fine - Talk about getting more work in the passing game than he should… Fine had 9 targets from Edwards last week against New Orleans, turning those into 5 receptions for 34 yards. It was an average performance, highlighted by a couple of drops, but as Derek Schouman was before him, Fine will probably continue to be a prominent option for Edwards. That’s probably not a great thing for the performance of our offense, but Fine could be a sneaky fantasy option at some point this season. We’ll have to see how he is used once Shawn Nelson is healthy and whether he continues with the 9 or so targets a game, but the potential for 4-6 receptions a game is there. I’m sure you have much better TE options, but Fine is another guy to keep on an eye as the season progresses, even if he’s not that great of a receiving option in real life. Verdict: Sit ‘Em
Rian Lindell – Lindell is always a kicker who is more likely to kick FGs than extra points. He had 5 FGs in the first two games, but only had the one extra point last week. Against a stingy Dolphins rush defense, the Bills offense might continue their propensity to settle for FGs. In what very well could be a lower scoring affair, Lindell could be a useful option in fantasy this week. I always prefer kickers for top offenses, so look to those first, but it might be worth picking Lindell up to plug him into your line up this week. Verdict: Borderline Start ’Em
Defense/Special Teams – Normally, against a quarterback making his first NFL start, I’d have no problem suggesting a team defense to go against them, even the Bills, but with all the injuries, I think it’s worth it to look elsewhere. The return units have done nothing all season, as well. If you’re stuck and need a defense, the Bills could make for a decent play, but I wouldn’t expect a whole lot. Turnovers and sacks are still hard to come by for this team. Verdict: Sit ‘Em
Josh Reed – Gotta choose someone, right? Reed could make for a good play in PPR leagues this week. If you could get a guaranteed 5 receptions for 55 yards out of a one-week fill-in, you’d take it, right? You could probably do worse.
Thanks to Buffalo Rumblings for that report, you can get more analysis like this over at their blog.
Bolts from the Blue likes the matchup against a Steelers defense that has been generous with the passing yards.
Philip Rivers – With the Steelers giving up more than 270 passing yards per game, and the Charger having the #2 ranked passing offense in the league, this one is a no-brainer. Darren Sproles hasn’t had much success as a #1 RB and LaDainian Tomlinson will be back but still not 100%. Expect Rivers to throw a ton and rack up huge yards.
Antonio Gates – Troy Polamalu will not play on Sunday night, which is music to Gates’ ears. Last year Polamalu gave Antonio fits in a way that few players can. Gates will be his usual self, a reliable 3rd down and red zone target, on Sunday and could have a huge game if Pittsburgh calls for a lot of blitzes.
Vincent Jackson – Just start him every week at this point. VJ has started the season on fire (averaging over 100 yards per game) and will get his looks against the Steelers as well. If the Chargers have trouble moving the chains and keeping drives alive, they will switch their gameplan to “throw as many deep passes to Vincent Jackson as possible.”
Chargers Defense – The Chargers have four very dangerous players in the secondary that could pick off any pass thrown near them. Willie Parker’s turf-toe injury will force Ben Roethlisberger to throw it against the Bolts early and often. I expect at least one interception and wouldn’t be surprised by two or three picks. Antonio Cromartie, Antoine Cason and Eric Weddle are all threats to score once they get their hands on the ball.
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The Chiefs are struggling, but there may be fantasy value in there, and Arrowhead Pride is determined to find it.
Matt Cassel - Unless you’re in an emergency, Matt Cassel probably isn’t a good play this week. Though the Giants defense only has three sacks on the season, they consistently get pressure on the quarterback. And against a sub-par offensive line and no-name wide receiver group, that’s a recipe for disaster. A good day from Cassel would be going for over 200 yards and a touchdown. The pressure should cause at least one interception.
Larry Johnson – Do. Not. Play. LJ.
Dwayne Bowe – Bowe is questionable this week. He did not practice on Wednesday, and so far this season, if a Chief hasn’t practiced on Wednesday, he hasn’t played on Sunday. Still, though, my gut feeling is that Bowe will play and he’s always a good option since he’s far and away the best Chiefs receiver. If he plays, look for 5 catches, less than 50 yards and a touchdown from Bowe.
Bobby Wade – Last week the Eagles used the Chiefs to put together a new video “How to Pressure a QB”. The entire KC passing game was shut down. At least Wade got a garbage TD to pad his numbers. He also logged 15 yards of punt return yards. Wooo Hooo. He is a low end number 3 WR who still has upside. It’s hard to see now, and if you’re looking for bench room you can probably stash him on the waiver wire safely.
Bobby Wade prediction: 4 recpetions, 38 yards, 1 TD
Mark Bradley – Wade or Bradley, pick your poison here. Bradley put up the better numbers last week. That doesn’t mean a thing this week. Until the line learns to block and/or Bowe gets back on the field Bradley’s (and Wade’s) value will be inconsistent. If Bradley gets in the endzone, he is a good number 3 for your team. If he doesn’t, you lose the game and curse your luck. If you have a gut feeling go with it. Just remember it’s most likely gas.
Mark Bradley prediction: 5 receptions, 57 yards, 0 TD’s
Jamaal Charles – The last time I listed Charles on this report he ended up being deactivated. He still had a solid week last week. If he would have had a TD to go with his 6 receptions he would have been a points per reception stud. Of course, if he would have had a TD last week this report would probably be a more positive in its tone. But the bye weeks are starting and a RB with any potential is hard to find right now. If he sees the field, he’ll be good for a few points.
Jamaal Charles prediction: 30 yards rusing, 7 receptions for 75 yards, 0 TD’s
Sean Ryan – This pick is predicated on the assumption that Leonard Pope will not force Sean Ryan to be inactive or keep him on the bench if he is active. Haley does like his new toys. With that said, a consistently productive TE is a rare find in fantasy football. Last week Ryan caught 4 passes for 39 yards. Nothing spectacular, but Cassel is looking for another option to throw the ball to. If Cassel has enough time for a 1 step drop Ryan may (and I stress MAY) have a chance to put up solid bye week replacement TE numbers. He’s certainly going to get looks from Cassel. And he’s shown that he can catch the ball. A TE with solid hands is a struggling QB’s best friend. If the Chiefs can ever get to the red zone, he will have an opportunity to grab a TD.
Sean Ryan prediction: 5 catches, 43 yards, 0 TDs
Chiefs Defense – Back in the day, it was a necessity to take the Chiefs defense whenever they’re in Arrowhead. These days, though, that’s not the case. Look for the Chiefs defense to give up at least 20 points. Best case scenario there’s an Eli Manning interception. This defense won’t completely break but it’ll bend plenty.
Arrowhead Pride provides detailed information like the above everyday, heck, every hour, so check them out Chiefs fans.
The Bengals are off to a surprisingly good start, and as Cincy Jungle points out in the team scouting report, they have players with fantasy value.
Cedric Benson - In his past five regular season games, Cedric Benson has rushed for a league-high 575 yards on 129 carries, including a 171-yard effort against the Cleveland Browns during week sixteen last season. The Browns have allowed multiple rushing touchdowns in all three games this year and four straight dating back to 2008. Benson has recorded one touchdown in three of his past four games. Against arguably the strongest defense in the league, Benson recorded a 4.75-yard rushing average on 16 carries, which included a 23-yard touchdown run.
Carson Palmer - Even though Carson Palmer isn't lighting up the fantasy football leagues, there's reason to believe he could ignite old habits against the Cleveland Browns. During the second week in the 2007 season, Palmer completed 37 of 50 passes for 401 yards passing and six touchdowns. Palmer has multiple touchdowns in three of his past four games against the Browns, and in eight career starts against Cleveland, he's recorded two touchdowns passing or more in five of those games.
Chad Ochocinco - Since the team is generally taking a more power approach by utilizing the rushing offense more, mixed in with quick passes, the likelihood that the team's receivers break out becomes remote. But this is Chad we're talking about. In his past two games in Cleveland, Chad is averaging 166 yards receiving. If the Bengals passing offense ignites, he'll be a good part of that. During the second week in 2007, Chad caught 11 passes for 209 yards receiving and three touchdowns. However, Chad hasn't recorded 100 yards receiving for 16 straight games with only five touchdowns dating back to the opening weekend in 2008.
Bengals defense - Cincinnati's defense is being given a lot of credit this season for keeping the team in games. They only allowed 12 points to the undefeated Denver Broncos and refused an offensive touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in the game's final three quarters. They've prevented a touchdown in two of the three redzone appearances by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, which gave the Bengals offense enough time to regroup and attack. As a team, the Bengals have allowed five touchdowns - two on the ground, three in the air. On the other hand, is tied for a league leader 10 quarterback sacks, recorded a pick-six against the Steelers and forced three fumbles. The defense is a solid selection, if you have no one better.
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