NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football News: Big Days From Aaron Rodgers And ... Tarvaris Jackson?

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Terrell Owens, Chris Ivory, And Jimmy Graham Starring In Saints-Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t produced a great deal of offense today against the New Orleans Saints, but WR Terrell Owens has found the end zone for the ninth time this season. Owens has been targeted eight times today, grabbing five for 40 yards. He’s gone over 100 yards only once since week five, and though today might not break that streak at least he’s scored.

Bengals QB Carson Palmer is hanging with Saints QB Drew Brees, closing in on the Super Bowl champ’s yardage total, throwing one more touchdown, and throwing one fewer pick.

The Saints have had more to celebrate, with RB Chris Ivory coming within range of a career game. He has 94 rushing yards and two touchdowns already, with just over a quarter to go.

Another young player, TE Jimmy Graham, has also stepped up for the Saints. His 72 yards matches his season high, and he’s doing it with TE Jeremy Shockey in the game. Fellow former Miami Hurricanes star Shockey has 28 yards on two carries.


Drew Stanton Breaks Out His Dougie, And Calvin Johnson Makes It Count

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson left no doubt this time, scoring a 46-yard touchdown against the Chicago Bears after his week-one score against the same team was ruled a dropped pass. Megatron has now scored in four consecutive games, eight of his last nine, and nine of the last 11. If he can double his first-half total of 54 yards, he’ll have his fourth 100-yard game since week six.

QB Drew Stanton, taking over for the injured Shaun Hill, has played well against one of the league’s toughest aerial scoring defenses and also rushed in a touchdown. In his previous start, against the New York Giants, Stanton threw for 222 yards and a touchdown and ran for 30 yards, so you can probably count on a few rushing yards from here on out if you’re playing the Lions de facto starter. He also decided today would be a good day to debut his Dougie:

RB Chester Taylor and RB Matt Forte are on the board for the Bears, with each running for a touchdown. Forte has 58 total yards, and QB Jay Cutler has 130 yards but no touchdowns.


Greg Jennings And Aaron Rodgers Still Posting Touchdowns For Green Bay Packers

After a frustrating outing against the Atlanta Falcons during which he was the Green Bay Packers entire offense, QB Aaron Rodgers is getting a little help from his running backs. RB James Starks has rushed for 26 yards in his first NFL game, RB Brandon Jackson has 62 total yards, and FB John Kuhn powered through for a goal line touchdown run.

Rodgers’ favorite target, WR Greg Jennings, is well on his way to his seventh straight big game, with 67 yards and a touchdown catch. He has a touchdown in all but four games this season, and has gone over 100 yards three times in the past month. His touchdown today came on a 57-yarder, his second-longest catch of the year.

Rodgers is 12 of 17 for 156 yards near halftime, putting him in range of his third-straight 300-yard game. He’s also contributed an eight-yard scramble.


Adrian Peterson, Tarvaris Jackson, And Sidney Rice Keeping Vikings Afloat After Brett Favre Injury

Despite losing QB Brett Favre to a shoulder injury, the Minnesota Vikings are pouring it on the Buffalo Bills in the first half. RB Adrian Peterson has rushed for two touchdowns, WR Sidney Rice has caught two, and QB Tarvaris Jackson threw both of those scores to make up for the pick six he sent Buffalo CB Drayton Florence’s way.

It wouldn’t be shocking if Minnesota’s offense actually improved with Jackson taking over for Favre. Jackson has 146 yards in just over a quarter, with only one incompletion besides his interception. He also leads the Vikings in rushing yardage on only two carries, with his 22 yards more than doubling Favre’s total for the entire season.

This is already Rice’s biggest game of the season after a long wait for him to take the field. He has 96 yards on four catches. Peterson only has 14 yards, eight more than backup RB Toby Gerhart, but is killing it on the goal line.

For the Bills, only RB Fred Jackson has established much of a box score presence so far. Jackson has 24 yards on five carries.


Matt Cassel Winning Shootout With Kyle Orton Early On In Broncos-Chiefs

After the Denver Broncos embarrassed the Kansas City Chiefs 49-29 in November, the second meeting between these two rivals has been billed as a revenge game. Broncos QB Kyle Orton won round one with 296 yards and four touchdowns, but Chiefs QB Matt Cassel had one of his most productive games ever with 469 yards and four touchdowns, though much of that was in garbage time.

Cassel is winning today’s edition both in the box score and on the scoreboard. The Chiefs are up 7-0 thanks to a two-yard touchdown pass from Cassel to TE Leonard Pope, who is probably not on your fantasy team.

Orton has been one of the NFL’s most explosive passers all year, but Cassel has been overlooked due to Kansas City’s run-first offense. Cassel leads the NFL in touchdowns per attempt and is third in fewest interceptions per attempt, and despite throwing less often than Orton he’s thrown more touchdowns.


Maurice Jones-Drew And Rashad Jennings Still Splitting Carries For Jaguars

There’s apparently still room in the Jacksonville Jaguars for multiple fantasy studs. RB Rashad Jennings just scored for the second-straight week even though RB Maurice Jones-Drew leads the Jags in carries today.

MJD has four straight 100-yard games coming into today, while Jennings only started playing a prominent role in Jacksonville’s offense last week. It seems like every week multiple Jaguars merit mentions in our Sunday fantasy roundups, and Jennings might be a long-term chance-of-pace back with a little more power than Jones-Drew.

Jennings has 27 yards on four carries today, and MJD has 59 on 11. Jones-Drew will probably continue to be more of a factor in the receiving game as well. But at least it’s become clear which back you should pick up to handcuff Jones-Drew after it appeared RB Deji Karim had taken over the role in midseason. Karim hasn’t contributed since Jennings returned a few weeks ago.


Brett Favre Injury: Can Tarvaris Jackson Be A Quality Starter?

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre, starting his 297th-straight career game, was driven to the ground by Buffalo Bills DE Arthur Moats, the NFL player with the most Arthurian name and a former James Madison star. Favre left the field with what Fox has called a shoulder injury, CBS a wrist injury, and Rotoworld a back injury. He’s basically got old manitis.

Tarvaris Jackson is in for the second time this season. He hasn’t started a game since 2008, but next week could be his next, though it probably won’t because Favre never stops playing football. Jackson has never been much of a fantasy football factor, but the Vikings have a decent assortment of weapons for him to work with. If he ends up having to start, of course.

Jackson has averaged about 194 yards per start, along with 1.2 touchdowns and .9 interceptions. He also runs around a little and might tack on some scoring with his feet. Seriously, if you’ve been starting Favre for some reason, playing Jackson couldn’t possibly be any worse. If Favre is indeed out next week, of course.


Brandon Jacobs Scores Day's First Touchdown Against Washington Redskins

In his third game since returning to the New York Giants starting lineup, RB Brandon Jacobs has the G-men on the board early against the Washington Redskins. Jacobs banged in an eight-yard touchdown run to conclude a drive on which he was the prime contributor.

A total of 49 yards puts him in line to set a new season high — last week he racked up 87. This is also his first touchdown since week seven against the Dallas Cowboys.

Though Jacobs is starting, he’s still splitting carries with RB Ahmad Bradshaw. The smaller back has two carries today for eight yards, though he shouldn’t be expected to crack 100 yards these days as he did thrice earlier in the year. Bradshaw will still get more catches than Jacobs though, so this will continue to be a week-to-week deal if you have both of these backs.


Adrian Peterson Active, Percy Harvin Inactive And Other Important Updates

Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is active for the Vikings' Week 13 match up against the Buffalo Bills. Peterson was injured during the second quarter against the Washington Redskins Week 12. Lorenzo Alexander, a Redskins linebacker, landed on the back of Peterson's leg and that caused the apparent ankle injury. Backup running back Toby Gerhart got his first real action of the year, carrying the ball 22 times for 76 yards (a 3.5 yard per carry average) and a touchdown.

Peterson's teammate Percy Harvin won't be joining Peterson on the field. Harvin will be sidelined by his migraines. In the past Harvin has dealt with his migraines disrupting his ability to play. Week 14 looks good for Harvin to return to the field of play.

In other fantasy news, Austin Collie is not expected to play for the Indianapolis Colts today. After suffering a concussion against the Philadelphia Eagles, Collie has had lingering post-concussion symptoms and they will keep him out of today's game versus the Dallas Cowboys. Antonio Gates will be a game time decision as he is once again questionable for the San Diego Chargers. The Miami Dolphins number one wide receiver Brandon Marshall is inactive.


NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Injury News: Will Adrian Peterson Play Sunday?

There's some notable injuries to big names this week including Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, Colt McCoy, & Marion Barber. Not to mention virtually everyone who plays WR for the Giants. Check out the full team by team injury reports to see what effect these will have on your fantasy lineup.


The Falcons could be down two RBs in this game with both Jason Snelling and Antone Smith questionable with hamstring injuries. The top guy, Michael Turner, is just fine but if he got knicked up in this game the Falcons depth is very thin.


TE Shawn Nelson will miss this game with an illness. G Eric Wood is out with an ankle.

The Vikings are beat up coming into this one with DE Ray Edwards (ankle), WR Percy Harvin (illness), G Steve Hutchinson (thumb), WR Greg Lewis (concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) all questionable. Obviously the big one is Peterson, the Vikings say he will be a game time decision but Peterson says he'll play. Despite AP's bravado, if his ankle still is bothering him the Vikings could decide the best idea is to just sit him in game that really doesn't have any meaning at this point.


The Carolina Panthers QB situation continues to be a complete mess. Tony Pike has been put on IR with a shoulder injury despite the fact he's really never played. Brian St. Pierre, who was a stay at home dad a few weeks ago that they signed off the street is questionable with a shoulder injury. They just signed Keith Null off the street to backup Jimmy Claussen, who will start this week.

For the Seahawks, both WR Mike Williams and TE John Carlson are questionable.


As if this matchup didn't favor the Bears enough... The Lions will be without QBs Matt Stafford and Shaun Hill, which means Drew Stanton will get the start. DE Kyle Vanden Bosch is doubtful with a neck injury and T Gosder Cherilus is listed as questionable.


The question for the Browns this week is whether Colt McCoy and Joshua Cribbs can go. Cribbs did practice Friday and despite being questionable looks like he could go. The news is not so good for McCoy, who did not practice all week and is considered doubtful.

For Miami, Brandon Marshall is questionable with a hamstring.


RB Marion Barber has been ruled out for a couple of weeks with a calf injury. Felix Jones and Tashard Choice will split carries in his absence.

The Colts look like they'll be without Joseph Addai again as he's doubtful. RB Mike Hart and WR Reggie Wayne (knee) are questionable for Indy.


Rookie WR Demaryius Thomas and almost as far from rookie as you can get S Brian Dawkins are out for Denver.

For KC, they could be down to corners with Jackie Bates ruled out and standout Brandon Flowers listed as questionable.


Mike Sims-Walker has been ruled out for the Jags.

The Titans will get QB Kerry Collins back this week and are hopeful of also getting back WR Kenny Britt, who is listed as questionable.


RB Ledell Betts is out for the Saints, but they may get RB Pierre Thomas back. The RB has missed most of the year, but did practice in a limited capacity this week.


TE Zach Miller has a fibula injury that has him questionable this week.

The Chargers will be without WRs Patrick Crayton and Vincent Jackson. WR Malcolm Floyd is questionable this week as is TE Antonio Gates. So it's possible that Phillip Rivers could be facing a serious lack of weapons this week.


Obviously Frank Gore is done for the year now so Brian Westbrook gets the start. Westbrook is nursing an ankle injury, but he's been doing that for the past 5 years.


No TE Michael Hoomanawanu for the Rams this week.


The Skins secondary continues to be depleted as both Laron Landry and Carlos Rogers are out vs the Giants. Also as usual, Washington has listed half of it's team as Questionable.

LB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), WR Brandon Banks (knee), G Derrick Dockery (knee), DE Kedric Golston (elbow, groin), DT Albert Haynesworth (illness), G Artis Hicks (thigh), DE Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring), S Kareem Moore (knee), WR Santana Moss (knee), LB Brian Orakpo (ankle), C Casey Rabach (knee), RB Ryan Torain (hamstring), WR Roydell Williams (foot), T Trent Williams (shoulder)

If the way they've used the questionable designation all year is any indication, all those guys will probably be fine.

The Giants might not be able to take advantage of the beat up Skins secondary with top WRs Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith both out for this weekend. They'll also be without LT Shawn Andrews.


Ben Roethlisberger is going to start, but he is nursing a foot injury, the severity of which the Steelers are keeping quiet. Ben was limited in practice all week.


The only things we know for sure here are that Jim Leonhard for the Jets and Steven Neale for the Pats have been put on IR.

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