Archive for 2011

Week 14 Free Agent/Waiver Wire Pickups (Mon 12/5/11)

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Which players’ status changed this past week due to injury, benching, etc., and who may be on your league’s waiver wire with the potential to make a difference for your fantasy team?

Note:  this week’s Thursday night game features Cleveland at Pittsburgh.

Quarterback

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Josh Freeman (shoulder)
    • Kyle Orton (finger)
  • Waiver wire targets (rankings based on projected playing time and Week 14 opponents)
    • Matt Moore (vs Phi)
    • Christian Ponder (@ Det)
    • Josh Johnson (@ Jac)
    • Tyler Yates (@ Cin)
    • Colt McCoy (@ Pit)
    • Dan Orlovsky (@ Bal)

Running Back

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Matt Forte (knee)
    • Kevin Smith (ankle)
    • Peyton Hillis (hamstring)
    • James Starks (knee)
    • Joe McKnight (elbow)
    • Shane Vereen (hamstring)
    • LaDainian Tomlinson (knee)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Ricky Williams (vs Ind)
    • Dexter McCluster (@ NYJ)
    • Isaac Redman (vs Cle)
    • Mossis Madu (@ Jac)
    • Brandon Saine (vs Oak)

Wide Receiver

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Andre Johnson (hamstring)
    • Nate Washington (ankle)
    • Braylon Edwards (knee)
    • Eddie Royal (toe)
    • Terrence Austin (hamstring)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Chaz Schilens (@ GB)
    • Damian Williams (vs NO)
    • Riley Cooper (@ Mia)
    • Titus Young (vs Min)
    • Harry Douglas (@ Car)
    • Davone Bess (vs Phi)
    • Demaryius Thomas (vs Chi)
    • Brad Smith (@ SD)
    • Andre Roberts (vs SF)
    • Robert Meachem (@ Ten)
    • Austin Pettis (@ Sea)
    • Brandon LaFell (vs Atl)
    • Legedu Naanee (vs Atl)
    • Kevin Walter (@ Cin)
    • Greg Little (@Pit)
    • Devin Aromashodu (@ Det)
    • Golden Tate (vs Sea)

Tight Ends

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Fred Davis (season-ending suspension)
    • Scott Chandler (ankle)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Anthony Fasano (vs Phi)
    • Zach Miller (vs StL)
    • Brandon Myers (@ GB)
    • Ben Watson (@ Pit)
    • Jacob Tamme (@ Bal)
    • John Phillips (vs NYG)

Kickers

  • Injuries/benchings
    • N/A
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Josh Scobee (vs TB)
    • Steve Hauschka (vs StL)
    • Jay Feely (vs SF)

Defenses

  • Waiver wire targets
    • Jacksonville (vs TB)
    • Seattle (vs StL)
    • Arizona (vs SF)

Good luck with your claims!

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Fantasy Football Sherpa’s Week 13 Player Rankings by Position (Sun 12/4/11)

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Quarterbacks    

1.      Tom Brady            vs Ind

2.      Aaron Rodgers       @ NYG

3.      Drew Brees            vs Det

4.      Eli Manning            vs GB

5.      Tony Romo            @ Ari

6.      Matthew Stafford   @ NO

7.      Cam Newton          @ TB

8.      Vince Young          @ Sea

9.      Carson Palmer        @ Mia

10.  Ben Roethlisberger vs Cin

11.  Matt Hasselbeck    @ Buf

12.  Tim Tebow             @ Min

13.  Philip Rivers           @ Jac

14.  Kyle Orton              @ Chi

15.  Ryan Fitzpatrick     vs Ten

16.  Mark Sanchez        @ Wash

17.  Andy Dalton           @ Pit

18.  Matt Moore           vs Oak

19.  Dan Orlovsky         @ NE

20.  Christian Ponder     vs Den

21.  Rex Grossman        vs NYJ

22.  John Skelton           vs Dal

23.  Kevin Kolb            vs Dal

24.  Josh Johnson          vs Car

25.  Alex Smith             vs StL

26.  Caleb Hanie           vs KC

27.  Tyler Palko          @ Chi

28.  Joe Flacco              @ Cle

29.  Tarvaris Jackson     vs Phi

30.  Matt Ryan              @ Hou

31.  T.J. Yates               vs Atl

32.  Blaine Gabbert       vs SD

33.  Colt McCoy           vs Bal

34.  Sam Bradford        @ SF

 

Running Backs    

1.      DeMarco Murray   @ Ari

2.      Frank Gore            vs StL

3.      BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Ind

4.      Matt Forte              vs KC

5.      DeAngelo Williams @ TB

6.      Mark Ingram          vs Det

7.      Darren Sproles       vs Det

8.      Chris Johnson         @ Buf

9.      Ray Rice                @ Cle

10.  Michael Bush          @ Mia

11.  Willis McGahee      @ Min

12.  LeGarrette Blount   vs Car

13.  Donald Brown        @ NE

14.  Reggie Bush           vs Oak

15.  Maurice Jones-Drew vs SD

16.  Roy Helu                vs NYJ

17.  Maurice Morris      @ NO

18.  James Starks          @ NYG

19.  Pierre Thomas        vs Det

20.  Marion Barber        vs KC

21.  Jonathan Stewart    @ TB

22.  Kendall Hunter       vs StL

23.  Ryan Grant @ NYG

24.  Marshawn Lynch    vs Phi

25.  Beanie Wells          vs Dal

26.  Rashard Mendenhall vs Cin

27.  Mike Tolbert          @ Jac

28.  C.J. Spiller             vs Ten

29.  Shonn Greene         @ Wash

30.  Ryan Mathews       @ Jac

31.  Toby Gerhart          vs Den

32.  Dexter McCluster   @ Chi

33.  Javon Ringer           @ Buf

34.  Daniel Thomas        vs Oak

35.  Deji Karim vs SD

36.  LeSean McCoy      @ Sea

37.  Stevan Ridley         vs Ind

38.  Chris Ivory vs Det

39.  Felix Jones @ Ari

40.  Ronnie Brown        @ Sea

41.  Keiland Williams     @ NO

42.  Brandon Jacobs      vs GB

43.  D.J. Ware              vs GB

44.  Da’Rel Scott           vs GB

45.  Isaac Redman         vs Cin

46.  Jackie Battle           @ Chi

47.  Thomas Jones         @ Chi

48.  Marcel Reece         @ Mia

49.  Lance Ball              @ Min

50.  Ricky Williams        @ Cle

51.  Tashard Choice      vs Ten

52.  Johnny White          vs Ten

53.  Joe McKnight         @ Wash

54.  LaDainian Tomlinson @ Wash

55.  LaRod Stephens-Howling vs Dal

56.  Delone Carter         @ NE

57.  Bernard Scott         @ Pit

58.  Jason Snelling         @ Hou

59.  Jacquizz Rodgers    @ Hou

60.  Lex Hilliard vs Oak

61.  Cedric Benson        @ Pit

62.  Ryan Torain            vs NYJ

63.  Evan Royster          vs NYJ

64.  Arian Foster           vs Atl

65.  Ben Tate                vs Atl

66.  Steven Jackson       @ SF

67.  Cadillac Williams    @ SF

68.  Chris Ogbonnaya    vs Bal

69.  Peyton Hillis           vs Bal

70.  Danny Woodhead  vs Ind

71.  Shane Vereen         vs Ind

72.  Kevin Smith            @ NO

73.  Ahmad Bradshaw   vs GB

74.  Joseph Addai         @ NE

75.  Michael Turner       @ Hou

76.  Montario Hardesty vs Bal

Wide Receivers

1.      Wes Welker           vs Ind

2.      Jordy Nelson          @ NYG

3.      Marques Colston    vs Det

4.      Steve Smith            @ TB

5.      Dez Bryant @ Ari

6.      Calvin Johnson       @ NO

7.      Deion Branch         vs Ind

8.      Greg Jennings         @ NYG

9.      Laurent Robinson   @ Ari

10.  DeSean Jackson     @ Sea

11.  Victor Cruz            vs GB

12.  Riley Cooper          @ Sea

13.  Hakeem Nicks       vs GB

14.  Johnny Knox          vs KC

15.  Nate Burleson        @ NO

16.  Jason Avant            @ Sea

17.  Mike Wallace         vs Cin

18.  Vincent Jackson     @ Jac

19.  Steve Johnson        vs Ten

20.  Larry Fitzgerald      vs Dal

21.  Roddy White          @ Hou

22.  Brandon Marshall   vs Oak

23.  Damian Williams     @ Buf

24.  Santonio Holmes    @ Wash

25.  Eric Decker            @ Min

26.  A.J. Green  @ Pit

27.  Dwayne Bowe        @ Chi

28.  Reggie Wayne        @ NE

29.  Doug Baldwin         vs Phi

30.  Nate Washington    @ Buf

31.  Mike Williams        vs Car

32.  Darrius Heyward-Bey         @ Mia

33.  Brandon Lloyd       @ SF

34.  Mike Thomas         vs SD

35.  Michael Crabtree    vs StL

36.  Lance Moore         vs Det

37.  Ramses Barden      vs GB

38.  Legedu Naanee      @ TB

39.  Roy Williams          vs KC

40.  Brandon LaFell       @ TB

41.  Earl Bennett            vs KC

42.  Titus Young            @ NO

43.  Harry Douglas        @ Hou

44.  Pierre Garcon         @ NE

45.  Louis Murphy         @ Mia

46.  Antonio Brown       vs Cin

47.  Greg Camarillo       vs Den

48.  Austin Collie           @ NE

49.  Early Doucet          vs Dal

50.  Plaxico Burress       @ Wash

51.  Malcom Floyd        @ Jac

52.  David Nelson         vs Ten

53.  Steve Breaston       @ Chi

54.  Chaz Schilens         @ Mia

55.  Vincent Brown       @ Jac

56.  Andre Roberts        vs Dal

57.  Preston Parker       vs Car

58.  Davone Bess          vs Oak

59.  Arrelious Benn        vs Car

60.  Ben Obomanu        vs Phi

61.  Lavelle Hawkins     @ Buf

62.  Jabar Gaffney         vs NYJ

63.  Austin Pettis           @ SF

64.  Santana Moss         vs NYJ

65.  Jason Hill    vs SD

66.  Greg Little  vs Bal

67.  Josh Cribbs            vs Bal

68.  Percy Harvin          vs Den

69.  Braylon Edwards    vs StL

70.  Chad Ochocinco    vs Ind

71.  James Jones           @ NYG

72.  Donald Driver         @ NYG

73.  Devery Henderson  vs Det

74.  Robert Meachem    vs Det

75.  Devin Hester          vs KC

76.  Jerricho Cotchery   vs Cin

77.  Hines Ward            vs Cin

78.  Jonathan Baldwin    @ Chi

79.  T.J. Houshmandzadeh         @ Mia

80.  Demaryius Thomas @ Min

81.  Anquan Boldin        @ Cle

82.  Torrey Smith          @ Cle

83.  Lee Evans  @ Cle

84.  Emmanuel Sanders vs Cin

85.  Mike Williams        vs Phi

86.  Brad Smith vs Ten

87.  Patrick Turner        @ Wash

88.  Devin Aromashodu vs Den

89.  Naaman Roosevelt vs Ten

90.  Jeremy Kerley        @ Wash

91.  Dez Briscoe            vs Car

92.  Andre Caldwell      @ Pit

93.  Andrew Hawkins    @ Pit

94.  Brian Hartline         vs Oak

95.  Jerome Simpson     @ Pit

96.  Anthony Armstrong            vs NYJ

97.  Kevin Walter          vs Atl

98.  Jacoby Jones          vs Atl

99.  Jarett Dillard           vs SD

100. Brian Robiskie  vs SD

101.   Terrence Austin            vs NYJ

102.  Donte` Stallworth         vs NYJ

103.  Andre Johnson vs Atl

104.  Mohamed Massaquoi   vs Bal

105.   Julian Edelman  vs Ind

106.  Julio Jones        @ Hou

107.  Eddie Royal      @ Min

108. Mario Manningham       vs GB

 

 Tight Ends

1.      Rob Gronkowski    vs Ind

2.      Jimmy Graham        vs Det

3.      Jermichael Finley    @ NYG

4.      Brandon Pettigrew  @ NO

5.      Aaron Hernandez   vs Ind

6.      Jason Witten           @ Ari

7.      Vernon Davis         vs StL

8.      Greg Olsen @ TB

9.      Jake Ballard           vs GB

10.  Brent Celek            @ Sea

11.  Antonio Gates        @ Jac

12.  Scott Chandler       vs Ten

13.  Dustin Keller          @ Wash

14.  Jermaine Gresham  @ Pit

15.  Tony Gonzalez        @ Hou

16.  Heath Miller           vs Cin

17.  Kellen Winslow      vs Car

18.  Zach Miller vs Phi

19.  Anthony Fasano     vs Oak

20.  Fred Davis vs NYJ

21.  Owen Daniels         vs Atl

22.  Ben Watson           vs Bal

23.  Marcedes Lewis     vs SD

24.  Jacob Tamme         @ NE

25.  Visanthe Shiancoe  vs Den

26.  Kevin Boss @ Mia

27.  Eric Dickson           @ Cle

28.  Jared Cook            @ Buf

29.  Dennis Pitta            @ Cle

30.  Lance Kendricks    @ SF

31.  Joel Dreessen         vs Atl

32.  Jeremy Shockey     @ TB

33.  Delanie Walker       vs StL

34.  Kellen Davis           vs KC

35.  Leonard Pope        @ Chi

36.  Daniel Fells @ Min

37.  Jeff King     vs Dal

38.  Rob Housler           vs Dal

39.  Evan Moore           vs Bal

40.  Kyle Rudolph         vs Den

41.  Todd Heap vs Dal

Defenses

1.      Baltimore Ravens    @ Cle

2.      San Francisco 49ers           vs StL

3.      New York Jets       @ Wash

4.      San Diego Chargers            @ Jac

5.      Atlanta Falcons       @ Hou

6.      New England Patriots         vs Ind

7.      Carolina Panthers   @ TB

8.      Pittsburgh Steelers  vs Cin

9.      Houston Texans      vs Atl

10.  Oakland Raiders     @ Mia

11.  Philadelphia Eagles @ Sea

12.  Tennessee Titans    @ Buf

13.  Washington Redskins          vs NYJ

14.  Denver Broncos     @ Min

15.  Dallas Cowboys     @ Ari

16.  Buffalo Bills            vs Ten

17.  Seattle Seahawks   vs Phi

18.  Cincinnati Bengals   @ Pit

19.  Chicago Bears        vs KC

20.  Miami Dolphins      vs Oak

21.  Minnesota Vikings  vs Den

22.  Cleveland Browns  vs Bal

23.  Jacksonville Jaguars            vs SD

24.  Kansas City Chiefs @ Chi

25.  Green Bay Packers @ NYG

26.  St. Louis Rams       @ SF

27.  New Orleans Saints            vs Det

28.  Detroit Lions          @ NO

29.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers      vs Car

30.  Arizona Cardinals   vs Dal

31.  New York Giants   vs GB

32.  Indianapolis Colts   @ NE

 

Kickers

1.      Stephen Gostkowski           vs Ind

2.      Mason Crosby       @ NYG

3.      John Kasay            vs Det

4.      Olindo Mare           @ TB

5.      Dan Bailey  @ Ari

6.      Alex Henery           @ Sea

7.      David Akers           vs StL

8.      Jason Hanson         @ NO

9.      Robbie Gould         vs KC

10.  Lawrence Tynes     vs GB

11.  Rob Bironas           @ Buf

12.  Shaun Suisham       vs Cin

13.  Ryan Succop          @ Chi

14.  Matt Prater @ Min

15.  Billy Cundiff            @ Cle

16.  Nick Novak           @ Jac

17.  Sebastian Janikowski          @ Mia

18.  Steve Hauschka      vs Phi

19.  Dave Rayner          vs Ten

20.  Nick Folk   @ Wash

21.  Ryan Longwell        vs Den

22.  Jay Feely    vs Dal

23.  Adam Vinatieri       @ NE

24.  Connor Barth         vs Car

25.  Mike Nugent          @ Pit

26.  Matt Bryant            @ Hou

27.  Dan Carpenter        vs Oak

28.  Neil Rackers          vs Atl

29.  Rob Bironas           vs SD

30.  Josh Brown            @ SF

31.  Phil Dawson           vs Bal

32. Graham Gano        vs. NYJ

 

Good luck this weekend!

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Week 13 Player Recommendations (Fri 12/2/11)

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Philadelphia at Seattle (Thursday night) – Both teams are 4-7 heading into the “Battle of the Birds”.  Even with LeSean McCoy potentially hampered by a toe injury, the emergence of QB Vince Young and wide receiver Riley Cooper as viable threats in the Eagles’ offense should give them a decisive edge in this contest.  Philadelphia 28, Seattle 20.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start:  QB Vince Young, WRs DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, & Riley Cooper; TE Brent Celek, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB LeSean McCoy (Questionable-toe), K Alex Henery
    • Sit:  RB Ronnie Brown, WR Jeremy Maclin (Out-hamstring)
  • Seattle
    • Start:  WR Doug Baldwin, TE Zach Miller
    • Neutral:  RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Ben Obomanu, DEF
    • Sit:  QB Tarvaris Jackson (Probable-pectoral), WR Mike Williams, K Steve Hauschka

 

Tennessee at Buffalo (Sunday early) – This game features two teams headed in opposite directions.  Depending on how effective T.J. Yates is at quarterback for Houston, Tennessee still has a shot at winning the AFC South, even though they’re currently two games behind with five to play.  At 5-6 Buffalo is now in third, a game behind the Jets in the AFC East.  Chris Johnson has been better lately, but he’s going to need to string together a series of top-notch performances (starting this weekend) for the Titans to overcome the recent struggles of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.  Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has also struggled lately after having success earlier in the season.  Tennessee 24, Buffalo 21.

  • Tennessee
    • Start:  QB Matt Hasselbeck, RB Chris Johnson, WRs Nate Washington & Damian Williams, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB Javon Ringer, WR Lavelle Hawkins, TE Jared Cook (Probable-concussion), K Rob Bironas
    • Sit:  N/A
  • Buffalo
    • Start:  WR Steve Johnson, TE Scott Chandler
    • Neutral:  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB C.J. Spiller, WR David Nelson, DEF
    • Sit:  RBs Tashard Choice & Johnny White, WRs Brad Smith & Naaman Roosevelt (Probable-shoulder), K Dave Rayner

 

Indianapolis at New England – For some inexplicable reason NBC decided several weeks ago that this game was no longer worthy of the Sunday night time slot.  Go figure.  Dan Orlovsky becomes the Colts’ third contestant this season in everybody’s favorite reality show “Who Wants to Be a Quarterback?” (note: Andrew Luck was contacted, but through his representatives, declined to be a contestant this season).  Orlovsky should have some success against the Pats’ pathetic pass defense, but it won’t be nearly enough to prevent an ugly blowout that won’t be nearly as “close” as the final score indicates.  New England 38, Indianapolis 20.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start:  RB Donald Brown, WR Reggie Wayne
    • Neutral: QB Dan Orlovsky, WRs Pierre Garcon & Austin Collie, TE Jacob Tamme
    • Sit: RBs Joseph Addai (Questionable-hamstring) & Delone Carter, DEF, K Adam Vinatieri
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, WRs Wes Welker & Deion Branch, TEs Rob Gronkowski & Aaron Hernandez, DEF, K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Neutral: N/A
    • Sit: RBs Danny Woodhead (Questionable-abdomen), Stevan Ridley, & Shane Vereen (Questionable-hamstring); WRs Chad Ochocinco (Probable-hamstring) & Julian Edelman (Questionable-back)

 

New York Jets at Washington – So, Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan says that it’s finally time to take the training wheels of rookie running back Roy Helu.  You know what that means - Evan Royster, recently promoted from the practice squad, will almost surely start and get 30+ carries this weekend while Helu watches from the comfort of the bench.  Rex Grossman looks to be in for a tough day against Darelle Revis and company (unless Steve Johnson gets cut by Buffalo and signs with Washington before Sunday), but Helu (or whoever gets the majority of the snaps at running back) should be in for a big game.  Mark Sanchez will continue to prove Pete “He Should Have Stayed In School for Another Year” Carroll correct, but he’ll connect with Dustin Keller just often enough to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.  New York 21, Washington 17.

  • New York
    • Start:  WR Santonio Holmes, TE Dustin Keller, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Mark Sanchez, RB Shonn Greene (Probable-rib), WR Plaxico Burress
    • Sit:  RBs LaDainian Tomlinson (Probable-knee) & Joe McKnight, WRs Jeremy Kerley (Probable-knee) & Patrick Turner, K Nick Folk
  • Washington
    • Start:  RB Roy Helu, TE Fred Davis, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Rex Grossman (Probable-shoulder), WRs Jabar Gaffney (Probable-foot) & Santana Moss
    • Sit:  RBs Ryan Torain & Evan Royster, WRs Terrence Austin (Probable-hamstring), Anthony Armstrong, & Donte’ Stallworth (Probable-foot)

 

Carolina at Tampa Bay – Cam Newton has cooled off some since his consecutive 400+ passing yard games to start his career, but he could put up astounding numbers yet again this week against one of the league’s worst overall defenses.  Expect DeAngelo Williams to continue his resurgence, and expect Josh Freeman to continue his season-long struggle if he’s even healthy enough to start.  Carolina 31, Tampa Bay 20.

  • Carolina
    • Start:  QB Cam Newton, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen, DEF, K Olindo Mare
    • Neutral:  RB Jonathan Stewart, WRs Legedu Naanee & Brandon LaFell
    • Sit:  TE Jeremy Shockey
  • Tampa Bay
    • Start:  RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Mike Williams, TE Kellen Winslow
    • Neutral: QB Josh Johnson, WRs Preston Parker & Arrelious Benn
    • Sit: QB Josh Freeman (Out-shoulder), WR Dez Briscoe, DEF, K Connor Barth

 

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh - If you’re asking yourself, “Hey, didn’t these two teams play each other just a few weeks ago?”, the answer is “yes”.  Not much has changed in the last three weeks, except that both teams lost to Baltimore, giving the Ravens control of the AFC North.  Cincinnati rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are unquestionably the top first-year quarterback-wide receiver tandem in the league, but with Jermain Gresham the only other viable offensive weapon against the Steeler defense, the Bengals will come up just short once again.  Rashard Mendenhall won’t do much against the Bengals’ defense, but Ben Roethlisberger will yet again rely heavily on the pass and lead his team to victory.  Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 20.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start:  WR A.J. Green, TE Jermaine Gresham
    • Neutral:  QB Andy Dalton, DEF
    • Sit:  RBs Cedric Benson (Probable-foot) & Bernard Scott, WRs Jerome Simpson (Probable-knee), Andre Caldwell, & Andrew Hawkins, K Mike Nugent
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start:  QB Ben Roethlisberger (Probable-thumb), WR Mike Wallace, TE Heath Miller, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Antonio Brown, K Shaun Suisham
    • Sit:  RB Isaac Redman, WRs Jerricho Cotchery, Hines Ward, & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-foot)

 

Kansas City at Chicago – The storyline couldn’t be better - Kyle Orton returns to face the team that traded away to get Jay Cutler and gets the Chiefs’ playoff march back on track by leading his new team to an upset victory on the road against his former team.  The only thing wrong with this scenario is that it won’t happen.  Orton may serve another week as Tyler Palko’s clipboard caddy, but even if Orton starts, he’ll be at a major disadvantage because Jackie Battle and the Chiefs’ running game have been missing in action for several weeks now.  Bears’ fans and fantasy owners are concerned about the drop-off in Matt Forte’s production after a great start to the season, but chances are very good that Forte will get back on track against what passes for the Chiefs’ run defense.  Chicago 27, Kansas City 24.

  • Kansas City
    • Start:  QB Kyle Orton (if he starts), WR Dwayne Bowe
    • Neutral:  RB Dexter McCluster, WR Steve Breaston, DEF, K Ryan Succop
    • Sit:  QB Tyler Palko (if he starts), RBs Jackie Battle & Thomas Jones, WR Jonathan Baldwin, TE Leonard Pope
  • Chicago
    • Start:  RB Matt Forte, WR Johnny Knox
    • Neutral:  RB Marion Barber, WRs Roy Williams & Earl Bennett, DEF, K Robbie Gould
    • Sit:  QB Caleb Hanie, WR Devin Hester, TE Kellen Davis

 

Atlanta at Houston – Houston has a two-game cushion over Tennessee in the AFC South, which is a good thing given that T.J. Yates is now their starting quarterback.  It’s almost as if the football fates are teasing the Texan faithful and conspiring to keep the franchise from making its first playoff appearance yet again.  At least Houston’s NFL-leading defense is still largely intact, so that should keep the game close, but even with Michael Turner hobbled, Atlanta should generate just enough offense to win.  Atlanta 20, Houston 17.

  • Atlanta
    • Start:  WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez, DEF
    • Neutral:  WR Harry Douglas
    • Sit:  QB Matt Ryan, RBs Michael Turner (Questionable-groin), Jason Snelling, & Jacquizz Rodgers; WR Julio Jones (Questionable-hamstring), K Matt Bryant
  • Houston
    • Start:  TE Owen Daniels (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Neutral:  TE Joel Dreessen (Probable-neck)
    • Sit:  QB T.J. Yates, RBs Arian Foster & Ben Tate, WRs Andre Johnson (Probable-knee), Kevin Walter, & Jacoby Jones; K Neil Rackers

 

Oakland at Miami – Miami’s bubble burst in its Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys as they lost on a last-second field goal (somewhere Leon Lett was smiling).  Still, the Dolphins are much better than their 0-7 record to start the season indicated, and they’ll be competitive in this game too.  The Raiders have suffered some injuries to key players, and there’s still no timetable for Darren McFadden’s return, but the offense has been much improved since the trade for Carson Palmer.  Michael Bush will continue to pick up the slack on the ground for Oakland, and they’ll maintain their lead in the AFC West.  Oakland 24, Miami 20.

  • Oakland
    • Start:  QB Carson Palmer, RB Michael Bush, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, DEF
    • Neutral:  WRs Chaz Schilens & Louis Murphy, TE Kevin Boss, K Sebastian Janikowski (Questionable-hamstring)
    • Sit:  RBs Taiwan Jones (Out-hamstring), Darren McFadden (Out-foot), & Marcel Reece; WRs Denarius Moore (Out-ankle), Jacoby Ford (Out-foot), & T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  • Miami
    • Start:  RB Reggie Bush, WR Brandon Marshall, TE Anthony Fasano
    • Neutral:  QB Matt Moore, RB Daniel Thomas, WR Davone Bess, DEF
    • Sit:  RB Lex Hilliard, WR Brian Hartline, K Dan Carpenter (Probable-groin)

 

Denver at Minnesota – Tim Tebow going against a quarterback named Christian - perhaps not the stuff game promos are made of, but interesting nonetheless.  Tim Tebow should have the more useful day fantasy-wise and lead his team to victory.  Willis McGahee should also have a good day against a run defense that isn’t as intimidating as it was earlier in the season, and Eric Decker is worth starting too, even though Tebow may not throw 20 passes the entire game.  With Adrian Peterson declared out for the game, the Vikings will spend most of the game throwing, so expect a big game out of Percy Harvin.  Denver 24, Minnesota 21.

  • Denver
    • Start:  QB Tim Tebow, RB Willis McGahee, WR Eric Decker, DEF
    • Neutral:  K Matt Prater
    • Sit: RB Lance Ball, WRs Eddie Royal (Questionable-toe) & Demaryius Thomas, TE Daniel Fells (Probable-hand)
  • Minnesota
    • Start:  N/A
    • Neutral:  QB Christian Ponder, RB Toby Gerhart, WRs Percy Harvin (Questionable-illness) & Greg Camarillo, TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Probable-hamstring), DEF
    • Sit:  RB Adrian Peterson (Out-ankle), WR Devin Aromashodu, TE Kyle Rudolph (Questionable-quad), K Ryan Longwell

Baltimore at Cleveland (Sunday late) – At first blush this seems like a game Baltimore should win easily, but keep in mind that all three of their defeats this season have come at the hands of inferior teams when the Ravens have been on the road (Jacksonville, Tennessee, Seattle).  Cleveland would seem to fit that bill as well, but knowing that they’ll win the division if they can stay at least tied with Pittsburgh record-wise (by virtue of their two wins over Pittsburgh), the Ravens won’t stumble this time.  Cleveland may be lucky to score as many points as I’m projecting, so don’t start any of their offensive players this week unless you absolutely have to.  Baltimore 24, Cleveland 10.

  • Baltimore
    • Start:  RB Ray Rice, DEF
    • Neutral:  TEs Eric Dickson & Dennis Pitta, K Billy Cundiff
    • Sit:  QB Joe Flacco, RB Ricky Williams, WRs Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, & Lee Evans
  • Cleveland
    • Start: TE Ben Watson
    • Neutral: WRs Josh Cribbs & Greg Little, DEF
    • Sit: QB Colt McCoy (Probable-elbow), RBs Peyton Hillis (Probable-hamstring), Montario Hardesty (Questionable-calf), & Chris Ogbannaya; WR Mohamed Massaquoi, TE Evan Moore, K Phil Dawson

 

St. Louis at San Francisco – Many pundits were picking St. Louis to win the NFC West handily this season.  Of course that hasn’t happened, and Sam Bradford’s health woes have played a major part in that.  Of course, some of Bradford’s health woes may be attributed to his offensive line’s ability to keep him upright and in one piece.  There’s a good chance that with Bradford still ailing the Rams will go back to A.J. Feeley at quarterback this week; either way, San Francisco and its strong defense/just-good-enough offense will win the game handily.  San Francisco 28, St. Louis 14.

  • St. Louis
    • Start:  WR Brandon Lloyd
    • Neutral:  WR Austin Pettis, TE Lance Kendricks, DEF
    • Sit:  QB Sam Bradford (Questionable-ankle), RBs Steven Jackson & Cadillac Williams, K Josh Brown
  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-ankle), TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB Kendall Hunter, WRs Michael Crabtree & Braylon Edwards (Questionable-shoulder), K David Akers
    • Sit:  QB Alex Smith, TE Delanie Walker

 

Green Bay at New York Giants – I picked the Giants to give the Saints a run for their money last Monday night, and that obviously didn’t happen.  So, why am I picking the Giants to keep another game close against a superior opponent?  As good as Green Bay’s offense has been this season, their pass defense leaves a lot to be desired.  Anyone who thinks that Eli Manning has been the cause of the Giants’ recent woes should watch what he does to the Packers’ secondary - 350+ passing yards is not out of the realm of possibility.  Unfortunately, the Giants’ running game is in such disarray that they won’t be able to keep the Packer defense from using extra men in coverage and producing a game-clinching interception.  Green Bay 34, New York 27.

  • Green Bay
    • Start:  QB Aaron Rodgers, WRs Greg Jennings & Jordy Nelson, TE Jermichael Finley, K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral:  RBs James Starks (Probable-knee) & Ryan Grant, DEF
    • Sit:  WRs James Jones & Donald Driver
  • New York
    • Start:  QB Eli Manning, WRs Hakeem Nicks (Probable-ribs) & Victor Cruz, TE Jake Ballard
    • Neutral:  WR Ramses Barden; K Lawrence Tynes
    • Sit: RBs Ahmad Bradshaw (Questionable-foot), Brandon Jacobs,  D.J. Ware, & Da’Rel Scott; WR Mario Manningham (Doubtful-knee), DEF

 

Dallas at Arizona – While the Giants are struggling against (and ultimately losing to) the Packers, the Cowboys will be 2,500 miles west adding to their NFC East lead.  The calls for Tony Romo’s arm on a platter have ceased, DeMarco Murray has finally given the Cowboys a legitimate ground game, and Laurent Robinson has filled in so well that Dallas has barely missed the still-injured Miles Austin.  To top that all off, the Dallas defense has played well in recent weeks too.  It’s too early to say for sure, but Dallas looks to me like the team with the best shot to prevent Green Bay from getting to the Super Bowl.  Meanwhile, Kevin Kolb may or may not return, and Beanie Wells may or may not play; the Cowboys will still win handily.  Dallas 31, Arizona 21.

  • Dallas
    • Start:  QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant & Laurent Robinson, TE Jason Witten , DEF, K Dan Bailey
    • Neutral:  N/A
    • Sit:  RB Felix Jones, WR Miles Austin (Out-hamstring)
  • Arizona
    • Start:  WR Larry Fitzgerald
    • Neutral: QB John Skelton or QB Kevin Kolb (Probable-toe) (whoever starts), RB Beanie Wells (Probable-knee), WRs Early Doucet & Andre Roberts
    • Sit:  RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (Probable-shoulder), TEs Jeff King, Todd Heap (Questionable-hamstring) & Rob Housler (Probable-groin); DEF, K Jay Feely

 

Detroit at New Orleans (Sunday night) – At least NBC made a good choice for a replacement game when they moved Indianapolis-New England out of the Sunday prime time slot.  Don’t expect Ndamukong Suh’s two-game suspension to stomp out the Lions’ defensive intensity, but the Saints have just a bit more offensive firepower than the Lions, and that will be the difference in this game.  Don’t expect Kevin Smith to have an impact for Detroit, but expect Mark Ingram to continue his return with another strong performance.  New Orleans 34, Detroit 28.

  • Detroit
    • Start:  QB Matthew Stafford, WRs Calvin Johnson (Probable-ankle) & Nate Burleson, TE Brandon Pettigrew
    • Neutral:  RB Maurice Morris, WR Titus Young, K Jason Hanson
    • Sit:  RBs Kevin Smith (Questionable-ankle) & Keiland Williams, DEF
  • New Orleans
    • Start:  QB Drew Brees, RBs Darren Sproles & Mark Ingram, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham, K John Kasay
    • Neutral:  RB Pierre Thomas, WR Lance Moore, DEF
    • Sit: RB Chris Ivory, WRs Devery Henderson & Robert Meachem

San Diego at Jacksonville (Monday night) – With the Chargers’ season (and Norv Turner’s job) rapidly spinning down the drain, Philip Rivers and company have one last chance to pull out of their five-game tailspin.  It won’t be easy because Jacksonville’s defense is better than most people give them credit for, but Jacksonville’s offense (or more to the point, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert) is so overmatched that San Diego will get back on track with a win.  San Diego 24, Jacksonville 17.

  • San Diego
    • Start:  QB Philip Rivers, WR Vincent Jackson, TE Antonio Gates, DEF
    • Neutral:  RBs Mike Tolbert & Ryan Mathews, WR Malcolm Floyd (Probable-hip) & Vincent Brown, K Nick Novak
    • Sit:  N/A
  • Jacksonville
    • Start:  RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Mike Thomas, TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Neutral:  RB Deji Karim, WR Jason Hill, DEF
    • Sit:  QB Blaine Gabbert, WRs Jarett Dillard & Brian Robiskie, K Rob Bironas

Good luck this weekend!

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Week 13 Free Agent/Waiver Wire Pickups (Tue 11/29/11)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Which players’ status changed this past week due to injury, benching, etc., and who may be on your league’s waiver wire with the potential to make a difference for your fantasy team?

Note:  this week’s Thursday night game features Philadelphia at Seattle.

Quarterback

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Matt Leinart (IR-collarbone)
    • Curtis Painter (benched)
  • Waiver wire targets (rankings based on projected playing time and Week 13 opponents)
    • Dan Orlovsky (@ NE)
    • Vince Young (@ Sea)
    • Kyle Orton (@ Chi)
    • Sam Bradford (@ SF)
    • Alex Smith (vs StL)
    • Rex Grossman (vs NYJ)
    • Christian Ponder (vs Den)
    • Matt Moore (vs Oak)
    • Caleb Hanie (vs KC)
    • Tyler Yates (vs Atl)

Running Back

  • Injuries/benchings
    • LeSean McCoy (toe)
    • Kevin Smith (ankle)
    • James Starks (knee)
    • Taiwan Jones (hamstring)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Toby Gerhart (vs Den)
    • Maurice Morris (@ NO)
    • Marcel Reece (@ Mia)

Wide Receiver

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Hakeem Nicks (concussion)
    • Sidney Rice (knee)
    • Mario Manningham (knee)
    • Michael Jenkins (IR-knee)
    • Naaman Roosevelt (shoulder)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Damian Williams (@ Buf)
    • Austin Collie (@ NE)
    • Johnny Knox (vs KC)
    • Doug Baldwin (vs Phi)
    • Vincent Brown (@ Jac)
    • Chaz Schilens (@ Mia)
    • Brandon LaFell (@ TB)
    • Lavelle Hawkins (@ Buf)
    • Andre Roberts (vs Dal)
    • Austin Pettis (@ SF)
    • Darrius Heyward-Bey (@ Mia)
    • Jason Avant (@ Sea)
    • Louis Murphy (@ Mia)
    • Riley Cooper (@ Sea)
    • Santana Moss (vs NYJ)
    • Legedu Naanee (@ TB)
    • Brad Smith (vs Ten)
    • Jarett Dillard (vs SD)
    • Harry Douglas (@ Hou)
    • Greg Little (vs Bal)
    • Devery Henderson (vs Det)
    • Andrew Hawkins (@ Pit)
    • Jordan Norwood (vs Bal)
    • Devin Aromashodu (vs Den)

Tight Ends

  • Injuries/benchings
    • N/A
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Scott Chandler (vs Ten)
    • Jared Cook (@ Buf)
    • Lance Kendricks (@ SF)

Kickers

  • Injuries/benchings
    • N/A
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Olindo Mare (@ TB)
    • Rob Bironas (@ Buf)
    • Steve Hauschka (vs Phi)
    • Josh Scobee (vs SD)
    • Ryan Succop (@ Chi)

Defenses

  • Waiver wire targets
    • Denver (@ Min)
    • Carolina (@ TB)
    • Seattle (vs Phi)
    • Washington (vs NYJ)
    • Miami (vs Oak)
    • Jacksonville (vs SD)

Good luck with your claims!

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Fantasy Football Sherpa’s Week 12 Player Rankings by Position (Sun 11/27/11)

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Quarterbacks    

  1. Drew Brees vs NYG

  2. Aaron Rodgers @ Det

  3. Tom Brady @ Phi

  4. Ben Roethlisberger @ KC

  5. Tony Romo vs Mia

  6. Matt Ryan vs Min

  7. Matt Stafford vs GB

  8. Cam Newton @ Ind

  9. Carson Palmer vs Chi

  10. Matt Hasselbeck vs TB

  11. Vince Young vs NE

  12. Eli Manning @ NO

  13. Christian Ponder @ Atl

  14. Philip Rivers vs Den

  15. Joe Flacco vs SF

  16. Josh Freeman @ Ten

  17. Tim Tebow @ SD

  18. Michael Vick vs NE

  19. Mark Sanchez vs Buf

  20. Curtis Painter vs Car

  21. Sam Bradford vs Ari

  22. Caleb Hanie @ Oak

  23. Andy Dalton vs Cle

  24. John Skelton @ StL

  25. Matt Moore @ Dal

  26. Rex Grossman @ Sea

  27. Kevin Kolb @ StL

  28. Matt Leinart @ Jac

  29. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ NYJ

  30. Tarvaris Jackson vs Was

  31. Alex Smith @ Bal

  32. Colt McCoy @ Cin

  33. Blaine Gabbert vs Hou

  34. Tyler Palko vs Pit

 

Running Backs   

  1. Rashard Mendenhall @ KC

  2. LeSean McCoy vs NE

  3. Steven Jackson vs Ari

  4. Michael Bush vs Chi

  5. Michael Turner vs Min

  6. Darren Sproles vs NYG

  7. DeAngelo Williams @ Ind

  8. Ryan Grant @ Det

  9. Chris Johnson vs TB

  10. Arian Foster @ Jac

  11. Cedric Benson vs Cle

  12. Matt Forte @ Oak

  13. Marshawn Lynch vs Was

  14. Beanie Wells @ StL

  15. Donald Brown vs Car

  16. LeGarrette Blount @ Ten

  17. Shonn Greene vs Buf

  18. Delone Carter vs Car

  19. Willis McGahee @ SD

  20. DeMarco Murray vs Mia

  21. Kevin Smith vs GB

  22. Pierre Thomas vs NYG

  23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Phi

  24. Mark Ingram vs NYG

  25. Jonathan Stewart @ Ind

  26. Ray Rice vs SF

  27. Ryan Mathews vs Den

  28. Reggie Bush @ Dal

  29. Mike Tolbert vs Den

  30. Tashard Choice @ NYJ

  31. Ben Tate @ Jac

  32. Marion Barber @ Oak

  33. Joe McKnight vs Buf

  34. Brandon Jacobs @ NO

  35. C.J. Spiller @ NYJ

  36. Daniel Thomas @ Dal

  37. Frank Gore @ Bal

  38. Jackie Battle vs Pit

  39. Lance Ball @ SD

  40. Keiland Williams vs GB

  41. Ronnie Brown vs NE

  42. Chris Ivory vs NYG

  43. Maurice Morris vs GB

  44. Marcel Reece vs Chi

  45. Javon Ringer vs TB

  46. Stevan Ridley @ Phi

  47. Shane Vereen @ Phi

  48. Danny Woodhead @ Phi

  49. Jacquizz Rodgers vs Min

  50. Phillip Tanner vs Mia

  51. Isaac Redman @ KC

  52. Jason Snelling vs Min

  53. D.J. Ware @ NO

  54. Da`Rel Scott @ NO

  55. Ricky Williams vs SF

  56. Bernard Scott vs Cle

  57. LaRod Stephens-Howling @ StL

  58. Johnny White @ NYJ

  59. Charles Clay @ Dal

  60. Lex Hilliard @ Dal

  61. Kendall Hunter @ Bal

  62. Roy Helu @ Sea

  63. Ryan Torain @ Sea

  64. Toby Gerhart @ Atl

  65. Chris Ogbannaya @ Cin

  66. Maurice Jones-Drew vs Hou

  67. Dexter McCluster vs Pit

  68. Thomas Jones vs Pit

  69. Deji Karim vs Hou

  70. Taiwan Jones vs Chi

  71. James Starks @ Det

  72. Cadillac Williams vs Ari

  73. Felix Jones vs Mia

  74. Joseph Addai vs Car

  75. LaDainian Tomlinson vs Buf

  76. Montario Hardesty @ Cin

  77. Peyton Hillis @ Cin

 

Wide Receivers

  1. Marques Colston vs NYG

  2. Calvin Johnson vs GB

  3. Mike Wallace @ KC

  4. Greg Jennings @ Det

  5. Dez Bryant vs Mia

  6. Wes Welker @ Phi

  7. DeSean Jackson vs NE

  8. Steve Smith @ Ind

  9. Jordy Nelson @ Det

  10. Roddy White vs Min

  11. Laurent Robinson vs Mia

  12. Brandon Lloyd vs Ari

  13. Nate Washington vs TB

  14. Nate Burleson vs GB

  15. Antonio Brown @ KC

  16. Damian Williams vs TB

  17. Brandon Marshall @ Dal

  18. Larry Fitzgerald @ StL

  19. Hakeem Nicks @ NO

  20. Andre Johnson @ Jac

  21. Victor Cruz @ NO

  22. Santonio Holmes vs Buf

  23. Anquan Boldin vs SF

  24. Vincent Jackson vs Den

  25. Sidney Rice vs Was

  26. Jerome Simpson vs Cle

  27. Torrey Smith vs SF

  28. Reggie Wayne vs Car

  29. Michael Williams @ Ten

  30. Jabar Gaffney @ Sea

  31. Josh Cribbs @ Cin

  32. Michael Jenkins @ Atl

  33. Lance Moore vs NYG

  34. Jason Avant vs NE

  35. Titus Young vs GB

  36. Riley Cooper vs NE

  37. Chaz Schilens vs Chi

  38. Donald Driver @ Det

  39. Brandon LaFell @ Ind

  40. Julio Jones vs Min

  41. A.J. Green vs Cle

  42. Brandon Gibson vs Ari

  43. Pierre Garcon vs Car

  44. Johnny Knox @ Oak

  45. Earl Bennett @ Oak

  46. Plaxico Burress vs Buf

  47. Roy Williams @ Oak

  48. Kevin Walter @ Jac

  49. Devin Hester @ Oak

  50. Austin Pettis vs Ari

  51. Harry Douglas vs Min

  52. Vincent Brown vs Den

  53. Davone Bess @ Dal

  54. Early Doucet @ StL

  55. Preston Parker @ Ten

  56. Ben Obomanu vs Was

  57. Arrelious Benn @ Ten

  58. Andre Roberts @ StL

  59. David Nelson @ NYJ

  60. Mike Williams vs Was

  61. Dwayne Bowe vs Pit

  62. Mike Thomas vs Hou

  63. Steve Breaston vs Pit

  64. Santana Moss @ Sea

  65. Eric Decker @ SD

  66. Michael Crabtree @ Bal

  67. Greg Little @ Cin

  68. Legedu Naanee @ Ind

  69. Denarius Moore vs Chi

  70. Deion Branch @ Phi

  71. Mario Manningham @ NO

  72. Percy Harvin @ Atl

  73. Robert Meachem vs NYG

  74. Devery Henderson vs NYG

  75. Jeremy Maclin vs NE

  76. James Jones @ Det

  77. T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs Chi

  78. Emmanuel Sanders @ KC

  79. Hines Ward @ KC

  80. Danario Alexander vs Ari

  81. Andrew Hawkins vs Cle

  82. Austin Collie vs Car

  83. Jacoby Jones @ Jac

  84. Patrick Turner vs Buf

  85. Jeremy Kerley vs Buf

  86. Lee Evans vs SF

  87. Andre Caldwell vs Cle

  88. Steve Johnson @ NYJ

  89. Dez Briscoe @ Ten

  90. Brian Hartline @ Dal

  91. Doug Baldwin vs Was

  92. Donte’ Stallworth @ Sea

  93. Braylon Edwards @ Bal

  94. Eddie Royal @ SD

  95. Anthony Armstrong @ Sea

  96. Terrence Austin @ Sea

  97. Demaryius Thomas @ SD

  98. Kyle Williams @ Bal

  99. Ted Ginn Jr @ Bal

  100. Devin Aromashodu @ Atl

  101. Jason Hill vs Hou

  102. Brian Robiskie vs Hou

  103. Jonathan Baldwin vs Pit

  Tight Ends

  1. Jimmy Graham vs NYG

  2. Brandon Pettigrew vs GB

  3. Jermichael Finley @ Det

  4. Rob Gronkowski @ Phi

  5. Brent Celek vs NE

  6. Greg Olsen @ Ind

  7. Jason Witten vs Mia

  8. Tony Gonzalez vs Min

  9. Heath Miller @ KC

  10. Aaron Hernandez @ Phi

  11. Jermaine Gresham vs Cle

  12. Antonio Gates vs Den

  13. Kellen Winslow @ Ten

  14. Dustin Keller vs Buf

  15. Owen Daniels @ Jac

  16. Scott Chandler @ NYJ

  17. Zach Miller vs Was

  18. Anthony Fasano @ Dal

  19. Vernon Davis @ Bal

  20. Fred Davis @ Sea

  21. Jared Cook vs TB

  22. Lance Kendricks vs Ari

  23. Jacob Tamme vs Car

  24. Ed Dickson vs SF

  25. Jake Ballard @ NO

  26. Dennis Pitta vs SF

  27. Marcedes Lewis vs Hou

  28. Ben Watson @ Cin

  29. Visanthe Shiancoe @ Atl

  30. Jeremy Shockey @ Ind

  31. Michael Hoomanawanui vs Ari

  32. Kellen Davis @ Oak

  33. Joel Dreessen @ Jac

  34. Jeff King @ StL

  35. Daniel Fells @ SD

  36. Evan Moore @ Cin

  37. Jake O’Connell vs Pit

  38. Leonard Pope vs Pit

  39. Rob Housler @ StL

  40. Todd Heap @ StL

  41. Kyle Rudolph @ Atl

 

Defense & Special Teams

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC

  2. Houston Texans @ Jac

  3. Cincinnati Bengals vs Cle

  4. San Diego Chargers vs Den

  5. Baltimore Ravens vs SF

  6. Seattle Seahawks vs Was

  7. Atlanta Falcons vs Min

  8. Dallas Cowboys vs Mia

  9. Washington Redskins @ Sea

  10. Tennessee Titans vs TB

  11. St. Louis Rams vs Ari

  12. New York Jets vs Buf

  13. San Francisco 49ers @ Bal

  14. Denver Broncos @ SD

  15. Carolina Panthers @ Ind

  16. Cleveland Browns @ Cin

  17. Buffalo Bills @ NYJ

  18. New Orleans Saints vs NYG

  19. Oakland Raiders vs Chi

  20. Jacksonville Jaguars vs Hou

  21. Minnesota Vikings @ Atl

  22. Miami Dolphins @ Dal

  23. Kansas City Chiefs vs Pit

  24. Arizona Cardinals @ StL

  25. Philadelphia Eagles vs NE

  26. Chicago Bears @ Oak

  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Ten

  28. Detroit Lions vs GB

  29. Indianapolis Colts vs Car

  30. New England Patriots @ Phi

  31. New York Giants @ NO

  32. Green Bay Packers @ Det

Kickers

  1. John Kasay vs NYG

  2. Alex Henery vs NE

  3. Jason Hanson vs GB

  4. Olindo Mare @ Ind

  5. Rob Bironas vs TB

  6. Sebastian Janikowski vs Chi

  7. Mason Crosby @ Det

  8. Stephen Gostkowski @ Phi

  9. Josh Brown vs Ari

  10. Matt Bryant vs Min

  11. Dan Bailey vs Mia

  12. Shaun Suisham @ KC

  13. Billy Cundiff vs SF

  14. Adam Vinatieri vs Car

  15. Lawrence Tynes @ NO

  16. Mike Nugent vs Cle

  17. Nick Folk vs Buf

  18. Neil Rackers @ Jac

  19. Robbie Gould @ Oak

  20. Nick Novak vs Den

  21. Jay Feely @ StL

  22. Dave Rayner @ NYJ

  23. Connor Barth @ Ten

  24. Steve Hauschka vs Was

  25. Shayne Graham @ Dal

  26. Graham Gano @ Sea

  27. David Akers @ Bal

  28. Ryan Longwell @ Atl

  29. Matt Prater @ SD

  30. Phil Dawson @ Cin

  31. Ryan Succop vs Pit

  32. Josh Scobee vs Hou

 

Good luck this weekend!

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Week 12 Player Recommendations (Wed 11/23/11)

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Green Bay at Detroit (Thursday early) – On the rare occasions when a team is still undefeated after ten games, as the Packers are this season, people start discussing the possibility of an undefeated season culminating in a Super Bowl victory.  Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will lose their undefeated season in a Thanksgiving Day upset, and if they don’t improve their atrocious pass defense, they won’t repeat as Super Bowl champions either.  Detroit 34, Green Bay 30.

  • Green Bay
    • Start:  QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Ryan Grant, WRs Greg Jennings (Probable-knee) & Jordy Nelson, TE Jermichael Finley, K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral:  WR Donald Driver
    • Sit:  RB James Starks (Questionable-knee), WR James Jones, DEF
  • Detroit
    • Start:  QB Matthew Stafford (Probable-finger), WRs Calvin Johnson (Probable-ankle) & Nate Burleson, TE Brandon Pettigrew, K Jason Hanson
    • Neutral:  RB Kevin Smith, WR Titus Young
    • Sit:  RBs Maurice Morris (Probable-ankle) & Kevin Williams, DEF

 

Miami at Dallas (Thursday late) – Miami has now won three straight games after starting off the season with seven straight losses, but the Dolphins will come crashing back to earth during this game against the resurgent Cowboys.  Laurent Robinson has stepped in for the injured Miles Austin, and the Cowboys have barely missed a beat.  Dallas 27, Miami 20.

  • Miami
    • Start:  WR Brandon Marshall, TE Anthony Fasano
    • Neutral:  QB Matt Moore, RBs Reggie Bush & Daniel Thomas, WR Davone Bess, DEF
    • Sit:  RBs Lex Hilliard & Charles Clay, WR Brian Hartline, Ks Shayne Graham & Dan Carpenter (Out-groin)
  • Dallas
    • Start:  QB Tony Romo, WRs Dez Bryant & Laurent Robinson, TE Jason Witten, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB DeMarco Murray, K Dan Bailey
    • Sit:  RBs Felix Jones (Questionable-ankle) & Phillip Tanner

 

San Francisco at Baltimore (Thursday night) – So much has been written about this “Battle of the Harbaughs” that you might think they were both suiting up for their respective teams.  Thankfully, that won’t be the case.  San Francisco’s mediocre offense has been carried by its staunch run defense, but the Ravens have just enough offensive ability to hand the 49ers their second loss of the season.  Baltimore 24, San Francisco 17.

  • San Francisco
    • Start:  TE Vernon Davis
    • Neutral:  RB Frank Gore (Probable-knee), WR Michael Crabtree (Probable-foot), DEF
    • Sit:  QB Alex Smith, RB Kendall Hunter, WRs Braylon Edwards (Probable-knee) & Kyle Williams, K David Akers
  • Baltimore
    • Start:  QB Joe Flacco, WRs Anquan Boldin & Torrey Smith, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB Ray Rice, TEs Ed Dickson & Dennis Pitta, K Billy Cundiff
    • Sit:  RB Ricky Williams, WR Lee Evans

 

Houston at Jacksonville (Sunday early) – Most eyes will be focused on Matt Leinart and his latest opportunity to resuscitate his career.  He’ll have a much better supporting cash in Houston than he did in Arizona, but with Jacksonville’s anemic offense, he can let his running backs carry most of the load .  Houston 24, Jacksonville 10.

  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson (Probable-hamstring), TE Owen Daniels (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Neutral:  RB Ben Tate, WR Kevin Walter, K Neil Rackers
    • Sit:  QB Matt Leinart, WR Jacoby Jones, TE Joel Dreessen
  • Jacksonville
    • Start:  N/A
    • Neutral:  WR Mike Thomas, TE Marcedes Lewis, DEF
    • Sit:  QB Blaine Gabbert, RBs Maurice Jones-Drew & Deji Karim, WR Jason Hill & Brian Robiskie (Probable-hamstring), K Josh Scobee

 

Carolina at Indianapolis – This is one of the few games on Indy’s schedule that it actually appears to have a chance of winning, but Cam Newton will thwart Colts’ fans’ dreams.  Curtis Painter has proven to be a serviceable quarterback from a fantasy standpoint, but expect Indy to attack the Panthers’ defense via the run.  Carolina 31, Indianapolis 24.

  • Carolina
    • Start:  QB Cam Newton, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen, K Olindo Mare
    • Neutral:  RB Jonathan Stewart, WRs Legedu Naanee (Questionable-ankle) & Brandon LaFell, DEF
    • Sit:  TE Jeremy Shockey
  • Indianapolis
    • Start:  RBs Delone Carter & Donald Brown, WR Reggie Wayne
    • Neutral: QB Curtis Painter,  WR Pierre Gracon, TE Jacob Tamme, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Sit: RB Joseph Addai (Questionable-hamstring), WR Austin Collie, DEF

 

Cleveland at Cincinnati - This battle for Ohio bragging rights features two quarterbacks who are both dealing with shoulder injuries.  Luckily for Andy Dalton and the Bengals, the Browns allow a lot of rushing yards, so expect the Bengals (especially Cedric Benson) to attack primarily on the ground.  Cincinnati 24, Cleveland 14.

  • Cleveland
    • Start:  WR Josh Cribbs
    • Neutral:  WR Greg Little, TE Ben Watson (Probable-elbow), DEF
    • Sit:  QB Colt McCoy (Probable-shoulder), RBs Chris Ogbannaya, Peyton Hillis (Questionable-hamstring), & Montario Hardesty; TE Evan Moore, K Phil Dawson
  • Cincinnati
    • Start:  RB Cedric Benson, WR Jerome Simpson, TE Jermaine Gresham, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Andy Dalton (Probable-shoulder), WR A.J. Green (Probable-knee), K Mike Nugent
    • Sit:  RB Bernard Scott, WRs Andre Caldwell & Andrew Hawkins

 

Minnesota at Atlanta – Will Adrian Peterson play or won’t he?  His fantasy owners might not like to hear this, but it doesn’t matter:  Peterson shouldn’t be in your starting lineups this week even if he does play.  Atlanta’s run defense would be a tough challenge for a 100% healthy back, much less one (even if his name is Adrian Peterson) who’s much less than 100% healthy.  Expect Matt Ryan to have a field day against the Vikings’ secondary, and don’t get lured into believing that Toby Gerhart will be a valuable fantasy contributor in the event of Peterson’s absence.  Atlanta 27, Minnesota 17.

  • Minnesota
    • Start:  QB Christian Ponder (Probable-knee), WR Michael Jenkins
    • Neutral:  WR Percy Harvin (Questionable-ribs), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Questionable-hamstring), DEF
    • Sit:  RBs Adrian Peterson (Out-ankle) & Toby Gerhart, WRs Devin Aromashodu & Greg Camarillo, TE Kyle Rudolph (Doubtful-quad), K Ryan Longwell
  • Atlanta
    • Start:  QB Matt Ryan, RB Michael Turner, WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez, DEF
    • Neutral:  WRs Julio Jones (Probable-hamstring) & Harry Douglas, K Matt Bryant
    • Sit:  RBs Jason Snelling & Jacquizz Rodgers

 

Buffalo at New York Jets – The streaky Jets have now lost two games in a row again, but their plight seems wonderful compared to that of the Bills, who will be playing for the rest of the season without their star running back, Fred Jackson.  Mark Sanchez continues to prove his former college coach Pete Carroll right week after week (”He’s not ready for the pros”), but he should rack up 300+ yards against a shoddy Bills’ secondary.  Tashard Choice is the better bet to emerge as the Bills’ new starting running back than C.J. Spiller or rookie Johnny White.  New York 24, Buffalo 21.

  • Buffalo
    • Start:  TE Scott Chandler
    • Neutral:  RBs C.J. Spiller & Tashard Choice, WR David Nelson, DEF
    • Sit:  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Johnny White, WRs Steve Johnson (Probable-shoulder) & Naaman Roosevelt (Out-shoulder), Ks Dave Rayner & Rian Lindell (Out-shoulder)
  • New York
    • Start:  RB Shonn Greene (Probable-ribs), WR Santonio Holmes, TE Dustin Keller, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Mark Sanchez (Probable-neck), RB Joe McKnight, WR Plaxico Burress, K Nick Folk
    • Sit:  RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Questionable-knee), WRs Jeremy Kerley (Questionable-knee) & Patrick Turner

 

Tampa Bay at Tennessee – Matt Hasselbeck has been one of the biggest surprises at quarterback this season, while Josh Freeman has been one of the biggest disappointments at quarterback this season.  Even without Chris Johnson looking anything like his 2009 (or even 2010) self, the Titans still have more than enough offensive firepower to pull out the victory in this game.  Tennessee 30, Tampa Bay 20.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start:  QB Josh Freeman, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Mike Williams, TE Kellen Winslow
    • Neutral:  WRs Preston Parker & Arrelious Benn
    • Sit:  WR Dez Briscoe, DEF, K Connor Barth
  • Tennessee
    • Start:  QB Matt Hasselbeck (Probable-elbow), RB Chris Johnson, WRs Nate Washington & Damian Williams, DEF, K Rob Bironas (Probable-back)
    • Neutral:  TE Jared Cook
    • Sit:  RB Javon Ringer, WR Lavelle Hawkins

 

Arizona at St. Louis – Although neither of these teams are likely to be in a position to draft Andrew Luck next season, both still figure to have top five draft picks the way their seasons have gone to date.  Kevin Kolb may or may not throw, and Beanie Wells may or may not run.  Steven Jackson is having a bounce-back year for the Rams, while Brandon Lloyd has been every bit as good as advertised since being acquired earlier this month in a trade with Denver.  St. Louis 27, Arizona 21.

  • Arizona
    • Start:  RB Beanie Wells (Probable-knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald
    • Neutral:  QB John Skelton or QB Kevin Kolb (Questionable-toe) (whoever starts), WRs Early Doucet & Arrelious Brown, DEF
    • Sit: RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (Probable-shoulder), TEs Jeff King, Todd Heap (Questionable-hamstring), & Rob Housler (Questionable-groin)
  • St. Louis
    • Start:  RB Steven Jackson, WR Brandon Lloyd, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Sam Bradford, WRs Brandon Gibson & Austin Pettis (Probable-knee), TE Lance Kendricks (Probable-concussion), K Josh Brown
    • Sit:  RB Cadillac Williams (Questionable-calf), WR Danario Alexander (Questionable-hamstring), TE Michael Hoomanawanui

Chicago at Oakland (Sunday late) – Neither team has the quarterback it began the season with at its disposal, but the Raiders with Carson Palmer are in much better shape than the Bears are with Caleb Hanie.  Oakland’s wide receivers are banged up, as is Darren McFadden, but Michael Bush has shown again that he is a more-than-capable sub on the not-rare-enough occasions when McFadden isn’t able to play.  Bears’ fans have been ambivalent (at best) about Cutler ever since he arrived in a trade with Denver; now they’re about to find out just what an integral part of their offense he truly is.  Oakland 30, Chicago 24.

  • Chicago
    • Start:  RB Matt Forte
    • Neutral:  QB Caleb Hanie, RB Marion Barber, WRs Earl Bennett, Roy Williams, Devin Hester (Probable-shin), & Johnny Knox; K Robbie Gould
    • Sit:  TE Kellen Davis, DEF
  • Oakland
    • Start: QB Carson Palmer, RB Michael Bush, TE Kevin Boss, K Sebastian Janikowski
    • Neutral: WRs Denarius Moore (Questionable-foot), Chaz Schilens & Louis Murphy; DEF
    • Sit: RBs Darren McFadden (Out-foot), Marcel Reece & Taiwan Jones (Questionable-hamstring); WRs Jacoby Ford (Out-foot), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Questionable-neck), & T.J. Houshmandzadeh

 

Washington at Seattle – Two teams with decent defenses and lousy offenses collide in this contest.  Marshawn Lynch has run well lately for Seattle, but the team’s lack of a legitimate passing attack will keep this game closer than it should be.  The Redskins will continue their dive to the depths of the NFC East, even with Rex Grossman at the helm.  Guessing who will lead the Redskins in rushing from week to week is frustrating for many fantasy owners, but with little left to play for this seaon, the bet here is that Roy Helu will get the majority of the Skins’ carries going forward.  Seattle 20, Washington 17.

  • Washington
    • Start:  WR Jabar Gaffney, TE Fred Davis, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Rex Grossman, WR Santana Moss (Probable-hand)
    • Sit:  RBs Ryan Torain & Roy Helu, WRs Terrence Austin, Donte’ Stallworth (Questionable-foot), & Anthony Armstrong, K Graham Gano
  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Sidney Rice (Probable-knee), TE Zach Miller, DEF
    • Neutral:  WRs Mike Williams & Ben Obomanu (Probable-knee)
    • Sit:  QB Tarvaris Jackson (Probable-pectoral), WR Doug Baldwin, K Steve Hauschka

 

Denver at San Diego – Tebow mania is the craze that’s sweeping NFL Nation, but Tebow will be answer questions of a different sort after San Diego ends his magical carpet ride at the end of this game.  Eddie Royal looked like a great fantasy bet earlier in the season with Kyle Orton throwing to him, but with Tebow now starting, there’s little point in owning any Denver offensive player.  San Diego 24, Denver 17.

  • Denver
    • Start:  QB Tim Tebow, RB Willis McGahee (Probable-hand)
    • Neutral:  RB Lance Ball, WR Eric Decker, DEF
    • Sit:  WR Eddie Royal & Demaryius Thomas, TE Daniel Fells (Probable-concussion), K Matt Prater
  • San Diego
    • Start:  QB Philip Rivers, WR Vincent Jackson, TE Antonio Gates, DEF
    • Neutral:  RBs Ryan Mathews (Probable-knee) & Mike Tolbert, WR Vincent Brown, K Nick Novak
    • Sit:  WR Malcom Floyd (Out-hip)

 

New England at Philadelphia – DeSean Jackson may be a misbehaving idiot, but his talent is undeniable.  With the Patriots’ secondary as bad as it’s been, Jackson and his fellow receivers may have plenty of opportunities to throw footballs at Bill Belichick this week.  Philadelphia 34, New England 28.

  • New England
    • Start:  QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker (Probable-knee), TEs Rob Gronkowski & Aaron Hernandez
    • Neutral:  RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, WR Deion Branch (Questionable-hip), K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Sit:  RBs Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, & Shane Vereen; WR Chad Ochocinco (Out-talent hamstring), DEF
  • Philadelphia
    • Start:  QB Michael Vick (Questionable-ribs) or QB Vince Young (whoever starts), RB LeSean McCoy, WR DeSean Jackson (Probable-foot), TE Brent Celek, K Alex Henery
    • Neutral: WRs Jason Avant & Riley Cooper; DEF
    • Sit:  RB Ronnie Brown, Jeremy Maclin (Doubtful-shoulder)

 

Pittsburgh at Kansas City (Sunday night) – This may have seemed like an appealing match-up when the 2011 schedule was first released, but that’s certainly not the case now.  Ben Roethlisberger’s thumb should feel a lot better after this game is over; Tyler Palko will gladly hand over the Chiefs’ reins to former Denver quarterback Kyle Orton after this game..  Pittsburgh 27, Kansas City 10.

  • Pittsburgh
    • Start:  QB Ben Roethlisberger (Probable-thumb), RB Rashard Mendenhall, WRs Mike Wallace & Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller, DEF
    • Neutral:  K Shaun Suisham
    • Sit:  RB Isaac Redman, WRs Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-knee) & Hines Ward
  • Kansas City
    • Start:  N/A
    • Neutral:  RB Jackie Battle, WRs Dwayne Bowe & Steve Breaston, DEF
    • Sit: QB Tyler Palko or QB Kyle Orton (whoever starts), RBs Thomas Jones & Dexter McCluster, WR Jonathan Baldwin, TEs Leonard Pope & Jake O’Connell, K Ryan Succop

New York Giants at New Orleans (Monday night) – The Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to throw for over 5,000 yards, approximately the same yardage the Giants pass defense is giving up every game.  The Giants’ offensive line has been a problem all season, and with the loss of Will Beatty for the season with a detached retina, this game could get ugly quickly for the Giants. New Orleans 34, New York 24.

  • New York
    • Start:  QB Eli Manning, WRs Hakeem Nicks & Victor Cruz
    • Neutral:  RB Brandon Jacobs, WR Mario Manningham (Questionable-knee), TE Jake Ballard, K Lawrence Tynes
    • Sit:  RBs D.J. Ware (Probable-concussion), Ahmad Bradshaw (Out-foot), & Da’Rel Scott; DEF
  • New Orleans
    • Start:  QB Drew Brees, RB Darren Sproles, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham, K John Kasay
    • Neutral:  RBs Pierre Thomas & Mark Ingram, WR Lance Moore, DEF
    • Sit:  RB Chris Ivory, WRs Devery Henderson & Robert Meachem

Good luck this weekend!

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Week 12 Free Agent/Waiver Wire Pickups (Wed 11/23/11)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Which players’ status changed this past week due to injury, benching, etc., and who may be on your league’s waiver wire with the potential to make a difference for your fantasy team?

Note:  bye weeks are (thankfully) over, but there are 3 Thursday games this week in “honor” of Thanksgiving:  Green Bay at Detroit, Miami at Dallas, and San Francisco at Baltimore.

Quarterback

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Jay Cutler (thumb)
    • Matt Hasselbeck (elbow)
    • Colt McCoy (shoulder)
    • Kyle Orton (cut)
  • Waiver wire targets (rankings based on projected playing time and Week 12 opponents)
    • Matt Moore (@ Dal)
    • Christian Ponder (@ Atl)
    • John Skelton (@ StL)
    • Sam Bradford (vs Ari)
    • Rex Grossman (@ Sea)
    • Alex Smith (@ Bal)
    • Caleb Hanie (@ Oak)
    • Tarvaris Jackson (vs Was)
    • Colt McCoy (@ Cin)
    • Blaine Gabbert (vs Hou)
    • Tyler Palko (vs Pit)
    • Jake Locker (vs TB)

Running Back

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Adrian Peterson (ankle)
    • Fred Jackson (calf)
    • James Starks (knee)
    • Shonn Greene (ribs)
    • Maurice Morris (ankle)
    • D.J. Ware (concussion)
    • Tashard Choice (cut)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Ryan Grant (@ Det)
    • Kevin Smith (vs GB)
    • Donald Brown (vs Car)
    • Joe McKnight (vs Buf)
    • Javon Ringer (vs TB)
    • Bernard Scott (vs Cle)
    • Danny Woodhead (@ Phi)
    • Da’Rel Scott (@ NO)
    • Toby Gerhart (@ Atl)
    • Shane Vereen (@ Phi)
    • Thomas Jones (vs Pit)
    • Dexter McCluster (vs Pit)

Wide Receiver

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Calvin Johnson (ankle)
    • Greg Jennings (knee)
    • DeSean Jackson (foot)
    • Darrius Heyward-Bey (neck)
    • Ben Obomanu (knee)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Nate Washington (vs TB)
    • Early Doucet (@ StL)
    • Andre Caldwell (vs Cle)
    • Nate Burleson (vs GB)
    • Greg Little (@ Cin)
    • Donald Driver (@ Det)
    • Michael Jenkins (@ Atl)
    • Austin Pettis (vs Ari)
    • Andre Roberts (@ StL)
    • Damian Williams (vs TB)
    • Andrew Hawkins (vs Cle)
    • Arrelious Benn (@ Ten)
    • Brandon LaFell (@ Ind)
    • Legedu Naanee (@ Ind)
    • Demaryius Thomas (@ SD)
    • Donte’ Stallworth (@ Sea)
    • Lavelle Hawkins (vs TB)
    • Roy Williams (@ Oak)
    • Johnny Knox (@ Oak)
    • Jonathan Baldwin (vs Pit)
    • Kyle Williams (@ Bal)

Tight Ends

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Jake Ballard (elbow)
    • Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring)
    • Daniel Fells (concussion)
    • Kyle Rudolph (quad)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Marcedes Lewis (vs Hou)
    • Scott Chandler (@ NYJ)
    • Kevin Boss (vs Chi)
    • Jacob Tamme (vs Car)
    • Jared Cook (vs TB)
    • Delanie Walker (@ Bal)
    • Leonard Pope (vs Pit)
    • Jake O’Connell (vs Pit)

Kickers

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Dan Carpenter (groin)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • John Kasay (vs NYG)
    • Shaun Suisham (@ KC)
    • Adam Vinatieri (vs Car)
    • Neil Rackers (@ Jac)

Defenses

  • Waiver wire targets
    • Jacksonville (vs Hou)
    • Carolina (@ Ind)
    • Seattle (vs Was)
    • Arizona (@ StL)
    • Cleveland (@ Cin)

Good luck with your claims!

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Fantasy Football Sherpa’s Week 11 Player Rankings by Position (Sun 11/20/11)

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Quarterbacks    

1.      Aaron Rodgers       vs TB

2.      Tom Brady             vs KC

3.      Carson Palmer        @ Min

4.      Tony Romo            @ Was

5.      Philip Rivers           @ Chi

6.      Matthew Stafford   vs Car

7.      Matt Ryan              vs Ten

8.      Matt Moore           vs Buf

9.      Sam Bradford         vs Sea

10.  Eli Manning            vs Phi

11.  Matt Hasselbeck    @ Atl

12.  Cam Newton          @ Det

13.  John Skelton           @ SF

14.  Josh Freeman         @ GB

15.  Rex Grossman        vs Dal

16.  Vince Young          @ NYG

17.  Joe Flacco              vs Cin

18.  Mark Sanchez        @ Den

19.  Alex Smith             vs Ari

20.  Ryan Fitzpatrick     @ Mia

21.  Christian Ponder     vs Oak

22.  Tarvaris Jackson     @ StL

23.  Tyler Palko               @ NE

24.  Tim Tebow               vs NYJ

25.  Jay Cutler               vs SD

26.  Andy Dalton           @ Bal

27.  Colt McCoy           vs Jac

28.  Blaine Gabbert       @ Cle

29.  Mike Kafka            @ NYG

30.  Kevin Kolb            @ SF

 

Running Backs   

1.      Fred Jackson          @ Mia

2.      DeMarco Murray   @ Was

3.      LeSean McCoy      @ NYG

4.      Michael Turner       vs Ten

5.      Matt Forte              vs SD

6.      Steven Jackson       vs Sea

7.      Reggie Bush           vs Buf

8.      Kendall Hunter       vs Ari

9.      Adrian Peterson      vs Oak

10.  Ray Rice                vs Cin

11.  Maurice Jones-Drew @ Cle

12.  DeAngelo Williams @ Det

13.  Marshawn Lynch    @ StL

14.  Shonn Greene         @ Den

15.  Lance Ball              vs NYJ

16.  Chris Ogbonnaya    vs Jac

17.  James Starks            vs TB

18.  Michael Bush          @ Min

19.  Daniel Thomas        vs Buf

20.  Mike Tolbert          @ Chi

21.  Ryan Mathews       @ Chi

22.  Maurice Morris      vs Car

23.  Kevin Smith            vs Car

24.  Marion Barber        vs SD

25.  Jacquizz Rodgers    vs Ten

26.  Brandon Jacobs      vs Phi

27.  Jonathan Stewart    @ Det

28.  Joe McKnight         @ Den

29.  Deji Karim               @ Cle

30.  LeGarrette Blount   @ GB

31.  Jackie Battle           @ NE

32.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs KC

33.  Ryan Grant             vs TB

34.  Stevan Ridley         vs KC

35.  Taiwan Jones          @ Min

36.  C.J. Spiller             @ Mia

37.  Keiland Williams     vs Car

38.  Toby Gerhart          vs Oak

39.  Justin Forsett          @ StL

40.  Chris Johnson         @ Atl

41.  Javon Ringer           @ Atl

42.  D.J. Ware              vs Phi

43.  Da’Rel Scott           vs Phi

44.  Ricky Williams        vs Cin

45.  LaRod Stephens-Howling   @ SF

46.  Roy Helu                vs Dal

47.  Ryan Torain            vs Dal

48.  Tashard Choice      vs Dal

49.  Cedric Benson        @ Bal

50.  Bernard Scott         @ Bal

51.  Kevin Faulk            vs KC

52.  Felix Jones             @ Was

53.  Frank Gore            vs Ari

54.  Willis McGahee      vs NYJ

55.  Beanie Wells          @ SF

56.  Montario Hardesty vs Jac

 

Wide Receivers

1.      Greg Jennings         vs TB

2.      Wes Welker           vs KC

3.      Brandon Marshall   vs Buf

4.      Vincent Jackson     @ Chi

5.      Dez Bryant             @ Was

6.      Jordy Nelson          vs TB

7.      Deion Branch         vs KC

8.      DeSean Jackson     @ NYG

9.      Denarius Moore     @ Min

10.  Davone Bess          vs Buf

11.  Laurent Robinson   @ Was

12.  Vincent Brown       @ Chi

13.  Calvin Johnson       vs Car

14.  Hakeem Nicks       vs Phi

15.  Steve Smith            @ Det

16.  Roddy White          vs Ten

17.  Victor Cruz            vs Phi

18.  Larry Fitzgerald      @ SF

19.  Earl Bennett            vs SD

20.  Brandon Lloyd       vs Sea

21.  Percy Harvin          vs Oak

22.  Nate Washington    @ Atl

23.  Santonio Holmes    @ Den

24.  Michael Crabtree    vs Ari

25.  Sidney Rice            @ StL

26.  Damian Williams     @ Atl

27.  Braylon Edwards    vs Ari

28.  Doug Baldwin         @ StL

29.  Jabar Gaffney         vs Dal

30.  Mike Thomas         @ Cle

31.  Mike Williams        @ GB

32.  Dwayne Bowe        @ NE

33.  Preston Parker       @ GB

34.  Jacoby Ford           @ Min

35.  James Jones           vs TB

36.  Darrius Heyward-Bey @ Min

37.  David Nelson         @ Mia

38.  Brandon Gibson     vs Sea

39.  Donald Jones          @ Mia

40.  Jason Avant            @ NYG

41.  Titus Young            vs Car

42.  Austin Pettis           vs Sea

43.  Harry Douglas        vs Ten

44.  Nate Burleson        vs Car

45.  Anquan Boldin        vs Cin

46.  Mario Manningham vs Phi

47.  Eric Decker            vs NYJ

48.  Torrey Smith          vs Cin

49.  Mike Williams        @ StL

50.  Plaxico Burress       @ Den

51.  Legedu Naanee      @ Det

52.  Ben Obomanu        @ StL

53.  Michael Jenkins      vs Oak

54.  Early Doucet          @ SF

55.  Jason Hill                @ Cle

56.  Andre Roberts        @ SF

57.  Jerome Simpson     @ Bal

58.  Steve Breaston       @ NE

59.  Josh Cribbs            vs Jac

60.  Greg Little              vs Jac

61.  Anthony Armstrong vs Dal

62.  Donald Driver         vs TB

63.  Chad Ochocinco    vs KC

64.  T.J. Houshmandzadeh @ Min

65.  Brian Hartline         vs Buf

66.  Roy Williams          vs SD

67.  Johnny Knox          vs SD

68.  Devin Hester          vs SD

69.  Devin Aromashodu vs Oak

70.  Brandon LaFell       @ Det

71.  Demaryius Thomas vs NYJ

72.  Eddie Royal            vs NYJ

73.  Terrence Austin      vs Dal

74.  Arrelious Benn        @ GB

75.  Jonathan Baldwin    @ NE

76.  Mohamed Massaquoi vs Jac

77.  Andre Caldwell      @ Bal

78.  Steve Johnson        @ Mia

79.  Lee Evans              vs Cin

80.  Brian Robiskie        @ Cle

81.  Danario Alexander vs Sea

82.  Julio Jones              vs Ten

83.  A.J. Green              @ Bal 

 

Tight Ends

1.      Jermichael Finley    vs TB

2.      Rob Gronkowski    vs KC

3.      Aaron Hernandez   vs KC

4.      Antonio Gates        @ Chi

5.      Jason Witten           @ Was

6.      Brandon Pettigrew vs Car

7.      Tony Gonzalez        vs Ten

8.      Vernon Davis         vs Ari

9.      Brent Celek            @ NYG

10.  Scott Chandler       @ Mia

11.  Ed Dickson            vs Cin

12.  Dustin Keller          @ Den

13.  Greg Olsen             @ Det

14.  Jake Ballard           vs Phi

15.  Zach Miller             @ StL

16.  Kyle Rudolph         vs Oak

17.  Fred Davis             vs Dal

18.  Kellen Winslow      @ GB

19.  Jermaine Gresham @ Bal

20.  Ben Watson           vs Jac

21.  Kevin Boss             @ Min

22.  Jared Cook            @ Atl

23.  Lance Kendricks    vs Sea

24.  Dennis Pitta            vs Cin

25.  Daniel Fells              vs NYJ

26.  Jeff King                 @ SF

27.  Marcedes Lewis     @ Cle

28.  Evan Moore           vs Jac

29.  Michael Hoomanawanui vs Sea

30.  Anthony Fasano     vs Buf

31.  Visanthe Shiancoe  vs Oak

32.  Kellen Davis           vs SD

33.  Leonard Pope        @ NE

34.  Delanie Walker       vs Ari

 

Defense & Special Teams

1.      Jacksonville Jaguars            @ Cle

2.      New England Patriots         vs KC

3.      Green Bay Packers vs TB

4.      Cleveland Browns  vs Jac

5.      Dallas Cowboys     @ Was

6.      Baltimore Ravens    vs Cin

7.      St. Louis Rams       vs Sea

8.      New York Jets         @ Den

9.      San Francisco 49ers vs Ari

10.  Denver Broncos     vs NYJ

11.  Atlanta Falcons       vs Ten

12.  Oakland Raiders     @ Min

13.  Detroit Lions             vs Car

14.  Cincinnati Bengals   @ Bal

15.  Philadelphia Eagles @ NYG

16.  Seattle Seahawks   @ StL

17.  Arizona Cardinals   @ SF

18.  Buffalo Bills             @ Mia

19.  New York Giants   vs Phi

20.  Chicago Bears        vs SD

21.  San Diego Chargers @ Chi

22.  Miami Dolphins      vs Buf

23.  Tennessee Titans    @ Atl

24.  Washington Redskins vs Dal

25.  Carolina Panthers   @ Det

26.  Minnesota Vikings  vs Oak

27.  Kansas City Chiefs @ NE

28.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ GB

Kickers

1.      Mason Crosby       vs TB

2.      Stephen Gostkowski vs KC

3.      Sebastian Janikowski @ Min

4.      Alex Henery           @ NYG

5.      Shayne Graham      vs Buf

6.      Dan Bailey             @ Was

7.      Nick Novak           @ Chi

8.      Dave Rayner          @ Mia

9.      Jason Hanson         vs Car

10.  Josh Brown            vs Sea

11.  David Akers           vs Ari

12.  Robbie Gould         vs SD

13.  Matt Bryant            vs Ten

14.  Ryan Longwell        vs Oak

15.  Nick Folk               @ Den

16.  Olindo Mare           @ Det

17.  Steven Hauschka    @ StL

18.  Rob Bironas           @ Atl

19.  Lawrence Tynes     vs Phi

20.  Matt Prater            vs NYJ

21.  Billy Cundiff            vs Cin

22.  Jay Feely                @ SF

23.  Graham Gano         vs Dal

24.  Josh Scobee           @ Cle

25.  Connor Barth         @ GB

26.  Ryan Succop          @ NE

27.  Phil Dawson           vs Jac

28.  Mike Nugent          @ Bal

 

Good luck this weekend!

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Week 11 Player Recommendations (Thu 11/17/11)

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

NY Jets at Denver (Thursday night) – John Fox was quoted this week as saying about his quarterback, Tim Tebow, “If we were running any other type of offense with him, we’d be screwed”.  The Detroit Lions might question Tebow’s effectiveness in his current offense, but the fact remains that he’s 3-1 as a starter, and the Jets are banged up on offense.  Still, New York should be able to ride Shonn Greene and their defense to victory; if Mark Sanchez has to throw the ball much more than 30 times, chances are it will be the Jets who are screwed.  Expect Lance Ball to have an effective game for the Broncos, even if Willis McGahee is “healthy” enough to play.  New York 21, Denver 20.

  • NY Jets
    • Start:  RB Shonn Greene, WR Santonio Holmes (Probable-foot), TE Dustin Keller, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Mark Sanchez, RB Joe McKnight (Probable-toe), WR Plaxico Burress (Probable-back)
    • Sit:  RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Out-knee), WR Jeremy Kerley (Out-knee), K Nick Folk
  • Denver
    • Start:  RB Lance Ball, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Tim Tebow, WR Eric Decker, TE Daniel Fells
    • Sit:  RB Willis McGahee (Questionable-hamstring), WRs Demaryius Thomas & Eddie Royal, K Matt Prater

 

Buffalo at Miami (Sunday early) – This has been labeled a “must-win” game for the Bills, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing ineffectively the last few weeks, his two top wide receivers in danger of missing the game, and Miami playing much better the last two weeks, the Dolphins will thwart the Bills’ efforts.  Dolphins’ running back Reggie Bush will continue his resurgence, and quarterback Matt Moore will have a field day passing to Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess.  Miami 27, Buffalo 24.

  • Buffalo
    • Start:  RB Fred Jackson, TE Scott Chandler
    • Neutral:  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WRs David Nelson (Probable-ankle) & Donald Jones, DEF, K Dave Rayner
    • Sit:  RB C.J. Spiller, WR Steve Johnson (Questionable-shoulder), K Rian Lindell (Out-shoulder)
  • Miami
    • Start:  QB Matt Moore, RB Reggie Bush, WRs Brandon Marshall & Davone Bess
    • Neutral:  RB Daniel Thomas, TE Anthony Fasano (Questionable-ankle), DEF, K Shayne Graham
    • Sit:  WR Brian Hartline, K Dan Carpenter (Out-groin)

 

Dallas at Washington – Once one of football’s best rivalries the Cowboy-Redskin matches have lost most of their luster in recent seasons.  Dallas is currently on the upswing; Washington is quickly descending to its projected position at the bottom of the NFC East.  Tony Romo will continue his good play, and DeMarco Murray won’t lose too many carries to Felix Jones.  Dallas 27, Washington 17.

  • Dallas
    • Start:  QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant & Laurent Robinson, TE Jason Witten, DEF
    • Neutral:  K Dan Bailey
    • Sit:  RB Felix Jones (Questionable-ankle), WR Miles Austin (Out-hamstring)
  • Washington
    • Start:  QB Rex Grossman, WR Jabar Gaffney, TE Fred Davis
    • Neutral:  WR Anthony Armstrong, DEF
    • Sit:  RBs Roy Helu, Tashard Choice (Probable-hamstring) & Ryan Torain, WR Terrence Austin, K Graham Gano

 

Oakland at Minnesota – Funny how no one refers to this as a “rematch of Super Bowl XI” - the term “rematch” must have an expiration date, and 35 years later is obviously well beyond it.  You may be tempted to start Michael Bush after last week’s performance, but that wouldn’t be wise - Minnesota’s run defense is still one of the top in the league.  The Vikes’ secondary is another story, however - Carson Palmer should continue his resurgence by having a field day against the Minnesota defensive backfield.  Oakland 31, Minnesota 21.

  • Oakland
    • Start:  QB Carson Palmer, WR Denarius Moore, DEF, K Sebastian Janikowski (Probable-hamstring)
    • Neutral:  RB Michael Bush, WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey & Jacoby Ford, TE Kevin Boss (Probable-knee)
    • Sit:  RBs Darren McFadden (Out-foot) & Taiwan Jones, WRs T.J. Houshmandzadeh & Jacoby Ford (Out-foot)
  • Minnesota
    • Start:  RB Adrian Peterson, WR Percy Harvin, TE Kyle Rudolph
    • Neutral:  QB Christian Ponder (Probable-hand), WR Michael Jenkins (Probable-knee), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Questionable-hamstring), K Ryan Longwell
    • Sit:  RB Toby Gerhart, WR Devin Aromashodu, DEF

 

Tampa Bay at Green Bay – Tampa Bay sure won’t get in the way of the Green Bay Undefeated Express train (still plenty of time to hop aboard), and even though Josh Freeman will look slightly better for the Bucs than he has in recent weeks, the lack of healthy running back options will ultimately prove to be their undoing.  Green Bay 41, Tampa Bay 14.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start:  QB Josh Freeman (Probable-thumb), WRs Mike Williams & Preston Parker, TE Kellen Winslow
    • Neutral:  RB LeGarrette Blount
    • Sit:  WR Arrelious Benn, DEF, K Connor Barth
  • Green Bay
    • Start:  QB Aaron Rodgers, WRs Greg Jennings & Jordy Nelson, TE Jermichael Finley, DEF, K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral: RB John Starks, WR James Jones
    • Sit: RB Ryan Grant (Probable-knee), WR Donald Driver

 

Carolina at Detroit - Cam Newton is one of the few quarterbacks who can still have significant fantasy value even if he’s not throwing for 250+ yards, and Detroit’s run defense has been less-than-stellar.  On the Detroit side of the ball their running back by committee approach renders all of their current options mediocre at best.  Detroit 24, Carolina 21.

  • Carolina
    • Start:  QB Cam Newton, RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral:  RB Jonathan Stewart, WR Legedu Naanee, DEF
    • Sit:  WR Brandon LaFell, TE Jeremy Shockey (Out-ribs), K Olindo Mare
  • Detroit
    • Start:  QB Matthew Stafford (Probable-finger), WR Calvin Johnson, TE Brandon Pettigrew, DEF
    • Neutral:  RBs Maurice Morris & Kevin Smith, WRs Nate Burleson & Titus Young, K Jason Hanson
    • Sit:  RBs Keiland Williams & Jahvid Best (Out-concussion)

 

Jacksonville at Cleveland – Neither of these teams’ offenses will be confused with the Packers’ scoring-machine anytime soon.  In fact, these two teams will combine for fewer points than Green Bay will put up this week.  Running back Chris Ogbannaya was a pleasant surprise for most people last weekend; he and his Jaguar counterpart Maurice Jones-Drew are two of the few players involved in this game with any fantasy value.  Jacksonville 17, Cleveland 13.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start:  RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Mike Thomas, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB Deji Karim, WR Jason Hill, TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Sit:  QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Brian Robiskie (Questionable-hamstring), K Josh Scobee
  • Cleveland
    • Start:  RB Chris Ogbannaya, TE Ben Watson, DEF
    • Neutral:  WRs Josh Cribbs & Greg Little, TE Evan Moore
    • Sit:  QB Colt McCoy, RBs Peyton Hillis (Out-hamstring) & Montario Hardesty (Questionable-calf), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Probable-concussion), K Phil Dawson

 

Cincinnati at Baltimore – Here’s another game where the two teams will combine for fewer points than Green Bay will score this week.  Andy Dalton has had an impressive rookie season, but he’s not someone you’d want to start against a defense as strong as the Ravens’.  Not much fantasy value for either team in this game, but it’s a good bet that if any player makes a significant fantasy contribution in this week’s game, it will be Ray Rice.  Baltimore 20, Cincinnati 10.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: TE Jermaine Gresham, DEF
    • Neutral:  WR Jerome Simpson
    • Sit:  QB Andy Dalton, RBs Cedric Benson & Bernard Scott, WRs A.J. Green (Doubtful-knee) & Andre Caldwell, K Mike Nugent
  • Baltimore
    • Start:  RB Ray Rice, TE Ed Dickson, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Joe Flacco, WRs Anquan Boldin & Torrey Smith, TE Dennis Pitta
    • Sit:  RB Ricky Williams, WR Lee Evans (Questionable-ankle), K Billy Cundiff

 

Seattle at St. Louis (Sunday late) – Last weekend was the first time since the current NFL division alignment was created that all four NFC West teams were winners.  Sadly, it seems that the schedule-makers were anticipating this amazing feat, and in a cruel twist of fate scheduled two intradivision games for this weekend.  Neither team has much offense going for it, but Sam Bradford will win his personal “battle” with Tarvaris Jackson and lead the Rams to victory.  St. Louis 24, Seattle 21.

  • Seattle
    • Start:  RB Marshawn Lynch, WRs Sidney Rice (Probable-concussion) & Doug Baldwin (Probable-concussion), TE Zach Miller
    • Neutral:  QB Tarvaris Jackson (Probable-pectoral), WRs Ben Obomanu & Mike Williams, DEF
    • Sit:  RB Justin Forsett, K Steven Hauschka
  • St. Louis
    • Start:  QB Sam Bradford (Probable-ankle), RB Steven Jackson, WR Brandon Lloyd, DEF
    • Neutral:  WR Austin Pettis & Brandon Gibson (Probable-groin), TEs Lance Kendricks (Probable-foot) & Michael Hoomanawanui, K Josh Brown
    • Sit:  RB Cadillac Williams (Out-calf), WR Danario Alexander (Doubtful-hamstring)

 

Arizona at San Francisco – The second game in the Sad Sack Division’s slate this weekend faces a team with a pretty good offense (Arizona) vs. a team with a pretty good defense (not-the-Arizona).  The Cardinals have been somewhat more respectable the last few weeks with their “Skelton Crew”, but the 49ers’ defense will prove to be the most valuable fantasy entity in this game.  San Francisco 24, Arizona 20.

  • Arizona
    • Start:  QB John Skelton, WR Larry Fitzgerald
    • Neutral:  WRs Early Doucet & Andre Roberts, TE Jeff King, DEF
    • Sit:  QB Kevin Kolb (Questionable-toe), RBs Beanie Wells (Questionable-knee) & LaRod Stephens-Howling (Probable-shoulder), TEs Todd Heap (Questionable-hamstring) & Rob Houssler (Questionable-groin), K Jay Feely
  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Kendal Hunter, WRs Michael Crabtree (Probable-foot) & Braylon Edwards (Probable-knee), TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Alex Smith, K David Akers
    • Sit:  RB Frank Gore (Questionable-knee), TE Delanie Walker

 

San Diego at Chicago – Philip Rivers has yet another match-up that seems close to ideal on paper, but as we’ve all seen the last few weeks, games are won by real-life players who don’t throw crucial interceptions late in games.  Earl Bennett has emerged as former college teammate Jake Cutler’s favorite target the last few weeks; meanwhile, Johnny Knox continues to be one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy this season.  San Diego 27, Chicago 24.

  • San Diego
    • Start:  QB Philip Rivers, WR Vincent Jackson & Vincent Brown, TE Antonio Gates
    • Neutral:  RBs Mike Tolbert & Ryan Mathews, DEF, K Nick Novak
    • Sit:  WR Malcom Floyd (Out-hip)
  • Chicago
    • Start:  RB Matt Forte (Probable-shoulder), WR Earl Bennett
    • Neutral:  RB Marion Barber, DEF, K Robbie Gould
    • Sit:  QB Jay Cutler, WRs Roy Williams, Devin Hester (Probable-ankle), Johnny Knox; TE Kellen Davis

 

Tennessee at Atlanta – Unfortunately for Chris Johnson owners, one week after a game in which he looked more like his old productive self again, Johnson has a very tough match-up with Atlanta’s run defense.  Atlanta continued its Jekyll & Hyde act against the Saints in an overtime loss, but don’t shy away from Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Tony Gonzalez this week.  Atlanta 24, Tennessee 21.

  • Tennessee
    • Start:  QB Matt Hasselbeck, WRs Nate Washington & Damian Williams
    • Neutral:  TE Jared Cook, DEF
    • Sit:  RBs Chris Johnson & Javon Ringer, K Rob Bironas
  • Atlanta
    • Start:  QB Matt Ryan, RB Michael Turner, WR Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Harry Douglas (Probable-thigh), K Matt Bryant
    • Sit:  WR Julio Jones (Questionable-hamstring)

 

Philadelphia at New York Giants (Sunday night) – If Atlanta isn’t the Jekylliest & Hydiest team in the NFL, then the Eagles certainly are.  Another fourth-quarter collapse last weekend at home against the Cardinals has the Philly “faithful” calling for Andy Reid’s head coaching head, if not his GM head.  Michael Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and the remorseful DeSean Jackson will all be in fine form Sunday afternoon, and the Eagles will prevail.  Philadelphia 28, New York 21.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start:  RB LeSean McCoy, WR DeSean Jackson, TE Brent Celek, DEF
    • Neutral:  QB Vince Young, WR Jason Avant, K Alex Henery
    • Sit:  QBs Michael Vick (Out-ribs) & Mike Kafka, WR Jeremy Maclin (Out-shoulder)
  • New York
    • Start:  QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz (Questionable-judgment) & Hakeem Nicks, TE Jake Ballard
    • Neutral:  RB Brandon Jacobs, DEF, WR Mario Manningham (Probable-knee)
    • Sit: RBs Ahmad Bradshaw (Out-foot), D.J. Ware, & Da’Rel Scott; K Lawrence Tynes

Kansas City at New England (Monday night) – This game would have been interesting if both teams had all of their key players, but with the Chiefs’ sideline looking like a triage unit these days, nothing could be further from the truth.  Matt Cassel is the latest key Kansas City offensive player to suffer a season-threatening (if not season-ending) injury, and it’s difficult to imagine Tyler Palko being up to the task of competing mano-a-mano with Tom Brady.  Somewhere Charlie Weiss is laughing.  New England 38, Kansas City 14.

  • Kansas City
    • Start:  WR Dwayne Bowe
    • Neutral:  QB Tyler Palko, RB Jackie Battle, WR Steve Breason
    • Sit:  WR Jonathan Baldwin, TE Leonard Pope, DEF, K Ryan Succop
  • New England
    • Start:  QB Tom Brady, WRs Deion Branch & Wes Welker (Probable-knee), TEs Rob Gronkowski & Aaron Hernandez, DEF, K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Neutral:  RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Questionable-toe)
    • Sit:  RBs Stevan Ridley & Kevin Faulk (Questionable-knee), WR Chad Ochocinco

Good luck this weekend!

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Week 11 Free Agent/Waiver Wire Pickups (Tue 11/15/11)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Which players’ status changed this past week due to injury, benching, etc., and who may be on your league’s waiver wire with the potential to make a difference for your fantasy team?

Note:  this is the last of the bye weeks, and there is a Thursday night game this week (NY Jets @ Denver)

Quarterback

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Matt Schaub (foot)
    • Matt Cassel (hand)
    • Michael Vick (ribs)
    • John Beck (benched)
  • Waiver wire targets (rankings based on projected playing time and Week 10 opponents)
    • Matt Moore (vs Buf)
    • John Skelton (@ SF)
    • Christian Ponder (vs Oak)
    • Sam Bradford (vs Sea)
    • Tyler Palko (@ NE)
    • Colt McCoy (vs Jac)
    • Tarvaris Jackson (@ StL)
    • Mike Kafka (@ NYG)
    • Matt Leinart (bye)

Running Back

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Knowshon Moreno (IR-ACL)
    • Frank Gore (ankle)
    • Willis McGahee (hamstring)
    • LaDainian Tomlinson (leg)
    • Cadillac Williams (calf)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Kendall Hunter (vs Ari)
    • Lance Ball (vs NYJ)
    • Kevin Smith (vs Car)
    • Jacquizz Rodgers (vs Ten)
    • Joe McKnight (@ Den)
    • Dexter McCluster (@ NE)
    • D.J. Ware (vs Phi)
    • Danny Woodhead (vs KC)
    • Phil Tanner (@ Was)
    • Bernard Scott (@ Bal)
    • Donald Brown (bye)
    • Isaac Redman (bye)

Wide Receiver

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Leonard Hankerson (IR-labrum)
    • A.J. Green (knee)
    • Julio Jones (hamstring)
    • Sidney Rice (foot)
    • Doug Baldwin (concussion)
    • Jeremy Maclin (hamstring)
    • Jacoby Ford (foot)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Damian Williams (@ Atl)
    • Earl Bennett (vs SD)
    • Early Doucet (@ SF)
    • Vincent Brown (@ Chi)
    • Davone Bess (vs Buf)
    • Jabar Gaffney (vs Dal)
    • Donald Jones (@ Mia)
    • Josh Cribbs (vs Jac)
    • Austin Pettis (vs Sea)
    • Jeremy Kerley (@ Den)
    • Greg Little (vs Jac)
    • Harry Douglas (vs Ten)
    • Arrelious Benn (@ GB)
    • Nate Burleson (vs Car)
    • Andre Roberts (@ SF)
    • Steve Smith (Phi) (@ NYG)
    • Titus Young (vs Car)
    • Legedu Naanee (@ Det)
    • Michael Jenkins (vs Oak)
    • Braylon Edwards (vs Ari)
    • Ted Ginn Jr (vs Ari)
    • Jonathan Baldwin (@ NE)
    • Chastin West (@ Cle)
    • Andrew Hawkins (@ Bal)
    • Jerricho Cotchery (bye)

Tight Ends

  • Injuries/benchings
    • Jeremy Shockey (side)
    • Owen Daniels (knee)
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Anthony Fasano (vs Buf)
    • Scott Chandler (@ Mia)
    • Jared Cook (@ Atl)
    • Zach Miller (Sea) (@ StL)
    • Ed Dickson (vs Cin)
    • Dennis Pitta (vs Cin)
    • Jeff King (@ SF)
    • Tony Scheffler (vs Car)
    • Delanie Walker (vs Ari)
    • Leonard Pope (@ NE)
    • Michael Hoomanawanui (vs Sea)
    • Jacob Tamme (bye)

Kickers

  • Injuries/benchings
    • N/A
  • Waiver wire targets
    • Dan Carpenter (vs Buf)
    • Josh Scobee (@ Cle)
    • Rob Bironas (@ Atl)

Defenses

  • Waiver wire targets
    • Jacksonville (@ Cle)
    • Seattle (@ StL)
    • St. Louis (vs Sea)
    • Cleveland (vs Jac)

Good luck with your claims!

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