Season 4 of the 4th & Inches Show begins tonight! (Wed 8/28/13)

August 28th, 2013

Hi everyone,

Season 4 of The 4th and Inches Show with Jana & The Sherpa begins tonight at 9:30pm Eastern!

Tonight we’ll preview the 2013 fantasy football season with a focus on top rookies, sleepers, and potential busts by position.

Hope you’re able to tune in and join us!

-The Sherpa  

Sherpa Alert - Guy’s Guy Radio Show - Wed 8/28/13, 7-8pm Eastern (Tue 8/27/13)

August 27th, 2013

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a guest on Robert Manni’s Guys’ Guy’s Radio show tomorrow night (Wed 8/28) from 7-8:00pm Eastern on Blog Talk Radio. We’ll be talking about fantasy football and the upcoming NFL season.

Please tune in and call in (347-945-5834)!

The Sherpa

Video: Fantasy Football Sherpa’s Explanation of Super Bowl Squares (Fri 2/1/13)

February 2nd, 2013

It’s Hip to Play Squares (Wed 1/30/13)

January 31st, 2013

Sunday evening over 100 million Americans will gather in living rooms and bars across the country to watch Super Bowl XLVII.  Some will root for Colin Kaepernick, Patrick Willis, Jim Harbaugh, and the San Francisco 49ers.  Some will root for Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, John Harbaugh, and the Baltimore Ravens.  Many will be more interested in the Super Bowl commercials or Beyonce’s halftime show.

 

Regardless of which team you’re cheering for, much of the most fervent rooting will have little to do with which team is actually winning the game at the Superdome in New Orleans.  For many viewers participating in a Super Bowl squares contest organized by friends, co-workers, or the local watering hole provides more entertainment than the game itself.

 

There are many variations on Super Bowl squares contests, but they all start with a 10-by-10 grid featuring the numbers zero through nine along both the horizontal and vertical axes.  One axis is chosen to represent each of the teams playing, and in the simplest form of the squares game, participants pay a flat fee that buys them one randomly-assigned square on the grid.  At the end of each quarter and the end of the game the winning square is determined by the last digit in each team’s score at that point in the game. 

 

For example, suppose the contest organizer designates the horizontal axis to represent the Ravens’ score and the vertical axis to represent the 49ers’ score.  Then, if the 49ers are leading 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, the person assigned to the (7,0) square would win a predetermined dollar amount or percentage of the total money raised by the selling of squares.

 

Even though the squares may be assigned randomly to participants, the history of the first 46 Super Bowls has shown that not all squares on the grid are created equal.  Here’s a mapping of the 184 quarter-ending scores; I’ve randomly assigned the horizontal axis to the visiting team and the vertical axis to the home team in each of the previous games:

 

Home/Vis

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

0

13

2

3

11

4

3

4

10

0

5

1

2

0

0

1

3

2

1

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

3

6

0

0

6

4

0

5

8

0

0

4

7

1

1

2

1

0

2

7

0

1

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

2

0

0

2

0

0

2

2

0

0

7

10

3

2

5

3

1

4

7

0

3

8

3

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

1

9

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

Before converting this to a table of probabilities by square, it’s helpful to realize that assigning teams to the horizontal or vertical axis is an arbitrary exercise, so there’s no reason to believe that the probability of winning with square (0,3) should be any different than the probability of winning with square (3,0), even if that hasn’t been the case with the empirical data.  So, instead of using the 11 empirical “hits” with square (3,0) and the 6 empirical hits with square (0,3), it makes more sense to calculate square probabilities as though both squares had hit 8.5 times.

 

Once that adjustment is made, here’s what the table of square probabilities based on historical results looks like:

 

Home/Vis

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

0

7.1%

1.1%

0.8%

4.6%

2.9%

1.1%

1.6%

5.3%

0.8%

1.9%

1

1.1%

 

 

0.3%

1.1%

1.1%

0.3%

1.6%

0.3%

0.3%

2

0.8%

 

 

 

0.3%

 

 

0.8%

0.3%

0.3%

3

4.5%

0.3%

 

3.3%

1.6%

 

1.9%

3.5%

 

 

4

3.0%

1.1%

0.3%

1.6%

0.5%

 

0.5%

2.7%

 

0.5%

5

1.1%

1.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 0.3%

 

0.3%

6

1.6%

0.3%

 

1.9%

0.5%

 

1.1%

1.6%

0.8%

0.3%

7

5.4%

1.6%

0.8%

3.5%

2.7%

0.3%

1.6%

3.8%

 

0.8%

8

0.8%

0.3%

0.3%

 

 

 

0.8%

 

 

0.3%

9

1.9%

0.3%

0.3%

 

0.5%

0.3%

0.3%

0.8%

0.3%

 

  

Note:  Blank squares have no “hits” during the first 46 Super Bowls.

 

 

Several observations:

 

  • The top 13 square probabilities account for over 50% of the winning squares (52.6%).

 

  • Almost half of the squares (45) have never been winners.  But take heart - when the score at the end of the third quarter of last year’s Super Bowl was  New England 17, New York 15, that marked the first time that the (7,5) combination had come up in Super Bowl history!
  • In reality the blank squares in the table above have a non-zero probability of being winners.  A larger sample-size would be needed to estimate these probabilities, but keep in mind that the NFL didn’t adopt the two-point conversion until 1994.

 

Enjoy the game!

The Sherpa

Sherpa Alert - Guys’ Guy’s Radio on BTR - Wed Jan 23rd 7-7:30pm (Wed 1/23/13)

January 23rd, 2013

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a guest on Robert Manni’s Guys’ Guy’s Radio show tonight from 7-7:30pm Eastern on Blog Talk Radio. We’ll be talking about the upcoming Super Bowl and social media.

Please tune in and call in (347-945-5834)!

The Sherpa

Sherpa Alert - Guys’ Guy’s Radio on BTR - Wed Jan 16th 7-7:30pm (Sat 1/12/13)

January 12th, 2013

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a guest on Robert Manni’s Guys’ Guy’s Radio show next Wed. (Jan 16th) from 7-7:30pm Eastern on Blog Talk Radio. We’ll be talking about fantasy sports and Super Bowl predictions, among other things.

Please tune in and call in!

The Sherpa

Week 17 Player Recommendations (Sat 12/29/12)

December 29th, 2012

Tampa Bay at Atlanta (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Tampa Bay 35, Atlanta 20.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: QB Josh Freeman, RB Doug Martin, WRs Vincent Jackson & Mike Williams, TE Dallas Clark, K Connor Barth, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Tiquan Underwood
    • Sit: RB LeGarrette Blount
  • Atlanta
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones & Roddy White (Questionable-knee), TE Tony Gonzalez
    • Sit: RBs Michael Turner & Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Harry Douglas, K Matt Bryant, DEF

 

New York Jets at Buffalo – Sherpa says:  Buffalo 27, New York 20.

  • New York
    • Start: RB Shonn Greene
    • Neutral: RB Bilal Powell (Probable-shoulder), WRs Jeremy Kerley & Braylon Edwards (Questionable-hamstring), TE Jeff Cumberland (Probable-wrist), DEF
    • Sit: QBs Mark Sanchez (Probable-back), Tim Tebow (Probable-ribs), & Greg McEvoy (Doubtful-concussion), RB Joe McKnight (Probable-ankle), WRs Chaz Schilens (Doubtful-knee) & Clyde Gates, TE Dustin Keller (Doubtful-ankle), K Nick Folk (Probable-back)
  • Buffalo
    • Start: RB C.J. Spiller (Probable-shoulder), WR Steve Johnson, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR T.J. Graham, K Rian Lindell
    • Sit: TEs Scott Chandler (Out-knee) & Dorin Dickerson (Probable-ankle)

 

Jacksonville at Tennessee – Sherpa says:  Tennessee 28, Jacksonville 17.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: WRs Justin Blackmon & Jordan Shipley, TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, RB Richard Murphy, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Maurice Jones-Drew (IR-foot), Montell Owens (Out-knee), & Rashad Jennings (IR-shoulder), WRs Cecil Shorts (IR-concussion) & Toney Clemons, K Josh Scobee
  • Tennessee
    • Start: WR Kenny Britt (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Jake Locker (Probable-shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (Questionable-ankle), WRs Kendall Wright (Questionable-ribs) & Nate Washington, K Rob Bironas
    • Sit: TE Craig Stevens (Out-concussion)

 

Cleveland at Pittsburgh – Sherpa says:  Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 17.

  • Cleveland
    • Start: TE Ben Watson
    • Neutral: RB Montario Hardesty, WRs Josh Gordon & Greg Little, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Thaddeus Young, Brandon Weeden (Out-shoulder), & Colt McCoy (Out-shoulder); RB Trent Richardson (Out-ankle), WRs Travis Benjamin, Josh Cooper, Mohamed Massaquoi, & Josh Cribbs (Probable-knee); K Phil Dawson
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Rashard Mendenhall, WRs Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Mike Wallace (IR-hip), K Shaun Suisham
    • Sit: RBs Isaac Redman & Jonathan Dwyer, TE Heath Miller (IR-knee)

 

Baltimore at Cincinnati – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 31, Baltimore 24.

  • Baltimore
    • Start: RB Ray Rice, TE Dennis Pitta (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: QB Joe Flacco, WR Torrey Smith, K Justin Tucker
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce, WRs Anquan Boldin (Out-shoulder) & Jacoby Jones (Probable-ankle), TE Ed Dickson, DEF
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, WR A.J. Green, K Josh Brown
    • Neutral: WRs Andrew Hawkins & Marvin Jones, TE Jermaine Gresham, DEF
    • Sit: K Mike Nugent (IR-calf)

 

Chicago at Detroit – Sherpa says:  Chicago 24, Detroit 20.

  • Chicago
    • Start: WR Brandon Marshall, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Jay Cutler, RB Khalil Bell, K Olindo Mare
    • Sit: RB Matt Forte (Probable-ankle), WRs Alshon Jeffery, Earl Bennett, & Devin Hester, TE Kellen Davis
  • Detroit
    • Start: WR Calvin Johnson (Probable-knee), TE Tony Scheffler
    • Neutral: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Mikel Leshoure, DEF
    • Sit: RB Joique Bell, WR Kirk Durham, TE Brandon Pettigrew (Doubtful-ankle) & Will Heller, K Jason Hanson

 

 Houston at Indianapolis – Sherpa says:  Houston 24, Indianapolis 24.

  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, TE Owen Daniels (Probable-hamstring), K Shayne Graham
    • Neutral: QB Matt Schaub, WR Kevin Walter, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Ben Tate (Probable-hamstring & Justin Forsett (Probable-knee), WRs DeVier Posey & Lestar Jean, TE Garrett Graham
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck (Probable-knee), WRs Reggie Wayne & T.Y. Hilton
    • Neutral: WR Donnie Avery (Questionable-shoulder), TE Dwayne Allen, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Sit: RB Vick Ballard, TE Coby Fleener, DEF

 

Carolina at New Orleans – Sherpa says:  Carolina 34, New Orleans 27.

  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen, K Graham Gano
    • Neutral: RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Brandon LaFell (Probable-toe), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart (Out-ankle) & Mike Tolbert, WR Louis Murphy
  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham (Probable-wrist), K Garrett Hartley
    • Neutral: RBs Mark Ingram & Darren Sproles, WR Lance Moore
    • Sit: RBs Chris Ivory (Probable-hamstring) & Pierre Thomas (IR-knee), WR Joseph Morgan, DEF

 

Philadelphia at New York Giants – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 31, New York 28.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start: RB LeSean McCoy, WRs Jeremy Maclin (Probable-knee), TE Brent Celek, K Alex Henery
    • Neutral: QB Michael Vick, WRs Jason Avant (Probable-calf) & Riley Cooper, DEF
    • Sit: QB Nick Foles (IR-hand), RB Bryce Brown, TE Clay Harbor
  • New York
    • Start: QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz, TE Martellus Bennett
    • Neutral: RBs Ahmad Bradshaw (Probable-knee) & David Wilson, WRs Hakeem Nicks (Questionable-knee), Domenik Hixon, & Rueben Randle; K Lawrence Tynes
    • Sit: DEF

 

Green Bay at Minnesota (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 27, Minnesota 20.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR James Jones, TE Jermichael Finley, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Ryan Grant, WRs Jordy Nelson (Probable-hamstring) & Greg Jennings, K Mason Crosby
    • Sit: RBs James Starks (Out-knee) & Alex Green (Probable-concussion), WRs Donald Driver & Randall Cobb (Questionable-ankle)
  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Adrian Peterson (Probable-abdomen), TE Kyle Rudolph
    • Neutral: WRs Jarius Wright & Jerome Simpson, DEF
    • Sit: QB Christian Ponder, RB Toby Gerhart, WR Michael Jenkins, K Blair Walsh

 

Miami at New England – Sherpa says:  New England 37, Miami 21.

  • Miami
    • Start: RB Reggie Bush, WR Brian Hartline (Probable-back)
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Lamar Miller, TE Anthony Fasano, WR Armon Binns (Probable-back)
    • Sit: RB Daniel Thomas, WR Davone Bess (Out-back), Ks Nate Kaeding & Dan Carpenter (IR-groin), DEF
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, WRs Wes Welker (Questionable-ankle) & Brandon Lloyd (Questionable-knee), TE Aaron Hernandez (Questionable-ankle), K Stephen Gostkowski, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Danny Woodhead & Shane Vereen
    • Sit: TE Rob Gronkowski (Questionable-forearm)

 

Oakland at San Diego – Sherpa says:  San Diego 20, Oakland 17.

  • Oakland
    • Start: WR Rod Streater, TE Brandon Myers (Probable-shoulder), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Darren McFadden, WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey & Denarius Moore
    • Sit: QBs Carson Palmer (Out-ribs) & Matt Leinart, RBs Marcel Reece & Mike Goodson, WR Juron Criner (Probable-hip), K Sebastian Janikowski
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Philp Rivers, WR Danario Alexander, TE Antonio Gates, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Jackie Battle & Ronnie Brown (Questionable-hamstring), WR Eddie Royal
    • Sit: WR Robert Meachem, K Nick Novak

 

Kansas City at Denver – Sherpa says:  Denver 31, Kansas City 17.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: RB Jamaal Charles, WR Jonathan Baldwin
    • Sit: QB Brady Quinn, RB Peyton Hillis, WRs Dexter McCluster & Terrance Copper (Out-knee), TE Tony Moeaki (Questionable-concussion), K Ryan Succop, DEF
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Knowshon Moreno (Probable-ribs), WRs Demaryius Thomas & Eric Decker, K Matt Prater, DEF
    • Neutral: TEs Jacob Tamme & Joel Dreessen
    • Sit: N/A

 

Arizona at San Francisco – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 28, Arizona 3.

  • Arizona
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: WR Larry Fitzgerald, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Brian Hoyer & Ryan Lindley, RBs Beanie Wells & LaRod Stephens-Howling, WRs Michael Floyd, Early Doucet (Out-concussion), & Andre Roberts; TEs Rob Housler (IR-shoulder) & Jeff King, K Jay Feely
  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-knee), WR Michael Crabtree, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB LaMichael James, TEs Vernon Davis (Questionable-concussion) & Delanie Walker, K David Akers
    • Sit: WRs Randy Moss & Mario Manningham (IR-knee)

 

St. Louis at Seattle – Sherpa says:  Seattle 27, St. Louis 20.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: TE Lance Kendricks
    • Neutral: QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson (Probable-foot), WRs Danny Amendola, Chris Givens, & Brandon Gibson, DEF
    • Sit: RB Darryl Richardson, K Greg Zuerlein, WR Austin Pettis (Probable-shoulder)
  • Seattle
    • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch (Probable-back), WRs Golden Tate & Doug Baldwin, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Sidney Rice (Probable-knee), K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: RB Robert Turbin, TE Zach Miller

 

Dallas at Washington (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Washington 35, Dallas 24.

  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, WRs Dez Bryant (Probable-finger) & Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: RB DeMarco Murray (Probable-foot), K Dan Bailey
    • Sit: RB Felix Jones (Probable-knee), DEF
  • Washington
    • Start: QB Robert Griffin III (Probable-knee), RB Alfred Morris, WRs Santana Moss & Pierre Garcon (Probable-foot), K Kai Forbath
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: RB Evan Royster, WRs Leonard Hankerson & Joshua Morgan (Probable-hand), TE Logan Paulsen

 

Good luck this weekend, and have a great offseason!

The Sherpa

Week 16 Player Recommendations (Sat 12/22/12)

December 22nd, 2012

Atlanta at Detroit (Saturday night) – Sherpa says:  Detroit 31, Atlanta 24.

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, TE Tony Gonzalez
    • Neutral: RB Michael Turner, WR Roddy White (Questionable-knee), K Matt Bryant
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Harry Douglas (Probable-ribs), DEF
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson (Probable-knee), TE Tony Scheffler, K Jason Hanson
    • Neutral: RBs Mikel Leshoure (Probable-calf) & Joique Bell, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Mike Thomas & Kris Durham, TE Brandon Pettigrew (Doubtful-ankle)

 

Washington at Philadelphia (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Washington 31, Philadelphia 28.

  • Washington
    • Start: RB Alfred Morris, WRs Santana Moss & Pierre Garcon (Probable-foot), K Kai Forbath
    • Neutral: QB Robert Griffin III (Probable-knee) or QB Kirk Cousins [whoever starts], WR Joshua Morgan, TE Logan Paulsen, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Evan Royster & Darrel Young, WRs Leonard Hankerson & Aldrick Robinson
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy (Probable-concussion), WRs Jeremy Maclin (Probable-back), Jason Avant (Probable-hamstring), & Riley Cooper (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: RB Bryce Brown, TE Brent Celek (Probable-concussion), K Alex Henery
    • Sit: QB Michael Vick (Probable-concussion), TE Clay Harbor, DEF

 

Minnesota at Houston – Sherpa says:  Houston 31, Minnesota 20.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: WRs Jarius Young & Jerome Simpson, TE Kyle Rudolph
    • Neutral: QB Christian Ponder, RB Adrian Peterson (Probable-chest)
    • Sit: RB Toby Gerhart, WR Michael Jenkins, K Blair Walsh, DEF
  • Houston
    • Start: QB Matt Schaub, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, TE Owen Daniels (Probable-hamstring), K Shayne Graham, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Kevin Walter
    • Sit: RBs Ben Tate (Probable-hamstring) & Justin Forsett (Probable-knee), WRs DeVier Posey, Lestar Jean, & Keshawn Martin; TE Garrett Graham

 

Indianapolis at Kansas City – Sherpa says:  Indianapolis 24, Kansas City 20.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: RB Vick Ballard, WRs Reggie Wayne & T.Y. Hilton, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Andrew Luck (Probable-knee), WR Donnie Avery, TE Dwayne Allen, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Sit: TE Coby Fleener, RB Delone Carter (Out-ankle)
  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: QB Brady Quinn (Probable-ribs), RB Peyton Hillis, WRs Jonathan Baldwin, Dexter McCluster, Steve Breaston, & Terrance Copper (Probable-hamstring), TE Tony Moeaki (Doubtful-concussion), K Ryan Succop

 

Buffalo at Miami – Sherpa says:  Buffalo 30, Miami 27.

  • Buffalo
    • Start: RB C.J. Spiller (Probable-shoulder), WR Steve Johnson, TE Scott Chandler (Probable-foot)
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR T.J. Graham, K Rian Lindell, DEF
    • Sit: WR Donald Jones (IR-calf)
  • Miami
    • Start: RB Reggie Bush
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, WRs Brian Hartline (Questionable-back) & Armon Binns (Probable-ankle), TE Anthony Fasano, K Dan Carpenter
    • Sit: RBs Daniel Thomas & Lamar Miller, WR Davone Bess (Out-back), DEF

 

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 28, Pittsburgh 21.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: WR A.J. Green, TE Jermaine Gresham, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Andy Dalton, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, WR Andrew Hawkins, K Josh Brown or K Mike Nugent (Questionable-concussion) [whoever starts]
    • Sit: WR Marvin Jones
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roesthlisberger, WR Mike Wallace, TE Heath Miller
    • Neutral: WRs Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-ribs), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, & Chris Rainey; K Shaun Suisham

 

St. Louis at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says:  Tampa Bay  28, St. Louis 24.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: QB Sam Bradford, WRs Danny Amendola & Brandon Gibson, TE Lance Kendricks
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, WR Chris Givens, K Greg Zuerlein, DEF
    • Sit: RB Darryl Richardson
  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: QB Josh Freeman, RB Doug Martin, WRs Vincent Jackson & Mike Williams (Probable-wrist), TE Dallas Clark
    • Neutral: WR Tiquan Underwood, K Connor Barth, DEF
    • Sit: RB LeGarrette Blount

 

New Orleans at Dallas – Sherpa says:  Dallas 27, New Orleans 24.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: RB Mark Ingram, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham (Probable-wrist)
    • Neutral: QB Drew Brees, RBs Darren Sproles & Pierre Thomas (Probable-knee), WR Lance Moore, K Garrett Hartley, DEF
    • Sit: RB Chris Ivory (Questionable-hamstring)
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, WRs Miles Austin & Dez Bryant (Probable-finger), TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: RB DeMarco Murray (Probable-foot), K Dan Bailey, DEF
    • Sit: RB Felix Jones (Probable-knee)

 

Tennessee at Green Bay – Sherpa says:  Greeen Bay 31, Tennessee 24.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: RB Chris Johnson, WR Kenny Britt (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: QB Jake Locker (Probable-shoulder), WRs Kendall Wright (Questionable-rib) & Nate Washington
    • Sit: TE Craig Stevens
  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers (Probable-ankle), WRs James Jones & Greg Jennings, TE Jermichael Finley, K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral: WR Randall Cobb (Probable-shoulder), DEF
    • Sit: RBs James Starks (Out-knee), Alex Green (Questionable-concussion), Dujuan Harris, John Kuhn, & Ryan Grant; WRs Jordy Nelson (Out-hamstring) & Donald Driver

 

New England at Jacksonville – Sherpa says:  New England 42, Jacksonville 7.

  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, WRs Wes Welker (Questionable-ankle) & Brandon Lloyd (Questionable-knee), TE Aaron Hernandez
    • Neutral: RBs Shane Vereen & Danny Woodhead
    • Sit: TE Rob Gronkowski (Questionable-forearm)
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: WR Cecil Shorts
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, WRs Justin Blackmon & Jordan Shipley, TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Sit: RBs Montel Owens, Maurice Jones-Drew (Out-foot), & Rashad Jennings (Out-concussion); K Josh Scobee, DEF

 

Oakland at Carolina – Sherpa says:  Carolina 34, Oakland 20.

  • Oakland
    • Start: RB Darren McFadden, TE Brandon Myers
    • Neutral: QB Carson Palmer, WRs Rod Streater, Darrius Heyward-Bey, & Denarius Moore
    • Sit: RB Marcel Reece, WR Juron Criner (Questionable-hip), K Sebastian Janikowski, DEF
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Steve Smith,  TE Greg Olsen, K Graham Gano, DEF
    • Neutral: RB DeAngelo Williams
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart (Questionable-ankle) & Mike Tolbert, WRs Louis Murphy & Brandon LaFell (Probable-toe)

 

San Diego at New York Jets – Sherpa says:  San Diego 20, New York 17.

  • San Diego
    • Start: TE Antonio Gates, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Curtis Brinkley & Jackie Battle, WR Danario Alexander
    • Sit: QB Philip Rivers, RBs Ryan Mathews (IR-shoulder) & Ronnie Brown (Probable-hamstring), WRs Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem, & Eddie Royal (Probable-hamstring); K Nick Novak
  • New York Jets
    • Start: WR Jeremy Kerley, TE Jeff Cumberland (Probable-ankle), DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Shonn Greene & Bilal Powell (Probable-shoulder)
    • Sit: QBs Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow (Probable-ribs), & Mark Sanchez (Probable-back); RB Joe McKnight (Probable-ankle), WRs Braylon Edwards (Questionable-hamstring) & Chaz Schilens (Questionable-calf), TE Dustin Keller (Doubtful-ankle)

Cleveland at Denver (Sunday late) - Sherpa says: Denver 34, Cleveland 17.

  • Cleveland
    • Start: WR Josh Gordon
    • Neutral: RB Trent Richardson (Probable-ribs), WR Greg Little, TE Ben Watson
    • Sit: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Montario Hardesty (Probable-knee), WR Travis Benjamin (Probable-finger), Mohamed Massaquoi (Out-knee), & Josh Cribbs (Probable-knee), K Phil Dawson, DEF
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, WRs Eric Decker (Probable-ankle) & Demaryius Thomas, K Matt Prater, DEF
    • Neutral:  RB Knowshon Moreno (Probable-ribs), TEs Jacob Tamme & Joel Dreessen
    • Sit: RB Ronnie Hillman, WRs Brandon Stokley & Matthew Willis (Probable-knee)

 

New York Giants at Baltimore – Sherpa says:  Baltimore 34, New York 31.

  • New York
    • Start: QB Eli Manning, WRs Victor Cruz & Hakeem Nicks (Probable-knee), TE Martellus Bennett, K Lawrence Tynes
    • Neutral: RBs Ahmad Bradshaw (Questionable-knee) & David Wilson, WR Domenik Hixon
    • Sit: WR Rueben Randle (Probable-back), DEF
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, WR Anquan Boldin, TE Dennis Pitta, K Justin Tucker
    • Neutral: WRs Jacoby Jones & Torrey Smith (Questionable-concussion)
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce (Questionable-concussion), TE Ed Dickson (Probable-knee), DEF

 

Chicago at Arizona – Sherpa says:  Chicago 20, Arizona 6.

  • Chicago
    • Start: RB Matt Forte, WR Brandon Marshall (Probable-hamstring), DEF
    • Neutral: TE Kellen Davis
    • Sit: QB Jay Cutler, RB Michael Bush, WR Earl Bennett (Questionable-concussion), Devin Hester, & Alshon Jeffery, K Olindo Mare
  • Arizona
    • Start: DEF
    • Neutral: RB Beanie Wells, WR Larry Fitzgerald, TE Rob Housler (Questionable-knee)
    • Sit: QB Ryan Lindley, RB LaRod Stephens-Hwoling, WRs Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts, & Early Doucet (Out-concussion); TEs Jeff King & Todd Heap, K Jay Feely

 

San Francisco at Seattle (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 24, Seattle 20.

  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-wrist), WR Michael Crabtree, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB LaMichael James, TE Vernon Davis, K David Akers (Probable-pelvis)
    • Sit: WRs Randy Moss & Mario Manningham (Questionable-shoulder), TE Delanie Walker
  • Seattle
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch (Probable-back), WRs Sidney Rice (Questionable-knee) & Golden Tate, DEF
    • Sit: RB Robert Turbin, WRs Doug Baldwin & Ben Obomanu, TEs Zach Miller, K Steven Hauschka

Good luck this weekend!
The Sherpa

Week 15 Player Recommendations (Sat 12/15/12)

December 13th, 2012

Cincinnati at Philadelphia (Thursday night) – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 28, Cincinnati 27.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, WRs A.J. Green & Andrew Hawkins, TE Jermaine Gresham
    • Neutral: RB BenJarvus Green-Eillis, WR Marvin Jones, K Josh Brown, DEF
    • Sit: RB Cedric Peerman (Doubtful-ankle), K Mike Nugent (Doubtful-calf)
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB Bryce Brown, WR Jason Avant, TE Clay Harbor
    • Neutral: WRs Jeremy Maclin (Probable-groin) & Riley Cooper, K Alex Henery, DEF
    • Sit: QB Michael Vick (Out-concussion), RB LeSean McCoy (Out-concussion), TE Brent Celek (Out-concussion)

 

New York Giants at Atlanta (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  New York 34, Atlanta 28.

  • New York
    • Start: QB Eli Manning, RB David Wilson, WRs Victor Cruz & Hakeem Nicks (Probable-knee), TE Martellus Bennett, K Lawrence Tynes
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Out-knee), WRs Domenik Hixon, Rueben Randle, & Ramses Barden
  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, TE Tony Gonzalez
    • Neutral: RBs Michael Turner & Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Roddy White (Questionable-knee), K Matt Bryant
    • Sit: WR Harry Douglas (Questionable-ribs), DEF

 

Minnesota at St. Louis – Sherpa says:  St. Louis 24, Minnesota 20.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Adrian Peterson (Probable-chest), TE Kyle Rudolph (Probable-shoulder)
    • Neutral: WRs Jarrius Wright & Michael Jenkins, DEF
    • Sit: QB Christian Ponder, RB Toby Gerhart, WR Devin Aromashodu, K Blair Walsh
  • St. Louis
    • Start: QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson (Probable-foot), WRs Brandon Gibson & Chris Givens, DEF
    • Neutral: TE Lance Kendricks, K Greg Zuerlein
    • Sit: RB Darryl Richardon, WR Danny Amendola (Probable-foot)

 

Tampa Bay at New Orleans – Sherpa says:  Tampa Bay 34, New Orleans 31.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: QB Josh Freeman, RB Doug Martin, WRs Vincent Jackson & Mike Williams, TE Dallas Clark, K Connor Barth
    • Neutral: WR Tiquan Underwood
    • Sit: RB LeGarrette Blount, DEF
  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WRs Marques Colston & Lance Moore, TE Jimmy Graham, K Garrett Hartley
    • Neutral: RBs Pierre Thomas & Darren Sproles, WRs Joseph Morgan & Devery Henderson
    • Sit: RBs Mark Ingram & Chris Ivory (Out-hamstring), TE David Thomas, DEF

 

Jacksonville at Miami – Sherpa says:  Miami 23, Jacksonville 13.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: WRs Justin Blackmon & Cecil Shorts (Probable-concussion), TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, RB Montel Owens, WR Jordan Shipley, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Maurice Jones-Drew (Out-foot) & Rashad Jennings (Out-concussion), K Josh Scobee
  • Miami
    • Start: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Reggie Bush, WR Brian Hartline (Probable-glute), DEF
    • Neutral: TE Anthony Fasano, K David Carpenter
    • Sit: RBs Daniel Thomas & Lamar Miller, WR Davone Bess

 

Indianapolis at Houston – Sherpa says:  Houston 37, Indianapolis 24.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck (Probable-knee), WRs Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery (Probable-ribs), & T.Y. Hilton
    • Neutral: RB Vick Ballard, TE Dwayne Allen, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Sit: TE Coby Fleener, DEF
  • Houston
    • Start: QB Matt Schaub, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, TE Owen Daniels (Probable-back), K Shayne Graham
    • Neutral: RB Ben Tate (Probable-hamstring), WRs Kevin Walter & Lestar Jean (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Sit: RB Justin Forsett (Probable-knee), WRs DeVier Posey & Keshawn Martin, TE Garrett Graham (Probable-concussion)

 

Washington at Cleveland – Sherpa says:  Washington 30, Cleveland 21.

  • Washington
    • Start: RB Alfred Morris, WRs Pierre Garcon (Probable-foot) & Santana Moss, K Kai Forbath, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Robert Griffin III (Questionable-knee) or QB Kirk Cousins (whoever starts), WRs Josh Morgan & Leonard Hankerson
    • Sit: RBs Evan Royster & Darrel Young, WR Aldrick Robinson, TE Logan Paulsen
  • Cleveland
    • Start: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Trent Richardson (Probable-ribs), WR Josh Gordon, TE Ben Watson
    • Neutral: WR Greg Little
    • Sit: RB Montario Hardesty (Probable-knee), WRs Mohamed Massaquoi, Travis Benjamin (Probable-finger) & Joshua Cribbs (Probable-knee); K Phil Dawson, DEF

 

Green Bay at Chicago – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 24, Chicago 21.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Randall Cobb, TE Jermichael Finley, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Alex Green, WRs Greg Jennings & James Jones, K Mason Crosby
    • Sit: RBs James Starks (Out-knee), Dujuan Harris, Ryan Grant, & John Kuhn; WRs Jordy Nelson (Out-hamstring) & Donald Driver (Questionable-thumb)
  • Chicago
    • Start: RB Matt Forte, WR Brandon Marshall
    • Neutral: QB Jay Cutler (Probable-neck) or QB Jason Campbell (whoever starts), WRs Alshon Jeffery & Devin Hester, TE Kellen Davis (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Sit: RB Michael Bush (Questionable-ribs), WR Earl Bennett (Out-concussion), Ks Robbie Gould (IR-calf) & Olindo Mare

 

Denver at Baltimore – Sherpa says:  Denver 31,  Baltimore 28.

  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Knowshon Moreno, WRs Demaryius Thomas (Probable-shoulder) & Eric Decker, K Matt Prater
    • Neutral: WR Brandon Stokley, TEs Jacob Tamme & Joel Dreessen, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Ronnie Hillman & Lance Ball, WR Matt Willis (Probable-knee)
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice (Probable-hip), WRs Anquan Bldin & Torrey Smith, TE Dennis Pitta
    • Neutral: WR Jacoby Jones (Probable-ankle), K Justin Tucker
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce (Probable-back), TE Ed Dickson (Doubtful-back), DEF

 

Carolina at San Diego (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Carolina 24, San Diego 23.

  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: WR Lance Murphy (Probable-hamstring), K Billy Cundiff, DEF
    • Sit: RBs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart (Out-ankle), & Matt Tolbert; WR Brandon LaFell (Questionable-toe)
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Danario Alexander, TE Anthony Gates
    • Neutral: WRs Malcom Floyd & Robert Meachem, K Nick Novak, DEF
    • Sit: RB Ronnie Brown (Doubtful-hamstring), WR Eddie Royal (Questionable-hamstring)

 

Seattle at Buffalo – Sherpa says:  Buffalo 27, Seattle 24.

  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch (Probable-back)
    • Neutral: QB Russel Wilson, WRs Doug Baldwin & Golden Tate, TE Zach Miller, K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: RB Robert Turbin, WR Sidney Rice (Probable-foot) & Ben Obomanu, TE Evan Moore
  • Buffalo
    • Start: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB C.J. Spiller (Probable-shoulder), WR Steve Johnson, TE Scott Chandler
    • Neutral: WR T.J. Graham & Donald Jones (Questionable-calf), K Rian Lindell, DEF
    • Sit: RB Fred Jackson (IR-knee)

 

Detroit at Arizona – Sherpa says:  Detroit 27, Arizona 10.

  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson (Probable-knee), TE Tony Scheffler
    • Neutral: RBs Mikel Leshoure & Joique Bell, WRs Krish Durham & Mike Thomas
    • Sit: TEs Will Heller & Brandon Pettigrew (Doubtful-ankle)
  • Arizona
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: TE Rob Housler (Questionable-knee), DEF
    • Sit: QB Rian Lindley, QB John Skelton, or QB Kevin Kolb (whoever starts); RBs Beanie Wells (Probable-knee), LaRod Stephens-Howling, & Anthony Sherman; WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Early Doucet (Out-concussion), Andre Roberts (Probable-ankle), & Michael Floyd; TEs Jeff King & Todd Heap, K Jay Feely

    Kansas City at Oakland - Sherpa says: Kansas City 23, Oakland 20.

    • Kansas City
      • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, TE Tony Moeaki, DEF
      • Neutral: RB Peyton Hillis, WRs Dexter McCluster, Jonathan Baldwin, & Terrance Copper; K Ryan Succop
      • Sit: QB Brady Quinn, RB Shaun Draughn, WRs Dwayne Bowe (Out-ribs) & Steve Breaston
    • Oakland
      • Start: WR Rod Streater, TE Brandon Myers
      • Neutral:  QB Carson Palmer, RBs Marcel Reece & Mike Goodson, WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey & Danarius Moore, DEF
      • Sit: RBs Darren McFadden (Probable-ankle) & Taiwan Jones, WR Juron Criner, K Sebastian Janikowski

     

    Pittsburgh at Dallas – Sherpa says:  Dallas 24, Pittsburgh 21.

    • Pittsburgh
      • Start: RB Jonathan Dwyer, WR Mike Wallace, TE Heath Miller
      • Neutral: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WRs Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-shoulder), DEF
      • Sit: RBs Rashard Mendenhall (Out-suspension), Isaac Redman, & Chris Rainey, K Shaun Suisham
    • Dallas
      • Start: WR Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten, DEF
      • Neutral: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray (Probable-foot), WR Dez Bryant (Questionable-finger), K Dan Bailey
      • Sit: RB Felix Jones (Probable-knee), WRs Kevin Ogletree & Dwayne Harris

     

    San Francisco at New England (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  New England 34, San Francisco 27.

    • San Francisco
      • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-wrist), WR Michael Crabtree, TE Vernon Davis
      • Neutral: QB Collin Kaeperneck, WR Randy Moss, K David Akers (Probable-pelvis)
      • Sit: RBs LaMichael James & Brandon Jacobs (Out-suspension), WR Mario Manningham (Doubtful-shoulder), DEF
    • New England
      • Start: QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Wes Welker (Questionable-ankle), TE Aaron Hernandez (Questionable-ankle), K Stephen Gostkowski
      • Neutral: RB Shane Vereen, WR Brandon Lloyd (Questionable-knee), DEF
      • Sit: RB Danny Woodhead, WR Donte Stallworth (IR-ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (Questionable-forearm)

     

    New York Jets at Tennessee (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  Tennessee 23, New York 20.

    • New York
      • Start: RB Shonn Greene, WR Jeremy Kerley, TE Jeff Cumberland (Probable-wrist)
      • Neutral: RB Bilal Powell (Questionable-shoulder), DEF
      • Sit: QB Mark Sanchez (Probable-back), RB Joe McKnight (Probable-ankle), WRs Stephen Hill (Doubtful-knee), Braylon Edwards (Questionable-hamstring), & Clyde Gates (Questionable-concussion), TE Dustin Keller (Doubtful-ankle), K Nick Folk
    • Tennessee
      • Start: RB Chris Johnson (Probable-ankle), WR Kenny Britt (Probable-knee), DEF
      • Neutral: QB Jake Locker (Probable-shoulder), WRs Nate Washington & Kendall Wright, K Rob Bironas
      • Sit: TEs Craig Stevens & Jared Cook (IR-rotator cuff)

    Good luck this weekend!
    The Sherpa

    Week 14 Player Recommendations (Thu 12/6/12)

    December 6th, 2012

    Denver at Oakland (Thursday early) – Sherpa says:  Denver 31, Oakland 20.

    • Denver
      • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Knowshon Moreno, WRs Demaryius Thomas & Eric Decker, TE Jacob Tamme, K Matt Prater, DEF
      • Neutral: WR Matthew Willis (Probable-knee), TE Joel Dreessen
      • Sit: RBs Ronnie Hillman & Lance Ball, WR Brandon Stokley (Questionable-hip)
    • Oakland
      • Start: QB Carson Palmer (Probable-thumb), WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey & Denarius Moore, TE Brandon Myers (Probable-shoulder)
      • Neutral: RB Marcel Reece (Probable-hamstring), WRs Rod Streater & Juron Criner (Probable-shoulder)
      • Sit: RBs Jeremy Stewart, Darren McFadden (Probable-ankle), Mike Goodson (Probable-ankle), & Taiwan Jones (Probable-ankle), K Sebastian Janikowski, DEF

    St. Louis at Buffalo (in Toronto) (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Buffalo 28, St. Louis 27.

    • St. Louis
      • Start: RB Steven Jackson (Probable-foot), WR Chris Givens
      • Neutral: QB Sam Bradford, RB Darry Richardson, WR Brandon Gibson, TE Lance Kendricks, K Greg Zuerlein, DEF
      • Sit: WR Danny Amendola (Questionable-foot)
    • Buffalo
      • Start: RBs Fred Jackson & C.J. Spiller (Probable-shoulder), WR Steve Johnson (Probable-hamstring), TE Scott Chandler (Probable-groin)
      • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Donald Jones (Probable-calf), K Rian Lindell, DEF
      • Sit: WR T.J. Graham (Questionable-ankle)

     

    Baltimore at Washington – Sherpa says:  Washington 35, Baltimore 24.

    • Baltimore
      • Start: QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, WRs Torrey Smith & Anquan Boldin, TE Dennis Pitta
      • Neutral: WR Jacoby Jones (Questionable-ankle), K Justin Tucker
      • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce, TE Ed Dickson (Questionable-knee), DEF
    • Washington
      • Start: QB Robert Griffin III,  RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon (Probable-foot), K Kai Forbath
      • Neutral: WRs Joshua Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, & Aldrick Robinson, TE Logan Paulsen, DEF
      • Sit: RBs Evan Royster & Darrel Young

    Philadelphia at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says:  Tampa Bay 31, Philadelphia 30.

    • Philadelphia
      • Start: QB Nick Foles, WRs Jeremy Maclin & Jason Avant, TE Brent Celek, K Alex Henery
      • Neutral: WR Riley Cooper
      • Sit: QB Michael Vick (Doubtful-concussion), RBs LeSean McCoy (Doubtful-concussion) & Bryce Brown
    • Tampa Bay
      • Start: QB Josh Freeman, RB Doug Martin, WRs Vincent Jackson (Probable-calf) & Mike Williams, TE Dallas Clark, K Conor Barth
      • Neutral: WR Tiquan Underwood
      • Sit: RB LeGarrette Blount, DEF

     

    San Diego at Pittsburgh – Sherpa says:  Pittsburgh 21, San Diego 13.

    • San Diego
      • Start: TE Antonio Gates, DEF
      • Neutral: RB Ryan Mathews, WRs Danario Alexander & Malcom Floyd
      • Sit: QB Philip Rivers, RB Ronnie Brown, WRs Robert Meachem & Eddie Royal (Questionable-hamstring), K Nick Novak
    • Pittsburgh
      • Start: WR Mike Wallace (Probable-knee), TE Heath Miller, DEF
      • Neutral: QB Ben Roethlisberger or QB Charlie Batch (whoever starts), RB Jonathan Dwyer, WRs Antonio Brown (Probable-ankle) & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-shoulder)
      • Sit: RBs Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, & Chris Rainey, K Shaun Suisham

     

    Chicago at Minnesota – Sherpa says:  Chicago 21, Minnesota 20.

    • Chicago
      • Start: RB Matt Forte, WR Brandon Marshall, DEF
      • Neutral: QB Jay Cutler
      • Sit: RB Michael Bush (Probable-ribs), WRs Early Bennett (Out-concussion), Devin Hester (Questionable-concussion) & Alshon Jeffery (Questionable-knee), TE Kellen Davis, K Robbie Gould
    • Minnesota
      • Start: RB Adrian Peterson, TE Kyle Rudolph (Probable-shoulder), DEF
      • Neutral: WR Jarrius Wright
      • Sit: QB Christian Ponder, RB Toby Gerhart, WRs Percy Harvin (IR-ankle), Jerome Simpson, Michael Jenkins, & Devin Aromashodu; TE John Carlson, K Blair Walsh

     

    Atlanta at Carolina – Sherpa says:  Carolina 28, Atlanta 24.

    • Atlanta
      • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones & Roddy White, TE Tony Gonzalez
      • Neutral: RBs Michael Turner (Probable-elbow) & Jacquizz Rodgers, K Matt Bryant, DEF
      • Sit: RB Jason Snelling, WR Harry Douglas
    • Carolina
      • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Steve Smith
      • Neutral: RB DeAngelo Williams, TE Greg Olsen (Questionable-back), K Graham Gano, DEF
      • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart (Questionable-ankle) & Mike Tolbert, WRs Brandon LaFell (Questionable-toe) & Louis Murphy

     

    Dallas at Cincinnati – Sherpa says:  Dallas 28, Cincinnati 27.

    • Dallas
      • Start: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray (Probable-foot), WRs Dez Bryant & Miles Austin (Probable-hip), TE Jason Witten
      • Neutral: K Dan Bailey, DEF
      • Sit: RB Felix Jones (Probable-knee), WR Kevin Ogletree
    • Cincinnati
      • Start: QB Andy Dalton, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, WR A.J. Green
      • Neutral: WR Andrew Hawkins, TE Jermaine Gresham (Questionable-hamstring), K Josh Brown (if he plays), DEF
      • Sit: RB Cedric Peerman (Questionable-ankle), WRs Armon Binns & Marvin Jones, K Mike Nugent (Questionable-calf)

     

    Kansas City at Cleveland – Sherpa says:  Kansas City 24, Cleveland 20.

    • Kansas City
      • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe, TE Tony Moeaki, DEF
      • Neutral: QB Brady Quinn, WR Dexter McCluster, K Ryan Succop
      • Sit: RBs Peyton Hillis & Shaun Draughn, WR Steve Breaston
    • Cleveland
      • Start: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Trent Richardson (Probable-ribs), WR Josh Gordon
      • Neutral: WR Mohamed Massaquoi, TE Ben Watson, DEF
      • Sit: RB Montario Hardesty, WRs Greg Little, Josh Cooper, Joshua Cribbs (Questionable-shoulder), & Travis Benjamin, TE Jordan Cameron (Probable-groin), K Phil Dawson

     

    Tennessee at Indianapolis – Sherpa says:  Indianapolis 35, Tennessee 28.

    • Tennessee
      • Start: QB Jake Locker (Probable-shoulder), RB Chris Johnson, WR Kenny Britt (Probable-knee) & Nate Washington, TE Jared Cook (Probable-neck)
      • Neutral: WR Kendall Wright, K Rob Bironas
      • Sit: WR Damian Williams (Questionable-hamstring), DEF
    • Indianapolis
      • Start: QB Andrew Luck (Probable-knee), RB Vick Ballard, WRs Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, & Donnie Avery; K Adam Vinatieri
      • Neutral: TE Dwayne Allen, DEF
      • Sit: RB Donald Brown (Questionable-ankle), TE Coby Fleener

     

    New York Jets at Jacksonville – Sherpa says:  New York 24, Jacksonville 14.

    • New York
      • Start: RB Shonn Greene, WR Jermey Kerley (Probable-hamstring), DEF
      • Neutral: QB Mark Sanchez (Probable-back), RB Bilal Powell (Probable-shoulder), WR Stephen Hill (Questionable-knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (Probable-wrist), K Nick Folk
      • Sit: QBs Greg McElroy & Tim Tebow (Questionable-ribs), WRs Chaz Schilens (Probable-knee) & Clyde Gates (Questionable-concussion), TE Dustin Keller (Questionable-ankle)
    • Jacksonville
      • Start: TE Marcedes Lewis
      • Neutral: RB Montell Owens, WRs Cecil Shorts (Questionable-concussion) & Justin Blackmon, DEF
      • Sit: QB Chad Henne, RB Rashad Jennings (Questionable-concussion) & Maurice Jones-Drew (Questionable-foot), K Josh Scobee

     

    Miami at San Francisco (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 27, Miami 17.

    • Miami
      • Start: RB Reggie Bush, WR Brian Hartline
      • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, WR Davone Bess, DEF
      • Sit: RBs Daniel Thomas & Lance Miller, TE Anthony Fasano (Probable-hip), K Dan Carpenter
    • San Francisco
      • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-wrist), WR Michael Crabtree, TE Vernon Davis, DEF
      • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick, WRs Mario Manningham (Questionable-shoulder) & Randy Moss, K David Akers (Probable-pelvis)
      • Sit: RBs LeMichael James & Brandon Jacobs, TE Delanie Walker

    New Orleans at New York Giants - Sherpa says: New York 37, New Orleans 28.

    • New Orleans
      • Start: QB Drew Brees, WRs Marques Colston & Lance Moore, TE Jimmy Graham
      • Neutral: RBs Pierre Thomas & Darren Sproles, WR Devery Henderson, K Garrett Hartley
      • Sit: RBs Mark Ingram & Chris Ivory, TE Dave Thomas (Probable-knee), DEF
    • New York
      • Start: QB Eli Manning, RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Probable-foot), WR Victor Cruz, TE Martellus Bennett, K Lawrence Tynes
      • Neutral:  WRs Hakeem Nicks (Questionable-knee) & Rueben Randle, DEF
      • Sit: RBs David Wilson & Kregg Lumpkin, WRs Ramses Barden & Domenik Hixon

     

    Arizona at Seattle – Sherpa says:  Seattle 23, Arizona 6.

    • Arizona
      • Start: N/A
      • Neutral: WR Larry Fitzgerald, TE Rob Housler, DEF
      • Sit: QBs Ryan Lindley & John Skelton, RB LaRod Stephens-Howling & William Powell, WRs Andre Roberts (Questionable-ankle), Early Doucet (Probable-ribs), & Michael Floyd; TEs Jeff King & Todd Heap, K Jay Feely
    • Seattle
      • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch (Probable-back), DEF
      • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, WRs Sidney Rice (Probable-concussion), Golden Tate, & Doug Baldwin; TE Zach Miller, K Steven Hauschka
      • Sit: RBs Leon Washington & Robert Turbin, WRs Ben Obomanu & Braylon Edwards (cut), TE Evan Moore

     

    Detroit at Green Bay (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 30, Detroit 28.

    • Detroit
      • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson, TEs Brandon Pettigrew & Tony Scheffler
      • Neutral: RBs Mikel Leshoure & Joique Bell, WR Mike Thomas, K Jason Hanson
      • Sit: WRs Ryan Broyles (IR-knee) & Titus Young (IR-knee), Brian Robiskie, & Lance Long; DEF
    • Green Bay
      • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR James Jones, TE Jermichael Finley, K Mason Crosby
      • Neutral: RB Alex White, WRs Greg Jennings & Randall Cobb, DEF
      • Sit: RBs James Starks (Out-knee), John Kuhn, & Ryan Grant; WRs Jordy Nelson (Doubtful-hamstring) & Donald Driver (Questionable-thumb)

     

    Houston at New England (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  New England 37, Houston 34.

    • Houston
      • Start: QB Matt Schaub, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, TE Owen Daniels (Probable-back), K Shayne Graham
      • Neutral: WR Kevin Walter
      • Sit: RBs Justin Forsett & Ben Tate (Probable-hamstring), WRs Lestar Jean (Probable-knee), DeVier Posey (Probable-knee), & Keshawn Martin; TE Garrett Graham (Questionable-concussion), DEF
    • New England
      • Start: QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Wes Welker (Probable-ankle), TE Aaron Hernandez (Probable-ankle), K Stephen Gostkowski
      • Neutral: RB Shane Vereen, WR Brandon Lloyd (Probable-knee)
      • Sit: RBs Danny Woodhead & Brandon Bolden, WRs Julian Edelman (IR-foot) & Donte’ Stallworth, TE Rob Gronkowski (Doubtful-arm), DEF

    Good luck this weekend!
    The Sherpa