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Week 9 Player Recommendations (Wed 10/29/14)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Week 9 byes:  Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Tennessee

 

New Orleans at Carolina (Thursday) – Sherpa says: New Orleans 34, Carolina 24.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, RB Mark Ingram, WRs Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, & Brandon Cooks; K Shayne Graham
    • Neutral: RB Travaris Cadet, TE Jimmy Graham (Questionable-shoulder), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Pierre Thomas (Out-rib) & Khiry Robinson (Questionable-arm), TEs Ben Watson & Josh Hill
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: RB Jonathan Stewart, WRs Jerricho Cotchery & Jason Avant, K Graham Gano
    • Sit: RBs DeAngelo Williams (Questionable-ankle) & Darrin Reaves, DEF

 

Tampa Bay at Cleveland (Sunday early) – Sherpa says: Cleveland 31, Tampa Bay 14.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: WR Vincent Jackson, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    • Neutral: QB Mike Glennon, RB Charles Sims & RB Bobby Rainey (whoever starts), WR Mike Evans
    • Sit: RB Doug Martin (Questionable-ankle), WR Louis Murphy, K Patrick Murray, DEF
  • Cleveland
    • Start: QB Brian Hoyer, RB Ben Tate, WRs Andrew Hawkins & Miles Austin, K Billy Cundiff, DEF
    • Neutral: TE Jordan Cameron (Questionable-concussion)
    • Sit: RBs Terrance West & Isaiah Crowell, WR Travis Benjamin, TE Gary Barnidge

 

New York Jets at Kansas City – Sherpa says: Kansas City 24, New York 17.

  • New York
    • Start: RB Chris Ivory, WR Eric Decker
    • Neutral: WRs Percy Harvin & Jeremy Kerley, TE Jace Amaro, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Michael Vick & Geno Smith, RB Chris Johnson, TE Jeff Cumberland, K Nick Folk
  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, TE Travis Kelce, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith (Probable-shoulder), RB Knile Davis, WR Dwayne Bowe, TE Anthony Fasano, K Cairo Santos
    • Sit: WRs A.J. Jenkins, Junior Hemingway, & Donnie Avery (Out-groin)

 

San Diego at Miami – Sherpa says: Miami 24, San Diego 17.

  • San Diego
    • Start: WR Keenan Allen, TE Antonio Gates
    • Neutral: QB Phillip Rivers, WRs Malcom Floyd & Eddie Royal, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Ryan Mathews (Questionable-knee), Brandon Oliver, & Donald Brown (Questionable-concussion); TE Ladarius Green, K Nick Novak
  • Miami
    • Start: RB Lamar Miller, WR Mike Wallace, TE Charles Clay, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, K Caleb Sturgis
    • Sit: WRs Brian Hartline & Jarvis Landry

 

Arizona at Dallas – Sherpa says: Dallas 28, Arizona 17.

  • Arizona
    • Start: RB Andre Ellington
    • Neutral: QB Carson Palmer, WRs Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, & John Brown, TE John Carlson, DEF
    • Sit: RB Stepfan Taylor (Questionable-calf), K Chandler Catanzaro
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant & Terrance Williams, DEF
    • Neutral: TE Jason Witten, K Dan Bailey
    • Sit: TE Gavin Escobar

 

Washington at Minnesota – Sherpa says: Washington 27, Minnesota 17.

  • Washington
    • Start: RB Alfred Morris, WRs Pierre Garcon & DeSean Jackson, TE Jordan Reed, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Roy Helu, WR Andre Roberts, K Kai Forbath
    • Sit: QB Colt McCoy
  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Jerick McKinnon
    • Neutral: QB Teddy Bridgewater, WRs Greg Jennings & Cordarrelle Patterson, DEF
    • Sit: RB Matt Asiata, WR Jarius Wright, TE Rhett Ellison, K Blair Walsh

 

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

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: QB Blake Bortles, WR Allen Robinson
    • Neutral: RB Denard Robinson, WR Cecil Shorts, TE Clay Harbor, K Josh Scobee
    • Sit: RB Toby Gerhart, WR Allen Hurns, DEF
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, WR Mohamed Sanu, K Mike Nugent
    • Neutral: RB Giovani Bernard (Questionable-hip), WR A.J. Green (Questionable-toe), TE Jermaine Gresham, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Brandon Tate & Greg Little

 

Philadelphia at Houston – Sherpa says: Philadelphia 31, Houston 27.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Zach Ertz, K Cody Parkey
    • Neutral: WRs Riley Cooper & Jordan Matthews, DEF
    • Sit: RB Darren Sproles (Questionable-knee)
  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster, WR DeAndre Hopkins
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Andre Johnson, K Randy Bullock
    • Sit: RB Alfred Blue, TE Garrett Graham, DEF

 

St. Louis at San Francisco (Sunday late) – Sherpa says: San Francisco 27, St. Louis 21.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: TE Jared Cook
    • Neutral: QB Austin Davis, RBs Tre Mason & Zach Stacy, WR Kenny Britt, DEF
    • Sit: RB Benny Cunningham, WRs Brian Quick (IR-shoulder), Tevon Austin, & Steadman Bailey; TE Lance Kendricks, K Greg Zuerlein
  • San Francisco
    • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Carlos Hyde, WRs Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, & Stevie Johnson; K Phil Dawson
    • Sit: N/A

 

Denver at New England – Sherpa says: Denver 27, New England 24.

  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Ronnie Hillman, WRs Demaryius Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders, TE Julius Thomas
    • Neutral: WR Wes Welker & Andre Caldwell, K Brandon McManus, DEF
    • Sit: RB Montee Ball (Questionable-groin)
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, WRs Brandon LaFell & Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski
    • Neutral: RB Shane Vereen, TE Tim Wright, K Stephen Gostkowski, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jonas Gray

 

Oakland at Seattle – Sherpa says: Seattle 27, Oakland 7.

  • Oakland
    • Start: WR James Jones
    • Neutral: QB Derek Carr, WR Andre Holmes, TE Mychal Rivera
    • Sit: RBs Darren McFadden & Maurice Jones-Drew, K Sebastian Janikowski, DEF
  • Seattle
    • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Robert Turbin, WR Doug Baldwin, TE Luke Wilson, K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: WR Jermaine Kearse, TE Zach Miller (Out-ankle)

 

Baltimore at Pittsburgh (Sunday night) – Sherpa says: Pittsburgh 34, Baltimore 31.

  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WRs Steve Smith & Torrey Smith, K Justin Tucker
    • Neutral: RBs Justin Forsett & Lorenzo Taliaferro
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce, TEs Owen Daniels (Questionable-wrist) & Crockett Gilmore, DEF
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller, K Shaun Suisham
    • Neutral: RB LeGarrette Blount, WRs Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore & Martavis Bryant
    • Sit: DEF

 

Indianapolis at New York Giants (Monday night) – Sherpa says: Indianapolis 35, New York 24.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR T.Y. Hilton, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Neutral: WR Donte Moncrief, TEs Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener, DEF
    • Sit: RB Trent Richardson, WR Reggie Wayne (Questionable-elbow)
  • New York
    • Start: QB Eli Manning, WRs Odell Beckham & Rueben Randle, TE Larry Donnell
    • Neutral:  K Josh Brown
    • Sit: RBs Rashad Jennings (Questionable-knee) & Andre Williams, DEF

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

Week 8 Player Recommendations (Sunday 10/26/14)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Week 8 byes:  New York Giants, San Francisco.

 

San Diego at Denver (Thursday) – Sherpa says: Denver 23, San Diego 20.

  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Phillip Rivers
    • Neutral: RB Branden Oliver, WRs Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, & Malcom Floyd; TE Antonio Gates, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Donald Brown (Out-concussion) & Ryan Mathews (Out-knee), TE Ladarius Green, K Nick Novak
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Ronnie Hillman, WRs Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders, & Andre Caldwell; K Brandon McManus (Probable-groin)
    • Sit: RBs Montee Ball (Out-groin) & Juwan Thompson (Probable-knee)

 

Detroit at Atlanta (in London) (Sunday early) – Sherpa says: Detroit 27, Atlanta 24.

  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Joique Bell, WR Golden Tate
    • Neutral: WRs Corey Fuller & Jeremy Ross, TE Jordan Thompson, K Matt Prater, DEF
    • Sit: RB Reggie Bush (Out-ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (Out-ankle), TEs Brandon Pettigrew (Doubtful-foot), Eric Ebron (Out-hamstring), & Joseph Fauria (Out-ankle)
  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones (Probable-ankle) & Roddy White
    • Neutral: RBs Steven Jackson & Devonta Freeman, K Matt Bryant, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, WRs Harry Douglas (Questionable-foot) & Devin Hester, TE Levine Toilolo

 

St. Louis at Kansas City – Sherpa says: St. Louis 24, Kansas City 23.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: QB Austin Davis, WR Brian Quick, TE Jared Cook
    • Neutral: RB Tre Mason, WRs Kenny Britt (Probable-ankle), Tavon Austin, & Stedman Bailey, K Greg Zuerlein, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Bennie Cunningham (Probable-knee) & Zac Stacy
  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, TE Travis Kelce (Probable-ribs)
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, WR Dwayne Bowe, TE Anthony Fasano, K Cairo Santos, DEF
    • Sit: WRs A.J. Jenkins, Junior Hemingway (Questionable-hamstring), & Donnie Avery (Out-groin)

 

Chicago at New England – Sherpa says: New England 24, Chicago 17.

  • Chicago
    • Start: RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett (Probable-hamstring)
    • Neutral: QB Jay Cutler, DEF
    • Sit: K Robbie Gould
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady (Probable-shoulder), WRs Julian Edelman & Brandon LaFell, TE Rob Gronkowski, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Shane Vereen (Questionable-illness), K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Sit: N/A

 

Buffalo at New York Jets – Sherpa says: New York 21, Buffalo 20.

  • Buffalo
    • Start: TE Scott Chandler, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Kyle Orton, WRs Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods & Chris Hogan;
    • Sit: RBs C.J. Spiller (IR-collarbone) , Fred Jackson (Out-groin) , K Dan Carpenter
  • New York
    • Start: RB Chris Ivory, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Geno Smith, RB Chris Johnson (Probable-ankle), WRs Eric Decker (Probable-hamstring), Percy Harvin, & Jeremy Kerley; TEs Jace Amaro & Jeff Cumberland
    • Sit: K Nick Folk

 

Miami at Jacksonville – Sherpa says: Miami 31, Jacksonville 17.

  • Miami
    • Start: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Lamar Miller, WR Mike Wallace, K Caleb Sturgis, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Brian Hartline & Jarvis Landry, TE Charles Clay (Probable-knee)
    • Sit: WR Brandon Gibson
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: QB Blake Bortles, WR Allen Robinson
    • Neutral: RB Denard Robinson, WRs Cecil Shorts & Allen Hurns, TE Clay Harbor
    • Sit: RB Toby Gerhart (Probable-foot), K Josh Scobee, DEF

 

Seattle at Carolina – Sherpa says: Seattle 31, Carolina 20.

  • Seattle
    • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch, K Steven Hauschka, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Doug Baldwin & Jermaine Kearse, TE Luke Wilson (Probable-groin) or TE Cooper Helfet (whoever starts)
    • Sit: WRs Ricardo Lockette & Paul Richardson, TE Zach Miller (Out-ankle)
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: WRs Jerricho Cotchery & Jason Avant
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams (Out-ankle), & Darrin Reaves, K Graham Gano, DEF

 

Minnesota at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says: Minnesota 27, Tampa Bay 17.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Jerick McKinnon, WR Greg Jennings, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Matt Asiata, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: WR Jarius Wright, TE Rhett Ellison
  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: QB Mike Glennon, WR Mike Evans
    • Neutral: RB Doug Martin, WRs Vincent Jackson (Questionable-rib) & Louis Murphy, DEF
    • Sit: WR Robert Herron, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, K Patrick Murray

 

Baltimore at Cincinnati – Sherpa says: Baltimore 41, Cincinnati 31.

  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett, WRs Steve Smith & Torrey Smith, K Justin Tucker
    • Neutral: RB Bernard Pierce
    • Sit: RBs Lorenzo Taliaferro & Kyle Juszczyk, TEs Owen Daniel (Out-knee) & Crockett Gilmore, DEF
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Jermaine Gresham, K Mike Nugent
    • Neutral: RB Giovani Bernard (Probable-ribs), WR Brandon Tate
    • Sit: RB Jeremy Hill, WR A.J. Green (Doubtful-toe), DEF

 

Houston at Tennessee – Sherpa says: Houston 27, Tennessee 24.

  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster, WR DeAndre Hopkins
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Andre Johnson (Probable-Ankle), K Randy Bullock, DEF
    • Sit: TE Garrett Graham
  • Tennessee
    • Start: RB Bishop Sankey, WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker
    • Neutral: QB Zack Mettenberger, WRs Nate Washington & Justin Hunter, K Ryan Succop, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Jake Locker (Probable-hand) & Charlie Whitehurst, RB Shonn Greene (Probable-hamstring)

 

Philadelphia at Arizona (Sunday late) – Sherpa says: Philadelphia 31, Arizona 24.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Folk, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, K Cody Parkey
    • Neutral: WRs Riley Cooper & Jordan Matthews, TE Zach Ertz, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Darren Sproles (Questionable-knee) & Chris Polk (Probable-hamstring)
  • Arizona
    • Start: QB Carson Palmer, WRs Michael Floyd & Larry Fitzgerald
    • Neutral: RB Andre Ellington (Probable-foot), WR John Brown (Probable-ankle), K Chandler Catanzaro
    • Sit: TE John Carlson, DEF

 

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh – Sherpa says: Indianapolis 38, Pittsburgh 31.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR T.Y. Hilton, K Adam Vinatieri, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Hakeem Nicks, TEs Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener
    • Sit: RB Trent Richardson (Questionable-hamstring), WRs Reggie Wayne (Out-elbow) & Donte Moncrief
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, K Shaun Suisham
    • Neutral: RB LeGarrette Blount, WRs Markus Wheaton & Lance Moore, TE Heath Miller
    • Sit: WR Martavis Bryant, DEF

 

Oakland at Cleveland – Sherpa says: Cleveland 30, Oakland 10.

  • Oakland
    • Start: WR James Jones
    • Neutral: QB Derek Carr, RB Darren McFadden, WR Andre Holmes, TE Mychal Rivera
    • Sit: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Brice Butler, K Sebastian Janikowski, DEF
  • Cleveland
    • Start: RB Ben Tate, TE Jordan Cameron, K Billy Cundiff, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Brian Hoyer, RB Isaiah Crowell, WRs Miles Austin & Andrew Hawkins
    • Sit: WR Travis Benjamin

 

Green Bay at New Orleans (Sunday night) – Sherpa says: New Orleans 34, Green Bay 27.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb
    • Neutral: WR Davante Adams, TE Anthony Quarless, K Mason Crosby
    • Sit: RB James Starks (Probable-ankle), DEF
  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, RB Mark Ingram, WRs Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, & Brandin Cooks, K Shayne Graham
    • Neutral: RB Travaris Cadet, TE Jimmy Graham (Questionable-shoulder), DEF
    • Sit: TE Ben Watson

 

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

  • Washington
    • Start: WRs Pierre Garcon & DeSean Jackson, TE Jordan Cameron
    • Neutral: QB Colt McCoy, RBs Alfred Morris & Roy Helu, WR Andre Roberts, K Kai Forbath
    • Sit: QBs Kirk Cousins & Robert Griffin III (Questionable-ankle), DEF
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo (Probable-back), WRs Dez Bryant (Probable-shoulder) & Terrance Williams, K Dan Bailey
    • Neutral: RB DeMarco Murray, TEs Jason Witten & Gavin Escobar, DEF
    • Sit: RB Joseph Randle

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

Week 7 Player Recommendations (Saturday 10/18/14)

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Week 7 byes:  Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

New York Jets at New England (Thursday) – Sherpa says: New England 24, New York 14.

  • New York
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: RBs Chris Johnson & Chris Ivory, WRs Jeremy Kerley & Eric Decker, TE Jace Amaro, DEF
    • Sit: QB Geno Smith, TE Jeff Cumberland, K Nick Folk
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, WRs Julian Edelman & Brandon LaFell, TE Rob Gronkowski, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Shane Vereen, K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Sit: RBs Brandon Bolden, James White, & Stevan Ridley (Out-IR)

 

Miami at Chicago (Sunday early) – Sherpa says: Chicago 24, Miami 20.

  • Miami
    • Start: RB Lamar Miller (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill (Probable-ankle), WR Mike Wallace, TE Charles Clay (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Damien Williams & Daniel Thomas, WRs Brian Hartline (Probable-finger), Jarvis Landry & Brandon Gibson (Probable-hamstring); K Caleb Sturgis
  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, WRs Alshon Jeffery & Brandon Marshall, TE Martellus Bennett
    • Neutral: RB Matt Forte, K Robbie Gould, DEF
    • Sit: N/A

 

New Orleans at Detroit – Sherpa says: New Orleans 28, Detroit 27.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WRs Marquis Colston & Brandin Cooks
    • Neutral: RBs Pierre Thomas & Khiry Robinson, WR Kenny Stills, TE Jimmy Graham (Questionable-shoulder), K Shayne Graham, DEF
    • Sit: RB Mark Ingram (Probable-hand)
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Golden Tate
    • Neutral: RBs Joique Bell & Reggie Bush (Probable-ankle), TEs Brandon Pettigrew, K Matt Prater, DEF
    • Sit: RB Theo Riddick (Doubtful-hamstring), WRs Calvin Johnson (Questionable-ankle), Corey Fuller & Jeremy Ross (Probable-ankle); TE Eric Ebron (Doubtful-hamstring)

 

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

  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Jonathan Stewart (Probable-knee), WRs Kelvin Benjamin (Questionable-concussion), Jason Avant, & Jerricho Cotchery, TE Greg Olsen (Probable-ankle)
    • Sit: RBs DeAngelo Williams (Doubtful-ankle) & Darrin Reaves (Questionable-calf), K Graham Gano
  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb, DEF
    • Neutral: TE Andrew Quarless, K Mason Crosby
    • Sit: RB James Starks, WRs Davante Adams & Jarrett Boykin (Questionable-groin), TE Richard Rodgers

 

Cleveland at Jacksonville – Sherpa says: Cleveland 35, Jacksonville 21.

  • Cleveland
    • Start: QB Brian Hoyer, RB Ben Tate (Probable-finger), WRs Miles Austin & Andrew Hawkins, TE Jordan Cameron, K Billy Cundiff, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Travis Benjamin
    • Sit: RB Terrance West
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: QB Blake Bortles, WRs Allen Robinson & Cecil Shorts
    • Neutral: WR Allen Hurns, TE Clay Harbor (Probable-knee)
    • Sit: RBs Toby Gerhart (Out-foot), Storm Johnson & Denard Robinson; WRs Marqise Lee & Ace Sanders, K Josh Scobee, DEF

 

Atlanta at Baltimore – Sherpa says: Baltimore 37, Atlanta 28.

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones (Probable-ankle) & Roddy White,
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, WR Devin Hester (Probable-hamstring), K Matt Bryant
    • Sit: RBs Jacquizz Rodgers & Devonta Freeman, WR Harry Douglas (Out-foot), TE Levine Toilolo, DEF
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WRs Steve Smith & Torrey Smith, TE Owen Daniels, K Justin Tucker
    • Neutral: RB Justin Forsett, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Bernard Pierce & Lorenzo Taliaferro, WR Jacoby Jones

 

Minnesota at Buffalo – Sherpa says: Minnesota 24, Buffalo 20.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: WR Greg Jennings, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Teddy Bridgewater, RBs Matt Asiata & Jerick McKinnon, WRs Cordarrelle Patterson (Probable-hip) & Jarius Wright, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: TE Rhett Ellison
  • Buffalo
    • Start: RBs Fred Jackson & C.J. Spiller
    • Neutral: WRs Sammy Watkins & Robert Woods, TE Scott Chandler, DEF
    • Sit: QB Kyle Orton, WR Mike Williams, K Dan Carpenter

 

Cincinnati at Indianapolis – Sherpa says: Indianapolis 38, Cincinnati 28.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Jermaine Gresham
    • Neutral: RB Giovani Bernard, WR Brandon Tate, K Mike Nugent
    • Sit: RB Jeremy Hill, WR A.J. Green (Toe-doubtful), DEF
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WRs Reggie Wayne & T.Y. Hilton, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Neutral: RBs Ahmad Bradshaw & Trent Richardson, TEs Coby Fleener & Dwayne Allen, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Hakeem Nicks & Donte Moncrief

 

Tennessee at Washington – Sherpa says: Washington 31, Tennessee 21.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: RB Bishop Sankey, WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker
    • Neutral: WRs Nate Washington & Justin Hunter
    • Sit: QBs Charlie Whitehurst & Jake Locker (Questionable-hand) (whoever starts), RBs Shonn Greene (Doubtful-hamstring), Dexter McCluster, & Jackie Battle; K Ryan Succop, DEF
  • Washington
    • Start: QB Kirk Cousins, RBs Alfred Morris & Roy Helu, WRs DeSean Jackson & Pierre Garcon, K Kai Forbath, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Andre Roberts, TEs Niles Paul & Jordan Reed
    • Sit: N/A

 

Seattle at St. Louis – Sherpa says: St. Louis 24, Seattle 21.

  • Seattle
    • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch
    • Neutral: WR Doug Baldwin, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, & Paul Richardson; TEs Zach Miller (Out-ankle) & Luke Wilson (Questionable-groin), K Steven Hauschka
  • St. Louis
    • Start: QB Austin Davis, WR Brian Quick, TE Jared Cook, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Zac Stacy (Probable-ankle), WRs Kenny Britt & Tavon Austin, K Greg Zuerlein
    • Sit: RBs Benny Cunningham & Tre Mason

 

Kansas City at San Diego (Sunday late) – Sherpa says: San Diego 24, Kansas City 17.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, TE Travis Kelce
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, WR Dwayne Bowe, TE Anthony Fasano, DEF
    • Sit: RB Knile Davis, WRs Donnie Avery (Out-groin), Frankie Hammond, & Junior Hemmingway, K Cairo Santos
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Phillip Rivers, WRs Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal (Probable-elbow), & Malcom Floyd, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Branden Oliver, TEs Anthony Gates & Ladarius Green, K Nick Novak
    • Sit: RBs Donald Brown (Out-concussion) & Ryan Mathews (Out-knee)

 

Arizona at Oakland – Sherpa says: Arizona 21, Oakland 10.

  • Arizona
    • Start: QB Carson Palmer (Probable-shoulder), RB Andre Ellington (Probable-foot), WRs Michael Floyd (Probable-groin) & Larry Fitzgerald, DEF
    • Neutral: WR John Brown (Probable-hamstring), TE John Carlson (Questionable-knee)
    • Sit: K Chandler Catanzaro
  • Oakland
    • Start: WRs Andre Holmes & James Jones, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Derek Carr, TE Mychal Rivera
    • Sit: RBs Maurice Jones-Drew & Darren McFadden, WR Brice Butler, K Sebastien Janikowski

 

New York Giants at Dallas – Sherpa says: Dallas 38, New York 21.

  • New York
    • Start: RB Andre Williams, WR Rueben Randle
    • Neutral: QB Eli Manning, WR Odell Beckham, TE Larry Donnell
    • Sit: RB Rashad Jennings (Out-knee), WR Victor Cruz, K Josh Brown, DEF
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo (Probable-back), RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant (Probable-shoulder) & Terrance Williams, K Dan Bailey, DEF
    • Neutral: TE Jason Witten
    • Sit: RBs Lance Dunbar & Joseph Randle

 

San Francisco at Denver (Sunday night) – Sherpa says: San Francisco 27, Denver 20.

  • San Francisco
    • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Frank Gore & Carlos Hyde, WRs Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, & Stevie Johnson (Probable-hip), TE Vernon Davis (Probable-back), K Phil Dawson
    • Sit: WR Brandon Lloyd
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas
    • Neutral: RB Ronnie Hillman, WRs Wes Welker & Emmanuel Sanders, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Montee Ball (Out-groin) & Juwan Thompson (Probable-knee), WR Andre Caldwell, K Brandon McManus (Probable-groin)

 

Houston at Pittsburgh (Monday night) – Sherpa says: Pittsburgh 34, Houston 20.

  • Houston run
    • Start: RB Arian Foster (Probable-groin), WRs DeAndre Hopkins (Probable-hand) & Andre Johnson (Questionable-ankle)
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TE Garrett Graham
    • Sit: RB Alfred Blue, K Randy Bullock, DEF
  • Pittsburgh run/pass
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, K Shaun Suisham, DEF
    • Neutral: RB LeGarrett Blount, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Heath Miller
    • Sit: WR Lance Moore

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

 

Week 6 Player Recommendations (updated Saturday 10/11/14)

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

  • Week 6 byes:  Kansas City, New Orleans

     

    Indianapolis at Houston (Thursday) – Sherpa says: Indianapolis 35, Houston 21.

    • Indianapolis
      • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WRs Reggie Wayne & T.Y. Hilton, K Adam Vinatieri, DEF
      • Neutral: RBs Ahmad Bradshaw & Trent Richardson, TEs Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener
      • Sit: N/A
    • Houston
      • Start: RB Arian Foster (Probable-hamstring), WR DeAndre Hopkins
      • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Probable-calf), WR Andre Johnson (Questionable-ankle), TE Garrett Graham
      • Sit: RB Alfred Blue (Probable-knee), DEF, K Randy Bullock

     

    Pittsburgh at Cleveland (Sunday early) – Sherpa says: Cleveland 35, Pittsburgh 31.

    • Pittsburgh
      • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, K Shaun Suisham
      • Neutral: RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Heath Miller
      • Sit: WR Lance Moore, DEF
    • Cleveland
      • Start: QB Brian Hoyer, RB Ben Tate (Probable-finger), WRs Miles Austin & Andrew Hawkins, TE Jordan Cameron (Probable-ankle), K Billy Cundiff
      • Neutral: RBs Terrance West & Isaiah Crowell
      • Sit: WR Travis Benjamin, DEF

     

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

    • Green Bay
      • Start: RB Eddie Lacy, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb
      • Neutral: QB Aaron Rodgers, DEF
      • Sit: RB John Starks, WRs Davante Adams & Jarrett Boykin (Out-groin), TEs Richard Rodgers & Andrew Quarless, K Mason Crosby
    • Miami
      • Start: RB Lamar Miller (Probable-foot), DEF
      • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Knowshon Moreno (Probable-elbow), WR Mike Wallace (Probable-foot), TE Charles Clay (Probable-knee), K Caleb Sturgis
      • Sit: WRs Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson (Doubtful-hamstring), & Jarvis Landry

     

    Jacksonville at Tennessee – Sherpa says: Tennessee 24, Jacksonville 17.

    • Jacksonville
      • Start: WRs Allen Hurns (Probable-foot) & Allen Robinson
      • Neutral: QB Blake Bortles, DEF
      • Sit: RBs Toby Gerhart (Out-foot), Denard Robinson, & Storm Johnson (Probable-ankle); WRs Cecil Shorts (Probable-hamstring) & Marqise Lee (Probable-hamstring), TE Clay Harbor (Probable-back), K Josh Scobee
    • Tennessee
      • Start: RB Bishop Sankey, WR Kendall Hunter, TE Delanie Walker (Probable-shoulder), DEF
      • Neutral: WRs Justin Hunter & Nate Washington, K Ryan Succop
      • Sit: QBs Jake Locker (Questionable-hand) & Charlie Whitehurst, RB Shonn Greene (Doubtful-hamstring)

     

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

    • Carolina
      • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin
      • Neutral: RB Darrin Reaves (Probable-hip), WRs Jerricho Cotchery & Jason Avant, TE Greg Olsen (Questionable-ankle), K Graham Gano
      • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart (Questionable-knee) & DeAngelo Williams (Out-ankle), TE Ed Dickson, DEF
    • Cincinnati
      • Start: QB Andy Dalton, RB Giovani Bernard, WR Mohamed Sanu, K Mike Nugent
      • Neutral: RB Jeremy Hill, WR A.J. Green (Questionable-toe), TE Jermaine Gresham, DEF
      • Sit: WR Marvin Jones (Doubtful-ankle)

     

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

    • Detroit
      • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Golden Tate, DEF
      • Neutral: RB Joique Bell (Probable-concussion), TEs Brandon Pettigrew & Eric Ebron, K Matt Prater
      • Sit: RBs Reggie Bush (Questionable-ankle) & George Winn, WRs Calvin Johnson (Doubtful-ankle) & Jeremy Ross
    • Minnesota
      • Start: RB Matt Asiata (Probable-groin)
      • Neutral: QB Teddy Bridgewater (Probable-ankle), WRs Greg Jennings & Cordarrelle Patterson (Probable-hip), DEF
      • Sit: RB Jerick McKinnon (Probable-ankle), WR Jarius Wright, TE Rhett Ellison, K Blair Walsh

     

    Baltimore at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says: Baltimore 34, Tampa Bay 17.

    • Baltimore
      • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WRs Steve Smith & Torrey Smith, TE Owen Daniels, K Justin Tucker, DEF
      • Neutral: RBs Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce, & Lorenzo Taliaferro
      • Sit: N/A
    • Tampa Bay
      • Start: QB Mike Glennon, WR Louis Murphy
      • Neutral: RBs Doug Martin & Bobby Rainey, WRs Vincent Jackson (Questionable-rib) & Mike Evans (Questionable-groin)
      • Sit: QB Josh McCown (Doubtful-thumb), WR Robert Herron, TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins & Brandon Myers

     

    New England at Buffalo – Sherpa says: New England 20, Buffalo 13.

    • New England
      • Start: WRs Julian Edelman & Brandon LaFell, TE Rob Gronkowski, DEF
      • Neutral: QB Tom Brady (Questionable-ankle) or QB Jimmy Garoppolo (whoever starts), RBs Stevan Ridley & Shane Vereen, TE Tim Wright
      • Sit: K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Buffalo
      • Start: RB C.J. Spiller, DEF
      • Neutral: QB Kyle Orton, WR Sammy Watkins, TE Scott Chandler
      • Sit: RB Fred Jackson (Questionable-ankle), WRs Robert Woods & Mike Williams, K Dan Carpenter

     

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

    • Denver
      • Start: QB Peyton Manning, WRs Demaryius Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders, TE Julius Thomas
      • Neutral: RB Ronnie Hillman, WRs Wes Welker & Andre Caldwell (Probable-knee), K Brandon McManus (Probable-groin)
      • Sit: RB Montee Ball (Out-groin)
    • New York
      • Start: RB Chris Ivory
      • Neutral: RB Chris Johnson (Probable-ankle), WRs Eric Decker (Questionable-hamstring) & Jeremy Kerley, DEF
      • Sit: QB Geno Smith, TEs Jeff Cumberland & Jace Amaro, K Nick Folk

     

    San Diego at Oakland (Sunday late) – Sherpa says: San Diego 24, Oakland 0.

    • San Diego
      • Start: QB Phillip Rivers, WRs Keenan Allen (Probable-quad) & Eddie Royal
      • Neutral: RB Darren Oliver, TE Antonio Gates
      • Sit: RBs Donald Brown (Out-concussion) & Ryan Mathews (Out-knee), WR Malcom Floyd (Questionable-calf), TE Ladarius Green
    • Oakland
      • Start: N/A
      • Neutral: WR James Jones, TE Mychal Rivera, DEF
      • Sit: QB Derek Carr (Questionable-ankle), RBs Maurice Jones-Drew & Darren McFadden, WR Andre Holmes, K Sebastian Janikowski

     

    Chicago at Atlanta – Sherpa says: Atlanta 35, Chicago 30.

    • Chicago
      • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett, K Robbie Gould
      • Neutral: N/A
      • Sit: DEF
    • Atlanta
      • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones (Probable-ankle) & Roddy White, K Matt Bryant
      • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson
      • Sit: RBs Jacquizz Rodgers & Devonta Freeman, WRs Harry Douglas (Out-foot) & Devin Hester (Questionable-hamstring), TE Levine Toilolo, DEF

     

    Dallas at Seattle – Sherpa says: Seattle 34, Dallas 31.

    • Dallas
      • Start: QB Tony Romo (Probable-back), RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant (Probable-shoulder) & Terrance Williams, K Dan Bailey
      • Neutral: TE Jason Witten
      • Sit: DEF
    • Seattle
      • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Percy Harvin (Probable-thigh), K Steven Hauschka
      • Neutral: WR Doug Baldwin, TE Luke Wilson
      • Sit: WRs Jermaine Kearse & Ricardo Lockette, TE Zach Miller (Out-ankle), DEF

     

    Washington at Arizona – Sherpa says: Washington 31, Arizona 21.

    • Washington
      • Start: QB Kirk Cousins, WRs DeSean Jackson & Pierre Garcon, K Kai Forbath, DEF
      • Neutral: RBs Alfred Morris & Roy Helu, WR Andre Roberts, TE Niles Paul
      • Sit: TEs Jordan Reed (Questionable-hamstring) & Logan Paulsen
    • Arizona
      • Start: RB Andre Ellington (Probable-foot)
      • Neutral: WRs Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, & John Brown, TE John Carlson
      • Sit: QBs Carson Palmer (Questionable-shoulder) & Drew Stanton (Questionable-concussion) (whoever starts), K Chandler Catanzaro, DEF

     

    New York Giants at Philadelphia (Sunday night) – Sherpa says: New York 34, Philadelphia 31.

    • New York
      • Start: QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz, K Josh Brown
      • Neutral: RB Andre Williams, WRs Rueben Randle & Odell Beckham, TE Larry Donnell
      • Sit: RB Rashad Jennings (Out-knee), DEF
    • Philadelphia
      • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB Darren Sproles, WR Jeremy Maclin, K Cody Parkey
      • Neutral: RB LeSean McCoy, WRs Riley Cooper & Jordan Matthews, TE Zach Ertz
      • Sit: DEF

     

    San Francisco at St. Louis (Monday night) – Sherpa says: San Francisco 27, St. Louis 24.

    • San Francisco
      • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB Frank Gore
      • Neutral: RB Carlos Hyde, WRs Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, & Stevie Johnson; K Phil Dawson, DEF
      • Sit: TE Vernon Davis (Questionable-back)
    • St. Louis
      • Start: QB Austin Davis, WR Brian Quick, TE Jared Cook
      • Neutral: RB Zac Stacy (Probable-calf), WR Kenny Britt (Probable-knee), K Greg Zuerlein, DEF
      • Sit: RB Benny Cunningham, WR Tavon Austin

     

    Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

    The Sherpa

     

     

Week 5 Player Recommendations (Thu 10/2/14)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Teams with Week 5 byes:  Miami, Oakland

 

Minnesota at Green Bay (Thursday) – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 24, Minnesota 23.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Matt Asiata, WR Cordarrelle Patterson
    • Neutral: QB Teddy Bridgewater (Questionable-ankle) or Christian Ponder (whoever starts), RB Jerick McKinnon (Probable-ankle), WRs Greg Jennings & Jarius Wright, K Blair Walsh, DEF
    • Sit: TEs Rhett Ellison & Kyle Rudolph (Questionable-groin)
  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb
    • Neutral: RB Eddie Lacy, K Mason Crosby, DEF
    • Sit: RB James Starks, WRs Jarrett Boykin (Out-groin) & Davante Adams, TEs Anthony Quarless & Richard Rodgers

 

Chicago at Carolina (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Chicago 28, Carolina 23.

  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Alshon Jeffery & Brandon Marshall (Probable-ankle), TE Martellus Bennett
    • Neutral: K Robbie Gould, DEF
    • Sit: RB Ka’Deem Carey, WR Josh Morgan
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: RB Darrin Reaves, WR Jerricho Cotchery, K Graham Gano, DEF
    • Sit: RBs DeAngelo Williams (Out-ankle) & Jonathan Stewart (Out-knee), WR Jason Avant

 

Buffalo at Detroit – Sherpa says:  Detroit 30, Buffalo 14.

  • Buffalo
    • Start: RBs C.J. Spiller & Fred Jackson
    • Neutral: WR Sammy Watkins (Probable-ribs), TE Scott Chandler
    • Sit: QBs Kyle Orton & E.J. Manuel, WRs Robert Woods & Mike Williams, K Dan Carpenter, DEF
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Golden Tate, K Alex Henery, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Reggie Bush, WR Calvin Johnson, TEs Brandon Pettigrew & Eric Ebron
    • Sit: RB Joique Bell (Out-concussion), WR Jeremy Ross

 

Houston at Dallas – Sherpa says:  Dallas 34, Houston 27.

  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster (Probable-hamstring), WR DeAndre Hopkins
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Alfred Blue, WR Andre Johnson (Questionable-ankle), TE Garrett Graham, K Randy Bullock
    • Sit: DEF
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo (Probable-back), RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant (Probable-shoulder) & Terrance Williams, K Dan Bailey
    • Neutral: TE Jason Witten, DEF
    • Sit: N/A

 

Baltimore at Indianapolis – Sherpa says:  Indianapolis 34, Baltimore 31.

  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WRs Steve Smith Sr., Torrey Smith, K Justin Tucker
    • Neutral: RBs Bernard Pierce (Probable-ankle), Justin Forsett & Lorenzo Taliaferro; TE Owen Daniels
    • Sit: DEF
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WRs Reggie Wayne & T.Y. Hilton, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Neutral: RBs Trent Richardson & Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, TEs Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener
    • Sit: WR Donte Moncrief, DEF

 

St. Louis at Philadelphia – Sherpa says:  St. Louis 27, Philadelphia 24.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: QB Austin Davis, WR Brian Quick, TE Jared Cook
    • Neutral: RB Zac Stacy, K Greg Zuerlein, DEF
    • Sit: QB Shaun Hill (Probable-thigh), RB Bennie Cunningham, WRs Kenny Britt & Tavon Austin (Questionable-knee)
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin (Probable-hamstring)
    • Neutral: QB Nick Foles, RB Darren Sproles, WRs Riley Cooper & Jordan Matthews, TE Zach Ertz, K Cody Parkey, DEF
    • Sit: TE Brent Celek

 

 Cleveland at Tennessee – Sherpa says:  Cleveland 27, Tennessee 24.

  • Cleveland
    • Start: RB Ben Tate (Probable-knee), TE Jordan Cameron (Probable-shoulder)
    • Neutral: QB Brian Hoyer, RBs Terrance West & Isaiah Crowell, WRs Andrew Hawkins & Miles Austin, K Billy Cundiff, DEF
    • Sit: N/A
  • Tennessee
    • Start: WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker (Probable-shoulder)
    • Neutral: QB Jake Locker (Probable-wrist), RBs Bishop Sankey & Shonn Greene, WR Nate Washington & Justin Hunter, K Ryan Succop, DEF
    • Sit: QB Charlie Whitehurst

 

Pittsburgh at Jacksonville – Sherpa says:  Pittsburgh 31, Jacksonville 17.

  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, K Shaun Suisham, DEF
    • Neutral: RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Markus Wheaton (Probable-groin), TE Heath Miller
    • Sit: WR Lance Moore
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: WRs Allen Robinson & Allen Hurns
    • Neutral: QB Blake Bortles, WR Ace Sanders
    • Sit: RBs Toby Gerhart & Denard Robinson, WRs Cecil Shorts (Out-hamstring) & Marqise Lee (Out-hamstring), K Josh Scobee, DEF

 

Tampa Bay at New Orleans – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 37, Tampa Bay 24.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: QB Mike Glennon, WR Vincent Jackson
    • Neutral: RB Doug Martin, WR Louis Murphy, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Questionable-ankle), K Patrick Murray
    • Sit: QB Josh McCown (Out-thumb), RB Bobby Rainey, WR Mike Evans (Out-groin), TE Brandon Myers, DEF
  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham, K Shayne Graham
    • Neutral: RBs Khiry Robinson & Pierre Thomas, WRs Kenny Stills & Brandin Cooks, DEF
    • Sit: RB Mark Ingram (Out-hand), TE Josh Hill

 

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

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones (Probable-ankle) & Roddy White, K Matt Bryant
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, WR Devin Hester
    • Sit: RBs Antone Smith, Jacquizz Rodgers, & Devonta Freeman; WR Harry Douglas (Out-foot), TE Levine Toilolo, DEF
  • New York
    • Start: QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz, TE Larry Donnell, K Josh Brown
    • Neutral: RB Rashad Jennings, WRs Rueben Randle & Odell Beckham (Questionable-hamstring)
    • Sit: RB Andre Williams, TE Daniel Fells, DEF

 

Arizona at Denver (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Arizona 24, Denver 23.

  • Arizona
    • Start: WRs Michael Floyd & Larry Fitzpatrick
    • Neutral: QB Drew Stanton, RB Andre Ellington (Probable-foot), WR John Brown, TE John Carlson, K Chandler Catanzaro, DEF
    • Sit: QB Carson Palmer (Out-shoulder), RB Stepfan Taylor
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Montee Ball, WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas
    • Neutral: WRs Emmanuel Sanders & Wes Welker, K Brandon McManus (Probable-groin), DEF
    • Sit: N/A

 

New York Jets at San Diego – Sherpa says:  New York 24, San Diego 21.

  • New York
    • Start: RB Chris Ivory, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Geno Smith, RB Chris Johnson (Probable-ankle), WRs Eric Decker (Questionable-hamstring) & Jeremy Kerley, TEs Jeff Cumberland & Jace Amaro, K Nick Folk
    • Sit: WRs David Nelson (Questionable-ankle) & Greg Salas
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Phillip Rivers
    • Neutral: WRs Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, & Eddie Royal; TEs Antonio Gates & Ladarius Green (Probable-hamstring), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Donald Brown & Branden Oliver, K Nick Novak

 

Kansas City at San Francisco – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 24, Kansas City 17.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles (Probable-ankle), TE Travis Kelce
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, RB Knile Davis, WR Dwayne Bowe, DEF
    • Sit: WR Donnie Avery (Out-groin), TE Anthony Fasano, K Cairo Santos
  • San Francisco
    • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB Frank Gore (Probable-back), WR Michael Crabtree (Probable-foot), TE Vernon Davis (Questionable-back), DEF
    • Neutral: RB Carlos Hyde, WR Anquan Boldin, WR Stevie Johnson, K Phil Dawson
    • Sit: N/A

 

Cincinnati at New England (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 28, New England 14.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: RB Giovani Bernard, WR A.J. Green (Probable-toe), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Andy Dalton, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Jermaine Gresham, K Mike Nugent
    • Sit: RB Jeremy Hill, WR Marvin Jones (Doubtful-foot)
  • New England
    • Start: WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: QB Tom Brady, RBs Stevan Ridley & Shane Vereen, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson, & Danny Amendola, K Stephen Gostkowski

 

Seattle at Washington (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  Seattle 24, Washington 21.

  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Percy Harvin, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, WR Doug Baldwin, K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: WRs Ricardo Lockette & Jermaine Kearse, TEs Zach Miller (Out-ankle) & Luke Wilson
  • Washington
    • Start: RB Roy Helu, WRs Pierre Garcon & DeSean Jackson (Probable-shoulder)
    • Neutral: QB Kirk Cousins, RB Alfred Morris, WR Andre Roberts, DEF
    • Sit: TEs Jordan Reed (Questionable-hamstring) & Niles Paul (Questionable-concussion), K Kai Forbath 

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

Week 4 Player Recommendations (Thu 9/25/14)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

6 Teams with Week 4 Byes:  Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, St. Louis

 

New York Giants at Washington (Thursday) – Sherpa says:  Washington 37, New York 20.

  • New York
    • Start: WR Victor Cruz, TE Larry Donnell
    • Neutral: QB Eli Manning, RB Rashad Jennings, WR Rueben Randle
    • Sit: WR Odell Beckham (Out-hamstring), K Josh Brown, DEF
  • Washington
    • Start: QB Kirk Cousins, RB Alfred Morris (Probable-knee), WR Pierre Garcon, TE Niles Paul, K Kai Forbath (Probable-groin), DEF
    • Neutral: WRs DeSean Jackson (Questionable-shoulder) & Andre Roberts
    • Sit: RB Roy Helu, TE Jordan Reed (Out-hamstring)

 

Green Bay at Chicago (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Chicago 28, Green Bay 27.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb
    • Neutral: RB Eddie Lacy, TE Andrew Quarless, K Mason Crosby, DEF
    • Sit: RB John Starks, WRs Davante Adams & Jarrett Boykin (Out-knee), TE Richard Rodgers
  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett
    • Neutral: K Robbie Gould, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Santonio Holmes & Josh Morgan

 

Detroit at New York Jets – Sherpa says:  Detroit 24, New York 21.

  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WRs Calvin Johnson (Questionable-ankle) & Golden Tate, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Reggie Bush & Joique Bell (Probable-knee), TEs Brandon Pettigrew & Eric Ebron, K Alex Henery
    • Sit: N/A
  • New York
    • Start: WR Jeremy Kerley
    • Neutral: QB Geno Smith, RBs Chris Ivory & Chris Johnson (Probable-ankle), WR Eric Decker (Questionable-hamstring), TEs Jeff Cumberland & Jace Amaro, DEF
    • Sit: WR David Nelson, K Nick Folk

 

Carolina at Baltimore – Sherpa says:  Baltimore 30, Carolina 23.

  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: WRs Jason Avant & Jerricho Cotchery (Probable-thigh), K Graham Gano
    • Sit: RBs Darrin Reaves, DeAngelo Williams (Probable-thigh), Jonathan Stewart (Out-knee), & Mike Tolbert (Out-knee), DEF
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WR Steve Smith, K Justin Tucker
    • Neutral: RBs Bernard Pierce (Probable-thigh) & Lorenzo Taliaferro, WR Torrey Smith, TE Owen Daniel, DEF
    • Sit: TE Dennis Pitta (IR-hip)

 

Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh – Sherpa says:  Pittsburgh 41, Tampa Bay 17.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: RB Bobby Rainey
    • Neutral: WR Vincent Jackson (Probable-wrist)
    • Sit: QBs Mike Glennon and Josh McCown (Out-thumb), RB Doug Martin (Probable-knee), WR Mike Evans, TEs Brandon Myers & Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Probable-thigh), K Patrick Murray, DEF
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller, K Shaun Suisham, DEF
    • Neutral: RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Markus Wheaton
    • Sit: WR Lance Moore

 

Tennessee at Indianapolis – Sherpa says:  Indianapolis 34, Tennessee 27.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: WRs Kendall Wright & Justin Hunter
    • Neutral: QB Charlie Whitehurst, RBs Shonn Greene & Bishop Sankey, WR Nate Washington, TE Delanie Walker, K Ryan Succop
    • Sit: QB Jake Locker (Out-wrist), RB Dexter McCluster, DEF
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WR Reggie Wayne, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Neutral: RBs Trent Richardson & Ahmad Bradshaw, WRs T.Y. Hilton (Probable-ankle), Hakeem Nicks, Donte Moncrief; TEs Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener, DEF
    • Sit: N/A

 

 Miami at Oakland (in London) – Sherpa says:  Miami 24, Oakland 3.

  • Miami
    • Start: RB Lamar Miller
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, WR Mike Wallace (Probable-hamstring), TE Charles Clay (Probable-knee), K Caleb Sturgis, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Knowshon Moreno, Damien Williams, & Daniel Thomas, WRs Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson (Probable-groin), & Jarvis Landry
  • Oakland
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: WR James Jones, TE Mychal Rivera, DEF
    • Sit: QB Derek Carr, RBs Maurice Jones-Drew (Probable-hand) & Darren McFadden, WRs Rod Streater (Out-foot) & Andre Holmes, K Sebastian Janikowski

 

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

  • Buffalo
    • Start: RBs C.J. Spiller (Probable-chest) & Fred Jackson, WR Sammy Watkins (Probable-ribs)
    • Neutral: QB E.J. Manuel (Probable-chest), TE Scott Chandler, K Dan Carpenter, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Mike Williams & Robert Woods (Probable-ankle)
  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster, WR DeAndre Hopkins
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Alfred Blue, WR Andre Johnson (Probable-ankle), TE Garrett Graham, K Randy Bullock, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jonathan Grimes

 

Jacksonville at San Diego (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  San Diego 27, Jacksonville 17.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: WR Cecil Shorts
    • Neutral: QB Blake Bortles, WRs Allen Robinson & Allen Hurns (Probable-ankle), DEF
    • Sit: RB Toby Gerhart (Probable-ankle), WR Marqise Lee (Out-ankle), TEs Clay Harbor (Probable-calf) & Mickey Shuler, K Josh Scobee
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Phillip Rivers, WRs Keenan Allen (Probable-groin), Malcom Floyd, & Eddie Royal; DEF
    • Neutral: RB Donald Brown, TEs Antonio Gates (Probable-hamstring) & Ladarius Green (Questionable-hamstring), K Nick Novak
    • Sit: RBs Danny Woodhead (Out-ankle) & Branden Oliver

 

Atlanta at Minnesota – Sherpa says:  Atlanta 31, Minnesota 24.

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, K Matt Bryant
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, WRs Roddy White (Probable-hamstring) & Harry Douglas (Questionable-foot), TE Levine Toilolo, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Antone Smith (Probable-hamstring) & Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Devin Hester (Probable-ankle)
  • Minnesota
    • Start: QB Teddy Bridgewater, WRs Greg Jennings & Cordarrelle Patterson
    • Neutral: RB Matt Asiata, WR Jarius Wright, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: RB Jerick McKinnon, TEs Kyle Rudolph (Out-hernia) & Rhett Ellison, DEF

 

Philadelphia at San Francisco – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 31, San Francisco 28.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, K Cody Parkey
    • Neutral: RB Darren Sproles, WRs Riley Cooper & Jordan Matthews (Probable-oblique), TE Zach Ertz, DEF
    • Sit: TE Brent Celek
  • San Francisco
    • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, RBs Frank Gore & Carlos Hyde, WRs Michael Crabtree (Probable-quad) & Anquan Boldin
    • Neutral: WR Steve Johnson, TE Vernon Davis (Questionable-ankle), K Phil Dawson
    • Sit: TEs Vance McDonald (Questionable-knee) & Derek Carrier, DEF

 

New Orleans at Dallas (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 34, Dallas 31.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WRs Marques Colsten & Brandin Cooks, TE Jimmy Graham, K Shayne Graham
    • Neutral: RBs Khiry Robinson & Pierre Thomas, WR Kenny Stills
    • Sit: RB Mark Ingram, DEF
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo (Probable-back), RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant (Probable-shoulder) & Terrance Williams, TE Jason Witten, K Dan Bailey
    • Neutral:  N/A
    • Sit: DEF

 

New England at Kansas City (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  New England 21, Kansas City 17.

  • New England
    • Start: RB Stevan Ridley, WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Tom Brady, RB Shane Vereen
    • Sit: WRs Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, & Brandon LaFell, K Stephen Gostkowski
  • Kansas City
    • Start: TE Travis Kelce, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Jamaal Charles (Probable-ankle) & Knile Davis
    • Sit: QB Alex Smith, WRs Dwayne Bowe & Donnie Avery, K Cairo Santos

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

Week 3 Player Recommendations (Thu 9/18/14)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Tampa Bay at Atlanta (Thursday) – Sherpa says:  Atlanta 27, Tampa Bay 17.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: RB Bobby Rainey, WRs Vincent Jackson & Mike Evans
    • Neutral: QB Josh McCown, TE Brandon Myers, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Doug Martin (Questionable-knee) & Mike James, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Out-ankle), K Patrick Murray
  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Julio Jones (Probable-ankle), DEF
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, WRs Roddy White (Questionable-hamstring) & Harry Douglas, TE Levine Toilolo, K Matt Bryant
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers

 

San Diego at Buffalo (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  San Diego 27, Buffalo 17.

  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Phillip Rivers, WR Keenan Allen, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Danny Woodhead & Donald Brown, WR Eddie Royal, TE Antonio Gates, K Nick Novak
    • Sit: RB Ryan Mathews (Out-knee), TE Ladarius Green
  • Buffalo
    • Start: RB C.J. Spiller, WR Sammy Watkins
    • Neutral: QB E.J. Manuel, RB Fred Jackson, WRs Mike Williams & Robert Woods, DEF
    • SitTE Scott Chandler, K Dan Carpenter

 

Washington at Philadelphia – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 34, Washington 21.

  • Washington
    • Start: RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon
    • Neutral: QB Kirk Cousins, WR DeSean Jackson, TE Niles Paul
    • Sit: QB Robert Griffin III (Out-ankle), RBs Roy Helu, Darrel Young, & Silas Redd, WR Ryan Grant, TE Jordan Reed (Out-hamstring), K Kai Forbath, DEF
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Zach Ertz, K Cody Parkey, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Darren Sproles, WRs Riley Cooper & Jordan Matthews
    • Sit: N/A

 

Tennessee at Cincinnati – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 24, Tennessee 21.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: RB Shonn Greene, WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker
    • Neutral: QB Jake Locker, WRs Justin Hunter & Nate Washington, DEF
    • Sit: WR Devin Hester, RBs Dexter McCluster & Bishop Sankey, K Ryan Succop
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, RB Giovani Bernard, WR A.J. Green, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Jeremy Hill, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Jermaine Gresham, K Shayne Graham
    • Sit: N/A

 

Dallas at St. Louis – Sherpa says:  Dallas 27, St. Louis 17.

  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant & Terrance Williams, TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: K Dan Bailey
    • Sit: RB Lance Dunbar, WR Cole Beasley, DEF
  • St. Louis
    • Start: RB Zac Stacy, WR Brian Quick, TE Jared Cook
    • Neutral: QB Austin Davis (if he starts), DEF
    • Sit: QB Shaun King (if he starts) (Questionable-thigh), RB Bennie Cunningham, WRs Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin (Questionable-knee), & Austin Pettis; TE Lance Kendricks, K Greg Zuerlein

 

Houston at New York Giants – Sherpa says:  Houston 27, New York 17.

  • Houston
    • Start: WRs Andre Johnson & DeAndre Hopkins, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Alfred Blue, TE Garrett Graham, K Randy Bullock
    • Sit: RBs Arian Foster (Out-hamstring) & Jonathan Grimes
  • New York
    • Start: WR Victor Cruz, TE Larry Donnell
    • Neutral: RB Rashad Jennings, WR Rueben Randle, DEF
    • Sit: QB Eli Manning, RB Andre Williams, WR Odell Beckham (Out-hamstring), K Josh Brown

 

 Baltimore at Cleveland – Sherpa says:  Cleveland 24, Baltimore 20.

  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WRs Steve Smith & Torrey Smith, TE Dennis Pitta
    • Neutral: RB Justin Forsett, DEF
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce (Out-thigh) & Lorenzo Taliferro, TE Owen Daniels, K Justin Tucker
  • Cleveland
    • Start: QB Brian Hoyer, WR Andrew Hawkins, TE Jordan Cameron, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Terrance West & Isaiah Crowell, WR Miles Austin, K Billy Cundiff
    • Sit: RB Ben Tate (Out-knee), TE Gary Barnidge

 

Green Bay at Detroit – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 34, Detroit 31.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb, K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral: WR Davante Adams
    • Sit: WR Jarrett Boykin, TEs Andrew Quarless & Richard Rodgers, DEF
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Joique Bell, WRs Calvin Johnson & Golden Tate
    • Neutral: RB Reggie Bush, TE Eric Ebron, K Nate Freese
    • Sit: TE Brandon Pettigrew, DEF

 

Indianapolis at Jacksonville – Sherpa says:  Indianapolis 30, Jacksonville 17.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WR Reggie Wayne
    • Neutral: RBs Ahmad Bradshaw & Trent Richardson, WR T.Y. Hilton, TEs Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener
    • Sit: WR Hakeem Nicks
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: WR Cecil Shorts
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne
    • Sit: RBs Toby Gerhart & Denard Robinson, WRs Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson, & Ace Sanders (Out-suspended), TEs Marcedes Lewis (IR-ankle) & Clay Harbor, K Josh Scobee, DEF

 

Oakland at New England – Sherpa says:  New England 34, Oakland 7.

  • Oakland
    • Start: WR James Jones, TE Mychal Rivera
    • Neutral: QB Derek Carr, RB Darren McFadden, WRs Andre Holmes & Rod Streater
    • Sit: RBs Maurice Jones-Drew (Out-hand) & Latavius Murray, WR Denarius Moore, K Sebastian Janikowski, DEF
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski, K Stephen Gostkowski, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Shane Vereen
    • Sit: WRs Kenbrell Thompkins, Danny Amendola, & Aaron Dobson

 

Minnesota at New Orleans – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 31, Minnesota 10.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: WR Cordarrelle Patterson
    • Neutral: QB Matt Cassel, RB Matt Asiata, WR Greg Jennings, TE Kyle Rudolph
    • Sit: RBs Adrian Peterson (Out-legal problems) & Jerick McKinnon, WR Jarius Wright, K Blair Walsh, DEF
  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WRs Marques Colston, Kenny Stills, & Brandin Cooks, TE Jimmy Graham, K Shayne Graham, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Pierre Thomas & Khiry Robinson
    • Sit: RBs Mark Ingram (Out-hand) & Travaris Cadet

 

San Francisco at Arizona (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 24, Arizona 21.

  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore, WRs Michael Crabtree & Anquan Boldin, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick (Probable-back), RB Carlos Hyde (Probable-calf), K Phil Dawson
    • Sit: TEs Vernon Davis (Questionable-ankle), Vance McDonald (Questionable-knee), & Derek Carrier
  • Arizona
    • Start: WRs Larry Fitzgerald & Michael Floyd, TE John Carlson
    • Neutral: QB Carson Palmer (Questionable-shoulder) (if he starts), RB Andre Ellington (Probable-foot), WR John Brown, DEF
    • Sit: QB Drew Stanton (if he starts), RBs Jonathan Dwyer (Out-legal problems), K Chandler Catanzaro

 

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

  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Montee Ball, WRs Demaryius Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders, TE Julian Thomas
    • Neutral: K Brandon McManus (Probable-groin), DEF
    • Sit: WR Wes Welker
  • Seattle
    • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch (Probable-back), WR Percy Harvin
    • Neutral: RB Robert Turbin, WR Doug Baldwin, TE Zach Miller, K Steven Hauschka, DEF
    • Sit: WR Jermaine Kearse

 

Kansas City at Miami – Sherpa says:  Miami 27, Kansas City 17.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Knile Davis
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, WRs Dwayne Bowe (Probable-quad) & Chris Avery, TEs Travis Kelce & Anthony Fasano, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jamaal Charles (Questionable-ankle), K Cairo Santos
  • Miami
    • Start: QB Ryan Tannehill, WR Mike Wallace, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Lamar Miller & Damien Williams, WRs Brian Hartline & Jarvis Landry, TE Charles Clay (Questionable-knee), K Caleb Sturgis
    • Sit: RB Knowshon Moreno (Out-elbow)

 

Pittsburgh at Carolina (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Carolina 27, Pittsburgh 17.

  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller
    • Neutral: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Markus Wheaton, DEF
    • Sit: WR Lance Moore (Probable-groin), K Shaun Suisham
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin (Probable-knee), TE Greg Olsen (Probable-calf), DEF
    • Neutral:  RBs DeAngelo Williams (Questionable-thigh) & Mike Tolbert (Probable-chest), WR Jason Avant (Questionable-thigh), K Graham Gano
    • Sit: RB Jonathan Stewart

 

Chicago at New York Jets (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  Chicago 24, New York 21.

  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall  (Questionable-ankle) & Alshon Jeffery (Questionable-hamstring), TE Martellus Bennett, DEF
    • Neutral: K Robbie Gould
    • Sit: WR Santonio Holmes
  • New York Jets
    • Start: RB Chris Ivory, WR Jeremy Kerley
    • Neutral: QB Geno Smith, RB Chris Johnson (Probable-ankle), WR Erick Decker (Questionable-hamstring), DEF
    • Sit: WR David Nelson, TEs Jeff Cumberland & Jace Amaro, K Nick Folk

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

Week 2 Player Recommendations (Thu 9/11/14)

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Pittsburgh at Baltimore (Thursday) – Sherpa says:  Pittsburgh 30, Baltimore 27.

  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, TE Heath Miller, K Shaun Suisham
    • Neutral: WR Markus Wheaton, DEF
    • Sit: RBs LeGarrette Blount & Dri Archer (Out-ankle), WR Lance Moore (Out-groin)
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WRs Torrey Smith & Steve Smith, TE Dennis Pitta
    • Neutral: RBs Justin Forsett & Bernard Pierce, K Justin Tucker
    • Sit: RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, WR Marlon Brown, TE Owen Daniel, DEF

 

Miami at Buffalo (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Miami 27, Buffalo 20.

  • Miami
    • Start: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Knowshon Moreno (Probable-shoulder), WR Mike Wallace (Probable-hamstring), TE Charles Clay (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Neutral: RB Lamar Miller, WR Brian Hartline, K Caleb Sturgis
    • Sit: WRs Brandon Gibson & Jarvis Landry
  • Buffalo
    • Start: RB C.J. Spiller
    • Neutral: QB E.J. Manuel, RB Fred Jackson, WRs Sammy Watkins (Probable-ribs), Mike Williams, & Robert Woods; TE Scott Chandler, DEF
    • Sit: K Dan Carpenter

 

New England at Minnesota – Sherpa says:  New England 30, Minnesota 24.

  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, RB Shane Vereen, WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski (Probable-knee), K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Neutral: WR Kenbrell Thompkins, DEF
    • Sit: RB Stevan Ridley, WR Danny Amendola, TE Tim Wright
  • Minnesota
    • Start: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, TE Kyle Rudolph
    • Neutral: QB Matt Cassel, RB Matt Asiata, WR Greg Jennings, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: RBs Adrian Peterson (Out-deactivated) & Jerick McKinnon, WR Jarius Wright, DEF

 

Atlanta at Cincinnati – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 27, Atlanta 24.

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones,
    • Neutral: RBs Steven Jackson & Jacquizz Rodgers, WRs Roddy White & Harry Douglas, TE Levine Toilolo, K Matt Bryant, DEF
    • Sit: WR Devin Hester
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, RB Giovani Bernard, WR A.J. Green
    • Neutral: WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Jermaine Gresham, DEF, K Shayne Graham
    • Sit: RB Jeremy Hill, WR Marvin Jones (Out-foot), TE Tyler Eifert (Out-elbow)

 

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

  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo (Probable-back), RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: WR Terrance Williams (Probable-back), K Dan Bailey, DEF
    • Sit: RB Lance Dunbar, WR Cole Beasley
  • Tennessee
    • Start: WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Jake Locker, RB Shonn Greene, WRs Nate Washington & Justin Hunter (Probable-knee), K Ryan Succop
    • Sit: RB Bishop Sankey

 

Jacksonville at Washington – Sherpa says:  Washington 24, Jacksonville 17.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: TE Marcedes Lewis (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, WRs Allen Hurns & Marqise Lee (Probable-hamstring), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Toby Gerhart (Probable-ankle) & Denard Robinson, WRs Ace Sanders, Cecil Shorts (Doubtful-hamstring), & Allen Robinson, K Josh Scobee
  • Washington
    • Start: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, WRs Pierre Garcon & DeSean Jackson, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Roy Helu, WR Andre Roberts, K Kai Forbath (Questionable-groin)
    • Sit: TEs Jordan Reed (Out-hamstring), Niles Paul, & Logan Paulsen;

 

 Arizona at New York Giants – Sherpa says:  Arizona 27, New York 17.

  • Arizona
    • Start: WR Michael Floyd, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Carson Palmer (Questionable-shoulder), RB Andre Ellington (Questionable-foot), WRs Larry Fitzgerald & John Brown, TE John Carlson, K Jay Feely
    • Sit: RB Jonathan Dwyer
  • New York
    • Start: WR Victor Cruz, TE Larry Donnell
    • Neutral: RB Rashad Jennings, DEF
    • Sit: QB Eli Manning, RB Andre Williams, WRs Rueben Randle & Odell Beckham (Out-hamstring), K Josh Brown

 

New Orleans at Cleveland – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 30, Cleveland 21.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WRs Marques Colston & Brandin Cooks, TE Jimmy Graham, K Shayne Graham, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, & Khiry Robinson
    • Sit: WR Kenny Stills (Probable-quad)
  • Cleveland
    • Start: WR Andrew Hawkins
    • Neutral: QB Brian Hoyer, RBs Terrance West & Isaiah Crowell, WR Miles Austin
    • Sit: QB Johnny Manziel, RB Ben Tate (Out-knee), WR Travis Benjamin, TEs Jordan Cameron (Questionable-shoulder) & Gary Barnidge, DEF, K Billy Cundiff

 

Detroit at Carolina – Sherpa says:  Detroit 28, Carolina 27.

  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson
    • Neutral: RBs Reggie Bush (Probable-knee) & Joique Bell, WR Golden Tate, TEs Brandon Pettigrew (Probable-foot) & Eric Ebron, K Nate Freese , DEF
    • Sit: RB Bishop Sankey
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton (Probable-ribs), WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: RBs DeAngelo Williams (Questionable-thigh) & Mike Tolbert, WR Jerricho Cotchery, K Graham Gano, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jonathan Stewart, WR Jason Avant, TE Ed Dickson

 

Seattle at San Diego (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Seattle 28, San Diego 17.

  • Seattle
    • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Percy Harvin, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Doug Baldwin, TE Zach Miller, K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: RBs Robert Turbin & Christine Michael (Out-hamstring), WRs Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, & Paul Richardson
  • San Diego
    • Start: RB Ryan Mathews, WR Keenan Allen (Probable-ribs)
    • Neutral: QB Phillip Rivers, RB Danny Woodhead, TEs Antonio Gates (Probable-hamstring) & Ladarius Green, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Malcom Floyd & Eddie Royal, K Nick Novak

 

St. Louis at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says:  Tampa Bay 24, St Louis 13.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: TE Jared Cook
    • Neutral: RB Zac Stacy, WRs Brian Quick & Tavon Austin, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Shaun Hill (Questionable-thigh) & Austin Davis (whoever starts), RB Bennie Cunningham, WR Kenny Britt, TE Lance Kendricks, K Greg Zuerlein
  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: QB Josh McCown, WR Vincent Jackson, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Doug Martin (Questionable-knee) & Bobby Rainey, WR Mike Evans, TE Brandon Myers, K Patrick Murray
    • Sit: RB Mike James, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Out-ankle)

 

Houston at Oakland – Sherpa says:  Oakland 27, Houston 24.

  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster (Probable-ribs), WRs Andre Johnson (Probable-ankle) & DeAndre Hopkins
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TE Garrett Graham (Probable-back), K Randy Bullock, DEF
    • Sit: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Out-foot)
  • Oakland
    • Start: QB Derek Carr, WR James Jones, TE Mychal Rivera
    • Neutral: RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Questionable-hand), WR Rod Streater, K Sebastian Janikowski, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Darren McFadden, Latavius Murray, & Marcel Reece

 

Kansas City at Denver – Sherpa says:  Denver 41, Kansas City 10.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles
    • Neutral: WRs Dwayne Bowe (Probable-quad) & Donnie Avery, TEs Anthony Fasano & Travis Kelce
    • Sit: QB Alex Smith, WR Frankie Hammond (Probable-shoulder), K Cairo Santos, DEF
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Montee Ball, WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas, K Brandon McManus, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Emmanuel Sanders
    • Sit: RBs Ronnie Hillman & C.J. Anderson, WRs Wes Welker, Andre Caldwell, & Cody Latimer

 

New York Jets at Green Bay – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 31, New York 17.

  • New York
    • Start: RB Chris Johnson, WR Eric Decker
    • Neutral: QB Geno Smith, RB Chris Ivory, WR Jeremy Kerley, TE Jeff Cumberland
    • Sit: WR David Nelson, TE Jace Amaro, K Nick Folk, DEF
  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb
    • Neutral: RB James Starks, WR Jarrett Boykin, TE Andrew Quarless
    • Sit: RBs Eddie Lacy (Probable-concussion) & John Kuhn, WR Davante Adams, TE Richard Rodgers

 

Chicago at San Francisco (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 31, Chicago 21.

  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, TE Martellus Bennett
    • Neutral: WRs Brandon Marshall (Questionable-ankle) Alshon Jeffery (Questionable-hamstring)
    • Sit: K Robbie Gould, DEF
  • San Francisco
    • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, WR Anquan Boldin, TE Vernon Davis, K Phil Dawson, DEF
    • Neutral:  RBs Frank Gore & Carlos Hyde, WRs Michael Crabtree & Steve Johnson
    • Sit: N/A

 

Philadelphia at Indianapolis (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  Indianapolis 31, Philadelphia 28.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WRs Jeremy Maclin & Riley Cooper, TE Zach Ertz
    • Neutral: RB Darren Sproles, WR Jordan Matthews, K Cody Parkey
    • Sit: TE Brent Celek, DEF
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WRs Reggie Wayne & T.Y. Hilton, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Neutral: RBs Trevor Richardson & Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, TEs Coby Fleener & Dwayne Allen, DEF
    • Sit: WR Donte Moncrief

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

Week 1 Player Recommendations (Thu 9/4/14)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Green Bay at Seattle (Thursday) – Sherpa says:  Seattle 24, Green Bay 21.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy, WRs Jordy Nelson & Randall Cobb
    • Neutral: WR Jarrett Boykin, TE Richard Rogers, DEF
    • Sit: RB John Starks, TE Anthony Quarless, K Mason Crosby
  • Seattle
    • Start: QB Russell Wilson, RB Marshawn Lynch, WRs Percy Harvin & Doug Baldwin, DEF
    • Neutral: K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: TE Zach Miller

 

Buffalo at Chicago (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Chicago 34, Buffalo 17.

  • Buffalo
    • Start: RB C.J. Spiller,
    • Neutral: WRs Mike Williams & Sammy Watkins (Probable-ribs), TE Scott Chandler
    • Sit: QB E.J. Manuel, RB Fred Jackson, WR Robert Woods, K Dan Carpenter, DEF
  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery, K Robbie Gould, DEF
    • Neutral: TE Martellus Bennett
    • Sit: N/A

 

New Orleans at Atlanta – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 28, Atlanta 24.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham
    • Neutral: RBs Pierre Thomas & Mark Ingram, WR Brandin Cooks, K Shayne Graham, DEF
    • Sit: RB Khiry Robinson, WR Kenny Stills (Out-quad)
  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones
    • Neutral: RBs Steven Jackson & Jacquizz Rogers, WR Roddy White, K Matt Bryant, DEF
    • Sit: WR Harry Douglas, TE Levine Toilolo

 

Cincinnati at Baltimore – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 27, Baltimore 24.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: WR A.J. Green
    • Neutral: QB Andy Dalton, WR Mohamed Sanu, TEs Jermaine Gresham & Tyler Eifert (Probable-shoulder), K Mike Nugent, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jeremy Hill, WR Marvin Jones (Out)
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WR Torrey Smith, TE Dennis Pitta
    • Neutral: RB Bernard Pierce (Probable-concussion), WR Steve Smith, K Justin Tucker, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Ray Rice (suspended) & Lorenzo Taliaferro

 

Jacksonville at Philadelphia – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 37, Jacksonville 20.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, RB Toby Gerhart, WR Marqise Lee, TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Sit: RBs Denard Robinson & Storm Johnson, WR Cecil Shorts (Out-hamstring), K Josh Scobee (Probable-quad), DEF
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WRs Jeremy Maclin & Riley Cooper (Probable-ankle), TE Zach Ertz, K Cody Parkey, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Darren Sproles, WR Jordan Matthews, TE Brent Celek
    • Sit: N/A

 

Washington at Houston – Sherpa says:  Houston 21, Washington 20.

  • Washington
    • Start: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, WRs Pierre Garcon & DeSean Jackson, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Andre Roberts, TE Jordan Reed (Questionable-thumb)
    • Sit: RB Roy Helu, K Kai Forbath
  • Houston
    • Start: RB Arian Foster, WRs Andre Johnson & DeAndre Hopkins, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TE Garrett Graham (Questionable-back)
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Grimes & Alfred Blue, TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, K Randy Bullock

 

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

  • Cleveland
    • Start: RB Ben Tate, TE Jordan Cameron
    • Neutral: WRs Miles Austin & Andrew Hawkins, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Brian Hoyer & Johnny Manziel, RB Terrance West, K Billy Cundiff
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Antonio Brown, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ben Roethlisberger, TE Heath Miller, K Shaun Suisham
    • Sit: RBs LeGarrette Blount & Dri Archer, WRs Markus Wheaton & Lance Moore (Out-groin)

 

Minnesota at St. Louis – Sherpa says:  Minnesota 20, St. Louis 17.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Adrian Peterson, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, TE Kyle Rudolph, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Matt Cassell, WR Greg Jennings
    • Sit: RB Jerick McKinnon, WRs Jarius Wright & Jerome Simpson (suspended), K Blair Walsh
  • St. Louis
    • Start: RB Zac Stacy, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, & Tavon Austin; TE Jared Cook
    • Sit: QBs Sam Bradford (IR-out for season) & Shaun King, RBs Benny Cunningham & Tre Mason, WR Stedman Bailey (suspended), TE Lance Kendricks

 

Tennessee at Kansas City – Sherpa says:  Tennessee 24, Kansas City 21.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: RB Shonn Greene, WRs Kendall Wright & Nate Washington, TE Delanie Walker, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Jake Locker, WR Justin Hunter, K Ryan Succop
    • Sit: RB Bishop Sankey
  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, TEs Anthony Fasano & Travis Kelce, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Knile Davis & De’Anthony Thomas (Doubtful-hamstring), WRs Dwayne Bowe (suspended) & Donnie Avery, K Cairo Santos

 

New England at Miami – Sherpa says:  New England 27, Miami 17.

  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady (Questionable-calf), WR Julian Edelman, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Stevan Ridley & Shane Vereen, WRs Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, & Kenbrell Thompkins, TE Rob Gronkowski (Questionable-knee), K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Sit: RBs James White & Brandon Bolden, TE Tim Wright
  • Miami
    • Start: WR Mike Wallace, TE Charles Clay
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, RBs Lamar Miller & Knowshon Moreno, WR Brian Hartline, DEF
    • Sit: RB Damien Williams, K Caleb Sturgis

 

Oakland at New York Jets – Sherpa says:  New York Jets 27, Oakland 14.

  • Oakland
    • Start: WR James Jones, TE Mychal Rivera
    • Neutral: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Rod Streater, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Derek Carr & Matt Schaub (Probable-elbow), RBs Darren McFadden & Marcel Reece, WRs Andre Holmes & Denarius Moore, K Sebastian Janikowski (Probable-quad)
  • New York Jets
    • Start: RB Chris Johnson, WR Eric Decker, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Geno Smith, WR Jeremy Kerley, K Nick Folk
    • Sit: RBs Bilal Powell & Chris Ivory, WR David Nelson, TEs Jeff Cumberland & Jace Amaro

 

San Francisco at Dallas (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Dallas 27, San Francisco 24.

  • San Francisco
    • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, RB Frank Gore, WRs Michael Crabtree (Questionable-calf) & Anquan Boldin, TE Vernon Davis
    • Neutral: K Phil Dawson, DEF
    • Sit: RB Carlos Hyde, WR Steve Johnson
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo (Probable-back), RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Dez Bryant & Terrance Williams (Questionable-back), TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: K Dan Bailey, DEF
    • Sit: N/A

 

Carolina at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says:  Tampa Bay 24, Carolina 21.

  • Carolina
    • Start: TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: QB Cam Newton (Questionable-ribs), RBs DeAngelo Williams & Mike Tolbert, WRs Kelvin Benjamin & Jerricho Cotchery, DEF
    • Sit: QB Derek Anderson (if he starts), RB Jonathan Stewart, WR Jason Avant, K Graham Gano
  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: RB Doug Martin, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Josh McCown, K Patrick Murray
    • Sit: RBs Bobby Rainey, Mike James, & Charles Sims (IR), TEs Austin Seferian-Jenkins & Brandon Myers

 

Indianapolis at Denver (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Denver 31, Indianapolis 24.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WR T.Y. Hilton
    • Neutral: RB Travis Richardson, WR Reggie Wayne, TEs Dwayne Allen & Coby Fleener, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Sit: RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, DEF
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, RB Montee Ball, WRs Demaryius Thomas & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-thigh), TE Julius Thomas, K Brandon McManus
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: RB Ronnie Hillman, WRs Wes Welker (suspended), Cody Latimer, & Andre Caldwell, TEs Jacob Tamme & Virgil Green

 

New York Giants at Detroit (Monday night early) – Sherpa says:  New York 27, Detroit 24.

  • New York Giants
    • Start: RB Rashad Jennings, WR Victor Cruz
    • Neutral: QB Eli Manning, WR Rueben Randle
    • Sit: RB Andre Williams, WRs Odell Beckham (Out-hamstring) & Jerrel Jernigan
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Reggie Bush, WRs Calvin Johnson & Golden Tate
    • Neutral:  TEs Brandon Pettigrew & Eric Ebron, K Nate Freese, DEF
    • Sit: RB Joique Bell

 

San Diego at Arizona (Monday night late) – Sherpa says:  San Diego 28, Arizona 27.

  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Phillip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Keenan Allen (Probable-ribs)
    • Neutral: RB Danny Woodhead, TEs Antonio Gates (Questionable-hamstring) & Ladarius Green, K Nick Novak, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Malcom Floyd & Eddie Royal
  • Arizona
    • Start: QB Carson Palmer, WRs Larry Fitzgerald & Michael Floyd
    • Neutral: RB Andre Ellington (Questionable-foot), K Jay Feely, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Dwyer & Stepfan Taylor, WRs John Brown & Jarod Brown; TE John Carlson

 

Good luck this weekend, and may all your players stay healthy!

The Sherpa

Super Bowl Squares - 2014 (Fri 1/31/14)

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Sunday evening over 100 million Americans will gather in living rooms and bars across the country to watch Super Bowl XLVIII.  Some will root for Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, John Fox, and the Denver Broncos.  Some will root for Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Pete Carroll, and the Seattle Seahawks.  Many will be more interested in the Super Bowl commercials or the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

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 MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.  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 Seahawks’ score and the vertical axis to represent the Broncos’ score.  Then, if the Broncos 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 47 Super Bowls has shown that not all squares on the grid are created equal.  Here’s a mapping of the 188 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

4

2

1

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

3

6

0

0

6

4

0

5

9

1

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

1

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

6.9%

1.1%

0.8%

4.5%

2.9%

1.1%

1.6%

5.3%

0.8%

1.9%

1

1.1%

 

 

0.3%

1.3%

1.1%

0.5%

1.6%

0.3%

0.3%

2

0.8%

 

 

 

0.3%

 

 

0.8%

0.3%

0.3%

3

4.5%

0.3%

 

3.2%

1.6%

 

1.9%

3.7%

0.3%

 

4

2.9%

1.3%

0.3%

1.6%

0.5%

 

0.5%

2.7%

 

0.5%

5

1.1%

1.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 0.3%

 

0.3%

6

1.6%

0.5%

 

1.9%

0.5%

 

1.1%

1.6%

0.8%

0.3%

7

5.3%

1.6%

0.8%

3.7%

2.7%

0.3%

1.6%

3.7%

 

0.8%

8

0.8%

0.3%

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 47 Super Bowls.

 

 

Several observations:

 

  • The top 13 square probabilities account for over 50% of the winning squares (52.0%).

 

  • Over 40% of the squares (43, to be exact) have never been winners.  But take heart - when the score at halftime of last year’s Super Bowl was  Baltimore 21, San Francisco 6, that marked the first time that the (1,6) combination had come up in Super Bowl history!  And just one quarter (and one blackout) later, when the score stood Baltimore 28, San Francisco 23, that marked the first time that the (8,3) combination had been a winner!

 

  • 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.

 

  • I also suspect that coaches may make different decisions in the Super Bowl than they would in a regular season game (e.g. - keeping an injured player in the game, deciding to attempt a two-point conversion earlier than they would in a regular-season game, etc.) because they have no reason to hold back, but this factor would be impossible to quantify.

 

Enjoy the game!

The Sherpa