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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

Week 17 Player Recommendations (Thu 12/26/13)

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Carolina at Atlanta (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Carolina 27, Atlanta 17.

  • Carolina
    • Start: RB DeAngelo Williams, TE Greg Olsen, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Cam Newton (Probable-ankle), WRs Brandon LaFell, Domenik Hixon, & Ted Ginn Jr; K Graham Gano
    • Sit: RBs Mike Tolbert & Jonathan Stewart (Out-knee), WR Steve Smith (Out-knee)
  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Roddy White & Harry Douglas, TE Tony Gonzalez (Questionable-toe)
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Questionable-concussion), WR Drew Davis, K Matt Bryant

 

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

  • Houston
    • Start: WRs DeAndre Hopkins (Probable-ankle) & Andre Johnson (Probable-wrist)
    • Neutral: RBs Dennis Johnson (Questionable-hip) & Jonathan Grimes, WR Keshawn Martin, TE Ryan Griffin (Questionable-knee), DEF
    • Sit: QB Case Keenum (Probable-thumb) or QB Matt Schaub (whoever starts), TE Garrett Graham (IR-hamstring), K Randy Bullock
  • Tennessee
    • Start: RB Chris Johnson, TE Delanie Walker, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Shonn Greene, WRs Nate Washington & Kendall Wright, K Rob Bironas
    • Sit: WR Justin Hunter

 

Cleveland at Pittsburgh – Sherpa says:  Cleveland 20, Pittsburgh 17.

  • Cleveland
    • Start: WR Josh Gordon, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Jason Campbell, RB Edwin Baker, TE Jordan Cameron (Questionable-concussion)
    • Sit: RB Willis McGahee (Probable-knee), WRs Mike Tyms, Josh Cooper, & Greg Little, TE Gary Barnidge, K Billy Cundiff
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: WRs Emmanuel Sanders (Questionable-knee) & Antonio Brown, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell, TE Heath Miller
    • Sit: WR Jerricho Cotchery, K Shaun Suisham

 

Washington at New York Giants – Sherpa says:  Washington 24, New York 17.

  • Washington
    • Start: RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Kirk Cousins, K Kai Forbath
    • Sit: WRs Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, & Josh Morgan; TE Logan Paulsen & Fred Davis
  • New York
    • Start: TE Brandon Myers
    • Neutral: QB Eli Manning, RB Andre Brown (Questionable-concussion), WRs Jerrel Jernigan, Hakeem Nicks, & Rueben Randle, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Peyton Hillis (Questionable-concussion) & Brandon Jacobs, WR Victor Cruz (Doubtful-knee), K Josh Brown

 

Baltimore at Cincinnati – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 24, Baltimore 14.

  • Baltimore
    • Start: WR Torrey Smith (Questionable-thigh)
    • Neutral: RB Ray Rice (Questionable-thigh), TEs Ed Dickson & Dennis Pitta, DEF
    • Sit: QB Joe Flacco, RB Bernard Pierce, WRs Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones, & Tandon Doss; K Justin Tucker
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Giovani Bernard & BenJarvus Green-Ellis, WRs Marvin Jones & Mohamed Sanu, K Mike Nugent
    • Sit: TEs Jermaine Gresham (Questionable-hamstring) & Tyler Eifert (Questionable-neck)

 

Jacksonville at Indianapolis – Sherpa says:  Indianapolis 28, Jacksonville 14.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: WRs Mike Brown (Probable-wrist) & Ace Sanders (Probable-finger), TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Questionable-hamstring), DEF
    • Sit: RB Jordan Todman, WR Kerry Taylor, Josh Scobee
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, TE Coby Fleener, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Donald Brown, WRs Da’Rick Rogers, T.Y. Hilton, & Griff Whalen, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Sit: RB Trent Richardson

 

New York Jets at Miami – Sherpa says:  Miami 23, New York 20.

  • New York
    • Start: RB Chris Ivory (Probable-quad)
    • Neutral: RB Bilal Powell, DEF
    • Sit: QB Geno Smith, WRs Santonio Holmes (Questionable-hamstring/foot), David Nelson, & Jeremy Kerley (Probable-elbow); TE Kellen Winslow, K Nick Folk
  • Miami
    • Start: WRs Brian Hartline (Questionable-knee) & Mike Wallace, TE Charles Clay, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill (Probable-knee), K Caleb Sturgis
    • Sit: RBs Lamar Miller & Daniel Thomas (Questionable-ankle), WR Rishard Matthews

 

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

  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Reggie Bush, WR Calvin Johnson (Questionable-knee), K David Akers
    • Neutral: RB Joique Bell (Questionable-knee), WRs Nate Burleson & Kris Durham,TE Jermaine Gresham (Questionable-hamstring), DEF
    • Sit: TE Tyler Eifert (Doubtful-neck)
  • Minnesota
    • Start: QB Matt Cassel, WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Questionable-chest)
    • Neutral: RB Adrian Peterson (Questionable-groin/foot), WRs Greg Jennings & Jerome Simpson, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: RBs Adrian Peterson (Doubtful-groin/foot), Toby Gerhart (Questionable-hamstring), & Matt Asiata (Questionable-ankle); WR Jarius Wright, TE Rhett Ellison, DEF

 

Green Bay at Chicago (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:   Chicago 34, Green Bay 28.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers (Probable-collarbone), RB Eddie Lacy (Probable-ankle), WRs James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, & Jordy Nelson
    • Neutral: RB John Starks, K Mason Crosby
    • Sit: TE Anthony Quarless (Questionable-ankle), DEF
  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett, K Robbie Gould
    • Neutral: WR Earl Bennett
    • Sit: RB Michael Bush, DEF

 

Buffalo at New England – Sherpa says:  New England 34, Buffalo 20.

  • Buffalo
    • Start: RBs Fred Jackson (Probable-ribs) & C.J. Spiller, TE Scott Chandler
    • Neutral: WRs Robert Woods & T.J. Graham
    • Sit: QBs E.J. Manuel (Out-knee) & Thad Lewis (Probable-shoulder), WR Steve Johnson (Out-personal), K Dan Carpenter, DEF
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, WRs Danny Amendola (Probable-groin) & Julian Edelman, K Stephen Gostkowski, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Stevan Ridley
    • Sit: RBs LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen (Questionable-groin), & Brandon Bolden, TE Michael Hoomanawanui (Probable-knee)

 

Tampa Bay at New Orleans – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 24, Tampa Bay 7.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: RB Bobby Gainey, WR Vincent Jackson, TE Tim Wright
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: QB Mike Glennon, WRs Tiquan Underwood & Chris Owusu, K Rian Lindell
  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees (Probable-knee), WR Marques Colston (Probable-back), TE Jimmy Graham, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Lance Moore & Kenny Stills, K Shayne Graham
    • Sit: RBs Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, & Pierre Thomas (Probable-eye)

 

Denver at Oakland – Sherpa says:  Denver 31, Oakland 24.

  • Denver
    • Start: K Matt Prater
    • Neutral: QB Peyton Manning, RBs Montee Ball & Knowshon Moreno, WRs Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, & Andre Caldwell; TE Julius Thomas, DEF
    • Sit: QB Brock Osweiler, WR Wes Welker (Out-concussion)
  • Oakland
    • Start: RB Rashad Jennings, TE Mychal Rivera
    • Neutral: QB Terrelle Pryor, WR Andre Holmes, K Sebastian Janikowski
    • Sit: QB Matt McGloin, RBs Darren McFadden & Marcel Reece, WR Denarius Moore (Probable-shoulder), DEF

 

San Francisco at Arizona – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 20, Arizona 17.

  • San Francisco
    • Start: QB Colin Kaepernick, WRs Anquan Boldin & Michael Crabtree (Probable-wrist/ankle), TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Frank Gore (Probable-knee)
    • Sit: WR Mario Manningham, K Phil Dawson
  • Arizona
    • Start: DEF
    • Neutral: QB Carson Palmer, RBs Andre Ellington & Rashard Mendenhall, WRs Larry Fitzgerald & Michael Floyd
    • Sit: WR Andre Roberts, TEs Jake Ballard, Jim Dray, & Rob Housler; K Jay Feely

 

Kansas City at San Diego – Sherpa says:  San Diego 37, Kansas City 14.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: RB Knile Davis, WRs Donnie Avery & Dexter McCluster
    • Sit: QBs Alex Smith & Chase Daniels, RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe (Out-concussion), TEs Anthony Fasano & Sean McGrath, K Ryan Succop (Probable-groin), DEF
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Philip Rivers, WRs Keenan Allen & Vincent Brown, TE Antonio Gates, DEF, K Nick Novak
    • Neutral: RB Ryan Mathews (Questionable-ankle), WR Eddie Royal (Questionable-toe)
    • Sit: N/A

 

St. Louis at Seattle – Sherpa says:  Seattle 24, St. Louis 14.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: RB Zac Stacy
    • Neutral: TE Jared Cook, DEF
    • Sit: QB Kellen Clemens, WRs Brian Quick, Tavon Austin (Questionable-ankle), Stedman Bailey, & Austin Pettis; TEs Corey Harkey & Lance Kendricks, K Greg Zuerlein
  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, WRs Golden Tate & Doug Baldwin, TE Zach Miller, K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: WRs Jermaine Kearse (Questionable-ankle) & Percy Harvin (Doubtful-hip)

  

Philadelphia at Dallas (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 44, Dallas 27.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WR DeSean Jackson & Riley Cooper, K Alex Henery
    • Neutral: WR Jason Avant, TEs Brent Celek & Zach Ertz, DEF
    • Sit: RB Bryce Brown
  • Dallas
    • Start: RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: QB Kyle Orton, WRs Miles Austin & Terrence Williams, K Dan Bailey
    • Sit: QB Tony Romo (IR-back), DEF

 

Good luck this weekend - may all your players do well and stay healthy!

The Sherpa

 

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Week 16 Player Recommendations (Sat 12/21/13)

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Miami at Buffalo (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Miami 21, Buffalo 20.

  • Miami
    • Start: QB Ryan Tannehill, WRs Mike Wallace & Brian Hartline, TE Charles Clay DEF
    • Neutral: WR Rishard Matthews
    • Sit: RBs Lamar Miller & Daniel Thomas (Questionable-ankle), K Caleb Sturgis
  • Buffalo
    • Start: RBs Fred Jackson (Probable-ribs) & C.J. Spiller, TE Scott Chandler, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Robert Woods
    • Sit: QBs E.J. Manuel (Out-knee) & Thaddeus Lewis, WR Steve Johnson (Out-personal), K Dan Carpenter

 

New Orleans at Carolina – Sherpa says:  Carolina 20, New Orleans 17.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Darren Sproles & Pierre Thomas, WRs Lance Moore & Kenny Stills
    • Sit: RB Mark Ingram, K Shayne Graham
  • Carolina
    • Start: RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Steve Smith (Probable-finger), TE Greg Olsen (Probable-foot), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Cam Newton, WRs Brandon LaFell & Ted Ginn Jr
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart (Out-knee) & Mike Tolbert, K Graham Gano

 

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

  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Adrian Peterson (Questionable-groin), WR Cordarelle Patterson
    • Neutral: QB Matt Cassel, WRs Jerome Simpson & Greg Jennings, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: RBs Toby Gerhart (Probable-hamstring) & Matt Asiata (Questionable-ankle), WR Jarius WRight, TEs John Carlson (IR-concussion) & Chase Ford, DEF
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green, K Mike Nugent
    • Neutral: RB Giovani Bernard, WRs Marvin Jones & Mohamed Sanu, TE Tyler Eifert, DEF
    • Sit: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, TE Jermaine Gresham (Probable-abdomen)

 

Denver at Houston – Sherpa says:  Denver 34, Houston 21.

  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning (Probable-ankle), WRs Demaryius Thomas (Probable-shoulder) & Eric Decker, TE Julius Thomas (Probable-knee), K Matt Prater, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Montee Ball & Knowshon Moreno, WR Andre Caldwell
    • Sit: WR Wes Welker (Out-concussion), TE Jacob Tamme
  • Houston
    • Start: QB Matt Schaub, RB Ben Tate, WRs DeAndre Hopkins (Probable-ankle) & Andre Johnson (Probable-wrist), TE Ryan Griffin
    • Neutral: N/A
    • Sit: QB Case Keenum (Out-thumb), TE Garrett Graham (Questionable-hamstring), K Randy Bullock, DEF

 

Tennessee at Jacksonville – Sherpa says:  Tennessee 27, Jacksonville 3.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Chris Johnson (Probable-knee), WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Justin Hunter & Nate Washington, K Rob Bironas
    • Sit: RB Shonn Greene, WR Kenny Britt
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: N/A
    • Neutral: TE Marcedes Lewis (Probable-thigh), DEF
    • Sit: QB Chad Henne, RBs Maurice Jones-Drew (Questionable-hamstring) & Jordan Todman, WRs Mike Brown & Ace Sanders, TE Clay Harbor, K Josh Scobee

 

Indianapolis at Kansas City – Sherpa says:  Kansas City 30, Indianapolis 27.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WR T.Y. Hilton (Questionable-shoulder), TE Coby Fleener
    • Neutral: RBs Trent Richardson & Donald Brown (Probable-neck), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, K Adam Vinatieri
    • Sit: WRs LaVon Brazill (Probable-foot), Griff Whalen, & Da’Rick Rogers, DEF
  • Kansas City
    • Start: QB Alex Smith, RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe, K Ryan Sucop
    • Neutral: WR Donnie Avery, DEF
    • Sit: RB Knile Davis, WR Dexter McCluster (Probable-ankle), TEs Anthony Fasano (Probable-concussion) & Sean McGrath (Probable-knee)

 

Dallas at Washington – Sherpa says:  Dallas 27, Washington 24.

  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: K Dan Bailey, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Terrence Williams (Questionable-hamstring), Miles Austin, & Cole Beasley
  • Washington
    • Start: QB Kirk Cousins, RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon
    • Neutral: WRs Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, & Josh Morgan; K Kai Forbath, DEF
    • Sit: TEs Jordan Reed (Out-concussion), Logan Paulsen & Fred Davis

 

Cleveland at New York Jets – Sherpa says:  Cleveland 20, New York 13.

  • Cleveland
    • Start: QB Jason Campbell, WR Josh Gordon, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Greg Little
    • Sit: RBs Willis McGahee (Probable-concussion), Chris Ogbannaya, & Edwin Baker; WR Davone Bess (Out-personal), TE Jordan Cameron (Out-concussion), K Billy Cundiff
  • New York Jets
    • Start: RB Chris Ivory, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Jeremy Kerley (Probable-elbow), David Nelson (Probable-ribs), & Santonio Holmes (Probable-foot)
    • Sit: QB Gino Smith, RB Bilal Powell, TEs Jeff Cumberland & Kellen Winslow Jr (Probable-elbow), K Nick Folk

 

Tampa Bay at St. Louis – Sherpa says:   St. Louis 17, Tampa Bay 13.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: RB Bobby Rainey, WR Vincent Jackson (Probable-hamstring), TE Tim Wright, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Mike Glennon
    • Sit: WRs Tiquan Underwood & Chris Owusu, K Rian Lindell
  • St. Louis
    • Start: RB Zac Stacy, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, & Stedman Bailey
    • Sit: QB Kellen Clemens, WRs Brian Quick & Tavon Austin (Questionable-ankle), TEs Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks, & Corey Harkey; K Greg Zuerlein

 

Arizona at Seattle (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Seattle 24, Arizona 17.

  • Arizona
    • Start: RB Rashard Mendenhall (Probable-finger)
    • Neutral: QB Carson Palmer (Questionable-ankle), RB Andre Ellington (Probable-quadricep), WRs Larry Fitzgerald (Questionable-concussion) & Michael Floyd (Probable-ankle), DEF
    • Sit: WR Andre Roberts, TEs Rob Housler (Questionable-groin) & Jake Ballard, K Jay Feely
  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, WRs Doug Baldwin & Golden Tate, TE Zach Miller (Probable-rib), K Steven Hauschka
    • Sit: WRs Percy Harvin (Out-hip) & Jermaine Kearse

 

New York Giants at Detroit – Sherpa says:  Detroit 35, New York 13.

  • New York
    • Start: QB Eli Manning, TE Brandon Myers
    • Neutral: RB Andre Brown, WRs Hakeem Nicks & Rueben Randle
    • Sit: RBs Brandon Jacobs & Peyton Hillis (Out-concussion), WRs Victor Cruz (Out-knee) & Jerrel Jernigan (Questionable-knee), K Josh Brown, DEF
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Reggie Bush, WR Calvin Johnson (Questionable-knee), K David Akers, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Nate Bureleson & Kris Durham
    • Sit: RB Joique Bell, TEs Brandon Pettigrew (Out-ankle) & Joseph Fauria

 

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

  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, WRs Danny Amendola (Probable-groin) & Julian Edelman, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Stevan Riddley, TE Michael Hoomanawanui (Probable-knee), K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Sit: RBs Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, & Brandon Bolden, WRs Josh Boyce (Out-ankle), Aaron Dobson (Questionable-foot), & Kenbrell Thompkins (Questionable-hip)
  • Baltimore
    • Start: WR Torrey Smith
    • Neutral: QB Joe Flacco (Questionable-knee), RB Ray Rice (Questionable-thigh), WRs Marlon Brown & Jacoby Jones, DEF
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce, TEs Dennis Pitta & Ed Dickson, K Justin Tucker

 

Oakland at San Diego – Sherpa says:  San Diego 34, Oakland 27.

  • Oakland
    • Start: QB Matt McGloin, RB Rashad Jennings
    • Neutral: RB Marcel Reece, WRs Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, & Denarius Moore; TE Mychal Rivera, K Sebastian Janikowski
    • Sit: RB Darren McFadden (Probable-knee), DEF
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews (Probable-foot), WR Keenan Allen (Probable-shoulder), TE Antonio Gates, K Nick Novak
    • Neutral: WRs Vincent Brown & Eddie Royal (Questionable-toe), DEF
    • Sit: RB Danny Woodhead

 

Pittsburgh at Green Bay – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 27.

  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WRs Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-foot), TE Heath Miller
    • Neutral: RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Jerricho Cotchery (Probable-shoulder), K Shaun Suisham
    • Sit: DEF
  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Matt Flynn, RB Eddie Lacy (Probable-ankle), WRs Jarrett Boykin, Jordy Nelson, & James Jones; K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral: TE Anthony Quarless, DEF
    • Sit: QB Aaron Rodgers (Out-collarbone)

 

Chicago at Philadelphia (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 41, Chicago 37.

  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall (Probable-hamstring) & Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett, K Robbie Gould
    • Neutral: WR Earl Bennett
    • Sit: RB Michael Bush, DEF
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WR DeSean Jacckson, TE Zach Ertz, K Alex Henery
    • Neutral: WRs Riley Cooper & Jason Avant
    • Sit: TE Brent Celek, DEF

  

Atlanta at San Francisco (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 20, Atlanta 17.

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WRs Roddy White & Harry Douglas, TE Tony Gonzalez (Questionable-toe), DEF
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, WR Darius Johnson (Out-ankle), K Matt Bryant
  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-ankle), WRs Michael Crabtree (Probable-ankle) & Anquan Boldin, TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick
    • Sit: WR Mario Manningham, K Phil Dawson

 

Good luck this weekend - may all your players do well and stay healthy!

The Sherpa

 

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Week 15 Player Recommendations (Wed 12/11/13)

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

San Diego at Denver (Thursday night) – Sherpa says:  Denver 41, San Diego 27.

  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Philip Rivers, WR Keenan Allen (Probable-shoulder), TE Anthony Gates
    • Neutral: RBs Ryan Mathews & Danny Woodhead, WR Vincent Brown, K Nick Novak
    • Sit: WR Eddie Royal (Questionable-toe), TE Ladarius Green, DEF
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, WRs Demaryius Thomas & Eric Decker, K Jason Elam
    • Neutral: RBs Knowshon Moreno & Montee Ball, TEs Julius Thomas & Jacob Tamme, DEF
    • Sit: WR Wes Welker (Out-concussion)

 

Washington at Atlanta (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Washington 31, Atlanta 24.

  • Washington
    • Start: QB Kirk Cousins, RB Alfred Morris, K Kai Forbath
    • Neutral: WR Pierre Garcon, DEF
    • Sit: QB Robert Griffin III (Out for season-knee), WRs Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, & Leonard Hankerson; TEs Logan Paulsen & Jordan Reed (Questionable-concussion)
  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WR Harry Douglas, TE Tony Gonzalez (Questionable-toe)
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, WR Roddy White (Questionable-knee), K Matt Bryant
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, DEF

 

San Francisco at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 20, Tampa Bay 10.

  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-ankle), WRs Anquan Boldin & Michael Crabtree (Probable-ankle), TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick
    • Sit: RB Kendall Hunter, WR Mario Manningham (Questionable-knee), K Phil Dawson
  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: WR Vincent Jackson (Probable-hamstring), TE Timothy Wright, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Bobby Rainey
    • Sit: QB Mike Glennon, WR Tiquan Underwood, K Rian Lindell

 

Seattle at New York Giants – Sherpa says:  Seattle 24, New York 17.

  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch (Probable-shoulder), WR Golden Tate
    • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, WR Doug Baldwin (Probable-neck), TE Zach Miller
    • Sit: WRs Jermaine Kearse & Percy Harvin (Out-hip)
  • New York
    • Start: WR Victor Cruz, TE Brandon Myers
    • Neutral: QB Eli Manning, RB Andre Brown, WRs Hakeem Nicks & Rueben Randle, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Peyton Hillis & Brandon Jacobs, K Josh Brown

 

Philadelphia at Minnesota – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 41, Minnesota 27.

  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WRs DeSean Jackson & Riley Cooper, K Alex Henery
    • Neutral: WR Jason Avant, DEF
    • Sit: TEs Brent Celek & Zach Ertz
  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Adrian Peterson (Questionable-foot) or RB Toby Gerhart (Questionable-hamstring) (whoever starts), WRs Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson & Cordarrelle Patterson
    • Neutral: QB Matt Cassel, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: QB Christian Ponder, TE John Carlson (Out-concussion), DEF

 

New England at Miami – Sherpa says:  New England 34, Miami 24.

  • New England
    • Start:  QB Tom Brady, WRs Julian Edelman & Danny Amendola (Probable-groin), K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Neutral: RBs Stevan Ridley & Shane Vereen (Probable-wrist), DEF
    • Sit: RBs LeGarrette Blount & Brandon Bolden, WRs Kenbrell Thompkins (Questionable-hip) & Aaron Dobson (Questionable-foot), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (Questionable-knee)
  • Miami
    • Start:  QB Ryan Tannehill, WRs Brian Hartline & Mike Wallace, TE Charles Clay,
    • Neutral: RB Daniel Thomas, K Caleb Sturgis
    • Sit: RB Lamar Miller (Probable-concussion), DEF

 

Buffalo at Jacksonville – Sherpa says:  Buffalo 23, Jacksonville 10.

  • Buffalo
    • Start: RBs C.J. Spiller & Fred Jackson, WR Steve Johnson, TE Scott Chandler, DEF
    • Neutral: QB E.J. Manuel, K Dan Carpenter
    • Sit: WRs Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, & Marquise Goodwin
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, RB Jordan Todd (Probable-shoulder), WRs Mike Brown & Ace Sanders, DEF
    • Sit: RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Doubtful-hamstring), WR Cecil Shorts (Questionable-groin), K Josh Scobee (Probable-hip)

 

Houston at Indianapolis – Sherpa says:  Houston 28, Indianapolis 20.

  • Houston
    • Start: RB Ben Tate (Probable-ribs), WRs DeAndre Hopkins (Questionable-ankle) & Andre Johnson, TE Garrett Graham (Questionable-hamstring), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Case Keenum (Probable-shoulder) or QB Matt Schaub (whoever starts), K Randy Bullock
    • Sit: RB Dennis Johnson, WR Keshawn Martin
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: RB Donald Brown, TE Coby Fleener
    • Neutral: QB Andrew Luck, RB Trent Richardson, WRs T.Y. Hilton, Da’Rick Rogers, Lavon Brazill (Questionable-foot), & Darius Heyward-Bey; DEF
    • Sit: K Adam Vinatieri

 

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

  • Chicago
    • Start: RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery
    • Neutral: QB Josh McCown or QB Jay Cutler (Probable-ankle) (whoever starts), TE Martellus Bennett, K Robbie Gould, DEF
    • Sit: RB Michael Bush, WR Earl Bennett
  • Cleveland
    • Start: QB Jason Campbell or QB Brandon Weeden (Probable-concussion) (whoever starts), WR Josh Gordon, TE Jordan Cameron (Probable-ribs)
    • Neutral: WRs Greg Little & Davone Bess, K Billy Cundiff, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Willis McGahee (Out-concussion), Chris Ogbannaya, & Fozzy Whittaker

 

Kansas City at Oakland (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Kansas City 27, Oakland 24.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, WR Donnie Avery
    • Sit: RB Knile Davis, WR Dexter McCluster (Out-ankle), TEs Sean McGrath (Probable-knee) & Anthony Fasano (Out-concussion)
  • Oakland
    • Start: QB Matt McGloin, RB Marcel Reece
    • Neutral: WRs Denarius Moore (Questionable-shoulder), Rod Streater, & Andre Holmes; TE Mychal Rivera, K Sebastian Janikowski, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Darren McFadden (Out-ankle) & Rashad Jennings (Probable-concussion)

 

New York Jets at Carolina – Sherpa says:  Carolina 24, New York 20.

  • New York
    • Start: TE Kellen Winslow, Jr (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: RB Chris Ivory, WRs Santonio Holmes (Probable-foot), Jeremy Kerley (Probable-elbow), & David Nelson (Probable-ribs), DEF
    • Sit: QB Geno Smith, RB Bilal Powell, K Nick Folk
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen (Probable-foot), DEF
    • Neutral: RB DeAngelo Williams, WRs Brandon LaFell & Ted Ginn Jr, K Graham Gano
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart (Out-knee) & Mike Tolbert

 

Green Bay at Dallas – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 34, Dallas 24.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Matt Flynn, RB Eddie Lacy (Probable-ankle), WRs Jordy Nelson, Garrett Boykins, & James Jones, K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: QB Aaron Rodgers (Out-shoulder), TE Anthony Quarless
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: WRs Terrence Williams & Miles Austin, K Dan Bailey
    • Sit: RB Joseph Randle, DEF

 

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

  • Arizona
    • Start: RBs Rashard Mendenhall & Andre Ellington (Probable-knee) (whoever starts), WR Larry Fitzgerald, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Carson Palmer (Questionable-elbow), WR Michael Floyd (Questionable-ankle), K Jay Feely
    • Sit: WR Andre Roberts, TE Rob Housler (Doubtful-groin)
  • Tennessee
    • Start: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Chris Johnson, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Shonn Greene, WRs Justin Hunter, Nate Washington, & Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker (Probable-concussion), K Rob Bironas
    • Sit: N/A

 

New Orleans at St. Louis – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 27, St. Louis 13.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, WR Marques Colston, TE Jimmy Graham, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Darren Sproles & Pierre Thomas, WRs Lance Moore & Kenny Stills, K Garrett Graham
    • Sit: RB Mark Ingram
  • St. Louis
    • Start: RB Zac Stacy
    • Neutral: QB Kellen Clemens, WR Chris Givens, TE Jared Cook, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Tavon Austin (Questionable-ankle), Brian Quick, & Stedman Bailey, K Greg Zuerlein

 

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 24, Pittsburgh 20.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: WR A.J. Green
    • Neutral: QB Andy Dalton, RBs Giovani Bernard & BenJarvus Green-Ellis, K Mike Nugent, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Mohamed Sanu & Marvin Jones (Probable-shoulder), TEs Jermaine Gresham & Tyler Eifert
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WRs Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-foot), TE Heath Miller
    • Neutral: RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Jerricho Cotchery (Probable-shoulder), DEF
    • Sit: K Shaun Suisham

 

Baltimore at Detroit (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  Detroit 27, Baltimore 20.

  • Baltimore
    • Start: RB Ray Rice, WR Torrey Smith, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Philip Rivers, WRs Jacoby Jones & Marlon Brown, TEs Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, & Dallas Clark
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce, K Justin Tucker
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, WR Calvin Johnson (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Reggie Bush (Questionable-calf) & Joique Bell, WRs Nate Burleson & Kris Durham, TEs Brandon Pettigrew & Tyler Eifert, K David Akers
    • Sit: N/A

 

Good luck this weekend - may all your players do well and stay healthy!

The Sherpa

 

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Week 14 Player Recommendations (Wed 12/4/13)

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Houston at Jacksonville (Thursday night) – Sherpa says:  Houston 34, Jacksonville 10.

  • Houston
    • Start: QB Case Keenum, RB Ben Tate (Probable-ribs/ankle), WRs Andre Johnson & DeAndre Hopkins, TE Garrett Graham, K Randy Bullock, DEF
    • Neutral: N/A
    • Sit: RB Dennis Johnson
  • Jacksonville
    • Start: TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Neutral: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WRs Ace Sanders & Cecil Shorts
    • Sit: QB Chad Henne, WR Mike Brown (Probable-shoulder), K Josh Scobee, DEF

 

Minnesota at Baltimore (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Baltimore 24, Minnesota 20.

  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Adrian Peterson
    • Neutral: WRs Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson, & Greg Jennings; TE John Carlson, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Matt Cassel & Christian Ponder (Doubtful-concussion), K Blair Walsh
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WR Torrey Smith, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Ray Rice, WR Jacoby Jones, TEs Dallas Clark & Dennis Pitta, K Justin Tucker
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce, WRs Marlon Brown & Tandon Doss

 

Atlanta at Green Bay – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 31, Atlanta 24.

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, RB Steven Jackson, WR Harry Douglas, TE Tony Gonzalez
    • Neutral: WR Roddy White, K Matt Bryant
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, DEF
  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Aaron Rodgers (Questionable-shoulder) (if he starts), RB Eddie Lacy, WRs James Jones, Jordy Nelson, & Jarrett Boykin; K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral: QB Matt Flynn (if he starts), DEF
    • Sit: TE Anthony Quarless

 

Kansas City at Washington – Sherpa says:  Washington 27, Kansas City 24.

  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, WR Donnie Avery, K Ryan Succop, DEF
    • Sit: TEs Anthony Fasano (Questionable-concussion) & Sean McGrath, WR Dexter McCluster
  • Washington
    • Start: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon
    • Neutral: TE Logan Paulsen, K Kai Forbath, DEF
    • Sit: RB Roy Helu, WRs Santana Moss, Josh Morgan, & Leonard Hankerson, TEs Jordan Reed (Doubtful-concussion) & Fred Davis

 

Buffalo at Tampa Bay – Sherpa says:  Buffalo 24, Tampa Bay 13.

  • Buffalo
    • Start: RBs C.J. Spiller & Fred Jackson, TE Scott Chandler, DEF
    • Neutral: QB E.J. Manuel, WRs Steve Johnson & T.J. Graham, K Dan Carpenter
    • Sit: WR Robert Woods
  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: RB Bobby Rainey, WR Vincent Jackson
    • Neutral: WR Tiquan Underwood, TE Timothy Wright, DEF
    • Sit: QB Mike Glennon, K Rian Lindell

 

Miami at Pittsburgh – Sherpa says:  Pittsburgh 20, Miami 17.

  • Miami
    • Start: WRs Mike Wallace & Brian Hartline, TE Charles Clay, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Lamar Miller, WR Rishard Matthews
    • Sit: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Daniel Thomas (Questionable-ankle), K Caleb Sturgis
  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le’Veon Bell (Probable-concussion), WRs Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Jerricho Cotchery, TE Heath Miller
    • Sit: K Shaun Suisham

 

Detroit at Philadelphia – Sherpa says:  Philadelphia 37, Detroit 35.

  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Reggie Bush, WR Calvin Johnson, K David Akers
    • Neutral: RB Joique Bell, WR Nate Burleson, TE Brandon Pettigrew
    • Sit: WR Kris Durham (Questionable-shoulder), TE Joseph Fauria, DEF
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WRs DeSean Jackson & Riley Cooper, K Alex Henery
    • Neutral: WR Jason Avant, TEs Zach Ertz & Brent Celek
    • Sit: DEF

 

Indianapolis at Cincinnati – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 28, Indianapolis 20.

  • Indianapolis
    • Start: WR T.Y. Hilton, TE Coby Fleener
    • Neutral: RB Donald Brown, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, DEF
    • Sit: QB Andrew Luck, RB Trent Richardson, WR LaVon Brazille, K Adam Vinatieri
  • Cincinnati
    • Start: QB Andy Dalton, RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis & Giovani Bernard, WR A.J. Green, DEF
    • Neutral: TE Jermaine Gresham & Tyler Eifert, K Mike Nugent
    • Sit: WRs Marvin Jones & Mohamed Sanu

 

Cleveland at New England – Sherpa says:   New England 28, Cleveland 21.

  • Cleveland
    • Start: WR Josh Gordon, TE Jordan Cameron
    • Neutral: RB Willis McGahee, WR Davone Bess, DEF
    • Sit: QBs Jason Campbell (Questionable-concussion), Brandon Weeden (Questionable-concussion), Alex Tanney, & Caleb Hanie (whoever starts); RB Chris Ogbannaya, WR Greg Little, K Billy Cundiff
  • New England
    • Start: QB Tom Brady, WRs Danny Amendola & Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Stevan Ridley, K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Sit: RBs LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, & Shane Vereen, WRs Kenbrell Thompkins (Questionable-hip) & Aaron Dobson (Questionable-foot)

 

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

  • Oakland
    • Start: RB Rashad Jennings (Questionable-concussion), WR Denarius Moore (Questionable-shoulder), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Matt McGloin, WRs Andre Holmes & Rod Streater, TE Mychal Rivera, K Sebastian Janikowski
    • Sit: RB Darren McFadden (Questionable-ankle)
  • New York
    • Start: RB Chris Ivory, TE Kellen Winslow
    • Neutral: RB Bilal Powell, WRs Santonio Holmes & Jeremy Kerley (Questionable-elbow) (if he plays), DEF
    • Sit: QB Geno Smith, WR David Nelson, K Nick Folk

 

Tennessee at Denver (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Denver 35, Tennessee 21.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: RB Chris Johnson, WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker (Questionable-concussion)
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WRs Nate Washington & Justin Hunter
    • Sit: RB Shonn Greene, K Rob Bironas, DEF
  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning, WRs Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, & Wes Welker, K Matt Prater, DEF
    • Neutral: RBs Montee Ball & Knowshon Moreno, TE Julius Thomas (Questionable-knee)
    • Sit: TE Jacob Tamme

 

Seattle at San Francisco – Sherpa says:  Seattle 20, San Francisco 17.

  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch, TE Zach Miller, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, WRs Golden Tate & Doug Baldwin
    • Sit: RB Robert Turbin, WR Percy Harvin (Questionable-hip) (if he plays), K Steven Hauschka
  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore, WRs Anquan Boldin & Michael Crabtree, TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick
    • Sit: K Phil Dawson

 

New York Giants at San Diego – Sherpa says:  San Diego 28, New York 21.

  • New York
    • Start: QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz, TE Brandon Myers
    • Neutral: RB Andre Brown, WR Hakeem Nicks, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Brandon Jacobs (Questionable-knee) & Peyton Hillis, WR Rueben Randle, K Josh Brown
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Philip Rivers, WR Keenan Allen, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Ryan Mathews, TEs Antonio Gates & Ladarius Green, K Nick Novak
    • Sit: RB Danny Woodhead, WRs Vincent Brown & Eddie Royal (Doubtful-toe/chest)

 

St. Louis at Arizona – Sherpa says:  Arizona 17, St. Louis 13.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: TE Jared Cook, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Zac Stacy, WRs Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, & Brian Quick
    • Sit: QB Kellen Clemens, K Jay Feely
  • Arizona
    • Start: QB Carson Palmer, RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Larry Fitzgerald, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Michael Floyd (Questionable-ankle), TE Rob Housler
    • Sit: RB Andre Ellington (Questionable-knee), WR Andre Roberts, K Jay Feely

 

Carolina at New Orleans (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  New Orleans 24, Carolina 20.

  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen
    • Neutral: RB DeAngelo Williams (Questionable-quad), WRs Brandon LaFell & Ted Ginn Jr, DEF
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart & Mike Tolbert, K Graham Gano
  • New Orleans
    • Start: QB Drew Brees, TE Jimmy Graham, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Darren Sproles, WRs Marques Colston, Lance Moore, & Kenny Stills, K Garrett Hartley
    • Sit: RBs Mark Ingram & Pierre Thomas

 

Dallas at Chicago (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  Chicago 27, Dallas 21.

  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: WRs Miles Austin & Terrence Williams, K Dan Bailey
  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Jay Cutler (Questionable-ankle) (if he starts), RB Matt Forte, WRs Alshon Jeffery & Brandon Marshall, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Josh McCown (if he starts), TE Martellus Bennett, K Robbie Gould
    • Sit: WR Earl Bennett

 

Good luck this weekend - may all your players do well and stay healthy!

The Sherpa

 

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Week 13 Player Recommendations (Wed 11/27/13)

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Green Bay at Detroit (Thursday early) – Sherpa says:  Green Bay 31, Detroit 27.

  • Green Bay
    • Start: QB Matt Flynn or QB Scott Tolzien (whoever starts), WRs James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, & Jordy Nelson, K Mason Crosby
    • Neutral: RB Eddie Lacy, DEF
    • Sit: QB Aaron Rodgers (Doubtful-collarbone), TE Anthony Quarless
  • Detroit
    • Start: QB Matthew Stafford, RB Reggie Bush, WR Calvin Johnson (Probable-knee)
    • Neutral: RB Joique Bell (Questionable-Achilles’), WRs Kris Durham & Nate Burleson (Probable-forearm), TE Brandon Pettigrew (Probable-knee), K David Akers
    • Sit: TE Joseph Fauria, DEF

 

Oakland at Dallas (Thursday late) – Sherpa says:  Oakland 27, Dallas 20.

  • Oakland
    • Start: RBs Rashad Jennings & Darren McFadden (Questionable-hamstring), WR Denarius Moore
    • Neutral: QB Matt McGloin or QB Terrelle Pryor (Questionable-knee) (whoever starts), RB Marcel Reece, WR Rod Streater
    • Sit: TE Mychal Rivera (Questionable-concussion)
  • Dallas
    • Start: QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray, WR Dez Bryant (Probable-back), TE Jason Witten
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: WRs Miles Austin (Probable-hamstring) & Terrence Williams, K Dan Bailey

 

Pittsburgh at Baltimore (Thursday night) – Sherpa says:  Pittsburgh 20, Baltimore 13.

  • Pittsburgh
    • Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WRs Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders (Probable-foot), DEF
    • Neutral: RB Le’Veon Bell, WR Jerricho Cotchery, TE Heath Miller
    • Sit: K Shaun Suisham
  • Baltimore
    • Start: QB Joe Flacco, WR Torrey Smith, DEF
    • Neutral: RB Ray Rice, WR Jacoby Jones
    • Sit: RB Bernard Pierce, WR Marlon Brown (Probable-knee), TEs Dallas Clark & Ed Dickson, K Justin Tucker

 

Tennessee at Indianapolis (Sunday early) – Sherpa says:  Tennessee 24, Indianapolis 20.

  • Tennessee
    • Start: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Chris Johnson, WR Kendall Wright, TE Delanie Walker, DEF
    • Neutral: WRs Justin Hunter (Probable-concussion) & Nate Washington, K Rob Bironas
    • Sit: RB Shonn Greene, WR Damian Williams (Questionable-hip)
  • Indianapolis
    • Start: QB Andrew Luck, WR T.Y. Hilton, TE Coby Fleener
    • Neutral: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Probable-ankle), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Trent Richardson (Questionable-calf), Donald Brown & Dan Herron; WR Lavon Brazill, K Adam Vinatieri

 

Jacksonville at Cleveland – Sherpa says:  Cleveland 20, Jacksonville 7.

  • Jacksonville
    • Start: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Cecil Shorts (Probable-groin), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Chad Henne, TE Marcedes Lewis
    • Sit: RB Jordan Todman, WRs Mike Brown (Questionable-shoulder) & Ace Sanders, K Josh Scobee
  • Cleveland
    • Start: WR Josh Gordon, TE Jordan Cameron, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Davone Bess
    • Sit: QB Jason Campbell (Questionable-concussion), RBs Willis McGahee (Probable-knee), Chris Ogbannaya, & Fozzy Whitaker (Probable-ankle), WR Greg Little, K Billy Cundiff

 

Tampa Bay at Carolina – Sherpa says:  Carolina 20, Tampa Bay 13.

  • Tampa Bay
    • Start: WR Vincent Jackson, TE Timothy Wright, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Mike Glennon, RB Bobby Rainey, WR Tiquan Underwood
    • Sit: K Rian Lindell
  • Carolina
    • Start: QB Cam Newton, WR Steve Smith, TE Greg Olsen, DEF
    • Neutral: RB DeAngelo Williams, WRs Brandon LaFell & Ted Ginn Jr
    • Sit: RBs Jonathan Stewart & Mike Tolbert, K Graham Gano

 

Chicago at Minnesota – Sherpa says:  Chicago 33, Minnesota 23.

  • Chicago
    • Start: QB Josh McCown, RB Matt Forte, WRs Brandon Marshall & Alshon Jeffery, TE Martellus Bennett, K Robbie Gould
    • Neutral: DEF
    • Sit: WR Earl Bennett
  • Minnesota
    • Start: RB Adrian Peterson (Questionable-groin)
    • Neutral: QB Christian Ponder (Probable-shoulder), WRs Cordarrelle Patterson & Greg Jennings (Questionable-Achilles’), TE John Carlson, K Blair Walsh
    • Sit: WR Jarrius Wright & Jerome Simpson, DEF

 

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

  • New England
    • Start: RB Stevan Ridley, WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski (Probable-back), K Stephen Gostkowski
    • Neutral: QB Tom Brady, RBs Shane Vereen (Probable-wrist) & Brandon Bolden, WR Danny Amendola (Probable-groin), DEF
    • Sit: RB LeGarrette Blount, WRs Kenbrell Thompkins & Aaron Dobson
  • Houston
    • Start: QB Case Keenum, WRs DeAndre Hopkins & Andre Johnson, TE Garrett Graham
    • Neutral: RBs Ben Tate (Probable-ribs/ankle/toe) & Dennis Johnson, K Randy Bullock
    • Sit: DEF

 

Arizona at Philadelphia – Sherpa says:   Philadelphia 34, Arizona 27.

  • Arizona
    • Start: QB Carson Palmer (Probable-hand), WRs Larry Fitzgerald & Michael Floyd (Probable-shoulder)
    • Neutral: RBs Rashard Mendenhall & Andre Ellington, TE Rob Housler, K Jay Feely
    • Sit: WR Andre Roberts, DEF
  • Philadelphia
    • Start: QB Nick Foles, RB LeSean McCoy, WRs DeSean Jackson & Riley Cooper, K Alex Henery
    • Neutral: WR Jason Avant, TEs Brent Celek & Zach Ertz, DEF
    • Sit: QB Michael Vick

 

Miami at New York Jets – Sherpa says:  New York 23, Miami 20.

  • Miami
    • Start: WRs Mike Wallace (Probable-hamstring) & Brian Hartline, TE Charles Clay
    • Neutral: QB Ryan Tannehill, WR Rishard Matthews (Probable-back), DEF
    • Sit: RBs Lamar Miller & Daniel Thomas (Probable-ribs), K Caleb Sturgis
  • New York
    • Start: WR Santonio Holmes (Probable-foot), TE Kellen Winslow Jr (Probable-knee), DEF
    • Neutral: QB Geno Smith, RBs Chris Ivory (Questionable-ankle) & Bilal Powell, K Nick Folk
    • Sit: WRs Jeremy Kerley (Doubtful-elbow), David Nelson, & Stephen Hill (Probable-knee), TE Jeff Cumberland

 

Atlanta at Buffalo (Sunday late) – Sherpa says:  Buffalo 27, Atlanta 24.

  • Atlanta
    • Start: QB Matt Ryan, WR Harry Douglas, TE Tony Gonzalez (Questionable-toe)
    • Neutral: RB Steven Jackson, K Matt Bryant, DEF
    • Sit: RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Probable-hamstring), WR Roddy White
  • Buffalo
    • Start: QB E.J. Manuel, RBs Fred Jackson & C.J. Spiller, WR Steve Johnson (Questionable-groin), TE Scott Chandler
    • Neutral: WRs T.J. Graham & Marquise Goodwin, K Dan Carpenter, DEF
    • Sit: WR Robert Woods (Questionable-ankle)

 

St. Louis at San Francisco – Sherpa says:  San Francisco 20, St. Louis 17.

  • St. Louis
    • Start: RB Zac Stacy (Questionable-concussion), WR Chris Givens, TE Jared Cook, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Kellen Clemens, WR Tavon Austin
    • Sit: RB Bennie Cunningham, WR Brian Quick, K Greg Zuerlein
  • San Francisco
    • Start: RB Frank Gore (Probable-ankle), WR Anquan Boldin, TE Vernon Davis, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Colin Kaepernick, WR Michael Crabtree
    • Sit: WR Mario Manningham (Questionable-knee), K Phil Dawson

 

Cincinnati at San Diego – Sherpa says:  Cincinnati 30, San Diego 27.

  • Cincinnati
    • Start: WR A.J. Green, K Mike Nugent
    • Neutral: QB Andy Dalton, RBs Giovani Bernard & BenJarvus Green-Ellis, WRs Marvin Jones & Mohamed Sanu, TEs Jermaine Gresham & Tyler Eifert, DEF
    • Sit: N/A
  • San Diego
    • Start: QB Philip Rivers, WR Keenan Allen (Probable-knee), TE Antonio Gates
    • Neutral: RBs Ryan Mathews (Questionable-hamstring) & Danny Woodhead, TE Ladarius Green, K Nick Novak
    • Sit: WRs Vincent Brown (Probable-knee) & Eddie Royal (Questionable-toe), DEF

 

Denver at Kansas City – Sherpa says:  Denver 38, Kansas City 24.

  • Denver
    • Start: QB Peyton Manning (Probable-ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (Questionable-ankle), WRs Demaryius Thomas & Eric Decker, K Matt Prater, DEF
    • Neutral: WR Wes Welker (Probable-neck), TEs Julius Thomas (Questionable-knee) & Jacob Tamme
    • Sit: RB Montee Ball
  • Kansas City
    • Start: RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe
    • Neutral: QB Alex Smith, WRs Dexter McCluster & Donnie Avery, K Ryan Succop
    • Sit: TEs Anthony Fasano (Probable-knee) & Sean McGrath, DEF

 

New York Giants at Washington (Sunday night) – Sherpa says:  Washington 27, New York 21.

  • New York
    • Start: RB Andre Brown, WR Victor Cruz, TE Brandon Myers,
    • Neutral: QB Eli Manning, RB Brandon Jacobs (Questionable-knee), WRs Hakeem Nicks (Questionable-ribs) & Rueben Randle, DEF
    • Sit: K Josh Brown
  • Washington
    • Start: RB Alfred Morris, K Kai Forbath, DEF
    • Neutral: QB Robert Griffin III, WRs Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, & Pierre Garcon
    • Sit: TEs Logan Paulsen & Jordan Reed (Questionable-concussion)

 

New Orleans at Seattle (Monday night) – Sherpa says:  Seattle 28, New Orleans 27.

  • New Orleans
    • Start: RB Pierre Thomas, TE Jimmy Graham (Probable-elbow)
    • Neutral: QB Drew Brees, RBs Mark Ingram & Darren Sproles (Questionable-ankle), WRs Marques Colston & Lance Moore, K Garrett Hartley, DEF
    • Sit: WRs Robert Meachem & Kenny Stills
  • Seattle
    • Start: RB Marshawn Lynch,
    • Neutral: QB Russell Wilson, WRs Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, & Percy Harvin, TE Zach Miller, K Steven Hauschka, DEF
    • Sit: WR Jermaine Kearse (Questionable-concussion)

 

Good luck this weekend - may all your players do well and stay healthy!

The Sherpa

 

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