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Week 2 Fantasy Football Matchups

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This week, Chris Johnson is stuck between a rock and a hard place, which means his Fantasy owners are as well. The Ravens are fresh off of a dominating win over the Steelers where they held Rashard Mendenhall to 45 rush yards on 12 carries. Johnson is coming off an awful game where he totaled less than 50 yards and ran with the ball only nine times.

Sounds like Johnson is in for a tough game in Week 2, right? It's possible, but there are some reasons for optimism. One, Johnson kicked off the rust in Week 1 and the Titans coaching staff admitted they didn't use him enough. So more reps are expected and Johnson should be more than capable of making the most of them. Two, the Ravens run defense might have finished with a terrific stat line on Mendenhall but they got off to a horrific start as Mendenhall had 37 yards on his first four carries. The Steelers fell behind pretty quickly in Week 1 and abandoned the run, hence the low totals. And as tough as the Ravens run defense is now, they were just as stout in the 2008 postseason when Johnson totaled exactly 100 yards and a touchdown against them on 12 touches. That piece of history isn't exactly relevant since it was three years ago but it is proof that Johnson can be solid against 3-4 run defenses. There might be a few running backs taken after Round 3 who I like better than Johnson, but the feeling here is that the matchup isn't too daunting for Johnson and that he should stay in lineups in Week 2.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Lambeau Field
Chicago Bears
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJay CutlerOnly had two 2 TD games in six games w/ Bears vs. Packers, but has never had wea
RBMatt ForteJust one TD in 8 career games against the Packers (four w/ 100 total yards).
RBMichael BushDifferent world than last week. Packers have allowed 5 rush TDs in last 10 at La
WRBrandon MarshallLast week's thrashing of Colts secondary a good sign for his future.
WRAlshon JefferyNo. 2 WRs have four TDs in Packers' last three games.
DSTBearsPackers hung 62 points, 755 yards in their 2011 meetings. Hester returning kicks
Green Bay Packers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAaron RodgersEight TDs, no INTs in meetings with Bears last season. If you sit him you should
RBCedric BensonEx-Bear had 189 yards & TD vs. old mates back in '09, but role in GB suggests li
WRJordy NelsonHad 115 yards and two scores in last game against Bears; hasn't gone scoreless i
WRRandall CobbExciting start against Niners last week; could pick up chunks of yardage on unde
TEJermichael FinleyMonster must-start. Has 70+ yards and/or 1+ TD in each of last four against Bear
DSTPackersAfter failing to slow down the Niners, defense could have its hands full with th

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Gillette Stadium
Arizona Cardinals
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBKevin KolbClutch stats replacing Skelton late last week, will have to throw plenty this week.
RBRyan WilliamsTriple whammy: Tough run D in Pats, Cards will play from behind & he'll split reps.
RBBeanie WellsExpectations are small but worth noting Wells had 2 TDs in five outdoor games in '11.
WRLarry FitzgeraldKolb knows he has to utilize Fitzgerald to keep starting job, not to mention have a prayer at winning.
WRAndre Roberts One career TD has come outside of Arizona (at MIN, 2010).
DSTCardinals Don't even think about it.
New England Patriots
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBTom BradyBrady should play matchups here, target DBs Toler, Gay and Rhodes.
RBStevan Ridley8 of last 9 RBs to have at least 18 carries vs. ARI have had at least 8 Fantasy points. Love Ridley to deliver big again.
WRBrandon LloydIf he can avoid Patrick Peterson he should be able to get another chance or two to score on a deep play.
WRWes WelkerOne to watch: Obviously underperformed last week but has 100+ yards and/or a TD in 6 of last 9 at Foxboro.
TERob GronkowskiIntriguing showdown with Adrian Wilson. Cards have allowed 9 TDs to tight ends in last 27 games (5 last year).
TEAaron HernandezToo good to bench but Cardinals might try to use Peterson on him. Not a Top 3 tight end if that happens.
DSTPatriotsDefense looked much improved last week vs. Titans, should be able to corral Kolb.

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field
Baltimore Ravens
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJoe FlaccoTemper excitement for Flacco because of tough road matchup. Blitz, tough secondary could make things tough.
RBRay RiceEagles run D slammed Richardson last week but gave up nine 100+ total yard games to RBs in '11.
WRTorrey SmithOf the last five WRs to score on Philly, none had more than 47 yards receiving.
WRAnquan BoldinHas 4+ catches in 9 of last 15 games (80+ yards or a TD in 6 of those 8).
TEDennis PittaHas TD in 5 of last 8 games. Has 5+ catches in 3 of last 4. Worth stashing on the bench.
DSTRavensMight feast on Vick, who has thrown 1+ INT (11 total) in 7 of last 9 vs. 3-4 defenses.
Philadelphia Eagles
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMichael VickIf Maclin's out, Vick could struggle. Ravens haven't allowed a QB to throw 2+ TDs in 21 straight!
RBLeSean McCoyTough matchup? Yes. But don't psych yourself out. BenJarvus Green-Ellis just had 91 yards & a TD against them on Monday.
WRJeremy MaclinMaclin banged up and against pass D that gave up 4 100+ yard games & 8 TDs to WRs last year.
WRDeSean JacksonBad matchup but weird stat: Has 110+ total yards in 3 of 4 career Week 2 games (last year was the dud).
TEBrent CelekSick: Ravens have allowed 8 TDs to tight ends in last 37 games!
DSTEaglesExpectations have to be lowered here. Eagles might sack Flacco a bunch but they could get steamrolled by Rice.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Paul Brown Stadium
Cleveland Browns
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBBrandon Weeden Opposing QBs have tossed 2 TDs in 7 of last 10 regular-season games vs. CIN. Still wouldn't touch Weeden.
RBTrent RichardsonBengals allowed 6.8 yards per carry to Rice on Monday & 4.7 yards per carry to Bernard Pierce. Richardson should rebound.
WRJosh Gordon Explosive play was on display on his two catches last week. Only worth rostering in dynasty formats.
WRGreg Little Went catchless Week 1. Scored in 2011 meeting at Cincy, one of five TDs Bengals allowed in last five home games.
WRTravis Benjamin Expect the Browns to keep taking downfield shots. He's a Hail Mary Fantasy play.
DSTBrownsBengals totaled 50 points, 683 total yards in two meetings with Browns last year.
Cincinnati Bengals
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAndy DaltonSingle TD in each matchup against Browns last season.
RBBenJarvus Green-EllisRan like a champ last week against Ravens. Bengals have called 21+ runs for starting RB in each of last 3 vs. CLE.
WRA.J. GreenAs you might expect, Green posted double-digit Fantasy points in both games vs. CLE last year. Love him this week.
WRAndrew HawkinsLooked like he was Bengals' low-rent version of Sproles. In a pinch he could be decent in PPR leagues.
WRJermaine GreshamPitta repeat? Gresham scored in both games against the Browns in 2011.
DSTBengalsGreat matchup. Browns offense totaled 9 points vs. Philly, last year had 37 total vs. CIN.

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, EverBank Field
Houston Texans
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt SchaubOne multi-touchdown game in three of last four vs. Jaguars. Texans like to lean on the run.
RBArian FosterLast touchdown-less game vs. Jaguars: Never. Has at least 1 TD in four games vs. Jags.
RBBen TateFoster gets all the fun vs. Jags: Tate totaled 68 rush yards in two games vs. Jaguars in '11.
WRAndre JohnsonCame back from hamstring injury at Jacksonville last year & did nothing. Had TD in previous two trips to JAX.
WRKevin Walter 4 of last 5 TDs have come on the road including one at Jacksonville in 2010.
TEOwen DanielsShould stay involved vs. Jaguars even though he didn't score on them last year.
DSTTexansHeld Jags to 27 points & 429 total yards in both games in '11 with 8 sacks & 3 INTs!
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBBlaine GabbertDon't even bother to check his history vs. Texans. It's nasty. Keep him benched.
RBMaurice Jones-DrewClobbered Texans for 120+ total yards and/or at least 1 TD in all but one game since '09.
WRJustin BlackmonMakes home debut. Came up small at MIN last week and has much tougher matchup here.
WRLaurent RobinsonTexans allowed 90+ receiving yards to a WR just five times all of last year (none in Week 1).
TEMarcedes LewisHas never topped 53 yards in career vs. Houston, only one career TD vs. HOU (11 games).
DSTJaguarsTexans have 102 points in last four vs. Jaguars. You can pass on this DST with ease.

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Ralph Wilson Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt CasselWas hammered by Bills in 41-7 loss in Week 1 last year, throwing for 119 yards & TD.
RBJamaal CharlesChiefs OC Daboll torched Bills with MIA RBs in '11: 66 carries for 327 yards and 2 TDs!
RBPeyton HillisHillis had 100-yard game against Bills in 2010. His offensive coordinator? Brian Daboll.
WRDwayne BoweHas 33 total yards in '10 & '11 matchups vs. Bills with one TD. Still expect him to get some deep targets.
WRDexter McClusterGreat debut last week vs. ATL. Wouldn't be shock to see him come close to those numbers vs. Bills.
DSTChiefsBills offense hung 41 points, 364 yards on Chiefs last year. KC had INT & Tamba Hali sack.
Buffalo Bills
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBRyan FitzpatrickThrew four touchdowns in Kansas City last season. Expect him to come out gunning again.
RBC.J. SpillerScored on limited reps vs. Chiefs last week. Kansas City's
WRSteve JohnsonScored on Chiefs in '10 and '11 matchups. With secondary ailing & David Nelson out, Johnson a big target.
WRDonald JonesFound a TD on otherwise weak day vs. KC in '11. Has had 4+ catches in 4 of last 8 games.
TEScott ChandlerScored two TDs vs. KC (with Eric Berry hurt). Bills love his mismatch qualities in red zone.
DSTBillsTall order to slow down Chiefs RBs after Jets bludgeoned them last week (and scored 48 points).

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium
Minnesota Vikings
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBChristian Ponder270 yards passing last week was 2nd highest in career. Might top it this week but TDs aren't a given.
RBAdrian PetersonBears scored three rushing TDs vs. Colts in Week 1. AP scored two vs. Jags. Stop drooling.
RBToby Gerhart Might sneak in for short TD run like Michael Bush did last week but obviously a Fantasy risk.
WRPercy HarvinSix catches on eight targets with five carries last week. Gotta love it. No one on Colts can run with him.
WRMichael Jenkins Still just keeping Jerome Simpson's spot warm.
TEKyle RudolphColts safeties and linebackers could have trouble matching up with Rudolph.
DSTVikingsDecent sleeper. They should get sacks (Bears had 3) but pass defense still suspect.
Indianapolis Colts
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAndrew LuckSolid sleeper. Should top 300 yards against Vikings shaky pass D, especially with a full receiving corps.
RBDonald BrownScored, looked OK despite nine carries last week. Game should be closer this week.
WRReggie WayneLast week's performance was awesome but returns of Collie, Hilton could cost him some chances. Still a good start.
WRAustin CollieExpected to play. Not expected to dominate. Had over 50 yards receiving twice last year.
TECoby FleenerVikings couldn't contain Marcedes Lewis last week; Fleener had 10 targets vs. Bears. Sneaky starter.
DSTColtsBottom-barrel DST. Peterson's return, Ponder's weapons and Freeney's absence are bad news.

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Bank of America Stadium
New Orleans Saints
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBDrew BreesRipped apart Panthers for 7 TDs in two games last year (two at Carolina).
RBDarren SprolesStruggled for "only" 90 total yards at CAR last season. Still worth starting.
RBMark IngramScored at Carolina last week but upstart Bucs run defense could challenge him.
WRMarques ColstonBroke 2 1/2 year skid vs. Panthers with 145 yards & 2 TDs in Week 17 against them.
WRLance MooreNot good away from the dome: 5 career TDs, four 50+ yard efforts in career outdoors.
TEJimmy GrahamTD or 120+ yards receiving in each of last 3 games against Panthers.
DSTSaintsAllowed 44 points, 682 total yards to the Panthers in two games last year.
Carolina Panthers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBCam NewtonThree total TDs at home vs. NO last year but was stifled in finale in New Orleans (one TD).
RBDeAngelo Williams10 or fewer carries in 12 of last 17 games including 2 vs. NO in '11. Did have 115 yards & TD home vs. NO (9 carries) last year.
WRSteve SmithHad TD in each game against Saints in 2011 with 82.5 yards per game.
WRBrandon LaFellWeak stats vs. NO last year but improved role should create opportunities.
TEGreg OlsenScored in home game against Saints last year; had seven targets last week.
DSTPanthers Allowed 75 total points to the Saints last season. Not a good idea to use them.

Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium
Oakland Raiders
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBCarson PalmerGotta love that the 297 yards Palmer had in Week 1 was his second-lowest in four games.
RBDarren McFaddenLast 1 p.m. ET start he made: 143 total yards, 2 total TDs at Buffalo in Week 2 last year. Miami's defense no match for him.
WRDarrius Heyward-BeyWas targeted deep vs. SD but couldn't connect. Good sign for his future.
WRRod StreaterTD in debut but also a fumble along with limited speed. Can probably do better than this Week 2.
WRDenarius Moore Has a chance to play. If so, matchup is juicy vs. Dolphins unproven corners. Sleeper material.
TEBrandon MyersTight ends have been big in Greg Knapp's offenses. 6-foot-4 Myers could be worth stashing on deep rosters.
DSTRaidersDolphins offense totaled 3 points last week, granted it was at Houston. Raiders D looked OK vs. Bolts.
Miami Dolphins
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBRyan Tannehill Even with a favorable matchup, Tannehill can't be trusted in Fantasy play.
RBReggie BushTotaled 115 yards last week, has big potential vs. OAK, who didn't have a real RB threat last week.
RBLamar Miller Might make NFL debut with Daniel Thomas out. Worth keeping an eye on.
WRBrian HartlineEight targets last week. Very sneaky sleeper vs. banged-up OAK pass defense.
WRDavone Bess Seven targets last week, catching five. PPR sleeper vs. banged-up OAK pass defense.
DSTDolphins With McFadden healthy and Palmer slinging it, the Dolphins DST still can't be trusted.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJosh FreemanNew Bucs OC, Mike Sullivan, is ex-Giants WRs coach. Lots of intel on Giants DBs, which are banged up.
RBDoug MartinAfter DeMarco pulverized the Giants, Martin should total a good number (had 118 total vs. CAR).
WRVincent JacksonMeaningless: Had 2 TDs in '09 game at NYG. Meaningful: Giants secondary is a mess.
WRMike WilliamsStill risky despite scoring last week, but matchup vs. banged up Giants defense isn't awful.
TEDallas ClarkLost in the shuffle among Bucs receiving options and quality Fantasy tight ends.
DSTBuccaneersNot ready to roll with Bucs DST even though they held explosive Panthers in check last Sunday.
New York Giants
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBEli ManningBucs yielded 2+ TDs in 6 of 8 road games last year, though Eli's had 2+ TDs at home in 3 of last 6.
RBAhmad BradshawNot buying Bucs' run defense just yet. Panthers RBs totaled 7 carries last week. Giants more committed to Bradshaw.
RBDavid WilsonMight be another game before we see the Giants trust Wilson with even 7+ carries.
WRVictor CruzSteve Smith weaved his way for 100+ yards vs. Bucs last week. Cruz had 99+ yards in 5 of 8 home games last year.
WRHakeem NicksPedigree, results at home make him trustworthy. Bucs' improved defense suggests uncertainty.
TEMartellus BennettRevenge TD vs. Dallas last week was sweet. Consistency has been big issue for Bennett in the past, he's worth scouting.
DSTGiantsFreeman's Bucs have 21+ points in 16 of 42 career starts. Giants allowed 21+ pts in 4 of 9 home games last year.

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CenturyLink Field
Dallas Cowboys
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBTony RomoSEA pass D has limited QBs to under 2 pass TDs in 8 of last 9 games' Romo had 279 & 2 TDs vs. SEA in '11.
RBDeMarco MurraySeattle had gimme matchup vs. Cards last week but allowed 186 total yards to Murray in '11.
WRDez BryantHeld to 76 yards on four catches (nine targets) in win vs. Seattle last year.
WRMiles AustinHad just 53 yards vs. SEA last season but hurt hamstring in the game. Should fare better.
WRKevin OgletreeZero TDs in first 31 games, two in his 32nd. Can't call him a safe starting option.
TEJason WittenScored in 2 of last 3 vs. SEA including one against them last season. He's over spleen issue.
DSTCowboysSeahawks put up 16 points, allowed three sacks and an interception to Cards last week.
Seattle Seahawks
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBRussell WilsonWeak stats last week killed his upside against a good-looking Dallas defense.
RBMarshawn LynchDAL was part of Marshawn's TD march last year -- he had 135 yards & a TD.
WRSidney RiceRice limited to 69 yards vs. Dallas in 2011, Cowboys DBs looked great vs. Giants WRs last week.
WRDoug Baldwin Impossible to trust in Fantasy until Sidney Rice begins to miss time.
TEZach Miller Tight ends have scored on Cowboys in 3 of their last 5 games. Still wouldn't trust him.
DSTSeahawksCowboys scored 23 points, had 442 yards of offense in '11 matchup. Packers up next for Seattle.

Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Edward Jones Dome
Washington Redskins
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBRobert Griffin IIIRams an underrated threat but Griffin's playmaking ability gives him solid edge.
RBAlfred MorrisShould score, come close to 20 carries vs. Rams defense that allowed 2 rush TDs last week.
RBRoy HeluDesperation sleeper after Kevin Smith scored on TD catch last week.
WRPierre GarconAssuming foot is OK Garcon will take off vs. pass D that's allowed No. 1 WRs to have at least 80+ yards in five straight.
WRSantana MossWill play plenty but not as appealing a Fantasy option as others (LaFell, Moss, Britt).
TEFred DavisRams were tough vs. tight ends last year but Lions TEs totaled over 100 yards against them last week.
DSTRedskinsShould post lots of sacks vs. Rams' banged-up O-line. Two INTs of Brees last week.
St. Louis Rams
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBSam BradfordHas three games with 250+ pass yards in his last 12. Still tough to even own him.
RBSteven JacksonBottled up by the Lions but still totaled 84 yards. Redskins run D looked good against Saints.
WRDanny AmendolaShould have chance to match 5 catches for 70 yards he had last week.
TELance KendricksRedskins have allowed TDs to TEs in each of last 3 and 4 of last 5 dating back to 2011.
DSTRamsExcellent game last week against the Lions but tough to expect a similar outcome vs. Washington.

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Heinz Field
New York Jets
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMark SanchezHas yet to throw INT vs. Steelers in 2 career games (3 total TDs). Can't trust him.
RBShonn GreeneHas 92 rush yards in 2 career games vs. PIT. RBs ran for TDs twice in eight home games last year.
WRStephen HillGreat debut in the "Plaxico" role. Worth owning, not worth starting in Steelers home opener.
WRSantonio HolmesScored on Steelers last time he played his old team. Motivation factor is there as will targets (eight last week).
TEDustin KellerTamme's TD was just the sixth TE score vs. PIT in last 23 reg. season games. 83 total yards in 2 games vs. PIT
DSTJetsSteelers totaled 320 yards, 19 points last week. Jets should provide good challenge.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBBen RoethlisbergerRoethlisberger vs. Rex Ryan's Jets (2 games): 397 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs; 46 rush yards & rush TD too.
RBJonathan DwyerFoot issue seems to have subsided. Playing time still huge issue.
RBIsaac RedmanLooked unhealthy vs. Broncos. Can't trust him, especially if Steelers' backfield is crowded.
RBRashard Mendenhall In last two vs. Jets has chewed them up for 220 rush yards & 2 TDs. If only his knee was strong
WRAntonio BrownJets allowed 2 TDs to WRs in blowout loss last week, 4 in final four '11 games.
WRMike WallaceScoreless in two career games vs. NYJ (one 100-yard game). If Revis is out, he'll shine.
TEHeath MillerSeven targets last week. Could be sneaky tight end no one's talking about.
DSTSteelers48 points scored by Jets last week most since '08. Jets averaged 23.6 poings per game.

Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Qualcomm Stadium
Tennessee Titans
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJake LockerWill face SD secondary that allowed 297 yards to OAK last week. CB Jammer playing with broken hand too.
RBChris JohnsonLittle risky, especially after McFadden couldn't run vs. SD on Monday, but potential too big to ignore.
WRNate WashingtonDecent matchup if he plays, but clock's ticking on potential with Britt coming back.
WRKenny BrittHas 12 TDs in last 15 games, but also has knee issues that could limit him.
TEJared CookChargers safeties could struggle vs. big tight end (six targets last week).
DSTTitansPass defense will have its hands full; Rivers averaged 283 pass yards per home game in '11.
San Diego Chargers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBPhilip RiversWith no solid run game, Rivers will have to throw. Titans have allowed 2+ pass TDs in 6 of their last 7.
RBCurtis BrinkleyLed Bolts in carries last week -- with 10. And had 12 yards. Desperation Fantasy play.
WRMalcom FloydHad six targets to Meachem's two last week. Has better chemistry with Rivers.
WRRobert MeachemWith Saints, had 15-yard catch vs. Titans last year. Much more expected this week.
TEAntonio GatesShouldn't be a surprise: Titans have yielded TD to Gates in 4 of 6 games.
DSTChargersRisky move going with Chargers DST as Titans' offense has potential. Should rack up a few sacks & an INT.

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Candlestick Park
Detroit Lions
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatthew StaffordHad 293 yards & 2 TDs vs. Niners last year. Has 350+ yards in each of his last five.
RBKevin SmithJahvid Best totaled 110 yards vs. SF last year as Lions' primary RB. Smith could get there.
WRCalvin JohnsonHad 111 yards last week, had 113 yards vs. Niners last season. Good expectation.
WRNate BurlesonBurleson only Lions WR to score on Niners in their 2011 meeting.
WRTitus YoungBenched for part of Week 1 for dumb penalty. Looking for some of his late 2011 magic.
TEBrandon PettigrewPettigrew 1 of 3 TEs to score on Niners last year. They've already yielded one TE TD this year.
DSTLionsLions allowed 17 points to Rams offense last week, 25 points to Niners in '11.
San Francisco 49ers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAlex SmithIncluding playoffs, Smith has 4 straight with 2+ total TDs. Lions' secondary a mess.
RBFrank GoreHad 141 yards on 15 carries with a TD at DET last season. Has 16+ carries in 4 of last 6 overall.
RBKendall HunterUntil Gore stumbles, Hunter won't do much. But is worth rostering as a handcuff or sleeper.
WRRandy MossHome debut for Moss. Played about a third of the time for the Niners last week, could continue this week.
WRMichael CrabtreeCaught nine passes for 77 yards against the Lions last year. Has 76+ yards in each of last three regular season games.
TEVernon DavisStunner: Lions held Davis to just 8 yards on 2 catches in their '11 matchup. Like that'll keep you from starting him.
DST49ersRisky considering opponent but Stafford was off his game last week. Worked out well for Rams D.

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome
Denver Broncos
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBPeyton ManningUgly matchup looks a lot better with CB Grimes lost for the season.
RBWillis McGaheeFalcons allowed 132 yards on 29 carries to Chiefs last week. Makes McGahee iffy.
RBKnowshon MorenoScored last week. Falcons allowed two rush TDs last week: One to QB, one to backup RB in garbage time.
WRDemaryius ThomasHas 90+ yards and/or 1+ TD in 6 of last 8 games. Obvious Fantasy starter.
WREric DeckerBig receiver matches up well against depleted Falcons secondary. Had first 4+ catch game in last 11 in Week 1.
TEJacob TammeNice TD last week inspires confidence. Falcons allowed TD to TE in 2 of last 4 overall.
DSTBroncosFalcons have scored 40+ points in 3 of last 4 games overall.
Atlanta Falcons
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt RyanHas 2+ pass touchdowns in 4 of last 6 games with no INTs in any of them.
RBMichael TurnerUgly start could be compounded by Broncos D that held Steelers to 75 rush yards in Week 1.
RBJacquizz RodgersPlaying time is on the rise, Fantasy prospects could follow pending Turner's numbers.
WRJulio JonesSick: Eight TDs in last five regular-season games. You know what to do.
WRRoddy WhiteWhite might go one-on-one with Champ Bailey in the game. Could put a cap on his stats.
TETony Gonzalez4 of 6 TDs last year came in Georgia Dome.
DSTFalconsThe Chiefs put up 393 total yards on the Falcons. The Broncos are better. Move along.

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(7/3/2015) The Titans wide receiving corps could gain more yards after the catch this season because of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and his accurate throws, per ESPN.com.

The Titans were 24th in the league in yards after the catch last season, but with Mariota under center that can all change.

“If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,” wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “And that’s one thing that makes a receiver dynamic -- first being able to catch the ball and then being able to do some things with it after you catch it. I feel like [to this point] Marcus has done everything he needs to do to get the ball to his receivers.”


Saints RB Khiry Robinson doesn't feel he's on outside looking in
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Saints running back Khiry Robinson might be the least known of his backfield counterparts, but he doesn't feel like the off man out, per ESPN.com.

Robinson knows the team is heavily invested in the likes of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller, but he's still confident he can thrive in whatever role the Saints put him in.

“I’m the type of person, I’m gonna get what I get and do what I do with it. So whether it’s 20 carries or one carry, I’m gonna do the best of my ability every play,” Robinson said.

Robinson has shown flashes of success during his three years in the league. Injuries played a key role against him last season, which can ultimately put him as the third back on the depth chart. He will use the offseason to continue to improve and challenge his counterparts for playing time.

“I just gotta keep working,” Robinson. “It’s all love in the backfield. We all work together, try to help each other. So I think it’s a good thing we’ve got a full backfield again. So if anybody goes down, we’ve got another player right up there to do the same thing.”


Browns OL Michael Bowie itching to compete for starting spot
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Browns offensive lineman Michael Bowie is not required to report to training camp until the end of July. But never mind that - he's heading out after the last Independence Day firework explodes in the sky.

Bowie is itching to get started. He missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury after starting for Seattle on its Super Bowl title team in 2013. He is seeking to stay in tip-top shape in an attempt to land a starting spot on a Cleveland line that is the strength of the team.

"It's up to them to decide who is the best five," Bowie told the team website. "All I can do is take care of my business. Hopefully I can get a shot. That's what I'm working for."

Bowie participated fully in the offseason program, working mostly with the second team at right tackle. That will likely be the spot at which he competes for a starting job. Incumbent Mitchell Schwartz has not performed particularly well there and Mike Pettine has vowed there will be competition all over the field in camp.


Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan nearly recovered from knee surgery
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan appears to be on target to join the team for training camp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery that prevented him from participating in earlier offseason activities.

Kerrigan, who registered a career-high 13 1/2 sacks a year ago, had the operation to alleviate pain in the area.

"My leg feels really good and I'm glad I got the surgery - not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better so I'm glad I got it done," he told CSN Washington. "Now it's just a matter of getting stronger and getting into shape."

Kerrigan added that he's been running and now only needs to regain strength to insure his place at training camp.


Texans waive DT Brandon Ivory
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Texans waived rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory on Thursday, according to ESPN.com

Ivory was arrested on first degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. just one day ago. Ivory's agent Jeff Guerriero said Ivory is not guilty of the charge. 

"I spoke to Brandon he is not guilty and his name will be cleared of all charges," Guerriero said. 


Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for PED use
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced. 

It's unknown at this time what drug Gates tested positive for. Gates, in a statement, said he was unaware that he took a banned substance

"In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails," Gates said. "I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them.

"As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

With Gates out for four games, the Chargers will turn to Ladarius Green as the team's top tight end, though it was expected for Green to continue getting more looks in the passing game. Green is entering the final season of his rookie contract. 

The Chargers expressed disappointment in Gates for his suspension but plans to stick with the longtime veteran through the suspension. 

"We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers stated. "Antonio is a member of the Chargers' family and we will continue to support him 100-percent. We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5. While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level."  


Packers' Datone Jones out 1 game for substance-abuse violation
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones will be suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to NFL.com. 

Jones will miss Green Bay's season-opener against the Bears. In 2014, Jones totaled 22 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games played. 


 
 
 
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