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Week 3 Fantasy Football Matchups

Senior Fantasy Writer

Life after Jamaal Charles begins in Kansas City with Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster taking over as the primary weapons in the Chiefs' run game. Jones is a long-standing NFL veteran who is more bruiser than anything else, while McCluster is the prototypical complementary option behind him: Small, shifty and speedy.

The Chiefs go to battle this week against the Chargers in San Diego. It's not a good matchup at all for Kansas City but at the very least they'll have to throw the ball a good amount. That alone favors McCluster over Jones, as does his speed. McCluster is no Charles, but even he sees the 6.2 yards per carry average Charles has had against the Chargers over his last five games and has to get excited. Neither Chiefs running back is ideal for Week 3, but if you had to pick one, McCluster is the better replacement, even if it means having to turn your roster around to get him into lineups because of his rare position eligibility.

Editor's Note: lists McCluster as a wide receiver as per our procedural rules in accordance with how NFL teams categorize their players.

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Bank of America Stadium
New York Giants
QBEli ManningFollowed up previous 10 three-plus TD games with at least two TDs nine times.
RBAndre BrownPanthers have allowed four RBs to post 10+ Fantasy points. Brown should make impact.
RBDavid WilsonDon't be surprised if Giants press Wilson into action. They took him in Round 1 for a reason.
WRVictor CruzLook for Cruz to test CB Josh Norman, FS Haruki Nakamura on deep routes.
WRRueben RandleGood size and hands. Inexperience a major factor. Last-ditch waiver replacement.
TEMartellus BennettGraham declawed Panthers in Week 2; Bennett had five end-zone targets last week.
DSTGiantsNewton's been sacked 1 in 13 attempts in '12 but is averaging 252 pass yards & 49.5 rush yards in 9 home games.
Carolina Panthers
QBCam NewtonGiants have allowed 550 pass yards, 5 pass TDs in two games. You're starting Cam.
RBDeAngelo WilliamsGiants have allowed 12+ Fantasy points to RBs each of last two weeks.
WRSteve SmithScored with 60-plus yards in last two vs. Giants. Has over 100 yards in first two games this season.
WRBrandon LaFellNo. 2 receivers have touchdowns in each game vs. Giants this year.
TEGreg OlsenNo TE has more than 33 yards on the Giants in '12. Olsen's lat 10-game high: 56 yards.
DSTPanthersGiants totaled 606 yards last week (510 passing). Not the week to use the Panthers.

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cleveland Browns Stadium
Buffalo Bills
QBRyan FitzpatrickBrowns have allowed back-to-back 300-yard, multi-TD passers. Great week to gamble on him.
RBC.J. SpillerLast eight games: 738 rush yards, 6 rush TDs, 259 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs. Awesome.
WRSteve JohnsonDouble-digit Fantasy points in each of last four on the road. Will face Joe Haden-less Browns secondary.
TEScott ChandlerScored in first two games this season. Scored in first three games last season. History repeating?
DSTBillsBills will have hands full with Richardson, Weeden improved last week. Good, not great start.
Cleveland Browns
QBBrandon WeedenTopped 300 yards with 2 TDs last week. Bills have allowed 250+ yards and multiple pass TDs to Mark Sanchez and Matt Cassel.
RBTrent RichardsonBills have yet to allow 100 total-yard RB and just one rush TD. Richardson will challenge both stats.
WRGreg LittleBig receivers have caught two TDs in each of Bills' first two games. If you've got guts, Little's an option.
WRMohamed MassaquoiDeep sleeper alert! Looked like he was on same page with Weeden (5 catches for 90 yards) last week.
DSTBrowns Will be tough for them to contain Spiller and the passing attack. Until Haden's back this defense can't be touched.

Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, FedExField
Cincinnati Bengals
QBAndy DaltonRedskins have allowed back-to-back 300-yard, three touchdown passers. Good sleeper.
RBBenJarvus Green-EllisDaryl Richardson ran wild against these Skins last week. Green-Ellis has 19+ touches per game.
WRA.J. GreenWill see a lot of DeAngelo Hall, but that worked out real well for Danny Amendola last week.
WRAndrew HawkinsExpect Bengals to work Hawkins in flats and underneath the safeties. Four-plus catches wouldn't be a surprise.
TEJermaine GreshamLast-chance saloon: Skins have allowed TD to tight end in each of last 4 and 5 of last 6 going back to 2011.
DSTBengals Redskins have come out as the No. 1 scoring team in the league with 34.0 points per game.
Washington Redskins
QBRobert Griffin IIIFor all their talent, Bengals pass defense is poor. At least 299 yards & 2 TDs allowed to opposing QBs.
RBAlfred MorrisRay Rice and Trent Richardson have gashed the Bengals defense. Next week might be 'sell-high' time for Morris.
WRAldrick RobinsonGarcon's replacement missed on bomb, end-zone pass in Week 2.
WRJosh MorganLed Redskins in receptions (and bonehead decision) last week. Deep, deep sleeper.
TEFred DavisDoesn't have concussion but does have just 16 pct of RG3's targets, just as predicted.
DSTRedskinsWith Orakpo, Carriker lost for the year this defense has major question marks.

Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, LP Field
Detroit Lions
QBMatthew StaffordHad back-to-back 1 TD games just once in '11. Titans pass D ripe for a beatdown. Still rolling with him.
RBKevin SmithWill lose reps to Leshoure but still explosive enough to use vs. Titans run D that allowed 49 receiving yards to Chargers' RBs last week.
RBMikel LeshoureTitans have allowed three 1-yard touchdown runs through two weeks. That'll be Leshoure's specialty.
WRCalvin JohnsonNo TDs, one 100-yard game allowed by Titans this year. Who cares? Megatron still a must-start.
WRTitus Young Can't trust him yet but is still worth owning so long as LaFell/Amendola aren't on waivers.
TEBrandon PettigrewAll five of the TDs allowed by the Titans have gone to tight ends. Pettigrew is a must.
DSTLionsTitans' opposing DSTs have had at least 12 Fantasy points in standard leagues. Gotta like the Lions.
Tennessee Titans
QBJake LockerLions pass defense getting healthy and has done fairly well vs. mediocre passers so far this year.
RBChris JohnsonGive him more work! Has six 100-total-yard games and three TDs in eight 2011 games with 15+ carries.
WRNate WashingtonShould play more in Week 3 after taking 22 snaps at SD. Lions secondary has looked good despite injuries.
WRKenny BrittStill need to see more but has three 100-yards games and five TDs in last seven home games.
WRKendall WrightScored for the first time last week. Seems marginalized with Washington and Britt back.
TEJared CookVernon Davis ate up Lions defense last week. Cook could do same if he could improve on six targets per week.
DSTTitans Always risky going up against Lions but DSTs have double-digit points against them so far thanks to INTs.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium
Jacksonville Jaguars
QBBlaine GabbertColts have allowed opposing QBs to throw 2 touchdowns per game so far this year. Still not trusting Gabbert.
RBMaurice Jones-DrewMust-start. Impeccable history vs. Colts (only one bad game in his career vs. IND)
WRLaurent RobinsonDecent sleeper this week. 15 targets leads team, Colts have allowed two 100-yard & 1 TD receivers per game.
WRJustin BlackmonThree catches in two games. Even with favorable matchup he's become hard to trust.
TEMarcedes Lewis One TD vs. Colts in last eight meetings. Colts allowed TD to TE last week.
DSTJaguars Luck's Colts scoring 22 points per game, averaging 317 yards per game.
Indianapolis Colts
QBAndrew LuckJags have yet to allow a touchdown pass. Luck has three in two games.
RBDonald BrownBig sleeper. Jaguars have allowed three 20-point Fantasy RBs through two weeks.
WRReggie WayneHasn't scored in last four vs. Jaguars after a three-game TD streak against them.
WRDonnie AverySeems locked into Indy offense after nine-catch game last week. Good PPR flex.
TECoby FleenerStarting tight ends have caught at least 5 passes per game vs. Jaguars this year.
DSTColtsJaguars 30th in points per game with 15.0, dead last in total yards per game with 236.

Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Kansas City Chiefs
QBMatt CasselQBs have totaled 2 TDs & 250+ pass yards in each game vs. Saints this year on minimal attempts.
RBJamaal CharlesSaints giving up nearly 150 total yards per game to running backs. Charles' knee needs to be ready.
RBPeyton HillisOf 5 TDs to RBs allowed by Saints, four have come inside the 5-yard line. Decent sleeper.
WRDwayne BoweNo. 1 WRs have at least 100 yards receiving in two games against the Saints. Bowe had 102 yards last week.
WRDexter McClusterShould have some opportunities this week, but we said the same thing last week.
TETony Moeaki Saints have held down Fred Davis, Greg Olsen in first two games this season.
DSTChiefs Defense has had trouble with Falcons, Bills. Playing at New Orleans? FORGET IT.
New Orleans Saints
QBDrew BreesBrees has 325+ pass yards in both starts in '12; Chiefs giving up 238.5 yards per game with five TDs.
RBDarren SprolesChiefs allowing 4.8 yards per carry, 12.0 yards per catch to RBs.
RBMark IngramHas TD or 90+ yards in each of last four games with double-digit carries.
RBPierre ThomasProduced double-digit Fantasy points in each of last six games with at least eight carries.
WRMarques ColstonHolding out hope. Chiefs have allowed No. 1 receivers to score in both 2012 games.
WRLance MooreScored in four of last five games in New Orleans.
TEJimmy GrahamYou're starting him. He's scored in seven straight games with at least 40 yards per game.
DSTSaintsRisky sleeper. Chiefs (20.5 points per game, 407.5 yards per game) putting up garbage-time stats in two losses.

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium
New York Jets
QBMark SanchezMiami has allowed back-to-back 250-yard passers. Sanchez hasn't topped 250 yards vs. Miami in last three meetings.
RBShonn GreeneHas never scored, never topped 80 yards vs. Miami (six games). Fins allowing 2.3 yards per carry to RBs!
WRSantonio HolmesHad TDs in 2 of last 3 vs. Miami before getting benched last year. Holmes scored last week.
WRStephen Hill Miami pass defense hasn't been awful (two passing scores allowed, one to a receiver).
DSTJetsIf Jets can slow down Reggie Bush they'll have some turnovers, limit Dolphins scoring.
Miami Dolphins
QBRyan Tannehill Jets have allowed five passing scores, 470 yards to opposing quarterbacks.
RBReggie BushHad 78 total yards in one game against Jets last year.
RBLamar Miller Will continue to spell Bush so long as Daniel Thomas is sidelined.
WRBrian HartlineNever scored or had more than 84 yards vs. Jets in career (four games)
WRDavone Bess Never scored or had more than 86 yards vs. Jets in career (eight games)
DSTDolphinsJets scored 48 points Week 1, 10 in Week 2. Sparano's new crew could mash up his old crew.

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Mall of America Field
San Francisco 49ers
QBAlex SmithIncluding playoffs, Smith has 5 straight with 2+ total TDs. Vikes' secondary a mess.
RBFrank GoreGore is first real test for Vikings run D that has yet to allow TD to a RB. Has 15+ Fantasy points per game this year.
RBKendall HunterAveraging 4.6 yards per carry, 10.5 per catch. If only Frank Gore wasn't so darned good
WRMichael CrabtreeKing Crab becoming PPR machine with 6+ catches per game. Wayne, Avery had good games vs. MIN last week.
WRRandy MossReturning to Minnesota. Niners might not pass a ton but Moss should be motivated like he was at Green Bay.
TEVernon DavisMust-start. Vikings have allowed red-zone touchdowns to tight ends in consecutive games.
DST49ersVikings offense has had some pop (23.0 points/game, 358.0 yards/game) but this is still a good matchup.
Minnesota Vikings
QBChristian PonderHas completed 75.8 pct of his passes at 8.3 yards per clip. Will have to throw plenty vs. Niners. Sleeper.
RBAdrian PetersonLooked good moving mostly to his right vs. Colts. O-line's matchup vs. Niners front will be a major challenge.
WRPercy HarvinOnly James Jones of the Packers has managed to top 10+ Fantasy points among WRs Niners have faced. Tall order for Harvin.
WRJerome Simpson One more week before he's back. Might be worth Sunday-morning add in hopes of breakout year.
TEKyle RudolphNiners have allowed red-zone touchdowns to tight ends in consecutive games.
DSTVikings Believe it: Niners rank 9th in scoring, 13th in offensive yardage. Not the week to trust this DST.

St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Soldier Field
St. Louis Rams
QBSam BradfordHas very sharp arm so far this season (43 of 60 passing) but Bears pass defense has been better than expected.
RBSteven JacksonRedemption might be on his mind after last week. Bears have allowed back-to-back double-digit Fantasy points to RBs.
WRDanny AmendolaWill be tough for him to repeat 15 catches from Week 2, but the five-catch 70-yard baseline well within his range.
WRBrandon Gibson TDs in back-to-back weeks but no love from Fantasy world. Had four career TDs coming into 2012.
TELance KendricksOnly tight end to score on Bears: Tom Crabtree on fake field-goal play in Week 2.
DSTRamsRams pass rush will come after Cutler, secondary has played well. Tough to hate on them as a sleeper.
Chicago Bears
QBJay CutlerHas followed up last 3 regular-season games vs. GB with awful stats the following week. Rams have allowed 2 pass TDs w/ 4 INTs.
RBMichael BushExpect a healthy dose of reps. Rams allowing 5.2 yards per carry to starting running backs so far.
WRBrandon MarshallBig receivers have done well vs. Rams, posting double-digit Fantasy points against them in consecutive weeks.
WRAlshon Jeffery Excitement was tempered after one-catch game in Week 2. Should eventually become bigger factor.
DSTBearsRams averaging 27 points per game, 351.0 yards per game. Not the easy out they've been in the past.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cowboys Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QBJosh FreemanThough OC Mike Sullivan is familiar with Cowboys, improved secondary makes Freeman a risk.
RBDoug MartinThe two workhorse RBs the Cowboys have faced have done well against them. Martin (22 carries/game) should make it three straight.
WRVincent JacksonNo receiver has had more than 60 yards in a game this season vs. Dallas. Could be tough.
WRMike WilliamsThough he has two touchdowns, Williams has just eight targets in two games. We need more involvement.
DSTBuccaneers Bucs DST has come through with two 12+ Fantasy point games so far. Not sure their secondary can hold up after last week, though.
Dallas Cowboys
QBTony RomoEli Manning torched these Bucs for 510 yards in Week 2. Cam had 303 yards in Week 1. Romo had 249 & 3 TDs at TB in '11.
RBDeMarco MurrayLook for Murray to get back on track after the Bucs wilted against Andre Brown (90 total yards, TD) last week.
WRMiles AustinHad 53 yards & TD vs. Bucs last season. He's also scored in 5 of last 6 games.
WRDez BryantHasn't scored since 40-yard, one TD game at Tampa last year. Not a must-start this week given recent play.
WRKevin OgletreeBucs' poor pass defense gives Ogletree a chance to rediscover the end zone in Week 3.
TEJason WittenOnly Cowboy mainstay who didn't score on Bucs last year; he had team-high 77 yards. Hasn't scored in eight straight.
DSTCowboysFreeman sacked twice in each of last two games, tossed two INTs last week. Cowboys could thrive.

Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Qualcomm Stadium
Atlanta Falcons
QBMatt RyanHas 2+ pass touchdowns in 5 of last 7 games with no INTs. SD secondary hasn't been tested like this.
RBMichael TurnerMajor risk this week given off-field incidents, not to mention 2.6 rush yard average.
WRJulio JonesChargers given up 2 TDs to receivers so far: Rod Streater & Kendall Wright. Expect a rebound from Jones.
WRRoddy WhiteYou'll start him, but he has just three 100-yard games, three TDs outdoors since 2010 (10 games).
TETony GonzalezChargers have clamped down on tight ends after struggling against them late in 2011.
DSTFalconsChargers posting 30 points/game, 337 yards per game. Rivers was sacked four times last week.
San Diego Chargers
QBPhilip RiversAveraging 283 yards per game over last nine at home with 17 touchdowns and nine INTs
RBRyan MathewsTough to keep expectations modest when Falcons run defense has allowed 4.6 yards per carry to RBs with three touchdowns.
WRMalcom FloydWow: Has TD and/or 100+ yards in 8 of his last 10 overall. Matchup a toughie but track record is great.
WRRobert Meachem Two games, six targets, two catches, 49 yards, one score. Patience is wearing thin.
TEAntonio GatesFalcons will have hands full with Gates if he plays. He scored four times in six home games last year.
DSTChargersChargers defense has been solid to start the year but are just a low-end option vs. Falcons.

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, University of Phoenix Stadium
Philadelphia Eagles
QBMichael VickCardinals held Vick to 128 pass yards, no TDs & 2 INTs in matchup last year (no DeSean). He also rushed for 79 yards.
RBLeSean McCoyYou'll start LeSean but Arizona has held down Marshawn Lynch and Stevan Ridley in back-to-back weeks.
WRDeSean JacksonMatchup vs. Patrick Peterson will be a doozy. Needs Maclin to play to avoid constant double-teams.
TEBrent CelekCards couldn't contain Gronkowski last week; Celek has 19 targets through two weeks.
DSTEaglesDefense should be able to limit Cardinals given status of their QB, RBs and O-line.
Arizona Cardinals
QBKevin Kolb Eagles secondary did well vs. Ravens last week, have five INTs vs. one pass TD allowed. Kolb's in trouble.
RBBeanie WellsWill last week's fumble cost him playing time? He's worth a bench spot but not a start.
RBRyan WilliamsOnly RB to score on Eagles this year is fullback Vonta Leach. Playing time major factor for Wells.
WRLarry FitzgeraldHas two 100-yard games w/ Kolb in 10 starts; Fitzgerald has 9 100+ yard game in last 40 overall.
WRAndre Roberts Kolb's short-range pass attack might favor Roberts but targets (10 in two games) don't help his case in Fantasy.
TETodd Heap Has eight catches on 13 targets so far. Rest of his stats aren't as pretty (94 yards, no TDs).
DSTCardinalsDouble-digit Fantasy points per game through two weeks. They'll need huge game to make it three straight.

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Houston Texans
QBMatt SchaubBroncos secondary has allowed 200+ yards & 2 TDs with one INT in each of first two games.
RBArian FosterFoster has incredible history vs. Jack Del Rio coached defenses in Jacksonville. Broncos haven't been challenged yet.
RBBen TateTate's a factor in blowouts more than anything else. This matchup might not be the case.
WRAndre JohnsonExpect a lot of coverage on Johnson probably much like the Broncos had on Julio Jones last week.
TEOwen DanielsBroncos have allowed 50 yards and a touchdown to a tight end in each of first two games.
DSTTexansFirst real challenge for Texans defense, but they have the secondary to match up with Manning.
Denver Broncos
QBPeyton ManningMight be more interested in underneath routes vs. Texans -- not only to avoid big INTs but also to avoid tough deep throws.
RBWillis McGaheeTexans have yet to allow a rushing score; have held RBs to under 70 rush yards/game.
RBKnowshon Moreno Fumble last week could cost him playing time. See if Ronnie Hillman is available on waivers.
WRDemaryius ThomasHas 90+ yards and/or 1+ TD in 7 of last 9 games. Obvious Fantasy starter.
WREric DeckerWith the number of targets he's had (15), Decker has nowhere to go but up.
TEJacob TammeManning might lean on his tight ends as Texans haven't been seriously challenged by the position yet.
DSTBroncosTexans averaging nearly 150 rush yards per game and 28.5 points/game. Tough matchup.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Coliseum
Pittsburgh Steelers
QBBen RoethlisbergerWhipped Raiders for 275 yards & 3 TDs in last matchup (2010). Has 225+ yards & 2 TDs in each game this season.
RBIsaac RedmanRaiders got blown up for 237 rush yards & 3 TDs by Miami RBs last week. Redman had a goal-line score last week.
WRMike WallaceWhen Brian Hartline roughs up a pass defense, you know it's not good. Wallace should be in every lineup.
WRAntonio BrownHas five-plus catches in 5 of last 7 games. He's good enough to keep faith in for another week.
TEHeath MillerHas TDs in two straight. Raiders gave up goal-line touchdown to tight end last week. Good sleeper.
DSTSteelersRaiders might have issue running the ball but they'll air it out. Steelers handled Jets attack well in Week 2.
Oakland Raiders
QBCarson PalmerPalmer has no problem throwing a ton, and he'll have to. Averaging 301 yards per game over 11 starts with Raiders.
RBDarren McFaddenSave for sneaky Knowshon TD in Week 1, Steelers run defense has been lights out. Might be the week to not lean on DMC.
RBMike Goodson Owned in just 22 pct of leagues. Major long-term roster stashee here.
WRDarrius Heyward-Bey13 targets in two games is cool but 40 yards per game won't cut it. Wouldn't risk him unless in a pinch.
WRDenarius MooreThough the Raiders should pass a lot this week, Moore is a risk to start given it's his second game back. A gutsy owners could go with him.
TEBrandon MyersHas caught 11 passes thrown his way, averaging 75.5 yards per game. Not a bad deep sleeper.
DSTRaiders The Raiders haven't done a great job defensively all season. Probably won't start with the Steelers this week.

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, M&T Bank Stadium
New England Patriots
QBTom BradyHas as many zero TD games (two) as 2 TD games (two) vs. Ravens. Losing Hernandez makes him very vulnerable.
RBStevan RidleyPatriots have had rush TD in three of last four vs. Ravens. Ridley averaging 19.5 carries/game.
WRBrandon LloydAside from one 23-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin, Ravens pass D has done well containing big-play receivers.
WRWes WelkerThis won't help with snaps shrinking: Has 172 receiving yards & no TDs in four games with Patriots vs. Baltimore.
TERob GronkowskiProbably the safest Patriots starter after Brent Celek rocked the Ravens for 157 yards last week .
DSTPatriotsBig test. Ravens posting 33.5 points and 377.5 total yards per game. Do they have the pass rush to slow Flacco down?
Baltimore Ravens
QBJoe FlaccoThrew for 306 yards, two TDs and an INT against Pats last January. Has 2 TDs in 6 of last 8 overall.
RBRay RiceToughest Pats run defense he's seen yet but has 120+ total yards in 3 of 4 career meetings.
WRTorrey SmithPut up 82 yards & a touchdown on three catches against Patriots in playoffs last year.
WRAnquan BoldinHad 101 receiving yards vs. Pats in playoffs last year. Pats secondary is improved.
TEDennis PittaLeads tight ends in targets, has played 95 of Ravens' 132 plays. Not going away.
DSTRavensSix sacks, three INTs, three fumbles recovered & 37 points allowed in two games. Still will get challenged by Pats.

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, CenturyLink Field
Green Bay Packers
QBAaron RodgersYou'll start him but Seattle has limited QBs to under 2 pass TDs in 9 of last 10 games.
RBCedric BensonWouldn't be shocked if Packers gave Benson more run after impressive Week 2. Seattle run defense has been very good.
WRJordy NelsonOnly two double-digit receivers allowed by Seahawks this season, neither had more than 63 yards receiving.
WRGreg JenningsMissed Week 3 with groin issue. Scored in six of seven road games last season.
TEJermichael FinleySeahawks have allowed one TD to tight ends in last seven overall.
DSTPackersPass rush should be a factor for DST, but can they contain Lynch? Still a decent starting option.
Seattle Seahawks
QBRussell WilsonBy now Wilson shouldn't be considered a safe No. 2 QB. How long until Seahawks turn to ex-Packer Flynn?
RBMarshawn LynchExpect heavy workload. Packers were run over by Frank Gore in Week 1 & Matt Forte did well before injury.
WRSidney RiceOnly WR to score on Packers: Randy Moss. No receiver has topped 80 yards yet this year.
TEAnthony McCoy Deep sleeper. Packers have struggled vs. tight ends, allowing TD to one in consecutive games.
DSTSeahawksIf pass rush can't find ways to haggle Rodgers they might not do so well, even with tough secondary.

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Redskins' Thompson, Redd to compete for third-down back role
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3/27/2015) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said this week at the NFL owners' meetings running back Chris Thompson will get the first chance to secure third-down responsibilities, according to The Washington Post. Silas Redd will also get consideration for the role of third-down back.

“Chris [Thompson] came in last year at the end and did some things, and we’re hoping that he can come back and stay healthy in the offseason and give us a little jolt back there,” Gruden said. “And Silas Redd will get every chance to do some things also.”

Although, the Redskins could look to bring in some competition before training camp begins.

“I also think that at the running back position in the draft, there’s a ton of them,” Gruden said. “It’s a very deep running back draft in my opinion, and we’re excited to add another piece at some point, hopefully. We have seven picks. Hopefully one of them will be a running back, or a free agent to compete. There are some good free agents that haven’t been signed yet. But, giving Chris an opportunity, Silas, Alfred (Morris), that’s where it starts. And we’ll add some more later on for competition.”

Falcons could bring in Matt Schaub to vie for backup QB role
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3/27/2015) Falcons coach Dan Quinn is not ruling out bringing back former Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub to compete for the backup role behind starter Matt Ryan, per ESPN.

"Schaub is certainly somebody that we could [add]," Quinn said. "As we get through it, we'll let you know if we go down that road."

The 34-year-old Schaub was released by the Raiders in mid-March. T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree are the other quarterbacks on the Falcons' roster.

Panthers' Rivera expecting Stephen Hill to contribute in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(3/27/2015) Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes wide receiver Stephen Hill is ready to make an impact in 2015 after spending the 2014 season on the practice squad, per ESPN.

“Very much so," Rivera said Wednesday during the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix. “He’s a guy we feel has an opportunity. We’re very excited about [seeing] Stephen during OTAs and minicamp.

“With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do -- and I think he will; he seems to be a very smart man -- he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us."

Rivera felt Hill's year on the practice squad was beneficial after the 2012 second-round pick failed to live up to expectations during his tenure with the Jets. 

“I thought it was a good opportunity to take a step back and take a break," Rivera said. “The thing I liked about Stephen was how he contributed to our football team’s success. He came in. He had been a second-round pick. He had no assumptions, no entitlement.

“He ran all the scout teams for us. He ran them hard. Gave us great looks, which is what makes us excited 'cause you watch a guy perform who could very easily dog it, and he didn’t. And you saw him grow. You saw him make catches. You saw him get comfortable in his own skin again."