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Week 6 Fantasy Football Matchups

Senior Fantasy Writer

Something's happening with Alex Smith in San Francisco. After years and years of wimpy play combined with injuries and constant change of offensive systems, Smith has shown that he has a firm grip on what's being asked of him by new coach Jim Harbaugh. And it's starting to show up in his stats.

Smith is running the West Coast offense very efficiently, completing nearly 66 percent of his passes on the season -- nine percentage points higher than his career average heading into 2011. Harbaugh's plan has him throwing lots of short passes to all of his targets with the intention of letting them make a play after the catch. He's cut down on his turnovers (two interceptions) and has been especially solid over his last two games against the Eagles and Buccaneers pass defenses (five touchdowns, no interceptions). One big key for Smith: His offensive line, which has mostly protected him well over those last two games.

He's got a challenge this week in the Lions, whose secondary has been good but not amazing. Their pass rush has been fierce but not stifling. And they've been struggling in covering tight ends, which happens to be the position the 49ers have a pair of big targets in with Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker, whose playing time will remain plentiful with Joshua Morgan out with an injury. That Morgan injury will sting Smith, but the combination of Smith's newfound accuracy and his ability to disperse the ball to all of his weapons effectively (with Davis and Walker key parts of that) he should be good for a couple of touchdowns this week with some good passing yardage to go with it. And you know he'll have to throw -- only one quarterback didn't attempt at least 36 passes against the Lions so far this season.

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, LP Field
Pittsburgh Steelers
QBBen RoethlisbergerTitans have given up 12 pass TDs (at least 2 per week), three 250+ yard passers. Big Ben hung 5 TDs on them in 2011.
RBRashard MendenhallHistorically Mendenhall worse on road than home. Titans run D has allowed 130.4 rush yards to RBs per game.
WRMike WallaceExpect a good bounce back game. Titans have allowed three 100-yard receivers in last four games. Wallace scored on them in '11.
WRAntonio BrownHas 70+ yards in six straight. Eagles have allowed three 100+ yard receivers in last two games.
TEHeath MillerMust-start. Tennessee has allowed a TD to TE in 4 of 5 games (seven TDs overall). Miller scored on them last year.
DSTSteelers4 of 5 DSTs vs. TEN have had 12+ Fantasy points. Steelers not a huge risk here.
Tennessee Titans
QBMatt HasselbeckWill have to throw but too risky to start. Has never had more than 1 TD per game vs. PIT in career.
RBChris JohnsonScored on goal-line play, totaled 65 yards vs. PIT last year. Not many think he'll match those numbers.
WRNate WashingtonWant to like Washington but low catch totals hold him back. Steelers shut down Eagles wideouts last week.
WRKendall WrightHas 20 catches in last three games, has the makings of being a PPR starter in deeper leagues.
WRKenny BrittShould play after knocking off rust last week. Five WRs have at least 6 Fantasy points vs. PIT in four games.
TEJared CookPretty decent sleeper. Steelers have allowed TD to TE in three of four games.
DSTTitans Other than ridiculous special-teams game vs. DET, Titans DST has scored 6 or fewer Fantasy points per game.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cleveland Browns Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals
QBAndy DaltonJoe Haden's back but defense is banged up around him. Dalton could easily rebound vs. still suspect defense.
RBBenJarvus Green-EllisDecent start. His play has been off lately but Browns run D is vulnerable. Green-Ellis had 105 total yards against them in Week 2.
WRA.J. GreenHaden's return doesn't scare Green, who scored on him & had 51-yard pass play on him in separate games last year.
WRAndrew HawkinsBig plays were a huge factor in Bengals' last win vs. Browns. Maybe Hawkins gets a chance again.
TEJermaine GreshamGresham scored in both games against the Browns in 2011, struck out in first 2012 game.
DSTBengalsLast week was first time a DST didn't get 12+ Fantasy points vs. Browns this year.
Cleveland Browns
QBBrandon WeedenDecent one-week sleeper. Weeden had his best game at CIN in Week 2 (322 yards, 2 TDs).
RBTrent RichardsonMust start. Had 145 total yards & 2 TDs in first game against Bengals this season.
WRJosh GordonGordon's two catches went for TDs last week, overshadowing his eight targets. Playing time on the rise, matchup a challenge.
TEJordan CameronWaiting for him to breakout. Might be waiting until 2013.
DSTBrownsHad six sacks in Week 2 vs. CIN, but also allowed 34 points, 375 total yards.

Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, M&T Bank Stadium
Dallas Cowboys
QBTony RomoRavens haven't allowed QB to toss 2 TDs in 25 straight games. Too big of a risk to start.
RBDeMarco MurraySurprise: Baltimore's allowed 9+ Fantasy points to an opposing RB every game. Will the Cowboys coaches lean on him?
WRMiles AustinBaltimore has given up three 100-yard games to WRs over last four games.
WRDez BryantRavens have given up just 2 TDs to receivers, both secondary options. Maybe Dez gets lucky.
TEJason WittenOnly one TE vs. BAL has topped 60 yards receiving. None have scored.
DSTCowboysRavens have given up 4.0 sacks each of last two games. Tough matchup otherwise.
Baltimore Ravens
QBJoe FlaccoCowboys secondary is rested and very effective (one QB has 2 TDs against them), but Flacco is money at home.
RBRay RiceYou're starting him but Cowboys' D-line is getting healthy. Held all but one RB to under 100 total yards, only 2 RBs have scored.
WRTorrey SmithCowboys gave up first 100-yard game and first TD to WR in last game. Smith has all 3 TDs at home, 3 best Fantasy games at home.
WRAnquan BoldinMatchup is tough for Boldin vs. either of Cowboys' quality cornerbacks. Keep expectations in check.
TEDennis PittaCowboys have struggled with non-stud TEs. Allowed 3 TDs to 3 of 4 & 40+ yards to 3 of 4. Pitta's in play.
DSTRavensEach of the last three DSTs to play charitable Cowboys have posted 16+ Fantasy points.

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field
Detroit Lions
QBMatthew StaffordPhilly pass rush has been a little soft but secondary has come up solid. Only one 300+ yard passer allowed all season.
RBMikel LeshoureTough matchup. Three RBs have had 80 rush yards vs. PHI, none with 100. Only two have scored.
RBJoique BellDeep sleeper in PPR formats. Lions say they want to get him more involved.
WRCalvin JohnsonEagles have allowed three 100-yard receivers in last three games. Calvin's topped 100 yards twice this season.
WRNate BurlesonRisky one-week replacement but playing time has to flow his way after Young's slow start.
TEBrandon PettigrewMystery injury could limit him. Eagles have been great vs. tight ends so far.
DSTLions Opposing DSTs have has 12+ Fantasy points vs. Eagles, but Lions have yet to get past 10 Fantasy points in a game.
Philadelphia Eagles
QBMichael VickOnly 2 QBs have attempted 30+ passes vs. DET, both had 2 TDs & 21+ Fantasy points. Vick has had at least 30 pass attempts per game.
RBLeSean McCoyObvious must-start. 2 of last 3 starting RBs vs. DET have totaled 100+ yards. McCoy has 100 total yards and/or TD in 4 of 5 games.
WRDeSean JacksonLions have been lights-out vs. WRs, but Jackson too explosive to sit vs. untested secondary.
WRJeremy MaclinMore like a good third receiver or flex this week. Target totals were improved in Week 5, receiving average needs boost.
TEBrent CelekWas a target for Vick last week in the red zone, could be again here. Lions have given up 3 TDs to TEs in last three games.
DSTEaglesEvery DST vs. Lions has posted double-digit Fantasy points. Eagles could use it, they've topped 10 Fantasy points once.

Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Indianapolis Colts
QBAndrew LuckLuck has 22+ points in each of last three. Jets have allowed one QB to get over 20 Fantasy points this year.
RBVick BallardEasy waivers-to-lineup sleeper. Jets have allowed 7 rush TDs, 144.6 rush yards per game to RBs.
WRReggie WayneNo one will sit Wayne but Jets' pass D solid vs. WRs. No TDs since Week 2, no 100-yard wideouts allowed all year.
WRDonnie AveryNot a great sleeper. Only four WRs have 5+ catches in a game vs. Jets, none in the last two weeks.
DSTColtsRisky start, but not bad if desperate. Three of five DSTs to face Jets have had 13+ Fantasy points.
New York Jets
QBMark SanchezCan't be trusted even in a good matchup. Has thrown 3 TDs & 5 INTs over last four games.
RBShonn GreeneColts have allowed rush TD to RB every week plus three 80-total-yard RBs this year, but Greene has 12 or fewer touches in 3 of last 4.
RBBilal PowellMaybe this is the week to give Powell a try given soggy Colts run D, but who knows how much work he'll get?
WRJeremy KerleyHas TD in two of last five games, 45+ yards in 4 of 5. Getting a heck of an opportunity with Santonio done for the year.
TEDustin Keller Sanchez desperately needs him but Colts have been great vs. TEs (1 TD allowed, no TEs over 50 yards this year).
DSTJetsEach of last three DSTs to play Colts have had six Fantasy points. Jets might do a little better than that but expectations still low.

Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Raymond James Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs
QBBrady Quinn Quinn has one game with 250+ yards, three multi-TD games in 15 tries. Bucs have been surprisingly good vs. the pass.
RBJamaal CharlesRBs have scored in each of last three vs. TB, all have totaled at least 55 yards. Charles might get 55 yards on one carry!
WRDwayne BoweFour receivers have topped 100 yards vs. the Bucs, but with Quinn at QB Bowe's chances to do it shrink.
DSTChiefsChiefs pass rush, secondary is improving but Bucs have held opposing DSTs to under 10 Fantasy points in 3 of 4 games.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QBJosh FreemanGutsy sleeper. Chiefs have allowed 2+ pass TDs in 4 of last 5 but Freeman has only 10 two-plus TD games in the pros (45 games).
RBDoug MartinWorth a shot coming out of the bye. KC has allowed 160.6 total yards and 5 total TDs to RBs this season.
RBLeGarrette BlountShould see a slightly increased role. Wouldn't be stunned to see him score, making him a Week 6 sleeper.
WRVincent JacksonDidn't score in 2 games vs. KC last year, and that was with Rivers. Chiefs have allowed 2 TDs to WRs in last 3 vs. NO, SD & BAL.
WRMike WilliamsSince Julio Jones in Week 1, no receiver has had any more than 82 yards against the Chiefs.
DSTBuccaneersEvery DST to play the Chiefs have posted at least 11 Fantasy points, and that was with Cassel at QB.

Oakland Raiders at Atlanta Falcons -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome
Oakland Raiders
QBCarson PalmerWill have to throw. Falcons pass D has been mostly good, but Palmer averaging 270 yards per game with one multi-TD outing.
RBDarren McFaddenWe'll see if bye week helped him get on the same page with his O-line. Alfred Morris torched Falcons run D last week for 135 total yards.
WRDenarius MooreFalcons have allowed 3 TDs to WRs & none with more than 82 yards. Might be best as a flex.
WRDarrius Heyward-BeyExpected back on the field for first time since scary hit vs. PIT. Can't trust him yet.
TEBrandon MyersOnly one TE has more than 55 yards vs. Falcons. Tough to trust.
DSTRaiders Falcons averaging 29.6 points per game, 376.4 total yards per game. Don't think so.
Atlanta Falcons
QBMatt RyanHas 2+ pass TDs in 8 of last 10 and 3 TDs in 3 of 5 games this year. Raiders pass D is awful.
RBMichael TurnerWhodathunkit? TDs in four straight games. Make it five: OAK has allowed 4 total TDs to RBs in last three.
WRJulio JonesPretty much every stud WR has put up big numbers against the Raiders. This one should be automatic.
WRRoddy WhiteRaiders allowing 184.8 yards per game just to wide receivers! White has to be in lineups.
TETony GonzalezTight ends have scored four times in last three vs. Raiders. Gonzalez too hot to sit.
DSTFalconsNot a great sleeper: Opposing DSTs have topped 10 Fantasy points once this year vs. OAK.

St. Louis Rams at Miami Dolphins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium
St. Louis Rams
QBSam BradfordVery tough to like Bradford with WR corps thinned out, especially after the Dolphins tamed Andy Dalton last week.
RBSteven JacksonRisky start. Zero games with double-digit Fantasy points and Dolphins have been great vs. decent-to-poor RBs so far.
WRChris GivensWorth stashing, not starting. Caught a deep bomb last week, will test Miami secondary this week.
WRBrandon GibsonHot start has given way to weak production over last three weeks (7 catches, 80 yards, no TDs).
DSTRamsSleeper. Four of five DSTs to play Miami have had 12+ Fantasy points including Bengals last week.
Miami Dolphins
QBRyan TannehillNot the week to try Tannehill. Rams pass D among best in the league, just two pass TDs allowed this year!
RBReggie BushStarting RBs have done well vs. Rams, totaling 70+ yards in 4 of 5 games and rushing for TD in 3 of 5.
RBLamar MillerWith Thomas out, Miller steps into primary backup role behind Reggie. Worth a stash in deep leagues.
WRBrian HartlineOnly Calvin has topped 100 yards on the Rams, only Leonard Hankerson has found the end zone. Hartline's risky.
WRDavone BessFour secondary WRs have caught at least 5 passes this season against the Rams. Maybe Bess can too.
DSTDolphinsNot just a sleeper but a must-start. Rams struggling to run, weak at receiver. Dolphins have 10+ Fantasy points in each of last four.

Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, University of Phoenix Stadium
Buffalo Bills
QBRyan FitzpatrickRisky start. Knowing the Bills they'll come out firing vs. ARI but no QB has had 20 Fantasy points against them.
RBFred JacksonCards have allowed one RB to score (Jovorskie Lane on a goal-line plunge) & have yet to allow a 100-total-yard RB.
RBC.J. SpillerSpiller averaging 8.5 touches since Fred Jackson's return. Should be non-factor vs. Cards, who have contained Reggie Bush, LeSean McCoy.
WRSteve JohnsonArizona's been beaten by the bomb but can Johnson connect with Fitzpatrick? Just one 30+ yard reception this year.
TEScott ChandlerHe remains involved in Buffalo offense & Cards have allowed 2 TDs to tight ends this year.
DSTBillsAnother risk. Cards have been generous to opposing DSTs thanks to turnovers & poor OL, but Bills haven't lived up to expectations.
Arizona Cardinals
QBKevin KolbPretty good sleeper. 4 of 5 QBs vs. BUF have had 250+ yards and 2+ TDs. Can OL protect him?
RBWilliam PowellDecent physical back with some wiggle. He'll play some, dark horse to find the end zone.
RBLaRod Stephens-HowlingThe good: Five RBs have had 10+ Fantasy points vs. BUF including four starters. The bad: LSH isn't an every-down back.
WRLarry FitzgeraldDuh! Receivers have 10 TDs in five games vs. Bills. BUF has allowed 100+ yards to WR in two straight.
WRAndre RobertsGood sleeper. Bills allowing 184.8 pass yards per game just to receivers. Roberts should get a slice.
DSTCardinalsThe Niners and Patriots DSTs posted 15+ Fantasy points on the Bills over last two weeks. Cards should follow suit.

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CenturyLink Field
New England Patriots
QBTom BradyWhat a matchup! Seahawks have shut down Romo, Rodgers, Cam. Brady has 2+ total TDs in 3 of 5 games, 300+ yards & TD in other two.
RBStevan RidleyTough matchup. No RB has topped 60 rush yards or 74 total yards vs. Seahawks this season.
RBDanny WoodheadSleeper. Pats will run hurry-up & put Woodhead out there. Has TD and/or 60 total yards in each of last three.
RBBrandon BoldenWouldn't chance it. Seahawks have given up just two rush TDs so far this season.
WRWes WelkerNo WR has had more than 63 yards vs. SEA this year. Welker should top it, but not blow 'Hawks away.
WRBrandon LloydOnly 2 TDs have been scored by WRs vs. Seahawks' defense. Lloyd's been in a funk.
TEAaron HernandezHuge matchup on horizon for Hernandez vs. Seattle's physical, large cornerbacks. It's one he could win.
TERob GronkowskiYou'll start him, but the Seahawks have allowed one TD to tight ends in last 10.
DSTPatriotsExpect Pats to slam on run, dare Russell Wilson to throw. Could extend 2-game 10+ Fantasy points streak.
Seattle Seahawks
QBRussell WilsonPats have allowed 10 pass TDs in last three games but Wilson has just 5 TDs in five games.
RBMarshawn LynchA little risky. Pats have allowed just one 100-yard game & 1 TD to RBs through five weeks.
WRSidney RiceNot a horrible sleeper. Rice has been held under 70 yards every game with one TD but Seahawks must take some shots with him.
WRGolden TateDeep sleeper. Tate continues to see lots of snaps, Pats have allowed 5 TDs to WRs in last three games.
TEZach MillerVery risky sleeper. Pats have allowed at least 8 Fantasy points to TEs in each of last three.
DSTSeahawksOK to start. Remember, they've hung in there vs. strong offenses. Playing at home helps a lot.

Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FedExField
Minnesota Vikings
QBChristian PonderExcellent one-week replacement. 4 of 5 QBs have had 2+ pass TDs on Redskins (three had 3 TDs) & every QB has thrown for 299+ yards.
RBAdrian PetersonAP returns to the scene of his torn ACL last year. RBs have scored on the Skins in three consecutive games.
WRPercy HarvinMust start. Skins have allowed 5 100-yard receivers, 8 TDs to WRs. Harvin might be the best WR this week.
TEKyle RudolphMust start. Washington has given up four TDs to tight ends, precisely how many scores Rudolph has this year.
DSTVikingsDefenses have slowed down against the Redskins (all but one with under 11 Fantasy points) but Vikings are too hot to bench.
Washington Redskins
QBRobert Griffin IIIMIN has allowed 6 passing TDs so far, have been great vs. run. Who knows how RG3 will rebound from concussion?
RBAlfred MorrisHuge challenge for Alf: Vikings run D has yet to allow TD or over 77 rush yards to a RB. Temper expectations.
WRPierre GarconVikings have allowed just two TDs to WRs so far. Garcon doesn't seem like the same guy we saw in Week 1.
TEFred DavisVikings have allowed red-zone TDs to TEs in 4 of 5 including last week to Jared Cook. Davis might score.
DSTRedskins Here's a surprise: DSTs vs. Vikings have maxed out at 10 Fantasy points this season. You're not using the Skins DST anyway.

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Candlestick Park
New York Giants
QBEli ManningHad 300+ yards, 2 TDs in each of two games vs. 49ers last year. WR corps isn't as strong this year, however.
RBAhmad BradshawBradshaw cracked Niners for 126 total yards in playoff meeting in January. He'll be lucky to come close to that this time.
RBDavid WilsonWorth stashing, not starting. Seems to have wrangled No. 2 RB job for now.
WRVictor CruzDidn't score on Niners but did total 226 yards in two games vs. SF in 2011. Only one receiver (James Jones) has scored on the Niners this year.
WRDomenik HixonNiners allowing 131.8 yards to WRs so far this season, only three have 80+ yards.
TEMartellus BennettBanged up and lost in the Giants' shuffle after hot start. Matchup's good: Niners have given up four TDs to tight ends so far.
DSTGiantsCould get some sacks, maybe a turnover, but Niners have been good vs. opposing DSTs (only one with over 10 Fantasy points).
San Francisco 49ers
QBAlex SmithMaybe the Niners got Smith revved up for this matchup last week. Every QB vs. NYG has 240+ pass yards, three have 2+ TDs.
RBFrank GoreHad 119 total yards in playoff meeting. NYG have allowed 4 RBs to get double-digit Fantasy points this year.
RBKendall HunterNot as good of a sleeper as last week but Giants have given up 195 receiving yards to RBs in last three games.
WRMichael CrabtreeShould regress after last week's explosion. Giants have allowed four WRs to get 5+ catches this year.
WRMario ManninghamPretty good sleeper. Knows the Giants' scheme well, has improved statistically every week.
TEVernon DavisGiants have been downright solid vs. TEs but Davis chewed them up for 3 TDs and 152 yards in two games last year.
DST49ersNiners totaled nine sacks, 2 INTs, and 40 points against in two games vs. NYG last year.

Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Reliant Stadium
Green Bay Packers
QBAaron RodgersTexans' secondary has faced one tough QB so far this year (Peyton threw for 330 & 2 TDs). Rodgers has a chance.
RBAlex GreenPhysical runner. Not a speedster, probably not much faster than Benson. Don't have high expectations, especially against this defense.
WRJames JonesRodgers clearly leaning on Jones in red zone: Has caught all six targets down there, five for TDs including four scores over last two weeks.
WRJordy NelsonHas to step up after mostly slow start. Texans have allowed just 2 TDs to WRs all year with two over 75 yards, but who have they played?
WRRandall CobbWith run game on the decline, expect Cobb to see more work. Three of four targets last week came after Benson injury.
TED.J. WilliamsStepped in for Jermichael Finley last week. Desperation tight end if Finley is out.
DSTPackers Packers DST has exceeded 10 Fantasy points once this season. Texans should put up some numbers.
Houston Texans
QBMatt SchaubGood matchup, must start. Packers pass D has turned south, allowing 7 pass TDs & 938 pass yards over last three games.
RBArian FosterPackers have held RBs to one rush TD this year (none in last four weeks). Foster should add to that total.
RBBen Tate Can't trust him this week, even as a one-week replacement. Is he healthy? How much work will he get?
WRAndre JohnsonKubiak said this week he has to get Johnson more involved. Packers have allowed 5 TDs to WRs in last three weeks. He better be involved!
TEOwen DanielsHas been hot & Packers iffy vs. tight ends (four have scored between 7-10 Fantasy points this season).
DSTTexansThey've put up big numbers but have only faced one potent offense this season. Still worth starting.

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Qualcomm Stadium
Denver Broncos
QBPeyton ManningChargers allowed nine pass TDs, 896 yards over last three games. Peyton's a must start.
RBWillis McGaheeBolts have allowed 2 rush TDs, no 100-yard rush games but good RBs have pummeled them.
WRDemaryius ThomasThomas has 100+ yards and/or a TD in 4 of 5 games. Chargers allowed 4 TDs to WRs last week.
WREric DeckerDecker has 100+ yards and/or a TD in 2 of 3 games. Chargers allowing 203.0 yards on average to WRs over last three games.
TEJacob TammeChargers dodged a bullet when Graham got hurt in Week 5, Gonzalez crushed them in Week 4. Tamme a risk regardless.
DSTBroncosRivers has been sacked 13 times in last four games, DSTs have totaled 11+ points twice in last four vs. Chargers.
San Diego Chargers
QBPhilip RiversRisky starter. Has 0 or 1 TD in each of last 3 vs. DEN. Broncos have shored up secondary over last 2 weeks after Matt Schaub crushed them.
RBRyan MathewsHas at least 130 total yards in each of three career games vs. DEN. Broncos have allowed two 100-yard rushers over last three games.
RBJackie BattleA week ago Battle was a threat to Mathews' workload. Now he might be a goal-line vulture and nothing more. Don't trust him.
WRMalcom FloydHad 100 yards in last game vs. DEN, has TD in 2 of last 3 vs. DEN. Broncos have allowed 70+ yards and/or a TD to 7 WRs this season.
WRRobert MeachemDid phenomenal last week indoors vs. old team (2 TDs on four catches). Still not ready to trust him.
TEAntonio GatesOf all his AFC West opponents, Gates has done the worst vs. Broncos (4 career TDs). Doesn't help that Broncos shut down Rob Gronkowski in Week 5.
DSTChargersOnly one DST vs. DEN has exceeded 10 Fantasy points so far. Chargers have topped 12 Fantasy points once this year.

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Report: Patriots hoping to sign Darrelle Revis to long-term extension
by Brandon Wise |
(1/26/2015) The Patriots are reportedly looking to sign cornerback Darrelle Revis to a long-term extension, according Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

However, New England has not ruled out paying Revis the $20 million team option in 2015, Rapoport reports. The decision needs to be made by April 1, when a $12 million roster bonus kicks in for Revis.

Revis totaled 47 tackles in 16 games for the Patriots, grabbing two interceptions and forcing one fumble.

C.J. Spiller expecting 'March Madness' style free agency
by Brandon Wise |
(1/26/2015) Bills running back C.J. Spiller is getting healthy again. Spiller, who has fully recovered from a shoulder injury, just ended the final season of his contract and is looking at his options for next season.

"Physically, I’m back to 100 percent, back to doing normal activities," Spiller told The Post and Courier on Friday. "As far as football, free agency will start in March, and I’ll get with my people next week and get a game plan together."

Spiller has played five seasons for the Bills, only playing two full years. He ran for 1,244 yards in 2012 with six touchdowns.

"I guess you could say it’ll be March Madness," Spiller said with a smile. "It’ll be a fun March."

Report: Rams among teams interested in trade for Eagles' Foles
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/26/2015) Teams are beginning to show interest in Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, as reports are surfacing Philadelphia is unsure of what to do with the third-year quarterback, per A source said the Rams have interest in Foles should the Eagles choose to trade him this offseason. 

The Titans and Texans have also been mentioned as teams that would have interest in Foles, if he hits the trade market.

It's still unclear if the Eagles would be willing to move Foles. reported last week the Eagles, who have the 20th pick in the NFL Draft, are considering making a run at Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the draft. 

"From No. 20, it's certainly not going to be easy,'' a source said. "It's probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There's going to be some wheeling and dealing involved.

"Can it happen? I don't know. But they're going to try."

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly recruited Mariota to Oregon and coached him for two years.

"Obviously, [with] my relationship with coach Kelly, it'd be a lot of fun to be a part of that offense and be a part of that team," Mariota said when asked about a potential reunion with Kelly.

Foles is 15-9 as a starter in the NFL, but he has yet to play a full season. He has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 6,753 yards, 46 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

Colts' Luck on new contract: 'There's nothing there right now'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/26/2015) An ESPN report surfaced last week stating the Colts were working on making quarterback Andrew Luck the highest-paid player in the NFL. When asked about the subject at the Pro Bowl, Luck seemed surprise when he heard the news.

"There's nothing there right now," Luck said, per The Indianapolis Star. "I didn't think about it all during the season and it's only been a few days since it ended. I haven't thought about it. I will have conversations with my agent just because you have to prepare, but I'm not sure where that report came from."

Luck has two years remaining on the $22 million deal he signed as a rookie in 2012. It includes a team option for 2016, which must be exercised later this year.

Luck just completed his third season in the NFL. He has been to the Pro Bowl every year he's been in the NFL. He's gone 11-5 in every season as an NFL starter. He threw for a career-best 40 touchdowns in 2014 and led Indianapolis to the AFC title game this season.

Seahawks' Sherman disappointed he won't receive gifts from Pro Bowl
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(1/26/2015) In case you missed Sunday's Pro Bowl, Team Irvin knocked off Team Carter, 32-28, thanks to a second-half rally, which included touchdown catches by Emmanuel Sanders and Jimmy Graham.

While many Pro Bowl players that made the original roster were absent from the game due to injuries, Pro Bowl players from the Patriots and Seahawks also did not play due to preparations for next Sunday's Super Bowl.

One player who seemed upset about missing the Pro Bowl was Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. However, it was for a reason you probably wouldn't suspect.

“Only thing I’m disappointed in is they won’t give us our gifts from the Pro Bowl, which is kind of dumb,” Sherman said, per The Boston Globe. “The NFL is the only league that punishes the players who actually make the All-Star game by not giving them their gifts. It’s supposed to be watches and some other stuff, but we don’t get them so I couldn’t tell you.”

Patriots' Tom Brady on Deflategate: 'My feelings got hurt'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/26/2015) If you have been out of the loop for the last week, then you might be unaware the Patriots have been under a lot of scrutiny since the AFC title game due to improperly inflated footballs used against the Colts. The media hoopla has transformed the controversy into what we know as Deflategate.

If you haven't been out of the loop, then you are well aware of the nonstop coverage it has received the last week and despite the Patriots pleas for it to go away, it just won't.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had to deal with the backlash from Deflategate, and he found himself talking about the subject again Monday morning during an interview with WEEI.

“It’s all speculation,” Brady said. “I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, too. I’ve done that and I’m trying to move past that, because I continue to try to rehash things. I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me, and my feelings got hurt. Then I moved past it, because it’s not serving me. What’s serving me is try to prepare for the game ahead. I’ll deal with whatever happens later. I’ll have my opportunity to try to figure out what happened and figure out a theory like everyone else is trying to do. But this isn’t the time for that. Honestly, I’m not interested in trying to find out right now, because we have the biggest game of our season ahead.”

One topic Brady didn't have a problem addressing was the speculation coach Bill Belichick threw him under the bus during a press conference on Thursday. But Brady came to the defense of Belichick, who has won three Super Bowls as the Patriots coach.

“I’ve never once felt that we’re not on the same page,” Brady said. “He’s a great coach. He’s the only coach I’ve ever played for; he’s the only coach I’d ever want to play for. There’s a lot of people over the years that have criticized him, but I’d say there’s not one player who’s ever played for him who’s not had an unbelievable amount of respect for him and how he prepares and his diligence and his preparation."

Giants' Odell Beckham says he played with hamstring tears
by Chris Cwik |
(1/26/2015) Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham said he played all season with two tears in his hamstrings, according to the New York Daily News.

Beckham took part in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, but admitted he's still not fully healed. Beckham said the injuries prevented him from getting to that "last gear that I wanted to have." He added that the injuries really bothered him against the Eagles and Colts. Beckham said he was "stumbling" and falling over during those games. He added that he's not sure whether he'll ever be 100 percent again.

The rookie had a tremendous season, hauling in 91 balls for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Patriots' Tom Brady meeting with NFL after Super Bowl 49
by Chris Cwik |
(1/25/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn't expect to meet with the NFL until after Super Bowl XLIX, according to

The Patriots have been in the headlines all week due to Deflategate, and it appears the situation won't be resolved until after the season. "I believe they're going to do [a meeting] after the season," Brady said. "So we'll deal with it after this game. I think everybody is locked in, ready to go for the Super Bowl." Both Brady and coach Bill Belichick have held separate press conferences during the week to deny the team's involvement in deflating their footballs. 

The Patriots are subject to punishment from the NFL if the league finds any wrongdoing during the investigation. 

Earl Thomas on bad shoulder: 'I'll still play fearless'
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who dislocated his shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, could remain limited in practice this week ahead of the Super Bowl, reports the Seattle Times. But he said he won't be thinking about the injury against the Patriots.

"When I come alive nothing is limited,’’ he said. “I’ll still play fearless, throw my body around, and let whatever happens, happens.’’

Thomas did allow that he might have to rely more on his teammates.

“My mindset is I have an opportunity to really trust my teammates,’’ he said. “This is the first game I’m going to have to trust them because of my injury. So I really, really, really trust my teammates, and that’s what I’m banking on, my teammates doing what they need to do and I need to come through myself.’’

It's unclear if Thomas will need offseason surgery.

The Seahawks are 1-point underdogs after opening as 2.5-point favorites.

Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck pondering retirement
by Larry Hartstein |
(1/25/2015) Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told he's not sure if he'll retire or return for a 17th season. Hasselbeck, 39, appeared in four games this season and played well, posting a 102.6 passer rating.

He's set to hit unrestricted free agency.