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Week 9 Fantasy Football Matchups

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There's always cause for concern when a running back is set to take on the Ravens. Two weeks ago when Maurice Jones-Drew was going to play them we cautioned to lower expectations. Last week it was Beanie Wells we were shaky on, especially considering his sprained knee. He dissected them. Yet we're still nervous about Rashard Mendenhall this week.

Mendenhall shook off a horrible Week 7 outing against the Cardinals with a pretty good performance at home against the Patriots (over 90 total yards). He's on a two-week scoreless skid and has topped 70 rush yards in a game once this year, at home against the Jaguars.

But Mendenhall has two things going for him: Including the playoffs he's scored in seven of his last eight games overall at home (the streak came to an end last week against the Pats), and he's scored in three straight at home against the Ravens (five touchdowns total). Uncanny stuff. In fact, the only game in Mendenhall's career when he didn't score on the Ravens at Heinz Field was his first-ever start as a rookie, the game where he fractured his shoulder on his ninth carry.

Does this mean Mendenhall is guaranteed to score on Sunday? Of course not, but it's obvious the Steelers aren't about to totally abandon the run given his results. With the Ravens suddenly susceptible to opposing running backs in their last three games -- Arian Foster and MJD totaled more than 100 yards and Wells had the touchdown with 83 yards last week -- there's some optimism here that Mendenhall can do more than just create a cloud of dust against his arch nemeses on Sunday. He won't be the reason why the Steelers win, but he'll contribute.

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Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Qualcomm Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs
QBMatt Cassel Chargers have allowed 2+ pass TDs in 4 of last 5 but Cassel has four 2+ TD games in his last 15 games.
RBJamaal CharlesCharles has 14+ Fantasy points in games following each of his last four when he had less than 12 carries & no TDs. Bolts got ravaged by Trent Richardson last week.
RBPeyton Hillis Not a safe bet: Chargers have allowed just 5 total TDs to RBs, none from inside the 5-yard line.
WRDwayne BoweNine WRs have posted 8+ Fantasy points on the Bolts this year; Bowe has TD in 2 of last 3 vs. SD.
DSTChiefsChargers posted 37 points on Chiefs in earlier 2012 meeting & 20+ points in 5 of 7 games. Can't trust this DST.
San Diego Chargers
QBPhilip RiversSix of seven QBs vs. KC have 2+ TDs including Rivers in Week 4. Rivers has 2 TDs in 3 of last 4 but his arm seems suspect.
RBRyan MathewsShould do well after limited snaps in last game vs. KC (remember Jackie Battle?). Chiefs have allowed 177.6 total yards to RBs in their last three.
WRMalcom FloydRisky play but Chiefs have allowed 10 TDs to WRs this year including five in their last two games.
TEAntonio GatesKC's coverage on tight ends has been solid over their last four, starting when they shut out Gates in second half of Week 4.
DSTChargersEvery DST vs. KC has posted at least 11 Fantasy points, three have found the end zone. The Bolts are a sleeper.

Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lambeau Field
Arizona Cardinals
QBJohn Skelton Packers have allowed just 2 pass TDs over last three games. Skelton's O-line makes him very vulnerable.
RBLaRod Stephens-Howling Forget it. Packers have allowed four rush TDs, two 100-yard RBs through eight games.
WRLarry FitzgeraldAfter some shaky games, Packers pass D has allowed just two pass TDs in their last four. Fitzgerald will draw tough coverage.
WRAndre RobertsBenefits from Fitzgerald's coverage. Has 20 targets in last two games with 7 catches in each.
TERob Housler Only one TE has scored on the Packers over their last six games. Don't like Lewis' chances.
DSTCardinals The 49ers, Bears and Texans DST have totaled 11 or fewer Fantasy points vs. the Packers. Cards can't be trusted.
Green Bay Packers
QBAaron RodgersLike you're sitting him. Alex Smith threw 3 TDs vs. ARI on Monday, Rodgers has 30+ Fantasy points in 4 of last 5.
RBAlex GreenSeems like he'll remain the Packers' primary rusher. Cards have allowed 4 rush TDs & 118.2 rush yards per game over last five.
RBJames StarksDesperation sleeper. Sounds like he'll see some carries this week.
WRRandall CobbHave to like Cobb's chances to put up numbers after the Niners had two WRs total three touchdowns last week.
WRJames JonesThough his stats have cooled, he has 13 catches in his last two games on 19 targets. Worth a look.
TEJermichael FinleyEasy week to sit Finley: Cards third-best in Fantasy points allowed to tight ends.
DSTPackersObvious must start. Each of the last five opposing DSTs vs. ARI have posted 15+ Fantasy points.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cleveland Browns Stadium
Baltimore Ravens
QBJoe FlaccoMixed success for Flacco in career at CLE. Browns have allowed 15 pass TDs this year but zero in last two vs. Luck & Rivers.
RBRay RiceBrowns haven't allowed a TD to RB in their last three, but 3 RBs have totaled 100+ yards in Browns' last two.
WRTorrey SmithBurned the Browns for 97 yards & TD in Week 4 meeting, but that was without Joe Haden. Might be tougher this time.
WRAnquan BoldinHad nine catches vs. CLE in Week 4 for 131 yards but has never scored at CLE. Browns allowing 132.7 yards per game to WRs over last three.
TEDennis PittaBrowns have cleaned up vs. tight ends (2 TDs allowed, no 70-yard receivers), shut down Gates last week.
DSTRavensAfter allowing four DSTs to top 12+ Fantasy points, Browns have held last four to 10 Fantasy points or fewer.
Cleveland Browns
QBBrandon WeedenRavens have allowed back-to-back 250+ yard, 2 TD passers since CB Webb's injury. Still nervous to trust Weeden after last week.
RBTrent RichardsonImagine BAL will aim to shut Richardson down, but Ravens have allowed 15+ Fantasy points to RB each of last 4 games including Richardson in Week 4.
WRJosh GordonStill has value. Weeden will take shots at Gordon in end zone, just missed on a score last week.
WRGreg LittleDesperation option. Seems to have reclaimed big role despite case of the dropsies.
DSTBrownsOnly two teams have held Ravens to under 23 points this year. Browns allowing 23.2 points per game.

Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Reliant Stadium
Buffalo Bills
QBRyan FitzpatrickGunslinging QB the perfect type of player for HOU defense to harass and intercept. Only 2 QBs have 20+ Fantasy points vs. HOU in 2012.
RBFred JacksonTexans still have yet to allow rush TD to RB but Jackson could rack up decent stats based on touches. Jackson has 17+ touches in each of last two.
RBC.J. SpillerSpiller still getting 16+ touches per week since Jackson's returned but HOU has allowed just two 100+ total yard running backs all year.
WRSteve JohnsonOnly elite passing teams have busted the Texans this year. Johnson still has yet to top 90 total yards.
TEScott ChandlerTexans have allowed a TD to TE in four of last five, so there is some hope for Chandler.
DSTBills No DST has posted more than 11 Fantasy points against the Texans. Pass on the Bills.
Houston Texans
QBMatt SchaubSo what if HOU runs a lot? Schaub has 2+ TDs in 3 of last 4 w/ 30 or fewer pass attempts. Little risky but still OK to start.
RBArian FosterObvious must start. BUF allowed 4 rush TDs in last game. Six RBs have had 10+ Fantasy points vs. BUF.
RBJustin ForsettIf Texans build a massive lead, here's the back who will eat up yardage in garbage time.
WRAndre JohnsonReceivers have 12 TDs in seven games vs. Bills. BUF has allowed 90+ yards to WR in 3 of last 4.
TEOwen DanielsBills have allowed 10+ Fantasy points to Gronk and V. Davis, the rest have 4 Fantasy points or less. Still like Daniels this week.
DSTTexansFitzpatrick has been intercepted in four straight, sacked in five straight (7 INTs, 8 sacks). Loving the Texans DST as usual.

Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, FedExField
Carolina Panthers
QBCam NewtonQBs have 299+ yards passing in all but one game vs. WAS, all but two have 2+ pass TDs. Cam is a must.
RBJonathan StewartPretty good starter. WAS allowed 10+ Fantasy points to primary RB in each of last four games.
RBDeAngelo Williams Can't be trusted. Doesn't play much, has 3 or fewer Fantasy points in each of last three games.
WRSteve SmithShould have best game of season. Redskins have allowed seven 100-yard games & 10 TDs to WRs.
WRBrandon LaFellGood sleeper. Redskins allowing 195.0 yards per game to wideouts over their last three.
TEGreg OlsenMust-start. Washington has given up seven scores to tight ends this year including two last week.
DSTPanthersDefense is improving but only two DSTs have posted 10+ Fantasy points vs. WAS this season.
Washington Redskins
QBRobert Griffin IIIInteresting matchup. Panthers' pass rush has come alive, pass D has allowed just one QB to throw 2+ TDs against them all year.
RBAlfred MorrisALF is a must. Panthers allowing 109.1 rush yards to RBs this season, got hammered by Matt Forte last week.
WRSantana MossPanthers have allowed 4 TDs to WRs in their last five games with four WRs topping 90 yards. Still not seeing even 50 pct. of snaps.
DSTRedskinsPanthers have yielded 10+ Fantasy points to 4 of last 5 DSTs but it takes bravery to start this depleted unit.

Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, LP Field
Chicago Bears
QBJay CutlerFantastic matchup (Titans have allowed 17 pass TDs, five 250+ passers) but Cutler's had just three games with 16+ Fantasy points.
RBMatt ForteTitans have allowed 189.0 total yards & 4 TDs to running backs in last three. Forte has 90+ yards in each of last three.
RBMichael Bush After getting 54 carries in first four games, Bush has 13 carries in his last three with no TDs. Not worth the gamble.
WRBrandon MarshallA must. Titans have allowed 4 TDs to WRs in last four weeks. Marshall snapped three-game TD streak last week.
WREarl BennettBennett's a sleeper because of the matchup. Titans have allowed 152.7 yards per game to WRs in last three weeks.
TEKellen Davis Worth considering. Tennessee has allowed 6+ Fantasy points to seven TEs in 8 games.
DSTBearsTitans haven't allowed double-digit points to DSTs since Hasselbeck started, but the Bears should change that.
Tennessee Titans
QBMatt HasselbeckNo QB has tossed 2 TDs vs. Chicago this year. Hasselbeck an easy guy to avoid.
RBChris JohnsonBears haven't allowed a rush TD to a RB since Week 1 or a 100-total-RB since Week 2. Heck, only two RBs have 20+ touches vs. CHI.
WRKendall WrightAveraging 6.8 Fantasy points/game over last five with 35 targets in those games.
WRNate WashingtonHas four 10+ Fantasy point games & averages 7.4 points/week. Bears have allowed 10 WRs to 7+ Fantasy points including two last week.
WRKenny BrittHas the most upside but is averaging the fewest Fantasy points of Titans' big 3 WRs. Bears have given up just three 100-yard games to WRs so far.
TEJared CookLow-end option. Bears have allowed just two TEs to top 40 yards receiving.
DSTTitansLow-end option. Chicago hasn't exceeded 300 total yards in each of last two while allowing 11 sacks in those games.

Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Paul Brown Stadium
Denver Broncos
QBPeyton ManningOnly 3 QBs have passed for 2 TDs vs. CIN, but Bengals haven't faced offense like Denver's yet. Manning should dominate.
RBWillis McGaheeBengals have allowed four rushing TDs in their last three games. McGahee has 19+ touches in 5 of his last 6.
WRDemaryius ThomasCincy has allowed a 90+ yard receiver in each of last two but has been stingy giving up TD (just four to wideouts).
WREric DeckerHas scored in four straight (five TDs) with 4+ catches per game. Half of the 8 WRs with 4+ catches vs. CIN this year had 9+ Fantasy points.
TEJacob TammeCould be frequent target for Manning with Cincy's deep CB unit. Tight ends have scored in each of last two vs. CIN.
DSTBroncosDalton has been picked off at least once per game this year, sacked 2+ times in 5 of 7 games. Roll with the Broncos.
Cincinnati Bengals
QBAndy Dalton5 of 7 QBs vs. DEN have tossed 2+ TDs but none have 300+ yards (one over 250 yards).
RBBenJarvus Green-EllisOnly two starting RBs have topped 100 rush yards vs. DEN this year; everyone else has under 75 rush yards. That sounds like Green-Ellis.
WRA.J. GreenYou'll start him but DEN has held WRs to one 80+ yard game & one TD over their last four & shut down Saints' WRs last week.
TEJermaine GreshamGood Week 9 option. Broncos allowed 3 TDs to TEs in last two, six total to TEs on the season.
DSTBengals No DST has more than 13 Fantasy points vs. DEN, only three have 10+ points. Bengals have one game with over 13 points.

Detroit Lions at Jacksonville Jaguars -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, EverBank Field
Detroit Lions
QBMatthew StaffordJags have allowed 2 TDs to QBs in each of last five. Stafford has 250+ yards in 6 of 7 games.
RBMikel LeshoureJags run defense has gotten tough (1 rush TD to RBs in last five). Lions' run game might become two- or three-headed.
RBJoique BellMight not be so bad in PPR formats since it looks like he'll work passing downs.
WRCalvin JohnsonThe matchup is easy: Jaguars have allowed 6 TDs, 164.8 yards to WRs in last four games. Keep rolling him out there.
WRTitus YoungShould have some easy opportunities in single coverage against weak Jaguars pass defense. Good No. 3 WR.
WRRyan BroylesDoesn't play in every three-receiver set for Lions but will get some action. Five targets last week.
TEBrandon PettigrewJaguars have been surprisingly good vs. tight ends; Pettigrew has yet to exceed 7 Fantasy points in a game.
DSTLionsEach of last four DSTs to play Jaguars have had 11+ Fantasy points. Even without Woodson they should play well.
Jacksonville Jaguars
QBBlaine GabbertDesperation option. Lions have allowed 2 TDs in 4 of last 6 games, Gabbert coming off of just his 300-yard game.
RBRashad JenningsLions have allowed at least 100 total yards to 3 of last 4 starting RBs they've faced. Jennings has topped 100 total in each of last two.
WRCecil ShortsLions have given up 527 yards and three TDs just to WRs in their last three games.
WRJustin Blackmon Can't trust him. Had a career-best 67 yards last week. Could match it this week.
TEMarcedes Lewis Score by Zach Miller last week broke a three-game scoreless streak vs. tight ends for Lions.
DSTJaguars Lions' offense starting to roar: 2 of last 3 DSTs vs. DET posted 4 Fantasy points. Lions avg. 407.6 total yards per game.

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium
Miami Dolphins
QBRyan TannehillCan't use him but 5 of 7 QBs vs. IND have thrown at least 2 TDs, four have 240+ yards.
RBReggie BushColts run D has allowed 8 rush TDs & 147.6 total yards per game. Despite limited production, Bush is worth another start.
RBDaniel ThomasPlayed much of second half last week, especially after Bush fumbled. Could sneak a goal-line TD.
WRBrian HartlineSolid sleeper. Colts have allowed 8 TDs to WRs in their last four, though no WR has topped 90 yards vs. IND since Week 2.
TEAnthony FasanoDesperation option. Only catch last week was for a TD, Colts have been strong vs. opposing tight ends.
DSTDolphinsExpect a number of sacks, maybe an INT, but only 2 DSTs vs. IND have totaled 10+ Fantasy points.
Indianapolis Colts
QBAndrew LuckThough only one QB has 2+ TDs vs. MIA this year, Fins giving up 300.1 pass yards per game. Luck avgeraging 271.3 pass yards per game at home with 2 TDs per game.
RBDonald BrownExpectations are low. Miami hasn't allowed a rush TD since Week 1, allowed their first 100+ total yard RB last week.
RBVick BallardSure to lose snaps with Brown back in the swing of things. Can't be trusted for standard Fantasy use.
WRReggie WayneMIA has allowed 197.5 yards per game to WRs over last four games with 5 TDs. Wayne has never scored on Dolphins.
WRDonnie Avery Has 4 catches in each of last three games for no more than 60 yards & no TDs. Can't count on him.
TEDwayne AllenColts TEs have totaled 44 targets over last five games. No TE has scored on Miami but four have had 60+ yards against them.
DSTColts Colts defense is weak, can't be trusted even though DSTs vs. MIA have posted 10+ Fantasy points in four of last five weeks.

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CenturyLink Field
Minnesota Vikings
QBChristian PonderSeahawks have become shaky vs. QBs, allowing two 350+ yard, 2+ TD passers in the last three. Not sure Ponder is worth starting but he might be serviceable.
RBAdrian PetersonYou'll start AP anyway but Seahawks have allowed 2 TDs and 109 total yards per game to RBs.
WRPercy HarvinLions used slot receivers to tear up Seahawks last week. Bodes well for Harvin, who's a must start anyway.
TEKyle RudolphMight have to keep blocking to protect Ponder from pass rush, plus SEA is strong vs. TEs.
DSTVikingsTwo of last three DSTs vs. SEA posted under 9 Fantasy points. Vikes have scored under 4 Fantasy points in 2 of last 3.
Seattle Seahawks
QBRussell WilsonOne-week sleeper. MIN secondary struggling, down a starting CB. Vikings have allowed 19+ Fantasy points to QBs in each of 3 road games.
RBMarshawn LynchMust start. Vikes have allowed 134.0 rush yards per game over last two with 3 total TDs to RBs.
WRGolden TateRide the trend: Vikings have done well vs. No. 1 WRs but awful vs. No. 2s. Tate's a very sneaky sleeper this week.
WRSidney RiceSure to draw tough coverage. Has yet to score in consecutive games as a Seahawk (17 games).
DSTSeahawksEach of last three DSTs to play Vikings have had 13+ Fantasy points. Seahawks should rebound this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Oakland Raiders -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Coliseum
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QBJosh FreemanFreeman's hot but only two QBs have had 250+ yards and 2+ pass TDs vs. OAK. The rest have struggled.
RBDoug MartinRaiders have been on-again, off-again vs. the run, haven't been great two weeks in a row. Martin's hot and the Raiders are due for a regression.
WRVincent JacksonFamiliar with Raiders from days with Chargers but never had a monster game in Oakland. WRs have 1 TD in each of last 4 vs. OAK.
WRMike WilliamsOAK has allowed 153.75 yards on average to WRs over last four. Williams has 12+ Fantasy points in 2 of last 3.
DSTBuccaneersThree of the last four DSTs to play OAK have posted 10+ Fantasy points. Bucs have 13+ Fantasy points in 2 of last 3.
Oakland Raiders
QBCarson PalmerBucs have allowed 250+ yards to 6 of 7 opposing QBs but only two have 2+ TDs. Palmer has only one game with 2+ TDs.
RBDarren McFaddenTampa Bay has allowed rush TD to RB in 5 of last 6. McFadden has 11+ Fantasy points in 3 of last 4.
WRDenarius MooreReceivers averaging 200.3 yards per game in last 3 vs. TB with a TD in each. Moore should keep up his hot streak.
WRDarrius Heyward-BeyDecent sleeper. Has 8+ Fantasy points in each of last two games, Raiders should continue to throw a bunch.
TEBrandon MyersBucs have allowed just three TEs to get 7+ Fantasy points. Expect mediocre numbers from Myers.
DSTRaidersRisky. Raiders have posted 11+ Fantasy points in each of last three. But Bucs have scored 28+ points in each of last three.

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
Pittsburgh Steelers
QBBen RoethlisbergerEvery team has thrown for 240+ pass yards vs. NYG, five have 2+ total TDs. Giants have allowed 2+ pass TDs in every 2012 home game.
RBJonathan DwyerGiants have struggled vs. physical, volume-carry RBs like Dwyer. Every opposing RB at NYG has posted at least 12+ Fantasy points.
WRMike WallaceNew York allowing 193.0 yards per game to WRs in last four with 4 TDs. Wallace has 9+ Fantasy points in 3 of 4 road games.
WRAntonio BrownNYG have allowed eight WRs to land 7+ Fantasy points in last four games. Brown has 7+ Fantasy points in 5 of 7 games.
TEHeath MillerGiants have yet to allow a TD to a TE but gor ripped for 167 yards last week by Jason Witten.
DSTSteelersThe last five DSTs to take on the Giants have averaged 4.7 Fantasy points. Steelers D has had one good road game this year.
New York Giants
QBEli ManningSteelers pass defense has held each of last three QBs to 1 TD. Manning has 0 or 1 pass TD in each of last three.
RBAhmad BradshawPrimary RBs haven't scored on the Steelers since McFadden in Week 3. Steelers allowing 78.3 rush yards per game over last three.
RBAndre BrownSteelers have allowed a short-yardage rush TD in 2 of last 3. Brown might be a 'TD-or-bust' candidate.
WRVictor CruzSteelers have allowed TD to WR in each of last three & 5 of last 6. Cruz has TD in each of last three at home.
WRHakeem NicksNicks has 53 or fewer yards with no TDs in 4 of 5 games. This isn't the week to expect a huge breakout though he is on the mend.
TEMartellus BennettSteelers haven't allowed more than 6 Fantasy points to a TE since Week 1. Bennett has under 6 Fantasy points in 4 of last 5.
DSTGiantsEach of the last six DSTs vs. PIT have posted 9 Fantasy points or fewer. See if you can find a better DST.

Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome
Dallas Cowboys
QBTony RomoOnly one QB has thrown 2 TDs vs. ATL, only two have 250+ yards. Romo can help or hurt by throwing all over the place.
RBFelix JonesFalcons have allowed 138.0 total yards per game to RBs with 3 TDs over last three, but will Felix get enough touches?
WRMiles AustinFalcons have given up 100+ yards to a WR just once all season, only four WRs have 80+ yards.
WRDez BryantOnly four receivers have scored on the Falcons through seven games. Dez has scored in just one game this season.
TEJason WittenYou'll start Witten but just one TD allowed to TEs in the Falcons' last six games.
DSTCowboys Only two DSTs have posted 10+ Fantasy points against the Falcons, a mark the Cowboys hit just once over last four games.
Atlanta Falcons
QBMatt RyanYou'll start Ryan but Cowboys have held all but one QB to 1 pass TD or less, only one has 250+ pass yards.
RBMichael TurnerPositive for Turner: Each of last 5 rush TDs allowed by DAL have been from 3 yards or closer from the goal line.
WRRoddy WhiteOnly 3 WRs have posted 70+ yards against Cowboys but two have been big, physical WRs. It's Roddy's turn to put up numbers.
WRJulio JonesCowboys have been stingy in allowing the big play (just six pass plays of 30+ yards allowed all year). Jones hasn't scored 10+ Fantasy points in back-to-back games this year.
TETony GonzalezOnly two TE s have posted 7+ Fantasy points vs. DAL and none since Week 2. Gonzalez has 5 Fantasy points or less in 3 of last 4.
DSTFalconsDSTs have scored on the Cowboys in three of their last four with 6 sacks & 10 INTs in those games. Falcons look good.

Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Philadelphia Eagles
QBMichael VickEach of last 4 QBs vs. NO have tossed 300+ yards, all but one QB vs. NO in '12 have 2+ total TDs. Vick should shine.
RBLeSean McCoySaints allowing 182 total yards per game to RBs over last four including a 100+ total yard RB in each.
WRDeSean JacksonA must. Saints giving up 214.1 yards per game to wideouts. Seven receivers have 90+ yards against them on the year.
WRJeremy MaclinNew Orleans has allowed 11 TDs to wideouts in their last four games including three last week.
TEBrent CelekSaints' TE defense beginning to crack as they've allowed 70+ yards to TEs in each of last two.
DSTEagles Saints have been tough on DSTs, plus Eagles have 16 Fantasy points in their last four combined.
New Orleans Saints
QBDrew BreesFour of last five QBs to play PHI have 2+ TDs against them. Brees has 16 TDs in last five.
RBDarren SprolesRunning backs have caught a TD in 2 of last 3 vs. PHI. Sproles has receiving score in 3 of last 4.
RBPierre ThomasEagles allowing 136.0 total yards per game to running backs, but Saints just not using RBs much.
WRMarques ColstonSeven WRs have 9+ Fantasy points against the Eagles in their last five. Colston has 10+ targets in each of last four.
WRLance MooreBack in the dome! Six WRs have 80+ yards vs. PHI in their last five games.
TEJimmy GrahamTough matchup for Graham but you'll start him. Eagles have yet to allow 9+ Fantasy points to a tight end. Graham should be the first.
DSTSaints Five of seven DSTs vs. PHI have posted 11+ Fantasy points, but NO has yet to exceed 11 Fantasy points.

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“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.”

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by Marty Gitlin |
(10:47 am ET) 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
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(9:32 am ET) 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 |
(7/2/2015) The Texans waived rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory on Thursday, according to

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 |
(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 |
(7/2/2015) Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones will be suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to 

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. 

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games for 2015
by Jason Butt |
(7/2/2015) The Cowboys announced that linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

McClain hasn't been able to participate much in offseason workouts due to going under offseason knee surgery. McClain will be eligible to practice in training camp and is expected to be healthy by then. 

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake. I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error," McClain said in a statement, via CSN Bay Area. "I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.

In 2014, McClain, who had previously retired twice before being traded from the Ravens to the Cowboys, totaled 81 tackles and a sack in 13 games played.

Jets DL Sheldon Richardson suspended four games
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/2/2015) Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced Thursday.

“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement via the Jets, per Fox Sports. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field.”

Richardson, who was a 2013 first-round pick, is entering his third season in the NFL. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

He has totaled 84 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks in 32 career games. He also has one safety.

Texans DT Brandon Ivory arrested on burglary charge
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(7/1/2015) Texans defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was arrested Wednesday morning in Alabama and charged with first-degree burglary, according to a Tuscaloosa Police Department report obtained by

Ivory and another man were allegedly involved in a home burglary when the two entered the residence by kicking open the back door and then demanding money from the residents. The two stole money and two Ipads from the residence. Ivory and the other suspect were arrested at their apartment shortly after the incident with the stolen money and property.