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You have to take risks when making Fantasy Football predictions and recommendations. You have to follow trends and look at matchups and gauge when a player is in a slump or just had an off week.

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If not, then most lineups would be stagnant following Draft Day, and you would never have the guts to bench guys like LeGarrette Blount, Reggie Wayne or DeSean Jackson for players like DeMarco Murray, Antonio Brown or Victor Cruz. And your Fantasy team would be terrible.

So this past week, when looking at matchups and recent play, I had some big-name players as bust alerts in Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch, Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Lloyd and Vernon Davis. Throw in the Bears DST, which was listed as a sit, and the results blew up in my face.

Now, as we always say with the bust alerts and explain in the description, these are not players to outright sit in the majority of leagues. But still, we suggested they would struggle when instead they were stars, and this happens from time to time when you stick your neck out there and take chances with stud players. Next time, as we have been most of this season, we will get more right than wrong.

On a positive note, we stood behind the struggling Chris Johnson as the Start of the Week and suggested Week 10 would be his best outing of the season. And it was with 23 Fantasy points at Carolina. We can't guarantee Johnson will continue to play at this level going forward, and he has a difficult matchup in Week 11 at Atlanta, but for one week he played like a Top 5 overall pick and the running back we remembered prior to this season.

Editor's note: The Fantasy points are based on a standard-scoring league with six points for all touchdowns.

Full Disclosure from Week 10
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN 11 23 88 No. 3
Recommended starts that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 19 24 68 No. 5
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ 18 21 18 No. 6
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 21 20 62 No. 8
Tim Tebow, QB, DEN 22 18 34 No. 10
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT 11 18 82 No. 7
Reggie Bush, RB, MIA 9 16 64 No. 8
Mario Manningham, WR, NYG 6 13 40 No. 9
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Matt Cassel, QB, KC 17 10 14 No. 19
Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 9 2 44 No. 46
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 9 2 45 No. 25
Recommended sits that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 16 14 24 No. 14
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, TEN 15 14 9 No. 15
Josh Freeman, QB, TB 17 8 20 No. 21
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF 17 7 21 No. 26
Cedric Benson, RB, CIN 7 5 50 No. 35
Maurice Morris, RB, DET 6 4 17 No. 38
Nate Washington, WR, TEN 4 4 16 No. 50
Pierre Garcon, WR, IND 5 4 40 No. 51
Mike Williams, WR, TB 3 4 27 No. 52
Kellen Winslow, TE, TB 5 3 27 No. 22
DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 4 3 14 No. 45
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Tom Brady, QB, NE 20 31 93 No. 1
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 7 26 84 No. 1
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 8 21 32 No. 5
Deion Branch, WR, NE 6 11 36 No. 13
Brandon Lloyd, WR, STL 7 10 75 No. 16
Vernon Davis, TE, SF 5 10 61 No. 5
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 5 8 3 No. 7
Sleepers that shined in Week 10
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Carson Palmer, QB, OAK 17 19 13 No. 9
Laurent Robinson, WR, DAL 7 19 45 No. 3
Ben Tate, RB, HOU 7 12 27 No. 11
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, CLE 6 10 23 No. 14
Jacob Tamme, TE, IND 2 7 0 No. 8
Sleepers that struggled in Week 10
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 18 3 14 No. 29
Steve Breaston, WR, KC 5 3 29 No. 53
Josh Cribbs, WR, CLE 4 3 8 No. 54

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RT Anthony Davis, CB Tramaine Brock unable to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6:28 pm ET) 49ers starting right tackle Anthony Davis (concussion) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) did not practice Thursday as the team prepared to host the Redskins on Sunday.

John Fox 'optimistic' about WR Emmanuel Sanders
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders has reached the part of the post-concussion protocol where he can participate in conditioning, reports the team's website.

"He's going through that phase of the protocol now," coach John Fox said. "We'll evaluate it again [Friday]. We're optimistic, but we'll see what [Friday] brings."

Denver hosts the Dolphins on Sunday.


Pats DL Dominique Easley misses practice with knee problem
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6:09 pm ET) Patriots rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley missed practice Thursday with a knee injury, reports the Boston Herald. He has 10 tackles, a sack and an interception entering Week 12 against the Lions.

Browns DT Rubin returns to full-go status Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:55 pm ET) Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin was a full participant in Thursday practice after missing the Wednesday session with a knee issue.

The Browns have been devastated by injuries in their front seven. Defensive lineman Phil Taylor and linebacker Karlos Dansby are out while defensive end Jabaal Sheard is not expected to play Sunday in Atlanta.


Rams TE Jared Cook returns to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:50 pm ET) Rams tight end Jared Cook (back) returned to a limited practice Thursday ahead of Sunday's visit to San Diego, reports ESPN.com.

Ankle limits RB Charles Sims
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:37 pm ET) Buccaneers running back Charles Sims, who had ankle surgery in August and missed the first eight games, was limited in practice Thursday by an ankle injury, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Bay visits the Bears on Sunday.

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew downgraded Thursday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:32 pm ET) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who practiced fully Wednesday, was downgraded to a limited participant Thursday, reports Detroit Sports 105.1. Pettigrew missed the Week 11 loss at Arizona.

TE Gray set with Bills as RB Tanner dispatched
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:08 pm ET) The Bills have been awarded tight end MarQueis Gray, who had been placed on waivers by Minnesota. The team has released running back Philip Tanner to make room for Gray on the roster.

Gray has played in just two games this season and caught one pass.


Falcons add LB James Anderson
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:06 pm ET) The Falcons signed linebacker James Anderson, who was released last week by the Titans.

Texans RB Arian Foster a game-time decision for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:00 pm ET) A groin injury that prevented Texans featured back Arian Foster from playing in the Week 11 victory at Cleveland has him considered a game-time decision for Sunday when the team hosts Cincinnati.

Foster remains stuck at 822 yards rushing on the season. His absence in Week 12 would leave Week 11 breakout standout Alfred Blue as the top option against the Bengals.


 
 
 
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