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Week 11 Fantasy Football Matchups

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The last time it seemed like a defense laid out a blueprint to slow down Cam Newton, he bounced back strong. After getting stifled by the Falcons, Newton pasted the Redskins a week later for a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown, more than 250 yards through the air and over 50 yards on the ground. But the Titans shut down Newton last week with a strong defensive line effort and great downfield coverage, just in time for the Lions to capitalize.

There are a ton of similarities between the Lions and Titans. They have the same defensive scheme and both are anchored by talented defensive linemen capable of crashing the pocket and rushing the passer. Both also have some deficiencies against the run thanks to up-and-down linebacker play. But Detroit has been much better against the pass -- only two quarterbacks have totaled multiple touchdowns against them this season (Tony Romo, Matt Ryan) and both had at least two turnovers in the game.

The Lions have also been good about not allowing 100-yard receivers -- they've yielded two on the year and none since Week 4, proof that they should be able to contain Steve Smith, which is huge. They've been a little more suspect against tight ends -- reliable pass-catching ones have done fairly well against Motown, with Jason Witten (eight catches, 94 yards, one touchdown) the most punishing. But with Greg Olsen struggling and the Lions ultimately yielding 6.67 Fantasy points per week to opposing tight ends, he could be held up too.

And combined, Smith and Olsen make up 52 percent of Cam Newton's passing yardage and eight of 11 touchdowns through nine games. So if Newton's going to succeed, he needs those guys. The Lions are sure to take them away.

Does this mean that Newton is set to struggle in Week 11? The matchup says so, but the upside he brings as a stat producer thanks to his rushing ability and big-play potential suggests otherwise. Keep expectations in check with Newton, but if you're one of those Fantasy owners who has him and a stud, go with the stud this week.

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Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Ralph Wilson Stadium
Miami Dolphins
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBRyan TannehillBills have allowed 2+ pass TDs in 4 of last 6 but Tannehill had an even better matchup last week and botched it.
RBReggie BushRBs have scored 8 TDs (7 rush) & averaged 182.7 total yards per game over last three vs. BUF. Bush crushed the Bills last year, hopefully will get the opportunity to do it again.
RBDaniel ThomasMultiple running backs have 10+ Fantasy points in two of the Bills' last three games. Worth a try as a flex.
WRBrian HartlineBills' secondary starting to play well -- after allowing 11 TDs to WRs in first six games, they've yielded one in last three.
TEAnthony FasanoDeep sleeper. Bills have allowed three TDs to tight ends over their last two games.
DSTDolphinsDSTs vs. BUF have scored 11+ Fantasy points in four of Bills' last six with 14 sacks allowed.
Buffalo Bills
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBRyan FitzpatrickShould have some opportunities against a MIA defense that's been ripped for 555 yards & 4 pass TDs over last two games. Fitzpatrick threw for 316 yards with two TDs & 3 INTs in last game vs. MIA.
RBC.J. SpillerFins allowed their first rush TD in eight games last week but have allowed 131.3 total yards per game to RBs over their last three. Expect close to 20 touches for Spiller.
WRSteve JohnsonHas one TD in last four vs. Miami, has 7+ targets in 8 of 9 games, 5+ catches in 4 of last 5. Eight of 12 WRs vs. MIA with 5+ catches have had 10+ Fantasy points.
WRDonald JonesJones has come alive with 9+ targets & 6 catches in two Bills' games since the bye. Should keep it up, worth using as PPR flex at the least.
TEScott ChandlerMiami just allowed first TD to a tight end this season vs. TEN last week. Chandler has 50+ yards in last two overall.
DSTBillsBills defense has been miserable over last three but DSTs vs. MIA have posted 10+ Fantasy points in five of the last seven weeks.

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome
Arizona Cardinals
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJohn SkeltonOnly two QBs have thrown multiple scores on Atlanta this year. Skelton has yet to throw 2 TDs in a game in 2012.
RBLaRod Stephens-HowlingHas some sleeper potential given his play over last three weeks & Falcons' 123.3 total yards per game allowed to RBs with 3 TDs over last three games.
WRLarry FitzgeraldOf the four WRs to get 10+ Fantasy, two have been No. 1 WRs. Fitzgerald more of a No. 2; he and Skelton have hooked up once for a TD this year.
WRAndre RobertsFalcons have allowed 165.5 yards per game to WRs over their last four. Roberts averaging 6.0 catches & 84.7 yards in three starts with Skelton.
DSTCardinals Don't do it. Falcons have averaged 27.4 points & 385.2 yards per game this season. Last three DSTs have totaled 14 Fantasy points vs. ATL.
Atlanta Falcons
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt RyanCards have allowed 7 pass TDs over their last two games. They might have re-tooled their defense during the bye but it's still a juicy matchup for Ryan.
RBMichael TurnerArizona has allowed 122.3 rush yards per game over their last three but Turner has 6 or fewer Fantasy points in three of his last four. Tough to trust.
RBJacquizz Rodgers Has 4+ catches in each of last three games, could start taking some carries from Turner & has had 7+ carries in three blowout Falcons wins.
WRJulio JonesCardinals have given up six TDs to WRs over their last two games! Jones has yet to score at home this season, bet it changes this week.
WRRoddy WhiteAveraging a ridiculous 17.0 Fantasy points per home game this season with at least 11 Fantasy points per. A must vs. Arizona.
TETony GonzalezTight ends have only scored three times on the Cardinals this year, only high-end TE to do it was Rob Gronkowski. Gonzalez still in play as must-start.
DSTFalconsEight of nine DSTs vs. ARI have posted 10 or more Fantasy points. Cards have given up 40 sacks already this year! This is a great one-week option.

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Arrowhead Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAndy DaltonRed Rifle was red hot last week, takes on a Chiefs team that's allowed 2+ passing scores in 7 of 9 games.
RBBenJarvus Green-EllisTough to trust: Has 70 total yards or less in five straight with one TD. Chiefs haven't allowed a rush TD in three straight.
WRA.J. GreenFeel good about going Green: Chiefs have allowed 12 TDs to WRs this year including seven in their last four.
WRMohamed SanuFinished second in targets last week with season-best six. Not worth starting but might be worth a stash in three-WR leagues.
TEJermaine GreshamStats say Chiefs can cover tight ends: Only two have had 7+ Fantasy points in their last seven, but Gresham has had 7+ Fantasy points in 3 of last 4.
DSTBengalsThey're worth it. Every DST vs. KC has posted at least 11 Fantasy points, four have found the end zone.
Kansas City Chiefs
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt Cassel Bengals pass D is Jekyll & Hyde. They have allowed 2 TDs to 3 of 4 QBs on the road but Cassel too risky to use.
RBJamaal CharlesCincy allowing 136.3 total yards per game to rushers with three TDs in last four. Looks like Charles will be a regular in the offense.
WRDwayne BoweCincy has allowed a 90+ yard receiver in three of last four but they did a nice job against the Giants' receivers last week. Bowe hasn't scored in five straight.
DSTChiefs Bengals held the Steelers and Giants to zero sacks in two of their last three -- but the Broncos got five. Ultimately Chiefs DST can't be trusted.

Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cowboys Stadium
Cleveland Browns
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBBrandon Weeden Cowboys have held all but one QB to 1 pass TD or less, only two have 250+ pass yards. Not much hope for Weeden.
RBTrent RichardsonDallas has allowed 100 total yards to back-to-back RBs. A rested Richardson should post big stats.
WRJosh GordonOnly five WRs have scored 10+ Fantasy points vs. DAL this season, but three in the last two weeks.
DSTBrownsFour of the last five DSTs to play DAL have scored under 10 Fantasy points.
Dallas Cowboys
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBTony RomoBrowns have allowed one pass TD over last three (three QB scores total). Won't be a lay-up for Romo, who has three 2+ total TD games in last eight.
RBFelix JonesCLE allowing 166.5 total yards per game to RBs over last four. Felix has shined, topping 10+ Fantasy points in each of last two starts.
WRMiles AustinThough he has under 80 yards in 6 of 9 games is still a big part of Dallas offense. Browns allowing 125.3 yards to WRs since Joe Haden's return from suspension.
WRDez BryantJust three touchdowns allowed to receivers by Browns over their last four games. Dez has scored in 6 of 10 career November games.
TEJason WittenOnly three TE s have posted 6+ Fantasy points on the Browns, a total Witten hasn't hit in 3 of his last 4 despite getting 6+ catches in each.
DSTCowboysBrowns haven't allowed a DST to post over 11 Fantasy points over last five games. But the Browns are averaging 11.7 points per game over last three. Should be good for the 'Boys.

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Ford Field
Green Bay Packers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAaron RodgersLions have allowed 2 pass TDs in 6 of last 8 games. Rodgers has 300+ yards in 5 of 7 starts, 2+ TDs in 6 of 7 starts vs. DET.
RBJames StarksMight be the Packers' top RB after leading in carries & rush yardage in Week 9. Lions allowing 5.8 yards per carry vs. tough competition over last three games.
RBAlex Green Probably no better than a low-end flex option as he'll split with Starks. Averaged 3.2 yards per carry over last five.
WRRandall CobbNot only has 5 scores in last three but has delivered 10+ Fantasy points in three of last four. Too valuable to sit.
WRJordy NelsonHad ridiculous three-TD game vs. DET in Week 17 last year but very little in games prior. Lions have allowed 4 TDs to WRs over last three.
WRJames JonesLions have allowed 145.3 yards per game to WRs over their last three, Jones should get some of that.
TEJermichael FinleyHas a TD in 2 of last 3 vs. DET and Lions have allowed 2 TDs to TEs over last three but has just 14 targets over his last four games. Not sure he can be trusted.
DSTPackersFour of the last five DSTs vs. DET posted 8 Fantasy points or less. Clay Matthews might not play.
Detroit Lions
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatthew StaffordHad 520 yards & 5 TDs in last game vs. Green Bay. Probably won't do that well but Packers have allowed back-to-back 300-yard passers.
RBMikel LeshoureLast four starting RBs vs. GB have totaled 100 yards and/or totaled 10+ Fantasy points. Matchup's good but how much work will Leshoure get?
RBJoique BellHas finished each of the Lions' last two games, might finish this one too if the Lions have to throw to stay in the game.
WRCalvin JohnsonPlaying unstoppable again and has scored in six of last seven against the Packers. No. 1 WRs have 11+ Fantasy points vs. GB in their last two.
WRTitus YoungPackers allowing 195.8 yards to WRs over their last four. Young has 8+ Fantasy points in three of last four.
WRRyan BroylesStill a part-time player for the Lions, hard to count on him after getting a single target last week but Lions are expected to throw a lot.
TEBrandon PettigrewPackers haven't allowed 10+ Fantasy points to a tight end since Week 1, Pettigrew hasn't had 10 Fantasy points in a game this year.
DSTLions Packers averaging 31.8 points & 362.8 total yards over last four. Aside from some sacks, Lions DST should struggle.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Reliant Stadium
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBBlaine Gabbert Only 2 QBs have 20+ Fantasy points vs. HOU in 2012. And only two have 250+ yards passing. Don't like Gabbert's chances.
RBRashad JenningsHOU hasn't allowed a rush TD to a RB all year, only have allowed three 100-total-yard RBs. Jennings has under 55 total yards in two of three starts.
WRCecil ShortsRisky start. Texans allowed 100+ yards to Brandon Marshall last week but just 120 yards total to Bears WRs. Giving up 105.0 yards to WRs per game over last three.
DSTJaguars Texans averaging 27.8 points per game, 31.2 points per home game. It would be ridiculous to use the Jaguars DST.
Houston Texans
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMatt SchaubJags have allowed 2 TDs to QBs in each of last three road games, but Schaub hasn't had to throw much vs. JAC. Last 2 TD game vs. Jags: November 2010.
RBArian FosterJags have yet to allow a TD or 100-yard game to running back. Just kidding! Foster has at least 60 total yards & a TD in each of last four vs. Jags.
WRAndre JohnsonHas TDs in 2 of last 3 vs. Jaguars, elite WRs have done mostly well against the Jaguars. Tough to sit him.
TEOwen DanielsJags have been surprisingly good vs. tight ends, Daniels coming back from hip/back injury.
DSTTexansYes please. Each of last seven DSTs to play Jaguars have had 11+ Fantasy points.

New York Jets at St. Louis Rams -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Edward Jones Dome
New York Jets
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBMark SanchezRams have allowed 11 total TDs to TE s over last four games but the Jets' passing game is impossible to trust.
RBShonn GreeneIt's a good matchup: Rams have allowed 264 rushing yards to RBs over their last two games with starting RBs getting 100+ total yards & a TD.
WRJeremy KerleyRams have given up six TDs to WRs in last three games. Just not sure if Kerley can be counted on.
TEDustin KellerRams have been all right vs. tight ends except for Gronk in Week 8. Keller has 17 catches over last three games.
DSTJetsThree of the last four DSTs vs. STL have posted single-digit Fantasy points including the 49ers last week.
St. Louis Rams
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBSam BradfordJets got beat up for three passing TDs last week (6 in last three games). With Amendola back, Bradford is a good sleeper this week.
RBSteven JacksonWhen's the last time S-Jax was a must-start? He is -- Jets allowing 113.4 rush yards per game over last five with 3 rush TDs. Looks like Jackson back in primary rusher's role.
RBDaryl RichardsonMight see around 10 touches and be a candidate for 40 total yards.
WRDanny AmendolaThe Jets' awesome streak vs. WRs was decimated last week. Amendola's return delivered 102 yards -- and he left about that many on the field due to STL penalties, too.
DSTRamsThe last three DSTs vs. NYJ have scored 18+ Fantasy points. Rams' unit has been awful over last three weeks but they're worth a shot in Week 11.

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, FedExField
Philadelphia Eagles
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBNick FolesThe rookie's in the right place at the right time: Washington has allowed 21+ Fantasy points to 7 of 9 QBs they've faced.
RBLeSean McCoyRedskins allowing 125.0 total yards per game to RBs over last four with four total TDs. Has 15+ Fantasy points in each of last three vs. WAS.
WRDeSean JacksonWRs have scored at least one TD in 8 of 9 games vs. WAS this seasonbut QB issue could limit Jackson, plus he's struggled in first game vs. Skins each of last two years.
WRJeremy MaclinMaclin has 10+ Fantasy points in each of last three vs. WAS. In nine games, 13 WRs have had 10+ Fantasy points on the Redskins.
TEBrent CelekWashington has given up seven TDs to TEs & 6+ Fantasy points to 8 TEs in nine games. But Celek had just two targets from Foles last week, has under 50 yards in four straight.
DSTEaglesOnly three DSTs have topped 10 Fantasy points vs. WAS all year -- but they've come over the Redskins' last five games. Eagles a desperation option.
Washington Redskins
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBRobert Griffin IIISix of last seven QBs to play PHI have 2+ TDs against them. Game sets up nicely for Griffin to get back to his old self.
RBAlfred MorrisEagles allowing 120.7 rush yards per game to running backs over last three. Expect a big game from Morris.
WRSantana MossSleeper because of his size/speed combination that no one else in Washington really has. Might put up some stats.
WRLeonard HankersonSleeper because of his size/speed combination that no one else in Washington really has. Might put up some stats.
TELogan PaulsenHas played a ton since Fred Davis' injury but Eagles have allowed just four TEs to land 6+ Fantasy points all year.
DSTRedskinsVery risky pick: Eagles have allowed 20+ Fantasy points to last two opposing DSTs but Redskins have 12 total Fantasy points over last three games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Bank of America Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJosh FreemanNot a slam dunk. Panthers have allowed last five QBs (including Peyton) to four total TDs with one pass TD per game. Only Matt Ryan has thrown multiple TDs vs. CAR all year, but Freeman's on a five-game hot streak.
RBDoug MartinHad 118 total yards in Week 1 game vs. CAR. Panthers allowing 105.3 total yards per game over last three to RBs, but RBs have scored in each game.
WRVincent JacksonPanthers have allowed just 3 TDs to WRs in last six overall but have allowed 90+ yards to No. 1 WRs in 3 of last 4.
WRMike WilliamsHow bad has it been for non-No. 1 WRs vs. CAR? Brandon Stokley was the first to get over 50 yards this season! Williams still big red-zone threat.
DSTBuccaneersPanthers have yielded 10+ Fantasy points to 4 of last 5 DSTs they've faced including 31 points to Denver last week. Bucs DST was awesome last week.
Carolina Panthers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBCam NewtonBucs have allowed 250+ yards to 8 of 9 opposing QBs, 3 of last 4 have thrown 3+ TDs! Cam had 300 pass yards but just one TD at TB in Week 1. Crushed the Bucs in '11.
RBJonathan StewartBad news: Bucs have allowed just four RBs to total 90+ yards. Worse news: Stew doesn't have a 90+ yard game this season and is losing snaps again.
RBDeAngelo Williams TB has allowed a TD to RB in 6 of last 8 (five rushing). Williams leads RBs with three touchdowns on the year.
WRSteve SmithHad a 100-yard game vs. TB in Week 1, his first against them since '08. WRs averaging 208.4 yards per game in last 5 against TB with 1+ TD in each.
WRBrandon LaFellDeep sleeper after knocking some rust off last week vs. tough Broncos secondary. Bucs DBs aren't as tough. Not a bad desperation grab.
TEGreg OlsenBucs have yielded three TDs to TEs in the last two weeks. Cam found Olsen last week, can hopefully keep it up.
DSTPanthersBucs have scored 28+ points in each of last five, totaled 400+ yards in four of five. Aside from a sack or two, tough to trust Panthers defense.

New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, O.co Coliseum
New Orleans Saints
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBDrew BreesRaiders have allowed 5 pass TDs, 294.5 pass yards per game over last two. Expect Brees to pass with ease.
RBChris IvorySaints say they'll give Ivory a look, I say they have to. He has three plays of 10+ yards in last two games. Ingram has four in nine games.
RBMark IngramStill a candidate for 10 carries along with goal-line work, so he carries some value. More excitement for Ivory than Ingram this week.
RBDarren SprolesHis return could make things messy for the Saints but he could see his reps slightly cut because of improved running back corps.
WRMarques ColstonRaiders have allowed 750 yards & 7 TDs to WRs over their last five games. Expect a good game from Colston.
WRLance MooreHas 60+ yards in five of last six. Raiders have allowed 60+ yards to seven WRs in their last five. Lots of upside with Moore.
TEJimmy GrahamAfter Dennis Pitta gashed the Raiders last week, the sky is the limit for Graham, who has at least 1 TD in each of last three.
DSTSaintsDon't know if they're worth using. Raiders have totaled 340+ yards, scored 20+ points in each of last five games.
Oakland Raiders
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBCarson PalmerFive of last six QBs vs. NO have topped 300 yards, all five also had 2+ TDs. Palmer has 2+ total TDs in each of last four with 322.3 yards per game in that span.
RBMarcel ReeceSaints in Top 10 in receiving yards allowed to RBs (47.2 per game) & have allowed all but one opponent to have at least one 10+ Fantasy RB. Reece is worthy.
RBTaiwan Jones You saw what kind of playing time he had last week. Maybe he gets more vs. Saints, who have allowed 5.5 yards per carry to RBs in their last three.
WRDenarius MooreA must. Saints giving up 207.0 yards to WRs over last three. Nine receivers have 90+ yards against them on the year.
WRDarrius Heyward-BeyHas at least 7 Fantasy points in each of last four games including season-best 14 Fantasy points last week. Saints have allowed 12 TDs to WRs in their last six.
DSTRaiders Last six DSTs to play the Saints have posted single-digit Fantasy points. Don't even think about using them.

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Gillette Stadium
Indianapolis Colts
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBAndrew LuckPats have allowed 2+ pass TDs in five of last seven with five QBs getting 300+ yards in that span. Can Luck finally get 20+ Fantasy points on the road?
RBDonald BrownBills RBs blew up Pats run defense for 246 total yards & 2 TDs last week on 33 touches. Brown might not get a big workload, has two games this year with 10+ Fantasy points.
RBVick BallardBallard has at least 13 touches in each of three games since Brown's been back. His only TD came on a catch. Tough to trust.
WRReggie WayneMust start. Has 10+ targets in 7 of 9 games. Four of five WRs with 10+ targets vs. NE have had at least 12 Fantasy points.
WRDonnie AveryHas 7+ targets in 7 of 9 games. Patriots have allowed 183.0 yards & 5 TDs in last four to WRs.
WRT.Y. HiltonLet us down last week after playing less than half of the team's snaps last week but Colts should throw plenty and he has good speed.
TEDwayne AllenThere's a chance here. Pats have allowed TD and 60+ yards to primary TEs in 2 of last 3.
DSTColts No DST has posted more than 10 Fantasy points vs. NE this year, and that shouldn't change this week.
New England Patriots
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBTom BradyColts' pass D stats look good: 7 pass TDs & 245.0 pass yards per game in last five, but they haven't played a top quarterback in that span.
RBStevan RidleyExpect big numbers. Colts' run defense has allowed just 70.0 rush yards per game over last three but they've faced weak run offenses in two of those games.
RBDanny WoodheadHas 4+ catches in each of last four games. Colts allowing 42.0 receiving yards per game to RBs over last three.
WRWes WelkerEight WRs have had 8+ Fantasy points vs. IND in their last six games. Welker too valuable to sit outright but expectations seem tempered.
WRBrandon LloydAfter averaging 9.2 targets per game in Pats' first seven, Lloyd has 5.0 targets per game in Pats' last two.
TERob GronkowskiColts have allowed just one TD to a TE all year, none to 10 Fantasy points, but it's not like they've faced tight ends like Gronk.
DSTPatriotsNone of the last four DSTs to play the Colts have posted 10+ Fantasy points. Pats' secondary will get tested with Aqib Talib joining them.

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
San Diego Chargers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBPhilip RiversThree of the last four QBs vs. DEN have tossed 2 TDs but none have 300+ yards (two over 250 yards). That includes Rivers, who had four INTs to go with those scores in Week 6.
RBRyan MathewsOf the 309 total yards the Broncos have allowed to RBs over their last three, just 163 have come on the ground. With Mathews sharing with Brown, he could be in for another single-digit Fantasy point week.
RBRonnie BrownGood PPR flex or one-week replacement thanks to his receiving role.
WRMalcom FloydFloyd has a pretty good history vs. DEN but Broncos have held all but two WRs to under 80 yards with two TDs allowed in their last six.
WRDanario AlexanderDon't expect another long touchdown but do expect him to stay involved in Chargers offense -- he missed just seven snaps last week
TEAntonio GatesBroncos have allowed 10+ Fantasy points to the last four TEs they've faced. Gates is a must.
DSTChargersNo DST has more than 13 Fantasy points vs. DEN, only three have 10+ points. Can't lean on the Chargers.
Denver Broncos
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBPeyton ManningChargers have given up 2+ TDs to QBs in five of last seven games. Peyton has 2+ TDs in all but two games, had 3 TDs vs. SD in Week 6.
RBWillis McGaheeWhat's good for a slump? A run defense that's allowed 128.3 total yards to RBs over its last three. That's the Bolts. McGahee had 98 total yards in Week 6 meeting.
RBRonnie Hillman Start thinking about the idea of handcuffing Hillman to McGahee (or to your last bench spot). Speedy runner could see some chances if McGahee's struggles continue.
WRDemaryius ThomasThe guy has 100+ yards and/or a TD in all but two games this season, has 6+ catches in each of last three games. Good luck trying to sit him.
WREric DeckerHad six grabs for 98 yards & a TD the last time he faced the Chargers, his third game with a TD vs. SD in four career tries.
DSTBroncosChargers have scored 24+ points in 5 of 6 games, though DSTs put up 10+ Fantasy points in 3 of those 5. Broncos should be fine.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Heinz Field
Baltimore Ravens
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJoe FlaccoSteelers pass defense has held each of last five QBs to 1 TD or less. Perfect for Flacco, who has 2 touchdowns in just 1 of 6 career games at Pittsburgh.
RBRay RiceLast time the Steelers allowed back-to-back 100-yard rushers: 2002. Rice has one 100-yard rush game in five career visits to the Burgh but does have five career double-digit Fantasy point games in his career vs. Steelers (nine matchups).
WRTorrey SmithNo receivers have had 100+ yards vs. PIT since Week 1, only three have scored on Steelers in last five. Smith scored at Pittsburgh last year.
WRAnquan BoldinHas a TD in 2 of last 3 vs. PIT but both came in Baltimore (he last scored in Pittsburgh in 2003 with Cards). Steelers giving up 109.6 yards per game to WRs over last five.
TEDennis PittaTight ends have gone scoreless vs. Steelers over their last five. Only one tight end has double-digit Fantasy points on the season.
DSTRavensRavens are catching Steelers at the right time without Roethlisberger and others. They're worth a start.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBByron LeftwichThree of last four QBs vs. BAL have thrown for 250+ yards & 2+ TDs, but Leftwich hasn't hit those marks since 2009. Expect him to hand off a bunch.
RBRashard MendenhallUse him while you can. Steelers have said all along he's their starter. Seven RBs have posted 9+ Fantasy points in the Ravens' last six.
WRMike WallaceHas scored in last two games but has left a lot of stats on the field thanks to some drops. Did land 10+ Fantasy points in both games vs. BAL in '11.
WREmmanuel SandersHad seven targets last week including one in the end zone and came up empty. Tough to trust him again.
TEHeath MillerScored on Ravens in 2010 postseason. Before that? 2007. Ravens have allowed one TD to tight ends all season.
DSTSteelersDSTs have posted 10+ Fantasy points on BAL twice -- when they held them under 13 points.

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Candlestick Park
Chicago Bears
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBJason Campbell San Fran allowed first 2 TD passer in six games last week. Campbell has thrown 2 TDs in five of his last 19 starts.
RBMatt ForteDon't look now but the Niners have allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of their last four with 2 TDs. Expect the Bears to lean heavily on Forte.
WRBrandon MarshallNiners allowed two TDs to WRs with a 100-yard wideout last week, a huge shock given how great they've been vs. WRs. Marshall's still a good start.
DSTBearsSeven of nine DSTs Niners have faced have scored 10 Fantasy points or less but Bears have scored 11+ Fantasy points per week. Start them.
San Francisco 49ers
Pos.NameRatingComment
QBColin KaepernickNo QB has tossed 2 TDs vs. CHI this season. Kaepernick threw well last week but Bears have typically been strong vs. running QBs.
RBFrank GoreBears have allowed a touchdown to RBs in back-to-back weeks. Gore should keep a heavy workload; has averaged 5.3 yards per carry over last three games.
WRMichael CrabtreeBears have allowed 11 WRs to 7+ Fantasy points through nine games. Crabtree's streak could come crashing down.
TEVernon DavisBears among toughest vs. TEs (only two have topped 40 yards). Davis opined about his situation last week, doesn't seem like he'll get a lot of targets.
DST49ersDSTs vs. the Bears have posted 13+ Fantasy points in three of their last four. The Niners should rebound after crazy tie against the Rams.

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Bills' Kiko Alonso 'definitely' will be 100 percent by training camp
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is expecting to be ready by the start of training camp after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL, the team's website reports.

"I anticipate being 100 percent before camp," Alonso said. "By camp, I definitely feel I'll be at 100 percent. I feel very good with where I'm at. By camp I’ll be full go."

Alonso is full-on into his rehab to get back on the field.

"Basically I'm just rehabbing four-five days a week, just recovering," Alonso said.. "That's it. That's all I do, work out and recover and wait for the next workout."


Ravens part ways with veteran DE Chris Canty to free cap space
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:55 am ET) The Ravens have terminated the contract of defensive end Chris Canty on Friday, per the team's official website. Baltimore will create $2.66 million in cap space by cutting the 10-year veteran.

"We certainly would not close the door to Chris coming back to us," general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome said in a statement Friday.

Canty, 32, played 26 games (24 starts) in two seasons with the Ravens. The veteran registered 63 tackles (33 solo), 2 1/2 sacks, three forced fumbles and six deflected passes while playing in Baltimore.


Report: Michael Sam invited to NFL's inaugural veteran combine
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Although he's a year removed from the draft, free agent defensive end Michael Sam was granted permission and received an invite to the NFL's inaugural veteran combine in Arizona on March 22, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Sam was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Rams after being named the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year. He didn't survive final preseason cuts and spent seven weeks on the Cowboys' practice squad before being released. He'll workout with roughly 100 veteran free agents in front of representatives from all 32 teams.


Dolphins release WR Brian Hartline after six seasons
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:20 am ET) The Dolphins have officially released longtime wide receiver Brian Hartline on Friday, per the team's official website.

Hartline, drafted by Miami in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, signed a five-year, $30.775 million contract in 2013. His cap number for 2015 was $7.3 million. After registering 1,083 yards in 2012 and 1,016 yards in 2013, Hartline took a step back in 2014 with a disappointing campaign where he caught only 39 passes for 474 yards and two scores. The 28-year-old has 4,243 yards and 12 touchdowns through six seasons in the league.


Report: Falcons release longtime WR Harry Douglas
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) The Falcons have cut ties with Harry Douglas. The team released the 30-year-old wide out on Friday, according to Pro Football Talk.

Douglas has been with the Falcons since 2008, and had a year remaining in his deal. He racked up 258 receptions, 3,130 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season, he turned 75 targets into 51 catches for 556 yards and two scores. This comes a day after the team released veteran running back Steven Jackson, as new coach Dan Quinn prepares for roster shakeup this offseason.


Rams QB coach is a big fan of Sam Bradford
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:53 am ET) Rams quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke is perfectly happy with starting quarterback Sam Bradford, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Love him. Love him," Weinke said when asked about Bradford. Weinke, who has evaluated quarterbacks for a couple of seasons now, said Bradford had one of the best pro days he's ever seen. "A few years ago when Andrew Luck came out they said who would you compare him to? And I said the closest I would see is Sam Bradford."

As part of Weinke's interview process with the team, he met with Bradford for roughly three-and-a-half hours. It wasn't really a formal meeting, though, it was more so the two could get to know eachother. 

Bradford has reportedly been granted permission to seek a trade, but it doesn't appear Rams' ownership wants to part with the 27-year-old quarterback. 


RB Steven Jackson, cut by Falcons, isn't planning to retire
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Though he's without a team at the moment, running back Steven Jackson has no plans to retire. 

The Falcons officially released Jackson Thursday night, with immediate questions emerging about his future. On his own website, though, Jackson posted a statement saying he isn't hanging up the cleats just yet.  

"A lot has been written lately about my future," Jackson wrote. "There are questions about my age, and what I have left in the tank. Of that, I will simply say this. For the first nine years of my career, I was used like a battering ram, punishing opposing defense over four quarters of a game. Maybe you stopped me the first five times I got the ball, but by the 15th or 20th time I got it, late in a game -- let's just say you were really feeling me at that point.

"Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense. I still have a warrior's heart. There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs. I know what I am still capable of, and I have every intention of proving it."

Jackson also admitted his two seasons with the Falcons were a disappointment as the organization did not reach the postseason in either season. He combined for only 1,250 yards in 2013 and 2014 after posting eight consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards when he was with the Rams. 


Raiders expected to release safety Tyvon Branch
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Raiders will be parting ways with safety Tyvon Branch, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora

Branch only played in three games during the 2014 season due to a foot injury that placed him on injured reserve. That followed his 2013 season in which Branch was only able to participate in two games. 

However, Branch could be a commodity in what is otherwise considered a weak safety market. 

Branch signed a four-year, $26..6 million contract with the Raiders in 2012, with $17.6 million guaranteed.


Browns working to re-sign CB Buster Skrine
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Browns are hopeful they can re-sign cornerback Buster Skrine but are probably going to have to try to do so after he hits the free agent market, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Skrine had a single-season best four interceptions in 2014 and will be someone that could command a hefty price tag on the open market. The Plain Dealer reports that Skrine is expecting anywhere from $5.5 million to $7 million per season. 

The Browns should be in a good position to match an offer for Skrine. Depending on what the 2015 cap number per team is, the Browns are likely to have well over $30 million to spend in free agency. 


Colts, Matt Hasselbeck agree to one-year contract
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) It looks like Matt Hasselbeck's NFL career will extend at least one more year. 

The Colts reached a one-year deal with backup quarterback Hasselbeck, the team announced on Thursday. 

Hasselbeck, 39, will enter his 17th year in the NFL. After starting out as Brett Favre's backup in Green Bay for his first two seasons in 1999 and 2000, he joined the Seahawks via a trade and quickly established himself as a starting-caliber quarterback. 

In 16 NFL seasons, Hasselbeck has totaled 34,948 yards, 203 touchdowns and 148 interceptions. He'll be the top candidate to back up Andrew Luck next season. 


 
 
 
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