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Week 14 Fantasy Football Matchups

Senior Fantasy Writer

Not everyone has Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees or Tom Brady to lean on at quarterback. Some people are struggling to get by with their signal callers.

And for those people, Rex Grossman should be an option this week.

We're taking "playing the matchups" a long way here -- Grossman is taking on a Patriots pass defense that has allowed eight of 12 quarterbacks to tally at least two touchdowns per game. Nine passers have had at least 300 yards passing against them. They rank 26th in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. They've been using two wide receivers as defensive backs. Vince Young and Dan Orlovsky moved the ball on them in their most recent games. That's not a joke. Grossman himself had two straight games with over 290 yards and two touchdowns until running into the Jets' buzzsaw last week.

The argument against Grossman is just as easy to make. He lost his leading receiver and most targeted player, Fred Davis, and his left tackle, Trent Williams, to suspensions. He's completing 57.9 percent of his passes this season, and even though he's averaging 35 pass attempts per start, he's only getting 6.88 yards per attempt. Tack on his 18 turnovers versus 11 total touchdowns on the season, plus the snap decision-making of head coach Mike Shanahan (who could always pull Grossman if he stinks) and it doesn't paint a rosy picture.

There is a place for Grossman this week in Fantasy: If your team is fighting for a playoff spot or trying to advance in the playoffs and your quarterback situation is dire, take a roll of the dice. The Redskins are sure to play from behind in this game and Grossman, whether Shanahan will admit it or not, gives them the best chance to take advantage of their matchup against the Patriots' secondary. Given that opportunity, odds are he'll put up enough numbers to make Fantasy owners happy.

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Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Coliseum
Denver Broncos
QBPeyton ManningManning had 338 yards & 3 TDs in Week 4 vs. OAK. 3 of last 4 QBs vs. OAK have thrown 3 TDs. Maybe Manning gets four?!
RBKnowshon MorenoGo for it. OAK has given up 180.7 total yards per game and three rushing TDs to RBs in their last three. Six straight starting RBs have posted 12+ Fantasy points on OAK.
WRDemaryius ThomasHad 103 yards vs. OAK in Week 4. Raiders have allowed a 100-yard WR in each of last two games and 9 TDs to WRs in last five.
WREric DeckerMatchup is right -- Raiders have allowed 167.0 yards per game over its last three to receivers -- but Deckers has two catches in 3 of last 4 games. Kind of a gamble.
TEJacob TammeTight ends have produced at least eight Fantasy points in four straight vs. Raiders. Tamme has 190 yards on 17 catches with a score in his last three.
DSTBroncosThree of last four DSTs have totaled 17+ Fantasy points on the Raiders. Broncos hung 15 points on them back in Week 4. Might do better than that this time.
Oakland Raiders
QBCarson PalmerBroncos have allowed a quarterback to toss 2 TDs in 3 of last 4 but have yet to allow a 300-yard passer. Palmer not a bad bet.
RBDarren McFaddenShould be ready to roll after sitting out another game on Sunday, but Broncos have allowed just one rush TD & 105.0 total yards per game to RBs in last five. You might want to wait another week.
RBMarcel ReeceLooks like he's fading out of the Raiders offense. Touches in his last four: 20, 23, 19, 12. Might be even lower with McFadden back.
WRDenarius MooreMoore grabbed some bench after some poor play last week -- his last three have been crushing. Hard to trust him.
WRDarrius Heyward-BeyHas 4+ catches in 4 of last 5 but 7 Fantasy points or less in 4 of last 5. Broncos allowing just 128.6 yards per game and 4 TDs to WRs over their last five.
TEBrandon MyersDenver has given up six TDs to TEs over its last seven games and Myers was a hurry-up offense hero for the Raiders last week. Start him.
DSTRaiders Five of the last six DSTs vs. DEN have been held to single-digit Fantasy points. You'd have to be a sicko to go with the Raiders.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Bank of America Stadium
Atlanta Falcons
QBMatt RyanPanthers have allowed 2+ TDs to QBs in 2 of last 3. Ryan had 369 yards & 3 TDs vs. CAR in Week 4, had his first 2+ pass TD game in Carolina last year (four scores and 320 yards).
RBMichael TurnerCarolina has allowed 120+ rush yards to three straight RBs and five rush TDs in its last five. Turner had 171 total yards and a receiving TD vs. CAR in Week 4. He also has 7 total TDs in his last five vs. CAR.
RBJacquizz RodgersUnderwhelmed last week vs. Saints. Has 10+ touches in each of last three games and will stay at that point unless Turner becomes wholly ineffective.
WRJulio JonesPanthers have given up just 130.4 yards per game to WRs over their last five with three TDs. Julio got hurt in Week 4 matchup, charred them for 2 TDs in Carolina last year.
WRRoddy WhiteWhite is scoreless in his last six and has habitually struggled on the road vs. at home. Did have 169 yards & 2 TDs vs. CAR in Week 4, has one TD in seven career games at Carolina. If you have the guts, consider another stud WR.
TETony GonzalezTight ends have scored on the Panthers in two of their last three. They did a nice job against Gonzo in Week 4 & held him to under 10 Fantasy points in three straight in Carolina.
DSTFalconsPanthers have held four of the last five DSTs they've faced to 6 Fantasy points or less and held ATL to five points in Week 4. Not a great idea.
Carolina Panthers
QBCam NewtonOnly two QBs have thrown 2+ TDs vs. ATL this year and Cam is one of them. Had monster three-TD game in Week 4, should keep up his production.
RBDeAngelo WilliamsMatchup is all right for Williams: Falcons have allowed 120.0 total yards per game to RBs with 4 TDs in last three, but Williams has stunk in three games as "the guy" in Panthers' backfield.
WRSteve SmithFinally had a big game last week but hasn't scored in last four vs. ATL. Falcons have allowed just 6 TDs to WRs all year. Targets could be on the rise if LaFell is out.
TEGreg OlsenOlsen has TD in each of last two vs. Falcons including 89 yards and a score in Week 4. Atlanta has allowed just two TEs to top 10 Fantasy points this season and did a great job the second time around with the Saints' Graham last week.
DSTPanthers Five of the last six DSTs posted 7 Fantasy points or fewer vs. Falcons, who have posted 23+ points in four straight games.

Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, FedExField
Baltimore Ravens
QBJoe FlaccoRoad Flacco will try to beat his own odds vs. pass defense that has allowed 21+ Fantasy points to 8 of 12 QBs. Not sure he can be trusted.
RBRay RiceSkins yielding 127.3 total yards per game to running backs over their last three but he's given up just one TD (a catch). No matter, you'll still go with Rice.
WRTorrey SmithWRs have scored at least one TD in 9 of 12 games vs. WAS this season. But Smith has one TD & one 100-yard game on the road. Thanks, Flacco!
WRAnquan BoldinHad big game last week but is still looking for first road TD of the year. Washington has allowed double-digit Fantasy points to multiple WRs just four times this year. Hard to trust.
TEDennis PittaRedskins have allowed eight TDs to TEs & 6+ Fantasy points to 10 TEs in 12 games. Pitta has two 6+ Fantasy points games in six road outings.
DSTRavensOnly three DSTs have topped 10 Fantasy points vs. WAS all year. With Suggs out, Ravens might struggle to get double digits.
Washington Redskins
QBRobert Griffin IIIFour of the last five QBs the Ravens have faced have had one TD or less, but RG3 has been special and won't see pass rush monster Terrell Suggs. Start him.
RBAlfred MorrisBAL has allowed one TD to a RB in five weeks, giving up 87.6 rush yards per game. Morris has 110+ rush yards in each of last two, could struggle to get that much here.
WRPierre GarconRavens have allowed four WRs to 70+ yards and three WRs to score in last four games. Garcon has 14+ Fantasy points in each of his last two, delivering on the potential we've hoped for.
DSTRedskinsOnly four DSTs have posted double digits against the Ravens all season. Redskins DST not worth the risk.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Mall of America Field
Chicago Bears
QBJay CutlerCutler was held to 188 yards & TD vs. MIN in Week 12 but had 2+ TDs in each of previous four games against Vikings. Tough to trust him, especially behind a rag-tag O-line.
RBMatt ForteVikes have allowed 146.8 total yards per game and 4 rush TDs to RBs in their last four. Forte got hurt in the Week 12 game vs. Vikings.
WRBrandon MarshallHad 12 grabs for 92 yards (7.6 yards per catch) against Minnesota in Week 12 and should see a lot of double coverage. Still worth starting as Cutler will force-feed him. WRs have scored six times over the Vikings' last four games.
DSTBearsBears had two sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception while holding Vikings to 258 total yards and 10 points. Could be a tougher challenge for them in Minnesota and without Brian Urlacher or Tim Jennings.
Minnesota Vikings
QBChristian Ponder Ponder has 2+ TDs in just one of his last six. Threw for 159 yards with a score and an interception at Chicago two weeks ago.
RBAdrian PetersonChicago will key in on AP but reality is that Bears have allowed four RBs to total 100 yards and/or a touchdown in five straight games, and Urlacher's out.
WRJarius Wright Not worth starting but Bears did allow two receivers to each get 90+ yards and a TD last week. Pass defense could struggle.
TEKyle RudolphRudolph had 55 yards & a TD vs. CHI in Week 12 and has at least 50 yards with a TD in three straight games. He's too hard to pass up.
DSTVikingsCan't trust them. Three of the last five DSTs to play the Bears have posted 7 Fantasy points or fewer including the Vikings.

Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Paul Brown Stadium
Dallas Cowboys
QBTony RomoOnly two of the last 10 QBs to face Bengals have thrown multiple touchdowns. Romo has 2+ TDs in 3 of last 4 and 300+ yards in 5 of last 6. Big challenge for Bengals defense.
RBDeMarco MurrayAfter rough start, Bengals have allowed 118.2 total yards per game and one rush TD to RBs over their last five. However, each of last three starting RBs have had 9+ Fantasy points, so there's Murray's floor.
WRDez BryantCincy allowing 106.0 yards per game to WRs over its last four with just one passing score. Dez still too strong to sit down.
WRMiles AustinOnly two teams all season have had two WRs with 7+ Fantasy points each vs. Cincy. Makes for a risky start for Austin even though he scored last week.
TEJason WittenBengals have improved vs. tight ends, holding opponents to 50.4 total yards per game with one TD over last five. Expect a lot of catches but not a ton else from Witten.
DSTCowboysThree of the last four DSTs vs. Bengals have posted 4 points or less. Not the best week for the Cowboys.
Cincinnati Bengals
QBAndy DaltonCowboys have allowed 9 pass TDs over their last three, 250+ pass yards in 4 of last 5. Dalton's arm should be active against a weakened secondary.
RBBenJarvus Green-EllisDallas has given up five rushing TDs and 100+ total yards to RBs in five straight games. Green-Ellis has had 100+ rush yards in three straight. Should be a no-brainer.
WRA.J. GreenDallas has allowed 6 TDs and 165.8 total yards per game over its last five to WRs. Green should stay red-hot.
TEJermaine GreshamThe Cowboys have gone soft vs. tight ends, allowing 7+ Fantasy points to each of the last three they've faced. Gresham has 7+ Fantasy points in 4 of last 5.
DSTBengalsSix of the last eight DSTs to play the Cowboys have scored under 10 Fantasy points, but the Bengals have posted 16+ Fantasy points in four straight. Stick with them.

Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cleveland Browns Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs
QBBrady Quinn Last week the Browns' pass defense didn't hold up at OAK & Quinn had two TDs vs. tough CAR secondary. Hard to trust even in his return to Cleveland.
RBJamaal CharlesBrowns allowing just 104.3 total yards per game to RBs over their last four with four rushing TDs. Charles has 20+ touches and 100+ total yards in four straight.
WRDwayne BoweHis stats have stunk over the past eight weeks but the Browns have given up 174.7 yards per game to WRs over their last three. If you're desperate, he's an option.
TETony MoeakiMaybe a deep sleeper after scoring last week. Does have 6+ Fantasy points in three of his last four.
DSTChiefsTwo of last three DSTs to face the Browns have posted under 10 Fantasy points. Chiefs have 8 or fewer Fantasy points in 5 of last 6.
Cleveland Browns
QBBrandon WeedenChiefs have allowed 2+ passing scores in 10 of 12 games but Weeden has 2+ passing scores in 5 of 12 starts. Probably not worth the risk.
RBTrent RichardsonChiefs allowing 140.3 total yards per game to RBs over its last three with a touchdown. Richardson should land a ton of yards.
WRJosh GordonNo. 1 WRs have scored in seven straight vs. KC. Chiefs allowing 170.3 yards per game to WRs over last three. Gordon's worth a gamble.
DSTBrownsUntil last week, every DST vs. KC has posted at least 11 Fantasy points. Browns could get to that number.

New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, EverBank Field
New York Jets
QBMark Sanchez Jags have allowed two of last six QBs to exceed 20 Fantasy points. No idea if he'll finish the game if he starts slowly either.
RBShonn GreeneExpect a lot of running. Jags have allowed 130.0 rush yards per game to RBs over last five with five TDs.
RBBilal PowellNot a horrible sleeper this week. Wouldn't be surprised to see him get close to 15 touches, maybe sneak in a score.
WRJeremy KerleyNo. 1 WRs have done well vs. Jaguars over last six with at least seven Fantasy points each. That might be a high expectation for Kerley.
TEJeff CumberlandSleeper tight end for those desperate for help, assuming Dustin Keller is out. Tight ends have been contained nicely by the Jaguars, though.
DSTJetsDSTs have put up 11+ Fantasy points in 7 of last 8 vs. Jaguars. Especially if Jags receiving corps is depleted, Jets are worth starting.
Jacksonville Jaguars
QBChad HenneJets have been crushed for 2+ pass TDs in four of last six but Henne's receiving corps isn't at full strength.
RBMontell OwensThick rusher with some decent power and even a little quickness. Former kick returner. Might be in line for 15 touches vs. run defense that struggled until it held Beanie Wells to 22 yards last week.
WRJustin Blackmon Jets have allowed 7 TDs to WRs in their last four. They did a nice job vs. Fitzgerald last week but Jags QB is better than Cards'. Expect Blackmon to get involved again.
TEMarcedes LewisJets have held opposing tight ends to 6 Fantasy points or less in five straight. Lewis does have 6+ targets in two of his last three but is too risky.
DSTJaguarsFour of the last five DSTs vs. NYJ have scored an unreal 18+ Fantasy points but Jags haven't had more than 10 Fantasy points in a single game.

Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Raymond James Stadium
Philadelphia Eagles
QBNick FolesBucs have allowed 250+ yards to 10 of 12 opposing QBs but only five have multiple touchdowns. Would you be surprised by a 250-yard, one-score effort from Foles?
RBBryce BrownBucs have given up just four RBs to total 90+ yards all year but have allowed three TDs to RBs over last three games. They have yet to not allow TDs to RBs in consecutive games; they held out the Broncos' RBs last week. Brown's potential too huge.
WRJeremy MaclinReceivers averaging 192.0 yards per game in last five against TB with 1+ TD in each. Matchup is nice for Maclin but his quarterback stinks.
WRRiley CooperHas 15 targets over his last three games and has a good matchup here. Scored last week. Probably more of a desperation choice.
TEBrent CelekTampa Bay allowing 65.6 yards per game to tight ends over its last five with three TDs in that span. Celek could end up with that kind of yardage.
DSTEagles Five of the last seven DSTs vs. TB have posted four Fantasy points or less! No one's using the Eagles DST.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QBJosh FreemanNine of last 10 QBs to play PHI have 2+ TDs against them. Eagles have allowed 300 passing yards in consecutive games and have not intercepted a pass in six straight. Freeman's great.
RBDoug MartinEagles allowing 101.3 total yards per game to running backs over last three with three total TDs (two receiving) but Martin is a safe bet at home and should pick up a lot of work unlike last week.
WRVincent JacksonPhilly has allowed at least one 10+ Fantasy point WR in each of last seven games. The Eagles have been torched on deep passes and that's something Jackson can do.
WRMike WilliamsMatchup's right and Williams got back into good graces with a big game last week. Sort of a risk given recent play but non-No. 1 WRs have scored in three straight vs. PHI.
TEDallas ClarkTight ends have posted 6+ Fantasy points in four of last five vs. PHI. Clark has 6+ Fantasy points in four straight. Safe but not spectacular.
DSTBuccaneersEagles have allowed 9+ Fantasy points to each of last eight DSTs. Might be worth a try to go with the Bucs if you're in a pinch.

San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Heinz Field
San Diego Chargers
QBPhilip Rivers Steelers pass defense has held each of last eight QBs to 1 TD or less and each of last seven QBs to under 200 yards passing. Rivers is waiver-wire material.
RBRyan MathewsSteelers have allowed a rush TD to a RB in 4 of last 5 but have otherwise allowed 121.6 total yards per game to RBs over last five. Steelers run D always tougher at home.
WRDanario AlexanderNo receivers have had 100+ yards vs. PIT since Week 1, only four have scored on Steelers in last six. Alexander has 5+ catches & 74+ yards in each of his last four.
WRMalcom FloydIt doesn't get tougher than this: PIT has allowed 92.0 yards per game to all receivers over its last five. Can't imagine big numbers for Floyd.
TEAntonio GatesSteelers have allowed one TD to a TE over their last eight. Only one tight end has double-digit Fantasy points vs. PIT this season. Gates has stunk.
DSTChargers Each of the last five DSTs vs. PIT have posted 10+ Fantasy points, a total the Chargers have posted in 4 of last 6. Maybe a desperation option.
Pittsburgh Steelers
QBCharlie BatchChargers have allowed QBs to get 20+ Fantasy points in 3 of last 4 but Batch hasn't posted that many points in years!
RBJonathan DwyerStarting against SD defense that's allowed 129.0 rush yards per game over last three. Dwyer has 10+ Fantasy points in 3 of 4 games with 15+ carries; Chargers have allowed 11+ Fantasy points to 6 of 7 RBs with 15+ carries this year.
WRAntonio BrownHad five catches in his return last week but for just 58 yards. Has only two games this year with over 12.5 yards per catch, still has only one TD.
WRMike WallaceSan Diego has allowed 180.3 yards to receivers over its last three games with three touchdowns but most of the damage came against Denver. Not sure Wallace can be trusted with or without Ben Roethlisberger.
TEHeath MillerChargers have fallen apart vs. tight end allowed three scores to them over last four games. Miller remains quality option for Steelers and Fantasy owners.
DSTSteelersA must. Seven of the last eight DSTs vs. SD have posted 11+ Fantasy points. Expect several turnovers and sacks.

St. Louis Rams at Buffalo Bills -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Ralph Wilson Stadium
St. Louis Rams
QBSam Bradford Bills' pass defense has allowed just two QBs to land 20+ Fantasy points in last seven. You could do better.
RBSteven JacksonJackson has 20+ touches in 3 of last 4 and over 100 total yards in each. Every RB to face Bills & get at least 14 carries has scored and had 90+ rush yards. Expect Rams to lean on S-Jax.
WRChris GivensHis last seven games: 30 catches for 498 yards and three TDs. Had 11 catches last week! Has 27 targets over last three! Bradford needs him to step up vs. improving pass defense.
DSTRamsWorth a gamble if necessary vs. a Bills offense that's scored under 20 points in three of its last five.
Buffalo Bills
QBRyan Fitzpatrick Rams' pass defense has been hot, allowing just two passing scores over its last four. Don't expect a breakout game for Fitzpatrick.
RBC.J. SpillerRams' run D has come undone, allowing 119.7 total yards per game to RBs over their last three. Spiller has 100 total yards and or a touchdown in seven straight.
RBFred JacksonJackson might work as clock-killing back or goal-line back for Buffalo. Rams have allowed five rush TDs to RBs over their last three.
WRSteve JohnsonRams allowing 129.0 yards per game to WRs over their last five with four total TDs. Johnson will have to score to be big for Fantasy owners.
TEScott ChandlerRob Gronkowski is the only TE to post 10+ Fantasy points on the Rams this year. Only four TEs have posted 7+ Fantasy points all year. Not sure Chandler's a good pickup.
DSTBillsThree of the last four DSTs to play the Rams have scored single-digit Fantasy points. That includes the Niners twice! Bills not exactly trustworthy.

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium
Tennessee Titans
QBJake LockerLocker's been a mess, throwing for 250+ yards in each of last two but with one TD & multiple INTs. Colts have allowed 300 yards and 2+ passing TDs in 2 of last 3 but tough to expect that from Locker.
RBChris JohnsonIndy has given up three rushing TDs over their last three games (10+ Fantasy points to each starting RB). Johnson had 117 total yards vs. IND in Week 8.
RBJavon Ringer 
WRKenny BrittColts have allowed 194.8 yards per game to receivers over their last five with three TDs. A little risky but Britt has scored in two straight, just needs to push up his yardage.
WRNate WashingtonTough to trust. Washington had 96 yards last week thanks to a 49-yard catch, his longest since Week 3. Had under 70 yards in previous eight games.
WRKendall WrightThe good: Has 18 targets and 11 catches over last two games. The bad: Has posted 48 and 78 yards in those games. Hasn't had over 7 Fantasy points in four straight.
TEJared CookColts have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in three straight after keeping them scoreless since Week 2. With no defined No. 2 receiver in Detroit, can Pettigrew take advantage?
KRob Bironas 
DSTTitansOnly four DSTs all season have posted 10+ Fantasy points against Indy. Titans DST can't be trusted here.
Indianapolis Colts
QBAndrew LuckTitans have allowed 19+ Fantasy points to 10 of 12 QBs. Luck struggled at Tennessee in Week 8 but has posted big numbers at home.
RBVick BallardLooks like he's got a hammerlock on the top job. Running backs averaging 142.3 total yards per game over last four vs. Tennessee with three rush touchdowns.
WRReggie WayneTitans have given up 160.0 total yards per game and six TDs to wideouts over the last four. Wayne has all three TDs this year in home, none yet vs. divisional opponents.
WRT.Y. HiltonAverages 5.0 yards per catch more at home than on the road. Has 100 yards and/or a touchdown in 4 of last 5.
WRDonnie AveryWoke up in shootout last week with two TDs, led Colts in targets. Plays a lot but doesn't score much and has disappointed for much of the year. Matchup is nice though.
TEDwayne AllenHad a nice catch last week but saw fellow TE Coby Fleener score. Titans have improved vs. tight ends, holding all of the last seven they've faced to under 70 yards.
DSTColtsFive of the last seven DSTs vs. TEN have posted 9 single-digit Fantasy points. The other two had 20+ points. Thinking the Colts won't get near 20 points.

Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Candlestick Park
Miami Dolphins
QBRyan Tannehill Only one QB (Sam Bradford) threw two TDs vs. SF at home so far. Niners have held opposing QBs to 217.5 pass yards per game over last four. Tannehill's topped that number five times in 12 starts but lost left tackle Jake Long for the year.
RBReggie BushHad the most carries in seven games last week (15), still finished with under 7 Fantasy points. Niners' run D is solid though they have been susceptible to RBs catching the ball. Bush has two games with 3+ catches in his last 10.
RBDaniel ThomasStill splitting reps with Bush and is still the goal-line guy, but good luck getting numbers out of him at SF. Niners have allowed two rush TDs at home in '12.
WRBrian HartlineHartline averaging 62.8 yards per game over his last six with no TDs. Niners have allowed one WR to get to 60+ yards in each of last four, so maybe Hartline can deliver that much. Wouldn't hope for much more.
WRDavone BessNiners have allowed four TDs to WRs over their last six games. Tough to trust Bess.
DSTDolphinsFour of last five DSTs Niners have faced have scored 7 Fantasy points or less. Not the greatest week ahead for the Dolphins DST.
San Francisco 49ers
QBColin KaepernickThree of last four QBs vs. MIA have scored under 20 Fantasy points (five pass TDs allowed). Kaepernick will have to keep running to bring home a big stat line.
RBFrank GoreFins have allowed 10+ Fantasy points to RBs in two of last three and 9+ Fantasy points in six of last seven.
WRMichael CrabtreeTough call. Welker was the first WR to hammer the Dolphins for 10+ Fantasy points in four weeks. Crabtree has 9+ Fantasy points in 3 of 4 games with Kaepernick.
TEVernon DavisHas 12 catches for 128 yards and one TD in four games with Kaepernick, including 30 yards or less in three. Fins have allowed 7+ Fantasy points to TEs in 4 of last 5 but Davis' role can't be trusted.
DST49ersObvious must-start. DSTs vs. MIA have posted 10+ Fantasy points in eight of last 10 weeks.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CenturyLink Field
Arizona Cardinals
QBJohn Skelton Only three QBs have thrown multiple TDs vs. Seahawks, only four have topped 250 yards. Skelton won't help you.
RBBeanie WellsSeahawks' run defense allowing 128.3 rush yards per game over last four with 4 TDs. Sounds good except Wells stunk last week. Only two RBs have scored in Seattle this year.
WRLarry FitzgeraldCan't get much worse for Fitz with Skelton under center. The two had good chemistry in '11 but have done nothing together in '12. Seattle cornerbacks will still be all over him.
TERob HouslerNo TE has posted 10+ Fantasy points on the Seahawks yet this year. Housler just a tight end to keep an eye on, not start.
DSTCardinals Only five DSTs vs. SEA have posted double-digit Fantasy points including one in last five.
Seattle Seahawks
QBRussell WilsonWilson has five straight games with 2+ TDs, seems to play better at home. Cards have allowed 10 pass TDs over their last five games. Just a question of how much he'll throw.
RBMarshawn LynchCardinals allowing 129.0 rush yards per game to RBs over last four with one TD. That includes two 100-yard rushers. Lynch should be fine.
WRSidney RiceAssuming he's healthy, go with him. Scored on Cards back in Week 1. Arizona has allowed 4 TDs to WRs over last four games.
WRGolden TateHas 4+ catches in four of last five games and 1+ TD in 3 of last 4. Has scored in 3 of last 4 at home. Worth a flex play against Cardinals.
DSTSeahawksEleven of 12 DSTs vs. ARI have posted 10 or more Fantasy points. Seahawks are a brilliant play at home this week.

New Orleans Saints at New York Giants -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium
New Orleans Saints
QBDrew BreesHad 363 yards and 4 pass TDs vs. NYG last year. Assume he'll come up with a big game much like he had in 3 of last 4 overall.
RBDarren SprolesWas surprisingly ineffective last year vs. Giants. New York struggling mostly with volume rushers this year. Wouldn't count on a huge game for Sproles.
RBMark IngramHas scored in 2 of last 3 but workload always a mess. Giants have allowed just four rush TDs all year. Tough to trust.
WRMarques ColstonColston has posted 10 Fantasy points or less for six straight weeks, so some concern here. But NYG has allowed 7 pass TDs to WRs over their last four.
WRLance MooreScored twice on Giants in meeting last year and has played great in last two road games. Has 6+ targets in 3 of last 4 including 11 targets last week. Giants allowing 137.5 yards per game to WRs over last four.
TEJimmy GrahamHas played a lot of decoy lately but is too explosive to sit even with weak stats last 3 weeks. Had 2 TDs vs. NYG last year. Giants have allowed 2 TDs to TEs in last five.
DSTSaintsEight of last 10 DSTs to play the Giants have posted single-digit Fantasy points. Pass on the Saints.
New York Giants
QBEli ManningWeird: 3 of the last 5 QBs vs. NO have thrown 1 TD. Also weird: Eli has 1 TD or less in 6 of last 7. Feels like he's close to breakout, which he had at NO last year (406 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT). Also had decent game vs. defensive coach Steve Spagnuolo in '11 (223 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT).
RBAhmad BradshawSaints have allowed 178.3 total yards per game to RBs over last three with two total TDs. Expect a heavy dose of Bradshaw.
WRVictor CruzBurned New Orleans for 2 TDs & 157 yards last year. Saints haven't allowed a 100-yard WR in three straight, only two TDs to WRs over last five.
WRHakeem NicksNicks has 10+ targets in three straight but just one game with 10+ Fantasy points. Was close to hauling in good yardage last week. Have to trust him again here. Saints allowing 145.8 yards to WRs over last five.
TEMartellus BennettTight ends have amassed 8+ Fantasy points in each of last four vs. NO. Bennett has 8+ Fantasy points in one of his last nine -- it was last week.
DSTGiantsBrees was picked off five times last week, seven times over last two weeks. That's helped DSTs vs. Saints (Giants have 18 INTs) but most units have posted single-digit Fantasy points.

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Lambeau Field
Detroit Lions
QBMatthew StaffordDidn't have big numbers vs. GB in Week 11 (266 yards, one TD, two INTs). Six of last seven QBs vs. GB have posted 1 TD or less including Stafford. WR corps depleted. Seems a little risky.
RBMikel LeshoureCrushed the Pack for 84 rush yards & TD in prior meeting. Packers have allowed 123.3 rush yards & 5 rush TDs in last four.
RBJoique BellCould be more of a factor in wake of banged-up receivers. Had 102 total yards last week on 10 touches. More coming?
WRCalvin JohnsonPackers have allowed 619 yards and five TDs to receivers over their last four games. Calvin had 143 yards & a TD vs. GB in Week 11.
WRMike Thomas Desperation option. Receivers playing opposite Calvin have chance to do well because of single coverage but Thomas hasn't been a factor in years.
TEBrandon PettigrewMight be the big benefactor of Broyles injury. Finally had 10 Fantasy points last week, was non-factor vs. GB in Week 11. Has 7+ targets each of last four games.
TETony SchefflerCould fit in as Lions' slot receiver, a role he's already played plenty this season. Has 50+ yards in each of last two games.
DSTLionsEight of the last nine DSTs to play the Packers have scored 10 Fantasy points or less. Lions might struggle to contain Packers at Lambeau.
Green Bay Packers
QBAaron RodgersLions have allowed 2+ pass TDs in 5 of last 6 games but have kept opposing QBs under 20 Fantasy points in 5 of last 7. Rodgers was one of those sub-20 point QBs. Still too good of a matchup to pass up.
RBAlex GreenDetroit has allowed 122.7 total yards per game to RBs over its last three with four rush TDs. Green should get a lot of work but he's done little with it previously.
WRRandall CobbScored on the Lions in Week 11 and hasn't scored or even had 70 yards in two games since. Has 7+ targets in 6 of last 7 games, which helps.
WRGreg JenningsKnocked off the rust last week, hopefully is ready to play this week with Nelson out. Scored in 2 of last 3 vs. Lions.
TEJermichael FinleyLions have allowed five TDs to TEs over last six. Finley has 3+ catches and 50+ yards in each of his last three games. Seems worth trusting and the matchup is awesome.
TEJames JonesLions have allowed a gaudy 194.6 yards and 7 TDs to WRs over their last five. Jones played more than any GB WR last week and could be a decent sleeper.
DSTPackersFive of last six DSTs vs. Lions have posted single-digit Fantasy points. The one that didn't? Green Bay, who scored two TDs and sacked Stafford five times.

Houston Texans at New England Patriots -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, Gillette Stadium
Houston Texans
QBMatt SchaubPats have held 4 of last 6 QBs to one TD. Schaub has 1 or 0 TDs in 4 of 6 road games. Should throw a lot but might not score a lot.
RBArian FosterPats have allowed a touchdown to RB in three of last four games but haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 3. You'll still start Foster.
WRAndre JohnsonExpect the Patriots to key in on Johnson. In three matchups vs. Belichick's defenses Johnson has never topped 65 yards, only scored in 2003.
TEOwen DanielsPats have given up two TDs to TEs in last four and have allowed six TEs to post 7+ Fantasy points in last 10.
DSTTexansNo DST has posted more than 10 Fantasy points vs. NE this year. Try the Bucs, Browns, Jets or Bills DSTs as alternates.
New England Patriots
QBTom BradyWith the defense depleted the Texans have allowed three-straight passers to top 300 yards with 7 pass TDs allowed over the last three weeks. Brady will take advantage.
RBStevan RidleyTough matchup for Ridley but he's scored in five straight games and has 8+ Fantasy points in all but one home game this year.
WRWes WelkerTore his ACL last time he played Houston. This time, expect him to tear up Texans, who have allowed a ridiculous 285.3 yards per game to receivers with five TDs in their last three.
WRBrandon LloydWith the Texans' pass defense ailing and playing time coming his way with others hurt, Lloyd isn't a horrible gamble this week.
TEAaron HernandezLiked seeing Hernandez play on every single snap last week with 13 targets. The production should be solid again.
DSTPatriotsOnly one of the Texans' last six opponents have put up 10+ Fantasy points. Don't trust this DST.

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Bills move Corey Graham to safety
by R.J. White |
(2:01 am ET) The Bills have moved cornerback Corey Graham to safety, the Buffalo News reports.

Graham said that he and the team have discussed the move all offseason and decided to give the position change a try on Tuesday when the team held its first workout of OTAs.

"He’s got that unique ability where he can do both things," coach Rex Ryan said. "So let’s see what we have out there. And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what’s best for the team. And if that means we feel good about [Graham] playing safety, then that’s where he’ll be."

Graham is enthusiastic about playing the safety position full-time.

"I want to try to really learn it and see where it goes, see how much my grasp is, see how I’m playing at it, see where it can take me," he said. "I look forward to it. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m actually very excited about it."

Graham recorded 84 total tackles last season, his first in Buffalo, while intercepting two passes.

Vikings' Bridgewater 'extremely comfortable' with leadership role
by R.J. White |
(5/27/2015) Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his role as leader of the offense, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’m a young guy still on the team, but guys are pushing me forward to say something in the huddle, or break the team down, or break the offense down," Bridgewater said. "That just gives you that confidence in yourself, confidence in your leadership and I’ve been extremely comfortable doing that so far."

Coach Mike Zimmer is satsfied with the work Bridgewater has done during the offseason.

"It’s hard to never not be pleased with Teddy because he’s such a hard worker," Zimmer said. "We wanted him to get bigger and stronger; he looks a little bit bigger to me. He’s always worked real hard. The leadership things are starting to come better. I think he’s been doing a good job the two days we’ve been out here against the defense."

Bridgewater made 12 starts in his rookie season and played 13 games in all, racking up 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes.

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders hoping to reach 1,000 yards
by Brandon Wise |
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes the new offensive scheme in Denver will effect his numbers, accoridng to the team's website.

Sanders is working with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and coach Gary Kubiak to install the team's new offense and noted it's very different from last year's spread attack.

"You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different," Sanders said. 

"It's a totally different set up, but I tell you what, the more and more I'm in it," said Sanders. "Because we can get the run game going and just use my vertical speed on cross routes and all these different combinations of routes is based off the play action, then I think the offense will be successful with Peyton Manning at the helm."

Sanders, who totaled 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, doesn't think he'll accomplish the same numbers.

"Of course obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses, well I'm praying that it is, but obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses where you catch it and you're going to have two receivers catching over 100 passes," said Sanders. "Hopefully, my goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games."

Cowboys rookie La'el Collins taking reps at RT in OTAs
by Brandon Wise |
(5/27/2015) Cowboys rookie offensive lineman La'el Collins started offseason team activities on Wednesday taking reps at right tackle, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Collins, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, could also see time at left guard. But the rookie is taking his first reps with the team at right tackle with Darrion Weems while Doug Free recovers from ankle surgery.

"We think he has the physical ability to play a couple of different spots," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was a tackle for most of his career in college but did play guard. We see him as a guy who can maybe do both of those things as he goes.

"The big thing for him is to try to get him acclimated as quickly as we can. So right now he's going to play right tackle for us. He and Darrion Weems are competing at that spot in Doug Free's absence and we'll just see how that unfolds." 

Vikings' Adrian Peterson on absence from OTAs: 'It's business'
by R.J. White |
(5/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement on Wednesday that his absence from OTAs has "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," ESPN reports.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.

Report: Falcons' Dezmen Southward undergoes knee surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(5/27/2015) Falcons defensive backs Dezmen Southward underwent a minor-knee operation Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southward did not attend Tuesday's OTA and it is not known how long he'll be sidelined.

Julius Thomas trying to fit into Jaguars' offense
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(5/27/2015) Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas said after Wednesday's organized team activity that he intends to make it work with quarterback Blake Bortles, reports The Florida Times-Union.

"There is no 'Here's me coming in, and Blake's going to get on my page.' I'm going to be on Blake's page," Thomas said. "Whatever he expects, that's what I am going to do. He's the quarterback. He's the one in control of that huddle, and I like catching passes so I will make sure I do exactly what he wants."

With Thomas entering his first season with the Jaguars, he said it will take time to develop a rapport with Bortles.

"I think that getting good chemistry with a quarterback probably takes a couple of thousand passes," Thomas said.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden not concerned with playing time
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(5/27/2015) With the Cowboys just beginning their organized team activities this week, running back Darren McFadden said he just wants to concentrate on becoming familiar with the team, reports the team's official website.

"For me, I'm just going out there grinding," he said. "However the coaches put me out there – whether it's first team or second team. When it comes time for them to make a decision, it's totally up to them. I'm just trying to get that playbook down and take advantage of this opportunity."

McFadden is competing with Joseph Randle to be the first-team running back, and he said he just wants to work hard and not worry about how many repetitions he's receiving with the first team.

"Once you've been in a place so long like Oakland, you can get set in your ways," McFadden said Wednesday, after his second OTA practice with the Cowboys. "Coming out here and being around guys that work so hard, it just brings out the best in you. It's something I look forward to."

Chiefs' Mike Catapano on his health: I feel better than ever
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(5/27/2015) After missing the entire 2014 season with a gastrointestinal virus, Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano was able to participate in the team's OTA on Wednesday, reports The Kansas City Star.

"Every time I step on the field now it's with purpose and with extra vigor that I never really had," Catapano said. "It feels great. I feel better than ever."

Catapano played in 15 games during his rookie season in 2013 and he totaled four tackles and one sack. He said he's ready to surpass that in 2015.

"I'm ready to show that I offer a lot to this team. I'm ready to step up in big situations and starting situations," Catapano said. "I just want to keep getting better every day… and play to the best of my abilities."

Broncos' Manning, Sanders keeping up with Thomas during holdout
by R.J. White |
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is holding out of offseason workouts while he continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, but teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Peyton Manning have been keeping up with the star receiver, the Denver Post reports.

"One thing a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re playing on a one-year deal, there’s a lot of things going through your head," Sanders said. "As much as you guys want to say, ‘Don’t think about it,' of course it’s going to cross your mind because you’re talking about a lot of money at stake. When you’re playing these one-year deals, it’s a lot of stress on you. No matter how much you don’t want it to be, it’s going to happen. We’re all human."

Manning would like to have Thomas in workouts but understands the business aspects of his decision.

"I keep up with Demaryius. He’s my buddy," Manning said. "They got that business side of it to work out, but he’s been a great teammate to me, been a great friend to me since I’ve been here in Denver, so I keep up with him. Obviously want him to get back here as soon as possible, but we want what’s best for him, and he certainly deserves what’s best for him."

Thomas has started 16 games for three straight season, topping 90 receptions, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each.