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Week 3 Fantasy Fact Sheet

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Every week I will give you facts that you need to know about every matchup in the NFL to help you set your lineup for the highest probability of winning. With two weeks of actual 2013 data to work with, let's take a look at the matchups in Week 3.

Texans at Ravens, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

Matt Schaub, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers are the only quarterbacks with three or more passing touchdowns in each of the first two games of the 2013 seasons. The only other time Schaub had three scores in back-to-back games was Week 2 and Week 3 of the 2009 season.
• Schaub enters Week 2 averaging 322 yards passing and three touchdowns per game, which adds up to 27.5 Fantasy points per. In his game with the Ravens last year, Schaub threw for 256 yards and two scores en route to a solid 24-point Fantasy day. Baltimore is giving up 34.5 points per game (second in the NFL) on 347.5 yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. To be fair, 60 of the points and all seven of the scores allowed by Baltimore were courtesy of Peyton Manning in Week 1.
• Five of Schaub's six passing scores have been to his tight ends Owen Daniels (three) and Garrett Graham (two). Baltimore has given up two tight end scores in two games and is allowing 16 points per game to the position, second most. Both Julius Thomas (110) and Jordan Cameron (95) have topped 90 yards receiving against Baltimore and it should be noted that Daniels had seven catches for 56 yards and a score in their 2012 meeting.
Ben Tate is the Texans leading rusher after two weeks with 148 yards to Arian Foster's 136. Even more impressive is that Tate has needed only 18 carries to get there (8.2 yards per carry) while Foster has slogged away at 3.7 yards per carry on his 37 runs. At some point, the Texans may have to address this, but as long as Foster takes all of the goal line carries and touchdowns -- which he has this year -- he will have the value. Foster does not look great to me and if you can sell high after last week, it might not be a bad idea with Baltimore, Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis and Kansas City as the next five opponents.
• Foster ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens in 2012, but it will be tougher this time around. Through two games, Baltimore has not allowed a rushing touchdown and ranks in the top 12 in rushing yards per game (62.5), yards per carry (3.2) and Fantasy points per game (11).
Andre Johnson is averaging 111 yards receiving this year, but has just one touchdown catch in his last 10 games. Not one of his 29 targets have come inside the red zone in 2013. Baltimore allowed five wide receiver touchdowns in Week 1.
• A star was born in Week 2, when rookie DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes for 111 yards and a game winning touchdown for the Texans. He already has four red zone targets and one red zone touchdown on the year, so he is trusted in the money situations. Through two weeks, he is catching 63.2 percent of his targets and is averaging a healthy 9.6 yards and 1.3 Fantasy points per target.
Torrey Smith has not scored in 2013 but has at least eight targets and 85 yards receiving in each of the first two weeks. Houston has allowed four wide receiver scores in the first two weeks, third most in the NFL.
• Dating back to last year, Ray Rice has not rushed for 60 yards in four straight games. He has a possible hip issue and if he is out, he would be replaced by Bernard Pierce, who ran for 57 yards and a touchdown in relief of Rice in Week 2. The Texans have not allowed a rushing touchdown this year, but the opposing starter (Chris Johnson and Ryan Mathews) has produced at least nine Fantasy points and Houston is allowing 14 points per game to the position.
Joe Flacco has not thrown for 200 yards in either of his last two games against the Texans and his only game with two interceptions in 2012 was against them. With a depleted receiving corps, Flacco is averaging just 6.0 yards per attempt, 25th in the NFL.

Cardinals at Saints, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

Rashard Mendenhall is the clear featured back for the Cardinals and had his best game in Week 2 with 17 total touches, 94 total yards and a touchdown against the Lions. He faces a Saints run defense that has allowed 110 yards rushing per game to running backs (fourth most) on 5.1 yards per carry (third highest). The opposing starter has at least 120 total yards in both games against the Saints this year.
• With the Raiders last year, Carson Palmer threw for 312 yards and two scores (with two picks) against the Saints. Matt Ryan threw for 304 yards and two scores against New Orleans in Week 1, but Palmer's value could hinge on Larry Fitzgerald's health. With a healthy Fitz, he threw for 327 yards and two scores in Week 1. With Fitz at less than 100 percent, he was held to 248 yards and one score against Detroit in Week 2.
• With Fitzgerald hobbled, Andre Roberts led the Cardinals with eight targets, but could only haul in three of them for 36 yards. Roberts has been targeted at least eight times in each of the first two games.
Michael Floyd saw seven targets in Week 2 but could only muster 22 yards on three catches. Either the Detroit defense is better than we thought or Arizona really needs a healthy Fitz for this passing game to hum. A wide receiver has scored against the Saints in each of the first two games.
• When Rob Housler comes back he will be a big part of this passing game and is a nice sleeper to track if you need help at tight end.
• Look for Drew Brees to get back on track against an Arizona defense that has given up multiple passing touchdowns in each of its first two games this year.
Darren Sproles averaged 6.9 and 5.1 yards per carry in his first two seasons with the Saints. He is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry over the first two weeks of the 2013 season. In 2012, Sproles scored or had 100 receiving yards in eight of the nine games in which he saw at least nine total touches. He has 14 and 15 touches in each of the first two games and has failed to score or reach 100 yards receiving. Arizona has allowed 59 yards receiving per game to running backs -- fifth most -- but they have not allowed a running back touchdown this year.
• One pass catcher has topped 100 yards and scored twice against Arizona in both games this season. In Week 1 it was tight end Jared Cook and in Week 2 it was Calvin Johnson. Look for Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham, who is coming off of a career best 179 yards and a touchdown, to keep rolling in Week 3.
• Where is Lance Moore? Through two weeks, Moore has been playing pretty much every snap but has just eight targets, three catches and 38 receiving yards total through two games. Moore did not have back-to-back games with four or fewer targets in the entire 2012 season.
Calvin Johnson is the only wide receiver with more than 50 yards receiving against this Cardinals pass defense in 2013.

Buccaneers at Patriots, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

• In 2012, Doug Martin averaged basically three catches and 30 yards receiving per week to help buttress his rushing totals. In 2013, Martin has two catches for -1 yard receiving. Through two weeks, the Patriots are allowing six catches and 37 yards receiving each game to running backs.
• The Pats are allowing 147 total yards per game to running backs and they have given up at least 13 running back Fantasy points and 100 yards rushing in each game. Martin has taken 55 of the team's 56 running back touches this year, so the points should be all his!
• Dating back to 2012, Vincent Jackson has no touchdowns in five straight games and just one score in his last eight. Fortunately for V-Jax owners, he is averaging 94 yards receiving per game for those eight contests, so he never burns you.
Mike Williams, on the other hand, has scored in five of his last eight games. However, he averaged only 57 yards receiving in those games, so he can burn you when he doesn't score like he did in Week 2 with nine yards receiving and zero Fantasy points. In fact, Williams has been held under 30 yards receiving in three of his last eight games.
• New England has allowed two wide receiver touchdowns in two games this year, one to the top target and one to the No. 2 receiver. Stephen Hill is the only receiver to reach 55 yards against the Pats secondary this year.
• In 2012, Stevan Ridley averaged 18.1 carries, 79 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and a touchdown per game on the ground. Through two games of 2013, he is averaging 12.5 rushes for 43 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and has not scored despite facing the Bills and the Jets. I know he was benched in Week 1, but to run for just 40 yards on 16 carries against the Jets is very troubling.
• The Patriots do not have a single rushing touchdown this season and the Bucs have not allowed one. Tampa Bay, who allowed the fewest running back rushing yards per game in 2012, is allowing just 59.5 yards (eighth fewest) this year on 2.8 yards per carry (fourth fewest) and no running back has topped five points against them in either of their first two games. Ridley should be a great buy real low option after this week.
• Tampa Bay has allowed two passing touchdowns all season, but both have been to tight ends. Unless Rob Gronkowski is back, Tom Brady could struggle against Tampa Bay seeing as he did not throw a single pass to his tight ends in Week 2.
• With all of the turmoil around him, Brady is averaging just 5.2 yards per attempt in 2013. Only the quarterbacks of the Jaguars (5.0) are worse in that category right now, so no wonder he is very frustrated. Still, I am buying low on Brady if I can. After all, he averaged around eight yards per attempt for the last four years prior to this season.
Julian Edelman set an NFL record with 78 yards receiving on 13 catches. It was the fewest receiving yards for a player with 13 catches in NFL history. He saw a league high 18 targets this past week, so roll with him against the Bucs, but I hate to think about what will happen if Tampa Bay puts Darrelle Revis on him. No receiver has reached 70 yards or seven Fantasy points against the Bucs, who have yet to allow a receiver score.
Kenbrell Thompkins still ran 38 out of 41 pass routes in Week 2 and saw another seven targets. He just missed a touchdown that was overturned on replay. The Pats need him and while he will struggle if he gets Revis, he will be a productive Fantasy option down the road.
Aaron Dobson saw 10 targets in Week 2 and caught three of them for 56 yards and a touchdown. He also had three drops and ran a couple of incorrect routes, but the fact is that the kid can get open. I'd rather have Thompkins for sure, but Dobson is worth a look going forward while Amendola is out.

Packers at Bengals, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

• The first piece of evidence in the post-Eagles defensive letdown is the fact that James Starks ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against the Redskins in Week 2. The only other time Starks ran for 100 yards in a game was the wildcard round of the 2010 playoffs.
• Cincinnati has not allowed a single running back to rush for more than 50 yards in a game this year and they are giving up 54 yards per game on just 2.8 yards per carry. For the year, the Bengals are the sixth toughest on running backs at 10 points per game allowed. Starks won't be repeating his Week 2 performance.
Randall Cobb is tied for the NFL lead with seven red zone targets and three goal line targets. He is currently 10th with 22 targets, fourth with 16 receptions, third with 236 receiving yards and tied for fifth with two receiving scores. A star is being born.
• All three Packers receivers are averaging over 10 yards and 1.25 Fantasy points per target. Cobb checks in at 10.7 and 1.62, while James Jones is at 12.7 yards and 1.27 points respectively. Jordy Nelson is on fire early, averaging 14 yards and 2.69 Fantasy points per target, which both rank second among the 70 most targeted receivers through the first two games. Cincy has allowed 24 Fantasy points per game to receivers and at least 20 in each game, despite facing Pittsburgh and Chicago thus far.
Jermichael Finley has a touchdown in each of the first two games of the 2013 season and is one of five tight ends to be Top 12 in both weeks. Finley has topped 50 yards receiving in eight of his last nine games.
Andy Dalton should thrive against a Green Bay secondary that has allowed 32 points per game to quarterbacks, fourth most in the NFL. Both quarterbacks they have faced, Colin Kaepernick (36 points and 412 yards) and Robert Griffin III (28 points and 320 yards), tossed three touchdowns and topped 320 yards against Green Bay. Dalton had seven games of 25-plus points last year, so he is capable of explosions.
Giovani Bernard asserted himself in Week 2 with 65 total yards and two scores on nine touches (7.2 yards per touch) against the Steelers. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 80 total yards on 23 total touches (3.47 yards per touch). What do we want? More Gio! When do we want it? NOW!
• Green Bay has allowed 100 yards or a touchdown to each opposing starting running back they have faced this year.
• The Packers have allowed a tight end to score in both games this season and tight ends are averaging 16.5 points per game against them, tied for second most in the NFL.
Jermaine Gresham leads the Bengals tight ends with 14 targets and 11 catches, which have netted 101 yards receiving. Tyler Eifert has been targeted 10 times and has eight catches for 113 yards. Eifert is averaging a robust 14.1 yards per catch and 11.3 yards per target. He is one of only four tight ends among the 30 most targeted to top 10 yards per target over the first two weeks and could exploit holes in the Green Bay coverage like another athletic tight end named Vernon Davis (98 yards and two scores) did in Week 1.
• Remember Anquan Boldin in Week 1 (26 points) and Pierre Garcon in Week 2 (20 points)? Eight straight opposing No. 1 receivers have scored or topped 100 yards against the Packers and three straight have done both, so look for A.J. Green to bounce back in a major way.

Chargers at Titans, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

Philip Rivers is one of three quarterbacks to have at least three touchdown passes in each of his first two games. He is currently tied with Aaron Rodgers for second in the NFL with seven touchdowns through two weeks. Tennessee just gave up 298 yards and three scores to Matt Schaub in Week 2.
Eddie Royal leads the NFL with five touchdown receptions after two weeks, which was totally expected. Right now he has the same number of touchdowns as Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Andre Johnson, Hakeem Nicks, Cecil Shorts, Torrey Smith, Eric Decker, James Jones, Miles Austin, Stevan Ridley, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, David Wilson and the entire Browns offense combined!
• The Titans have allowed two receiver touchdowns and both have gone to secondary receivers like Royal. Royal has scored five times on 14 targets, which is insane and is the NFL leader with seven red zone targets and four red zone scores. It should also come as no surprise that he leads the league at 2.96 Fantasy points per target.
• Not one of the seven touchdowns thrown by Philip Rivers has gone to Antonio Gates, but the tight end led the team with 10 targets, eight catches and 124 yards in Week 2. He is averaging 17.3 yards per catch and 12.4 yards per target, which are well up from the 11.0 and 6.7 he averaged in 2012. I guess being healthy suits Gates very well and he gets a Titans team that allowed two tight end scores in Week 2 to the Texans.
Danny Woodhead led the Chargers running backs with 41 snaps played in Week 2 and it seems as though he replaced Ronnie Brown as the primary pass catching back now that he is fully healthy. He caught eight passes in Week 2, which was second among all runners.
Ryan Mathews quietly has produced in 2013. He ran for 73 yards on 16 carries in Week 2 and will face a Titans team that allowed 172 yards rushing on 6.1 yards per carry to the Texans in Week 2. The Texans runners scored 26 Fantasy points combined in that one so he is a flex option again in Week 3.
Chris Johnson has received at least 25 carries in each of the first two games, but has not rushed for 100 yards or scored a touchdown despite leading the NFL with 11 red zone chances. His 50 carries lead the NFL, but Johnson is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and has been a complete non-factor in the passing game with one catch for one yard.
• The Chargers have held Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy to a combined 110 yards rushing on 29 carries and no back has reached 60 yards rushing or the end zone against San Diego in the first two games.
Kendall Wright saw a bump in playing time in Week 2 and led the Titans with 11 targets, seven catches, 54 yards and the team's first receiving score of the year. He led the team with 64 catches a year ago, so he does have some PPR value.
Kenny Britt received nine targets in Week 2 and caught four of them for 28 yards. Dating back to 2012, Britt has now been held under 45 yards receiving in eight of his last nine games.
• Both Andre Johnson and DeSean Jackson have topped 140 yards receiving against the Chargers this year, but the Titans do not have a pass catcher of that ability.

Lions at Redskins, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

• The Redskins currently allow the most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks (35), the second most to wide receivers (35), the third most to running backs (25) and the eighth most to tight ends (12). In other words, it is a great week to start your Lions.
• Through two weeks, opposing quarterbacks are averaging 341.5 yards passing (seventh most) and 3.5 total touchdowns per game (tied for the most). Matthew Stafford has thrown for 317.5 yards and two scores per game in the first two weeks of the 2013 season, while posting Fantasy days of 24 and 21 Fantasy points.
• When LeSean McCoy rushes for 191 yards against you, it is understandable. When James Starks runs for 132 yards and a touchdown against you on over 6.5 yards per carry, it is a problem. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell should have a field day against this defense in Week 3. If Bush is held out, Bell has Top 10 upside as the only show in town.
Nate Burleson is currently tied for 11th among all wide receivers with 13 receptions through two weeks. He is one of only 10 receivers with at least six receptions in each game and has some nice PPR value against the Skins. After all, four receivers have already produced 15 or more Fantasy points against Washington in just two games.
• The Redskins have given up at least 65 yards and a touchdown to tight ends in both games this year. Brandon Pettigrew has more than 45 yards receiving in just one of his last nine games. He has only two touchdowns during that span as well.
• The "G" in RG3 must stand for garbage time because that is where he has made his Fantasy mark. After being down by 26 and 31 points respectively over the first two weeks, RG3 rallied for Fantasy days of 23 and 28 Fantasy points. All five of his touchdown passes have come in the second half, with four being thrown in the fourth quarter. The vast majority of his yards (329 and 320) have come after intermission as well.
• Detroit can put points on the board in a hurry, so RG3's late production could happen again this week, but it should be noted that the Lions have not allowed a single quarterback to put up 250 yards passing, two touchdowns or 14 Fantasy points in a game this year and that includes Carson Palmer in Week 2. The Lions are currently giving up just 10 points per game to quarterbacks, second fewest in the NFL.
• In the final eight games of 2012, Alfred Morris never saw fewer than 16 carries and took 20 or more seven times. He also did not rush for fewer than 76 yards in any of those games. Morris has just 25 carries total in two games this year and thanks to a big Week 2 is averaging 76 yards per. He did, however, rush for just 45 yards in Week 1, which was his career-low for a single game.
• The Lions have given up multiple running back touchdowns in each of their first two games this year. Running backs have scored a league-high five times in two weeks against Detroit, which is allowing 29 Fantasy points per game to the position, most in the NFL.
• Detroit is one of only four teams that has not allowed a single wide receiver touchdown in 2013. Washington receivers have scored four times in two games this year: Leonard Hankerson (two), Pierre Garcon (one) and Santana Moss (one).
Jordan Reed was third on the Redskins with 26 pass routes run in Week 2 and caught his first NFL touchdown on three targets. Fred Davis only ran eight routes in Week 2 and if RG3 decides to utilize a tight end, it seems like Reed will be the one.

Giants at Panthers, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

• Through two weeks, Cam Newton is seventh among all quarterbacks with 53 yards rushing. Alex Smith had more rushing yards in Week 2 alone than Cam has on the season. His 26.5 yards rushing and 4.5 attempts per game are well below his pre-2013 career averages of 7.9 attempts and 45.2 yards per game. This has to change if his Fantasy value is expected to return.
• Quarterbacks have thrown for multiple scores and topped 20 points in both games against the Giants this year. They averaged 22 points per game on passing totals alone (285 yards and two scores), so Cam can blow up this week if he gets it going on the ground. Keep in mind that he was held to just six yards rushing by the Giants in Week 3 of 2012.
DeAngelo Williams is currently sixth in the NFL with 39 carries and his 171 yards rushing ranks fifth. He has been a Top 24 Fantasy back in each of the first two weeks, despite not scoring. Williams is also tied for eighth with six red zone carries, but does not have a goal line carry because the Panthers have not had a play inside the opponent's five-yard line through two weeks.
• Both rushing scores allowed by the Giants have been from outside of the five-yard line and the opposing starter has produced at least 11 Fantasy points in each of the first two games. Both DeMarco Murray (125) and Knowshon Moreno (107 with two scores) topped 100 total yards against the Giants.
• The Giants have not allowed a 100-yard receiver yet and held both Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant to fewer than 60 yards receiving without a touchdown. Steve Smith does not have 60 yards receiving in a game yet this year and has topped 60 just once in his last five. He is averaging just 5.3 yards per target and 9.4 yards per catch so far in 2013.
Greg Olsen is the Panther to bet on as the Giants have allowed a tight end to score in both games this year. They have given up a league-high three tight end scores this year and are giving up 15 points per game, fifth most.
• The game against Carolina was when Andre Brown burst onto the scene in 2012 as he rushed for 113 yards and two scores on a Thursday night. What a difference a year makes.
David Wilson played only 24 snaps in Week 2, while Da'Rel Scott led the running backs with 39 as the team played in hurry up mode. Brandon Jacobs is the goal line back and Scott is the third down back, so Wilson is a rusher only. A week ago C.J. Spiller -- who rushed for 103 yards -- became the first runner in the last six games to run for more than 60 yards against the Panthers.
Victor Cruz is one of four receivers to top 100 yards receiving in each of the first two games. Hakeem Nicks is averaging 98.5 yards per game and has at least 83 yards in each of the first two weeks. Carolina is surrendering 27 Fantasy points per game (206.5 yards and one score) to receivers
Brandon Myers is third among all tight ends with 19 targets and 13 receptions through two games. Myers and Jordan Cameron are the only two tight ends with at least 60 yards receiving in each of the first two games. Carolina has yet to face a pass catching tight end and multiple starters in the defensive backfield are out with injuries this week.
Eli Manning has four or more passing touchdowns in three of his last six games. In the other three, he has two touchdowns and six interceptions. Carolina has yet to allow multiple passing touchdowns or a quarterback to post 20 Fantasy points in a game this year.

Browns at Vikings, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

• The Vikings are tied for the league lead in running back generosity, allowing 29 Fantasy points to the position. They also lead the league in total yards per game to runners (222) and receiving yards per game to running backs (119.5). Three runners have already topped 14 Fantasy points against the Vikes, so Chris Ogbonnaya or Willis McGahee (whoever starts) has the chance to be a nice one-week sleeper. I would expect it to be Ogbonnaya this week based on his familiarity with the Browns offense.
Josh Gordon makes his long anticipated return to action against Minnesota in Week 3. He led the Browns in the preseason averaging 22 yards per catch and 14.3 yards per target. Given that the stud in the Norv Turner offense averaged over 17 yards per catch and 10 yards per target five years in a row, the expectations are high for Gordon, even with Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Gordon and Hoyer connected twice for 77 yards in their only preseason action together.
• Minnesota shut down Calvin Johnson in Week 1, holding him to 37 yards on four catches. In Week 2, opposing top target Brandon Marshall got the best of the Vikes with seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Greg Little is dead last among the 70 most targeted receivers in the NFL with a 2.7 yards per target average through two games.
Jordan Cameron is second among all tight ends with 20 targets and 203 receiving yards. He is tied for the lead with 14 receptions and is the only tight end in the NFL with at least 90 yards receiving in both games. Minnesota has given up a league high three tight end touchdowns and Martellus Bennett just dropped seven catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns (19 Fantasy points) on them in Week 2.
• Opposing Fantasy defenses are scoring 16.5 points per game against the Browns, fourth most in the NFL. The Vikes are averaging 12.5 through two weeks, 11th most in the league, so yes they are a solid sleeper at home this week against a Browns team that is unlikely to have Brandon Weeden.
Whoever Joe Haden covers between Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings will be shut down. The other one has a great chance to score as the opposing No. 2 receiver has a touchdown and 10-plus Fantasy points in both games against Cleveland’s Buster Skrine and Chris Owens.
Kyle Rudolph scored against the Bears in Week 2 and had three catches for 42 yards. He has just one game with 50 yards receiving in his last seven starts and has two scores total during that span. The Browns have not allowed a tight end to score against them this year and they are giving up just 3.5 points per game (eighth fewest) to the position on 40 yards receiving.
• Leslie Frazier says that Cordarrelle Patterson will get more playing time. The electrifying rookie deserves it after playing only 11 of the team's 121 offensive snaps. Put him on your waiver watch list for now.

Rams at Cowboys, Sun., 1 p.m. ET

Sam Bradford has been a Top 12 quarterback in each of the first two weeks of the 2013 season and currently sits fifth among all quarterbacks with 56 Fantasy points. Dallas has allowed opposing quarterbacks to score 31 points per game (336.5 yards and three scores per game), fifth most in the NFL.
• The opposing No. 1 receiver on the outside has topped 100 yards (Hakeem Nicks) or scored (Dwayne Bowe) against the Cowboys in both games this year. Chris Givens is coming off of a 100-yard game in Week 2 and is still seeking his first score.
• Three of the four receiver scores allowed by the Cowboys went to slot receiver Victor Cruz in Week 1. Tavon Austin has six receptions in each of his first two games and caught two scores from the slot against Atlanta in Week 2.
Austin Pettis actually leads the Rams receivers with 127 snaps played and 88 routes run. He caught eight of his 11 targets in Week 2 for 78 yards and a touchdown. He has a touchdown in three of his last four games.
Jared Cook was locked down by the Falcons, who double teamed him in Week 2, and he finished the game with just one catch for 10 yards on six targets. He had 140 yards and two scores in Week 1 and should find a happy middle against a Dallas team that is giving up 61.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game to tight ends. Brandon Myers is the only Fantasy tight end that Dallas has faced in 2013 and he caught seven passes for 66 yards and a score.
• No running back has rushed for 50 yards or scored a rushing touchdown against the Cowboys in 2013. They are allowing just nine Fantasy points (fifth fewest) and 48.5 yards rushing (third fewest) per game to backs.
Daryl Richardson played 39 snaps in Week 2, while Isaiah Pead played 30. In Week 1, Richardson played 62 of the team's 71 snaps.
DeMarco Murray ran for 253 yards in his first career start against the Rams in 2010. In his last 11 games however, Murray has not rushed for 100 yards in a single game and has been held below 60 yards rushing in six of them. He ran 12 times for 25 yards in Week 2 against the Chiefs and faces a Rams defense that has not allowed a runner to post more than 60 yards in 2013. The Rams are giving up just 2.9 yards per carry in 2013, sixth stingiest in the NFL.
• Murray's best bet is as a pass catcher, as the Rams have given up 54.5 yards receiving per game to runners, eighth most in the league. Steven Jackson scored as a pass catcher against the Rams before leaving Week 2 with an injury.
• The Rams have given up over 325 yards passing and multiple touchdowns in each of the first two games of the year. They are giving up 24 points per game to opposing quarterbacks, which is great for Tony Romo.
• Almost 260 of those yards have gone to receivers on a per game basis -- most in the NFL -- and four different receivers already have 80-plus yards receiving. Wide receivers have produced 30-plus Fantasy points in both weeks against the Rams and their 34-point average is third most in the NFL.
• All three receiver touchdowns allowed by St. Louis have gone to the opposing top target. Both Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones have produced at least 20 points against the Rams. That's good for Dez Bryant, who had 20 points of his own against the Chiefs in Week 2.

Falcons at Dolphins, Sun., 4:05 p.m. ET

• After Steven Jackson went down with his injury in Week 2, Jacquizz Rodgers played 40 snaps and Jason Snelling played 30. Rodgers took 11 carries for only 17 yards and caught all four of his targets for 28 yards. Snelling received only two carries, but he gained 11 yards and scored a touchdown. He also caught all four of his targets, but gained 41 yards.
• Miami has been stout against the run, limiting opposing running backs to 71 yards per game on the ground. The Colts did rush for 95 yards and a touchdown, with Ahmad Bradshaw scoring 13 Fantasy points against them in Week 2. I don't like either Atlanta runner this week, but I'd gamble on Snelling if I had to.
Tony Gonzalez has yet to hit 40 yards receiving in a game in 2013, but that could change against the Dolphins. Jordan Cameron had 103 yards and a touchdown (16 points) against the 'Fins in Week 1 and Coby Fleener netted 69 yards and a touchdown (12 points) in Week 2. Miami has given up 15.5 points per game to tight ends thus far, fifth most in the NFL.
• Miami is one of four teams that has not allowed a single receiver touchdown this year. T.Y. Hilton did have 124 yards receiving against them in Week 2, however. Julio Jones is the only Atlanta receiver I trust right now, as Roddy White is still less than 100 percent (limited snaps and five catches for 40 yards in two games).
Matt Ryan has 300 yards passing with two scores in each of the first two games. With Steven Jackson out for most of Week 2, he threw the ball 43 times and completed 33 of them for 375 yards and two scores. The 'Fins gave up 321 yards and a touchdown passing to Andrew Luck in Week 2.
Mike Wallace saw 11 targets in Week 2, up from five in Week 1, and caught nine of them for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Brian Hartline has seen at least eight targets in each game this year and the opposing No. 2 receiver has produced at least eight points in both games against the Falcons.
• Three of the four wide receiver touchdowns allowed by Atlanta have gone to slot receivers. Brandon Gibson has lined up in the slot for a league-high 96.6 percent of his routes. He could bounce back after a quiet Week 2, after all, the Falcons are giving up 33 Fantasy points per game to wide receivers through two weeks, sixth most in the NFL. Four different receivers have already produced double-digit Fantasy points against the Falcons, who are allowing 211 yards receiving and two touchdowns per game.
Charles Clay has at least five catches in every game and is currently fifth among all tight ends with 163 yards receiving. After a modest five catches for 54 yards in the opener, Clay exploded for 109 yards on five catches and ran in a one-yard score in Week 2. Atlanta held Jimmy Graham and Jared Cook to a combined 55 yards over the first two weeks, but tight ends as a group are averaging 60 yards and 0.5 scores per game. Clay is a legitimate waiver wire target at tight end.
Lamar Miller came alive in Week 2 with 14 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, but it will be tougher sledding against the Falcons. Atlanta has not allowed a running back touchdown and is giving up just 56 yards per game on a stingy 2.9 yards per carry. The Falcons are vulnerable to pass catching backs however, allowing 83.5 yards receiving per game to runners, second most in the NFL. Unfortunately, Miller has never had more than 22 yards receiving in a game and has 13 total in two games this year.
• Both quarterbacks to face the Falcons this year have thrown for 350 yards and multiple touchdowns while averaging 28 Fantasy points per game. Ryan Tannehill has thrown for more than 300 yards this year, but does not have a game with multiple passing scores yet.

Bills at Jets, Sun., 4:05 p.m. ET

C.J. Spiller got on track with 103 yards rushing and 129 total yards on 20 touches against Carolina in Week 2. Spiller has killed the Jets in the past, rolling for 325 total yards and two scores in the two games in 2012. Despite sharing some time with Jackson, Spiller is still averaging an elite 21 touches per game.
Fred Jackson has produced 10-plus Fantasy points in both games this year and has been a Top 24 Fantasy back in both weeks, something only 12 running backs can say right now. He took the team's only goal line carry this year and scored from four yards out in Week 2. Jackson is averaging a robust 16.5 touches per game through two weeks.
• The Jets run defense has been tough over the first two weeks, limiting opposing running backs to 58.5 yards per game on a league-low 2.6 yards per carry. Doug Martin and Stevan Ridley combined to rush for 105 yards on 40 carries over the first two weeks against the Jets. Wow.
Steve Johnson has caught 11 of his 16 targets for 150 yards and two scores this year. His 9.4 yards per target average with E.J. Manuel is well up from the 7.0 he averaged in 2012. The move to the slot has been huge for Johnson, who has averaged 11 Fantasy points per game against the Jets in his last four games. Johnson went for 111 yards receiving in his last meeting with Antonio Cromartie.
• The Bills defense has the NFL sack leader Mario Williams and is averaging 13 Fantasy points per game. Opposing defenses have scored 13 and 18 Fantasy points respectively against the Jets in 2013.
Bilal Powell played 48 snaps to Chris Ivory's 25 in Week 1. In Week 2, Powell played 46 and Ivory again played 25. Powell led the team in carries with 13 and rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 22 yards, while Ivory carried the ball 12 times for a team-high 52 yards on the ground.
• Ivory leads Powell with four red zone chances to two, but Powell did receive the team's lone goal line carry and punched in a short touchdown on an inside hand-off from the shotgun formation. The Bills have allowed a running back to rush for more than 80 yards in each of the first two games, but they have not given up a single rushing touchdown this year. Still, opposing running backs are averaging 136 yards per game (4.7 yards per carry) on the ground against Buffalo, third most in the NFL.
Stephen Hill leads the Jets with 17 targets, 10 catches and 125 yards receiving through two weeks. No other wide receiver has more than four catches or 65 yards on the Jets as of Week 3.
• Three wide receivers have produced 10 or more Fantasy points against the Bills already this year and all three receiver scores have gone to the opponent's No. 2 receiver, which in this game would be the aforementioned Hill.

Colts at 49ers, Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET

• The Colts just acquired Trent Richardson from the Browns. Check back on Sunday to see if T-Rich will start this week or if Ahmad Bradshaw will get the start. Richardson is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry this year and has topped 4.0 yards per carry just once in his last eight games.
Andrew Luck is averaging 24 Fantasy points per start this year and is quietly fifth among all quarterbacks with 76 yards rushing (Vick has 77) through two games.
• Prior to their Week 2 beat down in Seattle when Russell Wilson only had to throw the football 19 times, the 49ers had given up at least 22 Fantasy points to six of the last seven quarterbacks they faced. Four of those six have even put up 29 or more points against the 49ers.
• Bradshaw was the main man for the Colts in Week 2, rushing for 65 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (4.3 yards per carry) against a tough Miami run defense. The last time he was the main man against the 49ers was Week 6 of the 2012 season. Bradshaw was a Giant and ran for 116 yards and a touchdown against the vaunted 49ers run defense. San Francisco has allowed a running back rushing touchdown in both games this year, they have given up a league-high three so far in 2013 and have allowed seven in their last eight games.
• Chuck Pagano said they would get T.Y. Hilton more involved in Week 2 and he led the team with 12 targets and 124 yards on six catches. Hilton has been targeted eight or more times in seven games. He has 100 yards receiving in five of them and boasts the following per game averages: 5.6 receptions, 97.1 yards, 0.6 touchdowns and 12.6 Fantasy points. This kid is a star and slot receiver Randall Cobb ate the 49ers up in Week 1.
• With Dwayne Allen out, Coby Fleener played 61 of the team's 73 snaps and ran 36 of the 51 pass routes. He was targeted eight times and caught four of them for 69 yards and a touchdown. That was his highest yardage total since his NFL debut. Allen is out for the year, so Fleener will stay very involved against the 49ers, who have allowed a tight end to score on them in six of the last 10 games, including Jermichael Finley in Week 1.
Frank Gore has 60 yards rushing and is averaging just 2.0 yards per carry in 2013. Lamar Miller got right against this Colts defense in Week 2 and both opposing starters they have faced have scored and produced more than 10 Fantasy points.
Anquan Boldin had 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. He had one catch for seven yards in Week 2 against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks. Opposing top targets have at least five catches and 70 yards in both games against the Colts this year and Mike Wallace just caught nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 2.
• The Colts have allowed one quarterback to run for 100 yards (Terrelle Pryor) against them and the other to throw for more than 300 (Ryan Tannehill). Colin Kaepernick can do both and while each of the first two quarterbacks to face the Colts have produced 20 or more Fantasy points, 'Kap could rebound with a 30-point effort after being humbled in Week 2.
• Kaepernick's three interceptions in Week 2 were the same number he had in seven regular season starts in 2012.
Charles Clay just caught five passes for 109 yards against the Colts in Week 2, so if Vernon Davis is healthy and hits the magic number of six targets (he had five of course in Week 2), we should be looking at his fourth game with 90 or more yards receiving in his last five.

Jaguars at Seahawks, Sun., 4:25 p.m. ET

• Sit all of the Jaguars, even Cecil "garbage man" Shorts, because you all just saw what the Hawks did at home to Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin and the 49ers. Imagine what they will do to the NFL's most anemic offense.
• Treat Maurice Jones-Drew like he is injured this week.
• In Week 1 the Chiefs defense produced 30 Fantasy points against the Jags. In Week 2 the Raiders defense scored 15 Fantasy points against the Jags. The sky is the limit for the Hawks in Week 3.
Russell Wilson is in search of his first 20-point game of the 2013 season. Alex Smith threw two touchdowns and rushed for 24 yards to hit 20 in Week 1, but Terrelle Pryor produced just 10 in Week 2 as no quarterback has even thrown for 200 yards against the uncompetitive Jaguars thus far.
• No receiver has 45 yards against the Jags this year, nor has any receiver exceeded seven Fantasy points, despite two Chiefs catching touchdowns in Week 1.
Golden Tate and Sidney Rice have a combined eight catches for 118 yards in 2013. Doug Baldwin leads all Seattle receivers with eight catches for 142 yards.
Robert Turbin produced 10 Fantasy points in only one of the Seattle blowouts last year and that was in Week 14 against the Cardinals when he ran for 108 yards. Turbin has never scored a touchdown in the NFL.

Bears at Steelers, Sun., 8:30 p.m. ET

Matt Forte is thriving in the Marc Trestman offense, which takes advantage of his pass catching abilities. Forte leads all running backs with 17 receptions and is third among all backs with 252 total yards. Gio Bernard ran for a score and caught another against the Steelers in Week 2.
Jay Cutler has produced 20 Fantasy points in both of his starts this year, but may find things a little tougher against a Steelers defense that is giving up just 11 Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, fourth fewest. Pittsburgh has given up just one passing score this year, fewest in the NFL, and is allowing just 202 yards per game passing.
• The Steelers are one of only two teams in the NFL that have not allowed a wide receiver to score against them in 2013. It should also be noted that no receiver, including A.J. Green, has produced 50 yards receiving or five Fantasy points against them either. Yes, I am still starting Brandon Marshall anyway.
Martellus Bennett has three touchdowns in his first two games with Jay Cutler and the Bears. He had seven catches for 79 yards and two scores in Week 2 and will face a Pittsburgh team that surrendered 132 yards receiving on nine catches to the Cincinnati tight ends in Week 2.
• Opposing defenses have scored 21 and 14 points respectively against the woeful Steelers in 2013. The Steelers have yet to generate 300 yards of total offense or 11 offensive points in any game this year. Defenses have sacked Ben Roethlisberger seven times already and have forced four turnovers.
• Roethlisberger does not have a single 20-point Fantasy game this year. No quarterback has scored 20 points against the Bears either, as Chicago has held quarterbacks to 17 points per game over the first two weeks.
• The Steelers have the second worst rushing attack in the NFL after two weeks with just 75 yards total on the ground at 2.4 yards per carry. Ignore all Pittsburgh runners until Le'Veon Bell returns to action. After all, the Bears just held Adrian Peterson to eight Fantasy points in Week 2.
Antonio Brown yelled at Todd Haley and demanded more targets. Through two weeks Brown has seen 16 targets, tied for second on the team with Jerricho Cotchery. Brown has only 128 yards receiving through two games and has not scored a single touchdown. He did score in each of the final four games of the 2012 season, but Brown has just five scores total in his last 19 games.
• The leader in targets (22), receptions (12) and receiving yards for the Steelers after two weeks is Emmanuel Sanders. Neither Brown nor Sanders has reached 80 yards receiving in a game this year. However, in each of the first two weeks against Chicago, at least one receiver has produced 80 yards. A.J. Green however, is the only receiver to score on the Bears thus far.
• In 2012, Heath Miller was the No. 4 Fantasy tight end and caught 71 passes for 816 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing the end of the year with a torn ACL. He is practicing fully and should return against a Bears team that has allowed eight Fantasy points to tight ends in each of the first two games.

Raiders at Broncos, Mon., 8:30 p.m. ET

• This game features the No. 1 rushing offense of the Raiders (198.5 yards per game) led by Darren McFadden (177 yards, fourth in the NFL) and Terrelle Pryor (162 yards, seventh in the NFL) against the league's top-ranked run defense of the Broncos, which has given up just 81 yards on the ground total on a league-low 2.0 yards per carry.
Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined for just 58 yards on 21 carries against Denver in Week 1, but Rice did punch in a touchdown. Darren McFadden himself ran for just 82 yards total in two games against the Broncos in 2012 and you have to think he will need to rely on pass catching for much of his value in this one. He did catch a touchdown against Denver in his last meeting with them and has seven catches for 46 yards in two games this year.
Rod Streater leads the Raiders with 12 targets, eight catches and 112 yards through two weeks. He has produced more than 70 yards in two of Pryor's three starts and should be busy against the Broncos in garbage time. Streater is averaging a very healthy 9.4 yards per target this year and should see his season-high in targets in the comeback effort in Week 3.
• In case you missed it above, quarterback Terrelle Pryor is currently seventh in the NFL in rushing yards and owns one of the league's eight 100-yard rushing games. He was held to 14 Fantasy points in Week 2, but has 20-plus in two of his three career starts.
• Pryor's career high is 217 passing yards. The Broncos have given up exactly 362 yards passing in each of the first two games of 2013.
• The Denver D is currently producing 13.5 Fantasy points per game. The suspect defenses of Indianapolis and Jacksonville both scored nine against the Raiders. Expect Denver to have a huge game at home on Monday night against an overmatched Oakland team.
Knowshon Moreno has 10 or more Fantasy points in six of his last seven games and is coming off of a 22-point game against the Giants. Moreno ran the ball 13 times for 93 yards and two scores in that game. Moreno is also the team's best pass blocker at running back and with left tackle Ryan Clady done for the year, it makes him that much more important.
Montee Ball fumbled the ball at the goal line and managed just 16 yards on 12 carries, which is a stark contrast to Moreno's production.
• The Raiders have yet to allow a rushing touchdown in 2013, but I think that will change in Week 3.
Eric Decker rebounded from a Week 1 disaster with nine catches for 87 yards in Week 2. Decker scored in two of his last three meetings with the Raiders and totaled 15 catches for 167 yards and a touchdown in his only two meetings against Oakland with Peyton Manning under center.
Julius Thomas played every snap again in Week 2 and caught his third touchdown of the season. The Raiders allowed a tight end touchdown in both games this year so the JT streak looks good.

Chiefs at Eagles, Thu., 8:30 p.m. ET

• The Philly defense was on the field for 40 minutes in their loss to the Chargers on Sunday. They will be exhausted when they face Kansas City in what will be their third game in 11 days.
Alex Smith quietly has two passing touchdowns and 20-plus Fantasy points in each of the first two games of 2013. The Eagles have allowed multiple quarterback touchdowns in 13 straight games and are giving up 28 Fantasy points per game to the position this year, sixth most in the NFL. Can you say sleeper?
Jamaal Charles has 100 total yards and a touchdown in each of his first two games in the Andy Reid era. The Eagles just allowed 158 total yards to the Chargers running backs in Week 2 and did I mention they were on the field for 40 minutes! Charles will run wild, brother!
• The Eagles have had problems stopping receivers in 2013. Through two weeks they lead the league in Fantasy points (79), receptions (39), touchdowns (five) and are fourth in yards allowed to wide receivers at 501.
Dwayne Bowe got into the end zone in Week 2 and should stay hot against and Eagles team that just gave up two 100-yard pass catchers and a third receiver had three touchdowns against them. All five touchdowns allowed by the Eagles to wide receivers have been to secondary receivers, so Donnie Avery, who scored in Week 1 and is the second-most targeted wide receiver on the team, is a good sleeper.
• Kansas City enters Week 2 with the third ranked total defense at 248 yards per game. They are second in scoring defense at nine points per game allowed and are surrendering just 3.8 yards per play, also second toughest in the league. From a Fantasy perspective, they currently rank first overall with 30 and 11 points respectively in the first two weeks.
• The Eagles enter this game ranking second in the NFL in total yards per game (477), second in yards per play (7.1) and third in points per game at 31.5. Something is definitely going to have to give in this matchup.
Michael Vick is coming off of a career-high 428 yards passing in Week 2 and has produced three total touchdowns in each of his first two starts in Chip Kelly's offense while averaging 33 Fantasy points per game. Kansas City held Tony Romo to one total touchdown and 15 Fantasy points in Week 2. For the year, Kansas City is No. 1 against quarterbacks, allowing just 9.0 Fantasy points per game.
LeSean McCoy will test a Kansas City defense that held Maurice Jones-Drew and DeMarco Murray to 70 yards rushing on a combined 27 carries (2.6 yards per carry) over the first two weeks of the year. McCoy, along with Charles and Adrian Peterson, are the only runners to have at least 100 total yards in each of the first two games of 2013.
DeSean Jackson leads the NFL with 297 receiving yards after two weeks of play and has at least 16 Fantasy points in each of his first two starts. He is fourth in targets (24), fourth in receptions (16) and is averaging a sick 12.4 yards and 1.7 Fantasy points per target. Dez Bryant just torched the Chiefs for 141 yards and a score on nine catches in Week 2.
• Kansas City held Jason Witten to just 12 yards receiving in Week 2 and they are giving up just 3.5 points per game to tight ends. Brent Celek went without a catch in Week 2.

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Bucs might use three RBs Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:35 am ET) Even if Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who is questionable due to a knee injury, suits up Thursday against the Falcons, coach Lovie Smith indicated the team will use multiple running backs to pace the rushing attack Week 3.

Bobby Rainey rushed for 144 yards in a Week 2 loss vs. St. Louis and third-string running back Mike James had six carries with Martin sidelined Sunday.

"We want to play more than one running back, two, maybe three," Smith said, per ESPN. "That’s why we’ve had three (active) every time we could. That’s just making our running back position stronger."


Head coach optimistic about Eric Decker
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Jets wide receiver Eric Decker expects to play Week 3 against the Bears.

Decker sat out of practice Wednesday, and didn't want to put a timetable on the injury. Head coach Rex Ryan, on the other hand, expressed optimism that both Decker and corner Dee Milliner would play. "We’re confident that they will be ready. We know that they are going to work to get out there. I’m confident, we’ll see how it goes during the week, but I should say I guess I’m hopeful that they will play."

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Carson Palmer limited Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
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Cardinals release statement on Jonathan Dwyer
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Cardinals have released a statement regarding Jonathan Dwyer .

In the statement, the team confirms Dwyer has been deactivated from all club events. "We will continue to closely monitor this as it develops and evaluate additional information as it becomes available," the statement read. Dwyer is under investigation for a domestic violence incident that took place in July. 


Vernon Davis unable to go Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis was unable to practice Wednesday.

The news shouldn't come as a surprise, as Davis was seen on crutches Wednesday. He's dealing with a deep bruise, but there's a chance he'll play Week 3. 


Christine Michael limited as expected
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Seahawks running back Christine Michael was limited in practice Wednesday.

That was expected, as coach Pete Carroll said Michael would be limited Wednesday. Despite that, he's expected to play Week 3. Michael is dealing with a hamstring injury. 


Marshawn Lynch limited Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice Wednesday.

Lynch is dealing with a back injury. He was limited during Sunday's game due to the issue. Lynch's status will be determined based on whether he improves throughout the week. 


Report: Jonathan Dwyer deactivated over domestic violence incident
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(9/17/2014) Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been deactivated due to a domestic violence incident, according to ESPN. 

Multiple reports broke Wednesday claiming Dwyer had been involved in a domestic issue, but this is the first report to mention Arizona taking action against the running back. Details are still unclear at this time, but the club should release a statement on his status if the reports are true. 


Rod Streater unable to practice
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(9/17/2014) Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater did not practice Wednesday.

Streater is dealing with a hip injury. He had an MRI Monday, but the results have not been revealed yet. 


Maurice Jones-Drew unable to go Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew was unable to go in practice Wednesday.

Jones-Drew is still dealing with a hand issue. He had to sit out Week 2 due to the issue. Jones-Drew's status will be determined based on whether he can get back on the field this week. 


 
 
 
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