Austin Collie returns to Patriots
Veteran wide receiver
Collie, who thrived as a possession receiver with Indianapolis from 2009 to 2011, played in four games for New England this season, starting one, and caught three passes for 34 yards.
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Bucs about to face Bills offense hitting on all cylinders
The Bucs' next opponent will be Buffalo in Week 14. Unfortunately, the Bucs defense is catching the Bills at a bad time. Buffalo has scored 37 and 31 points, respectively, the last two weeks, which have been its two-highest point totals all season.
The Buffalo offense seems to be clicking now that rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is healthy after missing time with a knee injury. Also, the re-emergence of running back C.J. Spiller helped last week against the Falcons, as he rushed for 149 yards.
DSTs are averaging 9.8 Fantasy points per week against Buffalo, which is the 11th-highest average. It was much higher up until the last two weeks, when DSTs have totaled just five points against Buffalo. Since the Buffalo offense seems to be on a roll right now, it's probably best to consider the Bucs DST a No. 2 Fantasy option Week 14.
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Buffalo defense has good chance to bounce back Week 14
Fantasy owners have gotten good use out of the
It could behoove Fantasy owners to keep the Bills DST active Week 14 as a matchup with the Bucs looms. DSTs are averaging 11.8 Fantasy points per week against Tampa Bay, which is the seventh-highest average. The last two weeks, DSTs have averaged 15.5 points.
Coming out of the bye, the Bills did surrender 34 points and 423 yards in a Week 13 loss vs. Atlanta. However, heading into the bye they didn't allow an opponent to score more than 23 points or total more than 300 yards in three straight games.
Week 14 presents a good time for the Buffalo defense to bounce back after a rough outing, so consider the Bills a viable low-end No. 1 DST.
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Titans DST in trouble Week 14?
Denver has been a DST killer most of the season, leading the league with 38.7 points per game. Opposing Fantasy defenses have scored just 6.92 points per game against the Broncos. Denver has scored at least 27 points in each game this year. On top of that, the Broncos have allowed a league-low 15 sacks, and Peyton Manning has only tossed nine interceptions. The only area the team is vulnerable is holding onto the ball. The Broncos actually lead the league with 26 fumbles.
For the most part, the Titans have been an effective defense this season. They allow 22.2 points per game, which puts them 11th in the league. The team hasn't forced a lot of turnovers. They are below-average at getting to the quarterback, with 31 sacks, and haven't forced interceptions at a high rate. Tennessee has done a fantastic job limiting opposing quarterbacks to just eight touchdowns, so they could disrupt Manning a bit Sunday. Either way, it's not a great matchup for the Titans DST.
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Delanie Walker facing strong matchup Week 14
Denver has had a tough time defending opposing tight ends, allowing them to score 9.50 Fantasy points per game. Tight ends have averaged 79.25 yards per game against Denver, the second-highest total in the league. In the team's 12 games, tight ends have managed to score five touchdowns.
Walker has been a surprising breakout star his first season in Tennessee. Walker is second on the team with a career-high 45 receptions, and leads the team with five receiving touchdowns. Walker is coming off his worst game of the season, in which he caught one pass for 5 yards. With Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, he's averaged about four catches per game. He could be the team's best weapon against a weak Denver secondary.
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LeSean McCoy could struggle against stingy Lions run defense
This era of weak production from featured backs around the NFL hasn't affected
McCoy has rushed for at least 77 yards in each of his last three games. He is second in the NFL on the season with 1,088 yards and his 4.7 YPC average ranks second among backs with more than 150 carries. He is also one of the most productive pass-catchers out of the backfield with 39 receptions for 435 yards.
But such sterling numbers come with a precaution on Sunday. Week 14 opponent Detroit has been lights-out against the run all year. They rank third in the NFL with 992 rushing yards surrendered, sixth in touchdowns yielded on the ground with five and fourth in average yards given up per attempt at 3.7.
There is a reason McCoy ranks between sixth and 12th among NFL backs by the three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. He remains a No. 1 option in all formats, but keep in mind that he has had several off-days this year, including five games with 55 yards rushing or less, and this could be one of them.
Kendall Wright ready to go Week 14
Denver has struggled with opposing wide receivers, allowing them to score 24.50 Fantasy points per game. Through 12 games, the team has allowed 23 passing touchdowns. Of those 23 touchdowns, only 13 have gone to wide receivers. The Broncos have been susceptible against tight ends and running backs in the passing game, which has led to opposing receivers scoring less often than normal. But given Denver's ability to score a lot of points, opposing teams have had to turn to the passing game in order to keep pace.
Wright has emerged as a strong PPR candidate, catching 71 passes, which ranks seventh in the league. Despite his usage, he hasn't been a big threat in the red zone, catching just two touchdowns thus far. He could be a candidate to produce another solid catch, solid yardage day against a poor defense, but Fantasy owners can't depend on him finding the end zone yet.
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Calvin Johnson appears destined for huge output against Eagles
What we could have in Philadelphia on Sunday is the perfect storm. The best receiver in football against the worst pass defense. And Fantasy owners of
Johnson leads the NFL with 1,299 receiving yards and is tied for the top with 12 touchdowns. He is on one of those Megatron rolls with 48 catches for 962 yards and eight scores in the last six games. He is perhaps more in sync with quarterback Matthew Stafford than he has ever been.
Then there's the Eagles, who rank last in the league in passing yards allowed (3,561) and 17th touchdowns given up through the air with 20. You have the recipe for a huge game for Johnson. The reborn Eagles offense should score plenty of points against the
Johnson sits atop this week's rankings for NFL wideouts from all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers. He should score oodles of points, which is especially nice for those starting their playoff competitions.
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Look beyond numbers says Reggie Bush could struggle Sunday
The numbers look promising for
Yes, Sunday foe Philadelphia ranks last in the NFL in pass defense in yards given up and Bush is among the premier pass-catching backs in the league. But the Eagles have been quite stingy against opposing backs as receivers all year, having limited their yardage and having yielded no touchdowns to them through the air.
Add that to the fact that Bush is nursing a calf injury and that he has not run nearly as well on the road as he has at home this season and you have reason for pessimism.
Bush is coming off one of his best efforts of the year. He rushed for 117 yards and caught five passes for 65 more on Thanksgiving against Green Bay. He remains an automatic start in all formats. Just don't expect a point explosion against the Eagles if he overcomes his injury to play.
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Chris Johnson facing strong matchup Week 14
Denver hasn't been able to contain opposing running backs, allowing them to score 18.33 Fantasy points per game. Given the explosiveness of the Denver's offense, most teams have had to abandon the running game early against the Broncos. But when teams have stuck with the run, it has led to scores. Denver has allowed 11 rushing touchdowns through 12 games this season. The Broncos have allowed a rushing touchdown in all but one game this season, so the scoring has been consistent.
Johnson has been a little more bust than boom this season, averaging over four yards per carry in just four games this year. He's been able to compensate by providing those big plays in the receiving game. The Broncos have also been below-average guarding running backs in the passing game, so Johnson may still see some action if his team is playing from behind. It's dangerous to predict anything from Johnson given his boom and bust style, but this does seem like a favorable matchup.
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December 4, 2013
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