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Once again in 2015 (come September), we are bringing you in-season NFL Team Reports from our "Eye in the Sky" correspondents. These reports represent a local point of view which isn't readily available on the web. We remind everyone, the views expressed within these reports contain speculation as well as fact. It's just another extra bonus from FFMastermind.com to keep all fantasy football fanatics well informed.


Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-2)

Buffalo Bills travel to Tennessee on Sunday to face a young Titan team. Buffalo played terribly last week at home and lost to the New York Giants, 24-10 while Tennessee is coming off their bye week. The Bills are an early 1 to 3 point favorite and the over-under for the game is 42.

Buffalo has two huge issues going into this game. First off, PENALTIES and I'm talking all kinds of penalties here. You have the typical, holding on someone on the offensive line and pass interference but also you have what head coach Rex Ryan called, selfish penalties, such as personal fouls, and late hits on the QB or out of bounds. The lead the league in penalties with 47, that's 14 a game!! That's just terrible. Oakland, who seems to always lead the league in penalties is second at 38. They are drive killers on offense and bonus plays or downs on defense. This has to be fixed otherwise the thought process of making the playoffs will be gone before December rolls in. Last week the Bills managed to get 17 penalties for a total of 135 yards. That's easily a formula for disaster.

The other issue the Bills have is injuries. Star players, RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and WR Sammy Watkins (calf) are not going to play this weekend. They missed last week and I guess I'm at fault for drinking the blue coloured kool-aid and assumed these players would not be missed against the Giants, and the Bills would still find a way to win. Nope. To add to the injuries, rookie RG John Miller suffered a groin injury and even though he did practice in a limited basis on Thursday, he is expected to start this Sunday. Also Safety's Corey Graham (shoulder) and Aaron Williams (neck) were practicing some on Thursday and both are expected to play against the Titans. LT Cordy Glenn (ankle) missed some time last week and is expected to play Sunday. That's the good news on injuries, now the bad. Rookie RB Karlos Williams (concussion) has not practiced this week and is not expected to play. Safety Bacarri Rambo (quad) will not be playing Sunday. He's seen a lot of action the last few weeks with Graham and Aaron Williams hurting. TE Charles Clay was added to the injury list with calf issue but he should be okay for Sunday.

Bills on Offense, with the running attack supposed to be their bread and butter and the team down to their third stringer, Anthony Boobie Dixon starting, we might have a bit of an ugly game this week. I would expect to see QB Tyrod Taylor lead the team in rushing this week. Dixon himself is not 100% so look for the Bills to use newly aquired Dan Herron and Cierre Wood early and often. WR Percy Harvin could see some RB action as he has in his past but don't expect more than 4-5 carries from him. Robert Woods will start across from Harvin with Clay at TE and possibly more 2-TE action with Matthew Mulligan seeing time. Bills still like running the trap play up the middle, usually with LG Richie Incognito going into the 2-hole with whatever Back running right behind him butt. There isn't a lot of team speed here from all of these healthy RB's so don't look for much from this group this week. I would consider to start Taylor, Harvin and Clay. We now start with four teams on byes so your options might be challenging.

On Defense, there are some banged up players, such as DT Kyle Williams (calf) and the Safeties that I previously mentioned but they should be good to go this week and attack the Titans rookie QB, Marcus Mariota. Buffalo should be able to shut down the 4-headed RBBC attack of the Titans, 4-headed because they don't have any good RB's on this roster. Seems like no one on the Titans can run the ball, so this week Bills will probably see Antonio Andrews start. Expect the Titans to go with the hot hand, this Sunday and probably for the rest of the season. The multi-million dollar D-Line of the Bills got pushed around last week so expect a much stronger effort this week. Since Tennessee can't run the rock, look for the edge rushers to attack Mariota. Linebackers Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown to once again lead the team in tackles this week. Look for a lot of 3-WR sets from Tennessee as Mariota will have to throw the ball and run for his life often this week. He'll probably lead his team in rushing this week. I expect Mariota to attack rookie CB Ronald Darby, as every team will early on at least, this season.

As for how I see this game, for me it comes down to how the Bills practiced and what adjustments they made from last week. I see a low scoring game for sure this week, unless there are some Special Team and defensive scoring. I don't expect either team to have success running the ball so look for the passing game used to help set up the run. The Giants studied the game-plan of the Pats and they came out throwing the ball, as Brady did earlier this year. Will the Titans try this too? With the Titans having the early bye, they enter this game fairly healthy. I think the Titans will start off rusty and the Bills will take an early lead and try to hang on for the win. This is a tough call but I'll lean to the so called stronger Defense and say Bills find a way to win on the road and win something like 20-14

Good luck to you all this week.

Chuck Tezak


So ding-dong, the witch is dead. Unfortunately, so is the 2015 Season for the Miami Dolphins. Still waiting for other shoe to drop – firing Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle. No hope for this guy, either. Obviously unable to function at pro level.

When reports came out late last week that Fins might shake up coaching staff if they lost to Jets everyone assumed Miami would scapegoat Coyle, keep Clueless Joe. This was long overdue. Shame they waited until they got back to Miami. If it were up to Fins Fans we would’ve fired the guy in London, made him fly back commercial.

Still too little, too late. Stick a fork in these guys. The specter of Joe The Ostrich will linger over the remainder of 2015 and beyond. The guy’s simply done too much damage.

Game in London was pretty bad, another Greek tragedy, the Fins stumbling blindly onward towards their inevitable doom as their 2015 “Karma’s A Bitch” Tour continued. This week it was Brandon Marshall rubbing it in their face along with Todd Bowles, who was the Dolphins Head Coach (albeit interim) the team dumped to hire Clueless Joe. The week before it was Charles Clay, Dan Carpenter and Richie Incognito, and the week before that it was Jared Odrick. Miami does not play Mike Wallace, Reggie Bush or Sean Smith this year, but Vontae Davis will have a chance to stick it to us in Week 16.

A heckuva list, the talent the Fins dropped at the behest of Joe The Ostrich.

Looking forward, new (interim) Head Coach Dan Campbell is saying all the right stuff, but it’s tough to imagine he’s got the horses. We presume he will dump Kevin Coyle. There was a time we thought Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazer might be worth a crap, but watching the play calling so far this year we’re having our doubts. (Hey, moron – ever heard of a Screen Pass?) Watching the performance of the Offensive and Defensive Line you also have to wonder about the talent evaluation of the Front Office.

It is also time to start using the “B” word in relation to $100 Million Free Agent Ndamukong Suh. Not only are the Fins last in the League in Rushing now they have mortgaged their future to pay him, but the guy seriously stunk up the field last Sunday. He had two golden opportunities to make big plays. He had a clean shot at Chris Ivory and whiffed, and on a crucial 3rd and 6 at the start of the 3rd Quarter he had Ryan Fitzpatrick trapped for an 8-yard sack and whiffed again.
Ivory shrugged Suh off and ran for 5 yards, and Fitzpatrick – who ain’t exactly Fran Tarkenton – slipped out of Suh’s grasp and scrambled for a key first down.

These were both chances for Suh to make a statement. Which he did. The statement was: “Who gives a shit? You got my money?”

Another disturbing report also surfaced after the game about a feud between QB Ryan Tannehill and the Fins D. Seems the Defense kept intercepting his passes during the walk-through prior to the game and “He Who Cannot Throw Long” started popping off. I know Golden Boy’s a little shell-shocked these days, but you’d think a guy making $90 Million to pilot an Offense who’s nicknamed the “3 & Outers” would have more sense than to say diddly about the D.

In conclusion, four games into 2015 and Miami’s dust. They have a Bye Week (as in bye-bye), then they face the Titans and the inexplicably inept Texans. All the rah-rah crap in the world is not going to block J.J. Watt. What we have in Miami is a total lack of any football intelligence and there is no way to avoid suggesting it starts right at the top with Owner Stephen Ross. Nobody who watches football could’ve possibly though Joe The Ostrich deserved to keep his job. He should’ve gotten fired at the end of last year. Now it has thrown another Dolphin season into the crapper.

Jimmy The Finger


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


"He knew a lot of things that we were doing"--Browns CB Tramon Williams noting how San Diego QB Phil Rivers was able to recognize what the defense was doing

"We weren't ready."--Unknown Browns defender heard over the radio broadcast after giving up a big play

"... he was kind of seeing what we were doing and making adjustments."--Browns LB Paul Kruger

"Its something we have to evaluate."--Browns HC Mike Pettine's post-game comments on the defensive struggles

Browns defense under fire as they lose three of the first four games. Over the last four games the defense have allowed 929 yards and 7 touchdowns via the air to, QB Marcus Mariota, QB Derek Carr, and QB Phil Rivers. Over the past two games they have been burned by the big play giving up, 55, 54, 40 and 36 yard plays to Oakland along with 68 and 61 passes and 31 and 20 yard runs to the Charger. With the defense struggling the offense has had to rely on the passing game to keep pace so their is a fantasy benefit to having such a terrible defense (ranked dead last in the league). Onto the numbers.

"Legit tough guy."--Browns HC Mike Pettine commenting on QB Josh McCown whose hand was swollen during the week and during the game he re-injured his shoulder but continued to play and play exceptionally well

QUARTERBACK PLAY Browns QB Josh McCown connected on 32 of 41 passes with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions good for a quarterback passer rating of 119.1 but he did have one fumble on a strip sack. McCown joined QB Otto Graham, QB Brian Sipe, and QB Brian Hoyer as the only passers in Browns history to throw for as much yardage in back-to-back games. Obviously no one could have foreseen this sort of stellar production that Josh has had especially considering the seemingly lacking array of weapons at his disposal but give credit to OC John DeFilippo for coming up with some great ways to use RB Duke Johnson and to Josh for making some great throws. This week the team faces a tough one, Baltimore on the road where they haven't won since 2007 but Josh has earned a GREEN LIGHT start.

RUNNING BACK PLAY RB Isaiah Crowell 12 carries for 63 yards along with 3 receptions for 62 yards. RB Duke Johnson 8 carries for 31 yards and 9 receptions for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. That adds up to 241 combined yards with 147 coming via the air. OC John DeFilippo said he was going to utilize the running back more in the passing game and he has. GREEN LIGHT start both RB Isaiah Crowell and RB Duke Johnson but don't expect that sort of production against the Ravens.

RECEIVER PLAY WR Travis Benjamin 6 receptions for 79 yards is still producing solid numbers but TE Gary Barnidge continued on his big game against Oakland with 6 receptions for 75 yards and 1 touchdown. GREEN LIGHT start for WR Travis Benjamin and since he's earned it GREEN LIGHT start for TE Gary Barnidge.

IDP REPORT SS Donte Whitner 7 solos. LB Karlos Dansby 4 solos 3 assists 1 pass defensed. LB Christen Kirksey 4 solos 1 assist 1 sack. CB Tramon Williams 5 solos 1 assist 1 sack. CB Joe Haden was a late scratch due to sore ribs and a broken finger and it really caused chaos in the secondary. GREEN LIGHT starts for LB Karlos Dansby and SS Donte Whitner and a YELLOW LIGHT start for LB Christen Kirksey.

The Browns have allocated 54% of their salary to the defense and have used their first picks in the past two drafts on defense but still rank dead last in the league. So much of the team is invested on the defense but the Browns DC Jim O'Neil had only one year of full time positional experience before he was hired as a Defensive Coordinator. Only one defensive coordinator had less experience as a full time positional coach before he got that sort of promotion but he was an in-house hire who had played for the team and had served as a assistant for the same team for four years. Seems the Browns could use a more experienced coordinator because they have invested enough money and high draft picks to that side of the ball.

Aspettate fino alla prossima volta... Till next time, Ciao!

Bob Fergus


The 2-2 Steelers blew a 13 point second half lead falling to the 1-3 Ravens in overtime by the score of 23 to 20. A pair of misses by PK Josh Scobee from 49 and 41 yards in the fourth quarter kept the Ravens in the game. HC Mike Tomlin was then so afraid to use him in overtime he went for it twice on fourth down in Ravens territory on what would have been 56 and 50 yard attempts, both conversions failed. PK Justin Tucker then won the game with a 52 yarder. The schedule has the Steelers playing a second straight prime time game with a long break from Thursday night to Monday night on the west coast in San Diego. The 2-2 Chargers beat the 1-3 Browns in part due to an offsides penalty on a missed 39 yard field goal attempt as time expired. PK Josh Lambo then made a 34 yarder to win the game 30 to 27. The Chargers were without 3 starting offensive lineman due to injuries, having also been decimated at receiver and defensive back.

QB: The key number for QB Michael Vick in his first start last Thursday was 0 turnovers. He was kept on a very short leash (pun intended, sorry) completing 19 of 26 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Vick tried only a pair of passes longer than 20 yards, one of which should have been caught by WR Antonio Brown for a for a 36 yard touchdown. Hopefully the long work week will help him become more comfortable with the offense. Vick can’t be viewed as a legitimate fantasy option even with all the offensive weapons ready to go thanks to the return of WR Martavis Bryant from suspension. The offense is going to be designed to protect Vick, not let him lose for good reason. Taking a few more shots downfield isn’t going to make enough of a difference.

RB: The offense with Vick under center revolved around RB LeVeon Bell as expected. He carried the ball 22 times for 129 yards and a touchdown adding 7 catches for 21 yards. Expect more of the same until QB Ben Roethlisberger returns, actually pretty much even after he returns. Bell is a top fantasy back regardless of matchup. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see RB DeAngelo Williams get a few more opportunities going forward. He had only 2 carries for 5 yards against the Ravens and has seen only 3 total touches since Bell returned.

WR/TE: Brown’s streak of games with at least 5 catches and 50 yards ended. He had 5 receptions for 40 yards on 9 targets. His dropped touchdown was costly. Brown’s upside remains too high to ignore even with Vick and the Chargers 10th ranked passing defense. The return of Bryant is likely to limit the use of WR Darius HeywardBey. Heyward-Bey actually did a nice job in Bryant’s absence. On Thursday he had 4 receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. WR Markus Wheaton caught his only target for 18 yards before a first half ankle injury. The injury is not considered serious. Wheaton had only 8 catches in 4 games while Bryant was suspended. He is not worthy of a fantasy roster spot. Rookie WR Sammie Coates and TE Heath Miller each had a catch, Coates for 11 yards and Miller for 1. Roethlisberger’s injury tempers the excitement of the return of Bryant. Taking a wait and see approach with Bryant is the most prudent course.

K: Scobee lost the trust of Tomlin and paid with his job. A sixth round pick in 2016 was wasted on him. After his release Scobee claimed he was bothered by a quad injury. Nothing was reported earlier and this just seems like an excuse. Signed to replace him was PK Chris Boswell, a former Texans and Giants camp leg that has never attempted a regular season field goal. Boswell can’t be considered a serious fantasy option even with four teams on bye.

D/ST: The defense was torched by RB Justin Forsett for 150 yards rushing. He had a total of 124 yards rushing in the first three games. The speed of LB Ryan Shazier inside was clearly missed. The defense appeared more focused on stopping the pass. QB Joe Flacco was held to under 200 yards through the air. Five different defenders had sacks including team leader DE Stephon Tuitt, currently at 3.5. The Steelers currently have 14 sacks, fourth in the league. Nickel CB Russ Cockrell had a fumble recovery and interception. He has proven to be a nice pickup after failing to make the Bills. Unfortunately a fifth round pick in 2016 seems to have been wasted on CB Brandon Boykin. A solid slot corner for three years in Philadelphia, for some reason Boykin rarely sees the field in Pittsburgh. I don’t generally recommend the Steelers defense on a weekly basis and nothing really changes in San Diego. Shazier is listed as questionable, the weakness in his shoulder remaining a concern. The sack total has been surprising and the Chargers offensive line is a mess, but the big plays remain for the most part missing and the Chargers have put up solid yardage totals.

Good luck this week!

Rick Moses



Last week QB Ryan Mallett melted down on the road against an excellent Falcons’ team; probably the worst game in Franchise history. Fantasy wise what we learned is whenever the Texans play a really good team start Mallett’s back-up because after the score is 42-0 the back-up will throw for several garbage time TDs! The game this week against a poor Colts team should be more even. Only start Mallett if you’re opponent has embarrassing pictures and is blackmailing you.
RB Arian Foster made his debut last Sunday. Foster did not do very well but then again it wasn’t the Texans’ day. I look for a strong performance from him on Thursday night. Bet the bank. Will we see RB Alfred Blue this week? Unless it’s in mop-up duty I wouldn’t expect much from Blue. I don’t think the Texans will be doing any mop up duty any time soon.

The O-line didn’t play well in Atlanta. That was especially disappointing because their best linemen, LT Duane Brown and RG Brandon Brooks, were back in the line-up returning from injuries. Even LG Xavier Su’a-Filo was ready to play.
WR DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 22 times and came away with 157 yards sans a TD. WR Cecil Shorts was hurt on the last senseless play of the game. WR Nate Washington is still lame with a hamstring. This year’s fifth round draft pick WR Keith Mumphery actually looked pretty good last week.
DE JJ Watt, MLB Brian Cushing, DE Jared Crick and DE Jadeveon Clowney played at a high level on a D that couldn’t keep up with a good O. The D was not playing as a team and was embarrassed.
The HC doesn’t understand how seriously people in Texas take their football. He’s starting to take on a loser image. Combine that with an owner who doesn’t understand Pro football and you have a boiling brew that is appropriate for the season. Be careful which Texans you start this week. I guarantee Foster and Hopkins but after them…

Good luck this week!

David Trojanowsky


Hey there Colts’ fans! Here are my thoughts on this weekend’s game as the 2-2 Colts look to extend their AFC South lead as they travel to Houston to take on the 1-3 Texans on Thursday night

Injuries/roster: Of course, everyone wants to know what the status of QB Andrew Luck is for this weekend’s tilt. Unlike last week, he has actually taken the bulk of the snaps in practice during this short week; this coupled with the Monday release of 3rd string passer QB Josh Johnson made it look like Luck was a definite go for Thursday. But then QB Matt Hasselbeck has been sick all week, so they resigned Johnson just in case. I still believe Luck is a “go”. RB Frank Gore was “day to day” with a foot problem according to Coach Pagano, but he was a full participant in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. It also looks like they will get TE Dwayne Allen back in the lineup this week, further enhancing the struggling offense. On the down side, backup RB Tyler Varga is still in the concussion protocol, and is almost assured of being out for Thursday. This fact, and the temporary roster vacancy was fodder for the RB Ahmad Bradshaw rumors to resurface, especially when he was back in for a second workout early in the week. He is not signed yet, but it really makes no sense not to get him on board soon to bolster the backfield. I suspect he might be added after Thursday so he has 10 days to get ready for the Patriots game. The big addition for the defense is the return of starting CB Greg Toler who has missed 6 weeks with a bruised disc in his back. His presence will allow the usually-stalwart secondary to return to normal and hopefully stem the aerial hemorrhaging that has been going on.

QB: As I write this report on Wednesday night, I feel fairly confident that Luck will be under center on Thursday night for this key divisional game in his hometown. While the fierce pass rush of the Texans offers some risk for a guy with a bruised throwing shoulder, I believe that the team will use a quick-release passing game plan again this week like they did to protect Hasselbeck in week 4. As such, I think Luck will be efficient and complete a lot of short passes, but the long drops and long passes will be relatively small in number. The volume should get him up to about 280 yards and a TD or 2, making him a solid but unspectacular start for your fantasy team. In any case…if he is in the Colts’ lineup, he should be in your lineup.

RB: This could be a big week for Frank Gore to break out a little bit as the Texans have been gashed on the ground for the last few weeks – although primarily by speed backs and not power backs. He should be in line for a half dozen targets in the passing game as well, so his PPR value will be solid. Now if he could only hold onto the ball inside the five yard line and punch in those TDs, his fantasy value would be a mid-range #1! I look for him to approach 90-100 total yards and a 75% chance of a short TD.

WR: WR TY Hilton has a ludicrous history of torching the Texans, especially in Houston. Astoundingly, he has 370 receiving yards in the last two trips to Houston! While I can’t see him going off like that again this week…he should be a solid #2 for sure. I like WR Donte Moncrief to again be a low end #2 and a solid #3 for your lineup with a better than 50% chance of a TD. I would like to say that WR Andre Johnson has been saving it up for his return to Texas, but it is too risky to start him in any size league right now. That being said, I have a hunch he will have a solid game and the team will try to get him a score against a depleted secondary

TE: TE Coby Fleener has a great history as well against the Texans, but most of his damage and TDs have come in the home matchups for some reason. With the return of Dwayne Allen as well to split the tight end targets, this is a week for which Fleener might take a step back into the range of the mediocre again this week. He is a great #2 but no more than a low-end #1 this week. IN scoring heavy leagues, I would bet on Allen being a better likelihood to score than Fleener this week.

K: PK Adam Vinatieri has not scored well against the Texans in recent years, only topping double digits once in the last seven games. TNF games tend to favor the running back and the kickers on the home teams, and disfavor the kickers on the road teams, so I am cautious about Vinatieri’s chances this week. The Texans also give up so many TDs that opposing kickers are mostly kicking PATs instead of FGs, so I would probably leave Vinatieri on your bench this week and stream a “one hit wonder” with a good matchup instead.

D: While the Texans’ quarterbacks do not inspire confidence, the Colts have not done well in limiting the Texans in Houston. I think they might get a few sacks due to the depleted receiving crew, but the ground game should chew them up and minimize chances. Although the Texans have been generous to opposing fantasy defenses so far in 2015, I am not feeling good about the Colts unit this week.

Overall: Amazingly, the Colts have never lost a game on Thursday night, sitting at 9-0 all- time including 7-0 against divisional foes. It should be noted that most of those nine wins on TNF have been by the narrowest of margins, generally winning by less than one score. In addition, they are currently tied with two other teams for the all time record for consecutive divisional wins with 15, and are looking to set the record tomorrow night. Despite all this history (including the huge stats generally put up by Luck and Hilton), this one has all the earmarks of a trap game. I generally like the home team on Thursdays, especially when they can run the ball and the Colts have NEVER stopped Arian Foster. If the Colts can get a lead, they will be in good shape because the Texans’ receiving crew is down a few bodies just as the Colts’ secondary is getting healthy so there won’t be much to get in the air. I think this game is too close to call and I will give the slight nod to the home team, but the Colts are probably the more talented team right now and could just as easily escape with a close win. Play Luck and Hilton and Gore, and Moncrief if you have to.

That is all for this week from the Crossroads of America. Make sure you wander on in to FFMastermind.com to check on Luck’s game day availability before turning in your lineup on Thursday night – enjoy the game! Until next time friends….GO HORSE!!!!!

Chris Rito


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


Minnesota 20 Denver 23

The fourth-quarter again proved to be crunch time for the Broncos as they moved to 4-0. QB Peyton Manning has now led his teams to a 4-0 start seven times, most in NFL history. But it took the Broncos' furious pass rush to finish off the Vikings. The Broncos play fourth quarter football: the offense finds its groove; the defense makes a big turnover to seal the win. Minnesota had its chances, but after its first possession, never ran an offensive snap with the game tied. That status, coupled with the Broncos' pass rush, was enough to knock the Vikings off-kilter and helped the Broncos do just enough to get past them. The Broncos emphasized the pistol formation for a second consecutive week and RB Ronnie Hillman broke out for a 72-yard touchdown sprint, the longest touchdown run by a Broncos running back in 15 years and the fourth longest in franchise history. Nevada HC Chris Ault developed the pistol to get his backs running down hill and it has helped the Broncos' offense the past two games. RB C.J. Anderson (11-43-0; 1-27-0) and RB Ronnie Hillman (11-103-1; 1-5-0) each touched the football 12 times and HC Gary Kubiak would like that balance to continue. QB Peyton Manning (17/27-213-1-2) found tight end Owen Daniels (on PMs most nerve wracking pass: to a wide open receiver) for a touchdown in the second consecutive game, capping the Broncos' eight-play, 80-yard march to open the second half. That drive pushed the Broncos' lead to 20-10 and forced the Vikings to stay in comeback mode. But the offense couldn't build on that, and stalled, allowing the Vikings a window to get back in the game. Manning was sacked twice and the offense suffered from "self-inflicted wounds": penalties and a pair of interceptions. WR Demaryius Thomas (9/12-93-0) had a 30 yard reception and WR Emmanuel Sanders (3/6-68-0) had a catch for 43 yards. The Broncos defense teed off from their first snap to their last, finishing with seven sacks and three forced fumbles. Not every defensive coordinator would call a blitz with 37 seconds remaining in a three-point game and S T.J. Ward (AFC Defensive Player of the Week) got a sack and forced a fumble, that Von Miller recovered. The special teams played well with P Britton Colquitt averaging 47 yards a punt and K Brandon McManus a perfect 2/2 PATs and 3/3 FGs.

Denver (4-0) @ Oakland (2-2)

The emphasis on the running game is about building an offense that will be effective and versatile in December and January. The Broncos will continue to run the ball with Anderson and Hillman. Manning, Thomas and Sanders will continue to be the main cogs in the passing game, with TE Owen Daniels, WR Jordan Norwood and WR Bennie Fowler chipping in as role players. The Broncos now have one more starting-caliber defensive lineman at their disposal with DE Derek Wolfe returning from suspension. Statistically, the offenses are pretty much even, but the Bronco defense is clearly superior giving up 39 less points than Oakland. DB Charles Woodson at age 38 leads a defense that has given up a league leading 388 yards and six touchdows to tight ends.OLB Khalil Mack has 3 of the defenses eight sacks in the last two games. WR Michael Crabtree and RB Latavius Murry are banged up. Denver is favored by 5 on the road. Denver 24 Oakland 20

QB Peyton Manning may be worth 18-22 points. RB C. J. Anderson may be worth 7-16 points. RB Ronnie Hillman may be worth 7-12 points. WR Demaryius Thomas may be worth 16-23 points. WR Emmanual Sanders may be worth 15-20 points. WR Cody Latimore may be worth 0-2 points . WR Andre Caldwell may be worth 0-3 points WR Bennie Fowler may be worth 0-3 points WR Jordan Norwood may be worth 0-3 points TE Owen Danials may be worth 6-11 points . TE Virgil Green may be worth 1-3 points PK Brandon McManus may be worth 7-11 points.
The Broncos D/ST may be worth 8-13 points.

DL Malik Jackson may be worth 3 points. DL Sylvester Williams may be worth 2 points. DL Antonio Smith may be worth 1 points DL Derek Wolfe may be worth 1 points LB Danny Travathan may be worth 4 points. LB Brandon Marshall may be worth 7 points. LB Von Miller may be worth 4 points. DB Chris Harris, Jr may be worth 5 points. DB Darien Stewart may be worth 5 points. DB Aqib Talib may be worth 5 points DB T.J. Ward may be worth 6 points DB Bradley Roby may be worth 5 points.

Good luck this week!

Charles Rives


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


During week 4, the San Diego Chargers defeated the Cleveland Browns 30-27 via a last gasp field goal. So far, at 2-2, the Chargers don’t appear to be an especially good team, although some players on the team are pretty solid. This week, the Bolts face the 1-3 Chicago Bears, who have problems of their own. This report will be a review of the win over Cleveland, as well as a preview of the Bears at Chargers Monday Night game.

QB: It should be pretty apparent by now that San Diego QB Philip Rivers is one of the league’s better quarterbacks. Yet he never seems to get his due. It’s rare that he doesn’t have a respectable to excellent game and he’s almost never injured. Last week, Rivers was 23/38 for 358 passing yards, 3 TDs and no INTs. The Bears are very beatable, Rivers has TE Antonio Gates back, and there’s little reason to think that he won’t have another solid game.

RB: Still not a lot out of Chargers starting RB Melvin Gordon. Hey I warned you preseason, but he could still come around. Gordon was 12/38 on the ground with no TDs and had 2 receptions for 8 yards. RB Danny Woodhead fared better with 8 carries for 54 yards and 4 receptions for 84 yards but no rushing or receiving TDs. This week, consider Gordon a weak RB2 or FLEX while Woodhead looks like a solid RB2.

WR: In addition to a very good quarterback, San Diego has very good receivers. I mentioned WR Dontrelle Inman as a sleeper and a probable strong producer if given a chance, and indeed Inman lead the receiving corps in yardage with 3 catches for 88 yards but no TDs. WR Keenan Allen had another respectable day with 4 receptions for 72 yards and a TD. We saw limited production from WR Malcom Floyd with 1 catch for 20 yards. WR Stevie Johnson was somewhat limited with a 4/32 day. This week, consider Allen a strong WR2 or weak WR1. Floyd is an iffy FLEX. Johnson had an off day, but still looks like a weak WR2 or strong WR3 to me. While I like Inman, he’s a highly risky play due to lack of opportunity. If he gets targets, he produces, but he might well not get enough chances to make him fantasy relevant at this time.

TE: I’m high on TE Ladarius Green and he produced against Cleveland with 4/53 and 1 TD. However, future Hall of Fame TE Antonio Gates returns from suspension, so that should limit Green’s opportunities. Consider Gates a Top 10 fantasy option and green a Top 20, but riskier play.

PK: San Diego rookie PK Josh Lambo was 3/3 on FGs and 3/3 on extra points. Consider him a middle-of-the-pack or slightly better week 5 fantasy option.

DEF: Long story short, the San Diego defense doesn’t appear to be as good as thought them to be. Still, the Chargers defense recorded 4 stacks and a forced fumble, so it wasn’t entirely bad. The Bears are weak though, making the San Diego defense a slightly better than average week 5 play.

That’s my report for this week. Let’s hope that the shaky Bolts can beat the imploding Bears Monday Night. Until my next report, GO CHARGERS!!!

Brad Willis


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The Giants evened their record at 2-2 with a convincing 24-10 road win against a tough Buffalo Bills team last Sunday. The divisional race is wide open as the G-Men get ready to face the struggling San Francisco 49’rs on Sunday night football in MetLife. In spite of recent subpar performances by the Niners, Big Blue cannot take them lightly.
QB Eli Manning control of the offense is evident as a very sound offensive game plan was executed against a tough Bills defense. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 212 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 interception and a solid passer rating of 91.6. He was sacked once.

• Eli is facing a Niners pass defense that is ranked 21st in the league. They have allowed 6 TD passes and an opposing passer rating of 108.3. They also have 9 sacks and 2 interceptions. His offensive line has done a good job of pass protection this season so I believe he will have some success in this matchup as the San Fran secondary is beatable. Expect 250 yards and 2 TD’s, making him a top 10 starter this week.
RB Rashad Jennings showed some positive signs, especially in the passing game. He had 9 carries for 38 yards. He also had 2 catches for 54 yards with a long catch & run that sealed the victory. RB Andre Williams chipped in with 11 carries for 35 yards. RB Shane Vereen had 5 carries for 21 yards and zero catches for a second week in a row!

• The running game faces a Buffalo run defense ranked 21st in the league allowing 4.1 yards per carry and 114 yards per game. They have allowed a whopping 6 TD’s. Jennings is still getting limited touches in this committee and is no better than a middling flex play with those in need with bye week or injury issues. Expect 65 total yards with a possible TD. I think the Giants will try to get Vereen going but that is just a hunch. Until he gets more consistent production, he should be on your bench, even in PPR leagues. Williams doesn’t get enough touches to warrant fantasy consideration in standard leagues but is worth s shot as a sleeper in scoring leagues. All three of these backs are rosterable for the most part but I believe Williams has the most upside if Jennings gets nicked up.
WR Odell Beckham Jr had 5 receptions for 38 yards in a very chippy affair. He showed patience and toughness. WR Rueben Randle had 3 grabs for 31 yards and a TD. Slot WR Dwayne Harris contributed 5 catches for 51 yards and a TD.

• I expect Beckham Jr to have a big game, especially in prime time. He should have 6 catches for 95 yards and a TD making him a top 5 receiver this week. Randle is still on the radar screen but I still cannot trust him for consistent fantasy production. Stay away! Slot WR Victor Cruz is out for this game and will be re-evaluated on Monday.
TE Larry Donnell had 5 catches for 38 yards.

• Donnell should get more targets as veteran TE Daniel Fells is out for the season with a MRSA infection. As a result, he becomes a top 12 tight end with some upside.

One interception, 1 fumble recovery and 2 sacks is very good road fantasy production. This group continues to be opportunistic and makes a nice streaming D play Sunday night against an error prone Niners offense.
PK Josh Brown continues his solid season with 1 FG’s and 2 extra points. He did miss an extra point however.

• Brown is a top 12 kicker who should get opportunities.

That’s all for now and good luck in Week 5!

Tony DeArmas


Here is a recap of Week # 4:

The Philadelphia Eagles were defeated by the Washington Redskins on Sunday by a final score of 23 to 20. The Eagles are now 1-3 on the 2015 NFL season. The Eagles have been sluggish in the first half of three of their four games this season. Dropped passes, missed assignments by the offensive line, bad play-calling … it all came back to haunt the Eagles on Sunday.

QB Sam Bradford finally completed some deep balls — four of them in all — but another terribly slow start plagued the Eagles. He hit WR Nelson Agholor for 45 yards in the second quarter, connected with WR Riley Cooper on a 62-yard touchdown, completed a 31-yarder to WR Jordan Matthews, and hit WR Miles Austin in stride for a 39-yard TD. He threw for 270 yards and tossed three TD’s and no INT’s. However, he was sacked 5 times. Injuries to the OL was exposed in the 4th Quarter. RB’s DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews & Darren Sproles could only manage 73 yards on 17 carries. WR Riley Cooper had 2 catches for 72 yards and scored on a 62 yard TD pass reception. WR Nelson Agholor caught 3 passes for 64 yards. WR Miles Austin got 51 yards on 2 receptions and scored on a 39 yard TD pass reception. WR Jordan Matthews also had 3 receptions for 50 yards. TE Brent Celek made good on his lone catch of a 10 yard TD pass reception.


The Eagles’ defense, undermanned and forced to play more than two-thirds of the game, finally wilted in the final minutes, allowing QB Kirk Cousins to drive the Redskins 90 yards for a game-winning touchdown. NT Bennie Logan led the Defense with 9 tackles. CB E.J. Biggers, S Malcolm Jenkins & S Walter Thurmond each had 8 tackles. OLB Brandon Graham had the only Sack. ILB Jordan Hicks had the lone turnover, a fumble recovery. The Eagles have now gone 16 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, tying with the Falcons for the longest streak in the NFL.

PK Caleb Sturgis did not have a good outing going 2 for 4 on his place kicks. He missed a field goal and an extra point from 33 yards each. P Donnie Jones averaged 41.8 yards on 6 punts with 2 inside the 20 yard line. PR Darren Sproles had a punt return of 45 yards but the Eagles couldn’t take advantage while Sturgis missed a 33 yard FG attempt before half time.


Week # 5 the Eagles (1-3) will play host to the New Orleans Saints (1-3) on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field on FOX at 1:00pm.


The New Orleans Saints will look to earn their 2nd consecutive victory this week, when they travel to the City of Brotherly Love (yeah, right) for a match-up vs. NFC East opponent Philadelphia this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Both teams are a disappointing 1-3, and the loser of this game will fall further and further away from any hope of getting their season turned around and make any sort of run at a Playoff spot in 2015. If the Eagles OL don’t protect Bradford this could be another long day in Philly. DeMarco Murray is insisting that he needs more carries but the WR’s need to catch the ball. Too many drops. The Defense will need to step up against QB Drew Brees or he will pick them apart.


LT Jason Peters, ILB Mychal Kendricks, CB Byron Maxwell and DE Brandon Bair all left with injuries. None of them returned. Peters aggravated the quad issue he suffered in the Week 3 over the Jets. Matt Tobin shifted from right guard to left tackle with Peters out and LT Dennis Kelly stepped in at right guard for Tobin. Kendricks aggravated his hamstring injury on the Eagles' first defensive series. Maxwell (quad) was also hurt on that drive. Bair left with a groin injury. RT Lane Johnson stayed on the ground after an extra point attempt, but walked off under his own power and returned to the game. Bradford limped off the field after a second-half series but had his right ankle taped and didn't miss a play.

That’s all for now from the BirdSeed!

R.J. Gula


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The report for this week has not yet been released.


Lions report, week 5 preview
Cardinals at Lions

QB: I am one of the few QB Matthew Stafford supporters left among Lions fans, but look at that final drive in Seattle. Stafford was 6 for 6 for 72 yards. On the road in crunch time against that Seahawks defense. I know he has that in him and I know there have been times where if he had more help from teammates, he wouldn’t be saddled with these stats about how he can’t win on the road against +.500 teams and so on. I just wish he could unlock some of that late game magic more often. He did it several times in 2014, and that Monday game followed that script. Offense struggles much of the game, defense keeps them in it, and Stafford leads a dramatic comeback. But as time goes on, it seems that Stafford will continue to produce just middling fantasy numbers, maybe until the Lions lose enough games to fall completely out of the playoff race. I know they aren’t really in it at 0-4, but maybe later in the season if more losses pile up, Stafford can just go back to his gunslinger ways. Arizona’s defense has 7 interceptions this year, with 3 of those going back for TDs. The game plan will likely stress more of the safe passing game with an emphasis on ball security.

RB: Well with RB Joique Bell (ankle) ruled out of the Seattle game that gave RB Ameer Abdullah more of a chance. He did OK, but still can’t consistently get the ball in open spaces. This offensive line is having a rough year to say the least. Abdullah has the big play potential to make him a nice flex play in most leagues. RB Theo Riddick is one of the few Lions that plays with a lot of heart, and could help you if you are desperate. Bell is still not practicing this week so he’s a long shot to play. You can safely drop him in most leagues. RB Zach Zenner is a fan favorite but does not figure to get enough carries to be fantasy relevant. We saw Todd Gurley run wild against Arizona last week but there is no Todd Gurley here. The lack of explosive pass plays is not helping as far as loosening up the defense.

WR/TE: I don’t think WR Golden Tate was intentionally frozen out of the game plan after his controversial comments last week, but who knows for sure. He should bounce back with a better game this week. WR Calvin Johnson will continue to rack up nice PPR points as he is transforming from Megatron into a possession receiver in this offense. When the Lions went to Arizona last year they struggled with the talented Cardinals secondary, were held under 200 yards passing, and did not even score a touchdown. That does not bode well for their fantasy stock this week. TE Eric Ebron dodged a bullet with a knee injury that looked like it could have been serious. He will likely only be out for the short term, and it is possible that TE Brandon Pettigrew will return this week. This would mean the Lions can stop using their way too predictable six man offensive line package where run plays are darn near guaranteed.

K/DST: The Lions defense showed some life on Monday night so that was nice to see. LB DeAndre Levy appears to be on track to make his season debut this week, so grab him in IDP leagues. Arizona’s offense has been lighting it up this year so I can’t really recommend using the Lions defense, even with the return of Levy. Maybe in daily leagues if they have a cheap price tag they would be worth a look, but there are probably better choices. PK Matt Prater is solid in a season where there has been a lot of chaos at the kicker position with several teams.

I will return next week with a new report.

James Hintz


Week 4 Review: This was an unexpected defensive game in which the fantasy star was the Packers defense – oddly enough – in a 17-3 win. The 49ers had nothing around Kaepernick and the Packers had QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had 224 yards for 1 touchdown and no interceptions, completing 68.8% of his passes for a rating of 99.0. He also added 33 yards on 2 carries for a 11.0 y/c average – for 257 total yards. He currently ranks 11th among quarterbacks this week in yards, and 1st in touchdowns among starting quarterbacks, 6th in passing percentage and 1st in quarterback rating. In this respect he remains steady. RB Eddie Lacy’s is apparently back and had 18 carries for 90 yards (a 5.0 y/c avg.). And he added just 3 yards on 1 reception for a total of 93 total yards. RB James Starks had only 28 yards on 9 carries (a 3.1 y/c avg.) and added 11 yards on 2 receptions for 39 total yards. RB John Kuhn had 1 yard on 1 carry for 1 touchdown. I know none of that will get any fantasy owner to start Kuhn, but he did score 50% of the Packer touchdowns in this game. History says you should not count on that. TE Richard Rodgers caught 5 passes for 45 yards and 1 touchdown. WR Randall Cobb had 5 receptions for 44 yards (a 8.8 y/r avg.) but no touchdowns. Cobb currently ranks 12th in receptions, 22nd in yards among NFL receivers, and tied for 2nd in scoring with 4 touchdowns. WR James Jones had 5 receptions for 98 yards and no touchdowns. Jones currently ranks 39th in receptions, 14th in yards, but is also tied for 2nd in the league with 4 touchdowns. WR Ty Montgomery contributed with 3 receptions for 15 yards. The offensive line struggled again and the 49ers were able to sack Rodgers 3 times and get 5 hits. All the talk this past week was about how good the offensive line played against the Chiefs and about how OT Don Barclay has returned to his pre injured self. I don’t see it and the stats don’t show it. Rodgers has had to repeatedly scramble to find time to throw, and the touchdown to Richard Rodgers was no exception. K Mason Crosby finally missed a field goal – it was from 44 yards out. However, it would have only marginally improved his scoring. As it was he put up 5 points, making 1 field goal and 2 extra points. The Packers continue to go for extra points rather than the 2-point conversion. That ranks him 2nd in field goal percentage and 9th in points. The Packer defense was a fantasy special this week. They gave up 196 yards (3.2 y/play avg.) over 50 49er offensive plays – which is a huge improvement over what they have been giving up. They had 6 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 7 hits on the quarterback, 1 interception, 3 passes defended, 1 forced fumbles but none recovered – these categories were roughly the same as last week. It depends a little on how your league scores defense. For this week, no matter if the emphasis is on how much yardage is given up, or if the emphasis is on impact plays, this was a great week to play the Packer defense. The Packer defense is 7th in the league against the pass, 21st against the run, 8th overall. It was the first week of the season that gave them a bad ranking vs. the run. There ranking has improved every week since then. So, I was right about playing the Pacer defense, but missed on the offensive side of the ball.

Week 5 Preview: The Packers will play the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Lambeau Field. The differences are more categorized this week rather than across the board. The 10th ranked Packer offense doesn’t look as over powering vs. the 16th ranked Ram defense. The Rams 14th ranked pass defense looks to stack up favorably against the Packer 21st ranked passing attack. But the Packers have decided edges in rushing (3rd) and scoring (5th) offense vs. the Rams defense that rank 26th and 16th respectively in the same categories. On defense the Packers dominate the Ram offense in every category. But the impact that Ram RB Gurley will have remains to be seen – and he did help the Rams defeat a slightly better run defense last week. This could translate to a good day for the Lacy and the Packer defense. When Rodgers gets better protection the passing game will become more of a factor. Season projections, some of which have taken a hit this week, are based on the first 4 games show that: WR Randall Cobb will have 100 receptions, 1156 yards, and 16 touchdowns. WR James Jones would have 68 receptions for 1268 yards and 16 touchdowns. WR Ty Montgomery would have 36 receptions for 264 yards and 4 touchdowns. QB Aaron Rodgers would have completed 356 of 492 passes for 44 touchdowns and 3980 yards with no interceptions. And you would have to tack on another 428 rushing yards for a total of 4408 yards. TE Richard Rodgers would have 52 receptions for 440 yards and 8 touchdowns. This would put him close to a Packer record for TE receptions. RB Eddie Lacy would have 920 rushing yards and 232 receiving yards for a 1152 yard total. He will also have 4 touchdowns. K Mason Crosby now projects to 132 on the season – the second week of decline for him. WR Davante Adams might be out for a while because his ankle injury is more severe than at first thought. The defense is getting better every week. For advance planning purposes, the Packer bye week comes after the San Diego game in week 7 of the NFL season. Now would be a good time to start looking for players you may need to cover for Packer players who would otherwise play that week - especially if your fantasy roster has been ravaged by injuries.

Start QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Randle Cobb, WR James Jones, RB Eddie Lacy, and the Packer defense. You will have to decide on if PK Mason Crosby would be a good start. As usual I’ll return next week to review the results of the Ram game and preview the San Diego game.

Mike Hankes


The report for this week has not yet been released.


Last week the Falcons hosted the Texans and just simply embarrassed them, winning 48-21, and at one point leading 42-0 at the end of the third quarter…..and seeing 48 points, you would like well, QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones went off…..not so fast my friends…..RB Devonta Freeman was again the number one fantasy stud for the Falcons rushing for 68 yards and catching 5 passes for 81 yards and scoring 3, yes 3 touchdowns for the second week in a row…..and then number 2 fantasy performer for the Falcons, the defense….yes, the defense…..they only got 1 sack, but forced 4 turnovers and scored 2 touchdowns……..QB Matt Ryan threw for 256 yards and a score while WR Julio Jones caught on 4 passes for 38 yards on just 6 targets….but that was all based on game flow….WR Leonard Hankerson has fully grasped the #2 wide receiver position and had 6 catches for 103 yards and a score…..There was a WR Roddy White sighting as he caught his first pass since week one, but it was just 2 for 8 yards……he has come out and said he is pissed, which is crazy for a team off to a 4-0 start…..I would say you can drop him at this point….although we have all seen diva wide receivers complain about not getting passes and the next week they are force fed the ball, although I would be shocked if this happens with the Falcons….. PK Matt Bryant rounded out the scoring with 6 extra points.

For week #5, the Falcons look to finish off the NFC East when they host the Redskins. The Redskins are tougher against the run, but their secondary is very beatable…..I think this is a week we see QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones lead the way from a fantasy perspective making them both locked in starters, which isn’t news or anything….with regard to RB Devonta Freeman….obviously, you have to ride the hot hand and play him, but I think you need to temper your expectations this week as I think he comes back down to earth against the Skins. Also, rookie RB Tevin Coleman is questionable to come back this week. While I don’t think he would get significant touches, he could eat a bit into Freeman’s touches. WR Leonard Hankerson has been playing great as of late and if you want a share of this offense makes a good flex or WR3 play if you have injuries or possible bye week needs. Regardless of whether you start him, he needs to be owned. Many owners will be tempted to stream the Falcons DST, but last week was all based on touchdowns and defensive touchdowns are very difficult to predict. They did get 4 turnovers and we all know that Redskin QB Kirk Cousins can turn the ball over in bunches. Lastly, the Falcons are going to score, so PK Matt Bryant is always a good option.

Falcons move to 5-0 with a 27-14 victory over Washington.

Good luck this week!

Bryon Bonafede


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


The report for this week has not yet been released.


Well the Cardinals could not maintain an undefeated record and fell to 3-1 against the St. Louis Rams (2-2). This puts the Rams and the Seahawks one game behind the Cardinals so the Cardinals need to go on a winning streak the next 3 weeks.
The Rams played a tough defensive game and made enough offensive plays to win and earn this victory. RB Todd Gurley really hampered the Cardinals’ chances of victory in the 4th quarter with over 100 yards rushing at the end of the game. The Rams certainly needed and got this victory. I was truly hoping for a 4-0 start but we’ll have to be happy to be 3-1 at this point.
Fantasy Production vs Rams.
QB Carson Palmer played well, but wasn’t on his A+ game. 29 for 46 for 352 yards and 1 TD. There was the biggest stat, 1 TD. 5 trips in the Red Zone and only 1 TD isn’t a recipe for success.
RB Chris Johnson 16 carries 83 yards and 0 TDs. The Cardinals were sitting at first and 1 at the 1 yard line and could not get a TD. Result: Loss. Credit the Ram defense here as well.
RB David Johnson: 3 Carries 18 yards. 4 catches 63 yards 1 TD. Good fantasy scoring here.
WR Larry Fitzgerald 7 catches 99 yards. WR John Brown 7 catches 75 yards WR Michael Floyd 5 catches 59 yards. It was nice to see WR Michael Floyd come alive.

Cardinals Defense allowed 146 yards rushing to RB Todd Gurley which killed the Cardinals in the 4th quarter. The defense also allowed 3 TDs to QB Nick Foles. That can’t happen either when you want to win. Congrats to the Rams…. On to the Lions!

The Cardinals play the Lions this week in Detroit.

The Lions are not happy with their result in Seattle last week. So they will be a very dangerous opponent. Currently, the Cardinals should win this game, but as we saw, Seattle should have lost to them.

So, let’s look at this week’s game vs the Detroit Lions.
The key here will be can the Arizona Defense get back on its heels and stop the rushing game of Detroit. In addition, we’ll have another spectacular battle of WR Calvin Johnson vs CB Patrick Peterson. This game should feature two very good offenses and two good defenses so it should boil down to a close game.

Fantasy MUST plays for Arizona:
QB Carson Palmer. Yes, just keep riding that wagon. I have a feeling he’ll do better this week than last week. RB Chris Johnson. He just makes thing happen and is still averaging over 5 yards a carry. He needs to get a TD this week! RB Andre Ellington. Supposedly, Andre is playing which places RB David Johnson on the bench mostly. If you are in a PPR league, RB Andre Ellington is a must. WR Larry Fitzgerald. Yes, keep playing him with QB Carson Palmer under center. PK Chandler Catanzaro – just do it!

Fantasy COULD plays for this week:
WR John Brown is making it happen and if you are looking for a good #3, pick this guy! WR Michael Floyd is starting to come back to life. He could get back to the #1 WR status soon.
No TE’s are worth starting.
Cardinals D/ST is probably worth a start this week. Let’s see if they can do better than last week against the run.

Outlook: I look for the Cardinals to get back on the winning track but not without a struggle and several scares. Cardinals win 31-30 in a wild and fun game!

Go Cardinals!

David Vohs


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Seattle barely made it out of the game against the winless Lions in CLink, so how can they possibly do well on the road against an undefeated team? Looking at the 4-0 Bengals reminds me of some of the ‘Hawks teams under Coach Holmgren. They would do extremely well early in the year and then the wheels would just come off. The Bengals have not really beaten anyone of substance so far this year and despite the ‘Hawks recent troubles will see their performance against Seattle as indicative of how good they really are. This is a very big game for both sides. Can Seattle’s offensive line stand up on the road against an undefeated team? Based on what we have seen the first 4 games that does not seem likely - unless Cincinnati is not really who they seem to be.

QB- QB Russell Wilson manages to rush and pass for fantasy points despite being sacked 6+ times per game. The two fumbles lost cost him and his fantasy owners since he only had the one touchdown. His performance against the Bengals could really go either way. The key stat to consider is not Wilson’s, but rather his receivers. The top two receivers and the tight end when thrown a catchable pass have caught 100% of them. That stat is the only reason to believe in starting Wilson this week. But it is very likely that he will underperform.

RB- RB Marshawn Lynch was out last week and RB Fred Jackson was injured during the game. Once again the leading rusher was Wilson. RB Thomas Rawls managed 48 yards on his 17 attempts which is not much for a fantasy owner to write home about. Again he remains the fantasy handcuff for Lynch, but either should be started with caution because we really do not know how good the Bengals front is.

WR- WR Jermaine Kearse and WR Doug Baldwin have not missed a catch yet this year. It seems like it was not long ago that the story was all the dropped balls. Not anymore. And this time Angry Doug had the TD, but only 36 yards and Kearse led the team with 84 yards. Both providing decently as a #3 fantasy back. WR Tyler Lockett did not score on special teams but did have 58 yards in the passing game. He remains the best start as a #3 if you get points on return TDs, while it is a pick’em between Kearse and Baldwin if you don’t.

TE- TE Jimmy Graham is also catching 100% of the catchable passes thrown his direction and this week that was 4 for 29 yards. That is roughly half of what he had the week before and continues the story that he is being underutilized. Of course he is underutilized, that is how Seattle works. There is no go-to guy in the receiving corps, only in the running game. Graham owners should not despair, but you should never have expected him to reach any more than half of the typical fantasy stats he was seeing in New Orleans.

K- PK Steven Hauschka again remains perfect hitting two FGs from 50+ and adding one extra point on top. He remains a must start for this sputtering offense.

D- SS Kam Chancellor made an amazing play, without which we would not be talking about LB KJ Wright’s second punch of the ball. Yes, the ‘Hawks got away with one but who watching realized that was the rule? And if WR Calvin Johnson had protected the ball Seattle would have lost without any of this debate. What is not up for debate is that this defense is shutting down all comers. QB Andy Dalton is making his living on the long ball and the Legion of Boom just does not allow them to be completed. One of the two will break. Seattle is not getting sacks or INTs, but they are keeping points and yards to a minimum, so they still remain a strong start even against the Bengals. LB Bobby Wagner remains my IDP pick as he is averaging 8.5 tackles per game.

Prediction -
I am predicting a game like we typically see with Carolina. Low scoring and teetering back and forth in field position until someone makes the play to win the game. I am just not sure who that will be, but my gut says it will be the Bengals at the end. Any other outcome will tell us that the Bengals are not the team they seem to be.

Seattle - 9
Lions - 13

Good luck this week!

Rick Watts


INTRODUCING THE GURLEY MAN! The St. Louis Rams go to Arizona and beat the Cardinals 24-22 led by rookie RB Todd Gurley and a physical defense. It was a total team effort and a welcome performance after two disappointing losses. With the win the Rams are 2-2 as they head to Green Bay to face the undefeated Packers in week five. Let’s take a look at the Fantasy production for the Rams players and my Fantasy advice for you in week five.

QB: QB Nick Foles (16 of 24 for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns) had his best game as a Ram and made clutch passes at critical downs. Foles is not mobile but when the line gives him a clan pocket, he can make all the throws. QB Case Keenum and QB Sean Mannion continue to watch from the sidelines. Green Bay is ranked 7th in pass defense at 197 yards per game. The Packers have given up 4 touchdowns in four games while collecting 4 interceptions. Green Bay is tied with the Rams at 17 sacks. Week 5 Recommendation: The improved running game gives Foles more opportunities in the passing game so he could be effective against the Packers. With four teams on byes and several other starting quarterbacks injured, I think Nick should be considered as a solid QB2 this week.

RB: Todd Gurley (19-146 rushing and 2-15 receiving) had a breakout game in his second professional appearance and showed why HC Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead took him with the tenth overall pick in the Draft. After a slow start (2 rushing yards in the first half) Gurley ran wild in the second half and sealed the win when he ran for a first down then wisely gave himself up inbounds so the Rams could kill the clock. RB Tre Mason (2-(-1) rushing) was relegated to the bench. RB Bennie Cunningham (2-0 rushing and 2-4 receiving) was the third down back and got lucky when he was call down on a fumble. Green Bay is ranked 21st against the rush at 115 yards per game and have allowed 4 rushing touchdowns. Week 5 Recommendation: After his performance in Arizona Gurley is the unquestioned starter for the Rams and has the potential to be a true RB1. This week will be only his second start so for now Todd should be considered a high end RB2.

WR: WR Tavon Austin (2-20 rushing and 6-96 and 2 touchdowns receiving) was the star receiver of the game and had his best receiving game since his rookie season. Hopefully Tavon will be able to continue this type of productivity. WR Stedman Bailey (2-30 and 1 touchdown receiving) made a nice catch on his third quarter touchdown that gave the Rams a 17-9 lead. WR Kenny Britt was held without a catch after his big week against the Steelers. WR Brian Quick was active but did not make any receptions. Best wishes to Chris Givens who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the week. Week 5 Recommendation: The Rams have rotated their leading receiver the past few weeks but Austin has is the most versatile and hopefully they continue to feature him. I would consider Tavon and low end WR2 and high end WR3 this week. He has added value in leagues that give points for return yardage.

TE: TE Jared Cook (3-22) was ineffective again and has been disappointing after leading the Rams in receiving the first two weeks. TE Lance Kendricks did not catch a pass but did a good job blocking. TE Cory Harkey (1-4) caught his first pass of the season and also paved the way for Gurley. Week 5 Recommendation: Cook has cooled off but is still the Rams top receiving tight end; unfortunately he is only a low end TE2.

K: PK Greg Zuerlein (1-1 field goal (30 yards) and 3-3 extra points) was perfect again and has been solid so far this season. Week 5 Recommendation: Greg could get more opportunities with Gurley helping the offense. With the amount of struggling kickers out there, Greg should be considered a high end K2.

DEF: The defense had another stellar performance but took a major injury hit. LB Alec Ogletree (9 solo tackles and 1 assist) who has been the most productive defender this season suffered a severe ankle injury in the third quarter. He will miss at least eight weeks and could be lost for the season. LB James Laurinaitis (4 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 1 sack) recorded his first sack of the season and will hopefully improve his numbers with Ogletree sidelined. DE Chris Long (1 solo tackle and 1 sack) got his second sack of the season and is playing better after a relatively slow start. DT Aaron Donald (2 solo tackles) and DE Robert Quinn (2 assists) were disruptive even if the numbers do not reflect their productivity. CB Janoris Jenkins (5 solo tackles and 1 interception) made it two games in a row with a pick and held on for a spectacular catch on his interception. SS T.J. McDonald (5 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 1 sack) and DB Lamarcus Joyner (4 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 1 sack) were effective on blitzes. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers has thrown 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in four games and has been sacked only 6 times so the defense needs to play their best to give the Rams a chance for victory. Week 5 Recommendations: The team defense has been playing well and different players are making plays every week. Ogletree is out so Laurinaitis becomes even more important. Donald, Quinn, and McDonald are solid IDP’s against Green Bay.

The Rams gave Arizona their first loss of the season and face another undefeated team in Green Bay this week. If St. Louis can continue to run the ball like they did in the second half against the Cardinals, they could upset the Packers and head into their week six bye with a winning record. Gurley’s breakout game has Rams Fans and his Fantasy Owners excited and I think he will continue to impress as the season progresses. Love and blessings to my family. Miss you Pops! Aloha!

Layton Pang

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