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2014 EYE IN THE SKY NFL SCOUTING REPORTS

Once again in 2014 (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

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MIAMI DOLPHINS

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

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NEW YORK JETS

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BALTIMORE RAVENS

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CINCINNATI BENGALS

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CLEVELAND BROWNS

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS
10/22/2014

The 4-3 Steelers got behind early against the 3-4 Texans on Monday night, then exploded for 24 points in the final 3 minutes of the first half. The defense forced a pair of turnovers and the offense scored twice from the red zone, clear weaknesses for most of the season. The Steelers added a pair of fourth quarter field goals and hung on for a 30-23 victory. Next up is a visit to Heinz Field by the streaking 5-2 Colts. Indy has won 5 straight after starting the season at 0-2.

QB: The offense struggled mightily for 27 minutes before everything broke just right. The final 30 minutes didn’t exactly contain offensive fireworks either. QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 33 passes for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Decent enough totals. That said, this week there should definitely be better fantasy options in standard 10 or 12 team leagues. The Colts surprisingly have the third ranked total defense and fifth ranked passing defense. RB LeVeon Bell and WR Antonio Brown remain every week no-brainer fantasy starters regardless of matchup. Everyone else in black-and-gold is a desperation play at best.

RB: Bell dominated in the passing game, catching 8 passes for 88 yards and a TD. He added 12 carries for 57 yards. Bell has totaled over 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season. Getting into the end zone for the second time was the real fantasy boon. Hopefully that will continue going forward making Bell all the more valuable. RB LaGarrette Blount as a pounding change of pace back did not have his best week with 9 yards on 7 carries and a reception for 8 yards. RB Dri Archer pitched in toting the ball twice for 7 yards. Archer’s value has taken a hit because he has not been needed in the passing game.

WR: The league record streak of games with at least 5 catches and 50 yards continued for Brown. He caught 9 passes for 90 yards and added a touchdown pass on a flea flicker from the 3 yard line to WR Lance Moore. Brown had a touchdown reception overturned on review despite what appeared to be inconclusive evidence. Still pictures released after the game clearly showed Brown got both feet in bounds. A changing of the guard has begun behind Brown. WR Markus Wheaton had only a pair of targets, playing on less than half the offensive snaps. He managed no catches. Moore added a 9 yard catch to the aforementioned TD from Brown as the third receiver from the slot. WR Justin Brown was finally a healthy inactive. WR Darius HeywardBey’s only catch was a 17 yarder for an important third down conversion deep in the Steelers own territory. WR Martavis Bryant caught a 35 yard touchdown for the first touchdown of the day, finishing with 2 catches for 40 yards. No receiver except Brown should be in a fantasy lineup of course. The change here is that if taking a flier on a Steelers receiver’s upside the choice is now Bryant. Wheaton can officially labeled a fantasy bust for this season and safely dropped in all formats.

TE: Not much action in the passing game for TE Heath Miller. He finished with a single catch for 13 yards. A concussion suffered by OT Marcus Gilbert put OT Mike Adams on the field for the first time this season. Miller was needed to help Adams in pass protection, although to be fair Adams played surprisingly well not allowing even a hurry let alone a sack. Miller except for one game has simply not been utilized enough to be considered a viable fantasy option.

K: After a couple of weeks without many chances PK Shaun Suisham had a mini-breakout. He scored 12 points on a trio of field goals and extra points. Suisham has still only missed once this season. He is all about the opportunities. Finding a different kicker for fantasy purposes is probably the safest course this week given the recent offensive struggles before (and actually after) last week’s 3-minute offensive explosion. Discretion is the better part of valor.

DEF/ST: The late first half turnover-fest while obviously welcome is unlikely to be a sign of things to come. S Troy Polamalu and LB Sean Spence both recovered fumbles. LB Lawrence Timmons had the only sack as the outside linebackers again could not get pressure. To be fair OLB Jason Worilds did force a fumble as did S Mike Mitchell. DE Brett Keisel had an interception that led to the final TD of the half. Keisel was very active after missing most of practice the previous week due to a slight knee injury. He somewhat surprisingly started over DE Stephon Tuitt and then earned his playing time. CB Cortez Allen struggled especially in the second half against WR Andre Johnson. LB Ryan Shazier and S Shamarko Thomas have legitimate chances to return against the Colts. Shazier’s speed would be welcome on the defense. Thomas’ speed on special teams. No matter who actually returns this coming week is obviously not a good matchup for the defense. QB Andrew Luck is not QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Colts are first in total offense, first in passing offense and second in scoring offense.

Rick Moses


HOUSTON TEXANS

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
10/21/2014

Hey there Colts' fans! Here are my thoughts and observations on this Sunday's shocking 27-0 pasting of the Bengals:

As good as the Colts' defense has been playing and as impenetrable as they looked on Sunday, I have to say it was a great performance and perhaps not indicative of a great defense....yet. They caught the Bengals at a good time with both starting WRs out of the lineup, and coming off two crushing games. Nonetheless, the Bengal offense had been clicking along and the Colts just totally embarrassed them start to finish. A unit that was averaging 6.34 yards per play (4th in the NFL) was held to 2.5 YPP. They only yielded 8 first downs, and did not allow the Bengals onto the Colts side of the 50 until the 4th quarter...and that was on a long penalty. Amazingly, the Bengals had EIGHT STRAIGHT 3-and-outs to start the game, and had 10 in the first half; the Colts have only allowed four 3rd down conversions in the 41 attempts over the last 4 games, the best such stretch in over 20 years and 1-14 on Sunday. The Bengals had only allowed 2 sacks in 6 games coming in, and were brought down 4 times by a unit supposedly without a capable pass rusher. It was a thoroughly DOMINATING performance in all phases.

All the (deserved) attention on the defense meant that the NFL's top rated offense did not get the credit for yet another efficient performance. QB Andrew Luck continued his assault on opposing secondaries with 44 yards and 2 more TDs. He is averaging 333 yards per game and is on pace for over 5300 yards and 44 TDs. A fantasy-world best 27-30 PPG as well, depending on your value for passing scores. Crazy.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw continued his fine fantasy season as well scoring two more TDs and a solid 88 total yards. Despite his flashy heroics, the game ball actually went to RB Trent Richardson who had his best game as a Colt amassing 118 total yards on 18 touches (14 rush, 4 receptions). Unfortunately, he did tweak his hamstring in the second half, limiting his usage down the stretch; keep an eye on this, as an increase in Bradshaw's workload could actually make him a borderline fantasy #1The O-line was really kicking it out, since 3rd stringer RB Boom Herron (5-37) looked like Emmitt Smith charging through the line as they ran out the clock. Can this line actually be better than advertised? Time will tell...

The receiving crew was again led by WR TY Hilton (7-107, 9 targets) and TE Dwayne Allen (3-52-1, 6 targets). TE Coby Fleener (4-64) had another solid game although he also had another key drop. The only disappointing part of the offense was another sub-par game from future HOFer WR Reggie Wayne. He had several drops and generally looked old, not catching his second pass until 5 minutes remained in the game. He managed to continue his NFL-record streak of 3+ catch games, but they force fed him late to do so. An attempt to get him another catch for 5 more yards late (so as to move past James Lofton into 7th all time in receiving yards) nearly got him decapitated and resulted in another drop. It looked like his elbow was bothering him, since he was wearing a brace on his left elbow and was constantly fiddling with it and flexing the arm.

All in all, a complete game was played across the board. This was just one of those days when everything goes wrong for one team, and probably is not indicative of the true strength and weakness of either squad. Nonetheless, it is a second straight key win over a team that might be competing with the Colts for a home field advantage in the playoffs (Ravens are 5-2 and Bengals are 3-2-1). This was a big one that could pay dividends down the road, if not just for the confidence of a 5th straight win. As an aside, this is the team's longest win streak since starting the 2009 season at 14-0. Fi9nally, the team welcomed back prodigal owner Jim Irsay this week, and presented him a game ball. While being very cautious to not condone his behavior, Coach Pagano in the postgame said that the team was "here for him" and "had his back" through his self-induced difficulties. Hopefully he can keep his nose clean, since a passionate guy like Jim Irsay is good for the NFL.

That is all for now from the Crossroads of America. I will be back later in the week to preview the week 8 tilt from Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Until then friends, remain...COLTSTRONG!!!

Chris Rito


JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

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TENNESSEE TITANS

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DENVER BRONCOS
10/21/2014

SF 17 Denver 42

The 49ers came into Mile High injured, coming off a short week, and playing on the road, but I never saw this coming. QB Peyton Manning threw for 318 yards and four touchdown passes, with his third breaking Brett Favre's all-time mark. Two of Manning's touchdowns went to the sizzling hot WR Demaryius Thomas, whose eight catches went for 171 yards. And RB Ronnie Hillman added 103 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns, including a 37-yarder, the longest play of his career. Denver held San Francisco to 310 yards of offense and 3/13 on third downs. Six of the Niners' 11 possessions went for 10 or fewer yards, four of them for zero yards or a loss. DE DeMarcus Ware sacked Colin Kaepernick three times, LB Von Miller took him down twice, DE Malik Jackson once and CB Aqib Talib intercepted him once by disguising his man coverage. When teams try to play man coverage against the Broncos, they get burned. WR Emmanuel Sanders (3-41-1) finally collected his first Denver touchdown on Manning's initial scoring pass of the night. On Manning's second touchdown pass, WR Wes Welker (3-50-1) dove for the near left pylon for the 39-yard score. Following a rare fruitless possession, Manning broke Favre's record with an eight-yard pass to WR Demaryius Thomas. And after Talib's pick set Denver up at the plus-40, Peyton hit Demaryius with the 49 yard touchdown pass number 510. After RB Ronnie Hillman (14-74-2; 4-29-0) capped the next two possessions with touchdowns of 37 and one yard, QB Peyton Manning's ( 22/26-318-4-0) night was over. TE Julius Thomas had a quit night with four receptions for 27 yards. Rookie RB Juwan Thompson added six carries for 30 yards. Paul Cornick (6'6" 310), who replaced the miscast Chris Clark at right tackle, was average in the running game and needs a little work on his pass blocking. Penalty flags are flying like crazy in the NFL making the flow of the game "choppy". SF (6/62) and Denver (8/75) contributed their share with a combined 15/137 during Denver's best game of the year.

SAN DIEGO @ DENVER Every Bronco game should be an Orange Sunday.
The Broncos rested some of their starters in the fourth quarter with a short week and the Chargers coming up on Thursday. San Diego HC Mike McCoy knows the Broncos as well as the Broncos know themselves, so Denver HC John Fox gave his protege something new to think about: a four receiver bunch set/four receiver bunch set used as blockers. San Diego (5-2) had done wonders to overcome injuries, but the lose to KC brought more of them and SD is expected to be without top corners Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett. Injured, coming off a short week, and playing on the road, the Chargers are 7.5 pt underdogs at Mile High. Look for mccoy to find ways to try and get T.J. Ward in man coverage looking for big plays. SD 22 Denver 29.

FANTASY OUTLOOK

A crippled secondary for San Diego means start your Broncos passing game players. Hillman won't score two touchdowns again this week, but should benefit from running room created by the passing game.
QB Peyton Manning is a number one quarterback; must start RB Ronnie Hillman is a number two running back WR Demaryious Thomas is a number one wide receiver; must start WR Emanuel Sanders is a borderline number one wide receiver WR Wes Welker is is a borderline number two wide receiver; high end number three wide receiver. TE Julius Thomas is a number one tight end; must start PK Brandon McManus is an extra point dependent kicker, but worth a start
D/ST is a number one defense with a non-existent return game, but worth a start

"Win the Super Bowl or Bust"

Charles Rives


KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

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OAKLAND RAIDERS

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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
10/21/2014

The Kansas City Chiefs upset the San Diego Chargers 23-20 in the game’s closing moments. Truth be known, the Bolts were not sharp for the 2nd straight week. And things don’t get any easier this week, as the Chargers travel to Denver to face the Broncos on only a few days’ rest. This report will be a review of the loss to KC, as well as a preview of this Thursday’s San Diego at Denver game.

QB: San Diego QB Philip Rivers was 17/31 for 205 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. While Rivers was not especially sharp, pass protection was not especially good either. It’s fair to say that Thursday night’s game has shootout potential. While Denver has the #6 overall defense, they are #18 against the pass. So given the nature of the game, Denver’s average pass defense, and given the stakes of this divisional game, looks like a pretty good opportunity for Rivers, making him a solid fantasy starter this week.

RB: Surprisingly, San Diego did not try to run the ball against KC, which may have led to their demise. RB Branden Oliver carried only 15 times for 67 yards and no TDs. Denver’s defense is #3 against the run, so given that and the aforementioned shootout potential, this doesn’t look like a fantastic week for the Chargers run game. Consider Oliver a solid fantasy RB2 or flex this week.

WR: Chargers wideouts didn’t do much last week. WR Keenan Allen showed us that he’s still breathing with 6 catches for 58 yards but no TDs. WR Malcom Floyd caught 3 for 50 with no TDs. WR Eddie Royal had only 1 catch for 20 yards and no TDs. This week, Royal’s status is uncertain due to an elbow injury, so he probably shouldn’t be relied upon. Consider Floyd and Allen fantasy WR3s with the boom or bust potential that we’ve discussed here before.

TE: Future Hall of Fame TE Antonio Gates caught 3 for 61 yards and a TD. TE Ladarius Green was shut out again. This Thursday, Gates looks like a solid start, while Green is highly risky due to lack of looks and consistency.

PK: San Diego PK Nick Novak was 2/2 on FGs and 2/2 on extra points. I expect there to be some points scored in Denver, so that plus the thin air makes Novak an excellent fantasy kicker this week.

DEF: Short and sweet. Denver has perhaps the NFL’s most prolific offense and the San Diego defense is badly depleted due to injuries. Do I have to spell it out? Avoid!

That my report for this week. The Chargers have cooled down for 2 straight weeks and despite the obvious importance of this game, they face a tough task in Denver. While I don’t expect a win, the Bolts have had Denver QB Peyton Manning’s number quite often over the years. But not this time, probably at least. Until my next report, GO CHARGERS!!!

Brad Willis


DALLAS COWBOYS

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NEW YORK GIANTS
10/22/2014

The Giants lost on to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday 31-21. Big Blue had opportunities to win the game but some costly turnovers combined with an inability to stop Dallas on key 3rd downs contributed mightily to their defeat. The G-Men are now 3-4 and 1-2 in the division. Hopefully they will regroup during the bye week and get some key injured players back for Week 9.

Here are the fantasy results:
QB Eli Manning played a very solid game. He did not make many plays downfield but took what the Dallas defense gave him. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards, 3 TD’s, 0 interceptions and a passer rating of 116.7. He was not sacked.
RB Andre Williams did not find much daylight. I think most of the issue is subpar blocking by the offensive line but I also think the rookie needs to do a better job of finding the seams. He had 18 carries for 51 yards. RB Peyton Hillis chipped in with 6 carries for 29 yards.
WR Rueben Randle had a solid game with 6 catches for 74 yards. Eli seems to trust him now and he should get plenty of targets going forward. Rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. had 4 grabs for 34 yards and two TD’s! He also had a nifty 13 yard end around.

Welcome back, TE Larry Donnell with 7 catches for 90 yards! Unfortunately, he had two costly fumbles late in the game which had significant fantasy implications.

One interception and 2 sacks is middling road fantasy production. The rushing defense was improved slightly but the decimated secondary gave up key 2nd half 3rd down completions as QB Tony Romo had 3 touchdown passes. RB DeMarco Murray had his 7th consecutive 100 yard game.
PK Josh Brown had 3 PAT’s.

That’s all for now.

Tony DeArmas


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS

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CHICAGO BEARS

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DETROIT LIONS
10/21/2014

Lions report, week 7 review
Lions 24, Saints 23

QB: I have been talking about how QB Matthew Stafford has sort of transitioned into a game manager and I really feel like that has been by design based on how the season has unfolded with the lack of healthy weapons on offense and a much improved defense. Well in this game against the Saints the game plan early appeared to be to stick with that plan. At the half Stafford had completed a high percentage of passes but not for much yardage and there were only 3 points on the board. Detroit spent much of the second half down by two scores, so Stafford went back into gunslinger mode and the results were positive. He got into a nice rhythm and converted several third and longs instead of settling for check downs. He turned what was looking like a dud fantasy score into a solid day with his 150 yards and 2 TD passes in the fourth quarter. He ended up with 299 yards and 2 TD passes, which obviously left him just short of the 300 yards that give you bonus points in some leagues, definitely not a rule I would ever suggest using by the way. He did toss two interceptions against a Saints defense that had only picked off one pass all year coming into this game, but the second one was a ridiculous drop by a practice squad tight end that ended up in the hands of a defender.

RB: Is it possible that even though RB Reggie Bush catches a lot of passes he has actually been somewhat overrated as a receiver? He seems to drop more than his share of catchable balls and I’m not sure that he runs good routes either. On one third down play Stafford threw a ball behind Bush in the flat but it looked like Bush ran his route short of the sticks. He aggravated his ankle injury early in the game and was limited after that playing only 18 of 70 snaps on offense. Bush ended up with 4 carries for 10 yards and 5 catches for 22 yards. On one pass into the flat he cut back and completely reversed his field, running all the way to the other sideline and losing yardage in the process. It was not Bush’s best game to say the least. RB Joique Bell got the extra workload playing the other 52 snaps and he didn’t run the ball very well, grinding out 48 yards on 18 carries but he did score a TD and had 2 grabs for 19 yards.

WR/TE: What more can you say about WR Golden Tate? He’s not a cereal, he’s a wide receiver! He had 43% ownership on Fanduel this week (including me) with his low price and favorable matchup, and I am wondering how much longer he will be such a good bargain on Fanduel. He blew up for 154 yards on 10 catches with a spectacular 73 yard catch and run for a TD which was the play of the game for sure. WR Jeremy Ross and WR Corey Fuller each chipped in with 3 catches each. Fuller caught the game winning TD pass. He is improving and could be a decent dynasty league sleeper. As expected WR Calvin Johnson (ankle-questionable) was inactive. The Lions made a Saturday roster move, promoting TE Jordan Thompson from the practice squad. It’s safe to say he did not make a good first impression, as the one time he was targeted, Stafford’s pass went through Thompson’s hands and was picked off. TE Brandon Pettigrew played most of the snaps and had 4 catches (6 targets) for 28 yards. He did have a target in the end zone.

K/DST: Every week is like a new adventure when it comes to the Lions and their field goal kicking. The box score shows a pretty quiet day for PK Matt Prater with 3 extra points and a short field goal. What the box score doesn’t tell you is he banked his 21 yard field goal in off of the upright. What the heck is going on here? On defense the Lions were due for some regression and they got picked apart for three quarters by Drew Brees but came up huge in the fourth. Brees was stunningly poor in the final quarter (3 of 14 for 18 yards) with a huge interception too. The pick by S Glover Quin really ignited the comeback effort. The Saints had some success with their hurry up offense right before the half, working a nice two minute drill and getting a field goal. It worked so well they actually went no huddle on their drive to open the third quarter and scored a quick TD. They ditched the no huddle after that with a two score lead, but will future opponents try to use the no huddle as a weapon against Detroit’s defense?

This week the Lions head to London to play the Falcons and I will preview that game in my next report.

James Hintz


GREEN BAY PACKERS
10/21/2014

Week 7 Review: The Packers dumped the Carolina Panther 38-17 – and it wasn’t as close as the score indicated. The offense and the defense played very well. In fact five different Packers scored touchdowns. On offense it all starts with QB Aaron Rodgers who only threw for 255 yards, but completed 86% of his passes, threw 3 more touchdown passes, and no interceptions for a near perfect 154.5 rating. Nine different Packers caught passes from Rodgers include 4 wide outs, 2 running backs, and 3 tight ends. In the process Rodgers posted his sixth consecutive game without an interception – tying Bart Starr’s franchise record set in 1964. Rodgers joined QB Tom Brady as the only players in NFL history to post four straight three-touchdown games without an interception. Rodgers became the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 18 touchdowns with one or fewer interceptions in the first 7 games of a season. Rodgers completion percentage of 86.36 was a career high and the third best game mark in franchise history. And finally, Rodgers passer rating of 154.5 last Sunday was the second best of his career and third best in team history. Rodgers now rank 13th among NFL quarterbacks in yards, but 3rd in touchdown passes. RB Eddie Lacy got 12 carries for 63 yards – 5.2 yards per carry – and 1 touchdown. RB James Starks had 7 carries for 36 – 5.1 yards per carry average – and 1 touchdown before leaving the game with an injury. TE Andrew Quarless, TE Richard Rodgers, and TE Brandon Bostick each had 1 reception for a total of 12 yards. Not enough for a good fantasy tight end. WR Randall Cobb had 6 receptions for 121 yards and 1 touchdown. Cobb ranks 15th in yards among NFL wide receivers and 2nd in scoring. WR Jordy Nelson had 4 receptions for 80 yards and 1 touchdown. Nelson ranks 1st in yards among NFL wide receivers and 5th in scoring. WR Davante Adams had 1 reception for 21 yards and 1 touchdown. Meanwhile K Mason Crosby connected on 1 field goal and 5 extra points for a total of 8 points – a typical performance for him. The Packer defense allowed 108 yards rushing and 223 yards passing for a total of 331 yards. They had 3 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hits, 6 passes defended, and 1 interception. 14 of the 17 points given up came in garbage time. Without CB Sam Shields, CB Devon House and CB Casey Hayward filled in very well. The defense is playing well enough as a whole that LB Clay Matthews is not required to dominate on a regular basis. The addition of LB Julius Peppers and S Ha-Ha Clinton Dix is solidifying this defense. Hopefully all this continues.

Week 8 Preview: The Packers play the New Orleans Saints next week. Statistically, the Packer offense are about to play the 2nd best defense on its schedule so far. The Saints offensively are ranked 2nd overall and have the league’s 2nd ranked passing offense. But the Saints are ranked 21st in scoring against and rank 27th and 11th respectively defending the pass and run. The Packers have the NFL’s 2nd ranked scoring offense and the NFL’s 16th ranked points against defense. Projected season updates for significant fantasy Packer players are as follows: On the year Rodgers would have 3826 yards, 41 touchdowns, completion rate of 66.8%, and a passer rating of 117.7 – which has him holding steady overall. Nelson would have 107 receptions and 1627 yards and 14 touchdowns. Cobb would have 80 receptions for 904 yards and 16 touchdowns. They are both holding steady. WR Davante Adams would have 39 receptions for 430 yards and 5 touchdowns which have him holding steady. RB Eddie Lacy would have 210 carries for 841 yards and another 197 receiving and score 9 touchdowns. This has him holding steady, and if Starks is out he could get more than 20 carries. Crosby would have 107 points on the year he is the NFLs 22nd ranked kicker. The Packer offense continues to score limiting Crosby’s opportunities.

Start QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Randle Cobb, WR Jordy Nelson, and RB Eddie Lacy. Consider starting the Packer defense. They continue to improve and their ranking no longer reflects how they are playing. You must have a better kicker than Crosby – I would sit him. The Packer bye week is NFL week 9. You might want to plan ahead. At least for once, the Packers are not going into a bye week decimated by injuries. Next week I will review the Saints game and review how things are going in the bye week.

Mike Hankes


MINNESOTA VIKINGS

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ATLANTA FALCONS
10/21/2014

Well, I think most of us saw that coming…..the Falcons got manhandled by the Ravens in Baltimore 29-7, dropping their 4 straight game, stand at 2-5, and now have to travel across the pond to face another strong defense in the Lions….this thing could spiral out of control quickly. There really isn’t much to discuss from a fantasy perspective, so I will try to make this quick and painless.

1. QB Matt Ryan – Ryan went 29-44 for only 228 yards with one touchdown and one lost fumble. Ryan was battered and bruised all afternoon long to the tune of 5 sacks, and next week against the Lions, I could easily see more of the same.
2. Falcons Running Backs – There is absolutely nothing to discuss here…..the line cannot make a push, the Falcons are falling behind quickly and therefore giving up on the running game….stay away from this mess…..
3. WR Julio Jones – Besides making sure they pressured Ryan, the Ravens were not going to let Jones beat them...he had a quiet day by his standards with 5 catches for 56 yards.
4. WR Roddy White – While the Ravens paid attention to Jones, that meant that White got his heaviest workload of the season so far, with 9 catches for 100 yards and a score on a whopping 15 targets. If the Falcons are going to continue to get behind and have to play catch up, then there will be garbage points to be had.
5. PK Matt Bryant – One stinking extra point.
6. Defense – 371 yards of offense allowed to the Ravens and 27 points….but they did have 3 turnovers and one sack.

Next up the Lions in London.

Bryon Bonafede


CAROLINA PANTHERS

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

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ST. LOUIS RAMS
10/21/2014

SPECIAL! Just when you think the season is lost and HC Jeff Fisher is on the hot seat, the Rams upset the Seattle Seahawks with the help of a few trick plays on special teams. St. Louis almost gave up another double digit lead but held on for the 28-26 victory. The Rams are 2-4 and feeling good heading to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs. Let’s take a look at the week 7 Fantasy production with week eight potential.

QB: QB Austin Davis (18-152 with 2 touchdowns) was efficient throughout the game and led the Rams on a fourth quarter game winning drive. Davis completed over 80% of his passes and did not turn the ball over. This guy is improving weekly. QB Shaun Hill was the backup but did not see the field. Kansas City is 2nd against the pass allowing 209 yards per game. The Chiefs have allowed 11 touchdowns while collecting 3 interceptions and 17 sacks in six games. Week 8 Recommendation: Davis should continue to produce decent numbers while running the ball control offense. 200-250 passing yards and 1-2 touchdowns are achievable.

RB: RB Zac Stacy (zero touches) played only one play and reports have come out that he was nursing an ankle injury; however, it looked more like rookie RB Tre Mason (18-85 and 1 touchdown rushing) has taken over as the lead back. Mason looked quicker and more explosive than Stacy but he almost cost the Rams a victory when he fumbled near the end of the game. Mason still needs to improve his pass blocking but he looks like a good runner. RB Benny Cunningham (2-3 rushing and 5-46 and 1 touchdown receiving) was solid all around and made huge contributions on special teams with a 75 yard kickoff return and a fake punt reception on fourth down. RB Tre Watts was relegated to special teams’ action only. Kansas City is ranked 18th against the rush at 117.7 yards per game but has yet give up a rushing touchdowns. Week 8 Recommendation: I have no idea who will carry the load going forward but I would have to bet on Mason for the immediate future. Pick up Mason if you can and see what happens.

WR: WR Tavon Austin (5-16 rushing and 3-6 receiving) got the most touches of the receivers but did not do much with them. WR Brian Quick (2-33), WR Kenny Britt (2-4), and WR Chris Givens (1-30) made important contributions but not enough for Fantasy teams. Stedman Bailey (punt return for touchdown) did not catch a pass but pulled off the trick punt return that gave the Rams a 21-3 lead. WR Austin Pettis was inactive for the Seahawk game and was released this week. WR Week 8 Recommendation: Tavon needs to turn his touches into more production to become Fantasy viable. The rest of the Ram receivers are Fantasy afterthoughts.

TE: TE Jared Cook (3-25) had a quiet game while TE Lance Kendricks (2-17 and 1 touchdown) scored the game winning touchdown. TE Corey Harkey (1-9) made a key first down with his lone reception. Week 8 Recommendation: Cook is still the top receiving tight end but Kendricks has been scoring the touchdowns. I would play Cook against the Chiefs.

K: PK Greg Zuerlein (4 of 4 extra points 1 missed field goal attempt (52)) missed his only field goal attempt and almost cost the Rams dearly. His attempts have been sparse so he needs to make them when given a chance. Week 8 Recommendation: Zuerlein is a second tier Fantasy kicker due to lack of opportunities but I stick with him due to his strong leg (we get bonus points for longer field goals).

DEF: Finally! “Sack City” gets more than one occupant. St. Louis sacked Russell Wilson three times; however, that was about all they did as Wilson rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and passed for 313 yards with 2 touchdowns. CB Janoris Jenkins (7 solo tackles and 2 assists), DB Lamarcus Joyner (7 solo tackles), and CB E.J. Gaines (6 solo tackles) led the Rams in tackles so you know that linebackers LB James Laurinaitis (3 solo tackles) and LB Alec Ogletree (4 solo tackles and 2 assists) had poor games. Ogletree was especially disappointing failing to contain Wilson on his runs. DE Robert Quinn (3 solo tackles 1 assist and 1 sack) finally got to do his “Bernie Dance” recording his first sack of the season. DT Aaron Donald (4 solo tackles, 1 assist and 1 sack) continues to be productive and is enjoying a nice rookie season. Week 8 Recommendations: Laurinaitis and Ogletree are not producing as expected and Quinn has disappointed so far but hopefully he goes on a sack streak. I think Quinn gets to Alex Smith at least once while Laurinaitis and Ogletree accumulate a bunch of tackles. It would be nice to see a sack or interception from the linebackers.

A big win can do a lot for a team and hopefully the Rams keep in going against their cross state rival. My Fantasy team continues its free fall but there is not much I can do. My buddies and I are off to Cabo San Lucas this week so enjoy the games while we try to catch some big fish! Love and Blessings to my Family. Miss you Pops. Aloha!

Layton Pang




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