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The calendar has turned to November as we enter Week 9 of the NFL season. Following this week, eight weeks remain in the regular season, meaning in essence, we are halfway home. However, there are still three more bye weeks to manage, including this week as any Patriots, 49ers, Jets or Rams you have on your roster won’t get you any points in Week 9.

Athlon Sports is here to help you make all of those important lineup decisions for your Yahoo!, NFL.com or ESPN fantasy football league with our weekly Start and Sit suggestions. Keep in mind these are merely our suggestions as the ultimate decision comes down to you, the owner.

Week 9 Positional Rankings

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Bye week teams: New England, New York Jets, St. Louis, San Francisco

Sneaky Start of the Week
Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis vs. Miami
Allen may have been drafted a round later than teammate Coby Fleener, and has fewer receptions and targets than the former Stanford Cardinal, but he definitely has one advantage this week. Allen is playing and Fleener is not.

Fleener injured his shoulder in last week’s overtime win in Tennessee and is expected to miss the next two games. This means Allen will replace Fleener as the Colts’ starting tight end and likewise he won’t be competing with him for targets during this time.

Fleener and quarterback Andrew Luck may have been teammates at Stanford, but that hasn’t affected Allen and Luck’s chemistry one bit. While Fleener does have more targets and receptions, Allen has just four fewer catches (17 to 21) and he has two touchdowns, compared to zero for Fleener.

Between Fleener and Allen, Luck has targeted these two a total of 59 times in seven games. That’s an average of more than eight per contest. While Allen won’t get every single TE target this week against Miami (Weslye Saunders is also on the roster), I think he will get more than enough additional opportunities to make him a legitimate starting option in a week that has Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis, Aaron Hernandez and Dustin Keller on bye.

Surprise Sit of the Week
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay at Oakland
Wait a minute. Sit the guy who led all running backs in fantasy scoring last week by piling up 205 total yards (135 rush, 69 receiving) and two touchdowns against, by all appearances, what seemed to be a pretty good Minnesota defense? More on the Vikings' D later (see below), but as it relates to Martin, feel free to call me crazy, but I just don’t think he will have near as much success this Sunday against Oakland.

The Raiders are ranked 11th in the league against the run, allowing 102.1 yards per game. Of the 715 total yards rushing the Silver and Black have surrendered, 583 have been gained by running backs. Of that total, 284, or a little less than half, belong to Reggie Bush (172) and Willis McGahee (112). They also have scored three of the five rushing touchdowns the Raiders have allowed to backs.

Outside of these two, the other running backs have accumulated 299 yards rushing on 113 carries, which works out to 2.6 yards per carry, and two touchdowns. I’m not saying Martin has not performed on the same level or better than a Bush or McGahee to this point. I just don’t think the Raiders’ run defense has been that bad if you look at the whole picture.

My other hesitation with Martin for this week revolves around the loss of All-Pro left guard Carl Nicks. Nicks, who was one of the Bucs’ big free agent signees this offseason, has been placed on injured reserve with a toe injury. Regardless of how deep Tampa Bay’s offensive line is, the loss of Nicks will have an impact that's almost certain to show up on the field.

Someone will have to move over and take Nicks’ left guard spot, which results in a domino effect across the line, or a reserve will be asked to fill some pretty big shoes. Either way, I would not be surprised to see the Bucs’ running game, and perhaps even pass protection, struggle this week on the road against the Raiders. I don’t think Martin will get shut out, but I wouldn’t count on an encore performance this week out west.

Quarterbacks
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Cam Newton (CAR) at Washington
Regular readers of this feature would probably bring up the fact that on more than one occasion, I have suggested sitting Newton. I still view Newton as one of the bigger disappointments in fantasy football this season, when you compare production with draft position, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t put up big numbers any given week. And considering Washington is last in the league in passing defense, has allowed the most touchdown passes (18) and yards (2,532) to quarterbacks, I really like his chances to do just that on Sunday.

Michael Vick (PHI) at New Orleans (Monday)
Like Newton, Vick has been another frequent Sit target here. What’s worse, Vick could be playing for his job, as the heat is on him, head coach Andy Reid and the rest of the team and organization to try and turn things around. Whether the Eagles can pull out the win in New Orleans on Monday night or not remains to be seen, but I do like Vick’s chances to do his part against the Saints. New Orleans is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, and outside of 7.1 points by Matt Cassel, no quarterback has scored fewer than 23.2 against the Saints. Like Cassel, Vick has had his problems with turnovers, but I think he flips that script this week and plays his best game of the season. If not, he may find himself on the bench, and I’m just not referring to the fantasy aspect here.

Jay Cutler (CHI) at Tennessee
Cutler has been about as boom or bust as a quarterback can be this season. He’s had three games of 22 or more fantasy points, yet he’s also posted three games with fewer than 10. Last week against Carolina was one of those (9.8), but I will grant him some leniency as I think his sore ribs were bothering him more than he let on. So why am I on the Cutler bandwagon this week? Let’s just say I think the home cooking will do him some good. Cutler played his college ball at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., and on top of a visit to his old stomping grounds, he also gets to face the Titans and their 29th-ranked passing defense. What better medicine for an ailing quarterback than a defense that has given up 17 touchdown passes and the fourth-most fantasy points to the position.

SIT
Joe Flacco (BAL) at Cleveland
The last time Flacco faced the Browns back in Week 4 he threw for 356 yards, had two touchdowns (1 pass, 1 rush) and just one interception (24.6 fantasy pts). So why the change of heart for this week’s rematch? Two reasons, the first of which is that Flacco has not played well in Cleveland. In four career games in the Dawg Pound, Flacco has completed less than 59 percent of his passes for an average of 165.8 yards per game, to go along with four touchdown passes and one interception. The bigger reason is that when the Ravens and Browns played in Week 4, cornerback Joe Haden did not as he was in the midst of serving a four-game suspension. Haden returned in Week 6 and in the Browns’ last two games, the defense has given up a total of 340 passing yards and no touchdowns. I just don’t see the Ravens throwing it as much or with near as much success this time around against the Browns.

Christian Ponder (MIN) at Seattle
After not throwing an interception in the first four games, Ponder has seven in the past four. He also has just six touchdowns in that same span, further limiting his fantasy production. The Vikings are in Seattle this week to take on a Seahawks defense that has already held Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Tony Romo in check at home. Last time I checked, Ponder wasn’t on any of these guys’ level, even with the issues Romo has had recently with interceptions.

Matt Hasselbeck (TEN) vs. Chicago
With news coming out that Jake Locker is dealing with a fracture in his non-throwing (left) shoulder, Hasselbeck will remain the Titans’ starter until further notice. That said, I wouldn’t plan on using the veteran this week against Chicago. Even though the Bears’ defense has fared worse against the pass than the run, it’s still a pretty stout one overall and I don’t think the Titans have an offense that can be expected to do all that much. For what it’s worth, Hasselbeck isn’t the only Titan I’m down on this week (see below).

Running Backs
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Alfred Morris (WAS) vs. Carolina
Let’s see, Morris is third in the NFL in rushing and he’s facing a Carolina defense that’s giving up 114.4 yards per game along with the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. No one it saw coming, but Morris has become basically a must-start option each week and that’s certainly the case this Sunday.

Reggie Bush (MIA) at Indianapolis
Bush hasn’t rushed for more than 67 yards in a game since exploding for 172 against Oakland in Week 2. Fortunately for him, Indianapolis and the Colts’ 27th-ranked run defense are on tap. The Colts have already given up 177 yards to Maurice Jones-Drew and 161 to Shonn Greene. I’m not sure Bush will get that many, but I am predicting he will end up with around 100 and probably a score or two.

Jonathan Stewart (CAR) at Washington
The Redskins have done a decent job against the run this season, as they are ranked 10th in the league. However, Jonathan Dwyer put up 107 on the ground against them last week and while Stewart probably won’t reach that mark, I think he will do more than enough as both a rusher and receiver to put up decent numbers. Remember, Stewart has been named the No. 1 ball carrier for the Panthers, so he’s getting more touches than he was in previous weeks. After having just six in Week 5, he’s averaged 17 in the past two games. More touches don’t automatically result in production, but they certainly don’t hurt either.

SIT
Fred Jackson (BUF) at Houston
It’s bad enough for Jackson owners to have to watch him share carries with C.J. Spiller (and the same goes for Spiller owners too). Now, the Bills have the pleasure of going down to Houston to face a Texans’ defense that’s fourth in the league in rushing yards allowed and has yet to give up a rushing touchdown. Reduced opportunities have already taken away from Jackson’s production potential, combine that with a tough match up and you come up with a strong argument to leave Jackson on the bench this week.

Chris Johnson (TEN) vs. Chicago
Credit Johnson with this much, he has done a good job of turning things around after getting off to a horrendous start. He has 91 or more yards rushing in four of his last five games. Unfortunately, this Sunday he will be facing the NFL’s top rush defense (77.9 ypg), which has given up more than 63 yards to any running back only once. The Bears also have given up just one rushing touchdown, and that came in Week 1. Johnson has taken several steps forward in recent weeks, but it looks like it will be a step or two backwards on Sunday.

Michael Turner (ATL) vs. Dallas
Take out Turner’s lone 100-yard effort this season (103 vs. Carolina in Week 4), and he’s rushed for 312 yards in six games. That’s averages out to 52 yards per game. He’s also scored a total of three touchdowns in those six games and has only seven receptions for 15 yards. He’s still getting the opportunities (24 carries last week), but Turner the Burner just doesn’t seem to be getting the job done any more. I don’t expect Dallas, which is 13th in the league in rush defense, to make things any easier on him this week either. With Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez doing as much damage as they have, the Falcons are slowly becoming a more pass-oriented team, which does not bode well for Turner’s fantasy outlook the rest of this season.

Wide Receivers
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Steve Smith (CAR) at Washington
If Cam Newton (see above) is going to have a big game against Washington, he’s going to need some help from his receivers. Brandon LaFell is a little banged up, which means Smith and even tight end Greg Olsen (see below) will be asked to carry the load. The good news is that Smith is more than capable of doing so, and the Redskins’ defense has more than obliged this season. The Redskins have allowed the most receptions (124) and yards (1,819) to opposing wide receivers this season, to go along with 10 touchdowns. What more needs to be said?

Jeremy Maclin (PHI) at New Orleans (Monday)
Similarly to the Newton-Smith connection, Michael Vick will need his wide receivers to come through if he’s to enjoy the fantasy success against New Orleans on Monday night that I am predicting (see above). While I do think DeSean Jackson is a solid play this week, I am casting my vote for Maclin. The Saints are allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers, including 13 touchdowns, so there should be plenty to go around regardless. However, I think Maclin is more of a complete receiver than Jackson, who relies heavily on the big play/reception, so I like his prospects of having a big night down in the Big Easy a little better.

Titus Young (DET) at Jacksonville
In fantasy football, there’s no better change agent than injury when it comes to a player’s outlook. Take the case of Young. Labeled a sleeper or player on the rise to start the season, the young receiver couldn’t seem to get out of his own way and was passed in the Lions’ pecking order by Nate Burleson. Burleson then breaks his leg in Week 7 against Chicago and Young immediately becomes the starter opposite Calvin Johnson. Young then proceeds to catch nine passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns against Seattle the very next game. Johnson may be dealing with a sore knee, but as long as he’s on the field he will draw the majority of the defense’s attention, not Young. Change can be a good thing, and that appears to be the case here for Young, not to mention his owners.

SIT
Jordy Nelson (GB) vs. Arizona
Nelson missed last week’s game against Jacksonville because of a hamstring injury. Reports are he won’t even try to test it until Friday, and even then he will probably be a game-time decision at best. Green Bay is on bye next week and the Packers have already have seen what happens when someone comes back from injury too soon. Greg Jennings tried to do that after injuring his groin and now he’s out indefinitely after deciding to undergo surgery. One has to figure that even if Nelson does play, he will be limited. For the Packers, the more prudent decision would be to sideline him this week in hopes that he will be back to full strength after the bye. I think that’s the wise decision for his fantasy owners too.

Torrey Smith (BAL) at Cleveland
Smith caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland in Week 4. But, as has already been referenced (see Joe Flacco, above), that was against a Browns’ defense missing its best cover corner – Joe Haden. Haden will be back for this game and not surprisingly, the Browns’ pass defense has fared much better in the last two games. Smith relies too much on big plays to get his numbers and I don’t think Haden and co. let him get them this Sunday.

Kenny Britt (TEN) vs. Chicago
The good news is that Britt has played in the last four games, and no other injury issues have appeared during this stretch. The bad news is, he hasn’t done a lot in these four games either, catching a total of 13 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown. Don’t expect this trend to change this Sunday as the Bears have given up four touchdown receptions to opposing wide receivers. Britt may be playing, but I wouldn’t start him unless I had no other choice.

Tight Ends
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Greg Olsen (CAR) at Washington
The Redskins have allowed the second-most receptions to tight ends (52) and are tied for the most touchdown catches (7). Olsen is a tight end who is averaging better than six targets per game. Sometimes it is just as easy as that.

Kellen Davis (CHI) at Tennessee
The only team to allow more catches to opposing tight ends than the Redskins is the Titans (56) and they also have surrendered seven touchdowns to the position. Davis has only caught a total of 10 passes so far, but two of those are for touchdowns. I don’t think Davis will double his reception total in one game, but I will be surprised if he doesn’t finish with more than three, his current season high, and finds the end zone for the third time.

SIT
Kyle Rudolph (MIN) at Seattle
Rudolph does have five touchdown receptions, which ties for him for the third-most among his position, but he’s caught a total of two passes in his last two games. That’s also the number of touchdown passes the Seahawks have allowed to tight ends all season. In this instance, 2 + 2 = Rudolph on the bench.

Dennis Pitta (BAL) vs. Cleveland
Pitta had 18 receptions and two touchdowns in his first three games. Since then he’s caught 12 passes for no scores in his past four contests. Cleveland has given up only two touchdowns to opposing tight ends, and in Week 4 against these same Browns, Pitta didn’t catch a thing. I’m not expecting an exact repeat, per se, but I also would look at other options if I had Pitta on my roster.

Defense/Special Teams
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Denver at Cincinnati
The Broncos held Drew Brees to 213 yards passing and the Saints to just 14 points last week. This week they go to Cincinnati to face a Bengals team that is struggling to run the ball (26th in the league in rushing) and has allowed five sacks and eight takeaways in its last three games. Advantage Denver.

Atlanta vs. Dallas
The Falcons have been fairly steady when it comes to DST production. They are 10th overall in fantasy scoring and have scored 10 or more points five times. The Cowboys are coming off of a game in which they turned it over six times, have a running game that’s pretty banged up and a quarterback that’s thrown 10 interceptions in the past four games. It doesn’t hurt that this game is on the Falcons’ home turf either.

SIT
Minnesota at Seattle
This appears to be a defense that’s reeling somewhat. Since Week 5, the Vikings’ DST has scored a total of 27 fantasy points. Seventeen of these came in one game, a dominating Week 7 performance against Arizona and its porous offensive line. In the past three games (which includes that same game against the Cardinals), the Vikings have surrendered an average of 156 yards rushing. Next up? Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks, in Seattle. I’ll pass, thanks.

Philadelphia at New Orleans (Monday)
The Eagles have a new defensive coordinator, a lot of other defensive issues and are on the road this weeks. Chances are you weren't planning on playing New Orleans' DST in this game either as this one has the look of an entertaining, high-scoring affair. And if that wasn't enough reason to give you pause on plugging the Eagles in there, how about this? The Saints have only turned the ball over nine times. Contrast that to the Eagles, who have coughed it up 17 times.

Kickers
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Lawrence Tynes (NYG) vs. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is 2nd in the league in total defense and tied for ninth in scoring defense (20.6 ppg). However, this game is in New York and there's a reason that Tynes has already made 24 field goals, six more than any other kicker. I think the Giants will be able to move the ball against the Steelers, but will be held out of the end zone enough times to allow Tynes to add to his league-leading total of three-pointers.

Garrett Hartley (NO) vs. Philadelphia (Monday)
Hartley has only made seven field goals, as the Saints have been somewhat a touchdown-or-nothing kind of offense. That said, I don't think it matters this week as I am fully expecting the Saints-Eagles match up on Monday Night Football to feature lots of offense and plenty of points. Unless it's a safety, the only way a team can score points is with a kick (field goal) or a play that results in a kick (PAT). That's where Hartley comes in for the Saints. Likewise, I think Eagles kicker Alex Henery would be a solid option this week as well.

SIT
Rob Bironas (TEN) vs. Chicago
I will admit, Carolina's Justin Medlock proved me wrong last week, as he drilled five field goals and added a PAT in the Panthers' loss to Chicago, after I tabbed him as a Sit. So even though I am somewhat tempting fate by picking Bironas this week against the Bears, I'm willing to take that chance. The Bears' defense is still pretty good and as you can see by my previous Sit designations for Matt Hasselbeck, Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt (see above), I'm just not that optimistic about the Titans' prospects of doing much of anything on offense on Sunday. This blanket statement includes Bironas.

Jay Feely (ARI) at Green Bay
Arizona managed a total of three points on Monday night at home against San Francisco. Does anyone really expect the Cardinals to fare that much better this Sunday on the road at Lambeau Field? Green Bay is tied for first in the league (ironically with Arizona) in sacks (26), while the Cardinals have given up 39 quarterback takedowns. That's 11 more than any other team in the league. Does anyone else think these two statistics portend a rough day at the office for John Skelton and company?

— By Mark Ross, published on Nov. 2, 2012

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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 9 Start or Sit

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Note: New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye this week.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings: Week 9</p>
Post date: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 06:00
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-quarterback-rankings-week-9
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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye this week.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Drew Brees NO vs. PHI (Mon.) Brees looking for home cooking vs. Eagles
2 Aaron Rodgers GB vs. ARI Jags held A-Rodg to 186 yds., 2 TDs.
3 Peyton Manning DEN at CIN Threw 3 INTs in 1st qtr vs. ATL, 1 in other 27.
4 Robert Griffin III WAS vs. CAR Redskins have given up league-high 18 TD passes.
5 Matt Ryan ATL vs. DAL Has four games with 3 TD passes.
6 Matthew Stafford DET at JAC First multi-TD pass game (3) vs. Seahawks.
7 Eli Manning NYG vs. PIT Steelers No. 1 against pass, but 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs.
8 Ben Roethlisberger PIT at NYG Giants are No. 26 in pass defense, but have 16 INTs.
9 Cam Newton CAR at WAS Redskins: 314 passing ypg, 19 TD passes.
10 Michael Vick PHI at NO (Mon.) Saints' pass defense's TD:INT ratio is 15:3.
11 Andrew Luck IND vs. MIA Dolphins giving up 281 ypg through air.
12 Josh Freeman TB at OAK Freeman has 9 TD passes, 1 INT in last 3 games.
13 Tony Romo DAL at ATL Season-high 437 yds last week, but also 4 INTs.
14 Carson Palmer OAK vs. TB Bucs are yielding 310 passing yards per game.
15 Matt Schaub HOU vs. BUF May not need to pass much vs. Bills run defense.
16 Joe Flacco BAL at CLE Put up season-high 356 yds. in Week 4 vs. Browns.
17 Andy Dalton CIN vs. DEN Broncos held Brees to just 213 yds. last week.
18 Jay Cutler CHI at TEN Vanderbilt alum returns to old stomping grounds.
19 Philip Rivers SD vs. KC (Thurs.) Put up 209-2-1 in Week 4 win at Kansas City.
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at HOU Could throw a lot if Bills have to play catch up.
21 Brandon Weeden CLE vs. BAL Threw for 320 yds. against Ravens in Week 4.
22 Russell Wilson SEA vs. MIN Rookie is 3-0 w/ 6 TDs, no INTs at home.
23 Christian Ponder MIN at SEA Four straight games with at least one INT.
24 Matt Hasselbeck TEN vs. CHI Bears tied for league lead with 16 INTs.
25 Matt Cassel KC at SD (Thurs.) If only he could cut down on turnovers.
26 Blaine Gabbert JAC vs. DET Showed toughness playing w/ broken labrum.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 9 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Week 9 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 9</p>
Post date: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 05:59
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-running-back-rankings-week-9
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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Arian Foster HOU vs. BUF Rested Foster gets worst rushing defense.
2 Ray Rice BAL at CLE Rice held to just 43 yards in Week 4 vs. Browns.
3 LeSean McCoy PHI at NO (Mon.) Saints allowing most fantasy pts. to RBs.
4 Matt Forte CHI at TEN Titans are No. 28 against run.
5 Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. MIN Posted second straight 100-yard game last week.
6 Adrian Peterson MIN at SEA No. 1 rusher vs. No. 5 rush defense.
7 Alfred Morris WAS vs. CAR Held to just 59 yds. vs. Steelers.
8 Trent Richardson CLE vs. BAL Coming off of season-high 122 yds. vs. Chargers.
9 Willis McGahee DEN at CIN Posted season-high 122 yards vs. Saints.
10 Ryan Mathews SD vs. KC (Thurs.) Had 61 yards on the ground vs. Chiefs in Week 4.
11 Darren McFadden OAK vs. TB Bucs are No. 6 in rush defense.
12 Jamaal Charles KC at SD (Thurs.) Pretty sure he'll get more than 5 carries this week.
13 Doug Martin TB at OAK Rookie exploded for 214 total yds., 2 TDs last week.
14 Reggie Bush MIA at IND Has only one game with 70+ rushing yards.
15 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. PIT Steelers are ninth in rush defense.
16 Rashad Jennings JAC vs. DET Lions have allowed only two rushing TDs.
17 Darren Sproles NO vs. PHI (Mon.) Has three TD catches in last four games.
18 C.J. Spiller BUF at HOU Averaging 7.3 yards per rush attempt.
19 Chris Johnson TEN vs. CHI Bears bring No. 1 rushing defense to Music City.
20 Jonathan Stewart CAR at WAS Second game as Panthers' lead back.
21 Michael Turner ATL vs. DAL Season-high 24 att., but only 58 yds. last week.
22 Mikel Leshoure DET at JAC Left last week's game with leg injury, monitor status.
23 Jonathan Dwyer PIT at NYG Dealing with injured quad, monitor status.
24 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN vs. DEN Had 24 att. Last two games after just 9 in Week 5.
25 Fred Jackson BUF at HOU Texans No. 4 against run.
26 Donald Brown IND vs. MIA Had 80 yards in return from knee surgery.
27 Alex Green GB vs. ARI Averaging 2.4 ypc over last three games.
28 LaRod Stephens-Howling ARI at GB Followed up 104-yd game with just 4 yds. vs. 49ers.
29 Felix Jones DAL at ATL TD salvaged otherwise poor game vs. Giants.
30 Pierre Thomas NO vs. PHI (Mon.)  
31 Michael Bush CHI at TEN  
32 Daniel Thomas MIA at IND  
33 Vick Ballard IND vs. MIA Probably get less work with Donald Brown back.
34 Andre Brown NYG vs. PIT Ready to step in if Bradshaw struggles or gets hurt.
35 Joique Bell DET at JAC Could see more work if Leshoure is limited/out.
36 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. DAL Had team- and season-high 60 yards (7.5 ypc) last week.
37 Peyton Hillis KC at SD (Thurs.) Returned from ankle injury last week.
38 Ronnie Hillman DEN at CIN Rookie rushed for 86 yds. last week vs. Saints.
39 Justin Forsett HOU vs. BUF Ben Tate out with hamstring injury.
40 Ronnie Brown SD vs. KC (Thurs.) Led Chargers in receiving last week.
41 Dexter McCluster KC at SD (Thurs.)  
42 DeAngelo Williams CAR at WAS Could be in danger of dropping to No. 3 in depth chart.
43 Phillip Tanner DAL at ATL If Jones struggles, Tanner will get more carries.
44 Montario Hardesty CLE vs. BAL  
45 Robert Turbin SEA vs. MIN  
46 Mark Ingram NO vs. PHI (Mon.) Has almost reached irrelevant status in Saints' offense.
47 Isaac Redman PIT at NYG Could be back on field this week (ankle).
48 DeMarco Murray DAL at ATL Not likely he returns this week, but monitor status.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 9 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Week 9 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 9</p>
Post date: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 05:58
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-wide-receiver-rankings-week-9
Body:

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 A.J. Green CIN vs. DEN Tied for league lead with 7 TD catches.
2 Brandon Marshall CHI at TEN Has seen 41 total targets in last 3 games.
3 Demaryius Thomas DEN at CIN Has three 100-yard games in last four.
4 Victor Cruz NYG vs. PIT Only two catches for 23 yards last week.
5 Calvin Johnson DET at JAC Megatron dealing with knee issue.
6 Percy Harvin MIN at SEA Tied for league lead in receptions (60).
7 Marques Colston NO vs. PHI (Mon.) Averaging 13 targets per game over last 4.
8 Reggie Wayne IND vs. MIA Leads NFL in receiving yards (757).
9 Vincent Jackson TB at OAK Saw three-game scoring end last week.
10 Steve Smith CAR at WAS Redskins are last in pass defense.
11 Andre Johnson HOU vs. BUF Bills have allowed 12 TD catches to WRs.
12 Julio Jones ATL vs. DAL Came up big (5-123-1) vs. Eagles.
13 Roddy White ATL vs. DAL Had season-low 3 rec., 38 yds. last week.
14 Mike Wallace PIT at NYG Giants have allowed third-most yards to WRs.
15 Jordy Nelson GB vs. ARI Hopes to return after missing last week (hamstring).
16 Denarius Moore OAK vs. TB Bucs have given up 111 receptions to WRs.
17 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at GB Took hard hit, but stayed in game vs. 49ers.
18 Miles Austin DAL at ATL One of three Cowboys with 100+ rec. yds. last week.
19 Randall Cobb GB vs. ARI Three TDs in last two games.
20 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. PIT Only TD catch came in Week 2.
21 DeSean Jackson PHI at NO (Mon.) Saints are allowing most pts. to WRs.
22 Torrey Smith BAL at CLE Put up 6-97-1 in Week 4 win over Browns.
23 Dez Bryant DAL at ATL Injured hip last week, but should play on Sunday.
24 Dwayne Bowe KC at SD (Thurs.) Posted 7-108-1 against Chargers in Week 4.
25 Stevie Johnson BUF at HOU  
26 Eric Decker DEN at CIN Four straight games with at least one TD catch.
27 Antonio Brown PIT at NYG  
28 Jeremy Maclin PHI at NO (Mon.) Saints have given up 13 TD receptions to WRs.
29 James Jones GB vs. ARI Has 13 catches, but no TDs in last two games.
30 Malcom Floyd SD vs. KC (Thurs.) Averaging 16 ypc, but only one TD so far.
31 Titus Young DET at JAC Stepped up (9-100-2) big in Burleson's absence.
32 Mike Williams TB at OAK Season-high six receptions (68 yds., TD) last week.
33 Josh Gordon CLE vs. BAL Deep threat could be problem for depleted Ravens secondary.
34 Lance Moore NO vs. PHI (Mon.)  
35 Santana Moss WAS vs. CAR Has three TDs in last two games.
36 Anquan Boldin BAL at CLE Best game (9-131) came vs. Browns in Week 4.
37 Andre Roberts ARI at GB  
38 Sidney Rice SEA vs. MIN Caught season-high six passes (one for TD) last week.
39 Brian Hartline MIA at IND  
40 Cecil Shorts JAC vs. DET Looks like Jags' No. 1 option right now.
41 Kenny Britt TEN vs. CHI Has yet to put up huge numbers in a game.
42 Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. TB  
43 Brandon LaFell CAR vs. WAS  
44 Kendall Wright TEN vs. CHI  
45 Nate Washington TEN vs. CHI  
46 Greg Little CLE vs. BAL Doing better job holding onto ball lately.
47 Andrew Hawkins CIN vs. DEN  
48 Davone Bess MIA at IND  
49 Donnie Avery IND vs. MIA  
50 Earl Bennett CHI vs. TEN Vanderbilt alums Bennett, Cutler return to Nashville, TN.
51 T.Y. Hilton IND vs. MIA  
52 Brandon Stokley DEN at CIN Steady vet has 2 or more catches in every game.
53 Golden Tate SEA vs. MIN Posted season-high seven receptions last week.
54 Kevin Walter HOU vs. BUF  
55 Donald Jones BUF at HOU  
56 Emmanuel Sanders PIT at NYG  
57 Justin Blackmon JAC vs. DET Went for 4-67 (16.8 ypc) last week against Packers.
58 Leonard Hankerson WAS vs. CAR  
59 Devery Henderson NO vs. PHI (Mon.)  
60 Michael Jenkins MIN at SEA  
61 Robert Meachem SD vs. KC (Thurs.)  
62 Ryan Broyles DET at JAC Has three catches and a TD in each of last 2 games.
63 Kevin Ogletree DAL at ATL  
64 Devin Hester CHI vs. TEN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 9 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco all are on bye.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. DAL Had season-low 3 rec., 29 yds. last week.
2 Jimmy Graham NO vs. PHI (Mon.) Put up 5-63-1 in return from ankle injury.
3 Jason Witten DAL at ATL Set NFL TE record with 18 rec. last week.
4 Heath Miller PIT at NYG Six TDs just one away from career high (2007).
5 Antonio Gates SD vs. KC (Thurs.) Only caught two passes last week.
6 Owen Daniels HOU vs. BUF  
7 Brent Celek PHI at NO (Mon.) Saints are No. 30 against pass.
8 Martellus Bennett NYG vs. PIT Hasn’t caught TD pass since Week 3.
9 Greg Olsen CAR at WAS Redskins allowing second-most pts. to TEs.
10 Brandon Pettigrew DET at JAC Posted seven catches last week.
11 Kyle Rudolph MIN at SEA Only two receptions in last 2 games combined.
12 Jared Cook TEN vs. CHI Emphasis on run game has limited his snaps.
13 Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. DEN  
14 Scott Chandler BUF at HOU Hasn't caught a TD pass in last three games.
15 Brandon Myers OAK vs. TB Has 3+ catches in three straight games.
16 Dennis Pitta BAL at CLE  
17 Jermichael Finley GB vs. ARI Just hasn’t been big part of passing attack.
18 Jacob Tamme DEN at CIN No TD catches since Week 1.
19 Logan Paulsen WAS vs. CAR Has caught six passes in each of last 2 games.
20 Joel Dreessen DEN at CIN  
21 Dallas Clark TB at OAK Has posted 8-91-1 in last two games.
22 Dwayne Allen IND vs. MIA Teammate Fleener expected to miss next 2 G.
23 Kellen Davis CHI vs. TEN Titans have allowed NFL-high 7 TDs to TEs.
24 Anthony Fasano MIA at IND  
25 Zach Miller SEA vs. MIN Caught first TD pass of season last week.
26 Marcedes Lewis JAC vs. DET

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Week 9 Start or Sit

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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT
1 Matt Bryant ATL vs. DAL
2 Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. PIT
3 Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. TB
4 Blair Walsh MIN at SEA
5 Jason Hanson DET at JAC
6 Mason Crosby GB vs. ARI
7 Robbie Gould CHI at TEN
8 Shayne Graham HOU vs. BUF
9 Shaun Suisham PIT at NYG
10 Garrett Hartley NO vs. PHI (Mon.)
11 Matt Prater DEN at CIN
12 Connor Barth TB at OAK
13 Kai Forbath WAS vs. CAR
14 Alex Henery PHI at NO (Mon.)
15 Dan Bailey DAL at ATL
16 Phil Dawson CLE vs. BAL

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Additional Week 9 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Week 9 Start or Sit

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New England, New York Jets, St. Louis and San Francisco are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk Player OPPONENT Notes
1 Chicago Bears at TEN Defense fueled last week's comeback vs. Panthers.
2 Green Bay Packers vs. ARI Defense w/ most sacks vs. offense w/ most sacks allowed.
3 Houston Texans vs. BUF Rested Texans coming off of bye.
4 Seattle Seahawks vs. MIN Allowing only 14 ppg at home.
5 San Diego Chargers vs. KC (Thurs.) Forced 6 turnovers in Week 4 win at Kansas City.
6 Atlanta Falcons vs. DAL Falcons 10th against pass (217 ypg).
7 Detroit Lions at JAC Lions allowing 16.8 ppg over last four.
8 Denver Broncos at CIN Held New Orleans to 252 total yards, 14 pts. last week.
9 Minnesota Vikings at SEA Gave up 135 yards rushing to Doug Martin last week.
10 Baltimore Ravens at CLE Ravens rested for Round 2 against Browns.
11 Miami Dolphins at IND Dolphins are No. 5 in scoring defense (18 ppg).
12 New York Giants vs. PIT Picked off Romo 4x last week, but also gave up 437 yds.
13 Pittsburgh Steelers at NYG No. 1 passing defense will be tested by Eli, Cruz, Nicks.
14 Cleveland Browns vs. BAL Allowed only two field goals to Chargers last week.
15 Arizona Cardinals at GB Been better against pass (No. 4) than run (No. 21).
16 Washington Redskins vs. CAR Can league's worst pass defense slow down Cam and co.?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Additional Week 9 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 9 Waiver Wire

Week 9 Start or Sit

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Three more bye weeks remain with four teams getting a break each week up until Thanksgiving. As for Week 9, New England is the team owners will miss most, although San Francisco, St. Louis and the Jets have their respective useful players.

So whether it’s Tom Brady or Frank Gore or the 49ers DST you need to find a replacement for this week, here are some options for those positions and others worth considering as you look to fill out your Week 9 roster.

Week 9 Positional Rankings

Week 9 Start or Sit

Bye week teams: New England, New York Jets, St. Louis, San Francisco

Quarterbacks
Week 8 Recap: Josh Freeman posted his third-straight three-touchdown game against the Vikings, while Matt Hasselbeck, Chad Henne and Brandon Weeden combined to toss one TD pass. That came from Hasselbeck, as it was the only touchdown his Titans’ managed in their overtime loss to Indianapolis. Weeden’s Browns also scored a total of one touchdown, but that was enough to beat the Chargers. Henne didn’t even see the field as Blaine Gabbert played through a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder and helped the Jaguars put up a good fight before falling to Green Bay.

Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
Just as he lost his job in part to a concussion, Cassel could have his starting job back after Brady Quinn sustained one this past Sunday against Oakland. Even though the Chiefs lost to the Raiders, Cassel didn’t play that poorly – 20-of-30 for 218 yards passing and a team-high 35 yards rushing. Turnovers, however, continue to be an issue as Cassel coughed up another fumble and threw a pick to increase his season total to 16 (10 INTs, 6 fumbles). Quinn will need to pass the mandatory concussion tests before he is cleared to practice, let alone play, so there’s a strong chance Cassel will be the starter this Thursday in San Diego.

Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill left the Dolphins’ 30-9 win over the Jets early after hyperextending his left knee and bruising his quad following a first-quarter sack. The rookie has said he is hopeful of playing this Sunday in Indianapolis, but if not the veteran Moore will get the nod. Moore wasn’t asked to do that much (11-of-19, 131 yards, TD) against the Jets, but he has plenty of starting experience under his belt. The Colts are allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, so if Moore gets the start, he could be a potential sleeper option if you are looking for one.

Running Backs
Week 8 Recap: Jonathan Dwyer reeled off his second straight 100-yard effort, as he rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries (6.3 ypc) in the Steelers’ win over the Redskins. Dwyer is making a strong case to keep the starting job even once Rashard Mendenhall and/or Isaac Redman return. Vick Ballard gained fewer yards rushing than Donald Brown (see below), but it was Ballard who scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Titans after catching a pass and diving into the end zone. Rashad Jennings got 23 touches (17 carries, 6 receptions) and produced 115 total yards against Green Bay, while Danny Woodhead only saw seven for 59 total yards in the Patriots’ rout of the Rams. That was still more chances than Phillip Tanner (three for 13 yards) had in the Cowboys’ loss to the Giants.

Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Bell got only three fewer carries (7 to 10) than Mikel Leshoure in the Lions’ win over Seattle and added four receptions to his afternoon’s work. For the season, Bell is averaging 3.9 yards per carry and is averaging better than five attempts over the past three games. He also has 20 receptions on the season and has caught three or more passes in five of the past six contests. Unless the Lions decide to give Leshoure the full workload, Bell could have some potential as a flex option, depending on how deep your league is, down the road.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Remember me? Brown was the Colts’ starting running back until knee surgery sidelined him after Week 5. He returned on Sunday against Tennessee and led the team with 80 yards rushing on 14 carries (5.7 ypc). Vick Ballard did a respectable job in Brown’s absence, but unless the coaching staff has had a change of heart, one would assume that Brown would resume his starting role, perhaps as early as this Sunday against Miami. Either way, Brown is definitely someone that should be added to your roster, if he’s still available in your league.

Justin Forsett, Houston Texans
After spending his first three seasons with Seattle, Forsett now finds himself in Houston. Forsett also could find himself with more to do now that Ben Tate will be out of action for some time due to a hamstring injury. Arian Foster is the undisputed top dog in the Texans’ backfield, but he’s already had a heavy workload (league-leading 168 carries), so there’s a chance the team may turn to someone else to help lighten the load. There’s also the matter that Houston comes off of its bye to play Buffalo this Sunday. The Bills are last in the league in rushing defense (176.9 ypg) and have given up 13 touchdowns on the ground. The opportunity at least appears to be there for Forsett to be a potential sneaky flex option this week.

Peyton Hillis, Kansas City Chiefs
Like Brown, Hillis also dropped off most people’s radars as he’s been out of action since Week 4 with an ankle injury. Hillis finally returned on Sunday and although he only had 23 yards rushing against Oakland, 17 of those came on one lone carry. He also finished with just one fewer carry (4 to 5) than Jamaal Charles, which no doubt frustrated Charles’ owners to no end. While I am not expecting Hillis to surpass Charles in the pecking order for any reason other than injury, it at least appears that Hillis will resume his backup role in the Chiefs’ running attack. If that’s the case, Hillis becomes a clear handcuff for Charles’ owners and a potential flex option/bench depth for others.

Wide Receivers
Week 8 Recap: Cecil Shorts caught eight balls for 116 yards against the Packers, while Santana Moss caught another touchdown pass in the Redskins’ loss in Pittsburgh. Jeremy Kerley and Nate Washington each hauled in five passes for their respective teams.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders
Heyward-Bey seems to be getting back into the flow of things with the Raiders after missing some time due to a concussion. He caught four passes for 85 yards (21.3 ypc) two weeks ago,  and this past Sunday he made his one catch count as he took it into the end zone from 32 yards out against Kansas City. Denarius Moore has established himself as Carson Palmer’s top target, but Heyward-Bey is more of a vertical threat. This Sunday, Oakland hosts Tampa Bay, who is ranked second-to-last in the league in passing defense (310 ypg).

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
With four or more targets in each of the Colts’ past five games, Hilton is becoming a consistent part of his team’s passing attack. The rookie caught a season-best five passes against Tennessee and is averaging more than 14 yards per reception. With as well as Andrew Luck has thrown the ball, there will be opportunities behind No. 1 option Reggie Wayne, and Hilton should be in the mix for those along with Donnie Avery and the Colts’ tight ends.

Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs
In some leagues McCluster also qualifies as a running back, but in every sense of the word he’s a legitimate flex option. His performance was somewhat hindered by an earlier elbow injury, but he appears to be completely healthy once more. McCluster led the Chiefs with six receptions against Oakland, which went for 54 yards and their lone touchdown. He has six catches in each of the past two games, occasionally gets a carry or two out of the backfield, and can return kicks if need be. As much as the Chiefs’ offense has struggled this season, McCluster will more than likely continue to get some chances in hopes of providing some sort of spark.  

Titus Young, Detroit Lions
For a variety of reasons, Young couldn’t seem to get out of his own way to start the season and Nate Burleson took advantage of the opportunity and posted decent numbers. Burleson is out for the season after breaking his leg in Week 7 and this time, Young didn’t let another chance pass by. Young caught nine passes, on as many targets, for 100 yards and two touchdowns, all team highs, in helping the Lions defeat Seattle on Sunday. There’s no denying the talent that Young, the Lions’ second-round pick in 2011, has, it’s just been a matter of capitalizing on that untapped potential. With no one in front of him on the depth chart and All-Pro Calvin Johnson to attract plenty of attention on the field, there are no more excuses for Young to fall back on. Because this time, if he doesn’t, he may get bypassed by teammate Ryan Broyles, who caught his second touchdown pass in as many games against the Seahawks.

Tight Ends
Week 8 Recap: Logan Paulsen caught four passes for 43 yards in his first career NFL start, while David Thomas didn’t make the start, nor see much time on the field, as Jimmy Graham returned to the Saints’ starting lineup.

Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
After averaging nearly 57 receptions over a four-season span with Oakland, Miller caught a total of 25 passes last season, his first in Seattle. Miller already has 16 this season, including one that went for a touchdown this past Sunday against Detroit. Miller’s track record speaks for itself and it looks like Russell Wilson is realizing this and is starting to look the tight end’s way a little more frequently.

Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers has averaged five receptions and 52 yards receiving over the past three games. Carson Palmer clearly trusts his tight end, as Myers leads the Raiders in receptions (31) and is second only to Denarius Moore in targets (37). If he could find his way into the end zone a few times, Myers could develop into a borderline starting option depending on the week and match up.

Defense/Special Teams
Week 8 Recap: Atlanta got to Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick three times in its win on Sunday, but the Falcons weren’t able to force the Eagles into any miscues, limiting their fantasy output.

San Diego Chargers
The Chargers’ defense has performed pretty well to this point, as the unit is 10th in total defense and second in rushing defense. The Chargers held the Browns to just one touchdown in a 7-6 loss on Sunday, and will host the Chiefs on Thursday. Kansas City has had its share of issues on offense, most notably with the quarterback position, and is tied for 29th in the league in scoring at 17.1 ppg.

Scoring is based on Athlon Sports default scoring which is 6 points for all TDs, .5 points per reception and 1 point per 25 yards passing, 10 yards rushing/receiving and 40 return yards.

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 30, 2012

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Whether it’s their given name or a nickname, these athletes and sports figures fit right in on Halloween.

Hal Mumme
College football coach (Iowa Wesleyan 1989-91, Valdosta State 1992-96, Kentucky 1997-2000, Southeastern Louisiana 2003-04, New Mexico State 2005-08, McMurry 2009-present)

Mumme (pronounced mummy) has been a college football head coach for more than 20 years and has more than 130 wins on his resume. For all his success, however, he is best known for his four seasons at Kentucky, where he went 20-26 overall and only 10-22 in SEC play. Mumme’s tenure with the Wildcats was (ahem) wrapped up at the end of the 2000 season with an eight-game losing streak and an investigation into NCAA rules violations related to illegally paying recruits. After taking a break from coaching, Mumme returned to the profession in 2003 and currently is the head coach at Division III McMurry in Abilene, Texas.

Boo Weekley
PGA golfer (2002-present)

Weekley’s given name is Thomas Brent, but everyone knows him by his nickname, Boo. This nickname came from Yogi Bear’s sidekick, Boo Boo, and not from trying to scare people, which is fitting given Weekley’s colorful personality on and off the golf course. It was on full display during the 2008 Ryder Cup when he rode his driver like it was a horse down the fairway during Singles play. Weekley and the rest of the U.S. team certainly put a fright into the European team at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., as the underdog Americans won back the Ryder Cup with a convincing five-point victory.

Boomer Esiason
NFL (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-92, ’97; New York Jets 1993-95; Arizona Cardinals 1996)

A quarterback for 14 years in the NFL, Norman Julius, better known as Boomer, finished his career with 37,920 passing yards and 247 touchdown passes. His best season came in 1998, when he was the league’s MVP and led the Bengals to a spot in Super Bowl XXIII. He and his teammates came up short in that game against San Francisco, but Esiason will always be loved in Cincinnati, where he spent 10 seasons. The same cannot necessarily be said in New York, at least as it relates to his playing career. Esiason heard many a boo from the home crowd during his 15-27 run as the Jets’ starting quarterback from 1993-95. Esiason has remained in the game as a television and radio analyst and he also co-hosts a morning radio show on WFAN Radio in New York.

Red Grange, “The Galloping Ghost”
NFL (Chicago Bears 1925, ’29-’34; New York Yankees 1926-27)

Harold Edward, better known as “Red,” first made a name for himself and earned his spectral nickname when he starred as a halfback at Illinois. While noted sportswriter Grantland Rice was the first to record Grange’s collegiate exploits in prose, it was his colleague, Warren Brown, who then wrote for the Chicago American, who dubbed Grange “The Galloping Ghost.” Grange went on to play10 seasons in the NFL, most of them with the Chicago Bears, who later retired his number. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

Spook Jacobs
MLB (Philadelphia Athletics 1954, Kansas City Athletics 1955-56, Pittsburgh Pirates 1956)

His given name was Forrest Vandergrift, but for some unknown reason  he went by Spook during his brief baseball career. A second baseman, Jacobs hit .247 in 188 career games and never hit a home run.

Jerry Adair, “Casper the Friendly Ghost”
MLB (Baltimore Orioles 1958-66, Chicago White Sox 1966-67, Boston Red Sox 1967-68, Kansas City Royals 1969-70)

Adair’s major league career lasted 13 seasons, in large part due to his glove and ability to deliver in the clutch. He played most of his career for the Orioles and was a .254 hitter with 57 career home runs. He finished with a career .981 fielding percentage as he played all four infield positions (primarily second base and shortstop) at some point during his time in the majors.

Michael Myers
NFL (Dallas Cowboys 1998-2003, Cleveland Browns 2003-04, Denver Broncos 2005-06, Cincinnati Bengals 2007)

Mike Myers
MLB (Florida Marlins 1995, Detroit Tigers 1995-97, Milwaukee Brewers 1998-99, Colorado Rockies 2000-01, Arizona Diamondbacks 2002-03, Seattle Mariners 2004, Boston Red Sox 2004-05, New York Yankees 2006-07, Chicago White Sox 2007)

Michael Dewayne Myers terrorized quarterbacks as a defensive end in the NFL for six seasons collecting 15.5 sacks, while Michael Stanley Myers lasted 13 seasons in baseball as a left-handed relief pitcher. Myers didn’t exactly slash his was through major league batters, as he played for nine different teams in his career. His major league totals include a 25-24 record, 4.29 ERA, 256 walks and 429 strikeouts in 541 2/3 career innings pitched.

John Candelaria, “Candy Man”
MLB (Pittsburgh Pirates 1975-85, ’93; California Angels 1985-87; New York Mets 1987; New York Yankees 1988-89; Montreal Expos 1989; Minnesota Twins 1990; Toronto Blue Jays 1990; Los Angeles Dodgers 1991-92)

Candelaria was a left-handed pitcher who won 177 games during his 19-year major league career. The “Candy Man” finished with a respectable 3.33 career ERA over his 2,525 2/3 innings pitched. He was at his sweetest in 1977 when he went 20-5 with a National League-leading 2.34 ERA. He made his only All-Star Game that season and finished fifth in the NL Cy Young voting.

Vladimir Guerrero, “Vlad the Impaler”
MLB (1996-2003 Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels 2004, Los Angeles Angels 2005-09, Texas Rangers 2010, Baltimore Orioles 2011)

For 16 years Guerrero struck fear into the hearts and minds of major league pitchers because of his tendency to swing at whatever they threw at him, regardless of where it was located. A career .318 hitter who was named AL MVP in 2004, Guerrero finished many of his at-bats holding his wooden stake after driving it right through the pitcher’s heart with yet another monster home run or game-winning hit.

George Wolfman & Cedric Wolfman
Minor league catcher 1934-35; Minor league pitcher 1954-56

Neither of these guys got a chance to howl on the major-league level, although I bet they were a lot of fun on nights with a full moon.

Moonlight Graham
MLB (New York Giants 1905)

Best known for his inclusion in the iconic movie, “Field of Dreams,” Archibald Wright, better known as “Moonlight” was in fact a real major leaguer. The outfielder’s career in the big leagues lasted all of one game, actually one inning, with the New York Giants 1905 when he was 27. He spent seven seasons in the minors, including his last in professional baseball in 1908. After his baseball dreams came to an end, he worked as a doctor in Chisholm, Minn., for 50 years before passing away in 1965 at the age of 85.

Warren Moon
NFL (Houston Oilers 1984-93, Minnesota Vikings 1994-96, Seattle Seahawks 1997-98, Kansas City Chiefs 1999-2000)

After going undrafted out of college, Moon started his professional football career playing for the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. Six seasons later, Moon migrated from north of the border to Houston where he started his NFL career with the Oilers. Moon played 10 seasons for the Oilers, setting numerous franchise records, before moving on to the Vikings, Seahawks and ending his career with the Chiefs in 2000. Moon’s No. 1 jersey was retired by the Oliers (now Tennessee Titans) and he finished his NFL career with 49,325 yards passing and 291 touchdown passes. In 2006, Moon became the first modern African-American quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s also a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2001).

Jose Bautista, “Joey Bats”
MLB (Baltimore Orioles 2004, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2004, Kansas City Royals 2004, Pittsburgh Pirates 2004-08, Toronto Blue Jays 2008-present)

Bautista bounced around with four different teams in his first season in the majors before finding a home in Pittsburgh. However, it’s been the past three seasons in Toronto that Bautista has made a name for himself and earned his nickname for the damage he’s done with his Louisville Slugger. In 2010-11, Bautista truly drove opposing pitchers batty as he hit a combined 97 home runs, drove in 227 runs, scored 214 and walked 232 times. He was named to the American League All-Star team and finished in the top four of the AL MVP voting each of these seasons. He was off to another strong start this season before a wrist injury caused him to miss more than a month and eventually led to season-ending surgery.

Torii Hunter, “Spider-Man”
MLB (Minnesota Twins, 1997-2007, Los Angeles Angels 2008-present)

The recipient of nine straight Gold Gloves from 2001-10, Hunter has an established reputation for his defense, most notably the art of robbing the home run. First with the Twins and now with the Angels, Hunter earned his nickname for his adept ability at climbing the outfield wall or timing his leap just perfectly to snag what seemed like a certain home run. Many a batter has experienced the agony of defeat as they watched the baseball that seemed ticketed to go over the fence get ensnared in the web of Hunter’s glove instead.

Spider Webb
Formula 1 driver 1950, ’52-‘54

Webb’s racing career lasted all of four races, in which he never finished higher than 19th. Tony Stewart may have made the move famous, but it would have been something to see Webb climb the fence after reaching Victory Lane, no?

Webb Simpson
PGA golfer (2008-present)

The professional golfer’s given name is James Frederick Webb, but whatever you choose to call him, you have to include major champion in that title. Simpson won this year’s U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco with a final score of one-over par. Simpson played in his first Ryder Cup this year as well, one of four rookies on the U.S. team. Simpson went 2-2 in his matches, but one of those losses was in Singles play as the European team roared back to defeat the Americans and retain the cup despite trailing by four points entering Sunday.

Brandon Webb
MLB (Arizona Diamondbacks 2003-09)

Shoulder injuries have short-circuited his pitching career, but Webb was at his best from 2005-08. He won 70 games during that four-year span, including 22 in 2008. He spun the best season of his career in 2006 as he went 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA and was awarded the NL Cy Young Award. He finished second in the voting the next two seasons, but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009.

Spud Webb
NBA (1985-91, ’95-‘96 Atlanta Hawks; Sacramento Kings 1991-95; Minnesota Timberwolves 1996; Orlando Magic 1998)

Anthony Jerome, better known as “Spud,” stands all of 5’7, but he never let his lack of size limit his impact on a basketball court. After playing at NC State for Jim Valvano, Webb was drafted in the fourth round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He never played for the Pistons and ended up spending the first six seasons of his NBA careeer with the Atlanta Hawks. Webb will forever be remembered for winning the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend as he surprised everyone in defeating defending champion and Hawks teammate Dominique Wilkins for the title. Webb remains one of only two participants under six feet tall (Nate Robinson, who is 5’9 won it in 2006) to win the slam dunk competition. Webb’s NBA career lasted 12 seasons and he is documented as the third-shortest player in NBA history.

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 30, 2012

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It’s Week 8 of the NFL season, which also marks the halfway point of the bye weeks. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, all teams will have gotten their one-week respite, which means fantasy owners will only have to worry about injuries or a coach’s decision keeping their main players off of the field. Until then, four teams will be on bye each of the next four weeks, which means there are still plenty of who’s in, who’s out questions that need to be answered.

Athlon Sports is here to help you make all of those important lineup decisions for your Yahoo!, NFL.com or ESPN fantasy football league with our weekly Start and Sit suggestions. Keep in mind these are merely our suggestions as the ultimate decision comes down to you, the owner.

Week 8 Positional Rankings

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Bye week teams: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston

Sneaky Start of the Week
Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis at Tennessee
Ballard was handed the Colts’ starting job after Donald Brown was sidelined because of knee surgery. Brown’s closer to returning, but if Ballard can build on his performance from last week, the Colts' backfield will be that much deeper.

Ballard’s first career start against the Jets was entirely forgettable (8 att., 25 yds.), but he bounced back nicely last week against Cleveland. The rookie out of Mississippi State had 84 yards rushing on 20 carries (4.2 ypc), including a long of 26.

He will have the opportunity to take the next step this week against Tennessee. The Titans are 28th in the league in rush defense (134.7 ypg) and are allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. The fewest fantasy points the Titans have given up to any team’s backfield so far is 16.7 to the Vikings in Week 5.

Surprise Sit of the Week
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City vs. Oakland
As bad as Matt Cassel has been this season, there’s no guarantee new starter Brady Quinn will fare any better. Quinn threw for just 180 yards and two interceptions in his first start in Week 6 against Tampa Bay, but he will get another shot this Sunday at home against Oakland.

Coming off of the bye week, the Chiefs decided to stick with Quinn rather than going back to Cassel. As of right now, the safest fantasy bet in KC is probably Jamaal Charles. After that it’s play-at-your-own-risk when it comes to the Chiefs and that includes Bowe, their No. 1 wide receiver.

Bowe’s numbers weren’t spectacular with Cassel under center, but two weeks ago with Quinn pulling the trigger he had just three catches (on nine targets) for only 25 yards. Prior to that game, Bowe was averaging 13.6 yards per reception.

Bowe is more of a vertical threat than a possession-type of receiver, and Quinn’s 4.7 ypc average (180 yards on 22 completions), which is what he produced against the Buccaneers, does not bode well for the wideout’s fantasy outlook.

Quarterbacks
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Philip Rivers (SD) at Cleveland
I am fully aware that Rivers turned the ball over six times (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) the last time he played. That said, just as I stated last week, I still believe in Rivers, especially given who he will be facing on Sunday, Cleveland. The Browns are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and only two starters have scored fewer than 24.6 points against them. The turnovers are certainly frustrating and something that will hopefully be corrected, but if the Browns’ track record is any indication, Rivers should be able to bounce back this week.

Carson Palmer (OAK) at Kansas City
Take out his Week 4 showing against Denver and Palmer is averaging 21 fantasy points per game. That average over those five games would be eighth among all quarterbacks for the season, higher than Eli Manning, Andrew Luck, Michael Vick and Cam Newton, to name a few. The lack of touchdown passes (7) is what is really holding Palmer’s fantasy production back, but this could change against Kansas City. The Chiefs have given up 13 touchdown passes compared to just four interceptions.

Brandon Weeden (CLE) vs. San Diego
Weeden has put together a streak of three productive outings in which he has averaged 20.8 fantasy points during this stretch. He could make it four in a row on Sunday as San Diego is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Chargers have surrendered 14 touchdown passes in six games, with half of these coming in their last two games. Granted, Weeden isn’t anything close to the level of a Drew Brees or Peyton Manning, but as long as he plays like he has been lately (6 TDs, 3 INTs last three games), he should be able to post some decent numbers against the Chargers at home.

SIT
Matthew Stafford (DET) vs. Seattle
It’s been brought up before, but needs to be reiterated. Through his first six games last season, Stafford had thrown 13 touchdown passes compared to just four interceptions. After six games this season, that ratio reads 5:6. To put it another way, Stafford had at least two touchdown passes in his first six games of the 2011 season. He is still looking for his first game with at least two scoring strikes this season. And I wouldn’t count on it coming this Sunday either considering that Seattle has given up a total of five touchdown passes in seven games. The Seahakws have already played (and beaten) Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Cam Newton and Tony Romo.

Alex Smith (SF) at Arizona (Monday)
Smith started the season strong, posting back-to-back 22-point games, but outside of his 35-point explosion against Buffalo in Week 5, his production has plummeted. Smith has scored fewer than 14 fantasy points in four of his past five games, including just 2.5 in a Week 6 loss to the Giants. It seems that the coaching staff is showing less faith in Smith and the passing game lately, and his case isn’t helped any by the fact that Arizona is giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Unless the 49ers play the Bills again, it’s probably safest to go with someone other than Smith at quarterback.

John Skelton (ARI) vs. San Francisco (Monday)
Skelton won the starting job in Arizona in the preseason, but suffered an ankle injury in the Cardinals’ Week 1 win over Seattle. He got his job back finally in Week 7 as Kevin Kolb went down with a rib injury against Buffalo the previous week. Kolb hasn’t had much chance to show what he’s capable of, but unless his offensive line can do a better job of protecting him (NFL-worst 35 sacks allowed) it won’t matter. The match up with San Francisco, the league’s No. 3 defense against the pass, doesn’t help Skelton’s fantasy outlook either.

Running Backs
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Willis McGahee (DEN) vs. New Orleans
Believe it or not, but McGahee is 14th among his position in fantasy scoring, ahead of Darren McFadden, Chris Johnson and Reggie Bush, among others. McGahee has obviously been overshadowed by Peyton Manning’s Denver debut, but it’s not like the Broncos have stopped running the ball either. McGahee has at least 14 carries in every game but one and better yet he has New Orleans on tap. The Saints are 31st in the league against the run (161 ypg) and Manning is smart enough to exploit a weakness in a defense when he sees it. I think McGahee will be both busy and productive this Sunday night.

Rashad Jennings (JAC) at Green Bay
Maurice Jones-Drew will likely miss several games with a sprained foot. MJD's injury opens the door for his backup,  Jennings, who himself missed two games earlier this season with a knee injury. The Jaguars also could be without starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who tore the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder last week, leaving Chad Henne under center against Green Bay. Either way, Jennings should get his chance to carry the load and the Packers have been somewhat susceptible to the run (109.9 ypg, 17th overall). This also is a guy who averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2009-10 combined. May as well find out what he can do, right?

Jonathan Dwyer (PIT) vs. Washington
Who needs Rashard Mendenhall or Isaac Redman when you’ve got Dwyer. All Dwyer did was rush for a team season-high 122 yards on 17 carries in last week’s win In Cincinnati. Prior to that, the most any Steeler had rushed for in a game was 81 yards by Mendenhall in Week 5 against Philadelphia. There’s a chance that Mendenhall (Achilles) and Redman (ankle) could play this Sunday against Washington, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Mike Tomlin turned to Dwyer to carry the load once again. The Redskins have done a good job against the run, but I’m not going to bet against Dwyer, who you know will be fired up as he wants to show the coaching staff why he should remain the Steelers’ lead back.

SIT
Steven Jackson (STL) vs. New England (London)
Having produced seven straight 1,000-yard seasons, Jackson definitely has some tread on the tires, and it looks like it may be catching up to him this season. He has 380 yards rushing in seven games, which puts him on pace for 869 for the entire season. That’s not horrible by any stretch, but couple his reduced production with just one touchdown and you get the No. 26 running back in fantasy football. Injuries have played a role in his “decline” this season, as has the presence of backup Daryl Richardson. Worse for Jackson is the fact that New England is eighth in the league against the rush and have given up just two touchdowns to opposing running backs this season.

Trent Richardson (CLE) vs. San Diego
On paper, the conditions seemed right for Richardson to have his first breakout game as a rookie last week against Indianapolis. Or at least that’s what I thought. Instead of a breakout, however, what everyone saw was pretty much a breakdown, as Richardson’s rib injury was worse than he let on, resulting in him producing a measly eight yards rushing on as many carries. It got so bad that Richardson ended up getting benched for the second half as Montario Hardesty (7 att., 28 yds.) took over and finished the game. The coaching staff has already voiced their concern about Richardson's status for this week, so there’s a chance he may not even see the field this Sunday. Plus considering San Diego is allowing the fewest rushing yards per game in the league, this is shaping up to be a good week to leave the rookie on your bench.

DeAngelo Williams (CAR) at Chicago
Changes are coming in Carolina and I’m not jsut talking about the general manager who got fired earlier this week. There have been signs that the Panthers are changing their offense to feature more of a power running game with Jonathan Stewart assuming lead back duties. This certainly appeared to be the case last week against Dallas as Stewart led the way with 10 carries, while Williams got a total of two. He had only six carries the game prior that and for the season has a total of 177 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Panthers have a lot of money invested in Williams, but it doesn’t look like he’s a big part of their current offensive plans.

Wide Receivers
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Demaryius Thomas (DEN) vs. New Orleans
Thomas is a big target (6’3, 229) who also can get his fair share of yards after the catch. His 16.9 ypc average is ninth in the league, while his 269 yards after the catch (YAC) is third. He’s tied for the league lead with 12 receptions of 20 or more yards, and there’s no reason to think he won’t add to this total on Sunday night against New Orleans. For one, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is on a roll with three straight 300-3 games and two, the Saints are allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and 13.6 yards per reception. Besides Thomas, I also like fellow wideout Eric Decker to have a good game, although the same can’t be said for a Broncos tight end (see below)

Randall Cobb (GB) vs. Jacksonville
Over the past three games, Cobb is averaging 91 yards receiving per contest and the second-year pro from Kentucky caught two scoring strikes last week against the Rams. Considering the Packers have thrown the ball 41 more times compared to rush attempts in their last four games combined, there’s little reason to think Cobb won’t continue to get his chances. Not to mention that the Packers, who are on a nice little roll offensively, welcome the lowly Jaguars to Lambeau Field this Sunday.

Brandon Gibson (STL) vs. New England (London)
As good as New England has been against the run (eighth), the Patriots have been just as bad when it comes to pass defense. The Pats are 29th in the NFL in this category, allowing 290 yards per game through the air. They have given up 16 touchdown passes and just had Mark Sanchez light them up for 328 yards passing last week. The Rams will more than likely have to throw the ball to keep up against the Patriots, and given the numbers, Sam Bradford should have some success doing so. Gibson has become Bradford’s No. 1 option in place of the injured Danny Amendola, so he should be in prime position to capitalize against a defense that’s allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

SIT
Michael Crabtree (SF) at Arizona (Monday)
Not surprisingly, Crabtree has pretty much gone as his quarterback, Alex Smith has gone (see above). Outside of a seven-catch, 113-yard game against Buffalo in Week 5, Crabtree has a total of 15 receptions for 112 yards and no scores in his four other games dating back to Week 3. He has only one touchdown on the season (came against the Bills) and is facing a 49ers defense this Monday night that has given up two touchdown receptions to opposing wide receivers. Smith isn’t a smart play this week and I think the same goes for Crabtree.

Brian Hartline (MIA) at New York Jets
It was only about a month ago when Hartline was one of football’s best early surprises after his 12-catch, 253-yard performance against Arizona. In his two games since, he’s caught a total of four passes and all of those came in Week 5 against Cincinnati. He didn’t catch a single pass in Miami’s last game against St. Louis, and this week he will face a Jets’ defense that’s allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. This includes a Week 3 game against the Jets in which Hartline had one catch for 41 yards. This doesn’t mean Hartline’s still not a good story, I just don’t think it’s a good idea to start him this week.

Andre Roberts (ARI) vs. San Francisco (Monday)
Roberts is coming off of a game in which he caught seven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, and he’s No. 13 among wide receivers in fantasy scoring. The problem I see, however, with using Roberts this week comes in the form of San Francisco’s defense. Not only are the 49ers surrendering the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers period, they really aren’t permitting teams’ secondary receivers, such as Roberts, to do much of anything. With the exception of Week 1 (Green Bay), all 12 wide receivers not listed as No. 1 on their team’s depth chart that have played against the 49ers (and caught at least one pass) have scored a combined 46.9 fantasy points. That’s an average of 3.9 per wideout. I’m not saying Roberts can’t break this pattern, but between the 49ers’ track record and the problems the Cardinals’ offensive line has had protecting their quarterback (see John Skelton, above), let’s just say I don’t like his chances.

Tight Ends
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Martellus Bennett (NYG) at Dallas
Bennett got off to an extremely strong start the first three games, a stretch that began with him going 4-40-1 against Dallas in Week 1. Bennett hasn’t been as productive since Week 4, but some of this can be blamed on a knee injury. He seems completely healthy once again after catching five passes for 79 yards against Washington last week. He’ll get another shot at tormenting his former team on Sunday, and it’s against a Cowboys’ defense that will be without leading tackler and signal-caller Sean Lee.

Brandon Myers (OAK) at KC
Myers has seen 17 targets combined in the last two games. He has turned those targets into 12 receptions for 106 yards. The only thing missing from his stat sheet this season is a touchdown. With as much trust as Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has shown Myers (team-high 10 targets last week), I think that changes this Sunday in Kansas City.

SIT
Jared Cook (TEN) vs. Indianapolis
The Titans have won two games in a row, but Cook hasn’t necessarily played a big role in either of those victories. He’s had just six catches for 91 yards combined in those last two games. His diminishing presence in the offense could have something to do with the re-emergence of Chris Johnson and the running game. If that’s the case, don’t expect much more from Cook this week either as the Titans host Indianapolis and its 26th-ranked rush defense. On top of that, the Colts are allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Jacob Tamme (DEN) vs. New Orleans
Tamme is getting a fair share of catches (has 23, on pace for 61), but as everyone knows, Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning likes to spread the ball around. Being a tight end, Tamme’s best opportunity to produce would appear to be the red zone, but teammate Joel Dreessen has seemingly taken that role away from Tamme. Dreessen has three touchdown catches (compared to just one for Tamme), and all of them have come once the Broncos reach the opponent’s 20-yard line. For what it’s worth, I’m not sure either tight end will get many red zone looks in this game, as the Saints have allowed just one touchdown reception to a tight end, but if I had to pick a Bronco tight end to play, it would be Dreessen and not Tamme.

Defense/Special Teams
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Green Bay vs. Jacksonville
Even though the Packers’ DST has scored just 62 fantasy points, good for 17th among the position, what’s not to like about this match up with Jacksonville? The Jaguars are last in the league in total, passing and scoring offense. They also may be without starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and even if he does play he will be doing so with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Did I mention the game is at Lambeau Field?

Detroit vs. Seattle
Detroit lost on Monday night in Chicago, but what may been lost in the final score is how well the Lions’ defense played against the Bears. The Bears scored only 13 points and had less than 300 yards of total offense. The Lions’ defense has played better since the team’s Week 5 bye and now it gets a Seattle team at home that has a rookie quarterback. As well as Russell Wilson has played at home, he has a 2:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio in road games. Does anyone else think the Lions’ D is licking its chops?

SIT
Dallas vs. New York Giants

Statistically (4th in total defense, 3rd vs. pass, 15th vs. run, 14th in scoring defense) speaking, there are no glaring weaknesses when it comes to Dallas' defense. Unfortunately, the unit's on-field performance has not translated into fantasy success. The Cowboys’ DST is currently tied for 26th in fantasy scoring, behind the likes of Tennessee and Buffalo, who are currently 30th and 31st in total defense. Why is this? In standard leagues a DST’s value really comes down to sacks, turnovers and touchdowns. Dallas has 12, six and 0 in the aforementioned categories. As good as the Cowboys’ defense has played on the field, the unit simply isn’t scoring enough to merit fantasy consideration right now.

St. Louis vs. New England (London)
The Rams’ defense has played very well this season, ranking 10th in total defense and tied for 10th against the run. However, it’s been a little more susceptible to the pass (16th), something that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers took advantage of last week – try 342 yards passing and three touchdowns. On tap this week is Tom Brady and the Patriots in London. It may be a jolly good show for the locals gathered in Wembley Stadium on Sunday, but I don’t think that will be the case for the Rams’ D.

Kickers
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Robbie Gould (CHI) vs. Carolina
I’m just not sure Jay Cutler will be 100 percent after sustaining that shot to his ribs this past Monday night. I think this may stymie, but not stifle, the Bears’ offense. Enter Gould and don’t lose sight of the fact that the Panthers have given up the most field goals to opponents.

Adam Vinatieri (IND) at TEN
Tennessee is allowing 34 points per game. If a team gets four touchdowns and two field goals, that would give them 34 points, right? Two field goals and four PATs would be at minimum 10 points for Vinatieri. Who wouldn’t take that from their kicker? Class dismissed.

SIT
Phil Dawson (CLE) vs. San Diego
Dawson has connected on all 12 of his field goal attempts, including four from 50 yards and out. While that’s impressive, San Diego has only given up four field goal attempts this season, the fewest in the league. I’m not expecting the Chargers to shut the Browns out, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see them continue to give up more six-point plays rather than three-pointers.

Justin Medlock (CAR) at Chicago
Chicago’s defense has given up six touchdowns to opposing offenses (one other touchdown came on an interception return, another on a fake field goal), while the unit has scored five of its own. Medlock has attempted a total of two field goals. Does anything else really need to be said here?

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 26, 2012

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Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and three other ex-Tiger football players were arrested on drug possession charges Thursday following an apartment search conducted by Baton Rouge police.

Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist last year who was kicked off the LSU team in August for repeated violations of the school's substance abuse policy, was charged with simple possession of marijuana following the search of his residence.

A release issued by the Baton Rouge Police Department stated the officers also found a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana. Seven of the bags were located in a backpack belonging to former Tigers defensive back Derrick Bryant, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Also arrested was Jordan Jefferson, a three-year starter at quarterback for the Tigers whose eligibility had expired after last season, and former linebacker Karnell Hatcher. Both were cited with simple possession of marijuana, with Hatcher booked as a second offender.

Mathieu had re-enrolled at LSU this fall after completing the first two stages of rehabilitation at the Right Step recovery center in Houston, where he was being mentored by former NBA player and coach John Lucas, with the intention to rejoin the football program next season. However, Thursday's arrest has likely compromised those plans.

The 20-year-old would be eligible to enter the 2013 NFL Draft and still has two years of college eligibility remaining.

According to the report, police had been summoned to Mathieu's apartment by a maintenance worker at the complex who had engaged in a dispute with Jefferson after the ex-quarterback had attempted to force his way through a security gate.

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Roddy White made his preference clear in an NFL Network interview that aired in late September. He noted the competition coming from the wide receivers in New York, but he cooly brushed them aside.

“The thing that me and (Julio Jones) bring to the game,” White said, “we’re probably the best duo in the league right now.”
 
The counterargument came a few weeks later, from Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.
 
“Well, I know that the ones down in Atlanta get a lot of pub too, but I think you'd be (hard) pressed to show me anybody better than Victor (Cruz) and Hakeem (Nicks)," Tuck said. "That combination, those two guys ... Hakeem has had some issues staying healthy a little bit lately here, but when those guys are healthy and rolling ... I think they are one of the -- if not the -- greatest combos of wide receivers there is."
 
One thing seems certain when considering what team has the most dymanic duo of receivers in the NFL: There is a big drop off after the two in Atlanta and the two in New York. And the truth is, it’s almost impossible to separate the top two tandems based on ability and statistics. And the choice may have to do with your preference, and even then it could change week to week.
 
So who are the top tandems in the league, and the most dangerous receiving duos in the game today? Here’s one list. And again, it’s close between 1 and 2.
 
Not so close after that.
 
1. Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
One year ago the idea that they’d be the top tandem would’ve been laughable, especially since Mario Manningham was the starter opposite Nicks and Cruz was a bottom-of-the-roster player. Then Cruz exploded for a franchise record 1,536 yards and has followed that up this season with some of the best stats among receivers in the NFL (50-627-7). Nicks’ numbers aren’t there because he’s been hampered by foot and knee injuries – which, admittedly, hurts his value. But look at what they did together in Week 2, when Nicks was at his healthiest. Cruz had 11 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown, and Nicks had 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown. It’ll be tough for anyone to beat that. Plus, as evidenced by Cruz’s 77-yard, game-winning touchdown catch against the Redskins on Sunday, the Giants’ wideouts have a knack for the big play.
 
 
2. Roddy White/Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
These two have the advantage in pedigree, no doubt. White is a four-time Pro Bowler and Jones was the sixth-overall pick in the 2011 draft. And their stats this season are pretty impressive. White has 37 catches for 553 yards and four touchdowns and Jones has 30 catches for 376 yards and four touchdowns. They are both explosive, good route runners and have everything you’d want in a wide receiver. Maybe the only thing that makes them qualify as the No. 2 tandem instead of No. 1 is this: Neither one of them are the leading receiver on their own team. That honor goes to tight end Tony Gonzalez (43-430-4). Jones and White are tremendous in their own right, but having one of the greatest tight ends in history to draw some of the attention is a huge advantage to have.
 
 
3. Miles Austin/Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
For a moment, put aside Bryant’s off-the-field and character issues, forget about all of Austin’s injuries, and ignore the up-and-down nature of their quarterback, Tony Romo. Based on pure ability, explosiveness and the danger to make a big play, these two might be right on the heels of the top two duos. Bryant has the potential to be one of the NFL’s best if he can ever get his head screwed on straight. He has 36 catches for 378 yards and two touchdowns this season, which is good but hardly great considering he had 63 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. Austin’s numbers aren’t up to par either (25-428-4)but it was only two years ago that he was coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. This may be based more on potential than current production, but the danger is undeniably there.
 
 
4. Mike Wallace/Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
He hasn’t put up huge numbers this season, but Wallace (29-397-4) is one of the fastest, most dangerous receivers in the NFL. There’s no doubt, though, he’s been hampered a bit by an offense that has struggled, especially in running the ball. Still, while he’s drawn the double teams, he’s opened the door for his dangerous sidekick, Brown, who leads the team with 36 catches for 442 yards (and a touchdown). Brown is less of a breakaway threat than Wallace, but two complement each other well. And if the Steelers can ever get a rushing attack going, their numbers should shoot way up.
 
 
5. Anquan Boldin/Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice is the star of this team and the defense sometimes gets the headlines (undeservedly so, lately), but the Boldin-Smith combo has “danger” written all over them. Boldin has been a terrific receiver for years. He’s a three-time Pro Bowler still averaging 14.6 yards per catch (31-453-1) at age 32. And while Smith is only fourth on the Ravens in catches (behind Dennis Pitta and Rice), he’s averaging an impressive 17.4 yards per reception (25-435-4) and has very explosive potential. For proof, just look at his six-catch, 127-yard, two-touchdown game against New England in Week 3. Smith is also just 23 years old, so he’s getting better. They could easily start inching up this list by the end of the year.
 
—By RALPH VACCHIANO
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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 8 Start or Sit

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Note: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye this week.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings: Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 05:50
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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye this week.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Aaron Rodgers GB vs. JAC Reigning MVP has 16 TDs, 2 INTs last 4 games.
2 Drew Brees NO at DEN Four straight games w/ at least 3 TD passes.
3 Peyton Manning DEN vs. NO Has three straight 300-3 performances.
4 Tom Brady NE vs. STL (London) Only one game w/ 3+ TD passes so far.
5 Robert Griffin III WAS at PIT Steelers No. 1 in passing defense.
6 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. WAS Redskins worst in NFL against pass.
7 Matt Ryan ATL at PHI Looking to put Week 6 (1 TD, 3 INTs) behind him.
8 Eli Manning NYG at DAL Only had 213 yards, 1 TD vs. Cowboys in Week 1.
9 Andrew Luck IND at TEN Titans have allowed 16 TD passes vs. 5 INTs.
10 Michael Vick PHI vs. ATL Is his job on the line against Falcons?
11 Tony Romo DAL vs. NYG Put up 307-3-1 against Giants in Week 1.
12 Cam Newton CAR at CHI Has just one 300-yard game to this point.
13 Philip Rivers SD at CLE Extra week to stew on 6 TOs vs. Broncos.
14 Carson Palmer OAK at KC Averaging 40+ pass attempts per game.
15 Matthew Stafford DET vs. SEA Has more INTs (6) than TDs (5).
16 Jay Cutler CHI vs. CAR Will his ribs be an issue against Panthers?
17 Josh Freeman TB at MIN (Thurs.) Has thrown for 728 yds., 6 TDs in last two games.
18 Matt Hasselbeck TEN vs. IND Gets 4th straight start, looking for 3 Ws in a row.
19 Alex Smith SF at ARI (Mon.) Has thrown 1 TD pass vs. 4 INTs in last two games.
20 Brandon Weeden CLE vs. SD Has posted 6:3 TD:INT ratio over last three games.
21 Sam Bradford STL vs. NE (London) Rams' passing attack been inconsistent all season.
22 Christian Ponder MIN vs. TB (Thurs.) Only 58 yds. (1 TD, 2 INTs) last week vs. Cardinals.
23 Mark Sanchez NYJ vs. MIA Threw for season-high 328 yds. last week vs. Pats.
24 Russell Wilson SEA at DET Has 2:7 TD:INT ratio on road vs. 6:1 at home.
25 Ryan Tannehill MIA at NYJ Rookie has just 4 TD passes (6 INTs) thus far.
26 John Skelton ARI vs. SF (Mon.) Cardinal QBs have been sacked 35 times already.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Week 8 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 05:49
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-running-back-rankings-week-8
Body:

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 LeSean McCoy PHI vs. ATL Falcons allowing 143.8 rushing yards per game.
2 Jamaal Charles KC vs. OAK Had just 40 yards rushing vs. Bucs in last game.
3 Matt Forte CHI vs. CAR Has 203 yards rushing in past two games combined.
4 Ryan Mathews SD at CLE Browns are 27th against run.
5 Adrian Peterson MIN vs. TB (Thurs.) Bucs have allowed only one 100-yard rusher so far.
6 Marshawn Lynch SEA at DET Ran for 103 on the road vs. 49ers last week.
7 Darren McFadden OAK at KC Has only one game with more than 70 yards rushing.
8 Chris Johnson TEN vs. IND After slow start, CJ averaging 112.8 ypg over last four.
9 Willis McGahee DEN vs. NO Saints allowing most fantasy points to RBs.
10 Frank Gore SF at ARI (Mon.) Ran roughshod (131 yds.) vs. Seahawks, ribs OK?
11 Alfred Morris WAS at PIT No. 2 rusher vs. No. 5 rush defense.
12 Reggie Bush MIA at NYJ Only had 61 yds. last game vs. Jets (injured knee).
13 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at DAL Producing on Sundays, but foot remains an issue.
14 Doug Martin TB at MIN (Thurs.) Averaging 125+ total yards over last two games.
15 Michael Turner ATL at PHI Eagles have allowed only 2 rushing TDs.
16 Stevan Ridley NE vs. STL (London) Still lead back, but getting fewer carries.
17 Darren Sproles NO at DEN Still looking for first rushing TD of season.
18 Rashad Jennings JAC at GB His time to shine with MJD sidelined (sprained foot).
19 Steven Jackson STL vs. NE (London) Patriots are ninth against the run.
20 Trent Richardson CLE vs. SD Rib injury clearly worse than he let on, timeshare coming?
21 Shonn Greene NYJ vs. MIA Held to just 40 yards vs. Dolphins in Week 3.
22 Vick Ballard IND at TEN Titans are 28th against run.
23 Mikel Leshoure DET vs. SEA Last week Bears (No. 2 vs. run), this week 'Hawks (No. 7).
24 Felix Jones DAL vs. NYG Expected to start despite bruised knee.
25 Jonathan Dwyer PIT vs. WAS May keep starting job even after others are healthy.
26 Alex Green GB vs. JAC Packers just not running the ball a lot right now.
27 Jonathan Stewart CAR at CHI Reports are he could become Panthers' lead back.
28 LaRod Stephens-Howling ARI vs. SF (Mon.) Busted out (159 total yds.) last week, but 49ers on tap.
29 Pierre Thomas NO at DEN  
30 Montario Hardesty CLE vs. SD Keep eye on Richardson's status/rib injury.
31 Michael Bush CHI vs. CAR Not getting as many opportunities with Forte back.
32 Daryl Richardson STL vs. NE (London) Averaging nearly 10 carries per over last three games.
33 Rashard Mendenhall PIT vs. WAS Has chance (Achilles) to play this week.
34 Kendall Hunter SF at ARI (Mon.)  
35 Danny Woodhead NE vs. STL (London)  
36 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL at PHI Hasn't seen many opportunities last two games.
37 Phillip Tanner DAL vs. NYG Should get his carries even with Jones expected to start.
38 Andre Brown NYG at DAL Resumed backup role to Bradshaw in first game back.
39 Shane Vereen NE vs. STL (London) Got start last week vs. Jets, Patriots like to use all RBs.
40 DeAngelo Williams CAR at CHI Only eight carries in last two games combined.
41 Jamie Harper TEN vs. IND Been used in goal-line situations recently.
42 Mark Ingram NO at DEN  
43 William Powell ARI vs. SF (Mon.) LSH appears to have taken control of Cards' No. 1 job.
44 Joique Bell DET vs. SEA  
45 Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. NO  
46 Daniel Thomas MIA at NYJ  
47 LeGarrette Blount TB at MIN (Thurs.)  
48 Isaac Redman PIT vs. WAS Chance he (ankle) could play. Monitor status.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Week 8 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 05:48
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-wide-receiver-rankings-week-8
Body:

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Calvin Johnson DET vs. SEA From one physical secondary (CHI) to another (SEA).
2 Percy Harvin MIN vs. TB (Thurs.) Vikings getting ball to Harvin any way they can.
3 Brandon Marshall CHI vs. CAR Has seen 27 targets (16 rec.) in last 2 games combined.
4 Victor Cruz NYG at DAL Leads all wide receivers in fantasy scoring.
5 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. NO Big target could be big problem for Saints' secondary.
6 Jordy Nelson GB vs. JAC Has 17 catches, 243 yards and 4 TDs in last two games.
7 Marques Colston NO at DEN Has five touchdowns in past three games.
8 Reggie Wayne IND at TEN Career vs. Titans: 90 rec., 1,208 yds. 8 TDs (20 games).
9 Mike Wallace PIT vs. WAS Redskins allowing most fantasy points to WRs.
10 Roddy White ATL at PHI Sixth in league in with 92.2 ypg.
11 Vincent Jackson TB at MIN (Thurs.) Posted 7-216-1 in loss to Saints last week.
12 Julio Jones ATL at PHI Tied for team lead with 4 TD catches.
13 Wes Welker NE vs. STL (London) Averaging 11.5 targets per game since Week 1.
14 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. SF (Mon.) Poor pass protection hampering Cards' aerial production.
15 Miles Austin DAL vs. NYG His 4 career TDs vs. Giants are most against any team.
16 Eric Decker DEN vs. NO Saints allowing third-most fantasy points to WRs.
17 Randall Cobb GB vs. JAC Averaging 91 ypg and has 3 TDs over last three games.
18 Antonio Brown PIT vs. WAS Leads Steelers in targets (57) and receptions (36).
19 Hakeem Nicks NYG at DAL Just six catches for 28 yards in Week 1 loss to Cowboys.
20 Dez Bryant DAL vs. NYG Groin injury seemed to hinder him against Panthers.
21 DeSean Jackson PHI vs. ATL Just one TD catch and six receptions of 20+ yards so far.
22 Dwayne Bowe KC vs. OAK Can he and new starter Quinn get on the same page?
23 Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. ATL Says he is completely over hip pointer injury.
24 Steve Smith CAR at CHI Bears' secondary figures to be tough task.
25 Denarius Moore OAK at KC Just one game with more than 71 yards receiving.
26 James Jones GB vs. JAC Held out of end zone for first time in four games last week.
27 Malcom Floyd SD at CLE Browns allowing second-most fantasy points to WRs.
28 Brandon Lloyd NE vs. STL (London) Pats' recent game plans not been kind to Lloyd.
29 Kenny Britt TEN vs. IND Appears to be healthy, breakout coming?
30 Lance Moore NO at DEN Had season-high nine catches, 121 yards last week.
31 Josh Gordon CLE vs. SD Weeden's top target for the time being.
32 Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. MIA Establishing himself as viable deep threat.
33 Mike Williams TB at MIN (Thurs.) Saw streak of 100-yard games end at two last week.
34 Michael Crabtree SF at ARI (Mon.) Only 57 yards receiving combined last two games.
35 Brandon Gibson STL vs. NE (London) Patriots have allowed 10 TD passes to WRs.
36 Nate Washington TEN vs. IND Caught game-winning TD vs. Bills last week.
37 Santana Moss WAS at PIT Had first 2-TD game since Dec. 2010 last week.
38 Brian Hartline MIA at NYJ Didn't catch a single pass in last game vs. Rams.
39 Titus Young DET vs. SEA Huge opportunity with Burleson (leg) done for year.
40 Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK at KC Seems to be getting back into the flow.
41 Andre Roberts ARI vs. SF (Mon.) Caught fifth TD pass last week.
42 Chris Givens STL vs. NE (London) Vertical threat could be a factor against Patriots.
43 Donnie Avery IND at TEN Titans are 30th against the pass.
44 Sidney Rice SEA at DET  
45 Stephen Hill NYJ vs. MIA Three touchdowns in as many games played.
46 Kendall Wright TEN vs. IND  
47 Cecil Shorts JAC at GB Probably better option with Gabbert rather than Henne.
48 Brandon LaFell CAR at CHI  
49 Greg Little CLE vs. SD Plagued by drops, but has caught last nine thrown to him.
50 Leonard Hankerson WAS at PIT Led team in receptions (6 for 70 yds.) last week.
51 Robert Meachem SD at CLE  
52 Davone Bess MIA at NYJ  
53 Devery Henderson NO at DEN Has 11 receptions, 198 yards, TD in last two games.
54 Mario Manningham SF at ARI (Mon.)  
55 T.Y. Hilton IND at TEN  
56 Brandon Stokley DEN vs. NO Crafty vet has three TDs in last four games.
57 Devin Hester CHI vs. JAC  
58 Justin Blackmon JAC at CHI Jags still looking for first-round pick to make an impact.
59 Emmanuel Sanders PIT vs. WAS  
60 Randy Moss SF at ARI (Mon.) Has a total of four catches in last four games.
61 Kevin Ogletree DAL vs. NYG Could be in danger of losing No. 3 job to Dwayne Harris.
62 Michael Jenkins MIN vs. TB (Thurs.)  
63 Ryan Broyles DET vs. SEA Should see more playing time w/ Burleson sidelined.
64 Jon Baldwin KC vs. OAK

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Week 8 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 05:37
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-tight-end-rankings-week-8
Body:

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston all are on bye.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski NE vs. STL (London) Hauled in two TDs vs. Jets last week.
2 Tony Gonzalez ATL at PHI Still leads all TEs in receptions with 43.
3 Jimmy Graham NO at DEN Surprise scratch last week, back this week?
4 Aaron Hernandez NE vs. STL (London)  
5 Antonio Gates SD at CLE Caught 2 TD passes in last game (Week 6).
6 Vernon Davis SF at ARI (Mon.) First game with no catches since 2008.
7 Jason Witten DAL vs. NYG Had 3 rec. for 10 yds. in Week 1 vs. Giants.
8 Heath Miller PIT vs. WAS No. 4 in fantasy scoring among TEs.
9 Martellus Bennett NYG at DAL Put up 6-40-1 vs. Cowboys in Week 1.
10 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. TB (Thurs.) Four targets, 0 receptions last week.
11 Brent Celek PHI vs. ATL  
12 Dustin Keller NYJ vs. MIA Had best game (7-93-1) last week.
13 Greg Olsen CAR at CHI  
14 Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. SEA  
15 Jared Cook TEN vs. IND Colts allowing fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.
16 Brandon Myers OAK at KC Led Raiders in receptions with 7 last week.
17 Jacob Tamme DEN vs. NO  
18 Jermichael Finley GB vs. JAC Shoulder continues to hamper production.
19 Coby Fleener IND at TEN Titans allowing most fantasy pts. to TEs.
20 Joel Dreessen DEN vs. NO  
21 Dwayne Allen IND at TEN  
22 Anthony Fasano MIA at NYJ  
23 Marcedes Lewis JAC at GB  
24 Dallas Clark TB at MIN (Thurs.) Put up 5-51-1 last week vs. Saints.
25 Logan Paulsen WAS at PIT Takes Fred Davis' (Achilles - IR) starting spot.
26 Lance Kendricks STL vs. NE (London)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Week 8 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 05:36
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-kicker-rankings-week-8
Body:

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT
1 Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. STL (London)
2 David Akers SF at ARI (Mon.)
3 Blair Walsh MIN vs. TB (Thurs.)
4 Matt Bryant ATL at PHI
5 Lawrence Tynes NYG at DAL
6 Greg Zuerlein STL vs. NE (London)
7 Sebastian Janikowski OAK at KC
8 Jason Hanson DET vs. SEA
9 Robbie Gould CHI vs. CAR
10 Mason Crosby GB vs. JAC
11 Matt Prater DEN vs. NO
12 Phil Dawson CLE vs. SD
13 Garrett Hartley NO at DEN
14 Dan Bailey DAL vs. NYG
15 Alex Henery PHI vs. ATL
16 Rob Bironas TEN vs. IND

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Week 8 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings: Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 05:35
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-defensespecial-teams-rankings-week-8
Body:

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk Player OPPONENT Notes
1 Chicago Bears vs. CAR Bears looking to add to Panthers' woes.
2 San Francisco 49ers at ARI (Mon.) 49ers could seize control of NFC West with W.
3 Green Bay Packers vs. JAC Jaguars will be w/o MJD, possibly Gabbert too.
4 Seattle Seahawks at DET Hawks allowing 16 ppg on road.
5 Minnesota Vikings vs. TB (Thurs.) Vikings hoping to slow down Freeman/passing game.
6 Arizona Cardinals vs. SF (Mon.) Cardinals gave up 153 yards to Peterson, Gore up next.
7 New England Patriots vs. STL (London) Patriots gave up 403 total yards vs. Jets last week.
8 Atlanta Falcons at PHI Falcons hoping to capitalize on turnover-prone Eagles.
9 Detroit Lions vs. SEA Defense played well in 13-7 loss to Chicago on MNF.
10 Miami Dolphins at NYJ Dolphins held Jets to 93 yds. rushing in Week 3 loss.
11 San Diego Chargers at CLE Facing Weeden welcome sight after getting Brees/Peyton.
12 New York Giants at DAL Gave up 433 total yards to Cowboys in Week 1 loss.
13 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. WAS Steelers No. 1 in total defense, No. 2 against pass.
14 New York Jets vs. MIA Have allowed only 172 yards rushing last two games.
15 Cleveland Browns vs. SD Chargers' Rivers turned ball over six times in last game.
16 Dallas Cowboys vs. NYG Held Giants to 269 yards of offense in Week 1 win.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 8 Waiver Wire

Week 8 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 05:34
Path: /college-football/start-vick-ballard-randall-cobb-rashad-jennings-philip-rivers-week-8
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Only four teams are on bye in Week 8, compared to six last week. While owners will welcome some familiar faces back to their lineups, others will be faced with some difficult decisions. That’s especially the case at running back as Arian Foster, Ray Rice, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are all unavailable this week. Here are two ball carriers that may be able to fill in along with two other names worth starting in Week 8.

Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee
Ballard was handed the Colts’ starting job after Donald Brown was sidelined because of knee surgery. Brown’s closer to returning, but if Ballard can build on his performance from last week, the Colts' backfield will be that much deeper. Ballard’s first career start against the Jets was entirely forgettable (8 att., 25 yds.), but he bounced back nicely last week against Cleveland. The rookie out of Mississippi State had 84 yards rushing on 20 carries (4.2 ypc), including a long of 26. He will have the opportunity to take the next step this week against Tennessee. The Titans are 28th in the league in rush defense (134.7 ypg) and are allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay vs. Jacksonville
When Greg Jennings initially went down with a groin injury, James Jones was the early beneficiary as he capitalized on his additional playing time and put together a streak of three straight two-touchdown games. However, he’s not the only Packer receiver to emerge while Jennings has been sidelined. Over the past three games, Cobb is averaging 91 yards receiving per contest and caught two scoring strikes last week against the Rams. Considering the Packers have thrown the ball 41 more times compared to rush attempts in their last four games combined, there’s little reason to think Cobb won’t continue to get his chances, even when Jennings finally returns. Not to mention that the Packers, who are on a nice little roll offensively, welcome the lowly Jaguars to Lambeau Field this Sunday.

Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville at Green Bay
Speaking of the Jaguars, Maurice Jones-Drew will likely miss several games with a sprained foot. His injury opens the door for backup Jennings, who himself missed two games earlier this season with a knee injury. The Jags also could be without starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who tore the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder last week, leaving Chad Henne under center against Green Bay. Either way, Jennings should get his chance to carry the load and the Packers have been somewhat susceptible to the run (109.9 ypg, 17th overall). This also is a guy who averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2009-10 combined. May as well find out what he can do, right?

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego at Cleveland
I am fully aware that Rivers turned the ball over six times (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) the last time he played. That final turnover cost me a victory in the league I own him, so believe me I felt your pain too. That said, I still believe in Rivers and think the bye came at the best time for him and the Chargers. Norv Turner said he was going to simplify the playbook to try and help his embattled field general, and I think we will see the fruits of this decision starting this Sunday. The Browns are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and only two starters have scored fewer than 24.6 points against them. In fact, Michael Vick put up 19.9 points against the Browns in Week 1 despite throwing four interceptions. The turnovers are certainly frustrating and something that will hopefully be corrected, but if the Browns’ track record is any indication, Rivers should be able to bounce back this week.

Week 8 Positional Rankings

Week 8 Waiver Wire

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 25, 2012

Teaser:
<p> Start Vick Ballard, Randall Cobb, Rashad Jennings, Philip Rivers in Week 8</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 04:47
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Sometimes a coach inherits a bad team or steps into a program where the university simply does not invest in basketball. In some cases, through recruiting, Xs and Os and inspiration, that coach can turn a bad team into a good or even great one.

The guys on this list are not those coaches. Here are the 20 worst coaching tenures in the six major conference since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985.

WORST COACHING TENURES IN MAJOR CONFERENCES SINCE 1984-85
1. Dave Bliss, Baylor
Years: 1999-2003
Record: 61-57, 19-45 Big 12
Before his undoing at Baylor, Bliss took three teams to the NCAA Tournament (Oklahoma, SMU and New Mexico), but his downfall at Baylor remains one of college athletics biggest disgraces. One player, Carlton Dotson, pleaded guilty to murdering teammate Patrick Dennehy in 2003, and Bliss' actions in the aftermath did not help an already tragic situation. Bliss was found to have paid part of Dennehy’s tuition and that of another player (both NCAA violations), and then asked an assistant and players to lie to investigators about the payment, saying Dennehy had been dealing drugs. That, among other NCAA and recruiting violations put Baylor under harsh sanctions through 2010. On the court, Baylor had one winning season and never finished better than 6-10 in the Big 12.

2. Bob Wade, Maryland
Years: 1986-89
Record: 36-50, 7-35 ACC
Wade took over after the drug-related death of All-American Len Bias, who had just been drafted second overall by the Boston Celtics. With an academic scandal at the end of coach Lefty Driesell’s tenure as well, Wade did not take over in College Park under ideal circumstance when he was hired from the high school ranks from Baltimore Dunbar. After three seasons, including two where Maryland went 0-16 and 1-14 in the ACC, Wade resigned amid his own allegations of NCAA violations. He was replaced by Gary Williams, who resuscitated the program and won 461 games with the Terps.

3. Bob Staak, Wake Forest
Years: 1985-89
Record: 45-69, 8-48 ACC
Staak took over for Paul Tacy, who had reached the postseason in five consecutive years (three pre-expansion NCAAs, two NITs) before Staak arrived. The former Xavier coach and Connecticut player went 8-21 and winless in the ACC in his first season and never won more than three conference games during his four years at Wake. He resigned amid an NCAA inquiry into recruiting violations and was replaced by Dave Odom, who would lead the Demon Deacons to their most successful era in the 1990s and early 2000s.

4. Bill Foster, Northwestern
Years: 1986-93
Record: 54-141, 13-113 Big Ten
The only program from a major conference not to have reached the NCAA Tournament, Northwestern has had its share of futile coaching tenures. Foster’s, though, was the worst. The Wildcats finished in last place in six of his seven seasons, went 2-16 in the Big Ten five times and winless once. His successor, the late Ricky Byrdsong, reached the NIT in his first season with Northwestern. And interesting footnote: Foster also preceded Mike Krzyzewski at Duke.

5. Paul Graham, Washington State
Years: 1999-2003
Record: 31-79, 9-63 Pac-10
The Cougars aren’t known for their basketball success, but before Graham, Washington State built a solid program under Kelvin Sampson and reached the NIT under Kevin Eastman. After Graham, Dick Bennett and son Tony Bennett built Washington State into an NCAA Tournament team. A rash of play departures also didn’t help Graham’s short-lived tenure at Wazzu.

6. Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest
Years: 2010-present
Record: 34-60, 11-39 ACC
Bzdelik has coached in the NBA and took Air Force to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, so it’s a mystery why Bzdelik has had such meager results at a program that has been a consistent power in the ACC. The Demon Deacons have had their share of player departures, due to transfers and off-court issues, so those are possible reasons. That said, Bzdelik had more ACC wins in his third season (six) than he did in his first two combined (five).

7. Sidney Lowe, NC State
Years: 2006-11
Record: 86-78, 25-55 ACC
Hopes were high that Lowe, a former NC State player and longtime NBA assistant, would help the Wolfpack take the next step after an unspectacular run under Herb Sendek. As NC State learned, things weren’t so bad under Sendek, who reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his last five seasons in Raleigh. Lowe recruited well, but the results didn’t come on the court as NC State never won more than six ACC games in a season and finished ninth or lower each year. Successor Mark Gottfried, however, took advantage of the influx of talent under Lowe with a Sweet 16 appearance in his first season.

8. Melvin Watkins, Texas A&M
Years: 1998-2004
Record: 60-112, 21-75 Big 12
Watkins’ predecessor, Tony Barone, also was a candidate for this list, which says something about the Aggies’ basketball program in the ‘90s. Watkins, though, capped his tenure in College Station with a winless Big 12 season and a 7-21 overall record. The Aggies won 10 or fewer games three times in his six seasons. If there was a silver lining, Watkins did bring Acie Law and Antoine Wright to Texas A&M. Under Law and Gillispie, Texas A&M reached the NIT in 2005 and the Sweet 16 in 2007.

9. Brian Mahoney, St. John’s
Years: 1992-96
Record: 56-58, 29-43 Big East
After the departure of the program’s most successful coach, St. John’s promoted assistant Brian Mahoney to replace Lou Carnesecca, but Mahoney turned out to be the first coach in a line of four who weren’t able to restore St. John’s to the glory days. Mahoney reached the NCAA Tournament in his first season, but  reached only one NIT in the three seasons thereafter. Mahoney went 17-37 in the Big East.

10. Matt Doherty, North Carolina
Years: 2000-03
Record: 53-43, 23-25 ACC
Doherty played for Dean Smith at North Carolina and was a teammate of Michael Jordan’s. Those were better days for the Tar Heels. Doherty went 26-7 and 13-3 in the ACC in his first season taking over for Bill Guthridge, but he went 27-36 and 10-22 in conference the following two seasons. During his short-lived tenure, Doherty clashed with Guthridge and Smith by replacing longtime assistants and ran off players with his abrasive style. In North Carolina’s second attempt to pursue Roy Williams, the Tar Heels landed him to replace Doherty in 2003. With some of Doherty’s recruits, Williams won a national title in 2005.

11. Eddie Payne, Oregon State
Years: 1995-2000
Record: 50-90, 20-70 Pac-10
Since the retirement of Ralph Miller in 1989 until the hire of current coach Craig Robinson, none of the coaches in Corvallis had distinguished tenures. Payne’s best season was 7-11 in the Pac-10, but the Beavers went 3-15 in conference or worse in three of his five seasons.

12. Billy Gillispie, Kentucky
Years: 2007-09
Record: 40-27, 20-12 SEC
Hopes were high for Texas A&M’s Gillispie he took over for Tubby Smith, a national title coach who never wowed the Kentucky fan base. A first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to Marquette followed by an NIT ended his tenure in Lexington after only two seasons.

13. Larry Shyatt, Clemson
Years: 1998-2003
Record: 70-84, 20-60 ACC
Shyatt took over after a successful run under Rick Barnes and was replaced by Oliver Purnell, who remade the Tigers into a postseason contender. In between, Shyatt had only two winning seasons and never finished better than 5-11 in the ACC.

14. Jerry Wainwright, DePaul
Years: 2005-10
Record: 59-80, 20-51 Big East
DePaul clearly was not ready to be competitive in the Big East and had long since fallen behind in recruiting the Chicago area. An Illinois native, Wainwright couldn’t help matters. He was fired midway through the 2009-10 season amid a stretch in which DePaul went 1-35 in Big East games.

15. Fred Hill, Rutgers
Years: 2006-10
Record: 47-77, 13-57 Big East
Like Jerry Wainwright and DePaul, Rutgers hoped Hill’s local ties would help revive a moribund Big East program. Hill signed McDonald's All-American Mike Rosario (who later transferred to Florida), but he never won more than five Big East games in four losing seasons at Rutgers. Hill caused further problems for his program when he got into a shouting match with the Pittsburgh baseball coach after a game between the two schools (Hill’s father is the Rutgers baseball coach). Hill disobeyed his athletic director by attending later games in the series, a development that played a role in his ouster.

16. Jeff Bzdelik, Colorado
Years: 2007-10
Record: 36-58, 10-38 Big 12
Bzdelik makes his second appearance on the list. Again, he won at Air Force and coached in the NBA, but he couldn’t manage a winning season at Colorado. Successor Tad Boyle, meanwhile, took over to lead the Buffaloes to back-to-back postseason appearances.

17. Todd Lickliter, Iowa
Years: 2007-10
Record: 38-57, 15-39
Perhaps a cautionary sign for Brad Stevens that the grass isn’t always greener. Lickliter left Butler after a Sweet 16 appearance for a failed tenure with the Hawkeyes. Iowa was a postseason regular under four coaches since the late ‘70s, but the Hawkeyes finished eighth or lower in the Big Ten each season under Lickliter.

18. Ricky Stokes, Virginia Tech
Years: 1999-2003
Record: 29-55, 10-38 Big East
The above record does not include Stokes’ first season when the Hokies were a member of the Atlantic 10, which was also his only winning season (16-15) in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech was already struggling before joining the Big East as a basketball member in 2000, so the Hokies’ first three seasons in the league were no big surprise.

19. Jay John, Oregon State
Years:
2002-08
Record: 72-97, 28-69 Pac-10
Again, Oregon State has never been an easy basketball job since and hasn't been a consistent winner since the '80s. John led Oregon State to its first postseason appearance in 15 years when the Beavers went to the NIT in 2005. But four years later he also laid the groundwork for a 6-25 season in which the Beavers went winless in Pac-10 play. John did not finish that season, however, as he was fired after 18 games.

20. Darrin Horn, South Carolina
Years: 2008-12
Record: 60-63, 23-41 SEC
In his first season, Horn led South Carolina to its first SEC winning record in 11 years, but it was downhill from there. The Gamecocks' overall and conference record declined in each of Horn’s final three seasons, bottoming out at 10-21 overall and 2-14 in the SEC last season.

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Fewer teams are on bye in Week 8 than last, meaning the player pool is deeper for this week. That still doesn’t mean there aren’t those who should probably be left on your bench this week. Here are a few names I am not that crazy about in Week 8.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City vs. Oakland
As bad as Matt Cassel has been this season, there’s no guarantee new starter Brady Quinn will fare any better. Quinn threw for just 180 yards and two interceptions in his first start in Week 6 against Tampa Bay, but he will get another shot this Sunday at home against Oakland. Coming off of the bye week, the Chiefs decided to stick with Quinn rather than going back to Cassel. As of right now, the safest fantasy bet in KC is probably Jamaal Charles. After that it’s play-at-your-own-risk when it comes to the Chiefs and that includes Bowe, their No. 1 wide receiver. Bowe’s numbers weren’t spectacular with Cassel under center, but two weeks ago with Quinn pulling the trigger he had just three catches (on nine targets) for only 25 yards. Prior to that game, Bowe was averaging 13.6 yards per reception. Bowe is more of a vertical threat than a possession-type of receiver, and Quinn’s 4.7 ypc average, which is what he produced against Tampa Bay, does not bode well for the wideout’s fantasy outlook.

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami at New York Jets
It was only about a month ago when Hartline was one of football’s best early surprises after his 12-catch, 253-yard performance against Arizona. In his two games since, he’s caught a total of four passes and all of those came in Week 5 against Cincinnati. Whether it’s defenses paying more attention to him or the ups and downs that come with relying on a rookie quarterback (Ryan Tannehill), Hartline’s production has plummeted. He didn’t catch a single pass in Miami’s last game against St. Louis, and this week faces a Jets’ defense that’s allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. This includes a Week 3 game against the Jets in which Hartline had one catch for 41 yards. Darrelle Revis may not be playing, but the Jets’ secondary hasn’t missed a beat, which is why it may be in your team's best interests to see that Hartline "misses" this Sunday's game.

Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland vs. San Diego
On paper, the conditions seemed right for Richardson to have his first breakout game as a rookie last week against Indianapolis. Or at least that’s what I thought. After all, he was getting his shot at a Colts’ defense that had been gashed by the Jets, particularly Shonn Greene, the week prior. Instead of a breakout, however, what everyone saw was pretty much a breakdown, as Richardson’s rib injury was worse than he let on and he was held to a measly eight yards rushing on as many carries. It got so bad that Richardson ended up getting benched for the second half as Montario Hardesty (7 att., 28 yds.) took over and finished the game. The coaching staff is concerned about Richardson’s ribs, so there’s a chance he may not even see the field this Sunday. Plus considering San Diego is allowing the fewest rushing yards per game in the league, this is shaping up to be a good week to leave the rookie on your bench.

Dallas, DST, vs. New York Giants
The Cowboys are fourth overall in total defense, third in pass defense, 15th against the run, and 14th in points allowed. Statistically, there are no glaring weaknesses on this defense. Unfortunately, Dallas’ on-field performance has not translated into fantasy success. The Cowboys’ DST is currently tied for 26th in fantasy scoring, behind the likes of Tennessee and Buffalo, who are currently 30th and 31st in total defense. Why is this? It’s mainly because the Cowboys have only generated 12 sacks, six turnovers (2 INTs, 4 fumble recoveries), and have yet to score a defensive or special teams touchdown. In some leagues, yards allowed and three and outs and other categories count too, but in standard leagues a DST’s value really comes down to sacks, turnovers and touchdowns. As good as the Cowboys’ defense has played on the field, the unit simply isn’t scoring enough to merit fantasy consideration right now.

Week 8 Positional Rankings

Week 8 Waiver Wire

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 25, 2012

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The Detroit Tigers finally found a World Series opponent and will open the 108th edition of the Fall Classic against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday at AT&T Park.

While the Tigers were waiting, though, the Giants were fighting for their lives against the St. Louis Cardinals and on Monday staved off elimination for a sixth straight time and advanced to their second World Series in three years with a 9-0 win in Game 7.

Resiliency has been the Giants' calling card this October, as they also became the first team in NL history to rally back from an 0-2 hole and win a Division Series with a five-game win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Now, history has told us that the long layoff doesn't give any advantage and the Tigers can attest to that, as they were in a similar situation in 2006 and were defeated in five games by a Cardinals team that had just played a seven- game series.

In fact, since the LCS expanded to a seven-game format in 1985 there have been three instances where a sweeping team will be going up against a club that was forced to win in seven games and all three times the team with the additional rest was defeated.

Amazingly, these two storied franchises have never met in the World Series, despite this being the 19th trip for the Giants and the Tigers' 11th appearance. However, this is only the fifth time the Giants will be playing in this round since the team moved from New York to San Francisco.

Of course, the Giants' last trip to the World Series resulted in the franchise's first title since 1954, a five-game victory over the Texas Rangers in 2010.

Detroit will be seeking its first title since besting the San Diego Padres in 1984.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the matchups at each position:

 

CATCHER

Alex Avila regressed a bit this season after an All-Star campaign in 2011. His batting average fell more than 50 points (.245) and he hit 10 fewer homers (9 HR). His struggles have continued in the postseason, as he is just 5-for-22 with an RBI.

Buster Posey drove the Giants' offense during the regular season with a league-best .334 average, but has struggled here in the playoffs and is coming off an NLCS in which he hit just .154 with only one RBI.

EDGE: GIANTS

 

FIRST BASE

Prince Fielder enjoyed his first year in Motown by hitting .313 with 30 home runs and 108 RBI. However, he's only hit .211 in the postseason and has just one home run and three RBI to his credit.

Brandon Belt offers nowhere near the production of Fielder, but he's a much better defender and is better on the bases than his counterpart. Still, he hit .304 in the NLCS and homered in the Game 7 clincher.

EDGE: TIGERS

 

SECOND BASE

Omar Infante was acquired midseason from Miami to help address a need at second base that has plagued the team the past couple of seasons. He's not a superstar, but has played real well in the playoffs, batting .274 primarily out of the nine hole.

Marco Scutaro may be the hottest hitter entering this series, and is coming off an NLCS that saw him bat .500 (14-for-28) with six runs scored and four RBI. Scutaro has been terrific since coming over from Colorado in a midseason deal, as he is hitting .362 with 44 RBI in 61 games for the Giants.

EDGE: GIANTS

 

THIRD BASE

With a batting average of .330 along with 44 home runs and 139 RBI, Miguel Cabrera led the American League in all three categories to become the majors' first Triple Crown winner since 1967. After a poor ALDS showing, Cabrera showed why he will be the league's MVP a month from now in the ALCS, as he went 5-for-16 with a home run and four RBI. Quite simply he's the best hitter in baseball.

San Francisco counters with a pretty good third baseman of its own in Pablo Sandoval, whose three-run triple in the All-Star Game is a big reason why the Giants will have home-field advantage for this series. Even though he hit .310 in the NLCS with a pair of home runs, this is no contest when matched up with Cabrera.

EDGE: TIGERS

 

SHORTSTOP

After a terrific 2011, Jhonny Peralta struggled this past season, as he saw his average drop 60 points to .239. He's been a big part of the Tigers' offense in the playoffs, though, especially against the Yankees, as he hit .388 (7-for-18), including a pair of home runs and three RBI in the clincher.

Brandon Crawford may not give you the type of production that Peralta is capable of, but there may not be a better defensive player in this series.

EDGE: TIGERS

 

LEFT FIELD

Detroit manager figures to use ALCS MVP Delmon Young in left for the games in San Francisco. Primarily the team's designated hitter, Young continued his postseason prowess against the Yankees, hitting .294 with two home runs and eight RBI.

When the series shifts to Detroit, Leyland will likely to go with Andy Dirks in left.

Gregor Blanco took over in left for the Giants when Melky Cabrera was suspended for steroids and was a solid replacement. However, he has only hit .211 this postseason, but four his seven hits have gone for extra bases. He's much better defensively than whoever the Tigers run out there, but won't match their offensive numbers.

EDGE: TIGERS

 

CENTER FIELD

Austin Jackson is already one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, but this year he hit .300 for the first time and put up the best power numbers in his career, swatting 16 home runs with 66 RBI. He also scored 103 times. Jackson has continued to hit here in the playoffs and batted .353 in the Tigers' ALCS sweep, adding a homer in Game 4.

Angel Pagan led the National League in triples this past season, but that hasn't translated into the postseason, where he is hitting a mere .208. Defensively, he'd probably have an edge on most center fielders, but not Jackson.

EDGE: TIGERS

 

RIGHT FIELD

Leyland will likely employ a platoon here with rookies Avisail Garcia and Quintin Berry, as well as Dirks. The three of them have combined to hit .282 with five RBI this postseason.

Hunter Pence was acquired near the trade deadline to help the Giants' woeful lineup, but has struggled mightily this postseason, batting just .188. He has become the team's inspirational leader, though, with fiery clubhouse speeches, as his "look into each other's eyes" speech has become a rallying cry for the team.

EDGE: GIANTS

 

DESIGNATED HITTER

Young has become somewhat of a postseason stud for the Tigers, as his seven playoff home runs are the most in team history. He's also the first player with four game-winning RBI in one postseason.

San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy hasn't tipped his hat as to who he will use as his DH. Aubrey Huff seems like a logical choice, but he could also opt to go with Posey and put Hector Sanchez behind the plate.

EDGE: TIGERS

 

STARTING PITCHING

Justin Verlander, the AL's reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner was sensational again in the regular season, but has taken his game to yet another level this October, going 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings.

It hasn't been just Verlander this postseason either. The Tigers' starters as a whole have been tremendous, as righties Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer have combined with Verlander to post an amazing 1.02 ERA in nine postseason starts.

Since the Giants went seven games against the Cardinals, Bochy won't have ace Matt Cain until Game 3. He will likely go with lefty Barry Zito in Game 1, as the Giants have won in each of his last 13 trips to the hill.

Then has some decisions to make for Game 2. He could opt to go with Ryan Vogelsong on short rest and have two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum ready to go in relief, a role he has flourished in this postseason, or he could start Madison Bumgarner, who won 16 games during the regular season, but has pitched to an 11.25 ERA in his two postseason appearances.

Then again, Bochy could just go with Lincecum, who is coming off the worst season of his pro career. The Freak lost 15 games and pitched to a 5.18 ERA and was hit hard in his only start this postseason. But, in 8 1/3 innings of relief he has surrendered just one run.

EDGE: TIGERS

 

BULLPEN

Leyland does have some concerns, specifically a bullpen that has seemingly removed Jose Valverde from the closer's role. After Valverde blew big leads against both Oakland and then New York in Game 1, Leyland opted to go with a closer by committee, but lefty Phil Coke seemed to be his go-to-guy against the Yankees.

Leyland hasn't stated if Coke will be used as his closer against the Giants, but he hasn't allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings this postseason and saved two games in the ALCS. Fellow bullpen mates Octavio Dotel, Drew Smyly and Al Alburquerque have also yet to allow a run in these playoffs

The Giants' bullpen suffered a big blow when animated closer Brian Wilson was done for the season with a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. But, their relief corps - specifically, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo - have been lights out in the playoffs and have combined for a 2.63 ERA in 41 innings, with a 2-0 record.

EDGE: GIANTS

 

MANAGERS

Leyland already has a World Series title to his credit with the 1997 Marlins and is one of the best managers this game has ever seen with 1,676 wins over 21 seasons.

Bochy, meanwhile, has been manager of the Giants since the 2006 season and, like Leyland, is one of only a few active managers with at least 1,000 wins. Before leading the Giants to a World Series title in 2010, he had guided the San Diego Padres to the postseason four times.

EDGE: TIGERS

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Unlike last week when six teams were on bye, Week 8 only has four teams not in action. However, it’s another week full of unavailable fantasy firepower, highlighted by the running backs. No Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Fred Jackson or C.J. Spiller this week.

While it’s extremely difficult to replace any of these backs’ production in your lineup, the good news is that you hopefully will only be without them for one week and it appears there are several serviceable options out there. Here are some of those names, as well as a few for the other positions, worth considering as you look to fill out your roster for this week and beyond.

Bye week teams: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston

Quarterbacks
Week 7 Recap: Carson Palmer scored a rare rushing touchdown and came on strong in the second half to lead Oakland to a come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville. Mark Sanchez threw for a season-high 328 yards, but had just one touchdown pass and two turnovers (INT and a fumble that resulted in a safety) in the overtime loss to New England. John Skelton had similar numbers (less 66 passing yards) to Sanchez in Arizona’s loss to Minnesota, while Russell Wilson managed just 132 total yards and an interception against San Francisco.

Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman has been mentioned here before, but considering he’s thrown for 728 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception in his last two games, he deserves a little more recognition. Freeman is averaging 27. 4 fantasy points over his last three games,  and his next three opponents — at MIN, at OAK, vs. SD — are 11th, 9th and 8th respectively in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.

Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans
Hasselbeck’s start against Buffalo in Sunday was thought to be his last one as Jake Locker was reportedly ready to resume the reigns after missing the past three games with a shoulder injury. However, after Hasselbeck (22-of-33, 205 yds., TD) led the Titans to a come-from-behind victory over the Bills, the team has decided to delay Locker’s return to the field at least another week. The Titans have won their last two with Hasselbeck under center and will get the chance to make it three in a row this Sunday against Indianapolis. The Colts are allowing the tenth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
This one is probably for informational purposes only. Henne took over against Oakland after Blaine Gabbert went down with a shoulder injury. At the time the Jaguars were in front of the Raiders. Henne proceeded to go 9-for-20 passing for just 71 yards as the Jags ended up losing to the Raiders after getting out-scored 20-6 in the second half and overtime. Even if Henne gets the nod in place of Gabbert, I’m not sure you really want to use him against the Packers in Green Bay.

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Russell Wilson has gotten more publicity (and does have more wins), but Weeden has been more productive on the fantasy front. Weeden is averaging 20.8 fantasy points over his past three games and has six touchdowns compared to just three interceptions over this span. Depending on who your normal starting quarterback is, Weeden could be a fill-in option as Cleveland hosts San Diego. The Chargers are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Running Backs
Week 7 Recap: Neither Rashard Mendenhall or Isaac Redman played, but it was Jonathan Dwyer (see below) and not Baron Batch, who benefitted the most. Cleveland is also a situation that bears watching as Trent Richardson was ineffective (8 yards on 8 carries) and later benched against Indianapolis. Montario Hardesty finished with more rushing yards and more carries and could be in for a larger role moving forward. Felix Jones (74 total yards) was a big part of Dallas’ game plan, but he wasn’t able to break any long plays against Carolina and missed the Cowboys’ final two drives with a bruised knee. If DeMarco Murray misses another week it appears that Jones will share the load with another Cowboy back (see below). As far as Arizona's backfield goes, LaRod Stephens-Howling did what William Powell did to him two weeks ago, as Stephens-Howling rushed for 104 yards and had another 45 receiving in the Cardinals' win in Minnesota. His production made Powell irrelevant, just like Powell did to Stephens-Howling in Week 6. What happens this week is anyone’s guess, but it’s not an appealing match-up for either as San Francisco comes calling. LeGarrette Blount was irrelevant (5 att., -2 yards) against New Orleans as the pace and the style of this game made a big, bruising running back like him unnecessary.

Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts
Donald Brown is out at least another week or two, and Ballard showed what he’s capable of against Cleveland. Ballard ran for 84 yards and finished the Colts’ win over the Browns with more than 100 total yards of offense. He has yet to score, but that could change this week against a Tennessee defense giving up the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers
No Rashard Mendenhall or Isaac Redman, no problem for Pittsburgh as Dwyer averaged more than seven yards per carry and finished with 122 yards rushing in the win in Cincinnati. Dwyer, who didn’t even suit up in Weeks 5 or 6, picked up his second career 100-yard effort and will continue to carry the load until Mendenhall and/or Redman return.

Rashad Jennings, Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew lasted all of two plays against Oakland as the Jaguars’ best player was carted off of the field after suffering a foot injury. The extent of the damage is not yet fully known, but MJD has already been declared out for this Sunday's game in Green Bay. There's little doubt that Jennings will be the most-added player this week. The fourth-year back has had his own injury issues, including a knee injury that caused him to miss two games this season. However, Jennings is the starter in Jacksonville until Jones-Drew returns and he averaged 5.4 yards per carry as the backup in 2009 and ’10 combined.

Phillip Tanner, Dallas Cowboys
Tanner, and not Felix Jones, put the finishing touches on Dallas’ win in Carolina on Sunday. Jones missed the final two drives of the game after bruising his knee, leaving Tanner with the job of running the ball to help run down the clock. Tanner’s production (13 att., 30 yds.) wasn’t that great, but he also had nine carries (for 31 yds.) in the Week 6 loss to Baltimore. It’s not known if DeMarco Murray will be back this Sunday, but if he’s unable to go, Tanner should be in line for the same type of workload against the Giants. He could get even more carries depending on how severe Jones’ bruised knee turns out to be.

Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots
Stevan Ridley is the lead back for New England, but the way the Patriots run their offense has allowed Woodhead to carve out a nice, consistent role for him too. Woodhead, whom the Patriots use as their primary back when they go no-huddle, has averaged six carries and more than 66 total yards per game over the last three. His versatility only helps his fantasy value, and again, given New England’s tendency to go no-huddle, he could be a potential flex option depending on the opponent.

Wide Receivers
Week 7 Recap: Doug Baldwin left Seattle’s game in San Francisco with an ankle injury, not that he did that much (2 rec., 15 yds.) prior to getting hurt. Chris Givens made some sort of contribution across the board (73 receiving, 50 return, 14 rushing yds.), while Josh Gordon and Denarius Moore each caught a touchdown pass despite totaling six catches combined.

Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
Kerley has 15 receptions for 238 yards over his last three games combined. He went for seven and 120 as Mark Sanchez threw for a season-high 328 yards in the Jets’ overtime loss to New England. Although Kerley hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3, it’s pretty clear he’s become Sanchez’ No. 1 target.

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
The Redskins brought in several wide receivers during the offseason, most notably Pierre Garcon, but it’s the veteran Moss who continues to produce. Garcon has pretty much been a no-show since Week 1 because of nagging foot issues, while Moss is leading the team in touchdown catches (4), second in receiving yards (290) and third in receptions (19). Moss has three scores in his last three games, including two against the Giants on Sunday. With Garcon likely out until at least Washington’s bye in Week 10, there’s no reason to think Robert Griffin III won’t continue to look Moss’ way.

Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars
His costly fumble set up the Raiders’ game-winning field goal in overtime, but Shorts also caught a 42-yard touchdown pass to help stake the Jaguars to an early 14-point lead. In fact, Shorts has far and away been Jacksonville’s most productive wide receiver this season. He leads the team in touchdown receptions (3) as well as receiving yards by a wide margin (284 to 136 for the next Jaguar). He has five catches that have gone for 20 or more yards, including a season-long 80-yard touchdown reception against Indianapolis. One caveat regarding Shorts would be if Blaine Gabbert ends up sidelined after suffering a shoulder injury against the Raiders. Backup Chad Henne hasn’t been effective the time he’s been under center for the Jaguars this season.

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans
Since catching just two passes in Week 2, Washington has had at least three receptions and 43 yards receiving since. He had a season-high six receptions for 43 yards on Sunday against Buffalo, including what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Washington seems to have rediscovered his chemistry with Matt Hasselbeck and it looks like the two veterans will have the chance to do some more damage at least one more week.

Tight Ends
Week 7 Recap: Jared Cook caught just two passes for 37 yards against Buffalo, while Anthony Fasano and the Dolphins were on bye. Cook is certainly a solid option this week, and Fasano could be as well with Scott Chandler Owen Daniels, Jermaine Gresham and Dennis Pitta all on bye in Week 8.

Logan Paulsen, Washington Redskins
Fred Davis is done for the season after suffering an Achilles injury in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. In steps Paulsen, who, despite having just one catch prior to this game, led the team in receiving yards with 76 on four receptions. Paulsen’s instant production makes him worth consideration, even with the Redskins bringing long-time tight end Chris Cooley back into the fold.

David Thomas, New Orleans Saints
Coming off of a bye, it was somewhat of a surprise that on Saturday New Orleans ruled Jimmy Graham out against Tampa Bay. Graham sprained his ankle in Week 5 against San Diego, and apparently hadn’t made enough progress for the team to even bring him on the trip. The hope is that Graham will be back this week for the Saints’ game in Denver, but if he’s not, Thomas has shown himself to be capable. Thomas caught four passes for 27 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Buccaneers. It’s possible he may have even shown the coaching staff enough to merit some sort of role in the passing game once Graham does return.

Defense/Special Teams
Week 7 Recap: Cleveland managed only three sacks and a fumble recovery in the loss to Indianapolis, but perhaps the Browns will get another opportunity this week as San Diego comes to town. Remember, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers turned the ball over six times (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) in his last game, a Week 6 loss to Denver.

Atlanta Falcons
Perhaps it’s because Atlanta was just on bye, but even still, there’s really no reason why the No. 8 DST in fantasy football is owned in less than 70 percent of Yahoo! leagues. The Falcons’ defense has produced 17 turnovers (10 INTs, 7 fumble recoveries) and also has 16 sacks in six games. The Falcons return to action on Sunday against Philadelphia, a team that has turned the ball over an NFC-worst 17 times.

Scoring is based on Athlon Sports default scoring which is 6 points for all TDs, .5 points per reception and 1 point per 25 yards passing, 10 yards rushing/receiving and 40 return yards.

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 23, 2012

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Post date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 05:59

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