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After a second straight win over a ranked SEC opponent, LSU moved past Notre Dame to take over the No. 5 spot in the Legends Poll.
 
Following a victory over South Carolina, Les Miles’ Tigers took care of Texas A&M in Baton Rouge as well, 24-19.
 
“LSU’s defense has got some great speed and they’re always tough to score on,” former Auburn coach Pat Dye said. “And the fact that they played at home helped their quarterback (Zach Mettenberger). I’d say LSU probably has got the best chance of beating Alabama of anybody in the conference because they play them at home in Baton Rouge.”
 
LSU has two weeks to prepare before top-ranked Alabama comes to town.
 
But the biggest question amongst the college football pollsters is, who's No. 2? In the Legends Poll, No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Kansas State made up some ground on Oregon, but did not receive enough votes to overtake the Ducks for the No. 2 spot behind Alabama.
 
No. 6 Notre Dame dropped a spot and fell out of the top five just one week after making its first ever appearance. The Fighting Irish struggled with BYU but hung on for a 17-14 win in South Bend.
 
No. 7 Oklahoma jumped a spot over No. 8 Florida State after a second straight blowout victory. The Sooners welcome No. 6 Notre Dame and College Gameday to Norman, Okla. next weekend.
 
Unbeaten Oregon State finally cracked the Legends Poll top 10 this week at No. 9. USC stayed put and rounded out the top 10.
 
Other undefeated teams, No. 13 Mississippi State and No. 14 Louisville continued their climb up the rankings. They were followed by No. 15 South Carolina, which continued its tumble in the top 25, dropping 12 spots in two weeks after suffering two straight losses.
 
West Virginia also continued its slide in the rankings, dropping eight more spots to No. 23. The Mountaineers have fallen 19 spots in just two weeks.
 
No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Oklahoma State moved back into the top 25 this week, replacing Cincinnati and Arizona State, which both dropped out of the rankings.
 

To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.

THE LEGENDS POLL TOP 25

RK TEAM RECORD POINTS PV RK
1 AlabamaAlabama (17) 7-0 425 1
2 OregonOregon 7-0 404 2
3 FloridaFlorida 7-0 389 3
4 Kansas StateKansas State 7-0 380 4
5 LSULSU 7-1 347 6
6 Notre DameNotre Dame 7-0 343 5
7 OklahomaOklahoma 5-1 311 8
8 Florida StateFlorida State 7-1 304 7
9 Oregon StateOregon State 6-0 292 11
10 USCUSC 6-1 279 10
11 ClemsonClemson 6-1 240 12
12 GeorgiaGeorgia 6-1 231 13
13 Mississippi StateMississippi State 7-0 229 14
14 LouisvilleLouisville 7-0 188 16
15 South CarolinaSouth Carolina 6-2 184 9
16 Texas TechTexas Tech 6-1 178 21
17 RutgersRutgers 7-0 147 19
18 StanfordStanford 5-2 139 18
19 Texas A&MTexas A&M 5-2 99 17
20 MichiganMichigan 5-2 97 24
21 Boise StateBoise State 6-1 87 23
22 TCUTCU 5-2 43 22
23 West VirginiaWest Virginia 5-2 39 15
24 WisconsinWisconsin 6-2 26 -
25 Oklahoma StateOklahoma State 4-2 22 -
 
Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska 21, Ohio 17, Arizona State 14, Louisiana Tech 13, Cincinnati 12, Duke 11, Texas 10, Utah State 2, North Carolina State 1, Northern Illinois 1
 
Teams Dropped Out from Last Week's Poll: Cincinnati, Arizona State

* The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS is trying to create and Athlon will bring it to you as the de facto Selection Committee for fans to follow over the next two seasons, allowing you to see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward.  You can see the entire Poll at www.legendschannel.com.

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Post date: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 05:05
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Welcome to Week 7 of the NFL season, also known as the lightest slate of action before the playoffs get started. Six teams are on bye this week, which to the fans means there are only 13 games on tap. To the fantasy owners, however, this means a lot of players aren’t available and quite a few teams will be going deep into their bench to put together a starting lineup.

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 7 Positional Rankings

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Bye week teams: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego

Sneaky Start of the Week
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee at Buffalo
Hasselbeck will make his third, and probably final, start this week in Buffalo in place of Jake Locker. Locker has been sidelined the past three weeks with a shoulder injury, but he returned to practice this week and Titans head coach Mike Munchak has already said the second-year player will get his job back from the veteran Hasselbeck once he’s healthy.

So if this is in fact Hasselbeck’s last start (provided Locker stays healthy), what better way for him to go out than to get the NFL’s worst defense, no? Prior to last week, Buffalo had given up more than 1,200 yards and 97 points in a span of two games.

While the Bills’ D looked much better in the overtime win in Arizona, this unit still has its share of issues. In fact, this game features two of the bottom three defenses in the entire league, so chances are this affair will feature plenty of offensive fireworks.

I like Hasselbeck to go back to the bench swinging, if you will, as the Bills are allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If Chris Johnson can take advantage of the Bills’ rush defense (worst in the league), that should open up things even more for Hasselbeck, who has multiple weapons in the passing game in receivers Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, as well as tight end Jared Cook. The Titans may not win, but if you decide to start Hasselbeck, I think you will at least like that outcome.

Surprise Sit of the Week
Steve Smith, WR, Carolina vs. Dallas
Even though Smith is not currently leading the Panthers in receptions (tight end Greg Olsen is with 22), he’s still Cam Newton’s top target. The problem with this lies in the fact that the Panthers are 27th in the league in passing offense and Newton hasn’t been near as productive this season as he was at the start of his record-setting 2011 campaign.

Smith has a total of 21 receptions in the Panthers’ first five games. He’s still getting it done in terms of yardage (18.5 ypc), but he has yet to find the end zone. Since opening the season with consecutive 100-yard efforts, Smith has averaged less than four catches and 60 yards receiving over the past three games.

Dallas is No. 1 in both total and passing defense and has allowed the fewest receptions and yards to opposing wide receivers. Outside of Brandon Marshall (138 yards) and Anquan Boldin (98) no wide receiver has gone for more than 58 yards receiving against the Cowboys.

The Panthers’ offensive line is in a state of flux without All-Pro center Ryan Kalil, so don’t be surprised if Newton has no choice but to get rid of the ball quickly and for the Panthers to try and do some damage with short, underneath routes, which is not necessarily Smith’s bread and butter. Neither the match-up nor the likely offensive game plan, otherwise known as chuck and duck or tuck and run, bodes well for the dynamic, diminutive wideout.

Quarterbacks
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Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) at Cincinnati
Somewhat quietly, Big Ben is putting together yet another solid, productive season. He’s fourth in passer rating and tenth among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring, and eight of those in front of him have the benefit of one more game played. He has thrown 10 touchdown passes compared to only two interceptions (and has yet to lose a fumble), which is even more impressive considering the injuries and upheaval that the Steelers’ offensive line has already gone through. Roethlisberger is 12-4 in his career against Cincinnati, this week’s opponent, and he has accounted for a total of 23 touchdowns (20 pass, 3 rush) in those 16 games. Provided his patchwork o-line gives him enough time to throw the ball, it should be another productive day at the office for No. 7.

Andrew Luck (IND) vs. CLE
Luck is averaging 300 yards per game and has thrown six touchdowns and just two interceptions at Lucas Oil Stadium. Cleveland is 30th in the league in pass defense (294.2 ypg) and has allowed 15 passing touchdowns in six games. Care to guess where and against whom the Colts are playing this Sunday?

Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF) vs. TEN
Matt Hasselbeck may have gotten the “Surprise Start” nod above, but that’s not to take anything away from Fitzpatrick or rather his match-up against Tennessee’s defense. As was stated previously, this game features two of the league’s bottom three defenses, not to mention that the Titans are 29th against the pass. Fitzpatrick’s biggest issue this season has been interceptions as he has eight already, but the Titans have only picked off four passes, while surrendering 13 scoring strikes. This Buffalo-Tennessee tilt is what I would call a “Green Light Fantasy Special,” meaning I wouldn’t hesitate to start any of your Bills or Titans here, other than the defenses of course.

SIT
Matt Schaub (HOU) vs. BAL
This is not a knock on Schaub, who is a capable passer (12th in passer rating) and does a good job of protecting the ball (4 total turnovers). It’s just that Houston loves to run the ball, as the Texans are sixth in rushing yards and second in attempts. Plus there’s the matter of this week’s opponent, Baltimore, who have gave up a franchise-worst 227 yards on the ground to the Cowboys last week. The Texans strangely went away from the run early in last week's game against the Packers, which contributed to their offense sputtering, resulting in them falling behind early and eventually losing big. I don’t think the coaching staff makes that same mistake twice, especially against a Ray Lewis-less Ravens defense.

Christian Ponder (MIN) vs. ARI
Ponder was flawless in his first four games, throwing no picks and contributing five total touchdowns. In the past two games he has thrown four touchdown passes, but also four interceptions. Arizona is allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and has picked off more passes compared to aerial scores allowed. This seems like a good week for the Vikings to put more of the offensive burden on running back Adrian Peterson rather than their second-year quarterback.

Sam Bradford (STL) vs. GB
Bradford is coming off of a season-high 315-yard effort, in which he didn’t throw a touchdown pass and also got sacked three times. Oh and the Rams lost too. This week the Rams host the Packers, a team that leads the NFL in sacks (21) and just handled a previously undefeated Houston team rather easily. While he should get plenty of opportunities to throw the ball, I’m just not so sure he will have enough time to pull the trigger.

Running Backs
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Trent Richardson (CLE) at IND
So it appears I was a week early in including Richardson here, as a rib injury and a fairly stingy Cincinnati defense held the rookie to just 37 yards on 14 carries. The important thing is Cleveland won, right? Oh yeah, there’s also the little matter that the Browns get the Colts this week. Richardson has insisted all along that he won’t let the rib/cartilage issue prevent him from playing this week. Then again I think pretty much every running back in the league would say the same thing if they had a date with Indianapolis awaiting them. Don’t forget the Colts put up little resistance to the Jets’ ground and pound attack last week, including 161 yards and three touchdowns to Shonn Greene alone. Flak jacket? Check. Momentum after last week’s win? Check. Really bad rush defense on tap? Double check. Talented, bruising young back ready to roll? Oh yeah.

Felix Jones (DAL) at CAR
Thanks to a foot injury suffered by DeMarco Murray, Jones saw his first significant action in some time and made the most of it. He started things off early with a 22-yard scoring run and finished the day with 92 yards on 18 carries. Murray’s sidelined at least this week after the Cowboys discovered he sustained some ligament damage in his left foot, which means Jones will get the start against Carolina. Jones has disappointed many a fantasy owner in the past with his untapped potential and injury-prone nature, but I think this time it will be different. He looked pretty good against the Ravens last week and should find some running room against the Panthers on Sunday. Carolina is allowing the third-most fantasy points to running backs and is giving up an average of 127.4 yards on the ground per game.

Darren Sproles (NO) at TB
Outside of Drew Brees, I could make an argument that the other Saint who has been most impacted by the season-long suspension of Sean Payton has been Sproles. A significant part of the offense throughout last season, Sproles’ usage to start this campaign has left many an owner scratching their head. Through the first five games of 2011, Sproles had already accumulated 57 touches (26 rushes, 31 receptions) on offense alone. So far this season, he’s had 45 (17 rushes, 28 receptions), but it goes beyond just the number of opportunities. He didn’t get a single rushing attempt in the first two games, while he didn’t catch a single pass in the Saints’ third game. Whatever the reason, I think Sproles returns to his more prominent role in the offense beginning this week against Tampa Bay, a team that he had a total of 161 yards of offense (not including returns) against in two games last season.

SIT
Shonn Greene (NYJ) at NE
Greene, who was my Sneaky Start for Week 6, exploded last week for a career-high 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Indianapolis. Prior to his career performance, Greene had rushed for 217 yards and one touchdown in his first five games. In other words, he nearly quadrupled his per-game average over five games in only four quarters of play. As valuable as Greene was to those owners who stuck by him, I wouldn’t expect anywhere near similar results this week. New England is eighth in the NFL in rushing defense, compared to Indianapolis, who is No. 26. The Patriots are allowing 3.4 yards per carry and have surrendered only two rushing touchdowns. In two games last year against his AFC East rivals, Greene had 144 yards rushing and one touchdown. It may be hard to bench last week’s top-scoring running back, but I just don’t see Greene putting up big numbers this week.

Mikel Leshoure (DET) at CHI (Monday)
Since rushing for 100 yards in his NFL debut in Week 3, Leshoure has collected 96 yards in his last two games combined. Detroit as a team has been inconsistent in running the ball, averaging less than 100 yards on the ground per contest, and this doesn’t figure to get any easier on Monday night in Chicago. The Bears are tops in the league in rushing defense, not to mention scoring defense and second in total defense, and are allowing less than 66 yards rushing per game. They have surrendered just one rushing touchdown and are coming off of a bye headed into this NFC North clash. Leshoure is anything but a sure thing when it comes to his fantasy outlook this week.

William Powell (ARI) at MIN
Even though he didn’t start, Powell was the most productive Cardinal running back last week against Buffalo. Powell finished with 70 yards rushing on 13 carries (5.4 ypc) and also caught a pass. However, I wouldn’t get too excited over Powell’s fantasy value because of two factors. One, unless the Cardinals decide to change it up, it appears that Powell will continue to share the workload with LaRod Stephens-Howling and possibly Alfonso Smith. The bigger reason is Arizona’s opponent this week. Minnesota’s defense has given up just one rushing touchdown so far and the only back to rush for more than 63 yards against this unit has been Maurice Jones-Drew. Powell may be a nice story and could prove valuable down the road, but MJD he isn’t. This simply isn’t the week to expect much from him in terms of fantasy points.

Wide Receivers
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Dez Bryant (DAL) at CAR
Twenty-eight, 21, 200 and two. What do these numbers mean? They are the total number of targets, receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns Dez Bryant has in his last two games. To put it simply, Bryant is going too hot to bench right now, especially against a Carolina secondary that doesn’t have anyone as tall or big as the 6’2, 220-pound target.

Stevie Johnson (BUF) vs. TEN
Johnson is off to a decent, but not spectacular, start to the season with 27 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Don’t be surprised to see these numbers go up quite a bit this Sunday as Johnson and the Bills welcome Tennessee and its 30th-ranked pass defense to Orchard Park. Calvin Johnson, Malcom Floyd and Percy Harvin have already hung 100-yard games on the Titans, and I expect Johnson to follow suit this week.  

Josh Gordon (CLE) at IND
Gordon is quickly establishing himself as not only a legitimate deep threat, but as quarterback Brandon Weeden’s favorite target. Gordon has three touchdowns in his last two games, and two of these scoring strikes were plays of more than 60 yards. For the season he is averaging 22.8 yards per catch and is starting to get more opportunities thrown his way. He has a total of 12 targets in his last two games, after seeing 14 in the first four combined. Indianapolis has done a decent job of limiting the amount of damage done by opposing wide receivers in terms of yardage, but the Colts’ secondary has been burned several times on the long ball. If you’re looking for someone to take a flyer on this week, and beyond for that matter, Gordon is certainly a worthy candidate.

SIT
James Jones (GB) at STL
Jones has definitely made his presence felt for both his team and those owners who were fortunate enough to get a hold of him. Jones posted his third straight two-touchdown game last week against Houston, and he is second only to Arian Foster in the entire NFL in touchdowns with seven. On the other hand, St. Louis is seventh in the league against the pass and the Rams’ defense has only given up two touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. By no means, am I saying the Rams are going to shut Aaron Rodgers and the Packers completely down, but I wouldn’t be surprised to not only see Jones’ two-TD streak come to an end, but see him shut out, at least when it comes to the end zone.

Anquan Boldin (BAL) at HOU
After a slow start to the season, Boldin has reemerged as a key part of Baltimore’s passing attack. He has 28 catches for 311 yards in his last three games combined and now leads the Ravens in both targets and receptions. The problem I see this week, however, is who will be on the others side, Houston. One, the Texans are still smarting from the whipping Green Bay handed them on their home turf last week. Two, the Texans’ secondary is having the most trouble with the deep passes and wideouts who are vertical threats. That’s why players like Jordy Nelson, Eric Decker, Randall Cobb and Jeremy Kerley have had the most success against their defensive backs. Boldin is not the Ravens’ deep threat; Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones fill that role. So I expect Joe Flacco, who loves to throw the ball downfield, especially when using play-action, to try and follow the same script this week, which makes Boldin a somewhat risky option.

Nate Burleson (DET) at CHI (Monday)
Burleson has settled in nicely as the Lions’ No. 2 wide receiver, as he’s tied with tight end Brandon Pettigrew (more on him below) for second place on the team in receptions (26). He also leads the way with two touchdown catches so far. That’s all well and good, but Chicago’s defense has given up just three receiving touchdowns, and no team’s No. 2 wide receiver has caught more than four passes or had more than 43 yards receiving against it. Undoubtedly the Bears will be focused on slowing down Calvin Johnson, but this doesn’t mean Burleson’s going to be the beneficiary of such attention. You never sit your studs, which applies here to Johnson and Matthew Stafford (unless you have a better option available), but I think discretion is warranted this week when it comes to Burleson.

Tight Ends
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Heath Miller (PIT) at CIN
Ben Roethlisberger and Miller have been teammates since 2005 and it’s apparent the quarterback trusts his tight end. Miller is second on the Steelers with 25 catches and his four touchdowns tie him for the team lead with wide receiver Mike Wallace. Big Ben inexplicably trusts Miller to get open and catch the ball (25 receptions on 34 targets) when it’s thrown his way. Cincinnati is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends, so there’s little doubt in my mind that Roethlisberger will be looking for his long-time teammate over the middle early and often this Sunday night.  

Brandon Pettigrew (DET) at CHI (Monday)
As good as Chicago’s defense has been (and it has been VERY good, especially in terms of fantasy scoring as a DST), its one weak spot appears to be defending tight ends. The Monsters of the Midway are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, while the 35 receptions by them are the fourth-most. Enter Pettigrew, who is second only to All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson in targets for the Lions. He has 26 receptions, which ties him with wideout Nate Burleson for second, along with 261 yards and a touchdown. Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is certainly keeping Pettigrew heavily involved as the 6-5, 265-pounder has seven or more targets in all but one of the team’s five games. In two games against the Bears last season, Pettigrew had a total of 14 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. As good a job as the Bears have done pressuring the quarterback (18 sacks) and shutting down opposing wide receivers (3 TD catches), Stafford may have no choice but to look Pettigrew’s way early and often come Monday night.

SIT
Benjamin Watson (CLE) at IND
Watson has caught a touchdown pass this season, but he’s also ceding more and more targets to fellow tight end Jordan Cameron with each passing week it seems. Cleveland plays Indianapolis this week and considering the Colts have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, it’s probably best to just stay from either Brown tight end.

Dallas Clark (TB) vs. NO
Remember when Clark caught 100 passes? Yeah me too, it was back in 2009 when he was still in Indianapolis. Clark’s now in Tampa Bay and the only way he’s catching that many passes this season is if it gets expanded to 56 games. He has nine receptions in five games. Case closed.

Defense/Special Teams
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Minnesota vs. Arizona

Arizona has given up 27 sacks already. Minnesota has collected 15 sacks and has surrendered a total of 20 points in its last two home games. The Cardinals are down to their No. 3 running back as their starter and quarterback John Skelton is getting his first start since Week 1. Any other questions?

Oakland vs. Jacksonville
The Raiders are last among DSTs in fantasy scoring as they have collected a total of four sacks and six turnovers in five games. Fortunately for them, their first game off of the bye is against a Jacksonville team (also coming off of its bye) that has scored one touchdown in its last two games. If there was ever a time to employ the Silver and Black attack in your lineup, it’s this week.

SIT
Baltimore at Houston

I don’t need to tell you that this is a Ravens defense that will be playing its first game without Ray Lewis, a future Hall of Famer who’s the unquestionable leader and heart and soul of this team, and Lardarius Webb, one of the best cover corners in the entire NFL, do I? Or that the Ravens will be playing a Texans team that’s champing at the bit to put last week’s disappointing showing, at home and in primetime no less, against Green Bay behind it, right? Or that the Ravens gave up a franchise-worst 227 yards rushing last week and will face Arian Foster and the Texans’ vaunted ground attack on Sunday? Just checking.

Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans
The Buccaneers’ DST put up 18 fantasy points on the board last week against a Chiefs team that had Brady Quinn at quarterback. This week Tampa Bay’s D gets a rested New Orleans team that has record-setting quarterback Drew Brees at the helm. Yes the Bucs have been very good against the run, but tell me again when was the last time the Saints beat a team by running the ball?

Kickers
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Dan Bailey (DAL) at Carolina

Carolina is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing kickers. Dallas’ ground game is coming off of its best effort yet and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten have both picked it up after slow starts. As long as Tony Romo can take care of the ball, Bailey should get a fair number of chances to score some points of his own.

Kai Forbath (WAS) at New York Giants
Forbath won the tryout to be the new Redskin kicker after Billy Cundiff was let go. He then promptly endeared himself to his new teammates by connecting from 50 yards out in the win over Minnesota last week. I think the Giants will bend but not break in the red zone more times than not, giving Forbath more three-point tries rather than solo shots.

SIT
Greg Zuerlein (STL) vs. Green Bay

The rookie known as Legatron hit his first bump in the road last week as he missed three field goal attempts. To be fair these are the first misses of his brief career and two of them were from beyond 50 yards (66 and 52 to be exact). Still, a miss is a miss and this first-year kicker has had all of this week to dwell on the fact that he has missed his last three field goal tries. I can’t help but wonder if Rams coach Jeff Fisher may think twice before sending Zuerlein out there for a long one this week against Green Bay. You may want to do the same thing for your lineup.

Jay Feely (ARI) at Minnesota
Feely was almost the hero last week against Buffalo as his franchise-record 61-yard field goal with 1:09 left tied the game at 16. He had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but his 38-yard attempt was tipped at the line and hit the upright as time expired. To be clear, that “miss” isn’t why I’m not high on Feely this week. I just don’t see him getting as many chances against a Minnesota defense that’s tied for ninth in the league in points allowed (19.5 ppg), especially given the Cardinals’ own offensive issues.

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 19, 2012

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Easton, PA (Sports Network) - Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, died in August of an accidental heroin overdose.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli held a news conference Thursday to release details of the investigation and coroner Zachary Lysek confirmed the cause of death was "acute opiate 'heroin' toxicity."

Garrett Reid died Aug. 5 at the age of 29. He was found dead in a dorm room at Lehigh University, site of the Eagles' training camp.

The younger Reid had battled substance abuse for a few years, spending time in jail as a result, and Andy Reid had mentioned the drug problems in the immediate aftermath of Garrett's death, saying in a statement his son had "lost the battle that has been ongoing for the last eight years."

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Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, died in August of an accidental heroin overdose.
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Who should you sit in Week 7? Well, with six teams on bye this week, every fantasy owner’s roster depth is sure to be tested. With players like Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and many others not available, chances are you might be starting some unfamiliar faces. That said, here are a few names we would advise you to sit in Week 7, if at all possible.

Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay at St. Louis
In Finley’s defense, he is dealing with a shoulder injury, which has cut down on his playing time. This also obviously has an adverse effect on his production. Injury issues aside, the truth is the big target just hasn’t been that effective or productive period this season. He has 24 receptions for only 210 yards (8.8 ypc) and one lone touchdown, which came in Week 1. Since that opening game against San Francisco, where he caught seven balls for 47 yards and that score, his number of receptions has gone down each successive week. Last week in a game in which the Packers put up 427 yards of total offense and Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes, Finley caught a grand total of two passes for 12 yards. What’s more, this week’s opponent, St. Louis, has allowed only one touchdown reception to tight ends so far. Between the injuries, the lack of production and the match-up, you can take your pick as to the reason why you should leave Finley on the bench this week, and probably until further notice.  

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets at New England
Greene, who was our Sneaky Start for Week 6, exploded last week for a career-high 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Indianapolis. Of course it certainly helped that he was facing one of the worst rushing defenses in the league, no? Prior to his career performance, Greene had rushed for 217 yards and one touchdown in his first five games. In other words, he nearly quadrupled his per-game average over five games in only four quarters of play. As valuable as Greene was to those owners who stuck by him, don’t expect anywhere near similar results this week. New England is eighth in the NFL in rushing defense, compared to Indianapolis, who is No. 26. The Patriots are allowing 3.4 yards per carry and have surrendered only two rushing touchdowns. In two games last year against his AFC East rivals, Greene had 144 yards rushing and one touchdown. It may be hard to bench last week’s top-scoring running back, but I just don’t see Greene putting up big numbers this week.

Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England vs. New York Jets
Lloyd is the Patriots’ second-leading receiver in both receptions and yards, and actually has more targets than even Wes Welker. However, Lloyd has caught just one touchdown pass so far, as Tom Brady has spread out his 15 scoring strikes to six different receivers. Speaking of all those weapons, Brady got another one back last week with the return of Aaron Hernandez, who promptly caught one of Brady’s two touchdown passes in the loss to Seattle. When the season started it appeared that Welker was the one being hurt the most by the presence of Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, two athletic, pass-catching tight ends. However, once Hernandez went down with an ankle injury, it was Welker, and not Lloyd, who made the most of the opportunity. Lloyd also hurt his shoulder late in last week’s game, and while he says he is fine, you know how mysterious (dare I say frustrating?) the Patriots are when it comes to injury disclosures. While I expect him to play, I just don’t think he’s a huge part of the aerial attack right now. Also, the Jets, even without All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, have done a pretty good job defending wide receivers. They have only given up three touchdown receptions to opposing wideouts and are allowing the fewest fantasy points to the position as a whole.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle at San Francisco (Thursday)
For at least one week, the rookie upstaged the veteran as Wilson out-performed Tom Brady in the Seahawks’ come-from-behind victory over the Patriots. The third-round pick out of Wisconsin set career highs in both passing yards (293) and touchdowns (3), and didn’t turn the ball over as he moved his career record to 3-0 against the likes of Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo. Of course, it didn’t hurt Wilson that all three of these games were at home, and he has the support of one of the league’s best defenses behind him. Speaking of defenses, Wilson’s next test is against the No. 5 San Francisco defense, a unit that is still smarting from the whipping the Giants gave it last week. Oh and did I also mention the game is in San Francisco? In home games so far Wilson has a sparkling 6:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio. On the road, it’s 2:6. Let’s see, Thursday night game, on the road, against a fired up 49ers defense in a pivotal NFC West match-up? Good luck rook.

- By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 18, 2012

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<p> Don’t Start Jermichael Finley, Shonn Greene, Brandon Lloyd, Russell Wilson in Week 7</p>
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Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye in Week 7. That’s a lot of fantasy firepower owners won’t be able to call on. But this is why you put so much preparation into your draft and you watch your league’s waiver wire like a hawk, right? So if you can’t use a Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, Brian Hartline or Tony Gonzalez, who can you turn to? Here are a few options that may be able to pick up the slack in Week 7.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland at Indianapolis
Gordon was taken by Cleveland in the second round of the supplemental draft, so chances are he has been flying under the radar, if you were even aware of him, this season. That may soon change, however, as he is quickly establishing himself as not only a legitimate deep threat, but as quarterback Brandon Weeden’s favorite target. Gordon has three touchdowns in his last two games, and two of these scoring strikes were plays of more than 60 yards. For the season he is averaging 22.8 yards per catch and is starting to get more opportunities thrown his way. He has a total of 12 targets in his last two games, after seeing 14 in the first four combined. Indianapolis has done a decent job of limiting the amount of damage done by opposing wide receivers in terms of yardage, but they have been burned several times on the long ball. Everyone knows about the Browns’ two first-round draft picks, Weeden and running back Trent Richardson, but if Gordon continues what he’s done recently, the team may have just hit the trifecta when it comes to impact offensive players it can build around.

Matt HasselbeckMatt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee at Buffalo
Hasselbeck will make his third, and probably final, start this week in Buffalo in place of Jake Locker. Locker has been sidelined the past three weeks with a shoulder injury, but he returned to practice this week and Titans head coach Mike Munchak has already said the second-year player will get his job back from the veteran Hasselbeck when he’s healthy. So if this will be Hasselbeck’s last start (provided Locker stays healthy), what better way for him to go out than to get the NFL’s worst defense, no? Prior to last week, Buffalo had given up more than 1,200 yards and 97 points in a span of two games. While the Bills’ D looked much better in the overtime win in Arizona, this unit still has its share of issues. In fact, this game features two of the bottom three defenses in the entire league, so chances are this game will feature plenty of offensive fireworks. I like Hasselbeck to go back to the bench swinging, if you will, as the Bills are allowing the most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If Chris Johnson can take advantage of the Bills’ rush defense (worst in the league), that should open up things even more for Hasselbeck, who has multiple weapons in the passing game in receivers Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright as well as tight end Jared Cook. The Titans may not win, but if you decide to start Hasselbeck, I think you will at least like that outcome.  

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas at Carolina
The Cowboys had little trouble running on the Ravens last week, as DeMarco Murray got things started with 72 yards in the first quarter alone. Murray would finish with a total of 93 yards on the ground, but he wasn’t able to finish the game. He suffered a foot injury before halftime and only carried the ball one more time in the third quarter before leaving for good. Enter Jones, who scored on a 22-yard run in the first quarter, and finished his day with 92 yards on 18 carries. After the game, the team learned that Murray suffered some ligament damage in his left foot, which will sideline him for at least a week. With Murray out, Jones will get his first real start since Week 15 of last season. In that game, Jones rushed for 108 yards and he will be looking for similar results on Sunday against Carolina. Jones has disappointed many a fantasy owner in the past with his untapped potential and injury-prone nature, but I think this time it will be different. He looked pretty good against the Ravens last week and should find some running room against the Panthers this week. Carolina is allowing the third-most fantasy points to running backs and is giving up an average of 127.4 yards on the ground per game. In many ways, it’s now or never for the former first-round pick, as he will be a free agent at the end of the season. If he’s still a free agent in your league, I recommend picking him up and getting him into your lineup this week.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit at Chicago (Monday)
Chicago’s defense is No. 2 in the league overall, first in both rushing and scoring defense and fifth against the pass. So why am I picking a Lion as a “Start” option, you ask? As good as the Bears’ defense has been (and it has been VERY good, especially in terms of fantasy scoring as a DST), its one weak spot to this point has been defending the tight ends. The Monsters of the Midway are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, while the 35 receptions by them are the fourth-most. Enter Pettigrew, who is second only to All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson in terms of targets for the Lions. He has 26 receptions, which ties him with wideout Nate Burleson for second, along with 261 yards and a touchdown. Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is certainly keeping Pettigrew heavily involved as the 6-5, 265-pounder has seven or more targets in all but one of the team’s five games. In two games against the Bears last season, Pettigrew had a total of 14 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. As good a job as the Bears have done pressuring the quarterback (18 sacks) and shutting down opposing wide receivers (3 TD catches), Stafford may have no choice but to look Pettigrew’s way early and often come Monday night.

Teaser:
<p> Start Josh Gordon, Matt Hasselbeck, Felix Jones, Brandon Pettigrew in Week 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 06:35
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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 7 Fantasy Football Rankings

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

Week 7 Start or Sit

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Note: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego 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 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 06:00
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-quarterback-rankings-week-7
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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.

Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye this week.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Aaron Rodgers GB at STL Rodgers in MVP form (338-6-0) against Texans.
2 Drew Brees NO at TB Bucs are No. 31 against pass.
3 Eli Manning NYG vs. WAS No TDs, 4 INTs, 2 Ls last season vs. Skins.
4 Robert Griffin III WAS at NYG Concussion? What concussion?
5 Tom Brady NE vs. NYJ Brady went 329-3-0 last time he faced Jets.
6 Ben Roethlisberger PIT at CIN Big Ben has 10 TDs just two INTs so far.
7 Cam Newton CAR vs. DAL Cowboys have given up 31 rushing yards to QBs.
8 Andrew Luck IND vs. CLE At home: 6 TDs, 2 INTs vs. 1, 5 in road games.
9 Tony Romo DAL at CAR Has three TDs, six INTs in last two games.
10 Matthew Stafford DET at CHI (Mon.) Bears allowing fewest fantasy points to QBs.
11 Matt Schaub HOU vs. BAL Threw two picks, sacked 3x vs. Packers.
12 Joe Flacco BAL at HOU Texans gouged by Rodgers (338, 6) last week.
13 Andy Dalton CIN vs. PIT Had 305 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs vs. Steelers in '11.
14 Carson Palmer OAK vs. JAC Has thrown only 6 TD passes so far.
15 Jay Cutler CHI vs. DET (Mon.) Only one TD in two games vs. Lions last season.
16 Josh Freeman TB vs. NO Coming off of huge game (328-3-1) vs. Chiefs.
17 Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. TEN Titans 29th against pass, last in scoring D.
18 Christian Ponder MIN vs. ARI Four INTs in last two games, after none in first four.
19 Alex Smith SF vs. SEA (Thurs.) Giants' D gave him all sorts of problems (0 TDs, 3 INTs).
20 Matt Hasselbeck TEN at BUF Gets third straight, possibly final, start.
21 Brandon Weeden CLE at IND Needs to improve upon 7:10 TD:INT ratio.
22 Mark Sanchez NYJ at NE Only 82 yards, but 2 TDs and 0 TOs vs. Colts.
23 Sam Bradford STL vs. GB Had season-high 315 yards passing last week.
24 John Skelton ARI at MIN Skelton's turn again w/ Kolb out several weeks (ribs).
25 Blaine Gabbert JAC at OAK Interesting to see how he looks coming off of bye.
26 Russell Wilson SEA at SF (Thurs.) Don't expect repeat of last week vs. angry 49ers D.

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 7 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 7 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 05:56
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-running-back-rankings-week-7
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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.

Atlanta, Denver, Miami, Kansas City, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Arian Foster HOU vs. BAL Two short TDs salvaged otherwise poor showing vs. Packers.
2 Ray Rice BAL at HOU Texans have yet to allow rushing TD to RB.
3 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC at OAK Looking to jumpstart Jags' offense coming off of bye.
4 Darren McFadden OAK vs. JAC Jaguars are ranked 30th in rush defense.
5 Adrian Peterson MIN vs. ARI AP held to just 79 yards last week against Redskins.
6 Trent Richardson CLE at IND Dealing with rib/cartilage issue, but expected to play.
7 Matt Forte CHI vs. DET (Mon.) Should be fresh and rested coming off of bye.
8 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG vs. WAS Followed up 200-yard game with 116-yard effort vs. 49ers.
9 Alfred Morris WAS at NYG Giants only gave up 62 yards rushing to SF RBs last week.
10 Doug Martin TB vs. NO Saints allowing most fantasy points to RBs.
11 Stevan Ridley NE vs. NYJ Couldn't get much going vs. Seahawks last week.
12 Marshawn Lynch SEA at SF (Thurs.) "Beast Mode" will be necessary vs. fired up 49ers.
13 Chris Johnson TEN at BUF Can't ask for better match-up, Bills are last in run defense.
14 Frank Gore SF vs. SEA (Thurs.) Had just 36 yards vs. Giants, 'Hawks will be another tough test.
15 C.J. Spiller BUF vs. TEN Made the most of his opportunities last week.
16 Felix Jones DAL at CAR Big opportunity with Murray sidelined (foot).
17 Darren Sproles NO at TB Always seems to do well against Bucs.
18 Steven Jackson STL vs. GB Keep an eye on workload split with Richardson.
19 Fred Jackson BUF vs. TEN Still getting most of the carries.
20 Shonn Greene NYJ at NE Broke out in a big way (161, 3) vs. Colts.
21 Mikel Leshoure DET at CHI (Mon.) In for tough test against Monsters of Midway.
22 Rashard Mendenhall PIT at CIN Dealing with Achilles issue, but expected to play.
23 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN vs. PIT Could help himself and his team with big game vs. Steelers.
24 Alex Green GB at STL Fared pretty well in first career start.
25 William Powell ARI at MIN Took first step in establishing himself as lead back last week.
26 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. DAL Cowboys have been somewhat susceptible to run.
27 DeAngelo Williams CAR vs. DAL Crowded backfield continues to limit touches, production.
28 Vick Ballard IND vs. CLE Had a total of 25 yards in first career start against Jets.
29 Pierre Thomas NO at TB Better option than Ingram because of receptions.
30 Daryl Richardson STL vs. GB Slowly moving towards equal split with SJax in Rams' backfield.
31 Montario Hardesty CLE at IND Workload will depend on Richardson's playing status.
32 Ben Tate HOU vs. BAL Could be flex option given Ravens' issues with run defense.
33 Isaac Redman PIT at CIN Dealing with ankle issue, keep eye on updates throughout week.
34 Michael Bush CHI vs. DET (Mon.) Has taken backseat since Forte's return.
35 LeGarrette Blount TB vs. NO Slowly developing into viable red zone back, possibly more.
36 Phillip Tanner DAL at CAR Should backup Jones, had 31 yards in 2nd half vs. Ravens.
37 Danny Woodhead NE vs. NYJ Has replaced Bolden as Pats' second option at RB.
38 Kendall Hunter SF vs. SEA (Thurs.)  
39 LaRod Stephens-Howling ARI at MIN Won't be long before Powell officially passes him on depth chart.
40 David Wilson NYG vs. WAS Has put together back-to-back strong showings.
41 Mark Ingram NO at TB Basically a one-trick pony and not get many carries at that.
42 Brandon Bolden NE vs. NYJ His touches continue to decline.
43 Mike Goodson OAK vs. JAC Has reasserted himself as McFadden's backup.
44 James Starks GB at STL Injuries and Green's emergence have made him almost irrelevant.
45 Jamie Harper TEN at BUF  
46 Cedric Peerman CIN vs. PIT Led team with 8 catches last week.
47 Robert Turbin SEA at SF (Thurs.)  
48 Baron Batch PIT at CIN Role will depend on Mendenhall's, Redman's 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 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 7 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 05:51
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-wide-receiver-rankings-week-7
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.

Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 A.J. Green CIN vs. PIT Leads NFL in yards, tied for 2nd in TD catches with 6.
2 Calvin Johnson DET at CHI (Mon.) Second in ypg, 4th in catches, but only one TD so far.
3 Percy Harvin MIN vs. ARI Leads league in receptions with 49.
4 Victor Cruz NYG vs. WAS Tied for second with Green in touchdown catches.
5 Brandon Marshall CHI vs. DET (Mon.) Put up 8-138-1 vs. Cowboys on MNF in Week 4.
6 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at MIN Hasn't made any big plays yet, longest catch is 37 yards.
7 Marques Colston NO at TB All four TDs have come in last two games.
8 Wes Welker NE vs. NYJ One of few bright spots for Pats' offense in Seattle.
9 Vincent Jackson TB vs. NO Has 10 catches, 166 yards and 3 TDs over last two games.
10 Reggie Wayne IND vs. CLE Jets held him to just 87 yards last week.
11 Mike Wallace PIT at CIN Just 21 catches so far, but 4 TDs.
12 Dez Bryant DAL at CAR Put up best numbers (13-95-2) in a while against Ravens.
13 Jordy Nelson GB at STL Posted second career 3-TD game vs. Houston.
14 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. WAS Played for first time since Week 2, caught three passes.
15 Stevie Johnson BUF vs. TEN Has only 3 catches of 20+ yards.
16 Andre Johnson HOU vs. BAL His eight catches vs. Packers were most this season.
17 Steve Smith CAR vs. DAL Cowboys' secondary has been tough on WRs.
18 Miles Austin DAL at CAR Coming off just two catches for 31 yards vs. Ravens.
19 Antonio Brown PIT at CIN  
20 James Jones GB at STL Second in the NFL in touchdowns with 7.
21 Denarius Moore OAK vs. JAC Posted first 100-yard game since last season vs. Falcons.
22 Torrey Smith BAL at HOU Only four catches combined over past two weeks.
23 Anquan Boldin BAL at HOU Has been Ravens' main receiver past few weeks.
24 Kenny Britt TEN at BUF Scored first TD last week, may finally be over ankle issue.
25 Brandon Lloyd NE vs. NYJ Injured shoulder last week, probably want to monitor him.
26 Mike Williams TB vs. NO Caught 62-yard TD pass vs. Chiefs last week.
27 Michael Crabtree SF vs. SEA (Thurs.)  
28 Randall Cobb GB at STL Has carved out nice little niche in Packers' attack.
29 Lance Moore NO at TB  
30 Kendall Wright TEN at BUF Rookie becoming Hasselbeck's favorite target.
31 Jeremy Kerley NYJ at NE  
32 Brandon Gibson STL vs. GB Has replaced injured Amendola as Rams' top receiver.
33 Nate Washington TEN at BUF  
34 Domenik Hixon NYG vs. WAS  
35 Andre Roberts ARI at MIN  
36 Josh Gordon CLE at IND Three TDs last two weeks, doing it with big plays.
37 Andrew Hawkins CIN vs. PIT  
38 Nate Burleson DET at CHI (Mon.)  
39 Donnie Avery IND vs. CLE  
40 Sidney Rice SEA at SF (Thurs.) Connected with Wilson for game-winning TD vs. Pats.
41 Santana Moss WAS at NYG Has stepped up in Garcon's prolonged absence.
42 Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK vs. JAC Returned from concussion and contributed.
43 Brandon LaFell CAR vs. DAL  
44 Stephen Hill NYJ at NE Returned from hamstring injury and caught TD.
45 Devery Henderson NO at TB  
46 Mario Manningham SF vs. SEA (Thurs.)  
47 Chris Givens STL vs. GB Has shown he can make the big plays.
48 Justin Blackmon JAC at OAK Rookie slowly showing signs of progress, development.
49 Pierre Garcon WAS at NYG Foot injury just won't go away.
50 T.Y. Hilton IND vs. CLE  
51 Leonard Hankerson WAS at NYG  
52 Kevin Walter HOU vs. BAL  
53 Doug Baldwin SEA at SF (Thurs.) Hooked up with Wilson for TD last week vs. Patriots.
54 Titus Young DET at CHI (Mon.)  
55 Cecil Shorts JAC at OAK  
56 Devin Hester CHI vs. DET (Mon.)  
57 Kevin Ogletree DAL at CAR Hasn't done much of anything since huge Week 1 game.
58 Michael Jenknins MIN vs. ARI Stepped up in Jerome Simpson's absence last week.
59 Randy Moss SF vs. SEA (Thurs.)  
60 Donald Jones BUF vs. TEN  
61 Emmanuel Sanders PIT at CIN  
62 Greg Little CLE at IND  
63 Golden Tate SEA at SF (Thurs.)  
64 Greg Jennings GB at STL Groin injury will likely keep him out again 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

Additional Week 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 7 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 05:50
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-tight-end-rankings-week-7
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.

Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego all are on bye.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Vernon Davis SF vs. SEA (Thurs.) Davis No. 2 among TEs in fantasy scoring.
2 Rob Gronkowski NE vs. NYJ Gronk contributing, just not putting up huge numbers.
3 Jimmy Graham NO at TB Is Week 5 ankle injury still an issue?
4 Owen Daniels HOU vs. BAL Played a key role in Texans' passing game so far.
5 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. ARI Rookie leads his position with 5 TDs.
6 Aaron Hernandez NE vs. NYJ Returned and caught TD pass last week.
7 Jason Witten DAL at CAR Back among top 15 after slow start.
8 Heath Miller PIT at CIN Remains one of Big Ben's favorite targets.
9 Scott Chandler BUF vs. TEN Titans giving up most fantasy points to TEs.
10 Brandon Pettigrew DET at CHI (Mon.) Bears have struggled some with defending TEs.
11 Jermaine Gresham CIN vs. PIT  
12 Jared Cook TEN at BUF  
13 Greg Olsen CAR vs. DAL  
14 Martellus Bennett NYG vs. WAS Played through knee issue last week.
15 Fred Davis WAS at NYG  
16 Jermichael Finley GB at STL Shoulder injury clearly affecting him.
17 Brandon Myers OAK vs. JAC Has 21 catches on season, but no TDs yet.
18 Dustin Keller NYJ at NE Should fare better in second game back from injury.
19 Dennis Pitta BAL at HOU Hasn't done that much since Week 3.
20 Coby Fleener IND vs. CLE Has more rec., yds. than teammate Allen, but no TDs.
21 Marcedes Lewis JAC at OAK  
22 Lance Kendricks STL vs. GB  
23 Dwayne Allen IND vs. CLE Tied for team lead with 2 TD catches.
24 Rob Housler ARI at MIN  
25 Benjamin Watson CLE at IND Teammate Jordan Cameron taking away targets.
26 Dallas Clark TB vs. NO

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 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 7 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: Week 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 05:46
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-kicker-rankings-week-7
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.

Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT
1 Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. NYJ
2 Lawrence Tynes NYG vs. WAS
3 Blair Walsh MIN vs. ARI
4 David Akers SF vs. SEA (Thurs.)
5 Jason Hanson DET at CHI (Mon.)
6 Sebastian Janikowski OAK vs. JAC
7 Greg Zuerlein STL vs. GB
8 Phil Dawson CLE at IND
9 Robbie Gould CHI vs. DET (Mon.)
10 Mason Crosby GB at STL
11 Rob Bironas TEN at BUF
12 Garrett Hartley NO at TB
13 Justin Tucker BAL at HOU
14 Shayne Graham HOU vs. BAL
15 Dan Bailey DAL at CAR
16 Kai Forbath WAS at NYG

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 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 7 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings: Week 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 05:45
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-defensespecial-teams-rankings-week-7
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.

Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk Player OPPONENT Notes
1 Chicago Bears vs. DET (Mon.) In just 5 games, has scored 29 more points than No. 2 DST
2 San Francisco 49ers vs. SEA (Thurs.) Should be plenty motivated after last week's performance.
3 Minnesota Vikings vs. ARI Vikings glad they won't be seeing RGIII again this week.
4 Houston Texans vs. BAL Another defense looking to put Week 6 behind them.
5 Seattle Seahawks at SF (Thurs.) Hawks' D did job at home against NE, SF road test on tap.
6 Arizona Cardinals at MIN Cardinals are No. 4 in league in scoring defense.
7 Green Bay Packers at STL Packers held Texans' vaunted rushing attack to 90 yards.
8 Pittsburgh Steelers at CIN Even w/o Polamalu, Steelers D is healthier than O.
9 New England Patriots vs. NYJ Patriots No. 6 in rush defense so far, Jets had 252 last week.
10 Baltimore Ravens at HOU Ravens' D will certainly miss Lewis, Webb.
11 Dallas Cowboys at CAR Cowboys' D hoping to contain Cam.
12 New York Giants vs. WAS Giants dominated 49ers, looking for repeat performance vs. RGIII.
13 Cincinnati Bengals vs. PIT Steelers' o-line, RBs are hurting.
14 Cleveland Browns at IND Browns already have 10 interceptions, Luck has 7.
15 Buffalo Bills vs. TEN Bills' D finally showed signs of life last week in Arizona.
16 Oakland Raiders vs. JAC Raiders have a total of 4 sacks so far.

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 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 7 Waiver Wire

Week 7 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 7</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 05:44
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy Football, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-waiver-wire-week-7
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With a total of six teams on bye in Week 7, this figures to be a busy week on the waiver wire. Besides owners who may be looking for a fill-in quarterback with no Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick or Philip Rivers available, as well as other position players, there are also those who may be looking to replace an injured or nonproductive player.

Even though Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego all get this week off, your fantasy team doesn’t. Here are some names worth considering as you look to fill out your roster for this week and beyond.

Bye week teams: Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego

Quarterbacks
Week 6 Recap: Robert Griffin III not only played, but he showed no ill effects from last week’s concussion and instead he gave Minnesota’s defense headaches on Sunday. Griffin’s production and ability to stay on the field rendered Kirk Cousins a mere spectator, albeit one with perhaps the best view of his teammate's spectacular performance. Josh Freeman also starred on Sunday, passing for 328 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Kansas City. Freeman remains a viable options in the weeks ahead thanks to a schedule that includes New Orleans, Oakland and Carolina in the next five weeks. The Jets got back on track with a convincing win over Indianapolis and although his statistics weren’t all that great, Mark Sanchez (more on him below) did more than enough to reassert his hold on the starting job over backup Tim Tebow. Brady Quinn may find himself holding the clipboard once more when the Chiefs return to the field in Week 8. Quinn (22-of-38, 180 yds., 0 TDs, 2 INTs) and the entire Chiefs’ offense struggled against the Buccaneers, and the team could go back to initial starter Matt Cassel, who missed the game because of a concussion, after the bye, provided he’s cleared to play.

Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
Palmer’s numbers (1,434 yds., 6 TDs, 3 INTs) may not jump out, but he’s 10th in the league in passing yards per game at 287. The Raiders have not been shy to throw the ball this season, as Palmer is averaging 39 attempts per game. The touchdowns are low, but the Raiders’ wide receiving corps has been banged up all season long. Still with match-ups against Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Kansas City on tap the next three weeks, Palmer is definitely worth a look if you’re in need of a temporary signal caller.

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Look who’s back? OK, “back” may be a little too strong considering the Sanchize threw for a grand total of 82 yards against Indianapolis, but don’t lose sight of his two touchdown passes, and, more importantly, no turnovers. As bad as the Jets’ offense may have looked the past few weeks, it was certainly clicking on all cylinders, especially the running game, this past Sunday. Next up for Sanchez and the revived ground-and-pound rushing attack is New England, who just gave up 368 yards of offense (283 through the air) in a disappointing loss at Seattle.

John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals
Skelton beat out Kevin Kolb for the starting job in the preseason, only to leave Arizona’s opening game with an ankle injury and watch Kolb lead the team to a come-from-behind victory. Kolb then proceeded to win the next three games as the starter before the Cardinals lost in Week 5 in St. Louis. On Sunday against Buffalo, it was Skelton’s turn, as he took over in the fourth quarter after Kolb suffered a rib and chest injury. Trailing the Bills by three late, Skelton first moved the team into position for the game-tying field goal (a franchise-record 61-yarder by Jay Feely with 1:09 left), and then did it again to set up a game-winning attempt. Unfortunately, Kolb and the Cardinals were unable to finish the deal, as the attempted game-winner was partially deflected and Skelton’s interception in overtime set up the Bills’ own game-winning field goal. X-rays on Kolb's ribs and sternum came back negative, but he underwent an MRI on Monday to make sure there are no fractures or serious damage. Kolb's health will undoubtedly play a huge role in determining who starts this Sunday at Minnesota, but remember Skelton was No. 1 before he got hurt.

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson was at his best on Sunday against New England, as his 293 yards passing and three touchdowns were both career highs. Wilson also is a threat to make plays with his legs, although he’s really yet to post huge rushing numbers. That said, Wilson is just a rookie who is six games into his NFL career. So while there will more than likely be other games this season that look like what he did against the Patriots, there also will be a number that will finish with a stat line of something along these lines: 17-of-25, 160 yards, no touchdowns, three inteceptions, which is what he did in a Week 4 loss to St. Louis. If you’re thinking about starting Wilson this week, keep in mind the Seahawks play San Francisco on the road. It’s probably best to place your expectations somewhere between how he fared against the Patriots at home and the Rams on the road.

Running Backs
Week 6 Recap: Both Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman got hurt in Thursday’s loss to Tennessee, which brings a new name (see below) into the picture for the Steelers, while the Titans were content to let Chris Johnson handle the load, making Darius Reynaud a special teams player only. Alex Green and LaRod Stephens-Howling both got the starts for their respective teams, but Green was the only one who produced as Stephens-Howling was upstaged by his teammate (see below). Meanwhile, David Wilson put together a second straight solid performance, contributing to the Giants’ convincing win in San Francisco as both a returner and rusher.

Baron Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
With both Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) suffering injuries against Tennessee, the Steelers turned to Batch to carry the load. He finished with just 22 yards rushing against the Titans, but that led the team and he also had a one-yard touchdown run. Batch was the Steelers’ seventh-round pick in 2011, but missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in training camp. Mendenhall and Redman are clearly ahead of him on the depth chart, but if one or both can’t go this week in Cincinnati, Batch appears to be the most likely candidate to fill in.

LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Perhaps the rumors of Blount’s fantasy demise were greatly exaggerated, no? Doug Martin is the clear-cut starter in Tampa Bay, but Blount ‘s workload has increased in each of the past three games. Sunday against Kansas City, he had 58 yards on seven carries and scored his second touchdown in as many weeks. If Blount can continue to produce with the opportunities he’s given, the Buccaneers may have to find ways to give him even more touches.

Montario Hardesty, Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson left Sunday’s game against Cincinnati with a rib issue and Hardesty stepped in, helping to lead the Browns’ fourth-quarter charge and earn their first win of the season. Hardesty finished with 56 yards on 15 carries (3.7 ypc) and it was his touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter that put the Browns ahead of the Bengals to stay. Richardson said after the game he would definitely play against Indianapolis this Sunday, and on Monday head coach Pat Shurmur said the rookie is considered day-to-day. If Richardson is unable to play this Sunday, it appears Hardesty would get the start in his place. Don’t forget the Colts gave up 252 yards rushing to the Jets this past Sunday.

Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas ran wild on Sunday, gashing Baltimore for 227 yards rushing, the most ever given up by the Ravens franchise. DeMarco Murray got things started with 93 yards on 14 carries (6.6 ypc), but he suffered a foot injury before halftime, setting the stage for Jones. The former first-round pick made the most of his first significant playing time this season, scoring on a 22-yard run in the first quarter and finishing the game with 92 yards on 15 carries (5.1 ypc). Murray said he wanted to go back in and it was the coaching staff that held him out, but an MRI on Monday revealed he sustained some ligament damage and it appears that Murray will miss at least one week, if not more. Jones would more than likely get the start in Murray’s stead, beginning this week as Dallas travels to Carolina.

William Powell, Arizona Cardinals
LaRod Stephens-Howling got the start, but it was Powell who did the most damage for the Cardinals. The second-year pro, who was a pleasant surprise during the preseason, led the team in carries (13) and rushing yards (70) in the overtime loss to Buffalo. Powell out-gained Stephens-Howling, who has 22 yards on the ground, and also enjoyed more success (5.4 ypc) when he got the handoff. The Cardinals' offensive line still has its share of issues, but any starting running back in the NFL has some value when it comes to fantasy, even if it’s only as a flex option. When it comes to the Cardinals, it looks like Powell is the one to own/target moving forward and not Stephens-Howling.

Wide Receivers
Week 6 Recap: Mike Williams was the only one to score, courtesy of a 62-yard hookup with Josh Freeman, but Brandon Gibson, Kendall Wright and Mario Manningham each finished with more catches than the Buccaneer on Sunday. Gibson stepped up in Danny Amendola’s absence, leading the Rams in targets, receptions and yards in the loss to Miami. Gibson’s production also appears to be helping another teammate (see below) emerge. Manningham enjoyed a strong game (5 rec., 72 yds.) against his former Giant teammates, albeit in a loss, while Wright once again led the Titans in receiving.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
After leading Seattle in all receiving categories as a rookie last season, Baldwin has been virtually invisible this season. Whether he was dealing with injuries or trying to acclimate himself to rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the second-year pro from Stanford entered Sunday’s game with just seven catches for 70 yards. Against New England he doubled his season yardage total on just two catches, as he finished with 74 and his first touchdown of the campaign against the Patriots. The targets are still an issue, as he had a total of three against the Patriots, but perhaps this past Sunday is the first step to Baldwin and Wilson establishing better chemistry.

Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams
Second-round pick Brian Quick was expected to be the Rams’ rookie deep threat this season, but instead it’s fourth-rounder Givens who has made the impact on the field. Givens has averaged nearly 63 yards receiving over the past three games, and for the season is averaging 28.1 yards per catch. Consistency is still an issue for the first-year wideout (22 targets, but only seven receptions), but so is his big-play potential. His lone touchdown of the season came on a 51-yard catch and he has two other receptions longer than that.

Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
Gordon also is another wide receiver who has recently shown a knack for making the big play. The Browns’ supplemental draft pick is averaging 22.8 yards per reception and has three touchdowns in his past two games. He has led the team in receiving these past two games and with a wide receiving corps that’s been hampered by injuries, inconsistency and drops, the opportunity is clearly there for Gordon to establish himself as quarterback Brandon Weeden’s favorite target.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
To be honest, I’m surprised Moore is owned in only 70 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He may not be a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver, but in my book he’s a bona fide No. 2 and at worst an indisputable WR3. Moore missed the first game because of injury, but has posted a total of nine receptions for 175 yards (19.4 ypc) and a score in the past two games alone. Carson Palmer is averaging nearly 40 pass attempts per game and despite mssing one game already, Moore is still leading the team in targets with 14 more than any other Raiders wideout. Run, don’t walk, to your waiver wire to grab this steal of a deal if he’s still available.

Tight Ends
Week 6 Recap: Jermaine Gresham posted another solid game (7 rec., 68 yds., TD) for the Bengals, while Rob Housler managed a total of two catches for 12 yards. In Housler’s defense, no Cardinal not named Larry Fitzgerald did much offensively against Buffalo.

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans
Even though he’s the No. 11 tight end in fantasy, Cook is owned in only half of Yahoo! leagues. I’m not sure what’s not to like, considering he’s ninth in receiving yards (291) at his position, second on the Titans in receptions and has already caught two touchdowns. The team also has said that it plans on getting the ball to him even more moving forward, which only increases his potential value. It’s not often you can acquire a top-10 fantasy producer at his position in Week 7.

Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins
Very quietly, Fasano is putting together another solid season and becoming one of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets in the process. Fasano is third on the Dolphins in targets and receptions, but leads in touchdown catches with two. Since missing the Dolphins’ opener, he has caught at least two passes in every game and is averaging better than four catches and 39 yards receiving over his past four contests.

Defense/Special Teams
Week 6 Recap: Miami picked up three sacks and recovered a fumble in its win over St. Louis, but the Dolphins also gave up a season-high 162 yards rushing. Minnesota was victimized by Robert Griffin III's arms and legs as Washington's rookie quarterback shook off any lingering effects from the concussion he suffered last week to put up 310 total yards of offense and three touchdowns (2 rush, 1 pass) in the Redskins' win over the Vikings. The Vikes gave up a season-worst 38 points and managed only a sack and an interception.

Cleveland Browns
With the Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego DSTs all on bye this week, Cleveland could be a sneaky pick this week. The Browns have fared pretty well fantasy-wise, with 15 sacks and 14 turnovers (10 INTs, 4 fumbles) fueling their scoring. This week the Browns will face Indianapolis, a team that’s dealing with injuries in their backfield and asking rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to throw the ball a lot. Luck has more than held his own in his first season, but he’s also thrown seven interceptions and has been sacked 13 times, two areas where the Browns’ D has thrived so far.

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. 16, 2012

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In the seven-year history of the Legends Poll, fifth-ranked Notre Dame had never been ranked in the top 5.

That streak ended this week as the Fighting Irish and Kansas State made their first ever top 5 appearances in the Legends Poll rankings. Both teams improved to 6-0 and benefited from a second straight week of upsets.

“I think Notre Dame’s offense is definitely getting better,” former Indiana coach Bill Mallory said. “But I think their defense is the thing that’s really improved. From what I’ve seen last year to this year, they’ve definitely improved on the defensive side of the ball. Their defensive front is really strong and that linebacker (Manti Teo) is really outstanding.”

Alabama continued its dominance with a commanding victory at Missouri and remained the unanimous No. 1 team. Idle Oregon maintained its spot at No. 2.

No. 3 Florida also moved up two spots this week after a win over Vanderbilt, but the Gators face another tough test next week when their former coach pays a visit to Gainesville with his South Carolina Gamecocks.

The SEC gauntlet caught up with Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, and they failed to stay unbeaten, falling 26-23 at LSU. The Gamecocks fell six spots to No. 9.

With the victory, LSU moved up four spots to No. 6, and jumped seventh-ranked Florida State as the highest ranked one-loss team.

No. 8 Oklahoma moved back into the top 10 after a resounding 63-21 victory over archrival Texas. The lopsided loss catapulted Texas out of the top 25.

No. 11 Oregon State was the biggest mover in the poll this week, jumping five spots following a 42-24 win at BYU.

West Virginia slid 11 spots all the way to No. 15 after it was embarrassed at Texas Tech, 49-14. The loss was a huge blow to quarterback Geno Smith’s Heisman hopes.

Texas Tech moved into the rankings for the first time following their surprise upset, debuting at No. 21. No. 24 Michigan and No. 25 Arizona State joined the Red Raiders as newcomers to the rankings.

Iowa State and Louisiana Tech along with Texas dropped out of the top 25 this week.

To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.

THE LEGENDS POLL TOP 25

RK TEAM RECORD POINTS PV RK
1 AlabamaAlabama (17) 6-0 425 1
2 OregonOregon 6-0 408 2
3 FloridaFlorida 6-0 384 5
4 Kansas StateKansas State 6-0 361 6
5 Notre DameNotre Dame 6-0 352 7
6 LSULSU 6-1 344 10
7 Florida StateFlorida State 6-1 307 8
8 OklahomaOklahoma 4-1 302 11
9 South CarolinaSouth Carolina 6-1 287 3
10 USCUSC 5-1 266 9
11 Oregon StateOregon State 5-0 250 16
12 ClemsonClemson 5-1 230 12
13 GeorgiaGeorgia 5-1 218 14
14 Mississippi StateMississippi State 6-0 193 17
15 West VirginiaWest Virginia 5-1 180 4
16 LouisvilleLouisville 6-0 170 18
17 Texas A&MTexas A&M 5-1 150 19
18 StanfordStanford 4-2 144 13
19 RutgersRutgers 6-0 117 21
20 CincinnatiCincinnati 5-0 108 20
21 Texas TechTexas Tech 5-1 82 -
22 TCUTCU 5-1 74 22
23 Boise StateBoise State 5-1 60 23
24 MichiganMichigan 4-2 53 -
25 Arizona StateArizona State 5-1 18 -
 

Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana Tech 13, Wisconsin 5, Ohio 4, Nebraska 4, Iowa State 4, Northwestern 4, Oklahoma State 4, UCLA 3, Iowa 1

Teams Dropped Out From Last Week's Poll: Texas, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech

* The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS is trying to create and Athlon will bring it to you as the de facto Selection Committee for fans to follow over the next two seasons, allowing you to see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward.  You can see the entire Poll at www.legendschannel.com.

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Drew Brees won’t be extending his NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass since the Saints aren’t playing in Week 6. The Bears, Panthers and Jaguars are also off, meaning fantasy owners will have to do without the services of Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham and others.

These offensive stars aside, the biggest loss felt this week might end up being by those who have the Bears DST on their roster. By far the highest scoring DST in fantasy football, the Monsters of the Midway have scored five defensive touchdowns in the last three weeks. Regardless, unless you want to run the risk of fielding an illegal lineup or are willing to accept getting no points from your DST this week, Bears owners will need to find a fill in, and the same goes for the other aforementioned players.

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 6 Positional Rankings

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Bye week teams: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville, New Orleans

Sneaky Start of the Week
Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets vs. Indianapolis
How sneaky is this? Going with a running back that is averaging less than three yards per carry and is coming off of a 26-yard effort on Monday night? Yes, Greene and the Jets as a team have had all sorts of trouble running the ball so far, despite head coach Rex Ryan’s insistence that they would return to their “ground and pound” ways.

The Jets are averaging 83 yards per game on the ground and only 3.2 yards per carry. They have only one rushing touchdown (by Greene), and the longest run from scrimmage is 22 yards and it belongs to backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Put it all together and it’s more like the Jets’ rushing attack has been grounded rather than pounding the opposition.

However, in Greene’s and the Jets’ defense, they have had to play some of the tougher rush defenses in the league. Four of the Jets’ first five opponents – Houston, Miami, Pittsburgh and San Francisco – rank among the top 11 in rush defense. Against these four teams, Greene has rushed for a grand total of 123 yards on 49 carries (2.5 ypc).

The Jets’ other opponent has been Buffalo, who they destroyed 48-28 in Week 1, and against whom Greene rushed for 94 yards on 27 carries (3.5 ypc) and also scored his lone touchdown of the season. Not incredible numbers, granted, but far better than his other games. This week should present another opportunity for Greene to do some damage as Indianapolis is currently ranked 22nd in rush defense, giving up an average of 135.8 yards per game and 4.7 yards per attempt.

Ryan has voiced his support of Greene to the media, but Greene also knows that he needs to start producing or he will begin to cede some carries to backup Bilal Powell and possibly Tebow as well. So between the matchup and increasing pressure on him to perform, the timing just feels right for Greene to make his owners proud, at least those who have stuck with them to this point.

Surprise Sit of the Week
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington vs. Minnesota
Griffin took a nasty hit last week against Atlanta as Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon undoubtedly made an impression on the rookie quarterback, and I’m not just talking about the stitches RGIII needed after the blow. Griffin suffered a concussion, which immediately put his playing status for this week up in the air.

Griffin has returned to practice, but has yet to be cleared for contact (as of Thursday) and will still have to pass a battery of tests before his playing status is determined. So in some ways this Sit designation is health-related, as there’s a chance he may not be on the field Sunday against Minnesota.

That said, even if he does play against the Vikings, I am still saying it’s probably best to leave him on your bench, and this declaration is more about the Minnesota defense than it is RGIII. The Vikings’ defense has been pretty solid thus far - No. 7 against the run and No. 15 against the pass. They’ve done a good job of pressuring the quarterback (14 sacks) and have allowed only six touchdown passes in five games.

Griffin has been everything advertised to this point, as he’s No. 6 among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring, but a closer look at his numbers reveal something rather telling. Griffin has as many rushing touchdowns as he does passing, four apiece. While his versatility and ability to make plays with his legs are part of the reason he’s so deadly and been so productive, it’s also why he’s recovering from a concussion that could keep him out this week.

Understandably, Griffin, who is just five games into his NFL career, still has much to learn about pocket awareness and decision-making. More importantly, he has a lot to learn when it comes to protecting himself and his body when he does scramble out of the pocket and take off down field.

Should Griffin play, my thinking is that a combination of two things will occur: his coaches order him to not try and be a hero every time he feels the pocket collapsing, and the Vikings won’t let him out of their grasp and make plays with his legs. As talented as RGIII is, he is not an experienced or polished enough passer in the NFL to do a lot of damage with just his arm. Because of the lingering concussion, RGIII is a one-dimensional weapon this week. And as it stands right now, I don’t think he’s good enough using only his arm, to count on for your fantasy team.

Quarterbacks
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Philip Rivers (SD) vs. Denver (Monday)
Prior to last week’s game in New Orleans, Rivers was averaging less than 225 yards passing per game. Contrast that to the last two seasons in which he averaged nearly 300 yards (291.7) per contest. So needless to say, Rivers owners were happy to see him break out for 354 yards passing in the loss to the Saints. The other good news is that to this point, Rivers has done a much better job of taking care of the ball. He has just six total turnovers (5 INTs, 1 fumble) compared to eight touchdown passes in his first five games. Rivers also is more than familiar with this week’s opponent, Denver, who the Chargers host on Monday night. In 13 career games against his AFC West rivals, he has thrown 20 touchdowns versus just seven interceptions.

Kevin Kolb (ARI) vs. Buffalo
Kolb has yet to really light it up, averaging 243.8 yards passing in four games as Arizona’s starter with six touchdowns and two interceptions. However, this could be his best chance yet as he’s facing a Buffalo defense that has been absolutely shredded – try 1,201 yards and 97 points – in its last two games. What’s more, the Bills are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. This includes 26.6 points to Mark Sanchez and 23.5 to Matt Cassel, who are currently ranked 31st and 32nd respectively in passer rating. I’m not sure opportunity could knock any louder.

Brandon Weeden (CLE) vs. Cincinnati
Weeden may be the 33rd-ranked passer in the league right now, but he’s also showing signs of progress. He was huge in helping the Browns jump out to an early lead on the road against the defending Super Bowl champs. And even though the Giants came back and won the game fairly easily, Weeden finished with decent stats – 22-of-35, 291 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. This week, Weeden finally gets to face someone for a second time as the Browns and Bengals get together again. The Bengals won the first meeting back in Week 2, but Weeden did his part, as he completed 70 percent of his passes for 322 yards, two scores and no interceptions in the best outing of his rookie season. Considering the improvement of the Browns’ rushing attack behind fellow first-round pick Trent Richardson and that he’ll be playing at home, there’s really no reason to not expect Weeden to post similar, if not better, numbers this time around.

SIT
Matthew Stafford (DET) at Philadelphia

Through the first four games of last season, Stafford had already thrown 11 touchdown passes compared to just three interceptions. This season those numbers have completely reversed, as the Lions’ gunslinger has tossed only three touchdown passes to go with four interceptions. For whatever reason, the Lions’ offense has been out of sync to start the season, but the team was off last week giving the unit plenty of time to work out the kinks, right? Perhaps, but I still wouldn’t expect Stafford and company to go off this week in Philadelphia. The Eagles are allowing only 209 yards passing per game and are giving up an average of 13.2 fantasy points per contest to opposing quarterbacks.

Carson Palmer (OAK) at Atlanta
Like Stafford, Palmer and the Raiders also were off last week. While the break allowed injured players the chance to recover and the team had more practice time to get everyone on the same page with rookie head coach Dennis Allen and his staff, the schedule-makers didn’t really do the Raiders any favor coming out of it. The west coast team has the pleasure of making the cross-country trip to take on an undefeated Atlanta team on its home turf. The Falcons’ defense is No. 9 in the league against the pass, as the unit has surrendered just five touchdown passes, while picking off nine, including three Peyton Manning passes in the first quarter in Week 2.

Brady Quinn (KC) at Tampa Bay
Yes, Tampa Bay is allowing a league-worst 345 yards passing per game, but that’s largely because Eli Manning hung 510 on them in Week 2. Take out that game and the average drops to 303 yards per game. But also let’s not kid ourselves here, Quinn is not anywhere near the quarterback that Manning is, not to mention that he will be making his first start since 2009. There’s absolutely no reason to try and be sneaky or clever here. Just walk away and move on.

Running Backs
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Trent Richardson (CLE) vs. Cincinnati

Richardson is still in search of his first breakthrough performance in his rookie season, and there’s a chance it could happen this week. Not only will he be playing in front of the home crowd, but he gets the Bengals, who are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. This also is the same team he posted his first and only 100-yard game against thus far, picking up 109 on just 19 carries (5.7 ypc) in Week 2. Can anyone say repeat?

DeMarco Murray (DAL) at Baltimore
The Cowboys have had plenty of time to digest their disappointing 34-18 Week 4 loss to Chicago. First and foremost on the team’s to do list during the bye was probably how to fix the running game. After posting 131 yards rushing against the Giants in Week 1, Murray has accumulated a total of 106 yards on the ground in the three games since. Besides being well rested, Murray has the benefit of going against Baltimore and its 22nd-ranked rush defense. The Ravens are allowing 118.4 yards per game on the ground and are coming off of Jamaal Charles gouging them for 140 last week. Not saying Murray will get that many, but I do think he will be able to his share of damage, which also will help stabilize Tony Romo and the passing game.  

C.J. Spiller (BUF) at Arizona
After injuring his shoulder in Week 3 against Cleveland, everyone was expecting Spiller to miss at least one game, if not more. Everyone that is, except Spiller himself, who returned to the field that next week and has proceeded to produce a grand total of 62 yards of total offense in the past two games. Some of this has to do with the simultaneous return of opening-week starter Fred Jackson, as well as the Bills match-ups with New England and San Francisco. To put it mildly, the Bills’ defense has been lit up two straight weeks, and the carnage caused by the Patriots’ and 49ers’ offenses did not help the production of the Bills’ offense, even if it resulted in more possessions. That said, I think this week’s game in Arizona will not follow the same script, and I also think that since he appears to be completely recovered from the shoulder injury, Spiller, and not Jackson, will get the majority of the touches. This will allow him to look more like the player that led the NFL in rushing after the first two weeks of the season, compared to the one that’s been out there these past three weeks.

SIT
Alfred Morris (WAS) vs. Minnesota
First, let’s give credit where credit is due. Morris, the Redskins’ sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic, is fourth in the NFL in rushing (491 yards), is averaging nearly five yards per carry and is No. 6 in fantasy scoring for his position. Unfortunately, his next opponent, Minnesota, could care less. The Vikings are seventh in the league in rushing defense and have allowed a grand total of one touchdown on the ground. Combine that with the Redskins’ quarterback situation heading into Sunday’s game (see above), and you may want to consider letting Morris sit this one out.

Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) at San Francisco
There’s no backfield controversy with the Giants, not after Bradshaw ran over and through the Browns for 200 yards last week. But while his starting job may be secure, don’t expect a repeat performance in San Francisco this week. The 49ers have allowed only one running back (Adrian Peterson) to rush for more than 53 yards this season and have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. The Giants relied heavily on Eli Manning and his arm to beat the 49ers in last season’s NFC Championship Game, and I’m expecting a similar game plan this Sunday as well.

Steven Jackson (STL) at Miami
Miami is No. 1 in the NFL in rushing defense, as they have allowed a total of 307 yards rushing in its first five games. That is only 36 yards less than what Jackson himself has accumulated thus far, which is an average of 54.2 yards per game. Considering the Rams completed a total of seven passes last week against Arizona, and are now without the services of their top wide receiver (Danny Amendola), I’m not expecting either of these numbers – what the Dolphins are allowing or what Jackson is getting – to change that much.

Wide Receivers
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Andre Johnson (HOU) vs. Green Bay
Johnson started out strong with eight catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Since then he’s caught nine passes for 164 yards and one other score. Johnson’s getting good yardage – he’s averaging 16.6 yards per reception – he’s just not catching a bunch of passes. He has been dealing with a groin issue, but it hasn’t kept him from playing and doesn’t appear to be serious. Green Bay is allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and I have a feeling that AJ may break out this Sunday against the Packers.

Michael Crabtree (SF) vs. New York Giants
With the exception of his Week 4 performance against the Jets, Crabtree has caught at least six passes in every game. Last week against Buffalo he grabbed six for 113 yards and his first touchdown of the season. The Giants are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, including eight touchdown catches already. The 49ers are showing trust in Alex Smith by letting him throw the ball more, and I think this trend continues Sunday.

Jeremy Kerley (NYJ) vs. Indianapolis
Houston has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, an average of 20 per game. On Monday night, Kerley caught five passes against the Jets for 94 yards or 11.9 points. That’s the second-most yards the Texans have allowed to a receiver (Eric Decker had 136 in Week 3) and it was the fourth-most fantasy points (17.6, also to Decker, is the most). This week the Jets get Indianapolis, who is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. I think the Jets’ offense will be able to do a little more this week against the Colts than have been the previous few weeks. And part of the reason will be due to the new Sanchez-to-Kerley connection.

SIT
Brandon Lloyd (NE) at Seattle
Lloyd is more of a deep threat than Wes Welker or any of the other Patriot wide receivers. When Brady is content to attack a team with quick reads, underneath stuff and timing routes, like he did last week against Denver, Lloyd has a tendency to disappear from the game plan. That’s why he had just three catches for 34 yards against the Broncos. It’s not going to get any easier for Brady, Lloyd and the Pats this week in Seattle either, as the Seahawks’ defensive pressure and aggressive secondary will take the deeper routes, and therefore Lloyd, away for a second straight week.

Torrey Smith (BAL) vs. Dallas
As talented and dangerous as Smith is, he’s still learning how to play his position. Case in point, Smith has struggled against press coverage, which is what Kansas City primarily used against him last week. Smith had a hard time getting free, which is part of the reason why he had just three catches for 38 yards. There’s no reason to think Dallas won’t follow the same game plan this Sunday. What’s more, the Cowboys have allowed the fewest catches (38) and yards (515) to opposing wide receivers thus far, along with just two touchdowns.

Brian Hartline (MIA) vs. St. Louis
Hartline is leading the NFL in receiving yards, averaging more than 102 per game. The Rams have allowed just one touchdown catch by a wide receiver and only two receivers have gone for more than 71 yards against their defense. Their names are Calvin Johnson (111) and Larry Fitzgerald (92). Hartline is not Johnson or Fitzgerald and he has a rookie quarterback throwing to him. Any questions?

Tight Ends
START

Kyle Rudolph (MIN) at Washington
Rudolph caught only four passes for 23 yards last week against Tennessee, but one of those resulted in a touchdown, his fourth of the season. Washington is tied with New England for giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. I also think that Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder, who threw his first two interceptions last week, may look to his sure-handed tight end a little more than usual.

Dustin Keller (NYJ) vs. Indianapolis
Keller hasn’t played since Week 1, sitting out the past four games with a hamstring injury. He is expected to return this week against Indianapolis and, other than Keller, no one is happier than Mark Sanchez. With Santonio Holmes already out for the season with a foot injury, Keller is far and away Sanchez’ favorite and most trusted target. Sanchez needs a productive game passing, and I fully expect him to look to Keller early and often to try and accomplish that. 

SIT
Aaron Hernandez (NE) at Seattle
Hernandez has not played since injuring his ankle in Week 2, but he returned to practice this week and could be back out there Sunday in Seattle. The Patriots haven’t really missed Hernandez in terms of offensive production as Wes Welker, Stevan Ridley and others have picked up the slack. Even though the Patriots are in for a tough test against the Seahawks on their home field, I don’t think they “need” Hernandez. So even if he is able to return to the field, I don’t think he gets enough snaps to make much of an impact this week.

Jermichael Finley (GB) at Houston
Finley has scored just one touchdown, and that came in Week 1. He’s averaged less than four catches since collecting seven in the opener against San Francisco. Last week he had just three catches for 11 yards against Indianapolis and also suffered a minor shoulder injury. He is hoping to play on Sunday in Houston, but considering the Texans’ defense and his recent production, I would not have high expectations for Finley this week.

Defense/Special Teams
START

Miami vs. St. Louis
The Dolphins’ defense is ranked No. 18 overall, but they are No. 1 against the run. While they have been more susceptible to the pass (281.8 yards per game), this week they are facing the Rams, who are averaging the second-fewest yards through the air in the league. The Rams have also had issues protecting the quarterback, which plays into the Dolphins’ hands (15 sacks). Also, don’t forget that the Rams won’t have leading receiver Danny Amendola for this game (and many to follow), and quarterback Sam Bradford completed a total of seven passes last week against Arizona. 

Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City
The Buccaneers have given up a league-worst 345 yards passing per game, but this week’s quarterback won’t be Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Tony Romo or Robert Griffin III. No, it’s Brady Quinn, who last started a game in 2009 and for his career has completed less than 53 percent of his pass attempts. The Bucs will have their hands full trying to contain Jamaal Charles, the league’s leading rusher, but rush defense (73.8 ypg) hasn’t really been an issue so far. With Quinn trying to shake the rust off on the road, I just don’t think the Bucs will have to worry about the pass that much, allowing them to focus on Charles. I don’t have a problem if you want to take a chance with them as your starting DST this week.  

SIT
Dallas at Baltimore
Statistically, the Cowboys’ defense has fared very well, No. 1 in both total and pass defense. However, that has not translated to fantasy success, much like the Steelers last season, as they are not getting many sacks (9) or turnovers (4). In fact, the Cowboys are currently No. 26 among DSTs in fantasy scoring. While the Ravens have given up a fair number of sacks (13), they’ve only turned the ball over six times and have played very well at home. I just don’t see the Cowboys feasting on the Ravens in this one.

Cincinnati at Cleveland
The Bengals are tied for the league lead in sacks with 18, but they also gave up 439 yards of total offense and 27 points to the Browns back in Week 2. Since then the Browns have been fairly competitive in road losses to Baltimore and the Giants. This game is at home, and I think the Browns will finally break into the win column by posting similar, if not better, offensive numbers against their AFC North and in-state rivals.

Kickers
START

Greg Zuerlein (STL) at Miami
The Rams haven’t exactly been the most explosive team on offense this season, but as Zuerlein has already shown, he doesn’t need them to get very far to be in field goal range. The rookie is tied for the league lead in made field goals with 13, and he’s yet to miss one. Nine of his makes have come from 40 yards and beyond, including a franchise-record 60-yarder against Seattle. Unless the Dolphins just completely shut the Rams down, “Greg the Leg” will put some points on the board.

Justin Tucker (BAL) vs. Dallas
Tucker also in his first season as the Ravens’ kicker and has been equally effective, connecting on 11 of his 12 field goal attempts. He’s made two from beyond 50, including a long of 56 yards and has been successful on all of his PATs. The Cowboys’ defense has played very well so far, but I think the Ravens will be able to move the ball enough so that Tucker’s services will be needed a few times.

SIT
Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. St. Louis
The Redskins parted ways earlier this week with Billy Cundiff, who was successful on only seven of his 12 field goal attempts. With that move, Carpenter takes over the “lead” in the field goal inaccuracy department, as he’s only connected on six of 10 attempts. Job security may not be an issue yet, but you have to think the coaching staff will be leery of letting him try any real long ones this week. Couple that with the Rams’ defense and Carpenter may not see much field time this Sunday.

Rian Lindell (BUF) at Arizona
Lindell has attempted (and made) a total of two field goals so far this season. One of those came last week against the 49ers and it also was the only points the Bills put on the scoreboard. While I am expecting a little more offense from the Bills this Sunday against Arizona, there’s no reason to trust Lindell to be in a position to score a lot of points, for his team or yours.

— By Mark Ross, published on Oct. 12, 2012

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 6</p>
Post date: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 06:15
Path: /nfl/5-crappy-nfl-teams-who-need-start-over
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Five games into the season is more than enough time to take the pulse of a team, to know if it’s headed anywhere near the right direction. Things can change, of course, and in a league of parity everyone’s still in the race.

Some are just a little more in it than others.
 
Which makes this a good time to look at five teams that just can’t seem to get a grip on success – teams that need to re-evaluate their entire plan and just start over. For some, that will mean firing the coach or the general manager. For others, they just need wholesale changes in personnel.
 
Whatever they need, here are five teams that are just spinning their wheels at best, and should be plotting a course to some sort of change in direction:
 
New York Jets (2-3) – They have become the poster children for a team without a plan, which is so odd considering they looked so focused two years ago. Dominated by Rex Ryan’s defense and led by an emerging young quarterback, they had come off two straight AFC championship games and looked to be on the verge of a new era.
 
Now? It’s hard to tell if they even believe in Mark Sanchez anymore, especially after they saddled themselves with the burden of Tim Tebow. They are a team that relies on gimmick plays and a gimmick change-of-pace quarterback, putting Sanchez in an unenviable position. It’s impossible for a young quarterback to grow if everything the team does screams about a lack of faith.
 
Add in a defense that is a shell of itself and the Jets may just need to blow the whole thing up. If GM Mike Tannenbaum isn’t already on the hot seat for his strange personnel moves, he certainly should be. Ryan is a good coach, but his act has grown cold.
 
Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – It’s hard to imagine anything but a run at the Super Bowl will safe Jason Garrett when he’s working for an owner like Jerry Jones. That’s especially true after they spent money this offseason to improve their secondary – their biggest weakness.
 
But the bigger question with this franchise is this: Is Tony Romo really the quarterback you want to trust to lead you to a championship? He’s a good quarterback. He puts up impressive numbers. But it seems undeniable he can be a liability in big games. His five-interception performance against Chicago was a major red flag.
 
A new quarterback means completely starting over, but it might be something the Cowboys will have to consider soon.
 
Buffalo Bills (2-3) – They stopped acting like a small-market team when they made a big-market-like move for defensive end Mario Williams during the offseason. Adding him to what seemed like a decent defense was supposed to be what put them over the top.
 
Instead the Bills currently have the second-worst defense in the NFL and a shaky quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick who throws too many interceptions. The pieces seem to be there (even the quarterback has showed some promise) but when the production is so dramatically different than what’s expected, the plan comes into question.
 
It’s a good bet that Chan Gailey is already on the hot seat. If he’s not, he should be. The Bills have a window to get into the AFC East race over the next couple of years, but they may need someone else to help them do it.
 
Cleveland Browns (0-5) – This is an obvious team to include on this list because it seems a given that they will be starting over. They have a new owner and that almost always leads to change – especially when the team is 0-5.
 
But where to start? It’s easy to blame coach Pat Shurmer – and he’s almost certain to be one of the fall guys – but where exactly is the plan with this franchise. Start with the quarterback, where they’ve gone from Jake Delhomme to Brady Quinn to Seneca Wallace to Colt McCoy and now to 28-year-old rookie Brandon Weeden in just the last three seasons. How is that any way to build any consistency?
 
And is starting over with a 28-year-old rookie a smart move? By the time Weeden puts it all together he might be 31 or 32 and the Browns will already be looking for his replacement. Yes, they seem to have made a great pick in running back Trent Richardson, but much of the rest of the roster looks bare.
 
That will change, but before it does there’ll be more pain for the city of Cleveland, where the Browns just haven’t been able to get anything right since returning to the NFL in 1999.
 
Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) – There was such hope two years ago when the Chiefs went 10-6 and made the playoffs as a wild-card. There was even more hope last year after they shook off a disastrous 0-3 start by winning four straight games. OK they lost five of their next six, but they did win two of their last three – both against playoff teams – under then interim coach Romeo Crennel, sparking hope again.
 
It’s gone now, of course, despite a powerful rushing attack and the NFL’s 10th-ranked defense. If you want a reason why, look no further than QB Matt Cassel who has five touchdowns and nine interceptions. An NFL team can’t win with a ratio like that – and it’s even more inexcusable considering how well Jamaal Charles is running (551 yards) and that Cassel has a target to throw to like Dwayne Bowe.
 
Crennel is a quality coach who knows how to get the most out of his team, but he may not be able to get much more out of the Chiefs without a more trustworthy quarterback. There’s a chance GM Scott Pioli could be on the hot seat in Kansas City. If he’s not, he may need to put Cassel there instead and spend the offseason trying to find someone else.
 
—By RALPH VACCHIANO
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<p> They wish they could have a do-over</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 06:00
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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 6 Fantasy Football Rankings

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

Week 6 Start or Sit

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Note: Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans 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 6</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 05:30
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-quarterback-rankings-week-6
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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.

Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans are on bye this week.

2012 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Matt Ryan ATL vs. OAK Ryan: 13 TDs, 3 INTs; Oakland pass D: 9 TDs, 0 INTs.
2 Aaron Rodgers GB at HOU Texans No. 6 vs. pass (6 TD passes, 7 INTs).
3 Eli Manning NYG at SF Put up 316-2-0 vs. 49ers in last season's NFC title game.
4 Peyton Manning DEN at SD (Mon.) Averaging 338 yds (8 TDs, 0 INTs) over last three games.
5 Tom Brady NE at SEA Hawks have already held Rodgers and Romo in check. Brady next?
6 Ben Roethlisberger PIT at TEN (Thurs.) Titans have allowed 12 TD passes, have just 3 INTs.
7 Matthew Stafford DET at PHI Has 3 TDs, 4 INTs so far, compared to 11, 3 in 2011.
8 Robert Griffin III WAS vs. MIN Cleared to practice (concussion), but monitor status closely.
9 Philip Rivers SD vs. DEN (Mon.) Put up first 300-yard game (354-2-1) last week vs. Saints.
10 Michael Vick PHI vs. DET Turnovers hurting team, his fantasy production.
11 Tony Romo DAL at BAL Had bye week to put 5-INT Week 4 debacle behind him, hopefully.
12 Andrew Luck IND at NYJ Rookie came up big (362-2-1, rush TD) in comeback win vs. Packers.
13 Joe Flacco BAL vs. DAL Owners hope last week (187-0-1) vs. Chiefs is just a fluke.
14 Matt Schaub HOU vs. GB Not very sharp (14-of-28, 209-1-1) vs. Jets on MNF.
15 Andy Dalton CIN at CLE Went for 318-3-1 in Week 2 vs. Browns.
16 Christian Ponder MIN at WAS Threw first two picks of season vs. Titans, 'Skins last in pass D.
17 Carson Palmer OAK at ATL Falcons have been stronger against pass than run so far.
18 Alex Smith SF vs. NYG Leads NFL in passer rating (108.7), put up 303-3 vs. Bills.
19 Kevin Kolb ARI vs. BUF Bills allowing 29.0 fantasy points per game to QBs.
20 Josh Freeman TB vs. KC Looking to get off to strong start coming off of bye.
21 Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at ARI Struggled (126-0-1) vs. 49ers, Cardinals shouldn't be as tough.
22 Brandon Weeden CLE vs. CIN Had best game so far (322-2-0) vs. Bengals in Week 2.
23 Sam Bradford STL at MIA Looking for new top target with Amendola sidelined for a while.
24 Matt Hasselbeck TEN vs. PIT (Thurs.) Hasn't been very sharp (393 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs) since taking over.
25 Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. STL Has 2 TDs, 6 INTs so far. Rams have allowed 2 TDs w/ 8 INTs.
26 Russell Wilson SEA vs. NE Could be in for another long afternoon against Pats pressure.

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 6 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 6</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 05:29
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-running-back-rankings-week-6
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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.

Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans are on bye.

2012 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Arian Foster HOU vs. GB No. 2 rusher coming off of 152-yard effort at Jets on MNF.
2 Ray Rice BAL vs. DAL Dallas No. 4 defense overall, but No. 15 against rush.
3 Jamaal Charles KC at TB League's leading rusher faces off against No. 4 rush defense.
4 LeSean McCoy PHI vs. DET No. 6 in yards from scrimmage, only 2 total TDs so far.
5 Adrian Peterson MIN at WAS Said he tweaked ankle on first carry last week, still had 84 yds.
6 Trent Richardson CLE vs. CIN Rookie had best game (109 yds) vs. Bengals in Week 2.
7 Marshawn Lynch SEA vs. NE Will need to carry load against Patriots.
8 Ryan Mathews SD vs. DEN (Mon.) Last week (139 total yds, TD) sign of things to come?
9 Darren McFadden OAK at ATL Coming off of bye gets No. 27-ranked rush defense.
10 Frank Gore SF vs. NYG Averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
11 Reggie Bush MIA vs. STL Averaging less than 60 ypg since 172-yard effort in Week 2.
12 Alfred Morris WAS vs. MIN Rookie currently No. 4 rusher in league.
13 Rashard Mendenhall PIT at TEN (Thurs.) Looked good in season debut last week.
14 DeMarco Murray DAL at BAL Did Cowboys fix run game issues during bye week?
15 Michael Turner ATL vs. OAK Averaging 14.6 rush attempts per game.
16 Willis McGahee DEN at SD (Mon.) Chargers No. 5 against run (74 ypg).
17 Doug Martin TB vs. KC Breakout game coming vs. Chiefs?
18 Stevan Ridley NE at SEA Leads all RBs with 37 first downs.
19 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG at SF Don't expect another 200 yards vs. 49ers.
20 Mikel Leshoure DET at PHI  
21 Steven Jackson STL at MIA Dolphins No. 1 against rush (61.4 ypg).
22 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN at CLE Had 26 carries in Week 4, only 9 last week.
23 Chris Johnson TEN vs. PIT (Thurs.) Past time for Titans' highest-paid player to provide spark.
24 C.J. Spiller BUF at ARI Only 24 yards last week, should get more touches this week.
25 Fred Jackson BUF at ARI Timeshare, Spiller's versatility impact FJax' touches/impact.
26 Shonn Greene NYJ vs. IND Still getting bulk of carries, but for how long?
27 LaRod Stephens-Howling ARI vs. BUF Missed last two games b/c of hip, expected to play Sunday.
28 Alex Green GB at HOU Starks expected to play, but Green will get chances too.
29 Vick Ballard IND at NYJ Colts' starter with D. Brown out 2-3 weeks (knee surgery).
30 Jackie Battle SD vs. DEN (Mon.) Took backseat (4 att.) to Mathews last week vs. Saints.
31 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. OAK  
32 William Powell ARI vs. BUF Will share load with Stephens-Howling in new Cards' backfield.
33 Kendall Hunter SF vs. NYG  
34 James Starks GB at HOU Expected to make season debut after missing first 5 games.
35 Isaac Redman PIT at TEN (Thurs.) Mendenhall's the starter, but he should get some carries too.
36 Brandon Bolden NE at SEA His role will depend on Ridley's production/ball security.
37 Ben Tate HOU vs. GB Missed MNF b/c of toe, should be back this week.
38 David Wilson NYG at SF Scored on 40-yard burst last week = more carries this week?
39 Shaun Draughn KC at TB  
40 Danny Woodhead NE at SEA Pats preferred back when they go no-huddle.
41 Daniel Thomas MIA vs. STL Suffered possible 2nd concussion last week, monitor status.
42 Daryl Richardson STL at MIA His role depends solely on SJax' health.
43 Bilal Powell NYJ vs. IND Has gotten some chances, yet to capitalize on them.
44 Ronnie Hillman DEN at SD (Mon.)  
45 Toby Gerhart MIN at WAS  
46 LeGarrette Blount TB vs. KC Got goal line-work in Week 4.
47 Robert Turbin SEA vs. NE  
48 Delone Carter IND at NYJ Expected to spell Ballard in Colts' backfield.

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 6 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings: Week 6</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 05:20
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-wide-receiver-rankings-week-6
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.

Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Calvin Johnson DET at PHI Has 29 catches, but only 1 TD in first four games.
2 A.J. Green CIN at CLE Browns allowing second-most fantasy points to WRs.
3 Percy Harvin MIN at WAS Harvin getting opportunities as WR, RB and KR.
4 Roddy White ATL vs. OAK Trails only teammate Gonzalez in first downs (27).
5 Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs. BUF Bills have given up 1,201 yds and 97 pts in last two games.
6 Victor Cruz NYG at SF Only 5 catches last week, but 3 went for TDs.
7 Mike Wallace PIT at TEN (Thurs.) Titans are 25th against pass.
8 Julio Jones ATL vs. OAK Shook off hand injury, put up 10-94-1 vs. Skins.
9 Demaryius Thomas DEN at SD (Mon.) Second only to Harvin in YAC with 214 yards.
10 Reggie Wayne IND at NYJ Coming off of career-best 212-yard game vs. Packers.
11 Dwayne Bowe KC at TB Bucs are last in NFL in pass defense (345 ypg).
12 Miles Austin DAL at BAL Ravens have only allowed 2 TD catches to WRs.
13 Andre Johnson HOU vs. GB Eight catches in Week 1, only 9 since.
14 Wes Welker NE at SEA Had career-best nine receptions in first half vs. Broncos.
15 Antonio Brown PIT at TEN (Thurs.)  
16 Jordy Nelson GB at HOU Has 23 catches, but only 1 TD so far.
17 Vincent Jackson TB vs. KC  
18 Dez Bryant DAL at BAL Still looking for first TD of season.
19 DeSean Jackson PHI vs. DET  
20 Stevie Johnson BUF at ARI  
21 Brandon Lloyd NE at SEA Had quiet game (3, 34) vs. Broncos.
22 Torrey Smith BAL vs. DAL Cowboys have allowed fewest catches, yards to WRs.
23 Malcom Floyd SD vs. DEN (Mon.) Averaging nearly 18 yards per catch.
24 Eric Decker DEN at SD (Mon.)  
25 Brian Hartline MIA vs. STL Still leading league in receiving yards with 514.
26 Michael Crabtree SF vs. NYG Big game (6-113-1) vs. Bills.
27 Denarius Moore OAK at ATL  
28 Pierre Garcon WAS vs. MIN Hasn't been same since injuring foot in Week 1.
29 James Jones GB at HOU Caught 2 TDs vs. Colts.
30 Anquan Boldin BAL vs. DAL Led team in receiving past two games.
31 Andre Roberts ARI vs. BUF  
32 Jeremy Maclin PHI vs. DET  
33 Hakeem Nicks NYG at SF Will be (finally) be able to go?
34 Andrew Hawkins CIN at CLE  
35 Kenny Britt TEN vs. PIT (Thurs.) Played last week, but severely limited by ankle.
36 Brandon Gibson STL at MIA Needs to step up with Amendola sidelined.
37 Nate Washington TEN vs. PIT (Thurs.) Has disappeared since Hasselbeck replaced Locker.
38 Greg Jennings GB at HOU Still not practicing, very questionable for Sunday.
39 Randall Cobb GB at HOU  
40 Kendall Wright TEN vs. PIT (Thurs.) Quickly becoming Titans' top target.
41 Nate Burleson DET at PHI  
42 Domenik Hixon NYG at SF Impact dependent upon Nicks' status.
43 Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs. IND Was Jets' top receiver last week.
44 Titus Young DET at PHI  
45 Robert Meachem SD vs. DEN (Mon.) Finally showed signs of life (3-67-2) last week.
46 Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK at ATL Expected to return (concussion) this week.
47 Rueben Randle NYG at SF Had his best game (6-82) last week vs. Browns.
48 Davone Bess MIA vs. STL Rams tied w/ Ravens for fewest TD catches (2) allowed.
49 Sidney Rice SEA vs. NE  
50 Mario Manningham SF vs. NYG Big game coming against former team?
51 Donnie Avery IND at NYJ  
52 Golden Tate SEA vs. NE  
53 Jerome Simpson MIN at WAS Dealing with back issue, but expected to play Sunday.
54 Josh Gordon CLE vs. CIN Caught first two career TDs last week.
55 Leonard Hankerson WAS vs. MIN  
56 Kevin Ogletree DAL at BAL  
57 Mike Williams TB vs. KC Averaging nearly 20 yards per catch.
58 Greg Little CLE vs. CIN Still having problems with dropped passes.
59 Donald Jones BUF at ARI  
60 T.Y. Hilton IND at NYJ  
61 Kevin Walter HOU vs. GB  
62 Santana Moss WAS vs. MIN Caught 77-yard TD pass from Cousins last week.
63 Brandon Stokley DEN at SD (Mon.)  
64 Chaz Schilens NYJ vs. IND

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 6 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 Start or Sit

Teaser:
<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 6</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 05:17
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy football rankings, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-tight-end-rankings-week-6
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.

Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans all are on bye.

2012 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rk Player Team OPPONENT Notes
1 Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. OAK Has 14 more receptions than any other TE.
2 Vernon Davis SF vs. NYG Posted 8th career 100-yard game (5-106) last week.
3 Rob Gronkowski NE at SEA Has better stats compared to first 5 G of '11, except for TDs (3 vs. 5).
4 Kyle Rudolph MIN at WAS Tied for first among TEs with 4 TDs.
5 Owen Daniels HOU vs. GB Leading Texans in rec., yards and TD catches.
6 Brent Celek PHI vs. DET Leads TEs with 15.4 ypc.
7 Heath Miller PIT at TEN (Thurs.) Titans have allowed 7 TDs to opposing TEs.
8 Jason Witten DAL at BAL Is he back? 13-112-1 vs. Bears in Week 4.
9 Fred Davis WAS vs. MIN Vikings allowing sixth-most fantasy points to TEs.
10 Brandon Pettigrew DET at PHI Tied with Gronk for third-most catches by TE.
11 Antonio Gates SD vs. DEN (Mon.) Looking to shake slow start (13-143-0) vs. familiar foe.
12 Jared Cook TEN vs. PIT (Thurs.) Team says they want to involve Cook more in the offense.
13 Dennis Pitta BAL vs. DAL Had 18 catches in first three games, only three total since.
14 Aaron Hernandez NE at SEA Returned to practice, could play on Sunday.
15 Martellus Bennett NYG at SF Injured left knee last week, but stayed in game.
16 Jermichael Finley GB at HOU Injured shoulder last week, monitor status.
17 Scott Chandler BUF at ARI  
18 Jacob Tamme DEN at SD (Mon.) Had 10 catches in first three games, 11 in last two.
19 Jermaine Gresham CIN at CLE  
20 Coby Fleener IND at NYJ  
21 Brandon Myers OAK at ATL  
22 Dustin Keller NYJ vs. IND Expected to be on field for first time since Week 1.
23 Joel Dreessen DEN at SD (Mon.)  
24 Lance Kendricks STL at MIA Caught first career TD pass last week.
25 Anthony Fasano MIA vs. STL  
26 Zach Miller SEA vs. NE

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 6 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 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.

Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

Rk Player OPPONENT Notes
1 Arizona Cardinals vs. BUF Bills had just 204 yards, 3 pts last week vs. 49ers.
2 Pittsburgh Steelers at TEN (Thurs.) Quick turnaround, but Titans struggling on offense.
3 Baltimore Ravens vs. DAL Ravens ranked 26th on D, but Cowboys are 24th on O.
4 San Francisco 49ers vs. NYG 49ers looking to slow down Eli, Bradshaw.
5 Houston Texans vs. GB Tough test for Texans' first game w/o Cushing at MLB.
6 Miami Dolphins vs. STL Dolphins No. 1 against run, Rams' passing attack is 30th.
7 Atlanta Falcons vs. OAK Key will be 27th-ranked rush D vs. McFadden
8 Minnesota Vikings at WAS Looking like RGIII will play, can Vikes get to him?
9 Seattle Seahawks vs. NE Already held GB and Dallas in check at home, NE next?
10 St. Louis Rams at MIA Rams rush D will be tested against Reggie and co.
11 Philadelphia Eagles vs. DET Eagles looking to slow down Stafford, CJ.
12 New England Patriots at SEA Pats need to contain Lynch, make Wilson beat them.
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. KC No. 4 rush defense vs. No. 1 rusher (Jamaal Charles).
14 Dallas Cowboys at BAL Cowboys No. 4 in total defense, No. 1 vs. pass.
15 Cincinnati Bengals at CLE Gave up 375 yards, 27 pts to Browns in Week 2 win.
16 Green Bay Packers at HOU Packers need to slow down Texans' running game.

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 6 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 Start or Sit

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<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 6</p>
Post date: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 05:14
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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.

Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans are all on bye.

2012 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

Rk Player Team OPPONENT
1 David Akers SF vs. NYG
2 Matt Bryant ATL vs. OAK
3 Greg Zuerlein STL at MIA
4 Stephen Gostkowski NE at SEA
5 Blair Walsh MIN at WAS
6 Lawrence Tynes NYG at SF
7 Justin Tucker BAL vs. DAL
8 Jason Hanson DET at PHI
9 Shayne Graham HOU vs. GB
10 Sebastian Janikowski OAK at ATL
11 Mason Crosby GB at HOU
12 Alex Henery PHI vs. DET
13 Matt Prater DEN at SD (Mon.)
14 Phil Dawson CLE vs. CIN
15 Nick Novak SD vs. DEN (Mon.)
16 Mike Nugent CIN at CLE

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 6 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Week 6 Waiver Wire

Week 6 Start or Sit

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Bellefonte, PA (Sports Network) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for his conviction on charges of child sexual abuse.

Judge John M. Cleland handed down the sentence on Tuesday after Sandusky was found guilty in June on 45 counts charging him with sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.

The scandal, which broke last November with Sandusky's arrest, brought down the Penn State football program, tarnished the legacy of the late Joe Paterno and scarred the entire university.

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison for his conviction on charges of child sexual abuse.
Post date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 23:00

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