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Two olds and a new are must-starts this week on defense, but it is where Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 rankings are bookended in the top five that could make the most noise.

The Carolina defense, a surprise this season at second in total fantasy points, has faltered the last couple of weeks to the tune of nine and eight points after not having dipped below double digits since Week 2.

Baltimore and San Francisco are inside the top five of the DST rankings this week, a spot those two squads are used to residing in during a fantasy season.

Cleveland, tied for 23rd amongst DSTs, plays host to a Jacksonville team allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to fantasy defense/special teams. That's why the Browns are Athlon Sports’ No. 1 DST for Week 13.

Miami, tied for 16th in fantasy points for DSTs, travels to face a New York Jets team allowing the third-most points to DSTs. The Dolphins are ranked fifth this week.

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.

2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

RkTeamOPP
1Cleveland Brownsvs. JAC
2Carolina Panthersvs. TB
3Baltimore Ravensvs. PIT (Thurs.)
4San Francisco 49ersvs. STL
5Miami Dolphinsat NYJ
6New England Patriotsat HOU
7Seattle Seahawksvs. NO (Mon.)
8New York Jetsvs. MIA
9Dallas Cowboysvs. OAK (Thurs.)
10Buffalo Billsvs. ATL
11Philadelphia Eaglesvs. ARI
12Washington Redskinsvs. NYG
13Chicago Bearsat MIN
14Cincinnati Bengalsat SD
15Pittsburgh Steelersat BAL (Thurs.)

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 13 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends

Kickers

Week 13 Waiver Wire

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At this point in the season, don’t get cute with kickers. Make and win the playoffs with who got you there, after consulting Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 13 kicker rankings of course.

New England’s Stephen Gostkowski is fantasy’s top-scoring kicker, so stick with him this week in Houston. It doesn’t hurt that the Texans have allowed the 10th-most points to kickers during their current nine-game losing streak.

Denver’s Matt Prater had the most points he has scored since the shootout in Dallas when he faced Kansas City two weeks ago. His 11 were the most since the season-high 18 against the Cowboys in Week 5.

Dan Carpenter should be a good sleeper this week. He and the Buffalo Bills welcome an Atlanta Falcons team allowing the most to fantasy points to kickers this year. Carpenter is one point shy of being a top-12 kicker this season, and is owned in less than 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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.

2013 NFL Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

RkPlayerTeamOPPONENT
1Stephen GostkowskiNEat HOU
2Matt PraterDENat KC
3Dan BaileyDALvs. OAK (Thurs.)
4Robbie GouldCHIat MIN
5Mason CrosbyGBat DET (Thurs.)
6David AkersDETvs. GB (Thurs.)
7Steven HauschkaSEAvs. NO (Mon.)
8Alex HeneryPHIvs. ARI
9Dan CarpenterBUFvs. ATL
10Garrett HartleyNOat SEA (Mon.)
11Phil DawsonSFvs. STL
12Ryan SuccopKCvs. DEN
13Nick NovakSDvs. CIN
14Justin TuckerBALvs. PIT (Thurs.)
15Adam VinatieriINDvs. TEN

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 13 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Week 13 Waiver Wire

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True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Pac-12 to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers from around the conference in Week 13.

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Pac-12 Stats to Know from Week 13

48: Arizona’s Carey totes the ball an FBS-high 48 times in upset of Oregon
Ka’Deem Carey became Arizona’s all-time leading rusher (3,913 yards) and touchdown scorer (49) in Saturday’s 42-16 upset of No. 5 Oregon. He did so on 48 carries. The 48 attempts are the most by any FBS player this season, and broke his own school record (39) from earlier this season. Carey finished with 48 carries for 206 yards and four TDs.

7: After seven years, Arizona scores a win over a top-five team
Arizona’s 42-16 upset win of visiting Oregon on Saturday was the Wildcats’ first win over a top-five team since Nov. 5, 2007. The last team Arizona knocked off inside the top five? Oregon. The Wildcats were 34-24 winners that day over the No. 2 Ducks at Arizona Stadium.

371: Oregon’s Mariota has interception streak halted after 371 days
Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Arizona Saturday. He also threw his first interception since the Nov. 17, 2012 loss to Stanford. The streak lasted 371 days, 353 attempts and ended on his first throw of the game Saturday.

63: Stanford posts a record 63 points in the Big Game
It was the Cardinal’s turn to try and hang a high number on Cal Saturday, and they did so to the tune of a 63-13 win at Stanford Stadium. The 63 points were the most in the 116th-edition of the Big Game, and a majority of them came on the Cardinal’s school-record 42 first-half points. The 50-point margin in the game was the highest in Big Game history, and the most in the series since Stanford’s 41-0 win in 1930.

24: Arizona State has forced a turnover in all 24 games under coach Todd Graham
The Sun Devils pushed their streak to 25 straight games of forcing a turnover — the third-longest active streak in the FBS behind Missouri and Stanford — and that is 24 straight games under coach Todd Graham. Linebacker Carl Bradford intercepted UCLA’s Brett Hundley on the first play of the second quarter and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown — the seventh INT taken back for a score under Graham, and fourth this season.

8: Washington State records six wins, four conference wins and consecutive league wins for the first time in eight years
Washington State played host to Utah on Saturday and posted a trifecta of accomplishments not seen since 2006. The Cougars’ 49-37 victory led to six wins, four conference wins and consecutive conference wins for the first time since 2006.

2: Cougars post two interception returns for score for first time since 2009
Washington State’s Damante Horton (22 yards) and Casey Locker (39) recorded interception returns for touchdowns in a span of 1:21 in its win over Utah. The last time WSU had two interceptions for scores was a Sept. 29, 2009, 30-27 victory over visiting Southern Methodist. Alex Hoffman-Ellis (52) and Myron Beck (67) each returned interceptions for scores in that win.

69: Washington hangs 69 points on Oregon State, the most points for the Huskies in 69 years
Washington’s 69-27 dismantling of Oregon State on Saturday produced the most points for the Huskies since a 71-0 win against Whitman in 1944. It is also the fifth-most points scored in a conference game, dating back to the Pacific Coast Conference.

29: USC scores win over Colorado in the second-coldest game for the Trojans at 29 degrees
Somewhat surprising that it has not played in more cold games considering the long history with Notre Dame, but USC played in its second-coldest game Saturday at 29 degrees. The Trojans defeated Colorado 49-27 in Boulder in the snow. The only game colder USC played in was a Nov. 30, 1957 contest at Notre Dame. The Trojans lost 40-12 on that 20-degree day, also the last time USC played in the snow.

57: Colorado cheerleader sets world record for consecutive handsprings by a male
Colorado senior cheerleader Ozell Williams set the Guiness World Record for the most consecutive handsprings by a male with 57 between the first and second quarters of Colorado’s loss to visiting USC. He broke the record of 46 set by Tim Wade in Dallas on Nov. 9.

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.9: Stanford’s holds USC rushing offense to .9 yards per carry
USC scored a 20-17 upset win over Stanford on the heels of a rushing offense that was shut down by the Cardinal defense to the tune of 23 yards on 27 carries for a 0.9 average. USC entered the game ranked 68th in the nation in rushing at 171.1 yards per game. The Trojans’ offense did their damage early with three scoring drives in the first half before being limited to zero or negative yards on 10 of their first 15 second-half plays.

9: USC beats Stanford a ninth straight time the game after facing Cal
USC has followed up its game with Cal by playing Stanford the following week on 19 occasions. And on the last nine occasions, the Trojans have defeated their oldest rival. Saturday’s win ended Stanford’s four-game winning streak in the series — its longest such streak in the series dating back to 1905. USC had not played the Cardinal the game after Cal since 2008.

9 part II: Washington State has had 10-plus receivers catch a pass in nine games this season
In its 24-17 win at Arizona Saturday, 11 Washington State receivers caught a pass. It marked the eighth straight game 10-plus receivers have caught a pass for the Cougars, and nine games this season altogether. Nine of the 11 receivers Saturday caught at least two passes. Dom Williams led the way with seven catches for 75 yards.

.97: Mariota now atop NCAA career list in interception percentage
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota became the NCAA’s career leader in interception percentage at 0.97 percent (600 or more attempts) in Saturday’s win over Utah. He also extended his Pac-12 record to 353 pass attempts without an interception.

10: Oregon’s seventh-ranked rushing offense limited to 10 first-half yards
The Utah defense limited the Oregon run game to 10 first-half yards before surrendering 135 in the second half. The 145 total yards on the ground is less than half of what the Ducks averaged entering Saturday’s win — 301.6 yards per game for seventh in the NCAA.

13: Cal now has longest losing streak within the Pac-12
Thirteen is the new 14 as Cal’s loss to Colorado gives the Bears the distinction of longest losing streak inside the Pac-12. Colorado stopped its 14-game skid within the conference with a 41-24 victory Saturday. Cal has now lost 13 straight Pac-12 games, 15 straight to FBS teams and has allowed 40-plus points in eight games this season.

419: Yards gained in scoring drives alone for Colorado
A long Pac-12 conference losing streak was stopped with some long drives for Colorado Saturday. The Buffs scored on six of their 14 drives, totaling 419 of their 485 yards on the scoring drives alone. They scored on drives of 71, 87, 75 and 49 in the first half, and added 70- and 67-yard scoring possessions in the second half. Cal gained 411 yards altogether.

2: Washington on the losing end for the second time this season after outgaining an opponent
Washington has topped its opponent in total offensive yards in eight of its 10 games this season. The two times the Huskies were outgained they lost, and UCLA made it two times this season an opponent defeated Washington despite being outgained. The Bruins won 41-31 on the scoreboard, and lost 432-406 in total yards. Stanford’s Oct. 5, 31-28 win after being outgained 489-279 was the other defeat. Oregon (631-376) and Arizona State (585-212) are the only two to outgain the Huskies this year, both resulting in UW losses.

4: Arizona defense posts second straight four-sack game
The Wildcat defense followed up last week’s season-high, four-sack game against UCLA with another four-sack effort to Washington State — both home losses. That makes for 12 sacks for Arizona in the last five games after posting six in the first five games.

100: Cooks becomes fifth Pac-12 player to reach 100 catches in a season
Brandin Cooks ended Oregon State’s 30-17 loss to Arizona State with nine catches for 99 yards and now has 100 on the season. He is just the fifth Pac-12 player to reach the century mark in a season. He became OSU’s single-season reception leader on his fourth catch of the game, surpassing Markus Wheaton (2012) and James Rodgers’ (2009) 91 catches.

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1: A Colorado running back finally lost a fumble this season
Entering Saturday’s game against Washington, Colorado running backs Christian Powell, Michael Adkins II, Tony Jones and Donta Abron combined for 255 touches and had not lost a fumble. That streak ended on the 277th touch. Jones, on his 67th touch of the season and seventh of the game, fumbled late in the third quarter, and it was scooped up by Marcus Peters who returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.

2: Washington defense scores twice in a game for the first time since 2002
Prior to the Peters’ touchdown late in the third quarter, there was a Tre Watson 84-yard interception return for a score 3:11 into that same quarter. Those two scores gave Washington two defensive touchdowns in one game for the first time since a 41-29 win over Oregon State 11 years ago — to the day. Derrick Johnson (42 yards) and Chris Massey (25) each had first-half interceptions returned for scores in the 2002 game.

2 part II: UCLA’s Jack productive on both sides of the ball in Bruins win at Arizona
UCLA true freshman linebacker Myles Jack was also an offensive weapon for the Bruins in their 31-26 win at Arizona Saturday — the first win for UCLA at Arizona since 2003. He carried the ball six times on offense for 120 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner. His 120 yards paced the Bruins on the ground. On defense, he added eight tackles, one for loss, his first-ever fumble recovery and two pass breakups. Jack is tied for third on the team with 62 tackles, and leads the Bruins with nine pass breakups.

3: USC ties NCAA record with three punt returns for scores in win at Cal
Nelson Agholor returned two punts for scores, and Josh Shaw added a score on a blocked punt, as USC tied the NCAA record for punt returns for touchdowns in a game. Agholor scored on a 75-yard return less than two minutes into the 62-28 victory, and added a 93-yard return with 3:47 left in the first half. In between was Shaw’s 14-yard return of teammate Soma Vainuku’s blocked punt. Oklahoma’s Antonio Perkins was the last to have three punt returns for scores when he did so against UCLA in 2003.

3 part II: ASU’s consecutive games of 500-plus yards posted and under-100 yards rushing allowed stopped at three
Arizona State rallied for a 20-19 victory at Utah Saturday for its fourth straight win. The difference in win No. 4 versus the other three was the output gained and allowed. The Sun Devils’ offense entered the game having posted three straight games of 500-plus yards, while their defense had limited three straight opponents to under 100 yards on the ground. ASU’s offense posted 293 yards Saturday, while its defense allowed 126 yards on the ground to the Utes.

3 part III: Three halftime deficits have led to all three Arizona losses
The Wildcats fell behind 21-10 at halftime Saturday’s 31-26 loss to visiting UCLA. It’s the third time this season Arizona has trailed at halftime, and it led to the Wildcats’ third defeat. Washington led 11-6 and went on to outscore Arizona 20-7 in the second half. USC led 28-10 at halftime and used it to fend off the Wildcats’ 21-10 second-half run.

11: Utah posts Pac-12-leading 11th play of 50-plus yards
In its one-point loss to Arizona State, the Utes added their 11th play from scrimmage of 50-plus yards — a 55-yard pass play from Travis Wilson to Dres Anderson in the third quarter. The 11 plays of 50-plus are tied for fifth in the FBS and are tops in the Pac-12. Baylor leads the nation with 17 such plays.

14: Cal’s loss pushes streak to 14 straight losses against FBS teams
Cal lost its eighth straight game of the season Saturday, allowing a season-high 62 points in a 62-28 loss to USC. The loss marked the 11th straight against the Trojans and the 14th straight against FBS teams. The Bears have been outscored 629-276 — an average of 25.2 per game — during the 14-game skid. Their last FBS win was Oct. 13, 2012, at Washington State (31-17).

28: Huskies score 28 second-half points without attempting a pass
Tre Watson’s interception return on the front end of the third quarter and Marcus Peters’ fumble return for a score late in the quarter bookended a 21-point quarter for Washington in its win over Colorado. In between was a Keith Price 4-yard rushing TD. Washington also added a fourth-quarter touchdown when Dwayne Washington scored on a 5-yard run. All told, the Huskies posted 28 points in the second half without passing the ball, rushing 23 times.

45: Arizona State makes it “45” straight scores inside the red zone
The Sun Devils — save for a game-ending kneel down against Colorado — extended their streak to 45 straight scores in the red zone with three more in a 20-19 win over Utah Saturday. Included in the three were two fourth-quarter red-zone scores that led to the comeback win — a Taylor Kelly 2-yard rushing TD and a Kelly-to-Richard Smith 14-yard, game-winning TD with 2:37 remaining in the game.

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9: Stanford has handed Oregon its first loss of the season nine times
The big one is finally here: Oregon (8-0, 5-0) at Stanford (7-1, 5-1) Thursday night. Nine times since 1964 Stanford has given Oregon its first loss of the season. On two occasions, it was the Ducks’ only loss of the season — 2012 and 2001. Last year’s 17-14 overtime loss to the Cardinal ended a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks. The 2001 loss ended a 23-home game winning streak — the longest in the nation at that time.

293: Oregon’s Mariota has not thrown an interception since last Stanford meeting
Oregon quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota has protected the ball better than any starting QB through the air this season. On the way to 2,281 yards passing with 20 touchdowns on 225 attempts, the junior has no interceptions this season. His last interception — a Pac-12 record 293 attempts ago — came 13 seconds before halftime of the last Stanford meeting. Mariota does arrive at Thursday’s game with two lost fumbles suffered Oct. 19 against Washington State — his first fumble in 79 attempts since losing one against USC last season. Stanford is tied for 95th in the nation with 11 turnovers gained.

1 and 0: Stanford downed Oregon three times in the 2000s with QBs making their first appearance against the Ducks; then lost the next year
The Cardinal has defeated Oregon three times this century, all with quarterbacks playing against the Ducks for the first time. In 2001 it was Chris Lewis, stepping in after Randy Fasani sprained his knee in the second quarter. Lewis threw for two touchdowns and 189 yards on 12 completions with no interceptions in a 49-42 win. In 2009, it was freshman Andrew Luck also throwing two touchdowns on 12 completions with no interceptions and 251 yards in a 51-42 victory. Last season, it was Kevin Hogan, making his second career start, throwing for 211 yards with a fourth-quarter, game-tying touchdown, an interception and he added a rushing TD in Stanford’s 17-14 OT win. In each of the following seasons the Ducks bounced back. They did not face an injured Lewis the following year, instead surrendering just 92 yards and a touchdown on 12 completions with an interception against Kyle Matter and Ryan Eklun in a 41-14 win. Luck lost to Oregon his sophomore and junior seasons (52-31 and 53-30), combining for 597 yards passing six total TDs, four interceptions and a lost fumble. Hogan, 7-0 against ranked teams, has a chance to stop the trend Thursday and become the first Stanford QB to defeat Oregon in back-to-back seasons since Chad Hutchinson (1996 and ’97).

28.9: Stanford and Oregon combined for 28.9 percent on third and fourth downs in last year’s meeting
In last season’s meeting, Stanford was 6-of-17 on third down and 1-of-2 on fourth, while Oregon was 4-of-17 on third and failed on both fourth-down tries — one at the Cardinal 7, which led to a 93-yard scoring drive by Stanford for the game’s first points. This season, Stanford is third in the Pac-12 in third-down conversions at 53-of-109 (48.6), while Oregon is fifth at 46-of-100 (46.0). On the defensive side, the Ducks rank second in the conference at forcing fourth down, having faced the most third-down attempts this season and allowing 33.1 percent to be converted (47-of-142). Stanford is fourth at 34.4 (42-of-122). Both teams rank ninth in the conference on fourth-down conversions at 40 percent. Oregon has attempted to move the chains four times as much as Stanford — 8-of-20 to the Cardinal’s 2-of-5. Defensively, Oregon is second best in the conference in stopping fourth-down attempts at 42.1 percent (8-of-19), while opponents have converted 52.4 percent against Stanford (11-of-21).

29.44-21.63 Stanford puts its top-ranked kick return game against Oregon’s 73rd-ranked return defense
If Stanford is looking for a spark against Oregon Thursday it could come in the return game. The Cardinal is No. 1 in FBS in kick return average (29.44), and go up against a Ducks special teams unit allowing 21.63 yards per return — good for 73rd in FBS. On the other side, Oregon is ranked 48th in kick returns (22.25), while Stanford is 10th best (17.78) at defending the kickoff. Stanford’s Ty Montgomery is tied for first in the FBS with two of his 21 kickoff returns taken back for scores. The junior averages 32.5 yards per return — .2 yards off No. 1 in the nation.

7: John Elway to have No. 7 jersey retired Thursday night
At halftime of the Stanford-Oregon game, the Cardinal will retire former quarterback John Elway’s No. 7. Stanford’s quarterback from 1979-82, Elway was a Heisman Trophy runner-up to Herschel Walker in 1982. The two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (1980 and ’82) threw for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns at Stanford. Junior receiver Ty Montgomery and sophomore defensive Aziz Shittu both currently wear the No. 7 jersey. They will be the last players to do so. This will be the third Stanford football number to be retired — Ernie Nevers (1) and Jim Plunkett (16).

3: Cal’s Lawler scores his first career TD, then his second and third
California receiver Kenny Lawler collected the first touchdown of his career in the second quarter (17 yards) in Saturday’s 33-28 loss to Arizona. The freshman then followed with a 3-yard TD in the third quarter and a third score on a 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He finished with six catches for 72 yards. He is the first Bears receiver to catch three TDs in a game since DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006.

60: Denker to Miller for 60 yards a season long for both
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker connected with Terrence Miller for 60 yards on a third-and-10 in the third quarter of the Wildcats’ 33-28 victory against Cal Saturday. The senior-to-senior, 60-yard hookup is the longest completion of Denker’s two-year career at Arizona and the longest reception of Miller’s five-year career. Miller went on to finish with five catches for 88 yards — the highest yardage total of any UA receiver this season.

0: Oregon State offense shutout in the second half for the first time
The Beavers were shutout in the second half for the first time this season after averaging 23.9 points per second half in their eight games leading into Friday’s game with USC. It was the first time OSU was shutout in the second half since a 23-6 loss to Cal on Nov. 12, 2011. After averaging 44.1 points over this season’s first seven games — good for ninth in the nation — Oregon State has dropped to 37.2 and 26th in the nation after scoring just 14 against USC and 12 against Stanford.

2: USC won back-to-back games in single season by at least two touchdowns for the first time since 2011
With its 31-14 and 19-3 wins over Oregon State and Utah the last two outings, USC has put together back-to-back, two-touchdown wins in the same season for the first time since November 2011. The Trojans were 40-17 and 42-17 winners against Washington and Colorado in 2011.

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True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Pac-12 to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers from around the conference in Week 8.

1: Connor Halliday moved to No. 1 atop a number of record books during loss at Oregon

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday’s arm got plenty of work in Saturday’s 62-38 loss at No. 2 Oregon. He tied a FBS record with 58 completions on a FBS record 89 attempts — both are second-most in all NCAA divisions. His 557 yards passing set Pac-12 and school records. The 58 completions tied the same amount Eastern Michigan’s Andy Schmitt had in 2008 (58-of-80 for 516 yards), and the 89 attempts broke the record Purdue’s Drew Brees set in 1998 (55-of-83 for 494). Schmitt was the only one of the three QBs to win his game, throwing just one interception, while Halliday and Brees each threw four interceptions.

3: Colorado is 3-0 against the last three visiting teams from the Eastern time zone
Charleston Southern was a late addition to Colorado’s schedule, after its Sept. 14 game against Fresno State was canceled due to the flooding in Colorado. In its fifth-ever game against a FCS opponent and first home game against an Eastern time zone opponent since Georgia left with a 29-27 loss in 2010, the Buffaloes handed the previously 7-0 Buccaneers a 43-10 loss. Colorado also defeated visiting Miami (Ohio) 42-0 in 2007.

5: Colorado’s Uzo-Diribe moves to the top of the nation with his fifth forced fumble
Colorado senior defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe forced his nation-leading fifth fumble in the Buffs’ win over Charleston Southern. The sack-fumble was recovered at the Buccaneer 12. Two plays later, Michael Adkins scored from the 5 for what proved to be the game-winning TD. The fifth forced fumble ties Uzo-Diribe for third-most in a single season at CU — seven is the record — and he now stands third on the CU career list for forced fumbles with 10 — one off of the record set in 1986 and 1977.

9: Arizona State’s Marion Grice passes 100 all-purpose yards for ninth straight game
Sun Devils running back Marion Grice easily made it nine games in a row with 100-plus all-purpose yards, after accounting for 268 in a 53-24 win against Washington Saturday. Grice had 158 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, and added a receiving touchdown on four catches for 37 yards against the Huskies. The senior’s streak is tied for third in the nation with Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey for the streak. Carey had 237 all-purpose yards in a 35-24 win over Utah.

9 part II: Carey hits the century mark on the ground for the ninth consecutive game
Not only did Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey rush for 100 yards for the ninth straight game in the Wildcats’ 35-24 win over Utah, but the running back also set the school record for carries and logged the third-most yards in school history. He rushed 40 times for 236 yards and became the sixth Wildcat to rush for 3,000 yards in his career. Carey ran for 204 yards in a 34-24 win at Utah last season. In both outings against the Utes, the Wildcats rushed for 300 yards (300 and 320).

10: Oregon’s 10-point halftime lead Saturday was its smallest of the season
The 34-24 advantage Oregon took into the second half against Washington State was the closest any team has come to hanging with the Ducks over the first 30 minutes. It is now back-to-back games of “close” leads for Oregon at the half after holding a 21-7 lead against Washington last week. The Ducks are averaging a 24.7-point margin at half this season, and have gone on to outscore their seven opponents 160-51 in the second half, including 28-14 against the Cougars on the way to a 62-38 victory.

32: Stanford continues forced turnover streak with 32nd consecutive in Saturday’s win
With two interceptions against UCLA Saturday, Stanford extended its streak to 32 games with a turnover forced. That streak is second in the nation behind Missouri’s 37. Jordan Richards’ third-quarter interception of Brett Hundley set up the Cardinal at the UCLA 40, and six plays and a touchdown later, Stanford turned what was a 3-3 game less than five minutes earlier, into a 17-3 lead. It was Richards again — with a 17-10 lead — who picked off Hundley and put the Cardinal at the Bruins’ 32. Five Tyler Gaffney rushes later, including a 4-yard score, and Stanford was a 24-10 winner. Richards finished with a team-high 10 tackles and his first two-interception game.

91: Beavers’ longest scoring drive still took less than two minutes
Oregon State’s longest scoring drive of the season was still one of its shortest in Saturday’s 49-17 win at California. The Beavers drove a season-high 91 yards on seven plays in 1:55 on their first scoring drive — capped by a Terron Ward 1-yard TD. The 91 yards bested an 11-play, 90-yard scoring drive in the second quarter against Utah this season. It marked the 13th scoring drive of less than two minutes this season; 11 of them have ended with a touchdown.

1939: Oregon State has 3-0 Pac-12 road mark for first time since 1939
Oregon State’s 49-17 win over host California marked the third straight conference road victory for the Beavers. It is the first time since 1939 Oregon State has won three consecutive conference road games, and the first time since 2008 the Beavers have won three straight Pac-12 road games at any point in the season.

-5: With the nation’s leading rusher on its team, Washington was held to minus-5 yards rushing
Bishop Sankey and the nation’s eighth-ranked rushing offense going against the nation’s 75th-best run defense looked like a matchup made in heaven entering Saturday’s game. Instead, the Arizona State run defense, which was giving up 168.8 yards per game on the ground through six games, held Sankey and Co. to minus-5 yards on just 25 attempts. Sankey, who entered the game as the nation’s leading rusher per game (149.8), had 13 carries for 22 yards. It was the third time in the last 18 seasons ASU has held an opponent to minus-5 yards rushing or more — both coming in 2009 (Idaho State -5 and Washington State -54). 

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At the midpoint of the Pac-12 season, it has been Oregon and whichever team wants to try and lineup for second place. No team has scored more, allowed less and is better in turnover margin. That said, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion is the nation’s leading passer (418.5 YPG), teammates Brandin Cooks (157.3 YPG) and Steven Nelson (5) lead the nation in receiving and interceptions, Washington’s Bishop Sankey is the nation’s best rusher (149.8 YPG), Arizona State’s Marion Grice leads the nation in scoring (90), Colorado’s Chidera Uzo-Diribe is tops in the nation in forced fumbles (4), and Utah walk-on Andy Phillips has the nation’s most field goals  — a perfect 11-for-11.

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Pac-12 Midseason Review and Second-Half Predictions

Coach of the Year: Kyle Whittingham, Utah
After a five-win season and no bowl for Utah for the first time in nine years, Whittingham felt a little pressure going into 2013. Clearly, Whittingham has Utah back on track, guiding the Utes to a 4-2 mark with wins over No. 5 Stanford — the highest-ranked team ever defeated in Utah’s home stadium — and in-state rival BYU to go along with an OT loss to now-5-1 Oregon State and a seven-point loss to then-No. 11 UCLA. Utah has played five of its first six at home, and will close with four of its final six on the road against teams currently a combined 8-10 in league play. The eight wins come from Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State — all teams Utah will face away from Rice-Eccles Stadium. 

Newcomer of the Year: Addison Gillam, LB, Colorado
Gillam drew rave reviews throughout the preseason, and the true freshman has backed up that play through the first half of 2013. He leads the Pac-12 in tackles per game (10.6), is fifth in tackles for a loss per game (1.3) and is tied for 14th in sacks (2). Gillam, who did not start playing football until his junior year in high school, was only offered one FBS scholarship — by then-San Jose State and now-Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre — and he is well on pace to set the school record for tackles by a freshman (85).

Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Turnover-free ball leads to good things, and Mariota is capitalizing on all of his touches. He’s carried 41 times for 426 yards and thrown 165 times for 1,724 yards. He has accounted for 25 touchdowns on those 206 touches, and averages a score every 8.24 touches. The Pac-12’s most efficient passer (184.1), is second in the league in TD passes (17) and total offense (358.3 YPG), sixth in passing yards per game (287.3), eighth in rushing (71 YPG) and 10th in scoring (8 PPG).

Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Barr has been everywhere on the field for the Bruins and a defense ranked second in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.2 PPG) and fourth in yards allowed (344.8 YPG). The senior is tops in the Pac-12 in tackles for a loss with 10 for 60 yards and fumbles recovered (2), and is second in sacks (4) and fumbles forced (3).

Midseason Disappointment: USC
Projected by Athlon to finish outside the top 25, the Trojans are having no trouble with that. Problem is: they were projected to finish 26th, and have the players to win the Pac-12 South. It comes as no surprise, though as Lane Kiffin was the No. 1 coach on the hot seat in the preseason. And five games into the 2013 campaign, Kiffin was fired. Let go with a 3-2 record, the Trojans were 0-2 in league play and were thumped 62-41 at Arizona State. Interim coach Ed Orgeron seems to have ignited this team, but it may be too late to get back into the Pac-12 South title picture.

Midseason Surprise: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
Remember when there was that preseason question of whether it would be Mannion or Cody Vaz to start for the Beavers? Um, neither do we. After preseason uncertainty at quarterback in Corvallis, six games into the 2013 season and Mannion leads the nation in passing touchdowns (25), yards (2,511), points responsible for (154) and is 11th in passing efficiency (166). The junior has just three interceptions while leading the nation in attempts (289) and is second in completions (194).

Three Things to Watch in the Second Half

USC under interim coach Ed Orgeron
Orgeron’s first game in place of a fired Lane Kiffin started with the Trojans’ best scoring output of the season and their first Pac-12 win (38-31 against Arizona). USC still has road games at Notre Dame and Oregon State and home games against a resurgent Utah, and top-15 teams Stanford and UCLA. The offense has posted 79 points in the last two games, but a normally stellar defense has given up 93. There’s a lot to fix in L.A., and a schedule that will not allow for much error.

Pac-12 South title race
It is potentially a three-horse race with plenty of obstacles in the way for UCLA, Arizona State and Utah. UCLA already has a win over Utah, but still faces Arizona State on Nov. 23. The Bruins’ two toughest remaining games are not even against the South, but are games that will set the tone for the remainder of the regular season. They travel to Stanford and Oregon the next two weeks before closing with three of five at home against five teams that are a combined 4-10 in Pac-12 play so far. The Sun Devils’ trip to Pasadena will be the last of their three road games over the next six weeks, which also includes trips to Washington State and Utah in back-to-back games. The path is likely the bumpiest for Utah, which plays four of its last six on the road. The Utes' must-win home game to close the season is Arizona State on Nov. 9. So Nov. 9 and 23 will be the weeks to watch to see who claims the South.

Can Oregon finish unbeaten?
Why not? The Ducks play four of their last six at home, and travel to Stanford on 12 days rest. No Pac-12 team is scoring more points on offense (56.8), allowing less points on defense (13.8) and has a better turnover margin (plus-11) than Oregon. The six teams left on the schedule have a combined turnover margin of plus-10, and only Arizona and UCLA are giving up less than 20 points per game on defense.

Top Five Games in the Second Half

UCLA at Stanford (Oct. 19)
Utah put a scare into UCLA two weeks ago, and then upset Stanford last week. Now UCLA and Stanford meet in Palo Alto for the second straight year — both trying to keep their Pac-12 division title hopes alive. Last season’s Pac-12 championship saw Stanford score the final 10 points to post a 27-24 win over the Bruins.

UCLA at Oregon (Oct. 26)
Oregon will arrive at this game off of a home date vs. Washington State; UCLA will be playing its second straight road game after traveling to take on a Stanford team seething from an upset loss at Utah. It will be the biggest defensive test the Ducks have faced when they take on a Bruins team currently surrendering 18.2 PPG — second to Oregon’s 13.8.

Oregon at Stanford (Nov. 7)
Oregon starts its mini-gauntlet a week after UCLA’s. Following the home game against the Bruins, the Ducks travel to face a Stanford team trying to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title. Both teams will be on 12 days rest as this is a Thursday game, and should make for another exciting contest after Stanford’s 17-14 OT win in Eugene a season ago.

Arizona State at UCLA (Nov. 23)
This will likely be the Pac-12 South title game after UCLA and Arizona State have tough road tests before meeting in Pasadena. Currently holding a one-game lead over the Sun Devils, if the Bruins can arrive at this one healthy, and perhaps having collected one road upset en route to this meeting, the South will be theirs for the taking.

UCLA at USC (Nov. 30)
If UCLA were to make it through games at Stanford and Oregon it is likely the Pac-12 South title will have been clinched when the Bruins arrive in L.A. Since chances of that happening are slim, the Trojans would love no more than to play spoiler against their rival long after their season was already spoiled.

Pac-12 Second-Half Predictions

(Logos are of projected winner for each game)
 

North Division

1. Oregon

WazzuUCLAat StanfordUtahat ArizonaOregon StateFinal Record
12-0


2. Stanford

UCLAat Ore. StateOregonat USCCaliforniaNDFinal Record
10-2


3. Washington

at Ariz. StateCaliforniaColoradoat UCLAat Ore. StateWazzuFinal Record
8-4


4. Oregon State

at CaliforniaStanfordUSCat Ariz. StateWashingtonat OregonFinal Record
7-5


5. Washington State

at OregonArizona Stateat ArizonaUtahat WashingtonFinal Record
4-8


6. California

Ore. Stateat WashingtonArizonaUSCat Coloradoat StanfordFinal Record
1-11


South Division

1. UCLA

at Stanfordat OregonColoradoat ArizonaUWAriz. Stateat USCFinal Record
10-2


2. Arizona State

UW

at Wash. Stateat UtahOre. Stateat UCLAArizonaFinal Record
8-4


3. USC

at NDUtahat Ore. Stateat CaliforniaStanfordat ColoradoUCLAFinal Record
7-6

 
4. Arizona

Utahat Coloradoat CaliforniaUCLAWazzuOregonat Ariz. StateFinal Record
7-5


5. Utah

at Arizonaat USCAriz. Stateat Oregonat WazzuColoradoFinal Record
7-5


6. Colorado

C. SouthernArizonaat UCLAat UWCaliforniaUSCat UtahFinal Record
4-8

 

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Outside of Missouri and Auburn already having surpassed their win totals from a year ago and starting 6-0 and 5-1 — we all expected that, right? — the SEC has played out as expected through the midway point. Johnny Manziel has been Johnny Manziel. Alabama has been Alabama. And Jadeveon Clowney, who had 25 tackles and 6.5 sacks through six games last season, has two sacks and 13 tackles. There are plenty of interesting matchups left in the SEC East to see who will face SEC West favorite Alabama.

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SEC 2013 Midseason Review and Second-Half Predictions

Coach of the Year: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Who saw this coming? History perhaps. In Pinkel’s 13 years at the helm of Mizzou, the program had not posted back-to-back losing seasons since his first two years. Six wins and no defeats later, that streak looks safe. The Tigers are second in the SEC in scoring (45.7 PPG), sixth in scoring defense (23.0 PPG) and third in total offense (515.7 YPG). They will be without QB James Franklin (shoulder) the remainder of the season, but should be able to make some noise with four of the six remaining games at home.

Newcomer of the Year: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
The USA Today First-Team All-American and Under Armour All-America Game MVP has not disappointed. Hargreaves III is tied for the conference lead in interceptions (3) and passes defended (8). He has helped a Gator defense that is the third in the nation and tops in the SEC in both total defense (235.3 YPG) and passing yards allowed (152), third in the SEC in interceptions (8) and second in the league in points allowed per game (13).

Offensive Player of the Year: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The first-half suspension in the season opener has been the only sophomore slump for Manziel. He is tops in the SEC in passing (305.8 YPG) and total offense (377), second in total offensive touchdowns (19) and passing efficiency (184.1) and 10th in rushing (71.2 YPG). Oh, and he’s helped lead the Aggies to a 5-1 record — accounting for 562 yards and five scores in a 49-42 loss to Alabama — with four straight home games on the horizon before closing out at LSU and Missouri.

Defensive Player of the Year: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Athlon Sports’ All-SEC First-Team player is seventh in the conference in tackles per game (8) and quarterbacks a Crimson Tide defense that has limited their last four opponents to 16 points, including a 14-quarter streak without a touchdown. He has helped anchor a defense that — outside of allowing a school-record 628 yards against Texas A&M — has surrendered 208.2 yards and 5.2 points per game on average to the other five opponents.

Midseason Disappointment: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
A preseason Athlon All-SEC First-team receiver, Cooper has just 12 catches for 164 yards and no scores. It is a far cry from the record-setting freshman season of a year ago when he went 59-1,000-11. Cooper had his best game of the season last week (3-64-0 in a blowout of Kentucky), but foot and toe injuries seemed to have derailed his second season with the Crimson Tide.

Midseason Surprise: Missouri
From being picked sixth in the SEC East to being 6-0 at the midpoint of the season, including a road-win at No. 7 Georgia last week, Missouri has already put together a great sophomore SEC campaign. The Tigers are scoring 45.7 points per game, including an average of 46 in their first two SEC games. Four home games with trips to Kentucky and Ole Miss left make for a friendly schedule. Losing QB James Franklin for the remainder of the regular season (shoulder) makes it a lot more difficult.

Three Things to Watch in the Second Half

Missouri without James Franklin
His shoulder injury suffered against Georgia leaves Mizzou without the SEC’s third-most productive offensive player (311.2 YPG), its fourth-leading passer (262.8) and its sixth-most efficient quarterback (156.2) with 1,577 yards on 67.7 percent passing and just three interceptions. With an often-injured Franklin last season, the Tigers won five games. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who split reps evenly with Franklin in the spring, will step in. But the trend of the Mizzou offense not turning the ball over and the defense creating turnovers must remain.

SEC East title picture
Well, Missouri defeating Georgia and losing Franklin in the process sure makes it interesting at the top. South Carolina has already lost to Georgia and travels to Missouri Oct. 26. That game and the Nov. 2 Georgia-Florida game will really begin to unfold the story. It will kick off the Gators' three-game gauntlet of games — versus Georgia, at LSU and Missouri. Georgia also still has to travel to Auburn on Nov. 16. Mizzou is the wildcard, sans Franklin, but does play four of its last six at home.

Can Alabama run the table?
With four home games left — three where they will be heavy favorites — and a road trip to Auburn for an Iron Bowl — which they have won five of the last six meetings — there’s no reason to think 11 wins won’t happen. Getting to No. 12 means defeating LSU in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9.

Top Five Games in the Second Half

Florida at Missouri (Oct. 19)
The Tigers already went on the road and put a dent in Georgia’s SEC East plans, and now they return home to try and do the same to Florida. Whether Maty Mauk can lead this high-scoring offense past the high-powered Gator defense is the question.

Florida vs. Georgia (Nov. 2, Jacksonville, FL)
The World’s Largest Cocktail Party will go a long way in deciding the SEC East race. The loser, already having a loss in league play, will likely be out of the race. Both teams will arrive in Jacksonville off of a bye week.

LSU at Alabama (Nov. 9)
Only three of the last nine meetings have been decided by one score, including three overtime games. LSU leads 5-4 during that time. Outside of the Iron Bowl, this should be the only hurdle for Alabama to clear and secure the SEC West title. Already with a loss to Georgia, it’s a must-win for LSU, and then Texas A&M is next.

Florida at South Carolina (Nov. 16)
So, if the Gators survive a trip to Missouri and Jacksonville, and the Gamecocks get out of Fayetteville, Knoxville and Columbia intact, then welcome to the SEC East championship game.

Texas A&M at LSU (Nov. 23)  
LSU halted Texas A&M’s run through the schedule — if only briefly — last season in College Station. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies arrived on a five-game winning streak, having averaged 53 points per game during that streak. LSU left with a 24-19 win — the fewest points A&M has scored in the last 12 games.

SEC Second-Half Predictions

(Logos are of projected winner for each game)
 

East Division

1. South Carolina

at TNat MizzouMiss. StateFloridaCoastal CarolinaClemsonFinal Record
11-1


2. Florida

at MizzouGeorgiaVanderbiltat SCGa. SouthernFSUFinal Record
9-3


3. Georgia

at VanderbiltFloridaApp. Stateat AuburnKentuckyat Ga. TechFinal Record
9-3


4. Missouri

FloridaSouth CarolinaTennesseeat UKat Ole MissTAMUFinal Record
8-4


5. Tennessee

South Carolinaat Alabamaat MizzouAuburnVanderbiltat UKFinal Record
5-7


6. Vanderbilt

Georgiaat TAMUat FloridaKentuckyat TNWake ForestFinal Record
5-7


7. Kentucky

at Miss. StateAlabama StateMissouriat Vanderbiltat UGATennesseeFinal Record
2-10


West Division

1. Alabama

ArkansasTNLSUat Miss. StateChattanoogaat AuburnFinal Record
12-0


2. LSU

at Ole MissFurmanat AlabamaTAMUArkansasFinal Record
10-2


3. Texas A&M

AuburnVandyUTEPMiss. Stateat LSUat MizzouFinal Record
10-2


4. Auburn

at TAMUFAUat Arkansasat TNGeorgiaAlabamaFinal Record
8-4


5. Ole Miss

LSUIdahoArkansasTroyMizzouat Miss. StateFinal Record
8-4


6. Arkansas

at AlabamaAuburnat Ole MissMiss. Stateat LSUFinal Record
4-8


7. Mississippi State

Kentuckyat SCat TAMUAlabamaArkansasOle MissFinal Record
4-8

 

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Brandon WeedenBrandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders
The concussion Brandon Weeden suffered in Week 12 will not keep him out of the Browns' game in Oakland today. He was cleared to practice from the beginning of the week and took all the first-team snaps this week. Weeden draws an Oakland team that is ranked 28th against fantasy QBs. The Raiders have given up three touchdowns to quarterbacks each of the last three games (Andy Dalton, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco). Josh Freeman had two in Week 9. That's 11 TDs to QBs in four weeks. Overall, the Raiders have allowed mutli-TD games to quarterbacks on six of 11 games. Weeden is certainly a starter in two-QB leagues and keep in mind he has had eight double-digit games, including six of 16 points or greater, as a rookie this season.

 

Titus Young, Ryan Broyles, WRs, Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sent home from the team facility in preparation for the Week 12 game, Titus Young did not play in the Thanksgiving game against visiting Houston. A week earlier against Green Bay, he had one catch for 24 yards on six targets and was benched late in the game. Young, who was sent home from the facility once before this year, was back at practice this week to get ready for the Colts, but how much can you trust a guy deactivated for a game just a week earlier? Ryan Broyles stepped in to grab six balls for 126 yards on 12 targets. That is just the second time a receiver not named Calvin Johnson has garnered double-digit targets this season. Unless Young has a dramatic and unlikely turnaround, Broyles is here to stay. If you have not already, you probably should snag Broyles for the fantasy playoff run.

 

Cecil Shorts, Justin Blackmon, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills
Chad Henne has come in and breathed life into the Jaguars offense from his QB position. Rookie Justin Blackmon and second-year man Cecil Shorts have been both the reason and the benefactors of the improved play. Both receivers are listed as probable today  Blackmon with a groin and Shorts with a hamstring. They saw limited practice on Friday but should be good to go against a Bills defense that is ranked 23rd against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring. It is disconcerting to see two receivers on the rise, playing against a fantasy defense on the decline, and both have injury issues. I would not play either as WR2s but would consider them as flex plays.

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

LeSean McCoy, Bryce BrownLeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, RBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night)
That's how you step into a key fantasy position as a rookie, Nick Foles. Bryce Brown did not disappoint in the least as he replaced LeSean McCoy (concussion) in the lineup and ripped of 178 yards and two scores on 19 carries. He added four catches for 11 yards. Brown will get another crack at it this week when as McCoy is still out with his concussion. Brown draws a Cowboys defense that is ranked eighth against RBs in PPR scoring. However, rookie Alfred Morris just went for 113 and a score on 24 carries against Dallas last week. It is the seventh time a back has scored double digits against the Cowboys this season and the fourth straight game it has happened. Brown is a high RB2 this week.

 

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday night)
Is the tease over? Remember two weeks ago when DeMarco Murray was so close to returning and the next week? Here we are in Week 13 and it looks like we will finally see Murray for the first time since the foot injury he suffered in Week 6. Felix Jones did an admirable job in Murray's sted, scoring in double digits in PPR in five of the six games Murray has missed. Jones has done it with catches and four scores but little yardage. There might be some fear in a time share, but Jones is questionable himself with his sore knees. Beware, however, as the Eagles are 11th against fantasy RBs in PPR and only Alfred Morris (18.3) has scored over 13 points against them since Week 5. 

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning Murray could be relegated to a limite role upon his return.

FANTASY UPDATE: You'd be hard pressed to use a guy coming off such a long lay off and said to be in a limited role when he does return. If you have been playing Felix Jones as a flex, keep it that way and don't expect much more than flex points from either back.

Ben RoethlisbergerBen Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Ben Roethlisberger was ruled out of today's game against Baltimore on Friday due to rib and shoulder injuries. This will be the third straight game he will miss, but all signs point to Big Ben making his return in Week 14 against San Diego. As fantasy players depending upon Roethlisberger to help lead us to a title, him missing Week 13 is good news so he hopefully does not miss Weeks 14-16. Roethlisberger has scored no less than 16 points in any game (outside of Week 10 Kansas City game he was injured in) and has scored 20 or more in five of eight full games.


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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Greg JenningsGreg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Greg Jennings (sports hernia) has been practicing this week and is expected to play for the first time since Week 4. Whether he will start or not then becomes the question. And that worries a fantasy owner that he can be counted on for four quarters. As we found out last week, Jordy Nelson made his bones in just one play (a 61-yard TD on one of two catches). Coach Mike McCarthy said Jennings will be used as dictated by "flow of the game." Last we heard that from a stud fantasy receiver's coach was last week when Mike Smith said it about Julio Jones on his bum ankle. Jones's flow was a 6-for-145 with one-TD day. Play Jennings with caution but a stud is a stud, and much needed in a NFC North where the top three teams are separated by two games.

 

Michael Vick, Nick Foles, QBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night)
Michael Vick will miss his second full game after he failed to pass concussion tests this week. Rookie Nick Foles will step under center again and try to generate an offense once again without LeSean McCoy (concussion) and now without DeSean Jackson (broken ribs, now on IR). Jason Avant, Jackson's replacement, is probable with a hamstring injury. The Cowboys are ranked ninth against fantasy QBs despite allowing six TDs to one interception and 521 yards from the position the last two weeks against rookies. Foles stepped in against Dallas in Week 10 and threw for 219 yards with a score and two turnovers. It's hard to trust Foles when he's thrown for 204 and 119 with no TDs and two interceptions in his last two starts (Carolina and Washington).

 

Andre Brown, David Wilson, RBs, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins (Monday night)
Andre Brown's fantasy usage is over as he was placed on IR (designated for return) after suffering a broken fibula last week. In steps David Wilson to see if he can revitalize what has been a disappointing rookie season to this point. It began with a fumble on his second carry in Week 1 and as Week 13 arrives, Wilson has 24 carries for 102 yards with one score and two catches for eight yards. So Wilson's role will increase by attrition with Brown out and Ahmad Bradshaw seemingly always iffy. The Redskins are ranked 12th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring only because they are ranked 31st against receivers and quarterbacks. Wilson will likely have some success, but that's a big risk to take on a bench player on the final game of Week 13.

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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Rashad Jennings, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jalen Parmele, RBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills
Jalen Parmele's one week of mediocre fantasy relevance lasted just that long as the Jaguars' third-string running back suffered a groin injury last week. The injury, the fourth to a Jacksonville starting running back this season, landed Parmele on injured reserve. There is still no sign of Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) returning. Fullback Greg Jones has missed the last four games (hip). So Rashad Jennings gets another crack at this starting running back thing. Jennings, who dealt with a knee injury himself this year, has only reached double digits three times this season. He is only considered flex worthy this week because Chad Henne has sparked the offense stepping in at quarterback for Blaine Gabbert. The Jags draw a Bills team that is 31st against fantasy RBs, so Jennings is worth a shot, but the expectations just cannot be that high.

 

DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, WRs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night)
With DeSean Jackson now on injured reserve with broken ribs, is there anyone in the Eagles' receiving corps that is worth replacing him with in your fantasy lineup? In a word, no. Jason Avant is listed as his back up on the depth chart and now slides to the top of the receiving corps with Jeremy Maclin on the other side. Jackson had 45 catches for 700 yards and two scores this season; Avant has 27 catches for 283 yards and no scores on 38 targets. However, he has not played since a Week 11 loss to Dallas due to a hamstring injury. Avant is expected back this week, but you would have to be pretty desperate to insert him into your lineup for a Sunday night game. Nick Foles has been unimpressive in stepping in for an injured Michael Vick. Outside of Bryce Brown and when LeSean McCoy returns, there are really no other viable Eagle options for the remainder of the fantasy season.

 

Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, RBs, Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is exactly how we thought the Broncos would replace Willis McGahee, right? Knowshon Moreno goes from inactive for eight games to starting running back in a week, while third-round draft pick Ronnie Hillman goes from 14 touches in the game McGahee goes down to three touches and seven snaps the next week against the Chiefs and their bottom-10 fantasy defense against RBs. Moreno will remain the team's starter "right now," coach John Fox said this week. So consider Hillman irrelevant. But can we trust that Moreno will get the bulk of the snaps against Tampa Bay today? The Buccaneers are 18th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring and have surrendered double-digit days to the position in nine games. Moreno has the potential to be an RB1 with what the Bucs are allowing, but is at least an RB2 as long as the Broncos continue to relegate Hillman to being just a situational player.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Week 13 Injury Updates: Rashad Jennings, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jalen Parmele, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman</p>
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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Percy HarvinPercy Harvin, Jarius Wright, WRs, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
No Percy Harvin again as he will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury. Rookie Jarius Wright will get the start. He has led the Vikings' receivers in targets each of the last two weeks, including a season-high 10 in last week's 28-10 loss at Chicago. Wright caught seven of them for 49 yards. A week earlier, he caught three of five targets for 65 yards, including a 54-yard catch on the team's fifth play to set up his 3-yard TD. The Packers are allowing the seventh-most points to fantasy receivers in PPR scoring this season and are banged up all across the defense. Adrian Peterson should be able to have a solid day and open up opportunities for Wright. He might not be as much of a desperation start as you think. I would play him as a WR3.

 

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts
An ankle injury kept Mikel Leshoure out of practice on Wednesday and limited him on Thursday and Friday. He is listed as probable and the Lions have been idle since Thanksgiving. If he's active, he's in your lineup. The Colts are ranked 17th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring but are tied for third in most TDs allowed (11) to the position. The Lions are ranked ninth in points scored from the RB position thanks in part to six TDs from Leshoure and seven double-digit fantasy days. He's a high-end RB2 if he's playing in their early-game matchup against visiting Indianapolis.

 

Danny AmendolaDanny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
Danny Amendola exited the Week 12 game early with a foot/heel injury after catching his only target for 38 yards in 12 snaps played. He missed three days of practice this week and is doubtful for today's game against the 49ers. A clavicle injury, followed by an ankle injury and now the foot/heel injury has hindered a receiver already coming back from a missed 2011 with an elbow injury. The last time he faced San Francisco was upon his return from the clavicle injury in Week 10, and he finished with 11 catches for 102 yards on 12 targets. But two more injuries have occurred since, he only made it 12 snaps last week and did not practice this week. The guy that seemingly gets it done with the deck stacked against him might see that stack a little too high this week.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Percy Harvin, Jarius Wright, Danny Amendola, Mikel Leshoure Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 06:08
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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Matt Forte

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks
The ankle injury that knocked Matt Forte out of last week's game in the third quarter has limited the Bears' running back this week in practice. He is listed as questionable and has practiced on a limited basis this week. He practiced on Friday, which is a good sign, and he told reporters on Thursday, "I'm feeling pretty good." The Seahawks allowed three Miami backs to have double-digit days last week; Adrian Peterson was 17-for-182 with two scores and three catches in Week 9 and Frank Gore was 16-for-131 with five catches for 51 yards against Seattle in Week 7. Today's game is in Chicago and it's an early start so you should have ample time to make your decision. If Forte is active, you play him.

 

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Antonio Brown, listed as probable with his high ankle sprain, appears ready to return to action for the first time since Week 9. However, the Steelers are still without Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback as they will roll out third stringer Charlie Batch for the second straight week. Batch threw for 199 yards on 34 attempts last week with three interceptions against Cleveland. The Steelers, sans Roethlisberger in Week 11 with Byron Leftwich at QB, lost 13-10 to the Ravens. It is hard to start any Steeler until Roethlisberger returns. Emmanuel Sanders' 12.5 and Chris Rainey's 13.2 points are the most any Pittsburgh non-QB skill player has had since Big Ben's injury.

 

Brandon JacobsBrandon Jacobs, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
A Brandon Jacobs mention only occurs because the same game that sent Kendall Hunter to injured reserve with an ankle injury is the same game Jacobs finally made his 49er debut. Jacobs finished with one carries for one yard. Outside of Hunter's 11.6- and 10-point days in Weeks 4 and 11, only Frank Gore has had double-digit days in the 49ers' backfield. Jacobs has the potential to be a goal line vulture, but could also share carries with LaMichael James, who is set to make his NFL debut this week. If they are not named Gore, it is way too risky to insert another San Francisco RB into your lineup.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Antonio Brown, Matt Forte, Brandon Jacobs Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 05:50
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Depending upon your fantasy league setup, this is likely the last week of the regular season for you. If not, then you have a two-week push left to get into the postseason. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 13 games or the outlook for their replacements.

DeAngelo WilliamsDeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, RBs, Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Jonathan Stewart did not make the trip to Kansas City and is out for today's game with an ankle injury he suffered last week. This gives DeAngelo Williams a bigger load. Keep in mind that the Panthers are ranked 28th as a team in PPR points scored by the running back position. DeAgelo Williams had 11 carries  a number he has maxed out at four times since Week 3  and collected 21 yards last week against the Eagles. The Chiefs have allowed 11 double-digit days to fantasy RBs this season, including 111 total yards on 24 touches to Knowshon Moreno last week  the same Knowshon Moreno who was inactive for eight weeks prior to last week's game. Give Williams a look as a low-end RB2 designation, that should be a worst-case scenario.

 

Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, RBs, Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns
Darren McFadden (ankle) is set to be back today and Marcel Reece is expected to remain in the running back role, instead of resuming fullback duties, as the Raiders work McFadden back into game shape. There are so many downsides to the Oakland RB situation this week. One: McFadden is coming back for the first time since Week 9 but is not expected to take over the workhorse role. Two: Reece has been a great, late-season, waiver wire pickup, and what is he going to be now? Three: It's a late start, and you have to make your call on both McFadden and Reece in the next couple of hours. It takes Reece from a clear upper RB2, to a questionable flex and furthers the frustration for McFadden owners this season. And all of this comes when the Raiders are playing host to a Browns team that is ranked 25th against fantasy RBs in PPR. I am taking my chances with Reece as a flex and keeping McFadden on the bench.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting on Sunday morning that McFadden is unlikely to play today, tweeting: "After optimism he would play this week, Raiders RB Darren McFadden unlikely to play today vs Cleveland."

FANTASY UPDATE: Reece returns to a clear RB2 role if McFadden is out. The Browns have allowed 14 double-digit outings to RBs, 

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece updates</p>
Post date: Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 18:34
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Beanie Wells is backBeanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams
Guess who's back? Back, again. Beanie's back, back at running back. But should Beanie Wells come off of the designated injured reserve and into your fantasy lineup? Nope. In the three games he played in before the toe injury, Wells combined for 29 carries for 74 yards and no TDs — in three games. Now he returns with a third-string rookie at QB, the offensive line still as bad as they were when he left and facing a St. Louis defense, that while ranked 22nd against fantasy RBs in PPR, limited the Cardinals to 40 rushing yards from RBs in their Week 5 meeting. Plus, Wells is not expected to carry a full work load in his first game back. It might not get much better to close out the fantasy season for Wells, either. Arizona faces defenses ranked 23rd, 11th, seventh and fourth against fantasy RBs from Weeks 13-16.

 

Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
The knee injury still has Donald Brown as probable on the injury report. He went full on Wednesday and Friday in practice with the day off on Thursday. The Colts face the 29th-ranked fantasy defense against RBs today, and the Bills have already allowed AFC South backs, Chris Johnson (32.8), Jamie Harper (12.8) and Arian Foster (17.1), to have double-digit days. It is likely another AFC South back will reach double digits, but the chances of it being Brown seem to be getting smaller and smaller. After tying Vick Ballard with touches (14) in Week 10, Brown had six touches to Ballard's 17 in Week 11. Maybe a 59-24 loss to New England had something to do with it. But if I'm going to trust an untrustworthy backfield, I'd rather go across the line of scrimmage and trust C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson than Brown and Ballard.

 

Marcel ReeceMarcel Reece, Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson, RBs, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Marcel Reece, one of the better late-season waiver wire pickups, is listed as probable on the injury report with hamstring and quadriceps, but practiced on Friday and will be the focal point of the Raiders' running game. Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are still out with high ankle sprains and Taiwan Jones popped up on the injury report with an ankle on Thursday. Reece has been very versatile as a fantasy scorer. When McFadden and Goodson went out in Week 9, Reece added eight catches for 95 yards and a score. He returned in Week 10 with 48 yards on 13 carries, 56 yards on seven catches for a 17.4-point day in PPR, and last week he went 19-for-103 on the ground and 4-for-90 through the air for 23.3 points. The catches are offsetting the lack of TDs, and now Reece draws a Bengals team that has allowed dual-threat backs Jamaal Charles (15.8), Ahmad Bradshaw (10.1) and Andre Brown (20.4) to hit double digits in the last two games.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Week 12 Injury Updates: Beanie Wells, Donald Brown, Marcel Reece, Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:30
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Michael Vick is dealing with a concussionMichael Vick, Nick Foles, QBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers (Monday night)
Like LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick is dealing with a concussion and has already been ruled out for Monday's game against the Panthers. It looks like once he passes his concussion tests, Vick will return to the lineup. In the meantime, the backfield will consist of rookie Nick Foles at quarterback and Bryce Brown in for McCoy at running back. Foles and the entire Eagles offense were a disappointment in Washington last week, scoring just six points against a pretty bad defense. Philadelphia now plays host to an equally bad Carolina team, a Carolina team, however, that is ranked 12th against fantasy QBs. The Panthers are 12th against QBs while being 23rd against fantasy RBs. Maybe it was because it was Foles' first start and it was on the road and Robert Griffin III was on fire, but it's hard to trust Foles when he bombed in last week's juicy matchup. He might prove us wrong for a week, but then the job could go right back to Vick.

 

Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
Donnie Avery suffered a concussion last week but practiced in full this week and should be good to go. The Colts are the fourth-best scoring team amongst fantasy receivers in PPR and Avery has had two double-digit PPR weeks in the last three games. It is hard to trust a Colts receiver not named Reggie Wayne, though. Avery and rookie T.Y. Hilton seem to cut into each other's production. The Bills are ranked 22nd against fantasy receivers, but only one receiver on each team each of the last five games has reached double digits and only three TDs have been allowed to the position in those five games.

 

Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
A shoulder landed Brandon Marshall on the injury report. But the scare looks to have progressed from bad to good. The injury kept him out of practice on Wednesday, limited him on Thursday and he was back in full on Friday. The Bears draw a Minnesota team that is 16th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring but just allowed Calvin Johnson to go 12-207 and a score in Week 10. The Vikings have surrendered 52 catches for 629 yards and seven scores in the last four games. Jay Cutler appears ready to return (concussion) and he will keep looking to Marshall often.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Donnie Avery, and Brandon Marshall updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:20
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Willis McGaheeWillis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, RBs, Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
If you missed out on Trent Richardson, Doug Martin or David Wilson in your August fantasy drafts, Ronnie Hillman or Robert Turbin were likely the next men up. Hillman's path to playing time was not as clear as Richardson, Martin's or Turbin's, had Marshawn Lynch been suspended, and David Wilson fumbled away his opportunity from Week 1. Hillman was the only one set to play behind a 31-year-old running back with injury history in Willis McGahee. And if you were patient with Hillman and his own hamstring issues that stunted his development as a rookie, then it looks like it will start paying off in Week 12 of the NFL season. McGahee is on IR with a torn MCL and leg fracture and Hillman will partially get his shot. He had around 60 percent of the snaps when McGahee went down last week and will likely have to compete with Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno for touches. But this is John Fox's draft pick and he gets his first start against a Chiefs defense ranked 24th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring. Denver has the eighth-most rushing attempts in the NFL this season. While I'd normally be conservative about inserting Hillman on his first start, the matchup and Fox's propensity to run the ball have me stepping out of the box on this one. Consider Hillman a mid-level RB2 this week.

 

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
A neck injury forced an early exit for Dwayne Bowe from last week's game as he provided fantasy owners with a goose egg. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was there in full on the final two days. He is expected to play in this 1 p.m. start. However, Denver is ranked 10th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring. The two-touchdown day allowed to Danario Alexander last week was the first multiple-TD game the Broncos allowed to a receiver this season. Bowe has only received double-digit targets once since Week 4, eclipsed 80 yards once since Week 4 and has not scored since Week 4. Bowe is a solid receiver that is a hope-and-a-prayer play now on the league's worst scoring team when it comes to fantasy WRs. I'd rather have a high-upside player like a Danario Alexander in there at this point then have Bowe leave me with zero or be dependent upon Brady Quinn.

 

Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears
Percy Harvin is still not ready to return from the ankle injury suffered against Seattle on Nov. 4. He missed the Week 10 game against Detroit and even the bye could not get him healthy in time for today's Bears game. Rookie Jarius Wright stepped in and caught three balls for 65 yards and a score on five targets in Week 10. But the Bears, although losers of their last two, have only allowed one TD and no receiver has gone over 60 or caught more than four balls in those two games. If it's not a healthy Harvin or an alive Adrian Peterson, there are no Vikings I'm playing today.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Willis McGahee, Ronnie Hillman, Dwayne Bowe, Percy Harvin Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:10
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

LeSean McCoyLeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, RBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers (Monday night)
At least fantasy owners don't have to worry about whether LeSean McCoy will or will not play. He has already been declared out for the Monday night game due to the concussion he suffered last week against Washington. McCoy is still reportedly still dealing with headaches and dizziness. If you have not grabbed Bryce Brown off of waivers already, go do it. Go do it if for no other reason than to block the McCoy owner. Then the question becomes: Do you start Brown? In PPR leagues, he's a definite RB2. Even though the Eagles are ranked 22nd in points from fantasy RBs in PPR scoring, they are ranked 15th in receptions from RBs. Nick Foles will remain at QB as Michael Vick is still out with a concussion. Brown can serve as the proverbial check-down man for Foles while also going up against a Carolina defense ranked 28th against fantasy RBs in PPR scoring.

 

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
The high-ankle sprain that Antonio Brown has is one he reportedly said he would not normally try and return too quickly from. But the Steelers are not normal right now. They are down to their third quarterback (Charlie Batch) with injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. Brown practiced on a limited basis and is making the effort to get back on the field to help the team try and stay alive in the playoff race. He is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for the early game against Cleveland. I would avoid Brown; the deck is stacked against him too much this week. With the Steelers down to Batch, the ankle injury not fully healed and outside of Dez Bryant's 12-145-1 day last week, the Browns had not surrendered a score or more than 73 yards to a receiver since Week 6.
UPDATE: Antonio Brown is inactive for today's game. That's a relief to fantasy owners that would like for him to be healthier down the stretch when/if Ben Roethlisberger returns.

 

Jay CutlerJay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Jay Cutler appears as if he has passed all of the concussion tests and will return for the Bears' 1 p.m. start against visiting Minnesota. He practiced daily, albeit in a limited capacity, and multiple reports have him starting today. He faces a Vikings team that has surrendered three touchdowns to opposing QBs each of the last three weeks and 17 total TDs to the position this season. Minnesota has just five interceptions this season and only four sacks; the defense recorded 22 sacks in the first seven games. For what it's worth, which is not much, Cutler threw for 267 and two TDs with no interceptions in his only meeting against Minnesota last season (Week 6) and Josh McCown followed with 160 and a score in Week 17.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Antonio Brown, Jay Cutler Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:05
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Greg JenningsGreg Jennings, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants (Sunday night)
Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen) practiced on a limited basis this week and will be a game-time decision tonight. There are three red flags right there: return from injury, game-time decision and Sunday night game. Jennings has not played since Week 4, so expecting much from a receiver coming off a two-month layoff would be asking a lot. The Giants have allowed 12 receivers to have double-digit days in PPR scoring since Jennings went out in Week 4. So it's suffice to say the Packers should be fine without Jennings in that department. Green Bay's defensive injuries might mean a shootout is in order and Jennings could be needed, but those are still quite a few scenarios to try and count on a receiver after eight weeks on the sidelines.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers (Sunday night)
Ahmad Bradshaw finally saw the practice field on Friday in a limited capacity, but this has become the norm for the Giants' running back. He is still listed as probable with the foot injury. Since missing Week 3, Bradshaw has played in the following seven games and never dipped below 10 carries. He has carried 129 times for 581 yards (4.5 YPC) and scored three times. The touchdowns are not coming, but the carries are and that still makes him a decent play. He's scored in double digits five times in PPR scoring in the last seven games, and coming off a bye he gets a Packers defense that has allowed three touchdowns and 3.8 YPC to RBs over the last five weeks.

 

Blaine GabbertBlaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, QBs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
So Blaine Gabbert gets injured, Chad Henne steps in and throws for 354 yards and four scores on 16-of-33 passing in an overtime loss at Houston last week. The aftermath: Gabbert goes on IR, Henne gets the start and now welcomes a Tennessee team that is ranked 23rd against fantasy QBs. The Titans followed a three-TD, 229-yard performance against Jay Cutler (thanks in large part to the Bears' defense and a short offensive field) by forcing three interceptions, allowing no TDs and surrendering 217 yards to Ryan Tannehill in Miami. Henne is a for-sure play in two-QB leagues, but you'd be hard pressed to start him in standard leagues.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Greg Jennings, Ahmad Bradshaw, Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 06:00
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Darrius Heyward-BeyDarrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
A hamstring injury last week in practice landed Darrius Heyward-Bey on the injury report as questionable against the visiting Saints. He ended up playing in the game, drawing five targets for four catches and 69 yards — leading the Raiders' receivers in all three categories. He practiced in full on Friday in preparation for today's game at Cincinnati, and draws a Bengals team that is fifth-best against fantasy WRs. Cincinnati has surrendered just two TDs to receivers in the last five weeks. It could be tough sledding for DHB and his hamstring.

 

Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
Andrew Luck's Stanford teammate and fellow rookie, Coby Fleener, has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury but could return today against the Bills. Even if he returns today, fellow rookie, Dwayne Allen, has not done a bad job as the lead tight end. Allen has posted double-digit fantasy days in two of those three games, something Fleener has not done since Week 1. The question is not so much: Will Fleener have a fantasy impact? It is how much of an affect he will have on what Allen has been able to do the last two games. Allen, a top-12 tight end in PPR leagues the last three weeks, will likely see a drop off and neither can be counted on as fantasy starts.

 

Danny AmendolaDanny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
Danny Amendola has been back two games since his clavicle injury and been great, as usual, in PPR leagues. He was targeted 12 times, grabbing 11 for 102 yards in Week 10 and followed with seven catches on 11 targets for 41 yards in Week 11. However, he injured his foot against the Jets last week and did not practice this week. He is doubtful for the Rams' late start against the Cardinals, and you should probably find another option. Brandon Gibson had PPR games of 16.1, 11 and 7.6 in the three games Amendola missed. He might be an option. However, with Amendola in the lineup against the Cardinals in Week 5, only Chris Givens scored in double digits. That was thanks to his only catch — a 51-yard TD. The Cardinals have allowed seven double-digit receivers in the five games since, but it's a tough ask to go with any Rams receiver not named Amendola.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Coby Fleener, Danny Amendola, Darrius Heyward-Bey: Week 12 Injury Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 05:51
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No more bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 12 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Fred JacksonFred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts
Fred Jackson practiced this week and is on pace to return to the lineup from the concussion that kept him out of the Bills' Week 11 game. Jackson carried 16 times for 80 yards and caught four of five targets for 35 yards the last time he played. Coach Chan Gailey said C.J. Spiller will get the start and get the majority of snaps. The Bills, who are third in the NFL in fantasy scoring from their running backs, might be abandoning the committee approach. When Spiller and Jackson played together in Week 10, Jackson had the 20 touches and Spiller had 13. Spiller entered the game with a shoulder injury, though. It's hard to know if Gailey will truly give Spiller a majority of the touches. The Colts allow the eighth-most points to fantasy RBs, so there might be room for both. But the Colts also could jump out to a quick lead and the running game for the Bills could be a complete crapshoot.

 

Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
A late scratch in a late game last week in Oakland, Darren Sproles (hand) should be good to go for today's late game against visiting San Francisco. And if he's good to go, then he's good to go in your lineup — particularly in PPR formats. In the seven games Sproles has played this year, he has scored at least 14 points in six of them. He did that in 15 of 19 games last season, including the postseason. That postseason ended with a loss to San Francisco but not before Sproles scored a season-high 33.2 points in PPR. The 49ers are No. 1 against fantasy RBs this season, allowing just four to reach double digits. But that's just the chance you have to take with a back like Sproles.

 

Julio JonesJulio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Julio Jones was a question mark last week after not practicing all week with an injured ankle. He got the start but failed to finish the game. He drew seven targets, catching three for 33 yards. He practiced this week and should be able to start again this week, but we now have to be worried that an early exit is repeated. It stinks on multiple levels because we are making the final playoff push in fantasy and Jones has been the stud on the road while Roddy White's the stud at home. Jones will be a game-time decision in Tampa, but I would play this one conservative and look elsewhere.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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<p> Fred Jackson, Darren Sproles, Julio Jones: Week 12 Injury Updates</p>
Post date: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 05:50
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Happy Thanksgiving. Now go set your lineup for three games in Week 12 that are probably starting way too early to your likeability. There are a few key injuries that are affecting these Thanksgiving games, and hopefully we can help you out to set your lineup and feel comfortable going into Sunday’s full slate.

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Pierre Garcon returned to action last week and was limited as expected. He played in 23 of the team's 58 offensive snaps — nine pass and 14 run plays — and caught three passes for five yards. Josh Morgan led the Redskins' receivers by playing on 40 snaps. He was limited at practice on Tuesday and saw light work in Wednesday's walk-through in advance of today's game against Dallas. Garcon is still not at 100 percent and he might be a player you hold on to, have to sacrifice him blowing up one game and move on from there. But knowing that Robert Griffin III has the free agent weapon the team went out and got at the receiver this position is at least back in the fold in some way, shape or form is good news as a late-season add.

 

Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Felix JonesMan, it is getting uglier and uglier when it comes to the Dallas ground game. DeMarco Murray went down with a foot injury in Week 6 and has yet to return. Felix Jones has stepped in and had six double-digit fantasy weeks in the last seven games thanks to four touchdowns. Jones has been dealing with a knee bruise and is questionable for today's game against Washington. The Cowboys are also likely to be without left tackle, Tyron Smith (ankle). Center Phil Costa (ankle) is out again. Washington, while terrible against the pass — unless you're Nick Foles — has been decent against fantasy running backs because of the pass. The Redskins have allowed just three touchdowns to the position the last five weeks and only three runners have eclipsed 79 yards this season against them. If Jones cannot go then rookie Lance Dunbar would make his first start. He underwent a knee procedure this week but it should not set him back. However, the issues on the line, with the running game itself and the Redskins’ stoutness against fantasy RBs make starting most Cowboys a little scary.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Happy Thanksgiving. Now go set your lineup for three games in Week 12 that are probably starting way too early to your likeability. There are a few key injuries that are affecting these Thanksgiving games, and hopefully we can help you out to set your lineup and feel comfortable going into Sunday’s full slate.

DeMarco MurrayDeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Last week we heard Murray say it was the best he's felt since suffering his foot injury. His chances of playing against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday was highly doubtful, particularly with the Cowboys playing today. And as has been evident, Dallas badly needs him to return and spark its running game. However, it appears he will miss his sixth straight game. So we have to hope that lucky No. 7 will make for Murray's return against Philadelphia in Week 13. And the running game that is already struggling will likely even more as Murray's back up, Felix Jones (knee) and left tackle, Tyron Smith (ankle), are questionable. It would be up to rookie Lance Dunbar to pick up the slack if Jones is out. Dunbar underwent a knee procedure of his own this week, putting the Cowboys' run game in an even more precarious position.

 

Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, TEs, New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Rob GronkowskiBy now you’ve heard the news on Rob Gronkowski. If you haven’t, the game’s top tight end broke his left forearm on an extra point play with 3:59 remaining in the Patriots’ 59-24 win against Indianapolis last week, had surgery and is now out 4-6 weeks. In steps an injured Aaron Hernandez to fill the role. That is if he is healthy enough to suit up for the last of the three games on Thanksgiving. He reportedly will play tonight. Hernandez has been battling a severely sprained ankle that has kept him out of seven of the team’s 10 games. He returned too soon a few weeks ago and that reportedly set him back in his recovery. Why don’t coaches realize that us as fantasy owners have waiver wires and can make plans until our stud returns with a clean bill of health? But I digress. Hernandez was close to returning for the Colts’ game but the quick turnaround with the Thanksgiving game made that a tough ask of the still injured tight end. You hate to start a question mark on Thursday and wait around until Monday night to make sure you were right, but if Hernandez is active then you start him, The Jets are just behind the Pats as the fifth-worst fantasy defense against tight ends. Gronkowski had six catches for 78 yards and two scores in their Week 7 matchup and Hernandez added five catches for 54 yards in that game. Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd were question marks going into last week, but combined for 18 targets, 11 catches and 125 yards. There will be plenty to go around for Hernandez, plus the red-zone TD opportunities. In the three full games he has played this season, Hernandez has 23 targets, 17 catches for 143 yards and two scores — or 14.6 points per game in PPR leagues.


— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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