NFL Game Picks and Survivor Pool Lock: Week 17

Russ Bliss Predicts the Winners of each NFL Game this week

And now we come to the end of another season. I have been much worse on the weekly picks than I usually am and fell wildly short of the annual goal of 180 correct. Going 11-5 in week 16 was okay, but I still only have a record of 151-88-1 on the season as a whole. Far short of where I thought I'd be when the season began. But we have one more week left and I continue to do my best.
 
My week 17 NFL game predictions:
 
Cincinnati 24, Baltimore 17
Carolina 20, Atlanta 17
Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 20
Minnesota 27, Detroit 20
Tennessee 23, Houston 14
Indianapolis 27, Jacksonville 17
Miami 23, NY Jets 10
NY Giants 21, Washington 20
New England 24, Buffalo 16
Denver 38, Oakland 24
Green Bay 31, Chicago 29
San Diego 37, Kansas City 17
Arizona 23, San Francisco 16
Seattle 20, St. Louis 13
Tampa Bay 28, New Orleans 27
Philadelphia 35, Dallas 17
 
There they are: my week 17 game picks.
 
I also really sucked on my Survivor Pool Locks this season. 10-6 on the weekly locks is about as bad as you can be. Detroit losing to the Giants last week was just another one of those disappointments for me this season. Here are the weekly picks and results:
 
Week 1 (W; 21-17) Indianapolis over Oakland
Week 2 (L; 30-33) Philadelphia over San Diego
Week 3 (W; 45-17) Seattle over Jacksonville
Week 4 (W; 52-20) Denver over Philadelphia
Week 5 (W; 34-20) St. Louis over Jacksonville
Week 6 (W; 24-7) Kansas City over Oakland
Week 7 (L; 27-30) New England over NY Jets
Week 8 (W; 42-10) San Francisco over Jacksonville
Week 9 (W; 27-23) Dallas over Minnesota
Week 10 (L; 27-29) Tennessee over Jacksonville
Week 11 (L; 23-28) Houston over Oakland
Week 12 (W; 17-13) New Orleans over Atlanta
Week 13 (L; 31-34) Buffalo over Atlanta
Week 14 (W; 29-26) Baltimore over Minnesota
Week 15 (W; 30-20) Carolina over NY Jets
Week 16 (L; 20-23) Detroit over NY Giants
 
There are no shortages of games to choose from this week but I really think there is one that stands out. The Chiefs are locked in as the 5th seed in the AFC and can do nothing to improve or lose that spot. They are very likely to sit many of the starters, or at least play them sparingly, and with San Diego clinging to slim hopes of a playoff spot, they will be going all out this week. This game shouldn't even be close.
 
My Survivor Pool Lock for Week 17 is: the San Diego Chargers over the Kansas City Chiefs.
 
Best of luck to all in your own picks this week and I'll be posting a recap next week along with weekly playoff game picks. 

 

Fantasy Football News and Notes 12-26-13

News and Notes from Thursday Night's "Red Zone" Radio Show

Fantasy News and Notes 12-26-13:
 
Quarterbacks
 
Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return and will start week 17 for the Packers. Matt Flynn goes back to the bench.
 
Cam Newton's ankle injury is believed to be minor and he says it will not affect his mobility week 17.
 
While the Cowboys refuse to throw in the towel on Tony Romo he is highly doubtful to get cleared to play week 17 with a herniated disc in his back. Kyle Orton should start in his place Sunday night. Dallas signed Jon Kitna to be Orton's backup.
 
Ryan Tannehill's knee injury is considered minor and he is expected to start week 17 without issue.
 
It's uncertain if E.J. Manuel will start week 17 or not. Buffalo said last week they expect him to be okay for week 17 despite another knee injury, but then earlier this week they expressed doubt. However, Manuel has been practicing. But really, with nothing to play for and a lot to risk by exposing their supposed QB of the future, I'm thinking saner heads will prevail and that Thaddeus Lewis will start and Manuel be held out. But that's just a guess.
 
Another guess is that the Texans will start case Case Keenum this week over Matt Schaub. Keenum has been able to practice some and appears to be recovered enough from the sprained thumb on his throwing hand that he'll be able to start. But again, that's just a guess.
 
Despite his knee injury clearly affecting him in week 16, Joe Flacco is not even on the injury report for Baltimore this week. But don't let that fool you; Flacco is far from being 100%.
 
Oakland is turning back to Terrelle Pryor as their starting QB week 17. Matt McGloin has been fairly awful the last few weeks and it's a little surprising it took this long for the Raiders to go back to Pryor.
 
 
Running Backs
 
Owners of Jamaal Charles are likely to have to find another RB to start this week. The Chiefs are locked in as the 5th seed in the AFC playoffs and have nothing to play for at all. Andy Reid has intimated that he is inclined to either rest many of his key starters, or play them sparingly, so it's likely rookie Knile Davis will handle the bulk of the RB duties for the Chiefs this week with Cyrus Gray as his top backup.
 
Eddie Lacy has yet to practice this week after he aggravated his ankle injury week 16 but the Packers say they expect him to be okay to play week 17. With the division title and a playoff spot up for grabs, I expect lacy will start. We may see a good bit more of James Starks than we normally do though.
 
Adrian Peterson is very questionable for week 17 because of his foot and groin injuries. The Vikings would be wise to shut him down in a meaningless week 17 game but wisdom may not prevail. Even if active, I would expect Peterson to be limited some. With Toby Gerhart unable to practice after he aggravated his hamstring injury last week, it could very well be Joe Banyard who starts for Minnesota. Matt Asiata could be in the mix as well, but he's still dealing with a hamstring injury of his own.
 
Reggie Bush is expected to be the lead RB for Detroit this week. Bush was benched in favor of Joique Bell after he lost another fumble in week 16.
 
Ryan Mathews is expected to be okay for week 17 despite having missed practices this week with an ankle injury. Mathews has been enjoying the best success he's ever had the last 8 games and I expect he'll continue to be a surprise strong fantasy contributor again week 17.
 
The concussion suffered by Andre Brown week 16 must have been a mild one as he's already been cleared to return to practice and barring any setbacks he will start Sunday for the Giants. Peyton Hillis has also been cleared to return from the concussion that held him out of week 16 so he'll be back as Brown's backup.
 
Shane Vereen is uncertain to play week 17 because of a groin injury suffered week 16. Vereen has been practicing in limited capacity this week but the Patriots may choose to hold him out so he can get healed up as much as possible for the playoffs. If Vereen doesn't play Brandon Bolden would be the primary 3rd down and receiving RB for the Patriots this week.
 
Houston will start Jonathan Grimes at RB this week. Week 16 starter Dennis Johnson suffered a hip injury and is very questionable to play. His top backup last week, Deji Karim, broke his collarbone in that game and his season is done. That leaves Grimes as the starter with recently signed Ray Graham as depth behind him. The season can't end soon enough for the Texans.
 
Jonathan Stewart is expected to miss week 17 as he continues to rest up a knee injury. DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert will again be the committee at RB for Carolina this week.
 
Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to miss week 17 with a concussion. Antone Smith likely will be the top change of pace RB to Steven Jackson.
 
 
Wide Receivers
 
Calvin Johnson is very questionable for week 17 because of knee and ankle injuries. Rumors are that Megatron has a partially torn PCL and will require surgery after the season. Now that Detroit has let every chance of making the playoffs slip through their fingers, I doubt Johnson will play week 17.
 
Dwayne Bowe has been diagnosed with a concussion and he is not going to play week 17. He wasn't going to play anyway with the Chiefs being locked in as the 5th seed. Stay away from KC players this week as the usual starters aren't going to play much, if at all.
 
Dez Bryant aggravated his chronic back issue in practice Wednesday and was held out of practice altogether today. He insists he'll be fine for week 17 but even if he is, he obviously will be less than 100%.
 
Green Bay may have Randall Cobb back this week. He practiced in pads with the team today and while they haven't activated him off the IR/Designated for Return list yet, they can do so at any time before Sunday's game. I think they will, but I also think they'll have him on a snap count as this would be his first action since breaking his leg back in week 6. This all said, it's just what I think will happen; officially, Cobb hasn't been activated yet.
 
Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders is uncertain to play week 17 because of a knee injury suffered week 16. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but he has a sprain of some sort and may not be able to play.
 
Carolina will be without Steve Smith week 17. Smith suffered a sprained PCL week 16 and the Panthers will take no chances with him as they need him for the playoffs. Ted Ginn is expected to start opposite Brandon LaFell.
 
Seattle will be without Percy Harvin week 17. This is not a surprise as Harvin is still dealing with issues in his surgically repaired hip and the best case scenario all along has been he'll return for the playoffs.
 
Reuben Randle is uncertain to play week 17 after missing practice today with a listed knee injury. Randle wasn't on yesterday's injury list so this is a bit concerning. With Victor Cruz out with a knee injury himself, Jerrel Jernigan could end up starting opposite Hakeem Nicks this week if Randle can't play.
 
Tavon Austin has been unable to practice at all this week and he appears doubtful for week 17 because of the ankle injury that has kept him out each of the last 2 games.
 
Buffalo's Steve Johnson has yet to return to the team after missing last week to be with his family while they mourned the passing of his mother. It's very likely with little to play for the team will excuse him for week 17.
 
 
Tight Ends
 
Jordan Cameron has yet to gain clearance to return to practice because of the concussion that prevented him from playing week 16. He's not likely to play week 17 either. Gary Barnidge will be the Browns primary TE again this week.
 
Garrett Graham has been ruled OUT for week 17 because of his hamstring injury. Ryan Griffin closes out the year as the Texans starting TE.
 
Brandon Pettigrew was placed on IR yesterday because of an ankle injury. With Dorin Dickerson also going to IR today because of a concussion, Joseph Fauria has TE duties all too himself in week 17 for the Lions.
 
Tyler Eifert has been unable to practice yet this week because of a neck stinger injury he suffered week 16. His status for week 17 is very uncertain. Also uncertain for the Bengals is Jermaine Gresham. Gresham played through a listed abdominal injury week 16, but this week he's listed as having a hamstring injury that caused him to miss practice today after limiting him yesterday. I don't know if Marvin Lewis has joined in on the injury report fun and games that other coaches have with it, but this is a situation that won't likely be cleared up until tomorrow's official injury report comes out. 

 

NFL Game Picks and Survivor Pool Lock: Week 16

Russ Bliss Predicts the Winners of each NFL Game this week

And the disappointment continues…
 
10-6 in week 14 brings the overall record for the 2013 season to 140-83-1. An efficiency rating of 62.7% correct is hugely disappointing to me personally. No excuse other than that's just the way it's gone this season. There are two weeks left and so I'll do my best to at least bring it up 65%, but in order to do that I'm going to need to hit on 26 of the remaining 32 games. So I need to go 13-3 on average the last 2 weeks.
 
Week 16 NFL Game Predictions:
 
NY Jets 20, Cleveland 17
Dallas 31, Washington 28
Denver 41, Houston 14
Kansas City 27, Indianapolis 16
Buffalo 19, Miami 16
Cincinnati 30, Minnesota 20
New Orleans 24, Carolina 23
St. Louis 23, Tampa Bay 21
Tennessee 23, Jacksonville 13
Seattle 29, Arizona 20
Detroit 31, NY Giants 10
New England 26, Baltimore 23
San Diego 27, Oakland 20
Green Bay 23, Pittsburgh 20
Philadelphia 31, Chicago 29
San Francisco 35, Atlanta 17
 
There you have them, my week 16 NFL game picks.
 
Carolina came through over the Jets last week in the Survivor Pool Lock. While I've blown 5 weeks, it's nice to be at 10-5 as opposed to 9-6. Here are the weekly picks and results:
 
Week 1 (W; 21-17) Indianapolis over Oakland
Week 2 (L; 30-33) Philadelphia over San Diego
Week 3 (W; 45-17) Seattle over Jacksonville
Week 4 (W; 52-20) Denver over Philadelphia
Week 5 (W; 34-20) St. Louis over Jacksonville
Week 6 (W; 24-7) Kansas City over Oakland
Week 7 (L; 27-30) New England over NY Jets
Week 8 (W; 42-10) San Francisco over Jacksonville
Week 9 (W; 27-23) Dallas over Minnesota
Week 10 (L; 27-29) Tennessee over Jacksonville
Week 11 (L; 23-28) Houston over Oakland
Week 12 (W; 17-13) New Orleans over Atlanta
Week 13 (L; 31-34) Buffalo over Atlanta
Week 14 (W; 29-26) Baltimore over Minnesota
Week 15 (W; 30-20) Carolina over NY Jets
 
This week there are a few games that shouldn't even be close, and luckily I still have a team to pick from that group. Keeping in true Survivor Pool form, I won't select the same team twice despite my having blown it a few times over this season. The only thing that concerns me about my pick this week is that it's a team that historically is a weekly "Jekyll and Hyde" act. Luckily they're at home though against what has been the NFL equivalent of the keystone cops this season. The Lions have no excuse for not swatting the Giants this week in what is essentially a must win for them.
 
My Survivor Pool Lock for Week 16 is: the Detroit Lions over the New York Giants.
 
Best of luck to all in your picks and Happy Holidays!
 

 

Fantasy Football News and Notes 12-19-13

News and Notes from Thursday Night's "Red Zone" Radio Show

Fantasy News and Notes 12-19-13:
 
Quarterbacks
 
Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice again today and he is appearing very unlikely to get cleared in time to play week 16. There's still a chance, but it's slim and I'm expecting Matt Flynn is going to start again week 16 for Green Bay. The Packers are expected to announce whether Rodgers has been cleared to play or not tomorrow.
 
The knee injury suffered by Joe Flacco has been diagnosed as a mild MCL sprain and while he will have to wear a knee brace Sunday, he is fully expected to start for the Ravens.
 
 
Running Backs
 
Eddie Lacy sat out practice again today for the Packers. Lacy has an ankle injury but he is expected to return to practice tomorrow and be fine for week 16.
 
Adrian Peterson sat out practice today after getting in a limited practice yesterday. While this is a little concerning, it needs to be remembered that Peterson was only practicing once or twice a week the last few weeks because of various injuries. Currently, Peterson is still expected to play week 16 despite his mid-foot sprain.
 
Donald Brown practiced for a second consecutive day today. He'll be fine for his usual role in week 16.
 
Maurice Jones-Drew was unable to practice again today because of his hamstring injury. At this point it's sounding unlikely that MJD will play week 16. It won't be official until we see whether he can practice at all tomorrow, but tentatively, I'm expecting Jordan Todman will start in his place again.
 
 
Wide Receivers
 
Larry Fitzgerald returned to a full practice today for the Cardinals. He has one more concussion test to pass, which he'll take tomorrow. As long as he shows no ill effects from today's practice, he's expected to get cleared and play week 16.
 
Victor Cruz has been ruled OUT for week 16 after having minor knee surgery. Cruz is done for the 2013 season as he won't be able to play week 17 either. Why the Giants are waiting to place him on injured reserve, I don't know. Usually, the Giants are one of the more "no-nonsense" type teams.
 
Wes Welker missed practice again today because of his concussion. Welker is extremely unlikely to play week 16.
 
Calvin Johnson didn't practice again today because of his lingering knee issue. While it's believed the Lions are just being ultra-careful with Megatron, it is a little concerning after he was a surprise inactive way back in week 5. No one seems concerned that he won't play so as long as that doesn't change, you should be fine considering him as you normally would.  
 
T.Y. Hilton was added to the injury report today as not having practiced because of a shoulder injury. Hilton wasn't on yesterday's injury list so this is concerning. Be sure to pay attention to tomorrow's injury report for his official designation for week 16 if you were planning on starting him. On the plus side for the Colts, LaVon Brazill has practiced in full each of the last two days and appears on track to play week 16 after missing last week with a foot injury.
 
For a second consecutive day, Randall Cobb took part in a limited practice today. But word is that he is not ready to return from his leg injury and he is not expected to play week 16.
 
Steve Smith sat out practice today because of his finger injury. This is a bit concerning but the Panthers say they expect Smith to play. Tentatively expect Smith to be okay but a finger injury isn't optimum for guys who make their fantasy production on catching passes.
 
Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, and Kenbrell Thompkins all were listed as limited in practice today. In fact, about 25% of New England's roster was listed as limited. It's nice to see the Patriots get back to their injury report game playing ways. Here's the skinny: Amendola is fully expected to play this week despite a groin injury; Dobson is tentatively expected to play for the first time in 3 weeks because of a foot injury; Thompkins has put in limited practices each day of the last two prior weeks but has been inactive on game days because of his hip injury. There's no telling if he'll play or not.  
 
Terrence Williams was unable to practice again today because of a hamstring injury. He is not expected to be able to play week 16 for Dallas. Expect Miles Austin to be full time as the #2 WR this week with Cole Beasley taking over as the Cowboys #3 WR in a tasty matchup on paper this week.
 
Eddie Royal has missed practice each of the last 2 days and while he has played through his toe injury before, I would consider his status to be questionable for week 16.
 
Tight Ends
 
Jordan Cameron remained out of practice today because of his concussion. It's beginning to sound like he is not going to gain clearance to play week 16. Gary Barnidge would be the Browns primary TE if Cameron can't play.
 
Washington finally placed Jordan Reed on injured reserve because of his lingering concussion symptoms. Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis will finish out the season splitting up the TE duties for the Redskins.
 
John Carlson suffered a setback in his return from a concussion and he did not practice today. Carlson put in a full practice yesterday but apparently he experienced some symptoms today and now he is not expected to play week 16.
 
Garrett Graham sat out practice again today for Houston. He is not expected to play week 16 because of his hamstring injury. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes to injured reserve soon. I expect Ryan Griffin to finish out the season as the Texans starting TE.
 
Jermaine Gresham put in another full practice today despite his abdominal injury. He is now expected to play. All this does for fantasy purposes is make Tyler Eifert a lot less likely to have a big game as the two take targets away from each other.
 
Anthony Fasano put in a full practice today and he appears to be on track to play week 16 after missing week 15 with knee and concussion issues. He's hard to trust as a fantasy option though. 

 

Fantasy Football News and Notes 12-18-13

News and Notes from Wednesday Night's "Red Zone" Radio Program

Fantasy News and Notes 12-18-13:
 
Quarterbacks
 
Houston declared Case Keenum OUT for week 16 because of the sprained thumb on his throwing hand. It's very likely Keenum won't play week 17 either. Matt Schaub will start in his place.
 
Buffalo declared E.J. Manuel OUT for week 16 because of his sprained left knee. This is the 3rd time this season Manuel has had a knee injury and the team is just being smart with their QB of the future. While the team says they expect Manuel will return in week 17, I'm a bit skeptical. Thaddeus Lewis will start this week and possibly next week in his place.
 
Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared yet to play by the team doctors and the chances of him playing week 16 are looking slimmer. There won't be any definitive word on Rodgers until Friday, but I'm expecting he is going to miss week 16 and that Matt Flynn will get the start again in his place.
 
Carson Palmer practiced in limited fashion today and while he's battling an ankle sprain, he is fully expected to start week 16 for Arizona. However I hope you have a better fantasy QB option to start this week as he is on the road at Seattle this week.
 
As expected, Joe Flacco was able to practice today and he will be fine for week 16 despite having a knee injury.
 
 
Running Backs
 
Houston placed Ben Tate on injured reserve today because of the cracked ribs injury he aggravated week 15. Dennis Johnson will start in his place the next two games and the RB desperate can acquire him. Deji Karim, and Jonathan Grimes will battle it out to be the top backup.
 
Zac Stacy isn't listed on the Rams practice report injury list. He practiced in full today and his hip is a non-issue.
 
Donald Brown was able to practice today. This is a good sign that his stinger injury was minor and that he will be okay for week 16. Barring any setbacks he should be the lead RB in the committee with Trent Richardson.
 
Adrian Peterson took part in a limited practice today, putting him on track to play week 16 despite his mid-foot sprain. Toby Gerhart also practiced in limited fashion despite his hamstring injury. Barring any setbacks during the week, both players are tentatively expected to be active week 16. Matt Asiata most likely will go down as the biggest one week fantasy wonder for desperate fantasy owners of the 2013 season.
 
Maurice Jones-Drew was unable to practice today because of his hamstring injury and he is very questionable for week 16. He hasn't been ruled out yet though. If MJD can't play, Jordan Todman would start in his place again.
 
Amongst RB's who were either limited or held out of practice today but are fully expected to be okay for week 16, the list includes: Green Bay's Eddie Lacy (ankle); San Diego's Ryan Mathews (foot); Tennessee's Chris Johnson (knee); Buffalo's Fred Jackson (ribs);
 
 
Wide Receivers
 
Larry Fitzgerald was held out of practice today because of the concussion he suffered week 15. The Cardinals say they expect Fitzgerald to be able to play this weekend, but he needs to pass his concussion tests or that won't happen.
 
Wes Welker was also held out of practice again today because of his concussion. Welker missed week 15 because of it and it's looking like barring unexpected good news he'll miss week 16 too.
 
Buffalo's Steve Johnson is expected to miss week 16, but it's not because of injury. Johnson's mother passed away last Saturday night and he played Sunday but was likely distracted by it. The team has excused him for this week so he can be with his family in California and grieve. Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods are expected to be the starting WR's for Buffalo this week.
 
Randall Cobb took part in some parts of team practices today. While this is a good sign he's getting close to returning from the IR/Designated for Return list, he's still considered a long shot to be activated by Sunday. Even if he is, it's very likely his offensive role would be limited.
 
As expected, Victor Cruz did not practice today because of knee and concussion injuries. I think the Giants will wisely place him on injured reserve soon and end his season. Reuben Randle likely will step in and start the last 2 games in his place.  
 
Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins both took part in limited practices today. Both Patriots WR's have missed the last two games with injuries, but it appears both are likely to play this week. Dobson has the higher fantasy upside of the two but both are hard to trust as potential starters.
 
Tavon Austin missed practice today and his status is still very uncertain for week 16 because of his ankle injury.
 
Terrence Williams has a hamstring injury and did not practice today. His status for week 16 is very uncertain. If he can't play, Miles Austin could get back into a prominent offensive role and be worth a flier for the WR desperate because of the great matchup.
 
Among WR's who either were held out of practice today or were limited but are fully expected to be okay for week 16, the list includes: Detroit's Calvin Johnson (knee); Chicago's Brandon Marshall (quad); Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson (hamstring); Houston's Andre Johnson (wrist); New England's Danny Amendola (groin); Carolina's Steve Smith (finger);
 
Tight Ends
 
Jordan Cameron of Cleveland has been diagnosed with a concussion and his status for week 16 is now in doubt. Cameron did not practice today.
 
Greg Olsen sat out practice today but he is expected to be fine for week 16. Olsen has a minor foot injury that he's been playing through the last several weeks.
 
Brandon Pettigrew missed practice with an ankle injury and he's uncertain for week 16.
 
Jermaine Gresham was a surprise full participant in practice today. What had been considered a hip injury suffered week 15 is now being termed an abdominal injury on the injury list. With Gresham looking likely to play this week, Tyler Eifert's fantasy value takes a hit.
 
John Carlson has been cleared of his concussion and he practiced in full today. Carlson is expected to play week 16 now barring any setbacks.
 
Garrett Graham was unable to practice for Houston and he appears doubtful to play this week because of a hamstring injury. With Owen Daniels not likely to return, it looks like Ryan Griffin will dominate TE snaps for the Texans this week. 

 

Fantasy Football News and Notes 12-17-13

News and Notes from Tuesday Night's "Red Zone" Radio Program

Fantasy News and Notes 12-17-13:
 
Quarterbacks
 
The saga continues as it's uncertain again this week if Aaron Rodgers will be able to play or not. It's a true 50/50 prospect that he plays this week and hopefully we know for sure by Thursday. Once again, if Rodgers can't play Matt Flynn would get the start again week 16 in his place.
 
Cam Newton suffered a toe injury week 15 but it's considered minor and not something that will prevent him from playing in week 16.
 
Joe Flacco dodged a bullet and the knee injury he suffered last night is not considered serious and he is expected to be okay for week 16.
 
Carson Palmer suffered a sprained ankle week 15 but he is currently expected to be fine for week 16. Palmer's injury has been compared to the high ankle sprain suffered by Peyton Manning several weeks ago, and just like with Manning, since Palmer is not a QB who relies on his mobility much, it's not expected to prevent him from playing.
 
Jay Cutler made it through week 15 without any setbacks in his ankle and he will start again week 16.
 
E.J. Manuel suffered a minor knee sprain week 15 but he was able to play through it and is expected to start week 16 for Buffalo.
 
Case Keenum suffered a sprained thumb on his throwing hand week 15, but he was able to finish the game. However, his status for week 16 is uncertain and if he can't play, Matt Schaub would get the start. With the Texans looking like they've packed in the season I can't imagine starting a Texans QB in almost any fantasy league.
 
Another strong showing by Minnesota's Matt Cassel has earned him the start in week 16 over Christian Ponder. Expect Cassel to finish out the season as the Vikings starting QB.
 
 
Running Backs
 
Adrian Peterson is a possibility to play week 16 after sitting out week 15 with his mid-foot sprain. While I applaud the man for his ethics and desire to play despite these last 2 games being completely meaningless for the Vikings, why the team would put him at any risk of further injury when he's not healthy and have nothing to play for seems like insanity. Maybe there's some incentive in his contract he's trying to achieve but otherwise, I can't think of any reason why the Vikings just don't rest him and make sure he is fully ready for 2014. But that's just me making sense. Officially, consider Peterson questionable for week 16, along with Toby Gerhart also being questionable because of his hamstring injury. Those of you who grabbed Matt Asiata and played him as a desperation option, you may be able to count on him again depending on what finally gets resolved with Peterson and Gerhart.
 
Zac Stacy suffered a hip injury but it's considered very minor. Stacy is likely to sit out Wednesday's practice but he's fully expected to start without issue week 16.
 
Donald Brown is uncertain to play week 16 after suffering a stinger. It hasn't been clarified if it was a neck stinger, shoulder stinger, arm stinger, or whatever, but whatever type it is, it prevented him from finishing week 15 and the Colts must be concerned about his availability week 16 as they went out today and signed Shaun Draughn to provide RB depth behind Trent Richardson. It's early in the week but reading the signs I'd say Brown is unlikely to play and that Richardson will carry the load week 16 for the Colts.
 
Ben Tate is uncertain to play week 16 after aggravating the cracked ribs injury he's been playing through the last few weeks. Hopefully we know more by Thursday but for now consider Tate to be questionable for week 16. Dennis Johnson would start for the Texans if Tate can't play.
 
Andre Ellington suffered a bruised thigh injury. Tentatively he is expected to be okay to play week 16 for Arizona.
 
It's uncertain if Maurice Jones-Drew will play week 16 or not. MJD missed week 15 with a hamstring injury. If he's unable to play, Jordan Todman would again dominate playing time for the Jaguars.
 
Oakland tentatively expects to have Darren McFadden back in week 16. McFadden has missed the last several games with an ankle injury. But even if McFadden plays, he'll just be the top backup and change of pace to Rashad Jennings. Jennings is the Raiders top RB.
 
Willis McGahee may play week 16 for Cleveland after missing week 15 with a concussion. Like with Adrian Peterson, this begs the question of "why?". McGahee has been sluggish most every week and wouldn't it suit the Browns better to see what they have with young guys Edwin Baker and Fozzy Whitaker? Especially since they don't seem inclined to give Chris Ogbonnaya any type of expanded role. McGahee's not coming back next season and his career is likely over. If there's any thinking going on in Cleveland they'll make Baker the starter and mix in a lot of Whitaker. But that's just me being reasonable again and what's more likely to happen is that McGahee gets cleared to play, and causes a timeshare with Baker; making neither worth fantasy consideration.
 
Peyton Hillis suffered a concussion week 15 and he's very uncertain to play week 16. If he can't play, Michael Cox would be the top backup to Andre Brown.
 
 
Wide Receivers
 
Larry Fitzgerald is uncertain to play week 16 because of the concussion he suffered week 15. Fitz will need to pass all of his concussion tests before he'll be allowed to play.
 
Jacksonville placed Cecil Shorts on injured reserve today because of the groin injury he aggravated back in week 14. His season is done.
 
Victor Cruz is very uncertain to play week 16 after suffering a concussion and knee sprain in week 15. It's very likely Cruz will be placed on injured reserve with the Giants season having spiraled into disaster.
 
Wes Welker is uncertain to play week 16 because of the concussion that caused him to miss week 15. While he hasn't been ruled out yet, I'd be surprised if he suited up this week.
 
No word yet on whether the Packers are close to activating Randall Cobb from the IR/Designated for Return list. Cobb is eligible to be activated at any time and just needs to show he's recovered from his broken leg.
 
It's unknown if Percy Harvin will play week 16 or not. Seattle would be foolish to rush Harvin back instead of letting him get over his ailing hip. I don't expect Harvin to play.
 
Tavon Austin is also uncertain to play week 16 after missing week 15 with an ankle injury. For now, consider Austin to be questionable.
 
The Patriots tentatively expect to have back one or both of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins in week 16. Both players have missed the last 2 games with injuries but both were able to practice some late in the week last week and so there's optimism for each. It's good timing too as Josh Boyce suffered a leg injury and his status for week 16 is uncertain.
 
 
Tight Ends
 
As long as he suffers no setbacks this week, John Carlson is tentatively expected to return and play week 16 after missing week 15 with a concussion.
 
Still no word on whether Owen Daniels is ready to return from the IR/Designated for return list this week or not. He's been eligible to come back the last 2 weeks but hasn't been able to practice with the team because of his leg injury. At this late time, it's probable the Texans just place him on injured reserve. It would do more harm than good to bring him back now. The Texans may be without Garrett Graham as well. Graham missed week 15 with a hamstring injury. Ryan Griffin could finish out the year as the starting TE for Houston.
 
Jordan Reed is expected to be placed on injured reserve any day now. Reed is still suffering concussion like symptoms and you would think with the NFL's concern about the long term effects related to this type of injury Washington would exercise extreme caution in a lost season.  
 
Cincinnati may be without Jermaine Gresham week 16 because of a hip injury suffered week 15. This would seriously bring up the value of Tyler Eifert, but currently Gresham's status is unknown.
 
Brandon Pettigrew suffered an ankle injury last night but there's been no word whether it's serious or not. For now consider him to be questionable for week 16.
 
No word yet on how serious the foot injury suffered by Green Bay's Brandon Bostick is. Bostick was carted off the field week 15 with it but there's been no update on him yet.
 
 
Kickers
 
New Orleans waived Garrett Hartley today. Hartley had made only 22 of 30 FGA's on the season. New Orleas has signed Shayne Graham to take his place. 

2013 Defensive Fantasy Points Allowed per Game thru Week 15

FP/PG for all 32 NFL teams against both the Run and Pass

2013 Rushing Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game
 
Thru Week 15
 
Rk
Yd-Rk
Team
G
Yds
TD
FP/PG
Yds/G
1
2
Carolina Panthers
14
1189
4
10.21
84.9
2
1
Arizona Cardinals
14
1165
5
10.46
83.2
3
7
Baltimore Ravens
14
1434
4
11.96
102.4
4
5
Cincinnati Bengals
14
1382
5
12.01
98.7
5
3
New York Jets
14
1205
8
12.04
86.1
6
10
Seattle Seahawks
14
1474
4
12.24
105.3
7
15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14
1535
6
13.54
109.6
8
4
Detroit Lions
14
1381
9
13.72
98.6
9
6
San Francisco 49ers
14
1391
10
14.22
99.4
10
18
Kansas City Chiefs
14
1602
8
14.87
114.4
11
13
New York Giants
14
1504
10
15.03
107.4
12
8
Cleveland Browns
14
1453
11
15.09
103.8
13
14
San Diego Chargers
14
1523
11
15.59
108.8
14
21
New Orleans Saints
14
1630
10
15.93
116.4
15
26
Buffalo Bills
14
1782
8
16.16
127.3
16
16
Philadelphia Eagles
14
1551
12
16.22
110.8
17
24
Houston Texans
14
1693
10
16.38
120.9
18
9
Oakland Raiders
14
1455
14
16.39
103.9
19
22
Miami Dolphins
14
1641
11
16.44
117.2
20
11
Denver Broncos
14
1475
15
16.96
105.4
21
31
New England Patriots
14
1855
9
17.11
132.5
22
20
Minnesota Vikings
14
1623
13
17.16
115.9
23
12
St. Louis Rams
14
1476
16
17.4
105.4
24
25
Green Bay Packers
14
1728
12
17.49
123.4
25
19
Pittsburgh Steelers
14
1619
15
17.99
115.6
26
29
Atlanta Falcons
14
1840
12
18.29
131.4
27
27
Indianapolis Colts
14
1805
13
18.46
128.9
28
28
Dallas Cowboys
14
1819
15
19.42
129.9
29
17
Washington Redskins
14
1552
21
20.09
110.9
30
30
Jacksonville Jaguars
14
1846
17
20.47
131.9
31
23
Tennessee Titans
14
1667
20
20.48
119.1
32
32
Chicago Bears
14
2134
17
22.53
152.4
 
Remember the generic formula:
 
*-Total Yards allowed divided by 10 (representing 1 point for every 10 rushing yards allowed)

*-Rushing TD's allowed multiplied by 6 (representing 6 points for every TD allowed)

*-Add the two totals together and divide by number of games played
 
2013 Receiving Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game
 
Thru Week 15
 
Rk
Yd-Rk
Team
G
Yds
TD
FP/PG
Yds/G
1
1
Seattle Seahawks
14
2715
14
25.39
193.9
2
4
San Francisco 49ers
14
3064
15
28.31
218.9
3
3
New Orleans Saints
14
3041
17
29.01
217.2
4
6
Carolina Panthers
14
3292
14
29.51
235.1
5
10
Tennessee Titans
14
3373
13
29.66
240.9
6
2
Houston Texans
14
2744
25
30.31
196
7
5
Pittsburgh Steelers
14
3279
19
31.56
234.2
8
7
Cincinnati Bengals
14
3317
20
32.26
236.9
9t
9
Chicago Bears
14
3371
21
33.08
240.8
9t
16
Miami Dolphins
14
3611
17
33.08
257.9
11
11
New York Giants
14
3396
21
33.26
242.6
12
13
Indianapolis Colts
14
3475
20
33.39
248.2
13
14
Baltimore Ravens
14
3485
22
34.32
248.9
14
8
Cleveland Browns
14
3330
26
34.93
237.9
15
12
Buffalo Bills
14
3409
27
35.92
243.5
16
25
Kansas City Chiefs
14
3801
21
36.15
271.5
17
17
New England Patriots
14
3628
24
36.2
259.1
18
27
St. Louis Rams
14
3870
20
36.21
276.4
19
21
Detroit Lions
14
3754
22
36.24
268.1
20
15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14
3522
26
36.3
251.6
21
18
Arizona Cardinals
14
3647
26
37.19
260.5
22
29
San Diego Chargers
14
3981
22
37.86
284.4
23
20
Washington Redskins
14
3745
26
37.89
267.5
24
26
New York Jets
14
3807
25
37.91
271.9
25
19
Jacksonville Jaguars
14
3699
27
37.99
264.2
26
22
Green Bay Packers
14
3771
26
38.08
269.4
27
23
Atlanta Falcons
14
3782
28
39.01
270.1
28
24
Oakland Raiders
14
3800
28
39.14
271.4
29
28
Denver Broncos
14
3977
26
39.55
284.1
30
31
Philadelphia Eagles
14
4307
22
40.19
307.6
31
32
Dallas Cowboys
14
4375
30
44.11
312.5
32
30
Minnesota Vikings
14
4289
32
44.35
306.4
 
Remember the generic formula:

*-Total Yards allowed divided by 10 (representing 1 point for every 10 receiving yards allowed)

*-Receiving TD's allowed multiplied by 6 (representing 6 points for every TD allowed)

*-Add the two totals together and divide by number of games played
 

 

Fantasy Football News and Notes 12-12-13

News and Notes from Thursday Night's "Red Zone" Radio Show

Fantasy News and Notes 12-12-13:
 
Quarterbacks
 
Jay Cutler was named the starting QB for the Bears this week. Cutler may be on a short leash though if he struggles after Josh McCown has played lights out the last few games. Those with McCown should try to hold onto him.
 
Tomorrow will be a key day in whether Aaron Rodgers will be able to play week 15 or not. Rodgers is supposed to up his practice reps, but if he can't get through it, or the tests afterward still don't medically clear him, he's not going to play. Tentatively, I expect Matt Flynn is going to start for the Packers this week but a good showing and a positive medical report will trump what I think.
 
Russell Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball's Rule 5 draft today. But don't worry, Wilson isn't going to leave the Seahawks to play baseball and is very unlikely to become a two sport star.  
 
Running Backs
 
Tomorrow will be a big day for both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. Peterson has said he wants to play week 15 despite a foot sprain but the buzz surrounding him is pessimistic he's going to get cleared by the coaching staff. Gerhart meanwhile has been sitting out practices this week because of a hamstring injury but he is expected to practice tomorrow and tentatively he is expected to start this week for Minnesota. Right now, anything is possible, including both Peterson playing, and neither Peterson nor Gerhart playing, leaving Matt Asiata as the defacto starting RB. Be paying attention tomorrow to the injury reports.
 
As expected, Eddie Lacy was held out of practice again today, but he is tentatively expected to practice tomorrow on his ankle injury and tentatively he is expected to be okay. Green Bay has expressed optimism that they expect he'll be okay for this week. But if he isn't, you can expect James Starks will get the start.
 
Reggie Bush was held out of practice today because of his aggravated calf injury. Bush has  said he plans on playing Monday night, but it's likely we won't know until Saturday whether Bush is "questionable" but expected to play, or "questionable" and a real game time decision for Monday night. Those with Joique Bell should also be paying attention to this over the weekend.
 
Rashad Jennings took part in a second consecutive full practice today and baring any setbacks in the concussion that caused him to miss week 14 he will return and be the Raiders featured RB. Marcel Reece is expected to serve as his backup as Darren McFadden has still been unable to practice this week because of his lingering ankle injury. McFadden is not expected to play week 15.
 
Maurice Jones-Drew was unable to practice today but this was expected. MJD suffered a hamstring injury last Thursday night and the plan has been to hold him out of practices until Friday to allow it to rest. Consider him to be Questionable and those with the ability to grab Jordan Todman for the insurance are encouraged to do.  
 
Willis McGahee is not only sounding very unlikely to play week 15 because of a concussion, but latest word is that he may be done for the year. McGahee showed very little left in the tank when the Browns signed him off the street earlier this season. It's looking like Chris Ogbonnaya will be the lead RB for the Browns the last 3 games of the season with Fozzy Whitaker in a supporting role. The Browns also signed Edwin Baker off the Texans practice squad for depth.
 
Lamar Miller practiced in full again today and he should be fine for week 15 despite having suffered a concussion week 14. However, Daniel Thomas is back and the Dolphins are likely to resume the unpredictable timeshare between the two of them, making neither an attractive fantasy play.  
 
Benjarvus Green-Ellis hasn't practiced yet this week because of an undisclosed illness. It isn't believed to be serious, but I'll feel a whole lot better about his fantasy prospects if he can at least practice some tomorrow.
 
 
Wide Receivers
 
Jacksonville's Cecil Shorts was held out of practice again today due to his groin injury. Shorts has been playing through the injury for nearly 2 months now, but word is that it is acting up on him and that he may actually be a true game time decision for week 15. Hopefully, he's able to practice some tomorrow and put this to rest, but those counting on shorts should be prepared in case he's a surprise inactive.
 
Oakland's Denarius Moore put in a limited practice for the second consecutive day today. This is a good sign that he is getting over the shoulder injury that has caused him to miss the last few games, but his status isn't certain yet. His possible return would send Andre Holmes back to a lesser offensive role.
 
Percy Harvin missed practice again today and he is not expected to play week 15. Harvin's still having issues in his surgically repaired hip and I fully expect Seattle is going to keep him out until the NFL playoffs start up.
 
Aaron Dobson was held out of practice again today. Dobson has a foot injury and is not expected to play week 15. Teammate Kenbrell Thompkins has been limited in practice this week but he remains uncertain to be active after being limited all last week in practice with his hip injury and then being inactive for week 14. Expect Thompkins to come down to a game time decision.  
 
Michael Floyd took part in a limited practice today after being held out yesterday because of his ankle injury. While tentatively expected to play week 15, Floyd may not, or could be limited.
 
Dexter McCluster was held out of today's practice because of a listed ankle injury. McCluster wasn't on yesterday's injury lists from the Chiefs practice so this may be a new injury. McCluster had actually been a semi-decent fantasy consideration in ppr leagues in recent weeks but this could make him untouchable even for the desperate.
 
LaVon Brazill says he expects to play week 15 despite missing practice again today because of a foot injury. Consider Brazill questionable for week 15. Da'Rick Rogers could be in line for a huge amount of playing time this week and makes a better fantasy bet in my opinion for the WR desperate.
 
The Jets Stephen Hill is still unable to practice because of a knee injury and word is that the team may decide to place him on injured reserve. Hill only has any potential value in dynasty leagues. In re-draft leagues, he has none.
 
Amongst WR's who were either held out of practice today, or were limited but are fully expected to be fine for this week, the list includes: Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson (hamstring); Atlanta's Roddy White (knee); Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders (foot); Cincinnati's Marvin Jones (shoulder); the Jets Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring); and Houston's DeAndre Hopkins (ankle).
 
Tight Ends
 
Rumors are that Washington's Jordan Reed is going to be placed on injured reserve the remainder of the 2013 season. Reed has struggled to get over a concussion suffered nearly 4 weeks ago and with the Redskins season spiraling into a sad ending, this would make sense. Logan Paulsen likely will be the starting TE for Washington the rest of the season.
 
Delanie Walker practiced in full today again today and he is expected to play week 15 after missing week 14 with a concussion. Consider Walker as a borderline TE1 this week in a plus matchup against Arizona.
 
Owen Daniels has been unable to take any part in team practices this week yet so it's unlikely he'll be coming off the IR/Designated for Return this week. The Texans may also be without Garrett Graham as he missed practice again today because of his hamstring injury. Graham is heading for a questionable listing on tomorrow's injury report.
 
Rob Housler sat out practice again today because of a groin injury. This is not a good sign for his availability this week and even at full strength he's barely a consideration as a fantasy TE2. At less than full strength he's not worth the risk.
 
John Carlson remained out of Vikings practice today because of his concussion. He's uncertain to play week 15. It's not a sure thing he doesn't play week 15 but his chances are not sounding good.
 
 
Kickers
 
Jacksonville's Josh Scobee has a minor hip injury but currently he is expected to be okay for week 15. However, I sincerely hope you are not counting on Jacksonville's kicker to put you over the top in your fantasy matchups this week. 

 

NFL Game Picks and Survivor Pool Lock: Week 15

Russ Bliss Predicts the Winners of each NFL Game this week

Another week; another 11-5 finish. On average, 11 wins every week is exactly what you strive for in picking NFL games as you'd finish the season with a record 187-69 if you hit on 11 every week. Unfortunately, I have not hit on that average. Instead, going 11-5 in week 14 places me at 130-77-1 with 3 weeks left. So even if I get every game right going forward, I cannot make the annual goal of 180 correct. The best I can get to is 178 and sweeping the last 3 weeks is just flat out unrealistic. Based on history, I would have a better chance of getting the Ring to Mount Doom in Mordor.
 
Here are my week 15 NFL game predictions:
 
Denver 41, San Diego 31
Buffalo 20, Jacksonville 17
Chicago 23, Cleveland 21
Indianapolis 27, Houston 20
New England 26, Miami 23
Philadelphia 31, Minnesota 24
Seattle 31, NY Giants 14
San Francisco 20, Tampa Bay 17
Atlanta 28, Washington 21
Kansas City 19, Oakland 16
Carolina 24, NY Jets 17
Arizona 20, Tennessee 17
Dallas 31, Green Bay 27
New Orleans 27, St. Louis 23
Pittsburgh 20, Cincinnati 17
Detroit 27, Baltimore 20
 
There you have them: my Week 15 NFL game picks.
 
Although it had one of the wildest finishes in any game in recent memory, my Survivor Pool Lock of Baltimore over Minnesota came through in the end. That makes me (ugh!) 9-5 on the locks this season. Here are the weekly picks and results:
 
Week 1 (W; 21-17) Indianapolis over Oakland
Week 2 (L; 30-33) Philadelphia over San Diego
Week 3 (W; 45-17) Seattle over Jacksonville
Week 4 (W; 52-20) Denver over Philadelphia
Week 5 (W; 34-20) St. Louis over Jacksonville
Week 6 (W; 24-7) Kansas City over Oakland
Week 7 (L; 27-30) New England over NY Jets
Week 8 (W; 42-10) San Francisco over Jacksonville
Week 9 (W; 27-23) Dallas over Minnesota
Week 10 (L; 27-29) Tennessee over Jacksonville
Week 11 (L; 23-28) Houston over Oakland
Week 12 (W; 17-13) New Orleans over Atlanta
Week 13 (L; 31-34) Buffalo over Atlanta
Week 14 (W; 29-26) Baltimore over Minnesota
 
As you can see from my game predictions I'm not expecting any blowouts (besides Seattle over the Giants; but I've already used the Seahawks one this season so in true survivor pool fashion, I won't select them again). But there is one game I feel best about. It meets the usual criteria I look for: home team, out of conference game, playing for a playoff spot, and weak opponent. As long as this team isn't looking past their opponent this week, they should win and possibly by a larger margin than I've predicted above.  
 
My Survivor Pool Lock for Week 15 is: the Carolina Panthers over the New York Jets.
 
Good luck to all in your own picks!
 

 

2013 Fantasy Football News and Notes: Week 14

TEam by Team News and Notes Heading into Week 14

AFC EAST
 
Buffalo: E.J. Manuel gets a plus matchup this week against a Bucs pass defense that has allowed a passing TD in every game this season and 2 or more in each of the last 8 games. WR Marquise Goodwin is Probable and will play despite a calf injury. It was hoped he would get more playing time despite Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods returning last week but he was playing as the clear #3 WR behind them. RB's Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller continue to have their ups and downs and their time share makes it difficult to really trust either in a tough road matchup this week.
 
Miami: RB Daniel Thomas is listed as Questionable after getting in a limited practice on Friday. Thomas was believed to be in jeopardy of going on injured reserve after suffering a serious ankle injury week 12, but he's trying to push past it. Personally I'll be surprised if he's active this week. The Dolphins should be using the last 4 games to see if Lamar Miller can handle being a true featured RB and whether rookie Mike Gillislee has any potential for the future; not trying to rush back a RB who has consistently struggled to average better than 3.8 yards per rush attempt when healthy. WR Mike Wallace gets to face his former team. We'll see whether he dominates or gets dominated. My guess is he'll do pretty well in his return to Pittsburgh.
 
New England: It's uncertain if RB Stevan Ridley will be made inactive again this week. Bill Belichick says Ridley's being inactive last week wasn't punishment for fumbling, but that's laughable. LeGarrette Blount dominated rushing duties and performed well enough that he should do so again week 14. Tentatively expect Ridley to be inactive again and for Blount to be the primary rushing RB. Shane Vereen is still best fantasy upside of al Pats RB's. WR Aaron Dobson has been ruled OUT with a foot sprain. With WR Kenbrell Thompkins Questionable and considered a game time decision because of a hip injury, the Patriots re-signed Austin Collie to provide them with some depth at the position. Expect Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman to dominate WR targets. TE Rob Gronkowski is fully expected to play despite being listed as Questionable with the arm/back/hamstring injuries he's been playing through each week.
 
New York Jets: WR Jeremy Kerley is Probable and is expected to play after missing the last few weeks with a dislocated elbow injury. However, it's hard to trust him as a fantasy consideration with Geno Smith struggling so much the last few games. Santonio Holmes is also Probable but after he played only 3 snaps week 13 I wouldn't trust him with his hamstring and foot injuries. WR Stephen Hill is Questionable with a knee issue but he should be active. However he's dropped to being only the 4th or 5th WR on the Jets.
 
AFC NORTH
 
Baltimore: There's been a lot of talk of TE Dennis Pitta possibly returning to play this week but he still hasn't been activated off the IR/Designated for Return list yet. The Ravens can do that at any time so there's a chance he could play but I wouldn't be counting on it. I see week 15 as a likelier return date for him. Pitta has missed all season recovering from August hip surgery. RB Ray Rice makes a nice fantasy RB2 this week. Rice appears to have settled in as a weekly matchup play recently and this week he has an excellent matchup. Joe Flacco gets a great matchup too and could very well finish as a top 12 fantasy QB this week.
 
Cincinnati: This will be a telling week in the development of QB Andy Dalton. He's struggled mightily once the temperatures turned cold the last 2 seasons and it's going to be cold this week at home against a Colts defense that has been pretty bad in recent weeks. Dalton will either be really big, or he'll flop. Dalton is the key to all Bengals offensive players this week in a plus matchup.
 
Cleveland: Jason Campbell will start after getting cleared from the concussion that caused him to miss week 13. Alex Tanney will likely be his backup as Brandon Weeden is OUT with a concussion he suffered week 13. WR Josh Gordon has gone over 100 receiving yards in 6 of 10 games played this season and has caught double digit passes for over 200 yards in each of the last 2 games. Gordon is amongst the elite fantasy WR's despite weak QB's throwing him the ball. RB Willis McGahee appears to have re-taken the top spot in the RB rotation, but whether that can relied on every week going forward is uncertain. I wouldn't trust him.
 
Pittsburgh: RB Le'Veon Bell is Probable and will start without issue after passing all of his concussion tests this week. Bell was laid out on Thanksgiving night but he'll be fine for week 14. Bell has been a solid fantasy RB since returning from his preseason foot injury and is a borderline fantasy RB1 this week.
 
AFC SOUTH
 
Houston: The Texans fired their head coach, Gary Kubiak, after their 11th straight loss. Wade Phillips is the interim coach to close out the last 3 games of the season. Case Keenum is to remain the starting QB over Matt Schaub.
 
Indianapolis: A tough stretch for Andrew Luck gets even tougher this week on the road against Cincinnati. Luck s barely playing a fantasy QB 2 of late. WR T.Y. Hilton is Probable with a minor shoulder injury and will be fine, but historically he struggles in games played outside. While Donald Brown is finishing the 2013 season as the top RB over Trent Richardson, those in dynasty leagues would be wise to try acquiring Richardson as I believe he will be one of the most undervalued RB's heading into 2014 fantasy drafts.
 
Jacksonville: Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a hamstring injury Thursday night but he is tentatively expected to be okay for week 15. If MJD is limited at al next week, Jordan Todman would likely take on a bigger offensive role.
 
Tennessee: TE Delanie Walker is Questionable but unlikely to play because of a concussion. Walker didn't practice at al this week. With fellow TE Craig Stevens also Questionable with a concussion, Taylor Thompson is likely to be the starter with recently signed Visanthe Shiancoe the backup. WR Kendall Wright has been a solid receptions and yardage producer of late but he's been lacking TD's; I get a feeling he gets in the end zone this week against Denver. Ryan Fitzpatrick makes for a nice sneaky fantasy play with the matchup.
 
AFC WEST
 
Denver: TE Julius Thomas is Probable and will return after missing the last 2 weeks with a knee injury. It's been a while since Wes Welker had a big game and after Eric Decker blew up last week it's now Welker's turn for a huge game. If not this week, it will happen week 15. Montee Ball is getting more playing time as the Broncos try to make sure Knowshon Moreno is fresh for the playoffs. Moreno is still a strong fantasy RB1 and Ball makes a RB3 or flex option.
 
Kansas City: TE Anthony Fasano is OUT with both knee and concussion injuries. Sean McGrath will be the Chiefs top TE this week and makes a nice sleeper play with a good matchup against a Redskins defense that is bad against the pass. QB Alex Smith has been putting up some quality fantasy stats of late and should again with the matchup. It's no coincidence that as Smith has done better, WR Dwayne Bowe has been putting up better numbers. Bowe has caught a TD in 2 of the last 3 games. Dexter McCluster has been putting in some good games lately for those in the ppr format. He has 17 catches for 156 yards in the last 3 weeks.
 
Oakland: RB Rashad Jennings is Questionable and is still awaiting final clearance to play in an actual game after suffering a concussion on Thanksgiving Day. While tentatively expected to play, there's a chance he won't. With Darren McFadden OUT with an ankle injury and Jeremy Stewart also OUT with ankle and knee injuries, there's a chance Marcel Reece could end up being the Raiders featured RB this week. WR Denarius Moore is OUT with his shoulder injury so Andre Holmes will again start in his place.
 
San Diego: Eddie Royal is Questionable with toe and chest injuries after not practicing all week. This is the same routine as last week and Royal was inactive week 13. The exact nature of the chest injury hasn't been revealed but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a ribs injury. I doubt he plays this week and even if active is a weak fantasy option. TE Ladarius Green continues to get more playing time and likely is going to be worth a consideration by the TE desperate even though he is the #2 TE behind Antonio Gates.
 
NFC EAST
 
Dallas: WR Dez Bryant is Probable and will be fine despite a back issue. RB DeMarco Murray is likely to explode against a Bears run defense that has allowed an average of 226 rush yards and 5 rush TD's in their last 3 games. With it expected to be VERY cold Monday night, I'm a little down on QB Tony Romo's chances for a big game.
 
New York Giants: Brandon Jacobs is Doubtful because of his chronic knee issue. He's likely to be inactive which means Peyton Hillis will be active and the top backup to Andre Brown. WR Victor Cruz hasn't caught a TD since week 4. He also has had only 1 game in that span with over 90 receiving yards. Cruz isn't even performing like a fantasy WR2 and I've stopped believing that he's due for a big game. Eli Manning on the road in San Diego doesn't seem like a likely place for an explosion of fantasy points.
 
Philadelphia: TE Zach Ertz is Probable despite a minor shoulder injury. Those who jumped all over him after his unsurprising great game last week against the Cardinals (who are the WORST defense against opposing TE's) are likely to be disappointed if they expect that was his breakout game and sign of things to come regularly the remaining games of the 2013 season. Tough matchup for RB LeSean McCoy but you never sit your studs; just temper expectations.
 
Washington: TE Jordan Reed is Questionable and considered a game time decision after he suffered a relapse last week in his recovery from a concussion. It's a great matchup but he's very risky to trust as a fantasy starter. We're going to learn a lot about the Redskins this week as their season has been spinning out of control and they are at home this week against a Kansas City team that has lost 3 in a row.
 
NFC NORTH
 
Chicago: Jay Cutler is OUT but word is that he could return in week 15. Josh McCown will start in his place again and makes a strong play against a Dallas pass defense that has been awful most weeks. Both WR's Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are strong plays. RB Matt Forte could also be a top fantasy RB this week as Dallas has struggled defending the run lately too.
 
Detroit: RB Reggie Bush is tentatively expected to be fine for his usual role despite being listed as Questionable with a calf injury that caused him to sit out practices Wednesday and Thursday. Bush was able to put in a limited practice on Friday and should be okay. However, this could mean an uptick in offensive snaps for Joique Bell, putting him in RB2/3 territory this week.
 
Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers remains OUT with his collarbone injury. Matt Flynn starts again and looks to bounce back after a horrible game on Thanksgiving. Luckily this is a much better matchup against a Falcons defense that has struggled this season. However, if the Packers lose, there's a possibility the Packers throw in the towel on the season and shut down Rodgers for the last 3 games. He's now two weeks past his anticipated return date and it's fair to wonder if the injury is worse than we've been told. It's also fair to wonder if the Packers do concede the season whether they'll bother bringing back Randall Cobb in week 15 from the IR/Designated for Return list. At least Eddie Lacy should be a great play this week.
 
Minnesota: Matt Cassel is expected to start with Christian Ponder OUT with a concussion. What's odd is that no one has actually said that Cassel will definitely be the starter over Josh Freeman. But it is expected. RB Adrian Peterson is fully expected to play without issue despite being Questionable on the injury report with the groin injury that's been bothering him the last few weeks.
 
NFC SOUTH
 
Atlanta: TE Tony Gonzalez is Questionable but is expected to play through the toe injury that has bothered him the last few weeks. RB Steven Jackson appears to finally be looking like the RB we expected to see at the start of the season. While Jacquizz Rodgers remains the top backup to Jackson, Antone Smith continues to shine when given his all too few opportunities to run with the football. It's likely too late in the season for Smith to get much of an increase in playing time, but keep an eye on him in dynasty leagues. WR Roddy White finally had a good game, but it remains to be seen whether that was a sign of a great finish to the season or just a one week thing. I still prefer Harry Douglas as the more reliable, higher upside fantasy option.
 
Carolina: All 3 of RB's DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Mike Tolbert are listed as Probable and they will each be active and play; meaning that none can be trusted as a reliable fantasy option. WR Steve Smith has been putting up reliably mediocre fantasy points but he's capable of a big game at any time and after the Saints got torched through the air last week look for Cam Newton to take a few shots Smith's way this week.
 
New Orleans: With all 3 of Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Mark Ingram healthy, the unpredictable nature of their RBBC is in full swing. Thomas is the best bet of the group, but he's not a sure thing. It's nice to see that TE Jimmy Graham isn't on the injury report at all. Look for Drew Brees to bounce back after his worst game of the season last week. The Saints have a tough matchup on paper, but Carolina hasn't played against a QB anywhere near Brees's level yet this season.
 
Tampa Bay: WR Vincent Jackson is tentatively expected to play despite being listed as Questionable with a hamstring injury. Jackson was able to practice in limited fashion both Thursday and Friday. With Jackson kind of gimpy it won't be a surprise if Tiquan Underwood makes a strong sleeper play this week.
 
NFC WEST
 
Arizona: Carson Palmer is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of an elbow injury suffered week 13. Tentatively he is expected to start, but he could be on a short leash if the injury is obvious when he throws passes in the game. Drew Stanton is his backup. RB Andre Ellington is Probable and should play close to his usual amount of offensive snaps after missing week 13 with a knee injury. TE Rob Housler is Questionable and while expected to play despite ankle and hip injuries, he is not a recommended fantasy play.
 
St. Louis: RB Zac Stacy faces a tough test this week against a strong Arizona run defense. Stacy has performed most every week though since being inserted as the starter ad he is still worthy of being a fantasy RB2. His top backup is Benny Cunningham. Former starter Daryl Richardson has been inactive recent weeks and likely will be again. While the WR corps remains a guessing game, it does appear that rookie Steadman Bailey is starting to get more playing time. TE Jared Cook makes a strong play against the team he torched for 146 yards and 2 TD's back the first week of the season. Arizona has gotten no better defending TE's since then.
 
San Francisco: WR Michael Crabtree came through his first game action in week 13 without any setbacks in his Achilles injury and he isn't on the week 14 injury report. Look for him to continue to get back into game shape and be more effective each week as it goes on. His return pushes Mario Manningham down to being the 49ers #3 WR. Manningham will play despite being listed as Questionable for week 14 with a knee issue, but he isn't a fantasy factor this far down the pecking order. Returning from a broken foot injury suffered earlier in the season is rookie WR Quinton Patton. But Patton is too far down to be anything more than a dynasty stash for future seasons.
 
Seattle: WR Percy Harvin is OUT with a hip injury. Harvin reportedly aggravated his hip in his only game action of the season back in week 11 and now it's likely that Harvin won't play again in the regular season so as to rest it up and hope he can be effective in the NFL playoffs. WR Golden Tate is Probable and will be fine despite a minor hip injury. 

 

Fantasy Football News and Notes 12-5-13

News and Notes from Thursday Night's "Red Zone" Radio Show

Fantasy News and Notes 12-05-13:
 
Quarterbacks
 
Even though he practiced today in limited fashion, Jay Cutler has been ruled OUT for week 14. Josh McCown will start in his place for Chicago. Cutler is tentatively expected to return in week 15, but that is tentative.
 
Aaron Rodgers has been able to take part in very limited parts of practice but he is not expected to be able to play week 14 because of his collarbone injury. Matt Flynn is expected to start week 14 for the Packers.  
 
Carson Palmer has been limited in practices because of an elbow injury. Apparently his elbow got bent at an awkward angle in week 13. While tentatively Palmer is expected to be okay for week 14, his status has to be deemed questionable at the present. If it turns out to be worse than currently believed, Drew Stanton would start for the Cardinals.  
 
Christian Ponder still hasn't been cleared to practice and he is not expected to play this week. It sounds like Minnesota is leaning towards starting Matt Cassel this week instead of Josh Freeman.
 
Jason Campbell was cleared to return to practice today and got in a limited session. This is a good sign for his chances to be cleared for game action in time to start week 14. However, it's still not a sure thing he will play. Campbell missed week 13 with a concussion. Teammate Brandon Weeden has not been cleared to practice since suffering a concussion himself in week 13 so if Campbell doesn't play, Cleveland will be forced to start either Caleb Hanie (signed Tuesday) or Alex Tanney (signed off Dallas's practice squad two weeks ago).
 
 
Running Backs
 
Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell has been practicing this week and barring any setbacks should be good to start week 14. Bell suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving night, but the extra time off appears to have been plenty of time for him to get over it.
 
Adrian Peterson sat out practice today because of his groin injury. Peterson missed yesterday's practice too and while it's a bit concerning, he is expected to be fine for week 14. AP didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday of last week before returning for a limited Friday practice and then started without issue week 13.
 
Reggie Bush sat out practice for a second consecutive day today. Bush has a calf injury and speculation is that he may end up being listed as Questionable on Friday's injury report and may even be considered a game time decision. Even if Bush is active, this bodes well for the value of backup Joique Bell. Bell likely will have an even bigger than normal role, and if Bush were to actually sit out this week's game, Bell would be the primary RB. If anyone has been sleeping in your league and Bell is available, he needs to be owned.
 
Oakland should have Rashad Jennings for week 14. Jennings suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving Day and while he's been limited in practices, he is tentatively expected to be cleared for game action by Saturday. Teammate Darren McFadden isn't so lucky though. McFadden has an ankle injury and hasn't been able t practice and is considered very questionable for week 14.
 
The Panthers expect to have DeAngelo Williams back this week. DW missed week 13 with a quad injury. Williams has been able to practice in limited fashion this week and should be active. Although Jonathan Stewart hasn’t practiced yet because of his ankle injury, Stewart is expected to be okay for week 14 as well. Expect the unpredictable 3 headed RBBC between Williams, Stewart, and Mike Tolbert to be in full swing week 14.
 
Andre Ellington was able to practice in limited today and tentatively is expected to play week 14 after missing last week with a knee injury. However, he's not as good a consideration for fantasy purposes as he normally would be.
 
The Giants are likely to be without Brandon Jacobs this week. Jacobs can't avoid aggravating his chronic knee injury when he plays. I fully expect Peyton Hillis to be Andre Brown's top backup and change of pace RB this week.
 
 
Wide Receivers
 
Vincent Jackson was limited in practice after not practicing yesterday because of a hamstring injury. It's not believed to serious enough to put his week 14 status in jeopardy, but we'll have to see how he's listed on tomorrow's injury report.
 
Aaron Dobson was unable to practice again today and he is not expected to play week 14 because of his sprained foot. Kenbrell Thompkins has been practicing in limited fashion because of a hip injury and he's not a sure bet to play week 14. New England re-signed Austin Collie today and he could serve as the Patriots #4 WR with rookie Josh Boyce as the #3 if neither Dobson nor Thompkins plays.
 
Denver's Demaryius Thomas has been limited this week because of a shoulder injury suffered week 13 but he's fully expected to be fine for week 14.
 
The Jets say that they expect to have both Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes active for week 14. Kerley has been practicing and appears ready to return from a week 9 dislocated elbow injury while Holmes has had issues with his hamstring and foot. Kerley is a risky fantasy consideration, but he's easily the best WR on the team and the only one worth even thinking about starting any given week.
 
I don't expect San Diego's Eddie Royal to play this week. Royal was playing through a toe injury for a few weeks, but he sustained a chest injury in week 12 and missed week 13 and hasn't practiced at all this week. Even if active, I wouldn't trust him.
 
 
Tight Ends
 
Julius Thomas took part in a full practice today and he is on track to return to the Broncos starting lineup week 14 barring any setbacks. Thomas has missed the last two games with a knee injury.
 
Jordan Reed was able to take part in a limited practice today but his status for week 14 is still uncertain. He needs to pass a few more tests before he'll be cleared to return from his concussion. Consider him questionable for this week.
 
Tennessee's Delanie Walker hasn't practiced yet this week because of his concussion. He is sounding very unlikely to play week 14. With Craig Stevens also questionable with a concussion the Titans went out and signed Visanthe Shiancoe yesterday. Shiancoe likely will be active this week but as the backup to Taylor Thompson if neither Walker nor Stevens gets cleared in time.
 
Baltimore hasn't yet ruled out Dennis Pitta for week 14. Pitta is eligible to return from the IR/Designated for Return list at any time. Pitta had surgery to repair a fractured hip back in preseason. But he's not expected to be back for at least another week. 

 

NFL Game Picks and Survivor Pool Lock: Week 14

Russ Bliss Predicts the Winners of each NFL Game this week

The difference between going 15-1 and 11-5? Two overtime games and 7 points in the other two. Oh well, that's the way it goes, and has gone this season. It's sad to think that 11-5 in week 13 was one of my best weeks of the season. I now stand at 119-72-1 and with 64 games left to play, I would need to get 61 correct to reach the annual goal of 180. Much like the Houston Texans playoff hopes, I'm not mathematically eliminated from reaching it, but the odds are clearly against me. We'll see where I eventually end up by the end of the season. Maybe I can at least get to 170?
 
Here are my week 14 NFL game predictions:
 
Houston 20, Jacksonville 17
Green Bay 27, Atlanta 21
Tampa Bay 21, Buffalo 17
New England 35, Cleveland 14
Detroit 31, Philadelphia 24
Cincinnati 27, Indianapolis 17
Kansas City 30, Washington 21
Pittsburgh 23, Miami 13
Baltimore 27, Minnesota 16
Oakland 16, NY Jets 10
Denver 37, Tennessee 20
San Diego 23, NY Giants 17
San Francisco 28, Seattle 17
Arizona 23, St. Louis 20
New Orleans 27, Carolina 20
Dallas 27, Chicago 23
 
There you have them: my week 14 NFL game picks.
 
Speaking of those overtime games, my Survivor Pool lock was a loser in one of them. Buffalo blew it against Atlanta and the Survivor Pool record took yet another hit. 8-5 is embarrassing but I'll still give out a pick the last 4 weeks so you can laugh at me. Keeping in true tradition I will only take a team once, even if it turned out to be a loser. Here are the picks and results each week to date:
 
Week 1 (W; 21-17) Indianapolis over Oakland
Week 2 (L; 30-33) Philadelphia over San Diego
Week 3 (W; 45-17) Seattle over Jacksonville
Week 4 (W; 52-20) Denver over Philadelphia
Week 5 (W; 34-20) St. Louis over Jacksonville
Week 6 (W; 24-7) Kansas City over Oakland
Week 7 (L; 27-30) New England over NY Jets
Week 8 (W; 42-10) San Francisco over Jacksonville
Week 9 (W; 27-23) Dallas over Minnesota
Week 10 (L; 27-29) Tennessee over Jacksonville
Week 11 (L; 23-28) Houston over Oakland
Week 12 (W; 17-13) New Orleans over Atlanta
Week 13 (L; 31-34) Buffalo over Atlanta
 
There are two double digit winners to choose from this week, and both are at home. Both are also from the AFC North. I'm happy taking either one, but tie goes to the home team playing outside against a dome team with a weak offense and a backup QB. Doesn't take a genius to figure this one out. Matt Cassel outside is going to be brutal.
 
My Survivor Pool Lock for Week 14 is: the Baltimore Ravens over the Minnesota Vikings.
 
Good luck to all in your picks!
 
 

 

Fantasy Football News and Notes 12-3-13

News and Notes from Tuesday Night's "Red Zone" Radio Program

Fantasy News and Notes 12-03-13:
 
Quarterbacks
 
It's uncertain if Aaron Rodgers will be able to play week 14 or not. Rodgers has been out the last few weeks with a broken collarbone. He's supposedly undergoing more tests this week to see if he can gain medical clearance. It's not a sure thing, but he's sounding doubtful to play. If he doesn't, Matt Flynn would start again for the Packers.
 
Jay Cutler's status for week 14 is uncertain. Cutler's still hobbled by a high ankle sprain suffered a few weeks back. If he can't go in Monday night's game, Josh McCown will start for Chicago.
 
Minnesota's Christian Ponder suffered a concussion week 13 and his status for week 14 is very uncertain. Matt Cassel came in and led the Vikings to a victory week 13 and it's uncertain if he, or Josh Freeman would get the start if Ponder can't play. If I had to guess, I'd say Cassel would likely start, but that's just a guess.
 
Cleveland's QB situation for week 14 is unclear. Brandon Weeden suffered a concussion week 13 and he is considered unlikely to be cleared in time. Jason Campbell missed week 13 with a concussion and it sounds like he still hasn't gotten clearance to return from it yet. The Browns went out and signed Caleb Hanie today as insurance. It's uncertain whether Hanie, or Alex Tanney would start if neither Campbell nor Weeden can play.
 
The Jets reportedly will stay with struggling rookie Geno Smith as their starting QB despite his string of horrible games. That tells you all you need to know about Matt Simms and David Garrard.
 
 
Running Backs
 
Pittsburgh is hoping to have Le'Veon Bell for week 14. Bell suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving night, but the extra time off should be enough for him to gain clearance. Tentatively expect Bell to be okay for week 14. If he is unable to play, Jonathan Dwyer likely would start and be spelled frequently by Felix Jones.
 
Oakland hopes to have Rashad Jennings for week 14. Jennings also suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving. There's been no word from the Raiders though about his condition. If Jennings can't play Darren McFadden would get to be the featured RB and could retake the job.
 
The Patriots demotion of Stevan Ridley is likely to last another week. It's just a guess though on my part. LeGarrette Blount had a decent game week 13 without fumbling. Shane Vereen is still the only Patriots RB that can be trusted unless Bill Belichick surprises us all by announcing that Blount is his new starting RB.
 
Don't be surprised if Trent Richardson's demotion to just being Donald Brown's backup is permanent the rest of this season. Brown outplayed Richardson even when Richardson was getting most of the work.
 
It's too early in the week to know whether DeAngelo Williams will be able to play week 14 or not. Williams missed week 13 because of a quad injury.
 
Dallas backup RB Lance Dunbar suffered a knee injury Thanksgiving Day and his season is over. Joseph Randle moves forward as the top backup to DeMarco Murray.
 
 
Wide Receivers
 
Percy Harvin may not play again in the regular season. Harvin reportedly did suffer some sort of aggravation of his hip injury in his game action back in week 11 and that caused him to miss last night. The Seahawks haven't said anything but with a playoff spot locked up, and a 2 game lead on homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, I'd be surprised if they didn't give Harvin as much time as he needs to heal up. Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin figure to be the beneficiaries if Seattle does the wise thing.
 
The Patriots may be without both Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins week 14. Dobson missed week 13 with what's been called a sprained foot; Thompkins suffered a hip injury week 13 and was unable to finish the game.
 
Santonio Holmes lasted all of 3 plays week 13 before he had to come out of the game because of his hamstring injury. His status for week 14 is very uncertain. Jets teammate Jeremy Kerley is also uncertain for week 14 because of the dislocated elbow injury that has caused him to miss the last 4 games. One more Jets note, Josh Cribbs has gone on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He wasn't a fantasy factor anyway.
 
No word if Oakland will be getting back Denarius Moore this week or not. Moore has missed the last 2 games with a shoulder injury and it has allowed Andre Holmes to showcase his talents. Expect Holmes to remain part of the passing offense even if Moore is able to play.
 
Also no word on whether San Diego's Eddie Royal will be able to play week 14 or not. Royal missed week 13 with chest and toe injuries.
 
 
Tight Ends
 
Owen Daniels is not ready to return from the IR/Designated for return list yet. He was eligible to come back this week but he's still unable to practice because of his broken leg injury.
 
It's hoped that after missing the last 2 games that Julius Thomas will be able to return and play week 14. Thomas has been out with a knee injury.
 
Jordan Reed was a surprise inactive week 13. Reportedly he was cleared to return from the concussion that caused him to miss week 12 but then started to experience a headache in pre-game warm-ups. Hopefully we get word about him early in the week.
 

 

2013 Defensive Fantasy Points Allowed per Game thru Week 13

FP/PG for all 32 NFL teams against both the Run and Pass

2013 Rushing Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game
 
Thru Week 13
 
Rk
Yd-Rk
Team
G
Yds
TD
FP/PG
Yds/G
1
2
Carolina Panthers
12
963
3
9.53
80.2
2
4
Arizona Cardinals
12
999
4
10.33
83.2
3
1
New York Jets
12
924
6
10.7
77
4
3
Detroit Lions
12
992
5
10.77
82.7
5
6
Baltimore Ravens
12
1201
2
11.01
100.1
6
8
Cincinnati Bengals
12
1213
4
12.11
101.1
7
13
Seattle Seahawks
12
1286
4
12.72
107.2
8
12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12
1281
6
13.68
106.8
9
9
New York Giants
12
1226
8
14.22
102.2
10
5
Cleveland Browns
12
1187
9
14.39
98.9
11
21
Kansas City Chiefs
12
1407
6
14.73
117.2
12t
11
San Francisco 49ers
12
1266
9
15.05
105.5
12t
19
Philadelphia Eagles
12
1386
7
15.05
115.5
14
10
Oakland Raiders
12
1234
10
15.28
102.8
15
7
Denver Broncos
12
1202
11
15.52
100.2
16
24
Buffalo Bills
12
1458
7
15.65
121.5
17
16
New Orleans Saints
12
1358
9
15.82
113.2
18
20
Houston Texans
12
1392
10
16.6
116
19
22
San Diego Chargers
12
1413
10
16.78
117.8
20
15
St. Louis Rams
12
1308
13
17.4
109
21
25
Miami Dolphins
12
1461
11
17.68
121.8
22
28
Indianapolis Colts
12
1543
10
17.86
128.6
23
18
Pittsburgh Steelers
12
1381
13
18.01
115.1
24
26
Green Bay Packers
12
1511
11
18.09
125.9
25
31
New England Patriots
12
1658
9
18.32
138.2
26
23
Minnesota Vikings
12
1447
13
18.56
120.6
27
30
Atlanta Falcons
12
1625
11
19.04
135.4
28
27
Dallas Cowboys
12
1520
13
19.17
126.7
29
14
Washington Redskins
12
1306
17
19.38
108.8
30
17
Tennessee Titans
12
1368
16
19.4
114
31
29
Jacksonville Jaguars
12
1565
16
21.04
130.4
32
32
Chicago Bears
12
1843
15
22.86
153.6
 
Remember the generic formula:
 
*-Total Yards allowed divided by 10 (representing 1 point for every 10 rushing yards allowed)

*-Rushing TD's allowed multiplied by 6 (representing 6 points for every TD allowed)

*-Add the two totals together and divide by number of games played
 
2013 Receiving Fantasy Points Allowed Per Game
 
Thru Week 12
 
Rk
Yd-Rk
Team
G
Yds
TD
FP/PG
Yds/G
1
1
Seattle Seahawks
12
2354
13
26.12
196.2
2
6
Tennessee Titans
12
2745
8
26.88
228.8
3
8
Carolina Panthers
12
2812
9
27.93
234.3
4
4
San Francisco 49ers
12
2686
12
28.38
223.8
5
5
New Orleans Saints
12
2723
14
29.69
226.9
6
10
Miami Dolphins
12
2898
12
30.15
241.5
7
2
Houston Texans
12
2426
20
30.22
202.2
8
9
Pittsburgh Steelers
12
2849
14
30.74
237.4
9
7
Cincinnati Bengals
12
2800
15
30.83
233.3
10
3
Cleveland Browns
12
2647
21
32.56
220.6
11
11t
New York Giants
12
2925
17
32.88
243.8
12
13
Chicago Bears
12
2954
17
33.12
246.2
13
11t
New England Patriots
12
2925
18
33.38
243.8
14
15
Indianapolis Colts
12
3032
17
33.77
252.7
15
14
Baltimore Ravens
12
2985
19
34.38
248.8
16
22
St. Louis Rams
12
3208
18
35.73
267.3
17
23
Kansas City Chiefs
12
3247
18
36.06
270.6
18
16
Arizona Cardinals
12
3064
22
36.53
255.3
19
17
Buffalo Bills
12
3082
23
37.18
256.8
20
21
Green Bay Packers
12
3207
22
37.73
267.2
21
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
12
3149
23
37.74
262.4
22
28
San Diego Chargers
12
3433
19
38.11
286.1
23
18
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12
3135
24
38.13
261.2
24t
19
Atlanta Falcons
12
3143
24
38.19
261.9
24t
24
Oakland Raiders
12
3263
22
38.19
271.9
26
25
New York Jets
12
3269
22
38.24
272.4
27
26
Detroit Lions
12
3353
21
38.44
279.4
28
27
Washington Redskins
12
3381
23
39.68
281.8
29
32
Philadelphia Eagles
12
3774
20
41.45
314.5
30
30
Denver Broncos
12
3639
23
41.83
303.2
31
31
Dallas Cowboys
12
3728
22
42.07
310.7
32
29
Minnesota Vikings
12
3616
26
43.13
301.3
 
Remember the generic formula:

*-Total Yards allowed divided by 10 (representing 1 point for every 10 receiving yards allowed)

*-Receiving TD's allowed multiplied by 6 (representing 6 points for every TD allowed)

*-Add the two totals together and divide by number of games played