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