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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 2
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/15/12 09:32
Buffalo: Fred Jackson is expected to miss at least 4 weeks with a sprained LCL in his knee. C.J. Spiller will start in his place and could make it hard for Buffalo to pull him back into a complementary role if he produces like he did last season when Jackson was injured. Tashard Choice backs up Spiller and Johnny White was re-signed to provide depth. WR David Nelson tore an ACL week 1 and his season is done. Rookie T.J. Graham gets a chance to become the Bills #3 WR and is a guy to keep an eye on.



Miami: Daniel Thomas is OUT with a concussion. Rookie Lamar Miller figures to be active this week and the top back up RB to Reggie Bush. Bush will handle the majority of the load though. WR Anthony Armstrong is Doubtful with a hamstring injury. Expect Brian Hartline to regain his starting job this week and push Legedu Naanee back to being the 3rd or 4th WR. Other than Bush, I don't want any Dolphins offensive player in fantasy football starting lineups.



New England: RB Shane Vereen is Questionable with his foot injury. Vereen, even if active clearly will be behind Stevan Ridley. Ridley busted out week 1 with a strong performance and could be the feature RB the Patriots have lacked since Corey Dillon. Wes Welker caught 3 passes for only 14 yards week 1, but I wouldn't panic on Welker yet.



New York Jets: TE Dustin Keller is OUT with a hamstring injury he aggravated in Wednesday's practice. Week 1 darling WR Stephen Hill is Probable with a minor calf injury. WR Jeremy Kerley is Probable as well with a back issue. Hill is intriguing, but needs to show week 1 wasn't a fluke. Same thing with QB Mark Sanchez. I think the Jets lulled everyone to sleep in preseason so they could come out firing when the games started to matter.



Baltimore: Joe Flacco took his first step in what I have long been predicting will be a breakout season for him. Tough test for him this week though as the Eagles have strong CB's. TE Dennis Pitta was targeted 3 times (9) as often as TE Ed Dickson (3) in week 1. While this could change on a week to week basis, it is a trend going back to the last half of the 2011 season. Pitta could end up being the better fantasy TE and someone to keep an eye on.



Cincinnati: Color me impressed with RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He looked like a stronger, more decisive runner in week 1 than I remember him being in New England. 91 yards, over 5.0 per carry, and a TD week 1 against the Ravens secures his place as a solid RB2 option going forward. Backup RB Bernard Scott is Questionable because of his preseason hand injury. Brandon Tate started week 1 opposite A.J. Green, but was ineffective. It's likely Armon Binns will get a chance next, and eventually the Bengals will turn to rookie Mohamed Sanu. A lot of hype surrounding slot WR Andrew Hawkins. But rarely do #3 WR's consistently get 8 catches for 86 yards every other game, let alone every game.



Cleveland: Trent Richardson got thru week 1 without aggravating his preseason knee injury. He wasn't limited at all week 1 getting 19 carries and practiced in full all week and is good to go. Better days are to be expected. Don't expect WR Greg Little to have a goose egg in the box score often. He is the best WR they have until supplemental draft rookie Josh Gordon gets up to speed. But Brandon Weeden looked BAD and needs to show something before I'd unglue any Browns TE's or WR's from the pine.



Pittsburgh: Jonathan Dwyer (Probable; foot) is expected to start at RB after clearly out-performing Isaac Redman both in preseason and week 1. Rashard Mendenhall is Doubtful despite again being listed as a full participant in practices this week. Dwyer has an excellent chance to take the starting RB job and run with it even when Mendenhall does return. The absence of Jets CB Darrelle Revis (OUT; concussion) is good news for fantasy owners of both WR's Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.



Houston: No late week drama this week with Arian Foster. Foster is Probable and will start without issue. His specific injury listing this week isn't the knee that had so many concerned last week, this week it's "back and illness". Expect a heavy dose of Foster against a Jaguars defense that allowed Adrian Peterson to look nothing like a RB 10 months removed from a torn ACL.



Indianapolis: Austin Collie is Doubtful because of lingering issues stemming from a preseason concussion. Donnie Avery will start opposite Reggie Wayne again this week. If Collie doesn't get over this soon, Avery could take the #2 WR job in Indy away from him and possibly become fantasy relevant. Rookie WR T.Y. Hilton is Probable and should get into some game action this week mixing in as the #3 WR.



Jacksonville: With Rashad Jennings out indefinitely with a knee injury, Maurice Jones-Drew goes back to full feature RB capacity. MJD may not be in full football shape, but he certainly looked game enough week 1 averaging just over 4.0 yards per carry on 19 attempts and catching 3 passes for 18 yards. Blaine Gabbert looked good week 1 throwing for 260 yards, 2 TD's and no int's. A few more games like that and Gabbert may make it onto fantasy rosters.



Tennessee: QB Jake Locker will start without issue despite being listed as Questionable with a separated non-throwing shoulder. WR's Kenny Britt (knee) and Nate Washington (calf) are Questionable as well but both expected to play, although it's likely both will be limited some. There's been some talk that Washington's problem isn't a knee at all, but rather a concussion, but there's been no designation officially. Just stay away from Washington and consider Britt a desperation play with upside. Backup RB Javon Ringer is OUT because of an elbow injury that developed a bad infection that required hospitalization for a short while.



Denver: While Peyton Manning had more wobble on several of his passes than he used to, he was still deadly accurate week 1 and came out of the game with no neck issues. In a likely shootout against Atlanta, I like all the Broncos starting offensive skill guys as good plays. However, rookie RB Ronnie Hillman's hype train has screeched to a halt after he was demoted to 4th string and made inactive behind Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball.



Kansas City: Jamaal Charles made it thru week 1 with no issues on his surgically repaired knee. He and Peyton Hillis are expected to continue splitting time as the Chiefs starting RB's. After a strong preseason, Jonathan Baldwin appears to not even be the Chiefs primary #3 WR. He needs to step up and push Steve Breaston as it looks like Dexter McCluster could be locked into the 3rd WR role. The official Chiefs website and the NFL have changed McCluster's positional designation again. He was listed as a RB last week, but now has been switched to WR. Multi-positional designations are something I expect us to have next season.



Oakland: Denarius Moore is Probable and expected to start after missing week 1 with a hamstring injury. He may be limited some though as the Raiders ease him back into action. With Jacoby Ford OUT and likely headed to injured reserve with a foot injury, rookies Rod Streater and Juron Criner will man the 3rd and 4th WR spots with veteran Derek Hagan providing experience to round out the corps. K Sebastian Janikowski got thru week 1 without any issues with groin injury. He is Probable and is fine.



San Diego: RB Ryan Mathews is Questionable and considered a game time decision. Much of the media speculation is that Mathews will be inactive this week but return week 3. Even if Mathews does play this week, he's likely to be eased back slowly and be in a rotation. None of the Chargers RB's stepped up at all week 1 and none would even be considerations this week if Mathews doesn't play. TE Antonio Gates is fully expected to start without issue although he's listed as Questionable on the injury report because of a minor ribs injury.


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Post Date: 09/16/12 04:38
thanks russ, in our league mccluster is listed as a wr, now that the chiefs and the league list him there. any chance you can have him changed on our line up analyzer to wr. thanks guys
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 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/16/12 05:55
You'll have to manually remove him from your RB's on the team you have him on, and then add him from your WR list. That will complete the process for those who have McCluster
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Post Date: 09/16/12 06:12
Why? I don't understand why teams and different league sponsors do this (WR vs RB vs WR/RB).
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