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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 3
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 09/22/12 09:12
Buffalo: RB Fred Jackson (knee) and WR Ruvell Martin (ankle) are both OUT. Jackson is expected back no sooner than week 5 from his knee sprain. If C.J. Spiller continues to play like he has, there's no guarantee Jackson gets his old starting job back when healthy. As expected, with WR David Nelson out for the year, rookie T.J. Graham took over as the #3 WR. But other than Steve Johnson, there are no Buffalo WR's worth having on fantasy rosters.

Miami: RB Daniel Thomas is Probable and will play this week after missing last week with a concussion. But he's nothing more than a power RB complement to Reggie Bush. Bush set a new career high in rushing attempts in a single game week 2 and if he can keep it up, he could actually turn into a complete feature RB for the Dolphins. 2011 wasn't a fluke for Bush.

New England: TE Aaron Hernandez is out the next few weeks with an ankle injury. Kellen Winslow was signed to provide depth but likely has little fantasy value. WR Brandon Lloyd is listed as Questionable after being limited in practices all week with a thigh injury. While Lloyd is expected to be fine, there's been no official word on whether he's in real jeopardy of being a true game time decision. Deion Branch was signed during the week to replace waived Greg Salas. RB Shane Vereen is also Questionable with his foot injury and probably won't play this week. Vereen would need Stevan Ridley to have a meltdown to work his way back into any type of fantasy relevance.

New York Jets: TE Dustin Keller is Questionable and considered a game time decision with his lingering hamstring injury. Just keep him benched until he gets over it completely. 1/3 of the roster (including Mark Sanchez with his minor back strain) is listed as Probable for week 3. After a good week 1 performance RB Shonn Greene was a dud week 2. Greene is looking like a player who needs a good matchup to produce. He doesn't have a good matchup this week.

Baltimore: Dennis Pitta has taken over as the primary receiving TE over Ed Dickson. Pitta's 24 targets leads all TE's after just 2 weeks, while Dickson has only been targeted 7 times. If available in any leagues, Pitta needs to be owned.

Cincinnati: RB Bernard Scott is Probable and looks like he'll finally be able to be active for his first game in 2012 since suffering a preseason hand injury. But Scott's nothing more than a handcuff candidate to BenJarvus Green-Ellis owners.

Cleveland: TE Alex Smith is OUT. WR Josh Cribbs is Questionable. RB Trent Richardson and WR Greg Little are both Probable with minor issues and both will be fine to start this week. Chris Ogbonnaya appears to have bypassed Brandon Jackson as the 3rd down RB as Jackson was a healthy inactive week 2 while Ogbonnaya operated some in 3rd down situations. This could change week to week.

Pittsburgh: Rashard Mendenhall is OUT with his knee injury. He has been able to practice the last few weeks though and it appears he will come back and play in week 5. Jonathan Dwyer (Probable; toe) and Isaac Redman will split up the RB duties again this week. WR's Mike Wallace (groin) and Emmanuel Sanders (knee) are Probable and both will play without issue. TE Heath Miller is also Probable after missing early week practices with a ribs injury. Miller returned to a full practice on Friday and should be good to go.

Houston: After getting 5 carries for only 6 yards in week 1's blowout win over Miami, Ben Tate got 12 carries for 74 yards and 2 TD's in week 2's blowout win over Jacksonville. Tate's weekly production will be hard to predict as it will have large peaks and deep valleys like the first two weeks show. But it does mean he is a flex consideration any given week. Tate's presence is about the only thing that could prevent Arian Foster from being fantasy's top RB again in 2012. Carries Foster would get sometimes go to Tate.

Indianapolis: WR Austin Collie is Probable but needs to meet with doctors and get medical clearance before Sunday morning to be active week 3. Collie has been slow in recovering from his preseason concussion. If he returns this week it puts a damper on Donnie Avery fantasy upside. Avery has been excelling with Collie out. If Vick Ballard and Mewelde Moore continue to struggle as the backups to Donald Brown, don't be surprised if in another couple of weeks Delone Carter (who's been a healthy inactive the first 2 weeks) gets a crack at regaining the top backup job. Carter is a power RB that none of the other 3 is.

Jacksonville: Blaine Gabbert is Probable despite having a glute muscle injury. He'll start without issue. RB Rashad Jennings is Doubtful with the knee injury he suffered week 1. When he comes back he will be nothing more than the handcuff to Maurice Jones-Drew.

Tennessee: RB Javon Ringer is Questionable and while expected to finally be able to play after missing the first 2 weeks with an elbow infection, he may need one more week. His return will finally put pressure on Chris Johnson as Ringer is the most talented of the backup RB's in Tennessee. After injury concerns about Kenny Britt (knee) and Nate Washington (calf) limited both in week 2, neither one is on the injury report this week and both should be a full go this week.

Denver: One week after having his praises sung by many for showing well in a victory over Pittsburgh, those same have been questioning Peyton Manning all week after a 3 interception performance in a loss against Atlanta. Bottom line is that more of his passes are wobbling than ever before, but they're still pretty much on the mark. Peyton isn't as good as he used to be in Indy, but is still better than about 18 other QB's in the league. RB Ronnie Hillman continues to be a game day inactive, but if Knowshon Moreno continues to flop as the 3rd down RB, Hillman could take over for him.

Kansas City: Jamaal Charles is Probable with a knee bruise. After coming out of last week's game, it was good to see Charles was able to practice in full each day this week. RB Shaun Draughn is getting some attention, but I'm still not bullish on him myself. TE Kevin Boss is OUT with a head injury. WR Dexter McCluster is Questionable with a shoulder injury and while expected to play is too risky to chance. WR Devon Wylie is OUT with a hamstring injury. With McCluster not totally healthy, could be a good chance for all 3 of Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston (Probable; wrist) and Jon Baldwin.

Oakland: K Sebastian Janikowski is a surprise being listed as Questionable with a groin injury. He suffered it in preseason and has been kicking thru it the first two weeks, but it's unknown if he aggravated it in practice this week or if the Raiders are just being coy with their injury report as they also list RB's Mike Goodson (hamstring), and Taiwan Jones (ribs), along with TE David Ausberry (shoulder) as Questionable as well. If Oakland signs a kicker before Sunday morning, we'll know for sure that Janikowski did aggravate it. For now, I think Janikowski should be okay. WR Juron Criner is Probable with an ankle injury and should be active. WR Denarius Moore isn't on this week's injury report at all, which is a good sign that he's finally over his hamstring issues.

San Diego: RB Ryan Mathews is Questionable, but expected to start after practicing in full all week. This will be his first action since suffering a preseason broken collarbone injury. Expect Mathews to be limited some but easily the best fantasy RB prospect from the Chargers. After being a surprise inactive week 2, TE Antonio Gates is Probable after practicing in full Thursday and Friday. While I'm unhappy with him after last week's Houdini act he is fully expected to play and be fine despite lingering rib soreness. WR Eddie Royal is Probable and will play despite a shoulder injury.
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