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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 6
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/13/12 14:46
Buffalo: While neither Fred Jackson nor C.J. Spiller is on the injury report at all, neither player is fully recovered from their earlier season injuries. The workload between the two is likely to be a 50/50 split and if one develops a hot hand during a game expect the coaches to ride whichever one that is. That makes it a very difficult to trust fantasy situation.

Miami: Despite Reggie Bush's knee not being fully recovered, he is playing thru it and is Probable for week 6. Against a Rams run defense that ranks 22nd, Bush makes a borderline RB1/2. Lamar Miller will back him up as Daniel Thomas is OUT with a concussion. The bye week 7 will help Thomas's chances of returning in week 8. Brian Hartline is Probable and will start without issue despite a minor quad injury.

New England: As usual, Bill Belichick plays games again with his injury report listing no fewer than 14 players as "questionable". Amongst them, Wes Welker (ankle), Rob Gronkowski (hip), Brandon Bolden (knee), and Shane Vereen (foot) are all expected to be fine for their normal roles. WR Julian Edelman (hand) is not expected to play despite the questionable designation and TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) will be a game time decision. Hernandez is tentatively expected to be able to play although he is also expected to be limited. The matchup this week is tough for all the Patriots offensive players on the road against a strong Seattle defense (1st in fantasy pass defense; 4th against the run) but it's hard to not play Tom Brady, Welker, and Gronkowski if you have them. Just temper the expectations and hope for the best.

New York Jets: WR Stephen Hill and TE Dustin Keller are both Probable and both are expected to play. Hill's return should push Jeremy Kerley back into the #3 role, but probably the bigger fantasy impact will occur to Chaz Schilens. Kerley has proven to be a much more effective WR both NFL and fantasy than Schilens. Rex Ryan continues to express confidence in Shonn Greene as the starting RB, but sooner or later the obvious will be impossible to ignore: Greene is the least creative runner in the NFL and both Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight give the Jets more explosive potential running the ball. Expect Ryan to realize this and start reducing Greene's role even more soon.

Baltimore: Joe Flacco has his work cut out for him this week against a Dallas pass defense that allows the fewest actual passing yards (187.2) to opponents per game. It seems WR Anquan Boldin and TE Dennis Pitta are competing for targets. The first two weeks, Pitta had 24 while Boldin only had 10. The last 2 weeks, Pitta has only 6 and Boldin 22. Dallas has been more susceptible to opponents TE's than WR's so it could Pitta's turn this week.

Cincinnati: With Bernard Scott gone for the year with a knee injury, Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman will be the top backups to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. BGE has really slipped in production of late and while neither Leonard nor Peerman are exciting RB's, they could get sprinkled in more often than many expect if BGE doesn't get things turned around. A.J. Green is Probable with a minor knee issue and will be fine for week 6.

Cleveland: Trent Richardson should be in for a great day against the Bengals 24th ranked fantasy run defense. Richardson is on pace for over 1,500 combined yards and 16 TD's this season. Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) is OUT while Travis Benjamin (hamstring) is Doubtful. With Jordan Norwood having been placed on the "designated for return" injured reserve (meaning he is eligible to return week 14 at the earliest), Josh Gordon steps into the starting lineup at WR. After a solid showing last week, Gordon could solidify his spot as a starter even when Massaquoi eventually gets healthy.

Pittsburgh: No word yet on whether Rashard Mendenhall's Achilles injury is serious enough to put his week 7 status in jeopardy. Same with Isaac Redman and his ankle injury. Hopefully we get some word about both early next week. If both were to miss week 7, Jonathan Dwyer and Baron Batch would likely split up the RB duties.

Houston: The Texans have a lot of Probable's on the injury report and each of them are expected to be fine for their normal roles this week. Amongst them are: RB's Arian Foster (knee), Ben Tate (toe), WR Andre Johnson (groin) and Kicker Shayne Graham (calf). Tate's return pushes Justin Forsett back into being nothing more than the 3rd RB on the depth chart.

Indianapolis: Vick Ballard will start with Donald Brown out 2-3 weeks after having a knee scope. Ballard has been unimpressive so far this season as a complementary RB to Brown, but often it's different when you're the guy getting 15+ carries as opposed to the guy getting only 3-6. Delone Carter is the top backup to Ballard and could usurp him if Ballard struggles. Mewelde Moore is expected to dominate 3rd down RB duties as he's the most accomplished pass catcher and blocker of the trio. Ballard makes an intriguing RB2/3 for the desperate because of the matchup against the Jets 31st ranked fantasy run defense.

Jacksonville: Jacksonville is on bye week 6. Current word is that WR Laurent Robinson's concussion may make him miss week 7. In that case, Cecil Shorts is expected to be promoted to the starting lineup opposite Justin Blackmon.

Tennessee: While the Titans say that Jake Locker remains their starting QB, Matt Hasselbeck's Thursday night performance means they won't be rushing Locker back. Too early to know which QB will start week 7. Kenny Britt came out of Thursday night's game without issue with his ankle and he should be getting better as weeks go on.

Denver: Demaryius Thomas has a minor hip issue but he'll be fine for Monday night. Knowshon Moreno continues to be inactive each week and while Ronnie Hillman hasn't done much yet, expect him to spell Willis McGahee a bit more as he gets more acclimated to the offense.

Kansas City: With Matt Cassel OUT with a concussion, Brady Quinn start week 6 in an audition to be the Chiefs starter when they come out of their week 7 bye. Quinn usually has problems throwing the football down the field when given chances as a starter previously and expecting that to be different in KC takes supreme optimism. Peyton Hillis is OUT again with his lingering ankle injury so Shaun Draughn will back up Jamaal Charles. WR Jonathan Baldwin is expected to play despite being Questionable with a hamstring issue. But Baldwin shouldn't be a fantasy consideration as he likely will be limited.

Oakland: The bye week allowed Darrius Heyward-Bey to heal up from his concussion. He is Probable and will start. Also Probable and expected to be fine for this week are Darren McFadden (shoulder), Sebastian Janikowski (groin), and Brandon Myers (shoulder). Oakland says they made some tweaks to their running game and it's hoped that between that and the matchup against a Falcons run defense that ranks 27th in fantasy points allowed McFadden will turn his as of yet disappointing season around.

San Diego: Ryan Mathews is likely to be listed as Probable, if listed at all. Mathews has been practicing in full despite still having some minor ankle issues. Eddie Royal will be okay as the Chargers #3 WR despite a hamstring issue. Nate Kaeding will miss Monday night with his groin injury and Nick Novak will kick again in his place. It's hoped that last week was the beginning of Philip Rivers finding Robert Meachem, but I still want to see Rivers look his way more often before proclaiming Meachem back to being a regular fantasy consideration.
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