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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 7
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/20/12 19:02
Buffalo: The RB split between Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller will continue to limit the huge upside of both players, but it also means both players can be considered as potential starters when the matchup is excellent. Like this week against Tennessee's 25th ranked fantasy run defense.

Miami: The Dolphins are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

New England: Brandon Bolden is OUT with a knee injury. Shane Vereen will be the top backup to Stevan Ridley. Ridley is a top 5 RB play based on matchup. We'll see if Vereen gets enough carries to be worth a flier. TE's Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle) are both listed as Questionable but both are fully expected to play and be just fine this week. As is WR Wes Welker (questionable; ankle). Julian Edelman (questionable; hand) is also Questionable and probably will be sat out this week again.

New York Jets: Bilal Powell is Doubtful with a shoulder injury and won't play this week, and probably not next week either. Joe McKnight is generously listed as Questionable despite reportedly having a high ankle sprain. That's an injury that usually causes a player to miss 4-6 weeks, so either the diagnosis is wrong, or the Jets are just trying to be coy. I doubt if McKnight plays. Former Texans practice squad player Jonathan Grimes becomes the top backup to Shonn Greene and there's a lot of speculation that Tim Tebow could get some time at RB. That seems far-fetched, and I doubt if it would mean any fantasy value. WR's Stephen Hill (hamstring) and Jeremy Kerley (finger) are Probable and both will start without issue against a very suspect Patriots pass defense.

Baltimore: While the Ravens have had all sorts of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, the offense is pretty healthy. The matchup this week is tough for all Ravens offensive players against a Texans defense that just got embarrassed by the Packers week 6, but it's hard to recommend ever sitting Ray Rice or Torrey Smith. Just temper your expectations for them this week.

Cincinnati: WR Armon Binns is Questionable and considered a game time decision for week 7 because of an ankle injury. Brandon Tate could start in his place. Backup RB Brian Leonard is Doubtful and not expected to play because of a ribs injury. Cedric Peerman is the top backup to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Cleveland: Trent Richardson will start and be the primary RB despite being Questionable with a ribs injury. He practiced all week and the only potential problem is that he may share some extra playing time with Montario Hardesty. Richardson is still a strong RB1 with the matchup and Hardesty a risky flex consideration. Mohamed Massaquoi has been downgraded to OUT for week 7 with his lingering hamstring injury. Josh Gordon will start again in his place. WR Travis Benjamin is expected to be active after missing the last few games with a hamstring issue, but he'll likely be limited this week.

Pittsburgh: Jonathan Dwyer will start at RB with both Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Isaac Redman (ankle) OUT week 7. It's hoped both will return week 8. Dwyer will split some time with both Baron Batch and Chris Rainey, but should be the primary RB and the best one for potential fantasy value. The ankle injury Ben Roethlisberger supposedly suffered in practice this week was so minor, he isn't even on the injury report at all.

Houston: While each of Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Owen Daniels were held out of Wednesday's practice, each were just being given a day off and none of the three is on the injury report. With so many injuries to the Ravens defense, it's hard to not like all three of these players as fantasy considerations this week. Ben Tate is Probable and appears to be shaking off whatever the toe injury was that made him sit out a Monday night game two weeks ago.

Indianapolis: Donald Brown remains OUT as he recovers from a minor knee procedure. Vick Ballard will start again, but this could be Ballard's last chance as he was ineffective starting last week. I do think Delone Carter stands a good chance of getting the start week 8 if Brown still isn't able to return, and Ballard struggles again this week. Expect Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne to be great plays this week because of the matchup and Donnie Avery may be a sneaky fantasy sleeper WR this week.

Jacksonville: Laurent Robinson is OUT again this week because of a concussion suffered a few weeks back. That was Robinson's 3rd concussion of the season and there is no timetable for his return. Cecil Shorts has been promoted to the starting WR spot as he is the only WR in J-ville who is making any plays.

Tennessee: Despite being able to practice some during the week, Jake Locker is OUT with his shoulder injury. As long as Matt Hasselbeck plays well, I question whether the Titans will hurry Locker back at all. Consider this situation to be week-to-week. WR Kenny Britt isn't on the injury report at all and finally appears to be near 100% after having knee and ankle issues earlier this season. Britt's return to the starting lineup likely will cost Kendall Wright some immediate fantasy value.

Denver: The Broncos are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

Kansas City: The Chiefs are on bye this week. They say it's an open competition for the starting QB job between Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, but as bad as Cassel is, Quinn is simply worse. They're blind if they didn't see that last week.

Oakland: RB Darren McFadden (shoulder), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder), TE Brandon Myers (ear; knee), and K Sebastian Janikowski (groin) are all Probable and each are fine to play this week. This could finally be the big week McFadden owners have been waiting for as he gets a great matchup. Darrius Heyward-Bey returned last week after being out with a concussion and neck injury. Even though DHB was a no-show in the boxscore, better things should be coming for him.

San Diego: The Chargers are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

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