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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 8
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 10/27/12 13:52
Buffalo: The Bills are on bye week 8 and I'll revisit them next week.

Miami: Daniel Thomas is over his concussion suffered week 5 and is Probable and expected to the top backup to Reggie Bush this week. A matchup against a suspect Jets run defense makes Thomas a potential flex option for the RB desperate. Miami says they finally think recently signed WR Jabar Gaffney is ready to be active. But it's doubtful that Gaffney, as the Dolphins #3 WR has any fantasy value.

New England: TE Aaron Hernandez is OUT with his ankle injury. The Patriots have the bye week 9 and Hernandez should be fine come week 10. RB Brandon Bolden is also OUT with his knee injury. Another solid week by Shane Vereen should push Bolden down to being inactive on game days when he gets healthy. Vereen is a deep sleeper RB flex option this week for the really desperate. TE Rob Gronkowski (hip), and WR's Wes Welker (ankle), Brandon Lloyd (knee), and Julian Edelman (hand) are all listed as Questionable but each is fully expected to play his normal role this week without issue.

New York Jets: RB Bilal Powell is Doubtful and won't play because of a shoulder injury. Joe McKnight is Questionable and a game time decision after missing practice all week with his ankle sprain. Even if active, McKnight is not a good bet against a Dolphins fantasy defense that is 5th toughest against the run. Shonn Greene will dominate carries, but is a poor bet as anything higher than a weak RB2. TE Dustin Keller made it thru last week and appears to have finally put his hamstring injury behind him and is ready to be considered as a potential fantasy starting TE.

Baltimore: The Ravens are on bye week 8 and I'll revisit them next week.

Cincinnati: The Bengals are on bye week 8 and I'll revisit them next week.

Cleveland: Trent Richardson is expected to start despite being Questionable with the ribs injury he aggravated week 7. He was limited in practice all week and while likely to start, he could split more carries with Montario Hardesty than normal. Considering the tough matchup against a Chargers run defense that allows a league fewest 71.2 rush yards per game and only 2 rush TD's in 6 games, Richardson isn't a good fantasy bet this week. WR Mohamed Massaquoi is Questionable and considered a game time decision as he tries to return from a hamstring injury that has kept him out the past few weeks. Even if active, it's hard to believe Massaquoi would push rookie Josh Gordon out the starting spot. Not after Gordon has produced 4 big play TD's in the last 3 games replacing Massaquoi.

Pittsburgh: Jonathan Dwyer will start again at RB week 8 as Rashard Mendenhall is OUT with his Achilles injury. Isaac Redman is Questionable, but expected to play, although in a very limited role as the 3rd down RB because of injuries to both of his ankles. Dwyer is the fantasy RB play again this week and looks to expand on a solid week 7. Kicker Shaun Suisham popped up with an ankle injury this week but is Probable and in no danger of not kicking for the Steelers this week.

Houston: The Texans are on bye week 8 and I'll revisit them next week.

Indianapolis: RB Donald Brown is Questionable and considered a game time decision for week 8 after missing weeks 6 and 7 recovering from a minor knee scope. Brown was able to practice in full both Thursday and Friday and appears to be on track to play, although likely in a limited capacity. Likely he splits time with Vick Ballard, making neither a trustworthy fantasy option. QB Andrew Luck hasn't thrown a TD pass since week 5, but expect that to change against a Titans pass D that has allowed 16 passing TD's in 7 games this season.

Jacksonville: Maurice Jones-Drew is OUT for several weeks with a sprained arch in his foot. Rashad Jennings will start in his place. The Jaguars are hoping MJD can return later in the season. With RB Montell Owens Doubtful with a shoulder injury, Jalen Parmele will be Jennings' backup. QB Blaine Gabbert is Probable and will start despite a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. WR Laurent Robinson returned to practices this week after missing the last few with a concussion. He is Questionable and considered a game time decision. Even if active, Robinson is NOT a recommended play.

Tennessee: Jake Locker is OUT with his lingering shoulder injury. The Titans will start Matt Hasselbeck and as long as he's winning, they likely will continue to sit Locker as extra rest is only good for Locker. RB Javon Ringer was placed on injured reserve this week. He tore his MCL a few weeks ago but the Titans waited to put him on IR. This solidifies Jamie Harper's role as top backup/handcuff to Chris Johnson. Harper also likely solidified his role as goal line RB with two 1 yard TD runs last week.

Denver: Peyton Manning has 984 passing yards and 9 TD's in the last 3 games. A matchup against the Saints 31st ranked fantasy pass defense bodes well for Manning as a top 3 fantasy QB, along with WR's Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker having great games. Even Brandon Stokley could get in the action. RB Willis McGahee should be atop 5 fantasy RB this week too as the Saints are also 31st in fantasy run defense allowing 160.3 rush yards per game and 4.9 yards per rush attempt.

Kansas City: The Chiefs have decided to go for the first pick in the 2013 draft and have benched Matt Cassel in favor of Brady Quinn. They realize Quinn gives them the best chance to lose all of their remaining games. Facetiousness aside, Quinn is a checkdown machine and Dwayne Bowe owners may have to get used the 3 catches for 21 yards stat line he had in week 6 with Quinn at QB. I hope I'm wrong about that, but I kind of doubt it as I've seen the Quinn act too many times before. Backup RB Peyton Hillis returns and will be the top backup to Jamaal Charles. That pushes Shaun Draughn, who failed to impress the last few weeks while Hillis was out, down the depth chart.

Oakland: Darren McFadden (Probable; shoulder) gets another chance to get on track with a good matchup on paper. The Chiefs allow 125 rush yards per game and 4.7 yards per rush attempt. Fantasy owners are hoping he breaks out soon and the good matchups aren't helping produce many points.

San Diego: Eddie Royal is Questionable with a hamstring injury and is considered a game time decision. Royal should be figuring into fantasy plans anyway. Philip Rivers looks to have some good stats against a Browns pass defense that has allowed the 4th most passing TD's (15) this season.
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