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Topic: AFC Week 9 Team by Team News and Notes
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/03/12 14:22
Buffalo: Despite coming off a bye week, it seems the Bills have quite a few guys on the injury report. But most are Probable and they should be fine. The split between Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller has a twofold effect. In matchups against bad run defenses, it means both RB's can be considered as good fantasy starters. In matchups against strong run defenses, it means neither makes a good fantasy starter. Their matchup this week is against a Houston run defense that has yet to allow a single rushing TD this season. They are weak plays.

Miami: Ryan Tannehill is expected to start week 9 despite being listed as Questionable with his knee and quad bruise injuries. However, he'll be on a short leash if he struggles at all and there's still a small chance the Dolphins may decide it's smarter to rest him a week and start Matt Moore instead. WR Brian Hartline is Questionable but expected to play despite having suffered a groin injury in practice this week. He may be limited some though and he is no longer much of a fantasy consideration. Take away his two big games, and in the other 5 he has 12 catches for 191 yards and no TD's.

New England: The Patriots are on bye and it's believed it will give Wes Welker plenty of time to get over his minor ankle ailment. We'll revisit them next week.

New York Jets: The Jets are on bye and it's kind of nice not to have to say anything about them for a week. We'll revisit them next week.

Baltimore: The bye week seems t have really hurt the Ravens as they have more players on the injury report this week than they did in week 7. Luckily, most are Probable so it's not a big deal. It's hoped that the Ravens are going to start getting the ball more often to Ray Rice the second half of the season. While the matchup on paper for Joe Flacco looks good, it needs to be noted that the last 2 games, the Browns haven't allowed a TD pass after allowing 15 the first 6 weeks. He didn't have good games against Cleveland last year.

Cincinnati: WR Marvin Jones is OUT because of a torn MCL. He'll probably miss a few more weeks. His absence means Mohamed Sanu is likely to be active on game days, but he holds no fantasy value buried as the 4th or 5th WR. We'll find out just how good A.J. Green is this week as it's expected Champ Bailey will shadow him. For what it's worth, I think Green has emerged into must start status every week. He's on pace for 100 receptions for 1,454 yards and 16 TD's.

Cleveland: Trent Richardson is Probable and will start despite still being limited in practices because of his ribs injury. He gets a great matchup as the Ravens run defense ranks 30th in rushing fantasy points allowed. WR Mohamed Massaquoi is Probable and expected to play for the first time in a few weeks. Massaquoi has been out with a hamstring injury and that allowed Josh Gordon to step into the starting spot and it's believed that Massaquoi will now become the Browns #3 WR.

Pittsburgh: Isaac Redman will start at RB and be backed up by Baron Batch and Chris Rainey this week as both Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and Jonathan Dwyer (quad) are Doubtful on the injury report. Dwyer's quad injury was originally called minor, but apparently it flared up on him later this past week. Redman has been out a couple of games with ankle injuries, but has practiced in full all week and is Probable.

Houston: RB Ben Tate is OUT with a hamstring injury. It's believed Tate will miss a couple of weeks with the injury. Justin Forsett steps in as the top backup to Arian Foster with Jonathan Grimes the #3 RB. Forsett can be considered by the RB desperate this week because of a matchup against the Bills 32nd ranked fantasy run defense. For some reason, think this is going to be the week Andre Johnson goes off. He's due for a big game. TE Owen Daniels is Probable with a minor hamstring issue suffered in practice this week but he'll be fine.

Indianapolis: TE Coby Fleener is OUT for a couple of games with a partially dislocated shoulder injury. This makes Dwayne Allen rise to fantasy TE consideration for those who have mediocre options. RB Donald Brown was rested in Thursday's practice leading to speculation that he may have suffered a setback in his knee, but he practiced in full Friday and is Probable on the injury report. Likely though it's a 60/40 split between him and Vick Ballard going forward.

Jacksonville: RB's Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Montell Owens (shoulder) are both OUT. MJD is expected to miss a few more weeks with his injury. Rashad Jennings will start in his place. WR Laurent Robinson is Probable and will finally return after missing the last few games with a concussion. But Robinson has lost his starting job to Cecil Shorts and will only be the #3 WR. Shorts has emerged as a viable fantasy WR 4/5 in recent weeks.

Tennessee: Matt Hasselbeck continues to start over Jake Locker. Like I said several weeks ago, as long as Hasselbeck is playing well, the Titans won't rush him back. Expect Hasselbeck to keep starting until the next time the Titans get obliterated in a game. Chris Johnson has a string of 3 solid games to his credit, and if he can do well this week against a Bears run D that ranks 2nd in fewest rushing fantasy points allowed, I'll be ready to put him back into that top 12 fantasy RB category. But I get the feeling he's going to have a very mediocre game.

Denver: Peyton Manning is Probable with a thumb injury on his throwing hand. While it's not expected to be any issue, I want to see how he does this week as injuries to throwing hands on QB's are sometimes more of a problem than expected. RB Willis McGahee has been easy to predict this season. When he faces tough run defenses, he performs poorly. When he faces weaker run defenses he performs great. Cincinnati ranks 25th in rushing fantasy points allowed. Expect another good game from McGahee.

Kansas City: Another mistake filled game last Thursday for Matt Cassel probably seals his fate. The Chiefs have said that Brady Quinn is their starter when he gets over his concussion and if that isn't in time for week 10, it could be Ricky Stanzi and not Cassel who gets the start. RB Jamaal Charles appears to have avoided any injuries on that big hit that caused him to sit out the rest of game. No concussion has been reported and no issues to his shoulder either. He's lucky as that could have been a lot worse.

Oakland: RB's Darren McFadden (shoulder) and Mike Goodson (turf toe) are Probable and both will be fine for week 9. Just like Kicker Sebastian Janikowski will be fine despite being Probable with the groin injury he's been listed as having all season that doesn't prevent him from ever kicking in a game. Expect big yardage but low TD totals for Carson Palmer, Denarius Moore, and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Tampa Bay allows the second most passing yards in the league, but have only allowed 9 passing TD's. Only 6 teams have allowed fewer than that.

San Diego: WR's Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal are both expected back in week 10 after missing Thursday night's game with hamstring injuries. The Chargers say that WR Danario Alexander will have an increased role regardless after his decent showing in the starting lineup. Alexander has never lacked talent, but can't stay healthy for long after having had so many surgeries on his knees. If the Chargers think that's going to change in San Diego, they're in for a surprise in about 1-2 weeks.
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