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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 10
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/10/12 14:27
Buffalo: Steve Johnson will start and be fine despite being listed as Questionable with a thigh bruise injury. With a sweet matchup against a suspect Patriots pass defense, Johnson and Ryan Fitzpatrick are stronger than normal plays and Donald Jones and Scott Chandler could also good sleeper plays. Word is that Buffalo wants to get C.J. Spiller the ball more often. That can only come at the expense of Fred Jackson. We'll see if they're true to this idea.

Miami: Brian Hartline's tender hamstring is a non-issue and he's Probable for week 10. He makes a strong matchup play this week as the Titans are generous to opposing QB's and WR's. Ryan Tannehill would make a strong matchup play for those without better QB options. The split between RB's Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas has been a lot more 50/50 in recent weeks despite Bush having been a better producer of yards. If Thomas doesn't start doing better soon, he'll fall behind Bush in playing time again.

New England: As usual, the Patriots use the "Questionable" injury designation loosely. TE's Rob Gronkowski (hip) and Aaron Hernandez (ankle), along with WR's Wes Welker (ankle) and Brandon Lloyd (knee) are all Questionable, but each is fully expected to play. RB Brandon Bolden has been suspended 4 games by the league for violating the substance abuse policy. He won't be eligible to return until week 14 the earliest. Shane Vereen has a lock on the top backup spot to Stevan Ridley and just needs now to push Danny Woodhead for 3rd down duties to become a potentially viable option on a more regular basis. Ridley should be a very strong play this week against Buffalo's last ranked fantasy run defense. Vereen and Woodhead could be okay flex plays.

New York Jets: RB Joe McKnight is OUT with his ankle injury. Bilal Powell is fully expected to play despite being listed as Questionable. Powell will backup Shonn Greene. It's nice to not see TE Dustin Keller's name on the injury report at all for a change. Credit Rex Ryan for not giving into public and ownership pressure to start Tim Tebow. Ryan is sticking with Mark Sanchez as he knows Sanchez is the better QB.

Baltimore: I have a sneaky suspicion this is going to be a big week for Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith. Both players are due for it. The Raiders traditionally don't travel well to the east coast and that plays into this gut feeling. 3rd WR Jacoby Jones has been limited in practice all week because of a minor toe injury but he is Probable and will be fine.

Cincinnati: A.J. Green continues his rise to elite fantasy and NFL WR status. He got the best of Champ Bailey last week and has become a must start fantasy WR. Rookie WR Marvin Jones remains OUT with a knee injury. The healthy return of backup RB Brian Leonard last week made Cedric Peerman disappear down the depth chart.

Cleveland: The Browns are on bye this week and we'll revisit them next week.

Pittsburgh: Isaac Redman is expected to start Monday night at RB. Jonathan Dwyer is Probable and will be the top backup and split time with Redman. Rashard Mendenhall is Doubtful to play as the Steelers want to rest him another week so his Achilles strain can get heal up more. WR Antonio Brown is OUT because of an ankle injury. Emmanuel Sanders will start in his place with Jerricho Cotchery stepping into the 3rd WR slot. Kicker Shaun Suisham is Probable with a minor ankle injury and is in no danger of not kicking Monday night.

Houston: Owen Daniels is Questionable and considered a game time decision for Sunday night's matchup against the Texans. Daniels has a back injury that apparently is tied to the hip issues that prevented him from practicing at all besides a very limited session on Friday. Between the injury and the matchup, Daniels is probably best left on the bench. If he can't play James Casey and Garrett Graham will split up the TE duties. Ben Tate is OUT with a hamstring injury so Justin Forsett is the top backup to Arian Foster again. Foster should never be sat but temper expectations on the road against a good Bears run defense.

Indianapolis: Donald Brown made it thru Thursday night without aggravating his knee injury. How the split between him and Vick Ballard will be going forward is currently unknown. TE Coby Fleener is reportedly likely to miss a couple more games with his shoulder injury.

Jacksonville: Blaine Gabbert suffered a shoulder injury Thursday night. It's not believed to be serious enough to put his week 11 status in doubt, but it's still early and Gabbert looked awful so the Jags could use it as an excuse to give Chad Henne a chance. Maurice Jones-Drew is making progress as he recovers from a foot sprain, but he isn't expected back until week 13 the earliest.

Tennessee: Jake Locker made it thru practices all week and will return as the starting QB over Matt Hasselbeck week 10. His injured shoulder is almost completely healed up. WR Kendall Wright suffered an elbow injury last week but it was minor and he is Probable for this week. Also Probable are Kenny Britt and Nate Washington. They'll start with Wright working as the Titans #3 WR. But Wright has been out-producing both recently.

Denver: Peyton Manning continues to be on a tear. His top 3 WR's (Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Stokley) are all Probable and will play without issue. RB Willis McGahee had his first poor game against a weak fantasy run defense last week. It's hoped his over 30 body and legs aren't starting to give out on him. Ronnie Hillman is a smart handcuff to McGahee in case this is starting to happen.

Kansas City: Brady Quinn remains OUT with a concussion. Matt Cassel will start Monday night in his place. Cassel has been bad, but he gives Dwayne Bowe the best chance to have fantasy value over Quinn. KC says they want to get Jonathan Baldwin more involved, but that can only come at the expense of Steve Breaston and Dexter McCluster. None can be trusted in a fantasy lineup. Jamal Charles is Probable with a neck injury and practiced in full all week. Charles is lucky he didn't suffer anything more severe on that wicked shot he took week 9. Charles is a risky RB2 given the matchup and inconsistent play calling and personnel groupings the Chiefs have used the past few weeks.

Oakland: Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are OUT with high ankle sprains. Taiwan Jones is expected to start and be the primary rushing down RB while Marcel Reece will be the backup and 3rd down RB. Jones is a speedster who probably can't go between the tackles very well, so I think you'll see a bit more of Reece and I slightly prefer Reece as the better fantasy play of the two. TE Brandon Myers is Probable and will play despite a minor shoulder injury. Many will think his 2 TD catches last week are a sign of things to come, but those were the first TD's he's scored in a 4 year career.

San Diego: Both Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal are Probable and both will play week 10 after missing last week with hamstring injuries. However it remains to be seen how much the emergence of Danario Alexander will cut into either one's time. Alexander surprised the coaching staff last week and they say they want to get him more involved going forward, but he's never been able to stay healthy for long on those knees that have had many surgeries throughout his high school, college, and pro career.

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