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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 12
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/24/12 15:09
Buffalo: Fred Jackson is over his concussion and is Probable. He will play week 12. The expected split between him and C.J. Spiller is 2-1 in favor of Spiller. With a good matchup this week, Spiller is a solid RB1 while Jackson a RB2/3 or flex option. Steve Johnson isn't on the injury report at all and appears to have finally shaken the minor nagging injuries that have plagued him the last few weeks.

Miami: RB Reggie Bush needs to get things turned around before he can be trusted as anything more than a flex option. He's been awful the last few games and Daniel Thomas is actually out-producing him and forcing more of an equal time share despite Thomas having shown nothing special. TE Anthony Fasano has been downgraded to Questionable because of a hip injury and he'll be a game time decision. I wouldn't want to trust him at all anyway. WR Jabar Gaffney was released.

New England: Aaron Hernandez made it thru Thursday's game without any setbacks and hopefully will produce better numbers in coming weeks with Rob Gronkowski out 4-6 weeks with a broken arm. WR Julian Edelman suffered what is believed to be a concussion and his status for week 13 is uncertain at this point. Shane Vereen's emergence appears to have pushed Danny Woodhead down to next to nothing.

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez will remain the Jets starting QB despite his struggles. Tim Tebow has cracked ribs and while active, won't be seeing much action. As expected, the timeshare is growing between Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell. Powell is likely to take on even more in coming weeks as he's proving to be more of a complete RB.

Baltimore: TE's Dennis Pitta (head) and Ed Dickson (neck) are Probable and both will play despite their minor injuries. Joe Flacco gets a chance to prove he can be an effective road QB this week with a strong matchup against a very suspect Chargers pass defense. Flacco has been very mediocre on the road while being lights out at home this season. Something has to give this week.

Cincinnati: WR Andrew Hawkins is Doubtful with a knee injury and he won't play. Even though WR Marvin Jones is Probable and expected to play for the first time in a few weeks, Mohamed Sanu seems to have solidified his spot as the starting WR opposite A.J. Green. Green and QB Andy Dalton should feast upon a weak Raiders pass defense this week.

Cleveland: Even though he's healthy now, WR Mohamed Massaquoi has clearly fallen behind Josh Gordon and Greg Little in the WR pecking order. However with a matchup against the Steelers #1 ranked fantasy pass defense, none of the Browns pass catchers are recommended plays. RB Trent Richardson is still a solid RB1/2 as he isn't showing signs of hitting the rookie wall yet.

Pittsburgh: Charlie Batch will start at QB with both Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) and Byron Leftwich (ribs) OUT. Batch isn't an exciting fantasy option though. WR Antonio Brown is Questionable and considered a game time decision with his ankle injury. With Batch at QB, it's hard to like any of the Steelers pass catchers as good fantasy plays. Isaac Redman passed his concussion tests and is Probable. He'll serve as the 3rd down RB with Rashard Mendenhall and Jonathan Dwyer splitting up the primary rushing duties. The Steelers are likely to ride whichever one develops the "hot hand" making both hard to trust as anything more than flex options. Personally, I like Dwyer a little more than Mendenhall if pressed to choose one.

Houston: Those who don't pay attention may think Justin Forsett is worth starting after his big TD run this past week, but that was an official's gaffe, and made worse by one of the dumbest rules in the NFL. Like in life, there should be a "common sense" rule that trumps the ticky-tack. We'll revisit the Texans next week, but they look to be hitting their offensive stride both rushing and passing.

Indianapolis: Donald Brown is Probable and will play despite having some lingering issues stemming from the minor knee procedure done a few weeks ago. It appears though that he has fallen behind rookie Vick Ballard in the pecking order. Ballard is a strong RB2 this week due to a great matchup and Brown merely a flex consideration. Delone Carter has solidified his place as the goal line RB but offers little else. WR Donnie Avery suffered a minor concussion week 11 but is Probable after passing his tests and will start week 12.

Jacksonville: Jalen Parmele will start at RB as Rashad Jennings has been demoted. Maurice Jones-Drew is still a couple of weeks away from returning. Blaine Gabbert was placed on injured reserve despite the fact his injuries weren't really that severe. This was just a way of making sure he was out of the way so Chad Henne has no competition for the last 6 games of the season. Henne is auditioning for the Jags starting QB job in 2013 these last 6 weeks. Henne has had some great games in the past, but usually they are few and far between a bunch of mediocre ones. Those expecting last week's magically performance to be the norm are going to be disappointed. It was nice to see Justin Blackmon get some numbers for a change though. WR Laurent Robinson was placed on injured reserve after he suffered his 4th concussion this season. There's some fear his career may be over.

Tennessee: Jake Locker is Probable and will start despite still having some soreness in his shoulder. Hopefully he can get a rapport going with WR Kenny Britt and TE Jared Cook. It's a good matchup against Jacksonville for all Titans players. But it's usually with these good matchups that Chris Johnson struggles the most. He's a solid RB1, but I'm just making a note about him and how he performs against certain matchups.

Denver: Ronnie Hillman takes over as the primary RB with Willis McGahee out the rest of the season with a knee injury. Hillman should lead the Broncos RB's but expect both Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno to also get some carries. Hillman's the best bet for fantasy production though with Ball second best and Moreno needing to regain the trust of the coaching staff after being inactive since week 3. While the Chiefs rank 7th in actual passing yards allowed, their 20 passing TD's allowed bode well for Peyton Manning to continue putting up solid fantasy numbers.

Kansas City: Despite a neck injury suffered week 11, Dwayne Bowe is Probable and will start. Jonathan Baldwin is also Probable and will start after missing last week with a concussion. Matt Cassel has been benched again and so Brady Quinn will start at QB week 12. Quinn is pretty bad as well and it's only a matter of time before the Chiefs give Ricky Stanzi a shot at QB. Stanzi must be showing poorly in practices though as the Chiefs haven't let him on the field yet this season despite their QB woes.

Oakland: Marcel Reece starts again at RB with both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson OUT with their ankle injuries. It's hoped McFadden will return next week, but there's no guarantee. Carson Palmer gets a chance for revenge against his former team, but the Raiders historically aren't a good road team. Both WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and TE Brandon Myers are Probable and both will start without issue despite minor injuries.

San Diego: Ryan Mathews isn't on the injury report at all this week after having a minor neck injury that limited him some in week 11. Mathews could be in for a big day against a Ravens run defense that ranks 27th in rushing fantasy points allowed. WR Eddie Royal is OUT with a hamstring injury, and TE Dante Rosario is Doubtful with a hamstring injury and is not expected to play. Danario Alexander continues to excel as a starting WR, but I am still waiting for his troublesome knees to flare up. But until they do, Alexander has proven to be too good to not be a consideration for starting lineups.
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