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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 13
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/01/12 11:43
Buffalo: Donald Jones is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of a calf injury. He was only able to practice once this past week and at less than 100% shouldn't be much of a fantasy consideration. T.J. Graham would start in his place if Jones can't play. The split between C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson should be about 2-1 in favor of Spiller. Spiller is a great fantasy RB1 this week with his matchup while Jackson a decent consideration as a RB2.

Miami: TE Anthony Fasano has been limited most practices this week but is Probable and will start without problem. TE/FB Charles Clay got some attention last week and while the Dolphins raved about him before the season this was the first time he did anything this season. Don't expect Clay to become a regular contributor.

New England: Rob Gronkowski remains out and likely will be the rest of the regular season because of his broken arm. As usual, the Patriots listed WR's Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Julian Edelman, along with TE Aaron Hernandez all as Questionable. However none are considered in danger of not playing. Personally, I'm sick of writing about Bill Belichek's injury report games.

New York Jets: Tim Tebow has cracked ribs and that may explain why the Jets haven't turned to Tebow as a replacement for Mark Sanchez. The split between Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell continues to get closer to an even 50/50. With a good matchup at home this week, both could be considered borderline RB's 2/3. G Brandon Moore is listed as Probable with a hip injury. Must have happened when a 225 lb QB crashed into it from behind on Thanksgiving.

Baltimore: Ed Dickson is Doubtful with a knee injury and won't play. This means Dennis Pitta doesn't have to split so much time in the Ravens passing offense. WR's Torrey Smith (thigh), Anquan Boldin (knee), and Jacoby Jones (ankle) are all listed as Probable. Jones is the only one I'm concerned about as he didn't practice at all this past week but is still listed as Probable. That's a little unusual. While the matchup on paper isn't good for Joe Flacco and the Ravens passing attack, they have been much stronger at home this season than on the road and I think Flacco is going to surprise some people this week with a better than expected game.

Cincinnati: WR Mohamed Sanu is likely to miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a stress fracture in his foot during practice Thursday. He'll undergo surgery. Too bad as he was starting to cement his role as a starting WR. Marvin Jones is the favorite for that spot now. Andrew Hawkins is Probable and should be fine to return as the Bengals 3 WR after missing time with a knee injury.

Cleveland: Brandon Weeden is Probable and will start without issue despite having suffered a minor concussion week 12. Weather is expected to be an issue for the Browns/Raiders game with strong winds and sloppy conditions. Trent Richardson is a top 5 RB consideration this week with a strong matchup against a bad Raiders run defense.

Pittsburgh: While Ben Roethlisberger tried to make it thru practices this week, he has been ruled OUT for week 13 with his shoulder and ribs injury. Charlie Batch will start again this week in his place. It's hoped Ben can return week 14. Jonathan Dwyer is supposed to be given first crack at being the featured RB for the Steelers. Mike Tomlin has stated he doesn't want to use the committee he's had in recent games any more. He wants a primary guy and Dwyer gets first crack over Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman. WR Antonio Brown returns from an ankle injury and will start this week. While there's talk of WR Mike Wallace being demoted, he is still listed as co-starter with Emmanuel Sanders. It won't take long for Wallace to prove he's the Steelers best WR.

Houston: Ben Tate finally returns from his hamstring injury and will be the top backup to Arian Foster. A recent string of strong games by Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson could continue as the Titans are not a strong defense vs. the run or pass.

Indianapolis: TE Coby Fleener is Probable and will return from his shoulder injury to play for the first time in a few weeks. His return puts a crimp in the fantasy value of Dwayne Allen more than anything else. The split between RB's Vick Ballard and Donald Brown is expected to be closer to 50/50 as Brown continues to get the knee he had surgery on stronger with time. Andrew Luck hasn't been tearing it up in recent games but a matchup against Detroit could be the cure for what ails his recent fantasy slump.

Jacksonville: WR's Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Justin Blackmon (groin) both scared owners when they didn't practice Thursday, but both practiced Friday and both are Probable for week 13 and should be fine. RB Jalen Parmele's reign was short lived. He suffered a partially torn groin injury and was placed on injured reserve. With Maurice Jones-Drew still out with his foot injury, Rashad Jennings will start for Jacksonville and should be the primary RB week 13. The Jags say they'll use a committee but the only other RB's they have are Montell Owens and Jordan Todman (whom they signed off the Vikings practice squad earlier this week).

Tennessee: Chris Johnson has been an anomaly this season. Against bad run defenses, Johnson has been mediocre. Against good run defenses, Johnson has been on fire. The Texans are a good run defense and if Johnson continues his ways he should be a top 10 fantasy RB this week. 4th WR Damien Williams is questionable with a hamstring injury and will be a game time decision.

Denver: Knowshon Moreno was the surprise starter and featured RB week 12 and as long as he can avoid the fumbling issue that got him benched earlier this season, he should continue in that capacity. That's still a bit of a surprise though as Ronnie Hillman was starting to get more playing time with Willis McGahee as the starter and then he was cut way back last week behind Moreno. #3 WR Brandon Stokley is expected to play despite being Questionable with wrist and hip injuries.

Kansas City: A shooting at the Chiefs facility involving an apparent suicide by a player is a tragedy playing out this morning. The player is LB Jovan Belcher. On injury news for the Chiefs Dexter McCluster is Probable and should be fine despite a minor concussion. Brady Quinn will continue to start at QB but if he doesn't get something going on offense soon I think Ricky Stanzi will finish the season.

Oakland: Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are Questionable and both are considered game time decisions. McFadden is tentatively expected to play and split time with Marcel Reece. But considering McFadden wasn't all the effective before the injury in a featured role expecting him to be great in his first game back from an ankle injury seems unrealistic. Reece is my preferred play of the two and neither is better than a RB2/3. Weather conditions are supposed to be lousy for passing games so don't expect Carson Palmer to be airing it out as much as he recently has been.

San Diego: WR Eddie Royal is OUT with a hamstring injury. TE Dante Rosario is Doubtful with a hamstring injury. Danario Alexander isn't on the injury report at all despite having started the week with a quad injury. Alexander continues to be impressive and as long as he stays healthy, he's a legitimate fantasy consideration.

On any given Sunday any fantasy team can beat another, only to still lose Monday night.
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