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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 14
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/08/12 12:32
Buffalo: Steve Johnson is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of a hamstring injury. While he is tentatively expected to play he could be limited some and if you have other quality options you should consider keeping Johnson benched this week. Donald Jones is Probable after missing last week with a calf injury and will start without issue. Fred Jackson had a larger than expected workload last week. Expect the Bills to simply ride the hot hand between Jackson and C.J. Spiller each week.

Miami: Reggie Bush re-asserted himself as the primary RB over Daniel Thomas. It had looked like Thomas was forcing an even time share for a while, but Thomas was clearly behind Bush last week. With a poor matchup against the 49ers in SF this week though, I can't say I'd want to play any Dolphins players.

New England: It's unknown how the return of Brandon Bolden from a 4 game suspension will affect the RB situation behind Stevan Ridley. Stay away from Bolden, Shane Vereen, and Danny Woodhead until we see how it shakes out in a game. While I fully expect that TE Aaron Hernandez, along with WR's Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd will be listed as Questionable for Monday night, I also fully expect each to play without issue. WR Julian Edelman was placed on injured reserve after breaking his foot week 13. TE Rob Gronkowski is OUT this week and probably won't play again in the regular season because of his broken arm.

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez remains the starting QB, but another game like last week should be the final straw that makes the Jets give Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy a chance to start in the last 3 games. TE Dustin Keller is Doubtful with an ankle injury and won't play this week. WR Stephen Hill is Questionable and will be a game time decision because of a knee injury. With Ed Gates OUT with a concussion, Chaz Schilens could start opposite Jeremy Kerley.

Baltimore: If there was ever a week for Joe Flacco to fix his road woes it's this week against the Redskins 32nd ranked fantasy pass defense. The QB desperate could do a lot worse than give him a chance give the matchup. The matchup bodes well for WR's Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin. TE Ed Dickson is OUT this week because of his knee injury and he holds almost no fantasy value.

Cincinnati: A.J. Green was sick on Friday but he's Probable for Sunday and should start without issue unless the illness is a lot worse than anyone's saying. TE Jermaine Gresham scared everyone earlier in the week when he missed practice with a hamstring injury, but he returned on Friday and is Probable, and is fully expected to start week 14. Kicker Mike Nugent has a calf injury and is Doubtful. The Bengals signed Josh Brown to kick for them until Nugent can return. Backup RB Cedric Peerman is Doubtful with an ankle injury.

Cleveland: On paper, the Browns have a good matchup this week facing a Chiefs team that could be due for a letdown after an emotional week 13. But other than Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon, it's just very difficult to trust any of the Cleveland players.

Pittsburgh: Rashard Mendenhall was made inactive last week despite being healthy. It's likely to be that way again this week as the Steelers really want Jonathan Dwyer to take the job and run with it, so they're giving him every opportunity. Ben Roethlisberger is Probable and will start this week at QB. WR's Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders are each Probable and each will play without issue.

Houston: Backup TE Garrett Graham is likely to be a game time decision with a concussion. A matchup against the Patriots bodes well for QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson, and TE Owen Daniels and each make better than normal plays this week in a likely shootout. RB Arian Foster should also not be spelled nearly as often this week as he was last week. The Texans were just being smart giving Foster some rest in a game where they had the luxury of doing so.

Indianapolis: RB Donald Brown is OUT with an ankle injury. Vick Ballard will be the featured RB. All Colts can be considered as strong plays this week against a suspect Titans defense against both the run and pass.

Jacksonville: Cecil Shorts is OUT with a concussion. No word on whether he could miss multiple weeks or not. Kevin Elliot starts in his place. Montell Owens starts at RB with both Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) OUT. Owens will be backed up by undrafted rookie Richard Murphy and Jordan Todman.

Tennessee: WR Damien Williams is OUT with a concussion. Since he was 4th on the depth chart this should affect anyone. Kenny Britt has scored in consecutive games and while this is good, I'd like to see his yardage numbers come up before considering him as more than a WR3.

Denver: Denver came out of Thursday night's game without any issues and we'll revisit them next week.

Kansas City: While my opinion of Brady Quinn as an NFL and Fantasy QB has never been much, my respect for the man went up considerably after his post game comments in week 13. My esteem for head coach Romeo Crennel also went up. The big question now for the Chiefs is: will they be able to maintain that emotional inspiration they had in week 13 right after the tragedy all the way into this week or not? As much as I hope they do, I don't expect them too and think the letdown is more likely.

Oakland: Darren McFadden is tentatively expected to be okay despite having aggravated his ankle injury Thursday night. Reports say he should be able to play week 15 but we'll keep track of practice reports closely to be sure. TE Brandon Myers let down a lot of fantasy owners, but every player has games like that and his just came at the most inopportune time.

San Diego: Ryan Mathews has been incredibly mediocre in recent weeks and isn't reliable as a starting fantasy RB. He'll still get his chances, but he has been sluggish of late and needs a wakeup call. The matchup against a Steelers pass defense that ranks #1 in fewest fantasy points allowed is bad for the prospects of Philip Rivers, Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd, and Antonio Gates. By the way, Gates has officially fallen to being one of the most overrated fantasy players getting started more for his name than his production. Did you realize Gates has topped 50 receiving yards only once in his last 6 games and only 3 times all season?

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