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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 15
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/15/12 19:03
Buffalo: Fred Jackson was placed on injured reserve earlier this week with a knee injury. C.J. Spiller gets to be the Bills featured RB again and while his matchup this week isn't great, his upside to be huge makes him a solid fantasy RB1 consideration. WR Donald Jones is Questionable with a calf injury but he is expected to play. Just don't consider him for a fantasy lineup.

Miami: Davone Bess is OUT with a back injury. Marlon Moore and Rishard Matthews could split time opposite Brian Hartline. Neither is a fantasy consideration though. Reggie Bush's role in the offense has increased in recent weeks and Daniel Thomas seems to have fallen a bit out of favor. Rookie Lamar Miller is pushing Thomas for playing time behind Bush.

New England: The injury report games continue. Despite being listed as Questionable once again, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Aaron Hernandez are all going to start without issue week 15. To further the ridiculous games Bill Belichick plays with his injury report, he lists Rob Gronkowski as Questionable as well, even though Gronkowski isn't going to play again until week 17, if he plays in the regular season at all. Brandon Bolden's return last week saw him get a little playing time but it was clearly Shane Vereen who was the top backup to Stevan Ridley.

New York Jets: TE Dustin Keller (ankle) and WR Stephen Hill (knee) are both Doubtful and neither will. Braylon Edwards was signed this week, but he is Questionable with a hamstring injury and even if active won't likely be a fantasy factor. Even with a good matchup all Jets WR's (except Jeremy Kerley) should be avoided like the plague. RB Bilal Powell is Probable and should be fine for his normal time share with Shonn Greene. Powell's toe injury has turned out to be minor and not a major concern.

Baltimore: Concerns over Ray Rice and a minor hip injury can be allayed. Rice practiced all week in limited fashion and is Probable. It will be interesting to see how the offense looks after the Ravens dismissed their offensive coordinator (Cam Cameron) earlier in the week. Cameron had butted heads with several players because of his play calling and personnel choices. The belief is that this will be good for Joe Flacco and Ray Rice. TE Ed Dickson is Doubtful with a knee injury and is not expected to play.

Cincinnati: FB Chris Pressley was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury suffered Thursday night. Former Jets FB John Connor was signed to take his place. No word yet on whether K Mike Nugent will be able to return week 16 or not. Josh Brown, who hasn't missed a FG replacing Nugent would kick again if Nugent can't play next week.

Cleveland: With a good matchup against a weak Redskins pass defense, Brandon Weeden could be a better than normal QB2 consideration in leagues where you start 2 QB's. In leagues that start only one, he is still a weak consideration as a starter even with the matchup. RB Trent Richardson continues to put up quality fantasy numbers. While his yards per attempt have been woeful the last 3 games, he has scored 4 TD's in that span to even it out. WR Josh Gordon continues to impress. He has 14 catches for 202 yards and 1 TD the last two games and with a strong matchup is a solid WR2 this week.

Pittsburgh: Rashard Mendenhall is suspended for this week because of conduct detrimental to the team. Mendenhall apparently has not taken his being a game day inactive well and likely has played his last game with Pittsburgh. Jonathan Dwyer is the Steelers starting RB and likely closes out the season as such.

Houston: RB Arian Foster hasn't been putting up the huge numbers recently but is due and should bounce back this week. Ben Tate has reclaimed the top backup to Foster from Justin Forsett, but Tate is a poor fantasy consideration in any game when the Texans aren't protecting a big lead.

Indianapolis: Donald Brown was placed on injured reserve with his ankle injury. With Delone Carter OUT week 15 with an ankle injury, Vick Ballard will dominate RB snaps. The Colts re-signed Mewelde Moore to provide veteran depth behind Ballard and also signed Deji Karim. If Ballard can handle it, he could get between 25-30 touches this week and while the matchup is very poor, he still could be a low end RB2. Donnie Avery's ribs injury is minor and he is Probable. Andrew Luck faces a Texans pass defense that has been scorched for 1,424 pass yards and 11 TD's in the last 4 games combined.

Jacksonville: Cecil Shorts passed all of his concussion tests and is Probable. He is expected to start despite some concerns earlier this week he may sit out another week as a precaution. Montell Owens will start again at RB and should dominate touches with Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), Rashad Jennings (concussion), and recently signed Jordan Todman (calf) all OUT. Owens did well last week and could make a decent RB2 consideration against a Miami run defense that has gone from being one of the best the first half of the season to being very suspect the last 5 games.

Tennessee: WR Damien Williams is OUT with a hamstring injury. All reports say WR Kenny Britt is finally getting close to being back to 100% after being limited with various nagging injuries throughout the season.

Denver: Knowshon Moreno has been a surprise and with a good matchup this week makes a quality fantasy RB2. The Broncos are surprisingly healthy for it being this late in the season.

Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe is OUT week 15 with a ribs injury and it's likely he'll be placed on injured reserve next week. It's unknown if Steve Breaston, Terrance Copper, or Jamar Newsome will start opposite Jonathan Baldwin now. Breaston has been a healthy scratch the last few games but should be active and compete for playing time now. Not that it matters with Brady Quinn at QB. A matchup against Oakland usually means a chance for solid fantasy points by opposing players but the only you can trust from KC is Jamaal Charles.

Oakland: Despite concerns about a potential aggravation of his ankle injury last Thursday night, Darren McFadden is Probable and will start without issue this week. He can be trusted as a good RB2. Mike Goodson and Marcel Reece are nothing more than his backups and should not be trusted in fantasy lineups. Look for TE Brandon Myers to bounce back after a disappointing week 14 stat line.

San Diego: With Ronnie Brown (hamstring) Doubtful and not expected to play, Ryan Mathews could be in line for even a greater share of the load than normal. Mathews has been mediocre though and isn't likely to be more than a decent RB2 this week. WR Eddie Royal is Questionable with his hamstring injury and is not expected to play. Danario Alexander has elevated himself to a solid fantasy WR1 after he dominated the league's #1 ranked fantasy pass defense in week 14.

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