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Topic: AFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 16
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 12/22/12 17:43
Buffalo: WR Donald Jones was placed on the non-football/illness list this week and his season is over. T.J. Graham will finish out the season as the starter opposite Steve Johnson. Given all the injuries and recent performances by Buffalo players, the only 2 you should consider for fantasy are RB C.J. Spiller and WR Johnson.

Miami: WR Davone Bess is OUT again with a back injury. Brain Hartline is Questionable with a back issue himself but he is expected to play. RB Daniel Thomas and K Dan Carpenter were both placed on injured reserve earlier this week. Lamar Miller replaces Thomas as the top backup to Reggie Bush while Nate Kaeding was signed to replace Carpenter and finish out the season as the Dolphins kicker. Bush will approach a featured RB's load the last two games of the season.

New England: Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, and Brandon Lloyd are all ridiculously listed as Questionable and all 3 will play without issue. Rob Gronkowski is also listed as Questionable but he is not going to play week 16 according to all media outlets. Those worried about Stevan Ridley losing the top RB spot need to remember that Danny Woodhead runs with the hurry up offense for the Patriots and after getting down 31-3 last week, the Pats were in the hurry up the rest of the game. Ridley should bounce back this week and feast on Jacksonville's 31st ranked fantasy run defense. There is some risk because of the fumbling concern, but if he doesn't fumble, he'll run over the Jaguars this week and Woodhead won't get more than 5 touches.

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez has been benched and Greg McElroy will start. Tim Tebow has been so bad in practices he may not even be the backup over Sanchez. The mind boggles. TE Dustin Keller is Doubtful and won't play because of an ankle injury. Jeff Cumberland takes his place. WR Stephen Hill was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week because of a knee issue so Braylon Edwards is expected to start despite being Questionable with a hamstring issue.

Baltimore: Torrey Smith is Questionable and will need to be cleared for game action after being limited in practices because of a concussion suffered week 15. He is expected to get that clearance, but he may not. Likely we won't know until Sunday morning. Considering the poor streak he's been on, Smith is easy to bench if you have other quality options. TE Ed Dickson finally returns from a knee injury and is Probable, but he holds little fantasy potential. After firing their offensive coordinator the prior week, more was expected of the offense than what they showed in week 15. They actually looked a lot like the same offense under-using Ray Rice.

Cincinnati: While BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been on a streak of solid games of late, Andy Dalton hasn't. With Pittsburgh missing CB Ike Taylor, A.J. Green should have an easier time than he did in the first game between the two (1 catch, 8 yards, 1 TD). K Mike Nugent is still hobbled by a calf injury so Josh Brown is expected to kick again in his place.

Cleveland: TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) and WR Mohamed Massaquoi (knee) are both OUT. Neither was a fantasy consideration anyway. Trent Richardson has scored 4 TD's the last 2 games, but only managed 70 yards on 29 carries. Between his injuries and the potential rookie wall, he will struggle to put up fantasy points if he doesn't get into the end zone this week against a strong Denver run defense.

Pittsburgh: Jonathan Dwyer is still the starting RB despite two games with very mediocre performances. The Steelers and Rashard Mendenhall made up earlier in the week, so you have to wonder if they'll make Mendy active this week in case Dwyer has another sluggish start to the game. After some early week concern about Emmanuel Sanders (ribs), he is Probable and will play his normal role.

Houston: It will be interesting to see if the Texans can stop Adrian Peterson this week and at the same time try to make sure Arian Foster out-performs him. Fantasy owners of both RB's should be in for a treat this week. Rookie WR DeVier Posey has been steadily climbing past Kevin Walter as a preferred passing target. Walter remains the starter though because of his superior blocking skills.

Indianapolis: Vick Ballard will get to be the featured RB again this week with Delone Carter OUT with an ankle injury. The Colts realized Ballard should have gotten goal line carries last week so don't expect Ballard to be pulled like he was week 15. Reggie Wayne has gone cold with only 2 TD's and 1 game with over 100 receiving yards in the last 10 games. Teammate T.Y. Hilton has three 100+ yards games and 5 TD's in that span.

Jacksonville: Montell Owens will be the featured RB again with both MJD and Rashad Jennings OUT. Even though it's hard to trust QB Chad Henne, WR Cecil Shorts has gone over 100 receiving yards 3 of the last 5 games and scored a TD in 4 of them. Against the Patriots 29th ranked fantasy defense, Shorts is a potential top 10 WR this week and Justin Blackmon a strong consideration as a fantasy WR2.

Tennessee: WR Kendall Wright is Questionable with a rib injury and while only listed as Questionable he is not expected to play. Even if he does, he'll likely be very limited. Damien Williams should be back though. He too is questionable, but unlike Wright (who didn't practice at all this past week), Williams practiced all 3 days.

Denver: Knowshon Moreno has put up back to back 100+ yards rushing games the last two weeks. Both have been against weak run defenses though. This week, he gets another weak run defense to run and so should be okay as a RB2. Denver needs to win to keep their lead on the Patriots for the 2nd seed so don't expect there to be any resting of their stars.

Kansas City: Brady Quinn remains the starting QB despite poor performances and a ribs injury. Jonathan Baldwin has been battling the flu this week but is Probable and will start. TE Tony Moeaki is Doubtful because of a concussion and he is not expected to play. Those scared by Jamaal Charles' 10 rush yards last week need to remember he had no fewer than 87 rush yards in any of the prior 5 games, and over 100 in 4 of them.

Oakland: Tyrell Pryor is expected to get a few snaps this week as the raiders try to see what they have in him. All this does is further cripple the fantasy value of Carson Palmer and the WR's. In a road matchup on the east coast, I'm not hopeful the Raiders will do much offensively and only Darren McFadden can be trusted as a starter.

San Diego: With Ryan Mathews going on injured reserve this week after breaking his collarbone week 15, Ronnie Brown (Probable; hamstring) and Jackie Battle will likely split up the rushing duties. Battle will likely be the between the tackles grinder while Brown a strong backup for that job and also the 3rd down RB. WR Malcom Floyd was also placed on injured reserve with a minor ankle injury. Robert Meachem will likely get a chance to start opposite Danario Alexander. Speaking of DX, he picked a lousy week to become a no-show in the box score. Hopefully it's a one week hiccup and not a sign defenses are figuring him out.

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