2014 NFL Picks – Week 5

1 October 2014


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Here are my Week 5 picks.
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Week 4 Results:  5-8
Week 4 Lock Picks: 1-1
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  OAK (W), SD (L), MINN (W), KC (L)
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Regular Season Total:  34-27 (.557)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 5-3 (.625)
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Week 5 Locks
Lock to Win:   Detroit Lions
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Washington Redskins
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Week 5 Picks
GB over MINN
DAL over HOU
DET over BUF (Winner Lock)
TENN over CLE
INDY over BAL
NO over TB
ATL over NYG
PHI over STL
CAR over CHI
PITT over JAX
DEN over ARI
SF over KC
NE over CIN
SEA over WASH (Loser Lock)
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Richard Sherman
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 5 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
2. San Diego Chargers
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Detroit Lions
5. Denver Broncos
6. Cleveland Browns
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Philadelphia Eagles
9. Tennessee Titans
10. San Francisco 49ers
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Steven Hauschka
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 5 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
2. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
3. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
5. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
6. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
7. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
8. Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
10. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
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Megatron
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 5 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron is averaging 85.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He’s facing the Buffalo Bills at home. Johnson is averaging 123 yards and a touchdown in home starts this year. Buffalo has allowed 266.3 yard and 1.5 touchdowns per game through the air.
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2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Brown is averaging 106.8 yards and 1.3 touchdowns. He has scored a pair of touchdowns the past two weeks. His strong play should continue against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 320.8 yards and 2.8 touchdown passes per game.
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3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones is averaging 111.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. His low-water mark is 82 yards. Jones faces the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 254.5 passing yards per game.
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4. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson is averaging 114.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Minnesota Vikings. Last year he averaged 90.5 yards and a score against Minnesota.
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5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez is averaging 72.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He has scored in each of his past three games. He faces the Houston Texans. The Cowboys’ transition to a ground-heavy attack takes away some of Bryant’s potential.
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6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green is averaging 77.7 yards. The bye week gave his toe more time to heal. He should be ready to roll against the New England Patriots.
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7. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas is averaging 47 yards with just one touchdown. He has a tough draw against Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals, but it’s a matter of time before the big knocker knocks.
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8. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery is averaging 65.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. He topped 100 yards in Week 3 and he scored a touchdown last week so things are looking up for Jeffery. He faces the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have allowed eight passing scores already.
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9. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb is averaging 58.5 yards and 1.3 touchdowns. He’s also a strong play against the Vikings.
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10. Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Who knew the Fountain of Youth was in Baltimore? Smith is averaging 107.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He’s had at least 71 yards every week. He’ll look to stay hot against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have allowed 251.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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11. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles 
Maclin is averaging 88.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He’s averaging 17.7 yards per catch. Maclin will look to remain hot against the St. Louis Rams.
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12. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Benjamin is averaging 82.3 yards per game and has scored a touchdown in three of four games. He’ll look to stay hot against the Bears. Chicago just got lit up by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week.
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13. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Floyd is averaging 84 yards per game. He should be quite busy against the Broncos. Denver has allowed 285.3 passing yard per game.
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14.  Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall has five touchdowns on the year, but he is averaging just 36 yards per game. Clearly his ankle is giving him some issues. He’s too good not to play if he’s active against the Panthers.
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15. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax has scored a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. He’ll look to stay hot against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 272.5 yards and 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
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16. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Sanders is thriving in his role with the Broncos to the tune of 111.3 yards per game. Wes Welker’s return did not slow his roll. In fact, he set career-highs with 11 receptions for 149 yards.
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17. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
Hopkins has scored a touchdown three of four weeks and is averaging 72.8 yards per game. He faces the Cowboys. Dallas has allowed 271.3 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game.
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18. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson is averaging 65.5 yards and has yet to score a touchdown. That could change against the Cowboys.
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19. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
Allen is averaging 61 yards per game after dropping 135 yards on the Jags. He’ll look for his first touchdown of the year against the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed nine passing scores.
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20. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz is averaging 74.8 yards. He has topped 100 yards the past two weeks. This week brings a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has allowed 276.3 yards per game.
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21. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne is averaging 76.8 yards per game. He finished with 119 yards and a score last week. He faces the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have allowed 260.3 yards per game.
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The Next Batch
22. Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins
23. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens
24. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants
25. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals
26. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans
27. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
28. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
29. Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings at Green bay Packers
30. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks
31. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals
32. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos
33. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills
34. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
35. Eric Decker, New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
36. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions
37. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks
38. Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles
39. Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets
40. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 5 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham is averaging 85 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He’s facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Graham averaged 125 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Bucs last year.
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2. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas is averaging 53.3 yards per game, but has scored in all three games for a total of five touchdowns. He’s an elite fantasy option despite a tough match-up against the Arizona Cardinals.
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3. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears 
Bennett is averaging 73.8 yards and a touchdown. He has either scored a touchdown or topped 100 yards in every game this year. He faces the Carolina Panthers.
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4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen is averaging 74.7 and 0.5 touchdowns per game. The Bears gave up four touchdown passes last week to the Green Bay Packers.
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5. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk and the Patriots offense has yet to click, but the potential for a big outburst is there. Gronk has scored in three of the first four games. The Cincinnati Bengals present a tough challenge.
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6. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Cameron has just 70 yards on the year, but his shoulder should be close to fully healed coming out of his bye. Cameron had  917 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He should return to his role a high-end tight end against the Tennessee Titans.
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7. Larry Donnell, New York Giants
Donnell caught fire last week catching three touchdown passes, but he has had at least 45 yards every game this year. Donnell is averaging 59 yards and a touchdown per game. At 6’6″ he is a great red zone threat for Eli Manning. I don’t expect multiple scores against the Atlanta Falcons, but he should be solid.
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8. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Walker is averaging 79.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. He’s a solid TE1 against the Browns.
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9. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller caught 10 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bucs. He should stay hot against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 321.8 yards and 2.8 touchdowns per game through the air.
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10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates is averaging 53.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He faces the New York Jets.
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The Next Batch
11. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans
12. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. St. Louis Rams
13. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
14. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers
15. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens
16. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
17. Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles
18. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens
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Le'Veon Bell
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 5 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bell is averaging 142.5 total yards per game. He has scored just one touchdown, but that could change against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 130.5 yards and a touchdown per game. They are terrible against the pass as well.
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2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray is averaging 150.5 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game as the Dallas Cowboys have become a run-heavy team. He should roll on the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed 130.3 yards per game.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode is averaging 105 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game. He should pound on the Washington Redskins coming out of his bye.
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4. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
Jennings is averaging 108.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He’ll have fresh legs against the Atlanta Falcons after playing the Thursday game. The Falcons have allowed a staggering 153.5 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game.
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5. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard is averaging 111 total yards and a touchdown per game. He should be fresh out of the bye to face the New England Patriots.
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6. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte is averaging 113 total yards. He faces the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have surprisingly allowed 140.8 yards per game.
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7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles bounced back in a big way against the New England Patriots. He’ll face a tougher defense this week against the San Francisco 49ers, but Charles remains an elite back.
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8. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Shady is averaging 64 total yards with just one touchdown. He hasn’t caught a pass since Week 2. This is the time to try to buy low on McCoy because he faces the St. Louis Rams this week. The Rams have allowed 155 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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9. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
Stacy is averaging 81 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He should be solid coming out of the bye to face the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed 133.8 rushing yards per game.
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10. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Lacy had just 59 total yards last week against the Bears, but he scored his first touchdown of the year. Aaron Rodgers set the tone in the passing game. Look for a more balanced attack against the Minnesota Vikings. Lacy averaged 135 total yards and a touchdown last year in two games against the Vikings.
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11. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Foster is averaging 110.3 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. As long as his hamstring doesn’t give him issues, Foster is a solid RB1 against the Cowboys.
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12. Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Ball is averaging 72 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He has a tough match-up against the Arizona Cardinals, but Peyton Manning will keep them honest.
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13. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington  is averaging 85.3 total yards per game. He faces the Broncos. Denver has allowed 105.3 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground.
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14. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris is averaging 85.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has a tough draw against the Seahawks, but remains a borderline RB1.
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15. Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings
Asiata had 100 total yards and three touchdowns last week against the Falcons. He faces the Packers this week. Green Bay has allowed 176 rushing yards per game.
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The Next Batch
16. Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers  vs. Kansas City Chiefs
18. Chris Ivory, New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
19. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
20. Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens
21. LeGarrette Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars
22. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns
23. Terrance West, Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans
24. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions
25. Chris Johnson, New York Jets at San Diego Chargers
26. Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills
27. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
28. Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens
29. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals
30. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 5 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1.  Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck has always been great, but he’s been a beast this year. He is averaging 326.3 yards and 3.3 touchdown passes per game. The past two weeks Luck has averaged 381.5 yards and four touchdowns. He also has 53 yards and a score with his feet. The Colts face the Baltimore Ravens this week. They have allowed 260.3 passing yards per game.
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2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning is averaging 271.3 yards and 2.7 touchdown passes per game. He faces another tough defense against the Arizona Cardinals, but he is coming out of a bye. Manning has averaged 317.5 yards and 3.5 touchdowns the past two years following Denver’s bye.
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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees is averaging 300.8 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He should get a boost facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home. The Bucs have allowed 272.5 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. Brees averaged 351.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns against Tampa Bay last year.
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4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers told Packer fans and fantasy owners to R-E-L-A-X before throwing for 302 yards and four touchdowns against the Chicago Bears. He’s now averaging 249.8 yards and 2.3 touchdowns. Rodgers gets another divisional foe as he faces the Minnesota Vikings in a short week. He had 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last year’s meeting with Minnesota. Rodgers has 26 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 career meetings with the Purple.
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5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matty Ice is averaging 315.8 yards and 2.5 touchdowns. He faces the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 254.5 yards per game through the air.
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6. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers is averaging 288.8 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game. The past three weeks he’s averaging 305.7 yards and 2.7 touchdowns. He’ll look to stay hot against the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 2.3 touchdowns per game.
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7. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is averaging 294 yards and 1.3 touchdown passes per game. He’s added a pair of touchdowns with his feet. The Lions face the Buffalo Bills at home. Buffalo has allowed 266.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger is averaging 273 yards and 1.5 touchdown passes. He has a dream match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 320.8 yards and 2.8 passing touchdowns per game.
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9. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Foles stumbled against the San Francisco 49ers as he failed to throw a touchdown for the first time this year. He finished with 195 yards and a pair of interceptions. He’s still averaging 293.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. Look for Foles to bounce back against the St. Louis Rams at home. He’s averaging 323.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in home starts.
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10. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers 
Newton is averaging just 242.7 yards and a touchdown per game, but should finally breakout against the Bears. Chicago has allowed 250.3 yards and 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
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The Next Batch
11.  Tony Romo,Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans
12. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
13. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
14. Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Atlanta Falcons
15. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
16. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
17. Tom Brady, New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals
18. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins
19. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
20. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins vs. Seattle Seahawks
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