2014 NFL Picks – Week 8

22 October 2014


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Here are my Week 8 picks.
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Week 7 Results:  9-6
Week 7 Lock Picks:  1-1
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Previous Lock to Win Picks: SF (W), NO (L), NE (W), SD (W), DET (L), TEN (W), CLE (L)
Previous Lock to Lose Picks:  OAK (W), SD (L), MINN (W), KC (L), WAS (W), DAL (L), SF (W)
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Regular Season Total:  64-40-1 (.614)
Regular Season Lock Picks: 8-6 (.571)
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Week 8 Locks
Lock to Win:  Dallas Cowboys
Lock to Lose (can’t be same game as above):  Pittsburgh Steelers
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Week 8 Picks
DEN over SD
DET over ATL
BAL over CIN
HOU over TENN
KC over STL
NE over CHI
Buf over NYJ
MINN over TB
SEA over CAR
MIA over JAX
PHI over ARI
CLE over OAK
INDY over PITT (Loser Lock)
GB over NO
DAL over WAS (Winner Lock)
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Marcell Dareus
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 8 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Buffalo Bills
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Cleveland Browns
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Houston Texans
6. Detroit Lions
7. Philadelphia Eagles
8. Dallas Cowboys
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneeers
10. Baltimore Ravens
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Stephen Gostkowski Throwback
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 8 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
4. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
5. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
6. Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
7. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
8. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
9. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
10.  Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
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Demaryius Thomas stiff arm
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 8 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas is averaging 110.3 yards and a touchdown per game. He has really stepped up his game averaging 173.7 yards and 1.7 touchdowns in his past three games. Thomas should stay hot against the San Diego Chargers. He averaged 76.5 yards and 1.5 touchdowns against them last year.
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2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown is averaging 102.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He even threw a touchdown pass last week. Brown has had at least 84 yards in every game. Next up is the Indianapolis Colts.
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3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant is averaging 84.3 yards per game after ripping the New York Giants for 151 yards last week. He has four touchdowns in seven games. Look for Dez to stay hot against the Washington Redskins. They have allowed 2.1 touchdown passes per game.
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4. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson is averaging 101.7 yards and 0.9 touchdowns. He has five scores in his past four games. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 270.5 yards and 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
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5. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb is averaging 64.6 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. He also has five touchdowns in the past four games. Cobb has scored in six of seven games on the year.
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6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is averaging 96.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. The Falcons won’t be able to run on the Detroit Lions so look for plenty of Jones in this one.
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7.  Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall is averaging 49.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. The Bears offense needs to improve and it starts with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. The Bears face the New England Patriots this week.
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8. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles 
Jeremy Maclin is averaging 74.2 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He should benefit from last week’s bye as the Eagles face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed 284.8 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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9. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton is averaging 101.6 yards on the year and 121.6 yards in his past five games. Andrew Luck should continue to pepper him against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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10. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery is averaging 72 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He averaged 94.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in Weeks 3-6 before recording just nine yards last week. Jefferey will also have to play better. He has averaged 96.3 yards on road starts this year. The Bears head to Foxboro to face the Patriots this week.
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11. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson is 64.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He should be productive coming off a bye to face the Minnesota Vikings.
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12. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders is averaging 85.7 touchdowns per game. He scored his first touchdown of the season last week. He should continue to thrive on the attention paid to the Thomas twins.
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13. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
Golden Tate is averaging 92.7 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 112 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He should stay hot against the Falcons. Atlanta has allowed 274.4 passing yards per game.
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14. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins
Mike Wallace is averaging 59.8 yards per game but has scored a touchdown in five of six games. That trend could continue against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 280.1 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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15. Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith is averaging 91.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He faces the Cincinnati Bengals again. He had 118 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 1.
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16. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals 
Michael Floyd is averaging 58.8 yards per game and has scored the past two weeks. He should be busy against the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed 256.5 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.
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17. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Andre Johnson is averaging 70.9 yards per game. He faces the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed 247.9 yards and 1.7 touchdown passes per game.
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18. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys 
Terrance Williams is averaging 48.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns. He has scored in five of seven games. He had 111 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Redskins last year.
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19. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
DeSean Jackson is averaging 75.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. His big play ability will be needed against the Cowboys.
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20. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins is averaging 61.9 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He faces the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 18 touchdown passes already.
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The Next Batch
21. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks
22. Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins
23. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
24. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
25. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
27. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
28. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
29. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
30. Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
31. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers
32. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots  vs. Chicago Bears
33. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
34. Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
35. Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs
36. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears
37. Eric Decker, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
38. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions
39. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
40. Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns
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Julius Thomas
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 8 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas is averaging 55.4 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. He was held out of the end zone for the first time last week. He’s as good as bet as anyone to score this week against the San Diego Chargers.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronk is averaging 58.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 87.3 yards the past three games as he has become  the focal point of the offense. That trend should continue against the Chicago Bears.
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3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 70.4 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He’s averaging 79.7 yards and a touchdown in his last three games. He remains a high-end play against the Seattle Seahawks.
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4. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears 
Martellus Bennett is averaging 60.3 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. The Patriots have struggled against opposing tight ends in recent weeks as Travis Kelce, Scott Chandler and Jeff Cumberland combined for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 51.9 yard and a touchdown per game. He has four scores in the past three games. He should be peppered with targets against the Broncos.
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6. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed is averaging 73 yards the past two weeks. Talent has never been an issue. Now that he’s healthy, he’s a solid option against the Dallas Cowboys.
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7. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham was able to play last week, but he failed to catch a pass. He is a risk given his health, but you know what he can do if he’s somewhat healthy. Monitor his status before using him against the Green Bay Packers.
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8. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Jordan Cameron was held to five yards last as the Browns were terrible. He had 102 yards and a score the previous week. Look for Cameron to bounce back against the Oakland Raiders. Oakland has allowed 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
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9. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs 
Travis Kelce is averaging 51.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He faces the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
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10. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Dwayne Allen is averaging 43.6 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. He has four scores in his past five games. He’ll look to extend his scoring spree against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The Next Batch
11. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
12. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
13. Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs
14. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
15. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
16. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
17. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
18. Clay Harbor, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 8 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
DeMarco Murray recorded his seventh straight 100-yards game. He’s now averaging 130.4 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Murray is also averaging 22.7 receiving yard per game. The Washington Redskins are his next victim.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles is averaging 99.7 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past three games. He’ll look to stay hot against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 145 rushing yards per game.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast Mode is averaging 94.2 total yards and a touchdown per game. With more time removed from the Percy Harvin debacle the Seattle Seahawks should be ready to focus against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have allowed 137.6 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game on the ground.
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4. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster is averaging 126.5 total yards and a touchdown per game. He has compiled at least 100 yards in five of six games. He should continue to shine against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed 123.7 rushing yards per game.
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5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Matt Forte is averaging 126.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He has averaged 150.8 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns in his past four games. He will be hard for the New England Patriots to handle without Jerod Mayo. The Pats have allowed 126.3 rushing yards per game.
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6. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
LeSean McCoy is averaging 82.7 total yards. Prior to last week’s bye Shady ran for 149 yards against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 122 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game on the ground.
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7. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell is averaging 134 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He has topped 100 total yards in every game. He’ll look to stay hot against the Indianapolis Colts.
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8. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Andre Ellington is averaging 108.8 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He faces the Eagles. They Birds have allowed 124.3 rushing yards per game.
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9. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
Lamar Miller is averaging 93.8 total yards and a touchdown over the past four games. He should stay hot against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 110.3 rushing yards per game.
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10. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard is averaging 96.3 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He faces the Baltimore Ravens at home. Bernard had 110 total yards against them in Week 1. He’s averaging 126.7 total yards and scored all four of his touchdowns in home starts.
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11. Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns 
Ben Tate is averaging 69.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He faces the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 145.3 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground.
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12. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
Joique Bell is averaging 82 total yards and a touchdown the past two weeks. He faces the Atlanta Falcons this week. Atlanta has allowed 137.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game on the ground.
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13. Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Shane Vereen had 114 total yards and a pair of touchdowns last week against the New York Jets. He should see plenty of work in both the ground game and the passing game against the Bears.
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14. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos
Ronnie Hillman is averaging 109.5 total yards and a touchdown since taking over as the Broncos’ starting running back. Peyton Manning commands so much attention, which makes life easier for Hillman.
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15. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy is averaging 76 total yards and a touchdown in his past four games. He faces the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 103.2 yards and a touchdown per game.
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The Next Batch
16. Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
17. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
18. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers
19. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
20. Chris Ivory, New York Jets  vs. Buffalo Bills
21. Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
22. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings
23. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans
25. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns
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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 8 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck is averaging 333 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per game. If that wasn’t enough, he has added 98 rushing yards and a pair of scores in seven games. Luck will continue the dominance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s career touchdown record last week. He’ll look to distance himself from the field against the San Diego Chargers. Manning is averaging 308 yards and 3.2 touchdown passes per game. He has thrown three or more touchdown passes in five of the six games this year.
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3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers is averaging just 202.7 yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game, but he has tossed 13 touchdown passes in his last four games. Rodgers will look to stay hot against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed 270.5 passing yards and 1.8 passing scores per game.
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4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is averaging 280.1 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game. He has fired multiple touchdowns in his past six games. He’ll do his part in a shootout against Denver.
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5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is averaging 319.3 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game. He has averaged 351 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his past three games. Look for the success to continue against the Packers.
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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady is averaging 304.7 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games. He’ll look to stay hot against the struggling Chicago Bears.
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7. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler is averaging 266.6 yards and a pair of touchdowns per game. Bad Jay surfaced last week as he threw for 190 yards with a touchdown and a fumble against the Miami Dolphins. He’ll look to get back on track against the Pats. Cutler still has one of the best set of weapons in the game.
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8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo is averaging 255.6 yards and two touchdowns per game. He has 12 touchdown passes in the past five games. He should stay hot against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed  2.1 passing touchdowns per game.
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9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford is averaging 270.1 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. He should improve those numbers against the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has allowed 274.4 passing yards per game.
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10. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles is averaging 271.3 yards and 1.7 touchdown passes per game. He also averages 8.8 rushing yard per game, which gives him a little added value. Foles has struggled a little recently, but the bye week should  prove beneficial prior to this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
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The Next Batch
11. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions
12. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks
13. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
15. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles
16. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
17. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars
18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
19. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams
20. Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
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