NFL Week 15 Fill-ins

14 December 2007

Has the injury bug hit you?  Are you faced with bad matchups?  Well, maybe I can help.  Here are some guys you can plug and play this weekend.

QB
Trent Edwards 
- He threw four TDs last week.  He gets to play Cleveland this week.  Throw in the fact that he’s throwing to Lee Evans in December, one would think he’d be a decent play this week.
Jeff Garcia - If you league penalizes for INTs, then Jeff is your guy.  He just doesn’t throw that many picks.  He should have a solid game against an Atlanta team that is imploding in front of our eyes.

RB
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Frank Gore - Can you believe it’s come to this with Frank.  However, with guys like Ryan Grant, Earnest Graham, Jamal Lewis, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Edge, etc. having better years than Frank, he isn’t a weekly start anymore.  He should be counted on against Cincinnati though.
Aaron Stecker -  If you’re hurting, at least he’s a warm body.  One coming off a 100 yard performance against Atlanta.  OK, it’s Atlanta, but New Orleans has it’s passing attack working so well that the run should be open.

WR
Deion Branch 
-  Seattle has all but abandoned the run.  Their passing attack is really clicking.  Branch has scored two of the past three weeks and should do well against Carolina.
Anthony Gonzalez -  Yeah, I’m a week late on this one, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plug him in against Oakland.  Oakland defends the pass fairly well, but it doesn’t matter when Peyton is your QB.

TE
Robert Royal - 
He scored twice last week so if you’re hurting, why not ride the hot hand?  Plus he faces Cleveland.

K
Josh Scobee
-  He’s kicked 9 FGs over the past three games.  Facing Pittsburgh, he could be looking at multiple field goal attempts should the Jags sputter in the red zone.

DEF
Cincinnati - 
I’m not real confident in this pick.  The top D’s this weekend should be NE, SD, GB, SEA, TENN, INDY, TB, MN, and BAL.  Chances are you have one of those D’s.  If I was really hurting and gambling, I would take Cincy and hope they force some turnovers.

Friday Tidbits 12/14/07

14 December 2007

New England pounded Pittsburgh to improve to 13-0. Tom Brady threw for 399 yards and 4 TDs. Randy Moss caught his 18th & 19 TD passes. So much for guarantees. Miami remained winless. Peyton Manning tossed 4 TDs of his own, including his the 300th of his career, as Indianapolis destroyed Baltimore. Bart Scott got fined $25K for throwing the flag into the stands. Rodney Harris*n was fined $5K for taunting Brian Billick. Mike Shanahan was docked $25K for comments on the Travis Henry appeal. Reggie Bush may miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Denver signed Brandon Stokley to a three-year extension. Marshawn Lynch returned to action for the Bills. Leonard Pope dislocated his ankle and will miss the rest of the year. Jerramy Stevens was suspended a game for violating the substance abuse policy for a DUI arrest last April. Mario Williams had 3-1/2 sacks to give him 13 for the season and a Texans record 17-1/2. Anyone willing to apologize to the Texans yet? Oh yeah, Houston pounded Denver. 

Pat Riley won his 1200th game. Chris Paul dropped 43 points on Memphis. Manu Ginobili scored 37 in back-to-back games. Micheal Redd’s 41 weren’t enough to beat Kevin Durant (35 points) and the SuperSonics. Stephon Marbury returned to the Knicks. Shareef Abdur-Rahim will miss the rest of the season after knee surgery. Josh Howard poured in 47 as Dallas bested Utah. Deron Williams did his part with 41 points. Big Al Jefferson scored 32 and grabbed 20 boards as Minnesota beat Phoenix. Chris Bosh returned to action. So did LeBron. T.J. Ford was carried away on a stretcher following a flagrant foul. Jamaal Tinsley was involved in a shooting outside a hotel. The Celtics improved to 18-2. Michael Redd was one assist away from a triple-double. Penny Hardaway got kicked to the curb. The Clippers waived Ruben Patterson. Atlanta’s Al Horford was suspended a game for his hit on Ford. 

Colorado’s Milan Hejduk had a hat trick of goals and assists. Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg netted a hat trick against Minnesota. Philly had two guys net hat trick in the same game. Joffrey Lupul(plus 3 assists) and R.J. Umberger against Pittsburgh. Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Kristian Huselius netted hat tricks against Tampa Bay. Dion Phaneuf had five assists in that game. This week’s shutouts: Detroit’s Dominik Hasek vs. Minnesota, Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. the Islanders, San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. Phoenix. New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist vs. New Jersey. Ottawa’s Martin Gerber vs. Carolina. Florida’s Tomas Vokoun vs. St. Louis. Nashville signed David Legwand to a six-year, $27 million deal. Atlanta claimed Mark Recchi off waivers. Montreal will be without C Bryan Smoinski for six weeks because of a sprained knee and W Steve Begin for a couple weeks because of a separated shoulder. San Jose will be without Jonathan Cheechoo (groin) and Jeremy Roenick (knee) for a week or more. The Bruins will be without Manny Fernandez for the rest of the year following knee surgery. Pittsburgh G Marc-Andre Fleury could miss a couple months with a sprained knee. Carolina’s Scott Walker got suspeneded one game for head-butting Ottawa’s Mike Fisher. 

Miguel Tejada was traded to Houston. Eric Gagne signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee. Pittsburgh traded reliever Salomon Torres for minor leaguers. LaTroy Hawkins signed a one-year deal with the Yankees. Paul Lo Duca signed with Washington. Colorado signed Aaron Cook to a three-year, $30 million deal. David Segui admitted to using steroids and HGH during his career. San Diego signed Tadahito Iguchi. The Cubs signed OF Kosuke Fukudome to a four-year deal worth $48 million. The Twins signed SS Adam Everett. The Cubs declined an offer to Mark Pryor making him a free agent. Cliff Floyd signed with Tampa Bay. The Mitchell Report was released. A bunch of names were mentioned. I’m sure many more were omitted. Aaron Rowand signed a five-year, $60 million deal with San Francisco. David Eckstein signed a one-year deal with Toronto. The cheap Minnesota Twins signed their yearly garbage free agent in Adam Everett. 

Florida’s Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. Darren McFadden won the Sporting News player of the year. Tennessee extended coach Phillip Fulmer’s contract through 2012. Paul Johnson left Navy to coach Georgia Tech. Ken Niumatalolo will take over for Johnson. Rutgers coach Greg Schiano spurned Michigan. Texas A&M will buy out football Dennis Franchione. Can you imagine being paid $4.4 million not to work? Move over Nick Saban. We have a new gutless wonder. Bobby Petrino quit on the Atlanta Falcons to take over the Arkansas gig. Paul Wulff is the new coach at Washington State, his alma mater. Southern Mississippi hired Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora as its new coach. Louisville RB Anthony Allen will transfer next year. 

Kansas G Brandon Rush was arrested for failing to appear in court on traffic charges. #10 Michigan State beat #22 BYU. Dayton upset #11 Louisville. Wright State beat #13 Butler. #15 Marquette beat #23 Wisconsin. Southern Illinois upset #24 Saint Mary’s. David N. Arseneault of Grinnell had 34 assists…in one game. Louisville suspended Derrick Caracter for a curfew violation. Tubby Smith finalized a seven-year deal with Minnesota. USC will be without F Kasey Cunningham for the year after he tore his knee.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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I’m going back out on that fantasy football limb. I will pick five players I believe will score more points this week than a higher profile player. The scoring will be 6 points for rushing or receiving TD, 4 points for a passing TD, .1 points per yard for rushing or receiving and .05 points per passing yard. I will also do a Super Stretch Pick where I take a real longshot. First, I’ll recap last week.

Last Week
Tom Brady 36.35 beat Tony Romo 24.6 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
He didn’t need the two I spotted him.
Ryan Grant 22.2 beat Willis McGahee 5.2 as I predicted.
Travis Henry 8.4 beat Kolby Smith 1.0 WHICH I GOT WRONG.
Marques Colston 21.2 beat Greg Jennings 16.0 as I predicted.
Wes Welker 13.8 beat Calvin Johnson 5.1 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Super Stretch
Fred Jackson 12.1 beat Frank Gore 11.7 as I predicted.
The fact that Marshawn Lynch played, really made this a Super Stretch.

Regular Picks: 2-3
Super Stretch Picks: 1-0
Overall: 3-3
Breakdown: QB: 0-1, RB: 2-1, WR: 1-1

Season Record
Regular Picks: 32-38-1
Super Stretch Picks: 12-2
Overall: 44-40-1
Breakdown: QB: 7-9, RB: 22-13-1, WR: 14-18

This Week’s Picks
Matt Hasselbeck over Ben Roethlisberger +2
Big Ben has more fantasy points than Matt, but Matt’s been hotter. Plus, he gets an easy matchup against Carolina while Big Ben gets to face Jacksonville. I’ll spot Ben two points for his troubles.

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Edgerrin James over Marion Barber
I like the Edge’s matchup against New Orleans better than MB3′s against Philadelphia. This is risky because if Arizona can’t hang with New Orleans’ offense they will have to all but abandon the run.

Earnest Graham over Maurice Jones-Drew +2
Here’s the thing. Graham will have more total yards than MJD. If MJD finds the endzone it will be close. I’m not sure Pittsburgh will let him. Graham should have little problem finding the endzone against Atlanta. I’ll spot MJD two points.

Lee Evans over Torry Holt
Lee Evans should continue his trend of huge December games against Cleveland. Holt gets to face Green Bay with a QB that’s one hit from the sidelines. I know who I’d rather start given the choice.

Chris Chambers over Roddy White
White has been on fire, but I think this week it’s Chris Chambers’ turn to torch the Lions. Hopefully, Rivers plays otherwise Billy Volek get to become a fantasy football playoffs hero again.

SUPER STRETCH
Ryan Grant over Adrian Peterson
The last time All Day Peterson faced Chicago he ran wild for over 200 yards. I think they will remember that, and keep him somewhat in check. Favre is still hurting a bit so I think the Pack will rely on Grant more against St. Louis.

What did you think of my predictions? Do you have any fantasy upsets in mind? Please leave your comments.

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NFL Picks – Week 15

12 December 2007

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I got back on track last week going 12-4. Chicago, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, and Philly let me down. My lock pick of New Orleans was never in doubt.

Last Week: 12-4 (.750 )
Overall: 126-78 (.618 )
Lock Picks: 10-4 (.714)

Lock Pick: Seattle 

Previous Lock Picks: PITT (W), CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (W barely), CHI (L), NE (W), INDY (W), TB (W), GB (W), PHI (W), JAX (W), MINN (W), NO (W)

Week 15 Picks
Houston over Denver
Cincinnati over San Francisco
Tampa Bay over Atlanta
Tennessee over Kansas City
Seattle over Carolina (Lock Pick)
Green Bay over St. Louis
Baltimore over Miami
New England over New York Jets (Virtual Lock)
New Orleans over Arizona
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville (Toss up)
Cleveland over Buffalo
Indianapolis over Oakland (Virtual Lock)
San Diego over Detroit (Virtual Lock)
Dallas over Philadelphia
New York Giants over Washington
Minnesota over Chicago

There you have it. Those are my picks. Any differences?

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I scoured the fantasy baskeball waiver wires to find gems so you don’t have to.

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Anthony Parker - Parker stepped up his game last week averaging 15.3 points and 2.3 steals per game.  He added 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists.  He didn’t miss a free throw and shot 55.9% from the field.  He also qualifies as a small forward

Francisco Garcia - Garcia scored 13.8 points per game to go along with the 2.3 steals he averaged.  He shot 51.5% from the field and 93.8% from the charity stripe.  He also knocked down 1.5 three per night.  He qualifies as both SG & SF.

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Shane Battier - Shane hasn’t done much this year, but last week he was decent in several categories.  He shot 56.5% from the floor and didn’t miss a free throw.  He made 2.3 threes per night.  He averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, and only 0.5 turnovers.

James Posey - The new Big 3 get so much attention, there isn’t much ink left for anyone else on the Celtics.  However, Posey is coming off a solid week.  He shot 54.5% from the field and 85.7% from the line.  He made 2.7 threes a night.  He averaged 12.7 points, 6.3 boards and 1.7 assists.  He only had 0.3 blocks and steals per game, but he also only turned it over that amount.  He qualifies as SG & SF.

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Brendan Haywood 
- He started strong and quickly cooled.  Well, Haywood makes his second appearance in the Waiver Wire Bin as he is coming off a very solid week.  He shot 75% from the field and 91.7% from the line.  Those are ridiculous numbers.  His 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks were also pretty solid.  He only had 0.7 turnovers a night, which is a plus.

Well, that’s it from the Waiver Wire Bin.  Free free to leave your comments.

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Fantasy Football Forum
How did you do? My team got put out of its misery. I was asked about my team’s execution. I said “I was all for it”. Putting the NFL’s best quotes (John McKay) aside, my team sucked. Andre Johnson showed up. He didn’t have much company. Brett Favre was the only other person to record a TD for me. Randy Moss went off against me yet again. So did your playoffs start or do they start next week? How are your odds looking?

Tracking My NFL Preseason Predictions
I made a bunch of predictions in the preseason. I profiled guys I thought would do well. I also profiled guys I thought wouldn’t meet expectations. Here are my preseason predictions are going.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Buffalo had 4 TD passes sthis week. Too bad Losman didn’t throw any.

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1
Alex Smith had 3.9 fantasy points this week. Oh wait, wrong Alex Smith. Yeah, my guy didn’t play.

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 647 total yards, 4 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 5
He only had 27 total yards, but at least he scored.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 865 yards, 1 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
78 total yards this week. Not bad.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for: Not worth reporting
Right-O-Meter: 1
Did not play.

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
On Pace for: 657 yards, 4 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 4
47 yards. Wow. For him that’s pretty good.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 634 yards, 7 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 10
Started off good, but only finished with 28 yards.

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16 TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2501 passing, 422 rushing, 9 passing TDs, 4 rushing, 20 INTs
Right-O-Meter: 10
121 passing yards. 2 rushing yards. 2 picks. 0 TDs. See.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1152 total yards, 11 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 6
45 total yards. When he doesn’t score a TD, he’s been dreadful.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
On Pace for: 1273 yards, 7 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 8
Solid 90 yards. Didn’t find the endzone.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
On Pace for: 1174 yards, 6 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 3
76 yards and a TD. That’s what you were hoping for when you drafted him.

I looked a little better this week. Not much.

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Each week there are some surprising fantasy performers.  I’m going to take a look at them and see if you should go get ‘em or not.

QB
Trent Edwards 
- I have mixed opinions on this one.  He threw for four TDs against Miami, which is impressive.  I know the Dolphins stink, but they don’t allow much through the air.  That is evidenced by the fact that Edwards only had 165 passing yards.  He plays Cleveland and the Giants in the next two weeks.  I’m not quite ready to label him the next Billy Volek, but if he got you through round 1 of your playoffs, he could easily get you into the title game with that Cleveland matchup.
Ruling – Get ‘em. 
Todd Collins  - If you were counting on Jason Campbell for your playoff run, Collins may not be a horrible replacement.  Matchup against the Giants and Minnesota give you a glimmer of hope.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

RB

Selvin Young -  When the Henry returned from injury and his appeal was won, I figured he’d be the best Broncos back going forward.  After his 156 yard outburst against Kansas City, I don’t think that’s the case.  If Young got dropped in your league because of Henry’s return, do your best add him to your roster.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Samkon Gato - He had 93 total yards and 2 TDs.  However, they did play the winless Dolphins.  This much I know.  Miami can run.  However, they face Baltimore and New England the next couple of weeks.  Not exactly matchups I’d be rushing to insert Samkon into my lineups for.  Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

WR
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Anthony Gonzalez - He had a monster game against Baltimore.  Marvin Harrison will most likely continue to miss time.  Peyton Manning is his QB.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.
Jerheme Urban - He exploded against Seattle this week.  However, I think it has fluke written all over it.  Fitz came back, and Boldin is improving.  Even though they have great matchups against New Orleans and Atlanta, I don’t think it will be Urban lighting it up. 
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

TE
Robert Royal 
- He hauled in 2 TD passes.   He’s not great, but he has caught 7 passes the past two weeks and faces Cleveland next week.  If you’re hurting at TE, he could be a decent play.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

There you have it.  I hope I provided you some good info while you make your fantasy team waiver wire adjustments.

When you drafted these guys youre expectations were quite high for them.  Let’s see what went wrong, and see if they are going to snap out of it or not.

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Gilbert Arenas – His knee injury put a damper on your team.  You probably got him in the first or second round.  Hard to replace that in your lineup. Even before injury he wasn’t putting up Gilbert Arenas numbers.  His 22.4 ppg is much lower than the 28.5 and 29.3 averages he’s had the past two years.  He’s ahead of schedule with his rehab so he could still shine when you need him most.  Hangin in there until then is the tricky part.

Dwayne Wade – You knew he wasn’t ready when you drafted him, but were you expecting 21.2 ppg?  Somehow I doubt it when you consider he averaged over 27 per the past two seasons.  Once he gets his legs under him he’ll be just fine.

Gerald Wallace – His scoring is up slightly, but his rebounds have taken a hit.  Jason Richardson rebounds well for a SG/SF so I can see this trend continuing.  He’s having a decent year, I just wouldn’t expect last year’s numbers.

Jermaine O’Neal – Injuries have limited, but this is ridiculous.  14.9 ppg?  8.9 rpg?  1.4 bpg?  He’s just a shell of the man who has averaged at least 19 points the past five years, at least 8.8 rebounds the past seven years, and at least 2 blocks the past seven years.  I’m afraid that unless he’s dealt his numbers aren’t going to improve drastically. 

Luol Deng – Everyone saw a monster season coming from Deng.  I think that pressure may have got to him along with the constant trade talk.  An injury didn’t help matters.  He’s been pretty solid since his return so I expect him to finish strong.

Kirk Hinrich – Maybe the trade talks got to him as well.  I’m not sure what the deal is, but Hinrich is off to an awful start.  His scoring has dipped below his rookie season numbers.  Same with assists.  Same with FG%.  Same with 3s per game.  Same with steals.  Meanwhile, his turnovers are the highest in his career.  I still don’t see signs of him coming out of his funk so you’re just going to have to deal with it.

Lamar Odom – Anyone seeing a pattern with trade talks hurting production.  Odom is having his lowest scoring season of his career.  He’s averaging 7.7 rebounds per game.  The past four seasons he has averaged 9.2 rpg or higher.  He’s been pretty inconsistent, but I would expect his numbers to climb higher.  However, I don’t see him ever reaching last year’s averages.

Mehmet Okur – The way Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams have been playing, you figured he’d take a little hit.  However, he’s down over five points and 2 rebounds per game than last year.  His FG% is at a career low 41.3%.  I don’t see a major improvement barring an injury.

 Be sure to check back later for the season’s biggest surprises.

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He’s listed at 5’10″, and 203 lbs, but I’d say he’s closer to 5’8″.  He’s the scariest running back in fantasy football.  Scary to own because of his injury risk, and even scarier to face, especially in the fantasy playoffs.  If you had the good fortune of owning him, chances are you’ve had some uneasy feelings along the way.  Nobody likes to see their star player listed as questionable as often as Westbrook is. 

 Yeah, he misses games occasionally, but it’s not for huge chunks at a time.  He misses one game in each of his first two years.  He missed three and four games in his next two seasons.  He missed one game last year and one game so far this year.  So we’re not talking about a chronic injury concern.

His numbers are incredible though.  It all started in 2003.  He had close to a thousand yards of total offense and 11 rushing & receiving TDs.  He followed that up with 812 rushing (3 TDs) and 703 receiving yards (6TDs) in 2004.  2005 was a down year for Westbrook as he had 617 rushing and 616 receiving.  He did score 7 TDs in his 12 games that year.  In 2006 he really blew on the scene.  He had 1217 rushing yards (7 TDs) and 699 receiving yards (4 TDs).  Despite his history of success, he generally wasn’t considered one of the top 5 or 6 picks in fantasy drafts last year. 

What has he done to reward those who had the faith to draft or trade for him?  994 rushing yards (7 TDs) and 604 receiving yards (4 TDs) in eleven games.  Not too shabby.   

He’s had at least 4 receiving TDs in each of the past five seasons.  He’s had at least 600 receiving yards in each of the past four.  That kind of production catching the ball is what sets Westbrook apart from most backs.  He’s having a career year this year, but where’s he going to go next year.  Let’s see.  Adrian Peterson, LT, Addai, maybe Steven Jackson.  Probably not Larry Johnson at this point.  This much I know.  The person who takes him will be less sure about their first round selection that all of the other owners.  However, by the end of the season, that won’t likely be the case.

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NFL Week 14 Fill-ins

7 December 2007

Has the injury bug hit you?  Are you faced with bad matchups?  Well, maybe I can help.  Here are some guys you can plug and play this weekend.

QB
Marc Bulger 
- If he stays healthy, he should be solid against Cincinnati.  He’s an injury risk, but if you’re in need this weekend, Bulger’s your guy.
Jon Kitna - Just when you’re thinking about benching him, he has a home game against a Dallas secondary that isn’t as good as they looked against Brett Favre.  He lost Roy Williams, but he still should be solid.

RB
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Shaun Alexander - Seattle has to know that a key to a long run in the playoffs is a strong Shaun Alexander.  I would look to them to keep getting SA back on track.
Jerious Norwood -  He was solid last week, and facing New Orleans is a good way to follow that up. 

WR
Calvin Johnson
-  With Roy Williams injured, the Lions will turn to their prized rookie for more production.  His fantasy owners will reap the rewards.
Chris Henry -  He hasn’t been arrested in a while so Henry makes a strong play against a weak St. Louis secondary.

TE
Benjamin Watson - 
He hasn’t been too involved in the offense lately, but against Pittsburgh I see him as a hot read on a blitz package.  I think Watson will be a big factor.

K
Mike Nugent
-  He’s kicked 11 FGs over the past four weeks.  He should get opportunities against Cleveland.  He’s a solid play this week.

DEF
Buffalo
 - They aren’t a great defense, but Miami stinks.  They should be able to get some QB pressure and force some turnovers.


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