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Joe Flacco QB Ravens, last week: 188 passing yards, TD, 2 turnovers
Flacco has been up and down this year, throwing 350 yards in Week 12 and then having 188 this past week. He started off the season passing for 299, 232, 382, and 356 yards before dipping to 187, 234,147, and 153 in Weeks 5-8. This week, he’ll be up against the 31st ranked pass defense (299 passing yards per game), and the gunslinger out of Delaware should reach that 300-yard passing mark once again.
DeMarco Murray RB Cowboys, last week: 83 yards rushing, TD
Murray looked healthy last week, carrying the ball 23 times for 83 yards and a rushing touchdown. Facing the Cincinnati Bengals this week (11th rush defense in the league), it’s a good thing the Cowboys tend to only use one primary back. Murray should be back to normal come Sunday.
Tony Moeaki TE Chiefs, last week: 54 yards, TD
Moeaki once was sought out to be a nice replacement for the greatest tight end of all time in Tony Gonzalez until nagging injuries hurt his production in a major way the past few years. However, you can’t deny his skill set and has proven he can make some ridiculous catches when the ball is thrown his way. With Brady Quinn coming off his best game of his NFL career, Moeaki will benefit. Expect plenty of targets for Moeaki, especially this week against Cleveland.
Jason Avant WR Eagles, last week: 79 yards receiving
Avant will be facing the worst pass defense in the NFL in Week 14, when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. No DeSean Jackson while Maclin has yet to show he can step up in that No.1 wideout slot. Quarterback Nick Foles will need an outlet somewhere in the Eagles offensive passing game, and Avant looks to be the best option at this point.
Best Defense: Bills Defense, last week: 18 points allowed, 2 turnovers,
The Buffalo Bills defense hasn’t been the greatest in the league, but should be more than capable of stopping the St. Louis Rams offense, which ranks 22nd in passing game (212 ypg) and 14th in rushing (115 ypg). From Weeks 11-13 the Bills have caused seven turnovers and have 10 sacks in the past three games. With the Dolphins and Seahawks due up next on the schedule after the Rams, the Bills could be a nice defense to pick up for a late fantasy playoff run.
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB Bills, last week: 112 yards passing, 3 touchdowns, interception
Fitzpatrick has now gone 168,180 and 112 over his past three starts. The Rams defense ranks 12th in passing defense (226 ypg) and 13th in rushing defene (114 ypg). The St. Louis Secondary may be the most underrated in the league with new additions such as Janorice Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan. Watch out in the next few years for the Rams to make some noise in the rising NFC west.
Ryan Mathews RB Chargers, last week: 26 yards rushing
Mathews could arguably be the biggest bust in fantasy football, besides Darren McFadden. He hasn’t been totally irrelevant for the season, but he hasn’t been anything near good. He failed to rush for over 100 yards all year as well and faces one of the best rush defenses in the league (ranks 5th, 93 ypg) in the Pittsburgh Steelers and one of the toughest places to get a win in the entire league.
Texans defense, last week: 10 points allowed, 6 turnovers, 6 sacks
The Texans defense have been pretty unstoppable this season, with the exception of two or three games. But when you go to New England, you’re more than likely going to be involved in a shootout of some sort.
With Tom Brady at home, the Patriots have scored 18,31,29,37 and 59 points in Gillette Stadium, and that’s reason enough to bench Houston’s defense — even if they are the best defense in the league.
Emmanuel Sanders WR Steelers, last week: 60 yards passing
Sanders had a nice run while it lasted with Charlie Batch at the quarterback position in the past two contests. The young wideout’s numbers in the past three games were as follows: 3 catches for 82 yards in week 11 vs. Baltimore; 5 catches for 75 yards in week 12 vs. Browns; and in the past week 5 catches for 60 yards vs. Baltimore, respectively. He is also dealing with a shoulder injury and is currently questionable for game-time. Play it safe and watch the 60-minute man (Mike Wallace) get back in Pittsburgh’s starting lineup and do what he does best: outrun everyone on the field.
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