Good morning sirs and ma’am. We’ve already had a nice appetizer of NFL on Thanksgiving, but today we get to glut ourselves on an even bigger heaping helping of football. Can you taste it? No? good, it tastes kind of like old socks and T.O.’s alligator tears.
Hoodie McJunior was fined $50,000 and was given a stern talking to for taping the 49ers walk through while in London. After trading Peyton Hillis (yeah, the guy with more fantasy points than Chris Johnson) for Brady Quinn (yeah, Brady Quinn) and drafting a glorified Kordell Stewart in the first round, I don’t see him sticking around for the long term.
Sidney Rice: With sideline reporter Leslie Frazier now heading up the Vikings there is a good chance we will see a strong showing from the team (see Cowboys vs. Giants or was that Aliens?). Sid Rice played the whole game last week and seemed to grow a bit more confident as the game went on. The Redskins aren’t good at the pass defending so I think you can safely get Rice into your lineup.
Marion Barber: He could miss a game or two with his calf and Felix Jones isn’t 100%, so choose Choice if you are looking for some help. This might be the thirty-second time I’ve said to do that, but thems the breaks.
Andre Johnson: This guy owns Cortland Finnegan and is healthy again. I’m hoping for a nice game from Schaub, but that is a bit more risky based on his craptastic play.
Austin Collie: He did practice on a limited basis on Friday so it looks like he could play next week. Bad news for Blair White who I just paid a lot for in my money league hoping Collie would be out a little longer. So actually, bad news for me.
Zach Miller: He still isn’t 100%, but looks like he will play and gets Bruce Gradkowski back as his quarterback. It’s hard to gauge how his foot will hold up in the game, but he’s still worth a play as a low end tight end.
Brian Hartline: With Brandon Marshall out, Hartline should see an uptick in targets and has been playing well even with Marshall in there. The problem here is that Asomugha will be back and should be on him for much of the game. This limits his upside.
Links that don’t stink —
Here are my updated rankings.
Awful Announcing gives us the announcers for this week’s games (some awful, some not) and viewing maps.
Pro Football Weekly gives us some Matchup Tidbits for this week.
Evan Silva as always has an in-depth and helpful look at this week’s matchups.
Gil Brandt over at NFL.com takes a look at individual matchups for the games.
Walter over at WalterFootball takes a look at this week’s matchups with wagering in mind, but I’ve always liked to read a gambler’s take on the games since they often have more at stake than us.
The Fifth Down Blog’s matchup post is always a good read as well.
Our Fan Duel leagues for this week are full, but our friends over at The National Football Post have a big league with a $200 dollar 1st place prize that’s worth a shot.
Head on down to Value Town for some valuable players for this week.
Here are this week’s games with my past 7 week’s Strategery Rankings for pass and rush defenses —
1 pm Games
Green Bay Packers (7-3) (Pass 5/Rush 8 ) at Atlanta Falcons (8-2) (Pass 28/Rush 2)
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) (Pass 18/Rush 1) at Buffalo Bills (2-8) (Pass 23 /Rush 25)
Carolina Panthers (1-9) (Pass 10/Rush 26) at Cleveland Browns (3-7) (Pass 25/Rush 14)
Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) (Pass 29/Rush 24) at New York Giants (6-4) (Pass 4/Rush 4)
Minnesota Vikings (3-7) (Pass 20/Rush 11) at Washington Redskins (5-5) (Pass 26/Rush 21)
Tennessee Titans (5-5) (Pass 24/Rush 5) at Houston Texans (4-6) (Pass 32/Rush 21)
4 pm Games
Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) (Pass 18/Rush 17) at Seattle Seahawks (5-5) (Pass 21/Rush 27)
Miami Dolphins (5-5) (Pass 6/Rush 13) at Oakland Raiders (5-5) (Pass 16/Rush 19)
St. Louis Rams (4-6) (Pass 12/Rush 10) at Denver Broncos (3-7) (Pass 22/Rush 32)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) (Pass 7/Rush 30) at Baltimore Ravens (7-3) (Pass 14/Rush 9)
Philadelphia Eagles (7-3) (Pass 14/Rush 12) at Chicago Bears (7-3) (Pass 1/Rush 16)
Sunday Night Football
San Diego Chargers (5-5) (Pass 2/Rush 15) at Indianapolis Colts (6-4) (Pass 9/Rush 29)
Monday Night Football
San Francisco 49ers (3-7) (Pass 13/Rush 6) at Arizona Cardinals (3-7) (Pass 27/Rush 31)