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No more bye weeks!  This is great news for everyone whose team isn’t riddled with injuries.  QBs seem to be dropping like flies with concussions and other assortments of injuries, but for some teams (Jacksonville, I’m looking at you), that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Seriously, if you predicted Chad Henne could come into a game against The Texans and throw 4 TDs for 350+ yards, there’s a research lab in some underground government facility that is tracking your location as you’re reading this.  If you went on to predict Matt Schaub would do even better, RUN NOW!

Mike Mularkey has already announced Chad Henne will start week 12 in Jacksonville so this might be a good time to jump aboard the Chad Henne train, at least for one week.  The Jaguars host The Titans for what is sure to be the least watched game in the NFL this weekend.  Both teams have defenses that are almost as bad as their offenses, but they are also both capable of lighting up the scoreboard as both have done in respect of their most recent game.  If you’re in a 2 QB league or you’re in dire need of a replacement for Michael Vick (since Foles didn’t do your fantasy team any favors), give Henne a look.  Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts should also both be starting for any fantasy teams needing upside picks.

After allowing The Patriots to do whatever they wanted offensively this past weekend, The Colts will have their hands full with The Bills this Sunday.  No, The Bills are not as solid a team, but Steve Johnson and Donald Jones are both capable of making things happen and Ryan Fitzpatrick can be good when he wants to be.  Although it’s hard to count on any of them, this is one week where their chances of success are particularly high.

The Eagles were once considered an elite pass defense, but they haven’t looked the part all that often this year.  That’s why Cam Newton has a decent shot at success this coming Monday night.  Although he didn’t exactly wow fantasy owners against Tampa Bay, he also didn’t make any mistakes.  Throw in the fact that opposing QBs are averaging a passer rating over 150 against The Eagles since they made a change at defensive coordinator and there’s reason to believe Cam Newton could see similar results.

The Bengals’ defense has been impressive lately and although they were only playing The Chiefs last week, they should have similar success against The Raiders.  The Raiders, after all, only managed 17 points against The Saints.  Those of you counting on Denarius Moore or Darrius Heyward-Bey should look elsewhere this week.

The same can be said for anyone looking for production out of The Steelers offense.  The Cowboys only managed one TD through the air against The Browns last week and when The Steelers travel to Cleveland with Charlie Batch leading the charge, the results likely won’t be any better.  Mike Wallace  and Emmanuel Sanders both lose a ton of value until Big Ben returns and if Antonio Brown manages to play this week, don’t expect much from him either.

Looking for help on the waiver wire?  If Danario Alexander isn’t on a roster already, now is the time to pick him up.  In just 4 games played, he has more receptions, TDs, and yards than Robert Meachem does on the season.  Chaz Schilens is also a good option in deeper leagues.  Against a The Patriots, his receiving skills will likely be needed early and often.

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  1. Anthony says:
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    Should I roll Vick out there this week or go with Fitzpatrick or maybe even Henne since he’s at the titans? Also should I take the broncos rb in place of McCoy? I need to winout to have a shot at playoffs please help

    • Loudon

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      @Anthony, Henne against the Titans has the most potential for a big game out of those options. I doubt Vick or McCoy will play this week so I would definitely look to grab Ronnie Hillman or even Bryce Brown instead. Jalen Parmele is another solid option, but you probably don’t want to be starting both Henne and Parmele.

  2. Joe F says:
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    is Ponder droppable for Henne in a 2 qb league? Considering maybe Henne won’t start forsure for the rest of the season

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Joe F, if this week is a must win week for you, yes. However, if you’re already in the playoffs or you want to make sure your lineup is as strong as possible for the remainder of the season, Ponder still has more value in a 2 QB league. If you can drop someone else on your team though, it might still be worth grabbing Henne this week.

      • Joe F says:
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        @Loudon, thank you! That’s all true, this is just for my qb depth and maybe a matchup play one week down the road (I have Freeman and Romo), I’m fighting for a playoff spot and my opponent badly needs a qb this week I might do it for that. Also, I hate Ponder’s schedule the rest of the way – Chicago twice, Houston his easiest ones are GB and St. Louis who are no pushovers. You think it’s worth it to corner the market against my desperate opponent even though I might screw myself needing Ponder later in the year?

        • Loudon

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          @Joe F, If you have Freeman and Romo and you think Henne could benefit your opponent, it’d be worth dropping Ponder to solidify yourself a spot in the playoffs. You’re gambling with the health of your QBs, but who’s to say Ponder won’t be there to pick back up after this week anyway? Especially with his schedule.

          • Joe F says:
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            @Loudon, Ok I’ll go through with it, I feel naughty doing it but fantasy isn’t a nice mans game I guess. Thanks for your help!

  3. dp says:
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    I’m assuming Antonio Brown is supremely droppable for someone line DX or Shorts? This guy has been burning a hole on my bench all season. Had last waiver claim every week due to being in first so I hadn’t made a move.

    • Loudon

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      @dp, Brown really has been a huge disappointment. If those guys are still available, it’s probably the right move at this point in the season. The only thing that would stop me is if it was a keeper league.

  4. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Start 2: Blackmon, Lloyd, Maclin, DHB, Broyles. .5 PPR, already starting Henne at QB – yippee! Is Cromartie going to be on Lloyd tomorrow?

    • Loudon

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      @Steve Stevenson, Lloyd will likely see plenty of Cromartie, but The Patriots have so many options that it’ll be hard for The Jets to dedicate Cromartie to him full-time. Lloyd remains a better option than Maclin, DHB, or Broyles this week. Not sure how many of those guys you have to start, but I hope it’s 2 or less.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Loudon, thanks. Only have to start 2, was leaning blackmon and lloyd

  5. Emily says:
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    hurting at wr and flex: hillman, parmele, amendola, hartline, kerley, alexander.. haha i know. Thinking I am going with alexander and hillman.. ?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Emily, I actually like Parmele over Hillman this week because he’ll be in less of a time share (and he’s playing The Titans). Hillman’s value is greater the rest of the season, but if you have both, go with Parmele this week. At WR, Amendola is still questionable so Alexander’s your next best option. If Amendola plays, he has a little more upside I’d say, but they’re both good options.

  6. Bill_Buckner says:
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    Need to fill my last flex spot in a .75 ppr league. Who would you start between Michael turner, Kendall wright, beanie wells, and Brandon Lafell? Thanks in advance!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Have to go with the assured touches in Turner even though I hate saying that.

  7. Johnny Hammersticks says:
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    Need help with a #2 RB, my choices are

    marcel reece
    Sjax
    Leshoure
    Hillman
    Vick Ballard
    or whoever that dude on Jax is

    thoughts? stick with hot hand reece?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Johnny Hammersticks, Those are some really nice options. I’d go with Reece, but keep an eye on McFadden just in case. SJax would be a close second based on his matchup. That dude on Jax (Jalen Parmele) might actually be my third choice based on his cake matchup.

      Good luck this week.

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