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Sunday AM Notes Week 11

16 November 2014 - 06:31 AM

 

EARLY GAMES
Atlanta at Carolina
 
Prince Shembo began seeing base defensive snaps again last week. He's now entirely off the injury report and could see a higher percentage snaps than Joplo Bartu. The Falcons are otherwise healthy.
 
Star Lotulelei is out with an ankle sprain. Charles Johnson is questionable after not practicing with the team while away with his family. He's expected to play but it's not yet been confirmed. 
 
Cincinnati at New Orleans
 
Vontaze Burfict is out again this week. He will again be replaced by Vinny Rey. Rey Maualuga is questionable, but fully practiced on Friday and should be back in his base middle linebacker role. Terence Newman is listed questionable but did not practice this week. He's unlikely to be active. If he is, he'll have a reduced role.
 
Curtis Lofton is fighting knee soreness but should play despite his questionable tag. David Hawthorne should be back this week, though it's unclear whether he'll play every down. Keenan Lewis was treated for a swollen knee this week and was able to take a limited practice on Friday. He's questionable but hopeful to play.
 
Denver at St. Louis
 
Nate Irving was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. Steven Johnson will continue in the middle in the base defense, but the Broncos will continue to use a Big Nickel alignment on passing downs, with T.J. Ward playing a linebacker role.
 
Lamarcus Joyner will miss today's game with a groin injury. Mark Barron played a very aggressive in-the-box role in passing situations last week. He was a pass rusher on half of his snaps and was also tasked with zone coverage from the slot and run blitzes. If he plays the same role today, he'll be on the field for more than 40 snaps and an upside DB3.
 
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Sunday AM Notes Week 10

09 November 2014 - 06:47 AM

Week 10??? Really???

 

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EARLY GAMES
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
 
Local Atlanta media believes Joplo Bartu will start again this week. He's not a great fantasy play, however. The Falcons listed Jonathan Massaquoi questionable, but he fully practiced on Friday and should play. Paul Worrilow and Kemal Ishmael are your only fantasy considerations here.
 
Alterraun Verner is doubtful for the Bucs. He wasn't playing well, but it's another blow to a struggling Tampa Bay secondary. Lavonte David (knee) and Michael Johnson (hand) have nagging injuries and are listed questionable. The Bucs have no players listed probable and both David and Johnson were fully practicing Friday. They'll play. It's a good matchup for Johnson, use him as a high upside DL2 today.
 
Dallas at Jacksonville
 
Rolando McClain is listed questionable and did not practice all week with knee and groin ailments. Local media reports McClain went through the walkthrough and still has a chance to play. But he's a game time decision at best. If he goes, Anthony Hitchens and Bruce Carter will flank him outside. The nickel spots are tough to handicap if McClain plays. Last week, Carter sat and McClain and Hitchens played nearly every down. I don't think McClain is healthy enough to trust, however. Expect Carter to see more snaps today and Hitchens to potentially be an every down middle linebacker. The matchup isn't great but Hitchens would be a LB3+ if McClain is inactive.
 
Jeremiah George started at middle linebacker last week but is out with an ankle injury today. J.T. Thomas will play inside in the base defense and every down. Telvin Smith will play inside in nickel situations, with Thomas shifting outside. Andre Branch will be out another few weeks with a groin injury.
 
Kansas City at Buffalo
 
The Chiefs are healthy. Joe Mays was activated yesterday and will see playing time today, possibly starting and playing the majority of snaps in the base defense over James-Michael Johnson. Josh Mauga still looks locked in as an every-down player. Eric Berry fully practiced this week and is safe to use in lineups.
 
The Bills defense is healthy coming out of the bye week. I expect no personnel changes at linebacker or safety. It's a strong matchup for Preston Brown. Nigel Bradham is a LB3 with upside with the favorable home stat crew.
 
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Sunday AM Notes Week 9

02 November 2014 - 05:47 AM

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EARLY GAMES
Arizona at Dallas
 
Tony Jefferson fully participated in practice Friday and has been cleared to play today. Tyrann Mathieu and Deone Bucannon remain subpackage players, making their snap expectation difficult to figure in most weeks. With the Cowboys possibly going run heavy with Tony Romo injured, we may see relatively less of both Mathieu and Bucannon today.
 
Kyle Wilbur is expected to start for Justin Durant, with Rolando McClain and Bruce Carter playing every-down roles. Watch Anthony Hitchens' snap count, however. Rookie DeMarcus Lawrence has been activated and will have a rotational role today. He's a longshot to have consistent value, but I'll review his snaps closely in this week's RTD.
 
Jacksonville at Cincinnati
 
J.T. Thomas started and played every down at middle linebacker last week. That tells you what the coaches think of Geno Hayes. The clock may now be ticking on Telvin Smith taking over as an every-down backer, especially with Jacksonville all but out of playoff contention. Dwayne Gratz was limited this week with a groin injury, but listed probable.
 
With Vontaze Burfict out, we'll see Vinny Rey at middle linebacker and a rotation of Jayson DiManche and Marquis Flowers at one outside linebacker position. Emmanuel Lamur and Rey will be the every-down players. Last week's explosion of assists, with very few solos, may be a one week anomaly for the Cincinnati home stat crew or it may be a return to the painful 2011 and 2012 seasons. Lower your expectations for Lamur and Rey unless you get equal points for solos and assists. The matchup is unfavorable, too.
 
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Sunday AM Notes Week 8

26 October 2014 - 05:17 AM

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EARLY GAMES
 
Detroit at Atlanta
 
Ezekiel Ansah is probable with a toe injury and safe to use in a favorable matchup. Josh Bynes was added to the injury report yesterday with a tooth problem, but he's active and expected to play today. He's been used in place on Tahir Whitehead in nickel packages and will likely continue to be today.
 
Prince Shembo was back to a full practice on Friday and could be closer to reclaiming the starting inside linebacker job over Joplo Bartu. But until we see confirmation on the field or from Mike Smith, it's a situation to avoid.
 
Baltimore at Cincinnati
 
The Ravens are healthy. Balitmore has used a much heavier safety rotation, which now includes Will Hill, in recent weeks. Watch for Hill to see more snaps today, but none of the four Ravens' safeties are safe fantasy options right now. Terrell Suggs has increased his snap count recently, but has an unfavorable matchup today.
 
Rey Maualuga remains out with a hamstring injury. He'll be replaced by Vinny Rey again. Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur both fully practiced on Thursday and Friday and are expected to be back in their usual every-down roles. Whether they'll last the entire game is a legitimate worry, however, given their recent durability issues.
 
Buffalo at New York Jets
 
Preston Brown has won a starting outside linebacker job, with Keith Rivers healthy but in a reserve role now. Brown played every down last week, including all dime snaps. That's likely to continue today, with Nigel Bradham manning the nickel spot with Brown. Aaron Williams is questionable with a neck injury, but has a good chance to play in rotation with Da'Norris Searcy and Duke Williams.
 
The Jets are healthy and have no expected depth chart changes. 

 

 

 


Sunday AM Notes Week 7

19 October 2014 - 07:22 AM

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Atlanta at Baltimore
 
Prince Shembo was probable with a knee injury last week, but played only on special teams. Mike Smith said Shembo didn't play due to concerns with the knee and limited practice time. Shembo was limited until Friday this week. There have been no updates on the depth chart this week. Watch the Falcons' Twitter sources for a possible tell this morning. If we can get confirmation of the plan, it's a great matchup to plug either Shembo or Bartu into your lineup.
 
The Ravens are healthy. No depth chart changes are expected. Lardarius Webb is off the injury report. He started last week and played nearly every down. If you've been sitting on him, this would be a solid matchup to break him into your lineup again.
 
Carolina at Green Bay
 
Antoine Cason and Marvin White started at cornerback last week. Josh Norman looks likely to return from a concussion today, which would send White back to a reserve role -- behind Charles Godfrey, who will be the slot corner.
 
Datone Jones is out today. That won't help the run defense, which is already struggling to get off blocks consistently and shut running backs down between the tackles. Jamari Lattimore is dealing with a neck injury. I expect we'll see more Brad Jones, but A.J. Hawk remains the lone every-down inside linebacker. Tramon Williams is questionable but will likely try to play through an ankle injury.
 
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
 
Vinny Rey starts at middle linebacker for Rey Maualuga. Emmanuel Lamur is doubtful with a shoulder injury. It appears the Bengals will likely go with Jason DiManche in the base defense and Taylor Mays in some nickel situations with Lamur out. That may limit Rey's upside today. 
 
Arthur Jones fully practiced Friday and looks ready to return. He may play a limited role only, but should be healthy for future weeks.