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21 December 2014 - 08:32 AM
EARLY GAMESAtlanta at New OrleansWilliam Moore was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday. The Falcons haven't updated his status, but he looks more likely to play than not. Kemal Ishmael will still see lots of snaps today. How much will depend on whether Moore is ready to start and play full time. With luck, we'll get a note from the Atlanta beat on what the lineup card has to say when inactives are released.There's been more rotation in the linebacker group for New Orleans lately, as they've begun using a dime package without Curtis Lofton. Those snaps are rare and I wouldn't fear using Lofton today. Kenny Vaccaro was back in the lineup full time last week after a first quarter injury to replacement Marcus Bell. I think we'll see Vaccaro back playing every down today, but I wouldn't trust him.Baltimore at HoustonThe Ravens have no expected depth chart changes today. It's a good spot to use Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil as high upside plays if you're an underdog in a sack-heavy scoring system.Mike Mohammed will not play with a concussion today. That will put both Akeem Dent and Brian Cushing on the field more, but I don't think I'd trust either of them. Whitney Mercilus should return from a back injury that held him out last week.Cleveland at CarolinaKarlos Dansby is recovering slowly from his knee injury and there was talk this week the Browns could shut him down. He's listed questionable. Craig Robertson remains a safe LB3 option, but be aware the Carolina stat crew is among the most assist-heavy crews in the league. Tashaun Gipson was placed on injured reserve this week with the knee injury that has kept him out of action this month. Jim Leonhard continues to be a solid DB3+ in his absence. Joe Haden is a game time decision with a shoulder injury.The Panthers are healthy. Charles Johnson is on the opposite side of the line from Joe Thomas and is safe to use as a matchup play today. Thomas Davis has been fighting a nagging knee issue, but fully practiced this week....
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30 November 2014 - 08:19 AM
EARLY GAMESCarolina at MinnesotaCharles Johnson hasn't practiced since Wednesday but made the trip to Minnesota and could play. If Johnson cannot go, Mario Addison and Kony Ealy would see more snaps. Star Lotulelei is doubtful but could return next week.Sharrif Floyd managed just a limited Friday practice this week after not playing last week. He's a game time decision once again. The Vikings are otherwise healthy. The matchup should be favorable for Brian Robison should you need a high variance play in sack-heavy leagues.Cincinnati at Tampa BayVontaze Burfict still hasn't practiced since knee surgery after Week 8. He'll again be replaced by Vinny Rey today. Margus Hunt is also still out with an ankle injury but Will Clarke has yet to see an increase in snaps.Lavonte David had a limited Friday practice and is again listed questionable. He tweaked his hamstring strain late last week. David told reporters he was confident he could play today. Consider him a game time decision, however. Danny Lansanah moved to weak side linebacker last week and played every down. That's the likely plan again today if David cannot go. Michael Johnson draws a tough matchup today, but Jacquies Smith should still be safe to use as the Bengals are fighting multiple injuries at right tackle.Cleveland at BuffaloKarlos Dansby is out. Craig Robertson played every down for him last week, with Chris Kirksey playing a mostly base defensive role only. There were a few snaps for Tank Carder, but the Browns to go dime against the Falcons. That may not be possible with Tashaun Gipson out with a knee injury. I'm not sure we can fully trust Kirksey today, and the coaches haven't been specific on their plans, but the door is open for full time duty for Kirksey now.The Bills are healthy. Jerry Hughes has an unfavorable matchup against Joe Thomas today, making him a risky bet even at home as hot as he's been. Consider other options today if you have them.....
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