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The Buffalo Bills returned to the practice field on Wednesday to begin field preparations for Sunday's home date with the Cincinnati Bengals. In doing so, the only player that did not participate in practice was wide receiver Stevie John...
The Buffalo Bills returned to the practice field on Wednesday to begin field preparations for Sunday's home date with the Cincinnati Bengals. In doing so, the only player that did not participate in practice was wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who was an excused absence for a death in the family. Johnson, as you'll recall, is also dealing with a back injury. Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters last week, however, that Johnson is expected to play on Sunday. Jairus Byrd was a full participant, and took reps with the starting defense alongside Da'Norris Searcy and Jim Leonhard at safety. Aaron Williams continues to play at cornerback even though Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks returned to the practice field on Wednesday; both were limited, but Marrone hinted that Gilmore is looking good for Sunday. CB Stephon Gilmore will wear protective padding on his wrist, potentially a 'club': "It'll be awkward" — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 9, 2013 Marquise Goodwin, who has been out since Week 1 with a hand injury, started catching passes last week and was limited on Wednesday - but again, Marrone sounded confident that Goodwin is very close to returning. Also limited at receiver: Marcus Easley, who was injured on special teams in last Thursday's loss to Cleveland. C.J. Spiller and Kyle Williams were also both limited; Spiller is still working through an ankle injury that very nearly kept him out of Week 5 action, while Williams will likely take rest days early in the practice week for the remainder of the season for his well-known Achilles issues. EJ Manuel, of course, did not practice, and won't for several weeks as he rehabs the LCL injury that has forced Thaddeus Lewis into the starting quarterback role. Marrone admitted on Wednesday that having Manuel out of the lineup will adversely affect the rookie's development, but they have plans for him in the meantime. EJ Manuel will be in the coaches booth during #Bills games. Marrone: "It's a great way to train him mentally ... different perspective" — Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 9, 2013
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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Last week was frustrating. Fantasy football is a very inconsistent game, but what I saw last week was just flat out annoying. I missed on a handful of rankings, player, you name it. It was simply one of ...
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Last week was frustrating. Fantasy football is a very inconsistent game, but what I saw last week was just flat out annoying. I missed on a handful of rankings, player, you name it. It was simply one of those weeks where everyone who had a good matchup faltered, while those with tough oppositions excelled. So, after a rough week, I’m motivated. I’m looking to rebound. Week 6 byes: Atlanta, Miami. Thumbs Up; Quarterbacks Jay Cutler vs New York Giants: A little Thursday night game never hurt anyone, right? Okay, so perhaps it did, but I think Cutler is a terrific start this week. The Marc Trestman offense is everything I hoped it would be for Cutler, as he is fifth in the league in touchdowns (10), 8th in completion percentage (65.7) and 9th in passing yards (1,368). He currently ranks as the number 10 fantasy quarterback, and more importantly, the quick-passing game has allowed Cutler to only be sacked eight times, while the Bears currently rank fourth in points per game with 29. This week, Cutler gets a Giants defense that generates no pass rush, only sacking the quarterback five times through five weeks. They also have allowed the third-most fantasy point to opposing quarterbacks, surrendering 28.16 per contest. Andrew Luck @ San Diego Chargers: An obvious call here, but there aren’t many strong under the radar quarterback options this week. Luck is coming off a very impressive performance against the top secondary in football, throwing for 229 yards and two scores, while not tossing an interception. He made some incredible deep ball throws to T.Y. Hilton, and orchestrated a terrific comeback to defeat this top NFC team. His reward? A matchup against the lowly Chargers secondary that is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. This unit has allowed an average of 308 passing yards per game, 10 touchdowns and just one interception. It will be Luck’s Monday night debut, and if you are choosing between Luck and someone else, odds are that I would side with the sophomore signal caller. Alex Smith vs Oakland Raiders: While Smith’s weekly ceiling isn’t very high, his floor is rock-steady, which makes him one of the safest bye week replacements out there. Despite how often he checks down, Smith is still averaging a healthy 37 pass attempts per contest, which is appealing volume. The Raiders come into town, a defense that has allowed over 1,000 passing yards and six touchdowns over the last three weeks, and at home, Smith has been solid, throwing for over 500 yards and five scores. He is running the ball quite a bit, too, rushing 32 times already, which is third-most among signal callers. Perhaps Smith can do more than check down in this game, as the Raiders are allowing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 72.5 percent of their passes. Smith is a safe play this week, for sure. Thumbs Down Andy Dalton @ Buffalo Bills: Dalton has failed to throw a touchdown pass since Week 3, and while many may see the Bills on his schedule and think it’s a strong matchup, think again. Buffalo is in the middle of the pack, allowing 20.06 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and this is an opportunistic bunch, leading the league in interceptions with nine. Combine Dalton’s struggles with the fact that Buffalo is expected to get both Jairus Byrd and Stephon Gilmore back into their lineup, and Dalton simply can’t be trusted. I just hope he plays a little bit better so he doesn’t kill A.J. Green’s value the rest of the way. Tom Brady vs New Orleans Saints: While it seems a bit ludicrous to bench a guy like Brady, maybe it’s not. Brady has only eclipsed 20 fantasy points in a game once this season, and is averaging a weak 16.4 fantasy points per contest. Now, if you lack better options, you can’t bench a guy like Brady, especially since he is expected to get Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup for the first time this s
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Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the following on Stephon Gilmore, who was limited in practice Wednesday. “I don’t want to say today that he’s going to go out and play Sunday,” said Marrone. “But I feel g...
Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the following on Stephon Gilmore, who was limited in practice Wednesday. “I don’t want to say today that he’s going to go out and play Sunday,” said Marrone. “But I feel good about the way he looked (in practice) today.”
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Bills WR Stevie Johnson was excused from practice Wednesday to tend to a family situation back in his native California. Head coach Doug Marrone said Johnson would be back late in the week after heading home for a death in the family. T...
Bills WR Stevie Johnson was excused from practice Wednesday to tend to a family situation back in his native California. Head coach Doug Marrone said Johnson would be back late in the week after heading home for a death in the family. The Bills top wideout is also trying to return from a back injury suffered in the Thursday night game at Cleveland.
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson left last week's game with a back injury. Luckily for him, the injury was not too serious for his short-term. He did not practice Wednesday as he continues to rest his lumbar strain. FANTASY ANA...
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson left last week's game with a back injury. Luckily for him, the injury was not too serious for his short-term. He did not practice Wednesday as he continues to rest his lumbar strain. FANTASY ANALYSIS: It's not everyday you hear of a lumbar strain injury. In any case, Johnson should still be considered a decent WR2 when he returns. Rookie WR Robert Woods has more than held his own (which also has taken away some production from Johnson) and the Bills be relying on a bit of an unknown at quarterback makes Johnson a matchup-only option. In Week 6, Buffalo hosts Cincinnati who recently shut down the Pats' aerial attack. If he returns for that game, sit him and find another option unless you're in serious need of his services.
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Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller returned to practice Wednesdy. He salvaged a so-so performance last week by breaking off a 54-yard touchdown run last Thursday. Spiller was injured in Week 4 with an ankle sprain. FANTASY ANALYSIS:...
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller returned to practice Wednesdy. He salvaged a so-so performance last week by breaking off a 54-yard touchdown run last Thursday. Spiller was injured in Week 4 with an ankle sprain. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Spiller is a great buy-low candidate. It doesn't really help matters that Buffalo will be starting QB Thaddeus Lewis next week due to a serious injury to regular starter QB E.J. Manuel. Spiller's top-end speed allows him to have big scoring potential on every touch, hence why almost everyone spent a first-round pick on him. Expect backup RB Fred Jackson to see plenty of work even if Spiller plays. Jackson has 39 touches in his last two games.
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Jairus Byrd, who is expected to play Sunday, is working in on defensive sets. Byrd is lining up in sub packages on defense during individual position dill work. Stephon Gilmore is stepping in a bit. We’ll see if that change as th...
Jairus Byrd, who is expected to play Sunday, is working in on defensive sets. Byrd is lining up in sub packages on defense during individual position dill work. Stephon Gilmore is stepping in a bit. We’ll see if that change as the week moves along. He did participate in individual drills during the media viewing portion of practice as did CB Ron Brooks.
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Bills WR Stevie Johnson is not in attendance at practice here on Wednesday. He is trying to return from a lower back strain, but its not something that is expected to keep him of the practice field completely. We’ll get an update ...
Bills WR Stevie Johnson is not in attendance at practice here on Wednesday. He is trying to return from a lower back strain, but its not something that is expected to keep him of the practice field completely. We’ll get an update from head coach Doug Marrone post practice
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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Defenses are hit or miss in fantasy football. The top-10 ranked defenses in the preseason according to ESPN were the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Ne...
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Defenses are hit or miss in fantasy football. The top-10 ranked defenses in the preseason according to ESPN were the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers. Of these 10 teams, only the Seahawks, 49ers, Bears and Bengals are still in the top 10 in fantasy points after five weeks. The Patriots rank 13th, the Texans and Broncos are 17th, the Packers are 25th, the Rams are 26th and the Steelers rank 30th. The biggest surprise defense is the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1 (originally ranked 25th). They have 87 fantasy points, 24 more than the Seahawks. However, most of these rising defenses were already picked up early in the season. The Chiefs are now owned in 91.6 percent of ESPN leagues. If you are own of those owners that stream fantasy defenses based on matchup, then there is a defense worth picking up for Week 6, and possibly the rest of the season — the New Orleans Saints defense. The Saints came in at 30th during the preseason, a fair ranking based on where they finished last year. The Saints were 32nd in rushing yards and 31st in passing yards allowed per game. They had 30 sacks and 15 interceptions, 25th and 15th in 2012. The New Orleans defense allowed the second-most points per game at 28.4. This year, however, the Saints are a much-improved defense, currently the ninth-best in fantasy. The team has three sacks in each of the last three games and 15 on the season. They have allowed no more than 18 points per game, a 10-point decrease from just a year ago. The defense is also swarming the ball every chance they get. They have seven interceptions (almost half of their 2012 total), six forced fumbles and four recovered. The Saints could attribute their success to the roster additions of Keenan Lewis and Parys Haralson, former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan or the return of head coach Sean Payton. Whichever it is, the Saints are not the same defense from 2012. They are not giving up the big pass plays like they did last year. Ryan is also pulling back on the number of blitz plays he calls and has more players in coverage. In Week 6, they travel north to take on the Patriots. The Patriots scored just six points against the Bengals, their lowest since 2006. Tom Brady has thrown three interceptions and two games with a completion percentage below 50 percent. Despite the possibility of getting Rob Gronkowski back, the Saints could be a difficult matchup for Brady. The Patriots have a lot of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, and the Saints should be able to take advantage by shutting down Danny Amendola and Gronkowski. Looking ahead, the Saints play the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in Weeks 8 and 9. They can make for a good three-week play before looking at another defense. If you are an owner of the Texans or Baltimore Ravens‘ defense, I would pick up the Saints’ defense as soon as possible. Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.
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