EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - News and Notes...
- QB Matt Cassel attended Friday morning's practice as an observer
- WR Hakeem Nicks practiced again Friday
- WR Steve Smith appears to be ready after he practiced again on Friday
- QB Brett Favre took snaps in Minnesota Vikings practice for the first time all week on Friday
- San Diego WR Vincent Jackson hopes to contribute in the Chargers' Week 14 game against Kansas
- Texans WR Andre Johnson did not practice Thursday (ankle)
- Ravens TE Todd Heap did not practice Thursday because of his injured hamstring
- WR Brandon Marshall is set to return in Week 14 at the Jets
- WR Mike Williams (Bucs) practiced Friday
- Percy Harvin doubtful for Sunday
- RB Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) was back at full practice
- TE Antonio Gates (foot) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday
* WRs Mike Williams (ankle) and Ben Obomanu (foot) both sat out practice for the second consecutive day Thursday
- WR Terrell Owens (knee) was a full participant at practice Thursday
Waiver Wire...most added pick ups:
Tashard Choice (DAL/RB)
Chris Ivory (NO/RB)
James Starks (GB/RB)
Ben Watson (CL/TE)
Earl Bennett (CHI/WR)
Deion Branch (NE/WR)
Donald Driver (GB/WR)
Interesting Matchups to Exploit in Week 14:
1- Cincinnati ranks 28th in the NFL against opposing receivers, Mike Wallace and Hines Ward should put up good numbers!
2- The Washington Redskins rank 26th in the NFL against the run, LaGarette Blount should get plenty of work this week!
3- Seattle ranks second-to-last in the NFL against opposing wideouts, Mike Crabtree will put up excellent numbers!
4-Houston's secondary ranks 29th against opposing wideouts...A. Boldin, TJ Housh, and D. Mason are must starts!
5- Carolina ranks 29th in the NFL against opposing running backs and have allowed six touchdowns in the last two weeks...Michael Turner should have a monster day!
6- Detroit ranks 21st in the NFL against opposing wideouts...Greg Jennings
7- Arizona is the league's worst run defense in 2010...expect K. Moreno to blow it up!
8- Dallas Cowboys is the league's worst against opposing wideouts- allowing 19 touchdowns to opposing receivers this year...J.Maclin and D. Jackson are both due for a great Week 14!
9- Buffalo Bills are ranked 30th in run defense...hello Peyton Hillis!!!
STUDS / DUDS / and SLEEPERS:
Joe Flacco - Texans have allowed the most passing yards (298.3 yards per game) and touchdowns (27) in the league this season
Jay Cutler - back-to-back games without an INT and 11 touchdowns..Pats have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks
Kyle Orton - Cardinals defense is allowing an average of 29 points per game
Knowshon Moreno - Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points (23.6 per game) to opposing running backs and 17 total touchdowns
Matt Forte - Pats have allowed an average of 18.5 fantasy points per game to running backs
LaGarette Blount - Skins have allowed a league-worst 5 yards per carry to opposing running backs this season along with 6 TDs in past 2 weeks
Peyton Hillis - vs Bills...worst rush D in NFL
Anquan Boldin - Texans have allowed the 4th-most fantasy points (24.7 per game) and a tied for second-most (16 TDs) to WRs this season
Mike Wallace - one of the most talented young wideouts in the league, is great start this week against the Bengals
Desean Jackson - Cowboys defense has allowed 19 TD catches and the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers
Tony G - Panthers have allowed the second-most receiving yards (804) and the fifth-most receptions (63) to opposing tight ends this season
Marcedes Lewis - great matchup vs Raiders
Jets vs Dolphins
Falcons vs Panthers
Brett Favre - Giants have been tough on QBs...allowing an average of just 11.6 fantasy points per game
Carson Palmer - vs Steelers...who have allowed just 13 touchdown passes
Cedric Benson - vs Steelers...need I say more?
Marshawn Lynch - could be a bust against a 49ers defense that has allowed just five rushing touchdowns this season
Brandon Marshall - facing the Jets and CB Darrelle Revis - makes Marshall a no go in Week 14
Chad Ochocinco - vs. Steelers makes him a horrible option
Deoin Branch - vs Bears defense that has allowed just seven touchdown catches this season
Visanthe Shiancoe - has averaged only 3 fantasy points this season vs the Giants D - best in NFL vs TEs
Aaron Hernandez - Bears defense has allowed an average of just 4.9 fantasy points per game to tight ends
Ravens vs Texans
Bears vs Pats
Cowboys vs Eagles
Josh Freeman - great matchup vs the Redskins- who have allowed an average of 16.4 fantasy points per game to QBs
Jon Kitna - vs Eagles - who are tied for third in touchdown passes allowed (24)
James Starks - vs Lions defense which has allowed 17 total TDs and an average of 21.7 fantasy points to opposing running backs
Tashard Choice - vs Eagles defense that has allowed an average of 17.8 fantasy points per game to running backs
Anthony Dixon - vs Seattle - who has allowed 20.6 fantasy points per game and 12 total touchdowns to opposing running backs
Michael Crabtree - vs Seahawks - who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts
Donald Driver - last five games against this NFC North - Driver has posted a combined 30 catches for 501 yards with four touchdown catches
Ben Watson - the primary target for QB Jake Delhomme and Bills defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing TEs
Ed Dickson - If Todd Heap cannot play due to an injured hamstring...Dickson is a good start for fantasy owners
Broncos vs Cardinals
Good luck in Week 14...