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Expert Picks Against the Spread: Week 12

Gamblers rejoice, here are our Week 12 Sports Debater expert picks against the spread.  (We are NOT responsible for any money lost)         odds courtesy of

Game Time Teams NYBobby MatthewToddErich Scher Thing
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Minnesota Vikings (+6.5) @ Chicago Bears (-6.5) Bears Bears Bears
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Oakland Raiders (+8) @

Cincinnati Bengals (-8)

Bengals Bengals Raiders
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Pittsburgh Steelers (-2) @ Cleveland Browns (+2) Steelers Steelers Browns
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Buffalo Bills (+2.5) @ Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) Colts Colts Colts
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Denver Broncos (-10) @ Kansas City Chiefs (+10) Broncos Broncos Chiefs
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Seattle Seahawks (-3) @ Miami Dolphins (+3) Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Atlanta Falcons (-1.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1.5) Buccaneers Falcons Falcons
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Tennessee Titans  (-3.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5) Titans Titans Titans
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Baltimore Ravens (0) @ San Diego Chargers (0) Ravens Ravens Ravens
Sunday, November 25, 2012: San Francisco 49ers (-2) @ New Orleans Saints (+2) Saints Saints 49ers
Sunday, November 25, 2012: St. Louis Rams  (+1.5) @ Arizona Cardinals (-1.5) Cardinals Cardinals Rams
Sunday, November 25, 2012: Green Bay Packers (+2.5) @ New York Giants (-2.5) Giants Packers Giants
Monday, November 26, 2012: Carolina Panthers (-2.5) @

Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5)

Panthers Eagles Panthers
Overall Records:






Scher Thing:



Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 9

I have to say that I am very relieved that the Jets are on their bye week because I do not know if I could have endured another showing like last weeks game against Miami.  While teams take their bye weeks, every fantasy team is still in action and with bye weeks, every fantasy teams owners need to make last minute changes to their lineups.  This week I see some familiar faces coming back and I also feel that a couple of new players will shine brightly in week 9.  If I included the Thursday night football game into my sleepers article this week, I would have definitely chosen the Chargers defense because I feel that Kansas City is the new Cleveland, but I decided that this week will be the week of the Tight Ends and I have chosen 5 different ones for you to put in your lineup this week.

Dennis Pitta (TE):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of a much needed bye week after getting their asses kicked two weeks ago against the AFC favorites, Houston Texans.  While coming off of their bye week, the Ravens have the luxury of facing the Cleveland Browns, who have been playing pretty decently of late.  The last time these two teams met was back on 9/27 and the Ravens won but only by 7 points.  A player who was nonexistent for that game was Dennis Pitta.  This week I feel that the Ravens and their clever coaching staff  have prepared a new look for the rejuvenated Browns and I think Pitta will be a huge part of it.  Pitta sees 7 targets a game on average and he has already found the endzone twice this season.  I am expecting a big week from the usually reliable Pitta and if you have your starting Tight End on bye this week, then Pitta is a no-brainer.

Predictions for week 9:  7 receptions for 90 yards and touchdown

Jermichael Finley (TE):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Not many players have been as big a disappointment this season fantasy-wise then Jermichael Finley.  Last season, Finley exploded for 800 yards and 8 touchdowns as he developed into Aaron Rodgers’ favorite third down target.  This year, Finley has been basically forgotten about and fantasy owners are pissed.  As a matter of fact, Finley is only starting in 54% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues as of today.  Rest easy Finley supporters because I have some good news for you, Finley will have his best game of the season this week and will reassure anyone who has doubted him since the season started.  It is hard to find any Quarterback hotter than Aaron Rodgers right now and with Greg Jennings still out and with how accurate I was with Donald Driver last week, I think you should heed my advice with Finley.  Keep in mind that Jordy Nelson is questionable as well.

Predictions for week 9:  7 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown

Anthony Fasano (TE):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

There was once a time where the 7 year man out of Notre Dame, Anthony Fasano, was a threat to get in the endzone on a weekly basis.  This year did not start off with that type of optimism, but with back-to-back weeks with a touchdown, Fasano seems to be finding his old form.  The Miami Dolphins are one of the hottest teams in the league right now and Ryan Tannehill really seems to be coming into his own.  There are some skeptics out there about Fasano this week because the team they are playing, the Indianapolis Colts, have allowed the least amount of fantasy points for Tight Ends in the NFL.  To me, that is an arbitrary stat because it all depends on the type of offense being run against them.  The Dolphins do not have a good receiving core and they will need Fasano this week if they hope to win against a hostile crown in Indy.  While I do not expect Fasano to rack up a lot of yards, I do see him entering the endzone for a third straight week.

Predictions for week 9:  5 receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown

Dallas Clark (TE):  Sunday 4:05 PM EST

Dallas Clark was once one of the favorite targets of the best QB in the NFL, Peyton Manning.  He caught everything that came his way and even made his fair share of touchdowns.  Clark played the first 9 years of his successful career with the Colts, but found himself wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey at the start to this season.  As the season started, Clark found it very difficult to work himself into the Bucs offense and Josh Freeman rarely ever looked his way.  Over the past two weeks, Clark has seen his targets go up and so has his yardage.  He only has 1 touchdown on the season but I am expecting him to at least double that total by the end of week 9.  Vincent Jackson has exploded of late and he will demand a double team on every possession which should mean more looks for Clark and Mike Williams.  The Bucs are playing in Oakland this week which should be a very winnable game as long as their passing game can match their running game.

Predictions for week 9:  6 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown

Brent Celek (TE):  Monday 8:30 PM EST

I am one of those many Fantasy football owners that has not had a stable Tight End all season long, so I have consistently found myself watching that waiver wire to see who I can pick up week by week.  This week I am going with Brent Celek for a couple reasons.  The main reason is that the Philadelphia Eagles are facing the worst defense in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints, and Philly will have no problems moving the ball up and down the field.  This is also a must win game for the Eagles as they try to stay alive in the very competitive NFC East.  Like the Eagles, Celek has been extremely inconsistent this year and has driven fantasy owners crazy.  His QB, Michael Vick, has been the headline of many conversations about whether or not they can win with him at quarterback.  This week Vick and Celek will shut all of the critics up as they will connect on two touchdowns and win this game easily.

Predictions for week 9:  9 receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns


Sports Debaters Expert Picks Against the Spread: Week 9

Gamblers rejoice, here are our Week 9 Sports Debater expert picks against the spread.  (We are NOT responsible for any money lost)         odds courtesy of

Game Time Teams NYBobby Picks MatthewToddErich Picks
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Miami Dolphins (-1.5) @ Indianapolis Colts (+1.5) Dolphins Dolphins
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Chicago Bears (-3.5) @ Tennessee Titans (+3.5) Bears Bears
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Detroit Lions (-4.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars(+4.5) Lions Lions
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Arizona Cardinals (+11.5) @ Green Bay Packers (-11.5) Packers Cardinals
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Denver Broncos (-3.5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5) Broncos Broncos
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) @ Cleveland Browns(+3.5) Browns Ravens
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Buffalo Bills (+11.5) @ Houston Texans (-11.5) Texans Texans
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Washington Redskins (-3.5) @ Carolina Panthers (+3.5) Panthers Redskins
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Pittsburgh Steelers (+3.5) @ NY Giants (-3.5) Steelers Giants
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Minnesota Vikings (+4) @ Seattle Seahawks (-4) Seahawks Vikings
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0) @ Oakland Raiders (0) Raiders Buccaneers
Sunday, November 4, 2012: Dallas Cowboys (+3.5) @ Atlanta Falcons (-3.5) Falcons Cowboys
Monday, November 5, 2012: Philadelphia Eagles (+3) @ New Orleans Saints (-3) Saints Eagles
Overall Records:


NYBobby: 31-38 MatthewToddErich: 33-36

Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 8

If you survived last week’s “Hell Bye Week,” then you can breathe a sigh of relief as week 8 is a much more manageable one.  Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are the only teams on bye week and unless you have Ray Rice, A.J. Green or Arian Foster, your team should be in just fine shape.  There are some injuries this week that are shaking up a few fantasy rosters and with the midseason bump out of the way, teams that hope to be playoff bound have to make their pushes now.  Here are 5 players for you Fantasy teams that I feel will help your roster improve before Sunday’s games.

Dustin Keller (TE):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

There are a lot of Jets haters out there and I can completely understand why.  That being said, Dustin Keller is back and healthy and he is without question Mark Sanchez’s #1 option in the passing attack.  Last week, Keller was targeted 7 times and caught all 7 passes, accumulating 93 yards and a trip to the endzone.  The Jets are facing a Miami Dolphins team that is talking a whole lot of shit, which is surprising because the Jets beat the Dolphins in one of the uglier games of the season in week 3.  With back up tight end, Cumberland, out with an injury, Keller will see even more targets than normal.  There will be a strong emphasis on the ground game which will open up some good play action looks for Keller down the field.  I think that Dustin will have an even bigger game this week than last and there is no reason why he should be a Free Agent in anyone’s league from here on out.  He is without question a top 10 TE in the NFL.

Predictions for week 8:  9 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown

Devin Hester (WR):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The Chicago Bears are quietly having a stellar season.  The main reason that the Bears are 5-1 is because they have the highest scoring defense in the league and they seem to be able to shut down any team that they face.  Another contributing factor to the Bears success is the amazing chemistry between the NFL’s 8th leading receiver, Brandon Marshall, and one of the worst QB’s in the NFL, Jay Cutler.  This week the Bears have the luxury of facing off with the dismal Carolina Panthers.  While the Bears offense does not put up too many points, this is surely a game where that can change.  I think Marshall will draw a lot of double teams which should open up the field for a lot of his receiving buddies.  I feel that Devin Hester will be the biggest beneficiary of the receivers on the Bears as he will have the ability to catch short screens or even quick slants and dominate the game with his YAC.   Let’s not forget about his ability to take one to the house on any given punt return.

Predictions for week 8:  6 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown, one kick return for a touchdown

Donald Driver (WR):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Where has the Dancing With the Stars Champion been hiding this season?  On the bench watching Aaron Rodgers tare up the league once again.  But with Greg Jennings out for at least another week and Jordy Nelson questionable, Rodgers is going to have to look for other options in the passing game.  The obvious first choice for him is going to be James Jones followed by Randall Cobb.  The third option is the one that I feel will have his biggest and only good game of his season, Donald Driver.  The truth of the matter is that the Packers are going to have a field day destroying the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and I think Donald wants to prove he still has a little something left in the tank.  I can see Driver and Rodgers connecting like the olden days for some impressive long yardage passes.  A lot of people thought that Driver was retired as he has only had 4 catches for the entire season on the most pass friendly team in the league.  All Driver has to do is pretend he is back in the ballroom and he will be able to move around all of the Jaguars secondary.

Predictions for week 8:  5 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown

Daryl Richardson (RB):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The surprise rookie out Abilene Christian has been catching the eyes of fantasy owners across the country.  While at the beginning of the season you would have been thought to be crazy to say that someone would take touches away from Steven Jackson, Daryl has emerged as a true offensive threat.  While he does not get that many touches on the ground, roughly 7-10 a game, he does get a lot of snaps in the backfield.  Over the past two weeks, Richardson has shown glimpses of what he can do in the open field and now that the Rams have the advantage of facing off with one of the leagues worst passing defenses, the New England Patriots, they will try and find successes in their pass game.  In his rookie year, Richardson is yet to find the endzone but I think that streak will end on Sunday.  The game is being played in Wembley Stadium in London, England and while I feel the Pats will inevitably win the game, I think Richardson will make a name for himself on international turf.

Predictions for week 8:  8 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, 5 receptions for 70 yards

Carson Palmer (QB):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

This is the first time I have ever picked a player in back to back weeks, but after how accurate I was with last weeks predictions for Palmer, (Predictions:  24-46 for 320 yards and two TD’s, Actual:  26-46 for 298 yards and 2 TD’s), I had to go with him again.  I am going with Palmer again mainly because he has the easy matchup against the team that I rank as the worst in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Oakland Raiders are a terrible team in their own right and there really is no looking up for them any time soon, but Palmer has been throwing for nearly 300 yards every single game yet he is still a Free Agent in majority of fantasy leagues.  One of the first sleepers I talked about in the 2012 season was Denarius Moore, who has emerged as one of the more reliable receivers in the league the past few weeks.   With Heyward-Bay on one side and Moore on the other, Palmer has good options to look for and will have a pretty successful season regardless of Oakland’s overall record.

Predictions for week 8:  27-48 for 315 yards and two touchdowns


Sports Debaters Expert Picks Against the Spread: Week 8

Gamblers rejoice, here are our Week 8 Sports Debater expert picks against the spread.  (We are NOT responsible for any money lost)         odds courtesy of

Game Time Teams NYBobby Picks MatthewToddErich Picks
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Carolina Panthers (+10) @ Chicago Bears (-10) Panthers Bears
Sunday, October 28, 2012: San Diego Chargers (-2.5) @ Cleveland Browns (+2.5) Chargers Chargers
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Seattle Seahawks (+2.5) @ Detroit Lions (-2.5) Lions Seahawks  
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Jacksonville Jaguars (-12) @ Green Bay Packers (+12) Packers Packers 
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Indianapolis Colts (+3.5) @ Tennessee Titans (-3.5) Titans Colts
Sunday, October 28, 2012: New England Patriots (-7) @ St. Louis Rams (+7) Rams Rams
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Miami Dolphins (+2.5) @ New York Jets (-2.5) Jets Jets
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Atlanta Falcons (-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (+1) Eagles Eagles
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Washington Redskins (+5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) Redskins Redskins
Sunday, October 28, 2012: Oakland Raiders (+1) @ Kansas City Chiefs (-1) Raiders Chiefs
Sunday, October 28, 2012: New York Giants (-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (+1) Giants Cowboys  
Sunday, October 28, 2012: New Orleans Saints (+7) @ Denver Broncos (-7) Saints Broncos
Monday, October 29, 2012: San Francisco 49ers (-7.5) @ Arizona Cardinals (+7.5) Cardinals 49ers
Overall Records:


NYBobby: 27-29 MatthewToddErich: 30-26

Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 7

The deadly week 7 is upon us and every fantasy football owner in the world is shaking in their boots.  Teams on their bye this week are the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers.  Throughout those teams there are some real fantasy studs that need to be replaced this week like Matty Ice, Peyton Manning, Jamal Charles and LeShawn McCoy.  With big names like these on the bench this week, fantasy owners are scrambling to fill their rosters and pick up the best players available on the waiver wire.  Well I’m here to make your decision making a little easier.

Andrew Luck (QB):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The #1 draft pick from this past years draft is making his first appearance on the Sports Debaters Sleepers article…he should be honored.  With 4 regular fantasy starting quarterbacks on bye weeks (Peyton, Ryan, Vick, Rivers), many owners need to find a reliable replacement.  Andrew Luck has been having a pretty solid rookie campaign throwing for nearly 300 YPG.  One of Luck’s issues, which is common among rookies, is his turnovers.  Through his first 5 games, Luck has thrown 7 picks and fumbled 3 times.  Luckily for Luck- see what I did there- he has the privilege of facing the god awful Cleveland Browns this week on his home turf.  With the Colts starting tailback, Donald Brown, out for the near future, Luck will have a lot more responsibility in an already pass-friendly offense.  I can see this being Luck’s best game as a starter for the entire season.  If your regular starting QB on your fantasy team is off or injured this week, or if your QB just has a tougher matchup then your comfortable with, Luck is a must start.

Predictions for week 7:  28-50 for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 rushes for 15 yards

Leonard Hankerson (WR):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The Washington Redskins have been an anomaly this season.  They have won games they should have lost, lost games they should have won, they have star players injured and no name rookies exploding for ridiculous numbers, i.e. Alfred Morris, and they are doing all of this with a rookie QB, who in my mind is the front runner for Rookie of the Year.  In week 1, RG3 found a favorite target in Pierre Garcon but since Garcon got shook up in that game he hasn’t been the same since.  RG3 has had to find other help like Morris, Fred Davis and the always reliable Santana Moss.  This week in their division matchup against the first place New York Giants, RG3 is going to need to unload his entire bag of tricks and I think that will start by introducing the second year man out of Miami, Leonard Hankerson, to the world.  Hankerson has already showed signs of talent and he even had a game in week 3 where he was targeted 11 times against the Bucs in a Redskins thrilling win.  With Garcon most likely not playing again this week, RG3 will be taking advantage of Hankerson’s speed and I see this being a breakout game for the sophomore.  The Giants secondary is nothing to brag about but they have been playing better of late, but knowing Tom Coughlin, their focus will be on the Redskins ground game.  That leaves the field open for my man Hankerson.

Predictions for week 7:  7 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown

Greg Olsen (TE):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

Greg Olsen has been driving fantasy owners, including myself, crazy for years.  The six year man out of the University of Miami has extremely reliable hands and is one of the best rout running Tight Ends in the NFL.  So why are his numbers so inconsistent?  No one knows.  Olsen has had the second most targets on his team and is only 4 behind Cam Newton’s favorite target Steve Smith.  The 1-4 Panthers have been a huge disappointment this year and I honestly don’t think things are going to get any better.  This week they go up against the reeling Dallas Cowboys in a game that I can all but guarantee the Panthers will lose.  Dallas will score early and often forcing Cam to try and comeback on his arms and not his legs.  Smith will get his targets and even Lafell will get some looks, but I think the biggest receiving performance for the Panthers will come from Olsen.  I’m expecting Olsen to be the recipient of a lot of short dump passes from Newton when he feels DeMarcus Ware breathing down his neck.  Olsen also has the potential for some big plays up the seam.  With Tony Gonzalez on bye week, I feel that Olsen can feasibly have the best week out of any TE in the league…plus he has a ridiculously hot wife!

Predictions for week 7:  9 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown

Carson Palmer (QB):  Sunday 4:25 PM EST

I remember a time when Carson Palmer was a must start in every league 8 teams or more, when Chad Johnson was a respectable and feared receiver and the Cincinnati Bengals were an extremely scary team to face.  How things change.  Now Palmer is at the helm of one of the laughing stocks of the NFL.  The Oakland Raiders are so beyond bad that success does not seem like it will be coming any time soon.  Arguably two of the worst teams in the NFL, the Jaguars (1-4) and Raiders (1-4) face off in a battle that will prove who is actually on the bottom of the league.  The Raiders are pathetic but I think the Jaguars might be worse.  While Palmer’s season ending numbers won’t be anything to hang on the refrigerator, I think this week will be a successful one for the former #1 draft pick out of USC.  Palmer is coming off of his best start of the season (23-53 353 yards 1 TD 1 INT) against an Atlanta Falcons defense that is more than impressive.  This weeks task is much easier and if you are in need of a quarterback this week and Andrew Luck is already taken, Palmer will be a very safe and smart start.

Predictions for week 7:  24-46 for 320 yards and two touchdowns

Jonathon Dwyer (RB):  Sunday 8:20 PM EST

Information surfaced early yesterday that Rashard Mendenhall and Issac Redman will both be inactive for the Steelers Sunday Night Football matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.  Jonathon Dwyer is the Steelers third tailback and will now be the starter with the top two backs out with injuries.  He will be splitting runs with their fourth tailback, Baron Batch, but Dwyer will be seeing the majority of touches in the backfield.  Dwyer is yet to do anything of significance this season but this will be a game where he can prove his worth.  It is a nationally televised game against a team that just fell to the only team without a win in the NFL.  The Bengals are falling from grace really fast and since Big Ben and company are coming off of a surprising loss themselves, this game is a must win for Pittsburgh.  I do feel that majority of the Steelers offense will rely heavily on the air attack, but that doesn’t mean Dwyer won’t benefit from that.  Dwyer has wicked fast speed and if he is lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a Roethlisberger screen pass, he can easily take at least one to the house.  I think this game can be the answer to whether or not the three year man out of Georgia Tech can be a formidable option in the NFL.

Predictions for week 7:  15 rushes for 80 yards and a touchdown, 4 receptions for 50 yards

Sports Debaters Expert Picks Against the Spread: Week 7

Gamblers rejoice, here are our Week 4 Sports Debater expert picks against the spread.  (We are NOT responsible for any money lost)         odds courtesy of

Game Time Teams NYBobby Picks MatthewToddErich Picks
Thursday, October 18, 2012: Seattle Seahawks (+8.5) @ San Francisco 49ers (-8.5) Seahawks 49ers
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Tennessee Titans (+3) @ Buffalo Bills (-3) Bills Titans
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Washington Redskins (+7.5) @ NY Giants (-7.5) Redskins Redskins  
Sunday, October 21, 2012: New Orleans Saints (-2.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+2.5) Saints Saints 
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Dallas Cowboys (-1) @ Carolina Panthers (+1) Cowboys Cowboys
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Baltimore Ravens (+4.5) @ Houston Texans (-4.5) Ravens Ravens
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Cleveland Browns (+3) @ Indianapolis Colts (-3) Colts Browns
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Green Bay Packers (-5.5) @ St. Louis Rams (+5.5) Packers Rams
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Arizona Cardinals (+5.5) @ Minnesota Vikings (-5.5) Cardinals Vikings
Sunday, October 21, 2012: NY Jets (+11.5) @ New England Patriots (-11.5) Patriots Jets
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Jacksonville Jaguars (+4) @ Oakland Raiders (-4) Raiders Raiders  
Sunday, October 21, 2012: Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (+1) Steelers Steelers
Monday, October 22, 2012: Detroit Lions (+5) @ Chicago Bears (-5) Lions Bears
Overall Records:


NYBobby: 20-23 MatthewToddErich: 22-21

Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 6

The theme of the sixth week in the NFL seems to be injuries.  As a matter of fact, injuries have been plaguing teams all season long, but it seems as if a plethora of accidents have been happening recently.  Teams have lost everyone from their starting QB’s all the way to their kickers.  The silver lining for all of these ailments comes from the Fantasy Football Gods, because with these injuries comes a lot of waiver wire work that Fantasy nerds, like myself, thrive off of.  This weeks advice for your last minute lineup changes comes with a couple of unfamiliar faces and has someone for pretty much every position that will be finding success because of a teammates injury.

Vick Ballard (RB):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

The Indianapolis Colts had a huge blow to their roster this past week when they learned that they would be without starting back, Donald Brown, for a month.  Well, one man’s loss is another man’s gain as Brown’s rookie backup, Vick Ballard, will be given the reigns to lead the Colts running attack.  Even though Ballard has been the Colts second most used back this season, he has yet to break out of any game with significant numbers.  That trend should change this week as the rookie out of Mississippi State will be at the forefront of the Colts rushing attack against a New York Jets defense that seems to be allergic to tackling anyone with the slightest bit of talent.  A lot of the game will be Andrew Luck tearing apart the depleted Jets secondary, but the second that Luck wants to run a play action screen or even a draw to throw off the defense, Ballard should be a huge beneficiary.  I am not only predicting that this will be a good game for Ballard, but I am expecting this to be a game that could put Brown’s future starting job in jeopardy.

Predictions for week 6:  23 rushes for 115 yards and a touchdown, 4 receptions for 55 yards

Brandon Gibson (WR):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

I am yet to re-pick any of my sleepers from an earlier week but this is a time where it is perfectly warranted.  The St. Louis Rams top target, Danny Amendola, is out for close to two months and Sam Bradford is going to have to find a new favorite receiver to play catch with.  While my week 4 prediction for Gibson (6 Rec for 90 yards 1 TD) couldn’t have been farther from what actually happened (2 Rec for 28 yards), I made that prediction while Amendola was still healthy.  This time around I am much more confident in the ability of the 4 year man out of Washington State to have a breakthrough performance.  If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try it again, right?  Gibson and the Rams are going up against a very pesky defense in the Miami Dolphins, but Bradford’s keen ability to find the open man when there is no actual open man has befuddled defenses all season long.  The Rams are a surprising 3-2 and Bradford’s excellence is one of the main reasons why.  I am looking for Gibson to carry the entire Rams receiving core and absolutely dominate the game.

Predictions for week 6:  9 receptions for 140 yards and 1 touchdown

Brady Quinn (QB):  Sunday 1:00 PM EST

There was a time some 6 years ago when the newly drafted Notre Dame QB, Brady Quinn, was supposed to be the savior that would turn around the Cleveland Browns franchise.  Obviously that never panned out and now Quinn finds himself as the back up to one of the worst QB’s in the NFL, Matt Cassel.  After Cassel went down last week with a terrible concussion, which his fans booed him during, Quinn new that he would once again have an opportunity to prove himself as a legitimate stater in the NFL.  Luckily for Quinn and the anemic Chiefs offense, they are going up against the equally pathetic Tampa Bay Buccaneers and actually have a chance to win this game.  While I feel that Jamaal Charles will be the true beneficiary of Cassel’s demise, this is a sleeper article and Charles is owned in 100% of Fantasy leagues.  I can assure everyone in the world that Brady Quinn is a FA in your respective leagues and you might want to consider starting him this week if you have a question mark at the QB position.  Quinn will show early struggles but when it comes down to it, he is facing a terrible Bucs defensive secondary that even he should be able to capitalize on.

Predictions for week 6:  22-40 for 235 yards and two touchdowns, 4 rushes for 30 yards

John Kuhn (FB):  Sunday 8:20 PM EST

Last week, I chose the Panthers Mike Tolbert to vulture a couple of TD’s for the Carolina offense and I seemed to be wrong.  This week I am putting my money on the Green Bay Packers fan favorite, John Kuhn, to capitalize on redzone opportunities.  Kuhn picked up his first touchdown of the season this past week and I expect him to continue with that trend this week.  Because of an injury to the Packers starting tailback, Cedric Benson, I feel that Kuhn will have a few more touches that he normally does and that this will be the biggest week of the season for him.  The Packers are a surprisingly bad 2-3 to start the season and now have the unfortunate week 6 matchup against the best team in the NFL, the Houston Texans.  While the Texans defense is amazing, I still feel that Rodgers and company will turn their slow start to the season around this week.  Kuhn will be Rodgers go to guy with a handful of screen passes and short-yardage third down attempts.  Once Green bay gets the ball inside their opponents 10 yard line, expect no one else on the team to touch the ball except for Kuhn himself.

Predictions for week 6:  7 rushes for 30 yards and a touchdown, 4 receptions for 25 yards

Nick Novak (K):  Monday 8:30 PM EST

The final player of the week that will thrive during his predecessors injury time off is the San Diego Chargers kicker, Nick Novak.  Normal Chargers kicker, Nate Kaeding, has been out the past two weeks and in his absence Novak has gone 4 for 5 from FG range.  Novak might be most famous for taking a leak during a game and being caught by a camera man, but I think after this weeks game against the Broncos, he will be remembered for more than just that.  The Chargers are a team that can run up the scoreboard or be the complete opposite with an nonexistent offense.  In a prime time matchup for Monday Night Football against the Peyton Manning lead Denver Broncos, I expect Novak to have a bunch of opportunities to put it through the uprights.  Denver has a very stingy defense and the Chargers will have a tough time punching the ball into the endzone so they will be relying on Novak’s leg to build as many points as possible.  If you are like me and have a kicker on the bye week this week than ‘Novak’aine will be your perfect solution.  Kickers are a dime a dozen and expect Novak to have more than a dozen points this week.

Predictions for week 6:  3/3 FG’s (1 40+, 1 50+), 2/2 XP’s