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Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers

This coming week has to be the worst schedule for fantasy defenses for the entire season. Teams like the Browns, Rams, Raiders and Bills are all on bye weeks and that means fantasy owners can’t start defenses against them.

This week we have our weekly section on wounded warriors, as well as our top rankings for top position players. We have the top 16 ranked QB, TE, K and D/ST ranked. We also have the top 30 RB’s and top 35 WR’s as well.

Every week we will start off with our wounded warrior’s section. These are the key players that are on the injury report that you need to pay attention too before games begin.

Wounded Warriors


Packers- Aaron Rodgers- After the Packers’ loss to the Vikings’, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was seen limping badly. When Rodgers was questioned about his foot, he said that in a few days he would be ok.

This is the same foot problem that has landed Rodgers on the injury report for the past few weeks. While this is a concern, Rodgers is slated to play this week and should produce well against the Buccaneers.

Panthers- Jake Delhomme- Delhomme had a good first half against the Cardinals before he had to leave early because of a chest injury. The injury required that Delhomme go to the hospital and get tested.

On Monday Delhomme didn’t seem to suffer any major ill effects and looks to be a go week nine against the Saints.

Running Backs

Eagles- Brian Westbrook- Philadelphia’s star running back is slated to practice on Wednesday after missing the Eagles’ contest against the Giants. While Brian Westbrook will practice, he will not engage in physical contact.

We will find out more by the week’s end if Westbrook will be a go for the Eagles tilt against the Cowboys.

Wide Receivers

Lions- Calvin Johnson- Megatron practice on Thursday and Friday in limited fashion last week. At one point John Clayton of ESPN thought Johnson would be a go against the Rams this past Sunday.

As it turned out the Lions kept Johnson out of the lineup, and hopefully he will have a better week of practice this coming week. If he can practice all week than I would expect him to play this coming week in Seattle.

Cardinals- Anquan Boldin- One of the biggest problems with having Anquan Boldin on your fantasy team is that he is injury prone. This season Boldin has failed to stay healthy for the entire year and his production has suffered on the field.

Boldin’s continued ankle issue has led his head coach to consider sitting him down for this coming week against the Bears. If he does, in fact, not play than Steve Breaston will get the start.

Tight Ends

Texans- Owen Daniels- The Texans suffered a major blow to their offense when they lost tight end Owen Daniels for the season this past weekend. Daniels tore his acl and is done for the season.

Look for the Texans to use receiver Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones more often as they need them to step up their production.


  • Peyton Manning vs Texans
  • Tom Brady vs Dolphins
  • Drew Brees vs Panthers
  • Aaron Rodgers @ Buccaneers
  • Donovan McNabb vs Cowboys
  • Matt Schaub @ Colts
  • Ben Roethlisberger @ Broncos
  • Philip Rivers @ Giants
  • Eli Manning vs Chargers
  • Jay Cutler vs Cardinals
  • Tony Romo @ Eagles
  • Kurt Warner @ Bears
  • Matt Ryan vs Redskins
  • Matt Hasselbeck vs Lions
  • Carson Palmer vs Ravens
  • David Garrard vs Chiefs

Running Backs

  • Maurice Jones-Drew vs Chiefs
  • Chris Johnson @ 49ers
  • DeAngelo Williams @ Saints
  • Frank Gore vs Titans
  • Ray Rice @ Bengals
  • Michael Turner vs Redskins
  • Ryan Grant @ Buccaneers
  • Ronnie Brown @ Patriots
  • Cedric Benson vs Ravens
  • Matt Forte vs Cardinals
  • Marion Barber @ Eagles
  • Brandon Jacobs vs Chargers
  • Pierre Thomas vs Panthers
  • Kevin Smith @ Seahawks
  • Joseph Addai vs Texans
  • Rashard Mendenhall @ Broncos
  • Clinton Portis @ Falcons
  • LaDainian Tomlinson @ Giants
  • Jonathan Stewart @ Saints
  • Brian Westbrook vs Cowboys (May Not Play)
  • Knowshon Moreno vs Steelers
  • Julius Jones vs Lions
  • Cadillac Williams vs Packers
  • Jamaal Charles @ Jaguars
  • Ryan Moats @ Colts
  • Ahmad Bradshaw vs Chargers
  • Ricky Williams @ Patriots
  • Laurence Maroney vs Dolphins
  • Mike Bell vs Panthers
  • Steve Slaton @ Colts ( Can’t Trust Him)

Wide Receivers

  • Randy Moss vs Dolphins
  • Reggie Wayne vs Texans
  • Andre Johnson @ Colts
  • DeSean Jackson vs Cowboys
  • Larry Fitzgerald @ Bears
  • Marques Colston vs Panthers
  • Vincent Jackson @ Giants
  • Miles Austin @ Eagles
  • Chad Ochocinco vs Ravens
  • Roddy White vs Redskins
  • Greg Jennings @ Buccaneers
  • Calvin Johnson @ Seahawks (If He Plays)
  • Dwayne Bowe @ Jaguars
  • Santonio Holmes @ Broncos
  • Devin Hester vs Cardinals
  • Wes Welker vs Dolphins
  • Donald Driver @ Buccaneers
  • Steve Smith (NY) vs Chargers
  • Nate Burelson vs Lions
  • Steve Smith (Car) @ Saints
  • Mike Sims-Walker vs Chiefs
  • Brandon Marshall vs Steelers
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs Lions
  • Mario Manningham vs Chargers
  • Hines Ward @ Broncos
  • Michael Crabtree vs Titans
  • Hakeem Nicks vs Chargers
  • Nate Washington @ 49ers
  • Derrick Mason @ Bengals
  • Steve Breaston @ Bears
  • Malcom Floyd @ Giants
  • Kevin Walter @ Colts
  • Johnny Knox vs Cardinals
  • Justin Gage @ 49ers
  • Antonio Bryant vs Packers

Tight Ends

  • Vernon Davis vs Titans
  • Dallas Clark vs Texans
  • Antonio Gates @ Giants
  • Brent Celek vs Cowboys
  • Jason Witten @ Eagles
  • Tony Gonzalez vs Redskins
  • Heath Miller @ Broncos
  • Greg Olsen vs Cardinals
  • Jeremy Shockey vs Panthers
  • Todd Heap @ Bengals
  • Fred Davis @ Falcons
  • John Carlson vs Lions
  • Tony Scheffler vs Steelers
  • Kellen Winslow vs Packers
  • Kevin Boss vs Chargers
  • Joel Dreessen @ Colts


  • Mason Crosby @ Buccaneers
  • Jason Elam vs Redskins
  • Stephin Gostkowski vs Dolphins
  • Nate Kaeding @ Giants
  • Lawrence Tynes vs Chargers
  • David Akers vs Cowboys
  • Rob Bironas @ 49ers
  • Nick Folk @ Eagles
  • Joe Nedney vs Titans
  • Robbie Gould vs Cardinals
  • Josh Schobee vs Chiefs
  • Shayne Graham vs Ravens
  • Kris Browns @ Colts
  • Matt Praiter vs Steelers
  • Steven Hauschia @ Bengals
  • Niel Rackers @ Bears

Defense/ ST

  • Packers @ Buccaneers
  • Falcons vs Redskins
  • Steelers @ Broncos
  • Ravens @ Bengals
  • Broncos vs Steelers
  • Seahawks vs Lions
  • Saints vs Panthers
  • 49ers vs Titans
  • Jaguars vs Chiefs
  • Eagles vs Cowboys
  • Bengals vs Ravens
  • Patriots vs Dolphins
  • Cardinals @ Bears
  • Cowboys @ Eagles
  • Bears vs Cardinals
  • Titans @ 49ers

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