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Stevie Johnson vs Redskins - 

The Bills passing game started out hot the first three weeks of the season but has cold off heading into their week seven bye week. While Stevie Johnson has been practicing in full over recent weeks, since a groin injury gave him problems in September, he hasn’t been the same receiver we saw a year ago.

Look for that to change soon as he appears to be running more deep routes and while quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t have the strongest arm, we saw these two hook up on long touchdowns a year ago. Last week the Redskins secondary was torched by Steve Smith for 143 yards, so look for the Bills to get Johnson on the right track this week.

Antonio Brown vs Patriots –

With Hines Ward suffering an ankle sprain against the Cardinals, Antonio Brown stepped up for seven receptions on nine targets for over 100 yards. While the Steelers will wait and see how Ward’s ankle feels before deciding whether he will play this week, expect Brown to be a sneaky WR-2 play against a Patriot secondary that is ranked dead last in the league against the pass.

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Brown is an explosive talent as we watched him break loose for two long touchdown receptions in a preseason game against the Falcons this summer. The main problems for Brown’s lack of production, before this week had to do with the Steelers early season pass protection and Ward staying in the lineup.

Even if Ward suits up this week, don’t be surprised if he’s limited on the field, and I expect Brown to have a solid game in this contest. Consider him the future No.2 receiver on this team and he makes for a terrific hold in dynasty leagues.

Demaryius Thomas vs Lions –

The Broncos traded away Brandon Lloyd last week to make room for Demaryius Thomas as he returned from his Achilles injury suffered back in January. While Tim Tebow struggled to get much done in the passing game, he did find Thomas for a touchdown late in the game. While Thomas likely isn’t ready to make a fantasy splash this year, he can be an option to use during the bye weeks, as he has a respectable matchup against the Lions this week.

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Last Updated – Oct. 28th

1 Calvin Johnson @ Broncos
2 Wes Welker @ Steelers
3 Mike Wallace Patriots
4 Steve Smith (Carolina) Vikings
5 Dwayne Bowe Chargers
6 Marques Colston @ Rams
7 Hakeem Nicks Dolphins
8 Dez Bryant Eagles
9 A.J. Green @ Seahawks
10 Jeremy Maclin @ Cowboys
11 DeSean Jackson @ Cowboys
12 Stevie Johnson Redskins
13 Vincent Jackson (I) @ Chiefs
14 Anquan Boldin Cardinals
15 Larry Fitzgerald @ Ravens
16 Miles Austin Eagles
17 Torrey Smith Cardinals
18 Mario Manningham Dolphins
19 Brandon Lloyd Saints
20 Brandon Marshall @ Giants
21 Antonio Brown Patriots
22 Michael Jenkins @ Panthers
23 Nate Washington Colts
24 Reggie Wayne @ Titans
25 Percy Harvin (I) @ Panthers
26 Steve Breaston Chargers
27 Eric Decker Lions
28 Michael Crabtree Browns
29 Emmanuel Sanders Patriots
30 Greg Little @ 49ers
31 Sidney Rice Bengals
32 Jabar Gaffney @ Bills
33 Deion Branch @ Steelers
34 Pierre Garcon @ Titans
35 David Nelson Redskins
36 Early Doucet @ Ravens
37 Demaryius Thomas Lions
38 Kevin Walter Jaguars
39 Titus Young @ Broncos
40 Victor Cruz Dolphins
41 Davone Bess @ Giants


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