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The Blue & Gray Press | October 20, 2017

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Fantasy Football Corner

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QB- Josh Freeman (Buccaneers): The second-year quarterback out of Kansas State has emerged as a solid fantasy player this season. He has more weapons in the passing game that one would think, with a good pass catching tight end in Kellen Winslow and a surprisingly solid wide receiver in Mike Williams. Freeman, or “the Truth” as he’s known in some circles, will get to square off against a subpar Rams defense that ranks 20th in pass defense in the NFL.

RB- Peyton Hillis (Browns): Hillis found himself in the “Sit Em” section last week, but that was when he was facing a stout Steelers run defense and dealing with a troublesome hamstring. The hammy is still a bit of an issue, but it didn’t appear to hinder him too much last week and he squares off against an average Saints runs defense (15th in the league) this week.

RB- Knowshon Moreno (Broncos): To this point in the season, fantasy owners have been far from pleased from the return on their early round investment on Moreno. But with his health constantly improving and a truly putrid Raiders rush defense  (30th ranked in the NFL) against him, it seems like the week that Moreno finally breaks out.

WR- Jeremy Maclin (Eagles): With fellow wide receiver DaSean Jackson likely out a couple of weeks following a brutal collision last week, Maclin now becomes the no. 1 option in Andy Reid’s pass happy offense. With the Titans and their paper thin pass defense (23rd in the NFL) on the slate for this week, Maclin should have a huge day.

WR- Michael Crabtree (49ers)

TE- Aaron Hernandez (Patriots)

K- Matt Bryant (Falcons)

DEF- Seattle Seahawks

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QB- Donovan McNabb (Redskins): The six-time Pro Bowler has been far from trustworthy in his first season in Washington, exploding some weeks and being a total non-factor in others. With one of his favorite tagets, tight end Chris Cooley, out this week with a concussion and a sound Bears pass defense (12th ranked in the league) against him, McNabb seems poised for one of his non-factor weeks.

RB- Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars): It may seem insane to sit such a highly regarded player, but MJD has yet to produce in 2010 as he has in years past. He has reached double digit fantasy points just twice in six games and has only a lone touchdown on the season. With a run-stuffing Chiefs defense (5th in the NFL) facing him this week, his immediate fortunes don’t appear to be any brighter.

WR- Brandon Marshall (Dolphins): Miami acquired Marshall to improve their passing attack, and he has yet to disappoint. However, this week the Steelers come to town and they have allowed only three passing touchdowns all year. When you combine that with the erratic play of quarterback Chad Henne, I don’t trust Marshall to get the necessary opportunities to produce come Sunday.

RB- Michael Bush (Raiders)

WR- Hakeem Nicks (Giants)

TE- Visanthe Shiancoe (Vikings)

K- Robbie Gould (Bears)

DEF- San Diego Chargers

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QB- Matt Cassel (Chiefs)

RB- Chris Ivory (Saints)

RB- Dany Woodhead (Patriots)

WR- Mike Williams (Seahawks)

WR- Deion Branch (Patriots)

TE- Fred Davis (Redskins)

K- David Buehler (Cowboys)

DEF- Atlanta Falcons

Last Week: 11-5
Overall: 51-45