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Fantasy Football Corner

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QB- Michael Vick (Eagles): Vick returns from his injury hiatus and is set to take control of the Philadelphia offense once again. Stud wideout DaSean Jackson is expected to return from his concussion as well, meaning Vick will have his full complement of weapons at his disposal. The matchup isn’t the best, as the Colts have been a surprisingly spy pass defense. But Vick’s explosiveness and rushing ability should help him escape the great Indianapolis pass rush and find open receivers.

RB- Thomas Jones (Chiefs): Even though he’s been splitting carries the entire season, Jones has managed to be productive week in and week out. His production has picked up even more of late, as he’s rushed for 302 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. This week a feeble Raiders run defense will try to limit the Chiefs run game, but don’t expect much success as they give up an average of 127.4 rushing yards per game.

WR-Wes Welker (Patriots): Life has been tough for Tom Brady’s main checkdown man of late. Since the departure of the enigmatic Randy Moss, Welker has failed to record more than 53 yards receiving and he doesn’t have a touchdown since back in week two. But with Bill Belichick and company traveling to face the pass-friendly Browns this week, this looks to be the week that Welker finally breaks out of his funk. Cleveland gives up the seventh most passing yards per game and have allowed 13 passing touchdowns in just seven games.

RB- Matt Forte (Bears)

WR-Steve Johnson (Bills)

TE- Benjamin Watson (Browns)

K- Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders)

DEF- Minesota Vikings

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QB- Matt Schaub (Texans): The former UVA quarterback has followed up last year’s breakout season with another solid campaign. However, this week Schaub will square off against the NFL’s no. 1 pass defense, as the San Diego Chargers have allowed the fourth fewest touchdown passes in the league and the fifth lowest quarterback rating.

RB- Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants): Bradshaw has been a fantasy juggernaut this season, averaging over 115 yards from scrimmage this season. But the Seahawks defense is a different monster when playing at home, and they are already a good run defense that ranks 10th in the NFL. With Seattle being particularly weak in the secondary (4th worst pass defense in the league) look for Eli Manning and the Giants to attack them through the air rather then on the ground.

WR- Chad Ochocinco (Bengals): The rival Steelers will look to quiet the  boisterous VH1 reality star, who has underwhelmed in 2010. Ochocinco only has two touchdowns on the season and both of those came in garbage time. Despite Pittsburgh’s less than impressive pass defense rank, they should be able to slow down the once formidable wide receiver whose words now far exceed his actual on-field production.

RB- LaGarrette Blount (Bucs)

WR-Percy Harvin (Vikings)

TE- Todd Heap (Ravens)

K- Olindo Mare (Seahawks)

DEF- Philadelphia Eagles

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QB- Matthew Stafford (Lions)

RB- Mike Hart (Colts)

RB- Chris Ivory (Saints)

WR- Patrick Crayton (Chargers)

WR- James Jones (Packers)

TE- Jacob Tamme (Colts)

K- Billy Cundiff (Ravens)

DEF- Buffalo Bills

Last Week: 6-10

Overall: 67-61