Grade: B 5 of 32 Preseason Expectation: Playoffs Trading a starting cornerback and a second-round draft choice for quarterback Kevin Kolb had folks in the desert of Arizona ready for a return to the playoffs.
It wasn't meant to be. The Cardinals have struggled along the offensive line, and even that shiny new quarterback has struggled to produce and to stay healthy. Kolb is already on a short leash in Arizona, and it's only been 12 weeks. To say the Cardinals have underperformed would be too kind.
This is a team that's constantly going in the wrong direction. Grade: F 6 of 32 Preseason Expectation: When the Jacksonville front office decided to cut David Garrard just days before the season began, expectations took a nose dive, just weeks after fans were hopeful with a renewed investment to the defense through free agency. The playoffs weren't on the lips of even optimistic fans, but they did hope for a winning season. Once it was known Garrard was out, the hope was that rookie Blaine Gabbert would step in and show the potential the team saw in him when they traded up to make him the No.
Gabbert has been as disappointing as the Jaguars' record. Both Gabbert and the Jaguars are playing well below expectations, leaving many to wonder if he's the man to lead Jacksonville back to the playoffs. Grade: D 7 of 32 Preseason Expectation: The Washington Redskins have both exceeded and failed to meet expectations this season. To say this has been a stressful season would be an understatement. Now we're back to reality, and the Redskins are playing right about where we thought they would.
This is a team who can compete on a week-to-week basis, but is far from becoming a playoff contender. Grade: C- 8 of 32 Preseason Expectation: With Chad Henne having a great summer of workouts during the lockout and the further maturation of a nasty defense, it wasn't hard to see the Miami Dolphins being a surprise team this year. They haven't been. At all. Miami may be riding a three-game win streak, but it's too little too late, as Miami is one loss away from being eliminated from playoff contention.
The Dolphins are ready to start over at head coach and quarterback, yet again. Even with a tougher schedule on the books, the Chiefs were too good to take a big step back. Or not. Injuries are largely to blame, as there hasn't been a huge drop off at key positions, but the sad fact is the Chiefs haven't lived up to expectations.
All that matters is the Chiefs are two games back in the West as the season comes down to the final stretch. I had them damn close myself. If we're judging Cleveland on that basis, that they would have been close to a playoff berth, then they are way off this season. Cleveland's players have also taken a step back. Peyton Hillis has gone from Madden cover to the IR. Colt McCoy was the future at quarterback, and now he's struggling to produce with no help at running back or wide receiver.
The good news is the defense is playing very well, and with two first-round picks the Browns are in position to rebuild. A horrible decision in hindsight that most knew at the time. The Seahawks have struggled to get the same chemistry on and off the field all year.
They cut two starting linebackers and haven't found production from high draft choices along the offensive line. Personnel moves have derailed the Seahawks' hopes in Looking at their young roster and the moves made this offseason, it seemed like Tampa was ready for at least a wild-card spot in No one could have predicted the demise of the Buccaneers this season or the all-around bad play of Josh Freeman and the Tampa offense. Cockcroft noted, Barkley is also one of the most dominant freshman fantasy footballers we've ever seen: "His historic rookie campaign continued Sunday with a That gave Barkley That's important to keep in mind when analyzing the road ahead for Barkley, which features consecutive contests against the Philadelphia Eagles seventh-fewest points allowed to running backs and Chicago Bears third-fewest.
Of course, prior to Sunday's eruption, Barkley hadn't had a better fantasy day than his Week 6 meeting with the Eagles, when he tallied scrimmage yards and a touchdown.
Michael Thomas, NO vs. ATL 3. Odell Beckham Jr. TEN 6. Adam Thielen, MIN vs. Mike Evans, TB vs. Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. Keenan Allen, LAC vs. He's also riding a five-game yard streak, making him as productive as any player at the position. And now, he's drawing as favorable a matchup as wide receivers can find.
No defense has allowed more fantasy points to wide receivers than the New Orleans Saints, who have allowed seven different receivers to reach plus yards and 13 to find the end zone. Zach Ertz, PHI vs. NYG 3. Howard, TB vs. Howard for the season, the Buccaneers still boast an arsenal of weapons. Winston won't be stonewalled by a San Francisco 49ers defense that allows the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Also in Winston's favor is the fact the 49ers are traveling across the country to play an early afternoon game.
Melvin Gordon vs. Arizona Cardinals: yards rushing, 40 yards receiving, 2 TDs 2. Christian McCaffrey vs. Seattle Seahawks: 95 yards rushing 65 yards receiving, 1 TD 5. Marlon Mack vs. Miami Dolphins: yards rushing, 20 yards receiving, 1 TD 9. Joe Mixon vs. Cleveland Browns: 80 yards rushing, 45 yards receiving, 1 TD Phillip Lindsay vs.
Pittsburgh Steelers: 95 yards rushing, 10 yards receiving, 1 TD Dalvin Cook vs. Green Bay Packers: 65 yards rushing, 60 yards receiving Sony Michel at New York Jets: 95 yards rushing Duke Johnson at Cincinnati Bengals: 25 yards rushing, 65 yards receiving Gus Edwards vs. Oakland Raiders: 85 yards rushing Dion Lewis at Houston Texans: 20 yards rushing, 60 yards receiving Lamar Miller vs.
Tennessee Titans: 55 yards rushing, 20 yards receiving That honor may belong to Cleveland Browns rookie Nick Chubb, who is two weeks and a bye removed from an incredible game against the Atlanta Falcons. Against Atlanta, Chubb rushed for yards rushing, 33 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He also logged the longest run in Browns history—an impressive yard scamper.
A strong Redskins defense isn't going anywhere, but it is going to have more problems and be on the field longer with McCoy more likely than Smith to give the ball back to other teams.
A loss to the Denver Broncos in a divisional game isn't the end of the world, even if those Broncos are underperforming this year. Which isn't to say the loss was pretty, not while losing on a last-second field goal.
But Philip Rivers threw a pair of touchdowns and interceptions and the ground game simply couldn't get going against Denver's front, hence 3.Cam Newton vs. Of course, it helps that the Jaguars have the most defensive talent of any team in football. The passing attack has been great, but the defense is horrible and the run game inconsistent. The run game got going in a big way. He's basically had two duds all season: two catches for 22 yards in Week 2 and four receptions for 30 yards in Week 6.
The passing attack has been great, but the defense is horrible and the run game inconsistent. Though the Bears might finish the season with four road games as opposed to a pair of home stands, a head start on the division and an offense with enough firepower to adapt and improve looks like a fun option at this payout.
Every week is going to be vital from here on out. We'll also take a closer look at one player from each group facing a favorable matchup. That would have given the Titans a second-half lead and allowed them to lean more on the ground attack. From top to bottom, a house cleaning is needed in Philadelphia.
That could mean a third matchup against Baltimore.
If the Bengals defense completely folds, though, Chubb could have the highest upside of the week.
In the real world or the fantasy realm, this defense is terrifying.
It ranks 15th in the NFL with 26 sacks and 26th in pass defense with an average of
When Flacco returns, the Ravens will bank on his experience from winning the Super Bowl and an added dose of Jackson's influence, especially in short-yardage situations on the ground, to continue the playoff push.
Courtland Sutton vs. Kittle had a whopping nine receptions for 83 yards two weeks ago against the Giants. Ever since Carolina put in more designed runs for Cam Newton , it's changed the dynamic of the offense and made the Panthers a more dangerous team. The Chargers can be dangerous down the stretch, and I'd expect them to be in the postseason chase until the final week. Dallas Cowboys vs.
Miami Dolphins: yards receiving, 1 TD 7. That defense played well against the Rams, but L. Things look good for Baltimore's chances. This team is in need of a spark. Watt has 10 sacks of his own while leading a defense that only allows I need to see more from this team before I buy into it as a title contender.