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BUF at ARI *GB at HOU *NE at SEA *DEN at SD (MON)
*CIN at CLE *IND at NYJ *NYG at SF Bye:
*Updated DAL at BAL *KC at TB OAK at ATL CAR, CHI, JAC, NO

Prediction: BUF 13, ARI 34 (Line: ARI by 5)

Players to Watch: William Powell

The 2-3 Bills are on a two game losing steak and have a 1-2 road record. They are coming off a beatdown in San Francisco of epic proportions. The 4-1 Cardinals are coming off their first loss of the season and no doubt are very much looking forward to this game. The Bills have already allowed three opponents to score over 44 points.

Buffalo Bills
Homefield: Ralph Wilson Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @NYJ 28-48 10 @NE -----
2 KC 35-17 11 MIA -----
3 @CLE 24-14 12 @IND -----
4 NE 28-52 13 JAC -----
5 @SF 3-45 14 STL -----
6 @ARI ----- 15 SEA -----
7 TEN ----- 16 @MIA -----
8 BYE ----- 17 NYJ -----
9 @HOU ----- ----- ----- -----
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vs Rush Catch Pass
RB LeSean McCoy 80,1 5-30
WR Percy Harvin 20 7-100,1
PK Dan Carpenter 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: At least in the past when the Bills would give up a ton of points, at least they would also score a respectable amount. Not so last week where a late field goal prevented a shut out. Ryan Fitzpatrick only produced 126 passing yards and no scores after posting at least two touchdowns in every other game. He still ranks #3 in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes but his yardage has been low in almost every game. Fitzpatrick had decent fantasy value because of his touchdowns but with several decent defenses on the horizon, his outlook is not nearly as good.

Painful too was the fact that the Bills rushing offense has only looked good when Fred Jackson is out, C.J. Spiller is in and, oh yes, they are facing a weak defense. Jackson still has not produced a touchdown or more than 29 rushing yards in a game despite up to 13 carries. Spiller was huge in the Jets and Chiefs game but since has not rushed for more than 33 yards. This offense seems to only run well when just one back is used and the matchup is highly favorable. Splitting the carries is ruining the fantasy value of both runners and in fairness, even their combined totals are anemic in recent weeks.

Scott Chandler is still a factor with four catches for 40 yards in San Francisco but his weekly yardage remains low enough to a problem when he does not score. He has a touchdown or two in three of five games and will be facing much more challenging defenses in the coming weeks.

The lack of passing yardage means none of the wideouts are that relevant on a fantasy team other than Steve Johnson. His last two games have been bad - 2-23 against the Patriots and 6-39 in San Francisco but he scored in the first three games of the year and was consistent around 60 yards per game. Johnson is no better than the secondary he faces but going against the Titans next week should be plenty profitable. Donald Jones has only the one long scoring play against the Patriots to lift him above complete futility for the last month. T.J. Graham is making small strides but not enough to affect a game much less a fantasy score.

The Cardinals at home are always tough and their defense this year has been outstanding. They have only allowed six offensive touchdowns over the five games this year and most end with only moderate passing yardage. They have permitted just one rushing score and no runner has produced more than 85 rushing yards against them. Splitting up the workload between Jackson and Spiller only further waters down what can happen. Another problem is that the only wideout of any note here (Johnson) gets to be limited by CB Patrick Peterson.

Gaining Fantasy Points BUF 16 13 21 18 31 18
Preventing Fantasy Points ARI 7 2 20 5 19 20

QB Tyrod Taylor, BUF @KC 10000022010 ***
Taylor has struggled since returning from injury, with two TDs in three games and a high game of 233 yards. It won't get any easier against a Chiefs defense that's been playing lights-out over the past month, holding five straight teams under 250 passing yards and giving up just four passing scores in that span. Taylor hasn't run much since his return, either, further limiting his fantasy value.
RB LeSean McCoy, BUF @KC 7006400000 ***
McCoy has reached triple-digit combo yardage in three previous meetings with top-10 defenses, so there's no need to bench him just because the Chiefs have given up the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs. It does, however, put a limit to his upside.
RB Karlos Williams, BUF @KC 200000000 ***
Williams' scoring streak came to a halt last week, and with LeSean McCoy still handling the bulk of the touches the Chiefs aren't the kind of matchup where he's likely to start a new one.
WR Chris Hogan, BUF @KC 006700000 ***
The good news is that the last three WR TDs the Chiefs have allowed have gone to secondary targets. The bad news is, those three TD have come over the past five games so there's no guarantee Hogan--or any Buffalo wideout--finds the end zone this week.
WR Sammy Watkins, BUF @KC 004500000 ***
In the month since Stefon Diggs and Antonio Brown posted back-to-back 120-yard efforts against the Chiefs, no receiver has topped 85 yards and no WR1 has found the end zone. In two games since blowing up the Dolphins Watkins has totaled 53 yards. KC's secondary is playing well enough that Watkins' numbers are more likely to resemble the last fortnight, which is bad for fantasy purposes.
TE Charles Clay, BUF @KC 003300000 ***
Clay hasn't done much since Week 4; the Chiefs haven't allowed much of anything to the tight end position all year. You're sure to have better fantasy options at your disposal.
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K Dan Carpenter, BUF @KC 2111 ***
Visiting kickers are averaging just six points per game in Arrowhead so lower your expectations for Carpenter this week.

Arizona Cardinals
Homefield: University of Phoenix Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 SEA 20-16 10 BYE -----
2 @NE 20-18 11 @ATL -----
3 PHI 27-6 12 STL -----
4 MIA 24-21 13 @NYJ -----
5 @STL 3-17 14 @SEA -----
6 BUF ----- 15 DET -----
7 @MIN ----- 16 CHI -----
8 SF ----- 17 @SF -----
9 @GB ----- ----- ----- -----
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ARI vs BUF Rush Catch Pass
QB Carson Palmer 240,1
RB Chris Johnson 20 2-10
WR Larry Fitzgerald 8-110,2
WR Michael Floyd 2-30
TE Jermaine Gresham 4-40

Pregame Notes: The winning streak ended in St. Louis against a surprisingly good defense but back at home the Cardinals definitely have a shot at a nice win this week against the team that just lost 3-45 to the 49ers. But that will need to happen via the pass more than the run since Ryan Williams will undergo shoulder surgery and is done for the year. His career has so far been bitterly disappointing with injuries.

Since Beanie Wells is out for at least another six weeks or more, the workload will be inherited by William Powell and LaRod Stephens-Howling. There is precious little confidence that anything is going to happen out of the Cardinals backfield this year. But at least William Powell becomes a free agent darling since he'll likely take over the primary load which so far means maybe a dozen carries per game.

Kevin Kolb passed for 289 yards in St. Louis but had his first game without any touchdowns. Kolb passed for five touchdowns over the last two home games and had solid to good yardage. The run game has been so lethargic here that each game comes down to Kolb trying to outscore the opponent's offense. To his credit, he has only thrown two interception in his four starts against seven interceptions.

Tight end Rob Housler is trying to make something out of the opportunity while Todd Heap has been out with a knee sprain. Housler has been as good as five catches for 62 yards though neither he nor Heap has scored this year. Heap may be back this week, he was a game time decision against the Rams.

Kolb has relied heavily on Larry Fitzgerald who has been outstanding at least when at home this year. Fitzgerald caught eight or more passes in each of the last three games and scored in each home venue. Safe enough to assume good things with the Bills soon to show up this week. Andre Roberts was held to only 39 yards in St. Louis even though he had a season high ten targets. Roberts has three touchdowns so far but only one game with more than 55 yards when he posted 118 yards on six catches in the last home game when the Dolphins visited. Michael Floyd remains the #3 receiver though he is sharing with Early Doucet and neither produce enough for any fantasy merit.

Hard not to love a defense that has allowed 14 touchdowns to quarterbacks and three of the last four threw for 300+ yards. This should be another very nice game for Kolb who will be getting even less support from an already meager rushing effort. The Cardinals defense is a good play this week as well. If Williams Powell can go anything against anyone, it would be home versus the Bills who have allowed eight touchdowns to running backs. The last three opponents featured a running back with over 100 rushing yards when going against the Bills.

The Bills have allowed 97 over the past two weeks. Bound to be fantasy points generated in this game as well. I like a defensive score in this game as well.

Gaining Fantasy Points ARI 18 30 11 24 23 4
Preventing Fantasy Points BUF 32 28 27 25 15 25

QB Carson Palmer, ARI @SF 0000030030 ***
Really, the only thing standing between Palmer and a big game is the possibility that the Cards will get up a ton early and turn to the ground game or the backups. Then again, he threw for 311 and 2 when they beat the Niners by 40 earlier this year, so...
RB David Johnson, ARI @SF 1003201000 *
The designated scorer should come into play in a matchup that saw Arizona put 47 points on the board in the earlier meeting.
RB Chris Johnson, ARI @SF 800000000 ***
The Niners have let four straight feature backs score, three of them topping 120 rushing yards in the process and Thomas Rawls gouging them for 255 combo yards and two scores last week. Oh yeah, and CJ rolled them for 22-110-2 plus 40 receiving yards in the earlier meeting.
RB Andre Ellington, ARI @SF 2003200000 ***
Chris Johnson is still hogging the touches, but this one has all the makings of a blowout and it would be wise for the Cardinals to get Ellington some run--both to ease the burden on CJ and shake the rust off of Andre.
WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARI @SF 0071002000 ***
Fitzgerald's numbers in his last three against San Francisco with Carson Palmer at quarterback: 9-134-2, 6-113, 6-117-1. So... yeah.
WR Michael Floyd, ARI @SF 005700000 *
If Floyd's hamstring issues allow him to play this week there's no matchup-related reason you wouldn't want him in your fantasy lineup.
WR J.J. Nelson, ARI @SF 003500000 ***
You'd like to think Nelson's 4-142-1 against the Bengals last week warrant more playing time, but if Michael Floyd returns from his hamstring issue he'll be a tough fantasy start as Arizona's WR4.
WR John Brown, ARI @SF 00000000 *
Brown looked healthy enough last week, and considering the Niners have let secondary targets score or top 60 yards in six of the last nine games--including Brown's 3-62 as a wingman in the earlier meeting--he's a safe bet to inflict further damage this week.
TE Jermaine Gresham, ARI @SF 002200000 ***
Gresham still splits time with Darren Fells, and this isn't a particularly favorable matchup for tight ends anyway. Look for fantasy help elsewhere.
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K Chandler Catanzaro, ARI @SF 2233 ***
Every kicker to visit San Francisco has had multiple field goal attempts; Catanzaro has multiple treys in five consecutive games and double-digit points in three straight. He rode six PATs to nine points in the earlier matchup; lots of ways he could improve on that solid total here.

BUF at ARI *GB at HOU *NE at SEA *DEN at SD (MON)
*CIN at CLE *IND at NYJ *NYG at SF Bye:
*Updated DAL at BAL *KC at TB OAK at ATL CAR, CHI, JAC, NO

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