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WEEK 9
2012
KC at SD (THU) CAR at WAS *DET at JAC TB at OAK
*ARI at GB CHI at TEN *MIA at IND *PHI at NO (MON)
BAL at CLE *DAL at ATL MIN at SEA Bye:
*UPDATED *BUF at HOU DEN at CIN *PIT at NYG NE , NYJ, SF, STL

Prediction: BUF 17, HOU 30 (Line: HOU by 10)

Players to Watch: Arian Foster vs. #32 Defense against RBs

Players Updated: Ben Tate

The 3-4 Bills arrive with a 2-2 road record but were waxed 3-45 by the 49ers the last time they faced a good defense on the road. The 6-1 Texans are coming off their bye week with likely the softest matchup of the year.

Buffalo Bills
Homefield: Ralph Wilson Stadium
AstroTurf
  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 19-16 15 SEA -----
7 TEN 34-35 16 @MIA -----
8 BYE ----- 17 NYJ -----
9 @HOU ----- ----- ----- -----
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vs Rush Catch Pass
RB LeSean McCoy 80,1 4-20
PK Stephen Hauschka 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The important thing to remember for this game is that the Bills are no better than the defense is good or bad. Meaning at home against soft defenses like Kansas City or Tennessee, the Bills slap up 34+ points on the score board. On the road versus a great defense and they only managed three points against the 49ers. Playing in Houston is going to be much more like playing in San Francisco than hosting the Titans or Chiefs.

Ryan Fitzpatrick scored 15 touchdowns so far with nine interceptions but his last two road games produced no touchdowns and fewer than 160 pass yards in each. Fitzpatrick is a mirror of the Bills - he is greatly productive against a bad defense but then is mediocre when the opponent sports a decent defense. Notable too is that he has never thrown more than 208 yards in any road game this year.

Scott Chandler is no longer a fantasy factor with no scores or ever more than 40 yards in the last three weeks. He's been decent when at home against soft defenses and really no other time.

The passing offense mainly relies on Stevie Johnson who has four touchdowns on the season but never more than 82 yards in any game and in his last two road trips versus decent defenses he was unable to score. No other wideout here has any reliable fantasy value. Donald Jones shows up only at home against bad defenses.

The offense runs through both backs who have been used as much as receivers lately as they were runners. Both backs have marginal rushing stats in games because they share carries and neither gets more than about a dozen carries in most games. C.J. Spiller is the more productive runner with four rushing scores on the year and 70+ yards in each of the last two games. Jackson has been solid with 50 or so rushing yards and he scored in Arizona as did Spiller. Jackson has been more used as a receiver lately with 13 catches for 79 yards and a score over the last two weeks. Spiller is still good there as well with ten receptions for 54 yards in those two games.

The last time the Bills went on the road to face a good defense they were destroyed in San Francisco. They catch a Texans team fresh off their bye and can only hope for enough garbage time to get in meaningful scores and yardage.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points BUF 18 4 22 18 31 14
Preventing Fantasy Points HOU 9 3 15 21 3 5

  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB Nathan Peterman, BUF IND 0000016002 ***
It would be pretty shocking if Peterman didn't start this one due to Tyrod Taylor's knee injury. The Colts have yielded only 237 yards and 1.5 TDs a game since Week 8, picking off three balls in this time.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB LeSean McCoy, BUF IND 10015400000 ***
Indy has played pretty well in the past four games -- and against several really talented backs (PIT, TEN, JAX, HOU). Running backs have averaged 85.8 rushing yards (19th), 40 receiving yards (12th) on 4.8 catches (18th) and a touchdown every 58 offensive handles (26th). McCoy, especially if Nathan Peterman starts at quarterback, could struggle to live up to these projected figures.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Kelvin Benjamin, BUF IND 003500000 *
Benjamin could be nearing a return to the field after a limited practice session midweek. He is approaching three weeks from tearing knee cartilage, but the Bills may have to start Nathan Peterman again. Avoid KB even with a decent matchup against Indy.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Zay Jones, BUF IND 002300000 *
The Colts have ceded a receiving score per game by the position over the past four contests. Jones becomes the de facto WR1 with Jordan Matthews done and Kelvin Benjamin still working back from injury. The matchup is just average for Week 14, and that doesn't include rookie QB Nathan Peterman's impact on the passing game.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
TE Charles Clay, BUF IND 002200000 *
New England has dominated tight ends in the past four games, and Clay happened to be one of them. The Bills could start Nathan Peterman at quarterback again. Find another tight end to chance it with this week.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Stephen Hauschka, BUF IND 2222 ***
Kickers have made 7-for-9 from field goal range and five of six to cap touchdowns. That combines for the ninth-fewest kicking chances against, making Indy a low-tier matchup.

Houston Texans
Homefield: Reliant Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 MIA 30-10 10 @CHI -----
2 @JAC 27-7 11 JAC -----
3 @DEN 31-25 12 @DET -----
4 TEN 38-14 13 @TEN -----
5 @NYJ 23-17 14 @NE -----
6 GB 24-42 15 IND -----
7 BAL 43-13 16 MIN -----
8 BYE ----- 17 @IND -----
9 BUF ----- ----- ----- -----
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vs Rush Catch Pass
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB Tom Savage, HOU SF 0000025021 ***
A touchdown every 7.1 completions against the 49ers ranks as the sixth-softest defense. Quarterbacks have thrown for only 201 yards per game since Week 8, though, which is the fourth fewest per outing. This is the 10th-worst matchup when a rushing score is removed.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Lamar Miller, HOU SF 6003300000 ***
No other team has held the position out of the end zone over the past five weeks like San Fran. This is the second-worst matchup for fantasy points per touch, and it ranks in the bottom four in both scoring formats. This is the 18th-best matchup for offensive yards gained.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Andre Ellington, HOU SF 1005500000 **
The former Arizona Cardinal could be a desperation play for PPR owners in need of a flex fill-in body. The 49ers have been tough on ground gains while allowing RBs to average the eighth-most catches per game. This is the only team in the past five weeks that hasn't allowed a running back into the end zone.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU SF 0071002000 ***
Over the past four games, the 49ers have locked down wideouts. The opponents weren't exactly exemplary offensive stalwarts, however (ARI, NYG, SEA, CHI). On the season, this defense is 2.6 percent better than average in what it allows.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Will Fuller V, HOU SF 003300000 *
Fuller's status will be updated later in the week.

Update: Fuller has been removed from the injury report and should play without a hitch. The matchup is reasonable, though gamers may want to look elsewhere for a safer play.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
TE Stephen Anderson, HOU SF 003300000 **
This is the best matchup for a tight end touchdown, but San Fran has allowed low-end figures for catches and yardage. The position has averaged one TD per game over the last four.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU SF 3322 ***
The Hawaiian faces the eighth-softest opponent for the week. Thirteen of the 16 total kicking opportunities made it through the pipes, making this no better than the 10th-worst matchup.

Pregame Notes: The Texans come off their bye with likely their softest match-up of the year. After this will be four road games over five weeks before winding down the season with double wins over the Colts and against the Vikings. WIth a healthy lead over the rest of the division, at least the Texans will continue to play hard to ensure homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

Matt Schaub still hasn't thrown a 300 yard game this year and may not with such a dominating rushing effort and a defense that keeps game scores lower. Unfortunately, his production varies greatly from game to game. He is not reliable for more than one passing score and lower 200's in passing yardage. Even less so in a home game against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league.

Arian Foster has been less prolific in yardage and only caught one pass in all but one game. But his rushing tends to produce 80+ yards and more important, he is a scoring machine that never fails to notch a touchdown this season. After seven games played, Foster scored nine rushing touchdowns and one as a receiver. Even when he had his one bad yardage game that totaled only 41 yards against the Packers he still scored twice. Ben Tate actually offered some fantasy value last year but not so for 2012. He has not turned in any real production since week two.

Andre Johnson is still good enough to merit a fantasy start every week but with only two touchdowns and never more than 86 yards since the season opener, he's just an average sort of wideout. Not the league leader of years past. What's worse is two games that produced under 25 yards. And yet that is still better than any other wideout for the Texans. Kevin Walter hangs on to the flanker spot but has no consistency or reliability.

Surprisingly, Owen Daniels has moved up to being the primary receiver for the Texans. He is the leading scorer with four receiving touchdowns and offers consistency in yardage with 50 to 70 yards in most games. Johnson still receives more targets, Daniels just catches almost all of his and scores more.

This could be fun. The best rushing offense at home facing the worst defense. You can only dream of these sort of match-ups.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points HOU 24 1 29 3 5 2
Preventing Fantasy Points BUF 30 32 27 15 19 22

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WEEK 9
2012
KC at SD (THU) CAR at WAS *DET at JAC TB at OAK
*ARI at GB CHI at TEN *MIA at IND *PHI at NO (MON)
BAL at CLE *DAL at ATL MIN at SEA Bye:
*UPDATED *BUF at HOU DEN at CIN *PIT at NYG NE , NYJ, SF, STL

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