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WEEK 11
2012
MIA at BUF (THU) *CLE at DAL *NO at OAK TB at CAR
*ARI at ATL GB at DET NYJ at STL *CHI at SF (MON)
*BAL at PIT *IND at NE PHI at WAS Bye:
*UPDATED CIN at KC JAC at HOU *SD at DEN MIN, NYG, SEA, TEN

Prediction: CIN 20, KC 10 (Line: CIN by 3.5)

Players to Watch: Andy Dalton, Jamaal Charles

The 4-5 Bengals hit the road where they are only 2-2 and the 1-8 Chiefs still have not won in Kansas City with an 0-4 mark. This game is really little more than Jamaal Charles vs. Andy Dalton. Anything else is just to keep the defenses honest. Sadly for the Chiefs, the Bengals are not nearly good enough to take this one lightly.

Cincinnati Bengals
Homefield: Paul Brown Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @BAL 13-44 10 NYG 31-13
2 CLE 34-27 11 @KC -----
3 @WAS 38-31 12 OAK -----
4 @JAC 27-10 13 @SD -----
5 MIA 13-17 14 DAL -----
6 @CLE 24-34 15 @PHI -----
7 PIT 17-24 16 @PIT -----
8 BYE ----- 17 BAL -----
9 DEN 23-31 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
CIN @ KC Rush Catch Pass
QB Jason Campbell 10 190,1
QB Andy Dalton 250,2
WR A.J. Green 7-110,2
WR Mohamed Sanu 3-30
TE Jermaine Gresham 4-50
PK Mike Nugent 2 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The win against the Giants ended a four game losing streak and ended the most difficult part of the season schedule until the final two weeks when they'll head to Pittsburgh and then host the Ravens. These next three weeks are all games they can win and would bring them perilously close to a .500 season by the end of the year. The reality here is that the defense remains less than stellar unless facing a struggling offense though - just like KC, OAK and SD.

Andy Dalton's passed for a score in every game since the opener and comes off a season best four touchdowns on the Giants. That gives him 18 passing scores on the year and half his efforts end in high passing yardage. Dalton has yet to produce fewer than two passing scores when not facing an elite defense. He threw eight touchdowns in just the last three road games.

The rushing effort is apparently forever stuck in second hear with BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushing for around 50 to 60 yards every week no matter how bad or good the opponent is. His yearly average is exactly 60 yards per game and he's not only scored just once in the last six games, he gets almost no work as a receiver. BGE is not only below average and of no advantage, he is still the best they have.

There is no question that A.J. Green is THE best receiver this year. He's merely scored at least once in each of the last eight games. While he commands the best coverage the defense can give, he still usually ends up with around seven catches for about 100 yards and a touchdown every week. Even if the defense tries to match a particular cornerback on him, the Bengals will move Green all over the formation to get him a better matchup.

Mohamed Sanu comes off his first touchdown but still has not caught more than his four catches for 47 yards against the Giants. He's elbowing out Armon Binns for what is essentially the #4 receiver role. Andrew Hawkins finally scored last week as well but he's been held below 50 yards every game since week three and even against the Giants only recorded three catches for 16 yards.

Jermaine Gresham's had a season worst 15 yards on three catches last week though he scored a touchdown. Gresham has been very inconsistent with two sub-20 yard games sandwiching a 108 yard effort versus the Broncos. He's there when Dalton needs him but isn't good enough to matter every week.

The Chiefs defense has to be emotionally spent losing a close one in Pittsburgh in bad weather and has a shorter week to prepare. Sadly the bigger weakness is the rushing defense which mirrors the weakness of the Cincy offense. This all comes down to what Dalton can accomplish as it always does. Fortunately it never takes many points to beat the Chiefs.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CIN 12 29 3 17 15 14
Preventing Fantasy Points KC 20 23 6 6 29 32

  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB Andy Dalton, CIN TEN 0000025010 ***
Not to slap a "caretaker" or "game manager" label on Dalton, but he's produced two wins while throwing a total of two TDs and ranking 22nd among QBs in pass attempts. The Titans haven't allowed much in the way of passing success themselves, so keep a lid on fantasy expectations here.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Giovani Bernard, CIN TEN 8015600000 ***
A week after allowing 173 combo yards (167 rushing) to DeMarco Murray the Titans face Bernard, who has games of 110 and 169 yards from scrimmage this season. About the only concern is that Jeremy Hill swipes a touchdown, but that would be quibbling.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Jeremy Hill, CIN TEN 6011100000 ***
Being the junior partner in a backfield committee isn't all bad--especially when you still get 15 carries of your own, and you face a defense that just served up 220 rushing yards the week before. Getting goal line looks doesn't hurt, either.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR A.J. Green, CIN TEN 005801000 ****
Early word is Green is expected to play on his bum toe this week; if he's well enough to play, he's well enough to be in your fantasy lineup.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Mohamed Sanu, CIN TEN 004500000 ***
Sanu did a serviceable impression of AJ Green last week when Cincy's WR1 went down with a toe injury. And seeing as the Titans seem comfortable allowing stats to whomever is handling a team's WR1 duties at the time (Dez Bryant, obviously, last week but Donnie Avery 7-84 in Dwayne Bowe's absence Week 1), if Green can't go Sanu should again prove worthy of fantasy attention.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Brandon Tate, CIN TEN 003400000 ***
The Titans haven't surrendered much of anything to secondary targets thus far this season, nor have the Bengals thrown to them. Plan accordingly.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
TE Jermaine Gresham, CIN TEN 003300000 ***
Despite the absence of the injured Tyler Eifert Gresham remains more of a blocker than a fantasy threat. No reason to reach here.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Mike Nugent, CIN TEN 2233 ***
The Bengals have given Nugent ample opportunity this season; no kicker has more field goal attempts. He'll need to connect at a better than 25% rate--his percentage last week--to turn those opportunities into fantasy help.

Kansas City Chiefs
Homefield: Arrowhead Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 ATL 24-40 10 @PIT 13-16
2 @BUF 17-35 11 CIN -----
3 @NO 27-24 12 DEN -----
4 SD 20-37 13 CAR -----
5 BAL 6-9 14 @CLE -----
6 @TB 10-38 15 @OAK -----
7 BYE ----- 16 IND -----
8 OAK 16-26 17 @DEN -----
9 @SD 13-31 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
KC vs CIN Rush Catch Pass
QB Alex Smith 200,1
RB Jamaal Charles 70,1 3-20
WR Donnie Avery 5-70
WR Dwayne Bowe 4-60
TE Anthony Fasano 2-20,1

Pregame Notes: Tough loss in Pittsburgh in a game they nearly won and that would have been a trap game but still something to end the six game losing streak. Playing so hard and coming so close could lead to an emotional let down this week that was already short from playing on Monday night. Bottom line here - the offense has not scored more than one touchdown in any of the last five games.

Brady Quinn was cleared to play from his concussion but no early word was given by HC Romeo Crennel if he was going to make the change to Quinn over Matt Cassel and in reality - will it really matter? All Crennel wants to do is look like he is still trying. History says all that Quinn will do is make Dwayne Bowe's numbers suffer while still losing games. His lone start was in Tampa Bay where he passed for only 180 yards and two interceptions. even Christian Ponder threw for 250 yards on the Bucs who average allowing 330 pass yards per game. Quinn - just the 180. I'll assume that Cassel gets the start and adjust it later if warranted as if it matters.

In a clear sign that the Chiefs have lost all sense of what is needed to win a game, they gave Jamaal Charles only five carries when the Raiders visited, then only 12 in San Diego. In Pittsburgh against a great defense in the driving rain they finally fed it to him 23 times for 100 yards and one score. Whenever Charles is given more than 16 carries, he's been a big contributor with four scores and three games over 100 rush yards. But that has only happened four times this year. Considering the decline of the passing game, it is a shock they don't take a page from the Panthers old playbook and just run every play.

A healthy Peyton Hillis is getting 7+ carries per game now despite the fact he's no where near the runner that Charles is. Last week it was ten runs for 30 yards. In San Diego, he gained only 14 yards on seven carries. OC Brian Daboll uses Hillis like he was his brother-in-law and he just wants his wife to shut up already. Charles can handle a much heavier workload but they won't usually give it to him.

Tony Moeaki comes off a season high 68 yards on three catches in Pittsburgh and he managed 57 yards on four receptions the previous week but he's never scored and spent the rest of the year with less than 20 yards in games.

The wideouts are limited to Dwayne Bowe who has the only touchdowns by a wideout and only games with more than 65 receiving yards. Bowe caught another score last week but it was called back on an unrelated penalty. He has remained well about 60 yards in every game except when Quinn started and he was limited to just 25 yards on three catches. If the Chief switch to Quinn this week, Bowe should wear a T-shirt that reads "I am SO out of here".

Jon Baldwin not only had his traditional one catch last week, but he dropped a long pass last week and later left the game with a head/neck injury. Bottom line - only Charles really matters in this offense and only Bowe matters as a receiver unless Quinn starts. Then it is just Charles being under-used.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points KC 32 1 32 29 20 26
Preventing Fantasy Points CIN 15 26 14 25 20 28

  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB Alex Smith, KC @MIA 40000019012 ***
The Dolphins haven't allowed a fantasy helper at quarterback; Smith has yet to provide one this season. No reason to change those expectations here.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Knile Davis, KC @MIA 7016300000 *
Davis will get the call--and the bulk of the touches--against a defense that's allowed 250 combo yards to running backs this season. He's proven more than capable in the past, and this matchup tilts towards the favorable as well.
Update: Jamaal Charles is apparently back in the mix, taking a bite out of Davis' potential big weekend.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Jamaal Charles, KC @MIA 00000000 *
High ankle sprains never hear as quickly as the original estimate, which likely means Charles sits this one out.
Update: Either Charles is the world's fastest healer, or the Chiefs misdiagnosed his high ankle sprain. Or maybe they're just desperate. In any event, Charles practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, is officially listed as questionable, and is expected to share the workload with Knile Davis. It's essentially a "no one wins" situation.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Donnie Avery, KC @MIA 005400000 ***
Avery flashed slightly with Dwayne Bowe out, then returned to his usual supporting role last week. Not much upside here.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Dwayne Bowe, KC @MIA 003400000 ***
If there's a go-to wideout on this roster--and that's a relatively big "if"--it's Bowe, though targets in his first game back from suspension barely support the theory. Miami has allowed one wide receiver per opponent to have success against them; if KC is to follow that plan, odds are the wideout is Bowe.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
TE Travis Kelce, KC @MIA 005601000 **
Kelce still has to share with Anthony Fasano, but he's working his way into a more prominent role in the KC passing game. The Dolphins allowed Gronk to score on limited snaps; no reason Kelce can't do the same.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Cairo Santos, KC @MIA 0022 ***
The Brazilian has made half of his NFL field goal attempts and remains mired near the bottom of the league in kicker scoring. Maybe he gets an uptick against a Miami D that allowed six field goal attempts last week, but best he do it on fantasy benches.

WEEK 11
2012
MIA at BUF (THU) *CLE at DAL *NO at OAK TB at CAR
*ARI at ATL GB at DET NYJ at STL *CHI at SF (MON)
*BAL at PIT *IND at NE PHI at WAS Bye:
*UPDATED CIN at KC JAC at HOU *SD at DEN MIN, NYG, SEA, TEN

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