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It’s another six-team bye week and that is going to lead to some potential headaches for many fantasy owners. No owners may have a tougher time replicating production than Peyton Manning owners. Few teams offer more fantasy producers than the Broncos. Arizona, Detroit, Jacksonville, San Francisco, and the New York Giants are also slated to get some rest. QUARTERBACKS Stud – Cam Newton (CAR) vs ATL: Newton is red hot right now and loves playing his hometown Falcons. In two meetings last year he totaled 502 passing yards, two turned his two best rushing performances (86, 116) of the season and totaled six touchdowns. Atlanta’s defense only got worst. Newton has eight total touchdowns — six passing and two rushing — in his last three games. Expect big things on Sunday. Dud – Tom Brady (NE) vs. PIT: The Patriots’ signal caller has only exceeded 20 fantasy points once this year. No team has allowed fewer points to fantasy quarterbacks than the Steelers. Through seven games three quarterbacks have been held without a TD versus Pittsburgh and only one, Matt Cassell, threw for multiple scores. Sleeper – Alex Smith (KC) at BUF: Despite not passing for a touchdown in three of his last four games, Smith could be a sneaky play this week as a bye-week filler. Only Dallas has allowed more fantasy points to the position than Buffalo, who Smith is set to face this week. Aside from Brian Hoyer, who was injured during his matchup versus the Bills, Buffalo has allowed every QB to face them throw for multiple scores. RUNNING BACKS Stud – Demarco Murray (DAL) vs. MIN: After sitting out the past two weeks, Murray is listed as probable and expected to make his return on Sunday versus the Vikings. Minnesota has ceded seven running back touchdowns over their last four contests. The Vikings yield 22.3 fantasy points per game to the position. Start Murray with confidence in Week 9. Dud – Trent Richardson (IND) at HOU: Richardson has failed to score in three straight games and has not broken 60 yards rushing all season. Colts OC Pep Hamilton vows to get him more involved, but owners shouldn’t hold their breath. You are best serve to let the disappointing fantasy performer play his way back into your lineup. With so many injuries and byes some may not have a choice but to play him but if you have viable options go with them this week. Sleeper – Shonn Greene (TEN) at STL: Titans head coach Mike Munchak indicated that Greene needs to be get a bigger workload and you can’t blame him with the continued struggles from starting running back Chris Johnson. Assuming the coach lives up to his word, the matchup against the Rams is an appealing one. Greene is fully expected to get the work at the goal line and St. Louis has allowed eight TD’s over the last five. That’s enough for me to give Greene the green light in Week 9. WIDE RECEIVERS Stud – T.Y. Hilton (IND) at HOU: Reggie Wayne is out. Darrius Heyward-Bey missed practice the past two days after a mid-season hamstring injury. That leaves T.Y. Hilton, who is going to see a huge increase in snaps. The matchup isn’t great, but with the added opportunities the talent will shine. Hilton is ready for a huge second half and it starts on Sunday night. Dud – Marques Colston (NO) at NYJ: Listed as a game-time decision, Colston’s knee is making him a shaky play. However, even without the injury he is not an advisable lineup option at this point. He hasn’t scored since the opening week of the season. In his last three games played outdoors the veteran has totaled just seven catches for 89 yards. He needs to be benched until further notice. Sleeper – Kendall Wright (TEN) at STL: Only two teams have allowed more TD’s to wide receivers than the Rams and with Jake Locker under center, Kendall Wright is a solid option at the position as he leads the Titans in both targets and receptions when Locker is throwing the ball. The second-year wideout has had five or more receptions in six straight outings and is coming a 9-catch game a week ago. TIGHT ENDS Stud – Antonio Gates (SD) at WAS: Only the Cardinals have allowed more fantasy points to tight ends than the Redskins, who watched a tight end find the end zone in seven of eight games. Gates has slowed down a bit after a fast start to the year, but look for him to get back on track on Sunday. Dud – Jared Cook (STL) vs. TEN: Normally I like the revenge plays, but not when they involve underperforming players. After scoring twice in Week 1, Cook has not scored since and has failed go over 45 yards in that span. Not only should you not start him, he’s not worth a roster spot in 12-team standard leagues. Sleeper – Tim Wright (TB) at SEA: With Mike Williams now on injured reserve, Wright is automatically the second option in the Bucs’ passing attack. That should translate into 8-10 targets per week as Tampa Bay will often be playing from behind, including on Sunday at Seattle. This article was originally written for by Dan Clasgens. Listen to Dan every Saturday from 10AM-1PM Eastern on Fantistics Insider Football on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210/XM 87) and talk fantasy football with on Twitter @DanClasgens. For more fantasy football analysis visit

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