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While the rest of us continue to debate a failed fourth-and-2 decision, New England is getting ready to eviscerate New York, a team that was perhaps a bit too impressed with itself earlier this year. You'll recall that Wes Welker(notes) was injured and unavailable in Week 2, when the Jets beat the Pats 16-9. Tom Brady(notes) now has the old band back together. It's Kerry Rhodes'(notes) turn to be embarrassed. … If you're not already benching Jay Cutler(notes) for disciplinary reasons following the five-pick performance at San Francisco, then consider sitting him simply because of the matchup with Philly. Cutler is facing a defense that ranks second in the NFL in sacks (29) and third in interceptions (15); he's protected by an offensive line that's comprised of two holograms, two inflatable dolls and an Orlando Pace(notes)-shaped piñata. … According to the Denver Post, there's reason to believe Kyle Orton(notes) (ankle) will be available in Week 11: "The Broncos hope that with a week of treatment and a few yards of tape, Orton will play against the Chargers." If he can't go, all Broncos receive Simms-related deductions.
Maurice Jones-Drew(notes)'s apology was not at all satisfying. However, he has an opportunity to offer proper compensation in Week 11. He'll face a Buffalo defense that's allowed the most rushing yards per game (173.0) and per carry (5.1), as well as the most rushing TDs (14). If he takes another knee, a class action suit follows. … With Ronnie Brown sidelined, Ricky Williams(notes) is an obvious start in the Thursday night matchup at Carolina. But who picks up Ricky's usual workload? Miami runs the ball an average of 33.7 times per game; Williams hasn't received 30 carries since 2003, when he was 26. Expect third-stringer Lex Hilliard(notes) to get his first touches. … Nothing changed in Arizona's running game last week, but everyone suddenly noticed that Tim Hightower(notes) and Beanie Wells(notes) have been splitting the workload. This has been the case since Arizona's Week 4 bye. Wells gets more carries, Hightower handles the pass-catching. It's a nice arrangement. It doesn't matter who starts; both backs will see the field on the opening series if things go according to plan. Wells gets a rankings edge this week because it should be a run-out-the-clock finish against St. Louis.
Steven Jackson continues to have a ridiculously productive season, considering the circumstances. He's averaging 4.8 yards per carry despite being surrounded by ineptitude. The Rams' offense averages just 303.9 yards per game; Jackson himself averages 127.3 total yards per contest. … Per Marvin Lewis, the Larry Johnson(notes) signing should have "zero effect on Cedric Benson, Bernard Scott(notes) or Brian Leonard(notes)." Great news if you're starting Leonard in a 24-team PPR. Benson looks like a game-time decision in an outstanding matchup with Oakland. If he were at full strength, he'd be 15 spots higher in the ranks. … Jason Snelling(notes) will be a popular waiver add for Week 11, but he's expected to split carries with Jerious Norwood(notes), assuming Michael Turner can't go (and assuming Norwood can). If we get positive practice reports on Norwood, he'll move into the Buckhalter/Moats neighborhood above. Atlanta will host Tampa Bay in Week 12, and the Bucs have NFC's worst run defense (167.3 YPG). You'll want Norwood there.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
This week's rematch between Randy Moss(notes) and Jets corner Darrelle Revis(notes) should be fairly entertaining. In Week 2, Revis seemed to score a decisive victory, holding Moss to four catches for 24 yards. But Randy declined to credit Revis specifically, which seemed to irritate the Pro Bowl corner. Let's try to settle this thing honorably. … Anquan Boldin(notes) still has just one touchdown this season, but he appears to have recovered from the ankle issue. He finally delivered a 100-yard effort in Week 10 and the upcoming schedule is friendly. … In Week 10, for the first time in five games, Miles Austin(notes) failed to score a touchdown. If his owners feel like complaining, they can just talk amongst themselves. No one's interested. It was a rough week for the Dallas offense, but Austin still led the team in targets (nine). There's no issue. … While we're talking targets, TJ Houshmandzadeh(notes) led everyone last week with 17, catching nine passes for 165 yards. After 10 weeks, he's the sixth-most heavily targeted receiver in the NFL. … That Greg Olsen(notes) rank is really about the opponent, not the player. The Eagles have allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends.
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