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There are just two games this week, so you will have to decide between QBs like Kirk Cousins and Tyrod Taylor..
It's nights like tonight that Bryce Brown of the Buffalo Bills and Andre Roberts of the Washington Redskins get to remind NFL fans they are professional football players.
Kirk Cousins is the way to go on Thursday night. Robert Griffin and Colt McCoy combined for 14 pass attempts, the same as Cousins. Kirk connected on 12 of those attempts, racking up 154 passing yards. He will get to work against 2nd and 3rd string defenses with Andre Roberts running routes.
The Lions QB situation is tricky, featuring Kellen Moore and Dan Orlovsky fighting to be Matthew Stafford's backup. Neither QB looked good, with Orlovsky completing just 45% of his passes and Moore getting picked off.
Johnny Manziel did run for a TD last week, but the four Browns QBs combined for 154 passing yards and only Josh McCown threw a touchdown.
The Bills QBs were only slightly better, throwing for 171 yards. EJ Manuel tossed a 51 yards TD pass to Deonte Thompson. He has fallen behind Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel on the Bills QB depth chart, which says a lot. Ignore these guys.
Joique Bell is battling an injury, leading to more touches for Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, but some will come against first string defenders. Abdullah busted a 45 yard run against the Jets, but gained 22 yards on his six other carries (3.6 ypc). Riddick saw eight carries and averaged 4.4 yards, but none longer than nine yards. Zach Zenner led the team with 13 carries, picking up 55 yards. Zenner is an undrafted FA, and could hurt Abdullah/Riddick value.
The Redskins handed the ball off to six different running backs, with five of them getting 5+ carries. They are going to spread the love, making it hard to select one of their backs. If I had to choose one, it would be rookie Matt Jones, who busted a 23 yard run last week.
Karlos Williams led the Bills with 14 carries last week, but averaged just 2.9 YPC, including a 10 yard run. He did score a TD. Bryce Brown also scored for Buffalo, and averaged 8.7 YPC, thanks to a 16 yard run. I would take Brown over Williams. Rex Ryan's Bills ran the ball 45 times last week and LeSean McCoy will not be playing, freeing up six carries.
The Browns are expected to run the ball a lot in 2015, but handed the ball off just 16 times last week. Timothy Flanders led the team with five attempts, but gained eight yards. Isaiah Crowell & Terrance West each had four carries but combined for 16 yards! Ignore the Browns RBs.
Please only take WRs from the Lions/Redskins game.
Greg Salas had a nice game for the Lions, gaining 92 yards on five receptions and a TD. THe Lions also feature guys like Lance Moore and Ryan Broyles who are options. Golden Tate looked great against the Jets, but the limited playing time makes him risky.
It should not be forgotten than Andre Roberts is the 3rd receiver on the Redskins depth chart. He will get to catch passes from an "NFL" quality QB in Cousins. They connected on four passes for 71 yards, including a 28 yarder. Rashad Ross led the Redskins with five receptions.
Five different players caught two passes for the Bills last week. No more, no less. two of those guys were RBs (Williams/Brown) and Matthew Mulligan is a TE. As mentioned earlier, Deonte Thompson caught a 51 yards TD from Manuel. He also added a 10 yard reception. Robert Woods caught two passes for 11 total yards. Sammy Watkins had one catch for six yards.
Outside of Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline, Travis Benjamin is probably the only Receiver on the Browns depth chart that you have even heard of.