Josh McCown didn't shy away from Brandon Marshall, who may even get Jay Cutler (groin) back next week. Things are looking good for No. 15 regardless of who takes snaps.
The same game had major ramifications for the Packers, though. Aaron Rodgers' collarbone injury is expected to sideline him for about a month, maybe more. If they get someone competent to run the system, the trio of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin can still survive, but it'll be a lot riskier each week. Stay tuned to see who'll take the helm for updated analysis on each receiver.
They had a bye, but the Jacksonville Jaguars lost Justin Blackmon, who was suspended indefinitely for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He won't be eligible for reinstatement until next season. The droppable commodity will be replaced by Mike Brown in terms of looks. Ace Sanders isn't as valuable a commodity. Cory Bonini likes Stephen Williams as a potential red-zone threat, so keep tabs there in deep formats.
Looks like T.Y. Hilton will earn Andrew Luck's trust as the top target with Reggie Wayne (knee) out. Of course, much of Hilton's success relies on the deep ball, so the Indianapolis Colts may have to help him round out his midrange game. Either way, Wayne's absence helps Hilton's value because he'll be on the field almost all the time.
Week 9 marked a season high in terms of targets for Dwayne Bowe. The Kansas City Chiefs, guided by Alex Smith, haven't tried forcing it to their top wideout this year but were probably looking to jump-start him, given the close games they've played of late. If you look at Dwayne Bowe's upcoming schedule, this could only be the beginning of his revival.
WAIVER WIRE: With Sidney Rice (knee) done for the year and Percy Harvin (hip) taking his time coming back, Doug Baldwin stepped up alongside Golden Tate. Baldwin should line up more frequently now. Jermaine Kearse has more deep-league appeal, as well, but he's a stash for the fantasy postseason, when the Seattle Seahawks may begin resting their starters.
Lance Moore probably won't be this involved if Marques Colston (knee) can return for the New Orleans Saints, but it looks like Drew Brees has rekindled his Moore crush of late, as the shifty snare has trapped nine of the 14 targets that have traveled his way since he returned. Robert Meachem (five looks) also stepped up, but it's harder to count on him each week; he and Kenny Stills will often cancel each other out.
- WAIVER WIRE: With 31 targets over the last four weeks, including nine Sunday, Aaron Dobson has supplanted Kenbrell Thompkins for the Patriots; Thompkins was a healthy scratch Sunday.
- WAIVER WIRE: Joe Flacco remembered Marlon Brown existed as they connected on two touchdowns. If you're struggling to fill byes, you could try recapturing this Baltimore Ravens magic, but remember that Jacoby Jones and Tandon Doss will continue cutting into Brown's snap count.
- Nick Foles hearts Riley Cooper as much as he loves throwing touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. As long as Foles is at the Philadelphia Eagles' helm, Cooper makes for a decent flex play.
- Juron Criner's nine targets probably resulted from the Raiders' comeback attempt in their blowout loss. But he has the physical tools that warrant a fantasy dice roll in cavernous games.
- Vincent Jackson fell victim to the Richard Shermanator with just four targets; he compiled 49 in the previous three weeks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' wideout has a much friendlier schedule on the way, so expect more of his good weeks moving forward.
Let's close it out with the tight ends....
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