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Atlanta Falcons
McAfee Coliseum | Sunday, November 02 | 4:15 p.m. EST (Fox)
Pick: Falcons 24, Raiders 17
Oakland Raiders
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Ryan
210 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Ryan looks more and more like a veteran with each passing week and less like a rookie. Last week against a tough Eagles' defense, he threw a career-high 44 times, completing 23 for 277 yards and two TDs. He has five TD passes in the last three games, but look for the Falcons to pass less this week at Oakland and run more as Ryan manages the game better this time around.
RBMichael Turner
120 rush yards, 2 rush TD
After topping 100 yards in three of his first five games with Atlanta while scoring six TDs, Turner has been shut down the last two weeks. He was limited to 58 yards last week by Philadelphia in 17 carries and now has 112 yards and no TDs in the last two games. But the Raiders rank 26th against the run, allowing 144.1 yards per game, so look for Turner to bust out against his old foes.
RBJerious Norwood
3 rec, 30 rec yards, 20 rush yards
Norwood continues to back up Turner, but he's more of a receiver than a rusher. He had five catches for 55 yards last week at Philadelphia and now has 17 receptions on the season.
WRRoddy White
7 rec, 100 yards, 1 TD
White registered his third-straight 100-yard receiving game last week and fourth on the season as he torched the Eagles for eight receptions for 113 yards and two TDs. He had TD catches of 55 and 8 yards, giving him a total of 25 catches in his last three games for 357 yards and four TDs. He's having an All-Pro season and should have another big game against the Raiders this week.
WRMichael Jenkins
3 rec, 40 yards
As defenses begin to double-team White, it should open things for Jenkins. So far he hasn't taken advantage of the situation as he hasn't scored a TD since Week 1 and he's had just 10 catches for 146 yards the last three games. Expect more of the same as White dominates the passing game.
WRBrian Finneran
3 rec, 30 yards
Finneran has become more involved in the offense the last two weeks with six catches for 49 yards, but that certainly doesn't make him fantasy worthy. Expect more of the same this week.
TEJustin Peelle
1 rec, 10 yards
The Falcons don't incorporate the tight end much in the passing game and that won't change this week with Peelle.
KJason Elam
3 PATs, 1 FG
After scoring 16 points the week before, Elam was limited to 2 points last week. He reaches the midway point with 63 points in 8 games.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Falcons' defense hasn't performed as expected this year as it ranks 24th against the pass, 23rd against the run, and has just 12 sacks and five interceptions. Fortunately, it plays the low-octane Raiders this week.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJaMarcus Russell
160 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Russell continues to struggle with inaccuracy, but he does look a little more comfortable running this offense with each passing week. He has topped 200 yards passing in three of the last four games with three TDs, including last week at Baltimore when he threw for 228 yards and a TD. The Falcons rank 24th vs. the pass, so Russell could have some success this week, but not enough to make him a starter on your team.
RBJustin Fargas
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 75 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Fargas couldn't get anything going last week at Baltimore as he finished with just 24 yards on 12 carries. That happens against a good Ravens' defense, but the Falcons rank 23rd vs. the run, so expect more carries, more yards and even his first TD of the season in Week 9.
RBDarren McFadden
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 30 rush yards
McFadden was surprisingly inactive last week with his turf toe injury. It seemed like he was making more progress last week, but the Raiders chose to keep him out at Baltimore last week because of the injury. He should be okay to play this week, but if not Michael Bush will be the No. 2 back behind Fargas.
WRChaz Schilens
4 rec, 50 yards
Schilens is starting to turn some heads in Oakland and he's becoming more of a factor with each week going forward. The rookie out of San Diego State caught three passes last week for 76 yards, including a nice haul on a 60-yard bomb. He has good upside and will continue to start going forward.
WRJavon Walker
2 rec, 25 yards
Walker had two catches last week for 28 yards and continues to be a disappointing free agent acquisition. He has only 12 catches in the last six games and isn't anywhere near what he used to be.
WRRonald Curry
1 rec, 10 yards
It's almost painful to watch Curry each week. Is this really the same guy who caught 117 passes the two previous seasons combined and now has 8 this season?
TEZach Miller
3 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD
Miller isn't flashy, but he provides something each week. Last week at Baltimore, he finished with two catches for 56 yards and he's now topped 50 yards in receiving yardage three of the last four games. Look for more of the same this week.
KSebastian Janikowski
2 PATs, 1 FG
Janikowski has 51 points through the first seven games as he has more FGs made (14) than PATs (9).
Defense
2 sacks, 1 INT
The Falcons have 17 takeaways and 16 sacks through their first seven games and should pressure Russell often this week.
 
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