Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 10: Is Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston Worth the Risk?

October 30th, 2014
While Jameis Winston's off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

While Jameis Winston’s off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Including this week, there are only five weeks remaining in the season that feature a full slate of games. The conference standings are shaping up and there is no margin for error for the many one-loss teams with aspirations of making the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile, the opportunities for 2015 NFL draft prospects to make a name for themselves are dwindling down.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 9

October 29th, 2014
Denard Robinson is becoming a must-have player in fantasy football. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

Denard Robinson is becoming a must-have player in fantasy football. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver Wire Pickups

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (Owned in 50% of Yahoo! Leagues): Palmer has been on a roll since returning from injury (832 yards passing, six TDs, one INT in three games). He threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to John Brown to win the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and he has no shortage of weapons. Palmer should be owned in all leagues as a backup quarterback and quick, before someone else scoops him up.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (68% Y!): Dalton has only thrown for 1600 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games this season. Dalton is not playing at the level everyone expected him to play at and his fantasy value has suffered because of that. But he may be getting back A.J. Green this week, which can definitely improve Dalton’s stock. Dalton also ran for two rushing touchdowns on Sunday. In Week 9, he is playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, a very favorable matchup. If you need a streamer quarterback this week, add Dalton.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 8

October 28th, 2014
For a second consecutive week, Sammy Watkins was the star of the Bills offense. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

For a second consecutive week, Sammy Watkins was the star of the Bills offense. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Bills took home their first road win against the New York Jets since 2009 on Sunday, trouncing their divisional foes, 43-23, at MetLife Stadium to finish the first half of the season at 5-3. It was a lively contest in which two Jets quarterbacks combined for six turnovers while both teams combined for 11 punts.

The Buffalo defense graded out very well as it had six different players with a takeaway and another four individuals who pitched in for a quarterback sack. The offense failed to capitalize on great field position on a number of possessions, but rallied to receive some decent grades as a couple players broke out for big performances.

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Defense Rules the Day, Offense Keeps Soul-Searching in Buffalo Bills Win over New York Jets in Week 8

October 27th, 2014
Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills' offensive coaching staff have a problem of predictability to address during the bye week. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coaching staff have a problem of predictability to address during the bye week. (Photo: Robert Deutsch — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Josh Cornwall

The Buffalo Bills didn’t need a second-half comeback in a dominant 43-23 Week 8 win over the host New York Jets. The Bills led the game from cover to cover, forcing the Jets’ two-headed quarterback attack into six ugly turnovers, while Sammy Watkins did Sammy Watkins things, and improved to 5-3 heading into a perfectly timed bye week.

Buffalo now has a two-week preparation period for a game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, which could make or break their playoff chances when the race comes down to tiebreakers in December. On paper, the Bills will take the big win over the Jets on Sunday, but it will take a better team effort in the second half of the season to keep their current pace of 10 wins.

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Buffalo Bills Dominate Turnover Battle to Finish First Half of Season with Win vs. New York Jets

October 26th, 2014
Aaron Williams' interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Aaron Williams’ interception was one of three thrown by Geno Smith and one of six Jets turnovers on Sunday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Winning the turnover battle is one of the surest recipes for winning football games. Winning the turnover battle six to zero paves a clear path to a blowout victory.

That plus-six turnover margin paved the path to a 43-23 victory for the Buffalo Bills over the New York Jets on Sunday, and has put the Bills, who sit 5-3 at the halfway point of their season, in position to contend for a playoff spot in the second half of the year.

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