- Tristan H. Cockcroft, Fantasy
Bye Week: Kansas City, Oakland, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants
New England at Atlanta: QB Tom Brady has been a bit erratic away from Gillette Stadium lately, averaging 240.0 passing yards while amassing nine touchdowns compared to seven interceptions in his last six road games, including the postseason. He'll be facing the Falcons' ninth-ranked secondary (187.2), so don't expect him to step up with a breakout game this week. ... RB Warrick Dunn has six 100-yard efforts and six touchdowns in his last 10 games, including the postseason, and has averaged 101.8 rushing yards per contest and 5.1 yards per carry during that span. He's still getting nearly 20 carries per game -- 19.8 in those same 10 contests -- and is a fine fantasy option against the Patriots' 23rd-ranked rush defense (114.5). ... RB T.J. Duckett has scored a touchdown in each of his four games this season and has nine TDs in his last eight games, including the postseason. Keep him in mind in touchdown-heavy leagues, as the Patriots' defensive line has already allowed four goal-line rushing TDs this season.
Miami at Buffalo: RB Ronnie Brown aims to become the second rookie in team history to rush for 100-plus yards in back-to-back games (Benny Malone, 1974), and he's facing the right team to do it. The Bills' rush defense has allowed an average of 172.2 yards per game, five touchdowns and a 4.9 yards-per-carry average, each of which rank the team second-to-last. ... RB Willis McGahee rushed 49 times for 202 yards (4.1 average) in two games against the Dolphins in 2004; his first career 100-yard game came against Miami, on Oct. 17, 2004. The Dolphins' rush defense ranks third in the league (76.3), but McGahee continues to get a big enough workload to warrant keeping him active.
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