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NFL Barometer: Bear Down

Jay Cutler's fantasy value takes a hit due to turmoil in his locker room and his uninspiring performance Monday night.

NFL Barometer: Miller Making A Move

Dolphins running back Lamar Miller did not have a big game last week, but his impressive season earns him a mention in this week's 'Rising' section.

NFL Barometer: Johnny Riser

Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel gets a fantasy boost following last week's impressive NFL debut.

NFL Barometer: Lost Lions

Thanks to a struggling offense, a couple Lions -- including quarterback Matthew Stafford -- land on the 'Falling' list in this week's edition.

NFL Barometer: Exasperating Eagle

Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy has irked fantasy owners by failing to match last year's production despite similar surroundings.

NFL Barometer: Bumbling Brown

The Browns signed Ben Tate to be their primary running back, but he has not provided his expected production thanks to a couple of rookie RBs.

NFL Barometer: Martin Moving Down

Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is banged up and has more competition for carries, which has his fantasy value taking a turn for the worse.

NFL Barometer: What Can This Brown Do For You?

Not much, anytime soon. Jordan Cameron's fantasy value takes a hit with the news that Cleveland's starting tight end will miss at least the next two weeks after suffering another concussion.

NFL Barometer: Vereen's Looking Very Good

The Patriots shuffle their running bucks like few other teams do, but Shane Vereen showed Thursday that he will be more of a fantasy factor with fellow RB Stevan Ridley out for the season.

NFL Barometer: Miller Time

With fellow running back Knowshon Moreno done for the season, Miami's Lamar Miller is set to be the top back for the Dolphins the rest of the way.

NFL Barometer: Caged Lion

Detroit's Calvin Johnson has been largely ineffective the last two games, and he may be held out until his ankle improves.

NFL Barometer: Patriots In Peril

With the offensive line struggling and the downfield options lacking, Patriots such as RB Stevan Ridley are struggling to post consistent fantasy numbers.

NFL Barometer: Flip-Flop In Washington

As one Redskins quarterback -- Robert Griffin -- falls down the cheat sheets, another -- Kirk Cousins -- moves up the list.

NFL Barometer: Kansas City Shuffle

With fellow running back Jamaal Charles sidelined by an ankle injury, Knile Davis is set to step into a prominent role for the Chiefs.

NFL Barometer: Tough Start for Romo, Cowboys

Maybe he's injured or maybe just rusty, but either way, Tony Romo was a disaster in the season opener against the 49ers.

NFL Barometer: Gronkowski Good To Go

Rob Gronkowski's fantasy value gets a boost with the tight end on track to suit up for the Patriots in Week 1.

NFL Barometer: Martin Wins Bucs-Pats Trade

The Bucs-Pats trade might end up paying off the most for Doug Martin, whose fantasy outlook brightened considerably.

NFL Barometer: Sleepy Floyd

Fantasy owners are sleeping on Malcom Floyd, who is having an outstanding training camp for the Chargers.

NFL Barometer: Renaissance in the Desert

Interceptions are a concern, but Carson Palmer really might have the help necessary this year to have a renaissance season.

NFL Barometer: McFadden's Fantasy Days May be Over

Darren McFadden is the backup to an aging Maurice Jones-Drew, offering little hope for a fantasy impact this season.

NFL Barometer: Risers and Fallers After One Week

Rob Gronkowski looks like he'll be ready for Week 1

NFL Barometer: Early Risers, Fallers

Good health and a stronger offense could make Robert Griffin a fantasy bargain this season.

NFL Barometer: Baker Breaks Out

Edwin Baker struggled in his final days at Michigan State, but he quietly made a big impact in the Cleveland offense over the last two weeks.

NFL Barometer: Burgeoning Bengal

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has been stellar all season, and his strong rookie campaign will have his fantasy value on the rise heading into next year.

NFL Barometer: Bear Down

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler's fantasy value has taken a hit thanks to the strong showing by backup quarterback Josh McCown in his absence.

NFL Barometer: The Light Is Green For Vereen

It's full speed ahead for New England running back Shane Vereen, who has established himself as the top running back option in the Patriots' offense.

NFL Barometer: Ridley In Reverse

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has come down with a case of fumblitis, which landed him on the bench last week and leaves his role in question moving forward.

NFL Barometer: Burleson Back In Business

Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson has been sidelined since Week 3, but he earns a mention on the 'Rising' list thanks to his expected return to the lineup this week.

NFL Barometer: Houston, We Have Liftoff

With fellow running back Arian Foster landing on injured reserve, the Texans' Ben Tate will see a big boost in fantasy value moving forward.

NFL Barometer: Rice Stuck In Reverse

Ravens running back Ray Rice has had trouble putting up useful fantasy numbers this season, and things don't look much better moving forward.

NFL Barometer: Go Go Gordon

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon earns a mention in this week's edition thanks to his big numbers and a change at quarterback in Cleveland.

NFL Barometer: Marshall Plan

What should fantasy owners do with Bears WR Brandon Marshall now that QB Jay Cutler is out at least a month?

NFL Barometer: Ridley On The Rise

New England running back Stevan Ridley was quiet for the first portion of the season, but he is moving back up the cheat sheets thanks to a big performance in the Patriots' victory over the Saints.

NFL Barometer: Cardinal In Crisis

Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has seen his production suffer thanks to the poor play of quarterback Carson Palmer, and things aren't likely to get better over the next couple weeks.

NFL Barometer: Miller On The Move

Dolphins running back Lamar Miller has been forced to share carries this season, but that could change soon with the way he has played lately.

NFL Barometer: Climbing Jet

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell has moved up the depth chart, and is now moving up the cheat sheets thanks to a couple impressive showings the last two weeks.

NFL Barometer: Action Jackson

Thanks to the Eagles' new high-powered attack, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is putting up big numbers and flying up cheat sheets.

NFL Barometer: Giant Drop

Thanks to his ball security issues and the addition of an old face to the Giants' running back corps, David Wilson's fantasy value is on the decline heading into Week 2.

NFL Barometer: Garcon Aims for Healthy Year

Pierre Garcon performed well last season playing through an injury. Full healthy now, he could be in store for bigs things this year.

NFL Barometer: Clarity in Carolina

Jonathan Stewart's on the PUP list, leaving DeAngelo Williams as the main man in the Carolina backfield and a good value in fantasy drafts.

NFL Barometer: Vick's Climbing the Charts

Michael Vick won the starting quarterback job in Philadelphia and looks like a good fantasy fit in the Eagles' new offense.

NFL Barometer: Bradford's Dangerous Weapons

Sam Bradford should have explosive playmakers all over the field this year, making him a good value in fantasy drafts.

NFL Barometer: Nelson Packs It In

Jordy Nelson will miss the rest of training camp with a knee injury, so what's that mean for his fantasy status and Green Bay's offense?

NFL Barometer: Early Preseason Movement

Maurice Jones-Drew is climbing up draft boards.

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NFL Barometer: You Never Know

The Broncos surprised many by leaning heavily on Knowshon Moreno in Week 12 while getting used to life without Willis McGahee.

NFL Barometer: Tradition 4.0

Don't have Tony Romo on your roster(s) this season? You may want make things interesting Thursday and target him late in Thanksgiving Day drafts...

NFL Barometer: Say No to Bowe

The Chiefs may turn to Brady Quinn again once he's healthy, leaving Dwayne Bowe owners to plan accordingly.

NFL Barometer: Processing Error

Prior to his 80-yard score in garbage time Sunday, Chris Johnson had 14 carries for 54 yards against the Bears. Is it time to cash him in?

NFL Barometer: Remember This Titan?

Kenny Britt has been unable to match his previously elite YPA marks this season. Is he on the verge of a turnaround?

NFL Barometer: Jekyll or Hyde?

Since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 3, Reggie Bush has struggled. Is he primed to return to his early-season form coming out of the Dolphins' bye week?

NFL Barometer: Another Kingmaker?

If A.J. Green can play at the elite level of Calvin Johnson, could Andy Dalton be this year's Matthew Stafford?

NFL Barometer: Return to Elite Status

Jamaal Charles' return to elite status has been one of the few bright spots for the Chiefs this season.

NFL Barometer: Get On Deck

Despite similar numbers, the value of Demaryius Thomas seems to have risen much more quickly than that of teammate Eric Decker.

NFL Barometer: Ready to Fly?

With an impressive showing in Week 3 and an eight-week absence for Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams has a clear path to a larger workload in Arizona.

NFL Barometer: Turning Up the Volume

Currently on pace for 600 attempts this season, Matt Cassel's value is rising thanks to a porous Kansas City defense.

NFL Barometer: Wayne's World

If the Colts' defensive struggles in Week 1 are any indication, Reggie Wayne will be a target monster as Andrew Luck and company play catch-up each week.

NFL Barometer: Back Up the Truck

Although concern about a suspension has faded, Marshawn Lynch's bout with back spasms could be problematic.

NFL Barometer: Three's a Crowd

Is former first-round pick Mark Ingram destined to disappoint fantasy owners again in 2012?

NFL Barometer: Rice on the Rebound?

Sidney Rice was a top-10 receiver with the Vikings in 2009 before injuries limited him in each of the last two seasons. Can he stay healthy and deliver profit from his current ADP?

NFL Barometer: AP Going UP

Adrian Peterson's removal from the PUP list this week is another step toward getting on the field in Week 1 against Jacksonville.

NFL Barometer: More Risk at Running Back

How much should rookie running back Trent Richardson fall after Thursday's arthroscopic knee surgery?

NFL Barometer: Final Scene?

Can Steven Jackson parlay his opportunity for a heavy workload into one more big season for the Rams?

NFL Barometer: Charles Climbs the Charts

Jamaal Charles is set to open camp with his teammates after missing most of last season with a knee injury. A healthy Charles could be primed for a big bounceback season in 2012.

NFL Barometer: Seahawks Losing Their Lynchpin?

Marshawn Lynch's weekend arrest may lead to disciplinary action from the NFL. How far should he fall as a result of a potential suspension?

NFL Barometer: Stafford Becoming A Star

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NFL Barometer: Shonn Finds Greener Pastures

NFL Barometer: Titanic Rise

Tennessee's Chris Johnson struggled for the first half of the season, but his recent revival has him shooting back up the cheat sheets.

NFL Barometer: Wells Done, Beanie

Arizona's Beanie Wells gets a boost in fantasy value this week after a huge Week 12 performance. Find out who else is on the rise with the fantsy postseason around the corner.

NFL Barometer: Non-Action Jackson

Fred Jackson is on pace to top 2,000 yards this season, but a calf injury has put his status in doubt.

NFL Barometer: Beast Mode

Seattle's Marshawn Lynch is charging up the cheat sheets thanks to an expanded workload and a five-game scoring streak.

NFL Barometer: Whoa, Julio!

Playing in his first game since Week 5, Atlanta's Julio Jones's burst back onto the fantasy scene with two highlight-reel touchdown catches.

NFL Barometer: Fantasy Vi-King

Adrian Peterson is arguably the top running back in fantasy football, but he could put the discussion to rest if he continues becoming more active in the Vikings' aerial attack.

NFL Barometer: Murray Racer

DeMarco Murray's big game has him flying up cheat sheets this week.

NFL Barometer: Greg Gets A Little Boost

Cleveland receiver Greg Little gets a bump in fantasy value this week after a strong performance in his starting debut.

NFL Barometer: Battleground

Jamaal Charles (left) may be done for the season, but another KC running back gets a boost this week after receiving a heavy workload in Week 5.

NFL Barometer: Holding Down the Forte

The Bears have struggled a bit in recent weeks, but Matt Forte's big game in Week 5 helped secure a win - and give his fantasy value a boost.

NFL Barometer: Wallace on the Way Up

Mike Wallace is doing his best to back up his offseason talk with three straight 100-yard games to open the campaign.

NFL Barometer: Receivers on the Rise

Several receivers, including Tennessee's Kenny Britt, get a boost in value this week after a strong showing in Week 2.

NFL Barometer: Cam's the Man

Cam Newton is no longer playing against college competition, but it would have been tough to recognize that based on his Week 1 performance.

NFL Barometer: Braylon Gets a Bump

NFL Barometer: Ocho Sinko

Chad Johnson is having trouble picking up the Patriots' system and is dropping a bit in the wide receiver rankings.

NFL Barometer: Late Round Backs to Look At

Willis McGahee has a new home in Denver, and even though he is the backup RB, he is worth considering near the end of your draft.

NFL Barometer: Action Jackson

Vincent Jackson didn't make a major impact last season, but don't be surprised if he makes a big jump up the receiver ranks in 2011. See who else gets a mention in this week's Barometer.

NFL Barometer: Smith's Last Stand

This could be Alex Smith's last chance in San Fran, but with a new head coach and a new receiver on the roster, he'll have a chance to succeed in 2011.

NFL Barometer: Rising Rice

The addition of a new fullback, and the loss of Willis McGahee, combine to give Ray Rice a boost in this week's Barometer.

NFL Barometer: In the Know

With DeAngelo Williams going back to Carolina, Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno gets a boost in this week's edition.

NFL Barometer: Star of the Show

After an injury shortened season last year, Tony Romo's prospects are looking up for 2011.

NFL Barometer: Productive Patriot

New England' Benjarvus Green-Ellis has yet to reach the 1,000-yard mark, but his 12 rushing touchdowns have made him a viable fantasy option in all leagues. Green-Ellis will present an interesting dilemma for fantasy owners in 2011.

NFL Barometer: Witten Warms Way Up

Dallas' Jason Witten was pretty quiet over his first five games, but he has been the top tight end in the league since Jon Kitna assumed the starting quaterback role mid-way through Week 7.

NFL Barometer: Back In the Nick of Time

Hakeem Nicks returned to action just in time for the fantasy playoffs, but he is not the only star who made a welcome return last week.

NFL Barometer: Rising Receivers

Sidney Rice gets a bump in fantasy value after last week's big game, but he is not the only NFC North receiver to make the 'Risers' list this week. Find out who else gets a mention.

NFL Barometer: King of the Cassel

Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel's recent hot stretch earns him a mention in this week's 'Risers' section. See who else makes the list.

NFL Barometer: Instant Offense

Vincent Jackson will return to the field this week, and he will have immediate fantasy value thanks to the Chargers' decimated receiving corps.

NFL Barometer: Fast Riser

Santonio Holmes showed off his speed on a game-winning touchdown reception in Week 10, a play that really benefited his fantasy owners and also helped give him a nudge upward this week.

NFL Barometer: Fitzgerald Back on Track

Larry Fitzgerald was a bit quiet earlier this season, but his fantasy value is on the rice after a couple decent games in recent weeks. Find out who else moves the meter this week.

NFL Barometer: Motor City Mover

Calvin Johnson has scored seven touchdowns over his last four games and has a league-leading eight receiving scores this season. See which players are up, and down, this week.

NFL Barometer: The Other Manning Rises

Eli Manning has had turnover troubles, but he is also leading the league in touchdown passes and is on the rise thanks to a recent three-game hot stretch. Find out who made the list this week.

NFL Barometer: Branch Rediscovers Fantasy Value

NFL Barometer: Rice-ing Raven

Ray Rice exploded last week and also now appears to be the Ravens' goalline back as well. Find out who else is on the move this week.

NFL Barometer: Patriot Games

New England has traded Randy Moss and will count on a group of young receivers to replace him. How does the move affect Tom Brady's fantasy value?

NFL Barometer: This Jet Taking Off

After a rough Week 1, Dustin Keller has rebounded in a big way. Find out who else is on the rise, and the decline, this week.

NFL Barometer: Rising Saint

With Reggie Bush out a few weeks, Pierre Thomas becomes a strong fantasy option. Find out who else is up, and down, this week.

NFL Barometer: Week 1 Movers

Key Injuries in Green Bay and Philadelphia have their replacements on the rise, while several top picks, such as Shonn Greene, left a lot to be desired after the first week.

NFL Barometer: Another Back Takes the Reins in Buffalo

NFL Barometer: Upgrades and Downgrades

Tom Brady appears to be in 2007 form

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The pieces are in place for Matthew Stafford to have a breakout year

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Johnny Knox looks like the No. 1 receiver in Mike Martz's offense

NFL Barometer: Upgrades and Downgrades

Clinton Portis and Rashard Mendenhall are on the rise, while the first week of camp hasn't been good to Darren McFadden and Lynell Hamilton.

NFL Barometer: Early Upgrades and Downgrades

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