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Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The bye weeks definitely play a role in the tight end rankings, but it’s more for the second tier and below.  If you are an owner lucky enough to own one of the premier options, you have no complaints.  Where do the rest of us turn?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at New England
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  6. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  7. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  9. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
  10. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 8?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 9:

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  2. San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  3. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
  4. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
  5. Cleveland Browns – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Washington Redskins – at Minnesota
  7. Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  8. San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  9. Arizona Cardinal – at Dallas
  10. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

After a few weeks where there were only two teams on bye, we are snapped back to reality with six teams resting for Week 9. Owners will notice this more as the Wide Receiver pool is diluted, but finding enough starting running backs will be difficult as well. Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will all be sidelined along with running backs from the Bills, Falcons, and Titans. We must navigate these along with the normal committees, time shares and injuries.  It certainly makes for tough sledding.

Let’s take a look at what running backs can help you this week.

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Atlanta
  2. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. NY Jets
  4. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – at Dallas
  5. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  6. Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos – at New England
  7. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  8. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
  9. LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  10. Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins – vs. San Diego Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

This is a tough week for fantasy owners with six teams on bye weeks. Over a quarter of last week’s top 50 wide receivers are not playing this week, including eight of last week’s top 20 receivers.

Don’t get too upset though because there are still plenty of quality receivers out there and some potential new stars emerging as well. Here is how I see the top 50 come out this week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  2. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona
  3. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos @ New England
  4. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ NY Giants
  5. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston
  6. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos@ New England
  7. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego
  8. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans
  9. Desean Jackson – Washington Redskins @ Minnesota
  10. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Kickers are often overlooked, but there are times where they could actually be the difference between winning and losing in a given week.  Who is the best options for Week 9?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  2. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  3. Phil Dawson – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  4. Cody Parkey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  5. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Giants
  6. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  7. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona
  8. Nick Folk – New York Jets – at Kansas City
  9. Billy Cundiff – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville Read more

Week 9 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Will Geno Smith be replaced by Michael Vick?  Will Robert Griffin III be ready to return?  There are definitely a few questions hanging over who the starting quarterbacks will be for the coming week.  Vick has officially been named the starter, making him a low-end QB2 option.  As for Griffin?  Time will tell, but for now we are going to leave him off the rankings.  If he does start consider him a low-end QB2, as there will be risk in his first start.

How do all of our rankings look given the significant number of byes leaving our options depleted?  Let’s take a look:

 

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Giants
  2. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at New England
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  4. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Miami
  5. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  6. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Arizona
  8. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Houston
  9. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Oakland
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end is one of the toughest positions to figure, isn’t it?  While we all know who the truly elite options in the league are, it’s that Second and Third tier guys that seem nearly interchangeable.  Let’s take a look at how things currently look heading into Week 8:

 

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
  3. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
  4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  7. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at New England
  8. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  9. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  10. Owen Daniels – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Think you have it all figured out after Week 7?  Think again, as injuries and simple poor play will likely change things dramatically for the coming week (they were out of control last week).  Let’s take a look at how things stack up in the always unpredictable NFL for Week 8:

 

  1. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  2. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  3. New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  4. Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
  5. Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  6. Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  7. Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  8. Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  9. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  10. Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Nobody should be surprised by this, but we had another interesting week where running backs are concerned in fantasy football. One team lost their top two running backs in the same game and now we are advocating for a player who hasn’t been active all season. A converted quarterback/wide receiver had one of the best games of the week. A running back who was off draft boards by the second or third round of just about every draft didn’t gain a single yard.  And we can go on.

Those are just a few of the things fantasy owners had to deal with this week at the running back position. This week there are just two teams, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, on bye. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at how our rankings shake out for the coming week:

  1. DeMarco Murray – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  2. Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. St. Louis
  3. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at New England
  4. Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  5. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  6. Andre Ellington – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
  7. Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  8. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
  9. Ben Tate – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
  10. Shane Vereen – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago Read more

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Every week it seems like someone else is emerging into the top 20 – 25 of this group while some of the established veterans seem to continue slipping. At the top of the rankings we see many of the same subjects who continue to swap places among the top seven.

  1. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans
  2. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. San Diego
  3. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis
  5. Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit
  7. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears @ New England
  8. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh
  9. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona
  10. Mike Wallace – Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville
  11. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta
  12. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Read more