Archive for November 30, 2009

Week 13 Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

Health concerns certainly throws the rankings into a spin.  Will DeSean Jackson play?  What do you do with Calvin Johnson?  Let’s take a look at these questions and all the rest of the Week 13 rankings:

  1. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  2. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  3. Randy Moss – New England Patriots – at Miami
  4. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  5. Brandon Marshall – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  6. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Minnesota
  7. Chad Ochocinco – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Detroit
  8. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Miami
  9. Sidney Rice – Minnesota Vikings – at Arizona
  10. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants Read more

Week 13 Rankings: Top 35 Running Backs

A week where Adrian Peterson is not only not the top running back, but outside the top three?  Let’s take a look at who assumes the top few spots, as well as all the rankings, for Week 13:

  1. DeAngelo Williams – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  3. Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  4. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Arizona
  5. Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Detroit
  6. Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – at Green Bay
  7. Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Oakland
  8. Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
  9. LaDanian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  10. Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – vs. St. Louis Read more

Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Will Brett Favre fade in 2009?  He certainly hasn’t shown any indications as he may be playing the best football of his career (which says a lot).  Let’s take a look at where he falls in the rankings, as well as all the other QBs, for Week 13:

  1. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  2. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  4. Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings – at Arizona
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  6. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Baltimore
  7. Donovan McNabb – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
  8. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
  9. Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Detroit
  10. Kurt Warner – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Minnesota Read more

Week 12 Sleeper: Antonio Bryant

Antonio Bryant entered the 2009 season as a potential go to receiver for fantasy owners.  He set career highs in receptions (83), yards (1,248) and touchdowns (7) in 2008, but injuries have certainly put a damper on any potential upside.

After missing Weeks 9 & 10, Bryant returned last week to little fanfare.  He had three catches for 40 yards, but was also the second most targeted receiver on the team with six (Kellen Winslow led the way with 13).

That trend should continue, as the Buccaneers are not a particularly deep team at wide receiver.  Winslow leads the team with 47 receptions, 483 yards and five touchdowns.  He is the only player with more than 21 catches.  In fact, despite missing numerous games and being hindered by injury, Bryant is third on the team in receptions (19), second in yards (269) and second in touchdowns (2). Read more

Week 12 Sleeper: Justin Forsett

While there was talk of Julius Jones making his return this week, there now are some pretty big questions considering that, as he’s been limited in practice the past two days.  That opens the door for Justin Forsett, who had likely fallen out of favor after he was pitiful on the ground last week (8 rushes for 9 yards and 1 TD).

That, of course, would be ignoring his contribution through the air, where he had eight catches for 80 yards.  He’s actually become an important cog in the Seahawks passing game, picking up 18 catches over the past three weeks.

Now, sprinkle in the fact that he’s facing the St. Louis Rams this week, the team who is the fifth worst in the league against the run allowing 146.4 yards per game.  They’ve also allowed the fourth most rushing TDs, at 14. Read more

NFL Week 12 Fantasy Fill-ins

by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Matt struggled last week against the Vikings, but almost everyone they faced this year has struggled against them. Life should be much easier for them this week when they take on St. Louis, who is giving up 236.7 passing yards and 1.5 passing TDs per game.

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Matt bounced back last week after five consecutive mediocre starts. This week he takes on Tampa Bay, who is 30th in the league with 22 passing TDs allowed. Matt is also playing at home where he’s been far more effective.

Home: 4 games, 192.3 yards per game, 8 TDs, 4 INTS
Away: 6 games, 251.2 yards per game, 8 TDs, 8 INTs Read more

Week 12 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

With the Saints and Patriots squaring off, neither find their way into the Top 15 for Week 12.  So, who takes the place?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  2. Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  3. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  4. Dallas Cowboys – vs. Oakland
  5. Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
  6. San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  7. Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago
  8. Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  9. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  10. Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis Read more

Week 12 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

As I always say, do not disregard the potential value of a kicker to your fantasy roster.  Let’s take a look at how I rank them for fantasy Week 12:

  1. David Akers – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  2. Nate Kaeding – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  3. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  4. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at New Orleans
  5. John Carney – New Orleans Saints – vs. New England
  6. Lawrence Tynes – New York Giants – at Denver
  7. Ryan Longwell – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago
  8. Nick Folk – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Oakland
  9. Jason Elam – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  10. Dan Carpenter – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo Read more

Week 12 Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends

The Giants managed to stifle Tony Gonzalez for much of their Week 11 matchup only to ultimately finish with eight catches, 82 yards and a touchdown.  It just goes to show that even within a game, you never really know what you are going to get out of your tight end.  So, with that said, let’s take a look at how I rank them for the upcoming week:

  1. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  2. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  4. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
  6. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  7. Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – vs. New England
  8. Vishante Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Oakland
  10. Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – at Minnesota Read more

Week 12 Rankings: Top 40 Wide Receivers

The way Wes Welker, is there anyone that you would rather have?  Matchups keep him from the top spot, so let’s take a look at where he and all the rest rank for Week 12:

  1. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Tennessee
  2. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  3. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at New Orleans
  4. Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  5. Randy Moss – New England Patriots – at New Orleans
  6. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  8. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. New England
  9. Chad Ochocinco – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  10. Brandon Marshall – Denver Broncos – vs. New York Giants Read more