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RB rankings for week 17

Thats it for now – I’m going to go collapse in bed and watch Dark Knight and drink some soup. I love colds, don’t you? Maybe it’s a perfect excuse to sit in bed and watch football all tomorrow!

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Running backs

  1. Michael Turner
  2. Brian Westbrook
  3. DeAngelo Williams
  4. LaDainian Tomlinson
  5. Adrian Peterson
  6. Matt Forte
  7. Ryan Grant
  8. Thomas Jones
  9. Steven Jackson
  10. Tashard Choice
  11. Steve Slaton
  12. Kevin Smith
  13. Maurice Jones-Drew
  14. Maurice Morris
  15. Willie Parker
  16. Cedric Benson
  17. Sammy Morris
  18. Pierre Thomas/Deuce McAllister (Injury concerns for PT)
  19. Warrick Dunn
  20. Clinton Portis
  21. Ronnie Brown
  22. Larry Johnson
  23. LeRon McClain
  24. Marshawn Lynch
  25. Darren McFadden
  26. Tatum Bell
  27. Fred Jackson
  28. Frank Gore
  29. Cadillac Williams
  30. Derrick Ward
  31. Leon Washington
  32. Tim Hightower
  33. Jamal Lewis
  34. Chad Simpson
  35. Justin Fargas
  36. Jonathan Stewart
  37. Chester Taylor
  38. Ricky Williams
  39. Willis McGahee
  40. Mewelde Moore

WR Rankings for week 17

Here are the WRs – RBs in a little while.

Wide Receiver

  1. Steve Smith (CAR)
  2. Andre Johnson
  3. Marques Colston
  4. Roddy White
  5. Larry Fitzgerald
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Reggie Wayne
  8. Vincent Jackson
  9. Greg Jennings
  10. Brandon Marshall
  11. Derrick Mason
  12. Randy Moss
  13. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  14. DeSean Jackson
  15. Antonio Bryant
  16. Terrell Owens
  17. Wes Welker
  18. Eddie Royal
  19. Hines Ward
  20. Santana Moss
  21. Jerricho Cotchery
  22. Torry Holt
  23. Domenik Hixon
  24. Donald Driver
  25. Santonio Holmes
  26. Dwayne Bowe
  27. Anquan Boldin
  28. Lee Evans
  29. Bernard Berrian
  30. Kevin Walter
  31. Muhsin Muhammad
  32. Anthony Gonzalez
  33. Braylon Edwards
  34. Isaac Bruce
  35. Laveranues Coles
  36. Mark Clayton
  37. Dennis Northcutt
  38. Donnie Avery
  39. Davone Bess
  40. Deion Branch
  41. Devin Hester
  42. Steve Breaston
  43. Bobby Engram
  44. Justin Gage
  45. Bryant Johnson

QB rankings for Week 17

Due to this loverly cold I have, I’m getting this list out late and with no description. I will say that this a more a list of stable players than a list of guys I expect to go for 300+ yards and 4 TDs. I also think despite not changing the gameplan for Brees hitting Marino’s record he will have to throw alot. With Pierre Thomas a little banged up, he’ll need to. Rodgers will also be a stable start especially as the run game for the Pack hasn’t been steller. Rivers, McNabb, Cutler – all have something to play for and can throw the ball, which seperates them from guys like Favre, Orton or Edwards who have struggled in the pass game or are just playing out the string.

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees – Saints vs Panthers
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Packers vs Lions
  3. Philip Rivers – Chargers vs Broncos
  4. Donovan McNabb – Eagles vs Cowboys
  5. Jay Cutler – Broncos at Chargers
  6. Matt Schaub – Texans vs Bears
  7. Matt Ryan – Falcons vs Rams
  8. Chad Pennington – Dolphins at Jets
  9. Matt Cassel – Patriots at Bills
  10. Seneca Wallace – Seahawks at Cardinals
  11. Shaun Hill – 49rs vs Redskins
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers vs Browns
  13. Kurt Warner – Cardinals vs Seahawks
  14. Tony Romo – Cowboys at Eagles
  15. Jake Delhomme – Panthers at Saints
  16. Jeff Garcia – Bucs vs Raiders
  17. Tarvaris Jackson – Vikings vs Giants
  18. Tyler Thigpen – Chiefs at Bengals
  19. Joe Flacco – Ravens vs Jaguars
  20. Eli Manning – Giants at Vikings
  21. Kyle Orton – Bears at Texans
  22. Brett Favre – Jets vs Dolphins
  23. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Bengals vs Chiefs
  24. Trent Edwards – Bills vs Patriots
  25. Jason Campbell – Redskins at 49rs
  26. David Garrard – Jaguars at Ravens
  27. Dan Orlovsky – Lions at Packers
  28. Bruce Gradkowski – Browns at Steelers
  29. Peyton Manning – Colts vs Titans
  30. Marc Bulger – Rams at Falcons
  31. JaMarcus Russell – Raiders at Bucs
  32. Kerry Collins – Titans at Colts
  33. David Carr – Giants at Vikings

RB Rankings for Week 16

Like with the Wide Receivers, I added some backs to the list for Championship week.

I know I am not remotely alone in ranking Pierre Thomas as the number one back this week. I get that. But I have to agree with the group-think this week – and I swear have had Thomas in the top three for this week since Reggie Bush went down and even prior to that I thought he was due for a big game. Now the Brees/Saints will throw for sure. But Thomas is on fire the last two weeks and looked very good with a full load against the Bears. The pass game will keep the Lions honest and this should lock a job with the Saints for Thomas in 2009.

Brian Westbrook had been torching opposing defenses until last week, where he came back down to earth neither breaking 100 total yards nor scoring a touchdown. He also lacked carries – the prior two weeks he had carried the rock more than 20 times each and he should see that number of carries and touches this week. Washington’s D has fallen to pieces and have allowed 361 yards on the ground over the last the weeks.

It’s about time, but Steven Jackson says he is finally ready for a breakout game. Aside from mocking him for the fact that anyone’s breakout game comes in week 16, much less a vet like Jackson – I think he’s got something here and is primed for a really great day and is coming off a pretty darned good performance against Seattle. It’s just in time for your Fantasy Championship and he should be worth that first round pick you spent if he can win you that trophy.

Despite being fourth on the list, Adrian Peterson is driven for a rushing title and he will put forth his usual great effort again this week against a rush defense that has allowed 120 yds per game and allowed 15 TDs during the season. They played well against Tampa Bay but overall have struggled against the run the last month or so. Peterson is a must start this week and should put forth a very good start for your Championship lineup.

For a little while in the beginning of the season, Thomas Jones looked to be on his way towards another disapppointing season – but lo, and the Favre got his head around the offense and the Mangini actually chose to run the ball – and now Jones is over 1100 yards and topping 13 touchdowns for the year. He’s had a TD 7 of the last 8 games – 10 of them total in fact and faces a run defense ranked 21st in the league and allowing 13 rush TDs thus far. I think Jones will be asked to run the ball a lot in order to make sure the Jets control the clock in this must win game on their last trip west.

Running Backs

  1. Pierre Thomas, Saints vs. Lions
  2. Brian Westbrook, Eagles at Redskins
  3. Steven Jackson, Rams vs. 49ers
  4. Adrian Peterson, Vikings vs. Falcons
  5. Thomas Jones, Jets at Seahawks
  6. Marshawn Lynch, Bills at Broncos
  7. Michael Turner, Falcons at Vikings
  8. Steve Slaton, Texans at Raiders
  9. Matt Forte, Bears vs. Packers
  10. Clinton Portis, Redskins vs. Eagles
  11. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers at Buccaneers
  12. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins at Chiefs
  13. Tashard Choice, Cowboys vs. Ravens
  14. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Giants
  15. Brandon Jacobs, Giants vs. Panthers
  16. Kevin Smith, Lions vs. Saints
  17. Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Steelers
  18. Jamal Lewis, Browns vs. Bengals
  19. Larry Johnson, Chiefs vs. Dolphins
  20. Cedric Benson, Bengals at Browns
  21. Ricky Williams, Dolphins at Chiefs
  22. Darren McFadden, Raiders vs Texans
  23. Ryan Grant, Packers at Bears
  24. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  25. Le’Ron McClain, Ravens at Cowboys
  26. Sammy Morris, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  27. P.J. Pope, Broncos vs. Bills
  28. Maurice Morris, Seahawks vs. Jets
  29. DeShaun Foster, 49ers at Rams
  30. Willie Parker, Steelers at Titans
  31. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Giants
  32. Leon Washington, Jets at Seahawks
  33. J.J. Arrington, Cardinals at Patriots
  34. Chester Taylor, Vikings vs. Falcons
  35. Warrick Dunn, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  36. Kevin Faulk, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  37. Justin Fargas, Raiders vs. Texans
  38. Tatum Bell, Broncos vs. Bills
  39. Tim Hightower, Cardinals at Patriots
  40. Mewelde Moore, Steelers at Titans
  41. LaMont Jordan, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  42. Ray Rice, Ravens at Cowboys
  43. LenDale White, Titans vs. Steelers
  44. Derrick Ward, Giants vs. Panthers

WR Rankings for Week 16

With the huge weekend, I expanded my last week of rankings (unless there is a huge outcry) so we’re covered no matter what! So without further ado -

Steve Smith peaked at just the right time, huh? He’s topped 100+ yards for 4 straight weeks and has scored in the last two games as well. He’s on fire and even against tough defense like NY, he’s a lock to your lineup. Delhomme may be on his way out, but he’s finding Smith early and often (49 times in his last five games) and Smith is having success against even difficult matchups. Get him in and keep him in.

Megatron or Calvin Johnson as he is known as by some, can do a lot with a little. But last week he had a deluge of targets (16, 9 of which he caught) has scored 4 TDs over the last five games, with no less than 60 yards each game. The Saints are ranked 26th vs the pass although they have played better the last few weeks. Still Johnson should do well even with a meager amount of targets – and I think Orlovsky will continue to try and force him the ball and he’ll get his chance again to have another big game.

Andre Johnson should continue to benefit from Matt Schaub’s current hot streak. Johnson himself has been a tad streaky, but while he won’t mount another 200+ yard game he should put up some great numbers nonetheless. Johnson thinks Nnamdi Asomugha will shadow him but Oakland doesn’t usually do that. Still, even if it happens, Johnson is good enough to find room to move and catch plenty of balls as well.

Here we are again speaking of Greg Jennings who is STILL a guy that I never see/hear anyone talking about him. Maybe that’s why I always feel like he’s pretty underrated. As I think Rodgers is going to have a big day, you know Jennings will be his favorite target as always. He’s automatic and been very stable as a fantasy WR and will be so again here in the Fantasy Championship.

While I do fully expect Michael Turner to be getting a ton of carries, Atlanta will need to pass on occasion to keep the defense honest. And Matt Ryan always looks for his top option, Roddy White. White should have no problem finding room to function against the 22nd ranked pass defense, though while they do not get too many interceptions, they also don’t tend to allow many TDs (just 13 in 15 games). I do believe you’ll see White in the end zone once though and he is sure to get good yards for you as well.

Wide Receivers

  1. Steve Smith, Panthers at Giants
  2. Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Saints
  3. Andre Johnson, Texans at Raiders
  4. Greg Jennings, Packers at Bears
  5. Roddy White, Falcons at Vikings
  6. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals at Patriots
  7. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  8. Marques Colston, Saints at Lions
  9. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Dolphins
  10. Vincent Jackson, Chargers at Buccaneers
  11. Brandon Marshall, Broncos vs. Bills
  12. Randy Moss, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  13. Wes Welker, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  14. Isaac Bruce, 49ers at Rams
  15. Lance Moore, Saints at Lions
  16. Braylon Edwards, Browns vs. Bengals
  17. Hines Ward, Steelers at Titans
  18. Lee Evans, Bills at Broncos
  19. Terrell Owens, Cowboys vs. Ravens
  20. Davone Bess, Dolphins at Chiefs
  21. Donald Driver, Packers at Bears
  22. Santana Moss, Redskins vs. Eagles
  23. Kevin Walter, Texans at Raiders
  24. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets at Seahawks
  25. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals at Browns
  26. DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Redskins
  27. Derrick Mason, Ravens at Cowboys
  28. Eddie Royal, Broncos vs. Bills
  29. Michael Jenkins, Falcons at Vikings
  30. Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Falcons
  31. Domenik Hixon, Giants vs. Panthers
  32. Santonio Holmes, Steelers at Titans
  33. Steve Breaston, Cardinals at Patriots
  34. Chad Johnson, Bengals at Browns
  35. Devin Hester, Bears vs. Packers
  36. Nate Washington, Steelers at Titans
  37. Steve Smith, Giants vs. Panthers
  38. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers at Giants
  39. Deion Branch, Seahawks vs. Jets
  40. Donnie Avery, Rams vs. 49ers
  41. Torry Holt, Rams vs. 49ers
  42. Laveranues Coles, Jets at Seahawks
  43. Bryant Johnson, 49ers at Rams
  44. Bobby Wade Vikings at Falcons
  45. Amani Toomer Giants vs Panthers

QB Rankings for Week 16

Aaron Rodgers has been playing well despite the unfortunate inability of the team to win over the last month. You can argue whether Favre would have been better for the Pack or what Rodgers doesn’t do or how he ain’t favre – all that maters, like, NOT at all. Fact is, he has thrown for 1119 yards, 8 TDs over the last four games. He has thrown 6 INTs which is problematic in many leagues, but since a bad game against New Orleans in week 12. Still, this is a big game where they can punk the Bears and Rodgers is playing well the last few weeks. He will definitely get yards (the bears allow 230+ yards per game and 17 TDs) but this is a tough defense which is ranked third in the league in interceptions. I believe Rodgers will have a great yardage and TD day – but he may toss a bad decision out there as well.

Drew Brees will see a lot of hand offs to Pierre Thomas as Thomas stomps the Lions defense. But Brees is still Brees and this offense throws – a lot. And will do so against Detroit as well. He hasn’t been throwing the ball with the torrid pace he had been earlier, but I think he is goignto comedarn close to that 300 yards this week. Yes, even with Thomas there, he will throw a ton. After all behind Thomas is a banged up McAllister there’s a whole lot of nothing. Brees will throw – early often and endlessly.

Now that it doesn’t matter anymore, WOOO those Texans can play. Err…. anyway, maybe this would have been different had Matt Schaub not been hurt, but he did and it isn’t. The Raiders have been a little spotty coverage wise- oh they have Nnamdi Asomugha, but that’s about it. Turns out Chris Johnson isn’t as good as he looked two weeks ago. It’s going to be hard to contain Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter and Schaub has been tearing it up the last few weeks. Against a reeling defense, Schaub should have a field day.

Now the next two have me concerned due to weather. If it comes in sideways, both these guys will find themselves throwing short passes and handing off the ball – or at least watching their passes go backwards. Matt Cassel has played very well and is finding both Wes Welker and Randy Moss plenty of times. The Cards secondary is opportunistic and could create a turnover but they may be hard pressed to stop him, only slowing him down on occasion. Kurt Warner may be in more trouble, but might also have to throw even more because he has no run game. We have hit Tim Hightower’s ceiling at this point and we already know what JJ Arrington can do. And Edge seems done. Warner – even in brutal weather – might have to throw even if Belichick keeps the pressure on him as you imagine he is plotting to do right now. But enough wind could limit how often he can reach Fitzgerald and Breaston (Boldin is out). Still, the possibility that he can throw 40 times means he could have a very good yards day.

Quarterbacks

  1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Bears
  2. Drew Brees, Saints at Lions
  3. Matt Schaub, Texans at Raiders
  4. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Cardinals
  5. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Patriots
  6. Jay Cutler, Broncos vs. Bills
  7. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs vs. Dolphins
  8. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Buccaneers
  9. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Redskins
  10. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Titans
  11. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Ravens
  12. Shaun Hill, 49ers at Rams
  13. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Vikings
  14. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks vs. Jets
  15. Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings vs. Falcons
  16. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers vs. Chargers
  17. Brett Favre, Jets at Seahawks
  18. Trent Edwards, Bills at Broncos
  19. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Panthers
  20. Jake Delhomme, Panthers at Giants
  21. Chad Pennington, Dolphins at Chiefs
  22. Kyle Orton, Bears vs. Packers
  23. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Steelers
  24. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Cowboys
  25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals at Browns
  26. Dan Orlovsky, Lions vs. Saints
  27. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Eagles
  28. Marc Bulger, Rams vs. 49ers
  29. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Texans
  30. Ken Dorsey, Browns vs. Bengals

Top WR Performances for Week 15


Andre Johnson 11/207/1 – Johnson continues to combine yards and TDs. The last three games have been a successful combo of both and while it’s not an easy matchup against Oakland’s secondary, clearly they can be beat. Johnson is a must start even if 200+ yards is a rare thing, he’s on a roll and you should ride him to a win.

Steve Smith 9/174/1 – Smith is another one who is playing very well right now. He’s amassed 100+ yards in four straight games and a TD in each of the last two. He faces a tough matchup in the Giants defense, but like Andre Johnson, you have to be playing him each week. He’s too hot not too and has peaked at just the right time.

Calvin Johnson 9/110/1 – 1 fumble – Aside from a bad fumble, Megatron finally got both the targets AND the yards. He’s had two games in a row with a TD as well. New Orleans’ secondary can be beat and let’s face it – in this gunfight, the Saints should come out blazing. It’s hard to believe they’ll get him that many catches again, but Johnson has been stellar all season long, with only a few true clunkers to his name. He’s a guy who is too good to be contained by the defense in most games. And he’s too good to to keep out of your fantasy lineup no matter what he faces.

Antonio Bryant 8/108/1- Here he is again. Antonio FREAKING Bryant. I can say that with venom as he escorted me out of one set of playoffs last week. That aside he is hot right now and you should have him playing each week. Is he a bona fide WR1? Probably not – but two straight 100+ yard games and three straight with at least 1 TD? He’s hot enough for at a #2 spot. And with confidence no less. Whoda thunk it after the relatively unspectacular season?

Dennis Northcutt 5/136/1 - Is Northcutt the new ‘go-to guy’ in Jacksonville with Matt Jones finally on time out? Well with Mike Walker pretty much a no show, Jerry Porter on IR and Reggie Williams the other option, he probably is. I can’t feel good about recommending him as anything but a WR3 or 4 but he may be the type of late year player worth having in the lineup. But careful – Indy is ranked seventh against the pass with only 5 TDs allowed.

Randy Moss 5/136/1 - A pretty darn good game that normally would have had him near the top of this list – he’s essentially tied for 5 on it anyway and I’d recommend him over Northcutt in a heartbeat – but you were already playing him each week right?

Best of the rest –

Hines Ward 8/107 – Ward has been spotty all season long and now is facing a pretty good Titans defense. He should get a lot of short work but don’t expect a big game.

Vincent Jackson 6/97/1 – 1 fumble – Another solid game from a guy normally relegated to WR3 or 4 status who probably should be a #2 on many teams by now. Had a rough patch a few weeks back, but seems to have passed it.

Marques Colston 6/84/1 – Still not consistent but should be in the lineup most weeks. While Pierre Thomas may go buck wild on the toothless Lions, Brees is Brees and will throw the ball. I would start Colston as aWR3 or 2 with confidence. However I reserve the right to change my mind as we close on the weekend.

Reggie Wayne 7/104 - Should have another good game against JAX on Thursday. Yes he’s been ‘meh’ this season. But he’ll end strong for you in the Championships.

Top Fantasy QBs of Week 15

Matt Cassel 218/4/1 (18 yards rushing) – Cassel continues to play very well in Brady’s stead and could turn it into cash on the field next season for another team. For your fantasy team he’s still a matchups only guy – and note the lack of yards. If you only get 4 pts for TDs, that 4 TD day looks less impressive.

Philip Rivers 346/2/1 – 1 fumble – Rivers – who was robbed today of a Pro Bowl appearence by one of my Jets, The Brett – continues to play hard behidn a slipshod Oline with little or no support from the run game. Rivers has had a few bad games and faces a good Tampa Bay defense, so this weekend may be another down week for him.

Tarvaris Jackson 163/4 – Low yardage totals aren’t new but 4 TDs are. Jackson hasn’t been spectacular and he’s not scaring secondaries to make Peterson’s job easier but he has played decently the last few games. I wouldn’t have him near my lineup the rest of the way though.

Peyton Manning 318/1 – Manning had a decent game, though short a TD or two. He continues to be a must start again, now that his team has gotten back on track. He should be a very good start against Jacksonville this Thursday.

David Garrard 238/2 (31 yds running) - Garrard has been wildly inconsistent this season (like the Jags whole team) and is running out of wide receievers. I can’t say he’s an auto-sit, but more often than not, he will be a very risky start.

Best of the rest –
Donovan McNabb 290/2/1 – McNabb is back to form – all it took was a benching. The matchup vs Washington looks shaky but he’s on the rise while they are slipping.
Ryan Fitzpatrick 209/1 (29 rush yards, 1 rush TD) – Unexpected appearence by the Harvard QB – I don’t expect to see it again. Still too many question marks on the team.
Tony Romo 244/2 – I don’t know if I buy the love triangle between he, Witten and TO, but it’s not like the drama actually affected him as far as I could see.
Tyler Thigpen 171/1/1 (40 rush yards 1 rush TD)
JaMarcus Russell 242/2/1 – Russell had one of those games you look at and say ‘yeah maybe he CAN do it’ but it’s still not a situation I would trust this week. Maybe Russell will become the Qb the Raiders need him to be – but this team is not in the shape he needs them to be either.

Top RB Performances for Week 15


Pierre Thomas 146/1 & 1 rec TD – Thomas has had two very nice games in a row and has peaked just in time to carry you to the Fantasy Championship – where he will face Detroit in one of the better matchups in Week 16. Thomas is certainly earning that permanent gig in the backfield and could seal it up this weekend.

Dominic Rhodes 116/2 – Rhodes looked like he was going to be a good play this weekend even before Addai was deactivated. With the full load, Rhodes showed he made the right decision in heading back home to Indy after the poor choice to go to Oakland. Addai is still shaky and may miss the game this week against Jacksonville. Rhodes will be a decent flex at least even if Addai plays and would bump up if Addai is out again.

Michael Turner 182/1- Turner has long put to rest the concern that he was inconsitent and struggled against better run defenses. You had to start him even against Minnesota’s stout defense – and with Pat Williams out the matchup actually looks much better than it did a few days ago.

Tashard Choice 143/1- I don’t even know what to make of Tashard Choice. What do you do with him against Baltimore? He’s already performed against two of the top run defenses in the league in Pittsburgh and the Giants – performed being Blurb code for BLEW UP. Do you trust him going into the your championship game? It’s hard for me to say he is a must start, but he has played very well TWICE against two top 5 run defenses. Can you afford to sit him?

Steven Jackson 127/1 - SJax is back! Kinda. This week. He should have a second good game against the 49rs this comign weekend. He is getting the rock and as long as he stays healthy he should be ok for this weekend, even though Singletary has the San Fran defense working pretty well.

Best of the rest -

Maurice Jones-Drew 70/1 & 1 rec- MJD should play all right against Indy, but has been shaky in terms of yard production.

Kevin Faulk 111 & 1 rec – Faulk shows his owners why he is often a solid flex option.

Darren McFadden 114/1- Darren ‘Boom or Bust’ McFadden booms last week – may have a decent day against Houston but you never know with the Raiders and the running backs.

Sammy Morris 117/1 - How Faulk and Morris got in on the same list is pretty intriguing and in New England that’s pretty rare.

Kevin Smith 119/1 - A pretty good day against the Colts – he might look ok again versus New Orleans if Detroit doesn’t abandon the run.

Top Fantasy QBs of Week 14

Some new faces, some guys we’ve seen before. Some guys heating up….

Matt Schaub – 414yds, 2tds, 1 2pt, 1INT – I never, ever, thought he was going to have this good a game after his layoff. But he sure proved his doubters wrong and should have put to rest the ‘Sage is a better QB’ talk that has permeated the last month or so. Still mostly a matchup guy, a very good showing.

Matt Ryan – 315/1/1 12pt, 1 rush TD - Ryan has had a phenomenal year and you just have to like this kid if you happen to have drafted him in Dynasty. Or redraft. Or if you are the Falcons. Again, mostly a matchup guy but he has some places he might start for you in the next few weeks. Tampa has shown they can be thrown on and we know that’s the easiest way to beat the VIkings. Depending on your bench he might have a shot at helping you win it all.

Jeff Garcia – 321/2 – Is Garcia starting to heat up? Some mediocre outings was starting to make folks think we would see Josh Johnson, but it’s likely we’ll have to wait until next year on that. Garcia faces Atlanta (OK) this week, San Diego next week for many Championship weeks (good!) and then Oakland (who knows? Might not matter for your league).

Seneca Wallace – 212/3 1 fumble, 47 rush yards - I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him and given my bad back this week, that wouldn’t be far. OK, my back is fine, but still – Wallace is risky to start. He does face the Rams which is a great matchup this week, and then the Jets who could be fighting hard for their playoff lives ad can be thrown on. I wouldnt’ want to start him but if you face injuries there might be worse matchup-wise.

Peyton Manning – 277/3 – Hey, a familiar face. Manning had a good game this week and is -and should be – a starter regardless of game. What will happen against Detroit this week? Will they run too much? Well, for sure Detroit cannot hang with them in the air, so I suspect Manning will get his regardless.

The Rest – That some of these guys are here and not above should tell you how out of control the top spots were this week….
Philip Rivers – 214/3 & 19 rushing yards - Rivers put on a nice display this week but that oline has him too up and down to be counted on very easily.
Jay Cutler – 286/2/1 & 16 rush yards - Cutler might actually have to throw more and he should be a decent start going forward with the upside of being even better than decent.
Aaron Rodgers – 295/2/1 – Rodgers was very close to being in the top 5 and continues to be a very good start going forward most of the time. Even weather didn’t hurt him too much.
Shaun Hill – 285/2/1 – Is he going to be a good start from here on out? I can’t believe that but either had an extraordinarily good game or the Jets looked extraordinarily bad. I am a Jets fan – guess where I fall on that one?
Drew Brees – 230/2 - Another sub 300 yard game?!?! THE SKY IS FALLING THE SKY IS FALLING! Seriously, Brees looked better Sunday than he did the week prior and is getting the weapons he needs back and healthy. The Saints need to win, so you know he will play hard and while he may not be cracking 300+ each week, he’s always a pretty good start.