THUNDERING BLURB » week 16 http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 RB Rankings for Week 16 http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/rb-rankings-for-week-16/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/rb-rankings-for-week-16/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2008 00:12:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=379 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
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WR Rankings for Week 16 http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/wr-rankings-for-week-16/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/wr-rankings-for-week-16/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2008 22:43:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=378 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
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QB Rankings for Week 16 http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/qb-rankings-for-week-16/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/12/qb-rankings-for-week-16/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2008 21:57:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=377 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
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