Friday, November 21, 2014

Week 12 fantasy football rankings


Below are Week 12 fantasy football rankings based on potential performance in this week's games for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and team defense.


Quarterback
1 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville 
2 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay at Minnesota 
3 Peyton Manning, Denver vs. Miami 
4 Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Baltimore 
5 Tom Brady, New England vs. Detroit ...Strength versus strength - Detroit gives up the fewest points per game to opposing quarterbacks
6 Tony Romo, Dallas at N.Y. Giants 
7 Jay Cutler, Chicago vs. Tampa Bay 
8 Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee 
9 Josh McCown, Tampa Bay at Chicago ...McCown makes his return to Chicago, who give up the 2nd-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks
10 Ryan Tannehill, Miami at Denver 
11 Matthew Stafford, Detroit at New England ...Stafford cracked 20,000 yards last week in 71 games, the fastest quarterback ever (Dan Marino had held the record at 74 games)
12 Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. Arizona 
13 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas 
14 Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. St. Louis 
15 Matt Ryan, Atlanta vs. Cleveland 
16 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco vs. Washington 
17 Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee at Philadelphia ...Philadelphia gives up the most points to opposing quarterbacks
18 Joe Flacco, Baltimore at New Orleans 
19 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati at Houston 
20 Brian Hoyer, Cleveland at Atlanta ...Hoyer and Browns' fans welcome Josh Gordon at wide receiver this week
21 Robert Griffin III, Washington at San Francisco 


Running Back


1 DeMarco Murray, Dallas at N.Y. Giants ...Murray is now on pace for 1,973 rushing yards
2 Jamaal Charles, Kansas City at Oakland 
3 Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Tampa Bay 
4 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay at Minnesota 
5 LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee 
6 C.J. Anderson, Denver vs. Miami ...Anderson should be very busy with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hill both likely out
7 Justin Forsett, Baltimore at New Orleans 
8 Trent Richardson, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville ...With the season-ending injury to Ahmad Bradshaw, T-Rich has a chance for a much more significant workload (and in a great match-up)
9 Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Baltimore ...Baltimore gives up the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs
10 Marshawn Lynch, Seattle vs. Arizona 
11 Andre Ellington, Arizona at Seattle 
12 Rashad Jennings, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas 
13 Arian Foster, Houston vs. Cincinnati ...Foster's status for Week 12 is TBD (groin) - if he starts move him up to around RB6
14 Denard Robinson, Jacksonville at Indianapolis 
15 Tre Mason, St. Louis at San Diego 
16 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati at Houston ...Giovani Bernard should be back this week, and the split between he and Hill is TBD but expect both to get plenty of work
17 Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. Washington 
18 Steven Jackson, Atlanta vs. Cleveland 
19 Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland at Atlanta ...Cleveland has released Ben Tate
20 Lamar Miller, Miami at Denver 
21 Jonas Gray, New England vs. Detroit ...Wow - Gray's 4 touchdowns last week were the most in a single game in Patriot history, although Detroit sports the league's top run defense
22 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati at Houston ...Bernard (hip) is back at practice and is expected to return to action this week
23 Charles Sims, Tampa Bay at Chicago 
24 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee 
25 Alfred Morris, Washington at San Francisco 
26 Bishop Sankey, Tennessee at Philadelphia 
27 Joique Bell, Detroit at New England 
28 Shane Vereen, New England vs. Detroit 
29 Alfred Blue, Houston vs. Cincinnati ...Arian Foster's status for Week 12 is TBD - I am assuming a time share with Blue
30 Fred Jackson, Buffalo vs. N.Y. Jets ...Jackson should make his return this week


Wide Receivers

1 Demaryius Thomas, Denver vs. Miami 
2 Jordy Nelson, Green Bay at Minnesota 
3 Dez Bryant, Dallas at N.Y. Giants 
4 A.J. Green, Cincinnati at Houston 
5 Randall Cobb, Green Bay at Minnesota 
6 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay at Chicago 
7 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville 
8 Alshon Jeffery, Chicago vs. Tampa Bay 
9 Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee 
10 Brandon Marshall, Chicago vs. Tampa Bay 
11 Josh Gordon, Cleveland at Atlanta 
12 Calvin Johnson, Detroit at New England 
13 Julio Jones, Atlanta vs. Cleveland ...Jones has now gone seven games in a row without a touchdown
14 Odell Beckham Jr. , N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas 
15 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee 
16 Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville 
17 Roddy White, Atlanta vs. Cleveland 
18 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco vs. Washington 
19 Torrey Smith, Baltimore at New Orleans 
20 Sammy Watkins, Buffalo vs. N.Y. Jets 
21 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Cincinnati 
22 Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas 
23 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver vs. Miami ...Sanders (concussion) will need to be monitored for Week 12 - move him up to the Top 10 if starting on Sunday
24 Steve Smith, Baltimore at New Orleans 
25 DeSean Jackson, Washington at San Francisco 
26 Keenan Allen, San Diego vs. St. Louis 
27 Golden Tate, Detroit at New England 
28 Kenny Stills, New Orleans vs. Baltimore ...Brandin Cooks will be out for the rest of the season, which is a huge boost to Stills' 2014 potential going forward
29 Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Cincinnati 
30 Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay at Chicago 
31 Michael Crabtree, San Francisco vs. Washington 
32 Julian Edelman, New England vs. Detroit 
33 Mike Wallace, Miami at Denver 
34 Kendall Wright, Tennessee at Philadelphia 
35 Jarvis Landry, Miami at Denver 
36 Doug Baldwin, Seattle vs. Arizona 
37 Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville at Indianapolis 
38 Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Baltimore ...Colston should get more looks with Brandin Cooks out for the year
39 Percy Harvin, N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 
40 Brandon LaFell, New England vs. Detroit 
41 Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati at Houston 
42 Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland at Atlanta 
43 Allen Hurns, Jacksonville at Indianapolis ...Hurns will start with Allen Robinson out for the season
44 Pierre Garcon, Washington at San Francisco 
45 Michael Floyd, Arizona at Seattle 
46 Kenny Britt, St. Louis at San Diego 
47 Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 
48 Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City at Oakland 
49 Terrance Williams, Dallas at N.Y. Giants 
50 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Seattle


Tight End

1 Rob Gronkowski, New England vs. Detroit 
2 Jimmy Graham, New Orleans vs. Baltimore 
3 Larry Donnell, N.Y. Giants vs. Dallas 
4 Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. St. Louis 
5 Travis Kelce, Kansas City at Oakland 
6 Coby Fleener, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville ...Fleener gets a major boost with the Week 11 injury to Dwayne Allen
7 Martellus Bennett, Chicago vs. Tampa Bay ...Like last year, Bennett has really cooled off after a hot start to the season - just 1 TD in his last seven games
8 Jason Witten, Dallas at N.Y. Giants 
9 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay at Chicago ...Chicago gives up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends
10 Mychal Rivera, Oakland vs. Kansas City 
11 Charles Clay, Miami at Denver 
12 Delanie Walker, Tennessee at Philadelphia 
13 Julius Thomas, Denver vs. Miami ...Thomas (ankle) will be questionable for Week 12
14 Vernon Davis, San Francisco vs. Washington 
15 Owen Daniels, Baltimore at New Orleans ...New Orleans give up the fewest points to opposing tight ends
16 Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati at Houston 
17 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Green Bay ...Rudolph make his return last week, but he only played in passing downs and wasn't targeted 
18 Eric Ebron, Detroit at New England 
19 Jared Cook, St. Louis at San Diego 
20 Jace Amaro, N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 


Kicker

1 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville 
2 Phil Dawson, San Francisco vs. Washington 
3 Stephen Gostkowski, New England vs. Detroit 
4 Dan Bailey, Dallas at N.Y. Giants 
5 Mason Crosby, Green Bay at Minnesota 
6 Cody Parkey, Philadelphia vs. Tennessee 
7 Cairo Santos, Kansas City at Oakland 
8 Steven Hauschka, Seattle vs. Arizona 
9 Robbie Gould, Chicago vs. Tampa Bay 
10 Billy Cundiff, Cleveland at Atlanta 
11 Justin Tucker, Baltimore at New Orleans 
12 Randy Bullock, Houston vs. Cincinnati 
13 Nick Novak, San Diego vs. St. Louis 
14 Matt Bryant, Atlanta vs. Cleveland 
15 Brandon McManus, Denver vs. Miami 
16 Shayne Graham, New Orleans vs. Baltimore 
17 Patrick Murray, Tampa Bay at Chicago 
18 Caleb Sturgis, Miami at Denver 
19 Mike Nugent, Cincinnati at Houston 
20 Ryan Succop, Tennessee at Philadelphia 


Defense

1 San Francisco DT, vs. Washington 
2 Buffalo DT, vs. N.Y. Jets 
3 Philadelphia DT, vs. Tennessee 
4 Green Bay DT, at Minnesota 
5 Houston DT, vs. Cincinnati 
6 Indianapolis DT, vs. Jacksonville 
7 Seattle DT, vs. Arizona 
8 San Diego DT, vs. St. Louis 
9 New England DT, vs. Detroit 
10 Kansas City DT, at Oakland 
11 Chicago DT, vs. Tampa Bay 
12 Denver DT, vs. Miami 
13 New York Jets DT, at Buffalo 
14 Baltimore DT, at New Orleans 
15 Dallas DT, at N.Y. Giants 
16 Arizona DT, at Seattle 
17 Detroit DT, at New England 
18 Cleveland DT, at Atlanta 
19 St. Louis DT, at San Diego 
20 New York Giants DT, vs. Dallas 
   
Please check out  Fantasy Football Warehouse for my full Week 12 fantasy football rankings. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Week 12 fantasy football moves to make now


It's coming up on Week 12, also known as welcome to Josh Gordon reactivation week!  Gordon is likely long gone in your league and hopefully you have some shares. He's a legit must-start this week right out of the gate. Gordon was the second best fantasy receiver in the NFL last year despite missing two games and was easily the best receiver on a per game basis last year. Cleveland won't be passing as much as the insane levels they were at last year when they led the league, but Gordon is an elite fantasy option regardless. 

For pickups this week, there has to be a full-blown case of Jonas Gray fever. Gray was the No. 1 fantasy player this week - regardless of position - after racking up 199 yards on 38 carries with four touchdowns (which set the Patriots' record for most touchdowns in a game ever). It was a bit out of nowhere (Gray averaged 44 yards per game the three games prior and he had never scored in the NFL) but it's hard not to bite here. Heading toward the playoffs, New England would be well-served to lean more on the run-game. It's also hard to trust the New England running back rotation although you have to think Gray will continue to be given a chance to contribute significantly. This weekend against Detroit is not the most attractive of draws, but you could imagine New England getting up on this one and leaning on Gray regardless. 

I have mentioned Charles Sims (Tampa Bay) the last few weeks and will do so one last time. Sims shouldn't be on your waiver and if he is there then grab him. Sims is set to take over as Tampa's starting running back and he is a lock for three-plus receptions each week.  

Latavius Murray (Oakland) is on the radar, and if you are in need of a running back then I would take a shot here. Murray only had 4 carries this week, but he turned them into 43 yards, and Murray also tacked on 3 receptions for 16 yards. His 23-yard run this week was actually the longest run by a Raider this season. For Oakland, why not give Murray a chance? They are 0-10 and let's see what Murray can do (we know what Darren McFadden can do – and that's not much, McFadden is averaging 3.5 yards per carry this year). Murray has nice athleticism and is built like a starting NFL running back. Murray wasn't invited to the Combine last year but he got on the NFL radar almost out of nowhere after a remarkable performance at the Central Florida Pro Day where Murray ran a 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and put up elite metrics in all the athletic drills. 

Montee Ball hope sure didn't last long. Returning from a groin injury this past week, Ball is already out again. I mentioned C.J. Anderson last week and he remains a must-own even more so now. Anderson has the backfield basically all to himself with Ball and Ronnie Hillman both injured. Over the last two weeks, Anderson is averaging 5.4 yards per carry and he's collected 12 receptions. Feel confident about starting Anderson for the next few weeks. 

Also with Denver, Emmanuel Sanders left with a concussion while Julius Thomas suffered a sprained ankle. We'll need to monitor their status. It's possible both will be fine and ready to go this week. It's also possible they will be out. If that's the case, look for Andre Caldwell to get a chance to start, or it's possible that the Broncos will finally let rookie Cody Latimer get on the field. If Thomas is out, Jacob Tamme will be worth a look for a spot start. 

In Jacksonville, standout rookie receiver Allen Robinson is out for the year which should mean more opportunities for both Cecil Shorts and Allen Hurns. Both should be added if you are looking for depth at receiver. 

Brandin Cooks (New Orleans) may miss time up to a month with a broken thumb. Kenny Stills is going to be an attractive sleeper down the stretch and should see much more targets as a result. Stills was a favorite of mine coming into the season. No player had a higher yards per target average last season than Stills. 

Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis) left Week 11 with an ankle sprain. His status for Week 12 remains TBD but regardless, Cody Fleener's performance this past week (7 receptions, 144-yards) was enough to draw interest for sure. Fleener had the best game of his NFL career and made some exceptional catches. Even with Allen around, Fleener is worth a start. For the season, Fleener is on pace for 702 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

Also for Indianapolis, Ahmad Bradshaw has a broken ankle will likely shelf him for the season. Trent Richardson should be much busier, but Dan Herron is worth a look as well. Herron is arguably more explosive and he will have opportunity to get involved going forward in this 2-back offense. Any part of one of the league's best offenses is worth a look. 

Josh McCown (Tampa Bay) again had a good showing this week, passing for 288 yards and 2 TDs (McCown has thrown 2 TDs in three of his four full games this season). Throwing to Mike Evans has its privileges. McCown makes for a nice sleeper play this week against Chicago and their 25th-ranked pass defense, and McCown gets bonus consideration as he has a unique opportunity to go up against his former team. Looking to the future, McCown may also be worth stashing for the fantasy playoffs as Tampa will play the Panthers in Week 15. 

The Houston Texans turned to Ryan Mallett last week looking for a spark and he delivered to the tune of 211 yards and two TDs with just one INT and leading the team to a win. Mallett has good weapons in the receiving game and should produce respectable numbers, although he's more of a target for those in two starting quarterback leagues. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Week 11 fantasy football rankings

Below are Week 11 fantasy football rankings based on potential performance in this week's games for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and team defense.


Quarterback
1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Philadelphia ...The Packers have scored 30+ points in every home game this season
2 Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati 
3 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. New England 
4 Peyton Manning, Denver at St. Louis 
5 Tom Brady, New England at Indianapolis 
6 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Tennessee 
7 Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Arizona 
8 Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Oakland 
9 Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Atlanta 
10 Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia at Green Bay 
11 Robert Griffin III, Washington vs. Tampa Bay 
12 Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Carolina 
13 Russell Wilson, Seattle at Kansas City ...Kansas City is ranked #1 against the pass
14 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco at N.Y. Giants 
15 Josh McCown, Tampa Bay at Washington 
16 Jay Cutler, Chicago vs. Minnesota ...Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan had 3 TDs against Minnesota, but the others had just 8 TDs in 7 games
17 Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. Buffalo 
18 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. San Francisco 
19 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati at New Orleans 
20 Derek Carr, Oakland at San Diego 


Running Back
1 Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati ...Ingram will go for his 4th-straight one-yard rushing game in a row
2 Matt Forte, Chicago vs. Minnesota 
3 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay vs. Philadelphia 
4 Marshawn Lynch, Seattle at Kansas City 
5 Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh at Tennessee 
6 Jamaal Charles, Kansas City vs. Seattle 
7 Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis vs. New England 
8 LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia at Green Bay 
9 Alfred Morris, Washington vs. Tampa Bay 
10 Andre Ellington, Arizona vs. Detroit ...Detroit have allowed the 2nd fewest rushing yards
11 Shane Vereen, New England at Indianapolis 
12 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati at New Orleans ...This ranking assumes Giovani Bernard will be sidelined again which is being reported by local insiders
13 Ryan Mathews, San Diego vs. Oakland ...Mathews is set to make his return this week and start for the Chargers
14 Trent Richardson, Indianapolis vs. New England 
15 Frank Gore, San Francisco at N.Y. Giants 
16 Montee Ball, Denver at St. Louis ...Ball looks set to make his return this week, but likely in a time share
17 Lamar Miller, Miami vs. Buffalo ...
18 Rashad Jennings, N.Y. Giants vs. San Francisco ...This ranking assumes Jennings (knee) makes his return this week
19 Steven Jackson, Atlanta at Carolina 
20 Alfred Blue, Houston at Cleveland ...Arian Foster (groin) is not expected to play this week
21 C.J. Anderson, Denver at St. Louis 
22 Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota at Chicago 
23 Terrance West, Cleveland vs. Houston 
24 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia at Green Bay 
25 Bishop Sankey, Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh 
26 Tre Mason, St. Louis vs. Denver 
27 Charles Sims, Tampa Bay at Washington 
28 Bryce Brown, Buffalo at Miami 
29 Joique Bell, Detroit at Arizona 
30 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at Carolina


Wide Receivers
1 Jordy Nelson, Green Bay vs. Philadelphia 
2 Demaryius Thomas, Denver at St. Louis 
3 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Tennessee 
4 Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. Philadelphia 
5 Calvin Johnson, Detroit at Arizona 
6 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. New England 
7 Julio Jones, Atlanta at Carolina ...He's got to be due - Jones has now gone six games in a row without a touchdown
8 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver at St. Louis 
9 Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia at Green Bay 
10 Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina vs. Atlanta ...FYI, Benjamin has outscored Greg Olsen 4-1 in the last five games
11 A.J. Green, Cincinnati at New Orleans 
12 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay at Washington 
13 Golden Tate, Detroit at Arizona 
14 Brandon Marshall, Chicago vs. Minnesota 
15 Sammy Watkins, Buffalo at Miami 
16 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati 
17 Odell Beckham Jr. , N.Y. Giants vs. San Francisco 
18 Roddy White, Atlanta at Carolina 
19 Alshon Jeffery, Chicago vs. Minnesota 
20 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia at Green Bay 
21 Julian Edelman, New England at Indianapolis 
22 DeSean Jackson, Washington vs. Tampa Bay 
23 Brandon LaFell, New England at Indianapolis 
24 Mike Wallace, Miami vs. Buffalo 
25 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco at N.Y. Giants 
26 Keenan Allen, San Diego vs. Oakland 
27 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston at Cleveland 
28 Pierre Garcon, Washington vs. Tampa Bay 
29 Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. New England 
30 Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay at Washington 
31 Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh at Tennessee 
32 Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati at New Orleans 
33 Andre Johnson, Houston at Cleveland 
34 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. Detroit 
35 Michael Crabtree, San Francisco at N.Y. Giants 
36 James Jones, Oakland at San Diego 
37 John Brown, Arizona vs. Detroit ...Stanton has thrown 3 TDs this year, and Brown has caught them all
38 Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati 
39 Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants vs. San Francisco 
40 Greg Jennings, Minnesota at Chicago 
41 Kendall Wright, Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh 
42 Malcom Floyd, San Diego vs. Oakland 
43 Jarvis Landry, Miami vs. Buffalo 
44 Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota at Chicago 
45 Kenny Stills, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati 
46 Davante Adams, Green Bay vs. Philadelphia 
47 Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City vs. Seattle 
48 Justin Hunter, Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh 
49 Michael Floyd, Arizona vs. Detroit 
50 Taylor Gabriel, Cleveland vs. Houston 


Tight End
1 Jimmy Graham, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati 
2 Rob Gronkowski, New England at Indianapolis 
3 Julius Thomas, Denver at St. Louis 
4 Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Oakland 
5 Greg Olsen, Carolina vs. Atlanta 
6 Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis vs. New England 
7 Mychal Rivera, Oakland at San Diego 
8 Martellus Bennett, Chicago vs. Minnesota 
9 Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. Seattle 
10 Charles Clay, Miami vs. Buffalo 
11 Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Tampa Bay 
12 Larry Donnell, N.Y. Giants vs. San Francisco 
13 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota at Chicago ...It looks like Rudolph make his return this week
14 Vernon Davis, San Francisco at N.Y. Giants 
15 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay at Washington 
16 Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Tennessee 
17 Coby Fleener, Indianapolis vs. New England 
18 Jared Cook, St. Louis vs. Denver 
19 Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati at New Orleans 
20 Brent Celek, Philadelphia at Green Bay 


Kicker
1 Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. Philadelphia 
2 Nick Novak, San Diego vs. Oakland 
3 Stephen Gostkowski, New England at Indianapolis 
4 Shayne Graham, New Orleans vs. Cincinnati 
5 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis vs. New England 
6 Caleb Sturgis, Miami vs. Buffalo 
7 Brandon McManus, Denver at St. Louis 
8 Kai Forbath, Washington vs. Tampa Bay 
9 Billy Cundiff, Cleveland vs. Houston 
10 Steven Hauschka, Seattle at Kansas City 
11 Dan Carpenter, Buffalo at Miami 
12 Phil Dawson, San Francisco at N.Y. Giants 
13 Matt Prater, Detroit at Arizona 
14 Graham Gano, Carolina vs. Atlanta 
15 Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh at Tennessee 
16 Blair Walsh, Minnesota at Chicago 
17 Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona vs. Detroit 
18 Randy Bullock, Houston at Cleveland 
19 Matt Bryant, Atlanta at Carolina 
20 Cody Parkey, Philadelphia at Green Bay    


Defense
1 Detroit DT, at Arizona 
2 Cleveland DT, vs. Houston 
3 Pittsburgh DT, at Tennessee 
4 Arizona DT, vs. Detroit 
5 Denver DT, at St. Louis 
6 Minnesota DT, at Chicago 
7 Seattle DT, at Kansas City 
8 Miami DT, vs. Buffalo 
9 Buffalo DT, at Miami 
10 Houston DT, at Cleveland 
11 New Orleans DT, vs. Cincinnati 
12 San Diego DT, vs. Oakland 
13 Washington DT, vs. Tampa Bay 
14 San Francisco DT, at N.Y. Giants 
15 Green Bay DT, vs. Philadelphia 
16 Carolina DT, vs. Atlanta 
17 Chicago DT, vs. Minnesota 
18 Tampa Bay DT, at Washington 
19 New York Giants DT, vs. San Francisco 
20 Tennessee DT, vs. Pittsburgh  
   
For full Week 10 rankings, click here to access at Fantasy Football Warehouse.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Week 11 Fantasy Football moves to make now


Arizona Cardinals fans, get ready for the Drew Stanton era. The Cardinals leave Week 10 with an 8-1 record, but quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a torn ACL - and on Friday the team had signed him to a 3-year, $50M extension, too. Stanton is a journeyman quarterback who has just 8 career touchdowns to 9 interceptions. Unless you are desperate, look elsewhere. 

If he’s available, Carson Palmer owners will want to try to add Robert Griffin III (Washington). RG3 looked good throwing and running in his Week 9 return and coming off the BYE week at home against Tampa is about as good of a draw as you can hope for. The Buccaneers are the 27th-ranked fantasy defense against quarterbacks. Week 12 is a tough draw against San Francisco, but then RG3 gets 4 straight games against bottom-13 units.  

I mentioned Michael Vick last week as a legit fantasy starter and Vick delivered as the 11th best quarterback this week. Vick remains out there in leagues and provides solid depth and maybe a spot start. In three games, Vick has stabilized the position for the Jets (he has three passing touchdowns and just one interception), and helped the team get their second win of the season over the Steelers this week. Quite frankly, I am not sure why Vick wasn't staring Week 1. 

Ronnie Hillman will be out in Denver for multiple weeks it is reported. Montee Ball is the back to own in Denver, and he reportedly has lost nearly 15 lbs in an effort to be lighter and more quick on his feet (that worked wonders for another Big Ten back in Le'Veon Bell).  C.J. Anderson is also a must own, and who knows what the split will be or who will start. Anderson sure was impressive this past week after being called into action. He had 90 yards rushing on 13 attempts and added 73 yards receiving on four receptions, including a 2014 highlight-of-the-year type play on a 51-yard screen he took to the house. 

Theo Riddick (Detroit) has started to eat into the touches of both Joique Bell and Reggie Bush, and has carved out a role in the Detroit offense. Riddick has a receiving TD in each of his last three games.

I mentioned Charles Sims (Tampa Bay) last week. He didn't do a ton in this game, but Sims did successfully make his NFL debut with 10 total touches, tying him with Bobby Rainey. Sims is the guy you want to gamble on in this offense for the rest of the season. 

Is it time to finally feed the Crow? Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland) scored his 5th rushing touchdown on the season last week, but the problem is Ben Tate and Terrance West also scored. This is going to remain a true "3-headed monster" for now. 

Carlos Hyde (San Francisco) looked quick on his feet and showed real burst this week. Hyde probably isn't on your waiver wire but if he is he should be owned. If Hyde ever became the starter he would easily have Top 10 upside and San Francisco very well may start to get him more involved down the stretch. 

Marshawn Lynch is locked in as the starting running back in Seattle of course, but Christine Michael should get mixed in more. He is the best running back in the league not starting, likely by far. It was garbage time but Michael showed what he can do with an explosive 45-yard run this past week. Michael is a must own if you have Lynch. 

Jarvis Landry (Miami) continues to be a fairly solid number three fantasy receiver. The rookie led the Dolphins this week with 10 targets and he had a season-best 7 receptions for 53 yards. Landry has had at least 3 receptions in every game since Week 2.

I mentioned Josh Gordon (Cleveland) a few weeks ago, but as a reminder Gordon is set to return in Week 12. 

I also have mentioned tight end Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota). If you need help at tight end, or want to block someone else, make sure he isn't on the waiver wire. Rudolph should return this week and the Vikings could really use his services. 

The change to Josh McCown at quarterback in Tampa Bay may be the best thing for tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. McCown utilized Martellus Bennett in Chicago last year, and Seferian-Jenkins is of similar stature. Seferian-Jenkins saw a season-high in targets in week 10 (nine) and found the end zone for the second time in three weeks. Seferian-Jenkins may be rounding into an every-week consideration at TE.

Other fantasy notes 
Andy Dalton's QB rating this week was 2.0 on 10 of 33 passing - literally if Dalton threw all 33 passes into the stands or spiked it 33 straight times, his rating would have been 39.6! It was the worst game by a quarterback statistically since 1960. The New Orleans Defense will be worth a play this week. 

The Cleveland Browns defense helped to limit Andy Dalton and the Bengals to just 3 points this week. They are a very attractive fantasy defense down the stretch, including this week as they get Ryan Mallett in his first pro start for the Texans at Cleveland. 

Suffice to say Odell Beckham Jr. looks like the real deal: since making his NFL debut in Week 5, Beckham's full-season pace is 80 receptions, 1,184 yards and 10 TDs

Justin Forsett (Baltimore) added another 23.2 fantasy points this week and he is quietly the 7th best fantasy running back on the season. 

Since Week 7 and over the last four weeks since being named the Jacksonville starting running back, Denard Robinson has 389 rushing yards (behind only DeMarco Murray and Mark Ingram). 

Finally, what another legendary week of quarterback play this past week. Aaron Rodgers completely undressed the Chicago Bears defense for six touchdowns...in the first half. Send that footage straight to Canton. It was a clinic of amazing throws, one after another. In that game, Rodgers threw his 16th TD pass of 70+ yards, an NFL record (at age 30 and in his prime, Rodgers is going to demolish that somewhat arbitrary but impressive record by the time he's done). Meanwhile, Peyton Manning set yet another new NFL record, now with nine games of 5 or more passing TDs in his career. Russell Wilson rushed for his third 100-yard game of the season. Wilson is on pace to rush for 889 yards (Michael Vick owns the single-season rushing record by a quarterback at 1,039). Lastly, Michael Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 6,000 yards in their career on Sunday. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Week 10 fantasy football rankings


Below are Week 10 fantasy football rankings based on potential performance in this week's games for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and team defense.


Quarterback
1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Chicago 
2 Peyton Manning, Denver at Oakland 
3 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets ...Big Ben off unprecedented 12 TDs in two games, while no team has allowed more points to opposing quarterbacks this season on a per game basis than the Jets
4 Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Miami 
5 Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. San Francisco 
6 Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Tampa Bay 
7 Carson Palmer, Arizona vs. St. Louis 
8 Jay Cutler, Chicago at Green Bay ...Historically, Cutler has struggled against the Packers
9 Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. N.Y. Giants 
10 Cam Newton, Carolina at Philadelphia 
11 Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia vs. Carolina ...Welcome to your new Philadelphia Eagle starter with Nick Foles having suffered a broken collar bone
12 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco at New Orleans ...It may not seem so, but Kaepernick is actually on pace to set career highs in passing yards and passing TDs
13 Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. Tennessee 
14 Tony Romo, Dallas at Jacksonville ...Romo (back) is expected to return this week at the Cowboys make the trip to London to face the Jaguars
15 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland 
16 Kyle Orton, Buffalo vs. Kansas City ...Chiefs have been fantasy stingy against quarterbacks
17 Ryan Tannehill, Miami at Detroit ...Detroit has allowed the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks on a per game basis this season
18 Derek Carr, Oakland vs. Denver 
19 Michael Vick, N.Y. Jets vs. Pittsburgh 
20 Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee at Baltimore 


Running Back
1 DeMarco Murray, Dallas at Jacksonville 
2 Matt Forte, Chicago at Green Bay 
3 Marshawn Lynch, Seattle vs. N.Y. Giants 
4 Eddie Lacy, Green Bay vs. Chicago ...Lacy has never not scored against the Bears in his NFL career to-date
5 Andre Ellington, Arizona vs. St. Louis 
6 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland ...Hill is expected to make another start with Giovani Bernard slated to be out
7 LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia vs. Carolina 
8 Ronnie Hillman, Denver at Oakland ...Oakland has allowed the 3rd-most points to opposing running backs on a per game basis
9 Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets 
10 Jamaal Charles, Kansas City at Buffalo ...Charles is a stud, but at Buffalo has the makings of a below-average week 
11 Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta ...Atlanta has been the most fantasy-friendly team to opposing running backs this season
12 Justin Forsett, Baltimore vs. Tennessee 
13 Denard Robinson, Jacksonville vs. Dallas ...Robinson has 329 yards rushing the last three weeks with 2 rushing TDs
14 Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. San Francisco 
15 Chris Ivory, N.Y. Jets vs. Pittsburgh 
16 Lamar Miller, Miami at Detroit ...Miller left last week's game with a shoulder injury but he is expected to be able to go this week
17 Reggie Bush, Detroit vs. Miami 
18 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia vs. Carolina 
19 Frank Gore, San Francisco at New Orleans ...Gore hasn't rushed for more than 50 yards or scored in the last three games
20 Terrance West, Cleveland at Cincinnati  ...West led the Browns in carries last week
21 Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore vs. Tennessee 
22 Darren McFadden, Oakland vs. Denver 
23 Joique Bell, Detroit vs. Miami 
24 Steven Jackson, Atlanta at Tampa Bay 
25 Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at Tampa Bay 
26 Tre Mason, St. Louis at Arizona ...Mason looks to be the clear lead back but no team has been more stingy to running backs for fantasy than Arizona
27 Andre Williams, N.Y. Giants at Seattle ...Williams will continue to start for the Giants with Rashad Jennings still out
28 Jonathan Stewart, Carolina at Philadelphia 
29 Bishop Sankey, Tennessee at Baltimore 
30 Peyton Hillis, N.Y. Giants at Seattle


Wide Receivers
1 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets 
2 Demaryius Thomas, Denver at Oakland 
3 Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Miami ...Calvin is set to return this week, and is a good bet to tee off
4 Jordy Nelson, Green Bay vs. Chicago 
5 Julio Jones, Atlanta at Tampa Bay ...Jones has torn the Bucs up his career, averaging 5.6 receptions and 111 yards per game against them
6 Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia vs. Carolina 
7 A.J. Green, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland 
8 Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. Chicago 
9 Brandon Marshall, Chicago at Green Bay 
10 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta 
11 Sammy Watkins, Buffalo vs. Kansas City 
12 Golden Tate, Detroit vs. Miami 
13 Alshon Jeffery, Chicago at Green Bay 
14 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver at Oakland 
15 Dez Bryant, Dallas at Jacksonville 
16 Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina at Philadelphia 
17 Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland 
18 Roddy White, Atlanta at Tampa Bay 
19 Steve Smith, Baltimore vs. Tennessee 
20 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. St. Louis 
21 Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta 
22 Percy Harvin, N.Y. Jets vs. Pittsburgh 
23 Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets vs. Pittsburgh 
24 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco at New Orleans 
25 Michael Floyd, Arizona vs. St. Louis ...Call it a hunch, but Floyd is so overdue for a score
26 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans vs. San Francisco 
27 Odell Beckham Jr. , N.Y. Giants at Seattle 
28 Mike Wallace, Miami at Detroit 
29 Justin Hunter, Tennessee at Baltimore ...Off a BYE, look for Hunter to be a sleeper - the Ravens have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the NFL
30 Torrey Smith, Baltimore vs. Tennessee 
31 Andre Holmes, Oakland vs. Denver 
32 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia vs. Carolina 
33 Michael Crabtree, San Francisco at New Orleans 
34 Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets 
35 Terrance Williams, Dallas at Jacksonville 
36 Doug Baldwin, Seattle vs. N.Y. Giants 
37 Davante Adams, Green Bay vs. Chicago 
38 Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland at Cincinnati  ...Hawkins (thigh/knee) will be a game-time decision this week
39 Allen Robinson, Jacksonville vs. Dallas 
40 Kendall Wright, Tennessee at Baltimore 
41 John Brown, Arizona vs. St. Louis 
42 Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. San Francisco 
43 James Jones, Oakland vs. Denver 
44 Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City at Buffalo 
45 Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants at Seattle 
46 Kenny Stills, New Orleans vs. San Francisco 
47 Kenny Britt, St. Louis at Arizona 
48 Robert Woods, Buffalo vs. Kansas City 
49 Tavon Austin, St. Louis at Arizona 
50 Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville vs. Dallas 


Tight End
1 Jimmy Graham, New Orleans vs. San Francisco 
2 Julius Thomas, Denver at Oakland 
3 Martellus Bennett, Chicago at Green Bay 
4 Greg Olsen, Carolina at Philadelphia 
5 Travis Kelce, Kansas City at Buffalo 
6 Larry Donnell, N.Y. Giants at Seattle 
7 Mychal Rivera, Oakland vs. Denver 
8 Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets 
9 Jason Witten, Dallas at Jacksonville 
10 Owen Daniels, Baltimore vs. Tennessee 
11 Vernon Davis, San Francisco at New Orleans 
12 Charles Clay, Miami at Detroit 
13 Delanie Walker, Tennessee at Baltimore 
14 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia vs. Carolina 
15 Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland 
16 Jace Amaro, N.Y. Jets vs. Pittsburgh 
17 Jared Cook, St. Louis at Arizona 
18 Clay Harbor, Jacksonville vs. Dallas 
19 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta 
20 Eric Ebron, Detroit vs. Miami 


Kicker
1 Justin Tucker, Baltimore vs. Tennessee 
2 Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. Chicago 
3 Dan Bailey, Dallas at Jacksonville 
4 Steven Hauschka, Seattle vs. N.Y. Giants 
5 Cody Parkey, Philadelphia vs. Carolina 
6 Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona vs. St. Louis 
7 Matt Bryant, Atlanta at Tampa Bay 
8 Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets 
9 Brandon McManus, Denver at Oakland 
10 Dan Carpenter, Buffalo vs. Kansas City 
11 Mike Nugent, Cincinnati vs. Cleveland 
12 Phil Dawson, San Francisco at New Orleans 
13 Matt Prater, Detroit vs. Miami 
14 Shayne Graham, New Orleans vs. San Francisco 
15 Caleb Sturgis, Miami at Detroit 
16 Graham Gano, Carolina at Philadelphia 
17 Cairo Santos, Kansas City at Buffalo 
18 Billy Cundiff, Cleveland at Cincinnati  
19 Robbie Gould, Chicago at Green Bay 
20 Patrick Murray, Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta   


Defense
1 Arizona DT, vs. St. Louis 
2 Seattle DT, vs. N.Y. Giants 
3 Denver DT, at Oakland 
4 Baltimore DT, vs. Tennessee 
5 Pittsburgh DT, at N.Y. Jets 
6 Detroit DT, vs. Miami 
7 Buffalo DT, vs. Kansas City 
8 Dallas DT, at Jacksonville 
9 Philadelphia DT, vs. Carolina 
10 Green Bay DT, vs. Chicago 
11 Kansas City DT, at Buffalo 
12 Miami DT, at Detroit 
13 New Orleans DT, vs. San Francisco 
14 Cincinnati DT, vs. Cleveland 
15 Atlanta DT, at Tampa Bay 
16 Tampa Bay DT, vs. Atlanta 
17 San Francisco DT, at New Orleans 
18 Cleveland DT, at Cincinnati  
19 Tennessee DT, at Baltimore 
20 Carolina DT, at Philadelphia 
   
For full Week 10 rankings, click here to access at Fantasy Football Warehouse.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Week 10 Fantasy Football moves to make now


Another week of football is in the books, which means of course another six passing touchdowns for Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. What a two-week span it has been. Last week Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in the history of the NFL to have two 500+ yard passing games and this week he became the first quarterback to pass for 12 TDs in two games. We are living in a golden era of NFL history with so many sure-fire future NFL Hall of Fame inductees in Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning, all likely first-ballot inductees, plus Aaron Rodgers, and probably Andrew Luck someday when it is all said and done. On to the waiver advice we go. 

First, at quarterback, Nick Foles was taken down hard to the ground and the end result is a cracked clavicle. Foles could be done for the year, or at least the next month. Mark Sanchez played very well in relief Sunday completing 15 of 22 passes with two touchdowns and he will be a high-priority add this week. Foles was the 14th-best fantasy quarterback on a per game basis coming into the week and there's no reason why Sanchez can't be as effective in his second chance at starting in the NFL in this offense. Sanchez signed a 1-year deal with Philadelphia so he is also playing for a bigger payday in 2015. Sanchez's first start as an Eagle will be this Monday against the Panthers. 

Is it possible – could Adrian Peterson be reinstated? Who knows but he is worth the risk of adding that's for sure if you have roster space. Peterson is reportedly seeking a deal to plead guilty to a misdemeanor (he was charged with a felony), which could be finalized today. However, it's unknown if Peterson would be suspended from here or if the first eight games missed would be counted as time served, nor do we know if Minnesota would want to reactivate him this season (but they have recently softened their stance on him publicly). 

At wide receiver, it is hard to believe that Josh Gordon (Cleveland) is available in 1 of 4 leagues still on waivers. Add him ASAP if he's available in your league. As a reminder, Gordon was the 2nd-best fantasy receiver last year. He is set to return in Week 12. Gordon has been at the team's facilities and in shape, ready to roll. 

If you are desperate for a wide receiver, Corey Washington (N.Y. Giants) should see his role increased. Corey who? Washington went undrafted out of tiny Newberry College and looks to have slipped through the cracks a bit. He has tremendous size at 6-4, 212 lbs and with tremendous 4.5 type speed, plus the Giants need a third receiver with Victor Cruz out for the season. Washington was a star in pre-season hauling in four touchdown catches and finally got some playing time this week and scored in junk-time on Monday night. If you are the Giants, why not put him in the lineup in lieu of Preston Parker (who caught just 1 of 6 targets this week). 

It's hard to trust any St. Louis Rams running backs, but Tre Mason looks like he is settling in as their primary back (Mason had 20 touches this week). He should, Mason is far more talented than Benny Cunningham or Zac Stacy. Mason is decisive and accelerates to top speed quickly, plays with a ton of heart and he has a nose for the end zone (although the Rams scoring chances won't be so great). Mason was the 2013 SEC Offensive Player of the Year and he broke Bo Jackson's single-season Auburn rushing record last year with 1,816 yards. 

I mentioned Buffalo's Bryce Brown a few weeks back and he could have been dropped after having a 7-carry, 15-yard game in Week 8 and then with the Bills on a BYE last week. Fred Jackson though still will not be ready to go this week when the Bills face the Chiefs. Coming off the BYE week, Buffalo has had extra time to get Brown ready for an increased role. Brown is way more talented than Anthony Dixon. Even when Fred Jackson comes back, Brown should move into the role C.J. Spiller used to play. 

Only two teams this year are running more than they are passing – Dallas is running it 50.4% of the time and Houston is running it 52.4% of the time. If Arian Foster (groin) has to miss any time, Alfred Blue would be a viable fantasy start in Week 11 when the Texans come out of their BYE. 

I mentioned Charles Sims (Tampa Bay) last week. Although he didn't play Sunday, Sims was activated from Injured Reserve this past week and he should make his NFL debut this week. Sims draws Matt Forte comparisons and Sims in particular is an exceptional receiving running back (Sims averaged 10.4 yards per catch in college, an exceptionally high number for a running back, and on 142 receptions). 

The Atlanta Falcons' season is in the dumps at 2-6. Why not see what Devonta Freeman can do in more of a full-time role? He is definitely worth adding if you have roster space and he's out on you waiver wire. I also think Antone Smith is due for one of those 4-touches with a super long touchdown type of a game if you are really desperate this week with six more teams on a BYE. 

I mentioned this last week, but if you are in need of a spark a tight end take a look to make sure Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota) hasn't been cut and is on waivers in your league. Minnesota is on BYE next week but Rudolph is trending to return in Week 11. 

Also at tight end, Mychal Riveria (Oakland) is worth a look, especially this coming week if you have Dwayne Allen, Antonio Gates, or Rob Gronkowski on a BYE. Rivera quietly has 15 receptions in the Raiders' last two games and he scored two 1-yard touchdowns this past Sunday. Rookie Derek Carr is going to continue to dump off to Rivera and the Raiders will quickly be in catch-up mode against Denver this week. Also, no team is passing at a higher rate in the NFL than the Raiders (67.2% of plays). 

At defense, I have seen the Denver Broncos dropped in some leagues, and some may do so after the Patriots dropped 43 on them this week. Scoop them up. The Broncos are still a top fantasy defense option most weeks and they will get back to playing with a big lead this week at Oakland. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware remain one of the league's premier 1-2 combos at rushing the quarterback. 

Other fantasy notes 
It's hard to believe, but Mark Ingram this week became the first Saints' running back since Deuce McAllister in 1986 to have back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. Unfortunately, head coach Sean Payton has said Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson will share the running responsibilities with Ingram when they return. Regardless, Ingram is the top running back for the Saints and he will get plenty of work, including a ton of scoring chances in this offense which Ingram has been very effective at converting. 

Michael Crabtree has seemingly turned into just another guy. Crabtree is still seeking his first 100-yard game this year, and he is on pace for misdemeanor 724-yard season. 

Speaking of the 49ers, wow what an unbelievable loss it was this week – off the BYE, at home, the city celebrating a World Series win, and against the Rams who had just lost their best lineman and best wide receiver. This is why you steer clear of divisional rivalries in suicide pools. 

Carson Palmer and the Cardinals are tearing it up. Palmer has thrown at least 2 TDs in every game he's played in this year (he had three this past week) and Palmer is unbeaten on the season at 5-0 (while the Cardinals move to an NFC-best 7-1). Now if he can just get one to Michael Floyd. Maybe this week, Floyd is well overdue. 

Speaking of the Cardinals, it's hard to believe but if the NFL season ended today they would be your number one seed in the NFC (at 7-1). The Eagles would win the NFC East (no surprise there), the Detroit Lions would win the NFC North and join the Cardinals earning a first round BYE (Detroit is tied with Philadelphia at 6-2, but the Lions have the better winning percentage in the NFC), and the Saints would win the dreadful NFC South right now with a .500 winning percentage. The AFC right now is the toast of the NFL. 

Want more fantasy coverage? Check out Fantasy Football Warehouse, where we start the week with the "Monday Morning Fantasy Jolt", Tuesday is "Hot off the Wire", Wednesday sees us covering the Fantasy Football Stock Market, rankings for the week come out Thursday, Friday is the release of the "Dream Team" for the week, Saturday has both "The Daily Space" and "Fantasy Futures and on the Bubble" and Sunday wraps up the week with our "Ask the Experts" article and an updated rookie profile after the some of the day's games. Good luck this week! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week 9 fantasy football rankings


Below are Week 9 fantasy football rankings based on potential performance in this week's games for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and team defense.


Quarterback
1 Andrew Luck, Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants 
2 Peyton Manning, Denver at New England 
3 Tom Brady, New England vs. Denver 
4 Drew Brees, New Orleans at Carolina 
5 Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco vs. St. Louis 
6 Cam Newton, Carolina vs. New Orleans 
7 Nick Foles, Philadelphia at Houston 
8 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore 
9 Philip Rivers, San Diego at Miami 
10 Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. Oakland 
11 Carson Palmer, Arizona at Dallas ...Palmer has now thrown 2 TDs in each of his four starts
12 Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. San Diego 
13 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. Indianapolis 
14 Alex Smith, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets 
15 Michael Vick, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City ...Michael Vick is set to make his first start as a Jet this week - he added 69 yards rushing in three quarters last week so don't automatically dismiss some fantasy appeal here
16 Robert Griffin III, Washington at Minnesota ...RG3 is set to make his return
17 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville 
18 Brandon Weeden, Dallas vs. Arizona ...Tony Romo (back) probably is out this week
19 Joe Flacco, Baltimore at Pittsburgh 
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston vs. Philadelphia 


Running Back
1 Arian Foster, Houston vs. Philadelphia 
2 DeMarco Murray, Dallas vs. Arizona ...Murray is now on pace for 2,108 rushing yards which would set the all-time single season record just barely over Eric Dickerson (2,105)
3 Marshawn Lynch, Seattle vs. Oakland 
4 Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore ...Bell is on pace for 2,172 yards  
5 Ronnie Hillman, Denver at New England 
6 Jamaal Charles, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets 
7 Andre Ellington, Arizona at Dallas 
8 Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants ...Bradshaw makes his return to face his former team
9 LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia at Houston 
10 Mark Ingram, New Orleans at Carolina 
11 Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville ...This ranking assumes that Hill gets the start this week with Bernard (hip) either out or significantly limited
12 Shane Vereen, New England vs. Denver 
13 Lamar Miller, Miami vs. San Diego 
14 Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. St. Louis 
15 Branden Oliver, San Diego at Miami ...It's TBD if Ryan Mathews will return this week 
16 Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota vs. Washington 
17 Ben Tate, Cleveland vs. Tampa Bay 
18 Justin Forsett, Baltimore at Pittsburgh 
19 Alfred Morris, Washington at Minnesota 
20 Denard Robinson, Jacksonville at Cincinnati  ...Robinson has rushed for more than 100 yards in back-to-back contests
21 Trent Richardson, Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants ...Richardson (hamstring) needs to be monitored but should be able to return this week
22 Andre Williams, N.Y. Giants vs. Indianapolis 
23 Chris Ivory, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City 
24 Darren McFadden, Oakland at Seattle 
25 Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore at Pittsburgh 
26 Travaris Cadet, New Orleans at Carolina 
27 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia at Houston 
28 Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay at Cleveland ...Rainey (or Charles Sims if activated) should start this week with Doug Martin either out or limited
29 Jonas Gray, New England vs. Denver 
30 Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville ...Bernard (hip) could be limited and may be inactive this week; if Bernard starts move him up to around 12


Wide Receivers
1 Demaryius Thomas, Denver at New England 
2 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore 
3 T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants 
4 Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia at Houston 
5 Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina vs. New Orleans 
6 Emmanuel Sanders, Denver at New England 
7 Dez Bryant, Dallas vs. Arizona 
8 Rueben Randle, N.Y. Giants vs. Indianapolis 
9 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay at Cleveland 
10 Mike Wallace, Miami vs. San Diego 
11 Steve Smith, Baltimore at Pittsburgh 
12 A.J. Green, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville ...Green looks to (finally) make his return this week but he will need to be monitored up until kickoff
13 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Dallas 
14 DeSean Jackson, Washington at Minnesota 
15 Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Philadelphia 
16 Brandin Cooks, New Orleans at Carolina 
17 Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville 
18 Anquan Boldin, San Francisco vs. St. Louis 
19 Michael Crabtree, San Francisco vs. St. Louis 
20 Brandon LaFell, New England vs. Denver 
21 Keenan Allen, San Diego at Miami 
22 Odell Beckham Jr. , N.Y. Giants vs. Indianapolis 
23 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston vs. Philadelphia 
24 Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland vs. Tampa Bay 
25 Pierre Garcon, Washington at Minnesota 
26 Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay at Cleveland 
27 Allen Robinson, Jacksonville at Cincinnati  
28 Michael Floyd, Arizona at Dallas 
29 Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City 
30 Doug Baldwin, Seattle vs. Oakland 
31 Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota vs. Washington 
32 Terrance Williams, Dallas vs. Arizona 
33 Marques Colston, New Orleans at Carolina 
34 Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets 
35 John Brown, Arizona at Dallas 
36 Percy Harvin, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City 
37 Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants 
38 Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore 
39 Julian Edelman, New England vs. Denver 
40 Kenny Stills, New Orleans at Carolina 
41 Torrey Smith, Baltimore at Pittsburgh ...Smith needs to pass his concussion protocol testing but should be good to go this week
42 Wes Welker, Denver at New England ...Welker returning to New England has to be motivating
43 Malcom Floyd, San Diego at Miami 
44 Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia at Houston 
45 James Jones, Oakland at Seattle 
46 Greg Jennings, Minnesota vs. Washington 
47 Andre Holmes, Oakland at Seattle 
48 Jarvis Landry, Miami vs. San Diego 
49 Eddie Royal, San Diego at Miami 
50 Kenny Britt, St. Louis at San Francisco ...With the season-ending injury to Brian Quick, Britt in theory becomes the Rams #1 WR 


Tight End
1 Rob Gronkowski, New England vs. Denver 
2 Julius Thomas, Denver at New England 
3 Jimmy Graham, New Orleans at Carolina 
4 Greg Olsen, Carolina vs. New Orleans 
5 Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets 
6 Antonio Gates, San Diego at Miami 
7 Larry Donnell, N.Y. Giants vs. Indianapolis 
8 Vernon Davis, San Francisco vs. St. Louis 
9 Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants 
10 Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Arizona 
11 Jordan Reed, Washington at Minnesota 
12 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia at Houston 
13 Heath Miller, Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore 
14 Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville 
15 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay at Cleveland 
16 Charles Clay, Miami vs. San Diego 
17 Jace Amaro, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City 
18 Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore at Pittsburgh ...With Owen Daniels out for the next few weeks, Gillmore is set to get the start
19 Clay Harbor, Jacksonville at Cincinnati  
20 Jared Cook, St. Louis at San Francisco 


Kicker
1 Steven Hauschka, Seattle vs. Oakland 
2 Phil Dawson, San Francisco vs. St. Louis 
3 Dan Bailey, Dallas vs. Arizona 
4 Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis at N.Y. Giants 
5 Cody Parkey, Philadelphia at Houston 
6 Justin Tucker, Baltimore at Pittsburgh 
7 Stephen Gostkowski, New England vs. Denver 
8 Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona at Dallas 
9 Graham Gano, Carolina vs. New Orleans 
10 Shayne Graham, New Orleans at Carolina 
11 Caleb Sturgis, Miami vs. San Diego 
12 Cairo Santos, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets 
13 Mike Nugent, Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville 
14 Randy Bullock, Houston vs. Philadelphia 
15 Blair Walsh, Minnesota vs. Washington 
16 Billy Cundiff, Cleveland vs. Tampa Bay 
17 Nick Novak, San Diego at Miami 
18 Brandon McManus, Denver at New England 
19 Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore   


Defense
1 San Francisco DT, vs. St. Louis 
2 Seattle DT, vs. Oakland 
3 Kansas City DT, vs. N.Y. Jets 
4 Minnesota DT, vs. Washington 
5 Cleveland DT, vs. Tampa Bay 
6 Cincinnati DT, vs. Jacksonville 
7 Houston DT, vs. Philadelphia 
8 Pittsburgh DT, vs. Baltimore 
9 Philadelphia DT, at Houston 
10 Indianapolis DT, at N.Y. Giants 
11 Arizona DT, at Dallas 
12 Washington DT, at Minnesota 
13 San Diego DT, at Miami 
14 Miami DT, vs. San Diego 
15 Dallas DT, vs. Arizona 
16 New Orleans DT, at Carolina 
17 Baltimore DT, at Pittsburgh 
18 New York Jets DT, at Kansas City 
19 Tampa Bay DT, at Cleveland 
20 Carolina DT, vs. New Orleans 
   
For full Week 9 rankings, click here to access at Fantasy Football Warehouse.