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Week 10 Rankings Update

Friday, November 7, 2008

Week 10 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Adrian Petersonvs. GB -
2LaDainian Tomlinsonvs. KC -
3Frank Goreat ARZ -
4Brian Westbrookvs. NYGProbable(knee)
5Michael Turnervs. NO -
6Chris Johnsonat CHI -
7Thomas Jonesvs. STL -
8Ronnie Brownvs. SEA -
9Tim Hightowervs. SF -
10DeAngelo Williamsat OAKRanked as if Stewart is out
11Mewelde Moorevs. INDNo Fast Willie
12Matt Fortevs. TEN -
13Jamal Lewisvs. DEN -
14Maurice Jones-Drewat DET -
15Brandon Jacobsat PHI -
16Marshawn Lynchat NE -
17Steve Slatonvs. BAL -
18Ryan Torainat CLEFun while it lasted
19Joseph Addaiat PIT -
20Deuce McAllisterat ATL -
21Ray Riceat HOULike him better than McGahee
22Jamaal Charlesat SDCould lose touches, still sneaky play
23LenDale Whiteat CHI -
24Ryan Grantat MIN -
25Kevin Faulkvs. BUF -
26BenJarvus Green-Ellisvs. BUF -
27Jonathan Stewartat OAKStatus Uncertain
28Justin Fargasvs. CAR -
29Julius Jonesat MIA -
30Willis McGaheeat HOURole Uncertain
31Fred Taylorat DETProbable(knee)
32Derrick Wardat PHI -
33Fred Jacksonat NE -
34Kevin Smithvs. JAC -
35Ricky Williamsvs. SEA -
36Selvin Youngat CLESidelined(groin)
37LeRon McClainat HOUProbable(ankle)
38Maurice Morrisat MIA -
39Chester Taylorvs. GB -
40Kenneth Darbyat NYJWill start, split carries
41Jerious Norwoodvs. NO -
42Leon Washingtonvs. STL -
43Darren Sprolesvs. KC -
44Pierre Thomasat ATL -
45Dantrell Savageat SD -
46Rudi Johnsonvs. JAC -
47Ahman Greenvs. BALProbable(thigh)
48Brandon Jacksonat MIN -
49Samkon Gadoat NYJ -
50Dominic Rhodesat PIT -
51Michael Bushvs. CAR -
52Correll Buckhaltervs. NYG -
53Edgerrin Jamesvs. SF -
54Kevin Jonesvs. TEN -
55Antonio Pittmanat NYJQuestionable(hamstring)

RB Notes: Ryan Grant looked improved against the Titans. Perhaps the bye week got him healthy or the line just blocked better. He found the edge a few times and pushed the pile. He's looked so unimpressive for most of the season that I want to see it twice to believe it. I'd bench him against the Vikings if possible. The running backs that have enjoyed success against Minnesota did it by catching passes. Grant has eight receiving yards all season. … LenDale White has played his way into shape. He's more of a short-yardage back at this point, but his short area explosion has improved as the season has worn on. Against a good rush defense like Chicago, he's a risky RB2 play. Chris Johnson is matchup-proof until proven otherwise. … Steve Slaton proved last week that he's matchup proof. He's too dynamic in the passing game to bench, even when facing a great defense like Baltimore. Slaton plays bigger than his listed size and he's exceptionally decisive picking a hole and hitting it. I'd take that short area quickness over a pure sprinter anytime.

Ray Rice, like Slaton, was knocked a bit in pre-draft talk for not being explosive enough for a small back. As a Ravens coach pointed out this week, Rice is short, not small. Perhaps he's not as thick as Maurice Jones-Drew, but he's close and runs with power. Last week's effort against Cleveland was an eye opener. Rice is closer to the LT/Ronnie Brown ideal that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is looking for than Willis McGahee will ever be. His receiving ability gives him the edge as a fantasy play over McGahee this week and beyond.

Chester Taylor gets a little more active every week and always makes a few plays for the Vikings. He would be a top-15 starter if Adrian Peterson ever got hurt, so make sure he's owned, even in 10-team leagues. Peterson, meanwhile, looks stronger than he has all season. He's focusing on being a more patient runner and it shows. He waited for holes to develop before ripping off three long runs in the second half against Houston. Peterson's power is also underrated. He dragged DeMeco Ryans and Mario Williams on a third-and-short play after getting hit two yards behind the marker. Most importantly, Peterson has avoided any nagging injuries this season. He would be my top pick if the season started today.

Ryan Torain was in on the goal line against Miami. With Selvin Young expected to play, look for 15-20 carries from Torain in a plus matchup. His issue will be protecting Jay Cutler and dealing with a big workload after sitting out for so long. He's still worth the gamble as a flex play. … Herm Edwards says Jamaal Charles isn't a 20-carry-a-game back. But Charles is the biggest game-breaker the Chiefs have seen all season at running back. 15 touches against a weak Chargers defense are plenty to make him a sneaky RB2/flex play. He did it against the Bucs. … Steven Jackson looks unlikely to play and will probably be off the rankings for our Friday evening update. Kenneth Darby and Samkon Gado would likely split carries if Jackson were out. Neither player would be ranked in the top-35. … Thomas Jones has emerged as one of the steadiest fantasy options at running back and has an excellent matchup against the Rams. The Jets offensive line seems to be getting a little tougher as the season wears on.

It's starting to look like Willie Parker will miss Sunday's game. We'll move Mewelde Moore into the top-15 in the Friday update if FWP doesn't practice this week. … Playing on a loaded Arizona offense, Tim Hightower immediately becomes a plug-and-play RB2. If you can't get that value for him in a trade, then deal another back on your roster. … Jonathan Stewart is iffy to play against the Raiders. If he's out, DeAngelo Williams will move into the top-12. … LaMont Jordan missed practice Thursday, so a Faulk/Green-Ellis combo platter looks likely for the Patriots again. Faulk should get more total yards, but BGE is the better bet to score. … Oakland's running game has fallen apart in recent weeks, but it was doing well early in the season. I wouldn't totally give up on Justin Fargas yet, but he's a poor flex option.

Joseph Addai was tentative in his return to the lineup last week. Now he gets the Steelers. … Deuce McAllister figures to avoid any suspension until Reggie Bush returns in Week 11 or Week 12. … Julius Jones and Maurice Morris continue to split carries evenly in Seattle, killing the value for both.

Week 10 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Larry Fitzgeraldvs. SF -
2Brandon Marshallat CLE -
3Steve Smithat OAK -
4Anquan Boldinvs. SF -
5Roddy Whitevs. NO -
6Andre Johnsonvs. BAL -
7Greg Jenningsat MIN -
8Calvin Johnsonvs. JAC -
9Braylon Edwardsvs. DEN -
10Lee Evansat NE -
11Randy Mossvs. BUF -
12Reggie Wayneat PIT -
13Jerricho Cotcheryvs. STLProbable(shoulder)
14Dwayne Boweat SD -
15Eddie Royalat CLE -
16Laveranues Colesvs. STLProbable(thigh)
17Marques Colstonat ATL -
18Bernard Berrianvs. GB -
19Matt Jonesat DET -
20Plaxico Burressat PHIDue for a big game
21Vincent Jacksonvs. KC -
22Wes Welkervs. BUF -
23Santonio Holmesvs. IND -
24Donnie Averyat NYJ -
25Chris Chambersvs. KCProbable(ankle)
26Donald Driverat MIN -
27Lance Mooreat ATL -
28Greg Camarillovs. SEA -
29Hines Wardvs. INDProbable(shoulder)
30DeSean Jacksonvs. NYG -
31Kevin Curtisvs. NYG -
32Derrick Masonat HOU -
33Muhsin Muhammadat OAK -
34Steve Breastonvs. SF -
35Torry Holtat NYJ -
36Shaun McDonaldvs. JAC -
37Mark Bradleyat SD -
38Kevin Waltervs. BALProbable(back)
39Josh Morganat ARZNamed the starter, do you dare?
40Anthony Gonzalezat PIT -
41Marvin Harrisonat PIT -
42Devery Hendersonat ATL -
43Ted Ginn Jr.vs. SEA -
44Isaac Bruceat ARZ -
45Donte' Stallworthvs. DENProbable(quadriceps)
46Sidney Ricevs. GB -
47Steve Smithat PHI -
48Amani Toomerat PHI -
49Reggie Brownvs. NYG -
50Jerry Porterat DET -
51Mike Furreyvs. JAC -
52Brandon Stokleyat CLE -
53Justin Gageat CHI -
54Rashied Davisvs. TEN -
55Brandon Jonesat CHI -
56Devin Hestervs. TENMay get fewer snaps?
57Chansi Stuckeyvs. STL -

WR Notes: The Titans wideout group is a mess. Justin Gage is invisible and Brandon Jones has looked like the best playmaker recently. Both players are barely worth owning in 12-team leagues. … Greg Jennings has turned into a top-ten wideout because he can break any play for a long touchdown. His vertical speed is well known, but his ability to get yards-after-the-catch rivals more rugged players like Anquan Boldin and Marques Colston. Jennings just missed a 50-yard score last week when Aaron Rodgers overthrew him. … Andre Johnson's value doesn't change whatsoever with Sage Rosenfels.

No receiver benefits from a teammate more than Bernard Berrian does from Adrian Peterson. Teams single cover Berrian often because they are so fearful of All Day. This week is a rare case where I'd think about sitting a top-ten performer like Berrian. Al Harris and Charles Woodson are healthy and the Packers were very difficult to throw on even when Harris was out. Their physical style could negate Berrian, who is built like Marvin Harrison. Sidney Rice, Berrian's long lost tag team partner, is finally healthy and ready to gobble up red zone targets. He's not an option this week, but should be owned in all leagues. … Shaun McDonald has quietly emerged since the Roy Williams trade. The quarterback change to Daunte Culpepper is a concern, but the matchup is a plus this week. Calvin Johnson is also affected by the quarterback change because Dan Orlovsky was gaining decent yardage, even if he looked ugly doing it.

Santonio Holmes reminds me of Lee Evans a few years ago. He still struggles with short routes and reading defenses. The lack of development in Holmes' game will make him a boom-or-bust weekly play. A possible change to Byron Leftwich doesn't concern me, though. … Brandon Lloyd returns to Chicago's receiver by committee situation. It's uncertain what his role will be, so I'd stay away from the whole mess. Including the tight ends and Matt Forte, the Bears have seven receivers who have gained between 180-320 yards. … Eddie Royal plays like a veteran. His routes are excellent, he knows how to carve out room on the field, and he's not above a covert push-off as the ball approaches. Chris Wesseling said Royal was the top rookie wideout now that Kevin Curtis is stealing targets from DeSean Jackson, and I agree. … The Broncos are so fearful of getting beat deep that they give huge cushions to receivers. Braylon Edwards and Donte' Stallworth could benefit in PPR leagues Thursday night.

Mark Bradley is finally living up to his promise in Kansas City. With defenses concentrating on Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez, Bradley can take advantage of single coverage. Their spread offense has made their passing attack look pretty good. There should be a lot of pass attempts Sunday as they try to keep up with the Chargers. … Torry Holt put up some numbers last week, but the team's passing game was still off. Even routine timing plays for Holt and Marc Bulger don't seem routine anymore. I need to see more than one good game to use him. … Lee Evans has struggled in the past against New England, but this is a new Lee Evans. And this is certainly a new Patriots secondary. … Marques Colston owners are frustrated, but he should have worked himself back into shape by now. His track record is too excellent to look past in a plus matchup this week. … Donnie Avery is going to have some bad games because he relies on big plays, but this shouldn't be one of them. The Jets are thin at corner after Darrelle Revis. … When the Vikings don't get a pass rush, they often leave huge holes over the middle in their zone defense. Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson could take advantage.

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