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Week 11 Rankings Update

Friday, November 14, 2008

Week 11 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Adrian Petersonat TB -
2Matt Forteat GB -
3Frank Gorevs. STLProbable(neck)
4Michael Turnervs. DENProbable(hand)
5Brian Westbrookat CINProbable(knee)
6Marion Barberat WAS -
7Chris Johnsonat JAC -
8DeAngelo Williamsvs. DET -
9Ronnie Brownvs. OAK -
10Steve Slatonat IND -
11Brandon Jacobsvs. BAL -
12Marshawn Lynchvs. CLE -
13LaDainian Tomlinsonat PIT -
14Tim Hightowerat SEA -
15Joseph Addaivs. HOU -
16Willie Parkervs. SD -
17Thomas Jonesat NE -
18Larry Johnsonvs. NO -
19Jamal Lewisat BUF -
20Deuce McAllisterat KC -
21Clinton Portisvs. DALRanked as if he'll play, probably won't
22LenDale Whiteat JAC -
23Ryan Grantvs. CHI -
24Maurice Jones-Drewvs. TEN -
25Jonathan Stewartvs. DET -
26Julius Jonesvs. ARZ -
27Antonio Pittmanat SFExpected to start
28Jerious Norwoodvs. DEN -
29Justin Fargasat MIAMcFadden's return hurts
30Willis McGaheeat NYG -
31Kevin Smithat CAR -
32Ricky Williamsvs. OAK -
33Peyton Hillisat ATL -
34BenJarvus Green-Ellisvs. NYJ -
35Cedric Bensonvs. PHIProbable(back)
36Warrick Dunnvs. MINQuestionable(back)
37Darren McFaddenat MIAQuestionable, expected to play
38Ray Riceat NYG -
39Earnest Grahamvs. MINShould play at less than 100%
40Kevin Faulkvs. NYJ -
41Fred Jacksonvs. CLE -
42Chester Taylorat TB -
43Derrick Wardvs. BAL -
44Dominic Rhodesvs. HOU -
45Ladell Bettsvs. DALMove him up to #26 if Portis is out
46Mewelde Moorevs. SD -
47Leon Washingtonat NE -
48Pierre Thomasat KCMoving up
49Maurice Morrisvs. ARZ -
50Ahman Greenat IND -
51Fred Taylorvs. TENProbable(neck)
52LeRon McClainat NYG -
53Correll Buckhalterat CIN -
54Jamaal Charlesvs. NOProbable(ankle)
55Brandon Jacksonvs. CHI -
56Darren Sprolesat PIT -
57Kevin Jonesat GB -
58Edgerrin Jamesat SEA -
59Rudi Johnsonat CAR -
60Shaun Alexandervs. DAL -
61Tatum Bellat ATL -

RB Notes: Willie Parker is expected to return to the starting lineup and should see a full workload. He has less value in PPR leagues, but there are only so many good RB2 options. I'd feel comfortable using him in most situations. Mewelde Moore turns back into a third-down pumpkin. … Brian Westbrook owners have to be a little nervous after that effort against New York. If he struggles against Cincy, then we have problem. Expect over 100 total yards and a score. … Joseph Addai was not in the game late against the Steelers, which is a concern. He doesn't look right even if he's not listed on the injury report. This is a plus matchup, but he's only ranked as a RB2 until the Colts running game shows something. Dominic Rhodes looked like the better back last week. That's why he was on the field late in the fourth quarter.

Steve Slaton was essentially rested last week because he was worn down. Bad sign. The Texans say they expect him to be back to normal after a light week, but it's a situation to watch. Houston will try to play ball control against Indy, so I expect plenty of touches and production from Slaton. But the kid's value may fade some by playoff time if the workload is already getting to him. … Jerious Norwood is leading the league in yards-per-carry again and makes for a sneaky play against Denver. The Falcons may be able to run the ball 40 times. In similar plus matchups (Detroit, K.C, Oakland), Norwood has averaged 96 total yards with two scores in three games. He may not be ranked high enough. … Michael Turner is on pace for 359 carries and that pace should rise this week. Atlanta's offensive line has a nasty edge that will do well against Denver's lightweight front.

Deuce McAllister was already seeing his role decrease, so he's a shaky play if Reggie Bush is back. Deuce is not always the designated goal line back. Pierre Thomas took some short-yardage snaps last week. … Julius Jones was back to being the primary rusher for Seattle out of nowhere last week. There is no guarantee, however, that will happen against Arizona. … On paper, this is a week that Baltimore could use Ray Rice more than Willis McGahee because his speed could make a difference against the Giants. (McGahee's power was preferred against Houston.) In the end, it's impossible to know what the Ravens will do. Their entire offense should struggle in the Meadowlands. Stay away. … Jonathan Stewart's ranking will rise if he has a good week of practice. The Panthers want to get him back involved and the Panthers could jump out to an early lead against Detroit. That could mean 10-15 carries and a score for the Daily Show, whose ratings have declined rapidly in the last month.

LT2 keeps complaining that he's not getting the ball enough, but the team is more effective through the air. There just aren't huge holes for Tomlinson like there were in the past. He's running well lately, but you also don't see him making defenders miss in the open field that often. In a tough matchup, you can consider benching him. … Tim Hightower's dud on Monday night is only a concern if it happens again this week. He's still getting all the snaps on a great offense. He should be fine, but getting stuffed by the 49ers is a sign that it wasn't all Edgerrin James' fault before. I like Hightower, but the jury is still out on him. 3.1 yards-per-carry on the season can't be totally explained away by his use in short-yardage. … Kevin Smith is quietly playing better every week, but most of his yards against the Jaguars came in fourth quarter garbage time.

Peyton Hillis should get the short-yardage work for Denver this week. Tatum Bell may help for 10-15 snaps on passing downs. Selvin Young's status is a mystery. … Justin Fargas is always going to be risky because he plays on the Raiders, but he's coming off an 89-yard effort against a solid Panthers defense. … Earnest Graham's status is uncertain. If he's out, look for Warrick Dunn to catch a lot of passes. The Bucs will just avoid running right at the Vikings. … BenJarvus Green-Ellis is the better bet to score Thursday night, but Kevin Faulk should get more snaps. The Patriots should be in passing formations for most of the game.

Week 11 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Roddy Whitevs. DEN -
2Steve Smithvs. DET -
3Brandon Marshallat ATL -
4Anquan Boldinat SEA -
5Larry Fitzgeraldat SEA -
6Reggie Waynevs. HOUQuestionable(ankle)
7Lee Evansvs. CLE -
8Marques Colstonat KCProbable(knee)
9Andre Johnsonat IND -
10Greg Jenningsvs. CHI -
11Dwayne Bowevs. NO -
12Randy Mossvs. NYJ -
13Terrell Owensat WAS -
14Eddie Royalat ATL -
15Calvin Johnsonat CAR -
16Jerricho Cotcheryat NEProbable(shoulder)
17Santana Mossvs. DALProbable(hamstring)
18Hines Wardvs. SD -
19Laveranues Colesat NEProbable(thigh)
20Santonio Holmesvs. SD -
21Plaxico Burressvs. BAL -
22Wes Welkervs. NYJ -
23Bernard Berrianat TB -
24Braylon Edwardsat BUF -
25Steve Breastonat SEA -
26Lance Mooreat KC -
27T.J. Houshmandzadehvs. PHI -
28Vincent Jacksonat PIT -
29Antonio Bryantvs. MIN -
30DeSean Jacksonat CINProbable(groin)
31Kevin Curtisat CIN -
32Mark Bradleyvs. NO -
33Donald Drivervs. CHI -
34Marvin Harrisonvs. HOU -
35Matt Jonesvs. TENGame-time decision
36Kevin Walterat IND -
37Donnie Averyat SF -
38Bobby Engramvs. ARZ -
39Muhsin Muhammadvs. DET -
40Greg Camarillovs. OAK -
41Chad Ocho Cincovs. PHI -
42Derrick Masonat NYGQuestionable(shoulder)
43Roy Williamsat WAS -
44Anthony Gonzalezvs. HOUQuestionable, expected to play
45Torry Holtat SF -
46Devery Hendersonat KC -
47Brandon Jonesat JAC -
48Ted Ginn Jr.vs. OAK -
49Malcom Floydat PIT -
50Justin Gageat JAC -
51Donte' Stallworthat BUF -
52Sidney Riceat TB -
53Jerry Portervs. TEN -
54Shaun McDonaldat CAR -
55Jason Hillvs. STL -
56Isaac Brucevs. STL -
57Deion Branchvs. ARZProbable(heel)
58Devin Hesterat GB -
59Steve Smithvs. BAL -
60Bryant Johnsonvs. STL -
61Joey Gallowayvs. MIN -
62Reggie Brownat CIN -
63Chris Chambersat PIT -
64Amani Toomervs. BAL -
65Patrick Craytonat WAS -
66Antwaan Randle Elvs. DAL -

WR Notes: Since Week 5, Greg Camarillo and Wes Welker are third and fourth respectively in targets. Camarillo is going to continue to be a poor man's Welker in PPR leagues. Opposing teams are more afraid of Ted Ginn and send their better cornerbacks Ginn's way. … Bobby Engram wasn't even ranked last week, but he should be a factor moving forward with Matt Hasselbeck in the lineup. … The Cowboys are hinting they have some tricks up their sleeves for the Redskins, who could be without Shawn Springs. But Washington set the blueprint for roughing up T.O. earlier in the season and they are deep in the secondary. Here's a sobering stat for Owens owners: Patrick Crayton has only 87 fewer yards on the season despite 24 fewer targets. … Roy Williams will start over Crayton, but let's see him as a legitimate part of the offense before using him in fantasy leagues.

Matt Jones' thigh injury isn't serious and he should play this week. No word on his suspension yet, so he's safe for another week. … Jerry Porter was probably the worst projection we made before the season, but he could still salvage some value after Jones gets suspended. He was open a few times last week for big plays, but David Garrard overthrew him. Porter scored and made a leaping catch that showed he's healthy again. I'd pick him up in 12-team leagues and see what happens. … Marques Colston's day against Atlanta was helped by a furious fourth quarter full of garbage time. Colston failed to make a few tough grabs early in the game, including a possible score, but Drew Brees stayed with him. Colston was attacking the ball and making tough catches in traffic by the end of the game. The Saints will continue to throw like crazy, making him a top-ten option the rest of the way. … Lance Moore has 23 targets in two games since Colston returned. His solid WR3 value isn't going away.

Santonio Holmes is having a deeply disappointing season and looks soft occasionally. But don't forget he's faced two of the toughest matchups possible for big play wideouts the last two weeks: Washington and Indy. The Chargers secondary is a joke and the Steelers are salty after another home loss. Expect a big day from Ben Roethlisberger and Holmes. … On the flip side, Peyton Manning and the Colts showed that one way to beat the Steelers was to stay very aggressive throwing vertically no matter what. Pittsburgh is missing two of their best three corners, but they are still very tough to throw against. Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd are boom-or-bust options this week I'd avoid if possible. Chris Chambers is not an option until he's 100%. Floyd should be owned in most leagues because his talent is for real.

Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles have been a tad up-and-down because the Jets haven't needed to throw to win every week. They do this week because the Patriots secondary is terrible, while New England can stop the run. Light rain doesn't worry me. … Santana Moss is expected to be ready to face Dallas. With Clinton Portis iffy, the Redskins may be more aggressive attacking a shaky Dallas secondary. … Eddie Royal is rock solid WR2 gold considering Denver's upcoming schedule and lack of a running game. … Calvin Johnson keeps getting it done, but I'd still sell high because of the ridiculous quarterback situation. … The Bucs aren't quite as physical as Green Bay, but this is another tough matchup for Bernard Berrian. Tampa is more likely to make a long touchdown catch from Gus Frerotte than Berrian is. … Peyton Manning hasn't given up on Marvin Harrison, so I'm not either. Other defenses don't respect Harrison as much, so he's getting favorable matchups and has created some separation in the red zone. With plus matchups the rest of the way, there is still hope he can be a WR3.

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