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Week 14 Rankings Update

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Week 14 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Adrian Petersonat DET -
2Matt Fortevs. JAC -
3Thomas Jonesat SF -
4Chris Johnsonvs. CLE -
5Michael Turnerat NO -
6Steven Jacksonat ARZProbable(quadriceps)
7Brandon Jacobsvs. PHI -
8Steve Slatonat GB -
9Frank Gorevs. NYJ -
10Marshawn Lynchvs. MIAProbable(back)
11LaDainian Tomlinsonvs. OAK -
12Joseph Addaivs. CINListed questionable, should start
13Brian Westbrookat NYGQuestionable(knee)
14Larry Johnsonat DEN back to being L.J.
15DeAngelo Williamsvs. TB -
16Peyton Hillisvs. KC -
17Ryan Grantvs. HOUThumb shouldn't be issue
18Reggie Bushvs. ATLProbable(knee)
19LenDale Whitevs. CLE -
20Maurice Jones-Drewat CHI -
21Ronnie Brownat BUF -
22Marion Barberat PITGametime-Decision at 4:15. Ranked if he's starting; doubt he will start
23Clinton Portisat BALShould play, shaky option
24Justin Fargasat SD -
25Willie Parkervs. DALProbable(knee)
26Tim Hightowervs. STL -
27Sammy Morrisat SEA -
28Warrick Dunnat CAR -
29Darren McFaddenat SD -
30Pierre Thomasvs. ATL -
31Derrick Wardvs. PHI -
32Maurice Morrisvs. NE -
33Ricky Williamsat BUF -
34Kevin Smithvs. MINProbable(shoulder)
35LeRon McClainvs. WASJust guessworth in Baltimore
36Jonathan Stewartvs. TB -
37Cedric Bensonat IND -
38Kevin Faulkat SEA -
39Jamal Lewisat TEN -
40Chester Taylorat DET -
41Fred Jacksonvs. MIA -
42Leon Washingtonat SF -
43Tashard Choiceat PITMove up nine spots if Barber is out
44Ray Ricevs. WAS -
45Mewelde Moorevs. DAL -
46Fred Taylorat CHI -
47Willis McGaheevs. WASProbable(-)
48Dominic Rhodesvs. CIN -
49Jerious Norwoodat NO -
50Brandon Jacksonvs. HOUProbable(quadriceps)
51Julius Jonesvs. NE -
52Antonio Pittmanat ARZ -
53Selvin Youngvs. KCProbable(groin)
54Jamaal Charlesat DEN -
55Darren Sprolesvs. OAK -
56Ladell Bettsat BAL -

RB Notes: The Redskins sold out to stop Brandon Jacobs last week. Despite the slow first-half, he looked strong and fresh in the game. He broke tackles and had speed to the outside; the holes just weren't there for most of the game. Derrick Ward didn't run well either. Look for a similar approach by Philly, which could lead to a modest yardage total to go along with Jacobs' usual touchdown. … Since most of my running back notes are above, I won't repeat them here. Reggie Bush's health affects Pierre Thomas greatly. Don't expect Thomas to dominate the workload again this week. Since New Orleans doesn't run much, 12-15 touches are a reasonable hope. That makes Thomas a decent flex option. He'll get the short-yardage snaps. … Warrick Dunn played well last week despite the average numbers. He carried some defenders, which is surprising. Against a solid Panthers rush defense, though, Dunn is a poor RB2. Cadillac Williams will take a handful of carries and Dunn isn't guaranteed the goal-line snaps.

Ryan Grant's thumb may not be as big a factor as we expected. He practiced fully Wednesday. … It sounds crazy to bench DeAngelo Williams, but it's not out of the question because I respect the Bucs defense so much. Jonathan Stewart's cramp last week though may have clinched goal-line carries moving forward for Williams, which is big news in his favor. Tampa has only allowed one rushing score all year and held Williams/Stewart to 39 combined yards last time, although that game was over after one quarter. Carolina's offensive line is playing too well for that to happen again. … Joseph Addai is struggling to score on runs inside the five-yard line. If this matchup can't cure that problem, I'm not sure what will. … Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk are quietly playing very well and enjoy a plus matchup against Seattle. They had more success than any team against the Steelers rush defense. This is a good week to use Morris if the Patriots can get ahead early. Morris is definitely getting the short-yardage carries.

Justin Fargas is back to doing his Justin Fargas thing: running wildly through tackles and playing with intense emotion. Darren McFadden looks decent, but still isn't making people miss in the open field. Fargas remains the better play on Thursday night, with McFadden getting most of his snaps on passing downs. … Michael Turner doesn't catch any passes, which hurts him in PPR leagues, but he's earned the right to start every week. A depleted Saints defensive line shouldn't offer much resistance. … Kevin Smith owners need to keep a close eye on the Williamses' legal proceedings. … Mike Shanahan has roped me in again with Peyton Hillis. The key here is the Kansas City defense, which is ridiculously soft in the middle. … Willie Parker is healthy enough, but he won't get all the carries in a tough matchup. … LenDale White is set up for a similar workload to the Detroit game. … The Ravens are expected to get Willis McGahee back in the mix, so the Ravens are best avoided. McClain remains the safest choice of the Baltimore three. … Maurice Morris will start against the Patriots, making him a decent flex play if you are in trouble.

Week 14 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Anquan Boldinvs. STLProbable(back)
2Larry Fitzgeraldvs. STL -
3Roddy Whiteat NO -
4Steve Smithvs. TB -
5Greg Jenningsvs. HOU -
6Reggie Waynevs. CIN -
7Brandon Marshallvs. KC -
8Andre Johnsonat GB -
9Randy Mossat SEA -
10Calvin Johnsonvs. MIN -
11Lee Evansvs. MIA -
12Marques Colstonvs. ATL -
13Dwayne Boweat DEN -
14Terrell Owensat PIT -
15Eddie Royalvs. KC -
16Bernard Berrianat DET -
17Jerricho Cotcheryat SF -
18Lance Moorevs. ATL -
19Hines Wardvs. DAL -
20Wes Welkerat SEA -
21Donald Drivervs. HOU -
22Laveranues Colesat SFProbable(thigh)
23T.J. Houshmandzadehat INDProbable(concussion)
24Santana Mossat BAL -
25Antonio Bryantat CAR -
26Matt Jonesat CHI -
27Santonio Holmesvs. DAL -
28Steve Breastonvs. STL -
29Kevin Walterat GB -
30Davone Bessat BUF -
31DeSean Jacksonat NYG -
32Domenik Hixonvs. PHI -
33Marvin Harrisonvs. CIN -
34Vincent Jacksonvs. OAK -
35Derrick Masonvs. WASProbable(shoulder)
36Chad Ocho Cincoat IND -
37Kevin Curtisat NYG -
38Isaac Brucevs. NYJ -
39Braylon Edwardsat TEN -
40Donnie Averyat ARZProbable(hip)
41Ted Ginn BUF -
42Amani Toomervs. PHI -
43Brandon Jonesvs. CLE -
44Chris Chambersvs. OAK -
45Devin Hestervs. JAC -
46Bryant Johnsonvs. NYJ -
47Anthony Gonzalezvs. CINQuestionable(shoulder)
48Justin Gagevs. CLE -
49Torry Holtat ARZ -
50Deion Branchvs. NE -
51Muhsin Muhammadvs. TB -
52Jason Hillvs. NYJ -
53Sidney Riceat DET -
54Malcom Floydvs. OAKProbable(shoulder)
55Bobby Engramvs. NE -
56Roy Williamsat PITProbable(foot)
57Mark Claytonvs. WAS -
58Steve Smithvs. PHI -
59Shaun McDonaldvs. MINQuestionable(ankle)
60Michael Jenkinsat NO -

WR Notes: Tough call on Mark Bradley this week. The matchup is right, but he didn't have a single catch last week against Oakland coming off an injury. He's not worth the risk. … Santana Moss hasn't topped seven standard fantasy points since facing Detroit in Week 8. He has four games over ten points all season, but three were against the worst defenses in the league. He's down to a WR3 option in a tough matchup. Washington needed one of their young receivers to emerge and it isn't happening. Malcolm Kelly blew a few chances last week. … Domenik Hixon is undoubtedly the most valuable Giants receiver. He lit up a strong Washington secondary and could have gone for much more if not for some overthrows and miscommunications with Eli Manning. He's a deep threat that should get single coverage, making him a strong WR3. … My Davone Bess hype worked out last week for owners in need. He's seen 19 targets over the last two weeks and had a chance for a score against St. Louis. The Buffalo matchup is tougher, but they have struggled defending against the short pass all year and the game is indoors. Bess is a solid, not spectacular, WR3 once again.

Brandon Marshall is struggling to overcome the extra attention sent his way, but I'm not losing faith. Kansas City has no lock down defender to send at him. It's hard to kill a receiver who has topped 75 yards in every game but three this season. That is as consistent as it gets at the wideout position. … Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers don't rate on the trustiness scale. … Lee Evans isn't effected by the switch to J.P. Losman much. It's a blessing that the game is on turf and Losman loves to throw it deep. … Wes Welker looks safe to play in a great matchup. The Patriots should be able to throw all over the Seahawks. … Marques Colston is back to being an every-week option. … Santonio Holmes has shown flashes of his talent lately, but Hines Ward remains the safer Steelers wideout. … Bernard Berrian could be helped by the Vikings suspensions. Minnesota is more likely to need to throw to win, even against Detroit.

Mark Clayton keeps making plays, but he's way too inconsistent to consider using against Washington. … I made a bet that Reggie Wayne will top 12 standard fantasy points this week and feel very confident in it. … The matchup against Houston makes Donald Driver a viable WR2 and a strong WR3. … The matchup for Antonio Bryant isn't great, but they just don't have any receiver who can make plays. He continues to get a lot of targets and play tougher than his reputation. … I like Housh and Ocho Cinco more than I normally would against the Colts because Indy is missing so many defenders. … DeSean Jackson is showing no signs of hitting the rookie wall. Most of the teams that have played on Thursdays have come out very strong the following week after their mini-bye, so we'll see if that holds true. … Deion Branch has shown flashes of being ready to break out, but he's not much of a touchdown scorer. … Devin Hester is getting more targets every week now that he's off kick returns. … Choosing Donnie Avery or Torry Holt at this point is also choosing Marc Bulger. I know it's a good-looking matchup, but it's so hard to trust the Rams passing game.

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