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Week 13 Rankings Update

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The most commonly heard phrase during Titans telecasts: "Young, with time …"

Vince Young and Chris Johnson have made the Titans the most fun team to watch in football, but it starts up front. The amount of time Young has in the pocket to survey the field is often ridiculous. Johnson has speed unlike any running back we've seen, and his line has often given him monster holes to race through.

Johnson only needs a few good blocks at the point of attack to hit a home run. But we're especially impressed how long Tennessee's linemen often hold their blocks while Johnson darts and slides before pressing the turbo button.

Johnson is playing in a zone we really haven't seen. He makes third-and-five a running down. He makes you say wow every other carry. The questions I received early in the year on Fantasy Fix Live regarding whether to start Every Fantasy Owner's dream each week seem quaint now.

Big plays aren't only part of the running game in Tennessee. The Titans racked up 532 yards of offense against Arizona by throwing vertically early and often. Young isn't always connecting, but he's smartly staying aggressive by testing the one-on-one matchups on the outside that Johnson's presence provides. Kenny Britt is a prototype number one receiver that is going to be a top-15 fantasy option before long. (He's a fine WR3 for now, thanks.)

Young can still work on knowing when to run. Three drives in the first half against Arizona ended on V.Y. deciding to scramble too late. Against Indianapolis this week, he'll face more defenders as fast as he is.

Those defenders will just have to get past the Titans offensive line first.

Week 13 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Tom Bradyat MIA Probable(shoulder)
2Peyton Manningvs. TEN Probable(lower body)
3Philip Riversat CLE -
4Drew Breesat WAS -
5Matt Schaubat JAC -
6Brett Favreat ARZ -
7Aaron Rodgersvs. BAL Probable(ribs)
8Carson Palmervs. DET -
9Tony Romoat NYG Probable(back)
10Donovan McNabbat ATL -
11Kurt Warnervs. MIN Questionable(head)
12Jay Cutlervs. STL -
13Vince Youngat IND -
14Kyle Ortonat KC Probable(ankle)
15Ben Roethlisbergervs. OAK Probable(head)
16Matt Hasselbeckvs. SF -
17Eli Manningvs. DAL Probable(foot)
18David Garrardvs. HOU -
19Joe Flaccoat GB Probable(ankle)
20Alex Smithat SEA -
21Jason Campbellvs. NO -
22Josh Freemanat CAR -
23Matt Leinartvs. MIN -
24Chad Hennevs. NE -
25Matt Casselvs. DEN -
26Matt Moorevs. TB -
27Chris Redmanvs. PHI -
28Mark Sanchezat BUF Probable(knee)
29Ryan Fitzpatrickvs. NYJ -
30Kyle Bollerat CHI -
31Brady Quinnvs. SD -
32Matthew Staffordat CIN Probable(shoulder)
33Bruce Gradkowskiat PIT -

QB Notes: I ranked Kurt Warner in the update just in case he starts. ... Carson Palmer's biggest problem lately has been protection. The Browns were able to get to him quickly. We just can't imagine Detroit creating similar problems. Then again, we didn't expect the Browns to. Palmer won't be a great option in tougher matchups coming up, but you have to use him again this week. And hope. … Chad Henne really looks the part of a NFL quarterback and makes some impressive throws every week. If they get some decent receivers in Miami, he'll be a nice dynasty asset. … Even though Alex Smith is in shotgun a lot, the 49ers are hardly running a spread attack. They have two tight ends on the field on first and second down very often. The third receiver, Jason Hill, is not much of a factor. Smith's game against Jacksonville was not that impressive when I went back to watch it. Smith's weapons are improving and he mostly makes good decisions, but the matchup was cake. He still hesitates to go vertical. He's a fine QB2, especially this week against Seattle, but let's not get carried away.

I love Matt Schaub to have a huge week against Jacksonville's secondary. The Texans have some aggression to take out and . … Kurt Warner isn't worth waiting for Sunday night. Even if there are reports he'll start, you won't know for sure until game time. You could back him up with Matt Leinart, but we'd rather just use any other top-18 option on your roster and play it safe. … Jason Campbell is putting together some improved tape for teams that may be interested in him this offseason. You could do worse as a QB2 this week since the Redskins will have to throw to keep up with New Orleans. … Losing Brodney Pool hurts an already shaky Browns secondary. Should be another big week for Philip Rivers owners.

Jay Cutler has enjoyed plenty of fine fantasy afternoons this season. The recent slump is troubling, but these are the Rams he's facing. I'd be surprised if he doesn't top 200-250 yards with a score or two. … Losing DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbrook would have been a killer for Donovan McNabb last year, but the Eagles have enough weapons to survive now. The depleted Falcons defense is struggling just to hang on. … Kyle Orton's ankle is no longer a problem. The Broncos offense is really in better shape than it has been all season. He's a nice sneaky play. … There are only consistent units in the Cowboys-Giants game. Dallas' defense is playing well; don't expect a huge game from Eli. New York's defense is falling apart – not a week to sit Tony Romo.

We will add a weekend update of the rankings by Saturday. In the meantime, check out our weekly game Snapdraft, where you can draft a team just for this week and cash out on Tuesday.

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Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for and Catch him on Twitter.
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