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Championship Week Rankings

Saturday, December 25, 2010



The Vincent Jackson owners that stuck with him deserve the three touchdowns he scored last week.

Fantasy football is so often a week-to-week proposition, but thinking long-term is one of the few edges you can truly get other than doing your homework. I've seen owners drop Jackson, Sidney Rice, Michael Vick, Peyton Hillis, Hines Ward, Knowshon Moreno, Kenny Britt, Ryan Torain, and others this season because they just couldn't wait. They had to pick up the flavor of the week.

Patience was rewarded in lineup decisions in Week 15 as well. After a season of waiting, Brandon Marshall is playing like Brandon Marshall. Brandon Lloyd scored for you despite Tim Tebow starting at quarterback. Larry Fitzgerald thrived despite playing with John Skelton. Britt went from an afterthought in fantasy leagues to a star to a long layoff for injury, and back to a top-15 option again.

If you trusted your evaluation of Britt (and ours) to begin with, hopefully you were rewarded last week. A little patience can go a long way.

Let's win some titles this week, shall we?

Week 16 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Michael Vickvs. MIN -
2Drew Breesat ATL -
3Tom Bradyat BUF -
4Peyton Manningat OAK -
5Philip Riversat CIN -
6Matt Schaubat DEN -
7Aaron Rodgersvs. NYG -
8Ben Roethlisbergervs. CAR -
9Eli Manningat GB -
10Jon Kitnaat ARZ Sidelined(abdomen)
11Matt Ryanvs. NO -
12Joe Flaccoat CLE -
13David Garrardvs. WAS -
14Ryan Fitzpatrickvs. NE -
15Jay Cutlervs. NYJ -
16Matt Casselvs. TEN -
17Rex Grossmanat JAC -
18Tim Tebowvs. HOU -
19Josh Freemanvs. SEA -
20Carson Palmervs. SD -
21Shaun Hillat MIA -
22Jason Campbellvs. IND -
23Troy Smithat STL -
24Chad Hennevs. DET -
25Joe Webbat PHI -
26Kerry Collinsat KC -
27Sam Bradfordvs. SF -
28Mark Sanchezat CHI -
29Colt McCoyvs. BAL -
30Matt Hasselbeckat TB -
31John Skeltonvs. DAL -
32Jimmy Clausenat PIT -


QB Notes: Tom Brady is coming off a "down" week, but has at least two touchdowns in 7 sraight games. The Bills offense will score more than you think, so expect a lot of pass attempts. … Ryan Fitzpatrick is a sneaky play because he will be throwing a ton. Losing Lee Evans wasn't that big a factor last week. … Don't get carried away with Jay Cutler's big Monday Night game. The Vikings secondary has given up, and the Jets will know how to create more pressure on him. He's a good cold weather quarterback.

You could do worse than using Tim Tebow out of desperation. The Broncos should open up the playbook after being insanely conservative last week. They called only runs near their own end zone, and Tebow threw only 16 passes. His ability to stretch the field is questionable, but he made good decisions and you can't beat facing the Texans. Not many quarterbacks can score a 40 yard touchdown on a broken play. … Matt Shaub finally gets to face a defense as bad as the Texans. Don't be surprised if Schaub puts up a 40 burger… Matt Cassell looked perfectly healthy last week. The Chiefs are struggling to create big plays. They can afford to play conservative against the Titans, making Cassell someone to avoid.

Joe Webb did not look ready for Prime Time. His rushing touch down shows his fantasy potential. I worry most of his yards came against the soft zone in garbage time. The Eagles are 23rd in points allowed and just lost safety Nate Allen, yet it's hard to see the Vikings scoring much with Webb at the helm. I would rank him around 25 at wide receiver. … Don't take the bait with Kerry Collins. He got lucky, and the Chief's defense shut him down… Eli Manning is a shaky play this week. The underrated Packers defense doesn't give up a lot of points, and can force Eli into mistakes. This is a week where he will really miss Steve Smith… As borderline QB1s go, John Kitna and David Garrard are safe options this week. The Cardinals generate no pass rush. The Redskins defense wants the season to be over.

Before you crown King Rex, remember he had 3 turnovers against the Cowboys. Dallas has an immature defense, and Grossman did not do anything until he was down 27-7. The match up is his favor this week, as is offensive coordinator Kyle Shannahan's desperate desire to make Rexy look sexy. In the end, Grossman is what he is: just good enough to get you beat.


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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 NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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