Whole Nine Yards: Week 14 Rankings

QB rankings:

  1. Peyton Manning (Broncos) vs. Tennessee – No matchup should intimidate Manning fantasy owners after he mercilessly torched Kansas City for five touchdowns, including the 7th ranked passing defense of Tennessee.
  2. Nick Foles (Eagles) vs. Detroit – Throwing for 19 touchdowns with zero interceptions and now firmly entrenched as the starter in Philadelphia, fantasy owners should have no reservations starting him for their team.
  3. Matthew Stafford (Lions) at Philadelphia – Philly has surrendered double-digit fantasy performances to quarterbacks in all but one game this season, and Stafford should be able to continue his trend of 11 touchdowns in the last four games.
  4. Alex Smith (Chiefs) at Washington – As defenses key more on Jamaal Charles, Smith has responded with his two highest yardage totals of the season while throwing 40 times on average over the last three weeks.
  5. Jay Cutler/Josh McCown (Bears) vs. Dallas – Whoever starts at QB for the Bears against the Cowboys on Monday night will have a fantastic matchup against their 31st passing defense. Not much drop off if it is McCown instead of Cutler either.
  6. Joe Flacco (Ravens) vs. Minnesota
  7. Phillip Rivers (Chargers) vs. New York Giants
  8. Drew Brees (Saints) vs. Carolina
  9. Cam Newton (Panthers) at New Orleans
  10. Matt Ryan (Falcons) at Green Bay
  11. Case Keenum (Texans) at Jacksonville
  12. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Titans) at Denver
  13. Andy Dalton (Bengals) vs. Indianapolis
  14. Carson Palmer (Cardinals) vs. St. Louis
  15. Tom Brady (Patriots) vs. Cleveland

RB rankings:

  1. Matt Forte (Bears) vs. Dallas – The last three games for the Cowboys have yielded 494 yards and five touchdowns to opposing running backs, and Forte showed last week his knee was not a problem while rushing for 120 yards.
  2. Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) at Washington – The Redskins have surrendered six rushing touchdowns over their last four games, and Charles should prove to be a reliable option as he has all year.
  3. Reggie Bush (Lions) at Philadelphia – Knee soreness limited him in practice on Wednesday but assuming he plays Bush should be able to continue his 5.5 yards per carry average over the last month going.
  4. LeSean McCoy (Eagles) vs. Detroit – Nearly a lock for 100 total yards, and despite the tough matchup against the Lions 3rd ranked rush defense you never bench your studs in the playoffs.
  5. DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) at Chicago – Despite being mostly contained last week, fortunate goal-line carries bode well for Murray’s stock going forward.
  6. Adrian Peterson (Vikings) at Baltimore
  7. Eddie Lacy (Packers) vs. Atlanta
  8. Chris Johnson (Titans) at Denver
  9. Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) at San Francisco
  10. Ben Tate (Texans) at Jacksonville
  11. Knowshon Moreno (Broncos) vs. Tennessee
  12. Andre Brown (Giants) at San Diego
  13. Alfred Morris (Redskins) vs. Kansas City
  14. C.J. Spiller (Bills) at Tampa Bay
  15. Donald Brown (Colts) at Cincinnati

WR rankings:

  1. Calvin Johnson (Lions) at Philadelphia – Philadelphia is dead last against the pass in the league, and as long as his knee doesn’t hinder him he should find the holes in the secondary.
  2. Josh Gordon (Browns) at New England – Made NFL history with his second straight 200-yard game, and is proving he can produce when he is literally the only reliable option in the Browns passing game.
  3. Alshon Jeffery (Bears) vs. Dallas – Week 13’s Josh Gordon award for breakout 200-yard game had to go to Jeffery, who has burst into the WR1 category and should stay there with a favorable matchup against the 31st ranked Dallas pass defense.
  4. A.J. Green (Bengals) vs. Indianapolis – The Colts have contained the 21st ranked passing game of Tennessee two of the last three weeks, but Green should provide a much more dangerous matchup.
  5. Torrey Smith (Ravens) vs. Minnesota – Smith has scored in three of the last four games, and appears to have a great matchup against a Vikings secondary that gave up 311 yards and two touchdowns to wide receivers last week.
  6. Victor Cruz (Giants) at San Diego
  7. DeSean Jackson (Eagles) vs. Detroit
  8. Andre Johnson (Texans) at Jacksonville
  9. Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers) vs. Buffalo
  10. Antonio Brown (Steelers) vs. Miami
  11. Keenan Allen (Chargers) vs. New York Giants
  12. Eric Decker (Broncos) vs. Tennessee
  13. Pierre Garcon (Redskins) vs. Kansas City
  14. Kendall Wright (Titans) at Denver
  15. Dez Bryant (Cowboys) at Chicago

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