Today’s rankings are a bit of a mess. Bye week madness combined with murky injury situations have the experts all over the place. This week we compiled the thoughts of Michael Fabiano, Adam Rank and Dave Dameshek of NFL.com along with Jamey Eisenberg and Nathan Zergura of CBS Sports.
On to the rankings.
|1. Matt Ryan (vs.Oak)||1||3||1||1||1.5|
|2. Aaron Rodgers (@Hou)||4||1||3||3||2.75|
|T-4. Tom Brady (@Sea)||6||2||7||4||4.75|
|T-4. Peyton Manning (@SD)||5||7||2||5||4.75|
|5. Ben Roethlisberger (@Ten)||3||5||8||9||6.25|
|6. Andrew Luck (@NYJ)||12||10||4||6||8|
|T-8. Eli Manning (@SF)||10||6||6||11||8.25|
|T-8. Philip Rivers (vs.Den)||7||9||10||7||8.25|
|T-10. Robert Griffin III (Min)||2||4||13||16||8.75|
|T-10. Michael Vick (vs. Det)||11||17||5||2||8.75|
|11. Matt Schaub (vs. GB)||15||11||11||10||11.75|
|12. Matt Stafford (@Phi)||13||16||12||8||12.25|
|13. Andy Dalton (@Cle)||8||12||18||18||14|
|14. Christian Ponder (@Was)||14||14||14||15||14.25|
|15. Kevin Kolb (vs.Buf)||9||21||21||12||15.75|
It’s surprising to see Matt Schaub so low. The Texans face an embattled Packers team at home on Sunday night in what should be a raucous Reliant stadium. Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne just torched the Packers D, so why can’t the Texans? Equally strange is RG3′s placement in the top five for Fabiano and Dameshek, the two NFL.com scribes.
Kevin Kolb has an extremely favorable match-up against a reeling Bills team. He’s definitely worth a play this week.
|1. Arian Foster (vs.GB)||1||1||1||1||1|
|2. LeSean McCoy (vs.Det)||6||2||3||5||4|
|3. Ray Rice (vs.Dal)||4||4||2||7||4.25|
|4. Darren McFadden (@Atl)||3||6||7||3||4.75|
|5. Trent Richardson (vs.Cin)||2||5||6||8||5.25|
|6. Jamaal Charles (@TB)||8||8||4||2||5.5|
|7. Reggie Bush (vs.Stl)||10||10||11||4||6.25|
|8. Ryan Mathews (vs.Den)||7||3||9||9||7|
|9. Marshawn Lynch (vs.NE)||5||7||11||10||8.25|
|10. Adrian Peterson (@Was)||11||12||5||6||8.5|
|11. Michael Turner (vs.Oak)||9||10||14||11||11|
|12. Frank Gore (vs.NYG)||14||13||8||12||11.75|
|13. Rashard Mendenhall (@Ten)||13||9||12||19||13.25|
|14. Willis McGahee(@SD)||15||17||19||13||13.5|
|15. DeMarco Murray (@Bal)||12||16||13||14||13.75|
|16. BenJarvus Green-Ellis(@Cle)||17||18||15||17||16.75|
|17. Mikel Leshoure (@Phi)||20||19||17||16||18|
|T-18. Doug Martin(vs.KC)||18||21||18||18||18.75|
|T-18. Stevan Ridley (@Sea)||22||15||16||22||18.75|
|T-18. Alfred Morris(vs.Min)||16||14||14||21||18.75|
Ryan Mathews is being trusted by those in the know after a brief period in the abyss. The Chargers face a Broncos defense that was carved up by the Patriots run game last week, so he’s a favorable play.
Conversely, expect a big day from Arian Foster Sunday night. Green Bay can’t stop anybody,as mentioned above. Rashard Mendenhall is also a solid play against a less than formidable Titans D.
|1. Calvin Johnson (@PHI)||1||3||3||5||3|
|2. Larry Fitzgerald (vs. BUF)||6||2||2||3||3.25|
|3. Roddy White (vs. OAK)||3||5||10||4||5.50|
|T-4. Julio Jones (vs. OAK)||3||5||10||4||6|
|T-4. A.J. Green (@CLE)||5||4||9||6||6|
|5. Andre Johnson (vs. GB)||10||10||6||1||6.75|
|6. Demaryius Thomas (@SD)||8||17||7||2||8.50|
|7. Wes Welker (@SEA)||9||9||4||19||10.25|
|T-8. Victor Cruz (@SF)||13||12||11||11||10.75|
|T-8. Reggie Wayne (@NYJ)||7||20||8||8||10.75|
|9. Mike Wallace (@NYJ)||12||6||13||18||11.75|
|10. Eric Decker (@SD)||16||11||19||11||14.25|
|11. Miles Austin (@BAL)||21||13||12||14||15|
|T-12. Antonio Brown (@TEN)||14||13||22||16||16.25|
|T-12. DeSean Jackson (vs. DET)||19||19||15||12||16.25|
|13.Torrey Smith (vs. DAL)||18||14||14||20||16.50|
|14. Dwayne Bowe (@TB)||11||8||26||25||17.50|
|15. Vincent Jackson (vs. DEN)||20||21||17||15||18.25|
|16. Jordy Nelson (@HOU)||26||23||17||17||20.75|
|17. James Jones (@HOU)||29||16||18||21||21|
Opinion is pretty split on Dwayne Bowe. That’s partly due to his poor matchup and the afternoon he’ll face across from Aquib Talib, but mostly because of Brady Quinn. He’ll start for the Chiefs and replace the injured Matt Cassel, and although he looked fine in his brief Week 5 appearance, his main problem is that he’s still Brady Quinn.
Start Bowe only as a WR3, and only if you’re keenly aware of the strong possibility that terribleness is forthcoming. Say what you will about Cassel and his own unique brand of awful, but at least Bowe was getting plenty of opportunities with his now concussed regular starter under center. Prior to last week’s mess when he left late in the fourth quarter after only attempting 15 passes, Cassel had three straight games with at least 40 attempts.
|1. Tony Gonzalez (vs. OAK)||1||5||1||2||2.25|
|2. Vernon Davis (vs. NYG)||2||1||2||5||2.50|
|3. Rob Gronkowski (@SEA)||3||3||8||1||3.75|
|4. Owen Daniels (@GB)||4||7||6||4||5.25|
|5. Kyle Rudolph (@WAS)||9||8||3||6||6.50|
|T-6. Aaron Hernandez (@SEA||5||2||11||14||8|
|T-6. Heath Miller (@TEN)||8||9||4||11||8|
|7. Antonio Gates (vs. DEN)||10||11||10||3||8.50|
|T-8. Fred Davis (vs. MIN)||11||4||14||9||9.50|
|T-8. Brent Celek (vs. DET)||6||15||7||10||9.50|
|T-8. Martellus Bennett (@SF)||15||10||5||8||9.50|
|9. Jason Witten (@BAL)||7||6||12||17||10.50|
|10. Dennis Pitta (vs. DAL)||14||14||13||15||14|
|11. Jared Cook (vs. PIT)||16||13||15||12||14|
|12. Scott Chandler (@ARI)||17||17||9||6||14.75|
The split here is with Witten, which is quite understandable since the Ravens have allowed only 73 yards to tight ends over their last three games. But there’s hope, because prior to that stretch Brent Celek went off on Baltimore’s D for 157 yards on eight receptions, and Witten is coming off by far his best game of the year when he had 13 receptions for 112 yards.
|T-1. Steelers (vs. TEN)||9||4||1||1||3.75|
|T-1. Cardinals (vs. BUF)||1||6||6||2||3.75|
|2. Falcons (vs. OAK)||5||3||4||3||4.75|
|T-3. 49ers (vs. NYG)||4||1||9||12||6.50|
|T-3. Texans (vs. GB)||3||2||10||11||6.50|
|4. Rams (@MIA)||8||3||7||9||6.75|
|5. Vikings (@WAS)||6||8||4||13||7.75|
|6. Ravens (vs. DAL)||2||14||5||15||9|
|7. Eagles (vs. DET)||7||10||11||11||9.75|
|8. Dolphins (vs. STL)||12||13||3||4||10|
Despite the absence of Troy Polamalu and LaMarr Woodley, there’s still pretty widespread faith in the Steelers defense tonight. Chris Johnson is still the worst, and Matt Hasselbeck is still an old, statuesque backup. The Titans could win tonight, but Pittsburgh’s defense will still be effective, mostly due to the ineffectiveness of Tennessee’s offense.
Well, that’s it. Goodnight, and good luck.