Numbers? We got ‘em. Lots of ‘em.
Culled from five experts — NFL.com‘s Michael fabiano and Matt Smith, and Jamey Eisenberg, Nathan Zegura, and Dave Richard from CBSSports.com — and filtered through a calculator capable of only basic addition and division (read: myself and Devang Desai), you’re encouraged to use the composite rankings below as your fantasy bible this week. Or at least your fantasy pamphlet.
On to the listicles.
|T-1. Drew Brees (@TB)||1||1||2||3||1.75|
|T-1. Aaron Rodgers (@STL)||3||2||1||1||1.75|
|3. Robert Griffin III (@NYG)||2||3||5||5||3.75|
|4. Tom Brady (vs.NYJ)||5||4||4||2||3.75|
|5. Eli Manning (vs.WAS)||4||5||3||4||4|
|6. Cam Newton (vs.DAL)||8||9||7||6||7.5|
|7. Ben Roethlisberger (@CIN)||9||6||8||8||7.75|
|8. Andrew Luck (vs.CLE)||6||8||11||9||8.5|
|9. Tony Romo (@CAR)||10||13||6||7||9|
|10. Andy Dalton (vs.PIT)||7||7||13||12||9.75|
|11. Carson Palmer (vs.JAC)||13||11||10||11||11.25|
|12. Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs.TEN)||12||10||14||15||12.75|
|13. Matt Stafford (@CHI)||11||12||15||16||13.5|
|14. Jay Cutler (vs.DET)||16||17||9||14||14|
|15. Josh Freeman (vs.NO)||14||15||16||17||15.5|
You can gush over your mega QB who’s set to produce numbers which are indeed quite mega, Drew Brees owners. Me? I’m more interested in the quarterback on the other sideline during that game. Josh Freeman offers great value, and despite his basically two straight 300-yard passing games (he had 299 yards in Week 4, nitpickers), he’s still available in 30 percent of ESPN leagues.
That’s significant availability for a quarterback who has Vincent Jackson at his disposal, and chucked his 328 yards against the Chiefs last week at a pace of 12.6 per pass attempt. Yes, the Chiefs’ secondary has been horrid, but the Saints are almost equally welcoming to opposing QBs, allowing 8.6 yards per pass attempt, the second worst rate in the league.
|1. Arian Foster (vs.BAL)||1||1||1||1||1|
|2. Ray Rice (@HOU)||3||2||2||2||1.5|
|T-3. Darren McFadden (vs.JAC)||5||3||5||3||4|
|T-3. Maurice Jones-Drew (@Atl)||6||5||4||4||4|
|5. Trent Richardson (@IND)||2||9||3||7||5.25|
|T-6. Adrian Peterson (vs.ARZ)||7||11||7||6||7.75|
|T-6. Stevan Ridley (vs.NYJ)||8||6||9||8||7.75|
|8. Ahmad Bradshaw (vs.WAS)||9||12||6||5||8|
|9. C.J Spiller (vs.TEN)||11||4||10||10||8.75|
|10. Matt Forte (vs.DET)||13||10||8||9||10|
|11. Chris Johnson (@BUF)||4||8||13||19||11|
|12. Alfred Morris (@NYG)||12||7||14||14||11.75|
|13. Doug Martin (vs.NO)||10||14||12||17||13.25|
|14. Felix Jones (@CAR)||15||17||11||12||13.75|
|15. Fred Jackson (vs.TEN)||17||15||15||13||15|
|16. Marshawn Lynch (@SF)||14||13||19||16||15.5|
|T-17. Rashard Mendenhall (@CIN)||21||18||17||11||16.75|
|T-17. Frank Gore (vs.KC)||16||16||20||15||16.75|
|19. Darren Sproles (@TB)||22||20||16||18||19|
|20. Mikel Leshoure (@CHI)||20||19||24||22||21.25|
Forgive me for disagreeing with our experts, but I’m much higher on Felix Jones, and think he belongs at the back half of the top ten. The Carolina defense made Andre Brown look like some sort of Walter Payton-Gale Sayers fusion during his first ever start. Brown rushed for 113 yards and two TDs, and the Panthers also allowed the aging, plodding Michael Turner to average 7.9 yards per carry.
|1. A.J. Green (vs. PIT)||1||1||1||3||1.50|
|2. Calvin Johnson (@CHI)||4||2||3||4||3.25|
|3. Wes Welker (vs. NYJ)||6||5||2||1||3.50|
|4. Victor Cruz (vs. WAS)||5||4||4||5||4.50|
|5. Brandon Marshall (vs. DET)||3||3||9||6||5.25|
|6. Marques Colston (@TB)||8||7||5||7||6.75|
|T-6. Percy Harvin (vs. ARI)||2||3||6||16||6.75|
|7. Larry Fitzgerald (@MIN)||10||8||7||11||9|
|8. Mike Wallace (@CIN)||12||9||11||8||9.25|
|9. Vincent Jackson (vs. NO)||9||12||16||2||9.75|
|10. Dez Bryant (@CAR)||11||20||12||9||13|
|11. Jordy Nelson (@STL)||14||14||8||18||13.50|
|12. Hakeem Nicks (vs. WAS)||18||17||14||10||14.75|
|13. Kenny Britt (@BUF)||20||11||14||19||16|
|14. Andre Johnson (vs. BAL)||15||23||19||12||16.50|
|15. Denarius Moore (vs. JAC)||21||16||18||14||17.25|
|16. Miles Austin (@CAR)||17||24||20||15||19|
|17. James Jones (@STL)||24||15||17||23||19.75|
|19. Mike Williams (vs. NO)||16||19||23||22||20|
|20. Antonio Brown (@CIN)||23||22||21||20||21.50|
Our boy Zegura seems to hate Percy Harvin, presumably due to the fear of a blanketing from Patrick Peterson. Fair enough, but last week Stevie Johnson posted 82 yards on the Cards, and three weeks ago Peterson et al were on the other end of Brian Hartline’s now quite famous/infamous 253-yard boom.
|1. Jimmy Graham (@TB)||1||1||1||1||1|
|2. Rob Gronkowski (vs. NYJ)||3||2||4||3||3|
|3. Aaron Hernandez (vs. NYJ)||5||5||2||2||3.50|
|4. Vernon Davis (vs. SEA)||2||4||5||4||3.75|
|5. Kyle Rudolph (vs. ARI)||7||6||3||5||5.25|
|6. Jason Witten (@CAR)||4||7||6||6||5.75|
|7. Scott Chandler (vs. TEN)||8||9||9||7||8.25|
|8. Greg Olsen (vs. DAL)||10||10||8||8||9|
|9. Heath Miller (@CIN)||9||8||7||15||9.75|
|T-10. Martellus Bennett (vs. WAS)||14||13||11||10||12|
|T-10. Fred Davis (@NYG)||12||11||14||11||12|
|11. Jared Cook (@BUF)||15||16||12||12||13.50|
|12. Brandon Pettigrew (@CHI)||13||12||16||14||13.75|
|14. Jermaine Gresham (vs. PIT)||11||15||13||18||14.25|
|15. Dennis Pitta (@HOU)||18||18||17||22||18.75|
The split here lies with Heath Miller. Believe in his renaissance, as Miller had a season-high 67 receiving yards last week, which was also higher than all but four of his games last year.
Graham returned to practice today, but he was limited. So as the week progresses his rankings will need to be adjusted, as he’ll likely be a game-time decision. Still, even if he plays and he’s at less than full health, Graham is capable of posting great numbers against one of the league’s worst secondaries.
|1. Chicago (vs. DET)||1||1||1||2||1.25|
|2. San Francisco (vs. SEA)||3||6||3||1||3.25|
|3. Minnesota (vs. ARI)||5||5||2||3||3.75|
|4. Green Bay (@STL)||6||2||4||4||4|
|5. New England (vs. NYJ)||2||7||5||5||4.75|
|6. Arizona (@MIN)||7||3||15||10||9.50|
|7. Oakland (vs. JAC)||15||10||7||8||10|
|8. Seattle (@SF)||13||9||11||11||11|
|9. Buffalo (vs. TEN)||12||14||10||17||13.25|
|10. Cleveland (@IND)||8||11||12||23||13.50|
Confusion still lurks around this Cardinals-Vikings game, with two of our experts thinking the league’s third-ranked pass rush can tee off on Christian Ponder, while the other two are greeting them with just so much meh. If the Colts and Redskins — two middle tier pass rushes that are ranked 16th and 18th respectively — can sack Ponder four times apiece, I like Arizona’s chances.
Godspeed everyone. Return next week for more names ordered by numbers.