Week 11 composite rankings

The autumn wind blows briskly in the direction of the Raiders' end zone.

Yet another week filled with stud matchups for studs should be fun. But yeah, we say that nearly every week, and every week disappointment inevitably follows. Still hate you, expectations.

Featured in this week’s composite rankings are Eric Karabell and Matthew Berry from ESPN, and Michael Fabiano and Matt Smith from NFL.com. My fellow Internet football writers Devang Desai and Kyle Smith helped with the compiling and number staring. So come with me now for some rankings, some musings, and lots of projections sure to fail.

Quarterbacks

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
Aaron Rodgers (@DET) 1 2 1 2 1.50
Drew Brees (@OAK) 2 1 2 1 1.50
Tom Brady (vs. IND) 3 3 3 4 3.25
Peyton Manning (vs. SD) 7 5 4 3 4.75
Matt Ryan (vs. ARI) 4 4 7 5 5.00
Robert Griffin III (vs. PHI) 5 6 6 8 6.25
Matthew Stafford (vs. GB) 9 9 5 7 7.50
Cam Newton (vs. TB) 6 7 10 10 8.25
Carson Palmer (vs. NO) 8 8 8 9 8.25
Andrew Luck (@NE) 11 11 9 6 9.25
Tony Romo (vs. CLE) 10 10 12 12 11.00
Josh Freeman (@CAR) 13 13 11 11 12.00
Andy Dalton (@KC) 12 12 14 17 13.75
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. MIA) 14 14 13 16 14.25
Philip Rivers (@DEN) 15 15 15 14 14.75

The stud matchups for the studs here are quite glaring, with Brady and Brees set to tee off on weak secondaries. But the especially intriguing stud matchup here belongs to Matthew Stafford, the quickly-rising Lions quarterback who had 796 passing yards over two games against the Packers last year.

Running backs

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
Arian Foster (vs. JAC) 1 1 1 1 1.00
Ray Rice (@PIT) 3 2 5 2 3.00
Doug Martin (@CAR) 4 4 2 3 3.25
C.J. Spiller (vs. MIA) 2 5 3 4 3.50
LeSean McCoy (@WAS) 5 3 7 8 5.75
Stevan Ridley (vs. IND) 6 6 4 7 5.75
Trent Richardson (@DAL) 7 7 8 9 7.75
Alfred Morris (vs. PHI) 8 8 9 7 8.00
Jamaal Charles (vs. CIN) 12 12 6 5 8.75
Matt Forte (@SF) 9 9 12 13 10.75
Steven Jackson (vs. NYJ) 11 11 15 15 13.00
Frank Gore (vs. CHI) 17 17 10 11 13.75
Shonn Greene (@STL) 10 10 19 17 14.00
Willis McGahee (vs. SD) 18 18 13 10 14.75
Marcel Reece (vs. NO) 13 13 17 17 15.00
Ryan Mathews (@DEN) 19 19 11 14 15.75
Felix Jones (vs. CLE) 14 14 18 24 17.50
Reggie Bush (vs. BUF) 21 21 16 12 17.50
Michael Turner (vs. ARI) 15 15 21 20 17.75
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@KC) 20 20 22 19 20.25

Mathews missed practice again today due to a neck injury, and if he’s absent tomorrow too his value in similar rankings should plummet quickly. Those in deep leagues where the free agent pool has been picked clean at this point in the week after waiver claims need to pick up Jackie Battle immediately to insure themselves.

Wide receivers

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
A.J Green (@KC) 1 1 2 1 1.25
Calvin Johnson (vs. GB) 2 2 1 2 1.75
Roddy White (vs. ARI) 3 3 8 4 4.5
Reggie Wayne (@NE) 6 6 3 5 5
Julio Jones (vs. ARI) 4 4 7 8 5.75
Demaryius Thomas (vs. SD) 8 8 4 3 5.75
Marques Colston (@OAK) 7 7 6 7 6.75
Brandon Marshall (@SF) 5 5 11 10 7.75
Denarius Moore (vs. NO) 10 10 5 6 7.75
Wes Welker (vs. IND) 9 9 9 11 9.5
Vincent Jackson (@CAR) 11 11 15 9 11.5
Eric Decker (vs. SD) 15 15 10 15 13.75
Jordy Nelson (@DET) 16 16 12 12 14
Larry Fitzgerald (@ATL) 14 14 14 16 14.5
Steve Smith (vs. TB) 12 12 16 19 14.75
Dez Bryant (vs. CLE) 13 13 21 14 15.25
Randall Cobb (@DET) 18 18 13 18 16.75
Mike Wallace (vs. BAL) 17 17 18 21 18.25
Andre Johnson (vs. JAC) 21 21 20 13 18.75
Danny Amendola (vs. NYJ) 19 19 19 22 19.75
Miles Austin (vs. CLE) 25 24 17 17 20.75

Even under normal circumstances, Brandon Marshall has a tough matchup against a 49ers secondary that’s one of only five in the league giving up less than 200 yards through the air per game. But with every day that passes without a Jay Cutler appearance on a practice field, Marshall’s outlook gets significantly worse.

If Cutler can’t play Monday night — and at this point, that appears to be the likely outcome of his concussion this week — then it’ll be Jason Campbell again under center for the Bears. While he’s one of the better backup QBs in the league and he’s a steep upgrade from Caleb Hanie, this is still the same Jason Campbell who’s throwing motion is only a little higher on the wonk scale than Byron Leftwich’s. Plays that take an entire half to develop won’t work well for a receiver whose game is based primarily on deep targets.

Tight Ends

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
Jimmy Graham (@OAK) 1 1 1 1 1.00
Rob Gronkowski (vs. IND) 2 2 2 2 2.00
Tony Gonzalez (vs. ARI) 3 3 5 4 3.75
Jason Witten (vs. CLE) 6 4 4 3 4.25
Antonio Gates (@DEN) 4 5 3 5 4.75
Heath Miller (vs. BAL) 5 6 8 7 6.50
Owen Daniels (vs. JAC) 7 7 6 6 7.50
Greg Olsen (vs. TB) 8 8 12 13 10.25
Vernon Davis (vs. CHI) 11 12 10 10 10.75
Brandon Pettigrew (vs. GB) 10 10 16 9 11.25
Brent Celek (@WAS) 9 9 11 19 12.00
Brandon Myers (vs. NO) 12 11 13 18 12.00
Dustin Keller (@STL) 13 13 14 14 13.50
Jermaine Gresham (@KC) 14 14 9 11 13.50
Scott Chandler (vs. MIA) 17 17 17 12 15.75

I’m going to go off the board with a desperation sleeper pick who plays in tonight’s game: Anthony Fasano. Yes, he’s been non-existent over the past three weeks, catching only three balls for 12 yards. But the Bills’ defense is among the worst at covering tight ends, allowing 65.5 yards per game to the position, making Fasano justifiable for a deep league owner searching to replace Martellus Bennett during the final week of byes.

Fasano won’t wow you with yardage, as his single-game season high is only 47 yards. But with that known Bills weakness against TEs and the Dolphins’ desire to restore their starting quarterback’s confidence after his implosion last week, he could become a greater factor tonight. Fasano also has three touchdowns despite only 25 receptions, which is a reflection of his continued red-zone presence that could again lead to a score with the Dolphins likely able to advance deep into Bills territory tonight through a thorough ground gashing.

Defense/Special Teams

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
Texans (vs. JAC) 2 2 1 1 1.5
Bears (@SF) 1 1 3 2 1.75
49ers (vs. CHI) 3 7 2 3 3.75
Broncos (vs. SD) 5 4 5 4 4.5
Falcons (vs. ARI) 4 3 8 5 5
Bengals (@KC) 10 5 7 8 7.5
Cowboys (vs. CLE) 6 10 6 16 9.5
Patriots (vs. IND) 9 6 15 9 9.75
Rams (vs. NYJ) 7 11 11 13 10.5
Packers (@DET) 11 9 14 10 11
Redskins (vs. PHI) 8 12 12 12 11
Buccaneers (@CAR) 12 8 9 19 12

If Mathews sits out the Broncos become even more appealing. However, as I wrote earlier, I’m not high on the Buccaneers defense against Cam Newton. Yes, the Bucs rather quietly have the league’s best unit against the run, but that’s countered by a feeble secondary which is now playing without Aqib Talib.

Newton’s only had two +300 yard passing days this year, and one of those games came in Week 1 against Tampa. On the season he’s averaging only 238.1 yards per game.