Week 12 composite rankings


Hey you guys, it’s rankings time. In a special edition to get you ready for the smorgasbord of Thanksgiving day action I did the same thing we’ve done in weeks past. We that we can retire the word ‘special’ from our lexicon. You’re not special. Your kids crapily made macaroni sculpture of the Mona Lisa isn’t special. Nothing is special.

Yes, as you can probably tell I had a horrible week in fantasy football. Luckily our rag tag crew of fantasy experts — Michael Fabiano and Matt Smith of NFL.com, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard of CBS.com and Matt Berry and Eric Karabell of the mothership — are back with their weekly rankings. Throw me a line fellas.

Quarterbacks

Player Fabiano Smith Eisenberg Richard Average
Aaron Rodgers @NYG 1 3 1 2 1.75
Peyton Manning @KC 3 2 2 1 2
Drew Brees vs.SF 2 1 4 4 2.75
Tom Brady @NYJ 7 7 3 3 5
Andrew Luck vs.Buf 5 5 6 9 6.25
Matt Ryan @TB 6 6 5 8 6.25
Robert Griffin III @DAL 4 4 16 5 7.25
Cam Newton @PHI 9 9 9 6 8.25
Andy Dalton vs.OAK 8 8 8 10 8.5
Matthew Stafford vs.HOU 13 12 7 7 9.75
Tony Romo vs.WAS 12 10 10 13 11.25
Josh Freeman vs. ATL 11 11 15 14 12.75
Carson Palmer @CIN 17 15 11 12 13.75
Colin Kaepernick @NO 10 21 12 16 14.75
Matt Schaub @DET 18 17 13 11 14.75
Eli Manning vs.GB 15 20 14 15 16
Chad Henne vs.TEN 16 14 20 18 17
Russell Wilson @MIA 20 18 19 19 19
Ryan Fitzpatrick @IND 19 16 18 25 19.5
Jake Locker @JAC 21 19 17 21 19.5
Philip Rivers vs.BAL 22 22 21 17 20.5
Joe Flacco @SD 23 23 23 23 23

All eyes will be on Indianapolis this week — lol, just playin — when the Colts look to get back on track against Buffalo at home. The Bills defence has shown signs of life in recent weeks but I don’t like their chances on the turf in Indy. Luck’s a strong play. Friend of the blog Chad Henne is another solid option in deeper leagues this week, going up against the 26th ranked Titans pass defence at home. Joe Flacco and Phil Rivers do battle in San Diego to see who can under deliver on expectations best. Should be an enthralling disaster.

Running Backs

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
Arian Foster @DET 1 1 1 1 1
Doug Martin vs.ATL 2 2 5 2 2.75
Adrian Peterson @CHI 3 3 2 3 2.75
Chris Johnson  @JAC 5 5 3 8 5.25
C.J Spiller @IND 4 4 9 6 5.75
Ray Rice @SD 6 6 7 5 6
Marshawn Lynch @MIA 7 7 6 4 6
Frank Gore @NO 11 9 4 7 7.75
Trent Richardson vs. PIT 9 10 11 10 10
Jamaal Charles vs.DEN 12 12 12 9 11.25
Stevan Ridley @NYJ 13 13 8 11 11.25
Marcel Reece @CIN 10 11 14 14 12.25
BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs.OAK 14 14 18 12 14.5
Alfred Morris @DAL 17 18 10 13 14.5
Matt Forte vs.MIN 15 15 13 16 14.75
Ryan Matthews vs. BAL 16 16 20 18 17.5
Steven Jackson @ARI 19 20 17 17 18.25
Vick Ballard vs. BUF 21 19 15 27 20.5
Felix Jones vs.WAS 18 17 27 24 21.5
Ahmad Bradshaw vs.GB 25 25 21 15 21.5
Ronnie Hillman @KC 23 22 22 22 22.25
Shonn Greene vs.NE 20 21 26 23 22.5
Mikel Leshoure vs.HOU 26 26 24 20 24
Michael Turner @TB 27 27 28 21 25.75
Jonathan Stewart @PHI 22 23 34 26 26.25
Jonathan Dwyer @CLE 24 24 29 29 26.5
Jalen Parmele vs. TEN 30 30 23 25 27
Beanie Wells vs.STL 29 29 32 28 29.5
Rashard Mendenhall @CLE 28 28 31 33 30
Reggie Bush vs.SEA 31 31 38 30 32.5
James Starks @NYG 32 32 35 38 34.25

Frank Gore’s production has fallen off after a superb start to the season. Gore owners should get a reprieve this week as San Francisco travels to New Orleans to take on the league’s worst rush defense. In deeper leagues Kendall Hunter may be worth a look as well. Ronnie Hillman has been the pick up of the week after Willis McGahee McGahee’d his leg — Hillman faces a Kansas City defence that doesn’t do anything well. Adrian Peterson returns from the bye,  thank you various deities, but faces an angry Bears D that will look to make things right after Monday night’s embarrassing display.

Wide Receiver

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
A.J Green vs.OAK 1 1 1 1 1
Roddy White @TB 3 2 3 2 2.5
Calvin Johnson vs.HOU 2 3 2 3 2.5
Brandon Marshall vs. MIN 4 4 7 7 5.5
Reggie Wayne vs.BUF 7 6 4 5 5.5
Vincent Jackson vs.ATL 5 5 13 4 6.75
Victor Cruz vs.GB 6 7 8 11 8
Demaryius Thomas @KC 10 10 6 6 8
Dez Bryant vs.WAS 11 11 5 8 8.75
Andre Johnson @DET 8 8 12 12 10
Randall Cobb @NYG 14 14 10 10 12
Percy Harvin @CHI 9 9 11 21 12.5
Wes Welker @NYJ 15 15 9 14 13.25
Marques Colston vs. SF 13 13 19 9 13.5
Jordy Nelson @NYG 12 12 16 15 13.75
Miles Austin vs.WAS 17 16 14 13 15
Eric Decker @KC 16 18 20 18 18
Julio Jones @TB 21 21 18 17 19.25
Steve Smith @PHI 25 25 15 19 21
Denarius Moore @CIN 26 26 17 16 21.25
Michael Crabtree @NO 19 19 28 23 22.25
Stevie Johnson @IND 23 23 26 20 23
Cecil Shorts vs. TEN 18 17 29 31 23.75
Hakeem Nicks @GB 22 24 22 28 24
Danny Amendola @ARI 24 22 25 26 24.25
Denario Alexander vs.BAL 20 20 30 29 24.75
Larry Fitzgerald vs.STL 27 27 23 22 24.75
Mike Wallace @CLE 29 29 24 24 26.5
Torrey Smith @SD 28 28 33 27 29
Sidney Rice @MIA 32 32 29 43 34

A.J Green is the best Wide Receiver in fantasy football this year. One handed catches aside , the most remarkable aspect of Green’s 2012 campaign has been his consistency — averaging 14.7 points a week and only scoring under 12 points twice.  Meanwhile Denario Alexander has emerged from the depths of the waiver wire to become a viable option in all leagues. Sleeper of the week: Donald Jones. Expect a scoring frenzy at Lucas Oil Field this Sunday. Jones will be a factor.

Tight Ends

Player Fabiano Smith Berry Karabell Average
Jimmy Graham vs.SF 1 1 1 1 1
Jason Witten vs.WAS 2 2 2 2 2
Tony Gonzalez @TB 3 3 3 3 3
Owen Daniels @DET 7 7 4 5 5.75
Vernon Davis @NO 8 6 5 6 6.25
Antonio Gates vs.BAL 4 4 11 7 6.5
Brandon Myers @CIN 5 5 10 8 7
Jermaine Gresham vs.OAK 10 8 8 9 8.75
Heath Miller @CLE 9 9 9 10 9.25
Aaron Hernandez @NYJ 6 25 6 4 10.25
Jermichael Finley @NYG 11 10 7 13 10.25
Greg Olsen @PHI 12 11 14 14 12.75
Brandon Pettigrew vs.HOU 13 13 19 12 14.25
Dustin Keller vs.NE 15 14 13 18 15
Dwayne Allen vs.BUF 17 16 12 19 16
Dallas Clark vs.ATL 16 15 23 20 18.5
Marcedes Lewis vs.TEN 14 12 25 24 18.75
Jared Cook @JAC 20 19 21 15 18.75
Brent Celek vs.CAR 18 17 20 23 19.5
Garrett Graham @DET 19 18 26 26 22.25

Vernon Davis owners will wait with baited breath to see who starts for the 49ers this week. For the first time in weeks Davis was targeted consistently thanks to the presence of rook Colin Kaepernick behind center. It should be noted Matt Smith ranked his Tight Ends before it was  known Aaron Hernandez would play tomorrow night. Hernandez is the second best play behind Graham this week. Start him with confidence. On a personal note Scott Chandler’s fall into irrelevancy has been precipitous. Damn.

Defense/ST

Team Fabiano Rank Berry Karabell Average
Denver @KC 1 1 2 2 1.5
Chicago vs.MIN 3 3 5 1 3
Houston @DET 4 4 6 3 4.25
Seattle @MIA 6 6 1 6 4.75
New England @NYJ 2 2 10 10 6
San Francisco @NO 10 10 4 4 7
Baltimore @SD 5 5 15 5 7.5
Arizona vs.STL 8 8 11 11 9.5
Green Bay @NYG 11 11 13 8 10.75
Carolina @PHI 12 12 7 13 11
Cincinnati vs.OAK 9 9 14 16 12
Washington @DAL 7 7 21 17 13
St.Louis @ARI 13 13 12 15 13.25
New York Giants vs.GB 15 15 17 14 15.25
San Diego vs.BAL 14 14 24 20 18

The Denver Defense/Special Teams combo may be the strongest play amongst all positions this week — simply put: the Chiefs suck.  The Packers head to New York to take on a struggling Eli Manning & Co. Be wary. Though the Giants are 5-3 after the bye since 2004, the offence has put up an average 29.15 points in those games.

Good luck everyone. I didn’t mean it, you’re all special.