Week 14 Fantasy Rankings

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After finishing in the Top 10 in FantasyPros’ 2012 Expert Accuracy Competition, theScore’s Justin Boone is back in the Top 10 this season. Here are his rankings for Week 14.

Quarterbacks

Rank Player Matchup
1 Peyton Manning – Den vs. Ten
2 Matthew Stafford – Det at Phi
3 Nick Foles – Phi vs. Det
4 Drew Brees – NO vs. Car
5 Tom Brady – NE vs. Cle
6 Josh McCown – Chi vs. Dal
7 Cam Newton – Car at NO
8 Robert Griffin – Was vs. KC
9 Alex Smith – KC at Was
10 Philip Rivers – SD vs. NYG
11 Tony Romo – Dal at Chi
12 Russell Wilson – Sea at SF
13 Joe Flacco – Bal vs. Min
14 Matt Ryan – Atl at GB
15 Ryan Fitzpatrick – Ten at Den
16 Andy Dalton – Cin vs. Ind
17 Carson Palmer – Ari vs. StL
18 Colin Kaepernick – SF vs. Sea
19 Ben Roethlisberger – Pit vs. Mia
20 Andrew Luck – Ind at Cin
21 Ryan Tannehill – Mia at Pit
22 Eli Manning – NYG at SD
23 Matt Flynn – GB vs. Atl
24 EJ Manuel – Buf at TB
25 Mike Glennon – TB vs. Buf
26 Chad Henne – Jac vs. Hou
27 Case Keenum – Hou at Jac
28 Geno Smith – NYJ vs. Oak
29 Matt Cassel – Min at Bal
30 Matt McGloin – Oak at NYJ
31 Kellen Clemens – StL at Ari
32 Alex Tanney – Cle at NE

Peyton Manning has a tough matchup with a Titans’ defense that has done well against the pass, allowing only eight touchdowns through the air this season. Expect that number to rise significantly Sunday… Until Nick Foles shows us otherwise, he is a top five quarterback the rest of the way. This week he goes up against Matt Stafford and the Lions, in a game that should make fantasy owners very happy… Much like Foles, Josh McCown has turned into an excellent QB1 late in the season. Unfortunately for McCown, the party is over once Jay Cutler is healthy. Keep an eye on Cutler’s status for Monday night… Russell Wilson looked nearly unstoppable last week, but his matchup with the 49ers should provide more resistance. San Francisco held Wilson to 142 yards with a touchdown and a pick earlier in the season… He hasn’t done much in 2013, but Joe Flacco at home against the Vikings is a better option than Colin Kaepernick or Andrew Luck this week.

Running Backs

Rank Player Matchup
1 Jamaal Charles – KC at Was
2 Matt Forte – Chi vs. Dal
3 DeMarco Murray – Dal at Chi
4 Adrian Peterson – Min at Bal
5 Eddie Lacy – GB vs. Atl
6 LeSean McCoy – Phi vs. Det
7 Andre Brown – NYG at SD
8 Knowshon Moreno – Den vs. Ten
9 Marshawn Lynch – Sea at SF
10 Reggie Bush – Det at Phi
11 Le’Veon Bell – Pit vs. Mia
12 Ben Tate – Hou at Jac
13 Alfred Morris – Was vs. KC
14 Maurice Jones-Drew – Jac vs. Hou
15 Shane Vereen – NE vs. Cle
16 Bobby Rainey – TB vs. Buf
17 Chris Johnson – Ten at Den
18 Zac Stacy – StL at Ari
19 Frank Gore – SF vs. Sea
20 Rashad Jennings – Oak at NYJ
21 Steven Jackson – Atl at GB
22 C.J. Spiller – Buf at TB
23 Ray Rice – Bal vs. Min
24 Giovani Bernard – Cin vs. Ind
25 Donald Brown – Ind at Cin
26 Rashard Mendenhall – Ari vs. StL
27 Ryan Mathews – SD vs. NYG
28 Fred Jackson – Buf at TB
29 Chris Ivory – NYJ vs. Oak
30 Montee Ball – Den vs. Ten
31 Danny Woodhead – SD vs. NYG
32 Joique Bell – Det at Phi
33 Pierre Thomas – NO vs. Car
34 Lamar Miller – Mia at Pit
35 BenJarvus Green-Ellis – Cin vs. Ind
36 LeGarrette Blount – NE vs. Cle
37 Darren Sproles – NO vs. Car
38 Chris Ogbonnaya – Cle at NE
39 Bilal Powell – NYJ vs. Oak
40 Andre Ellington – Ari vs. StL
41 Dennis Johnson – Hou at Jac
42 DeAngelo Williams – Car at NO
43 Jacquizz Rodgers – Atl at GB
44 Mike Tolbert – Car at NO
45 Roy Helu – Was vs. KC
46 Bernard Pierce – Bal vs. Min
47 Darren McFadden – Oak at NYJ
48 Fozzy Whittaker – Cle at NE
49 Brian Leonard – TB vs. Buf
50 Jonathan Stewart – Car at NO
51 Trent Richardson – Ind at Cin
52 Brandon Bolden – NE vs. Cle
53 James Starks – GB vs. Atl
54 Mark Ingram – NO vs. Car
55 Shonn Greene – Ten at Den
56 Jordan Todman – Jac vs. Hou
57 Willis McGahee – Cle at NE
58 Peyton Hillis – NYG at SD
59 Michael Bush – Chi vs. Dal
60 Robert Turbin – Sea at SF

The Bears have allowed 504 rushing yards over the last two games. Which running back gets the free pass this week? DeMarco Murray…. Aaron Rodgers’ absence makes Eddie Lacy a volatile fantasy option. The Packers are forced to lean on him, but defences are also able to stack the box against the rookie, which explains his 1.6 yards per carry in Week 13. Despite the bad outing, Lacy is back in the top five mostly due to his matchup with the Falcons’ defense… Is it just me or does it seem like Le’Veon Bell should maybe take a week or two off after falling into the end zone unconscious on Thanksgiving? Right now it looks like he’s on track to play and if he does you almost have to start him… Let’s hope the three-touchdown Ben Tate shows up this week and not the seven carries for one yard Tate, who was swallowed up by the Jaguars two weeks ago… The Patriots may be playing games with their power backs, but Shane Vereen will not disappoint you. He is a dangerous weapon and is a good bet to find the end zone again this week… Zac Stacy, Frank Gore and Rashad Jennings fall out of the top 10 due to their challenging matchups… Great to see C.J. Spiller breaking off long runs against the Falcons, but his injuries aren’t going away, making him a high-risk/high-reward start.

Wide Receivers

Rank Player Matchup
1 Calvin Johnson – Det at Phi
2 Brandon Marshall – Chi vs. Dal
3 A.J. Green – Cin vs. Ind
4 Dez Bryant – Dal at Chi
5 Josh Gordon – Cle at NE
6 Alshon Jeffery – Chi vs. Dal
7 Andre Johnson – Hou at Jac
8 Demaryius Thomas – Den vs. Ten
9 Vincent Jackson – TB vs. Buf
10 DeSean Jackson – Phi vs. Det
11 Jordy Nelson – GB vs. Atl
12 Pierre Garcon – Was vs. KC
13 Victor Cruz – NYG at SD
14 Larry Fitzgerald – Ari vs. StL
15 Torrey Smith – Bal vs. Min
16 Antonio Brown – Pit vs. Mia
17 Keenan Allen – SD vs. NYG
18 Kendall Wright – Ten at Den
19 Michael Floyd – Ari vs. StL
20 Wes Welker – Den vs. Ten
21 Riley Cooper – Phi vs. Det
22 Eric Decker – Den vs. Ten
23 Roddy White – Atl at GB
24 Cecil Shorts – Jac vs. Hou
25 Harry Douglas – Atl at GB
26 Mike Wallace – Mia at Pit
27 Julian Edelman – NE vs. Cle
28 T.Y. Hilton – Ind at Cin
29 Steve Johnson – Buf at TB
30 Marques Colston – NO vs. Car
31 Dwayne Bowe – KC at Was
32 Brian Hartline – Mia at Pit
33 Nate Burleson – Det at Phi
34 Doug Baldwin – Sea at SF
35 Rod Streater – Oak at NYJ
36 Golden Tate – Sea at SF
37 Emmanuel Sanders – Pit vs. Mia
38 James Jones – GB vs. Atl
39 Steve Smith – Car at NO
40 Jarrett Boykin – GB vs. Atl
41 Rueben Randle – NYG at SD
42 Danny Amendola – NE vs. Cle
43 Brandon LaFell – Car at NO
44 Michael Crabtree – SF vs. Sea
45 Tiquan Underwood – TB vs. Buf
46 DeAndre Hopkins – Hou at Jac
47 Anquan Boldin – SF vs. Sea
48 Jacoby Jones – Bal vs. Min
49 Nate Washington – Ten at Den
50 Robert Woods – Buf at TB
51 Ace Sanders – Jac vs. Hou
52 Andre Holmes – Oak at NYJ
53 Rishard Matthews – Mia at Pit
54 Dexter McCluster – KC at Was
55 Tavon Austin – StL at Ari
56 Greg Jennings – Min at Bal
57 Hakeem Nicks – NYG at SD
58 Andre Roberts – Ari vs. StL
59 Terrance Williams – Dal at Chi
60 Justin Hunter – Ten at Den
61 Cordarrelle Patterson – Min at Bal
62 Marlon Brown – Bal vs. Min
63 Jermaine Kearse – Sea at SF
64 Kenny Stills – NO vs. Car
65 Miles Austin – Dal at Chi
66 Jerricho Cotchery – Pit vs. Mia
67 Donnie Avery – KC at Was
68 Kenbrell Thompkins – NE vs. Cle
69 Chris Givens – StL at Ari
70 Marvin Jones – Cin vs. Ind
71 Jerome Simpson – Min at Bal
72 David Nelson – NYJ vs. Oak
73 Greg Little – Cle at NE
74 Lavon Brazill – Ind at Cin
75 Ted Ginn – Car at NO

Alshon Jeffery has been outstanding this season, but the pendelum is about to swing back to Brandon Marshall… Dez Bryant hasn’t had a 100-yard game since Week 7. He is long overdue… Much like Eddie Lacy, Packers WR Jordy Nelson gets bumped back up against the Falcons’ defense, despite a letdown last week… The Dolphins have done a really good job against opponents’ top receivers. Antonio Brown will do battle with the underrated Brent Grimes on Sunday… Roddy White showed signs of life last week against the Bills, enough to trust him the rest of the way… Julian Edelman is the most valuable Patriots’ pass catcher outside of Rob Gronkowski… Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate are profiting from Percy Harvin’s inability to get on the field… If Denarius Moore is ruled out again, Andre Holmes will jump 10 spots or more. No pun intended… Marquee receivers who will hurt you more than help you this week: Marques Colston, Dwayne Bowe, Danny Amendola.

Tight Ends

Rank Player Matchup
1 Rob Gronkowski – NE vs. Cle
2 Jimmy Graham – NO vs. Car
3 Jason Witten – Dal at Chi
4 Vernon Davis – SF vs. Sea
5 Tony Gonzalez – Atl at GB
6 Greg Olsen – Car at NO
7 Julius Thomas – Den vs. Ten
8 Jordan Reed – Was vs. KC
9 Coby Fleener – Ind at Cin
10 Jordan Cameron – Cle at NE
11 Garrett Graham – Hou at Jac
12 Antonio Gates – SD vs. NYG
13 Delanie Walker – Ten at Den
14 Jared Cook – StL at Ari
15 Martellus Bennett – Chi vs. Dal
16 Ladarius Green – SD vs. NYG
17 Heath Miller – Pit vs. Mia
18 Charles Clay – Mia at Pit
19 Anthony Fasano – KC at Was
20 Rob Housler – Ari vs. StL
21 John Carlson – Min at Bal
22 Tim Wright – TB vs. Buf
23 Scott Chandler – Buf at TB
24 Zach Ertz – Phi vs. Det
25 Zach Miller – Sea at SF
26 Brandon Pettigrew – Det at Phi
27 Mychal Rivera – Oak at NYJ
28 Jermaine Gresham – Cin vs. Ind
29 Brandon Myers – NYG at SD
30 Tyler Eifert – Cin vs. Ind
31 Brent Celek – Phi vs. Det
32 Marcedes Lewis – Jac vs. Hou

Julius Thomas and Jordan Reed remain injury concerns heading into Week 13, but if they start they are game changers… Some of you may have already walked away from the Jordan Cameron experience and rightfully so. This will be his last appearance in the top 10, unless he shows some of that early season magic… If Delanie Walker is cleared from his concussion, he will move up a few spots… Jared Cook torched the Cardinals in the opener. Since then he has been missing in action, but the Cardinals are so awful at defending tight ends Cook reappears in the top 15… You don’t want to be playing against Ladarius Green, but you likely won’t be completely confident starting him either. The fun of the fantasy football playoffs!

Kickers

Rank Player Matchup
1 Matt Prater – Den vs. Ten
2 Stephen Gostkowski – NE vs. Cle
3 Justin Tucker – Bal vs. Min
4 Steven Hauschka – Sea at SF
5 Dan Bailey – Dal at Chi
6 Robbie Gould – Chi vs. Dal
7 Mason Crosby – GB vs. Atl
8 Nick Novak – SD vs. NYG
9 Ryan Succop – KC at Was
10 Mike Nugent – Cin vs. Ind
11 Adam Vinatieri – Ind at Cin
12 Garrett Hartley – NO vs. Car
13 Phil Dawson – SF vs. Sea
14 Alex Henery – Phi vs. Det
15 David Akers – Det at Phi
16 Nick Folk – NYJ vs. Oak
17 Randy Bullock – Hou at Jac
18 Jay Feely – Ari vs. StL
19 Shaun Suisham – Pit vs. Mia
20 Blair Walsh – Min at Bal
21 Caleb Sturgis – Mia at Pit
22 Rian Lindell – TB vs. Buf
23 Greg Zuerlein – StL at Ari
24 Dan Carpenter – Buf at TB
25 Sebastian Janikowski – Oak at NYJ
26 Josh Brown – NYG at SD
27 Matt Bryant – Atl at GB
28 Graham Gano – Car at NO
29 Rob Bironas – Ten at Den
30 Kai Forbath – Was vs. KC
31 Josh Scobee – Jac vs. Hou
32 Billy Cundiff – Cle at NE

Defense/Special Teams

Rank Team Matchup
1 New England Patriots – NE vs. Cle
2 Kansas City Chiefs – KC at Was
3 Baltimore Ravens – Bal vs. Min
4 Oakland Raiders – Oak at NYJ
5 Seattle Seahawks – Sea at SF
6 Arizona Cardinals – Ari vs. StL
7 Buffalo Bills – Buf at TB
8 Carolina Panthers – Car at NO
9 New York Jets – NYJ vs. Oak
10 San Francisco 49ers – SF vs. Sea
11 Denver Broncos – Den vs. Ten
12 Cincinnati Bengals – Cin vs. Ind
13 Miami Dolphins – Mia at Pit
14 New Orleans Saints – NO vs. Car
15 St. Louis Rams – StL at Ari
16 San Diego Chargers – SD vs. NYG
17 Pittsburgh Steelers – Pit vs. Mia
18 Green Bay Packers – GB vs. Atl
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – TB vs. Buf
20 Chicago Bears – Chi vs. Dal
21 Minnesota Vikings – Min at Bal
22 Indianapolis Colts – Ind at Cin
23 Houston Texans – Hou at Jac
24 Philadelphia Eagles – Phi vs. Det
25 Atlanta Falcons – Atl at GB
26 Jacksonville Jaguars – Jac vs. Hou
27 New York Giants – NYG at SD
28 Detroit Lions – Det at Phi
29 Dallas Cowboys – Dal at Chi
30 Cleveland Browns – Cle at NE
31 Tennessee Titans – Ten at Den
32 Washington Redskins – Was vs. KC