Due to the fact that the majority of us do not have control over the NFL, we all turn to fantasy football. It gives us some sense of control, and allows us to root for players when our teams are underachieving to our limitless standards.
Among other things, we do not have control over bye weeks and injuries. That's where you, as a fantasy team owner, need to dig deep into your arsenal and pick up the right players to get you through tough times.
Ranking quarterback's, running back's, and wide receiver's from top to bottom may also guide you in the right direction. Let's take a look. Shall we?
If there is a better time than this week for Michael Vick to get back to his old fantasy form, feel free to share your opinions with me. The Saints defense has been historically awful. Over the last four contests, they have given up an average of 336 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and 30 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Look for Number 7 to blow up the stat sheet Monday night in New Orleans.
Cam Newton is another guy who needs to start earning the respect of his fantasy owners. Things are looking up considering he is going up against a Redskins defense with more holes than Swiss cheese.
If you have Tom Brady, obviously you need to choose someone to replace him for the week. Consider Andy Dalton. The Bengals need a win right now as desperately as anyone. The Cowboys have defeated the last three teams they have faced with a 7-0 record. If history is going to repeat itself, expect Tony Romo to get you a solid 20 to 30 fantasy points in Atlanta.
Among the players to avoid this week are Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andrew Luck, Jay Cutler and Brandon Weeden. The Browns are going up against Baltimore, who, might I add, is coming off of a bye week. No Ray Lewis, no Ladarius Webb, no problem. They are going to make life very difficult for the 29-year old Rookie.
|2||R. Griffin III||QB||WAS||CAR|
|3||P. Manning||QB||DEN||@ CIN|
|4||M. Vick||QB||PHI||@ NO|
|8||M. Stafford||QB||DET||@ JAC|
|9||C. Newton||QB||CAR||@ WAS|
|10||B. Roethlisberger||QB||PIT||@ NYG|
|12||T. Romo||QB||DAL||@ ATL|
|14||J. Cutler||QB||CHI||@ TEN|
|15||J. Freeman||QB||TB||@ OAK|
|19||J. Flacco||QB||BAL||@ CLE|
|20||R. Fitzpatrick||QB||BUF||@ HOU|
|21||R. Tannehill||QB||MIA||@ IND|
|26||C. Ponder||QB||MIN||@ SEA|
|27||M. Cassel||QB||KC||@ SD|
|28||J. Skelton||QB||ARZ||@ GB|
Fantasy owners have had to really hold back their temperament when it comes to the role LeSean McCoy has had in the Eagles' scheme this season. Andy Reid may have said Michael Vick's job is safe, but if his team doesn't make the playoffs this season, he could very well be looking for new employment.
Getting McCoy involved is a great starting point for him. Expect Shady to get plenty of touches this week. The formula is simple: hand the ball off to him and you will control the tempo of the ball game.
Ravens defensive players have said Trent Richardson is the hardest back in the league to tackle. Now this is either a publicity stunt or some weird attempt at reverse psychology. Either way, the rookie from Alabama is a no-brainer to start in all formats this week against a Ravens run defense that has been exploited this year.
If I had posted this before Thursday night, which I should have, I would have suggested (just like I did on my own website) to bench Jamaal Charles. Since I am a bit too late on that, I will try to redeem myself by telling you to try and avoid starting Ahmad Bradshaw this week. The Steelers run defense has been great, and in a close game such as their matchup with the Giants should pan out to be, you will see the Giants rely more on Eli's arm to win the ball game.
As far as sleepers go, I love Jonathan Stewart and Mikel Leshoure.
|1||L. McCoy||RB||PHI||@ NO|
|2||R. Rice||RB||BAL||@ CLE|
|5||A. Peterson||RB||MIN||@ SEA|
|8||M. Forte||RB||CHI||@ TEN|
|10||W. McGahee||RB||DEN||@ CIN|
|11||J. Charles||RB||KC||@ SD|
|12||R. Bush||RB||MIA||@ IND|
|13||D. Martin||RB||TB||@ OAK|
|17||J. Stewart||RB||CAR||@ WAS|
|20||F. Jones||RB||DAL||@ ATL|
|21||C. Spiller||RB||BUF||@ HOU|
|23||J. Dwyer||RB||PIT||@ NYG|
|24||F. Jackson||RB||BUF||@ HOU|
|28||M. Leshoure||RB||DET||@ JAC|
|30||L. Stephens-Howling||RB||ARZ||@ GB|
|31||M. Bush||RB||CHI||@ TEN|
|32||J. Bell||RB||DET||@ JAC|
|33||P. Tanner||RB||DAL||@ ATL|
|34||P. Hillis||RB||KC||@ SD|
|36||D. Thomas||RB||MIA||@ IND|
|38||M. Tolbert||RB||CAR||@ WAS|
|39||D. Williams||RB||CAR||@ WAS|
|40||R. Hillman||RB||DEN||@ CIN|
|45||W. Powell||RB||ARZ||@ GB|
|47||I. Redman||RB||PIT||@ NYG|
|51||L. Blount||RB||TB||@ OAK|
|52||B. Pierce||RB||BAL||@ CLE|
|53||R. Mendenhall||RB||PIT||@ NYG|
|54||T. Gerhart||RB||MIN||@ SEA|
|55||B. Brown||RB||PHI||@ NO|
|57||C. Rainey||RB||PIT||@ NYG|
There are few superstitions I believe in, and one of them is the Madden Curse. How is it that the best receiver in the league hasn't caught a pass from his starting quarterback this season? Beats me, but I am going to make a bold prediction for this week. Calvin Johnson will have more yards receiving than Blaine Gabbert will have throwing the ball.
As mentioned previously, the Bengals are in desperate need of a win. In order to do that, they are going to need to heavily target A.J. Green.
Carolina's Steve Smith is poised for a breakout game against the vaunted Redskins secondary.
You could also expect to see big games from both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Their quarterback is a competitor, despite all of the criticism. He will find a way to get these guys involved and play a big role in their Monday night game against the Saints.
I would avoid Stevie Johnson as he will be seeing Jonathan Joseph in his sleep Sunday night.
As much as I believe Gabbert is going to have an awful game, I love Cecil Shorts in PPR leagues.
With Jordy Nelson (game-time decision) hampered by a hamstring injury, I would avoid starting him Sunday even if he does wind up playing. Hence why he is towards the middle of the pack in my rankings below. Although, I have confidence Aaron Rodgers will find no issue getting Randall Cobb and James Jones to fill his shoes with big plays at home against the Cardinals.
|1||C. Johnson||WR||DET||@ JAC|
|2||D. Thomas||WR||DEN||@ CIN|
|4||B. Marshall||WR||CHI||@ TEN|
|6||P. Harvin||WR||MIN||@ SEA|
|7||V. Jackson||WR||TB||@ OAK|
|10||E. Decker||WR||DEN||@ CIN|
|12||S. Smith||WR||CAR||@ WAS|
|13||M. Wallace||WR||PIT||@ NYG|
|16||L. Fitzgerald||WR||ARZ||@ GB|
|17||J. Maclin||WR||PHI||@ NO|
|20||D. Jackson||WR||PHI||@ NO|
|21||D. Bryant||WR||DAL||@ ATL|
|22||M. Austin||WR||DAL||@ ATL|
|24||D. Bowe||WR||KC||@ SD|
|25||A. Brown||WR||PIT||@ NYG|
|27||T. Smith||WR||BAL||@ CLE|
|28||T. Young||WR||DET||@ JAC|
|32||S. Johnson||WR||BUF||@ HOU|
|35||M. Williams||WR||TB||@ OAK|
|37||B. Hartline||WR||MIA||@ IND|
|40||A. Boldin||WR||BAL||@ CLE|
|42||A. Roberts||WR||ARZ||@ GB|
|45||R. Broyles||WR||DET||@ JAC|
|50||D. Bess||WR||MIA||@ IND|
|54||J. Baldwin||WR||KC||@ SD|
|55||D. Jones||WR||BUF||@ HOU|
|56||E. Bennett||WR||CHI||@ TEN|
|57||B. Stokley||WR||DEN||@ CIN|
|60||J. Simpson||WR||MIN||@ SEA|
|61||B. LaFell||WR||CAR||@ WAS|