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NFL Power Rankings – Week 13

Posted on 25 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There were no major shakeups in the power rankings this week, especially at the top, unless you consider the Titans slipping out of the top spot to #2 to be a major shakeup that is. With each passing week we seem to gain a little more clarity into the likely playoff picture, and possible seeding scenarios.

 

There’s still a lot of football left to be played, and certainly a surprise or two still around the corner in the season’s closing weeks, but by now I think we have a pretty good idea of which teams are contenders and which ones are pretenders. What’s still very much up for grabs though, is which of those contenders will position themselves to walk away with the hardware at the end. After all, there’s no trophy for being the best team after 11 games, or even 16 for that matter. It’s all about the playoffs, but until they begin, here’s how I see things so far.

 

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Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

 

1. New York Giants (2) – 10-1 – Most, myself included, probably felt that they were deserving of the top spot a few weeks ago, but the Titans simply kept rolling along. At this point, I think the consensus is that the Giants are probably the team to beat. We’ll see how they are able to maintain their focus and health down the stretch. Next Week: @ WAS

 

2. Tennessee Titans (1) – 10-1 – The Titans have struggled to run the ball in recent weeks, and this time it came back to bite them. Expect Jeff Fischer to use this as an opportunity to rally his troops. Having something left to work on at this point in the season isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Next Week: @ DET (Thanksgiving)

 

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (5) – 8-3 – The Steelers have quietly been doing what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from them. A strong effective defense, complimented by a conservative yet efficient offense has been the formula that’s kept the Steelers rolling along, and mostly staying under the radar while doing it. Next Week: @ NE

 

4. New York Jets (6) – 8-3 – Although the AFC East is still very much up for grabs, the Jets have gone a long way to cementing their position in control of the race. It appears that Brett Favre was right when he said that he thought he might have a little more football left in him. It looks like the Jets do too. Next Week: vs. DEN

 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8) – 8-3 – It seems that Jon Gruden has taken his once complex offense and made it plug and play. Despite the rash of injuries to skill position players, the Bucs keep getting it done with a revolving cast of characters on offense, and the defense that the Bucs have been known for. Next Week: vs. NO

 

6. Arizona Cardinals (4) – 7-4 – They held their own with the mighty Giants for just over a half, but clearly still have work to do if they hope to contend with the NFC’s elite. Perhaps the Cards were a bit hasty in phasing Edgerin James out of their game plan altogether. Next Week: @ PHI (Thanksgiving)

 

7. Carolina Panthers (3) – 8-3 – Maybe they were simply due for a letdown. Or maybe, like a lot of us they underestimated the upstart Atlanta Falcons. Whatever the reason for Sunday’s debacle, the NFC South doesn’t allow much margin for error. Even if they can’t get past Tampa though, the Panthers still find themselves in the best position of all of the potential wild cards. Next Week: @ GB

 

8. Indianapolis Colts (9) – 7-4 – Reports of the Colts’ demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated. The Colts are still very much in the thick of the hunt in the AFC, if not the AFC South, and may be proving that they’re even more dangerous with their backs to the wall. Next Week: @ CLE

 

9. Baltimore Ravens (10) – 7-4 – After a few early season stumbles late in games, the Ravens now appear to have the endgame mastered. Keeping teams from getting wide open early may be the key to the Ravens being able to string together a run that leads them to an improbable playoff berth. The Ravens are playing a cold weather style, we’ll see if it plays to their favor now that the weather’s turning. Next Week: @ CIN

 

10. Atlanta Falcons (18) – 7-4 – Consider me sold; these Falcons are for real. They still have their work cut out for them though sitting at 3rd in their division will certainly make the road to a potential playoff berth a bumpy one. Next Week: @ SD

 

11. Denver Broncos (7) – 6-5 – Nothing should surprise you when it comes to this team. Nothing that is, except for the few moments when they actually look like a playoff caliber team. Maybe the Broncos are having trouble focusing because no one in the division looks capable of keeping them from the playoffs anyway. If they limp into the postseason like they’ve played lately though, they could be in for another unforgettable postseason embarrassment. Next Week: @ NYJ

 

12. Washington Redskins (12) – 6-5 – They got a win on Sunday, but I don’t think they did much to dispel concerns surrounding the offense in recent weeks. Wild card spots in the NFC look like they could be awfully tough to come by, and the Giants appear unlikely to let anyone back into the NFC East race. We’ll see if Washington is able to turn up the sense of urgency in the next few weeks. Next Week: vs. NYG

 

13. Chicago Bears (13) – 6-5 – The Bears got back on track last week after back to back losses, and still find themselves in the driver’s seat for the NFC North. If they intend to get into the playoffs and beyond however, they’ll have to find a way to take some of the load off of rookie Matt Forte. Next Week: @ MIN

 

14. New England Patriots (15) – 7-4 – The Patriots look to have found a rhythm, and Matt Cassel has grown from high school quarterback to competent NFL starter in just a few weeks time. Something tells me that the rest of the AFC may be sorry that they didn’t put these Pats away when they had the chance. Next Week: vs. PIT

 

15. Dallas Cowboys (16) – 7-4 – Tony Romo has returned to form, and brought TO back with him to boot. For now it seems that all is well in Cowboy land. We’ll see if they can keep it going now that they all seem to be on the same page once again. Next Week: vs. SEA (Thanksgiving)

 

16. Minnesota Vikings (17) – 6-5 – The Vikings may be hitting their stride, and just in the nick of time. Luckily for them, the rest of the division may have waited for them to get ready to make themselves a factor in this race. The Vikes could be a tough draw in the playoffs, even on the road, with their strong run defense and ridiculous two-headed backfield. Next Week: vs. CHI

 

17. Miami Dolphins (14) – 6-5 – Fool Bellichick once, as the Dolphins did with the advent of the wildcat offense, and credit is due. Try it a second time, and shame on you. Tony Sparano and his Dolphins will have to figure out how to compliment their trickery by simply imposing their will on teams occasionally too. They have the weapons in their arsenal, now they just have to put them to the right use. Next Week: @ ST.L

 

18. Buffalo Bills (25) – 6-5 – Trent Edwards and the Bills certainly made a statement in KC on Sunday. In doing so they have also declared themselves back in the race for the AFC East. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s more than a one-week explosion. Next Week: vs. SF

 

19. San Diego Chargers (19) – 4-7 – I can’t help but feel like these Chargers still have some semblance of a run left in the tank, but with each passing week, it appears less and less likely. As long as the Broncos continue to stumble though, a playoff run will still remain a possibility for this team. Next Week: vs. ATL

 

20. New Orleans Saints (21) – 6-5 – Despite the rash of offensive injuries, this team has still been a major disappointment this season. Especially since, at times, they have played at an elite level. Still inconsistency and the success of the rest of this division will probably be too much for the Saints to overcome this season. Next Week: @ TB

 

21. Green Bay Packers (11) – 5-6 – Forget about the fact that Brett Favre is lighting it up for the Jets in the AFC, the Packers had to see what they had in Aaron Rodgers in this, his 4th season. With that said, they way that Rodgers and these Packers have played at times is the reason why Ted Thompson knew that having Favre around on the bench was not an option. Next Week: vs. CAR

 

22. Philadelphia Eagles (20) – 5-5-1 – The Eagles and Andy Reid appear to be their own worst enemy at this point. With a banged up Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter injured early in the game on Sunday, it’s feasible that Reid benched Donavan McNabb to simply keep him from being killed in the second half against the Ravens. Next Week: vs. AZ (Thanksgiving)

 

23. Houston Texans (24) – 4-7 – They’re clearly playing for the future at this point, but offensively at least, that future looks like it could be pretty bright. If they could put together a consistent defense, they might hope to contend in the talent laden AFC South. Next Week: vs. JAX

 

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (23) – 4-7 – The Jags are easily the most talented team in the bottom third of the rankings, on both sides of the ball it would seem. Something however keeps this team from being able to believe in themselves enough to play a game from start to finish. I suspect there will be big changes in Jacksonville this off-season. Next Week: @ HOU

 

25. Oakland Raiders (31) – 3-8 – The Raiders and Tom Cable are doing the best that they can with what they’ve got, and are scaring some teams in the process. In the big picture, they’re probably overmatched talent wise in most weeks, but they do have a few exciting young players to build around. Next Week: vs. KC

 

26. Cleveland Browns (22) – 4-7 – New quarterback, same old problems. Now they’re back to the old quarterback it seems, but the Browns need a lot more than a new QB to ignite this offense. They might need a defibrillator to get their collective heart going again. Next Week: vs. IND

 

27. San Francisco 49ers (26) – 3-8 – They’ve shuffled coaches, coordinators, quarterbacks and systems, but the Niners still appear no closer to getting to the playoffs any time soon. In fact they may be headed in the opposite direction altogether. Next Week: @ BUF

 

28. Seattle Seahawks (27) – 2-9 – They’ve put up much more of a fight it would seem in recent weeks, but still the Seahawks are nowhere close to where they expected to be at this point in the season. It looks like it’s safe to say that 2008 in Seattle may be the worst sports season any city has ever seen. Next Week: @ DAL (Thanksgiving)

 

29. Cincinnati Bengals (28) – 1-9-1 – It’d be nice to say that the Bengals have played better than their 1-9-1 record would indicate, but it’s probably not true. The Bengals still have enough firepower to be a handful for just about anyone, but a sustained period of success is highly unlikely. Next Week: vs. BAL

 

30. Kansas City Chiefs (28) – 1-10 – They seemed to have found an offensive rhythm of late, but simply can’t stop the run against anyone. The Cheifs should provide us with plenty of good highlights, both their own and their opponents, this season, but probably won’t be much of a factor in most games. Next Week: @ OAK

 

31. St. Louis Rams (30) – 2-9 – The Rams went from freefall, to seemingly righting their ship, and back to freefall in a few short weeks. The good news is that in the NFC West, they can still reasonably hope to come back next year with a chance to be competitive again. Next Week: vs. MIA

 

32. Detroit Lions (32) – 0-11 – Now that the Titans have gotten a blemish on their perfect record, I suppose the attention will shift to Detroit, and their record of perfect ineptitude so far. Some say it’s harder to go winless than undefeated in today’s NFL, for what it’s worth I never understood that logic, but the Lions are doing it and making it look easy too. Next Week: vs. TEN

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

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Week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings – Every Position

Posted on 20 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Just for the sake of making everything easier, I’ve decided to post the week 12 Fantasy Start Rankings for all 6 positions in one place. It’s the same start rankings that you can find on the bottoms of each of the Positional Power Rankings for week 12. You can locate those power rankings by using the links at the bottom of this page too.

 

Listed below are the formulary start rankings for each of the 6 positions, with their formulary number listed in parentheses next to them. The formulary rankings are gotten using the “secret fantasy flavor formula”, it’s basically 2 parts player performance, 1 part defensive expectations against them this week, with a few variables thrown in for injuries and anomalies.

 

As news becomes available over the course of the weekend, I’ll make notes here too, so keep checking back. And at the end of the day, trust your gut, and have fun. That’s why we play the games after all anyway. And good luck to you this week as the playoffs approach.

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

1. Peyton Manning (15) @SD

2. Aaron Rodgers (21) @ NO

3. Jay Cutler (22) vs. OAK

4. Tony Romo (22) vs. SF

5. Kurt Warner (29) vs. NYG

6. Shaun Hill (31) @ DAL

7. Brady Quinn (31) vs. HOU

8. Drew Brees (35) vs. GB

9. Eli Manning (36) @ AZ

10. Phillip Rivers (40) vs. IND

11. Matt Cassel (40) @ MIA

12. Kyle Orton (42) @ ST.L

13. Tyler Thigpen (43) vs. BUF

14. Gus Frerotte (43) @ JAX

15. Jeff Garcia (44) @ DET

16. Donavan McNabb (45) @ BAL

17. Jason Campbell (48) @ SEA

18. David Garrard (52) vs. MIN

19. Brett Favre (53) @ TEN

20. Chad Pennington (57) vs. NE

21. Sage Rosenfels (61) @ CLE

22. Kerry Collins (61) vs. NYJ

23. Matt Ryan (62) vs. CAR

24. Joe Flacco (64) vs. PHI

25. Jake Delhomme (68) @ ATL

26. Ben Roethlisberger (69) vs. CIN

27. JaMarcus Russell (70) @ DEN*about the same if it’s Walter or Tuisasopo

28. Trent Edwards (78) @ KC

29. Marc Bulger (78) vs. CHI

30. Ryan Fitzpatrick (81) @ PIT

31. Daunte Culpepper (86) vs. TB

32. Matt Hasselbeck (87) vs. WAS

 

 

RUNNINGBACKS

 

1. Clinton Portis (19) @ SEA

2. Adrian Peterson (22) @ JAX

3. Matt Forte (22) @ ST.L

4. Frank Gore (23) @ DAL

5. Marion Barber (27) vs. SF

6. Thomas Jones (28) @ TEN

7. Reggie Bush (32) vs. GB

8. Brian Westbrook (33) @ BAL

9. Willie Parker (34) vs. CIN

10. Brandon Jacobs (35) @ AZ *watch his injury status

11. Marshawn Lynch (37) @ KC

12. LaDanian Tomlinson (38) vs. IND

13. Michael Turner (43) vs. CAR

14. DeAngelo Williams (43) @ ATL

15. Steve Slaton (45) @ CLE

16. Maurice Jones-Drew (46) vs. MIN

17. Ronnie Brown (48) vs. NE

18. Jamal Lewis (51) vs. HOU

19. Chris Johnson (56) vs. NYJ

20. Larry Johnson (56) vs. BUF

21. Steven Jackson (60) vs. CHI *keep an eye on his status

22. Joseph Addai (65)@ SD

23. LenDale White (66) vs. NYJ

24. Ryan Grant (69) @ NO

25. Darren McFadden (71) @ DEN

26. Jonathan Stewart (73) @ ATL

27. Warrick Dunn (74) @ DET

28. Sammy Morris (76) @ MIA

29. Mewelde Moore (77) vs. CIN

30. Tim Hightower (78) vs. NYG

31. Kevin Smith (79) vs. TB

32. Willis McGahee (83) vs. PHI *keep an eye on his status

33. Deuce McAllister (84) vs. GB

34. Derrick Ward (85) @ AZ

35. Ahman Green (85) @ CLE

36. LeRon McClain (87) vs. PHI *bump 2 or 3 spots if McGahee can’t go

37. Jerome Harrison (87) vs. HOU

38. Peyton Hillis (89) vs. OAK

39. Justin Fargas (95)vs. DEN *bump 15 spots if McFadden can’t go

40. Ray Rice (97) vs. PHI *keep him here regardless of McGahee’s status

41. Dominic Rhodes (97) @ SD

42. Jerious Norwood (99) vs. CAR

43. Julius Jones (99) vs. WAS

44. Leon Washington (100) @ TEN

45. Antonio Pittman (102) vs. CHI *bump 8 to 10 spots if Steven Jackson can’t go

46. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104) @ MIA

47. Ricky Williams (106) vs. NE

48. Chester Taylor (112) @ JAX

49. Kevin Faulk (114) @ MIA

50. Kenneth Darby (114) vs. CHI *bump 3 or 4 spots if Jackson can’t go

 

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

1. Santana Moss (11) @ SEA

2. Anquan Boldin (15) vs. NYG

3. Larry Fitzgerald (17) vs. NYG

4. Greg Jennings (20) @ NO

5. Andre Johnson (25) @ CLE

6. Bernard Berrian (27) @ JAX

7. Steve Smith (29) *CAR @ ATL

8. Calvin Johnson (32) vs. TB

9. Roddy White (34) vs. CAR

10. Reggie Wayne (34) @ SD

11. Hines Ward (38) vs. CIN

12. Kevin Walter (41) @ CLE

13. Brandon Marshall (45) vs. OAK

14. Justin Gage (45) vs. NYJ

15. Terrell Owens (48) vs. SF

16. Eddie Royal (49) vs. OAK

17. DeWayne Bowe (49) vs. BUF

18. Randy Moss (50) @ MIA

19. Lee Evans (56) @ KC

20. Antonio Bryant (59) @ DET

21. TJ Houshmandzadeh (60) @ PIT

22. Donnie Avery (63) vs. CHI

23. Lance Moore (67) vs. GB

24. Vincent Jackson (68) vs. IND

25. Wes Welker (68) @ MIA

26. DeSean Jackson (69) @ BAL

27. Plaxico Burress (74) @ AZ

28. Donald Driver (76) @ NO

29. Braylon Edwards (77) vs. HOU

30. Chris Chambers (80) vs. IND

31. Laverneus Coles (81) @ TEN

32. Jehrrico Cotchery (83) @ TEN

33. Matt Jones (84) vs. MIN

34. Mushin Muhammad (91) @ ATL

35. Derrick Mason (92) vs. PHI *watch his injury status

36. DeVery Henderson (95) vs. GB

37. Steve Breaston (95) vs. NYG

38. Issac Bruce (98) @ DAL

39. Brandon Lloyd (98) @ ATL

40. Mark Bradley (101) vs. BUF

41. Nate Washington (104) vs. CIN

42. Kevin Curtis (105) @ BAL

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (109) vs. NE

44. Sinorice Moss (110) @ AZ

45. Michael Jenkins (116) vs. CAR

46. Santonio Holmes (117) vs. CIN

47. Marvin Harrison (118) @ SD

48. Greg Camarillo (121) vs. NE

49. Malcolm Floyd (124) vs. IND

50. Ricky Williams (124) vs. NE

51. Antoine Randle-El (127) @ SEA

52. Anthony Gonzalez (128) @ SD

53. Rasheid Davis (132) @ ST.L

54. Tory Holt (133) vs. CHI

55. Bryant Johnson (134) @ DAL

56. Jabar Gafney (134) @ MIA

57. Hank Baskett (135) vs. BAL

58. Amani Toomer (136) @ AZ

59. Marques Colston (137) vs. GB

60. Chad Johnson (140) @ PIT *out insert Chris Henry here

61. Patrick Crayton (140) vs. SF

62. Devin Hester (144) @ ST.L

63. Koren Robinson (149) vs. WAS

64. Bobby Wade (151) @ JAX

65. Myles Austin (152) vs. SF  out

66. Sidney Rice (153) @ JAX

67. Marty Booker (156) @ ST.L

68. Deion Branch (157) vs. WAS

69. Ike Hilliard (161) @ DET

70. Reggie Brown (163) @ BAL

71. Chansi Stuckey (165) @ TEN

72. John Standeford (170) vs. TB

73. Brandon Stokley (171) vs. OAK

74. Mike Walker (174) @ DET

75. Steve Smith (174)*NYG @ AZ

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

1. Dallas Clark (13) @ SD

2. Kellen Winslow Jr. (15) vs. HOU

3. Tony Scheffler (20) vs. OAK

4. Bo Scaife (24) vs. NYJ

5. Antonio Gates (28) vs. IND

6. Owen Daniels (29) @ CLE

7. Tony Gonzalez (33) vs. BUF

8. Kevin Boss (34) @ AZ

9. Anthony Fasano (34) vs. NE

10. Dustin Keller (34) @ TEN

11. Zach Miller (34) @ DEN

12. Billy Miller (38) vs. GB

13. Jerramy Stevens (39) @ DET

14. Jason Witten (42) vs. SF

15. Visanthe Schiancoe (43) @ JAX

16. Chris Cooley (45) @ SEA

17. Greg Olsen (53) @ ST.L

18. Alex Smith (53) @ DET

19. Mercedes Lewis (55) vs. MIN

20. Todd Heap (55) vs. PHI

21. Tom Santi (61) @ SD

22. John Carlson (63) vs. WAS

23. Daniel Graham (64) @ CLE

24. LJ Smith (66) @ BAL

25. Derek Fine (69) @ KC

26. Steve Heiden (73) vs. HOU

27. Vernon Davis (76) @ DAL

28. Dante Rosario (78) @ ATL

29. Donald Lee (79) @ NO

30. Heath Miller (80) vs. CIN

31. Martellus Bennett (80) vs. SF

32. Brent Celek (80) @ BAL

33. David Martin (80) vs. NE

34. Alge Crumpler (80) vs. NYJ

35. Jeremy Shockey (82) vs. GB

 

 

KICKERS

 

1. Mason Crosby (16) @ NO

2. Garrett Hartley (16) vs. GB

3. Stephen Gostkowski (24) @ MIA

4. Matt Bryant (26) @ DET

5. Phil Dawson (29) vs. HOU

6. David Akers (30) @ BAL

7. Lawrence Tynes (32) @ AZ *no difference if it’s Carney

8. Rian Lindell (33) @ KC

9. Jason Elam (36) vs. CAR

10. Shaun Suisham (36) @ SEA

11. Nate Kaeding (39) vs. IND

12. Joe Nedney (41) @ DAL

13. Matt Prater (44) vs. CAR

14. Jay Feeley (46) @ TEN

15. Ryan Longwell (46) @ JAX

16. Robbie Gould (46) @ ST.L

17. Rob Bironas (47) vs. NYJ

18. Sebastian Janikowski (48) @ DEN

19. Josh Brown (50) vs. CHI

20. Neil Rackers (54) vs. NYG

21. Josh Scobee (58) vs. MIN

22. John Kasay (61) @ ATL

23. Jeff Reed (61) vs. CIN

24. Nick Folk (65) vs. SF

25. Jason Hanson (69) vs. TB

26. Connor Barth (69) vs. BUF

27. Matt Stover (71) vs. PHI

28. Olindo Mare (75) vs. WAS

29. Kris Brown (77) @ CLE

30. Adam Vinatieri (77) @ SD

31. Shayne Graham (79) @ PIT

32. Dan Carpenter (83) vs. NE

 

 

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS

 

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7) @ DET

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (16) vs. CIN

3. Chicago Bears (21) @ ST.L

4. Green Bay Packers (27) @ NO

5. Philadelphia Eagles (27) @ BAL

6. Tennessee Titans (30) vs. NYJ

7. New York Jets (36) @ TEN

8. New York Giants (37) @ AZ

9. Baltimore Ravens (42) vs. PHI

10. Miami Dolphins (42) vs. NE

11. Seattle Seahawks (42) vs. WAS

12. San Francisco 49ers (43) @ DAL

13. Dallas Cowboys (43) vs. SF

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (44) vs. MIN

15. Cleveland Browns (46) vs. HOU

16. Minnesota Vikings (48) @ JAX

17. Oakland Raiders (49) @ DEN

18. Atlanta Falcons (50) vs. CAR

19. Buffalo Bills (50) @ KC

20. Arizona Cardinals (51) vs. NYG

21. Carolina Panthers (52) @ ATL

22. Washington Redskins (58) @ SEA

23. Kansas City Chiefs (63) vs. BUF

24. New England Patriots (65) @ MIA

25. Cincinnati Bengals (67) @ PIT

26. Denver Broncos (67) vs. OAK

27. San Diego Chargers (68) vs. IND

28. New Orleans Saints (72) vs. GB

29. Indianapolis Colts (73) @ SD

30. Houston Texans (80) @ CLE

31. St. Louis Rams (81) vs. CHI

32. Detroit Lions (87) vs. TB

 

 

Week 12 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 12 WRs

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 12 Fantasy Flavor Wide Receiver Power Rankings. There have been lots of shakeups in the hierarchies of several receiving corps this season, which now means that a few early round wide receivers like Tory Holt and Marques Colston are now taking back seats to guys likely gotten off of the waiver wire in most leagues. There are a lit more systems in which the #2 guy seems to be challenging the established #1 too, and of course a few groups too crowded to choose between. Make sure to check back tomorrow for the tight end, kicker and defense rankings too.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 12. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 12 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 12 lineup decisions.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

WR Power Ranks Archive34567 - 8 - 9 - 10- 11

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 792 yds 10 TD

 

2. Larry Fitzgerald (3) – AZ – 939 yds 6 TD

 

3. Roddy White (2) – ATL – 903 yds 6 TD

 

4. Calvin Johnson (5) – DET – 839 yds 7 TD

 

5. Santana Moss (4) – WAS – 701 yds 5 TD

 

6. Greg Jennings (10) – GB – 865 yds 5 TD

 

7. Steve Smith (7) – CAR – 681 yds 4 TD

 

8. Bernard Berrian (6) – MIN – 667 yds 5 TD

 

9. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 955 yds 3 TD

 

10. Reggie Wayne (9) – IND – 790 yds 5 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (11) – DEN – 803 yds 4 TD

 

12. Eddie Royal (12) – DEN – 659 yds 4 TD

 

13. Justin Gage (NR) – TEN – 376 yds 4 TD

 

14. Hines Ward (13) – PIT – 681 yds 5 TD

 

15. TJ Houshmandzadeh (NR) – CIN – 726 yds 4 TD

 

16. DeWayne Bowe (NR) – KC – 666 yds 5 TD

 

17. Kevin Walter (15) – HOU – 574 yds 6 TD

 

18. Vincent Jackson (16) – SD – 646 yds 4 TD

 

19. Lance Moore (NR) – NO – 609 yds 5 TD

 

20. Lee Evans (14) – BUF – 700 yds 3 TD

 

Dropped From Rankings: Terrell Owens – DAL; Chris Chambers – SD; Laverneus Coles – NYJ; DeSean Jackson – PHI

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 12: Santana Moss & Antoine Randle-El @ SEA; Terrell Owens & Roy Williams vs. SF; Plaxico Burress & Amani Toomer @ AZ; Antonio Bryant & Ike Hilliard @ DET; Randy Moss & Wes Welker @ MIA; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter @ CLE; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver @ NO; Hines Ward & Santonio Holmes vs. CIN

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 12 Match Ups: Donnie Avery, Tory Holt & Derrick Stanley vs. CHI; Steve Smith & Sinorice Moss @ AZ; Michael Clayton @ DET; Ted Ginn & Greg Camarillo vs. NE; Nate Washington vs. CIN

 

WRs With Tough Week 12 Match Ups: Chris Chambers & Vincent Jackson vs. IND; Laverneus Coles & Jehricco Cotchery @ TEN; Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh @ PIT; Lance Moore, DeVery Henderson & Marques Colston vs. GB; Roddy White vs. CAR; Kevin Curtis & DeSean Jackson @ BAL; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton vs. PHI; Deion Branch, Koren Robinson & Bobby Engram vs. WAS; Calvin Johnson vs. TB; Brandon Marshall & Eddie Royal vs. OAK

 

WRs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 12: Shaun MacDonald & Mike Furrey vs. TB; Reggie Brown & Hank Baskett @ BAL; Michael Jenkins vs. CAR

 

And here are the week 12 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s the projected top 75 WRs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Santana Moss (11)

2. Anquan Boldin (15)

3. Larry Fitzgerald (17)

4. Greg Jennings (20)

5. Andre Johnson (25)

6. Bernard Berrian (27)

7. Steve Smith (29) *CAR

8. Calvin Johnson (32)

9. Roddy White (34)

10. Reggie Wayne (34)

11. Hines Ward (38)

12. Kevin Walter (41)

13. Brandon Marshall (45)

14. Justin Gage (45)

15. Terrell Owens (48)

16. Eddie Royal (49)

17. DeWayne Bowe (49)

18. Randy Moss (50)

19. Lee Evans (56)

20. Antonio Bryant (59)

21. TJ Houshmandzadeh (60)

22. Donnie Avery (63)

23. Lance Moore (67)

24. Vincent Jackson (68)

25. Wes Welker (68)

26. DeSean Jackson (69)

27. Plaxico Burress (74)

28. Donald Driver (76)

29. Braylon Edwards (77)

30. Chris Chambers (80)

31. Laverneus Coles (81)

32. Jehrrico Cotchery (83)

33. Matt Jones (84)

34. Mushin Muhammad (91)

35. Derrick Mason (92) *watch his injury status

36. DeVery Henderson (95)

37. Steve Breaston (95)

38. Issac Bruce (98)

39. Brandon Lloyd (98)

40. Mark Bradley (101)

41. Nate Washington (104)

42. Kevin Curtis (105)

43. Ted Ginn Jr. (109)

44. Sinorice Moss (110)

45. Michael Jenkins (116)

46. Santonio Holmes (117)

47. Marvin Harrison (118)

48. Greg Camarillo (121)

49. Malcolm Floyd (124)

50. Ricky Williams (124)

51. Antoine Randle-El (127)

52. Anthony Gonzalez (128)

53. Rasheid Davis (132)

54. Tory Holt (133)

55. Bryant Johnson (134)

56. Jabar Gafney (134)

57. Hank Baskett (135)

58. Amani Toomer (136)

59. Marques Colston (137)

60. Chad Johnson (140)

61. Patrick Crayton (140)

62. Devin Hester (144)

63. Koren Robinson (149)

64. Bobby Wade (151)

65. Myles Austin (152) *likely out 2 weeks, shouldn’t effect other DAL receivers

66. Sidney Rice (153)

67. Marty Booker (156)

68. Deion Branch (157)

69. Ike Hilliard (161)

70. Reggie Brown (163)

71. Chansi Stuckey (165)

72. John Standeford (170)

73. Brandon Stokley (171)

74. Mike Walker (174)

75. Steve Smith (174) *NYG

 

Use the links below to access the other rankings for this week, and check back tomorrow for the tight end, kicker and defense rankings. All will be up in plenty of time to get your lineups in before tomorrow night’s game.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 12 QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 RB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 K Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 D/ST Rankings and Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 12 RBs

Posted on 19 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the week 12 Fantasy Flavor Running Back Power Rankings. It’s getting tougher and tougher to find sleepers these days, and in this era of multi-dimensional backfields, it’s getting harder and harder to simply figure out who’ll get an adequate number of carries from week to week. There are more options to choose from based on more overall running backs getting touches, but finding good options isn’t always easy, we’ll do our best to help you sort it all out here.

 

Keep in mind that the power rankings, listed here, are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of your best options for week 12. Just below the power rankings are match up previews advising who should be better or worse than usual this week, based on their opponents. At the bottom, are the week 12 start rankings, that’s where you should look for help with your week 12 lineup decisions.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

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(last week’s rankings are in parentheses)

 

1. Clinton Portis (1) – WAS – 1063 yds 7 TD

 

2. Brian Westbrook (3) – PHI – 508 yds 6 TD & 218 yds 2 TD rec

 

3. Frank Gore (9) – SF – 834 yds 6 TD & 325 yds 1 TD rec

 

4. Adrian Peterson (2) 0 MIN – 1100 yds 7 TD

 

5. Thomas Jones (4) – NYJ – 854 yds 9 TD & 119 yds 1 TD rec

 

6. Brandon Jacobs (6) – NYG – 879 yds 11 TD

 

7. Michael Turner (7) – ATL – 971 yds 9 TD

 

8. Marion Barber (8) – NYG – 779 yds 6 TD & 303 yds 2 TD rec

 

9. Matt Forte (5) – CHI – 777 yds 4 TD & 322 yds 3 TD rec

 

10. Steven Jackson (11) – ST.L – 525 yds 4 TD & 259 yds 0 TD rec

 

11. Maurice Jones-Drew (13) – JAX – 499 yds 11 TD & 280 yds 0 TD rec

 

12. Ronnie Brown (12) – MIA – 605 yds 9 TD & 19 yds 1 TD pass

 

13. Chris Johnson (10) – TEN – 787 yds 5 TD & 205 yds 1 TD rec

 

14. DeAngelo Williams (18) – CAR – 782 yds 6 TD & 89 yds 2 TD rec

 

15. LaDanian Tomlinson (14) – SD – 686 yds 5 TD & 294 yds 1 TD rec

 

16. Steve Slaton (15) – HOU – 701 yds 6 TD & 198 yds 1 TD rec

 

17. Willie Parker (NR) – PIT – 448 yds 4 TD

 

18. LenDale White (17) – TEN – 470 yds 11 TD

 

19. Marshawn Lynch (16) – BUF – 631 yds 6 TD & 257 yds 1 TD rec

 

20. Joseph Addai (NR) – 387 yds 5 TD & 100 yds 1 TD rec

 

Dropped from Rankings: Willis McGahee – BAL; Jamal Lewis – CLE

 

RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 12: Marshawn Lynch @ KC; Matt Forte @ ST.L; Justin Fargas @ DEN; LaDanian Tomlinson vs. IND; Jamal Lewis vs. HOU; Reggie Bush & Deuce McAllister vs. GB; Marion Barber vs. SF; Willie Parker & Mewelde Moore vs. CIN

 

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based On Week 12 Match Ups: Warrick Dunn, Clifton Smith & Cadillac Williams @ DET; Greg Hillis, PJ Pope & Tatum Bell vs. OAK; Jerome Harrison vs. HOU; Pierre Thomas vs. GB; Darren McFadden @ DEN

 

RBs With Tough Week 12 Match Ups: Tim Hightower vs. NYG; Kevin Smith vs. TB; Cedric Benson @ PIT; Brian Westbrook @ BAL; LenDale White & Chris Johnson vs. NYJ; Michael Turner vs. CAR; TJ Duckett vs. WAS; Maurice Jones-Drew vs. MIN; Brandon Jacobs @ AZ

 

RBs You Might Want To Avoid In Week 12: Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk & BenJarvis Green-Ellis @ MIA; Edgerin James vs. NYG; Fred Taylor vs. MIN; Julius Jones & Maurice Morris vs. WAS

 

And here are the week 12 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s the projected top 50 RBs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Clinton Portis (19)

2. Adrian Peterson (22)

3. Matt Forte (22)

4. Frank Gore (23)

5. Marion Barber (27)

6. Thomas Jones (28)

7. Reggie Bush (32)

8. Brian Westbrook (33)

9. Willie Parker (34)

10. Brandon Jacobs (35)

11. Marshawn Lynch (37)

12. LaDanian Tomlinson (38)

13. Michael Turner (43)

14. DeAngelo Williams (43)

15. Steve Slaton (45)

16. Maurice Jones-Drew (46)

17. Ronnie Brown (48)

18. Jamal Lewis (51)

19. Chris Johnson (56)

20. Larry Johnson (56)

21. Steven Jackson (60) *keep an eye on his status

22. Joseph Addai (65)

23. LenDale White (66)

24. Ryan Grant (69)

25. Darren McFadden (71)

26. Jonathan Stewart (73)

27. Warrick Dunn (74)

28. Sammy Morris (76)

29. Mewelde Moore (77)

30. Tim Hightower (78)

31. Kevin Smith (79)

32. Willis McGahee (83) *keep an eye on his status

33. Deuce McAllister (84)

34. Derrick Ward (85)

35. Ahman Green (85)

36. LeRon McClain (87) *bump 2 or 3 spots if McGahee can’t go

37. Jerome Harrison (87)

38. Peyton Hillis (89)

39. Justin Fargas (95) *bump 15 spots if McFadden can’t go

40. Ray Rice (97) *keep him here regardless of McGahee’s status

41. Dominic Rhodes (97)

42. Jerious Norwood (99)

43. Julius Jones (99)

44. Leon Washington (100)

45. Antonio Pittman (102) *bump 8 to 10 spots if Steven Jackson can’t go

46. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (104)

47. Ricky Williams (106)

48. Chester Taylor (112)

49. Kevin Faulk (114)

50. Kenneth Darby (114) *bump 3 or 4 spots if Jackson can’t go

 

All of the rankings will be up in time for you to get your Thursday’s lineups in, so keep checking back. You can use the links below to check all of the other positions; they’ll be activated as they become available.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 12 QB Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 WR Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 TE Rankings and Previews

 

Week 12 K Rankings and Previews

 

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A Giant Task in New Jersey

Posted on 14 November 2008 by joeflacco

I went with a bunch of the offensive lineman to see the new Bond movie Quantum Solace last night…lots of really good action scenes in there.  If you’re a Bond fan you’ll like it, I’m sure.  These get togethers with the offensive line have been a lot of fun for all of us.  We usually go to dinner together during the week at least once but Jason Brown got a bunch of movie tickets so we all did that on Thursday night instead of dinner.

Other than Drew asking me about the experts out there saying the Ravens haven’t beaten a good team yet, I honestly haven’t heard anything about that this week.  I don’t really listen to the radio or watch TV or read the papers all that much.  I never did in college either (except for class!), just because I don’t need any kind of distraction at all.  I think most of our guys are the same way, actually.  We just focus on football and whatever people want to say about us they can.

We know this is a big game on Sunday because we’ve won four straight games and we’re playing the defending champions in their stadium.  But our approach hasn’t changed at all.  We have a game plan to study and we just need to keep our heads down, work hard all week and get ready for Sunday in New Jersey.

I hear some WNST listeners are going to the game.  We’ll do our best to make that ride home a little more enjoyable after the game.  Have a great weekend everyone.

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 WRs

Posted on 12 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There aren’t a lot of surprises to be found on the wide receiver front, except that now that byes have all been wrapped up there’ll be plenty available to choose from. We’ll do what we can to help you find a good one if you’re in need this week. Marquee wide receivers have been surprisingly healthy as a group too, many have been disappointing, and a few nicked up, but those who made it out of the preseason okay seem to have held up well, outside of Seattle that is.

 

Remember that we’re listing 3 separate areas of evaluation in each Positional Power Rankings blog. The power rankings, listed first, are a year to date assessment of the top 20 at each position. Under those, are listings advising who should be a little bit better or worse than usual, based on their match up this week. And finally, at the bottom of each blog is the formulary start rankings, which is gotten using the “Secret Fantasy Flavor Formula”. It’s two parts year to date performance, one part opponents’ defensive performance, with adjustments for injuries, anomalies, and playing time changes.

 

Remember, none of this is gospel. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be fun to play the games. With that said, we’re very proud of our track record so far, and suggest that you use these and as many other resources as you can find, in order to formulate your own opinions. After all, it’s you who has to live with your lineup decisions.

 

Week 11 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

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Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 606 yds 10 TD

 

2. Roddy White (6) – ATL – 801 yds 6 TD

 

3. Larry Fitzgerald (5) – AZ – 791 yds 6 TD

 

4. Santana Moss (4) – WAS – 672 yds 5 TD

 

5. Calvin Johnson (2) – DET – 774 yds 6 TD

 

6. Bernard Berrian (9) – MIN – 621 yds 4 TD

 

7. Steve Smith (3) – CAR – 662 yds 4 TD

 

8. Andre Johnson (7) – HOU – 900 yds 3 TD

 

9. Reggie Wayne (12) – IND – 700 yds 5 TD

 

10. Greg Jennings (8) – GB – 801 yds 4 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (11) – DEN – 714 yds 4 TD

 

12. Eddie Royal (20) – DEN – 625 yds 4 TD

 

13. Hines Ward (11) – PIT – 561 yds 5 TD

 

14. Lee Evans (10) – BUF – 700 yds 3 TD

 

15. Kevin Walter (NR) – HOU – 495 yds 6 TD

 

16. Vincent Jackson (13) – SD – 621 yds 4 TD

 

17. Terrell Owens (15) – DAL – 467 yds 6 TD

 

18. Chris Chambers (16) – MIA – 273 yds 5 TD

 

19. Laverneus Coles (14) – NYJ – 487 yds 5 TD

 

20. DeSean Jackson (NR) – 586 yds 1 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Isaac Bruce – SF; DeWayne Bowe – KC

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad vs. DET; Lee Evans vs. CLE; Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald & Steve Breaston @ SEA; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver vs. CHI; Donnie Avery & Tory Holt @ SF; Laverneus Coles & Jerricho Cotchery @ NYG

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: Bobby Engram & Koren Robinson vs. AZ; Roscoe Parrish vs. CLE; Chaz Schillens & Johnnie Lee Higgins @ MIA; Mark Clayton & Yamon Figurs @ NYG; Jason Hill & Josh Morgan vs. ST.L

 

WRs With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter @ IND; Matt Jones vs. TEN; Calvin Johnson & Shaun MacDonald @ CAR; Chris Chambers & Vincent Jackson @ PIT; Devin Hester & Rasheid Davis @ GB; Chad Johnson & TJ Houshmandzadeh vs. PHI; Randy Moss & Wes Welker vs. NYJ; Plaxico Burress & Amani Toomer vs. BAL; Bernard Berrian @ TB

 

WRs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Jerry Porter & Dennis Northcutt vs. TEN; Ted Ginn Jr. & Greg Camarillo vs. OAK

 

And here are the week 11 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s the top 75 projected wide receivers in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (7)

2. Larry Fitzgerald (11)

3. Steve Smith (15)

4. Santana Moss (21)

5. Roddy White (25)

6. Greg Jennings (26)

7. Lee Evans (31)

8. Bernard Berrian (35)

9. Brandon Marshall (37)

10. Eddie Royal (39)

11. Calvin Johnson (40)

12. Reggie Wayne (40)

13. Hines Ward (40)

14. Laverneus Coles (46)

15. Andre Johnson (48)

16. DeSean Jackson (52)

17. Terrell Owens (54)

18. DeWayne Bowe (55)

19. Antonio Bryant (58)

20. Vincent Jackson (61)

21. Kevin Walter (62)

22. Chris Chambers (65)

23. Donnie Avery (65)

24. Mushin Muhammad (65)

25. Randy Moss (72)

26. DeVery Henderson (73)

27. Steve Breaston (73)

28. Nate Washington (76)

29. Malcolm Floyd (77)

30. TJ Houshmandzadeh (77)

31. Jerricho Cotchery (78)

32. Donald Driver (78)

33. Lance Moore (79)

34. Mark Bradley (79)

35. Plaxico Burress (80)

36. Issac Bruce (82)

37. Braylon Edwards (94)

38. Koren Robinson (94)

39. Matt Jones (97)

40. Santonio Holmes (98)

41. Marques Colston (99)

42. Wes Welker (100)

43. Kevin Curtis (100)

44. Reggie Brown (102)

45. Michael Jenkins (103)

46. Justin Gage (103)

47. Sinorice Moss (118)

48. Hank Baskett (118)

49. Antoine Randle-El (121)

50. Amani Toomer (121)

51. Chad Johnson (123)

52. Anthony Gonzalez (124)

53. Chansi Stuckey (124)

54. Greg Camarillo (125)

55. Sidney Rice (127)

56. Josh Morgan (128)

57. Roy Williams (134)

58. Ted Ginn Jr. (135)

59. Tory Holt (135)

60. Brandon Stokley (137)

61. Mark Clayton (139)

62. Marvin Harrison (140)

63. Patrick Crayton (140)

64. Bryant Johnson (140)

65. Rasheid Davis (140)

66. Jehereme Urban (145)

67. Devin Hester (152)

68. Ike Hilliard (152)

69. Mike Walker (157)

70. Bobby Wade (157)

71. Roscoe Parrish (157)

72. Derrick Stanley (159)

73. Marty Booker (160)

74. Jason Hill (160)

75. Donte Stallworth (160)

 

Check back tomorrow for the tight end, kicker, and defense rankings. And use the links below for this week’s quarterback and running back rankings too. And as always, good luck this week.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

Week 11 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews

 

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Week 11 Fantasy TE Rankings and Previews

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 RBs

Posted on 12 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The returns of Reggie Bush, and possibly Cadillac Williams and maybe even Tatum Bell could be a few of the highlights of this week’s running back rankings. The good thing about having Tatum Bell on your fantasy team is that you don’t have to worry about him stealing from the lockers of the rest of your team. With the majority of teams now using two or even three back schemes now, there’s pretty much always going to be value on the waiver wire. The key is finding it. We’ll do our best to help your prospecting efforts, or just to sort out those lineup decisions for week 11.

 

Remember that we’re listing 3 separate areas of evaluation in each Positional Power Rankings blog. The power rankings, listed first, are a year to date assessment of the top 20 at each position. Under those, are listings advising who should be a little bit better or worse than usual, based on their match up this week. And finally, at the bottom of each blog is the formulary start rankings, which is gotten using the “Secret Fantasy Flavor Formula”. It’s two parts year to date performance, one part opponents’ defensive performance, with adjustments for injuries, anomalies, and playing time changes.

 

Remember, none of this is gospel. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be fun to play the games. With that said, we’re very proud of our track record so far, and suggest that you use these and as many other resources as you can find, in order to formulate your own opinions. After all, it’s you who has to live with your lineup decisions.

 

Week 11 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

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Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Clinton Portis (1) – WAS – 995 yds 7 TD

 

2. Adrian Peterson (7) – MIN – 1015 yds 7 TD

 

3. Brian Westbrook (2) – PHI – 448 yds 6 TD & 207 yds 2 TD rec

 

4. Thomas Jones (16) – NYJ – 750 yds 8 TD & 104 yds 1 TD rec

 

5. Matt Forte (3) – CHI – 713 yds 4 TD & 282 yds 3 TD

 

6. Brandon Jacobs (10) – NYG – 806 yds 9 TD

 

7. Michael Turner (8) – ATL – 890 yds 7 TD

 

8. Marion Barber (4) – DAL – 665 yds 5 TD & 264 yds 2 TD rec

 

9. Frank Gore (5) – SF – 728 yds 4 TD & 317 yds 1 TD

 

10. Chris Johnson (6) – TEN – 723 yds 5 TD & 179 yds 1 TD rec

 

11. Steven Jackson (9) – ST.L – 525 yds 4 TD

 

12. Ronnie Brown (12) – MIA – 504 yds 9 TD & 19 yds 1 TD passing

 

13. Maurice Jones-Drew (17) – JAX – 433 yds 9 TD & 253 yds 0 TD rec

 

14. LaDanian Tomlinson (11) – SD – 629 yds 4 TD & 254 yds 1 TD rec

 

15. Steve Slaton (13) – HOU – 545 yds 5 TD & 198 yds 1 TD rec

 

16. Marshawn Lynch (15) – BUF – 512 yds 6 TD & 199 yds 0 TD rec

 

17. LenDale White (14) – TEN – 418 yds 11 TD

 

18. DeAngelo Williams (NR) – CAR – 662 yds 4 TD & 79 yds 2 TD rec.

 

19. Willis McGahee (NR) – BAL – 463 yds 5 TD

 

20. Jamal Lewis (19) – CLE – 593 yds 4 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Ernest Graham – TB; Tim Hightower – AZ

 

RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Reggie Bush & Deuce McAllister @ KC; Frank Gore vs. ST.L; Michael Turner vs. DEN; Ronnie Brown & Ricky Williams vs. OAK; DeAngelo Williams vs. DET; Joseph Addai vs. HOU; Steve Slaton @ IND; Steven Jackson @ SF; Brian Westbrook @ CIN

 

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: Dominic Rhodes vs. HOU; Ahman Green @ IND; Correll Buckhalter @ CIN; Antoino Pittman @ SF

 

RBs With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Brandon Jacobs vs. BAL; Willis McGahee & LeRon McClain @ NYG; LaDanian Tomlinson @ PIT; Adrian Peterson @ TB; Marion Barber @ WAS; Thomas Jones @ NE; BenJarvis Green-Ellis vs. AZ; Ernest Graham vs. MIN

 

RBs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Julius Jones vs. AZ; Kevin Smith @ CAR

 

And here are the week 11 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s the top 50 projected running backs in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Brian Westbrook (16)

2. Reggie Bush (17)

3. Michael Turner (19)

4. Matt Forte (20)

5. Frank Gore (22)

6. Clinton Portis (23)

7. Ronnie Brown (32)

8. Adrian Peterson (33)

9. DeAngelo Williams (35)

10. Thomas Jones (36)

11. Chris Johnson (39)

12. Steven Jackson (41)

13. Marion Barber (45)

14. Brandon Jacobs (46)

15. Steve Slaton (47)

16. Marshawn Lynch (47)

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (50)

18. LenDale White (51)

19. Tim Hightower (52)

20. Willie Parker (53) *keep an eye on his injury status

21. Joseph Addai (60)

22. LaDanian Tomlinson (62)

23. Jamal Lewis (62)

24. Mewelde Moore (67) *put him in Parker’s spot if Parker can’t play

25. Ernest Graham (69)

26. Jerious Norwood (69)

27. Deuce McAllister (71)

28. Willis McGahee (73)

29. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (77)

30. Kevin Smith (78)

31. Dominic Rhodes (78)

32. Ricky Williams (78)

33. Ahman Green (79)

34. Julius Jones (80)

35. Kevin Faulk (83)

36. Cedric Benson (83)

37. Ryan Grant (89)

38. LeRon McClain (91)

39. Correll Buckhalter (92)

40. Derrick Ward (94)

41. Jonathan Stewart (95) *injury risk, watch his status

42. Edgerin James (97)

43. Tatum Bell (101) * bump him 5 spots or so if they name him the starter

44. Antonio Pittman (101)

45. Selvin Young (102) * injury risk, watch his status

47. Justin Fargas (102)

47. Patrick Cobbs (102)

48. Chester Taylor (107)

49. Leon Washington (110)

50. Ray Rice (111)

 

I’ll make sure to get all of the Positional Rankings out in time to help with your Thursday night lineup decisions. Use the links below for the other positions. If they’re not active yet, keep checking back.

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 WRs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings are pretty static this week too, meaning that it’s getting more and more difficult to find good sleepers at the wide receiver position. We’ve ranked out the top 75 options for this week to give you plenty to choose from.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Wide Receiver Power Rankings

 

WR Power Rankings Archive – 34567 - 8 - 9

 

Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Anquan Boldin (1) – AZ – 514 yds 8 TD

 

2. Calvin Johnson (7) – DET – 682 yds 6 TD

 

3. Steve Smith (3) – CAR – 613 yds 4 TD

 

4. Santana Moss (2) – WAS – 672 yds 5 TD

 

5. Larry Fitzgerald (5) – AZ – 742 yds 5 TD

 

6. Roddy White (4) – ATL – 733 yds 5 TD

 

7. Andre Johnson (8) – HOU – 834 yds 3 TD

 

8. Greg Jennings (6) – GB – 764 yds 4 TD

 

9. Bernard Berrian (11) – MIN – 621 yds 4 TD

 

10. Lee Evans (10) – BUF – 678 yds 3 TD

 

11. Brandon Marshall (9) – DEN – 625 yds 3 TD

 

12. Reggie Wayne (12) – IND – 586 yds 4 TD

 

13. Vincent Jackson (15) – SD – 538 yds 4 TD

 

14. Laverneus Coles (13) – NYJ – 473 yds 5 TD

 

15. Terrell Owens (18) – DAL – 467 yds 6 TD

 

16. Chris Chambers (20) – MIA – 273 yds 5 TD

 

17. Isaac Bruce (19) – SF – 399 yds 4 TD

 

18. Hines Ward (16) – PIT – 445 yds 5 TD

 

19. DeWayne Bowe (NR) – KC – 541 yds 3 TD

 

20. Eddie Royal (NR) – DEN – 461 yds 3 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Randy Moss – NE; Kevin Walter – HOU

 

WRs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: Isaac Bruce @ AZ; Laverneus Coles & Jerricho Cotchery vs. ST.L; Lee Evans @ NE; Brandon Marshall & Eddie Royal @ CLE; Roddy White vs. NO; Greg Jennings & Donald Driver @ MIN

 

WRs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: Matt Jones, Jerry Porter, Dennis Northcutt & Reggie Williams @ DET; Laurent Robinson & Michael Jenkins vs. NO; Koren Robinson & Bobby Engram @ MIA; Ted Ginn Jr. & Greg Camarillo vs. SEA; Justin Gage & Brandon Jones @ CHI; Roscoe Parrish & Jake Reed @ NE

 

WRs With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: Hines Ward & Santonio Holmes vs. IND; Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Anthony Gonzalez @ PIT; Bernard Berrian vs. GB; Andre Johnson & Kevin Walter vs. BAL; Plaxico Burress & Amani Toomer @ PHI; Donnie Avery & Tory Holt @ NYJ; Derrick Mason & Mark Clayton @ HOU; Steve Smith & Mushin Muhammad @ OAK; Marques Colston & Lance Moore @ ATL

 

WRs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: Brandon Lloyd & Marty Booker vs. TEN; JaVon Walker, Chaz Schillens & Johnnie Lee Higgins vs. CAR; Sidney Rice vs. GB

 

And here are the week 10 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s this week’s top 75 wide receivers in the order that you should consider them. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

1. Anquan Boldin (18)

2. Roddy White (19)

3. Calvin Johnson (20)

4. Larry Fitzgerald (24)

5. Steve Smith (25)

6. Lee Evans (25)

7. Greg Jennings (27)

8. Brandon Marshall (28)

9. Laverneus Coles (31)

10. Isaac Bruce (34)

11. Andre Johnson (39)

12. Eddie Royal (40)

13. Bernard Berrian (44)

14. Vincent Jackson (44)

15. Chris Chambers (48)

16. DeWayne Bowe (48)

17. Jerricho Cotchery (51)

18. Reggie Wayne (52)

19. Matt Jones (53)

20. Randy Moss (56)

21. Hines Ward (66)

22. DeVery Handerson (67)

23. Donald Driver (67)

24. Kevin Walter (69)

25. Nate Washington (72)

26. Braylon Edwards (73)

27. DeSean Jackson (73)

28. Derrick Mason (74)

29. Reggie Brown (75)

30. Brandon Lloyd (79)

31. Michael Jenkins (80)

32. Donnie Avery (81)

33. Mushin Muhammad (83)

34. Greg Camarillo (83)

35. Lance Moore (89)

36. Plaxico Burress (90)

37. Malcolm Floyd (90)

38. Justin Gage (94)

39. Wes Welker (96)

40. Derek Stanley (99)

41. Santonio Holmes (100)

42. Kevin Curtis (101)

43. Steve Breaston (104)

44. Koren Robinson (104)

45. Anthony Gonzalez (106)

46. Sinorice Moss (110)

47. Rasheid Davis (113)

48. Mark Bradley (113)

49. Ted Ginn Jr. (113)

50. Brandon Stokley (118)

51. Mike Walker (121)

52. Chansi Stuckey (123)

53. Marques Colston (123)

54. Bryant Johnson (126)

55. Hank Baskett (129)

56. Tory Holt (131)

57. Derek Hagan (131)

58. Marvin Harrison (134)

59. Amani Toomer (134)

60. James Jones (142)

61. Sidney Rice (143)

62. Darrell Jackson (146)

63. Arnaz Battle (146)

64. Roscoe Parish (147)

65. Mark Clayton (148)

66. Jehereme Urban (152)

67. Bobby Wade (153)

68. Devin Hester (155)

69. Josh Reed (155)

70. Steve Smith (160)

71. Justin McCairens (160)

72. Marty Booker (163)

73. James Hardy (165)

74. Deion Branch (170)

75. Brandon Jones (172)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 RBs

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

There’s not a lot of shake up in the Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings this week. That’s not good news if you’re looking for help on the waiver wire this week though, unless you had the foresight to grab Ray Rice early, it’s likely you’ll have to look pretty far down on the start rankings to find some value on the waiver wire for week 10.

 

Week 10 Fantasy Running Back Power Rankings

 

RB Power Rankings Archive – 34567 - 89

 

Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.

 

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

 

1. Clinton Portis (1) – WAS – 955 yds 7 TD

 

2. Brian Westbrook (2) – PHI – 422 yds 6 TD & 174 yds 2 TD rec

 

3. Matt Forte (5) – CHI – 641 yds 4 TD & 228 yds 2 TD rec

 

4. Marion Barber (3) – DAL – 665 yds 5 TD & 264 yds 2 TD

 

5. Frank Gore (6) – SF – 629 yds 4 TD & 311 yds 1 TD

 

6. Chris Johnson (10) – TEN – 715 yds 5 TD & 164 yds 1 TD rec

 

7. Adrian Peterson (7) – MIN – 823 yds 6 TD

 

8. Michael Turner (9) – ATL – 794 yds 6 TD

 

9. Steven Jackson (8) – ST.L – 525 yds 4 TD & 259 yds 0 TD rec

 

10. Brandon Jacobs (14) – NYG – 680 yds 7 TD

 

11. LaDanian Tomlinson (11) – SD – 551 yds 4 TD

 

12. Ronnie Brown (13) – MIA – 465 yds 8 TD & 19 yds 1 TD passing

 

13. Steve Slaton (15) – HOU – 538 yds 5 TD & 181 yds 1 TD rec

 

14. LenDale White (4) – TEN – 404 yds 10 TD

 

15. Marshawn Lynch (12) – BUF – 466 yds 6 TD & 199 yds 0 TD rec

 

16. Thomas Jones (16) – NYJ – 601 yds 5 TD & 104 yds 1 TD rec

 

17. Maurice Jones-Drew (18) – JAX – 363 yds 6 TD & 232 yds 0 TD rec

 

18. Earnest Graham (17) – TB – 560 yds 4 TD & 174 yds 0 TD rec

 

19. Jamal Lewis (NR) – CLE – 533 yds 3 TD

 

20. Tim Hightower (NR) – AZ – 242 yds 7 TD

 

Dropped from Rankings: Jonathan Stewart – CAR; Mewelde Moore – PIT

 

RBs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: LaDanian Tomlinson vs. KC; Thomas Jones vs. ST.L; Jamal Lewis vs. DEN; Jonathan Stewart @ OAK; Tim Hightower vs. SF; Willie Parker vs. IND; Maurice Jones-Drew @ DET; Adrian Peterson vs. GB

 

RBs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: DeAngelo Williams @ OAK; Edgerin James vs. SF; Mewelde Moore vs. IND; Ray Rice & LeRon McClain @ HOU; Kevin Smith vs. JAX; Selvin Young, Ryan Torrian or Peyton Hillis @ CLE (good luck figuring out Shanahan’s rotation this season)

 

RBs With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: Brian Westbrook vs. NYG; Ryan Grant @ MIN; Brandon Jacobs @ PHI; Marshawn Lynch @ NE; Frank Gore @ AZ; Matt Forte vs. TEN; Steven Jackson @ NYJ

 

RBs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: Steve Slaton vs. BAL; Joseph Addai & Dominic Rhodes @ PIT; Justin Fargas, Darren McFadden & Michael Bush vs. CAR

 

And here are the week 10 Fantasy RB start rankings; it’s this week’s top 50 running backs in the order that you should consider them. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the Thursday night game, so keep checking back for the rest.

 

*Note on Ryan Torrian – I’d insert him at about 12a based on the proclaimation that he’ll get a big chance this week. It could boost his value going forward based on Andre Hall and Michael Pittman on the IR, but Shanahan may continue to frustrate you down the line with Peyton Hillis and a healthier Selvin Young.

 

1. LaDanian Tomlinson (16)

2. Adrian Peterson (20)

3. Willie Parker (22)

4. Matt Forte (26)

5. Chris Johnson (27)

6. Frank Gore (29)

7. Michael Turner (29)

8. Brian Westbrook (32)

9. Thomas Jones (33)

10. Tim Hightower (33)

11. Ronnie Brown (34)

12. Steven Jackson (35)

13. Jamal Lewis (38)

14. DeAngelo Williams (38)

15. Maurice Jones-Drew (40)

16. Brandon Jacobs (43)

17. Ray Rice (43)

18. LenDale White (47)

19. Marshawn Lynch (50)

20. LeRon McClain (53)

21. Steve Slaton (54)

22. Kevin Smith (56)

23. Kevin Faulk (56)

24. Edgerin James (57)

25. Selvin Young (59)

26. Julius Jones (60)

27. Jonathan Stewart (60)

28. BenJarvis Green-Ellis (66)

29. Mewelde Moore (66)

30. Leon Washington (69)

31. Joseph Addai (73)

32. Jerious Norwood (75)

33. Deuce McAllister (75)

34. JJ Arrington (75)

35. Derrick Ward (79)

36. Darren Sproles (81)

37. Ricky Williams (82)

38. Ryan Grant (90)

39. Patrick Cobbs (90)

40. Chester Taylor (92)

41. Justin Fargas (92)

42. Correll Buckhalter (100)

43. Michael Bush (100)

44. Jamal Charles (101)

45. Fred Jackson (102)

46. Dominic Rhodes (103)

47. Peyton Hillis (105)

48. Ahman Green (106)

49. TJ Duckett (106)

50. Leonard Weaver (108)

 

Peace,

T

(thyrl@wnst.net)

 

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My weekend 15-7-0

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

Its this simple. 15 who deserve props; 7 who got lucky; and one absolute “zero”. Don’t forget; no Ravens on this list; they get their own list Tuesday.

Props to……

1. The New York Giants
I am really struggling to figure out how this team is this good. They were 35-14 winners over the Cowboys Sunday; and it frankly wasn’t even that close. They made it look easy, too. No receiver had more than 34 yards on the day; and Eli Manning threw for just 147 yards. They absolutely overwhelmed Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger; and are in a very good place in the league’s best division.

2. Pat White
This guy was destined to be a Heisman Trophy winner at some point in his career; but it is not going to happen. He was destined to take West Virginia back to a national championship game; but that is not going to happen either. But trailing Uconn in Hartford and seeing Big East power shifting to the Huskies; White manned up; threw for a TD and ran for another in helping the Mountaineers move to 3-0 in the Big East. And in the process, he just so happened to reach 4,000 career rushing yards and 5,000 career passing yards.

3. Anthony Gonzalez
It wasn’t a sparkling performance for the Colts Sunday night; but when they needed it; Anthony Gonzalez made two big TD catches to help the Colts beat the Patriots 18-15. The Colts were desperate for the win; as they are just about out of the race for the AFC South title (Tennessee is running away with that particular crown), and a loss would have left them 2 games out in the AFC Wild Card race.

4. Tim Tebow
Think about this: in just his junior season; Tim Tebow has now rushed for more touchdowns in his career than Emmitt Smith did when he was at Florida (Tebow has 39, Smith had 36). He had 5 total touchdowns Saturday in Florida’s 49-10 pasting of Georgia; which successfully washed away the taste of their ‘07 loss to the Bulldogs. And just as a note; he also has 51 career passing touchdowns.

5. Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls
Apparently Bear Grylls is the youngest Brit to have ever climbed Mt. Everest (he was 23 at the time). He is also the only man I have ever seen remove a sheep’s heart from its body and then eat it raw. I guess there was some controversy with this show because his “survival” situations may have been staged; but I don’t much care. The guy is an absolute maniac; and his show on Discovery is EXTREMELY entertaining on those nights when Appalachian State-Wofford just isn’t cutting it.

6. Devan James
His 99 yards and a touchdown aren’t the most overwhelming stats the Morgan State running back has piled up this season. But his running was crucial for the Bears; who had to kick a late field goal to hold off a pesky Florida A&M team 13-10 in Tallahassee to remain just a game off the pace in the MEAC. And with the 99 yards; James has now gone over 1,000 for the season. Do you think he might have been inspired by seeing Chad Simpson play on Monday night football last week? Or maybe the fact that Vinsanthe Shiancoe has caught multiple touchdowns this season? He could join them on Sundays in the future.

7. Girls who dressed up as Sarah Palin and ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE Sarah Palin
Every girl who made the decision to go as Sarah Palin for Halloween knew that they were being a bit less than creative; as the VP candidate was easily the most popular costume choice of the year. I’m not normally a fan of the already popular Halloween costumes; but Governor Palin is sexy; so I was in favor of seeing girls dress up as her this year. For those girls who went with the Palin costume and pulled it off; thank you! You made Halloween more enjoyable for all of us.

8. The Jets’ secondary
There’s a logjam at the top of the AFC East, and it is because the defensive backfield of the Jets prevented the Bills from getting things going. The Bills were driving at the end of the first quarter with a 7-6 lead when Trent Edwards was intercepted by Abram Elam and returned 92 yards for a touchdown. And when the Bills were trying to put together a last ditch effort at the end of the 4th quarter; it was Darrelle Revis who intercepted Edwards in the endzone to finish things off. Revis also added a sack on the day.

9. Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree
If you want to snap a 5 game losing streak against a school that often treats you as their little brother; having your quarterback throw for 474 yards might be a help. It might be even more helpful if those last 28 yards come on a TD pass to your All-American wide receiver with just :01 to play to give your team a 39-33 victory. I looked at a friend of mine with 1:30 to play and said; “Texas gave them too much time.” He bet me a Chinese lunch the ‘Horns would hang on. Needless to say; I’ll be enjoying some orange chicken in the future. Texas Tech isn’t just a gimmick offense anymore; they’re a national championship contender……but they have a tough schedule ahead of them.

10. Chris Paul
I believe David Steele said Friday that his NBA Championship series pick was Cleveland-New Orleans. We can only hope for such an entertaining series; and the chance to watch Chris Paul work in the national spotlight. His crossover is the best in the game right now; and he was back at Saturday night against LeBron’s Cavs; going for 24 points and 15 assists as the Hornets won 104-92. Since acquiring James Posey; the Hornets have not lost a game…..3-0 in the regular season after an undefeated preseason.

11. Matt Ryan
If it weren’t for this guy, Joe Flacco might be a frontrunner for rookie of the year. Ryan continues to lead the Falcons to wins, and to contention in the NFC South. Ryan threw for another 220 yards and 2 TD’s Sunday as Atlanta beat Oakland 24-0; and Ryan has the Falcons just a game out of first place in the division.

12. Kurt Warner and Tim Hightower
Warner added another 342 yards and 2 TD’s Sunday as the Arizona Cardinals improved to 5-3 for the first time since……well…….ever (technically, the Cardinals have been above .500 at the season’s halfway point before; but not since they moved to the Valley of the Sun). Warner is a legitimate MVP candidate for a team in a division that is so bad that they might well clinch the title with their 5 wins. Hightower; the rookie RB from Richmond, was inserted into the starting lineup for injured Edgerrin James, and he responded with 109 yards and a TD to beat the Rams 34-13.

13. Dogfish “Punkin” Ale at Ethel & Ramone’s
When my girlfriend told me that her friend was coming to town from the Midwest and we were going to dinner on Halloween, I would be lying if I said I didn’t sigh. But when we picked up another of her friends who was joining us for dinner; I was pleased to find out that we would be dining with the former food critic at The Sun. She found this hipster Cajun spot in Mt. Washington (whose NOLA chicken was sublime); and dinner was topped off by a few Dogfish Pumpkin Ales. Much like Drew likes to enjoy his wine; I happen to enjoy my beer and try to match it up with food. I did not know for sure that a pumpkin spice brew word work so well with a Cajun dish; but it was a perfect fit.

14. David Stinebaugh
Is a bit of a homer pick for me to put a Perry Hall Gator on the list for a 2nd straight week? Absolutely! But it’s my list; and I’ll put my favorite future Terrapin on the list if I choose to! The standout not only caught a TD pass; but he also returned two fumble recoveries for touchdowns as the Gators cruised to a 35-6 win over Catonsville. Stinebaugh now has 9 overall TD’s this season and the Gators appear poised to clinch a playoff spot.

15. Candy Corn and Sweet Potato Pie
After all these years; this is still my go-to. We only had one trick-or-treater here at the “Casa de Glenn”; but I gave him a few Mr. Goodbars and Krackels; as I decided to save the candy corn for myself. When I realized that I could still eat breakfast Sunday morning because it was an hour earlier than I had thought (thank you Daylight Savings Time!), I was grateful for little bit of Sweet Potato Pie and Candy Corn that survived Saturday night’s Halloween Party. As I have said before; I would be willing to work physical labor for Rodney at Dangerously Delicious Pies if he would pay me in Sweet Potato goodness.

Getting lucky were……

1. The Navy Midshipmen
Look, it wasn’t luck that helped them shave Temple’s lead to 7 with less than 3 minutes to play. And to be fair; they were downright unlucky when officials gave Temple a first down with 1:45 to play on a pass that probably should have been ruled incomplete. But with a 40 second play clock and Navy having just one timeout; Temple coach Al Golden COULD have told his QB to take 5-6 seconds off the clock when taking a knee. Had he done that; the Owls could have run all but about 12 seconds off the clock. Golden certainly couldn’t have expected a fumble late; but the 40 second play clock HAS to be your friend in the final 2 minutes. If you haven’t seen the highlights, take a look.

2. Rob Bironas
If the Titans had lost to the Packers in overtime; Rob Bironas would be kicking himself for missing a 47 yard FG at the end of regulation. Instead, the Titans’ pursuit of perfection (are we allowed to talk about that?) is still alive; as Bironas nailed a 41 yarder in the extra frame to make Tennessee 8-0.

3. Dave Wannstedt
With his seat staying nice and warm week in and week out in Pittsburgh; Wannstedt needed a statement win over an improving Notre Dame team to help some Panther fans forget about the underperforming nature the team has had in the Wannstedt era. Wannstedt got his win; but it wasn’t because they did anything particularly right. The Panthers and Irish finished regulation locked in a 24-24 tie; and then both teams sat back and allowed the other to lose the game instead of doing anything to win. Notre Dame finally missed a FG in the 4th overtime; and Pitt converted theirs for the 36-33 win.

4. The Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Both teams were EXTREMELY fortunate to avoid embarrassing losses to terrible football teams. The Bears trailed the winless, hapless, and sometimes gutless Lions by ten points in the 2nd half before rallying to get a 27-23 win. The Bucs trailed by as many as 21 points before Jeff Garcia found Antonio Bryant for a TD and Alex Smith for a 2 point conversion to tie things up at the end of regulation; then Matt Bryant hit the game winning field goal in OT to put away the now 1-7 Chiefs 30-27.

5. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Jackets hadn’t beat Florida State since 1975; and it almost didn’t happen again Saturday. Florida State RB Marcus Mims was marching towards the end zone with less than a minute to play; but he was unable to hold on to the football; and Tech’s Rashaad Reid covered it to finish up a 31-28 win. Georgia Tech had lost its last 12 games against the ‘Noles; and were lucky to avoid unlucky number 13. The Maryland Terrapins were also lucky; as they are now alone in first place thanks to FSU’s loss.

6. The Purdue Boilermakers
It was the kind of finish that my friend Jared Zabransky would have been proud of. Tied 42-42; Purdue backup QB Justin Siller found Greg Orton; who pitched to Desmond Tardy for a hook and lateral TD with just  :30 to play. The Boilers won 48-42; ending Michigan’s streak of making 33 consecutive bowl games. If you haven’t seen the play; you can see the highlights here.

7. Carl Edwards
I don’t know much about NASCAR: but I remember trying to get to school with my car running on fumes when I was in 11th grade. If I had known then that gas wouldn’t always be $1.09 a gallon; I might have thought it a better investment to use the little money I did have on gas. When Carl Edwards’ team decided not to refuel late; it could have cost him his chance at a Sprint Cup title. Instead, Edwards had enough gas to get home for his 8th win; and he’s still alive in the Chase; just 106 points behind Jimmie Johnson with 2 races to go.

And this week’s absolute zero is……

Those of us who picked Jacksonville to win the Super Bowl
The Jags have officially hit rock bottom. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bengals won’t have to worry about finishing the season winless, as the Jaguars couldn’t finish their furious 4th quarter comeback in a 21-19 loss. How could I have thought that this team would win the Super Bowl???????

Talk to you in the morning.

-G

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