Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2011 Week 8 Fantasy Football Position Rankings

Another week and another round of position rankings. A bunch of new faces are gracing the top spots at a number of positions after the Week 7 injury bus rolled in.
The running back rankings took the biggest hit as we see some surprise names stepping up from their RB2 and RB3 positions into the fantasy football spotlight. It is going to be a fun week to watch for sure as sleepers are everywhere on the board.
While we are getting primed to look at what some rookies and backups are able to do in Week 8, let’s first take a glance at the fantasy football position rankings..
As per usual, now is the time to start asking your questions. And let me know if there are any repeats or gross errors, or if you have a sleeper you think should be on the list.
Week 8 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
1.       Drew Brees
2.       Tom Brady
3.       Ben Roethlisberger
4.       Cam Newton
5.       Matthew Stafford
6.       Michael Vick
7.       Eli Manning
8.       Tony Romo
9.       Philip Rivers
10.   Matt Hasselbeck
11.   Matt Schaub
12.   Tim Tebow
13.   Andy Dalton
14.   Matt Cassel
15.   Ryan Fitzpatrick
16.   Joe Flacco
17.   John Beck
18.   Christian Ponder
19.   Alex Smith
20.   Kevin Kolb
21.   Colt McCoy
22.   Curtis Painter
23.   Matt Moore
24.   Blaine Gabbert
25.   Tarvaris Jackson
Week 8 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings
1.       Adrian Peterson
2.       Arian Foster
3.       Ray Rice
4.       Fred Jackson
5.       Frank Gore
6.       Maurice Jones-Drew
7.       Ryan Mathews
8.       LeSean McCoy
9.       Ahmad Bradshaw
10.   Stephen Jackson
11.   Darren Sproles
12.   Rashard Mendenhall
13.   Ryan Torain
14.   BenJarvus Green-Ellis
15.   DeMarco Murray
16.   Daniel Thomas
17.   Chris Johnson
18.   Mark Ingram
19.   Jackie Battle
20.   Bernard Scott
21.   Delone Carter
22.   Peyton HIllis
23.   Roy Helu
24.   Knowshon Moreno
25.   Jonathan Stewart
26.   Mike Tolbert
27.   Pierre Thomas
28.   Alfonso Smith
29.   Maurice Morris
30.   Montario Hardesty
31.   DeAngelo Williams
32.   Ben Tate
33.   Reggie Bush
34.   Leon Washington
35.   Brandon Jacobs
36.   Keiland Williams
37.   Donald Brown
38.   Stevan Ridley
39.   Justin Forsett
40.   Brian Leonard
41.   Danny Woodhead
42.   LaRod Stephens-Howling
43.   Thomas Jones
44.   Tashard Choice
45.   Lance Ball
46.   Ronnie Brown
47.   Ricky Williams
48.   Philip Tanner
49.   Isaac Redman
50.   Javon Ringer
Week 8 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings
1.       Calvin Johnson
2.       Wes Welker
3.       Mike Wallace
4.       Hakeem Nicks
5.       Steve Smith
6.       Andre Johnson
7.       Marques Colston
8.       Dez Bryant
9.       DeSean Jackson
10.   Vincent Jackson
11.   Dwayne Bowe
12.   Larry Fitzgerald
13.   Brandon Marshall
14.   Miles Austin
15.   A.J. Green
16.   Steve Johnson
17.   Pierre Garcon
18.   Anquan Boldin
19.   Jeremy Maclin
20.   Mario Manningham
21.   Jabar Gaffney
22.   Brandon Lloyd
23.   Deion Branch
24.   Nate Washington
25.   Sidney Rice
26.   Michael Jenkins
27.   Greg Little
28.   Reggie Wayne
29.   Victor Cruz
30.   Eric Decker
31.   Percy Harvin
32.   Michael Crabtree
33.   Antonio Brown
34.   Steve Breaston
35.   Lance Moore
36.   David Nelson
37.   Torrey Smith
38.   Demaryius Thomas
39.   Doug Baldwin
40.   Mike Thomas
41.   Davone Bess
42.   Robert Meachem
43.   Jerome Simpson
44.   Anthony Armstrong
45.   Braylon Edwards
46.   Kevin Walter
47.   Early Doucet
48.   Malcom Floyd
49.   Niles Paul
50.   Devery Henderson
Week 8 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings
1.       Jimmy Graham
2.       Antonio Gates
3.       Jason Witten
4.       Fred Davis
5.       Aaron Hernandez
6.       Vernon Davis
7.       Owen Daniels
8.       Rob Gronkowski
9.       Heath Miller
10.   Brandon Pettigrew
11.   Greg Olsen
12.   Jermaine Gresham
13.   Brent Celek
14.   Visanthe Shiancoe
15.   Ed Dickson
16.   Dallas Clark
17.   Jake Ballard
18.   Daniel Fells
19.   Evan Moore
20.   Jared Cook
Week 8 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings
1.       John Kasay
2.       Jason Hanson
3.       Dan Bailey
4.       Nick Novak
5.       David Akers
6.       Dan Carpenter
7.       Billy Cundiff
8.       Alex Henery
9.       Stephen Gostkowski
10.   Olindo Mare
11.   Neil Rackers
12.   Shaun Suisham
13.   Rob Bironas
14.   Mike Nugent
15.   Josh Scobee
16.   Graham Gano
17.   Ryan Longwell
18.   Phil Dawson
19.   Rian Lindell
20.   Ryan Succop
Week 8 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings (SDS)
1.       Baltimore Ravens
2.       New Orleans Saints
3.       San Francisco 49ers
4.       New York Giants
5.       Detroit Lions
6.       Cincinnati Bengals
7.       Houston Texans
8.       Dallas Cowboys
9.       Tennessee Titans
10.   Seattle Seahawks
11.   Cleveland Browns
12.   San Diego Chargers
13.   Pittsburgh Steelers
14.   Buffalo Bills
15.   Philadelphia Eagles
16.   Washington Redskins
17.   Minnesota Vikings
18.   Arizona Cardinals
19.   Indianapolis Colts
20.   New England Patriots


  1. hillis or moreno at flex?

  2. Would you hold on to Felix Jones and McGahee at this point? I'm likely to keep McGahee and hope he doesn't miss too much time, but I'm kind of fed up with Felix Jones. I picked up Murray when he went down (again), and I've also had Delone Carter on my bench since the draft. Seems like he'll finally get a shot at some decent playing time. My other RBs are McCoy and Fred Jackson anyway. Does Jones still fit in?

    I'm sitting pretty at 7-0, but I'll need a defense and WR fill in for next week (Det and Megatron have a bye) and the droppable players I see on my current roster are Jones, McGahee, Ben Watson (fill-in for last week), and Greg Little.

    I have my on eye on Gaffney sitting on the wire since Moss is out. Would you switch out any of the above for a fill-in D and WR for next week/rest of season?

    I really appreciate the advice, this site is awesome!

  3. Hey GHL- trying to keep my streak going. Roster and questions below. Keep up the good work, seriously!

    QBs - Stafford, Eli Manning
    RBs- Mendenhall, BJGE, Demarco Murray, Jackie Battle, Earnest Graham
    WRs- Roddy White, Victor Cruz, Colston, R. Wayne, B Lloyd
    TEs- Tony Gonzalez, Fred Davis
    K - Hanson
    DEF/ST - DET

    On bye this week - R. White, T Gonzalez.

    Planning on dropping Graham in exchange for a WR. My questions:

    For WRs - torn between Gaffney, Antonio Brown, and Jenkins. Should I just get one in exchange for Graham or two, dropping say, Cruz? Is Cruz startable this week over any of these guys?

    RBs - What's your thoughts on Mendenhall vs. New England's Run D?

    My starters, as I see em now:

    QB - Stafford/Manning (depending on Stafford's status)
    RB 1 - Mendenhall
    RB 2 - BJGE
    FLEX - DeMarco Murray
    WR 1 - Colston
    WR 2 - Lloyd
    WR 3 - Cruz/Brown/Jenkins
    TE - Davis
    K - Hanson
    DEF/ST - Dropping Lions for Texans or Giants.

    As always, thanks in advance.

  4. Posted this in another thread but I figured it may get more notice here - looking for your opinion..

    Right now I'm 6-1 in my 10 team league and set everywhere but RB2:

    QB: Stafford
    WR: Wallace, Nicks, Bryant
    RB: Rice, JStew
    TE: Graham

    Bench: Maclin, Tebow, Battle, Tate, Little, Tolbert

    With a surplus at WR I want to get someone I can plug in at RB2 week in and out. I've let it known they're all on the block (but I really have no intent of parting with Wallace for his consistent awesomeness). Needless to say, I was offered Ryan Mathews for Wallace straight up. That owner also has Sproles, FJax and MJD. I know the talent is there with Mathews but the constant nicks and injuries concern me - even though I have Tolbert. I think if he would accept any of my other WRs I may do it. What would be your preference in my position in terms of who to ask for/give up?

  5. Hey GHL,
    I got a quick question roster question. Chris Johnson Steven jackson Ryan torain aj green Larry Fitzgerald Stevie Johnson, I need 2 rbs 2 Wrs and a flex. I'm not sure how confident I feel in starting torain after last week but cj2k was pretty terrible too. Anyway love to hear your opinion thanks,

  6. What do you think of CJ Spiller as a flex? He's getting more looks as a receiver, is the backup RB, and has potential for a tricky red zone play. I like the short and long term payoff; what do you think?

  7. hey man, if Daniel Thomas does not go, I have to pleay either Woodhead or Ridley in a PPR who would you take? Also there's LaRod S. Howling and Leon Washington on the waiver and on top of PPR my league gives points for returns. thanks!

  8. Need some IDP rankings!!

  9. Also would be cool for you guys to do a redraft based on year to date performance, seeing as how it's halfway through the season already :(

  10. Gross.

    Hillis will likely play this week. It’s against the 49ers though, and I would assume that he splits with Hardesty a bit. Moreno is getting the start and a second chance. Their third stringer has 0 carries this year. It would be a roll of the dice against the Lions, but I think that he could do some work. Might make a good dent in the passing game as well.

  11. I think it is safe to part ways with Felix. In your case only really. you already have a stellar lineup, and he was never your starter, so you wont miss him much. A lot about his future rests in Murray's performance this weekend. If Murray can do well against Philly, then Jones is going to see far less time when he gets back. Jones was only average at best when he was healthy. He is just not a 3-down running back for the NFL.

    Might want to try to get a trade out of him before dropping him entirely, as I’m sure that someone will need him. You might be able to get a better WR that way than off the wire.

    If Watson was just a fill-in for a bye week, then you can probably afford to let him go for your defensive team pickup.

    I do like Gaffney from here out. He has gotten by well with Beck, and will be the primary receiver here. I think he’ll be able to compete, he is a veteran talent.

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  12. Dang. Quite a few questions here. Lets start at the top of your lineup at RB. Mendenhall is anything but stable at this point, but he is still your best option, so I’d leave him in. Pittsburgh is not the defense they used to be and can be run on pretty heavily this season, so I would have no qualms starting BJGE this week either. Scott and Battle have too many question marks for me.

    WR. Again. A lot of options. But you don’t have to choose who to drop, which is nice. So really, you can’t lose here. I would say not to Thomas right now. It was pretty evident that if Denver can’t form any passing game against the Dolphins, they likely wont be able to all year long.

    I like Gaffney as a starter. He has already put up a good season as a number two. He will need a backup to step up for him to be successful, but I think it will happen. Brown is making a jump, but has too many question marks for me. And with Heath Miller and Mike Wallace as Big Ben’s favorites, it is too inconsistent for my taste. Jenkins is a favorite, but might not be a long term solution. Vikings will be passing a lot more in the second half of the season, and with Harvin hurt, Jenkins is the big man. He also seems to be Ponder’s favorite right now.

    Cruz really doesn’t do much for me. He had a few great weeks, but then completely fell off. NYG has a lot of weapons, so he is one of those players that could get you either 15 points a week or 0 points a week. I don’t really like it.

    If you are comfortable putting a few big games on the shelf but relieving a handful of headaches, I would ditch Cruz for Gaffney and Graham for Jenkins.

  13. Answered it on the other thread. Sorry, I wasn't able to access comments for a while. Everything is fixed and good to go now.

  14. Torain had a bad week, but that is because Hightower got most of the work. Hightower is out of the picture for the year, so Torain is now the go-to guy. You might have a headache a couple weeks because Shanahan likes to mix it up and Helu might lead some games, but I have to feel confident in Torain for the time being.

    CJ2K does not look like his old self. He is showing no signs of breaking out any time soon. I would go Jackson/Torain. Its risky, but I think its justified. I'd use all three of your receivers at WR1, 2 and flex.

  15. You didnt give me any other options. But you make a good point. I have to assume that you are PPR, or I dont think we'd be having this discussion.

    The Bills definitely make the most out of their guys. They have a very lame offense on paper, but make it work with creativity. Spiller is becoming a bigger part of that.

    I would never really feel confident starting him, but I can see him starting if your other prospects are bleak.

  16. Dang. I like NE's matchup against the steelers for RB. As far as calling it between those two though, its really a coin toss. I would think that Ridley have a better chance. But there is a lot of downside and risk with both guys.

    Stephens-Howling is a stretch if there ever was one. The matchup is not good. Alfonso Smith is starting. Probably not the best option. Leon Washington should get the start, but the Seahawks have been unable to do anything on the ground even with their starting RB. No reason to think that Washington can change things. He could also split time with Justin Forsett.

    In a nutshell, none of these guys are ideal. All of them are huge gambles, and I really don’t feel a ton of upside with any of them. Leon Washington is the highest of the four on my rankings. I’d either go with him or Ridley.

    I think I’m going to make this my poll question of the day. So check in tomorrow to see the results.

  17. Already decided that next week is going to be all about mid season. Handing out midseason awards, and naming the duds and whatnot. Predicting Pro-Bowl. Whatever the hell I feel like really. Keep it coming with the ideas.

    I could try a redraft. That could be fun. All depend on how much freetime I have. Exlplain to me a little bit more about what you had in mind.

  18. I can't make any promises, but I will do my best to make a top 25 for DE, LB and DB by Saturday. Just for you, buddy.

    My ultimatum... You have to find me a handful of people that will be interested in it besides yourself. Just get a little advertising out to make it worth my while. I'm sure only like 5% of my readers do IDP, if that.

  19. Saw it, thanks. I'm willing to part with Nicks or Dez for Mathews..but of those RBs, would he be the one you'd want most (only at the right price of course)?

  20. Well, if your audience doesn't do IDP, then it isn't totally worth it. But I think it would be nice to just have the top 50 (or 25) across positions. Most people have at least one IDP spot on their roster, maybe that would be a good compromise? Regardless, I've been using this site since last season--and will continue to advocate its wisdom!

  21. I guess I did not word this correctly--what I meant was if your draft was tomorrow, where would everyone fall out. Like I got Matt Forte mid second round, and he's on pace to match/beat the yards from scrimmage record. Tomorrow, he would easily go in the top 4. And Fred Jackson? Shoot, I picked him up off waivers after week 1 in my ten team league. Chris Johnson sucks, Foster got hurt, Gates has played for like 5 whole minutes, yada, yada...

    Basically, where would people fall out today in a draft scenario based on their performance this season. I think that would be good to see mid season.

  22. I am 0-7 and there are only a few situations were i can make the playoffs, i basically need to win every game and a few people need to lose. I basically gave up , but i'll ask one more piece of advice:

    1 point PPR league:
    Do i play in my FLEX :

    Reggie Wayne
    Torrey Smith
    Montario Hardesty ?


  23. Start Mario Manningham or Brandon Pettigrew this week? (Jennings is on bye) Standard Scoring.

  24. Hey GHL, Maclin or Marshall this week? Manningham or Antonio Brown? PPR in both. Thx!

  25. best team ever? i traded tebow and greene for cj2k and fitzpatrick
    andre j
    calvin j
    titans (packers on bye)
    (who cares about the kicker, but he's the pats k)
    Bench: hillis (currently), moreno, julio j, harvin, packers (bye), fitzpatrick, bush

    what do you think? any suggestions? also, i was offered sproles for fitzgerald or hillis for fitzgerald. should i make either? if so, which one?

  26. My RBs are Ryan Torain, Beanie Wells, Jackie Battle, Mike Tolbert, Daniel Thomas, and Mark Ingram. Which 2 would you start?

  27. I for one would love a redraft ranking based on season-to-date performance and future projections...and deep enough to help gauge if players on the waiver wire might be upgrades over current rostered players...

  28. In a standard league, I'm starting Foster and DeMarco at RB, Fitzgerald and Lloyd at WR, and Fred Davis at TE. Would you start Bernard Scott or Vernon Davis at a RB/WR/TE spot? Thanks!

  29. Do I run with David Nelson or Manningham in the slot? Manningham is ranked higher and has the Dolphins, but Nelson tends to get more points on a consistent basis.

  30. Heath Miller or Jake Ballard at TE?


  31. javon ringer or cj?

  32. If youre in PPR then both F Jax and Sproles have more fantasy points. Fred Jackson would have more points than Mathews even in Standard leagues.

    I'd probably rather have him ahead of Mathews. Both are similar points-wise. But FJax is a top three RB in any format right now.

  33. Will work on it tonight man. Who am I to deny you fantasy advice?

    It'll be up.

  34. Great idea. Next week it'll be up. I like it!

  35. Well, at 0-7, its time to start gambling. Make the big reaches. Go with whoever has the most upside.

    Torrey Smith has the most upside here.

  36. Hi Guys. Thanks again for all the great advice you put out there. This week my questions are:

    1. Who to play at WR2: Harvin (Questionable w/ that rib injury), Victor Cruz, Deion Branch or Michael Jenkins. They all could have good numbers or be completely absent during the game so I'm at a loss.

    2. I have Jonathan Stewart in at RB due to Forte's bye week. Any chance that Knowshon Moreno will have a big day with McGehee out? I'm considering giving him the chance... but I'm playing the top dog in the league this week and I need the W :)

  37. For the rest of the season, who do you think is the RB to own in Dallas? I have both Felix and Murray, would it be wise to try to trade one of them? Or should I hold onto both, just in case?

  38. Chicken Milk StinkbombOctober 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Stuck between CJ Spiller and Alfonso Smith, need to start one of them in a .5 PPR12 man League

  39. NEED HELP FROM U ASAP...I'M 5-'2 and playing the number one undefeated tea5

  40. hi, i would like your opinion on a couple of recent trades i made:
    1st julio jones to receive owen daniels
    2nd alfonso smith, carson palmer, and deangello williams to receive jeremy maclin

  41. Who would you start at your RB2 position this week - Delonne Carter or Jackie Battle? I see battle is a little higher in the rankings, but Carter is facing the bad Tenn run defense.


  42. I normally opt for WRs in this scenario. Manningham hasnt been doing much. but I do like the matchup. Pettigrew is pretty consistent at getting receptions and yardage, but doesnt see the endzone a ton.

    I'd probably go for Manningham on this one.

  43. I've got Marshall over Maclin. Especially PPR, Marshall gets a ton of looks every week.

    Manningham has a chance to breakout. Brown is up against a weak defense, but I still havent seen anything from him to make him a must-start. I'd go Manningham.

  44. I'm guessing that one of these spots is FLEX? If so, I would make the trade. Get rid of hillis for fitz. Sproles has been doing great. Better than CJ2K who is also pretty awful this year. Fitz would be an upgrade. M

    I'd go peterson, sproles, fitz, andre j and calvin j in that scenario.

  45. I don't 100% know what you are asking for here. I did the "How to Decide if its a good trade" post a week ago. Outside of that, there is very little that I can write about trades.

    There are so many variables that it is just a hard thing to write a general article about.

    They will get the hang of it soon, when they know more about fantasy and the NFL. But if they are turning down all of your trades after reading information from websites and things and learning that its not a good trade... what is wrong with that?

    It seems to me that they are doing the right thing, and the thing that I would advise them to do. If they are unsure, go do some research.

    Obviously, their research is telling them no.

    What you could do is try to encourage them to make the trade offers or even counter offers. Work with them in the trade. Explain to them every step in the decision making process. What do you need? What do they need? Why the trade is beneficial for both of you. Show them the math on it.

  46. Ingrams out. Wells is probably out, and even if not he'll be playing hurt against a great run defense.

    Torain seems like a good play, he'll be starting and will likely get most of the work. I'd go with him for sure.

    The other spot is a bit of a gamble with all three of them. Tolbert had a great week last week, but that was after Mathews went down. Mathews is healthy though and should get most of the playing time, meaning Tolbert will get you points only if he has a goal line score.

    Battle has been very iffy after having one great week. He is against SD, an inconsistent defense. He is a chance, but doesn't really give you much confidence and has been splitting time.

    D Thomas would be my second choice. Lots of big plays have been given up on the Giants, Thomas is getting most of the work. Its not an ideal situation here, but he seems to be the best second choice.

  47. Will do. Sounds like a heck of a project. Expect it next week.

  48. I'd go with Davis. We dont know a ton about Scott, and SEA has actually been a decent defense this year. SF should have a pretty easy match against the Browns.

  49. I have Manningham high more as a gut thing. I feel that this could be his first big week. Cruz is decreasing, Manningham is increasing, great matchup, coming off the bye. Seems like a perfect storm for him. Nelson has been inconsistent too, but does get higher point totals. But Washington has been surprisingly stingy against the pass.

    Again. Manningham is higher on my list as a gut reaction. Statistically, they are pretty close this week.

  50. I like Miller's matchup. I'd go with him. I'm starting him in a couple leagues this week.

  51. Ouch. How deep is this league? Or have you been utterly devastated by injury?

    Probably CJ Spiller. Especially for PPR. I know that Chris Johnson hasnt been doing too great, but Ringer hasnt been better.

  52. 1) I'd go Branch and Jenkins. With Harvin hurt and questionable, Jenkins could step up big. Ponder seems to like him too. NE will be passing like always. Branch always makes me a little nervous, but he has been pretty good as of late.

    2) I highly doubt that Moreno will have a big week. He lost the starting job because he was really quite miserable. I don't know that we can expect anything different from him. But Denver is running a lot more now with Tebow back there. And when he does pass the ball, he keeps it short. So if you are PPR... Moreno could actually stand a chance.

    Stewart is always an issue, but seems to be splitting solidly and outperforming D Williams.

    Vikings are a very tough run defense. Detroit is a pretty bad one. I would probably take the gamble with Moreno here.

  53. It all depends on the outcome of this week.

    It is too early to say right now who is going to get the work.

    It is pretty obvious that Murray will get a far greater percentage of carries when Felix gets back than he did before the injury.
    If Murray can have a good game against Philadelphia as the primary back, then I think he will be the Cowboys best RB even when Felix is back.
    If Murray and the run game suffer and he can't get anything going, then I think Felix will once again become the start and get the majority of carries.

    As a Cowboys fan, I honestly think that Murray is the RB of the future for the Cowboys. He is an every down back, unlike Felix. He has great speed, toughness and burst. I like him.

  54. I really don't know why everyone is going apeshit on CJ Spiller. He gets no carries at all. And he only has 11 catches on the year.

    He is getting better. I'll give him that. But he is far from a comfortable start.

    Alfonso Smith will likely get the start. I doubt Beanie will play, but he isn't definitely out yet. LaRod Stephens-Howling should get some work though too. And they have a rough matchup against the Ravens. Backup, against the Ravens... not too great.

    Still, if Beanie is out.. I'd go with Smith.
    If Beanie plays, or you have a gut feeling.. then go with Spiller.

    I wouldnt expect a ton out of either though.

  55. Hot damn. I don't mean to deflate your sails here, but your opponent might have the best lineup I've seen this year.

    Being that you have your best RB on bye, and a pretty unsolid WR2... you are going to need a lucky week to get by. This isn't impossible, he does have some tough matchups, but you are going to need huge play from your guys.

    I agree that I like Gaffney. But you already have him as your WR2... so can't you just start both Gaffney and Brown?

    I would do that:

    Rice is a bit risky, they havent been that great this year, and Cincy is good against the pass. Smith and Scott have tough matchups.

    Gates should be your TE starter. You should really look into a trade to get rid of at least one of them. You could potentially get rid of Gates for a solid WR2 and have Davis as your starter. Make sure you do the math on it though (

    Or trade Davis and get a decent WR2. Not as good as youd get for Gates, but still servicable.

  56. 1) Its a good trade if you had an awful TE. Any other scenario, probably not a great one. Jones has been solid this year in PPR leagues and is getting some scores. Daniels has a great run with A Johnson out, but he should see a decrease once he comes back.

    2) Seems pretty good. You just kind of cleaned house on this one. You got rid of only players that you would never use. And got a receiver who could easily start as a WR3 or Flex. I like it. Very smart thinking here.

  57. I am actually in this scenario. Beanie Wells is hurt on my team. I have Carter and Battle, and I'm starting.... CARTER!

    I know that I have Battle higher.. but I have a gut feeling about Carter here. If Addai is cleared to play, that will make me a little hesitant, but I dont think that will happen. Carter has been having a solid time with Addai out, and as you said, the defense is pretty bad.

    Its a gut move, but it seems that you have the same gut as me. Good luck to us both.

  58. With Andre Johnson out, again, would you start jacoby jones or victor cruz, ppr but I also get points for return yards. Thanks man! by the way the poll question helped me a lot! Im still starting LaRod over Ridley because of the return yards and I think that game is gonna be a blow out!

    thanks again!

  59. I, too, would love IDP rankings. In my league, it's pretty light...we just start 1 DL, 1 LB, and 1 DB with usually a bench spot for each. So your top 25 would be perfect!

  60. start rivers or romo this week?

  61. btw my team is:
    mathews (forte is my #2 on bye)
    texans (steelers on bench)

    (bench: forte, DHB, brandon jacobs, james jones, santana moss)

    any changes? + rivers/ romo?

  62. Would your advice change if it was Reggie Bush vs. Vernon Davis, now that Daniel Thomas has been ruled out? And how far up would you move Bush in the rankings? Thanks again!

  63. Would you do Steve Breaston at WR or Knowshawn at RB this week?

  64. Breaston, P.Garcon, M. Jenkings at WR or Knowhawn at RB? I can pick between those WR or that RB for my flex spot. PPR league.
    Also, I twittered you eariler, but would you start Rivers or Tebow. Tebow looked horrible last week but he got it done on the field and fantasy points. Tough D this week compared to Miami. But Kansas is coming off 6 int last week, and Rivers has been shaky. Thanks of all the last min help.

  65. And No Garcon in your top 50? Unless I missed it? He has been pretty solid for me.

  66. Sorry I have been drinking. #17

  67. should i start beanie wells, reggie wayne, or david nelson in the flex?

  68. Love the site, please help with some last minute decisions. I'm at work and quickly trying to get this posted....only a couple of questions.

    At Flex, do I start Manningham or N. Washington?
    At RB2, do I start Moreno or Battle since Thomas and Tolbert are both out now?


  69. Got a top 20 at all positions. Hope it helps!

  70. Romo has been more consistent and has the better matchup here in my opinion. Cowboys should be throwing a lot.

  71. I wouldnt make any other changes.

  72. Bush does jump a bit here. Likely around spot 12. It could be a good move to play him today. Giants give up some big plays against the run. He has potential to put up some big numbers as long as he gets the carries.

  73. I'd probably go with Knowshon. DET doesnt have a good run defense, Moreno should get a lot of the work, and will probably be one of Tebow's favorite targets this week. Breaston has a tougher matchup and, while he has been performing better, is still not a must-start by any means.

    Knowshon hasnt been impressive, but he has a lot of proving to do. I think he could get the job done this week.

  74. Answered your Tebow/Rivers question.

    For the flex spot here, I told you Knowshon earlier, but you didnt mention Jenkins or Garcon. Carolina is pretty good against the pass, but with Harvin hurt, Jenkins has been doing great. I really like his chances this week. Garcon has been the favorite target of Painter, but he is hard to rely on. I have Garcon over Jenkins this week. But still, Knowshon is a wildcard here.

    It would be one of those two. My gut is pulling toward Knowshon even though he has no stats to really back that up. I'd go with your gut between these two guys.

  75. Garcon is at number 17.

  76. Wells should play, but he is hurt and playing a tough defense. I'd be shocked if he got the same workload he has been getting.

    Wayne has fallen apart this year. I have him way down at 28 in my rankings. Nelson is even lower at 36, but he does have a bit of upside. Washington has been solid against the pass though.

    This is a tough call, I don't expect any of them to have blowout weeks. Wells is a risk, but you are in luck that he is the early game. If he plays and commentators are saying that he should get decent playing time, I would go with him.
    If not, you might have to take a gamble and go with a WR. I have Wayne higher.

  77. Glad to help. Hope this gets to you before kickoff.

    Flex: I have Manningham higher, but I do like Washington this week. Nate has proven that he is not a WR1 though, and has had some pretty poor games. Indy gives up a lot of yards though, so he could be a good play here. Manningham is slowly sneaking back up the charts, and MIA is an awful defense.
    I'd take Manningham here.

    RB2: I'd go Moreno. DET isnt a great run defense, Moreno should get most of the carries and play a part in the (incredibly minimal) receiving game. Battle had one great week, but hasn't done much sense, shouldnt be that high against SD, a decent rushing defense.

  78. Which flex player?
    RB/Battle/KC or RB/Stewart/CAR or TE/Gronkowski/NE?

  79. Gronk seems to be the best option. Could have a big day. He had 3 TDs against PIT last year. Stewart and Battle both split. Neither have been that impressive so far. I'd take the risk and go with a TE here.

  80. I picked up Cincinati as the best available D this week. Got me 26 points tonight, now I'll win and take first place in the league! Thanks GHL!

  81. Over the past few weeks I've made a couple posts that are really great for trades. Had a chance to check them out? Had you in mind writing them.