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Here’s my Week 12 tight end rankings.

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1. Brandon Pettigrew vs. New England (Thursday)
2. Jacob Tamme vs. San Diego
3. Todd Heap vs. Tampa Bay
4. Chris Cooley vs. Minnesota
5. Kellen Winslow @ Baltimore
6. Tony Gonzalez vs. Green Bay
7. Vernon Davis @ Arizona (Monday)
8. Zach Miller (OAK) vs. Miami
9. Marcedes Lewis @ New York Giants
10. Jason Witten vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
11. Visanthe Shiancoe @ Washington
12. Jermaine Gresham @ New York Jets (Thursday)
13. Kevin Boss vs. Jacksonville
14. Jimmy Graham @ Dallas (Thursday)
15. Aaron Hernandez @ Detroit (Thursday)
16. Joel Dreessen vs. Tennessee
17. Rob Gronkowski @ Detroit (Thursday)
18. Greg Olsen vs. Philadelphia
19. Randy McMichael @ Indianapolis
20. Brent Celek @ Chicago
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Inside the numbers:

  • The Lions will be forced to throw a lot against New England, which works in their favor as the Patriots struggle to defend the pass. I’m expecting big things from Brandon Pettigrew this week.
  • Jacob Tamme shrugged off the back injury and caught seven catches for 70 yards. He’s a strong play yet again this week.
  • Todd Heap is averaging 51.4 yards with four touchdowns in his past five games.
  • I can’t trust Antonio Gates until he shows signs that he’ll be ready to go.
  • Jason Witten was more involved this week, but isn’t the focus of the offense the way he was in Weeks 7 & 8.
  • The Jets aggressive style lends itself to strong TE play. Look for Gresham to have a decent game.
  • With their WRs banged up, Kevin Boss figures to step up for the Giants.
  • I’m expecting Owen Daniels to be out again, meaning Joel Dreessen has fantasy relevance again.
  • ***UPDATE*** – Tony Moeaki (concussion) is out again this week. I added Jimmy Graham, and bumped him up a spell as Jeremy Shockey could miss this week as well.

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Here’s my Week 12 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson vs. New England (Thursday)
2. Greg Jennings @ Atlanta
3. Dwayne Bowe @ Seattle
4. Marques Colston @ Dallas (Thursday)
5. Roddy White vs. Green Bay
6. Andre Johnson vs. Tennessee
7. Mike Wallace @ Buffalo
8. DeSean Jackson @ Chicago
9. Reggie Wayne vs. San Diego
10. Santonio Holmes vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
11. Brandon Lloyd vs. St. Louis
12. Anquan Boldin vs. Tampa Bay
13. Dez Bryant vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
14. Jeremy Maclin @ Chicago
15. Terrell Owens @ New York Jets (Thursday)
16. Larry Fitzgerald vs. San Francisco (Monday)
17. Mario Manningham vs. Jacksonville
18. Steve Johnson vs. Pittsburgh
19. Percy Harvin @ Washington
20. Michael Crabtree @ Arizona (Monday)
21. Miles Austin vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
22. Wes Welker @ Detroit (Thursday)
23. Braylon Edwards vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
24. Chad Ochocinco @ New York Jets (Thursday)
25. Nate Burleson vs. New England (Thursday)
26. Hines Ward @ Buffalo
27. Johnny Knox vs. Philadelphia
28. Mike Williams (TB) @ Baltimore
29. Pierre Garcon vs. San Diego
30. Steve Breaston vs. San Francisco (Monday)
31. Robert Meachem @ Dallas (Thursday)
32. Deion Branch @ Detroit (Thursday)
33. Malcom Floyd @ Indianapolis
34. Vincent Jackson @ Indianapolis
35. Santana Moss  vs. Minnesota
36. Mike Thomas @ New York Giants
37. James Jones @ Atlanta
38. Danny Amendola @ Denver
39. Kevin Walter vs. Tennessee
40. Donald Driver @ Atlanta
41. Brandon Gibson vs. Atlanta
42. Nate Washington @ Houston
43. Lance Moore @ Dallas (Thursday)
44. Lee Evans vs. Pittsburgh
45. Steve Smith (CAR) @ Cleveland
46. Brandon Marshall @ Oakland
47. Roy Williams vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
48. Sidney Rice @ Washington
49. Derek Hagan vs. Jacksonville
50. Ben Obomau vs. Kansas City

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Inside the numbers:

  • I’m afraid Calvin Johnson is just too big and powerful for a Patriots’ defense allowing 300+ passing yards per game. Look for a Thanksgiving feast for Megatron.
  • Donald Driver’s return did not spoil Greg Jennings fantasy value. Look for another strong effort against Atlanta’s weak pass defense.
  • Dwayne Bowe has ten touchdowns in his past six games, and he’s facing Seattle, who is allowing 300.2 passing yards per game along with 16 passing touchdowns.
  • Marques Colston is heating up. He has 32 catches in his past four games. Over that stretch he’s averaging 91.3 yards and a touchdown per game.
  • The T.O. and Ocho Show get to face Revis and Cromartie. The “diva receivas” should be quieter this week.
  • Steve Johnson has a tough match-up against Pittsburgh, but he’s playing too well to bench against anybody.
  • With Leslie Frazier taking over the Vikings’ ship, I expect the team to play inspired, tempering my expectations for Santana Moss.
  • I can’t bring myself to endorse either Brandon Marshall or Randy Moss until they prove themselves.
  • ***UPDATE*** Malcom Floyd slid a bit as his hamstring has become a issue. I can’t trust Seattle’s Mike Williams (foot) right now either. Derek Hagan makes the list.
  • Ben Obomau replaces Davone Bess.

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Here’s my Week 12 running back rankings.

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1. Rashard Mendenhall @ Buffalo
2. Adrian Peterson @ Washington
3. Chris Johnson @ Houston
4. Arian Foster vs. Tennessee
5. Peyton Hillis vs. Carolina
6. Frank Gore @ Arizona (Monday)
7. Ray Rice vs. Tampa Bay
8.  Michael Turner vs. Green Bay
9. Jamaal Charles @ Seattle
10. Knowshon Moreno vs. St. Louis
11. Maurice Jones-Drew @ New York Giants
12. LeSean McCoy @ Chicago
13. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Jacksonville
14. Darren McFadden vs. Miami
15. Steven Jackson @ Denver
16. Ronnie Brown @ Oakland
17. Thomas Jones @ Seattle
18. Matt Forte vs. Philadelphia
19. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
20. Cedric Benson @ New York Jets (Thursday)
21. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Detroit (Thursday)
22. Fred Jackson vs. Pittsburgh
23. Mike Goodson @ Cleveland
24. Mike Tolbert @ Indianapolis
25. LeGarrette Blount @ Baltimore
26. Christopher Ivory @ Dallas (Thursday)
27. Felix Jones vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
28. Danny Woodhead @ Detroit (Thursday)
29. Brandon Jacobs vs. Jacksonville
30. Maurice Morris vs. New England (Thursday)
31. Keiland Williams vs. Minnesota
32. Shonn Greene vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
33. Brandon Jackson @ Atlanta
34. Tim Hightower vs. San Francisco (Monday)
35. Ricky Williams @ Oakland

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Raiders did a decent job slowing Rashard Mendenhall, but I’ll take a shot on him in the number one slot again as he takes on Buffalo’s league-worst run defense (163.5 yards allowed per game).
  • Washington is giving up 131 yards per game on the ground. Adrian Peterson should find plenty of running lanes against them.
  • Peyton Hillis’ magical season continues with a juicy match-up against Carolina, who is yielding 128.4 rushing yards per game. Hillis has ten combined TDs and 1125 total yards.
  • Frank Gore failed to capitalize against Tampa’s previously porous run defense, but he should bounce back against Arizona.
  • Both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are borderline RB2s against Detroit.
  • Reggie Bush may be able to go against Dallas, but Christopher Ivory is still the RB to use for New Orleans.
  • Mike Goodson will likely get another start, but he’s not a sure RB2 going up against Cleveland.
  • Brandon Jacobs will get the start for the Giants, which moves him up a few spots. Ahmad Bradshaw should still be used heavily so I only bumped him down a few.
  • I have been burned by Knowshon Moreno in the past, which made me back off a little on my rankings. I’m taking a leap with him. He’s been great in the past two games and has a good match-up.

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Here are my Week 12 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers @ Atlanta
2. Ben Roethlisberger @ Buffalo
3. Peyton Manning vs. San Diego
4. Drew Brees @ Dallas (Thursday)
5. Michael Vick @ Chicago
6. Tom Brady @ Detroit (Thursday)
7. Philip Rivers @ Indianapolis
8. Shaun Hill vs. New England (Thursday)
9. Kyle Orton vs. St. Louis
10. Eli Manning vs. Jacksonville
11. Joe Flacco vs. Tampa Bay
12. Jon Kitna vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
13. Matt Cassel @ Seattle
14. Mark Sanchez vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)
15. Matt Ryan vs. Green Bay
16. Sam Bradford @ Denver
17. Brett Favre @ Washington
18. Carson Palmer @ New York Jets (Thursday)
19. Matt Schaub vs. Tennessee
20. David Garrard @ New York Giants
21. Jay Cutler vs. Philadelphia
22. Josh Freeman @ Baltimore
23. Donovan McNabb vs. Minnesota
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Pittsburgh
25. Troy Smith @ Arizona (Monday)
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Inside the numbers:

  • The Chargers (#1) and Colts (#8) are two of the best at holding opposing quarterbacks to low yardage, but that goes out the window when Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning square off.
  • The Cowboys have improved in recent weeks, but they still struggle to defend the pass. Drew Brees has many of things to be thankful about on Thursday, and facing the Cowboys is one of them.
  • New England is allowing 300.5 passing yards per game this year with 20 passing touchdowns. Shaun Hill isn’t sexy, but he has thrown for 300+ yards or multiple touchdowns in five of the six games he started and finished.
  • Seattle is allowing 300.2 passing yards per game, making Matt Cassel a borderline fantasy starter this week.
  • Carson Palmer, Matt Schaub, and Jay Cutler have tough match-ups this week meaning your likely #1 to start the season will be riding the pine.
  • With Tennessee’s quarterbacks dropping like flies, the Texans get a reprieve. There’s an outside chance that they end the week out of the cellar in passing yards allowed.
  • What a difference a couple of days make. For starters, Colt McCoy (ankle) will likely be out so I replaced him with Brett Favre. With Brad Childress gone, I think the Vikings play inspired football, moving Favre up the rankings.

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Here’s my Week 11 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. IND:  Simply a beast. 78 tackles in his past six games.
2. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. GB:  Mr. Consistency has had between 8-12 tackles every game.
3. Paul Posluszny (BUF) @ CIN:  40 tackles in past three games, 78 on the year.
4. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) vs. WASH:  74 tackles in his past seven games.
5. London Fletcher (WAS) @ TENN:  39 tackles in past four games. CJ will keep him busy.
6. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) vs. Oakland:  Raiders rushing attack and use of TE will make him active.
7. James Anderson (CAR) vs. BAL:  Averaging 9.3 tackles per game with 2.5 sacks and a pick.
8. D.J. Williams (DEN) @ SD:  Should bounce back from benching. 74 tackles and 3.5 sacks on the year.
9. Derrick Johnson (KC) vs. ARI:  12 tackles last week, 77 on the season.
10. Ray Lewis (BAL) @ CAR:  Long week to rest and get ready for the Panthers.
11. Patrick Willis (SF) vs. TB:  31 tackles in past three games, 78 on the year.
12. LaRon Landry (WAS) @ TEN:  46 tackles in past five games, 85 on the year.
13. Dhani Jones (CIN) vs. BUF:  22 tackles in past two games, 73 on the year.
14. Barrett Ruud (TB) @ SF:  34 tackles the past four games, 70 on the year.
15. Clay Matthews (GB) @ MIN:  10.5 sacks. 9 tackles, 2 sacks, and INT in past two games.

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Here’s my Week 11 team defense rankings.

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1. Baltimore @ Carolina
2. Kansas City vs. Arizona
3. New Orleans vs. Seattle
4. Tennessee vs. Washington
5. Miami vs. Chicago
6. Pittsburgh vs. Oakland
7. Green Bay @ Minnesota
8. Chicago @ Miami
9. Atlanta @ St. Louis
10. Dallas vs. Detroit
11. Tampa Bay @ San Francisco
12. San Francisco vs. Tampa Bay
13. San Diego vs. Denver
14. Jacksonville vs. Cleveland
15. Detroit @ Dallas

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Inside the numbers:

  • We’ll see if my #1 jinx continues. The Ravens should manhandle the Panthers, but my top teams (Giants, Patriots, Dallas, Baltimore) have struggled in the past four weeks.
  • Arizona has been more competitive in recent weeks, but have a tough draw against the Chiefs on the road.
  • Washington is in complete disarray. Look for Tennessee to capitalize. The Titans could lead all teams in sacks this week.
  • Green Bay typically struggles a bit in the Metrodome, but the Vikings are in the tank. Clay Matthews should spend a lot of time looking down at Brett Favre this week.
  • Because of their match-ups, the Eagles, Giants, Colts, Jets, and Patriots aren’t strong plays this week.

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Here’s my Week 11 tight end rankings.

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1. Jacob Tamme @ New England
2. Zach Miller (OAK) @ Pittsburgh
3. Vernon Davis vs. Tampa Bay
4. Kellen Winslow @ San Francisco
5. Dustin Keller vs. Houston
6. Tony Gonzalez @ St. Louis
7.  Jason Witten vs. Detroit
8. Todd Heap @ Carolina
9. Marcedes Lewis vs. Cleveland
10. Brandon Pettigrew @ Dallas
11. Chris Cooley @ Tennessee
12. Visanthe Shiancoe vs. Green Bay
13. Aaron Hernandez vs. Indianapolis
14. Rob Gronkowski vs. Indianapolis
15. Brent Celek vs. New York Giants
16. Greg Olsen @ Miami
17. Benjamin Watson @ Jacksonville
18. Randy McMichael vs. Denver
19. Jermaine Gresham vs. Buffalo
20. Kevin Boss @ Philadelphia

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Inside the numbers:

  • Antonio Gates still isn’t practicing, and given his Monday Night game, it’s too much of a risk. Only keep him in your lineup if you have Randy McMichael on your roster to use in case Gates can’t go.
  • I’m more worried about Tamme’s back than I am about the Patriots stopping him.
  • Out of respect to Jacksonville’s Zach Miller’s big game, I will specify which Zach Miller I’m ranking. Miller makes a strong play against Pittsburgh, who was burned by tight end Rob Gronkowski for three scores last week.
  • Jason Witten was not in Jason Garrett’s plans last week. I’m hesitant to start him.
  • Both New England tight ends should be heavily involved as Brady looks to keep Peyton on the sidelines.
  • Tony Moeaki will likely miss the game because of a concussion so he was taken off the list. I slid Aaron Hernandez-Jermaine Gresham up a slot and added Kevin Boss.

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Here’s my Week 11 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Roddy White @ St. Louis
2. Reggie Wayne @ New England
3. Hakeem Nicks @ Philadelphia
4. DeSean Jackson vs. New York Giants
5. Greg Jennings @ Minnesota
6. Calvin Johnson @ Dallas
7. Dwayne Bowe vs. Arizona
8. Terrell Owens vs. Buffalo
9. Anquan Boldin @ Carolina
10. Dez Bryant vs. Detroit
11. Marques Colston vs. Seattle
12. Andre Johnson @ New York Jets
13. Brandon Lloyd @ San Diego
14. Miles Austin vs. Detroit
15. Brandon Marshall vs. Chicago
16. Percy Harvin vs. Green Bay
17. Larry Fitzgerald @ Kansas City
18. Mike Wallace vs. Oakland
19. Santonio Holmes vs. Houston
20. Michael Crabtree vs. Tampa Bay
21. Jeremy Maclin vs. New York Giants
22. Chad Ochocinco vs. Buffalo
23. Steve Johnson @ Cincinnati
24. Hines Ward vs. Oakland
25. Pierre Garcon @ New England
26. Mario Manningham @ Philadelphia
27. Wes Welker @ Indianapolis
28. Johnny Knox @ Miami
29. Mike Williams (SEA) @ New Orleans
30. Mike Williams (TB) @ San Francisco
31. Braylon Edwards vs. Houston
32. Steve Breaston @ Kansas City
33. Mike Thomas vs. Cleveland
34. Nate Burleson @ Dallas
35. Davone Bess vs. Chicago
36. Deion Branch @ Indianapolis
37. Lee Evans @ Cincinnati
38. Mike Sims-Walker vs. Cleveland
39. Santana Moss @ Tennessee
40. Danny Amendola vs. Atlanta
41. Kevin Walter @ New York Jets
42. Lance Moore vs. Seattle
43. Randy Moss vs. Washington
44. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Baltimore
45. Robert Meachem vs. Seattle
46. Malcom Floyd vs. Denver
47. Patrick Crayton vs. Denver
48. James Jones @ Minnesota
49. Donald Driver @ Minnesota
50. Roy Williams vs. Detroit

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Inside the numbers:

  • Roddy White gets extra time for his knee to heal. Not that it troubled him in Week 10.
  • New England is getting killed by the pass (277.8 ypg). The last time Reggie Wayne faced them he caught ten passes for 126 yards and two scores.
  • The last time he faced the Eagles, Nicks caught four passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. It’s highly possible he catches TD #10 this week.
  • In the first meeting with the Vikings Greg Jennings caught six passes for 74 yards and a score. Expect more of the same.
  • T.O. may not have had any run-ins with Buffalo like he has with his other former teams, but he’s certain to be up for the meeting.
  • DeSean Jackson tormented the Giants to the tune of 256 yards and 2 TDs last year.
  • Any question who’s the top WR in Dallas right now. Forget Roy Williams, Miles Austin can carry Dez Bryant’s shoulder pads.
  • My gut says Hines Ward will be able to play this week. He was dying to get back in their Sunday night.
  • With Steve Smith out, I slid Mario Manningham up a few notches.
  • Danny Amendola has scored in three straight games, and has a favorable match-up against Atlanta.
  • I don’t have any faith in Randy Moss right until he proves otherwise.

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Here’s my Week 11 running back rankings.

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1. Rashard Mendenhall vs. Oakland
2. Frank Gore vs. Tampa Bay
3. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Cleveland
4. Arian Foster @ New York Jets
5. Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay
6. Chris Johnson vs. Washington
7. Michael Turner @ St. Louis
8. Ray Rice @ Carolina
9. Cedric Benson vs. Buffalo
10. Jamaal Charles vs. Arizona
11. Peyton Hillis @ Jacksonville
12. LeSean McCoy vs. New York Giants
13. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Philadelphia
14. Darren McFadden @ Pittsburgh
15. Jahvid Best @ Dallas
16. Steven Jackson vs. Atlanta
17. LeGarrette Blount @ San Francisco
18. Fred Jackson @ Cincinnati
19. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Houston
20. Matt Forte @ Miami
21. Felix Jones vs. Detroit
22. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Indianapolis
23. Thomas Jones vs. Arizona
24. Keiland Williams @ Tennessee
25. Shonn Greene vs. Houston
26. Tim Hightower @ Kansas City
27. Knowshon Moreno @ San Diego
28. Brandon Jackson @ Minnesota
29. Marshawn Lynch @ New Orleans
30. Michael Bush @ Pittsburgh
31. Ryan Mathews vs. Denver
32. Ronnie Brown vs. Chicago
33. Mike Tolbert vs. Denver
34. Mike Goodson vs. Baltimore
35. Justin Forsett @ New Orleans

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Inside the numbers:

  • Oakland ranks 25th with 124.8 rushing yards allowed. After a relatively quiet game against New England, look for Mendenhall to explode against the Raiders.
  • Tampa Bay is better, but they are still yielding 143.8 yards per fame on the ground. Frank Gore should dominate.
  • The concerns about MJD’s knee are a thing of the past after three straight strong performances.
  • Adrian Peterson averages 126.3 total yards with five touchdowns in seven games against Green Bay.
  • Michael Turner and Ray Rice make exceptional plays after the extra rest from playing in the Thursday game.
  • Cedric Benson could top the 100 yard mark for the second time this year as he faces Buffalo’s league worst run defense (166.9 ypg).
  • Keiland Williams had a coming out party against the Eagles, but Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis could get some work next week.
  • ***Update*** DeAngelo Williams was placed on IR and it looks like Goodson will get the start. He’s not a great play though.

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