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Here’s my Week 10 running back rankings. Keep in mind that Green Bay, Oakland, New Orleans, and San Diego are on bye.

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1. Arian Foster @ Jacksonville
2. Adrian Peterson @ Chicago
3. Frank Gore vs. St. Louis
4. Rashard Mendenhall vs. New England
5. Chris Johnson @ Miami
6. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Houston
7. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Dallas
8. LeSean McCoy @ Washington
9. Jahvid Best @ Buffalo
10. LeGarrette Blount vs. Carolina
11. Jamaal Charles @ Denver
12. Ray Rice @ Atlanta (10.2 fantasy points)
13. Cedric Benson @ Indianapolis
14. Steven Jackson @ San Francisco
15. LaDainian Tomlinson @ Cleveland
16. Fred Jackson vs. Detroit
17. Peyton Hillis vs. New York Jets
18. Matt Forte vs. Minnesota
19. Beanie Wells vs. Seattle
20. Thomas Jones @ Denver
21. Marshawn Lynch @ Arizona
22. Knowshon Moreno vs. Kansas City
23. Ryan Torain vs. Philadelphia
24. Ronnie Brown vs. Tennessee
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Pittsburgh
26. Shonn Greene @ Cleveland
27. Mike Goodson @ Tampa Bay
28. Donald Brown vs. Cincinnati
29. Brandon Jacobs vs. Dallas
30. Ricky Williams vs. Tennessee

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Inside the numbers:

  • Arian Foster has ten touchdowns (9 rushing, 1 receiving) already. The Jags have allowed 11 rushing TDs on the year, second worst in the league.
  • Worst in the league with 14 is Denver. Both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are good plays once again.
  • Frank Gore averages 100.3 total yards against St. Louis with ten touchdowns in eight games.
  • Mojo has seven touchdowns in seven career games against Houston.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 126 yards the last time he played the Cowboys.
  • Buffalo has allowed a league high 178.3 rushing yards per game. The electric Jahvid Best could put up monster numbers.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson has done nearly as much damage catching the ball (71 yards) as he has running the ball (101 yards) in his past two games.
  • DeAngelo Williams will be inactive, moving Mike Goodson into the rankings. That said, he’s not a great play.
  • The updated ranking reflect Thursday night’s game. Ray Rice set the bar for low-end RB1 while Michael Turner played his way out of the rankings.

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Here are my Week 10 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Remember that Green Bay, Oakland, New Orleans, and San Diego are on bye.
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1. Eli Manning vs. Dallas
2. Peyton Manning vs. Cincinnati
3. Ben Roethlisberger vs. New England
4. Matt Schaub @ Jacksonville
5. Michael Vick @ Washington
6. Joe Flacco @ Atlanta
7. Jay Cutler vs. Minnesota
8. David Garrard vs. Houston
9. Tom Brady @ Pittsburgh
10. Matt Ryan vs. Baltimore
11. Josh Freeman vs. Carolina
12. Kyle Orton vs. Kansas City
13. Mark Sanchez @ Cleveland
14. Donovan McNabb vs. Philadelphia
15. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Detroit
16. Matt Cassel @ Denver
17. Carson Palmer @ Indianapolis
18. Brett Favre @ Chicago
19. Sam Bradford @ San Francisco
20. Jon Kitna @ New York Giants
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Inside the numbers:

  • Dallas is a trainwreck. Eli Manning has the Giants’ offense humming. He should eat them alive at home.
  • Does it even matter who Peyton Manning is throwing too? He could take Favre’s high school buddies and put up 300 yards.
  • Look for Matt Schaub to play like last year’s version against a Jacksonville team ranked 28th in passing yards allowed per game and tied for 29th in passing TDs allowed.
  • I think Michael Vick will slide this time.
  • Joe Flacco will continue his turnaround against the shaky Atlanta pass defense (26th in passing yards allowed, 21st in passing TDs allowed).
  • I realize I may have Donovan McNabb a little high, but part of it is my hope that he can show both the Eagles and Redskins front offices that they have underestimated him.
  • Brett Favre had an unbelievable game, but he played a bad team at home. I want to see him do it on the road against the Bears, who have allowed a league low five touchdown passes.

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Here’s my Week 9 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE) @ CLE:  59 tackles in the past four games.
2. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. ARI:  45 tackles in the past four games.
3. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) @ CIN:  Bounced back with 12 tackles last week.
4. A.J. Hawk (GB) vs. DAL:  Should bounce back from a 5 tackle game against Dallas.
5. James Anderson (CAR) vs. NO:  At least 8 tackles in every game this year.
6. Donte Whitner (BUF):  53 tackles in past five games.
7. Paul Posluszny (BUF) vs. CHI:  17 tackles last week, 47 in last four games.
8. Ray Lewis (BAL) vs. MIA:  24 tackles in the past two weeks.
9. Bernard Pollard (HOU) vs. SD:  Averaging 9.3 tackles per game this year.
10. Paris Lenon (ARI) vs. MIN:  Slowed of late, but heavy dose of AP should bring him back.
11. T.J. Ward (CLE) vs. NE:  Pats’ quick slants should lead to plenty of tackles.
12. Curtis Lofton (ATL) vs. TB:  Averaging 8.3 tackles per game on the year.
13. Derrick Johnson (KC) @ OAK:  Oakland’s ground game should keep him busy.
14. Dawan Landry (BAL) vs. MIA:  22 tackles in past two weeks.
15. James Harrison (PIT) @ CIN:  49 tackles and 6 sacks on the year.

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Here’s my Week 9 team defense rankings.

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1. New England @ Cleveland
2. Green Bay @ Dallas
3. New York Giants @ Seattle
4. Chicago @ Buffalo
5. New Orleans @ Carolina
6. Minnesota vs. Arizona
7. New York Jets @ Detroit
8. Buffalo vs. Chicago
9. Atlanta vs. Tampa Bay
10. Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
11. Baltimore vs. Miami
12. Oakland vs. Kansas City
13. Arizona @ Minnesota
14. Seattle vs. New York Giants
15. Detroit @ New York Jets
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  • Dallas has no heart. After manhandling the Jets, the Packers will bring it to the Cowboys.
  • Charlie Whitehurst is starting for the Seahawks. The Giants are licking their chops.
  • Derek Anderson is starting for the Cardinals this week.  For the second straight week I think a defense will step up with their back against the wall. I was WRONG with Dallas this week, but I think the Vikings have more heart.
  • Last week seemed like an ideal time for Carolina to show something against the Rams. They didn’t, and that only leads me to believe the Saints will have their way with them this week.
  • Detroit isn’t the pushover they once were. They won’t play put up huge numbers against the Jets, but they won’t get shut down either. I also think their defense will do decent this week.
  • Who would have thought the Bills defense would actually be a borderline starter? The way Jay Cutler gets sacked and throws picks though, it has become a reality.

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Here’s my Week 9 tight end rankings. Keep in mind that the Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins, and Titans are on bye.

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1. Antonio Gates @ Houtson
2. Jason Witten @ Green Bay
3. Tony Gonzalez vs. Tampa Bay
4. Dustin Keller @ Detroit
5. Zach Miller vs. Kansas City
6. Brent Celek vs. Indianapolis
7. Aaron Hernandez @ Cleveland
8. Kellen Winslow @ Atlanta
9. Visanthe Shiancoe vs. Arizona
10. Jacob Tamme @ Philadelphia
11. Todd Heap vs. Miami
12. Tony Moeaki @ Oakland
13. Greg Olsen @ Buffalo
14. Brandon Pettigrew vs. New York Jets
15. Heath Miller @ Cincinnati
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Inside the numbers:

  • Gates has nine TDs in eight games. He’s averaging 82.9 yards per game. Nobody is even close to him.
  • Jason Witten has 19 catches and 2 TDs in the past two games. Jon Kitna has restored his fantasy value.
  • With a bye week looming, the Raiders may opt to rest Zach Miller (foot).
  • With Randy Moss gone, the Vikings will likely rely on Visanthe Shiancoe more.
  • It sure looks like Jacob Tamme does a good Dallas Clark impression.

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Here are my Week 9 fantasy football running back rankings. Remember the Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins, and Titans are on bye.

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1. Roddy White vs. Tampa Bay
2. Andre Johnson vs. San Diego
3. Reggie Wayne @ Philadelphia
4. Calvin Johnson vs. New York Jets
5. Hakeem Nicks @ Seattle
6. Greg Jennings vs. Dallas
7. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Minnesota
8. Marques Colston @ Carolina
9. Dwayne Bowe @ Oakland
10. Anquan Boldin vs. Miami
11. Terrell Owens vs. Pittsburgh
12. Miles Austin @ Green Bay
13. Brandon Marshall @ Baltimore
14. Percy Harvin @ Arizona
15. Mike Wallace @ Cincinnati
16. Jeremy Maclin vs. Indianapolis
17. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. New Orleans
18. Mike Williams (SEA) vs. New York Giants
19. Hines Ward @ Cincinnati
20. Lance Moore @ Carolina
21. Pierre Garcon @ Philadelphia
22. Steve Smith (NYG) @ Seattle
23. Steve Johnson vs. Chicago
24. Johnny Knox @ Buffalo
25. Mike Williams (TB) @ Atlanta
26. Wes Welker @ Cleveland
27. Dez Bryant @ Green Bay
28. Davone Bess @ Baltimore
29. Steve Breaston vs. Minnesota
30. Braylon Edwards @ Detroit
31. Chad Ochocinco vs. Pittsburgh
32. Deion Branch @ Cleveland
33. Lee Evans vs. Chicago
34. Santonio Holmes @ Detroit
35. Patrick Crayton @ Houston
36. Roy Williams @ Green Bay
37. Kevin Walter @ San Diego
38. Robert Meachem @ Carolina
39. Mario Manningham @ Seattle
40. Jerricho Cotchery @ Detroit
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Inside the numbers:

  • Hakeem Nicks (#5) has three 100+ yard games and two multiple TD games in his last four games.
  • Greg Jennings (#6) is averaging 96 yards with two TDs in his last three games.
  • I couldn’t quite give up on Larry Fitzgerald (#7) as much as some people did. I was rewarded with a two TD performance against Tampa Bay. He should have another solid week against Minnesota’s depleted secondary.
  • Marques Colston has 16 catches for 187 yards and two TDs in the past two weeks. With all of the injuries in the Saints’ backfield, look for Colston, Lance Moore (#21), and Robert Meachem (#39) to be very active against Carolina.
  • DeSean Jackson likely won’t play this week, making Jeremy Maclin (#16) a borderline WR1.
  • I finally lost hope in Wes Welker (#27) despite a favorable match-up.

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Here’s my Week 9 running back rankings. Keep in mind that the Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins, and Titans are on bye.

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1. Adrian Peterson vs. Arizona
2. Arian Foster @ San Diego
3. LeSean McCoy vs. Indianapolis
4. Darren McFadden vs. Kansas City
5. Michael Turner vs. Tampa Bay
6. Jamaal Charles vs. Oakland
7. Matt Forte @ Buffalo
8. Rashard Mendenhall @ Cincinnati
9. Ray Rice vs. Miami
10. LaDainian Tomlinson @ Detroit
11. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Seattle
12. Thomas Jones @ Oakland
13. LeGarrette Blount vs. Atlanta
14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Cleveland
15. Jahvid Best vs. New York Jets
16. Cedric Benson vs. Pittsburgh
17. Beanie Wells vs. Minnesota
18. Fred Jackson vs. Chicago
19. Peyton Hillis vs. New England
20. Ryan Mathews vs. Houston
21. Felix Jones vs. Green Bay
22. Marshawn Lynch vs. New York Giants
23. Shonn Greene vs. Detroit
24. Brandon Jacobs @ Seattle
25. Ronnie Brown @ Baltimore
26. Brandon Jackson vs. Dallas
27. Tim Hightower @ Minnesota
28. Danny Woodhead @ Cleveland
29. Ricky Williams @ Baltimore
30. Mike Tolbert vs. Houston

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Inside the numbers:

  • It doesn’t matter who he’s playing or how bad the rest of the offense looks, Adrian Peterson is a man possessed. I don’t think there is any doubt who the best RB in football is.
  • Matt Forte has not been stellar on the ground, but he should do damage against Buffalo’s league worst run defense (188.7 rushing yards allowed per game). Throw in his work in the receiving game, and you’re looking at a top ten play this week.
  • The Raiders are a little better at run defense this year, but both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones are good plays this week.
  • Minnesota is a far cry from the run stopper they’ve been in recent years. I have no problem using Beanie Wells as a RB2.
  • Shonn Greene should get more work against Detroit, making him a low end RB2 or a solid flex play.

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Here are my Week 9 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Remember the Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins, and Titans are on bye.
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1. Philip Rivers @ Houston
2. Aaron Rodgers vs. Dallas
3. Tom Brady @ Cleveland
4. Drew Brees @ Carolina
5. Peyton Manning @ Philadelphia
6.  Eli Manning @ Seattle
7. Matt Schaub vs. San Diego
8. Ben Roethlisberger @ Cincinnati
9. Michael Vick vs. Indianapolis
10. Matt Ryan vs. Tampa Bay
11. Matt Cassel @ Oakland
12. Jay Cutler @ Buffalo
13. Josh Freeman @ Atlanta
14. Brett Favre vs. Arizona
15. Joe Flacco vs. Miami
16. Mark Sanchez @ Detroit
17. Carson Palmer vs. Pittsburgh
18. Jon Kitna @ Green Bay
19. Matthew Stafford vs. New York Jets
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Chicago
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Inside the numbers:

  • I thought Dallas’ defense would respond to Romo’s injury. It didn’t happen. It’s Aaron Rodgers’ turn to destroy them this week.
  • Seattle is 29th against the pass allowing 267.7 yards per game. Look for Eli to shred them.
  • I’m expecting Michael Vick to play this week coming out of the bye. I’m not sure if his mobility will be limited, so I’m being a little conservative based upon how he’s performed to date.
  • Atlanta is allowing 260.3 passing yards per game and a 69.2 completion percentage. Josh Freeman is a borderline QB1 this week.
  • I expect Brett Favre to overcome his latest newest injury.
  • Matthew Stafford was brilliant last week, but the Jets will present a much stiffer test.

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Here’s my Week 8 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. MIN:  45 tackles in past three games.
2. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) @ SD:  58 tackles in past five games.
3. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. NE:  34 tackles in past three games.
4. Brian Cushing (HOU) @ INDY:  17 tackles in past two games.
5. LaRon Landry (WAS) @ DET:  Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
6. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) @ NOL  Averaging 10.3 tackles per game this year.
7. London Fletcher (WAS) @ DET:  Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
8. A.J. Hawk (GB) @ NYJ:  45 tackles in past four games.
9. Patrick Willis (SF) vs. DEN:  Recorded second double-digit tackle game of season.
10. James Anderson (CAR) @ STL:  Averaging ten tackles per game.
11. D.J. Williams (DEN) @ SF:  Averaging nine tackles per game.
12. Jon Beason (CAR) @ STL
13. DeMarcus Ware (DAL) vs. JAX:  Has 27 tackles and eight sacks on the year.
14. Paul Posluszny (BUF) @ KC:  Averaging 9.5 tackles per game this year.
15. James Harrison (PIT) @ NO:  44 tackles and five sacks on the year.

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    Here’s my Week 8 team defense rankings.

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

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    • Jacksonville is one of two teams, along with Chicago, that has allowed at least 15 sacks with at least 11 INTs.
    • Arizona has allowed 21 sacks and has only managed 237.8 yards per game.
    • Carolina is dead last with 12.5 points per game. Every else has at least 16.1 ppg.
    • Tennessee is tied for the league with 25 sacks. They are facing the Chargers, who have lost 12 fumbles.

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