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Here’s my Week 17 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE):  169 tackles. Had 16 tackles in first meeting with Miami.
2. Paul Posluszny (BUF):  13 tackles last week gives him 139 despite missing two games.
3. Stephen Tulloch (TEN):  Ten tackles last week to give him 155 on the season.
4. Ray Lewis (BAL):  Seven tackles would give him his highest total since 2004.
5. Dhani Jones (CIN):  121 tackles on the year. Had nine in the first meeting with Baltimore.
6. Donte Whitner (BUF):  12 tackles last week to give him 136.
7. Brian Urlacher (CHI):  120 tackles on the year, 53 in his last five games.
8. Paris Lenon (ARI):  120 tackles on the year, 46 in last five games.
9. Chad Greenway (MIN):  136 tackles. Steady tackler has slowed, but should finish strong.
10. Lawrence Timmons (PIT):  126 tackles. Had 11 in the first meeting with the Browns.
11. London Fletcher (WAS):  Quiet last week, but should respond. Has 127 tackles.
12. T.J. Ward (CLE):  116 tackles. Had 11 in the first meeting with Pittsburgh.
13. John Abraham (ATL):  13 sacks on the year, including two against the Panthers in the first meeting.
14. James Harrison (PIT):  11 tackles and two sacks in first meeting with the Browns.
15.  James Laurinaitis (STL):  26 tackles in last three games.

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Here’s my Week 17 team defense rankings.

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1. Atlanta vs. CAR:  Motivated by clinching home field throughout the playoffs.
2. Pittsburgh @ CLE:  Should crush Cleveland to lock up the division.
3. Philadelphia vs. DAL:  Should be in the hunt for a first round bye.
4. Baltimore vs. CIN:  Fired up at chance to win the division.
5. San Diego @ DEN:  Missed the playoffs, but should go out in style.
6. New York Giants @ WAS:  Defense should be able to stop the bleeding.
7. Miami @ NE:  Patriots have nothing to play for.
8. New York Jets vs. BUF:  Last chance to get defense back on track.
9. Indianapolis vs. TENN:  Colts put Titans out of their misery.
10. St. Louis @ SEA:  Rams looking to wrap up division title.
11. San Francisco vs. ARI:  Niners honor Singletary with a win.
12. Detroit vs. MN:  Vikes aren’t used to playing Sundays. Lions put end to nightmare season.
13. New England vs. MIA:  Belichick could go all out since they’ll have a bye.
14. Chicago @. GB:  I see one of the defenses (I’m guessing the Bears) make a huge impact.
15. Green Bay vs. CHI:  See above. It could be Packers rather than Bears.

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Here’s my Week 17 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI):  Will likely reclaim scoring lead in the first half tonight.
2. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK):  Seven FGs, six PATs in past two games.
3. Josh Brown (STL):  14 FGs in past five games.
4. David Buehler (DAL):  13 FGs in past five games.
5. Jay Feely (ARI):  15 FGs in past six games.
6. Nick Folk (NYJ):  Six FGs in past three games.
7. Mason Crosby (GB):  Nine points in each of his past two games.
8. Adam Vinatieri (IND):  Six FGs in past three games.
9. Neil Rackers (HOU):  Six FGs in past three games.
10. Billy Cundiff (BAL):  Five FGs in past two games.
11. Nate Kaeding (SD):  12 FGs in past five games.
12. Matt Bryant (ATL):  Mostly PATs against Panthers?
13. Dan Carpenter (MIA):  4-9 on FGs in December, but misses have been long attempts.
14. Robbie Gould (CHI):  Five FGs, nine PATs in past two games.
15. Shayne Graham (NE):  Hard to gauge the Pats this week.

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Here’s my Week 17 wide receiver rankings for the leagues that play the full season out.
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1. Brandon Marshall @ New England
2. Calvin Johnson vs. Minnesota
3. Roddy White vs. Carolina
4. Greg Jennings vs. Chicago
5. Dwayne Bowe vs. Oakland
6. Vincent Jackson @ Denver
7.  Miles Austin @ Philadelphia
8. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee
9. Jeremy Maclin vs. Dallas
10. Kenny Britt @ Indianapolis
11. Mike Wallace vs. Cleveland
12. Brandon Lloyd vs. San Diego
13. Mike Williams (TB) @ New Orleans
14. Mario Manningham @ Washington
15. Santonio Holmes vs. Buffalo
16. Santana Moss vs. New York Giants
17. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee
18. Anquan Boldin vs. Cincinnati
19. Robert Meachem vs. Tampa Bay
20. Jacoby Jones vs. Jacksonville
21. Mike Thomas @ Houston
22. Larry Fitzgerald @ San Francisco
23. Percy Harvin @ Detroit
24. Braylon Edwards vs. Buffalo
25. Michael Crabtree vs. Arizona
26. Big Mike Williams (SEA) vs. St. Louis
27. Hines Ward @ Cleveland
28. Davone Bess vs. New England
29. DeSean Jackson vs. Dallas
30. Jerome Simpson @ Baltimore
31. Stevie Johnson @ New York Jets
32. Sidney Rice @ Detroit
33. Derrick Mason vs. Cincinnati
34. Johnny Knox @ Green Bay
35. Josh Morgan vs. Arizona
36. Jacoby Ford @ Kansas City
37. Kevin Walter vs. Jacksonville
38. Derek Hagan @ Washington
39. Lance Moore vs. Tampa Bay
40. Andre Caldwell @ Baltimore
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Inside the numbers:

  • I guess I got carried away with Vincent Jackson’s ranking last week. He should be a solid WR1 this week though.
  • Greg Jennings scored in his first meeting with Chicago, but has been a beast in his past ten games averaging 98.5 yards with nine touchdowns.
  • Andre Johnson appears to be done for the year. You’ll have to look elsewhere. Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter should step up.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Ochocinco sat out again. Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell are decent plays despite a tough matchup.
  • With everything wrapped up, I can’t trust Deion Branch or Wes Welker.
  • ***Update *** Philly can’t improve their playoff positioning, which makes me worried about DeSean Jackson’s usage.
  • ***Update***  With Hakeem Nicks out, Derek Hagan returns to the rankings.
  • ***Update*** Marques Colston had his knee scoped. Robert Meachem should be the main benefactor.

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Here’s my Week 17 running back rankings for the leagues that play this thing through until the bitter end.

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1. Arian Foster vs. Jacksonville
2. Jamaal Charles vs. Oakland
3. Chris Johnson @ Indianapolis
4. Michael Turner vs. Carolina
5. Adrian Peterson @ Detroit
6. Ray Rice vs. Cincinnati
7.  Rashard Mendenhall @ Cleveland
8. LeSean McCoy vs. Dallas
9. Steven Jackson @ Seattle
10. Ryan Mathews @ Denver
11. LeGarrette Blount @ New Orleans
12. Matt Forte @ Green Bay
13. Ryan Torain vs. New York Giants
14. Peyton Hillis vs. Pittsburgh
15. BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Miami
16. Shonn Greene vs. Buffalo
17. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Washington
18. Felix Jones @ Philadelphia
19. Darren McFadden @ Kansas City
20. Fred Jackson @ New York Jets
21. Ronnie Brown @ New England
22. Rashard Jennings @ Houston
23. Correll Buckhalter vs. San Diego
24. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Buffalo
25. Marshawn Lynch vs. St. Louis
26. Cedric Benson @ Baltimore
27. Jonathan Stewart @ Atlanta
28. Beanie Wells @ San Francisco
29. Brandon Jacobs @ Washington
30. Pierre Thomas vs. Tampa Bay

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  • Foster goes for his 15th rushing touchdown against Jacksonville, a team he ran for 56 yards and a score against in Week 10.
  • Chris Johnson badly missed the mark he set last year, but is still turning in a fine season. He takes on the Colts who had ran for 111 yards and a score against in the opener.
  • LeGarrette Blount is gathering steam with three 100+ yards performances in his past four games. Look out New Orleans the big man is hard to tackle.
  • Ryan Mathews won’t justify his high draft status (fantasy or otherwise), but he should pay dividends for some fantasy owners this week facing a bad Broncos defense.
  • Matt Forte is peaking at the right time averaging 133.5 total yards the past two games as the Bears have scored a combined 78 points. Look for a strong finish against the Packers.
  • Shonn Greene finally found the end zone in Week 15. He hadn’t scored since Week 5. He faces the soft Bills run defense that he shredded for 117 yards in Week 4. LaDainian Tomlinson is an RB2 as well.
  • Ronnie Brown scored for the second straight week.
  • I’m concerned with Knowshon Moreno’s health. No point starting him in the final week of a lost season.
  • Darren McFadden has had a great run this season, but there is concern that his ankle/toe injury could force him out of action this week.
  • ***Update*** After watching AP slice up the Eagles defense, I’m bumping him into the top six for the finale.
  • ***Update*** It looks like MJD will miss this week’s game. I’m being more cautious with Rashard Jennings though.

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Here are my Week 17 fantasy football quarterback rankings for those of you playing the whole year out.
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1. Philip Rivers @ Denver
2. Peyton Manning vs. Tennessee
3. Drew Brees vs. Tampa Bay
4. Matt Schaub vs. Jacksonville
5. Aaron Rodgers vs. Chicago
6. Ben Roethlisberger @ Cleveland
7. Joe Flacco vs. Cincinnati
8. Matt Cassel vs. Oakland
9. Josh Freeman @ New Orleans
10. Jay Cutler @ Green Bay
11. Eli Manning @ Washington
12. Matt Ryan vs. Carolina
13. Sam Bradford vs. Seattle
14. Michael Vick vs. Dallas
15. Alex Smith vs. Arizona
16. Kerry Collins @ Indianapolis
17. Shaun  Hill vs. Minnesota
18. Tom Brady vs. Miami
19. Tim Tebow vs. San Diego
20. Trent Edwards @ Houston

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  • I don’t know who he’s going to be throwing to, but Rivers should finish strong against Denver. He threw four touchdowns the last time he faced them.
  • Aaron Rodgers looked all the way back from his concussion. He threw for 316 yards the last time he faced the Bears.
  • Big Ben threw three touchdown passes the last time he faced the Browns.
  • Knowing the Patriots have nothing to play for, I’m worried that Tom Brady will have a light workload. This is why I’m for ending the fantasy season after Week 16.
  • ***Update***  The Eagles are locked in the number three seed, the beating Vick took on Tuesday, and a chance to improve Kevin Kolb’s trade value (borrowed from Greg Brosh of FantasyFootball.com).
  • ***Update*** David Garrard is out. As bad as Houston’s pass defense is, Trent Edwards may actually be a decent desperation play this week.

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Here’s my Week 16 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE):  Mayo has 19 more tackles than the second-leading tackler (Tulloch).
2. Paul Posluszny (BUF):  Averaging 10.5 tackles per game.
3. Stephen Tulloch (TEN):  Averaging 12.3 tackles the past four games.
4. Ray Lewis (BAL):  Averaging 10.2 tackles the past five games.
5. London Fletcher (WAS):  11 tackles in each of his last two games.
6. Donte Whitner (BUF):  Averaging 8.9 tackles. Had ten the last time they faced they Pats.
7. Dhani Jones (CIN):  Averaging 8.1 tackles this season.
8. Brian Urlacher (CHI): Averaging 11.3 tackles the past four games.
9. Lawrence Timmons (PIT):  13 tackles last week give him 121 on the year.
10. Patrick Willis (SF):  Averaging 8.3 tackles per game with five sacks.
11. Chad Greenway (MIN):  Averaging 9.1 tackles this season.
12. T.J. Ward (CLE):  22 tackles the past two games give him 114 on the year.
13. Paris Lenon (ARI):  Averaging 9.5 tackles the past four games.
14. Cameron Wake (MIA):  Should add to league high 14 sacks against Detroit.
15. James Harrison (PIT):  89 tackles and ten sacks on the year.

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Here’s my Week 16 team defense rankings.

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1. Pittsburgh vs. Carolina
2. San Diego @ Cincinnati
3. Philadelphia vs. Minnesota
4. Baltimore @ Cleveland
5. New England @ Buffalo
6. Dallas @ Arizona
7. Chicago vs. New York Jets
8. New York Jets @ Chicago
9. Miami vs. Detroit
10. Tampa Bay vs. Seattle
11. New York Giants @ Green Bay
12. St. Louis vs. San Francisco
13. San Francisco @ St. Louis
14. Jacksonville vs. Washington
15. Indianapolis @ Oakland

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  • Troy Polamalu likely won’t play this week, but Pittsburgh should still be a menace to the Panthers.
  • Cedric Benson will struggle to run against the Chargers, which will doom the passing game as well.
  • I’d be shocked (what else is new) if Brett Favre made another start. Joe Webb looked lost. The Eagles would swarm.
  • The Jets and Bears should trade plenty of sacks and interceptions, which makes both units decent options this week.
  • Part of me just can’t trust that Rex Grossman is for real, which would make the Jaguars defense a decent option this week.

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Here’s my Week 16 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI) vs. MIN:  Leads the NFL in scoring by a mile.
2. Josh Brown (STL) vs. SF:  Eleven FGs in past four games.
3. David Buehler (DAL) vs. WAS:  Also has Eleven FGs in past four games.
4. Nate Kaeding (SD) @CIN:  Ten FGs & 12 PATs in past four games.
5. Matt Bryant (ATL) vs. NO:  Third in the league in scoring with 119 points.
6. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) vs. IND:  28 FGs & 37 PATs good for second in scoring.
7. Adam Vinatieri (IND) @OAK:  Five FGs and seven PATs in past two games.
8. Neil Rackers (HOU) @DEN:  Should hit double-digit points for the first time since Week 9.
9. Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. DET:  28 FGs. Can he bounce back from four misses last week?
10. Shayne Graham (NE) @BUF:  Averaging 1.5 FGs & 4.3 PATs since joining Patriots.
11. Shaun Suisham (PIT) vs. CAR:  Ten FGs in past four games. Seven came from 40+ yards.
12. Billy Cundiff (BAL) @CLE:  Three FGs & PATs give him 102 points on the year
13. Garrett Hartley (NO) @ATL:  Seven FGs & 14 PATs in past four games.
14. Nick Folk (NYJ) @CHI:  Fifth in scoring with 27 FGs & 28 PATs.
15. Rob Bironas (TEN) @KC:  Reached 100 points for the fifth straight year.

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Here’s my Week 16 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Vincent Jackson @ Cincinnati
2. Marques Colston @ Atlanta (Monday)
3. DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota
4. Hakeem Nicks @ Green Bay
5. Roddy White vs. New Orleans (Monday)
6. Brandon Marshall vs. Detroit
7. Reggie Wayne @ Oakland
8. Miles Austin @ Arizona (Saturday)
9. Anquan Boldin @ Cleveland
10. Calvin Johnson @ Miami
11. Greg Jennings vs. New York Giants
12. Jeremy Maclin vs. Minnesota
13. Kenny Britt @ Kansas City
14. Mike Wallace vs. Carolina (Thursday)
15. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Dallas (Saturday)
16. Mike Williams (TB) vs. Seattle
17. Dwayne Bowe vs. Tennessee
18. Pierre Garcon @ Oakland
19. Santana Moss @ Jacksonville
20. Brandon Lloyd vs.  Houston
21. Deion Branch @ Buffalo
22. Wes Welker @ Buffalo
23. Santonio Holmes @ Chicago
24. Stevie Johnson vs. New England
25. Hines Ward vs. Carolina (Thursday)
26. Sidney Rice @ Philadelphia
27. Braylon Edwards @ Chicago
28. Mario Manningham @ Green Bay
29. Big Mike Williams (SEA) @ Tampa Bay
30. Kevin Walter @ Denver
31. Steve Breaston vs. Dallas (Saturday)
32. Lance Moore @ Atlanta (Monday)
33. Malcom Floyd @ Cincinnati
34. Davone Bess vs. Detroit
35. Mike Thomas vs. Washington
36. Percy Harvin vs. Philadelphia
37. Derrick Mason @ Cleveland
38. Josh Morgan @ St. Louis
39. Jacoby Ford vs. Indianapolis
40. Earl Bennett vs. New York Jets
41. David Nelson @ New England
42. James Jones vs. New York Giants
43. Anthony Armstrong @ Jacksonville
44. Andre Caldwell vs. San Diego
45. Blair White @ Oakland
46. Chad Ochocinco vs. San Diego
47. Michael Crabtree @ St. Louis
48. Jabar Gaffney vs.  Houston
49. Danny Amendola vs. San Francisco
50. Jacoby Jones
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Inside the numbers:

  • One game was enough to convert me on Vincent Jackson. He’s a beast. Rivers is money. The Bengals are awful. Perfect recipe for another monster game.
  • Andre Johnson gets a slight downgrade this week because of Champ Bailey, but he’s still a top flight WR1 option this week.
  • I’m expecting Aaron Rodgers to play this week, which makes Greg Jennings a WR1 again.
  • Despite their woes on offense, Larry Fitzgerald has become very active. He gets a bump in PPR leagues, but is a high-end WR2 this week against Dallas.
  • I doubt Rex and Santana Moss repeat last week’s performance, but Moss looks like a must start this week.
  • Stevie Johnson got his mojo back, and should have a strong performance against the Patriots.
  • I don’t expect the Patriots to go full tilt on offense, which is why I’m downgrading Welker and Branch.
  • With Austin Collie likely out, Blair White should be a fantasy option once again.
  • I’ve really soured on Ochocinco and Michael Crabtree. Play them at your own peril.
  • ***Update*** Mike Sims-Walker will be limited if he plays at all. He’s too risky of a play.
  • ***Update*** Andre Johnson is likely to miss this week. Kevin Walter gets bumped up a few notches and Jacoby Jones makes a sleeper play.

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