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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. San Francisco 49ers
It is a shame that most leagues are finished and 49ers defense owners won’t get to take advantage of this matchup. The Niners rank second in total defense and third in scoring defense. The Arizona Cardinals rank dead last in total offense and 30th in scoring offense.
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2. Denver Broncos
The Broncos rank third in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. The Kansas City Chiefs rank 22nd in total offense, but last in scoring offense. Despite Jamaal Charles’ great year, the Chiefs have been held under 17 points in 10 of the last 11 games.
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3. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rank fourth in total defense and lead the league in scoring defense. They have outscored their opponents 150-30 in the past three games. The St. Louis Rams rank 24th in total offense and 26th in total defense. They have allowed 11.7 points per game at home.
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4. Chicago Bears
The Bears got their mojo back. Facing the Cardinals will do that to a team. They get the Detroit Lions this week, who gain a ton of yards, but don’t put up a ton of points. Da Bears held them to seven points in the first meeting.
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5. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers lead the NFL in total defense and rank 10th in scoring defense. The Cleveland Browns rank 27th in total offense and 23rd in scoring offense. Trent Richardson is dealing with an ankle injury. If he misses the game, the Steelers would be in even better shape.
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6. Green Bay Packers
The Packers rank 10th in total defense and seventh in scoring defense. They have allowed 13.5 points per game during their four-game winning streak. They have the offense to make the Minnesota Vikings chase, which means more Christian Ponder. That’s a good thing for Packer fans and fantasy owners.
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7. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers rank 11th in total defense and 15th in total defense. The Oakland Raiders rank 18th in total offense and 29th in scoring offense. They have averaged 12.2 points in their past five games and 14 in their past seven.
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8. Buffalo Bills
Despite getting blasted by the Seahawks in Week 15 the Bills have averaged 23.5 points allowed in their past six games. The New York Jets have averaged 14 points in their past five games.
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9. New England Patriots
The Pats held four of their past five opponents below 20 points, including limiting the Miami Dolphins to 16 points in Week 13 in Miami. This time they face the ‘Fins at home.
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10. Tennessee Titans
The Titans are terrible defensively, but the Jacksonville Jaguars rank 31st in both total offense and scoring offense. They have averaged 11.8 points during their current four-game losing streak.
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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football Kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
I don’t expect the Patriots to let up on the gas. Gostkowski leads the league in scoring with 29 field goals and 62 extra points. The Miami Dolphins have allowed 31 field goals and 26 extra points.
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2. Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants
Tynes leads the NFL with 33 field goals. He is second in the league in scoring. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 27 field goals and 45 extra points.
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3. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
Walsh is tied for fourth in the league in scoring with 32 field goals and 32 extra points. He has made nine field goals from at least 50 yards. The Green Bay Packers have allowed 23 field goals and 30 extra points.
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4. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
Hauschka has 22 field goals and 44 extra points. The Seahawks have averaged 50 points in their past three games. The St. Louis Rams have allowed 28 field goals and 34 extra points.
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5. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
Tucker has 29 field goals and 40 extra points. The Cincinnati Bengals have allowed 26 field goals and 31 extra points.
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6. Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
Hartley has 17 field goals and 52 extra points. The Carolina Panthers have allowed 34 field goals and 27 extra points.
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7. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
Crosby has 19 field goals and 46 extra points. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed 23 field goals and 29 extra points.
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8. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
Bryant is third in the league in scoring with 32 points and 42 extra points. However, I suspect the Falcons will let up on the gas as they have the number one seed locked up. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed 18 field goals and 43 extra points.
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9. Shayne Graham, Houston Texans
Graham has 28 field goals and 44 extra points. The Indianapolis Colts have allowed 29 field goals and 38 extra points.
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10. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
Gano has six field goals and 15 extra points in five games. The Saints have allowed 24 field goals and 48 extra points.
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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez was a big letdown in Week 16, but should bounce right back against the Miami Dolphins. He had 97 yards against them in Week 13. Rob Gronkowski could return to take some of the pressure off of Hernandez.
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2. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten receives more targets than any tight end so the threat of a dud is minimal. He had 74 yards the last time he faced the Washington Redskins.
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3. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 11, but he was more to form last week with 88 yards against the Cowboys. Graham scored in his first meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
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4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen is averaging 57.9 yards with four touchdowns in his past seven games. He’s a strong play against the Saints.
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5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates has scored in two straight games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed eight tight end touchdowns.
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6. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta is averaging 75.7 yards with three touchdowns in his past three games. He had 73 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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7. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley is averaging 54 yards in his past six games. He is averaging 67 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in four career games against the Minnesota Vikings.
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8. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
The Patriots are so secretive with their injuries. It’s hard to know what their plans are with Gronk. If he plays, he could be a force. They could also just let him get in a few reps to prepare for the playoffs. He’s a risk/reward option.
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9. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo will likely have an early exit, but with a bye week looming the Falcons will have to balance between avoiding injury and avoiding rust. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a bad enough pass defense that Gonzo could get his fill in limited play.
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10. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham is averaging 48.2 yards in his past six games.
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With an exciting Week 16 under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron already broke the single-season receiving yards record. Next up is 2000-yard territory. The Bears held him to 34 yards in Week 7. Look for Megatron get revenge.
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2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
If Megatron wasn’t having such an amazing season, Dez would be the talk of the town. He is averaging 115.4 yards with 10 touchdowns in his past seven games. He finishes up with the Washington Redskins’ 30th-ranked pass defense. Dez had 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns against them in the first meeting.
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3. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall is second in the league in receiving yardage (1466) and tied for third receiving touchdowns (11). He had 81 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Detroit.
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4. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith has scored in three of the past four games. He had 104 yards in the first meeting with the New Orleans Saints. The Saints rank 31st in pass defense.
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5. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon is averaging 85.8 yards with three touchdowns in his past five games. He had 86 yards and a touchdown in his last meeting with Dallas.
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6. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb is averaging 93 yards in his past three games. After four weeks without scoring a touchdown, he returned to the end zone last week. He has four touchdowns in five games on turf making him a decent bet facing the Minnesota Vikings on the road.
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7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has slowed a little, but is still averaging 88.3 yards per game with 11 touchdowns. He wraps the season up against the Baltimore Ravens.
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8. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
I am not expecting Julio to play a full game, but he should be able to do enough damage against the league’s worst pass defense, even in limited time. Julio went for 147 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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9. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax is averaging 88.9 yards on the season with a touchdown in every other game. He had 96 yards in the first meeting with Atlanta.
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10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas has 1312 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. He had 82 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson is averaging 143.3 yards in his past six games, including 151 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts.
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12. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
Maclin is averaging 97.7 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. Michael Vick is auditioning for a new gig so Maclin, the team’s best receiver, should see plenty of opportunities against the New York Giants.
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13. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Welker has averaged 11.3 targets in his last 14 games. He has caught 7.6 passes for 89 yards per game during that span. The last time he faced the Miami Dolphins, Welker had 103 yards and a touchdown.
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14. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks is an extreme risk after failing to catch a pass last week, but Giants are never a team to write off. It will take a miracle for them to sneak into the playoffs, but stranger things have happened. Look for the G-Men to do their part against Philly.
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15. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
It is not secret that Miles has become Robin to Dez’s Batman in Dallas. He does have two touchdowns in his past four games and a favorable matchup against the Redskins.
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16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
After half a season of mediocrity, Colston blew up for 153 yards last week. He’s a solid play against the Panthers.
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17. James Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones leads the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions. He has five in his past four games, including one against the Vikings back in Week 13.
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18. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
Decker has three touchdowns in his past two games and 11 on the season.
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19. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz has been non-existant the past two weeks, but had 100-plus yards and a touchdown in every game he’s played against the Eagles.
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20. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon has been targeted 35 times in the past three games. With Cecil Shorts out, the heavy workload should continue. Blackmon had 62 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Tennessee Titans.
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21. Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers
DX bounced back from being shut out in Week 15 to score his sixth touchdown in his last seven games. He finishes up against the Oakland Raiders’ 22nd-ranked pass defense. They are also one of ten teams to have allowed 26 or more touchdown passes.
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22. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne has scored in two of his past three games. Wayne was held to 14 yards by the Texans in that other game. Wayne is averaging 98.3 yards with four touchdowns in seven home games and 78.4 yards with one touchdown in eight road games. The Texans are a tough matchup, but playing at home should help his cause.
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23. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree is quietly having a solid season. He’s averaging 69.3 yards with seven touchdowns in his last 11 games. He finishes up against the Arizona Cardinals.
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24. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Lloyd is averaging 113.7 yards in his past three games. He only had one target the last time the Pats faced the Dolphins, but he’s been targeted 37 times in three games since.
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25. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy will play, but how much is the question. He’s more likely than Julio to see limited snaps to rest up for the playoffs. That said, he can still bust out against the Bucs’ pass defense.
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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
All Day is 102 yards shy of 2000 and 208 yards from the NFL record. The Packers have a mediocre run defense. AP ripped them for 210 yards in the last meeting. My gut says he gets to 2000, but comes up a little short. Prove me wrong AP.
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2. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
Spiller had 173 total yards against a solid Miami Dolphins defense. He had 194 total yards and a touchdown in the opener against the New York Jets. He’ll bookend the season by thumping them again. The Jets rank 27th in run defense.
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3. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Lynch is averaging 118.6 yards with seven touchdown in his last four games. He dropped 155 total yards and a touchdown on the St. Louis Rams in the first meeting. He’ll pound them again. The Rams are one of four teams to have allowed 17 or more rushing touchdowns.
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4. Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Moreno is averaging 140 total yards in his past three games. The Kansas City Chiefs rank 26th against the run. I expect the Broncos to be particularly run-heavy this week to preserve Peyton Manning for the playoffs.
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5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
I am a little concerned with Foster’s irregular heartbeat. If he is not limited, he should run wild on the Indianapolis Colts’ 30th-ranked run defense as the Houston Texans try to secure the number one seed in the AFC. Foster had 169 total yards in the first meeting and has averaged 187 total yards with five touchdowns in four career games against the Colts.
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6. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
CJ is hit or miss, but should on against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 109 total yards in the first meeting. The Jags rank 31st against the run.
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7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles has a tough matchup against the Broncos, but Charles has been on a tear averaging 126.6 total yards in his past seven games. He had 107 yards against Denver in Week 12.
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8. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Morris has been the most consistent of the trio of stud rookie running backs. He just keeps on churning. Morris has four touchdowns in his past three games. He’s averaging nearly 100 total yards per game and has 10 touchdowns on the year. Morris had 113 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dallas Cowboys.
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9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has been the most explosive of the rookie runners, averaging 117.7 total yards on the year. He should finish strong against a Falcons team that has nothing to play for.
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10. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Rice got a heavy workload (30 touches) last week against the New York Giants and responded with 158 total yards and a score. He finishes with a tough game against the Cincinnati Bengals on the road.
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11. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
Murray only received 11 carries last week, but his inclusion in the passing game allowed him to finish with 91 total yards against the New Orleans Saints. He should finish strong against the Redskins.
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12. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Gore was an afterthought after the Seahawks ran away in Week 16. He should bounce back against the Arizona Cardinals’ 28th-ranked run defense.
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13. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy returned with 122 total yards last week against the Redskins. He had 140 total yards in the first meeting with the G-Men. Look for McCoy to finish his disappointing season on a high note.
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14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
The Steelers shut down The Law Firm, but he should be back in business against the Ravens. They rank 24th against the run. BJGE ran for 91 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting.
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15. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
Greene has three touchdowns in his past three games. He ran for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with Buffalo. The Bills rank dead last against the run.
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16. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte is banged up, but I expect him to gut it out against the Detroit Lions’ mediocre run defense. Forte ran for 96 yards in the first meeting.
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17. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Bush continued his strong finish with 107 total yards and three touchdowns against the Bills. New England will be a tougher test, but he should see plenty of work in the passing game.
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18. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
Ridely had 71 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Dolphins.
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19. Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars
Owens did some damage against the New England Patriots, mainly in the passing game. He should finish well against Tennessee’s 23rd-ranked run defense.
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20. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson has a tough finish against the Seahawks, but has averaged 109.3 total yards the past seven games.
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With an exciting 16th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 17 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton continues his strong finish with a dream matchup against the New Orleans Saints. They rank 31st in pass defense and have allowed a league-high 31 passing touchdowns.
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2. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo is averaging 353.8 yards with 13 touchdown passes in his last five games. The Washington Redskins rank 30th in the league in pass defense. They have allowed 29 passing scores. Romo threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns in the first meeting.
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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees has thrown for 753 yards and seven touchdowns in his past two games. He has topped 300 yards against the Panthers in his past three meetings.
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4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is cruising again. He has six touchdown passes and one touchdown run in his past two games. He has seven touchdowns in his past two road games against the Minnesota Vikings.
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5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady leads New England’s high-powered offense in a battle against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins rank 25th in the league in pass defense, allowing 246.5 yards per game.
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6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RG3 returned, but he wasn’t quite as electric in defeating the Philadelphia Eagles. The running aspect of his game could be limited. That said, RG3 can still tear it up with his arm. He threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting with Dallas.
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7. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Manning could absolutely destroy the Kansas City Chiefs, but I expect the Broncos to jump out to an early lead and Manning will get to watch the second half from the sidelines.
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8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford is 305 yards shy of a second straight 5000-yard season. Megatron is chasing 2000 yards and seems impossible to stop. Look for both marks to be met despite facing the Chicago Bears.
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9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson shrugged off a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers to toss four touchdown passes. Look for him to finish in style against the St. Louis Rams.
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10. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick had a rough outing against the Seahawks. Look for him to rebound and get pointed in the right direction as he slaughters the Arizona Cardinals.
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Predicting a defense can sometimes feel like a shot in the dark. The Detroit Lions had a juicy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals last week. That should have been a slam dunk. Not so much. Seriously, you have better odds at PartyCasino.com. When you’re done collecting your winnings, stop on back and check out the 2012 Week 16 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Chicago Bears
The Lions may have failed to contain the Cardinals, but the Bears will be a more ferocious foe. Da Bears rank fifth in total defense and third in scoring defense. The Cardinals rank last in total offense and 30th in scoring offense. Chicago’s ability to force turnovers should lead to a monster fantasy score.
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2. Denver Broncos
The Broncos rank fourth in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. Their offense will likely take the running game out of the equation for the Cleveland Browns. That’s when it gets ugly. The Browns rank 26th in total offense and 24th in scoring offense.
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3. New England Patriots
The Patriots were embarrassed defensively by the San Francisco 49ers last week. They will get whole against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags rank 31st in both total offense and scoring offense.
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4. Green Bay Packers
The Packers held their three divisional foes to 15.7 points per game during their current three-game winning streak. They are facing the Tennessee Titans at home. The Titans rank 23rd in both total offense and scoring offense. They have averaged 16.5 points in their past four games.
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5. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have an average defense, but have a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs rank 25th in total offense and dead last in scoring offense. They were shutout by the Oakland Raiders last week.
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6. Houston Texans
I would have the Texans ranked higher if Adrian Peterson wasn’t running like a man possessed. The Texans have been vulnerable to the pass of late, but Christian Ponder is incapable of challenging them downfield.
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7. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers aren’t a strong defensive unit, but the New York Jets are in full self-destruct mode. They rank 30th in total offense and 28th in scoring offense. They have averaged just 13.3 points in their last four games. There is a lack of talent on the team, and the Tebow Experiment was a complete failure.
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8. Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton has the Panthers at least going in the right direction. Meanwhile the Raiders, despite last week’s shutout, have hit the skids. They are averaging 14.4 points in their past five games. They are playing on the road, where they are averaging just 15.8 points in six games.
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9. New York Jets
The Jets may be a mess on offense, but they have buckled down on defense, allowing just 10 points per game during their past three games. The Chargers rank 28th in total offense and 21st in scoring offense.
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10. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rank third in total defense and second in scoring defense. They have a tough matchup with the 49ers, but they are playing at home.
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