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Mother Nature has spoken and the rankings need to be updated. Here are my updated Week 14 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
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1. Greg Jennings @ Detroit
2. DeSean Jackson @ Dallas
3. Reggie Wayne vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
4. Marques Colston vs. St. Louis
5. Anquan Boldin @ Houston (Monday)
6. Roddy White @ Carolina
7. Andre Johnson vs. Baltimore (Monday)
8. Dwayne Bowe @ San Diego
9. Jeremy Maclin @ Dallas
10. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Denver
11. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati
12. Miles Austin vs. Philadelphia
13. Santonio Holmes vs. Miami
13. Terrell Owens @ Pittsburgh
14. Calvin Johnson vs. Green Bay
15. Sidney Rice vs. New York Giants
17. Brandon Lloyd @ Arizona
18. Michael Crabtree vs. Seattle
19. Donald Driver @ Detroit
20. Wes Welker @ Chicago
21. Hines Ward vs. Cincinnati
22. Pierre Garcon vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
23. Chad Ochocinco @ Pittsburgh
24. Mike Williams (TB) @ Washington
25. Robert Meachem vs. St. Louis
26. Deion Branch @ Chicago
27. Malcom Floyd vs. Kansas City
28. Steve Breaston vs. Denver
29. Steve Johnson vs. Cleveland
30. Mario Manningham @ Minnesota
31. Davone Bess @ New York Jets
32. Earl Bennett vs. New England
33. Santana Moss vs. Tampa Bay
34. Johnny Knox vs. New England
35. Derrick Mason @ Houston (Monday)
36. Jacoby Ford @ Jacksonville
37. Mike Thomas vs. Oakland
38. Steve Smith (NYG) @ Minnesota
39. Braylon Edwards vs. Miami
40. Blair White vs. Tennessee (Thursday)
41. Nate Burleson vs. Green Bay
42. Lee Evans vs. Cleveland
43. Anthony Armstrong vs. Tampa Bay
44. James Jones @ Detroit
45. Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Atlanta
46. Roy Williams vs. Philadelphia
47. Eddie Royal @ Arizona
48. Legedu Naanee vs. Kansas City
49. Deon Butler @ San Francisco
50. Jabar Gaffney @ Arizona
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Notable Changes:

  • Slopping conditions won’t help a struggling Mark Sanchez. Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards see a dip in their rankings.
  • Miles Austin gets a bump with Asante Samuel out.
  • It could get bad in Buffalo, making Steve Johnson a much less attractive option.
  • I point blank just had Nate Burleson ranked too high without cause. I came to my senses.
  • With Steve Smith and/or Hakeem Nicks set to possibly return, Manningham had to slide in the rankings.
  • Ben Obomanu (hand) is too big of an injury risk to gamble on in the fantasy playoffs.
  • Percy Harvin’s migraines are becoming too big of a risk to use the talented WR this week.

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Mother Nature has spoken and the rankings need to be updated. Here are my updated Week 14 fantasy football running back rankings.

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

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Notable Changes:

  • With weather likely an issue in Pittsburgh, look for a heavier dose of Mendenhall.
  • Washington could also be experiencing the fury of Mother Nature making Blount ascend a few notches. I still don’t trust the murky Redskins RB situation enough to endorse a back.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Fred Jackson, and Cedric Benson also climbed a bit because the weather should make their offenses lean more heavily on the ground game.
  • I slid down James Starks a bit simply because we don’t know how many touches he’s going to get.
  • Ryan Mathews is expected to factor in this week, which hurt’s Tolbert’s fantasy value.

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Mother Nature has spoken and the rankings need to be updated. Here are my updated Week 14 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Michael Vick @ Dallas
2. Aaron Rodgers @ Detroit
3. Drew Brees vs. St. Louis
4. Peyton Manning @ Tennessee (Thursday)
5. Philip Rivers vs. Kansas City
6. Joe Flacco @ Houston (Monday)
7. Eli Manning @ Minnesota
8. Kyle Orton @ Arizona
9. Tom Brady @ Chicago
10. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati
11. Matt Schaub vs. Baltimore (Monday)
12. Matt Ryan @ Carolina
13. Jon Kitna vs. Philadelphia
14. Jay Cutler vs. New England
15. Josh Freeman @ Washington
16. Mark Sanchez vs. Miami
17. Carson Palmer @ Pittsburgh
18. David Garrard vs. Oakland
19. Jason Campbell @ Jacksonville
20. Sam Bradford @ New Orleans
21. Alex Smith  vs. Seattle
22. Donovan McNabb vs. Tampa Bay
23. Drew Stanton vs. Green Bay
24. Matt Hasselbeck @ San Francisco
25. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Cleveland
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Notable Changes:

  • Big Ben slid a few notches because it’s expected to be a rain/snow mix in Pittsburgh. The Steelers will likely focus more on the rushing attack.
  • It’s supposed to be very windy in Chicago. Tom Brady stays put, but Jay Cutler, who isn’t as accurate, slides down a few notches.
  • Washington could be wet and windy, making Josh Freeman a less desirable option. I no longer consider him a QB1 this week.
  • Kyle Orton slides up a few notches. Arizona can be beat through the air, and despite a new coach, they will exploit that weakness.
  • With Asante Samuel out, Jon Kitna suddenly becomes a more attractive option.
  • The expected weather in Buffalo move Ryan Fitzpatrick from the QB2 ranks.

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Here’s my Week 14 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE):  Averaging 12.0 tackles per game. Sick.
2. Paul Posluszny (BUF):  15 tackles last week brings his average up to 11.1 per game.
3. Stephen Tulloch (TEN):  31 tackles in past two games.
4. Chad Greenway (MIN):  Should add to his 115 tackles against run-heavy Giants.
5. Patrick Willis (SF):  Only player with 100+ tackles and five sacks.
6. Donte Whitner (BUF):  Should add to his 111 tackles helping bring Peyton Hillis down.
7. Ray Lewis (BAL):  Eyes set on Arian Foster. 35 tackles in past three games.
8. Dhani Jones (CIN):  9.8 tackles per game in past five games.
9. Brian Urlacher (CHI):  27 tackles in past two games. Pats will keep him busy.
10. James Anderson (CAR):  Slowing, but still at 106 tackles on the year.
11. Paris Lenon (ARI):  20 tackles in past two games. 94 on the year.
12. Clay Matthews (GB):  A good bet to add to his 11.5 sacks against Detroit.
13. James Harrison (PIT):  79 tackles and ten sacks. Six tackles and a sack the last time he played Cincy.
14. Bradie James (DAL):  18 tackles in past two games. 94 on the year.
15. Curtis Lofton (ATL):  95 tackles. Should be busy as Carolina looks to run.

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Here’s my Week 14 team defense rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers:

  • The Packers once again take the top ranking. Their offense is so powerful that it will make the Lions one-dimensional. That’s when Clay Matthews can pin his ears back and go after Drew Stanton.
  • Bill Belichick should come up with a defensive scheme that brings out the Jay Cutler of old.
  • I feel sorry for the Dolphins for having to face the Jets after the pounding they took on Monday.
  • The Vikings will have a hard time containing the Giants’ pass rush. Expect multiple sacks and interceptions.
  • Baltimore, Chicago, and San Diego have tough match-ups against Houston, New England, and Kansas City making them less than desirable options this week.

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Here’s my Week 14 kicker rankings.

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1. David Akers (PHI) @DAL:  Has 12 more points than any other kicker.
2. Josh Brown (STL) @NO:  Has seven FGs in past two games. Saints havea allowed 20.
3. Matt Bryant (ATL) @Carolina:  Averaging 2 FGs and 2.6 PATs in past five games.
4. Neil Rackers (HOU) vs. BAL:  Five FGs and 8 PATs in past three games. Ravens have allowed 23 FGs.
5. Dan Carpenter (MIA) @NYJ:  Kicked 3 FGs last time he faced Jets. Leads league with 27 FGs.
6. Adam Vinatieri (IND) @TEN:  Tied for eighth with 89 points. Titans have allowed 30 FGs.
7. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)@JAX:  Struggled of late, but still ranks among leaders in FGs and points.
8. Olindo Mare (SEA) @SF: 10th in the league with 88 points. Niners have allowed 23 FGs.
9. Garrett Hartley (NO) vs. STL:  Five FGs and seven PATs in last two games. Rams have allowed 28 FGs.
10. Matt Prater (DEN) @ARI:  Cardinals have allowed league high 31 FGs.
11. Mason Crosby (GB) @DET:  87 points on the year with nine FGs from 40+ yards.
12. Billy Cundiff (BAL) @HOU:  86 points on the year. Averaing two FGs and 2.7 PATs in past six games.
13. Nate Kaeding (SD) vs. KC: Seven FGs in past two games.
14. Shaun Suisham (PIT) vs. CIN:  Six FGs in past two games. Benglas have allowed 20 FGs.
15. Shayne Graham (NE) @ CHI:  Five FGs and 19 PATs in past four games.

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Here’s my Week 14 tight end rankings.

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1. Antonio Gates vs. Kansas City
2. Vernon Davis vs. Seattle
3. Jacob Tamme @ Tennessee (Thursday)
4. Jason Witten vs. Philadelphia
5. Kellen Winslow @ Washington
6. Chris Cooley vs. Tampa Bay
7. Brent Celek vs. Dallas
8. Benjamin Watson @ Buffalo
9. Kevin Boss @ Minnesota
10. Dustin Keller vs. Miami
11. Marcedes Lewis vs. Oakland
12. Greg Olsen vs. New England
13. Rob Gronkowski @ Chicago
14. Aaron Hernandez @ Chicago
15. Tony Gonzalez @ Carolina
16. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Green Bay
17. Joel Dreessen vs. Baltimore (Monday)
18. Ed Dickson @ Houston (Monday)
19. Jermaine Gresham @ Pittsburgh
20. Jimmy Graham vs. St. Louis
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Inside the numbers:

  • He probably won’t practice much, but Antonio Gates has reclaimed his top TE status.
  • Vernon Davis is coming off a monster 126 yard, TD performance. Last time he faced Seattle he caught eight passes for 73 yards.
  • Jason Witten is dealing with an ankle injury, but he’ll likely be able to go against the Eagles. The last time he faced them he caught six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
  • The last time Brent Celek faced the Cowboys he caught seven passes for 96 yards.
  • Benjamin Watson should be very active once again with Jake Delhomme under center.
  • I can’t bring myself to call Tony Gonzalez a fantasy starter anymore.
  • Ed Dickson is my sleeper pick filling in for the injured Todd Heap against Houston’s shaky pass defense.

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

  • Wow, did Dwayne Bowe ever let owners (myself included) down last week. I think he’ll make amends this week. Same goes for Brandon Lloyd. When you bet on NFL, you have to be ready for the rebound. Unfortunately Matt Cassel will likely miss the game so I am tempering my expectations for Bowe. As for Lloyd, without Josh McDaniels, I think he goes down a few slots too.
  • Greg Jennings has 393 yards and five touchdowns in his past three games and a date with Detroit.
  • Sidney Rice looked great against Buffalo, but the Giants present a much tougher challenge.
  • Miles Austin and Roy Williams should be more active with Dez Bryant out and Jason Witten limited by ankle injuries.
  • Earl Bennett has become Jay Cutler’s new favorite target, and thus is the best play among Chicago’s WRs against a shaky Patriots pass defense.
  • Jacoby Ford’s lone catch was a touchdown to salvage his fantasy value for those who gambled on him. He should be more productive against Jacksonville.

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Here’s my Week 14 running back rankings.

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

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Inside the numbers (Sponsored by NFL betting with Sports Interaction) :

  • MJD has had at least 100 rushing yards in his last five games, averaging 133.4 yards (160.6 total yards) over the span. He’s not scoring as frequently this year, but it’s more than likely he reaches paydirt this week.
  • Peyton Hillis was kept in check last week by the Dolphins, but should bounce back in a big way against Buffalo’s league-worst run defense (170.9 rushing yards allowed per game).
  • Knowshon Moreno is averaging 142.3 total yards in his past four games with three touchdowns.
  • Washington has fallen apart. They are yielding 5.0 yards per carry. LeGarrette Blount is an excellent option this week, especially after dropping 103 yards and a score on a stout Falcons run defense.
  • Christopher Ivory has five touchdowns in the past three games, and even if Pierre Thomas returns, Ivory should be the one to handle the load.
  • Chris Johnson has an excellent match-up this week against the Colts, but the way the Titans are playing, he’s no longer a bona fide RB1 until he proves otherwise.
  • This week’s waiver wire dandy, James Starks, exploded on the scene last week against the Niners. He explodes on the ranking scene with a favorable match-up against Detroit.
  • Fred Jackson ran into an inspired Vikings defense. Cleveland is giving up yards on the ground (119.1 per game), but has only allowed four rushing touchdowns. He’s a borderline RB2 this week.
  • Marshawn Lynch was in Beast Mode against the Panthers last week, but will have tougher sledding against the Niners on the road.

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Here are my Week 14 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1. Michael Vick @ Dallas
2. Aaron Rodgers @ Detroit
3. Drew Brees vs. St. Louis
4. Peyton Manning @ Tennessee (Thursday)
5. Philip Rivers vs. Kansas City
6. Joe Flacco @ Houston (Monday)
7. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati
8. Jay Cutler vs. New England
9. Tom Brady @ Chicago
10. Eli Manning @ Minnesota
11. Josh Freeman @ Washington
12. Kyle Orton @ Arizona
13. Matt Schaub vs. Baltimore (Monday)
14. Mark Sanchez vs. Miami
15. Matt Ryan @ Carolina
16. Carson Palmer @ Pittsburgh
17. David Garrard vs. Oakland
18. Jason Campbell @ Jacksonville
19. Sam Bradford @ New Orleans
20. Alex Smith  vs. Seattle
21. Jon Kitna vs. Philadelphia
22. Donovan McNabb vs. Tampa Bay
23. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Cleveland
24. Drew Stanton vs. Green Bay
25. Matt Hasselbeck @ San Francisco
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Inside the numbers:

  • Michael Vick repeats as the top ranked QB. He’s firing on all cylinders and Dallas just does not have what it takes to slow him down.
  • Aaron Rodgers is on fire. He has 11 touchdown passes and one touchdown run in his past four games. Plus, he is averaging 304.6 passing yards with 14 touchdowns in five career games against the Lions.
  • The Colts are at .500, but I expect Peyton Manning to bounce back after his four interception game. He has 27 career TD tosses against Tennessee. NFL betting suggests Peyton will have a big game in his return to Tennessee.
  • I think Joe Flacco will find Houston’s defense much more to his liking than the Steel Curtain.
  • I’m a little fearful that the Broncos will run all over Arizona, making Orton an afterthought again.
  • After getting burned by Sam Bradford last week, I am extra cautious this week, especially going up against New Orleans.
  • Even if Brett Favre starts this week’s game against the Giants, I don’t expect him to finish it. I don’t like Favre or Tarvaris this week.
  • Alex Smith replaces Troy Smith in the Niners’ starting lineup and in the rankings.
  • Matt Cassel will likely miss the game after undergoing an appendectomy. Matt Hasselbeck takes his spot.

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