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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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Inside the numbers:

  • 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 kicker rankings. Keep in mind that the Broncos, Jaguars, Niners, Rams, Redskins, and Titans are on bye.

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1. Dan Carpenter (MIA) @ BAL:  10 FGs in past two games. Ravens have allowed 15.
2. Sebastian Janikowski (OAK) vs. KC:  Six games on the year with multiple FGs.
3. Adam Vinatieri (IND) @ PHI:  Has 9 FGs in past three games.
4. Robbie Gould (CHI) @ BUF:  Has 12 FGs. Bills have allowed 16.
5. Ryan Longwell (MIN) vs. ARI:  Arizona has allowed 17 FGs.
6. Mason Crosby (GB) vs. DAL:  Five multiple FG games. Cowboys have allowed 11 FGs.
7. Jeff Reed (PIT) @ CIN:  Has 12 FGs. Bengals have allowed 12 FGs.
8. David Akers (PHI) vs. IND:  4 FGs last week. Colts have allowed 10 FGs.
9. Mike Nugent (CIN) vs. PIT:  Multiple FGs in 5 straight before last week. Pitt allowed 15 FGs.
10. Nick Folk  (NYJ) @ DET:  Should bounce back from Sunday’s goose egg vs. Lions.
11. Neil Rackers (HOU) vs. SD:  Has 10 FGs. Chargers have allowed 13 FGs.
12. Billy Cundiff (BAL) vs. MIA:  5 FGs in past two games. Dolphins have allowed 10 FGs.
13. Lawrence Tynes (NYG) @ SEA:  2 FGs, 5 PATs last week. Seahawks have allowed 13 FGs.
14. Stephen Gostkowski (NE) @ CLE:  Just 4 PATs last week. Likely to repeat vs. Browns.
15. Matt Bryant (ATL) vs. TB: 2 FGs in past two games. Bucs have allowed just 5 FGs.

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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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