Fantasy players from coast to coast are counting their blessings that both Calvin Johnson and Steve Smith will be back after their byes, and they are 1-2 in the rankings this week. We will be without Miles Austin again for a few weeks, and you might be surprised just how much I like Laurent Robinson this week, and while Austin is out. Cincinnati rookie A.J. Green continues to rise up the rankings as I gain more and more confidence in him and quarterback Andy Dalton. Will this be the week Andre Johnson comes back? Is this the week that MIke Williams finally has a good game? Can Julio Jones back up his big performance from last week? Will Hakeem Nicks, Andre Johnson, or Wes Welker play this week? Why does Jeff Mans have frosted tips? There is no answer to that one, but any question you have at wide receiver can be answered by your Week 10 rankings.
The Texans have just been opening gaping holes for their running backs, and that is why you will find Arian Foster at the top of the list this week. Fantasy players also welcome back Adrian Peterson with open arms from his bye week as that was quite a hole for you to fill on your roster. Don't forget that there is a game this Thursday night, but unfortunately for you Darren McFadden owners, your guy won't be back this week either. However, his opponent, the Chargers will be welcoming their starter Ryan Mathews back, although who knows what to expect from him. Can Frank Gore continue his amazing season? Will DeMarco Murray further cement himself as the starter in Dallas? Will Roy Helu take the bull by the horns and establish himself the starter in Washington? We all know how hard that is these days. There is no team on a bye this week so you all have your full complement on backs, so you all probably have decisions to make on who to start, so it is so important for you to check out the running back rankings.
A month ago Eli Manning stirred up a storm by calling himself an elite quarterback, but he has been going out on a weekly basis and proving that he is. An amazing comeback against the Patriots last week has cemented his season and has made him a must start in fantasy football this season. Speaking of a must start, is anyone having a better season than Aaron Rodgers? He has just been amazing on a weekly basis. What do we expect from Philip Rivers last week as he finally showed some signs of being his old self again, even though he was still very careless with the ball against the Packers. Will Tom Brady have a big game? What in the world will you get from Tim Tebow this week? Has the Ryan Fitzpatrick train started to slow? How will Carson Palmer follow up the worst quarterbacking performance for a guy with three touchdown passes ever? We get a week off from bye weeks in Week 10, so if you have a decision to make, use the quarterback rankings to know who to play.
Tight ends continue to be major contributors to your fantasy team, although many of those that we expected to be the ones putting up points continue to disappoint, including Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates, Jermichael Finley, and Zach Miller. However, saving others' fantasy seasons are the two headed monster in New England, Owen Daniels, Jake Ballard, and Fred Davis. Which of your guys will be rocking out the fantasy points this week? Is it really possible for opposing defenses to be unable to stop Hernandez and Gronkowski? How are two tight ends on the same team really fantasy relevant? Is Antonio Gates healthy? Are any other tight ends going to break out before the end of the season? If you have one of the players on bye this week and need a replacement, look no further than the Week 9 tight end rankings.
Who will be the top wide receiver in Week 9 in the NFL? This week we welcome Larry Fitzgerald to the top of the list, regardless of the performance of the quarterback in the desert this season. You will find one surprising name in the top 20 this week I think, and it is a player that we expected to be there every week before the season started, but has disappointed time after time after time. Other than that we have a lot of similar names among the top ranked guys. Can the Bengals' passing game continue to impress? What about the Bills? Do we see a resurgence in San Diego after a miserable loss on Monday night? What about Michael Crabtree? Is he ready to live up to the hype? How about Brandon Lloyd in his new home? Before setting your lineups be sure to take a look at the Week 9 wide receiver rankings.
The cream of the crop is rising in fantasy football running backs, and I have to say that we didn't expect some of these guys to be here. You might find it surprising to see a guy playing the New York Jets to be at the top of the rankings, but Fred Jackson has been among the elite this season at the position, and the Jets have given up far more yards on the ground than we ever anticipated. Frank Gore looks like he has turned back the clock as the surprising 49ers continue to dominate their schedule, although I am not 100% sure that this will last the rest of the season. Will he run against the Redskins? Can Matt Forte continue his dominating season? How will Ray Rice follow up his three touchdown performance? Check out all of the answers in the Week 9 running back rankings.
Look at that man to the left. Would you like to meet him in a dark bar bathroom? Scary! On another note, what was that thud you heard? Nope, not something scary in the night, that was Tim Tebow's fantasy value have the disastrous Week 8 game. Even though it was nothing to write home about, I urge you not to panic too much after a bad game. Eli Manning sits a top the rankings this week after another rock solid performance and a matchup against a pourous Patriots secondary in what should be a shootout. In other quarterback news, it appears the obituary on Ben Roethlisberger was written prematurely, and maybe it needs to be written on Philip Rivers. What can you expect from your QB this week? Which of the signal callers on your roster should you trust with the start? It is all very clear in the Week 9 quarterback rankings.
This has certainly been a golden season for tight ends, as so many guys are stepping up and providing their fantasy owners with major points on a weekly basis. Fred Davis made his presence felt with Chris Cooley officially out, Antonio Gates made his return, and Jared Cook found the end zone for the Titans. The good news for fantasy owners is that the Dynamic Duo of tight ends in New England are off of their bye and can go back into your lineups, as well as Jason Witten, and Vernon Davis. What was once a black hole of fantasy sucking, but now is an integral part of your lineups. The contenders are definitely separating themselves from the pretenders in your fantasy leagues, and only contenders will really read the Week 8 Tight End rankings. You are a contender, aren't you?
Welcome back to fantasy relevance Marques Colston! Of course everyone on the Saints, including some of the fans, scored fantasy points last Sunday night, but Colston certainly has looked like the impressive rookie who once had tight end eligibility and ruled fantasy football. Thankfully for his fantasy owners, Wes Welker will be back on the field and I'm sure racking up the receptions against the Steelers. Where do guys who grabbed my attention last week rank for Week 8? That's right, I'm talking about Brandon Lloyd and Demaryius Thomas. Which Jackson, DeSean or Vincent, will have the better game? Will Andre Johnson be back? Your Week 8 matchup could make or break your season, so be sure to prepare by reading the wide receiver rankings.
Who was that running back for Houston last week who looked like Arian Foster? Oh wait, it was ARIAN FOSTER! He looked like the guy lots of you drafted as the number one overall pick as the offensive line was just opening up gaping holes for both Foster and Tate to run through. This season's biggest surprise, Fred Jackson, will be back on the field, and should have another great game against the Redskins. The biggest performer of Week 7, DeMarco Murray, finds his way into the top dozen. Who will run the ball for the suspended Cedric Benson this week? Has Montario Hardesty completely taken over in Cleveland? With Willis McGahee out how high can Knowshon Moreno go? All of that and stay tuned to Fantasy Alarm for upcoming pictures of my big Twitter bet win in which Steven Jackson outperformed Jackie Battle. Looking forward to the pics Allen Sarvinas! And of course, don't forget the Week 8 rankings.