Bye weeks are finally behind us as we make our final push toward the playoffs. You will notice that players who have routinely shown up on these rankings are suddenly gone. This is because with four extra teams (at least) there are many more choices for your lineup. Remember that the goal is to have your starting QB & TE be in the top 12 (assuming a 12 team league), 2 RB’s in the top 24 and 3 WR in the top 36. If you are in these ranges the chances are that you’ll win your matchup this week. If not, then you have some work to do. Use these rankings as your guide to another victory and an eventual championship. You’re welcome America:
There are just two more weeks of bye’s for NFL teams which means that if you have made it this far you jut might be in it for the long haul young man (or women...but probably man). At this point in the season you should be just about done trading and have your every week lineup for the second half of the season settled. Also, if you saved your free agent dollars like a good boy (or girl…but probably boy) than you have been rewarded this week with several real good pickups out on the waiver wire. As you will see in these weekly rankings I am super high on a couple players who are still available in 80% of fantasy leagues right now. Here are my rankings for week 10:
Hopefully you have all survived the Frankenstorm out east and are right now sitting somewhere warm and dry while trying to figure out your fantasy football lineups for this week. If you don’t have any Patriots on your roster then chances are you are in good shape this week. The only other teams off are the 49ers, Rams and Jets whom combined have ½ a useful fantasy player. Here are my official week 9 rankings:
It’s time once again to roll through the week 5 schedule and figure out the best matchups for fantasy purposes. I’d like to mention that while matchups are an important factor in these weekly rankings there are some situations that will always have the same answer no matter what. LeSean McCoy should ALWAYS start over JaMaal Charles. Period. Sure Charles could, will and has outscored McCoy in a single week but he also disappears completely at times. The biggest mistake any of us can make in fantasy football is over managing our weekly lineup. With that in mind let’s take a look at the rankings for week 5:
I get a kick out of all the folks in the fantasy sports industry who go absolutely berserk over making a right decision one week into the season. My best advice to anyone is be wary over the ones who beat their chest the most over one or more of their predictions. In my experience those are the ones who are overcompensating for a lot of very bad advice and trying to pretend like one good call outweighs all of the bad. Well it doesn’t work that way and most importantly we don’t work that way. Fantasy Alarm is about advising our readers/listeners/subscribers how to win championships. You won’t hear too much about the fact that we were advocating that Adrian Peterson would be ready for the start of the season as far back as June. You won’t hear about us telling everyone to watch out for Russell Wilson this summer. Nor will you hear about our week 1 predictions of Tony Romo, Sidney Rice or Stevan Ridley. All we do is win and guide our people to championships. That journey continues this week with our official Week #2 Rankings:
It is finally time for the payoff. The past two months we have watched every single preseason game. We have read every practice report. We have agonized over every little injury. We’ve found something to dislike about each and every player in the NFL. But now the draft season is finally done. It is time to put all of our predictions over the past few months into a giant pot and watch them boil. Every week I will be posting my player rankings right here. You can use these to make that difficult lineup decision, roster move or trade. But most importantly, use these as a crutch in case you lose your matchup this week so that you can easily point back at me and blame me for the loss. Hey…I’m here to help!
It seems like the perfect storm. The Colts' disastrous run defense, the Texans perfect running game, this could be ugly on Thursday Night Football. My least favorite nickname, "Shady" McCoy continues to rack up the TDs as he remains at the top of the list as well. What do you expect from Chris Johnson this week? Is now when Adrian Peterson gets back to normal? Can Ryan Mathews keep his hot streak going? It is likely for all the marbles this week so be sure before you set your lineups to come back and view the Week 16 running back rankings.
It is a popular player from 2011 at the top of the list, but it is the number one guy from 2009-2010 who is right back towards the top of the list. That would be Chris Johnson who has one of the juiciest matchups against the Colts. I would also like to point out that my ranking of Felix Jones this week is merely due to his matchup. I hate Felix Jones and I don't think he is a viable every week fantasy player, but damn the Buccaneers are awful. Hell, they gave up 41 points to the JAGUARS! We will welcome back Adrian Peterson be back this week, and it is time to find out if he will go right back to the roll he was on before the injury. Will Rashard Mendenhall be able to run against San Francisco? What about rookie Roy Helu? Will his dominance continue? This and so much more is answered right here in your Fantasy Alarm running back rankings.
I guess twelve weeks was enough of a preseason for Chris Johnson, huh? After holding out most of the exhibition season, Johnson got off to a horrendous, but all of a sudden he is the hottest running back in fantasy football. What can we expect from him this week against the Saints? Did you notice who else got carries for the Redskins last week outside of Roy Helu? The answer is no one! Finally, it appears that Mike Shanahan has pulled his head out of his ass and is going to give this kid the chance to start for the rest of the season and he is must start in fantasy regardless of the matchup, especially in PPR leagues. Can the two biggest running back surprises, Marshawn Lynch and Willis McGahee, continue this tear that they are on now that they have led you to the fantasy playoffs? Or are they going to remember who they are and abandon you when you need them most? How many fantasy points will Ray Rice rack up against Indy? Can DeMarco Murray bounce back? How will Shonn Greene follow up his hat trick of touchdowns? The answers are all below in the running back rankings.
The man in the Windy City is back at the top of the rankings for the first time in a few weeks, as Forte is having a magical season, but what about this guy in the picture? Our colleague at Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio had himself a hell of a game in Week 10 against the Colts, and now the question for the Magic 8 Ball Rankings are, can he do it again? More questions for the Magic 8 Ball are: Will Felix Jones ever touch the ball again for the Cowboys? (he shouldn't), Is the magic of the Buffalo Bills season and that of Fred Jackson wearing off? (not for Fred Jackson, but yes for the Bills), Is Chris Johnson officially back? (too cloudy to tell yet), and does Tiffany want to go to the dance with me on Friday? (signs pointing to no!) Damn it! Stupid 8 ball. Well, you can still get some good news about your roster from the Week 11 running back rankings.