Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB

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The fantasy football playoffs are here and every move becomes more important. Not to worry, there are plenty of good options both on the waiver wire and possibly your bench. Follow my rankings and advance to the next round.

Quarterbacks

Could Impress: Matthew Stafford. Despite the Lions tough loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, Stafford and the offense had an extremely good day. Minnesota allows more fantasy points to quarterbacks than any other team out there. You do the math.

Could Disappoint: Andy Dalton. The red haired signal caller might be a media darling, but he’s going to have a tough time against the league’s best defense on Sunday. Don’t give up on Dalton just yet, however, with his week 15 and 16 matchups among the best out there.

Injury Replacement: Joe Flacco. I wrote earlier in the season that no one had a better fantasy playoff stretch than Flacco and the Ravens. It all starts here against Indianapolis who has made a lot of subpar quarterbacks look like Aaron Rodgers.

 

QB Rankings

1. Aaron Rodgers GB (vs. Oakland)

2. Drew Brees NO (@ Tennessee)

3. Tom Brady NE (@ Washington)

4. Matthew Stafford DET (vs. Minnesota)

5. Cam Newton CAR (vs. Atlanta)

6. Tony Romo DAL (vs. New York Giants)

7. Eli Manning NYG (@ Dallas)

8. Michael Vick PHI (@ Miami)

9. Matt Ryan ATL (@ Carolina)

10. Philip Rivers SD (vs. Buffalo)

11. Ben Roethlisberger PIT (vs. Cleveland)

12. Tim Tebow DEN (vs. Chicago)

13. Joe Flacco BAL (vs. Indianapolis)

14. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF (@ San Diego)

15. Carson Palmer OAK (@ Green Bay)

16. Rex Grossman WAS (vs. New England)

17. Alex Smith SF (@ Arizona)

18. Matt Moore MIA (vs. Philadelphia)

19. Mark Sanchez NYJ (vs. Kansas City)

20. Matt Hasselbeck TEN (vs. New Orleans)

21. Josh Freeman TB (@ Jacksonville)

22. Andy Dalton CIN (vs. Houston)

23. T.J. Yates HOU (@ Cincinnati)

24. Christian Ponder MIN (@ Detroit)

25. Dan Orlovsky IND (@ Baltimore)

 

Forte is out for at least two weeks. Do you have a replacement?

Running Backs

Could Impress: Michael  Bush. We know you can run against the Packers, and Bush has a running style very similar to LeGarrette Blount, who torched Grreen Bay for 107 yards and a score. In fact, the Packers have allowed 100 yard rushers in the last three games. It’ll be cold and the Raiders would be smart to slow down the game. Bush should be a big factor on Sunday.

Could Disappoint: Beanie Wells. Listen, Wells was absolutely fantastic the last couple of weeks and I know it’s difficult to sit the guy during the fantasy playoffs. But here are his totals against San Fran in the last matchup: 8 carries, 33 yards, 1 fantasy point. Enough said.

Injury Replacement: Marion Barber. The Bears are built to run the ball, and Caleb Hanie has done little to convince OC Mike Martz that they should be throwing the ball more. He’s a grinder who will get plenty of carries on Sunday. Barber is likely the top waiver pickup in your league. Hopefully you put a bid in.

 

RB Rankings

1. Ray Rice BAL (vs. Indianapolis)

2. Maurice Jones-Drew JAX (vs. Tampa Bay)

3. Arian Foster HOU (@ Cincinnati)

4. Michael Turner ATL (@ Carolina)

5. Chris Johnson TEN (vs. New Orleans)

6. Marshawn Lynch SEA (vs. St. Louis)

7. LeSean McCoy PHI (@ Miami)

8. Frank Gore SF (@ Arizona)

9. Ryan Mathews SD (vs. Buffalo)

10. Rashard Mendenhall PIT (vs. Cleveland)

11. DeMarco Murray DAL (vs. New York Giants)

12. Adrian Peterson MIN (@ Detroit)

13. Michael Bush OAK (@ Green Bay)

14. Willis McGahee DEN (vs. Chicago)

15. Steven Jackson STL (@ Seattle)

16. Reggie Bush MIA (vs. Philadelphia)

17. C.J. Spiller BUF (@ San Diego)

18. Shonn Greene NYJ (vs. Kansas City)

19. Darren Sproles NO (@ Tennessee)

20. LeGarrette Blount TB (@ Jacksonville)

21. Beanie Wells AZ (vs. San Francisco)

22. Roy Helu WAS (vs. New England)

23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE (@ Washington)

24. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG (@ Dallas)

25. Marion Barber CHI (@ Denver)

26. Cedric Benson CIN (vs. Houston)

27. Jonathan Stewart CAR (vs. Atlanta)

28. Mark Ingram NO (@ Tennessee)

29. Mike Tolbert SD (vs. Buffalo)

30. Peyton Hillis CLE (@ Pittsburgh)

31. Brandon Jacobs NYG (@ Dallas)

32. Donald Brown IND (@ Baltimore)

33. Maurice Morris DET (vs. Minnesota)

34. DeAngelo Williams CAR (vs. Atlanta)

35. Ben Tate HOU (@ Cincinnati)

36. Pierre Thomas NO (@ Tennessee)

37. Ryan Grant GB (vs. Oakland)

38. Toby Gerhart MIN (@ Detroit)

39. Dexter McCluster KC (@ New York Jets)

40. Daniel Thomas MIA (vs. Philadelphia)

41. Ricky Williams BAL (vs. Indianapolis)

42. Kevin Smith DET (vs. Minnesota)

43. Kahlil Bell CHI (@ Denver)

44. Felix Jones DAL (vs. New York Giants)

45. Montario Hardesty CLE (@ Pittsburgh)

46. James Starks GB (vs. Oakland)

47. Joseph Addai IND (@ Baltimore)

48. Thomas Jones KC (@ New York Jets)

49. Brandon Saine GB (vs. Oakland)

50. Jackie Battle KC (@ New York Jets)

Stephen Kelley is a contributor at The Sports Bank where he covers Fantasy Sports and Pro Drafts. You can follow him on Twitter @stephen_tsb.

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