Start & SitNovember 22, 2007

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Week 12

By Nick Hopkins

Happy Turkey Day folks! Here’s to a day of food, family, and football! If you were one of the poor suckers who got stuck up against Tom Brady, Randy Moss, or Terrell Owens last week, keep your chin up, because a new week is upon us! The fantasy playoffs are creeping ever closer, and lineup decisions are as crucial as ever. Don’t forget to get in any players from Thursday’s matchups (Packers/Lions, Cowboys/Jets, Colts/Falcons) before it is too late. But that’s enough small talk… on to the rankings!

Our system is based on two separate rankings: Risk and Reward. Each player or defense was given a statistical ranking for each of the two categories.

Risk is determined by anything that could negatively affect the player in question’s performance. This includes such things as matchup, situation, and injuries.

Reward is determined by anything that could positively affect the player in question’s performance. This includes such things as talent, matchup, and situation.

The Ranking for the two categories is as follows:

Risk: Score of 0 being the lowest risk, 10 being the highest risk.
Reward: Score of 0 being lowest reward, 10 being the highest reward.


Tom Brady – NEvs PHI18.80.89.7
Tony Romo – DALvs NYJ17.31.89.1
Matt Hasselbeck – SEAat STL15.92.28.1
Derek Anderson – CLEvs HOU15.22.87.9
Ben Roethlisberger – PITvs MIA15.12.87.9
Peyton Manning – INDat ATL15.03.28.2
Brett Favre – GBat DET14.93.18.0
Kurt Warner – ARIvs SF14.53.47.9
Matt Schaub – HOUat CLE14.33.37.5
Drew Brees – NOat CAR13.93.77.6
Eli Manning – NYGvs MIN13.54.17.6
Carson Palmer – CINvs TEN13.43.56.9
Vince Young – TENat CIN13.04.37.3
Jay Cutler – DENat CHI12.84.16.9
Jon Kitna – DETvs GB12.84.26.9
Marc Bulger – STLvs SEA12.64.26.8
David Garrard – JACvs BUF12.43.76.1
Jeff Garcia – TBvs WAS12.33.86.2
Jason Campbell – WASat TB11.34.96.2
Kellen Clemens – NYJat DAL10.55.45.9
JP Losman – BUFat JAC10.35.15.4
Kyle Boller – BALat SD10.25.75.8
Philip Rivers – SDvs BAL10.15.15.2
Brodie Croyle – KCvs OAK9.95.25.1
Rex Grossman – CHIvs DEN9.85.85.5
Vinny Testaverde – CARvs NO9.65.65.2
Joey Harrington – ATLvs IND9.35.85.1
John Beck – MIAat PIT8.26.34.5
Tarvaris Jackson – MINat NYG7.36.74.0
Donovan McNabb – PHIat NE6.57.33.8
Byron Leftwich – ATLvs IND6.07.63.6
Trent Dilfer – SFat ARI5.87.33.1
Brian Griese – CHIvs DEN5.67.53.1
Cleo Lemon – MIAat PIT4.68.12.7
Daunte Culpepper – OAKat KC4.38.12.4
Steve McNair – BALat SD4.28.22.3
Matt Moore – CARvs NO4.18.22.3
Alex Smith – SFat ARI4.18.22.3
Chad Pennington – NYJat DAL4.08.52.5
Quinn Gray – JACvs BUF3.98.42.3
Sage Rosenfels – HOUat CLE3.78.42.1
Brooks Bollinger – MINat NYG3.38.51.8
Damon Huard – KCvs OAK3.08.51.5
JaMarcus Russell – OAKat KC2.28.91.1

Matt Schaub, HOU (14.3 rating): Schaub looked good last week in his first game back after missing time because of a concussion. He connected on over 60% of his passes for almost 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has a good matchup this week against a Cleveland defense that continues to struggle against the pass. The Browns are 31st in the league in that department, after surrendering 279 yards to a dismal Baltimore passing game.

Phillip Rivers, SD (10.1 rating): Rivers seems to be in a bit of funk at the moment. In his last 3 games he has only one touchdown pass to five interceptions, and the Chargers are 1-2 despite squeaking out a win over Indianapolis. Chris McAlister is back and playing well for the Ravens. Baltimore gave up 33 points to Cleveland last week, but they held the Browns’ dangerous passing game in check for the most part, allowing 274 yards with an interception and no touchdowns.

Running BacksOpponentRatingRiskReward
Joseph Addai – INDat ATL16.62.49.0
LaDainian Tomlinson – SDvs BAL14.63.48.0
Willie Parker – PITvs MIA14.53.47.9
Reggie Bush – NOat CAR14.23.88.0
Steven Jackson – STLvs SEA14.23.98.1
Brian Westbrook – PHIat NE13.73.37.0
Ron Dayne – HOUat CLE13.73.87.5
Chester Taylor – MINat NYG13.63.67.2
Willis McGahee – BALat SD13.63.47.0
LenDale White – TENat CIN13.43.77.1
Maurice Jones-Drew – JACvs BUF13.24.27.4
Jamal Lewis – CLEvs HOU13.14.47.5
Ryan Grant – GBat DET13.14.47.5
Earnest Graham – TBvs WAS12.93.56.4
Marion Barber – DALvs NYJ12.94.27.1
Maurice Morris – SEAat STL12.53.96.4
Clinton Portis – WASat TB12.44.16.5
Edgerrin James – ARIvs SF12.14.66.7
DeShaun Foster – CARvs NO11.74.56.2
Kenny Watson – CINvs TEN11.64.76.3
Justin Fargas – OAKat KC11.54.96.4
Cedric Benson – CHIvs DEN11.44.76.1
Frank Gore – SFat ARI11.45.26.6
Fred Taylor – JACvs BUF11.34.65.9
Thomas Jones – NYJat DAL11.34.76.0
Julius Jones – DALvs NYJ10.94.65.5
Jesse Chatman – MIAat PIT10.45.15.5
Selvin Young – DENat CHI10.45.25.6
Reuben Droughns – NYGvs MIN10.15.25.3
Warrick Dunn – ATLvs IND10.05.35.3
Andre Hall – DENat CHI10.05.85.8
Chris Brown – TENat CIN9.95.15.0
Rudi Johnson – CINvs TEN9.95.65.5
Kevin Jones – DETvs GB9.95.65.5
Anthony Thomas – BUFat JAC9.75.45.1
Michael Pittman – TBvs WAS9.75.55.2
Laurence Maroney – NEvs PHI9.76.05.7
DeAngelo Williams – CARvs NO9.55.34.8
Leon Washington – NYJat DAL9.45.75.1
Kolby Smith – KCvs OAK9.25.95.1
Kenton Keith – INDat ATL9.05.84.8
Adrian Peterson – CHIvs DEN8.46.14.5
Najeh Davenport – PITvs MIA8.46.24.6
Jason Wright – CLEvs HOU8.46.44.8
Correll Buckhalter – PHIat NE8.36.04.3
Aaron Stecker – NOat CAR8.26.14.3
Jerious Norwood – ATLvs IND7.66.74.3
Chris Henry – TENat CIN7.55.53.0
Greg Jones – JACvs BUF7.36.53.8
Joe Echemandu – HOUat CLE7.26.73.9
Brandon Jacobs – NYGvs MIN7.26.94.1
Leonard Weaver – SEAat STL7.16.73.8
Dwayne Wright – BUFat JAC7.06.83.8
TJ Duckett – DETvs GB6.87.13.9
Michael Turner – SDvs BAL6.86.93.7
Mewelde Moore – MINat NYG6.76.83.5
Ricky Williams – MIAat PIT6.76.93.6
Antonio Pittman – STLvs SEA6.67.03.6
Ladell Betts – WASat TB6.57.03.5
Musa Smith – BALat SD6.07.43.4
Travis Henry – DENat CHI6.07.63.6
Brandon Jackson – GBat DET5.97.63.5
Maurice Hicks – SFat ARI5.87.63.4
Jerome Harrison – CLEvs HOU5.87.23.0
Adrian Peterson – MINat NYG5.76.42.1
Marcel Shipp – ARIvs SF5.67.43.0
Michael Robinson – SFat ARI5.67.83.4
Mike Anderson – BALat SD5.37.62.9
Brian Leonard – STLvs SEA5.28.03.2
LaMont Jordan – OAKat KC5.27.72.9
Tony Hunt – PHIat NE5.17.52.6
Vernand Morency – GBat DET5.18.03.1
Marshawn Lynch – BUFat JAC4.78.53.2
Dominic Rhodes – OAKat KC4.58.42.9
Derrick Ward – NYGvs MIN4.28.22.4
Ahman Green – HOUat CLE4.18.22.3
Shaun Alexander – SEAat STL4.18.32.4
Kevin Faulk – NEvs PHI3.98.01.9
Patrick Cobbs – MIAat PIT3.98.32.2
Michael Bennett – TBvs WAS3.98.32.2
Tatum Bell – DETvs GB2.19.11.2

Chester Taylor, MIN (13.6 rating): Taylor proved last week that Adrian Peterson isn’t the only Viking runningback capable of putting up big numbers. He made a statement with 164 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, carrying the Vikings to victory over Oakland. Chester should be considered a safe start at this point. And by the way, it’s games like this that make the case that Minnesota’s offensive line should be getting a lot more credit for Peterson’s big start this season.

Laurence Maroney, NE (9.7 rating): Maroney is a good player, but his fantasy value is taking a major hit for one main reason: the Patriots just don’t need him that much. New England rides it’s passing game with Brady, Moss, Welker, and Stallworth to big leads, and then never lets up. The Pats don’t tend to run out the clock until so late in the game that backups like Kyle Eckel are getting a lot of the carries. Not to mention Philly is solid against the run, allowing only 3.7 yards per carry and 4 total rushing touchdowns this year.

Wide ReceiversOpponentRatingRiskReward
Randy Moss – NEvs PHI17.81.69.4
Terrell Owens – DALvs NYJ17.21.99.1
Larry Fitzgerald – ARIvs SF16.22.38.5
Torry Holt – STLvs SEA15.52.78.2
Andre Johnson – HOUat CLE15.22.77.9
Braylon Edwards – CLEvs HOU15.23.08.2
Reggie Wayne – INDat ATL15.13.18.2
DJ Hackett – SEAat STL14.83.07.8
Marques Colston – NOat CAR14.73.38.0
Anquan Boldin – ARIvs SF14.33.07.3
Joey Galloway – TBvs WAS14.23.27.4
TJ Houshmandzadeh – CINvs TEN14.03.37.3
Wes Welker – NEvs PHI14.03.77.7
Chad Johnson – CINvs TEN13.83.67.4
Roy Williams – DETvs GB13.73.87.5
Plaxico Burress – NYGvs MIN13.73.87.5
Brandon Marshall – DENat CHI13.53.77.2
Chris Henry – CINvs TEN12.93.76.6
Santana Moss – WASat TB12.84.06.8
Lee Evans – BUFat JAC12.74.16.8
Greg Jennings – GBat DET12.74.16.8
Derrick Mason – BALat SD12.54.16.6
Dwayne Bowe – KCvs OAK12.44.26.6
Bernard Berrian – CHIvs DEN12.44.46.8
Brandon Stokley – DENat CHI12.34.16.4
Bobby Engram – SEAat STL12.34.16.4
Donald Driver – GBat DET12.24.36.5
Shaun McDonald – DETvs GB12.24.56.7
Drew Carter – CARvs NO12.14.36.4
Hines Ward – PITvs MIA12.04.46.4
Chris Chambers – SDvs BAL11.84.86.6
Roddy White – ATLvs IND11.74.36.0
Ike Hilliard – TBvs WAS11.74.36.0
Isaac Bruce – STLvs SEA11.74.46.1
Mark Clayton – BALat SD11.64.25.8
Roscoe Parrish – BUFat JAC11.65.06.6
Jerricho Cotchery – NYJat DAL11.44.35.7
Joe Jurevicius – CLEvs HOU11.44.66.0
Calvin Johnson – DETvs GB11.44.66.0
Brandon Jones – TENat CIN11.34.45.7
Justin Gage – TENat CIN11.34.45.7
Kevin Walter – HOUat CLE11.24.55.7
Roydell Williams – TENat CIN11.24.96.1
Patrick Crayton – DALvs NYJ11.14.65.7
Ronald Curry – OAKat KC11.14.65.7
Mike Furrey – DETvs GB11.04.95.9
Donte Stallworth – NEvs PHI11.04.95.9
Eric Moulds – TENat CIN10.94.65.5
Kevin Curtis – PHIat NE10.84.85.6
Reggie Williams – JACvs BUF10.85.05.8
Deion Branch – SEAat STL10.85.26.0
Arnaz Battle – SFat ARI10.55.05.5
Amani Toomer – NYGvs MIN10.55.45.9
Muhsin Muhammad – CHIvs DEN10.45.15.5
Andre Davis – HOUat CLE10.35.55.8
Antwaan Randle El – WASat TB10.15.15.2
Darrell Jackson – SFat ARI10.15.25.3
Ted Ginn – MIAat PIT10.15.55.6
Nate Burleson – SEAat STL10.05.05.0
David Patten – NOat CAR9.95.35.2
Drew Bennett – STLvs SEA9.95.65.5
Jerry Porter – OAKat KC9.95.25.1
Reggie Brown – PHIat NE9.65.65.2
Michael Jenkins – ATLvs IND9.65.55.1
Laveranues Coles – NYJat DAL9.46.05.4
Sidney Rice – MINat NYG9.35.64.9
James Jones – GBat DET9.35.95.2
Troy Williamson – MINat NYG9.15.74.8
Devery Henderson – NOat CAR8.96.04.9
Dennis Northcutt – JACvs BUF8.86.04.8
Marty Booker – MIAat PIT8.75.84.5
Nate Washington – PITvs MIA8.66.14.7
Derek Hagan – MIAat PIT8.65.74.3
Ernest Wilford – JACvs BUF8.66.04.6
Sammie Parker – KCvs OAK8.66.04.6
Dwayne Jarrett – CARvs NO8.36.14.4
Bryant Johnson – ARIvs SF8.15.94.0
Ashley Lelie – SFat ARI8.16.44.5
Santonio Holmes – PITvs MIA8.06.24.2
Anthony Gonzalez – INDat ATL8.06.44.4
Steve Smith – NYGvs MIN7.86.44.2
Craphonso Thorpe – INDat ATL7.86.54.3
Justin McCareins – NYJat DAL7.86.54.3
Bobby Wade – MINat NYG7.76.34.0
Jabar Gaffney – NEvs PHI7.76.34.0
Lance Moore – NOat CAR7.76.34.0
Eddie Kennison – KCvs OAK7.66.03.6
Robert Ferguson – MINat NYG7.66.54.1
Glenn Martinez – DENat CHI7.56.43.9
James Thrash – WASat TB7.56.43.9
Jacoby Jones – HOUat CLE7.46.74.1
Vincent Jackson – SDvs BAL7.26.73.9
Matt Jones – JACvs BUF7.16.63.7
Dante Hall – STLvs SEA7.06.93.9
Tim Carter – CLEvs HOU6.96.83.7
Cedrick Wilson – PITvs MIA6.96.83.7
Michael Clayton – TBvs WAS6.96.93.8
Devin Hester – CHIvs DEN6.86.83.6
Laurent Robinson – ATLvs IND6.86.73.5
Rashied Davis – CHIvs DEN6.86.93.7
Buster Davis – SDvs BAL6.86.93.7
Hank Baskett – PHIat NE6.76.83.5
Ruvell Martin – GBat DET6.66.93.5
Antonio Chatman – CINvs TEN6.37.03.3
Ben Obomanu – SEAat STL6.37.03.3
Terrance Copper – NOat CAR6.17.23.3
Brandon Lloyd – WASat TB5.97.53.4
Steve Smith – CARvs NO5.88.54.3
Koren Robinson – GBat DET5.77.22.9
Malcolm Floyd – SDvs BAL5.67.63.2
Demetrius Williams – BALat SD5.67.22.8
Jerheme Urban – ARIvs SF5.57.53.0
Sam Hurd – DALvs NYJ5.17.72.8
Sam Aiken – BUFat JAC5.07.82.8
Javon Walker – DENat CHI4.57.92.4
Terry Glenn – DALvs NYJ4.28.22.4
Joe Horn – ATLvs IND3.68.62.2
Marvin Harrison – INDat ATL3.48.72.1
Aaron Moorehead – INDat ATL2.78.91.6

Joey Galloway, TB (14.2 rating): Joey Galloway may be 36 years old, but he is still going strong. The old timer is on pace for over 1000 yards and double digit touchdowns on the year, and he could be in for a big game this weekend. Dallas took advantage of the Redskins’ secondary missing two starters last week (Carlos Rogers and Sean Taylor). Terrell Owens caught 4 touchdowns passes – 3 of them were bombs that were virtually uncovered. If Galloway is able to be even half as successful he should definitely be in your fantasy lineup.

Kevin Walter, HOU (9.8 rating): Walter had a string of nice games from Week 4 to Week 8, in which he recorded at least 67 yards in each game. But in his past two games he had only 33 and 31 yards, respectively. If you picked him up and started him while he was hot, now is probably the right time to get out. Andre Johnson’s return to the lineup should mean less looks for Walter.

Tight EndsOpponentRatingRiskReward
Kellen Winslow – CLEvs HOU15.42.47.8
Jason Witten – DALvs NYJ15.42.78.1
Antonio Gates – SDvs BAL15.02.87.8
Jeremy Shockey – NYGvs MIN14.43.47.8
Dallas Clark – INDat ATL14.23.57.7
Tony Gonzalez – KCvs OAK13.83.57.3
Donald Lee – GBat DET13.73.77.3
Chris Cooley – WASat TB13.53.67.1
Heath Miller – PITvs MIA13.13.66.7
Ben Watson – NEvs PHI13.03.86.8
Owen Daniels – HOUat CLE12.04.26.2
Greg Olsen – CHIvs DEN11.64.46.0
Tony Scheffler – DENat CHI11.54.35.8
Chris Baker – NYJat DAL11.34.65.9
Jeff King – CARvs NO10.94.55.4
Vernon Davis – SFat ARI10.85.05.8
Eric Johnson – NOat CAR10.64.95.5
Visanthe Shiancoe – MINat NYG10.65.05.6
LJ Smith – PHIat NE10.55.35.8
Leonard Pope – ARIvs SF10.45.25.6
Randy McMichael – STLvs SEA10.35.05.3
Alge Crumpler – ATLvs IND10.35.25.5
Desmond Clark – CHIvs DEN9.95.35.2
Bo Scaife – TENat CIN9.85.14.8
Zach Miller – OAKat KC9.35.54.8
Quinn Sypniewski – BALat SD9.25.74.8
Alex Smith – TBvs WAS8.95.34.3
David Martin – MIAat PIT8.95.64.5
Marcus Pollard – SEAat STL8.85.74.4
Kyle Brady – NEvs PHI8.85.84.5
George Wrighster – JACvs BUF8.75.84.5
Ben Utecht – INDat ATL8.55.94.4
Daniel Graham – DENat CHI8.45.84.3
Marcedes Lewis – JACvs BUF8.46.04.4
Bryan Fletcher – INDat ATL8.16.04.1
Justin Peelle – MIAat PIT7.86.34.0
Todd Heap – BALat SD7.86.54.3
Ben Troupe – TENat CIN7.46.33.8
Reggie Kelly – CINvs TEN7.36.53.8
Robert Royal – BUFat JAC7.36.63.9
Anthony Fasano – DALvs NYJ7.36.63.8
Will Heller – SEAat STL7.16.53.6
Matt Schobel – PHIat NE7.06.53.5
Dan Campbell – DETvs GB6.86.83.7
Bubba Franks – GBat DET6.36.83.2
Jeb Putzier – HOUat CLE6.37.23.4
Anthony Becht – TBvs WAS6.27.13.3
Christian Fauria – CARvs NO6.17.13.2
Matt Spaeth – PITvs MIA6.17.23.3
Dwayne Blakley – ATLvs IND4.47.92.3

Donald Lee, GB (13.7 rating): Donald Lee has been one of the NFL’s most productive tight ends this season. He is currently on pace for 61 catches for 733 yards and 6 touchdowns, a very impressive total for a tight end. He seems to have become a reliable target for Favre, who has found him in the endzone three times in their past two games. Look for another good game out of Donald this week against the Lions, who have the NFL’s 30th ranked passing defense.

LJ Smith, PHI (10.5 rating): LJ seems to have finally broken out of his season-long slump, catching 4 balls for over 40 yards in each of his past two games, with his first touchdown coming two weeks ago in Washington. He is a risky start this week however, as the Eagles play New England, and could possibly be without starting quarterback Donovan McNabb due to injury. Maybe the backup will look to the tight end more… but then again he may not be looking at much of anything but the sky with the way the Pats have been playing.

Rob Bironas – TENat CIN15.02.87.8
Stephen Gostkowski – NEvs PHI14.92.37.2
Nick Folk – DALvs NYJ14.92.77.6
Shayne Graham – CINvs TEN14.43.07.4
Matt Stover – BALat SD14.32.87.1
Josh Brown – SEAat STL14.02.96.9
Neil Rackers – ARIvs SF13.93.27.1
Phil Dawson – CLEvs HOU13.73.57.2
Mason Crosby – GBat DET13.73.57.2
Jeff Reed – PITvs MIA13.62.96.5
Shaun Suisham – WASat TB13.33.46.8
Jason Elam – DENat CHI13.33.76.9
Kris Brown – HOUat CLE13.23.66.8
Adam Vinatieri – INDat ATL13.14.07.1
Robbie Gould – CHIvs DEN12.83.86.7
Jason Hanson – DETvs GB12.73.96.6
Josh Scobee – JACvs BUF12.43.66.0
Mike Nugent – NYJat DAL12.13.85.9
Lawrence Tynes – NYGvs MIN11.84.15.9
Sebastian Janikowski – OAKat KC11.65.06.6
John Kasay – CARvs NO11.44.05.4
David Akers – PHIat NE11.34.45.8
Nate Kaeding – SDvs BAL11.34.86.1
Ryan Longwell – MINat NYG11.14.35.4
Olindo Mare – NOat CAR11.04.65.6
Jeff Wilkins – STLvs SEA10.94.75.6
Rian Lindell – BUFat JAC10.84.65.3
Matt Bryant – TBvs WAS10.34.34.6
Dave Rayner – KCvs OAK9.85.35.1
Jay Feely – MIAat PIT9.05.64.6
Joe Nedney – SFat ARI8.95.64.5
Morten Andersen – ATLvs IND8.85.64.3

Phil Dawson, CLE (13.7 rating): After the Browns’ miracle win last week in Baltimore, it seems Phil Dawson can do no wrong. Dawson had four field goals and 15 total points in the game, including an exciting-but-controversial 51 yarder to send the game into overtime. His opponent this week, Houston, has given up 23 field goals this year, tied for second most in the NFL.

Dave Rayner, KC (9.8 rating): Rayner had a tough game last week, missing two of his three field goal attempts as the Chiefs fell by just 3 points to the Colts. Rayner and the Chiefs’ offense were hardly lighting up the scoreboard to start with, but now the retirement of Priest Holmes has left them with one less offensive weapon. With rookie Kolby Smith shouldering most of the load at runningback, the Chiefs will likely struggle to score points. And so Rayner remains waiver wire fodder.

Team DefenseOpponentRatingRiskReward
Indianapolisat ATL14.72.97.6
Arizonavs SF14.53.27.7
New Englandvs PHI14.32.97.3
Pittsburghvs MIA14.23.37.5
New York Giantsvs MIN13.83.47.3
Jacksonvillevs BUF13.83.37.2
San Diegovs BAL13.83.57.3
Green Bayat DET13.73.47.1
Dallasvs NYJ13.53.46.9
Kansas Cityvs OAK12.64.06.6
Tampa Bayvs WAS12.14.16.2
Denverat CHI12.04.76.7
Baltimoreat SD11.94.46.3
Tennesseeat CIN11.94.46.3
Seattleat STL11.74.36.0
Washingtonat TB11.74.25.8
Chicagovs DEN11.44.66.0
Minnesotaat NYG11.34.96.2
Houstonat CLE10.34.75.0
Buffaloat JAC10.35.35.6
Oaklandat KC10.35.35.6
Detroitvs GB10.35.65.8
New Orleansat CAR10.05.05.0
Cincinnativs TEN9.65.24.8
Carolinavs NO9.55.44.9
San Franciscoat ARI9.35.24.5
Clevelandvs HOU9.05.44.4
St. Louisvs SEA8.15.83.8
New York Jetsat DAL7.86.24.0
Miamiat PIT7.46.33.8
Philadelphiaat NE7.16.83.8
Atlantavs IND7.06.93.9

Arizona (14.5 rating): The Cardinals are a good start this week almost entirely because of their matchup. The 49ers are really in a bad way as a team, particularly on offense. San Francisco ranks dead last in the league in both yards and points per game. Frank Gore is still not 100% and is struggling to get anything going. Alex Smith is out again, so Trent Dilfer will once again be under center. Grab the Cardinals quickly if they are available and your current defense has an unfavorable matchup.

Detroit (10.3 rating): Detroit has been solid on defense this year, at least from a fantasy perspective, but this is not a good week to start them. Brett Favre and the Packers are rolling into town this week, and they don’t seem like they are going to be slowing down anytime soon. Everyone on the Packer’s offense seems to be stepping up. The dependable Donald Driver is now complemented by breakout seasons from wide receiver Greg Jennings, tight end Donald Lee, and running back Ryan Grant. With that kind of balance the Packers will be a tough matchup for any defense.

Special thanks to SwiperNoSwiping, dream_017, madaslives911, WaCougMBS, totalair32, and murphysxm for their rankings and involvement with this week's article. For more insights and additional fine-tuning, visit our Who to Start/Bench forum section or listen to The Coach's Voice on Fantasy Cafe Radio.
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