Start & SitDecember 17, 2009

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Week 15: Semi-final Action - 5 comments

By R.J. White

You’ve probably heard us mention how well the Cafe rankings are doing, according to the website, but here’s a little reaffirmation straight from them. Thanks for taking the time to compile and rate us, guys! Nick is going to have his normal selection of write-ups for you in a bit, but we wanted to get our rankings up as soon as possible, so here are the charts …

OK I made it! This was my first week at my new “real job,” so I’ve had less time to do these write ups during the day. I hope everyone is geared up for the fantasy playoffs… Here we go! And in the interest of time (and because I’m pretty tired) I’m gonna go back to the old “1 Start, 1 Sit” per position, at least for this week. – Nick

1Drew BreesNODAL94.33
2Kurt WarnerARIat DET90.67
3Matt SchaubHOUat STL89.33
4Peyton ManningINDat JAC88.67
5Philip RiversSDCIN86.33
6Aaron RodgersGBat PIT84.00
7Tom BradyNEat BUF78.67
8Brett FavreMINat CAR78.00
9Ben RoethlisbergerPITGB77.67
10Donovan McNabbPHISF76.67
11Matt HasselbeckSEATB75.33
12Tony RomoDALat NO75.00
13Eli ManningNYGat WAS74.00
14Jason CampbellWASNYG73.33
15Joe FlaccoBALCHI73.00
16Kyle OrtonDENOAK71.33
T-16Chad HenneMIAat TEN71.33
18Jay CutlerCHIat BAL71.00
T-18Carson PalmerCINat SD71.00
20Alex SmithSFat PHI70.00
21Matt CasselKCCLE66.00
22Brady QuinnCLEat KC64.67
23David GarrardJACIND63.00
24Josh FreemanTBat SEA61.33
25Kerry CollinsTENMIA60.60
26Chris RedmanATLat NYJ57.33
27Ryan FitzpatrickBUFNE54.33
28Kellen ClemensNYJATL48.00
29Vince YoungTENMIA46.50
30Mark SanchezNYJATL42.67
31Charlie FryeOAKat DEN40.67
32Matt MooreCARMIN37.00
33Michael VickPHISF36.67
34Daunte CulpepperDETARI36.33
35Keith NullSTLHOU35.17
36Jake DelhommeCARMIN32.67
37Kyle BollerSTLHOU29.43
38Matt RyanATLat NYJ23.93
39Matthew StaffordDETARI23.50

Start: Kurt Warner, Cardinals. Warner had a pretty tough game last week, as he threw for only 178 yards and turned the ball over three times. This week has the look of a classic rebound game though, as Warner and the Cardinals face the hapless Lions. Detroit has the NFL’s 32nd ranked pass defense and got absolutely pummeled by the Ravens last week.
Sit: Alex Smith, 49ers. Smith has quietly had a great season in his second stint as the 49ers starting QB. The Niners’ signal caller has thrown ten touchdowns to only three interceptions in his past four games. And while, its worth noting that he plays two weak defenses in Weeks 16 and 17, his Week 15 matchup is a tough one. Sit Smith this week against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINat CAR95.33
2Chris JohnsonTENMIA94.67
3Steven JacksonSTLHOU88.67
4Ray RiceBALCHI86.33
5Maurice Jones-DrewJACIND85.33
6Cedric BensonCINat SD84.33
7Thomas JonesNYJATL83.67
8Jamaal CharlesKCCLE83.33
9Ricky WilliamsMIAat TEN81.33
10Knowshon MorenoDENOAK80.00
T-10Laurence MaroneyNEat BUF80.00
12Frank GoreSFat PHI78.00
13Joseph AddaiINDat JAC77.33
14Beanie WellsARIat DET76.33
15DeAngelo WilliamsCARMIN75.00
16Marion BarberDALat NO74.33
17LaDanian TomlinsonSDCIN73.33
18Justin ForsettSEATB72.67
19Ryan GrantGBat PIT71.33
20Fred JacksonBUFNE71.00
21Rashard MendenhallPITGB70.00
22Arian FosterHOUat STL69.33
T-22Kevin FaulkNEat BUF69.33
24Pierre ThomasNODAL69.00
T-24Brandon JacobsNYGat WAS69.00
26Matt ForteCHIat BAL68.67
27Tim HightowerARIat DET68.33
28Ryan MoatsHOUat STL66.33
29Felix JonesDALat NO65.00
T-29LeSean McCoyPHISF65.00
31Chris JenningsCLEat KC64.33
32Reggie BushNODAL63.67
33Quinton GantherWASNYG63.33
34Marshawn LynchBUFNE62.67
35Ahmad BradshawNYGat WAS62.33
36Julius JonesSEATB61.67
T-36Cadillac WilliamsTBat SEA61.67
38Jonathan StewartCARMIN60.63
39Mike BellNODAL59.00
T-39Shonn GreeneNYJATL59.00
41Jerome HarrisonCLEat KC58.67
T-41Darren SprolesSDCIN58.67
43Chester TaylorMINat CAR58.33
T-43Sammy MorrisNEat BUF58.33
45Chris BrownHOUat STL58.00
T-45Justin FargasOAKat DEN58.00
47Jason SnellingATLat NYJ57.67
48Maurice MorrisDETARI57.33
49Tashard ChoiceDALat NO57.00
50Darren McFaddenOAKat DEN56.00
51Michael BushOAKat DEN50.67
52Derrick WardTBat SEA49.67
53Lex HilliardMIAat TEN48.00
54Jerome FeltonDETARI46.00
55Willis McGaheeBALCHI45.33
56Correll BuckhalterDENOAK45.00
57Leonard WeaverPHISF42.67
58LenDale WhiteTENMIA40.67
59Larry JohnsonCINat SD38.00
60Chad SimpsonINDat JAC36.67
61Glen CoffeeSFat PHI32.67
62Jerious NorwoodATLat NYJ31.33
63Willie ParkerPITGB30.33
64Michael TurnerATLat NYJ29.35
65Aaron BrownDETARI25.33
66Rashard JenningsJACIND23.33
67Bernard ScottCINat SD22.00
68Kahlil BellCHIat BAL20.67
69Ahman GreenGBat PIT20.00
70LeRon McClainBALCHI18.00
71Brian WestbrookPHISF16.10
72Peyton HillisDENOAK16.00
73Samkon GadoSTLHOU15.00
T-73Rock CartwrightWASNYG15.00
75Mewelde MoorePITGB9.00

Start: Knowshon Moreno, Broncos. Moreno has had what can only be considered a successful rookie season so far (on pace for 1030 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns). He has a good matchup this week against Oakland’s 30th rushing defense, and his RBBC counterpart Correll Buckhalter will miss the game with an injury.
Sit: Deangelo Williams, Panthers. Williams carried the ball just 13 times in his return from an injury last week. With Jonathan Stewart also available, the Panthers have two good options at runningback, but probably won’t see a lot of running room this week against the Vikings and their 4th ranked run defense. It also doesn’t help that the Panthers’ passing game is a mess, which will allow the Vikings to really stack the box against the run.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Larry FitzgeraldARIat DET96.00
2Andre JohnsonHOUat STL92.00
3Reggie WayneINDat JAC91.33
4Anquan BoldinARIat DET88.67
5DeSean JacksonPHISF86.67
6Brandon MarshallDENOAK85.67
7Calvin JohnsonDETARI85.00
8Miles AustinDALat NO84.67
9Wes WelkerNEat BUF83.67
T-9Marques ColstonNODAL83.67
11Randy MossNEat BUF81.33
12Vincent JacksonSDCIN78.67
13Steve SmithNYGat WAS77.67
14T.J. HoushmandzadehSEATB77.33
15Derrick MasonBALCHI77.00
16Sidney RiceMINat CAR76.33
17Steve SmithCARMIN76.00
T-17Chad OchocincoCINat SD76.00
19Terrell OwensBUFNE75.33
20Donald DriverGBat PIT74.67
T-20Pierre GarconINDat JAC74.67
T-20Mike Sims-WalkerJACIND74.67
23Antonio BryantTBat SEA74.30
24Santonio HolmesPITGB74.00
25Steve BreastonARIat DET73.33
T-25Roddy WhiteATLat NYJ73.33
27Greg JenningsGBat PIT71.67
28Hines WardPITGB71.13
29Lee EvansBUFNE71.00
T-29Roy WilliamsDALat NO71.00
31Davone BessMIAat TEN70.33
T-31Robert MeachemNODAL70.33
T-31Kenny BrittTENMIA70.33
34Jerricho CotcheryNYJATL70.00
35Austin CollieINDat JAC69.67
36Mohamed MassaquoiCLEat KC68.67
T-36Santana MossWASNYG68.67
38Braylon EdwardsNYJATL68.00
39Josh CribbsCLEat KC65.33
40Devery HendersonNODAL64.33
T-40Jason AvantPHISF64.33
42Michael CrabtreeSFat PHI64.00
43Hakeem NicksNYGat WAS63.00
44Torry HoltJACIND62.67
45Kevin WalterHOUat STL62.33
46Chris ChambersKCCLE62.00
47Donnie AverySTLHOU61.67
48Bernard BerrianMINat CAR61.33
49Mario ManninghamNYGat WAS60.33
50Johnny KnoxCHIat BAL59.67
T-50Bryant JohnsonDETARI59.67
52Deion BranchSEATB58.00
53Earl BennettCHIat BAL57.67
54Brandon GibsonSTLHOU57.33
55Malcom FloydSDCIN57.00
T-56Devin ThomasWASNYG56.67
58Patrick CraytonDALat NO56.00
59Josh MorganSFat PHI55.00
60Michael JenkinsATLat NYJ54.00
T-60Mike WallacePITGB54.00
62Greg CamarilloMIAat TEN53.33
63Andre CaldwellCINat SD53.00
64James JonesGBat PIT52.67
65Dwayne BoweKCCLE52.00
66Percy HarvinMINat CAR51.00
T-66Danny AmendolaSTLHOU51.00
68Laveranues ColesCINat SD48.33
69Muhsin MuhammadCARMIN45.67
70Brian HartlineMIAat TEN44.33
71Dennis NorthcuttDETARI44.00
T-71David ClowneyNYJATL44.00
73Maurice StovallTBat SEA43.67
74Devin HesterCHIat BAL42.10
75Chansi StuckeyCLEat KC42.00
T-75Louis MurphyOAKat DEN42.00
77Chaz SchilensOAKat DEN41.33
78Eddie RoyalDENOAK39.67
79Michael ClaytonTBat SEA39.00
80Mark ClaytonBALCHI38.70
81Nate WashingtonTENMIA38.67
82Mike ThomasJACIND38.33
83Mark BradleyKCCLE37.67
84Ted GinnMIAat TEN37.00
85Antwaan Randle ElWASNYG36.67
86Malcom KellyWASNYG36.00
87David AndersonHOUat STL33.33
T-87Sam AikenNEat BUF33.33
89Isaac BruceSFat PHI32.00
90Domenik HixonNYGat WAS31.33
91Sam HurdDALat NO30.67
92Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKat DEN29.67
93Kelley WashingtonBALCHI28.20
94Johnnie Lee HigginsOAKat DEN27.00
95Lance MooreNODAL26.17
96Early DoucetARIat DET24.67
97Lance LongKCCLE23.00
98Legedu NaaneeSDCIN21.00
99Josh ReedBUFNE18.33
100Demetrius WilliamsBALCHI17.33

Start: Miles Austin, Cowboys. Austin has scored three weeks in a row now and the Cowboys have a pretty good matchup on Saturday night. The Saints are 24th in the NFL in passing defense, due to injuries in the secondary, and a tendency to get big leads, forcing their opponents to go to the air often. Start Austin with confidence this week.
Sit: Roddy White, Falcons. White is a questionable start this week for two reasons. First off, he may be without his starting quarterback, Matt Ryan, again. And secondly, he’s going to be matched up with the WR stat-killer Darrelle Revis of the Jets. If you’ve got good receivers on your bench, this would be the week to use them.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Vernon DavisSFat PHI95.67
2Antonio GatesSDCIN90.00
3Dallas ClarkINDat JAC87.67
4Tony GonzalezATLat NYJ85.33
5Fred DavisWASNYG83.67
6Kellen WinslowTBat SEA82.33
7Brent CelekPHISF79.33
8Jason WittenDALat NO77.33
9Heath MillerPITGB77.00
10Visanthe ShiancoeMINat CAR76.33
11Dustin KellerNYJATL72.67
12Kevin BossNYGat WAS70.00
T-12John CarlsonSEATB70.00
14Bo ScaifeTENMIA69.67
15Jeremy ShockeyNODAL68.20
16Joel DreessenHOUat STL68.00
17Greg OlsenCHIat BAL67.67
T-17Will HellerDETARI67.67
19Dante RosarioCARMIN67.33
20Ben WatsonNEat BUF67.00
21Todd HeapBALCHI65.00
T-21Jermichael FinleyGBat PIT65.00
23Ben PatrickARIat DET62.67
T-23Tony SchefflerDENOAK62.67
25Leonard PopeKCCLE62.00
26Randy McMichaelSTLHOU59.33
27Marcedes LewisJACIND58.33
28J.P. FoschiCINat SD56.00
29Donald LeeGBat PIT55.67
30Robert RoyalCLEat KC47.33
31Anthony FasanoMIAat TEN41.33
32Alge CrumplerTENMIA37.67
33Shawn NelsonBUFNE32.00
34Evan MooreCLEat KC22.33
35Tony StewartOAKat DEN21.00
36Joey HaynosMIAat TEN20.00
37Daniel FellsSTLHOU19.00
38Daniel GrahamDENOAK18.67
39James CaseyHOUat STL16.67
40David ThomasNODAL16.27

Start: Fred Davis, Redskins. Davis has been great for the Redskins since Chris Cooley’s season ending injury. The second year man out of USC has four touchdowns in his past three games. Jason Campbell seems to be quickly developing a rapport with Davis similar to the one he had with Cooley. Expect another productive day from Fred against a Giant defense that has issues at safety.
Sit: Greg Olsen, Bears. Olsen has struggled mightily the past two weeks (just 4 catches and 15 yards over that span). Could he turn it around this week? Sure, he could. But the Bears aren’t showing many signs of life so I don’t know that I would necessarily expect a resurgence from Olsen any time soon.

1David AkersPHISF90.00
2Rob BironasTENMIA86.67
3Lawrence TynesNYGat WAS85.67
4Ryan LongwellMINat CAR85.00
5Stephen GostkowskiNEat BUF84.33
6Mike NugentARIat DET82.00
7Nate KaedingSDCIN81.33
8Kris BrownHOUat STL80.00
9Matt PraterDENOAK77.67
T-9Matt StoverINDat JAC77.67
11Garrett HartleyNODAL76.67
12Jay FeelyNYJATL74.67
13Mason CrosbyGBat PIT73.67
14Robbie GouldCHIat BAL73.33
15Olindo MareSEATB73.00
16Dan CarpenterMIAat TEN72.67
17Nick FolkDALat NO72.33
18Rian LindellBUFNE72.00
19Josh BrownSTLHOU68.67
20Billy CundiffBALCHI67.33
T-20Josh ScobeeJACIND67.33
22Ryan SuccopKCCLE67.00
23Phil DawsonCLEat KC66.67
24Shayne GrahamCINat SD66.33
25Matt BryantATLat NYJ65.00
T-25John KasayCARMIN65.00
27Joe NedneySFat PHI64.67
28Jeff ReedPITGB62.67
29Jason HansonDETARI62.00
T-29Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat DEN62.00
31Connor BarthTBat SEA61.67
32Graham GanoWASNYG60.00

Start: Mike Nugent, Cardinals. Nugent was recently signed by Arizona to fill in for injured starter Neil Rackers. The former Jets’ draft pick has a chance to put up a good point total in his first week, against Detroit, a team that allows over 30 points per game.
Sit: Billy Cundiff, Cowboys. Cundiff hasn’t yet matched the 15 point total he recorded in his first week with Baltimore. He only got two field goal attempts last week despite the Ravens scoring 48 points, because Baltimore didn’t have much trouble finding the endzone. I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened again this week, but with a few less touchdowns… He’s just a so-so start against the Bears.

1VikingsMINat CAR92.67
2PackersGBat PIT91.67
9CardinalsARIat DET80.00
10ColtsINDat JAC79.67
11GiantsNYGat WAS79.00
14TexansHOUat STL78.00
1549ersSFat PHI77.67
16PatriotsNEat BUF77.00
17DolphinsMIAat TEN75.67
19FalconsATLat NYJ70.33
T-19BengalsCINat SD70.33
22BrownsCLEat KC68.67
25CowboysDALat NO65.00
27BearsCHIat BAL62.00
28BuccaneersTBat SEA61.67
29RaidersOAKat DEN60.00

Start: Minnesota Vikings. Panthers QB Matt Moore threw four picks and zero touchdowns last week. Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, and Co. should have no trouble forcing the young quarterback into a few more mistakes this week.
Sit: Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have been a respectable starting defense in certain situations this year. This upcoming matchup against the red-hot Chargers in San Diego, however, would be one to avoid. If you have been playing the matchups on defense you can probably find a better option somewhere on your bench or free agency.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz. Nick Hopkins is a Cafe member who has been contributing the Start & Sit since 2006, and posts on the forums as terpfan.
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5 Responses to “Week 15: Semi-final Action”

  1. User avatar Navyseal says:

    FINALLY you guys list BMarsh in the top-10 (6th this week), but I’m sure it had nothing to do with last week’s performance… LOL

    Keep up the good work guys!

  2. User avatar silverZ says:

    How does Calvin being limited at practice by his knee, and Stafford being ruled out affect his slot?

  3. User avatar krsmith16 says:

    Hard to take these ranking seriously when they excluded the Texans (against the depleted Rams) out of its top ten.

  4. User avatar terpfan says:

    If the ranking of a mediocre at best defense is your biggest concern….

  5. User avatar WWM says:

    I say the texans rankings are justified and we will except your apology…lol

    Also, as a ranker I have to reiterate that mendenhal is officially a stud. He has delivered more often then not and against tuff matchups comes through like gangbusters.
    Im in the big game this week and hopefully I bring it home for the cafe!!!!


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