Why not? Taking a crack at player rankings

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Matt was all about player rankings during baseball season, but we haven't busted them out yet for football. With only six weeks left and playoff races coming down to the stretch in fantasy, I figured now would be good time to bring them back.

This isn't a composite season player ranking, more of who has been good the last few weeks. Notice how much things have changed since our preseason rankings.

Quarterbacks

1. Peyton Manning

Last three weeks: 814 yards, seven touchdowns, no picks.

2. Kurt Warner
3. Drew Brees
4. Jay Cutler
5. Phillip Rivers
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Tony Romo
8. Donavon McNabb
9. Eli Manning
10. Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben hasn't thrown a touchdown in three weeks, but he showed last Sunday against the Chargers that he appears to be over a shoulder injury. I'd expect big things against the Bengals.

11. Matt Cassel
12. Matt Ryan
13. Brett Favre
14. Tyler Thigpen
15. David Garrard

Running backs

1. Adrian Peterson

He's averaging 135 yards in his last four games. Peterson has started to find the end zone recently too, with four touchdowns in the last four games.

2. Brandon Jacobs
3. Frank Gore
4. LaDainian Tomlinson
5. Marion Barber
6. Matt Forte
7. Clinton Portis

The fact that Portis is even playing through an ACL sprain is impressive. Don't expect him to post the same numbers he did earlier this year, but he's still the work horse in Jim Zorn's offense.

8. Joseph Addai
9. Michael Turner
10. Thomas Jones
11. Steve Slaton
12. Chris Johnson
13. Ryan Grant
14. Brian Westbrook
15. DeAngelo Williams

Wide Receivers

1. Anquan Boldin
2. Brandon Marshall

The touchdowns aren't coming as frequently as they did early, but Marshall still catches a ton of passes and is Cutler's primary receiver on every throw inside the red zone. Matchups with Oakland and Kansas City await.

3. Reggie Wayne
4. Greg Jennings
5. Larry Fitzgerald
6. Andre Johnson
7. Terrell Owens
8. Steve Smith
9. Calvin Johnson
10. T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Expect even more balls thrown his way this week with Chad Johnson serving a one-game team suspension.

11. Randy Moss
12. Marques Colston
13. Dwayne Bowe
14. Plaxico Burress
15. Hines Ward

Tight ends

1. Antonio Gates
2. Tony Gonzalez
3. Dallas Clark
4. Jason Witten
5. Owen Daniels
6. Chris Cooley
7. Kellen Winslow
8. Dustin Keller
9. Visanthe Shiancoe
10. Tony Scheffler

Defense

1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. New York Giants
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Minnesota Vikings
7. New York Jets
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Carolina Panthers
10. Miami Dolphins

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Because of some trades got some big names at WR, but they are all underachieving equally. Each of these guys has matchup issues this week. Which 3 do I start, Braylon Edwards, Marques Colston, Brandon Marshall, Lee Evans?

Ricky responds: I'd go with Edwards, Marshall, and Evans. After watching the Bears against the Green Bay secondary, I'd want no part of Colston against the Packers' dbs.

I have Westy and Buckhalter in 2 leagues.

In one league, I'm starting Lynch and Slaton over both of them and in the other I have DeAngelo starting with this to choose from for the 2nd starter: Tashard or Hightower, Westy, Buckhalter.

What do ya think? thanks

Ricky responds: Man, Westbrook has squat this year, huh? I'd probably still go with him though, because I don't like Hightower's matchup this week against the Giants. The Ravens are tough too, but if the Eagles want to make the playoffs, they may as well give their best player the ball as much as possible, especially since he's supposed to be healthy now.

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