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:
We’re at the midway point of the fantasy football regular season. Where you go from here will primarily be determined by how well you manage your team from here on out. Stop hoping for another breakout player jumping up on the waiver wire who’ll rescue your season or a trade that you must make to survive. If you haven’t made those moves or found those players yet than you’re in trouble my friends. But fear not I say!! For I have the answers to all your week 8 problems right here in the weekly fantasy rankings:
This is the mountain we have all been climbing towards. Six teams are off this week including some of the most fantasy noteworthy teams like the Broncos, Chargers, Eagles and Falcons. Oh, the Chiefs and Dolphins are also not playing but each of those teams have maybe 1 usable player each. So, this week we are going to have to rely on role players to get us over the hump and hopefully squeak out a win. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve and you’ll find out exactly who they are in this weeks rankings:
The biggest tip I can offer for this week is pay attention to the injury report. Last week there were quite a few injuries that went under reported and have resulted in some interesting shakeups especially among the RB position. Also, notice that there are some marquee matchups this week including the Giants/49ers, Packers/Texans, Patriots/Seahawks and Broncos/Chargers. These matchups will tempt you to bench some of your better players for those with seemingly easier matchups. Bad idea. Big time players step up in big time games. The road to a fantasy football championship ain’t always easy my friends, but that is why I bring you the week 6 rankings:
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.
The cream of the crop is rising in fantasy football running backs, and I have to say that we didn't expect some of these guys to be here. You might find it surprising to see a guy playing the New York Jets to be at the top of the rankings, but Fred Jackson has been among the elite this season at the position, and the Jets have given up far more yards on the ground than we ever anticipated. Frank Gore looks like he has turned back the clock as the surprising 49ers continue to dominate their schedule, although I am not 100% sure that this will last the rest of the season. Will he run against the Redskins? Can Matt Forte continue his dominating season? How will Ray Rice follow up his three touchdown performance? Check out all of the answers in the Week 9 running back rankings.
Even though this is the year of the passing offense, running backs continue to be all the rage in fantasy football, and mostly it is because of the durability issue (hello Jahvid Best!), and the fact that you need depth at this position more than so at any other. Injuries are always a factor at running back, and while most situations are pretty healthy, it is always a risky time during the bye weeks. Put that together with messes in Houston, Washington, Cleveland, Green Bay, New Orleans, and Indianapolis, and you have quite the problem in Week 7, especially if you own someone like LeSean McCoy, Ahmad Bradshaw, or Frank Gore who aren't playing this week. Who should YOU be playing this week in your running back spots? What can you expect from Montario Hardesty, Maurice Morris, and Jackie Battle? Will Mark Ingram have his best game against the Colts like every other running back has this season? Can Earnest Graham do it again this week? Find out below in the Week 7 Running Back rankings!
Ray Rice comes off of the bye and goes right to the top of the running back rankings as the Ravens have been absolutely rushing through the NFL and the Texans' defense hasn't been exactly stellar. As far as the rest of the league is concerned, we also have to realize that Fred Jackson is going to be a top ranked running back for most of the football season, as well as Ryan Torain being a top flight start for Week 6. I have also gained more respect for Maurice Jones-Drew than I had before the season started, as well as Jonathan Stewart. How will the absences of Brandon Jacobs, Joseph Addai and LaGarrette Blount effect your fantasy team? Running back starters are always hard to figure out while the bye weeks are in full effect so now more than ever you need to check out the Week 6 rankings.