Putting together weekly rankings is not an exact science by any means, but I hope that it reflects my best thinking on who to start over who and how I would pick a team in a salary cap league or the like.

I will keep these updated as the week goes on.  There shouldn’t be a ton of movement with the QBs, but RBs and WRs, which are on the way, (or here, depending on when you read this) will probably move with the rhythm of the injury report. Because, as you know, the rhythm is eventually gonna getcha.

Before we move onto the rankings be sure to check out our weekly QB/RB/WR contest.  It’s a moral imperative!

  1. Drew Brees vs. MIN
  2. Peyton Manning @HOU
  3. Aaron Rodgers @PHI
  4. Matt Schaub vs.IND
  5. Tom Brady vs. CIN
  6. Philip Rivers @KC
  7. Tony Romo @WAS
  8. Jay Cutler vs. DET
  9. Brett Favre @NO
  10. Matt Ryan @PIT
  11. Kevin Kolb vs. GB
  12. Eli Manning vs. CAR
  13. Donovan McNabb vs. DAL
  14. Kyle Orton @JAX
  15. Joe Flacco @NYJ
  16. Carson Palmer @NE
  17. Alex Smith @SEA
  18. Jason Campbell @TEN
  19. Vince Young vs. OAK
  20. Matt Cassel vs. SD
  21. Matthew Stafford @CHI
  22. Chad Henne @BUF
  23. Derek Anderson @STL
  24. Matt Hasselbeck vs. SF
  25. David Garrard vs. DEN
  26. Jake Delhomme @TB
  27. Matt Moore @NYG
  28. Trent Edwards vs. MIA
  29. Sam Bradford vs. ARI
  30. Mark Sanchez vs. BAL
  31. Josh Freeman vs. CLE
  32. Dennis Dixon vs. ATL

  1. Matt Leinart says:

    I suddenly have more time to devote to fantasy football, and I have a quick question. In a .5 PPR league, would you rather draft in the 4 and 17 slots, or the 8 and 13 slots. I assume the 4 would yield either MJD or Rice. The 8 is much murkier. . . maybe Brees or Rodgers, SJax or Gore, Wayne or Fitz. On the other hand, 13 is more likely to yield a top WR than 17.

    I can swap spots today or stay put. Thoughts?


  2. Doc

    Doc says:

    I’d like the 4 if I can get Rice/MJD.

  3. Iceman says:

    Yo yo… non PPR 12 team, keep 2…how’s this team tickle you? Not nuts about Kolb, but QBs went early.

    90 Kevin Kolb, Phi QB

    7 Andre Johnson, Hou WR
    31 Marques Colston, NO WR
    79 Malcom Floyd, SD WR

    18 Ryan Mathews, SD RB
    42 Arian Foster, Hou RB

    55 Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG RB

    66 Brent Celek, Phi TE

    162 Patriots D/ST, NE D/ST
    175 Robbie Gould, Chi K

    103 Johnny Knox, Chi WR
    114 Cadillac Williams, TB RB
    127 Jabar Gaffney, Den WR
    138 Mohamed Massaquoi, Cle WR
    151 Roy E. Williams, Dal WR

  4. Pepe Silvia says:

    @Iceman: Your team looks A LOT like the one I drafted on Sunday. Only big difference is that I took two QBs back to back and got stuck with a way shittier TE:

    1. (8) Andre Johnson
    2. (17) Ryan Mathews
    3. (32) Jahvid Best
    4. (41) Steve Smith (Car)
    5. (56) Ahmad Bradshaw
    6. (65) Hakeem Nicks
    7. (80) Joe Flacco
    8. (89) Jay Cutler
    9. (104) Brandon Jacobs
    10. (113) John Carlson
    11. (128) Rashad Jennings
    12. (137) Owen Daniels
    13. (152) Leon Washington
    14. (161) Bernard Berrian
    15. (176) Miami

    Good luck to us both!

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    Doc : Would you grab any of these defenses for a match-up this week?


  6. matt says:

    i’ve got (i think) a serious depth issue in a non ppr league @ wr. i’ve got fitz and marshall as my starters with bowe as my only bench wr. i’ve got c johnson and mathews as my starting rbs, and have portis, cadillac, and mike bush on my bench. is it worth dropping one of those 3 for a guy like naanee? i’ve got one wr/rb starting slot and i’m wondering if it’s worth the gamble on naanee

  7. In one of my dynasty leagues, I have James Davis as a rookie pick from last year. Would you keep him over any of these RBs:
    My starting RBs are Mendenhall and Rice. Standard scoring except we get 2 pts. for every 9 receptions (I know, who came up with that?). I’m thinking I stand pat, as we can only roster 5 RBs and Sproles has value because of the modified PPR rules.
    Thanks for any input.

  8. Calogero says:

    Who are we liking for a speculative sleeper play?:

    Peyton Hillis
    James Davis
    Rashad Jennings
    Brandon Jackson

    I might actually be leaning towards Jackson a bit, as concussions tend to have a huge effect on RB’s seasons (see Westbrook’s 2009 and it’s effect on McCoy’s value last year) and Jackson is the clear-cut #2 on a good offensive team who has received a vote of confidence from his coach recently. What do you think?

  9. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Iceman: Looks really stout. Knox that late is a steal. Really like your depth for a 12 team league.

    @Pepe Silvia: Yeah, like your starters a lot.

    @Mr2Bits: I like Denver for a long term play.

    @Ivar Anderson(aka johnwhorfin): Agreed. I would stick with what you have.

  10. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Calogero: Yeah, B Jax has looked good too. I’d lean that way.

  11. Spike Spiegal says:

    What do you guys think of this team? 10 man, PPR (tried to strengthen other positions early so had to reach for a QB late)…

    QB (88) Jay Cutler
    RB (8) Michael Turner
    RB (28) Jamaal Charles
    WR (13) Randy Moss
    WR (33) Steve Smith (CAR)
    FLEX (53) Mike Sims-Walker (looking like it might be Arian Foster now…)
    TE (48) Jermichael Finley
    D/ST (93) Dallas
    K (148) David Buehler (DAL)

    (68) Terrell Owens
    (73) Arian Foster
    (108) Lee Evans
    (113) Michael Bush
    (128) Ben Roethlisberger
    (133) Mike Williams (TB)

  12. eldee says:

    Hey, Doc… looking forward to another awesome season.

    How do you feel about post-draft, pre-season trades? I am pretty dead-set against them, because I don’t like to tinker too much, but I just gor offered Shonn Greene and Anquan Bolden for ADP in a 3-WR league. That would leave me with Greene and Benson as starting RBs and Megatron, Jennings and Bolden as my WRs (putting Garçon on the bench).

    Your thoughts?

  13. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    @Doc: I am trying to decide between Matt Ryan and Stafford in a 16 team league this week. Any reason you have Stafford so low? He had a decent game @CHI last year (296, 1 TD, 1 INT, 20 Rush yards), the Bears D isn’t particularly scary, and I see that game being a shootout. Is the weather supposed to bad?

  14. herschel says:

    @Doc and all,

    12 team, PPR league, 7th pick. Any thoughts?

    QB – M. Ryan
    RB1 – F. Gore
    RB2 – J. Charles
    WR1 – R. White
    WR2 – M. Crabtree
    TE – J. Finley
    Flex – R. Williams (Mia)
    K – D. Buehler
    DEF – Chi Bears

    D. McFadden
    S. Moss
    TJ Housh
    L. Johnson
    B. Roethlisberger
    J. Cotchery
    G. Tate
    B. Westbrook

  15. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    @matt: If you have those three wideouts, why carry another? You would start Marshall & Fitz, then use Bowe or one of your backs in your flex spot, correct?
    If one of your WRs gets hurt, then move Bowe to WR and a RB to flex. My point is, at what point would you ever use Naanee, and is his upside better than those backs?

  16. Plainville says:

    12 team/non-ppr/4th pick – thoughts? Drop a rookie QB and pick up another Def? Titans?

    QB – Kolb
    RB1 – MJD
    RB2 – Ryan Grant
    WR1 – Roddy White
    WR1 – Nicks
    WR/RB – LeSean McCoy
    TE – Daniels
    K – Tynes
    Def – Broncos

    Vince young
    Sam Bradford
    Max Hall
    Marshawn Lynch
    Santana Moss
    Mike Williams
    Jacoby Jones
    Early Doucet

  17. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Spike Spiegal: Agree that you should go with Foster there. I like it. JC and JC are the riskiest and I like them both.

    @eldee: I’m sticking with ADP there. Im ok with trading at anytime, but in the preseason you should trade out of desperation.

    @DonSlaughtOnslaught: It’s his inconsistency. He did have a good game, but didn’t have Peppers after him either. And he has 5 TDs to 11 picks on the road so far in his career. I think he’ll be good, just waiting on him.

    @Plainville: I’d stick with Denver for now.

  18. Dominic says:

    What 2 would you rather have:

    Hester, Housh, Mike Williams TB

  19. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Dominic: Hester/Williams

  20. rollie says:

    I’m torn at who to start at my FLEX spot. It is a 12 team H2H PPR league. I could play…

    RB Cadillac vs. the Browns
    QB Stafford vs. the Bears
    WR Floyd vs. the Chiefs

    I could see Cadillac tearing up the awful Browns D so I’m leaning toward him but could see an argument for either of the other 2. Thoughts?

  21. Doc

    Doc says:

    @rollie: Yeah, if you don’t play Caddy at home against the Browns you’re never going to play him.

  22. Fletch says:

    @Doc: Need 1 player out of these 4 for my flex (1 pt PPR): Hartline, Naanee, Scheffler and James Jones…which one do I roll with for week 1?

    thanks Doc

  23. Scott says:

    Sit one of Charles, Best, or Ahmad?


  24. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Fletch: Naanee

    @Scott: Ahmad

  25. Calogero says:

    OK, I’ve asked a few different versions of this question, but this one is more direct. As a pure end-of-roster flier –

    Do I drop Devin Thomas for Brandon Jackson?

  26. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Calogero: I like Jackson’s upside. DT will be more of a replacement player.

  27. sal says:

    @Doc: drop mason for mike williams sea?

  28. jaw says:

    @doc : 10-team PPR league

    QB Flacco
    WR DJax
    WR Steve Smith NYG
    WR Bowe
    RB Gore
    RB Matthews
    TE Celek
    Flex Arian Foster
    K Hartley
    Defense Minn + Balt

    malcolm floyd
    michael bush
    mike williams TB
    Big Ben
    Leon Washington

    I’m leaning toward not starting flacco this week @ NYJ but not sure who to add and who to drop. Was thinking one of leon, big ben, or minn D (not starting this wk vs NO). The best available QBS are palmer and orton.

    Should i drop someone for a QB or just sit tight w flacco?

  29. jaw says:

    @doc: forgot to mention this is a return yards league (30yds/pt, 8pts/td)

  30. Doc

    Doc says:

    @sal: I’d keep Mason.

    @jaw: I would stick with Flacco.

  31. Caprice says:

    Who to start–Pick 2:

    Pierre Thomas, Matt Forte, or Beanie Wells

  32. Foo Foo says:

    I took a leap of faith in my PPR league with Crabtree and traded for him and Witten in exchange for Marshall and H Miller.

    Did I make the right call?

  33. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Foo Foo: Not a bad trade. Marshall has more upside, especially in PPR. The gap between Witten and Miller is wide, but with TE’s it’s usually not too wide.

  34. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Caprice: Forte/Wells (if Wells practices without restrictions)

  35. Billy Clanton says:

    Why, it’s the drunk piano player. You’re so drunk, you can’t hit nothin’. In fact, you’re probably seeing double.

  36. Foo Foo says:

    Oh no, Doc. I guess I didn’t explain myself well. I was the one who traded Marshall away. I figure in PPR Witten will crush Heath Miller at tight end. Marshall is a Top 10 WR for sure but I think Crabby is primed for a breakout and could finish in the Top 15-20.

  37. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Foo Foo: Ah, sorry. It’s getting late. I think it’s fair, but I would lean toward getting the best player in Marshall.

  38. Foo Foo says:

    No problem. I figure most people think I overpayed but I am loving Crabtree this year.

  39. genghis chone says:

    It’s close, but just because Jacksonville’s secondary is awful and Carolina’s is awesome I think I’ll take Kyle Orton over Eli this week. We will see though.

  40. Moose Knuckles says:

    Hey Doc, 2 questions regarding week 1 lineups in a H2H 1 PPR league. We have 2 offensive flex spots in a 12 team league. Who do you think is a better start, Donald Driver vs Phil or Kellen Winslow vs CLE. Also, my RB 2 is Moreno and I am nervous about his injury as well as his matchup JAX, would it be better to go with one of my backups, Hightower vs STL or Fred Taylor vs Bengals. If Beanie is out I am going Hightower, but I have heard nothing on his status yet. Any help would be great, thanks

  41. Fletch says:

    @Doc: Which 2 of these 3 do you like for week 1: Jacoby Jones, Marlcolm Floyd or Steve Smith (NYG)?

    Forte or Bradshaw for week 1?

  42. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Billy Clanton: I’ve got a gun for each of ya.

    @genghis chone: Yeah, the matchups point you that way, but you always have to temper that with other factors.

    @Moose Knuckles: I’d go with Driver. ARodg will get him the ball. I like Hightower even if Beanie is playing. That STL run D is pretty bad.

  43. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Fletch: Floyd and Forte

  44. mike says:

    You have Orton ranked ahead of Flacco this week. Is it close or should I start Orton over Flacco with the addition of Housh.

  45. Doc

    Doc says:

    @mike: It’s really close, but I like Orton’s upside against a bad Jags pass D.

  46. romo says:

    Doc, who should i start i got Brady vs Cincy and Cutler vs Detroit? @ TE i got Finley @ Philly or Winslow vs Cleavland? what do you think?

  47. Doc

    Doc says:

    @romo: Finley for sure. I love Cutler’s upside against Detroit, but you gotta play your studs. Go with Brady.

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