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The ankle’s not fully healed, but it won’t keep Peyton Manning from facing the New England Patriots tonight. The same can’t be said for a few other injured quarterbacks, however.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Manning was limited in practice again this week because of his lingering ankle injury, but it certainly wasn’t a factor this past Sunday against Kansas City. He is listed as Probable and there’s very little chance, if any, that Manning misses his 14th head-to-head meeting with Tom Brady (and Bill Belichick). Considering how many key defensive players are out for the season because of injury or hobbled headed into this one, it’s very possible that Manning could put up some of the best numbers he’s had against a Belichick defense in his career.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Ponder dislocated his non-throwing shoulder two weeks ago, but still made the start in Seattle. After throwing two interceptions, Ponder was replaced by Matt Cassel in the loss to the Seahawks. Ponder is listed as Probable for today’s game and he will get another start. The Vikings’ offense is a mess right now, especially with Adrian Peterson not at 100 percent due to a groin injury. Ponder threw for just 145 yards and had  a rushing touchdown in the first game against Green Bay back in Week 8, and there’s no reason to expect different results today. Ponder isn’t even on the QB-2 league radar.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans
Pryor missed last week’s game because of a knee injury. He is listed as Questionable again this week and will probably be a game-time decision. It doesn’t really matter though, because if Pryor does play, it will be as Matt McGloin’s backup. McGloin got the start against Houston last week and all he did was throw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in leading the Raiders to victory on the road. Now before you run out and grab McGloin off of the waiver wire, consider this: the Titans are giving up the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and Oakland’s No. 1 wide receiver, Denarius Moore, has already been ruled Out because of a shoulder injury. My advice would be to resist the temptation to start the Silver and Black’s new signal-caller or else you may end up with a black eye at the quarterback spot in your lineup.

Getting Better, But Still Not Ready

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears – Cutler will miss yet another game because of his injured ankle. Josh McCown will make his third start of the season in search of maintaining his spotless record. St. Louis’ defense has been pretty tough on quarterbacks, especially from a pressure standpoint. However, McCown has shown remarkable poise in the pocket and is comfortable running head coach Marc Trestman’s system. McCown still has yet to throw an interception, which is one of the reasons why he remains in the bye week fill-in or 2-QB league conversation.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers – Rodgers is out for a third straight game, although he is making progress in his recovery from a broken collarbone. Scott Tolzien will make his second career start against a Minnesota defense that is giving up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Tolzien is still a fairly risky play, as he threw for 339 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions last week against the Giants. I would consider Tolzien in a 2-QB league, but only after giving a long, hard look at my other options.

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Welker has passed the necessary concussion tests and is on track to face his former team tonight

A concussion isn’t expected to get in the way of a Bronco wide receiver from facing his former Patriot teammates tonight. Here’s the latest on Wes Welker and some other well-known wideouts entering Week 12.

Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Welker sustained a concussion last week against the Chiefs, but he was a full go at practice on Friday and is listed as Probable. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio went so far as to label Welker a “definite” to face the Patriots. Welker’s already no worse than a WR2 on any given week, so the extra juice he will more than likely have because he’s facing his former team only increases his chances of having a big game. Especially considering how banged up the Patriots’ defense is right now.

Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Nicks is listed as Questionable with an abdominal strain, which limited him in practice both Thursday and Friday. Nicks has said he will “surely play,” but the late afternoon kickoff (4:25 p.m. ET) does complicate things somewhat. The matchup with Dallas, which is dead last in the NFL in passing defense, is certainly appealing, but Nicks is still searching for his first touchdown catch of the season. He has the potential for so much more, but right now Nicks is nothing more than a WR3 option.

Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts
Listed as Questionable entering last week’s game in Jacksonville, all Floyd did was erupt for 193 yards on six catches, including a 91-yard touchdown. The shoulder injury limited his participation in practice, but the Probable designation is pretty much all you need to know. The Cardinals still have Larry Fitzgerald running routes and catching balls, but if Carson Palmer continues his strong play, there should be enough passes for both Floyd and Fitz to be productive. The Colts are 10th in the league when it comes to fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. So whether you have Floyd or Fitzgerald, I would start both Cardinal wideouts and hope they fly high this afternoon.

Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers
Wallace played through his hamstring injury last week, catching four passes for 39 yards against San Diego. He was limited during the week, but practiced fully on Friday and is listed as Probable. Carolina’s defense is giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers, so you may want to analyze your other options before rolling the dice on a maddeningly inconsistent Wallace.

Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson, WRs, New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
At this point it would be easier to list the Jet wide receivers that are NOT injured. Kerley is Doubtful because of a dislocated elbow, so it’s pretty likely he won’t play. Holmes and Nelson are both Probable and should be on the field against the Ravens. It doesn’t mean either should be a part of your starting lineup, however, as Geno Smith completed just 8-of-23 passes with three interceptions last week against Buffalo before being replaced by Matt Simms. There’s nothing that appealing when it comes to the Jets’ passing attack right now. Holmes would be the only Jet WR I would even consider taking a flyer on, but even that’s a lukewarm endorsement.

Already Ruled Out

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders – Moore, the Raiders’ leading wide receiver, sustained a shoulder injury in last week’s win in Houston. He didn’t practice all week, so it’s not surprising that the team went ahead and ruled him out early. Matt McGloin will make his second career start against a pretty stout Tennessee defense, and the undrafted rookie will undoubtedly miss Moore.

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Several wide receivers are dealing with injuries entering Week 12. Here are the ones you need to know about before setting your lineup.

Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Shorts’ groin is not fully healed, but he’s considered Probable and will play against the Texans. Shorts has a total of nine targets in his last two games, but he’s still the Jaguars’ most dangerous receiver. The Texans are No. 1 in the NFL in passing defense, so it could be another less-than-spectacular outing for Shorts. Brown’s shoulder injury is more of a problem compared to Shorts’ groin, as the undrafted rookie is listed as Questionable. Between the matchup against Houston and his injury situation, there’s really no reason to pay Brown much attention this week.

Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, WRs, Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Even though Johnson didn’t get in a full week of practice, the knee is fine and he is Probable. The only question is how will Megatron do today when he visits Revis Island? Burleson (right), on the other hand, is set to play in his first game since Week 3. Out since breaking his forearm in a car accident in late September, Burleson practiced fully on Thursday and Friday. He is Probable and expected to start alongside Johnson. I don’t need to tell you that Johnson is a WR1, do I? Burleson is certainly appealing considering the attention Johnson receives from opposing defenses, but in his first game back it’s better to err on the side of caution. For now, view Burleson as a WR3 with upside.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Hopkins missed some practice time due to an illness, but he returned on Friday. The rookie is listed as Probable and maybe today’s matchup will be just what the doctor ordered. Over his last seven games, Hopkins has just one touchdown catch and has recorded more than three receptions one time. The good news of Hopkins’ owners is that the Jaguars have given up 12 touchdown catches to opposing wide receivers this season. Hopkins is fairly safe to employ as a WR3 this week.

Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal, WRs, San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Allen left last week’s game against Miami in the fourth quarter after sustaining a knee injury. Fortunately, he escaped without serious damage and was able to practice fully this week. Allen is listed as Probable and will be out there against the Chiefs. The rookie has emerged as the Chargers’ No. 1 wide receiver, but Allen will have his work cut out for him against a physical, athletic Kansas City secondary. Meanwhile Brown and Royal both missed some practice time this week due to their respective injuries. Brown has a shoulder injury and was a full practice participant on Friday. Royal has a toe injury which has prevented him from practicing at all for more than a month, but he has yet to miss a game. Brown is Probable, while Royal is Questionable, but both will likely be out there. Allen is clearly the best option of the three, as Brown has just one touchdown catch on the season and three or fewer receptions in each of his past five games. Royal has seven touchdown grabs, but he’s also a boom-or-bust player. The Chiefs are giving up fewer than 14 points per game, so don’t expect a lot out of any of these Chargers.

Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Despite being Probable for last week’s game, Jennings ended up not playing against Seattle because of a strained Achilles tendon. He was limited again in practice this week and is listed as Questionable, but the expectation is he will play. Even though Green Bay has been fairly generous to wide receivers this season, that doesn’t mean Jennings should be in your starting lineup. He has struggled all season and there’s no reason to expect that to change, even going against his former team. In Week 8 against the Packers, Jennings caught one pass for nine yards.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Sanders hurt his foot last week, which forced him to leave the game against Detroit early. He practiced fully all week though and is considered Probable. Antonio Brown is the Steelers’ No. 1 wide receiver, but he has a very tough matchup today with Browns shutdown cornerback Joe Haden. That could mean more opportunities for Sanders to produce, although Jerricho Cotchery, who has five touchdown catches in his last three games, also is a factor. Sanders and Cotchery should be viewed as nothing more than possible WR3 options this week.

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Adrian Peterson is at less than 100 percent entering Week 12. Here’s the latest injury-related information on the reigning MVP and a few other fantasy-relevant running backs.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Peterson’s sore groin was clearly an issue for him last week against Seattle. He got 21 carries, but only gained 65 yards with a long rush of 13 yards. The Vikings have gone with rest to try and get Peterson back to 100 percent and he is listed as Questionable to face the Packers. Peterson has said he intends to play, but there’s nothing wrong with checking his status before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff just to be sure. If he does play, don’t be surprised if it’s not a vintage “All Day” performance.  Besides the sore groin, he’s also facing a Green Bay rushing defense that’s allowed just three 100-yard games to running backs all season.

Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
No one can doubt Tate’s toughness. Already playing with broken ribs, Tate also is dealing with ankle and toe injuries. Despite this trifecta of maladies, Tate is listed as Probable and will take his shot at the league’s worst rushing defense (139.1 ypg). If not for his injuries, Tate would be a RB1 this week. As it is, Tate is a legitimate RB2 and should be in your lineup.

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals
Richardson is Questionable with a calf injury, but head coach Chuck Pagano said he feels pretty good about T-Rich’s chances of playing. That said, this could be just the “excuse” Richardson owners have been waiting for to finally bench him without any twinge of remorse (or guilt). T-Rich has been T-errible this season, regardless of which uniform he’s been in, and Donald Brown has just about replaced Richardson as the Colts’ primary back. Richardson may have a bright future, but his 2013 fantasy season is pretty much done.

Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bell got the call at running back last week following a Reggie Bush fumble. Bell was getting the job done against Pittsburgh (9 att., 49 yds., TD), but he had to leave the game because of an Achilles injury. He was a full participant in practice on Friday, but is considered Questionable to play today. His injury is believed to be tendinitis, so it’s definitely possible that he could be out there. Bell was a fairly dependable flex option early in the season, but that was before Bush started seeing the vast majority of the touches. The only reason Bell was so busy last week was because the coaching staff wanted to send a message to Bush following the fumble. There’s no reason to believe that Bush has lost his job as the No. 1 back, especially with Bell at less than 100 percent. Bell is a risky play this week, even as a flex, and probably should be avoided all together.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
After missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury, Jacobs returned last week against Green Bay and contributed nine yards and a touchdown on five carries. He’s Questionable again this week, this time with a knee injury, but is expected to play against Dallas. Andre Brown is the Giants’ bell-cow back now, so if you want to chase a potential short-yardage touchdown with Jacobs you go right ahead.

Already Ruled Out (Again)

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders – McFadden is reportedly making progress with his hamstring injury, but not enough to return to the field. He will miss a third straight game, giving Rashad Jennings another opportunity. Jennings has gone over 100 yards rushing in two of his past three games, including 150 and a touchdown last week against Houston. The Raiders host the Titans, who are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to running backs. The matchup is enough to put Jennings into the RB2 category.

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Two of the NFL’s most dangerous tight ends are set to be on the same field tonight in New England and both are listed on the injury report. Is either in danger of not playing?

Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Thomas was limited in practice all week due to a knee injury. He is listed as Questionable and is considered a game-time decision. As long as he’s not ruled out prior to kickoff (8:30 p.m. ET), you should keep Thomas in your lineup. He’s second only to Jimmy Graham in both fantasy points and touchdown catches among tight ends. Even if he’s limited, Thomas is a better starting option than the majority of tight ends out there.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
Gronkowski is listed on the injury report because of his back, but he’s also reportedly dealing with forearm and hamstring issues too. Even though he continues to be limited in practice, Gronk is listed as Probable and will be a big part of the Patriots’ game plan against the Broncos. In fact, tonight’s matchup with Denver means Gronk and Julius Thomas, two of the league’s top tight ends and both of which are at less than 100 percent, will get to size each other up in person.

Already Ruled Out

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins – Reed sustained a concussion last week and as of Friday, he had yet to pass the necessary tests to be cleared to return to the field. He is Out for the Monday night game against San Francisco, at least according to the official injury report. However, based on some comments from head coach Mike Shanahan, there does appear to be some discrepancy regarding his status. Either way, because of the Monday night time slot, it would probably be safest to employ someone other than Reed as your tight end this week.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph is still out with a fractured foot, leaving John Carlson as the starter. Carlson has seven catches in each of the last two games and faces a Green Bay defense that has had some issues shutting opposing tight ends down. Carlson remains a TE2 candidate.

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There may be six weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, but with the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, the clock is ticking for those teams looking to make a late move. Week 12 also signals the end of the bye weeks, as Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Seattle are the last four teams to get a breather.

At this point, however, chances are no team is at full strength, as not only have bye weeks tested roster depth and an owner’s ability to work the waiver wire, but there’s also been no lack of injuries to key, if not crucial, players. Take quarterback for example. Not only are Nick Foles and Russell Wilson not available this week, owners are still waiting on Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler to return. And that’s not even the whole story at this one position.

As good as the likes of Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham have been this season, there’s been no shortage of those who have emerged from obscurity to post some pretty impressive numbers of their own. Last week that was Tampa Bay running back Bobby Rainey, who finished second only to Ben Roethlisberger in fantasy points (Athlon scoring), after rushing for 163 yards and scoring three total touchdowns against Atlanta.

I’m going to guess that Rainey wasn’t even on that many rosters, let alone starting for many teams last week. While I have no doubt the former has certainly changed, the focus shifts to the latter. If you have Rainey are you starting him this week against Detroit in hopes that he can do it two games in a row? The game is not until Sunday, so you still have some time. Just remember though, the clock is ticking.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 12 Waiver Wire

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

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Once again, matchup has a hand in determining how the top two spots on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 quarterback rankings shake out. Both Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are on the road this week, but Brees' matchup with Atlanta's shaky defense is more than enough to give him the nod over Manning, who will go head-to-head with Tom Brady for the 14th time Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

While Manning and Brady are first and second in fantasy points at their position, who is No. 3 may surprise some. With a healthy assist from Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford is somewhat quietly putting together a Pro Bowl-caliber season. The Lions' signal-caller is third in the NFL in both yards passing (3,198) and touchdown passes (21) and has thrown just eight interceptions. He's also scored twice on the ground. In 2012, Stafford finished with a total of 20 touchdown passes (and four rushing) and threw 17 picks. He could be in for another solid outing this week at home against a Tampa Bay defense that is ranked 18th against the pass and has given up 19 touchdowns through the air.

Another quarterback that has been hot lately is Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben was Week 11's top overall scorer, thanks to his 367 yards passing and four touchdowns in a come-from-behind win at home against Stafford's Lions. It was Roethlisberger's second game with at least 360 yards passing and four touchdowns in the last three weeks. The Steelers have won four in a row and will look to continue their turnaround Sunday against a Cleveland defense that's fourth in the league in passing yards allowed.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Drew BreesNOat ATL (Thurs.)Falcons giving up fourth-most fantasy points to QBs.
2Peyton ManningDENat NEBroncos' O-line didn't give up a sack to Chiefs last week.
3Matthew StaffordDETvs. TBStafford has 8:4 TD:INT ratio in 4 home games.
4Cam NewtonCARat MIACam looked sharp (3 TDs, 0 INTs) vs. Patriots on MNF.
5Tom BradyNEvs. DENBroncos' D has allowed 191.3 passing ypg over last 4.
6Tony RomoDALat NYGThis is different Giants' D than one he faced in Week 1.
7Andrew LuckINDat ARIHas thrown 1 TD, 3 INTs in last 2 games.
8Colin KaepernickSFat WAS (Mon.)Redskins giving up fifth-most fantasy points to QBs.
9Robert Griffin IIIWASvs. SF (Mon.)49ers' D has done well against dual-threat QBs.
10Ben RoethlisbergerPITat CLEBig Ben has 9 TD passes, 3 INTs over last 3 games.
11Mike GlennonTBat DETLions are 30th in the NFL in passing defense (283.8 ypg).
12Eli ManningNYGvs. DALCowboys dead last in passing yards allowed (313.0 ypg).
13Philip RiversSDat KCChiefs still 9th in pass D after facing Peyton/Broncos.
14Alex SmithKCvs. SDHas just 4 INTs on season, Chargers' D has 5.
15Case KeenumHOUvs. JACStill the starter despite getting benched vs. Raiders.
16Carson PalmerARIvs. INDTorched the Jags (419-2-0) last week.
17Matt RyanATLvs. NO (Thurs.)Over last 4 G: 237.3 ypg, 5 TDs, 9 INTs.
18Ryan FitzpatrickTENat OAKRaiders have given up 19 TD passes w/ just 7 INTs.
19Joe FlaccoBALvs. NYJHasn't thrown for more than 250 yards in each of last 4 G.
20Josh McCownCHIat STL2-0 as the starter, has yet to throw an INT (5 TDs) in 4 G.
21Scott TolzienGBvs. MINThrew for 339 yards, but 0 TDs, 3 INTs in first start.
22Jason CampbellCLEvs. PITSteelers' pass D stiffened in second half vs. Lions last week.
23Ryan TannehillMIAvs. CARPanthers giving up fewest fantasy points to QBs.
24Kellen ClemensSTLvs. CHIHasn't thrown an interception over his last 2 games.
25Matt McGloinOAKvs. TENHeck of a debut: 3 TDs, 0 INTs in first career start.
26Geno SmithNYJat BALHas he hit the wall? 1 TD pass, 8 INTs in last 5 games.
27Chad HenneJACat HOUTexans lead the NFL in passing yards allowed (167.5 ypg).
28Christian PonderMINat GBHe may start, but no guarantee he will finish game.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Two elite options are on bye this week, so Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 running back rankings may look a little different. LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch both get a breather, but there are still plenty of appealing, as well as some intriguing, options out there.

Jamaal Charles, who leads all running backs in fantasy scoring and is second only to McCoy in yards from scrimmage gets the slight edge over Adrian Peterson for the top spot. Peterson is dealing with a slight groin injury and also faces a tougher matchup, at least on paper, this week in Green Bay while Charles and the Chiefs host San Diego.

Rankings aside, the running back that many will be watching could be the same one who came out of nowhere to lead the position in scoring last week. Tampa Bay's Bobby Rainey went for 163 yards rushing and scored three total touchdowns against Atlanta, placing him second only to Ben Roethlisberger in fantasy points in Week 11.

Rainey, a second-year pro from Western Kentucky who went undrafted in 2012, didn't even start this season with the Buccaneers. After spending 2012 and most of '13 training camp with Baltimore, Rainey was released prior to the start of the season and picked up by Cleveland. Rainey played six games for the Browns, rushing 13 times for 34 yards before getting released after Week 7. Following season-ending injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James, Tampa Bay signed Rainey and he made his Buccaneers debut two weeks ago on "Monday Night Football" against Miami, rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. That was just a warm up to his ground assault on the Falcons at home last week and now everyone wants to see what he has in store for an encore Sunday on the road against Detroit's fifth-ranked rushing defense. As impressive as Rainey was last week, keep one thing in mind: he got 30 carries against the Falcons, a number that he likely won't repeat any week, let alone this Sunday against the Lions' tough run defense.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Jamaal CharlesKCvs. SDCharles has highest ypc average (5.5) in NFL history.
2Adrian PetersonMINat GBPackers giving up 141 rushing ypg over last 4.
3Matt ForteCHIat STLRams allowing fourth-most fantasy pts. to RBs.
4Eddie LacyGBvs. MINHas 4 TDs in last 5 games, but just 27 yards last week.
5Frank GoreSFat WAS (Mon.)Redskins giving up second-most fantasy pts. to RBs.
6Zac StacySTLvs. CHIBears are second to last in rushing D (133.9 ypg).
7Reggie BushDETvs. TBBenched part of 2nd half vs. PIT, just 54 total yards.
8Knowshon MorenoDENat NELed in carries, yards vs. Chiefs, but Ball had 2 TDs.
9Alfred MorrisWASvs. SF (Mon.)Has 22 or more carries in each of last 3 games.
10Andre BrownNYGvs. DALCowboys giving up most fantasy points to RBs.
11Chris JohnsonTENat OAKAll four of his rushing TDs have come in past 3 G.
12Rashad JenningsOAKvs. TENAveraging 113.3 rushing ypg over last 3 games.
13Ben TateHOUvs. JACJaguars last in rush defense, have allowed 15 TDs.
14Le'Veon BellPITat CLEEffective (4.9 ypc, 19 att.) vs. Ravens last week.
15DeMarco MurrayDALat NYGHad 86 yards on 20 carries vs. Giants in Week 1.
16Stevan RidleyNEvs. DENFumble cost him carries vs. CAR, but he did score.
17Pierre ThomasNOat ATL (Thurs.)Has 11 or more carries in five of last six games.
18Chris IvoryNYJat BALRavens have given up just 1 rushing TD.
19Maurice Jones-DrewJACat HOUHas scored a TD in back-to-back games.
20Ryan MathewsSDat KCChiefs' rush D bends (117.1 ypg), but doesn't break (4 TDs).
21Bobby RaineyTBat DETGashed Falcons for 163 yards rushing, 3 total TDs.
22Ray RiceBALvs. NYJPosted first 100-yard game (131, TD) last week.
23Shane VereenNEvs. DENOne carry, but seven receptions in first game back.
24Darren SprolesNOat ATL (Thurs.)Tweaked his ankle vs. SF, should play on Thurs.
25Danny WoodheadSDat KCLeads all RBs with 55 receptions.
26Andre EllingtonARIvs. INDJust 3 yards rushing and lost some hair last week.
27Donald BrownINDat ARIMay have replaced T-Rich as Colts' lead back.
28Steven JacksonATLvs. NO (Thurs.)Season high of 77 yards came vs. Saints in Week 1.
29DeAngelo WilliamsCARat MIADolphins giving up 122.6 yards rushing per game.
30Chris OgbonnayaCLEvs. PITLed team in carries (8) and yards (69) last week.
31Rashard MendenhallARIvs. INDHolding onto starting job, 2 TDs in last 3 games.
32Lamar MillerMIAvs. CARPanthers third in the NFL against the run (84.5 ypg).
33Jonathan StewartCARat MIANot very involved (4 att., 10 yds.) on MNF vs. Pats.
34Joique BellDETvs. TBTook over for Bush after fumble, but left w/ injury.
35Trent RichardsonINDat ARICarries continuing to decline, Cards tough vs. run.
36Montee BallDENat NERookie had 2 TDs vs. Chiefs, 3 in last 3 games.
37Daniel ThomasMIAvs. CARPosted a 5.7 ypc average and a TD last week.
38Mike TolbertCARat MIATied with DeAngelo for most RB carries (6) on MNF.
39Mark IngramNOat ATL (Thurs.)Just 25 yards vs. 49ers after 145 against Cowboys.
40Jacquizz RodgersATLvs. NO (Thurs.)Saints yielding 4.9 yards per carry.
41Bilal PowellNYJat BALIvory getting the lion's share of carries.
42Shonn GreeneTENat OAKRaiders have allowed just 7 rushing touchdowns.
43Brian LeonardTBat DETTwo carries last week compared to Rainey's 30.
44Willis McGaheeCLEvs. PITMay be running out of opportunities w/ Browns.
45Bernard PierceBALvs. NYJJets No. 1 in NFL In rushing yards allowed (73.2 ypg).
46Roy HeluWASvs. SF (Mon.)Six or fewer touches in each of last four games.
47Toby GerhartMINat GBPeterson's groin was an issue last week.
48Antone SmithATLvs. NO (Thurs.)Gained 88 yards on just two carries last week.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Calvin Johnson came up huge again last week, solidifying his grip on the top spot on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 wide receiver rankings, but he wasn’t the only one who posted some gaudy numbers. In Johnson’s case, he posted his third 150-yard effort in his last four games, and needed just one half to accomplish this.

Johnson was unstoppable against Pittsburgh in the first half, catching six passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers did a much better job on him in the final two quarters, holding him without a reception. But the damage had already been done from a fantasy perspective, as Megatron led his peers in fantasy points in Week 11.

That Lions-Steelers game also produced the No. 2 scoring wide receiver last week, as Antonio Brown hauled in seven passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. The most yards in Week 11 belonged to Arizona’s Michael Floyd. Despite being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury entering the game, Floyd exploded for 193 yards against Jacksonville on just six catches, highlighted by a 91-yard touchdown.

The Cardinals’ No. 1 target is All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald, but if quarterback Carson Palmer can continue his recent stretch of solid play (419 yards, 2 TDs vs. Jacksonville) there should be enough passes to keep both Fitzgerald and Floyd fantasy relevant.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. TBHuge first half (6-179-2) vs. Steelers, nothing in 2nd.
2Andre JohnsonHOUvs. JACExploded for 14-273-1 in last game (2012) vs. Jags.
3Vincent JacksonTBat DETLions giving up second-most fantasy pts. to WRs.
4Demaryius ThomasDENat NEHad 121 yards vs. Chiefs on just five catches (24.2 ypr).
5Dez BryantDALat NYGHad just four catches for 22 yards in Week 1 vs. Giants.
6Brandon MarshallCHIat STLImpacted by the weather last week vs. Ravens.
7Jordy NelsonGBvs. MINVikings have surrendered NFL-worst 23 TD passes.
8Victor CruzNYGvs. DALCowboys last in passing defense (313.0 ypg).
9Josh GordonCLEvs. PITMegatron gave Steelers plenty of problems last week.
10Wes WelkerDENat NESustained concussion last week, watch status.
11Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. INDFloyd had the yards last week, but Fitz caught a TD too.
12Pierre GarconWASvs. SF (Mon.)Sustained some sort of ankle injury last week.
13Torrey SmithBALvs. NYJHas a TD catch in back-to-back games.
14T.Y. HiltonINDat ARITough matchup looming with Cards CB Peterson.
15Eric DeckerDENat NEHis role could expand if Welker (concussion) can't go.
16Marques ColstonNOat ATL (Thurs.)Colston now owns all Saints' franchise receiving records.
17Alshon JefferyCHIat STLHad 100 total yds. (83 receiving, 17 rush) vs. Ravens.
18Antonio BrownPITat CLEBig game last week, but gets CB Joe Haden on Sunday.
19Danny AmendolaNEvs. DENSix grabs vs. Panthers, but just 45 yards.
20Harry DouglasATLvs. NO (Thurs.)Posted 134 yards, TD despite playing with knee injury.
21Cecil ShortsJACat HOUJust five targets, two catches last week vs. Cardinals.
22Anquan BoldinSFat WAS (Mon.)TD vs. Saints was first since Week 4.
23Kendall WrightTENat OAKHas seen 9 or more targets in four of last five games.
24Steve SmithCARat MIADolphins have given up just 1 TD catch to a WR.
25Jarrett BoykinGBvs. MINHas recorded 14 catches for 203 yards over last 2 G.
26Keenan AllenSDat KCSustained knee injury late vs. MIA, expected to play.
27Hakeem NicksNYGvs. DALStill looking for first TD catch of the season.
28Dwayne BoweKCvs. SDTD catch vs. Broncos was first since Week 4.
29James JonesGBvs. MINHas yet to record a TD catch since Week 9 return.
30Michael FloydARIvs. IND91-yard TD highlighted huge (6-193-1) game vs. Jags.
31Rueben RandleNYGvs. DALLeads Giants with six TD receptions.
32Terrance WilliamsDALat NYGHas a TD grab in five of his last six games.
33Roddy WhiteATLvs. NO (Thurs.)Caught first TD pass of season last week vs. Bucs.
34Aaron DobsonNEvs. DENBroncos giving up 14.5 yards per catch to WRs.
35Mike WallaceMIAvs. CARPanthers' D has been tough on passing games.
36Denarius MooreOAKvs. TENTitans yielding fewest points to fantasy WRs.
37Kenny StillsNOat ATL (Thurs.)Could break a big play against porous Falcons secondary.
38Tavon AustinSTLvs. CHIHuge game (314 total yds., 3 TDs) last time on field.
39Santonio HolmesNYJat BALRecorded two catches for 71 yards in return from injury.
40Emmanuel SandersPITat CLESustained a foot injury last week, watch status.
41Jerricho CotcheryPITat CLERole could expand if Sanders (foot) can't play.
42Brian HartlineMIAvs. CAR13 targets (5-65) last week most since Week 1.
43DeAndre HopkinsHOUvs. JAC 
44Nate BurlesonDETvs. TBWill this be the week he returns to the field?
45Chris GivensSTLvs. CHI 
46Rod StreaterOAKvs. TENLed Raiders with 6 rec., 84 yds. and TD last week.
47Lance MooreNOat ATL (Thurs.)Saints should do some damage vs. Falcons' pass D.
48Brandon LaFellCARat MIAHauled in fourth TD catch of season on MNF vs. Pats.
49Miles AustinDALat NYGExpected to play for first time since Week 7.
50Greg JenningsMINat GBSomewhat surprising DNP (Achilles) last week.
51Dexter McClusterKCvs. SDChargers have given up second-most rec. to WRs.
52Rishard MatthewsMIAvs. CARHas 20 targets (15-172-2) in last two games.
53Nate WashingtonTENat OAKHauled in 42-yard catch last week vs. Colts.
54Kris DurhamDETvs. TBShould remain a factor until Burleson returns.
55Jarius WrightMINat GBThree catches, 2 TDs in place of injured Jennings.
56Cordarrelle PattersonMINat GB 
57Stephen HillNYJvs. NYJGeno Smith's issues impacting Jets WR production.
58Julian EdelmanNEvs. DEN 
59Darrius Heyward-BeyINDat ARINot taking advantage of starting role.
60Eddie RoyalSDat KCIt's pretty much all about TDs with him.
61Andre RobertsARIvs. IND 
62Marlon BrownBALvs. NYJ 
63Mario ManninghamSFat WAS (Mon.) 
64Michael CrabtreeSFat WAS (Mon.)May make season debut (Achilles) on MNF vs. Redskins.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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The usual suspects head up Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 tight end rankings, but this season hasn’t lacked for surprises when it comes to the position either. Take Miami’s Charles Clay for example. Not really on the radar entering this season, a serious leg injury suffered by Dustin Keller, provided Clay an opportunity for more playing time, and the hybrid fullback/tight end has made the most of it.

Clay has 42 catches for 474 yards and four touchdowns, along with one rushing score, which places him eighth in fantasy points among tight ends. He faces a pretty tough matchup this week with Carolina’s defense, but his versatility and obvious presence in the Dolphins’ offense makes it hard to bench him.

This doesn’t mean that Jimmy Graham won’t continue his domination at the position or that Rob Gronkowski or Julius Thomas won’t both put up big numbers when their teams face off on Sunday night. What it does mean is that Graham, Gronk, Thomas, along with the likes of Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten aren’t the only tight ends you have to own to make some noise at the position. After all, who would have guessed that Jordan Reed would emerge as a top-10 option in 2013 or that Garrett Graham or Delanie Walker would enter Week 12 with more fantasy points than Gronk, Jermichael Finley, Heath Miller, Jared Cook or Kyle Rudolph?

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Jimmy GrahamNOat ATL (Thurs.)No TDs in last 2 G, still No. 1 fantasy TE by wide margin.
2Rob GronkowskiNEvs. DENNo debate on the one TD he caught vs. CAR on MNF.
3Julius ThomasDENat NETied Graham with 10th TD grab, dealing w/ knee strain.
4Vernon DavisSFat WAS (Mon.)Shook off concussion, caught 8th TD pass.
5Jason WittenDALat NYGHad 8 catches for 70 yards and 2 TD vs. Giants in Week 1.
6Antonio GatesSDat KCOnly 3 TD catches, but still a top 5 fantasy TE.
7Coby FleenerINDat ARICardinals have surrendered 10 TD catches to TEs.
8Jordan CameronCLEvs. PITJust 1 TD catch in his last six games.
9Greg OlsenCARat MIAHas a TD catch in three of last four games.
10Tony GonzalezATLvs. NO (Thurs.)Played through toe injury, caught 7 passes for 63 yds.
11Jordan ReedWASvs. SF (Mon.)Held to just 1 catch for 12 yards last week by PHI.
12Delanie WalkerTENat OAKQuietly putting together solid (39-403-5) season.
13Charles ClayMIAvs. CARRecorded 4th TD catch last week, top 10 fantasy TE.
14John CarlsonMINat GBSolid (12-167-1) production in 2 G w/o Rudolph.
15Martellus BennettCHIat STLRams giving up second-fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.
16Garrett GrahamHOUvs. JACBroke out (7-136-1) last week vs. Raiders.
17Timothy WrightTBat DETHas totaled 3 catches for 32 yards in last 2 games.
18Rob HouslerARIvs. INDHas 10 catches for 127 yards and a TD in last 2 games.
19Heath MillerPITat CLESeason-high 8 catches (67 yards) last week.
20Jared CookSTLvs. CHIBears have yielded just 2 TD receptions by TEs.
21Brandon PettigrewDETvs. TBOne TD reception this season.
22Dallas ClarkBALvs. NYJJets have had some problems defending TEs.
23Jeff CumberlandNYJat BALOne of few bright spots on offense last week for Jets.
24Brandon MyersNYGvs. DAL 
25Anthony FasanoKCvs. SDFasano's presence in the passing game growing.
26Andrew QuarlessGBvs. MIN 

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 12 Waiver Wire

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Still riding high following its victory over New England at home on “Monday Night Football,” Carolina has ascended to the top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 defense/special teams rankings. The Panthers are third in fantasy points among DSTs, behind only Kansas City and Seattle, and will take on Miami this Sunday. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has had his problems with turnovers (16 total) this season, and he’s also been sacked an NFL-worst 41 times.

Houston, led by reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, was among the league leaders in sacks last season, but 2013 has been a struggle for the Texans DST. Near the bottom in fantasy points, Houston’s DST could be a replacement/bye week fill-in option this week, as the Texans host Jacksonville. The Jaguars are not only last in both total and scoring offense; they are giving up the second-most fantasy points to DSTs.

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2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
Teams on bye this week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

RkTeamOPPNotes
1Carolina Panthersat MIAKeep rising to the occasion - late INT to seal MNF win vs. NE.
2Kansas City Chiefsvs. SDDidn't record a single sack vs. Peyton Manning last week.
3San Francisco 49ersat WAS (Mon.)49ers' D still seething over what happened in New Orleans.
4Baltimore Ravensvs. NYJCan the Ravens take advantage of Geno Smith's growing pains?
5New Orleans Saintsat ATL (Thurs.)This is not the same Falcons team Saints beat in Week 1.
6Houston Texansvs. JACGave up 3 TD passes to Raiders, but just 176 passing yards.
7Arizona Cardinalsvs. INDCardinals' D has been pretty tough out in the desert.
8St. Louis Ramsvs. CHICan the Rams get to McCown? Slow down Forte?
9New York Giantsvs. DAL11.8 ppg, 253.3 ypg, 11 takeaways during 4-game winning streak.
10Green Bay Packersvs. MINPeterson (groin) wasn’t at full strength last week vs. Seattle.
11Pittsburgh Steelersat CLEHorrendous first half, solid second half last week vs. Lions.
12Chicago Bearsat STLBears have picked off at least one pass in 5 straight games.
13Tennessee Titansat OAKTitans' rushing defense could be tested by Raiders.
14Cleveland Brownsvs. PITBrowns gave up 224 yards (118 passing) last week to Bengals.
15Oakland Raidersvs. TENRaiders' D has been pretty solid in the Black Hole.
16Dallas Cowboysat NYGCowboys come off of bye for critical NFC East showdown.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

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Wide Receivers
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Kickers

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Seattle’s Steven Hauschka, the top scorer at his position, is on bye so it’s only fitting that Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 kicker rankings is headlined by two who will share the same field on Sunday night. New England’s Stephen Gostkowski may trail Hauschka in fantasy points, but he’s No. 1 in this week’s rankings with Denver’s Matt Prater right behind him. The Patriots host the Broncos Sunday night and expect both kickers to play a role in determining the winner of this matchup of AFC division leaders.

New Orleans also is in first place in its division (NFC South), and the Saints have an opportunity to extend that lead Thursday night against Atlanta. After a few rocky outings, Garrett Hartley has seemingly righted the ship, which makes the Saints offense that much more dangerous. Hartley entered last week’s big game against San Francisco connecting on just two of his past six field goal attempts. It got so bad that the team actually brought in some kickers to try out, although the decision was made to stick with Hartley.

Hartley rewarded the coaching staff’s loyalty by knocking through all three of his attempts against the 49ers, including a long of 42 yards that tied the game at 20 with a little more than two minutes left. The most important one, however, was the 31-yarder he made as time expired to give the Saints a hard-fought 23-20 victory over the defending NFC champions. Hartley is a clear-cut, top-10 option this week against a Falcons defense that’s allowing the most fantasy points to kickers.

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2013 NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers
Teams on bye this week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

RkPlayerTeamOPPONENT
1Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. DEN
2Matt PraterDENat NE
3Dan BaileyDALat NYG
4Nick FolkNYJat BAL
5Justin TuckerBALvs. NYJ
6Garrett HartleyNOat ATL (Thurs.)
7Adam VinatieriINDat ARI
8Mason CrosbyGBvs. MIN
9Robbie GouldCHIat STL
10Ryan SuccopKCvs. SD
11Shaun SuishamPITat CLE
12Nick NovakSDat KC
13Phil DawsonSFat WAS (Mon.)
14Josh BrownNYGvs. DAL
15Graham GanoCARat MIA
16Blair WalshMINat GB

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

Additional Week 12 Positional Rankings

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Defense/Special Teams

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With the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, there’s not much time left for those teams looking to make a last-minute push. To that end, Athlon Sports has scoured the waiver wire to identify those potential free agent pickups that could potentially buy your squad more time, as you aim to keep those fantasy postseason hopes and championship dreams alive.

The players listed in Athlon’s weekly fantasy football waiver wire may be one-week adds, some may be worth holding onto all season long and some are of the “sleeper” variety that you may want to keep an eye on. So without further ado, here are some players you may want to consider.

Teams on bye in Week 12: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

Quarterbacks
Week 11 Recap: Ryan Fitzpatrick posted nearly 250 total yards of offense with no turnovers on Thursday night against Indianapolis, but he managed just one touchdown pass in the close loss to the Colts. The elements certainly were a factor in the Ravens-Bears game in stormy Chicago, as Josh McCown struggled with his accuracy (19 of 31) and finished with 216 yards passing. He did have a touchdown pass with no turnovers and helped lead his team to an overtime victory, bringing his record as the Bears’ starter to 2-0. McCown will get a shot at 3-0 this week with Jay Cutler (ankle) already ruled out against St. Louis.

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
With a significant helping hand from Michael Floyd (see below), Palmer posted his best numbers of the season, throwing for 419 yards and two touchdowns in the win in Jacksonville. The yards were Palmer’s second-highest total in his career and, more importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over. Palmer has 17 or more fantasy points (Athlon scoring) in four of his past five games and has two appealing matchups on tap in Indianapolis and Philadelphia. After that, however, the sledding gets much tougher with an ending slate of St. Louis, Tennessee, Seattle and San Francisco. Think of Palmer as a short-term investment, especially if you need some QB help to get you into the playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
It wasn’t always pretty, but Big Ben (above) made the most of his opportunities against the Lions. In a game that didn’t lack for offensive fireworks, Roethlisberger out-dueled Matthew Stafford by throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns. He also didn’t turn the ball over and now finds himself just on the outside of the top 10 in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks. He is by the far the least owned when it comes to the top scorers at his position, despite the fact Roethlisberger has gone over 34 fantasy points in two of his last three games. His schedule the rest of the way is very manageable with four games against teams that are ranked in the top 18 when it comes fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Big Ben is no stranger to postseason success having won two Super Bowl titles. Perhaps he can do the same for your fantasy team this season.

Running Backs
Week 11 Recap: Chris Ivory had a game-high 98 yards rushing in the Jets’ loss to the Bills on Sunday with 69 of those coming on one carry during garbage time in the fourth quarter. He also had a short touchdown run and appears pretty locked in as the Jets’ lead back for the rest of the season. Shane Vereen had just seven rushing yards on Monday night against Carolina, but he led the Patriots with 11 targets, eight receptions and 65 yards receiving. Vereen should be active enough in the Patriots' offense to maintain flex consideration, especially in PPR leagues. Rashard Mendenhall got a team-high 13 carries, but he managed just 14 yards against the Jaguars. He did post his second rushing touchdown in three games and as long as he gets more touches (16) than Andre Ellington (10), he will remain a factor.

Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
Was Sunday night a coming out party for the highly regarded rookie? Even though Knowshon Moreno dominated the carries (27 to 8), Ball scored two rushing touchdowns and caught three passes in the Broncos’ big win over the previously undefeated Chiefs. Ball’s not going to take the No. 1 job away from Moreno, not as long as he continues to have issues with ball security (fumble against the Chiefs) and in pass protection, but it’s clear the Broncos aren’t going to ignore him either. He has seen consistent work in each of the past three games and has three touchdowns during that span. It’s a bit of risk with Moreno getting the vast majority of the touches, but Ball could be setting the stage for a strong finish to his rookie season.

Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
Brown is not a “new” name for this space, but it’s probably time to start viewing him, and not Trent Richardson, as the Colts’ primary back. Brown led the team in carries (14) against Tennessee on Thursday night, turning those into 80 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile Richardson had just 22 yards on eight carries. Richardson isn’t getting the job done, and considering Brown’s versatility (15 rec., 153 yds., TD), don’t be surprised to see him get more touches than T-Rich the rest of the way.

Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Following Mike James’ injury, the thinking was that Brian Leonard would get the majority of the carries. Instead, the coaching staff turned to the diminutive (5-8) Rainey, who gashed the Falcons for 163 yards on 30 carries. Rainey also had two rushing touchdowns and caught another, which is pretty impressive considering his size and the fact that he started the season with Cleveland. There is no guarantee that Rainey will come anywhere close to replicating this type of success, especially with some tough games remaining (Carolina, Arizona, San Francisco), but any back who gets more than 30 touches and produces more than 35 fantasy points deserves a little recognition.

Wide Receivers
Week 11 Recap: Jerricho Cotchery caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown against Detroit. It was his fifth touchdown catch in three games and it’s possible he could continue his hot streak if Emmanuel Sanders’ foot injury causes him to miss some time. Aaron Dobson had four catches for 38 yards in New England's Monday night loss to Carolina, as the Panthers' defense did a good job limiting the big plays. Percy Harvin made his season debut for the Seahawks, catching his lone target for 17 yards, but he also had a 58-yard kickoff return, displaying the explosiveness and big-play ability that makes him so appealing in fantasy. St. Louis rookie Tavon Austin has a similar skill set and is coming off of his best game (314 total yards, 3 TDs) as the Rams got an extra week to prepare for Sunday’s home date with Chicago.

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Similar to Harvin (see above), San Francisco’s offense could get a much-needed jolt with the return of Crabtree. The 49ers’ leading receiver last season, Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in late March, but returned to practice last week and could be activated in time to play in the Monday night game against Washington. While it’s certainly risky to trust Crabtree to produce immediately, don’t forget that in the 10 games, including playoffs, that Colin Kaepernick started last season, Crabtree posted the following numbers: 61 receptions, 880 yards, 8 touchdowns.

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
After injuring his shoulder last week, Floyd was actually questionable to even play against Jacksonville. Six catches, 193 yards and a touchdown later, the only question that remains is how good can Floyd be the rest of the season? Floyd was targeted a team-high 11 times and his touchdown came on a catch-and-run that covered 91 yards. Larry Fitzgerald (9 targets, 6 rec., 61 yds., TD vs. Jaguars) is the Cardinals’ top target, but if Carson Palmer (see above) can continue his recent strong play, there should be enough passes for both Fitz and Floyd to provide WR1/WR2-level production.

Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills
A long jumper on the 2012 U.S. Olympics team, Goodwin also has plenty of speed to burn on the football field. He ran a 4.27 in the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Combine, one of the reasons why the Bills took him in the third round of April’s draft. He and fellow rookie Robert Woods are considered the Bills’ future at wide receiver, but with Woods nursing a high ankle sprain and Stevie Johnson hobbled by a groin injury, Goodwin has made the most of his additional opportunities. He has 56 or more receiving yards in three of his past four games, including 81 on six catches in Sunday’s win over the Jets. He also has two touchdown catches in his last three outings, both of those covering more than 40 yards. The Bills are on bye this week, but Goodwin is certainly one to keep an eye on as the season winds down, especially if Woods’ or Johnson’s injury lingers.

Tight Ends
Week 11 Recap: John Carlson led Minnesota in catches (five) and receiving yards (69) for the second straight game, further strengthening his case for more ownership as long as Kyle Rudolph is sidelined with a broken foot.

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Walker’s role in the Titans’ passing game has seemed to evolve as this season has progressed. A member of San Francisco’s NFC championship team, Walker signed with Tennessee during the offseason and he has quietly put together respectable numbers, totaling 39 catches for 403 yards and five touchdowns. He may not be Jimmy Graham, but Walker has three touchdowns in his last four games and has averaged 12.6 fantasy points per outing during that span. He recorded a season-high 10 catches (on 10 targets) for 91 yards and a score against the Colts on Thursday night. Put it all together and he’s a borderline top-10 fantasy tight end who is barely owned in a fifth of all Yahoo! leagues.

Defense/Special Teams
Week 11 Recap: The New York Giants’ DST maintained its stretch of hot play with three interceptions, including one by Jason Pierre-Paul returned for a touchdown, and only 13 points allowed in a win over Green Bay. This Sunday the G-Men host Dallas and still have two games with Washington on the schedule.

New Orleans Saints
It has been quite the turnaround for the Saints’ defense. From setting the all-time record for most yards allowed (7.042) last season to ranking fourth in the NFL in the same category entering Week 12, first-year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has done an impressive job. The Saints have been especially stingy against the pass (191.4 ypg) and are near the top of the rankings in sacks (32). Next up is an Atlanta (2-8) team that is in shambles and one that New Orleans fared pretty well against back in Week 1. The Saints sacked Matt Ryan three times, forced two turnovers and held them to just 17 points in their season-opening victory, and that was with Julio Jones in the lineup. Jones is on injured reserve, a bunch of other key Falcon players are banged up, and this is basically a team that’s ready to pack it in and focus on turning things around next season. With Seattle, Cincinnati and Buffalo all on bye, there are worse fill-in DST options than New Orleans.

Scoring is based on Athlon Sports default scoring which is 6 points for all TDs, .5 points per reception and 1 point PER 25 yards passing, 10 yards rushing/receiving and 40 return yards.

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The New Orleans Saints host the San Francisco 49ers this afternoon at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX in a game that could carry significant playoff implications as the NFC postseason picture continues to develop. The Saints (7-2) are in first place in the NFC South looking to maintain their winning ways at home and stay at least a game ahead of the surging Carolina Panthers. The 49ers (6-3) are trying to keep pace with the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks and also bounce back from last week’s disappointing home loss to the Panthers.

Head coach Sean Payton’s Saints have yet to lose in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this season and are coming off of their best performance of the season last week in which they posted 49 points and an NFL-record 40 first downs against Dallas. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers have played very well on the road (3-1), but the offense led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick has struggled on more than one occasion. The 49ers managed just nine points and 151 yards of offense in last week’s 10-9 loss at home to Carolina. 

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Saints’ Home Cooking
New Orleans is one of five teams undefeated at home (5-0) this season, joining Denver, Kansas City, New England and Seattle in this distinction. The Saints’ dominance in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, however, goes far beyond their perfect record. In five home games, the Saints are averaging 35.2 points and 463.6 yards per game on offense, including the 49 points and 625 yards they put up on Dallas last Sunday night. It hasn’t just been the offense flexing its muscles in front of the raucous home crowd either. The defense, which has gone from the NFL’s worst to one of the top units under first-year coordinator Rob Ryan, is allowing just 15 points and 287.4 yards per home contest. The Saints are an entirely different team in the Big Easy than on the road, as the Superdome has become one of the loudest and most intimidating home environments in the NFL. San Francisco is somewhat familiar with this, although the 49ers were the ones who came out victorious in a 31-21 decision last season in the Superdome. There’s one rather large caveat when it comes to that game however. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended all of the 2012 season for his role in the Saints’ Bountygate scandal, and his absence clearly showed as the team stumbled to a 7-9 record. With Payton on the sidelines, the Saints have won 13 in a row at home. It’s safe to say that Cajun food isn’t the only type of home cooking happening down in the Big Easy.

“Dome Sweet Dome” for Kaepernick?
As was referenced above, this will not be Colin Kaepernick’s first game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Besides beating New Orleans in Week 12 of the 2012 regular season, San Francisco returned to the Superdome two months later to play Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII. Now while the 49ers came up short against the Ravens, Kaepernick played pretty well in both of these games and perhaps the somewhat familiar surroundings can help jumpstart what has been a very inconsistent 2013 campaign for the athletic, dual-threat quarterback. In two games at the Superdome last season, Kaepernick was 32-of-53 passing (60.4 percent) for 533 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions and he also rushed 13 times for 89 yards (6.8 ypc) and two scores. Those numbers may not jump off of the page, but they are considerably better than what he’s been averaging this season. In nine games, Kaepernick has a total of 12 touchdowns (9 pass, 3 rush) to go along with nine turnovers (5 INTs, 4 fumbles). He is completing 56.4 of his passes for an average of only 186.1 yards per game and his rushing average is down (5.8 ypc compared to 6.6 in 2012) as well. The 49ers are still winning games, but they are dead last in the NFL in passing offense. Can Kaepernick rediscover last season’s form in the dome? It remains to be seen, but two potential obstacles in the way are the absences of wide receiver Michael Crabtree and tight end Vernon Davis. Crabtree is recovering from a torn Achilles he sustained in late March and while he is closer to returning, he is considered a longshot at best to play this afternoon. Meanwhile, Davis sustained a concussion last week and will need to pass the mandatory tests before he is cleared to face the Saints. In the Super Bowl loss to the Ravens in February, Crabtree and Davis combined for 11 catches, 213 yards and a touchdown. So while it may be a familiar scene for Kaepernick this afternoon, he likely won’t see the same faces when he drops back and scans the field for an open target.

Which Defense Stands Tall?
San Francisco is sixth in the NFL in total defense and fourth in scoring defense, which is not a surprise to anyone who closely follows the league. However, it’s New Orleans’ defense that’s opening many people’s eyes in 2013, as the Saints are just behind the 49ers in both categories. First-year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has done nothing short of a miracle in turning around a unit that set an NFL record for yards allowed (7,042) last season into one of the league’s stingiest in 2013. Statistically speaking, only seven total yards and eight points separate these two defenses. The 49ers have done a little better job stopping the run, while the Saints are giving up less than 200 yards passing per game. The Saints’ defense has been at its best at home, using its attacking style to create pressure (29 sacks, tied for 8th in the NFL) and force teams to make mistakes (15 takeaways). The 49ers have allowed more than 300 yards passing to a team just once and that was Green Bay back in Week 1. On the road, San Francisco’s defense is yielding 291 yards and less than 17 points per contest. New Orleans’ high-powered offense will no doubt be one of the toughest tests San Francisco has faced this season, but the reality is that even if the 49ers’ defense is able to slow down Drew Brees and company, the Saints’ stop-unit could have just as much say, if not more, in the outcome of this game.

San Francisco Key Player: Frank Gore, RB
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been very inconsistent as a passer this season, putting more pressure on Gore to carry the load on the ground. The veteran workhorse is sixth in the NFL in rushing with 700 yards and tied for third with seven rushing touchdowns. Gore is averaging 4.3 yards per carry this season and, not surprisingly, has been instrumental in the 49ers’ success. In the team’s six wins, Gore is averaging 86.7 yards rushing per game. That drops to 60 yards per contest when the 49ers lose, and all seven of Gore’s rushing touchdowns have come in victories. As well as New Orleans’ defense has played this season, teams have said some success running the ball (117.7 rushing ypg). The 49ers obviously need Kaepernick to be more productive when he drops back to throw, and a strong game from Gore could go a long ways towards making his quarterback’s job easier.

New Orleans Key Player: Mark Ingram, RB
The Saints are more known for their passing attack, but that doesn’t mean head coach Sean Payton totally ignores the ground game. New Orleans is 23rd in the NFL in rushing offense at 97.8 yards per game, but posted a season-high 242 yards in last week’s 49-17 rout of Dallas. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles have been the primary ball carriers this season, but it was Ingram who broke out in a big way against the Cowboys. Prior to this past Sunday night, Ingram had totaled 50 yards rushing on 21 carries (2.4 ypc), as a toe injury and ineffectiveness had limited him to just three games. Against Dallas, Ingram exploded for 145 yards on just 14 carries (10.4 ypc) running over Cowboy defenders and refusing to let the first would-be tackler bring him down, looking every bit of the Heisman Trophy winner he was as a sophomore at Alabama in 2009. The Saints don’t need 100-plus yards out of Ingram every game, although they will gladly take it. They just need their 2011 first-round pick to be the between-the-tackles runner they drafted him to be. When effective, Ingram is the powerful, punishing rusher that rounds out the Saints’ talented backfield trio. In other words, a productive Ingram gives head coach Sean Payton and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael yet another weapon to play with, which is pretty much the last thing an opposing defensive coordinator wants to worry about.

Final Analysis

This game could have serious playoff implications by the time the dust settles in the NFC. New Orleans is trying to stay ahead of Carolina in the NFC South, while San Francisco can ill afford another loss with NFC West-leading Seattle already three games up on the 49ers in the win column. San Francisco may be the defending NFC champs, but this is a team still searching for its identity on offense, while the Saints have shown they are much more than just Drew Brees throwing the ball all over the field.

The Saints have been near unstoppable at home this season and while I don’t expect Brees and company to march down the field at will; I do think Sean Payton and his quarterback will be able to find some plays that work against the 49ers’ defense. On the other side of the ball, the Saints’ defense adds to Collin Kaepernick’s woes, as the 49ers lose their second game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a span of less than 10 months.

New Orleans 24, San Francisco 20

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The AFC’s top two teams go head-to-head when the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos get together tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The Chiefs (9-0) are coming off of a bye looking to go two games up on the Broncos (8-1) in the AFC West. This is the first of two meetings between the division rivals, with the rematch set for Dec. 1 in Kansas City.

First-year head coach Andy Reid has directed a remarkable turnaround of a Chiefs team that went 2-14 last season. The Chiefs’ defense is largely responsible for this, as linebacker Derrick Johnson and his running mates rank first in the league in points allowed. For the Broncos, interim head coach Jack Del Rio is filling in for a recovering John Fox, as the Peyton Manning-led offense is putting up more than 40 points per game and has yet to really be stopped by any team.

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No. 1 Offense vs. No. 1 Defense – Something’s Got to Give
Denver is far and away No. 1 in the NFL in scoring offense at 41.2 points per game. The Broncos have scored 40 or more points five times and their season low is 28, which came last week against San Diego. Kansas City is tops in scoring defense, giving up just 12.3 points per game. The Chiefs have held three opponents to seven points or fewer and the most they have allowed are 17 (twice). This is the head-to-head matchup everyone will be watching, as no defense has been able to hold Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense to less than 397 yards of offense. The Chiefs have allowed that many in a game just twice and also lead the league in sacks (36) and takeaways (23). Denver has made a habit of running away with games, as its 371 points through nine games is a NFL record and it has outscored teams by 133 points or 14.8 per game. Even though Kansas City is averaging nearly 18 points fewer per game (23.9) than Denver, the Chiefs have still outscored the opposition by 104 because of their stingy defense. The Broncos have been able to control the tempo and direction of games all season with their offense. The Chiefs have done the same, but with their defense. Whichever unit handles its toughest challenge yet will more than likely be well positioned to win tonight.

Protecting Peyton
It’s no secret. The key to Denver’s prolific offense is No. 18. A surefire, first-ballot Hall of Famer, the four-time MVP has raised his production to another level this season. In nine games, Manning has thrown for 3,249 yards, 33 touchdowns and just six interceptions. To put it another way, Manning is averaging more yards passing per game (361) than 20 NFL teams are in total offense and his 33 touchdown passes alone account for more points (198) than 12 teams have scored this season. While it’s certainly true that Manning has the benefit of throwing to some talented pass-catchers like wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas, the running game led by Knowshon Moreno and the offensive line deserve a fair share of credit too. According to ProFootballFocus.com, the Broncos’ offensive line ranks as the top unit in the league, which is impressive considering the team is without All-Pro starting left tackle Ryan Clady and have employed Manny Ramirez, normally a guard, at center all season. As a whole this unit has allowed just 13 sacks, which is the second-fewest in the league, although eight of these have come in the past three games. Manning is not known for being a mobile quarterback, especially now at 37 years old, and he has taken some pretty big hits recently. He sustained a sprained ankle a few games ago, and re-aggravated the injury last week against the Chargers. While the ankle injury won’t prevent him from playing, it has had a noticeable effect on his mobility as well as the crispness and velocity of his intermediate and deep passes. Kansas City leads the league with 36 sacks, as linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston have combined for 20. Denver’s offensive line already has its work cut out for them, but Manning’s ankle injury only makes it even more critical that the front line finds a way to hold the Chiefs’ pass rush at bay and keep Manning’s jersey clean. The Broncos can ill afford to lose their lead horse.

The Von Miller Effect
Kansas City’s defense has far better statistics than Denver, but that doesn’t mean the Broncos’ unit should be overlooked. While Denver is giving up nearly 50 yards more (374.9 ypg to 326.9) per game and more than twice as many points (26.4 ppg to 12.3) per contest compared to Kansas City, a big reason for this is the success of the Broncos’ offense and the fact that most of the games have been blowouts. To put it simply, Denver has given up a lot of yards and a fair amount of points in what is known as “garbage time.” That said, the Broncos’ defense has had its issues, especially against the pass, but it’s been a different unit over the past three games. In its first six games, Denver yielded more than 400 yards per game. In their last three contests, the Broncos have given up less than 310 yards per game. So what has changed over the last month? How about the return of All-Pro linebacker Von Miller? After missing the first six games due to suspension, Miller has picked up right where he left off last season when he finished second to Houston’s J.J. Watt in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year. Miller’s presence has recharged the entire Denver defense, which is playing its best football of the season. This defense has produced eight sacks and six takeaways over its last three games and also is holding teams to fewer than 190 yards passing per game during this span. The statistics may not match up but the Broncos’ defense is just as capable of taking over a game as its counterpart, and no doubt it would certainly like to prove just as much tonight.

Charles in Charge
While Kansas City’s defense has been outstanding in preventing other teams from scoring, the Chiefs’ offense has had to do its part as well. Head coach Andy Reid may have had the most to do with the team’s turnaround in 2013, but another new Chief shouldn’t be overlooked. Quarterback Alex Smith has made the most of his fresh start, as the former San Francisco starter has done just what the coaching staff has asked him to do since trading for him in the offseason. Smith’s statistics pale in comparison to Peyton Manning’s, but the two quarterbacks run entirely different offenses. Smith deserves plenty of credit for his steady play, as he has accounted for 10 total touchdowns (9 pass, 1 rush) with just four interceptions. However, Kansas City’s offense begins and ends with running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs’ most productive offensive weapon, Charles ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing with 725 yards. He is fourth in the league in carries (170) and also has posted a team-leading 47 receptions for 389 yards. Charles is second only to LeSean McCoy in both yards from scrimmage (1,114) and total touches (217). All told, Charles is accounting for 37.2 percent of the Chiefs’ total offense this season, so he will need to find a way to do some damage when he gets the ball tonight. His task won’t be easy, however, as Denver is fourth in the league in rushing defense (87.0 ypg). The most yards on the ground the Broncos have given up to any player this season is 93 (Alfred Morris), so that would be a good number for Charles to aim for tonight. In fact, if Charles is able to run the ball successfully not only will he be doing his offense a favor, he also will be helping his defense by keeping the ball out of Manning’s hands.

Kansas City Key Player: Dwayne Bowe, WR
Even before Sunday, Bowe’s season could only be labeled as disappointing. After signing a five-year, $56 million contract extension, Bowe has struggled to develop any sort of consistent chemistry with new quarterback Alex Smith. Bowe is second to running back Jamaal Charles in receptions with 33, but he has totaled just 369 yards (11.2 ypr) and two touchdowns. Supposedly the Chiefs’ best vertical threat, Bowe has three catches of 20 yards or more. Things only got worse for Bowe when he was arrested early Sunday, during the team’s bye week, for marijuana possession and speeding. Bowe has already been suspended once by the NFL, four games in 2009 for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but his latest legal matter is covered by a different policy. That is the main reason why Bowe will be on the field tonight, as both the Chiefs and the NFL are prohibited, under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), from disciplining Bowe until the matter is resolved by the police and the legal system. The bottom line is Bowe’s arrest is an off-the-field matter and distraction the Chiefs didn’t want to have to deal with, especially this week. As it relates to his legal issues, it doesn’t matter one way or the other how well he plays. As it relates to his teammates, however, tonight would be the perfect time for Bowe’s production to start matching up with his paycheck. 

Denver Key Player: Knowshon Moreno, RB
Kansas City has Jamaal Charles, but Denver has its own productive running back in Moreno. Largely an afterthought after the Broncos selected Wisconsin’s Montee Ball in the second round of April’s draft; Moreno has earned the starting job due in large part to his pass-protection skills, and has certainly made the most of his opportunities. Moreno enters this week 17th in the NFL with 521 yards rushing, but his eight rushing touchdowns are second only to Adrian Peterson. Moreno is not a workhorse, averaging 14 carries per game, but he’s also been a presence in the passing attack (37 rec., TD) and has yet to lose a fumble in 160 total touches. More importantly, he’s one of the reasons why Peyton Manning has been sacked just 13 times, as he’s adept at picking up the blitz and taking care of his assignments in pass blocking. Kansas City leads the league in sacks (36), but the Chiefs have been somewhat susceptible to the run this season, giving up 118.6 yards rushing per game. With Manning dealing with a lingering ankle injury, Moreno’s dual role as rusher and pass protector bears even more importance tonight. For once, it may be in Denver’s best interests to keep the ball out of Manning’s hands and instead let Moreno carry the load.

Final Analysis

It’s not often that you have two NFL teams that have lost a total of one game face off in the middle of November. Other than the records, however, Denver and Kansas City have little in common. The Broncos have been doing it with offense, the Chiefs defense. Denver has a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback, while Kansas City has a signal-caller who fits the mold of “game manager” to a tee. Even the head coaches are opposites, as Andy Reid hails from an offensive background and Broncos’ interim head coach Jack Del Rio is the team’s defensive coordinator.

It’s easy to understand why the focus for this game has been on Denver’s offense vs. Kansas City’s defense and that would be the case even if Peyton Manning wasn’t walking around on a gimpy right ankle. However, I think the deciding factor will be which of the unheralded units, the Broncos’ defense or the Chiefs’ offense, makes the bigger contribution.

In the end, I think Manning and company are able to put together enough scoring drives and the defense makes the game-saving play late in the fourth quarter to earn the narrow victory. And whether this matchup plays out like a classic confrontation or not just remember, these two teams will do it all again in just two weeks.

Denver 23, Kansas City 20

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Several workhorse running backs are nursing injuries entering Week 11. Are any in danger of not playing today?

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Peterson did not participate in practice on Thursday or Friday, as the Vikings wanted to give him extra time to rest his sore groin. He is Probable and expected to be ready to go for this afternoon. If you own Peterson you’re playing him, even if he is matched up against Seattle’s physical defense. The Seahawks have had some issues with their run defense recently, and there’s no doubt Peterson is capable of taking advantage should these problems continue.

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Arizona Cardinals
MJD missed some practice time this week because of a knee injury, but he was a full go on Friday and is considered Probable. It has been a struggle for Jones-Drew this season, averaging just 3.0 yards per carry, but he’s in absolutely no danger of losing any of his touches. The Cardinals are third in the NFL in rushing defense, so don’t be surprised if it’s another disappointing day at the office for MJD.

Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders
Tate’s broken ribs still haven’t healed completely, but he is listed as Probable and will get the start today. Dennis Johnson will get a few carries, but Tate is the Texans’ primary back for the rest of the season and is pretty much a must-start.

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins
Mathews is on the injury report with a hamstring issue, but he was able to practice fully on Friday and is considered Probable. After posting back-to-back 100-yard games in the two games prior to the Chargers’ Week 8 bye, Mathews has rushed for a total of 93 yards in his last two outings. He has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games, but Danny Woodhead is very much a part of the offensive game plan, so Mathews’ value is no more than a RB2 with upside.

Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers
Jacobs must be improving, because he is Questionable this week after being Doubtful and missing his third game in a row last week. It really doesn’t matter if Jacobs plays or not, as Andre Brown has replaced Jacobs as the primary ball carrier and Brown is the Giant back you want to own.

Already Ruled Out

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders – McFadden will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury. This is good news for Rashad Jennings owners, as he has 283 total yards in his last two games. The going may be a little tougher today against Houston, but considering the Raiders will be starting rookie Matt McGloin instead of Terrelle Pryor at quarterback, Jennings is probably the only Raider you would even consider starting.

Done For the Season

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans – Injured reserve (back)

Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Injured reserve (broken ankle)

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Injured reserve (shoulder)

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants – Injured reserve (neck)

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At this point of the season very few fantasy relevant wide receivers aren’t dealing with some sort of bump or bruise. Are any of these injuries serious enough to prevent them from taking the field in Week 11?

Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson, WRs, Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers
Johnson’s knee injury is still enough of an issue that he missed two days of practice this week. Still with a Probable designation, there’s no reason to not expect him to suit up against the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s pass defense has been pretty good this season, but this is Megatron we are taking about. As long he is playing, you are starting Johnson. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Burleson will be lining up alongside him. Despite practicing the past two weeks for the first time since breaking his forearm in September, Burleson is considered Doubtful. Whether he’s still not healthy enough to get back on the field or the coaching staff just doesn’t think he’s ready, don’t count on Burleson this week. This means that Kris Durham will serve as the Lions’ No. 2 wide receiver, making him a possible WR3/WR4/flex option against the Steelers.

Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Arizona Cardinals
Shorts (right) is still dealing with a lingering groin injury, which is impacting his ability to practice. He is listed as Probable, so there’s no reason to not expect him to play, but he also faces a pretty tough matchup this week in Cardinals’ cornerback Patrick Peterson. Shorts is the Jaguars’ No. 1 target, but quantity may not equal quality this week. Brown is dealing with an ankle injury, but he’s also Probable and should play. He has yet to take full advantage of replacing a suspended Justin Blackmon as the starter opposite Shorts, so it’s hard to expect that to change this week against a solid Arizona passing defense.

Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, WRs, Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars
Floyd injured his shoulder last week and is listed as Questionable. He was limited in practice both Thursday and Friday, but head coach Bruce Arians said he expects Floyd to play. Roberts is dealing with a knee injury, but he is Probable, making him more of a certainty than Floyd. The Cardinals haven’t exactly thrived in the passing game this season and everyone knows that Larry Fitzgerald is the No. 1 target. Floyd is the No. 2 wideout with Roberts serving as the slot receiver. Floyd and Roberts more or less compete for looks behind Fitzgerald, so unless Floyd is ruled out prior to kickoff (1 p.m. ET), he and Roberts appear to be very risky options this week.

Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. San Diego Chargers
Wallace is listed as Questionable because of a hamstring injury, but he said he fully expects to play, barring a setback. The later kickoff time (4:05 p.m. ET) complicates matters somewhat, especially considering Wallace’s general lack of production. The highly paid vertical threat has two 100-yard games and just one TD catch in his first season in a Dolphins uniform. Already relegated to WR2/WR3 status, it may not be worth the headache to wait long enough to see if Wallace suits up against the Chargers.

Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins
Royal is making a habit out of not practicing during the week yet still playing come Sunday. Royal’s toe injury continues to prevent him from practicing and has resulted in a Questionable designation for the fourth straight week. However, Royal has yet to miss a game, so it seems likely this pattern will continue. Royal’s value is clearly tied to his ability to get in the end zone (7 TD catches), so keep that in mind should you decide to roll the dice once again with a “hobbled” Royal.

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Atlanta, Buffalo and the New York Jets have banged up wide receiving corps entering Week 11. Here’s the latest injury-related information on those wide receivers and a few others to help you get your lineup ready.

Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Jackson was limited during Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury, but was able to go full speed on both Thursday and Friday. He is listed as Probable and could post some pretty nice numbers against Atlanta. The Falcons have struggled on defense this season and Jackson caught a season-high 10 passes for 138 yards and two scores against them the first time they played. It pretty much goes without saying, but VJax is a legitimate WR1.

Harry Douglas and Roddy White, WRs, Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Injuries have not been kind to the Falcons this season. Already without All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, Matt Ryan’s current favorite targets – Douglas and tight end Tony Gonzalez – are both Questionable. Douglas is dealing with a knee injury and his only practice participation this week was a limited appearance on Friday. He’s probably a game-time decision, although the early kickoff (1 p.m. ET) should allow for enough time to make up your mind on Douglas. White (right), on the other hand, is Probable, so for the first time in many weeks his playing status seems pretty clear. Production is still an issue, but Douglas’ potential absence and Gonzalez’ uncertain availability could mean more targets for White. All in all, this is not shaping up to be a promising situation for anyone who has an Atlanta offensive player in their lineup.

Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
It took a while, but Harvin is on track to make his much-anticipated season debut for the Seahawks. Harvin is considered Probable and it’s only fitting that his first game will come against his former team. There’s no denying Harvin’s talent and potential, but he’s coming back from offseason hip surgery and hasn’t played in over a year, so if you are planning on starting him this week, be sure to temper your expectations.

Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Jennings was limited in practice this week because of a strained Achilles tendon, but he is listed as Probable and should play today. The bigger concern when it comes to Jennings is his lack of production (34 rec., 2 TDs), the matchup against Seattle’s 2nd-ranked passing defense and the fact that his quarterback, Christian Ponder, is dealing with a dislocated (non-throwing) shoulder. Put it all together and you have one risky fantasy play.

Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill, WRs, New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
The Jets have had to deal with injuries to their wide receiving corps for a good part of the season and this week is no different. The good news is that Holmes, who has missed the last five games because of a hamstring injury, is Probable and expected to return today. Hill is dealing with a foot injury, but he too is Probable, while Kerley has already been ruled Out because of a dislocated elbow. Even with Holmes’ return, it’s very hard for me to endorse any Jets wide receivers right now. For one, the Jets have been employing the committee approach, as David Nelson and Greg Salas have also been factors in recent weeks. Second, quarterback Geno Smith is still trying to get acclimated to the pro game, as the Jets are just 26th in the NFL in passing offense and have a total of eight touchdown passes in nine games.

Already Ruled Out

Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, WRs, Buffalo Bills – EJ Manuel will be without his top two wide receivers against the Jets, as Johnson (groin) and Woods (ankle) have both been ruled out for today. T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin should get the start in their absence, but both probably carry more risk than reward if you are considering employing them this week.

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A certain sprained ankle may be getting all the attention entering Week 11, but that’s not the only quarterback injury you need to know about. Athlon Sports has the latest on the quarterback injury front around the NFL.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans
This one is a bit of a surprise. Pryor was listed as Questionable on the Friday injury report with a knee injury, but he was downgraded to Out on Saturday afternoon. Matt McGloin, an undrafted rookie from Penn State, will make his first career NFL start against Houston, which owns the NFL’s No. 1 passing defense. Forget about McGloin’s fantasy outlook, those who own wide receiver Denarius Moore should be concerned about the possibility of minimal fantasy production and may want to consider starting someone else in his place.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
This is the most-watched ankle in the world. Manning was limited in practice this week because of a high ankle sprain, but he is listed as Probable and there’s no doubt he will take the field tonight against the undefeated Chiefs. The bumps and bruises are starting to pile up somewhat for the 37-year-old quarterback, so it’s critical that he get rid of the ball quickly and the Broncos’ offensive line do its job against the NFL’s most disruptive and productive pass rush.

Jason Campbell, QB, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Campbell is dealing with some bruised ribs, but Cleveland is coming off of its bye and he was a full practice participant all week. He is Probable and will get the start against the Bengals. Believe it or not, Campbell may be worth a look if you need a replacement or are in a 2-QB league. Cincinnati’s defense is pretty good, but Campbell has five touchdowns and no interceptions in his last two games, one of which was against Kansas City.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Ponder dislocated his non-throwing shoulder in last week’s win over Washington, but he is listed as Probable and on track to start today. However, considering today’s matchup with the Seahawks on their home turf, there’s no guarantee that Ponder will finish the game and it’s probably best to steer clear of him this week.

Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
Vick got in some practice time this week and has actually improved from last week’s Doubtful designation to Questionable. That said, Nick Foles is fully expected to get the start against the Redskins, as he has 10 touchdown passes in his last two games. There’s no reason for the Eagles to risk Vick re-injuring his hamstring (again) with the bye week on tap in Week 12. If anything, Foles has made a pretty strong argument for keeping the starting gig even after Vick is back to 100 percent health, and Foles is definitely a bona fide starting option, even in shallow leagues, against a generous Washington defense.

Also Ruled Out

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears – As expected, Cutler will miss today’s game against Baltimore because of the high ankle sprain he sustained last week. Josh McCown will get the start and he has been impressive in his limited playing time, throwing for 538 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in three games. McCown is definitely in the bye week fill-in or 2-QB league conversation for this week.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers – Rodgers will miss his second game because of a broken collarbone. Seneca Wallace got the start last week, but he suffered a groin injury and was placed on injured reserve, leaving third-stringer Scott Tolzien as the last healthy Packer quarterback standing. Tolzien will make his first career NFL start today against a New York Giants defense that has been playing very well lately. There are only two teams (Dallas, St. Louis) on bye this week, so even with all of the other QB injuries; I still think you should be able to find a “safer” option than Tolzien to use as your starter.

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The Week 11 injury report reads like a “who’s who” when it comes to the tight end position. Here is the latest injury-related information you need to read before setting your lineup.

Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gonzalez hasn’t missed a game since the 2006 season, but that streak (111 games) could come to an end today. Gonzalez has a toe injury that kept him out of practice for basically the entire week. He is listed as Questionable and more than likely will be a game-time decision to face the Buccaneers. The Falcons have several banged up weapons, as wide receiver Harry Douglas also is Questionable and fellow wideout Roddy White has been dealing with injuries all season. Even if he plays, Gonzalez will be limited by the toe injury, so if you plan on starting the future Hall of Famer, don’t count on TE1 production from him.

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
Davis sustained a concussion last week against Carolina, but he appears on track to play this afternoon. He is listed as Questionable and was limited in practice, but barring a setback, he is expected to be on the field. Davis has emerged as Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target over the past month or so, so the 49ers desperately need him in the lineup. There’s always a risk when it comes to someone who sustained a concussion, and the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff adds to it in this case, but the potential reward in playing Davis should outweigh the risk, unless you have another viable starting option.

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints vs. San Francisco 49ers
Graham’s plantar fasciitis won’t be completely healed until after the season, but unlike the past few weeks, he is listed as Probable for today’s big game against San Francisco. The 49ers’ defense is among the best in the NFL, but Graham has shown that’s he the best at his position and he doesn’t have to be 100 percent to be productive. Start him with confidence.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (Mon.)
Gronkowski continues to be limited in practice due to several injuries, but the Patriots are coming off of their bye, so in some ways Gronk should be as healthy as he’s been in a while. He is listed as Probable for Monday night’s tilt with Carolina and Gronk will be needed against a Panthers defense that is second in the NFL in both yards and points allowed. There’s no question you start Gronk, just don’t be surprised if he doesn’t put up huge numbers.

Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens
Bennett was a late add to the injury report after not practicing at all on Thursday and being limited on Friday because of an ankle injury. He is Questionable and most likely will be a game-time decision today. The early game time (1 p.m. ET) will help, but he has just one touchdown in his last seven games, so maybe it would be best to just leave Bennett on the bench this week.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
Gresham missed the last game because of a groin injury, but he was back at practice this week and is listed as Probable. The interesting thing to see is if he and Tyler Eifert will go back to a timeshare or if Eifert will get the majority of the targets. Last week, Eifert got a season-high nine targets, catching three of them for 55 yards. Eifert probably carries a little more upside than Gresham, but as long as both of them are sharing the targets, they are very hard to trust from a production standpoint.

Already Ruled Out

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph will miss several weeks with a fractured foot and John Carlson has already taken advantage of the additional playing time. Last week against Washington, Carlson led the Vikings with nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. Seattle’s defense is tough, especially at home, but that doesn’t mean that Carlson still can’t catch enough balls to produce. He’s certainly a viable replacement option if you own Rudolph and belongs in the TE2 conversation.

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There are just two teams, Dallas and St. Louis, on bye in Week 11, so rosters shouldn't be as stretched as they were in previous weeks. That is unless you have Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Zac Stacy or either the Cowboys or Rams DST on your roster. Then there are also the injuries to deal with, as Jay Cutler (ankle) and Jake Locker (Lisfranc) both got hurt again, while Arian Foster (back) and Mike James (broken ankle) joined the ranks of those on injured reserve.

In fact, there are plenty of key players who appear to be at less than 100 percent entering this week's games, starting with Peyton Manning. The top scorer in fantasy this season by a rather wide margin, Manning took some big hits in last week's win against the Chargers and is dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. Manning is fully expected to play Sunday night against the undefeated and AFC West-leading Chiefs, but how well he moves around the pocket on a gimpy ankle is certainly something worth keeping an eye on, especially against the Chiefs' potent pass rush.

Manning's ankle and the Chiefs' defense (No. 1 fantasy DST) are certainly factors that could impact the production of the Broncos' other skill players, namely running back Knowshon Moreno, wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas. The Chiefs' offense boasts Jamaal Charles, the No. 1 fantasy RB, so at least this week it looks like the game on the field will imitate the game off of it. By that I mean not only is Chiefs-Broncos the NFL's "game of the week," it's also a matchup that carries a great deal of fantasy importance.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 11 Waiver Wire

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

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There's a change at the top of Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 11 quarterback rankings, as health and matchup definitely play a part in the decision. Peyton Manning may be the No. 1 fantasy scorer at his position, but he's starting to show some wear and tear from the hits he has taken recently and faces undefeated Kansas City on Sunday night. The Chiefs not only are ahead of the Broncos in the AFC West, they lead the NFL in sacks and are the top-scoring fantasy DST.

At least for this week, Drew Brees gets the nod for No. 1 in our rankings, despite his upcoming date with San Francisco. The 49ers' defense has played very well lately, but Brees and the Saints are at home, where they have been basically unstoppable. Last Sunday night, Brees torched the Cowboys for 392 yards passing and four touchdowns, as the Saints put up 49 points and piled up an NFL-record 40 first downs. Brees has an 18:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this season (five games), which was enough of a reason to slot him ahead of a gimpy Manning.

From a matchup standpoint, however, the top two choices would probably be Robert Griffin III and NIck Foles, whose teams meet up in Philadelphia. After a slow start, RGIII has shown improvement and more of the explosiveness he had as a rookie with each passing game. He put up 281 yards passing and three touchdowns last week against Minnesota and will get his second crack at a Philadelphia defense that is second-to-last in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Meanwhile all Foles has done is throw 16 touchdown passes without an interception so far, including 10 in his last two games. Remember, Foles didn't start against Washington in Week 1, Michael Vick did, and the Redskins are near the bottom of the rankings when it comes to yards (388.6 ypg, 27th) and points (31.9, 31st) allowed and also have surrendered 19 touchdown passes.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
Teams on bye:
Dallas, St. Louis

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Drew BreesNOvs. SFHas thrown 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs in 5 home games.
2Peyton ManningDENvs. KCWill ankle injury be an issue vs. KC pass rush?
3Russell WilsonSEAvs. MINVikings giving up second-most fantasy pts. to QBs.
4Matthew StaffordDETat PITHas played very well on the road (12:3 TD:INT ratio).
5Cam NewtonCARvs. NE (Mon.)NE allowing QBs to complete 55.4 percent of passes.
6Robert Griffin IIIWASat PHIEagles second-to-last in NFL in passing D (306.5 ypg).
7Andrew LuckINDat TEN (Thurs.)Doubled his INT total (from 3 to 6) last week vs. Rams.
8Nick FolesPHIvs. WASFoles has 10 TD passes, 0 INTs in last 2 games.
9Philip RiversSDat MIAHas just 1 TD pass in three of last four games.
10Tom BradyNEat CAR (Mon.)Panthers giving up fewest fantasy pts. to QBs.
11Matt RyanATLat TBThrew for a season-low 172 yards last week.
12Case KeenumHOUvs. OAKHas 7 TD passes, 0 INTs and 0 wins in 3 starts.
13Colin KaepernickSFat NOSaints giving up less than 200 passing ypg (3rd).
14Andy DaltonCINvs. CLEHas 2 TD passes and 6 INTs in last 2 games.
15Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. DETBig Ben has at least 1 INT in each of last 3 games.
16Mike GlennonTBvs. ATLAveraging 22 attempts, 153.5 yards over last 2.
17Eli ManningNYGvs. GBPackers have given up 17 TD passes w/ just 3 INTs.
18Josh McCownCHIvs. BALHas put up 538-4-0 in 3 games, just 1 start.
19Joe FlaccoBALat CHIJust 140 yards passing, 2 TDs, 3 TOs last week.
20Terrelle PryorOAKat HOUTexans are No. 1 in passing defense (166.6 ypg).
21Alex SmithKCat DENBroncos have given up 188.3 passing ypg over last 3.
22Ryan TannehillMIAvs. SDHas just three games with 250+ passing yards.
23Carson PalmerARIat JACHas 2 TD passes in each of past two games.
24Ryan FitzpatrickTENvs. IND (Thurs.)Solid (264-2-0, rush TD) after Locker got hurt.
25Jason CampbellCLEat CINDealing with bruised ribs, but should start.
26Geno SmithNYJat BUFHas just 1 TD pass, 5 INTs in last 4 games.
27EJ ManuelBUFvs. NYJRusty (22-of-39, 155-1-1) in first game since Week 5.
28Scott TolzienGBat NYGFirst career start comes vs. rejuvenated Giants D.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 11 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 11 Waiver Wire

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Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 11 running back rankings begin in Seattle, as two of the NFL's best will share the Pacific Northwest spotlight. Marshawn Lynch gets the edge over Adrian Peterson this week, as Lynch has been in "Beast Mode" the past two games, rushing for a total of 270 yards. Peterson hasn't been a slouch himself, totaling 215 yards on the ground and three touchdowns during the same span, but the Seahawks' defense figures to be a tougher test for the reigning MVP than the Vikings' defense for Lynch.

Elsewhere around the league, in many ways what has been a disappointing season for running backs either from a performance (Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew) or health standpoint (Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Steven Jackson, C.J. Spiller, David Wilson), there have been some bright spots when it comes to younger players. Zac Stacy and Eddie Lacy have certainly had an impact, but Giovani Bernard, the first running back taken in the 2013 NFL Draft (2nd round, 37th overall), could emerge as the most dynamic, versatile and productive of his class before the end of the season.

Entering the 2013 campaign, Bernard's potential was limited somewhat because he was sharing carries with incumbent starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis. As this season has progressed, however, the Bengals have put more of an emphasis on getting the ball into Bernard's hands, and the strategy has paid off. Bernard has three total touchdowns over the last two games, two of them being of the highlight-reel variety, and last week got a season-high 22 touches. Cleveland's defense has been pretty good this season, but when it comes to Bernard's speed, explosiveness and big-play ability, he has almost reached must-start status.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Back
Teams on bye: Dallas, St. Louis

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Marshawn LynchSEAvs. MINHas 270 yards rushing over last 2 games.
2Adrian PetersonMINat SEAPeterson vs. Seahawks D should be fun.
3Jamaal CharlesKCat DENRested, ready to take on DEN's 4th-ranked rush D.
4LeSean McCoyPHIvs. WASGashed Redskins for 184 yards rushing in Week 1.
5Frank GoreSFat NOSaints giving up 5 yards per carry.
6Reggie BushDETat PITSteelers 29th in NFL in rushing defense.
7Knowshon MorenoDENvs. KCTeams have been able to run some on Chiefs.
8Alfred MorrisWASat PHIHas put up back-to-back games of 120+ yards.
9Matt ForteCHIvs. BALHeld to season-low 49 total yards last week.
10Eddie LacyGBat NYG73 yards vs. Eagles lowest total in six games.
11Chris JohnsonTENvs. IND (Thurs.)Colts giving up 126.6 yards rushing per game.
12Le'Veon BellPITvs. DETSeason-high 22 carries (57 yds., TD) vs. Bills.
13Andre BrownNYGvs. GBWelcome back! 115, TD in first game of season.
14Giovani BernardCINvs. CLESaw season-high 22 touches last week.
15Stevan RidleyNEat CAR (Mon.)Panthers second in rushing defense (82.0 ypg).
16Ben TateHOUvs. OAKStarter rest of way with Foster done for season.
17Ryan MathewsSDat MIA93 yards in last 2 G after 100+ in Weeks 6 and 7.
18Chris IvoryNYJat BUFPosted season-high 139 yards in last game.
19Fred JacksonBUFvs. NYJGained 72 yards on just 7 carries in first game vs. Jets.
20Andre EllingtonARIat JACCards plan to continue to limit Ellington's touches.
21Darren SprolesNOvs. SFScored on ground and through air last week.
22Danny WoodheadSDat MIALeads all RBs with 53 receptions (4 TDs).
23Lamar MillerMIAvs. SDDolphins rushed for franchise-low 2 yards vs. TB.
24Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. ARICardinals third in NFL in rushing defense.
25C.J. SpillerBUFvs. NYJHad 9 yards on 10 carries vs. Jets in Week 3.
26Ray RiceBALat CHIHas there been a bigger bust this season?
27Rashad JenningsOAKat HOUHas posted 283 total yards in last 2 games.
28Steven JacksonATLat TBTotal of 11 yards on 9 carries vs. SEA last week.
29Pierre ThomasNOvs. SFLed all RBs in fantasy points (26.6) last week.
30DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. NE (Mon.)Led team with 46 yards, TD in win over 49ers.
31Trent RichardsonINDat TEN (Thurs.)Had just 5 rushing attempts last week.
32Brian LeonardTBvs. ATLMike James (fractured ankle) out indefinitely.
33Donald BrownINDat TEN (Thurs.)Posted 5 receptions for 64 yards, TD last week.
34Shane VereenNEat CAR (Mon.)Hasn't played since Week 1 (broken wrist).
35Rashard MendenhallARIat JACLed team with 13 carries last week.
36BenJarvus Green-EllisCINvs. CLEGio got more carries (14 to 9) last week.
37Mark IngramNOvs. SFGashed Cowboys for 145 yards last week.
38Jonathan StewartCARvs. NE (Mon.)Team-high 13 carries (41 yds.) against 49ers.
39James StarksGBat NYGJust four carries for 5 yards last week.
40Bernard PierceBALat CHIHe may start to eat into Rice's workload.
41Bobby RaineyTBvs. ATLOpportunity to share the load with Leonard.
42Willis McGaheeCLEat CINAveraging just 2.6 yards per carry.
43Shonn GreeneTENvs. IND (Thurs.)Has 9 carries in each of last 2 games.
44Bilal PowellNYJat BUFBills have given up just 3 rushing TDs so far.
45Mike TolbertCARvs. NE (Mon.)Seeing fewer carries w/ Stewart back.
46Jacquizz RodgersATLat TBSJax' struggles keeping Rodgers relevant.
47Dennis JohnsonHOUvs. OAKRemember, Tate is playing with broken ribs.
48Chris OgbonnayaCLEat CINMcGahee not exactly getting the job done.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 11 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 11 Waiver Wire

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Calvin Johnson remains atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 11 wide receiver rankings, but his two touchdown catches last week were topped by a stampeding Bronco. Demaryius Thomas hauled in seven passes for 108 yards against San Diego, three of those counting for six points. Thomas is tied with Johnson and teammate Wes Welker for the NFL lead intouchdown receptions by a wide receiver with nine, and he also leads his peers in yards after the catch (YAC, 377). Thomas, Welker and Eric Decker could have their work cut out for them on Sunday against Kansas City, which is ranked sixth in passing defense.

Some wide receivers that don't figure to see as much resistance this week include Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper and Washington's Pierre Garcon. Not only are Jackson and Garcon among the top 11 fantasy scorers at wide receiver, Cooper has been on quite a roll of his own lately. Teaming with quarterback Nick Foles, Cooper has recorded 16 receptions for 342 yards and five touchdowns over the last four weeks. That's good for fourth at his position during that span. And if that's not enough to like about this Eagles-Redskins matchup, how about the fact that these two teams are first and third, respectively, when it comes to fantasy points allowed to wide receivers in 2013. Some weeks it's all about which team you are playing.

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2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers
Teams on bye: Dallas, St. Louis

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Calvin JohnsonDETat PITOnly 83 yards receiving, but 2 TDs vs. Bears.
2Brandon MarshallCHIvs. BALHas 100+ yards in each of last two games.
3Demaryius ThomasDENvs. KCCaught 3 TD passes vs. Chargers last week.
4Andre JohnsonHOUvs. OAKAll 5 of his TD catches have come in last 2 games.
5DeSean JacksonPHIvs. WASPut up 9-104-1 in Week 1 win over Redskins.
6A.J. GreenCINvs. CLELeads NFL with 1,013 yards receiving.
7Vincent JacksonTBvs. ATLHis 4 TD catches came in a 2-game span.
8Antonio BrownPITvs. DETHas had at least 9 targets in every game but two.
9Wes WelkerDENvs. KCTied for team lead in TD catches (9).
10Pierre GarconWASat PHISeventh in the NFL in yards (803), 2nd in YAC (334).
11T.Y. HiltonINDat TEN (Thurs.)Has 251 yards receiving in 2 G w/o Reggie Wayne.
12Victor CruzNYGvs. GBTied season low with just 3 catches last week.
13Torrey SmithBALat CHITargeted 14 times last week, just 5 rec. (and TD).
14Josh GordonCLEat CINCaught four passes for 71 yards in Week 2 vs. CIN.
15Jordy NelsonGBat NYGFrom Rodgers to Wallace now to Tolzien at QB.
16Larry FitzgeraldARIat JACHas one 100-yard game this season (Week 6).
17Alshon JefferyCHIvs. BALHas 28 targets (14-174-1) in last two games.
18Eric DeckerDENvs. KC 
19Harry DouglasATLat TBClearly Matt Ryan's No. 1 target right now.
20Keenan AllenSDat MIARookie drawing more attention from defenses.
21Cecil ShortsJACvs. ARITitans held Shorts to just 2 catches, 42 yards.
22Golden TateSEAvs. MINSeahawks should be able to throw on Vikings.
23Marques ColstonNOvs. SFWent for 7-107-1 after missing previous game (knee).
24Danny AmendolaNEat CAR (Mon.)Coming off of bye, hopefully he'll stay healthy.
25Hakeem NicksNYGvs. GBStill in search of first TD of the season.
26Riley CooperPHIvs. WASWith Foles starting: 18 rec., 449 yds., 6 TDs.
27Mike WallaceMIAvs. SDTwo 100-yard games, just 1 TD catch so far.
28Denarius MooreOAKat HOUPryor's accuracy issues hurting Moore's production.
29Steve SmithCARvs. NE (Mon.)Still looking for that breakout game.
30Anquan BoldinSFat NOMuch more miss than hit lately.
31Kendall WrightTENvs. IND (Thurs.)One of the least productive No. 1 WRs in league.
32Percy HarvinSEAvs. MINSeason debut comes against former team.
33Emmanuel SandersPITvs. DETJust six targets last week (11 in each of last 2 G).
34Jarrett BoykinGBat NYGLed team with 8 catches for 112 yards last week.
35Rueben RandleNYGvs. GBLeads Giants with 5 TD receptions, all in last 5 G.
36James JonesGBat NYGJust 1 TD in 4 games since coming back from injury.
37Dwayne BoweKCat DENNewest legal woes add to disappointing season.
38Kenny StillsNOvs. SFHas four catches of 40+ yards this season.
39Roddy WhiteATLat TBCaught 1 pass (20 yards) after missing a month.
40Aaron DobsonNEat CAR (Mon.)Carving out role as Patriots' top vertical threat.
41Brian HartlineMIAvs. SDPer-game average since Week 1: 4-53 w/ 1 TD.
42Michael FloydARIat JACInjured shoulder last week, should play vs. Jags.
43Stevie JohnsonBUFvs. NYJInjured his groin last week, watch status.
44Greg JenningsMINat SEAIs averaging 4 catches for 31.6 yds. over last 5 G.
45DeAndre HopkinsHOUvs. OAKSix catches vs. Cardinals was most since Week 3.
46Marvin JonesCINvs. CLE 
47Lance MooreNOvs. SF 
48Santonio HolmesNYJat BUFExpected to return from hamstring injury.
49Nate BurlesonDETat PITShould see first action since Week 3 (forearm).
50Andre RobertsARIat JACHauled in first TD of season last week.
51Marlon BrownBALat CHI 
52Jerricho CotcheryPITvs. DETHas 9 receptions, 4 TDs in last 2 games.
53Stephen HillNYJat BUFBills giving up second-most fantasy pts. to WRs.
54Doug BaldwinSEAvs. MINFalling in right behind Tate in pecking order.
55Rishard MatthewsMIAvs. SDFins' new slot guy went for 11-120-2 on MNF vs. TB.
56Eddie RoyalSDat MIAHis value heavily dependent on TDs.
57Nate WashingtonTENvs. IND (Thurs.)Veteran hasn't made much of an impact recently.
58Darrius Heyward-BeyINDat TEN (Thurs.)Has yet to take advantage of Reggie Wayne injury.
59Mario ManninghamSFat NOMade season debut last week.
60Brandon LaFellCARvs. NE (Mon.) 
61Kris DurhamDETat PITHis role could diminish even more with Burleson back.
62Mike BrownJACvs. ARIJags need Brown to step up opposite Shorts.
63Dexter McClusterKCat DENBroncos' pass D has played better lately.
64Cordarrelle PattersonMINat SEARecorded first career TD catch last week.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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As dominant as Jimmy Graham has been this season, his bad foot and tough matchup are enough reasons to remove him from the top spot on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 11 tight end rankings, at least for this week. Rob Gronkowski isn't exactly 100 percent healthy, but he is coming off of a bye and in his last game caught nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.

Graham still leads the NFL in touchdown catches (10) and is dominating his peers when it comes to on-field production and fantasy points, but the plantar fasciitis he is battling in his foot continues to limit his snaps, and he has a difficult test ahead of him in San Francisco's athletic, physical linebackers and secondary. Gronk and the Patriots take on Carolina, who has a pretty nasty defense of its own, but from a fantasy perspective the Panthers have been more generous to tight ends than the 49ers.

These aren't the only two tight ends worth paying attention to either, as Denver's Julius Thomas has somewhat quietly put together an impressive breakout season. Thomas is second only to Graham in both touchdown catches (9) and fantasy points, as Peyton Manning's big, athletic target has scored in all but one game so far. The Broncos host undefeated Kansas City, and as impressive as the Chiefs' defense has been this season, the only top-flight tight end it has faced is Cleveland's Jordan Cameron. And when it comes to comparing the Browns' offense to the Broncos' attack, it's pretty obvious that Thomas has a much more dangerous and productive supporting cast to help draw attention and coverage away from him. This should be an interesting game-within-the-game to watch Sunday night.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Dallas, St. Louis

RkPlayerTeamOPPNotes
1Rob GronkowskiNEat CAR (Mon.)Coming off of bye, went for 9-143-1 in last game.
2Jimmy GrahamNOvs. SFNo TD last week for just third game this season.
3Julius ThomasDENvs. KCSecond only to Graham with 9 TD catches.
4Jordan CameronCLEat CINCaught season-high 10 passes in Week 4 vs. CIN.
5Antonio GatesSDat MIANo TD catches in last five games.
6Jordan ReedWASat PHINo. 1 fantasy TE over last four weeks.
7Vernon DavisSFat NOSuffered concussion last week, monitor status.
8Tony GonzalezATLat TBInjured his toe last week. Iron man streak in jeopardy?
9Greg OlsenCARvs. NE (Mon.)Held to season lows across the board by 49ers.
10Coby FleenerINDat TEN (Thurs.)Saw season-high 10 targets (4 rec.) last week.
11Martellus BennettCHIvs. BALHas 3 TDs in first two games, just one since.
12Charles ClayMIAvs. SDJust 13 receptions, 1 TD over last four games.
13Timothy WrightTBvs. ATLHeld to just 1 catch (19 yards) on MNF vs. MIA.
14John CarlsonMINat SEACame up big (7-98-1) in first game w/o Rudolph.
15Scott ChandlerBUFvs. NYJBest game of season vs. Jets (5-79-1) in Week 3.
16Tyler EifertCINvs. CLESaw season-high 10 targets w/ Gresham out.
17Rob HouslerARIat JACRecorded first career TD catch (34 GP) last week.
18Brandon PettigrewDETat PITPosted season-high 70 yards receiving last week.
19Heath MillerPITvs. DETMinimal impact over last four games.
20Delanie WalkerTENvs. IND (Thurs.)Hauled in fourth TD catch last week.
21Garrett GrahamHOUvs. OAKKeenum TD to TE last week went to Griffin not Graham.
22Zach MillerSEAvs. MIN 
23Dallas ClarkBALat CHI 
24Jermaine GreshamCINvs. CLEDid not play last week b/c of groin injury.
25Brent CelekPHIvs. WASRedskins have given up 7 TD catches to TEs.
26Jeff CumberlandNYJat BUFMissed last game two weeks ago (concussion).

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 11 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 11 Waiver Wire

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