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Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 14 Staff Ranks

posted by Jeff

This is it! The fake football playoffs have finally arrived! After all the rankings, waiver claims, and trade debate, it’s finally time to strap on the big boy pants and get ready for battle. Below are the best tool the fantasy world has to offer: The Fake Football Staff Rankings. Dig in, and as always, feel free to leave those crucial lineup questions in the comments. Good luck!

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Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Jeff_Brubach.

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  • PPR, Maclin, Anquan, Josh Gordon: pick 2.

  • Hey guys,

    Do i start Givens over B. Wells this week?

  • PPR league: start 3 RB out of D Martin, B Brown, CJ Spiller, & A Morris. Start 1 at WR: D Alexander, C Givens, J Blackmon. Thanks for the help!

  • V close but who to start between Steelers, Browns or Jets D.

    • I’m leaning Steelers

  • Vick Ballard or Antonio Brown, PPR? Thanks.

    • Close one. Ballard has the backfield to himself, but Big Ben is back for Brown. I’m going to lean Brown in PPR.

  • Antonio Brown, DX or Givens? 0.5 PPR

    • Leaning Brown. If Amendola doesn’t go I could see playing Givens.

  • Britt or Alex Green flex? Feel like Britt can explode this game and Alex Green will get a heavy workload but still has not impressed.

    Also can’t pick a K. Bailey or Gould? Seems like weather in CIncy will be ugly whereas Gould is in a dome. Thanks!

    • Yeah, both have upside, but have yet to have big games. I’ve been saying Britt is going to explode at any time and he’s left me a bitter old man. I’m going with Green because he should at least see the call 15-20 times. Britt has more upside if you are in the need of a big day.

  • Martellus or Olsen? Nicks (given that he may be a GTD) or Britt?

    • Martellus and Nicks

  • Which guy would u sit? Vincent Jax, Dez Bryant, Roddy White, Arian Foster, Cj2k, or Bryce Brown? Thanks

  • Riddled w/injuries….my flex options are: Hartline, M. Thomas, K. Wright, D. Pitta…pick one please.

  • PPR Flex Mike Williams vs weak Eagles Def., Sproles or Antonio Brown?

    • Ya, I think Williams has some nice upside this week. I’d lean him slightly overt the other two.

  • If you also have Matt Stafford at QB, would you start Stevan Ridley (NE vs HOU) or would you sacrifice up side and try to hedge with Mikel Leshoure (DET at GB)?

    • I’d keep Ridley in there

  • if Amendola plays, do I proceed with Givens still? 1ppr

    • I think he should be decent still, but it would depend on your other options. I have one league where I have ZILCH in the WR department behind Givens and I’ll be sticking with him either way.

      • Britt

  • Bnched Texans D, and picked up Clev. D for this week. Cincy D is avail. Pick them up and drop a D for depth? thanx

    • Cleveland is your best bet this week and I would keep Houston around for next week. I’d hang tight.

  • Pls rank the top 2 RBs from the following for ROS:

    D. Wilson, R. Turbin, E. Royster, B. Pierce, S. Vereen, R. Hillman

    • Would obviously change if any of those guys would provide a handcuff to one of your current RBs, but Wilson and Vereen.

  • In PPR need a flex out of Mikel Leshoure, Denario Alexander or Josh Gordon. In my other league same problem need a flex out of Fred Jackson, Denario Alexander, Josh Gordon or Jeremy Maclin

    • I would go with DX in both cases.

  • Who should I start in a .5 for ppr. Dwyer, Owens, J. Rodgers, or A. Green. Right now I am starting the Jets defense, if you pick owens would you recomend taking the Jags defense instead?

    • I wouldn’t trust Owens this week. I would play Dwyer out of those options and stick with NYJ D.

  • Chet,
    I need to start a WR2 between Stevie Johnson, Chris Givens and James Jones. Considering the possible weather conditions for the buffalo game and Jordy Nelson’s injury, who do you like? Also, I am playing against A Rodgers, if that factors into your decision.


    • I’m leaning Johnson since he’ll no doubt lead in targets of those if Amendola plays.

  • 12 Team PPR: I put a waiver in for Reece & dropping JStew. Do you think it’s really worth it? My RB2 situation is below par. JStew, Beanie, Alex Green. I have a bye this week, but will have to start 1 of them next week. Also, last on waivers so it’s probably doubtful I will be able to claim Reece. Do you think it’s worth it to put a waiver on any of these options & who would you drop between the RBs I have. Woodie, Tate, Ingram, Hillis, D Rich, Ivory……I’m thinking about rolling with Green unless there is a major RB injury this weekend. Even then I doubt I will be able to claim them, being in 1st place!

    • Ya I think Green is worth a play this week over the other available options, and I agree, you probably won’t land Reece with last priority.

  • Also, I am playing against A. Rodgers if that factors into you decision.


    • With Stevie questionable, I would go towards Givens. I doubt Amendola will do much if he suits up, so Givens should be good again this week. Jones didnt do anything beside the one TD catch last week and Jordy missed most of that game as well.

      • Thank man, I appreciate it. Also, would like Chet’s feedback as well….Its my first round of the play-offs…..I got to get this one right. Brandon Myers screwed me last night,


  • I need to start a WR2 between Stevie Johnson, Chris Givens and James Jones. Considering the possible weather conditions for the buffalo game and Jordy Nelson’s injury, who do you like?


  • Is Larry Fitz droppable for depth? drop him for F Jax, Russell Wilson, or Quizz?

    • It really would depend on the rest of your roster. If those guys you would pick up are depth, like you said, I probably wouldn’t. Give Skelton once more shot to see if he can get Fitz more looks.

      • Appreciate the good advice. I started Shorts over him last week, and I’m starting Torrey over him this week.

  • deangelo williams or larry fitz at my flex?

    • I kinda like Williams this week. He had a decent showing last week. I would go with him and skip the Fitz headache.

  • would you rather have Torrey Smith or Garcon ROS?

    • As long as Garcon is healthy he seems safer ( I know that seems odd). I would go with Pierre.

  • u missed me – matt ryan or andrew luck?

    • Ryan

  • Having hard time deciding on PPR WR from DX (worried about the Steelers pass D) Antonio Brown w/Ben back starting OR gamble w/Mike Williams against the Eagles? Also have Blackmon but not thrilled about him being shadowed by Cromartie? Appreciate ur advice ..Thanx

    • With Ike Taylor out I’d lean DX

  • Alex green, dmc, Matthews, Ballard. Pick two. Thanks.

    • Ballard, DMC . . Green is close, but he just hasn’t shown me much this season.

  • Standard Flex pick one McFadden, Maclin or Avery

    • DMC and pray

  • PPR Flex: AGates, DHB, RCooper, ESanders? Need 1

    • This question is going to make me cry. Gates.

  • Matt Ryan or Andrew Luck

    • Ryan

  • Reggie bush against 49ers d or moreno tonight against oak?

    • I like Moreno

  • Flex Standard: Quiz, Ryan Matthews, Avery, or Wright?

    • That hurts my brain. Avery.

  • Moreno over Ridley, Leshoure, Sproles in non ppr? And Moreno over gore, Morris, Murray in a .5ppr?

    • I’d go over LeShoure and Sproles and would probably not play him over Alf and Murray.

      • So Moreno as flex behind Murray and Morris, sittin gore in ppr okay…. And coin flip for rb2 between Ridley and moreno

      • I’d play Ridley over Moreno.

      • Also have foster, that worries me playing both RV’s on MNF… Your opinion?

      • Don’t over think that aspect. Gotta go with the best players.

  • Need two: DX, Givens, or Nicks?

    • DX and Nicks, but watch Nicks’ status

      • Julio or Cobb and Ryan or Luck? 0.5 ppr

      • Julio and Ryan. Tough call to be sure.

  • standard league – I have 1 WR spot and 1 Flex to fill out of these 4 – Josh Gordon, stevie johnson, mcfadden, montel owens. Who would you put in??

    • Stevie and DMC

  • Need your advice Dynasty deep league PPR WR need 2 ESanders, RCooper, DHB or GLittle?

    • Sanders and Cooper

  • Dmac, Alex Green, or Ridley in a PPR?

    • Ridley has a tough matchup, but we know he can get it done and DMC is a bit of a wildcard right now.

  • Got some problems at WR/FLEX—- full PPR/Bonus league

    current lineup

    QB- Brady
    WR- Smiff
    WR – Fitz (such a shame)
    RB – Charles
    RB -Morris
    TE – Rudolph
    Flex (R/W/T) Alex Green

    Bench – Amendola,Britt, H.Miller, J-Stew, Reece

    I really dont know what to do with Fitz ive been playing him all year and I really want to bench him but a piece of me will die if i bench him and he somehow some way puts up a 20 spot…would you play either briit or amendola(if playing) over fitz? which then leads me to the flex if amendola is playing im leaning towards throwing him in there but if he is not whos the better flex play green, briit or heeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaathhhhhhh

    • I would play Fitz over both of them at WR. Amendola will be a game time call as of now. I think Green is a bit shady, but probably your best bet at flex unless there is some good news released about Amendola released this weekend.

  • 12 Team PPR: I’m having RB2 issues, JStew is pretty much done, Beanie isn’t doing much, I picked up Alex Green. Someone dropped Reece, do you think it’s worth it to pick up Reece? Who should I drop: JStew or Green?

    • I wouldn’t necessarily drop either of them. Green should get some decent touches from here on out, and Stew should be back next week. Who knows how much Reece will be involved now with DMC back.

      • With DMC injured again, I’m thinking about dropping JStew for Reece & keeping Green. I guess the commish in my 14 team league told another member he’s dropping me because of profanity!

  • Standard league : Cobb, maclin, Antonio brown, Alexander, decker. Gotta pick 3

    PPR league: spiller, sproles, bge, forte gotta pick 2

  • On another note, would you rather start Bilal Powell, Woodie, D Rich, Ingram, Pierce or Ivory as a RB2?

    • Uhh is “none of them an option?”

      Give me Powell

      • Ha! I agree! Just trying to help out a friend, I was thinking Ingram over Powell. (?)

    • Ya they are close enough to just go with whatever one you feel good about. Crapshoots all around.

  • I hear ya, but he has already banned me from the league so I can’t even log into it! I was planning on dumping my players & what not but I couldn’t even do that! He won’t respond to my e-mails anymore & won’t budge about paying me what he owes me. It’s bullshit but at least I have a 1st round bye in my other 2 leagues! I just REALLY want to play him 1 more time!

  • Any advice!?!? I just want to finish the season (& beat the commish) but the shady, cheating commish won’t let me. I think it’s a lost cause at this point, but he owes me $ from weekly most points award that he is refusing to pay me. I think he forgot this is just a game!

    • Man, thats a strange situation. I don’t know anyone who could really help. I guess my advice would be to maybe email the commish and ask him his honest thoughts about the scenario and then ask him what he wants you to do to get unlocked from the site. If he is still a dick after that, then you might as well play it out and then quit next season. Or dump all your players right now haha

  • I own DMC. My other possible starts at what now might be considered my RB2 spot are: F-Jax, Beanie, Moreno, Mendy. Do I give DMC a shot and start him tonight? Non-ppr for whatever that’s worth.

    • I think I would go with Moreno tonight. Oakland is bad against the run.

  • 0.5 PPR
    Luck or Romo?
    DX or Chris Givens?

    • I like Luck and DX. Both very close though.

  • Cobb, maclin, Antonio brown, Alexander, decker. Gotta pick three

    PPR league spiller, sproles, bge, forte gotta pick 2

    • Cobb, Decker, DX

      I’d go Spiller for sure and then probably Forte

  • Std scoring: Gates, Tamme (if stokley sits), or Marcedes Lewis? Celek and Clark are on the wire too.

    Maclin l, Gordon, Givens, A Brown. Pick 2. Thanks!

    • Tamme at TE, and then I’d roll with Brown and Givens at WR

  • Leshoure or Moreno at Flex spot this week? Standard scoring with 5 points bonus for 100 yds.

    • Morenooooooooooo. Good luck tonight!

  • Gentlemen. Here is the lineup I’m planning on rolling with Week 14–first round of playoffs, and my bench. Standard scoring. Any thing you’d do differently? Any compelling reason to un-bench R.Mathews and start him @ Flex over Hilton? Thanks.
    QB- RG3
    WR- Vjax
    WR -G. Jennings
    RB – B.Brown
    RB- BJGE
    TE – Miller
    FLEX- Hilton
    K- Hanson
    D/ST- Jets
    BENCH –

  • Forbath vs. Ravens or Zuerlein vs. Bills?

    • Toss up but I would go with Forbath. Over/under is higher in that game.

  • Hey Jeff….need help with a few positions. Need 2 RBs, 1 WR, and 1 FLEX out of the following: Julio, Wayne, Ridley, Gore, Leshoure, SJax. Thanks!

    • Lean Julio barely over Wayne. Feels like 2009, but Gore and SJax at RB this week, and then I would play Wayne at flex.

  • Which turd should I start at RB2 in a PPR league: Dwyer, Mathews, McFadden. Dissension among the ranks of the Fake Football staff on these three. Does PPR change your assessment?

    • Brutal. The issue here is obviously the unknown involvement level of DMC and the horrible matchup (and performance) of Mathews. I personally prefer Mathews, but the others like Dwyer. Go with your gut! Or flip a coin. Or go to a fortune teller. Or just play Mathews…your choice. Good luck!

  • Sit one (PPR plus return yards 1pt per 10):
    Cruz, Julio, Wayne, Cobb

    • Can’t sit Cobb with the return yardage involved. Feels weird, but with such good options I would sit Wayne.

  • Pick 3:
    Garcon, Colston, Dez, Danario Alexander…

    • Dez, Colston, Garcon. Lots of points in that trio coming up this week!

      • Nice. That’s what I had and that’s what I’m hoping for!

  • 1ppr, 3 – 100yds, need 3:


    thinking of rolling with the *s. tough to sit Stevie but it seems like he’s not a red zone target at all with Chandler there

    • I don’t have a problem with that at all. I do like Givens this week.

      • if Amendola plays, do I proceed with Givens still?

  • Have to choose two of these guys:

    Torrey Smith
    Steve Smith
    Pierre Garcon


    • Go with Pierre and Torrey this week.

  • I’m having trouble picking 3: Martin, BGE, Murray, Bryce, McFadden

    • Damn, lots of good choices at least! Dougie, Bryce and Murray would be my selections.

  • Knowshon vs OAK or Roddy vs CAR, in a PPR?

    • Tough. I would go with Roddy. No way he has two clunkers in a row.

  • For my flex (non-PPR), Blackmon, Britt, Fitzgerald or Pettigrew?

    • Tough. I would go Blackmon here, even with Skelton returning.

  • Struggling with injuries I need 1 WR and 1 flex between d. Moore, golden Tate, Lloyd, quizz, m. Owens and Pierre Thomas, thanks

    • I lean Tate barely over Moore. Toss up though. Then probably ‘Quizz at flex. Rough options. Good luck!

  • Need 2(ppr)


    TE- Randolph or Olsen(same league,ppr)


    • Go with DX and Britt along with Rudy the red nose tight end.

  • Pick 2 RB’s to start in PPR- Richardson, Forte, Ridley, Morris.


    Pick one for Flex in PPR- Golden Tate or Montell Owens.
    P.S….Damn u Percy Harvin for being placed on IR.


    • Go with both rookies at RB.

      I would go with Tate at flex. Who knows with Owens really. Jennings is still in the picture (even though he sucks)

      And I am with you on Harvin! This site was a big proponent of Harvin in the preseason and he was absolutely killing it before he went down. Good luck, I am playing the “replace Percy” game right along with you!

  • 10 Team No PPR: Need 1 WR and 1 Flex from:
    Cobb, DX
    McFadden, Matthews, R. Bush


    • Cobb at WR, and we have DMC/Mathews very close. I will defer to my 2 pals Greg & Chet, and say give DMC a try.

      • Thanks!

  • 12 Team PPR: Start Alex Green over Beanie as RB2? Brees is my QB but would you start Rudolph over Graham? Flex: Garcon, DX, or James Jones? My 2 starting WRs are Dez & Cruz.
    10 Team PPR: Vernon or Gates? Flex: VJax, Wayne, DMC, Bowe or Ballard, thinking VJax.

    • I would play Beanie over Starks. Stick with Graham at TE, he will bounce back nicely and you gotta love the double dip when Brees hooks up with him. At flex, go with Pierre, he is on fire. I personally like Gates over VD, but the other guys like Davis, so go with your gut there. In the other flex, stick with VJax.

      • Yeah I like to draft a qb/wr combo, in Brees’s case Graham is the best combo. Beanie over Green even though Starks is done for the year? I realize they are both poor options! I’m still on the fence about Vernon & Gates. Here is a bigger issue, Ive been banned from my 14 team league for calling out the Commish for being super shady. He kicked someone out in week 3 for not paying there dues, I called him out & he locked me out of everything but add/drop/trades. Anyways, the other day I was going to post smack talk on my bro-in-laws matchup & realized I am still locked out! I figured winning is more smack talk then saying anything to him so I just realized I was still locked out! I got super pissed at the commish so he banned me & told me he won’t pay me the bonus $ I’ve won over the season. I’m sick of this & want to finish the season regardless of what place I finish. Fantasy Judgement is working on it because they also find it unacceptable. Do you know anyone at Yahoo who can interject before the thursday night game? This has been a headache & completely unfair!

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