Last updated: December 18. 2013 2:10AM - 991 Views
By Ted Black Special to the Weekender



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Well, the final week of the fantasy football season is upon us! Hopefully you are all still alive and in the hunt for your league’s title. (You have been following my advice, right? Most of it, at least…)


Given that most people still in the hunt for a championship are beyond the point of snagging a player off the heap of available players on the waiver wire, I will be shaking up the format this week. I’ll go a little bit more in-depth with ranking and try to help set your lineup in the most important week of the season. Who has the best match-up? Which team is giving up the most points to opposing running backs? All these questions and more will be answered directly below!


QB rankings:


1. P. Manning


2. N. Foles


3. A. Dalton


4. K. Cousins


5. P. Rivers


6. C. Kaepernick


7. D. Brees


8. M. Stafford


9. R. Wilson


10. J. Flacco


11. A. Luck


12. C. Newton


13. A. Smith


14. R. Fitzpatrick


15. R. Tannehill


A few match-ups should jump right off the page this week. Kirk Cousin (vs. Dallas), Andy Dalton (vs. Minnesota), and Philip Rivers (vs. Oakland) have DREAM match-ups in Week 16. These teams are all in the bottom five of points against for opposing quarterbacks this season. The Cowboys made noodle-armed Matt Flynn look like Aaron Rodgers this week, and you can expect this historically atrocious defense to do the same again this week. Your “old faithful” signal callers (Manning, Foles, and Brees) are all solid bets to put up their typical 25-plus point games for you again this week.


RB rankings:


1. L. McCoy


2. J. Charles


3. K. Moreno


4. D. Murray


5. R. Bush


6. M. Forte


7. F. Gore


8. A. Morris


9. L. Bell


10. E. Lacy


11. M. Lynch


12. R. Mathews


13. Z. Stacy


14. R. Jennings


15. R. Rice


LeSean McCoy owners should be salivating at the opportunity to watch the bloodshed he will unleash all over the Bears’ defense this week. McCoy has been one of the elite fantasy running backs this season, and he has a match-up against a Bear’s defense that has been 100 percent unwilling and unable to defend the run. I expect a lot out of McCoy this week, and hopefully you won’t be squaring off against him. Jamaal Charles surely won’t replicate this past week’s performance, but I’m pretty sure he still has some fantasy points left over this week. Frank Gore might not have the fresh wheels he had a few years ago, but the 49ers’ offensive line creates holes and Gore still has elite vision, which leads to him finding said holes. Look for him to pounce all over the Falcons’ tired and banged up defensive front this week.


WR rankings:


1. J. Gordon


2. C. Johnson


3. Brandon Marshall


4. A. Jeffery


5. D. Thomas


6. K. Allen


7. D. Bryant


8. P. Garcon


9. A. Brown


10. M. Wallace


11. A. Johnson


12. D. Jackson


13. V. Jackson


14. M. Wallace


15. J. Edelman


Wide receivers are typically easier to predict than any other position. This week is no exception. Look for Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery to feast on an Eagles’ defense that has given up more fantasy points to opposing receivers than any other defense in the league. Dez Bryant showed the kind of numbers we expected from him all year this past week, and he should have no problem devouring the Redskins’ woeful secondary this week. Pierre Garcon and Antontio Brown have each caught at least five balls in every single game this year. It might not sound like much, but a receiver hasn’t managed that feat throughout an entire season since Jimmy Smith did it for the Jaguars over a decade ago. These guys are clearly must-start receivers, especially if you play in a PPR league. Ryan Tannehill has quietly been one of the league’s most efficient quarterbacks over the past four weeks. His chemistry with receiver Mike Wallace has grown exponentially in that time span. I know Wallace is typically a boom or bust option, but he should be worth the gamble against a Buffalo defense that has been a bit shaky against the pass this year.


TE rankings:


1. D. Walker


2. J. Graham


3. V. Davis


4. J. Witten


5. C. Clay


6. J. Thomas


7. D. Pitta


8. G. Olsen


9. Z. Miller


10. J. Cameron


11. T. Wright


12. T. Gonzalez


13. Z. Ertz


14. H. Miller


15. C. Fleener


Last paragraph I mentioned how the wide receiver position is typically the most predictable position each week, and I’ll follow that up by saying that tight ends are usually the most difficult. Each defense plays tight ends differently, red zone targets fluctuate each week, and they typically see less targets than most receivers. With that being said, look for Delanie Walker to expose the Jaguars’ defense this week. Jacksonville has given up the second most points to opposing tight ends this year, and Walker has been getting plenty of looks from Ryan Fitzpatrick. I’m typically not crazy about Zach Miller, but the Cardinals have given up a whopping 182 points to opposing tight ends (that’s more than 50 points higher than the second highest total!). Besides those two, you can surely count on your stud tight ends such as Graham, Davis, and Witten to put up double-digit points for you this week.


That’s all for me this week! Best of luck to all of you in your championship match-ups and feel free to e-mail me with any last minute start/sit questions. I plan to be back in this same spot next season, so look for me right here and, if you’re lucky, I might also have a 2014 draft guide during the preseason!


-Ted is a Miami fan through and through and has been fumbling and stumbling his way through fantasy leagues for nine years now. If you have questions or suggestions, shoot Ted a message at tedblack1@gmail.com.


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