Week 19 - Divisional Round Player Rankings
Week 19 Rankings
1. Peyton Manning DEN - The Chargers had success holding Peyton to just nine drives last time they faced. That won't happen again.
2. Andrew Luck IND - The most confident QB in the league after last weekend's epic comeback.
3. Cam Newton CAR - His wheels keep him ranked this high, but don't expect much success against that red hot Niner secondary.
4. Tom Brady NE - The Pats have shifted to a run first offense with 77 carries to 50 passes the last two weeks. Look for the O-Line to double and triple Mathis in order to give Brady time to throw.
5. Russell Wilson SEA - Weather calls for wind and rain, but Wilson will do his best to control the game. The offense will run through Wilson, not Lynch.
6. Drew Brees NO - Hawks held Brees to his lowest output since 2006. Everything will need to be over the middle, as Sherman and Maxwell control the outside.
7. Philip Rivers SD - Tall task after a fantastic season for Rivers. He's being asked to win the game and control the clock, but hard to do that with a dinged up RB without getting in a shoot-out with Peyton. #quandry
8. Colin Kaepernick SF - The Panthers Defense is phenomenal. Don't expect the Packer game performance this weekend.
1. Marshawn Lynch SEA - Don't expect the Saints to achieve the same success they did the last itme against Lynch.
2. Shane Vereen NE- Shotgun draw plays and dumpers should work very effectively against the Colts Dime 6 CB defenses.
3. LeGarette Blount NE - New England has switched to a run first pass second team.
4. Knowshon Moreno DEN - He could be #1, just depends on if Peyton wants to throw on em or pass. The Charger Defense is awful.
5. Danny Woodhead SD - With Mathews dinged up, expect Woodhead to get a lot of work this weekend.
6. Donald Brown IND - Watch the weather in this game. Brown could be asked to do more than usual.
7. Darren Sproles NO - Ingram may get the start, but Sproles will be the one getting the work with the Saints playing from behind.
8. Frank Gore SF - Tough matchup but will get the carries.
9. Stevan Ridley NE - Look for Blount not Ridley, to get the lions share of the Pariot carries.
10. DeAngelo Williams CAR - With Stewart back, it's anybody's guess, but DeAngelo hasn't done anything to lose the spot.
11. Montee Ball DEN - I smell a touchdown for Ball this weekend.
12. Jonathan Stewart CAR - Finally healthy, just in time for a home playoff game.
13. Mike Tolbert CAR
14. Mark Ingram NO
15. Ronnie Brown SD
16. Trent Richardson IND
17. Kendall Hunter SF
18.Khiry Robinson NO
Ryan Mathews SD (status uncertain)
Pierre Thomas NO (status uncertain)
1. Demaryius Thomas DEN - The best wide receiver left in the playoffs.
2. TY Hilton IND - After taking the top off the defense last week, look for the Patriots to do everything they can to shut down Hilton this weekend.
3. Julian Edelman NEP - So Edelman, like Welker is thriving in the Patriots offense. Tom will open things up with playaction seam routes to Edelman.
4. Eric Decker DEN - If Peyton wakes up on the left side of bed, he'll throw it a lot to Decker too.
5. Wes Welker DEN - He's baaack. Welker returns where his career started as an undrafted rookie.
6. Keenan Allen SD - Due to the nature of playing from behind, Allen could have a big game this weekend even with Champ Bailey back in action.
7. Michael Crabtree SF - He means more to the Niner offense than any player not named Colin.
8. Danny Amendola NEP - Playing a surprising second fiddle to Edelman, but still has an opportunity to put up numbers.
9. Marques Colston NO - Remember, he won't face Sherman exclusively unless he plays the outside, which he won't. Colston will have to come out of the slot if he has any chance of being effective.
10. Steve Smith CAR - He' back, but he's facing a tall task facing Tramiane Brock this weekend. Should be fun to watch.
11. Golden Tate SEA - Another tough matchup as CB Keenan Lewis gets the start.
12. Kenbrell Thompkins NEP - The under-sized Colts secondary doesn't do well against big physical wide receivers (see Dwayne Bowe) and he's the biggest the Pats have.
13. Anquan Boldin SF - The cagy veteran won't scare the Panthers this weekend.
14. Kenny Stills NO - Go get Kenny "Big Play" Stills for your dynasty teams! He quietly led the league in yards per catch this season.
15. Doug Baldwin SEA - Look for "Dougie B" to get in the endzone this weekend.
16.Brandon LaFell CAR
17. Lance Moore NO
18. Griff Whalen IND
19. Eddie Royal SD
20. Lavon Brazil IND
21. Ted Ginn CAR
22. DaRick Rogers IND
23. Robert Meachem NO
24. Andre Caldwell DEN
Aaron Dobson NEP - (Status uncertain) - not practicing
Percy Harvin SEA (status uncertain) - practicing
1. Jimmy Graham NO - Simply the best. Brees should look his way at least 10 times this weekend.
2. Julius Thomas DEN - What a breakout year for Thomas. The Chargers are better against TEs (#12) than they are against wide receivers (#1s - 31st #2s - 32nd) but he still should be regarded as the number two tight end this weekend.
4. Greg Olsen CAR - The Niners have been on a tear but Olsen will be the Panthers top receiver this weekend.
5. Coby Fleener IND - Fleener was in 43 of the team's 50 passing plays last weekend. Win or lose, he'll be heavily involved as the Patriots will try to take Hilton out of the game.
6. Ladarius Green SD - Green led Gates in snaps 50 to 40 last weekend, but Gates did lead in passing routes 16 to 12. Having said that, I still think Green is the go to guy in the red zone now.
7. Zach Miller SEA
8. Antonio Gates SD
9. Jacob Tamme DEN
10. Michael Hoomanawanui NE
11. Luke Wilson SEA
12. Joel Dreesen DEN
13. \Ben Watson NO
14. Vance McDonald SF
15. Matthew Mulligan NE
16. Garrett Celek SF
1. Matt Prater DEN
2. Stephen Hauschka SEA
3. Stephen Gostkowski NEP
4. Nick Novak SD
5. Phil Dawson SF
6. Adam Vinatieri NE
7. Graham Gano CAR
8. Shayne Graham NO
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