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Weekly rankings: Jamaal Charles injury a concern


If you've spent any time with me on Twitter during the preseason games, you know we like to play with #fantasyoverreactions. You see a guy going nuts during a preseason game and you want to make sure he jumps up your fantasy draft board.

Sometimes it's warranted. Other times not so much. But in this week in the rankings I'm going to try not to overreact too much to what we say in Week 1 of the preseason both good and bad. So let's get to it.


1. Drew Brees
2. Peyton Manning
3. Aaron Rodgers
4. Colin Kaepernick
5. Andrew Luck
6. Cam Newton
7. Matt Ryan
8. Robert Griffin III
9. Tony Romo
10. Tom Brady
11. Russell Wilson
12. Matthew Stafford
13. QB Eagles
14. Ryan Tannehill
15. Josh Freeman
16. Philip Rivers
17. Alex Smith
18. Joe Flacco
19. Andy Dalton
20. Sam Bradford
21. Eli Manning
22. Jay Cutler
23. Ben Roethlisberger
24. Carson Palmer
25. EJ Manuel

* The first 12 are basically interchangeable at this point, with only modest twists and turns. RG3 won't play in the preseason, which could mean he takes a tumble or two in your fantasy drafts, which is good for you.

* QB Eagles is still my best bet for a top backup in 12-team leagues.

Player(s) Bye  BUF opp. 2012 QBs FPA
Rodgers/Newton 4 Ravens 26
RG3 5 Browns 14
Ryan 6 Bengals 28
Brees 7 Dolphins 16
Luck 8 Saints 1
Manning/Kaepernick 9 Chiefs 6
Brady 10 Steelers 30

* I've moved EJ Manuel up to No. 25. He's going to have a chance to play in Buffalo, and that's huge. If you end up with somebody like Rodgers or Brees and likely won't need a backup QB save the bye week, Manuel could be an option. In fact, let's do a nice little chart here for some of the top QBs bye week and who the Bills play.


1. Adrian Peterson
2. LeSean McCoy
3. Arian Foster
4. Doug Martin
5. Jamaal Charles
6. Marshawn Lynch
7. Trent Richardson
8. C.J. Spiller
9. Alfred Morris
10. Ray Rice
11. Matt Forte
12. Steven Jackson
13. Chris Johnson
14. Le'Veon Bell
15. Frank Gore
16. Lamar Miller
17. Stevan Ridley
18. Darren McFadden
19. Reggie Bush
20. Maurice Jones-Drew
21. David Wilson
22. DeMarco Murray
23. Chris Ivory
24. Darren Sproles
25. Montee Ball
26. Daryl Richardson
27. Rashard Mendenhall
28. Eddie Lacy
29. Shane Vereen
30. Ahmad Bradshaw
31. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
32. Johnathan Franklin

* Wait, did I move Charles down a few spots because of the injury news coming out of Kansas City? That answer is yes. I sure did.

* Jackson is going to end up as such a huge steal for fantasy enthusiasts this year. Jackson and Michael Turner had similar numbers in each of the last five years except in one category, touchdowns (60 to 26). More than two-to-one. Jackson will get those attempts this year.

* Ridley looked great in his first preseason action. The Patriots preseason gameplan was to run the ball. This could bleed into the regular season. That's why Patriots running backs run up, and Brady is a little worrisome for me.


1. Calvin Johnson
2. Dez Bryant
3. Julio Jones
4. Larry Fitzgerald
5. A.J. Green
6. Demaryius Thomas
7. Brandon Marshall
8. Vincent Jackson
9. Roddy White
10. Randall Cobb
11. Victor Cruz
12. Andre Johnson
13. Reggie Wayne
14. Marques Colston
15. Steve Smith
16. Dwayne Bowe
17. Mike Wallace
18. Greg Jennings
19. Danny Amendola
20. Antonio Brown
21. Pierre Garcon
22. Hakeem Nicks
23. James Jones
24. Cecil Shorts
25. Wes Welker
26. Eric Decker
27. DeSean Jackson
28. Steve Johnson
29. Torrey Smith
30. Kenny Britt
31. Josh Gordon
32. Jordy Nelson
33. Miles Austin
34. T.Y. Hilton
35. Chris Givens
36. Anquan Boldin
37. Emmanuel Sanders
38. Denarius Moore
39. Tavon Austin
40. Golden Tate
41. Mike Williams
42. Sidney Rice
43. Keenan Allen
44. DeAndre Hopkins
45. Kenbrell Thompkins

* Still holding tight with Dez at the No. 2 slot. I'm very confident in him this year. Fitzgerald is going to be great, too.

* Givens is the St. Louis FC receiver to own. Trust me.

* This might be trendy in coming days, but I was high on Allen before all of the injuries in San Diego. Dude, I sound like one of those hipsters who talk about the bands they saw in tiny clubs.

* But that won't stop me from bragging about Thompkins, who I talked about in the most recent Fantasy Live podcast.


1. Jimmy Graham
2. Rob Gronkowski
3. Vernon Davis
4. Jason Witten
5. Tony Gonzalez
6. Kyle Rudolph
7. Owen Daniels
8. Greg Olsen
9. Jermaine Gresham
10. Jordan Cameron
11. Brandon Myers
12. Tyler Eifert
13. Jermichael Finley
14. Jared Cook
15. Heath Miller
16. Delanie Walker
17. Ed Dickson
18. Fred Davis
19. Martellus Bennett
20. Zach Ertz
21. Zach Sudfeld
22. Dustin Keller

Davis is still the guy I would target based on ADP. But maybe if we can spread enough propaganda, we can end up moving Gronkowski low enough on draft boards.

You want to know who marked out like no other when Sudfeld caught that 22-yard reception? This guy. (I was pointing to myself. I guess it loses something when you can't see me doing this "this guy" move. I apologize for that.)


Draft Sebastian Janikowski and the defense matched up against the Jets. And that's it!

Did you know that Adam Rank won last year's Expert's League title? Oh that's right, it's like the only thing he ever talks about. Well congratulations, Rank. You finally did something. What have you done for us lately? Let's worry about 2013 and stop living in the past. Typical Lakers fan, am I right? Oh, if you found this useful (as if) check him out on the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program". And follow him on Twitter, please. He's taking us to lunch if he gets 17 more Twitter followers today. And we only got 15 the last time, so step up fantasy enthusiasts!