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Weekly rankings: Jordan Cameron second to one


Terrelle Pryor was poised to be one of the biggest sleepers of the week with a fantastic matchup against the Washington Footballers. (Need a good nickname for the Washington football team.) But we're going to monitor his status as he goes through the concussion protocol.

So I'll lead off with him at No. 12, and we will monitor his progress. If he's cleared by Wednesday, I'll have him move ahead of Colin Kaepernick. Oops, I should have put a spoiler alert up first. You haven't started reading the list yet. Sorry about that. I'm so used to people spoiling "Breaking Bad" that I've just become accustomed to it. (Though in fairness, I'm just up to Episode 6 in Season 1.)


1. Peyton Manning
2. Drew Brees
3. Tom Brady
4. Tony Romo
5. Matt Ryan
6. Russell Wilson
7. Matthew Stafford
8. Andrew Luck
9. Robert Griffin III
10. Michael Vick
11. Colin Kaepernick
12. Terrelle Pryor
13. Joe Flacco
14. Alex Smith
15. Sam Bradford
16. Carson Palmer
17. Philip Rivers
18. Matt Schaub
19. Jay Cutler
20. Ryan Tannehill
21. Andy Dalton
22. Jake Locker
23. Eli Manning
24. Geno Smith

* Hey, look who is back in the Top 3! It's Tom Brady. I don't want to get too giddy about his big game against the Buccaneers (well, what we consider a big game now). However, the Falcons have allowed the fifth-most points in fantasy football this year. So I'm going matchup, pedigree and a budding relationship with his young receivers. Remember that Thursday night disaster came on a short week, in the rain, with receivers he's yet to find a groove with. This will continue to improve with each and every week.

* Tony Romo has a fantastic matchup against the Chargers at home on Sunday. Oh, you read that right. It will be a virtual home game for the Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Cowboys always travel well, especially in the western United States. Sorry Chargers fans, I wish I could be there to help you represent.

* I was close to pushing Colin Kaepernick out of the QB1 range for 12-team leagues. But if push came to shove, I would start him over Joe Flacco. I'm just being honest here. But if Vernon Davis is out on Thursday, I might drop him down to about No. 20.

* Alex Smith seems like a trap game to me, but if Terrelle Pryor can't go against Washington, then you can sneak Smith in there as your starter.

Running backs

1. LeSean McCoy
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Matt Forte
4. Marshawn Lynch
5. Trent Richardson
6. Jamaal Charles
7. Alfred Morris
8. Doug Martin
9. Darren McFadden
10. Knowshon Moreno
11. Bernard Pierce
12. Frank Gore
13. Chris Johnson
14. DeMarco Murray
15. Arian Foster
16. Maurice Jones-Drew
17. Giovani Bernard
18. Joique Bell
19. Reggie Bush
20. C.J. Spiller
21. Darren Sproles
22. Lamar Miller
23. Bilal Powell
24. Stevan Ridley
25. Ahmad Bradshaw
26. Le'Veon Bell
27. Fred Jackson
28. Jacquizz Rodgers
29. Isaiah Pead
30. Ryan Mathews
31. Jason Snelling
32. Ben Tate
33. Rashard Mendenhall
34. Brandon Bolden
35. Montee Ball
36. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
37. Willis McGahee
38. David Wilson
39. Pierre Thomas
40. Danny Woodhead
41. Daniel Thomas
42. Bryce Brown
43. LeGarrette Blount
44. Michael Bush
45. Chris Ogbonnaya
46. Kendall Hunter
47. Alfonso Smith
48. Felix Jones
49. Da'Rel Scott
50. Ronnie Brown

* I don't feel weird with LeSean McCoy as the top running back here. I just don't want to jinx him. But seriously AD, you let Christian Ponder take your touchdowns like that?

* The Texans running backs are in a world of hurt with a bad matchup mixed in with a time share. Watch, this will be the week Foster goes for like 150 and two touchdowns. This is why you always play him.

* Frank Gore is the only guy I trust on Thursday night right now. You have to love the matchup after what DeMarco Murray did.

Wide receivers

1. Calvin Johnson
2. Dez Bryant
3. Demaryius Thomas
4. DeSean Jackson
5. Julio Jones
6. Brandon Marshall
7. A.J. Green
8. Wes Welker
9. Torrey Smith
10. Reggie Wayne
11. Pierre Garcon
12. Antonio Brown
13. Larry Fitzgerald
14. Vincent Jackson
15. Andre Johnson
16. Marques Colston
17. Julian Edelman
18. Eric Decker
19. Victor Cruz
20. Josh Gordon
21. Eddie Royal
22. Steve Johnson
23. Cecil Shorts
24. DeAndre Hopkins
25. T.Y. Hilton
26. Hakeem Nicks
27. Mike Wallace
28. Marlon Brown
29. Santonio Holmes
30. Mike Williams
31. Brian Hartline
32. Donnie Avery
33. Anquan Boldin
34. Dwayne Bowe
35. Tavon Austin
36. Kendall Wright
37. Kenbrell Thompkins
38. Chris Givens
39. Emmanuel Sanders
40. Michael Floyd
41. Rod Streater
42. Lance Moore
43. Stephen Hill
44. Golden Tate
45. Aaron Dobson
46. Roddy White
47. Denarius Moore
48. Miles Austin
49. Austin Pettis
50. Vincent Brown
51. Harry Douglas
52. Nate Washington
53. Greg Jennings
54. Andre Roberts
55. Jerome Simpson
56. Alshon Jeffery
57. Robert Woods
58. Marvin Jones
59. Rueben Randle
60. Kenny Britt

* There were times recently where 65 receiving yards were the norm for DeSean Jackson. Now it's considered a bad game when it happens. He's going to be great.

* I really feel like we're going to be chasing points with Josh Gordon this week. It's such a tough matchup against the Bengals, but he's still a decent enough option.

* Garbage points are still points, so Cecil Shorts has a lot of value. Well, he at least has some value.

* Kenny Britt as No. 60 is symbolic because I hope he's traded to San Francisco on Wednesday. But I don't think we'll be that lucky.

Tight ends

1. Jimmy Graham
2. Jordan Cameron
3. Rob Gronkowski
4. Julius Thomas
5. Jason Witten
6. Vernon Davis
7. Owen Daniels
8. Martellus Bennett
9. Tony Gonzalez
10. Coby Fleener
11. Jared Cook
12. Antonio Gates
13. Heath Miller
14. Kyle Rudolph
15. Tyler Eifert
16. Brandon Myers
17. Brent Celek
18. Jermaine Gresham
19. Scott Chandler
20. Charles Clay

* That's right, Jordan Cameron is going to be the No. 2 tight end in fantasy for some time now. Well, at least until Rob Gronkowski returns to the Patriots. And that could be this week. I know Gronk hasn't played in a game, but there is no way he's on the bench if he's active. Do you want to out-think yourself with Jared Cook or something if Gronk plays? You know he will get a number of red zone targets if he's active. Tom Brady will want to get him into the mix.

* The rest of you disappoint me.


1. Sebastian Janikowski
2. Matt Prater
3. Dan Bailey
4. Garrett Hartley
5. Stephen Gostkowski
6. Alex Henery
7. Steven Hauschka
8. Blair Walsh
9. Robbie Gould
10. Justin Tucker
11. Rob Bironas
12. Ryan Succop
13. Matt Bryant
14. Caleb Sturgis
15. Phil Dawson
16. David Akers
17. Dan Carpenter
18. Nick Novak
19. Jay Feely
20. Adam Vinatieri

* I'm still a little upset Seabass wasn't allowed to try a 67-yarder in the game against the Broncos.

* I started Josh Brown in a league last week. He might not ever be on these rankings again, ever. EVER!


1. Chicago Bears
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. Denver Broncos
6. New England Patriots
7. Baltimore Ravens
8. Dallas Cowboys
9. Minnesota Vikings
10. Tennessee Titans
11. San Francisco 49ers
12. New Orleans Saints
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Buffalo Bills
15. Detroit Lions
16. Miami Dolphins
17. Indianapolis Colts
18. New York Jets
19. Atlanta Falcons
20. Arizona Cardinals

* The Chiefs are the darling pick of the week, which completely scares me. Look what happened to the Vikings last week. Still, the Chiefs have been excellent. Might as well get on the bandwagon. But so help me if you folks jinx this for me!

* The 49ers are not in the top 10. It seems strange, but do you want to trust them against St. Louis? Actually, the short week might be a nice little option. Keep an eye out if somebody drops the 49ers in haste.

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!