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Weekly rankings: Can you trust Carson Palmer?


This is going to be a hard thing for me to do, but I must apologize to the St. Louis FC organization for mocking them for trading away Robert Griffin III for all of those draft picks. I figured it might be one of the worst moves of all time, but the team looks pretty good right now.

That's not to say RGIII won't become a solid pro quarterback, but it certainly isn't the fait accompli it looked like last year. Seriously, how did RGIII turn so quickly? People haven't turned this quickly on a franchise since George Lucas dubbed in the "Noooooooooooooooo!" during the final battle of Episode VI.

Now when I'm doing my rankings, I would almost have reservations about putting RGIII ahead of Case Keenum. And Keenum was awful Sunday. Speaking of rankings, let's get to them.


1. Drew Brees
2. Peyton Manning
3. Tony Romo
4. Tom Brady
5. Cam Newton
6. Matthew Stafford
7. Russell Wilson
8. Nick Foles
9. Andrew Luck
10. Carson Palmer

* Yeah, I had thought about dropping Brees in my rankings because of the tough matchup. I wouldn't want anybody to get the wrong idea here. There might be guys who have better matchups, but I would feel sick to my stomach if I benched Brees and he went nuts. And if that kept me out of the playoffs.

* Yeah, at some point I can't ignore what Palmer has done. But at the same time, doesn't it feel like the first time you finally trust him he's going to end up burning you?

Running backs

1. Jamaal Charles
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Marshawn Lynch
4. Matt Forte
5. Rashad Jennings
6. Alfred Morris
7. Eddie Lacy
8. LeSean McCoy
9. Andre Brown
10. Knowshon Moreno
11. Maurice Jones-Drew
12. DeMarco Murray
13. Frank Gore
14. Ray Rice
15. Chris Johnson
16. Reggie Bush
17. Giovani Bernard
18. Donald Brown
19. Danny Woodhead
20. Dennis Johnson

* We will continue to ride Charles until further notice.

* I know Brown was awful last week, but look at the matchup. He has a nice bounce-back this week.

* The Texans have a great matchup this week. Gary Kubiak wants to see what he's got with Johnson. And he looked like a guy who wanted to step up.

Wide receivers

1. Calvin Johnson
2. Larry Fitzgerald
3. Josh Gordon
4. Brandon Marshall
5. Dez Bryant
6. A.J. Green
7. DeSean Jackson
8. Demaryius Thomas
9. Jordy Nelson
10. Antonio Brown
11. Andre Johnson
12. Vincent Jackson
13. Keenan Allen
14. Wes Welker
15. Pierre Garcon
16. Alshon Jeffery
17. Jarrett Boykin
18. Torrey Smith
19. Michael Floyd
20. Eric Decker

* Even if you don't completely trust Palmer just yet, you can trust Fitz. Plus, Floyd has been fantastic in back-to-back weeks.

* Decker has struggled in recent weeks. But remember the way folks panicked after Week 1? Let's not go crazy just yet.

Tight ends

1. Jimmy Graham
2. Rob Gronkowski
3. Jordan Cameron
4. Vernon Davis
5. Julius Thomas
6. Coby Fleener
7. Jason Witten
8. Greg Olsen
9. Martellus Bennett
10. Antonio Gates
11. John Carlson
12. Timothy Wright

* We are due for a Cameron revitalization at some point, right? The Jaguars give up a ton of points to fantasy tight ends.

* And why is Fleener still available in a ton of fantasy leagues?


1. Sebastian Janikowski
2. Matt Prater
3. Steven Hauschka
4. Mason Crosby
5. Stephen Gostkowski
6. Robbie Gould
7. Blair Walsh
8. Garrett Hartley
9. Justin Tucker
10. Dan Bailey

* Seabass is coming off a huge week, 15 points. The Cowboys have been tough on fantasy kickers, but, Seabass.


1. Carolina Panthers
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. New England Patriots
4. Dallas Cowboys
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. San Francisco 49ers
8. Cleveland Browns
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Miami Dolphins

* We might have been too simplistic in picking teams going up against the Jaguars. But the Texans did have a nice effort against Jacksonville. Now the Jags will be on the road in Cleveland. The weather should be around 40 degrees. But still a pretty nice play this week.

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