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Fantasy Football: Week 14 Rankings

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Where are your players at?

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The regular season is over and it is now time to begin playoff action in fantasy football. Hopefully you have made it into this playoffs or you probably wouldn’t be here reading this. It is now time to make sure you give yourself the best chance to win each week and don’t be looking ahead to next week. It is all about Week 14 and you can worry about next week when you win this week’s matchup.

I have put together my Week 14 rankings for fantasy football with a few surprises along the way with where certain players are listed. You now must be sure to start the higher-ranked player on the list and don’t be fooling around. This is also not the time to have a ton of roster depth as you are going to be starting your stud players each week of the playoffs but you do need to be sure to keep an eye on the injury report all week and act accordingly if one of your players is suddenly out for this week’s games.

This is the best part of the season so the time has come to get started on Thursday night. As I tell you every week if you need more help, feel free to send me a tweet @ASchmidtSports or like my new Facebook page and post your questions there for me to answer. I wish you the best of luck this week, go get yourself a victory and let’s come back here next week and get ready for the semifinals.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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It doesn’t get much more obvious than this one with Aaron Rodgers leading the way for fantasy quarterbacks this week but keep your eye out for Matt Schaub and Joe Flacco if you want to swing for the fences.

1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Robert Griffin III

3. Drew Brees

4. Cam Newton

5. Peyton Manning

6. Tony Romo

7. Andrew Luck

8. Matt Ryan

9. Eli Manning

10. Tom Brady

11. Matthew Stafford

12. Andy Dalton

13. Matt Schaub

14. Josh Freeman

15. Ben Roethlisberger

16. Carson Palmer

17. Philip Rivers

18. Jake Locker

19. Joe Flacco

20. Colin Kaepernick

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Running Backs

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A very nice matchup sends Ahmad Bradshaw to the top of this week’s rankings…..

1. Ahmad Bradshaw

2. Trent Richardson

3. Doug Martin

4. Marshawn Lynch

5. Arian Foster

6. C.J. Spiller

7. Bryce Brown

8. Adrian Peterson

9. Ray Rice

10. Steven Jackson

11. Knowshon Moreno

12. Chris Johnson

13. Jamaal Charles

14. Alfred Morris

15. DeMarco Murray

16. Frank Gore

17. DeAngelo Williams

18. Mikel Leshoure

19. Reggie Bush

20. Matt Forte

21. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

22. Darren McFadden

23. Stevan Ridley

24. Jonathan Dwyer

25. Darren Sproles

26. Fred Jackson

27. Vick Ballard

28. Marcel Reece

29. Donald Brown

30. Shonn Greene

31. Michael Turner

32. Mike Tolbert

33. Ryan Mathews

34. James Starks

35. Beanie Wells

36. Jacquizz Rodgers

37. Montell Owens

38. Pierre Thomas

39. Danny Woodhead

40. Daryl Richardson

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Wide Receivers

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This is the week to be sure Hakeem Nicks is in your lineup…..

1. Hakeem Nicks

2. Calvin Johnson

3. Julio Jones

4. Victor Cruz

5. A.J. Green

6. Wes Welker

7. Vincent Jackson

8. Greg Jennings

9. Dez Bryant

10. Brandon Marshall

11. Demaryius Thomas

12. Miles Austin

13. Roddy White

14. Randall Cobb

15. Mike Wallace

16. Marques Colston

17. Reggie Wayne

18. Andre Johnson

19. Steve Smith

20. Eric Decker

21. Brandon Lloyd

22. Pierre Garcon

23. Jeremy Maclin

24. Stevie Johnson

25. Dwayne Bowe

26. T.Y. Hilton

27. Anquan Boldin

28. Brian Hartline

29. James Jones

30. Lance Moore

31. Mike Williams

32. Sidney Rice

33. Antonio Brown

34. Torrey Smith

35. Larry Fitzgerald

36. Michael Crabtree

37. Donnie Avery

38. Denarius Moore

39. Kenny Britt

40. Percy Harvin

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Tight Ends

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The normal list of tight ends is led off by Jimmy Graham again. If you are looking very deep for a good option though, go pick up Brandon Myers as he had 14 catches last week and could have another solid week.

1. Jimmy Graham

2. Aaron Hernandez

3. Jason Witten

4. Tony Gonzalez

5. Owen Daniels

6. Heath Miller

7. Brandon Pettigrew

8. Brent Celek

9. Jermichael Finley

10. Jermaine Gresham

11. Greg Olsen

12. Brandon Myers

13. Tony Scheffler

14. Antonio Gates

15. Benjamin Watson

16. Dallas Clark

17. Vernon Davis

18. Tom Crabtree

19. Coby Fleener

20. Scott Chandler

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There is usually no one more dependable than Adam Vinatieri and in a playoff situation and a great matchup, starting Vinatieri is a great option. You could start any of these top ten kickers and feel great about it as kickers seem to give about the same amount of points each week.

1. Adam Vinatieri

2. Matt Bryant

3. Justin Tucker

4. Shaun Suisham

5. Steven Hauschka

6. Ryan Succop

7. Lawrence Tynes

8. Connor Barth

9. Stephen Gostkowski

10. Mason Crosby

11. Rian Lindell

12. Alex Henery

13. Dan Bailey

14. Garrett Hartley

15. Rob Bironas

16. Sebastian Janikowski

17. Robbie Gould

18. Mike Nugent

19. Matt Prater

20. Kai Forbath

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If you are looking for the top-ranked defense each week the rest of the season, go find who the Arizona Cardinals are playing and this week it is the Seattle Seahawks. This is the most important thing for having a defense the rest of the season now so look ahead on just this occasion for future reference.

1. Seattle

2. Pittsburgh

3. N.Y. Jets

4. Chicago

5. Denver

6. Buffalo

7. Tampa Bay

8. Minnesota

9. Jacksonville

10. Cleveland

11. Cincinnati

12. Atlanta

13. Baltimore

14. San Francisco

15. Arizona

16. Miami

17. Dallas

18. San Diego

19. Tennessee

20. Green Bay