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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 14 Player Rankings

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Week 14 Rankings

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It’s very simple. Win or go home.

That’s right, we have reached the first round of the fantasy playoffs already. Because it is win or go home, there is no room for mistakes. You must optimize your lineup better than ever or else you could be warming up the metaphorical bus quite early come Sunday.

For those who aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box, that means you will lose.

Anyway, if you made trades earlier in the year planning for the playoffs, you are wise. Acquiring those with ideal playoff schedules is always a smart strategy in fantasy. You want every advantage possible.

Also, your studs are likely the reason you are even in the playoffs. Having said that, I deliver a message; start your studs! You know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

For those of you who have clinched a first round bye, don’t just sit there and watch. You could also be gaining a significant edge on your opponents. How? Easy. Look ahead to Week 15 and add players with favorable matchups on the waiver wire. That way, you will be a step ahead of your opponents. For instance, go out and grab the Detroit Lions defense. Next week they face the ugliest offense in football in Arizona.

So let’s check out my rankings for the first week of the playoffs. Go out and get a win.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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Week 14 Rankings: Quarterbacks

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1) Aaron Rodgers vs Detroit Lions

2) Peyton Manning @ Oakland Raiders

3) Drew Brees @ New York Giants

4) Robert Griffin III vs Baltimore Ravens

5) Tom Brady vs Houston Texans

6) Matthew Stafford @ Green Bay Packers

7) Cam Newton vs Atlanta Falcons

8) Andrew Luck vs Tennessee Titans

9) Josh Freeman vs Philadelphia Eagles

10) Matt Ryan @ Carolina Panthers

11) Eli Manning vs New Orleans Saints

12) Tony Romo @ Cincinnati Bengals

13) Colin Kapernick vs Miami Dolphins

14) Matt Schaub @ New England Patriots

15) Andy Dalton vs Dallas Cowboys

16) Joe Flacco @ Washington Redskins

17) Russell Wilson vs Arizona Cardinals

18) Jay Cutler @ Minnesota Vikings

19) Carson Palmer vs Denver Broncos

20) Ryan Fitzpatrick vs St. Louis Rams

21) Jake Locker @ Indianapolis Colts

22) Ben Roethlisberger vs San Diego Chargers

23) Sam Bradford @ Buffalo Bills

24) Phillip Rivers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

25) Brandon Weeden vs Kansas City Chiefs

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Week 14 Rankings: Running Backs

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

1) Adrian Peterson vs Chicago Bears

2) Arian Foster @ New England Patriots

3) Doug Martin vs Philadelphia Eagles

4) Trent Richardson vs Kansas City Chiefs

5) Ray Rice @ Washington Redskins

6) Chris Johnson @ Indianapolis Colts

7) Marshawn Lynch vs Arizona Cardinals

8) Ahmad Bradshaw vs New Orleans Saints

9) Alfred Morris vs Baltimore Ravens

10) Jamaal Charles @ Cleveland Browns

11) C.J. Spiller vs St. Louis Rams

12) Frank Gore vs Miami Dolphins

13) Stevan Ridley vs Houston Texans

14) Bryce Brown @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

15) Steven Jackson @ Buffalo Bills

16) Matt Forte @ Minnesota Vikings

17) Knowshon Moreno @ Oakland Raiders

18) BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs Dallas Cowboys

19) DeMarco Murray @ Cincinnati Bengals

20) Michael Turner @ Carolina Panthers

21) Mikel Leshoure @ Green Bay Packers

22) Jonathan Dwyer vs San Diego Chargers

23) Darren Sproles @ New York Giants

24) Shonn Greene @ Jacksonville Jaguars

25) Vick Ballard vs Tennessee Titans

26) Ryan Mathews @ Pittsburgh Steelers

27) Fred Jackson vs St. Louis Rams

28) Darren McFadden vs Denver Broncos

29) Reggie Bush @ San Francisco 49ers

30) Alex Green vs Detroit Lions

31) Beanie Wells @ Seattle Seahawks

32) Jacquizz Rodgers @ Carolina Panthers

33) Montell Owens vs New York Jets

34) Marcel Reece vs Denver Broncos

35) DeAngelo Williams vs Atlanta Falcons

36) Bilal Powell @ Jacksonville Jaguars

37) Joique Bell @ Green Bay Packers

38) Issac Redman vs San Diego Chargers

39) Pierre Thomas @ New York Giants

40) Daniel Thomas @ San Francisco 49ers

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Week 14 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

1) Calvin Johnson @ Green Bay Packers

2) Andre Johnson @ New England Patriots

3) A.J. Green vs Dallas Cowboys

4) Demaryius Thomas @ Oakland Raiders

5) Brandon Marshall @ Minnesota Vikings

6) Reggie Wayne vs Tennessee Titans

7) Victor Cruz vs New Orleans Saints

8) Vincent Jackson vs Philadelphia Eagles

9) Dez Bryant @ Cincinnati Bengals

10) Wes Welker vs Houston Texans

11) Randall Cobb vs Detroit Lions

12) Marques Colston @ New York Giants

13) Roddy White @ Carolina Panthers

14) Hakeem Nicks vs New Orleans Saints

15) Julio Jones @ Carolina Panthers

16) Torrey Smith @ Washington Redskins

17) Pierre Garcon vs Baltimore Ravens

18) Steve Smith vs Atlanta Falcons

19) Mike Williams vs Philadelphia Eagles

20) Lance Moore @ New York Giants

21) Eric Decker @ Oakland Raiders

22) Greg Jennings vs Detroit Lions

23) T.Y. Hilton vs Tennessee Titans

24) Stevie Johnson vs St. Louis Rams

25) Danario Alexander @ Pittsburgh Steelers

26) James Jones vs Detroit Lions

27) Miles Austin @ Cincinnati Bengals

28) Sidney Rice vs Arizona Cardinals

29) Mike Wallace vs San Diego Chargers

30) Jeremy Maclin @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

31) Josh Gordon @ Kansas City Chiefs

32) Michael Crabtree vs Miami Dolphins

33) Chris Givens @ Buffalo Bills

34) Larry Fitzgerald @ Seattle Seahawks

35) Anquan Boldin @ Washington Redskins

36) Dwayne Bowe @ Cleveland Browns

37) Golden Tate vs Arizona Cardinals

38) Kenny Britt @ Indianapolis Colts

39) Malcom Floyd @ Pittsburgh Steelers

40) Antonio Brown vs San Diego Chargers

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Week 14 Rankings: Tight Ends

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1) Jimmy Graham @ New York Giants

2) Tony Gonzalez @ Carolina Panthers

3) Owen Daniels @ New England Patriots

4) Jason Witten @ Cincinnati Bengals

5) Brandon Myers vs Denver Broncos

6) Aaron Hernandez vs Houston Texans

7) Heath Miller vs San Diego Chargers

8) Kyle Rudolph vs Chicago Bears

9) Jermaine Gresham vs Dallas Cowboys

10) Martellus Bennett vs New Orleans Saints

11) Brandon Pettigrew @ Green Bay Packers

12) Greg Olsen vs Atlanta Falcons

13) Vernon Davis vs Miami Dolphins

14) Jermichael Finley vs Detroit Lions

15) Jacob Tamme @ Oakland Raiders

16) Brent Celek @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17) Jared Cook @ Indianapolis Colts

18) Dennis Pitta @ Washington Redskins

19) Marcedes Lewis vs New York Jets

20) Antonio Gates @ Pittsburgh Steelers

21) Tony Scheffler @ Green Bay Packers

22) Dallas Clark vs Philadelphia Eagles

23) Scott Chandler vs St. Louis Rams

24) Benjamin Watson vs Kansas City Chiefs

25) Tony Moeaki @ Cleveland Browns

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Week 14 Rankings: D/ST

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

1) San Francisco 49ers vs Miami Dolphins

2) Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona Cardinals

3) Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings

4) Pittsburgh Steelers vs San Diego Chargers

5) Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders

6) Cleveland Browns vs Kansas City Chiefs

7) New York Jets @ Jacksonville Jaguars

8) Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

9) Cincinnati Bengals vs Dallas Cowboys

10) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Philadelphia Eagles

11) San Diego Chargers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

12) St. Louis Rams @ Buffalo Bills

13) Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Jets

14) Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers

15) Buffalo Bills vs St. Louis Rams

16) New England Patriots vs Houston Texans

17) Baltimore Ravens @ Washington Redskins

18) Houston Texans @ New England Patriots

19) New York Giants vs New Orleans Saints

20) Dallas Cowboys @ Cincinnati Bengals

21) Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions

22) Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans

23) Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears

24) Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

25) Miami Dolphins @ San Francisco 49ers

26) Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers

27) Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons

28) Washington Redskins vs Baltimore Ravens

29) New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants

30) Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

31) Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

32) Oakland Raiders vs Denver Broncos