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2011 Playoff NFL Power Rankings:
Week 18 Top Fantasy Performers, Defenses


Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Tim Tebow: 10-of-21, 316 yards. 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush). 50 rush yards.
  • Drew Brees: 33-of-43, 466 yards. 3 TDs.
  • Matthew Stafford: 28-of-43, 380 yards. 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush), 2 INTs.
  • Eli Manning: 23-of-32, 277 yards. 3 TDs. 13 rush yards.


    Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • Arian Foster: 24 carries, 153 yards. 3 catches, 29 rec. yards. 2 TDs.
  • Darren Sproles: 85 total yards. 2 TDs.
  • Pierre Thomas: 8 carries, 66 yards. 6 catches, 55 rec. yards. 1 TD.
  • Isaac Redman: 17 carries, 121 yards. 2 catches, 21 rec. yards.
  • Brandon Jacobs: 14 carries, 92 yards. 2 catches, 8 rec. yards.




    Top Fantasy Receivers:
  • Calvin Johnson: 12 catches, 211 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Demaryius Thomas: 4 catches, 204 yards. 1 TD.
  • Hakeem Nicks: 6 catches, 115 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Robert Meachem: 4 catches, 111 yards. 1 TD.
  • Andre Johnson: 5 catches, 90 yards. 1 TD.
  • Mario Manningham: 4 catches, 68 yards. 1 TD.
  • Devery Henderson: 2 catches, 64 yards. 1 TD.
  • Marques Colston: 7 catches, 120 yards.

  • Jimmy Graham: 7 catches, 55 yards. 1 TD.


    Top Fantasy IDP:
  • J.J. Watt: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT. 1 TD.
  • Jabari Greer: 7 tackles, 2 INTs.
  • Robert Ayers: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Elvis Dumervil: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
  • Willie Young: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
  • Ryan Mundy: 4 tackles, 2 forced fumbles.
  • Stephen Tulloch: 15 tackles, 1 forced fumble.
  • Curtis Lofton: 12 tackles.
  • Sean Weatherspoon: 12 tackles.


    Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Matt Ryan: 24-of-41, 199 yards.

  • Andy Dalton: 27-of-45, 257 yards. 3 INTs. 17 rush yards.

  • Kevin Smith: 41 total yards.
  • Michael Turner: 15 carries, 41 yards.

  • Mike Wallace: 3 catches, 26 yards.
  • Victor Cruz: 2 catches, 28 yards.
  • Owen Daniels: 2 catches, 29 yards.
  • Titus Young: 4 catches, 33 yards.
  • A.J. Green: 5 catches, 47 yards.






    2011 Playoff NFL Power Rankings
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    1. Green Bay Packers (15-1) - Previously: #1 - I've been posting quotes from Taton in the Colts' capsule in these NFL Power Rankings all year. Taton has given us great gems like "quit imcomplete Colts!!!!!!" and "colt need fire cach caswell!!!! he spend to much tiem licking penas in back offece with jim isray and cristis prainter!!!!" OK, that last one is mine.

      The Packer version of Taton is ADawkins. If you don't feel like clicking the link, here are some of his most recent posts:



      It's like some sort of secret spy code. This is even stranger:



      OK, ADawkins is definitely some sort of secret government spy. His greatest NFL memory is "yes?" He's good. Man, I hope ADawkins is working for America, and not Communist Russia.

    2. New Orleans Saints (14-3) - Previously: #2 - Not everyone is a believer in the Saints...



      All bettors should be "weary" of that Rams game. Seriously, how fixed does that loss feel now? The Rams couldn't even beat the Seahawks or Cardinals, yet they somehow destroyed the Saints? I feel like the government should check Sean Payton and Drew Brees' bank accounts to see if they made a huge deposit around Oct. 30.

    3. New York Giants (10-7) - Previously: #8 - Remember when Eli Manning said he was an elite quarterback? Well, Migelini, the dumbest person of all time, disagrees. Here are his NFL quarterback rankings:



      That's right - forget being in the same class as Tom Bradey and Ben Rof Lits Burgler; Manning isn't even ahead of Tarvis Jackson and Tim Teebow.

    4. Baltimore Ravens (12-4) - Previously: #3 - Joe Flacco after his Week 1 win versus Pittsburgh:

      "If I were asked if the Steelers are going to win the Super Bowl again, I'd say no."

      Interesting. Anyway, let's go to Notes from NFL.com GameCenter - a list of a few stupid comments I read on NFL.com's GameCenter and my thoughts on them:

      1. "it it 3pm sunday yet. man i cant what"

      What? Can't what? You can't what!?!?!?!?!

      2. "ay to go ref terrible call way to jib Cincinnati"

      Google defines jib as "A triangular staysail set forward of the forwardmost mast." Damn refs always jibbing the Bengals.

      3. "LMAO THE TEXANS FANS ARE HATTING ON THE JAGS AND THE STEELERS FANS ARE HATTING ON THE RAVENS LOL..I LOVE THIS GAME"

      Watch out for those hats, Ravens and Jags.

    5. New England Patriots (13-3) - Previously: #4 - The secret to New England's success this year? Mike Ditka said it on Sunday NFL Countdown last week:

      "A great offense is better than a bad defense."

      And here I thought teams would rather have a bad defense than a great offense. Shows how much I know.

    6. San Francisco 49ers (13-3) - Previously: #5 - The 49ers were supposed to face the winner of the Giants-Falcons game; not the Saints. Well, at least according to Charles Barkley anyway, who went 0-2 on his picks on NBC.

      I sat down with Sir Charles to get his picks for Round 2:

      Me: Hey Charles, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. You look great, by the way, no homo.

      Charles Barkley: Why thank you. The secret to the weight loss is two things... first of all, you got to go on Weight Watcher's. Weight Watcher's is great. I lost 38 pounds on Weight Watcher's.

      Me: Good to know for future reference. OK, let's get to the picks. Who will win the Saints-49ers game?

      Charles Barkley: Let me tell you somethin', Ernie. I picked the Lions to beat the Saints on national TV. That was a turbl pick. I think the Saints will win this game for three reasons. First of all, the Saints have better players than the 49ers, so the Saints will win this game.

      Me: OK, so what are your other two reasons?

      Charles Barkley: What you talkin' bout, Ernie?

      Me: My name's not Ernie. It's Walt. How about the Packers-Giants?

      Charles Barkley: Ernie, I like Green Bay for two reasons because Green Bay has more talent than the Giants. I say this because of three things. First of all, Aaron Rodgers is better than Eli Manning. And first of all, Green Bay has more talent, Ernie.

      Me: That's some great analysis, Chuck. Let's move to the AFC. Can you see the Ravens losing to the Texans?

      Charles Barkley: Ernie, let me tell you somethin'. You can't say that any team in the NFL does not have a chance to beat another team in the NFL. I'll bet you dinner that Houston will beat the Ravens.

      Tony Dungy: You can't bet! You can't bet! You can't bet!

      Me: Tony Dungy, what are you doing here? It's OK, he's just betting dinner.

      Tony Dungy: You can't bet! You can't bet! You can't bet!

      Charles Barkley: You're bein' turbl, Ernie. I'm just tryin' to bet some dinner with Ernie.

      Me: Yeah, Tony. Stop being a jerk. Speaking of, Rodney Harrison, who invited you?

      Rodney Harrison: Charles Barkley will go 0-4 with my picks. He should just stick to basketball or listen to me. Because I know everything.

      Me: I'm done here. I don't want to be involved with Rodney Harrison in any capacity.

      Charles Barkley: Ernie, Rodney Harrison is turbl for five reasons. First of all, he wouldn't bet dinner with me, and then he insulted me on national TV. And Tony Dungy's turbl for eight reasons. First of all, Ernie, Tony Dungy wouldn't let me bet dinner with Rodney. And also, I lost my picks on national TV.

      Me: Who are you talking to, Charles? This turbl interview is over.

    7. Detroit Lions (10-7) - Previously: #6 - Just thinking ahead here... Matthew Stafford is 23, right? If he averages 4,600 passing yards per year (very possible with Calvin Johnson and all of the other weapons) over the next 12 seasons, he'll have about 60,200 yards by the time he's 35. That would put him 11,600 short of Brett Favre's record.

      If Ser Stafford does approach Favre, I can only hope that he doesn't annoy us by waffling on retirement. I can already hear the back-and-forth text chimes between Stafford and Peter King. Ugh.



    8. Denver Broncos (9-8) - Previously: #16 - Right after I picked the Broncos to upset the Steelers, an employer of this Web site e-mailed me. He told me that he really liked my pick because I was going with Tebow over "The Rapist."

      That made me more confident in the selection, so perhaps I should have made it a 14-unit play.

      Oh, and by the way, the only thing upsetting about Denver's victory is that we'll have to wait a week to hear what Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Merril Hoge have to say about Tebow. As Carter pointed out during Sunday NFL Countdown: "The Steelers are really lucky with these injuries that they're playin' Denver this week, hee hee hee honk honk!"

    9. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-5) - Previously: #7 - I loved Tim Tebow's passion and emotion on the sidelines, but even he would disapprove of this NFL.com GameCenter graphic:



      Come on, GameCenter. Just because Big Ben was accused of touching some girls inappropriately doesn't mean that we have to kill him and pretend he was never a life form.

    10. Houston Texans (11-6) - Previously: #15 - I have something really insightful to say about the Texans. Here it goes... I think...

      Sorry, Marvin Lewis just challenged.

      Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, this is something really important that you Texan fans must know. I believe that...

      Sorry, Marvin Lewis just challenged again.

      Houston is definitely going to...

      Another Marvin Lewis challenge!

      The Tex...

      CHALLENGE!

      Hmm... what was I saying? I forget. Sorry. Well, at least the Texans won.

    11. Atlanta Falcons (10-7) - Previously: #10 - Here's why Mike Smith's decision-making is stupid: Atlanta spent so many resources on Julio Jones. It used a really early draft pick on Matt Ryan. Why not have Ryan air it out to Jones (or Roddy White or Tony Gonzalez) on play-action in short-yardage? I've never understood why teams almost always run the ball in these situations. If you're going to be aggressive, be aggressive. Don't half-a** it.

      Well, look on the bright side, Falcon fans. At least you don't have a quarterback who goes to prison for dogfighting.

      Speaking of which, I received an e-mail from Joe B. a few weeks ago:

      Walt, did you just hear that comment by Cris Collinsworth? He claims that during the Eagles' bye week, QB Dog Killer bought "played golf and bought a parrot." First of all, how is he allowed to own any pets? And secondly, there's your angle to reintroduce him to Emmitt on the Brink! Mouse fighting has to be illegal by 2016, so I guess parrot fighting is next in line. I also think the "QB Dog Killer" line is vastly overplayed. Give the guy a break! (massive sarcasm) He should now be called "QB Parrot Owner." Do you tink so?

      I tink so. And yeah, I didn't think QB Dog Killer was allowed to have pets. Parrot fighting can't be too exciting though. What are they going to do, squawk insults to each other?

    12. Cincinnati Bengals (9-8) - Previously: #12 - Cincinnati will win the Super Bowl via these three steps:

      1. Trade Tony Daltin to the Seahawks for Tarvis Jacksin.

      2. ???

      3. Win Super Bowl.

      If you disagree to me, take it up with Migelini:



      You can't argue with that.



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    Jets Fan 04-15-2014 09:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.226 (total posts: 1)
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    Although i dont think it will happend i hope my jets end up 32nd so we can get 1st pick, but knowing my team we'll end up staying in playoff race till about week 13 then get knocked out but still try to win so we can end up with a crappy draft pick to go along with a crappy team like we have for the past 3 seasons, other than that i dont agree with 49ers at 1 maybe 4 or 5, i dont like kaepernick
    fake tweet 04-09-2014 02:02 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.63 (total posts: 1)
    1     6

    that tweet is totally fake, its the only tweet that it has ever made, and it follows 11 people, 4 of which are affiliated with this site, way to make a fan base look stupid
    redskins fan 04-09-2014 12:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.48 (total posts: 1)
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    You're crappy
    Hoodmorning 04-07-2014 05:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.45 (total posts: 1)
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    I have to disagree with you walt. The 49ers lost defensive players, has seen its best defensive players aside from Bowman grow another year into their twilight years and yet has added no1 to the mix. Chris Cook does not count and they have a huge need at corner. The fact that they are good, not great, at safety does not help the fact. You just love the NFC West teams hardcore and it doesn't matter what any other team does, in your mind those are the best. I don't see how anyone can deny that the broncos and the patriots are the best teams in the NFL right now. And I would also put the packers ahead of the 49ers and seahawks. They did pretty well last year considering they didn't have their most effective weapon in Rodgers for most of the year. With more time under Lacy's belt and a fully healthy receiving corpse, they are poised to dominate. The Packers also retained their essential defensive players on reasonable contracts and will focus on that in the draft. It is only your absurd love for the NFC West and their mobile QBs that makes you love them more. I will agree that they are both top 6 teams at overall talent, but neither of them are the top teams. Also the Saints could challenge these teams now that they have a very strong secondary to go with their improved D line and always epic offense.
    rick 04-07-2014 03:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.79 (total posts: 1)
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    Jets at 32.. This idiot must be a pats fan..or actually hes a vick hater thats where this comes from..how guys like this that know not a dam thing about sports get these jobs is beyond me. At the sametime these morons picked the jets at 32 last year it just shows that they know nothing.like weather men they always wrong but keep their jobs ..smh
    JetsFan1988 04-07-2014 03:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.120 (total posts: 1)
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    starting to lose respect for you....

    jets at #32?, obvious bias is obvious.
    Mac 04-07-2014 01:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.17 (total posts: 1)
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    49ers at #1 is a joke. I'm not even a Seahawks fan and I think they should be at #1. They won the fricking Super Bowl, dude! "Almost winning" is like finishing 4th in the Olympics.
    Titans too high 04-06-2014 11:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.90 (total posts: 1)
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    They are regressing Jake Locker can't stay healthy put a fork in them Jerry... theyre done!
    Jets 04-06-2014 10:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx64.2 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt we get it you're male Sarah Mclachlan. That being said, I agree Vick is a waste of flesh and a terrible quarterback, but Rex Ryan is a very, very good coach. He took a team of sh*t and got them to eight wins. While Vick sucks, he's better than Geno Smith. While they did nothing to get better they also did nothing to get worse. Likely go 7-9 or 8-8 again.

    And I'm a Dolphins fan
    Qyntel Woods 04-06-2014 09:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.64 (total posts: 1)
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    Alright Walt, I know you have an obvious hard-on for dogs, but please stop letting your borderline-bestiality tendencies cloud your football analysis.
    Rendawg 04-06-2014 09:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.195 (total posts: 1)
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    Why do you have the chargers listed as the #12 team if you clearly write you don't think they will make the playoffs, also the Vick/Jets talk is ridiculous, he didn't sandbag the eagles playoff team last year and he was benched mid season.
    Joshua Elledge 04-06-2014 07:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (total posts: 1)
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    Panthers will be fine next year. remember where we were at 2 years ago and we were in worse cap shape, we'll be better than everyone expects.
    Live 04-06-2014 04:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (total posts: 2)
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    Just saw the rest of it. Lol, this is horrible. Did you even put any thought whatsoever into this? Titans are definitely way too high without a run game and the lost of Verner. McCourty does his part but Verner definitely held his own and was the defense.

    Rams are overrated, especially with Bradford at QB. Please, throw that team in the dumpster. Great defense, I admit. Run game is good, passing needs some work but still too high up there.

    Hit it with the Cardinals, made a great run.

    I guess the Panthers are way down the list because they have no WRs? I'm sure their ranking will change so I'll leave that for now.

    Colts should be higher, in the 8th spot would be perfect. Luck is just magical.

    Eagles and Ravens should be in the top 10. Good coaching, both have playmakers, young teams.

    Falcons are too high? But then again, injuries definitely slowed them down last year.

    Steelers should be higher and the Bengals are some pretenders, particularly the almight "Red Rocket" ahaha, what a joke. Marvin Lewis is a joke too. Been there for WAY too long. Won't be surprised if he's fired after or during the season.

    SLEEPER: Buccaneers/Fins(unbiased opinion lol) for next season.
    Live 04-06-2014 04:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (total posts: 2)
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    Don't agree with the Yets at #32. Jags or Cowboys should definitely be there. Name me a playmaker on the Jaguars. Oh wait, YOU CAN'T.

    In the Yets defense, Rex Ryan is an amazing coach, let's not forget about his 2 appearances in the conference championship WITH SANCHEZ! He is real coach and is very vocal and a motivator, I see a 6 win team at the moment, definitely not last in the league.

    Also, only reason why the Fins sucked last year is because of the O-line and horrible offensive play calling. Could have, well SHOULD HAVE been 10-6, 9-7.
    Texans 04-06-2014 03:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.147 (total posts: 1)
    37     22

    Everyone knows Arian foster and a 1st would only go for two mithril ores




    Run Defenses, Pass Defense, Pass Protection:

    Something new this year - I'm keeping track of precise run defense, pass defense and pass protection rankings in Excel. The benefit to this is that it'll be broken down by week. Here are the download links:


    2011 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet (2007 Excel)


    2011 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet - (1999-2003 Excel)






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