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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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    Welcome To Atlanta 10-23-2012 12:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.209 (total posts: 1)
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    Yall go ahead and hate, but remember this: "All we do is WIN, WIN, WIN, NO MATTER WHAT!!!!"
    ChrisVis 10-23-2012 11:27 am xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 2)
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    Awesome Girl Who Loves Football is also Awesome Girl Who Loves C**ks In Her Mouth.
    Jonny 2 Times 10-23-2012 11:16 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.24 (total posts: 5)
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    up- fitz
    down- antonio brown
    Run-DMG 10-23-2012 10:01 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.11 (total posts: 9)
    6     105

    Lol, the Giants get a lucky break against the worst secondary in football and they're the best team? Get real.
    mcswag da gay 10-23-2012 09:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.51 (total posts: 2)
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    u guys are idiots. these rankings are more like power rankings, but in one guy's personal opinion. as stated several times, they aren't simply an order of record, but of how the teams are playing. just cuz the falcons are 6-0 doesn't mean they're better than teams with a loss or two. that's the point. miami, for ex, is much better than 3-3, if u watched em play. it's an opinion of how good a team is based on how they play, not their record. so quit being homers.
    Mr. McSwag 10-23-2012 09:08 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.80 (total posts: 2)
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    "Was there any doubt the Giants were going to score when they were down 23-20 late in the fourth quarter?"

    Actually yes. They lost close games to the Eagles and Cowboys and they played like poopy all evening.
    You are poopy Walt.
    Mr. McSwag 10-23-2012 08:55 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.80 (total posts: 2)
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    I think it's funny that you don't even justify why the only undefeated team in the NFL is ranked 5th, instead you just troll the team's fanbase through some attempt at 1337 talk and a link to a forum post.

    Walt, it's a given that you have biases, but I would at least like to read some justification.
    what whacked reasoning 10-23-2012 07:42 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.22 (total posts: 10)
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    Gee Walt, the Vikings could be 7-0 right now; maybe they should be ranked #1. The Packers could also just as easily be 3-4 right now Walt. They've played two very good games and one good one. That's only 3 out of 7.

    Why don't you just rank the teams in the order of your pre-conceived notions and just leave them that way for the year? It would free up some time for you, since it already appears that is what you're doing.
    slkfjl 10-23-2012 05:24 am xxx.xxx.xxx.105 (total posts: 1)
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    Redskins defense is terrible. They are way too high on the rankings the past 2 weeks just because their QB is one of the top 5 in the NFL.

    If you're going to throw records out of the window and rank a team high just because of an elite QB on a solid offense, why is NO only at 20?


    Losing record and they have only played 1 divisional game so far. You have a team that is going to end up 5-11 at #11 in your rankings. Almost as bad as having Detroit in your top 20.
    Walturd 10-18-2012 04:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.97 (total posts: 2)
    110     146

    Stillers at 11 and Cowboys at 19... makes your "Rankings" irrelevant!!
    BEARS SH1T IN ALL YOUR MOUTHS 10-17-2012 06:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.18 (total posts: 5)
    613     387

    YOU EFF-AGS AT WALTER SOCCER (YOU DONT DESERVE THE FOOTBALL NAME), YOU F-CKIN EURO TRASH, W-I-L-L BOW DOWN TO THE ALMIGHTY BEARS WHEN ITS ALL SAID AND DONE.

    YOU DONT HAVE TO LIKE CHICAGO. BUT YOU WILL FEAR AND RESPECT THE BEARS, YOU GREEN BAY BABY DICK GOBBLING F@GGOTS.

    BEARDOWN ON ALL YOU H0MOS

    POINT DIFFERENTIAL DONT LIE B1TCH. BEARS ARE #1, PURE DOMINANCE. ONE LUCKY LOSS ON THE ROAD TO A DESPERATE SLACKERS TEAM WHO HAD TO RESORT TO A FAKE FG TD AND REF HELP...means SH1T

    SUPER BEARS SUPER BOWL B1TCH, DEAL WITH IT
    Titan 10-17-2012 12:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.48 (total posts: 2)
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    Big Pedro

    You make a very good point. However I do not think Atlanta is a bad team by any means. I think they are certainly top 5, probably a top 3 team. My point was just because they are 6-0 doesnt mean they will finish ahead of teams like the giants, pats, or packers. The Giants ARE resilient simply because they are riddled with injury and their second/third stringers are coming through. Steelers and cowboys are lucky and overrated so bunch them in with the same group as Atlanta.

    Power rankings DO have something to do with records. The bottom 20 teams will all place by record at the end of the year with appropriate tie breakers etc. The top 12 teams have very little to do with record. It is all about how they finish in the post season with records and others simply being tie breakers. Fortunately for us you cannot tie in the superbowl. That being said I think the 6-0 falcons are a large underdog against the top 5 field to win the superbowl. That being said I drive my point home by saying just because they are 6-0 doesnt mean they should be power ranked at #1.
    BigPedro 10-17-2012 08:11 am xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 3)
    77     6

    Perception is a hell of a thing. Atlanta wins close games. They are lucky and overrated. If the Giants, Steelers or even the Cowboys(who have not won anything either in postseason in a long time)win close games, they are resilient. The combined records of the teams that Atlanta has beaten is not that impressive. But remember 6 of those losses on that record are by the hands of the Falcons. This is a QB driven league and Atlanta has beaten Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton(who everyone picked to take over the NFC South). "Walter" still thinks that this the Jeff George Falcons of the 90's that will crumble. Matt Ryan had a tough game against the Raiders but he has stepped up his game. Atlanta gets their best run stuffing safety off of the PUP list in week 8. When the Dirty Birds are sitting at 8-0 after beating a reeling Eagles team and dismantling the Dallas Flying Romos, then we will see if they get some respect!! You can only play and BEAT the teams on your schedule. To this point Atlanta has beaten them all.
    Raider 10-17-2012 12:03 am xxx.xxx.xxx68.5 (total posts: 1)
    76     25

    The more I come on here the more I realize why it's not often that I check this site.
    Gay_Wally 10-16-2012 11:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.51 (total posts: 19)
    19     32

    It just dawned on me why wally is so silly with his picks....He's a closet gayboy without a big enough sack to admit it.





    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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