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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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    How? I don't even.... 09-18-2012 12:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
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    How are the Browns last when we've been competitive in both games we've played in, against two playoff contenders. We only lost by 1 to the Iggles, and lost by one TD in a shootout against the Bengals. Both of our first rounders had good games and we almost beat a division rival at their stadium without Joe Haden. Something tells me we're more competent than Oakland who gave up 35 points to Ryan Tannehill or Tennessee who's had their best player fall on his face. Or even the Chiefs who got crushed by Buffalo. I don't expect a large increase coming off a loss, just not last place.
    NFLFan 09-18-2012 11:58 am xxx.xxx.xxx.190 (total posts: 2)
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    Why would every NFL expert think the 49ers are the best, most complete team right now, yet you have them at #3 to a team that has played 2 cupcakes and a team that has a 1-1 record. It seems that your disdain for a single 49er fans "hate mail" has affected your ability to think clearly.
    Truth 09-18-2012 11:23 am xxx.xxx.xxx.106 (total posts: 1)
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    I don't even like the 49ers, but it seems silly to not have them number 1, and even more ridiculous to have a team with a loss ahead of them. They went on the road to beat GB and beat Detroit at home. Neither contest was all that close.
    Al Borland 09-18-2012 10:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx.243 (total posts: 1)
    30     17

    I don't mind the site for your analysis, but for the love of Christ, please stop with the attempts at comedy. I don't know what your backwoods PA friends have told you over the years, but you are painfully unfunny.
    Sexy Rexy 09-18-2012 09:42 am xxx.xxx.xxx.242 (total posts: 2)
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    Chicago drops 10 spots?!? lulz. What a joke.
    Obvious Troll 09-18-2012 09:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.43 (total posts: 2)
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    Walter is very obvious with his trolling. By now, it must be spite: the only way the 49ers will reach his #1 spot with Alex Smith, Michael Crabtree, Anthony Davis, Perrish Cox, and Randy Moss on the roster is if they win the Super Bowl. And the other 31 teams get contracted.
    Koy Detmer 09-18-2012 09:21 am xxx.xxx.xxx.142 (total posts: 2)
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    Hey Walt, if the Ravens were so good they would have drove down the field and won the game with a field goal with plenty of time left. Instead Flacco was horrible on the last drive. Or hey, maybe they should have stopped the Eagles from scoring.

    They lost the game for themselves, not the officials.
    @Will 09-18-2012 08:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx.236 (total posts: 5)
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    You're exactly the type of fan that Walt is talking about. Sheesh. If there are any fans more insecure than those of the 49ers, I have yet to meet them.
    Eric 09-18-2012 08:13 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.60 (total posts: 1)
    36     6

    The 49ers beat two playoff teams
    The Texans beat two cellar dwellars
    Texans are ranked #1
    49ers are ranked #3

    Makes sense...
    Will 09-18-2012 07:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx.250 (total posts: 1)
    30     5

    2-0. Beat two playoff teams and the 49ers are still behind Baltimore who just lost to Philly? Dude, just admit. The 49ers are an amazing football team.
    Leon 09-18-2012 07:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.99 (total posts: 1)
    27     4

    Your hatred of the Eagles is pathetic Walt. How about mentioning that if the Eagles running backs didn't fumble twice in the red zone the Ravens would have been blown out?

    That was offensive pass interference his Jones' arm extended and pushed Nnamdi away it's as clear as day once you see the play in slow motion.

    The 49ers should be number one and the Eagles should definitely be in the top 10 but your petty bias against them makes that impossible.
    Lil Jimmy 09-18-2012 06:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx.232 (total posts: 3)
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    OMG OMG OMG Walter you're sooo stupid. Moving the Ravens up despite the fact that they lost to the Eagles? And why the hell isn't the 49ers in the top 2? dumbazz. BTW HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH at you!!!!
    Kerns 09-17-2012 07:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.56 (total posts: 1)
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    Who the hell writes this crap? I know it's not updated yet to reflect week 2, but if the 49ers don't move to the 1 spot, I can hardly see how anyone would listen to this moron.
    49erFan 09-17-2012 12:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.51 (total posts: 19)
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    Week One QB Passer Rating: Alex Smith - 125.6, Aaron Rodgers - 93.3
    Week Two QB Passer Rating: Aaron Rodgers - 85.3, Alex Smith - 107.7
    Pats and Ravens lost so must be Texans - Niners in 1,2 spots now right?
    49erFan 09-15-2012 10:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.51 (total posts: 19)
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    Week One QB Passer Rating: Alex Smith - 125.6, Aaron Rodgers - 93.3
    Week Two QB Passer Rating: Aaron Rodgers - 85.3, Alex Smith - TBD




    Run Defenses, Pass Defense, Pass Protection:

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