2012 ranks: CJ2K back among top 10 RBs 

November, 13, 2012
11/13/12
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I'm back with the end-of-season rankings for another week. Here's some good news for those of you who are tired of the bye weeks: This is the last one!

That's right, after the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans take Week 11 off, fantasy owners struggling to fill active lineups can't use bye weeks as an excuse any longer. The 2012 ranks, updated every Tuesday, will remain for at least a few more weeks, but please note that the trade deadline in ESPN standard leagues is next Wednesday (Nov. 21).

Reminder: The ESPN staff rankings for Week 11 will be published Wednesday and updated as the week continues. Good luck in your playoff push!

Quick click by position, for easy reference:

Top 40 Quarterbacks | Top 60 Running Backs | Top 60 Wide Receivers

Top 30 Tight Ends | Top 32 Defense/Special Teams | Top 100 Overall

Top 40 Quarterbacks



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Giants quarterback Eli Manning had another terrible outing Sunday, giving him an underwhelming total of 10 fantasy points over his past three games. That not only kills fantasy teams, but it's hard to fathom as well. There were 19 quarterbacks who topped 10 fantasy points in Week 10 alone. So how far should Manning drop in the rankings? After all, he's proven and has terrific weapons, and the upcoming schedule looks pretty good. A rejuvenated Matthew Stafford zooms past him, and Josh Freeman squeaks past, though it's close. I couldn't pull the trigger on Cam Newton, Tony Romo or anyone else sliding by just yet. As for Ben Roethlisberger, it appears he could miss time due to the shoulder injury he suffered Monday night, so he drops a bit.

Other than Roethlisberger dropping out and Manning moving down, the top 10 didn't change much. Perhaps it's unfair to alter the rookie quarterback hierarchy since Robert Griffin III was on a bye week, but Andrew Luck is clearly special as well, and his two touchdown runs in Week 10 brought him to within one of Griffin. Which fellow would you take as a passer? That's obvious, and over the past three weeks, Luck has been better overall. No other rookie quarterback makes the top 20, though Russell Wilson of the Seahawks is getting close.

Meanwhile, three quarterbacks ranked in the teens a week ago suffered concussions Sunday. Michael Vick shouldn't be dropped yet, but don't count on him suiting up for the beleaguered Philadelphia Eagles anytime soon. Nick Foles shouldn't be relied upon behind his less-than-stellar offensive line, as proved by his rank between John Skelton and Matt Cassel. As for Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers and Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears, their drop isn't as steep. If both were to miss time, the backup to choose is clearly the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, who rushed for his third touchdown of the season Sunday. Jason Campbell of Chicago isn't as intriguing.

Top 60 Running Backs





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