Engel's Rankings Update: Weather factors
Here are my revised lineup rankings for Week 15. All changes are official as of Sunday, December 16, at 9 a.m. ET and reflect all the latest injury and lineup news, plus any other recent trends. Players from the Thursday and Saturday games have been removed.
MOVING: Adverse weather conditions in Foxboro cause me to drop Brady to fourth. You should only bench him if you have another top starter as an alternative. He won't have a great day, but New England does not run the ball well and he may have to operate a controlled, short passing game that should result in at least two passing touchdowns. Heavy snow is also expected in Cleveland, so Derek Anderson drops to eighth. The expected conditions also push Trent Edwards out of the top 20. Philip Rivers is listed as questionable with a knee injury, so he drops to 15th even though he will likely be able to play. Garcia is ready to return, and is a solid starter. Marc Bulger has been declared ready to return and will be a safe option even if his numbers are not outstanding. Weather may also be a factor in Pittsburgh, so David Garrard drops out of the top 10. Ben Roethlisberger has a shoulder problem and possible challenging conditions to deal with, so he falls all the way to 18th.
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