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Top players for fantasy football's final weeks

Much of the NFL was on a bye last week leaving the fantasy world in limbo. Several key players had to be benched and replaced by the scrap heap in order to fill the roster. Now the league is back in the full swing and we can resume regular rostering for our regular starters.

To help you, I’m going to provide an impromptu re-evaluation of key players and some revised rankings heading into the rest of the season, including the playoffs:

Quarterbacks

There are a few great QB surprises this year. Shaun Hill, Michael Vick, and Kyle Orton have made great impacts on their teams, but I’m not expecting all of them to hold up when all is said and done. So here are the top three to keep an eye on:

  1. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers. Not your typical number one QB, but he has repaid those who drafted him highly this year by leading the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns

  2. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles. As long as he can stay healthy, he will continue to boast outstanding numbers.

  3. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts. He is always a top QB and his numbers speak for themselves.

Runningbacks

Not much to be said here. The only one I felt bad about leaving off this list is Darren McFadden, but his injury history still concerns me enough that he didn’t make the cut.

  1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings. It’s really hard to choose AP over Arian Foster, but Peterson has the experience and the pedigree to be the best RB from here on out.

  2. Arian Foster, Houston Texans. No doubt about this guy’s talent seeing as how he is the NFL’s leading rusher. We’ll wait to see if it holds up.

  3. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers. He has been the most consistent and productive player on a team hitting their stride. Look for his number to vastly improve the rest of the way.

Wide Recievers

Youngsters are leading the way for second tier wide receivers. Dez Bryant and Michael Crabtree have been great lately, but don’t put your hopes on their shoulders. Stick with your veterans.

  1. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons. Don’t expect Brandon Lloyd to continue leading the NFL in receiving. White is hot on his heels and is on a much better team.

  2. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans. Matt Schaub doesn’t get enough credit for helping to make Johnson one of the best pass catchers in the league.

  3. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts. He may be having somewhat of a down year, but don’t worry, he’ll get his numbers.

Tight Ends

This position went downhill for me when Dallas Clark went out for the season. Pretty much if you don’t have one of these three guys, don’t expect too much from your tight ends.

  1. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers. It doesn’t hurt to have the league’s best passer throwing to you, but Antonio Gates is a top 10 receiver as a tight end, so that says a lot about his talent.

  2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers. He was the best tight end last year and hasn’t come close to matching that yet, but with a new QB in the bay Davis is looking to impress during the final weeks.

3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys. The only Cowboy I will ever endorse, Witten has always been a solid TE, but he’s making his way as a clear cut top 3 this season.

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