FootballGuys: Week 14 Position-by-Position Tiers

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Dec 7, 2012

Sigmund Bloom rates key fantasy players at their respective positions for Week 14 with a tier system.

 

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Many of you prefer a tiering system for your weekly lineup. Below you will see how each player fits into a 12-team league with standard performance scoring. Note that these tiers are only for this week’s games.

 

Quarterback Tiers

 

Elite QB1

Aaron Rodgers vs DET (High Ceiling)
Robert Griffin III vs BAL (High Ceiling)
Andrew Luck vs TEN (Boom/Bust)
Drew Brees @ NYG (High Floor)
Tom Brady vs HOU (High Floor)
Cam Newton vs ATL (High Ceiling)

 

Strong QB1

Tony Romo @ CIN (High Floor)
Matthew Stafford @ GB (High Ceiling)
Matt Ryan @ CAR (Boom/Bust)
Colin Kaepernick vs MIA (High Floor)
Josh Freeman vs PHI (High Ceiling)

 

Adequate QB1

Ben Roethlisberger vs SD (High Floor)
Eli Manning vs NO (Boom/Bust)
Matt Schaub @ NE (High Floor)
Andy Dalton vs DAL (High Floor)

 

Upside QBBC Play

Russell Wilson vs ARI (High Floor)
Jake Locker @ IND (Boom/Bust)
Joe Flacco @ WAS (Boom/Bust)
Brandon Weeden vs KC (Boom/Bust)
Chad Henne vs NYJ (Boom/Bust)
Jay Cutler @ MIN (Boom/Bust)

 

Desperation QB Play

Philip Rivers vs PIT (High Floor)
Nick Foles @ TB (High Ceiling – Matchup)
John Skelton @ SEA (Boom/Bust)
Sam Bradford @ BUF (High Floor)
Brady Quinn @ CLE (Low Ceiling)
Ryan Tannehill @ SF (Low Ceiling)
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs STL (Boom/Bust)
Christian Ponder vs CHI (Bust Risk)
Mark Sanchez @ JAX (High Floor)

 

Running Back Tiers

 

Elite RB1

Doug Martin vs PHI
Adrian Peterson vs CHI
Ray Rice @ WAS
Trent Richardson vs KC
Arian Foster @ NE

 

Strong RB1

Bryce Brown @ TB (High Ceiling)
Chris Johnson @ IND (High Floor)
Marshawn Lynch vs ARI (High Floor)
DeMarco Murray @ CIN (High Floor – PPR)
Matt Forte @ MIN (High Floor)
C.J. Spiller vs STL (High Floor + Big Play Upside)

 

Strong RB2

Steven Jackson @ BUF (High Floor)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs DAL (High Floor)
Stevan Ridley @ HOU (High Floor)
Ahmad Bradshaw vs NO (Boom/Bust – Matchup)
Jamaal Charles @ CLE (High Ceiling)

 

Adequate RB2

Darren Sproles @ NYG (High Floor – PPR)
Alfred Morris vs BAL (High Floor)
Frank Gore vs MIA (Low Ceiling – Matchup)

 

Low RB2/Strong RB Flex

Jonathan Dwyer vs SD (High Ceiling – Matchup)
Mikel Leshoure @ GB (TD dependant)
Vick Ballard vs TEN (Increased Opportunity)
Fred Jackson vs STL (Value up if Bad Weather)

 

What the Heck Flex – RB

Jacquizz Rodgers @ CAR (PPR)
Alex Green vs DET (Increased Opportunity)
Ryan Mathews vs PIT (Low Ceiling/Low Floor – Matchup)
Joique Bell @ GB (PPR – Big Play Potential)
Michael Turner @ CAR (Matchup Upside)
Ryan Williams vs ATL (Low Ceiling)
Reggie Bush @ SF (Low Ceiling – Matchup)
Montell Owens vs NYJ (Increased Opportunity)
Shonn Greene @ JAX (Matchup Upside)
Bilal Powell @ JAX (Matchup Upside)
Pierre Thomas @ NYG (Momentum Play)

 

Wide Receiver Tiers

 

Elite WR1

Calvin Johnson @ GB
A.J. Green vs DAL
Wes Welker vs HOU
Brandon Marshall @ MIN
Dez Bryant @ CIN
Andre Johnson @ NE

 

Strong WR1

Julio Jones @ CAR (Boom/Bust)
Reggie Wayne vs TEN (High Floor)
Pierre Garcon vs BAL (High Ceiling/Momentum Play)
Greg Jennings vs DET (Increased Opportunity)
Victor Cruz vs NO (High Ceiling)
Hakeem Nicks vs NO (High Ceiling)
Vincent Jackson vs PHI (High Ceiling)

 

High Floor WR2

Marques Colston vs NYG
Roddy White @ CAR
Randall Cobb vs DET

 

High Ceiling WR2

Steve Smith vs ATL
Torrey Smith @ WAS (Boom/Bust)
Danario Alexander @ PIT
Mike Wallace vs SD
Larry Fitzgerald @ SEA (Boom/Bust)

 

High Floor WR3/Flex

Anquan Boldin @ WAS
Steve Johnson vs STL
Michael Crabtree vs MIA
Antonio Brown vs SD
Dwayne Bowe @ CLE

 

High Ceiling WR3/Flex

Lance Moore @ NYG
Mike Williams vs PHI
Cecil Shorts vs NYJ (if active)
Chris Givens @ BUF
Jeremy Maclin @ TB
Josh Gordon vs KC
James Jones vs DET (non-PPR special)
Golden Tate vs ARI
Sidney Rice vs ARI (if active)
T.Y. Hilton vs TEN
Donnie Avery vs TEN

 

What the Heck Flex – WR

Justin Blackmon vs NYJ
Davone Bess @ SF (PPR)
Brian Hartline @ SF
Malcom Floyd @ PIT
Kenny Britt @ IND
Kendall Wright @ IND
Nate Washington @ IND
Brandon Lloyd vs HOU
Jeremy Kerley @ JAX (PPR)
Andre Roberts @ SEA (PPR – if active)
Stephen Hill @ JAX (High Ceiling)
Emmanuel Sanders vs SD

 

Tight Ends Tiers

 

Elite TE1

Aaron Hernandez vs HOU
Jimmy Graham @ NYG
Jason Witten @ CIN (PPR)

 

Strong TE1

Tony Gonzalez @ CAR
Kyle Rudolph vs CHI
Owen Daniels @ NE
Heath Miller vs SD

 

Adequate TE1

Jared Cook @ IND (Momentum Play)
Greg Olsen vs ATL (High Ceiling if LaFell out)
Martellus Bennett vs NO
Dennis Pitta @ WAS (Matchup Upside)
Jermaine Gresham vs DAL (High Floor)
Brandon Pettigrew @ GB (High Floor)
Marcedes Lewis vs NYJ (High Ceiling)
Jermichael Finley vs DET (High Ceiling)
Brent Celek @ TB (PPR Upside)
Dallas Clark vs PHI (non-PPR Upside)
Antonio Gates @ SD
Vernon Davis vs MIA

 

Desperation TE1

Tony Scheffler @ GB
Rob Housler @ SEA (PPR)
Ben Watson vs KC
Tony Moeaki @ CLE
Jeff Cumberland @ JAX (if Keller out)
Coby Fleener vs TEN
Dwayne Allen vs TEN
Scott Chandler vs STL

 

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