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Rk - Team Name - Record (Last week)

  1. Indianapolis Colts 11-0 (1)
    Blah blah blah offense blah blah blah defense blah blah blah Dungy. I know I've had them at #1 for awhile now, but I can't shake the feeling that they're getting bounced before the Super Bowl.
  2. Denver Broncos 9-2 (4)
    I can't ignore the fact that somehow, they just don't make big mistakes.
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-4 (2)
    This is almost a default ranking, based on having beaten both the Bengals and the Chargers. I think in a couple of weeks, we'll see them a bit lower. Just not sold on either the offense or the pass defense.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals 8-3 (3)
    Normally, teams don't get knocked down after a win, but it's all based upon Pittsburgh needing to be dropped down a peg. I couldn't justify Pitt being below Cincy, nor could I justify Pitt topping Denver.
  5. San Diego Chargers 7-4 (6)
    Top-ranked offense, top-ranked run defense, top-ranked pass rush, best player in football on the roster…they have a chance to be the best team ever to not make the playoffs.
  6. Seattle Seahawks 9-2 (7)
    Strange, if Jay Feely had been able to hit a 40-yard field goal last week, the Seahawks and Giants would both be 8-3 with New York having won in Seattle. I'd have to rank the Giants over the Hawks, meaning that that one simple miss is a five-spot swing in my rankings. I'm not very comfortable with a poor job by a kicker having that much impact, but it's the truth.
  7. Chicago Bears 8-3 (10)
    So, has Kyle Orton pretty much wrapped up the rookie of the year by now, or what? He could have a 9:37 TD:INT ratio and he'd still win if the Bears win the division - which they will.
  8. Dallas Cowboys 7-4 (5)
    They don't deserve this much of a drop after a tough loss against a terrific opponent, but that's the way it crumbles cookie-wise, sometimes.
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars 8-3 (9)
    Those are the types of games that worry me about this team. Giving Arizona a chance to tie late in the game? Good teams don't do that.
  10. Carolina Panthers 8-3 (11)
    Nothing to say here, except this: Carolina, perhaps more than any team in the league, really plays down to the level of its opponents. And that isn't going to work come January.
  11. New York Giants 7-4 (12)
    If the kicker could have made a field goal, they'd have the best record in the NFC. So I'm not penalizing them too much for the loss.
  12. Kansas City Chiefs 7-4 (15)
    Let me just make a prediction here: The Chiefs will be nowhere near the top-10 of my teams by season's end. Despite the good record now, 8-8 is a real possibility.
  13. New England Patriots 6-5 (8)
    I'm a bit late because I kept crediting New England for its reputation, but I'm jumping ship here. This is not a good football team, period. (As an aside, I STILL guarantee no one wants to draw them in the playoffs.)
  14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-4 (13)
    There's no shame in losing to the Bears. But after this week, it doesn't get any easier with games at Carolina and New England, and a tough one at home against Atlanta.
  15. Atlanta Falcons 7-4 (14)
    How ironic? Michael Vick is finally playing the QB position outstandingly, but everything around him stinks now.
  16. Minnesota Vikings 6-5 (21)
    The Vikes really only have two more tough games. A wild card berth, though unlikely, is still within reach.
  17. Washington Redskins 5-6 (17)
    Washington's season has actually closely resembled San Diego's as far as losing tough, winnable games. Of course, the comparisons stop there when you realize Washington has played like garbage down the stretch in several of those games.
  18. Philadelphia Eagles 5-6 (18)
    I'm not saying the Eagles are lucky to have all these guys out with injuries and T.O.'s suspension, but at least it gives them a scapegoat for the season. Truth is, they probably weren't making the playoffs anyway.
  19. Saint Louis Rams 5-6 (19)
    Sure, the comeback is great. How about next time, you don't spot the Texans a couple touchdowns to start, OK?
  20. Miami Dolphins 5-6 (20)
    They are now officially the "team you know nothing about, even though you think you do".
  21. Oakland Raiders 4-7 (16)
    Randy Moss is the Raiders' THIRD leading receiver. Third. Think about that.
  22. Detroit Lions 4-7 (22)
    I was prepared to drop them, but this coaching change actually improves them in my mind.
  23. Buffalo Bills 4-7 (23)
    Looking at the rest of their schedule, the Bills should really focus more on not losing ten games than anything else.
  24. Baltimore Ravens 3-8 (24)
    So really, just how in the heck DID they beat Pittsburgh??? I don't care if Adam Sandler is playing QB for the Steelers.
  25. Cleveland Browns 4-7 (25)
    This looked to be one of the least fantasy-friendly RB areas in all of football coming into the season. Kudos to those of you who believed Droughns was more than simply a product of the Denver system (no, I wasn't one of those people).
  26. Green Bay Packers 2-9 (26)
    Truth is, they're actually experimenting to see how many different ways a team can lose.
  27. Arizona Cardinals 3-8 (27)
    Kurt Warner is playing as if it's 1999. In a related story, Brenda Warner says she feels like she's 60 again.
  28. Tennessee Titans 3-8 (28)
    See what kind of trouble the salary cap can get you into? All those years of winning have turned Tennessee into a team whose season highlights consist of beating the Ravens, Texans, and Niners. Ouch.
  29. New Orleans Saints 3-8 (30)
    Two words for those of you in need of TE help during the fantasy playoffs: Zach Hilton.
  30. New York Jets 2-9 (29)
    All this talk about the Jets trading their high pick to move down and stockpile draft picks begs the question: Why not just draft Leinart or Bush? I'm not saying the Jets are a great team, but it's not as if they've got a thousand holes to plug. They basically need a QB for the future, or a RB to carry the load when Martin is done. Sometimes the obvious is so obvious because it makes sense. Leinart or Bush. It's really an easy call.
  31. San Francisco 49ers 2-9 (31)
    Doesn't get much worse than getting your butts kicked by another bottom-5 team, does it?
  32. Houston Texans 1-10 (32)
    Bad teams don't lose games like that one. Only disgustingly awful teams lose games like that.

Super Shufflers Of the Week (+)

  1. Minnesota Vikings +5…Please don't take this as a sign that I believe in them.
  2. Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs (tied) +3…The Bears make this list for the second straight week, no easy accomplishment. The Chiefs will be lucky to finish above .500 with who they still must play.

Plungers Of the Week (-)

  1. New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders (tied) -5…New England is going to win that division almost by default, and the Raiders are proving that they are neither good nor exciting - a very bad combo indeed.
  2. Dallas Cowboys -3…As I've mentioned several times before, this is what happens when a top-tier team loses at home.
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