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Week 14: Fantasy Playoffs Are Here!

I’m going to do something different this week. A few weeks ago, I posted on platoon matchups and favorable schedules during week 14 to week 16. Today, I’m going to go ahead and put out a starting priority list for me. If one of these guys happens to be a free agent in your particular league, then it can double as a waiver wire recommendation.

Today, I’m going to focus on QB and RB.  Rather than just ranking, I’m going to put them in tiers, and their opponent in parentheses.  I will also say that these are also not based on weather yet, and if we start getting reports of high wind in any of these games, I would bump a guy down a tier for QB:

Quarterback

Tier 1 – Michael Vick (DAL), Nils Lofgren (NJ)

Tier 2 - Aaron Rodgers (DET), Peyton Manning (TEN), Drew Brees (STL), Philip Rivers (KC), Joe Flacco (HOU)

Tier 3 – Kyle Orton (ARI), Jay Cutler (NE), Tom Brady (CHI), Josh Freeman (WAS), Ben Roethlisberger (CIN)

Tier 4 - Ryan Fitzpatrick (CLE), Eli Manning (MIN), Jon Kitna (PHI), Matt Schaub (BAL), Matt Ryan (CAR),  David Garrard (OAK)

Tier 5 – Alex Smith (SEA), Carson Palmer (PIT), Matt Hasselbeck (SF), Chad Henne (NYJ)

Tier 6- Matt Cassel (SD), Jason Campbell (JAC), Mark Sanchez (MIA), Sam Bradford (NO), Donovan McNabb (TB), Cleveland QB (BUF)

Running Back

Tier 1 – Peyton Hillis (BUF), Michael Turner (CAR)

Tier 2 – Knowshown Moreno (ARI), Maurice Jones-Drew (OAK), Arian Foster (BAL)

Tier 3- Chris Johnson (IND), Darren McFadden (JAC), Adrian Peterson (NYG), Jamaal Charles (SD), LeSean McCoy (DAL), Rashard Mendenhall (CIN)

Tier 4- LeGarrette Blount (WAS), Matt Forte (NE), Steven Jackson (NO), Tashard Choice (PHI), Ray Rice (HOU)

Tier 5- Brian Westbrook (SEA), Ryan Torain (TB), Chris Ivory (STL), Benjarvus Green-Ellis (CHI), Fred Jackson (CLE)

Tier 6- Ahmad Bradshaw & Brandon Jacobs (MIN), Tim Hightower (DEN), Johnathan Stewart (ATL), LaDainian Tomlinson (MIA), Mike Tolbert (KC)

Tier 7- Jason Snelling (CAR), Felix Jones (PHI), James Starks and Brandon Jackson (DET), Michael Bush (JAC), Beanie Wells (DEN)

Tier 8- Danny Woodhead (CHI), Thomas Jones (SD), Jahvid Best (GB), Javon Ringer (IND), Shonne Greene (MIA), Marshawn Lynch (SF), Ryan Mathews (KC), Cedric Benson (CIN), Ronnie Brown (NYJ), Mike Goodson (ATL)

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