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Weekly Rankings: Divisional Round Value Meter

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire.com and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

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Here are our rankings for the coming week at each position to help you decide your starting lineup. Our rankings are based on the following scoring system: three points for a passing touchdown; six points for a rushing/receiving touchdown; one point for every 20 passing yards; and one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards. Flex Rankings are for PPR leagues. For any late changes, look in the comments section. This feature will *not* be updated this week, but there will be a new Value Meter each week of the playoffs. For a set of full playoff rankings, please consult Chris Liss's Playoff Cheat Sheet.

Quarterback

1.Tom Brady NE vs. Hou
2.Peyton Manning DEN vs. Bal
3.Matt Ryan ATL vs. Sea
Note: The Seahawks' loss of Chris Clemons should help quite a bit.
4.Aaron Rodgers GB at SF
Note: Will Rodgers have a full set of healthy wide receivers?
5.Matt Schaub HOU at NE
6.Russell Wilson SEA at Atl
7.Joe Flacco BAL at Den
8.Colin Kaepernick SF vs. GB

Running Backs

1.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Atl
Note: Did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, and not the standard back injury.
2.Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. Bal
3.Arian Foster HOU at NE
4.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Hou
5.*Ray Rice BAL at Den
Note: Lost two fumbles last week, but Pierce has missed two practices this week with an injury, so he might not lose any carries after all.
6.*Frank Gore SF vs. GB
Note: Tore up the Packers in Week 1, for what it's worth.
7.Michael Turner ATL vs. Sea
8.DuJuan Harris GB at SF
9.Robert Turbin SEA at Atl
10.*Bernard Pierce BAL at Den
Note: Missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday due to a knee injury, but returned to practice Thursday.
11.Ben Tate HOU at NE
12.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. Sea
13.Shane Vereen NE vs. Hou
14.LaMichael James SF vs. GB
15.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Hou
16.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. Bal
17.Ryan Grant GB at SF
18.Michael Robinson SEA at Atl
Note: Has touchdown receptions the last two weeks.
19.Anthony Dixon SF vs. GB
20.Justin Forsett HOU at NE
21.Alex Green GB at SF
22.*James Starks GB at SF
Note: (Knee) Practiced Tuesday, something he was unable to do last week.
23.*Willis McGahee DEN vs. Bal
Note: (Knee) Not eligible to play until next week, but practiced Tuesday.

Wide Receivers

1.Roddy White ATL vs. Sea
Note: Fully recovered from the knee injury that limited him some during the final weeks of the regular season.
2.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Bal
3.Julio Jones ATL vs. Sea
4.Eric Decker DEN vs. Bal
5.Andre Johnson HOU at NE
6.*Wes Welker NE vs. Hou
Note: Shocking news that Welker was one of 20 players limited in practice Thursday (imagine seeing sarcasm font here).
7.Greg Jennings GB at SF
8.*Torrey Smith BAL at Den
Note: Sore back, limited in Thursday's practice.
9.*Brandon Lloyd NE vs. Hou
Note: Limited practice Thursday.
10.Michael Crabtree SF vs. GB
11.Anquan Boldin BAL at Den
12.Golden Tate SEA at Atl
13.*Jordy Nelson GB at SF
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice, but apparently 'looked good' when he was in there.
14.James Jones GB at SF
15.*Randall Cobb GB at SF
Note: Limited in practice Thursday due to the flu.
16.Kevin Walter HOU at NE
17.Sidney Rice SEA at Atl
18.Harry Douglas ATL vs. Sea
19.Randy Moss SF vs. GB
20.Jacoby Jones BAL at Den
21.Lestar Jean HOU at NE
22.Brandon Stokley DEN vs. Bal

Tight Ends

1.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Hou
Note: (Forearm/hip) Limited in Thursday's practice.
2.*Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Hou
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice.
3.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. Sea
4.*Owen Daniels HOU at NE
Note: (Shoulder) Limited in Thursday's practice.
5.Dennis Pitta BAL at Den
6.Vernon Davis SF vs. GB
7.Joel Dreessen DEN vs. Bal
8.Zach Miller SEA at Atl
Note: Had one of the key plays in the win over the Redskins - converting a critical third down when they were already down 14-0, deep in their own territory.
9.*Jermichael Finley GB at SF
Note: Dealing with a hamstring injury, but practicing this week.
10.Anthony McCoy SEA at Atl
11.Ed Dickson BAL at Den
12.James Casey HOU at NE
13.Delanie Walker SF vs. GB
14.Jacob Tamme DEN vs. Bal
15.*Garrett Graham HOU at NE
Note: (Concussion) Full practice Thursday.

Flex (RB/WR/TE)

1.*Marshawn Lynch SEA at Atl
Note: Did not practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, and not the standard back injury.
2.Roddy White ATL vs. Sea
Note: Fully recovered from the knee injury that limited him some during the final weeks of the regular season.
3.Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. Bal
4.Julio Jones ATL vs. Sea
5.Eric Decker DEN vs. Bal
6.Andre Johnson HOU at NE
7.*Wes Welker NE vs. Hou
Note: Shocking news that Welker was one of 20 players limited in practice Thursday (imagine seeing sarcasm font here).
8.Knowshon Moreno DEN vs. Bal
9.Arian Foster HOU at NE
10.Stevan Ridley NE vs. Hou
11.*Ray Rice BAL at Den
Note: Lost two fumbles last week, but Pierce has missed two practices this week with an injury, so he might not lose any carries after all.
12.Greg Jennings GB at SF
13.*Rob Gronkowski NE vs. Hou
Note: (Forearm/hip) Limited in Thursday's practice.
14.*Frank Gore SF vs. GB
Note: Tore up the Packers in Week 1, for what it's worth.
15.*Torrey Smith BAL at Den
Note: Sore back, limited in Thursday's practice.
16.*Brandon Lloyd NE vs. Hou
Note: Limited practice Thursday.
17.Michael Crabtree SF vs. GB
18.Michael Turner ATL vs. Sea
19.DuJuan Harris GB at SF
20.*Aaron Hernandez NE vs. Hou
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice.
21.Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. Sea
22.*Owen Daniels HOU at NE
Note: (Shoulder) Limited in Thursday's practice.
23.Anquan Boldin BAL at Den
24.Golden Tate SEA at Atl
25.*Jordy Nelson GB at SF
Note: (Ankle) Limited in Thursday's practice, but apparently 'looked good' when he was in there.
26.James Jones GB at SF
27.*Randall Cobb GB at SF
Note: Limited in practice Thursday due to the flu.
28.Robert Turbin SEA at Atl
29.*Bernard Pierce BAL at Den
Note: Missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday due to a knee injury, but returned to practice Thursday.
30.Ben Tate HOU at NE
31.Jacquizz Rodgers ATL vs. Sea
32.Dennis Pitta BAL at Den
33.Vernon Davis SF vs. GB
34.Kevin Walter HOU at NE
35.Sidney Rice SEA at Atl
36.Harry Douglas ATL vs. Sea
37.Joel Dreessen DEN vs. Bal
38.Zach Miller SEA at Atl
Note: Had one of the key plays in the win over the Redskins - converting a critical third down when they were already down 14-0, deep in their own territory.
39.*Jermichael Finley GB at SF
Note: Dealing with a hamstring injury, but practicing this week.
40.Shane Vereen NE vs. Hou
41.Danny Woodhead NE vs. Hou
42.Ronnie Hillman DEN vs. Bal
43.LaMichael James SF vs. GB
44.Anthony McCoy SEA at Atl
45.Ed Dickson BAL at Den
46.Delanie Walker SF vs. GB
47.Randy Moss SF vs. GB
48.Jacoby Jones BAL at Den

Kickers

1.Stephen Gostkowski NE vs. Hou
2.Matt Prater DEN vs. Bal
3.Matt Bryant ATL vs. Sea
4.Justin Tucker BAL at Den
5.Mason Crosby GB at SF
6.Shayne Graham HOU at NE
7.*David Akers SF vs. GB
Note: 'Won' the job battle against Billy Cundiff.
8.*Ryan Longwell SEA at Atl
Note: Signed to replace the injured Steven Hauschka.
9.*Steven Hauschka SEA at Atl
Note: Strained a calf muscle in the win over the Redskins, placed on IR.

Defenses

1.Denver Broncos vs. Bal
2.Atlanta Falcons vs. Sea
3.Green Bay Packers at SF
4.*Seattle Seahawks at Atl
Note: Losing Chris Clemons is a big blow.
5.*San Francisco 49ers vs. GB
Note: Justin Smith (triceps) likely to play - how effectively is another story.
6.*New England Patriots vs. Hou
Note: Rob Ninkovich (hip) appears able to play.
7.Houston Texans at NE
8.*Baltimore Ravens at Den
Note: Got Ray Lewis back, but now Terrell Suggs' Achilles' tendon is bothering him.