NFL Player Rater: The Top Guns
The debate rages on about who is the best weapon in football. Is it the flashy quarterback who lofts deep touchdown passes or the dynamic backfield option who always seems to have the ball in his hands? For that matter, what about that receiver who always seems to be doing some type of end zone dance? In what follows, we will attempt to answer the question of who is the most valuable fantasy player at each position in our weekly column dealing with the
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The past two weeks have witnessed Cutler throw five touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 48 passes.
Brees is averaging 332 yards per contest, and in nine games this year he has been unable to throw for at least 320 yards just twice.
Steady as she goes for Warner, who has thrown for at least 250 yards in five of his past six games with at least two scores in eight consecutive outings.
In four straight games, he has thrown for at least two touchdowns, and two TDs or more in seven of nine games overall.
Rodgers has slowed the past three weeks, tossing just two touchdowns while averaging 214 yards per outing.
In three of the past four weeks, he has thrown for at least 250 yards, and though he has two interceptions the past two weeks, he also has five touchdowns.
Manning has thrown for at least 215 yards in each of his nine games, and over the past three weeks has tossed seven touchdowns.
In the past two games, both Jets victories, Favre has thrown for just one touchdown and 368 yards.
He's thrown for a score in eight straight games, and during that time has 14 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
The Jags QB has improved his play the past four games, throwing for an average of 256.5 yards with five scores and just one interception.
Portis was held to just 51 yards in Week 9 because of a knee injury, and as a result has fallen to second in the league in rushing yards (995).
The NFL's new rushing leader (1,015 yards) is on pace to eclipse 1,800. He has also scored four rushing touchdowns during the past three weeks.
He just keeps pounding the ball into the line with four straight 20-carry efforts and 20-plus carries in seven of nine games overall.
Gore has rushed for at least 90 yards in three of his past four games despite carrying the ball 20 times only once.
After just one score last season, Jones has gone wild of late with five in his last three games, not to mention topping 145 yards in two of his past four outings.
For all the preseason hype about a breakout performance, Barber ranks just 12th in the NFL with a 73.9 yards per game mark.
With three scores the past two weeks and five in the past four, Jacobs has tied his career-high of nine rushing touchdowns.
Turner has been a horse the past two weeks with 58 carries for 235 yards and a touchdown.
Lost his touchdown streak at three games with by far the worst effort of his young career (14 carries for eight yards against the Bears).
We are up to five weeks and counting without a rushing touchdown for the "best" running back in football. In three of those games, he hasn't even rushed for 75 yards.
Of his 10 touchdowns this season nine have come in the red zone as the man is almost impossible to bring down on first contact.
Over his last seven games, White has scored six times while hauling in 47 passes for 688 yards.
Though he has scored only twice in the past four games, Fitzgerald has still been steady-as-she-goes with 26 receptions for 324 yards.
Johnson leads all receivers with 900 yards for an even 100 yards-per-game average, which also happens to the be the best mark in the NFL.
He has gone over 85 yards in four of the past five weeks during which time he has reached the end zone four times.
Amongst all receivers with at least 40-receptions (he has 43), Jennings leads the way with a 18.6 yards per reception average.
After doing his best
In two of his past four games, he has been held to two receptions and less than 25 yards.
Marshall has only one receiving touchdown in five weeks and hasn't had a 100-yard outing in seven weeks.
Evans has been a shrinking violet the past two weeks with a total of six receptions for 63 yards.
There hasn't been a more productive tight end the past four weeks as Tony G. has averaged seven receptions, 88 yards and 0.75 scores per week in that stretch.
Gates has finally played like, well, Gates the past two weeks with 14 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Witten (ribs) is hopeful of returning to full duty this coming weekend. Even after just eight yards receiving in his last game, he still leads all tight ends in yardage (549).
How does a guy catch 11 passes for 133 yards one week and follow that up with one grab for 13?
The NFC positional leader with 48 receptions, he has 25 for 264 yards in the first half and 23 for 265 yards in the second half.
Clark has three scores in three weeks and 22 receptions in the last four tilts.
Clearly on his way to being the breakout performer at the position, Scaife needs only four receptions the rest of the season to tie his career-high mark of 46.
He caught 10 balls for 111 yards and two scores with
He returned to the party in style with four receptions for 92 yards in Week 10, giving him at least four grabs in three of his last four games.
The Bears like to utilize him early, as he has over 41% of his receptions in the first quarter (12 of 29).
There continue to be rumors that the Giants could turn to
Akers is perfect on kicks of less than 40-yards (17-for-17).
The Pats kicker has recorded at least eight points in four straight contests, at an average of 9.75 points.
He's missed two of 21 kicks and is 9-for-10 at over 40-yards.
Still perfect on the short stuff, Bryant is 20-for-23 overall thanks to missing three kicks over 40-yards.
Over the past three games, he has attempted five field goals, though none of the five conversions have been longer than 34 yards.
With the weather turning frigid, it should be noted that Crosby is just 13-for-22 (59.1%) when kicking at temperatures below 60 degrees.
After a stretch of three straigjht outings with at least 10 points, Bironas was held to just three PATs in Week 10.
With many 49ers drives stalling, Nedney has been held fieldgoalless (there is no way that is a word) just once in nine games.