NFL fantasy player rater
The debate rages on about who is the best weapon in football. Is it the flashy quarterback who lofts deep touchdown passes or is it the dynamic backfield option that always seems to have the ball in his hands? For that matter, what about that receiver that 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
Four points: Touchdown pass
What's wrong with this guy? Brees has been held to less than 300 yards in three of the past four weeks, though he is still averaging 315.4 yards per contest on the year.
He has thrown only six scores the past four weeks, a total that he has matched in the interception category, even though he is averaging 315 yards per contest in that time.
How is this for consistency? Over his three seasons Cutler has produced a QB Rating of 88.5, 88.1 and 89.2.
Over the past four Packers' games, Rodgers has thrown for an average of 267 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
The NFL leader with a 102.0 QB Rating, Rivers hasn't been intercepted in three games while throwing five touchdowns.
After tossing five picks in Weeks 11 and 12, McNabb has thrown for five touchdowns and no interceptions the past two weeks.
Over his last six games the elder Manning has tossed 12 scores against only three interceptions.
Cassel has thrown for just one score in two weeks but he has completed at least 20 passes in six of seven games for the Pats.
Even with the three-interception effort in Week 14, Romo still has twice as many scores (22) as interceptions (11).
Though he has 20 touchdowns this year, he hasn't thrown one in two weeks while throwing for an average of just 191 yards an outing.
Consistency, thy name is AP. Peterson has gone for at least 80 yards in eight-straight games and 11 of 13 games overall.
Did nothing much against the Niners (10 carries for 56 yards), but he added another score to boost his total to 12, five more than he scored in 2006 and '07.
Though he has 1,081 rushing yards, it's his receiving total that truly sets him apart (53 receptions).
Who is more out of control than this guy? Dazzling DeAngelo has rushed for a score in six-straight games for a total of 11 touchdowns while going over 100-yards five times.
He hasn't worn down one bit in the second half with an average of 95 yards per game and eight scores in five games.
Injuries have conspired to destroy his value at crunch time as he has been held to 22 carries and 54 yards the past two weeks.
After being held down in Weeks 10-12 (118 yards, no scores), Johnson has returned with a vengeance to record 261 yards and three touchdowns the past two weeks.
So much for the little guy wearing down as he has gone over 20 carries in three straight weeks on his way to 323 yards on the ground.
Dealing with an ankle injury, Gore is just 22 yards short of his third consecutive 1,000-yard effort and eight receptions away his second straight 50-reception season.
The energizer bunny has six scores the past two weeks to give him a career best 14 scores on the year.
After 24 receptions in Week 11 and 12, Boldin has been held to just 10 grabs the past two weeks.
The third quarter is when he makes his mark with quarter bests in receptions (28), yards (449) and touchdowns (four) right after halftime.
The NFL leader in receiving yards (1,249), White may have only one score over his last five games but he has been averaging 103.2 yards per contest.
Of the nine 1,000-yard receivers (he has 1,055), Johnson is the only one with less than 61 receptions (he has 56).
He failed to score in Week 14, and with three TDs in four games he has seven this year, five less than the 12 he scored last season.
In each of his six seasons he has caught at least 60 passses, and with 92 receptions this season he is 11 off his career-high set in 2006.
Smith is over 1,000 yards (1,075) for the fourth-straight season thanks to a run of 390 yards the past three weeks.
With 11 grabs in Week 14, Marshall will need 17 receptions the final three weeks to record his second consecutive 100-reception effort.
Owens has scored in three-straight games, though he has been held to less than 40 yards in six of his last eight contests.
You may not have noticed but Walter has scored five times in the past seven weeks and eight times overall.
Gonzo has caught at least five passes in eight straight weeks, during which time he has scored five times.
He has found the comfort zone once again with
One of the most frustrating performers in the game in '08, Gates was held without a catch in Week 14 and has just eight receptions for 66 yards his past four outings.
You picked a great time to disappear, Chris, with a putrid performance during the fantasy playoffs (one reception for 12 yards).
He hasn't been caught for more than 30 yards in three weeks and he has fallen short of that mark in four of five games.
We told you this kid was legit. Over the past three weekly he has 16 receptions, 188 yards and two touchdowns.
With 13 receptions for 143 yards the past two weeks Miller has one more reception that last season with 45, and 170 extra yards (614).
He has only 32 receptions on the year, but with five scores he is tied for third at the position.
What happened to this guy's production? Over the past four weeks he has only eight receptions for 95 yards.
In three years he has never attempted a kick of less than 20 yards. He is 20-for-21 at kicks of under 40 yards this year.
He would certainly be the leader in points if he hadn't been benched in Week 11, though he missed his long FG attempt in Week 14.
He missed two kicks last week dropping his conversion rate to 81.3 percent, just above his career 80.8 percent mark.
A perfect 25-for-25 under 40-yards, that number nosedives to 4-for-9 on kicks over that mark.
He has converted at least two field goals in each of the past four games.
He just doesn't miss kicks as he is 8-for-8 over the past five weeks.
He leads the NFL with 14 kicks in the 40-49 range (on 17 attempts).
Neil is a perfect 6-for-6 on kicks between 40-49 yards.
The past four games he has alternated three field goal outings with zero field goal outings.
Over the past four weeks he has converted 12 kicks and over the past seven weeks he has made at least two field goals each outing.