Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/7/11

The fantasy football playoffs are here and every move becomes more important. Not to worry, there are plenty of good options both on the waiver wire and possibly your bench. Follow my rankings and advance to the next round.

  Wide Receivers

Could Impress: Roddy White. He’s scored in the last two games and should have no problem torching a terrible Carolina secondary. In the last three weeks, the Panthers have allowed more than 750 yards and three scores. Something tells me the Falcons will find plenty of success through the air.

Could Disappoint: Dwayne Bowe. The newest resident of Revis Island this week is Bowe, who has already had trouble clicking with backup Tyler Palko. Bowe hasn’t seen the end zone since week 5, and won’t see it this week either.

Injury Replacement: Antonio Brown. How he’s still available in 42-percent of leagues is beyond me. Since stepping into the starting lineup for the injured Hines Ward in week 7, Brown has at least eight fantasy points in every game. That type of consistency is hard to find. Add Brown and enjoy it.

 

WR Rankings

1. Calvin Johnson DET (vs. Minnesota)

2. Wes Welker NE (@ Washington)

3. Steve Smith CAR (vs. Atlanta)

4. Greg Jennings GB (vs. Oakland)

5. Victor Cruz NYG (@ Dallas)

6. Hakeem Nicks NYG (@ Dallas)

7. Roddy White ATL (@ Carolina)

8. Mike Wallace PIT (vs. Cleveland)

9. Vincent Jackson SD (vs. Buffalo)

10. Brandon Marshall MIA (vs. Philadelphia)

11. Dez Bryant DAL (vs. New York Giants)

12. Larry Fitzgerald AZ (vs. San Francisco)

13. Jordy Nelson GB (vs. Oakland)

14. A.J. Green CIN (vs. Houston)

15. Jeremy Maclin PHI (@ Miami)

16. Marques Colston NO (@ Tennessee)

17. Steve Johnson BUF (@ San Diego)

18. Percy Harvin MIN (@ Detroit)

19. Brandon Lloyd STL (@ Seattle)

20. C.J. Spiller BUF (@ San Diego)

21. Anquan Boldin BAL (vs. Indianapolis)

22. Antonio Brown PIT (vs. Cleveland)

23. Laurent Robinson DAL (vs. New York Giants)

24. Michael Crabtree SF (@ Arizona)

25. Santonio Holmes NYJ (vs. Kansas City)

26. DeSean Jackson PHI (@ Miami)

27. Miles Austin DAL (vs. New York Giants)

28. Julio Jones ATL (@ Carolina)

29. Dwayne Bowe KC (@ New York Jets)

30. Santana Moss WAS (vs. New England)

31. Mike Williams TB (@ Jacksonville)

32. Malcom Floyd SD (vs. Buffalo)

33. Eric Decker DEN (vs. Chicago)

34. Plaxico Burress NYJ (vs. Kansas City)

35. Lance Moore NO (@ Tennessee)

36. Pierre Garcon IND (@ Baltimore)

37. Denarius Moore OAK (@ Green Bay)

38. Deion Branch NE (@ Washington)

39. Nate Washington TEN (vs. New Orleans)

40. Nate Burleson DET (vs. Minnesota)

41. Torrey Smith BAL (vs. Indianapolis)

42. Johnny Knox CHI (@ Denver)

43. Darrius Heyward-Bey OAK (@ Green Bay)

44. Reggie Wayne IND (@ Baltimore)

45. Vincent Brown SD (vs. Buffalo)

46. Damian Williams TEN (vs. New Orleans)

47. Jabar Gaffney WAS (vs. New England)

48. Greg Little CLE (@ Pittsburgh)

49. Golden Tate SEA (vs. St. Louis)

50. Kevin Walter HOU (@ Cincinnati)

 

Tight Ends

Could Impress: Brandon Pettigrew. Clearly the top seven guys can be counted on, but if you’re not lucky enough to have one of those guys, Pettigrew is a good play this week. You’ll remember he torched the Vikings in the first matchup, racking up 11 catches for 112 yards. Expect more of the same with Minnesota’s linebackers dinged up coming into the matchup.

Could Disappoint: Jake Ballard. The Giants are still slinging the ball around at an impressive rate, but Eli Manning has stopped looking Jake Ballard’s way. He has four straight games with less than five fantasy points, and has not seen the end zone since week 9. There are better options out there.

Injury Replacement: Marcedes Lewis. He has yet to score a touchdown this season, but has an extremely favorable matchup against Tampa Bay this week. Blaine Gabbert has been looking the big fella’s way more often this season, and if you’re willing to take the gamble, something tells me it’ll pay off.

 

TE Rankings

1. Rob Gronkowski NE (@ Washington)

2. Jimmy Graham NO (@ Tennessee)

3. Jason Witten DAL (vs. New York Giants)

4. Antonio Gates SD (vs. Buffalo)

5. Tony Gonzalez ATL (@ Carolina)

6. Jermichael Finley GB (vs. Oakland)

7. Vernon Davis SF (@ Arizona)

8. Kellen Winslow TB (@ Jacksonville)

9. Aaron Hernandez NE (@ Washington)

10. Brandon Pettigrew DET (vs. Minnesota)

11. Brent Celek PHI (@ Miami)

12. Owen Daniels HOU (@ Cincinnati)

13. Jermaine Gresham CIN (vs. Houston)

14. Dustin Keller NYJ (vs. Kansas City)

15. Jake Ballard NYG (@ Dallas)

16. Greg Olsen CAR (vs. Atlanta)

17. Heath Miller PIT (vs. Cleveland)

18. Jared Cook TEN (vs. New Orleans)

19. Ed Dickson BAL (vs. Indianapolis)

20. Jacob Tamme IND (@ Baltimore)

21. Visanthe Shiancoe MIN (@ Detroit)

22. Marcedes Lewis JAX (vs. Tampa Bay)

23. Benjamin Watson CLE (@ Pittsburgh)

24. Anthony Fasano MIA (vs. Philadelphia)

25. Scott Chandler BUF (@ San Diego)

 

Stephen Kelley is a contributor at The Sports Bank where he covers Fantasy Sports and Pro Drafts. You can follow him on Twitter @stephen_tsb.

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