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Rankings decisions: Bengals, Vikings, Flacco

Updated: December 9, 2009, 6:04 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

The matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings this week intrigues me because we'll get to see a pair of teams that have made plenty of noise on defense this season. Sure, you have ol' staples Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Carson Palmer and Cedric Benson in there, but from a fantasy football perspective, those names didn't do as well as they normally do in my Week 14 rankings, as I expect points will be at a premium.

We've discussed plenty this season how difficult the Vikings and their wall of Williamses are to run on, but the Bengals are nearly as tough. These teams rank first and fourth, respectively, in fewest fantasy points allowed to running backs. Neither has been as successful stopping the passing game this season, but in general, each rushes the passer well enough to cause problems for quarterbacks.

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