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Ranking decisions on Warner, Rodgers, McCoy

Updated: December 16, 2009, 4:26 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Just a few hours after I watched Kurt Warner and his pals keep the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoff race with a turnover-filled Monday night effort, I went all in for the Week 15 rankings when it came to Arizona Cardinals. Honestly, sometimes you must have a short memory in fantasy football, because often when players burn you, it has little bearing at all on the next week. For the Cardinals, the Detroit Lions are up next. That's all I needed to know.

I took a cursory look at how the Lions allow their fantasy points, because it's not always so obvious. For example, fantasy running backs find the Buffalo Bills the easiest team in the NFL to accrue points against, but quarterbacks find them second-toughest. Might the Lions have a similar split? Um, no, not even close. The Lions stink pretty much all around, ranking in the top six in terms of fantasy points allowed to every fantasy position. This is hard to do. It's not hard to trust Warner, my No. 3-ranked quarterback this week, nor wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, who are second and fourth, respectively. Even at running back, where it's generally anyone's guess how the fantasy points will be divided, Tim Hightower beat out Ryan Grant, Rashard Mendenhall and every NFC East running back in my rankings, and Beanie Wells wasn't far behind.

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