FC: '12 | FANTASY FOOTBALL | KYLE'S | Standard, PPR & Cheat Sheets | 1. Arian Foster 6. Maurice-Jones Drew 2. LeSean McCoy 7. Ryan Matthews 3. Ray Rice 8. Drew Brees 4. Aaron Rodgers 9. Larry Fitzgerald 5. Calvin Johnson 10. Marshawn Lynch | KYLE'S TOP 10
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2: TOP 50 STANDARD CHEAT SHEET | 1. Arian Foster 2. LeSean McCoy 3. Ray Rice 4. Aaron Rodgers 5. Calvin Johnson 6. Maurice Jones-Drew 7. Ryan Matthews 8. Drew Brees 9. Larry Fitzgerald 10. Marshawn Lynch 11. Chris Johnson 12. Cam Newton 13. Tom Brady 14. Greg Jennings 15. Michael Turner 16. Darren McFadden 17. Wes Welker 18. Matthew Stafford 19 Andre Johnson 20. Matt Forte 21. Roddy White 22. Michael Vick 23. Hakeem Nicks 24. Steven Jackson | 25. Adrian Peterson 26. DeMarco Murray 27. A.J. Green 28. Victor Cruz 29. Brandon Marshall 30. Trent Richardson 31. Fred Jackson 32. Jordy Nelson 33. Jamaal Charles 34. Tony Romo 35. Mike Wallace 36. Ahmad Bradshaw 37. Miles Austin 38. Darren Sproles 39. Marques Colston 40. Julio Jones 41. Steve Smith 42. Philip Rivers 43. Roy Helu 44. Reggie Bush 45. Frank Gore 46. Shonn Greene 47. DeSean Jackson 48. Dwayne Bowe 49. Dez Bryant
3: TOP 50 PPR CHEAT SHEET | 1. Arian Foster 2. LeSean McCoy 3. Ray Rice 4. Aaron Rodgers 5. Calvin Johnson 6. Maurice Jones-Drew 7. Larry Fitzgerald 8. Ryan Matthews 9. Drew Brees 10. Marshawn Lynch 11. Chris Johnson 12. Cam Newton 13. Tom Brady 14. Greg Jennings 15. Wes Welker 16. Andre Johnson 17. Darren McFadden 18. Matthew Stafford 19. Matt Forte 20. Roddy White 21. Michael Turner 22. Michael Vick 23. Hakeem Nicks 24. Steven Jackson | 25. Adrian Peterson 26. DeMarco Murray 27. Victor Cruz 28. A.J. Green 29. Brandon Marshall 30. Trent Richardson 31. Fred Jackson 32. Jordy Nelson 33. Jamaal Charles 34. Darren Sproles 35. Tony Romo 36. Mike Wallace 37. Ahmad Bradshaw 38. Miles Austin 39. Marques Colston 40. Julio Jones 41. Steve Smith 42. Reggie Bush 43. Philip Rivers 44. Roy Helu 45. Frank Gore 46. Shonn Greene 47. Dwayne Bowe 48. DeSean Jackson 49. Dez Bryant
4: Last year was the season of the QB with 6 QB’s with at least 4,600 yards including 3 with 5,000+, and 4 QB’s with 39+ TD’s. All of these stats don’t even include our #3 QB Cam Newton, who had 700 yards rushing and 14 rushing TD’s on top of a 4,000 yard passing season. The times have changed from drafting RB-RB not matter what in the first two rounds to win your league. A stud QB is almost necessary now. You don’t want to be the guy searching through two tier 4 QB’s trying to find a starter each week. It’s no longer crazy to spend a 1st round pick on a QB, and actually we have 4 going in the first 2 rounds with 5 being possible. Along with our gun slingers, we have now more than just Vick as a runner. Newton is now the star of the running QB’s, but Vick and RGIII are good options for where you can draft them. You naturally get more points for rushing yards and TD’s than passing, so these bonuses make these guys valuable. Vick and RGIII could be an inury risk, but Newton looks solid. The risk is worth the reward with these guys, and it can’t be looked over the bonuses you get with a rushing QB. Our recommendation is to grab a top at least one of our top 6 QB’s, preferably one of the top 4. Your team needs consistency, and a QB that gives you 20+ every week is something that can take you to a championship. Not only is the NFL being dominated by QB’s but fantasy is too. | Tier 1 - Sure Fire Studs 1. Aaron Rodgers 2. Drew Brees 3. Cam Newton 4. Tom Brady | TIer 2 - Solid Options 5. Matthew Stafford 6. Michael Vick 7. Tony Romo 8. Phillip Rivers | Tier 3 - Risk-Reward Starters 9. Eli Manning 10. Peyton Manning | Tier 4 - Top Notch Back-Ups 11. Robert Griffin III 12. Matt Ryan 13. Matt Schaub | Tier 5 - Back-Ups 14. Jay Cutler 15. Ben Roethlisberger | QUARTERBACKS
5: AARON RODGERS | DREW BREES | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 15/15 312/475 3922 28 11 5 64 356 4 2011 15/15 343/502 4643 45 6 8 60 257 3 | The NFL is a passing league now, and this man is the best and most consistent at doing it. He never recorded less than 20 points in a single game last year that he played in. He averaged over 27 points a game, and if he hadn’t set out the final week, he would have easily led the league in fantasy points and passing TD’s to go with his league low 6 INT’s. He also has one of if not the best supporting cast with Jennings, Nelson, Finley , Driver, and company. The fact that McCarthy loving the pass, Rodgers quick release, and the lack of a star running back bodes very well for the league MVP. COLD HARD STATS: Rodgers has only missed one game in 4 years because of injury, so this is not a concern. He is a virtual lock to put up at least 40 passing TD’s, 4,450 yards, and 3 rushing TD’s to and on top of the passing stats. It would be hard to have less than 6 INT’s, but his career high is 13 so somewhere between those two are expected. Top 5 pick. | Brees led the league in passing TD’s, completions, most fantasy points, and set the NFL single season record for most passing yards. He did all of this while decreasing his INT’s by 8 from 2010, which was his one knock on him. Any other year he would have been the unanimous MVP. He only had one fantasy game below 20 fantasy points. This year could be a little more stressful for Brees though without his coach. This could result in the Saints having to come from behind, so maybe that benefits him but could raise the INT’s if he’s forcing passes at the end of the game. If Brees doesn’t sign a contract, slid him down your list if he holds out. COLD HARD STATS: Brees never attempted less than 35 passing attempts in a single game, so he will have plenty of opportunities each game. More than likely he will lead the league in passing yards for a 3rd straight time. He has only missed one game in 6 years, so yet again the man will be there every week. Expect at least 4,700 yards and 40 passing TD’s, and a little increase in the INT’s. Top 10 pick. | TIER 1 - SURE FIRE STUDS | GB | NO | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 16/16 448/658 4620 33 22 7 18 -3 0 2011 16/16 448/658 5476 46 14 13 21 86 1
6: Cam is now the new king of the classic duel threat fantasy QB, that Mr. Vick held for so long. Like most running QB’s, he has more turnovers than the standard top QB’s (17 INT’s, 2 FL). In Newton’s first year on a horrible team, he had over 4,000 passing yards, 35 total TD’s (NFL record 14 rushing TD’s), and league leading 706 rushing yards. He came within 8 fantasy points of Brees, and has more weapons this year than last with the addition of Joe Adams. The addition of Mike Tolbert to go with Stewart and Williams is scary, along with Steve Smith being 33. You would have to assume they brought Tolbert for some goal line carries, so you can’t expect him to top 14 rushing TD’s. COLD HARD STATS: Unlike Vick, this guy is built like an animal and can take the pounding that a duel threat QB receive. He is not the “sure thing” that Brees and Rodgers are for 4,000+ yards, but he is a lock for 3,800 passing yards and 20 TD’s. Along with that, add a slightly decreased rushing attack with 500 rushing yards and at least 9 TD’s. End of 1st to middle 2nd round pick. | Another year means another top five ranking for Mr. Brady. He has definitely has the deepest crew of wide outs, and has two top 5 TE’s. The addition of Lloyd will stack up nicely to complement the dink and dunk Welker. After Brady’s sure MVP start with 3 games of 30+ points, he was actually a little fantasy inconsistent for a top tier quarterback. Brady is as sure thing year and year out, and his two headed monster at TE is young and impossible to stop. COLD HARD STATS: Brady actually improved on his ’10 MVP stats by 1,300 yards and 5 totals TD’s. Besides one year, Brady is a lock for 16 games too. With his new additions, the spotless system, Brady’s decision making, and the help on the defensive side to get him the ball back quicker this year Brady is in line for another great year. 4,600 passing yards and 35 TD’s along with a couple 1 yard QB sneak TD’s can be expected from this man. Beginning to end of 2nd. | TOM BRADY | CAM NEWTON | CAR | NE | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 16/16 310/517 4051 21 17 3 126 706 14 | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 16/16 324/492 3900 36 4 4 31 30 1 2011 16/16 401/611 5235 39 12 11 43 109 3
7: Many believe this guy is a top tier stud, and if he can repeat last year he will be in next year’s rankings. But for this year let me justify why he is the clear top of tier 2. He finishes 24 fantasy points back of Brady for forth, and if you take a closer look clear off his 43 points week 17 (when all fantasy is done) he averaged 3 less points per week then Brady. He had 5 games of below 20 points, and 10 games with at least one turnover. Let’s also not forget that he has missed 19 games in just three seasons in the NFL. On the other hand, he has the best wide out in the game, a lack of a running game, young WR’s, and a defense that struggles to stop teams at times. So as good as Stafford is and his potential you saw when playing 16 games, let’s not just yet say he is a Sure Fire Stud quite yet. COLD HARD STATS: A bit of a risk health wise even though he played 16 games last season. He doesn’t have the depth in options that Rodgers, Brees, and Brady do but he does have Calvin. 5,000+ yards and 40+ TD’s doesn’t seem to be quite what to expect, but 4,500 yards and 35 TD’s can be. Beginning to end of 3rd round. | Last year’s number one had the season that everyone was scared could happen. Vick was affected by a rib injury causing him to miss 3 games which is always what Vick owners have to worry about. Andy Reid and the Eagles tried to make him more of a pocket passer, and in return he threw 8 more INT’s, 11 less TD’s, and only 150 more passing yards. The Eagles have speed and finesse all across the board with Jackson, Maclin, and McCoy. Reid has always been a pass first coach and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. Don’t be shocked if he returns to a top 3 quarterback fantasy wise again. COLD HARD STATS: In Vick’s last 18 games he has started, he has thrown 20 INT’s. This is a scary stat, but the rushing threat is always a turn on for fantasy owner. Reid and the Eagles you would expect to let him run more since last year’s let down. Vick could easily top 4,000 yards and 25 TD’s passing if he would play 16 games, but until then we can only expect 12-14 games, 3,400 yards and 20 TD’s passing, and 600 yards and 4 TD’s rushing. 4th to 5th round pick. | In 2011-12 it was the year of the quarterback, but Tony just had his usual season. He didn’t set any new career highs, he missed one game (played two plays), finished 9th among QB fantasy points, and missed out on the playoffs. So why is he ranked 7th? Romo had 9/15 games with at least 20 fantasy points. He threw a touchdown in all but one game, and managed to come back from the collarbone injury successfully. He has a great supporting cast (even though he lost Robinson), and the emergence of DeMarco Murray seemed to help him. Defenses cant key on just the pasing game now, and Romo plays in a division where scoring is a must. COLD HARD STATS: Romo has only had one serious injury in his career. He does get dinged up, but his Favre like mentality keeps him playing through them. He should be a lock for 4,000 yards with the core he has, and 30 TD’s doesn’t seem out of the ordinary to expect. 5th to 6th round pick. | Phillip, ranked 4th among QB’s last year, was my biggest miss of last season. I predicted him to come into 2011 hot, and do as much as win the MVP. Well sadly to say, I was well off. He had fewer yards, TD’s, completion percentage, and a career high in INT’s with 20. Also, in 2012 he doesn’t have VJAX, Gates has seen his best days pass, and they haven’t provided much help around him. So why can this guy be a solid starter? He simply makes plays. He slings it around, and is not afraid to go for the big play. He also had 9 20+ games, and to be honest he can’t do much worse. Don’t be afraid to draft Rivers, he has the potential worth the risk. COLD HARD STATS: He hasn’t missed a game since he became the starter. He has 4 straight 4,000 yards and at least 27 TD seasons. So despite losing VJAX (who never was the greatest teammate) and the emergence of Vincent Brown, it is easy to see a bounce back with 4,600 yards and 29 TD’s. 5th to 6th round pick. | 5. MATTHEW STAFFORD - DET | 6. MICHAEL VICK - PHI | 7. TONY ROMO - DAL | 8. PHILLIP RIVERS - SD | TIER 2 - S | TIER 2 - SOLID OPTIONS | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 3/3 57/96 535 6 1 0 4 11 1 2011 16/16 421/663 5038 41 16 8 22 78 0 | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 12/12 233/372 3018 21 6 3 100 676 9 2011 13/13 253/423 3303 18 14 3 76 589 1 | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 6/6 148/213 1605 11 7 2 6 38 0 2011 16/16 346/522 4184 31 10 5 22 46 1 | Passing Rushing Year GS/GP CA YARDS TD INT 300YG ATT YARDS TD 2010 16/16 357/541 4710 30 13 6 29 52 0 2011 16/16 366/582 4624 27 20 6 26 36 1
8: Low then most other people would rank the defending Super Bowl champ. But if you are looking for consistency, this guy has yet to be able to put together a top notch fantasy season. He did put together a season only 67 yards short of 5,000 and lowered his INT’s by 9 from 25 to 16. Every season he started he has thrown double digits INT’s. He lost Mario Manningham, and Nicks has yet another injury. He has a star is Cruz, but there isn’t that much else to like on the offense. Their running game will take a hit with Jacobs out, and it has yet to be determined if Bradshaw can handle a whole load without injury. COLD HARD STATS: Eli had himself a career year in fantasy and in actual NFL standards. He’s a shoe-in for 16 games, so no worries there. Expect no less than 15 INT’s and at least 3 fumbles. He looks to be in a passing offense more now so 4,600 yards should be easily expected with 26-29 TD’s. 6th round pick. | One of the more exciting picks of each fantasy draft. Coming back from a serious yearlong injury, change of teams for the first time ever, young WR’s, and another year under his belt. For most quarterbacks who do these things, you expect a lot less from them. But this is Peyton Manning we are talking about. This is the guy that has 11 4,000 yard seasons, 4 MVP’s, 399 TD’s to only 198 INT’s, and an astonishing completion percentage of 64.9. So the question is, will Peyton be Peyton this year? No one can be for sure, but you have to think even a 70-80% Peyton is better than many of the other options. COLD HARD STATS: It is hard to predict exactly what Peyton will do. He is a lock for 16 games if he honestly is healthy going into the season. Factoring in the WR’s, offense talent, new team, etc. I would lower his usual stat expectations. 4,000 yards and 28 TD’s should be about what you should expect given the weak division. 6th to 7th round pick. | Griffin should thank Cam Newton for being ranked so high for a rookie QB. Before last year, if you were a rookie, everyone thought instant struggle and a probably don’t draft fantasy wise. But the similarities in Cam and RG with running and passing, and the success of Cam give people the hope that RG will duplicate his instant success. He has nice arm strength, very smart, and sprinter speed. He has a nice supporting cast (not great though), and will be helped by the West Coast offense of Shanahan. Just like any rookie, he will experience some speed bumps and will commit his fair share of turnovers. All in all though, RG is a great backup with sky’s the limit potential. | Matt had his first 4,000 yard season and had a career high in TD’s (29) too. So why isn’t he any higher? Ryan is the textbook standard QB. He is NOT an elite FANTASY QB. He only had one game over 24 points, and 7 games with less than 20 points. He has all the talent that a stud needs around him, but the way he and the Falcons play results in just an average fantasy QB. If you need him as your starter, you better have a very solid supporting cast. If he is your back up, he will fill in very nicely when your #1 is unavailable. | TIER 3 - RISK-REWARD STARTERS | 9. ELI MANNING - NYG | 10. PEYTON MANNING - DEN | 11. ROBERT GRIFFIN III - WSH | TIER 4 - TOP NOTCH BACK-UPS | 12. MATT RYAN - ATL
9: Most likely this guy will be drafted before him ranking indicates, and this would be rightfully so if he could stay healthy. He has only complete 2 whole seasons in his 5 years at starter. He has always been able to put up plenty of yards and not too shabby at TD’s either. He has a top 3 WR (when healthy), and the best running back in the game to keep defenses honest. Schaub could be a top 10 QB easily, but until he proves he can stay healthy you can build you team around him. | A year after bowing out of the NFC Championship game, Cutler came back to come up limp again. Until the last two years, Cutler had not experienced any serious injuries. He hasn’t seen the statically success he had in Denver, but that could all change. Cutler has one of the fastest guys in the NFL (Hester), a great pass catching RB in Matt Forte, and now his best buddy from Denver with Brandon Marshall. Cutler’s ranking is purely on the addition of Marshall and the firing of Mike Martz. Now Cutler has his system, fantasy owners can hope for more consistency and more fantasy production. | Big Ben could be in for quite a rocky season this year. He has a brand new offensive system which caters to the running game. He has no Mendenhall for a while, lost his buddy in Ward, and also is in a tough defensive division. Ben will have to get his occasional rushing attack back to be anything more than average. He has never been a fantasy stud, but now he can be no more than a back-up. | 13. MATT SCHAUB - HOU | TIER 5 - BACK-UPS | 14. JAY CUTLER - CHI | 15. BEN ROETHLISBERGER - PIT | Tim Tebow- NYJ Just like last year Tebow is our main sleeper. The reason isn't because "all he does is win" it is because he provides owners with quality points. Besides for week 17, in every game he played he scored at least 15.8 points. His 15.8 actually came in a game where he only played the second half. His QB line doesn't satisfy his critics, but for fantasy reason if/when he becomes the starter he can't be doubted for points. Jake Locker- TEN Locker just became the starter, and this could be a real sleeper. He is comparable to Vince Young when he played for Tennessee. He can throw the ball, but where he is very fantasy worthy is with his feet. In 3 games he averaged 16.5 points, but in year two he is the week 1 starter and will have many more reps going into the season. Deep Sleep- Russell Wilson- SEA Wilson is fighting with Flynn for the starting spot. He is an undersized rookie, but if he is the starter could be a solid back-up. He can run with the best of them, and has a nice touch on his ball. He has Sidney Rice, TO, and Braylon Edwards to throw to. He has some solid options and the rushing game should really help his fantasy stock. Until he is announced starter, he is no more than a late round filler. | SLEEPERS:
10: Tier 1 - Sure Fire Studs 1. Arian Foster 2. LeSean McCoy 3. Ray Rice 4. Maurice-Jones Drew | 5. Ryan Matthews 6. Marshawn Lynch 7. Chris Johnson 8. Michael Turner 9. Darren McFadden | Tier 3 - Risk-Reward Starters 15. Fred Jackson 16. Jamaal Charles 17. Ahmad Bradshaw 18. Darren Sproles 19. Roy Helu 20. Reggie Bush | Tier 4 - Top Notch Back-Ups 21. Frank Gore 22. Shonn Greene 23. Willis McGahee | Tier 5 - Back-Ups 24. Beanie Wells 25. Benjarvus Green-Ellis | RUNNING BACKS | The years of each fantasy team going RB-RB in the first two rounds are long in the past. With only 4 sure-fire studs, workhorse running backs are hard to come by. Most teams are fielding two RB’s seeing at least 10 carries a game each. Even our #1 RB and #1 overall pick, still had a back-up with 942 rushing yards and 4 TD’s. After the sure-fire studs, we have guys with real big potential. But that is where many different thoughts come in for those drafting in the later first round. Do they draft a guy like DMC who is a great talent but can’t stay healthy, or go with a great WR or QB? Unlike any other year, this is clearly the question for those drafters. RB’s still get you the most bang for you buck points-wise, so RB is still the most important position. You want to get quality starters, but where fantasy championships our one is on depth. You need to target that good back-up RB you want to support your two starters. Another way besides raft is on the wavier-wire. Get on that quickly, because the gems will rise quickly and farther into the season the less you have quality wise on the wavier wire. | 10. Matt Forte 11. Steven Jackson 12. Adrian Peterson 13. DeMarco Murray 14. Trent Richardson | Tier 2 - Solid Options
11: LESEAN MCCOY | ARIAN FOSTER | TIER 1 - SURE FIRE STUDS | HOU | PHI | Most likely everyone’s 1st pick of the draft. In basically 12 games, he finished 4th in fantasy points for running backs. In those 12 games, he averaged nearly 21 points which was the most of any running back. He missed the first three games, but clearly came back strong from the injury. He averaged an amazing 141.6 total yards per game to go along with a TD per game too. He has 15 100 yard games in the last two seasons. He is not only dominating when running, but also in the passing game with 119 receptions and 1,221 yards in the last two seasons. This guy is the real deal. COLD HARD STATS: We have only seen one injury in his two seasons. He only has about 600 carries on his body so injury cannot be a huge concern. With a 16 game season, Foster should pile up 1500 rushing yards 13 TD’s along with, 600 receiving yards and 3 TD’s. Those stats are one of a kind. 1st pick overall. | The second spot is a toss-up between McCoy and Rice. McCoy gets the nod because of his amazing consistency. Until week 16 (we know many of fantasy championships lost) he was a lock for the running back fantasy scoring title. He then sat out week 17 and finished just 19 points back even though he only scored 4.5 points in two weeks. McCoy had an amazing run in 2011, scoring double digits in all of the first 15 games. He averaged just short of 20 points a game in that stretch. He led the league in rushing TD’s (17) and total TD’s out of running backs (20). Not only is he a running threat but a passing threat too with 48 receptions, even though it is a bit of a concern since that number is down from 78 in 2010. You would like more attempts but have to realize he’s playing for Andy Reid. If Eagles get on track, McCoy could even improve on his 2011 numbers. COLD HARD STATS: McCoy is a quick and finesse running back. There hasn’t been a serious injury yet to add to concern. He should only miss one game max. He has yet to receive 300 rushing attempts which is good for health. Expect 1,300 rushing yards and 14 TD’s, along with 50 receptions 400 yards and 2 TD’s. 2nd to 3rd overall pick. | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 13/16 327 1616 16 4.9 7 66 604 2 2011 13/13 278 1224 10 4.4 5 53 617 2 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 13/15 207 1080 7 5.2 3 78 592 2 2011 15/15 273 1309 17 4.8 6 48 315 3
12: MAURICE JONES-DREW | RAY RICE | BAL | JAC | The running back fantasy scoring champion of 2011 comes in at #3. Rice won that in the final weeks compiling 51.4 points in the final two weeks. Rice had 5 games with at least 26 fantasy points. What is a little different than McCoy is that he had two games under 10 points, and 2 games with just 11 points. Rice owners will also not that sometime Baltimore gets away from Rice even though he is clearly their best player. He had 3 games with single digit carries, and another game with only 10. Rice should have easily had 300 carries for his second straight year. Besides that though, Rice is a lock for receiving stats. He had 104 targets and 76 receptions, which isn’t even his career high. He is more like #2b then #3. COLD HARD STATS: Rice is consistent in his own right too. Rice is an easy lock for 16 games, 70 receptions, 650 receiving yards, and 1,250 rushing yards. Rushing TD’s went from 5-12 in a year so expect between 8-10 this year along with a receiving TD or 2. 2nd or 3rd overall pick. | At #4 we have a player whose whole team has to rely on him week in and week out. He had 42 more attempts then anyone in the league last season with 343, but still averaged a impressive 4.7 YPC. He also led the league by 252 rushing yards for 1,606 and a career high. In his first 4 seasons he was a total TD beast totaling 52, but with teams knowing the only thing JAC can do in the red zone is run his TD numbers have decreased. He has totaled a lot of pounding with almost 1,500 carries, yet has only missed 3 games in 6 seasons. He also gets involved in the passing game averaging 46 receptions a year. MJD only had 1 game less than 10 points, but also had 2 games over 20 points all season. Definitely 4th and last of the top tier, but a true work horse with plenty of opportunities per game for points. COLD HARD STATS: MJD will play 15-16 games and will get you 12-17 points a week. His team needs him, and you can’t ask for more when you draft a running back who is still getting 20 carries a game. Those days are gone for the most part, so that is why MJD is still so valuable. He’ll probably lead the league in rushing attempts again. Expect 1,400 rushing yards with 7 TD’s, along with 300 receiving yards and a TD. If you draft MJD hope Jacksonville improves and can get to the goal line more. 4th to 6th overall pick. | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 14/14 299 1324 5 4.4 7 34 317 2 2011 16/16 343 1606 8 4.7 6 43 374 3 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 14/16 307 1220 5 4.0 2 63 556 1 2011 16/16 291 1364 12 4.7 6 76 704 3
13: 7. CHRIS JOHNSON - TEN | 5. RYAN MATTHEWS -SD | 6. MARSHAWN LYNCH - SEA | 8. MICHAEL TURNER -ATL | TIER 2 - SOLID OPTIONS | Matthews very quietly had a star like year. He did so well that the Chargers decided that they could rely on him and get rid of running mate Tolbert. In 14 games, Matthews averaged nearly 14 points per week. This doesn’t sound like much, but you have to consider he had a running back stealing goal line carries from him. Matthews is only in his second season, and managed to make it through last season without a serious injury. Matthews did have 4 games with less than 8 points. It is expect for Matthews to get goal line carries this year, and should improve on his inconsistency of 2011. COLD HARD STATS: Matthews could greatly benefit from a weak division if the Chargers can get back to previous seasons form. He has yet to go all 16 games in his early career, but this shouldn’t be a big concern. With the loss of Tolbert and VJAX, Matthews will experience a heavier load and more of the team’s weight on his shoulders. If he goes all 16, expect nearly 300 carries 1,200 rushing yards and 8-10 TD’s, along with 50 receptions (same as last year) 450 receiving yards and a TD. Mid to End of 1st round. | The beginning of 2011 looked like the end for Lynch. He had 13.4 points in the first 3 games, and only had one game over 12 points in the first 8 weeks. Then in week 9, Seattle decided to feed him the rock each and every game. He had 20+ carries in 8 of 9 remaining games and had 19 in the only other one. He compiled 941 rushing yards and 9 TD’s in this stretch, including 6 100 yard games (including one vs. SF). He also recorded a TD in 11 straight games last season. Lynch went from a #3 running back during fantasy drafts last season, to 5th most points by a running back. Lynch is a heavy body with speed. He finishes off every run, and is quite a fan favorite in Seattle. If Flynn can make the passing game relevant, Lynch could face less stacked boxes and even more success if that’s even possible. COLD HARD STATS: If Lynch would have been a 1-2 round pick for the last couple years and then had last season success, he would be a top 3 pick. But instead he had been irrelevant for a few seasons. Lynch has had little injuries throughout his career, but is good for at least 14 games. Hes a bruiser with a nose for the end zone, but has very little receiving production. If Seattle continues to hand him the ball 20 times a game you can expect 1,250 rushing yards and 12 TD’s. All receiving stats are extra. End of 1st round. | Can anyone really remember how phenomenal this guy was just two years ago? Well that seems like an eternity ago. Many spent a top 5 pick on this guy, and got back the 17th most productive fantasy running back. He was a huge disappointment, and many owners will shy away from his this year. But if you look at it closely he will have a full offseason to get into shape, which ultimately was the reason for his brutal 2011. He also plays in a division with IND and JAC who can’t defend the run at all. Chris is the definition of a risk reward player this season. You will most likely spend a first round pick on him. Will you get CJ of last season with only 3 games over 12.5 points and barely 1,000 rushing yards, or will you get THE CJ2K with 2,500 total yards of 2009? COLD HARD STATS: Most likely you will get neither of those CJ seasons. He is a lock for 16 games, and injury really is a non-concern. Even though he is a finesse runner, CJ can handle a full load. CJ will have to want to improve and make a name for him again. You have to expect more but just how much? I expect 1300 yards and 11 TD’s rushing along with 50 receptions and 400 yards. Beginning to Mid of 2nd round. | Turner turned in yet another 300 carry season, which is his 3rd in the last 4 seasons. Early in his career in Atlanta he was the base of their offense, now Atlanta trust Ryan to sling it to their young stars. In his 8th season he average 4.5 YPC which is nice for 300+ carries. He had a career high in receiving yards with 168, and has still yet to catch receiving TD in his career. Do not expect receiving stats, but he has scored 10+ TDs rushing in every year he has been a starter. Atlanta said they wanted to limit his reps a bit this season, and the fact he turned 30 doesn’t bode well for him either. But all in all, the lack of an every down RB now a day keeps Turner as a safe pick in the second round. COLD HARD STATS: He’s only had one serious injury in his 8 seasons so expect all 16 games. If Atlanta does what they say, then this won’t be a 300 carry season but more like a 260-270 season. He’s good for 1200 rushing yards and a solid 11 TDs though. Beginning to Mid of 2nd round. | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 9/12 158 678 7 4.3 1 22 145 0 2011 14/14 222 1091 6 4.9 4 50 455 0 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 14/16 202 737 6 3.5/4.4 0 22 145 0 2011 15/15 285 1204 12 4.2 6 28 212 1 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 16/16 316 1364 11 4.3 8 44 245 1 2011 16/16 262 1047 4 4.0 4 57 418 0 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 15/16 334 1371 12 4.1 7 12 85 0 2011 15/16 301 1340 11 4.5 6 17 168 0
14: 9. DARREN MCFADDEN - OAK | 10. MATT FORTE - CHI | 11. STEVEN JACKSON - STL | 12. ADRIAN PETERSON - MIN | As stated last year, this guy is truly the definition of a risky pick. He warrant a 1-2 round pick, and there are no guarantees to how many games he will play. This guy is one of the most electrifying running backs in the game, a true home run hitter. But in the 4 seasons in Oakland he has yet to play 16 games, and last season he played a career low 6 games (7 if you count a 2 carry game). In those games he piled up 610 rushing yards 4 TD’s and 151 receiving yards and 1 TD. He only had one game under 15 in those 6, and those type of stats and points are why some people find it just to impossible to pass on his potential. Oakland cut ways with running mate Michael Bush, which tells people that all of their eggs are in McFadden’s basket for good or bad. If you draft DMC, watch him run and prey he strays away from injuries. Buyer BEWARE! COLD HARD STATS: Just as every season, someone will draft him a little too early because of his ungodly potential. Fantasy is about consistency but you have to take risks at some point too. Last season it was nice to see no game with less than 14 carries. Oakland loves this guy, and if he could put together a full season he would be amazing. Realistically 13 games, 1,200 rushing yards, and 10 TD’s along with 400 receiving yards and 3 TD’s would make owners ecstatic. Beginning to End of 2nd round. | There might not be a running back that meant more to their offense than Forte in 2011. He was on pace for nearly 2,000 total yards until he got hurt in week 13. He has yet to complete a year with less than 1,400 total yards. But now after his first injury of his pro career, Chicago is playing hard ball with their star. Instead of giving him a well-deserved contract, they went out and got Michael Bush who had the 8th most fantasy points by a running back last season. Chicago stated he is the back up, but Bush is a strong back and Forte will likely receive less goal line carries. Forte and Chicago need to agree and quickly, we don’t want to see another Chris Johnson happen. COLD HARD STATS: Until last year he hadn’t missed a game in his career. Expect 16 games and plenty of yards. He has never been much of a TD man, but the duel threat is enough to keep him prominent. All of this depends on if he shows up at camp, if he does expect 1800 total yards (1,200 rushing and 600 receiving) and 7 total TD’s. Draft Bush in the middle of the draft if you do end up with Forte though. Mid to End of 2nd round. | Year in and year out this guy is one of the safest picks. He has been the Rams franchise for 7 years now. He only has one double digit TD season, but has 7 1,000 yard seasons. He is far from his dominance in 2006, but is still good as a top 20 pick. He got hurt on a long TD run to start the season last year, and didn’t get it going until after his week 5 bye week. After that week he averaged 13 points per week. And if you don’t count week 3 where he had only 4 carries (because of injury), he only has 6 games under 8 fantasy points in the last 2 seasons. COLD HARD STATS: This is the most consistent guy outside the top 4. He doesn’t have much flair and plays for one of the worst teams. He will get you 15-16 games with 1,200 rushing yards and 5 TD’s, along with 40 receptions and a TD. Pick him and count on consistent but not flashy points. Mid to End of 2nd round. | Only one man can come back after 5 months from a torn ACL and beat his whole team in sprints, and that is Mr. Peterson. Last years first overall pick in virtually every draft will be drafted with caution this year. He and Minnesota’s staff say he is locked in to be back by week one. When healthy, this guy is a true workhorse. He was quite a let down last year for those who spent their 1st pick on him. He only delivered 5 games over 11 points, missed 4 games, and only 18 receptions. He plays on a horrible team with a work in progress at QB. Every team stacks the box and that doesn’t look like it will change any time soon. Keep an eye on his progress throughout the offseason, as long as he continues to progress draft this guy and handcuff him with Gerhart later. COLD HARD STATS: This is a very rare year in which you can get this guy after the first round. Before last year, he had only missed one game in the last 3 years. With some wear and tear plus his ACL I wouldn’t expect a full 16 this season. He’ll probably get 260 carries 1,200 yards and 11 TD’s. Also pack on 30 catches and 300 yards. AP could be a steal if he finds his old touch, but ACL surgery is no joke. Mid to End of 2nd round. | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 13/13 223 1157 7 5.2 6 47 507 3 2011 7/7 113 614 4 5.4 2 19 154 1 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 16/16 237 1069 6 4.5 3 51 547 3 2011 12/12 203 997 3 4.9 3 52 490 1 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 16/16 330 1241 6 3.8 4 46 383 0 2011 15/15 260 1145 5 4.4 4 42 333 1 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 15/15 283 1298 12 4.6 5 36 341 1 2011 12/12 208 970 12 4.7 3 18 139 1
15: 13. DEMARCO MURRAY - DAL | 15. FRED JACKSON - BUF | 14. TRENT RICHARDSON - CLE | 16. JAMAAL CHARLES - KC | A diamond in the ruff of the wavier wire last year. He was on pace for some incredible stats until he broke his ankle last season. In his first start as the lead back he got 25 carries, 253 yards, and a TD at St. Louis. In the 8 games in which he started he totaled 824 yards and 2 TDs rushing. He’s quite the receiving option too, getting 26 last season and 71 his senior season of college. He does have Felix Jones who will steal some carries, but it was clear last year Dallas liked what they had in Murray. His team is pass first so that steals some of his spotlight. If he can stay healthy this guy will be a yearly first rounder. COLD HARD STATS: A bit of an injury concern even when he was in college. He is fast and strong and a duel threat. Expect 14 games and about 280-300 carries. He’ll get 1,300 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground, and at least 40 receptions and 500 yards with a TD or two receiving. Mid to End of 2nd round. | Not usually high or rookie running backs, but this guy is the real deal. Not only is he a skilled runner, but also he has little competition to deal with (B. Jackson, Hardesty). He will get the full load week one, and be expected to handle it both rushing and receiving. Teams will stack the box since rookie Weeden will be QB, and playing Baltimore and Pittsburg twice won’t help the any causes. He will experience the usually rookie growing pains but there hasn’t been a rookie of his stature and situation in a while. With the amount of touches he will receive if healthy, this guy will be a solid pick. Should be the first rookie off the board COLD HARD STATS: As fit as anyone you will find, he should have the body to handle a 16 game season. Cleveland won’t be up to often, so his hands in the passing game will be a must for stats reasons. He should receive 280-300 carries easily, with 1,200 yards and 8 TD’s rushing. 50 catches for 400 yards and 2 TD’s seems very possible. End of 2nd round. | TIER 3 - RISK-REWARD STARTERS | Fred broke out quickly last season and was on pace to be a top pick this year. But then in the 11th game he broke his leg. He had 1,376 total yards in 10 games. He is a duel threat with 39 receptions last season. Everything sounds good at first when you look at this man. But with him being 31, coming off an injury, and also has Spiller right behind him, he will have to prove himself again this season. He will be the starter week 1, but will see less carries then if he was alone. He does have a soft schedule this year, and in buffalo the weather helps with the amount of touches he will get. As long as he plays like he did last year he will be the feature back, but if Spiller performs this could be the deadly word “a timeshare”. COLD HARD STATS: Its obvious Buffalo likes and wants to use Spiller, but they wouldn’t have given Jackson a contract extension if they didn’t believe in him. He’s a big guy, so injury concern isn’t that big. If he is still the main guy, which all signs point to yes as of now, 300 carries could be in his future. 1,250 yards and 9 TD’s rushing and 50 receptions and 500 yards receiving is what Jackson could get if he is healthy. 3rd round. | AT #16 Jamaal is no sure thing. He is not only coming off a horrible ACL injury, but also has a back-up one year removed from his career year too (Peyton Hillis). Charles is a dynamic runner that excels in the open field. But with his 5’11 less than 200lb frame, he will never be the guy to ground and pound. It looks like he will be fine for training camp, and will be the feature runner. Once the season starts he will have had almost a full year to recover from the ACL injury. Most assume Hillis will take away a lot of carries, but if you remember 2010 T.Jones actually had more rushing attempts then him and Charles still had top 3 running back numbers. So if we concede goal line and short yardage carries for Hillis, the Chiefs offense still will have plenty of carries and receptions for Charles. COLD HARD STATS: Hillis is better than Thomas Jones in 2010, but he is not the running back Charles can be when healthy. Charles doesn’t need 300 carries and actually can’t handle 300. All he needs is 180-210 carries ad he’ll get 40 receptions too. With those numbers he’ll rack up 1,200 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards, and 8 total TD’s. Many people are down on this guy, but if he can stay healthy there’s few who can do what this guy does. 3rd-4th round. | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 7/13 164 897 2 5.5 3 26 183 0 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 13/16 222 927 5 4.2 3 31 215 2 2011 10/10 170 934 6 5.5 6 39 442 0 | Rushing Receiving Year GS/GP ATT YARDS TD AVG 100YG REC YDS TD 2010 6/16 230 1467 5 6.4 4 45 468 3 2011 1/2 12 83 0 6.9 0 5 9 1
16: 17. AHMAD BRADSHAW - NYG | 18. DARREN SPROLES - NO | 19. ROY HELU - WSH | 20. REGGIE BUSH - MIA | This could be the year Bradshaw finally catapults himself into the first round of fantasy drafts for years to come. But that is only if he can stay healthy, and that is a big IF. He missed 4 games last year, and has always been a little shaky on the health side. With Brandon Jacobs gone, it seems that the Giants believe in him. Last year splitting time, he had only 3 games with less than double-digit points, but only 3 multiple touchdown games. He does play on a team that seems to be pass first, but if he can handle a full work load this guy could be a #1 running back for your team. COLD HARD STATS: It is hard to see a guy in his first season of handling a full load to go throughout the season without an injury. Expect him to miss a game or two, but also get 280+ carries. With those carries 1,200 yards and 9 TD’s seem very possible. Add on 30 catches 300 yards and a TD and this guy will be a nice week in week out player, with the potential to do more. 3rd-4th round. | This guy went undrafted in most leagues, but proved to be a solid #2 RB last season. The funny thing is that this guy is not really a running back on his team. He had the 7th most receptions of any player during the season, and had only one more rushing attempt then reception (87-86). This guy doesn’t get many carries but is efficient when he does (8.9 YPC), along with 710 yards receiving. He is incredibly explosive and quick. His size hinders him from more carries, but allows him to get in and out of his cuts during routes. He fell into a good circumstance in 2011 with 1st round pick Mark Ingram getting hurt, but expect Ingram to cut into Sproles workload a bit. Dominate #2 RB in PPR, but a solid #2 RB in standard. COLD HARD STATS: It has to be on defensive coordinators minds to stop this guy, because of such the factor back he became. But in the New Orleans offense (as long as Brees signs) it is nearly impossible to key on one guy. Sproles is just to quick and has proven to be pretty durable for his size, only missing one game in the last 5 years. Expect around 80-100 carries for 600 yards and 70 reception for another 600 yards with 8 total TD’s. 4th round. | Roy really benefitted from Shanahan’s running back by committee scheme last season, and proved he could be the go to back at the end of the year. Helu also was silently pretty consist despite not being the guy until late. He has great hands and can handle more carries than a guy such a Sproles. Now with the addition of RGIII, he should have more holes because of his durability. Between dump offs, screens, and about 200 carries over a season this guy could be a stud. Only problem is, Shanahan could appoint a new guy at any time. Roy could be a steal in the draft, but having a chance to lose his spot has people concerned. COLD HARD STATS: He has never been a full load guy in college or pros so durability could be a bit of a problem. If he gets consistent carries over 14 games then this guy shall succeed. 200 carries and 60 receptions are what this guy should receive in this offense. With those touches 1,000 rushing yards 5 TD’s with 500 receiving yards and a TD or 2 should be reasonable. 4th-5th round. | Reggie showed glimpses of USC Bush in 2011. He averaged 5.5 YPC after his buy in week 5, and had 10 double digit fantasy games. He ended the year with 3 100 yard games and a career high 203 yard game. He is used more of a running back in Miami and is more of a focal point here then NO. He’s a great receiver, and has really improved his rushing. The lose of Marshall will hurt a little, and Daniel Thomas with an offseason under his belt won’t help either. Teams might stack the box, but Bush’s duel threat makes him a valuable asset. He is able to handle more carries than Helu and Sproles, but has had some injuries over his career. At #20 RB he has great value, with a lot of potential. COLD HARD STATS: In his first season of 200 carries he actually proved he could handle the load. He only missed one game (week 17). He will need to show owners he can do that again, but with somewhat minimal competition in the backfield people will reach for him. If he can up his number to 250+ carries he could reach late round 1 numbers, but only expect 200 carries. With that he should get 1,100 rushing yards and 6 TD’s and easily expect 40 receptions with 300 yards.
17: 23. WILLIS MCGAHEE - DEN | TIER 4 - TOP NOTCH BACK-UPS | TIER 5 - BACK-UPS | 24. BEANIE WELLS - ARI | 21. FRANK GORE - SF | 22. SHONN GREENE - NYG | Gore complete his first full 16 game season, ended with 13 most fantasy points at RB, and had 1,300 total yards. So why is he ranked so far down? Gore saw his receptions drop by 29 even though he played in 5 more games, his team is opening up the passing game, and now he is accompanied by bruiser Brandon Jacobs and speedster LaMichael James. Gore is 29 and has had many injuries throughout his career. He however had 9 double digit fantasy games and 5 straight 100 yard rushing games, but faltered as he came down the stretch. Gore never really lived up to his 2006 season, and now it appears as if he is not much more than a average #2-good #3 RB. 5th -6th round. | Greene is not the sexiest pick by far of any draft, but he proved to be a nice flex option towards the end of last season. The Jets want to establish their heavy running game, and now without LT, Greene is the feature back. He has increased his attempts by 70+ each of his first three seasons, and has been able to 3 games over that span (0 last year). This will probably be the make or brake year to see if Greene can be a reliable stud RB. For his ranking, he could be a steal if NYJ runs at the volume they are saying. He doesn’t have a back-up besides change of pace McKnight, and if Tebow does become starter he could really see some touches. Improving hands and more touches make Greene a #2-#3 RB. | A pure ground and pound running back. Now is the feature back in Denver after many goal line stints in Baltimore. Last year, he saw significant amount of touches with Tebow and the rushing attack as the only offense. He turned in 8 double digit games during last season and had his most carries in four seasons (249). The tide in Denver will change this year though with Manning in town. Passing will be a first, and rushing will not be nearly as good as they were last year. Teams wont be able to key on the run, but if McGahee can stay healthy (misses about 3 games a year) and can get 200+ carries he’s a solid option as a #3 RB. 6th – 7th round. | Wells had a career year last year topping 1,000 yards and double digit TD’s for the first time. This wasn’t without inconsistency though. 6 out of his 14 games were single digit games, but also recorded 4 games of over 15 points. He played the season with a knee injury that required surgery this offseason. He is back in camp, but now must hold off second year RB Ryan Williams. Beanie is only an option if he scores on the ground; he has only 3 100-yard games in two seasons and only 19 receptions over those years too. He is a bit injury prone and a solid back up behind him. Draft as a 3rd RB and could be viable if he stays the starter. 6th-7th round.
18: 25. BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS - CIN | SLEEPERS: | Only free agent RB signed, no RB drafted until 6th round, and a nice contract can only mean BJGE is the main man in Cincy. It appears he will step right in to Benson’s role of the last 4 years, in which Benson averaged nearly 300 carries per year. Even if Scott takes away 30 carries, BJGE with 250+ carries and how solid of a frame he has, he could really have a nice year. Cincinnati isn’t what NE was, so BJGE will experience different defense than he is used to. Expect a few bad games with the division he plays in, but with a young QB and a good defense to keep them in games BJGE will see stats as Benson had. 6th-7th round. | Cedric Benson- GB It hasn't been a good idea in recent history to draft a Green Bay RB. But this year they have a proven hard worker. Despite he becoming 30 this season, he has had his 3 best career seasons in the last 3. He is a hard headed runner, who if GB runs it in the red zone, will get those touches. 700-800 yards and 6 TDs would be great if you draft him. Mark Ingram- NO Another runer on a pass first team. Unlike Benson he has alot more competition. But there is a reason he was drafted in the 1st round of last years draft. He is very talented, and if healthy he should be a steady producer. He could be 2nd round pick next year if he hits his potential, but for now he is a #4 RB. Deep Sleep- Rashad Jennings- JAC Rumors have spread that MJD wants to be traded. Even if he is not, MJD could miss some time because of the hold out. If MJD is out, hurt, or anything else Jennings is the next option. It is not the best team, or even a good team, but he can be a decent filler.
20: Tier 1 - Sure Fire Studs 1. Calvin Johnson | Tier 4 - Top Notch Back-Ups 21. Percy Harvin 22. Stevie Johnson | Tier 3 - Risk-Reward Starters 15. Julio Jones 16. Steve Smith 17. DeSean Jackson 18. Dwayne Bowe 19. Dez Bryant 20 . Vincent Jackson | 2. Larry Fitzgerald 3. Greg Jennings 4. Wes Welker 5. Andre Johnson 6. Roddy White 7. Hakeem Nicks | 8. A.J. Green 9. Victor Cruz 10. Brandon Marshall 11. Jordy Nelson 12. Mike Wallace 13. Miles Austin 14. Marques Colston | Tier 2 - Solid Options | Probably the deepest position by far is the WR. But there is a clear number 1 who is above all, Calvin Megatron Johnson. A pure talent with no weakness, and on a pass offense. Everyone under Megatron features a lot of upside with one minor or major weakness. With the NFL becoming a pass happy league, WR’s in fantasy football our becoming a lot more important in the earlier rounds than previous year. With that said, the NFL is all about the pass meaning that there are plenty of WR’s receiving looks. Not saying it is not important to fill out you WR starters, but filling out all 3 before you fill out at least a QB and a RB could be a questionable strategy. The importance of a consistant #1 WR is needed for your team. You need a guy (or 2-3) that will supply you with nice numbers week in and week out. If you draft a guy like Desean Jackson and couple him with Pierre Garcon and Darrius Heyward-Bey then you will be wondering some weeks if any of you WR’s even played. | WIDE RECIEVERS | Tier 5 - Back-Ups 23. Kenny Britt 24. Brandon Lloyd 25. Antonio Brown
21: The second spot is a toss-up between McCoy and Rice. McCoy gets the nod because of his amazing consistency. Until week 16 (we know many of fantasy championships lost) he was a lock for the running back fantasy scoring title. He then sat out week 17 and finished just 19 points back even though he only scored 4.5 points in two weeks. McCoy had an amazing run in 2011, scoring double digits in all of the first 15 games. He averaged just short of 20 points a game in that stretch. He led the league in rushing TD’s (17) and total TD’s out of running backs (20). Not only is he a running threat but a passing threat too with 48 receptions, even though it is a bit of a concern since that number is down from 78 in 2010. You would like more attempts but have to realize he’s playing for Andy Reid. If Eagles get on track, McCoy could even improve on his 2011 numbers. COLD HARD STATS: McCoy is a quick and finesse running back. There hasn’t been a serious injury yet to add to concern. He should only miss one game max. He has yet to receive 300 rushing attempts which is good for health. Expect 1,300 rushing yards and 14 TD’s, along with 50 receptions 400 yards and 2 TD’s. 2nd to 3rd overall pick. | CALVIN JOHNSON | TIER 1 - SURE FIRE STUDS | LARRY FITZGERALD | DET | ARI | This one is easy. Calvin is the best WR in the game by a fair margin. He is a physical beast with sprinter speed. Teams double team, shade coverage, and even pass interfere and he has yet to be stopped. He had the most receiving yards (1681), second most receiving TD’s (16), and had 50 more fantasy points than any other WR. Calvin finally had a good QB, and you can really see how good this guy is. He had either 100 yards or a TD in 12/16 games last season. He only had 1 game of less than 69 yards, and at least 3 receptions in every game. Even if Stafford goes down he is a lock for over 1100 yard and 12 TDs (last 3 seasons), but if he can stay healthy again Calvin is a lock to be a stud. The reis only one bad mark on CJ, will the Madden Curse strike again? COLD HARD STATS: CJ has only missed 4 games in 5 years, and none in the last two. He has 75+ catches in 3 of his last 4 seasons, and he is still on the up swing of his career. He is a lock for 80 catches (at least) and should be able to pass 1,500 yards again. He has averaged 11 TD’s over the last 4 seasons, and now with Stafford it wouldn’t be crazy to see him challenge Moss’ single season TD record (23). This guy a step (or 2-3) above the rest, draft him as early as #4 and enjoy the weekly rewards. 4th-6th pick. | After CJ, there are plenty of elite talent that are Stud #1 WR’s. Fitz is the leader of this group, and has to work his butt off to be it. He is just as talented as any WR is the game with his hands and athleticism, but doesn’t exactly have the sprinter speed as some. He would puts up 90 receptions and 1100 yards at least even though he has to work with below average QB’s. He see a lot of double teams, but with the addition of Michael Floyd and Kolb back, Fitzgerald is hoping to have another great season. Fitz is very consistent, 9/16 games double digit and at least 3 receptions in every game, along with very durable. COLD HARD STATS: Fitz has only missed 4 games in his 8 seasons, and none in the last 4 seasons. In the last 5 seasons he has at least 80 catches (4 with 90+), 1,000 yards, and 6 TD’s in every season. He is still relatively young, and is on an improving team that won 7 of their last 9 games. He should get 85+ receptions, 1,200 yards, and at least 7 TD’s if not more if the offense improves. End of 1st, beginning of 2nd round. | TIER 2 - SOLID OPTIONS | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 15/15 137 1120 77 12 6 2011 16/16 158 1681 96 16 6 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 15/16 173 1137 90 6 3 2011 16/16 154 1411 80 8 6
22: BAL | GB | The running back fantasy scoring champion of 2011 comes in at #3. Rice won that in the final weeks compiling 51.4 points in the final two weeks. Rice had 5 games with at least 26 fantasy points. What is a little different than McCoy is that he had two games under 10 points, and 2 games with just 11 points. Rice owners will also not that sometime Baltimore gets away from Rice even though he is clearly their best player. He had 3 games with single digit carries, and another game with only 10. Rice should have easily had 300 carries for his second straight year. Besides that though, Rice is a lock for receiving stats. He had 104 targets and 76 receptions, which isn’t even his career high. He is more like #2b then #3. COLD HARD STATS: Rice is consistent in his own right too. Rice is an easy lock for 16 games, 70 receptions, 650 receiving yards, and 1,250 rushing yards. Rushing TD’s went from 5-12 in a year so expect between 8-10 this year along with a receiving TD or 2. 2nd or 3rd overall pick. | GREG JENNINGS | WES WELKER | NE | Jennings is a part of the best passing team in the game. That is a good and bad thing. It is good because he has plenty of plays to get points, but on the other hand there are a lot of options for Rodgers to choose from. Jennings missed 3 games (first games missed in 4 years), which in result gave him lows in yards and receptions for the last 4 seasons. Jennings when healthy though is a big play threat with nice hands. With Rodgers at QB, he has became quite the TD machine with 34 in 4 seasons. Jordy Nelson came on last year, which is also a reason that Jennings saw a little dip in numbers. But Greg is still the #1 guy and can’t be double teamed because of the talent around him, which is something that most #1’s don’t have. COLD HARD STATS: One significant injury in the last 4 seasons, and was able to play after just missing three games. He’ll play all 16 most likely and is a pretty safe pick for 70 catches, 1,200 yards and at least 11 TD’s. He is consistent and has a limited downside. Mid-End of 2nd round. | Wes is a dominant PPR WR. He is a lock for 100 catches almost every year. In a standard format he is still pretty damn good. He was on fire to start last season, he had 116 points, 51 receptions, 785 yards, and 6 TD’s before their week 7 bye. He then came back down to reality and only had one game over 15 in the final 10 games, including only 3 more TD’s. Welker might not score 9 TD’s again next season but he will put up yards and his 10 double digit games could easily be achievable again. The addition of Lloyd this season should help take some pressure off Wes. He had the second most fantasy points amongst WR, and it does not look like he will be slowing down anytime soon. COLD HARD STATS: His ACL injury seems to be completely forgotten and has only missed 3 regular season games in the last 3 seasons. He is a warrior and should be good for 16 games. He has only one season under 100 catches since becoming a Patriot 5 seasons ago (86 in 2010), and at least 1,100 yards in all but 2010. He had a career high in yards with 1,569, so expect at least 1,400 yards. Accompany that with 7 TD’s and 110 receptions, and Welker can be your #1. Beginning to mid 3rd round. | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 16/16 124 1265 76 12 5 2011 13/13 101 949 67 9 3 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 11/15 305 848 86 12 1 2011 15/16 173 1569 122 16 8
23: 7. HAKEEM NICKS - NYG | 5. ANDRE JOHNSON - HOU | 6. RODDY WHITE - ATL | 8. A.J. GREEN - CIN | Andre came into last year as the obvious #1 WR, and after the season supplier a lot of owners with bitter opinions about him. He missed 9 games, but basically missed all but the first three weeks of the season. He was hampered by hamstring problem that took a year from Andre. He is the first true risk at WR in our rankings. There are WR after him that aren’t the same risk, but what makes Andre so special is he is probably the second best WR in the league. A physical beast with great hands and speed. Andre isn’t a scoring machine, but he a ball hawk that was averaging 7 catches and 11 targets per game until he got hurt. Andre has had 3 100 catch seasons, 5 1,000 yard seasons, and an averaged of 6 TD’s a season. If he can stay healthy “big IF” he could be a top 10 pick next season. COLD HARD STATS: When Andre gets hurt, it seems to not be just a little injury. He has 4 seasons where he has missed at least 3 games, and his most recent injury, hamstring, is a injury that reoccurs a lot. He’s no lock for 16, but you can expect 13 and hope he doesn’t suffer anything significant. With a full season his numbers are elite, but with some injuries and at age 30 we’ll project a respectable 75 receptions, 1,200 yards, and 7 TD’s for AJ. His name demand respect and that is exactly what he’ll get at your draft. You’ll probably have to spend a 3rd rounder on him, so if you are feeling like risking ur third pick this guy is a solid option. Beginning to end of 3rd round. | What seemed to be like a let down season for Roddy White, actually turned out to be a productive one. He was 7th in fantasy points, 6th in yards, and 9th in TD’s amongst all WR’s. Only thing is, people drafted Roddy as the 2nd or 3rd WR off the board. Roddy started off 2011 slow with only one game over 11 points in the first 8 weeks. Roddy is a consistent yards man, and that doesn’t translate to tons of points but very reliable points. He only had 1 multiple TD game and only 2 games over 15 points. He is alongside Julio Jones who takes away some coverage, but also gets most deep ball routes called for him. I don’t think its Julio time quite yet, Roddy is still Matt Ryan’s boy (181 targets led NFL), and if he improves on his NFL lead in drops he should be able to be a top 5 WR. COLD HARD STATS: Roddy hasn’t missed a game in his 7 year career, lock for 16 games easy. He has had his TD mark decline two years straight, and he is no longer a double TD guy. But as his TD’s have dropped yards and receptions are both supreme. Expect 90+ catches with 1,300 yards and 7 TD’s. Julio is coming, but this is still Roddy world as the #1WR in Atlanta. Beginning to end of 3rd round. | Hakeem is a bit of a mystery at times. He had 7 double digit games, while he had 5 games of 7 points or fewer (including 2 2pt games). He now has suffered a broken foot and will miss most if not all of training camp. Also, he was upstaged last season by teammate Victor Cruz. With all of that said, he is clearly Eli’s favorite man. He averaged almost 9 targets a game, and is a redzone nightmare for defenses. New York is now a pass first team, and Nicks at age 24 hasn’t showed us his best yet. Don’t be surprised to see this guy get 12+ TD’s. COLD HARD STATS: This guy is tough to peg. He has missed 6 games in 3 seasons and has an off-season injury this year. He will be fine by start of year, but hasn’t completed a 16 game season. Expect 15 max. He probably won’t lead his team in receptions but will in TD’s. With Cruz not being new anymore team have to stay honest to both. 75 receptions, 1,150 yards and 12 TD’s is very doable. You don’t exactly know what your getting with Nicks (unlike most of the top 6), but you know it will be good and maybe even better then that. Mid to end of 3rd round. | Clearly the best rookie wide out of 2011, looks to take another step forward in 2012. Compared to other elite options his stats were lower, but seeing it was his first season and also had a rookie QB season 2 looks to be even better. There aren’t many other options in Cincy so double teams will be plentiful, but he’s athletic enough to easily beat those. He was very consistent with 8 double digit games, but he also never went over 18 points in a game. The classic sophomore slump could be there, but many aren’t as talented as this guy. Expect increases in all his stat categories. With all of this said, he would be a wonderful #2WR but can be your #1 with 2 RBs or a good QB and RB with him. COLD HARD STATS: Green only missed one game last season, and has a history of missing a game or two in college. Expect one week out, and 15 weeks of solid stats. He should easily top his 65 receptions this year, with probably 75 catches this season. He should get about 1,200 yards and 8 TD’s which would both be an improvement on 2011. Solid and consistent option, that is a borderline #1 option. End of 3rd, beginning of 4th round. | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 13/13 138 1216 86 8 6 2011 7/7 33 492 33 2 1 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 16/16 179 1389 115 10 5 2011 16/16 179 1296 100 8 5 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 12/13 128 1052 79 11 4 2011 15/15 133 1192 76 7 3 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 15/15 115 1057 65 7 4
24: 9. VICTOR CRUZ - NYG | 10. BRANDON MARSHALL - CHI | 12. MIKE WALLACE - PIT | 11. JORDY NELSON - GB | One of the best waiver wire pick-ups 4th amongst WR’s in fantasy points in 2011. He did basically all of this in 14 weeks seeing he only had 17 yards after week 2. He is the highest ranked #2 WR on the list, and the injury concern of Nicks could make this guy their #1. He has great hands and nice speed. He had 5 20 point games, and 8 double digit games in 2011. He an Eli became comfortable with each other quite quickly having 131 targets and 82 receptions. He topped 1,500 yards and 9 TD’s, and is part of a passing offense that is still on the rise. He might not be able to touch 1,500 yards again, but much decline is not expected. He is a solid #2 or borderline #1 who will see single coverage most of the time. COLD HARD STATS: In his first season starting, he was able to complete a full season. He doesn’t take many big hits, and kind of plays a Marvin Harrison type of game. He should play 16 games in 2012. He won’t match the yards with Nicks healthy (IF), but 1,400 yards and 7 TD’s seems likely. If Nicks goes down or struggles with his rehab, this guy could easily be a top 5 fantasy point guy again. With Nicks, he is a solid WR with elite potential. Beginning- Mid of 4th round. | Marshall recorded his 5th straight 80+ receptions and 1,000 yard season in 2011, and is now reunited with Jay Cutler who supplied him his 3 100 receptions seasons. Chicago isn’t quite the passing team Denver was with them two, but for Marshall it has to be a better offense then Miami. He is a “high volume” guy, which wants the ball as much as he can get. He won’t score double digit TD’s, so that’s why he is hard to take as a #1. He only topped 20 points once (in the fantasy championship), and he had between 8-14 points 6 times. His stats should improve but expect a little more inconsistency with the amount of running Chicago likes. COLD HARD STATS: You know what you get with this guy give or take a 20 fantasy points. He will probably miss a game, but not much more. He will get you 80 receptions and 1,200 yards, but will not reach double digit TD’s. 7-8 would be nice, but 6 is more reasonable. He’ll finish around the top 10 in points, and if 8-14 points a week is what you want this this guy should be your guy. A solid #2, with #1 potential if he regains Denver like stats. Beginning- End of 4th round. | A breakout that few saw bolted Jordy to nearly the top ten. Jordy became a touchdown machine. He more than doubled his 3 previous seasons with 15 TD’s in 2012. He became reliable almost each week with 10 double-digit games. The knock on Jordy is he plays on a team where there is too much talent. He could easily be a #1 WR on other teams, but on Green Bay he doesn’t get the targets a #1 would. He was only targeted 96 times with 68 receptions. He made the best of each reception with 18.6 YPC, but only 68 receptions from your #1/2 WR could be a bit alarming. All in all he came out of nowhere and totaled the 3rd most fantasy points for WR’s, but you would have to expect that TD to decrease a little. COLD HARD STATS: He should be fine with health seeing he takes few big hits. He had almost more yards and had more TD’s than his other 3 seasons in the NFL, so his numbers are hard to predict. With Rodgers at QB, he should be a lock for 1,100 yards and 10 TD’s. Also, we like him to get more receptions seeing his bond becoming stronger with Rodgers. 80 receptions would be reasonable. This guy is an ideal #2 WR that could put up #1 stats. A home run hitter on a pass only offense. Mid to End 4th round. | Wallace in 3 seasons has improved his receptions total each time. He was purely a home run threat in his frist 2 seasons, but proved he could run routes in season 3. Wallace career is on the rise, but Pittsburg might not be. They have a new offensive coordinator (Todd Haley), and he wants a whole new offense. Big Ben will eventually get it, but it could be a slow start. Also what brings Wallace down is his inconsistency. Half of his games he had less than 10 points, and with the emergence of Antonio Brown, Wallace could remain very inconsistent. COLD HARD STATS: Wallace has proven to be able to stay healthy, so 16 games is likely. He should be good for 70 receptions even with Brown there. Wallace could struggle to get much more than 1,100 yards. He has avaerged 8 TD’s a season, and that seems about right for 2012 too. Wallace could be a stud, but we see him more as a solid #2. Mid to End 4th round. | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 0/3 0 0 0 0 0 2011 7/16 131 1536 82 9 7 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 14/14 146 1014 86 3 4 2011 16/16 141 1214 81 6 5 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 4/16 188 582 45 2 5 2011 9/16 95 1263 68 15 5 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 13/13 138 1216 86 8 6 2011 7/7 33 492 33 2 1
25: TIER 2 - SOLID OPTIONS | 13. MILES AUSTIN - DAL | 15. JULIO JONES - ATL | 14. MARQUES COLSTON - NO | 16. STEVE SMITH - CAR | Each year everyone says Austin is going to take the back seat to Dez Bryant. But for the last two season, when healthy, Austin has proven to be Romo’s main weapon at receiver. Austin has racked up 25 TD’s in 3 seasons, and had 7 in 2011 in just 10 games. He was slowed down by a hamstring injury that proved to make him a bust at the spot he was usually drafted, but with a full offseason he should be good to go in 2012. With the recent accusations against Bryant to go with his attitude, it looks like Austin will prove again he is Romo’s main man. COLD HARD STATS: He plays to the whistle, which leaves with hits that some don’t take so 16 games might not be there. 14-15 game should be expected. He averages 7.5 targets a game, so in 16 games 90+ receptions should be real. 85 catches, 1,100 yards and 9 TD’s should be Austin as he is part of a pass first offense. A rather quiet WR that could make #1 stats, but drafted as a #2. End of 4th- Mid 5th round. | Colston is a rather very consist guy year in and year out. He has between 1,000-1,150 yards, 70-85 catches, and 7-9 touchdowns each of the last 3 seasons. Colston plays for a very dynamic offense that feature Colston as the #1 WR and 2-3 best option of the team. Graham seems to be Brees favorite, which keeps Colston’s TD count in check. It’s hard to not like Colston caught an amazing 74.8% of his targets (80/107), and with Brees back he should have plenty of opportunities again. With Meachem gone it gives Colston even more chances, which would be nice to see the targets climb just a bit. COLD HARD STATS: He has missed 3 games in his last 3 seasons, so 15 games looks probable. He will get you 80, 1100, and 8 as previously stated. Colston is a man that everyone should love to have as a week in week out #2. End of 4th-Mid 5th round. | Julio showed in just one season in the NFL that he is one of the best at going deep. He has size, strength, and the speed to dominate a corner. He has to prove he can stay on the field before he can be elite. He still has a ways to go with drops and inconsistency to become Ryan’s number one option over White. But it does appear that that statement could become a reality rather soon. For most owners that made the playoffs with this guy proved he could be their guy with 6 TD’s in weeks 14-17. COLD HARD STATS- No lock for 16 games at all. He is more like a 14 game guy. He should receive about 100 targets, which hopefully he makes better improvements on his reception percentages (57.4). 65 receptions, 1,100 yards, and 8 TD’s should be his line. He has potential for much more also. He is the prototypical deep threat who gets points in bunches. He could make or break you each week, but as a #2 WR he is worth that headache. Beginning to end of 5th round. | TIER 3 - RISK-REWARD STARTERS | Smith had a career resurgence that many thought was years beyond him. He had 5 100 yard games in the first 8, and was the clear #1 target for Newton. He piled up nearly 1,400 yards, 80 receptions, and 7 TD’s in Newton’s first year. Smith had struggled to deal with the down years of the Panthers, but his patience (yet not quietly) has worked out and at age 33 Smith is again amongst the best at his position. At only 5’9 and 33 his best years are probably behind him, but with the way Newton can create and sling the ball it appears Smith has been added a few more years to his career. Smith could be a bust, but the potential for more is there. Beginning to end of 5th round. | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 16/16 119 1041 69 7 5 2011 10/10 73 579 43 7 1 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 11/15 131 1023 84 7 3 2011 7/14 107 1143 80 8 4 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 13/13 94 959 54 8 5 | Year GS/GP TGR YARDS REC TD 100YG 2010 14/14 21 554 46 2 0 2011 16/16 129 1394 79 7 6
26: 17. DESEAN JACKSON - PHI | 18. DWAYNE BOWE - KC | 19. DEZ BRYANT - DAL | 20. VINCENT JACKSON - TB | A guy who has never been a volume reception player, actually had his career best reception % (55.8) in big let down for most owners. He was a team headache all season, and one for owners too. But now after being paid, he has to prove that he is worth it. He is a deep threat and not much more. He will never have a 60%+ reception percentage, be the 100 reception or even 80, and probably won’t pile up double digit TD’s. So why draft him? Because he is so explosive, he can win you a week almost single handily, and with Vick the sky is the limit on success. He is purely a risk who you would love to have as your #3WR, but most likely you will have to draft him as your #2. 6th round. | Despite the 5th most targets and 9 more receptions, Bowe actually decreased in yards and by 10 TD’s. He didn’t record a single 100 yard game after week 5 and plays for a injury filled team in 2011. Kansas City seems to be setting up to grind out the game with running backs Hillis and Charles. This does not help Bowe at all, but with his size and ability, Cassel has to look his way. He has no other competition for the #1 WR, and Kansas City should be behind a lot. A decent option as a #2 but better as a #3, he won’t wow you away but a solid pick. 6th round. | All the potential in the world, rapped up in a guy that in 2 season’s hasn’t put it together. He hasn’t recorded a 1,000 yard season, topped 70 receptions, or played all 16 games yet. He is physically more talented then Austin and Witten, but Romo still doesn’t have the trust to give Bryant top looks. He has problems off the field, and really hasn’t been the player people expected. He needs to prove he can play before people can draft him as anything more than a #2 WR. 6th round. | An absolute question mark on what your going to get out of Jackson in 2011. His stats were solid, but for those who owned him saw how it can be so frustrating owning a boom or bust guy. Now in a new uniform, he has a decrease in QB, offense, and is in a run first offense. Jackson has a better chance to be a bust than a stud, but with his size, talent, speed, and team’s #1 and only option he is going to be drafted as a #2 WR. If only he would play consistent he would be higher than 20th. 6th-7th round.
27: 21. PERCY HARVIN - MIN | 22. STEVIE JOHNSON - BUF | 12. MATT RYAN - ATL | 23. KENNY BRITT - TEN | TIER 4 - TOP NOTCH BACK-UPS | Percy was able to stay healthy for a full season for the first time in his 3 year career. He hauled in 87 receptions and nearly 1,000 yards as he was the first option for Minnesota. Going into 2012, Adrian Peterson might not be 100% healthy so that bodes well for Harvin who also sees some time in the backfield. He would be higher on our list if he had a better QB, but with Ponder he is a okay 2nd WR or a good #3. 6th- 7th round. | After his breakout campaign in 2010, Johnson only had a slight decrease in his numbers in 2011. He still was able t top 75 catches, 1,000 yards, and was able to haul in 7 TD’s. Like the Bills, Johnson started out real hot then really cooled off towards the end of the season. He is a bit of a head case and needs to work on decreasing the amount of drops he has. But in Bufflo he is their only WR threat, and with a team on the incline it seems as if Johnson’s best season is to come. Plan on drafting him as a #2, but if you have a chance as you #3 WR that would be wonderful. 6th- 7th round | Kenny is coming off a season in which he torn his ACL and only played in three games. In those 3 games though, he averaged nearly a 100 yards, 6 receptions, and a TD. He has the skills to be a top wideout year in and out for a while seeing he is only 23, but his off field issues and injury concern are glaring things you can not look past. He has an average QB no matter who it is, a run first offense, but he is the only threat to go down the field for Tennessee. He might start off slow in 2012, but he could be a guy who we rank in the top 10 next season barring injury. 7th round. | TIER 5 - BACK-UPS | After a dominate season in 2010, Lloyd bounce from Denver to St. Louis an still recorded a decent season in 2011. Now he finds himself in New England, with a sure thing in QB for the first time in his career. But from past expierences, you aren’t always for sure to succeed when you enter into New England’s playbook. He will have plenty of people to compete with to see targets, but if he can get the playbook down Brady will find him. He has the chance to really succeed and pass his 2011 stats. He could be a solid #2, but there are just to many options in New England to see him more than a #3WR. 7th round | 23. BRANDON LLOYD - NE
28: 25. ANTONIO BROWN - BRIT | SLEEPERS: | In his second NFL season, Brown had his coming out party with over 1,100 yards and 69 receptions. He really got it going after week 7 in which he averaged 84.6 YPG in the final 10 games. Only bad thing about Brown, and the reason he is not in the top 20, is that he only had 2 touchdowns and was only targeted 10 times in the redzone in which he caught 3. Now with a new offensive coordinator with a run first mind, he will a hard time matching 2011. We see 60 receptions and 950 yards, but he can only be used week in and out if he can improve his TD’s. 7th- 8th round. | In 2012, the position of TE was brought to everyone’s attention. 10 TE’s had more than 700 yards, and 6 had 7 or more TD’s. For leagues that don’t feature a TE, many were scooped up off the wavier-wire and were weekly starters at WR position. 2012 should feature more of the same, and finally the TE position is putting up points like those of the WR position. | TIGHT ENDS | 1. ROB GRONKOWSKI - NE | This monster of a man came on strong in his second year with 1,327 yards and 18 TD’s. He was second amongst receiving fantasy points even including the WR’s. He is a sure thing based on the offense he plays in, and his size and speed make him a nightmare to guard. 2nd round pick, who can be a #1 WR in no TE leagues. | Randall Cobb- GB Just like our big call last year, our sleeper is from Green Bay. After one season, he is known for his return game, but Cobb is a speedster who can really catch the ball. He doesn't have the size of Jordy, but we fill his speed will make him that slot receiver. And for Green Bay, a slot spot can get 1,000 yards. Randy Moss- SF Its hard to pick a guy two years in a row for a sleeper, even though he didn't play last season. He is still a talent with speed. SF believes he still has it, and so do I. He doesn't have much competition in SF at the WR spot. He probably will be their number one, but we believe by the end of the season he could be as high as a #2-3 WR for your fantasy team. Deep Sleep- Brandon Stokley- DEN This is a long shot, but it's all based on his chemistry with Peyton. In Indianapolis, Stokley was a valuable #3 wide out for fantasy. He might not be the same as he was in Indy, but we believe he could be a 800 yard 4 TD guy, who could be a nice by week or injury replacement.
29: 2. JIMMY GRAHAM - NO | On any other year, Jimmy woul have been the best TE by far. But in 2011, he had is record-breaking TE yards, broke in just minutes. He plays for a great passing offense, which features him in both the red zone and outside the red zone. He is basically a mirror image size wise as Gronk. 3rd round pick, who can be a #2 WR in no TE leagues. | 8. PHILLIP RIVERS - SD | 4. JERMICHAEL FINLEY - GB | Not even the best TE on his own team, Hernandez played very well when he was healthy. Brady loves his TE’s and this one is a super athlete. He had 910 yards and 7 TD’s in just 14 games. He isn’t an elite WR option, but definitely as a TE. 5th-6th round pick, who can be a #3 WR in no TE leagues. | 3. AARON HERNANDEZ - NE | Finley piled up 767 yards and 8 TE’s in what many thought of as a let down of a season. He has the potential to be all that Graham and Gronk are in his dynamic offense. But as of now he can only be trusted as a solid TE, who has the potential to put up 1,000 and 10 TD’s. 6th -7th round, who can be a back-up WR in no TE leagues. | It appears his best days, and his 1,000 yard 10 TD days, are a part of the past. He plays for a QB who loves to get him the ball, but Gates struggles to stay on the field. With Jackson gone, his looks will go up if healthy, but in his 10th year it seems as if he is fading off from elite level. 7th round, who can be a back-up WR in no TE leagues. | 5. ANTONIO GATES - SD
30: POSITION RECAP RANKINGS | QUARTERBAKCS 1.Aaron Rodgers 2.Drew Brees 3.Cam Newton 4.Tom Brady 5.Matthew Stafford 6.Michael Vick 7.Tony Romo 8.Philip Rivers 9.Eli Manning 10.Peyton Manning 11.Robert Griffin 12.Matt Ryan 13.Matt Schaub 14.Jay Cutler 15.Ben Roethlisberger | RUNNING BACKS 1. Arian Foster 2. LeSean McCoy 3. Ray RIce 4. Maurice Jones-Drew 5. Ryan Matthews 6. Marshawn Lunch 7. Chris Johnson 8. Michael Turner 9.Darren McFadden 10. Matt Forte 11. Steven Jackson 12. Adrian Peterson 13. DeMarco Murray 14. Trent Richardson 15. Fred Jackson 16. Jamaal Charles 17. Ahmad Bradshaw 18. Darren Sproles 19. Roy Helu 20. Reggie Bush 21. Frank Gore 22. Shonn Greene 23. Willis McGahee 24. Beanie Wells 25. Benjarvus Green-Ellis | WIDE RECIEVERS 1. | TIGHT ENDS 1. Rob Gronkowski 2. Jimmy Graham 3. Aaron Hernandez 4. Jermichael Finley 5. Antonio Gates | WIDE RECIEVERS 1. Calvin Johnson 2. Larry Fitzgerald 3. Greg Jennings 4. Wes Welker 5. Andre Johnson 6. Roddy White 7. Hakeem Nicks 8. A.J. Green 9. Victor Cruz 10. Brandon Marshall 11. Jordy Nelson 12. Mike Wallace 13. Miles Austin 14. Marques Colston 15. Julio Jones 16. Steve Smith 17. DeSean Jackson 18. Dwayne Bowe 19. Dez Bryant 20. Vincent Jackson 21. Percy Harvin 22. Stevie Johnson 23. Kenny Britt 24. Brandon Lloyd 25. Antonio Brown
31: 2012-2013 SCHEDULE | Week 1 (Eastern Time) 9/5/12 (Wednesday)Dallas at New York Giants 8:30PM (NBC) 9/9/12Indianapolis at Chicago 1PM 9/9/12Jacksonville at Minnesota 1PM 9/9/12Buffalo at NY Jets1PM 9/9/12Miami at Houston 1PM 9/9/12New England at Tennessee1PM 9/9/12St. Louis at Detroit1PM 9/9/12Washington at New Orleans 1PM 9/9/12Philadelphia at Cleveland 1PM 9/9/12Atlanta at Kansas City 1PM 9/9/12San Francisco at Green Bay 4:25PM 9/9/12Seattle at Arizona4:25PM 9/9/12Carolina at Tampa Bay 4:25PM 9/9/12 (Sunday Night)Pittsburgh at Denver8:20PM (NBC) 9/10/12 (Monday Night)Cincinnati at Baltimore7PM (ESPN) 9/10/12 (Monday Night)San Diego at Oakland 10:15PM (ESPN) | Week 2 (Eastern Time) 9/13/12 (Thursday)Chicago at Green Bay 8:20PM (NFL Network) 9/16/12Tampa Bay at NY Giants 1PM 9/16/12New Orleans at Carolina1PM 9/16/12Arizona at New England 1PM 9/16/12Minnesota at Indianapolis1PM 9/16/12Baltimore at Philadelphia 1PM 9/16/12Kansas City at Buffalo1PM 9/16/12Cleveland at Cincinnati1PM 9/16/12Houston at Jacksonville1PM 9/16/12Dallas at Seattle 4:05PM 9/16/12Washington at St. Louis4:05PM 9/16/12NY Jets at Pittsburgh 4:25PM 9/16/12Tennessee at San Diego 4:25PM 9/16/12Oakland at Miami4:15PM 9/16/12 (Sunday Night)Detroit at San Francisco 8:20PM (NBC) 9/17/12 (Monday Night)Denver at Atlanta 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 3 (Eastern Time) 9/20/12 (Thursday)NY Giants at Carolina8:20PM (NFL Network) 9/23/12Tampa Bay at Dallas 1PM 9/23/12St. Louis at Chicago 1PM 9/23/12San Francisco at Minnesota 1PM 9/23/12Detroit at Tennessee1PM 9/23/12Cincinnati at Washington 1PM 9/23/12Kansas City at New Orleans 1PM 9/23/12NY Jets at Miami1PM 9/23/12Buffalo at Cleveland 1PM 9/23/12Jacksonville at Indianapolis1PM 9/23/12Philadelphia at Arizona4:05PM 9/23/12Atlanta at San Diego 4:05PM 9/23/12Houston at Denver4:25PM 9/23/12Pittsburgh at Oakland 4:25PM 9/23/12 (Sunday Night)New England at Baltimore8:20PM (NBC) 9/24/12 (Monday Night)Green Bay at Seattle 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 4 (Eastern Time) 9/27/12 (Thursday)Cleveland at Baltimore8:20PM (NFL Network) 9/30/12New England at Buffalo1PM 9/30/12Tennessee at Houston 1PM 9/30/12San Diego at Kansas City 1PM 9/30/12Minnesota at Detroit1PM 9/30/12Carolina at Atlanta 1PM 9/30/12Seattle at St. Louis1PM 9/30/12San Francisco at NY Jets1PM 9/30/12Miami at Arizona4:05PM 9/30/12Oakland at Denver4:05PM 9/30/12Cincinnati at Jacksonville4:05PM 9/30/12New Orleans at Green Bay 4:25PM 9/30/12Washington at Tampa Bay 4:25PM 9/30/12 (Sunday Night)NY Giants at Philadelphia 8:20PM (NBC) 10/1/12 (Monday Night) Chicago at Dallas 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 5 (Eastern Time) 10/4/12 (Thursday)Arizona at St. Louis8:20PM (NFL Network) 10/7/12Atlanta at Washington 1PM 10/7/12Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 1PM 10/7/12Green Bay at Indianapolis1PM 10/7/12Cleveland at NY Giants 1PM 10/7/12Tennessee at Minnesota 1PM 10/7/12Miami at Cincinnati1PM 10/7/12Baltimore at Kansas City 1PM 10/7/12Seattle at Carolina4:05PM 10/7/12Chicago at Jacksonville4:05PM 10/7/12Denver at New England 4:25PM 10/7/12Buffalo at San Francisco 4:25PM 10/7/12 (Sunday Night)San Diego at New Orleans 8:20PM (NBC) 10/8/12 (Monday Night)Houston at NY Jets8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 6 (Eastern Time) 10/11/12 (Thursday)Pittsburgh at Tennessee8:20PM (NFL Network) 10/14/12Oakland at Atlanta 1PM 10/14/12Kansas City at Tampa Bay 1PM 10/14/12Indianapolis at NY Jets1PM 10/14/12Cincinnati at Cleveland 1PM 10/14/12Detroit at Philadelphia 1PM 10/14/12St. Louis at Miami1PM 10/14/12Dallas at Baltimore1PM 10/14/12Buffalo at Arizona4:05PM 10/14/12New England at Seattle 4:05PM 10/14/12NY Giants at San Francisco 4:25PM 10/14/12Minnesota at Washington 4:25PM 10/14/12 (Sunday Night)Green Bay at Houston 8:20PM (NBC) 10/15/12 (Monday Night) Denver at San Diego 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 7 (Eastern Time) 10/18/12 (Thursday)Seattle at San Francisco 8:20PM (NFL Network) 10/21/12Washington at NY Giants 1PM 10/21/12Arizona at Minnesota 1PM 10/21/12Dallas at Carolina1PM 10/21/12New Orleans at Tampa Bay 1PM 10/21/12Green Bay at St. Louis1PM 10/21/12Baltimore at Houston 1PM 10/21/12Cleveland at Indianapolis1PM 10/21/12Tennessee at Buffalo1PM 10/21/12NY Jets at New England 4:25PM 10/21/12Jacksonville at Oakland 4:25PM 10/21/12 (Sunday Night) Pittsburgh at Cincinnati8:20PM (NBC) 10/22/12 (Monday Night) Detroit at Chicago 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 8 (Eastern Time) 10/25/12 (Thursday)Tampa Bay at Minnesota 8:20PM (NFL Network) 10/28/12Jacksonville at Green Bay 1PM 10/28/12Miami at NY Jets1PM 10/28/12San Diego at Cleveland 1PM 10/28/12Indianapolis at Tennessee1PM 10/28/12New England at St. Louis1PM 10/28/12Atlanta at Philadelphia 1PM 10/28/12Carolina at Chicago 1PM 10/28/12Seattle at Detroit1PM 10/28/12Washington at Pittsburgh 1PM 10/28/12Oakland at Kansas City 4:05PM 10/28/12NY Giants at Dallas 4:25PM 10/28/12 (Sunday Night) New Orleans at Denver8:20PM (NBC) 10/29/12 (Monday Night) San Francisco at Arizona8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 9 (Eastern Time) 11/1/12 (Thursday)Kansas City at San Diego 8:20PM (NFL Network) 11/4/12Carolina at Washington 1PM 11/4/12Arizona at Green Bay 1PM 11/4/12Detroit at Jacksonville1PM 11/4/12Chicago at Tennessee1PM 11/4/12Denver at Cincinnati1PM 11/4/12Baltimore at Cleveland 1PM 11/4/12Buffalo at Houston 1PM 11/4/12Miami at Indianapolis1PM 11/4/12Minnesota at Seattle 4:05PM 11/4/12Tampa Bay at Oakland 4:05PM 11/4/12Pittsburgh at NY Giants 4:25PM 11/4/12 (Sunday Night) Dallas at Atlanta 8:20PM (NBC) 11/5/12 (Monday Night) Philadelphia at New Orleans 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 10 (Eastern Time) 11/8/12 (Thursday)Indianapolis at Jacksonville8:20PM (NFL Network) 11/11/12Denver at Carolina1PM 11/11/12San Diego at Tampa Bay 1PM 11/11/12Tennessee at Miami1PM 11/11/12Buffalo at New England 1PM 11/11/12Oakland at Baltimore1PM 11/11/12NY Giants at Cincinnati1PM 11/11/12Atlanta at New Orleans 1PM 11/11/12Detroit at Minnesota 1PM 11/11/12NY Jets at Seattle 4:05PM 11/11/12Dallas at Philadelphia 4:25PM 11/11/12St. Louis at San Francisco 4:25PM 11/11/12 (Sunday Night) Houston at Chicago 8:20PM (NBC) 11/12/12 (Monday Night) Kansas City at Pittsburgh 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 11 (Eastern Time) 11/15/12 (Thursday)Miami at Buffalo8:20PM (NFL Network) 11/18/12Philadelphia at Washington 1PM 11/18/12Green Bay at Detroit1PM 11/18/12Arizona at Atlanta 1PM 11/18/12Tampa Bay at Carolina1PM 11/18/12Cleveland at Dallas 1PM 11/18/12NY Jets at St. Louis1PM 11/18/12Indianapolis at New England 1PM 11/18/12Jacksonville at Houston 1PM 11/18/12Cincinnati at Kansas City 1PM 11/18/12New Orleans at Oakland 4:05PM 11/18/12San Diego at Denver4:25PM 11/18/12 (Sunday Night) Baltimore at Pittsburgh 8:20PM (NBC) 11/19/12 (Monday Night) Chicago at San Francisco 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 12 (Eastern Time) 11/22/12 (Thanksgiving)Houston at Detroit12:30PM (CBS) 11/22/12 (Thanksgiving)Washington at Dallas 4:15PM (FOX) 11/22/12 (Thanksgiving)New England at NY Jets8:20PM (NBC) 11/25/12Oakland at Cincinnati1PM 11/25/12Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1PM 11/25/12Buffalo at Indianapolis1PM 11/25/12Tennessee at Jacksonville1PM 11/25/12Denver at Kansas City 1PM 11/25/12Minnesota at Chicago 1PM 11/25/12Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1PM 11/25/12Seattle at Miami1PM 11/25/12Baltimore at San Diego 4:05PM 11/25/12San Francisco at New Orleans 4:25PM 11/25/12St. Louis at Arizona4:25PM 11/25/12 (Sunday Night) Green Bay at NY Giants 8:20PM (NBC) 11/26/12 (Monday Night) Carolina at Philadelphia 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 13 (Eastern Time) 11/29/12 (Thursday)New Orleans at Atlanta 8:20PM (NFL Network) 12/2/12Seattle at Chicago 1PM 12/2/12Minnesota at Green Bay 1PM 12/2/12San Francisco at St. Louis1PM 12/2/12Arizona at NY Jets1PM 12/2/12Carolina at Kansas City 1PM 12/2/12Indianapolis at Detroit1PM 12/2/12Jacksonville at Buffalo1PM 12/2/12New England at Miami1PM 12/2/12Houston at Tennessee1PM 12/2/12Tampa Bay at Denver4:05PM 12/2/12Pittsburgh at Baltimore4:25PM 12/2/12Cleveland at Oakland 4:25PM 12/2/12Cincinnati at San Diego 4:25PM 12/2/12 (Sunday Night) Philadelphia at Dallas 8:20PM (NBC) 12/3/12 (Monday Night) NY Giants at Washington 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 14 (Eastern Time) 12/6/12 (Thursday)Denver at Oakland 8:20PM (NFL Network) 12/9/12Baltimore at Washington 1PM 12/9/12Kansas City at Cleveland 1PM 12/9/12San Diego at Pittsburgh 1PM 12/9/12Tennessee at Indianapolis1PM 12/9/12NY Jets at Jacksonville1PM 12/9/12Chicago at Minnesota 1PM 12/9/12Atlanta at Carolina1PM 12/9/12Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 1PM 12/9/12St. Louis at Buffalo1PM 12/9/12Dallas at Cincinnati1PM 12/9/12Miami at San Francisco 4:05PM 12/9/12New Orleans at NY Giants 4:25PM 12/9/12Arizona at Seattle 4:25PM 12/9/12 (Sunday Night) Detroit at Green Bay 8:20PM (NBC) 12/10/12 (Monday Night) Houston at New England 8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 15 (Eastern Time) 12/13/12 (Thursday)Cincinnati at Philadelphia 8:20PM (NFL Network) 12/16/12Green Bay at Chicago 1PM 12/16/12NY Giants at Atlanta 1PM 12/16/12Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1PM 12/16/12Minnesota at St. Louis1PM 12/16/12Washington at Cleveland 1PM 12/16/12Jacksonville at Miami1PM 12/16/12Denver at Baltimore1PM 12/16/12Indianapolis at Houston 1PM 12/16/12Detroit at Arizona4:05PM 12/16/12Carolina at San Diego 4:05PM 12/16/12Seattle at Buffalo4:05PM 12/16/12Pittsburgh at Dallas 4:25PM 12/16/12Kansas City at Oakland 4:25PM 12/16/12 (Sunday Night) San Francisco at New England 8:20PM (NBC) 12/17/12 (Monday Night) NY Jets at Tennessee8:30PM (ESPN) | Week 16 (Eastern Time) 12/22/12 (Saturday)Atlanta at Detroit8:30PM (ESPN) 12/23/12Tennessee at Green Bay 1PM 12/23/12Oakland at Carolina1PM 12/23/12Buffalo at Miami1PM 12/23/12Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1PM 12/23/12New England at Jacksonville1PM 12/23/12Indianapolis at Kansas City 1PM 12/23/12New Orleans at Dallas 1PM 12/23/12Washington at Philadelphia 1PM 12/23/12St. Louis at Tampa Bay 1PM 12/23/12NY Giants at Baltimore1PM 12/23/12Minnesota at Houston 1PM 12/23/12Cleveland at Denver4:05PM 12/23/12Chicago at Arizona4:25PM 12/23/12San Francisco at Seattle 4:25PM 12/23/12 (Sunday Night)San Diego at NY Jets8:20PM (NBC) | Week 17 (Eastern Time) 12/30/12NY Jets at Buffalo1PM 12/30/12Miami at New England 1PM 12/30/12Baltimore at Cincinnati1PM 12/30/12Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1PM 12/30/12Houston at Indianapolis1PM 12/30/12Jacksonville at Tennessee1PM 12/30/12Philadelphia at NY Giants 1PM 12/30/12Dallas at Washington 1PM 12/30/12Chicago at Detroit1PM 12/30/12Green Bay at Minnesota 1PM 12/30/12Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1PM 12/30/12Carolina at New Orleans 1PM 12/30/12Kansas City at Denver4:25PM 12/30/12Oakland at San Diego 4:25PM 12/30/12Arizona at San Francisco 4:25PM 12/30/12St. Louis at Seattle 4:25PM