Jan 29, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; NFC quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers (1) throws the ball against the AFC during the 2012 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy Big Board 1.0

The NFL Draft is in the books, rosters and roles are taking shape, and Summer is nearly upon us.  Time to turn our focus to Fantasy Football.

Over the next couple of months I’ll be taking a look at positional rankings, rookie impact, sleepers, potential busts, and doing plenty of mock drafts.  But it all starts with the Big Board.  Here’s my first, very early look at the Top 50.

My criteria at this point was to focus primarily on guys that you can trust.  I took very few risks on this list.  As we progress through the offseason things will start to take shape and my rankings will reflect that.

What….. no Adrian Peterson?!?!

Case in point.  A healthy A.P., motivated to prove to the world that he’s just as good as ever, would obviously rank high on anyone’s list.  But no way am I going to assume that a big, physical RB can be 100% less than a year after tearing his ACL…. until we get medical reports otherwise.

One final note: I base my rankings on the PPR format.  It’s what I play, and with NFL teams throwing the football more than ever, it seems to be the most common format as we move forward.

  1. Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore — Best pure fantasy player in the league right now.  And he’s trying to get paid too.
  2. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina
  3. LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia
  4. Arian Foster, RB, Houston – If he starts the season healthy, watch out.
  5. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
  6. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville
  7. Ryan Matthews, RB, San Diego – No more Mike Tolbert, Matthews is finally the Man in SD.
  8. Calvin Johnnson, WR, Detroit
  9. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England
  10. Tom Brady, QB, New England
  11. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle  — Project his last 9 games (after the running game clicked) and Lynch goes 1,447 yds, 14 TD’s. 
  12. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
  13. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee — IF he’s re-committed to running hard.
  14. Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans
  15. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit
  16. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston
  17. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona
  18. DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas
  19. Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland  — This year’s top rookie, no question.
  20. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta
  21. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati
  22. Victor Cruz, WR, N.Y. Giants — Big play potential seperates him and Nicks.
  23. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago
  24. Eli Manning, QB, N.Y. Giants — Could finally be a fantasy force.
  25. Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta
  26. Steve Smith, WR, Carolina
  27. Wes Welker, WR, New England
  28. Greg Jennings, WR, GB
  29. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia — Last year he went #1 in a lot of leagues, but durability makes him a risk.
  30. Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh
  31. Hakeem Nicks, WR, N.Y. Giants
  32. Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland  — Major durability concerns, otherwise he’s top 10.
  33. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta
  34. Brandon Marshall, WR, Chicago 
  35. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans
  36. Roy Helu, RB, Washington
  37. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver  — The guy who took him in the 6th round in my keeper league last year will be rewarded.
  38. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas
  39. Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England – If that knee holds up, gives Brady his first post-Moss deep threat.
  40. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas
  41. Darren Sproles, RB/KR, New Orleans
  42. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego
  43. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay
  44. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay
  45. Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore — This year’s Mike Wallace?
  46. Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo
  47. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh — Commitment to offensive line should keep him upright and healthy.
  48. Peyton Hillis, RB, Kansas City — One year deal.  Motivated.  Watch out.
  49. Matt Schaub, QB, Houston
  50. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay – Ultimately I think he becomes the feature back in Greg Schiano’s offense.

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