Top 100 Fantasy Football Rankings

Posted: August 28, 2011 by vongrapenstein in Fantasy
  1. Adrian Peterson – Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is going to involve Peterson more in the passing game and if the Vikings have any sense they’ll run Adrian into the ground, as well.
  2. Ray Rice – From offensive coordinator Cam Cameron: “Ray Rice will play a major role in short-yardage and goal-line this year,” and according to, Cameron has given Rice the responsibility of knowing when to tap out in favor of Ricky Williams. “We will leave a lot of it up to Ray Rice.” Throw in the addition of fullback Vonta Leach and that Rice has averaged 58 catches/season, and it figures Rice should have a big season this year.
  3. Arian Foster – Leach leaving Houston and going to Baltimore is why I have Rice ahead of Foster. The Lorenzo Neal theory at work.
  4. LeSean McCoy – His only threat at running back is walking MASH-unit Ronnie Brown. McCoy should get plenty  of fantasy points in the Philadelphia offense.
  5. Jamaal Charles – Charles should see an increased workload. Key word: should.
  6. Chris Johnson – Holdouts are scary. So is a pissed-off Chris Johnson, though.
  7. Michael Vick – If last season was any indication, this might be low. If his injury history is any indication, this might be high. Only TIME will tell.
  8. Aaron Rodgers – The Packers offense is a machine and Rodgers is the master.
  9. Andre Johnson – Johnson still hasn’t caught 10 touchdowns in a season and he is still the best receiver in football.  That has to change soon.
  10. Maurice Jones-Drew – I trust MJD to silence the fantasy gurus; I also trust Rashad Jennings to be the number one handcuff-running back this year.
  11. Roddy White – White hasn’t missed a game in his career, has at least 10 touchdowns the past two seasons, and at least 80 catches and 1,150 yards the past four seasons. Mr. Reliable.
  12. Michael Turner – Turner will get his 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. But who wants to have him on their team? It’s like voting for Ralph Nader.
  13. Calvin Johnson – Depends on the health of Matt Stafford, but Johnson is soon going to have that dominant season we all know he has in him.
  14. Steven Jackson – There still isn’t a viable backup in St.Louis, and the Rams passing game should be improved with an emerging Sam Bradford, some better receivers, and Josh McDaniels, meaning Jackson should have less of a workload but more scoring opportunities.
  15. Frank Gore – Frank Gore’s injury history is scary.
  16. Rashard Mendenhall – A great number two running back for your team and a meh number one running back.
  17. Darren McFadden – Oh it’s scary putting him this high knowing that he could get injured at any moment.
  18. Ahmad Bradshaw – See, Darren McFadden.
  19. Drew Brees – His average the past five seasons: 4, 584 yards and 31 touchdowns.
  20. Antonio Gates – Best tight end in the game, bar none.
  21. Greg Jennings – Rodgers might spread it around but he does have a favorite target.
  22. Larry Fitzgerald – This is his ranking if you just sort-of believe in Kevin Kolb.
  23. Hakeem Nicks – A great number two wide receiver and a meh number one wide receiver.
  24. Tom Brady – No reason he shouldn’t put up similar numbers to last season, save the ridiculously low 4 interceptions.
  25. LeGarrette Blount – He won’t catch many passes, but he should be Tampa’s Natrone Means.
  26. Mike Wallace – With possibly the best deep-speed in the game, Wallace is a threat to score every time he has the ball.
  27. Phillip Rivers – His average the past three seasons: 4,324 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. That includes being Vincent Jackson-less for most of last seasons. Rivers gets ‘er done.
  28. Peyton Hillis – Madden curse looming.
  29. Peyton Manning – It’s almost unfathomable to have Manning this low, but that neck injury is scary business.
  30. Reggie Wayne – Still a solid bet for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns – if Manning is healthy.
  31. Dallas Clark – He was nipping on Gates’ heels for the title of ‘Best Tight End,’ but injuries – to him and Manning – have pushed him down a notch.
  32. Miles Austin – Tony Romo’s favorite target should look more like his 2009-self this season.
  33. Matt Forte – The best player in the Chicago offense should see the ball often.
  34. DeSean Jackson – Time for Jackson to prove he’s worth what he thinks he is. He probably is.
  35. Vincent Jackson – Time for Jackson to prove he’s worth what he thinks he is. He probably isn’t.
  36. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – This might be a tad high, but Green-Ellis should see at least 10 touchdowns and 1,000 yards as a time-killer for New England. You could do worse with your second running back.
  37. Dwayne Bowe – Almost definitely won’t have the year he had last year, but 80% of 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns is pretty good.
  38. Tony Romo – With the plethora of options at his disposal, injuries are the only thing stopping Romo from a great season.
  39. Marques Colston – Has had at least 70 catches, 1,000 yards, and 7 touchdowns in four of his five NFL seasons.
  40. Percy Harvin – Again, might be a tad high, but Harvin is Minnesota’s number one (only?) receiving option and has a little Carolina-Steve Smith in him.
  41. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay’s favorite toy.
  42. Dez Bryant – Dallas’ favorite toy.
  43. Matt Schaub – Averages the past two seasons: 4,570 yards and 26 touchdowns.
  44. Mark Ingram – Rookie of the year.
  45. Ryan Grant – I have not bought stock in James Starks.
  46. Felix Jones – Much like with Romo, injuries are the only thing preventing Jones from a big year.
  47. Wes Welker – Should go higher in PPR leagues. Should go later in other leagues.
  48. Mike Williams (Tampa Bay) – Young, talented receiver and Josh Freeman’s favorite target.
  49. Kenny Britt – Young, talented receiver and maybe Matt Hasselbeck’s favorite target.
  50. Brandon Marshall – (throws up hands) Who knows?
  51. Jahvid Best – The Detroit offense should be explosive and Best should be in the middle of it. Key word: Should.
  52. Shonn Greene – The Jets are going to run the ball and Greene can’t be as bad as last year, right?
  53. Brandon Lloyd – John Fox’s Broncos are going to run the ball more than Josh McDaniels’ Broncos and Lloyd can’t be as a good as last year, right?
  54. Matt Ryan – Potential breakout year.
  55. Tim Hightower – Potential “Shanahan made another Pro Bowl running back” year.
  56. DeAngelo Williams – Eh.
  57. Jonathan Stewart – Meh.
  58. Jason Witten – Romo’s safety net should have another almost-elite year.
  59. Steve Johnson – I guess.
  60. Ryan Matthews – They traded up to get him for a reason, right?
  61. Santonio Holmes – Will have some big games, but Sanchez isn’t good enough to have a top ten receiver – yet?
  62. Vernon Davis – Still the most physically gifted tight end in football.
  63. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans’ favorite toy.  The former basketball player is still learning football, yet had 5 touchdowns last season, and is the starter this season.
  64. Josh Freeman – 25 touchdowns to 6 interceptions and 364 rushing yards last season. Hard not to imagine improvement for the third-year player.
  65. Fred Jackson – Producer.
  66. Jeremy Maclin – Would be higher if not for health concerns.
  67. Mario Manningham – Had 994 yards and 9 touchdowns last season and should take over Steve Smith’s vacated role this season.
  68. Chad Ochocinco – No reason to think he won’t be the number one touchdown target for the Patriots, even in their spread-out attack.
  69. Marshawn Lynch – Seattle has an improved line and no passing game…
  70. Sidney Rice – …Unless you believe in Tarvaris Whitehurst.
  71. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh has been passing more lately and Roethlisberger should be looking to redeem himself for his Super Bowl performance.
  72. Cedric Benson – With a rookie starting quarterback, Cincinnati will need to run the ball.
  73. Joseph Addai – Here’s where the infuriating Addai lands.
  74. Mike Thomas – You could do worse with your third receiver.
  75. Austin Collie – If Manning is healthy, Collie is a steal.
  76. Eli Manning – He has the weapons.
  77. Owen Daniels – Health is the only problem with Daniels.
  78. Reggie Bush – I am not buying stock in Daniel Thomas.
  79. Kevin Kolb – 25 touchdowns should be his floor with Whisenhunt, Fitzgerald, and company.
  80. Santana Moss – Who else does Washington have on the outside?
  81. Beanie Wells – Who else does Arizona have, now that Ryan Williams is hurt?
  82. Matthew Stafford – Stay. Healthy. One. Time.
  83. Anquan Boldin – A second season with Flacco should improve their chemistry and stats.
  84. Mercedes Lewis – Almost definitely won’t have the year he had last year (from Bill Barnwell at From 1983 through 2009, there were 17 instances when a tight end scored 10 or more touchdowns in a given season. Only once did that tight end repeat the feat in the subsequent season (Antonio Gates in 2004 and 2005). But 80% of 700 yards and 10 touchdowns isn’t bad for a tight end.
  85. Brandon Jacobs – Here we go.
  86. Mike Tolbert – Vulture central.
  87. Matt Cassel – Should continue to improve.
  88. Robert Meachem – Should continue to improve.
  89. Jay Cutler – He dumped Kristin Cavallari.
  90. Mike Sims-Walker – According to reports, Sims-Walker and Sam Bradford are clicking.  Whatever that means.
  91. Michael Crabtree – Eh.
  92. Braylon Edwards – Meh.
  93. LaDainian Tomlinson – If Greene goes down…
  94. Pierre Thomas – He will go down.
  95. Aaron Hernandez – Pick ‘em.
  96. Rob Gronkowski – Pick ‘em.
  97. Hines Ward – Producer.
  98. Julio Jones – Potential.
  99. CJ Spiller – They have to give him the ball, right?
  100. Plaxico Burress – Who knows.  It’s a crazy game.

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