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Pre-Draft 2012 fantasy football rankings
Few words in sports can match the euphoric reaction created when Roger Goodell stands at the podium and alerts the inebri … err … energized crowd at Radio City Music Hall with a locked and loaded five-word sentence.
“There has been a trade.”
Following the announcement, similar physical and audible reactions have also been observed on Maury when a gentleman learns he is not the father.
The euphoria shared among NFL brethren in that moment is the same feeling I get when an email hits my inbox with “Subject: Fantasy Football Trade” staring me in the face.
As luck should have it, a week before the 2012 NFL Draft, a fantasy football owner sent over a proposed trade to be analyzed:
I got myself into a keeper fantasy football league and these guys are obviously more into it than I. What do you think of this?
I give up:
My first-round pick in the draft (5th pick overall)
Before diving in head first and analyzing this fantasy football matrix, I asked the owner who his starting quarterback was, more out of curiosity than necessity.
I hold tight with what you have.
1) Mike Tolbert signed with Carolina – Ryan Mathews gets bulk of carries this season (health has hurt him last 2 seasons)
2) Mendenhall injured last week of 2011, no timetable yet on return
3) Redman running behind old offensive line that nearly gets Big Ben killed (I like Redman as low RB 2 / high RB 3)
4) Matt Flynn, umm not yet – Ryan is starting for you anyways
5) Santonio Holmes is a head case and with Tebow possibly running Wildcat 20 times a game and in goal line situations, you lose red zone opportunities
a. Keller led Jets in receptions/targets last season
Thanks – good info. I am staying put
I forwarded the email exchange to one of my close friends and admitted it felt good to break down that trade offer. It was exactly the type of exercise needed as the FOXSports.com fantasy department begins to organize and produce its annual fantasy football magazine.
On the heels of the NFL Draft, I also thought it would be a great time to release my initial Top 200 Fantasy Football rankings for 2012. No question this list will fluctuate throughout the summer months as we learn more about the rookie class and the health status of those fantasy studs currently rehabilitating an injury.
Note: Defense/Special Teams and Kickers have been left off this list
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 1-10
Let the great debate begin! Who should go first: a running back or a quarterback? Four quarterbacks are ranked within my Top 10 as I believe we witnessed a changing of the fantasy guard last season. If you want to win your league, you need a top tier quarterback. If you wait, you really need to nail some middle-to-late round fliers.
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 11-20
Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham proved they belong in the second round conversation in 2012. The two tight ends combined for 199 receptions and 28 touchdowns last season. Can we trust Chris Johnson to bounce back or is he done?
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 21-30
|30||Steve Smith (CAR)||WR6|
Joel Beall and I discussed Peyton Manning’s fantasy value last month. I still have him ranked as the eighth-best fantasy quarterback just behind Tony Romo. Matt Forte (Bears signed Michael Bush) and Jamaal Charles (knee, Chiefs signed Peyton Hillis) rank right behind Manning. That duo’s fantasy future is a bit cloudy at the moment.
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 31-40
As soon as Brandon Lloyd signed with the Patriots, he shot up my fantasy draft board. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall to mesh on the field again. Matt Schaub’s health will dictate where he ultimately winds up in my rankings.
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 41-50
Before I get emails, expect Mike Wallace to receive a boost later this summer. I believe Julio Jones outperforms A.J. Green in fantasy circles this season.
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 51-100
|93||Robert Griffin III||QB21|
Two guys I want you to focus on: Fred Davis and Kenny Britt.
Davis missed the last four games of the season due to suspension, but before that was a fantasy tight end on the rise. With RGIII headed to Washington it will be interesting to see if Mike Shanahan utilizes the tight end as often in 2012.
Hey Kenny Britt! We want to like you. Suspensions and injuries have sidelined him the last two seasons (15 games total). Still, I think Matt Hasselbeck and/or Jake Locker could make this guy a top 10 fantasy wide receiver this season.
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 100-151
Three rookies fall in this group: Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson and Justin Blackmon. I’m getting antsy with Luck because of the lack of talent around him in Indianapolis. It could be a rough rookie season. If Richardson is drafted by the Browns remember he faces the Steelers and Ravens four times in 2012. Justin Blackmon should be this year’s A.J. Green/Julio Jones. That is unless Cleveland takes him because I’m not sure how Colt McCoy makes him better off the jump.
2012 Fantasy Football Rankings 151-200
San Diego’s Vincent Brown is a name that intrigues me now that Vincent Jackson is in Tampa Bay. He and/or Robert Meachem will line up opposite Malcom Floyd (when healthy) with Eddie Royal in the slot. Philip Rivers targeted Brown often when on the field last season. He's not a bad late pick.
Be sure to check back post-Draft for updates and fantasy analysis.
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