Fantasy team ranks top 200 players

Editor’s Note:  This list was compiled in early July, well before the NFL free agency period began.  For a better sense of who is going where, be sure to check out our Mock Draft 2.0.

Because four heads are always better than one (we think), each member of FOXSports.com’s fantasy department created their own 2011 Top 200 Fantasy Football Rankings. The four individual player rankings were added together, divided and produced overall composite scores.

The rankings are geared towards owners competing in 10-12 team, head-to-head leagues and use FOXSports.com’s Fantasy Football default scoring system. (Note: kickers are not listed with the assumption they would be drafted in the final round and thus would not crack the Top 200.)

Before we get to it, each fantasy contributor was allotted a couple hundred words to defend, justify and explain their rankings.

Fowler –

Dear Michael Vick,

Stay healthy, please!

If Philadelphia’s quarterback can remain upright for 16 games this season, I will sleep well at night knowing I ranked him fifth overall. With Vick’s ability to run and pass, the chances he accounts for two to three touchdowns a game (12-18 fantasy points) is nearly a lock in my mind. This is obviously in addition to the points he earns owners via passing and rushing yards.

I chose to upgrade dual-threat running backs this season. Thus, guys like LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice rank higher than Maurice Jones-Drew and Michael Turner.

With most of the fantasy attention on Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Vick at quarterback, I chose to boost Philip Rivers up to my 12th pick overall. He’s averaged 270 passing yards per game, 31 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions over the last three seasons.

This is the first year I bumped Roddy White over Andre Johnson as my top wide receiver. Atlanta’s decision to draft Julio Jones means Matt Ryan is about to air it out on a regular basis in 2011. White could be lucky enough to see softer coverage with Jones keeping defensive backs and safeties honest. Also, I’d be remised if I didn’t mention that no matter your feelings towards the man, think about drafting Derrick Mason.

Now we play the waiting game.

Beall –

In regards to the top selection, one can’t go wrong with the quartet of Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles. I have Johnson slightly above Peterson, despite Johnson’s contract dispute, as the Tennessee running back is more prominent in the passing game.

At quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers are in an echelon above the rest. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees still have the ability to be fantasy cornerstones, but Manning’s neck surgery and Brees’ interception total from 2010 are causes for concern. For sleepers, Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick and Denver’s Tim Tebow are players that can score in the air and on the ground.

Andre Johnson, Roddy White and Calvin Johnson are the only wideouts in the top 20, and with good reason. In my experience, you can obtain a reliable receiver in the middle of the draft, whereas solid signal-callers and running backs vanish in the opening rounds. Need evidence? Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe, Santana Moss, Steve Johnson, Hakeem Nicks and Tampa’s Mike Williams were all elite contributors in 2010, yet none were highly sought during the preseason.

One final note: the majority of rookies were downgraded at their respective positions. Freshmen don’t tend to correlate to fantasy fruition, as anyone who owned Ryan Mathews last season will attest. Mark Ingram and Daniel Thomas may post phenomenal campaigns; however, don’t waste a relatively high pick on a rookie. More times than not, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.

Harmon –

The first iteration of the overall ranking sheet is always a daunting task. I’ve stared at individual player histories and schedules and I have completed numerous side-by-side comparisons. The overall list is a different animal, and the dexterous hands working a keyboard give way to a monstrous white board.

My 2011 list began as these lists do every year. Running backs dominated the top of the sheet, with 11 of the first 13 players carrying the “RB” designation. Simply put, the backfield workhorses rose to the top of the heap in this vast expanse of committee situations. A total of sixty running backs appear in my top 200 (25 in the top 50).

I should note that top wide receivers and quarterbacks occupied nine of the first 25 slots, a marked change from years past. I have already logged a few asterisks next to potential movers as I revisit this list through the preseason. My hope is that changes are not caused by a rash of injuries to hamstrings, knee and ankles as the exhibition seasons continues.

Halpin –

Michael Turner ran for 1,699 yards and scored 17 touchdowns in 2008. Chris Johnson racked up 2,509 yards from scrimmage and 16 TDs in 2009. Arian Foster had a huge breakout in 2010, with 2,220 yards from scrimmage and 18 scores. That’s a terrific trio of backs, but I’ll still take Adrian Peterson, who averaged 1,781 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns over those three seasons. Peterson is money in the bank, and without Brett Favre around throwing all the time, he should get the ball 350 times in 2011. Purple Jesus is a fantasy superstar, as well as a low-risk top overall pick.

My first round doesn’t look very different from a lot of others’, but if you want some favorites, I’m really intrigued by Shonn Greene at No. 18, and Jonathan Stewart at No. 29. Both could break out in their new feature roles.

Does anyone scare me? Yes – Michael Vick at No. 17, and not just because I own a dog. Vick’s style of play is electrifying, and almost begs for some time off due to injury. He’s a first-rounder on many boards, but I’d hate to put all my eggs in his basket.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 1-10

 

Rank

Name

Pos

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1

Adrian Peterson

RB 1

1

2

1

1

1.25

2

Chris Johnson

RB 2

2

1

2

3

2.00

3

Arian Foster

RB 3

4

3

3

2

3.00

4

Jamaal Charles

RB 4

3

4

4

4

3.75

5

Maurice Jones-Drew

RB 5

13

5

5

5

7.00

6

LeSean McCoy

RB 6

6

7

9

9

7.75

7

Aaron Rodgers

QB 1

7

11

7

8

8.25

8

Ray Rice

RB 7

9

6

6

13

8.50

9

Rashard Mendenhall

RB 8

10

13

12

10

11.25

10

Michael Turner

RB 9

17

8

15

7

11.75

 

Surprise! Nine running backs and one quarterback crack the top ten list. LeSean McCoy is the intriguing back of the bunch. Will Michael Vick’s ability to run decrease the running back’s value or will his pass-catching skills increase it?

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 11-20

 

Rank

Name

Pos

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11

Andre Johnson

WR 1

23

9

8

15

13.75

12

Darren McFadden

RB 10

8

16

19

12

13.75

13

Roddy White

WR 2

19

15

10

11

13.75

14

Frank Gore

RB 11

18

21

11

6

14.00

15

Michael Vick

QB 2

5

17

17

21

15.00

16

Steven Jackson

RB 12

21

12

13

17

15.75

17

Drew Brees

QB 3

16

22

14

14

16.50

18

Peyton Manning

QB 4

11

20

22

18

17.75

19

Matt Forte

RB 13

20

10

23

19

18.00

20

Calvin Johnson

WR 3

22

19

16

16

18.25

 

San Francisco’s Frank Gore falls out of the top ten after fracturing his hip in 2010. Three wide receivers (A. Johnson, White and C. Johnson) and quarterbacks (Vick, Brees and Manning (neck?) remain top tier options for owners.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 21-30

 

Rank

Name

Pos

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21

Tom Brady

QB 5

15

14

28

20

19.25

22

Philip Rivers

QB 6

12

18

25

34

22.25

23

Peyton Hillis

RB 14

14

23

30

24

22.75

24

Hakeem Nicks

WR 4

30

25

21

22

24.50

25

Ryan Matthews

RB 15

33

24

20

27

26.00

26

LeGarrette Blount

RB 16

24

28

26

28

26.50

27

Knowshon Moreno

RB 17

28

30

24

25

26.75

28

Greg Jennings

WR 5

26

27

27

29

27.25

29

Reggie Wayne

WR 6

29

26

33

26

28.50

30

Jonathan Stewart

RB 18

39

33

29

31

33.00

 

Breakthrough running backs Peyton Hillis, Ryan Matthews and LeGarrette Blount jump up the rankings in 2011. Down in Carolina, Jonathan Stewart leaps DeAngelo Williams and Mike Goodson as the Panthers’ number one option for Jimmy Clausen and/or Cam Netwon.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 31-40

 

Rank

Name

Pos

Fowler

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31

Shonn Greene

RB 19

34

50

18

33

33.75

32

Dwyane Bowe

WR 7

25

35

37

39

34.00

33

Mike Wallace

WR 8

37

31

32

36

34.00

34

Miles Austin

WR 9

36

41

34

30

35.25

35

Larry Fitzgerald

WR 10

50

32

31

32

36.25

36

Antonio Gates

TE 1

35

42

35

35

36.75

37

Ahmad Bradshaw

RB 20

40

40

44

23

36.75

38

DeSean Jackson

WR 11

32

29

38

49

37.00

39

Jeremy Maclin

WR 12

27

47

43

43

40.00

40

Cedric Benson

RB 21

41

34

52

38

41.25

 

Six wide receivers dominate this ranking tier. Owners gave up on Dwyane Bowe after his slow start in 2010.  Will they make the same mistake in 2011? Jeremy Maclin is right on the heels of DeSean Jackson as the top wide-out for the Eagles. Vick has shown he will throw it deep to DJ, but more often to Maclin.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 41-50

 

Rank

Name

Pos

Fowler

Beall

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41

Tony Romo

QB 7

48

45

39

37

42.25

42

Vincent Jackson

WR 13

31

43

42

55

42.75

43

Mike Williams (TB)

WR 14

46

58

41

42

46.75

44

Dallas Clark

TE 2

38

53

45

52

47.00

45

Marques Colston

WR 15

51

51

49

45

49.00

46

Matt Schaub

QB 8

43

38

62

56

49.75

47

Stevie Johnson

WR 16

49

52

48

53

50.50

48

Jason Witten

TE 3

56

39

50

57

50.50

49

Matt Ryan

QB 9

42

65

59

40

51.50

50

Wes Welker

WR 17

44

44

57

63

52.00

 

Despite returning from injury, the fantasy department has faith Tony Romo can pick up where he left off, ranking him as the seventh best quarterback. Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams will be fun to watch as he tries to build on a successful rookie campaign where he hauled in 11 touchdowns.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 51-100

 

Rank

Name

Pos

Fowler

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51

Ryan Grant

RB 22

53

49

58

50

52.50

52

Santonio Holmes

WR 18

45

56

51

62

53.50

53

Daniel Thomas

RB 23

52

62

64

41

54.75

54

Ben Roethlisberger

QB 10

47

54

71

48

55.00

55

DeAngelo Williams

RB 24

66

76

36

44

55.50

56

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

RB 25

55

60

40

68

55.75

57

Felix Jones

RB 26

57

54

57

58

55.75

58

Fred Jackson

RB 27

57

75

46

46

56.00

59

Jahvid Best

RB 28

65

78

47

51

60.25

60

Vernon Davis

TE 4

61

48

82

59

62.50

61

Dez Bryant

WR 19

63

69

56

65

63.25

62

Brandon Lloyd

WR 20

90

46

63

60

64.75

63

Josh Freeman

QB 11

72

36

88

72

67.00

64

Joseph Addai

RB 29

68

71

53

78

67.50

65

Jermichael Finley

TE 5

84

70

55

64

68.25

66

Anquan Boldin

WR 21

62

59

83

69

68.25

67

Marshawn Lynch

RB 30

67

64

70

75

69.00

68

Percy Harvin

WR 22

58

66

72

81

69.25

69

Joe Flacco

QB 12

59

86

78

54

69.25

70

Eli Manning

QB 13

60

84

77

61

70.50

71

Sidney Rice

WR 23

69

77

67

70

70.75

72

Santana Moss

WR 24

70

73

69

79

72.75

73

Mark Ingram

RB 31

91

67

76

66

75.00

74

Jay Cutler

QB 14

73

79

91

73

79.00

75

Matthew Stafford

QB 15

89

90

85

67

82.75

76

Ryan Torain

RB 32

74

89

100

71

83.50

77

Johnny Knox

WR 25

82

76

75

101

83.50

78

Sam Bradford

QB 16

71

68

98

99

84.00

79

Mike Tolbert

RB 33

64

101

79

95

84.75

80

Steve Smith (PHI)

WR 26

97

80

66

104

86.75

81

Mike Williams (SEA)

WR 27

74

72

96

106

87.00

82

Brandon Marshall

WR 28

199

37

65

47

87.00

83

Steve Smith (CAR)

WR 29

88

97

74

94

88.25

84

Brandon Jacobs

RB 34

76

92

104

83

88.75

85

Malcom Floyd

WR 30

79

100

61

115

88.75

86

Mario Manningham

WR 31

81

110

80

90

90.25

87

Chris Cooley

TE 6

86

83

93

100

90.50

88

Pierre Thomas

RB 35

77

107

95

92

92.75

89

Ronnie Brown

RB 36

78

99

113

82

93.00

90

James Starks

RB 37

106

82

89

98

93.75

91

Matt Cassel

QB 17

89

96

105

86

94.00

92

Zach Miller

TE 7

87

116

87

93

95.75

93

Brandon Pettigrew

TE 8

94

105

112

80

97.75

94

Braylon Edwards

WR 32

83

91

102

126

100.50

95

Tony Gonzalez

TE 9

108

129

90

76

100.75

96

Marcedes Lewis

TE 10

125

88

109

84

101.50

97

LaDainian Tomlinson

RB 38

104

111

121

74

102.50

98

Mikel Leshoure (will miss 2011)

RB 39

105

120

101

85

102.75

99

C.J. Spiller

RB 40

107

108

97

103

103.75

100

Michael Bush

RB 41

99

114

107

97

104.25

 

The sexy rookie pick is Miami’s Daniel Thomas. We will have to wait and see if Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are part of the Dolphins’ puzzle, but all signs point to the former Kansas State stud contributing immediately. Fantasy pundits are high on Matthew Stafford’s return following a season where he missed all but three games with a separated shoulder. He ranks out as the 15th best quarterback available.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 101-150

 

Rank

Name

Pos

Fowler

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101

Chris Wells

RB 42

93

123

117

87

105.00

102

Kenny Britt

WR 33

201

74

68

77

105.00

103

A.J. Green

WR 34

121

87

103

122

108.25

104

Owen Daniels

TE 11

111

85

120

120

109.00

105

Kellen Winslow

TE 12

110

93

125

117

111.25

106

Mike Thomas

WR 35

112

103

92

140

111.75

107

Mark Clayton

WR 36

113

115

73

148

112.25

108

Jermaine Gresham

TE 13

95

125

127

107

113.50

109

Jordy Nelson

WR 37

98

130

94

113

113.75

110

Danny Woodhead

RB 43

119

133

106

105

115.75

111

Austin Collie

WR 38

200

95

60

109

116.00

112

Thomas Jones

RB 44

116

119

119

110

116.00

113

Jerome Simpson

WR 39

114

98

118

135

116.25

114

Mark Sanchez

QB 18

101

117

153

96

116.75

115

Roy Helu

RB 45

122

113

108

130

118.25

116

Ryan Williams

RB 46

134

94

124

129

120.25

117

Dustin Keller

TE 14

138

112

143

88

120.25

118

Hines Ward

WR 40

103

128

114

139

121.00

119

Tim Tebow

QB 19

100

132

133

128

123.25

120

Pittsburgh Steelers

DEF 1

118

149

126

102

123.75

121

Lance Moore

WR 41

102

122

86

190

125.00

122

Derrick Mason

WR 42

82

127

110

182

125.25

123

Jimmy Graham

TE 15

109

102

140

150

125.25

124

Julio Jones

WR 43

120

142

128

113

125.75

125

Green Bay Packers

DEF 2

133

139

136

108

129.00

126

Donald Brown

RB 47

132

124

154

118

132.00

127

Donovan McNabb

QB 20

123

147

122

138

132.25

128

DeMarco Murray

RB 48

141

121

157

112

132.75

129

David Garrard

QB 21

124

126

174

111

133.75

130

Rob Gronkowski

TE 16

115

121

148

152

134.00

131

Montario Hardesty

RB 49

117

165

131

123

134.00

132

Tim Hightower

RB 50

130

153

99

155

134.25

133

Aaron Hernandez

TE 17

126

109

183

124

135.50

134

New York Jets

DEF 3

144

145

142

119

137.50

135

Willis McGahee

RB 51

131

163

123

143

140.00

136

Ryan Fitzpatrick

QB 22

205

106

129

121

140.25

137

Chad Ochocinco

WR 44

128

118

182

136

141.00

138

Brent Celek

TE 18

137

144

141

142

141.00

139

Reggie Bush

RB 52

135

104

196

134

142.25

140

James Jones

WR 45

96

146

146

183

142.75

141

Steve Breaston

WR 46

148

131

134

168

145.25

142

Chicago Bears

DEF 4

144

156

151

132

145.75

143

Davone Bess

WR 47

140

140

139

166

146.25

144

Lee Evans

WR 48

149

169

115

159

148.00

145

Mike Sims-Walker

WR 49

129

134

155

180

149.50

146

Robert Meachem

WR 50

146

173

132

151

150.50

147

Ben Tate

RB 53

150

137

186

131

151.00

148

Randy Moss – RET.

WR 51

156

198

135

116

151.25

149

Jacoby Ford

WR 52

141

136

159

171

151.75

150

Nate Burleson

WR 53

161

161

111

174

151.75

 

Consider this group “Fantasy Football Impact Players: The New Class.” Guys like Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson, Washington’s Roy Helu, and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham are names to keep in the back of your mind when drafting. They may not win you a championship, but could sure bolster your roster.

 

FANTASY RANKINGS, 151-200

 

Rank

Name

Pos

Fowler

Beall

Halpin

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Composite

151

Baltimore Ravens

DEF 5

154

157

162

137

152.50

152

Mike Goodson

RB 54

151

155

145

161

153.00

153

Danny Amendola

WR 54

147

166

130

169

153.00

154

Kyle Orton

QB 23

127

205

195

91

154.50

155

Jason Campbell

QB 24

138

167

150

167

155.50

156

Anthony Armstrong

WR 55

156

135

188

157

159.00

157

Tony Moeaki

TE 19

158

158

163

160

159.75

158

New York Giants

DEF 6

169

180

167

125

160.25

159

Ben Watson

TE 20

152

177

156

162

161.75

160

Kevin Kolb

QB 25

205

152

205

89

162.75

161

Philadelphia Eagles

DEF 7

179

162

172

144

164.25

162

Justin Forsett

RB 55

165

174

138

184

165.25

163

Bernard Scott

RB 56

205

172

158

127

165.50

164

Donald Driver

WR 56

155

170

160

185

167.50

165

Rashard Jennings

RB 57

136

205

152

179

168.00

166

New England Patriots

DEF 8

173

160

189

153

168.75

167

Jason Snelling

RB 58

153

171

161

205

172.50

168

Emmanuel Sanders

WR 57

172

182

147

193

173.50

169

Tashard Choice

RB 59

143

205

170

177

173.75

170

Terrell Owens

WR 58

199

154

205

141

174.75

171

Louis Murphy

WR 59

162

179

171

188

175.00

172

Arrelious Benn

WR 60

197

164

168

176

176.25

173

Devin Hester

WR 61

181

159

180

186

176.50

174

San Diego Chargers

DEF 9

194

176

192

146

177.00

175

Cadillac Williams

RB 60

164

205

137

205

177.75

176

Greg Olsen

TE 20

205

143

205

164

179.25

177

Heath Miller

TE 21

174

186

200

158

179.50

178

David Gettis

WR 62

177

185

190

172

181.00

179

Alex Smith

QB 26

189

168

181

187

181.25

180

Danario Alexander

WR 63

166

183

191

195

183.75

181

Plaxico Burress

WR 64

184

205

205

147

185.25

182

Chad Henne

QB 27

187

178

205

173

185.75

183

Jordan Shipley

WR65

163

175

205

200

185.75

184

Dallas Cowboys

DEF 10

178

196

205

165

186.00

185

Matt Hasselbeck

QB 28

193

205

205

154

189.25

186

Carson Palmer

QB 29

198

205

205

149

189.25

187

Chester Taylor

RB 61

191

189

184

194

189.50

188

Atlanta Falcons

DEF 11

205

205

193

156

189.75

189

Cam Newton

QB 30

205

184

185

189

190.75

190

Nate Washington

WR 66

160

194

205

205

191.00

191

Christopher Ivory

RB 62

182

205

173

205

191.25

192

Josh Morgan

WR 67

180

187

205

196

192.00

193

Detroit Lions

DEF 12

205

205

198

163

192.75

194

Jacoby Jones

WR 68

176

193

205

198

193.00

195

Jeremy Shockey

TE 22

192

205

205

170

193.00

196

Kevin Walter

WR 69

164

200

205

205

193.00

197

Roy Williams

WR 70

171

205

194

205

193.75

198

Brandon Tate

WR 71

175

205

205

192

194.25

199

Legedu Naanee

WR 72

185

205

197

205

198.00

200

Jabar Gaffney

WR 73

196

205

205

197

200.75

 

Harmon and Fowler believe if Plaxico Burress can find a team, he’s worth taking a flier on late in your draft. Three of the four fantasy team members agree Cam Newton is worth a look late, too. Jabar Gaffney, with or without Kyle Orton as his quarterback, snags the grand distinction of Mr. Irrelevant in these fantasy football rankings. Can Tim Tebow be his savior?

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