For no reason whatsoever, I’m doing early positional rankings for 2012. Check them out.
- Aaron Rodgers
- Drew Brees
- Tom Brady
- Cam Newton- Holy Rush TD Batman
- Michael Vick- no way he has only one rush td again next year, and assuming he plays all 16 (sigh)
- Matthew Stafford- should probably be higher but I doubt he repeats 2011
- Peyton Manning- injury and team concerns me, but if he plays all year he’ll be better than 7.
- Tony Romo
- Matt Ryan- maybe surprising here, but he finished the 2011 season as the 6th QB. With Turner’s load decreasing, he’ll continue to move up.
- Eli Manning
- Tim Tebow- under the assumption he remains the starter in Denver (or anywhere)
- Phillip Rivers- Should be higher, but after some of his performances in 2011 I just can’t do it.
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Andy Dalton- I think he only gets better and stays solid. Like a good Josh Freeman (see 2010).
- Josh Freeman- If he can find a happy spot between 2010 and 2011 he’s better than 15th.
Overall my QB rankings are fairly boring as there are no real surprises. The main takeaway is that QB will be an extremely deep position in 2012. When Rivers/Roethlisberger are the worst option in a 12 team league, that’s insane.
- Lesean McCoy
- Arian Foster
- Ray Rice
- Maurice Jones-Drew
- Marshawn Lynch
- Ryan Mathews
- Matt Forte
- Darren McFadden- if you combine their performances, OAK RB was a top 5 RB.
- Rashard Mendenhall- Gross, but it’s about carries.
- Demarco Murray- probably a little high, but he will have all the opportunity to star in 2012.
- Michael Turner- took a strong decline in 2011, and finished top 8.
- Jamaal Charles- hard to rank, but he was injured in week 2 so he’ll have had time to heal, hopefully back to pre-ACL Jamaal.
- Chris Johnson- bust of the year, but he finished 17th. Sleeper pick if he’s there this late. (He won’t be)
- Steven Jackson- all about the carries, but he’s aging fast.
- Reggie Bush- more than proved he can be a feature back with 1300 total yards and 7 td. Concern is more work for Daniel Thomas
- Darren Sproles- total yards all day
- Fred Jackson- I am skeptical of his 2011 but if he is anywhere close, this is a steal.
- Frank Gore
- Beanie Wells
- LeGarrette Blount- I am betting on a rebound year for TB’s offense.
- Cedric Benson- unless CIN drafts someone else
- Michael Bush- pure speculation pick, but he is a free agent and he’ll get paid by someone (IND, CLE, DEN, etc.)
- Roy Helu- he seems to be the guy in WAS (as little as that means) plus I think Peyton will be his QB.
- Ahmad Bradshaw- I have a feeling NYG drafts a RB, but if not Bradshaw should be ranked higher
- Shonn Greene- boring carries.
In 2011, RB was ugly after the top 4 guys. There was way too much inconsistency and injury to be happy unless you had a top guy. Perhaps the lockout took some toll on the position, but a farther shift towards passing will change the fantasy RB landscape in the future. A feature RB will be worth even more than they have been considering there may be ten or less of them.
- Calvin Johnson
- Wes Welker
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Roddy White
- Andre Johnson- hard to rank considering he hardly played all year. He’s still AJ though.
- Greg Jennings
- Mike Wallace
- Hakeem Nicks- Had him over Cruz on consistency and catches. Lower risk in my opinion.
- Brandon Marshall- Seemed to really connect with Matt Moore later in the season. Like him less if Moore is replaced.
- Steve Smith
- AJ Green
- Victor Cruz
- Vincent Jackson
- Dwayne Bowe- He is MUCH better with Cassel.
- Jeremy Maclin- Injury riddled season for him, could be a steal late.
- Percy Harvin- Ranked him too low, but he concerns me. Easy boom or bust guy.
- Brandon Lloyd- Sam and Brandon sitting in a tree…
- Jordy Nelson- I don’t think he repeats the 12 td. Maybe 6.
- Dez Bryant- highest Dallas receiver and he’ll go higher than this from hype.
- Stevie Johnson
- Julio Jones
- Marques Colston
- Denarius Moore- big reach here, but I think he is good. More time with Palmer can only help.
- Antonio Brown- came to be Ben’s go to guy late.
- Mike Williams, TB- rebound season
WR was the hardest position to rank because it easily had the craziest year of any position with guys like Jordy Nelson and Victor Cruz ending up top 5. So my rankings favor consistent players, for the most part. Obviously these could also change the most based on QB moves. (i.e. wherever Peyton goes)
- Rob Gronkowski- Duh
- Jimmy Graham- other duh
- Antonio Gates- Without the injury he would have been top 3
- Jason Witten- his role is diminishing but TE is gross
- Jermichael Finley- not a Finley fan but TE depth goes away fast.
- Aaron Hernandez
- Tony Gonzales
- Owen Daniels- much better with Schaub
- Fred Davis- if there are no negative repercussions to 2011 behaviors.
- Brandon Pettigrew- he gets catches. The yards will come.
- Dustin Keller
- Vernon Davis
- Dallas Clark- Peyton Manning assumption
- Jermaine Gresham
- Jake Ballard- because he is my boy and if Manningham goes he becomes the third option. 50+ catches and he may be a top 10 option.
- Kellen Winslow-catches (he was 7th in catches among TE in 2011)
TE may be the most depth-deprived position in 2012. Not different from most other years, but unless you plan on drafting a top 3-4 guy, you wait late for the Davis-Winslow group or you hope to pick up a 16 td TE in free agency.