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2013 Post-Draft Fantasy Football Rankings

All rankings based on standard ESPN.com league scoring (non-PPR).


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Quarterbacks

1. Drew Brees, NO – Gets Sean Payton back.

2. Aaron Rodgers, GB – Big contract in offseason, Jennings loss doesn’t hurt.

3. Peyton Manning, DEN – All the weapons that a QB could ask for.

4. Cam Newton, CAR – He can pass, run. Solid QB with high ceiling week-to-week.

5. Colin Kaepernick, SF – Defenses will be able to limit his running  a bit.

6. Tom Brady, TB – Impressive on the field, but not as great as a fantasy QB.

7. Matt Ryan, ATL – Just not good enough to be in that top tier.

8. Robert Griffin III, WAS – Still think he can play Week 1. Very high in ranks regardless.

9. Tony Romo, DAL – Solid every year. Expect nothing less.

10. Matthew Stafford, DET – No new targets, OL not much improved. Eh.

11. Russell Wilson, SEA – Harvin addition helps his stability.

12. Andrew Luck, IND – Only going to get better.

13. Josh Freeman, TB – Fell apart at end of last year, but mostly very solid.

14. Eli Manning, NYG – After his 2012 drop-off, I just can’t believe in him anymore.

15. Michael Vick, PHI – High upside QB2.

16. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT – Ben this far down shows just how deep QBs are this year.

17. Carson Palmer, ARI – Cardinals will trail a lot and Palmer has solid targets.

18. Sam Bradford, StL – All the weapons that he could ever need.

19. Andy Dalton, CIN – OL struggled last year. All pieces still in place. Improve with contingency?

20. Matt Schaub, HOU – Should be 100% after playing with injury in 2012.

21. Joe Flacco, BAL – Loss of Boldin without finding a replacement is bigger than you think.

22. Ryan Tannehill, MIA – Big question mark with some upside.

23. Jay Cutler, CHI – Contract year. This is the year of Cutler. Brought in Benett, Jeffery to be healthy.

24. Philip Rivers, SD – Played better when Danario Alexander produced. Vincent Brown coming back.

25. Alex Smith, KC – New team, some upside, but very limited.

26. Jake Locker, TEN – Has been putrid in his chances thus far.

27. E.J. Manuel, BUF – Should be handed the starting spot.

28. Christian Ponder, MIN – Someone I don’t want on my team.

29. Geno Smith, NYJ – As of now, the diva is consensus starter in Week 1.

30. Tyler Wilson, OAK – Good news out of OTAs. Flynn could be beat by another rookie.

31. Brandon Weden, CLE – The Browns want to give this job away.

32. Blaine Gabbert, JAC – Probably the only legit QB battle here. Gabbert will start early on.

33. Chad Henne, JAC – See above.

34. Matt Flynn, OAK – See above.

35. Nick Foles, PHI – Vick is always an injury risk.

36. Mark Sanchez, NYJ – Who knows, maybe Sanchez could be in line for s tart or two this year?

37. Kevin Kolb, BUF – He’s a back-up to a rookie. So now he’s here.

38. Kirk Cousins, WAS – If Robert Griffin III misses games, well, Cousin’s here.

39. Jason Campbell, CLE – See Weeden, Brandon.

40. Matt Cassell, MIN – Ponder has a serious elbow injury, but don’t see it getting into the season.

 

Running Backs

1. Adrian Peterson, MIN – No brainer.

2. Jamaal Charles, KC – The heart of this offense. Will be more consistent.

3. Doug Martin, TB – Freak talent. Can do it all. Fun to watch.

4. C.J. Spiller, BUF – Concerned with Fred Jackson’s role. Watch in training camp.

5. Ray Rice, BAL – Big time pass catcher. That helps. Could Pierce become more involved?

6. Arian Foster, HOU – Shear workload here. Wearing and tearing quickly. Doesn’t look as quick anymore.

7. Alfred Morris, WAS – No fluke last year. Legit talent in a great system.

8. Chris Ivory, NYJ – I’ve got serious man love for Ivory. Durability is his only risk after Goodson’s off-field issues.

9. Trent Richardson, CLE – Bulky workload.

10. LeSean McCoy, PHI – Chip Kelly loves his running backs. Injuries last season were fluky.

11. Marshawn Lynch, SEA – Can’t feel confident with Lynch as your first-round pick with DUI suspension towering over his value.

12. Demarco Murray, DAL – Hard to draft him knowing he’s going to miss a few games with injury.

13. Steven Jackson, ATL – Still some gas in the tank, and he’ll touch the ball a lot.

14. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC – Quietly falling in most leagues.

15. Matt Forte, CHI – Bears offense is much improved. Passing game a big threat now, too.

16. Frank Gore, SF – Year after year he’s solid. Very good RB2.

17. Stevan Ridley, NE – Bulked up in offseason. Should remain in same role, but who knows with Belichick.

18. Chris Johnson, TEN – Shonn Greene will get goal line carries and the Titans will find out it won’t work. Don’t worry about Greene.

19. Reggie Bush, DET – Detroit made Bush their first priority in the offseason, he will be on the field, too.

20. Le’Veon Bell, PIT – Not a long-term guy (in my opinion), but should have starting spot all year.

21. Darren McFadden, OAK – Won’t be on any of my teams. Ever.

22. Lamar Miller, MIA – I’m sold. Can easily beat out Gillislee/Thomas for 15-20 touches a game. That’s solid.

23. Darren Sproles, NO – Essentially just a wide receiver who lines up in the backfield.

24. Shane Vereen, NE – Woodhead role plus maybe more. Intriguing RB3.

25. Vick Ballard, IND – Rookie Kerwynn Williams poses a threat to Ballard’s workload, but not enough to bump him down.

26. Andre Brown, NYG – Going to steal more carries than you think from Wilson, including the goal line. Plus, he’s no slouch.

27. Giovani Bernard, CIN – Much more talented than BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Should win the starting job quickly.

28. David Wilson, NYG – Durability issues and Brown is a better pure runner right behind him.

29. Mark Ingram, NO – Is he really full healthy? Does it matter? Camp will be telling.

30. Eddie Lacy, GB – Franklin will take over this job by the end of the year, but Lacy should have a solid role all year long

31. Montee Ball, DEN – Will probably lead Denver in carries by the end of the year, but too many negative factors.

32. Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Played injured in 2012. He’s very talented and I believe Panthers want to get him more involved, reduce Newton’s rushes. But unreliable.

33. Jonathan Franklin, GB – Will take over as starting running back in Green Bay by end of year.

34. Isaiah Pead, StL – Change of pace with incredibly quick feet. Fun to watch.

35. Ryan Mathews, SD – Another guy who just won’t be on my teams. Too many risks.

36. Pierre Thomas, NO – Could finish with more fantasy points than Ingram for sure.

37. Rashard Mendenhall, ARI – Most interesting RB situation to watch in camp. Mendenhall is seasoned veteran and ACL is well rested.

38. Fred Jackson, BUF – Still will have a role if healthy.

39. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN – Bernard should take over this role. BJGE will be only sort-yardage.

40. Danny Woodhead, SD – Could get substantial touches with Mathews’ struggles.

41. Daryl Richardson, StL – Watch in camp. I think Pead is the guy.

42. Mikel LeShoure, DET – Never been impressed. Bush is the guy except in short yardage.

43. Zac Stacy, StL – Jeff Fisher type back, most fit to start. Interesting situation.

44. DeAngelo Williams, CAR – No reliability in Williams. Struggled badly last year. Don’t take this guy.

45. Willis McGahee, DEN – Not sure what his role will be, but he’ll get touches if the knee is OK.

46. Ben Tate, HOU – So talented. Hard to keep him off the field.

47. Robert Turbin, SEA – Will start over Michael if Lynch is suspended or back spasms escalate.

48. Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL – Could catch a lot of passes if Jackson doesn’t play that role.

49. Rashad Jennings, OAK – Should take over at RB when McFadden misses his traditional couple of games.

50. Bernard Pierce, BAL – Another very talented back-up, but not consistent enough workload.

51. Michael Bush, CHI – Should have a role at the goal line.

52. Marcel Reece, OAK – ANother guy who is going to play a lot when McFadden misses time.

53. Andre Ellington, ARI – Should be able to beat out Stepfan Taylor, but keep an eye out.

54. Kendall Hunter, SF – Like him more than James behind Gore.

55. Shonn Greene, TEN – Could get some goal line carries, but it shouldn’t matter. He’s hard to watch.

56. Justin Forsett, JAC – Lone pure runner behind MJD.

57. Ryan Williams, ARI – Lots forgetting that Williams is still here.

58. Bryce Brown, PHI – Chip Kelly loves his RBs.

59. Mike Gillislee, MIA – Will beat out Daniel Thomas for RB2 here.

60. Ronnie Hillman, DEN – Guy to watch in Denver. Four guys could start at RB for Denver.

61. Stepfan Taylor, ARI – Last of the four running backs in AZ.

62. Knile Davis, KC – Solid rookie running back behind Charles.

63. Kerwynn Williams, IND – Can beat out Donald Brown for the RB2 job.

64. Daniel Thomas, MIA – Absolutely nothing to see here

 

Wide Receivers

1. Calvin Johnson, DET – Stafford should bounce back, and so should his touchdowns.

2. AJ Green, CIN -

3. Brandon Marshall, CHI – Gets the ball in his hands so much. Bennett and Jeffery should take attention off a bit.

4. Dez Bryant, DAL – Finally getting his act together and Romo trusts him.

5. Demaryius Thomas, DEN – Addition of Wes Welker won’t hurt his value.

6. Randall Cobb, GB – Most efficient wide receiver int he league with the best QB in the league throwing to him.

7. Julio Jones, ATL – Inconsistency is the only reason that he’s not higher.

8. Michael Crabtree, SF – Dominated with Kaepernick last season.

9. Roddy White, ATL – Solid every year. You know what you’re getting

10. Percy Harvin, SEA – High upside, but some risk involved when you’re unsure of how he’ll be used in new offense.

11. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – This team should throw a lot, and Fitz is going to be their guy.

12. Andre Johnson, HOU – Out of his prime, but still super stolid if he can stay healthy.

13. Dwanye Bowe, KC – Will be a huge part of this new offense and has all the reason in the world to put full effort into football.

14. Hakeem Nicks, NYG – Always a a risk with injury, but I can’t get over his immense talent. Much better than Cruz as a pure receiver.

15. Jordy Nelson, GB – Just like Cobb, Nelson should see more looks with Jennings gone.

16. Antonio Brown, PIT – I really like Brown as a number one guy. Solid WR2 that you can hit on as a value.

17. Vincent Jackson, TB – Inconsistency is the reason he’s so far down. Points total will be in the top 10.

18. Torrey Smith, BAL – I’ve realized that Smith and Pitta are the only guys Flacco has to throw to. Both should be immensely involved.

19. Victor Cruz, NYG – Starting to become concerned that he’ll miss training camp. That would hurt. Plus, very inconsistent.

19. Reggie Wayne, IND – As long as he is playing, he should be in the top 20.

20. Marques Colston, NO – Super solid year in and year out. You know what you’re getting.

21. Danny Amendola, NE – Running the show with Brady under center.

22. Mike Wallace, MIA – Tannhill is going to look a lot better with this guy.

23. Pierre Garcon, WAS – Garcon has top 10 upside and immense talent. Let’s hope he can stay healthy.

24. Wes Welker, DEN – Not sure how to rank Welker/Decker, but I think Welker is more talented.

25. Danario Alexander, SD – Clicked in this offense last year.

26. Steve Smith, CAR – You know what you’re getting. Slowly declining, however.

27. T.Y. Hilton, IND – Breakout rookie season, only going to improve. Heyward-Bey does not hurt his value, as the two play different roles.

28. Greg Jennings, MIN – Durability is my only concern. Should get plenty of targets

29. Jeremy Maclin, PHI – It’s yet to be confirmed or seen, but I believe Maclin will benefit more than Jackson in Kelly’s offense.

30. James Jones, GB – Touchdown machine, but can go on major droughts.

31. Steve Johnson, BUF – Still No.1 wide receiver in Buffalo, but rookies are going to threaten that position.

32. Josh Gordon, CLE – Clearly the number one guy here. No one threatening.

33. Lance Moore, NO – Solid WR4 year in and year out. You know what you’re getting.

34. Denarius Moore, OAK – Another guy who is a solid No.1, but major QB issues here.

35. Cecil Shorts III, JAC – Will take advantage of four-game suspension for Justin Blackmon

36. Chris Givens, STL – The most talented pure receiver on this team, in my opinion. Locked into WR1 spot.

37. Tavon Austin, STL – Should find himself with more receptions, but less touchdowns than Givens.

38. Mike Williams, TB – Solid, but jst a bye week filler. Not much upside, especially with VJAX there.

39. Michael Floyd, ARI – If the coaches give him a chance at WR2 (they already have), he will have a great year and has upside.

40. Miles Austin, DAL – Just hope that hamstring is healed. Going too high for me. Hasn’t produced up to his price tag in two years.

41. DeSean Jackson, PHI – Could rise if good news comes in camp.

42. Brandon LaFell, CAR – IF he can stay healthy he’s a solid option with upside.

43. Emmanuel Sanders, PIT – Still above the rookie Wheaton on my list.

44. Sidney Rice, SEA – Solid option this far down. WR1 for this team.

45. Santonio Holmes, NYJ – Old receiver, coming off Achilles, with a putrid QB situation. Not a bright outlook.

46. Kenny Britt, TEN – Justin Hunter breathing down his neck at this point.

47. Justin Blackmon, JAC – Despite the four-game suspension, he’s easily the most talented wide receiver on this team. Worth waiting for.

48. Kendall Wright, TEN – Could definitely see him being the top scoring pass-catcher for this team.

49. Jeremy Kerley, NYJ – Will be WR2 on a run-first team and a rookie quarterback.

50. Greg Little, CLE – Good word at end of year from old staff. We’ll see how he meshes with the new

51. Alshon Jeffery, CHI – Time to produce now that he’s back on his feet.

52. Cordarelle Patterson, MIN – Immense talent, but has some work to do.

53. Brian Hartline, MIA – Now a WR2 who can’t find the endzone.

54. Markus Wheaton, PIT – Expectations are set high. Wheaton could explode. He’s well liked in the draft community.

55. Anquan Boldin, SF – I’m coming around on Boldin, but still think his role will be minimal. Declining player.

56. Donnie Avery, KC – Some upside, assuming he beats out Jon Baldwin.

57. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU – Will start right away.

58. Rod Streeter, OAK – Some competition, but I think Streeter wins the WR2 job here.

59. Golden Tate, SEA – Took a leap forward last year. Rookie Chris Harper could hurt value.

60. Vincent Brown, SD – Assuming healthy is good, he should have no problem beating out Malcom Floyd in camp.

61. Mohammed Sanu, CIN – Solid young wide receivers, but Sanu is very talented. He’s the guy to beat for the WR2 spot.

62. Rueben Randle, NYG – Some are predicting a breakout year for this kid. Chip on his shoulder.

63. Ryan Broyles, DET – Coming off injury, but should beat out Burleson, as many are predicting, for the WR2 spot.

64. Josh Boyce, NE – Draft community is split between Dobson/Boyce. I’m a Boyce fan after watching extensive film on both.

65. Da’Rick Rogers, BUF – IF he can keep his head on straight, he’s going to be a hit in the NFL.

66. Darrius Heyward-Bey, IND – Deep down on the list of targets that Andrew Luck has.

67. Stephen Hill, NYJ – Some upside. Some great tools, how will NYJ use them?

68. Andre Roberts, ARI – I give him a 25% chance to beat out Floyd in camp for WR2. If he doesn’t he’ll be irrelevant.

69. Jacoby Jones, BAL – Still ahead of Aaron Mellette for the WR2 job in Baltimore, but neither should have a large role.

70. Aaron Dobson, NE – Good competition with Boyce for second outside wide receiver spot.

71. Justin Hunter, TEN – Won’t make much of an immediate impact, especially with Locker under center.

72. Domenik Hixon, CAR – If he’s healthy, he very well could beat out LaFell.

73. Brian Quick, STL – Some still see Quick as the most talented wide receiver on this roster.

74. Andrew Hawkins, CIN – Some intrigue, but a crowded wide receiver corps.

75. Aaron Mellette, BAL – Will have competition, but think he can win WR2 job by end of year.

76. Juron Criner, OAK – Liked what I saw last year.

77. Brandon Gibson, MIA – Could start as outside wide receiver.

78. Steadman Bailey, STL – Another young body in St. Louis

79. Dwayne Harris, DAL – Gotta love the dreads.

80.  Jairius Wright, MIN – Project just like Patterson.

 

Tight Ends

1. Jimmy Graham, NO – Sean Payton is back, the offense will be better than ever.

2. Jason Witten, DAL – Dez Bryant’s presence has helped Witten more than hurt his value.

3. Rob Gronkowski, NE – Not ready to draft this guy until we see what happens with the arm and back surgeries. Serious risk.

4. Aaron Hernandez, NE – Will take advantage of any time Gronk misses.

5. Tony Gonzalez, ATL – Right up there with Witten. These 2-5 are tight.

6. Dennis Pitta, BAL – Will be more solid week-to-week with Boldin now gone and no one to replace him.

7. Greg Olsen, CAR – Loss of Chud could hurt, but solid fantasy tight end.

8. Kyle Rudolph, MIN – Only going to get better

9. Martellus Bennett, CHI – Very excited about Bennett this year. Continues to grow into his position and body more and more.

10. Owen Daniels, HOU – Consistent target for Schaub when he’s on the field.

11. Robert Housler, ARI – Able to get him very late. Monster season is lurking. Very good hands and quick for his size.

12. Fred Davis, WAS – Rapport with RGIII will build, Achilles should be good to go.

13. Brandon Myers, NYG – Look for around 700 yards and eight touchdowns for Myers.

14. Dwayne Allen, IND – Had great rookie year and will continue to grow. Not a real high ceiling.

15. Jared Cook, StL – Big payday means big role in the offense. Some upside.

16. Vernon Davis, SF – Davis just doesn’t appear to be part of the 49ers’ plans.

17. Jordan Cameron, CLE – Will be a solid receiving tight end in the Browns new offense. High upside. Talented, huge body.

18. Jermichael Finley, GB – We’ll just say I have some trust issues with this guy.

19. Travis Kelce, KC – Should have a solid role as only receiving TE for KC.

20. Brandon Pettigrew, DET – Contract year. Could he finally impress us? Don’t count on it.

21. Coby Fleener, IND – Hopefully he can stay healthy this season.

22. Tyler Eifert, CIN – More valuable for fantasy than Gresham because he is a better receiver.

23. Marcedes Lewis, JAC – Expected to have bigger role in new offense.

24. Antonio Gates, SD – The third or fourth target on this team. His light is quickly burning out.

25. Dustin Keller, MIA – Solid pickup to replace Anthony Fasano.

26. Jermaine Gresham, CIN – Still could grab some touchdowns.

27. Jeff Cumberland, NYJ – Not talented, but will be the guy in New York.

28. David Ausberry, OAK – Same situation as Cumberland. Looks like Ausberry will be the guy.

29. Joel Dreessen, DEN – Could catch a couple of touchdowns.

30. Delanie Walker, TEN – Interesting to watch in preseason.

31. Chris Gragg, BUF – Possible that he could start year with starting job, and I’ve hard good things.

32. Mychal Rivera, OAK – Could have the chance to beat out Ausberry.

 

Defenses

1. Seattle Seahawks

2. San Francisco 49ers

3. Chicago Bears

4. St. Louis Rams

5. Baltimore Ravens

6. Cincinnati Bengals

7. Denver Broncos

8. Pittsburgh Steelers

9. Houston Texans

10. Cleveland Browns

11. Arizona Cardinals

12. Minnesota Vikings

13. Green Bay Packers

14. Dallas Cowboys

15. New York Jets

16. New York Giants

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18. Miami Dolphins

19. San Diego Chargers

20. New England Patriots

 

Kickers

1. Matt Bryant, ATL

2. Garrett Hartley, NO

3. Justin Tucker, BAL

4. Stephen Gostowski, NE

5. Matt Prater, DEN

6. Dan Bailey, DAL

7. Phil Dawson, SF

8. Mike Nugent, CIN

9. Sebastian Janikowski, OAK

10. Blair Walsh, MIN

11. David Akers, DET

12. Josh Brown, NYG

13. Greg Zuerlein, STL

14. Randy Bullock, HOU

15. Connor Barth, TB

16. Steven Hauschka, SEA

17. Kai Forbath, WAS

18. Mason Crosby, GB

19. Alex Henery, PHI

20. Nick Novak, SD

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