2012 Fantasy Football Top 50 Overall Rankings

Aug 8, 2012

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1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Closed the season averaging 169.3 total yards with five TDs in his past four games. With 1841 total yards and 12 total TDs in 13 games, he’s clearly still the top back in the game.
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2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Turned in a beast of a year with 1624 total yards and 20 TDs. I don’t see him putting up those numbers again, but he is clearly elite.
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3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
2068 total yards and 15 TDs. He’s as electric as they come.
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4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron was an absolute beast last year with 96 catches for 1681 yards and 16 scores. He’s number one WR and it’s not really close.
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5. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
1327 yards and 17 TDs (plus a rushing score). Gronk is ridiculous. He got paid, but I don’t think that will slow him.
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6. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
I had him ranked the number one QB last year. 4643 passing yards, 257 rushing yards, 48 total TDs (45 passing), six INTs later I haven’t changed my opinion.
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7. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
He definitely wasn’t his normal self last year, and I don’t expect him to return to the 2009 level, but 1800 total yards and double-digit touchdowns wouldn’t be a stretch.
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8. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Knee seems to be checking out. The dude is unreal. You know his resume. If he’s good to go, he’s really good.
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9. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
What knee injury? All Welker did last year was catch 122 passes for 1569 yards and nine TDs. With Gronk and Aaron Hernandez it is hard to key in on Welker. Not to mention the addition of Brandon Lloyd.
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10. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
When he’s healthy he does it all. Michael Bush will cut into his value, but it should also keep him fresh.
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11. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Victor Cruz put up better numbers last year, but Nicks was a force as well with 1192 yards and seven TDs.
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12. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd should relieve some of the attention on Fitz, who had his fourth 1400-yard season.
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13. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
The team is in a crap storm right now, and he will miss Sean Payton, but Brees shattered the passing record last year with 5476 yards and 46 TDs.
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14. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
I foolishly thought the because he had some monster games along with some stinkers that he wasn’t a top five fantasy QB last year. I won’t make that mistake again. Adding Brandon Lloyd to Gronk, Welker, and Hernandez makes him even more dangerous.
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15. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
They added Mike Tolbert, which could cut into the 14 TDs he ran for last year. Still with 4051 passing yards, 21 passing scores, and 706 rushing yards it’s hard not to imagine another monster fantasy year from Cam.
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16. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Had 1546 total yards in 14 games. With Mike Tolbert in Carolina, look for a surge in TDs and a serious breakout for Mathews. Assuming he can stay healthy of course. His injury came at a good time, so his value didn’t go down that much. His health is a serious concern though.
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17. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Beast mode was back in a big way. It seems like he’s been in the league forever, but he’ll turn just 26 later this month.
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18. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Year in and year out he continues to produce. Led NFL last year with 1606 yards (1980 total). He also scored 11 touchdowns. Contract worries me though so he could slide.
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19. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
At times he was even better than Roddy. He should really emerge in his second season.
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20. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
After 1536 yards and nine TDs there should be plenty more salsa dancing in 2012.
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21. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
He makes me nervous because he couldn’t get healthy last year. He finished strong though and should bounce back this.
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22. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
He was a beast midseason, but slowed down the stretch. He still has big time potential.
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23. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
He could put up monster numbers with Michael Bush gone, but he’ll have to stay on the field.
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24. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Peyton Hillis will get the tough yards, but Charles should still get a ton of carries between the 20s.
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25. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
The Browns have a solid offensive line and they will lean heavily on Richardson,who is one of the top running back prospects to come into the league in years.
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26. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Hard to argue with 1310 yards and 11 TDs. He’s become Drew Brees’ favorite target, which is always a good thing.
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27. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
He has sneaky quickness and a great rapport with the best QB in the game. Scored 15 times last year.
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28. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Mr. Underappreciated. Coming off a pretty serious injury, plus C.J. Spiller threatens his value. Still can’t count him out.
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29. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Recorded his fourth 1200-yard season and has 29 scores over the past three years.
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30. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
He’ll be 33, but he still has plenty of speed and an emerging quarterback.
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31. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Assuming he stays out of trouble he should build on the 1214 yard, six TD season as he’s reunited with Jay Cutler.
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32. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Had a great rookie year (1057 yards, seven TDs). Look for even more.
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33. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
Continues to put up big numbers. Many thought he’d slide last year and he had 1508 total yards and 11 TDs.
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34. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Was limited to 13 games last year, but still caught nine TDs with 949 yards.
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35. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
He’s healthy and poised to explode this year. DeSean will have bigger games, but Maclin is more consistent.
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36. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
He has elite speed and is coming off his second big year. Look for more of the same.
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37. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Continues to produce 1000-yard seasons. He’s averaging 1040 yards and eight TDs per year in his six seasons.
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38. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Am I giving him too much credit? Hard to say that when you have the game’s most dominating receiver. Not to mention coming off a 5038 yard, 41 TD season.
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39. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
He’s still the lead back, and while Brandon Jacobs’ arrival could take some TDs away, it will also keep him fresh.
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40. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
There is a lot of mileage on the tires, but he can still get it done. He had 1478 total yards last year.
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41. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
Played with a ridiculous bad cast of QBs in his time with Denver and St. Louis last year. Brady should help him improve on the 966 yards and five scores.
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42. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikes will have to figure out a better way to use Percy and Adrian Peterson at the same time. He was dominant at times, and should continue to be productive both running and catching the football.
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43. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
928 yards and nine TDs last year with plenty of room to grow. Will have to stay healthy to join the elite. His behavior keeps him from being a WR1.
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44. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
Am I “all in” with Reggie? Not exactly. I did think he’d have a nice run in Miami and he didn’t disappoint. He was more of a running back than I imagined and less of a receiver. I think he can be even more productive when Miami utilizes him better in the passing game.
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45. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
He’ll have to prove he can stay healthy. With Brandon Jacobs gone, Bradshaw should see his touches.
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46. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne will take on the role of Andrew Luck’s security blanket. The Colts still figure to be behind most of the time and forced to throw a bunch.
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47. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
I think Dez has surpassed him, but there is still plenty there.
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48. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Coming off a disappointing season (961 yards, four TDs). He’ll be hit or miss, but he should be much better in 2012.
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49. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
He isn’t in as fantasy-friendly a situation, and you’ll have to worry that he won’t be as motivated after getting paid. Still, he’s got a great speed-size combo and should remain a difficult cover.
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50. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
He showed signs last year with Tim Tebow under center. With the Manning upgrade he could be primed to take the next step.
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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. kim
    August 8th, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    thanks. this is much appreciated.
    question:i’m doing a keeper league this year. we saw the monster fanstasy numbers cam newton and tebow put up last year, and i’m expecting something similar from RG3…which round of a standard draft do you think is a good time to take a chance on mr. griffin?

  2. Lance
    August 10th, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    Hey Mr. Lester! Nice to have the NFL BACK!!! Was wondering if it is a reach to take GRONK or JIMMY GRAHAM in the 2nd ROUND? I know its uncoventional but I am actually seeing a lot of ppl do it? Is it a good strategy TEs that are catching more TEs than your WIDEOUTS? And producing more fantasy pts than RB, WR, etc,.. And wanted to get your take on ROOKIE RBs, and WRs and TEs to watch outfor as gems in late rounds? Thanks!!MUCH

  3. LestersLegends
    August 10th, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Kim – I would say 7th or 8th
    Lance – I don’t think that’a a bad plan with those two. They get a ton of catches, yards, and red zone looks. Not rookies but Hardesty and jacquizz rodgers could be nice picks. rookies i like wilson (NYG) and pead. Kendall wright, sanu, and jeffrey at wr, probably just fleener at TE

  4. Lance
    August 14th, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Follow up questions Mr. Lester on TEs.. I am seeing it in mock drafts Gronk nd Graham gone in 2nd and early 3rd rounds.. But, i dont know how i can justify it with 3 WRs to fill and 2 RBs to fill.. and roster only needs 1 TE… And if you were to ask me do I think the both of them will have stellar seasons and better than last, I would say NO.? Knowing that you have to fill 3 Wrs and 2 RBs.. and knowing WRs are deep, is it worth risk reward to pick a GRONK/Graham 2nd/3rd round i looked the pt differentials between the two TEs and the WRs and they are pretty significant after MEgatron.. So, i guess I am playing devil;s advocate saying that there are multiple other positions to fill, is it worth the risk/reward this season.. I see BRady having more weapons with some new additions, and Brees having less with Meachem gone and Ingram nicked up. etc…It;s make or break! or go for BROke!!

  5. LestersLegends
    August 15th, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Those two put up ridiculous numbers last year. I don’t think that trend is going away. They are too big for CBs and S and too quick for LBs. Even if they regress, they should still have great seasons.

  6. Lance
    August 30th, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    I have Matt Ryan, Jordy Nelson, NIcks, Bowe and my RBs are SHonne Greene, Ahmad BRadshaw, Tate, Dwyer, etc,. Finley is my TE.. I was offered Demarco Murray straight up for Jordy Nelson… Thoughts? I feared Murray becuase of the O-line and WItten not back yet? THoughts? Standard league.

  7. LestersLegends
    August 30th, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    I would entertain that because he would give you some stability at RB. Greene is a dog. If you have a solid WR to slide in, you’d be good.

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