Here’s an updated look at my top 60 fantasy WR rankings.

 

 

Also check out:
2010 Top 30 Fantasy QB Rankings
- 2010 Top 50 Fantasy RB Rankings
2010 Top 25 Fantasy TE Rankings
2010 Top 15 Fantasy K Rankings
2010 Top 25 Team Defense Rankings
- 2010 Top 25 Fantasy IDP Rankings

 

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Happy Birthday Sean!

 

 

Here’s a look at my top 50 fantasy RB rankings. Click here for my updated 2010 RB rankings that reflect Knowshon Moreno’s injury.

 

 

Also check out:
2010 Top 30 Fantasy QB Rankings
- 2010 Top 60 Fantasy WR Rankings
2010 Top 25 TE Rankings
2010 Top 25 Fantasy IDP Rankings

 

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***CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED 2010 QB Rankings***

 

Happy 6th Birthday Heath!!!

 

 

Here’s an updated look at my top 30 fantasy QB rankings.

 

 

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Also check out:
2010 Top 50 Fantasy RB Rankings
2010 Top 60 Fantasy WR Rankings
2010 Top 25 Fantasy TE Rankings
2010 Top 15 Fantasy K Rankings
- 2010 Top 25 Team Defense Rankings
- 2010 Top 25 Fantasy IDP Rankings

As the 2010 fantasy football season approaches the Fantasy Football Librarian is taking a look back to see how accurate various fantasy football experts were last season. I’m happy to report that Lester’s Legends received a strong ranking in the wide receiver category. Click here to see how we stacked up here.

Now that we’ve had time to digest the 2010 NFL Draft, it’s time to start thinking of the incoming class in terms of fantasy value. I’ll start by ranking the rookie running backs.


1. Ryan Matthews, San Diego Chargers

Matthews wasn’t the first RB to come off the board, but he found the best home. Norv Turne has already stated that he wants to get Matthews plenty of touches both on the ground and through the air. He’s the feature back in a high-powered offense. He has the size that should get him the red zone carries. He has little competition as Darren Sproles is a change of pace back and third down specialist.


2. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

He was the first RB selected and the #2 fantasy prospect for 2010. He is lightning quick with the ability to score any time he touches the ball. Speed backs like Chris Johnson and Jamaal Charles excelled last year with similar skill sets. Competition in the form of Fred Jackson prevents Spiller for being the top rookie prospect. He could actually slide a notch if it looks like it’s going to be a 50-50 split with Jackson.


3. Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions

Best should get plenty of opportunities with the Lions as Kevin Smith recovers from his ACL injury. Best has injury concerns of his own, but possesses a great deal of talent. The Lions have done an outstanding job rebuilding their team. While they aren’t likely to be playoff contenders, they should be more competitive in 2010 meaning a more balanced offensive attack. Best stands to receive the lion’s share (pun intended) of the carries.


4. Ben Tate, Houston Texans

The Texans would have loved to land Matthews, but Tate is a great consolation prize. Not only do he have great speed and size, but he has experience with zone blocking schemes which the Texans use.


5. Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings

I am convinced that the Vikings will rely on the run more in 2010. Adrian Peterson won’t be the only Viking RB to have fantasy relevance. With Chester Taylor in Chicago, Gerhart has an excellent chance of filling his role. If Adrian Peterson’s fumbling woes continue, Gerhart could steal even more carries.

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The Santonio Holmes and Brandon Marshall trades shook things up. Here’s my second look at the early WR rankings.

1. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
AJ is just a beast. As long as Schaub stays healthy, Johnson should put up monster numbers.

2. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Last year Fitz and AJ were like 1 & 1A. This year, with Kurt Warner’s retirement, there is a definite gap. I can see Fitz below #2 even.

3. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
Physical WR like T.O. without the headaches.

4. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
The youngsters  could cut into Wayne’s production, but Manning isn’t afraid to play favorites.

5.  DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
So he has a new QB. I am not worried. Jackson is lightning quick. He can score any time he touches the ball.

6. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford should be better in 2010, making Megatron a safe bet to improve on 2009′s disappointing numbers.

7.  Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings
Even if Favre returns, which I assume, Rice has a lot of competition for the ball. Plus, I expect more running from the Vikings in 2010.

8.  Randy Moss, New England Patriots
The Patriots will have to find ways to draw attention away from Moss. His ability to find the end zone keeps him a top ten WR.

9.  Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins
Marshall lands with Miami and a QB with a big arm. They do favor the run, but his talent keeps him in the top ten.

10.  Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White doesn’t get the praise some of his WR counterparts get, but he’s a highly productive WR.

11.  Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints 
He also has a lot of competition for the ball. Fortunately Brees still favors Colston.

12.  Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Jennings is another guy with competition for the ball. He remains a nice WR1 though.

13.  Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Boldin becomes his team’s primary receiver for the first time in years. Look for Flacco to get the ball to him plenty.

14. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Carolina’s Steve Smith makes an excellent WR2. He can actually put up WR1 numbers now that Delhomme is gone.

15.  Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers
I’d have V-Jax higher, but a likely suspension (DUI) is going to take away some of his production.

16. Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals
Antonio Bryant’s arrival should actually help free up the WR formerly known as Ochocinco.

17.  Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Santonio’s departure should give Ward a bump in value.

18.  Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Considering what he missed last year, Crabtree had a strong showing. Look for vast improvement in 2010.

19.  Steve Smith, New York Giants
He goes back to being the other Steve Smith this year, but remains a quality WR2.

20.  Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars
He played well at times last year. With more consistency he’ll become a solid WR2.

21. Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers
Age is nothing but a number for Driver.

22. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
If he can get the migraines in check, he could move up thanks to his versatility.

23.  Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints
Meachem made strides in 2009. Look for more improvement now that he’s figured things out.

24.  Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
The youth movement is underway in Philly. Maclin has the ability to be a nice WR3 if Kolb holds his own.

25.  Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers
He has plenty of ability, but lacks in judgement. He was suspended for the first four games of the year. Going to a more run-oriented system and a inferior QB has Holmes in danger of falling out of the top 25.

The McNabb trade shakes up the rankings a bit.

1. Aaron Rodgers – Does damage with both his arm and his feet, which gives him a leg up on his competition.

2. Drew Brees – Year after year he puts up gaudy numbers.

3. Peyton Manning – You’d think he’d slow down at some point, but that hasn’t been the case.

4. Philip Rivers – Now that LT is gone, there’s no question they are a pass-first team.

5. Tom Brady – Another year removed from the knee injury.

6. Tony Romo – He’s averaged 29 TDs over the past three years.

7. Matt Schaub – Injury concerns keep him from being any higher. When he is healthy, look out.

8. Brett Favre – The grandpa still has game…if he chooses to come back.

9. Matt Ryan – Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez give him a nice 1-2 punch.


10. Kevin Kolb – I know he’s unproven, but he’s accurate and has good, young weapons.


11. Donovan McNabb – He doesn’t have the weapons in Washington, but he always seems to find a way to make it work.

12. Joe Flacco – With Anquan Boldin added to his arsenal, Flacco should be a legitimate QB1.

13. Ben Roethlisberger – If he can avoid jail time (and a suspension) he’ll likely move up. That risk keeps him out of the top 12.

14. Eli Manning – I think they’ll run more than last year, but Eli should still have a solid year with his weapons. Amazing the difference a year makes.

15. Alex Smith – Michael Crabtree should only be better. Plus, Vernon Davis is a beast.

16. Carson Palmer – Antonio Bryant and Chad Johnson form a nice duo. He’s be higher if he didn’t have to face Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice.

17. Jay Cutler – They haven’t added him any pieces, but Cutler still has the ability to put up big numbers on occasion.

18. Matt Leinart – This is his last chance to make something for himself. Money will motivate.

19. Vince Young – More of a winner than a fantasy QB. He’ll have his moments.

20. Chad Henne – I had Orton here, but with Brandon Marshall comes a promotion for Henne into the top 20.

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We’ve had some player movement that shook up my initial rankings. Here’s my second look at early 2010 fantasy football Running Back rankings.

1.  Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
They said Peterson would have a hard time staying healthy. He has. They said he couldn’t catch the ball out of the backfield. He more than doubled his reception total last year with 43. They say he fumbles too much. Adrian Peterson is a tireless worker. Look for him to improve his ball security in 2010.

2.  Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
The dude is a complete beast. I think he’ll get less work in 2010, which is why I have him pegged as the #2 fantasy RB. I just imagine that teams will have a better answer for him next year.

3.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
If you speak fantasian, you already know that MJD stands for PPR stud. He’s a total yardage, reception, and TD machine. He has the quickness to run by you and the power to run over you. Catch him if you can.

4.  Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
If MJD stands for PPR stud, Michael Turner stands for Man of the End Zone. Even injuries couldn’t keep Burner from reaching double-digits in TDs. If he can remain healthy, he’ll dominate once again.

5.  Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
I just love watching Rice play. He’s so quick that sometimes I throw my TiVo in slow motion so I can watch his wiggle. I can’t fathom how people even tackle him.

6.  Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
If the Niners draft C.J. Spiller I may have to bump him down a notch or two. Either way, I’d love to have him as my RB1.

7.  Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
Jackson could get some help as the Rams appear to be zeroed in on Sam Bradford. He’ll experience some growing pains, but Jackson will help the cause. He’ll be leaned on heavily.

8.  Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers
Grant slips under the radar because of Aaron Rodgers, but he’s a very capable RB. Back-to-back 1200+ yard seasons and a return to the end zone (11 TDs) have me optimistic for 2010.

9.  Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers
My first change. I moved Mendenhall up a notch. I think the Steelers will improve their offensive line, which should allow them to be less reliant on the pass.

10.  Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals
Benson clearly has made the most of his second chance. He runs with so much determination, I can’t help but pull for him. Antonio Bryant was brought in to help the passing game, which should open things up for Benson.
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It’s never too early to look at next year. Here’s a look at early 2010 fantasy football Tight End rankings.


1.  Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts

Clark’s speed, size, and route-running make him a complete mismatch every game.

2.  Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
He keeps putting up monster numbers year in and year out.

3.  Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Finally reached his potential.

4.  Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
He’ll need to get in the end zone more to remain a top TE.

5.  Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
You knew he was good, but showed his toughness playing through a thumb injury.

6.  Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Speed and size that makes him tough to handle.


7.  Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Not the Gonzo of old, but still pretty darn good.

8.  Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Assuming he’s recovered from his knee injury, Daniels should have another fine season. He was leading all TE’s in fantasy points before the injury.

9. Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings
He’s a tough cover in the red zone with their assortment of weapons..

10. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Maybe the most complete Tight End in the league.

11. Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rebounded nicely in Tampa.

12. Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears
Still one of the Bears best options on offense. Look for more in 2010

13. John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks
Another fine season for Carlson.

14. Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders
Assuming the JaMarcus Russell fiasco has ended, Miller is a nice option going forward.

15.  Dustin Keller, New York Jets
Keller really gelled with Sanchez during the playoffs.

Also check out:

Early 2010 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
Early 2010 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

Early 2010 Fantasy Football WR Rankings

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Here’s a breakdown of playoff fantasy rankings for Super Bowl XLIV.

Quarterbacks
1. Peyton Manning
2. Drew Brees

Running Backs
1. Pierre Thomas
2. Joseph Addai
3. Donald Brown
4. Reggie Bush

Wide Receivers
1. Reggie Wayne
2. Marques Colston
3. Austin Collie
4. Pierre Garcon
5. Devery Henderson
6. Robert Meachem

Tight Ends
1. Dallas Clark
2. Jeremy Shockey
3. David Thomas

Kickers
1. Matt Stover
2. Garrett Hartley

Defenses
1. Indianapolis Colts
2. New Orleans Saints


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