Fantasy Football 2012: Ranking the Top Non-QBs for Next Year's Draft

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Fantasy Football 2012: Ranking the Top Non-QBs for Next Year's Draft
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Vincent Jackson is screaming because he just missed the cut for the top 32 2012 fantasy players

If you want a break from Super Bowl XLVI, or college signings, or even the 2012 draft, then take a gander at this article, which really does matter: fantasy football and the top picks in your 2012 fantasy draft.

Sure, it's almost seven months away, but why on Earth are you going to wait till the week before the game to draft?  Oh, that's right—you want to wait till you know who is playing where and how the injured players have healed.

That's certainly a good strategy, and I commend you for it.  If you're like me, then you also put it off so long just so you can read every single fantasy football article possible before you draft.  Then you can impress everyone by nabbing Jamaal Charles early and then watching him immediately end his season (and most likely yours as well).

Well, here's a primer from Uncle Eric to get you started on your path to your 2012 fantasy football championship.

This is a non-QB issue, so I'm giving you the top running backs, wide receivers and sweetening up the pot with a tight end or two (gee, I wonder who the No. 1 tight end will be).

If you're a FF geek—and there's a good chance you are if you are reading a FF article in early February—then please allow me to explain my rankings.

I looked at the top 50 scorers in non-PPR leagues for the last three years.  I combined the standard fantasy points for each year a player was in the top 50, then I calculated the average of each deserving player's points divided by the number of years in which the player was a top 50 scorer.

Are you confused?  Good.  

A prime example is Andre Johnson, WR for the Houston Texans.  He has played the last three years, but he missed too many games in 2011 to be a top 50 scorer overall.  Therefore, I calculated his average score from the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

I then ranked the players by the average of their score.  Some players, like Adrian Peterson, have dropped on my board because I don't know if or when he'll start playing again.  Other players like A.J. Green, WR for the Cincinnati Bengals, made the cut even though his point total didn't rank in the top 32.  He's a beast (in a good way) and will be even better next year.

Again, this is a non-QB list that I narrowed down to the top 32 players for 2012.

Feel free to let me know how stupid I am.

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