Fantasy Football Draft 2012: Ranking This Year's 10 Best Players

Joseph Bisaccia@@JosephBisacciaCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

Fantasy Football Draft 2012: Ranking This Year's 10 Best Players

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    The 2012 Fantasy Football season is right around the corner. Meanwhile, team owners are constantly trying to gain the upper hand in order to win their league championship.

    This is a quick look at some of the potential highest-scoring players in the upcoming season.

    Make no mistake: This is not a mock draft. These players listed are not necessarily going to be selected in the ranking that they have. This is merely a gauge as to where these players might finish in overall scoring by the end of the season.

    Here are my top 10 fantasy players of 2012. Enjoy!

10. Rob Gronkowski

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    At No. 10, Rob Gronkowski makes an unprecedented appearance. It may seem strange, but "Gronk" is really that good.

    He ended up finishing as the fourteenth highest scorer in my league last season, which is absolutely incredible considering he's a tight end.

    He also was a member of my team, which suffered significant injuries in the second half of the season to Michael Vick and Darren McFadden.

    Gronkowski single-handedly carried my team to the playoffs. It's possible that "Gronk" still hasn't even reached his ceiling yet.

    He's entering his third year in the league and has Tom Brady throwing him the football. Need I say more?

9. Roddy White

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    At No. 9, Roddy White makes the cut. He has been the picture of consistency in fantasy football over the last four years.

    It is possible that the emergence of Julio Jones will cut down White's production to an extent, but this guy is still a very talented receiver.

    The Falcons have a very good quarterback in Matt Ryan and a good offense. It should be expected that White continues his model of success in 2012.

8. Tom Brady

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    Tom Brady might actually still be getting better. Other than Peyton Manning during his days in Indianapolis, there has never been a quarterback with a better command of his offense.

    Brady protected one of the NFL's worst defenses and took them to the Super Bowl.

    The defense should be improved, which could be a scary proposition for those playing the Patriots in 2012. Brady and his offense may actually possess the football more frequently.

    Brady should definitely pass for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. He will be among the highest scoring quarterbacks in fantasy football 2012.

7. Calvin Johnson

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    Calvin Johnson didn't get a nickname like "Megatron" for nothing. He might be the most physically gifted receiver in the history of the NFL.

    The Lions offense is extremely explosive and should be even better. Matthew Stafford has a full year of experience under his belt while the Lions will also return running back Mikel Leshoure to the backfield.

    Johnson finished tenth in my league in scoring in the 2011 season. It's not inconceivable that he could finish around the same area this season.

6. Drew Brees

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    Drew Brees gained a lot of leverage in his contract negotiations, which has fantasy football players very happy. He runs one of the most explosive offenses the NFL has ever seen.

    It's true that the Saints will be without their head coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season. Luckily, Drew Brees is pretty much a coach on the field.

    The Saints defense will likely be more affected by the "bounty" penalties than their offense. Brees should be able to be an extremely effective fantasy quarterback in 2012.

5. Maurice Jones-Drew

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    Maurice Jones-Drew is the best playmaker on a very, very poor offense. He has a young, inexperienced quarterback in Blaine Gabbert and a rookie receiver in Justin Blackmon. 

    Every year, teams try to stack the box on "Mojo" but it's no use. He may be the strongest back in the NFL.

    His size may actually work to his advantage, making it very hard for teams to bring him down. He is also a duel-threat in both rushing and receiving.

    Jones-Drew was the fourth highest scoring back in my league last season. He will likely be somewhere in that area in 2012.

4. Aaron Rodgers

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    Aaron Rodgers may have had the greatest statistical season for a quarterback in NFL history in 2011. He is returning virtually his entire offense and there is no reason to think he will be slowing any time soon.

    The former Super Bowl MVP finished second in Yahoo! fantasy football (standard scoring)—second to only Drew Brees.

    This Packers team is going to be very good for a long time. Rodgers will be at the helm again in 2012 and he should be the first quarterback taken in most leagues.

3. Arian Foster

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    Arian Foster is a gifted football player. He missed three games due to injury in 2011, but still managed to rush for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    The Texans have a very good football team all-around. Foster will be a very important piece to their puzzle on offense.

    He won't be holding out for a new contract this offseason, so he shouldn't be expected to have any nagging hamstring problems heading into the season. Foster should have another big season and be one of the top backs in all fantasy leagues. 

2. Ray Rice

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    Ray Rice is the ultimate fantasy back. He can catch, run and block. He was the top scoring back in my league last season and finished at seventh overall.

    The Ravens offense should be better this season, too. Torrey Smith should make their offense even more explosive in his second year.

    The only reason Rice isn't ranked No. 1 is due to his contract situation. He could be a training camp holdout which never bodes well for fantasy owners. These players typically try to rush things once they return and often pull a hamstring.

1. LeSean McCoy

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    LeSean McCoy took the NFL by storm last season. In his third season, he became one of the most complete backs in the NFL.

    He finished thirteenth in my league in scoring and he has yet to reach his full potential. He had 48 receptions last season which is a huge plus for those in PPR leagues.

    He finished with 20 touchdowns overall and could definitely improve upon his numbers from last season. If Michael Vick stays healthy, the entire Eagles' offense will play better.