Fantasy Football 2012: Top 50 Overall Rankings
Here's a look at the LestersLegends' Top 50 overall fantasy football rankings.
1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Closed the season averaging 169.3 total yards with five TDs in his past four games. With 1,841 total yards and 12 total TDs in 13 games, he’s clearly still the top back in the game.
2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Turned in a beast of a year with 1,624 total yards and 20 TDs. I don’t see him putting up those numbers again, but he is clearly elite.
3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
2,068 total yards and 15 TDs. He’s as electric as they come.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
At times he was even better than Roddy. He should really emerge in his second season.
20. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
After 1536 yards and nine TDs there should be plenty more salsa dancing in 2012.
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.
22. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
He was a beast midseason, but slowed down the stretch. He still has big time potential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
29. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
Recorded his fourth 1200-yard season and has 29 scores over the past three years.
30. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
He’ll be 33, but he still has plenty of speed and an emerging quarterback.
32. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Had a great rookie year (1057 yards, seven TDs). Look for even more.
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.
34. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
Was limited to 13 games last year, but still caught nine TDs with 949 yards.
35. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
He’s healthy and poised to explode this year. DeSean will have bigger games, but Maclin is more consistent.
36. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
He has elite speed and is coming off his second big year. Look for more of the same.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
45. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
He’ll have to prove he can stay healthy. With Brandon Jacobs gone, Bradshaw should see his touches increase.
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.
47. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
I think Dez has surpassed him, but there is still plenty there.
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.
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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