2012 Top 200 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

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2012 Top 200 Fantasy Football Player Rankings
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Torrey Smith Could Breakout In 2012

More than a week into training camps, it’s time to take a look at a few second-year players who are benefiting from their first full offseasons. I'm sure both Torrey Smith and Stevan Ridley struggled through last summer during the league's lockout, but they have impressed in camp, thus far.

This is the type of growth you want to hear about from young players around the league at this time of year.

Has the light bulb come on? Do they understand the importance of taking care of the little details in their crafts, to be effective pros?

It’s crucial to hear positive signs in camp, not just highlight plays against vanilla defenses in preseason action.

I look to both players as potential breakout names you should consider on draft day.

 

Believe In Torrey Smith

After struggling in camp as a rookie, Torrey Smith turned it on after a dominant Week 3 performance against the Rams in which he scored three touchdowns in the first half.

I was impressed with Smith last year, as he quickly became the playmaker in the Baltimore Ravens receiving corps. I’m even more impressed after finding out that he played with a double hernia all year, one of them having multiple tears in the groin area.

One, the fact that he played through this is a little concerning, as you don’t want it to affect him for the rest of his career, but it’s a testament to his willingness to play through injury.

 

Two, if he was good enough as a rookie to go for 841 yards and seven touchdowns with this injury, what will he do in his prime?

The future is bright for Smith.

At some point, I will have to go back and watch the film to see if defenses were treating him or or Anquan Boldin like the No.1 receiver down the stretch. Boldin is clearly a different player than he once was, so it will be interesting to see how defenses attack this team.

Smith is a receiver who can tilt coverage, and if he can continue to develop as a route-runner, his 2012 season could be WR1 worthy.

Smith's upside as a deep threat and the real No. 1 receiver in the offense could move him up the boards fast. I also like that Smith has focused on his intermediate and underneath route-running in camp, and it appears that he's impressed.

Current ADP trends, according to FantasyFootballCalculator.com, have him landing as the 28th receiver (8.02 in 10-team leagues) off the board.

Consider that a steal.

 

Ridley Has RB2 Upside

Stevan Ridley showed us that he has what it takes to be a starting tailback in this league. He is a strong runner who seems to do a good job of taking what he can get from defenses and finishing runs off.

With the physical tools to be a good pass-blocker, it only makes sense that Ridley can fill in the void left in New England by BenJarvus Green-Ellis' departure.

Because he plays for the Patriots, you can count on Ridley losing time to Danny Woodhead in passing situations, and fellow second-year tailback Shane Vereen will get snaps, as well.

 

Value Ridley no higher than a RB3 even as a starter, but if his role should expand consistently into that of a 17-to-20-carry-a-week player, he would easily develop into a solid RB2. It really depends on how Vereen develops and if Ridley can control his fumbling issues from last year.

Patriots beat writers are praising Ridley for his work almost daily. Ridley seems to have a strong hold as the early-down back and goal-line bruiser.

1

Arian Foster

RB

2

LeSean McCoy

RB

3

Ray Rice

RB

4

Ryan Mathews

RB

5

Calvin Johnson

WR

6

Aaron Rodgers

QB

7

Tom Brady

QB

8

Jimmy Graham

TE

9

Rob Gronkowski

TE

10

Darren McFadden

RB

11

DeMarco Murray

RB

12

Chris Johnson

RB

13

Drew Brees

QB

14

Matthew Stafford

QB

15

Maurice Jones-Drew

RB

16

Cam Newton

QB

17

Trent Richardson

RB

18

Matt Forte

RB

19

Steven Jackson

RB

20

Andre Johnson

WR

21

Jamaal Charles

RB

22

Greg Jennings

WR

23

A.J. Green

WR

24

Doug Martin

RB

25

Marshawn Lynch

RB

26

Larry Fitzgerald

WR

27

Ahmad Bradshaw

RB

28

Victor Cruz

WR

29

Julio Jones

WR

30

Brandon Marshall

WR

31

Jordy Nelson

WR

32

Steve Smith

WR

33

Roddy White

WR

34

Wes Welker

WR

35

Demaryius Thomas

WR

36

Antonio Gates

TE

37

Fred Jackson

RB

38

Brandon Lloyd

WR

39

Eric Decker

WR

40

Miles Austin

WR

41

Antonio Brown

WR

42

Jeremy Maclin

WR

43

Dez Bryant

WR

44

Adrian Peterson

RB

45

Darren Sproles

RB

46

Mike Wallace

WR

47

Michael Turner

RB

48

Michael Vick

QB

49

Isaac Redman

RB

50

Shonn Greene

RB

51

Frank Gore

RB

52

Percy Harvin

WR

53

Philip Rivers

QB

54

Marques Colston

WR

55

Dwayne Bowe

WR

56

Hakeem Nicks

WR

57

Eli Manning

QB

58

Stevan Ridley

RB

59

Vernon Davis

TE

60

Roy Helu

RB

61

Aaron Hernandez

TE

62

Tony Romo

QB

63

Stevie Johnson

WR

64

DeSean Jackson

WR

65

Vincent Jackson

WR

66

Jermichael Finley

TE

67

Matt Ryan

QB

68

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

RB

69

Peyton Hillis

RB

70

Denarius Moore

WR

71

Willis McGahee

RB

72

Reggie Bush

RB

73

Jason Witten

TE

74

Torrey Smith

WR

75

Reggie Wayne

WR

76

Ryan Williams

RB

77

Fred Davis

TE

78

Pierre Garcon

WR

79

Robert Griffin III

QB

80

Mark Ingram

RB

81

Greg Little

WR

82

Brandon Pettigrew

TE

83

Randy Moss

WR

84

Jay Cutler

QB

85

Kevin Smith

RB

86

Malcom Floyd

WR

87

Darrius Heyward-Bey

WR

88

Beanie Wells

RB

89

Mike Williams (TB)

WR

90

Jacob Tamme

TE

91

Kenny Britt

WR

92

Peyton Manning

QB

93

James Starks

RB

94

DeAngelo Williams

RB

95

Robert Meachem

WR

96

Ben Roethlisberger

QB

97

Ben Tate

RB

98

Mikel Leshoure

RB

99

Titus Young

WR

100

Laurent Robinson

WR

101

Doug Baldwin

WR

102

Kyle Rudolph

TE

103

Michael Crabtree

WR

104

Sidney Rice

WR

105

Nate Washington

WR

106

Kendall Wright

WR

107

Ronnie Hillman

RB

108

Jake Locker

QB

109

Carson Palmer

QB

110

C.J. Spiller

RB

111

Jonathan Stewart

RB

112

Rashad Jennings

RB

113

Jacquizz Rodgers

RB

114

Santonio Holmes

WR

115

Donald Brown

RB

116

David Wilson

RB

117

Randall Cobb

WR

118

Jonathan Baldwin

WR

119

Delone Carter

RB

120

Lance Moore

WR

121

Austin Collie

WR

122

Toby Gerhart

RB

123

Kendall Hunter

RB

124

Brandon LaFell

WR

125

Rueben Randle

WR

126

Emmanuel Sanders

WR

127

Jared Cook

TE

128

Jonathan Dwyer

RB

129

Anquan Boldin

WR

130

Evan Royster

RB

131

Alex Green

RB

132

Andy Dalton

QB

133

Alshon Jeffery

WR

134

Shane Vereen

RB

135

Bernard Scott

RB

136

Santana Moss

WR

137

Earl Bennett

WR

138

Michael Bush

RB

139

Andrew Luck

QB

140

Davone Bess

WR

141

Tim Hightower

RB

142

Jermaine Gresham

TE

143

Danny Amendola

WR

144

Isaiah Pead

RB

145

Coby Fleener

TE

146

Daniel Thomas

RB

147

Christian Ponder

QB

148

LeGarrette Blount

RB

149

Lestar Jean

WR

150

Brian Quick

WR

151

Tony Gonzalez

TE

152

Justin Blackmon

WR

153

Lamar Miller

RB

154

Josh Freeman

QB

155

Lestar Jean

WR

156

Brian Quick

WR

157

Brent Celek

TE

158

Felix Jones

RB

159

Steve Smith, Stl

WR

160

Leon Washington

RB

161

Bernard Pierce

RB

162

Robert Turbin

RB

163

James Jones

WR

164

Owen Daniels

TE

165

Nate Burleson

WR

166

Leonard Hankerson

WR

167

Greg Salas

WR

168

Golden Tate

WR

169

Ronnie Brown

RB

170

Kellen Davis

TE

171

Dexter McCluster

RB

172

Alex Smith

QB

173

Donald Jones

WR

174

Bilal Powell

RB

175

Terrance Ganaway

RB

176

Armon Binns

WR

177

Mario Manningham

WR

178

Mike Tolbert

RB

179

Ryan Fitzpatrick

QB

180

Jerome Simpson

WR

181

Jacoby Ford

WR

182

Michael Floyd

WR

183

Juron Criner

WR

184

Steve Breaston

WR

185

Tim Tebow

QB

186

Javon Ringer

RB

187

Joe Flacco

QB

188

Kellen Winslow

TE

189

Ryan Broyles

WR

190

David Nelson

WR

191

Ed Dickson

TE

192

LaMichael James

RB

193

Matt Schaub

QB

194

Josh Morgan

WR

195

Mohamed Sanu

WR

196

Tony Moeaki

TE

197

Chad Johnson

WR

198

Sam Bradford

QB

199

John Skelton

QB

200

Brandon Jacobs

RB

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