Top 50: 2012 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings, 10-Team Standard Leagues

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Top 50: 2012 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings, 10-Team Standard Leagues
Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Let's hope Adrian isn't chillin' on the sidelines too long.

In a 10-team standard scoring league, you will have 50 players come off the board five rounds through the draft. Maybe you won’t miss the playoffs should you miss step in these round, but you better find some sleepers late in your draft, as well as some waiver gems.

Even with that it’s likely you will struggle early in the season because of the investment you have in your top five transactions. That is to say, a fantasy owner will tend to start his top-five picks through the first month of the season, even if they’ve had a few bad games.

With this in mind, I wanted to go over one running back I find troubling according to recent ADP trends, from Fantasy Football Calculator.

 

Adrian Peterson Still Working His Way Back from Injury

Peterson was activated from the PUP a couple of weeks ago, but don’t get this twisted to believe that he will be back to his pre-injury form any time soon. The Vikings star tailback will miss out on preseason action.

On the positive side, coaching staff is expected to up his participation in practice to actually partaking in contact drills.

A good sign for sure and while I’m optimistic Peterson will return to a RB1 value by mid-season, I question if he is worth using in 10-team leagues starting lineups, until sometime in October?

No one can say with certainty what Peterson’s role will be in the Vikings offense early on, but wouldn’t you agree the franchise would be wise to ease him back into action?

I mean, if you signed a running back last September for $100 million and he shattered his knee in December, you probably wouldn’t want him to come back early and hurt himself again, would you?

It only makes sense to use Toby Gerhart more in the early going, as the Vikings are going to finish dead last in one of the league's more difficult divisions.

With this in mind, I can’t help but recommend fantasy owners avoid Peterson until around the fifth round. If that means you pass on him this year, by all means do so.

If you have him on your roster, it means taking him with one of the top-20 picks in your draft. You will want to start him as soon as he finds the field, but if he starts out slow then it could easily cost you wins.

This would lead to a frustrating situation and uncertainty as to when you will ever see the true All Day stand up and perform the way we know he can.

 

1

Arian Foster

RB

2

LeSean McCoy

RB

3

Ray Rice

RB

4

Aaron Rodgers

QB

5

Calvin Johnson

WR

6

Darren McFadden

RB

7

Jamaal Charles

RB

8

Tom Brady

QB

9

Chris Johnson

RB

10

Matthew Stafford

QB

11

DeMarco Murray

RB

12

Julio Jones

WR

13

Jimmy Graham

TE

14

Rob Gronkowski

TE

15

Drew Brees

QB

16

Marshawn Lynch

RB

17

Ryan Mathews

RB

18

Steven Jackson

RB

19

Cam Newton

QB

20

A.J. Green

WR

21

Jordy Nelson

WR

22

Fred Jackson

RB

23

Andre Johnson

WR

24

Larry Fitzgerald

WR

25

Doug Martin

RB

26

Victor Cruz

WR

27

Ahmad Bradshaw

RB

28

Matt Forte

RB

29

Brandon Marshall

WR

30

Roddy White

WR

31

Greg Jennings

WR

32

Wes Welker

WR

33

Hakeem Nicks

WR

34

Peyton Hillis

RB

35

Brandon Lloyd

WR

36

Maurice Jones-Drew

RB

37

Demaryius Thomas

WR

38

Antonio Brown

WR

39

Frank Gore

RB

40

Eric Decker

WR

41

Antonio Gates

TE

42

Dez Bryant

WR

43

Willis McGahee

RB

44

Steve Smith

WR

45

Michael Turner

RB

46

Darren Sproles

RB

47

Trent Richardson

RB

48

Adrian Peterson

RB

49

Percy Harvin

WR

50

DeSean Jackson

WR

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