Fantasy Football 2012: Ranking the Top 50 Players to Retain in Keeper Leagues

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Fantasy Football 2012: Ranking the Top 50 Players to Retain in Keeper Leagues
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Fantasy football trade deadlines are taking place in the coming weeks, forcing owners in keeper leagues to make key decisions regarding the future of their teams. The choice of mortgaging a fantasy team’s future to win now must be weighed against trading away current stars for future returns.

An overarching trend of this year’s fantasy drafts is that, on average, too much value was placed upon quarterbacks. Quarterbacks score the most points, but many of them don’t differentiate themselves from one another—which makes it difficult to justify drafting them early.

That goes double for wide receivers. To sum it up: Running back is king.

Good fantasy running backs, therefore, will almost entirely comprise the top 10 of these 50 players. Quarterbacks are still present, but they all take a backseat to several big-time rushers.

Meanwhile, only a couple of tight ends are represented, and wide receivers—as a whole—are devalued in comparison to more consistently producing positions.

The following list can also be utilized as a preliminary draft board for next season. It will certainly change between now and the Super Bowl—and even more as the offseason progresses.

All else being equal, younger players will be favored over their senior counterparts.

Of course, rarely—if ever—is all else equal.

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