21. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax lived up to expectations and appears poised to continue doing so in a young, developing offense.
22. Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
Even with a maddening running back rotation in New England, Ridley was a consistent contributor to fantasy squads, only putting up less than 8.5 points in four games on the season.
23. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan averaged an even 20 points per game for his fantasy owners in 2012 and did so in a steady fashion—going over 20 points exactly half the time and only wetting the bed once at Arizona.
24. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
He means a lot more to the Denver Broncos than he did to his fantasy owners in 2012, but Peyton Manning proved this year he doesn't need to be his "old self" to command a brilliant offense.
25. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Thomas only let his owners down for less than 8.3 points twice in 2012, but the 1.3-pointer in the fantasy semifinals is the performance likely to stick with many an owner bounced one round early in the playoffs.
26. Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
The arrival of Michael Bush slowed Forte down somewhat, as did injuries, but he was one of the steadiest contributors down the critical playoff stretch of any staple running back.
27. Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans
The epitome of a hot-and-cold performer, Johnson's upside and huge-play ability were apparent in 2012, and he should represent tremendous value in 2013 drafts. Don't let anyone convince you he's too old.
28. Willis McGahee, RB, Denver Broncos
McGahee was averaging over 11 points per game before the Week 11 injury and was a key in many teams' initial success operating out of their flex slots.
29. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Inconsistent but always dangerous.
30. Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Jones finished the season as the Falcon I would rather own, but I would take White any day due to the sheer volume of offense that gets thrown his way. A more dependable player than Jones with limited upside.
31. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
I am not a fan of owning Chris Johnson in fantasy, but he did average 11 points per game this season. It was a very inconsistent 11 points per game.
32. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
The ageless wonder and a future Hall of Famer.
33. Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
When you go for double digits in all but two games after being activated midseason and go for over 20 in three of those outings, you have proven you are the real deal. It will be interesting to see where Alexander ends up and if his knee holds up. One of the year's most pleasant surprises at the wide receiver position, along with...
34. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
All Shorts has done since the early midseason mark is score touchdowns, and he has been a true stop-gap savior for owners of injured players such as Percy Harvin, Greg Jennings and Pierre Garcon.
35. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne was a steady producer with limited upside in 2012, but he was also one of the safest plug-and-play WR2 options in fantasy for a near-guaranteed 10 points weekly.
36. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions
Mikel "LeScore" was one of 2012's most touchdown-dependent players, which I never like, but it's hard to deny a 10.96-point weekly producer that virtually every owner was able to acquire in the second half of fantasy drafts.
37. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Romo's epic run in the second half of the 2012 NFL season single-handedly made playoff runs for some fantasy teams while squashing the hopes of others.
38. Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots
So much for "phasing Wes Welker out of the offense." Whether that was the plan to begin with, we'll never know, as injuries required Welker to step up consistently. Welker logged a 10.87-point-per-game average in 2012.
39. Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins
Well, so much for breaking the NFL rushing record. Bush was frustrating to own in 2012, but the fact is he averaged 11.26 points per game and waited until the fantasy championship to unleash his biggest 28-point monster.
40. Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos
Decker became the fifth-best single-season touchdown scorer as a Bronco receiver in 2012. He tallied a team-leading 11 touchdowns. The issue with Decker was that he would disappear in games and appear to be completely out of the game plan, making him hard to depend on.
41. Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets
I will never own Shonn Greene in fantasy, but those who survived his first five weeks (with four games garnering sub-4.7-point performances) were rewarded with above-average production from Greene for the majority of his remaining contests. Kudos to those who traded for him in Week 4.
42. Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
Another case of a slow start many owners may or may not have been able to rebound from. Jackson ran like an old man to start the season but rattled off double-digit fantasy performances for seven of his last eight contests down the stretch.
43. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Gronk would be much higher up the list had he not broken his forearm, probably top-15. When healthy, Gronkowski averaged 13.38 fantasy points per game. He will come into 2013 fantasy drafts, once again, as a player worthy of late-first-round consideration.
44. Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Cruz was disappointing compared to expectations in 2012, going for two different multi-game skids in which he could not crack 10 points. During the most critical two weeks of the season—Weeks 15 and 16—Cruz put up a combined total of 3.6 points. Very few Victor Cruz owners won championships in 2012.
45. James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers
I started the 2012 NFL season with the mindset that I did not trust James Jones any further than I could throw to him due to his extreme touchdown dependency for fantasy production. I am beginning to change my tune looking towards 2013, as Jones has become more multidimensional as the season has worn on.
46. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
The Law Firm looked great to start the season, then looked terrible, then rebounded during the last seven games of the season. Coming into the fantasy championship, he posted more than 10 fantasy points in six of seven games down the stretch.
47. Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The arrival of Vincent Jackson served as a jump-start to the slumping Williams, who seemed completely divorced from a miserable 2011 campaign, posting a 9.33-point fantasy average weekly for his owners.
48. Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
Colston started out the season in a lull and then had a three-game breakout and a subsequent (serviceable) cool-off period, followed up with a bunch of mediocre performances down the stretch.
49. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Another player I loved from the Senior Bowl, Hilton was always just one big play away from fantasy gold in Andrew Luck's offense, putting up a very serviceable 9.35 points per game.
50. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants
Infuriating to own, but as always, Bradshaw had his really big days. Hopefully, you knew when (and when not) to start him.
All points referenced based on standard scoring in Yahoo! leagues.