Want to gain an edge on your opponents in your fantasy football league? Using the same boring rankings as everyone else which basically lists the players in the order they finished last season? If you answered to one or both of those questions, then my series of rankings are just for you!
Most "professional" rankings simply tell you the order that players finished last season, with a couple of variations. My rankings tell you what order players will finish THIS season, getting you the league championship and looking like a genius.
Most of these rankings were written with a slight keeper bias, as that is the style of league I participate in, but will help you win this season regardless of league format.
1. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts: Has always been number one, and he usually delivers. Consistency like that earns him the top spot once again.
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Last year he could be picked up in the fifth round of most drafts, third if there was a Pats fan in the room. One monster season later, and everyone forgets the average fantasy player he was before.
Do you really think that he will throw for 50-plus touchdowns again? I don't, with the loss of speed-threat Donte Stallworth. Although they will have comparable numbers, Peyton gets the edge because you won't need the fourth pick to get him.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: He had a down year and still finished in 6th for most formats. With a fully healthy Colston, the newly added Shockey, the possibility that the big, fast, second year pro Robert Meachem will have a breakout season, Brees won't be too far off from the front two.
4. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: Although I predict a Terrell Owens tantrum this season, even that won't be enough to stop him from having a monster year.
5. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals: Like Brees, many are shying away because of a down season. He too finished in the top ten, and a Chad Johnson with something to prove will only help the talented QB return to the top five.
6. Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos: This is not a typo. Cutler found out he had been playing the entire season with diabetes, which explains his loss of 30 pounds in the middle of the year. Back at his usual weight, Cutler will jump up from 12th last season and prove himself as the top QB from his talented draft class.
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben had a monster fantasy season last year, casting away doubts that he would ever be a good fantasy QB. With the return of all his receivers, an expected improvement in Santonio Holmes and Heath Miller, and an upgraded running game, I say he does it again.
8. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles: This spot is dependant on the fact that he plays most games this year. Usually top five when he's in, injuries have cut his recent seasons short, making it important to get a good backup. If he plays all 16 games this season, expect him to rise as high as third.
9. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks: Probably the least flashy fantasy starter in the league, Hasselbeck is a consistent, talented passer who won't let you down.
10. David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars: An accurate passer who doesn't make mistakes, can run if the pocket crumbles, and has the best running game in the league to back him up. I expect a big season.
11. Eli Manning, New York Giants: He'll post similar, yet more consistent, numbers to last season, despite being Super Bowl Champion.
12. Derek Anderson, Cleveland Browns: Jamal Lewis will be back to his old self by week four (the bad old self, that is, not the good one) which will help defenses key in on the passing game. Expect as many touchdowns, but fewer yards and way more interceptions.
13. Marc Bulger, St.Louis Rams: Steven Jackson will be in all year. Instant improvement.
14. Brett Favre, New York Jets: New playbook, new receivers, a running game that no one respects, and another year older. Expect him to have a season like '06.
15. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: He has a great offense around him and a talented arm, but the shutdown defense and emergence of Ryan Grant will greatly reduce the number of passing attempts from previous seasons.
16. Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: San Diego will win many blowout games, so pass attempts will be down.
17. Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins
18. Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals: I don't think that Warner is their QB of the future, either.
19. Vince Young, Tennessee Titans
20. Troy Smith, Baltimore Ravens: He will win the starting job and keep it.
21. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
22. Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. Jon Kitna, Detroit Lions
24. JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders
25. Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills
26. Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers
27. Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins: I think they'll pick him up considering his history with Parcells.
28. Brodie Croyle, Kansas City Chiefs
29. Alex Smith, San Francisco49ers
30. Chris Redman, Atlanta Falcons
31. Tavaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings: His horrible season will cost them the playoffs and make his coach look silly.
32. Whoever Starts for the Bears: Don't look, because it's not pretty.