We have recently updated our rankings, they can be found here. (8/27/2011)
There will officially be football played this year which means your fantasy football draft is coming up sooner than later. It’s time to get your fantasy football rankings together, and at The Sports Cannon are doing our best to help you bring home that league championship. We’re on our second run of fantasy football positional rankings now and although some names remain the same, others have risen and fallen in the rankings.
How we rank ‘em: There are a number of factors that go in to our fantasy football rankings. We have to look at coaching schemes, the supporting cast, strength of schedules and injury concerns.
The whirlwind that will be free agency will surely change the dynamic of the NFL and Fantasy Football season. For now we can only speculate that certain players will resign with their current teams. Most, however, are bound for a new city and fresh game plans. We can’t sufficiently predict their 2011 value without knowing who they are playing for, so their current rankings are based solely on their athletic capabilities paired with their previous fantasy successes.
So without further ado, we present the “Thank God There Is Football” Fantasy Football Rankings 2.0.
1 Antonio Gates, SD
Is there really any surprise here? Gates is pretty much a wide receiver lining up next to an offensive lineman. The question is whether he can stay healthy for the fantasy football playoffs at season's end. There are no guarantees.
2 Dallas Clark, IND
Clark and Peyton Manning have a phenomenal rapport and that should be back to normal this season. Clark's catching ability could be hurt by last season's wrist injury, but his timing is what set's him apart in that offense. He knows exactly where to be and when to be there, so that the Sheriff can find him open.
3 Jason Witten, DAL
Witten came on very, very strong at the end of the season after starting slow. Now that he has Tony Romo back you may expect him to back to his best, but his best games came with Jon Kitna under center. Witten will have to fight for targets with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, but he still got his catches when TO was in Big D.
4 Vernon Davis, SF
Davis has turned in to a real leader on the offense and will likely be the main target on the offense again this year. Now it appears that Davis is the only skill player on the offense with a bright future in the Bay Area. Sure, Michael Crabtree was a first round pick and has all the ability in the world, but you have to figure the team is wary of having another TO on their hands, and one that isn't as productive, at that. Davis should again have a great year, but is in a crowded group of solid fantasy tight end choices.
5 Jermichael Finley, GB
Finley was expected to have a real breakout year in 2010 but injuries cut his season short. Finley is in a contract year and may feel a little hurt by the team leaving him out of the team photo at last year's Super Bowl. Last season, Finley really didn't impress in his only five games, so you may be able to find him at a good discount later in your draft.
6 Owen Daniels, HOU
Daniels just wasn't healthy last year, but all reports are that he is 100% now and is expected to have a big season. Sorry, but between he and Matt Schaub there are just too many injury concerns for us to buy the hype all that much. We're keeping our eye on Daniels throughout the offseason and we think he could be a bust candidate. Check back as the offseason progresses.
7 Zach Miller, FA
All indications are that the Raiders will do everything they can to retain Miller. In Black and Silver he won't garner a ton of catches, but his play making ability means his TD count and yardage should be around his routine 60 catches and 750 yards. We like his stock to jump even higher if he ends up playing somewhere with quarterback stability.
8 Rob Gronkowski, NE
Their is a lot of up upside to Gronkowski this season, but at the same time he brings a level of insecurity on your fantasy roster. The Patriots will change their game plan to target either Gronk or Aaron Hernandez depending on the opposing defense. Still, his red zone targets should be in line with last year's so expecting another 10 TD season may not be out of the question.
9 Kellen Winslow, TB
The Buccaneers love to run two-TE sets so Winslow could lose some red zone targets to rookie Luke Stocker, but his veteran knowledge should still make him the clear cut number one target for TEs on the team. Mike Williams is going to have more focus on him this season, which could actually open the door for Winslow to finally break five touchdowns on a season. Buyer beware: Winslow is now up to seven surgeries on his knees.
10 Jimmy Graham, NO
Being that he was a college basketball player and not football, it took some time for Graham to learn the extremely complicated Saints' offense. Once he did figure it out though, he really turned up the heat on opposing defenses. In the final three games of the season Graham recorded four of his five touchdowns.
Nick Sero is a fantasy football writer for TheSportsCannon.com. You can get all of your news, rankings, cheat sheets and more at TSC, or receive up-to-the-minute news by following us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute NFL Free Agency updates.