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 The Sports Cannon is doing its 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. You can see each player’s previous ranking next to their current rank.
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. Stephen Gostkowski, NE
He missed all of last season due to injury, but Gostkowski is one of the NFL's most accurate kickers on a high scoring offense.
2. Neil Rackers, HOU
Rackers can play through the pain, which will buy him some respect with the coaching staff and team in case he misses a kick or two.
3. Nate Kaeding, SD
Every year he is rated No. 1 by most, and every year he seems to have the most points per game average for kickers. Can he play the full 16 this year?
4. Josh Brown, STL
Josh McDaniels could help the Rams be a high scoring offense again, and Brown would be a big beneficiary.
5. Mason Crosby, GB
Not the most consistent kicker, but one of the best in cold weather. The Packers need him at Lambeau.
6 Sebastian Janikowski, OAK
A fan favorite, Janikowski has seen some real accuracy issues lately. if your league has penalties for missed kicks, then he isn't the best choice. But he will get you the big points on long kicks.
7. Matt Bryant, ATL
There is no guarantee he will back in Atlanta, although the team has publicly stated they want him back. Could be a beneficiary of a high octane offense this season.
8. Garrett Hartley, NO
Hartley's accuracy has decreased for three straight seasons, but the team was confident enough to extend his contract for five more years.
9 David Akers, FA
One of the most accurate kickers will surely find a job next season while rookie Alex Henery takes over in Philly. Look for Akers to remain in the NFC East.
10. Rob Bironas, TEN
Has leg strength that rivals Janikowski and a team that stalls in the red zone.
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.