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RotoWire 150 - NFL: Liss' Overall Cheat Sheet

Chris Liss

Chris Liss

Chris Liss is RotoWire's Managing Editor and Host of RotoWIre Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM radio.


Here are our top-150 overall rankings for a standard league (1-QB, 2-RB, 3-WR, 1-TE, 1-K, 1-D; 3/6 TDs, 20/10 yardage) as of August 3.

Note: the RotoWire 150 is merely an feature article that is NOT updated regularly. Moreover, who you should draft will vary according to the composition of your roster and what positions are more heavily targeted by other teams. For a good draft list, use our by-position cheat sheets that are linked to our database and updated daily as well as our customizable rankings.

Rank Player Pos Team Comment
1 Adrian Peterson RB MIN Does it every year and catches passes now, too
2 Arian Foster RB HOU 2,220 yards from scrimmage, 18 TDs, 66 receptions last year; ideal environment
3 Jamaal Charles RB KC Averaged 6.4 YPC on 230 attempts; could be No. 1 overall if the Chiefs used him at the goal line
4 Chris Johnson RB TEN Game-breaking speed and every-down durability is a rare combo; holding out
5 Andre Johnson WR HOU Most reliable receiver in the game, but lack of goal-line looks limits upside
6 Calvin Johnson WR DET Still don't know what he could do with above average quarterbacking
7 LeSean McCoy RB PHI 78 catches, but only 207 carries, and just seven at the goal-line. Upside if that changes
8 Ray Rice RB BAL 63 receptions, 307 carries, but only 4.0 YPC and six total TDs; McGahee gone, however
9 Michael Turner RB ATL One-dimensional power back, but 26 goal-line carries led NFL
10 Darren McFadden RB OAK Home run threat and dangerous receiver out of the backfield; Bush will steal goal-line touches, though
11 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC TDs were down, but otherwise very solid as usual; recovery from knee surgery expected, but a concern
12 Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT 23 goal-line carries, but only 3.9 YPC and 167 receiving yards
13 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ Put up serviceable fantasy numbers despite abysmal quarterbacking. Should be better in 2011
14 Frank Gore RB SF Injury history knocks him down seven spots; one of the top receiving backs in the league
15 Hakeem Nicks WR NYG Big-play and red-zone threat simply needs to stay healthy
16 Miles Austin WR DAL Should bounce back with Tony Romo healthy again, though Dez Bryant steals targets
17 Roddy White WR ATL Heavily targeted receiver with solid all-around skills
18 Ryan Mathews RB SD Week 17 showed what might have been had he stayed healthy
19 Matt Forte RB CHI Got the spring back in his step; 4.5 YPC, 547 receiving yards
20 LeGarrette Blount RB TB Bruising back with athleticism, struggled at the goal-line for some reason
21 Aaron Rodgers QB GB Elite pocket passer who stands alone because of his rushing ability
22 Dwayne Bowe WR KC Monstrous seven-game midseason run, but disappeared unpredictably; still great TD source
23 Greg Jennings WR GB Aaron Rodgers' big-play receiver
24 Mike Williams WR TB Josh Freeman's favorite target - has good athleticism and red-zone size
25 Mike Wallace WR PIT 12.7 YPT was the best mark in the last 10 years; explosive big play receiver
26 Peyton Hillis RB CLE Tremendous season, but the punishment caught up to him late; Hardesty should share carries
27 Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG If ankles hold up, can do it all, but shares carries with Brandon Jacobs
28 Antonio Gates TE SD On pace for a year for the ages before he got hurt; healthy at press time
29 Michael Vick QB PHI Arguably No. 1 overall pick if guaranteed 16-game season; worth a gamble at this spot
30 Drew Brees QB NO Volume and offensive scheme guarantee a high floor
31 Brandon Lloyd WR DEN Came out of nowhere last year to be league's No. 1 WR; better if Orton remains QB
32 Shonn Greene RB NYJ Clearly set to be the lead back this year with Tomlinson taking on a third-down role
33 Daniel Thomas RB MIA Big, physical back should take over the feature role in Miami
34 Vincent Jackson WR SD Clear No. 1 in San Diego should see more targets than ever
35 DeSean Jackson WR PHI Explosive deep threat, averaged 22.5 YPC
36 Dez Bryant WR DAL Despite injury-riddled rookie season, showed superb physical skills. Must fight for targets, however
37 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR Great talent, but splitting the work again
38 Philip Rivers QB SD Another elite season (8.7 YPA, 30 TD, 13 INT, 4710 yards), despite decimated receiving corps
39 Peyton Manning QB IND Won't have 679 attempts again, but efficiency (6.9 YPA) should improve with receivers healthy
40 Steven Jackson RB STL Old warhorse keeps trudging along; environment should improve, but what's left in the tank?
41 Tony Romo QB DAL Healthy and with top shelf weapons. Upside: Top-3 QB
42 Brandon Marshall WR MIA Physical talent never in doubt, but personal issues and poor environment add risk
43 Reggie Wayne WR IND Bad per-play numbers, only produced due to volume. Player in a great spot, but on the decline
44 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI Could get even better in Year 3, but D-Jax is the team's big primary play threat
45 Tom Brady QB NE 36:4 TD:INT ratio is otherworldy; bump up five spots if NE gets him a big-time WR
46 Mark Ingram RB NO Hard to know what his role will be, but huge upside in that offense if it's prominent
47 Fred Jackson RB BUF Established as the team's go-to back; Spiller could see a bigger role, however
48 Knowshon Moreno RB DEN Should start in Denver, but new coach and new management clouds role and environment
49 Percy Harvin WR MIN Can produce no matter who's under center; rushing and return yards/TDs a bonus; migraines only risk
50 Marques Colston WR NO Reliable receiver in Saints offense, but upside limited by its diversity
51 Jahvid Best RB DET Look good early on when healthy; will split carries with Mikel Leshoure
52 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR Bruising back will split carries with DeAngelo Williams
53 Jermichael Finley TE GB Sky's the limit with his skills in that environment if he can ever stay healthy
54 Anquan Boldin WR BAL Expect a bounce back in Year 2 in Baltimore if Boldin can stay healthy again
55 Vernon Davis TE SF Best speed/size combo among tight ends; environment needs to improve
56 Chad Ochocinco WR NE Huge upgrade as Tom Brady's presumed top downfield target
57 Dallas Clark TE IND Heavily-targeted tight end in elite offense
58 Felix Jones RB DAL Should get a chance in the feature role; needs to prove he can carry the load
59 Ryan Grant RB GB In ideal environment, but must hold off James Starks and Alex Green
60 Mikel Leshoure RB DET Bruising complement to smaller, quicker Jahvid Best
61 Santonio Holmes WR NYJ Quick, explosive wideout with good hands; Jets' No. 1 this year
62 Braylon Edwards WR NYJ Still a big-time downfield weapon; value depends on where he plays
63 Steve Johnson WR BUF Surprise top target for Ryan Fitzpatrick; Bills should be forced to throw plenty in 2011
64 Sidney Rice WR SEA Athletic playmaker with good size
65 Steve Smith WR CAR Dangerous downfield target; has he lost a step at age 32?
66 Jason Witten TE DAL Reliable tight end, not used much by Tony Romo in the red zone
67 Joseph Addai RB IND The job is presumably still his for now
68 Cedric Benson RB CIN It's not pretty, but 300 carries will pay the bills
69 Kenny Britt WR TEN Rising star needs to overcome off-field issues
70 Mario Manningham WR NYG Downfield playmaker, could see more action if Steve Smith is slow to recover
71 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA Epic carry in playoff game possibly buys Lynch a few starts, but 3.6 YPC last year
72 Ryan Williams RB ARI Competing for AZ feature back job with Beanie Wells
73 Wes Welker WR NE Played at less than 100 percent last year; healthy now
74 Mike Thomas WR JAC Clear No. 1 receiver, has great speed, but lacks size
75 Chris Wells RB ARZ Competing for feature back job with rookie Ryan Williams; healthy at press time
76 Austin Collie WR IND But for his concussions and hand injury, he might have been a top-10 receiver
77 C.J. Spiller RB BUF The Bills have to use him more in Year 2, don't they?
78 James Starks RB GB Came on strong in the playoffs - should push Ryan Grant for carries
79 Jimmy Graham TE NO 6-6 target should be a major weapon in the red zone
80 Marcedes Lewis TE JAC 6-6 tight end is Jaguars primary red-zone threat
81 BenJarvus Green-Ellis  RB NE Competent back scored 13 TDs, but NE brought in a lot of competition
82 A.J. Green WR CIN All-world prospect will fight for targets in Cincinnati
83 Roy Williams WR CHI Could be the Bears' red-zone target this year
84 Earl Bennett WR CHI Likely to be Jay Cutler's go-to possession receiver this year
85 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT Full season with game-breaker Mike Wallace bodes well
86 Matt Schaub QB HOU Competent QB in good environment, but HOU usually runs near the goal line
87 Santana Moss WR WAS Still productive at age 32 - value depends on where he lands
88 Brandon Jacobs RB NYG Limited workload resulted in 5.6 YPC. Splits work at the goal line
89 Ryan Torain RB WAS Atop the depth chart for now - played well when healthy
90 Eli Manning QB NYG Competent QB with first-rate playmakers on the outside
91 Matt Ryan QB ATL Still getting better, and addition of Julio Jones will only help
92 Pierre Thomas RB NO Crowded backfield, injury history and fickle coach hurt his value, despite strong skills and offense
93 Josh Freeman QB TB Huge improvement in Year 2; rushing ability provides major upside
94 Julio Jones WR ATL Second-fiddle to Roddy White, but Falcons didn't mortgage the farm not to use him
95 Michael Bush RB OAK Could be a top-25 property if McFadden went down; should see some goal-line work in any event
96 Shane Vereen RB NE Versatile back in first-rate offense
97 Hines Ward WR PIT Per-play averages still solid - should see targets bounce back with a full season of Roethlisberger
98 Pierre Garcon WR IND Behind Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Austin Collie in the pecking order
99 Malcom Floyd WR FA Looked like a legit No. 1 when Vincent Jackson was out; value depends where he lands
100 Michael Crabtree WR SF Top prospect disappointed in Year 2; dealing with foot injury
101 DeMarco Murray RB DAL Neither Felix Jones nor Tashard Choice has set the world on fire; Murray could get a chance
102 Kellen Winslow TE TB When healthy, one of the league's more reliable pass-catching tight ends
103 Delone Carter RB IND Joseph Addai and Donald Brown are surmountable obstacles
104 Robert Meachem WR NO Has the physical tools to be a No. 1, but apparently viewed as a complementary part
105 Mike Tolbert RB SD Bruising fullback could still be in the mix, especially near the goal line
106 Mike Williams WR SEA Sidney Rice and Zach Miller signings hurt value
107 Lance Moore WR NO Athletic possession type re-signs with the Saints
108 Mike Sims-Walker WR STL Could emerge as Sam Bradford's No. 1
109 Plaxico Burress WR NYJ Michael Vick proved jail makes you better
110 Steven Smith WR NYG Reliable possession receiver coming off microfracture surgery
111 Danario Alexander WR STL Big, downfield burner who claims his knee is finally healthy
112 Deion Branch WR NE Filled in admirably when Randy Moss left, but New England will probably find someone better
113 Ronnie Brown RB PHI Goal-line role in top offense could be useful
114 Willis McGahee RB DEN Should see goal-line work and could push unreliable Moreno for starting job
115 Davone Bess WR MIA Possession receiver who relies on volume
116 Josh Morgan WR SF Better on a per-play basis than Michael Crabtree
117 Chris Cooley TE WAS 77 catches for 849 yards, but only three scores. Quarterback situation unclear
118 Zach Miller TE SEA Crowded receiving corps hurts value
119 Aaron Hernandez TE NE Dynamic pass-catching TE, but will yield goal-line targets to Rob Gronkowski
120 Rob Gronkowski TE NE Touchdown machine will share targets with Aaron Hernandez
121 Montario Hardesty RB CLE Coming back from injury, spells Peyton Hillis behind first-rate offensive line
122 Jordy Nelson WR GB Super Bowl performance creates opportunity; James Jones' re-signing limits it
123 Steve Breaston WR KC No. 2 option in Kansas City
124 Johnny Knox WR CHI Chicago's big-play threat, but lack of size limits red-zone looks
125 Roy Helu, Jr. RB WAS Could easily replace Ryan Torain - more upside due to speed
126 Tim Hightower RB WAS RB job in WAS could go to anyone
127 Jacoby Ford WR OAK Versatile playmaker adds rushing, receiving and return yards and scores
128 Jay Cutler QB CHI Year 2 with Mike Martz and an offensive line expected to improve
129 Greg Little WR CLE Big, strong receiver could easily emerge as Colt McCoy's top target
130 Joe Flacco QB BAL 25 TDs on 489 attempts last year; hasn't peaked yet
131 Louis Murphy WR OAK Could be Raiders top receiver this year
132 Brandon Pettigrew TE DET Quietly caught 71 passes for 722 yards. If Stafford stays healthy, plenty of upside here
133 Tony Gonzalez TE ATL A down year was 70 catches and six TDs
134 Sam Bradford QB STL Donnie Avery and Danario Alexander are healthy, and the Rams drafted wideout depth
135 Ben Tate RB HOU If anything happens to Adrian Foster, Tate's in a favorable spot
136 Jason Snelling RB FA Tough runner, solid pass catcher
137 Justin Forsett RB SEA For whatever reason, the Seahawks don't trust him to carry the load
138 Reggie Bush RB MIA Landed in a good spot with only a rookie RB ahead of him
139 Owen Daniels TE HOU Needs to stay healthy, and the Texans don't throw a lot in the red zone
140 Kendall Hunter RB SF Likely backup to an injury-prone Frank Gore
141 Rashad Jennings RB JAC Was solid as Maurice Jones-Drew's backup last year - except for the one week you counted on him
142 Alex Green RB GB Third string for now, but whoever wins this battle has a ton of upside
143 Lee Evans WR BUF Downfield playmaker, eclipsed by Steve Johnson
144 Kevin Kolb QB ARZ Playing in a good climate with Larry Fitzgerald should ensure a good floor
145 Arrelious Benn WR TB Healing well after ACL surgery - has the talent to make an impact in Year 2
146 Nate Burleson WR DET Should see a lot of single coverage
147 Bernard Berrian WR MIN Deep threat should be the team's No. 2 receiver
148 Stevan Ridley RB NE Big, bruising back could find himself in the mix
149 Jordan Shipley WR CIN Showed promise as a rookie - Bengals' passing game unsettled
150 Matthew Stafford QB DET If he ever stays healthy, he has the physical tools and the weapons to break out