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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 19.

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 Ray Rice RB BAL 63 receptions, 307 carries, but only 4.0 YPC and six total TDs; McGahee gone, however
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 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC TDs were down, but otherwise very solid as usual; recovery from knee surgery expected
8 LeSean McCoy RB PHI 78 catches, but only 207 carries, and just seven at the goal-line. Upside if that changes
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
11 Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT 23 goal-line carries, but only 3.9 YPC and 167 receiving yards
12 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ Put up serviceable fantasy numbers despite abysmal quarterbacking. Should be better in 2011
13 Chris Johnson RB TEN Underpaid, but non-contending Titans might not pony up; holdout could persist
14 Miles Austin WR DAL Should bounce back with Tony Romo healthy again
15 Hakeem Nicks WR NYG Big-play and red-zone threat simply needs to stay healthy
16 Frank Gore RB SF Injury history knocks him down seven spots; one of the top receiving backs in the league
17 Roddy White WR ATL Heavily targeted receiver with solid all-around skills
18 Matt Forte RB CHI Got the spring back in his step; 4.5 YPC, 547 receiving yards
19 Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG If ankles hold up, can do it all, but shares carries with Brandon Jacobs
20 Peyton Hillis RB CLE Tremendous season, but the punishment caught up to him late; Hardesty should share carries
21 Dwayne Bowe WR KC Monstrous seven-game midseason run, but disappeared unpredictably; still great TD source
22 Greg Jennings WR GB Aaron Rodgers' big-play receiver
23 LeGarrette Blount RB TB Bruising back with athleticism, struggled at the goal-line for some reason
24 Ryan Mathews RB SD Week 17 showed what might have been had he stayed healthy
25 Aaron Rodgers QB GB Elite pocket passer who stands alone because of his rushing ability
26 Brandon Lloyd WR DEN Came out of nowhere last year to be league's No. 1 WR; better if Orton remains QB
27 Vincent Jackson WR SD Clear No. 1 in San Diego should see more targets than ever
28 Mike Williams WR TB Josh Freeman's favorite target - has good athleticism and red-zone size
29 Mike Wallace WR PIT 12.7 YPT was the best mark in the last 10 years; explosive big play receiver
30 Antonio Gates TE SD On pace for a year for the ages before he got hurt; healthy at press time
31 Michael Vick QB PHI Arguably No. 1 overall pick if guaranteed 16-game season; worth a gamble at this spot
32 Drew Brees QB NO Volume and offensive scheme guarantee a high floor
33 Philip Rivers QB SD Another elite season (8.7 YPA, 30 TD, 13 INT, 4710 yards), despite decimated receiving corps
34 Daniel Thomas RB MIA Big, physical back should take over the feature role in Miami
35 DeSean Jackson WR PHI Explosive deep threat, averaged 22.5 YPC
36 Brandon Marshall WR MIA Physical talent never in doubt, but personal issues and poor environment add risk
37 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR Great talent, but splitting the work again
38 Mark Ingram RB NO Hard to know what his role will be, but huge upside in that offense if it's prominent
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 Reggie Wayne WR IND Bad per-play numbers, only produced due to volume. Player in a great spot, but on the decline
43 Jahvid Best RB DET Look good early on when healthy; 250 carries seems like his ceiling
44 Tom Brady QB NE 36:4 TD:INT ratio is otherworldy; bump up five spots if NE gets him a big-time WR
45 Shonn Greene RB NYJ Clearly set to be the lead back this year with Tomlinson taking on a third-down role
46 Dez Bryant WR DAL Despite injury-riddled rookie season, showed superb physical skills. Must fight for targets, however
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 Rushing and return production a bonus; migraines only risk
50 Marques Colston WR NO Reliable receiver in Saints offense, but upside limited by its diversity
51 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI Bizarre illness clouds outlook. Ideal environment if healthy
52 Jermichael Finley TE GB Sky's the limit with his skills in that environment if he can ever stay healthy
53 Anquan Boldin WR BAL Expect a bounce back in Year 2 in Baltimore if Boldin can stay healthy again
54 Vernon Davis TE SF Best speed/size combo among tight ends; environment needs to improve
55 Chad Ochocinco WR NE Huge upgrade as Tom Brady's presumed top downfield target
56 Dallas Clark TE IND Heavily-targeted tight end in elite offense
57 Felix Jones RB DAL Should get a chance in the feature role; needs to prove he can carry the load
58 Ryan Grant RB GB In ideal environment, but must hold off James Starks and Alex Green
59 Santonio Holmes WR NYJ Quick, explosive wideout with good hands; Jets' No. 1 this year
60 Braylon Edwards WR SF Still a big-time downfield weapon; can Alex Smith get him the ball?
61 Steve Johnson WR BUF Surprise top target for Ryan Fitzpatrick; Bills should be forced to throw plenty in 2011
62 Sidney Rice WR SEA Athletic playmaker with good size
63 Mario Manningham WR NYG Downfield playmaker, will see more targets with Steve Smith gone
64 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR Bruising back will split carries with DeAngelo Williams
65 Austin Collie WR IND But for his concussions and hand injury, he might have been a top-10 receiver
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 BenJarvus Green-Ellis  RB NE Competent back scored 13 TDs, but NE brought in a lot of competition
69 Kenny Britt WR TEN Rising star needs to overcome off-field issues; QB situation unsettled
70 Steve Smith WR CAR Dangerous downfield target; has he lost a step at age 32?
71 Cedric Benson RB CIN It's not pretty, but 300 carries will pay the bills
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 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA Epic carry in playoff game possibly buys Lynch a few starts, but 3.6 YPC last year
77 C.J. Spiller RB BUF The Bills have to use him more in Year 2, don't they?
78 Santana Moss WR WAS Still productive at age 32, clear No. 1 in WAS
79 Jimmy Graham TE NO 6-6 target should be a major weapon in the red zone
80 A.J. Green WR CIN All-world prospect will fight for targets in Cincinnati
81 Roy Williams WR CHI Could be the Bears' red-zone target this year
82 Earl Bennett WR CHI Likely to be Jay Cutler's go-to possession receiver this year
83 James Starks RB GB Came on strong in the playoffs - should push Ryan Grant for carries
84 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT Full season with game-breaker Mike Wallace bodes well
85 Matt Schaub QB HOU Competent QB in good environment, but HOU usually runs near the goal line
86 Brandon Jacobs RB NYG Limited workload resulted in 5.6 YPC. Splits work at the goal line
87 Ryan Torain RB WAS Battling for carries, dealing with wrist injury - played well when healthy
88 Eli Manning QB NYG Competent QB with first-rate playmakers on the outside
89 Marcedes Lewis TE JAC 6-6 tight end is Jaguars primary red-zone threat
90 Matt Ryan QB ATL Still getting better, and addition of Julio Jones will only help
91 Pierre Thomas RB NO Crowded backfield, injury history and fickle coach hurt his value, despite strong skills and offense
92 Josh Freeman QB TB Huge improvement in Year 2; rushing ability provides major upside
93 Julio Jones WR ATL Second-fiddle to Roddy White, but Falcons didn't mortgage the farm not to use him
94 Michael Bush RB OAK Could be a top-25 property if McFadden went down; should see some goal-line work in any event
95 Reggie Bush RB MIA Landed in a good spot with only a rookie RB ahead of him, much better in PPR
96 Michael Crabtree WR SF Top prospect disappointed in Year 2; dealing with foot injury, presence of Braylon Edwards
97 Mike Tolbert RB SD Bruising fullback could still be in the mix, especially near the goal line
98 Stevan Ridley RB NE Looked great in preseason; could be in the mix with BJGE
99 Hines Ward WR PIT Per-play averages still solid - should see targets bounce back with a full season of Roethlisberger
100 Pierre Garcon WR IND Behind Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Austin Collie in the pecking order
101 Malcom Floyd WR SD Looked like a legit No. 1 when Vincent Jackson was out; third option behind Jackson and Gates
102 Kellen Winslow TE TB When healthy, one of the league's more reliable pass-catching tight ends
103 Javon Ringer RB TEN Chris Johnson's backup - could start if holdout persists
104 Delone Carter RB IND Joseph Addai and Donald Brown are surmountable obstacles
105 Robert Meachem WR NO Has the physical tools to be a No. 1, but apparently viewed as a complementary part
106 Lance Moore WR NO Athletic possession type re-signs with the Saints
107 Lee Evans WR BUF Downfield playmaker, in a much better situation in Baltimore
108 Brandon Pettigrew TE DET Quietly caught 71 passes for 722 yards. If Stafford stays healthy, plenty of upside here
109 Mike Williams WR SEA Sidney Rice and Zach Miller signings hurt value
110 Mike Sims-Walker WR STL Could emerge as Sam Bradford's No. 1
111 Plaxico Burress WR NYJ Michael Vick proved jail makes you better
112 Steven Smith WR PHI Reliable possession receiver coming off microfracture surgery; No. 3 in pass-happy Philly offense
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 Roy Helu, Jr. RB WAS Could easily replace Ryan Torain - more upside due to speed
116 Tim Hightower RB WAS Atop the depth chart for now, but that doesn't mean a whole lot
117 Jay Cutler QB CHI Year 2 with Mike Martz and an offensive line expected to improve
118 Joe Flacco QB BAL 25 TDs on 489 attempts last year; hasn't peaked yet
119 DeMarco Murray RB DAL Neither Felix Jones nor Tashard Choice has set the world on fire; Murray could get a chance
120 Davone Bess WR MIA Possession receiver who relies on volume
121 Deion Branch WR NE Filled in admirably when Randy Moss left, but Ochocinco steals targets
122 Greg Little WR CLE Big, strong receiver could easily emerge as Colt McCoy's top target
123 Ben Tate RB HOU If anything happens to Arian Foster, Tate's in a favorable spot
124 Aaron Hernandez TE NE Dynamic pass-catching TE, but will yield goal-line targets to Rob Gronkowski
125 Rob Gronkowski TE NE Touchdown machine will share targets with Aaron Hernandez
126 Montario Hardesty RB CLE Coming back from injury, spells Peyton Hillis behind first-rate offensive line
127 Jordy Nelson WR GB Super Bowl performance creates opportunity; James Jones' re-signing limits it
128 Steve Breaston WR KC No. 2 option in Kansas City
129 Johnny Knox WR CHI Chicago's big-play threat, but lack of size limits red-zone looks
130 Jacoby Ford WR OAK Versatile playmaker adds rushing, receiving and return yards and scores
131 Kevin Kolb QB ARZ Playing in a good climate with Larry Fitzgerald should ensure a good floor
132 Louis Murphy WR OAK Could be Raiders top receiver this year
133 Ricky Williams RB BAL Ray Rice's backup
134 Tony Gonzalez TE ATL A down year was 70 catches and six TDs
135 Jason Snelling RB ATL Tough runner, solid pass catcher, backup to Michael Turner
136 Justin Forsett RB SEA For whatever reason, the Seahawks don't trust him to carry the load
137 Owen Daniels TE HOU Needs to stay healthy, and the Texans don't throw a lot in the red zone
138 Kendall Hunter RB SF Likely backup to an injury-prone Frank Gore
139 Rashad Jennings RB JAC Was solid as Maurice Jones-Drew's backup last year - except for the one week you counted on him
140 Alex Green RB GB Third string for now, but whoever wins this battle has a ton of upside
141 Jared Cook TE TEN Great athlete, could be a frequent target
142 Matthew Stafford QB DET If he ever stays healthy, he has the physical tools and the weapons to break out
143 Arrelious Benn WR TB Healing well after ACL surgery - has the talent to make an impact in Year 2
144 Nate Burleson WR DET Should see a lot of single coverage
145 Zach Miller TE SEA Crowded receiving corps hurts value
146 Sam Bradford QB STL Donnie Avery and Danario Alexander are healthy, and the Rams drafted wideout depth
147 Josh Morgan WR SF Better on a per-play basis than Michael Crabtree
148 Jerome Simpson WR CIN Likely starter opposite A.J. Green
149 Bernard Berrian WR MIN Deep threat should be the team's No. 2 receiver
150 Jerome Harrison RB DET Possible backup to injury-prone Jahvid Best



Players Who Dropped Out since the last edition: Mikel Leshoure, Shane Vereen, Danario Alexander, Chris Cooley, Jordan Shipley

Players Added: Javon Ringer, Ricky Williams, Jared Cook, Jerome Simpson, Jerome Harrison