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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 26.

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 LeSean McCoy RB PHI 78 catches, but only 207 carries, and just seven at the goal-line. Upside if that changes
8 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC TDs were down, but otherwise very solid as usual; recovery from knee surgery expected, but a concern
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 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 Vastly underpaid, but non-contending Titans have little incentive for big sign bonus; 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 Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG If ankles hold up, can do it all, but shares carries with Brandon Jacobs
17 Frank Gore RB SF Injury history knocks him down seven spots; one of the top receiving backs in the league
18 Roddy White WR ATL Heavily targeted receiver with solid all-around skills
19 Matt Forte RB CHI Got the spring back in his step; 4.5 YPC, 547 receiving yards
20 Peyton Hillis RB CLE Tremendous season, but the punishment caught up to him late; Hardesty should share carries
21 Greg Jennings WR GB Aaron Rodgers' big-play receiver
22 LeGarrette Blount RB TB Bruising back with athleticism, struggled at the goal-line for some reason
23 Ryan Mathews RB SD Week 17 showed what might have been had he stayed healthy
24 Aaron Rodgers QB GB Elite pocket passer who stands alone because of his rushing ability
25 Brandon Lloyd WR DEN Came out of nowhere last year to be league's No. 1 WR; good news that Orton remains QB
26 Vincent Jackson WR SD Clear No. 1 in San Diego should see more targets than ever
27 Mike Williams WR TB Josh Freeman's favorite target - has good athleticism and red-zone size
28 Dwayne Bowe WR KC Monstrous seven-game midseason run, but disappeared unpredictably; still great TD source
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 DeSean Jackson WR PHI Explosive deep threat, averaged 22.5 YPC
35 Brandon Marshall WR MIA Physical talent never in doubt, but personal issues and poor environment add risk
36 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR Great talent, but splitting the work again
37 Mark Ingram RB NO Hard to know what his role will be, but huge upside in that offense if it's prominent
38 Steven Jackson RB STL Old warhorse keeps trudging along; environment should improve, but what's left in the tank?
39 Shonn Greene RB NYJ Set to be the lead back this year with Tomlinson taking on a third-down role
40 Dez Bryant WR DAL Despite injury-riddled rookie season, showed superb physical skills. Must fight for targets
41 Tony Romo QB DAL Healthy and with top shelf weapons. Upside: Top-3 QB
42 Jahvid Best RB DET Look good early on when healthy; 250 carries seems like his ceiling
43 Tom Brady QB NE 36:4 TD:INT ratio is otherworldy; bump up five spots if NE gets him a big-time WR
44 Daniel Thomas RB MIA Big, physical back not having a great camp; will battle Reggie Bush for carries
45 Percy Harvin WR MIN Rushing and return stats a bonus; migraines only risk
46 Fred Jackson RB BUF Established as the team's go-to back; Spiller could see a bigger role, however
47 Chris Wells RB ARZ The job is his; needs to stay healthy
48 Knowshon Moreno RB DEN Should start in Denver, but new coach and new management clouds role and environment
49 Anquan Boldin WR BAL Expect a bounce back in Year 2 in Baltimore if Boldin can stay healthy again
50 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI Seems to be improving from illness, but need to see him on the field
51 Jermichael Finley TE GB Sky's the limit with his skills in that environment if he can ever stay healthy
52 Vernon Davis TE SF Best speed/size combo among tight ends; environment needs to improve
53 Marques Colston WR NO Reliable receiver in Saints offense, but upside limited by its diversity
54 Reggie Wayne WR IND Bad per-play numbers, only produced due to volume. Manning's injury also an issue
55 Felix Jones RB DAL Should get a chance in the feature role; needs to prove he can carry the load
56 Chad Ochocinco WR NE Huge upgrade as Tom Brady's presumed top downfield target
57 Santonio Holmes WR NYJ Quick, explosive wideout with good hands; Jets' No. 1 this year
58 Mario Manningham WR NYG Downfield playmaker, will see more targets with Steve Smith gone
59 Jason Witten TE DAL Reliable tight end, not used much by Tony Romo in the red zone
60 Steve Johnson WR BUF Surprise top target for Ryan Fitzpatrick; Bills should be forced to throw plenty in 2011
61 Wes Welker WR NE Played at less than 100 percent last year; healthy now.
62 James Starks RB GB Came on strong in the playoffs - should push Ryan Grant for carries
63 Kenny Britt WR TEN Rising star needs to overcome off-field issues; QB situation unsettled, possible league suspension
64 Braylon Edwards WR SF Still a big-time downfield weapon; can Alex Smith get him the ball?
65 Sidney Rice WR SEA Athletic playmaker with good size
66 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR Bruising back will split carries with DeAngelo Williams
67 Austin Collie WR IND But for concussions and hand injury, might have been a top-10 receiver; QB's health an issue
68 Steve Smith WR CAR Dangerous downfield target; has he lost a step at age 32?
69 Joseph Addai RB IND The job is presumably still his for now
70 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB NE Competent back scored 13 TDs, but NE brought in a lot of competition
71 Cedric Benson RB CIN It's not pretty, but 300 carries will pay the bills
72 Reggie Bush RB MIA Landed in a good spot with only a rookie RB ahead of him, much better in PPR
73 Dallas Clark TE IND Heavily-targeted tight end in elite offense
74 Pierre Thomas RB NO Crowded backfield, injury history and fickle coach hurt his value, despite strong skills and offense
75 Ryan Grant RB GB Battling for carries with James Starks
76 C.J. Spiller RB BUF The Bills have to use him more in Year 2, don't they?
77 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA Epic carry in playoff game possibly buys Lynch a few starts, but 3.6 YPC last year
78 Mike Thomas WR JAC Clear No. 1 receiver, has great speed, but lacks size
79 Santana Moss WR WAS Still productive at age 32, clear No. 1 in WAS
80 A.J. Green WR CIN All-world prospect will fight for targets in Cincinnati
81 Earl Bennett WR CHI Likely to be Jay Cutler's go-to possession receiver this year
82 Malcom Floyd WR SD Looked like a legit No. 1 when Vincent Jackson was out; third option behind Jackson and Gates
83 Tim Hightower RB WAS Atop the depth chart for now, but that doesn't mean a whole lot
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 Eli Manning QB NYG Competent QB with first-rate playmakers on the outside
88 Peyton Manning QB IND Nerve injury clouds status
89 Julio Jones WR ATL Second-fiddle to Roddy White, but Falcons didn't mortgage the farm not to use him
90 Mike Tolbert RB SD Bruising fullback could still be in the mix, especially near the goal line
91 Jimmy Graham TE NO 6-6 target should be a major weapon in the red zone
92 Marcedes Lewis TE JAC 6-6 tight end is Jaguars primary red-zone threat
93 Matt Ryan QB ATL Still getting better, and addition of Julio Jones will only help
94 Josh Freeman QB TB Huge improvement in Year 2; rushing ability provides major upside
95 Michael Bush RB OAK Could be a top-25 property if McFadden went down; should see some goal-line work
96 Roy Helu, Jr. RB WAS Could easily replace Ryan Torain - more upside due to speed
97 Ben Tate RB HOU If anything happens to Arian Foster, Tate's in a favorable spot
98 Michael Crabtree WR SF Top prospect disappointed in Year 2; dealing with foot injury, presence of Braylon Edwards
99 Ryan Torain RB WAS Battling for carries, dealing with wrist injury - played well when healthy
100 Stevan Ridley RB NE Looked great in preseason; could be in the mix with BJGE
101 Lee Evans WR BUF Downfield playmaker, in a much better situation in Baltimore
102 Hines Ward WR PIT Per-play averages still solid - should see targets bounce back with full season of Big Ben
103 Kellen Winslow TE TB When healthy, one of the league's more reliable pass-catching tight ends
104 Alex Green RB GB Third string for now, but whoever wins this battle has a ton of upside
105 Javon Ringer RB TEN Chris Johnson's backup - could start if holdout persists
106 Delone Carter RB IND Joseph Addai and Donald Brown are surmountable obstacles
107 Robert Meachem WR NO Has the physical tools to be a No. 1, but apparently viewed as a complementary part
108 Lance Moore WR NO Athletic possession type re-signs with the Saints
109 Brandon Pettigrew TE DET Quietly caught 71 passes for 722 yards. If Stafford stays healthy, plenty of upside here
110 Willis McGahee RB DEN Should see goal-line work and could push unreliable Moreno for starting job
111 Rashad Jennings RB JAC Was solid as Maurice Jones-Drew's backup last year
112 Mike Williams WR SEA Sidney Rice and Zach Miller signings hurt value
113 Mike Sims-Walker WR STL Could emerge as Sam Bradford's No. 1
114 Plaxico Burress WR NYJ Michael Vick proved jail makes you better
115 Johnny Knox WR CHI Chicago's big-play threat, but lack of size limits red-zone looks
116 Jerome Harrison RB DET Possible backup to injury-prone Jahvid Best
117 Greg Little WR CLE Big, strong receiver could easily emerge as Colt McCoy's top target
118 Ronnie Brown RB PHI Goal-line role in top offense could be useful
119 Pierre Garcon WR IND Behind Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Austin Collie in the pecking order
120 Roy Williams WR CHI Poor camp has him in danger of losing his job
121 Jay Cutler QB CHI Year 2 with Mike Martz and an offensive line expected to improve
122 Joe Flacco QB BAL 25 TDs on 489 attempts last year; hasn't peaked yet
123 DeMarco Murray RB DAL Neither Felix Jones nor Tashard Choice has set the world on fire; Murray could get a chance
124 Davone Bess WR MIA Possession receiver who relies on volume
125 Deion Branch WR NE Filled in admirably when Randy Moss left, but Ochocinco steals targets
126 Aaron Hernandez TE NE Dynamic pass-catching TE, but will yield goal-line targets to Rob Gronkowski
127 Rob Gronkowski TE NE Touchdown machine will share targets with Aaron Hernandez
128 Montario Hardesty RB CLE Coming back from injury, spells Peyton Hillis behind first-rate offensive line
129 Jordy Nelson WR GB Super Bowl performance creates opportunity; James Jones' re-signing limits it
130 Kyle Orton QB DEN Bad defense could result in 4,000 yard season
131 Steve Breaston WR KC No. 2 option in Kansas City
132 Jacoby Ford WR OAK Versatile playmaker adds rushing, receiving and return yards and scores
133 Marion Barber RB CHI Could see goal-line carries and some receptions
134 Kevin Kolb QB ARZ Playing in a good climate with Larry Fitzgerald should ensure a good floor
135 Jason Snelling RB ATL Tough runner, solid pass catcher, backup to Michael Turner
136 Louis Murphy WR OAK Could be Raiders top receiver this year
137 Ricky Williams RB BAL Ray Rice's backup
138 Chris Cooley TE WAS Could be ready for the start of the season
139 Tony Gonzalez TE ATL A down year was 70 catches and six TDs
140 Justin Forsett RB SEA For whatever reason, the Seahawks don't trust him to carry the load
141 Owen Daniels TE HOU Needs to stay healthy, and the Texans don't throw a lot in the red zone
142 Kendall Hunter RB SF Likely backup to an injury-prone Frank Gore
143 Greg Olsen TE CAR Could be the team's top receiver
144 Matthew Stafford QB DET If he ever stays healthy, he has the physical tools and the weapons to break out
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 Sam Bradford QB STL Scouts love him but 6.0 YPA last year
148 Jared Cook TE TEN Great athlete, could be a frequent target
149 Danny Amendola WR STL Much better in PPR if the Rams stick with him.
150 Steven Smith WR PHI Reliable possession receiver coming off microfracture surgery; in pass-happy Philly offense


Players Who Dropped Out since the last edition: Ryan Williams, Bernard Berrian, Jerome Simpson, Zach Miller, Josh Morgan

Players Added: Marion Barber, Kyle Orton, Chris Cooley, Danny Amendola, Greg Olsen.