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Never Too Early To Make Your Draft Cheat Sheet: Chris Liss' Overall Top 150 Rankings

Chris Liss

Chris Liss

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

RotoWire Top 150
By Chris Liss

1. Arian Foster, RB (HOU)
Runs, catches, scores, plays in a good offense behind a first-rate line
2. Calvin Johnson, WR (DET)
The biggest outlier at any position
3. LeSean McCoy, RB (PHI)
Goal-line touches, receptions make him elite. Don't expect 300 carries
4. Ray Rice, RB (BAL)
76 catches for 704 yards and 3 TD in addition to 291 carries, 12 TD
5. Aaron Rodgers, QB (GB)
Lots of quality QBs, but Rodgers' 15-game totals plus rushing stats stand out
6. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB (JAC)
Led league in carries and yards; offense can only get better
7. Ryan Mathews, RB (SD)
Could be No. 1 overall if he survives 300 carries
8. Trent Richardson, RB (CLE)
Arguably best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson
9. Chris Johnson, RB (TEN)
Re-dedicating himself this offseason; could benefit if Locker takes over
10. Tom Brady, QB (NE)
Everyone's back except the plodding RB; added Brandon Lloyd, too
11. Drew Brees, QB (NO)
No Sean Payton, no long-term deal (at press time); still passing-yds. record holder
12. A.J. Green, WR (CIN)
Speed, size, improving second-year QB, only game in town
13. Larry Fitzgerald, WR (ARZ)
Arguably the safest player on the board
14. Cam Newton, QB (CAR)
Rushing TDs might regress, but threw for 4,051 yards with 7.8 YPA as a rookie
15. Victor Cruz, WR (NYG)
League's best slot man's stats prorated to 1,736 yards over 16 starts
16. Greg Jennings, WR (GB)
No. 1 receiver in league's best per-play passing offense
17. Brandon Marshall, WR (CHI)
Reunited with Jay Cutler in a shootout-happy division
18. Andre Johnson, WR (HOU)
Injuries remove him from No. 2 receiver spot
19. DeMarco Murray, RB (DAL)
Good size, excellent speed, catches passes. Looks healthy this spring
20. Marshawn Lynch, RB (SEA)
Hard-running workhorse relies on volume and goal-line work
21. Adrian Peterson, RB (MIN)
If healthy, he'd be top-3. Only nine-months removed from ACL tear.
22. Jimmy Graham, TE (NO)
Sees more targets than Rob Gronkowski
23. Julio Jones, WR (ATL)
Best size/speed combo this side of Calvin Johnson
24. Darren McFadden, RB (OAK)
Top-5 overall if we could guarantee good health
25. Jamaal Charles, RB (KC)
Full year to recover from ACL tear; Peyton Hillis likely splits carries
26. Hakeem Nicks, WR (NYG)
Questionable for Week 1; when healthy, top-five wideout
27. Rob Gronkowski, TE (NE)
Greatest season ever for a TE; only Calvin Johnson projects for more rec. TDs
28. Matt Forte, RB (CHI)
Michael Bush likely to steal goal-line work; unhappy with contract
29. Michael Turner, RB (ATL)
Steady workhorse actually caught 17 balls last year
30. Doug Martin, RB (TB)
Rookie three-down back should beat out Blount
31. Percy Harvin, WR (MIN)
Hard to project him any lower when you add in his rushing yards
32. Miles Austin, WR (DAL)
Always produces big numbers when both he and Tony Romo are healthy
33. Marques Colston, WR (NO)
Reliable top-20 WR; rarely top-10
34. Roddy White, WR (ATL)
Lives off of huge volume, but rate stats are below average
35. Wes Welker, WR (NE)
Dropped off in second half, and now Brandon Lloyd is in town, too
36. Dez Bryant, WR (DAL)
Sky's still the limit, but tired in second halves of games
37. Frank Gore, RB (SF)
Starter on strong run-first team, but Jacobs, Hunter and James provide alternatives
38. Mike Wallace, WR (PIT)
Precipitous drop-off in season's second half; arguably fastest man in the league
39. Steven Jackson, RB (STL)
Old warhorse gets 1,000-plus yards and 40-plus catches every year
40. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB (NYG)
Giants' undisputed feature back, but rookie David Wilson has similar skill set
41. Matthew Stafford, QB (DET)
Needed 663 attempts (3rd all-time) for monster year; expect far less
42. Fred Jackson, RB (BUF)
Top-5 back before going down in Week 11; Spiller's strong finish reduces touches
43. Vincent Jackson, WR (TB)
Got the money he wanted; now must deal with new system, lesser QB
44. Beanie Wells, RB (ARZ)
Poor man's Michael Turner with knee issues; Ryan Williams (also hurt) lurks
45. Dwayne Bowe, WR (KC)
Reliable producer, should score more TDs this year, assuming contract issues resolved
46. Isaac Redman, RB (PIT)
Should be the team's starter until Rashard Mendenhall comes back
47. Steve Smith, WR (CAR)
33-year old hasn't lost a step yet
48. Jordy Nelson, WR (GB)
Otherworldly 13.2 YPT not sustainable
49. Antonio Brown, WR (PIT)
Steelers' No. 1 WR in the season's second half
50. Demaryius Thomas, WR (DEN)
Could be a monster with Manning, but must improve route-running
51. Jeremy Maclin, WR (PHI)
Eagles' top target, but not much red-zone or down-field work
52. Philip Rivers, QB (SD)
Elite QB should bounce back
53. Reggie Bush, RB (MIA)
Surprisingly strong season as feature back, but injury prone and on subpar offense
54. Michael Vick, QB (PHI)
Consider 2011 his floor and 2010 his ceiling
55. Torrey Smith, WR (BAL)
Big-play threat in Baltimore, could progress in Year 2
56. DeSean Jackson, WR (PHI)
Low-volume game-breaker in pass-happy offense
57. Steve Johnson, WR (BUF)
Merely decent skills, but only game in town
58. Antonio Gates, TE (SD)
Still top tier when healthy
59. Shonn Greene, RB (NYJ)
Plodder with a full-time job
60. Willis McGahee, RB (DEN)
Resurgent in 2011, but will turn 31 in October
61. C.J. Spilller, RB (BUF)
Would be top-15 back if Fred Jackson went down
62. Aaron Hernandez, TE (NE)
Saw more red-zone and goal-line targets than Gronkowski last year
63. Eli Manning, QB (NYG)
Sixth-highest yardage season of all time; expect fewer than 589 passing attempts
64. Kenny Britt, WR (TEN)
Top-10 WR when healthy; had a second surgery this spring
65. Jason Witten, TE (DAL)
As reliable as any player on the board; not a big scorer
66. Darren Sproles, RB (NO)
Best pass-catching back in the league
67. James Starks, RB (GB)
Enters training camp atop the team's depth chart
68. Mark Ingram, RB (NO)
Should see larger/more consistent workload if healthy
69. Santonio Holmes, WR (NYJ)
Only established receiver on the team; still explosive at age 28
70. Brandon Lloyd, WR (NE)
Tom Brady's deep threat, but lots of competition for targets
71. Michael Crabtree, WR (SF)
Top target in run-first offense that suddenly has more mouths to feed
72. Pierre Garcon, WR (WAS)
Big payday guarantees big targets from touted rookie QB
73. Jonathan Stewart, RB (CAR)
Would be 25 spots higher if his QB didn't steal so many goal-line carries
74. Tony Romo, QB (DAL)
Reliably elite when healthy
75. Matt Ryan, QB (ATL)
High volume covers up mediocre rate stats; dome QB with good WRs
76. Reggie Wayne, WR (IND)
Andrew Luck should be a major upgrade from Painter/Orlovsky
77. Peyton Manning, QB (DEN)
Health risk costs him 20 spots; needs to adjust to new system, raw receivers
78. Malcom Floyd, WR (SD)
Easy top-20 WR if he could stay healthy
79. Benjarvus Green-Ellis, RB (CIN)
Plodding runner who doesn't fumble and has a nose for the end zone
80. Ben Tate, RB (HOU)
Top-10 overall player if Arian Foster goes down
81. Roy Helu, RB (WAS)
Versatile back likely atop the depth chart, but with Mike Shanahan, you never know
82. Vernon Davis, TE (SF)
Showed elite skills in the playoffs; more competition for targets this year
83. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR (OAK)
Big, blazingly fast and playing with a real QB
84. Sidney Rice, WR (SEA)
If healthy, and if Matt Flynn pans out, Rice has top-15 WR upside
85. Denarius Moore, WR (OAK)
Acrobatic playmaker should push Heyward-Bey for top-target status
86. Robert Meachem, WR (SD)
Paid like a No. 1 wideout, paired with Philip Rivers
87. Donald Brown, RB (IND)
Decent bounce-back year for a terrible team; No. 1 on depth chart for now
88. Jahvid Best, RB (DET)
Concussion risk, but upside as speedy, pass-catching back in top offense
89. Stevan Ridley, RB (NE)
Atop the depth chart for now, but unclear how Belichick will use his backs
90. DeAngelo Williams, RB (CAR)
Great talent, bad situation with Newton, Stewart and even Tolbert around
91. Fred Davis, TE (WAS)
Skilled pass catcher could be leading target for rookie QB
92. Nate Washington, WR (TEN)
Top-16 WR last year; should lose targets if Britt is healthy
93. Kevin Smith, RB (DET)
Could have a big role if Best/Leshoure struggle to return
94. David Wilson, RB (NYG)
Ahmad Bradshaw's backup; excellent speed, tough runner for his size
95. Ronnie Hillman, RB (DEN)
Willis McGahee's backup, good receiver
96. Michael Bush, RB (CHI)
Matt Forte's backup and likely goal-line back in CHI
97. Jermichael Finley, TE (GB)
Huge upside for top talent in elite offense; must hold on to the ball
98. Toby Gerhart, RB (MIN)
More than competent filling in for injured Adrian Peterson
99. Anquan Boldin, WR (BAL)
Reliable possession receiver with modest volume and limited red-zone use
100. Greg Little, WR (CLE)
Poor per-play numbers on weak passing team, but easily its top target
101. Eric Decker, WR (DEN)
Not as athletic as teammate Thomas, but should be a starter for Peyton Manning
102. Justin Blackmon, WR (JAC)
Massive producer in college arrives in poor passing environment
103. Ben Roethlisberger, QB (PIT)
PIT offensive line upgrades should help
104. Robert Griffin, QB (WAS)
Elite prospect as a runner and passer
105. Brandon Pettigrew, TE (DET)
Heavily targeted TE in pass-first offense
106. Lance Moore, WR (NO)
Rare diminutive red-zone threat
107. Michael Floyd, WR (ARZ)
Big, strong playmaker with decent speed; starts opposite Fitzgerald
108. Vincent Brown, WR (SD)
Savvy, polished second-year man could carve out a big role in offense
109. Doug Baldwin, WR (SEA)
Fantastic rookie year for elusive slot man, could see more time outside
110. Pierre Thomas, RB (NO)
Versatile and talented back mired in 3-4 man timeshare
111. Jermaine Gresham, TE (CIN)
Could be the No. 2 target in improving Cincinnati passing game
112. Daniel Thomas, RB (MIA)
Injury-prone Reggie Bush's backup
113. Ryan Williams, RB (ARZ)
Likely back by Week 3, Williams could overtake injury-prone Wells
114. Peyton Hillis, RB (KC)
Reunited with OC Brian Daboll under whom he had his best year
115. Mike Goodson, RB (OAK)
Likely backup to injury-prone Darren McFadden
116. Mike Williams, WR (TB)
No. 2 wideout now that Vincent Jackson got paid to be No. 1
117. Austin Collie, WR (IND)
Good possession wideout, but concussion-prone
118. Brian Hartline, WR (MIA)
Listed as No. 1 on the depth chart for now; someone has to catch passes in Miami
119. Titus Young, WR (DET)
Speedy wideout was inefficient last year, but could be No. 2 target after Calvin Johnson
120. Randall Cobb, WR (GB)
Playmaking return man could be more involved in the offense this year
121. Jared Cook, TE (TEN)
Finished strong; more upside with Locker
122. Brent Celek, TE (PHI)
Eagles' top red-zone target when they're not handing the ball to McCoy
123. Tim Hightower, RB (WAS)
Shanahan seems to like him, but average talent and returning from ACL tear
124. Felix Jones, RB (DAL)
Backup to DeMarco Murray; ceiling limited by inability to shoulder large workload
125. Evan Royster, RB (WAS)
One of three backs in the mix, and with Shanahan you never know
126. Mikel Leshoure, RB (DET)
Returning from Achilles' tear, might also face suspension
127. Isaiah Pead, RB (STL)
Speedy, versatile back will back up overworked Steven Jackson
128. Alex Green, RB (GB)
Returning from ACL tear, but has to leapfrog only James Starks
129. Tony Gonzalez, TE (ATL)
Big season in 2011, but turned 36 in February
130. Carson Palmer, QB (OAK)
Got 8.4 YPA last year, and has plenty of weapons out wide
131. Shane Vereen, RB (NE)
Who knows how the New England backfield will shake out?
132. Owen Daniels, TE (HOU)
With Dreessen gone, could get more red-zone looks
133. Jay Cutler, QB (CHI)
Far better environment this year with Marshall around
134. Laurent Robinson, WR (JAC)
11 TDs in nine games with Dallas; major downgrade in offense
135. Jacoby Ford, WR (OAK)
Explosive and versatile playmaker needs to stay healthy
136. Earl Bennett, WR (CHI)
Jay Cutler's second favorite receiver; will see competition from Alshon Jeffery
137. Rueben Randle, WR (NYG)
Brought in to replace Mario Manningham, and now Nicks is hurt, too
138. Randy Moss, WR (SF)
Looks fast and spry in OTAs, but no guarantee he has an impact
139. Matt Schaub, QB (HOU)
Excellent QB in run-heavy system
140. Brian Quick, WR (STL)
WR is a crap shoot in STL, but Quick has the most upside
141. Jonathan Baldwin, WR (KC)
Bump up 50 spots if Dwayne Bowe holds out; great size and strength
142. Andrew Luck, QB (IND)
Elite QB prospect has surprisingly good rushing skills
143. Bernard Scott, RB (CIN)
Third-down back and backup to BJGE
144. LeGarrette Blount, RB (TEN)
Likely second-fiddle to Doug Martin, but still in the picture
145. David Nelson, WR (BUF)
Big slot target, No. 2 receiver on the Bills
146. Steve Breaston, WR (KC)
Reliable and efficient possession receiver
147. Dustin Keller, TE (NYJ)
Jets lack for reliable targets after Holmes and Keller; both should see more work
148. Santana Moss, WR (WAS)
Aging wideout might have lost a step, but could finally have a good QB
149. Kellen Winslow, TE (SEA)
Should be the team's top pass-catching TE right away
150. Coby Fleener, TE (IND)
Paired with his college QB; team will likely throw quite a bit