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Overall Cheat Sheet With Comments: RotoWire 150

Chris Liss

Chris Liss

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

This is the first edition of the RotoWire 150. It assumes a 12-team non-PPR, standard scoring league. It's merely a snapshot of the rankings on Friday, August 1st at 10 pm PT. This particular list will not be updated, but I will put out newer lists in subsequent weeks. For rankings without comments that are updated multiple times per day, click here.

Rank Player Pos Team Comment
1 LeSean McCoy RB PHI Fast, quick, versatile and playing in top offense
2 Jamaal Charles RB KC Showed he could break open games as a receiver too last year
3 Adrian Peterson RB MIN Dominant old-school back should thrive in Norv Turner's offense
4 Matt Forte RB CHI Elite pass-catching back might even see more goal-line carries
5 Calvin Johnson WR DET NFL's version of LeBron James
6 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN Eric Decker's departure means more red-zone targets for Thomas
7 Dez Bryant WR DAL Arrival of play caller Scott Linehan boosts TD ceiling
8 Eddie Lacy RB GB Bruising runner should see high volume in top offense
9 Julio Jones WR ATL Return from foot injury only concern; elite size/speed playmaker
10 Jimmy Graham TE NO Drew Brees' top target plays mostly WR, qualifies at TE
11 A.J. Green WR CIN Sub-optimal environment, but skills are top shelf
12 Montee Ball RB DEN Denver's No. 1 RB, could lead NFL in TDs
13 DeMarco Murray RB DAL But for health history, would be easy first-round pick
14 Brandon Marshall WR CHI Fewer big plays, but was an elite red-zone target last year
15 Jordy Nelson WR GB Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson is best per-play combo in NFL
16 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI Monster downfield target, but Brandon Marshall limits ceiling
17 Arian Foster RB HOU Healthy again for now; should catch more passes in new offense
18 Zac Stacy RB STL Workhorse bowling-ball of a back, also catches passes
19 Giovani Bernard RB CIN Versatile rising star likely to lose out on goal-line carries
20 Le'Veon Bell RB PIT Only 3.5 YPC, but 45 catches in 13 games
21 Alfred Morris RB WAS Top-notch early-down and goal-line back; doesn't catch passes
22 C.J. Spiller RB BUF Ankle injury derailed 2013 season; healthy now
23 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA Will give up a few carries, but still workhorse on top team
24 Keenan Allen WR SD Fifth rookie WR since 2000 to break 1,000 yards
25 Doug Martin RB TB Got only 3.6 YPC last year before he got hurt
26 Peyton Manning QB DEN Expect average between 2012 and 2013
27 Andre Ellington RB ARZ Explosive back, question is whether he breaks 220 carries
28 Ryan Mathews RB SD Played all 16 games last year for first time in career
29 Aaron Rodgers QB GB On pace for another huge year when he got hurt
30 Drew Brees QB NO Averaging 42.7 TD passes and 5,272 yards last three years
31 Victor Cruz WR NYG Eli Manning and Giants O-line can't be worse than in 2013
32 Rob Gronkowski TE NE Health is the only issue; top-15 player otherwise
33 Michael Floyd WR ARZ Elite size/speed target, loses red-zone work to Larry Fitzgerald
34 Julius Thomas TE DEN Should have an even bigger role with Eric Decker gone
35 Vincent Jackson WR TB Safe choice, especially with improved QB and O-line
36 Antonio Brown WR PIT Plays much better in PPR; TD upside limited by stature
37 Randall Cobb WR GB Think Percy Harvin, but in a better offense
38 Andre Johnson WR HOU Quietly had 3,005 receiving yards last two years
39 Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN Think Percy Harvin, but bigger and more durable
40 Bishop Sankey RB TEN Should beat out Shonn Greene for feature-back role
41 Toby Gerhart RB JAC Career 4.7-YPC rusher gets a chance to start
42 Joique Bell RB DET Co-starter with Reggie Bush, good pass catcher
43 Pierre Garcon WR WAS Won't see last year's 181 targets, but efficiency should improve
44 Percy Harvin WR SEA Can do it all; showed he was healthy in the Super Bowl
45 DeSean Jackson WR WAS Led the league in YPT, goes from one good situation to another
46 Rashad Jennings RB NYG Caught 36 passes last year, good fit for NY's new West Coast offense
47 Josh Gordon WR CLE Possible suspension looming, otherwise would be top-10 pick
48 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI Returning from torn ACL, but should be No. 1 in Eagles offense
49 Ben Tate RB CLE Starting back in Cleveland, but Terrance West looms
50 Reggie Bush RB DET Should be good fit for new Saints-based offense in Detroit
51 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ Red-zone ace, but big-play ability largely gone
52 T.Y. Hilton WR IND Downfield gamebreaker, but Indy needs to open up the offense
53 Michael Crabtree WR SF Colin Kaepernick's No. 1 target in crowded situation
54 Roddy White WR ATL 32-years old, but came on strong in the second half
55 Chris Johnson RB NYJ Efficiency in freefall, but durable and assured carries
56 Shane Vereen RB NE Top-notch pass catcher in what should be a strong offense
57 Ray Rice RB BAL Likely to be suspended, but should rebound from injury-riddled year
58 Stevan Ridley RB NE Ostensible starter for the Pats, but must hold onto the ball
59 Frank Gore RB SF Old warhorse still the starter, but should cede carries to backups
60 Torrey Smith WR BAL Big-play artist, but not much work near pay dirt
61 Marques Colston WR NO Slowed by injuries, was largely himself in second half
62 Wes Welker WR DEN High TDs masked slide in per-play effectiveness
63 Mike Wallace WR MIA Better season in Year 2 in Miami and with upgraded O-line
64 Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK Produced in bad situations before, but 29 and with more miles now
65 Nick Foles QB PHI Led NFL with 9.1 YPA and 27:2 TD:INT ratio last year
66 Jordan Cameron TE CLE Could be team's top target if Josh Gordon suspended
67 Vernon Davis TE SF Impossible matchup, but volume is an issue in SF
68 Trent Richardson RB IND Looked awful last year, but is still the favorite to start
69 Terrance West RB CLE Talented rookie will back up injury-prone Ben Tate
70 Andrew Luck QB IND Finally surrounded with plus skill talent
71 Robert Griffin QB WAS Looks healthy in OTAs, No. 1 QB upside with new weapons
72 Terrance Williams WR DAL Downfield playmaker is now No. 2 in Dallas
73 Eric Decker WR NYJ No. 1 target in NY, but downgrade in QB possibly traumatic
74 Lamar Miller RB MIA Will compete for carries with already injured Knowshon Moreno
75 Pierre Thomas RB NO Part of Saints RB committee, should catch a lot of passes
76 Greg Olsen TE CAR Could be Panthers' top target
77 Sammy Watkins WR BUF Game-breaking rookie slots as team's top target immediately
78 Riley Cooper WR PHI From pariah to contract extension in one year; starter with upside
79 Mike Evans WR TB Has No. 1 size/speed specs; should start Week 1
80 Dwayne Bowe WR KC Second year with Andy Reid should be better
81 Tom Brady QB NE Top-five QB if Rob Gronkowski stays healthy all year
82 Jason Witten TE DAL Steady source of catches, but little big-play ability
83 Zach Ertz TE PHI Breakout candidate in Year 2 in Chip Kelly's offense
84 Dennis Pitta TE BAL Could be Joe Flacco's top target, especially in red zone
85 Matt Ryan QB ATL Consistent passer should bounce back with Julio Jones returning
86 Matthew Stafford QB DET Mediocre player, but high volume and Calvin Johnson pay fantasy bills
87 Jordan Reed TE WAS Could be Robert Griffin's first read near the goal line
88 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU Possible breakout in Year 2 if Andre Johnson gets hurt or leaves town
89 Aaron Dobson WR NE Only size/speed threat the Patriots have on the outside
90 Cam Newton QB CAR Great talent, but deprived of weapons
91 Rueben Randle WR NYG Should see a boost in up-tempo offense
92 Golden Tate WR DET Will see a lot of single coverage this year
93 Kendall Wright WR TEN Strictly a possession receiver, but volume should be high
94 Kenny Stills WR NO Strong rookie season portends bigger role
95 Cecil Shorts WR JAC The Jaguars No. 1 at least heading into 2014
96 Mark Ingram RB NO Should split early-down work with Pierre Thomas/Khiry Robinson
97 Colin Kaepernick QB SF Has the weapons/skills for monster season, but needs more attempts
98 Carlos Hyde RB SF Frank Gore's only backup standing
99 Steven Jackson RB ATL Already injured, should be ready for Week 1
100 Tony Romo QB DAL Steady and productive, but coming off a back injury
101 Danny Woodhead RB SD Caught 76 balls and scored eight TDs last yaer
102 Marvin Jones WR CIN Athletic playmaker, but distant second fiddle to A.J. Green
103 Russell Wilson QB SEA Had arguably best first-two QB seasons in NFL history
104 Charles Clay TE MIA Dolphins' best red-zone target
105 Tavon Austin WR STL Rams need to find ways to get him the ball
106 Hakeem Nicks WR IND Still only 26, could be Indy's No. 1 if healthy
107 Darren McFadden RB OAK Co-starter alongside Maurice Jones-Drew
108 Julian Edelman WR NE Tom Brady's top target out of desperation should see smaller role
109 Philip Rivers QB SD Returned to his 2008-2010 form last year
110 Justin Hunter WR TEN Second-year man with size/speed combo to be a No. 1
111 Marqise Lee WR JAC Lighting it up in camp; Robinson/Shorts banged up
112 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN Norv Turner could make him more than just a red-zone option
113 Ladarius Green TE SD Antonio Gates is still around, but Green should surpass him in 2014
114 Devonta Freeman RB ATL ATL's RB of the future; the future could be now
115 Jordan Matthews WR PHI Could see targets right away in Chip Kelly offense
116 Darren Sproles RB PHI Speedy pass-catcher should be a great fit for up-tempo offense
117 Martellus Bennett TE CHI Big, athletic target in dynamic passing offense
118 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR Starter in Carolina with modest ceiling
119 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN No. 4 target in Denver can be plenty useful
120 Ahmad Bradshaw RB IND Arguably Indy's best back if he can stay healthy
121 Christine Michael RB SEA Should see more work; top-five upside if Marshawn Lynch gets hurt
122 Chris Ivory RB NYJ Rugged, between-the-tackles runner to complement Chris Johnson
123 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR Healthy and should split carries with DeAngelo Williams again
124 Anquan Boldin WR SF Somehow stays relevant as he ages
125 Brian Hartline WR MIA Solid high-low, low-ceiling type
126 Bernard Pierce RB BAL Could start if Ray Rice is suspended
127 Andre Williams RB NYG David Wilson's injury opens the door.
128 Kenny Britt WR STL Looks great early in camp
129 Khiry Robinson RB NO In NO backfield mix, role could grow
130 Fred Jackson RB BUF 33 years old, but the mileage is low; Bryce Brown could supplant
131 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR Massive rookie could be the only game in town
132 Danny Amendola WR NE Hard to judge based on injury-riddled 2013
133 Jermaine Kearse WR SEA Big-play receiver in the playoffs could be in for larger role
134 Knile Davis RB KC Power/speed back could be a monster if Jamaal Charles gets hurt
135 Stepfan Taylor RB ARZ Will vie with Jonathan Dwyer for backup and possibly goal-line role
136 Donald Brown RB SD Indy's best back last year will back up Ryan Mathews in SD
137 Robert Turbin RB SEA In the mix, but fellow backup Christine Michael is more talented
138 Brandin Cooks WR NO Explosive short pass catcher, should fill Darren Sproles' role
139 Jarrett Boykin WR GB Slow, but decent size, great routes and hands
140 Greg Jennings WR MIN Lost a step, but still solid possesion option
141 LeGarrette Blount RB PIT Le'Veon Bell's backup with starter's talent
142 Ronnie Hillman RB DEN Ostensible backup to Montee Ball at press time
143 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT Master of buying time on broken plays
144 Jay Cutler QB CHI Per-game production should be great given system/weapons
145 Jeremy Hill RB CIN Should supplant Benjarvus Green-Ellis as Gio Bernard's complement
146 Reggie Wayne WR IND Looks healthy, but big plays and TDs are things of the past
147 Roy Helu RB WAS Alfred Morris' backup and third-down back
148 Bryce Brown RB BUF Talent is there; opportunity could be too if Fred Jackson is done
149 Knowshon Moreno RB MIA Lingering knee injury, could be supplanted by Lamar Miller
150 Andre Brown RB HOU Arian Foster's backup, but major health risk