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RotoWire Top 150: Chris Liss Ranks the Top 150 Players Overall

Chris Liss

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

Here are my initial 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 June 30. We advise using one of our customized scoring systems for your overall rankings: custom straight draft rankings, Dollar values for auctions or draft software. We highly recommend using RotoWire's draft software for overall rankings and during your draft.

Rank Player Pos Team Comment
1 Chris Johnson RB TEN Explosive big-play machine set all-time mark with 2,509 yards from scrimmage
2 Adrian Peterson RB MIN Quietly caught 43 passes and scored 18 TDs; needs to hold onto the rock
3 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 312 carries, 53 receptions, 16 TD shows he's up to carrying full load
4 Ray Rice RB BAL 78 receptions, 2041 yards from scrimmage; not much goal-line work, though
5 Michael Turner RB ATL NFL's prototype power runner, plus long speed, but doesn't catch passes
6 Frank Gore RB SF All-purpose workhorse in improving offense; needs to stay healthy
7 Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT Power back with speed and good hands should have bigger role
8 Andre Johnson WR HOU Size/speed monster heavily targeted in top-notch passing attack; underused near goal line
9 Randy Moss WR NE Aging all-time great still among the elite
10 Shonn Greene RB NYJ Speedy power back broke out during playoffs. Runs behind elite offensive line
11 Ryan Mathews RB SD Rookie steps into ideal situation - top-notch offense, RB-friendly coach
12 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARZ Talented enough to thrive even without Kurt Warner
13 Calvin Johnson WR DET Injuries and triple teams derailed season; sky's still the limit for freak among freaks
14 Miles Austin WR DAL NFL's best fantasy receiver over final 12 weeks
15 Jamaal Charles RB KC Chris Johnson light in season's second half; Thomas Jones will cut into workload
16 Steven Jackson RB STL Power runner with burst and good hands, but injury history and poor offense
17 Drew Brees QB NO Plays in the ideal system and ideal environment; highest floor among QBs
18 Aaron Rodgers QB GB Rushing ability, huge arm give Rodgers highest ceiling among QBs
19 Brandon Marshall WR MIA Huge wideout will be heavily targeted in Miami - recovering from hip surgery, though
20 Chris Wells RB ARZ Showed power and speed down the stretch; needs to stay healthy
21 Ryan Grant RB GB Reliable workhorse in elite offense
22 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR Elite talent would be top five were it not for Jonathan Stewart
23 Peyton Manning QB IND Safest pick on the board and has more weapons than in years past
24 Greg Jennings WR GB Reliable home-run threat for Aaron Rogers
25 Steve Smith WR CAR Rare elite receiver under six feet, had excellent chemistry with Matt Moore
26 Roddy White WR ATL Opportunity increased last year, but efficiency declined
27 Cedric Benson RB CIN Workhorse back should tote the rock another 300 times
28 Anquan Boldin WR BAL Best per game receiving avg. (79.2) of all time. Now Joe Flacco's No. 1 target
29 Sidney Rice WR MIN Broke out last year with Brett Favre under center; drop 10 spots if Favre retires
30 Reggie Wayne WR IND Polished pro is still Peyton's favorite target, even in red zone. Lacks explosiveness
31 Tony Romo QB DAL Dallas loaded with weapons. Romo knows how to make good use of them
32 Tom Brady QB NE Another year removed from knee surgery, should be even sharper in 2010
33 Jahvid Best RB DET Dynamic rookie back should start for improving offense; needs to prove durability
34 Pierre Thomas RB NO Per-play star in ideal system, but was underused in 2009
35 Knowshon Moreno RB DEN New power-running scheme should suit Moreno's style
36 Marques Colston WR NO Top target in Saints passing offense, but has to share the wealth
37 Philip Rivers QB SD Would be top-3 QB but for Norv Turner's run-first philosophy
38 Vincent Jackson WR SD Big, fast target in top offense; yields red-zone looks to Gates; could be suspended
39 Michael Crabtree WR SF Top prospect could take leap to stardom in Year 2
40 DeSean Jackson WR PHI 10 catches of 40-yards plus last year will be hard to repeat
41 Matt Schaub QB HOU 4,770 passing yards last year was sixth-highest total ever
42 LeSean McCoy RB PHI Feature back in strong offense; could yield carries at the goal line
43 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR Bruising power back would be top-5 but for DeAngelo Williams
44 Antonio Gates TE SD Red-zone monster delivers every year
45 Ronnie Brown RB MIA Almost always produces when healthy; rarely healthy for long
46 Vernon Davis TE SF Big-time breakout for league's most athletic tight end
47 Dallas Clark TE IND 100 catches, 1,106 yards and 10 TDs from tight end spot last year
48 Mike Sims-Walker WR JAC Top target on a team that's likely to throw more, thanks to poor defense
49 Robert Meachem WR NO Better than Colston during season's second half
50 Brandon Jacobs RB NYG Knee injury derailed 2009, but how much shelf life for 265-pound back?
51 Joseph Addai RB IND Nothing special, but well-rounded and great fit for Colts offense
52 Felix Jones RB DAL Upside is off the charts, but can he hold up under anything close to full load?
53 Matt Forte RB CHI Healthier now, but Chester Taylor looms as good fit in Martz' scheme
54 Steven Smith WR NYG First-rate possession receiver has the trust of Eli Manning
55 Hakeem Nicks WR NYG Big-play receiver showed explosion as a rookie
56 Dwayne Bowe WR KC 2009 was a lost year, but still a good red-zone threat and team's likely No. 1 target
57 Ben Tate RB HOU Rookie will battle Steve Slaton and Arian Foster for touches in top offense
58 Marion Barber RB DAL Will back up injury prone Felix Jones and get goal-line work
59 Montario Hardesty RB CLE Will battle Jerome Harrison for touches; could start immediately
60 Chad Ochocinco WR CIN No longer an elite receiver and few red-zone looks, but still useful
61 Pierre Garcon WR IND Peyton Manning's big-play receiver
62 Jay Cutler QB CHI Mike Martz's arrival removes the ceiling on elite talent; must cut down on picks
63 Jermichael Finley TE GB Should be a monster in Green Bay's offense if he can stay healthy
64 Brent Celek TE PHI Heavily targeted, polished receiver in pass-first offense with no other red-zone threat
65 Kellen Winslow TE TB Only game in town; produced even in terrible conditions last year
66 Jason Witten TE DAL One of many options, but still heavily targeted and trusted by Tony Romo
67 Justin Forsett RB SEA Early favorite to start with LenDale White cut, and Leon Washington recovering
68 Antonio Bryant WR CIN Physical wideout should be Carson Palmer's top red-zone target
69 Michael Bush RB OAK Power back is team's top option between the tackles and near the goal line
70 C.J. Spiller RB BUF Explosive game breaker, but in bad environment and sharing touches with Jackson/Lynch
71 Steve Slaton RB HOU Dynamic runner/receiver if healthy; competing for carries with Tate and Foster
72 Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG Giants' best back last year; faster, shiftier and better receiver than Jacobs
73 Lee Evans WR BUF Only game in town again now that T.O. is gone
74 Braylon Edwards WR NYJ No problem getting open deep; just needs to hold onto the ball
75 Hines Ward WR PIT Turned back the clock last two years, but without Big Ben for at least four games
76 Percy Harvin WR MIN Versatile all-around weapon, but plenty of competition for touches in Minnesota
77 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI Playmaking deep threat opposite DeSean Jackson
78 Donovan McNabb QB WAS Leaves pass-happy system, but Mike Shanahan is no slouch for offense, either
79 Kenny Britt WR TEN Big target should be Titans' No. 1 receiver
80 Dez Bryant WR DAL Superstar talent with some personal baggage lands in good passing environment
81 Darren McFadden RB OAK Injuries and upright running style put former top prospect's future in doubt
82 Donald Brown RB IND Joseph Addai's backup should see significant work
83 Fred Jackson RB BUF Will split work with C.J. Spiller and possibly Marshawn Lynch
84 Santana Moss WR WAS Finally gets to play with an above-average quarterback
85 T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR SEA Possession receiver on a team in transition
86 Donald Driver WR GB Turned 35 this past winter, but can still get down the field
87 Eli Manning QB NYG Coming off career year, and developing wide
88 Chris Chambers WR KC Big second half in Kansas City, but Dwayne Bowe was out
89 Mike Wallace WR PIT Deep threat will start opposite Hines Ward
90 Devin Aromashodu WR CHI Jay Cutler's big-play receiver down the stretch; team's No. 3 option at press time
91 Devin Thomas WR WAS Has all the physical tools; finally has a good quarterback, too
92 Devin Hester WR CHI Quick, speedy receiver a good fit for Mike Martz' offense
93 Johnny Knox WR CHI Fastest player on the Bears - slated to start opposite Hester at press time
94 Tony Gonzalez TE ATL Still getting it done at age 34
95 Zach Miller TE OAK Reliable producer in terrible environment, but gets a QB upgrade
96 Joe Flacco QB BAL Finally has a legit No. 1 receiver to go along with Derrick Mason and Ray Rice
97 Kevin Kolb QB PHI Showed signs last year; has keys to pass-happy, playmaker-rich offense
98 Owen Daniels TE HOU Was top-3 TE before tearing ACL in Week 8; should be ready for the season
99 Jerome Harrison RB CLE Exploded down the stretch; will battle Hardesty for carries
100 Clinton Portis RB WAS One-time star has lots of miles and competition for carries
101 Chester Taylor RB CHI Good fit for Martz' offense; will push Matt Forte for carries
102 Brett Favre QB MIN Likely to return after ankle surgery; will turn 41 this fall
103 Mohamed Massaquoi WR CLE Browns No. 1 receiver if such a thing could be said to exist
104 Julian Edelman WR NE Wes Welker-lite with less quickness, but more strength; big role early as slot man
105 Terrell Owens WR FA Still beat defenses deep last year with five catches of 40-plus; unsigned at press time
106 Derrick Mason WR BAL Relegated to No. 2 with Anquan Boldin in town
107 Austin Collie WR IND 17 catches, 241 yards, 2 TD in 2009 playoffs - should have a significant role
108 Steve Breaston WR ARZ Slated to start opposite Larry Fitzgerald with Boldin gone
109 Malcom Floyd WR SD Yet another big, fast receiver in San Diego; should start opposite V. Jackson
110 Santonio Holmes WR NYJ Suspended four games, but could be Jets' No. 1 target upon return
111 Matt Ryan QB ATL Could take the leap in Year 3, but plays for run-first team
112 Jerricho Cotchery WR NYJ Reliable receiver will remain in the mix
113 John Carlson TE SEA Quality pass-catching TE could see more work under new regime
114 Greg Olsen TE CHI Big-time upside, but Martz didn't typically use the TE in season's past
115 Visanthe Shiancoe TE MIN Red-zone specialist averaged nine TD past two years; downgrade if Favre retires
116 Heath Miller TE PIT Quietly had 76 catches for 789 yards and six scores
117 Thomas Jones RB KC Should see goal-line work at the very least in KC
118 Ricky Williams RB MIA 33-year old back will share carries with injury prone Ronnie Brown
119 Reggie Bush RB NO Will be involved, but Pierre Thomas is the team's star back
120 Laurence Maroney RB NE Our best guess for the top option in New England's murky backfield
121 Cadillac Williams RB TB Miraculously returned after multiple knee surgeries; dealing with subpar offense
122 Kevin Walter WR HOU Will see single coverage often opposite Andre Johnson
123 Jabar Gaffney WR DEN Huge game in Week 17 last year; in the running for No. 1 Denver receiver
124 Arrelious Benn WR TB Big, fast rookie has chance to be Tampa's No. 1 out of the gate
125 Roy Williams WR DAL An afterthought with the Dez Bryant pick, but still an effective red-zone target
126 Donnie Avery WR STL Needs to stay healthy, but could be No. 1 for Sam Bradford
127 Mario Manningham WR NYG Showed playmaking ability, but lapses in focus and Nicks' emergence make him NY's No. 3
128 Chaz Schilens WR OAK Size and speed, but recovering from foot surgery; could be Raiders' No. 1 WR
129 Tim Hightower RB ARZ Will split carries with superior Beanie Wells; caught 63 passes last year
130 Marshawn Lynch RB BUF No. 3 back in Buffalo, could be dealt before season starts
131 Derrick Ward RB TB Will split carries with Cadillac Williams
132 Larry Johnson RB WAS One of several vets in the mix for Redskins tailback job
133 Willis McGahee RB BAL Goal-line back on strong offense, but second fiddle to Ray Rice
134 Darren Sproles RB SD Change of pace back will spell Ryan Mathews on occasion
135 Bernard Berrian WR MIN Deep threat was odd man out last year, but upside with Favre if injuries strike
136 Torry Holt WR NE Declining receiver should get a boost from playing with Tom Brady
137 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN Big, speedy playmaker should be in the mix early on
138 Nate Burleson WR DET Brought in to keep defenses overplaying Calvin Johnson honest
139 Earl Bennett WR CHI Anyone in the Cutler/Martz offense has upside if things break his way
140 Eddie Royal WR DEN One-team rookie phenom will compete for starting WR role
141 Devery Henderson WR NO Drew Brees' long-time deep threat likely eclipsed by Robert Meachem
142 Laurent Robinson WR STL Looked good in camp and early on before breaking leg; should start if healthy
143 Arian Foster RB HOU In the Texans RB mix - was good down the stretch
144 Toby Gerhart RB MIN Adrian Peterson's backup, could see some goal-line carries
145 Tashard Choice RB DAL Will back up the injury-prone Felix Jones and Marion Barber
146 Wes Welker WR NE Late-season ACL tear puts early availability in serious doubt
147 Julius Jones RB SEA Will compete for touches with Justin Forsett and possibly Leon Washington
148 Josh Cribbs WR CLE All-time great returner could see bigger role as runner/receiver in offense
149 Anthony Gonzalez WR IND Speedy receiver will be in the mix if healthy
150 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR OAK Reach of 2009 draft; worked hard during offseason, looks good in spring practices