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Overall Cheat Sheet With Comments: RotoWire 150 - PPR Edition

Chris Liss

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

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