Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Top 100 rankings (Round 1) now up

My Top 100 rankings for the week of Aug. 10 are now available below, and as part of the package with my QB, RB, WR and TE rankings here: Kicker and Defense lists will be added next Monday. Note that the files available at the link are color-coded and easier to follow, which should make them more useful to you on draft day. Just make sure you use the most current editions!

You'll notice my rankings often vary dramatically from those you'll find elsewhere. By and large, other sites/experts simply mimic the Average Draft Positions (ADPs) from various mock drafting sites. But that just gives you the herd mentality. My rankings are different: If I think LT is in a steady decline, I'm not afraid to rank him at the RB17 slot. If I think Eddie Royal will out-perform Brandon Marshall, I'll rank them accordingly. If I think Beanie Wells is going to be this year's breakout RB, I'll make him my RB8.

That doesn't mean I think you should draft Wells in the first round! That would be foolish. It means you should pay attention to ADPs and pounce on him at the right time: maybe the 4th or 5th round, and get a 1st round value in return. That's how you dominate draft day!

Now here's my Top 100 overall rankings for the week. Note that this was compiled before Steve Smith's (hopefully not severe) shoulder injury...

The Top 100 is a consolidated view of the individual positional rankings, with players slotted according to their respective values. This is NOT a recommended draft order. Players may be drafted significantly higher or lower based upon their perceived value to other owners. Use these rankings to tailor your draft strategy, with a goal of selecting as many Elite and Near Elite players as possible.

1 Adrian Peterson MIN RB
2 Matt Forte CHI RB
3 Michael Turner ATL RB
4 Steven Jackson STL RB
5 Maurice Jones-Drew JAX RB
6 Chris Johnson TEN RB
7 DeAngelo Williams CAR RB
8 Chris "Beanie" Wells AZ RB
9 Brian Westbrook PHI RB
10 Brandon Jacobs NYG RB
11 Pierre Thomas NO RB
12 Steve Slaton HOU RB
13 Tom Brady NE QB
14 Randy Moss NE WR
15 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR
16 Drew Brees NO QB
17 LaDainian Tomlinson SD RB
18 Philip Rivers SD QB
19 Andre Johnson HOU WR
20 Frank Gore SF RB
21 Peyton Manning IND QB
22 Calvin Johnson DET WR
23 Ryan Grant GB RB
24 Darren McFadden OAK RB
25 Reggie Wayne IND WR
26 Knowshon Moreno DEN RB
27 Aaron Rodgers GB QB
28 Tony Romo DAL QB
29 Marques Colston NO WR
30 Roddy White ATL WR
31 Steve Smith CAR WR
32 Greg Jennings GB WR
33 Clinton Portis WAS RB
34 Kurt Warner ARI QB
35 Dallas Clark IND TE
36 Jason Witten DAL TE
37 Marion Barber III DAL RB
38 Carson Palmer CIN QB
39 Thomas Jones NYJ RB
40 Chad Ocho Cinco CIN WR
41 Wes Welker NE WR
42 Anquan Boldin ARI WR
43 Kevin Smith DET RB
44 Jay Cutler CHI QB
45 Donovan McNabb PHI QB
46 Antonio Gates SD TE
47 Joseph Addai IND RB
48 Matt Schaub HOU QB
49 Terrell Owens BUF WR
50 Willie Parker PIT RB
51 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB
52 Matt Ryan ATL QB
53 Matt Cassel KC QB
54 Dwayne Bowe KC WR
55 T.J. Houshmandzadeh SEA WR
56 DeSean Jackson PHI WR
57 Eddie Royal DEN WR
58 Greg Olsen CHI TE
59 Tony Gonzalez ATL TE
60 Ronnie Brown MIA RB
61 Santonio Holmes PIT WR
62 Braylon Edwards CLE WR
63 Vincent Jackson SD WR
64 Marshawn Lynch BUF RB
65 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB
66 Kellen Winslow Jr. TB TE
67 Owen Daniels HOU TE
68 Ray Rice BAL RB
69 Felix Jones DAL RB
70 Roy Williams DAL WR
71 Lee Evans BUF WR
72 Sage Rosenfels MIN QB
73 Reggie Bush NO RB
74 Larry Johnson KC RB
75 Donald Driver GB WR
76 Brandon Marshall DEN WR
77 Matt Hasselbeck SEA QB
78 Jeremy Shockey NO TE
79 Chris Cooley WAS TE
80 Vikings MIN DEF
81 LenDale White TEN RB
82 Chester Taylor MIN RB
83 Hines Ward PIT WR
84 Eli Manning NYG QB
85 Ahmad Bradshaw NYG RB
86 Fred Jackson BUF RB
87 Bernard Berrian MIN WR
88 Antonio Bryant TB WR
89 Steelers PIT DEF
90 Kevin Walter HOU WR
91 Darren Sproles SD RB
92 Torry Holt JAX WR
93 Lance Moore NO WR
94 Jamal Lewis CLE RB
95 Santana Moss WAS WR
96 Jerricho Cotchery NYJ WR
97 Earnest Graham TB RB
98 Giants NYG DEF
99 Cedric Benson CIN RB
100 Derrick Ward TB RB

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