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Midseason Fantasy Football Position Rankings

Fantasy football player rankings list the NFL players at each position you project to have the best stats. In fantasy football, NFL player statistics translate into fantasy points, so ranking the players accurately means you’ll be able to draft the best fantasy football team. Unfortunately, these projections are almost impossible to nail in the preseason.

Most fantasy football owners will hit on a few players they had ranked high and miss on others. Injuries might take one of their high round draft picks out for the season, or promote their deeper sleeper pick into a fantasy all-star.

The fact is, no matter how much preseason research you do for your fantasy football season, you get a lot of new information as soon as the Week 1 rolls around and the season begins. Almost instantly, your fantasy rankings change radically.

With that in mind, here are my midseason fantasy football player rankings.

Quarterback Fantasy Football Rankings

These rankings are based on performance so far in the season, as well as factors such as injuries, remaining strength of schedule and (in one or two cases, like Matt Schaub) bye weeks remaining. Note that I have taken into account injuries on the part of starters like Donovan McNabb and Matt Hasselbeck and they still fall in line with their average points per game, according to most standard scoring systems.

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Tom Brady
  4. Peyton Manning
  5. Matt Schaub
  6. Ben Roethlisberger
  7. Tony Romo
  8. Philip Rivers
  9. Kurt Warner
  10. Jay Cutler
  11. Brett Favre
  12. Donovan McNabb
  13. Carson Palmer
  14. Eli Manning
  15. Joe Flacco
  16. Matt Ryan
  17. Matt Hasselbeck
  18. David Garrard
  19. Kyle Orton
  20. Matt Sanchez

Running Back Fantasy Football Rankings

The running back list is completely crazy, if you saw what it looked like on Sunday, Week 1. Injuries always happen at this position and throw them out of whack. For instance, Thomas Jones was expected to lose carries to Leon Washington, who is no out for the year. I would rather have Lesean McCoy than Brian Westbrook at this point in the year, while Clinton Portis may sit out weeks with his concussion. Ray Rice looked like he might be in a productive platoon for the first month of the season, but his play has relegated Willis McGahee to the Ravens bench at this point.

  1. Maurice Jones-Drew
  2. Chris Johnson
  3. Ray Rice
  4. Adrian Peterson
  5. Frank Gore
  6. DeAngelo Williams
  7. Michael Turner
  8. Joseph Addai
  9. Cedric Benson
  10. Rashard Mendenhall
  11. Thomas Jones
  12. Steven Jackson
  13. Ronnie Brown
  14. Matt Forte
  15. Ricky Williams
  16. Ryan Grant
  17. Pierre Thomas
  18. Marion Barber
  19. Kevin Smith
  20. Marshawn Lynch
  21. Steve Slaton (Ryan Moats)
  22. Tim Hightower (Chris Wells)
  23. Julius Jones
  24. Brandon Jacobs
  25. Ahmad Bradshaw
  26. Lesean McCoy (Bryan Westbrook)
  27. Reggie Bush
  28. Laurence Maroney
  29. Jonathan Stewart
  30. Knowshon Moreno (Correll Buckhalter)
  31. Ladainian Tomlinson (Darren Sproles)
  32. Jamaal Charles (Kolby Smith)
  33. Darren McFadden (Justin Fargas)
  34. Sammie Morris
  35. Clinton Portis (Ladell Betts)

Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Rankings

This one is even crazier than the ball carriers list. I remember a friend sitting next to me at a fantasy draft cursing that Greg Jennings went one spot before he selected, so he “had to” draft Reggie Wayne. Sometimes, it’s the picks you don’t make in fantasy football – or the picks others make in front of you – that win you the title.

Wes Welker is probably down the rankings because of his early-season injury problems, but he’s actually averaging more points per week than Randy Moss in point-per-reception formats. His ranking tumbles 15 spots in leagues that don’t reward reception totals. Vincent Jackson has become a top-flight, elite receiver, as has Miles Austin. Mike Sims-Walker, touted by some in preseason, has broken out his rookie season, due to the injury of Troy Williamson and a chance to start. Austin Collie passed Pierre Garcon on the Colts depth chart and filled in nicely for Anthony Gonzales and, I’m not sure, but might keep the 2nd receiver spot in Indianapolis for the remainder of the season, if and when Gonzales returns.

Because of the Packers’ offensive line woes, Greg Jennings doesn’t have the time to run the deeper routes he excels at. Donald Driver, more of an underneath receiver, has once again become the Packers go-to-guy. Sidney Rice has emerged as Brett Favre’s favorite target and is having a breakout year in his 3rd NFL season. Devin Hester is finally justifying the selection someone makes of him in the high-to-middle rounds every year. Steve Breaston and Hakeem Nicks were hampered by injuries, but have come on in the latter stages of the season. Jerricho Cotchery is the same way.

As for Calvin Johnson, this is looking like a lost year for the Lions stud receiver. He could get healthy and come on in a few weeks, but if you want to make a late push to the playoffs, I can find a lot of receivers I have more faith in for the next month than Megatron. Trade for him in any keeper leagues or dynasty leagues you’re in right now, though.

I’m actually starting to feel sorry for Terrell Owens. The Steve Smith from the New York Giants is now the one that gets mentioned in fantasy football more than the Panthers longtime stud. The Oakland Raiders are a complete waste, as always, though.

  1. Reggie Wayne
  2. Larry Fitzgerald
  3. Vincent Jackson
  4. Andre Johnson
  5. Wes Welker (only in a ppr league)
  6. Randy Moss
  7. Austin Miles
  8. Roddy White
  9. Steve Smith (NYG)
  10. Hines Ward
  11. Marques Colston
  12. Chad Ochocinco
  13. Mike Sims-Walker
  14. DeSean Jackson
  15. Donald Driver
  16. Sidney Rice
  17. Nate Burleson
  18. Brandon Marshall
  19. Devin Hester
  20. Greg Jennings
  21. T.J. Houshmandzadeh
  22. Santonio Holmes
  23. Derrick Mason
  24. Dwayne Bowe
  25. Percy Harvin
  26. Santana Moss
  27. Steve Breaston
  28. Hakeem Nicks
  29. Austin Collie
  30. Steve Smith (Carolina)
  31. Roy Williams
  32. Jerricho Cothcery
  33. Braylon Edwards
  34. Calvin Johnson
  35. Terrell Owens

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