Chris Wesseling

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Friday, May 06, 2011


Gregg Rosenthal and Evan Silva covered the immediate draft fallout, handing out grades for each team at NBC's Draft Headquarters. I'm not sure there's anybody in the fantasy football business who can speak with authority on all of the late-round freaks and frauds like Silva can.

With rookie drafts coming up this weekend, it's time to turn our attention to Dynasty and keeper leagues. My Top-50 list for standard-scoring leagues with 25-man rosters is as follows:

Top 50 Overall

Tier One

1. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
2. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
3. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

Tier Two

4. Ryan Williams, RB, Cardinals
5. Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins
6. Greg Little, WR, Browns
7. Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots

Tier Three

8. Delone Carter, RB, Colts
9. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
10. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
11. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions
12. Roy Helu, RB, Redskins
13. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys
14. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
15. Leonard Hankerson, WR, Redskins
16. Vincent Brown, WR, Chargers
17. Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Chiefs

Tier Four

18. Jake Locker, QB, Titans
19. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jaguars
20. Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings
21. Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers
22. Alex Green, RB, Packers
23. Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers
24. Greg Salas, WR, Rams
25. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
26. Titus Young, WR, Lions
27. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
28. Edmond Gates, WR, Dolphins
29. Johnny White, RB, Bills

Tier Five

30. Lance Kendricks, TE, Rams
31. Virgil Green, TE, Broncos
32. Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns
33. Taiwan Jones, RB, Raiders
34. Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
35. Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots
36. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
37. Tandon Doss, WR, Ravens
38. Ryan Mallett, QB, Patriots
39. Dion Lewis, RB, Eagles
40. D.J. Williams, TE, Packers
41. Luke Stocker, TE, Buccaneers
42. Rob Housler, TE, Cardinals
43. Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders
44. Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos
45. Allen Bradford, RB, Buccaneers
46. Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Giants
47. Dwayne Harris, WR, Cowboys
48. Austin Pettis, WR, Rams
49. Jordan Todman, RB, Chargers
50. DaRel Scott, RB, Giants

In reviewing several mock drafts across the internet, the following trends have emerged:

  • Ingram, Green, and Jones are the top three picks. Green is No. 1 more often than not, though scoring system plays heavily into the decision at the top.

  • The next group features an eclectic mix of running backs and receivers. Ryan Williams is fourth more often than not, but some prefer Daniel Thomas instead. Little and Leshoure tend to follow those two, then all hell breaks loose based on personal preference. I've seen Helu, Vereen, Cobb, Baldwin, Hankerson, and even Newton in the top-six.

  • The QBs are a crapshoot -- and everyone knows it. Respected national analysts such as Mike Mayock, Greg Cosell, Michael Lombardi, Gil Brandt, Trent Dilfer, Ron Jaworski, ex-scout Dave Razzano, and former Bears QB Jim Miller all have a favorite, and there's no consensus on the one golden child.

  • As I stated last year, non-special running backs and receivers go way too high. Chalk it up to a relatively new cottage industry of internet prospect mavens, touting mediocre college talents as future NFL stars. As many as 20-25 skill-position players get hyped as potential first-round picks every year. The math just doesn't work.

    On to the rankings by position.


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    Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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