Silva's Early-Camp Top 150Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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Most NFL camps are now roughly one-week old. Major injuries to high-production players like Percy Harvin, Dennis Pitta, and Jeremy Maclin have already altered the fantasy landscape on those players' teams, impacting the outlooks of quarterbacks and fellow pass catchers.
I've been churning out these Top-150 rankings since last season ended, and they've been a monthly staple since the NFL draft. They may not look like fantasy rankings you see elsewhere, particularly at tight end and quarterback. For an explanation on Jimmy Graham's lofty ranking, bang it here. For an explanation of why quarterbacks are devalued, read more here.
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1. Adrian Peterson -- I'd find it difficult to argue anyone else might belong here.
2. Jimmy Graham -- Greatest weekly difference maker at any fantasy position.
3. Doug Martin -- Returning No. 2 overall fantasy RB with reloaded offensive line.
4. C.J. Spiller -- Perhaps single biggest threat to AP's top spot among rushers.
5. LeSean McCoy -- Will be centerpiece of Chip Kelly's run-dominated offense.
6. Jamaal Charles -- May be some headache weeks in Andy Reid's pass-first O.
7. Marshawn Lynch -- He is Seattle's best offensive player again with Harvin out.
8. Trent Richardson -- No. 9 fantasy RB as rookie poised for better second year.
9. Calvin Johnson -- In a tier of his own atop the fantasy wide receiver rankings.
10. Arian Foster -- Major wear on tires & taking forever to recover from calf strain.
11. Alfred Morris -- High-volume workhorse in one of NFL's run-friendliest offenses.
12. Ray Rice -- Conceivable Ravens lean on Rice more after losing Dennis Pitta.
13. Matt Forte -- New coach Trestman will make Forte a machine in PPR leagues.
14. Stevan Ridley -- 290 carries in 2012; don't be surprised if he tops 300 in 2013.
15. Steven Jackson -- Receptions, touchdowns should spike in Falcons offense.
16. Brandon Marshall -- Set up for another top 2-3 targets season under Trestman.
17. A.J. Green -- NFL's second most talented wide receiver, behind only Megatron.
18. Dez Bryant -- Splitting hairs between Marshall, Green, Dez, and Julio in Top 5.
19. Julio Jones -- The one ascending player in otherwise aging skill-player group.
20. Lamar Miller -- Best breakout running back candidate in fantasy this season.
21. Larry Fitzgerald -- Arians will use him in the Hines Ward/Reggie Wayne role.
22. Frank Gore -- He's 30 now, but has plenty of juice left and dominant O-Line.
23. Demaryius Thomas -- Similar skills to Julio with superior quarterback play.
24. Chris Johnson -- Hope is his "bust" runs turn to "booms" behind upgraded OL.
25. Reggie Bush -- If health cooperates, Bush should lead all RBs in receptions.
26. Andre Johnson -- 32 now, but coming off his healthiest offseason in years.
27. Darren McFadden -- First-round ability & workload with late-round durability.
28. David Wilson -- More explosive than Lamar Miller but likely committee back.
29. Aaron Rodgers -- Gets slight edge on Brees due to additional rushing stats.
30. Drew Brees -- Top-two fantasy quarterback in four of the last five seasons.
31. Rob Gronkowski -- Health is big unknown, but optimistic he'll be back early.
32. Cam Newton -- Highest ceiling of QB1s. Great value at late-4th round ADP.
33. Randall Cobb -- Movable chess piece is candidate for 100-plus receptions.
34. DeMarco Murray -- Will produce when healthy, but injury prone since college.
35. Dwayne Bowe -- Projects as target monster in Andy Reid's pass-first attack.
36. Darren Sproles -- Borderline RB1 in PPR. Scores weekly double-digit points.
37. Danny Amendola -- Health allowing, he'll score like a WR1 at WR2 cost.
38. Vincent Jackson -- Bucs emphasizing V-Jax in slot, where he's a mismatch.
39. Jordy Nelson -- Rodgers' most well-rounded receiver and best deep threat.
40. Marques Colston -- WR1/2 with three missed games the past four seasons.
41. Maurice Jones-Drew -- Not worth his second-round Average Draft Position.
42. Victor Cruz -- Still only 26 with back-to-back top-13 fantasy WR finishes.
43. Antonio Brown -- Sleeper for 100 catches as Big Ben's obvious go-to guy.
44. Roddy White -- Going on 32, but top-15 fantasy WR in six straight years.
45. Giovani Bernard -- Riser; More talented than Law Firm and it is not close.
46. Reggie Wayne -- Strong WR2 but expect fairly sizable drop in receptions.
47. Peyton Manning -- Can be the No. 1 fantasy QB if body holds up at age 37.
48. Le'Veon Bell -- Heavy-volume RB quickly ascending to top of depth chart.