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Silva's Post-Camp Top 150

Friday, August 30, 2013


A few notes before we begin:

** These rankings are for standard leagues, with PPR references where necessary. The rankings were concocted in the precise order I would draft players. So for this Post-Camp Top 150, there have been some adjustments made based on ADP (Average Draft Position). I believe that if you adhere to this Top 150 without major deviation, you will maximize value in your fantasy draft.

** The biggest change from previous Top 150s is Jimmy Graham's lowered ranking. Graham remains my No. 2 overall player based on value, but for these rankings I placed Graham where I personally would draft him. So because his Average Draft Position is in the late second round and I want Graham on my team because he is a significant week-to-week difference maker and gives me an edge on my opponent, I still have him high enough to where I believe I can get him.

** Another large change is the lowering of Brandon Marshall's ranking. I dropped him from my second-ranked wide receiver to No. 7. My gut says Marshall will in all likelihood be okay, but I think there was already very little difference between Marshall, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, and Larry Fitzgerald. I'm going to err on the side of caution here and probably avoid the member of that group with the biggest red flag. Correspondingly, I bumped up Alshon Jeffery, who earned it anyway with a highly impressive preseason.

** This line of thinking is also why Arian Foster may appear to have an unusually low rank. I don't see much difference between Foster, C.J. Spiller, Doug Martin, Trent Richardson, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, and Ray Rice to begin with. Due to Foster's injury, workload, and Ben Tate timeshare red flags, however, I'm probably going to draft someone else. These guys are all tightly bunched.

** This is my Final Top 150 for the 2013 fantasy season. I'll begin writing my first fantasy Matchups column during the coming week. I hope you all have enjoyed these Top 150s and will benefit in your leagues. I know you'll benefit from Matchups. Be on the lookout.

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1. Adrian Peterson -- Gunning for 2,500 yards. I'm never betting against him.
2. C.J. Spiller -- If he holds up on scheduled carries, can outscore Peterson.
3. Doug Martin -- "Safer" No. 2 overall pick, but lacks the upside of Spiller.
4. Trent Richardson -- Noticeably has more juice this year. Sky-high ceiling.
5. LeSean McCoy -- Best player in Chip Kelly's high-volume rushing attack.
6. Jamaal Charles -- Prefer him in PPR. Ups & downs under pass-first Reid.
7. Ray Rice -- Look for the 2013 Ravens to be a run-heavy, shot-play team.
8. Arian Foster -- Practicing fully, but more red flags than any 1st-round RB.
9. Calvin Johnson -- Fantasy's No. 1 overall WR in back-to-back seasons.
10. Alfred Morris -- Helu isn't a threat. Morris locked into another 300 carries.
11. Matt Forte -- Trestman will get him in space. Set up for career-best year.
12. Stevan Ridley -- Has chance to be centerpiece of Pats revised offense.

13. Jimmy Graham -- Based strictly on positional value, No. 2 overall player.
14. Marshawn Lynch -- Worth pondering: Is Christine Michael better talent? 

15. David Wilson -- Wilson will be a first-round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.

16. Dez Bryant -- The most impressive NFL player I saw in the preseason.

17. A.J. Green -- Cream of the crop in an exciting young Cincinnati offense.
18. Julio Jones -- While S-Jax, Roddy, and Gonzalez age, Julio gets better.
19. Frank Gore -- Top-12 fantasy RB in consecutive years; dominant O-Line.
20. Demaryius Thomas -- The alpha receiver in Peyton Manning's offense.
21. Steven Jackson -- High TD ceiling, but still 30-year-old RB in passing O.
22. Larry Fitzgerald -- Lock for rebound year with better QB in pass-first O.
23. Brandon Marshall -- Hip woes drop Marshall from my 2nd to 7th WR.
24. Chris Johnson -- Better OL helps, but Shonn Greene vulture concerns.

25. Eddie Lacy -- Now legit every-down back. Double-digit TDs very doable.
26. Reggie Bush -- Will be in space all season long in pass-dominated O.
27. Maurice Jones-Drew -- I've warmed to MJD some after strong August.
28. Lamar Miller -- Breakout candidate with big-play run skills & versatility.
29. DeMarco Murray -- Overrated talent with O-Line & durability concerns.
30. Darren McFadden -- Love his ability, but Raiders O could be scary bad.
31. Rob Gronkowski -- I expect Gronkowski to miss three games at most.
32. Drew Brees -- Saints will remain shootout team, helping Brees' stats.
33. Aaron Rodgers -- Look for reduced attempts, but increased efficiency.
34. Cam Newton -- Top-5 fantasy QB in each of his first two NFL seasons.
35. Andre Johnson -- Lacks elite ceiling at 32, but bankable low-end WR1.
36. Danny Amendola -- Could lead NFL in receptions if he lasts 16 games.

37. Victor Cruz -- 26-year-old with consecutive top-13 fantasy WR finishes.
38. Vincent Jackson -- Last year's No. 7 fantasy WR can score more TDs.
39. Roddy White -- Going on 32, but top-10 fantasy WR five straight years.
40. Peyton Manning -- Broncos defensive losses will equal more shootouts.
41. Pierre Garcon -- Playing the Andre Johnson role in Kyle Shanahan's O.
42. Marques Colston -- No longer a sexy pick, but annual borderline WR1.
43. Vernon Davis -- Legit challenger to lead tight end field in touchdowns.
44. Darren Sproles -- Very consistent week to week due to pass-game role.
45. Randall Cobb -- PPR special could flirt with century mark in receptions.
46. Jordy Nelson -- Healthy now; Aaron Rodgers' best all-around receiver.
47. Reggie Wayne -- Remains go-to guy in Andrew Luck's passing attack.
48. Robert Griffin III -- 2012's top quarterback scorer through Thanksgiving.


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Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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