Fantasy Football Rankings: Cheat Sheets For Each Position

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 11: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens rushes upfield against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 11 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Preparing for your fantasy football draft? We have all the rankings you'll need to draft a championship team.

Fantasy football draft season is in full swing, and the SB Nation fantasy team has everything you need to gain a leg up on your league.

Position rankings are a vital component to having a successful draft and SB Nation Fantasy has put together detailed rankings for each position. Want to know the best fantasy quarterback in 2012? What about the best PPR running back? Whatever you are looking for, the SB Nation fantasy team has you covered.

Let's start with the quarterbacks. Depending on your league settings, quarterbacks might be the highest-scoring players in your league, so it's important to grab a good one. The top 10 fantasy quarterbacks in 2012 can be found below, with the top 38 available here.

1 Aaron Rodgers
2 Tom Brady
3 Drew Brees
4 Matthew Stafford
5 Cam Newton
6 Michael Vick
7 Matt Ryan
8 Eli Manning
9 Tony Romo
10 Philip Rivers

Running backs are often the heart and soul of championship-winning fantasy teams. Whether you are playing in a standard or PPR league, SB Nation Fantasy has you covered. We've ranked the top 50 running backs in either format, with the Top 10 below.

Standard League PPR League
1 Arian Foster Arian Foster
2 Ray Rice Ray Rice
3 LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy
4 Darren McFadden Darren McFadden
5 Chris Johnson Chris Johnson
6 DeMarco Murray DeMarco Murray
7 Jamaal Charles Matt Forte
8 Adrian Peterson Jamaal Charles
9 Matt Forte Adrian Peterson
10 Steven Jackson Steven Jackson

Moving on to wide receivers, Calvin Johnson is again atop the rankings, but there is a surprise or two in the Top 10 as you can see below. Complete 2012 wide receiver rankings can be found here.

Standard Points Per Reception (PPR) League
1 Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson
2 Julio Jones Andre Johnson
3 Andre Johnson Brandon Marshall
4 Hakeem Nicks Julio Jones
5 Brandon Marshall Roddy White
6 A.J. Green Hakeem Nicks
7 Roddy White Percy Harvin
8 Dez Bryant A.J. Green
9 Greg Jennings Wes Welker
10 Jordy Nelson Larry Fitzgerald

Tight ends can be a forgotten position on fantasy teams, but good ones can help pave the way to a championship season. The Top 20 tight ends for 2012 can be found here, with the Top 10 below.


Player Name



Jimmy Graham

New Orleans


Rob Gronkowski

New England


Antonio Gates

San Diego


Jermichael Finley

Green Bay


Jason Witten



Vernon Davis

San Francisco


Aaron Hernandez

New England


Brandon Pettigrew



Fred Davis



Jacob Tamme


While fantasy position rankings are key, knowing when to draft each player is also important. The SB Nation Fantasy team has you covered with the top 100 fantasy players in 2012. While that alone should give you a huge advantage on draft day, finding a late-round gem or two can make all the difference. Here are five fantasy sleepers who your league mates might not know, but now you do.

For even more 2012 fantasy football rankings and other coverage, head over to SB Nation's fantasy sports hub.

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