Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: Top 100 Cheat Sheet For Standard Leagues

We provide a Top 100 cheat sheet to prepare you for your 2012 fantasy football draft in a standard league.

Welcome to Part II of our Fantasy Football cheat sheet ranking the Top 100 fantasy prospects. Part I gave a cheat sheet for PPR leagues. Part II deals with standard format drafts.

Again, keep in mind that SB Nation Fantasy has multiple fantasy writers and sometimes our opinions differ. Therefore, check out our positional rankings to get a full picture of what different experts think.

You can see Part I where I list some notes to clue you in regarding rankings where I stray a bit from my cohorts here and on other websites. Those differences stay true to form for the most part, but I give a few more notes here.



1. Unlike the PPR rankings where Ray Rice was rated No. 1, in standard formats I give Arian Foster the edge. You won't go wrong with Rice, but Foster has more upside. I think it is 50/50 which back ends with more points, but Foster has the better chance to absolutely dominate.

2. The players who drop the most transferring from PPR to standard include: Matt Forte, Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles at running back, and Percy Harvin and Wes Welker at WR. These are guys who rack up a ton of points through their receptions as opposed to breaking free for bunches of rushing yards or long bombs.

3. In Part I, I noted that I have not dropped Larry Fitzgerald nearly as much as most have due to the Arizona mess at QB and offensive line. However, in standard leagues, I do drop him a little more as part of his value is how consistently he hauls in catches, something not as important in a non-PPR league.

4. A lot of experts have Adrian Peterson dropping into the third round in both PPR and standard leagues. I just can't do that. Many of the same experts have him below Marshawn Lynch, who still could be suspended -- although that seems less likely lately -- and Jamaal Charles, coming off a major injury himself and competing with Peyton Hillis. I'd rather roll the dice with Peterson, who, if fully healthy by Game 4 or so, will give you first-round production for the bulk of the season.

5. As in Part I, I have tried to be helpful here by ranking players according to a drafting strategy that keeps in mind the value of the next available player at that position. So, a player may be ranked highly in part because there is a huge difference between that player and the next likely available player at that position.

Here are my Top 100 standard-format player rankings:

Rank

Name

Team

Pos.

1

Arian Foster

HOU

RB

2

Ray Rice

BAL

RB

3

LeSean McCoy

PHI

RB

4

Aaron Rodgers

GB

QB

5

Drew Brees

NO

QB

6

Calvin Johnson

DET

WR

7

Tom Brady

NE

QB

8

Chris Johnson

TEN

RB

9

Darren McFadden

OAK

RB

10

DeMarco Murray

DAL

RB

11

Steven Jackson

STL

RB

12

Matt Forte

CHI

RB

13

Jimmy Graham

NO

TE

14

Roddy White

ATL

WR

15

Matthew Stafford

DET

QB

16

Adrian Peterson

MIN

RB

17

Cam Newton

CAR

QB

18

Andre Johnson

HOU

WR

19

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

WR

20

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

RB

21

Greg Jennings

GB

WR

22

Julio Jones

ATL

WR

23

Rob Gronkowski

NE

TE

24

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

RB

25

Wes Welker

NE

WR

26

Jordy Nelson

GB

WR

27

Jamaal Charles

KC

RB

28

A.J. Green

CIN

WR

29

Hakeem Nicks

NYG

WR

30

Michael Turner

ATL

RB

31

Victor Cruz

NYG

WR

32

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

RB

33

Ryan Matthews

SD

RB

34

Steve Smith

CAR

WR

35

Brandon Marshall

CHI

WR

36

Marques Colston

NO

WR

37

Matt Ryan

ATL

QB

38

Antonio Gates

SD

TE

39

Trent Richardson

CLE

RB

40

Dez Bryant

DAL

WR

41

Fred Jackson

BUF

RB

42

Doug Martin

TB

RB

43

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

WR

44

Miles Austin

DAL

WR

45

Percy Harvin

MIN

WR

46

Frank Gore

SF

RB

47

Mike Wallace

PIT

WR

48

DeSean Jackson

PHI

WR

49

Eli Manning

NYG

QB

50

Reggie Wayne

IND

WR

51

Steve Johnson

BUF

WR

52

Tony Romo

DAL

QB

53

Reggie Bush

MIA

RB

54

Darren Sproles

NO

RB

55

Willis McGahee

DEN

RB

56

Pierre Garcon

WAS

WR

57

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

WR

58

Michael Vick

PHI

QB

59

Vincent Jackson

TB

WR

60

Peyton Manning

DEN

QB

61

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

RB

62

Brandon Lloyd

NE

WR

63

Jermichael Finley

GB

TE

64

Dwayne Bowe

KC

WR

65

Stevan Ridley

NE

RB

66

Donald Brown

IND

RB

67

Peyton Hillis

KC

RB

68

Darrius Heyward-Bey

OAK

WR

69

Antonio Brown

PIT

WR

70

Kevin Smith

DET

RB

71

Titus Young

DET

WR

72

Eric Decker

DEN

WR

73

Torrey Smith

BAL

WR

74

Shonn Greene

NYJ

RB

75

Philip Rivers

SD

QB

76

Aaron Hernandez

NE

TE

77

Jason Witten

DAL

TE

78

Isaac Redman

PIT

RB

79

Vernon Davis

SF

TE

80

Nate Washington

TEN

WR

81

C.J. Spiller

BUF

RB

82

Santonio Holmes

NYJ

WR

83

Beanie Wells

ARI

RB

84

Robert Meachem

SD

WR

85

Greg Little

CLE

WR

86

Ryan Williams

ARI

RB

87

Lance Moore

NO

WR

88

Brandon LaFell

CAR

WR

89

Cedric Benson

GB

RB

90

Malcom Floyd

SD

WR

91

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

RB

92

Denarius Moore

OAK

WR

93

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

TE

94

Justin Blackmon

JAC

WR

95

Robert Griffin III

WAS

QB

96

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

QB

97

Danny Amendola

STL

WR

98

Davone Bess

MIA

WR

99

Anquan Boldin

BAL

WR

100

Mark Ingram

NO

RB

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