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Fantasy Football Rankings: Cheat Sheets For Each Position

August 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

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

You need every advantage you can get when it comes to creating your fantasy football team. Lucky for you, the SB Nation Fantasy experts have you covered as you draft a squad that is sure to win your league's championship.

We know that position rankings are especially helpful, so that is what we are delivering to you. Let's get started with the quarterbacks, who are usually just as important to your fantasy team as they are to your favorite NFL team. Here are the top ten quarterbacks (with the full list of 33 here).

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

You don't want to get left behind when it comes to the running back most likely to score touchdowns and rack up fantasy points on a consistent basis. Whether you are in a standard league or a PPR league, here are the top 50 running backs, with the top-10 shown 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 receiver, Calvin Johnson is always a great pick. If you can't nab Megatron, however, then here are the other top receivers you should be considering (top 70 here):

Standard PPR League
1 Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson
2 Julio Jones Larry Fitzgerald
3 Larry Fitzgerald Julio Jones
4 A.J. Green A.J. Green
5 Jordy Nelson Roddy White
6 Roddy White Brandon Marshall
7 Greg Jennings Wes Welker
8 Brandon Marshall Jordy Nelson
9 Wes Welker Greg Jennings
10 Victor Cruz Victor Cruz

While your opponent neglects the position, securing a good tight end could give you the edge on a week-to-week basis. Here are the top 20 tight ends, with the top 10 listed below.

Standard League

PPR League

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates

Jermichael Finley

Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

Jermichael Finley

Jason Witten

Jason Witten

Tony Gonzalez

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Tony Gonzalez

Brandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

Don't be the guy who does all the research on offensive weapons, only to pick your defense/special teams unit at random because you forgot to prepare. Here is a full 32-team ranking of defensive units, with the top 10 listed below.

1

San Francisco

2

Chicago

3

Houston

4

Philadelphia

5

Baltimore

6

Seattle

7

New England

8

New York Jets

9

Buffalo

10

Detroit

Finally, get yourself a solid kicker. The top 16 kickers are found here, with the top five listed below.

Rank

Name

Notes

1

David Akers

Mr. Akers has been Mr. Consistent with 139 or more points each the last three years. He'll be the first kicker off of the board.

2

Stephen Gostkowski

Anyone kicking for Tom Brady's Pats can be my kicker any day. He will finish as a top five guy, write that down.

3

Sebastian Janikowski

No one has more 50+ yard field goals over the last three years than "Sea Bass." So, if your league has a bonus for that, he's your guy.

4

Mason Crosby

Only one year in the last five has Mason had less than 125 points. And he is the man for one of the most potent offenses in the NFL.

5

Dan Bailey

This second-year kicker set the fantasy world on fire in 2011, and with dome home games and a hot offense, 2012 will be the same.

If you get stuck on a draft pick, make sure you are using all the resources here at SB Nation Fantasy. Consult the top 100 players list, and also make sure to check out the top five sleepers as well.

And as if that isn't enough, visit the SB Nation Fantasy War Room. It takes place every weekday night from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, so drop in and ask our experts your questions and get live responses.

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