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Alex Strouf: 2013 Fantasy Football Big Board

SB Nation's Alex Strouf ranks the Top 100 players for fantasy football entering this upcoming season. We consider players through standard league rules.

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Editor's Note: This article has been edited to reflect Danario Alexander's ACL injury. He has been removed, Ben Roethlisberger is your new No. 100.

August is here, and fantasy football officially starts to pick up steam. We thought we would kick things off with a ranking of the top 100 players this year. The rankings are based off the value they bring to your team, not when you should draft them. No problem there though, because not much would change (besides quarterbacks.)

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We've already seen three extremely serious injuries in Ravens' tight end Dennis Pitta, Seahawks' wide receiver Percy Harvin, and Eagles' wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. I have subsequently removed them from my list.

One more note, when explaining rounds where players could be drafted, I'm discussing an eight man standard league.


1. Adrian Peterson - RB - MIN

Easy pick, AD adds the most value to your team.

2. Doug Martin - RB - TB

Martin is due for a breakout season this year. This powerful Buccaneer adds awesome presence to your squad.

3. Arian Foster - RB - HOU

The touchdowns Foster scores week in and week out will get you up in your match-up each week. Great back.

4. Marshawn Lynch - RB - SEA

Beast Mode hits the defensive line like the beast he is. One of the fastest and strongest backs in the league.

5. Alfred Morris - RB - WAS

I like Morris, being a huge part of the Redskins' offense. He'd be a great pick in the mid-first round.

6. Ray Rice - RB - BAL

He's still the featured back in Baltimore, but how long will it be before Rice and Bernard Pierce split carries?

7. Aaron Rodgers - QB - GB

If your league gives five or six points for passing touchdowns, Rodgers' value climbs.

8. Calvin Johnson - WR - DET

What is there to say? Megatron hauls in almost a TD reception every week, and if he doesn't, have fun with the major yardage.

9. Jamaal Charles - RB - KC

Jamaal Charles is the featured back in Kansas City this year, so if healthy, I expect touchdowns and yards all year.

10. Tom Brady - QB - NE

The best quarterback in the league is Tom Brady. The reason he is so low? Brady is running out of targets, for a variety of reasons.

11. Peyton Manning - QB - DEN

Targets galore in Denver for Peyton Manning, where he got a brand new receiver in Wes Welker.

12. Trent Richardson - RB - CLE

Norv Turner said Richardson is getting at least 300 carries this season. It's convincing, since it's the Browns, and Trent Richardson is a powerful back.


13. CJ Spiller -RB - BUF

Breakout season for Spiller? I hope so. DRAFT HIM if you can.

14. Lesean McCoy - RB - PHI

Bryce Brown is looking for carries, but I don't believe McCoy's job is in jeopardy. McCoy is a fast runner who can get to the end-zone.

15. AJ Green - WR - CIN

I feel like this is almost a low spot for Green. I think he's set for yet another great season.

16. Drew Brees - QB - NO

Drew Brees is getting back head coach Sean Payton, along with his favorite targets.

17. Steven Jackson - RB - ATL

New place, same familiar face. Great running back in a great offense.

18. Julio Jones - WR - ATL

This is what is scary about Atlanta: they have so many threats. Julio Jones is my favorite wide receiver in the game. He makes clutch grabs all the time. Draft him if you have the chance. If he slips to the third round, that's a steal.

19. Brandon Marshall - WR - CHI

The best offensive player on the Chicago Bears. You can't go wrong with Marshall.

20. Larry Fitzgerald - WR - ARI

With a quarterback like Carson Palmer, the Larry Fitzgerald threat is back in play for the Cardinals.

21. Dez Bryant - WR - DAL

Is Tony Romo set for a great season? If Dez Bryant stays healthy, Dez Bryant will stay productive.

22. Cam Newton - QB - CAR

This may seem low, but I think the running threat Newton brings will be lower than most seasons.


23. Stevan Ridley - RB - NE

The riddle of Ridley has been solved. Shane Vereen will back Ridley up, not Danny Woodhead.

24. Andrew Luck - QB - IND

Here is my number one candidate for the sophomore slump. He still brings great presence and has two great wide receivers.

25. Matt Forte - RB - CHI

Injuries hit Forte almost every year, but he is such a good back!

26. Jimmy Graham - TE - NO

The best tight end in the game, and Drew Brees' favorite target.

27. Demaryius Thomas - WR - DEN

Time's up. Demaryius Thomas is going to be great this year.

28. Russell Wilson - QB - SEA

The most dynamic quarterback in the game, I think it's another great year for Wilson.

29. Andre Johnson - WR - HOU

If Johnson's health is FINALLY back at 100%, the Texans' offense will show it.

30. Chris Johnson - RB - TEN

He raced a cheetah, obviously he's fast. I think he's back to normal this season.

31. Vincent Jackson - WR - TB

The most underrated WR in the NFL. I said it.

32. Colin Kaepernick - QB - SF

Let's go Kaepernick, how about another good season. Will he be able to overcome the loss of Crabtree? The addition of Anquan Boldin will help.

33. Maurice Jones-Drew - RB - JAC

MJD is going to be running the Jacksonville offense, as long as he keeps his name cleared.

34. Frank Gore - RB - SF

Still a great running back, and I'm confident he can still perform.

35. Roddy White - WR - ATL

Like I said for Julio Jones, the weapons in Atlanta never end.

36. Victor Cruz - WR - NYG

Salsa time! Oh wait, that only happens when he scores on your team. Draft him if you have the opportunity, as he is a great weapon for the Giants.

37. Reggie Bush - RB - DET

The addition of Bush to the Lions is HUGE. Mikel Leshoure won't take many carries from Bush, so Bush is the feature back in Detroit.

38. Randall Cobb - WR - GB

39. Jordy Nelson - WR - GB

I didn't skip Cobb, I'm breaking these down together. I live in Wisconsin, so obviously the Packers are my favorite team. I watch these two very closely, and Rodgers doesn't know who to throw to. It's risky drafting either of these guys, due to having competition between each other.

40. Darren McFadden - RB - OAK

He's low, but he'll probably get injured, just like every other year.

41. Hakeem Nicks - WR - NYG

The jumping ability of Nicks is why Eli Manning likes to lob the ball. Great FLEX receiver.

42. Marques Colston - WR - NO

Drew Brees' second favorite target, and favorite receiver. I expect a great year from Colston.

43. Lamar Miller - RB - MIA

The new featured back in rebuilt Miami. It's Miller's chance to breakout, and your chance to get a steal in a mid-round.

44. Rob Gronkowski - TE - NE

Gronk is the main tight end in New England due to Aaron Hernandez's arrest. Although injuries may delay him, he's still one of the best in the game.

45. Reggie Wayne - WR - IND

Andrew Luck's favorite target, and Wayne still has it.

46. DeMarco Murray - RB - DAL

I have him A LOT lower than most big boards, but it's as simple as this: I'm not completely sold on Murray yet.

47. David Wilson - RB - NYG

The main back in New York is David Wilson. He's still young, so I'm not sure what he's made of yet.

48. Dwayne Bowe - WR - KC

Complete stud. He can make a grab whenever he wants to.

49. Le'Veon Bell - RB - PIT

He is replacing Rashard Mendenhall, which is obviously not the hardest job. I'm curious what Bell can do in Pitt.

50. Robert Griffin III - QB - WAS

An extremely dynamic sophomore who has the most potential of any quarterback. He likes to run. You've probably heard of him. I wouldn't pass on him.


51. Chris Ivory - RB - NYJ

New place, same face from New Orleans. He's never been the number one back anywhere, so this could be huge for Ivory.

52. Steve Smith - WR - CAR

Smith in the slot may be trouble. Great receiver.

53. Danny Amendola - WR - NE

Tom Brady's only wide receiver. It's exciting to see the former Ram in red and blue.

54. Ahmad Bradshaw - RB - IND

Bradshaw may share time with Vick Ballard, who was the starter last year, so Bradshaw is on the hot seat.

55. Mike Wallace - WR - MIA

This was the biggest free agency signing of the off-season, so it will be a big deal to see what he can do in Miami with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback.

56. Matt Ryan - QB - ATL

One of the last guys I'd want leading my fantasy football team each week, but that's because of Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez.

57. Antonio Brown - WR - PIT

The No. 1 spot belongs to Brown, and I'm sure he'll breakout.

58. Wes Welker - WR - DEN

The amount of receptions Welker gets will be hard to guess, because he is not the No. 1 receiver.

59. Tony Romo - QB - DAL

Romo is a quality back-up, but he does throw a lot of interceptions.

60. Eli Manning - QB - NYG

Great quarterback, but not from a fantasy standpoint. I'd like him as a back-up, though.

61. Eddie Lacy - RB - GB

The rookie has everything set up for him, and it's going to be exciting to see what he can do in green and yellow.

62. Pierre Garcon - WR - WAS

The best target available in Washington, and I think he's underrated. A solid steal in the middle rounds.

63. Eric Decker - WR - DEN

Three receiver from Denver in the top 63. Decker's a flex receiver.

64. Torrey Smith - WR - BAL

Torrey Smith is WAY UNDERRATED at a fantasy standpoint. 2013 is shaping up for Smith to have an unbelievable season.

65. Darren Sproles - RB - NO

Speedy, strong, small back in New Orleans. The number of carries is a question mark, as New Orleans is a passing offense.

66. Montee Ball - RB - DEN

Another rookie running back that is setup to succeed. Good pick in my opinion.

67. Greg Jennings - WR - MIN

Adrian Peterson runs the Minnesota offense. Jennings will get a couple receptions each game, so not a bad pick.

68. Cecil Shorts - WR - JAC

I think Cecil Shorts is a great wide receiver that has his slow weeks, but he has multiple touchdown weeks a couple games a year.

69. Matthew Stafford - QB - DET

Matthew Stafford has Calvin Johnson as his No. 1 option. Need I say more?

70. Tony Gonzalez - TE - ATL

Although he is older, he can still perform.

71. Ryan Mathews - RB - SD

When he is injury free, he is a great back.

72. Stevie Johnson - WR - BUF

EJ Manuel will be throwing to a controversial, speed demon. Always a solid pick.

73. BenJarvus Green-Ellis - RB - CIN

He's splitting carries with Giovani Bernard most likely, but Green-Ellis rarely fumbles and can break away easily.

74. Jonathan Stewart - RB - CAR

He will be the starting back, and he will get a good amount of carries, although DeAngelo Williams will get a solid amount himself.

75. Joe Flacco - QB - BAL

A great back-up in Fantasy, look for his availability in the later rounds.

76. Mike Williams - WR - TB

Another underrated WR from Tampa, Mike Williams is a receiver who can have a great game whenever he is needed.

77. Mike Vick - QB - PHI

The running threat Vick brings is what makes him a great fantasy QB.

78. Rashard Mendenhall - RB - ARI

He will be the featured back in Arizona, so he will be a steal in the later rounds.

79. Jason Witten - TE - DAL

Witten is still a good Tight End, even after the injuries and his age. Solid, safe pick.

80. James Jones - WR - GB

Atlanta's receiving corps is similar to Green Bay's, in that they each have multiple threats. James Jones happens to be one of those.

81. Shane Vereen - RB - NE

Vereen will get a good amount of carries behind Ridley.

82. Vernon Davis - TE - SF

One of the best at his position, and one of the best on the 49ers. It's just a matter of time before Kaepernick and Davis get a connection.

83. Kenny Britt - WR - TEN

Kenny Britt is a great receiver, although this ranking may not seem like it. Jake Locker needs to get the connection working.

84. Miles Austin - WR - DAL

Although Dez Bryant is going to lead the receiving corps in Dallas, don't forget about Miles Austin.

85. Mark Ingram - RB - NO

Ingram will likely turn into a third-down back for the Saints, along with a goal-line back.

86. DeAngelo Williams - RB - CAR

Williams should have a solid amount of carries, although Stewart will lead the backs.

87. T.Y. Hilton - WR - IND

I believe this is the year Hilton breaks out for the Colts.

88. Tavon Austin - WR - STL

The Rookie of the Year? Possibly, if he can perform well for the Rams.

89. Daryl Richardson - RB - STL

90. Isaiah Pead - RB - STL

Pead may seem like the front-runner for the starting job in St. Louis, but I believe Daryl Richardson will win the job.

91. Andy Dalton - QB - CIN

Underrated quarterback, will be an awesome back-up for your team.

92. DeSean Jackson - WR - PHI

With Jeremy Maclin out, Jackson's role shoots up. Not a bad FLEX player.

93. Golden Tate - WR - SEA

Tate's role will be increased due to Percy Harvin's absence.

94. Danario Alexander - WR - SD

This could be the season Alexander becomes a consistent receiver for the Chargers.

94. Mikel Leshoure - RB - DET

Backing up Reggie Bush never looked so fun!

95. Andre Brown - RB - NYG

I think Brown has a great chance to become one of the best backs this season.

96. Lance Moore - WR - NO

Lance Moore is a solid receiver, one of many for the Saints.

97. Denarius Moore - WR - OAK

Our second Moore in a row is a speed demon that Matt Flynn will appreciate.

98. Greg Olsen - TE - CAR

Olsen may have a great season at Tight End for the Panthers.

99. Giovani Bernard - RB - CIN

Even with BenJarvus Green-Ellis ahead of him, expect big carries for this rookie.

100. Ben Roethlisberger - QB - PIT

Hello, Mr. Irrelevant! A great backup in this game, or I prefer lifestyle, we call Fantasy Football.

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