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Fantasy Football: It’s Like Star Wars for Jocks: Top 25 Rankings

Darth Brady will put up big fantasy numbers once again

I just finished my 16th NFL Fantasy Football Mock Draft, so it’s safe to say Fantasy Football season is a go.  This time of year it’s quite an exciting time of year for me and my sports minded friends.  Basically, Fantasy Football is basically Star Wars for jocks.  For the ones who do not play fantasy football, knock it, or can’t seem to figure it out; stay away, it’s addicting and I’ve grown tired of waiting more than twenty seconds for you to make your 10th round mock draft selection.  C’mon, does it really make a difference choosing between Jacoby Jones or Jacoby Ford at that point?

I’ve been quite solid in my fantasy football play over the years, not so much for fantasy baseball, basketball, or the ncaa tourney (which I managed to place last and second to last for the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, respectively).  So, if you want a 3,090th opinion, and are tired of hearing from fantasy football guru, Matthew Berry’s “expert” advice, here’s the Sports Minion’s look at the 2011 Fantasy Football Season:

2011 Fantasy Football Top 25:

  1. Adrian Peterson, RB1, Minnesota Vikings:  super talented back, reminds me of when Bugs Bunny used to throw the ball and catch it himself, I think AP could reinact it
  2. Jamaal Charles, RB2, Kansas City Chiefs:  following in footsteps of other Kansas City RB fantasy greats Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson; and Christian Okoye?
  3. Ray Rice, RB3, Baltimore Ravens:  back to back seasons with over 1,200 yards rushing and 60+ receptions
  4. Arian Foster, RB4, Houston Texans:  surprised everyone in 2010 with a monster 2,220 yards from scrimmage season
  5. Chris Johnson, RB5, Tennessee Titans:  Foster’s 2,220 yards from scrimmage was the most…since Johnson’s more impressive 2,509 yards in 2009
  6. Aaron Rodgers, QB1, Green Bay Packers:  look for the Super Bowl MVP to put up a 4,000+ yard, 30 TD season; don’t forget he can run too
  7. Michael Vick, QB2, Philadelphia Eagles:  he can throw, he can run very fast, lots of upside, had a huge 2010 season, but will his legs/body shatter á la Elijah Prince
  8. LeSean McCoy, RB6, Philadelphia Eagles:  coming into his third season, McCoy will produce Marshall Faulk-type stats, 1,000+ yards rushing with 80 catches, very likely
  9. Andre Johnson, WR1, Houston Texans:  a “down” season last year for Johnson with only 86 catches and a mere 1,216 yards, while appearing in just 13 games
  10. Rashard Mendenhall, RB7, Pittsburgh Steelers:  although he may not be all together there, the U of I alum rushed for over 1,200 yards with 13 scores last season
  11. Michael Turner, RB8, Atlanta Falcons:  similar to Mendenhall, both went to Illinois Universities, have comparable running games, but Turner’s a bit older and heavier
  12. Roddy White, WR2, Atlanta Falcons:  hasn’t missed a game…ever; four straight 1,000+ yard seasons
  13. Tom Brady, QB3, New England Patriots:  over the past two seasons, the 2010 MVP has averaged over 4,000 passing yards, 32 TD passes, and only 8.5 INTs; oh and he’s Tom Brady
  14. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB9, Jacksonville Jaguars:  coming off knee surgery, yes, but MJD loves fantasy football , and will look for a third straight 1,300 yard rushing season
  15. Drew Brees, QB4, New Orleans Saints:  Brees has yet to pass for under 4,000 yards and 25 TDs in his 5 seasons in New Orleans (5,000+ in ’08, 2nd all-time)
  16. Darren McFadden, RB10, Oakland Raiders:  in only 13 games, the former Arkansas Razorback put up over 1,600 yards from scrimmage last season
  17. Larry Fitzgerald, WR3, Arizona Cardinals:  fourth straight 90+  catch season, catching a TD from 3 different ghastly QBs; Kevin Kolb can only help

    Is Calvin Johnson human? Megatron? Cyborg?

  18. Calvin Johnson, WR4, Detroit Lions:  had over 1,100 yards with 12 TDs without a healthy Matthew Stafford; throw in the fact that he’s a cyborg at 6’5”, 230 lbs. = he’s reallygood 
  19. Frank Gore, RB11, San Francisco 49ers:  1,000 yard rushing, 400 yards receiving type player, if he stays healthy; side note: whatever happened to his old running mate Jarrett Payton?
  20. Phillip Rivers, QB5, San Diego Chargers:  over 4,000 yards passing in each of the last three seasons, threw for 30 TDs last season, and Vincent Jackson isn’t hurt or holding out, yet: take that Eli
  21. Matt Forte, RB12, Chicago Bears:  put up over 1,600 total yards from scrimmage last season, may lose some goal-line carries to Marion Barber; better in PPR leagues
  22. Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts:  yea yea, he’s got a hurt neck, but I highly doubt Peyton Manning will miss more than a game this season; The Sports Minion doesn’t know how other sites rank him so low as a guy with eleven 4,000 pass yard seasons
  23. Steven Jackson, RB13, St. Louis Rams:  the always reliable Jackson has six straight seasons with 1,000+ seasons, and can catch, 90 receptions in 2006
  24. Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts:  with Manning hurt, Wayne’s stock drops, but like I said before I cannot see Manning missing more than a game, unless his neck actually snaps off, and even then…
  25. Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns:  hard to believe he shared a backfield with McFadden and Felix Jones at one point at Arkansas, sharing no more, as he looks for another big season

Of course there’s always some snubs here and there, and you may disagree or agree along the way, that’s what the comments are for…

  1. Roger
    August 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Good read Andy, nice to have a different opinion. Coltes picked up Kerry Collins today, so I think Manning does need to drop from the Top 25

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