Shuffle Up and Deal: Mike Tolbert Fan Club

Scott Pianowski

You should know the rules and lifelines by now. If we had a fresh Fantasy Football draft going off tonight, what would our cheatsheet look like? These are not weekly ranks, they are seasonal ranks, with the condition that the season begins in Week 12.

Bring your respectful disagreement to the comments, but please back up your stances with a strong line of reasoning. Further the conversation, gamer.

To the board:

1. Philip Rivers(notes)
2. Aaron Rodgers(notes)
3. Michael Vick(notes)
4. Drew Brees(notes)
5. Peyton Manning(notes)
6. Ben Roethlisberger(notes)
7. Kyle Orton(notes)
8. Tom Brady(notes)
9. Joe Flacco(notes)
10. Shaun Hill(notes)
11. Matt Ryan(notes)
12. Eli Manning(notes)
13. Mark Sanchez(notes)
14. Jay Cutler(notes)
15. Josh Freeman(notes)
16. Matt Schaub(notes)
17. Carson Palmer(notes)
18. David Garrard(notes)
19. Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes)
20. Matt Cassel(notes)
21. Sam Bradford(notes)
22. Donovan McNabb(notes)
23. Jon Kitna(notes)
24. Troy Smith(notes)
25. Brett Favre(notes)
26. Derek Anderson(notes)
27. Matt Hasselbeck(notes)
28. Jason Campbell(notes)
Comments: It's ridiculous what Rivers is doing this year, throwing to lawn chairs and willing the Chargers into playoff contention. He might not win the MVP, but he's the most impressive player this season by a mile. … Orton might have to worry about a Tim Tebow(notes) start late in the year, but Josh McDaniels won't discuss it while the Broncos are still technically in playoff contention. … There's nothing special about Hill, but you feel confident that he'll chuck it 40-50 times every game, and there's a lot to be said for that kind of floor. … There's probably one classic Favre game coming over the final six weeks, but no one knows when. Maybe he'll have two for us, now that Rice is back.

Running Backs
1. Arian Foster(notes)
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Chris Johnson
4. Peyton Hillis(notes)
5. Maurice Jones-Drew(notes)
6. Frank Gore(notes)
7. Rashard Mendenhall(notes)
8. LeSean McCoy(notes)
9. Ray Rice(notes)
10. Michael Turner(notes)
11. Darren McFadden(notes)
12. Steven Jackson
13. Jamaal Charles(notes)
14. Knowshon Moreno(notes)
15. Fred Jackson(notes)
16. LaDainian Tomlinson(notes)
17. Mike Tolbert(notes)
18. Matt Forte(notes)
19. Thomas Jones(notes)
20. BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes)
21. Marshawn Lynch(notes)
22. Brandon Jackson(notes)
23. Cedric Benson(notes)
24. LeGarrette Blount(notes)
25. Ahmad Bradshaw(notes)
26. Keiland Williams(notes)
27. Danny Woodhead(notes)
28. Mike Goodson(notes)
29. Shonn Greene(notes)
30. Brandon Jacobs(notes)
31. Christopher Ivory(notes)
32. Felix Jones(notes)
33. Beanie Wells(notes)
34. Ronnie Brown(notes)
35. Maurice Morris(notes)
36. Marion Barber(notes)
37. Reggie Bush(notes)
38. Ricky Williams(notes)
39. Tim Hightower(notes)
40. Jonathan Stewart(notes)
41. Joseph Addai(notes)
42. Ryan Mathews(notes)
43. Carnell Williams(notes)
44. Willis McGahee(notes)
45. Jason Snelling(notes)
46. Darren Sproles(notes)
47. Justin Forsett(notes)
48. Chester Taylor(notes)
49. Tashard Choice(notes)
50. Donald Brown(notes)
51. Mike Hart(notes)
52. Michael Bush(notes)
53. Toby Gerhart(notes)
54. Pierre Thomas(notes)
55. Ryan Torain(notes)
56. Jahvid Best(notes)
57. Javarris James(notes)
58. C.J. Spiller(notes)
59. John Kuhn(notes)
60. Bernard Scott(notes)
61. Jerome Harrison(notes)
62. Javon Ringer(notes)
63. Derrick Ward(notes)
64. Mewelde Moore(notes)
65. James Davis
66. Jacob Hester(notes)
Comments: Hillis has scores in nine of his ten starts and his touch count is safe every week. He's the waiver-wire grab of the season. … Moreno's getting more involved in Denver's screen game, which is important because he's nothing special between the tackles. … I always feel like I'm ranking Charles a little too high, but sooner or later those long plays that end inside the 5-yard line will push to the end zone. At least that's my hope. … Tolbert doesn't have any lateral moves whatsoever but he pushes the pile, breaks tackles, and has soft hands. He's a nice fit for this offense. … There's no obvious answer on Bradshaw; the demotion could last 30 minutes or 30 days. I'd be stunned if Jacobs ran away and hid with the starting gig.

Wide Receivers
1. Roddy White(notes)
2. Calvin Johnson(notes)
3. Reggie Wayne(notes)
4. Greg Jennings(notes)
5. Andre Johnson(notes)
6. Dwayne Bowe(notes)
7. Brandon Lloyd(notes)
8. DeSean Jackson(notes)
9. Terrell Owens(notes)
10. Mike Wallace(notes)
11. Santonio Holmes(notes)
12. Marques Colston(notes)
13. Anquan Boldin(notes)
14. Steve Johnson(notes)
15. Larry Fitzgerald(notes)
16. Dez Bryant(notes)
17. Mike Williams (TB)
18. Jeremy Maclin(notes)
19. Vincent Jackson(notes)
20. Miles Austin(notes)
21. Percy Harvin(notes)
22. Braylon Edwards(notes)
23. Mario Manningham(notes)
24. Sidney Rice(notes)
25. Santana Moss(notes)
26. Mike Williams (Sea)
27. Hines Ward(notes)
28. Malcom Floyd(notes)
29. Michael Crabtree(notes)
30. Mike Thomas(notes)
31. Nate Burleson(notes)
32. Chad Ochocinco(notes)
33. Wes Welker(notes)
34. Deion Branch(notes)
35. Jabar Gaffney(notes)
36. Johnny Knox(notes)
37. Danny Amendola(notes)
38. Lee Evans(notes)
39. Robert Meachem(notes)
40. Davone Bess(notes)
41. Pierre Garcon(notes)
42. Steve Breaston(notes)
43. Lance Moore(notes)
44. James Jones(notes)
45. Derrick Mason(notes)
46. Blair White(notes)
47. Brandon Gibson(notes)
48. Nate Washington(notes)
49. Eddie Royal(notes)
50. Randy Moss(notes)
51. Derek Hagan(notes)
52. Austin Collie(notes)
53. Steve Smith (Car)
54. Donald Driver(notes)
55. Brian Hartline(notes)
56. Ben Obomanu(notes)
57. Hakeem Nicks(notes)
58. Brandon Tate(notes)
59. Steve Smith (NYG)
60. Jordan Shipley(notes)
61. Devin Hester(notes)
62. Early Doucet(notes)
63. Michael Jenkins(notes)
64. Mike Sims-Walker(notes)
65. Anthony Armstrong(notes)
66. Louis Murphy(notes)
67. Demaryius Thomas(notes)
68. Mohamed Massaquoi(notes)
69. Kevin Walter(notes)
70. Jason Avant(notes)
71. Jordy Nelson(notes)
72. Earl Bennett(notes)
73. Brandon Marshall(notes)
74. Josh Morgan(notes)
75. Brandon Stokley(notes)
76. Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes)
77. Arrelious Benn(notes)
78. Chansi Stuckey(notes)
79. Laurent Robinson(notes)
80. T.J. Houshmandzadeh(notes)
81. Jacoby Jones(notes)
82. Deon Butler(notes)
83. Roy Williams
84. David Gettis(notes)
85. Golden Tate(notes)
Comments: Jennings has stepped up his game since Jermichael Finley(notes) got hurt, and Rodgers is a perfect teammate for him, a mobile quarterback with a deep arm. … Wallace still isn't a polished receiver, but he's got wonderful chemistry with Roethlisberger and he keeps running by people, so let's not sweat it. … It's a shame Thomas isn't a little taller, but he's Jacksonville's most reliable target, even when MSW is healthy. … I'm assuming Vincent Jackson is ready to go right out of the box, in part because of how badly the Chargers need help at the position.

Tight End
1. Jacob Tamme(notes)
2. Vernon Davis(notes)
3. Brandon Pettigrew(notes)
4. Jason Witten(notes)
5. Tony Gonzalez(notes)
6. Antonio Gates(notes)
7. Marcedes Lewis(notes)
8. Chris Cooley(notes)
9. Todd Heap(notes)
10. Greg Olsen(notes)
11. Dustin Keller(notes)
12. Aaron Hernandez(notes)
13. Zach Miller
14. Rob Gronkowski(notes)
15. Kevin Boss(notes)
16. Kellen Winslow(notes)
17. Tony Moeaki(notes)
18. Benjamin Watson(notes)
19. Jermaine Gresham(notes)
20. Visanthe Shiancoe(notes)
21. Heath Miller(notes)
22. Michael Hoomanawanui(notes)
23. Jimmy Graham(notes)
24. Anthony Fasano(notes)
25. Delanie Walker(notes)
26. Joel Dreessen(notes)
27. John Carlson(notes)
28. Brent Celek(notes)
29. Jeremy Shockey(notes)
Comments: Look, I'm no foot doctor. If Gates is right, he's obviously the best tight end in the game, bar none. He's not healthy yet, though, and for the meantime, you need a Gates caddy. … It's a shame the Jags don't throw to Lewis more because he's a matchup nightmare. … Keller's come down after a hot start, and he's obviously hurt by the emergence of Holmes.

At this time of year, there's no reason to have seasonal kicker and defense ranks. Those are week-to-week matchup-driven positions, and in some groups it will make sense to use a different guy every week.

Have a safe holiday weekend, amigos.