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Shuffle Up: How I learned to stop worrying and love Peyton Hillis

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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 10.

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:

Quarterback
1. Philip Rivers(notes)
2. Peyton Manning(notes)
3. Aaron Rodgers(notes)
4. Drew Brees(notes)
5. Eli Manning(notes)
6. Michael Vick(notes)
7. Ben Roethlisberger(notes)
8. Joe Flacco(notes)
9. Kyle Orton(notes)
10. Matt Ryan(notes)
11. Matt Schaub(notes)
12. Ryan Fitzpatrick(notes)
13. Tom Brady(notes)
14. Carson Palmer(notes)
15. Brett Favre(notes)
16. Josh Freeman(notes)
17. Jay Cutler(notes)
18. Shaun Hill(notes)
19. David Garrard(notes)
20. Vince Young(notes)
21. Donovan McNabb(notes)
22. Matt Cassel(notes)
23. Mark Sanchez(notes)
24. Jon Kitna(notes)
25. Sam Bradford(notes)
26. Matt Hasselbeck(notes)
27. Jason Campbell(notes)
28. Chad Pennington(notes)
29. Troy Smith(notes)
30. Kevin Kolb(notes)
31. Derek Anderson(notes)
32. Tarvaris Jackson(notes)
33. Colt McCoy(notes)
34. Jimmy Clausen(notes)
Comments: What is left to add on Rivers at this point? He was throwing to lawn chairs last week at Houston and it didn't really matter. He's the true league MVP at this point, I don't care what San Diego's record is. … I'm tempted to put Vick in the first tier, but his playing style leads to a ton of hits and you wonder if he can last for the remainder of the regular season. I'm not questioning how he'll produce when he's actually on the field. … Chicago stemmed its pass-blocking problems for one week, but I still don't trust Cutler, or anyone on this offense. … Hill was surprisingly productive when he played earlier this season, and throwing to Calvin and Friends is a pretty good gig.


Running Back
1. Adrian Peterson
2. Arian Foster(notes)
3. Chris Johnson
4. Rashard Mendenhall(notes)
5. Michael Turner(notes)
6. Frank Gore(notes)
7. Peyton Hillis(notes)
8. Ray Rice(notes)
9. LeSean McCoy(notes)
10. Darren McFadden(notes)
11. Ahmad Bradshaw(notes)
12. Maurice Jones-Drew(notes)
13. Steven Jackson
14. Jamaal Charles(notes)
15. Cedric Benson(notes)
16. LaDainian Tomlinson(notes)
17. Matt Forte(notes)
18. Knowshon Moreno(notes)
19. Thomas Jones(notes)
20. Brandon Jackson(notes)
21. LeGarrette Blount(notes)
22. BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes)
23. Marshawn Lynch(notes)
24. Mike Tolbert(notes)
25. Jahvid Best(notes)
26. Ryan Torain(notes)
27. Joseph Addai(notes)
28. Beanie Wells(notes)
29. Shonn Greene(notes)
30. Ronnie Brown(notes)
31. DeAngelo Williams(notes)
32. Danny Woodhead(notes)
33. Fred Jackson(notes)
34. Ricky Williams(notes)
35. Ryan Mathews(notes)
36. Brandon Jacobs(notes)
37. Felix Jones(notes)
38. Donald Brown(notes)
39. Reggie Bush(notes)
40. Jonathan Stewart(notes)
41. Mike Hart(notes)
42. Kevin Smith(notes)
43. Pierre Thomas(notes)
44. Marion Barber(notes)
45. Michael Bush(notes)
46. Jason Snelling(notes)
47. C.J. Spiller(notes)
48. Darren Sproles(notes)
49. Willis McGahee(notes)
50. Chester Taylor(notes)
51. Carnell Williams(notes)
52. Tim Hightower(notes)
53. Derrick Ward(notes)
54. John Kuhn(notes)
55. Julius Jones(notes)
56. Christopher Ivory(notes)
57. Tashard Choice(notes)
58. Mike Goodson(notes)
59. Clinton Portis(notes)
60. Justin Forsett(notes)
61. Javon Ringer(notes)
62. Steve Slaton(notes)
63. Keiland Williams(notes)
64. Kenneth Darby(notes)
65. Ladell Betts(notes)
66. Deji Karim(notes)
67. Toby Gerhart(notes)
68. Javarris James(notes)
69. Anthony Dixon(notes)
70. Jerome Harrison(notes)
71. Marcel Reece(notes)
72. Leon Washington(notes)
73. Bernard Scott(notes)
Comments: At this point Hillis belongs in the inner circle of trust. He gets heavy work every week, he's scored in seven of eight starts, he catches the ball, and he keeps the pile moving. Two months of production buys a lot of cred. … I have no concrete answers on Wells, or Ken Whisenhunt for that matter. I'm just glad I'm not invested there. … How can the Chargers trust Mathews down the stretch? He's proven to be an injury risk and a ball-security risk, and he still has problems reading blocks. … Green Bay's Jackson doesn't have any real special talents, but there's a lot to be said for being guaranteed 15 or more touches and being tied to an elite offense (and so long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, the Packers are an elite offense ). … What happened to Felix Jones in Dallas? Was it the weight gain, the spotty play of the line, the inconsistent usage? Something's up with this guy; he doesn't look anything like the electric playmakers we saw when he first entered the league.


Wide Receiver
1. Roddy White(notes)
2. Reggie Wayne(notes)
3. Hakeem Nicks(notes)
4. Andre Johnson(notes)
5. Calvin Johnson(notes)
6. Terrell Owens(notes)
7. DeSean Jackson(notes)
8. Greg Jennings(notes)
9. Brandon Marshall(notes)
10. Larry Fitzgerald(notes)
11. Brandon Lloyd(notes)
12. Anquan Boldin(notes)
13. Mike Williams (TB)
14. Marques Colston(notes)
15. Steve Smith (NYG)
16. Jeremy Maclin(notes)
17. Percy Harvin(notes)
18. Mike Wallace(notes)
19. Miles Austin(notes)
20. Hines Ward(notes)
21. Randy Moss(notes)
22. Pierre Garcon(notes)
23. Steve Johnson(notes)
24. Dwayne Bowe(notes)
25. Santana Moss(notes)
26. Mike Williams (Sea)
27. Braylon Edwards(notes)
28. Dez Bryant(notes)
29. Santonio Holmes(notes)
30. Johnny Knox(notes)
31. Malcom Floyd(notes)
32. Lee Evans(notes)
33. Lance Moore(notes)
34. Michael Crabtree(notes)
35. Chad Ochocinco(notes)
36. Mike Sims-Walker(notes)
37. Davone Bess(notes)
38. Jabar Gaffney(notes)
39. Donald Driver(notes)
40. Sidney Rice(notes)
41. Austin Collie(notes)
42. Vincent Jackson(notes)
43. Wes Welker(notes)
44. Mike Thomas(notes)
45. Mario Manningham(notes)
46. Steve Smith (Car)
47. Eddie Royal(notes)
48. Danny Amendola(notes)
49. James Jones(notes)
50. Steve Breaston(notes)
51. Derrick Mason(notes)
52. Nate Burleson(notes)
53. Robert Meachem(notes)
54. Patrick Crayton(notes)
55. Brandon Gibson(notes)
56. Deion Branch(notes)
57. Devin Hester(notes)
58. Louis Murphy(notes)
59. Jordy Nelson(notes)
60. Nate Washington(notes)
61. Arrelious Benn(notes)
62. Mohamed Massaquoi(notes)
63. Blair White(notes)
64. Demaryius Thomas(notes)
65. Chansi Stuckey(notes)
66. Deon Butler(notes)
67. Roy Williams
68. Brandon LaFell(notes)
69. Anthony Armstrong(notes)
70. Seyi Ajirotutu(notes)
71. Dexter McCluster(notes)
72. Jacoby Ford(notes)
73. David Gettis(notes)
74. Legedu Naanee(notes)
75. Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes)
76. Josh Morgan(notes)
77. Earl Bennett(notes)
78. Jerricho Cotchery(notes)
79. Golden Tate(notes)
80. Jacoby Jones(notes)
81. Kevin Walter(notes)
82. Kenny Britt(notes)
83. Joshua Cribbs(notes)
84. Michael Jenkins(notes)
85. Jason Avant(notes)
86. Devery Henderson(notes)
Comments: I wanted to go several spots higher on Harvin, but those migraines won't leave him alone. … Fitzgerald will forever pine for the days of Kurt Warner(notes), but at least Derek Anderson has been able to get him the ball the last two weeks. … Wallace hadn't gone past three catches in any game until Monday's five-grab showing at Cincinnati, but when he does make a play, it's generally for big yardage. … I didn't want to go this high on Randy Moss but geesh, look at that flimsy schedule waiting for him. … Roy Williams and Jon Kitna ran hundreds of reps back in the Detroit days, but you'd never know it over the last few weeks. At least Bryant and Kitna have shown chemistry.


Tight End
1. Antonio Gates(notes)
2. Vernon Davis(notes)
3. Jacob Tamme(notes)
4. Jason Witten(notes)
5. Tony Gonzalez(notes)
6. Zach Miller
7. Dustin Keller(notes)
8. Visanthe Shiancoe(notes)
9. Marcedes Lewis(notes)
10. Heath Miller(notes)
11. Aaron Hernandez(notes)
12. Chris Cooley(notes)
13. Brent Celek(notes)
14. Greg Olsen(notes)
15. Brandon Pettigrew(notes)
16. Todd Heap(notes)
17. Kellen Winslow(notes)
18. Benjamin Watson(notes)
19. Tony Moeaki(notes)
20. Jermaine Gresham(notes)
21. Jeremy Shockey(notes)
22. John Carlson(notes)
23. Tony Scheffler(notes)
24. Kevin Boss(notes)
25. Joel Dreessen(notes)
26. Owen Daniels(notes)
27. Fred Davis(notes)
28. Randy McMichael(notes)
Comments: There's no reason to be restrained on Tamme; he's got the size of a tight end, the lateral movement of a receiver, and Peyton Manning throwing him the ball. … Lewis still doesn't get enough targets week-to-week but at least he's getting extra attention in the red zone. On a different team, he could be an 800-900 yard man. … Shiancoe's value got a boost when Moss left town, obviously. And Brett Favre has always liked throwing to big targets between the numbers. … I wasted a good month on John Carlson but he's dead to me now, I don't care who the Seattle quarterback is.


Kicker
1. Rob Bironas(notes)
2. Dan Carpenter(notes)
3. Mason Crosby(notes)
4. Sebastian Janikowski(notes)
5. Nick Folk(notes)
6. David Akers(notes)
7. Matt Bryant(notes)
8. Shayne Graham(notes)
9. Billy Cundiff(notes)
10. Adam Vinatieri(notes)
11. Lawrence Tynes(notes)
12. Nate Kaeding(notes)
13. Ryan Succop(notes)
14. Jeff Reed(notes)
15. Jason Hanson(notes)
16. Robbie Gould(notes)
17. Neil Rackers(notes)
18. Ryan Longwell(notes)
19. Olindo Mare(notes)
20. Connor Barth(notes)
21. Garrett Hartley(notes)
22. Josh Brown(notes)
23. Mike Nugent(notes)
24. Josh Scobee(notes)
25. Jay Feely(notes)
26. Matt Prater(notes)
27. Phil Dawson(notes)
28. Joe Nedney(notes)
29. Rian Lindell(notes)
30. Graham Gano(notes)
31. David Buehler(notes)
32. John Kasay(notes)


Defense
1. New York Giants
2. Tennessee Titans
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
6. New York Jets
7. Baltimore Ravens
8. Kansas City Chiefs
9. Miami Dolphins
10. Arizona Cardinals
11. San Diego Chargers
12. Chicago Bears
13. St. Louis Rams
14. Seattle Seahawks
15. New Orleans Saints
16. San Francisco 49ers
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Detroit Lions
19. Washington Redskins
20. New England Patriots
21. Indianapolis Colts
22. Minnesota Vikings
23. Oakland Raiders
24. Cleveland Browns
25. Houston Texans
26. Cincinnati Bengals
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28. Dallas Cowboys
29. Denver Broncos
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Buffalo Bills
32. Carolina Panthers

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