Roto Arcade - Fantasy

Things change fast in the NFL and one of the objectives to fantasy players is to figure out the new landscape quicker than the opposition. With that in mind, I'll be presenting to you weekly position ranks based on "rest of the season" value. What's already happened matters only as an audition; this list, in theory, would be my cheatsheet if I had a new draft tonight. Your intelligent disagreement is most welcome in the comments, and will help all of us going forward. Dig in.

Rules and specs on the ranks are tagged at the bottom of the post.

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees   
  2. Tony Romo   
  3. Jay Cutler   
  4. Peyton Manning   
  5. Donovan McNabb   
  6. Philip Rivers   
  7. Kurt Warner   
  8. Brett Favre   
  9. Eli Manning   
  10. Aaron Rodgers   
  11. Ben Roethlisberger   
  12. Matt Hasselbeck   
  13. Jason Campbell   
  14. Jake Delhomme   
  15. Matt Schaub   
  16. J.T. O'Sullivan   
  17. Trent Edwards   
  18. David Garrard   
  19. Jon Kitna   
  20. Carson Palmer   
  21. Derek Anderson   
  22. Brian Griese   
  23. Marc Bulger   
  24. Kerry Collins   
  25. Matt Ryan   
  26. JaMarcus Russell   
  27. Kyle Orton   
  28. Joe Flacco   
  29. Matt Cassel   
  30. Chad Pennington   
  31. Gus Frerotte   
  32. Brady Quinn   
  33. Sage Rosenfels   
  34. Damon Huard   
  35. Kevin Kolb   
  36. Matt Leinart   
  37. Jeff Garcia   
  38. Ryan Fitzpatrick   
  39. Vince Young   
  40. Byron Leftwich   
  41. Brodie Croyle   

Comments: Tip your cap to Brees and Sean Payton, they can get it done no matter who they're throwing to . . . More health concerns than normal at this position; McNabb and Warner are two dynamite QBs when on the field, but does anyone feel confident they'll see 16 games? . . . Garrard showed juice with his legs last week, which could push him up the list as we move through October . . . For my Campbell apology, see this week's Monday Brunch . . . Hasselbeck finally gets his receiver upgrade this week, though it will take a while for Engram and Branch to get into full-game shape. 


Running Backs 

  1. Marion Barber
  2. Adrian Peterson   
  3. Marshawn Lynch   
  4. Frank Gore   
  5. Brian Westbrook   
  6. LaDainian Tomlinson
  7. Joseph Addai   
  8. Clinton Portis   
  9. Steven Jackson   
  10. Matt Forte   
  11. Michael Turner   
  12. Reggie Bush   
  13. Brandon Jacobs   
  14. Chris Johnson   
  15. Willie Parker  
  16. Larry Johnson   
  17. Ronnie Brown
  18. Earnest Graham   
  19. Maurice Jones-Drew
  20. Darren McFadden   
  21. Jonathan Stewart   
  22. Steve Slaton
  23. Jamal Lewis   
  24. LenDale White
  25. Edgerrin James
  26. Willis McGahee
  27. Ryan Grant
  28. Thomas Jones
  29. Julius Jones   
  30. Le'Ron McClain   
  31. Fred Taylor   
  32. DeAngelo Williams   
  33. Tim Hightower   
  34. Felix Jones   
  35. Selvin Young   
  36. Rudi Johnson   
  37. Chester Taylor   
  38. Jerious Norwood   
  39. Michael Bush   
  40. Deuce McAllister   
  41. Ricky Williams   
  42. Chris Perry   
  43. Derrick Ward   
  44. Correll Buckhalter   
  45. Brandon Jackson   
  46. Warrick Dunn   
  47. Sammy Morris   
  48. Mewelde Moore   
  49. Darren Sproles   
  50. Laurence Maroney   
  51. Kevin Smith   
  52. Fred Jackson
  53. Kenny Watson   
  54. Ladell Betts   
  55. Michael Pittman   
  56. Maurice Morris   
  57. Leon Washington   
  58. Justin Fargas   
  59. Andre Hall   
  60. Ryan Torain    
  61. Pierre Thomas   
  62. Lorenzo Booker   
  63. Chris Taylor   
  64. Kevin Jones   
  65. LaMont Jordan   
  66. Ahmad Bradshaw   
  67. Cedric Benson   
  68. Jerome Harrison   
  69. Jamaal Charles   
  70. Ahman Green   
  71. DeShaun Foster   
  72. Kevin Faulk   
  73. Dominic Rhodes
  74. Najeh Davenport    
  75. Ray Rice    
  76. Jason Wright   

Comments: I'm telling you, the ideal window to sell Tomlinson might be right now. Watch every snap of the season and tell me it's the same guy. I don't see it. Mind you, I'm still ranking him sixth and I'm still considering him an every-week start and a very valuable player, but if you can get someone else to pay up like he's the No. 1  fantasy player in the league, write the sell ticket (I welcome your respectful disagreement on this, as always, just don't misunderstand what I'm saying; this is not a call for you to trade LT for scrubs or spare parts) . . . Grant's the toughest call on the board right now and let's work through it together, below . . . I don't dispute MJD's ability, but it's hard to trust his touch count, week-to-week . . . I picked Rudi Johnson over McClain in a key waiver move last week, and that's feeling like a mistake. McClain's really impressed me with his versatility and physicality.

Wide Receivers 

  1. Brandon Marshall    
  2. Terrell Owens    
  3. Reggie Wayne    
  4. Larry Fitzgerald    
  5. Steve Smith    
  6. Andre Johnson    
  7. Greg Jennings    
  8. Calvin Johnson
  9. Plaxico Burress    
  10. Santana Moss    
  11. Lee Evans    
  12. Jerricho Cotchery    
  13. Anquan Boldin    
  14. Dwayne Bowe    
  15. Roddy White   
  16. T.J. Houshmandzadeh    
  17. Braylon Edwards    
  18. Randy Moss    
  19. Santonio Holmes    
  20. Roy Williams    
  21. Chris Chambers   
  22. Laveranues Coles
  23. Hines Ward    
  24. Anthony Gonzalez    
  25. Marques Colston    
  26. Torry Holt   
  27. Donald Driver    
  28. DeSean Jackson    
  29. Vincent Jackson    
  30. Wes Welker    
  31. Eddie Royal    
  32. Chad Johnson    
  33. Bobby Engram    
  34. Kevin Walter    
  35. Bernard Berrian    
  36. Marvin Harrison    
  37. Isaac Bruce    
  38. Derrick Mason
  39. Justin Gage    
  40. Lance Moore    
  41. Amani Toomer    
  42. Robert Meachem    
  43. Deion Branch    
  44. Patrick Crayton    
  45. Kevin Curtis    
  46. Antonio Bryant    
  47. Reggie Brown    
  48. Muhsin Muhammad    
  49. Brandon Lloyd    
  50. Chansi Stuckey   
  51. Arnaz Battle    
  52. Joey Galloway    
  53. Matt Jones    
  54. Antwaan Randle El    
  55. Bryant Johnson    
  56. Sidney Rice    
  57. Donte Stallworth    
  58. Reggie Williams    
  59. Ted Ginn Jr.    
  60. Jerry Porter    
  61. Chris Henry    
  62. Ike Hilliard    
  63. Steve Breaston    
  64. James Hardy    
  65. Miles Austin    
  66. Ronald Curry    
  67. Greg Camarillo    
  68. Josh Reed    
  69. Johnnie Lee Higgins    
  70. D.J. Hackett    
  71. Steve Smith    
  72. Devery Henderson    
  73. Javon Walker    
  74. Jabar Gaffney    
  75. Jordy Nelson     
  76. Antonio Chatman    
  77. Courtney Taylor    
  78. Mark Clayton    
  79. David Patten    
  80. Devin Hester    
  81. James Jones    
  82. Michael Jenkins    
  83. Koren Robinson    
  84. Laurent Robinson    
  85. James Thrash     
  86. Mike Walker    

Comments: It's difficult to rank Boldin until we know more about his physical condition . . . Even with Ocho Stinko's touchdown he moved down from the previous shuffle list, which tells you everything you need to know . . . I guess Coles can stop pining for the Pennington days now. His first TD last week came on a throw Chad definitely can't make . . . Pick up those veteran Seattle receivers if you still can, but don't start them this week . . . Moore's game at Denver (seven catches, 81 yards) is more representative of what we'll see from him, not the explosion against San Francisco. That said, he's in the circle of trust  . . . Keep an eye on Battle, who might wind up being the surprise fill to the Mike Martz "out of nowhere" receiver gap. 

Tight End

  1. Jason Witten
  2. Antonio Gates
  3. Kellen Winslow
  4. Tony Gonzalez
  5. Tony Scheffler
  6. Dallas Clark
  7. Chris Cooley
  8. Owen Daniels
  9. Zach Miller
  10. John Carlson
  11. Anthony Fasano
  12. Heath Miller
  13. Bo Scaife
  14. Greg Olsen
  15. Jeremy Shockey
  16. Donald Lee
  17. Dustin Keller
  18. Jerramy Stevens
  19. Vernon Davis
  20. L.J. Smith
  21. Alex Smith
  22. Dante Rosario
  23. Todd Heap
  24. Robert Royal
  25. Kevin Boss
  26. Visanthe Shiancoe
  27. Benjamin Watson
  28. Reggie Kelly
  29. Alge Crumpler
  30. David Martin
  31. Marcedes Lewis
  32. Joe Klopfenstein
  33. Leonard Pope
  34. Randy McMichael

Comments: Keller's Week 4 score game in absolute garbage time, but nonetheless he's getting additional snaps every week and might be a handy guy to have in the second half of the year . . . Daniels impresses me every time I watch him. The touchdowns will come . . . There's no better time to plug-and-play on Fasano, who gets a shot at San Diego's linebackers and safeties this week. The Chargers still have talent on the outside, but their tight end coverage has been a mess. 

Kicker

  1. Nate Kaeding
  2. Nick Folk
  3. Matt Prater
  4. Rob Bironas
  5. John Kasay
  6. Rian Lindell
  7. Josh Scobee
  8. Mason Crosby
  9. Ryan Longwell
  10. Jeff Reed
  11. David Akers
  12. Adam Vinatieri
  13. Robbie Gould
  14. Matt Bryant
  15. Shaun Suisham
  16. Kris Brown
  17. Olindo Mare
  18. Matt Stover
  19. Neil Rackers
  20. Lawrence Tynes
  21. Stephen Gostkowski
  22. Mike Nugent
  23. Martin Gramatica
  24. Joe Nedney
  25. Shayne Graham
  26. Phil Dawson
  27. Sebastian Janikowski
  28. Jason Hanson
  29. Jason Elam
  30. Josh Brown
  31. Dan Carpenter
  32. Nick Novak

Comments: Prater did nothing to earn trust in Atlanta, but he's looked like a different guy with the Broncos . . . Remember that this is a context position; we're looking for winning teams and consistent offenses. That's why I want no part of Graham or Josh Brown right now. 

Defense

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

Comments: The Jim Johnson schemes are a thing of beauty in Philadelphia. It's not about how many men you rush, it's how you deploy them . . . The Seahawks remain a nasty unit at home, but I'd look to fade them on the road . . . Losing defenses don't get tee-off time in the fourth period and the cheap defensive scoring that comes with it, so if you think a club is headed for 4-12, stay away from their defense for fantasy purposes. Quarterback pressure is the seed that leads to production here.  

Ranking Rules and Disclaimers: Assume a yardage/touchdown format, no points per reception. Defensive ranks do not consider special-teams scoring. Player values will fluctuate from league-to-league based on league rules and size, owner personalities and biases, and 1,001 other small factors that you'll know better in your group than I will, removed from it. Weekly ranks are a totally different animal from season-long ranks; the Yahoo! staff releases week-specific ranks on Friday.

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