Big Board: Football

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The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis.

Big Board 50: Football
Rank Player Stock Pvs.
1 Arian Foster, Hou, RB Skills, Texans offense tailor-made for top level fantasy production -
2 Ray Rice, Bal, RB Top scorer in fantasy among RBs has massive role in BAL attack -
3 LeSean McCoy, Phi, RB PHI wants to reduce role, but not at goal line, where he's lethal -
4 Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB Top 2 in FAN PPG in each of 4 seasons as GB's starter -
5 Calvin Johnson, Det, WR 2011 proved that a healthy Stafford and MegaTron could be epic -
6 Maurice Jones-Drew,Jac,RB What bad knee? All he did was lead NFL in touches (386!) -
7 Drew Brees, NO, QB No. 1 in FAN PTS in '12 -- seriously, NO, sign this guy already -
8 Tom Brady, NE, QB B. Lloyd a big pickup -- gives Brady that missing sideline weapon -
9 Ryan Mathews, SD, RB Bye, bye Mike Tolbert; hello, major workload -
10 Cam Newton, Car, QB More rushing value than Cedric Benson ... and he threw for 4K yds! -
11 Adrian Peterson, Min, RB Superhuman: Already running sprints after late '11 ACL surgery -
12 Trent Richardson, Cle, RB Full-meal deal talent-wise, and he'll be CLE centerpiece on offense -
13 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari, WR ARI filled Boldin void w/ Floyd, but Fitz still dealing w/ Warner void -
14 Marshawn Lynch, Sea, RB Beast-Mode style meshes with OL coach Tom Cable like PB&J -
15 Darren McFadden, Oak, RB PPG monster, but have to worry about how many games you'll get -
16 Matthew Stafford, Det, QB A damn sweet consolation prize if you miss out on the top 4 QBs -
17 Andre Johnson, Hou, WR Still has No. 1 WR upside, but 18 DNPs past 5 years can't be ignored -
18 Chris Johnson, Ten, RB Major bust in ''11; NFL's Han-Ram will be looking for redemption -
19 Hakeem Nicks, NYG, WR Saved best for playoffs in '11: 28 rec, 444 yds, 4 TDs in four games -
20 Jimmy Graham, NO, TE Most targeted TE in '11 fell one catch shy of the century mark -
21 Rob Gronkowski, NE, TE Most lethal aerial red zone weapon in NFL -- 27 TDs in two seasons -
22 Roddy White, Atl, WR Has led NFL in targets each of the past two seasons -
23 Matt Forte, Chi, RB He'd be much higher if future in CHI wasn't so uncertain right now -
24 Victor Cruz, NYG, WR Good size, great strength, fearless -- firmly in Eli's circle of trust -
25 DeMarco Murray, Dal, RB Still recovering from ankle surgery, but lead RB role is his in DAL -
26 Jamaal Charles, KC, RB 200+ touches still likely as lightning to Hillis' thunder in run-heavy KC -
27 Mike Wallace, Pit, WR Has averaged 8 receptions of 40+ yards the past three seasons -
28 Greg Jennings, GB, WR Has 21 TDs in the Packers' past 29 regular-season games -
29 Michael Turner, Atl, RB Consider Rogers the certified pre-owned warranty for Turner owners -
30 Brandon Marshall, Chi, WR Had back-to-back 100-rec, 1,200+ yd seasons w/ Cutler in DEN -
31 A.J. Green, Cin, WR Jump-ball king notched rare 1,000 receiving yard rookie campaign -
32 Wes Welker, NE, WR Contract issue; NE added Lloyd; #'s fell in 2nd half (No. 18 WR) -
33 Jordy Nelson, GB, WR Chasing TDs is risky business, but seems a safe bet in GB offense -
34 Miles Austin, Dal, WR Has stated he'll be better prepared in '12 than he was last year -
35 Michael Vick, Phi, QB Elite fantasy QB upside, but the ride there is often turbulent -
36 Julio Jones, Atl, WR Showed V-Jax tendencies -- rollercoaster ride in terms of production -
37 Steven Jackson, StL, RB Not for the faint of heart given mileage, contract issue, I. Pead … -
38 Philip Rivers, SD, QB Had a terrible start in '11, but was usual juggernaut in 2nd half -
39 Tony Romo, Dal, QB Top 10 QB in FAN PPG for five straight seasons -
40 Fred Jackson, Buf, RB Was elite RB before broken leg in '11, but Spiller now in the mix, too -
41 Eli Manning, NYG, QB Respect finally coming for top 10 fantasy QB three years running -
42 Steve Smith, Car, WR Nobody was happier about Newton's arrival in CAR than Mr. Smith -
43 Doug Martin, TB, RB Has drawn comps to Ray Rice, and TB going to be very run heavy -
44 Darren Sproles, NO, RB Top 10 fantasy RB in '11, and led RBs in targets (111) -
45 Frank Gore, SF, RB Jacobs, James … sure looks like SF will put the cuffs on Gore in '12 -
46 Marques Colston, NO, WR When 1,100 yards and 8 TDs is what you need, Colston's your man -
47 Demaryius Thomas,Den,WR Was productive w/ Tebow -- could be nation-wide with Peyton -
48 Dez Bryant, Dal, WR Only one 100-yd game in career, but a big-time red zone weapon -
49 Peyton Manning, Den, QB His rank is a fluid situation as health reports start rolling in -
50 Dwayne Bowe, KC, WR Getting Cassell and Charles back should help Bowe rebound in '12 -
Next 10: Robert Griffin III, Was, QB; Matt Ryan, Atl, QB; Jeremy Maclin, Phi, WR; Roy Helu, Was, RB; Percy Harvin, Min, WR; Kenny Britt, Ten, WR; Vincent Jackson, TB, WR; Vernon Davis, SF, TE; Brandon Lloyd, NE, WR; Antonio Brown, Pit


(QBs) Ben Roethlisberger, Pit; Jay Cutler, Chi

(RBs) Shonn Greene, NYJ, RB; BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cin; Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG; Beanie Wells, Ari; Reggie Bush, Mia; Michael Bush, Chi; Peyton Hillis, KC; DeAngelo Williams, Car; Jonathan Stewart, Car; David Wilson, NYG; Willis McGahee, Den; Isaac Redman, Pit; Stevan Ridley, NE; C.J. Spiller, Buf; Donald Brown, Ind; Ryan Williams, Ari; Jahvid Best, Det; LeGarrette Blount, TB
(WRs) DeSean Jackson, Phi; Stevie Johnson, Buf; Eric Decker, Den; Santonio Holmes, NYJ; Reggie Wayne, Ind; Sidney Rice, Sea; Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oak; Pierre Garcon, Was; Robert Meachem, SD; Greg Little, Cle; Malcom Floyd, SD; Torrey Smith, Bal; Michael Crabtree, SF
(TEs) Aaron Hernandez, NE; Fred Davis, Was; Antonio Gates, SDG; Jermichael Finley, GB; Jason Witten, Dal; Jared Cook, Ten; Tony Gonzalez, Atl

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Updated Wednesday, May 2, 2012