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

1

Arian Foster(notes), Hou, RB

He's proven he can do it all, the system fits and the mileage is low

2

Adrian Peterson, Min, RB

His QB has never really impacted his ability to get 1,500 YFS, 12+ TDs

3

Chris Johnson, Ten, RB

Bar set so high that his 1,600 YFS, 12 TDs in '10 disappointed some

4

Jamaal Charles(notes), KC, RB

A Chris Johnson clone, and I expect he'll finally get 300 touches in '11

5

LeSean McCoy(notes), Phi, RB

No. 3 RB in '10 (fantasy PPG in PPR leagues) -- great fit in Philly

6

Darren McFadden(notes), Oak, RB

Rush/receive skills are elite at RB, but durability is a big question mark

7

Maurice Jones-Drew(notes),Jac,RB

Knee clean-up not major, but may share a bit more w/ Jennings in '11

8

Rashard Mendenhall(notes), Pit, RB

Has become classic PIT workhorse -- No. 4 in carries, No. 2 in rush TDs

9

Michael Turner(notes), Atl, RB

NFC's fantasy version of Rashard Mendenhall

10

Ray Rice(notes), Bal, RB

#'s dropped a bit in '10, but he was far from the Bust of the Year

11

Michael Vick(notes), Phi, QB

Made for Philly system -- might take him No. 1 w/ 16-game guarantee

12

Aaron Rodgers(notes), GB, QB

At least 28 passing TDs, 4 rushing TDs in each of past 3 seasons

13

Frank Gore(notes), SF, RB

Not expected to miss offseason work (hip), but mileage now a concern

14

Roddy White(notes), Atl, WR

Matchup proof WR led league in targets and catches in '10

15

Andre Johnson(notes), Hou, WR

Avg. fantasy PPG equivalent of 70 yds/TD each of past 4 seasons

16

Calvin Johnson(notes), Det, WR

He's set to explode when the DET QB carousel finally comes to a stop

17

Peyton Hillis(notes), Cle, RB

CLE may try to give him a backfield partner in '11. If not, move him up

18

Hakeem Nicks(notes), NYG, WR

If not for durability questions, he'd give Roddy run for $ as top WR

19

Dwayne Bowe(notes), KC, WR

Most dominating 7-week stretch in fantasy '10 (13 TDs in W6-12)

20

Peyton Manning(notes), Ind, QB

Perrenial member of top 6 QB elite, which ran away from pack in '10

21

Drew Brees(notes), NO, QB

See Manning above

22

Philip Rivers(notes), SD, QB

See Manning above

23

Tom Brady(notes), NE, QB

See Manning above

24

Matt Forte(notes), Chi, RB

Seemed to find his groove in Martz offense as season wore on

25

LeGarrette Blount(notes), TB, RB

NFL's leading rusher over final 5 weeks (511 rushing yards)

26

Reggie Wayne(notes), Ind, WR

If Austin Collie(notes) can comeback, Wayne's upside is limited

27

Steven Jackson, StL, RB

Nearing dubious 2,000 career carries, but he'll still be the man in STL

28

Tony Romo(notes), Dal, QB

Returns in '11 with great set up (weapons; Garrett at head coach)

29

Jahvid Best(notes), Det, RB

Lost his explosiveness early (turf toe), but you can bet it'll return in '11

30

Antonio Gates(notes), SD, TE

Amazing in '10 despite foot woes, but a full recovery expected for '11

31

DeSean Jackson(notes), Phi, WR

Was peak-and-valley in '10, but peaks were so, so good w/Vick

32

Greg Jennings(notes), GB, WR

No. 4 WR in '10, but loses some spotlight in '11 w/ Finley, Grant back

33

Miles Austin(notes), Dal, WR

Nobody will be happier for the return of Tony Romo than Mr. Austin

34

DeAngelo Williams(notes), FA, RB

Despite uncertain future, too talented to let fall any further

35

Ahmad Bradshaw(notes), FA, RB

With fumbling issues, unkown if NYG will give him big free agent deal

36

Mike Wallace(notes), Pit, WR

Fly-boy finished '10 w/ 100+ yards in 6 of final 9 games

37

Shonn Greene(notes), NYJ, RB

I'm guessing we jumped on the Greene bandwagon a year too early

38

Larry Fitzgerald(notes), Ari, WR

Had more rec. yards than '09, and QB situation can only improve in '11

39

Jonathan Stewart(notes), Car, RB

Likely return to lead role w/ Goodson backing up if DeAngelo cut loose

40

Ryan Grant(notes), GB, RB

GB sorely missed him (ankle) and it'll eagerly welcome him back in '11

41

Marques Colston(notes), NO, WR

Went on an 8-game run (W7-15)where he was top 6 fantasy WR

42

Kenny Britt(notes), Ten, WR

Was better than R. Wayne in PPG in '10, just needs fewer DNPs in '11

43

Dez Bryant(notes), Dal, WR

He's capable of being next year's Hakeem Nicks

44

Brandon Lloyd(notes), Den, WR

Was unlikely top WR in '10, but consistency a likely issue in Tebow era

45

Brandon Marshall(notes), Mia, WR

Needs a QB who will just trust in throwing it up for B-Marsh to go get it

46

Mike Williams, TB, WR

Should be '10 ROY, should be even better in '11 for up-n-coming TB

47

Vincent Jackson(notes), FA, WR

We'd like to see him back in SD, but skills will translate most anywhere

48

BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes),NE,RB

Don't see why The Law Firm wouldn't reprise the same role in '11

49

Ryan Mathews(notes), SD, RB

Some may be once bitten, twice shy,and Tolbert may stay in the mix

50

Knowshon Moreno(notes), Den, RB

Tebow era squashes his red zone TD potential

NEXT 10: Jeremy Maclin(notes), Phi, WR; Stevie Johnson(notes), Buf, WR; Jermichael Finley(notes), GB, TE; Ryan Torain(notes), Was, RB; Matt Schaub(notes), Hou, QB; Vernon Davis(notes), SF, TE; Dallas Clark(notes), Ind, TE; Michael Bush(notes), FA, RB; Percy Harvin(notes), Min, WR; Jason Witten(notes), Dal, TE

ON THE BUBBLE:
(QBs) Eli Manning(notes), NYG; Ben Roethlisberger(notes), Pit; Matt Ryan(notes), Atl; Joe Flacco(notes), Bal; Josh Freeman(notes), TB; Jay Cutler(notes), Chi; Matt Cassel(notes), KC
(RBs) Marshawn Lynch(notes), Sea; Fred Jackson(notes), Buf; Pierre Thomas(notes), NO; Felix Jones(notes), Dal; Donald Brown(notes), Ind; Tashard Choice(notes), Dal; Mike Tolbert(notes), SD; Joseph Addai(notes), FA; Brandon Jacobs(notes), FA; Cedric Benson(notes), FA; Beanie Wells(notes), Ari; Danny Woodhead(notes), NE; Reggie Bush(notes), NO
(WRs) Malcom Floyd(notes), SD; Mike Williams, Sea; Austin Collie, Ind (?); Wes Welker(notes), NE; Santonio Holmes(notes), NYJ; Michael Crabtree(notes), SF; Anquan Boldin(notes), Bal; Santana Moss(notes), Was; Randy Moss(notes), FA; Steve Smith, FA; Johnny Knox(notes), Chi; Pierre Garcon(notes), Ind; Deion Branch(notes), NE; Mario Manningham(notes), NYG; Lance Moore(notes), NO; Derrick Mason(notes), Bal; Jerome Simpson(notes), Cin; Braylon Edwards(notes), FA Terrell Owens(notes), FA; Chad Ochocinco(notes), Cin; Plaxico Burress(notes), FA; Sidney Rice(notes), FA
(TEs) Zach Miller, Oak; Tony Gonzalez(notes), Atl; Marcedes Lewis(notes), Jac; Aaron Hernandez(notes), NE; Rob Gronkowski(notes), NE; Brandon Pettigrew(notes), Det; Jared Cook(notes), Ten; Jimmy Graham(notes), NO; Kellen Winslow(notes), TB; Dustin Keller(notes), NYJ

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