Saturday, August 20, 2011

2011 Fantasy Football Position Rankings - Preseason Week 2

As promised here are the 2011 fantasy football rankings for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and defense. I know that a lot of guys have drafts today or tomorrow, so print it out, study up and dominate. Good luck, everyone.

2011 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings:
1.     Aaron Rodgers
2.     Michael Vick
3.     Drew Brees
4.     Philip Rivers
5.     Peyton Manning
6.     Tom Brady
7.     Tony Romo
8.     Matt Schaub
9.     Matt Ryan
10. Josh Freeman
11. Eli Manning
12. Ben Roethlisberger
13. Matthew Stafford
14. Joe Flacco
15. Sam Bradford
16. Jay Cutler
17. Kyle Orton
18. Matt Cassel
19. Ryan Fitzpatrick
20. Colt McCoy
21. Kevin Kolb
22. Donovan McNabb
23. Mark Sanchez
24. David Garrard
25. Matt Hasselbeck
26. Jason Campbell
27. Alex Smith
28. Cam Newton
29. Chad Henne
30. Any Dalton

2011 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings:
1.     Adrian Peterson
2.     Arian Foster
3.     Ray Rice
4.     Jamaal Charles
5.     LeSean McCoy
6.     Chris Johnson
7.     Darren McFadden
8.     Rashard Mendenhall
9.     Maurice Jones-Drew
10. Michael Turner
11. Frank Gore
12. Matt Forte
13. Steven Jackson
14. LeGarrette Blount
15. Peyton Hillis
16. Ahmad Bradshaw
17. Felix Jones
18. DeAngelo Williams
19. Knowshon Moreno
20. Jahvid Best
21. Ryan Mathews
22. Shonn Greene
23. Cedric Benson
24. Beanie Wells
25. Ryan Grant
26. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
27. Fred Jackson
28. Jonathan Stewart
29. Marshawn Lynch
30. Mark Ingram
31. Daniel Thomas
32. Joseph Addai
33. Mike Tolbert
34. Tim Hightower
35. Pierre Thomas
36. C.J. Spiller
37. James Starks
38. Brandon Jacobs
39. LaDainian Tomlinson
40. Willis McGahee
41. Ryan Torain
42. Michael Bush
43. Rashad Jennings
44. Montario Hardesty
45. Anthony Dixon
46. Ronnie Brown
47. DeMarco Murray
48. Jerome Harrison
49. Thomas Jones
50. Danny Woodhead
51. Darren Sproles
52. Roy Helu
53. Reggie Bush
54. Ricky Williams
55. Marion Barber
56. Ben Tate
57. Jason Snelling
58. Bernard Scott
59. Cadillac Williams
60. Mike Goodson

2011 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings
1.     Andre Johnson
2.     Roddy White
3.     Hakeem Nicks
4.     Calvin Johnson
5.     Greg Jennings
6.     Larry Fitzgerald
7.     Reggie Wayne
8.     Vincent Jackson
9.     Mike Wallace
10. DeSean Jackson
11. Dez Bryant
12. Dwayne Bowe
13. Miles Austin
14. Mike Williams
15. Marques Colston
16. Steve Johnson
17. Brandon Marshall
18. Brandon Lloyd
19. Mario Manningham
20. Jeremy Maclin
21. Wes Welker
22. Santonio Holmes
23. Anquan Boldin
24. Kenny Britt
25. Austin Collie
26. Percy Harvin
27.  Steve Smith (CAR)
28. Chad Ochocinco
29. Sidney Rice
30. Roy Williams
31. Mike Thomas
32. Malcom Floyd
33. Johnny Knox
34. Santana Moss
35. Pierre Garcon
36. Lance Moore
37. Julio Jones
38. Braylon Edwards
39. Jordy Nelson
40. Lee Evans
41. Plaxico Burress
42. Robert Meachem
43. Mike Sims-Walker
44. Jacoby Ford
45. A.J. Green
46. Davone Bess
47. Hines Ward
48. James Jones
49. Greg Little
50. Mike Williams (SEA)
51. Jerome Simpson
52. Danny Amendola
53. Donald Driver
54. Michael Crabtree
55. Nate Burleson
56. Derrick Mason
57. Emmanuel Sanders
58. Danario Alexander
59. Steve Breaston
60. Roscoe Parrish

2011 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings:
1.     Antonio Gates
2.     Jason Witten
3.     Dallas Clark
4.     Vernon Davis
5.     Jermichael Finley
6.     Owen Daniels
7.     Kellen Winslow
8.     Marcedes Lewis
9.     Greg Olsen
10. Jimmy Graham
11. Zach Miller
12. Brandon Pettigrew
13. Tony Gonzalez
14. Ben Watson
15. Jared Cook
16. Chris Cooley
17. Kevin Boss
18. Rob Gronkowski
19. Tony Moeaki
20. Todd Heap
21. Jermaine Gresham
22. Dustin Keller
23. Visanthe Shiancoe
24. Ed Dickson
25. Aaron Hernandez

2011 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings:
1.     Nate Kaeding
2.     Neil Rackers
3.     Rob Bironas
4.     Stephen Gostkowski
5.     Matt Bryant
6.     Garret Hartley
7.     Josh Brown
8.     Mason Crosby
9.     Billy Cundiff
10. Adam Vinatieri
11. Alex Henery
12. Sebastian Janikowski
13. Nick Folk
14. Matt Prater
15. Jason Hansen
16. David Akers
17. Ryan Succop
18. Lawrence Tynes
19. Dan Carpenter
20. Shaun Suisham

2011 Fantasy Football Defense Rankings:
1.     Green Bay Packers
2.     Pittsburgh Steelers
3.     Baltimore Ravens
4.     Philadelphia Eagles
5.     New York Jets
6.     New York Giants
7.     Chicago Bears
8.     New England Patriots
9.     Detroit Lions
10. Atlanta Falcons
11. New Orleans Saints
12. Dallas Cowboys
13. San Diego Chargers
14. Miami Dolphins
15. St. Louis Rams
16. Kansas City Chiefs
17. Oakland Raiders
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. San Francisco 49ers
20. Minnesota Vikings


  1. To me, it seems like the consensus top 4 picks are Peterson, Foster, Rice and Charles, with Johnson and McCoy as 5 and 6. In a 0.3 PPR league, who would you take with the 5th, 6th and 7th picks after those top 4?

  2. I see you still have Daniel Thomas above Reggie Bush on your rankings, but as a Daniel Thomas owner (took in the 8th round) I am feeling a little bit nervous after that performance from Bush last night. What are your thoughts on this? Should I try to pawn Thomas of on someone in a trade or just hold onto him and be patient.

  3. i had a 10 person ppr in person draft the other night and am looking for some comments, advice on my team
    qb- josh freeman
    rb- ray rice, chris johnson, ahmad bradshaw, fred jackson, pierre thomas, javon ringer, ricky williams
    wr- hakeem nicks, mike williams(tb), austin collie, santana moss, steve smith(car)
    te- antonio gates
    d- saints
    k- matt bryant

    if you had to drop one player from this team who would it be out of the rb/wr list

  4. I completely agree with Kiss My Asomugha. This is not your team. You didn't even try to make it believable. Rice, Johnson are both first round talent, Nicks is second round. Mike Williams, Bradshaw and Gates are all 4th round. Theres no way. If I have to drop one of them it would be ricky williams.

    But yeah. Fake, so it doesnt matter. I wouldnt even believe that you got this lineup in an 8 team league.

  5. McCoy at 5, Chris Johnson at 6, MJD at 7. .3 isnt too huge a deal. Its still important, but not as much as a .5 or 1 pt league. So I would draft more similarly to standard leagues than to PPR leagues.

  6. Be patient with him. Bush did look good, but I think Miami will be an equal opportunity backfield and Thomas will get a chance to prove himself. I can't imagine that you have Thomas as a starter, so he's harmless sitting on your bench. When the season starts, if he is not performing like you want him to, just let him go. No harm no foul. I stand behind what I said at the beginning of the preseason that Thomas will have the best rookie season of the running backs.

  7. Based on your rankings and expectations this season.. who do you take as a keeper in a PPR league? Andre Johnson or LeSean McCoy?

  8. This question is seemingly impossible. You keep those who are difference-makers. And you definitely have two difference makers here. I would keep Johnson. Healthy, this man can win your fantasy league. He is the number one receiver. In PPR, McCoy is 5th or 6th RB. Its a gut call really. Hoping I told you what you wanted to hear.

  9. i was actually planing on using him as a starter. I am in I guess you could say a deep league: 10 team ppr with qb rb rb rb/wr wr wr wr/te te op op op slots. I had Thomas starting at my third op slot only because the scoring favors rbs. another option would be starting orton in that last op slot, but i just don't kno about him.
    Here is my whole team:
    QB Ben Roethlisberger
    RB LeSean McCoy
    RB Frank Gore
    RB/WR Steven Jackson
    WR Santana Moss
    WR Steve Smith
    WR/TE Roy Williams
    TE Dallas Clark
    OP Daniel Thomas
    OP LeGarrette Blount
    OP DeAngelo Williams
    DP Paul Posluszny
    DP London Fletcher
    DP Desmond Bishop
    DP D.J. Williams
    DP Barrett Ruud
    D/ST Packers
    K Matt Bryant
    HC Jets Coach
    Bench Malcom Floyd
    Bench Julio Jones
    Bench Kyle Orton
    Bench Greg Little
    Bench Bernard Scott
    Bench Lance Kendricks
    Bench Titus Young
    Bench Javon Ringer
    Bench John Beck

    Please tell me what you think of my team and what i should do at that op solt.

  10. Damn. That is a crazy deep league. I'd have no problem starting Orton as long as QBs get decent points in your league. Just keep an eye on Thomas in the preseason. He could get the starting job and Thomas/Bush could act much like Brown/Williams did for years. Could be even splits, could be more toward either of them. I see it pretty even though. Hell, if CJ keeps holding though, Javon Ringer might be a nice start in week 1.

    You should be proud though, considering how deep it is and with 10 teams this is a pretty remarkable draft.

  11. I ended up with the Cardinals for my DEF, bit looking at picking up the Jaguars. Any thoughts on defense strategy?

  12. well it is actually like a 9 team league cause one team is just stupid. he had josh freeman as his keeper and drafted tim tebow and felix jones with his first picks.
    but mccoy was my keeper and i went all rbs with my first 5 picks and traded Marion barber and nate burleson for steve smith. qbs score the second best, but my problem with them is they can easily get negative points. its -2pts per sack/fumble/int jay cutler got -25 pts last season against the giants when he was sacked like 12 times or something like that. and i didnt even draft ringer i was just looking around the fa and saw him. figured he was a better option than Casey Matthews. lol

  13. Good to see you made it! There are usually two schools of thought on defense. One is to wait to the second to last round to take one. The other is that it is worth the move up and to take a good defense (GB, PIT, NYJ, etc) in an earlier round.

    I myself like to use a different strategy. I am working on an update of this post to make it more current, but here is something that I wrote last year and have been using myself for 5-6 years to great success. It hasn't failed me, and looking at your situation, it could very well solve your defensive problem.

  14. GHL,

    Great information here. I am in a 12 team league that favors RB's. Is there a good round by round suggestion per position? It looks like WR's are really deep and I could wait even longer but just looking for a general rule of thumb.

    I am planning RB/RB/WR/WR/QB for my first five rounds.


  15. Thanks John, we try.

    Thats generally what I suggest. Elite RBs are getting rarer and rarer. So you need to get them ASAP. If they are highly favored in your league, then I might suggest going RB/RB/WR/RB/WR/QB (or end it QB/WR). You can still get a serviceable QB in round 5 or 6, and there are still second tier WRs on the board then. There are some very good RBs to choose from in the 4th round (Bradshaw, Greene, Mathews, F. Jones), but once round 4 ends, you are pretty much out of luck and left with sleepers.

  16. Great-thanks! Appreciate the additional RB suggestions as well.

  17. GHL,

    We just had our draft for a 12 man standard format league. I had the 8th pick. Here's how I ended up:

    Matt Schaub, DeAngelo Williams, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Mario Manningham, Jimmy Graham, Ravens, Garrett Hartley, Sidney Rice, Malcolm Floyd, Beanie Wells, James Starks and Greg Little.

    Do I have a shot?

  18. Just had a 12 team PPR league with one IDP....
    QB - Stafford
    RB - Rice
    RB - Forte
    WR - Calvin
    WR - Marshall
    WR - Harvin
    TE - Finley
    K - Cundiff
    Def - Dallas
    IDP - Timmons
    BN - Moreno
    BN - Ingram
    BN - Amendola
    BN - Hightower
    BN - Jacobs

    It was a wild draft, 7 QBs went off the board in the first round. Waited so long for a QB because there was too much value sitting there for me. Looking maybe to acquire another QB but might just wait and see what happens with Stafford.

    Any comments or suggestions?

  19. Love your receivers. I think you'll do just fine.

  20. All my readers are really damn good at drafting. This is another impressive one. Youve got very solid starters. I would have probably gotten one more receiver on your bench, but that can happen down the line. I have no qualms with how Stafford will perform this year. As long as he is healthy, he will be putting up some nice numbers for you.

  21. First off, love the blog. It's pretty much a daily stop for me. I was just in a 16 team (yeah, you heard that right) draft and noticed that pretty much all the QBs went in the first round, allowing me to pick up 2 solid RBs. Is this a trend that's happening more this year?

    Here's my team, and just so you know, I was drafting at a restaurant during a birthday dinner...some of my choices were not my own, but rather autopicks that happened when I lost internet connectivity...

    QB - Colt McCoy
    RB - Michael Turner
    RB - Rashard Mendenhall
    WR - Stevie Johnson
    WR - Jacoby Jones
    WR - Lee Evans
    TE - Tony Gonzalez
    K - David Buehler
    DEF - Dallas

    BN - Kevin Kolb
    BN - AJ Green
    BN - Roy Helu
    BN - Cam Newton
    BN - Lance Kendricks

    As I said, I didn't really have much to go on with QBs, and I'm hesitant to use Kolb, as he totally burned me last year. And the WRs were taken pretty early too. I know that in a 16 team league, there's not much to pick from, but I'm hoping to at least be a little competitive this year (I finished second-to-last last year)

    Any help / criticism / ideas would be great...I've got my 2nd draft for another league (10 team league) this weekend.

  22. Ive noticed for a lot of comments that the QBs are going very very early. I haven't run into this in any of my mock drafts. I think that when you have two highly ranked QBs like Vick and Rodgers being taken in round 1, this starts a snowball effect and everyone thinks that they need to get a quarterback right away. Thats probably the reason so many are going so early.

    For a 16 team league this is pretty respectable. Your RBs are great like you said. QB is a little dicey, Kolb could actually have a nice year. I like him a lot as a Cardinal. McCoy has great sleeper potential though, but is still very unknown. I would like to see a stronger WR corps as well, but I'd imagine that your team is pretty strong compared to other teams in your league. Keep an eye out in the preseason for anyone that might be left on the wires. By week 2 or 3 you should probably cut one of your quarterbacks, no point having three. And depending on how Gonzo is doing, you could find a replacement for him, TE is insanely deep this season.

    Thanks a lot for making GHL a daily visit! Thats great to hear. And if you have any questions about your next draft, let me know! Good luck

  23. I was thinking I would probably go with a receiver in my Flex spot, unless beanie wells starts having a good year (which im not confident in), or grant gets hurt again and starks becomes the starter. Obviously Ill be starting Dez and Calvin, who would you suggest for the flex? I think Manningham will have a pretty good year and Sidney Rice will be a number one in a weak division, albeit with a mediocre QB...What do you think?

  24. Manningham is my pick. He'll have another great year. Beanie could break out, but I'd definitely play Mario from the start.

  25. What's your take on Lance Kendricks (TE-STL)? I've seen some very good reports on him lately and he seems like an insane value to me. However, I noticed that he didn't make your top 25. Oversight, or just not impressed?

  26. Oversight. Sorry about that. I wouldn't have him crazy high. Between 15 and 20 probably.

  27. Thanks for the advice about checking the WW here in the preseason...I think I might have picked up a Top 10 WR that someone dropped!

  28. Yeah, I'm thinking of trading Finley for another WR (don't know who yet). I'd rather role the dice each week with tight end matchups. Also, here's another beauty I drafted in my 10 team standard last night...
    QB - Roeths, Stafford
    RB - McFadden, Bradshaw, Greene, Ingram, Tolbert, M Bush, Delone
    WR - Calvin, Andre, Marshall, Smith CAR
    TE - Graham
    K - Bryant
    D - Ravens

  29. Just curious if Antonio Gates manages to stay healthy where would you rank him among receivers. My league is completely WR/TE for all receiver positions and am just curious where you would place him. Thank-you!

  30. Who would that be?

  31. I think Finley is solid. Playing TEs by matchup is pretty risky business I think.

    And your 10-team draft is even more rediculous than your first.

  32. Weird. If he stays healthy he can put up some great stats this year.

    If he manages the numbers he put up in 2009, he could potentially be in the top 15. The pace he was on last year would definitely put him there, but last year he was essentially the primary receiver.
    Based on his average performances in the last few years. I would still keeps him as a top 20-25 receiver. You can expect 70-80 catches and close to 1000 yards and 8-10 TDs from him this season if all goes well.

  33. wondering how R Bush is so low. Heard he is suppose to be "the man" in Mia and that Henne loves to check down to rbs, thought those things would make him better than in previous years

  34. Great site - just found it. I have a chance to trade Dallas defense for Atlanta defense. 12 team league. Should I make the trade?

  35. I'm going to hold off on him moving up my list. Still has competition at the position from an exciting rookie. And I'd rather see the preseason play out. I'd also love for him to be less fragile.

  36. ATL is probably more reliable. I really need to get my defense post on this site soon. Keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks. I'd probably try to hold off on the trade for a little while, its still middle of the preseason, so there shouldnt be a rush.

  37. And thanks for the compliment! Glad you enjoy it. Stick around and tell a friend or two that arent in your league!

  38. I am in 16 member draft pick for this Sunday and I have to pick the number one person.. Whom should I pick? I am thinking abt picking M.Vick.. Any thoughts please??

  39. I am in 16 member draft pick for this Sunday and I have to pick the number one person.. Whom should I pick? I am thinking abt picking M.Vick.. Any thoughts please??

  40. Adrian Peterson. You can find out why I have Vick as a Bust here:
    And why AP over Arian Foster here:

  41. It was Vincent Jackson, but I was way down on the waiver list, so someone else snaked him. Can you believe someone dropped him?

    So, my next draft went really well, thanks to the list you printed above. For a 12 team league, here's my team...

    QB - Tony Romo
    WR - Mario Manningham
    WR - Percy Harvin
    RB - Rashard Mendenhall
    RB - Matt Forte
    FLEX - Mike Tolbert
    TE - Tony Gonzalez
    K - Adam Vinatieri
    DEF - Dallas

    BN - Roy Helu
    BN - Plaxico Burress
    BN - Michael Bush
    BN - Matt Cassel
    BN - Greg Little
    BN - Lance Kendricks
    BN - Cam Newton

    I think I had a pretty fair draft this time around. What do you think?

  42. Someone dropped V Jax? You need to look into that. That is very fishy. I think that whoever dropped him is making some kind of deal with whoever had first dibs on the wire. Do some research and see if thats possible. Something is definitely not right there.

    This draft was good too, but again weak at the WR position. Strong RBs though and I like Romo a lot this year. A great list of sleepers on your bench. Id probably start looking for a sleeper on waivers because it is pointless having 3 QBs, you will not be using Newton this year. Promise.

  43. Thanks! I got only fourth chance and by the time I had to pick A.Foster, A.Rodgers & A.Peterson was picked..
    Please find below my team any suggestions pls?
    M.Vick - qb
    DeAngelo William - rb
    Cedric Benson - rb
    Joseph Addai - rb (planning to bench)
    Bennie Wells - rb (planning to bench,last time he disappointed me)
    Roddy White - wr
    Danny Amendola - wr (my league has kick return points as well)
    Chad Ochaccico - wr
    Robert Meacham - wr (planning to bench)
    Jocoby Jones - wr (planning to bench)
    Brandon Pettigrew - te
    Visanthe Shiancoe - te (not sure whom to bench)
    John Beck - qb (back up for bye week)

    Please recommend what changes I should do & what I should be aware of?

  44. Not too shabby. Vick in the first round isnt my favorite pick. You could have had Rice or J Charles or someone like that which would have made your RBs a lot stronger. All your RBs are pretty midtier guys, but all of them are definitely in place to surprise people. Ive never seen a roster full of running back sleepers, but you definitely managed it.

    WR group looks good. Both TEs have the potential to be top guys too. Your backup quarterback needs to go. He hasnt even been named the starter yet, and if preseason games are any indication, I think that it is Grossman's position. I'm sure that you have a better QB on waivers, or simply wait until Vick's bye week to find a replacement and drop Beck for another RB or WR if any great picks are still available.

    Overall, its definitely an interesting draft for you. You have potential. And a couple players who are definitely top 5.

  45. Thank you Sir! I still have Kevin Walter(WR) left in free agent.. Can I pick him dropping John Beck???

  46. Thatll work. If anyone pops up better than Walter, dont be afraid to pull that trigger either. Every year I am far and away the leader in transactions. I'm constantly changing my roster and adding guys from waivers. Unless your league has a limit on transactions, don't be afraid to shake your bench up if something isnt working.

  47. Thank you.. Your site & information is awesome!!