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Well, this is it folks. We are nearing the end of what was a glorious and scrumptious set of weeks going over the bulk of our fantasy rankings. Coincidentally, glorious and scrumptious is how I’m described at most dinner parties. With a hint of lilac and ginger. So I’m basically a hot tea. Hot tea. Hottie. HUUUUUUR. Anyways, you should give me a dollar for these set of rankings. Why? So I can give you some quarters back…? I’m simply on fire here. No, I’m serious. It’s the District and we’re in the unbearable humid stage of summer. So I literally need to stick a fire extinguisher between my thighs to prevent chaffed rashes and combustion. It’s like the forest from Fern Gully down there.

Peyton Manning, the greatest football-throwing robot ever: And you thought my Greg Olsen ranking was wild. What’s this now, Peyton Manning ranked second? Yessir. Why? Two reason’s. First, when they say that the Broncos had the most historic modern-day offense last season, they weren’t kidding. They pretty much did. But it’s historic because something like that isn’t as repeatable as say, my PornHub viewing schedule. In fact, I would say chances are they come back to earth a bit, well, that is if the schalacking the Seahawks gave them didn’t already knock them out of orbit. Because space metaphors… And the second reason is, a healthy Aaron Rodgers is a good Aaron Rodgers. Obvious statement is obvious. And while health is something you should never bank on for anybody that plays in the National Football League, you have to assume 16 games started from your quarterback, and for Rodgers, if that occurs, he’ll have plenty of opportunity for elite production. And yes, even with the emergence of a strong running game in Eddie Lacy.

Matty Ice and Fig Newton: What? I liked Fig Newton’s as a kid. I have no idea why, but I loved Reebok Pumps too, and they really served no purpose other than to let other kids pump your shoes during recess. Which was weird. I like Matt Ryan, and I’m willing to chalk up 2013 as just one of those years where everything goes wrong. Like 1929. For Cam Newton, I just couldn’t keep him outside the top-5 like everyone else is doing. After all, he’s never been outside the top-4 in fantasy scoring from the beginning, and while I’m not particularity excited by his receiving core, it’s not like Jericho Cothery, Kelvin Benjamin, Jason Avant, and Tiquan Underwood is a huge step down from Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Dominique Hixon, and Ted Ginn. I mean, yeah, the situation is in flux, to put it kindly, which is why I have Olson ranked so high… but let’s just say I’m willing to bet that Newton finds a way, because he always does.

Other tidbits, hopefully with some kind of dipping sauce: Philip Rivers, Tony Romo, and Jay Cutler are pretty much the same thing at the end of the day, but I’m giving the edge to Rivers because he’s the least likely one to throw over 15 interceptions or get injured. Yes, I’m looking at you Cutler. I think Eli Manning probably won’t be as bad as last season, if only because I think it would take more energy to be worse. And with Robert Griffin III and Nick Foles, they certainly represent risky upside picks on draft day, so their ranking represents a middle-ground of where I think they are. Both could end up in the top-5, or just explode.

Oh, and one last thought– Tavaris Jackson now has as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton Manning. ROFL.

 


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  1. SMLV1 says:
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    Almost dead on IMO, id put Ryan over Newton, and Romo, Cutler over Rivers….Maybe berger over Wilson.

    • @SMLV1: Yup, and (full disclose: I’m a Pack fan) I agree with the Rodgers over Peyton idea. Some folks will be paying big just to have Peyton on their team, letting perennial contributors in Brees and Rodgers to go further down. I’d maybe rank Luck and Newton, and maybe Ryan, in a 1b tier, but that’s nit picking based on my league’s scoring structure, my opinion (which is terrible), and all this will obviously vary for people.

      But Rodgers… personally I’m salivating at the prospect of him having a run game and some primo receivers waiting for his balls as he thrusts them out. I’m expecting something along the lines of a Favre/Green season from Rodgers/Lacy, but with a bit less dickpics and more asskicks.

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @RG3PO: HOMER ALERT! But, yeah, nothing against Peyton, but I think when you look at a normal output year, Rodgers will come out number one probably 9 out of 10 times. And I’m expecting big things out of Nelson and Cobb. Their OL needs work, but I don’t think it’s as detrimental as it appears. Good quarterback play can certainly help…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: Thanks! And yeah, I can’t argue with your reordering, as it comes down to personal preference once you reach that area.

  2. Dingbat says:
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    Hi Jay,

    I’m looking for Keeper advice — I get to keep two of the following in a 12-team, 2-QB, PPR league. Round kept is indicated in parentheses:

    Jimmy Graham (6)
    Le’Veon Bell (8)
    Alshon Jeffery (9)
    Keenan Allen (13)
    Russell Wilson (9)
    Percy Harvin (10)

    They’re listed in the order that I’ve tentatively ranked them. Do you agree?

    • james says:
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      @Dingbat:

      Bell may be a better keeper than Graham based on the round (Bell is a 2nd rounder for an 8th, and Graham is a late first rounder for a 6th.), I assume you would keep both, so no problem there.

      I agree with the rest, maybe Harvin over Wilson, but that may be too many WR up high for your taste.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Dingbat: I’d rather have Jeffery than Bell.

  3. J-MoneyIV says:
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    What round of a 14 team league would you draft Matty Ice in? 5th?

    Just by looking at your rankings the answer seems like a no, but would you feel comfortable with Big Ben as your starting QB every week? For the second half of the season he was a top QB while Pitt was running the no huddle offense, something they are claiming they will do more of this year.

    Also, could you provide some of your thoughts on Ryan Tannehill? I was thinking he could take a step forward this year.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @J-MoneyIV: I’m okay with Big Ben, sure. Once you get out of the first tier, I think it’s about finding value, since everyone comes with some sort of question mark.

      Eh, not terribly high on Miami’s offense this season. Unless it’s a deep or 2 QB league, I think there are better options.

  4. MooseOutFront says:
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    So where’s the sweet spot this year? Who’s the guy you can take as the 11-12th off the board and get about the same production out if as people that grabbed their QB 4 rounds earlier?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @MooseOutFront: I think Eli Manning could have a bounce back year.

  5. Greyismyhero says:
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    Nice job on rankings this year Jay man…..Strategy question for you….. Are you a take a QB high kinda guy or try to get value later if TD’s are 6??? Im a later guy but I’ve seen its probably safer and wiser to take the likes of Manning/Brees/Rodgers high, especially last year since in most of my leagues the guys in the championship had Manning etc…. I’m trying to gameplan this year trying to decide what to do. Thinking of shooting for one of the top guys then if it falls thru grab Ryan or Luck a little later….Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Greyismyhero: Thanks. If I see a grouping of players I don’t like and a top tier QB, yeah, I’m comfortable going in that direction. I don’t think we see another year like Manning did from any QB this season, that’s for sure. But I wouldn’t overrate the position, I think Ryan and Luck are a lot closer to Brees, Manning, and Rodgers this year…

  6. Donny says:
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    You’re pretty low on Stafford here, he seems to be the consensus #4 or 5 QB on most draft boards, I’d swap him with Luck on this list personally. Why so low on Stafford (or high on Luck)?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Donny: one guy is a good QB with plenty of weapons, the other guy is a mediocre QB with plenty of weapons.

      • Donny says:
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        @Jay:

        Detroit’s weapons are better than Indy’s. Reggie Wayne off major surgery and washed up Hakeem Nicks don’t inspire confidence…

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Donny: Luck’s play will make up for that. And I’m not convinced that Nicks is washed up. Don’t forget Hilton.

    • IUPAC says:
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      @Donny: Was going to comment the same thing re. Stafford

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @IUPAC: Philip Rivers had essentially the same performance last season. I’m not enamored by him, could make an argument to rank him lower. But having Megatron is a boon for him.

  7. Vinny says:
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    Hi Jay,

    Love your write-ups man! Keep up the good work.

    I’m in a league where we start 2 Qb’s, 3 Rb’s, and 4 Wr’s every week. Need to protect 3 of the following players:

    Cam Newton
    Russ Wilson
    Doug Martin
    CJ Spiller
    Zac Stacy
    Jordy Nelson
    Alshon Jeffery
    Percy Harvin

    Would love your opinion. Thanks in advance!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Vinny: Thanks!

      Newton, Nelson, Jeffery

  8. Nimrod says:
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    In a 2 QB league, 12 teams, snake draft, and for fun lets’ divide the draft picks into 1/3 the 1st 4 picks, picks 5-8 and 9-12 what would be your strategy be as far as positions to draft such as QB,RB and WR be? Is it always the best guy or does position scarcity or depth play more of a role? Thanks, new at this.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      We’ll probably be releasing two-QB rankings at some point, but for leagues like this, QB’s pretty much get a +10 to +15 blanket inflation. So I’d probably take Aaron Rodgers as a top-5, Manning as a top-10, Brees as a top-20 pick, and then either draft a stable if not spectacular #2 (Rivers, Romo, Cutler), or make my peace streaming guys from my tier 5.

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