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Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?  That wasn’t me trying to be cool, it’s June and I haven’t gone outside for about two weeks and my AC is on the fritz so I’ll say ‘yes, it’s just me’.  We’re knee deep in summer and that means we’re getting up to our nose in rankings season for fantasy football around here.  I’ve already brought you my Top 10 for 2013 Fantasy Football as well as my Top 20.  Oh and along the way I’ve given you a top 20 for Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver, and Tight End.  But I’m not gonna give you the links to those, I’m gonna give you the keys to the car and tell you where to go.  As a wise man once said, ‘give someone a fish, you feed them for a day.  Teach someone to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.  Unless they are those guys who think fishing is a sport…they’re kinda weird and they don’t actually eat the fish’.  So I’m modernizing the story a bit, ok?  Bass Masters my ass…anywho, if you wanna know where to go to find all this info, you’ll notice on the menu bar it says ‘Rankings’.  What you need more direction than that?  What are we, in kindergarten?  I get dibs on the fresh bottle of Elmers!  For real, if you can’t figure out where to go from ‘Rankings’, though, I can’t help you.  I mean I could but then I’d be writing a 500 word tutorial as an opening paragraph to something that’s not ‘Internet For Dummies’.  Instead, I say let’s get this show on the road and explore the Top 50 for 2013 Fantasy Football…

Projections: Running back stats are based on rushing yards/rushing TDs/receptions/receiving yards/receiving TDs.  Quarterbacks based on passing yards/passing TDs/INTs/Rushing Yards/Rushing TDs.  Wide Receivers and Tight Ends are based on receptions/receiving yards/receiving TDs/rushing yards/rushing TDs.  Finally, Kickers are based on…come on seriously, why would that happen?

21. Jimmy Graham – Like I mentioned in the Tight End Rankings, Jimmy won’t end up on my team because of how things are set up.  I’m seeing him ranked in the top 15 fairly consistently and that’s too rich for my blood.  I think it’s a bit of a ‘positional scarcity’ play and let me just say, Homey don’t play dat.  2013 Projections: 95/1250/11/0/0

22. Andre Johnson – Like I said in my WR rankings, ‘Top 20 Nirvana Milkers…oxeye daisies…I’m not Batman’.  See?  Hrm, guess you have to read the whole thing to understand it.  To paraphrase, there are other wide outs I like more and won’t be drafting Andre this year.  2013 Projections: 103/1452/6/0/0

23. Julio Jones – Too sexy.  That’s what Julio has going against him.  He’s the Right Said Fred of the wide receiving class this year.  He could have a breakout season but he’s going near Dez Bryant.  Too expensive for my tastes.  It’s why me and Kim K. broke up years ago.  2013 Projections: 92/1435/11/30/0

24. Rob Gronkowski – Yeah, it scares me to put him here too but I think there’s a bit too much fear surrounding Gronk this year, as I alluded to in the Top 20 Tight Ends.  The reality is he wasn’t healthy last year and was still the second best Tight End and there are rumors he won’t miss a game this year.  I’m putting him here as I have confidence he’ll outperform where he’s dropping to in drafts and ADP around the world and at this point, don’t think it’s reflective of what to expect from him for this season.  2013 Projections: 78/1107/12/0/0

25. Frank Gore – Wanna know what rhymes with ‘Gore’?  Snore.  That’s what people do when talking about this guy.  Yet he’s produced back to back 1,200 yard, 8 TD seasons on the ground.  Yes, he’s 30 and yes I’m sure there’ll be a few less carries to balance that out.  But if Kaep does anything near what he did last year, Gore’s gonna be a nice, steady back that you can fall asleep to.  Frank Snore!  2013 Projections: 1125/9/30/252/1

26. Matt Forte – Forte was boring last year for different reasons than Gore.  He just never had a really big game to highlight but in the end, finished with 1,434 total yards and 6 touchdowns.  Gore and Forte were a part of the ‘Tried & True’ tier for my Top 20 Running Backs.  Now you see why.  2013 Projections: 1196/5/55/440/2

27. Randall Cobb – Ah, we are back with the wide outs I love so much.  In a PPR league, Randall should be fantasy gold this year.  I like Gooooooold!  I know, Goldmember…I know all too well.  Randall is a bong and a blintz for me this year.  2013 Projections: 98/1205/9/84/0 (and 1 miscellaneous touchdown)

28. Victor Cruz – Cruz is similar for me as he is to Cobb.  The main difference being how utterly unpredictable Eli is from season to season.  In the end, they’re part of the same tier I <3 so I’m good with either.  2013 Projections: 84/1218/10/0/0

29. Cam Newton – He has been very inconsistent his first two years in the league.  But that’s what happens when your best WR is 5′ 9″ and 34 years old and his main game is stretching the field.  Cam needs help on the outside bad.  Of course, we don’t draft him for his arm but it would be nice to.  2013 Projections: 3915/20/15/712/8

30. Reggie Bush – Here’s your 14th best running back from 2012 who was bothered by a nagging knee injury and only caught 35 balls.  If the rankings hold true, Sproles probably goes ahead of Bush in pretty much every draft.  Enjoy this fact and take advantage.  2013 Projections: 1081/5/65/487/4

31. Roddy White – Back to the safer part of Cobb’s tier.  I’m probably not getting Roddy with this ranking which is fine.  The next guy will more than make up for it.  2013 Projections: 90/1242/8/0/0

32. Marques Colston – Never gets his due.  You’ll probably get him a round later than this.  Enjoy!  2013 Projections: 82/1156/9/0/0

33. Robert Griffin, III – The fear.  Just like with Gronk, the fear is ridiculously too high.  You draft to win your league in December and I’m seeing RGIII going as QB11.  Inconceivable!  Does anyone remember what he did last year?  Anyone?  Hello?!?!  YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!  Take advantage of the price cut he’s getting if you’re drafting now.  I’m sure he’ll be in and around these parts by the time August drafts roll around.  I’m just staying ahead of the game.  2013 Projections: 3311/24/8/812/6

34. Danny Amendola – The injury history.  It’s the only thing I can think of that has people not jumping out of their seats for Danny.  Well, I don’t have the medical chart but I have a memory and if that memory serves me correctly, those injuries have been fluky and of the non-recurring/nagging types.  I mean, how often have YOU dislocated your elbow?  Yeah, Danny is gonna end up on a lot of my teams this year if things stay this way.  2013 Projections: 105/1291/6/0/0

35. Chris Ivory – I like to live dangerously, what can I say?  Go ahead and draft Jonathan Stewart ahead of Ivory.  I’ll just smile bigger.  Why?  I’ll tell you why or rather, I’ll let my Chris Ivory Sleeper post do the talking and move along.  2013 Projections: 1222/8/15/105/1

36. Chris Johnson – I’m only ranking him lower than last year because of inconsistency.  He’s still a solid RB2 on the fringe of RB1 in my book but I think with the other RBs that are gonna go behind him, I can sleep easy skipping him if he goes too early.  2013 Projections: 1144/5/40/280/1

37. Russell Wilson – I don’t know what group think is going on but all three breakout rookie QBs last year are pushed down to low QB1 territory most places I look.  With RGIII it’s injury, with Andrew Luck, I’m assuming it’s consistency but what’s with Wilson?  He played like a man possessed about half-way through the year and has a new WR toy in Percy around to play with.  I know QB is deep but there are some weird lines in the sand being drawn with these rookies and I’m flummoxed.  But in the end, I’ll take it of course.  2013 Projections: 3610/28/12/550/5

38. Ahmad Bradshaw – Walking boot, schmawking boot, am I right?  No?  Oh…yeah, Ahmad carries with his usual bag of tricks.  He’s only had one season where he’s played 16 games and he’ll probably be on the injury report more than you’d like to see him be but the fact remains he’s still in a good offense and should get his shot to shine again as the lead back in Indy.  2013 Projections: 1034/8/30/240/1

39. Percy Harvin –  I don’t usually make predictions…well, I guess stat projection is predicting but my point is I think Harvin is going to go way too high in drafts this year and is going to disappoint through no fault of his own.  Hrm, either I have a tumor or I smell an ‘overrated’ post brewing.  It smells like frankincense and Eggo waffles…yep, tumor.  2013 Projections: 85/1003/6/160/1 (and 1 miscellaneous touchdown) Out with a torn labrum in his hip for 3-4 months.  He’s out of my top 200 at this point as I wouldn’t draft him outside the deepest of leagues for 2013.

40. Vincent Jackson – Like Percy, the market for Jackson is going to be too rich for my blood.  He’ll probably perform up to what is expected but I just don’t think the risk involved is worth chopping your ear off for.  This Vincent Van can Gogh to someone else.  2013 Projections: 70/1246/7/0/0

41. Larry Fitzgerald – Yay, Carson Palmer is in town!  Everything is fixed in AZ!  Truth: the QB play was atrocious in Arizona in 2012.  Truth part deux: It wasn’t that bad when Kevin Kolb was at the helm.  Truth part trois: Fitzy wasn’t that good then either and the offensive line is still a question mark.  Guess that last one was two truths but you get my point.  I do think there’ll be improvements for Larry this year but I don’t see any good reason you should overpay for it to find out.  2013 Projections: 83/1054/7/0/0

42. Matt Ryan – True moment: I’m looking back on last year’s rankings and find it odd I ranked Matt Ryan as QB8 then only to turn around this year and rank him a whopping 1 spot higher despite how good of a year he had.  Of course, we were younger back then.  Our life was just beginning.  We had huge hopes and dreams and our nose hair was shorter.  Yeah, I don’t know what I’m talking about either at this point.  Those QBs with legs ran right over Ryan for this year and I’d be happy with Matt if I get him in the draft.  2013 Projections: 4740/30/12/105/1

43. Peyton Manning – I wouldn’t be mad getting Peyton either but if we’re playing a game of ‘would you rather’, my answer would be ‘reading an erotic novel while touching each other’.  Woah, wrong game of ‘would you rather’ there!  What I meant to say is I prefer Ryan between these two.  Peyton’s still great but that doesn’t mean he’s not 37 and one year removed from a serious injury.  Yes I’m still playing the ‘he’s a risky pick’ card which burned me last year.  Sue me.  2013 Projections: 4600/34/12/5/0

44. Darren Sproles – I really do love me some Sproles in a PPR but his going rate seems a little high by comparison to years past.  If he falls to me, I’ll do my best Sir Mix-A-Lot impression and jump on it but most likely my En Vogue will be played over it.  No you’re never gonna get it.  Never, never gonna get it.  OW!  2013 Projections: 420/1/85/722/8

45. Jordy Nelson – Not gonna lie, I now have this En Vogue youtube vid open in the other window.  Random fact about Sky for the day: his first 4 CDs he ever owned were G’n’R’s Use Your Illusion I and II, Kriss Kross and En Vogue.  I was a confused child but damn those were some fine ladies…but where was I?  Oh yeah, rankings *puts away lotion*.  I’m back at wide outs I’d like to have in the draft.  Not that I’m suggesting it but with how rankings are set for the year, you could conceivably have the two main Packers wide outs.  Tempting…oh so tempting.  2013 Projections: 66/1102/11/0/0

46. Stevan Ridley – For all the fear I have about drafting Ridley this year, I’m surprised I put him where I did. *Looks and sees unproven second year players and DMC behind him*.  Nevermind, Stevan Ridley is in the right place.  2013 Projections: 1215/9/5/40/0

47. Eric Decker – I predict I’m gonna catch a lot of flack over the pre-season for having Decker ranked so high due to the Welker factor.  There’s not much I can do about that other than say ‘whatever, I own these rankings fool’ while I drop the mic and walk out.  Really think Decker ends up on a lot of my teams this year and that I’ll be happy about it.  You can join me if you’d like, this isn’t an exclusive club.  Well, unless you’re in a league with me of course.  2013 Projections: 80/1080/11/0/0

48. Stevie Johnson – Steve Stevie Steverino Johnson has a lot of change going on around him with all the rookie wide outs and a change at QB.  He also has a broken back that he can somehow play through which I still can’t figure out.  Eh, this is a weird way to wind down a top 50 ranking but I still see enough to count on here that I think this is a reasonable price.  2013 Projections: 88/1065/6/0/0

49. David Wilson – Oooh, lookie here, our first tier within the Top 50!  And since we’re at the end, it’ll be our last as well.  David is the start of a new tier that goes to Miller.  I call this tier ‘Rook To King Switch’ and yes that’s a chess reference and no I don’t have a pocket protector…anymore…in the naming of this tier, I’m pointing out these two have a chance to go from pretty blah rookie years to being strong fantasy assets for 2013.  I don’t hate these guys but given where I rank them, I know I probably won’t be getting them any time soon and I’m alright with that.  Wilson is the main reason the Giants were ok letting Bradshaw move on which is a pretty decent vote of confidence in my book.  Or maybe they know he has a decent back up whom I shall talk about later?  Pinkie to mouth, mo’fo’s!  Again, I’m not getting either where I’m ranking them so enjoy yourselves.  2013 Projections: 1144/6/40/320/2

50. Lamar Miller – It’s possible Miller isn’t the starter in 2013 but I’d be surprised given his competition.  The Dolphins are an interesting team this year and I wouldn’t mind getting a piece of it in the form of Miller if he falls to me.  The fact they signed Leach makes him all the more appealing to me…eh, why didn’t I rank him higher again?  Silly May Sky!  2013 Projections: 1269/7/23/184/1

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I know Grey always brags about his 4 female readers, but in the razz football world I have to assume it’s more. What ever the count is add a +1. I did a hard sell on my buddy’s booty call this weekend (I grabbed her phone and went to razzball football and saved it in her favorites, then informed her of an exam next time I see her). She thanked me for my help and I told her to thank Sky every time by buying him an IPA

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, thanks Jack! I don’t know about the count but you’re right, in terms of how many people like ‘fantasy sports’, football should bring in more lady readership. Maybe I need a sexier avatar. I should switch to a shirtless Joe Namath to bring them in.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! Nothing says amor like a bearded glare into the camera.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              If I’m going old school Seahawk, I’d have to go with Mullet Boz.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: Largent is a sexy man

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Sure, if you go for those perfectly chiseled physique, all-American face types…oh wait…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: the wife has his poster. ..doesn’t she?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Above the bed. Makes cowgirl a little awkward.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: honey, why do you cry during sex?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha!

  2. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I went and took the bonus points off, looks good, even good offense and good defense out, what is your argument against bonus?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m not against bonus necessarily, I could go either way on it is all. And typically a guy with a 100 yard receiving game has a TD and those are already 6 points. Just feel it sometimes makes things out of balance because another guy got 150 all purpose yards and your RB got 101 rushing only. Really though, could go either way and it does make for more exciting Sundays.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: I took them off and all it really did was even the playing field between offense and defense, I was thinking of doing them differently , i’ll play with it and get back to you

        I don’t even know what to call this, it’s not rosterbate, but settingsbate? commisherbate?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I don’t know but the theme song is definitely sung by the Divinyls.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: funny story, i saw a really hot hammered chick sing that song karaoke many years ago and use the mic in ways it wasn’t intended to be used…..all over her body, i must say I have never seen such a rousing applause for a karaoke performance

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              It’s 90% how you look, 10% how you sound. Even seeing that in type got me intrigued.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: stop touching yourself

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  I’m home and the wife is not so in a word…no

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: lube up!

  3. One Man Crusade says:
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    Nice article. Here is a question for you. In my 10 team league (keep 6 QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, K, DST) My keepers are:
    QB: Rodgers
    RB: McCoy
    RB: Spiller
    WR: C. Johnson
    WR: Harvin
    WR: Cobb

    Through wheelin’ and dealin’ I ended up with then number one overall pick, and I am projecting that to come down to a choice between David Wilson or Reggie Bush. I lean towards Wilson, but I also agree with what you say about Bush. As a potential short term/long term replacement for McCoy, who do you like?

    100 percent agree with Decker ranking. People are dropping him way to aggressively. I think this is the last time Andre Johnson is ranked anywhere higher than the mid 40’s.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! The Decker hate is absurd. Anyone loving on Andre clearly doesn’t remember the first 8 games of last year.

      If we’re talking in a keeper, the upside of Wilson would win out for me assuming you can keep guys for multiple years. I love Reggie but I’m looking at him through redraft eyes.

  4. Fried Fish Fan says:
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    Russel Wilson ahead of Andrew Luck C’mon man!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You tell me why Andrew Luck should be higher then him and then we can talk :)

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: kitty claws are out for the pacific northwest, i get it, but i want to see how this one goes

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Luck is currently priced appropriately in my book across most rankings – around QB10 QB11 – but Wilson is getting penalized for not having the kid gloves taken off that offense until about midway through the season. They were two different QBs after about week 9 or week 10 and Luck was trending downward vs RW3’s upward trend.

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: Luck got a lot of points for the rushing touchdowns early and those were little goal line end arounds, can’t predict that next year. newton didn’t get the same number last year as the year prior, if memory serves me well for everything I just said

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              He didn’t but that had to be at least someone expected. Luck was – no pun intended – lucky with his end line. 23:18 TD to INT ratio isn’t all that inspiring and those 5 rushing TDs really bouyed his end line. In a non-keeper I see no reason to take the risk any higher than a low end QB1 but from his tier, I’d rather have Stafford or Kaep, personally.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: luck was only usable from time to time, russell was very impressive, i told by buddy to draft him in his 14 teamer cause I have this weird faith in uncle pete

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  You were right to have faith. He was held back to start the year. I see that trend with rookie QBs on good teams: keep the gameplan simple and out of the hands of them to put the team in a losing situation. Similar approach to Big Ben when he came into the league and Joe Flacco. Good organizations can make good QBs look great and great QBs legends, IMHO.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: he was a 14 team 2 QB league, Jack was right

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Damn straight

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: it happens once in a blue moon according to baby’s mama

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It happens grudgingly according to mine

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