Let's Talk Fantasy Football Top 10 Player Rankings

et’s talk Fantasy Football drafting strategy CSR fans. Below is the top 10 ranked players by CSBSports.com writers Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard. Honestly I’ve never heard of these guys but they must be CSBSports.com resident gurus for a reason. Maybe not but I’m wondering how does a guy get such a sweet gig? But I digress…

I always check the bios of guru’s to see if there is any obvious bias. Neither played professionally but there is some college bias to consider. Eisenberg is a Gator and Richard a Hurricane so we can be assured these guys know about players from those schools. I don’t see anything in this particular list that suggests bias though.

Rank

Jamey Eisenberg

Dave Richard

1

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

2

Adrian Petersen

Adrian Petersen

3

Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew

4

Ray Rice

Michael Turner

5

Michael Turner

Ray Rice

6

Andre Johnson

Frank Gore

7

Frank Gore

Aaron Rodgers

8

Drew Brees

Peyton Manning

9

Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson

10

DeAngelo Williams

Drew Brees

 

My first thought as I look at this list (and many other lists for that matter) is that last year’s top scoring player Aaron Rodgers doesn’t show up until #7 and doesn’t even appear on the other list. In fact the top 11 QB’s scored more than last year’s #1 RB Chris Johnson. So why is the top 10 on both lists so devoid of QB’s? Injury risk? Potential for inconsistency from week to week? Neither of those reasons would pull me off of one of the top QB’s....more after the jump...

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So who exactly is the top QB for 2010? That is a tough call to say the least. Rodgers has all his weapons back and both Brees and Manning are still in their prime and full of weapons in a passing offense. Most times I turn to strength (ease) of schedule to break ties. Using that criterion to break the ties the order is Rodgers (4), Manning (6) and Brees (15). Also note that McNabb (1) and Romo (3) have favorable schedules making them 2nd tier QB’s.   

 

Now looking at the order of the RB’s it’s hard to argue with Johnson at the top, outside of the fact that the top rated player rarely finishes the season on top. Petersen, Jones-Drew, Turner and Rice should all have nice seasons so you can’t go wrong with any of them. Petersen worries me with the fumbles and if Brett Favre doesn’t return that might impact him. You could say that without Favre he might get more carries but then teams might also stack the line to stop him.

Turner has an injury history but has since lost weight and appears in the best shape of his life. I’m very bullish on Turner this season this a pretty good Falcons o-line. The Ravens have added additional weapons to their offense and appear intent on passing more. It’s hard to say whether that will reduce Rice’s touches but I’m inclined to say he will still have a great season regardless. Strength of schedule though favors Gore (3) and Jackson (5), two RB’s sure to get plenty of touches.

My last comment centers on Eisenberg’s inclusion of WR Andre Johnson at #6. Me personally, I never draft WR’s in the 1st round no matter who they are. Johnson will most likely have a great season even if Schaub should spend some time hurt. Yet most projections have approximately 20 QB’s and 5 RB’s scoring more points than the top WR. Based on that I can’t justify taking a WR until late 2nd round at the earliest.

Any other thoughts on these top 10 lists?    

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