Fantasy Fix: The final (top 150 players) countown

Fantasy Fix: The final (top 150 players) countown
September 2, 2014, 12:45 am
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The final pre-season ranking of the top 150 fantasy football players for 2014. That's it, that's the (standard scoring) list. Well, assuming Josh Gordon doesn't sue his way back into the league or Rob Gronkowski doesn't break anything this week or the Raiders aren't the last team to make a quarterback switch. Before we dive into the rankings, some overall strategy thoughts based on the final two weeks of the preseason:

  • Jamaal Charles remains No. 1 overall, but at this point the gap between him and LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson is Kevin Durant thin. The Chiefs offensive line looked brutal most of the preseason, but Kansas City doesn't have a deep assortment of weapons like Philadelphia and Minnesota. That means all Charles, all the time.
  • Risers: Rob Gronkowski (playing Week 1!!); Michael Floyd (Red Zone target monster); Cordarrelle Patterson (moving past some "eh" options and has Norv Turner as his OC - just like Josh Gordon last season); Tom Brady (Gronk playing Week 1!!); Russell Wilson (Couldn't have looked better in preseason); Mark Ingram (crisp running); Devonta Freeman (Steven Jackson won't last long); Travis Kelce (Other than Charles, where else is Alex Smith throwing); Rod Streater (Derek Carr = QB upgrade).
  • Fallers: Wes Welker (concussion fears); Colin Kaepernick (yikes that preseason); Robert Griffin III (yikes that preseason); Cam Newton (rib injury and yikes Carolina's receiving corps); Trent Richardson (yikes that yard per carry average); Terrance West (Ben Tate now a 3-down back?); Sammy Watkins (E.J. Manuel, the ultimate QB yikes). ...Over the weekend I participated in a draft with several notable fantasy football players including some of the high stakes variety. Newton went QB13. He probably goes 4-6 spots higher a couple of weeks ago. RG3 went next. Still tons of potential, but the idea of counting on Griffin as one's go-to QB is gone for now.
  • For those in team leagues, most of the players listed 110 and below are potential Waiver Wire options for Week 1. Better to take a chance on upside (Ex. Andre Williams, Ahmad Bradshaw, Jarrett Boykin, Kelce, Jordan Matthews) for the opening week in some cases rather than purely safe option, let alone a second defense, kicker or possibly a second QB. By the way, if you've already drafted, make sure you're kicker is still on his actual NFL team. I already lost Alex Henery and Shayne Graham in leagues.
  • Click here for my latest individual position rankings

1) Jamaal Charles, Chiefs, RB
2) LeSean McCoy, Eagles, RB
3) Adrian Peterson, Vikings, RB
4) Eddie Lacy, Packers, RB
5) Matt Forte, Bears, RB
6) Calvin Johnson, Lions WR
7) Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, WR
8) Dez Bryant, Cowboys, WR
9) Jimmy Graham, Saints, TE
10) DeMarco Murray, Cowboys, RB
11) A.J. Green, Bengals, WR
12) Montee Ball, Broncos, RB
13) Julio Jones, Falcons, WR
14) Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, RB
15) Brandon Marshall, Bears, WR
16) Jordy Nelson, Packers, WR
17) Peyton Manning, Broncos, QB
18) Alfred Morris, Redskins, RB
19) Doug Martin, Buccaneers, RB
20) Alshon Jeffery, Bears, WR
21) Andre Ellington, Cardinals, RB
22) Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, TE
23) Giovani Bernard, Bengals, RB
24) Le'Veon Bell, Steelers, RB
25) Zac Stacy, Rams, RB
26) Aaron Rodgers, Packers, QB
27) Drew Brees, Saints, QB
28) Antonio Brown, Steelers, WR
29) Randall Cobb, Packers, WR
30) Keenan Allen, Chargers, WR
31) Toby Gerhart, Jaguars, RB
32) Arian Foster, Texans, RB
33) Rashad Jennings, Giants, RB
34) Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers, WR
35) Julius Thomas, Broncos, TE
36) Roddy White, Falcons, WR
37) Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals, WR
38) Michael Floyd, Cardinals, WR
39) Reggie Bush, Lions, RB
40) Joique Bell, Lions, RB
41) Ryan Mathews, Chargers, RB
42) Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings, WR
43) Andre Johnson, Texans, WR
44) Frank Gore, 49ers, RB
45) Victor Cruz, Giants, WR
46) Pierre Garcon, Redskins, WR
47) Shane Vereen, Patriots, RB
48) C.J. Spiller, Bills, RB
49) Michael Crabtree, 49ers, WR
50) Torrey Smith, Ravens, WR
51) Percy Harvin, Seahawks, WR
52) Matthew Stafford, Lions, QB
53) Jordan Cameron, Browns, TE
54) Ben Tate, Browns, RB
55) Andrew Luck, Colts, QB
56) Tom Brady, Patriots, QB
57) Chris Johnson, Jets, RB
58) Ray Rice, Ravens, RB
59) DeSean Jackson, Redskins, WR
60) Mike Wallace, Dolphins, WR
61) Matt Ryan, Falcons, QB
62) Kendall Wright, Titans, WR
63) Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos, WR
64) Marques Colston, Saints, WR
65) T.Y. Hilton, Colts, WR
66) Vernon Davis, 49ers, TE
67) Tony Romo, Cowboys, QB
68) Russell Wilson, Seahawks, QB
69) Jay Cutler, Bears, QB
70) Nick Foles, Eagles, QB
71) Bishop Sankey, Titans, RB
72) Maurice Jones-Drew, Raiders, RB
73) Jason Witten, Cowboys, TE
74) Fred Jackson, Bills, RB
75) Terrance Williams, Cowboys, WR
76) Julian Edelman, Patriots, WR
77) Eric Decker, Jets, WR
78) Zach Ertz, Eagles, TE
79) Pierre Thomas, Saints, RB
80) Mark Ingram, Saints, RB
81) Wes Welker, Broncos, WR
82) Kyle Rudolph, Vikings, TE
83) Greg Olsen, Panthers, TE
84) Dennis Pitta, Ravens, TE
85) Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, QB
86) Bernard Pierce, Ravens, RB
87) Lamar Miller, Dolphins, RB
88) Jeremy Maclin, Eagles, WR
89) Golden Tate, Lions, WR
90) Brandin Cooks, Saints, WR
91) Stevan Ridley, Patriots. RB
92) Jeremy Hill, Bengals, RB
93) Jordan Reed, Redskins, TE
94) Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers, WR
95) Steven Jackson, Falcons, RB
96) Devonta Freeman, Falcons, RB
97) Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts, RB
98) Justin Hunter, Titans, WR
99) Robert Griffin, Redskins, QB
100) Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, QB
101) Mike Evans, Buccaneers, WR
102) Markus Wheaton, Steelers, WR
103) Carlos Hyde, 49ers, RB
104) Rueben Randle, Giants, WR
105) Philip Rivers, Chargers, QB
106) Cam Newton, Panthers, QB
107) Reggie Wayne, Colts, WR
108) Andre Williams, Giants, RB
109) Danny Woodhead, Chargers, RB
110) Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs, WR
111) DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, WR
112) Jarrett Boykin, Packers, WR
113) Sammy Watkins, Bills, WR
114) Knowshon Moreno, Dolphins, RB
115) Cecil Shorts, Jaguars, WR
116) Trent Richardson, Colts, RB
117) Shonn Greene, Titans, RB
118) Doug Baldwin, Seahawks, WR
119) Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, QB
120) LeGarrette Blount, Steelers, RB
121) DeAngelo Williams, Panthers, RB
122) Travis Kelce, Chiefs, TE
123) Martellus Bennett, Bears, TE
124) Seattle Seahawks, DST
125) Greg Jennings, Vikings, WR
126) Terrance West, Browns, RB
127) Christine Michael, Seahawks, RB
128) Charles Clay, Dolphins, TE
129) Riley Cooper, Eagles, WR
130) Jordan Matthews, Eagles, WR
131) Jonathan Stewart, Panthers, RB
132) Heath Miller, Steelers, TE 
133) Hakeem Nicks, Colts, WR
134) Alex Smith, Chiefs, QB
135) Andy Dalton, Bengals, QB
136) Brian Hartline, Dolphins, WR
137) Anquan Boldin, 49ers, WR 
138) Chris Ivory, Jets, RB
139) Darren Sproles, Eagles, RB
140) Steve Smith, Ravens, WR
141) Aaron Dobson, Patriots, WR
142) Benny Cunningham, Rams, RB
143) Khiry Robinson, Saints, RB
144) Kenny Stills, Saints, WR
145) Marqise Lee, Jaguars, WR
146) Jonathan Grimes, Texans, RB
147) Carson Palmer, Cardinals, QB
148) Delanie Walker, Titans, TE
149) James Jones, Raiders, WR
150) Rod Streater, Raiders, WR

(In addition to 20-plus years of playing fantasy football, Ben Standig covered fantasy football for the past several years at FFToolbox.com and helped direct the site to generating the industry's most accurate preseason rankings in 2012. Ben is also a noted NFL Draft reporter.)