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Fantasy Football 2011 Composite Rankings

Fantasy football's top 200 are ranked

By FOXSports.com Fantasy Department
July 12, 2011

Because four heads are always better than one (we think), each member of FOXSports.com’s fantasy department created their own 2011 Top 200 Fantasy Football Rankings. The four individual player rankings were added together, divided and produced overall composite scores.

The rankings are geared towards owners competing in 10-12 team, head-to-head leagues and use FOXSports.com’s Fantasy Football default scoring system. (Note: kickers are not listed with the assumption they would be drafted in the final round and thus would not crack the Top 200.)

Before we get to it, each fantasy contributor was allotted a couple hundred words to defend, justify and explain their rankings.

Fowler –

Dear Michael Vick,

Stay healthy, please!

If Philadelphia’s quarterback can remain upright for 16 games this season, I will sleep well at night knowing I ranked him fifth overall. With Vick’s ability to run and pass, the chances he accounts for two to three touchdowns a game (12-18 fantasy points) is nearly a lock in my mind. This is obviously in addition to the points he earns owners via passing and rushing yards.

I chose to upgrade dual-threat running backs this season. Thus, guys like LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice rank higher than Maurice Jones-Drew and Michael Turner.

With most of the fantasy attention on Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Vick at quarterback, I chose to boost Philip Rivers up to my 12th pick overall. He’s averaged 270 passing yards per game, 31 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions over the last three seasons.

This is the first year I bumped Roddy White over Andre Johnson as my top wide receiver. Atlanta’s decision to draft Julio Jones means Matt Ryan is about to air it out on a regular basis in 2011. White could be lucky enough to see softer coverage with Jones keeping defensive backs and safeties honest. Also, I’d be remised if I didn’t mention that no matter your feelings towards the man, think about drafting Derrick Mason.

Now we play the waiting game.

Beall -

In regards to the top selection, one can’t go wrong with the quartet of Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles. I have Johnson slightly above Peterson, despite Johnson’s contract dispute, as the Tennessee running back is more prominent in the passing game.

At quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers are in an echelon above the rest. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees still have the ability to be fantasy cornerstones, but Manning’s neck surgery and Brees’ interception total from 2010 are causes for concern. For sleepers, Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick and Denver’s Tim Tebow are players that can score in the air and on the ground.

Andre Johnson, Roddy White and Calvin Johnson are the only wideouts in the top 20, and with good reason. In my experience, you can obtain a reliable receiver in the middle of the draft, whereas solid signal-callers and running backs vanish in the opening rounds. Need evidence? Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe, Santana Moss, Steve Johnson, Hakeem Nicks and Tampa’s Mike Williams were all elite contributors in 2010, yet none were highly sought during the preseason.

One final note: the majority of rookies were downgraded at their respective positions. Freshmen don’t tend to correlate to fantasy fruition, as anyone who owned Ryan Mathews last season will attest. Mark Ingram and Daniel Thomas may post phenomenal campaigns; however, don’t waste a relatively high pick on a rookie. More times than not, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.

Harmon -

The first iteration of the overall ranking sheet is always a daunting task. I’ve stared at individual player histories and schedules and I have completed numerous side-by-side comparisons. The overall list is a different animal, and the dexterous hands working a keyboard give way to a monstrous white board.

My 2011 list began as these lists do every year. Running backs dominated the top of the sheet, with 11 of the first 13 players carrying the “RB” designation. Simply put, the backfield workhorses rose to the top of the heap in this vast expanse of committee situations. A total of sixty running backs appear in my top 200 (25 in the top 50).

I should note that top wide receivers and quarterbacks occupied nine of the first 25 slots, a marked change from years past. I have already logged a few asterisks next to potential movers as I revisit this list through the preseason. My hope is that changes are not caused by a rash of injuries to hamstrings, knee and ankles as the exhibition seasons continues.

Halpin -

Michael Turner ran for 1,699 yards and scored 17 touchdowns in 2008. Chris Johnson racked up 2,509 yards from scrimmage and 16 TDs in 2009. Arian Foster had a huge breakout in 2010, with 2,220 yards from scrimmage and 18 scores. That’s a terrific trio of backs, but I’ll still take Adrian Peterson, who averaged 1,781 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns over those three seasons. Peterson is money in the bank, and without Brett Favre around throwing all the time, he should get the ball 350 times in 2011. Purple Jesus is a fantasy superstar, as well as a low-risk top overall pick.

My first round doesn’t look very different from a lot of others’, but if you want some favorites, I’m really intrigued by Shonn Greene at No. 18, and Jonathan Stewart at No. 29. Both could break out in their new feature roles.

Does anyone scare me? Yes – Michael Vick at No. 17, and not just because I own a dog. Vick’s style of play is electrifying, and almost begs for some time off due to injury. He’s a first-rounder on many boards, but I’d hate to put all my eggs in his basket.

Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
1 Adrian Peterson RB 1 1 2 1 1 1.25
2 Chris Johnson RB 2 2 1 2 3 2.00
3 Arian Foster RB 3 4 3 3 2 3.00
4 Jamaal Charles RB 4 3 4 4 4 3.75
5 Maurice Jones-Drew RB 5 13 5 5 5 7.00
6 LeSean McCoy RB 6 6 7 9 9 7.75
7 Aaron Rodgers QB 1 7 11 7 8 8.25
8 Ray Rice RB 7 9 6 6 13 8.50
9 Rashard Mendenhall RB 8 10 13 12 10 11.25
10 Michael Turner RB 9 17 8 15 7 11.75

Surprise! Nine running backs and one quarterback crack the top ten list. LeSean McCoy is the intriguing back of the bunch. Will Michael Vick’s ability to run decrease the running back’s value or will his pass-catching skills increase it?


Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
11 Andre Johnson WR 1 23 9 8 15 13.75
12 Darren McFadden RB 10 8 16 19 12 13.75
13 Roddy White WR 2 19 15 10 11 13.75
14 Frank Gore RB 11 18 21 11 6 14.00
15 Michael Vick QB 2 5 17 17 21 15.00
16 Steven Jackson RB 12 21 12 13 17 15.75
17 Drew Brees QB 3 16 22 14 14 16.50
18 Peyton Manning QB 4 11 20 22 18 17.75
19 Matt Forte RB 13 20 10 23 19 18.00
20 Calvin Johnson WR 3 22 19 16 16 18.25

San Francisco’s Frank Gore falls out of the top ten after fracturing his hip in 2010. Three wide receivers (A. Johnson, White and C. Johnson) and quarterbacks (Vick, Brees and Manning (neck?) remain top tier options for owners.

Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
21 Tom Brady QB 5 15 14 28 20 19.25
22 Philip Rivers QB 6 12 18 25 34 22.25
23 Peyton Hillis RB 14 14 23 30 24 22.75
24 Hakeem Nicks WR 4 30 25 21 22 24.50
25 Ryan Matthews RB 15 33 24 20 27 26.00
26 LeGarrette Blount RB 16 24 28 26 28 26.50
27 Knowshon Moreno RB 17 28 30 24 25 26.75
28 Greg Jennings WR 5 26 27 27 29 27.25
29 Reggie Wayne WR 6 29 26 33 26 28.50
30 Jonathan Stewart RB 18 39 33 29 31 33.00

Breakthrough running backs Peyton Hillis, Ryan Matthews and LeGarrette Blount jump up the rankings in 2011. Down in Carolina, Jonathan Stewart leaps DeAngelo Williams and Mike Goodson as the Panthers’ number one option for Jimmy Clausen and/or Cam Netwon.

Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
31 Shonn Greene RB 19 34 50 18 33 33.75
32 Dwyane Bowe WR 7 25 35 37 39 34.00
33 Mike Wallace WR 8 37 31 32 36 34.00
34 Miles Austin WR 9 36 41 34 30 35.25
35 Larry Fitzgerald WR 10 50 32 31 32 36.25
36 Antonio Gates TE 1 35 42 35 35 36.75
37 Ahmad Bradshaw RB 20 40 40 44 23 36.75
38 DeSean Jackson WR 11 32 29 38 49 37.00
39 Jeremy Maclin WR 12 27 47 43 43 40.00
40 Cedric Benson RB 21 41 34 52 38 41.25

Six wide receivers dominate this ranking tier. Owners gave up on Dwyane Bowe after his slow start in 2010.  Will they make the same mistake in 2011? Jeremy Maclin is right on the heels of DeSean Jackson as the top wide-out for the Eagles. Vick has shown he will throw it deep to DJ, but more often to Maclin.

Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
41 Tony Romo QB 7 48 45 39 37 42.25
42 Vincent Jackson WR 13 31 43 42 55 42.75
43 Mike Williams (TB) WR 14 46 58 41 42 46.75
44 Dallas Clark TE 2 38 53 45 52 47.00
45 Marques Colston WR 15 51 51 49 45 49.00
46 Matt Schaub QB 8 43 38 62 56 49.75
47 Stevie Johnson WR 16 49 52 48 53 50.50
48 Jason Witten TE 3 56 39 50 57 50.50
49 Matt Ryan QB 9 42 65 59 40 51.50
50 Wes Welker WR 17 44 44 57 63 52.00

Despite returning from injury, the fantasy department has faith Tony Romo can pick up where he left off, ranking him as the seventh best quarterback. Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams will be fun to watch as he tries to build on a successful rookie campaign where he hauled in 11 touchdowns.

Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
51 Ryan Grant RB 22 53 49 58 50 52.50
52 Santonio Holmes WR 18 45 56 51 62 53.50
53 Daniel Thomas RB 23 52 62 64 41 54.75
54 Ben Roethlisberger QB 10 47 54 71 48 55.00
55 DeAngelo Williams RB 24 66 76 36 44 55.50
56 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB 25 55 60 40 68 55.75
57 Felix Jones RB 26 57 54 57 58 55.75
58 Fred Jackson RB 27 57 75 46 46 56.00
59 Jahvid Best RB 28 65 78 47 51 60.25
60 Vernon Davis TE 4 61 48 82 59 62.50
61 Dez Bryant WR 19 63 69 56 65 63.25
62 Brandon Lloyd WR 20 90 46 63 60 64.75
63 Josh Freeman QB 11 72 36 88 72 67.00
64 Joseph Addai RB 29 68 71 53 78 67.50
65 Jermichael Finley TE 5 84 70 55 64 68.25
66 Anquan Boldin WR 21 62 59 83 69 68.25
67 Marshawn Lynch RB 30 67 64 70 75 69.00
68 Percy Harvin WR 22 58 66 72 81 69.25
69 Joe Flacco QB 12 59 86 78 54 69.25
70 Eli Manning QB 13 60 84 77 61 70.50
71 Sidney Rice WR 23 69 77 67 70 70.75
72 Santana Moss WR 24 70 73 69 79 72.75
73 Mark Ingram RB 31 91 67 76 66 75.00
74 Jay Cutler QB 14 73 79 91 73 79.00
75 Matthew Stafford QB 15 89 90 85 67 82.75
76 Ryan Torain RB 32 74 89 100 71 83.50
77 Johnny Knox WR 25 82 76 75 101 83.50
78 Sam Bradford QB 16 71 68 98 99 84.00
79 Mike Tolbert RB 33 64 101 79 95 84.75
80 Steve Smith (NYG) WR 26 97 80 66 104 86.75
81 Mike Williams (SEA) WR 27 74 72 96 106 87.00
82 Brandon Marshall WR 28 199 37 65 47 87.00
83 Steve Smith (CAR) WR 29 88 97 74 94 88.25
84 Brandon Jacobs RB 34 76 92 104 83 88.75
85 Malcom Floyd WR 30 79 100 61 115 88.75
86 Mario Manningham WR 31 81 110 80 90 90.25
87 Chris Cooley TE 6 86 83 93 100 90.50
88 Pierre Thomas RB 35 77 107 95 92 92.75
89 Ronnie Brown RB 36 78 99 113 82 93.00
90 James Starks RB 37 106 82 89 98 93.75
91 Matt Cassel QB 17 89 96 105 86 94.00
92 Zach Miller TE 7 87 116 87 93 95.75
93 Brandon Pettigrew TE 8 94 105 112 80 97.75
94 Braylon Edwards WR 32 83 91 102 126 100.50
95 Tony Gonzalez TE 9 108 129 90 76 100.75
96 Marcedes Lewis TE 10 125 88 109 84 101.50
97 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 38 104 111 121 74 102.50
98 Mikel Leshoure RB 39 105 120 101 85 102.75
99 C.J. Spiller RB 40 107 108 97 103 103.75
100 Michael Bush RB 41 99 114 107 97 104.25

The sexy rookie pick is Miami’s Daniel Thomas. We will have to wait and see if Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are part of the Dolphins’ puzzle, but all signs point to the former Kansas State stud contributing immediately. Fantasy pundits are high on Matthew Stafford’s return following a season where he missed all but three games with a separated shoulder. He ranks out as the 15th best quarterback available.

Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
101 Chris Wells RB 42 93 123 117 87 105.00
102 Kenny Britt WR 33 201 74 68 77 105.00
103 A.J. Green WR 34 121 87 103 122 108.25
104 Owen Daniels TE 11 111 85 120 120 109.00
105 Kellen Winslow TE 12 110 93 125 117 111.25
106 Mike Thomas WR 35 112 103 92 140 111.75
107 Mark Clayton WR 36 113 115 73 148 112.25
108 Jermaine Gresham TE 13 95 125 127 107 113.50
109 Jordy Nelson WR 37 98 130 94 113 113.75
110 Danny Woodhead RB 43 119 133 106 105 115.75
111 Austin Collie WR 38 200 95 60 109 116.00
112 Thomas Jones RB 44 116 119 119 110 116.00
113 Jerome Simpson WR 39 114 98 118 135 116.25
114 Mark Sanchez QB 18 101 117 153 96 116.75
115 Roy Helu RB 45 122 113 108 130 118.25
116 Ryan Williams RB 46 134 94 124 129 120.25
117 Dustin Keller TE 14 138 112 143 88 120.25
118 Hines Ward WR 40 103 128 114 139 121.00
119 Tim Tebow QB 19 100 132 133 128 123.25
120 Pittsburgh Steelers DEF 1 118 149 126 102 123.75
121 Lance Moore WR 41 102 122 86 190 125.00
122 Derrick Mason WR 42 82 127 110 182 125.25
123 Jimmy Graham TE 15 109 102 140 150 125.25
124 Julio Jones WR 43 120 142 128 113 125.75
125 Green Bay Packers DEF 2 133 139 136 108 129.00
126 Donald Brown RB 47 132 124 154 118 132.00
127 Donovan McNabb QB 20 123 147 122 138 132.25
128 DeMarco Murray RB 48 141 121 157 112 132.75
129 David Garrard QB 21 124 126 174 111 133.75
130 Rob Gronkowski TE 16 115 121 148 152 134.00
131 Montario Hardesty RB 49 117 165 131 123 134.00
132 Tim Hightower RB 50 130 153 99 155 134.25
133 Aaron Hernandez TE 17 126 109 183 124 135.50
134 New York Jets DEF 3 144 145 142 119 137.50
135 Willis McGahee RB 51 131 163 123 143 140.00
136 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 22 205 106 129 121 140.25
137 Chad Ochocinco WR 44 128 118 182 136 141.00
138 Brent Celek TE 18 137 144 141 142 141.00
139 Reggie Bush RB 52 135 104 196 134 142.25
140 James Jones WR 45 96 146 146 183 142.75
141 Steve Breaston WR 46 148 131 134 168 145.25
142 Chicago Bears DEF 4 144 156 151 132 145.75
143 Davone Bess WR 47 140 140 139 166 146.25
144 Lee Evans WR 48 149 169 115 159 148.00
145 Mike Sims-Walker WR 49 129 134 155 180 149.50
146 Robert Meachem WR 50 146 173 132 151 150.50
147 Ben Tate RB 53 150 137 186 131 151.00
148 Randy Moss WR 51 156 198 135 116 151.25
149 Jacoby Ford WR 52 141 136 159 171 151.75
150 Nate Burleson WR 53 161 161 111 174 151.75

Consider this group “Fantasy Football Impact Players: The New Class.” Guys like Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson, Washington’s Roy Helu, and New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham are names to keep in the back of your mind when drafting. They may not win you a championship, but could sure bolster your roster.


Rank Name Pos Fowler Beall Halpin Harmon Composite
151 Baltimore Ravens DEF 5 154 157 162 137 152.50
152 Mike Goodson RB 54 151 155 145 161 153.00
153 Danny Amendola WR 54 147 166 130 169 153.00
154 Kyle Orton QB 23 127 205 195 91 154.50
155 Jason Campbell QB 24 138 167 150 167 155.50
156 Anthony Armstrong WR 55 156 135 188 157 159.00
157 Tony Moeaki TE 19 158 158 163 160 159.75
158 New York Giants DEF 6 169 180 167 125 160.25
159 Ben Watson TE 20 152 177 156 162 161.75
160 Kevin Kolb QB 25 205 152 205 89 162.75
161 Philadelphia Eagles DEF 7 179 162 172 144 164.25
162 Justin Forsett RB 55 165 174 138 184 165.25
163 Bernard Scott RB 56 205 172 158 127 165.50
164 Donald Driver WR 56 155 170 160 185 167.50
165 Rashard Jennings RB 57 136 205 152 179 168.00
166 New England Patriots DEF 8 173 160 189 153 168.75
167 Jason Snelling RB 58 153 171 161 205 172.50
168 Emmanuel Sanders WR 57 172 182 147 193 173.50
169 Tashard Choice RB 59 143 205 170 177 173.75
170 Terrell Owens WR 58 199 154 205 141 174.75
171 Louis Murphy WR 59 162 179 171 188 175.00
172 Arrelious Benn WR 60 197 164 168 176 176.25
173 Devin Hester WR 61 181 159 180 186 176.50
174 San Diego Chargers DEF 9 194 176 192 146 177.00
175 Cadillac Williams RB 60 164 205 137 205 177.75
176 Greg Olsen TE 20 205 143 205 164 179.25
177 Heath Miller TE 21 174 186 200 158 179.50
178 David Gettis WR 62 177 185 190 172 181.00
179 Alex Smith QB 26 189 168 181 187 181.25
180 Danario Alexander WR 63 166 183 191 195 183.75
181 Plaxico Burress WR 64 184 205 205 147 185.25
182 Chad Henne QB 27 187 178 205 173 185.75
183 Jordan Shipley WR65 163 175 205 200 185.75
184 Dallas Cowboys DEF 10 178 196 205 165 186.00
185 Matt Hasselbeck QB 28 193 205 205 154 189.25
186 Carson Palmer QB 29 198 205 205 149 189.25
187 Chester Taylor RB 61 191 189 184 194 189.50
188 Atlanta Falcons DEF 11 205 205 193 156 189.75
189 Cam Newton QB 30 205 184 185 189 190.75
190 Nate Washington WR 66 160 194 205 205 191.00
191 Christopher Ivory RB 62 182 205 173 205 191.25
192 Josh Morgan WR 67 180 187 205 196 192.00
193 Detroit Lions DEF 12 205 205 198 163 192.75
194 Jacoby Jones WR 68 176 193 205 198 193.00
195 Jeremy Shockey TE 22 192 205 205 170 193.00
196 Kevin Walter WR 69 164 200 205 205 193.00
197 Roy Williams WR 70 171 205 194 205 193.75
198 Brandon Tate WR 71 175 205 205 192 194.25
199 Legedu Naanee WR 72 185 205 197 205 198.00
200 Jabar Gaffney WR 73 196 205 205 197 200.75

Harmon and Fowler believe if Plaxico Burress can find a team, he’s worth taking a flier on late in your draft. Three of the four fantasy team members agree Cam Newton is worth a look late, too. Jabar Gaffney, with or without Kyle Orton as his quarterback, snags the grand distinction of Mr. Irrelevant in these fantasy football rankings. Can Tim Tebow be his savior?

Ryan Fowler, Joel Beall, Mike Harmon and John Halpin are part of FOXSports.com's Fantasy Department.

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