Running Wild – 2 Guys rank the best fantasy running backs for 2012

With fantasy drafts quickly approaching 2 Guys continue to go through the fantasy landscape position by position.

This week 2 Guys break down the best fantasy running backs for 2012.

Once again 2 Guys take a tiered approach at the rankings to better illustrate the value of running backs at different levels.

Lastly, Evan seems to have a certain hate for a particular running back and Frank tries to get to the root of his discontent

Runner’s High – Frank breaks down the top Fantasy Running Backs for 2012

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Frank's Top Fantasy Running Backs for 2012

Running back has often been thought as the most important position in fantasy football. However, as the NFL becomes more pass happy running backs continue to decline in value. Still, you won't win your fantasy league if you don't have a few solid running backs on your team. Here is a list of the best running backs for the upcoming season and where you should value them.
NameTeamComment
1st Tier
Arian FosterHouston TexansPlays in offense tailor made for his style.
Lesean McCoyPhiladelphia EaglesMight be the explosive player in the league.
Ray RiceBaltimore RavensCenterpiece of the Ravens attack.
Chris JohnsonTennessee TitansShould be better than last year.
Matt ForteChicago BearsVersatility makes him great.
2nd Tier
Darren McFaddenOakland RaidersCan he stay healthy?
Fred JacksonBuffalo BillsAll-Pro numbers before injury last season.
Maurice Jones DrewJacksonville JaguarsHoldout hurts value.
Ryan MatthewsSan Diego ChargersInjury hurts early season value.
Marshawn LynchSeattle SeahawksBeast Mode.
Ahmad BradshawNew York GiantsSee Darren McFadden.
Demarco MurrayDallas CowboysLooked legit before injury.
Adrian PetersonMinnesota VikingsKnee injury could take away some explosiveness.
Michael TurnerAtlanta FalconsDouble digit rushing touchdowns last 4 seasons.
Ben Jarvis Green-EllisCincinnati BengalsWill get plenty of carries.
Steven JacksonSt. Louis RamsStill gets a lot of carries.
3rd Tier
Doug MartinTampa Bay BuccaneersSchiano will feature him from the start.
Beanie WellsArizona CardinalsHealth is an issue, but ability is not.
Frank GoreSan Francisco 49ersSlowing down, but still productive.
Trent RichardsonCleveland BrownsFaces tough schedule but will have his chances.
Jamaal CharlesKansas City ChiefsCan he bounce back from last years knee injury?
Felix JonesDallas CowboysGreat #2 option if healthy.
Deangelo WilliamsCarolina PanthersStill the most talented RB in the Panther backfield.
Roy HeluWashington RedskinsWho knows what his role will be?
Reggie BushMiami DolphinsLooked like a lead back last season.
Darren SprolesNew Orleans SaintsHe piles up yards in all phases.
4th Tier
Shonn GreeneNew York JetsShould get a lot of carries.
Alfred MorrisWashington RedskinsCould be the Skins best RB.
Cedric BensonGreen Bay PackersShould find room to run with Green Bay's explosive attack.
James StarksGreen Bay PackersApparently skating on thin ice.
C.J. SpillerBuffalo BillsStill waiting for breakout season.
Isaac RedmondPittsburgh SteelersWith Mendenhall on the mend should be the man.
Pierre ThomasNew Orleans SaintsProductive when gets touches.
Mark IngramNew Orleans SaintsTalented but will he be featured?
David WilsonNew York GiantsWill see action with fragile Bradshaw as starter.
Michael BushChicago BearsProved to be a capable starter last year.
Jahvid BestDetroit LionsExplosive, but not durable.
Legarrette BlountTampa Bay BuccaneersMartin will take away his touches.
Willis McGaheeDenver BroncosRan like a younger man last season.
Kendall HunterSan Francisco 49ersWill see action with Gore slowing down.
Ben TateHouston TexansNever a bad handcuff option.
Jaquizz RodgersAtlanta FalconsExplosive, but limited behind durable Turner.
Stevan RidleyNew England PatriotsHas potential to produce solid numbers.
Taiwan JonesOakland RaidersWill see action behind fragile McFadden.
Mikell LeshoureDetroit LionsLions need a solid back.
Jonathan StewartCarolina PanthersCrowded backfield, but will get some touches.
5th Tier
Knowshon MorenoDenver BroncosMake or break year for him.
Mike TolbertCarolina PanthersWill he get touches?
Kevin SmithDetroit LionsWas productive in spots last year.
Lamar MillerMiami DolphinsExplosive and versatile.
Tim HightowerWashington RedskinsComing off of a knee injury.
Donald BrownIndianapolis ColtsWill get the ball often behind Luck.
Danny WoodheadNew England PatriotsHas some versatility.
Vick BallardIndianapolis ColtsWill get some chances early this season.
Peyton HillisKansas City ChiefsCan't be worse than last year.
Ryan WilliamsArizona CardinalsWill challenge Beanie Wells if healthy.
Dion LewisPhiladelphia EaglesAnother good handcuff.
LeMichael JamesSan Francisco 49ersOpportunities might be limited.
Brandon JacobsSan Francisco 49ersSee LeMichael James.
Brandon SaineGreen Bay PackersGreat speed, but unknown commodity.
Ronnie HillmanDenver BroncosShould see some carries this season.
6th Tier
Chris RaineyPittsburgh SteelersWill get a chance to play this season.
Monterio HardestyCleveland BrownsDecent back up option.
Chris PolkPhiladelphia EaglesKeeper leagues only.
Bilal PowellNew York JetsWill see time if Greene struggles.
Curtis BrinkleySan Diego ChargersHandcuff for Matthews.
Daniel ThomasMiami DolphinsNeeds to stay healthy.
Rashard MendenhallPittsburgh SteelersProbably won't play in 2012.
Bernard ScottCincinatti BengalsProductive when given opportunities.
Evan RoysterWashington RedskinsChoosing Washington RBs is like playing Russian Roulette.
Toby GearhartMinnesota VikingsPeterson won't be full speed when the season starts.
Joe McknightNew York JetsNot many chances for him.
Darren EvansIndianapolis ColtsColts may run to protect Luck early on.
Daniel HerronCincinatti BengalsBengals like to run.

In Good Hands: Evan Ranks the top fantasy WRs for 2012

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Evan's Top Fantasy WRs for 2012

Much like Frank, I divided my top fantasy receivers for 2012 into tiers. All the tiers group players of a similar caliber in the same class. Use these tiers to help rank and value your receivers in your upcoming fantasy drafts.
NameTeamComments
First Class
Calvin JohnsonDetroit LionsBest in the game
Andre JohnsonHouston TexansWhen healthy, just as dominant as Calvin Johnson
Roddy WhiteAtlanta FalconsThe improvement of Julio Jones means less attention can be paid to White
Larry FitzgeraldArizona CardinalsEven with QB issues in AZ, Fitz is a fantasy stud
Greg JenningsGreen Bay PackersIf you are the favorite target of Aaron Rodgers you belong in this class
Hakeem NicksNew York GiantsAs long as his foot is OK, Nicks has the potential to be a top 5 receiver
Steve SmithCarolina PanthersRejuvenated by the emrgence of Cam Newton
Upgraded Members
AJ GreenCincinnati BengalsStill a year away from being a top tier receiver
Jordy NelsonGreen Bay PackersAnother season of 10+ TDs and he might be upgraded
Brandon MarshallChicago BearsReunion with Cutler could mean huge numbers in 2012
Marques ColstonNew Orleans SaintsLoses some value since Brees prefers Jimmy Graham around the goal line
Wes WelkerNew England PatriotsBrandon Lloyd may take away a few of Welker's targets
Mike WallacePittsburgh SteelersHas to make sure his contract issues do not effect his performance
Dwayne BoweKansas City ChiefsStreakiest of the bunch but excellent when he is producing
Demaryius ThomasDenver BroncosShould be Peyton Manning's go-to guy
Victor CruzNew York GiantsWill not break his own team receiving records in 2012
Jeremy MaclinPhiladelphia EaglesDeSean Jackson gets the headlines while Maclin gets the most targets
Miles AustinDallas CowboysThis should be Dez Bryant's spot- if he could only stay out of trouble
Torrey SmithBaltimore RavensConsistency will be key for Smith to become a true fantasy stud
Stevie JohnsonBuffalo BillsA healthy receiving corps will allow Johnson to see more open space
Business Class
Antonio BrownPittsburgh SteelersShould be a breakout year for Brown
Julio JonesAtlanta FalconsWe are still a year away from seeing huge numbers from Jones
Percy HarvinMinnesota VikingsQB issues prevent him being higher on the list
Michael CrabtreeSan Francisco 49ersWill the signing of Randy Moss push Crabtree to fulfill his potential?
Vincent JacksonTampa Bay BuccaneersAdjustments to a new team will cause a dip in his numbers
Reggie WayneIndianapolis ColtsAndrew Luck better bond quickly with a vet like Wayne
Anquan BoldinBaltimore RavensClearly Boldin is in decline
DeSean JacksonPhiladelphia EaglesEver week is feast or famine with Jackson
Lance MooreNew Orleans SaintsBrees spreads the ball around a bunch but throws enough that Moore should post good numbers
Malcolm FloydSan Diego ChargersWith Vincent Jackson departed, Floyd will be the only familiar target for Phillip Rivers
Santonio HolmesNew York JetsThe hope is for a bounceback year for Holmes
Sidney RiceSeattle SeahawksYear 2 in Seattle should be better for Rice
Santana MossWashington RedskinsLook for an energized Moss to click with RGIII
Flying Coach
Kenny BrittTennessee TitansOff-field issues make the uber-talented Britt a risky option
Pierre GarconWashington RedskinsWill be no better than the 2nd option in his first season with the Skins
Steve BreastonKansas City ChiefsMore potential than just about anyone in this group
Denarius MooreOakland RaidersCan he be consistent enough to be a solid weekly play?
Brandon LloydNew England PatriotsShould improve throughout the season as Brady gets comfortable throwing to him
Robert MeachemSan Diego ChargersWill Meachem or Royal emerge as a Rivers favorite
Eddie RoyalSan Diego ChargersSee above
Eric DeckerDenver BroncosHas potential to be a solid performer if Manning has faith in him
Darrius Heyward-BeyOakland RaidersBegan to show results that matched his talent in 2011
Mike WilliamsTampa Bay BuccaneersWill we see the 2010 or 2011 version of Williams in 2012?
Nate WashingtonTennessee TitansWith Britt potentially missing time, the Titans will need Washington to step up
Titus YoungDetroit LionsLots of opportunity in the pass-happy Lions offense
Mohamed SanuCincinnati BengalsHas a realistic shot to be the top performing rookie in 2012
Greg LittleCleveland BrownsImproved running game in Cleveland should make life easier for Little
Brandon LeFellCarolina PanthersGreat 2nd option for Cam Newton to look to
Ryan BroylesDetroit LionsWill Stafford look for the rookie more than Titus Young?
Michael FloydArizona CardinalsPlaying opposite of Larry Fitzgerald will give ample opportunity for Floyd to put up good numbers
Jonathan BaldwinKansas City ChiefsDeep threat needs more volume in 2012
Danny AmendolaSt. Louis RamsEven more valuable in PPR leagues
Golden TateSeattle SeahwaksWould be even higher with a better QB option in Seattle
Cargo Hold
Justin BlackmonJacksonville JaguarsNot many catchable balls in the Jacksonville offense
Laurent RobinsonJacksonville JaguarsSee above
Mario ManninghamSan Francisco 49ersThe Niners may be the only team that runs more than they pass in 2012
Randy MossSan Francisco 49ersShould see a few highlights but not consistency from Moss
David NelsonBuffalo BillsOf all members of this list, could be the best of the bunch
Alshon JeffreyChicago BearsShould earn starting role opposite Brandon Marshall
Brian QuickSt. Louis RamsBradford needs Quick to produce quickly
James JonesGreen Bay PackersFinds a spot by simply being a part of the Packers offense
Devery HendersonNew Orleans SaintsLike Jones, is a product of a great offensive system
Emmanuel SandersPittsburgh SteelersWith how much the Steelers throw these days, should have several excellent games
Davone BessMiami DolphinsVolume catcher is more valuable in PPR leagues
Kendall WrightTennessee TitansAnother rookie with loads of potential
Kevin WaltersHouston TexansNot a star but consistent performer
Jerome SimpsonMinnesota VikingsLots of ability but not a lot of opportunity in Minnesota
Austin CollieIndianapolis ColtsIf healthy, should be another solid option for Andrew Luck
Jacoby FordOakland RaidersEvery time he touches the ball he has the ability to score
Nate BurlesonDetroit LionsGets more valuable if Megatron gets bitten by the Madden curse

Holdouts are not his Forte – 2 Guys talk about big time signings and the top fantasy WRs in 2012

We’re halfway through July and 2 Guys continue to break down the fantasy landscape.

Frank and Evan discuss the importance of the signings of Brees, Rice, and Forte.

2 Guys also discuss the continuing holdouts of Dwayne Bowe and Mike Wallace.

Lastly, 2 Guys break down the top WRs for the upcoming fantasy season and where you draft them.

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It’s Better To Receive – Frank Ranks the Top Fantasy WRs

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Frank's Top Fantasy WRs for 2012

Much like my QB rankings I decided to break these WR rankings out into tiers. I used the idea of flight classes since I thought it would be a good way to differentiate the players in each level. Keep in mind that every player in each class can potentially be the best in his class but his floor is no less than that of the class he is ranked in. It works the same way for lower classes by the fact that a players ceiling can be no higher than the class he is in. Confused? Don't be. Just remember, the higher the class the more value a player has.
NameTeamComment
First Class
Calvin JohnsonDetroit LionsBest in the game, but still getting better.
Roddy WhiteAtlanta FalconsStill Matty Ice's favorite target.
Larry FitzgeraldArizona CardinalsBetter QB would make him top 5 overall pick.
Greg JenningsGreen Bay PackersPlays in a great offense with great QB.
Hakeem NicksNew York GiantsSee Greg Jennings.
Andre JohnsonHouston TexansHealth issues aside, he's still elite.
A.J. GreenCincinatti BengalsSky is the limit for this youngster.
Victor CruzNew York GiantsGet ready for more Salsa dances.
Upgraded Members
Marques ColstonNew Orleans SaintsVeteran always gets his catches with Brees.
Steve SmithCarolina PanthersProved he still has some gas left.
Dwayne BoweKansas City ChiefsContract situation could be a problem.
Mike WallacePittsburgh SteelersSee Dwayne Bowe.
Stevie JohnsonBuffalo BillsLess celebrations and more touchdowns would be nice.
Wes WelkerNew England PatriotsAlways catches a ton of balls.
Vincent JacksonTampa Bay BuccaneersFeast or famine M.O. will not stop in Tampa.
Julio JonesAtlanta FalconsGreat young player who plays fast.
Brandon MarshallChicago BearsReunion with Cutler should help.
Jordy NelsonGreen Bay Packers15 td's might be a fluke but not the yardage (1200+).
Dez BryantDallas CowboysHead case off the field. Provides headaches on the field.
Sidney RiceSeattle SeahawksShould bounce back from dismal last season.
Demariyus ThomasDenver BroncosPeyton will make him a star.
Business Class
Anquan BoldinBaltimore RavensNearing the end but still reliable.
Desean JacksonPhiladelphia EaglesMore flash than substance.
Jeremy MaclinPhiladelphia EaglesCould be the Eagles most consistent receiver.
Miles AustinDallas CowboysInjuries have been a problem but not production.
Percy HarvinMinnesota VikingsSomeone has to catch the ball for the Vikings.
Robert MeachemSan Diego ChargersGets fresh start in San Diego.
Torrey SmithBaltimore RavensMight be the fastest player in the NFL.
Brandon LloydNew England PatriotsBrady will help him produce at a high level.
Antonio BrownPittsburgh SteelersCould see more action if Wallace holds out.
Kenny BrittTennessee TitansBefore injury was playing at an All-Pro level.
Michael CrabtreeSan Francisco 49ersBest receiver the 49ers have not named Vernon Davis.
Flying Coach
Reggie WayneIndianapolis ColtsCan he catch Luck in a bottle?
James JonesGreen Bay PackersTalented but not consistent enough to count on.
Mario ManninghamSan Francisco 49ersSee James Jones.
Michael FloydArizona CardinalsShould see favorable matchups opposite Fitzgerald.
Mike WilliamsTampa Bay BuccaneersWill benefit from the presence of V-Jax.
Pierre GarconWashington RedskinsRGIII will look for him deep.
Lance MooreNew Orleans SaintsBrees looks for him often on 3rd downs.
Santana MossWashington RedskinsSlowing down but still puts up decent numbers.
Greg LittleCleveland BrownsQB situation puts status in a bit of flux.
Eddie RoyalSan Diego ChargersPlenty of catches, not many touchdowns.
Laurent RobinsonJacksonville JaguarsExpectations maybe too high after big year with Cowboys.
Titus YoungDetroit LionsSee Mario Manningham.
Steve BreastonKansas City ChiefsDecent receiver but not much upside.
Darius Heyward BeyOakland RaidersShowed flashes of being a solid player last season.
Maclom FloydSan Diego ChargersProduction has never matched his talent.
Randy MossSan Francisco 49ersCan he defy father time?
Stand By
Santonio HolmesNew York JetsQB situation hurts value.
Kevin WaltersHouston TexansVeteran who should be a bye week replacement only.
Reuben RandleNew York GiantsWill have opportunities.
Early DoucetArizona CardinalsFringe player but ok as a backup.
David NelsonBuffalo BillsSee Early Doucet.
Denarius MooreOakland RaidersYoungster showed flashes of greatness last year.
Jerome SimpsonMinnesota VikingsHe will miss Andy Dalton.
Ryan BroylesDetriot LionsGreat chance for rookie to produce.
Mohammed SanuCincinatti BengalsAndy Dalton will look for him often.
Danny AmendolaSt. Louis RamsIn a PPR league one of the best there is.
Erick DeckerDenver BroncosKnee injury may cause a slow start.
Johnathan BaldwinKansas City ChiefsCan he stay healthy this season?
Johnny KnoxChicago BearsWill benefit from Marshall's presence.
Jason AvantPhiladelphia EaglesReliable but not spectacular.
Brian QuickSt. Louis RamsHe and Bradford could make a nice duo.
Justin BlackmonJacksonville JaguarsGabbert will need to better for him to make an impact.
Mohammed MassaquoiCleveland BrownsYour bench has seen worse.
Cargo Hold
Doug BaldwinSeattle SeahawksWorth a late round flyer.
Brandon StokelyDenver BroncosFamiliarity with Peyton will help.
Deion BranchNew England PatriotsNear the end.
Jacoby JonesHouston TexansBetter returner than receiver.
Josh GordonCleveland BrownsComplete wildcard.
Nick ToonNew Orleans SaintsA lot of mouths to feed in the Big Easy.
Alshon JefferyChicago BearsBig body but can he get open?
Devon BessMiami DolphinsSomeone has to catch passes in South Beach.
Chad OchocincoMiami DolphinsName far exceeds any production.
Riley CooperPhiladelphia EaglesWould need injury to starter to make an impact.
Vincent BrownSan Diego ChargersShould be much improved.
Earl BennettChicago BearsBye week starter. Maybe.
Kendall WrightTennesse TitansCould be a sleeper.
Jacoby FordOakland RaidersHas speed, but lacks durability and consistency.
Nate BurlesonDetroit LionsDays are numbered with Broyles and Young in the fold.

Bananas Foster? – 2 Guys talk Vegan, Drew Brees, and the best fantasy QBs in 2012

With the start of the season less than 60 days away 2 Guys start to heat up the fantasy landscape.

Arian Foster is making headlines with his switch to the Vegan lifestyle and 2 guys weigh in on how this will affect him.

Evan talks about ex-Baylor star Josh Gordon who may prove to be a valuable fantasy commodity depending on where he lands in the upcoming supplemental draft.

Frank and Evan speculate about the Drew Brees holdout and how it might affect his future with the Saints.

Lastly, Frank breaks down his tiered QB rankings for the upcoming season.

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QB or not QB? – Frank ranks the top fantasy signal callers for 2012

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Frank's Top Fantasy QBs for 2012

If you've ever listened to our podcasts you know I'm all about the QB in 2012. There are so many talented signal callers out there that I didn't want to do them a disservice of ranking them with a number. So what I've done is broken my rankings down into tiers. Any player listed in a particular tier has the potential to be the best player in that tier but no worse the first player of the next tier. It also works in the inverse where players in lower tiers are at their best are below the players in the tier ahead of them. Confused? Don't be. Just remember the higher the tier the better the player. Let me know what you think of the rankings in the comments below.
NameTeamComment
Creme de la Creme
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay PackersLast years MVP should pick up where he left off.
Drew BreesNew Orleans SaintsLosing Payton hurts but Brees knows his way around the Saints offense.
Matthew StaffordDetroit LionsShowed how good he could be last year.
Tom BradyNew England PatriotsLike a fine wine.
Cam NewtonCarolina PanthersPotential to be the greatest fantasy player ever.
Great To Have
Eli ManningNew York GiantsSuperbowl MVP still improving his game.
Tony RomoDallas CowboysInjuries always a worry, but numbers will be there.
Philip RiversSan Diego ChargersThrew a ton of INTs last year but should get back on track this year.
Michael VickPhiladelphia EaglesIs he the guy we saw in 2010 or the guy we saw in 2011?
Matt SchaubHouston TexansAnother QB who fights the injury bug, but plays in a great offense.
Peyton ManningDenver BroncosIf the neck is ok, he will produce big numbers.
Cheap Labor
Matt RyanAtlanta FalconsHas great weapons with Jones and White.
Ben RoethilisbergerPittsburgh SteelersTakes a lot of hits but makes plenty of plays downfield.
Joe FlaccoBaltimore RavensSolid fantasy option if you don't take a QB early.
Jay CutlerChicago BearsFinally has a number one wideout in Marshall.
Andy DaltonCincinatti BengalsHad great chemistry with A.J. Green last season.
Robert Griffin IIIWashington RedskinsDon't expect him to be Cam but he will have some solid outings.
Ryan FitzpatrickBuffalo BillsMiserable finish marred great start to season.
Carson PalmerOakland RaidersShould be better with a full training camp but don't expect too much.
They've Got Potential
Matt FlynnSeattle SeahawksLooked great in limited action with the Packers but how will he handle being the man?
Josh FreemanTampa Bay BuccaneersNew coach and offensive weapons should improve his value.
Sam BradfordSt. Louis RamsA lot to prove after a terrible sophomore campaign.
Matt CasselKansas City ChiefsTalented, but not reliable enough to count on.
Matt HasselbeckTennesse TitansLocker looming large in his rear view.
Kevin KolbArizona CardinalsMake or break season from Mr. Kolb.
John SkeltonArizona CardinalsSome feel he is the best option for the Cardinals.
Alex SmithSan Francisco 49ersTalent around him has been upgraded, but can Smith make this offense explosive?
Use Only In Case of Emergency
Andrew LuckIndianapolis ColtsTough to replace a legend.
David GarrardMiami DolphinsEmergency fantasy play only.
Marc SanchezNew York JetsIt feels like it's only a matter of time before Tebow takes over.
Jake LockerTennesse TitansHas great tools if he gets a chance to play.
Christian PonderMinnesota VikingsA backup only in deep leagues.
Blaine GabbertJacksonville JaguarsHe can't be any worse than he was last year.

McCoy or Foster? – 2 Guys debate the top 25 fantasy players for 2012

It maybe Independence Day but 2 Guys soldier on and start the grind of ranking the top fantasy players.

Frank and Evan debate over the fantasy value of many of the top players and why Adrian Peterson is a risky fantasy play in 2012.

Evan discusses his new article on why the rules of engagement for fantasy football are brand new for the upcoming season.

Lastly, 2 Guys talk about why they don’t have any rookies ranked in the top 25 players.

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Doubling Down: Evan reveals his top 25 fantasy players for 2012

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Evan's Top 25 Players 2012

Frank already put out his top 25 earlier this week now Evan follows up with his list of the top 25 players for 2012.
NamePositionComment
1LeSean McCoyRBGets in the endzone consistently as a runner and receiver
2Ray RiceRBDevistating runner and receiver but does not cross the goal line as much as McCoy
3Arian FosterRBHas shown that he is not a one year wonder
4Maurice Jones-DrewRBLast year's leading rusher needs another strong year to continue his pursuit of Emmitt Smith's record
5Cam NewtonQBRushing TDs may dip a bit, but has more potential than any QB in the league to put up fantasy points
6Aaron RodgersQBShould be another MVP-type season
7Drew BreesQB5,000 yards is no longer the goal for Brees, it is the expectation
8Calvin JohnsonWRMadden curse or not, he is the best receiver in the league
9Chris JohnsonRBShould start the season much better after a full training camp
10Jimmy GrahamTEThe top TE in the game is still learning the position
11Rob GronkowskiTEGronk needs to stay focused on football before he ends up in Brady's doghouse
12Andre JohnsonWRWhen healthy, he is still the 2nd best receiver named Johnson
13Tom BradyQBShowed no signs of slowing down last year
14Ryan MathewsRBAll signs point to a break out year for Mathews
15Roddy WhiteWRNeeds to get downfield a little more often in 2012
16Larry FitzgeraldWRSkelton or Kolb? Neither one is going to allow Fitz to reach his full potential
17Jamal CharlesRBA former top 5 fantasy pick could be a bit of a sleeper coming off an injury
18DeMarco MurrayRBDon't let Felix Jones tell you different, Murray is the man in Big D
19Matthew StaffordQBMight not hit 5,000 yards again, but should still put up monster numbers
20Marshawn LynchRBFinished 2011 as strong as any back in the league
21Matt ForteRBVersatility is remarkable, but will he play as hard as he can without a new contract?
22AJ GreenWRLook for Green to improve on a stellar rookie season
23Darren McFaddenRBWould be a first round pick if not for his injury risk
24Greg JenningsWRRodgers has so many weapons but Jennings is still his favorite
25Mike WallaceWRDeep threat did not get the contract he thought he would so he has a lot to prove in 2012

The 2012 Declaration of Fantasy Football Independence

On this Independence Day, I woke up inspired.  Forget about the hot dogs and hamburgers that I will be eating later (and washing down with a few cold ones) or the fireworks that will light up the sky tonight.  My inspiration is for something that we love just as much as our country- fantasy football.  Much like our forefathers declared that they were no longer willing to live under the set of rules that were in place, I am declaring that I will not be following the unwritten guidelines of fantasy football drafting in 2012.  We the people of 2 Guys Fantasy declare the following:

 

LeSean McCoy is one of the few running backs worthy of being a first round pick

WE WILL NOT FEEL OBLIGED TO DRAFT A RUNNING BACK IN THE FIRST ROUND.  The game has changed.  Last year 3 quarterbacks threw for more than 5,000 yards, all but 3 teams threw the ball more than they ran it (and one of those teams now has Peyton Manning under center), and a rookie quarterback rushed for more TDs than all but one running back.  Are you sure getting a running back is really your number one priority anymore?  If I can get LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, or Ray Rice, of course I am taking a running back.  But if not, I am not reaching for a position that is not nearly as important as it was 10 years ago.

 

WE WILL NOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN TIGHT ENDS AND WIDE RECEIVERS ON OUR DRAFT BOARDS.  Take a look at these 2 stat lines:

Tight ends are now putting up Rice-esque numbers

Player 1: 86 catches, 1570 yards, 15 TDs

Player 2: 90 catches, 1327 yards, 17 TDs

Which player would you pick as the top receiving option for your fantasy team?  It is tough to decide, right?  Player 1 is Jerry Rice in his breakout 1986 season while player 2 is Rob Gronkowski in 2011.  Tight end has evolved more so than any other position over the past few seasons to the extent that having a guy like Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, or Vernon Davis (especially if he continues to dominate like he did in the 2011 playoffs) is just as valuable as having a top receiver on your roster.  Draft accordingly.

 

WE WILL DRAFT FOR VALUE, NOT NEED WITHOUT LETTING EMOTION PLAY A ROLE WHATSOEVER.  Although very few fantasy football analysts will acknowledge it, there is a tremendous amount of luck involved in winning a fantasy football league.  Despite the efforts of the league to improve player safety, injuries are going to happen in droves throughout an NFL season.  So before you reach for Michael Turner in the second round (look for Atlanta to spread carries out to a bunch of different backs in 2012) because you missed out on a running back in round 1 or talking yourself into taking a rapidly declining Anquan Boldin (a rookie like Tommy Streeter or Deonte Thompson should emerge as a 2nd fiddle to Torrey Smith) because he helped you win your league in 2008, set a value for each guy on the board and draft accordingly.  There are going to be players who come out of nowhere and play huge roles in the fantasy season (see Cruz, Victor) that will be available on the waiver wire so fill your roster with the most talent you can without worrying about hitting quotas or looking sexy on paper.  Using this strategy will help you be best prepared for losing a player or two to injury throughout the year.

 

We are only 18 days away from the first NFL training camp opening and I cannot be more excited.  Let tonight’s fireworks wake you out of your fantasy football slumber and make your own declarations for the coming season because second place is just not good enough anymore.