Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board (Top 250)

Running backs dominate the top 10 as the preseason wraps up

The 2013 NFL regular season is set to kick off in just over a week! With most teams expected to rest their starters in their final preseason game, this is a perfect time to unveil Athlon Sports' final Fantasy Football Big Board before the games count.

As was the case early on, injuries continue to dominate the majority of the preseason headlines. Football is a physical, violent sport, even in the preseason, as evidenced by the number of players who have been added to the injury report each week. Injuries have shuffled up many a depth chart, and also has made its presence known at the top of our Big Board.

Running backs dominate the top 10, taking the first nine spots, but that doens't mean none of these guys don't have question marks either. For example, Adrian Peterson is our clear-cut No. 1, but the reigning NFL MVP received some bad news this week with the announcement of All-Pro fullback Jerome Felton's four-game suspension. Peterson will still get his yards and touchdowns, but he also will feel the loss of his lead blocker during the first month of the season, to some degree.

Following Peterson is Arian Foster, whose recent return to practice is the only reason he remains at No. 2. Foster has been fairly durable during his career, but he's had a ton of carries in recent seasons and starting this season off first with a calf injury and then a back issue is not what anyone, but especially a Foster owner, wanted to see. In Foster's defense, several of the backs behind him, such as Doug Martin (shot to head during preseason game) and Jamaal Charles (foot sprain earlier in training camp), have had their own health-related issues as well.

This just reinforces that not only do injuries go hand-in-hand with action on the field, they also can have a significant impact during a fantasy season, especially if they become a factor before Week 1 is even played.

Fantasy Football 2013: Final Preseason Big Board (Top 250)
Last updated Aug. 27

Rk Player Team POS Bye Comment
1 Adrian Peterson MIN RB 5 Felton suspension big loss for AP.
2 Arian Foster HOU RB 8 His hold on this spot is tenuous.
3 Marshawn Lynch SEA RB 12  
4 Ray Rice BAL RB 8  
5 Doug Martin TB RB 5  
6 Jamaal Charles KC RB 10 Looks to be over early foot sprain.
7 C.J. Spiller BUF RB 12  
8 Trent Richardson CLE RB 10  
9 LeSean McCoy PHI RB 12  
10 Aaron Rodgers GB QB 4  
11 Calvin Johnson DET WR 9  
12 Drew Brees NO QB 7  
13 Peyton Manning DEN QB 9  
14 Dez Bryant DAL WR 11  
15 A.J. Green CIN WR 12 Appears to 100 percent for Week 1.
16 Matt Forte CHI RB 8 Has looked good so far.
17 Brandon Marshall CHI WR 8  
18 Julio Jones ATL WR 6  
19 Demaryius Thomas DEN WR 9  
20 Tom Brady NE QB 10 Needs young options to produce.
21 Alfred Morris WAS RB 5  
22 Steven Jackson ATL RB 6  
23 Vincent Jackson TB WR 5  
24 Andre Johnson HOU WR 8  
25 Randall Cobb GB WR 4  
26 Jimmy Graham NO TE 7  
27 Cam Newton CAR QB 4  
28 Stevan Ridley NE RB 10 Has had strong preseason.
29 Chris Johnson TEN RB 8 Has broken off some big plays.
30 Roddy White ATL WR 6 Ankle injury shouldn't be an issue.
31 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR 9  
32 Wes Welker DEN WR 9 Ankle injury has limited game reps.
33 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC RB 9 Looks to be healthy once again.
34 Matt Ryan ATL QB 6  
35 Victor Cruz NYG WR 9 Will his heel issue linger?
36 Marques Colston NO WR 7  
37 Reggie Wayne IND WR 8  
38 Frank Gore SF RB 9  
39 David Wilson NYG RB 9 Oozes big-play ability.
40 Jason Witten DAL TE 11  
41 Colin Kaepernick SF QB 9  
42 Tony Gonzalez ATL TE 6  
43 Darren Sproles NO RB 7 Top-10 RB in PPR leagues.
44 Mike Wallace MIA WR 6  
45 Danny Amendola NE WR 10 Can he stay on the field?
46 Hakeem Nicks NYG WR 9  
47 Dwayne Bowe KC WR 10 Could be primed for huge season.
48 DeMarco Murray DAL RB 11  
49 Eddie Lacy GB RB 4 Playing with a chip in shoulder.
50 Reggie Bush DET RB 9 Value goes up in PPR leagues.
51 Steve Smith CAR WR 4  
52 Eric Decker DEN WR 9  
53 Antonio Brown PIT WR 5  
54 Pierre Garcon WAS WR 5  
55 Matthew Stafford DET QB 9  
56 Tony Romo DAL QB 11 Early signs are encouraging.
57 Darren McFadden OAK RB 7 OAK offense struggling already.
58 Montee Ball DEN RB 9 Workload remains to be seen.
59 Ryan Mathews SD RB 8  
60 Jordy Nelson GB WR 4 Back at practice following knee surgery.
61 DeSean Jackson PHI WR 12  
62 Torrey Smith BAL WR 8  
63 Andrew Luck IND QB 8  
64 Russell Wilson SEA QB 12  
65 Robert Griffin III WAS QB 5 Seems to be on track for Week 1 start.
66 Vernon Davis SF TE 9  
67 Rob Gronkowski NE TE 10 PUP list definite possibility.
68 Chris Ivory NYJ RB 10  
69 Lamar Miller MIA RB 6 He feels he should be the starter.
70 Anquan Boldin SF WR 9  
71 James Jones GB WR 4  
72 Cecil Shorts JAC WR 9  
73 Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB 8  
74 DeAngelo Williams CAR RB 4 Opportunity is there, can he seize it?
75 Eli Manning NYG QB 9  
76 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB 5  
77 Greg Jennings MIN WR 5  
78 Tavon Austin STL WR 11  
79 Mark Ingram NO RB 7 All depends on Saints' game plan.
80 Giovani Bernard CIN RB 12 Rookie already making noise.
81 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN RB 12  
82 Stevie Johnson BUF WR 12 Bills' QB issues complicate matters.
83 Sidney Rice SEA WR 12  
84 T.Y. Hilton IND WR 8  
85 Miles Austin DAL WR 11 If healthy, capable of No. 1 WR stats.
86 Mike Williams TB WR 5  
87 Lance Moore NO WR 7  
88 Rashard Mendenhall ARI RB 9 Health, O-line are main issues.
89 Daryl Richardson STL RB 11 Can he carry the load?
90 Owen Daniels HOU TE 8  
91 Kyle Rudolph MIN TE 5  
92 Greg Olsen CAR TE 4  
93 Brandon Myers NYG TE 9  
94 Michael Vick PHI QB 12 It's his job, now what?
95 Sam Bradford STL QB 11 Rams' offense could be sneaky.
96 Jared Cook STL TE 11 Strong start, will it carry over?
97 Jermichael Finley GB TE 4 Seems to be in prove-it mode.
98 Shane Vereen NE RB 10 Versatility is a huge plus.
99 Andre Brown NYG RB 9 Could score double-digit TDs.
100 Ronnie Hillman DEN RB 9 He, not Ball, could be starter.
101 Ben Tate HOU RB 8 Must-have handcuff for Foster owners.
102 Joe Flacco BAL QB 8  
103 Andy Dalton CIN QB 12  
104 Kenny Britt TEN WR 8  
105 Emmanuel Sanders PIT WR 5  
106 Chris Givens STL WR 11 Big-play threat to keep an eye on.
107 Josh Gordon CLE WR 10 If Weeden develops, he could rise.
108 Seahawks SEA DST 12  
109 Michael Floyd ARI WR 9  
110 Golden Tate SEA WR 12 Harvin's injury offers opportunity.
111 Vick Ballard IND RB 8  
112 Le'Veon Bell PIT RB 5 Will miss at least a month.
113 Isaac Redman PIT RB 5 Can he seize the job in PIT?
114 Jay Cutler CHI QB 8 Bears' new-look offense worth watching.
115 Carson Palmer ARI QB 9 O-line issues already arising.
116 Matt Schaub HOU QB 8  
117 49ers SF DST 9  
118 Bryce Brown PHI RB 12  
119 Bernard Pierce BAL RB 8  
120 Denarius Moore OAK WR 7  
121 Vincent Brown SD WR 8 Someone needs to step up in SD.
122 Rueben Randle NYG WR 9 An injury away from starting.
123 Ryan Broyles DET WR 9 Just needs to stay on the field.
124 Antonio Gates SD TE 8  
125 Martellus Bennett CHI TE 8  
126 Isaiah Pead STL RB 11  
127 Mikel Leshoure DET RB 9  
128 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL RB 6  
129 Texans HOU DST 8  
130 Josh Freeman TB QB 5 Squarely on hot seat in TB.
131 Brandon Pettigrew DET TE 9  
132 Fred Davis WAS TE 5 Don't forget about him.
133 Jordan Cameron CLE TE 10 Another TE who could emerge.
134 Coby Fleener IND TE 8 Will he benefit from Stanford ties?
135 Shonn Greene TEN RB 8  
136 Bilal Powell NYJ RB 10  
137 Michael Bush CHI RB 8  
138 Malcom Floyd SD WR 8 Should be ready for Week 1.
139 Kendall Wright TEN WR 8 Knee sprain a step back.
140 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR 8  
141 Alshon Jeffery CHI WR 8 He and Marshall could be deadly duo.
142 Bengals CIN DST 12  
143 Alex Smith KC QB 10  
144 Brian Hartline MIA WR 6  
145 Bears CHI DST 8  
146 Patriots NE DST 10  
147 Kenbrell Thompkins NE WR 10 Brady showing trust in rookie already.
148 Andre Roberts ARI WR 9  
149 Justin Blackmon JAC WR 9 Can you wait four games?
150 Greg Little CLE WR 10  
151 Philip Rivers SD QB 8 Has not been a good preseason.
152 Ryan Tannehill MIA QB 6  
153 Jake Locker TEN QB 8 Has he turned the corner?
154 Brandon Weeden CLE QB 10 Make or break season?
155 Broncos DEN DST 9 Von Miller suspension hurts.
156 Steelers PIT DST 5  
157 Jonathan Dwyer PIT RB 5  
158 Johnathan Franklin GB RB 4  
159 Roy Helu WAS RB 5 More of a receiving threat than Morris.
160 Danny Woodhead SD RB 8  
161 Pierre Thomas NO RB 7  
162 Joseph Randle DAL RB 11 Dunbar's injury should lead to more touches.
163 Ed Dickson BAL TE 8 Hamstring injury holding him back.
164 Dwayne Allen IND TE 8 Is there room for 2 TEs in IND?
165 Jermaine Gresham CIN TE 12  
166 Rob Housler ARI TE 9 Palmer loves his TEs.
167 Rams STL DST 11  
168 Christian Ponder MIN QB 5  
169 EJ Manuel BUF QB 12 Should start, if healthy.
170 Geno Smith NYJ QB 10 Knee issue only adds to Jets' QB drama.
171 Stephen Gostkowski NE K 10  
172 Blair Walsh MIN K 5  
173 Matt Bryant ATL K 6  
174 Packers GB DST 4  
175 Ravens BAL DST 8  
176 Cowboys DAL DST 11  
177 Santana Moss WAS WR 5  
178 Jacoby Jones BAL WR 8  
179 Darrius Heyward-Bey IND WR 8  
180 Santonio Holmes NYJ WR 10 Finally back on practice field.
181 Jeremy Kerley NYJ WR 10  
182 Justin Forsett JAC RB 9  
183 Ryan Williams ARI RB 9 Back on field, but for how long?
184 Zach Sudfeld NE TE 10 Appears to be Gronk's replacement.
185 Tyler Eifert CIN TE 12  
186 Phil Dawson SF K 9  
187 Justin Tucker BAL K 8  
188 Matt Prater DEN K 9  
189 Randy Bullock HOU K 8  
190 Fred Jackson BUF RB 12  
191 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB 4 Will start season on PUP list.
192 Nate Burleson DET WR 9  
193 Robert Woods BUF WR 12 Rookie battling for No. 2 WR spot.
194 T.J. Graham BUF WR 12 Can he hold off Woods?
195 Robert Turbin SEA RB 12  
196 Christine Michael SEA RB 12 Rookie has looked good in preseason.
197 Lance Dunbar DAL RB 11 Sprained foot could cause him to miss Week 1.
198 Julius Thomas DEN TE 9 Has he separated himself from pack?
199 Zach Miller SEA TE 12  
200 Brent Celek PHI TE 12  
201 Dolphins MIA DST 6  
202 Blaine Gabbert JAC QB 9 He's the starter, but does it matter?
203 Matt Flynn OAK QB 7 Feeling the heat from Pryor.
204 Chad Henne JAC QB 9  
205 Mohamed Sanu CIN WR 12  
206 Julian Edelman NE WR 10 If Amendola gets hurt, he's next up.
207 Austin Collie SF WR 9 49ers need more WRs.
208 Scott Chandler BUF TE 12  
209 Marcedes Lewis JAC TE 9  
210 Mike Tolbert CAR RB 4  
211 Rashad Jennings OAK RB 7  
212 Brandon LaFell CAR WR 4  
213 Giants NYG DST 9  
214 Buccaneers TB DST 5  
215 Andrew Hawkins CIN WR 12  
216 Daniel Thomas MIA RB 6  
217 Zac Stacy STL RB 11  
218 Zach Ertz PHI TE 12  
219 Heath Miller PIT TE 5 Week 1 return still a possibility.
220 Josh Brown NYG K 9  
221 Dan Bailey DAL K 11  
222 Cardinals ARI DST 9  
223 Falcons ATL DST 6  
224 Browns CLE DST 10  
225 Greg Zuerlein STL K 11  
226 Sebastian Janikowski OAK K 7  
227 Brian Quick STL WR 11  
228 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WR 5  
229 Keenan Allen SD WR 8  
230 Justin Hunter TEN WR 8  
231 Aaron Dobson NE WR 10 Appears to have been passed by fellow rookie.
232 Rod Streater OAK WR 7  
233 Mark Sanchez NYJ QB 10 Coaching staff not helping Sanchez.
234 Nick Foles PHI QB 12 Ready if needed.
235 Dallas Clark BAL TE 8 Does he have anything left in the tank?
236 David Akers DET K 9  
237 Garrett Hartley NO K 7  
238 Steven Hauschka SEA K 12  
239 Delanie Walker TEN TE 8 Late arrival to training camp.
240 Brandon Lloyd FA WR   Plenty of teams with WR issues.
241 Jarius Wright MIN WR 5  
242 Eddie Royal SD WR 8  
243 Nate Washington TEN WR 8  
244 Anthony Fasano KC TE 10 No. 1 TE in KC, for now.
245 Travis Kelce KC TE 10 Lot to learn, but lots of potential.
246 Luke Stocker TB TE 5  
247 Davone Bess CLE WR 10  
248 Austin Pettis STL WR 11  
249 Riley Cooper PHI WR 12  
250 Jason Avant PHI WR 12  

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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