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2012 NFL Fantasy Football Athlon's Top 250

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The 2012 NFL Fantasy Season is here. Mock drafts abound. Rookie round-ups are nearly complete. Bye week cheat sheets and player rankings are everywhere. 

For example, ESPN's has 300 players ranked, while Yahoo! lists 200. We settled on a number in between, offering up our 2012 Fantasy Football Top 250.

Our rankings are a little different in that they include Individual Defensive Players or IDPs. So not only do we have our positional rankings of the top DLs, LBs and DBs for 2012, we also have incorporated these IDPs into our overall 250. 

Also, don't forget about the ever-important Athlon Sports 2012 Big Board, the most accurate consensus top 150 list of fantasy footballers on the web.

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Athlon Sports' Top 250 w/ IDPs

Rank

Player

Team

Pos

Bye

1

Arian Foster

HOU

RB

8

2

Ray Rice

BAL

RB

8

3

LeSean McCoy

PHI

RB

7

4

Aaron Rodgers

GB

QB

10

5

Calvin Johnson

DET

WR

5

6

Maurice Jones-Drew

JAC

RB

6

7

Tom Brady

NE

QB

9

8

Drew Brees

NO

QB

6

9

Chris Johnson

TEN

RB

11

10

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

WR

10

11

Matthew Stafford

DET

QB

5

12

Matt Forte

CHI

RB

6

13

Ryan Mathews

SD

RB

7

14

Darren McFadden

OAK

RB

5

15

Marshawn Lynch

SEA

RB

11

16

Roddy White

ATL

WR

7

17

Jamaal Charles

KC

RB

7

18

Andre Johnson

HOU

WR

8

19

Cam Newton

CAR

QB

6

20

Frank Gore

SF

RB

9

21

Michael Turner

ATL

RB

7

22

Adrian Peterson

MIN

RB

11

23

Wes Welker

NE

WR

9

24

Greg Jennings

GB

WR

10

25

Rob Gronkowski

NE

TE

9

26

A.J. Green

CIN

WR

8

27

Hakeem Nicks

NYG

WR

11

28

Mike Wallace

PIT

WR

4

29

Jimmy Graham

NO

TE

6

30

Julio Jones

ATL

WR

7

31

Jordy Nelson

GB

WR

10

32

Victor Cruz

NYG

WR

11

33

Trent Richardson

CLE

RB

10

34

DeMarco Murray

DAL

RB

5

35

Brandon Marshall

CHI

WR

6

36

Steven Jackson

STL

RB

9

37

Dez Bryant

DAL

WR

5

38

Fred Jackson

BUF

RB

8

39

Marques Colston

NO

WR

6

40

Steve Smith

CAR

WR

6

41

Tony Romo

DAL

QB

5

42

Eli Manning

NYG

QB

11

43

Philip Rivers

SD

QB

7

44

Darren Sproles

NO

RB

6

45

Reggie Bush

MIA

RB

7

46

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

RB

11

47

Michael Vick

PHI

QB

7

48

Roy Helu

WAS

RB

10

49

Willis McGahee

DEN

RB

7

50

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

WR

7

51

Mark Ingram

NO

RB

6

52

Miles Austin

DAL

WR

5

53

Vincent Jackson

TB

WR

5

54

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

CIN

RB

8

55

Shonn Greene

NYJ

RB

9

56

Percy Harvin

MIN

WR

11

57

Dwayne Bowe

KC

WR

7

58

Beanie Wells

ARI

RB

10

59

Stevie Johnson

BUF

WR

8

60

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

WR

7

61

DeSean Jackson

PHI

WR

7

62

Brandon Lloyd

NE

WR

9

63

Antonio Gates

SD

TE

7

64

Isaac Redman

PIT

RB

4

65

Jonathan Stewart

CAR

RB

6

66

DeAngelo Williams

CAR

RB

6

67

Antonio Brown

PIT

WR

4

68

Doug Martin

TB

RB

5

69

Jahvid Best

DET

RB

5

70

Aaron Hernandez

NE

TE

9

71

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

QB

4

72

Torrey Smith

BAL

WR

8

73

Peyton Manning

DEN

QB

7

74

Kenny Britt

TEN

WR

11

75

Donald Brown

IND

RB

4

76

Stevan Ridley

NE

RB

9

77

Ben Tate

HOU

RB

8

78

C.J. Spiller

BUF

RB

8

79

Vernon Davis

SF

TE

9

80

Jason Witten

DAL

TE

5

81

Matt Ryan

ATL

QB

7

82

Pierre Garcon

WAS

WR

10

83

Jermichael Finley

GB

TE

10

84

Denarius Moore

OAK

WR

5

85

Robert Meachem

SD

WR

7

86

Anquan Boldin

BAL

WR

8

87

Lance Moore

NO

WR

6

88

James Starks

GB

RB

10

89

Toby Gerhart

MIN

RB

11

90

Peyton Hillis

KC

RB

7

91

David Wilson

NYG

RB

11

92

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

TE

5

93

Michael Bush

CHI

RB

6

94

Matt Schaub

HOU

QB

8

95

49ers

SF

DST

9

96

Justin Blackmon

JAC

WR

6

97

Sidney Rice

SEA

WR

11

98

Reggie Wayne

IND

WR

4

99

Eric Decker

DEN

WR

7

100

LeGarrette Blount

TB

RB

5

101

Jay Cutler

CHI

QB

6

102

Josh Freeman

TB

QB

5

103

Texans

HOU

DST

8

104

Carson Palmer

OAK

QB

5

105

Darrius Heyward-Bey

OAK

WR

5

106

Fred Davis

WAS

TE

10

107

Steelers

PIT

DST

4

108

Santonio Holmes

NYJ

WR

9

109

Michael Crabtree

SF

WR

9

110

Robert Griffin III

WAS

QB

10

111

Jason Pierre-Paul

NYG

DL

11

112

Santana Moss

WAS

WR

10

113

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

TE

7

114

Eagles

PHI

DST

7

115

Felix Jones

DAL

RB

5

116

Bernard Scott

CIN

RB

8

117

Mikel Leshoure

DET

RB

5

118

Jared Allen

MIN

DL

11

119

Ryan Williams

ARI

RB

10

120

Greg Little

CLE

WR

10

121

Nate Washington

TEN

WR

11

122

Vincent Brown

SD

WR

7

123

Titus Young

DET

WR

5

124

Doug Baldwin

SEA

WR

11

125

Mike Williams

TB

WR

5

126

Jared Cook

TEN

TE

11

127

Patrick Willis

SF

LB

9

128

Owen Daniels

HOU

TE

8

129

Brent Celek

PHI

TE

7

130

Joe Flacco

BAL

QB

8

131

Andy Dalton

CIN

QB

8

132

Justin Tuck

NYG

DL

11

133

Trent Cole

PHI

DL

7

134

Daniel Thomas

MIA

RB

7

135

Pierre Thomas

NO

RB

6

136

Mike Tolbert

CAR

RB

6

137

Desmond Bishop

GB

LB

10

138

Julius Peppers

CHI

DL

6

139

James Laurinaitis

STL

LB

9

140

Bears

CHI

DST

6

141

Eric Berry

KC

DB

7

142

Shane Vereen

NE

RB

9

143

Dustin Keller

NYJ

TE

9

144

Mario Williams

BUF

DL

8

145

Derrick Johnson

KC

LB

7

146

Rashard Mendenhall

PIT

RB

4

147

Tim Hightower

WAS

RB

10

148

Jabaal Sheard

CLE

DL

10

149

Rashad Jennings

JAC

RB

6

150

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

TE

8

151

NaVorro Bowman

SF

LB

9

152

Cedric Benson

FA

RB

 

153

Isaiah Pead

STL

RB

9

154

Tyvon Branch

OAK

DB

5

155

Ravens

BAL

DST

8

156

Greg Olsen

CAR

TE

6

157

Mike Goodson

OAK

RB

5

158

Calais Campbell

ARI

DL

10

159

Javon Ringer

TEN

RB

11

160

Danny Amendola

STL

WR

9

161

Malcom Floyd

SD

WR

7

162

D’Qwell Jackson

CLE

LB

10

163

Daryl Washington

ARI

LB

10

164

James Jones

GB

WR

10

165

Deion Branch

NE

WR

9

166

Patrick Chung

NE

DB

9

167

Jacquizz Rodgers

ATL

RB

7

168

Martellus Bennett

NYG

TE

11

169

Sean Weatherspoon

ATL

LB

7

170

LaMichael James

SF

RB

9

171

Emmanuel Sanders

PIT

WR

4

172

Leonard Hankerson

WAS

WR

10

173

Charles Johnson

CAR

DL

6

174

Elvis Dumervil

DEN

DL

7

175

Jason Babin

PHI

DL

7

176

Brandon Jacobs

SF

RB

9

177

Devery Henderson

NO

WR

6

178

Montario Hardesty

CLE

RB

10

179

Le'Ron McClain

SD

RB

7

180

Dexter McCluster

KC

RB

7

181

Michael Floyd

ARI

WR

10

182

Bernard Pierce

BAL

RB

8

183

Curtis Lofton

NO

LB

6

184

Coby Fleener

IND

TE

4

185

Kendall Wright

TEN

WR

11

186

Kendall Hunter

SF

RB

9

187

George Wilson

BUF

DB

8

188

Laurent Robinson

JAC

WR

6

189

Cliff Avril

DET

DL

5

190

Mario Manningham

SF

WR

9

191

Sam Bradford

STL

QB

9

192

Jets

NYJ

DST

9

193

Stephen Tulloch

DET

LB

5

194

Jerod Mayo

NE

LB

9

195

Ryan Fitzpatrick

BUF

QB

8

196

Chris Long

STL

DL

9

197

Rueben Randle

NYG

WR

11

198

Eric Weddle

SD

DB

7

199

Randy Moss

SF

WR

9

200

Colin McCarthy

TEN

LB

11

201

Paul Posluszny

JAC

LB

6

202

Pat Angerer

IND

LB

4

203

Plaxico Burress

FA

WR

 

204

Kam Chancellor

SEA

DB

11

205

Brandon Stokley

DEN

WR

7

206

Earl Bennett

CHI

WR

6

207

Ray Lewis

BAL

LB

8

208

Brian Urlacher

CHI

LB

6

209

Alex Smith

SF

QB

9

210

Jacob Tamme

DEN

TE

7

211

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

TE

11

212

Seahawks

SEA

DST

11

213

Bengals

CIN

DST

8

214

J.J. Watt

HOU

DL

8

215

Heath Miller

PIT

TE

4

216

Mark Sanchez

NYJ

QB

9

217

Jason Snelling

ATL

RB

7

218

Jon Baldwin

KC

WR

7

219

Josh Morgan

WAS

WR

10

220

Kevin Walter

HOU

WR

8

221

Randall Cobb

GB

WR

10

222

Austin Collie

IND

WR

4

223

LaRon Landry

NYJ

DB

9

224

Sean Lee

DAL

LB

5

225

Charles Tillman

CHI

DB

6

226

Steve Breaston

KC

WR

7

227

Andre Roberts

ARI

WR

10

228

Jacoby Jones

BAL

WR

8

229

Tony Moeaki

KC

TE

7

230

Giants

NYG

DST

11

231

Haloti Ngata

BAL

DL

8

232

Aldon Smith

SF

LB/DL

9

233

Osi Umenyiora

NYG

DL

11

234

Jacoby Ford

OAK

WR

5

235

Packers

GB

DST

10

236

Stephen Gostkowski

NE

K

9

237

Mason Crosby

GB

K

10

238

Luke Kuechly

CAR

LB

6

239

David Akers

SF

K

9

240

Dan Bailey

DAL

K

5

241

Sebastian Janikowski

OAK

K

5

242

Andrew Luck

IND

QB

4

243

Broncos

DEN

DST

7

244

Jason Avant

PHI

WR

7

245

Stephen Hill

NYJ

WR

9

246

Davone Bess

MIA

WR

7

247

Brian Hartline

MIA

WR

7

248

Andre Caldwell

DEN

WR

7

249

Eddie Royal

SD

WR

7

250

Steve Smith

STL

WR

9

— Published on June 22, 2012

Athlon Sports 2012 NFL Fantasy Content:

Athlon Sports Big Board: Top 150

2012 Fantasy Football Mock Draft I

2012 Bye Week Cheat Sheet

Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: QBs

Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: RBs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: WRs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: TEs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: DLs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: LBs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: DBs
Athlon Sports Fantasy Positional Rankings: IDP Top 75

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