Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board (Top 250)

Arian Foster's calf injury one of many making headlines already

NFL training camps are in full swing with league-wide preseason action ready to commence later this week. Better still, the official start of the regular season is a little more than a month away, which means this is a perfect time to update Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board.

If there's any early headline for training camp action so far, it's been the number of significant injuries that have already occurred, several of them being season-ending. Injures were already a factor before training camps even began with Michael Crabtree tearing his ACL and Rob Gronkowski undergoing back surgery, and this trend has continued.

Jeremy Maclin and Dennis Pitta are already lost for the season, while Percy Harvin will miss a significant chunk of it after undergoing hip surgery. Not only do these injuries impact these players' respective offenses, the ripple effect carries over to the fantasy world too.

There also are other early injuries that bear watching, such as Arian Foster's calf and back issues that held the Texans' workhorse out of training camp so far. Neither issue is expected to be serious or linger into the start of the season, which is why Foster remains No. 2 on our big board. Still, this is certainly a situation worth keeping an eye on, as is things like Robert Griffin III's return from his knee injury, Ben Roethlisberger's recovery form offseason knee surgery, Maurice Jones-Drew's comeback from foot surgery, and others.

Fantasy Football 2013: Preseason Big Board (Top 250)
Last updated Aug. 7

Rk Player Team POS Bye Comment
1 Adrian Peterson MIN RB 5  
2 Arian Foster HOU RB 8 Keep an eye on calf injury.
3 Marshawn Lynch SEA RB 12  
4 Ray Rice BAL RB 8  
5 Jamaal Charles KC RB 10 Could be in for huge season.
6 Calvin Johnson DET WR 9 Top fantasy WR had just 5 TDs.
7 Doug Martin TB RB 5 Sophomore slump coming?
8 C.J. Spiller BUF RB 12  
9 Trent Richardson CLE RB 10  
10 LeSean McCoy PHI RB 12 Is he Kelly's No. 1 weapon?
11 Dez Bryant DAL WR 11  
12 Aaron Rodgers GB QB 4  
13 Drew Brees NO QB 7  
14 A.J. Green CIN WR 12  
15 Alfred Morris WAS RB 5  
16 Steven Jackson ATL RB 6  
17 Peyton Manning DEN QB 9 More weapons for No. 18.
18 Matt Forte CHI RB 8  
19 Brandon Marshall CHI WR 8  
20 Demaryius Thomas DEN WR 9  
21 Julio Jones ATL WR 6  
22 Tom Brady NE QB 10 Really needs a healthy Gronk.
23 Jimmy Graham NO TE 7  
24 Vincent Jackson TB WR 5  
25 Andre Johnson HOU WR 8  
26 Randall Cobb GB WR 4  
27 Stevan Ridley NE RB 10  
28 Roddy White ATL WR 6  
29 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR 9 New QB should help.
30 Victor Cruz NYG WR 9  
31 Wes Welker DEN WR 9 New team, same results.
32 Marques Colston NO WR 7  
33 Chris Johnson TEN RB 8 Can he be elite again?
34 Cam Newton CAR QB 4  
35 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC RB 9 Will he return to old form?
36 Frank Gore SF RB 9  
37 Reggie Wayne IND WR 8  
38 Jordy Nelson GB WR 4  
39 Matt Ryan ATL QB 6  
40 David Wilson NYG RB 9  
41 Darren McFadden OAK RB 7 New scheme, same RB?
42 Montee Ball DEN RB 9 Golden opportunity for rookie.
43 Mike Wallace MIA WR 6 Will he miss Big Ben?
44 Danny Amendola NE WR 10 Is he Welker-esque?
45 Hakeem Nicks NYG WR 9 Groin injury keeping him off field.
46 Colin Kaepernick SF QB 9 The stage is all his.
47 Matthew Stafford DET QB 9 Hoping to bounce back.
48 Andrew Luck IND QB 8 New OC, same Luck?
49 Dwayne Bowe KC WR 10 Could he break out in '13?
50 Jason Witten DAL TE 11  
51 Darren Sproles NO RB 7  
52 Steve Smith CAR WR 4  
53 Tony Romo DAL QB 11 No excuses now.
54 Eric Decker DEN WR 9  
55 Antonio Brown PIT WR 5 Big Ben's new No. 1.
56 Eli Manning NYG QB 9  
57 Pierre Garcon WAS WR 5  
58 DeSean Jackson PHI WR 12 Clear-cut No. 1 after Maclin's injury.
59 Tony Gonzalez ATL TE 6 Can he do it again?
60 Torrey Smith BAL WR 8 It's his time to shine.
61 DeMarco Murray DAL RB 11  
62 Reggie Bush DET RB 9 Back on turf in DET.
63 Vernon Davis SF TE 9 Could see snaps at WR.
64 Anquan Boldin SF WR 9 No. 1 option w/o Crabtree.
65 Stevie Johnson BUF WR 12 Dealing with hamstring issue.
66 James Jones GB WR 4  
67 Ryan Mathews SD RB 8  
68 Russell Wilson SEA QB 12 Harvin's injury is huge blow.
69 Robert Griffin III WAS QB 5 Will he be ready by Week 1?
70 Rob Gronkowski NE TE 10 Probably start season on PUP list.
71 Eddie Lacy GB RB 4  
72 Chris Ivory NYJ RB 10  
73 Lamar Miller MIA RB 6  
74 Cecil Shorts JAC WR 9  
75 Greg Jennings MIN WR 5 Needs to let his play do the talking.
76 Tavon Austin STL WR 11  
77 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB 5 Knee shouldn't be an issue.
78 Andy Dalton CIN QB 12  
79 Joe Flacco BAL QB 8  
80 Sidney Rice SEA WR 12 Will his knee hold up?
81 Owen Daniels HOU TE 8  
82 Kyle Rudolph MIN TE 5  
83 Le'Veon Bell PIT RB 5 Is he the answer for Steelers?
84 T.Y. Hilton IND WR 8  
85 Mike Williams TB WR 5  
86 Vick Ballard IND RB 8 Bradshaw changes outlook.
87 Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB 8 Who's No. 1 - him or Ballard?
88 Greg Olsen CAR TE 4  
89 Antonio Gates SD TE 8  
90 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN RB 12 Could see less touches.
91 Shane Vereen NE RB 10 Versatility could increase role.
92 Rashard Mendenhall ARI RB 9 Knee tendinitis already an issue.
93 Miles Austin DAL WR 11  
94 Lance Moore NO WR 7  
95 Kenny Britt TEN WR 8  
96 Michael Vick PHI QB 12 How long will he keep job?
97 Emmanuel Sanders PIT WR 5  
98 Brandon Myers NYG TE 9  
99 Jared Cook STL TE 11 Is this his year?
100 Jermichael Finley GB TE 4  
101 Jay Cutler CHI QB 8  
102 Philip Rivers SD QB 8  
103 Sam Bradford STL QB 11  
104 Chris Givens STL WR 11  
105 Josh Gordon CLE WR 10 Will miss first two games.
106 Martellus Bennett CHI TE 8  
107 Brandon Pettigrew DET TE 9  
108 Andre Brown NYG RB 9 If Wilson slips, he's ready.
109 DeAngelo Williams CAR RB 4 Current No. 1 b/c of Stewart injury.
110 Giovani Bernard CIN RB 12 Could pounce if BJGE falters.
111 Mark Ingram NO RB 7  
112 Johnathan Franklin GB RB 4  
113 Daryl Richardson STL RB 11 No. 1 on Rams depth chart.
114 Mikel Leshoure DET RB 9  
115 Bryce Brown PHI RB 12  
116 Seattle Seahawks SEA DST 12  
117 Denarius Moore OAK WR 7  
118 Michael Floyd ARI WR 9 Ready to break out?
119 San Francisco 49ers SF DST 9  
120 Houston Texans HOU DST 8  
121 Denver Broncos DEN DST 9 Von Miller's appeal one to watch.
122 Kendall Wright TEN WR 8 Could end up No. 1 in TEN.
123 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR 8  
124 Matt Schaub HOU QB 8  
125 Josh Freeman TB QB 5  
126 Carson Palmer ARI QB 9 So far, so good with new team.
127 Alex Smith KC QB 10 No QB controversy in KC.
128 Alshon Jeffery CHI WR 8  
129 Golden Tate SEA WR 12 Opportunity arises with Harvin's injury.
130 Malcom Floyd SD WR 8  
131 Cincinnati Bengals CIN DST 12  
132 Ryan Tannehill MIA QB 6 Struggled in Hall of Fame game.
133 Jake Locker TEN QB 8 Could be make or break year.
134 Christian Ponder MIN QB 5 Ditto for Ponder.
135 Brian Hartline MIA WR 6  
136 Andre Roberts ARI WR 9  
137 Ryan Williams ARI RB 9 Setback with knee has delayed his training camp debut.
138 Bernard Pierce BAL RB 8  
139 Jonathan Stewart CAR RB 4 Not off to good start health-wise.
140 Rueben Randle NYG WR 9  
141 Justin Blackmon JAC WR 9 Out first four games.
142 Ed Dickson BAL TE 8 Becomes No. 1 w/ Pitta injury.
143 Dustin Keller MIA TE 6  
144 Isaiah Pead STL RB 11 Suspended for opening game.
145 Jacquizz Rodgers ATL RB 6  
146 Ronnie Hillman DEN RB 9 Sits atop depth chart, for now.
147 St. Louis Rams STL DST 11  
148 Greg Little CLE WR 10  
149 Ryan Broyles DET WR 9 Looking strong in camp so far.
150 Vincent Brown SD WR 8  
151 Santana Moss WAS WR 5  
152 Fred Davis WAS TE 5 If healthy, he could have big season.
153 Coby Fleener IND TE 8 Asserting himself in second training camp.
154 Chicago Bears CHI DST 8  
155 Pittsburgh Steelers PIT DST 5  
156 Green Bay Packers GB DST 4  
157 Baltimore Ravens BAL DST 8  
158 Brandon Weeden CLE QB 10  
159 Geno Smith NYJ QB 10 Already making noise in camp.
160 Matt Flynn OAK QB 7 May be his last chance.
161 Brandon Lloyd FA WR   Will veteran find a job?
162 Santonio Holmes NYJ WR 10 Foot continues to be an issue.
163 Miami Dolphins MIA DST 6  
164 Brandon LaFell CAR WR 4  
165 Andrew Hawkins CIN WR 12  
166 Kevin Kolb BUF QB 12 EJ Manuel is lurking.
167 Fred Jackson BUF RB 12  
168 Ben Tate HOU RB 8  
169 Chad Henne JAC QB 9  
170 EJ Manuel BUF QB 12 Can he unseat Kolb?
171 Jacoby Jones BAL WR 8  
172 Jeremy Kerley NYJ WR 10  
173 Jordan Cameron CLE TE 10  
174 Dwayne Allen IND TE 8  
175 Shonn Greene TEN RB 8  
176 Danny Woodhead SD RB 8  
177 Michael Bush CHI RB 8  
178 New England Patriots NE DST 10  
179 Jermaine Gresham CIN TE 12  
180 Jake Ballard NE TE 10 Could emerge as No. 1 TE in NE.
181 Stephen Gostkowski NE K 10  
182 Tyler Eifert CIN TE 12  
183 Blair Walsh MIN K 5  
184 Robert Turbin SEA RB 12  
185 Joseph Randle DAL RB 11 Strong showing in Hall of Fame game.
186 Matt Bryant ATL K 6  
187 Rob Housler ARI TE 9 Sleeper candidate at TE.
188 Mark Sanchez NYJ QB 10 Geno already applying the pressure.
189 Pierre Thomas NO RB 7  
190 Mike Tolbert CAR RB 4  
191 Darrius Heyward-Bey IND WR 8  
192 Cordarrelle Patterson MIN WR 5  
193 Justin Hunter TEN WR 8  
194 Keenan Allen SD WR 8  
195 Rod Streater OAK WR 7  
196 Kirk Cousins WAS QB 5 Value tied to RGIII's knee.
197 Blaine Gabbert JAC QB 9  
198 Isaac Redman PIT RB 5  
199 Marcel Reece OAK RB 7  
200 Michael Turner FA RB   Will he find a team?
201 Phil Dawson SF K 9  
202 Justin Tucker BAL K 8  
203 New York Giants NYG DST 9  
204 Dallas Cowboys DAL DST 11  
205 Braylon Edwards NYJ WR 10  
206 Jarius Wright MIN WR 5 MIN needs a No. 2 WR.
207 Stephen Hill NYJ WR 10  
208 Zach Miller SEA TE 12  
209 Jacob Tamme DEN TE 9  
210 Matt Prater DEN K 9  
211 Randy Bullock HOU K 8  
212 Davone Bess CLE WR 10  
213 Mohamed Sanu CIN WR 12  
214 Arizona Cardinals ARI DST 9  
215 Austin Pettis STL WR 11 Could be a factor for Rams.
216 Nate Washington TEN WR 8 Don't forget about old vet.
217 Justin Forsett JAC RB 9  
218 Brent Celek PHI TE 12 No lack of TEs in PHI.
219 Marcedes Lewis JAC TE 9  
220 Atlanta Falcons ATL DST 6  
221 Nick Foles PHI QB 12 His job if Vick struggles.
222 Jason Avant PHI WR 12 Maclin injury opens door.
223 Nate Burleson DET WR 9 Coming back from broken leg.
224 Zach Ertz PHI TE 12  
225 Delanie Walker TEN TE 8  
226 Cleveland Browns CLE DST 10  
227 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB DST 5  
228 San Diego Chargers SD DST 8  
229 Doug Baldwin SEA WR 12  
230 Donnie Avery KC WR 10  
231 Terrance Williams DAL WR 11  
232 Eddie Royal SD WR 8 Moves up b/c of Alexander's injury.
233 Josh Morgan WAS WR 5 No. 2 WR spot in WAS there for taking.
234 Jon Baldwin KC WR 10  
235 Daniel Thomas MIA RB 6  
236 LaMichael James SF RB 9 Could win KR/PR job.
237 Dan Bailey DAL K 11  
238 Josh Brown NYG K 9  
239 Garrett Hartley NO K 7  
240 Sebastian Janikowski OAK K 7  
241 Greg Zuerlein STL K 11  
242 David Akers DET K 9  
243 Steven Hauschka SEA K 12  
244 A.J. Jenkins SF WR 9 Crabtree injury opens door wide.
245 Leonard Hankerson WAS WR 5  
246 Jonathan Dwyer PIT RB 5  
247 Rashad Jennings OAK RB 7  
248 Dexter McCluster KC WR 10  
249 T.J. Graham BUF WR 12 Open battle for Bills' No. 2 WR.
250 Heath Miller PIT TE 5 Most likely will start season on PUP list.

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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