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Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board (Top 250)

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Arian Foster

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.

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

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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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