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Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board (Top 250)

Author:
Marshawn Lynch

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.

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

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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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