click meAdvertisement

A Very Early 2013 Fantasy Football Top 200

See where NFL MVP Adrian Peterson lands in our early rankings

The 2012 NFL season may have just ended, but that doesn't mean it's too early to starting thinking about next season. Even though teams have just started adjusting their rosters, free agency has yet to begin and the draft is still more than two months away, here's Athlon Sports' early fantasy football rankings for 2013.

As it stands now, Arian Foster and not NFL MVP Adrian Peterson tops our rankings, while Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco comes in at No. 89. Fifteen quarterbacks are ranked higher than Flacco, including Robert Griffin III, who falls in at No. 37 (eighth at his position). Griffin, who was the AP's Offensive Rookie of the Year, is without a doubt the biggest question mark at this point, since his return timetable from his January knee surgery is still unknown. Griffin is the prime example as to why this list will go through many changes between now and the fall.

As for how things currently look, a few early observations. Quarterback appears to be rather deep and the same could be said to a degree for wide receiver. Once you get past the 15 or so running backs it is anyone's guess and tight end is another intriguing position to watch as the offseason plays out.


Rk Player Position Team Comment
1 Arian Foster RB HOU Edges out A.D. b/c of less tread on the tires.
2 Adrian Peterson RB MIN Be wary of 2,000-yard "curse."
3 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA  
4 Doug Martin RB TB Can he avoid sophomore slump?
5 Calvin Johnson WR DET Top fantasy WR had just 5 TDs.
6 Jamaal Charles RB KC Is he Reid's McCoy in KC?
7 Aaron Rodgers QB GB Still had 39 TDs despite WR injuries.
8 Drew Brees QB NO Led NFL in INTs and fantasy points.
9 Tom Brady QB NE Could be in market for new No. 1 WR.
10 Ray Rice RB BAL Pierce's touches went up at season's end.
11 LeSean McCoy RB PHI Interesting to see how Kelly uses him.
12 C.J. Spiller RB BUF Should get lion's share of carries over FJax.
13 A.J. Green WR CIN  
14 Brandon Marshall WR CHI If Bears fix OL, watch out.
15 Trent Richardson RB CLE Needs more support from passing game.
16 Julio Jones WR ATL  
17 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN Big target should continue to improve.
18 Dez Bryant WR DAL Really came on late in the season.
19 Alfred Morris RB WAS Will Griffin's injury/absence impact him?
20 Cam Newton QB CAR  
21 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC If healthy, he should get lots of touches.
22 Stevan Ridley RB NE  
23 Peyton Manning QB DEN  
24 Rob Gronkowski TE NE Health starting to become an issue.
25 Percy Harvin WR MIN Is he long for Minny?
26 Vincent Jackson WR TB Delivered in his first year as Buc.
27 Andre Johnson WR HOU A reliable No. 2 WR would help him and team.
28 Chris Johnson RB TEN  
29 Matt Forte RB CHI  
30 Roddy White WR ATL  
31 Jimmy Graham TE NO  
32 Frank Gore RB SF Finished with strong postseason.
33 Demarco Murray RB DAL Foot injury plagued him last season.
34 Matt Ryan QB ATL  
35 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI All hinges on who his QB is.
36 Matthew Stafford QB DET Don’t forget he posted 5,000-40 in 2011.
37 Robert Griffin III QB WAS The No. 1 question mark in fantasy.
38 Victor Cruz WR NYG Will the Giants pay him?
39 Eric Decker WR DEN  
40 Randall Cobb WR GB His role should only increase in '13.
41 Wes Welker WR NE If not Patriots, where will he end up?
42 Marques Colston WR NO When healthy, he produces.
43 Darren McFadden RB OAK Will he ever stay healthy?
44 Hakeem Nicks WR NYG Another one who's been held back by injuries.
45 Andrew Luck QB IND Reunited with Stanford OC.
46 Mike Wallace WR PIT His 2013 team will dictate potential value.
47 Michael Crabtree WR SF Kaepernick's clear-cut No. 1 target.
48 Tony Romo QB DAL  
49 Russell Wilson QB SEA What can he do for an encore?
50 Colin Kaepernick QB SF  
51 Darren Sproles RB NO Different player in '11 when Payton was HC.
52 Jordy Nelson WR GB  
53 Steve Smith WR CAR  
54 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN  
55 Pierre Garcon WR WAS Foot injury sidetracked first season in WAS.
56 Greg Jennings WR GB Where will he end up?
57 Reggie Wayne WR IND  
58 Jason Witten TE DAL  
59 Ryan Mathews RB SD His collarbone was not his friend last season.
60 David Wilson RB NYG Came on strong late in the season, no more Bradshaw.
61 Aaron Hernandez TE NE  
62 Steven Jackson RB STL Won't turn 30 until July.
63 Danario Alexander WR SD  
64 Reggie Bush RB MIA Will he be his (new) team's No. 1 back in '13?
65 Willis McGahee RB DEN  
66 Mikel Leshoure RB DET  
67 Cecil Shorts WR JAC  
68 Eli Manning QB NYG  
69 Tony Gonzalez TE ATL Will he back for another year?
70 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT  
71 Stevie Johnson WR BUF  
72 T.Y. Hilton WR IND  
73 Andy Dalton QB CIN  
74 Torrey Smith WR BAL  
75 Antonio Brown WR PIT Becomes No. 1 if Wallace doesn't stay.
76 Dwayne Bowe WR KC Potential tied to 2013 team.
77 Brandon Lloyd WR NE His role only increases should Welker leave.
78 Miles Austin WR DAL  
79 James Jones WR GB  
80 Lance Moore WR NO  
81 Mike Williams WR TB  
82 Danny Amendola WR STL Another free agent who could be in new uni.
83 Josh Freeman QB TB  
84 Owen Daniels TE HOU  
85 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN Established himself after Harvin's injury.
86 Greg Olsen TE CAR  
87 Jermaine Gresham TE CIN  
88 Matt Schaub QB HOU  
89 Joe Flacco QB BAL Don't overrate SB MVP's fantasy value.
90 Justin Blackmon WR JAC  
91 Sidney Rice WR SEA  
92 Shonn Greene RB NYJ His time is running out to prove he's a No. 1 back.
93 Jacquizz Rodgers RB ATL Should see even more touches in '13.
94 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI Which Eagle WR benefits most from Kelly's system?
95 DeSean Jackson WR PHI  
96 Vick Ballard RB IND  
97 Knowshon Moreno RB DEN Effective after McGahee went down until he got hurt too.
98 Kenny Britt WR TEN Could be running out of time/chances w/ Titans.
99 Denarius Moore WR OAK  
100 Josh Gordon WR CLE  
101 Philip Rivers QB SD Can McCoy/Whisenhunt turn him around?
102 Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG Will be looking for new team after Giants released him.
103 Jay Cutler QB CHI Can Trestman make him better?
104 Dennis Pitta TE BAL  
105 Vernon Davis TE SF He and Kaepernick started clicking late.
106 Antionio Gates TE SD Days as elite option are well pas him.
107 Michael Vick QB PHI Won't know for sure until '13 team is determined.
108 Jonathan Dwyer RB PIT Steelers have to figure backfield out.
109 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR If he or Williams is traded, their ranks change.
110 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR  
111 Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT  
112 Michael Turner RB ATL Veteran no longer a viable every-week starter.
113 Vincent Brown WR SD Broken ankle wiped out last season.
114 Bilal Powell RB NYJ Could get No. 1 job if Greene doesn't return.
115 Mark Ingram RB NO  
116 Carson Palmer QB OAK His weapons couldn't stay healthy last season.
117 Martellus Bennett TE NYG Free agent, keep eye on where he lands.
118 Seattle DST SEA  
119 Denver DST DEN  
120 Bernard Pierce RB BAL Got his number called often late in the season.
121 Daryl Richardson RB STL He and Pead will fight for carries if SJax leaves.
122 Brian Hartline WR MIA  
123 Kendall Wright WR TEN Can he build off of respectable rookie season?
124 Chris Givens WR STL  
125 Sam Bradford QB STL  
126 Heath Miller TE PIT How quickly can be bounce back from ACL injury?
127 Brandon Myers TE OAK  
128 San Francisco DST SF  
129 Jermichael Finley TE GB  
130 Brent Celek TE PHI  
131 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB BUF May not even be the Bills' starter in Week 1.
132 Cincinnati DST CIN Young Bengals should only get better.
133 Houston DST HOU  
134 Anquan Boldin WR BAL Veteran may have played his last game for Ravens.
135 Santonio Holmes WR NYJ  
136 Brandon LaFell WR CAR  
137 Golden Tate WR SEA  
138 Andre Roberts WR ARI  
139 Chicago DST CHI Don't count on repeat of last year's fantasy output.
140 Michael Floyd WR ARI  
141 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI  
142 Jarius Wright WR MIN He and Harvin could be dangerous combo.
143 DuJuan Harris RB GB Took advantage of injuries to be a factor late.
144 Brandon Pettigrew TE DET  
145 Dwayne Allen TE IND  
146 Beanie Wells RB ARI Never has proven he can stay healthy.
147 Ryan Williams RB ARI Still not sure what he's capable of.
148 San Diego DST SD  
149 Christian Ponder QB MIN  
150 Pittsburgh DST PIT Veteran unit starting to show its age.
151 New England DST NE  
152 Nick Foles QB PHI Will be he Kelly's guy?
153 Jake Locker QB TEN Can he take that next step in '13?
154 Ryan Tannehill QB MIA  
155 Jared Cook TE TEN Where will he play in '13?
156 Jacob Tamme TE DEN  
157 Mohamed Sanu WR CIN Opportunity knocks for someone to pair w/ Green.
158 Malcom Floyd WR SD  
159 Emmanuel Sanders WR PIT  
160 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR OAK  
161 Jon Baldwin WR KC If Bowe leaves, Baldwin becomes No. 1?
162 Donnie Avery WR IND  
163 Andrew Hawkins WR CIN  
164 Lamar Miller RB MIA  
165 Ben Tate RB HOU  
166 Bryce Brown RB PHI Kelly used two backs at Oregon.
167 Dexter McCluster WR KC  
168 Cleveland Browns DST CLE  
169 LaMichael James RB SF Has he replaced Hunter as 49ers' No. 2?
170 Ronnie Hillman RB DEN  
171 Isaiah Pead RB STL  
172 Nate Washington WR TEN  
173 Scott Chandler TE BUF  
174 Coby Fleener TE IND Somewhat of a disappointment in his rookie season.
175 Atlanta Falcons DST ATL  
176 Joique Bell RB DET  
177 Andre Brown RB NYG Probably been passed by Wilson on depth chart.
178 Lance Kendricks TE STL  
179 Blair Walsh K MIN Rookie's big leg made big first impression.
180 Stephen Gostkowski K NE  
181 Michael Bush RB CHI  
182 Baltimore Ravens DST BAL This unit will look different in '13.
183 Daniel Thomas RB MIA  
184 Shane Vereen RB NE Had big game against Texans in playoffs.
185 Jason Avant WR PHI  
186 Marcel Reece RB OAK  
187 Fred Davis TE WAS His tenure w/ Redskins may be over.
188 Kendall Hunter RB SF  
189 New York Jets DST NYJ  
190 Matt Bryant K ATL  
191 Shayne Graham K HOU  
192 Mark Sanchez QB NYJ No Tebow, no more excuses in '13.
193 St. Louis Rams DST STL  
194 Robert Turbin RB SEA  
195 Donald Brown RB IND  
196 Jason Hanson K DET  
197 Mike Tolbert RB CAR  
198 Matt Flynn QB SEA Will he be with a new team in '13?
199 Arizona Cardinals DST ARI  
200 Matt Cassel QB KC Will Reid even give him a chance?

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

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

More Stories: