Fantasy Football 2013: June Positional Rankings

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Fantasy Football 2013: June Rankings

Fantasy Football 2013: June Rankings
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It may only be June, but the Fantasy Football community is already buzzing.

The draft is over, OTAs are in full swing and training camps are right around the corner. We have seen a fair share of significant injuries, rookie landing spots and free agency moves that will impact fantasy land immensely. Personally, I have been ready for the return of fantasy football for months now. I have been doing articles, podcasts, you name it. So, now that I have been doing all of that, I figured the only thing really left to cover are my rankings for the 2013 season.

The following rankings will break down quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses. Keep in mind, however, that it is only June, and these rankings can (and will) alter over the course of the next couple of months. And hey, if you disagree with certain spots, that's okay! I encourage everyone to create their own personal rankings before each season starts. It really does help on draft day. So, enjoy my rankings and don't forget to leave your two cents. Only three months away from the start of the season.

Sigh...

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Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Only one word is suitable to describe the quarterback position in fantasy this season.

Deep.

In 2012, a whopping 21 quarterbacks eclipsed the 200 fantasy point mark, which was the most ever. I wrote a column earlier stating that there are a handful of tiers of top guys. I mean, if you look at it, you have at least 12 guys that you should feel more than comfortable having as your starting signal callers. Part of the reason behind quarterback being so deep is the emergence of some young guys last season. One year ago, we saw rookies such as Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson take the league by absolute storm. And of course, no one can forget the fantasy gold that was, Colin Kaepernick once he took that starting job in San Francisco. Quarterback is so ridiculously deep that I have absolutely zero of them ranked inside my top fifteen overall this year. If you want to grab an elite guy such as Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees in the second or third round, go ahead. But considering you can get similar to equal value in the later rounds, I personally wouldn't condone it. Anyway, here are the ranks.

Rank Player Team
1 Aaron Rodgers GB
2 Drew Brees NO
3 Peyton Manning DEN
4 Cam Newton CAR
5 Tom Brady NE
6 Matt Ryan ATL
7 Colin Kaepernick SF
8 Tony Romo DAL
9 Russell Wilson SEA
10 Matthew Stafford DET
11 Andrew Luck IND
12 Robert Griffin III WSH
13 Eli Manning NYG
14 Jay Cutler CHI
15 Ben Roethlisberger PIT
16 Michael Vick PHI
17 Andy Dalton CIN
18 Josh Freeman TB
19 Joe Flacco BAL
20 Carson Palmer ARI
21 Matt Schaub HOU
22 Sam Bradford STL
23 Ryan Tannehill MIA
24 Phillip Rivers SD
25 Alex Smith KC
26 Christian Ponder MIN
27 Jake Locker TEN
28 EJ Manuel BUF
29 Brandon Weeden CLE
30 Matt Flynn OAK

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Running Backs

Running Backs
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Running back, however, is not so deep.

Fantasy owners should plan on using their first two draft picks on a running back this season, because after the top-20 guys, it gets ugly in a hurry. Here are my rankings. You may have a pretty good idea who number one may be...

Rank Player Team
1 Adrian Peterson MIN
2 Arian Foster HOU
3 Marshawn Lynch SEA
4 Ray Rice BAL
5 C.J. Spiller BUF
6 Doug Martin TB
7 Trent Richardson CLE
8 Jamaal Charles KC
9 LeSean McCoy PHI
10 Alfred Morris WSH
11 Matt Forte CHI
12 Steven Jackson ATL
13 Chris Johnson TEN
14 Stevan Ridley NE
15 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC
16 Reggie Bush DET
17 DeMarco Murray DAL
18 Frank Gore SF
19 Lamar Miller MIA
20 David Wilson NYG
21 Darren Sproles NO
22 Chris Ivory NYJ
23 Darren McFadden OAK
24 Montee Ball DEN
25 Le'Veon Bell PIT
26 Ahmad Bradshaw IND
27 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
28 Eddie Lacy GB
29 Ryan Mathews SD
30 Andre Brown NYG
31 Giovani Bernard CIN
32 Rashard Mendenhall ARI
33 Jonathan Stewart CAR
34 Shane Vereen NE
35 Vick Ballard IND
36 Mark Ingram NO
37 Fred Jackson BUF
38 Mikel Leshoure DET
39 Zac Stacy STL
40 DeAngelo Williams CAR
41 Bryce Brown PHI
42 Isaiah Pead STL
43 Ben Tate HOU
44 Daryl Richardson STL
45 Bernard Pierce BAL
46 Johnathan Franklin GB
47 Danny Woodhead SD
48 Pierre Thomas NO
49 Ryan Williams ARI
50 Mike Gillislee MIA

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Wide Receivers

Running Backs
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Outside of quarterback, the receiver position is easily the deepest in fantasy this season. A handful of guys to a big step forward last season, making a name for themselves in fantasy land. The younger guys are on the rise while the veteran guys are still putting up productive season after another. From doing mocks, I've notcied that it is very simple to assemble a stacked arsenal of wide receivers.

Rank Player Team
1 Calvin Johnson DET
2 A.J. Green CIN
3 Brandon Marshall CHI
4 Dez Bryant DAL
5 Julio Jones ATL
6 Demaryius Thomas DEN
7 Percy Harvin SEA
8 Roddy White ATL
9 Andre Johnson HOU
10 Randall Cobb GB
11 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
12 Vincent Jackson TB
13 Victor Cruz NYG
14 Marques Colston NO
15 Reggie Wayne IND
16 Wes Welker DEN
17 James Jones GB
18 Eric Decker DEN
19 Dwayne Bowe KC
20 Steve Smith CAR
21 Jordy Nelson GB
22 Stevie Johnson BUF
23 Hakeem Nicks NYG
24 Pierre Garcon WSH
25 Cecil Shorts JAC
26 Danny Amendola NE
27 Mike Williams TB
28 Torrey Smith BAL
29 T.Y. Hilton IND
30 Mike Wallace MIA
31 Antonio Brown PIT
32 Greg Jennings MIN
33 Tavon Austin STL
34 Danario Alexander SD
35 Miles Austin DAL
36 Jeremy Maclin PHI
37 Kenny Britt TEN
38 Josh Gordon CLE
39 DeSean Jackson PHI
40 Lance Moore NO
41 Kendall Wright TEN
42 Sidney Rice SEA
43 Anquan Boldin SF
44 Emmanuel Sanders PIT
45 Denarius Moore OAK
46 Santonio Holmes NYJ
47 Alshon Jeffery CHI
48 DeAndre Hopkins HOU
49 Brian Hartline MIA
50 Justin Blackmon JAC

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Tight Ends

Tight Ends
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most inconsistent and ugly positions in all of fantasy football is that of the tight end. There are really only four or five elite options at the position, and if you don't manage to land one of them during your drafts, you might as well just stream different guys for the entire season.

Rank Player Team
1 Jimmy Graham NO
2 Rob Gronkowski NE
3 Jason Witten DAL
4 Tony Gonzalez ATL
5 Aaron Hernandez NE
6 Dennis Pitta BAL
7 Vernon Davis SF
8 Greg Olsen CAR
9 Owen Daniels HOU
10 Kyle Rudolph MIN
11 Antonio Gates SD
12 Jermichael Finley GB
13 Jared Cook STL
14 Brandon Myers NYG
15 Martellus Bennett CHI
16 Brandon Pettigrew DET
17 Jermaine Gresham CIN
18 Dwayne Allen IND
19 Brent Celek PHI
20 Fred Davis WSH
21 Marcedes Lewis JAC
22 Jordan Cameron CLE
23 Dustin Keller MIA
24 Rob Housler ARI
25 Scott Chandler BUF
26 Tyler Eifert CIN
27 Delanie Walker TEN
28 Heath Miller PIT

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Kickers

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this is most likely the part where you either A) click out of the column or B) fall asleep. However, kickers are people too, and have actually won me many matchups over the course of my fantasy career. Of course, that's because I drafted Jason Hanson every year, but he has retired. So, it looks like I'll have to find a new kicker for the first time since, well, ever.

Rank Player Team
1 Stephen Gostkowski NE
2 Matt Bryant ATL
3 Matt Prater DEN
4 Blair Walsh MIN
5 Phil Dawson SF
6 Justin Tucker BAL
7 Sebastian Janikowski OAK
8 Dan Bailey DAL
9 Greg Zuerlein STL
10 Garrett Hartley NO
11 Shayne Graham CLE
12 Conor Barth TB
13 Adam Vinatieri IND
14 Mason Crosby GB
15 Steven Hauschka SEA
16 Randy Bullock HOU
17 David Akers DET
18 Josh Brown NYG
19 Robbie Gould CHI
20 Kai Forbath WSH

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Defenses/Special Teams

Defenses/Special Teams
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Like tight ends, defensive units have also been one of the highest streaming commodities in the fantasy community. Sure, you may feel better about your team if you own one of the better defense in the league that scores a ton of points. But why not just look to see which unit faces the league's worst offense each week (yes, we are looking at you, Mark Sanchez) and stream the matchups?

Rank Team
1 SEA
2 SF
3 DEN
4 CHI
5 HOU
6 CIN
7 NE
8 BAL
9 ARI
10 GB
11 NYG
12 STL
13 PIT
14 ATL
15 SD
16 NYJ
17 MIN
18 TB
19 CLE
20 WSH
21 DAL
22 MIA
23 CAR
24 NO
25 TEN
26 KC
27 IND
28 BUF
29 PHI
30 JAC

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Fantasy Football 2013: June Rankings

Fantasy Football 2013: June Rankings
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

It may only be June, but the Fantasy Football community is already buzzing.

The draft is over, OTAs are in full swing and training camps are right around the corner. We have seen a fair share of significant injuries, rookie landing spots and free agency moves that will impact fantasy land immensely. Personally, I have been ready for the return of fantasy football for months now. I have been doing articles, podcasts, you name it. So, now that I have been doing all of that, I figured the only thing really left to cover are my rankings for the 2013 season.

The following rankings will break down quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses. Keep in mind, however, that it is only June, and these rankings can (and will) alter over the course of the next couple of months. And hey, if you disagree with certain spots, that's okay! I encourage everyone to create their own personal rankings before each season starts. It really does help on draft day. So, enjoy my rankings and don't forget to leave your two cents. Only three months away from the start of the season.

Sigh...

2 of 7

Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Only one word is suitable to describe the quarterback position in fantasy this season.

Deep.

In 2012, a whopping 21 quarterbacks eclipsed the 200 fantasy point mark, which was the most ever. I wrote a column earlier stating that there are a handful of tiers of top guys. I mean, if you look at it, you have at least 12 guys that you should feel more than comfortable having as your starting signal callers. Part of the reason behind quarterback being so deep is the emergence of some young guys last season. One year ago, we saw rookies such as Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson take the league by absolute storm. And of course, no one can forget the fantasy gold that was, Colin Kaepernick once he took that starting job in San Francisco. Quarterback is so ridiculously deep that I have absolutely zero of them ranked inside my top fifteen overall this year. If you want to grab an elite guy such as Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees in the second or third round, go ahead. But considering you can get similar to equal value in the later rounds, I personally wouldn't condone it. Anyway, here are the ranks.

Rank Player Team
1 Aaron Rodgers GB
2 Drew Brees NO
3 Peyton Manning DEN
4 Cam Newton CAR
5 Tom Brady NE
6 Matt Ryan ATL
7 Colin Kaepernick SF
8 Tony Romo DAL
9 Russell Wilson SEA
10 Matthew Stafford DET
11 Andrew Luck IND
12 Robert Griffin III WSH
13 Eli Manning NYG
14 Jay Cutler CHI
15 Ben Roethlisberger PIT
16 Michael Vick PHI
17 Andy Dalton CIN
18 Josh Freeman TB
19 Joe Flacco BAL
20 Carson Palmer ARI
21 Matt Schaub HOU
22 Sam Bradford STL
23 Ryan Tannehill MIA
24 Phillip Rivers SD
25 Alex Smith KC
26 Christian Ponder MIN
27 Jake Locker TEN
28 EJ Manuel BUF
29 Brandon Weeden CLE
30 Matt Flynn OAK

3 of 7

Running Backs

Running Backs
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Running back, however, is not so deep.

Fantasy owners should plan on using their first two draft picks on a running back this season, because after the top-20 guys, it gets ugly in a hurry. Here are my rankings. You may have a pretty good idea who number one may be...

Rank Player Team
1 Adrian Peterson MIN
2 Arian Foster HOU
3 Marshawn Lynch SEA
4 Ray Rice BAL
5 C.J. Spiller BUF
6 Doug Martin TB
7 Trent Richardson CLE
8 Jamaal Charles KC
9 LeSean McCoy PHI
10 Alfred Morris WSH
11 Matt Forte CHI
12 Steven Jackson ATL
13 Chris Johnson TEN
14 Stevan Ridley NE
15 Maurice Jones-Drew JAC
16 Reggie Bush DET
17 DeMarco Murray DAL
18 Frank Gore SF
19 Lamar Miller MIA
20 David Wilson NYG
21 Darren Sproles NO
22 Chris Ivory NYJ
23 Darren McFadden OAK
24 Montee Ball DEN
25 Le'Veon Bell PIT
26 Ahmad Bradshaw IND
27 BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
28 Eddie Lacy GB
29 Ryan Mathews SD
30 Andre Brown NYG
31 Giovani Bernard CIN
32 Rashard Mendenhall ARI
33 Jonathan Stewart CAR
34 Shane Vereen NE
35 Vick Ballard IND
36 Mark Ingram NO
37 Fred Jackson BUF
38 Mikel Leshoure DET
39 Zac Stacy STL
40 DeAngelo Williams CAR
41 Bryce Brown PHI
42 Isaiah Pead STL
43 Ben Tate HOU
44 Daryl Richardson STL
45 Bernard Pierce BAL
46 Johnathan Franklin GB
47 Danny Woodhead SD
48 Pierre Thomas NO
49 Ryan Williams ARI
50 Mike Gillislee MIA

4 of 7

Wide Receivers

Running Backs
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Outside of quarterback, the receiver position is easily the deepest in fantasy this season. A handful of guys to a big step forward last season, making a name for themselves in fantasy land. The younger guys are on the rise while the veteran guys are still putting up productive season after another. From doing mocks, I've notcied that it is very simple to assemble a stacked arsenal of wide receivers.

Rank Player Team
1 Calvin Johnson DET
2 A.J. Green CIN
3 Brandon Marshall CHI
4 Dez Bryant DAL
5 Julio Jones ATL
6 Demaryius Thomas DEN
7 Percy Harvin SEA
8 Roddy White ATL
9 Andre Johnson HOU
10 Randall Cobb GB
11 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
12 Vincent Jackson TB
13 Victor Cruz NYG
14 Marques Colston NO
15 Reggie Wayne IND
16 Wes Welker DEN
17 James Jones GB
18 Eric Decker DEN
19 Dwayne Bowe KC
20 Steve Smith CAR
21 Jordy Nelson GB
22 Stevie Johnson BUF
23 Hakeem Nicks NYG
24 Pierre Garcon WSH
25 Cecil Shorts JAC
26 Danny Amendola NE
27 Mike Williams TB
28 Torrey Smith BAL
29 T.Y. Hilton IND
30 Mike Wallace MIA
31 Antonio Brown PIT
32 Greg Jennings MIN
33 Tavon Austin STL
34 Danario Alexander SD
35 Miles Austin DAL
36 Jeremy Maclin PHI
37 Kenny Britt TEN
38 Josh Gordon CLE
39 DeSean Jackson PHI
40 Lance Moore NO
41 Kendall Wright TEN
42 Sidney Rice SEA
43 Anquan Boldin SF
44 Emmanuel Sanders PIT
45 Denarius Moore OAK
46 Santonio Holmes NYJ
47 Alshon Jeffery CHI
48 DeAndre Hopkins HOU
49 Brian Hartline MIA
50 Justin Blackmon JAC

5 of 7

Tight Ends

Tight Ends
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most inconsistent and ugly positions in all of fantasy football is that of the tight end. There are really only four or five elite options at the position, and if you don't manage to land one of them during your drafts, you might as well just stream different guys for the entire season.

Rank Player Team
1 Jimmy Graham NO
2 Rob Gronkowski NE
3 Jason Witten DAL
4 Tony Gonzalez ATL
5 Aaron Hernandez NE
6 Dennis Pitta BAL
7 Vernon Davis SF
8 Greg Olsen CAR
9 Owen Daniels HOU
10 Kyle Rudolph MIN
11 Antonio Gates SD
12 Jermichael Finley GB
13 Jared Cook STL
14 Brandon Myers NYG
15 Martellus Bennett CHI
16 Brandon Pettigrew DET
17 Jermaine Gresham CIN
18 Dwayne Allen IND
19 Brent Celek PHI
20 Fred Davis WSH
21 Marcedes Lewis JAC
22 Jordan Cameron CLE
23 Dustin Keller MIA
24 Rob Housler ARI
25 Scott Chandler BUF
26 Tyler Eifert CIN
27 Delanie Walker TEN
28 Heath Miller PIT

6 of 7

Kickers

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this is most likely the part where you either A) click out of the column or B) fall asleep. However, kickers are people too, and have actually won me many matchups over the course of my fantasy career. Of course, that's because I drafted Jason Hanson every year, but he has retired. So, it looks like I'll have to find a new kicker for the first time since, well, ever.

Rank Player Team
1 Stephen Gostkowski NE
2 Matt Bryant ATL
3 Matt Prater DEN
4 Blair Walsh MIN
5 Phil Dawson SF
6 Justin Tucker BAL
7 Sebastian Janikowski OAK
8 Dan Bailey DAL
9 Greg Zuerlein STL
10 Garrett Hartley NO
11 Shayne Graham CLE
12 Conor Barth TB
13 Adam Vinatieri IND
14 Mason Crosby GB
15 Steven Hauschka SEA
16 Randy Bullock HOU
17 David Akers DET
18 Josh Brown NYG
19 Robbie Gould CHI
20 Kai Forbath WSH

7 of 7

Defenses/Special Teams

Defenses/Special Teams
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Like tight ends, defensive units have also been one of the highest streaming commodities in the fantasy community. Sure, you may feel better about your team if you own one of the better defense in the league that scores a ton of points. But why not just look to see which unit faces the league's worst offense each week (yes, we are looking at you, Mark Sanchez) and stream the matchups?

Rank Team
1 SEA
2 SF
3 DEN
4 CHI
5 HOU
6 CIN
7 NE
8 BAL
9 ARI
10 GB
11 NYG
12 STL
13 PIT
14 ATL
15 SD
16 NYJ
17 MIN
18 TB
19 CLE
20 WSH
21 DAL
22 MIA
23 CAR
24 NO
25 TEN
26 KC
27 IND
28 BUF
29 PHI
30 JAC


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