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2013 Fantasy Football: Recapping Top 20 Picks From This Year’s Draft

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Recapping First 2 Rounds Of 2013 Fantasy Football Drafts

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It seems that before each draft fantasy football fans obsess over rankings. They make cheat sheets and do countless mock drafts with the obvious top-20 picks. In fantasy football, though, the top-20 projected players don’t always pan out. It just never happens. Players get injured, replaced, benched, and even cut.

For example, if we could go back and draft our fantasy football teams all over again, many people would appreciate a couple do-overs. I am sure several people would have avoided drafting RB C.J. Spiller or Arian Foster in the first round, while others would have likely picked another quarterback besides Aaron Rodgers.

One little side note is that QB Peyton Manning is not on this list, as he wasn’t drafted within the top-20 players in nearly any draft this summer. Manning is currently leading the entire fantasy world with 348 points and proved to be the ultimate value-pick this season. After all, it isn’t too often that you can grab the top-ranked fantasy player with the 24th pick.

So as the fantasy season wraps up, let’s take a look back at the top-20 picks.

Forewarning, it is ugly.

Just Missed: RB Maurice Jones-Drew (21), RB Stevan Ridley (22), WR Demaryius Thomas (23), QB Peyton Manning (24), WR Larry Fitzgerald (25), WR Chris Johnson (26), WR Victor Cruz (27), WR Roddy White (28),WR Randall Cobb (29) QB Cam Newton (30)

* Preseason rankings/ point values taken from ESPN Fantasy Football.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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20. RB Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

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RB Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons – Jackson has been one of the most frustrating backs in the first half of the 2013 season. He missed four games with a hamstring injury and had four worthless outings upon his return. S-Jax has now scored five touchdowns in his last four contests, but his slow start had many owners in the basement earlier in the year. He has rebounded to put up decent numbers down the stretch, though.

Position Rank: 39

2013 Point Total: 70 points

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19. WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons – Jones was one of the top wideouts taken in all fantasy formats this summer. He was supposed to be good for 1,200 yards and 10-plus touchdowns, but a season-ending foot injury in Week 5 devastated the title hopes of many fantasy fans. If you drafted the former Georgia receiver this year, you were left scrambling to find a worthy replacement week after week.

Position Rank: 58

2013 Point Total: 65 points

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18. WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears – Marshall has been a beast this season, despite playing with multiple quarterbacks and fighting with WR Alshon Jeffrey for targets. Marshall has caught 10 touchdowns on the year and continues to make his fantasy owners happy each week. He has developed into one of the safest wideouts in all of fantasy.

Position Rank: 4

2013 Point Total: 161 points

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17. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – Brees was the second quarterback taken off the board this summer and he is currently ranked as the second quarterback in fantasy. He has thrown 4,500 yards with 34 touchdowns on the year, which seems to be a typical season for #9. He is doing exactly what he was drafted to do and it is hard to argue with that.

Position Rank: 2

2013 Point Total: 281 points

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16. TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints – Graham was the number one tight end drafted in every format with the news of TE Rob Gronkowski’s injury. Graham has not disappointed, though, as he has caught 14 touchdowns in 14 games this year. The tight end caught nine touchdowns last year with 982 receiving yards, but he has surpassed those numbers weeks ago. If you struggled to score points this season, it clearly wasn’t due to Jimmy G.

Position Rank: 1

2013 Point Total: 183 points

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15. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – Rodgers was the number one fantasy quarterback taken in every format this summer, but he simply wasn’t on top of his game for the majority of the season. In his seven starts, Rodgers has just four multi-touchdown games. Most drafted him to averaged three touchdowns per start, but the fact that he averaged just one touchdown between weeks 3-5 killed many owners. Now factor in that he has missed countless weeks with a broken collarbone and this was one year that it didn’t pay off to own A-Rod.

Position Rank: 17

2013 Point Total: 146 points

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14. WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals – After a breakout season in 2012 (1,350 yards-11 TDs), Green has followed it up with another All-Pro campaign. He has racked up 1,268 receiving yards already and is on pace to have another season with 10+ touchdowns. Green has truly established himself as one of the best receivers in fantasy and he will be a top-five wideout for years to come.

Position Rank: 6

2013 Point Total: 161 points

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13. RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

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RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears – Forte proved to be one of the best value picks at the running back position. He wasn’t drafted within the top-10 in many leagues, but the injury-prone back has been the perfect RB1 this season. He has combined for 1,700 all-purpose yards on the year and has shed that nagging injury label in the process. If you were smart enough to grab Forte after the top-10 picks this August, odds are you are heading to the finals this weekend.

Position Rank: 3

2013 Point Total: 202 points

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12. WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys – Bryant has now hauled in 19 touchdown passes over his last 20 games, and despite his embarrassing temper tantrums, the wideout continues to produce. He is tied for second at his position with 11 receiving touchdowns and has now reached pay-dirt in three consecutive games. He may not be the most popular wideout in the NFL, but Bryant has done his draft position justice this fantasy season.

Position Rank: 11

2013 Point Total: 145 points

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11. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins – Morris was on fire in the first half of the season. He scored five times through the first nine games and averaged 91.7 rushing yards per game. Lately, though, Morris has been a victim of Washington’s struggling offense. He has averaged just 60 yards over the last five contests and has only scored once. Morris was drafted to be a RB1 after his stellar rookie campaign, but he hasn’t played like it in weeks. Morris ended up being a pretty disappointing back to lean on down the stretch this fantasy season.

Position Rank: 11

2013 Point Total: 135 points

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10. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns (Now With Indianapolis Colts) – When Richardson went over to the Indianapolis Colts, many thought it would get him out of his funk. However, Richardson is averaging a miserable 3.0 yards per carry on the year. He has also scored just three touchdowns (two rushing/one receiving), which is a huge let down considering that he scored 12 total touchdowns in his rookie year. Richardson was a first round pick in most formats this summer, but he has been nothing but a headache this season.

Position Rank: 36

2013 Point Total: 70 points

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9. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens – Rice has only had one 100-yard rushing performance on the year and the back has averaged a meager 39.6 rushing yards in the other 12 games. Most thought Rice was one of the safest picks in fantasy, with his added receiving yards, but his lack of running lanes and overall touches have caused his value to plummet each week. Rice was simply another mega-bust from the first round and the three-time Pro Bowler has proven to be a very regrettable draft pick.

Position Rank: 26

2013 Point Total: 90 points

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8. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – While Lynch has been on the injury report nearly every single week, the back has once again proven to be a very reliable RB1 this fantasy season. He has scored 13 touchdowns (11 rushing/two receiving) and is currently sixth in the NFL with 970 rushing yards. After 13 weeks of fantasy action, no one is regretting grabbing Lynch within the top-10 picks.

Position Rank: 6

2013 Point Total: 185 points

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7. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions – Megatron was the first wideout taken off the board in nearly every format and was even a first round pick in some leagues. Since Johnson is currently leading all fantasy wideouts in points, and it isn’t even close, I think he has lived up to his value this season. Johnson once again showed why he is the only wideout to even consider grabbing in the first round.

Position Rank: 1

2013 Point Total: 199 points

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6. RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs – As if his performance through the first 13 games wasn’t enough, Charles exploded for 51 fantasy points last week and single-handedly carried owners to the finals. Charles has averaged 84.4 rushing yards and 46.8 receiving yards per game this season and has produced like the ideal RB1. In his previous 35 games, the speedster scored just 15 total touchdowns, but Charles has already reached pay-dirt 18 times this year. Charles may not have been the first back off the board this fall, but he has certainly produced like it since Week 1.

Position Rank: 1

2013 Point Total: 225 points

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5. RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

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RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles – The fact that McCoy slipped a little this summer shows just how much off-season rankings don’t matter. McCoy looked great during the preseason and has more than proven that he was worth a top-three pick this summer. McCoy is leading the entire NFL with 131.8 (95.9 rushing/36.2 receiving) all-purpose yards per game and has once again been proclaimed one of the best in the business.

Position Rank: 2

2013 Point Total: 207 points

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4. RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

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RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills – Not many people imagined Spiller would have just three 100-yard performances and two total touchdowns as we enter Week 16. However, the former Clemson star has been horribly inconsistent this season and has found himself on the injury report week after week. He had posted nine games with under 70 rushing yards, including five games with under 23 yards. He was drafted within the top-five picks in a lot of leagues and those owners have been kicking themselves ever since.

Position Rank: 39

2013 Point Total: 82 points

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3. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans – The devastating news about Foster’s season-ending back injury has been the finishing touch on a bust-worthy season. Foster only played in seven games before shutting it down and the back simply wasn’t healthy at all this year. Even when Foster was getting over 15 carries per game, he didn’t look like the same back that led the NFL with 15 rushing touchdowns in 2012. Foster was the ULTIMATE BUST of the 2013 fantasy football season.

Position Rank: 30

2013 Point Total: 81 points

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2. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Muscle Hamster was one of the hottest backs grabbed in the first round this past summer. He averaged 119.6 all-purpose yards (90.1 rushing/29.5 receiving) in his rookie season and played in all 16 games for Tampa. He looked like he was on the cusp of developing into a top-five back and many owners went all in on the former Boise State standout.

Unfortunately, Martin was struggling all year (87 all-purpose yards per game/ 1 TD) and was eventually knocked out of a Week 7 game against the Atlanta Falcons with a serious shoulder injury. He has since been placed on season-ending IR and is yet another top-20 option that can be filled into the bust category.

Position Rank: 51

2013 Point Total: 51 points

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1. RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – Peterson’s 211-yard regular season finale was the exclamation point on another huge fantasy season. However, AD missed the next game and half with a nagging foot injury. It was devastating considering the timing and has no doubt caused several fantasy owners a chance to move onto to the next round in the fantasy playoffs. Regardless of the late-seaosn injury, Peterson still had another decent season. He may not have finished with a strong playoff run, but there were clearly worse picks to latch onto in the first round this summer.

Position Rank: 5

2013 Point Total: 190 points