Summerlin’s Fantasy Football Top 200

Through rain, through hail, through sleet and snow, LeSean McCoy gets it done and is Ray's #1 overall player for 2014 Through rain, through hail, through sleet and snow, LeSean McCoy gets it done and is Ray's #1 overall player for 2014

While reading these rankings, it is important to keep three things in mind.

The first is how I arrive at these 200. The first 100 players are more or less all ranked on projections. These are the players that will make up fantasy starting lineups, so their likely outcome is much more important than their potential outcome on draft day.

As the rankings move into the reserve rounds, the rankings will begin to focus much more on upside.

For example, while I project Steve Smith to have a better statistical season than Brian Quick, Smith is the definition of replacement level. There will be plenty of people like him available on the waiver wire all season long, and that means there is no reason to stash him on my bench.

Quick, on the other hand, could develop into a quality fantasy contributor if the chips fall his way. I would much rather take a chance on Quick than see Smith sit on my bench all season.

The relative lack of value I place on quarterbacks is also important. I have no problem with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees in the third round, but the difference between their production and the production of the quarterbacks available in the tenth round is not large enough to justify taking Manning or Brees in the first.

Finally, throughout my rankings there will be several players from one position grouped together. These groupings represent tiers, and each player in the tier represents more or less the same level of value. Tiering players like this is very helpful during live drafts because it allows owners to easily identify which positions they can wait on and which positions they need to snap up quickly.

For instance, if all six running backs in a given tier are still available at a pick, an owner can pass on a running back and likely land one of similar value in the next round. Conversely, if only one running back from a given tier is left, the owner needs to snap up that player immediately because it is unlikely a player of his value will come back in the next round.

Without further ado, here is my fantasy football top 200 heading into the third preseason week, and be sure to follow @RMSummerlin on Twitter.

 

Rank Player Name Position Team Bye Week ADP
1 LeSean McCoy RB PHI 7 1
2 Matt Forte RB CHI 9 4
3 Jamaal Charles RB KC 6 3
4 Adrian Peterson RB MIN 10 2
5 Eddie Lacy RB GB 9 6
6 Jimmy Graham TE NO 6 8
7 Calvin Johnson WR DET 9 5
8 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 4 10
9 Dez Bryant WR DAL 11 11
10 DeMarco Murray RB DAL 11 12
11 Montee Ball RB DEN 4 16
12 Julio Jones WR ATL 9 20
13 Brandon Marshall WR CHI 9 18
14 A.J. Green WR CIN 4 14
15 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 4 9
16 Zac Stacy RB STL 4 27
17 Doug Martin RB TB 7 24
18 Jordy Nelson WR GB 9 22
19 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 9 25
20 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 10 31
21 Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4 21
22 Alfred Morris RB WAS 10 23
23 Andre Ellington RB ARI 4 30
24 Le’Veon Bell RB PIT 12 19
25 Randall Cobb WR GB 9 28
26 Antonio Brown WR PIT 12 26
27 Julius Thomas TE DEN 4 29
28 Peyton Manning QB DEN 4 7
29 Drew Brees QB NO 6 13
30 Roddy White WR ATL 9 45
31 Keenan Allen WR SD 10 35
32 Arian Foster RB HOU 10 17
33 Toby Gerhart RB JAC 11 44
34 Rashad Jennings RB NYG 8 49
35 Michael Crabtree WR SF 8 46
36 Michael Floyd WR ARI 4 58
37 Andre Johnson WR HOU 10 36
38 Aaron Rodgers QB GB 9 15
39 C.J. Spiller RB BUF 9 38
40 Ryan Mathews RB SD 10 39
41 Joique Bell RB DET 9 69
42 Reggie Bush RB DET 9 33
43 Vincent Jackson WR TB 7 32
44 Marques Colston WR NO 6 75
45 Torrey Smith WR BAL 11 66
46 Victor Cruz WR NYG 8 41
47 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 4 34
48 Lamar Miller RB MIA 5 91
49 Frank Gore RB SF 8 48
50 Shane Vereen RB NE 10 65
51 Pierre Garcon WR WAS 10 40
52 Golden Tate WR DET 9 82
53 Percy Harvin WR SEA 4 52
54 Eric Decker WR NYJ 11 94
55 Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN 10 51
56 Bishop Sankey RB TEN 9 54
57 Ray Rice RB BAL 11 67
58 Ben Tate RB CLE 4 64
59 Wes Welker WR DEN 4 42
60 DeSean Jackson WR WAS 10 50
61 Mike Wallace WR MIA 5 76
62 Jordan Cameron TE CLE 4 59
63 Trent Richardson RB IND 10 70
64 Pierre Thomas RB NO 6 92
65 Fred Jackson RB BUF 9 98
66 Reggie Wayne WR IND 10 88
67 Ty Hilton WR IND 10 63
68 Kendall Wright WR TEN 9 84
69 Julian Edelman WR NE 10 71
70 Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 5 89
71 Christopher Ivory RB NYJ 11 144
72 Chris Johnson RB NYJ 11 62
73 Stevan Ridley RB NE 10 81
74 Matthew Stafford QB DET 9 37
75 Andrew Luck QB IND 10 43
76 Matt Ryan QB ATL 9 68
77 Dennis Pitta TE BAL 11 77
78 Jordan Reed TE WAS 10 80
79 Bernard Pierce RB BAL 11 113
80 Jeremy Hill RB CIN 4 137
81 Terrance West RB CLE 4 121
82 Terrance Williams WR DAL 11 90
83 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 12 129
84 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI 7 72
85 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 4 78
86 Rueben Randle WR NYG 8 125
87 Dwayne Bowe WR KC 6 112
88 Jarrett Boykin WR GB 9 169
89 Cam Newton QB CAR 12 55
90 Tony Romo QB DAL 11 85
91 Nick Foles QB PHI 7 57
92 Robert Griffin III QB WAS 10 61
93 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 10 86
94 Greg Olsen TE CAR 12 73
95 Vernon Davis TE SF 8 47
96 Jason Witten TE DAL 11 56
97 James Jones WR OAK 5 173
98 Cecil Shorts WR JAC 11 128
99 Brian Hartline WR MIA 5 174
100 Brandin Cooks WR NO 6 101
101 Steven Jackson RB ATL 9 87
102 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 12 114
103 Jay Cutler QB CHI 9 96
104 Colin Kaepernick QB SF 8 74
105 Russell Wilson QB SEA 4 95
106 Tom Brady QB NE 10 53
107 Roy Helu RB WAS 10 231
108 Danny Woodhead RB SD 10 107
109 Andre Williams RB NYG 8 139
110 Lance Dunbar RB DAL 11 218
111 Devonta Freeman RB ATL 9 142
112 Darren Sproles RB PHI 7 102
113 Kenny Stills WR NO 6 162
114 Doug Baldwin WR SEA 4 170
115 Anquan Boldin WR SF 8 115
116 Justin Hunter WR TEN 9 138
117 Jordan Matthews WR PHI 7 177
118 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 10 126
119 Ahmad Bradshaw RB IND 10 178
120 Knile Davis RB KC 6 182
121 Carlos Hyde RB SF 8 123
122 Mark Ingram RB NO 6 132
123 Ladarius Green TE SD 10 155
124 Zach Ertz TE PHI 7 116
125 Sammy Watkins WR BUF 9 93
126 Tavon Austin WR STL 4 136
127 Marqise Lee WR JAC 11 199
128 Aaron Dobson WR NE 10 197
129 Markus Wheaton WR PIT 12 171
130 Charles Clay TE MIA 5 149
131 Heath Miller TE PIT 12 156
132 Darren McFadden RB OAK 5 124
133 Khiry Robinson RB NO 6 134
134 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 12 189
135 Christine Michael RB SEA 4 151
136 Mike Williams WR BUF 9 UD
137 Riley Cooper WR PHI 7 109
138 Greg Jennings WR MIN 10 154
139 Rod Streater WR OAK 5 237
140 Mike Evans WR TB 7 118
141 Danny Amendola WR NE 10 143
142 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 12 122
143 Ryan Tannehill QB MIA 5 164
144 Robert Turbin RB SEA 4 UD
145 Shonn Greene RB TEN 9 172
146 Kenny Britt WR STL 4 186
147 Josh Gordon WR CLE 4 135
148 Brian Quick WR STL 4 UD
149 C.J. Anderson RB DEN 4 227
150 Dexter McCluster WR TEN 9 204
151 Kenbrell Thompkins WR NE 10 221
152 Andrew Hawkins WR CLE 4 242
153 Donald Brown RB SD 10 208
154 Knowshon Moreno RB MIA 5 108
155 James Starks RB GB 9 201
156 Jonathan Grimes RB HOU 10 241
157 Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 4 214
158 Latavius Murray RB OAK 5 UD
159 James White RB NE 10 209
160 Stepfan Taylor RB ARI 4 225
161 Miles Austin WR CLE 4 192
162 Hakeem Nicks WR IND 10 130
163 Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 12 219
164 Harry Douglas WR ATL 9 207
165 Malcom Floyd WR SD 10 244
166 Allen Hurns WR JAC 11 UD
167 John Brown WR ARI 4 UD
168 Cody Latimer WR DEN 4 UD
169 Marvin Jones WR CIN 4 161
170 Delanie Walker TE TEN 9 195
171 Martellus Bennett TE CHI 9 119
172 Travis Kelce TE KC 6 215
173 Bryce Brown RB BUF 9 UD
174 Mike Tolbert RB CAR 12 UD
175 Benny Cunningham RB STL 4 UD
176 Chris Polk RB PHI 7 UD
177 Brandon Bolden RB NE 10 UD
178 Antonio Gates TE SD 10 141
179 Dwayne Allen TE IND 10 228
180 Marcel Reece RB OAK 5 UD
181 LeGarrette Blount RB PIT 12 145
182 Jerick McKinnon RB MIN 10 UD
183 Jordan Todman RB JAC 11 UD
184 Alex Smith QB KC 6 150
185 Carson Palmer QB ARI 4 158
186 Philip Rivers QB SD 10 105
187 Andy Dalton QB CIN 4 127
188 Geno Smith QB NYJ 11 UD
189 Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG 8 210
190 Davante Adams WR GB 9 UD
191 Andre Holmes WR OAK 5 UD
192 Donnie Avery WR KC 6 UD
193 Robert Woods WR BUF 9 250
194 Charles Johnson WR CLE 4 UD
195 Jared Cook TE STL 4 226
196 Tyler Eifert TE CIN 4 240
197 Garrett Graham TE HOU 10 232
198 Eric Ebron TE DET 9 148
199 Steve Smith WR BAL 11 153
200 Marquess Wilson WR CHI 9 UD

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