(Updated AUGUST 16th) The NFL is changing and fantasy football is changing right along with it. The NFL is a passing league now and as a result the numbers we have come to expect out of QB’s and WR’s has risen sharply. We used to hope for 4000 yards passing and 25 TD’s out of the top QB’s in the league. Nowadays those numbers are league average and alone just aren’t going to cut it. The rushing stats are where it’s at these days. When you can get a QB who runs the football you limit the downside and maximize the upside of every weeks performance. There is still a place for the classic pocket passers but you need to be aware of the tremendous advantage these QB’s who are coming into the league and running for 500+ yards are bringing to their fantasy owners. Quarterback also presents the greatest value of any position in fantasy football. I strongly recommend waiting on drafting a QB until the fifth round where you will find a very comparable player to the one you would have taken in the second or third round. Let the other teams in your league use their high picks on the position that will obviously get the most points while you scoop up premium RB’s & WR’s. You’ll have a much easier time finding impact QB’s late than you will any other position. With that I give you my Official 2013 Quarterback Rankings:
(Updated AUGUST 16th) Just because the NFL is a passing league these days does not diminish the importance of RB’s in fantasy football whatsoever. In fact, RB’s who are of the “three down” variety are the most rare and valuable property in the NFL these days. The biggest determining factor in a RB’s fantasy value is your league format. Because teams throw the ball so much these days RB’s who catch the ball out of the backfield are significantly more valuable in PPR formats than those who do not. Also, if you are in a non PPR league short yardage RB’s who will see goal line touches become usable in certain situations as well. The following are rankings for a basic league ½ point PPR.
(Updated AUGUST 16th) There will be a lot of fantasy points scored by WR’s this season especially in PPR type formats. But that also means there are a ton of WR options out there in drafts. More than half of NFL teams had three WR’s who caught over 60 passes last year for an average of 696 yards and 4 TD’s. What that means to us is that there are WR options out there in the later rounds who will make a huge impact on your season. Last year players like Josh Gordon, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Michael Crabtree, Lance Moore, Justin Blackmon, Mike Williams, Santana Moss, Torrey Smith and Sidney Rice were all late round picks who wound up with WR2 or better numbers. So as you browse these WR rankings remember that there isn’t nearly the drop off from one player to the next as there is at the RB or TE position.
(Updated AUGUST 16th) It can be argued that over the past two seasons no position in fantasy football has made as much of a difference as tight end. That is mostly because if you’ve owned Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski you exceeded the rest of your league at the position by at least 30% which is just plain ridiculous. This year however is a new year. Both Graham and Gronkowski have been banged up pretty bad with Gronk no lock for the start of the 2013 season. Oh and we had that little dustup with the other Patriots TE (what was his name again?) this summer. Now we have the season ending injury to Dennis Pitta of the Ravens and suddenly the position is starting to get thin. As you will see though there are some new faces high up in these rankings who could catapult themselves into the elite category by seasons end. Here are the 2013 TE Rankings: