Generally, the top 60 overall Fantasy rankings should be a great guide to help you along your first few rounds. Some might want to stick to these rankings by the book, but my suggestion is that you look at them more in a fluid sense, and go off the position rankings more than just the top 60.
In other words, if you drafted Falcons WR Roddy White already, and the next best running back available is Falcons RB Michael Turner, then you’ll want to steer clear of doubling up a RB and WR from the same team – within the first few rounds of the draft. (Later in the draft, it’s perfectly acceptable to get a wide receiver from the same team as one of your running backs.)
Rankings Change Like the Wind
Even though it’s the offseason, and very few things change in the world of Fantasy Football, you should be aware that some things DO change. Whether it’s my own personal view (dropping Marshawn Lynch a couple spots after taking part in a few mock drafts), or moving Adrian Peterson nearly out of the top four rounds altogether because his injury news has me worried.
So think about coming back weekly to see if I’ve made any changes recently. I’ll swap around the position rankings as well as these Top 60 Overall Fantasy Rankings.
Some other things that have changed include my opinion on where to draft both TE Rob Gronkowski and rookie RB Trent Richardson. I had previously claimed Gronk is not worth a second-round pick, but the slow decline of Turner and fast decline of Peterson made it necessary to move Gronk INTO the second round.
The same goes for the Browns rookie running back. Last month, I decided that Trent Richardson was barely a top 15 running back, but now I have moved him ahead of Turner and Steven Jackson, and I like him as a the best running back in Tier 3.
And yes, that’s not a typo, I do still have Ray Rice as my No. 1 overall pick, but faithful readers understand my 8 Reasons NOT to take Arian Foster First Overall.
Enjoy the top 60 overall Fantasy rankings, and happy drafting!
2012 Rookies: Top 30 Overall | QB | RB | WR | TE
2012 Top 60 Overall Fantasy Rankings
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David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.