"Elite 56" Fantasy Player Rankings (pre-season)

Written by RZO Staff/ Chris and Joe
Thursday, 10 June 2010 21:58

After hours of debate, analysis, thrown objects and compromise, we have constructed our 2010 pre-season rankings. We call it our "Elite 56". Every week during the season, we will update this list to rank the top fantasy players around the league. Our staff puts time and effort into everything we publish, so we hope you enjoy our rankings.

2010 Preseason Rankings

Player Name

1) Chris Johnson, RB He is the Titans offense and has predicted another 2k yards.

2) Adrian Peterson, RB Showed some weakness but still had a monster year.

3) Maur. Jones-Drew, RB Averages one TD per game. Elite back.

4) Ray Rice , RB Great finish to year. Value is higher in PPR leagues.

5) Drew Brees, QB Best offense in the league and is a dominant QB every year.

6) Aaron Rodgers, QB Can score on ground or in the air. Led all QB's in most leagues.

7) Frank Gore, RB
Single back in an offense that has to rely on run game.

8) Michael Turner, RB Big games before he got hurt. Check injury status before drafting.

9) Andre Johnson, WR #1 WR on the board in an improving offense.

10) Steven Jackson, RB Ranked 2nd in rush yards in league but only 4 touchdowns.

11) Randy Moss, WR Tied for most Rec. TD's in 2009. On a high power offense.

[HIGH-LIGHT]12) Rash. Mendenhall, RB
Suspension of Big Ben should increase workload.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

13) DeAng. Williams, RB
Solid back if he can stay healthy. Averaged over 5 yards per carry.

14) Reggie Wayne, WR Averaging 90 receptions and 1,100 yards for the past 5 seasons.

15) Larry Fitzgerald, WR
Catches 100 balls a year. Production will drop due to new QB.

16) Cedric Benson, RB
Was off to a great start in 2009 until injury.

17) Peyton Manning, QB
Averages 4,000+ yards a year and 30 TD's for twelve year career

18) Ryan Grant, RB
A single back in a high-powered offense.

19) Shonn Greene, RB Starting back on #1 run offense. Monster post-season.

20) Miles Austin, WR
Breakout 2009 season, averaged 100 yards a game after week 4.

21) Ryan Matthews, RB Could be Offensive Rookie of the Year.

22) Brandon Marshall, WR Over 1,100 yards and 100 receptions in the past 3 seasons

23) Roddy White, WR Had a great season even with back up QB in.

24) Phillip Rivers, QB Good for 4,000 yards and over 30 TDs.

25) Calvin Johnson, WR Reached nearly 1,000 yards while hurt and playing with rookie QB

26) Tom Brady, QB
If Welker returns to form, his value will raise.

27) Matt Schuab, QB
Part of the best QB/WR combo in the league last year.

28) Jamaal Charles, RB Averaged 165 ypg during last 4 games. Carries may be split.

29) Johnathan Stewart, RB Great end to the season and is in a run first offense.

30) Pierre Thomas, RB
Not splitting carries as much and produced in playoffs.

31) Tony Romo, QB Over 25+ TDs in past 3 seasons.

32) Sidney Rice, WR Breakout 2009, pay attention to Favre's status.

33) Knowshon Moreno, RB Solid performance in his rookie year, rushing for almost 1k.

34) Deshaun Jackson, WR
Explosive 2009. Added value in leagues with Return yards/TDs.

35) Vincent Jackson, WR
Huge target. Quickly becoming a star WR.

36) Ronnie Brown, RB
IF healthy, will rebound on an improved offense.

37) LeSean McCoy, RB
Workload will increase without McNabb under center.

38) Marques Colston, WR
Main target in the explosive New Orleans offense.

39) Joseph Addai, RB
13 TDs in 2009 and great value in PPR leagues with 50+ Rec.

40) Steve Smith, WR CAR Should increase production without awful Delhomme.

41) Greg Jennings, WR Main target in an offense that loves the pass.

42) Beanie Wells, RB
Should see more touches with Leinart at QB.

43) Dallas Clark, TE Only TE to break 100 receptions mark in 2009.

44) Antonio Gates, TE
Led TE's in receptions and is a favorite target in red zone.

45) Anquan Boldin, WR Averages 1,000 yards a season since beginning of career.

46) Ricky Williams, RB
Rank will be much higher if Brown is not healthy.

47) Vernon Davis, TE
Led all TE's in Touchdowns with 13. (2009)

[HIGH-LIGHT]48) Hines Ward, WR Missing Big Ben but will be main target without Holmes.[/HIGH-LIGHT]

49) Steve Smith, WR Second in receptions, only behind Wes Welker (2009)

50) Chad Ochocinco, WR Should dance his way to a good season.

51) Matt Forte, RB Offense for the Bears should improve with Martz

52) Jerome Harrison, RB Hard to overlook 187 ypg over last 3 weeks.

53) Donald Driver, WR 6 straight seasons with 1,000 yards.

54) Percy Harvin, WR 2009 Offensive ROY will continue to do well with Favre

55) Eli Manning, QB 4,000 yards and 25+ TDs in 2009

56) Pierre Garcon, WR Peyton's new favorite target deserves a look.