Thursday, December 8, 2011

Early 2012 fantasy football top 10

For most fantasy football leagues, the regular season is over.

If you were lucky enough to make your league's playoffs, there's plenty still at stake. For others, it's time to look ahead to 2012.

Things could look much different when drafting in the first round next fantasy season. Familiar names will be selected, but new ones are surely to crack the top 10. Here's one man's take on the top 10 fantasy football players for 2012:

1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings: In a year when Minnesota's offense hasn't been very good, AP continues to put up outstanding fantasy numbers. That shouldn't change in 2012.

2. LeShaun McCoy, RB, Eagles: McCoy has been money all season for fantasy owners, especially in points-per-catch leagues. He's the focal point of the Eagles offense.

3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: There's no denying Rodgers as the No. 1 fantasy quarterback, and for some he will be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 overall.

4. Ray Rice, RB, Ravens: Much like McCoy, Rice does it all for the Ravens.

5. Arien Foster, RB, Texans: Foster has battled injuries this season, but when he's healthy, there aren't many fantasy running backs better.

6. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: It's difficult to argue elevating Newton to first-round status when he currently leads the NFL in rushing TDs at 13. It will only get better as he becomes a better passer.

7. Maurice Jones Drew, RB, Jaguars: MJD is one of the most steady fantasy running backs in the NFL.

8. Matt Forte, RB, TBA: Forte will be a free agent in the offseason, so a lot depends on what team signs him. Wherever he lands, he will be a fantasy impact player.

9. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: Jackson was outstanding rushing and receiving for Buffalo before an injury ended his season.

10. Drew Brees, QB, Saints: There's not a huge dropoff from Rodgers at QB, thanks to the performance of Brees on a year-to-year basis.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo



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