With the draft having come and gone, there isn’t much offseason activity left to happen that will wildly affect our 2012 fantasy football rankings. So I’m here to bring you Version 1.0 of my 2012 rankings. This comes to you in the form of a convenient table format courtesy of Fantasy Pros, and features not only my current rankings (the “Rank” column), but the Expert Consensus Rankings (the “ECR” column) and Average Draft Position (the “ADP” column) as well. Since most of you aren’t holding drafts in early June, you shouldn’t heavily rely on the ADP rankings as they stand on Memorial Day.
Here’s how to read the table. If you see someone whose highest number falls in the Rank column and lowest number falls in the ADP column, it’s somebody the public is higher on than the experts, and that I’m even lower on than the expert consensus.
Take Peyton Manning for example. He’s currently the No. 7 QB in ADP, the No. 10 QB in ECR and the No. 12 QB in Rank. Public perception now has him as a comfortably solid QB1; however, his double-digit ECR means that by the time your leaguemates have read up on all the awesome 2012 content out there in the ether, he’s likely to see his price drop. But I think he’s still a little overvalued based on that expected draft price, which means I won’t have him on any teams this year.
This works the other way as well. I have Tim Hightower significantly higher than the expert consensus, based on the belief that he’ll be the lead back this year. The experts have Hightower higher than his ADP, and if we check Fantasy Pros throughout the offseason, we should expect both numbers to come closer to my ranking of 33 if he is in fact named the starter.
That’s enough of a primer. Enjoy these very early rankings and check back with us as August starts to creep up on us for updated rankings!
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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