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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings, August Update - 7 comments

By R.J. White

August is here, and with it, another year of fantasy football drafts. I’ve taken part in numerous mock drafts, and even one real draft, and it’s helped me shape my player valuations for the year. You can find all my 2012 fantasy football rankings below, including an overall ranking that may be useful for the first few rounds of your draft (after that, your roster should play a much bigger part in who you select than overall rankings). Some of it is surely questionable to the eye, as I stuck my neck out on a few guys. I’ll have more analysis on some of these “unique” rankings throughout August. For now, enjoy.

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R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. 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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7 Responses to “2012 Fantasy Football Rankings, August Update”

  1. User avatar Ted Spencer says:

    Hey RJ
    Long time no talk … fantasy football time again! Enjoyed your rankings … you and I are sure seeing Jamaal Charles and Jacob Tamme a lot the same! Just wondering why you rank Mikel Leshoure so low (compared to IDP and other rankings). Schwatz is saying no Best for the forseeable future and Kevin Smith basically doesn’t make it past three games … I know Mikel has issues but is he not the man in Detroit by default?

  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    Leshoure has shown absolutely nothing so far. Started his career with a season-long injury, now he’s suspended for a couple games. After tearing his Achilles last year, he could struggle to stay healthy. I certainly don’t think the team is going to give him a starter’s workload at any point. I’d rather have Smith right now, even with his own injury history. He had three 15-carry games last year, and he’s the only healthy guy there right now. Also remember that he’s only 25 years old; he’s not some plodding veteran on the way out (at least, if he can stay healthy for an extended period of time).

  3. angels7777 says:

    Why do you have Rodgers ranked ahead of the likes of Ryan Matthews and CJ when your whole draft strategy revolves around taking RB early over a QB or WR?

  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    I think there’s a clear tier break after the first four RBs (though I’m starting to come around on CJ). In the RB Positional Plan, I said as much. However, I don’t think it’s really an issue, as MJD never goes as high as four in any of the mock drafts I do. If I’m picking at 5-8, that’s probably my guy.

    And your draft strategy shouldn’t be completely sent on taking a certain position every round — you need to have flexibility to pick up the value. I’ve found great success in mocks drafting just one RB through the first five rounds (going QB in the first and three WRs in the 3-5), then taking four RBs 6-9, with the thinking that two of them will be good enough to be my RB2 and RB3 this year (Ridley, Hillis, J.Stewart, etc.) In this scenario, I have a leg up at QB and a pretty good leg up at WR.

    I would suggest just doing a ton of mocks and finding a few strategies you can use. Always be open to taking advantage of the value on the board though.

  5. angels7777 says:

    Is there a printable version of these rankings?

  6. User avatar daullaz says:

    No. I went to Fantasy Pros to see if you could access a printable version of just my rankings there, but I didn’t see a way to do that either.

  7. User avatar Crippler says:

    Shonn Greene over Fred Jackson?



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