Check out the rankings on the Cafe in August 2002:
PLAYER RANKINGS (1-50)
1 Marshall Faulk - RB, STL
This is a no-brainer as Faulk has been the most dominant force in fantasy football for three seasons in a row.
2 Ahman Green - RB, GB
Green gets the nod over Alexander here because teams will have to pay attention to Brett Favre and his improved receiving corps.
3 Shaun Alexander - RB, SEA
He showed just hgow productive he can be last season. This year, his owners don't have to worry about Alexander being benched in favor of Ricky Watters.
4 Kurt Warner - QB, STL
Easily the best QB out there, he will be the first non-RB taken in almost every draft. Be sure to get RBs in the next rounds, but don't shy away from choosing this star with an early pick.
5 LaDainian Tomlinson - RB, SD
A great rookie season gets him into our top five. Has the right tools to anchor your team's offense.
6 Jeff Garcia - QB, SF
Young QB also breaks into the RB-dominated pack at the top. He's as solid as they come, and comes with less risk than many other star players.
7 Randy Moss - WR, MIN
He may be a headcase, but Moss has too much talent to let him slip away. If you don't mind taking risks, pick him and enjoy the ride.
8 Curtis Martin - RB, NYJ
Always a workhorse, this slowly aging RB is still very dependable.
9 Priest Holmes - RB, KC
Stellar season propels him high up in any ranking, but can he repeat? We think he's for real.
10 Peyton Manning - QB, IND
Question marks surround the running game in Indy, but the passing game is fine with Manning at the helm.
11 David Boston - WR, ARI
Boston had a great fantasy season on a mediocre team (to say the least), and should be able to keep up his numbers and help his team improve.
12 Terrell Owens - WR, SF
Owens will team up with Garcia and might be the safest choice at the WR position.
13 Marvin Harrison - WR, IND
Completing the first tier of WRs, Harrison has been a top notch player for years and can easily lead any fantasy receiving corps.
14 Ricky Williams - RB, MIA
The Dolphins will be happy with their new RB. Williams is a #1 back if he gets his head straight.
15 Edgerrin James - RB, IND
Last year's injury makes him a bit of a question mark, but he was the consensus #2 overall pick last season.
16 Daunte Culpepper - QB, MIN
Running game should improve, and Culpepper should become even more comfortable with Moss.
17 Corey Dillon - RB, CIN
Every-down backs like Dillon are hard to find and are invaluable assets to a fantasy squad.
18 Stephen Davis - RB, WAS
Which Stephen Davis will show up? Let's hope it isn't last year's... Carries in the new offense might be a problem area.
19 Torry Holt - WR, STL
Holt has to share receptions with too many other players on the league's top offense, reducing his fantasy value, but he's a top WR nonetheless.
20 Anthony Thomas - RB, CHI
Last year's rookie sensation from Chicago has something to prove.
21 Donovan McNabb - QB, PHI
There's still no every-down back in Philadelphia, so expect McNabb to get lots of yardage on the ground once again, improving his value even more.
22 Brett Favre - QB, GB
Favre won't dominate the league as he once did, but remains a solid choice.
23 Rich Gannon - QB, OAK
The Cannon won't play six more seasons, but he has enough poise for at least one more very good campaign.
24 Eddie George - RB, TEN
New lead-blocker should help George prove he's not washed out yet.
25 Rod Smith - WR, DEN
Return of McCaffrey should help lessen defenses' focus on Smith.
26 Garrison Hearst - RB, SF
As #1 back of the Niners squad, he would be a nice fit if you missed out on the top RBs.
27 Isaac Bruce - WR, STL
Bruce might not be the #1 receiver in St. Louis but could fill that role on your team.
28 Jimmy Smith - WR, JAC
Evergreen continues to shine. Think he could get a contract for six seasons like Gannon?
29 Joe Horn - WR, NO
Blossomed into a top receiver and is here to stay.
30 Aaron Brooks - QB, NO
Young and hungry team nucleus ensures Brooks of a top spot.
31 Deuce McAllister - RB, NO
Well-balanced offense now relies on McAllister and he'll prove his worth.
32 Michael Bennett - RB, MIN
A rough season behind him, he should improve and (almost) live up to last year's expectations.
33 Tony Gonzalez - TE, KC
Is he worth a WR's money? We know he's worth a WR's draft position!
34 Drew Bledsoe - QB, BUF
Bledsoe may not win another ring in Buffalo, but on the other hand he'll be hungry to prove he's not made to be a backup.
35 Tiki Barber - RB, NYG
This guy has lots of talent, but sharing touches never helps in fantasy football.
36 Duce Staley - RB, PHI
Just when we thought he'd be healthy and get all the carries, Philadelphia signs Levens. We still expect Staley to be a solid second fantasy back, though.
37 Michael Vick - QB, ATL
Potential is unlimited, but expect a few rocky outings in his first full season as a starter.
38 Tim Brown - WR, OAK
Others call it age, Oakland calls it experience. Timeless duo of Gannon and Brown will show once again that old men can play!
39 Steve McNair - QB, TEN
He may not be a fantasy stud, but is still a solid choice.
40 Kerry Collins - QB, NYG
Another solid QB who won't drop off too much behind the league's elite.
41 Thomas Jones - RB, ARI
Jones will surprise a lot of people, preferably the rest of your league, with a solid season as the top back in Arizona and as #2 on your team.
42 Jerome Bettis - RB, PIT
The fare is pretty low this season so be prepared to get on the Bus!
43 Henry, Travis - RB, BUF
Look out for this young back to show the world why he's the number one in Buffalo right now.
44 Brian Griese - QB, DEN
Question marks in Denver around receivers and backs, but not at the helm.
45 Freddie Jones - TE, ARI
Jones is simply the best of the rest at TE.
46 Michael Pittman - RB, TB
Has to split time with Alstott, but will still get enough carries to be a good fantasy choice.
47 Jake Plummer - QB, ARI
Could things actually be looking up in Arizona? Well, maybe.
48 Eric Moulds - WR, BUF
After a rocky start last year, Moulds again showed his talent and will once more make a fantasy owner very happy this season.
49 Terry Glenn - WR, GB
Favre will help Glenn shine even brighter than he did in New England. At least if he manages to keep his focus on football.
50 Charlie Garner - WR, OAK
Not garnering the attention he should get could make him a bargain.
Kurt Warner and Jeff Garcia in the top 10. Seems like their hey-days were decades ago...