The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for a fantasy owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football default scoring settings are used as the baseline for the Big Board, which is updated on a regular basis.
Big Board 50: Football Rank Player Stock Pvs. 1 LaDainian Tomlinson, SD, RB No 30+ TDs repeat, but did acheive 15+ TDs 7th straight year 1 2 Adrian Peterson, Min, RB Has it all: talent, O-line, resiliency to bounce back from LCL injury 2 3 Brian Westbrook, Phi, RB Perhaps the toughest RB in the league to gameplan for 3 4 Joseph Addai, Ind, RB Out like lamb in '07, but dynamic talent playing for juggernaut 4 5 Steven Jackson, StL, RB Al Saunders OC hire is a positive for S-Jax 5 6 Tom Brady, NE, QB Moss' return keeps TD pass expectations at 35+ 6 7 Larry Johnson, KC, RB LJ says foot 100% and he's excited about new OC Chan Gailey 8 8 Randy Moss, NE, WR Cemented spot in 1st Round be re-upping with NE 7 9 Clinton Portis, Was, RB WAS expected to lean on Portis more at expense of Betts 11 10 Frank Gore, SF, RB Stating the obvious: Martz says Gore the centerpiece of offense 10 11 Terrell Owens, Dal, WR Competitive nature keeps age at bay (28 TDs past 31) 9 12 Marshawn Lynch, Buf, RB Expected to add 3rd-down duties to workload in '08 13 13 Brandon Jacobs, NYG RB Bradshaw will provide change of pace in '08, but Jacobs still the man 12 14 Willis McGahee, Bal, RB Better than I expected -- 7-game TD streak very impressive 15 15 Andre Johnson, Hou, WR Post-Carr bliss: Only Moss, TO averaged more fantasy ppg at WR 16 16 Peyton Manning, Ind, QB Yawn: Just another 4,000-yard, 30+ TD pass season 18 17 Tony Romo, Dal, QB Has risen to elite QB status w/ 55 TD passes in past 29 games 14 18 Reggie Wayne, Ind, WR As Manning's clear go-to guy now, one of surest things at WR 17 19 Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac, RB Poised to be next Westbrook whenever age/injury catches Taylor 21 20 Braylon Edwards, Cle, WR Anderson return, Stallworth addition positive developments 19 21 Jamal Lewis, Cle, RB Behind emerging O-line, dominated in 2nd half of '07 20 22 Willie Parker, Pit, RB 2 TDs on 344 touches was major disappointment 22 23 Ryan Grant, GB, RB Top backfield role is his after 5 100-yard games, 8 TDs in final 10 23 24 Marion Barber, Dal, RB Depending on how draft goes, could finally be fully featured in '08 24 25 Ronnie Brown, Mia, RB ACL recovery going well and he's expected to be in camp on time 27 26 T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cin,WR Has passed Ocho Cinco as Cincy's go-to WR 25 27 Marques Colston, NO, WR Brees, Colston shaping up as one of next great QB/WR combos 26 28 Larry Fitzgerald, Ari, WR For a WR, was ridiculously consistent in '07 28 29 Steve Smith, Car, WR Cruel fate in '07 w/ QB situation -- Needs strong Delhomme return 29 30 Brandon Marshall, Den, WR Came into own down the stretch -- 1 of 6 WRs to catch 100+ balls 32 31 Reggie Bush, NO, RB '07 showed that he's not best-suited as a solo act in NO backfield 33 32 Plaxico Burress, NYG, WR Maturing Eli has established tight connection w/ Plax 38 33 LenDale White, TEN, RB With Young at QB, TEN likely to always be very run-heavy 34 34 Greg Jennings, GB, WR Have to consider loss of Favre a downgrade for Jennings 31 35 Edgerrin James, Ari, RB There's a chance he could be a cap casualty 30 36 Torry Holt, StL, WR 8 straight 1,000-yard seasons, but age, health starting to be factors 37 37 Wes Welker, NE, WR Brady's glue-guy tied Housh for reception lead (112) 41 38 Earnest Graham, TB, RB Big '07 splash, and he's set to be Bucs' man again in '08 - 39 Antonio Gates, SD, TE Toe surgery will take 4-6 months for recovery 35 40 Chad Johnson, Cin, WR At point where he's becoming more trouble than he's worth in Cincy 40 41 Drew Brees, NO, QB In 2 seasons in NOLA, averaged 27 TD passes, 4,426 pass yards 36 42 Jason Witten, Dal, TE Ram-Man ended Gates' 3-year run as top fantasy TE 39 43 Laurence Maroney, NE, RB 98 rush ypg, 7 TDs in final 6 games (including postseason) 47 44 Carson Palmer, Cin, QB '07 was big disappointment, but I expect him to rebound 43 45 Roddy White, Atl, WR 83 catches, 1,202 yds a miracle given who was throwing him the ball 44 46 Michael Turner, Atl, RB Expect more thunder (Turner) than lightning (Norwood) - 47 Santonio Holmes, Pit, WR Finished No. 11 among WRs in fantasy points per game 45 48 Anquan Boldin, Ari, WR Injury-marred '07 campaign, but he got final word (3 TDs in final 2) 48 49 Ben Roethlisberger, Pit, QB More TD passes (32 to 31) and fewer INTs (11 to 14) than Peyton 49 50 Tony Gonzalez, KC, TE In year of TE, led position in catches (99), yards (1,172) 50