1) Aaron Rodgers – When it comes to fantasy QBs, no one puts up stats like him. With Jenning and Driver returning, and a breakout year scheduled for TE Finley, he is the all around fantasy player’s dream.
2) Drew Brees- Amazing depth at WR and a couple amazing receiving RBs make him a powerful option, especially when your team lines up with 4+ receivers practically every play.
3) Peyton Manning- Because he’s Peyton Manning.
4) Matt Schaub- Most yardage last year, and half the year without one of the best TEs in the game. I read somewhere that Andre Johnson might turn into something special, too.
5) Carson Palmer- OK, I’m reaching on this one. But Brady is overrated and I feel silly typing Romo. His stats last year were pedestrian, but he was coming off an injury. Now he has two of the most dynamic receivers of the last 10 years, and hopefully the confidence to step into his passes.
1) Adrian Peterson- Going to be the workhorse again with Favre (theoretically) retired. Led the league in TDs last season, and was no slouch in rushing or receiving yards.
2) Chris Johnson- Probably the popular pick for number one. He was a monster last year. I just don’t like the odds of a repeat performance now that every defender in the country wants to stop him in his tracks.
3) Maurice Jones Drew- Never a disappointment, hugely consistent. And has no passing game to contend with.
4) Ray Rice- Its time for him to break out. Which is going to be pretty big considering he led RBs in receiving yards, and was second in total yards last year. Needs more TD production though to be higher on the list.
5) Frank Gore- He’ll be back this year, making a run for the top of the RB charts. The 49ers are making a comeback, and Gore is going to be the player leading the way.
1) Andre Johnson – Always phenomenal. Always consistent. And its going to be Matt Schaub’s season.
2) Randy Moss – Verdict is still out on Welker, and Moss is hugely productive with or without him. Tons of TDs.
3) Roddy White – The Falcons keep getting better and better. Yardage should stay consistent and TDs should go up.
4) Miles Austin – All of a sudden, the Cowboys have some depth at WR. Defenses will be gunning for him, but will also have to contend with Bryant, Witten, and the Cowboys running attack. Romo to Austin was the best QB-WR relationship in the last half of 2009.
5) Reggie Wayne – Should push 100 receptions, and I can’t imagine him going for less than 1200 yards and 8 TDs
1) Antonio Gates – Seems to be the best TE in the game year after year. Most receiving yards of any tight end last year. And the Chargers lost their favorite wide receiver. Gates will set records this season.
2) Vernon Davis – Should close in on 1000 yards. Was a great threat toward the end of last season. The 49er offense is starting to round out.
3) Dallas Clark – Huge TD potential. Peyton Manning will be excited to have one of his favorite targets back.
4) Jason Witten – I can’t talk about Witten without replaying the MNF game against the Eagles getting a 53-yard reception after getting his helmet taken off. Hardcore player, great numbers, TDs may drop however.
5) Owen Daniels – Underrated in my opinion. I had a toss up at #5 between him and Greg Olsen. Both will have great numbers. Daniels’ will be better.
1) Nate Kaeding – In most every season, the top ten fantasy kickers will range about 20-25 points. And kickers are hugely unpredictable. That being said, Kaeding had the best season last year. Very accurate, and playing for a high power offense.
2) Mason Crosby – High power offense, so he’ll get a lot of chances. However, later in the year weather might be a factor.
3) Garrett Hartley – When your offense gives you about 60 XP tries, you know that you’ll have a good points year. Reliable kickers, playing in a dome. I like it.
4) Steven Gostkowski – Offense should put him in field goal range consistently, and should have a fair amout of extra point tries.
5) Rob Bironas – Will forever be the kicker who made 8 in one game. Impressive enough to be in my top 5.
1) Green Bay Packers – Unlikely to repeat 30 interception season from last year. Second most defensive TDs last season and best against the run.
2) New York Jets – Least points per game last season. Have an all star secondary. I wish everyone luck throwing the ball on them this season.
3) Baltimore Ravens – Always one of the best Ds in the league. Not huge in any single stat, but they are in the top 25% in all of them.
4) San Francisco 49ers – Don’t laugh. 44 sacks last season. 21 forced fumbles. And, surprisingly, 4th lowest points per game. Plus, Patrick Willis.
5) Dallas Cowboys – I wouldn’t be surprised if they challenged for the most sacks this season. They have a knack for giving up yardage, but not a lot of points. And as the secondary matures, turnovers should be on the up.