2011 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet – With Tiers

We put together a cheat sheet for all you that have Fantasy Football drafts coming up.  We did the rankings in tiers, for instance, there isn’t a huge difference between Tom Brady and Drew Brees, so there is no need to stretch a pick in order to get them if you can get them on your way back.

We won’t edit these actual rankings as the preseason progresses, but we will add notes if we feel their ranking should be changed.

Also, we will never advocate taking a kicker or defense before the last two rounds, so just because we have Nate Kaeding as our #1 kicker doesn’t mean you should reach for him. Anyone who claims they can predict a kicker or defensive points is a liar. The odds that you keep the kicker/defense you drafted the whole season are 2.03%. Seriously, we calculated it.

Quarterbacks

Tier 1
1. Aaron Rodgers, GB
2. Michael Vick, PHI
3. Drew Brees, NO
4. Tom Brady, NE
5. Philip Rivers, SD
6. Tony Romo, DAL

Tier 2
7. Matt Schaub, HOU
8. Peyton Manning, IND (neck injury)
9. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
10. Matt Ryan, ATL
11. Josh Freeman, TB

Tier 3
12. Eli Manning, NYG
13. Joe Flacco, BAL
14. Sam Bradford, STL
15. Matthew Stafford, DET

Tier 4
16. Kevin Kolb, ARI
17. Matt Cassel, KC
18. Jay Cutler, CHI
19. Mark Sanchez, NYJ

Tier 5
20. Kyle Orton, DEN
21. Donovan McNabb, MIN
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF
23. David Garrard, JAC
24. Jason Campbell, OAK

Tier 6
25. Matt Hasselbeck, TEN
26. Colt McCoy, CLE
27. Chad Henne, MIA
28. Alex Smith, SF

Tier 7
29. Cam Newton, CAR
30. John Beck, WAS
31. Andy Dalton, CIN
32. Tarvaris Jackson, SEA

Tier 8
33. Vince Young, PHI
34. Kerry Collins, IND
35. Tim Tebow, DEN
36. Matt Flynn, GB
37. Blaine Gabbert, JAC
38. Jake Locker, TEN

Runningbacks

Tier 1
1. Adrian Peterson, MIN
2. Arian Foster, HOU
3. Jamaal Charles, KC
4. Chris Johnson, TEN

Tier 2
5. Ray Rice, BAL
6. LeSean McCoy, PHI
7. Rashard Mendenhall, PIT
8. Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC

Tier 3
9. Michael Turner, ATL
10. Darren McFadden, OAK
11. Peyton Hillis, CLE
12. Frank Gore, SF
13. Steven Jackson, STL

Tier 4
14. LeGarrette Blount, TB
15. Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG
16. Matt Forte, CHI
17. DeAngelo Williams, CAR

Tier 5
18. Felix Jones, DAL
19. Shonn Greene, NYJ
20. Jahvid Best, DET
21. Knowshon Moreno, DEN

Tier 6
22. Ryan Grant, GB (dropping with Starks emerging)
23. Cedric Benson, CIN
24. Beanie Wells, ARI
25. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE

Tier 7
26. Tim Hightower, WAS
27. Fred Jackson, BUF
28. Jonathan Stewart, CAR
29. Ryan Mathews, SD
30. Daniel Thomas, MIA

Tier 8
31. Joseph Addai, IND
32. Mark Ingram, NO
33. Marshawn Lynch, SEA
34. Reggie Bush, MIA
35. Mike Tolbert, SD

Tier 9
36. Pierre Thomas, NO
37. Michael Bush, OAK
38. Brandon Jacobs, NYG
39. Ryan Torain, WAS
40. James Starks, GB (moving up)
41. C.J. Spiller, BUF
42. Willis McGahee, DEN

Tier 10
43. LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ
44. Ricky Williams, BAL
45. Jerome Harrison, DET
46. Thomas Jones, KC
47. Danny Woodhead, NE

Tier 11
48. Montario Hardesty, CLE
49. Ronnie Brown, PHI
50. Darren Sproles, NO
51. Rashad Jennings, JAC

Tier 12
52. Roy Helu, WAS
53. Ben Tate, HOU
54. Toby Gerhart, MIN
55. DeMarco Murray, DAL
56. Javon Ringer, TEN
57. Jason Snelling, ATL
58. Anthony Dixon, SF
59. Mike Goodson, CAR (good guy to stash)
60. LaRod Stephens-Howling, ARI

Wide Receivers

Tier 1
1. Andre Johnson, HOU
2. Roddy White, ATL
3. Greg Jennings, GB

Tier 2
4. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
5. Calvin Johnson, DET
6. Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Tier 3
7. Vincent Jackson, SD
8. Mike Wallace, PIT
9. Reggie Wayne, IND
10. Miles Austin, DAL

Tier 4
11. DeSean Jackson, PHI
12. Dez Bryant, DAL
13. Dwayne Bowe, KC
14. Mike Williams, TB
15. Jeremy Maclin, PHI
16. Marques Colston, NO
17. Brandon Lloyd, DEN
18. Santonio Holmes, NYJ

Tier 5
19. Mario Manningham, NYG
20. Steve Johnson, BUF
21. Percy Harvin, MIN
22. Wes Welker, NE
23. Brandon Marshall, MIA
24. Anquan Boldin, BAL

Tier 6
25. Kenny Britt, TEN
26. Santana Moss, WAS
27. Chad Ochocinco, NE
28. Austin Collie, IND
29. Steve Smith, CAR

Tier 7
30. Pierre Garcon, IND
31. A.J. Green, CIN
32. Mike Thomas, JAC
33. Malcom Floyd, SD
34. Johnny Knox, CHI
35. Sidney Rice, SEA
36. Lance Moore, NO
37. Braylon Edwards, SF
38. Roy Williams, CHI
39. Robert Meachem, NO
39. Jordy Nelson, GB
Note: Mike Martz will ‘latch’ onto either Knox or Roy Williams after one week. Whoever that is will have top 10 potential, the other will likely barely break top 50. Too bad no one knows who he’s choosing.

Tier 8
41. Danny Amendola, STL
42. Plaxico Burress, NYJ
43. Lee Evans, BAL
44. James Jones, GB
45. Jacoby Ford, OAK
46. Julio Jones, ATL
47. Michael Crabtree, SF
48. Mike Sims-Walker, STL (Brandon Lloyd had 110 vertical targets last year)
49. Deion Branch, NE
50. Hines Ward, PIT
51. Davone Bess, MIA
52. Mike Williams, SEA

Tier 9
53. Donald Driver, GB
54. Derrick Mason, NYJ
55. Steve Breaston, KC
56. Jacoby Jones, HOU
57. Jerome Simpson, CIN
58. Emmanuel Sanders, PIT
59. Kevin Walter, HOU
60. Bernard Berrian, MIN
61. Andre Roberts, ARI
62. Anthony Armstrong, WAS
63. Randy Moss, FA
64. Greg Little, CLE

Tight ends

Tier 1
1. Antonio Gates, SD
2. Dallas Clark, IND
3. Jason Witten, DAL

Tier 2
4. Jermichael Finley, GB
5. Vernon Davis, SF
6. Owen Daniels, HOU

Tier 3
7. Marcedes Lewis, JAC
8. Kellen Winslow, TB
9. Greg Olsen, CAR
10. Zach Miller, SEA

Tier 4
11. Jimmy Graham, NO
12. Rob Gronkowski, NE
13. Tony Gonzalez, ATL
14. Brandon Pettigrew, DET
15. Dustin Keller, NYJ
16. Todd Heap, ARI
17. Tony Moeaki, KC
18. Aaron Hernandez, NE
19. Ben Watson, CLE
20. Chris Cooley, WAS

Tier 5
21. Jared Cook, TEN
22. Brent Celek, PHI
23. Jermaine Gresham, CIN
24. Heath Miller, PIT
25. Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN
26. Kevin Boss, OAK
27. Travis Beckum, NYG
28. Ed Dickson, BAL
29. Kyle Rudolph, MIN
30. Fred Davis, WAS
31. Scott Chandler, BUF
32. Daniel Fells, DEN

Kickers

Tier 1
1. Nate Kaeding, SD
2. Neil Rackers, HOU
3. Stephen Gostkowski, NE
4. Garrett Hartley, NO
5. Josh Brown, STL
6. Rob Bironas, TEN

Tier 2
7. Mason Crosby, GB
8. Billy Cundiff, BAL
9. Alex Henery, PHI
10. Adam Vinatieri, IND
11. Nick Folk, NYJ
12. Ryan Longwell, MIN
13. Matt Bryant, ATL
14. Sebastian Janikowski, OAK
15. Jay Feely, ARI
16. Matt Prater, DEN

Tier 3
17. Robbie Gould, CHI
18. David Buehler, DAL
19. Jeff Reed, SF
20. Dan Carpenter, MIA
21. David Akers, SF
22. Shaun Suisham, PIT

Team Defense

Tier 1
1. Steelers
2. Packers
3. Jets
4. Eagles
5. Cowboys
6. Ravens
7. Bears
8. Giants

Tier 2
9. Lions
10. Chargers
11. Patriots
12. Falcons
13. Saints
14. Dolphins
15. Rams

Tier 3
16. Bengals
17. Raiders
18. Colts
19. 49ers
20. Redskins
21. Buccaneers
22. Cardinals
23. Titans
24. Vikings
25. Browns

Tier 4
26. Panthers
27. Bills
28. Chiefs
29. Broncos
30. Seahawks
31. Texans
32. Jaguars