Here are my preseason rankings. Please take these with a grain of salt. You can see I clearly favor teams who secured top RBs, especially if they are not in a timeshare. With the scoring setup and ability to play 3 RBs, they are way more valuable than WRs. I didn't spend a whole heck of a lot of time analyzing each team and it was very hard to assign rankings as there were several teams that were clumped together in terms of where I think they should rank. Tiers probably would have been a better way to do it. In all honesty, I think there are 10 teams that could legitimately make the playoffs if they get a little luck on their side as far as injuries or sleepers/young guys panning out. In any case, here ya go, have at it:
1. Team Awesome – Very close to dotter’s team (see below). Great RBs, solid QBs, decent starting WRs. A bit weak at TE, but Graham has a lot of upside. No real weaknesses are apparent. Just gotta hope that Indy passing game stays effective. If not, you’re in trouble.
2. dotter – Best RB trio of any team in the league. Romo is solid. Biggest weaknesses are iffy WRs (need Bowe to repeat last year, which he won’t, and Britt to come back and be elite) and low end starting TEs. If they step up, you could be sitting as the top team at year’s end.
3. ronman – some solid starters, but I would worry a bit about Hightower and/or Mathews keeping their job. If they do, you’ll be set and have a good shot at the playoffs. If not, better work the wire. WR3 is lacking and low end starting QBs hurt just a bit.
4. R2000 – AD + a gaggle of solid WRs will make this team competitive. Easily the best WR group in the league. Need some of the young guys (especially Ingram and Stafford) to step up or you might run into trouble. Should make the playoffs.
5. Rabid Hog – You have a few studs, but I would worry about not having a true WR1. A few WR2’s and 3’s that might step up or might flop. Hard to say. Low upside RB3’s as well. If Starks takes over as GB RB in the second half, that would certainly help a playoff run.
6. Pesky Penguins (norticans) – Solid at all positions, but RBs after McCoy are iffy.
7. unimsw – Solid starters at every position. Biggest concern is health of RBs. MJD, Hillis and Wells are all at risk of injury due to their history and the amount of touches they will get. If they stay healthy, I will make the playoffs. If not, it may be a struggle. Good thing I’ve already backed up the top two injury risks (MJD/Wells). Solid PPR WRs and Daniels is going to be back as an elite TE. Bench is lacking, so health is the key here.
8. JM3 – You have 4.24 (who fell too far) at RB and then a bunch of backups and timeshare RBs. In a league that rewards getting a bunch of touches, that might be a problem. I like the WRs, but TEs are both TE2’s (with some upside).
9. Jordan – Taking Vick in the first round made it so that you have to reach for RBs and WRs and hope someone pans out. SJax, Addai and Bush all have some good upside at RB, but they are all very high risk. Same with Gates at TE. I would bet at least two or three of the aforementioned guys (Vick, SJax, Addai, Bush and Gates) will not play 16 games this year. WRs are really kind of weak too. Dez and Collie are decent as a WR2/3, but no other decent WR on the roster that I would want to start.
10. mark3 – This team is going to rely on Foster being a super stud again this year. With a bad hammy, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. Grant is being outplayed by Starks, so will probably be in a timeshare at best. Bradshaw is a solid #2 RB, but Jacob looks to have a bigger role this year. At WR you have Lloyd and Maclin, both high risk/high reward guys (Lloyd due to his fluky year last, potential for Tebow to start and a focus on the run in Denver and Maclin due to his unnamed illness) and no real legit starters after those two. Low end TEs.
11. Acme Packers – Great QB, decent top two RBs, decent #1 WR… no depth, no legit flex play and crappy TEs will hold this team back.
12. Todd – What a drafting disaster. Grabbed a few elite players (Brady, AJ, Witten) and has a solid upside RB1, but no depth to speak of, particularly at WR. I wouldn’t want Branch, Nelson or Hankerson as my #3, let alone my #2 WR.