By EMMETT SCHINDLER (@emmettws)
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For many fantasy football fanatics, the draft is just around the corner. Players frantically search for rankings, trying to find the most reliable sources. Well, look no further, because here are standard scoring fantasy football rankings from a three-time champ.
(1) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
- Coming off his stellar MVP season, Superman Cam plans to prove his dominance in the league even more. With Kelvin Benjamin looking to make a return, Newton will have a more deadly target to throw to alongside Ted Ginn Jr. and Greg Olsen. The agile quarterback finished as fantasy’s top quarterback last year, not only because of his passing threat but also because of his running abilities; draft him early, no later than the third round.
(2) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
- Putting up the third most rushing yards for a quarterback last season, Wilson showed his quick feet and his powerful arm. Assisted by Doug Baldwin’s outbreak season, Wilson’s long ball produced high points many weeks. Going into his fifth year with the Seahawks, Wilson keeps expanding his skills, with this year hoping to be his best.
(3) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
- Rodgers is always a solid quarterback owners can count on. Last year happened to be his down year with his go-to receiver, Jordy Nelson, out for the whole year. But with him soon to be back on the starting roster, Rodgers has much more to work with and will continue his dominant combination with Nelson.
(4) Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
- With last year being his best season yet, Palmer wants to continue his dominance in Arizona with a nice supporting cast in Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown.
(5) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
- After a rough year -- for him -- Brees finally came to reality, but now that Brandin Cooks has experience, expect that duo to be deadly.
(6) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
- A four-game suspension won’t stop Brady from getting points. Do not be afraid to draft him, as he will be in the top three come Week 5.
(7) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
- This season, Luck has to prove himself to the league. He could pop off, but he could very much well fail.
(8) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
- His impressive season last year finally put Cousins into the discussion of a reliable fantasy quarterback; expect bigger things this year.
(9) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
- Bortles became a top starting quarterback last year, and with a rising Jaguars team, he’ll keep improving.
(10) Eli Manning, New York Giants
- Well, someone has to throw to Odell.
Sleeper: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin. Photo credit goes to the Chiacago Tribune.
(1) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Martin bulldozed through almost every defense he faced last year. Troubled by poor seasons before, he showed he has the potential of being one of the best in the league, which he could very much well be this year.
(2) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
- Even with a lingering hamstring injury, Peterson will always be on the list of top fantasy running backs. His explosiveness in the backfield resembles one of the greats, and with a rising Vikings team, Peterson plans to put the team on his back this season.
(3) Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
- Arguably the most surprising performance of 2105, Gurley knocked the socks off his defenders after his short injury.
(4) Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
- Freeman surprised all audiences last year after being nearly irrelevant the previous year. He exploded for the first half of the season in both the running game and short passing game. Look for him to go early.
(5) Le’veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Despite his possible four-game suspension, Bell can be one of the most explosive players in the league. Without an injury setback, he still stands as a top-three running back, and it would not be a bad idea to draft him in the second round.
(6) David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
- Now the main guy in Arizona, expect him to get many touches and be active in the passing game.
(7) Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
- A new team might be scary for Miller, as this is his first time away from Miami, but Houston does look to be a good fit.
(8) Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
- A breakout season for Murray last year and now with a better Oakland team, he has much more room to improve.
(9) Arian Foster, Miami Dolphins
- Another new team for a running back. This could possibly be Foster’s breakthrough with a streaky Miami team.
(10) Lesean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
- This is the year McCoy will finally be consistent.
Sleeper: Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
Antonio Brown. Photo credit goes to FOX News.
(1) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Two seasons in a row, this man has put on a show for the league. He continues to dominate every single week -- with the exception of the Michael Vick weeks -- and has been the most reliable receiver.
(2) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
- With his height and strength, Jones showed secondaries that it is almost impossible to defend him, even showing Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman off the field. Behind Brown, Jones puts up some of the most points each week and plans to keep doing so with an experienced Matt Ryan.
(3) Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
- If circus catches counted for points, Beckham Jr. would be the first player to go off the board. Coming off an amazing season, he can only get better with more experience and time he spends in the league.
(4) Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
- Even with another solid receiver -- Eric Decker -- out wide, Marshall put on a highlight reel last season. With the addition of the Jets’ re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick, it would be no surprise if Marshall put up even bigger numbers this year.
(5) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
- Even with poor quarterbacks all last year, Hopkins still managed to put up spectacular numbers. He has shown that, despite who is in the pocket, he will still catch the ball and get touchdowns.
(6) Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
- The Jaguars’ breakout receiver has much more in his tank for the next season.
(7) A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
- Always a threat on the deep ball, expect Green to make more circus catches.
(8) Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
- If he can stay healthy, he will be a No. 1 receiver option every week.
(9) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
- Drew Brees needs to throw to him more. When he does, this man will go off.
(10) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
- Nearing the end of his career, Fitzgerald wants to end it off with a bang.
Sleeper: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Rob Gronkowski. Photo credit goes to Deadspin.
(1) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
- The only thing setting Gronk back in the draft is Tom Brady’s four-game suspension. Even though he has little experience with Jimmy Garoppolo, Gronk’s huge frame will not be a problem for Garoppolo.
(2) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
- Playing on the same team as an MVP quarterback is a dream for tight ends. Olsen proved his spot in the top tight end list the last two years and now stands as one of the most dangerous targets in the game.
(3) Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
- Jordan Reed is possibly the most underrated tight end in the league. Kirk Cousins found his go-to target last year in Reed and showed no signs of stopping. Try to stall on drafting him, but beware of others knowing about his draft value.
(4) Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
- Once he’s back on his feet, he will be one of the most dangerous threats in the red zone.
(5) Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns
- He will only get you touchdowns, but he’ll get you a lot of them.
(6) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
- Probably the Titans’ best player, which doesn’t say much, but he does put up points.
(7) Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
- A mini Gronk.
(8) Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
- Back to the Aaron Hernandez and Gronk days. Let’s just hope this one ends differently.
(9) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
- He is old, but he still runs people over every season.
(10) Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers
- A new team where he can finally be the No. 1 tight end. Expect Big Ben to throw it his way.
Sleeper: Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos