1

July

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sunday with no Packers football.

Surviving Sunday with no Packers Football

It’s already July, but football and the Packers first game still feels like it’s a long ways away. Good thing it’s never too early to talk some fantasy football.

Here are my way-too-early top five at each position, along with a darkhorse candidate and some random thoughts.

QB
1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Tom Brady
3. Drew Brees
4. Matthew Stafford
5. Michael Vick

Darkhorse: Jay Cutler

Drafting a running back early in your fantasy draft is so 2006. I’ll take Rodgers, Brady or Brees over any running back. High-end, modern-day QBs put up ridiculously good fantasy numbers, and, most importantly, they’re consistent. Thanks to injuries, you can’t make the consistency argument for Stafford or Vick, but man, it’s going to be hard to pass those guys up for a running back if either remains on the board.

RB
1. Arian Foster
2. Ray Rice
3. Maurice Jones-Drew
4. Chris Johnson
5. Lesean McCoy

Darkhorse: Roy Helu

Running backs are a lot like closers in fantasy baseball. You can usually find good value at the end of the draft or on the waiver wire during the season. That said, it’s so hard to pass them up early in the draft. If you guess right, and pick a RB that remains healthy and gets plenty of carries near the goal line, you’re set. Picking a running back with your first selection used to be a no-brainer. Thanks the rise of the quarterback, running backs are no longer the safest bet.

WR
1. Calvin Johnson
2. Larry Fitzgerald
3. Andre Johnson
4. A.J. Green
5. Greg Jennings

Darkhorse: Demaryius Thomas

The deepest position group in fantasy football, and it’s not even close. There’s no reliable way to project touchdowns, but I tend to stick with bigger WRs who are capable of going up in traffic in the end zone and making the catch. My top five, maybe with the exception of Jennings, fits that mold.

TE
1. Jimmy Graham
2. Rob Gronkowski
3. Jason Witten
4. Jermichael Finley
5. Antonio Gates

Darkhorse: Brandon Pettigrew

Yes, I have Graham over Gronk. Graham was targeted about 25 percent more than Gronk last season. The Saints also have fewer weapons than the Patriots, which makes me think Graham will again be targeted more than Gronk in 2012. Also, Gronk has to regress a little bit, at least in the touchdown category, right?