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2010 fantasy football rankings

An early look at Christopher Harris' 2010 top-160 rankings

Updated: March 13, 2010, 11:55 AM ET
By Christopher Harris | ESPN.com

The first thing you probably will notice is that I've got Adrian Peterson ranked above Chris Johnson. And that's rather ironic, considering I probably was higher on Johnson than any other "expert" was entering the '09 season. To some extent, I think we're splitting hairs; I absolutely can see the arguments for Johnson. But I have fewer questions about Peterson, to be honest. I think he will figure out his fumbling problems, and Chester Taylor has signed with the Chicago Bears. AP is as close as there is to a lock for mid-double-digit touchdowns (provided Brett Favre sticks around). Johnson is explosive but relatively slight of stature, and I have a few niggling worries about what will happen when the hype machine proclaims him the best in the game and defenses seek to make their bones against him (as they did against Peterson in '09).

In general, note that while I haven't directly assumed any player movement, my rankings in many cases indicate the potential for them. Of course, as the spring and summer progress, I reserve the right to dramatically change my mind on players (such as Jerome Harrison), as well as the rookies included here and dozens upon dozens of other players.

Rankings updated March 12, 2010

1. (RB1) Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2. (RB2) Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
3. (RB3) Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
4. (RB4) Ray Rice, RB, BAL
5. (RB5) Michael Turner, RB, ATL
6. (RB6) Steven Jackson, RB, STL
7. (RB7) Frank Gore, RB, SF
8. (WR1) Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
9. (QB1) Drew Brees, QB, NO
10. (RB8) Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
11. (WR2) Randy Moss, WR, NE
12. (RB9) Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
13. (RB10) Ryan Grant, RB, GB
14. (WR3) DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
15. (WR4) Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
16. (WR5) Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
17. (QB2) Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
18. (WR6) Brandon Marshall, WR, DEN
19. (RB11) Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
20. (WR7) Vincent Jackson, WR, SD
21. (WR8) Miles Austin, WR, DAL
22. (QB3) Peyton Manning, QB, IND
23. (RB12) DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
24. (RB13) Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
25. (WR9) Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
26. (QB4) Tom Brady, QB, NE
27. (QB5) Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
28. (WR10) Roddy White, WR, ATL
29. (QB6) Philip Rivers, QB, SD
30. (RB14) Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
31. (RB15) Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
32. (RB16) Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
33. (RB17) LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
34. (RB18) Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
35. (WR11) Sidney Rice, WR, MIN
36. (WR12) Greg Jennings, WR, GB
37. (RB19) Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
38. (QB7) Tony Romo, QB, DAL
39. (WR13) Marques Colston, WR, NO
40. (WR14) Santonio Holmes, WR, PIT
41. (RB20) Joseph Addai, RB, IND
42. (WR15) Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN
43. (WR16) Steve Smith, WR, CAR
44. (WR17) Mike Sims-Walker, WR, JAC
45. (QB8) Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
46. (WR18) Steve Smith, WR, NYG
47. (WR19) Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
48. (WR20) Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
49. (WR21) Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
50. (WR22) Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
51. (TE1) Dallas Clark, TE, IND
52. (WR23) Pierre Garcon, WR, IND
53. (RB21) C.J. Spiller, RB, Rookie
54. (RB22) Ricky Williams, RB, MIA
55. (RB23) Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
56. (QB9) Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
57. (RB24) Ryan Mathews, RB, Rookie
58. (RB25) Jahvid Best, RB, Rookie
59. (RB26) Matt Forte, RB, CHI
60. (TE2) Antonio Gates, TE, SD
61. (TE3) Vernon Davis, TE, SF
62. (QB10) Brett Favre, QB, MIN
63. (WR24) Donald Driver, WR, GB
64. (WR25) Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
65. (TE4) Brent Celek, TE, PHI
66. (TE5) Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
67. (RB27) Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
68. (RB28) Reggie Bush, RB, NO
69. (TE6) Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
70. (RB29) Jerome Harrison, RB, CLE
71. (WR26) Steve Breaston, WR, ARI
72. (RB30) Felix Jones, RB, DAL
73. (RB31) Donald Brown, RB, IND
74. (RB32) Marion Barber, RB, DAL
75. (TE7) Kellen Winslow, TE, TB
76. (WR27) Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
77. (WR28) Devin Aromashodu, WR, CHI
78. (RB33) Darren Sproles, RB, FA
79. (RB34) Chester Taylor, RB, CHI
80. (TE8) Jason Witten, TE, DAL
81. (RB35) Justin Forsett, RB, SEA
82. (WR29) Braylon Edwards, WR, NYJ
83. (WR30) Lee Evans, WR, BUF
84. (WR31) Hines Ward, WR, PIT
85. (WR32) Robert Meachem, WR, NO
86. (TE9) Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
87. (TE10) Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, MIN
88. (WR33) Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
89. (RB36) Marshawn Lynch, RB, BUF
90. (WR34) T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, SEA
91. (WR35) Wes Welker, WR, NE
92. (WR36) Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ
93. (DEF1) New York Jets DST
94. (QB11) Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
95. (RB37) Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
96. (RB38) Thomas Jones, RB, KC
97. (RB39) Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
98. (RB40) Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
99. (WR37) Early Doucet, WR, ARI
100. (WR38) Derrick Mason, WR, BAL
101. (QB12) Eli Manning, QB, NYG
102. (QB13) Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
103. (DEF2) Green Bay Packers DST
104. (RB41) Cadillac Williams, RB, TB
105. (RB42) Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Rookie
106. (WR39) Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
107. (WR40) Johnny Knox, WR, CHI
108. (TE11) Chris Cooley, TE, WAS
109. (DEF3) Philadelphia Eagles DST
110. (RB43) Kevin Smith, RB, DET
111. (QB14) Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
112. (QB15) Vince Young, QB, TEN
113. (WR41) Dez Bryant, WR, Rookie
114. (DEF4) Minnesota Vikings DST
115. (DEF5) Baltimore Ravens DST
116. (WR42) Devery Henderson, WR, NO
117. (RB44) Michael Bush, RB, OAK
118. (RB45) Leon Washington, RB, NYJ
119. (RB46) Steve Slaton, RB, HOU
120. (WR43) Antonio Bryant, WR, CIN
121. (DEF6) Dallas Cowboys DST
122. (DEF7) Cincinnati Bengals DST
123. (WR44) Bernard Berrian, WR, MIN
124. (WR45) Golden Tate, WR, Rookie
125. (WR46) Josh Morgan, WR, SF
126. (RB47) Joe McKnight, RB, Rookie
127. (RB48) Montario Hardesty, RB, Rookie
128. (RB49) LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, FA
129. (RB50) Tim Hightower, RB, ARI
130. (QB16) Michael Vick, QB, PHI
131. (DEF8) New Orleans Saints DST
132. (DEF9) San Francisco 49ers DST
133. (RB51) Dexter McCluster, RB, Rookie
134. (RB52) Willis McGahee, RB, BAL
135. (WR47) Santana Moss, WR, WAS
136. (WR48) Austin Collie, WR, IND
137. (TE12) Heath Miller, TE, PIT
138. (TE13) Zach Miller, TE, OAK
139. (WR49) Arrelious Benn, WR, Rookie
140. (DEF10) New York Giants DST
141. (WR50) Kevin Walter, WR, HOU
142. (RB53) Laurence Maroney, RB, NE
143. (RB54) Correll Buckhalter, RB, DEN
144. (RB55) Derrick Ward, RB, TB
145. (RB56) Arian Foster, RB, HOU
146. (RB57) Brian Westbrook, RB, FA
147. (RB58) Toby Gerhart, RB, Rookie
148. (RB59) Anthony Dixon, RB, Rookie
149. (RB60) Ben Tate, RB, Rookie
150. (QB17) Kyle Orton, QB, DEN
151. (K1) Nate Kaeding, K, SD
152. (K2) Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
153. (K3) Ryan Longwell, K, MIN
154. (K4) Rob Bironas, K, TEN
155. (K5) David Akers, K, PHI
156. (K6) Mason Crosby, K, GB
157. (K7) Garrett Hartley, K, NO
158. (K8) Jay Feely, K, FA
159. (K9) Matt Prater, K, DEN
160. (K10) Jeff Reed, K, PIT

Christopher Harris is a fantasy analyst for ESPN.com. He is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner. You can find him on Facebook or e-mail him here.