Rankings: Big Ben slipping

Preseason fantasy football rankings

Updated: April 21, 2010, 3:17 PM ET
By Christopher Harris |

The NFL Draft is but four days away, so I submit to you my final Top 200 before we know what pro football rookies will be playing where. Kind of like nominating Meryl Streep for Best Actress before knowing what movie she'll be starring in, but oh well. We do what we can.

My top 30 players haven't changed since March 12th, though the ranks of those top 30 have occasionally changed quite a bit. DeSean Jackson dropped from No. 14 to No. 26 when Donovan McNabb said bye-bye. Vincent Jackson went from No. 20 to No. 30 because it seems likely he'll be suspended for incurring another DUI this winter. I flip-flopped Steven Jackson and Michael Turner in the first round. I got Cedric Benson out of my top 10 because he was giving me the heebie-jeebies there.

As of this writing, we don't know the extent of Ben Roethlisberger's looming suspension, but he can't be considered a fantasy starter at this point. [Editor's Note: Roethlisberger has since been suspended for 6 games.] Santonio Holmes will miss a month, throwing the Jets' receiving situation into a jumble. Brandon Marshall's presence in Miami helps Chad Henne. The prospects of Hines Ward and Mike Wallace are brighter with Holmes gone. Kevin Kolb is a fantasy factor; Michael Vick not so much.

I'll be reacting to the NFL Draft on Friday, Saturday and Monday, at which time there will be some post-draft ranks for your viewing pleasure.

Christopher Harris is a fantasy analyst for He is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writing Association award winner. You can ask him questions at