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Fantasy football rankings summit

5/3/2011

As the NFL and its players continue to go back and forth in the nation's court system, some of us have more important things to do: Plan for a 2011 fantasy football season that we can only assume will happen, one way or the other. So while there is still much to be determined -- from the who and the when of free agency to franchise tags to trades and everything in between -- our work must go on.

And so on Tuesday, May 3, the ESPN Fantasy team will hold its annual fantasy football rankings summit. For one whole day, we will debate rosters and roles, red-zone targets and goal-line tendencies, all in an effort to lay out a framework of our initial rankings and projections.

Why are we doing this now and not after the dust has settled on the labor situation? Well, there are a few reasons. First, and this falls into the "full disclosure" category, we and our friends at ESPN the Magazine intend to put out a draft guide publication, so there are print deadlines to consider. Second, later this month we intend to launch ESPN Fantasy Football, and you're going to need rankings to help you draft, whether mock or real. And finally, and most importantly, it's damned fun to do. And if we have to all get together and do the whole thing all over again in July, well, that's just a bitter pill our bosses are going to have to swallow.

As was the case for baseball, this year we're giving you, the fan, a taste of our process. In our Cover It Live application below, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, make your voice heard in instant polls and get a sneak preview of some of the rankings. We are scheduled to begin around 8 a.m. ET. Enjoy!

Note: These rankings are based on ESPN standard-league scoring.

Fantasy Football Rankings

Results will be posted here as each position is completed.

Quarterback Top 20

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Michael Vick, Eagles
3. Drew Brees, Saints
4. Tom Brady, Patriots
5. Peyton Manning, Colts
6. Philip Rivers, Chargers
7. Tony Romo, Cowboys
8. Matt Schaub, Texans
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
10. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
11. Matt Ryan, Falcons
12. Eli Manning, Giants
13. Joe Flacco, Ravens
14. Sam Bradford, Rams
15. Jay Cutler, Bears
16. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
17. Matthew Stafford, Lions
18. Tim Tebow, Broncos
19. Mark Sanchez, Jets
20. David Garrard, Jaguars

Running Back Top 30

1. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
2. Arian Foster, Texans
3. Chris Johnson, Titans
4. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
5. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
6. Ray Rice, Ravens
7. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
8. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
9. Frank Gore, 49ers
10. Michael Turner, Falcons
11. Steven Jackson, Rams
12. Darren McFadden, Raiders
13. Peyton Hillis, Browns
14. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
15. Matt Forte, Bears
16. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos
17. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants*
18. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers*
19. Ryan Mathews, Chargers
20. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers
21. Jahvid Best, Lions
22. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots
23. Cedric Benson, free agent
24. Felix Jones, Cowboys
25. Fred Jackson, Bills
26. Shonn Greene, Jets
27. Mark Ingram, Saints
28. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
29. Ryan Grant, Packers
30. James Starks, Packers

* Possible free agent

Wide Receiver Top 30

1. Andre Johnson, Texans
2. Roddy White, Falcons
3. Greg Jennings, Packers
4. Hakeem Nicks, Giants
5. Calvin Johnson, Lions
6. Mike Wallace, Steelers
7. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
8. Vincent Jackson, Chargers
9. Reggie Wayne, Colts
10. Miles Austin, Cowboys
11. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
12. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
13. Dwyane Bowe, Chiefs
14. Mike Williams, Buccaneers
15. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
16. Marques Colston, Saints
17. Brandon Lloyd, Broncos
18. Santonio Holmes, Jets
19. Steve Johnson, Bills
20. Wes Welker, Patriots
21. Kenny Britt, Titans
22. Mario Manningham, Giants
23. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins
24. Austin Collie, Colts
25. Sidney Rice, Vikings
26. Percy Harvin, Vikings
27. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
28. Anquan Boldin, Ravens
29. Jordy Nelson, Packers
30. Johnny Knox, Bears

Tight End Top 10

1. Antonio Gates, Chargers
2. Dallas Clark, Collts
3. Jason Witten, Cowboys
4. Jermichael Finley, Packers
5. Vernon Davis, 49ers
6. Owen Daniels, Texans
7. Zach Miller, free agent
8. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
9. Kellen Winslow, Buccaneers
10. Chris Cooley, Redskins

Defense Top 10

1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New York Jets
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Chicago Bears
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Philadelphia Eagles
8. New Orleans Saints
9. New England Patriots
10. San Diego Chargers

Kicker Top 10

1. Nate Kaeding, Chargers
2. Neil Rackers, Texans
3. Josh Brown, Rams
4. Rob Bironas, Titans
5. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
6. Garrett Hartley, Saints
7. David Akers, Eagles
8. Billy Cundiff, Ravens
9. Mason Crosby, Packers*
10. Matt Prater, Broncos*

* Possible free agent