Fantasy football rankings summit


Welcome to the start of the 2012 fantasy football season! After an amazing draft weekend where NFL owners did their best to find the missing pieces for their teams, it is now time for us, the ESPN Fantasy Editorial team, to make sure that when it comes time to make your fantasy picks, you're ready to draft a team with championship potential.

On Tuesday, May 1, the ESPN Fantasy team will hold its annual fantasy football rankings summit. We'll 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. We'll start out with quarterbacks and evaluate the talent at each and every position, discuss potential sleepers and see what lingering injuries could impact draft value. At the end of it, we'll present to you our top players at each position and craft our first set of rankings for what is poised to be another incredible season.

The best part about the entire process isn't the spirited debates or occasional insults thrown about, but the fact that we're bringing you into the room with us. We'll give you, the fantasy football fan, a glimpse into the process and how our rankings are determined. In the application below, you'll have the opportunity to make your voice heard. Disagree with a ranking or feel someone else has more value? Let us hear about it! 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.

Insiders, we're also giving you something special. After each position has been completed, a group of analysts inside the room will get together and offer a podcast with their instant reactions. Feel free to post inside the application and tell us what you think should be discussed at each position.
Take a listen and let us know your opinions: QB | TE | WR | RBListen

We are scheduled to begin around 9 a.m. ET, so click on the application below and join the chat. Your fantasy football season starts right here and we hope your team is playing for a league championship this season.

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

Fantasy Football Rankings

Results will be posted here as each position is completed.


1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
6. Eli Manning, New York Giants

7. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
9. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
10. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
11. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
12. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
13. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
14. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
15. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
16. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
19. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
20. Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
21. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
22. Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks
23. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
24. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
25. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

Tight Ends

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
6. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
7. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
8. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
9. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins
10. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
11. Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans
12. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos
13. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
14. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
15. Dustin Keller, New York Jets
16. Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
18. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
19. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
20. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

Running Backs

1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
2. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
3. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
5. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans
6. Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
7. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
9. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
10. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
11. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
12. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders
13. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams
14. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
15. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
16. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
17. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
18. Roy Helu, Washington Redskins
19. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
20. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
21. Willis McGahee, Denver Broncos
22. Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins
23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals
24. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
25. Shonn Greene, New York Jets
26. Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals
27. Ben Tate, Houston Texans
28. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
29. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
30. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
31. Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions
32. Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers
33. Michael Bush, Chicago Bears
34. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
35. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
36. Peyton Hillis, Kansas City Chiefs
37. Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings
38. James Starks, Green Bay Packers
39. Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts
40. David Wilson, New York Giants
41. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Wide Receivers

1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
2. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
3. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
4. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
5. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
6. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Wes Welker, New England Patriots
8. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
9. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
10. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
11. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
12. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
13. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
14. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
15. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
16. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
17. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
18. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
19. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
21. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
22. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
23. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills
24. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
25. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
26. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
27. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos
28. DeSean Jackson, Philadephia Eagles
29. Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers
30. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
31. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
32. Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders
33. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
34. Santonio Holmes, New York Jets
35. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
36. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
37. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
38. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks

39. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
40. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders