Talented Mr. Roto: Updated Top 200

Updated: April 30, 2009, 9:24 AM ET
By Matthew Berry |

Sometime between Susan Boyle becoming an Internet sensation and a bunch of unicorns becoming an Internet curiosity, the NFL held its annual draft. As you may have noticed (and I say "may have" because there's always the chance you live in a cave and are blind and deaf without modern technology) ESPN and went "almost hog" in their coverage of the festivities.

I say "almost hog" as opposed to the whole pig because, while Chris Berman, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Trey Wingo and the cast of thousands did their usual fantastic job, we didn't do any network fantasy coverage during the event. Christopher Harris did a terrific live blog during the first two rounds -- I highly recommend it -- but most of all, it ultimately meant I got the two days off. Sweet.

So I went to the draft as a spectator and had a blast. From a fan perspective, I was thrilled my Redskins took a great defensive lineman as opposed to trading up with picks we don't have for a quarterback we don't need. Give Jason Campbell an actual second year with the same offensive system and a healthy offensive line before we decide he's no good, OK? I actually like him a lot from a skill standpoint.

But as you can imagine, being at an event like the NFL draft with tons of ESPN folks around means I got recognized some.

Kid: Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you, but I just wanted to tell you that you're my favorite ESPN columnist.

Me: Oh, thanks. That's really nice of you to say.

Kid: No, seriously, your favorite column of mine was the cha-cha-cha column.

Me: I didn't write that.

He thinks I'm Rick Reilly. As the kid realizes his mistake and rushes off, I can't decide if this is more insulting to Rick or to myself.

Later on, a woman approaches me.

Woman: Excuse me, I know this probably sounds weird, but my boyfriend is in the other room. He's a huge fan of yours and really shy. Would you mind if he came over and got a picture with you?

Me: Of course not. Bring him over. I'll be here for a bit.

Three minutes later she shows up with a guy.

Woman: (with big flourish) Here he is!

Guy comes up to me and whispers.

Guy: Sorry, man. She thought you were Bill Simmons.

As they walk away, I can't decide if this is more insulting to me or to Bill.

I come back home and open up my mailbag:

Brian (Centerville, Ohio): I've got a friend who is obsessed with you and was wondering if there were any Matthew Berry "products." Bobble Heads, T-Shirts or something like that? Thanks.

TMR: No. But if you buy "Now I Can Die in Peace" or "Shanks for Nothing," I'll autograph it for you.

My conversations -- along with seeing people at the draft and overhearing conversations ("There's Mort! Hey, Keyshawn! Is that Steve Young?") -- led me to realize, whether it is football players for your fantasy team or ESPN personalities or even what you buy for lunch (hot dogs lead hoagies two to one) ... we all rank things differently. And when something new is entered into the equation ("TMR, you're my absolute ... whoa, is that Erin Andrews? Gotta go.") it changes said rankings.

Matt Berry
Jim EnrightSigning an autograph for a fan at the NFL draft. He thinks I'm Eric Karabell.

And so it is with this new top 200. We now know where rookies will play, and the ranks will constantly change as we learn more about playing time. Will Mark Sanchez start the year? Where does Edgerrin James land? What about Plaxico Burress? But as of right now, just three days after the draft, here is my latest ranking. I've adjusted some guys based on the draft, hearing my colleagues' thoughts on some players in our recent rankings meeting, recent moves (Matt Ryan moves up because of Tony Gonzalez, for example) and more research and analysis.

If you want answers as to why I've done certain things, like rank Turner above Peterson, made the bottom 20 all defenses and kickers, and why I am a bit down on Philip Rivers, read my previous ranks, done before the draft, by clicking here. If you want my specific feelings about the rookies, watch the video. As we get closer you'll see my feelings on guys in my "love/hate" and everything else we'll do in the preseason.

Without further ado, here is my top 200 as based on an ESPN 10-team standard league.

  1. Michael Turner, Falcons
  2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
  3. Matt Forte, Bears
  4. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
  5. Brian Westbrook, Eagles
  6. Clinton Portis, Redskins
  7. Chris Johnson, Titans
  8. Steven Jackson, Rams
  9. Brandon Jacobs, Giants
  10. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers
  11. Marion Barber, Cowboys
  12. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
  13. Steve Slaton, Texans
  14. Drew Brees, Saints
  15. Thomas Jones, Jets
  16. Frank Gore, 49ers
  17. Randy Moss, Patriots
  18. Calvin Johnson, Lions
  19. Tom Brady, Patriots
  20. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  21. Andre Johnson, Texans
  22. Ryan Grant, Packers
  23. Kurt Warner, Cardinals
  24. Steve Smith, Panthers
  25. Roddy White, Falcons
  26. Reggie Wayne, Colts
  27. Terrell Owens, Bills
  28. Joseph Addai, Colts
  29. Pierre Thomas, Saints
  30. Peyton Manning, Colts
  31. Tony Romo, Cowboys
  32. Kevin Smith, Lions
  33. Anquan Boldin, Cardinals
  34. Greg Jennings, Packers
  35. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seahawks
  36. Marques Colston, Saints
  37. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  38. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
  39. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
  40. Brandon Marshall, Broncos
  41. Wes Welker, Patriots
  42. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  43. Marshawn Lynch, Bills
  44. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
  45. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins
  46. Reggie Bush, Saints
  47. Darren McFadden, Raiders
  48. Antonio Bryant, Buccaneers
  49. Jason Witten, Cowboys
  50. Vincent Jackson, Chargers
    Roy Williams
    Al Bello/Getty ImagesNo T.O. means more balls thrown Roy Williams' way in Dallas.
  51. Roy E. Williams, Cowboys
  52. Santonio Holmes, Steelers
  53. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  54. Donovan McNabb, Eagles
  55. Le'Ron McClain, Ravens
  56. Derrick Ward, Buccaneers
  57. Santana Moss, Redskins
  58. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
  59. Dallas Clark, Colts
  60. Eddie Royal, Broncos
  61. Knowshon Moreno, Broncos
  62. Willie Parker, Steelers
  63. Jamal Lewis, Browns
  64. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  65. Braylon Edwards, Browns
  66. Bernard Berrian, Vikings
  67. Chris Wells, Cardinals
  68. Larry Johnson, Chiefs
  69. Hines Ward, Steelers
  70. Antonio Gates, Chargers
  71. Kevin Walter, Texans
  72. Donald Driver, Packers
  73. Jay Cutler, Bears
  74. Laveranues Coles, Bengals
  75. Fred Taylor, Patriots
  76. Bobby Engram, Chiefs
  77. Derrick Mason, Ravens
  78. Cedric Benson, Bengals
  79. Lance Moore, Saints
  80. Matt Schaub, Texans
  81. David Garrard, Jaguars
  82. Ted Ginn Jr., Dolphins
  83. Lee Evans, Bills
  84. Owen Daniels, Texans
  85. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets
  86. Anthony Gonzalez, Colts
  87. Steve Breaston, Cardinals
  88. Kyle Orton, Broncos
  89. Torry Holt, Jaguars
  90. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
  91. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants
  92. Devin Hester, Bears
  93. Donnie Avery, Rams
  94. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
  95. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks
  96. Donald Brown, Colts
  97. Plaxico Burress, Free Agent
  98. Sammy Morris, Patriots
  99. Joe Flacco, Ravens
  100. Carson Palmer, Bengals
  101. Willis McGahee, Ravens
  102. Kellen Winslow, Buccaneers
  103. Julius Jones, Seahawks
  104. Justin Gage, Titans
  105. Kevin Curtis, Eagles
  106. Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings
  107. Chris Cooley, Redskins
  108. Fred Jackson, Bills
  109. LenDale White, Titans
  110. Deion Branch, Seahawks
  111. Domenik Hixon, Giants
  112. Chad Ochocinco, Bengals
  113. Chris Chambers, Chargers
  114. Darren Sproles, Chargers
  115. Eli Manning, Giants
  116. Johnnie Lee Higgins, Raiders
  117. Sidney Rice, Vikings
  118. Tim Hightower, Cardinals
  119. Earnest Graham, Buccaneers
  120. Chester Taylor, Vikings
  121. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins
  122. Patrick Crayton, Cowboys
  123. Justin Fargas, Raiders
  124. Felix Jones, Cowboys
  125. John Carlson, Seahawks
  126. Ricky Williams, Dolphins
  127. Leon Washington, Jets
  128. Jerious Norwood, Falcons
  129. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
  130. Percy Harvin, Vikings
  131. Tony Scheffler, Broncos
  132. Josh Morgan, 49ers
  133. Dustin Keller, Jets
  134. Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers
  135. LaMont Jordan, Broncos
  136. Tashard Choice, Cowboys
  137. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
  138. Nate Washington, Titans
  139. Michael Jenkins, Falcons
  140. Davone Bess, Dolphins
  141. Devery Henderson, Saints
  142. Correll Buckhalter, Broncos
  143. Greg Camarillo, Dolphins
  144. Dominic Rhodes, Bills
  145. Mark Bradley, Chiefs
  146. Trent Edwards, Bills
  147. Isaac Bruce, 49ers
  148. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
  149. Ray Rice, Ravens
  150. Michael Bush, Raiders
  151. Greg Olsen, Bears
  152. Zach Miller, Raiders
  153. Malcolm Kelly, Redskins
    Shonn Greene
    Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesForget Mark Sanchez, the rookie that will have the biggest fantasy impact in Jets green is Shonn Greene.
  154. Shonn Greene, Jets
  155. Dennis Northcutt, Jaguars
  156. Laurence Maroney, Patriots
  157. Chaz Schilens, Raiders
  158. James Jones, Packers
  159. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins
  160. Ladell Betts, Redskins
  161. J.J. Arrington, Broncos
  162. Kevin Boss, Giants
  163. Donald Lee, Packers
  164. Brandon Jackson, Packers
  165. Kolby Smith, Chiefs
  166. Danny Ware, Giants
  167. Heath Miller, Steelers
  168. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
  169. T.J. Duckett, Seahawks
  170. Bo Scaife, Titans
  171. Brent Celek, Eagles
  172. Miles Austin, Cowboys
  173. Jerome Harrison, Browns
  174. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
  175. Mike Walker, Jaguars
  176. Steve Smith, Giants
  177. Joey Galloway, Patriots
  178. Vernon Davis, 49ers
  179. Bryant Johnson, Lions
  180. Earl Bennett, Bears
  181. TEN D/ST, Titans
  182. PIT D/ST, Steelers
  183. BALT D/ST, Ravens
  184. PHI D/ST, Eagles
  185. TB D/ST, Buccaneers
  186. CHI D/ST, Bears
  187. NYG D/ST, Giants
  188. MIN D/ST, Vikings
  189. SD D/ST, Chargers
  190. NYJ D/ST, Jets
  191. Rob Bironas, Titans
  192. Nate Kaeding, Chargers
  193. Jason Elam, Falcons
  194. David Akers, Eagles
  195. Nick Folk, Cowboys
  196. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
  197. Mason Crosby, Packers
  198. Ryan Longwell, Vikings
  199. Josh Brown, Rams
  200. Jeff Reed, Steelers

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