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Fantasy Football: Top 20 NFL Players For Each Position

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We all know the visceral response that fantasy football invokes within all of us competitors, the virtual gladiators that step on the pretend sand of battle with one single purpose – destroy our opponent for the week. Every week. Since the emperor hasn’t shown his face and the horns haven’t blown to signal the beginning of another fantasy football season, below is a top 20 list (and list only) for each fantasy football standard league position. Each player/team defense was chosen with standard league rules in mind (no PPR, for example) and should be looked upon with the publishing date in mind. That last statement is an important factor to consider because as we veterans of the fantasy football arena know, things change with the quickfast.

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Photo courtesy of Mike Morbeck/Flickr


1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
6. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
10. Eli Manning, New York Giants
11. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
12. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
13. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
14. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
15. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
16. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
17. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
18. Colin Kaepernick, San Franciso 49ers
19. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens


1. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
6. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
7. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
8. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
9. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
10. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
11. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
12. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
13. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
14. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
15. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
16. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
17. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins
18. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
19. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
20. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions
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Image courtesy of AJ Guel Photography/Flickr.


1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
3. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
6. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
9. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
12. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
13. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
14. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
15. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
16. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
17. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
18. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
19. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
20. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers


1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
4. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
6. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
8. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
10. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
11. Larry Donnell, New York Giants
12. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
13. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
14. Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos
15. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
17. Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
18. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
19. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.


1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Connor Barth, Denver Broncos
3. Dustin Hopkins, New Orleans Saints
4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
5. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
6. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
7. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
8. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
9. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
10. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
11. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
12. Cody Parker, Philadelphia Eagles
13. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
14. Randy Bullock, Houston Texans
15. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
16. Garrett Hartley, Pittsburgh Steelers
17. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
18. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
19. Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
20. Nick Folk, New York Jets


1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Buffalo Bills
3. Houston Texans
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. St. Louis Rams
6. Arizona Cardinals
7. New York Jets
8. Baltimore Ravens
9. New England Patriots
10. Carolina Panthers
11. Green Bay Packers
12. Miami Dolphins
13. Cleveland Browns
14. Kansas City Chiefs
15. New York Giants
16. Denver Broncos
17. Minnesota Vikings
18. San Francisco 49ers
19. Detroit Lions
20. Cincinnati Bengals

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