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Aaron Rodgers tops "Too Soon" fantasy football rankings

What we're talking about:

  • Aaron Rodgers

    No.1 of the Fantasy Illuminati

  • Bobby Meachem

    Better than you think he is

  • "Justified"

    Best show on T.V.

I got a tweet from Jake Roberts (like that's his real name) over the weekend, bashing me for not making with the "Too Soon" fantasy rankings. And Jake's right, I did let you down.

But I'm here right now to give you my first installment. Now if you want to check out the entire rankings, which include all of our experts, you can check those out right here.

Realize we did these a couple of weeks ago, so Marion Barber is still on the list, and there are some other happenings which will need to be corrected next time. But that's what these exercises are for, to get our minds working.

Oh, and what does Salma Hayek have to do with any of this? Nothing, really. But have you seen her new Burger King commercials? They're all over the MLB site and I find them fantastic.

And if you're new to Like/dislike, the style has been affectionately referred to "teenager on a Red Bull bender chic." And sometimes we get off topic, and those sections are shaded with icons. So if you don't want my take on James Van Der Beek in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" then skip right over it. Although, he's awesome in it. Pertinent names are bolded.

And without further ado ...

Nothing personal guys, but you're going to start down my board just a little bit here: Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub, and Sam Bradford (a guy I really like as a QB2 this season). …

I was putting together the list and thought I had Roethlisberger way too low, but his numbers haven't been great over the past couple of years. He had 4,077 passing yards last year, but where were the touchdown passes? Only 21? And he doesn't run, either. Nope, this is accurate. …

Schaub is another guy who seems like he's ranked way too low, but when you look at it, the Texans are going to have another monster season rushing the ball. Schaub just won't have the chance. …

Red Dalton and Carson Palmer are nice QB2 options, but not starters. I like the potential of Dalton. Palmer has a full offseason with the Raiders' playbook, but does that increase his arm strength? …

And it looks like Joe Flacco is borrowing from the Eli playbook by making an outlandish comment about being the best quarterback in the league in the hopes it will translate into a Super Bowl season. It won't. And Flacco was a disaster as a fantasy QB last year. I had him paired with Eli on multiple teams for me and I ended up waiving him. …

I do appreciate how players need to believe they are good players, because who would want to play with a quarterback who thinks he's not good enough? But come on, this is Joe Flacco. I'm trying to think of a good WWE equivalent, and I say Drew McIntyre. …

The more I think about it, that's rather apt, right? Flacco's career has been one of disappointment, especially if you go back to Pittsburgh when he had to flee to Delaware after he lost out to Tyler Palko. But like Roethlisberger, where are the passing touchdowns? He had only 20 in 2011, and I'm not expecting much more this year. …

Matt Forte is already looking like the biggest disappointment of 2011. He's not going to report to voluntary offseason programs. He's going to likely hold out well into the summer. And then he's going to yield some to Michael Bush. Look, the Bears didn't sign the guy to just have him sit the bench. …

I don't get the fantasy admiration for Darren McFadden, either. He's had one good season during his four-year career. And yet, some fantasy enthusiasts consider him a top-10 running back. Let them overspend for McFadden, while you sit back and pick up an extra receiver or somebody who can play. …

Taiwan Jones will be the hot handcuff for McFadden, too. But don't sleep on Mike Goodson. You can thank me for the tip later. …

Reggie Bush is another guy I'm not excited about. Especially if the Dolphins end up with Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins seemed so close defensively. But the offense is going to need a lot of work. …

Adrian Peterson has fallen all the way down to No. 17 for me. But the good news is the Vikings' coaches were impressed with his most recent workout, and he's on track to return to the team for the opener. But expect him to be on a pitch count, so to speak. I have a feeling he'll climb the ranks as the offseason goes on. …

ImageAnd speaking of pitch counts, this seems like an appropriate time to bring this up: The Angels are terrible right now. All of the hype of spring training has evaporated, thanks in no small part to the worst bullpen in baseball. The only good thing is the Angels started 6-14 during their World Series run in 2002. …

ImageI had my predictions for 2012, and even though a few weeks in, I'll stand by them. AL division winners: Angels, Tigers, Yankees, with the Rangers and Rays as the wild cards. NL division winners: Giants, Brewers, Phillies with the Marlins and Diamondbacks as wild cards. World Series: Angels over Giants. Yeah, I don't feel great about it with Brian Wilson out for the year. …

And it would have been easy for me to switch the Giants for Dodgers, but I'll stick with my original prediction because that's the kind of guy I am. …

The acquisition of Hillis was a great football move for the Chiefs, but I don't see it translating into fantasy. He's going to vulture some touchdowns. I see him being good in his role, but not enough him to make a big fantasy impact. …

Speaking of Hillis, please vote for Patrick Willis in the Madden cover contest. Yes, I feel a little silly for believing in such a thing as the Madden cover jinx. But like Verbal Kint said, "I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him." Well, I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze." That's how I feel about the Madden curse. …

Getting Brandon Lloyd was a great football move by the Patriots. I caution fantasy enthusiasts, though, in expecting a huge season from him. Lloyd is going to have his weeks where he does monster numbers, but there are too many guys in the offense for him to be dominant. He could be a good value if he doesn't have to carry your squad. …

I really want to like Dez Bryant. But he's one of those guys who goes way too early in your fantasy draft. Don't be that guy. He's another guy who you need to really talk down on draft day. And if he's available at the right price, then pounce. But he's going to be drafted in the second round. Trust me, it happens every year. …

Laurent Robinson got his deal, and I can't blame him. I'm the guy who often talks of the Yasmine Bleeth Principle (cash in while you can). He's going to do nothing with the Jaguars, though. Going from Romo to Blaine Gabbert is quite a downgrade. It's like performing "Sweet Child o' Mine" without Axl Rose. …

ImageSeriously, replaced Guns N' Roses guys. Do you have no shame? I like Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy as much as the next guy (Edge's WWE entrance is the greatest of all time), but it came off like a really great cover band. Nice, but not Guns N' Roses. …

ImageThat performance was akin to Shaq, Glen Rice, Rick Fox and Robert Horry playing in a pickup game as the Los Angeles Lakers. It's not the same. It bums me out more people aren't outraged by this. …

ImageI mean, it's not Sammy Hagar singing "Panama" on the outrage scale, but it's still pretty bad. …

I do like Victor Cruz, but there are going to be people who want to take him over Nicks. Don't be one of those people. The league will catch up to him a little bit this year. He's a nice WR2 option, but he's not going to be the anchor of your fantasy team. …

I have Cruz one spot ahead of Vincent Jackson. This is a great football move for the Bucs. They needed a legit No. 1 receiver and Jackson is perfect. But he's going from a heavy pass offense to a run-based offense. His numbers are going to fall. …

And Jackson's numbers weren't that impressive when you look closely. Jackson has never reached double digits in touchdown receptions, with 21 over the last three years. Compare it with Meachem, who had 20 over the same stretch. Sure, Jackson missed 11 games in 2010, but Meachem played limited snaps with the Saints. …

Somebody is going to take Jackson as a No. 1 receiver, but the former Charger would be miscast in that fantasy role. …

Stevie Johnson got his deal with the Bills, but he's still no more than a WR3 until he can consistently hold on to the ball. …

Jeremy Maclin is the Eagles receiver to have over DeSean Jackson. The one thing I do like about Jackson is his upside. Most guys play really well during a contract season. But Jackson went the other way. The optimistic view is Jackson will excel with the pressure of playing for a new deal behind him. …

I make it a policy of not drafting Redskins (#occupyredskinspark), but if you have to take one of the Redskins receivers, I would go with Pierre Garcon over Santana Moss. Both are WR3 types. …

I also don't like taking Raiders players, either. But if you have to take one Raiders receiver, make it Denarius Moore over Darrius Heyward-Bey. Again, both of these guys are WR3, at best. …

Torrey Smith is intriguing because he has so much potential and he did have seven touchdowns during his rookie season. But I can't see him as a WR2 yet, but he's getting closer. If you grab him as a WR3, you've got a pretty good guy. …

Again, this is all just a launching point for the coming season. We'll have the schedule release on Tuesday and then the draft the following week, which will have an impact. If you have any individual questions, you know you can reach me on Twitter or Facebook.


For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 45,000 followers, and Fabiano has 50,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Also be sure to catch the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program."

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