Posted: Tuesday August 2, 2011 12:57PM ; Updated: Friday August 5, 2011 3:22PM
Eric Mack
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Fantasy football Top 200

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Chad Ochocinco, Percy Harvin should thrive playing with relialbe quarterbacks

Colts' decision to pay Joseph Addai like a starter bodes well for his health, usage

QB situation, DeAngelo Williams' presence will hurt Jonathan Stewart's productivity

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With Tom Brady as a teammate this season, Chad Ochocinco is likely to see a lot of pinpoint passes thrown his way.
With Tom Brady as a teammate this season, Chad Ochocinco is likely to see a lot of pinpoint passes thrown his way.
Stew Milne -- US PRESSWIRE

If the busiest week in NFL offseason history didn't get your blood pumping for football, you don't have a pulse. Fantasy footballers are always the easily excitable type, but they have to be giddy now they have a frame of reference to with which to work.

With so many quarterback situations now decided, the preseason rankings are starting to make sense and the real scouting before draft day can begin.

Donovan McNabb makes the Vikings a sleeper again. Kevin Kolb makes the Cardinals capable. Matt Hasselbeck likely still won't get drafted in a standard league, but he makes Chris Johnson a better No. 1 overall candidate. Tarvaris Jackson gets a starting job in Seattle -- ho hum -- while Carson Palmer's forced retirement makes him, and the Bengals, worthless.

And Kyle Orton remaining in Denver and getting first-team snaps over Tim Tebow has fantasy owners biting their cheek.

Everything in football -- and fantasy -- comes down to the quarterback, and the only real remaining shoe to drop at that position is that of Orton's situation, whether it will be blocking Tebow's path to fantasy relevance or making something out of Brandon Marshall and company in Miami.

Before giving you this writer's Top 200, an ordering of the players that should be drafted in a standard 12-team league, let's break down the top players sent up and down by the busy weekend of transactions.

Top risers

1. WR Chad Ochocinco, NE

He found easily the best situation possible. You want to improve your stock as a wideout? Join forces with the best passer.

Many hated this writer's ranking of Tom Brady over Aaron Rodgers as the No. 1 QB. Brady was the best in fantasy a year ago with a young and unimpressive receiving corps. Now he gets a legit star to add to a deep set of options, especially with sophomore tight end Aaron Hernandez off the PUP list.

Ochocino was going to be OchoStinko in Cincinnati. The only bad thing about this more is he will no longer be a sleeper candidate. The hype will just be too great.

2. WR Percy Harvin, MIN

It isn't just the addition of McNabb in Minnesota. It is also the loss of Sidney Rice, and Harvin's belief that he will have his migraines in check. Harvin is a solid quick-route runner, and McNabb has made a career of West Coast offense passing. Harvin is set for a career year.

3. QB Kevin Kolb, ARI

Kolb has potential, clearly, and he gets an elite wideout in Larry Fitzgerald to work with. The Cardinals also added a tight end. Kolb becomes a candidate to be drafted as a fantasy starter, although we rank him just out of that range until we see how the Cards' situation unfolds in the preseason.

4. D/ST Eagles

Two words can change the way a defense plays: cover corner, and Nnamdi Asomugha's name is synonymous with the term. The Eagles also added another great corner in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie via the Kolb deal. Asante Samuel still has football left in him, too, if he sticks around. Overall, the Eagles go from good to great for fantasy owners.

5. RB Felix Jones, DAL; RB Joseph Addai, IND

The previous four players saw their stocks rise thanks to a change of teams. These two backs didn't go anywhere and each have a great chance to be a sleeper. It is their team's confidence in them as a primary back that excites us here. The Colts paid Addai like a starter and as if they are confident in his health. That's good enough for us. And Jones will no longer be in Marion Barber's shadow, even if he has Demarco Murray now in his.

Honorable mentions: WR Steve Breaston, KC; QB Donovan McNabb, MIN; WR Roy Williams, CHI; QB Jay Cutler, CHI; and QB Vince Young, PHI; RB Knowshon Moreno, DEN; QB Andy Dalton, CIN; QB Matt Hasselbeck, TEN; QB Tarvaris Jackson, SEA; and RB Marion Barber, CHI.

Losing steam

1. RB Jonathan Stewart

The Panthers are still going to be a bad football team, regardless who starts at quarterback (rookie Cam Newton, addition Derek Anderson or sinking sophomore Jimmy Claussen). The re-signing of DeAngelo Williams to starter's money makes it likely there won't be enough opportunities for Stewart to be the elite fantasy back he could be. The Panthers are going to be running a lot, but game situations are going to take them out of the running game too much to have two decent fantasy backs.

2. QB Tim Tebow, DEN

Another player not going anywhere. Tebow is still the Broncos' future under center, but he will have to bide his time taking backup snaps until the Orton situation resolves itself. Orton has a starter's contract,and the Broncos are holding out hope for a better offer from the Dolphins -- or another team, perhaps. It will be tough to draft Tebow before the latter rounds unless the job is his.

3. WR Sidney Rice

Rice is one of the few players to move who chose a spot that is going to negatively impact his production. He could have been a sleeper with the Vikings. It is more likely he is going to be mediocre with the Seahawks and their collection of uninspiring QBs. Was Hasselbeck really that bad? They are going to find out they didn't know what they had until he's gone. Rice just won't be the 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown threat here.

4. QB Carson Palmer, CIN

Oh, those Bengals. They have so much going for them they can just tell their franchise player to retire. No need to seek compensation for him. They are hard-headed and dumb. Palmer could have been a fantasy star in a place like Miami. But if he decides to "unretire" and play for the Bengals, that is a mess that will hardly make him viable.

5. WR Plaxico Burress, NYJ

This isn't about Burress missing out on playing with potential top-10 fantasy passers Ben Roethlisberger or Eli Manning. It is about being the second option in a passing game with Mark Sanchez that just isn't that great. Burress is also going to be highly hyped going back to the biggest of maarkets, and the bet here is the juice just won't be worth the squeeze -- as it was with Braylon Edwards.

Honorable mentions: RB Ronnie Brown, MIA; D/ST Raiders; WR Randy Moss, FA; WR Terrell Owens, CIN; TE Greg Olsen, STL; QB Kyle Orton, DEN; QB Jake Locker, TEN; and QB Charlie Whitehurst, SEA.

An initial Top 200 rankings

We reserve the right to dramatically alter this before the end of training camps, but you should feel confident the first 100 or so to be pretty close to how a standard draft will go. You have to move the wide receivers up, if your league gives points per reception (PPR) -- or D/STs up if there are big points for yards or points against.

It is suggested here a 12-team league that drafts 16 rounds should render the following breakdown by position: 22 QBs, 67 RBs (in case for injury), 62 WRs, 18 TEs, 13 K and 18 D/STs.

Rank Player Position Team
1 Adrian Peterson RB MIN
2 Chris Johnson RB TEN
3 Arian Foster RB HOU
4 Jamaal Charles RB KC
5 LeSean McCoy RB PHI
6 Ray Rice RB BAL
7 Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT
8 Tom Brady QB NE
9 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
10 Darren McFadden RB OAK
11 Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC
12 Andre Johnson WR HOU
13 Roddy White WR ATL
14 Calvin Johnson WR DET
15 Peyton Manning QB IND
16 Drew Brees QB NO
17 Michael Vick QB PHI
18 Frank Gore RB SF
19 Steven Jackson RB STL
20 Michael Turner RB ATL
21 Reggie Wayne WR IND
22 Greg Jennings WR GB
23 Matt Forte RB CHI
24 Peyton Hillis RB CLE
25 Hakeem Nicks WR NYG
26 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI
27 Dwayne Bowe WR KC
28 DeSean Jackson WR PHI
29 Miles Austin WR DAL
30 Mike Wallace WR PIT
31 Philip Rivers QB SD
32 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI
33 Vincent Jackson WR SD
34 Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG
35 BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB NE
36 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
37 Shonn Green RB NYJ
38 Ryan Mathews RB SD
39 Antonio Gates TE SD
40 Matt Ryan QB ATL
41 Jason Witten TE DAL
42 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
43 Knowshon Moreno RB DEN
44 Ryan Grant RB GB
45 Matt Schaub QB HOU
46 ike Williams WR TB
47 Brandon Marshall WR MIA
48 Wes Welker WR NE
49 Chad Ochocinco WR NE
50 Dez Bryant WR DAL
51 LeGarrette Blount RB TB
52 Dallas Clark TE IND
53 Marques Colston WR NO
54 Brandon Lloyd WR DEN
55 Santonio Holmes WR NYJ
56 Felix Jones RB DAL
57 Jermichael Finley TE GB
58 Vernon Davis TE SF
59 Cedric Benson RB CIN
60 Steve Johnson WR BUF
61 Anquan Boldin WR BAL
62 Jahvid Best RB DET
63 Percy Harvin WR MIN
64 Sidney Rice WR SEA
65 Eli Manning QB NYG
66 Tony Romo QB DAL
67 Daniel Thomas RB MIA
68 Mark Ingram RB NO
69 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
70 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
71 Joseph Addai RB IND
72 Mario Manningham WR NYG
73 Marcedes Lewis TE JAC
74 Rob Gronkowski TE NE
75 Kenny Britt WR TEN
76 Joe Flacco QB BAL
77 Jay Cutler QB CHI
78 Jets D/ST NYJ
79 Fred Jackson RB BUF
80 Pierre Garcon WR IND
81 Steelers D/ST PIT
82 Brandon Jacobs RB NYG
83 Packers D/ST GB
84 Michael Crabtree WR SF
85 Santana Moss WR WAS
86 Chris Cooley TE WAS
87 Kellen Winslow TE TB
88 Tony Gonzalez TE ATL
89 Josh Freeman QB TB
90 Braylon Edwards WR FA
91 Matt Cassel QB KC
92 Kevin Kolb QB ARI
93 LaDainian Tomlinson RB NYJ
94 Ronnie Brown RB FA
95 Austin Collie WR IND
96 Matthew Stafford QB DET
97 Sam Bradford QB STL
98 Pierre Thomas RB NO
99 Reggie Bush RB MIA
100 Deion Branch WR NE
101 Steve Smith WR CAR
102 Ryan Williams RB ARI
103 C.J. Spiller RB BUF
104 Ryan Torain RB WAS
105 A.J. Green WR CIN
106 Johnny Knox WR CHI
107 Patriots D/ST NE
108 Eagles D/ST PHI
109 Thomas Jones RB KC
110 Julio Jones WR ATL
111 Ravens D/ST BAL
112 Mike Thomas WR JAC
113 Hines Ward WR PIT
114 Roy Helu RB WAS
115 Michael Bush RB OAK
116 Beanie Wells RB ARI
117 Montario Hardesty RB CLE
118 Mikel Leshoure RB DET
119 Rashad Jennings RB JAC
120 Demarco Murray RB DAL
121 James Starks RB GB
122 Lance Moore WR NO
123 Davone Bess WR MIA
124 Steve Breaston WR KC
125 Mike Williams WR SEA
126 Jordy Nelson WR GB
127 Tim Tebow QB DEN
128 Bears D/ST CHI
129 Giants D/ST NYG
130 James Jones WR GB
131 Donald Driver WR GB
132 Plaxico Burress WR NYJ
133 Owen Daniels TE HOU
134 Dustin Keller TE NYJ
135 Jimmy Graham TE NO
136 Mike Tolbert RB SD
137 Mark Sanchez QB NYJ
138 Donovan McNabb QB MIN
139 Steve Smith WR FA
140 Roy Williams WR CHI
141 Donald Brown RB IND
142 Justin Forsett RB SEA
143 Tim Hightower RB WAS
144 Cadillac Williams RB FA
145 Danny Woodhead RB NE
146 Willis McGahee RB DEN
147 Brandon Pettigrew TE DET
148 Zach Miller TE SEA
149 Aaron Hernandez TE NE
150 Mark Clayton WR STL
151 Vikings D/ST MIN
152 Chargers D/ST SD
153 Falcons D/ST ATL
154 Ben Tate RB HOU
155 Delone Carter RB IND
156 Tashard Choice RB DAL
157 Marion Barber RB CHI
158 Cowboys D/ST DAL
159 Danny Amendola WR STL
160 Robert Meachem WR NO
161 Mike Sims-Walker WR JAC
162 Brandon Jackson RB GB
163 Ricky Williams RB FA
164 Toby Gerhart RB MIN
165 Malcom Floyd WR SD
166 Lee Evans WR BUF
167 Stephen Gostkowski K NE
168 Mason Crosby K GB
169 Nate Kaeding K SD
170 Anthony Armstrong WR WAS
171 Donnie Avery WR STL
172 Eddie Royal WR DEN
173 Matt Bryant K ATL
174 Adam Vinatieri K IND
175 Garrett Hartley K NO
176 Sebastian Janikowski K OAK
177 Neil Rackers K HOU
178 Jerome Simpson WR CIN
179 Jacoby Ford WR OAK
180 David Akers K FA
181 Nick Folk K NYJ
182 Josh Brown K STL
183 Dan Carpenter K MIA
184 Alex Henery K PHI
185 Brent Celek TE PHI
186 Kyle Orton QB DEN
187 Saints D/ST NO
188 Lions D/ST DET
189 Chiefs D/ST KC
190 Tony Moeaki TE KC
191 Dolphins D/ST MIA
192 Raiders D/ST OAK
193 Cardinals D/ST ARI
194 Joe McKnight RB NYJ
195 Javon Ringer RB TEN
196 Derrick Mason WR FA
197 Clinton Portis RB FA
198 Keiland Williams RB WAS
199 Darren Sproles RB NO
200 Randy Moss WR FA

Eric Mack writes fantasy for SI.com. You can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him for fantasy advice on Twitter @EricMackFantasy. Hit him up.

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