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Fantasy Football 2011

Remember that success in Fantasy Football depends on adapting to league rules and conditions.  Some leagues reward yardage while others reward touchdown or receiving numbers more.  Sometimes a player that might be valuable in one league won’t score the same points in another.  If you are in a RB heavy league, make sure to draft at least two RB’s in the first three rounds, but don’t go crazy.  One way to buck the system is to go for marquis players at other positions early, say in the third and fourth rounds. Taking a superior defense or kicker might be of more value than a second-tier RB.  The TE position also offers a lot of value if you are required to play one.  There are usually only a few impact players in this group and having one can be enough to win you close games.

Another key factor is identifying potential steals.  Check the camp scouting reports.  Jason Witten was lighting up camp in his rookie season and I got him easily in the late rounds as my backup to Tony Gonzales.  Needless to say it was worth it.  Free Agent pickups are also important.  In the first few weeks of the season new talent will emerge, so jump on them right away.  Stay away from trading if at all possible.  If you plan your draft correctly every position should be covered.  Injuries may force you to deal, but always do so carefully as nothing hurts worse than trading a player only to have them light you up later on in the season.  Sometimes being a little thin in some areas for a few weeks is better than looking to improve in the short-term and losing out in the end.  I would rather play one week missing an RB than trading a good WR for a middling RB replacement.  I have never made a trade in my FF career and I have done very well without exception.  No one is going to offer you a trade that will help you, nor will they accept one that will hurt them.  If you are drafting players with trading them later in mind, think twice.  It is always better to draft players you will use every week.  The best player available stats-wise will rarely be the best player for your fantasy team.  Keep that in mind.  Draft players you need, not players you want.  If two players are similar, take the one that plays on the better team.

Remember, the most important thing in Fantasy Football is identifying what kind of league you are in and how you can work the draft to your advantage with scoring in mind.  Be as solid as possible in every position.  Don’t neglect your WR, TE and DEF positions.  Mix it up.  It will get the others thinking and might just leave you some better options for the next round.  The more you can upset the draft the better in my book.  Your buddies might not like it, but winning is what counts.  A well-rounded team with two decent RB’s is much better in the long run that having three great RB’s and a bunch of average guys everywhere else.  If you can get one top ten RB and at least one top three guy at each other position you will be in excellent shape.  Don’t hesitate to fill those positions as early as the second round.

These rankings will vary slightly depending on the league rules that your league plays by.  Use your best judgement.

2011 Football Master Genius Fantasy Rankings:  Quarterback; 1. Aaron Rodgers  2. Peyton Manning 3. Drew Brees 4. Tom Brady 5. Michael Vick 6. Philip Rivers 7. Ben Roethlisberger 8. Matt Ryan 9. Tony Romo 10.Eli Manning 11. Matt Schaub 12. Joe Flacco 13. Josh Freeman 14. Jay Cutler 15. Matt Stafford

Running Back: 1. Adrian Peterson 2. Chris Johnson. 3. Maurice Jones-Drew 4. Arian Foster 5. Ray Rice 6. Jamaal Charles 7. Rashard Mendenhall 8. Darren McFadden 9. LeSean McCoy 10. Frank Gore 11. Steven Jackson 12. Michael Turner 13. Peyton Hillis 14. Matt Forte 15. Ahmad Bradshaw 16. James Starks 17. LeGarrette Blount 18. Ryan Torain 19. Cedric Benson 20. BenJarvus Green-Ellis 21. Joseph Addai 22. Fred Jackson 23. La Dainian Tomlinson 24. Thomas Jones 25. Brandon Jacobs 26. Felix Jones 27. Knowshon Moreno 28. Shonn Greene 29. Jonathan Stewart 30. Tim Hightower 31. Mike Tolbert 32. Brandon Jackson 33. Chris Ivory 34. Ronnie Brown 35. Ryan Matthews 36. Ricky Williams 37. Jahvid Best 38. Marshawn Lynch 39. Michael Bush 40. Danny Woodhead

Wide Receiver: 1. Greg Jennings 2. Andre Johnson 3. Larry Fitzgerald 4. Roddy White 5. Calvin Johnson 6. Reggie Wayne 7. Hakeem Nicks 8. Mike Wallace 9. DeSean Jackson 10. Miles Austin 11. Dwayne Bowe 12. Marques Colston 13. Brandon Marshall 14. Mike Williams 15. Vincent Jackson 16. Santana Moss 17. Terell Owens 18. Johnny Knox 19. Braylon Edwards 20. Percy Harvin 21. Jeremy Macklin 22. Anthony Armstrong 23. Wes Welker 24. Anquan Boldin 25.  Kenny Britt

Tight End: 1. Jason Witten 2. Antonio Gates 3. Chris Cooley 4. Marcedes Lewis 5. Vernon Davis 6. Tony Gonzales 7. Jermichael Finley 8.  Todd Heap 9. Kellen Winslow 10. Rob Gronkowski 11. Zach Miller 12. Dustin Keller 13. Brandon Pettigrew 14. Dustin Keller 15. Jacob Tamme

Kicker: 1. Adam Vinatieri 2. Sebastian Janikowski 3. Matt Bryant 4. Neil Rackers 5. David Akers 6. Josh Brown 7. Nick Folk 8. Robbie Gould 9. Billy Cundiff 10. Olindo Mare 11. Rob Bironas 12. Jay Feeley 13. David Buehler 14. John Kasay 15. Mason Crosby

Defense: 1. Green Bay Packers 2. Pittsburgh Steelers 3. Philadelphia Eagles 4. Baltimore Ravens 5. New York Jets 6. Chicago Bears 7. New England Patriots 8. New York Giants 9. San Diego Chargers 10. Atlanta Falcons 11. New Orleans Saints 12. Kansas City Chiefs 13. Dallas Cowboys 14. San Francisco 49ers 15. Miami Dolphins

Fantasy football is not just messing around in a have no influence on it.  You must play your cards intelligently and be ruthless when it comes to making picks.  Get the best team you can.  Selections will end up hurting you in the end if you make them.

NBA Western Conference:  Northwest division; Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz.  Southwest Division; Dallas Maverics, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs.  Pacific Division; Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings.  Defunct; Anderson Packers, Baltimore Bullets, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Falcons, Indianapolis Jets, Indianapolis Olympians, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Seattle SuperSonics, Sheboygan Red Skins, St. Louis Bombers, Washington Capitols, Waterloo Hawks.

NFL:  AFC West; Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers.  NFC West; Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks.

MLB:   American League West; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers.  National League West; Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants.

NHL:  Western Conference Central; Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues.  Northwest; Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks.  Pacific; Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks.

MLS:  Western Conference; C.D. Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

PAC 12 Conference:  University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Washington, Washington State University, Affiliates; Boise State University, California Polytechnic State University, California State University, Bakersfield, California State University, Fullerton, San Diego State University, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Barbera

Western Athletic Conference:  California State University, Fresno, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University Of Idaho, Louisiana Tech University, University of Nevada, Reno, New Mexico State University, San Jose State University, Utah State University, University of Denver, Seattle University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University-San Marcos.  Affiliates; Brigham Young University, California State University, Fullerton, University of North Dakota, Northern Arizona University, California State University, Sacramento, Southern Utah University.

Mountain West Conference:  United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Wyoming.