The players that are making Fantasy Football owners’ dreams come true in 2012.
Millions of football fans around the world get closer to the game by playing fantasy football. While choosing the top football players to garner the most fantasy points might sound like an easy feat, droves of frustrated fantasy team owners will say otherwise.
Nevertheless, owners that have some of these top-performing players on their team are likely in solid shape heading into playoff time.
In most fantasy football scoring systems, the quarterback is liable to rack up the most points. Teams with an elite-level quarterback tend to put up big points every week.
This year’s top two fantasy football quarterbacks come as no surprise to football fans. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriot Tom Brady have been slinging boatloads of touchdowns and racking up fantasy points for years now. Brees has thrown for a staggering 31 touchdowns this year in addition to 3,674 yards. Brady has found receivers in the end zone 25 times and thrown for 3,537 yards.
Robert Griffin III, rookie signal-caller for the Washington Redskins, is the real surprise. He is a dual threat that has accumulated points with his arm and legs. He has thrown for 16 touchdowns and ran for six more. He has 2,497 yards through the air and 642 on the ground.
More top quarterbacks:
- Aaron Rogers (Green Bay Packers)
- Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
- Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)
- Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals)
The Running backs
Finding a consistent running back is arguably the toughest part of fantasy football. Running backs are not readily available on the waiver wire and even the top backs can be held to very little yardage on any given Sunday.
Arian Foster of the Houston Texans has been the most reliable running back there is, posting 1,102 yards on the ground and finding the end zone 13 times. He has also accumulated 137 yards receiving.
Rookie Doug Martin has jumped into his role in Tampa Bay with a splash. He has nine touchdowns with 1,106 yards rushing. In week nine, he racked up 251 yards and four touchdowns in one game — enough to make any fantasy owner grin with delight.
More top running backs:
- Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
- Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens)
- Trent Richardson (Cleveland Browns)
- Marshawn Lynch (Buffalo Bills)
The Wide receivers
When it comes to wide receivers, each NFL team has three or four, so it makes it tough to pick the one that is going to really stack up the points. Still, there are a few wide receivers that have helped fantasy owners take the guesswork out of setting their lineups.
Following a bright rookie season last year, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green has propelled himself to one of the top wide receivers in the league, boosting his fantasy stock. Fantasy owners need touchdowns out of their receivers to be successful and Green has found the end zone 10 times this season. He has also amassed 1,107 yards receiving.
Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears) has also been big for fantasy owners with eight touchdowns and 1,182 yards while Detroit’s Calvin Johnson has only found the end zone five times, but has 1,428 yards receiving.
More top wide receivers:
- Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay)
- Demariyus Thomas (Denver Broncos)
- Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts)\
- Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
The Tight ends
A decent tight end can act like a fourth wide receiver for fantasy owners. That’s why New England’s Rob Gronkowski has been a huge help with 10 receiving touchdowns. Jimmy Graham of New Orleans also has eight touchdowns on the year with 654 yards receiving.
More top tight ends:
- Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons)
- Owen Daniels (Houston Texans)
- Heath Miller (Pittsburg Steelers)