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We’ve officially hit the part of the calendar where some fantasy leagues start to do their drafts, which I’ve never really understood. It seems like doing these things with two preseason games and a bunch of practices remaining is kind of risky, especially considering the third preseason game is the one where the starters play like 75 percent of the snaps.

Injuries could happen.

Or coaching decisions.

Or two of your running backs could get caught smoking weed in a car together with some chick.

These things happen.

In other words, drafting your fantasy teams with two weeks left in the preseason feels a little like buying a car with a disclaimer at the bottom of the Carfax that “Some of the information on here may wind up being total B.S.” But hey, some of you are drafting this weekend, and if that’s your deal, so be it!

I got you covered. Here are my updated fantasy rankings, version 2.0, factoring in preseason performance, injuries, and the inability to keep from getting arrested for weed (NOTE: I go with a top 12 at QB, TE, K, and Def, and Top 24 at RB and WR, the multiple positions, kind of based on many leagues having 12 owners):

QUARTERBACKS

  1. Peyton Manning, Denver
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
  3. Drew Brees, New Orleans
  4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
  5. Cam Newton, Carolina
  6. Matt Stafford, Detroit
  7. Nick Foles, Philadelphia
  8. Tom Brady, New England
  9. Jay Cutler, Chicago
  10. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
  11. Tony Romo, Dallas
  12. Matt Ryan, Atlanta

 

RUNNING BACKS

  1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota
  2. LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
  3. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City
  4. Matt Forte, Chicago
  5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay
  6. Montee Ball, Denver
  7. Arian Foster, Houston
  8. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay
  9. DeMarco Murray, Dallas
  10. Gio Bernard, Cincinnati
  11. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
  12. Alfred Morris, Washington
  13. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh
  14. Andre Ellington, Arizona
  15. Zac Stacy, St Louis
  16. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo
  17. Ray Rice, Baltimore
  18. Frank Gore, San Francisco
  19. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee
  20. Ryan Mathews, San Diego
  21. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
  22. Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville
  23. Reggie Bush, Detroit
  24. Ben Tate, Cleveland

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit
  2. Dez Bryant, Dallas
  3. Demaryius Thomas, Denver
  4. Julio Jones, Atlanta
  5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati
  6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago
  7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago
  8. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
  9. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
  10. Andre Johnson, Houston
  11. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay
  12. Randall Cobb, Green Bay
  13. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
  14. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
  15. Keenan Allen, San Diego
  16. Michael Floyd, Arizona
  17. Wes Welker, Denver
  18. Roddy White, Atlanta
  19. Pierre Garcon, Washington
  20. Cordarelle Patterson, Minnesota
  21. DeSean jackson, Washington
  22. Percy Harvin, Seattle
  23. Julian Edleman, New England
  24. Marques Colston, New Orleans

 

TIGHT ENDS

  1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
  2. Rob Gronkowski, New England
  3. Julius Thomas, Denver
  4. Greg Olsen, Carolina
  5. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland
  6. Jason Witten, Dallas
  7. Vernon Davis, San Francisco
  8. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore
  9. Jordan Reed, Washington
  10. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota
  11. Martellus Bennett, Chicago
  12. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia

 

KICKERS

  1. Kyle Prater, Denver
  2. Steven Gostkowski, New England
  3. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis
  4. Steven Hauschka, Seattle
  5. Matt Bryant, Atlanta
  6. Dan Bailey, Dallas
  7. Blair Walsh, Minnesota
  8. Justin Tucker, Baltimore
  9. Phil Dawson, San Francisco
  10. Robbie Gould, Chicago
  11. Nick Novak, SD
  12. Mason Crosby, GB

 

DEFENSES

  1. Seattle
  2. San Francisco
  3. Cincinnati
  4. Carolina
  5. Denver
  6. New England
  7. Kansas City
  8. St. Louis
  9. Houston
  10. Arizona
  11. New Orleans
  12. Baltimore

 

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