I wanted to let all 11 of my loyal readers know that I’m currently dealing with a health issue that is going to restrict the amount of time I can devote to the blog over the next couple of months. I was hoping to really turn up the coverage once training camps start but that simply won’t be possible now. I will still be posting though. I’ll be updating my rankings, doing more Fantasy Faceoffs with Fantasy FB Pundit, posting draft results from my leagues and things of that nature but it won’t be quite the extensive coverage I had envisioned.

I’m hoping to be back to full strength by the start of the NFL season. If for some reason I don’t make it, please remember me as a douche. I want to be the first person in recorded history that when I die I’m not talked about as the greatest human being who ever lived. I appreciate all the support the blog has received since I started it in late March. My goal for the rest of the summer is to post a few times a week, so continue to check back often. You can also follow my idiotic ramblings on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy Thanks as always for stopping by the blog.


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I continue to update my position rankings with a look at running backs. I feel the running backs are finally starting to fall into place for me. This was the first time I really felt good after I was done ranking them since I started back in April. So as of mid-July I’m feeling good with quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends. That just leaves receivers. Don’t even get me started on receivers. Anyway, here are my updated Top 75 fantasy running backs for 2012.

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It’s been a month since I updated my rankings, so I’ll be hitting each position over the next week. Here’s how it’s going to go down for the rest of the summer. I’ll be updating my preseason positional rankings three more times. This week, when training camps start and then I’ll release my final preseason rankings the week of August 13. With most fantasy drafts taking place in mid-late August now, I think that makes the most sense. Quarterback is the one position that’s pretty set but there are still a few movers. Here are my updated Top 40 fantasy quarterbacks for 2012.

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I have no idea why but people are always asking me to give them fantasy football advice. If I could single out one piece of advice I wish every single person would follow it would be the following: If you’re one of those owners who spends the two weeks after your draft doing nothing but patting yourself on the back over how great your team is and how smart you are, stop doing it.

Now I’m not saying every owner needs to start offering trades the second the draft clock expires like I do. I understand I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum. I fully admit I have a problem. However, every experienced and successful fantasy owner knows the first thing you do once the draft is over is look at the waiver wire. Did a player you like somehow slip through the cracks? Who’s still available you should keep your eye on? Wait, no one drafted Dustin Keller? Why is Kellen Winslow my TE2 then?

I’m going to throw out a few names at you: Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Brown, Peyton Hillis, DeMarco Murray, Demaryius Thomas, Victor Cruz, Laurent Robinson and Cam Newton. You ever hear of any of them? As important as we try and make the draft out to be, those are just some of the important players that weren’t selected in a majority of fantasy leagues in either 2010 or 2011. So to say there’s still a lot of value to be had once the draft is over is an understatement.

Now sometimes knowing who these guys will be is close to impossible. Last summer I was advising people not to forget about Thomas because he would be returning from injury during the season. However, I could have listed 100 sleepers and still not mentioned Robinson or Cruz, so this is far from an exact science. That doesn’t mean we can’t start trying to identify these players as soon as possible though.

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Every year I have a few players that for some reason or another I don’t want on my fantasy team. That’s not to say these guys don’t have fantasy value, I just don’t want them personally. You will see me use the word “headache” in this post. I don’t like headaches when it comes to fantasy football.

I might take a chance on a guy like Roy Helu, who I like and think has upside, but I don’t want an entire team of headaches. So here is a list of 10 players I don’t want on my fantasy teams in 2012. Remember, this is just my personal list, so feel free to tell me the guys you are staying away from this season.

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This will be my final mock draft of the season. I’m competing in the Pros vs. Joes 26 round draft at the end of the month. Then in August I will be holding my start-up dynasty league draft and my Fire Sale Fantasy League draft, so I’ll be posting the results from all three here.

In my first mock draft I waited to get a quarterback and ended up with Jay Cutler after I repeatedly missed out on guys I wanted. In my second mock I targeted a quarterback early on and grabbed Matthew Stafford in Round 2 but it cost me depth at the running back position. This time my strategy was to get a quarterback in the middle rounds. My plan was to target either Philip Rivers in Round 6 or if I missed out on him, Matt Ryan in Round 7.

This mock is from a FFPC 12-team draft at FantasyMoJo.com that includes a flex position and counts 1 point per reception. Oh, and for the record, I don’t draft kickers. I just pick one up before Week 1 and rotate kickers all season long. Last year I picked up a guy named David Akers. I cut him a week later but you get my point.

I picked in the three hole (My spot this year in the Fire Sale Fantasy League) and the draft lasted 16 rounds. Here’s how it played out for me:

Round 1 (3) – Ray Rice, RB Ravens
The No. 3 pick is the easiest spot to be in this year. I just sit back and wait to see which running back of Rice, Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy falls to me. This time it just happened to be Rice. That’s fine by me.

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Receiver is always the toughest and most interesting position to try and rank, especially when it comes to dynasty leagues. No other position allows owners the chance to try and nab the “next big thing” quite like receiver. Here are my updated Top 35 dynasty league receivers, along with some rookies to keep an eye on.

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