2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Mock Draft Power Rankings

2012-07-03 09:29:58
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Stafford on top-ranked team

When compiling the power rankings for the "Champions Draft," it is never easy, considering these owners are the best of the best on our site. For this year's draft - just like last season - we only invited players ranked in the top 15 on our site. Needless to say, these guys know what they are doing and put together some great teams for the coming season.

We did our best to come up with a power ranking for the coming season. And after the ranking, we have a few comments on each team, talking about their strengths and weaknesses. We'll continue to update this league throughout the season on our site, giving you continued insight into the league.

Before we get to the rankings, here is a quick overview of the league format. We used the same rules as we do for the "All-Pro" fantasy leagues on our site. So you can view the entire set of rules on our main page for that game. But here is a brief look. Each team starts a quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, a tight end, a defensive/special teams, a kicker and a flex player (RB, WR or TE). Scoring is pretty standard. Touchdowns are worth six except for passing touchdowns, which are worth four. And it is a points per reception league, giving every player a point per reception. Defenses get points for sacks, interceptions and fumble recoveries. The rules are pretty standard with how many leagues operate these days.

So without further ado, here are our power rankings for the league.....

1. GoodFellas, Inc. - John Martelin
Matthew Stafford QB DET 
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 
Arian Foster RB HOU 
Willis McGahee RB DEN 
Joe McKnight RB NYJ 
Jacquizz Rodgers RB ATL
Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 
Reggie Wayne WR IND
Roddy White WR ATL
Kenny Britt WR TEN 
Robert Meachem WR SDG
Vincent Brown WR SDG
Kendall Wright WR TEN
Jermaine Gresham TE CIN
Dan Bailey K DAL 
Houston Texans D/ST HOU

GoodFellas gets our No. 1 ranking, having a balanced team with some high-powered weapons. He picked first, so he had an advantage in getting the top-ranked player, Arian Foster. But he did well with the rest of his draft, getting an elite fantasy quarterback (Matthew Stafford) and a solid No. 2 to pair with Foster (Lynch or McGahee). His receivers aren't as loaded as some of the other teams in the league but solid with Roddy White, Kenny Britt and Reggie Wayne likely serving as his top-three options. Plus, he has a breakout candidate in Robert Meachem on his bench. This team has some big-time firepower that should be able to post some huge numbers on a weekly basis.

2. Brian's Team - Brian Moeller
Tom Brady QB NWE 
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
Frank Gore RB SFO 
Ray Rice RB BAL 
C.J. Spiller RB BUF
Ben Tate RB HOU
LaMichael James RB SFO
Jeremy Maclin WR PHI
A.J. Green WR CIN
Brandon LaFell WR CAR
Jonathan Baldwin WR KAN
Michael Floyd WR ARI 
Brian Quick WR STL
Fred Davis TE WAS
Mason Crosby K GNB 
San Francisco 49ers D/ST SFO

Brian made a run at the top spot in the rankings but finished just shy of GoodFellas. He has a very good team, though, with Tom Brady, Ray Rice and A.J. Green serving as his top options at the key positions. These guys are all capable of being top five at their respective positions. And Frank Gore or C.J. Spiller should be more than capable No. 2 backs to start alongside Rice. Jeremy Maclin is ready for a breakout season at receiver, so he is a great No. 2. And Brandon LaFell and Brian Quick are great upside picks at receiver. Don't overlook Fred Davis, who had a big second half last year and should be good from day one in 2012. This team has all the pieces to make a run at the league title.

3. Romeo's Team - Romeo Rahrovi
Drew Brees QB NOR 
Andrew Luck QB IND
Jonathan Stewart RB CAR
Donald Brown RB IND
Bernard Scott RB CIN 
Ryan Mathews RB SDG
Evan Royster RB WAS
Miles Austin WR DAL
Dwayne Bowe WR KAN
Darrius Heyward-Bey WR OAK
Michael Crabtree WR SFO
Victor Cruz WR NYG 
Jason Witten TE DAL 
Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
Nate Kaeding K SDG
Dallas Cowboys D/ST DAL

Romeo is another well-balanced team that is capable of big things. He has a core of Drew Brees, Ryan Mathews, Victor Cruz and Jason Witten leading the way. These guys are dynamic players that can finish among the elite at their positions. The No. 2 running back spot is a bit of a concern with Jonathan Stewart or Donald Brown likely taking that spot but both are capable of stepping forward. And his receiver spot looks strong with Dwayne Bowe, Miles Austin and Darrius Heyward-Bey providing great talent at an important position. Things are looking very good for Romeo this season. he has solid depth and talent across the board.

4. icon - Joseph Hoffman
Cam Newton QB CAR 
Andy Dalton QB CIN
Chris Johnson RB TEN
Roy Helu RB WAS 
Rashard Mendenhall RB PIT
Mark Ingram RB NOR
Shane Vereen RB NWE
Stevan Ridley RB NWE 
Wes Welker WR NWE
Vincent Jackson WR TAM
Torrey Smith WR BAL
Malcom Floyd WR SDG
Titus Young WR DET
Jermichael Finley TE GNB
Matt Prater K DEN 
Green Bay Packers D/ST GNB 

A lot might depend on Cam Newton but if he can finish close to his level last season, icon could be a really scary team. Chris Johnson is poised for a rebound season and Roy Helu is ready to break out. Plus, he has PPR force Wes Welker as his No. 1 receiver as well As Vincent Jackson and Torrey Smith. This guys are more big-play threats but have good yardage and touchdown potential. And Jermichael Finley is another nice bounce-back candidate at tight end, so icon is setup for a solid season among the best teams in the league. He has high upside picks at all the key positions.

5. Azzurri - Don T.
Michael Vick QB PHI
Joe Flacco QB BAL 
Reggie Bush RB MIA
Peyton Hillis RB KAN
Felix Jones RB DAL
Kevin Smith RB DET
Tim Hightower RB WAS
Kendall Hunter RB SFO
David Wilson RB NYG
Greg Jennings WR GNB
Calvin Johnson WR DET
Julio Jones WR ATL 
Lance Moore WR NOR
Vernon Davis TE SFO 
Dustin Keller TE NYJ 
Philadelphia Eagles D/ST PHI

Azzurri went all in with the receiver-first strategy of drafting, which isn't a bad move in this PPR format. And he has three elite receivers to roll out there each week with Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings and Julio Jones. And if one of his many running backs don't pan out for him, he could use one of his elite receivers in a trade. The running back spot might be the key to his team being great or just good. If he can get one of his many options to produce consistently for him, Azzurri can win a lot of games but that might be a big "if" with Reggie Bush as his top returning option. Another question mark for this team is Michael Vick at quarterback. He can be a fantasy force when healthy but he'll need to stay healthy for this team to shine.

6. Jeff P's Team - Jeff Paur
Philip Rivers QB SDG 
Matt Schaub QB HOU 
Ahmad Bradshaw RB NYG 
Trent Richardson RB CLE
Shonn Greene RB NYJ 
Mikel Leshoure RB DET
Taiwan Jones RB OAK 
Steve Smith WR CAR 
Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 
Steve Johnson WR BUF 
Greg Little WR CLE 
Leonard Hankerson WR WAS
Brandon Pettigrew TE DET 
Brent Celek TE PHI 
Matt Bryant K ATL 
New York Giants D/ST NYG

The running back spot isn't too intimidating with this team but the receiver spot is above average and quarterback should do well with Philip Rivers looking to bounce back. Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith and Steve Johnson give Jeff a great trio to work with at receiver on a weekly basis. His running back spot has potential but he'll need Ahmad Bradshaw to stay healthy and Trent Richardson to show his stuff as a rookie. Tight end also looks pretty good with Pettigrew, who had 80-plus receptions last season, serving as his No. 1 with Brent Celek as his top backup. This is a pretty solid team that should challenge for a playoff spot.

7. ? - Logan Price
Peyton Manning QB DEN 
Darren Sproles RB NOR 
LeSean McCoy RB PHI 
Pierre Thomas RB NOR
James Starks RB GNB 
Alex Green RB GNB 
Brandon Marshall WR CHI 
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN
Antonio Brown WR PIT 
Anquan Boldin WR BAL
Sidney Rice WR SEA
Doug Baldwin WR SEA
Tony Gonzalez TE ATL 
Greg Olsen TE CAR 
Stephen Gostkowski K NWE 
Buffalo Bills D/ST BUF

The running back spot is the strength for ?. He has two elite options at a thin position with LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles leading the way. His receiver spot also looks good with Brandon Marshall, Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown getting the bulk for the work for this team. These guys all have 1,000-yard potential and should do well in this PPR format. Tight end is decent with the ageless Tony Gonzalez and Greg Olsen serving as the backup. The big question mark of this team comes at quarterback with Peyton Manning. If Manning can look like the Manning of old, this certainly looks like a playoff teams. But if Manning isn't quite the player of old, ? could struggle to make the playoffs.

8. ZILLA-TIME - Robert Oly
Aaron Rodgers QB GNB
Michael Turner RB ATL 
Fred Jackson RB BUF 
Ronnie Brown RB SDG
LeGarrette Blount RB TAM
Delone Carter RB IND
Randy Moss WR SFO 
Andre Johnson WR HOU
Marques Colston WR NOR
Santana Moss WR WAS
Mike Williams WR TAM
Antonio Gates TE SDG
Jared Cook TE TEN
David Akers K SFO 
Detroit Lions D/ST DET
Chicago Bears D/ST CHI

A team with Aaron Rodgers as their starting quarterback has a chance every week to win their game, so ZILLA-TIME should feel good about having Rodgers on his roster. He also has Andre Johnson and Marques Colston, giving him a nice one-two punch at receiver. His running back spot is a bit of a concern, though, counting on two aging backs to start most of the time for him. Michael Turner and Fred Jackson certainly have upside but you have to wonder how much longer they'll last. ZILLA does look good at tight end, though, with Antonio Gates and Jared Cook. Both guys are capable of finishing top five in tight-end scoring. This strength could help him fix other weaknesses on his roster. ZILLA-TIME will need a few of his late-round picks to emerge if he hopes to make a playoff run this season.

9. JW - Bull Rush - John Woods
Eli Manning QB NYG 
Carson Palmer QB OAK 
Jamaal Charles RB KAN 
DeMarco Murray RB DAL
DeAngelo Williams RB CAR 
Jahvid Best RB DET 
Isaiah Pead RB STL 
DeSean Jackson WR PHI 
Hakeem Nicks WR NYG 
Dez Bryant WR DAL 
Nate Washington WR TEN 
Laurent Robinson WR JAC 
Mario Manningham WR SFO
Owen Daniels TE HOU 
Rob Bironas K TEN 
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST PIT

The strength of this squad looks to be at running back, having Jamaal Charles and DeMarco Murray as his top two backs. Having two possible elite backs at a thin position is going to be a real positive for JW - Bull Rush. He also has some quality depth at the position. If Jahvid Best proves to be healthy, this team could really be a tough out in this league. The receiver position is decent but not as strong as some of the other top teams in this league. Dez Bryant and Hakeem Nicks are good options, though, and should be fine starters for JW. DeSean Jackson is the wild card. He has all sorts of ability and potential but really flopped for fantasy teams last season. If he comes back strong, this team looks much better than his current ranking.

10. Tim's Team - Timothy Taieb
Tony Romo QB DAL 
Josh Freeman QB TAM
Michael Bush RB CHI 
Darren McFadden RB OAK
BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN
Toby Gerhart RB MIN 
Ryan Williams RB ARI 
Robert Turbin RB SEA
Chris Rainey RB PIT 
Brandon Lloyd WR NWE
Santonio Holmes WR NYJ
Jordy Nelson WR GNB
Percy Harvin WR MIN
Rob Gronkowski TE NWE
Ed Dickson TE BAL
Jason Hanson K DET

Every team is at risk for injury, but Tim used his first-round pick on a guy that has a hard time staying healthy. Darren McFadden has a world of talent, though, and could carry a team to the playoffs all by himself if he can have that breakout season. Sometimes you have to take risks to get ahead in fantasy. Tim doesn't have much else at running back behind McFadden, which is the bigger concern. If injury does hits at running back, this squad could really struggles. Tim has a huge strength at tight end with Rob Gronkowski on his roster and his receivers don't look too bad with Jordy Nelson and Percy Harvin leading the way. And Tony Romo is a fine starting quarterback. His season likely hinges on McFadden, though. If McFadden plays well, don't be surprised to see Tim make it to the playoffs.

11. Smart Alex Select - Jeffrey Jones
Matt Ryan QB ATL 
Steven Jackson RB STL
Maurice Jones-Drew RB JAC 
Chris Wells RB ARI 
Rashad Jennings RB JAC
Daniel Thomas RB MIA 
Doug Martin RB TAM 
Jerome Simpson WR MIN
Jacoby Ford WR OAK 
Denarius Moore WR OAK 
Justin Blackmon WR JAC
Stephen Hill WR NYJ 
Ryan Broyles WR DET
Jimmy Graham TE NOR 
Aaron Hernandez TE NWE
Alex Henery K PHI

Smart Alex Select is weak at receiver, which hurt his ranking for this league. He really ignored the position, deciding to invest early picks in tight ends and running backs. It was a different strategy than most of the drafters. But he is stacked at tight end with Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez. He likely starts one at a flex with two receivers and two running backs. He also isn't too bad at running back with three more than capable starters. Maurice Jones-Drew is a star while Steven Jackson and Chris Wells should do well manning that No. 2 spot on a rotating basis. Matt Ryan is going to get more chances to throw this season and should do well as a No. 1. If he takes his game to another level, Smart Alex could put this low ranking behind him in a hurry.

12. The Calipari Way Will - Will Turpin
Jay Cutler QB CHI 
Robert Griffin QB WAS
Adrian Peterson RB MIN 
Matt Forte RB CHI 
Mike Tolbert RB CAR 
Mike Goodson RB OAK
Isaac Redman RB PIT 
Pierre Garcon WR WAS
Mike Wallace WR PIT 
Austin Collie WR IND
Eric Decker WR DEN 
Randall Cobb WR GNB
Jacob Tamme TE DEN 
Coby Fleener TE IND 
Sebastian Janikowski K OAK
Denver Broncos D/ST DEN 

There are a lot of question marks surrounding this team, which is why The Calipari Way Will ended up at the bottom of our rankings. But if a few of these question marks pan out, this ranking could look bad by the end of the season. Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte could be a formidable duo at running back a few weeks into the season. Quarterback doesn't look too exciting with Jay Cutler and Robert Griffin as the choices, but Calipari is obviously hoping Griffin becomes the Cam Newton of 2012. That would change the whole dynamic of the team. And he has some depth at receiver but lacks a proven fantasy producer behind Mike Wallace. And the tight end spot is no sure thing with Jacob Tamme and Coby Fleener as his two options. The potential and upside is there for this team, though, so don't count out The Calipari Way Will from making this ranking look out of whack.

If you have any questions or comments, please email Jeff Paur at jeff@rtsports.com

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