Last Updated: Jul 12, 2012 10:33 AM
The NFC North is loaded with talent going into the 2012 season, and there are a number of great Fantasy Football prospects that you should target for your soon to be Championship Team. We're not getting into the specifics of a PPR league or yardage requirements here, just looking at the top rated players for basic fantasy leagues, but feel free to disagree and give your takes in the comments. Let's take a look at the top ten!
10. Jermichael Finley, TE Green Bay Packers – Finley is the safe pick for top Tight End from the NFC North this season. Jermichael is a consistent red zone target for Rodgers and you can pencil in 100 yards and 6-8 touchdowns if you draft him this season.
9. Matt Forte, RB Chicago Bears – Forte has continued to push for a new contract from the Bears, but the Fantasy Football reality is that Forte isn't a top pick. The Bears simply don't have an offense that is conducive to a fantasy running back, and with Michael Bush now on the roster, Forte will have even fewer goal line looks than he has in the past.
8. Greg Jennings, WR Green Bay Packers – Even with Jordy Nelson taking over as the leading receiver on the Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings still has a lot to offer to Fantasy owners. If 1000 yards and 8-10 touchdowns look good to you, grab Jennings for your team.
7. Percy Harvin, WR Minnesota Vikings – Even with the recent “trade me” talk, Harvin has a ton of upside as a Fantasy player, and should reward owners this season. With a full offseason and the softest schedule in the division, Harvin has huge upside, especially as early season trade bait!
6. Brandon Marshall, WR Chicago Bears – Risk reward pick here, but the reward looks pretty good. Bears QB Jay Cutler can throw the ball, and Marshall has certainly shown that he can get down field and haul it in. Look for this signing by the Bears to lead to good things for Fantasy players that get Marshall on their roster.
5. Jordy Nelson, WR Green Bay Packers – I know, I know Greg Jennings has been the best receiver on the Green Bay Packers, but last year that torch was passed to Jordy Nelson. Jordy will once again be the go to WR for the Packers this season.
4. Matt Stafford, QB Detroit Lions – Stafford truly elevated himself into the fantasy elite last season, and now that he has an offensive line that provides him with solid protection, you can expect a solid season from him once again. The Lions do draw the Eagles and San Francisco on the road this year, so keep that in mind when looking for a good backup.
3. Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings – Adrian Peterson shredded his knee at the end of last season, but all signs point to him being back to full strength sooner than later. The challenge from the fantasy prospective is if Peterson will be ready to go week 1, or if the team will hold him back. I wouldn't take him first round, but he's still worth a second round pick and should be back to his traditional every week starter status early in the season. The handcuff to Toby Gerhart is mandatory!
2. Calvin Johnson, WR Detroit Lions – Megatron took the title as the top WR in NFL last year with 1681 yards and 16 TD's and he shows no signs of slowing down this season. Matt Stafford stayed healthy last season and if that happens again this season Calvin Johnson should once again be the top WR in fantasy and the NFL.
1. Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers – The running game has become a virtual afterthought in Green Bay, and Rodgers projects to be the best QB in Fantasy this season. He is an absolute lock as a first round pick and the first QB off the board this season.