2012 Fantasy Football: The "Dream Team"

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2012 10:30 AM

The fantasy football season is right around the corner and some of us may already be coming up with our pre-draft rankings. This can be a stressful process and sometimes people would rather just pick whoever they want. Some rankings have changed a ton in the past year and will likely change again this time next year.

So who are the top players in Fantasy Football this season? Here is your 2012 All-Fantasy Football Team.

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers signal caller Aaron Rodgers had an amazing season in 2011 and was able to establish himself as the best quarterback in football. The 28-year-old played in only 15 games last year, but still led the league in fantasy football points with 385.

Not much will change for the Packers this season. They still have two Pro Bowl caliber wideouts and a top 10 tight end. The Green Bay offense is loaded with talent and Aaron Rodgers has the potential to be the top fantasy football player for years to come.

Running Back: LeSean McCoy
Another player who had a breakout season in 2011 was Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. In 15 games, he rushed for over 1,300 yards and had 17 touchdowns while also adding another 300 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver.

McCoy finished eighth in the league in fantasy scoring and second among running backs behind Ray Rice. There have been no significant changes offensively for Philadelphia so LeSean McCoy should be able to repeat his 2011 production in 2012.

Running Back: Arian Foster
Arian Foster has been a stud for the Houston Texans over the past two seasons, recording over 4,000 combined yards and 30 touchdowns. Despite missing three games last season, Foster still finished fourth among running backs with 238 points.

Both Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice are in the middle of contract disputes and if Arian Foster is healthy right out of the gate, then he is who you should want on your fantasy football roster.

Wide Receiver: Calvin Johnson
Unless he is hit with the Madden Curse, 2013 cover boy Calvin Johnson will be sitting atop the wide receiver fantasy rankings once again this time next year. The Lions added to their offensive line and receiving core this offseason which will help take coverage off of Megatron and give Stafford more time to throw to him.
It will be tough for him to post significantly better numbers than he did in 2011, but barring an injury, he will still be the best fantasy football point producer at wide receiver.

Wide Receiver: Larry Fitzgerald
Outside of fantasy football you could make a very good case for Larry Fitzgerald being the best wide receiver in the game. In fantasy football however, Fitzgerald is not able to put up the same numbers as Megatron due to the less than stellar play around him.

Despite being involved in a quarterback roller coaster, Fitz was still able to have the fifth highest point total among wide receivers. In 2012 he will face a lot more single coverage playing across from Michael Floyd. Larry Fitzgerald will get more quality targets and he will find the end zone more than in previous years. Expect him to be even more reliable than last season, coming in as the second highest point scorer.

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was an absolute monster last season, breaking six individual records and leading his team to the Super Bowl. He had over 1,300 receiving yards, 17 touchdowns and led all tight ends with 233 fantasy points. This was 46 points higher than Jimmy Graham, who was in second place.

That said this was not an easy decision. New England has a new offensive coordinator and they also added Brandon Lloyd in free agency. Gronkowski will not likely be as productive as he was last year, but he will have another solid year and continue his reign as the league’s top tight end.

Kicker: David Akers
If there is one thing stopping San Francisco from going undefeated it is the fact that they are absolutely terrible in and around the red zone. This is something that they need to work on, but something that David Akers fantasy owners greatly benefited from last season.

2011 was Akers’ first season with San Francisco and it was his first pro season that he ever attempted more than 40 field goals. The 49ers red zone woes allowed Akers to attempt 52 field goals–the most in NFL history. As a result he had 32 more fantasy football points than second place John Kasay. Unless some significant changes are made in San Fran, David Akers will continue to be the man to have in your kicker slot.

Defense: Houston Texans
When you think of great NFL defenses the first that come to mind are usually the Steelers, Ravens, Bears and even now the 49ers. These teams all have solid defensive units, but will take a back seat to the Houston Texans in 2012.

Despite losing Mario Williams early in the season, the Texans defense finished the year in second and had the fifth most fantasy football points. This year they have added both Bradie James and Whitney Mercilus and will take over as the top fantasy football defense.  

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