When analyzing the data, there’s a fairly continuous difference between players as the rankings go down. The difference between Alfred Morris and Darren Sproles is about the same as the difference between Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush, according to our analysis.
However, there are 12 players that are simply game-breaking. They’ve broken away from the pack and will score more than their fair share of points this season. Pick up as many as you can in the first 2 rounds of your draft.
The Elite 12
Elite Top Tier – Adrian Peterson & Jamaal Charles
Elite Second Tier – Arian Foster, Doug Martin & Marshawn Lynch
Elite Top Tier - Calvin Johnson & Brandon Marshall
Elite Second Tier - Danario Alexander & Dez Bryant
Elite Top Tier – Rob Gronkowski
Elite Second Tier – Jimmy Graham & Tony Gonzalez
And then we have the quarterbacks…
The 8th best quarterback in the league for fantasy purposes (Tony Romo) will only score about 16 points less than the #1 fantasy quarterback in the league (Drew Brees). There’s a bit of a drop off after Romo, so make sure you pick up one of the top 8.
Elite Top Tier – None!
Elite Second Tier - Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, RGIII, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, & Tony Romo