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Pure fantasy: How do your players rate?

5/11/2010

ESPN held a fantasy rankings summit last month to construct a skeleton for the 2010 NFL season.

A panel of 16 analysts, editors and producers compiled its top-200 list, which was released Tuesday.

There are many interesting considerations.

The list included nine New York Jets, the most from the AFC East. The New England Patriots were next with six players, while the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills had four apiece, but the Dolphins have an impressive three players within the top 48.

Despite having three receivers, a tight end and two pass-catching running backs on the list, the panel rates Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez No. 171 overall and No. 21 among all quarterbacks.

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne is No. 122 overall and No. 16 among quarterbacks. His new toy, Brandon Marshall, is the second-highest AFC East player at No. 17.

Both Henne and Sanchez are rated lower than Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will miss the first six games of the season.

Patriots receiver Wes Welker isn't listed at all. Laurent Robinson and Jacoby Jones made the cut, but the NFL's leading receiver over the past two seasons is nowhere to be found because of the uncertainties stemming from knee and shoulder surgeries.

Rookie scat back C.J. Spiller is the highest-rated Buffalo Bills player at No. 65.

10. Randy Moss, Patriots (second-rated receiver)

17. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins (fifth-rated receiver)

19. Shonn Greene, Jets (12th-rated running back)

23. Tom Brady, Patriots (fourth-rated quarterback)

44. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins (22nd-rated running back)

48. Ricky Williams, Dolphins (23rd-rated running back)

65. C.J. Spiller, Bills (30th-rated receiver)

79. Fred Jackson, Bills (34th-rated running back)

81. Braylon Edwards, Jets (30th-rated receiver)

86. Lee Evans, Bills (33rd-rated receiver)

88. Santonio Holmes, Jets (34th-rated receiver)

96. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets (40th-rated running back)

100. Jets defense (top-rated defense)

107. Jerricho Cotchery, Jets (39th-rated receiver)

109. Laurence Maroney, Patriots (45th-rated running back)

122. Chad Henne, Dolphins (16th-rated quarterback)

133. Marshawn Lynch, Bills (53rd-rated running back)

144. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots (second-rated kicker)

171. Mark Sanchez, Jets (21st-rated quarterback)

176. Dustin Keller, Jets (17th-rated tight end)

185. Joe McKnight, Jets (64th-rated running back)

192. Julian Edelman, Patriots (61st-rated receiver)

197. Fred Taylor, Patriots (66th-rated running back)