Never too early for fantasy

I love fantasy football. For the NFL, that is. It's a little depressing at how bad my friends from high school and I are at waiting to renew our league annually, officially christening our new league page for the coming year.

Last year, we made it to June.

I don't play college fantasy football. Never have. But these guys do. And they run CollegeFantasyFootballInsider.com, apparently for people like me. They recently released their fantasy rankings, and it's definitely an interesting take on the conference. Remember, these aren't based on skill necessarily, but more of a forecast of production.

In case you didn't know, generally a point is given for every 10 yards receiving or rushing and six for touchdowns. In some leagues, quarterbacks receive only four points for touchdowns. In some leagues, receivers earn a point or a fraction of a point for each reception as well.

Here's how they rank the Big 12's offensive talent:

Quarterbacks (overall position ranking):

3. Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M

7. Robert Griffin III, Baylor

8. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri

11. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

20. Steven Sheffield, Texas Tech

21. Taylor Potts, Texas Tech

24. Landry Jones, Oklahoma

25. Garrett Gilbert, Texas

37. Austen Arnaud, Iowa State

50. Tyler Hansen, Colorado

Running backs:

6. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

8. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State

18. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

19. Baron Batch, Texas Tech

25. Derrick Washington, Missouri

27. Alexander Robinson, Iowa State

31. Toben Opurum, Kansas

37. Rodney Stewart, Colorado

Wide receivers:

5. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

6. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

25. Hubert Anyiam, Oklahoma State

27. Jerrell Jackson, Missouri

30. Alex Torres, Texas Tech

31. Detron Lewis, Texas Tech

34. Kendall Wright, Baylor

39. Scotty McKnight, Colorado

50. Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M

Tight ends

10. Mike McNeill, Nebraska (The next Marques Colston, circa 2006? Fantasy geeks, you're with me on this one.)

26. Tim Biere, Kansas

38. Barrett Matthews, Texas

42. Brad Taylor, Baylor

43. Andrew Jones, Missouri


2. Grant Ressel, Missouri

12. Alex Henery, Nebraska

19. Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State

20. Matt Williams, Texas Tech

33. Justin Tucker, Texas

41. Randy Bullock, Texas A&M

Team defense:

4. Nebraska

6. Texas

9. Oklahoma

44. Missouri

45. Texas A&M

47. Texas Tech