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The NFL draft is done, free agents have (mostly) found their new teams and I lap up every single Robert Griffin III update like a crazed, thirsty dog in the desert. "He did jumping jacks at the team rally! Oooh oooh ooh!" Clearly, time to update the rankings.
There are still some questions, of course. Is Montee Ball going to be "the man" in Denver? (I say yes.) Is Maurice Jones-Drew 100 percent healthy? If so, he'll be higher than he is now. What about Rob Gronkowski? He's either ranked too low or too high, I can tell you that right now, based on whether he starts the season. I split the difference here, putting him one spot ahead of DeMarco Murray. Both guys are injury-prone, but Gronk has a great chance to finish the year at No. 1 at his position. Murray? He has a chance to finish the season.
Much has stayed the same, of course. Quarterback and wide receiver are still very deep positions, and that's reflected in certain players being lower than their talent might otherwise dictate; you start only one quarterback and, at most, three wide receivers in a standard ESPN 10-team league. Which is a nice segue to mention that these ranks are designed specifically for those leagues, which use four points per touchdown pass and one point per 25 passing yards, one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving, six points for a rushing or receiving touchdown and zero points per reception.
Now, such a league is only 160 players deep, but I ranked 200 because I want extra credit. (There's no extra credit? This is awkward.) This is for multiple-sized leagues, but it follows my draft philosophy, which is to wait until the final two rounds for a defense and kicker. If you decided to use this for a 10-team, 16-round league, you'd move the defenses and kickers up to the 141-160 slots.
I generally ranked with safety in mind early, and then with upside as it gets later in the ranks. In addition to discounting quarterbacks and wide receivers for depth of position, I also ranked, in general, running backs over wideouts because after the top level, running backs have a bunch of question marks. And while there are some guys I like more than others (as you'll see) at tight end, if I don't get one of the top five guys, I want to be the last in my league to fill that position.
In the sections where there are a lot of the same position in a row (such as five quarterbacks), that's my way of saying I think these guys are all in a tier together and it's really about personal preference. I've put them in the order I would draft them, but it's all very close.
Finally, before you peruse these ranks, always check the "Updated" date to know how up-to-date they are throughout the preseason. I'll update them as news warrants, but not for every single move. Any questions or concerns? Am I too high on someone or not high enough on another? Let me know on Twitter and Facebook.