Fantasy football 2012 cheat sheet

Fantasy football 2012 cheat sheet

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

These rankings are based on a combined yardagescoring system (4 points for a passing touchdown, 6 points for a rushingreceiving touchdown, one point for every 25 passing yards, one point for every 10 rushingreceiving yards) and will be updated weekly until the season begins. In-season, we will offer weekly rankings based on the matchups at hand.

Quarterback

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Tom Brady, Patriots
3. Drew Brees, Saints
NOTE: How much is Payton's absence worth?
4. Cam Newton, Panthers
NOTE: Don't chase last year's rushing scores.
5. Matthew Stafford, Lions
6. Michael Vick, Eagles
NOTE: Under the radar, for once.
7. Eli Manning, Giants
NOTE: You never lose money on him.
8. Tony Romo, Cowboys
9. Philip Rivers, Chargers
10. Matt Ryan, Falcons
NOTE: A Julio Jones spike could go long way.
11. Peyton Manning, Broncos
NOTE: How good are his skill players?
12. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
13. Robert Griffin III, Redskins
14. Jay Cutler, Bears
NOTE: Finally gets a star wideout in Chicago.
15. Matt Schaub, Texans
16. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
NOTE: Reported to camp in terrific shape.
17. Carson Palmer, Raiders
NOTE: Decent Oakland debut despite no prep time.
18. Joe Flacco, Ravens
19. Andy Dalton, Bengals
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills
21. Andrew Luck, Colts
22. Jake Locker, Titans
NOTE: Probably takes over here.
23. Alex Smith, 49ers
24. Christian Ponder, Vikings
25. Sam Bradford, Rams
26. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
27. Matt Flynn, Seahawks
28. Mark Sanchez, Jets
NOTE: Critical year for him, but needs help.
29. Brandon Weeden, Browns
30. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals
NOTE: Offense probably better with Skelton.
31. Matt Moore, Dolphins
32. Tim Tebow, Jets
33. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars
34. John Skelton, Cardinals
35. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans
36. Chad Henne, Jaguars

Running Back

1. Arian Foster, Texans
2. Ray Rice, Ravens
3. LeSean McCoy, Eagles
NOTE: Only the top three are sure things.
4. Trent Richardson, Browns
5. Ryan Mathews, Chargers
6. Darren McFadden, Raiders
7. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
NOTE: Holdouts rarely go into the season.
8. Matt Forte, Bears
NOTE: Not a big touchdown source, but yardage very safe.
9. Chris Johnson, Titans
10. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
11. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
12. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys
NOTE: Unproven thus far at goal line.
13. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
NOTE: There's no right answer here.
14. Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants
15. Steven Jackson, Rams
NOTE: New workout regimen has kept him on field.
16. Michael Turner, Falcons
17. Doug Martin, Buccaneers
NOTE: Splashy camp, buzzy name.
18. Fred Jackson, Bills
19. Darren Sproles, Saints
20. Frank Gore, 49ers
NOTE: Lots of competition here.
21. Reggie Bush, Dolphins
22. Isaac Redman, Steelers
23. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
24. Roy Helu, Redskins
25. Willis McGahee, Broncos
26. Stevan Ridley, Patriots
NOTE: Release of Addai opens things up.
27. Shonn Greene, Jets
NOTE: Never going to be a star.
28. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals
29. James Starks, Packers
30. Donald Brown, Colts
31. Ben Tate, Texans
NOTE: Unreal upside if Foster gets hurt.
32. Beanie Wells, Cardinals
NOTE: Target Ryan Williams, later.
33. DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
34. C.J. Spiller, Bills
34. Peyton Hillis, Chiefs
35. Mark Ingram, Saints
NOTE: Disappointing YPC as a rookie. 
37. Mikel Leshoure, Lions
38. Michael Bush, Bears
39. Ryan Williams, Cardinals
40. Toby Gerhart, Vikings
41. Shane Vereen, Patriots
42. Kevin Smith, Lions
NOTE: Unexciting, but they need him.
43. Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
NOTE: Figures to see a lot more work this year.
44. Ronnie Hillman, Broncos
45. Pierre Thomas, Saints
46. Jahvid Best, Lions
NOTE: Body won't cut him a break.
47. David Wilson, Giants
48. Evan Royster, Redskins
NOTE: Anyone has a chance in a Shanahan offense.
49. Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
50. Felix Jones, Cowboys
NOTE: No one's really excited anymore.
51. LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers
NOTE: Martin is shoving him out of the way.
52. Bernard Scott, Bengals
53. Rashad Jennings, Jaguars
54. Isaiah Pead, Rams
55. Tim Hightower, Redskins
56. Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
NOTE: Redman is better short-yardage runner.
57. Robert Turbin, Seahawks
58. LaMichael James, 49ers
59. Delone Carter, Colts
60. Taiwan Jones, Raiders
61. Kendall Hunter, 49ers
62. Brandon Jacobs, 49ers
NOTE: True power doesn't match up to reputation.
63. Marcel Reece, Raiders
64. Mike Goodson, Raiders
65. Joe McKnight, Jets
66. Mike Tolbert, Panthers
67. Alex Green, Packers

Wide Receiver

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions
NOTE: In a tier of his own.
2. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
NOTE: He's done it with spotty QBs before. 
3. Greg Jennings, Packers
4. Roddy White, Falcons
5. Victor Cruz, Giants
6. A.J. Green, Bengals
7. Julio Jones, Falcons
8. Jordy Nelson, Packers
9. Hakeem Nicks, Giants
10. Brandon Marshall, Bears
11. Andre Johnson, Texans
NOTE: Knocked down by constant injuries.
12. Wes Welker, Patriots
13. Marques Colston, Saints
NOTE: Not exciting, but has a super catch rate.
14. Steve Smith, Panthers
15. Percy Harvin, Vikings
16. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles
NOTE: All signs point to breakout year.
17. Mike Wallace, Steelers
NOTE: Can this relationship be mended?
18. Miles Austin, Cowboys
19. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
NOTE: Needs to take pro game more seriously.
20. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
21. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
22. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots
NOTE: Looking comfortable in new city.
23. Antonio Brown, Steelers
NOTE: Last year's low-TD count a stone fluke. 
24. Steve Johnson, Bills
25. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers
26. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
27. Eric Decker, Broncos
NOTE: Manning will love his precise routes.
28. Torrey Smith, Ravens
NOTE: Can Flacco deliver the deep ball?
29. Reggie Wayne, Colts
30. Pierre Garcon, Redskins
31. Denarius Moore, Raiders
32. Robert Meachem, Chargers
33. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders
34. Greg Little, Browns
35. Malcom Floyd, Chargers
36. Anquan Boldin, Ravens
NOTE: Can't beat the jam anymore.
37. Mike Williams, Buccaneers
38. Lance Moore, Saints
NOTE: Brees trusts him in all spots.
39. Nate Washington, Titans
NOTE: Underrated by all, including the Titans.
40. Santonio Holmes, Jets
NOTE: Nothing special, but the best they have.
41. Michael Crabtree, 49ers
NOTE: Possession guy, but doesn't get deep.
42. Titus Young, Lions
43. Santana Moss, Redskins
44. Sidney Rice, Seahawks
NOTE: Owens signing tells you club is worried here.
45. Kenny Britt, Titans
NOTE: Physical issues, maturity issues.
46. Austin Collie, Colts
47. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
48. Vincent Brown, Chargers
49. Laurent Robinson, Jaguars
50. Brian Quick, Rams
51. Randall Cobb, Packers
52. Randy Moss, 49ers
NOTE: Positive buzz, but Niners promote everyone.
53. Kendall Wright, Titans
54. Nate Burleson, Lions
55. Jon Baldwin, Chiefs
56. Brandon LaFell, Panthers
57. Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
NOTE: Don't expect much as a rookie.
58. Michael Floyd, Cardinals
59. Alshon Jeffery, Bears
60. Reuben Randle, Giants
61. Danny Amendola, Rams
NOTE: Solid depth play in PPR formats.
62. Mario Manningham, 49ers
63. Jerome Simpson, Vikings
64. Davone Bess, Dolphins
65. David Nelson, Bills
66. Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers
NOTE: Jump 15-20 spots if Wallace sits.
67. Brian Hartline, Dolphins
68. Stephen Hill, Jets
69. James Jones, Packers
70. Devery Henderson, Saints
71. Leonard Hankerson, Redskins
72. Terrell Owens, Seahawks
NOTE: More fun with him around.
73. Steve Smith, Rams
74. Devin Hester, Bears
75. Jacoby Ford, Raiders
76. Earl Bennett, Bears
77. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs
78. Chad Ochocinco, Dolphins
79. Golden Tate, Seahawks
80. Steve Breaston, Chiefs
81. Donald Jones, Bills
82. Mohamed Sanu, Bengals
83. Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns
84. Lestar Jean, Texans
85. Chaz Schilens, Jets

Tight End

1. Jimmy Graham, Saints
NOTE: Scary that he's still learning how to play.
2. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
3. Antonio Gates, Chargers
4. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots
NOTE: Could easily get into double-digits this year.
5. Jermichael Finley, Packers
6. Vernon Davis, 49ers
NOTE: Finally learned new scheme late in 2011.
7. Jason Witten, Cowboys
8. Fred Davis, Redskins
9. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
10. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
11. Brent Celek, Eagles
12. Jacob Tamme, Broncos
13. Jared Cook, Titans
NOTE: Trendy breakout pick, let it come to you.
14. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
15. Dustin Keller, Jets
16. Owen Daniels, Texans
17. Greg Olsen, Panthers
18. Coby Fleener, Colts
NOTE: Played with Luck at Stanford.
19. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
20. Heath Miller, Steelers
21. Kellen Winslow, Seahawks
NOTE: No longer a reliable option.
22. Martellus Bennett, Giants
23. Lance Kendricks, Rams
24. Tony Moeaki, Chiefs
25. Dallas Clark, Buccaneers
26. Ed Dickson, Ravens
27. Anthony Fasano, Dolphins
28. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
29. Kellen Davis, Bears
30. Scott Chandler, Bills

Kicker
 
1. David Akers, 49ers
NOTE: Outlier seasons rarely repeat, don't chase.
2. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders
3. Mason Crosby, Packers
4. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
NOTE: Always a bankable offense.
5. Dan Bailey, Cowboys
6. Jason Hanson, Lions
NOTE: Getting close to the end, but still indoors.
7. Alex Henery, Eagles
8. Nate Kaeding, Chargers
9. Matt Bryant, Falcons
10. Matt Prater, Broncos
NOTE: Can connect from Wyoming. 
11. Robbie Gould, Bears
12. Garrett Hartley, Saints
13. Neil Rackers, Redskins
14. Rob Bironas, Titans
NOTE: Super leg, so-so offense.
15. Randy Bullock, Texans
NOTE: Gets a shot at cushy gig.
16. Billy Cundiff, Ravens
17. Mike Nugent, Bengals
18. Dan Carpenter, Dolphins
19. Lawrence Tynes, Giants
20. Shaun Suisham, Steelers
21. Rian Lindell, Bills
22. Josh Brown, Jets
NOTE: A change was needed here.
23. Connor Barth, Buccaneers
NOTE: Might be a good waiver-wire grab in September.
24. Ryan Succop, Chiefs
25. Steven Hauschka, Seahawks
26. Jay Feely, Cardinals
27. Greg Zuerlein, Rams
28. Phil Dawson, Browns
29. Josh Scobee, Jaguars
30. Adam Vinatieri, Colts
31. John Kasay, Saints
32. Olindo Mare, Panthers

Defense
 
1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Green Bay Packers
3. New York Giants
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Chicago Bears
6. Seattle Seahawks
NOTE: Especially nasty at home.
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Detroit Lions
9. Dallas Cowboys
NOTE: Follow the sacks.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. New England Patriots
12. New York Jets
13. Houston Texans
14. Baltimore Ravens
NOTE: A sure bet to be overdrafted - avoid.
15. Denver Broncos
16. Kansas City Chiefs
NOTE: A tough out at Arrowhead.
17. Atlanta Falcons
18. Cincinnati Bengals
19. Arizona Cardinals
NOTE: A few playmakers offer runback juice. 
20. San Diego Chargers
21. Minnesota Vikings
NOTE: Even with Jared Allen, not much here.
22. Tennessee Titans
23. Washington Redskins
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Cleveland Browns
NOTE: A better group than many realize.
26. New Orleans Saints
27. Oakland Raiders
28. Miami Dolphins
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. St. Louis Rams
31. Indianapolis Colts
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
NOTE: Offense will sell them down the river.

Check out this season's second episode of Chicago Fire All Access

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Check out this season's second episode of Chicago Fire All Access

Check out the second episode of the second season of Chicago Fire All Access.

In this episode, the team helps out in the Chicagoland community, talks about finding comfort foods in Chicago and life on the road in the MLS. 

Bears 'horizontal' leadership plan building on some surprising leaders

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Bears 'horizontal' leadership plan building on some surprising leaders

Sometimes you really do have to just appreciate the attitude. Because Bears coaches do, in ways of significance in what kind of team the 2016 Bears will become.

Ka’Deem Carey has been a backup his first two Bears seasons, yet now finds himself with more games played in a Bears uniform than any other Chicago running back. The 2014 fourth-round draft pick accordingly has set one very lofty 2016 objective for himself:

“Just being a leader, really trying to focus on that,” Carey said during the team’s OTA this week. “We’ve still got a young team, I’m vocal, coaches like the way I run the ball, and sometimes the way I play out there, the coaches like that and want to pass that on to teammates.

“So I’m just trying to be a leader to these young guys.”

Somehow the notion of a 23-year-old talking about setting an example for “these” young guys shouldn’t be dismissed. At all. Because Carey is representative of something developing within the current team.

Leadership is a popular, near-annual topic for Bears teams, no less so early this offseason as the 2016 team takes shape without 40 percent of its elected – and veteran – captains from the 2015 season.

Players elect five captains: two for offense, two defense and one special teams. Coach John Fox names a sixth captain each based on merit from the previous week.

The problem for the Bears is that two of the 2015 five elected captains – running back Matt Forte, safety Antrel Rolle – were not brought back by the organization this offseason. Veterans were added in free agency, but headcount does not translate into instant chemistry, cohesion or leadership.

That falls to a Carey to infuse. Elsewhere, guard Matt Slauson, a popular leader in the offensive-line room and huddle, was released, as was left tackle Jermon Bushrod. After just three NFL seasons, Kyle Long abruptly becomes the offensive lineman with more games in a Bears uniform than anyone else in the O-line room.

Indeed, longevity is no criterion whatsoever for a Bears “leadership” role. Teammates elected Pernell McPhee one of the defensive co-captains last year, his first as a Bear. And linebacker Danny Trevathan, brought in from Super Bowl champion Denver, could emerge as one in his first, using precisely the same calling card that McPhee did.

“I'm just going out there and being an example,” Trevathan said. “It's not hard, you know, I've just got to go out and play the game that I know how to play but also get guys to come along and speak and communicate and be on one page with these guys.”

The key is the “horizontal” leadership concept – leading not from a few at the top, but from multiple strong individuals in a leadership layer.

“Obviously missing Matt Slauson, missing guys like Slauson and Forte, there are large voids to be filled,” Long said. “But this team has been built on horizontal leadership and we’ve done a great job bringing in the right people, defensively, offensively and the special teams unit.

“I love the coaches, I love the guys on this team, I don’t think that will be an issue, so I don’t really have to take on that much bigger of a role because of the guys that we have in our room. Everybody is kind of accountable themselves.”

Melo Trimble will return to Terps for junior season

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Melo Trimble will return to Terps for junior season

Well, at least Mark Turgeon won't lose his entire starting lineup.

With four-fifths of Maryland's starting unit already off to the NBA in one fashion or another, Melo Trimble decided to return to the Terps for his junior season, opting to postpone his pro career for at least one more year.

"I am really excited to return for my junior season at Maryland," Trimble said in the team's announcement. "It’s truly special that I get to continue to play in front of my family, friends and our amazing fans. I’m looking forward to working out with my teammates this summer, and I am excited for what we can accomplish. I learned a great deal through this experience, and I am committed to working hard in getting better each day. I’m appreciative of all the support that I have received from coach Turgeon, my family and my teammates throughout this process. I look forward to continuing my education and building upon the success that we have had at Maryland."

Trimble waited an awful long time to make his decision on whether to withdraw from or remain in the NBA Draft, with news of the decision coming out just a couple hours before Wednesday night's deadline.

Trimble had a strong follow up to his sensational freshman season last year, improving as a distributor and as a defender despite a significant dropoff in his scoring and shooting numbers. But he still led the way for a star-studded Maryland team that advanced to the program's first Sweet Sixteen in 13 years.

After averaging 16.2 points per game, shooting 44 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range and getting to the free-throw line nearly seven times a game as a freshman, Trimble averaged 14.8 points per game, shot just 41 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from 3-point range and averaged just better than five free throws a game as a sophomore. Still, he earned All-Big Ten First Team honors for the second straight season.

The expectations placed on him and his team were huge. Trimble was the conference preseason player of the year, and the Terps were tabbed as one of the favorites to win the national championship.

A return to school is not without its risks, as a further decline in Trimble's shooting numbers could prove costly for his draft stock. Plus, with many of the stars from last season's team gone, the Terps will enter the season with vastly different expectations, with many questioning whether they'll even make the NCAA tournament.

However, Trimble could be doing exactly what the new rules were designed to do: using better access to information to make the best decision. If NBA teams truly believe he's not ready for the pros, continuing to develop at the college level makes a heck of a lot of sense. Plus, while his stock was high after that freshman season, it no doubt took a hit after his sophomore season and could rocket back up with another big year as a junior.

Plus, Trimble's return means Turgeon doesn't have to go into full-tilt rebuild mode a season removed from one with championship expectations.

"Melo informed me (Wednesday) night that he has decided to return to Maryland for his junior season," Turgeon said. "After gathering information throughout this process, I agree that this is the best decision for him. Melo is a very special person. He is a winner, and his impact on our program has been immeasurable. Melo has an extremely bright future ahead of him both on and off the basketball court. We are excited that he will continue to pursue his degree and build upon his legacy in College Park."