2013 Fantasy Football Player Rankings: AFC South


Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) is pursued by New England Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich (50) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (51) in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Here we are, finally, less than one week away from opening kickoff. Over the next few days, many of you will be participating in fantasy football drafts. To help you with that, here are my 2013 fantasy football player rankings for the AFC South.

1Arian Foster, Hou RB
2Chris Johnson, Ten RB
3Maurice Jones-Drew, Jac RB
4Andre Johnson, Hou WR
5Cecil Shorts, Jac WR
6Reggie Wayne, Ind WR
7Ahmad Bradshaw, Ind RB
8Andrew Luck, Ind QB
9T.Y. Hilton, Ind WR
10Kenny Britt, Ten WR
11Matt Schaub, Hou QB
12Nate Washington, Ten WR
13Texans D/ST
14Owen Daniels, Hou TE
15Kendall Wright, Ten WR
16Ben Tate, Hou RB
17DeAndre Hopkins, Hou WR
18Jake Locker, Ten QB
19Vick Ballard, Ind RB
20Randy Bullock, Hou K
21Darrius Heyward-Bey, Ind WR
22Coby Fleener, Ind TE
23Adam Vinatieri, Ind K
24Rob Bironas, Ten K
25Justin Hunter, Ten WR
26Marcedes Lewis, Jac TE
27Justin Blackmon, Jac WR
28Delanie Walker, Ten TE
29Josh Scobee, Jac K
30Shonn Greene, Ten RB
31Taylor Thompson, Ten TE
32Titans D/ST
33Denard Robinson, Jac RB
34Jordan Shipley, Jac WR
35Dwayne Allen, Ind TE
36Jackie Battle, Ten RB
37Colts D/ST
38Kerwynn Williams, Ind RB
39Justin Forsett, Jac R
40Blaine Gabbert, Jac QB
41Chad Henne, Jac QB
42Jaguars D/ST
43Lestar Jean, Hou WR
44Mohamed Massaquoi, Jac WR
45Donald Brown, Ind RB
46Cierre Wood, Hou RB
47Garrett Graham, Hou TE
48Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ten QB
49Ray Graham, Hou RB
50T.J. Yates, Hou QB

Best Player: Arian Foster

There’s no question it’s Arian Foster. Even with the preseason injury woes, even with the declining yards-per-carry over the last three years, he’s still the best bet in the league for double-digit touchdowns.

Best Team: Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee and Indianapolis both have twelve players in the top fifty, while Houston and Jacksonville each clock in with only eleven players, but Indianapolis has the most players ranked in the top ten with four.

Best Draft-Day Value: Nate Washington

Nate the Great is going undrafted in most leagues. Many people view him as the number three, and possibly the fourth, receiver on the depth chart. But the fact of the matter is that Nate Washington is the only Titans receiver with a 1,000 yard season on his resume, and he clearly looked like Jake Locker’s favorite target throughout the preseason, when he led all Titan’s starters with 10 catches for 131 yards and one touchdown. If he stays healthy (and if he gets healthy by week 1), he has a real shot to lead the Titans receivers in fantasy points.

Best Running Backs: Tennessee Titans

The Texans have the best RB-tandem, but the Titans running backs possess the most fantasy value. Chris Johnson could be the fantasy MVP, and Shonn Greene may have more value than expected if he puts up LenDale White-style touchdown numbers (White had 15 TDs in 2008). Yes, Arian Foster is the best overall running back, as well as the best overall player (see the Best Player category above), and yes, Ben Tate is a talented runner who would be a viable option if Foster were to get injured. However, if everyone stays healthy, Shonn Greene is a better every-week option than Ben Tate, thanks to Greene’s touchdown potential.

Best Wide Receivers: Indianapolis Colts

Before you object, let me remind you: this category is best receivers for fantasy football purposes, and the Colts are the only team with two receivers that are potential every-week fantasy starters. Reggie Wayne has been a fantasy staple for years, and he is a lock for 150+ targets this season (he had 194 last year, second in the league). T.Y. Hilton can blow by any defensive back as he looks to continue his development in his second year. Hilton’s current ADP of 87 is far too low considering his upside.

I wish you all good luck in your drafts. Find me on Twitter @JGra_TitanSized, where you can ask me all of your fantasy football advice questions throughout the season.