It’s never too soon for fantasy football 2011

Super Bowl XLV is in the books, and the Green Bay Packers are your NFL champions for the 2010 season.

For me, now it’s time to dive right into fantasy football 2011. That means doing a ton of data research and compiling my ridiculously early player rankings as a basis for NFL.com’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine, which hits newsstands in the summer.

Between now and the beginning of May, when our magazine deadline hits, these rankings are going to endure more facelifts than Joan Rivers. Ah, the work here at NFL.com Fantasy never ends. But it’s a labor of love.

During the last few weeks, I have unearthed some very interesting nuggets that you’re going to want to check out in the magazine.

Here’s a little taste:

  • Tony Romo has the most favorable schedule (based on the 2010 fantasy points allowed of the Cowboys’ upcoming opponents) of any quarterback in the league. Matthew Stafford has the least favorable.
  • Over the last five seasons, only 48 percent of quarterbacks who finished in the top 12 at the position reached that same level the very next year.
  • Michael Turner, Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson have the most favorable schedules among running backs. Ryan Grant, Marshawn Lynch and Cedric Benson have the least favorable.
  • Since 2006, only 25 percent of running backs who finished in the top five at the position reached that same level the very next year. (A warning for Arian Foster?)
  • DeSean Jackson and Larry Fitzgerald have the most favorable schedules among wide receivers. Sidney Rice and Dwayne Bowe have the least favorable.
  • A mere 32.5 percent of wide receivers who finished in the top 10 at the position over the last five seasons have reached that same level the very next year.

That’s just a few of the tidbits you’ll get in the magazine, in addition to all of the player rankings, cheat sheets, sleepers, busts and everything else fantasy football. But there is a little something I’d like to get your help with as we construct our latest publication.

I want to know what you, the fantasy football owner, value the most when it comes to your draft preparation. Is it rankings? Sleepers? Fantasy points allowed ratings? Send your thoughts and ideas to AskFabiano@nfl.com or simply leave it in the comments section below.

Thanks all!

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