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Surprise Fantasy Football Rankings

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This is what I wear when I draft my team.
This is what I wear when I draft my team.

Do you play? I do. I've been playing for four seasons now and every year I get more and more involved. I was league commissioner last year and spent four hours in my garage building a trophy to go to the winner (me!) out of $60 worth of stuff from Home Depot. It is definitely the most gaudy trophy ever built and would give the Stanley Cup a run for its money.

Everybody who plays fantasy football knows that guy who drafts his entire favorite team. If you don't know that guy then guess what... you are that guy. One or two players here and there is understandable but it definitely raised some eyebrows when you drafted J.P. Foschi in the sixth round last season. Does that make you a bad fantasy footballer, probably but there's nothing wrong with throwing away your $20 buy-in just to prove that you're the biggest fan of your team around.

So, having said that, you might be surprised to know where NFL.com ranked some of the Bengals players for the upcoming jock version of Dungeons and Dragons.

Carson Palmer: Palmer is ranked almost right in the middle at 17. Considering he really didn't play in 2008 and his less than stellar numbers in 2009, I can't really say that I disagree with where the dungeon masters decided to rank him. However, I do think whoever drafts Palmer this year will be happy they did. I think this is Palmers year.

Cedric Benson: Benson is ranked eighth among fantasy running banks. That's pretty high and with all the talent at the running back position in the NFL, I'm satisfied with his ranking. I had Benson on my team last year and I'd love to have him again this year. What I'm not satisfied with is who is ranked above him. Rashard Mendenhall, Michael Turner and Steven Jackson are all ranked above Benson. They're all good but I think Benson will have the better year.

Chad Ochocinco: Ochocinco is ranked at 17 and he's the only Bengals wide receiver in the top 20. Antonio Bryant is the only other Bengals wide receiver on the list (of 80), coming in at number 41. Bryant still needs to prove himself (and I think he will) and Ochocinco will do better this year because I think Palmer will do better.

Jermaine Gresham: Gresham, being a rookie, was unlikely to be ranked really high but at least he's in the top 30. He comes in at number 25. I think he has the potential to belong in the top 10 by the end of the season but we'll have to wait and see about that. The only think we can say for sure is that the Bengals upgraded their tight end position.

Dave Rayner: Rayner is the lowest ranking Bengal coming in at number 31 (of 32). Does that really mean anything? No, not really. Once again, with Rayner, we're just going to have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully the decision to let Shayne Graham go was a good one.

Defense: You got to be kidding me! The Bengals defense is ranked at 17. Really?!? How is that possible? Above the Bengals are both Baltimore and Pittsburgh and somehow the Arizona Cardinals squeaked in at number 16. Ridiculous.

Finally, when it comes to the top 200 players for the upcoming fantasy football draft, Cedric Benson comes in at number 13 which is pretty cool. It's almost time for fantasy football so start polishing your trophies and find your cape because it's almost time to jock-nerd out.