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Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy top early fantasy football rankings

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With the July 4th holiday in the rear-view mirror, it’s definitely time to focus on fantasy football rankings and it's no surprise that running backs top the early lists.

Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy are ranked first and second respectively, in both standard and point-per-reception leagues, according to data from Fantasy Pros.

In standard leagues, a consensus of 28 experts has Charles ranked from No. 1 to No. 3, averaging out on all the lists at 1.4. McCoy is ranked from No. 1 to No. 4, averaging out at 2.2. Third on the list is Adrian Peterson, ranked from No. 1 to No. 7, averaging out at 3.1. Matt Forte is currently ranked fourth and Eddie Lacy is fifth. Forte’s highest ranking is No. 2 and Lacy’s is No. 3.

The rankings do see a shift when the format changes from standard to PPR. Charles and McCoy maintain the first and second spots, but Forte jumps up to No. 3. In the fourth spot is Calvin Johnson, the first non-RB to crack into the top five in either ranking. Johnson’s is ranked anywhere from No. 2 to No. 5 by the experts. Jimmy Graham, the TE who wanted to be a WR for contract purposes, rounds out the top five. Graham finds himself anywhere from No. 5 to No. 11 on the experts’ boards.

Peterson and Lacy fall to sixth and ninth in PPR rankings. In standard leagues, Johnson is sixth and Graham is eighth.

It's a good idea to get a head start on your rankings now. By doing so, you have the flexibility of moving players up or down based on injuries, holdouts and other news throughout the summer.

Do you have any sleepers targeted for your draft? Share your thoughts on anything fantasy football with me on twitter at @aksports.

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