PRESEASON/DRAFT - 2018
Last Updated: 8/14/2018
- Aaron Rodgers (GBP): Lack of an established run game only vaults Rodgers higher. He adds some run yardage of his own. Could be the only "elite" QB this season, worthy of a higher pick. If you miss on him, just wait until the later rounds.
- Deshaun Watson (HOU): Somewhat reluctant to put him second, but has so much potential that we'll plug him in here. Like Rodgers, doesn't have much of a run game. Has an elite WR in DeAndre Hopkins and a host of other weapons like Will Fuller and rookie Keke Coutee. Could light it up in 2018 but a repeat of 2017's per-game numbers would be hard to do.
- Russell Wilson (SEA): Sense a trend here. Again, not much of a run game and adds value through his own legs. Probably the best scrambler in the NFL this season and perhaps ever. Doug Baldwin is a legit #1 target and while he's lost Jimmy Graham, he will still produce in the red zone.
- Tom Brady (NEP): Sure, he won't have Julian Edelman for the first 4 games of the season, but he didn't have him at all last season. Brady does more with less better than anyone. Add in a host of solid pass-catching backs and knowing how this Patriot offense operates and you know Brady will put up fantasy points.
- Carson Wentz (PHI): Wentz had a spectacular rookie season that was cut short. His Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl and this offense should once again put up some points. They may look to balance things out a bit but Wentz is still a top QB option.
- Cam Newton (CAR): Newton may be the best pure runner at the QB spot this season. He's added a weapon in D.J. Moore and still has one of the better TEs in the game. There may be some down weeks but we love having two games against NOS, TBB and ATL. Those could be high-scoring affairs.
- Drew Brees (NOS): Like Newton, being in the NFC South almost guarantees a good handful of shootouts. Yes, the Saints relied on the run game a whole lot more in 2017 and will look to do the same in 2018, but Brees remains one of the best distributors of the football in the NFL. He will once again put up fantasy points for you.
- Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Steady as they come, and has probably two of the most dangerous pass-catchers in the game in Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell out of the backfield. Plus JuJu Smith-Schuster is no slouch. Will have some huge games, but could have a stinker or two mixed in.
- Jimmy Garroppolo (SFO): We are buying into the hype, mainly because of the offense he's in. The supporting cast isn't great but like Brady he may be able to do more with less. Don't over-draft Jimmy G, but if you feel he's slipped far enough, he's worth picking up.
- Kirk Cousins (MIN): Cousins was a solid performer in Washington and now gets into a better offense with a better supporting cast. There's some trepidation here as the Vikings could rely more on their defense and run game, but there's potential here for some big games.
- Philip Rivers (SDC): Some say he has the best receiving corps in the game. Could be, and even when he had nobodies catching the ball he put up big numbers. Losing up-and-coming TE Hunter Henry will certainly hurt but Rivers will still light it up.
- Alex Smith (WAS): If Cousins could do it, why can't Smith? Smith had an electric WR and solid WR in Kansas City and while his supporting cast here in Washington isn't as dynamic, he is a solid, heady QB that will both manage the game and put up some fantasy points.
- Matthew Stafford (DET)
- Andrew Luck (IND)
- Jared Goff (LAR)
- Matt Ryan (ATL)
- Dak Prescott (DAL)
- Eli Manning (NYG)
- Marcus Mariota (TEN)
- Patrick Mahomes (KCC)
- Blake Bortles (JAC)
- Case Keenum (DEN)
- Andy Dalton (CIN)
- Derek Carr (OAK)
- Tyrod Taylor (CLE)
TOP RUNNING BACKS (ppr)
- Todd Gurley (LAR): Probably a 1a / 1b situation with Bell but lack of uncertainty in terms of his long-term availability makes Gurley a safer bet. A do-everything back that may be getting better in 2018. Scary.
- LeVeon Bell (PIT): His days in Pittsburgh may be numbered but doesn't mean he won't put up sick stats (again). Always a threat out of the backfield, Bell is capable of putting up huge numbers every week.
- David Johnson (ARI): Like Gurley and Bell, Johnson is a dual threat whose best football may be ahead of him. Don't really care who's at QB for the Cards, Johnson is going to tote the rock and catch plenty of balls out of the backfield.
- Alvin Kamara (NOS): A slight dropoff is possible here, but we'll see his true mettle the first few games of the season with his running mate Mark Ingram suspended. Like the guys ahead of him, Kamara can blow up easily especially when featured in the pass game.
- Zeke Elliott (DAL): Another "featured" runner here who is active in the pass game. Zeke may actually rise based on his offensive line grading paths for him. You are in a good spot if you're picking in the middle of the round. Land Zeke with your first and a better 2nd round selection is yours.
- Melvin Gordon (SDC): I sense a trend here. Another back that catches the ball well out of the backfield and has no competition for goal-line work. Some chance of regression here based on high usage in '17, but Gordon is a strong runner, in a strong offense, and could get better in '18 if he avoids injury.
- Saquon Barkley (NYG): Like Zeke a couple years back, Barkley is a hyped-up rookie who will likely not disappoint. Barkley is solid catching the ball out of the backfield and is an electric runner. Question is can he live up to the massive hype? We think so.
- Kareem Hunt (KCC): Hunt had some quiet games in '17 but when he was on, he was on big time. He should be the focal point of the offense in '18 with a new QB under center. There may be some pressure from the backups but should see the bulk of the work.
- Leonard Fournette (JAC): We were surprised by his ability to catch the ball, something he was knocked for coming out of LSU. If he can continue to remain active in the pass game, a top-5 finish isn't out of the question. He will see a ton of volume.
- Jerick McKinnon (SFO): We are super high on the new Niner. If Coach Shanahan uses him like he used Devonta Freeman in ATL, the sky's the limit. We know he can catch the ball, but can he handle a #1's workload? We think so.
- Devonta Freeman (ATL): Speaking of which, Freeman should again see enough volume in the pass game - and enough work carrying the ball - to warrant RB1 status. The Falcon offense is seeing a bit more balance these days and that actually favors Freeman, who does it all.
- Dalvin Cook (MIN): Cook had his rookie season cut short, so we're not sure what could have been. Even with a decent backup worthy of some weekly carries, we think Cook should safely fit as a low-end RB1 in PPR formats. We'll see if he's the real deal.
- Christian McCaffrey (CAR)
- Jordan Howard (CHI)
- Jay Ajayi (PHI)
- Joe Mixon (CIN)
- Alex Collins (BAL)
- Lamar Miller (HOU)
- Derrick Henry (TEN)
- Mark Ingram (NOS)
- Kenyan Drake (MIA)
- Derrius Guice (WAS)
- Tarik Cohen (CHI)
- Chris Thompson (WAS)
- Isaiah Crowell (NYJ)
TOP RECEIVERS (ppr)
- Antonio Brown (PIT): No reason to think he won't see sick volume yet again. JJ-SS on the other end will only loosen the coverage. 1st round pick in PPR formats for sure.
- DeAndre Hopkins (HOU): A target hound just like Brown, hopefully Deshaun Watson will keep up his torrid pace from his rookie season. If so, Hopkins will be money. Even if Watson is at 75-80% of that, he'll be a solid WR1, if not challenging Brown for the top spot.
- Odell Beckham, Jr. (NYG): Are we concerned with him sharing targets with Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and the rookie RB Saquon Barkley? Not really. If anything, their presence will give him more open looks. Could lead the NFL in TDs, at least all WRs.
- Keenan Allen (SDC): When healthy he's a target hound just like Brown and Hopkins. His QB trusts him implicitly in all areas of the field. Red zone, between the 20s, doesn't matter. He just gets the ball, moves the chains and will get his share of TDs too.
- Michael Thomas (NOS): Think the Browns are regretting this whiff? Poor Browns. Anyways, back to Thomas. Love the offense, love the production. Presence of Cameron Meredith on the other side and Alvin Kamara out of the backfield will keep Thomas free to roam and make big plays.
- Julio Jones (ATL): A little concerned with the lack of TD production and some games that he's totally absent, but the big-game potential is there and we trust his QB. Addition of a solid #2b in Calvin Ridley will help. Mohamed Sanu as the #2a is solid, so Jones should see enough room downfield to make big plays.
- Davante Adams (GBP): Now the de facto #1 in the Green Bay offense, Adams (if he can stay healthy) is a potential monster. No more Jordy Nelson means Adams is Aaron Rodgers go-to. Lack of steady run game and having Rodgers throwing the ball means Adams could end up in the top-5 in terms of PPR. Again, health is a concern here but potential for big stats is there.
- Larry Fitzgerald (ARI): May be a bit high for Fitz but we love the steady production and no matter what QB (Sam Bradford or rookie Josh Rosen) is throwing the ball, Fitz will see a TON of targets in this offense. Having David Johnson back will help the offense move and Fitz could see an uptick in TD production as a result.
- A.J. Green (CIN): Another WR that can have his share of big games, but sometimes turns in the occasional stinker. He's still a solid WR1 that you can get at the start to middle of the 2nd round. That likely means you would have started out with a legit RB1, so pairing them with Green is a good start to your draft.
- Mike Evans (TBB): Ryan Fitzpatrick is a savvy vet that will target Evans a ton to start the season. Once Jameis Winston comes back there shouldn't be any hiccups. He can dominate games but disappears from time to time. Still, a solid - yet lower-end - WR1 in PPR formats.
- Stefon Diggs (MIN): Who2Start is SUPER high on Diggs this year. Addition of Kirk Cousins at QB has upped his stock we believe. The Viking offense can be potent, now with Cousins at the helm they could move the ball in big chunks. That favors Diggs over his running mate Adam Thielen.
- Adam Thielen (MIN): Speaking of which, we'll plug him in at 12 here. He could still command a lot of targets, but maybe not as many as with Case Keenum at QB. Keenum was more of a dink and dunk, slant pattern type of guy whereas Cousins gets the ball downfield a little more. We're still liking his chances at putting up low-end WR1 numbers in PPR formats.
- T.Y. Hilton (IND)
- Amari Cooper (OAK)
- Tyreek Hill (KCC)
- JuJu Smith- Schuster (PIT)
- Brandin Cooks (LAR)
- Doug Baldwin (SEA)
- Jarvis Landry (CLE)
- Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
- Golden Tate (DET)
- Pierre Garcon (SFO)
- Allen Robinson (CHI)
- Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)
- Chris Hogan (NEP)
TOP TIGHT ENDS (ppr)
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Last Updated: 8/14/2018
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