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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings

 

 

It’s football time! Perhaps more excitingly, it’s FANTASY FOOTBALL TIME! Don’t get caught scrambling around at the last minute to determine player roles for the upcoming season. The time to start studying is now. Luckily for you guys, we’re fantasy fanatics and have spent the last 5 months salivating over the opportunity to drop these nuggets on anyone who will listen. Here is our full fantasy cheat sheet to prepare you for your 2018 fantasy football draft.

 

Based on .5 PPR

 

 

WIDE RECEIVER:

 

1. Odell Beckham – Giants

The Giants felt just how valuable he was to them when they dropped to the bottom of the standings without him last year. When he’s healthy, all things seem to be clicking for the Giants’ passing game, and now teams also have to be worried about Barkley and Engram. This should make things a little easier for the most skilled WR in the league.

 

2. Antonio Brown – Steelers

Just like ODB, this guy is unstoppable. Quickness, anticipation, and hands are all at an elite level. Plus he’s looking to take it to the house each time.

 

3. DeAndre Hopkins – Texans

He’s certainly not shy about letting people know how good he is, but he backs it up on the field. He has a QB now that can get him the ball too. Hopkins had his best games with Watson under Center.

 

4. Julio Jones – Falcons

He’s still Julio. Just throw it up in the vicinity and he’ll go get it. Probably the most physically gifted WR in the NFL right now. He looks like a TE, but moves like a WR.

 

5. AJ Green – Bengals

Tall deep threat reminiscent of Randy Moss, but he’ll need Andy Dalton to get things back together in order for him to solidify this top 5 ranking.

 

6. Keenan Allen – Chargers

Another complete WR that can have his way with just about anybody. Smooth, sure-handed athlete with good size and a solid QB throwing him the ball.

 

7. Michael Thomas – Saints

#1 WR on a Drew Brees’ team. Need I say more? Thomas is only in his 3rd year, but had 90+ receptions and 1,100+ yards in each of his first 2 season’s.

 

8. Mike Evans – Bucs

One of the top young WRs in the league. Same size as Julio, maybe not quite the athlete, but close enough.

 

9. Tyreek Hill – Chiefs

A complete nightmare after he catches the ball, and keeps getting better as a WR with his route running. He’s looking to go for back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons.

 

10. Stefon Diggs – Vikings

One of the underrated receivers in the game, Diggs is a constant threat to score. I have a feeling like he will quickly become Kirk Cousins’ new favorite target.

 

11. Doug Baldwin – Seahawks

Russell Wilson’s favorite target, he will get plenty of balls thrown his way. He and Wilson have a strong rapport, especially on ad-lib plays. With a new offensive coordinator who emphasizes keeping defenses honest downfield, I expect the long ball chemistry between Baldwin and Wilson to  continue.

 

12. DeVonte Adams – Packers

Reaching his prime and becomes the #1 target for Aaron Rodgers. Should be a breakout year. Huge catching radius thanks to his size and athleticism, and Aaron Rodgers will make sure to utilize those skills.

 

13. Golden Tate – Lions

The Lions have to find a way to get this playmaker the ball more, but he’s coming off of back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. Expect him to make it a 3rd.

 

14. Adam Thielen – Vikings

He’s been on fire for the last few years and Cousins will try to keep that fire burning. He’s a high volume guy working out of the slot, so plenty of opportunities will be there.

 

15. Amari Cooper – Raiders

After posting 1,000+ yards in each of his first 2 seasons, Cooper regressed last year. Jon Gruden is going to get this guy back on track, and find a way to utilize his strengths.

 

16. TY Hilton – Colts

Andrew Luck’s number 1 target, so you have to assume he’ll have a big year if his QB is healthy.

 

17. Jarvis Landry – Browns

400 catches through his first 4 seasons with the Dolphins, tough son of a gun. He becomes the #1 WR for the Browns. HesHa high volume guy with great durability.

 

18. Julian Edelman – Patriots

Suspended the first 4 games or would otherwise be in the top 10. Still though, when healthy, is just as productive as anybody. 90+ catches in 3/4 years before his injury.

 

19. Josh Gordon – Browns

Can’t ignore Gordon’s big play ability. He can have his way in 1-on-1 coverage with anybody, and sometimes can’t be stopped on double-teams either. Really, the only person that can stop Josh Gordon IS Josh Gordon.

 

20. DeMaryius Thomas – Broncos

I would have him higher, he’s a great WR, but I think the Broncos will struggle to move the chains on offense with Keenum running the show.

 

21. Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals

Larry still has the same dependable hands, but is dealing with an injury-prone QB in his 1st season with the team or a rookie QB.

 

22. Allen Robinson – Bears

Robinson signed a big contract to be the Bears’ #1 guy.

 

23. Alshon Jeffery – Eagles

Alshon got his big contract with the Eagles this off-season and shouldn’t disappoint when called upon.

 

24. Robert Woods – Rams

Woods assumes the #1 spot in a dynamic offense that likes to spread the ball around.

 

25. Brandin Cooks – Rams

Speedy threat who will take over Sammy Watkins’ role and may even do it better.

 

26. Corey Davis – Titans

Primed for a breakout year. The 2nd year WR has the prototypical size, agility, and hands to become a top 10 WR in this league. Consider taking him higher.

 

27. Pierre Garçon – 49ers

Will have a productive year with Jimmy G behind Center all season long. His best days are behind him, but he’s still solid.

 

28. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Steelers

Perhaps the best season among rookie WRs, and doesn’t have to worry about Martavius Bryant crying in the background anymore. Should get a lot of looks because of the attention drawn by Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell.

 

29. Marvin Jones Jr – Lions

Made some noise last year and solidified his role on the team. Looking to take the next step in his game this year, and really could end up a lot higher than this projection to be honest.

 

30. Will Fuller V – Texans

Had awesome games when Watson was the QB. Not so good when he wasn’t. He’s a vertical threat that compliments D.Hopkins very well.

 

31. Sammy Watson – Chiefs

 

32. Chris Hogan – Patriots

 

33. Michael Crabtree – Ravens

 

34. DeVante Parker – Dolphins

 

35. Devin Funchess – Panthers

 

36. Robbie Anderson – Jets

 

37. Emmanuel Sanders – Broncos

 

38. Randall Cobb – Packers

 

39. Kelvin Benjamin – Bills

 

40. Jamison Crowder – Washington

 

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