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DRAFT Best-Ball Fantasy Football Rankings

by Mike Tagliere | @MikeTagliereNFL | Featured Writer
Aug 8, 2017

Brandin Cooks is someone who should move up your board in best-ball leagues.

Over the offseason, I’ve shared my personal thoughts on each player from a season-long standpoint, but I’ve never released my best-ball rankings. That is, until now. With a lot of our readers/listeners signing up for DRAFT, we thought it’d be helpful for you to have a template to work with. It’s important to know that you don’t have to follow this player-for-player, but rather know which players should be taken in which range at their position.

When playing best-ball on DRAFT, keep in mind that it’s 0.5 PPR (points per reception) with these starting requirements: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 W/R/T. In the 18-round draft, you’ll ideally want to wind up with 2-3 quarterbacks, 5-6 running backs, 6-7 wide receivers, and 2-3 tight ends. If you’d like to know what should influence how many players you carry at each position, pair my rankings with this article that explains the differences in drafting a best-ball team.

We’ll be going by position, because overall rankings don’t really work in this format. You need to remain fluid in your draft, not missing a complete tier at a position. Typically, though, you should have at least 2-3 running backs and 3-4 wide receivers by the end of the eighth round. You should also attempt to lock up two of your quarterbacks by the end of the 12th round, or you might be stuck with Cody Kessler as your No. 2 quarterback.

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  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Andrew Luck
  5. Russell Wilson
  6. Matt Ryan
  7. Ben Roethlisberger
  8. Cam Newton
  9. Tyrod Taylor
  10. Kirk Cousins
  11. Dak Prescott
  12. Marcus Mariota
  13. Jameis Winston
  14. Derek Carr
  15. Andy Dalton
  16. Philip Rivers
  17. Matthew Stafford
  18. Eli Manning
  19. Carson Palmer
  20. Carson Wentz
  21. Blake Bortles
  22. Ryan Tannehill
  23. Joe Flacco
  24. Sam Bradford
  25. Alex Smith
  26. Brian Hoyer
  27. Jared Goff
  28. Mike Glennon
  29. Deshaun Watson
  30. Josh McCown
  31. DeShone Kizer
  32. Trevor Siemian
  33. Cody Kessler
  34. Patrick Mahomes
  35. Tom Savage
  36. Paxton Lynch


Running Backs

  1. Le’Veon Bell
  2. David Johnson
  3. LeSean McCoy
  4. Ezekiel Elliott
  5. Melvin Gordon
  6. Devonta Freeman
  7. Jay Ajayi
  8. DeMarco Murray
  9. Todd Gurley
  10. Leonard Fournette
  11. Jordan Howard
  12. Carlos Hyde
  13. Ty Montgomery
  14. Isaiah Crowell
  15. C.J. Anderson
  16. Marshawn Lynch
  17. Lamar Miller
  18. Christian McCaffrey
  19. Mark Ingram
  20. Spencer Ware
  21. Mike Gillislee
  22. Joe Mixon
  23. Paul Perkins
  24. Dalvin Cook
  25. Bilal Powell
  26. Ameer Abdullah
  27. Eddie Lacy
  28. Doug Martin
  29. Adrian Peterson
  30. Derrick Henry
  31. Tevin Coleman
  32. Danny Woodhead
  33. Terrance West
  34. Frank Gore
  35. LeGarrette Blount
  36. Samaje Perine
  37. Duke Johnson
  38. C.J. Prosise
  39. Kareem Hunt
  40. Matt Forte
  41. Theo Riddick
  42. James White
  43. Jonathan Stewart
  44. Darren McFadden
  45. Giovani Bernard
  46. Darren Sproles
  47. Jamaal Williams
  48. Jacquizz Rodgers
  49. Robert Kelley
  50. DeAndre Washington
  51. Thomas Rawls
  52. Dion Lewis
  53. Rex Burkhead
  54. Jonathan Williams
  55. Jamaal Charles
  56. Alvin Kamara
  57. Marlon Mack
  58. Chris Thompson
  59. James Conner
  60. Jeremy Hill
  61. D’Onta Foreman
  62. Joe Williams
  63. Charles Sims
  64. Latavius Murray
  65. T.J. Yeldon
  66. Jerick McKinnon
  67. Robert Turbin
  68. Aaron Jones
  69. Wendell Smallwood
  70. Jalen Richard
  71. Devontae Booker
  72. Wayne Gallman
  73. Tim Hightower
  74. Lance Dunbar
  75. Branden Oliver


Wide Receivers

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Julio Jones
  3. Odell Beckham Jr.
  4. Mike Evans
  5. A.J. Green
  6. Michael Thomas
  7. T.Y. Hilton
  8. Jordy Nelson
  9. Amari Cooper
  10. Doug Baldwin
  11. Sammy Watkins
  12. Dez Bryant
  13. Brandin Cooks
  14. Davante Adams
  15. Martavis Bryant
  16. Demaryius Thomas
  17. Allen Robinson
  18. DeAndre Hopkins
  19. Terrelle Pryor
  20. Michael Crabtree
  21. Alshon Jeffery
  22. Donte Moncrief
  23. Keenan Allen
  24. Stefon Diggs
  25. Tyreek Hill
  26. Golden Tate
  27. Kelvin Benjamin
  28. Jarvis Landry
  29. Larry Fitzgerald
  30. John Brown
  31. Jeremy Maclin
  32. Willie Snead
  33. Emmanuel Sanders
  34. Brandon Marshall
  35. Julian Edelman
  36. DeSean Jackson
  37. Pierre Garcon
  38. Devante Parker
  39. Randall Cobb
  40. Eric Decker
  41. Jamison Crowder
  42. Quincy Enunwa
  43. Corey Davis
  44. Cameron Meredith
  45. Tyrell Williams
  46. Mike Wallace
  47. Marvin Jones
  48. Kenny Britt
  49. Rishard Matthews
  50. Adam Thielen
  51. Jordan Matthews
  52. Sterling Shepard
  53. Corey Coleman
  54. Kevin White
  55. Josh Doctson
  56. Ted Ginn
  57. Kenny Stills
  58. Tyler Lockett
  59. Devin Funchess
  60. Marqise Lee
  61. Tavon Austin
  62. Malcolm Mitchell
  63. Breshad Perriman
  64. John Ross
  65. Mohamed Sanu
  66. Robert Woods
  67. Mike Williams
  68. Cole Beasley
  69. Taylor Gabriel
  70. Paul Richardson
  71. J.J. Nelson
  72. Travis Benjamin
  73. Allen Hurns
  74. Will Fuller
  75. Torrey Smith
  76. Eli Rogers
  77. Laquon Treadwell
  78. Jeremy Kerley
  79. Marquise Goodwin
  80. Chris Conley
  81. Geronimo Allison
  82. Cooper Kupp
  83. Curtis Samuel
  84. Kendall Wright
  85. Kenny Golladay
  86. Zay Jones
  87. Chris Hogan
  88. Tyler Boyd
  89. JuJu Smith-Schuster
  90. Taywan Taylor
  91. Brandon LaFell
  92. Kamar Aiken
  93. Carlos Henderson
  94. Andre Holmes
  95. Cordarrelle Patterson
  96. ArDarius Stewart
  97. Albert Wilson
  98. Dontrelle Inman
  99. Seth Roberts
  100. Nelson Agholor


Tight Ends

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Travis Kelce
  3. Greg Olsen
  4. Jordan Reed
  5. Tyler Eifert
  6. Martellus Bennett
  7. Jimmy Graham
  8. Kyle Rudolph
  9. Jack Doyle
  10. Delanie Walker
  11. Hunter Henry
  12. Eric Ebron
  13. Zach Ertz
  14. Coby Fleener
  15. Jason Witten
  16. Julius Thomas
  17. Austin Hooper
  18. David Njoku
  19. Evan Engram
  20. O.J. Howard
  21. Charles Clay
  22. Antonio Gates
  23. Cameron Brate
  24. Jermaine Gresham
  25. C.J. Fiedorowicz
  26. Jared Cook
  27. Tyler Higbee
  28. Zach Miller
  29. Vance McDonald
  30. Vernon Davis
  31. Dwayne Allen
  32. Seth DeValve
  33. A.J. Derby
  34. George Kittle
  35. Gerald Everett
  36. Erik Swoope

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