Mike Tagliere’s Top-200 Fantasy Football Rankings (August Update)

by Mike Tagliere | @MikeTagliereNFL | Featured Writer
Aug 21, 2017

Antonio Brown makes for one of the safest picks in all of fantasy football.

When I started writing about fantasy football, it wasn’t published. In fact, it wasn’t even on a computer. It was in one of those black Mead notebooks that you pick up in the school supplies section of Walmart. I was the only one actually reading my rankings. Nobody cared but me, but it didn’t matter. I did it because I loved the thought process that went into it. I loved that I could take down my thoughts, go back and look at it a few weeks later, and see where I was right and where I went wrong.

“You have Player X over Player Y in your rankings?! That’s got to be wrong. What about his quarterback? The other guy has to compete for targets. You’re wrong.” When you post fantasy football rankings, these are the questions that will come up. They are fair questions, even though they may come across as mean sometimes. I get it. I was on that end not too long ago. So instead of continue to do the norm, I wanted to explain why I felt the way I did. Someone asked me the other day, “Mike, how do you relate with your audience? Is there something that I should do in my articles that can help?”

Going back to why I started writing, it was all about the process. By writing anywhere from 200-500 words on a player, you’ll start to gain clarity as to who you’d pick and why you’d pick them. I did this for the top 30 players at each position. Then I started putting my work online and people started to find me. Why? Because I explained the process, which is always greater than the result. If you tell someone why they should be doing something and give them ample reasons to justify that, they’ll trust you, even if it doesn’t work out (I’m looking at you, Torrey Smith). Fantasy football is such a volatile game with such a small sample size that we’re going to be wrong, but it helps you feel better when you know the process was right.

With that being said, we’re just around the corner from fantasy season kicking off. Because of that, I’ve went through and re-adjusted all of my rankings. Below, you’ll find my top 200 fantasy football players for the 2017 season, with notes on all of them. It’s important to keep in mind that these rankings will change as we learn more, but this page will continually be updated all the way through the start of the season.

If you’d like to read up on some of the most polarizing players this offseason, I’ve been doing Player Profiles that are over 1,000 words apiece. You can find all of my work from this offseason right here.

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1Le'Veon Bell (PIT)RB
2Todd Gurley (LAR)RB
3Mark Ingram (NO)RB
4Kareem Hunt (KC)RB
5LeSean McCoy (BUF)RB
6Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
7Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
8Antonio Brown (PIT)WR
9Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
10Carlos Hyde (SF)RB
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11Julio Jones (ATL)WR
12A.J. Green (CIN)WR
13Lamar Miller (HOU)RB
14Jordan Howard (CHI)RB
15Samaje Perine (WAS)RB
16Tevin Coleman (ATL)RB
17Rob Gronkowski (NE)TE
18Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
19DeMarco Murray (TEN)RB
20Brandin Cooks (NE)WR
21Dion Lewis (NE)RB
22Travis Kelce (KC)TE
23Alfred Morris (DAL)RB
24Doug Baldwin (SEA)WR
25Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
26Orleans Darkwa (NYG)RB
27Joe Mixon (CIN)RB
28Jerick McKinnon (MIN)RB
29Michael Thomas (NO)WR
30Latavius Murray (MIN)RB
1Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
2Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)1B
3Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
4Mike Trout (LAA)CF,DH
5Mookie Betts (BOS)RF
6Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
7Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
8Joey Votto (CIN)1B
9Kris Bryant (CHC)1B,3B
10Chris Sale (BOS)SP
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11Manny Machado (BAL)3B,SS
12Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B,2B
13Corey Seager (LAD)SS
14Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)RF
15Clayton Kershaw (LAD)SP
16Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
17Daniel Murphy (WSH)1B,2B
18Nelson Cruz (SEA)RF,DH
19George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
20Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
21Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
22Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)1B,DH
23Josh Donaldson (TOR)3B,DH
24Yu Darvish (FA)SP
25Robinson Cano (SEA)2B
26Bryce Harper (WSH)RF
27Miguel Cabrera (DET)1B,DH
28J.D. Martinez (FA)RF
29Madison Bumgarner (SF)SP
30Jose Abreu (CWS)1B,DH
1Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
2Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)SF,PF
3James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
4Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
5Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
6Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
7Anthony Davis (NOR)PF,C
8Kawhi Leonard (SAS)SG,SF
9LeBron James (CLE)SF,PF
10Nikola Jokic (DEN)PF,C
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11John Wall (WAS)PG
12DeMarcus Cousins (NOR)PF,C
13Chris Paul (HOU)PG
14Damian Lillard (POR)PG
15Jimmy Butler (MIN)SG,SF
16Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
17Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
18Hassan Whiteside (MIA)C,PF
19Myles Turner (IND)PF,C
20Paul George (OKC)SF,PF
21Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
22Draymond Green (GSW)SF,PF
23Kristaps Porzingis (NYK)PF,C
24Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
25CJ McCollum (POR)PG,SG
26Mike Conley (MEM)PG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Klay Thompson (GSW)SG,SF
29Marc Gasol (MEM)C
30Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C