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
3David Johnson (ARI)RB
4Antonio Brown (PIT)WR
5Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB
6DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
7Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)WR
8Michael Thomas (NO)WR
9Kareem Hunt (KC)RB
10Leonard Fournette (JAC)RB
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11Alvin Kamara (NO)RB
12Julio Jones (ATL)WR
13Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
14Mike Evans (TB)WR
15A.J. Green (CIN)WR
16Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB
17LeSean McCoy (BUF)RB
18Devonta Freeman (ATL)RB
19Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
20Davante Adams (GB)WR
21Mark Ingram (NO)RB
22Jordan Howard (CHI)RB
23Brandin Cooks (NE)WR
24Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
25Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
26Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
27Rob Gronkowski (NE)TE
28Doug Baldwin (SEA)WR
29Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB
30Carlos Hyde (SF)RB
1Mike Trout (LAA)CF
2Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
3Nolan Arenado (COL)3B
4Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)1B
5Mookie Betts (BOS)RF
6Bryce Harper (WSH)RF
7Trea Turner (WSH)SS
8Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
9Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)RF
10Clayton Kershaw (LAD)SP
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11Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
12Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
13Carlos Correa (HOU)SS
14Joey Votto (CIN)1B
15Manny Machado (BAL)3B
16Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
17Chris Sale (BOS)SP
18Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
19Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B,2B
20Aaron Judge (NYY)RF
21Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
22J.D. Martinez (FA)RF
23George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
24Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,LF
25Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
26Stephen Strasburg (WSH)SP
27Josh Donaldson (TOR)3B
28Corey Seager (LAD)SS
29Madison Bumgarner (SF)SP
30Gary Sanchez (NYY)C
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
12Chris Paul (HOU)PG
13Damian Lillard (POR)PG
14Jimmy Butler (MIN)SG,SF
15Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
16Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
17Hassan Whiteside (MIA)C,PF
18Myles Turner (IND)PF,C
19Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
20Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
21Draymond Green (GSW)SF,PF
22Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
23CJ McCollum (POR)PG,SG
24Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
25Klay Thompson (GSW)SG,SF
26Marc Gasol (MEM)C
27Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
28Paul Millsap (DEN)PF,C
29Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
30Eric Bledsoe (MIL)PG,SG