Mike Tagliere’s Early 2018 Fantasy Football Rankings

by Mike Tagliere | @MikeTagliereNFL | Featured Writer
Jan 2, 2018

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Hello, my name is Mike and I’m an addict. I can remember the first time I consumed fantasy football like it was yesterday. I didn’t even tell my friends that I was playing fantasy football, because I figured they’d make fun of me. We all grew up playing sports and didn’t have time for “fake” fantasy teams. Fast-forward more than a decade, and I’m still here with you.

Ladies and gentleman, if you’re here reading this, you have the sickness. You know, the one that has us looking at rankings that will legitimately not matter in just a few months time. It has us doing mock drafts from February through August, just so we can have a sense of where a player’s average draft position (ADP) is, even though most players won’t wind up close to where they were in February. But even though we know that, we’re here. We’ll be doing plenty of fun things throughout the offseason, so don’t just drift away. Between the NFL Draft and free agency, we’ll have you covered every step of the way. Until then, enjoy my way-too-early 2018 rankings.

*It must also be noted that there are several players who will be going to new teams during the offseason, so I tried to rank them somewhere in the middle of where expectations might be. Once all of the pieces fall into place, we’ll be able to assess the situations with much more clarity. 

Quarterbacks

Rank Player
1  Aaron Rodgers
2  Russell Wilson
3  Cam Newton
4  Andrew Luck
5  Carson Wentz
6  Deshaun Watson
7  Dak Prescott
8  Drew Brees
9  Tom Brady
10  Matthew Stafford
11  Jared Goff
12  Kirk Cousins
13  Jimmy Garoppolo
14  Ben Roethlisberger
15  Jameis Winston
16  Philip Rivers
17  Alex Smith
18  Matt Ryan
19  Marcus Mariota
20  Andy Dalton
21  Derek Carr
22  Blake Bortles
23  Ryan Tannehill
24  Mitchell Trubisky
25  Patrick Mahomes

 

Running Backs

Rank Player Rank Player
1  Le’Veon Bell 26  Chris Thompson
2  Ezekiel Elliott 27  Chris Carson
3  Todd Gurley 28  Alex Collins
4  David Johnson 29  Jamaal Williams
5  Leonard Fournette 30  Marlon Mack
6  Alvin Kamara 31  Rex Burkhead
7  Dalvin Cook 32  Ameer Abdullah
8  Melvin Gordon 33  D’Onta Foreman
9  Kareem Hunt 34  Wayne Gallman
10  Derrick Henry 35  Tarik Cohen
11  Jordan Howard 36  Marshawn Lynch
12  Devonta Freeman 37  Ty Montgomery
13  Mark Ingram 38  Doug Martin
14  LeSean McCoy 39  Bilal Powell
15  Joe Mixon 40  Jonathan Stewart
16  Christian McCaffrey 41  Giovani Bernard
17  Carlos Hyde 42  Aaron Jones
18  Kenyan Drake 43  James White
19  Jay Ajayi 44  Theo Riddick
20  Lamar Miller 45  Kenneth Dixon
21  Samaje Perine 46  Isaiah Crowell
22  Duke Johnson 47  Jerick McKinnon
23  Tevin Coleman 48  Spencer Ware
24  Dion Lewis 49  DeMarco Murray
25  C.J. Anderson 50  Mike Gillislee

 

Wide Receivers

Rank Player Rank Player
1  Antonio Brown 31  JuJu Smith-Schuster
2  Odell Beckham Jr. 32  DeVante Parker
3  DeAndre Hopkins 33  Robert Woods
4  Julio Jones 34  Marvin Jones
5  Michael Thomas 35  Julian Edelman
6  Mike Evans 36  Jamison Crowder
7  A.J. Green 37  Cooper Kupp
8  Davante Adams 38  Robby Anderson
9  Keenan Allen 39  Marquise Goodwin
10  Dez Bryant 40  Kelvin Benjamin
11  Brandin Cooks 41  Chris Hogan
12  Adam Thielen 42  DeSean Jackson
13  Jarvis Landry 43  Pierre Garcon
14  Doug Baldwin 44  Emmanuel Sanders
15  Amari Cooper 45  Sterling Shepard
16  Tyreek Hill 46  Nelson Agholor
17  Alshon Jeffery 47  Will Fuller
18  Allen Robinson 48  Martavis Bryant
19  T.Y. Hilton 49  Rishard Matthews
20  Stefon Diggs 50  Corey Coleman
21  Josh Gordon 51  Mike Williams
22  Michael Crabtree 52  Marqise Lee
23  Larry Fitzgerald 53  Mohamed Sanu
24  Jordy Nelson 54  Randall Cobb
25  Golden Tate 55  Kenny Stills
26  Demaryius Thomas 56  Donte Moncrief
27  Josh Doctson 57  Paul Richardson
28  Corey Davis 58  Mike Wallace
29  Sammy Watkins 59  Jeremy Maclin
30  Devin Funchess 60  Dede Westbrook

 

Tight Ends

Rank Player
1  Rob Gronkowski
2  Travis Kelce
3  Zach Ertz
4  Hunter Henry
5  Evan Engram
6  Greg Olsen
7  Delanie Walker
8  Jordan Reed
9  Jimmy Graham
10  Jack Doyle
11  O.J. Howard
12  Kyle Rudolph
13  Eric Ebron
14  David Njoku
15  Tyler Eifert
16  Jared Cook
17  George Kittle
18  Austin Hooper
19  Adam Shaheen
20  C.J. Fiedorowicz
21  Charles Clay
22  Austin Seferian-Jenkins
23  Cameron Brate
24  Jason Witten
25  Gerald Everett

 

Mike Tagliere is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Mike, check out his archive and follow him @MikeTagliereNFL.

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6Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
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16Chris Sale (BOS)SP
17Manny Machado (BAL)3B
18Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B,3B
19Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B,2B
20J.D. Martinez (BOS)RF
21Francisco Lindor (CLE)SS
22Aaron Judge (NYY)RF
23George Springer (HOU)CF,RF
24Josh Donaldson (TOR)3B
25Cody Bellinger (LAD)1B,LF
26Stephen Strasburg (WSH)SP
27Noah Syndergaard (NYM)SP
28Jose Ramirez (CLE)2B,3B
29Brian Dozier (MIN)2B
30Gary Sanchez (NYY)C
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4Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
5Russell Westbrook (OKC)PG
6Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
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12Chris Paul (HOU)PG
13Damian Lillard (POR)PG
14Jimmy Butler (MIN)SG,SF
15Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
16Hassan Whiteside (MIA)C,PF
17Myles Turner (IND)PF,C
18Paul George (OKC)SG,SF
19Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
20Draymond Green (GSW)SF,PF
21Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
22CJ McCollum (POR)PG,SG
23Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
24Klay Thompson (GSW)SG,SF
25Marc Gasol (MEM)C
26Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
27Paul Millsap (DEN)PF,C
28Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
29Eric Bledsoe (MIL)PG,SG
30Blake Griffin (DET)PF,C