Fantasy Football Player Notes

2018 Draft Rankings
Todd Gurley photo 1. Todd Gurley RB - LAR
Gurley's season last year was the best for a running back since Chris Johnson's 2000 yard season in 2009. Sure, Le'Veon Bell is amazing, but you may be missing the boat if you don't grab by far the best fantasy asset with the first overall pick.
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Le'Veon Bell photo 2. Le'Veon Bell RB - PIT
The sentiment for drafting Bell first overall is fair and understandable, but he is substantially more injury prone than Gurley and finished more than 60 points behind him last fantasy season too. With that said, the difference between Bell and the #3 fantasy player may be even larger than the difference between #3 and #10.
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Ezekiel Elliott photo 3. Ezekiel Elliott RB - DAL
Despite missing six games last year, Zeke managed to still be a top 10 running back. Believe it or not, he scored more standard league points per game than even Le'Veon Bell. So long as he is able to stay healthy, we are looking at one of the top five assets in fantasy football once again.
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David Johnson photo 4. David Johnson RB - ARI
Some are clamoring that Johnson should even be the top overall pick. Now, you shouldn't go that far because his touchdown rate from 2016 is entirely unsustainable, but he is without question the workhorse in Arizona and ought to bounce back to a high-end RB1 this season.
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Antonio Brown photo 5. Antonio Brown WR - PIT
My overall ranking might be too low on the No. 1 wide receiver who has now finished inside the top-three at his position in each of the last four years, but passing on a volume running back is hard to do. Brown is as consistent as they come, as he's now posted at least WR2 numbers in 57 of his last 77 games, which amounts to 74 percent of the time. The only wide receivers who were able to accomplish that in just one year (2017) were Deandre Hopkins and Michael Thomas. He's the No. 1 wide receiver and it's not even debatable at this point. He's like a fine wine that gets better with age. If you want to take him as the third player off the board, there's no issue with that.
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DeAndre Hopkins photo 6. DeAndre Hopkins WR - HOU
There are a lot of fantasy football owners going gaga over Hopkins in 2018, but I'd warn you to proceed with caution. Not only did the Texans throw a lot more than they wanted to in 2017 because of all the injuries on the defensive side of the ball, but the 9.3 percent touchdown rate by Deshaun Watson is completely inflated. While Hopkins remains one of the safest wide receivers due to his volume, you don't want to pay for last year's performance. Don't forget that he finished as the WR36 in 2016 while seeing 151 targets. I get it, Watson is better than what he's had, but temper those expectations. There were an incredible 10 games where Hopkins saw 11 or more targets in 2017, while no other wide receiver totaled more than eight of those games.
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Alvin Kamara photo 7. Alvin Kamara RB - NO
If you are expecting Kamara to turn into a workhorse with Ingram out the first four games, or even the entire season, you may want to consider that he never saw more than 12 carries in any game last year. His ceiling is limited as a result, plus his touchdown rate is certain to come crashing back down to earth. Still, he is a first rounder without any doubts.
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Saquon Barkley photo 8. Saquon Barkley RB - NYG
While this may not have been the smartest #2 pick for an NFL team, he is a surefire top-10 fantasy player even as a rookie. The Giants improved their offensive line and are expected to offer Saquon over 350 touches. That is a recipe for one of the best rookie seasons in fantasy football history.
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Odell Beckham Jr. photo 9. Odell Beckham Jr. WR - NYG
It's now a 47-game sample size, so we have plenty of data to analyze him against. Beckham Jr. has posted WR1 numbers in 48.9 percent of those games, which is simply ridiculous. Just how ridiculous? Well, the closest wide receiver to his totals over the last 15 years is Julio Jones, who has hit the WR1 mark in 40.4 percent of his games. The addition of Saquon Barkley is likely to take away some of his massive potential, but he's still a generational talent that is going to be heavily involved. Don't overthink it, he's good.
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Melvin Gordon photo 10. Melvin Gordon RB - LAC
Gordon is by no means in the elite class of running backs, but there is something to be said for someone who saw 20+ touches in each of his last eight games. That type of opportunity is irreplaceable, making him a sturdy RB1. How his season ends up will merely be determined by touchdowns and health.
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Kareem Hunt photo 11. Kareem Hunt RB - KC
Hunt was spectacular in the first three weeks then to close the season for Kansas City, but the in between stretch left owners benching him before long. More than likely, we will see something in the middle, and with Spencer Ware now in the fold, his ceiling is capped. Don't forget that Ware was every bit as good as Hunt while he was the head-dog.
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Leonard Fournette photo 12. Leonard Fournette RB - JAC
If Bortles continues to play like he did to close the season, defenses may finally stop stacking the box against Fournette. That prevented him from truly becoming elite last year, plus the foot injury that has been lingering around for years now. He comes with more risk than others ahead of him, but you can't go wrong adding a workhorse at the start of the end of the first round.
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Julio Jones photo 13. Julio Jones WR - ATL
If you're fortunate to land Jones late in the first, consider yourself one lucky person. While some have said he's inconsistent, the numbers tell a different story. He's finished with WR1 numbers in 40.4 percent of his career games, which ranks second to only Odell Beckham Jr. since 2001. If you think he's too "boom or bust," the only players who have posted a higher WR3 percentage than his (73.4 percent) are Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, and Michael Thomas. He's a stud who is due for some positive touchdown regression. He might be the only one who can compete with Brown for the top wide receiver spot. While some will say Calvin Ridley could steal some targets, he will also put safeties away from Jones at times.
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Michael Thomas photo 14. Michael Thomas WR - NO
What Thomas lacked in upside in 2017, he made up for with consistency, as he was finished with WR2 or better numbers 75 percent of the time, which ranked second to only Deandre Hopkins. Should some of Alvin Kamara's regression go Thomas' way, you'll be getting a steal in the second-round, as he'll finish as a top-five wide receiver. Most don't realize that he finished top-eight last year despite scoring just five times. As long as Drew Brees is his quarterback, Thomas is worth a top-20 pick in any format. Since 2011, Thomas' 80.6 percent rate of finishing as a WR3 or better is the best in football, with Antonio Brown right behind him at 79.2 percent.
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Dalvin Cook photo 15. Dalvin Cook RB - MIN
Cook will be only 11 months away from a torn ACL by the time the season begins, but he apparently looks great. If that is indeed back to good, we are looking at a young three-down bell cow who is a part of a terrific offense. Feel free to draft him in the top 15 overall.
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Keenan Allen photo 16. Keenan Allen WR - LAC
After starting out the season extremely slow (595 yards, one touchdown through the first nine games), Allen exploded over the final seven games of the season, posting 798 yards and five touchdowns. His emergence came as the team started to move away from Antonio Gates, who is no longer with the team in 2018. The concern with him is that Mike Williams (who they drafted in the top-10 last year) will see much more playing time and is a real red zone threat, though the loss of Hunter Henry definitely clears up some targets. Allen has been a fantasy asset when he's on the field, so there's little reason to doubt him now. The lone problem is that Mike Williams is going to be "a thing" in the red zone, potentially limiting Allen's touchdown ceiling.
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A.J. Green photo 17. A.J. Green WR - CIN
Over Green's career, he's posted WR3 or better numbers in 76.2 percent of his games. The only wide receivers who have better numbers over their careers are Michael Thomas and Odell Beckham Jr. Despite the Bengals offense being extremely underwhelming in 2017, Green still somehow managed to finish top-10 for the fourth time in the last six years. He may never make it to the top-three, but he's consistent enough to warrant a second-round pick. The fact that John Ross is now across from him should open things up underneath.
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Davante Adams photo 18. Davante Adams WR - GB
After many wrote him off after his first two seasons, Adams has top-three wide receiver in his range of possibilities in 2018. I mean, the guy finished as a top-12 wide receiver with Brett Hundley starting the majority of the season. He'll now be the No. 1 wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers, which makes him as safe as they come at the position. He's scored 17 touchdowns in his last 22 games with Rodgers under center. The chemistry they've built cannot be understated, while Rodgers doesn't have much familiarity on the rest of the roster. Adams will see No. 1 cornerbacks seemingly every week now, but he'll still return WR1 value.
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Devonta Freeman photo 19. Devonta Freeman RB - ATL
It was only two seasons ago that Freeman took the fantasy world by storm and finished as the top back in football. The NFL moves fast, however, and with Shanahan gone last year, Freeman was not nearly as efficient. There is still plenty of upside, but he has something to prove before Freeman can be considered a clear-cut RB1 once again.
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Jordan Howard photo 20. Jordan Howard RB - CHI
Howard has been a useful fantasy running back the past two seasons, but primarily because of his workload. With Matt Nagy coming into town and Tarik Cohen being a significantly better pass catcher, Howard's touches should dwindle enough that he is no longer an RB1, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be grabbed in the 3rd round.
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Rob Gronkowski photo 21. Rob Gronkowski TE - NE
It's not a clear-cut situation anymore with Gronkowski atop the tight end board, though I've kept him there myself. While the Patriots got rid of Brandin Cooks, the Chiefs and Travis Kelce added Sammy Watkins to further cloudy the target situation. Gronkowski is one of the few tight ends you can put down in marker that he'll see 100-plus targets if healthy, and he just happens to play with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. He gives you an advantage at the most unpredictable position in fantasy. He's finished as a top-12 option in 70.6 percent of his career games, while Travis Kelce's sits at 57.1 percent.
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Mike Evans photo 22. Mike Evans WR - TB
Anyone who drafted Evans last year has a bad taste in their mouth, though we've always said that touchdowns are the hardest thing to predict, even when you're 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds. Evans now has two 12 touchdown seasons under his belt, but the other two netted a combined eight touchdowns. Still, he's now produced 1,000 yards in each of his four seasons, which is something you need to value. If Jameis Winston takes a step forward in his career, Evans could be right back in the first-round conversation next year. The suspension to Winston for the first three weeks might turn out to be okay, because if you recall, Ryan Fitzpatrick produced two top-20 wide receivers with the Jets just a couple years ago in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
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Christian McCaffrey photo 23. Christian McCaffrey RB - CAR
Apparently the Panthers are planning to feed McCaffrey quite a bit more this season, extending his upside further. We already considered him to be among the safest backs, seeing that his receiving production alone would make him startable. There are few more reliable players from week to week at the position, especially in PPR leagues.
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Joe Mixon photo 24. Joe Mixon RB - CIN
Mixon was a major disappointment last season, but he has cut weight this off-season and is expected to be given the keys to a workhorse role in the Bengals' offense. We saw him go for 165 yards in the one game he touched the ball 25+ times, so the ceiling is clearly enormous. With that said, Mixon comes with more risk than most late-second round picks.
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T.Y. Hilton photo 25. T.Y. Hilton WR - IND
The first time seeing Andrew Luck in action was a good one in 2018, making me a bit more optimistic about Hilton. During the years he's played with Luck, Hilton finished in-between the WR5 and WR24 range every season. He's not someone you draft for consistency, however, as he's posted WR2 or better numbers in just 42.6 percent of his career games.
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Jerick McKinnon photo 26. Jerick McKinnon RB - SF
Jerick has flashed RB1 talent in limited opportunities, and this year, he should get a chance to prove just how good he can be. San Francisco gave him big money and is expected to use him extensively. If you think he is too small, just look at what Devonta Freeman did under the same offensive coordinator.
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Doug Baldwin photo 27. Doug Baldwin WR - SEA
While everyone seems to be foaming at the mouth to draft Rashaad Penny, it's Baldwin who is the most valuable asset on the Seahawks roster. It's rare to find a wide receiver who is as underappreciated as Baldwin, who has now finished as a top-13 wide receiver in each of the last three seasons. Not only has he averaged 1,062.7 yards in that span, but he's scored 29 touchdowns, and that was with Jimmy Graham on the roster. I shouldn't have to remind you that Graham is gone, and the Seahawks didn't add a wide receiver of significance to replace Paul Richardson. Baldwin is a low-end WR1 with upside. You should know that Baldwin suffered some sort of knee injury at the start of training camp and is expected to miss the preseason games. While he doesn't necessarily need the work as a veteran, it's added risk to his fantasy appeal.
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Stefon Diggs photo 28. Stefon Diggs WR - MIN
The addition of Kirk Cousins has everyone excited, though the one who should be most excited is Diggs, who might see more targets float his way. After playing with Case Keenum, who was more of a game manager, Diggs should be more of a field stretcher for Cousins, as he can create separation at every level of the field. Meanwhile, Adam Thielen had a boost in production under Pat Shurmur, who is now gone. As of now, Thielen is going earlier than Diggs in drafts, but it really should be the other way around. Take the discount on Diggs and pass on Thielen, you'll be happy you did.
6 days ago
Travis Kelce photo 29. Travis Kelce TE - KC
While some will try to make the argument for Kelce over Rob Gronkowski, I won't be one of them, simply because the Chiefs now have an abundance of offensive weapons that are going to need touches. They signed Sammy Watkins for nearly $50 million, which tells you how much they wanted him, and Tyreek Hill has remained as efficient as ever, so it's hard to argue that you should take targets away from him. Ultimately, I still love Kelce as an asset, but he's lost some of the upside he presented in 2017, which still had him finish eight points behind Gronkowski... and he played one more game than Gronkowski did, too. The change in quarterback may not be a downgrade, but don't call it an upgrade.
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Adam Thielen photo 30. Adam Thielen WR - MIN
Most don't realize how much of an effect that Pat Shurmur had on Thielen's career, as he catapulted him into a household fantasy name. He was 26 years old when he broke out, something that doesn't happen all that often. The move to John DiFilippo will change some things, as will the move to Kirk Cousins, who has taken more chances down the field than game-manager Case Keenum did. That would play more into Stefon Diggs' skill-set rather than Thielen's. I do expect him to be a reliable fantasy producer, but he's not going to finish with 143 targets again. While doing research for Boom, Bust, and Everything in Between, Thielen finished as a WR3 or better just 56.3 percent of the time despite all those targets. Even if he scores more touchdowns, his lost targets are going to hurt.
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Tyreek Hill photo 31. Tyreek Hill WR - KC
It's clear that Tyreek Hill is among the most efficient wide receivers in the game, as his 11.3 yards per target in 2017 ranked first in the league among those with 70 or more targets. Not just that, but the closest player to him was Marvin Jones at 10.3 YPT (a whopping 9 percent difference). That number came up quite a bit from his 2016 total that was at 7.1 yards per target, so you might want to dial back those large expectations. The addition of Sammy Watkins isn't going to help him gain a higher target share, either, as they paid Watkins a generous $50 million. As high as you might be on Pat Mahomes, it's going to be incredibly hard for him to top Alex Smith's MVP-caliber 2017 season. There's regression coming for Hill, but his price does not reflect that. If you can snag him in the fourth-round, that's when you should feel okay with the risk.
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Alex Collins photo 32. Alex Collins RB - BAL
Collins was extremely impressive once he took over the Ravens job and only got better from there. The issue, here, is that the Ravens have both Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen who will likely have some role in the offense. If Collins can hold them off and get the lion's share of touches, however, we likely have an RB2 in him.
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LeSean McCoy photo 33. LeSean McCoy RB - BUF
It seems at this point that if McCoy was to face a suspension, it would be in the 2019 season. McCoy had some big games, and finished as a top 8 fantasy running back once again as a result, but he also finished outside the top 20 running backs 9 weeks last season. What's more, is that he has been trending down for years now and isn't exactly in the best offense. That combo of age and volatility is not one you should look for when trying to find an RB1.
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Amari Cooper photo 34. Amari Cooper WR - OAK
After posting back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to open his career, Cooper hit some speed bumps in 2017, as he finished with just 680 yards in 14 games. It was even worse than that, though, as he accumulated 30.9 percent of his yardage in just one game. We do know that his ankle caused him to miss nearly two full games, but it's rare to see a wide receiver struggle the way he did when coming off two impressive seasons. It may not have helped that Derek Carr was dealing with a back injury as well, so we'll chalk that season up to an outlier in what's been a great start to a career. The Raiders cut Michael Crabtree, which helps, but then brought in both Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant to replenish the weaponry. Still, Cooper is the only one who has rapport with his quarterback, so I'd expect him to bounce back to WR2 status in 2018. Another fun fact: Gruden has produced at least one 1,000-yard receiver in each of his 11 years as a coach.
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Larry Fitzgerald photo 35. Larry Fitzgerald WR - ARI
I'm done trying to predict when father time will catch up with Fitzgerald, as it seemed like he was on his way out in 2014, only he has since posted WR11, WR17, and WR9 seasons (in standard formats). The quarterback position arguably upgraded with Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen this offseason, though the offense is going to look different under head coach Steve Wilks. There's still not another player on this team who sniffs Fitzgerald's level of talent at wide receiver, so I'd fully expect another top-24 season out of him. The change in coaching staff is the lone concern for me, as Fitzgerald saw 11 or more targets in six games last year, something that this staff may find excessive, especially with David Johnson back.
6 days ago
Jay Ajayi photo 36. Jay Ajayi RB - PHI
Ajayi was extraordinarily inefficient last season with the Dolphins but took off once he got to Philly. The issue is that they didn't use him as a workhorse and may see a further split in the Eagles' workload with Sproles back. Yes, he has flashed ability at times, but it is merely a dream to imagine Ajayi has RB1 upside at this point. Rather, you are hoping for even 15 touches per week.
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Derrick Henry photo 37. Derrick Henry RB - TEN
If the Titans hadn't brought in Dion Lewis, Henry just might be a top 6 fantasy running back this season. With Lewis in the fold, Henry might just be a flex player from week to week. We will know plenty more as the season draws near so keep an ear out for news and be careful to not draft Henry too high in the meantime.
3 days ago
Zach Ertz photo 38. Zach Ertz TE - PHI
If Ertz can stay on the field for all 16 games, he's could be right there in the tier with Gronk and Kelce, but he's dealt with some nagging injuries the last two seasons that have caused him to miss four games. Still, his consistency is something, as he's not finished with 74-78 catches and 816-853 yards in each of the last three seasons, though he doubled his touchdown output in 2017. It wasn't a bad thing to see Trey Burton leave, but the Eagles immediately replaced him with Dallas Goedert, who is a massive red zone threat. Because of that, I'll keep Ertz in the tier below the alpha dogs, but he's not far behind. The fact that Alshon Jeffery may start the season on the PUP list only increases the hype for Ertz.
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Kenyan Drake photo 39. Kenyan Drake RB - MIA
Drake was a major surprise to close the season, and quite a bit better than Jay Ajayi. You would think someone like that would be the surefire starter, but then the Dolphins went out and drafted Kalen Ballage and signed Frank Gore. If Drake is splitting touches, his ceiling is obviously limited, so keep an eye on the situation.
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Allen Robinson photo 40. Allen Robinson WR - CHI
It typically takes some time for a wide receiver to learn a new offense, which puts him behind where the rest of the wide receiver group is, but Robinson doesn't have to worry about that, as they are all learning a new offense. In fact, the starting trio of wide receivers and tight end will all be new faces for Mitch Trubisky. You don't bring in someone like Robinson in free agency if you aren't going to feature him. I'm expecting a minimum of 120 targets, which essentially locks him in as a top-25 wide receiver, as there were no wide receivers with more than 109 targets who finished outside the top-25 in standard formats. He's practicing in full and will be playing in the preseason, so it appears he's over the ACL injury that ruined his 2017 season.
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Demaryius Thomas photo 41. Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN
It's become the cool thing to avoid Thomas in drafts, and there's good reason for that. He's been trending in the wrong direction since Peyton Manning retired, finishing as the WR13, WR19, and then the WR23 in 2017. The impressive part is his consistency, despite the inconsistency from the quarterback position. The addition of Case Keenum will help more than it'll hurt, so find it in your heart to welcome Thomas into your WR2 slot, as he offers more safety than most taken in this range. Just make sure to attack upside with your WR3 pick.
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Aaron Rodgers photo 42. Aaron Rodgers QB - GB
The best in the game, period. By ranking him in the 30-40 range overall, I know that he's unlikely to fall to me in drafts, but that's because of how replaceable the position really is. The dip from Rodgers to someone like Matthew Stafford is typically four points per game, which is a much larger gap from someone like Melvin Gordon down to someone like Giovani Bernard. If Rodgers falls to the end of the third-round, that's when I'd start to consider him due to the consistency he provides at a very inconsistent position. Did you know that just five quarterbacks produced top-12 numbers in more than 50 percent of your starts? Rodgers has averaged 63.4 percent for his career.
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JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 43. JuJu Smith-Schuster WR - PIT
Fun fact: Smith-Schuster ranked 55th among wide receivers in targets per game. His 5.6 targets per game ranked behind guys like Kendall Wright and Danny Amendola. His 11.6 yards per target was the best among wide receivers with at least 25 targets, and in fact, it was the best in the last five years. He's going to regress there and the offense didn't change drastically from last year to this year, so seeing his targets make a huge jump is unlikely. We've seen the upside he presents, but that was his absolute ceiling given the opportunities he's capped at. You can't draft a wide receiver who ranked 55th in targets per game in the top-four rounds of your fantasy draft, you just can't. His highlight touchdown catch in the first preseason game is likely to bump him into the top four rounds, making him overvalued.
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Lamar Miller photo 44. Lamar Miller RB - HOU
Miller is expected to be the starter at least to open the season. Foreman is coming off a torn achillies, which is a difficult injury for running backs to bounce back from. Assuming Miller can hold him off, we may be looking at a top 15 running back in this strong Texans' offense.
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Marvin Jones photo 45. Marvin Jones WR - DET
After seeing 107 targets in 2017, Jones' incredible touchdown rate propped him all the way up to the WR5 in standard leagues. He caught a touchdown once every 11.9 targets, which is almost double the average rate for wide receivers, which stands at one every 22.8 targets. After scoring just four touchdowns the prior season in the same offense, you have to wonder just how sustainable his touchdown total is. On top of that, the Lions continue to hype up Kenny Golladay, who is another big-bodied wide receiver to take away some of those looks. Jones is a solid fantasy asset, but don't pay for last year's numbers. He averaged just 5.3 targets per game with Golladay in the lineup, but 9.8 targets per game when he was held out. He's going to have some big games, but he'll likely have to share the stage with Golladay at times.
6 days ago
Golden Tate photo 46. Golden Tate WR - DET
I get it, Tate isn't a sexy pick that'll win you your fantasy league, but he's now finished as a top-34 receiver in each of the last six seasons, including a WR19 finish last year while Marvin Jones had a miraculous season. With the exit of Eric Ebron, some targets may open up over the middle of the field, while Jones now has to fight for perimeter targets with Kenny Golladay. Tate's role in the offense is safe, as he's now seen at least 120 targets in each of the last four seasons. Fun fact: Tate totaled WR3 or better numbers in 61.5 percent of games in 2017, while Adam Thielen was at just 56.3 percent, yet Thielen is going multiple rounds earlier.
6 days ago
Royce Freeman photo 47. Royce Freeman RB - DEN
With C.J. Anderson gone, you may expect Freeman to jump right in and touch the ball 250 times, but that may not be the case. Apparently Booker and even Henderson will have a crack at winning the job this preseason, so until then, keep your expectations reasonable. Still yet, if Freeman wins the job all for himself, he could be among the top handful of running backs in football.
3 days ago
Brandin Cooks photo 48. Brandin Cooks WR - LAR
While many continue to prop Cooks up as a low-end WR1, I urge you to stay away from that territory when it comes to him. The Sean McVay offense doesn't cater to one wide receiver, and it's unlikely they take targets away from Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, who were both extremely efficient last season. We saw Sammy Watkins finish with 70 targets in this exact role last year, and that was despite them giving up a second-round pick to acquire him. While I'd expect Cooks to see more than that with a full offseason to work with the offense, it'd be a stretch to see him finish with anything more than 100 targets. There were just three wide receivers who finished top-24 last year with less than 100 targets, so while it's doable, it's not a given.
4 weeks ago
Josh Gordon photo 49. Josh Gordon WR - CLE
It didn't seem like Gordon missed a beat upon his return last year, though the quarterback play was less than ideal. 39 percent of his targets were over 20 yards, though just 5-of-16 were catchable. It goes to show that the Browns want to use him down the field, though there's bound to be some changes with Todd Haley taking over as coordinator. The reason I'm down on Gordon, though, is that they brought in Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, Nick Chubb, and Jarvis Landry this offseason. That screams, "we want to run a ball-control style offense." There's only so many targets to go around, so by drafting Gordon as a top-24 receiver, you're essentially saying that Landry is likely to cap out around 100 targets. On top of the target risk, Gordon is now away from the team for training camp, which cannot bode well for him learning the new offense and developing chemistry with his new quarterbacks. A rumor is that Gordon wanted to keep away from the Hard Knocks cameras. If that's the case, Gordon's fall in drafts could turn out to be beneficial.
6 days ago
Jarvis Landry photo 50. Jarvis Landry WR - CLE
Going from 140-plus targets to one where he will have a tough time seeing 110 targets is a very big deal for someone like Landry. I believe he's a better football player than what the Dolphins used him as, and the Browns seem to agree, lining him up all over the field. The fact that the Browns traded away Corey Coleman and that Josh Gordon has been away from the team makes me much more optimistic in Landry's expected usage. Put me down for someone who believes he'll be a consistent WR3 with upside for more should Gordon miss any time.
6 days ago
Mark Ingram photo 51. Mark Ingram RB - NO
Ingram is set to miss 4 games due to suspension, but he was rock solid last year and is expected to maintain the same role upon his re-entry. From the moment he comes back, you are getting an easy RB1, so if you believe you can muster a win or two without your fifth round pick over the first month then don't hesitate to get Ingram on your roster at that point.
3 days ago
Alshon Jeffery photo 52. Alshon Jeffery WR - PHI
Did you realize that Jeffery had just a 47.5 percent catch rate in 2017? That ranked 168th of the 211 wide receivers who saw at least one target in 2018. To know that he finished as the WR15 despite that is pretty amazing. The chemistry between him and Carson Wentz should grow as time goes on, though his touchdown rate will likely go down with Wentz's. Still, Jeffery is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in an offense with a creative play-caller and franchise quarterback. His injury-riddled past is factored in, as he'd be higher on my list if he hadn't missed 11 games in the past three years with a lot of soft tissue injuries. News has been leaked recently that has him potentially remaining on the PUP list to start the season. If that's the case, he'll become nothing more than a late-round bench stash. As of now, it appears that he's likely to at least miss a few games.
6 days ago
Dion Lewis photo 53. Dion Lewis RB - TEN
You may find this hard to believe, but Lewis was an RB1 last season. Granted, the Titans offense is much different from the Patriots offense and Lewis will have to complete with Henry for work, but he should be regarded as a solid flex play most weeks.
3 days ago
Russell Wilson photo 54. Russell Wilson QB - SEA
Wilson has been a top-three fantasy QB in three of the past four seasons. Even without weapons or an offensive line, he is a safe bet to deliver once again. With that said, the difference between him and Rodgers is substantial enough that you ought to wait several rounds to even consider Wilson.
1 week ago
Marshawn Lynch photo 55. Marshawn Lynch RB - OAK
Lynch was a top 20 back last season and Doug Martin was horrible, so even though they brought in another piece and they are raving about Martin this pre-season, we should expect Marshawn to be the lead back again for now. Lynch is a good bet for 8+ touchdowns if he stays healthy as he is still among the best goal-line backs in football.
3 days ago
Tom Brady photo 56. Tom Brady QB - NE
It's really only a matter of time before Brady starts the inevitable downturn to his Hall of Fame career, and we may have already started to witness the beginning of the end. After throwing 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions in the first 11 games, Brady threw just six touchdowns with five interceptions over the final five games, and failed to top 15 fantasy points in any of them. He still gets the benefit of the doubt, but I wouldn't go out of my way to draft him. Did you know that Brady was a top-12 performer just 50 percent of the time last year? Another year onto his age and subtracting Brandin Cooks surely doesn't help.
6 days ago
Chris Hogan photo 57. Chris Hogan WR - NE
Despite playing in just nine games in 2017, Hogan managed to finish tied for 25th in red zone targets, and actually had the same amount that Brandin Cooks (12) did, despite Cooks playing all 16 games. It goes to show the confidence Tom Brady has developed with him, so by taking Hogan where he's currently going in drafts, you're getting WR1 upside at WR4 cost.
7 days ago
Cam Newton photo 58. Cam Newton QB - CAR
After the failed experiment of trying to dial back Newton's rushing attempts in 2016, it was good to see them unleash him again in 2017. If you take away Newton's ability to run, he wouldn't be a quarterback in this league very long. Fortunately, it seems the Panthers figured that out, making Newton an elite fantasy option once again, rushing for a career-high 754 yards. The upgraded weaponry around him doesn't hurt, but the weakened offensive line does, as they lost Andrew Norwell this offseason, their best lineman. Newton is likely to finish as a top-five quarterback, but he's too expensive in early ADP.
6 days ago
Greg Olsen photo 59. Greg Olsen TE - CAR
While I do believe that Olsen is on the down-slope of his career, he didn't actually fall off a cliff. Prior to getting hurt in 2017, he'd seen at least 104 targets in each season dating back to 2012. This is where I remind you that there were just six tight ends who topped 95 targets in 2017. You want to chase targets at the most volatile position in fantasy, so even though he may not have top-three upside anymore, he's still a top-eight tight end. One stat that doesn't show so well for Olsen and Christian McCaffrey is that no RB/TE duo produced more than 185 targets in 2017.
6 days ago
Deshaun Watson photo 60. Deshaun Watson QB - HOU
Just how unrepeatable was Watson's 2017 season? Well, since 2000, just four other quarterbacks have thrown a touchdown on more than 7.9 percent of their passes. We're talking about the entire careers of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers. Watson's rate was 9.3 percent in 2017. Looking at all quarterbacks in 2017, only he and Carson Wentz threw a touchdown on more than 6.7 percent of their attempts, which should give you all you need to know. In fact, you should expect his touchdown percentage to be cut in half (and it'd still be good). He's still among the top quartebacks because of his rushing ability, but don't pay for last year's production, which was still just essentially five games worth.
6 days ago
Sammy Watkins photo 61. Sammy Watkins WR - KC
It wouldn't shock me to see Watkins finish as the best Chiefs wide receiver, as I believe he's the most talented one. The issue is that he's learning his third offense in three years, which can cripple a wide receiver in year-one. Because of that, Tyreek Hill is the preferred option in 2018. Still, the Chiefs didn't pay Watkins $50 million to see 60-80 targets, so I'd expect him to be a WR3 more often than not. With Pat Mahomes under center and a bad defense, the recipe is there for increased pass attempts. Knowing each of their costs, Watkins is the better fantasy pick.
6 days ago
Michael Crabtree photo 62. Michael Crabtree WR - BAL
After seeing 291 targets over a two year period with the Raiders, Crabtree saw that number drop to just 101 targets in 2017. Fortunately for him, he was released and wound up as the No. 1 receiver on another team that should get him somewhere in the range of 110-120 targets. Some will say more than that, but Joe Flacco doesn't heavily target any one receiver. During his 10 years in the league, he's yet to target one more than 137 times, and that includes two seasons with 610-plus attempts. With all the additions to the Ravens pass-catching corps, you have to wonder what Crabtree's ceiling is at this point. He's a low-upside WR3.
7 days ago
Corey Davis photo 63. Corey Davis WR - TEN
Davis is someone I compared to Brandon Marshall during last year's draft process, and after watching him throughout the 2017 season, my expectations haven't changed. He didn't develop any chemistry with Marcus Mariota until playoff time, where he caught nine passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in their two games. He's still yet to "prove it," so you don't want to go all-in, but the potential is there for a top-15 season. Him going in and out of camp with all these little injuries are worrisome, but every time he's on the field, we hear about how him and Mariota are "on the same page."
6 days ago
Tevin Coleman photo 64. Tevin Coleman RB - ATL
Coleman was nowhere near as impressive without Shanahan leading their offense last season, but that isn't to say he has lost his flex-worthy status. The Falcons are expected to keep working him into their gameplan and with a handful of receptions here and there, you've got a fairly reliable flex play which is tough to come by.
3 days ago
Rex Burkhead photo 65. Rex Burkhead RB - NE
Burkhead is expected to take a back seat to Sony Michel, but don't forget that Rex was useful even with Dion Lewis finishing as a top 12 fantasy running back last season. There is definitely room for him to perform in a similar fashion this year, especially if Michel's knee injury lingers. Burkhead has an injury of his own too so take a look at the update before drafting him in the sixth round.
3 days ago
Jimmy Graham photo 66. Jimmy Graham TE - GB
This is an interesting case, because we just saw the Packers sign a big-name free agent last year who was a massive letdown, but things have changed since that time. The biggest boost for Graham is the fact that Jordy Nelson is gone, as he was Aaron Rodgers' go-to target in the red zone, a job that can quickly become Graham's. He's not going to be the tight end who racks up 50-plus yards per game like Gronk, Kelce, or Ertz, but his touchdown numbers should be right in line with theirs. The concern with Graham is that he's going to turn 32 years old this year and showed signs of decline with an elite quarterback last year, as he failed to record more than 72 yards in any one game. He's going to be incredibly touchdown-dependent.
6 days ago
Drew Brees photo 67. Drew Brees QB - NO
Since 2008, Brees' touchdown rate had been 5.0 percent or higher, which was the reason he threw for at least 32 touchdowns in each of those seasons. In 2017, however, that number dipped to 4.3 percent. Was it Brees slipping? Well, when you look at his record-setting completion percentage (72.0 percent), highest yards per attempt since 2011 (8.1), and lowest interception rate in his entire career (1.5 percent), my answer would be an emphatic "no." The touchdowns will come back, as will the pass attempts, and Brees will likely be one of the steals in fantasy drafts. If he falls to you in the late sixth- or seventh-round, snag him.
6 days ago
Evan Engram photo 68. Evan Engram TE - NYG
Everything that could have went Engram's way last year in terms of targets, did. Both Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall were place on I.R. early in the season, while Sterling Shepard was in and out of the lineup with injuries. Not only are Beckham Jr. and Shepard back to full health, but the Giants just spent the No. 2 pick on Saquon Barkley, who is essentially another receiver. Engram is still likely to be a TE1, but I'm not touching him where he's being drafted. In the four games where he saw less than seven targets in 2017, he averaged just 1.5 receptions for 16.3 yards and no touchdowns.
6 days ago
Sony Michel photo 69. Sony Michel RB - NE
There is, of course, risk in drafting a New England running back, but do you really think Ole' Bill would have drafted one in the first round if he didn't intend on running him to death? Dion Lewis is gone and Michel expects to fill the void that made Lewis an RB1 last season. There is huge upside here if Michel does, in fact, land that type of role and can recover quickly from the minor knee ailment.
3 days ago
Kerryon Johnson photo 70. Kerryon Johnson RB - DET
Yes, the Lions spent some draft capital on Kerryon this off-season, but Matt Patricia also brought in touchdown vulture, LeGarrette Blount, which limits Johnson's upside. Plus, Ameer Abdullah is still alive with all his athleticism, and Theo Riddick hasn't gone anywhere. This is nowhere near a safe situation, but it is hard to deny Johnson's potential as an every week fantasy play if they hand him the keys to the backfield.
3 days ago
Emmanuel Sanders photo 71. Emmanuel Sanders WR - DEN
It's very possible that Sanders outperforms my ranking of him, but he's now 31 years old and has started to show signs of slowing down, whether it be age or injuries. His yards per target has declined each of the last three seasons, bottoming out at 6.0 yards in 2017. The upgrade in quarterback should help, though, as he was still averaging 7.7 targets per game, which ranked 17th among wide receivers. He should be considered a solid WR4 with some upside, though Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton have garnered a lot of praise through the offseason workouts, which could eat into his target share.
6 days ago
Marquise Goodwin photo 72. Marquise Goodwin WR - SF
Goodwin is one of the tougher players to project this season, as the 49ers will be welcoming Pierre Garcon back to the lineup, they added Jerick McKinnon in free agency, and they traded up in the second-round to snag Dante Pettis. Still, Goodwin was the alpha-dog for Jimmy Garoppolo last year, totaling 51 targets, 34 receptions, 545 yards, and two touchdowns over the final seven games of the season. You have to wonder if that chemistry carries over into this season, or was it more of a "there's really no one else to throw to" scenario? There's risk with drafting him as a top-30 wide receiver, but if you get him around the WR35-40 range, you can afford to take that risk. He's looking like he is Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target in training camp, with some suggesting WR1 potential.
6 days ago
Delanie Walker photo 73. Delanie Walker TE - TEN
There's not enough love for the tight end who has now finished top-12 in each of the last five years, including two top-five finishes. While many are expecting Corey Davis to have his breakout season, Walker is the safer choice to rely on for production, even if he doesn't offer extreme upside. Any time you can get 800-plus yards out of a tight end, he's worth consideration as a top-five player at the position. He's kind of like the Demaryius Thomas of tight ends, as he might be boring, but you aren't going to lose your fantasy league because of him. The Titans extending him prior to the season suggest that they know his eventual replacement, Jonnu Smith, isn't quite ready to take his snaps.
6 days ago
Ronald Jones II photo 74. Ronald Jones II RB - TB
The Bucs are still insisting Payton Barber is the "starter" in Tampa. Nobody actually believes that will last, but it should give you reason for pause. Expect Jones to be the head dog within the next two months, which in that offense, will make him an RB2 from the start.
3 days ago
Rashaad Penny photo 75. Rashaad Penny RB - SEA
The Seahawks have been implying that they intend to run the ball over and over again. The offensive line is lousy as usual, but the offense should put up enough points that if Seattle truly has a workhorse back, he could end up in the RB1 discussion come end of the year. The issue, of course, is that Seattle has been telling people Chris Carson is that running back for now, plus Penny just had finger surgery.
3 days ago
Robert Woods photo 76. Robert Woods WR - LAR
As it turns out, coaching does, in fact, matter more than most care to admit. After failing to finish as a top-40 wide receiver in any of his first four seasons, Woods finished as the WR33 in 2017 despite missing four games! His 85 targets over 12 games would extrapolate to 113.3 over a full 16-game season, though we can't automatically pencil him in for that with the arrival of Brandin Cooks. With the way their defense improved, it's unlikely that they'll be throwing any more in 2018, so you have to keep your expectations at bay with Woods. He's likely to be on the WR3/WR4 border most weeks and offers little upside with all the playmakers on that offense. You'd likely be better off selecting someone like Marquise Goodwin in his range.
6 days ago
Robby Anderson photo 77. Robby Anderson WR - NYJ
This is a ranking that can move, as Anderson could potentially be suspended by the commissioner. He's had off -the-field issues multiple times, but the most recent arrest has some really bad details, particularly when he said things to a police officer about what he'd do to his wife. He may escape legal trouble, but the NFL is sure to investigate. It could be an Ezekiel Elliott situation where we don't even know when the season begins, so you have to build that risk into his draft price. He belongs in the WR4 range because of it. If Sam Darnold starts, it could actually hurt his stock because of the rapport Anderson's built with Josh McCown.
6 days ago
Kyle Rudolph photo 78. Kyle Rudolph TE - MIN
It came out not long ago that Rudolph had offseason ankle surgery, which is now his eight surgery in the last 10 years. It hasn't affected him much over the last two years, though, as he ranks third in receptions, sixth in yards, and second in touchdowns among tight ends. He'll get an upgrade at quarterback with Kirk Cousins, though the Offensive Coordinator has also changed. You want to say that he's one of the safer TE1's in fantasy football, but it's only a matter of time before the injuries start to catch up, right? He's a mid-tier TE1.
6 days ago
Devin Funchess photo 79. Devin Funchess WR - CAR
It seems that everyone is forgetting how much Greg Olsen means to this offense and why Funchess got the volume he did last year. While he did a solid job, the Panthers felt the need to draft a wide receiver with their first-round pick, and one who'll play the underneath possession-style role, eliminating Funchess' volume. He's going to be a lesser version of Kelvin Benjamin going forward. While I propped him up as a sleeper last year, he's going to be considered a bust in 2018.
6 days ago
Carson Wentz photo 80. Carson Wentz QB - PHI
To give you an idea as to how unrepeatable Wentz's 2017 season was from a touchdown standpoint, let's compare him to Aaron Rodgers. Wentz's touchdown rate was 7.5 percent last year, a number that Rodgers has hit just once in his career. Remember, we are talking about the guy who I'd consider the best of all-time. If we dialed back his touchdown rate to 6.0 percent, which is still elite, he would've thrown seven less touchdowns, which would drop him from the QB5 to QB12. Coming off an ACL tear may limit his mobility at the start of the season, which further impacts his fantasy performance. I'd avoid him as a top-five quarterback off the board, especially knowing that he's unlikely to play in any preseason games. It's now a question as to whether or not he plays in Week 1, which is not what you want to see when taking a quarterback in the first eight rounds. Pass.
6 days ago
Pierre Garcon photo 81. Pierre Garcon WR - SF
After seemingly walking into 140 targets with the 49ers when he signed in free agency, Garcon all of a sudden has plenty of competition for targets. From Marquise Goodwin, to George Kittle, to Jerick McKinnon, and now recently-drafted Dante Pettis. He totaled 67 targets over the first eight games last year which would have put him on pace for 134, though you shouldn't be expecting more than 110 this season, and possibly less. He's a very boring option in an area of the draft where you should be looking for potential league-winners.
6 days ago
Cooper Kupp photo 82. Cooper Kupp WR - LAR
Despite missing Week 17, Kupp finished as the No. 27 wide receiver in his rookie season, something that's not common in today's game. He did benefit from Robert Woods missing four games, and it now doesn't help that Brandin Cooks has been added to the mix. The part you can hang your hat on is that Kupp plays an entirely different role in the Rams offense than Cooks will, so it shouldn't affect his role too much. With Cooks, Woods, and Todd Gurley on the roster, it's going to be tough for Kupp to outperform last year's numbers without an injury. If there's one really good stat to support Kupp's continued success is his 23 red zone targets, which were more than double any other receiver on the team in 2017.
6 days ago
Isaiah Crowell photo 83. Isaiah Crowell RB - NYJ
It is assumed by most that Crowell will be handed the starting job with the Jets since he is the only back on the roster who has done it before, but there is a reason the Browns didn't bring him back. He hasn't been any good, so even if he does beat out Powell as the lead back, his ceiling is that of a flex.
3 days ago
Kirk Cousins photo 84. Kirk Cousins QB - MIN
Many are assuming that just because the talent around Cousins got better, that he'll produce more than he did with the Redskins. I'd hit the brakes on that assessment, as his efficiency was among the best in the game while there, and he was among the top-10 in pass attempts every season. Going to the Vikings (who threw the ball just 526 times in 2017) is going to change that, as their defense is top-three in the league, which doesn't allow shootouts. They also just lost their offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, so it'll take some time for everyone to sync up. While Cousins should be a bit more consistent, I don't think he comes with the upside to warrant a top-eight quarterback selection. Even though he finished as a top-eight quarterback in each of the last three seasons, he's posted less than 14 fantasy points in 18-of-48 games in those seasons, which is an abnormally high bust-rate.
6 days ago
Carlos Hyde photo 85. Carlos Hyde RB - CLE
Hyde was an RB1 last season in a lackluster offense, so it should be no surprise that the Browns are making it clear that he is the top dog in their backfield this year. The upside is there for him to return to top 15 production, but there will be some obstacles considering all the mouths Cleveland suddenly has to feed.
3 days ago
Jamison Crowder photo 86. Jamison Crowder WR - WAS
After Washington traded for Alex Smith, I knew I'd be high on Crowder. My interest only grew fonder when they brought in Paul Richardson, who should help stretch the field and open things underneath for Crowder. Smith doesn't like throwing into tight windows, as evidenced by NFL's NextGenStats that show a league-low 12 percent of his throws went to a wide receiver with one or less yard of separation. While Richardson and Josh Doctson were mediocre at separating, Crowder averaged 3.2 yards of separation, which ranked eight among wide receivers in 2017. Reports out of camp are that the Smith/Crowder connection has been apparent in the red zone.
6 days ago
Will Fuller photo 87. Will Fuller WR - HOU
Fuller caught a touchdown pass once every 7.1 targets in 2017, which led the NFL with ease, as the next closest with at least three touchdowns was Sammy Watkins, who caught one every 8.8 targets. After that, it was JuJu Smith-Schuster at 11.3 targets. Do you get my drift here? The players who were in his territory in 2016 were Donte Moncrief, Taylor Gabriel, and Kenny Stills. The addition of Keke Coutee in the draft definitely doesn't help get him more targets. He's going to be very boom-or-bust, though his boom weeks are going to be bigger than most in the WR4 conversation.
3 weeks ago
Andrew Luck photo 88. Andrew Luck QB - IND
Let's be real about this - nobody outside of Andrew Luck knows whether or not he can return to form. What I can tell you about his preseason performance is that he looked fantastic. He'll now be playing behind the best offensive line of his career and in an offense that'll likely be much more creative than the ones he's been in to this point. Ideally, he'd have better options to throw to, but as he's shown in the past, he can make it work if healthy.
6 days ago
Jamaal Williams photo 89. Jamaal Williams RB - GB
Aaron Jones was far more efficient last year than Williams but they drafted Williams first and gave him the first crack at starting, so don't give up on Williams winning this job. After all, Green Bay cares a ton about pass blocking running backs and Williams is the best of them. He's got major upside if he does well during his first two starts with Aaron Jones suspended.
3 days ago
Matthew Stafford photo 90. Matthew Stafford QB - DET
It seems like Stafford is the same quarterback every year, as he's now finished in-between the QB5 and QB11 in six of the last seven seasons. Both him and Matt Ryan are the borderline QB1's that you don't LOVE drafting, but they're usually the safest picks on the board, though Stafford usually goes a bit earlier. While his overall numbers put him in the top-12, he's been outside the top-12 in each of the last four seasons when it comes to QB1 performance percentage, as he's typically around the 37.5 percent mark. You're just as well-off streaming the position.
6 days ago
Randall Cobb photo 91. Randall Cobb WR - GB
I get it, Cobb's career has gone downhill the past few years, but that shouldn't force you to run from him completely. The last I checked, his quarterback is still Aaron Rodgers, which means 10 touchdowns is well within reach. Even with Jordy Nelson in town last year, Cobb saw 92 targets in 15 games, showing how much he still means to the offense. While there were rumors of him being cut due to his large salary cap number, they decided to hold on for another season, and you should, too. His ankle that required surgery this offseason is a real concern, but let's not pretend that you get wide receivers with his upside this late without some sort of risk.
6 days ago
Marlon Mack photo 92. Marlon Mack RB - IND
Mack has tons of potential if Andrew Luck is healthy and the Colts trust Mack to be a three-down back. If neither is the case, we are looking at a fringe flex player, but the upside is enticing enough that you may want to target him toward the middle of your draft if you've got a strong core of running backs ahead of him.
3 days ago
Trey Burton photo 93. Trey Burton TE - CHI
Going from Doug Pederson's offense to Matt Nagy's is going to be a treat for Burton who already knows 95 percent of the playbook. Over the last three years, the Andy Reid/Pederson/Nagy offenses have averaged 156.6 targets to tight ends. That number would've ranked as the fourth-most in the NFL last year and the Bears wasted no time acquiring him in free agency. While it's hard to trust a tight end who's never played in a full-time capacity, Burton is on the TE1 radar and is oozing with upside.
6 days ago
C.J. Anderson photo 94. C.J. Anderson RB - CAR
McCaffrey is in place as the starter, but let's not forget that Jonathan Stewart was still effective and received plenty of carries in this same role last season. Anderson is the better running back at this point in his and Stewart's careers and may earn more touches as he finds his way in this offense.
3 days ago
Ben Roethlisberger photo 95. Ben Roethlisberger QB - PIT
Big Ben has only been better than the 10th best fantasy QB once in the past eight seasons. If you are banking on that then you will probably end up very frustrated in a few months. He is a terrific streamer half the time, but can't be relied on week to week and has proven injury-prone in the past.
1 week ago
Kenny Stills photo 96. Kenny Stills WR - MIA
Without looking, where do you think Stills would rank among wide receivers in yards and touchdowns over the last two years? I bet you didn't think he was 32nd in yards and 9th in touchdowns. Even though I thought Devante Parker could have a career-year, there's plenty of targets to go around, as the Dolphins were one of just three teams who had three receivers with more than 80 targets, and they were the only team with three wide receivers who had 96 or more targets. With Jarvis Landry out, Stills' target ceiling is likely around 115, which could break him into the top-30 wide receivers, especially if Parker's broken finger causes him to miss time.
6 days ago
Nelson Agholor photo 97. Nelson Agholor WR - PHI
For someone who ranked 50th in targets per game among wide receivers last year, Agholor is getting a lot of love in early drafts. Knowing that, tied in with the fact that Carson Wentz will regress in the touchdown department, and you have yourself a recipe for disaster when taking him as a top-35 wide receiver (as he's currently being drafted). If Alshon Jeffery should wind up on the PUP list to start the season, Agholor will move up the ranks.
7 days ago
Chris Thompson photo 98. Chris Thompson RB - WAS
Thomspon somehow outscored Jordan Howard in terms of fantasy points per game last season, despite just 1/3rd as many touches. Now, Thompson is recovering from an injury, due for touchdown regression, and under a new quarterback, but he still seems to be a safe flex play when he returns from the injury.
3 days ago
Philip Rivers photo 99. Philip Rivers QB - LAC
Facts are facts and Rivers has now finished as a top-12 quarterback in eight of the last 10 seasons. He's got one of the better offensive lines in football and his weapons have never been better than they are right now. There's not enough love for the boring low-end QB1, though his stock took a slight hit when Hunter Henry went down with a torn ACL. Here's to hoping Mike Williams can be a solid red-zone threat. Rivers is someone you'll be okay with if you wait until double-digit rounds to draft a quarterback.
6 days ago
Chris Carson photo 100. Chris Carson RB - SEA
Although the Seahawks just spent serious draft capital on a running back, it is growing more difficult to ignore the reports about Chris Carson excelling this off-season. Pete Carroll is not afraid to give the better man the job and accept a sunken cost. There is a chance Carson blossoms into a quality RB2 if he actually gets the job.
3 days ago
Julian Edelman photo 101. Julian Edelman WR - NE
Don't just automatically assume that just because Edelman is returning to the field, that he's going to be the same player. He's now 32 years old and coming off a torn ACL last preseason. It's not to say he can't return and produce, but he finished as the WR22 while playing all 16 games in his age-30 season. A lot of the targets have evaporated in the Patriots offense and you have to figure that Edelman will still get every opportunity to succeed, so you don't want to write him off completely. He's obviously someone who would benefit in a PPR format. He's now been suspended for the first four games, so it's going to be difficult to hang on to him because the first month is the most important time to acquire waiver wire players. He shouldn't be drafted as a top-50 wide receiver at this point.
3 weeks ago
Jordan Reed photo 102. Jordan Reed TE - WAS
He's not for those who are risk-adverse, as he's never played all 16 games. In fact, he has averaged just 10.4 games played over his five-year career, with a career-low of six games last year. Still, when on the field, he's been one of the top-five tight ends in the game, and the arrival of Alex Smith doesn't hurt at all, as he's produced a couple top-five tight ends in his time. Reports out of Washington suggest that Reed looks better than he has in years.
6 days ago
Jordy Nelson photo 103. Jordy Nelson WR - OAK
Let's be clear - when you go from Aaron Rodgers to Derek Carr, there's going to be a massive efficiency decline. One positive from the move to the Raiders is that it appears they'll be using him in the slot, similarly to the way that the Cardinals use Larry Fitzgerald. Nelson isn't as physically imposing as Fitzgerald, and he's also got to compete with Amari Cooper and Martavis Bryant for targets. While Nelson will be usable as a safe WR4 play most weeks, he doesn't offer you much upside.
3 weeks ago
Duke Johnson photo 104. Duke Johnson RB - CLE
Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb both join the fold, but Johnson has been so impressive in his role that you can count on his touches being safe. He was start-worthy as often as virtually any other running back last season. The downside is that his ceiling is limited because he won't get early down touches.
3 days ago
Tarik Cohen photo 105. Tarik Cohen RB - CHI
If you are looking for upside in the middle of your drafts, look no further than Cohen, who is also known as the human joystick. Matt Nagy loves pass-catching backs and Cohen was heavily underutilized last season. He is a real threat to break out as a result, but there is nowhere near enough safety here to rely on him each week.
3 days ago
Kelvin Benjamin photo 106. Kelvin Benjamin WR - BUF
Let me be clear - I'm not a fan of Benjamin the player, but I am a fan of the targets he'll see with a lack of receiving options in Buffalo. It was the reason he saw 115-plus targets in Carolina, and the quarterback situation wasn't much better (from an accuracy standpoint), but he was able to finish as a top-24 receiver multiple times. Targets first, talent second in fantasy football. As long as Benjamin shows he's healthy when drafts start taking place, he's worthy of a top-40 wide receiver pick. The addition of Corey Coleman lowered his ceiling, but Coleman has just a month to grasp a new offense, so he shouldn't be a massive threat in 2018.
7 days ago
Jimmy Garoppolo photo 107. Jimmy Garoppolo QB - SF
There's a lot of hype surrounding Garoppolo, who finished the season with a bang. His 8.8 yards per attempt ranks as third-best of any quarterback who's thrown the ball at least 100 times in the last five years. With that being said, he did finish with just 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in five starts, so it wasn't all coming together just yet. He lacks a true No. 1 receiver, which may hurt his overall touchdown numbers, and he doesn't offer any rushing upside, as he's rushed for just 17 yards in his seven NFL starts. There's definitely a chance that he gets into QB1 territory, but you shouldn't pay for that just yet. His current cost is inside the top-eight quarterbacks, which is just too much.
6 days ago
Devante Parker photo 108. Devante Parker WR - MIA
There are a lot of fantasy players who are bailing on Parker at this point in his career, and while I get why they'd want to do that, it's a mistake. He's a former first-round pick who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, who has produced when he's been healthy. There've been 25 games in which he's seen at least five targets, and in those games he's averaged 68.2 yards and 0.3 touchdowns, which is low-end WR2 numbers. He did that with Jarvis Landry on the team, who is now a Cleveland Browns receiver. It's rare to find a player this late in drafts who has 120-target potential, but Parker does. If he stays healthy, he's likely going to finish as a top-30 wide receiver with upside for more. Update: Parker is going to miss multiple weeks with a broken finger, which should temper expectations, though he's still undervalued.
6 days ago
Sterling Shepard photo 109. Sterling Shepard WR - NYG
Over the first two years of his career, Shepard has shown the ability to step-up and be the focal point of a passing attack, though he doesn't need to be with Odell Beckham Jr. on the field. To know that he has that ability is a bonus, though, as Beckham Jr. has dealt with injuries throughout his career. Pat Shurmur did wonders for Adam Thielen's career while working out of the slot, which is where Shepard has played over 80 percent of his snaps the last two years. He's going to give you WR4 production regardless, but has upside for much more.
6 days ago
Matt Ryan photo 110. Matt Ryan QB - ATL
The addition of Calvin Ridley bumped Ryan's stock up just a bit, enough to move him ahead of guys like Jared Goff and Jimmy Garoppolo. Ryan isn't going to be the top fantasy quarterback that he was in 2016, but he's someone you should be happy to roster if you're waiting until the late rounds to draft your quarterback, just don't reach for him.
6 days ago
Aaron Jones photo 111. Aaron Jones RB - GB
If Aaron Jones wins the three-down back job outright, we are looking at a potential top 5 fantasy back. Chances are, however, that this scenario won't play out, despite his talent. The Green Bay staff has made it clear they intend on using a committee involving all three backs. If this is the case when Jones comes back from suspension, he is merely a flex play. Jones is still worth drafting based on the upside, though.
3 days ago
Marqise Lee photo 112. Marqise Lee WR - JAC
Most don't seem to know that despite missing two games in 2017 that Lee ranks 27th in targets among wide receivers over the last two years. Keep in mind that Allen Robinson was healthy and played the entire 2016 season, so this is noteworthy. The Jaguars let Robinson walk, but retained Lee on a four-year, $34 million contract, which wasn't far off what Robinson got with the Bears. I he stays healthy, he's locked into 100-plus targets, which is why he should be considered a borderline WR3 with some upside if Blake Bortles continues to improve like he did towards the end of last year.
6 days ago
Jack Doyle photo 113. Jack Doyle TE - IND
The addition of Eric Ebron to the roster does cloudy the picture to clear targets for Doyle, but not enough to move him out of the TE1 conversation. If you recall, Doyle's breakout season took place when most thought Dwayne Allen was on the roster and most thought he was the one to own. Doyle has chemistry with Andrew Luck and even showed the ability to produce with Jacoby Brissett last year, which gives an added level of comfort. Luck has targeted tight ends much more than most during his career, and with the addition of Frank Reich, who comes out from Doug Pederson's tight-end-heavy offense shouldn't change that. Doyle should be considered a high-end TE2 until proven not to be.
6 days ago
David Njoku photo 114. David Njoku TE - CLE
I've always been a fan of Njoku the player, but was really concerned about his 2018 outlook until recently. Targets were going to be hard to come by, that was until Corey Coleman was traded, Josh Gordon went away from the team, and Antonio Callaway might have more off-the-field issues. After an impressive preseason opener, it seems that Todd Haley is going to make it a point to use the freakishly athletic tight end in more ways than Hue Jackson did last year.
7 days ago
Patrick Mahomes photo 115. Patrick Mahomes QB - KC
There is plenty of hype surrounding Mahomes after one big game. Let's not forget Matt Flynn, though, who was similar before busting. Yes, he has weapons to throw to and a huge arm, but there are also plenty of question marks that leave Mahomes as a major risk too.
1 week ago
Allen Hurns photo 116. Allen Hurns WR - DAL
As of right now, Hurns is the No. 1 receiver for the Cowboys, though you shouldn't expect him to carry that role for very long with Michael Gallup in the picture. Still, there's value for a wide receiver who will see anywhere from 5-8 targets from Dak Prescott. Hurns did produce quite a few fantasy relevant weeks with Blake Bortles, so it's possible he turns out to be better than most expect.
3 weeks ago
Marcus Mariota photo 117. Marcus Mariota QB - TEN
Mariota showed significant upside two seasons ago when he was the QB1 for an eight-week stretch. Last year was a trainwreck, however, as he finished QB18. His ceiling is much higher than that, but the floor is a disaster, making him only a streamer for the time being in standard leagues.
1 week ago
Jared Goff photo 118. Jared Goff QB - LAR
Last season, Goff managed to finish the year as a QB1, but then again, so did Bortles so that really shouldn't mean too much. His touchdown rate was inflated and is likely to come down, but the pass attempts could jump from the 477 he threw in 2017.
1 week ago
George Kittle photo 119. George Kittle TE - SF
We saw the chemistry starting to develop between Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo towards the end of the season, where Kittle hauled in 11 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown over the final three games. Knowing that the starting wide receivers are Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, and Trent Taylor, who are all 6-foot or shorter, Garoppolo is going to need a big red zone threat. When it comes to tight ends, you're going to need those touchdowns, and Kittle just might deliver. It's a bummer to hear that he separated his shoulder in the first preseason game, which could limit his potential early in the season should the injury linger.
7 days ago
Alex Smith photo 120. Alex Smith QB - WAS
Most people say that 2017 was an outlier year for Smith, and while it's hard to disagree that it was better than the rest, he's been doing this for a while now. Since 2011, Smith has thrown 132 touchdowns compared to just 43 interceptions. In that period, there are just two quarterbacks who have a better TD:INT ratio than him: Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. You don't do that over a seven-year period if you're a mediocre quarterback. With Jay Gruden's history with Kirk Cousins, it's very possible that we're underestimating Smith's fantasy potential. If you're the type to grab two quarterbacks in a draft, Smith would make an excellent No. 2 who has top-10 upside.
6 days ago
Rishard Matthews photo 121. Rishard Matthews WR - TEN
Despite Marcus Mariota getting hurt in 2016 and struggling through much of 2017, Matthews remained consistent in his production, hauling in 61 percent of his passes for 14.5 and 15.0 yards per reception in each year. The area his production dipped, though, was targets and touchdowns. With Corey Davis slated for a bigger role in 2018, you should expect that decline to continue, though Matthews won't go away, as he's been extremely efficient with his targets. He's comparable to the Titans version of DeSean Jackson.
4 weeks ago
Nick Chubb photo 122. Nick Chubb RB - CLE
The Browns may have drafted Chubb early, and he certainly looks impressive on tape, but don't overlook the fact that Carlos Hyde was extremely good last season and is getting all the first-team reps so far. It won't be an easy task for Chubb to take over as the starter, and even if he does, don't expect a workhorse type of workload. Don't forget that Duke Johnson is plenty impressive himself too.
3 days ago
D.J. Moore photo 123. D.J. Moore WR - CAR
It was shocking to see the Panthers snag Moore with Calvin Ridley still on the board, but they obviously had him higher on their board. He's going to have to compete with Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffrey for targets, which is less than ideal considering that Cam Newton isn't what we'd call an accurate quarterback. Moore might turn out to be the most productive wide receiver in Carolina, but that might not be saying much. Be prepared for a roller coaster in fantasy.
3 weeks ago
Josh Doctson photo 124. Josh Doctson WR - WAS
It's possible that Doctson moves up my draft board as the season nears, as I want to see how he and new quarterback Alex Smith gel in the preseason. Smith has traditionally been a quarterback who doesn't throw into tight coverage, and Doctson was among the worst in the league last year when it came to yards of separation at target. He was followed by some top-tier cornerbacks last year, so it's possible that will influence the numbers, but Smith's style seems to fit Jamison Crowder's and Jordan Reed's skill-set a bit more than Doctson's. He's got some potential, but the situation just doesn't seem to be ideal.
6 days ago
Kenny Golladay photo 125. Kenny Golladay WR - DET
It seems that the Lions are trying to make Golladay a thing in 2018, though I'm not seeing it without taking away targets from Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Outside of those two, the leading receiver on the Lions last year was T.J. Jones with 49 targets. With Matt Patricia coming to town, you have to figure they lean more on the run, especially when you factor in the additions of both LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson. Without injury, Golladay is going to be a spot-starter, at best.
3 weeks ago
Dak Prescott photo 126. Dak Prescott QB - DAL
Dak's "awful" season actually ended with him finishing as a top 10 fantasy QB ahead of Big Ben. With Zeke back in the lineup full time and a healthy offensive line, he may just return to the level of production we saw his rookie season. Don't forget, Dak was a top 3 fantasy QB when Zeke's suspension began in Week 10 last year.
1 week ago
Ty Montgomery photo 127. Ty Montgomery RB - GB
The Packers have made it clear that Montgomery will have a sizeable role in the Packers' offense, but that it will primarily be on third down. While this certainly caps his upside, it gives enough safety that you can draft him as a reliable depth piece, and who knows if he might just end up winning the #1 job with Jones out the first two weeks and Williams already dealing with a sprained ankle.
3 days ago
Peyton Barber photo 128. Peyton Barber RB - TB
The Bucs are suggesting Barber will be their starter to open up the season, but even if it is true, Ronald Jones would likely take over within a few weeks. Barber's ceiling is limited to a flex play even while he is the starter.
3 days ago
Bilal Powell photo 129. Bilal Powell RB - NYJ
We have never seen Powell start an entire season and he is now 30 years old so we may never know how good he could have been, but he has killed in fantasy when given the lion's share of touches. There is a chance it happens to start the season with Crowell and McGuire banged up.
3 days ago
Devontae Booker photo 130. Devontae Booker RB - DEN
While it seems that the Broncos drafted Royce Freeman to jump in as the lead-back from Week 1, it isn't certain quite yet. Booker is said to have a shot at the job, but it also wouldn't be surprising if he was cut for Phillip Lindsay.
3 days ago
O.J. Howard photo 131. O.J. Howard TE - TB
Howard was unbelievably efficient last season with 432 yards and 6 TDs in just 39 targets. Granted, that touchdown rate is nearly impossible to repeat, but it goes without saying that his target total will at least double if the Bucs know what is good for them. In standard leagues, he was only 30 fantasy points behind Evan Engram despite 76 fewer targets.
2 weeks ago
Cameron Meredith photo 132. Cameron Meredith WR - NO
It was a knee injury that looked like it could be a career-ender, but Meredith latched on with the Saints this offseason and will now be catching passes from Drew Brees. Shortly after snagging him, the Saints cut ties with Willie Snead, opening up the slot role that Meredith played so well while with the Bears. Meredith's sample size is relatively small, but when you rack up 888 yards and four touchdowns from Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, there's plenty of optimism. The issue is that Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Ted Ginn, and maybe even Ben Watson are ahead of him in the pecking order. He's likely to have some big weeks, but I wouldn't expect a weekly contributor.
3 weeks ago
Giovani Bernard photo 133. Giovani Bernard RB - CIN
Mixon should be the primary back and may even end up as a bell-cow for the Bengals. With that said, Bernard has always performed well in a limited roll and did post 158 yards in Week 16, so there seems to be a chance that Cincy would give him another opportunity to shine in a larger role if Mixon struggles again or gets injured.
3 days ago
Tyler Lockett photo 134. Tyler Lockett WR - SEA
Some are scared of Brandon Marshall signing, but you shouldn't be one of them, as I don't even think he's a lock to make the roster. Lockett isn't someone I'd chase in drafts, but he plays with Russell Wilson, has flashed before, and the touchdowns have to go somewhere. His price doesn't reflect any of that.
3 weeks ago
Mike Williams photo 135. Mike Williams WR - LAC
Once word came out about Hunter Henry tearing his ACL, most wanted to look at which tight end would take his place. Truth be told, Williams is the one who's likely to see the biggest increase in targets because of Henry's injury. He was drafted inside the top-10 to become a red zone presence for Philip Rivers, though his back injury limited his playing time in 2017. Having an injury-free offseason would be big for him to develop some chemistry with Rivers and work his way into the offense. It seems like it'll be him, Keenan Allen, and Tyrell Williams in 3WR sets, meaning he should see a minimum of 50 targets this season. He's someone you can draft and you'll likely know what you have within the first week or two. It shouldn't shock you to see Williams with eight-plus touchdowns at year's end.
7 days ago
Jacksonville Jaguars photo 136. Jacksonville Jaguars DST - JAC
It's not often that I'd support the idea of drafting a defense before the final round, but the Jaguars are a slightly different animal. They are one of the most dominant defenses we've seen in their lifetime, they haven't lost any of their important pieces, and they're extremely young.
3 weeks ago
Tyler Eifert photo 137. Tyler Eifert TE - CIN
Sure, there is a chance we see another 140 point fantasy season from Eifert, but even that 2015 output appeared to be a fluke. He had an absurd touchdown rate and just 615 receiving yards. More likely, we will see the version who has missed significant time in three of the past four seasons. Rememeber, nobody wanted him in free agency so he crawled back to the Bengals. That should tell you just about everything you need to know.
2 weeks ago
Corey Clement photo 138. Corey Clement RB - PHI
It seemed that Clement started to pick up steam in his pursuit for more snaps as the year went on, but he never topped 28 snaps. Keep in mind that's with Darren Sproles missing essentially the entire season, and he's been brought back in 2018. Between Sproles, Jay Ajayi, and Clement, this is going to be a wildly inconsistent backfield for fantasy purposes. He's nothing more than a bench-stash who has value should something happen to Ajayi or Sproles.
10 weeks ago
DeSean Jackson photo 139. DeSean Jackson WR - TB
When you watch as much football as I do, you see some things that some people may have missed. When it comes to Jackson, he and Jameis Winston were just a touch off on connecting for multiple 40-plus yard touchdowns, which would have dramatically changed how fantasy players valued him this offseason. There were four passes that I can recall right now that were within a yard or two of his hands that might turn into long touchdowns this year. Even in what was a "down year" for him, he produced WR3 numbers 50 percent of the time, which ranked 33rd among wide receivers. The lone thing that could get in the way of those numbers is Chris Godwin, who is someone who might start opposite Mike Evans in 2WR sets, and that would cripple Jackson's value. You need to pay attention to the depth chart as the preseason rolls along.
6 days ago
Latavius Murray photo 140. Latavius Murray RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook was an absolute bell-cow for the Vikings before his injury, but a lot of that may have been because Murray was injured. There is a possibility that Murray has a role in a split backfield sort of situation and gets some goal-line carries. Plus, just imagine how Murray would perform if Cook was hurt and McKinnon is now out of his way.
3 days ago
Cameron Brate photo 141. Cameron Brate TE - TB
If the Bucs hadn't just signed Brate to a big-time contract, I'd be ready to fade Brate, considering how excellent O.J. Howard was once he took over. The Bucs did sign Brate, however, and Jameis has made it clear that he loves Brate. When Jameis was the starting QB, Brate was a top four fantasy tight end last season. In fact, in the six games Brate started, the Harvard grad was a top 12 tight end even more often than Gronk.
2 weeks ago
James White photo 142. James White RB - NE
While Rex Burkhead is still is town and Sony Michel joined the group, remember that it was James White who finished the season getting goal-line work and is killing it in the preseason. If it carries over into the season, he would make for a terrific flex player week to week, especially early while Michel and Burkhead are banged up.
3 days ago
Derek Carr photo 143. Derek Carr QB - OAK
This time last year, Carr was the fourth quarterback off the board. He struggled through injuries last season and finished as the QB21. In 2016, however, he was a top 10 QB so you'd have to think it will end up somewhere in between this year, making him merely a streamer for the time being.
1 week ago
Eric Ebron photo 144. Eric Ebron TE - IND
It may be tempting, but don't be so quick to give up on Ebron. Since 2000, only Gronk, Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten and Jeremy Shockey have as many receiving yards as Ebron before their 25th birthdays. Ebron mightl have to overtake Doyle before having much relevance, but there is a shot it happens or that they use him as a move tight end with Doyle on the line in two tight end sets. That means there is a shot Ebron morphs into a top-five fantasy tight end with Andrew Luck throwing him the ball.
3 weeks ago
Samaje Perine photo 145. Samaje Perine RB - WAS
With Derrius Guice now out for the season, Washington will have to turn to Perine or Rob Kelley as their lead back unless they bring someone else in. Perine has some potential, but he already sprained his ankle and might not be 100% for week one. he is well worth a mid-round pick as an upside flier, however.
3 days ago
Calvin Ridley photo 146. Calvin Ridley WR - ATL
I banged the drum for Ridley all offseason, saying he was the most pro-ready receiver in the draft. When he was taken by the Falcons, it was tough to love the landing spot, as Julio Jones demands a lot of targets. With that, Ridley will see a lot of No. 2 cornerbacks in man coverage, meaning he's going to have some big weeks. Think about Taylor Gabriel's effect he had on the Falcons offense in his first year there and that's likely what you'll get out of Ridley in 2018. He's just a WR4/5, but he's going to have some massive weeks.
3 weeks ago
Minnesota Vikings photo 147. Minnesota Vikings DST - MIN
Tyrell Williams photo 148. Tyrell Williams WR - LAC
Mike Williams is expected to start with Keenan Allen, but now that Hunter Henry is gone and the Chargers didn't replace him, we might end up seeing Williams get enough targets to monitor for fantasy purposes. There will be some weeks where he posts big numbers, so queue him up in best ball formats.
7 weeks ago
Anthony Miller photo 149. Anthony Miller WR - CHI
Many are clamoring for Miller to get big targets as a rookie in Chicago, but there are a few problems with that notion. First, Trubisky has some major question marks. Additionally, Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, Tarik Cohen and Kevin White are all going to be seeing targets too. Miller may have value, but his upside is limited.
7 weeks ago
Charles Clay photo 150. Charles Clay TE - BUF
While Clay may not have had the best numbers last season, but prior to his injury, the Bills were peppering him with targets. Once he returned, Clay wasn't quite himself, but over the final three weeks of the season, he saw another 27 targets which has to encourage fantasy owners. Add in the fact that the Bills still have limited receiving weapons and Clay doesn't make a bad tight end in deep leagues or best ball contests.
2 weeks ago
Blake Bortles photo 151. Blake Bortles QB - JAC
You may want to give up on Bortles, but he has now been a QB1 three consecutive seasons and managed to be the #2 QB over the final five weeks of the season. It is never pretty, but he gets the job done from a production perspective. He is a reliable option in two-QB leagues.
1 week ago
Matt Breida photo 152. Matt Breida RB - SF
The 49ers paid big bucks for Jerick McKinnon, but they also didn't draft a running back which means Shanahan seems to be comfortable with Breida as his number two. Remember that Tevin Coleman was created by Shanahan's offense and that Breida is an even better athlete.
3 days ago
Paul Richardson photo 153. Paul Richardson WR - WAS
The landing spot was an odd one for Richardson, as he might be the fifth option on the depth chart behind Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, and maybe even Josh Doctson. They apparently brought him in to be the downfield threat in the offense, but Richardson wasn't much of a separator last year with the Seahawks, but did rack up nine plays of more than 20 yards. Alex Smith was the best deep passer in the NFL last year, though it probably helps to have Tyreek Hill scooting down the field. Richardson is likely to be a very boom-or-bust fantasy option, making him just a high-upside bye week filler.
3 weeks ago
Chris Godwin photo 154. Chris Godwin WR - TB
Last season, Godwin was extremely efficient with his targets. Now that he is starting, those targets should increase and we could see a breakout. He still has Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and two strong tight ends to share work with, however, so that breakout comes with a capped ceiling.
7 weeks ago
Mitch Trubisky photo 155. Mitch Trubisky QB - CHI
The Bears are expected to let Trubisky loose this season with the additions of Matt Nagy, Allen Robinson and Trey Burton. He could be this year's Jared Goff, but that doesn't mean you should draft him with that expectation. There is plenty of risk as well and we are merely hoping he will perform like Case Keenum and Blake Bortles did last year.
1 week ago
Mohamed Sanu photo 156. Mohamed Sanu WR - ATL
While I've got Calvin Ridley higher in my rankings, Sanu is the safer draft pick. He's a proven veteran who knows the offense, and posted WR3 numbers in 67 percent of his games last year, which ranked 13th among wide receivers. He doesn't have much upside, but if you're looking for a safe, high-floor type producer, Sanu is your guy. The best part is that he almost always goes undrafted in standard leagues, so you can take him with one of your final picks.
6 days ago
Michael Gallup photo 157. Michael Gallup WR - DAL
I just do not believe that Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, and Cole Beasley are going to be the Cowboys starting wide receivers for long. Gallup is the one wide receiver on that team with the ability to potentially be a top-30 wide receiver in this league and it's not going to happen sitting on the bench behind the B-squad. Even if he doesn't start Week 1, it's only a matter of time before they start giving him reps, and he'll quickly become Dak Prescott's go-to receiver, giving you multiple usable fantasy weeks in the process.
3 weeks ago
D'Onta Foreman photo 158. D'Onta Foreman RB - HOU
Foreman has enormous upside as a breakout candidate, but first he will have to manage to bounce back completely from a torn achillies, which is a tough task, unseat Lamar Miller, then hope Watson is himself again. That seems like a tall task, but the lottery ticket is worth monitoring the remainder of the preseason.
3 days ago
Eli Manning photo 159. Eli Manning QB - NYG
Manning finished as the #23 QB last year but with Beckham gone and Saquon not yet in place. The Giants patched up their offensive line and should be much more competitive this year so don't hesitate to use Eli in a few streaming opportunities this season.
1 week ago
Theo Riddick photo 160. Theo Riddick RB - DET
The Lions backfield is loaded with several decent backs who are all about on the same level. It will be tough for most of them to find touches except for Riddick who has his job locked in. Expect much of the same, making him a solid depth piece to fill in during bye weeks and injuries.
3 days ago
Philadelphia Eagles photo 161. Philadelphia Eagles DST - PHI
Dez Bryant photo 162. Dez Bryant WR - FA
He doesn't have a team right now, but it doesn't mean that you should ignore him. Wherever Bryant lands, it'll be with a team who knows the risk as well as the reward, and they wouldn't bring him in to not be a vital part of their offense. Stay tuned, as his ranking will move depending on the team he lands with.
3 weeks ago
LeGarrette Blount photo 163. LeGarrette Blount RB - DET
Potentially the worst landing spot for someone with his skill-set, as players who don't participate in the passing-game don't stay on the field under Jim Bob Cooter. It's possible that new head coach Matt Patricia wanted Blount from his days in New England, but when they drafted Kerryon Johnson in the second-round, it pretty much buried the hope for Blount. He may score from time-to-time, but you're better off letting someone else draft him.
10 weeks ago
Jared Cook photo 164. Jared Cook TE - OAK
It is hard not to like the weapons Cook is competing with from Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson to Martavis Bryant, but Cook was seventh in receiving yards last season so he is definitely still a fantasy asset. Granted, Derek Carr has taken a big step back so there will only be so many touchdowns to go around. You'd expect Cook to improve on the two he posted last year, though, and if he had even three, we would have been looking at a top 12 fantasy tight end.
2 weeks ago
Los Angeles Rams photo 165. Los Angeles Rams DST - LAR
Doug Martin photo 166. Doug Martin RB - OAK
Martin has been an RB1 multiple times in his career and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he suddenly returned to that type of production. With that said, he it would take an injury Marshawn Lynch to get him enough touches to make some noise.
3 days ago
Nyheim Hines photo 167. Nyheim Hines RB - IND
Say hello to the next Darren Sproles. He doesn't have the upside of a D'Onta Foreman who could be a workhorse running back in the right scenario, but Hines is a good bet to contribute in the passing game most weeks so if you are in a deeper league, don't hesitate to add him.
3 days ago
Martavis Bryant photo 168. Martavis Bryant WR - OAK
So, Bryant went from competing with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster for targets, to now competing with Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson for targets. I don't think this will end well, considering the quality of the targets will also go down. The positive is that Derek Carr has plenty of arm strength to get the ball downfield to Bryant, but Cooper and Nelson should dominate the work underneath, making him a very boom-or-bust fantasy option. He's apparently been running with the second-team offense and struggling to grasp the playbook, making him undraftable in most leagues.
7 days ago
Ted Ginn photo 169. Ted Ginn WR - NO
Another year with Drew Brees, yet his cost is down? Well, to be fair, Ginn is now 33 years old and the Saints have added a lot of new pieces around him. Cameron Meredith was a pretty solid signing, as was drafting Tre'Quan Smith, who is known as a downfield receiver. We also cannot forget the addition of Ben Watson, who is sure to see more targets than Coby Fleener did the last two seasons. There were just five games where Ginn saw more than five targets last year, meaning his fantasy production is going to be sporadic. He also caught a ridiculous 76 percent of passes, which was far more than his previous career-high of 58 percent, so you're looking at some regression. He's a guy you plug in for bye weeks and hope you get one of his better performances.
3 weeks ago
John Brown photo 170. John Brown WR - BAL
It seemed like targets were going to be a bit easy for Brown to get when he signed with the Ravens at the start of free agency, but as the offseason went on, things got much more cloudy. Not only did they go out and sign Michael Crabtree after he was dumped by the Raiders, but they also signed Willie Snead late in free agency. Then the draft came and they not only added two tight ends in the first three rounds, but they also grabbed two wide receivers in the top five rounds. Needless to say, targets will be hard to come by and that's not to mention his health problems he's dealt with over the last few years. All reports out of camp are that Brown/Flacco have shown more chemistry than any of the other pass-catchers.
7 days ago
Los Angeles Chargers photo 171. Los Angeles Chargers DST - LAC
Jordan Wilkins photo 172. Jordan Wilkins RB - IND
It isn't thaat Wilkins is some elite talent, although he seems to be underrated in that department. Rather, Wilkins is worth drafting primarily because of the situation in Indy. Marlon Mack may not be able to handle a three-down workload which might just leave first and second down in Andrew Luck's offense open to Wilkins. Watch this one closely in case we get a big rookie season out of Wilkins here.
3 days ago
Houston Texans photo 173. Houston Texans DST - HOU
Andy Dalton photo 174. Andy Dalton QB - CIN
Dalton has never finished worse than QB18 through his first seven seasons so it don't be surprised if he does it once again. He is without question among the worst starters in football, but he gets the job done well enough to start many weeks in two-QB leagues.
1 week ago
Case Keenum photo 175. Case Keenum QB - DEN
John Elway did not go get a quarterback in the draft because he appears to be confident in what Keenum offers. Now, he isn't start-worthy every week, but with Thomas and Sanders in the receiver core, there will be a couple starts this season that he provides useful performances.
1 week ago
Austin Seferian-Jenkins photo 176. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE - JAC
Early reports indicate that ASJ has quickly become one of Blake Bortles' favorite targets. This should come as no surprise considering run-blocking 33-year-old Marcedes Lewis has five touchdowns for the Jags last season. ASJ is a significantly better weapon and has a chance to finally realize his potential this season in an offense that has lackluster receiving and tight-end friendly quarterback.
2 weeks ago
Robert Kelley photo 177. Robert Kelley RB - WAS
With Derrius Guice now out for the season and Samaje Perine already with a minor ankle injury, it may be the case that we are looking at Kelley as a Week 1 starter. Should that happen, he would be a sneaky late-round addition who could perhaps secure the job all for himself with a quality performance.
3 days ago
Dede Westbrook photo 178. Dede Westbrook WR - JAC
There are some in the industry who adore Westbrook, but most see him as the clear-cut fourth wide receiver in a weak passing offense. Obviously if the second is correct, there is no value unless someone gets injured. He isn't the worst possible late-round pick, however, as there is some upside.
4 weeks ago
Frank Gore photo 179. Frank Gore RB - MIA
The Dolphins continue to list Gore as a co-starter with Kenyan Drake. While Gore may get a few points here and there, I can't imagine anyone is excited enough about him in a split backfield within a crummy offense to consider drafting him in even a deep league.
3 days ago
Denver Broncos photo 180. Denver Broncos DST - DEN
Jameis Winston photo 181. Jameis Winston QB - TB
Winston is suspended for three weeks so he is undraftable outside of two-qb leagues. When he returns, however, we are looking at a top-10 quarterback. He was superb last season when healthy, passing for a 16-game rate of 4,900 passing yards so don't sleep on him.
1 week ago
Ricky Seals-Jones photo 182. Ricky Seals-Jones TE - ARI
Seals-Jones is an elite athlete who excelled in spurts last season, but hardly saw the field enough to make a difference. If that should change this pre-season, he would be an immediate top sleeper candidate all across the industry since Arizona lost so many targets and upgraded to Sam Bradford at quarterback.
2 weeks ago
Baltimore Ravens photo 183. Baltimore Ravens DST - BAL
Keelan Cole photo 184. Keelan Cole WR - JAC
There are questions about how many snaps Cole will get each game in a crowded Jags' receiving core, but it shouldn't go overlooked that he led the NFL in receiving yards over the last five weeks of the season. He could breakout if he gets the opportunity.
7 weeks ago
John Ross photo 185. John Ross WR - CIN
After being benched for a fumble in his rookie season, Ross never had a chance to make an impact. It doesn't help that he missed time in the preseason due to injury, but if he stays healthy, he has a chance to change people's minds about him. Ross isn't just a speedster, but someone who can run routes and get defenders spun around when chasing him. If Marvin Lewis figures out how to incorporate him into the offense, he could be someone who makes a splash with one of your late-round picks. The fact that the Bengals cut Brandon LaFell says they're going forward with Ross as a starter, so he could prove to be a late-round steal.
7 days ago
Stephen Gostkowski photo 186. Stephen Gostkowski K - NE
Vance McDonald photo 187. Vance McDonald TE - PIT
It is no guarantee that the Steelers will give McDonald the starting job, but should he take it over from Jesse James, we would be looking at a breakout candidate with top 10 tight end upside. McDonald is a capable athlete who could excel in the red zone of Big Ben's offense.
2 weeks ago
Benjamin Watson photo 188. Benjamin Watson TE - NO
Watson is old as dirt, but he was remarkably efficient last year even with Joe Flacco, posting a huge 77.2% catch rate for 522 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 79 targets. Now that he is returning to New Orleans, where Brees loves to pass to tight ends, we may just see Watson return to the 110 targets and #8 tight end finish that Watson posted in the same offense during the 2015 season.
2 weeks ago
Mike Wallace photo 189. Mike Wallace WR - PHI
Why do I feel like every time I see Mike Wallace's name, I think of the song "End of the Road"? It's been such a long career for Wallace at a high-level of production, but starting over with another new team at the age of 32? It feels like he's a slight upgrade over Torrey Smith's role on the team last year, leaving him off the fantasy radar. If something should happen to Alshon Jeffery, though, Wallace would be an immediate waiver wire add.
10 weeks ago
Chris Ivory photo 190. Chris Ivory RB - BUF
Chris Ivory would be expected to step into a much larger role should LeSean McCoy end up suspended or cut as a result of the allegations. With that said, it doesn't seem likely anything will happen on that front this season. Ivory isn't the most talented player, nor is he in a strong offense, but there is no substitute for touches.
3 days ago
Tyrod Taylor photo 191. Tyrod Taylor QB - CLE
I'm usually a big proponent of drafting Taylor in fantasy football, but this has more to do with him potentially losing the job to Baker Mayfield at some point. If you could guarantee he'd start the entire season, he'd probably rank inside my top 15 quarterbacks. As of now, I'm projecting Mayfield to take over for the final six games, which really hurts Taylor's overall projection. But if you're one to stream the quarterback position, you can snag Taylor and pair him with Jameis Winston, who returns in Week 4.
7 days ago
Ryan Grant photo 192. Ryan Grant WR - IND
I'm not sure why so many are writing Grant off in fantasy leagues after he forced his way into the Redskins starting lineup despite many leaving him for dead. Once in the lineup, he produced with the targets he was given, posting 573 yards and four touchdowns on just 65 targets. During Andrew Luck's career, his No. 2 receiver has never finished with fewer than 56 targets, and there's no one competing with Grant for that spot. He comes with risk because we don't know what to expect out of Luck, but he also comes with upside much better than where his ADP is.
3 weeks ago
Geronimo Allison photo 193. Geronimo Allison WR - GB
Possibly fantasy football's best kept secret to this point, as you have the chance to get one of Aaron Rodgers' starting wide receivers essentially for free. With Randall Cobb playing the slot almost exclusively, Allison would start opposite Davante Adams in 2WR sets. Did everyone forget that James Jones caught 14 touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers a handful of years ago, only to retire a few years later? Allison has played 15 total games with Rodgers under center, and in those games he's totaled 45 targets, 26 receptions, 381 yards, and two touchdowns. That's some pretty good point-per-target production, and despite them drafting a few wide receivers, he's the only one who has experience in the offense, chemistry with Rodgers, and production to show he's capable. If for some reason, he's not the No. 3 receiver, we're going to simply replace him in the rankings with the player who is.
2 weeks ago
Quincy Enunwa photo 194. Quincy Enunwa WR - NYJ
Josh McCown was actually really good last season and seeing that he is starting again in 2018 and that Robby Anderson is likely to be suspended, Enunwa just might be the #1 in that offense. He has been plenty useful before and might return flex value if he gets the targets.
7 weeks ago
Austin Hooper photo 195. Austin Hooper TE - ATL
We know Hooper has plenty of upside, but with the addition of Calvin Ridley, it seems unlikely that his target share will improve much more, if at all. Unless they start throwing Hooper the ball much more often than we saw last season, he has essentially zero fantasy value.
2 weeks ago
Justin Tucker photo 196. Justin Tucker K - BAL
Greg Zuerlein photo 197. Greg Zuerlein K - LAR
Donte Moncrief photo 198. Donte Moncrief WR - JAC
Apparently, the Jags are going to start Moncrief over Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark. If that is the case then he has some value, but moving from Andrew Luck to Blake Bortles and an offense who wants to run as often as possible limits his upside.
7 weeks ago
Christian Kirk photo 199. Christian Kirk WR - ARI
The Cardinals lost over 200 targets this off-season and someone will have to step up as the Cardinals' number two wide receiver. Granted, doing it as a rookie is always a challenge, but there is little doubting that he is the second most talented receiver on the team so this will be a battle to watch closely in the preseason.
4 weeks ago
Mike Gesicki photo 200. Mike Gesicki TE - MIA
While you may not be excited about the Dolphins' passing game, it is worth noting that Tannehill posted back to back 4,000 yard seasons before his injury and threw the ball at least 580 times three straight years. Their receiving threats are limited so don't be surprised if the freak athlete, Gesicki makes the most of his starting role.
2 weeks ago
Ryan Tannehill photo 201. Ryan Tannehill QB - MIA
Tannehill may have lost Jarvis Landry, but the Dolphins picked up some extra weapons too. If he is healthy, Tannehill is a safe bet for 4,000 yards. You can't start him every week even in two-QB leagues, but there will be more than a handful of matchups where you might want to consider him.
1 week ago
New Orleans Saints photo 202. New Orleans Saints DST - NO
Austin Ekeler photo 203. Austin Ekeler RB - LAC
Ekeler will score a few touchdowns as he gets some third-down work like last season, but even if Melvin Gordon were to go down with an injury, it seems likely that Ekeler would split to backfield with Justin Jackson, essentially limiting Ekeler's ceiling to a flex play.
3 days ago
Matt Bryant photo 204. Matt Bryant K - ATL
Corey Coleman photo 205. Corey Coleman WR - BUF
Going from the 2017 Browns to the 2018 Bills seems like a punishment, right? I mean, just when the future starts to look bright for the Browns, they ship Coleman off to what might be the newest version of the 2017 Browns. He's going to be in line for targets out of necessity, which is what we look for in fantasy, but just know that he's going to be inconsistent due to the lackluster quarterback play.
2 weeks ago
Seattle Seahawks photo 206. Seattle Seahawks DST - SEA
Danny Amendola photo 207. Danny Amendola WR - MIA
There were some crazy rumors coming out of Miami early in the offseason suggesting that Amendola would see 100-plus targets in Jarvis Landry's old role. The issue with that was that the Dolphins signed Albert Wilson before him, and for much more money. Amendola will turn 33 years old this year and is not built for that type of role, as shown by the fact that he's failed to top 689 yards in his career, and has played 16 games just twice. He may have a higher floor than most in his range, but his ceiling isn't what some are making it out to be.
10 weeks ago
Kenneth Dixon photo 208. Kenneth Dixon RB - BAL
Had Dixon not suffered a season-ending injury last season, we may just be talking about him as a top 15 running back headed into this fantasy season. The fact is that Baltimore raved about him so don't be shocked if he gets a crack at touches even with Alex Collins ahead of him for now.
3 days ago
New England Patriots photo 209. New England Patriots DST - NE
Hayden Hurst photo 210. Hayden Hurst TE - BAL
The Ravens drafted Hurst to start and expect him to be of use in the passing game as a polished rookie. When you add in the fact that no one has thrown more passes than Flacco over the past two seasons, Hurst begins to look like an appealing breakout candidate.
2 weeks ago
Spencer Ware photo 211. Spencer Ware RB - KC
Kareem Hunt took the world by storm last year, but it was no different than what Ware did prior to his concussion in 2016. Now that he is returning from injury, don't discount the potential of Ware splitting part of the Chiefs' workload. Plus, if Hunt were to be injured, Ware would be an immediate RB1.
3 days ago
Javorius Allen photo 212. Javorius Allen RB - BAL
It's unlikely that Allen sees the field a whole lot in 2018, unless the Ravens have completely moved on from Kenneth Dixon. Going back to the 2016 season, Allen touched the ball just 12 times. The Danny Woodhead injury at the start of 2017 definitely meant he needed to get more involved, but there are no guarantees this season. He's just a bench stash at this point.
10 weeks ago
Pittsburgh Steelers photo 213. Pittsburgh Steelers DST - PIT
Wil Lutz photo 214. Wil Lutz K - NO
Carolina Panthers photo 215. Carolina Panthers DST - CAR
James Washington photo 216. James Washington WR - PIT
It's almost as if everyone forgot that Martavis Bryant was traded and that Washington is going to start immediately, unless the Steelers drafted him to sit behind Darrius Heyward-Bey (they didn't). Yeah, he's a rookie, as was his teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster last year. Did we also forget about Bryant's 549 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie, too? Washington's best attribute is adjusting, separating, and hauling in the deep ball, something Ben Roethlisberger is known for. He may not be an every-week fantasy starter, but he's going to have some big weeks.
3 weeks ago
Courtland Sutton photo 217. Courtland Sutton WR - DEN
It's highly unlikely that we see a whole lot of Sutton in year one, as both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders were retained for the 2018 season. Sutton doesn't play the slot position quite yet, which will hinder his playing time, though the Broncos have reportedly been impressed with him in camp. It's possible they move Sanders into the slot to accommodate him.
7 days ago
Jermaine Kearse photo 218. Jermaine Kearse WR - NYJ
It's rare to see a wide receiver see 102 targets in a season, only to be cut the next, but it seems like a realistic possibility for Kearse. If released, the Jets would take no cap hit, and they have a pretty crowded room of wide receivers. He is a veteran presence, but on a rebuilding team, they may lean on others to fill that role. You should be avoiding Kearse in early drafts.
10 weeks ago
Kansas City Chiefs photo 219. Kansas City Chiefs DST - KC
T.J. Yeldon photo 220. T.J. Yeldon RB - JAC
While there is no guarantee of an injury to any one player, they do happen, and Fournette is among the most injury-prone running backs in the game. If he were to go down at some point, Yeldon would likely be a top 20 running back right away, plus he is useful in the passing game even if no injury happens all season.
3 days ago
Kalen Ballage photo 221. Kalen Ballage RB - MIA
When you see Ballage, you'll say to yourself, "he's a running back?" He's a massive young man (6-2, 228) who excels in the passing-game, though he struggles in-between the tackles. Similar things were said about David Johnson when he came into the league, but Johnson has shown to be an effective runner. Ballage has to compete with Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore for touches, but he should get 4-6 touches per game out of the gate. If he impresses, he could earn more work.
10 weeks ago
Cole Beasley photo 222. Cole Beasley WR - DAL
After posting at least 41 yards in 13-of-16 games in 2016, Beasley hit that mark just one time in 2017 and finished with a measly 314 yards. The Cowboys offense was a mess in 2017 and it's likely to be again in 2018, but the loss of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten could provide Beasley with more targets. Still, he's a low-upside target late in drafts, but one you can use if you're in a pinch.
10 weeks ago
Jake Elliott photo 223. Jake Elliott K - PHI
Matt Prater photo 224. Matt Prater K - DET
Dan Bailey photo 225. Dan Bailey K - DAL
Taywan Taylor photo 226. Taywan Taylor WR - TEN
If you're looking to hedge against the Corey Davis breakout that everyone is expecting, Taylor is someone that should entice you. He was one of my favorites coming out of the draft last year as someone who reminded me of Kendall Wright, but could play on the perimeter. He didn't get many opportunities with Eric Decker there last year, but Taylor did well with the 28 targets he did see, totaling 231 yards and a touchdown. He's going to be on the field in all 3WR sets
10 weeks ago
Chicago Bears photo 227. Chicago Bears DST - CHI
Albert Wilson photo 228. Albert Wilson WR - MIA
Wilson figures to fit into the slot in this Dolphins offense and just remember what Jarvis Landry did out of the spot. Now, Wilson is not as talented as Landry, but there are plenty of targets to be had and Wilson figures to step into enough of them to be a safe depth piece.
5 weeks ago
Dante Pettis photo 229. Dante Pettis WR - SF
While I wasn't a huge Pettis fan coming into the NFL Draft, I must re-evaluate how I value you him considering the 49ers felt it necessary to trade up in the second-round to acquire him. He may not have a very significant passing role in 2018, but it shouldn't surprise you if they try to work him in a lot more as the season goes on.
10 weeks ago
Chris Boswell photo 230. Chris Boswell K - PIT
Atlanta Falcons photo 231. Atlanta Falcons DST - ATL
Brandon Marshall photo 232. Brandon Marshall WR - SEA
At this point, you shouldn't even be convinced that Marshall makes the Seahawks 53-man roster. At the moment he signed with them, he acknowledged he's not in football shape and has a long way to go. It's likely that Jaron Brown winds up as the better fantasy option.
5 weeks ago
Terrance Williams photo 233. Terrance Williams WR - DAL
Jonathan Stewart photo 234. Jonathan Stewart RB - NYG
You have to wonder if Stewart knew when he signed that the Giants were planning to draft a running back. Because as of now, Stewart might not ever play significant snaps ever again with Saquon Barkley in the fold. It seems that if something happened to Barkley, both Stewart and Wayne Gallman would split the load, though Gallman would likely have more value due to his contributions in the passing-game.
9 weeks ago
Joe Flacco photo 235. Joe Flacco QB - BAL
If there was ever one thing that Flacco had going for him, it was job stability. You knew that by drafting him as your No. 2 quarterback in a 2QB league, he wasn't going to get benched. Now that the Ravens have drafted Lamar Jackson, those days are over. Flacco did get some increased weaponry in Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews, and Willie Snead, but is it too little, too late? He's now finished as the QB20 or worse in three straight seasons and it's hard to trust him as anything more than a streaming QB2.
11 weeks ago
Darren Sproles photo 236. Darren Sproles RB - PHI
Sproles may be old, but he has been an RB3 or better in 5 of the past 6 years he was healthy including two years ago. The Eagles are saying he will get plenty of snaps, and while his workload will clearly be limited, it should be enough to warrant flex starts once the bye weeks and injuries roll in.
3 days ago
Harrison Butker photo 237. Harrison Butker K - KC
Mason Crosby photo 238. Mason Crosby K - GB
Arizona Cardinals photo 239. Arizona Cardinals DST - ARI
Terrelle Pryor photo 240. Terrelle Pryor WR - NYJ
Pryor has both elite athleticism and a big season in his past. Don't be surprised if he wins a starting job in New York and bounces back. He will have to get healthy first, however, which at this point looks like it may still be a while.
7 weeks ago
Corey Grant photo 241. Corey Grant RB - JAC
After watching Chris Ivory exit to the Bills, Grant has inched his way closer to fantasy relevance. With Leonard Fournette continually dealing with injuries, Grant should always be prepared to step-in alongside T.J. Yeldon should Fournette miss any time. In his short stints, Grant has impressed, totaling 412 yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries (6.65 YPC) the last two seasons.
10 weeks ago
Wayne Gallman photo 242. Wayne Gallman RB - NYG
It's pretty sad to see Gallman's value go from usable bye-week filler to third on the depth chart, though that's what happened when the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley and snagged Jonathan Stewart in free agency. Truth be told, though, I'd rather own Gallman than Stewart, as Gallman can contribute in the passing-game and is much more versatile. Whatever the case, he's only going to be usable if Barkley were to miss time.
9 weeks ago
Green Bay Packers photo 243. Green Bay Packers DST - GB
Chase Edmonds photo 244. Chase Edmonds RB - ARI
The Cardinals seem to have Edmonds as the direct backup to David Johnson. If a freak injury were to happen to DJ once again, Edmonds would have the upside of an RB2 while Johnson was out. Beyond that, he has minimal fantasy appeal.
3 days ago
Eric Decker photo 245. Eric Decker WR - NE
Signing with the Patriots with just over a month left in the offseason is going to be rough, as he's got little time to learn the playbook while developing chemistry with Tom Brady, who doesn't practice all that much any more. Decker should become a factor as the season goes on, but he shouldn't be relied upon for consistent production to start the year, though it helps that Julian Edelman is suspended for the first four games.
7 days ago
Travis Benjamin photo 246. Travis Benjamin WR - LAC
There's not much love for Benjamin and that's because he's fourth on the Chargers depth chart. He scored just 4.5 fewer fantasy points than Tyrell Williams on four fewer targets, but one of them moves down the depth chart while Mike Williams moves up, and it's got to be Benjamin. He's one injury away from being fantasy relevant.
10 weeks ago
Alfred Morris photo 247. Alfred Morris RB - SF
It could be nothing, but it could be something... Morris was signed to the 49ers mid-August due to injuries to both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida, leading most to believe he's just a camp body, but don't forget that Morris totaled over 2,800 rushing yards under Kyle Shanahan back in 2012-2013.
7 days ago
Sam Bradford photo 248. Sam Bradford QB - ARI
Bradford is no lock to hold his job through the pre-season and we know he is as injury prone as they come, but if he does end up starting, Bradford offers much more than the general public will remember. He is by no means a QB1 or even close, but he does have the best QB-rating over his past 16 starts than anyone in the NFL.
1 week ago
Jordan Matthews photo 249. Jordan Matthews WR - FA
While Julian Edelman is out for the first four games, Matthews expects to see a larger role with the Patriots. We've seen Tom Brady turn lesser players into household names, and if Matthews can get off to a hot start, don't be surprised if they keep him on the field.
7 weeks ago
Luke Willson photo 250. Luke Willson TE - DET
It seemed like the Lions would add a tight end in the draft after cutting Eric Ebron, but Willson is the clear-cut starter as we head into the season. The Lions seemed to focus on using Ebron a lot more last year, though that may have had to do with trying to boost his trade value. Whatever the case, Willson will have the biggest role of his career, though it's likely not enough to be a weekly fantasy contributor.
10 weeks ago
Graham Gano photo 251. Graham Gano K - CAR
Jeremy Hill photo 252. Jeremy Hill RB - NE
With Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel already dealing with minor knee issues, Hill may have a role early in the season. He is an exceptional goal-line back and could take off in a Blount-type role if he were to impress early on.
3 days ago
Ameer Abdullah photo 253. Ameer Abdullah RB - DET
There is a chance that Abdullah gets cut, since it seems the Lions can't keep both Abdullah and Blount. Ameer isn't the favorite to win the job, but the battle also isn't set, so while he may be cut, he may also find a way into substantial touches should Kerryon disappoint early on.
3 days ago
Robbie Gould photo 254. Robbie Gould K - SF
Vernon Davis photo 255. Vernon Davis TE - WAS
If and when Jordan Reed gets injured, Davis would step right in as a top 12 fantasy tight end once again. That doesn't mean he is worth drafting, but if Reed gets hurt during the pre-season and you need a tight end, rush to pick up Davis quickly.
2 weeks ago
New York Giants photo 256. New York Giants DST - NYG
Ryan Succop photo 257. Ryan Succop K - TEN
J.J. Nelson photo 258. J.J. Nelson WR - ARI
While many are stuck on Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, J.J. Nelson has fallen by the wayside. Truth be told, there may be room for him to produce more than most think. He saw 61 targets on this team last year that had both Jaron and John Brown combine for 124 targets. They are likely to run the ball a lot more this year, but Nelson should get first dibs on the perimeter as a starter. You don't draft him to be an every-week starter, but if you need someone to fill a bye week here and there, play him when it's a projected shootout.
10 weeks ago
Cincinnati Bengals photo 259. Cincinnati Bengals DST - CIN
Jake Butt photo 260. Jake Butt TE - DEN
At this point, Butt is a complete mystery, but it wasn't long ago that the same was said about another Broncos tight end, Julius Thomas. Like Thomas, Butt has the skill set to excel in the red zone and this year, he figures to get an opportunity as the starter in Case Keenum's new offense.
2 weeks ago
Antonio Callaway photo 261. Antonio Callaway WR - CLE
Tre'Quan Smith photo 262. Tre'Quan Smith WR - NO
He could have a Brandon Coleman-type season where he pops up on the fantasy radar for a week or two, but there's going to be nothing steady about his production unless something happens to Ted Ginn or Cameron Meredith.
5 weeks ago
Brandon McManus photo 263. Brandon McManus K - DEN
C.J. Prosise photo 264. C.J. Prosise RB - SEA
If you could go back and read some of the blurbs on Prosise from the last two years, you'd wonder why everyone has forgotten about him. He was touted as a David Johnson-type running back who was a better receiver than he was a runner, which made sense having formerly played wide receiver at Notre Dame. He's the best pass-catcher in the Seahawks backfield and has produced while on the field, so I wouldn't simply forget about him. If he can stay healthy, he could turn out to be a Gio Bernard-type producer for them.
10 weeks ago
Tyler Kroft photo 265. Tyler Kroft TE - CIN
It isn't exactly fair to expect anyone to get hurt, but at this point in Eifert's career, it is the most likely scenario. If it does happen, Kroft was solid last season as a streamer scoring seven touchdowns so he could be a serviceable options here and there.
4 weeks ago
Kenny Britt photo 266. Kenny Britt WR - NE
John Kelly photo 267. John Kelly RB - LAR
Owning handcuffs doesn't often make sense, but among them all, Kelly is perhaps the best option. He would come into a tremendous offense, seeing the bulk of the workload and has plenty of talent to be a reliable RB2 or even low-end RB1 were Gurley to get injured.
3 days ago
James Conner photo 268. James Conner RB - PIT
It now seems likely that if Le'Veon Bell were to get injured, it would be Conner and not Samuels who would get the majority of the touches. Stepping into that situation would make Conner a top 15 RB right away and there would be a bidding freezy on the waiver wire.
3 days ago
Rod Smith photo 269. Rod Smith RB - DAL
There are few backup running backs worth owning and Smith may be among them. With Alfred Morris out of his way, you could expect Smith to be a workhorse were Zeke to miss time again. Behind this offensive line and with Smith's athleticism, he could perform as a top 15 RB in that type of scenario.
3 days ago
Kai Forbath photo 270. Kai Forbath K - MIN
Willie Snead photo 271. Willie Snead WR - BAL
I'm not sure if even Snead realizes how good he had it with Drew Brees, but the targets are going to be even cloudier in Baltimore now that they've added Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews, Jaleel Scott, and Jordan Lasley this offseason. Think of him as the Cole Beasley of the Ravens offense, but with better talent around him and a worse quarterback.
10 weeks ago
Jaron Brown photo 272. Jaron Brown WR - SEA
Sam Darnold photo 273. Sam Darnold QB - NYJ
With both Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater as veterans on the team, it's nearly impossible that Darnold starts before the second-half of the season. He's not someone you should be drafting, outside of deep 2QB leagues, but even then, you'll likely need the bench spots for someone who'll contribute sooner.
10 weeks ago
Adam Vinatieri photo 274. Adam Vinatieri K - IND
Antonio Gates photo 275. Antonio Gates TE - FA
Baker Mayfield photo 276. Baker Mayfield QB - CLE
While I don't expect Mayfield to start Week 1, this has John Fox in Chicago written all over it. After saying that Mitch Trubisky wasn't going to start, they had no choice but to go to the rookie. While Tyrod Taylor isn't Mike Glennon-bad, he's not going to carry the team to new heights, which is what is needed to save Hue Jackson's job. If you're looking for a rookie to snag at the end of a keeper draft, Mayfield is the one to do it with, as he's got Russell Wilson-type upside, just don't expect him to start for at least half the season.
11 weeks ago
Zay Jones photo 277. Zay Jones WR - BUF
After finishing as the least efficient receiver in all of football last year, Jones will actually receive a downgrade at quarterback in 2018. On top of that, he may not be ready mentally to play football, as he had an ugly offseason mental episode that would up getting him hospitalized. If he is cleared, his path to targets is extremely easy, so it's impossible to completely dismiss him. It's still difficult to love him in fantasy on a team that might not throw 18 touchdowns all season.
10 weeks ago
Taylor Gabriel photo 278. Taylor Gabriel WR - CHI
The landing spot seemed much better for Gabriel before the Bears landed Anthony Miller in the draft, someone who will come in and demand targets from the get-go. Still, Gabriel is a speedy wide receiver that Matt Nagy will likely use in a variety of ways. Some have said he's the closest comp to Tyreek Hill on the Bears, but I'd disagree on that. He's a field-stretcher who will see a lot of one-on-one coverage with Allen Robinson playing on the opposite side of the field. He's not going to be a weekly contributor, but think about someone like Travis Benjamin in 2017.
10 weeks ago
Trent Taylor photo 279. Trent Taylor WR - SF
It's difficult to figure out where Taylor fits in with the 49ers plans this year, as his 60 targets in 2017 were somewhat misleading. Not only was Pierre Garcon hurt for over half the season, but Marquise Goodwin took some time to get going. This offseason didn't help things, either, as the 49ers actually traded-up in the second-round to acquire Dante Pettis. While I believe Taylor gets the first shot, he's obviously on a short leash, which makes him a risky proposition.
10 weeks ago
Elijah McGuire photo 280. Elijah McGuire RB - NYJ
Don't sleep on McGuire having an outside chance at winning the starting role outright for the Jets once he returns from his injury. As it looks now, Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell are probably ahead of him, but the job is open for competition and we've heard enough good things about McGuire that the possibility of him becoming fantasy relevant is quite realistic.
3 days ago
Jeremy Maclin photo 281. Jeremy Maclin WR - FA
Phillip Dorsett photo 282. Phillip Dorsett WR - NE
Josh McCown photo 283. Josh McCown QB - NYJ
It appeared that McCown was going to be handed the starting job for at least the first few weeks, but there's noise coming out of Jets camp that Teddy Bridgewater looks really good. With that being the case, it's hard to invest any pick in McCown, because we know that Sam Darnold will be given the keys to the offense before long.
10 weeks ago
Joe Williams photo 284. Joe Williams RB - SF
Here we are, just one year after beat reporters claimed that Williams was going to take the starting job from Carlos Hyde. Not only did he not do that, but even now with Hyde gone, it seems Williams is firmly planted as the No. 3 running back on the depth chart behind both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida. While I wasn't on board with him last year, he might turn out to be a sleeper in drafts this year. McKinnon has struggled with early-down work throughout his career, and the 49ers showed no confidence in Breida as a workhorse when they signed McKinnon. He's nobody you should draft right now, but keep a close eye on him in the preseason.
9 weeks ago
Tennessee Titans photo 285. Tennessee Titans DST - TEN
Chester Rogers photo 286. Chester Rogers WR - IND
Josh Allen photo 287. Josh Allen QB - BUF
As of now, it appears unlikely that Allen will start the season for the Bills, as A.J. McCarron is the front-runner for the job. It's only a matter of time before they go to Allen, though, so he's got some bench value in 2QB leagues as someone who will use his legs. His ceiling is capped due to the pass-catchers, but once he does start, he should be a semi-high-floor QB2.
10 weeks ago
Josh Lambo photo 288. Josh Lambo K - JAC
Mack Hollins photo 289. Mack Hollins WR - PHI
Detroit Lions photo 290. Detroit Lions DST - DET
Mike Davis photo 291. Mike Davis RB - SEA
You have to wonder if Davis is regretting his decision to re-up his contract with the Seahawks after they drafted Rashaad Penny with their first-round pick. Not only him is in Davis' way, either, as Chris Carson has reportedly looked good in mini-camp. Davis is third on the depth chart and that's not even including C.J. Prosise, who may be playing wide receiver.
9 weeks ago
Adam Shaheen photo 292. Adam Shaheen TE - CHI
So much for that second-year breakout that most were expecting when Matt Nagy was hired, eh? One of the first signings in free agency was Trey Burton, smashing the hopes of Shaheen supporters, as he's now become the backup. They have said that they will run plenty of 2TE sets, so it's possible that Shaheen gets on the field even with Burton, but there's not enough room for production. He's someone you snag off waivers should something happen to Burton.
9 weeks ago
Stephen Anderson photo 293. Stephen Anderson TE - HOU
It'd be nice if we knew who held the Texans starting tight end spot heading into draft season, as they have the easiest tight end schedule in the league. Anderson had a few solid performances last year, including a five-catch, 79-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Titans in Week 13. Still, it could be Ryan Griffin or rookie Jordan Akins who takes the job. It's one to watch during the preseason.
9 weeks ago
Lamar Jackson photo 294. Lamar Jackson QB - BAL
Jackson just may steal the job from Flacco before the season. Whether that happens in the preseason or mid-season, he becomes a top 15 fantasy quarterback right away because of the floor his rushing ability offers.
1 week ago
D.J. Chark photo 295. D.J. Chark WR - JAC
Josh Rosen photo 296. Josh Rosen QB - ARI
It's possible that Rosen landed in the best spot for his chance to be the starter right away, as Sam Bradford has a bad history of knee injuries and still hasn't been fully cleared. With them both learning a new offense, it's well within the realm of possibilities that Rosen starts Week 1. He's still a rookie, so expectations must be kept in check, but he'd be worth a draft pick in 2QB leagues.
10 weeks ago
Curtis Samuel photo 297. Curtis Samuel WR - CAR
Ka'imi Fairbairn photo 298. Ka'imi Fairbairn K - HOU
Buffalo Bills photo 299. Buffalo Bills DST - BUF
Gerald Everett photo 300. Gerald Everett TE - LAR
While everyone else debates which Rams wide receiver you want to own, it's very possible that Sean McVay overhauls his process and includes Everett much more in his second season. He was a second-round pick last year, so it's clear they loved his skill-set, though he topped four targets just once in 2017 and that was in Week 17 when they were resting starters. You don't want to bet on him being more involved, but being attached to a high-scoring offense isn't a bad thing for a former second-round pick. He's one of the higher upside tight ends going outside the top-20 at his position.
10 weeks ago
Brice Butler photo 301. Brice Butler WR - ARI
I wonder if Butler is upset about his landing spot now that the Cardinals drafted Christian Kirk and they're saying that he'll be on the field no matter what. That means Butler now has to compete with J.J. Nelson for the No. 3 wide receiver role in the offense. It's going to be a run-heavy offense, so it's very unlikely he even has an impact if he does beat out Nelson. You're better off looking elsewhere in drafts.
10 weeks ago
C.J. Fiedorowicz photo 302. C.J. Fiedorowicz TE - FA
Equanimeous St. Brown photo 303. Equanimeous St. Brown WR - GB
J'Mon Moore photo 304. J'Mon Moore WR - GB
Dontrelle Inman photo 305. Dontrelle Inman WR - FA
Adrian Peterson photo 306. Adrian Peterson RB - FA
Daniel Carlson photo 307. Daniel Carlson K - MIN
Caleb Sturgis photo 308. Caleb Sturgis K - LAC
Josh Hill photo 309. Josh Hill TE - NO
Ryan Fitzpatrick photo 310. Ryan Fitzpatrick QB - TB
Bo Scarbrough photo 311. Bo Scarbrough RB - DAL
Some are saying that Scarbrough has the backup role to Ezekiel Elliott, but I'm not buying it. Why? Because he played for Alabama? The fact that he played there and then wasn't drafted until the seventh-round speaks volumes. He offers nothing in the passing-game and isn't special on first- or second-down. I'd rather roster Rod Smith and it's not all that close.
9 weeks ago
Nick Vannett photo 312. Nick Vannett TE - SEA
There are a lot of fantasy analysts overlooking Vannett, who was drafted in the third-round a couple years ago waiting in the wings behind both Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson, who are both with new teams in 2018. Yes, the Seahawks did bring in Ed Dickson, but he's not someone who should eliminate Vannett from the starting conversation. He's a big, athletic tight end who could develop into one of Russell Wilson's go-to targets in the red zone.
10 weeks ago
Jonathan Williams photo 313. Jonathan Williams RB - NO
Mark Walton photo 314. Mark Walton RB - CIN
Walton is third on the Bengals depth chart, there's no doubt about that. What's important is that he'd only need one injury to contribute to fantasy leagues, as both Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are slated to receive 8-plus touches per week. Walton was likely brought on to be Bernard's replacement, as he's a free agent after this season. Walton is known to be excellent in pass-protection and someone who can play on all three downs if necessary.
9 weeks ago
Tyler Boyd photo 315. Tyler Boyd WR - CIN
Terrance West photo 316. Terrance West RB - NO
The Saints are insistent that Kamara won't be a workhorse with Ingram out, and they just signed West, so you can expect him to assume the Mark Ingram role for the first four weeks. Granted, he isn't as good, but if you need a flex, remember just how good even Tim Hightower was in this role when Ingram was injured a few seasons back.
3 days ago
Jesse James photo 317. Jesse James TE - PIT
Tavon Austin photo 318. Tavon Austin WR,RB - DAL
Tavon has a ridiculous contract, yet the Cowboys insisted on acquiring him anyway. Now, they are suggesting he may see a dozen touches per game out of the backfield. That is clearly stupid and not going to happen, but it is worth noting that the Cowboys seem to have plans for him in some capacity.
3 days ago
Sebastian Janikowski photo 319. Sebastian Janikowski K - SEA
San Francisco 49ers photo 320. San Francisco 49ers DST - SF
Phil Dawson photo 321. Phil Dawson K - ARI
Kendall Wright photo 322. Kendall Wright WR - MIN
Teddy Bridgewater photo 323. Teddy Bridgewater QB - NYJ
It seemed like one of the oddest signings of the offseason, as the Jets already had Josh McCown on the roster and we knew they were going quarterback with the No. 3 pick in the draft. Still, Bridgewater has reportedly turned heads at Jets OTAs, making him legit competition for McCown as the Week 1 starter while Sam Darnold waits in the wings. If Bridgewater does win the job, he will be a low-end QB2 while he has the job with some upside if he regains the mobility he once had.
10 weeks ago
AJ McCarron photo 324. AJ McCarron QB - BUF
It seems like McCarron is the favorite to start Week 1 for the Bills, but a non-mobile quarterback behind an offensive line that lost three starters this offseason? Not just that, but his pass-catchers are one of the worst groups in the league.
10 weeks ago
Kevin White photo 325. Kevin White WR - CHI
You may be tired of taking a shot on White only to see him get injured, and while that is a possibility once again, you are getting him at such a great price this season that the risk may be worth it. He has all the talent in the world and if we can see him stay on the field, we might just be gifted with the year we've all been waiting for.
7 weeks ago
Robert Turbin photo 326. Robert Turbin RB - IND
Putting Turbin inside the top-200 is not something anyone wants to do, but with reports that he may be the LeGarrette Blount to Frank Reich's offense, he should be moving up draft boards. While that role is extremely touchdown-dependent, it still has a place in fantasy football, especially when they're projected to be in the lead or in a projected shootout. I'd likely rather roster a high-upside backup, but if you're desperate for someone to get 5-10 touches per week, he can fill that role.
9 weeks ago
Dallas Goedert photo 327. Dallas Goedert TE - PHI
He'll be taking place of Trey Burton, who had a few very usable weeks last year when Zach Ertz was ailing. He's going to have a few games that trick you into liking him more than you should, but you should know that the only time you should trust him in your lineup is if Ertz misses a game. If that should happen, Goedert shoots up into the TE1 conversation.
9 weeks ago
Chad Williams photo 328. Chad Williams WR - ARI
The forgotten man in the Cardinals wide receiver corps, but you really shouldn't forget about a guy they spent a third-round pick on just a year ago. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy, it's possible that Williams finds his way into a few fantasy relevant weeks, though he's far off the radar in standard leagues.
5 weeks ago
DeAndre Washington photo 329. DeAndre Washington RB - OAK
It seemed like Washington was all set to take over the starting role from Latavius Murray a year ago - then the Raiders signed Marshawn Lynch. It then seemed like he'd take it once Lynch retired, but then the Raiders signed Doug Martin. It's clear that he's not in their future plans, despite being efficient on a per-touch basis. He's just a guy on their depth chart who'll pop at times, but there's simply too much salary/experience in front of him on the depth chart.
9 weeks ago
Orleans Darkwa photo 330. Orleans Darkwa RB - FA
Ed Dickson photo 331. Ed Dickson TE - SEA
There's a divide of analysts on Dickson, as some believe he's the clear-cut starting tight end in Seattle, but I'm not willing to give him that title based on his body of work. He'll be 31 years old this season, on his third team, and has never eclipsed 528 yards in a season. Sure, he had a 175-yard game last year with Greg Olsen out, but he didn't top 36 yards in any game after that one. He's a fine No. 2 tight end, but I'd like to think the Seahawks want their own third-round draft pick Nick Vannett to win that job as he enters year-three. Should Dickson be named the starter, he'll move up my draft board.
9 weeks ago
Torrey Smith photo 332. Torrey Smith WR - CAR
Nick Foles photo 333. Nick Foles QB - PHI
It appears that Foles won't be needed to start the season, as they're saying Carson Wentz's recovery is on track for him to start Week 1, which makes Foles an expensive backup quarterback. He's someone to keep on waiver wire speed-dial, though, should anything happen to Wentz.
2 weeks ago
Blair Walsh photo 334. Blair Walsh K - FA
De'Angelo Henderson photo 335. De'Angelo Henderson RB - DEN
He was someone who made an impact last preseason, but it didn't amount to many touches in the regular season with C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, and Devontae Booker in the mix. While Anderson and Charles are gone, the Broncos did draft Royce Freeman in the third-round. Still, it's possible that Henderson is a better running back than Booker and usurps him at some point. He's not draft-worthy, but he's someone to monitor in deep leagues.
10 weeks ago
Garrett Celek photo 336. Garrett Celek TE - SF
You may be surprised to discover this, but in the five games Jimmy G started for the 49ers, Celek was a top-five fantasy TE while Kittle was top 10. Even though Kittle will likely end up higher this year, that doesn't change the fact that Garoppolo may be able to support two top 15 tight ends.
2 weeks ago
Chandler Catanzaro photo 337. Chandler Catanzaro K - TB
Ryan Griffin photo 338. Ryan Griffin TE - HOU
Nathan Peterman photo 339. Nathan Peterman QB - BUF
Justin Jackson photo 340. Justin Jackson RB - LAC
Many are suggesting Eckeler is the backup to Melvin Gordon, but more likely, he will primarily help in the passing game. It is Justin Jackson who would likely lead the backfield if Gordon were to get injured, and with the offensive line, Jackson could be a star if that scenario were to play out and he saw major touches.
3 days ago
Kyle Juszczyk photo 341. Kyle Juszczyk RB - SF
It's sometimes easy to look over the fullback, buy Juszczyk has now totaled at least 33 receptions and 266 yards in each of the last three seasons. He's only totaled 14 carries over that span, but if you're in a league where you must start 3-4 running backs, he could be some cheap production.
9 weeks ago
Tyler Ervin photo 342. Tyler Ervin RB,WR - HOU
Washington Redskins photo 343. Washington Redskins DST - WAS
Steven Hauschka photo 344. Steven Hauschka K - BUF
Chad Kelly photo 345. Chad Kelly QB - DEN
Akrum Wadley photo 346. Akrum Wadley RB - TEN
Cairo Santos photo 347. Cairo Santos K - NYJ
Jalen Richard photo 348. Jalen Richard RB - OAK
Despite averaging almost 5.5 yards per carry over the last two seasons, the Raiders felt it necessary to bring in Doug Martin this offseason, essentially destroying any value that Richard could have had in the offense. Both him and DeAndre Washington could be fighting for the same opportunity in training camp, and it might be better if they do release him so he can find a team who can use him.
9 weeks ago
Mike Gillislee photo 349. Mike Gillislee RB - NE
We've come a long way since Gillislee's three-touchdown game in Week 1 last year, eh? Since that time, we've seen both Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis in extended roles, Jeremy Hill signed to a one-year deal, and then Sony Michel drafted with a first-round pick. It helps that Lewis left via free agency, but as of now, Gillislee is no lock to make the roster and it likely comes down to him or Hill. I'd bet on Gillislee winning that battle, but his fantasy relevance isn't something that you should gamble on. If you play in a league where you draft over 200 players, sure, he can have some value as a high-upside backup, but it seems he found his way into Bill Belichick's doghouse and won't get out any time soon. The Patriots are reportedly debating cutting Gillislee in favor of the recently-signed Hill.
7 days ago
Dustin Hopkins photo 350. Dustin Hopkins K - WAS
Cody Parkey photo 351. Cody Parkey K - CHI
Jaylen Samuels photo 352. Jaylen Samuels RB,TE - PIT
Mark Andrews photo 353. Mark Andrews TE - BAL
Andrews is someone who reminded me of Jason Witten with the way he maneuvered his way through routes in college. He wasn't fast, but seemed to get open quite a bit, becoming a favorite of Baker Mayfield in the process. He can't block very well, which may limit his playing time, as will their first-round pick Hayden Hurst. The Ravens use their tight end a lot, but knowing that Andrews was taken two rounds later than Hurst, he's clearly in a backup role.
9 weeks ago
Blake Jarwin photo 354. Blake Jarwin TE - DAL
Cody Latimer photo 355. Cody Latimer WR - NYG
Tampa Bay Buccaneers photo 356. Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST - TB
Breshad Perriman photo 357. Breshad Perriman WR - BAL
Jeremy McNichols photo 358. Jeremy McNichols RB - SF
Jason Sanders photo 359. Jason Sanders K - MIA
Zane Gonzalez photo 360. Zane Gonzalez K - CLE
Richie James photo 361. Richie James WR - SF
Phillip Lindsay photo 362. Phillip Lindsay RB - DEN
Jordan Akins photo 363. Jordan Akins TE - HOU
Aaron Burbridge photo 364. Aaron Burbridge WR - SF
Paul Perkins photo 365. Paul Perkins RB - NYG
Coby Fleener photo 366. Coby Fleener TE - FA
Josh Malone photo 367. Josh Malone WR - CIN
Virgil Green photo 368. Virgil Green TE - LAC
As of the time I'm writing this, Green is slated to be the Chargers starting tight end, though I don't know if it lasts all that long. Despite lackluster competition on the Broncos, Green couldn't hold the job and was supposed to be the Chargers No. 2 tight end behind Hunter Henry. If for whatever reason the Chargers do move forward with Green as their guy, he'll move up the rankings, but his ceiling is nowhere near that of Henry or even Antonio Gates, who had serious rapport with Philip Rivers. He's 30 years old and has never topped 237 yards or one touchdown in a single season.
9 weeks ago
Adam Humphries photo 369. Adam Humphries WR - TB
Shane Vereen photo 370. Shane Vereen RB - NO
Jamaal Charles photo 371. Jamaal Charles RB - FA
Jordan Lasley photo 372. Jordan Lasley WR - BAL
Tion Green photo 374. Tion Green RB - IND
Keke Coutee photo 375. Keke Coutee WR - HOU
It didn't take long for Coutee to start turning heads in training camp, just like I thought he would. He's a weapon who reminds me of Tyreek Hill, though he's not going to have the type of impact that Hill has with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller on the field. Still, Coutee is going to have some big weeks if you're looking for someone as an upside bye week filler.
10 weeks ago
Jarius Wright photo 376. Jarius Wright WR - CAR
Jakeem Grant photo 377. Jakeem Grant WR - MIA
Daurice Fountain photo 378. Daurice Fountain WR - IND
Eddie Lacy photo 379. Eddie Lacy RB - FA
Cordarrelle Patterson photo 380. Cordarrelle Patterson WR - NE
Richard Rodgers photo 381. Richard Rodgers TE - PHI
A.J. Derby photo 382. A.J. Derby TE - MIA
Alfred Blue photo 383. Alfred Blue RB - HOU
After sitting out there as a free agent, Blue wound up signing with the Texans again. It may turn out to be nothing, but Blue did receive 46 carries over the teams final three games, including 22 touches in Week 17. If D'Onta Foreman starts the season on the PUP list, it's possible that Blue is in a timeshare with Lamar Miller.
10 weeks ago
DaeSean Hamilton photo 384. DaeSean Hamilton WR - DEN
Charles Sims photo 385. Charles Sims RB - TB
Most didn't even realize that Sims was a free agent this offseason, but he was, only to be unsigned all the way up to a week before the NFL Draft when the Bucs gave him a one-year deal. He's been really hit-or-miss throughout his NFL career, averaging 2.8 yards per carry in 2014, then 2.9 yards per carry in 2016, but he did average 4.9 yards per carry in-between those two seasons in 2015. He's a passing-down specialist, something the Bucs don't need much help with nowadays with all their receiving threats. Sims is just a boring fantasy option and one who shouldn't be drafted.
10 weeks ago
Cleveland Browns photo 386. Cleveland Browns DST - CLE
Thomas Rawls photo 387. Thomas Rawls RB - NYJ
Dallas Cowboys photo 388. Dallas Cowboys DST - DAL
Rashard Higgins photo 389. Rashard Higgins WR - CLE
Quadree Henderson photo 390. Quadree Henderson WR - PIT
Bruce Ellington photo 391. Bruce Ellington WR - HOU
Jacoby Brissett photo 392. Jacoby Brissett QB - IND
With each passing day, it seems the Andrew Luck situation is getting murkier. Now having failed to throw a football in 17 months, it's fair to think that he may not ever return to form. If he doesn't, they may decide to shut him down sooner than most, meaning Brissett would re-enter the fantasy conversation.
10 weeks ago
Jonnu Smith photo 393. Jonnu Smith TE - TEN
Eli Rogers photo 394. Eli Rogers WR - PIT
Tyler Higbee photo 395. Tyler Higbee TE - LAR
Jacquizz Rodgers photo 396. Jacquizz Rodgers RB - TB
It seems like Rodgers might not even make the Bucs 53-man roster, as they will be carrying Ronald Jones, Charles Sims, and Peyton Barber clearly ahead of him on the depth chart.
9 weeks ago
Braedon Bowman photo 397. Braedon Bowman TE - LAC
Jeremy Kerley photo 398. Jeremy Kerley WR - BUF
Kamar Aiken photo 399. Kamar Aiken WR - PHI
Seth Roberts photo 400. Seth Roberts WR - OAK
Keith Smith photo 401. Keith Smith RB - OAK
Darrius Heyward-Bey photo 402. Darrius Heyward-Bey WR - PIT
Chris Conley photo 403. Chris Conley WR - KC
Malcolm Mitchell photo 404. Malcolm Mitchell WR - FA
With Julian Edelman's pending four-game suspension and the exit of Brandin Cooks, the wide receiver depth chart is sort of wide-open after Chris Hogan. Most have forgotten about Mitchell's last six games with Tom Brady that produced 25 receptions for 309 yards and four touchdowns. If Mitchell can bounce back from his injury that knocked him out of 2017, he could have a few fantasy relevant weeks.
10 weeks ago
Charcandrick West photo 405. Charcandrick West RB - KC
T.J. Logan photo 406. T.J. Logan RB - ARI
It was a tough break for Logan last year who suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason, and it just happened to be the year where the Cardinals other running backs suffered a lot of injuries. We don't know where he would've been on that depth chart, but seeing them draft Chase Edmonds this offseason surely wasn't a vote of confidence. He's just a guy on their depth chart right now.
9 weeks ago
Ryan Switzer photo 407. Ryan Switzer WR - OAK
Seth DeValve photo 408. Seth DeValve TE,WR - CLE
Ito Smith photo 409. Ito Smith RB - ATL
Malcolm Brown photo 410. Malcolm Brown RB - LAR
New York Jets photo 411. New York Jets DST - NYJ
Clive Walford photo 412. Clive Walford TE - NYJ
Seemingly left for dead by the Raiders, the tight end-needy Jets decided to pick up the once highly sought-after Walford, who is still just 26 years old. They have last year's rookie Jordan Leggett coming back from injury, but he's essentially still a rookie. I don't expect much production out of the Jets tight end position, but if there's one who I'd project to lead them in receiving, it's probably Walford. This is one positional battle we'll watch in the preseason to ensure we have it right.
9 weeks ago
Marcedes Lewis photo 413. Marcedes Lewis TE - GB
Demarcus Robinson photo 414. Demarcus Robinson WR - KC
Travaris Cadet photo 415. Travaris Cadet RB - BUF
Cadet didn't come to the Bills until later in the season, but when he did, he had a role in the offense. Over the final six games of the season, he carried the ball 22 times for 93 yards and caught 13 passes for 93 yards. With the lack of receiving options on the roster, it's likely that he's involved once again, though it'd take an injury to LeSean McCoy for him to see a large uptick in production.
9 weeks ago
Cameron Artis-Payne photo 416. Cameron Artis-Payne RB - CAR
Some were slating Artis-Payne for a bigger workload this year, but the signing of C.J. Anderson quickly ended that debate. He'll go back to being the No. 3 on the depth chart and will only have relevance with multiple injuries.
9 weeks ago
Trey Quinn photo 417. Trey Quinn WR - WAS
Demetrius Harris photo 418. Demetrius Harris TE - KC
Brandon LaFell photo 419. Brandon LaFell WR - FA
Once he stepped in for an injured A.J. Green in 2016 to produce 862 yards and six touchdowns, most though LaFell had developed a clear role on the team. The odd part was that even though John Ross didn't play, LaFell took a big step back and finished with just 548 yards and three touchdowns. My belief is that Ross plays a lot more this year, forcing LaFell to lose some much-needed snaps for production. He's someone you snag if Green were to get hurt again, but that's about it.
10 weeks ago
Kapri Bibbs photo 420. Kapri Bibbs RB - WAS
Jordan Leggett photo 421. Jordan Leggett TE - NYJ
Braxton Miller photo 422. Braxton Miller WR - HOU
Nick O'Leary photo 423. Nick O'Leary TE - BUF
Braxton Berrios photo 424. Braxton Berrios WR - NE
Boston Scott photo 425. Boston Scott RB - NO
Wendell Smallwood photo 426. Wendell Smallwood RB - PHI
Carlos Henderson photo 427. Carlos Henderson WR - DEN
There are a lot of people who have forgotten about Henderson after he missed his rookie season with a hand injury, but he was the guy most compared to Golden Tate last offseason. He's a monster after the catch and can play anywhere on the field, though the slot is his likely destination in 2018. He got into some trouble this offseason, but if he can stay on the field, he'll have to beat out rookie DaeSean Hamilton, who is solid in his own right. Henderson is someone you should watch closely in the preseason.
10 weeks ago
Chris Herndon IV photo 428. Chris Herndon IV TE - NYJ
Randy Bullock photo 429. Randy Bullock K - CIN
Roger Lewis photo 430. Roger Lewis WR - NYG
TJ Jones photo 431. TJ Jones WR - DET
Kendrick Bourne photo 432. Kendrick Bourne WR - SF
Josh Reynolds photo 433. Josh Reynolds WR - LAR
Logan Paulsen photo 434. Logan Paulsen TE - ATL
Dwayne Allen photo 435. Dwayne Allen TE - NE
Oakland Raiders photo 436. Oakland Raiders DST - OAK
Jermaine Gresham photo 437. Jermaine Gresham TE - ARI
Laquon Treadwell photo 438. Laquon Treadwell WR - MIN
If something doesn't happen with Treadwell in 2018, it's likely not going to end well. He's now seen just 38 career targets over his first two seasons, hauling in 21 of them for 215 yards. The Vikings went out and signed Kendall Wright in free agency, though that seems to be a depth chart move with Adam Thielen occupying the slot. Treadwell should be on the field in 3WR sets, but if the past two years are any indication to his involvement, he's not going to be fantasy relevant.
10 weeks ago
Erik Swoope photo 439. Erik Swoope TE - IND
ArDarius Stewart photo 440. ArDarius Stewart WR - NYJ
Andre Holmes photo 441. Andre Holmes WR - BUF
J.D. McKissic photo 442. J.D. McKissic RB,WR - SEA
Rico Gathers photo 443. Rico Gathers TE - DAL
He's someone you need to keep an eye on throughout the preseason, as the Cowboys starting tight end position is wide open. He'll compete with a few rookies, making me believe he'll get the job after dominating last preseason. He gained almost 20 pounds this offseason to help with his blocking, but hopefully it doesn't take away from what he does best - catch the ball. With the lack of playmakers on the Cowboys, they need someone to step up and Gathers has it in him as a receiver.
10 weeks ago
Donnel Pumphrey photo 444. Donnel Pumphrey RB - PHI
Amara Darboh photo 445. Amara Darboh WR - SEA
After losing both Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson this offseason, the Seahawks are going to be looking for someone to find the end zone with a tad more frequency. Darboh is 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, and could be the player to step into a starting role. He was drafted in the third-round last year, so the Seahawks obviously felt like he would be a contributor before long. He's one of those guys you can take with your last draft pick and you should know what you've got after the first week or two.
10 weeks ago
Johnny Holton photo 446. Johnny Holton WR - OAK
Niles Paul photo 447. Niles Paul TE - JAC
Derek Carrier photo 448. Derek Carrier TE - OAK
Trey Edmunds photo 449. Trey Edmunds RB,TE - NO
Aldrick Rosas photo 450. Aldrick Rosas K - NYG
Michael Roberts photo 451. Michael Roberts TE - DET
Dalton Schultz photo 452. Dalton Schultz TE - DAL
Chris Moore photo 453. Chris Moore WR - BAL
Jeff Heuerman photo 454. Jeff Heuerman TE - DEN
Damien Williams photo 455. Damien Williams RB - KC
An under-the-radar signing this offseason, as Williams has shown to be a capable third-down running back, but it's odd that he chose to sign in a crowded Chiefs backfield that now includes Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ward, Charcandrick West, and him. They wouldn't have signed him without a plan, so it's possible that he takes over West's old role. Still, that's just a 3-5 touch per week role that doesn't have much value.
9 weeks ago
Tajae Sharpe photo 456. Tajae Sharpe WR - TEN
Justin Hardy photo 457. Justin Hardy WR - ATL
Giorgio Tavecchio photo 458. Giorgio Tavecchio K - FA
Levine Toilolo photo 459. Levine Toilolo TE - DET
Brandon Coleman photo 460. Brandon Coleman WR - FA
Nick Boyle photo 461. Nick Boyle TE - BAL
Lance Kendricks photo 462. Lance Kendricks TE - GB
Benny Cunningham photo 463. Benny Cunningham RB - CHI
It seems that everyone has forgotten about Cunningham on the Bears roster, as the conversation comes down to Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard all the time. Well, Cunningham was solid in his passing-down role last year, catching 20 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. He could be the veteran presence that Matt Nagy likes and wants to keep around, which would give him just a small amount of value in DEEP leagues.
9 weeks ago
Tommy Bohanon photo 464. Tommy Bohanon RB - JAC
Rhett Ellison photo 465. Rhett Ellison TE,RB - NYG
D.J. Foster photo 466. D.J. Foster RB,WR - ARI
Aaron Ripkowski photo 467. Aaron Ripkowski RB - GB
Elijhaa Penny photo 468. Elijhaa Penny RB - ARI
Miami Dolphins photo 469. Miami Dolphins DST - MIA
Kerwynn Williams photo 470. Kerwynn Williams RB - KC
Patrick DiMarco photo 471. Patrick DiMarco RB - BUF
Mack Brown photo 472. Mack Brown RB - MIN
Derek Watt photo 473. Derek Watt RB - LAC
Justin Davis photo 474. Justin Davis RB - LAR
Deonte Thompson photo 475. Deonte Thompson WR - DAL
Indianapolis Colts photo 476. Indianapolis Colts DST - IND
Marcus Murphy photo 477. Marcus Murphy RB - BUF
Devante Mays photo 478. Devante Mays RB - GB
David Fluellen photo 479. David Fluellen RB - TEN
James Develin photo 480. James Develin RB - NE
Senorise Perry photo 481. Senorise Perry RB - MIA
Byron Marshall photo 482. Byron Marshall RB,WR - WAS
Eddy Pineiro photo 483. Eddy Pineiro K - OAK
Jacob Hollister photo 484. Jacob Hollister TE - NE