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Way Too Early: 2018 Fantasy Football Rankings

Jake Ciely Senior Writer January 10, 2018 12:01AM EDT
With the NFL playoffs in full swing, why not start looking to the 2018 Fantasy Football season? It’s never too early… or is it? Ah, who cares; it’s fun anyway. Let’s dive into the way too early 2018 Fantasy Football rankings (1/2 PPR) and cause some way too early arguments!

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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks

1Aaron RodgersGB
2Russell WilsonSEA
3Tom BradyNE
4Carson WentzPHI
5Deshaun WatsonHOU
6Cam NewtonCAR
7Kirk CousinsWSH
8Matthew StaffordDET
9Drew BreesNO
10Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
11Jared GoffLAR
12Andrew LuckIND
13Philip RiversLAC
14Dak PrescottDAL
15Jimmy GaroppoloSF
16Jameis WinstonTB
17Matt RyanATL
18Marcus MariotaTEN
19Derek CarrOAK
20Andy DaltonCIN

Deshaun Watson’s ranking may seem aggressive, but I could see him going as the third quarterback off the board and being the most overdrafted player in 2018… Kirk Cousins should post another Top 10 season no matter where he’s playing… The new-look Saints just don’t need Drew Brees to be a gunslinger anymore… Andrew Luck would rank much higher, possibly fourth, if we knew he was 100 percent… Hold that thought on Watson, as nope, Jimmy Garoppolo, the best quarterback of all time, will be the most overdrafted.

2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs

1Todd GurleyLAR
2Le'Veon BellPIT
3Ezekiel ElliottDAL
4Kareem HuntKC
5David JohnsonARI
6Melvin GordonLAC
7Saquon BarkleyROOK
8Leonard FournetteJAX
9LeSean McCoyBUF
10Devonta FreemanATL
11Jordan HowardCHI
12Alvin KamaraNO
13Mark IngramNO
14Derrick HenryTEN
15Derrius GuiceROOK
16Dalvin CookMIN
17Christian McCaffreyCAR
18Joe MixonCIN
19Kenyan DrakeMIA
20Carlos HydeSF
21Lamar MillerHOU
22Jay AjayiPHI
23Duke JohnsonCLE
24Sony MichelROOK
25Alex CollinsBAL
26Samaje PerineWSH
27Ronald JonesROOK
28Dion LewisNE
29Marshawn LynchOAK
30Bryce LoveROOK
31C.J. AndersonDEN
32Jamaal WilliamsGB
33Chris CarsonSEA
34Marlon MackIND
35Bilal PowellNYJ
36Isaiah CrowellCLE
37DeMarco MurrayTEN
38Tevin ColemanATL
39Chris ThompsonWSH
40Giovani BernardCIN
41Rex BurkheadNE
42Kerryon JohnsonROOK
43Nick ChubbROOK
44Wayne GallmanNYG
45D'Onta ForemanHOU
46Aaron JonesGB
47Matt BreidaSF
48Theo RiddickDET
49Jerick McKinnonMIN
50Mike DavisSEA

Even with terrible use for five straight weeks, Kareem Hunt still led the league in rushing, which is great since at his worst, he was still the best… No one (that I know of) was higher on David Johnson than I was, and it pains me to have him fifth, but he has no coach, quarterback, has been injured two straight years and could have a coach that is worse than Andy Reid was for Hunt… Yes, Saquon Barkley deserves to be here – remember all those who hated me for saying the same about Ezekiel Elliott his rookie season?… Yes, Alvin Kamara looks to be too low, but he barely topped 200 touches with that touchdown rate. That’s hard to repeat, even in the Saints offense… There are some concerns on Dalvin Cook’s knee – the word, microfracture, tossed around – and that’s worrisome, but it’s still very early…

Sony Michel can likely toss his name into the overdrafted pool after Kamara’s success… Several other rookie running backs could move up or down depending on their teams… There are also many backfields headaches as of today, including Jamaal Williams and the Packers, Chris Carson and the Seahawks and Dion Lewis and the every-frustrating Patriots just to name a few.

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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers

1Antonio BrownPIT
2DeAndre HopkinsHOU
3Michael ThomasNO
4Odell BeckhamNYG
5Julio JonesATL
6A.J. GreenCIN
7Keenan AllenLAC
8Davante AdamsGB
9Mike EvansTB
10Tyreek HillKC
11T.Y. HiltonIND
12Adam ThielenMIN
13Brandin CooksNE
14Doug BaldwinSEA
15Alshon JefferyPHI
16Jarvis LandryMIA
17Larry FitzgeraldARI
18Allen RobinsonJAX
19Josh GordonCLE
20Dez BryantDAL
21Amari CooperOAK
22Marvin JonesDET
23Demaryius ThomasDEN
24JuJu Smith-SchusterPIT
25Golden TateDET
26Michael CrabtreeOAK
27Stefon DiggsMIN
28Devin FunchessCAR
29Robby AndersonNYJ
30Corey DavisTEN
31Cooper KuppLAR
32Robert WoodsLAR
33Sterling ShepardNYG
34Jordy NelsonGB
35Julian EdelmanNE
36Kelvin BenjaminBUF
37Pierre GarconSF
38Josh DoctsonWSH
39Will FullerHOU
40Calvin RidleyROOK
41Emmanuel SandersDEN
42Marquise GoodwinSF
43Jamison CrowderWSH
44Chris HoganNE
45Courtland SuttonROOK
46Nelson AgholorPHI
47Christian KirkROOK
48Mohamed SanuATL
49Mike WilliamsLAC
50DeVante ParkerMIA
51Sammy WatkinsLAR
52Kenny StillsMIA
53Cameron MeredithCHI
54Marqise LeeJAX
55Mike WallaceBAL
56Chris GodwinTB
57Randall CobbGB
58Dede WestbrookJAX
59Rishard MatthewsTEN
60John RossCIN

Michael Thomas received too much hate this year, as he was one of the most consistent receivers in Fantasy Football. He also had the least amount of touchdowns for any receiver with 96-plus receptions, pointing to positive regression next year… Davante Adams is clearly the No. 1 receiver for the Packers, even with Aaron Rodgers back… Tyreek Hill and Brandin Cooks are two top receivers where the year-end numbers look better than the weekly consistency… Allen Robinson’s 2018 team will be interesting to find out, and I would love to see him with the 49ers… Corey Davis is exceptionally talented and will break out in 2018, as he will have more time to develop a rapport with Marcus Mariota and stay on the field… Sterling Shepard could be ranked too low if Brandon Marshall doesn’t return or too high if he does… Josh Doctson flashed his potential, and like Davis, will have his breakout year with Terrelle Pryor gone from day one (even though Pryor was pretty much invisible anyway)…

The 2018 rookies could struggle as much as the 2017 ones did, but if you’re looking for a Cooper Kupp-like option, that would be Christian Kirk… The Buccaneers have an easy exit from DeSean Jackson, and I think they could take it and allow the very talented Chris Godwin to step up as the No. 2… Don’t forget about Mike Williams and John Ross in their second seasons.

2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends

1Rob GronkowskiNE
2Travis KelceKC
3Zach ErtzPHI
4Evan EngramNYG
5Greg OlsenCAR
6Hunter HenryLAC
7Jimmy GrahamSEA
8Kyle RudolphMIN
9Delanie WalkerTEN
10O.J. HowardTB
11Jack DoyleIND
12Jordan ReedWSH
13David NjokuCLE
14Eric EbronDET
15Tyler EifertCIN
16Jason WittenDAL
17Austin HooperATL
18George KittleSF
19Jared CookOAK
20Adam ShaheenCHI
21Charles ClayBUF
22Austin Seferian-JenkinsNYJ
23Cameron BrateTB
24Gerald EverettLAR
25Benjamin WatsonBAL

Once again, the tight end position makes me push for leagues to implement a WR/TE Flex instead of your standard TE spot. Then you could have debates about starting an Eric Ebron or Mike Wallace… It would appear that Hunter Henry will finally have rid himself of Antonio Gates and have the season many wanted to see this past year… Second year tight ends O.J. Howard and David Njoku will join Evan Engram by being Fantasy relevant and reaching/nearing the TE1 tier… George Kittle, Adam Shaheen and Gerald Everett are intriguing sleepers for 2018.

Main Image Photo Credit: AP Photo/Stephen Brashear


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