The FNTSY Sports Network and RotoExperts Begin to Reveal Their Top 100 Fantasy Football Players of 2018.
Each weekday on the FNTSY Sports Network and RotoExperts.com prior to Super Bowl Sunday, we will reveal 10 selections from our Top 100 Fantasy Football Players of 2018. To make our final determinations and rankings, we began with a comprehensive mathematical formula generated by our Chief Technical Officer and Full Time Statistician Arturo Galletti with input from Scott Engel. We took into account full season production with a minor boost for difference-making performances in Weeks 13 through 16, when Fantasy owners needed to clinch postseason berths and participated in their playoffs. DFS and Best Ball usage and results were also factored in, but there was a primary emphasis on seasonal Fantasy Football. These rankings are based on much more than just seasonal totals. They weighed projected production against actual results by position. We did some math to estimate the average QB, WR, TE, RB and Flex scores for each week for rostered players using consensus rankings, typical roster construction and actual scores. We worked out each player versus the average value of the top projected players for each week. Then the team of Engel, Jim Day Davis Mattek and Gregg Sussman made some subjective tweaks. In the first installment of the Top 100 Reveal on the Fantasy Football Frenzy, Corey Parson, Day, Chris Ventra and Engel discussed the ranking formula and Players 100 to 91, which are also featured below in capsules recapping their 2018 Fantasy Football seasons.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers
Points: 111 (6.9 PPG), WR66
ADP: 366 (WR131)
38 receptions (72 targets), 581 yards, 2 touchdowns
From Week Five through Week 10, rookie wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had the attention of Aaron Rodgers and Fantasy owners alike, and not just for his lyrical name. With Randall Cobb out beginning in Week Five, MVS was thrust into a bigger role and responded, scoring 19.8 points with a 7/68/1 line. The next week, he had 103 yards on just three receptions. He scored double-digit points in each of the Packers’ next three games, but then quickly faded, not hitting double-digits again until the Packers’ Week 16 shootout with the Jets. He certainly showed flashes of building that all-important chemistry with Rodgers.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Points: 165.8 (10.4 PPG), QB28
ADP: 263 (QB37)
2,366 yards, 17:12 TD:INT, 1 fumble, 2 rushing touchdowns
Ryan Fitzpatrick only played in seven and change games, so that he is even this high in points scored is a testament to how absurdly hot he was to start the season. With Jameis Winston suspended, Fitzpatrick was able to unleash his annual FitzMagic appearance right from the start, scoring 42.3 points against the Saints. It made his 30 points the following week and 25.1 the week after seem like nothing. However, he tapped his Magic reserves by the time he faced the Bears in Week Four, looking wholly ineffective before being replaced by the returned Winston. He had a couple of solid games when Winston was benched midseason, but once again fizzled out, effectively ending his campaign in Week 11, when Winston was reinstated as starter.
- Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Points: 179.5 (11.2 PPG), WR33
ADP: 179.6 (WR61)
66 receptions (101 targets), 717 yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 fumbles
Dede Westbrook’s 717 yards to lead Jacksonville’s receiving corps should tell you what you need to know about its passing attack this season. Even last year, there was no true standout receiver, and with Blake Bortles taking a big enough step back that he was benched for Cody Kessler, it’s amazing Westbrook even did this “well.” After a quiet rookie season, he easily set career highs in 2018. He had four games with 17 or more points, so he was a decent dart throw, and hit double-digits eight times.
- Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
Points: 153.3 (9.6 PPG), WR40
ADP: 54.2 (WR22)
55 receptions (94 targets), 754 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 fumble
A lot more was expected in Allen Robinson’s first season away from Blake Bortles. Unfortunately for both Robinson and Fantasy owners, he didn’t even approach his 2015 levels of success, when he posted a 1,400-yard season with 14 touchdowns. He missed three games with injuries, and when he was on the field he didn’t always seem to be on the same page with Mitchell Trubisky. Robinson’s success will hinge on Trubisky’s development, and there were occasional glimpses at what this pairing could do, most notably a 6/133/2 performance in Week 10. However, mixed in with those three missed games were six single-digit performances.
- Elijah McGuire, RB, New York Jets
Points: 85.9 (5.4 PPG), RB59
ADP: 296 (RB82)
276 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 fumbles 19 targets (31 receptions), 193 yards, 1 touchdown
Despite only logging touches in eight games, Elijah McGuire established himself as the top back in the Jets’ offense by the end of the season (thanks in part to the disappointing seasons of Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell). He became a hot waiver wire add after his first game in Week Nine, when he logged 9.7 points on 10 touches. But when he really paid off was the Fantasy playoffs: from Weeks 14 through 16, he averaged 18.3 points, including a season-high 23.5 in the Fantasy Super Bowl. He was the 10th-highest scoring running back over that span.
- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Points: 173.1 (10.8 PPG), RB22
ADP: 186.3 (RB63)
414 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble, 55 receptions (78 targets), 487 yards, 4 touchdowns
J. Yeldon was the eighth-highest scoring running back from Weeks One through Eight, when Leonard Fournette played in just two games. In the opening eight games, he had just one single-digit outing, scoring 9.1 points against the Patriots in Week Two. But once Fournette returned in Week 10, Yeldon was much more volatile, still managing double-digit points twice (though not even approaching his previous highs) but also less than six points four times.
- Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington
Points: 82.8 (5.2 PPG), WR87
ADP: 105 (WR42)
29 targets (50 receptions), 388 yards, 2 touchdowns
It was a tough season for Washington’s Jamison Crowder. He got off to a slow start, posting just one double-digit game over the course of his first four games. In that fourth game, he injured his ankle and didn’t play again until Week 13. But by the time he returned, quarterback Alex Smith had suffered a gruesome leg injury and had been replaced by Colt McCoy, who then gave way to Mark Sanchez and eventually Josh Johnson. It’s a miracle that he was able to score in double-digits even twice over the final five games he was healthy with that cadre of quarterbacks throwing to him.
- Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington
Points: 189 (11.8 PPG), RB19
ADP: 103.6 (RB39)
1,042 yards, 7 touchdowns, 2 fumbles, 20 receptions (26 targets), 208 yards, 1 touchdown
No one expected much out of the 33-year-old Adrian Peterson this season after a disappointing 2017 that saw him rush for just 529 yards in 10 games with the Saints and Cardinals. But he looked a bit like the AP of old, at least for a little while, in his first year in Washington. With rookie Derrius Guice placed on IR before the season started and Chris Thompson rarely healthy, the starting job fell in Peterson’s lap. It began well, with two 20-point games in his first three, but was much more inconsistent from there. He had 26.6 points in Week Eight and otherwise only crossed 15 points two other times. He scored in single digits nine times, rushed for over 100 yards three times and over 80 seven times.
- Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots
Points: 138.7 (8.7 PPG), WR47
ADP: 50.8 (WR21)
41 receptions (71 targets), 737 yards, 4 touchdowns
Josh Gordon seemed like he would never be dethroned from his position as “most hyped unavailable player.” After finally being reinstated last season after two years away from the NFL, he was immediately drafted with a lot of buzz surrounding him. Knowing that he had spent most of the preseason away from the Browns, he was still highly sought after. He only played one game in Cleveland before being cut and signed with New England, and he quickly become ingrained in the Patriots’ offense, but not as a dominant force. He had a 24-point game in Week Nine but otherwise never topped 14.8 points, averaging 11.8 PPG as a Patriot. Unfortunately, as has become all too familiar, he was suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement after stepping away from the team for an undisclosed reason.
- Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
PPR Points: 106.3 (6.6 PPG), WR69
ADP: 79.4 (WR32)
32 receptions (45 targets), 503 yards, four touchdowns
It was another injury-plagued season for Will Fuller, this one his shortest yet at just seven games. But after missing the first game of the season, he was right back into lockstep with Deshaun Watson, posting back-to-back 100-yard games with a score in each. He cooled off over the next four games (though he did hit double-digits two more times) before exploding again with a 5/124/1 game in Week Eight. He played in the Week Nine Thursday night matchup against the Dolphins, but tore his ACL without making a catch. Buoyed by his three big games, he averaged 15.2 points over his seven outings. When he’s healthy, he’s been a big factor in the Texans’ offense.