2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 250 Overall

With most fantasy football leagues drafting over the next two weeks, here are my updated top 250 ranked overall players. The widget below is updated frequently so make sure to bookmark this page and return to it as your draft approaches. You can sort through rankings by position by clicking on a position at the top of each row. Rankings are for half-point per reception leagues, splitting the difference between standard and full PPR.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football position rankings: Wide receivers

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting soon. Through Saturday I’ll share my rankings for each position. I started with quarterbacks Tuesday, followed by running backs Wednesday. Wide receivers are up next with tight ends and defenses to follow. This year I’ve added tiers to better help you prepare for your draft.

RELATED: Fantasy football rankings: Top 250.

Wide receivers

Tier 1

Not a lot to say here. Antonio Brown is at the top of his game and was just a single touchdown shy of scoring at least 10 for four straight years last season. He’s on a streak of five years in a row of gaining more than 1,200 yards. You should draft a consistent, high-scoring, can’t-miss player in the top five and Brown can be that player. Drafting him is like taking a stud running back.

1. Antonio Brown, PIT

Tier 2

With DeShaun Watson returning from injury, the sky is the limit for DeAndre Hopkins. He’s scored 28 touchdowns over the last three seasons, including 13 last year. Hopkins may not match his touchdown figure from last season, but his career average is 7.2 per season. He had just two his rookie year. Another important factor is Hopkins’ durability. He’s missed just one game in his five years. Another player who needs to stay healthy is Odell Beckham Jr. He played in just four games last season after gaining at least 1,300 yards while scoring at least 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

2. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
3. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
4. Julio Jones, ATL

Tier 3

He doesn’t wow you, but Michael Thomas is a consistent contributor with a high minimum expectations. He’s gained at least 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons. Despite the Saints taking on a run-centered offense last season, Thomas was still a big part of the game plan. He was targeted at least eight times in 14 of 16 games last year and at least five times in every single game. This group also has Keenan Allen and Davante Adams, of the Chargers and Packers. The Chargers offense has found something and Allen is a big part of their success. Adams is the No. 1 receiver for Aaron Rodgers.

5. Michael Thomas, NO
6. Keenan Allen, LAC
7. Davante Adams, GB

Tier 4

The biggest problem with A.J. Green has nothing to do with A.J. Green. It’s his quarterback and the protection his quarterback receives. Despite a bad season for the Bengals last year, Green still gained over 1,000 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He’s farther down the list than usual, but he actually may end up being a value as the eighth receiver off the board. Also in this tier is a pair of Vikings receivers. I think Adam Thielen is the better of the two, but Stefon Diggs also has the potential to be a top-5 receiver. His biggest issue is he hasn’t played an entire season in his three-year career.

8. A.J. Green, CIN
9. Adam Thielen, MIN
10. T.Y. Hilton, IND
11. Stefon Diggs, MIN
12. Mike Evans, TB

Tier 5

Larry Fitzgerald will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he’s not quite done yet. He’s been great ever since moving to the slot receiver spot. Sam Bradford is the new quarterback for the Cardinals and he’s very accurate on short routes, a strength of Fitzgerald. Someone you shouldn’t forget about in this group is Amari Cooper. He’s had his issues, but the talent is undeniable. Michael Crabtree is gone, but Jordy Nelson is in town now. Cooper should be the No. 1 and I think he bounces back from a 680-yard 2017 season. He’s better than that and he should show it.

13. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
14. Amari Cooper, OAK
15. Doug Baldwin, SEA
16. Tyreek Hill, KC

Tier 6

I’ve bought in when it comes to JuJu Smith-Schuster. He can make the big play and should assert himself as the second wideout option for the Steelers. Smith-Schuster was targeted at least six times in each of the last seven games last year. In his final three games he had long receptions of 69, 49 and 46 yards. Smith-Schuster’s long reception of the season was a 97-yard score. The Lions receivers are also in this group. Marvin Jones is the big-play receiver while Golden Tate is the possession guy. Matthew Stafford should have a good year throwing to both.

17. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
18. Marvin Jones, DET
19. Golden Tate, DET
20. Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Tier 7

Jarvis Landry has a new home and he should be effective enough to provide value as a WR2. Tyrod Taylor is definitely an upgrade from the quarterbacks Landry had last season in Miami. He caught 112 passes last season but failed to eclipse 1,000 yards. He scored nine times, however, making him a solid receiver for fantasy squads. His new teammate Josh Gordon is also in this tier. It’s a bit risky having him here, but I’ve got faith he’ll start the season. Corey Davis could have a breakout year for the Titans in their new offense.

21. Jarvis Landry, CLE
22. Brandin Cooks, LAR
23. Allen Robinson, CHI
24. Corey Davis, TEN
25. Josh Gordon, CLE

Tier 8

If it looks like Alshon Jeffery will miss time, I’m dropping him out of this tier. It may be safer to take him as a third receiver. Someone I have more confidence in is Marquise Goodwin. He had his most productive weeks last season when Jimmy Garoppolo took over the starting quarterback job. Goodwin isn’t just going deep, utilizing his world class speed. He makes catches in all areas of the field.

26. Alshon Jeffery, PHI
27. Marquise Goodwin, SF
28. Robby Anderson, NYJ
29. Cooper Kupp, LAR
30. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
31. Chris Hogan, NE

Tier 9

Sammy Watkins leads this tier, but we’re at the point in which the guy on the bottom of the tier could end up being the best of the bunch. Watkins will have to get comfortable with Pat Mahomes. Another receiver who will have to adjust to a new quarterback is Allen Hurns. Dak Prescott needs a good running game and the threat of play action in order to be successful. If the Cowboys look like they did in 2016, Hurns could be a great value as the team’s No. 1 receiver drafted late.

32. Sammy Watkins, KC
33. Pierre Garcon, SF
34. Allen Hurns, DAL
35. Sterling Shepard, NYG
36. Robert Woods, LAR
37. Michael Crabtree, BAL

Tier 10

I really like Kenny Stills where he’s getting drafted. He’s put up solid numbers in two straight years with Jarvis Landry leading the way. Landry’s now in Cleveland and DeVante Parker doesn’t inspire confidence. I think Stills ends up being the top wideout in Miami this season. One other guy to watch is Nelson Agholor, especially if Jeffery doesn’t start the season due to injury.

38. Kenny Stills, MIA
39. Randall Cobb, GB
40. Jamison Crowder, WAS
41. Nelson Agholor, PHI
42. Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
43. Devin Funchess, CAR
44. Will Fuller, HOU
45. DeVante Parker, MIA

Tier 11

If you can get a projected No. 1 receiver in the 13th round of your draft, it would be smart to draft him. People were down on Blake Bortles last season, and rightly so, but he had a strong finish. Marqise Lee is the veteran wide receiver for the Jaguars and you could do worse this late in the draft. I also like John Brown and Mike Williams in this group. Brown could surprise and become the best target in Baltimore if he outperforms Michael Crabtree. Williams can be a red zone target with his size in an effort to replace Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.

46. Mike Williams, LAC
47. Marqise Lee, JAC
48. D.J. Moore, CAR
49. Jordy Nelson, OAK
50. Kenny Golladay, DET
51. DeSean Jackson, TB
52. Rishard Matthews, TEN
53. Julian Edelman, NE
54. John Brown, BAL

Tier 12

With the Chargers offense expected to pick up where they left off, Tyrell Williams could prove to be a decent flex option. He’s a deep threat that could help you out when the Chargers face a soft defensive backfield. You could also find some production out of Calvin Ridley, the Falcons rookie that had a nice game in the second week of preseason. With Julio Jones taking most of the attention, Ridley and Mohamed Sanu could benefit.

55. Tyrell Williams, LAC
56. Paul Richardson, WAS
57. Josh Doctson, WAS
58. Calvin Ridley, ATL
59. Dede Westbrook, JAC
60. Mohamed Sanu, ATL
61. Chris Godwin, TB
62. Tyler Lockett, SEA
63. Cameron Meredith, NO
64. Ted Ginn, NO
65. Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
66. Donte Moncrief, JAC

Tier 13

This tier has a lot of talent that just needs some things fall in the right way. Martavis Bryant is likely the third option on the Raiders, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he put up a big game every now and then. Same goes for Taywan Taylor, who scored on a quick pass and a long run in the second week of preseason. Christian Kirk looks like he could compete for the No. 2 spot in Arizona behind Larry Fitzgerald.

67. Martavis Bryant, OAK
68. John Ross, CIN
69. Taywan Taylor, TEN
70. Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
71. Cole Beasley, DAL
72. Geronimo Allison, GB
73. Ryan Grant, IND
74. Terrance Williams, DAL
75. Danny Amendola, MIA
76. Albert Wilson, MIA
77. Christian Kirk, ARI
78. Mike Wallace, PHI
79. Michael Gallup, DAL
80. Dante Pettis, SF

Tier 14

I’d love to take a flier on James Washington. The rookie has a real shot to contribute early.

81. Anthony Miller, CHI
82. Chad Williams, ARI
83. Brandon Marshall, SEA
84. Terrelle Pryor, NYJ
85. Keelan Cole, JAC
86. James Washington, PIT

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football position rankings: Quarterbacks

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting soon. For the next five days I’ll share my rankings for each position. I’ll start with quarterbacks followed by running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses. This year I’ve added tiers to better help you prepare for your draft.

RELATED: Fantasy football rankings: Top 250.

Quarterbacks

Tier 1

The top tier is reserved for one quarterback alone. Aaron Rodgers is as money as it gets when it comes to consistent high fantasy scoring. The quarterback position is unique in most leagues since you can get a good one late in drafts. Since only 12 start, the difference between No.1 isn’t that far off from No. 12. That’s definitely true when compared to running backs and wide receivers. Since you start anywhere from two to three of each, the highest drafted RB or WR is definitely much better than the 36th one taken off the board. Given that, I wouldn’t take Rodgers before the fourth round.

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB

Tier 2 

This second tier has three quarterbacks with one thing in common. Can you guess what it is? All three are talented runners and that’s a big factor in determining fantasy value for quarterbacks. Most leagues, I might guess all, give one point per ten yards rushing to all runners, even quarterbacks. Even though it’s not a primary way for QBs to score fantasy points, rushing ability adds great value. Wilson is one of the best at using his legs, not only to gain yards but to buy time to make a game-breaking completion.

2. Russell Wilson, SEA
3. Cam Newton, CAR
4. Deshaun Watson, HOU

Tier 3

Drew Brees tops this tier, but like with most tiers, the guy at the bottom could end up on the top. This is definitely the case with this group. Ben Roethlisberger has a good amount of weapons to help him do that. He’s also gotten a little better with his home-road splits. Brees is No. 5 because the Saints will be without Mark Ingram for a few games to start the season and New Orleans may go back to a pass-heavy attack. Brees has great weapons in Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Rookie Tre’Quan Smith could even push Ted Ginn for the No. 2 wide receiver spot.

5. Drew Brees, NO
6. Kirk Cousins, MIN
7. Tom Brady, NE
8. Carson Wentz, PHI
9. Matthew Stafford, DET
10. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

Tier 4

Despite some worrisome play in the preseason, I still have Andrew Luck topping this tier. He still has T.Y. Hilton and he could work out the kinks before the season actually starts. He hasn’t appeared to be limited at all, which is the best sign. It could end up working out in your favor if his average draft position drops a bit. You could get “2016” Luck, who threw for more than 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, at a discount price.

11. Andrew Luck, IND
12. Philip Rivers, LAC
13. Matt Ryan, ATL
14. Jared Goff, LAR
15. Dak Prescott, DAL
16. Marcus Mariota, TEN
17. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF

Tier 5

The new Chiefs starter could still be a year or two away from being a reliable QB1, but he’s definitely got the skill set you want in a quarterback. He’s a talented runner and can heave the ball a mile, illustrated by a 69-yard touchdown toss to Tyreek Hill in the second week of preseason. Tuck him away late as a bye week replacement and you could be surprised with a possible QB1.

18. Patrick Mahomes, KC
19. Eli Manning, NYG
20. Alex Smith, WAS
21. Derek Carr, OAK
22. Case Keenum, DEN

Tier 6

I have Taylor this low because I’m still not sure if the Browns will toss out Baker Mayfield to start the year. Mayfield has looked more than competent so I’m waiting until closer to the start of the season before I move Taylor up. If he does ultimately get the nod, you could do a lot worse. He runs well and could end up with targets such as Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, David Njoku and Duke Johnson.

23. Tyrod Taylor, CLE
24. Jameis Winston, TB
25. Sam Bradford, ARI
26. Andy Dalton, CIN
27. Lamar Jackson, BAL
28. Blake Bortles, JAC
29. Joe Flacco, BAL
30. Ryan Tannehill, MIA

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Updated 2018 fantasy football rankings: Top 250

We’re just a little more than two weeks away from the kickoff of the NFL season so it’s time to strap in for another year of fantasy football. You’ll want to make sure to check the frequently updated rankings at the bottom of the page. Here’s a look at the top 250 fantasy football players for half-point per reception leagues. Rankings by position can be found in the widget at the bottom of the page.

Top 250

1. Le’Veon Bell, PIT, RB—You could go with Todd Gurley here, but truth be told, any one of the top 5 could end up with the best fantasy year. Bell is playing with a franchise tag and will be a free agent after this season. He’ll want to put his best foot forward in order to demand a huge contract from his eventual team.
2. Todd Gurley, LAR, RB
3. David Johnson, ARI, RB
4. Antonio Brown, PIT, WR
5. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB
6. Melvin Gordon, LAC, RB
7. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB
8. Leonard Fournette, JAC, RB
9. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR
10. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB—Getting a minor injury in the preseason could have been the best thing that happened for him. He’s virtually guaranteed to enter the first week fully healthy after flashing a glimpse of what could be in his first preseason game.
11. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG, WR
12. Julio Jones, ATL, WR
13. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB
14. Michael Thomas, NO, WR
15. Kareem Hunt, KC, RB
16. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB
17. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR
18. A.J. Green, CIN, WR
19. Davante Adams, GB, WR—Jordy Nelson is no longer in Green Bay which opens things up for Adams to take the next step and likely record his first 1,000-yard season. When Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback, you want to have the Packers’ No. 1 receiver on your fantasy squad.
20. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB
21. Rob Gronkowski, NE, TE
22. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR
23. LeSean McCoy, BUF, RB
24. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR
25. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB
26. Jerick McKinnon, SF, RB
27. Mike Evans, TB, WR
28. Jordan Howard, CHI, RB
29. Alex Collins, BAL, RB
30. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE
31. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR—He just keeps getting it done year after year. After a third straight season catching at least 100 passes and gaining over 1,000, he gets Sam Bradford as his quarterback. Bradford is extremely accurate on short routes, a Fitzgerald specialty.
32. Travis Kelce, KC, TE
33. Dion Lewis, TEN, RB
34. Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB
35. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR
36. Amari Cooper, OAK, WR
37. Doug Baldwin, SEA, WR
38. Russell Wilson, SEA, QB
39. Royce Freeman, DEN, RB—I expect Freeman to be the main rusher for the the Broncos. They’ve used him on goal line situations in the preseason and he’s already scored in that role. The presence of Devontae Booker doesn’t make me shy away from the rookie.
40. Jay Ajayi, PHI, RB
41. Tyreek Hill, KC, WR
42. Cam Newton, CAR, QB
43. Demaryius Thomas, DEN, WR
44. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR
45. Marvin Jones, DET, WR
46. Kenyan Drake, MIA, RB
47. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR
48. Lamar Miller, HOU, RB
49. Marshawn Lynch, OAK, RB—I can see why he’s being drafted in the late fifth round of mocks, but he’s looked good in preseason and still put up decent numbers last year. He gained over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scored seven times. That’s nice from likely your third running back.
50. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR
51. Deshaun Watson, HOU, QB
52. Golden Tate, DET, WR
53. Allen Robinson, CHI, WR
54. Drew Brees, NO, QB
55. Rex Burkhead, NE, RB
56. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB
57. Evan Engram, NYG, TE
58. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR
59. Chris Carson, SEA, RB—Rashaad Penny was all the rage on draft day based on who drafted him. But he hasn’t asserted himself as the No. 1 rusher and is now dealing with a broken finger. Carson can be had in the eighth round and he looks like he’ll start the season as Seattle’s starter.
60. Josh Gordon, CLE, WR
61. Tevin Coleman, ATL, RB
62. Corey Davis, TEN, WR
63. Jimmy Graham, GB, TE
64. Kirk Cousins, MIN, QB
65. Mark Ingram, NO, RB
66. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR
67. Sony Michel, NE, RB
68. Isaiah Crowell, NYJ, RB
69. Tom Brady, NE, QB
70. Greg Olsen, CAR, TE—In mocks he’s getting drafted at the 60th overall pick. I don’t see that as a value and he’s coming off an injury. The addition of D.J. Moore could take some targets away as well. Take Trey Burton in the eighth round instead of Olsen in the fifth.
71. Carson Wentz, PHI, QB
72. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR
73. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN, WR
74. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB
75. Robert Kelley, WAS, RB
76. Marquise Goodwin, SF, WR
77. Matthew Stafford, DET, QB
78. Rashaad Penny, SEA, RB
79. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, QB—Big Ben is my 10th-ranked quarterback and has many weapons at his disposal. He’s got the best receiver in the game in Antonio Brown, a great sophomore wideout in JuJu Smith-Schuster, a talented rookie in James Washington and arguably the best pass-catching running back in the league.
80. Chris Hogan, NE, WR
81. Trey Burton, CHI, TE
82. Andrew Luck, IND, QB
83. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB
84. Pierre Garcon, SF, WR
85. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR
86. Carlos Hyde, CLE, RB
87. Delanie Walker, TEN, TE
88. Allen Hurns, DAL, WR
89. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR—I think Shepard is a great value as he’s being taken in the 10th round. Odell Beckham Jr. is back so Eli Manning will have three solid targets (Beckham Jr., Evan Engram, Shepard), four if you count Barkley. Shepard will be productive and a decent flex play if he stays healthy.
90. Michael Crabtree, BAL, WR
91. Duke Johnson, CLE, RB
92. Bilal Powell, NYJ, RB
93. Robert Woods, LAR, WR
94. Randall Cobb, GB, WR
95. Ty Montgomery, GB, RB
96. Marlon Mack, IND, RB
97. Jamison Crowder, WAS, WR
98. Nelson Agholor, PHI, WR
99. Philip Rivers, LAC, QB
100. Jamaal Williams, GB, RB
101. Kenny Stills, MIA, WR—Stills is another tremendous value (ADP in the 11th round) and could definitely end up as the best WR for the Dolphins. He’s had at least 726 yards and 6 TDs in each of the last two seasons. With Jarvis Landry in Cleveland now, there are a lot of targets unaccounted for.
102. Matt Ryan, ATL, QB
103. Jared Goff, LAR, QB
104. Kelvin Benjamin, BUF, WR
105. Kyle Rudolph, MIN, TE
106. Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI, TE
107. Peyton Barber, TB, RB
108. Jared Cook, OAK, TE
109. Dak Prescott, DAL, QB
110. Ronald Jones II, TB, RB—You may have noticed that three spots above this is Jones’ teammate Peyton Barber. Barber has the inside track so far and Jones hasn’t impressed yet. Jones is getting drafted in the sixth round which is way too high for a running back struggling with pass protection.
111. Chris Thompson, WAS, RB
112. Latavius Murray, MIN, RB
113. Marcus Mariota, TEN, QB
114. Jordan Reed, WAS, TE
115. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, QB
116. Devin Funchess, CAR, WR
117. Will Fuller, HOU, WR
118. LeGarrette Blount, DET, RB
119. Corey Clement, PHI, RB
120. Patrick Mahomes, KC, QB—Mahomes has a huge arm which was displayed on his 69-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in his second preseason game. He’ll be a great streaming option if he doesn’t prove to be a weekly fantasy starter for you. Also note that he can run the ball.
121. DeVante Parker, MIA, WR
122. Marqise Lee, JAC, WR
123. Rishard Matthews, TEN, WR
124. George Kittle, SF, TE
125. David Njoku, CLE, TE
126. Eli Manning, NYG, QB
127. James White, NE, RB
128. D.J. Moore, CAR, WR
129. Jordy Nelson, OAK, WR—He’s shaved five years off his age, if you’re to believe reports out of training camp. The 33-year-old isn’t playing with Aaron Rodgers anymore and he’ll be targeted behind Amari Cooper. Martavis Bryant could even take some deep targets away from Nelson.
130. Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC, DST
131. Alex Smith, WAS, QB
132. Derek Carr, OAK, QB
133. Minnesota Vikings, MIN, DST
134. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR
135. Frank Gore, MIA, RB
136. C.J. Anderson, CAR, RB
137. DeSean Jackson, TB, WR
138. Devontae Booker, DEN, RB
139. Los Angeles Rams, LAR, DST—I may have them ranked too low, at this point (make sure to stay up to date by checking the bottom of this page). They’ve added so much defensive talent in the offseason after having a great 2017.
140. O.J. Howard, TB, TE
141. Julian Edelman, NE, WR
142. Giovani Bernard, CIN, RB
143. Spencer Ware, KC, RB
144. Benjamin Watson, NO, TE
145. Philadelphia Eagles, PHI, DST
146. Tyrell Williams, LAC, WR
147. Donte Moncrief, JAC, WR
148. Matt Breida, SF, RB
149. Paul Richardson, WAS, WR
150. Los Angeles Chargers, LAC, DST
151. John Brown, BAL, WR—Don’t be afraid to take a shot on Brown late in your draft. He can fly and has looked healthy in the preseason. Beating out Michael Crabtree as the team’s top target isn’t out of the question.
152. Case Keenum, DEN, QB
153. T.J. Yeldon, JAC, RB
154. Josh Doctson, WAS, WR
155. New Orleans Saints, NO, DST
156. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR
157. Dede Westbrook, JAC, WR
158. Tyrod Taylor, CLE, QB
159. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB
160. Tyler Eifert, CIN, TE
161. Mike Williams, LAC, WR—I’m high on him as a second-year player to become a productive fantasy receiver. He’s looked good in preseason and his size makes you see how he could be a great red zone target in the absence of Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.
162. Mohamed Sanu, ATL, WR
163. Jordan Wilkins, IND, RB
164. Chris Godwin, TB, WR
165. Denver Broncos, DEN, DST
166. Justin Tucker, BAL, K
167. Charles Clay, BUF, TE
168. Theo Riddick, DET, RB
169. Eric Ebron, IND, TE
170. Stephen Gostkowski, NE, K
171. Nyheim Hines, IND, RB—He’s too small to be a feature back, but he can catch and that can prove valuable if the Colts need to score a lot due to a poor defense. I’m definitely a bigger fan of Jordan Wilkins, but taking Hines in the 10th round isn’t a bad move.
172. Matt Bryant, ATL, K
173. Jameis Winston, TB, QB
174. Houston Texans, HOU, DST
175. Sam Bradford, ARI, QB
176. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR
177. Greg Zuerlein, LAR, K
178. Cameron Meredith, NO, WR
179. Darren Sproles, PHI, RB
180. Andy Dalton, CIN, QB—The Bengals should lean on Joe Mixon and A.J. Green to do most of the heavy lifting for this offense. Nothing tells me Dalton will improve too much on last year’s effort, though. The line could be better, but that may not translate to fantasy production for Dalton.
181. Wil Lutz, NO, K
182. Baltimore Ravens, BAL, DST
183. Carolina Panthers, CAR, DST
184. Jack Doyle, IND, TE
185. Jake Elliott, PHI, K
186. Ted Ginn, NO, WR
187. Arizona Cardinals, ARI, DST
188. Quincy Enunwa, NYJ, WR
189. Doug Martin, OAK, RB
190. Martavis Bryant, OAK, WR—It’s amazing the kind of talent you can find in late rounds of fantasy drafts. Bryant isn’t getting selected until the 14th round of mock drafts, but I wouldn’t mind taking a shot on him a round or two earlier. He’s just that good when he’s not being a knucklehead.
191. New England Patriots, NE, DST
192. Kenneth Dixon, BAL, RB
193. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE
194. Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT, DST
195. Cameron Brate, TB, TE
196. Aaron Jones, GB, RB
197. Luke Willson, DET, TE
198. Chris Boswell, PIT, K
199. John Ross, CIN, WR
200. Lamar Jackson, BAL, QB—He’s not the starter…yet. If Joe Flacco starts feeling the pressure he could start forcing matters, which likely won’t end well. If Jackson gets on the field, his running ability gives him value. Even if he doesn’t start, John Harbaugh has hinted that he’ll be on the field.
201. Atlanta Falcons, ATL, DST
202. Chicago Bears, CHI, DST
203. Matt Prater, DET, K
204. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC, TE
205. Chris Ivory, BUF, RB
206. Jonathan Stewart, NYG, RB
207. C.J. Prosise, SEA, RB
208. Taywan Taylor, TEN, WR
209. D’Onta Foreman, HOU, RB
210. Jermaine Kearse, NYJ, WR
211. Vance McDonald, PIT, TE
212. Blake Bortles, JAC, QB
213. Cole Beasley, DAL, WR
214. Seattle Seahawks, SEA, DST
215. Mason Crosby, GB, K
216. Geronimo Allison, GB, WR
217. Dan Bailey, DAL, K
218. Ryan Grant, IND, WR
219. Harrison Butker, KC, K
220. Kansas City Chiefs, KC, DST
221. Terrance Williams, DAL, WR
222. Danny Amendola, MIA, WR
223. Charles Sims, TB, RB
224. Adam Vinatieri, IND, K
225. Albert Wilson, MIA, WR
226. Joe Flacco, BAL, QB
227. Elijah McGuire, NYJ, RB
228. Cincinnati Bengals, CIN, DST
229. Mike Wallace, PHI, WR
230. Michael Gallup, DAL, WR
231. Dante Pettis, SF, WR
232. Stephen Anderson, HOU, TE
233. Vernon Davis, WAS, TE
234. Hayden Hurst, BAL, TE
235. New York Giants, NYG, DST
236. Ryan Tannehill, MIA, QB
237. Anthony Miller, CHI, WR
238. Christian Kirk, ARI, WR
239. Green Bay Packers, GB, DST
240. Chad Williams, ARI, WR
241. Mitch Trubisky, CHI, QB
242. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB
243. John Kelly, LAR, RB
244. Brandon Marshall, SEA, WR
245. Terrelle Pryor, NYJ, WR
246. Keelan Cole, JAC, WR
247. Corey Grant, JAC, RB
248. Josh Rosen, ARI, QB
249. James Conner, PIT, RB
250. Alfred Morris, SF, RB

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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 250

NFL training camps are in full swing so we’ll take a glance at my current fantasy football rankings. We’ll look at the top 250 overall which will be updated as teams progress through training camp. Keep an eye out for our divisional previews which roll out daily beginning Thursday.

It’s important to note that these rankings reflect a player’s true value in my opinion, not necessarily their average draft position. These rankings are for half-point PPR leagues, since more leagues are placing value on receptions. These rankings split the difference between standard and full PPR scoring leagues.

Scroll to the bottom for tiered rankings by position.

Name, Position, Team
1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2. Todd Gurley, RB, LAR

Todd Gurley could very well end up the top-scoring running back in the league, but I’m giving the edge to Le’Veon Bell at this point in time. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

3. David Johnson, RB, ARI
4. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
5. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
6. Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
7. Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
9. Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG
11. Julio Jones, WR, ATL
12. Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
13. Michael Thomas, WR, NO
14. Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG

Saquon Barkley put his best foot forward at the NFL scouting combine. His performance coupled with a stellar college career has a lot of fantasy owners with high hopes. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

15. Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
16. Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
17. A.J. Green, WR, CIN
18. Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
19. Davante Adams, WR, GB
20. Jerick McKinnon, RB, SF
21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
22. Adam Thielen, WR, MIN

The Vikings have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins and I think Adam Thielen keeps producing well at the wide receiver position. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

23. LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
24. Travis Kelce, TE, KC
25. Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
26. Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
27. Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
28. T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
29. Alex Collins, RB, BAL
30. Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
31. Mike Evans, WR, TB
32. Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
33. Mark Ingram, RB, NO
34. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
35. Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
36. Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
37. Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
38. Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
39. Dion Lewis, RB, TEN

Dion Lewis is a Titan now, putting a damper on those excited about Derrick Henry. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

40. Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
41. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
42. Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
43. Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
44. Allen Robinson, WR, CHI
45. Marvin Jones, WR, DET
46. Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
47. Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
48. Jay Ajayi, RB, PHI
49. Kenyan Drake, RB, MIA
50. Golden Tate, WR, DET
51. Cam Newton, QB, CAR
52. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIT
53. Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
54. Derrius Guice, RB, WAS
55. Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU

Deshaun Watson isn’t likely to be as awesome as he was in the short time he played last season, but most signs point to a good year. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

56. Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
57. Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
58. Evan Engram, TE, NYG
59. Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
60. Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
61. Brandin Cooks, WR, LAR
62. Sony Michel, RB, NE
63. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
64. Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
65. Drew Brees, QB, NO
66. Royce Freeman, RB, DEN
67. Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ
68. Isaiah Crowell, RB, NYJ
69. Ronald Jones II, RB, TB
70. Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN

Kirk Cousins could put up a big year with all the weapons he has in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

71. Jimmy Graham, TE, GB
72. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
73. Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
74. Jarvis Landry, WR, CLE
75. Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
76. Kerryon Johnson, RB, DET
77. Corey Davis, WR, TEN
78. Tom Brady, QB, NE
79. Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
80. Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
81. Michael Crabtree, WR, BAL
82. Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
83. Andrew Luck, QB, IND
84. Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
85. Robert Woods, WR, LAR
86. Allen Hurns, WR, DAL
87. Marlon Mack, RB, IND
88. Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
89. Sammy Watkins, WR, KC
90. Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
91. Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
92. Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
93. C.J. Anderson, RB, CAR

C.J. Anderson will need to take on the goal line roll in Carolina if he’s going to have significant fantasy value. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

94. Randall Cobb, WR, GB
95. Devin Funchess, WR, CAR
96. Chris Carson, RB, SEA
97. Carlos Hyde, RB, CLE
98. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, BUF
99, Chris Hogan, WR, NE
100. Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
101. Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
102. Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
103. Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
104. Jared Goff, QB, LAR

I’m expecting Jared Goff to fall outside of QB1 status this season, but not necessarily because of bad play. Well rounded teams don’t always put up big fantasy numbers. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

105. Nelson Agholor, WR, PHI
106. Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
107. Trey Burton, TE, CHI
108. Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
109. Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, ARI
110. Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
111. Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
112. Tarik Cohen, RB, CHI
113. LeGarrette Blount, RB, DET
114. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF
115. George Kittle, TE, SF
116. Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
117. Devante Parker, WR, MIA
118. Will Fuller, WR, HOU
119. James White, RB, NE
120. Doug Martin, RB, OAK
121. Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
122. Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
123. Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
124. D.J. Moore, WR, CAR
125. Jared Cook, TE, OAK
126. Benjamin Watson, TE, NO
127. Alex Smith, QB, WAS
128. Spencer Ware, RB, KC
129. Donte Moncrief, WR, JAC
130. Marquise Goodwin, WR, SF
131. Jacksonville Jaguars, DST, JAC
132. Derek Carr, QB, OAK
133. Eli Manning, QB, NYG
134. Minnesota Vikings, DST, MIN
135. Julian Edelman, WR, NE
136. T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC
137. Theo Riddick, RB, DET
138. Jordy Nelson, WR, OAK
139. Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
140. Los Angeles Rams, DST, LAR
141. Eric Ebron, TE, IND
142. Kenny Golladay, WR, DET
143. D’Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
144. Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
145. David Njoku, TE, CLE
146. Philadelphia Eagles, DST, PHI
147. DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
148. Cameron Meredith, WR, NO
149. Frank Gore, RB, MIA
150. Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC
151. Houston Texans, DST, HOU
152. Paul Richardson, WR, WAS
153. Case Keenum, QB, DEN
154. Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
155. Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
156. Denver Broncos, DST, DEN
157. Jermaine Kearse, WR, NYJ
158. Albert Wilson, WR, MIA
159. Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
160. Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
161. Charles Clay, TE, BUF
162. Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
163. Ted Ginn, WR, NO
164. Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
165. Mohamed Sanu, WR, ATL
166. Los Angeles Chargers, DST, LAC
167. Justin Tucker, K, BAL
168. Jack Doyle, TE, IND
169. Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
170. O.J. Howard, TE, TB
171. Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
172. Aaron Jones, RB, GB
173. Matt Bryant, K, ATL
174. Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
175. New Orleans Saints, DST, NO
176. Jameis Winston, QB, TB
177. Calvin Ridley, WR, ATL
178. Greg Zuerlein, K, LAR
179. Dede Westbrook, WR, JAC
180. Chris Ivory, RB, BUF
181. Blake Bortles, QB, JAC
182. Wil Lutz, K, NO
183. Baltimore Ravens, DST, BAL
184. Seattle Seahawks, DST, SEA
185. Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
186. Jake Elliott, K, PHI
187. Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
188. New England Patriots, DST, NE
189. Geronimo Allison, WR, GB
190. Peyton Barber, RB, TB
191. Ryan Grant, WR, IND
192. Arizona Cardinals, DST, ARI
193. Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG
194. Austin Hooper, TE, ATL
195. Carolina Panthers, DST, CAR
196. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, JAC
197. Charles Sims, RB, TB
198. Cameron Brate, TE, TB
199. Chris Boswell, K, PIT
200. John Brown, WR, BAL
201. Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
202. Pittsburgh Steelers, DST, PIT
203. New York Giants, DST, NYG
204. Matt Prater, K, DET
205. Luke Willson, TE, DET
206. C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
207. Bo Scarbrough, RB, DAL
208. Jonathan Stewart, RB, NYG
209. Cole Beasley, WR, DAL
210. Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
211. Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
212. Stephen Anderson, TE, HOU
213. Sam Bradford, QB, ARI
214. Jordan Matthews, WR, NE
215. Kansas City Chiefs, DST, KC
216. Mason Crosby, K, GB
217. Dante Pettis, WR, SF
218. Dan Bailey, K, DAL
219. Christian Kirk, WR, ARI
220. Harrison Butker, K, KC
221. Atlanta Falcons, DST, ATL
222. Terrelle Pryor, WR, NYJ
223. Chris Godwin, WR, TB
224. Mike Wallace, WR, PHI
225. Mike Davis, RB, SEA
226. Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
227. Mike Williams, WR, LAC
228. Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
229. Corey Grant, RB, JAC
230. Chicago Bears, DST, CHI
231. Martavis Bryant, WR, OAK
232. Chester Rogers, WR, IND
233. Zay Jones, WR, BUF
234. Vernon Davis, TE, WAS
235. Antonio Gates, TE, FA
236. Vance McDonald, TE, PIT
237. Cincinnati Bengals, DST, CIN
238. Mitch Trubisky, QB, CHI
239. Anthony Miller, WR, CHI
240. Danny Amendola, WR, MIA
241. Green Bay Packers, DST, GB
242. Brandon Marshall, WR, SEA
243. Tyrod Taylor, QB, CLE
244. Jalen Richard, RB, OAK
245. Kalen Ballage, RB, MIA
246. James Washington, WR, PIT
247. J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
248. Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
249. Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
250. Josh Rosen, QB, ARI

The widget below will be updated throughout the preseason.

Early 2018 fantasy football rankings

It’s April so that means the NFL draft is right around the corner. We’ll adjust these rankings immediately after the draft, but here’s an early look at the 2018 fantasy football rankings.