Fantasy football: Week 6 rankings

The fantasy football season is in full swing. Here’s hoping you’re sitting high in the standings. The Cowboys, Seahawks, Bengals and Bills are off this week so keep that in mind as we take a look at the Week 6 rankings.

RELATED: Week 5 recap and top waiver wire picks.

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Fantasy football: Week 4 rankings

Are you hanging in there? I’m pulling for you all. Just a reminder that an 0-3 start in fantasy football isn’t the same as it is in the NFL. You’ve still got a decent chance to make the playoffs. Don’t give up and stay engaged. With that said, here are my Week 4 fantasy football rankings by position.

Fantasy football: Week 2 rankings

A weird Week 1 is in the books and with that we take a look forward to my Week 2 fantasy football rankings. Every week I’ll give you rankings for each position. Make sure to check back every Tuesday for analysis, trends and waiver wire advice throughout the season. In addition, every Thursday we’ll bring you start/sit suggestions. Rankings will be updated throughout the week so make sure to check back here.

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Our fantasy wide receiver rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. For the next few days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I will share our rankings for each position side-by-side. We’ve ranked quarterbacks and running backs. Up next are wide receivers, followed by tight ends and defenses. At the end of this list are a few questions regarding where we ranked the wide receivers. Ranks in bold are discussed at the bottom.

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Tijerina—Antonio Brown; Vasquez—Antonio Brown

2. Tijerina—Julio Jones; Vasquez—Julio Jones

3. Tijerina—Odell Beckham Jr.; Vasquez—Odell Beckham Jr.

4. Tijerina—Mike Evans; Vasquez—A.J. Green

5. Tijerina—Dez Bryant; Vasquez—Mike Evans

6. Tijerina—Jordy Nelson; Vasquez—Jordy Nelson

7. Tijerina—A.J. Green; Vasquez—Michael Thomas

8. Tijerina—Michael Thomas; Vasquez—Dez Bryant

9. Tijerina—Amari Cooper; Vasquez—T.Y. Hilton

10. Tijerina—Doug Baldwin; Vasquez—Doug Baldwin

11. Tijerina—T.Y. Hilton; Vasquez—Amari Cooper

12. Tijerina—Tyreek Hill; Vasquez—Alshon Jeffery

13. Tijerina—Demaryius Thomas; Vasquez—Demaryius Thomas

14. Tijerina—Michael Crabtree; Vasquez—Brandin Cooks

15. Tijerina—DeAndre Hopkins; Vasquez—Terrelle Pryor

16. Tijerina—Emmanuel Sanders; Vasquez—Michael Crabtree

17. Tijerina—Martavis Bryant; Vasquez—DeAndre Hopkins

18. Tijerina—Davante Adams; Vasquez—Larry Fitzgerald

19. Tijerina—Kelvin Benjamin; Vasquez—Golden Tate

20. Tijerina—Terrelle Pryor; Vasquez—Keenan Allen

21. Tijerina—Stefon Diggs; Vasquez—Julian Edelman

22. Tijerina—Larry Fitzgerald; Vasquez—Sammy Watkins

23. Tijerina—Golden Tate; Vasquez—Jamison Crowder

24. Tijerina—Keenan Allen; Vasquez—Allen Robinson

25. Tijerina—Jamison Crowder; Vasquez—Donte Moncrief

26. Tijerina—Brandin Cooks; Vasquez—Jarvis Landry

27. Tijerina—Randall Cobb; Vasquez—Tyreek Hill

28. Tijerina—DeVante Parker; Vasquez—Davante Adams

29. Tijerina—Jarvis Landry; Vasquez—Jeremy Maclin

30. Tijerina—Willie Snead; Vasquez—Martavis Bryant

31. Tijerina—Pierre Garcon; Vasquez—Stefon Diggs

32. Tijerina—Brandon Marshall; Vasquez—Brandon Marshall

33. Tijerina—Marvin Jones; Vasquez—Emmanuel Sanders

34. Tijerina—Donte Moncrief; Vasquez—Kelvin Benjamin

35. Tijerina—Mohamed Sanu; Vasquez—Pierre Garcon

Three questions about these rankings:

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with De’Anthony Thomas #13 after returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Will Tyreek Hill be a WR1 after last season’s breakout performance?

Tijerina: I suspect he’ll end up being a WR2, somewhere in the good-to-upper-end WR2 territory. Still dangerous, still explosive. But the rest of the league is wise to him, he’s not going to be used as often on returns, and the addition of Kareem Hunt is going to affect him too. He’ll dip a bit from 2016 but is still a good one to get.

Vasquez: I’m going with no, due to the fact that he’s going to be the No. 1 wide receiver option in Kansas City. Sounds counter intuitive, doesn’t it? Well, the problem is he’ll be the top priority to stop for defenses now that Jeremy Maclin is in Baltimore. Travis Kelce will likely get more targets and I think the Chiefs will try to lean on a running game with Spencer Ware and rookie Kareem Hunt contributing. I like Hill and what he can do, but I wouldn’t draft him at his current ADP which is in the early fourth round.

Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Do you believe Brandin Cooks will thrive in New England?

Tijerina: He won’t Randy Moss-thrive, but he’s the top receiver New England has. It’s Gronk, Cooks and Edelman in Tom Brady’s pecking order. I give Cooks the fantasy edge over Edelman, even with Edelman’s history with Brady, because Cooks is more explosive but also can catch those shorter routes that Brady likes. Brady will spread it around, though. That’ll affect all of their numbers.

Vasquez: Players just end up performing better when they go to New England. I go back-and-forth with Cooks. One one hand I see the talent and production he’s managed, but on the other I see the big fat goose egg he put up in one week last year. Still, I’m going to believe that Tom Brady takes advantage of Cooks’ skill set.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) catches a 37-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Who in your top-24 (WR1-WR2 range) concerns you the most?

Tijerina: T.Y. Hilton, at 11. He’s so dependent upon Andrew Luck, and Luck for me is so iffy for 2017. Luck still hasn’t thrown, Hilton still hasn’t caught a preseason pass, we don’t know if Luck will be there Week 1 and the Colts’ center is out till maybe November. I’m wary of all Colts this year. I have Hilton at 11 on the hope/assumption that Luck will be Luck. That being said, if it’s my pick, I need either a WR1 or WR2 and I’ve got my top four available guys on the board — No. 11 Hilton, No. 12 Hill, No. 13 Demaryius Thomas, No. 14 Michael Crabtree and No. 15 DeAndre Hopkins … I’m probably going to take Hill, Thomas, Hopkins or Crabtree ahead of Hilton, and probably in that order.

Vasquez: It’s Doug Baldwin at No. 10. Not because I don’t believe he’ll end up with great numbers overall, but because of the amount of games he came up short last season. For a WR1, which I’m predicting he’ll be, he busted in eight games last season. I’m defining that as not scoring or catching passes for less than 70 yards. That’s a lot of bad games. But at the end of the season, he still ended up as a WR1. That’s the problem. He gets the numbers over the course of the season, but he can lose you games if he puts up duds as frequently as he did last year. That said, I think Russell Wilson will be able to stay a bit healthier this season, helping Baldwin keep a high floor.

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Our fantasy quarterback rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. For the next five days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I will share our rankings for each position side-by-side. We’ll start with quarterbacks followed by running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses. At the end of this list are a few questions regarding where we ranked the QBs. Ranks in bold are discussed at the bottom.

QUARTERBACKS

1. Tijerina — Aaron Rodgers; Vasquez — Aaron Rodgers

2. Tijerina — Tom Brady; Vasquez — Tom Brady

3. Tijerina — Drew Brees; Vasquez — Drew Brees

4. Tijerina — Russell Wilson; Vasquez — Russell Wilson

5. Tijerina — Matt Ryan; Vasquez — Andrew Luck

6. Tijerina — Jameis Winston; Vasquez — Dak Prescott

7. Tijerina — Kirk Cousins; Vasquez — Matt Ryan

8. Tijerina — Dak Prescott; Vasquez — Kirk Cousins

9. Tijerina — Phillip Rivers; Vasquez — Andy Dalton

10. Tijerina — Marcus Mariota; Vasquez — Jameis Winston

11. Tijerina — Matthew Stafford; Vasquez — Derek Carr

12. Tijerina — Cam Newton; Vasquez — Marcus Mariota

13. Tijerina — Derek Carr; Vasquez — Matthew Stafford

14. Tijerina — Ben Roethlisberger; Vasquez — Philip Rivers

15. Tijerina — Andrew Luck; Vasquez — Cam Newton

16. Tijerina — Eli Manning; Vasquez — Ben Roethlisberger

17. Tijerina — Andy Dalton; Vasquez — Carson Palmer

18. Tijerina — Carson Wentz; Vasquez — Eli Manning

19. Tijerina — Carson Palmer; Vasquez — Carson Wentz

20. Tijerina — Tyrod Taylor; Vasquez — Tyrod Taylor

21. Tijerina — Joe Flacco; Vasquez — Jay Cutler

22. Tijerina — Deshaun Watson; Vasquez — Joe Flacco

23. Tijerina — Blake Bortles; Vasquez — Blake Bortles

24. Tijerina — Trevor Siemian; Vasquez — Deshaun Watson

25. Tijerina — Brian Hoyer; Vasquez — Sam Bradford

Three questions about these rankings:

Andrew Luck didn't throw a touchdown pass for the first time all year in Week 16. Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Andrew Luck didn’t throw a touchdown pass for the first time all year in Week 16. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Why do you believe (or not) in Luck? 

Tijerina: I believe in Luck’s talent and viability as a top-five fantasy quarterback. It’s just that with the injury, his lack of offseason work and the fact that he probably won’t play in the preseason all make me want to see him prove it before I expend a high pick on him. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a single Colt that I wouldn’t fret about after drafting. Luck’s hurt, Moncrief is dependent on Luck, Marlon Mack might be a good value pick but he’s also an unknown. The offensive line is still shaky and the defense is still a question mark. Sure, Luck’s a stud QB. I just think there are safer QBs to go with this year.

Vasquez: He’s coming off a season in which he set a career high in total QBR and he’s been great when healthy. He started his career playing in every game for three straight seasons. After missing half the season in 2015, he played in 15 games last year. If Donte Moncrief can stay healthy he’ll provide Luck with another weapon to pair with T.Y. Hilton. Another plus to Luck’s game is his rushing ability. He had 341 yards and two rushing TDs last season. Luck has 14 rushing touchdowns in his career. I don’t think he’ll suffer from missing preseason.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton runs the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Is Andy Dalton a QB1 or QB2?

Tijerina: If Dalton hasn’t gotten to QB1 status by now with A.J. Green to work with, he’s not going to. But for me, he’s a fairly safe QB2; he’s got Green back from injury and also has Tyler Eifert — who has 18 TDs in his 20 games over the last two years — along with John Ross and Joe Mixon. His line lost its two best guys, however. I don’t see Ross blowing up as a rookie and I still see Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard taking away Mixon carries.

Vasquez: Dalton has thrown for more than 4,000 yards twice in his career, and one of those times was last season. It was a season in which he missed A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert for extended periods. He has the weapons with those two returning, not to mention two additions through the draft. Joe Mixon could take short dump off passes to the house and John Ross can fly on the outside.

Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after a touchdown by Jordan Howard #24 (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Will Jay Cutler be a viable streaming option?

Tijerina: No. Miami won’t see much of a dropoff in the passing game but that’s also taking into account that Miami’s passing game was already average to below-average for fantasy purposes. Cutler lacks what Ryan Tannehill does best: Be mobile and draw plays out. If Cutler was a non-factor in fantasy his last few years in Chicago, I don’t see him catching fire with a set of receivers he doesn’t know.

Vasquez: Smokin’ Jay Cutler will definitely be a decent streaming option for teams with their No. 1 QB on bye. He looked solid, for someone set to be a broadcaster just days earlier, in his debut with Miami. Cutler completed 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards. His addition to the Dolphins could mean big things for DeVante Parker. Cutler could also make Julius Thomas a viable fantasy tight end if they build some chemistry. The quarterback knows head coach Adam Gase and performed well with him as an offensive coordinator two years ago in Chicago.

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

Updated Fantasy Football Rankings: Standard and PPR

Here are the updated standard and point-per-reception rankings for the 2017 fantasy football season. Click on the different positions to get rankings by position. Toggle between STD and PPR to get standard and PPR rankings.

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Fantasy football preseason first impressions

We finally got a look at some live football over the past week and there were a lot of things to take away. Here are a few thoughts as we look back at the first full week of games, and look forward at what’s to come:

Golladay puts fantasy owners on notice

Kenny Golladay might not be a sleeper anymore. He would have been a nice receiver to stow away late in your drafts but probably not now after catching two touchdown passes in his preseason debut. Golladay is going in the 14th round currently, but he likely moves up if he keeps it up.

Foreman to be more than a handcuff?

D’Onta Foreman looked great in his debut, busting out on a 41-yard run and averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Lamar Miller will start, but if Foreman continues to impress it will be hard for the Texans to keep him off the field.

Let these rookie QBs play

Deshaun Watson was 15 of 25 for 174 yards and rushed for a touchdown for the Texans. Mitch Trubisky had a dream debut for Chicago as he went 18 of 25 for 166 yards and a touchdown. And Patrick Mahomes has already moved up the depth chart to No. 2 behind Alex Smith. They all looked good, but they need to be named starters before you make any plans with them in mind.

When does Rico Gathers officially become fantasy-relevant?

Rico Gathers had four catches for 47 yards and scored for the second straight game in the preseason. With Jason Witten in front of him on the depth chart, does that mean he’s not going to contribute this year? He passes the eye test, though, and if he can carve himself a red zone role then it’s possible he makes it on some fantasy rosters.

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Monitor these running backs

These backs aren’t currently the apparent starters on their teams. But that could change soon:
De’Angelo Henderson, Broncos: He had 54 yards and averaged 7.7 yards per carry in the first preseason game. The Broncos backfield is somewhat unsettled, though C.J. Anderson looks to be the starter.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Buccaneers: He’ll actually start the first four games for the suspended Doug Martin and it’s possible he could keep the job outright if he performs well.
Joe Williams, 49ers: Carlos Hyde is looking like he’ll keep his job, but Williams busted out for 60 yards on seven carries after it was reported he was having a bad camp.
Thomas Rawls, Seahawks: When Eddie Lacy signed with Seattle it was assumed he’d take over as the featured back. Rawls is hoping to hold him off, however, and started the first preseason game.
Dion Lewis, Patriots: Lewis was once considered a solid, versatile running back before injuries stalled his development. He looked good in the first week of preseason, gaining 55 yards on 11 touches. If Mike Gillislee struggles with his hamstring for long, Lewis could make a comeback.

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

2017 fantasy football position rankings: Running Backs

Continuing our series of position rankings for the upcoming 2017 fantasy football season, we’ll take a look at running backs before turning to wide receivers next week. We’ve ranked the QBs from 1 to 32. We’ll rank the running backs from 1-36, the wide receivers 1-36 and the tight ends 1-24. Defenses and kickers will be ranked 1-12.

The top three running backs are so close, but I give the edge to David Johnson since he had 80 receptions last year and caught passes for more yards than Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Jordan Reed.

1. David Johnson, Cardinals—He nearly carried the ball 300 times last season and caught 80 passes. There’s no reason to think he won’t be used to that degree yet again.

2. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers—No worries about an early-season suspension this time around. I had him No. 1 early in my rankings, but Johnson’s touches gave him the edge at this point.

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys—Elliott couldn’t have had a better rookie season. Given that, you have to assume he has just a tiny bit of regression. The Cowboys will also want to save him from too much work by using Darren McFadden to relieve some pressure.

4. LeSean McCoy, Bills—Mike Gillislee is in New England now, so if McCoy can stay healthy he might get even more work than he already does.

5. Jordan Howard, Bears—Howard gained the most yardage between the tackles in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. He should see an increase in touches given that he’ll likely be playing with a rookie quarterback at some point.

Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers as he scores a touchdown in the 4th quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 30-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

6. Melvin Gordon, Chargers—Gordon’s value has been improved by this offseason. Danny Woodhead is a Raven and the Chargers didn’t draft a running back, they drafted two offensive linemen. Gordon will continue to dominate touches in the backfield.

7. Devonta Freeman, Falcons—Have no fear of Tevin Coleman, Freeman actually is more productive when Coleman gets touches. If the Falcons can continue to run a potent offense without Kyle Shanahan, Freeman will do well.

Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons fails to reach the pylon against Vinnie Sunseri #40 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

8. DeMarco Murray, Titans—He surprised some people last season, given his average draft position was in mid-to-later rounds. Murray suffered from Chip Kelly’s sideways run scheme the year before so he was undervalued in drafts in 2016. He seems to be back to his Cowboys-era self.

9. Jay Ajayi, Dolphins—Three games rushing for at least 200 yards can’t be ignored. Plus, it looks as if he’s making strides in the passing game. He showed his ability as a pass catcher in college so if he improves in that portion of his game he could be remarkable.

10. Lamar Miller, Texans—The addition of D’Onta Foreman may end up helping Miller stay fresh all season. Quality touches will be the key to his success in addition to decent volume.

11. Todd Gurley, Rams—He remains an RB1 despite his rough season last year. That’s because the volume is still there. His bad season probably means he can be had in the second round. But he’ll end up being undervalued if he goes after the first.

Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams rushes for a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Los Angeles Coliseum on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

12. Spencer Ware, Chiefs—He got great news when the Chiefs didn’t re-sign Jamaal Charles, but they did end up drafting Kareem Hunt. Keep an eye on training camp to make sure Ware holds firm to the starting spot.

13. C.J. Anderson, Broncos

14. Isaiah Crowell, Browns

15. Carlos Hyde, 49ers

16. Mark Ingram, Saints

17. Tevin Coleman, Falcons

18. Adrian Peterson, Saints

19. Latavius Murray, Vikings

20. Eddie Lacy, Seahawks

21. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars

22. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders

23. Doug Martin, Buccaneers

24. Mike Gillislee, Patriots

25. Robert Kelley, Redskins

26. Ty Montgomery, Packers

27. Jeremy Hill, Bengals

28. Derrick Henry, Titans

29. Frank Gore, Colts

30. Bilal Powell, Jets

31. Ameer Abdullah, Lions

32. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

33. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

34. Paul Perkins, Giants

35. Matt Forte, Jets

36. Joe Mixon, Bengals

2017 fantasy football position rankings: Quarterbacks

Over the next few weeks we’ll take an early look at our 2017 fantasy football position rankings. This week we’ll talk about the signal callers before turning our attention to running backs next week. We’ll rank the QBs from 1 to 32, the running backs from 1-36, the wide receivers 1-36 and the tight ends 1-24. Defenses and kickers will be ranked 1-12.

First up we’ve got the quarterbacks. You’ll notice Matt Ryan is still in the top-5, but he’s not the No. 1 quarterback like he was at the end of the 2016 season.

Quarterbacks

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers—He still has Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Davante Adams is a rising star and the addition of Martellus Bennett should help Rodgers have the best season among QBs.

2. Tom Brady, Patriots—He’ll be 40 by the time the season starts but he seems to have a lot of tread left on the tires. The addition of Brandin Cooks and Mike Gillislee adds more weapons for the Super Bowl MVP.

3. Drew Brees, Saints—Probably one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, Brees just seems to put up numbers with whatever talent he has on the roster. His home-away split is a factor, but he should still end up top-3.

 

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints drives for a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 27, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

4. Andrew Luck, Colts—All the guy needs is time in the pocket and he’ll feast. The Colts got some protection help in the draft so his production should improve over last year.

5. Matt Ryan, Falcons—Last year was a career year for Ryan, his tenth in the league. He lost his offensive guru in Kyle Shanahan, so I’m expecting a bit of a regression in numbers.

6. Russell Wilson, Seahawks—Wilson’s best seasons have been when he’s been able to run around and make plays with his legs. Last season he was hurt early in the year. If he’s healthy to start the season he’ll start strong and possibly play well wire to wire.

 

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 2, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

7. Derek Carr, Raiders—Carr was very solid last season and he seems on the verge of breaking into the top-5. He’s got Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and now Marshawn Lynch to help him out.

8. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers—A big winner after free agency and the draft was Winston. He got DeSean Jackson, a big-play threat, and O.J. Howard, a versatile rookie tight end, as new weapons.

9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys—You worry about a sophomore jinx, but with how poised he played last season he might be immune. He’ll have a full offseason to work with his receivers and you can’t forget about Zeke Elliott who can take a seemingly harmless screen pass 80 yards to the house.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes in the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

10. Philip Rivers, Chargers—If Keenan Allen can stay healthy, Rivers can be even better than last year. He finished in the top six in standard scoring last season with a bunch of nobodies catching passes. Now he has Mike Williams, the top receiver in the draft, as another option.

11. Kirk Cousins, Redskins—He was actually one of the best fantasy quarterbacks last season and nearly threw for 5,000 yards. Losing DeSean Jackson hurts, but Jamison Crowder is coming on and the Redskins added Terrelle Pryor.

12. Cam Newton, Panthers—He’s still in my top-12, but barely. The addition of Christian McCaffrey should help him. He’s just not an accurate quarterback and his value drops when he isn’t running, which is something he cut back on when he was getting punished weekly.

Cam Newton will have to utilize his running ability to keep his fantasy value high. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Cam Newton will have to utilize his running ability to keep his fantasy value high. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

13. Marcus Mariota, Titans

14. Eli Manning, Giants

15. Andy Dalton, Bengals

16. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

17. Matthew Stafford, Lions

18. Carson Palmer, Cardinals

19. Alex Smith, Chiefs

20. Blake Bortles, Jaguars

21. Tyrod Taylor, Bills

22. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

23. Carson Wentz, Eagles

24. Joe Flacco, Ravens

25. Sam Bradford, Vikings

26. Trevor Siemian, Broncos

27. Josh McCown, Jets

28. Brian Hoyer, 49ers

29. Tom Savage or DeShaun Watson, Texans (will update as starter becomes clear)

30. Mike Glennon or Mitch Trubisky, Bears (will update as starter becomes clear)

31. Jared Goff, Rams

32. Cody Kessler, Browns

2017 fantasy football rankings following the NFL draft

An early look at 2017

It’s never too early to take a look at next season’s rankings, especially now that the NFL draft has happened.

You can probably call the first through third picks 1A, 1B and 1C. It’s really that close, but David Johnson is a real candidate to gain 1,000 yards in rushing and receiving. That would make him the third player to ever accomplish that feat, joining Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk.

Keep in mind if you play in a league that awards six points per touchdown for quarterbacks, they should be ranked higher than what you see here.

1. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals

2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

4. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

5. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

6. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

7. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills

8. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers

9. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears

10. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers

11. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

12. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

13. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans

14. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

15. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints

16. Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins

17. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

18. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

19. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans

20. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

22. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

23. Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots

24. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

25. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

26. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

27. Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs

28. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams

29. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

30. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

31. Davante Adams, WR, Packers

32. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles

33. Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings

34. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars

35. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

36. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos

37. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

38. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

39. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs

40. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs

41. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns

42. Drew Brees, QB, Saints

43. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

44. Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons

45. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders

46. Adrian Peterson, RB, Saints

47. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

48. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins

49. Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants

50. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals

51. Terrelle Pryor Sr., WR, Redskins

52. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

53. Eddie Lacy, RB, Seahawks

54. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

55. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

56. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

57. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

58. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans

59. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers

60. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

61. Robert Kelley, RB, Redskins

62. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks

63. Frank Gore, RB, Colts

64. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets

65. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

66. Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers

67. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

68. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts

69. Jamaal Charles, RB, Broncos

70. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans

71. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

72. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

73. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

74. Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins

75. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders

76. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars

77. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

78. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions

79. Golden Tate, WR, Lions

80. Kenneth Dixon , RB, Ravens

81. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

82. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings

83. Matt Forte, RB, Jets

84. Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans

85. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers

86. Paul Perkins, RB, Giants

87. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins

88. DeSean Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

89. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

90. Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots

91. Danny Woodhead, RB, Ravens

92. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings

93. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

94. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

95. Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans

96. Eric Decker, WR, Jets

97. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks

98. Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots

99. Theo Riddick, RB, Lions

100. Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers