Fantasy football Top 100 heading into final weekend of drafts

It’s the final weekend before the fantasy football season kicks off. No matter what kind of league you’re in, a just-for-fun league or a serious money league, you’ll need a cheat sheet. Here’s what we’re offering up at the Statesman. So without further ado, here are the top 100 fantasy football players in standard leagues for 2016.

Top 100 overall

1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
2. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
3. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants
4. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
6. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
7. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys–In the last week, his average draft position has jumped from the tenth pick of the first round to the sixth. Seeing his performance in the third preseason game got a lot of owners excited. I’ve got him seventh on the board.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Cowboys 27-17. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Cowboys 27-17. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
9. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
10. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans
11. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
12. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
13. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
14. Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets
15. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
16. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
17. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
18. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
19. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers
20. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs–The lastest word is that he’s running behind on his recovery. It’s the second time he’s had to recover from an ACL injury. Spencer Ware is taking first team reps right now, but it’s not yet clear if Charles will actually miss any games.
21. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
22. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
23. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
24. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
25. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
26. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
27. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
28. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
29. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
30. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos–You can say he’s attempting to have a bounce back year, but not many receivers need to bounce back after catching 105 passes for over 1,300 yards while scoring six touchdowns. I’m a believer in Trevor Siemian so Thomas could be great again.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) makes the catch as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) pursues during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) makes the catch as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) pursues during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

31. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
32. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
33. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos
34. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders
35. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
36. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
37. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs
38. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
39. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
40. Matt Forte, RB, Jets
41. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans
42. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts–He’s in line for a breakout year. He can play like a possession receiver, but he’s got the skills of a deep threat. If he ends up combining those abilities he could end up being the best receiver in Indy.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) walks off the field following an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. The Eagles defeated the Colts 33-23. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) walks off the field following an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. The Eagles defeated the Colts 33-23. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

43. Eric Decker, WR, Jets
44. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
45. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
46. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
47. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
48. Jeremy Langford, RB, Bears
49. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
50. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
51. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
52. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
53. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
54. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
55. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
56. Ryan Mathews, RB, Eagles–He had just over 100 carries last year because DeMarco Murray was in town. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and if he remains healthy, big if, he should put up very good numbers.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

57. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
58. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
59. Marvin Jones, WR, Lions
60. Golden Tate, WR, Lions
61. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
62. Frank Gore, RB, Colts
63. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
64. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers
65. Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins–If he’s available this late, don’t feel bad about taking him. He’s gone earlier in a lot of drafts, even as high as the third round. I don’t advise taking him earlier than the fifth round.

Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster (34) slips past Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal, left, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster (34) slips past Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal, left, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

66. Matt Jones, RB, Redskins
67. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
68. Chris Ivory, RB, Jaguars
69. Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals
70. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
71. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
72. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
73. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
74. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
75. John Brown, WR, Cardinals
76. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
77. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
78. Coby Fleener, TE, Saints–Fleener’s got Drew Brees throwing him the ball, how can he not be a good option as your tight end.

Coby Fleener #82 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Coby Fleener #82 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

79. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
80. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
81. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
82. Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers
83. Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals
84. Duke Johnson, RB, Browns
85. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
86. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
87. Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns
88. Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
89. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns–Both Browns running backs are pretty good value picks. Not much risk taking either of them this late, but they could pay off.

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) rushes for yardage during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell (34) rushes for yardage during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

90. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders
91. Christine Michael, RB, Seahawks
92. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars
93. Kevin White, WR, Bears
94. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
95. Julius Thomas, TE, Jaguars
96. Broncos defense/special teams
97. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
98. Willie Snead, WR, Saints
99. Corey Coleman, WR, Browns
100. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers

Fantasy football top 100 overall players

There’s not much time left before millions of football fans are huddled in a room with a few of their friends (and enemies) drafting the 2016 edition of their fantasy football team. No matter what kind of league you’re in, a just-for-fun league or a serious money league, you’ll need a cheat sheet. Here’s what we’re offering up at the Statesman. So without further ado, here are the top 100 fantasy football players in standard leagues for 2016.

Top 100 overall

1. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
2. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
3. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

4. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams–You may be surprised to see he’s not the first running back on this list. The offense of Los Angeles just can’t be trusted at this point. What saves Gurley from dropping further for me is the fact that his defense should keep the Rams in games, thus not abandoning the running game.

Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against free safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Running back Todd Gurley #30 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against free safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

5. Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings
6. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
7. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
8. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
9. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
10. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
11. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans
12. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys
13. Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs
14. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
15. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers
16. Brandon Marshall, WR, Jets

17. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers–Missing the first four games of the season drops him to the middle of the second round. If you take him here, don’t try to take DeAngelo Williams until the seventh round at the earliest.

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball during the 2nd half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on October 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball during the 2nd half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field on October 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

18. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
19. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
20. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
21. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
22. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

23. Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers–He looked pretty good in his first preseason game. He’s lost some weight and is a good candidate to rebound from a so-so year. A healthy passing game helps him out as well.

Running back Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball for 61-yards in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Running back Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball for 61-yards in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

24. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
25. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
26. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
27. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
28. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
29. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
30. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
31. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
32. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
33. Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders

34. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Chiefs–He doesn’t have an elite quarterback, but he had at least five catches in nine games last season. His consistency could be useful if you have a higher upside player as his counterpart.

Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs bobbles the ball at Arrowhead Stadium during the third quarter of the game agains the Cleveland Browns on December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jeremy Maclin #19 of the Kansas City Chiefs bobbles the ball at Arrowhead Stadium during the third quarter of the game agains the Cleveland Browns on December 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

35. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos
36. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers
37. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks
38. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
39. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
40. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins
41. Matt Forte, RB, Jets
42. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
43. Eric Decker, WR, Jets
44. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

45. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans–I have him a little higher than most, but you might be able to get away with picking him in the sixth or seventh round. He’s the no. 1 back in Tennessee, despite the presence of rookie Derrick Henry.

Darrell Stuckey #25 of the San Diego Chargers pursues DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Darrell Stuckey #25 of the San Diego Chargers pursues DeMarco Murray #29 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

46. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
47. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
48. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
49. Golden Tate, WR, Lions
50. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
51. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
52. Drew Brees, QB, Saints
53. Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots

54. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts–If you can snag this receiver as your WR3, you should be excited about his potential. He’ll likely be the second receiving option behind Hilton and he’s entering his third year playing with Luck.

Donte Moncrief #10 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a touchdown pass during the game against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Donte Moncrief #10 of the Indianapolis Colts catches a touchdown pass during the game against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

55. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
56. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
57. John Brown, WR, Cardinals
58. Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers
59. Matt Jones, RB, Redskins
60. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
61. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
62. Frank Gore, RB, Colts
63. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers
64. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
65. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

66. Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals–Age and health are the biggest concerns for Palmer, but all the weapons available to him could make him a quality pick this late in the draft.

Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up prior to a pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up prior to a pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

67. Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals
68. Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars
69. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
70. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
71. Jeremy Langford, RB, Bears
72. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks

73. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars–Did you know Bortles ended last season as a top-5 fantasy quarterback? Well, if he could clean up his turnovers he could do it again. He has great talent and wide receiver and tight end.

Quarterback Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Quarterback Blake Bortles #5 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

74. Devante Parker, WR, Dolphins
75. DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins
76. Duke Johnson, RB, Browns
77. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
78. Coby Fleener, TE, Saints
79. Arian Foster, RB, Dolphins
80. Eli Manning, QB, Giants
81. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants
82. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders
83. Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers

84. Marvin Jones, WR, Lions–Calvin Johnson isn’t suiting up for the Lions anymore and I don’t think Golden Tate will be able to fill that role alone. Jones played with A.J. Green last season but still managed to catch at least five passes in seven games.

85. Chris Ivory, RB, Jaguars
86. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots
87. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
88. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers
89. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars
90. Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns
91. Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
92. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
93. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers
94. Kevin White, WR, Bears
95. Julius Thomas, TE, Jaguars
96. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
97. Corey Coleman, WR, Browns
98. Willie Snead, WR, Saints
99. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers

100. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers–At 45 years old, Gates is still nearly a top-10 tight end. He had 630 yards and five touchdowns last season, despite missing five games overall. (Just kidding, he’s actually 36.)