As the Super Bowl hangover resides and the disappointment of the 2017 NFL season being over sets in, it’s that time again.
It’s time for the post Super Bowl way too early 2018 Fantasy Football rankings… this time for PPR.
2018 Fantasy Football QB Rankings[table “2693” not found /]
Carson Wentz drops a few spots with the mounting concern that he may not be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 Fantasy Football season… Even with Kirk Cousins heading elsewhere, I don’t see his value dropping, especially if he ends up with those weapons in Minnesota… I broke down the Alex Smith trade in depth here, providing the values for everyone involved… Mitchell Trubisky may seem low as my breakout quarterback, but jumping from 14.5 FPPG to 18.5 would have him just inside the Top 20 and be a significant jump… Quarterback is simply too deep these days.
2018 Fantasy Football RB Rankings[table “2694” not found /]
Christian McCaffrey gets one of the biggest boosts in PPR, cracking the Top 10… Leonard Fournette is hit the hardest among RB1s, as T.J. Yeldon steals too much passing game work… Jordan Howard should see a boost from Matt Nagy that will offset his lack of receptions, thereby not seeing a significant drop in PPR…
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Without knowing who the Titans will bring in to complement Derrick Henry, I didn’t discount him much, but signing or drafting a pass-game pro a la Tarik Cohen would ding Henry a decent amount PPR… I’m still hesitant to rank Kenyan Drake higher – not because I don’t like him but because I’m not sure how much the Miami Dolphins do… the Jay Ajayi situation will be interesting to watch this offseason. If the Eagles focus mainly on him and Corey Clement, Ajayi could reach top-end RB2 status again… This rookie running back class is loaded… Backfields get messy real fast, and while PPR gives a bit more depth than Non-PPR for options, I still want to secure a Top 15 option for the 2018 season.
2018 Fantasy Football WR Rankings[table “2695” not found /]
The top receivers don’t see much movement, but T.Y. Hilton (assuming Andrew Luck is finally making it back) and Jarvis Landry hit the Top 10… Don’t forget that outside of the outliers with high volume (Landry types), the difference from Non-PPR to PPR often gets overstated… Focusing on those types, Larry Fitzgerald jumps higher and just misses WR1 status even with his own status up in the air… Golden Tate moves back into the Top 20 and Brandin Cooks falls back a bit, especially with Chris Hogan back to 100 percent heading into the 2018 season… Sterling Shepard could actually be under-ranked with the Pat Shurmur impact and if the Giants release Brandon Marshall… Jamison Crowder benefits both from Alex Smith’s trade and PPR scoring… Christian Kirk could step in and have Cooper Kupp-like impact as a rookie if his team doesn’t bury him… A good amount of the WR40-plus options will see their value impacted by offseason moves – it’s a good thing we’re not drafting for a few more months.
2018 Fantasy Football TE Rankings[table “2696” not found /]
Even if Rob Gronkowski doesn’t retire and with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, Kelce is the better option given Gronkowski’s inability to play 16 games. I’m not faulting anyone if they still want Gronk Smash! though… The Top 6-7 tight ends actually become closer grouped in PPR, allowing you to wait a bit longer in drafts… Not surprisingly, Hunter Henry would be the one inside the Top 10 to be affected the most in PPR… Austin Hooper quietly missed 50 receptions by one and could take another step forward… Tyler Eifert is a touchdown monster but also the poster boy for the injury report.
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