Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Top 200 Overall Cheat Sheet- Updated: Sunday, July 7th
Leading up to the 2019 NFL season, we will continue to update our top-200 fantasy football cheat sheets to help you get ready for your fantasy football drafts.
Note that this cheat sheet (or any cheat sheet) shouldn't be used as the be-all-end-all in terms of players to draft. It could be used as a blueprint, but you should adjust based on a variety of factors -- unique league settings, how the draft is unfolding (unexpected runs at a position), etc.Cheat sheets for other scoring formats: Kevin Hanson:
1. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
The Giants ranked middle of the pack in total offense (17th) and scoring offense (16th), but Barkley was an absolute stud in a mediocre offense. Leading the NFL in scrimmage yards, Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns and added 91 catches for 721 yards and four more touchdowns. A sure-thing top-four pick in fantasy drafts, Barkley is my top-ranked player in half-PPR and standard-scoring formats and second in (full) PPR formats.
2. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
The iron man of NFL running backs, McCaffrey almost never comes off the field and the do-it-all back would have eclipsed the 2,000-YFS mark if he played his normal allotment of snaps in a meaningless Week 17. Breaking Matt Forte's single-season record for receptions by a running back, Run CMC totalled 1,965 yards from scrimmage, 107 catches and 13 total touchdowns in his sophomore campagain. Even though I have Saquon Barkley ranked ahead of him, McCaffrey (or any of the top four backs) have a case to be the first player off the board in fantasy drafts this summer.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Not only does he have two rushing titles in his three NFL seasons, but Elliott has actually led the NFL in rushing yards per game every year that he's been in the league. His passing-game role expanded greatly in 2018 as he converted his 95 targets into 77 receptions for 567 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career highs. With the Vegas incident now behind him in terms of potential league discipline, the workhorse back is a threat for a 2,000/10 YFS/TD season. Elliott's 16-game average has been 2,099 YFS and 13.6 TDs over his 40 NFL games.
4. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Even though he has a total of only 476 touches through two seasons, Kamara has finished as a top-four fantasy running back (any scoring format) in both of his first two NFL seasons. Another top-four season is the most likely outcome based on his ADP. Kamara has scored 32 touchdowns -- 22 rushing, nine receiving and one return -- in his 31 NFL games with more than 1,500 scrimmage yards in both seasons.
5. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Believing 2019 will be "similar to 2016" (2,118 YFS and 20 TDs), Johnson (once again) has his sights set on a 1,000/1,000 season. Given the up-tempo and wide-open nature of the offense, Johnson should have a lot more opportunities to make plays in space and significantly improve upon last year's numbers.
6. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Gordon has now missed multiple games in three of his four NFL seasons. MG3's YPC average spiked to 5.1 in 2018 and he set a career high in touchdowns (14). After a scoreless rookie campaign, Gordon has finished with 12-plus touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. Only Todd Gurley averaged more fantasy points per game than Gordon last season (standard scoring) so there is plenty of upside from his current rankings, projections and ADP if he's able to stay healthy for a full season.
7. Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets
Returning to the field after sitting out 2018, Bell trades the high-powered Steelers offense for an improving-yet-not-as-potent Jets offense. In addition, Football Outsiders ranked the Jets offensive line 32nd (i.e., last) in run blocking (Adjusted Line Yards) in 2018. Even though he averaged only 4.0 yards per carry in 2017, Bell had a career-high 406 touches, 1,946 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns in his most recent season. Bell is ranked as a RB1 in my rankings, but he isn't a lock for a top-five fantasy finish like he once was.
8. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
While he missed two games last season, Mixon was an efficient workhorse when he was on the field. The second-year back averaged 20.0 touches per game and 4.9 yards per carry as he finished fourth in the NFL in rushing (1,168 yards). Unfortunately, the Bengals have already lost first-round pick Jonah Williams for the season, but the increased offensive creativity that the new coaching staff brings should only boost Mixon's outlook going into his age-23 season.
9. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Over the past six seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game five times. Turning his 113 receptions into a league-high 1,677 yards, Jones is a lock for 1,400-plus yards as long as he stays healthy. Even though he was scoreless through seven games (53 receptions on 81 targets), he managed to score eight touchdowns over the final nine games of the season. Will his second-half red-zone production spill over into 2019?
10. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
Hopkins said that he was the "most banged up I've ever been playing football," but Hopkins set career highs in receptions (115) and yards (1,572) and scored 11 touchdowns. Despite not always having good quarterback play, which he has now with Deshaun Watson, Hopkins has at least 95 catches, 1,375 yards and 11 touchdowns in three of his past four seasons.
11. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Three years into his young career, Thomas continues to improve each season -- 92/1,137/9 in 2017, 104/1,245/5 in 2018 and 125/1,405/9 in 2019. Since Thomas has been in the league, there have been 19 100-catch seasons and, of those, only Christian McCaffrey (86.3%, 2018) had a better catch rate than Thomas (85.0%, 2018) over the past three years. The only other wide receivers with 100 catches and catch rate above 70 percent -- Adam Thielen (73.9%, 2018), Larry Fitzgerald (71.3%, 2016) and DeAndre Hopkins (70.6%, 2018).
12. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Adams set career highs across the board -- 111 catches on 169 targets for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns. While it was his first 1,000-yard season, Adams extended his streak of seasons with double-digit touchdowns to three. Over the next several seasons, Adams will be a perennial threat to lead the position in fantasy points as the clear No. 1 wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers.
13. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Conner missed three games and was less productive in the second half of the season, but he still finished as fantasy's RB7 (top-six in PPR). In his first eight games, Conner rushed for 100-plus yards five times and scored multiple touchdowns in four of those games. Conner failed to exceed 65 rushing yards in his final five games. Especially if he can stay healthy and be more consistent from start to end, the sky's the limit for the Pittsburgh's workhorse back.
- MORE: Check out Kevin Hanson's way-too-early 2020 NFL Mock Draft.
14. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
There is a good chance that Kelce finishes as fantasy's top-scoring tight end (AGAIN) as he has finished as the TE1, TE2 and TE1 over the past three seasons, respectively. Only one player had five-plus catches in 15 games last season and it was Kelce, who briefly held the single-season record for most receiving yards (1,336) for a tight end before George Kittle (1,377) passed him. Whether it was back in Rob Gronkowski's dominant days or with Kelce now, however, I tend to balk at the steep price of an elite tight end considering its impact to roster construction.
15. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Last year, Gurley was the no-brainer No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts and he delivered. Even though he missed two games, no running back scored more fantasy points than Gurley, who has 3,924 scrimmage yards and 40 total touchdowns over the past two seasons combined.
Going into 2019, however, there is concern (perhaps less by Gurley himself) over his knee and specifically what it means to the workload he will get (or not get).
16. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Taking a massive step forward in his sophomore campaign, Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in both receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) in 2018. With Antonio Brown and his 104/1,297/15 production now in Oakland, there could be more targets in Smith-Schuster's future, but there were certainly be more defensive attention.
17. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Durability (11 missed games in two seasons) and inefficiency (career 3.7 YPC) are negatives, but there are some reasons for optimism. A true workhorse, Fournette has averaged nearly 20 carries per game (19.09) when he's been active and the team should sustain more drives with improved quarterback play. Season-ending injuries sidelined Jacksonville's LT/LG/C for major chunks of the season, but running lanes should be wider with their return to health and the addition of road-grading RT Jawaan Taylor in this year's draft. Plus, Fournette could be more involved in the passing game as well.
18. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Through two seasons, Cook has missed more games (17) than he's played in (15). When he's been on the field, however, he's been efficient -- 4.68 yards per carry -- despite a terrible offensive line. If Cook is able to stay on the field, the team's investment in their interior offensive line this offseason and run-first approach could help lead to a big season for Minnesota's featured back.
19. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Along with Randy Moss and A.J. Green, Evans is one of three NFL players to begin his career with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. In addition, Evans set career highs in yards (1,524), yards per reception (17.7) and yards per target (11.0) last season.
20. Odell Beckham, WR, Cleveland Browns
Missing four games last season, Beckham hauled in 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six scores. Even though OBJ has missed 21 games over his five-year career, he ranks third in receiving touchdowns (44) over that span behind Antonio Brown (59) and DeAndre Hopkins (45). Especially given the quarterback upgrade of going from Eli Manning to Baker Mayfield, the sky's the limit for Beckham Jr., who is currently projected to more touchdowns than all receivers not named Davante Adams in our projections.
21. Antonio Brown, WR, Oakland Raiders
Since 2013, Brown has had more than 100 catches and 150 targets every season and averaged 1,524 receiving yards and 11.2 touchdowns per season over that six-year span. In addition, AB has finished as a top-three fantasy wide receiver in five consecutive seasons. A top-three season may be less likely now that he's forced himself out of Pittsburgh, but Brown remains a top-eight option at the position.
22. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Missing almost all of last season, Freeman is poised for a bounce-back with good health (of course). Not only is Tevin Coleman now in San Francisco, but the Falcons used a pair of first-rounders on the offensive line. I have Freeman projected for a conservative 273 touches and 1,358 yards from scrimmage and perhaps a less-modest 10 touchdowns. Then again, Freeman had a total of 35 touchdowns in the previous three seasons and my projections assume a lower touchdown rate on his rush attempts than his career average (3.91%).
23. Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
From Week 14 through the postseason, Williams went on a scoring spree with 10 touchdowns (six rushing and four receiving) and racked up 602 scrimmage yards on 105 touches including 28 receptions. The Chiefs only added Carlos Hyde (free agency) and Darwin Thompson (sixth round) as competition this offseason so Williams will open the season as the unquestioned lead back. If he maintains that role for the entire season, there is enormous upside in Kansas City's high-powered offense.
24. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
A partial-year starter, Chubb ranked third in the NFL in carries (176) and fourth in rushing yards (823) from Weeks 7 to 17. Even though the team signed suspended free-agent Kareem Hunt, Chubb is expected to retain his lead-back role once Hunt is eligible to return. With the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. to the receiving corps, the ascending Cleveland offense should give Chubb plenty of scoring opportunities.
25. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Playing full 16-game slates in back-to-back years, Allen saw his numbers dip year-over-year, but he still put up a healthy 97/1,196/6 stat line (WR14, WR12 in PPR). A top-15 fantasy wide receiver in any format, Allen is about as steady and consistent as it gets.
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