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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings for Standard Scoring

One act that can greatly impact how you fare in Fantasy football is to compile your own fantasy football rankings in addition to analyzing others. This gives you advantages in a draft where casual gamers are a slave to ADP or a specific site’s default rankings.

Ranking your own players allows you to target players you value more than others do so you do not have to reach in drafts. For instance LeSean McCoy is my RB10, I have him listed as the 16th overall player in Fantasy, which would put him a few spots ahead of his current 2.07 ADP. If I ended up taking a wide receiver early in the first round, I can feel good that I will have an RB1 waiting for me in a spot I deem valuable- and that’s what Fantasy football is about: Value.

There are players on this list I feel good about. Josh Doctson is my highest ranked Redskins wide receiver and he is being drafted three rounds behind Jamison Crowder. My logic here is I am not going to draft Crowder at his ADP and can wait until the 13th round where I can snag Doctson for, what I would consider to be value. In standard leagues touchdowns weigh heavier than they do in PPR. Most of the time if you are looking at a player in these fantasy football rankings and thinking they are too high, I most likely project a large output in that category. I have Doctson scoring eight touchdowns in 2018. There is a method to my madness.

The Top 250 Fantasy Football Rankings for standard leagues are a little further down the page if you want to get right to them. Right now I’ll share some of the thinking behind different sections of the rankings. If you’re more of a PPR player please check out my Top 250 Players for PPR.

Second/Third Round Strategy

Twelve of the first 16 players being taken in standard scoring leagues are running backs. In these power rankings I have six wide receivers in the Top 16 which means that a couple of them are likely to slip in drafts. This creates potential value and should enable me to be flexible going into drafts.

Sure, people are not going to draft players at their exact ADP, but they are most likely using it as a guide. If you have a set of fantasy football rankings in front of you that you feel confident in, it is a great advantage. In this situation, Fantasy owners are most likely drafting a running back in the first round which means that they will draft a receiver in all likelihood in the second round. This means running backs who may be second-round talents will drop to the third round. This allows you to be more flexible in the first and second as there is less pressure to grab that bell-cow running back.

Fourth/Fifth Round Strategy

This is about the time that I am looking at filling my RB2 slot. If I can get at least two elite-level wide receivers in the first three rounds, I can take shots on running backs I feel will exceed their draft price. This is not quite Zero-RB, but it is a more practical method as you do not paint yourself in a corner.

I am looking at running backs like Royce Freeman (40), Lamar Miller (51), Alex Collins (53), and Marlon Mack (57) who I can utilize on a weekly basis. These guys typically have lower ADP than I have them ranked which gives me wiggle room in drafts and makes it less likely that one of the players I am targeting will be taken. Establish a group of guys you feel good about in this area of the draft, you only need to grab one or two of them – but having viable options will make you better prepared.

Late-Round Strategy

Most of the time we think about late-round picks as fliers. Someone who could be a lottery ticket in Fantasy but has a slim chance of everything breaking right. In 12-team leagues I do not consider taking a player like this until the 13th or 14th rounds. There are too many players I find value in that can potentially be weekly starters that I am always drafting with my roster structure in mind. Quarterbacks and tight ends present the most value in these rounds. Cameron Brate has a clear path to targets on the Buccaneers offense, especially in the red zone. Touchdowns are king in standard scoring and it is what I look for in a tight end. His ADP is 179 and I have him ranked at 138. I can presumably wait until my last few picks for a tight end in a scenario where I choose to load up on running backs and wide receivers in the middle rounds.


It’s time to ramp up your Fantasy Football prep. These rankings are a start. Another good step would be catching the next episode of Full 60 Fantasy Football, where Joe Pisapia, Scott Bogman and The Welsh break down everything you need to make 2018 a championship season for your Fantasy Football squads.


Conclusion

So go ahead, tear these fantasy football rankings apart. They are subjectively right or wrong any way you slice it. The point is to take something away from this that you can apply to your own Fantasy football success. Set up your own rankings so that you have a cheat sheet ready to go. If you are too lazy, you are in luck! I did the work for you. Find value at running back in the fourth or fifth round if you choose to go wide receiver-heavy early in drafts. There are startable assets throughout the draft. Set yourself up for success by taking players you feel can be plugged into your lineup on a weekly basis until there is only junk left on the board.

Top 250+ Fantasy Football Rankings for Standard Scoring

RnkPlayerPos.TeamByePos. Rnk
1Le'Veon BellRBPIT71
2David JohnsonRBARI92
3Ezekiel ElliottRBDAL83
4Todd GurleyRBLAR124
5Antonio BrownWRPIT71
6Alvin KamaraRBNO65
7DeAndre HopkinsWRHOU102
8Saquon BarkleyRBNYG96
9Odell Beckham Jr.WRNYG93
10Leonard FournetteRBJAC97
11Julio JonesWRATL84
12Melvin GordonRBLAC88
13Kareem HuntRBKC129
14Michael ThomasWRNO65
15Mike EvansWRTB56
16LeSean McCoyRBBUF1110
17Keenan AllenWRLAC87
18Davante AdamsWRGB78
19Dalvin CookRBMIN1011
20Devonta FreemanRBATL812
21A.J. GreenWRCIN99
22Rob GronkowskiTENE111
23T.Y. HiltonWRIND910
24Jordan HowardRBCHI513
25Doug BaldwinWRSEA711
26Larry FitzgeraldWRARI912
27Travis KelceTEKC122
28Christian McCaffreyRBCAR414
29Stefon DiggsWRMIN1013
30Jerick McKinnonRBSF1115
31Amari CooperWROAK714
32Derrick HenryRBTEN816
33Joe MixonRBCIN917
34Allen RobinsonWRCHI515
35Demaryius ThomasWRDEN1016
36Tyreek HillWRKC1217
37Aaron RodgersQBGB71
38Adam ThielenWRMIN1018
39Josh GordonWRCLE1119
40Royce FreemanRBDEN1018
41Russell WilsonQBSEA72
42JuJu Smith-SchusterWRPIT720
43Marvin JonesWRDET621
44Jarvis LandryWRCLE1122
45Sammy WatkinsWRKC1223
46Rashaad PennyRBSEA719
47Zach ErtzTEPHI93
48Deshaun WatsonQBHOU103
49Alshon JefferyWRPHI924
50Golden TateWRDET625
51Lamar MillerRBHOU1020
52Tom BradyQBNE114
53Brandin CooksWRLAR1226
54Alex CollinsRBBAL1021
55Derrius GuiceRBWSH422
56Michael CrabtreeWRBAL1027
57Marlon MackRBIND923
58Cam NewtonQBCAR45
59Jay AjayiRBPHI924
60Evan EngramTENYG94
61Sony MichelRBNE1125
62Devin FunchessWRCAR428
63Emmanuel SandersWRDEN1029
64Andrew LuckQBIND96
65Jimmy GrahamTEGB75
66Drew BreesQBNO67
67Dez BryantWRFANA30
68Robert WoodsWRLAR1231
69Tevin ColemanRBATL826
70Kenyan DrakeRBMIA1127
71Dion LewisRBTEN828
72Carson WentzQBPHI98
73Greg OlsenTECAR46
74Mark IngramRBNO629
75Randall CobbWRGB732
76Sterling ShepardWRNYG933
77Ronald JonesRBTB530
78Marshawn LynchRBOAK731
79Will FullerWRHOU1034
80Carlos HydeRBCLE1132
81Chris HoganWRNE1135
82Kyle RudolphTEMIN107
83Josh DoctsonWRWSH436
84DeVante ParkerWRMIA1137
85Trey BurtonTECHI58
86Jamaal WilliamsRBGB733
87Ben RoethlisbergerQBPIT79
88Tarik CohenRBCHI534
89Jamison CrowderWRWSH438
90Kerryon JohnsonRBDET635
91Giovani BernardRBCIN936
92Pierre GarconWRSF1139
93Mike WilliamsWRLAC840
94Matthew StaffordQBDET610
95Julian EdelmanWRNE1141
96Allen HurnsWRDAL842
97Corey DavisWRTEN843
98Kirk CousinsQBMIN1011
99Aaron JonesRBGB737
100Delanie WalkerTETEN89
101Jordy NelsonWROAK744
102Nick ChubbRBCLE1138
103Rex BurkheadRBNE1139
104C.J. AndersonRBCAR440
105Pat MahomesQBKC1212
106Marquise GoodwinWRSF1145
107Jordan ReedTEWSH410
108Kelvin BenjaminWRBUF1146
109Ty MontgomeryRBGB741
110Isaiah CrowellRBNYJ1142
111Dede WestbrookWRJAC947
112Frank GoreRBMIA1143
113Philip RiversQBLAC813
114LeGarrette BlountRBDET644
115Marqise LeeWRJAC948
116Kenny StillsWRMIA1149
117Nelson AgholorWRPHI950
118DeSean JacksonWRTB551
119Cameron MeredithWRNO652
120Eli ManningQBNYG914
121Jaguars D/STD/STJAC91
122Quincy EnunwaWRNYJ1153
123Cooper KuppWRLAR1254
124Tyler EifertTECIN911
125Robby AndersonWRNYJ1155
126Mohamed SanuWRATL856
127Chris ThompsonRBWSH445
128Martavis BryantWROAK757
129Jimmy GaroppoloQBSF1115
130David NjokuTECLE1112
131Dak PrescottQBDAL816
132Bilal PowellRBNYJ1146
133Rishard MatthewsWRTEN858
134Jared GoffQBLAR1217
135Matt RyanQBATL818
136Eric EbronTEIND913
137Latavius MurrayRBMIN1047
138D.J. MooreWRCAR459
139Cameron BrateTETB514
140Tyrod TaylorQBCLE1119
141Peyton BarberRBTB548
142Brandon MarshallWRSEA760
143Corey ClementRBPHI949
144Chargers D/STD/STLAC82
145Donta ForemanRBHOU1050
146Ted Ginn Jr.WRNO661
147Jack DoyleTEIND915
148Vance McDonaldTEPIT716
149Tyrell WilliamsWRLAC862
150Case KeenumQBDEN1020
151Tyler LockettWRSEA763
152Doug MartinRBOAK751
153Texans D/STD/STHOU103
154O.J. HowardTETB517
155Theo RiddickRBDET652
156Rams D/STD/STLAR124
157Vikings D/STD/STMIN105
158James WhiteRBNE1153
159Matt BreidaRBSF1154
160Donte MoncriefWRJAC964
161Calvin RidleyWRATL865
162Marcus MariotaQBTEN821
163Duke JohnsonRBCLE1155
164DeMarco MurrayRBFANA56
165Mike WallaceWRPHI966
166Anthony MillerWRCHI567
167Terrance WestRBNO657
168Chris GodwinWRTB568
169Spencer WareRBKC1258
170Broncos D/STD/STDEN106
171Paul RichardsonWRWSH469
172Ryan GrantWRIND970
173Eagles D/STD/STPHI97
174George KittleTESF1118
175Jameis WinstonQBTB522
176Charles ClayTEBUF1119
177Christian KirkWRARI971
178Mitch TrubiskyQBCHI523
179Michael GallupWRDAL872
180Kenny GolladayWRDET673
181Saints D/STD/STNO68
182Alex SmithQBWSH424
183Benjamin WatsonTENO620
184Jordan MatthewsWRNE1174
185Chris CarsonRBSEA759
186James WashingtonWRPIT775
187Stephen GostkowskiKNE111
188John BrownWRBAL1076
189Geronimo AllisonWRGB777
190Derek CarrQBOAK725
191Corey ColemanWRCLE1178
192Blake BortlesQBJAC926
193Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEJAC921
194Adam ShaheenTECHI522
195Greg ZuerleinKLAR122
196Nyheim HinesRBIND960
197Joe FlaccoQBBAL1027
198Javorius AllenRBBAL1061
199Ricky Seals-JonesTEARI923
200Ravens D/STD/STBAL109
201Ryan TannehillQBMIA1128
202Albert WilsonWRMIA1179
203Panthers D/STD/STCAR410
204Justin TuckerKBAL103
205Andy DaltonQBCIN929
206Josh McCownQBNYJ1130
207J'Mon MooreWRGB780
208Danny AmendolaWRMIA1181
209Luke WillsonTEDET624
210Ryan GriffinTEHOU1025
211Darren SprolesRBPHI962
212Kenneth DixonRBBAL1063
213Phillip DorsettWRNE1182
214Jordan WilkinsRBIND964
215Sam BradfordQBARI931
216Mark AndrewsTEBAL1026
217Cole BeasleyWRDAL883
218Jonathan StewartRBNYG965
219Zay JonesWRBUF1184
220Harrison ButkerKKC124
221Patriots D/STD/STNE1111
222Dan BaileyKDAL85
223Steelers D/STD/STPIT712
224Mike GesickiTEMIA1127
225John RossWRCIN985
226Hayden HurstTEBAL1028
227Devontae BookerRBDEN1066
228Wil LutzKNO66
229James ConnerRBPIT767
230Jake ElliottKPHI97
231Keelan ColeWRJAC986
232Matt BryantKATL88
233Bears D/STD/STCHI513
234Kalen BallageRBMIA1168
235Jared CookTEOAK729
236Chiefs D/STD/STKC1214
237Ameer AbdullahRBDET669
238Mason CrosbyKGB79
239Austin EkelerRBLAC870
240Cardinals D/STD/STARI915
241Courtland SuttonWRDEN1087
242Tavon AustinWRDAL888
243Robbie GouldKSF1110
244Giants D/STD/STNYG916
245Dallas GoedertTEPHI930
246Lamar JacksonQBBAL1032
247Matt PraterKDET611
248Seahawks D/STD/STSEA717
249Terrelle PryorWRNYJ1189
250Bills D/STD/STBUF1118
251Sebastian JanikowskiKSEA712
252Samaje PerineRBWSH471
253Dante PettisWRSF1190
254Adam VinatieriKIND913
255Baker MayfieldQBCLE1133
256T.J. YeldonRBJAC972
257Packers D/STD/STGB719
258Browns D/STD/STCLE1120
259Josh RosenQBARI934
260Chris IvoryRBBUF1173
261Titans D/STD/STTEN821
262Chris BoswellKPIT714
263Falcons D/STD/STATL822
264Lions D/STD/STDET623
265Caleb SturgisKLAC815
266Ryan SuccopKTEN816
267Jeremy HillRBNE1174
268Graham GanoKCAR417
269Elijah McGuireRBNYJ1175
270Hunter HenryTELAC831

These Fantasy Football Rankings are just the start. Check back every day for more Draft Prep content to get you all ramped up for Draft Day.

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