Chet Gresham's Fantasy Rankings - Standard Scoring

Published Aug 29, 2018, 01:00 AM
By Chet Gresham

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Quarterback Running Back Wide Receiver Tight End Kicker Defense

  • 16 Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings.

    Cook showed us enough last season to firmly be a top-10 running back. Jerick McKinnon is gone, and Latavius Murray can't do what Cook does. With no dedicated receiving back, Cook should be able to garner upward of 70 targets.

  • 17 A.J. Green, WR, Bengals.

    Green had a down 2017 but still finished as a top-10 fantasy receiver. We know his upside is much higher than that, but it would be tough to draft for that upside this season.

  • 18 T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts.

    This ranking leans on the hope that Andrew Luck returns in 2018. The news isn't bad, but it's also not overly reassuring, so I wouldn't take Hilton too early just yet.

  • 19 Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots.

    There is a real possibility that Gronkowski will retire this offseason, but the odds are on the side of him playing. A healthy Gronkowski has the most upside at the position, but injuries have hurt him and are likely a reason he is considering retirement. As long as he plays, he is a top-two tight end, but I'm leaning Kelce as a safer pick.

  • 20 Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers.

    McCaffrey was just okay as a runner, but he did show improvement in that area as last season went on. His true ability, however, lies in his receiving ability, which netted him 80 receptions for his rookie year. C.J. Anderson takes over Jonathan Stewart's early-down role, which will likely keep McCaffrey around his touch total from last season. McCaffrey is a no-brainer PPR stud, but he does enough to be on your radar in non-PPR as long as you factor in that he will likely never be a double-digit touchdown scorer.

  • 21 Davante Adams, WR, Packers.

    Adams got a big new contract, while Jordy Nelson was released. Adams is the no-doubt No. 1 receiver now and has Aaron Rodgers throwing to him. Adams on any other team would be good, but Rodgers elevates him into a second-round pick.

  • 22 Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons.

    Freeman had a down year but also missed three games. In a full season, he would have likely finished as a top-10 running back. Hopefully, the Falcons will up their offensive numbers as a whole in 2018, as this will be their second year in a new offense.

  • 23 Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals.

    Mixon wasn't good as a rookie, although he did show some flashes, especially toward the second half of the season. Gio Bernard isn't going anywhere, but the plan remains for Mixon to be the every-down back, which makes his upside worth the investment.

  • 24 Jordan Howard, RB, Bears.

    Howard was all over the map last season, but it didn't help that John Fox was awful. Matt Nagy will be a step up in play calling this season, and I expect Howard to get a bit more consistency and a higher ceiling.

  • 25 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals.

    Fitzgerald will likely see close to 100 receptions again this season, so you can't fade him due to his oldness, but we still don't know who his quarterback will be. But we've seen Fitzgerald put up good numbers with bad quarterbacks, like last year, so I see no reason not to take the safe receptions.

  • 26 Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks.

    Baldwin continues to put up good numbers while not seeing the targets his talent level demands, but this season it will be difficult for him not to see his career high in targets with Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson gone and only Jaron Brown added to the receiving corps.

  • 27 Alex Collins, RB, Ravens.

    Collins played his way into consideration to be the No. 1 back in Baltimore. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like whoever wins that job will be the every-down back and Kenneth Dixon will return this season. I like Collins quite a bit and think he can put together a strong season, but it won't be without some pitfalls.

  • 28 Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers.

    Evans has now gone through a great season, a poor season, a great season again and then a poor season again. If the pattern holds, then we get a great season in 2018! Of course, that's not how this works, but we know what he can do and we know he's stayed relatively healthy and will continue to see good target numbers. His floor isn't as high as I'd like, but his ceiling is.

  • 29 Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders.

    Derek Carr says that Cooper was hurting more than he let on last season, which gives some hope for this year. Cooper has a ton of ability but hasn't been able to put it together completely. I'm going to lean toward his ability more than his recent stats, but he's not a lock at this point and it sure looked like he would be.

  • 30 Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs.

    Hill had plenty of doubters coming into last season, but he proved that he could take on the role of a No. 1 receiver and thrive. He'll have Pat Mahomes as his quarterback this season, so there will be some more doubt cast on this upcoming season, but even if there are some major learning curves, Mahomes looks good enough to keep Hill as a strong fantasy receiver.


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