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

  • 31 Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings.

    The addition of Kirk Cousins can only help Thielen, who already had a strong season with Case Keenum under center.

  • 32 Jay Ajayi, RB, Eagles.

    Ajayi is one of the best runners against stacked boxes in the league, and with a healthy amount of touches, he's going to put up good numbers, especially behind Philly's line. The trouble is we don't know what kind of work he'll consistently get and his knee is always going to be something that will hold him back. But, I do expect them to manage his knee in practices and use him effectively when he does get the ball.

  • 33 Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs.

    Kelce led all tight ends in fantasy points last season but will have a new quarterback and offensive coordinator for 2018. I like Patrick Mahomes quite a bit and think he could help Kelce put up even better numbers, but he's also a wild card. I won't be drafting any tight end early this season, so ADP will help dictate where my priorities lie.

  • 34 Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings.

    Diggs is one of the best receivers in the league and is playing for a contract this season. With all things equal, Adam Thielen should see more targets, but with a new quarterback in town, there's a chance Diggs can even those target numbers up.

  • 35 Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers.

    Rodgers remains the most consistent fantasy quarterback out there, and there really is no argument. Yes, you can argue why another quarterback could be the No. 1 fantasy quarterback this season, but Rodgers has a track record that no other player has, besides maybe Antonio Brown.

  • 36 Josh Gordon, WR, Browns.

    Gordon returned with five games left in the season to a winless team with a turnover machine at quarterback and still was able to put up decent numbers after an extremely long layoff. The Browns signed Tyrod Taylor, who should be an upgrade, but a full offseason and preseason with the team should be great for Gordon as he prepares for the 2018 season.

    UPDATE: Gordon missed the start of training camp, and there is some reason to worry about his status for this season. Until we know solid facts, Gordon should be avoided as a high draft pick.

  • 37 Golden Tate, WR, Lions.

    Tate will remain a solid player in a strong passing offense. Since joining the Lions, he's caught 90 or more passes in all four seasons in Detroit and should be set up for similar numbers in 2018.

  • 38 Michael Crabtree, WR, Ravens.

    Crabtree in Baltimore could be a nice fit, as he will likely be the no-doubt No. 1 receiver and see a high percentage of targets and should remain the best red-zone receiver on his team.

  • 39 Jerick McKinnon, RB, 49ers.

    McKinnon landed in possibly the best spot for his ability and fantasy value when he was signed by San Francisco. Coach Shanahan wants McKinnon to be his Devonta Freeman, and with no real comparable player to Tevin Coleman, McKinnon should be in line for larger share than Freeman is used to.

  • 40 LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills.

    McCoy gets a year older, but he also hasn't shown that he's slowed down much. The Bills will have a new quarterback and coaching staff, but the addition of Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator should help their running game and McCoy in turn.

    UPDATE: Until we learn more about possible legal trouble, McCoy has a lot of risk.

  • 41 Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos.

    Thomas' fantasy fate will rely on Case Keenum, which isn't exactly who you want to hitch your fate too, but Thomas' prospects are better than with Siemian, Osweiler, and company.

  • 42 Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams.

    Cooks might have trouble living up to his career stats in L.A. this year. With an improved defense and balanced offense, there might not be the targets to go around that he'll need to put up top numbers. Cooks will be the No. 1 receiver for a very good team, so he's going to be solid, but his upside is likely capped.

  • 43 Allen Robinson, WR, Bears.

    Robinson was signed by the Bears and will be in a much different offense than the Bears were using under John Fox. Fox is out and Matt Nagy is in, which is good for Robinson's chances of being a top fantasy receiver again. They still have work to do with second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and who knows if and when this team can flash offensive upside, but there is real optimism that it will happen.

  • 44 Tom Brady, QB, Patriots.

    I guess we'll have to wait for Brady's arm to literally fall out of the socket before knocking him down the rankings despite his AARP card. He is a great quarterback, probably the greatest of all time, but at this point, there's no doubt that his consistency at 41 years old has a lot to do with the Patriots' system, which should be good to go for yet another season.

  • 45 Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots.

    Hogan might get the biggest boost in playing time and usage with Brandin Cooks moving on to L.A. Hogan and Edelman will likely look more like co-No. 1 receivers, with Hogan showing more touchdown upside.


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