Chet Gresham's Fantasy Rankings - Standard Scoring

Published Jul 19, 2018, 01:00 AM
By Chet Gresham

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Quarterback Running Back Wide Receiver Tight End Kicker Defense

  • 31 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.

  • 32 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.

  • 33 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 should be avoided as an early round pick.

  • 34 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.

  • 35 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.

  • 36 Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings.

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

  • 37 Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings.

    Diggs has a ton of upside, but Adam Thielen has taken over as the No. 1 receiver in Minnesota. I like both and believe Diggs can be the guy if things break his way.

  • 38 Derrius Guice, RB, WAS.

    Guice's only drawback in Washington is possibly a lack of receiving work, but he's too good to just have on the field for just first and second down, so I expect he'll get his chances in the receiving game.

  • 39 Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks.

    Wilson has such great upside, even in games where he isn't at his best, that I find it hard to not rank him second at the moment. I would love to see the Seahawks add some receiving weapons and offensive linemen, but no matter what, Wilson gets the job done on many fronts.

  • 40 Cam Newton, QB, Panthers.

    Carolina's coaching staff says they will let Newton run, which means I'm on board with him as a top fantasy player. He's too inconsistent, but when he hits, he's helping your fake football team.

  • 41 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.

  • 42 Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders.

    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.

  • 43 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.

  • 44 Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA.

    Seattle has a mediocre team now, and it will be hard to project the Seahawks' top players at their personal upside. Penny, however, will be thrown into a three-down role, and as long as he can become a competent receiver, he should have plenty of opportunities to touch the ball.

  • 45 Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars.

    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.


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