Chet Gresham's 2018 Fantasy Rankings

Published 2/20/2018 12:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 16. Keenan Allen, (WR No. 7) WR, Chargers. Bye: 11.

    Allen had a great rookie season and then two seasons marred by injury. Last season, we finally got to see what Allen is capable of outside of that rookie year, and he was great. Even with just six touchdowns, Allen finished as the third-best fantasy wide receiver in PPR leagues. There's no reason to believe things will change in 2018.

  • 17. Dalvin Cook, (RB No. 10) RB, Vikings. Bye: 6.

    Cook showed us enough last season to firmly be a top-10 running back. Jerrick McKinnon will likely be gonem and Latavius Murray can't do what Cook does, so as long as Cook's recovery goes well, get him.

  • 18. Davante Adams, (WR No. 8) WR, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Adams got a big new contract, while Randall Cobb and/or Jordy Nelson could be released to save money, but even if they aren't, Adams is the 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.

  • 19. Mike Evans, (WR No. 9) WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 6.

    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.

  • 20. Mark Ingram, (RB No. 11) RB, Saints. Bye: 5.

    Ingram and Alvin Kamara make an insanely good one-two punch and are set up to see a similar workload as they did in 2017. There will be some inconsistency due to the paired backfield, but it will often be more because if we have Ingram and Kamara goes off, we think that Ingram was a dud even if he had a strong game.

  • 21. Doug Baldwin, (WR No. 10) WR, Seahawks. Bye: 5.

    Baldwin continues to put up good numbers while not seeing the targets his talent level demands. If Jimmy Graham heads to a new team, I do think Baldwin will have more touchdowns than last season.

  • 22. Saquon Barkley, (RB No. 12) RB, FA. Bye: n/a.

    Barkley is the best back in the 2018 NFL Draft, and whichever organization he goes to will use him as its every-down back from Week 1 on. His landing spot will of course help focus his projections for this season, but his ability and usage will push make him a strong fantasy player from Day 1.

  • 23. Jordan Howard, (RB No. 13) RB, Bears. Bye: 9.

    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 higher ceiling.

  • 24. T.Y. Hilton, (WR No. 11) WR, Colts. Bye: 10.

    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.

  • 25. Travis Kelce, (TE No. 1) TE, Chiefs. Bye: 5.

    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.

  • 26. Tyreek Hill, (WR No. 12) WR, Chiefs. Bye: 5.

    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.

  • 27. Brandin Cooks, (WR No. 13) WR, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    Cooks isn't going to be Randy Moss, so he will continue to see ebbs and flows as New England's No. 1 receiver. Julian Edelman will return and likely so will Gronkowski, so you just have to take Cooks' inconsistency because you know he's going to put up good overall numbers in this offense.

  • 28. Adam Thielen, (WR No. 14) WR, Vikings. Bye: 6.

    I would like to know who will be Minnesota's quarterback, but if Case Keenum can facilitate Thielen becoming a top-10 wide receiver, then I don't believe we need to worry too much about the quarterback, as the Vikings do have some options.

  • 29. Devonta Freeman, (RB No. 14) RB, Falcons. Bye: 11.

    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.

  • 30. Carlos Hyde, (RB No. 15) RB, 49ers. Bye: 8.

    Hyde put up good numbers for a bad football team last season even while his usage was all over the map. So much will depend on his landing spot, but he's been good enough to command a starting job and with his ability, I expect he will be a good target in fantasy this year.

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