Alright Y'all! It's ranking time suckers! So I took the day off today and of course I'm insane and love doing all the numbers. So the following rankings are based off of ESPN 2018 positional rankings. I went off of how everyone's players are ranked and then did my grades based off of it. NOTE: The starting lineup got weighted .75 and then depth weighted .25. I've overestimated the need for depth in the past and underestimated studs. This way I corrected for that. I say "starting 3 RB" because often that flex position is used for RB. Also Kicker and D/ST are thrown together and will have less for me to talk about. I'll only highlight a little there and also the lowest I would rate there is 7.0 since that position will rarely lose you games. Just 2 positions to steal points here and there. Without any further ado here are my rankings!
1st: @ianamunrud: Guys...I may hate putting myself here more than you hate seeing it. Honestly I wasn't going to. But I can't fight the numbers:
OVERALL RATING: 8.9
QBs 8.5: With comeback Luck and Matt Stafford highlighting, this team has strong QBs along with decent depth of Trubisky, Carr, and possibly Rosen.
RBs 8.5: This team has 2 RB2s with a high ceiling and a low floor in Mixon and Ajayi. Very boom or bust, so they're hoping for a big boom. And then behind them are 4 RB3s in rookie Jones Eleven, lynch, miller, and hyde. A ton of depth here with high ceilings and lowish floors. Just needs 2-3 of the 6 to hit in order to stay up top.
WRs 9.5: Stud AJ Green is the lone WR1 here, but he's backed up by 4 WR2s in Robinson, Demaryius, Josh Gordon (if he's back in time) and Amari Cooper. A lot of potential threats here and again, tons of depth. A great top 5 and then Dez as a FA still and Watkins on a new team will perhaps see the rookie flashes of eliteness.
TEs 8.5: Kelce is dominant, but has had some injuries in the past. If he goes down to injury, OJ Howard HAS to step up big in his sophomore year. He was supposed to be a rare rookie stand out TE and wasn't. But then again, TEs tend to need a year to get adjusted to the NFL. If Kelce is healthy all year, watch out.
D/ST + K 9.5: Greg the Leg was averaging double digits and a texans D/ST with their starters back (along with Panthers D/ST to back up) could be huge here.
2nd: @IanC: As you'll see this team is ridiculous. Their starting line up is out of control. If they have either of their QBs play like we know they can in the past, thennnn this team is gonna win it all. I know we've all been talking a lot about overseas factor, but this owner is motivated enough to where i think it will only ever have a minor effect on his lineup with having to not risk it with injured players.
OVERALL RATING: 8.7
QBs 5.0: Ryan and Dak both regressed last year. Will dak be able to bounce back from a sophomore slump without witten and dez (gained gallup though)? Will Matt Ryan be able to return to MVP glory or was that just the brilliance of Kyle Shanahan? This is a big issue. But with that said, the rest of his team is good enough to where it really doesn't matter much.
RBs 9.5: Holy cow guys. Arguably the best RB in bell, Freeman, and McCoy (depending on legal issues) make up the best starting three RBs in our league. Now...if they go down with injury...his depth is not great. He needs Kerryon Johnson to step up big, Perine to shine with the absence of guice, or Carson to fend off Penny.
WRs 10.0: This is the only 10 I gave out. 3 WR1s earns that rating. Julio, Michael Thomas, and T.Y. are scaryyyyy. I don't want to see any of those guys in my opposition's line-up. If one or two go down then he has Cooks and Cobb to step in and help out, but if he loses more to injuries, thennn he is banking on rookies and out of prime vets to help him through. With that said, it would take his starting three all getting injured for a long time for this team to struggle at this position.
TEs 9.5: Ertz and Reed. He has two elite options here. If both go down at the same time, then he's hoping his young TE can kick (Jake) Butt. Having 2 elite options earns this team a high rating although Jordan Reed's concussion history would scare any fantasy owner.
D/ST + K 9.5: 2 top ten D/ST in ravens and chargers allow him to flex his way through matchups. Should be able to steal a lot of points at that position.
3rd: @jonathan has a star studded team. This team will win or lose based on how his stars play. He has a few players with ridiculously high ceilings which increases the value of his team.
OVERALL RATING: 8.3
QBs 7.5: Cam has to step up here. We know he can, he's had multiple top ten seasons, but he HAS to step up for this team. If he doesn't, barring a miracle elite Mayfield rookie season (many rumors about browns redshirting him) he needs Alex Smith to repeat the magic of last year, but with a new team. A lot of ifs here land this team a modest 7.5 rating at this position.
RBs 8.0: Last year's darling Kareem Hunt is a huge factor on whether this team wins or loses. That guy is electric, but can also be shut down. Boom or bust for him, and well behind him is very consistent low ceiling Howard and "future in his hands" Collins. He's got a solid starting three RBs, however if they go down with injuries...he's banking on big upswings for Montgomery and Booker, and Foreman to steal the job from Lamar Miller.
WRs 8.5: 2 of the best 3 WRs...OBJ and Brown, jeez man. Give us a chance. Those are two of the guys that can win games for teams and well, he has both of them in at the same time. Behind them is Landry banking on the browns being able to turn around offensive woes, Kupp being able to follow up a strong rookie showing in an elite offense, and marquise lee being able to make use of all his targets in Jax. This team is solid at this position for sure.
TEs 8.0: I think Doyle will play well that's why he's here. Well, that and depth in having ASJ to help if doyle can't get it done. He doesn't have ridiculous upside here, but is set to perform well enough.
D/ST + K 9.5: Rams and Bryant are both able to steal points here. Watchout for all those rams FA acquisitions. ooph
4th: @awmelman The returning champ is returning with a solid team. He's a bit too reliant upon Booms in his WR position otherwise he would be higher on this list. If his depth outplays expectations then this team will be a threat to win it all again.
OVERALL RANKING: 8.1
QBs 9.5: Yeah. Ummm. Aaron Rodgers? "Does not suck." Oh and if he goes down, a purple Cousins is ready to come in and help out. 2 top ten options here and he can play matchups well and get over 20 points many weeks. This guy is set here. If both those two guys go down with injury though, he's reliant upon keenum showing the brilliance of last year in a new city.
RBs 8.0: One of the best starting three combos in the league with Dalvin Cook, Gordon, and McKinnon (with Shanny calling his plays) followed with some terrible depth...Mark ingram is expected to have a big drop this season with Kamara being so electric last year. Then he has powell as a handcuff back, and umm Ballage? Andrew is banking on his RB starters not getting injured.
WRs 6.5: Boom or Bust Hill with a young gun mahomes has to carry this team at this position. Behind him is JuJu and Fuller having to have big years to make this starting lineup scary. A bunch of boom or bust players are his starters. He's got similar options as his depth here, so i guess he can just pick his booms from the busts all the way to first place again.
TEs 9.5: Again, similar to Ian C, he's got 2 elite options in Walker and Graham. Watch out.
D/ST + K: 7.0: No projected top 10 kicker or D/ST earns him lowest possible grade in this position.
5th: @Alex: Here we go, the patriots are here at 5th. Okay well that's not entirely fair, he has branched out a bit, and has depth from other teams to help here, but again he's still banking on the patriots being as elite as always, which is not a bad bet at all...
OVERALL RANKING: 7.9
QBs 8.5: Tom Brady, if he doesn't ever age, will be elite as usual here. If his age finally catches up to him and he struggle then he has darling JIMMY GOATROPPOLO to help him. I think the rams defense improving is only going to make them go heavier on the run limiting Goff's ceiling and Mariota I am still not sold on. However, 1 elite option, 1 upswinging darling, and 2 qbs that won't lose him games have this team in a solid spot at this position.
RBs 6.5: DJ is back baby. And boy does this team need that. Christian McCaff is solid too, but other than those 2 starters next up is Christ Thompson relying on passing game to be a big feature for him to make a big step up to repeat last year's numbers. After that he's relying on Chubb to earn a big enough role in that committee with duke johnson and carlos hyde. I'm not banking on that this season. And then he has Carson back up Kenneth Dixon and ekeler to help out. I just see very little depth here. He's got 2 great starters and then not much other than that.
WRs 6.0: This team has 4 good WRs (Thielen, Golden, Hogan, Crabtree) with no great WR. Other than those 4 he has Sanu who could possibly help a little and then...well...no one. Absolutely no one of immediate impact in 2018. He needs to get lucky to get the depth he needs or avoid needing it by avoiding injuries in order for this position to not be a hamper to his season.
TEs 9.5: GRONK. oh and if Gronk gets hurt as he's been known to do...he's got Rudolph coming in hot. This team has 2 elite options in a position where you can steal points from other teams. No worries here.
D/ST + K 9.0: Pats D/ST should be solid and so should his kicker Gost. He's got chances to steal points here. Only negative thing i can say is if one struggles it's probable that the other is struggling too.
6th: @mikeastock not much to separate 6th and 7th here so the playoff race should be solid, but mike get's himself the last spot here. Another team similar to jon's that relies on studs to take him to victory but with less depth and well, not as good studs.
OVERALL RANKING: 7.5
QBs 9.0: Wilson and Watson are two elite options here. Should be able to play matchups and get solid points throughout the season. If they both go down he's banking on a huge rookie year from Josh Allen (cue Alex hating on him). Should be solid here.
RBs 6.5: Guys...some moron traded him gurley. Gurley is elitttte can win games for him...and boy does he need it because he doesn't have anyother RB1s...or any RB2s to compliment him. If Gurley gets injured this team is screwed. Burkhead, Lewis, and Cohen will need to have huge years/huge luck to help this team at this position. It's basically Gurley or nothing for this team here. Needs RB help BAD.
WRs 7.0: Has two elite options here in Evans and Adams. Should both be able to win games for him...and well, again, he needs his. Behind those two are goodwin (could be great with jimmy), old man raider nelson, and rishard matthews. A bunch of complimentary guys, none of them are the go to guys in those offenses i think. Mike would have to be lucky with roster picks if evans and/or adams get injured.
TEs 7.0: Clay could maybe do something, and well ebron could be good. But neither are elite options and well, this team could potentially struggle in this position without a go to guy.
D/ST + K 8.0: Broncos D/ST and Broncos kicker...negative: look at Alex's write up: Positives...well they're solid but not elite.
7th: @chasenrogers just missing out on playoffs here, but he's just .1 overall ranking behind stock. So he's right in it.
OVERALL RANKING: 7.4
QBs 8.0: Wentz if he returns to form will be elite. Mahomes is expected to have a big year too. They were high on him, traded up for him, sat on him for a year and boom. Big expectations here. And if Wentz goes down maybe Foles steps up big again. Oh and Bortles is a boom or bust guy this year. This team should be solid here, has a lot of hope at this position.
RBs 5.5: Ooph. Fournette is solid, even if this owner hates his personality. Then he's banking on rookie Royce Freeman to steal that starting spot in Denver and fly with it. Otherwise, he's got 3-4 back ups that he's hoping can get a big enough of a role to help out if he needs it. This team has good enough WRs to only need 2 RBs each week. So he could be fine here, just needs fournette to be healthy and royce to live up to the early hype.
WRs 8.0: Fitz, Baldwin, and Marvin Jones makes a starting 3 WR2s. He just need a big week here and there from them to make it all work out. Then behind them are funchess, sanders, and edelman (after his suspension) waiting to make contributions for this team in a position loaded with depth here. Should be solid.
TEs 7.5: Njoku looks GOOD in hardknocks. DAYUMMM. A lot of hype surrounding this guy and well then there is brate and cook too as solid options. This team should be good, just hoping for one of his three guys to separate themselves as a TE1 option.
D/ST + K 8.0: Saints D/ST looked good last year. Will that be the case again? Chasen is hoping for it and well if it doesn't work out the cardinals shouldn't be too bad. Should be able to get enough points each week to get this team by.
8th: @gbhart coming in with some huge holes in his roster, but also some sweet spots. QB, WR is week, but RBs and TEs look pretty solid for this team.
OVERALL RANKING: 7.0
QBs 4.0: This team is just hoping that the Tyrod Taylor is gonna be as good as the editing on hardknocks is making him look. But Right now Taylor is projected outside the top 20 QBs this season, as is dalton, as is possible week 1 starter rookie Darnold. He could surprise people, but well, if this team kills it at this position, it'll be a surprise
RBs 9.0: Kamara is legit y'all, able to win a lot of games, and well Henry by himself should be solid too. Penny may be out during preseason, but he's expected to be THE GUY in seattle and is expected back in time for week 1. Behind those three solid starters are crowell with a new team as the jets' starter, duke johnson who should have the passing down role in cleveland and then blount who can always find his way in the endzone. This team should be pretty good at this position.
WRs 4.5: Hopkins is legit! And well other than him and possibly garcon having a solid year with jimmy if he can stay healthy, this team has no depth. Agholor isn't too exciting neither are ross, or godwin. This team could very well have a rough year at this position. Just needs a solid week from hopkins every single week.
TEs 8.0: Olsen is legit, this team just needs him healthy to have no problem at this position. With very few elite options out there Olsen can put up huge numbers.
D/ST + K: 9.5: Vikings and Tucker are ELITE in their positions. Garrett should be able to steal a lot of points here.
9th: Hey @PaulDawg I didn't put you last! I know you thrive from the hate so well here it is. Other than elite D/ST options, Saquon, Roethlisberger, Diggs, Jeffery, and Engram...this team has no one. And I don't think those guys are gonna be good and consistent enough to make up the difference. This team will only win by being the wild card, which is lucky because their owner thrives on that. Just watch Paul Wildcard himself to victory here and make me look silly.
OVERALL RANKING: 6.6
QBs 5.5: Roethlisberger could be good here but also he could be hurt. This team needs big ben to show up and to show up big. Other than that, I'm low on winston this season, he needs to come back from a rough year last season. This team could possibly struggle here.
RBs 5.0: Saquon or nothing. He's gotta live up to the hype big time because to back him this team has coleman, mack, and white. Not a thrilling group of RBs and well, one of those guys is gonna have to start each week because saquon can't take both starting spots.
WRs 6.0: Diggs and Jeffery are good, no denying that. But they both have to have epic years because they have boom or bust stills, golladay, or hurns to back them up. Not much to be stoked on here back up wise. This team is banking on their 2 studs.
TEs 7.0: ENGRAM is a beast. It's true y'all. No denying it. This team is hoping he stays healthy and kills it again this year because they're banking on young bloods to come to his support if engram gets injured.
D/ST + K: 9.5: The projected number 1 and number 2 D/ST gives this team an incredibly good chance at stealing loads of points here. Should be a bright point all year.
10th: @ventura is coming up with the number one overall draft pick for 2019 in these rankings...Brees/Rivers, Zeke, Kenyan Drake, Keenan Allen are bright spots here. He needs them to shine super duper bright in order to overcome the holes in his roster.
OVERALL RANKING: 6.1
QBs 6.5: I don't think Brees or Rivers finishes in the top ten. I think they finish just outside of it. This team is gonna have to pick the correct QB each week to find success in this spot.
RBs 7.5: Zeke is SOLID. Should have another dominant season, but unless drake makes use of that starting gig in miami, this team is gonna be needing a solid rookie season from Patriot Michel. Other than those three his chances at finding success at this position is looking bleak. Jamaal williams might be able to get it done in GB, but i'm not banking on it and then riddick and stewart should be not great this season. This team is banking on his three starters to stay healthy.
WRs 4.5: Keenan Allen neeeeeeeds to be healthy for this team. And well, I don't think that will happen. He scares me. Robert Woods could be solid again, but well now he has cooks to steal targets from. Devante Parker has the chance to be great but well, when do we give up? He just has not achieved his potential thus far. Other than those three guys, he has no one to back up.
TEs 5.0: No guy in the top 20 here. He needs to get lucky or hit the waivers to address this issue going forward.
D/ST + K 7.0: well, he has a lot of kickers...but no top 5 guys and thats kind of my cut off for stealing points guys. Steelers and Seahawks D/STs don't look like top 10 d/sts this year, so here he is at the lowest possible 7.0