First things first, I'm going to be doing my a la power ranking style. I will rank each team and provide a range of possible landings. I will include what I think their strengths, weaknesses are, as well as what needs to happen for them to achieve the highest and also lowest points in my range for them. All player ranking according to the current ESPN top 300 ranking. Yes, I am aware that it isn't ever 100% correct, but it is an average of many "experts" opinions at this point, so as close as we can get.
1st. Ian Amunrud...okay okay okay...yes, I put myself first, but can you really blame me? I mean...look at my team and tell me if you can blame me? I don't have a championship, and I'm not saying I will. This is merely a ranking for how I think the regular season will play out and well, I think I'll be first. I might end up being that one team that always dominates in the regular season and never wins a championship, so come on, let me have this one.
STRENGTHS: Well, I think I have one of the two best running back corps (gurley, miller, martin). I also think I have one of the three best receiving corps (robinson, green, bryant, thomas, watkins).
WEAKNESSES: TEs, fosho. I mean I have kelce, but if anything happens to him I have a currently injured ebron, and jordan cameron who has yet to do anything worthwhile in the last 2 years.
Will achieve ceiling if: Kelce excels and doesn't get injured.
Will achieve floor if: Injuries happen either to my individual players or to the QBs throwing to my individual players. I have good depth which explains why my floor is where it is.
2nd. @IanC Ian Charbonnet has himself a scary good team. The defending (not world) champion has a team that makes himself a candidate to repeat. I don't like that. I mean competition is great and everything, but I want to win. But hey, if he wins at least I'll get an addition to my jersey collection (yeah?).
STRENGTHS: Ian has one of the best two running back corps and one of the best three receiving corps. Deja vu? Bell may be out for 3 weeks, but that doesn't matter, the man is amazingly talented and will still finish a top 10 back despite missing 3 weeks and is even in my top 5. And during the 3 weeks he is absent, Ian has LeSean McCoy and Devanta Freeman as his 1-2 punch. WATCHOUT. He has 4 of the top 20 wrs in Julio, Brandon Marshall, Brandin Cooks, and T.Y. Hilton. This roster isn't messing around.
WEAKNESSES: Currently he has qb 20, qb 21, and qb23. Unless either of them explode up the rankings during the season, he's got an important position without any clear starter each week. Then his other major weakness is D/ST. He's got current D/ST 13 as his best (go bills?).
Will obtain ceiling if: One of his three QBs flies up the rankings or if he picks the correct one each weak.
Will obtain floor if: Negative D/ST scores and subpar QBs could bring him down or an injury to his TE Reed. Has good depth in RB and WR which leaves his floor at 3.
3rd. @jonathan Cook is also a past champion and has the team to go for number 2. Boasting the best 2 players and arguably the best QB, he has star player galore just waiting to explode for 20-30 points each. This team will never be an easy victory unless things go inconceivably wrong. He's only barely behind charbs and that's because I value WR/RB depth over QB depth and D/ST. But think of him as 2b to Ian being 2a.
STRENGTHS: Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. are the two best players currently. That's an unbeatable great 1-2 receiver combo. He also has 3 top 10 QBs (good luck with matchups Jon, because not 1 of those qbs is a bench player on most teams).
WEAKNESSES: So it's not a big weakness, but i am slightly worried about his RB situation. Because while he has 3 decent running back starters in Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and Jeremy Hill, all three have red flags in my mind. Eddie Lacy got real thin before preseason, which should help correct his ineffectiveness at the beginning of the season last year, but who knows how long that will last, plus he's had injury issues so he's not a lock to be a lethal threat in my eyes. Rawls coming off an injury scares me, especially with all the hype behind Michael coming to a full speed. While Jeremy Hill is great, he has also had inconsistency, fumble problems, and has a very capable backup looming in the background. These are three RB2s in my mind which really isn't bad at all. Wait...how did this turn into a strength?
Will obtain ceiling if: All 3 RBs boom and stay healthy.
Will obtain floor if: 2/3 RBs bust and/or OBJ/Brown get injured. Still, with this elite team, I have his floor only at 3.
4th. @mikeastock coming in hot at 4. If this were a 3RB league or a 2QB league, he would be wayyyy lower. This is quite a drop off from Jon, by the way. He's got a pretty good starting lineup and should be able to get a playoff spot fairly easily. Plus I mean the power of the bronco kicker. Should never underestimate the kicker spot...lawl
STRENGTHS: Russell Wilson and Broncos D/ST are 2 huge strengths, but stock's main strength is his receiving corps. Jordy Nelson is back, Amari Cooper is looking good, Mike Evans should be in for a big year with a 2nd year Winston, Eric Decker is still underrated somehow, and that's just the main 4.
WEAKNESSES: No backup QB. And while I think CJ Anderson is in for a bigger year than last year, he doesn't really have a solid RB2, Frank Gore might do and when Dion Lewis is back hopefully he's as good as last year, otherwise Stock is gonna have a frustrating time every time he looks at his RB2 spot. TEs are kinda iffy too. Green being injured is a bummer there.
Will obtain ceiling if: A RB2 emerges and D/ST is as good as last year. Also if no more injuries happen.
Will obtain floor if: Injuries happen to Russel Wilson, CJ Anderson, or multiple WRs.
5th. Andrew @ventura in playoffs...what am I doing?! This says one thing for sure. The last 3 playoffs spots are really anyone's game. I think that's how close 4-10 are. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. And personally, I'm taking Naming Master at number 5. Let's hope this new focus on making his fantasy team great (again?) is real, otherwise I'm gonna be embarrassed.
STRENGTHS: 2 good options in each player position and arguably the best D/ST in the game. Brees and Rivers, Zeke and J Stewart, Allen and Maclin, Gates and Bennett.
WEAKNESSES: Depth in WR and RB. I mean...he does a little, with woodhead and a hyped up christine michael. And Wheathon, Carroo, White and Boldin may be good. But It just feels like Artist Formerly known as the kicker store doesn't have a solid back up option if starters in RB and WR get injured.
Will obtain ceiling if: White booms for chicago and Boldin finds success in DET and if Stewart and Zeke Boom!
Will obtain floor if: Kind of feel like He'll obtain floor if everyone else around him hit their ceilings.
6th. @chasenrogers: I may be picking with my heart here...but i mean, who can blame me? He's so dreamy and his team has some bright spots. And I mean...it's not like the other teams around him are that attractive. Sure he has no superstar, but that isn't necessary to make the playoffs. It might be necessary to get a bye, but definitely not the last spot in playoffs.
STRENGTHS: His receiving corps of Baldwin, Sanders, Edelman, Fitz are a real good starting 4 (assuming flex) and the depth of Marvin Jones, Moncrief, Austin, Desean, and Boyd are all pretty impressive. Also I'm gonna thrown Julius Thomas in here, think he'll do well if he's healthy. Oh and Cards D/ST is money.
WEAKNESSES: Okay...QB corps of Flacco, Bradford, (starting) Wentz, Kaep, isn't impressive. Unless Wentz is amazing from the get go...or Flacco booms, this QB situation is realllllly bad. And his RB situation isn't great. I like Murray more than most fantasy experts. And Yeldon/Ivory and Bernard/Hill isn't as bad as everyone thinks, but still that trio isn't strong.
Will obtain ceiling if: Either Wentz or Flacco is a super star, hill or ivory get injured, and julius thomas has a great year. Oh and...if that doesn't all happen. He can still get ceiling if everyone else has issues and drops below potential.
Will obtain floor if: Other teams that are weaker than his boom, and if he gets injuries in all the wrong places. Oh and if his qbs are as we expect them he should still be able to get by, so it's gonna be worse than that to drop him to ten.
7th. @gbhart coming in just outside the playoffs. Honestly...he probably should be placed above chasen, but, but, but...a lot of his hopes reside in Cleveland Offense being a powerhouse. He has 2 browns rbs, 2 browns receivers, and the browns te. I'm almost expecting him to pickup RG3 on waivers and take the browns d/st. So that drops him down a spot.
STRENGTHS: Hopkins is a superstar capable of winning games. Only an idiot would trade him away from his team... Garrett also has decent quarterbacks too.
WEAKNESSES: He has 3 starting running backs, and handcuffs for two of them. So he's good for depth for injuries, but kinda screwed for bye weeks. So this could be an issue. But his main weakness is receiver depth. Behind hopkins he has michael floyd and torrey smith who are just okay, and then he has a bunch of mehs.
Will obtain ceiling if: mehs become woos! And if everyone else's teams flop big time.
Will obtain floor if: Hopkins gets injured garrett could get last. He would just need the three guys below him to hit on a couple risks.
8th. @alex Johnson coming in at number 8. This guy has made back to back championships. That's pretty good, but I think his time has come to an end. And honestly...he probably won't finish this low, but I really could see him this low. He's certainly gonna drop from last year. I might be blowing up the drop a bit by having him 8th.
STRENGTHS: QB and TE. Brady being out for 4 games hurts a bit, but he has Jimmy G and Mariota who probably won't lose him anygames, but after the suspension man oh man is brady gonna be good....barf. And Gronk puts up way more points than other TE's so he is a true difference maker. David Johnson is also in for a big year again.
WEAKNESSES: Oh boy...welllll the receiving corps is atrocious. Behind Golden Tate and Michael Crabtree there is no one good. And those two aren't WR1s, maybe not even WR2s this year in fantasy. Outside of DJ, there is deangelo williams who will be awesome for 3 weeks, then leveon is back...and Jamaal Charles is nearing 30, coming off a big injury, and has two others just waiting for a chance to steal the job from him. And then forsett...who i have little confidence in.
Will obtain ceiling if: Jamaal Charles comeback party happens in KC and/or a Forsett comeback party in Baltimore.
Will obtain floor if: David Johnson gets hurt (Chris Johnson will help some if it happens but not as awesome) and the other RBs flop like I think they can. Especially is Golden Tate and/or Crabtree get injured.
9th. @awmelman Andrew Melton is used to being picked in the bottom two...it's been happening a ton since the league started...but i mean...it is a bit warranted. The lovable man does not have a lovable team. He's got 3 stars and a whole lot of what ifs and scrubs after that.
STRENGTHS: Aaron Rodgers is a beast, Mark Ingram is also a beast, oh and delanie walker is a beast too. Actually, his RB corps isn't terrible. Behind Ingram is Langford (who lots of experts are picking to lose his job, but shhhh this is the strengths section), Ivory should be getting red zone carries which might give him good value again, and then melvin gordon has a huge potential, but was disappointing last year (shhhh).
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness is WR. Oh boy is this weak...starting lineup of Kamar Aiken (or Mike Wallace?), Tylee Lockett, and then...who? His third spot is either phillip dorsett or rookie Will Fuller, or rookie Josh Doctson.
Will obtain ceiling if: the what ifs become wow can't believe those came trues. Gordon, Ivory, Langford, Fuller, and Doctson need to boom.
Will obtain floor if: Those young guys don't step up. It's pretty straight forward.
10th. @PaulDawg Miyake, Team Wildcard is here in last. This is a bit of wishful thinkings since I have his first round pick next year. But putting biases aside, he's got a lot of holes on his lineup and a couple redflags
STRENGTHS: Adrian Peterson is dope. His QBs are super solid though, for sure. Stafford, Winston, and Roethlisberger are a great trio. No worries here.
WEAKNESSES: Receiving Corps and TE. His receviers are boom or bust which has worked in the past. But it has to work a lot of weeks in a row in order to go high in this league. Jeffery is good, but his value has been dropping, hurns had a solid year last year, but i think he drops slightly too. Benjamin is a big play guy on san diego. All these guys are okay, but not amazing. And then the depth is last year's darlings Stefon Diggs and Willie Snead. Also RB depth is bad. HE had AP and AF, but will they stay healthy and productive all year long? Next guy up would be a 2nd string guy.
Will obtain ceiling if: He plays the waivers as well as last year and all his risks pay off.
Will obtain floor if: Arian Foster and/or Adrian Peterson get injured.