2018 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

NFL Player Rankings

Developing accurate fantasy football player rankings is a key component of creating reliable fantasy football cheat sheets, and as we know your cheat sheet could make or break your fantasy football draft. In modern fantasy football leagues, almost any football position can be added to your fantasy league scoring configuration (even defensive players).

Regardless of your league’s configuration, you’ll need to be sure to have accurate NFL player rankings for each position that is required to complete your fantasy roster. Otherwise, how would you know how to make picks for your fantasy football draft boards as the season approachs? Here are some factors we consider when developing our fantasy football player rankings:

  • Statistics- Obviously the stats from the previous season are most critical but as the season progresses current statistics become more relevant.
  • Fantasy Point Output- Understand how each player’s statistics translate to point output based on your fantasy league configuration. Just as statistic/point-values vary from league to league, a player's ranking will likewise rise or fall based on league settings.
  • Games Played- The number of games a player actually played in during the previous season is an oft-forgotten statistic. Would you rather draft a player that put up 80 fantasy points in 16 games, or a player who put up 60 fantasy points in 8 games? This is why FPPG output is a key statistic to follow (and also why it is integrated into all of our sheets by default).
  • Team- The team a player plays for should definitely factor into their ranking, especially if the player has changed teams. Those teams with high-powered offenses will have players who put up more fantasy points, so remember to factor in the team when you configure your rankings.
  • Experience- The factor that experience plays in your NFL player rankings is heavily dependent on the position being analyzed; a productive kicker will have a much longer career than a productive running back. Compare each player’s stats to their experience to ensure they are not on the downside of their career.
  • Position on Depth Chart- As training camp battles progress, a clearer picture of each team’s depth chart should arise. Know which players have cemented a starting job and which players are still battling to move up the depth chart.
  • Injury Concerns– Football players are constantly battling injuries, but some injuries are worse than others. Those players with injury concerns should slide down your player rankings; how far they slide will depend on the severity (and sometimes the frequency) of their injury.

There are many different factors to consider when configuring your 2018 NFL player rankings. The key to success is examining the relevant factors and properly applying them to the position and player being analyzed. We hope that the rankings provided will help you create reliable and accurate fantasy football cheat sheets in preparation for your 2018 fantasy football draft. Below are our top 5 players at each position named in the standard fantasy football scoring system. To view all rankings for a particular position please click the links above.



Top 10 Quarterbacks

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Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 1 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Patrick Mahomes #13
KC Chiefs, Rookie , Bye 12
GAM=16, PAYD=5097, PATD=50, RUCA=60, RUYD=272, RUTD=2, INT=12, FUM=2, FPPG=32.2, TFP=515
2
Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 2 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Matt Ryan #2
ATL Falcons, 10 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, PAYD=4924, PATD=35, RUCA=33, RUYD=125, RUTD=3, INT=7, FUM=5, FPPG=25.8, TFP=413
3
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 3 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Ben Roethlisberger #7
PIT Steelers, 14 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=5129, PATD=34, RUCA=31, RUYD=98, RUTD=3, INT=16, FUM=2, FPPG=25.1, TFP=401
4
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 4 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4593, PATD=39, RUCA=46, RUYD=148, RUTD=0, INT=15, FUM=1, FPPG=25, TFP=401
5
Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans is ranked 5 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Deshaun Watson #13
HOU Texans, 1 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, PAYD=4165, PATD=26, RUCA=99, RUYD=551, RUTD=5, INT=9, FUM=3, FPPG=24, TFP=384
6
Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 6 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Jared Goff #12
LAR Rams, 2 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, PAYD=4688, PATD=32, RUCA=43, RUYD=108, RUTD=2, INT=12, FUM=5, FPPG=23, TFP=368
7
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 7 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 6 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=3448, PATD=35, RUCA=67, RUYD=376, RUTD=0, INT=7, FUM=2, FPPG=23, TFP=368
8
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 8 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 17 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, PAYD=3992, PATD=32, RUCA=31, RUYD=22, RUTD=4, INT=5, FUM=1, FPPG=24.4, TFP=366
9
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 9 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 13 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=4442, PATD=25, RUCA=43, RUYD=269, RUTD=2, INT=2, FUM=3, FPPG=22.3, TFP=357
10
Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 10 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Philip Rivers #17
LAC Chargers, 14 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, PAYD=4308, PATD=32, RUCA=18, RUYD=7, RUTD=0, INT=12, FUM=1, FPPG=21.2, TFP=339

Top 10 Running Backs

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Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 11 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Todd Gurley #30
LAR Rams, 3 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=14, RUCA=256, RUYD=1251, RUTD=17, RETR=81, RECP=59, REYD=580, RETD=4, FUM=1, FPPG=21.9, TFP=307
12
Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants is ranked 12 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Saquon Barkley #0
NYG Giants, Rookie , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=261, RUYD=1307, RUTD=11, RETR=121, RECP=91, REYD=721, RETD=4, FUM=0, FPPG=18.3, TFP=293
13
Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 13 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Christian McCaffrey #34
CAR Panthers, 1 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, RUCA=219, RUYD=1098, RUTD=7, RETR=124, RECP=107, REYD=867, RETD=6, FUM=1, FPPG=17, TFP=272
14
Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 14 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Alvin Kamara #34
NO Saints, 1 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, RUCA=194, RUYD=883, RUTD=14, RETR=105, RECP=81, REYD=709, RETD=4, FUM=0, FPPG=17.8, TFP=267
15
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 15 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, RUCA=304, RUYD=1434, RUTD=6, RETR=95, RECP=77, REYD=567, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=16.8, TFP=252
16
Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 16 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Melvin Gordon #28
LAC Chargers, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=12, RUCA=175, RUYD=885, RUTD=10, RETR=66, RECP=50, REYD=490, RETD=4, FUM=0, FPPG=18.5, TFP=222
17
James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 17 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
James Conner #34
PIT Steelers, 1 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=13, RUCA=215, RUYD=973, RUTD=12, RETR=71, RECP=55, REYD=497, RETD=1, FUM=2, FPPG=17, TFP=221
18
Kareem Hunt of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 18 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Kareem Hunt #34
CLE Browns, Rookie , Bye 11
GAM=11, RUCA=181, RUYD=824, RUTD=7, RETR=35, RECP=26, REYD=378, RETD=7, FUM=0, FPPG=18.6, TFP=204
19
Joe Mixon of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 19 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Joe Mixon #34
CIN Bengals, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=14, RUCA=237, RUYD=1168, RUTD=8, RETR=55, RECP=43, REYD=296, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=14.3, TFP=200
20
David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 20 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
David Johnson #31
ARI Cardinals, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=258, RUYD=940, RUTD=7, RETR=76, RECP=50, REYD=446, RETD=3, FUM=2, FPPG=12.2, TFP=195

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 21 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Tyreek Hill #80
KC Chiefs, 2 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, RETR=137, RECP=87, REYD=1479, RETD=12, RUYD=151, RUTD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=15.1, TFP=241
22
Antonio Brown of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 22 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
OAK Raiders, 7 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=15, RETR=168, RECP=104, REYD=1297, RETD=15, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.6, TFP=220
23
DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans is ranked 23 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
DeAndre Hopkins #10
HOU Texans, 5 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RETR=163, RECP=115, REYD=1572, RETD=11, RUYD=-7, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=13.7, TFP=218
24
Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 24 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Davante Adams #17
GB Packers, 4 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=15, RETR=169, RECP=111, REYD=1386, RETD=13, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.4, TFP=217
25
Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 25 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 7 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=170, RECP=113, REYD=1677, RETD=8, RUYD=12, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=13.3, TFP=213
26
Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 26 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Mike Evans #13
TB Buccaneers, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=138, RECP=86, REYD=1524, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.4, TFP=198
27
Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 27 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Adam Thielen #19
MIN Vikings, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RETR=155, RECP=113, REYD=1373, RETD=9, RUYD=30, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12, TFP=192
28
Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 28 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Michael Thomas #80
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=147, RECP=125, REYD=1405, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=11.9, TFP=190
29
Juju Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 29 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Juju Smith-Schuster #80
PIT Steelers, 1 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RETR=166, RECP=111, REYD=1426, RETD=7, RUYD=13, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.5, TFP=184
30
Robert Woods of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 30 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Robert Woods #10
LAR Rams, 4 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, RETR=130, RECP=86, REYD=1219, RETD=6, RUYD=157, RUTD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=11.2, TFP=180

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 31 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 5 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, RETR=150, RECP=103, REYD=1336, RETD=10, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12, TFP=192
32
George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 32 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
George Kittle #85
SF 49ers, 1 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=136, RECP=88, REYD=1377, RETD=5, RUYD=10, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.5, TFP=169
33
Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 33 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=156, RECP=116, REYD=1163, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.3, TFP=164
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Eric Ebron of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 34 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Eric Ebron #85
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=110, RECP=66, REYD=750, RETD=13, RUYD=-8, RUTD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=9.8, TFP=156
35
Jared Cook of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 35 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Jared Cook #89
OAK Raiders, 8 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RETR=101, RECP=68, REYD=896, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.8, TFP=126
36
Trey Burton of the Chicago Bears is ranked 36 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Trey Burton #47
CHI Bears, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=77, RECP=54, REYD=569, RETD=6, RUYD=2, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=5.7, TFP=91
37
Austin Hooper of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 37 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Austin Hooper #80
ATL Falcons, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, RETR=87, RECP=71, REYD=660, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6, TFP=90
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David Njoku of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 38 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
David Njoku #85
CLE Browns, 1 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=15, RETR=89, RECP=56, REYD=639, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=5.9, TFP=88
39
Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 39 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Kyle Rudolph #82
MIN Vikings, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RETR=81, RECP=64, REYD=634, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=5.5, TFP=87
40
O.J. Howard of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 40 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
O.J. Howard #85
TB Buccaneers, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=9, RETR=45, RECP=34, REYD=565, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.6, TFP=86

Top 10 Kickers

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Ka'imi Fairbairn of the Houston Texans is ranked 41 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Ka'imi Fairbairn #7
HOU Texans, 2 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=37, MIFG=5, MAXP=39, MIXP=2, FPPG=8.3, TFP=133
42
Will Lutz of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 42 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Will Lutz #3
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, MAFG=28, MIFG=2, MAXP=52, MIXP=1, FPPG=8.1, TFP=129
43
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 43 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 6 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=35, MIFG=4, MAXP=36, MIXP=1, FPPG=8, TFP=128
44
Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 44 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Harrison Butker #8
KC Chiefs, 1 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, MAFG=24, MIFG=3, MAXP=65, MIXP=4, FPPG=7.8, TFP=124
45
Aldrick Rosas of the New York Giants is ranked 45 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Aldrick Rosas #8
NYG Giants, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, MAFG=32, MIFG=1, MAXP=31, MIXP=1, FPPG=8.2, TFP=123
46
Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 46 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Robbie Gould #9
SF 49ers, 13 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=33, MIFG=1, MAXP=27, MIXP=2, FPPG=7.6, TFP=121
47
Jason Myers of the New York Jets is ranked 47 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Jason Myers #2
NYJ Jets, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=33, MIFG=3, MAXP=30, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.3, TFP=117
48
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 48 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 12 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=27, MIFG=5, MAXP=49, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114
49
Greg Zuerlein of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 49 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Greg Zuerlein #4
LAR Rams, 6 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=11, MAFG=27, MIFG=4, MAXP=35, MIXP=1, FPPG=9.4, TFP=103
50
Matt Prater of the Detroit Lions is ranked 50 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Matt Prater #5
DET Lions, 11 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, MAFG=28, MIFG=4, MAXP=30, MIXP=0, FPPG=6.4, TFP=102

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Chicago Bears of the Chicago Bears is ranked 51 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Chicago Bears
Bye 5
GAM=16, FREC=9, INT=27, SACK=50, DTD=6, PA=283, FPPG=10.1, TFP=162
52
Los Angeles Rams of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 52 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Los Angeles Rams
Bye 12
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=18, SACK=41, DTD=4, PA=384, FPPG=8.3, TFP=133
53
Kansas City Chiefs of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 53 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs
Bye 12
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=15, SACK=52, DTD=4, PA=421, FPPG=8.1, TFP=130
54
Houston Texans of the Houston Texans is ranked 54 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Houston Texans
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=14, INT=15, SACK=43, DTD=4, PA=316, FPPG=7.8, TFP=125
55
Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 55 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=17, SACK=44, DTD=2, PA=349, FPPG=7, TFP=112
56
Pittsburgh Steelers of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 56 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=7, INT=8, SACK=52, DTD=3, PA=360, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
57
Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 57 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=8, INT=12, SACK=50, DTD=3, PA=341, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
58
Seattle Seahawks of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 58 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Seattle Seahawks
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=14, INT=12, SACK=43, DTD=2, PA=347, FPPG=6.7, TFP=107
59
Miami Dolphins of the Miami Dolphins is ranked 59 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Miami Dolphins
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=7, INT=21, SACK=31, DTD=3, PA=433, FPPG=6.6, TFP=105
60
Washington Redskins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 60 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Washington Redskins
Bye 4
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=15, SACK=46, DTD=1, PA=359, FPPG=6.5, TFP=104




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