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=7, PAYD=2223, PATD=22, RUCA=28, RUYD=120, RUTD=2, INT=5, FUM=0, FPPG=33.6, TFP=235
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=7, PAYD=2335, PATD=15, RUCA=16, RUYD=67, RUTD=2, INT=2, FUM=1, FPPG=28, TFP=196
3
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 3 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, PAYD=1948, PATD=20, RUCA=14, RUYD=65, RUTD=0, INT=8, FUM=1, FPPG=26.6, TFP=186
4
Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 4 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Philip Rivers #17
LAC Chargers, 14 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=7, PAYD=2008, PATD=17, RUCA=11, RUYD=-1, RUTD=0, INT=3, FUM=0, FPPG=25.2, TFP=176
5
Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 5 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Kirk Cousins #8
MIN Vikings, 6 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, PAYD=2162, PATD=14, RUCA=23, RUYD=75, RUTD=1, INT=3, FUM=5, FPPG=24, TFP=168
6
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is ranked 6 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Tom Brady #12
NE Patriots, 18 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, PAYD=1876, PATD=16, RUCA=12, RUYD=21, RUTD=2, INT=7, FUM=2, FPPG=23.9, TFP=167
7
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 7 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 17 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=6, PAYD=1870, PATD=13, RUCA=14, RUYD=9, RUTD=2, INT=0, FUM=0, FPPG=27.6, TFP=166
8
Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 8 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Jared Goff #12
LAR Rams, 2 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, PAYD=2130, PATD=14, RUCA=20, RUYD=55, RUTD=0, INT=5, FUM=0, FPPG=23.5, TFP=165
9
Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears is ranked 9 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Mitchell Trubisky #13
CHI Bears, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=6, PAYD=1594, PATD=13, RUCA=31, RUYD=245, RUTD=2, INT=6, FUM=2, FPPG=27, TFP=162
10
Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 10 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Cam Newton #1
CAR Panthers, 7 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=6, PAYD=1427, PATD=11, RUCA=52, RUYD=257, RUTD=3, INT=4, FUM=0, FPPG=26.5, TFP=159

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=7, RUCA=144, RUYD=686, RUTD=11, RETR=35, RECP=25, REYD=270, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=25.4, TFP=178
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=7, RUCA=98, RUYD=481, RUTD=5, RETR=61, RECP=49, REYD=424, RETD=2, FUM=0, FPPG=18.9, TFP=132
13
Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 13 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Kareem Hunt #34
KC Chiefs, 1 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, RUCA=118, RUYD=542, RUTD=5, RETR=21, RECP=15, REYD=226, RETD=4, FUM=0, FPPG=18.7, TFP=131
14
Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 14 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Melvin Gordon #28
LAC Chargers, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=6, RUCA=91, RUYD=466, RUTD=6, RETR=42, RECP=30, REYD=279, RETD=3, FUM=0, FPPG=21.4, TFP=128
15
Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 15 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Alvin Kamara #34
NO Saints, 1 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=6, RUCA=79, RUYD=363, RUTD=6, RETR=53, RECP=40, REYD=362, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=19.1, TFP=114
16
James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 16 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
James Conner #34
PIT Steelers, 1 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=6, RUCA=103, RUYD=453, RUTD=7, RETR=35, RECP=26, REYD=257, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=18.5, TFP=111
17
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 17 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=7, RUCA=132, RUYD=619, RUTD=3, RETR=36, RECP=25, REYD=175, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=14.5, TFP=101
18
James White of the New England Patriots is ranked 18 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
James White #28
NE Patriots, 4 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, RUCA=40, RUYD=189, RUTD=1, RETR=61, RECP=45, REYD=380, RETD=6, FUM=0, FPPG=14.1, TFP=99
19
T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 19 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
T.J. Yeldon #24
JAC Jaguars, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RUCA=79, RUYD=327, RUTD=1, RETR=45, RECP=30, REYD=263, RETD=4, FUM=1, FPPG=12.4, TFP=87
20
Isaiah Crowell of the New York Jets is ranked 20 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Isaiah Crowell #34
NYJ Jets, 4 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, RUCA=81, RUYD=459, RUTD=5, RETR=13, RECP=9, REYD=69, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.8, TFP=83

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 21 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Adam Thielen #19
MIN Vikings, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, RETR=91, RECP=67, REYD=822, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=16, TFP=112
22
Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 22 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Tyreek Hill #80
KC Chiefs, 2 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, RETR=61, RECP=41, REYD=635, RETD=7, RUYD=45, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=15.7, TFP=110
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=7, RETR=71, RECP=47, REYD=707, RETD=4, RUYD=-7, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=13.1, TFP=92
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=6, RETR=71, RECP=47, REYD=557, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=15.3, TFP=92
25
Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos is ranked 25 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Emmanuel Sanders #10
DEN Broncos, 8 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, RETR=61, RECP=46, REYD=603, RETD=3, RUYD=53, RUTD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=12.8, TFP=90
26
A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 26 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RETR=69, RECP=40, REYD=611, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.7, TFP=89
27
Robert Woods of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 27 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Robert Woods #10
LAR Rams, 4 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, RETR=58, RECP=41, REYD=602, RETD=3, RUYD=90, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.5, TFP=87
28
Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 28 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 8 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=6, RETR=72, RECP=40, REYD=478, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14, TFP=84
29
Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 29 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 7 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=7, RETR=81, RECP=53, REYD=812, RETD=0, RUYD=11, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.5, TFP=80
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John Brown of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 30 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
John Brown #12
BAL Ravens, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, RETR=54, RECP=28, REYD=558, RETD=4, RUYD=4, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.5, TFP=80

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 31 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RETR=78, RECP=57, REYD=618, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.5, TFP=74
32
Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 32 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 5 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, RETR=60, RECP=38, REYD=563, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.6, TFP=74
33
Eric Ebron of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 33 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Eric Ebron #85
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RETR=59, RECP=33, REYD=357, RETD=6, RUYD=-1, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.2, TFP=72
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George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 34 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
George Kittle #85
SF 49ers, 1 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, RETR=49, RECP=32, REYD=527, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.2, TFP=65
35
Trey Burton of the Chicago Bears is ranked 35 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Trey Burton #47
CHI Bears, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=6, RETR=34, RECP=24, REYD=325, RETD=4, RUYD=2, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.5, TFP=57
36
Jared Cook of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 36 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Jared Cook #89
OAK Raiders, 8 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=6, RETR=43, RECP=32, REYD=400, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.7, TFP=52
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O.J. Howard of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 37 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
O.J. Howard #85
TB Buccaneers, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=5, RETR=27, RECP=20, REYD=351, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.4, TFP=47
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Austin Hooper of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 38 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Austin Hooper #80
ATL Falcons, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=7, RETR=41, RECP=33, REYD=321, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.3, TFP=44
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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 39 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 8 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=6, RETR=35, RECP=26, REYD=405, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=7.4, TFP=44
40
David Njoku of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 40 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
David Njoku #85
CLE Browns, 1 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, RETR=52, RECP=31, REYD=297, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6, TFP=42

Top 10 Kickers

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Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 41 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Harrison Butker #8
KC Chiefs, 1 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=7, MAFG=12, MIFG=1, MAXP=32, MIXP=0, FPPG=9.3, TFP=65
42
Jason Myers of the New York Jets is ranked 42 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Jason Myers #2
NYJ Jets, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, MAFG=17, MIFG=1, MAXP=17, MIXP=1, FPPG=9.1, TFP=64
43
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 43 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 12 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, MAFG=13, MIFG=1, MAXP=25, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.7, TFP=61
44
Ka'imi Fairbairn of the Houston Texans is ranked 44 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Ka'imi Fairbairn #7
HOU Texans, 2 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, MAFG=17, MIFG=3, MAXP=14, MIXP=0, FPPG=8, TFP=56
45
Brett Maher of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 45 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Brett Maher #2
DAL Cowboys, Rookie , Bye 8
GAM=7, MAFG=16, MIFG=2, MAXP=12, MIXP=0, FPPG=7.7, TFP=54
46
Brandon McManus of the Denver Broncos is ranked 46 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Brandon McManus #8
DEN Broncos, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, MAFG=11, MIFG=0, MAXP=18, MIXP=0, FPPG=7.3, TFP=51
47
Aldrick Rosas of the New York Giants is ranked 47 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Aldrick Rosas #8
NYG Giants, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, MAFG=15, MIFG=1, MAXP=8, MIXP=0, FPPG=7.1, TFP=50
48
Will Lutz of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 48 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Will Lutz #3
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=6, MAFG=12, MIFG=1, MAXP=18, MIXP=1, FPPG=8.3, TFP=50
49
Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 49 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Robbie Gould #9
SF 49ers, 13 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=7, MAFG=14, MIFG=1, MAXP=12, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.1, TFP=50
50
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 50 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 6 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, MAFG=13, MIFG=2, MAXP=17, MIXP=1, FPPG=7, TFP=49

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=6, FREC=6, INT=11, SACK=19, DTD=2, PA=134, FPPG=10.8, TFP=65
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Cleveland Browns of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 52 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Cleveland Browns
Bye 11
GAM=7, FREC=9, INT=11, SACK=19, DTD=0, PA=177, FPPG=9, TFP=63
53
Houston Texans of the Houston Texans is ranked 53 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Houston Texans
Bye 10
GAM=7, FREC=7, INT=6, SACK=19, DTD=2, PA=144, FPPG=8.1, TFP=57
54
New York Jets of the New York Jets is ranked 54 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
New York Jets
Bye 11
GAM=7, FREC=5, INT=10, SACK=15, DTD=2, PA=176, FPPG=8.1, TFP=57
55
Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 55 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 10
GAM=7, FREC=5, INT=7, SACK=21, DTD=2, PA=165, FPPG=8.1, TFP=57
56
Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 56 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
Bye 9
GAM=7, FREC=6, INT=6, SACK=20, DTD=2, PA=184, FPPG=8, TFP=56
57
Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 57 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 10
GAM=7, FREC=4, INT=7, SACK=22, DTD=2, PA=164, FPPG=8, TFP=56
58
Pittsburgh Steelers of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 58 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Bye 7
GAM=6, FREC=4, INT=4, SACK=22, DTD=2, PA=154, FPPG=9, TFP=54
59
Los Angeles Rams of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 59 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Los Angeles Rams
Bye 12
GAM=7, FREC=5, INT=7, SACK=19, DTD=1, PA=128, FPPG=7.6, TFP=53
60
Cincinnati Bengals of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 60 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Cincinnati Bengals
Bye 9
GAM=7, FREC=3, INT=6, SACK=15, DTD=3, PA=203, FPPG=7.3, TFP=51




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