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. 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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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 1 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 13 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=7, PAYD=1675, PATD=16, RUCA=24, RUYD=126, RUTD=0, INT=6, FUM=1, FPPG=23.1, TFP=162
2
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 2 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 6 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=3983, PATD=34, RUCA=95, RUYD=586, RUTD=3, INT=11, FUM=3, FPPG=25.7, TFP=412
3
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is ranked 3 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Tom Brady #12
NE Patriots, 18 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, PAYD=4577, PATD=32, RUCA=25, RUYD=28, RUTD=0, INT=8, FUM=3, FPPG=22.2, TFP=356
4
Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 4 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Cam Newton #1
CAR Panthers, 7 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, PAYD=3302, PATD=22, RUCA=139, RUYD=754, RUTD=6, INT=16, FUM=1, FPPG=21.3, TFP=341
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=7, PAYD=1699, PATD=19, RUCA=36, RUYD=269, RUTD=2, INT=8, FUM=1, FPPG=29, TFP=203
6
Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 6 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Carson Wentz #12
PHI Eagles, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=13, PAYD=3296, PATD=33, RUCA=64, RUYD=299, RUTD=0, INT=7, FUM=3, FPPG=26.1, TFP=340
7
Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 7 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 9 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, PAYD=4446, PATD=29, RUCA=29, RUYD=98, RUTD=0, INT=10, FUM=7, FPPG=20.5, TFP=328
8
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 8 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 6 years exp , Bye 9
9
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 9 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 17 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, PAYD=4334, PATD=23, RUCA=33, RUYD=12, RUTD=2, INT=8, FUM=0, FPPG=19.3, TFP=309
10
Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 10 in our 2018 Quarterback rankings.
Jameis Winston #3
TB Buccaneers, 3 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=13, PAYD=3504, PATD=19, RUCA=33, RUYD=135, RUTD=1, INT=11, FUM=7, FPPG=18.3, TFP=238

Top 10 Running Backs

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Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 1 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Todd Gurley #30
LAR Rams, 3 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=15, RUCA=279, RUYD=1305, RUTD=13, RETR=87, RECP=64, REYD=788, RETD=6, FUM=2, FPPG=21.3, TFP=319
2
Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 2 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Le'Veon Bell #26
PIT Steelers, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=15, RUCA=321, RUYD=1291, RUTD=9, RETR=106, RECP=85, REYD=655, RETD=2, FUM=2, FPPG=17.1, TFP=257
3
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 3 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=10, RUCA=242, RUYD=983, RUTD=7, RETR=38, RECP=26, REYD=269, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=17.7, TFP=177
4
Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 4 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Kareem Hunt #34
KC Chiefs, 1 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=16, RUCA=272, RUYD=1327, RUTD=8, RETR=63, RECP=53, REYD=455, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=15.1, TFP=242
5
David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 5 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
David Johnson #31
ARI Cardinals, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, RUCA=11, RUYD=23, RUTD=0, RETR=9, RECP=6, REYD=67, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=7, TFP=7
6
Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 6 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Alvin Kamara #34
NO Saints, 1 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RUCA=120, RUYD=728, RUTD=8, RETR=100, RECP=81, REYD=826, RETD=5, FUM=1, FPPG=14.5, TFP=231
7
Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 7 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Leonard Fournette #23
JAC Jaguars, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=13, RUCA=268, RUYD=1040, RUTD=9, RETR=48, RECP=36, REYD=302, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=14.9, TFP=194
8
Sequon Barkley of the New York Giants is ranked 8 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Sequon Barkley #0
NYG Giants, Rookie , Bye 9
9
Melvin Gordon of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 9 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Melvin Gordon #28
LAC Chargers, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RUCA=284, RUYD=1105, RUTD=8, RETR=83, RECP=58, REYD=476, RETD=4, FUM=0, FPPG=14.4, TFP=230
10
Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 10 in our 2018 Running Back rankings.
Dalvin Cook #34
MIN Vikings, 1 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=4, RUCA=74, RUYD=354, RUTD=2, RETR=16, RECP=11, REYD=90, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=13.6, TFP=54

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans is ranked 1 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
DeAndre Hopkins #10
HOU Texans, 5 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=15, RETR=174, RECP=96, REYD=1378, RETD=13, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=14.3, TFP=214
2
Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 2 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 8 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=14, RETR=162, RECP=101, REYD=1533, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.8, TFP=207
3
Odell Beckham of the New York Giants is ranked 3 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Odell Beckham #13
NYG Giants, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=4, RETR=41, RECP=25, REYD=302, RETD=3, RUYD=8, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.2, TFP=49
4
Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 4 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Keenan Allen #13
LAC Chargers, 5 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=159, RECP=102, REYD=1393, RETD=6, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11, TFP=176
5
Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 5 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 7 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=148, RECP=88, REYD=1444, RETD=3, RUYD=15, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.2, TFP=164
6
Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 6 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Michael Thomas #80
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=149, RECP=104, REYD=1245, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.7, TFP=154
7
Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 7 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Mike Evans #13
TB Buccaneers, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=15, RETR=136, RECP=71, REYD=1001, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.7, TFP=130
8
A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 8 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 7 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=143, RECP=75, REYD=1078, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=9.5, TFP=152
9
Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 9 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Davante Adams #17
GB Packers, 4 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=14, RETR=117, RECP=74, REYD=885, RETD=10, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.6, TFP=148
10
Amari Cooper of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 10 in our 2018 Wide Receiver rankings.
Amari Cooper #89
OAK Raiders, 3 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=13, RETR=95, RECP=48, REYD=680, RETD=7, RUYD=4, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.5, TFP=110

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 1 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 8 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=13, RETR=105, RECP=69, REYD=1084, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12, TFP=156
2
Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 2 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 5 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=15, RETR=122, RECP=83, REYD=1038, RETD=8, RUYD=7, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.2, TFP=152
3
Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 3 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=14, RETR=110, RECP=74, REYD=824, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=9.2, TFP=128
4
Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 4 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 11 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=6, RETR=37, RECP=17, REYD=191, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=4.2, TFP=25
5
Jimmy Graham of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 5 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Jimmy Graham #88
GB Packers, 8 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RETR=95, RECP=57, REYD=520, RETD=10, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7, TFP=112
6
Evan Engram of the New York Giants is ranked 6 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Evan Engram #85
NYG Giants, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RETR=115, RECP=64, REYD=722, RETD=6, RUYD=14, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.3, TFP=110
7
Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 7 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Kyle Rudolph #82
MIN Vikings, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RETR=81, RECP=57, REYD=532, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.3, TFP=101
8
Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 8 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 12 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=111, RECP=74, REYD=807, RETD=3, RUYD=-2, RUTD=1, FUM=2, FPPG=6.3, TFP=100
9
Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 9 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Jack Doyle #84
IND Colts, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RETR=108, RECP=80, REYD=690, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=5.9, TFP=89
10
Trey Burton of the Chicago Bears is ranked 10 in our 2018 Tight End rankings.
Trey Burton #47
CHI Bears, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=12, RETR=31, RECP=23, REYD=248, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=4.6, TFP=55

Top 10 Kickers

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Greg Zuerlein of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 1 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Greg Zuerlein #4
LAR Rams, 6 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=14, MAFG=38, MIFG=2, MAXP=44, MIXP=2, FPPG=10.7, TFP=150
2
Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 2 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 12 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=37, MIFG=3, MAXP=45, MIXP=2, FPPG=9.1, TFP=145
3
Robbie Gould of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 3 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Robbie Gould #9
SF 49ers, 13 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=39, MIFG=2, MAXP=28, MIXP=2, FPPG=8.6, TFP=137
4
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 4 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 6 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=3, MAXP=39, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.2, TFP=132
5
Chris Boswell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 5 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Chris Boswell #9
PIT Steelers, 3 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, MAFG=35, MIFG=3, MAXP=37, MIXP=2, FPPG=8.2, TFP=131
6
Jake Elliott of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 6 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Jake Elliott #8
PHI Eagles, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=14, MAFG=26, MIFG=5, MAXP=39, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.1, TFP=99
7
Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 7 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Harrison Butker #8
KC Chiefs, 1 years exp , Bye 12
GAM=13, MAFG=38, MIFG=4, MAXP=28, MIXP=0, FPPG=10, TFP=130
8
Will Lutz of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 8 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Will Lutz #3
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, MAFG=31, MIFG=5, MAXP=47, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.6, TFP=122
9
Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 9 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Matt Bryant #3
ATL Falcons, 16 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=5, MAXP=35, MIXP=0, FPPG=7.6, TFP=122
10
Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 10 in our 2018 Kicker rankings.
Graham Gano #9
CAR Panthers, 8 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, MAFG=29, MIFG=1, MAXP=34, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.2, TFP=115

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Jacksonville Jaguars of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 1 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Jacksonville Jaguars
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=21, SACK=55, DTD=7, PA=268, FPPG=10.2, TFP=163
2
Baltimore Ravens of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 2 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Baltimore Ravens
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=22, SACK=41, DTD=5, PA=303, FPPG=8.7, TFP=139
3
Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 3 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=5, INT=14, SACK=37, DTD=1, PA=252, FPPG=5.3, TFP=85
4
Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 4 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=19, SACK=38, DTD=5, PA=295, FPPG=8.1, TFP=130
5
Los Angeles Rams of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 5 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Los Angeles Rams
Bye 12
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=18, SACK=48, DTD=3, PA=329, FPPG=8.1, TFP=130
6
Houston Texans of the Houston Texans is ranked 6 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Houston Texans
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=5, INT=11, SACK=32, DTD=4, PA=436, FPPG=5.8, TFP=92
7
Seattle Seahawks of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 7 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Seattle Seahawks
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=14, SACK=39, DTD=4, PA=332, FPPG=7.6, TFP=121
8
Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 8 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=7, INT=10, SACK=33, DTD=4, PA=382, FPPG=5.7, TFP=91
9
San Diego Chargers of the Los Angeles Chargers is ranked 9 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
San Diego Chargers
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=9, INT=18, SACK=43, DTD=3, PA=272, FPPG=7.2, TFP=115
10
New Orleans Saints of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 10 in our 2018 Defense rankings.
New Orleans Saints
Bye 6
GAM=16, FREC=5, INT=20, SACK=42, DTD=3, PA=326, FPPG=6.9, TFP=110




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