After the first big draft weekend, it’s nice to reflect on rankings and see where you actually are looking at players rather than what you perceived to be a fair ranking prior to draft season. A number of changes from the initial posting based on injuries, some missing players, and yes, even some recent news. Hopefully the rankings update will help you with your leagues as fantasy football draft season wraps up.

After the first big draft weekend, it’s nice to reflect on rankings and see where you actually are looking at players rather than what you perceived to be a fair ranking prior to draft season. A number of changes from the initial posting based on injuries, some missing players, and yes, even some recent news. Hopefully the rankings update will help you with your leagues as fantasy football draft season wraps up…

  1. Mike says:
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    In a 1/2 PPR league, which combination would you rather have?

    Beckham and (one of: McKinnon, Drake, Mixon, or Royce Freeman) OR
    Fournette and (one of: Thielen, Baldwin, Hilton, or Tyreek Hill)?

    I already have Jordan Howard and Keenan Allen as my keepers, and, after everyone else’s keepers, trying to decide whether to take Beckham or Fournette in the first, based on who I think will be available in the 2nd at each position.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Mike: I’d go with Fournette and one of the WRs personally. There is a premium placed on RBs this season and I’d advise you to scoop them up while they’re still available.

  2. Baker's Dozen says:
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    B Don – thanks for the rankings update . One question I have because you seem to be the highest on Sterling Shephard – if you have OBJ as your #2 WR (all rankings in PPR), Shephard just inside WR2 territory at #24, Engram at #7 TE, Saquon inside top 10 for RB (and some of that ranking I would expect is his receiving numbers as well), how is it that Eli Manning is your #28 QB? With all of the weapons around him and the relatively weak secondaries in the NFC East (and relatively weak strength of schedule overall, at least as you can judge before season begins), why does Eli get no love? I’m not expecting him to enter QB1 territory but you have him outside of QB2 range for 2QB leagues. I know he was brutal last year, but there were stretches where his number 1 WR was Dwayne Harris and they have upgraded the offensive line as well. Can the lesser Manning get any respect?

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Baker’s Dozen: That’s totally fair, and I’ve now adjusted my QB rankings. I thought I had moved him up slightly already. I do think that the Giants willingness to move on from him last season has to be accounted for slightly, but you’re right about the expectations that I have for the offense to bounce back this season. I’m not totally sold on the new O line, but it can’t really be worse than last season either.

  3. roger says:
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    Thanks for the rankings!

    Keeper choice, for the same cost ($12): Deshaun Watson or Adam Thielen, and why?

    Standard 12-team, $260 budget. My first two keepers are the Saints duo of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. QBs usually go pretty cheaply ($3-$13) with the exception of Brady/Rodgers, so while Watson would be fun, I’m not sure he’s really a “value” at this price. Thanks!

    • B_Don

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      @roger: For the same cost, I’m going Thielen all day. You mentioned QBs go pretty cheap and typically do beyond the top guys anyway. I’d rather take the chance on finding at QB than grabbing another quality WR.

  4. Pacochu says:
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    Our league has opted into trying out Point per First Down instead of PPR. Is there any research into how that affects rankings?

  5. B_Don

    B_Don says:
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    The link below gives you the top 50 in 1st downs last year at least. In general, the WRs who are high target volume will also be looked at for 1st downs, so, I wouldn’t think it would adjust a ton. I would think of it basically as a .5 PPR format.

    http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?seasonType=REG&d-447263-n=1&d-447263-o=2&d-447263-p=1&d-447263-s=RECEIVING_FIRST_DOWNS&tabSeq=0&season=2017&Submit=Go&experience=&archive=true&statisticCategory=RECEIVING&conference=null&qualified=false

    • Pacochu says:
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      @B_Don: Thanks!

  6. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    how’s this one look, IDP/PPR 20 team redraft. finally had a pick better than 18th (however DID get gurley and l.bell (suspended that year at 18th/20th in past 2 years). very rudy bot usage here. probably should’ve waited longer on some LB’ers, i have VERY good LB’ers but i could’ve had slightly better WR’s or even a backup QB with a DIFFERENT bye than luck. i’m using a very high ranked IDP guy for those rankings. my general theory is that since LB and top end S score the most get a top 5 LB (and be the 4-7th guy drafting one), and a top 3 S (be the 2nd or 3rd guy drafting one) and if you are going to spend on the other IDP spots do it in the LB’ers, as they score the most points, and their floor is much better week to week. i’ll show who i lost with taking a certain LB or S rather than if i waited (it’s not quite as bad as i thought)

    QB (1) luck (5th, 86), rosen (23rd, 446)

    RB (2) mixon (2nd, 35), drake (3rd, 46th), montgomery (8th, 115), ekeler (12th, 235), ivory (16th, 315)

    WR (3) hopkins (1st, 6, rudy has him an easy 6th overall in PPR actually RUDY has him 4th overall), r.anderson (4th, 75), cobb (7th, 126, this seems late), meredith (9th, 166), wilson (14th, 275), t.taylor SF (21st, 406)

    TE (1) doyle (6th, 115), griffin (22nd, 435)
    1 flex (R/W/T)
    K (1) sturgis (25th, 486, some were paying for some of these 330 or so picks before me too)
    team D CHI (17th, 326, people started drafting these at like 120’s, which is insane, they don’t even score that big in this league at all, last year i punted and streamed from the bottom 4-6 each week and won the league, CHI was last D i’d not throw up looking at on my roster)

    IDP flex (1) (this is always a LB or S)
    LB (2): z.brown (10th, 195, 6th LB off the board), barron (13th, 246), bucannon (15th, 286)
    S (1): l.collins (11th, 206)
    CB (2, yeah it’s weird to have 2 CB and 1 S, i didn’t set this league up): mccourty (18th, 355), norman (24th, 475, i really should just drop him, he gets thrown at so rarely)
    DE (1) griffen (20th, 395)
    DT (1) casey (19th, 366)

    CB’s/DT/DE, i got CB’s ranked 5 and 9, DT 4, and DE 12 while paying about nothing.

    however, let’s see how much i may have lost on the “gotta have top LB/S” picking: i picked collins (S and DB in total #1) and by not waiting till later got ekeler over these: j.white, ross, wilkins, gio B (who is my handcuff of course), ware, grant (IND). later i nabbed LB #11 meaning i got a.wilson instead of: j.washington, allison, m.bryant, sutton, enunwa (having 2 NYJ WR might not be smart), beasley. then later i went LB # 13 bucannon, meaning i got ivory instead of one of these: blount, breida, t.smith (as a meredith owner this might’ve been a smart play), perine, connor. what youse guys think?

    i did end up with LB’ers #5, 11 and 13. some for sure issues are if cobb or hopkins or meredith are hurt by week 11 (wilson, taylor, anderson all have that bye) i’m up a creek on WR 3 that week, and my QB backup has the same bye as luck (however no starters were left, bridgewater was only real upside guy out there, and if brees goes down that could be huge)

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: You know your league scoring better than I do. I typically treat IDP like TEs. If a top one falls to a decent value, I’ll take them, but otherwise I’ll just wait. I think the roster is pretty solid still w/ 20 teams and now you have some IDP guys to count on.

  7. Buck says:
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    One big thing that I immediately look at when I see an “expert’s” PPR rankings is if Alex Collins is ranked above Kenyan Drake. If he is, then I move on smartly and to different rankings and view those as not valid. I like where you ranked them. One thing I’ll note; I’ve got the 1st pick and 15th pick (trade) in the draft, and in PPR, it would be really tough for me to take AJ Green at #15 over Keenan Allen or even Devantae Adams.

    • B_Don

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      @Buck: Hey Buck, these are non-PPR rankings, but I’d agree that in PPR format, Allen likelly moves over Green. I’d still probably take Green over Adams, but wouldn’t fault anyone for going either way on those 2.

      I like both Drake and Collins based on their ADP, but do believe Drake is the more talented RB.

  8. miles proudfoot says:
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    Thanks for your rankings! Razzball really helped me out with my first draft.

    In a standard 12 team league, 3 WR spots. I need at least one more WR, drafted too many RB’s. Would you drop one or both of Devontae Booker or Giovani Bernard for Cobb, Tyrell Williams, DeSean Jackson, Anthony Miller, Sanu, Hurns, or Ginn Jr?

    Also, I have Matt Ryan as a backup QB with Cam as the starter. Is it necessary to have a backup QB? If so, would you switch out Marty Ice for Luck, Mariota, or Alex Smith?

    Thank you!

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @miles proudfoot: The bench size for 12 team important, but seems like it’s likely on the shallower end based on the names here. I would be fine dropping Gio, and Cobb is my favorite of that group.

      You don’t have to roster a backup QB until it gets closer to bye weeks, but I’d rather take the shot on Luck than Matty Ice. If Luck is truly back, you have a top QB and could then maybe trade from a place of strength without damaging your roster too much.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @B_Don: awesome thank you!

  9. Brent

    Brent says:
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    No Alfred Morris? Where would he slot into your standard ranks?

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Brent: He’s been added now. 125 overall. 46th at RB.

      • Brent

        Brent says:
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        @B_Don: You rock B Don!

  10. blake says:
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    so we have 3 different rankings from 3 experts – what is the difference between each 3?

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @blake: Difference in opinions, difference in talent evaluation, whether it is ranked for upside vs end of year finish, and many other factors. I can’t tell you what would be different in regards to the thinking, but at least for mine, I typically weight RBs highest, followed by WRs. I’m more accepting of taking a top TE or QB this season if they fall as those values seemed to have fallen a bit.

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