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Thomason: Fantasy Football Positional Rankings 1.0

These rankings are geared at half-point PPR leagues.

Jack Thomason
July 30, 2018 - 2:10 pm

(670 The Score) With the Hall of Fame Game nearly upon us, it's time to get some preseason rankings out there for the 2018 fantasy football season.

This my first stab at positional ranks before any positional battles are determined, major injuries take place or no-name sleepers emerge. These rankings are best utilized for half-point PPR leagues and I'll be updating them weekly as information comes barreling at us throughout August.

Quarterback

  1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  3. Drew Brees, Saints
  4. Cam Newton, Panthers
  5. Tom Brady, Patriots
  6. Kirk Cousins, Vikings 
  7. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  8. Andrew Luck, Colts
  9. DeShaun Watson, Texans
  10. Carson Wentz, Eagles
  11. Matt Stafford, Lions
  12. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
  13. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  14. Alex Smith, Redskins
  15. Marcus Mariota, Titans
  16. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  17. Derek Carr, Raiders
  18. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  19. James Winston, Buccaneers
  20. Jared Goff, Rams
  21. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  22. Case Keenum, Broncos 
  23. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
  24. Mitch Trubisky, Bears
  25. Lamar Jackson, Ravens 
  26. Eli Manning, Giants
  27. Tyrod Tylor, Browns
  28. Andy Dalton, Bengals
  29. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
  30. Sam Bradford, Cardinals

Running back

  1. David Johnson, Cardinals 
  2. Todd Gurley, Rams
  3. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
  4. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys 
  5. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
  6. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
  7. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  8. Saquan Barkley, Giants
  9. Dalvin Cook, Vikings
  10. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs
  11. Jerrick McKinnon, 49ers
  12. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  13. Jordan Howard, Bears
  14. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
  15. Derrius Guice, Redskins
  16. Christian McCaffery, Panthers
  17. Alex Collins, Ravens
  18. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks 
  19. Derrick Henry, Titans
  20. Lamar Miller, Texans
  21. Sony Michel, Patriots
  22. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins
  23. Jay Ajayi, Eagles
  24. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
  25. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders
  26. LeSean McCoy, Bills
  27. Mark Ingram, Saints
  28. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
  29. Royce Freeman, Broncos
  30. Tevin Coleman, Falcons 
  31. Dion Lewis, Titans
  32. Kerryon Johnson, Lions
  33. CJ Anderson, Panthers
  34. Isaiah Crowell, Jets
  35. Tarik Cohen, Bears
  36. Marlon Mack, Colts
  37. Jamaal Williams, Packers
  38. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  39. Duke Johnson, Browns
  40. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers
  41. Carlos Hyde, Browns
  42. Chris Thompson, Redskins
  43. Theo Riddick, Lions
  44. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  45. Gio Bernard, Bengals
  46. Ty Montgomery, Packers
  47. Devontae Booker, Broncos
  48. Nick Chubb, Browns
  49. Bilal Powell, Jets
  50. Corey Clement, Eagles/Matt Breida, 49ers

Receiver

  1. Antonio Brown, Steelrs
  2. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  4. Michael Thomas, Saints
  5. Davante Adams, Packers
  6. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  7. AJ Green, Bengals 
  8. Julio Jones, Falcons
  9. Doug Baldwin, Seahwaks
  10. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  11. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  12. TY Hilton, Colts
  13. Amari Cooper, Raiders
  14. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  15. Allen Robinson, Bears
  16. Stefon Diggs, Vikings 
  17. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
  18. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  19. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  20. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  21. Chris Hogan, Patriots
  22. Golden Tate, Lions
  23. Josh Gordon, Browns
  24. Corey Davis, Titans
  25. Michael Crabtree, Ravens
  26. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  27. Randall Cobb, Packers
  28. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  29. Robert Woods, Rams
  30. Marvin Jones, Lions
  31. Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
  32. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  33. Pierre Garcon, 49ers
  34. Robby Anderson, Jets
  35. Devin Funchess, Panthers
  36. Jordy Nelson, Raiders
  37. Kenny Stills, Dolphins
  38. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  39. Jamison Crowder, Redskins
  40. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  41. Kelvin Benjamin, Bills
  42. Brandin Cooks, Rams
  43. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
  44. Will Fuller, Texans
  45. Allen Hurns, Cowboys 
  46. DJ Moore, Panthers
  47. Tyrell Williams, Chargers
  48. Marqise Lee, Jaguars
  49. Marquise Goodwin, 49ers
  50. Julian Edelman, Patriots 
  51. Anthony Miller, Bears
  52. Donte Moncrief, Jaguars
  53. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks 
  54. John Brown, Ravens
  55. Taywan Taylor, Titans
  56. Cameron Meredith, Saints
  57. Calvin Ridley, Falcons
  58. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  59. Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
  60. Jordan Matthews, Patriots

Tight end

  1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
  2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  3. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  4. Jordan Reed, Redskins
  5. Delanie Walker, Titans
  6. Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
  7. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  8. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  9. Evan Engram, Giants
  10. Jack Doyle, Colts
  11. George Kittle, 49ers
  12. Trey Burton, Bears
  13. Charles Clay, Bills
  14. Jared Cook, Raiders
  15. Benjamin Watson, Saints
  16. OJ Howard, Buccaneers
  17. David Njoku, Browns
  18. Tyler Eifert, Benglas
  19. Eric Ebron, Colts
  20. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers
  21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jaguars
  22. Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals
  23. Vance McDonald, Steelers
  24. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins

Defense

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Los Angeles Rams
  3. Minnesota Vikings
  4. Los Angeles Chargers
  5. Philadelphia Eagles
  6. Houston Texans
  7. Baltimore Ravens
  8. New Orleans Saints
  9. New England Patriots
  10. Chicago Bears
  11. Atlanta Falcons
  12. Denver Broncos
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers
  14. Carolina Panthers
  15. Tennessee Titans 
  16. Green Bay Packers
  17. Arizona Cardinals
  18. Cleveland Browns
  19. Cincinnati Bengals
  20. Detroit Lions
  21. New York Giants
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  23. Dallas Cowboys
  24. Seattle Seahawks

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert and weekly guest of “Chicago’s Fantasy Football Today,” which can be heard every Sunday during football season from 8-9 a.m. CT on WSCR-670 and 670thescore.com/listen. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​