Fantasy football cheat sheet: Top 100 player rankings for 2019 leagues

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Fantasy football cheat sheet: Top 100 player rankings for 2019 leagues

With August winding down, that can only mean one thing -- football season is here. And that means it's time to talk fantasy.

Were your fantasy teams just abysmal last year? Did you slink through the season getting bludgeoned by your friends, wondering all the while why you drafted David Johnson or Le'Veon Bell? Did your league try to make you wear a not-so-flattering undergarment on the street corner after you came in last? OK, maybe that last part was just me.

If a lot of that sounds familiar, then you've come to the right place. A new type of Top 100 list. A list that, of course, takes into account talent and situation, but also a list that highlights players and teams I'm much more bullish on than others "fantasy experts."

For example, I'm all in on Baker Mayfield and the Browns. I own a large plot of land on Kyler Murray/Kliff Kingsbury island, and another home on "the Raiders' offense will be electric" boulevard.

So, no, I wasn't in "Avengers: Endgame" like Matthew Berry, but my rankings are way more interesting, and since fantasy football is the ultimate dart throw, they just might be better. (Side note: These rankings are subject to change If Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon decide to show up and play, and/or Josh Gordon is suspended again.)

Without further ado, here are my top 100 players for this year's fantasy football season (player's positional ranking noted in parenthesis):

1. Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants (1)
2. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints (2)
3. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals (3)
4. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers (4)
5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans (1)
6. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns (2)
7. Antonio Brown, WR, Raiders (3)
8. Davante Adams, WR, Packers (4)
9. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons (5)
10. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints (6)
11. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams (5)
12. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers (7)
13. Nick Chubb, RB, Browns (6)
14. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys (7)
15. Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders (8)
16. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs (8)
17. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals (9)
18. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs (1)
19. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers (9)
20. George Kittle, TE, 49ers (2)
21. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings (10)
22. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs (1)
23. James Conner, RB, Steelers (11)
24. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets (12)
25. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots (10)
26. Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings (11)
27. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles, (3)
28. Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs (13)
29. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers (12)
30. Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns (2)
31. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions (14)
32. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons (15)
33. Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks (16)
34. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts (13)
35. Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans (3)
36. Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys (14)
37. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts (4) -- (Editor's note: Luck reportedly has informed the Colts he is retiring)
38. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings (15)
39. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers (17)
40. David Montgomery, RB, Bears (18)
41. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers (5)
42. Marlon Mack, RB, Colts (19)
43. Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams (16)
44. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars (20)
45. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers (21)
46. Robert Woods, WR, Rams (17)
47. Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles (22)
48. Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams (18)
49. Mark Ingram, RB, Ravens (23)
50. Kenny Golladay, WR. Lions (19)
51. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals (20)
52. Sony Michel, RB, Patriots (24)
53. Will Fuller, WR, Texans (21)
54. Mike Williams, WR, Chargers (22)
55. James White, RB, Patriots (25)
56. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles (6)
57, Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers (23)
58. Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns (24)
59. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks (25)
60. Alshon Jeffrey, WR, Eagles (26)
61. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers (4)
62. Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons (27)
63. Robby Anderson, WR, Jets (28)
64. Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers (26)
65. D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers (29)
66. Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals (30)
66. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons (7)
68. Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals (31)
69. Derick Henry, RB, Titans (27)
70. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos (28)
71. Evan Engram, TE, Giants (5)
72. Tyrell Williams, WR, Raiders (32)
73. O.J. Howard, TE, Bucaneers, (6)
74. Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs (33)
75. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans (29)
76. Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos (30)
77. Derrius Gice, RB, Redskins (31)
78. Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars (34)
79. Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs (35)
80. Jordan Howard, RB, Eagles (32)
81. Allen Robinson, WR, Bears (36)
82. Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers (7)
83. Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals (8)
84. Kalen Ballage, RB, Dolphins (33)
85. Latavius Murray, RB, Saints (34)
86. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders (9)
87. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks (35)
88. Austin Ekler, RB, Chargers (36)
89. Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams (37)
90. Jared Cook, TE, Saints (8)
91. Josh Gordon, WR, Patriots (37)
92. Cam Newton, QB, Panters (10)
93. Corey Davis, WR, Titans (38)
94. Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears (38)
95. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans (9)
96. Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos (39)
97. Jared Goff, QB, Rams (11)
98. James Washington, WR, Steelers (40)
99. N'Keal Harry, WR, Patriots (41)
100. David Njoku, TE, Browns (10)

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