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Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 100 players to draft in your league

Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 100 players to draft in your league

Do you want to win your fantasy football league? Do you want to spend hours poring over each position to create your own draft board from scratch?

If you're like most sane people and answered "yes" and "no" to those two questions, the Top 100 is for you: the best players in fantasy football all in one place, ranked independent of position.

Even if you're making your own custom draft board, the Top 100 is useful to see when you should draft at certain positions -- and how soon is too soon to pick a quarterback.

Below is our Top 100, based on standard-scoring leagues with standard (one quarterback) rosters:

1. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (Bye Week: 11)
2. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (9)
3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers (7)
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (8)
5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (10)
6. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (11)
7. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (12)
8. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (9)
9. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (7)
10. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (7)
11. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (9)
12. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns (7)
13. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (9)
14. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns (7)
15. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (12)
16. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (12)
17. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
18. Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets (4)
19. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (9)
20. Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders (6)
21. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (12)
22. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings (12)
23. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers (4)
24. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (12)
25. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions (5)
26. Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys (8)
27. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (10)
28. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (12)
29. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (6)
30. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings (12)
31. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (10)
32. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers (11)
33. Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (12)
34. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts (6)
35. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (9)
36. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders (6)
37. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (11)
38. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (10)
39. Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots (10)
40. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (12)
41. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams (9)
42. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (9)
43. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks (11)
44. Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens (8)
45. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks (11)
46. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions (5)
47. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams (9)
48. James White, RB, New England Patriots (10)
49. Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (7)
50. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (9)
51. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos (11)
52. Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers (4)
53. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (7)
54. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (10)
55. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (9)
56. Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (5)
57. David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears (6)
58. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears (6)
59. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
60. Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons (9)
61. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns (7)
62. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (10)
63. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears (6)
64. LeSean McCoy, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (12)
65. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (4)
66. Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (10)
67. Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
68. Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts (6)
69. Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (12)
70. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (12)
71. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
72. Latavius Murray, RB, New Orleans Saints (9)
73. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (9)
74. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (11)
75. Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans (10)
76. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (11)
77. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions (5)
78. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington Redskins (10)
79. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (12)
80. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (11)
81. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (10)
82. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (12)
83. Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (10)
​​​​​​84. Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants (11)
85. Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (10)
86. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (11)
87. Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints (9)
88. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (7)
89. Kalen Ballage, RB, Miami Dolphins (5)
90. Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers (4)
91. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (11)
92. Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams (9)
93. Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Texans (10)
94. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks (11)
95. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos (10)
96. Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (5)
97. Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (11)
98. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadephia Eagles (10)
99. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (12)
100. Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers (7)

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Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

You didn't come this far just to come this far.

Week 15 of the NFL season means it's the semifinal round of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues.

If you're reading this, congrats on still being alive. But you're not interested in a runner-up trophy, and we're not interested in providing runner-up advice.

Below are the top players at each position who are widely available on fantasy football waiver wires and are worth adding for Week 15 as you seek fantasy glory.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We'll continue to put Tannehill on this list until he's owned in more than half of leagues. The Titans gunslinger was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy last week and faces a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 309 passing yards and three touchdowns to Drew Lock. He's your guy again this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Kyle Allen (CAR)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40 percent owned): News that Derrius Guice has a sprained MCL means Peterson is the clear-cut workhorse on a team that loves to run the ball. The ageless veteran has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and should see north of 20 touches against the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the safest waiver wire pickup among running backs.

Other running backs to target: DeAndre Washington (OAK), Patrick Laird (MIA), Boston Scott (PHI)

WIDE RECEIVER

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27 percent owned): The rookie wide receiver has become Tannehill's go-to deep threat, with 333 receiving yards over his last three games. Brown's low catch total makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but it's the playoffs. Gotta take shots to make shots.

Other wide receivers to target: Zach Pascal (IND), Darius Slayton (NYG), Justin Watson (TB)

TIGHT END

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37 percent owned): Njoku caught just one pass for four yards in his first game since Week 2, but has a dream matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that's given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's a high-risk breakout candidate.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent owned): Is the Chiefs defense ... good? Kansas City has held each of its last opponents (including the New England Patriots) to 16 points or fewer. The Denver Broncos are riding high after upsetting the Texans, but we're sensing a turnover-filled letdown game in KC.

Other defenses to target: Oakland (vs. JAX), Seattle (at CAR)

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