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Speaking of rankings, below is a look at Patrick Daugherty's Top 50s, where you can get his favorite 32 quarterbacks, 50 running backs, 60 receivers and 25 tight ends.
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With one week to go until the opener, here are my crunch-time rankings. These are my favorite 32 quarterbacks, 50 running backs, 60 receivers and 25 tight ends. I try to view them as format-agnostic, but they hew much closer to PPR than standard. Ultimately, I abide by, “would I really draft this player over this player?”
Top 10 Quarterbacks
1. Patrick Mahomes — Drew Brees no longer has Drew Brees’ floor, but Mahomes does.
2. Deshaun Watson — 8.27 YPA No. 3 since entering league. 6.07 YPC No. 2.
3. Aaron Rodgers — A bet-on-talent rebound candidate due for positive regression in refreshed offense.
4. Kyler Murray — Running QBs are cheat codes. Murray the rare dual threat with guaranteed passing volume.
5. Baker Mayfield — A rookie that good with Jarvis Landry and Breshad Perriman now has Odell Beckham?
6. Carson Wentz — Would-be 2017 MVP finally healthy with best supporting cast of career.
7. Matt Ryan — Safe floor with well-established ceiling.
8. Cam Newton — Was immediately more efficient under Norv Turner, but injuries piling up for former iron man.
9. Russell Wilson — TD rate will regress and supporting cast up in the air. Smoke signals do suggest more open O.
10. Ben Roethlisberger — Last year’s QB2 has lost his WR1. Historic ‘18 volume should come back to earth.
Top 10 Running Backs
1. Christian McCaffrey — Lab-created PPR back. Room to grow in carries department.
2. Saquon Barkley — The only question for the best talent at the position is the talent around him.
3. Alvin Kamara — Latavius Murray is no Mark Ingram. Kamara has a real shot at No. 1 overall.
4. David Johnson — All we know for sure is: His usage will be more creative than last year.
5. Le’Veon Bell — Won’t mesh with Adam Gase, but it’s hard to take a 75-catch back off the field.
6. Joe Mixon — A.J. Green-less supporting cast arguably sub-Barkley, but Mixon’s talent and role undeniable.
7. Aaron Jones — Bright spot for doomed ‘18 squad. Gifted player in right role at the right time.
8. Nick Chubb — OL immediate concern. Kareem Hunt eventual concern. 18-20 weekly touches too much to ignore.
9. Ezekiel Elliott — Possibility of at least an Aaron Donald-esque stunt one-game holdout is real.
10. James Conner — Pedestrian talent with great role behind great line.
Top 10 Receivers
1. DeAndre Hopkins — Superstar with superstar QB who has yet to have career year.
2. Davante Adams — Doesn’t make a ton of big plays but makes *every* other play.
3. Julio Jones — All-time leader in yards per game (96.7) has *averaged* 1,600 yards over past five years.
4. Odell Beckham — One of two players in NFL history to average more than 90 yards per game. Finally has real QB.
5. Tyreek Hill — Growing more consistent. Will single-handedly win multiple weeks.
6. JuJu Smith-Schuster — Big-play threat/target hog who plays both inside and out.
7. Michael Thomas — Keenan Allen with a V8 engine. 2018 almost certainly career year.
8. Mike Evans — Premier chunk yardage threat. New coach worships at altar of deep ball.
9. Antonio Brown — Flying the red flag from his pirate ship but still a different kind of dude on Sundays.
10. Amari Cooper — Was ninth in yardage from Week 9 on/following trade last season.
Top 5 Tight Ends
1. Travis Kelce — We knew Kelce had one final gear. Patrick Mahomes found it.
2. George Kittle — Gift for setting tight end yardage record is return of starting QB.
3. Zach Ertz — Replenished Eagles receiver corps means Ertz likely to return to 75/820 territory.
4. O.J. Howard — A true terror on the field, Howard checks all the breakout boxes.
5. Evan Engram — Player who deserves better than dumpoffs will nevertheless make fantasy hay with them.