Loading scores...
Kyler Murray
Getty Images
Draft Guide Preview

The RotoPat Top 50s

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: August 30, 2019, 11:51 am ET

NFL Kickoff is just a week away, which means fantasy football draft season is here in full force. And there's no better resource to help guide you to another championship than our all-new 2019 NFL Draft Guide. This year's edition is a true fantasy behemoth featuring customized projections from 14 different scoring systems, more mock drafts than ever before, over 500 player profiles, positional tiers, keeper tiers, rankings and a ton of exclusive columns.

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.

Take a peek:


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.


For the full rankings and more from the NFL Draft Guide, you can purchase here! Take advantage of our package deals and gain access to our NFL Season Pass and NFL DFS Toolkit products as well!