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The RotoPat Top 50s

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

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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.

   

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