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Collins in Top 30 Mix

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Big Board takes into consideration past returns, current performance and expected future gains in determining who should be included among the top 50 fantasy football players. Essentially, the Big Board is a cheat sheet designed for an owner who is planning to participate in a draft today. Standard industry default scoring settings are used as the baseline for Big Board valuations.

 

Rank Name Team Position Notes
1 Le'Veon Bell PIT RB No. 2 RB in FAN PTS has lethal versatility, helping keep him on the field an RB high 64.8 snaps per game
2 Todd Gurley LAR RB SEA in W5 (5.0 FAN PTS) only team to hold the No. 1 fantasy RB under 11.6 FAN PTS in '17 (thru W14)
3 Antonio Brown PIT WR No. 1 WR closing out season on epic roll - 39 catches, 624 rec yds, 6 TDs in past 4 games (24.9 FAN PPG)
4 Alvin Kamara NO RB Concussion in W14 slowed his roll (5 straight games of 17+ FAN PTS) but he's cleared for W15 return
5 Leonard Fournette JAC RB Despite nagging injuries, 12+ FAN PTS in 11 of 13 games - 3rd in NFL in Missed Tackles thru W14 (34)
6 LeSean McCoy BUF RB Has 99+ YFS in 25 games since joining BUF in '15 (most by a RB in that span, including 7 games in '17)
7 Melvin Gordon LAC RB 22 TDs in past 26 games (8.8+ FAN PTS in 22 games) - no more than 2 games w/o TD in that span
8 Mark Ingram NO RB No. 5 RB in FAN PTS is currently the only RB w/ at least 150 total FAN PTS in each of past 4 seasons
9 DeAndre Hopkins HOU WR New QB? So what - 'Nuk's 2 TD rec. from injury fill-in Yates in W14 gives him 2+ TDs from 3 different QBs
10 Keenan Allen LAC WR 100+ yards in 4 straight games (only A. Brown been better @ WR than his 19.8 FAN PPG in that span)
11 Julio Jones ATL WR 98 yds in W14, the 26th time since '15 (45 games) that he's returned 90+ yds (NFL-high in that span)
12 Devonta Freeman ATL RB Has returned strong (82.5 rush YPG, 1 TD in past 2 games) after 2-game layoff (concussion)
13 Michael Thomas NO WR Saving the best of his '17 campaign for last - 7.0 catches, 89.4 YPG in past 5, TD in each of past 2
14 Rob Gronkowski NE TE Back from Wk 14 suspension as No. 1 TE in FAN PPG (11.5) - 27 rec. of 15+ yds tops @ TE even w/ 2 DNPs
15 Kareem Hunt KC RB Long awaited rebound effort in W14 (138 YFS, TD) - exploitable upcoming matchups in LAC & MIA
16 A.J. Green CIN WR Has returned 77 yds or less in 7 of past 8 & will see elite shutdown CBs in final 3 games (MIN, DET, BAL)
17 Jordan Howard CHI RB Broke out of 2-game slump in W14 w/ 147 rush yds, 2 TDs - 12 100-yd rush games since '16 tops in NFL
18 Davante Adams GB WR Has survived w/o A-Rod at QB (5 TDs w/ QN Hundley) but back in WR1 mix w/ A-Rod's W15 return
19 Mike Evans TB WR Has been a tough ride for his owners - No. 52 @ WR in FAN PTS since W8 - his talent is hard to quit
20 Adam Thielen MIN WR Breakout season has gone next level in past 6 games (No. 5 WR in FAN PPG since W8 w/ 14.5 clip)
21 Brandin Cooks NE WR Stumbling to the finish (combined 3/55/0 line in past 2), and has 3rd-toughest sched @ WR next 2 weeks
22 Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB Lands back on board w/ only 1 game left on suspension - has tough return matchup, though, vs. SEA
23 Russell Wilson SEA QB Top 5 fantasy QB in 9 of past 11 games - has accounted (TD throw/rush) for 32 of 33 SEA TDs on offense
24 Lamar Miller HOU RB No. 11 RB in FAN PTS has been the Xanax of '17 RB class - on even keel, rarely too high, rarely too low
25 Carlos Hyde SF RB Broke 6-game scoreless drought w/ TD in W14 - 9 games w/ 75+ YFS is tied for 5th-most at RB
26 Travis Kelce KC TE Top TE in FAN PTS is 1st TE w/ 800+ yds in 1st 4 seasons of career - 8 Red Zone targets 2nd among TE
27 Tyreek Hill KC WR No. 6 WR in FAN PTS (thru W14) has delivered 10+ FAN PTS in 14 of 29 career reg-season games
28 Dez Bryant DAL WR After 5 straight games sans a TD, has scored in each of past 2 contests - 73 TDs this decade tops @ WR
29 Alex Collins BAL RB Lord of the Dance the No. 7 RB in FAN PPG (14.7) since W8 (min 5 games) - TD in 4 straight games
30 Alshon Jeffery PHI WR Tied w/ A. Brown for most TDs @ WR since W8 (6) - hard not to think loss of QB Wentz will hurt AJ a bit
31 Zach Ertz PHI TE Top 12 @ position (TE1) in 15 of past 20 games & 9 TDs in past 12 - faces TE softies NYG, OAK in next 2
32 Larry Fitzgerald ARI WR Needs 13 catches in final 3 games to become 3rd WR in NFL history w/ 3 seasons of 100+ rec. in his 30s
33 Jarvis Landry MIA WR 70 yds or less in 10 of 13 games, but red zone work has kept him in the black (NFL-high 8 RZ TDs)
34 Doug Baldwin SEA WR No. 17 WR in FAN PTS (thru W14) hasn't gone more than 2 games w/o a TD
35 Kenyan Drake MIA RB Showing fully-featured skillset - 12.9 FAN PPG, 5.1 YPC in past 6 games - 100 combined rec. yds in past 2
36 Marshawn Lynch OAK RB 14.7 FAN PPG since W9 top 6 @ RB (min. 5 games) - avg. 4.7 YPC in those 5 games
37 Devin Funchess CAR WR No. 8 WR in FAN PPG since W9 (min. 4 games) has easiest ROS sched @ WR position
38 Christian McCaffrey CAR RB Has reached 100 YFS in just 1 of 13 games but ranks top 15 RB in FAN PTS thanks to 6 TDs
39 Tom Brady NE QB No. 4 QB in FAN PTS (thru W14) has hit bump in road past 2 (245.5 pass YPG, 1:3 TD-to-INT ratio)
40 Marvin Jones DET WR 13.3 FAN PPG since W6 is 3rd @ WR behind only A. Brown, D. Hopkins (min. 6 games)
41 Josh Gordon CLE WR Super Freak No. 18 WR in FAN PTS (10.7) in 1st 2 games back (Weeks 13-14) since last playing in '14
42 Jamaal Williams GB RB No. 3 RB in FAN PTS since W10 behind only PIT RB L. Bell in touches in that 5-game span
43 Michael Crabtree OAK WR Avg. 9+ FAN PTS for 3rd consecutive season - 7th-easiest W15-16 sched @ WR
44 Cam Newton CAR QB No. 3 in FAN PTS @ QB since W4 - 585/5TD rushing is more rush FAN PTS than TEN RB D. Murray
45 Aaron Rodgers GB QB Set to return from broken collarbone (in W6) - was top 5 QB thru 1st 5 weeks before injury
46 Jimmy Graham SEA TE Held w/o catch in W14 for 1st time since '14, but 9 TDs still 2 more than any other TE
47 Rex Burkhead NE RB Top 10 RB in FAN PPG since W10 has 6 TDs in that 5-game span - 2nd-easiest W15-16 sched @ RB
48 Latavius Murray MIN RB 8th in FAN PPG (11.8) since W7 (min 6 games) -7th-easiest schedule for Weeks 15-16 @ RB
49 Golden Tate DET WR On pace for 1K yards, 4th-straight 90-catch season - 7 games (thru W14) w/ 7+ catches 3rd-most in NFL
50 DeMarco Murray TEN RB Uneven '17 has netted out as No. 20 RB (FAN PTS thru W14) but easiest ROS sched @ RB

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