Draft Strategy

June Best-Ball Fantasy Football Rankings

By Matt Schauf 7:06am EDT 6/3/18


You asked for it, you got it.

The official Draft Sharks 2018 fantasy football rankings and projections will go live on June 12 -- along with the rest of our draft-crushing features -- but folks are dyin' to get some rankings in the meantime.

So here's my Top 216 if you're jumping into best-ball drafts right now. Why 216? That's 18 players per team in a 12-team league. If you need offensive options beyond that, then look for upside and stacking opportunities.

I didn't bother including defenses here. If you're drafting that position, wait until they start coming off the board and then select 3 where they fit. Kansas City and Arizona look like value picks right now, with Washington a late upside option.

Now, some notes on the rankings below: Treat them as a basic guideline rather than a set of rules to follow when you're drafting. Look at the groupings of players at the same position like drafting tiers -- especially the further you get into your draft. Team-building is at least as important as specific player rankings when you're building a best-ball roster. So feel free to reach over some guys to get to a position you're looking to address. And feel free to wait beyond where the QBs arrive in these rankings.

On that note, you'll also find some players ranked well above their ADP. I based these primarily on my projections, so that's where I think they belong. But you'll be able to draft a player such as Jameis Winston 2 rounds or so later than I rank him in most cases. Keep that in mind as you're drafting, and eye the remaining pool of QBs to determine whether you need/want to address that position yet or just keep building elsewhere. This year looks as deep as any I can remember at QB.

Stacking players from the same NFL team that increase your roster's upside. Keep this in mind as you're deciding among QBs, and use it to break ties among wideouts later in your draft.

The Packers RBs have become a specific stack I like. You can get both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams outside the top 30 at the position, and at least 1 will carry upside into RB1 territory. Only 6 teams in the league delivered more top-8-level RB PPR weeks than Green Bay did last year. And each of those other 6 teams has a RB going among the top 18 overall in ADP. Ty Montgomery's going several rounds later and should see a decent-sized receiving role even if he's stuck 3rd in the backfield rotation.

Upside is also key when you're trying to beat the field rather than matching up week to week. When deciding between players, shoot for upside -- especially as you get further into the draft. And if you're drafting a bunch of best-ball teams, make sure to diversify your player portfolio. Don't draft the same guys every time.

OK, now let's get to those rankings ...

1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
2. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams
3. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers
4. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
5. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
6. Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints
7. Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
9. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars
10. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
11. Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs
12. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers
13. Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
14. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons
15. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
16. Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings
17. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
18. Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals
19. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
20. Davante Adams, WR, Packers
21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots
22. Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings
23. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
24. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks
25. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
26. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders
27. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
28. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs
29. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills
30. Jerick McKinnon, RB, 49ers
31. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks
32. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
33. Sony Michel, RB, Patriots
34. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
35. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers
36. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles
37. Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos
38. Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins
39. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
40. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints
41. Dion Lewis, RB, Titans
42.
Alex Collins, RB, Ravens
43. Derrius Guice, RB, Washington
44. Jay Ajayi, RB, Eagles
45. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears
46. Michael Crabtree, WR, Ravens
47.
Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots
48. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos
49. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
50. Marvin Jones, WR, Lions

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