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Silva's Preseason Top 200

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

These are my updated Top 200 Fantasy Rankings entering the third week of the NFL preseason. The top 40-50 players here have stayed relatively steady for the last few weeks, but there are always going to be big changes toward the bottom of the rankings, where late-round flyers can look better or worse depending on the day. The injuries to Jordy Nelson, Kelvin Benjamin, and Arian Foster have obviously caused shakeups throughout.

I'd again encourage readers to use this less as a draft-day guide than as rough-draft rankings for you to adjust based on personal player preferences and scoring settings specific to your league. If you're not a fan of taking on Jonathan Stewart's injury risk, adjust him down the board. If you play in a PPR league, you should probably move Shane Vereen up and bump LeGarrette Blount down. If you play in a two-quarterback league, you should be much more aggressive drafting that position than the late-round quarterback approach inherent to these rankings suggests.


If you put some time in to establish your opinions and expectations before your draft, I'll bet you'll feel a lot more confident in the team you emerge from the draft with.

For more thorough fantasy outlooks on the players listed below, refer to the 2015 Rotoworld Fantasy Draft Guide (link here) and my Fantasy Team Preview series (link here).


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1. Le'Veon Bell (RB1) -- The biggest weekly difference maker at running back.
2. Jamaal Charles (RB2) -- Coming off 14-TD season. Expect an uptick in targets.
3. Eddie Lacy (RB3) -- Will be a scoring machine in one of league's top offenses.
4. Adrian Peterson (RB4) -- Has 334-1,540-11 rushing line over his last 16 games.
5. Rob Gronkowski (TE1) -- Definition of a weekly fantasy difference maker.
6. Marshawn Lynch (RB5) -- 29 years old, but showing zero signs of slowdown.
7. Julio Jones (WR1) -- Headed for a monster year with Roddy in clear decline.
8. Dez Bryant (WR2) -- Last year's overall WR4 despite ranking 12th in targets.
9. Antonio Brown (WR3) -- Favorite to lead NFL in catches for 2nd straight year.
10. Demaryius Thomas (WR4) -- Enters '15 with 3 consecutive top-5 WR finishes.
11. Odell Beckham (WR5) -- Healthy while Randle & Cruz have battled injuries.
12. Calvin Johnson (WR6) -- Went on a 98-1,458-12 pace last eight games of '14.
13. Randall Cobb (WR7) -- Aaron Rodgers' new clear-cut No. 1 passing option.
14. C.J. Anderson (RB6) -- Still favorite for bellcow work in Peyton Manning O.
15. DeMarco Murray (RB7) -- Reasonable bet to lead NFL in rushing touchdowns.
16. Jeremy Hill (RB8) -- Workhorse in underrated offense with top-shelf O-Line.
17. Matt Forte (RB9) -- Breakdown risk, but will be Bears offensive focal point.
18. A.J. Green (WR8) -- Went 69-1,041-6 playing through toe injury most of 2014.
19. Alshon Jeffery (WR9) -- Offers WR1 overall upside. Monitor his calf injury.
20. Lamar Miller (RB10) -- I'm buying coachspeak that his workload will increase.
21. Mark Ingram (RB11) -- High TD ceiling. Stock up with C.J. Spiller missing time.
22. Mike Evans (WR10) -- Just turned 22. Has 12 TDs over his last 12 NFL games.
23. T.Y. Hilton (WR11) -- Fantasy finishes through 3 seasons: WR23, WR20, WR10.
24. Andrew Luck (QB1) -- Flush with weapons in fast-paced O w/ good schedule.
25. Frank Gore (RB12) -- Expect spikes in Gore's receiving and TD opportunities.
26. Justin Forsett (RB13) -- Lead back behind elite OL. Receptions should jump.
27. Jordan Matthews (WR12) -- Highest-volume WR in NFL's highest-volume O.
28. Brandin Cooks (WR13) -- Has starred this preseason. Brees' clear 1A target.
29. DeAndre Hopkins (WR14) -- Will be a target hog in talent-deficient offense.
30. Jimmy Graham (TE2) -- I like his chances at 75+ catches & 10+ touchdowns.
31. Aaron Rodgers (QB2) -- Loses some TD upside losing Jordy Nelson to ACL tear.
32. Jonathan Stewart (RB14) -- Will be an every-week RB2 as long as he's healthy.
33. Melvin Gordon (RB15) -- Lead back in efficient offense with improved O-Line.
34. Brandon Marshall (WR15) -- Will be targeted voluminously by Ryan Fitzpatrick.
35. Andre Johnson (WR16) -- Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks left behind 184 targets.
36. Emmanuel Sanders (WR17) -- Should remain strong WR2 despite less volume.
37. LeSean McCoy (RB16) -- Toe/hamstring concerns on fantasy-unfriendly team.
38. Alfred Morris (RB17) -- Top-15 RB in 3 straight years. Cuff him with Matt Jones.
39. Allen Robinson (WR18) -- Will vacuum targets as Blake Bortles' 1A receiver.
40. Keenan Allen (WR19) -- Limited ceiling, but safe bet to return WR2 numbers.
41. Amari Cooper (WR20) -- The heavy favorite to lead all rookie WRs in targets.
42. Joseph Randle (RB18) -- Lead-back grip loosening? Recurring oblique injury.
43. Chris Ivory (RB19) -- Passing-game involvement great sign for Ivory's value.
44. C.J. Spiller (RB20) -- Coming off knee scope. Still a candidate for 70 catches.
45. DeSean Jackson (WR21) -- Last year's fantasy WR17 despite under 100 targets.
46. Jeremy Maclin (WR22) -- Chiefs appear poised to manufacture his touches.
47. Davante Adams (WR23) -- Positioned for breakout with Jordy Nelson on I.R.
48. Ameer Abdullah (RB21) -- Preseason hype may drain all of Abdullah's value.
49. Latavius Murray (RB22) -- Exciting talent. OAK has toughest schedule in NFL.
50. Carlos Hyde (RB23) -- May lose significant work to Reggie Bush on bad team.
51. Sammy Watkins (WR24) -- Big concerns about his target total and QB play.
52. Travis Kelce (TE3) -- Love his talent, but overvalued in the top-four rounds.
53. Greg Olsen (TE4) -- Focal point of Panthers pass game post-Kelvin Benjamin.
54. Andre Ellington (RB24) -- Arizona backfield headed toward 2- or 3-way RBBC.
55. Russell Wilson (QB3) -- Last year's fantasy QB3 overall added Jimmy Graham.
56. T.J. Yeldon (RB25) -- Some concerns he won't see full early-season workload.
57. Golden Tate (WR25) -- Tate is being overdrafted at his late-4th-round ADP.
58. Todd Gurley (RB26) -- Expected to open year lightly used behind Tre Mason.
59. Jarvis Landry (WR26) -- Poor man's Hines Ward. Tannehill's "clear go-to WR."
60. Mike Wallace (WR27) -- Prefer Wallace just a few slots ahead of C. Johnson.
61. John Brown (WR28) -- Prime breakout candidate with still-reasonable ADP.
62. Julian Edelman (WR29) -- Could be worthless during Brady's suspension.
63. Vincent Jackson (WR30) -- Has been running high % routes this preseason.
64. Peyton Manning (QB4) -- A value pick if you can get him in the sixth round.
65. Charles Johnson (WR31) -- Arguably highest-ceiling Vikings WR. Lower floor.
66. Martellus Bennett (TE5) -- No Brandon Marshall, no Kevin White bodes well.
67. Nelson Agholor (WR32) -- Will hit big time if he wins every-down WR job.
68. Martavis Bryant (WR33) -- Love Martavis' ability, but volume a major question.
69. LeGarrette Blount (RB27) -- Will be TD machine if he keeps lead RB job all year.
70. Shane Vereen (RB28) -- RB2 upside in PPR. Let someone else draft in non-PPR.
71. Duke Johnson (RB29) -- Door wide open for Duke to win Browns starting job.
72. Tevin Coleman (RB30) -- Offers highest ceiling in ATL committee backfield.
73. Larry Fitzgerald (WR34) -- Still probably the favorite to lead Cards in targets.
74. Anquan Boldin (WR35) -- Annually undervalued. WR15, WR22 last 2 years.
75. Devin Funchess (WR36) -- Benjamin injury gives Funchess a big value bump.
76. Steve Smith Sr. (WR37) -- Turned 36 in May. Should still lead BAL in targets.
77. Eric Decker (WR38) -- Borderline WR3 pick should have some WR1/2 weeks.
78. Arian Foster (RB31) -- Latest reports indicate he could return by Weeks 3-4.
79. Doug Martin (RB32) -- RBBC leader on team with one of NFL's worst O-Lines.
80. Tre Mason (RB33) -- Expected to open season playing ahead of Todd Gurley.
81. Breshad Perriman (WR39) -- Expect slow start after PCL sprain. WR2 upside.
82. Jordan Cameron (TE6) -- Probably my favorite value pick among tight ends.
83. Ben Roethlisberger (QB5) -- Armed with absurd weapons in pass-first attack.
84. Drew Brees (QB6) -- Has lost lots of playmaking ability in pass-catcher corps.
85. Rashad Jennings (RB34) -- Still Giants best all-around back & likely starter.
86. Ryan Mathews (RB35) -- RB3/flex becomes Top-5 RB1 if Murray goes down.
87. Alfred Blue (RB36) -- Set to be Texans bellcow until Arian Foster returns.
88. Kendall Wright (WR40) -- Heavy favorite to lead Titans in catches & yards.
89. Tyler Eifert (TE7) -- In prime position to finish second on Bengals in targets.
90. Brian Quick (WR41) -- ADP still in double-digit rounds. Premier WR sleeper.

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