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Get prepared for your fantasy draft!

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Greetings, Falcoholics! The offseason is quickly coming to an end, and the regular season will be here before you know it. Your league’s fantasy draft is likely coming up soon, so get prepared with some rankings. These rankings will be based on the points per reception system (PPR), so take note as some players will be of greater benefit than others.

Quarterbacks

1. Patrick Mahomes, KC

2. Aaron Rodgers, GB

3. Deshaun Watson, HOU

4. Matt Ryan, ATL

5. Andrew Luck, IND

6. Carson Wentz, PHI

7. Baker Mayfield, CLE

8. Russell Wilson, SEA

9. Cam Newton, CAR

10. Drew Brees, NO

11. Jared Goff, LAR

12. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

13. Dak Prescott, DAL

14. Philip Rivers, LAC

15. Tom Brady, NE

16. Kyler Murray, ARI

17. Lamar Jackson, BAL

18. Jameis Winston, TB

19. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI

20. Kirk Cousins, MIN

Running Backs

1. Saquon Barkley, NYG

2. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL

3. Christian McCaffrey, CAR

4. Alvin Kamara, NO

5. David Johnson, ARI

6. Melvin Gordon, LAC

7. James Conner, PIT

8. Le’Veon Bell, NYJ

9. Joe Mixon, CIN

10. Todd Gurley II, LAR

11. Nick Chubb, CLE

12. Dalvin Cook, MIN

13. Devonta Freeman, ATL

14. Damien Williams, KC

15. Aaron Jones, GB

16. Leonard Fournette, JAC

17. Marlon Mack, IND

18. Derrick Henry, TEN

19. Phillip Lindsay, DEN

20. Kenyan Drake, MIA

21. Tarik Cohen, CHI

22. Mark Ingram II, BAL

23. James White, NE

24. Josh Jacobs, OAK

25. Kerryon Johnson, DET

26. Chris Carson, SEA

27. David Montgomery, CHI

28. Sony Michel, NE

29. Tevin Coleman, SF

30. Lamar Miller, HOU

Wide Receiver

1, Julio Jones, ATL

2. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

3. Davante Adams, GB

4. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT

5. Michael Thomas, NO

6. Odell Beckham Jr., CLE

7. Antonio Brown, OAK

8. Mike Evans, TB

9. Tyreek Hill, KC

10. Keenan Allen, LAC

11. Adam Thielen, MIN

12. Amari Cooper, DAL

13. Stefon Diggs, MIN

14. Brandin Cooks, LAR

15. T.Y. Hilton, IND

16. Robert Woods, LAR

17. Kenny Golladay, DET

18. Cooper Kupp, LAR

19. Julian Edelman, NE

20. Tyler Boyd, CIN

21. A.J. Green, CIN

22. Calvin Ridley, ATL

23. Allen Robinson, CHI

24. Jarvis Landry, CLE

25. Tyler Lockett, SEA

26. DJ Moore, CAR

27. Mike Williams, LAC

28. Robby Anderson, NYJ

29. Alshon Jeffery, PHI

30. Will Fuller V, HOU

31. Chris Godwin, TB

31. Sterling Shepard, NYG

32. Dante Pettis, SF

33. Dede Westbrook, JAC

34. N’Keal Harry, NE

35. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

36. James Washington, PIT

37. Keke Coutee, HOU

38. Marquise Brown, BAL

39. Corey Davis, TEN

40. Devin Funchess, IND

Tight End

1. Travis Kelce, KC

2. Zach Ertz, PHI

3. George Kittle, SF

4. Hunter Henry, LAC

5. O.J. Howard, TB

6. Eric Ebron, IND

7. Evan Engram NYG

8. Jared Cook, NO

9. Austin Hooper, ATL

10. David Njoku, CLE

11. Delanie Walker, TEN

12. Vance McDonald, PIT

13. Jack Doyle, IND

14. Jimmy Graham, GB

15. Mark Andrews, BAL

16. Greg Olsen, CAR

17. Trey Burton, CHI

18. Kyle Rudolph, MIN

19. Jordan Reed, WAS

20. Jason Witten, DAL

Kickers

1. Justin Tucker BAL

2. Greg Zuerlein, LAR

3. Wil Lutz, NO

4. Harrison Butker, KC

5. Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU

6. Stephen Gostkowski, NE

7. Adam Vinatieri, IND

8. Jake Elliott, PHI

9. Mike Badgley, LAC

10. Robbie Gould, SF

11. Matt Prater, DET

12. Jason Myers, SEA

13. Brett Maher, DAL

14. Mason Crosby, GB

15. Aldrick Rosas, NYG

16. Cairo Santos, TB

17. Graham Gano, CAR

18. Greg Joseph, CLE

19. Ryan Succop, TEN

20. Giorgio Tavecchio, ATL

Defenses

1. Chicago Bears

2. Los Angeles Rams

3. Los Angeles Chargers

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

5. Minnesota Vikings

6. Buffalo Bills

7. Baltimore Ravens

8. Philadelphia Eagles

9. Houston Texans

10. New England Patriots


Keep in mind that some players’ stocks will rise and fall leading up to your league drafts. Players such as Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott are currently staying away from their teams, and after what Le’Veon Bell did last year, it’ll likely make them drop a little, if not a lot.

A guy who is worth selecting if you want to take advantage of an injury is A.J. Green. He has the potential to be a top-5 wide receiver any given week, as long as he’s healthy, which is always a big if. At the time of this article’s posting, ESPN has A.J. Green’s average draft position at 43rd overall. The risk on selecting Green is knowing he’s going to miss some games to start the season, and even when he returns, he always seems to get banged up.

The thinnest position this year is definitely the tight end position. Once you get past the top-3, you can make an argument for just about anyone at the fourth spot. A bit of a homer pick, but I really do like Austin Hooper’s value. His current ADP is 143rd which is essentially the 14th ranked tight end on the board. He finished as the 6th highest scoring fantasy tight end in 2018, and will now have Dirk Koetter and his tight end-friendly offense as his coordinator.

Lastly, my advice to you is to wait on a quarterback. In the real world, there is no position more important than the quarterback position. In fantasy football, reaching for a quarterback can ruin your team. Last year Patrick Mahomes was the highest scoring quarterback in the league, and he was likely not even in the top-10 quarterback’s selected in your draft.

A very reliable quarterback who always seems to fall is Phillip Rivers. He may not win you games single-handedly, but he won’t lose you games either. When drafting, remember to always go with your gut. Best of luck to each and every one of you.

Additionally, if you ever have any fantasy questions or just want to talk fantasy, you can reach me on Twitter @EvanBirchfield or via email TheFalcoholicEvan@yahoo.com. Thanks for reading.