This is the first in what will be a weekly set of rankings of our top-250 overall players for the rest of the season. I should note that I’m not personally a big fan of massive, position-combining lists and I think positional lists are more useful, however take this and use if in whatever way you wish. Thanks to this widget from FantasyPros, you can break it down by position as well.
- There aren’t going to be a whole ton of notes for this edition. It’s been one week so these aren’t going to be a whole lot different than my preseason rankings, as one week of play hasn’t changed my opinion particularly drastically on many guys. However, injuries and some impressive performances from Week 1 have prompted some moves.
- Naturally, David Johnson has been dropped significantly since it seems like he won’t be back until maybe Week 16, which means he’s essentially useless right now. Correspondingly, Kerwynn Williams has been added and moved up, as has Andre Ellington and Chris Johnson. Williams is naturally higher than Ellington and Johnson, however that could change rapidly, as I’m not entirely sure Williams is going to be the bell cow for the Cardinals. Regardless, this is a backfield I wanted almost no part in if I can avoid it, at least until there’s more clarity.
- Kendall Wright has been added as well, albeit closer to the bottom. With the loss of Kevin White for the season, Wright seems the heir apparent for the top wide receiver slot in Chicago, but that offense is rough to say the least. Tarik Cohen has been added as well and I think he’ll get a fair share of looks in the passing game.
- I’ve upped Cooper Kupp a little bit just because I really liked what I saw from Week 1 and I think Jared Goff is going to place a fair bit of trust in Kupp this year.
- Both Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns have seen their stock rise with the loss of Allen Robinson. Still, the Jaguars offense is risky at best so I don’t see them as much more than deep league adds.
- Javorius Allen has seen his stock rise as the heir apparent to the Danny Woodhead role on the Ravens now that Woodhead is out for an extended period of time. The Ravens also signed Jeremy Langford from their practice squad, and it’s entirely possible he eventually sees some work. I’ve also bumped up Terrance West a bit because it seems to me that the Ravens are going to go more run-heavy than I previously expected, and their offense fits well with West’s running style.
- I’ve bumped up Austin Hooper to a borderline TE1 because I think Matt Ryan is going to be looking his way a fair bit. He only had two catches in Week 1, but I don’t think that’s going to be indicative of the rest of the season. He’s a talented tight end who I think will see a fair share of work.
- I’ve got the Baltimore Ravens defense as a top-10 defense right now thanks to their fantastic performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. I thought their defense was underrated going into the year already and their performance against the Bengals just emphasized how talented that squad is.