Welcome to our 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 it in whatever way you wish. Thanks to this widget from FantasyPros, you can break it down by position as well.
- The Buffalo Bills have, for some reason, decided to start Nathan Peterman at quarterback instead of Tyrod Taylor. I didn’t bump Taylor out of the rankings completely because we don’t know how Peterman will perform, and if he’s really bad, there might be a chance for Taylor to come back.
- Devonta Freeman’s injury has hampered him a fair bit lately, and as a result, he’s taken a slight hit in the rankings just because I’m not sure exactly how long he’ll be out, hopefully just another week or so. Freeman’s absence has resulted in a boost for Tevin Coleman, and as long as Freeman’s out, Coleman’s an RB1.
- Melvin Gordon has been fine this year, but now there are reports that the Chargers want to reduce his workload, which is bad news given that he needs volume to be effective. He’s taken a bit of a hit in the rankings and it’s also resulted in a rise for Austin Ekeler who would be the immediate beneficiary of a reduced workload for Gordon.
- Doug Martin has been ineffective to say the least, which has resulted in a bit of a hit for him in the rankings. On the plus side though, it doesn’t seem like the Bucs are going to go with anyone else, so as long as Martin is getting the volume, he’s a borderline RB2.
- I was really enjoying what Aaron Jones was doing with the Packers, but he’s been sidelined for likely a significant amount of time with an injury. That means more work in the immediate future for Jamaal Williams and likely the return of Ty Montgomery once he’s healthy.
- Since assuming a larger role in the Dolphins’ offense, Kenyan Drake has been pretty effective and as a result, has risen in the rankings a bit. He should remain a solid RB3 the rest of the year.
- Honestly, I was prepared to give up on Isaiah Crowell, but he’s been really effective lately (despite the loss of Joe Thomas, which makes no sense), and I think he’ll make for a solid RB3 the rest of the way with the potential for more (we’ve seen him be an RB2 in the past).
- So now that Ezekiel Elliott is officially serving his full suspension, that means Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Darren McFadden are all changing in the rankings. I’ve bumped up Smith because I could see him assuming a larger role. McFadden has taken a hit because it’s pretty clear that, as of now, he’s the third running back in that backfield, but that could change.
- Now that Rob Kelly is out for the year, Samaje Perine will assume a larger role in the Redskins’ offense. I don’t see him as a big-play guy, but as long as he’s getting volume and grinding it out, I think he could be useful as a flex play (maybe similar to Kelly last year).
- With the loss of C.J. Prosise for the season, J.D. McKissic will likely assume the role as the Seahawks’ receiving back. He’s been fairly effective in that role so far this year and should be an interesting play in deep PPR leagues.
- Keenan Allen’s gotten the volume, he just hasn’t performed to the WR1 levels I had hoped for. Now that Phillip Rivers is dealing with a concussion, Allen’s outlook isn’t looking better, though hopefully Rivers will be back soon.
- Jordy Nelson seems to be the second option in the Packers passing game and he’s just been borderline useless. He’s still a talented receiver, and if Brett Hundley starts looking his way more, then he could have more value, but it’s not looking likely.
- Robert Woods has been pretty great with the Rams and Jared Goff seems to like looking his way. He’s boosted himself up to a WR3 with the potential for more if he keeps performing like this.
- I liked the Bears acquiring Dontrelle Inman, he’s a talented receiver, even if he’s on a bad offense. Still, he’s been fairly good lately and he has the talent to put up some good numbers as long as Mitchell Trubisky keeps looking his way.