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Jeff Ratcliffe's updated top 200 fantasy football rankings for 2019 PPR leagues

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on prior to a a presason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

With fantasy football draft season about to kick off, it’s time to hit refresh on our 2019 fantasy football rankings. Below you’ll find the top 200 fantasy football rankings for PPR leagues 2019. Why 200? Well, that’s essentially 16 rounds of players in a 12-team league. With these rankings you can get a sense of how to value players relative to each other across positions. You’ll also get a sense of the trends developing in 2019 fantasy football drafts.

This year’s fantasy drafts are likely to see running backs fly off the board early and often. So you’ll notice below that there are more running backs in the top 50 than any other position. In total 24 backs crack the top 50. While it may be tempting to zig while others zag this year, keep in mind that so many running backs at the top of rankings actually pushes value down the board at wide receiver. So even if you go running back heavy early in your drafts, you’re still likely to find solid value at wideout in the middle rounds.

One of the biggest questions in this year’s fantasy football drafts is whether to go tight end premium. Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle will all be off the board by the end of the third round (and maybe even earlier). We know that last year, having one of these three players provided a major advantage on nearly a weekly basis. However, spending such a premium pick means you’ll likely sacrifice landing a top 15 running back or a top 12 receiver. Is that value cost to great? The answer to that question really depends on where the next six tight ends can be had. Current rankings and ADP data suggest between Rounds 5-7. If that trend holds, it might actually be more cost-effective to pass on the Big 3 and grab one of the next five tight ends off the board.

Casual fantasy football drafters tend to overvalue quarterback. Things aren’t as bad as they were a decade ago when you were likely to regularly see quarterbacks drafted in the first round. But signal-callers still tend to go earlier than their relative value suggests they should Patrick Mahomes is the consensus top fantasy quarterback this year, but you’ll notice he only comes at No. 42 below. That’s a mid-fourth-round fantasy draft grade. And this isn’t a knock on Mahomes whatsoever. Simply put, the gap between Mahomes and what you will likely be able to get off waivers each week isn’t as large as the gap between the top running backs or wide receivers and a replacement level player. Like most years, the wise thing to do this year is wait at the position a scoop value in and around the ninth or 10th round.

You’ll also notice that the top-ranked fantasy team defense is the Chicago Bears at 152nd. That’s a 13th-round fantasy draft grade, which is nowhere near where they’ll be drafted. Current ADP has the Bears coming off the board in the eighth round. So in selecting the Bears at market values means you’re likely giving up about five rounds of value at the position. In this same spot, you could/should be scooping value at wide receiver and running back, drafting the one of the five tight ends after the Big 3, or even breaking the seal on quarterback. Any one of those moves will make your team significantly better than drafting a defense in the eighth round. Let someone else make that move. You’ll have plenty of upside options to pick from in the late rounds of your drafts.

1 Ezekiel Elliott RB1
2 Saquon Barkley RB2
3 Christian McCaffrey RB3
4 Alvin Kamara RB4
5 DeAndre Hopkins WR1
6 Davante Adams WR2
7 Le'Veon Bell RB5
8 Julio Jones WR3
9 David Johnson RB6
10 Michael Thomas WR4
11 Odell Beckham Jr. WR5
12 James Conner RB7
13 Travis Kelce TE1
14 Tyreek Hill WR6
15 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR7
16 Joe Mixon RB8
17 Antonio Brown WR8
18 Todd Gurley II RB9
19 Dalvin Cook RB10
20 Nick Chubb RB11
21 Mike Evans WR9
22 Melvin Gordon RB12
23 T.Y. Hilton WR10
24 Zach Ertz TE2
25 Keenan Allen WR11
26 Leonard Fournette RB13
27 George Kittle TE3
28 Amari Cooper WR12
29 Marlon Mack RB14
30 Damien Williams RB15
31 Julian Edelman WR13
32 Kerryon Johnson RB16
33 Devonta Freeman RB17
34 Stefon Diggs WR14
35 Aaron Jones RB18
36 Adam Thielen WR15
37 Brandin Cooks WR16
38 Derrick Henry RB19
39 Josh Jacobs RB20
40 Robert Woods WR17
41 Kenny Golladay WR18
42 Patrick Mahomes QB1
43 Chris Godwin WR19
44 David Montgomery RB21
45 Tyler Lockett WR20
46 Alshon Jeffery WR21
47 Mark Ingram II RB22
48 Chris Carson RB23
49 Phillip Lindsay RB24
50 DJ Moore WR22
51 Tyler Boyd WR23
52 A.J. Green WR24
53 Cooper Kupp WR25
54 Allen Robinson WR26
55 Calvin Ridley WR27
56 James White RB25
57 Kenyan Drake RB26
58 Mike Williams WR28
59 Jarvis Landry WR29
60 Hunter Henry TE4
61 O.J. Howard TE5
62 Evan Engram TE6
63 Lamar Miller RB27
64 Robby Anderson WR30
65 Deshaun Watson QB2
66 Andrew Luck QB3
67 Aaron Rodgers QB4
68 Sammy Watkins WR31
69 Sony Michel RB28
70 Corey Davis WR32
71 Christian Kirk WR33
72 Marvin Jones Jr. WR34
73 Dante Pettis WR35
74 Tevin Coleman RB29
75 Matt Ryan QB5
76 Will Fuller V WR36
77 Dede Westbrook WR37
78 Austin Ekeler RB30
79 Jared Cook TE7
80 Miles Sanders RB31
81 Latavius Murray RB32
82 Darrell Henderson RB33
83 Curtis Samuel WR38
84 Baker Mayfield QB6
85 Derrius Guice RB34
86 Sterling Shepard WR39
87 Larry Fitzgerald WR40
88 Eric Ebron TE8
89 Courtland Sutton WR41
90 Vance McDonald TE9
91 Rashaad Penny RB35
92 Keke Coutee WR42
93 Russell Wilson QB7
94 Tarik Cohen RB36
95 David Njoku TE10
96 Drew Brees QB8
97 Royce Freeman RB37
98 Carson Wentz QB9
99 Jared Goff QB10
100 DeSean Jackson WR43
101 N'Keal Harry WR44
102 Kyler Murray QB11
103 Cam Newton QB12
104 Delanie Walker TE11
105 Devin Funchess WR45
106 Emmanuel Sanders WR46
107 Austin Hooper TE12
108 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR47
109 Golden Tate WR48
110 Trey Burton TE13
111 Michael Gallup WR49
112 Ben Roethlisberger QB13
113 Anthony Miller WR50
114 LeSean McCoy RB38
115 Jameis Winston QB14
116 Dak Prescott QB15
117 Geronimo Allison WR51
118 Donte Moncrief WR52
119 Jamison Crowder WR53
120 Jack Doyle TE14
121 Peyton Barber RB39
122 Jordan Howard RB40
123 Ronald Jones RB41
124 Tom Brady QB16
125 Matt Breida RB42
126 Philip Rivers QB17
127 Tyrell Williams WR54
128 Mitchell Trubisky QB18
129 James Washington WR55
130 Jerick McKinnon RB43
131 Nyheim Hines RB44
132 Kenny Stills WR56
133 Albert Wilson WR57
134 D.K. Metcalf WR58
135 DaeSean Hamilton WR59
136 Greg Olsen TE15
137 Adrian Peterson RB45
138 Lamar Jackson QB19
139 John Brown WR60
140 Jordan Reed TE16
141 Mark Andrews TE17
142 Deebo Samuel WR61
143 D'Onta Foreman RB46
144 Jimmy Graham TE18
145 Dion Lewis RB47
146 Ito Smith RB48
147 Kalen Ballage RB49
148 Carlos Hyde RB50
149 Mohamed Sanu WR62
150 Parris Campbell WR63
151 Adam Humphries WR64
152 Chicago Bears DST1
153 Kyle Rudolph TE19
154 Kirk Cousins QB20
155 Duke Johnson Jr. RB51
156 Chris Herndon IV TE20
157 Robert Foster WR65
158 Jaylen Samuels RB52
159 Jacksonville Jaguars DST2
160 Tre'Quan Smith WR66
161 Damien Harris RB53
162 C.J. Anderson RB54
163 Los Angeles Chargers DST3
164 Los Angeles Rams DST4
165 Marquise Brown WR67
166 Minnesota Vikings DST5
167 Andy Isabella WR68
168 Greg Zuerlein K1
169 Jimmy Garoppolo QB21
170 Ted Ginn WR69
171 Quincy Enunwa WR70
172 Marquise Goodwin WR71
173 Justin Jackson RB55
174 Justin Tucker K2
175 Marqise Lee WR72
176 Justice Hill RB56
177 Chris Thompson RB57
178 Jamaal Williams RB58
179 Harrison Butker K3
180 New England Patriots DST6
181 Josh Allen QB22
182 Stephen Gostkowski K4
183 New Orleans Saints DST7
184 T.J. Hockenson TE21
185 Paul Richardson WR73
186 Wil Lutz K5
187 Buffalo Bills DST8
188 Mike Davis RB59
189 Denver Broncos DST9
190 Devin Singletary RB60
191 DeVante Parker WR74
192 Dallas Goedert TE22
193 Giovani Bernard RB61
194 Robbie Gould K6
195 Noah Fant TE23
196 Sam Darnold QB23
197 Indianapolis Colts DST10
198 Brett Maher K7
199 Randall Cobb WR75
200 Jalen Richard RB62

 

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