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Fantasy football rankings: Jeff Ratcliffe's top 200 for PPR leagues

By Jeff Ratcliffe
May 20, 2019

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Dec 16, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) reaches out for an intended pass during the 1st quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Having a good set of overall fantasy football ranking is the first step in dominating your drafts in 2019. Below you’ll find the top 200 PPR rankings for 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 or not 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 too great? The answer to that question really depends on where the next five tight ends can be had. Current rankings and ADP data suggest between Rounds 5-8. 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. 41 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 tenth round.

You’ll also notice that the top-ranked fantasy team defense is the Chicago Bears at 177th. That’s a 15th-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 seven rounds of value at the position. In this same spot, you could/should be scooping value at wide receiver and running back, drafting 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.

Check out the full PFF Fantasy staff rankings.

Rk Player Pos
1 Saquon Barkley RB1
2 Ezekiel Elliott RB2
3 Christian McCaffrey RB3
4 Alvin Kamara RB4
5 DeAndre Hopkins WR1
6 Todd Gurley II RB5
7 Davante Adams WR2
8 Melvin Gordon RB6
9 James Conner RB7
10 Le’Veon Bell RB8
11 Julio Jones WR3
12 Michael Thomas WR4
13 Antonio Brown WR5
14 David Johnson RB9
15 Joe Mixon RB10
16 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR6
17 Travis Kelce TE1
18 Dalvin Cook RB11
19 Odell Beckham Jr. WR7
20 Nick Chubb RB12
21 T.Y. Hilton WR8
22 Zach Ertz TE2
23 Leonard Fournette RB13
24 Mike Evans WR9
25 Marlon Mack RB14
26 Keenan Allen WR10
27 A.J. Green WR11
28 George Kittle TE3
29 Derrick Henry RB15
30 Adam Thielen WR12
31 Stefon Diggs WR13
32 Robert Woods WR14
33 Devonta Freeman RB16
34 Damien Williams RB17
35 Sony Michel RB18
36 Chris Carson RB19
37 Brandin Cooks WR15
38 Amari Cooper WR16
39 Julian Edelman WR17
40 Aaron Jones RB20
41 Patrick Mahomes QB1
42 Phillip Lindsay RB21
43 Kerryon Johnson RB22
44 Kenny Golladay WR18
45 Mark Ingram II RB23
46 Josh Jacobs RB24
47 Alshon Jeffery WR19
48 Cooper Kupp WR20
49 Sammy Watkins WR21
50 Allen Robinson WR22
51 Chris Godwin WR23
52 Kenyan Drake RB25
53 Tyler Lockett WR24
54 Robby Anderson WR25
55 Lamar Miller RB26
56 DJ Moore WR26
57 Mike Williams WR27
58 James White RB27
59 Hunter Henry TE4
60 Andrew Luck QB2
61 O.J. Howard TE5
62 Calvin Ridley WR28
63 Marvin Jones Jr. WR29
64 Deshaun Watson QB3
65 Aaron Rodgers QB4
66 Tarik Cohen RB28
67 Tevin Coleman RB29
68 Jarvis Landry WR30
69 Tyler Boyd WR31
70 Corey Davis WR32
71 David Montgomery RB30
72 Evan Engram TE6
73 Latavius Murray RB31
74 Matt Ryan QB5
75 Russell Wilson QB6
76 Dante Pettis WR33
77 Will Fuller V WR34
78 Eric Ebron TE7
79 Dede Westbrook WR35
80 Larry Fitzgerald WR36
81 Miles Sanders RB32
82 Drew Brees QB7
83 Courtland Sutton WR37
84 Baker Mayfield QB8
85 Derrius Guice RB33
86 Jared Cook TE8
87 LeSean McCoy RB34
88 Sterling Shepard WR38
89 Christian Kirk WR39
90 Jared Goff QB9
91 Geronimo Allison WR40
92 Cam Newton QB10
93 DeSean Jackson WR41
94 James Washington WR42
95 Carson Wentz QB11
96 David Njoku TE9
97 Curtis Samuel WR43
98 Golden Tate WR44
99 Jerick McKinnon RB35
100 Emmanuel Sanders WR45
101 Ben Roethlisberger QB12
102 Royce Freeman RB36
103 Dak Prescott QB13
104 Austin Ekeler RB37
105 Ronald Jones II RB38
106 Vance McDonald TE10
107 Delanie Walker TE11
108 Jordan Howard RB39
109 Tyrell Williams WR46
110 Jameis Winston QB14
111 N’Keal Harry WR47
112 Kyler Murray QB15
113 Rashaad Penny RB40
114 Dion Lewis RB41
115 Chris Herndon IV TE12
116 Keke Coutee WR48
117 Michael Gallup WR49
118 Mitchell Trubisky QB16
119 Philip Rivers QB17
120 Adrian Peterson RB42
121 Devin Funchess WR50
122 Lamar Jackson QB18
123 Austin Hooper TE13
124 D.K. Metcalf WR51
125 Mecole Hardman WR52
126 Kenny Stills WR53
127 Jamison Crowder WR54
128 Tom Brady QB19
129 Trey Burton TE14
130 Jack Doyle TE15
131 Ito Smith RB43
132 Marquise Brown WR55
133 Marqise Lee WR56
134 Greg Olsen TE16
135 Mohamed Sanu WR57
136 Carlos Hyde RB44
137 Peyton Barber RB45
138 Anthony Miller WR58
139 Jimmy Graham TE17
140 D’Onta Foreman RB46
141 Kirk Cousins QB20
142 Duke Johnson Jr. RB47
143 Kyle Rudolph TE18
144 Matt Breida RB48
145 Jamaal Williams RB49
146 Nyheim Hines RB50
147 Parris Campbell WR59
148 Donte Moncrief WR60
149 John Brown WR61
150 Quincy Enunwa WR62
151 Adam Humphries WR63
152 DaeSean Hamilton WR64
153 Marquise Goodwin WR65
154 Deebo Samuel WR66
155 Darrell Henderson RB51
156 Chris Thompson RB52
157 A.J. Brown WR67
158 DeVante Parker WR68
159 Josh Allen QB21
160 Tre’Quan Smith WR69
161 Robert Foster WR70
162 Tyreek Hill WR71
163 Andy Isabella WR72
164 Jimmy Garoppolo QB22
165 Albert Wilson WR73
166 Jalen Richard RB53
167 Ted Ginn WR74
168 Jaylen Samuels RB54
169 Paul Richardson WR75
170 Kalen Ballage RB55
171 Kareem Hunt RB56
172 Giovani Bernard RB57
173 Jordan Reed TE19
174 Sam Darnold QB23
175 C.J. Anderson RB58
176 Marquez Valdes-Scantling WR76
177 Chicago Bears DST1
178 T.J. Hockenson TE20
179 Noah Fant TE21
180 Mark Andrews TE22
181 Taylor Gabriel WR77
182 Jacksonville Jaguars DST2
183 Los Angeles Rams DST3
184 Minnesota Vikings DST4
185 David Moore WR78
186 Mike Davis RB59
187 Houston Texans DST5
188 Los Angeles Chargers DST6
189 New Orleans Saints DST7
190 Greg Zuerlein K1
191 Derek Carr QB24
192 Gus Edwards RB60
193 Denver Broncos DST8
194 Buffalo Bills DST9
195 Rex Burkhead RB61
196 Matthew Stafford QB25
197 Justin Tucker K2
198 Stephen Gostkowski K3
199 Harrison Butker K4
200 New England Patriots DST10

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