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Fantasy football rankings: Keeper rankings for 2019

Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Making decisions in fantasy football keeper leagues can be tricky if you’re in a league that penalizes you a round in your draft for the player. The rules on these penalties vary by league, but the idea is essentially that you lose a designated round pick if you keep a specific player. This rule stipulation presents a challenge when you go to make your keeper decision. How do you know if the round you’re keeping the player at is good value or not?

To help you out in this process, I put together a set of 2019 fantasy football keeper rankings below. These rankings are grouped by rounds, and the rounds indicate the earliest I’d be willing to keep these players in a 12-team league. Please note that these rounds aren’t suggestions for where you should keep these players, but rather are a general set of guidelines for the earliest round value you should be considering keeping them.

We also dropped our fantasy football keeper value chart in late July,  which uses value over replacement numbers to calculate keeper value and help fantasy football owners make keeper decisions.

For example, if you have Mark Ingram with a fifth-round penalty, that’s two rounds earlier than the seventh-round keeper value we have below. That means you should toss Ingram back into the draft. But if you have Nick Chubb with an eighth-round penalty, you’re getting four rounds of value on him if you keep him.

If your league doesn’t have round penalties, you can also use this list to make your keeper decision. Don’t worry about the round groupings below. Instead, make your keeper decision based on the highest-ranked player. So if you’re deciding between Patrick Mahomes and Kerryon Johnson, you’d go with Johnson. The Lions back is ranked 13 spots higher than Mahomes, so he’s your best bet to keep.

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Round 1

1. Saquon Barkley, RB
2. Christian McCaffrey, RB
3. Alvin Kamara, RB
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB
5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR
6. Davante Adams, WR

Round 2

7. Le'Veon Bell, RB
8. Julio Jones, WR
9. Michael Thomas, WR
10. David Johnson, RB
11. Odell Beckham Jr., WR
12. Travis Kelce, TE
13. Tyreek Hill, WR
14. James Conner, RB
15. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR
16. Joe Mixon, RB
17. Antonio Brown, WR
18. Todd Gurley II, RB

Round 3

19. Keenan Allen, WR
20. Dalvin Cook, RB
21. Mike Evans, WR
22. Zach Ertz, TE
23. T.Y. Hilton, WR
24. Amari Cooper, WR
25. George Kittle, TE

Round 4

26. Adam Thielen, WR
27. Nick Chubb, RB
28. Leonard Fournette, RB
29. Kerryon Johnson, RB
30. Devonta Freeman, RB
31. Stefon Diggs, WR
32. Julian Edelman, WR
33. Aaron Jones, RB
34. Damien Williams, RB

Round 5

35. Brandin Cooks, WR
36. Derrick Henry, RB
37. Marlon Mack, RB
38. Melvin Gordon III, RB
39. Robert Woods, WR
40. Kenny Golladay, WR
41. Chris Godwin, WR
42. Patrick Mahomes, QB

Round 6

43. Tyler Lockett, WR
44. Chris Carson, RB
45. Cooper Kupp, WR
46. D.J. Moore, WR
47. Tyler Boyd, WR

Round 7

48. Allen Robinson II, WR
49. Mark Ingram II, RB
50. Alshon Jeffery, WR
51. Calvin Ridley, WR
52. James White, RB
53. A.J. Green, WR
54. Phillip Lindsay, RB

Round 8

55. Lamar Miller, RB
56. Kenyan Drake, RB
57. Mike Williams, WR
58. Jarvis Landry, WR
59. Tarik Cohen, RB
60. Hunter Henry, TE
61. Evan Engram, TE
62. O.J. Howard, TE
63. Robby Anderson, WR
64. Deshaun Watson, QB
65. Aaron Rodgers, QB

Round 9

66. Tevin Coleman, RB
67. Austin Ekeler, RB
68. Sammy Watkins, WR
69. Marvin Jones Jr., WR
70. Sterling Shepard, WR
71. Andrew Luck, QB
72. Corey Davis, WR
73. Dante Pettis, WR
74. Dede Westbrook, WR
75. Christian Kirk, WR
76. Sony Michel, RB

Round 10

77. Matt Ryan, QB
78. Jared Cook, TE
79. Will Fuller V, WR
80. Larry Fitzgerald, WR
81. Latavius Murray, RB
82. Curtis Samuel, WR
83. Russell Wilson, QB
84. Courtland Sutton, WR
85. Rashaad Penny, RB
86. Keke Coutee, WR
87. Derrius Guice, RB
88. Vance McDonald, TE
89. Baker Mayfield, QB
90. Eric Ebron, TE
91. Carson Wentz, QB

Round 11

92. Drew Brees, QB
93. Jared Goff, QB
94. David Njoku, TE
95. DeSean Jackson, WR
96. Emmanuel Sanders, WR
97. Cam Newton, QB
98. Royce Freeman, RB
99. Ronald Jones II, RB

Round 12

100. Delanie Walker, TE
101. Austin Hooper, TE
102. Devin Funchess, WR
103. Golden Tate, WR
104. Trey Burton, TE
105. Geronimo Allison, WR
106. Ben Roethlisberger, QB
107. Michael Gallup, WR
108. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR
109. Donte Moncrief, WR
110. Jameis Winston, QB
111. Tyrell Williams, WR
112. Nyheim Hines, RB
113. Anthony Miller, WR
114. Dak Prescott, QB

Round 13

115. Jordan Howard, RB
116. LeSean McCoy, RB
117. Jamison Crowder, WR
118. Mitchell Trubisky, QB
119. Tom Brady, QB
120. Matt Breida, RB
121. Peyton Barber, RB
122. James Washington, WR
123. John Brown, WR
124. Philip Rivers, QB
125. Kenny Stills, WR
126. Jordan Reed, TE
127. Kalen Ballage, RB
128. Mark Andrews, TE
129. Jerick McKinnon, RB
130. Albert Wilson, WR
131. Lamar Jackson, QB

Round 14

132. Dion Lewis, RB
133. Mohamed Sanu, WR
134. Jack Doyle, TE
135. DaeSean Hamilton, WR
136. Duke Johnson Jr., RB
137. Adrian Peterson, RB
138. Jalen Richard, RB
139. Greg Olsen, TE
140. Chris Thompson, RB
141. Jaylen Samuels, RB
142. Carlos Hyde, RB
143. Kirk Cousins, QB
144. Jimmy Graham, TE

Round 15

145. C.J. Anderson, RB
146. Kyle Rudolph, TE
147. Quincy Enunwa, WR
148. Jamaal Williams, RB
149. Ito Smith, RB
150. Giovani Bernard, RB
151. Chris Herndon, TE
152. Tre'Quan Smith, WR
153. Josh Allen, QB
154. Paul Richardson, WR
155. Adam Humphries, WR
156. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
157. Justin Jackson, RB
158. D.J. Chark Jr., WR

Round 16

159. Mike Davis, RB
160. Kareem Hunt, RB
161. Ted Ginn, WR
162. Robert Foster, WR
163. Sam Darnold, QB
164. Randall Cobb, WR
165. Marquise Goodwin, WR
166. Derek Carr, QB
167. DeVante Parker, WR
168. Dallas Goedert, TE
169. Marqise Lee, WR
170. Cole Beasley, WR
171. Zay Jones, WR
172. Chase Edmonds, RB
173. Trey Quinn, WR
174. Matthew Stafford, QB
175. Antonio Callaway, WR

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