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The PFF Fantasy cheat sheet for 2018

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We’ve put out a lot of fantasy material this offseason. (Trust me, as the person writing this, I’ve also edited all of it. It’s a whole whole lot.) And we've done it since February. (Again, as the person writing this, my wife will tell you that I take almost no days off.) That much material just out in the ether over that much time can be daunting for someone trying to get ready for a fantasy draft.

Want to be the most comprehensive fantasy player possible? The most well-read one anywhere? Sure, scroll back over six months of material, read every last piece, research every last data point, have fun. Maybe you don't need a job.

But for everybody who needs a job, who can't take that sort of time, we have this.

This is our cheat sheet for 2018. As you prepare for your draft, whenever it is, and whatever structure it is, keep this bookmarked. Here, you can access our rankings, our analysis, and our previews, along with much more.

It's not everything. But it's everything you need.

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Start here: The Fantasy Playbook

The Playbook is our 2018 draft guide, complete with bios of every fantasy-relevant player, key statistics, and draft boards for multiple kinds of leagues. It will be updated multiple times before the season begins and is as comprehensive a preview as you’ll find.

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Previewing the divisions

For our last bit of preview before the season, the staff goes division-by-division to identify the top players to watch for every reason:

Fantasy football rankings

“Rankings” sounds like such a simple term, but there are so many ways to look at it. Different league types, different categories. We’ve offered up rankings in a lot of ways. Check out a few of them:


Bold predictions

The staff conducts their annual Bold Predictions Week, with a whole host of the writers offering up their predictions for the season:

Fantasy team power rankings

Tyler Loechner breaks down all 32 teams in order based on our preseason projections:

July 23: 32-29 July 24: 28-25 July 25: 24-21 July 26: 20-17
No. 32 New York Jets No. 28 Oakland Raiders No. 24 Indianapolis Colts No. 20 Detroit Lions
No. 31 Buffalo Bills No. 27 Jacksonville Jaguars No. 23 Dallas Cowboys No. 19 Denver Broncos
No. 30 Miami Dolphins No. 26 Washington Redskins No. 22 Chicago Bears No. 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 29 Baltimore Ravens No. 25 San Francisco 49ers No. 21 Cleveland Browns No. 17 Seattle Seahawks
July 30: 16-13 July 31: 12-9 August 1: Pittsburgh Steelers August 2: 4-1
No. 16 Tennessee Titans No. 12 Houston Texans No. 8 Atlanta Falcons No. 4 New York Giants
No. 15 Carolina Panthers No. 11 Los Angeles Chargers No. 7 Green Bay Packers No. 3 New Orleans Saints
No. 14 Cincinnati Bengals No. 10 Philadelphia Eagles No. 6 New England Patriots No. 2 Minnesota Vikings
No. 13 Arizona Cardinals No. 9 Los Angeles Rams No. 5 Kansas City Chiefs No. 1 Pittsburgh Steelers

News, reactions, and deep dives

Sometimes, our material doesn’t fit into a nice box, but it’s still important come draft time. These are those:

Quarterback Running back Wide receiver Tight end
Sleepers 6-Mar 13-Mar 20-Mar 27-Mar
Busts 8-Mar 15-Mar 22-Mar 29-Mar
Starter shelf life 30-Mar 6-Apr 13-Apr 20-Apr
Strength of schedule 18-Jun
23-Apr 24-Apr
(updated Aug. 23)
Second-year players 3-Apr 10-Apr 17-Apr 24-Apr
Position battles 3-Jul 5-Jul 10-Jul 12-Jul
Players who could finish #1 15-May 22-May 29-May 5-Jun
Bounceback candidates 25-May 30-May 1-Jun 8-Jun

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Offseason series

Sometimes you can’t get the entire point across in one piece. Some of our writers have had longer series, covering a broader topic or topics or going team-by-team or division-by-division. Check them out here:

Fantasy football mock drafts

The PFF Fantasy staff (plus sometimes some helpful outsiders!) has spent the entire offseason participating in an entire series of mock drafts, from the perfectly normal 12-team standard to a pre-NFL draft six-round rookie draft to an IDP to just about everything else. Below are all our results and analysis and strategy breakdowns. (Drafts are 12-team unless otherwise noted.)

Draft how-tos

IDP leagues

Walton Spurlin and Ross Miles are our resident IDP experts, and they’ve kept up with plenty of IDP material all offseason:

Devy leagues

Curtis Patrick has captained our devy material, looking at college players who should offer particular value down the road:

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