2018 Fantasy Football Preview: Koerner, Raybon & Freedman’s Top 200 Players

Aug 20, 2018 1:00 PM EDT
  • 2018 fantasy football rankings, printable cheat sheets, and player profiles are linked below.
  • Sean Koerner has been the No. 1 in-season FantasyPros ranker for three straight seasons, Matthew Freedman was No. 6 last year, and Chris Raybon has seen every NFL snap since 2010.

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Player Profiles: QB | RB | WR | TE | DST | K | Rookies

Here is an assortment of player profiles from our three experts. To profiles on every player, please visit the links above.

2018 Fantasy Football QB Profile Preview

Tom Brady, Patriots

Leads the league with 8.08 adjusted net yards per attempt since serving his Deflategate suspension. – Freedman

Despite 4,576 yards, 32 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions last season, Brady was outscored in fantasy points per game (ESPN) by six quarterbacks, all of whom ran for at least 18.0 yards per game; Brady ran for 1.8. – Raybon

Andrew Luck, Colts

Has resumed his status as a human being with a functional shoulder that can throw regulation-size footballs; will his deep ball or rushing volume be affected? – Raybon

Is reportedly throwing a “football” again and has been a locked-in top-10 fantasy quarterback when healthy since entering the league. – Freedman

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Is the undisputed No. 1 quarterback heading into 2018 but with the loss of Jordy Nelson, injury history, and deep QB position this season, I’ll be avoiding taking the first quarterback off the board in most drafts. – Koerner

Finishes of QB29 in 2017 (missed nine games), QB1 in 2016, QB7 in 2015, QB1 in 2014, and QB22 in 2013 equate to a 60% whiff rate, which doesn’t mesh with arguably the most effective fantasy football drafting strategy there is: late-round quarterback. – Raybon

For all quarterback profiles, please visit the links at the top of the page.

2018 Fantasy Football RB Profile Preview

Le’Veon Bell, Steelers

Leads the position handily with 312 receptions since entering the league in 2013. – Freedman

Top-four running back in PPR points per game for four seasons and counting. – Raybon

Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys

Only back to average at least 100 yards rushing per game over the past two seasons. – Freedman

NFL leader in rushing yards per game in each of his first two seasons and may set a career high in receptions given the Cowboys’ barren receiving corps. – Raybon

Todd Gurley, Rams

Likely to regress from last season in total touchdowns (19) and yards per reception (12.3) but has margin for error after outscoring all other running backs by 2.8 PPR points per game. – Raybon

Led the NFL with 2,093 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage last year and still just 24 years old. – Freedman

David Johnson, Cardinals

Shakiest offensive line and quarterback situation of any back with a top-five ADP, but his quest for 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards is realizable and gives him No. 1 overall upside. – Raybon

Most dynamic back in the league, evidenced by his 33 all-purpose touchdowns in 33 career games. – Freedman

Christian McCaffrey, Panthers

Comped to Reggie Bush as a prospect and now is second all-time to Bush with his 113 first-year targets as a running back. – Freedman

Hybrid role (7.3 targets, 7.1 carries per game) resulted in double-digit PPR points in 12 of 16 games last year; any increase in carries would be gravy — and looks like it will happen. – Raybon

For all running back profiles, please visit the links at the top of the page.

 

2018 Fantasy Football WR Profile Preview

Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

Ninety-plus catches, 1,300-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of first three seasons, and 2017 full-season pace was 101-1,208-12. – Raybon

Antonio Brown, Steelers

Top-three PPR wideout every year since 2013. – Raybon

For full fantasy football rankings and all player profiles, please visit the links at the top of the page.

Dez Bryant, Free Agent

Finding a team is taking him almost as long as getting in and out of his breaks. – Raybon

X-throwing problem child with position-high 73 touchdowns receiving since 2010 rookie season. – Freedman

Josh Gordon, Browns

I’m fine with chasing 2013’s 87-1,646-9 ceiling when he managed a 1,000-yard 16-game pace last season despite being able to reel in only 43% of DeShone Kizer’s adventures; just be prepared for his season to end at any moment. – Raybon

Tyreek Hill, Chiefs

Has averaged 5.0 receptions, 79.3 scrimmage yards and 0.7 all-purpose touchdowns per game since stealing the No. 1 role from an injured Jeremy Maclin in November 2016. – Freedman

Speed freak who’s averaged 5.0 receptions per game over his last 23 and has scored 16 of 20 career touchdowns from 30+ yards out; Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins widen his potential range of outcomes. – Raybon 

For all wide receiver profiles, please visit the links at the top of the page.

2018 Fantasy Football TE Profile Preview

Jimmy Graham, Packers

Is it possible for a player to have more touchdowns than yards? – Raybon

Likely to become Aaron Rodgers’ favorite red-zone target. – Koerner

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Has NFL-high 77 touchdowns since entering the league in 2010 despite missing 26 games. – Freedman

Top-two tight end in PPR points per game in a ridiculous six of the past seven seasons. – Raybon

Travis Kelce, Chiefs

Over the last two years has 14.73 PPR points per game to Gronk’s 14.75. – Freedman

Hard to knock him based on quarterback play when he’s finished as the PPR TE1 in back-to-back seasons with Alex Smith– Raybon

For all tight end profiles, please visit the links at the top of the page.

 

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