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- Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- dives deep into his rankings and projections for each position.
- Sean breaks down potential sleepers and busts, along with the ideal strategies to use in your 2018 draft.
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Tier 1: Aaron Rodgers
Yes, Rodgers still deserves his own tier. We all know his ability to put up elite passing stats on a weekly basis, but his rushing prowess gives him additional value.
With the QB position as deep as it is this season, I’m willing to let someone else take him first to set the market for QB and scoop up the QB who falls toward the middle to late rounds.
Tier 1: Todd Gurley
Gurley’s TD expectations give him enough of an edge over Le’Veon Bell that he deserves a tier all to himself in standard. In a PPR format, I think you can make a case for Bell over Gurley, I just won’t be pulling that trigger myself.
Tier 1: Antonio Brown
AB is the first non-RB I would consider taking in the draft. Now that Brown is 30, this might be the last season he gets Tier 1 all to himself.
The often-overlooked risk involved in taking AB is that you are also banking on Ben Roethlisberger staying healthy.
I typically have Brown ranked as a WR2 in weeks when Big Ben is out. In the five games Roethlisberger has missed over the past three seasons, AB has averaged a 4.8/68/0 line.
Tier 1: Rob Gronkowski
The only risk in taking Gronk as the first tight end off the board is that you are betting on him playing 14 or more games. He hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2011.
When healthy, Gronk has been in a league of his own and gives owners a huge leg up at the weakest skill position in fantasy football.
However, the prudent strategy might be to let someone else invest a second-round pick in Gronk while you sit back and snag either Travis Kelce or Zack Ertz in Rounds 3 or 4.
Defense Tier 1: Jacksonville Jaguars
Kicker Tier 1: Stephen Gostkowski, Greg Zuerlein