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2018 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings

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Well, it’s beginning to look like Christmas around here and that means your finals cannot be far off. Week 16 Sunday happens on Dec. 23 this season.

From curious onlookers or fantasy newbies, I’m often asked why almost every fantasy league does not include Week 17. It’s a fair question for those uninitiated and deserves better response than a patronizing roll of the eyes.

For those wanting to know how to best answer this yearly ritual question to our fantasy football debutants, it’s fairly simple. Every year, several teams have clinched a playoff spot or cannot advance their seeding at Week 17. Thus with the Wild-Card playoff games coming the following week, it’s common for those teams to avoid injuries to their star players. The coach either rests them completely or has them play very little more than an opening series.


At the same time, there are teams still contending for a playoff berth in Week 17 who of course have their starters playing. With this imbalance of fantasy relevant players across the league in Week 17, it makes no sense to have a fantasy final without all the regulars on every team participating in full.

This is why I never rank players after Week 16. Not weekly or rest of season.

The rankings provided here update every week and will adjust within 24 hours for any major breaking player news and other NFL current events. Richard Savill provides a weekly round-up in this space with commentary. The rest of season rankings reflect player value as if you were currently drafting a fantasy team.


Need the short-range fantasy forecast? Check out the Weekly Rankings of the F6P staff.


This week’s changes at the top of the positions in brief…

No major changes near the top of any position this week.

Davante Adams (WR4↔) gets a slight boost as his touchdown count (9) weighs heavily in his favor.

Would you believe that Eric Ebron (TE11↑) also has nine touchdowns on the season after exploding for three last Sunday? Until Jack Doyle came along, he made for a solid top five candidate.

2018 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings


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Notable Injuries

Cooper Kupp, WR (NR), Los Angeles Chargers

Torn ACL and on IR. Major fantasy loss to have at this point in 2018. Kupp was useful in both PPR and standard formats. Josh Reynolds (WR55↑) has guaranteed upside, but whether it bears fantasy fruit is another question. Best not leaving him on waivers because the Rams will need to enter him into their plans at some point.

Rob Gronkowski, TE12↓, New England Patriots

Hard times for Gronkowski (back) and his fantasy owners. He hasn’t had a big game or a touchdown since Week 1. The Patriots obviously want to move on from him, but since Gronk agreed to yet another contract restructure in August to remain in Boston, they kept him. Rumors of his retirement once again begin to resurface.

Sam Darnold, QB34↔, New York Jets

One of the sink or swim rookies of 2018. Darnold (foot) may or may not return this season. The report card on Sam Darnold I would assess as incomplete. The Jets need some proper offensive weapons for him.

Some Notable Risers

Leonard Fournette, RB11↑, Jacksonville Jaguars

Fournette stepped back on the field and produced as if he never left. No rust. It’s a fantastic start and although 24-53-1 sounds like a volume dependency, his 5-56-1 statline receiving was indeed proof he can provide more than just grinding rush yardage.

Aaron Jones, RB14↑, Green Bay Packers

At last. Mike McCarthy finally sees the benefit using a running back with talent without breaking his rhythm. Last Sunday against Dolphins, the Packers avoided their usual scheme of switching the backfield with every offensive series. Jones went 15-145-2 along with an extra 27 yards receiving. This is far better than his paltry average of 8.0 carries in his first four games following the suspension. Jones is now in the high RB2 tier.

Josh Gordon, WR17↑, New England Patriots

Well established in the offense now. Gordon is safely playable every week, so just ignore any fantasy blogger who puts him in the sit side of “start and sit” columns from now on. Gordon is well beyond all that stuff for the rest of the season.

Amari Cooper, WR23↑, Dallas Cowboys

I still think the Cowboys gave up too much. We in fantasy could care less about that now though. Cooper continues to reclaim his fantasy stature. If you bought low on Cooper, you did even better on the deal than Dallas. The target share for Cooper ensures that yards and touchdowns will soon come. I guess the Raiders organization really is a desolate environment for fantasy hopes. This player might have wasted away his talent had he continued there. What a break for his career.


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Some Notable Fallers

Jordan Howard, RB25↓, Chicago Bears

It’s gone all wrong. What distresses owners of Howard the most is that the Bears offensively are impressing everywhere else. If Howard doesn’t score, you get a bad week. Tarik Cohen (RB29↑) will soon overtake him as the better player to own in this timeshare rest of season.

Tom Brady, QB9↓, New England Patriots

The decline is not dramatic, but Brady is slowly degrading. Unusual mistakes are creeping into his game. I remain optimistic for the goat, but this could affect our perceptions of his pass catchers, including my own glowing assessment of Josh Gordon (WR17↑) from here on. Brady remains a far better quarterback than most in the NFL obviously, but I sense concern ahead.

About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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4 Comments

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  2. Todd Packer

    October 16, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    You don’t get paid for this, right? This list is pretty laughable and is put together with more recency bias than any list I have ever seen. Mark Ingram has a decent game after Kamara had 90% of NO’s running back touches through 4 weeks and they decided to let him rest, and ingram is suddenly more valuable than Kamara? And Crowell is frustrating but placing him nearby 20 spots behind Wendell Smallwood is mind boggling. For the love of god please don’t ever do this again

    • Richard Savill

      October 16, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks for the comments. yes, Iam in the middle of adjusting. Of all the luck, someone happened to come along before I finished the adjustments. These are regularly published on Thursday.

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