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2018 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings

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If there was a way to describe the opening two weeks of this season, I would say we are seeing a hazy tomorrows with dazzling spectacle. So much uncertainty surrounds it all and yet the performances are stunning.

Week 2 belonged to the quarterbacks. In Week 1, six quarterbacks were in the top 25 players in fantasy scoring and Week 2, that number jumped to 10.

We have a great star in the making here folks because Patrick Mahomes is crushing it. Sammy Watkins looks like he is fresh out of Clemson and suddenly has incredible upside. When is the last time you might say that? Can’t remember? The high hopes for Watkins is here. And to think he isn’t even the number one option in Kansas City either.


The rankings provided here update every 24 hours or so to adjust for 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.


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

Yeah, it’s Mahomes. I had to put Mahomes at the top quarterback simply on a very unique talent. I haven’t seen a quarterback enter the league, in earnest, like this for a long time. I generally avoid throwback resemblances, but then there must be some reason I suddenly got the urge to see video of Dan Marino in 1983. Only 14 players since the merger had a game with 80% completions on at least 25 attempts, throwing five touchdowns and zero picks.

Melvin Gordon ticks up slightly to the number three spot. His production remains solid enough. Okay, the fantasy points bulked primarily from his three touchdowns, but who cares? That is where you want the trust in your fantasy running back – near the goal line.

Another challenger to Antonio Brown‘s perch is emerging. Michael Thomas of the Saints has more than the right stuff to do it. His receiving percentage is over 90% for the first two games. Although you can obviously give Brees some credit here, Thomas still has to catch them. He sits at number two.

2018 Fantasy Football Rest of Season Rankings


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Notable Injuries

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

One of McCoy‘s own offensive linemen rolled on him causing cartilage damage to his ribs. The original concern was for cracked or broken ribs. His status fortunately tends toward day-to-day than week-to-week per the latest.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Mixon requires “clean up” knee surgery. The most optimistic estimates for his return put the timetable as early as two weeks. For other players having in-season surgery in the past, this often goes the distance. Therefore, whenever you read 2-4 weeks for injuries and what-not, take the longer first. Saves disappointment.

Darius Slay, CB, Detroit Lions

In the concussion protocol. Slay clanged helmets with Kyle Juszczyk mid-way through third quarter and flopped to the turf. His absence may have an effect on the Detroit DST as a streaming option if he misses extended time.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars

The Jaguars sometimes seem in a hurry to get him back on the field and at other times do not. While the team is winning without him, it makes it harder to assess where matters really stand. Just the same, go with him playing next week as expected.

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins

He had some chance of fantasy relevance as a dart throw until Peterson came to town. He’s out with a toe and could return later in the year. Samaje Perine steps into a full relief back role.

Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams

With kickers at such a premium, this is actually a big loss for the Rams. Zuerlein pulled a groin muscle in Week 2 warmups with enough severity to keep him out for extended time. Since the Rams visit the opposition side of the field often, Sam Ficken is a sound pickup should he do his duty well.

Mike Wallace, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Our handy flex sleeper, Mr. Wallace, suffered a fracture and will miss several games. This increases the value of Nelson Agholor to new heights until Alshon Jeffery returns. Recent update: Wallace placed on IR Eligible Return.

Some Notable Risers

Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions

Golden Tate continues as the top target, but Golladay is emerging steadily this season. Something has to give and Marvin Jones is the one taking the fantasy hit. Jones remains involved to an acceptable level, but it’s the trend which has his ownership concerned.

For Golladay owners, the champagne case arrived. Just waiting for the ice buckets. You rarely see a player complete a tier upside so early in a season and then move on to the next. This is what is happening with Golladay. He stands at WR21.

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

The stud moment. From here on in, that 1st quarter catch Cole made against the Patriots in Week 2 means expectations have to rise. Strange as this may sound, but it’s true, fantasy is blind to spectacle. Numbers are what will determine Cole’s value.

Nate Washington was a great receiver for eye-candy catches, but never became anything more than a flex option most of his career. So Cole needs the numbers too and so far he’s gathering them. Cole is WR27 this week.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia

Beneficiary of depth chart injuries or not, Agholor produces. We knew last season that Agholor would grow, but never beyond his ceiling then of somewhere around WR25. Well, today he’s WR17 and into the top 20 for the first time.

The drawback may thwart further progress for Agholor is, of course, Alshon Jeffery. But one can never be too sure about these things until they actually play out.


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Some Notable Fallers

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Apart from Javorius Allen, what is there? The answer is nobody and the Ravens will have to activate someone eventually. Collins has yet to play to his projected potential this season and concerns continue to grow in fantasy as to when that happens. He is now RB31

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Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Similar to Alex Collins, but less alarming because at least there seems to be a reason. Ryan Fitzpatrick is balling. Still, Barber might be getting the chop after Week 3 if his production does not improve. 16 carries for 22 yards in Week 2? Barber is very shaky at RB27.

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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