To wrap up our preseason consolidated ranks, we bring you the top 150 overall players. Check out where Andy Germani, Joe Mica and Tommy Landseadel have all your favorite players listed.
Before we get to the ranks, we need to discuss a couple disclaimers.
- As you will see, we have all changed our lists around quite a bit from the positional ranks. Much has happened over the past few weeks, so naturally players have been moving up and down the draft board.
- Also, these lists were finalized before the Tony Romo news broke. Dez Bryant would certainly move down a couple of spots, but don’t reduce expectations too drastically. His poor performance last season was due as much to injury as it was QB play. Prescott may struggle a bit, but he can’t be worse than what the Cowboys got last season from Cassel and Weeden. As for Ezekiel Elliott, running room may be a bit tougher to find. Again though, he makes a pretty solid mid first round pick. Dallas plays in a soft division and their line is good enough to open holes even when the defense is keying on the run. In other words, don’t overreact to this news!
- Lastly, there are a couple outlier ranks on these lists that really skew the overall numbers. That tends to happen more easily on an overall list than on a positional one. If you have a specific question about the rationale behind where we ranked a player, please ask in the comment section.
All of our rankings assume standard scoring:
- 6 points for TD
- 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
- 1 point for 25 yards passing – no PPR
Without further ado, here is our top 150 for 2016.
The top 36 would be the first three rounds in most standard drafts. You’ll notice there is just one quarterback and two tight ends ranked here. The rest is split between running back (15) and wide receiver (18). Their draft positions will obviously differ from your actual draft, but the volume of players from these two positions should remain about the same. Unless you are drafting Gronk or Cam Newton you should be looking at receivers and backs early.
72 players would bring us to the end of round six. Just like in the top 36, there were just two tight ends ranked here and receivers (17) edge out the running backs (12). However, there are five quarterbacks listed here, and by our rankings four of the five could be taken in round four. This is where you must make a major decision, so ask yourself one simple question.
- Do you value the security of taking one of the top quarterbacks on the board, or the depth you could acquire at the wide receiver and running back position?
If you believe that you can find value at the quarterback position later in the draft then stock up on those backs and receivers. However, if you don’t feel comfortable taking one of those lower ranked quarterbacks later then you’ll need to make your move early. There is no right or wrong decision here, just personal preferences.
Rounds seven through nine, or players 73 to 108 is where you start rounding out your starting squad. There are seven quarterbacks listed here bringing the grand total up to 13, and five tight ends for a total of nine through nine rounds. With 35 wide receivers (potentially) off the board in the first six rounds there are plenty of WR2 available here.
In contrast, 27 running backs could be off the board prior to round seven which means you’ll be looking at fullbacks with pass catching abilities, or a possible handcuff for a few of the more brittle starting backs. You’ll notice there is not one kicker or DST unit ranked in the top-100 (108) – that should tell you something. Don’t be the guy to reach too early for either of these positions.
After nine rounds you should have a starting quarterback, at least three wide receivers, three running backs, and maybe a tight end. If you drafted correctly then the final six round are for filling out your team, whether it be to fill an empty slot for an undrafted position or added bench depth to support your starting cast. That’s what the final portion of these rankings are for, listing the best of the rest – at least according to us.
There are no kickers ranked in the top-150, and only two DST units (Sea and Den). This is mainly because conventional wisdom says you should not take either of these positions until the end. However, if by round 12 you see that everyone is following this recipe, you might want to go against the grain and take someone from one of these two positions early. This might very well start a run causing some owners to take a lower ranked K/DST much earlier than they should. You’ll be doing that as well, but at least you’ve got the top choice. That right there is a strategy in itself.
That wraps up our fantasy football rankings for the 2016 season. Good luck to everyone in their draft and the up coming season.
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