I’ve spent quite a bit of time on this, so hopefully it’ll help you in your PPR fantasy draft. For better or worse, this is how I currently rank the top 100 NFL players for fantasy value in a PPR league.
Lots of things are taken into account here, but there are quite a few unknowns at this point. For example, take Brandon Marshall. (Please!) Today the Bronco’s announced that he’s suspended for the 2 remaining pre-season games, so I have no clue how to rank him. He’s definitely has less fantasy value today than he did yesterday, but how much less? He missed training camp, he hasn’t played yet this year, he had off-season surgery, he has a new head coach, he has a new QB (Orton, who I think sucks, but in any case Orton is not as good a QB as Cutler was) and he’s admitted that he doesn’t know the playbook.
In short, Marshall is a huge gamble right now, no matter where you take him. IF – and that’s a big if – he gets his shit together, he COULD be one of the top receivers in a PPR league. But on draft day, you have to know that the guy is gonna be on the field if you draft him in the top 100. With Marshall you simply don’t know as of today. Watch the news and read the latest updates before drafting him.
Another example is the RBBC that Tampa Bay announced this week. WTF? They are planning on a 2-2-1 split of carries between the top 3 running backs. At this moment that would mean that Graham would get 2 carries, Ward would get 2 carries, and Williams would get 1, because that’s the order of their depth chart. I still think that Ward has the most fantasy value in a PPR league, but all of them are devalued because of the decision. But where do they rank today? Below is my best estimate. (I really like Cadillac Williams, and I hope he can stay healthy, but there’s no way he’s in the top 100 as of today.)
You’ll note that this order doesn’t line up perfectly with my individual position rankings from last week. It’s close in most cases, but while I took those into account, I tried to make this list as up to date as possible, so some players have moved up and some have moved down. I’ll probably update this sometime before next weekend, because I’m guessing most fantasy drafts will be Labor Day weekend. Mine are.
Well, what do you think?