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Week 2 Rankings:         Top-20 Quarterbacks   1 ) Tom Brady (NE)   2 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB)   3 ) Matt Ryan (ATL)   4 ) Drew Brees (NO)   5 ) Derek Carr (OAK)   6 ) Jameis Winston (TB)   7 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN)   8 ) Cam Newton (CAR)   9 ) Philip Rivers (LAC)   10 ) Matthew Stafford (DET)   11 ) Russell Wilson (SEA)   12 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)   13 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS)   14 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF)   15 ) Alex Smith (KC)   16 ) Carson Wentz (DAL)   17 ) Dak Prescott (DAL)   18 ) Jay Cutler (MIA)   19 ) Carson Palmer (ARI)   20 ) Joe Flacco (BAL)   Top-40 Running Backs   1 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT)   2 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF)   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)   4 ) Kareem Hunt (KC)   5 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC)   6 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA)   7 ) Ty Montgomery (GB)   8 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN)   9 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL)   10 ) Todd Gurley (LAR)   11 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK)   12 ) Mike Gillislee (NE)   13 ) Leonard Fournette (JAC)   14 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN)   15 ) Jordan Howard (CHI)   16 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR)   17 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB)   18 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE)   19 ) CJ Anderson (DEN)   20 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI)   21 ) Lamar Miller (HOU)   22 ) Mark Ingram (NO)   23 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ)   24 ) James White (NE)   25 ) Terrance West (BAL)   26 ) Jonathan Stewart (CAR)   27 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL)   28 ) Javorious Allen (BAL)   29 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA)   30 ) Carlos Hyde (SF)   31 ) Kerwynn Williams (ARI)   32 ) Robert Kelley (WAS)   33 ) Theo Riddick (DET)   34 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI)   35 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET)   36 ) Alvin Kamara (NO)   37 ) Joe Mixon (CIN)   38 ) Jeremy Hill (CIN)   39 ) Adrian Peterson (NO)   40 ) Frank Gore (IND)   Top-50 Wide Receivers   1 ) Julio Jones (ATL)   2 ) Jordy Nelson (GB)   3 ) Mike Evans (TB)   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT)   5 ) Amari Cooper (OAK)   6 ) Brandin Cooks (NE)   7 ) AJ Green (CIN)   8 ) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)   9 ) Keenan Allen (LAC)   10 ) Michael Thomas (NO)   11 ) Tyreek Hill (KC)   12 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA)   13 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)   14 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)   15 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN)   16 ) Golden Tate (DET)   17 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN)   18 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK)   19 ) Dez Bryant (DAL)   20 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT)   21 ) Davante Adams (GB)   22 ) Devante Parker (MIA)   23 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR)   24 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS)   25 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL)   26 ) Adam Thielen (MIN)   27 ) Randall Cobb (GB)   28 ) DeSean Jackson (TB)   29 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI)   30 ) Danny Amendola (NE)   31 ) Cooper Kupp (LAR)   32 ) Sammy Watkins (LAR)   33 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC)   34 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA)   35 ) Corey Coleman (CLE)   36 ) Corey Davis (TEN)   37 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS)   38 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)   39 ) Pierre Garcon (SF)   40 ) TY Hilton (IND)   41 ) Ted Ginn (IND)   42 ) Chris Hogan (NE)   43 ) Eric Decker (TEN)   44 ) John Brown (ARI)   45 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI)   46 ) Kenny Golladay (DET)   47 ) Allen Hurns (JAC)   48 ) Rishard Matthews (TEN)   49 ) Paul Richardson (SEA)   50 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG)   Top-20 Tight Ends   1 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE)   2 ) Zach Ertz (PHI)   3 ) Jordan Reed (WAS)   4 ) Greg Olsen (CAR)   5 ) Travis Kelce (KC)   6 ) Martellus Bennett (GB)   7 ) Delanie Walker (TEN)   8 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA)   9 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN)   10 ) Charles Clay (BUF)   11 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN)   12 ) Jared Cook (OAK)   13 ) Austin Hooper (ATL)   14 ) Jason Witten (DAL)   15 ) Julius Thomas (MIA)   16 ) Hunter Henry (LAC)   17 ) Coby Fleener (NO)   18 ) Benjamin Watson (BAL)   19 ) Cameron Brate (TB)   20 ) Zach Miller (CHI)   Top-15 Defenses   1 ) Seattle   2 ) Arizona   3 ) Baltimore   4 ) Oakland   5 ) Carolina   6 ) Houston   7 ) Denver   8 ) Pittsburgh   9 ) Los Angeles Rams   10 ) Philadelphia   11 ) Cincinnati   12 ) Jacksonville   13 ) Kansas City   14 ) New York Giants   15 ) Tampa Bay   Top-15 Kickers   1 ) Justin Tucker (BAL)   2 ) Stephen Gostkowski (NE)   3 ) Matt Bryant (ATL)   4 ) Giorgio Tavecchio (OAK)   5 ) Will Lutz (NO)   6 ) Blair Walsh (SEA)   7 ) Dan Bailey (DAL)   8 ) Mason Crosby (GB)   9 ) Cairo Santos (KC)   10 ) Graham Gano (CAR)   11 ) Younghoe Koo (LAC)   12 ) Brandon McManus (DEN)   13 ) Matt Prater (DET)   14 ) Dustin Hopkins (WAS)   15 ) Chris Boswell (PIT)  

2017 Fantasy Football Big Board: Preseason Top 150 Rankings (Updated 8/15)

NOTE –  We have begun using a new, much more user friendly rankings platform thanks to Fantasy Pros. Check out these much more updated rankings here.

 

Why You Need a Big Board (and how to use it properly)

Training Camp is full in swing, preseason action has officially arrived, and real football is less than a month away. Though 85 and sunny outside, I’m spending my remaining summer vacation days as a melting puddle on my couch, churning out DraftWizards by the second, tugging to all the “best-shape-of-his-life” puff pieces, and watching every lineman sled drill of NFL’s Inside Training Camp Live. #TheGoodLife

This preseason has already been filled with a plethora of noteworthy injuries, early game performances, depth chart developments, and now suspensions and trades. This Big Board is by far the most up-to-date one in the market, capturing every important swing and shake thus far. Moreover, a combined Big Board of all the positions is crucial, as it illuminates the different tiers, drop offs, and general ebbs and flow of a draft, which simply can’t be captured with only positional rankings.

Though I am very confident in these rankings, you also need to be flexible while using them, keeping the draft, your team makeup, and the market in mind at all times.  Player “runs” and expected twists happen during every single fantasy draft, and locking in any one ranking setas if it’s an unchangeable list would be ill-advised. With this in mind, two quick strategies I recommend:

A) Draft by talent, not need — but if you can make both work, great. Don’t, for example, just draft a tight end like Eric Ebron in Round 6 because you don’t have the position, especially if all the high-end TE1s are gone. Notice that low-end TE1s are falling all the way to Round 10, and gain some depth at the other positions.

That being said, if you’ve gone, say, RB – RB to begin the draft and I have Marshawn Lynch four spots above Davante Adams, you would still want to go with Adams in Round 3 given he’s in a similar “Talent Tier,” but fills a desperate need.

B) Know the market prices, and capitalize upon the bargains when they exist. This means that even if I have Eric Decker at 46 overall, he’s not going until the 88-90 range. Of course I want to secure Decker if I have him this highly ranked, and will reach a round early to do so, but there’s no need to pay what I feel his value is if the market sets the price lower. Instead, find assets you still really like and who are bound to be off the board, and pluck the cheap bargains later to reap the full benefits. Note – I include the Expert Consensus Ranking and ADP of every player so their “Market Price” is very clear compared to my own personal values.

Finally, while I plan to add quick blurbs on each player in the near future, this is just a simple “Cheat Sheet” list that will be continually updated. If you want more in-depth analysis on individual players, make sure to check out my positional rankings. Here, I grade every single player using our Fantasy Stock Formula, as well as track any important Stock Up or Stock Down movements to keep every profile in-depth. These take a while to format, so occassionally the Big Board will have changes that are not yet reflected:

Scoring and Rosters: These rankings assume 1/2 PPR and 4 pt passing TD scoring, as well as a 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, and 1 Flex starting lineup. If you have specific questions on how my rankings might adjust to your league requirements (i.e. 2 QB, no flex, standard or full PPR), be sure to hit me up on Twitter or comment below! Without further adieu, I present my first Fantasy Football Top 150 Big Board of the 2017 Preseason:

 

2017 Fantasy Football Big Board: Preseason Top 150

8/15 Update: Big Board now reflects Ezekiel Elliotts’ suspension, Sammy Watkins and Jordan Matthews’ trades, and the first week of preseason action.

Note: I’ll be writing a far more in-depth Draft Day Manifesto for our August Update Draft Guide where I’ll breakdown of 2017’s Fantasy Stock Market. Still, one massive change reflected on this updated Big Board is my need for multiple Top-15 WRs. I also note the fluidity of each tier, meaning how susceptible it is for change based on further preseason development:

Wolf's Rank (ECR / ADP)Auction Value ($200)Name (Team)Positional RankMovement
Tier One - The Big Three ($65 - $75)
Locked
1 (1 / 1)$75David Johnson (ARI)RB1
2 (2 / 2)$73Le'Veon Bell (PIT)RB2
Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s ($50-$65)
Minor Fluidity
3 (3 / 3)$65Antonio Brown (PIT)WR1
4 (6 / 6)$60Julio Jones (ATL)WR2
5 (9 / 8)$60Mike Evans (TB)WR3
6 (5 / 5)$60Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4
7 (7 / 7)$60LeSean McCoy (BUF)RB3
8 (8 / 11)$55AJ Green (CIN)WR5
9 (11 / 13)$54Jordy Nelson (GB)WR6
10 (10 / 9)$55Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB5
11 (14 / 16)$56Jay Ajayi (MIA)RB6
12 (15 / 12)$49DeMarco Murray (TEN)RB7
13 (13 / 15)$49Michael Thomas (NO)WR7
14 (12 / 10)$49Devonta Freeman (ATL)RB8
15 (21 / 7)$45Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)RB9(-12, Previously 3)
Tier 3 - Remaining WR1s, Potential RB1s, and Gronk ($38 - $45)
Minor Fluidity
16 (18 / 17)$43Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8
17 (24 / 21)$40Rob Gronkowski (NE)TE1
18 (21 / 22)$38Todd Gurley (LAR) RB9(+4, Previously 22)
19 (26 / 29)$40DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR9
20 (19 / 23)$40Amari Cooper (OAK)WR10
21 (23 / 27)$39Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11
22 (24 / 30)$38Isaiah Crowell (CLE)RB10
23 (17 / 16)$37TY Hilton (IND)WR12`
24 (25 / 31)$37Demaryius Thomas. (DEN)WR13
25 (20 / 28)$36Doug Baldwin (SEA)WR14
Tier 4 - High-End RB2 and WRs (with No.1 upside), Elite TEs ($25 - $35)
Fluid
26 (16 / 14)$33Jordan Howard (CHI) RB11
27 (38 / 24)$30Marshawn Lynch (OAK)RB12
28 (57 / 47)$30Tyreek Hill (KC)WR15
29 (34 / 42)$30Keenan Allen (LAC)WR16
30 (64 / 59)$29Martavis Bryant (PIT)WR17(+8, Previously 38)
31 (35 / 46)$29Davante Adams (GB)WR18
32 (41 / 36)$29Terrelle Pryor (WAS)WR19
33 (32 / 50)$28Ty Montgomery (GB)RB13
34 (45 / 32)$28Christian McCaffrey (CAR)RB14
35 (50 / 51)$28Dalvin Cook (MIN)RB15(+49, Previously 84)
36 (40 / 38)$28Joe Mixon (CIN)RB16(+11, Previously 47)
37 (27 / 20)$28Leonard Fournette (JAX)RB17(-10, Previously 27)
38 (28 / 26)$27Lamar Miller (HOU)RB18
39 (31 / 37)27Travis Kelce (KC)TE2
40 (39 / 48)$27Michael Crabtree (OAK)WR20
41 (46 / 67)$27Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)WR21(+7, Previously 48)
42 (36 / 35)$26Carlos Hyde (SF)RB19
Tier 5 - Remaining #2 RB & WR options, elite QBs, High-End TE1s ($15 - $25)
Fluid
43 (37 / 25)$25Tom Brady (NE)QB1
44 (32 / 18)$25Aaron Rodgers (GB)QB2
45 (55 / 75)$23Bilal Powell (NYJ)RB20
46 (49 / 53)$23Mark Ingram (NO)RB21
47 (89 / 93)$23Eric Decker (TEN)WR22
48 (51 / 52)$22Jordan Reed (WAS)TE3
49 (44 / 58)$21Golden Tate (DET)WR23
50 (33 / 33)$20Alshon Jeffery (PHI)WR24
51 (29 / 39)$20Allen Robinson (JAX)WR25
52 (47 / 49)$20Greg Olsen (CAR)TE4
53 (80 / 90)$20DeSean Jackson (TB)WR26
54 (91 / 73)$20Doug Martin (TB)RB22
55 (86 / 66)$19Adrian Peterson (NO)RB23(+6, Previously 61)
56 (54 / 41)$19Spencer Ware (KC)RB24(+19, Previously 75)
57 (68 / 82)$19Willie Snead (NO)WR27
58 (70 / 91)$19Danny Woodhead (BAL)RB25
59 (61 / 83)$19Jamison Crowder (WAS)WR28
60 (30 / 34)$17Sammy WatkinsWR29(-28, Previously 32)
61 (60 / 63)$17Tevin Coleman (ATL)RB26
62 (67 / 61)$17Mike Gillislee (NE)RB27(-7, Previously 56)
63 (68 / 57)$16Jimmy Graham (SEA)TE5
64 (73 / 64)$16Tyler Eifert (CIN)TE6
Tier 6 - Flex RBs, Upside WR3s, Quality TE1s and Elite QB1s
Fluid
65 (78 / 72)$15Kelvin Banjamin (CAR)WR30(+41, Previously 107)
66 (56 / 56)$15Julian EdelmanWR31
67 (98 / 92)$14Rob Kelley (WAS)RB28
68 (87 / 101)$14Theo Riddick (DET)RB29
69 (59 / 68)$14Stefon Diggs (MIN)WR32
70 (74 / 74)$14Brandon Marshall (NYG)WR33
71 (48 / 45)$14Jarvis Landry (MIA)WR34
72 (95 / 108)$14DeVante Parker(MIA)WR35
73 (83 / 60)$13LeGarrette Blount RB30(+15, Previously 88)
74 (66 / 62)$12Ameer Abdullah (DET)RB31(-19, Previously 55)
75 (52 / 43)$11CJ Anderson (DEN)RB32
76 (100 / 103)$10Zach Ertz (PHI)TE7(+43 , Previously 119)
77 (109 / 100)$10Hunter Henry (LAC)TE8
78 (100 / 85)$10Martellus Bennett (GB)TE9
79 (85 / 102)$10Jeremy Maclin (BAL)WR36
80 (90 / 96)$10Cameron Meredith (CHI)WR37
81 (53 / 65)$10Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)WR38
82 (79 / 94)$10Pierre Garcon (SF)WR39
83 (42 / 40)$10Drew Brees (NO)QB3
84 (62 / 44)$10Matt Ryan (ATL)QB4
85 (84 / 76)$9Delanie Walker (TEN)TE10
Tier 7 -Elite Bench Plays, Last Startable WRs and RBs, Quality QB1s
Highly Fluid
86 (107 / 84)$9Derrick Henry (TEN)RB33
87 (112 / 116)$9CJ Prosise (SEA)RB34
88 (71 / 81)$8Donte Moncrief (IND)WR40
89 (94 / 117)$5Terrance West (BAL)RB35(+7, Previously 96)
90 (147 / 140)$7Thomas Rawls (SEA)RB36(+25, Previously 115)
91 (123 / 137)$7James White (NE)RB37
92 (98 / 125)$7Tyrell Williams (LAC)WR41
93 (102 / 99)$6Randall Cobb (GB)WR42
94 (124 / 104)$6Corey Davis (TEN)WR43
95 (69 / 77)$5Frank Gore (IND)RB38
96 (116 / 98)$5Jonathan Stewart (CR)RB39
97 (75 / 78)$5Paul Perkins (NYG)RB40(-19, Previously 78)
98 (92 / 70)$5Derek Carr (OAK)QB5
99 (82 / 87)$5Jameis Winston (TB)QB6
100 (81 / 69)$5Marcus Mariota (TEN)QB6
101 (76 / 80)$5Kirk Cousins (WAS)QB7
102 (96 / 89)$5Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)QB9
103 (103 / 106)$5Philip Rivers (LAC)QB10
104 (88 / 79)$5Cam Newton (CAR)QB11
105 (101 / 86)$4Dak Prescott (DAL)QB12
106 (58 / 54)$4Russell Wilson (SEA)QB13
107 (108 / 131)$4Duke Johnson (CLE)RB41
108 (113 / 97)$3Kareem Hunt (KC)RB42(-19, Previously 89)
109 (65 / 55)$3Andrew Luck (IND)QB14
110 (106 / 124)$3Tyrod Taylor (BUF)QB15
111 (119 / 113)$3Jack Doyle (IND)TE10
112 (77 / 88)$3Kyle Rudolph (MIN)TE11
Tier 8 - High End "Penny Stock" Bench Assets
Highly Fluid
113 (149 / 143)$3Jamaal Williams (GB)RB43
114 (72 / 71)$3Eddie Lacy (SEA)RB44(-18, Previously 96)
115 (171 / 149)$3Joe Williams (SF)RB45
116 (167 / 168)$3Robby Anderson (NYJ)WR44(+13, Previously 129)
117 (155 / 168)$3Zay Jones (BUF)WR45
118 (105 / 115)$2John Brown (ARI)WR46
119 (135 / 121)$2Jamaal Charles (DEN)RB46
120 (93 / 127)$2Eric Ebron (DET)TE13
121 (194 / 231)$2D'Onta Foreman (HOU)RB47
122 (166 / 154)$2Taylor Gabriel (ATL)WR47
123 (138 / 141)$2Jacquizz Rodgers (TB)RB48
124 (128 / 155)$2Darren Sproles (PHI)RB49(+22, Previously 146)
125 (126 / 133)$2Marvin Jones (DET)WR48
126 (133 / 173)$2Ted Ginn Jr (NO)WR49
127 (110 / 144)$2Mike Wallace (BAL)WR50
128 (201 / 230)$2Kenny Golladay (DET)WR51(Previously Unranked)
129 (184 / 157)$2Jonathan Williams (BUF)RB50
130 (158 / 178)$2Alvin Kamara (NO)RB51(+20, Previously 149)
131 (120 / 95)$2Samaje Perine (WAS)RB52(-13, Previously 117)
Tier 9 - Remaining "Penny Stocks" to consider
Highly Fluid
132 (142 / 156)$1Josh Docston (WAS)WR52
133 (111 / 109)$1Corey Coleman (CLE)WR53
134 (114 / 122)$1Adam Thielen (MIN)WR54
135 (168 / 162)$1Marlon Mack (IND)RB53
136 (144 / 170)$1Julius Thomas (MIA)TE14
137 (143 / 181)$1Austin Hooper (ATL)TE15(+11, Previously 148)
138 (187 / 205)$1Jared Cook (OAK)TE16
139 (165 / 114)$1OJ Howard (TB)TE17
140 (125 / 119)$1Eli Manning (NYG)QB16
141 (121 / 147)$1Andy Dalton (CIN)QB17
142 (104 / 107)$1Matthew Stafford (DET)QB18
143 (131 / 148)$1Carson Palmer (ARI)QB19
144 (115 / 103)$1Matt Forte (NYJ)RB54
145 (298 / UR)$1Branden Oliver (LAC)RB55
146 (97 / 123)$1Kenny Britt (CLE)WR57
147 (374 / 336)$1Cordarelle Patterson (OAK)WR58
148 (183 / 170)$1Rex Burkhead (NE)RB56
149 (350 / UR)$1Tarik Cohen (CHI)RB57(Previously Unranked)
150 (197 / 229)$1Nelson Agholor (PHI)WR59

Who’s egregiously high and way too low? What is The Wolf’s smartest and dumbest moves here? Sound off below,  or pepper your favorite expert’s newly revived Twitter page with all your fantasy dilemmas and shred my soul into a 10 lb bag of sharp cheddar.

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