Fantasy Football season is upon us. Preseason football games have begun and we as fans watch it just to get a glimpse of what will become in a few weeks. For those of you who haven’t drafted, it’s important to know who the best players are and who to draft.
1. Christian McCaffrey
It was tough picking McCaffrey over Saquon Barkley, but he is definitely the safer pick. Having Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator and being on a better offense as a whole with Cam Newton as his quarterback gave him an edge. Word out of camp is that he is in tremendous shape. You can expect 1000 yards rushing with 100 catches again and 10 plus touchdowns.
2. Saquon Barkley
The best runningback prospect since Adrian Peterson. He might catch 100 balls this season on top of his rushing efficiency. This year, he will be the focal point of the Giants offense. The only risk is he plays for the lowly Giants. This hurts his value and defenses can key in on him since there is no other real threat.
3. Le’Veon Bell
Finally getting paid like the workhorse runningback he is, Bell will get a number of targets for the Jets. I think he will lead all backs with 15 or more touchdowns, since he is almost unstoppable in the redzone. He spent over a year away from the game of football which should cause some hesitation.
4. Alvin Kamara
Filthy and nasty are words I would use to describe Alvin Kamara. Kamara has so much swag and elusiveness in his game. Last season, Kamara was a fantasy football beast scoring 18 touchowns and you can expect some of the same from him. The only risk with him is Latavius Murray taking over the Mark Ingram role. I expect them to use Murray to keep Kamara fresh throughout the season, but the dude will still get monster numbers.
5. DeAndre Hopkins
The best wide receiver in the game hands down. The guy is just a straight up beast and is hitting his prime after catching 115 balls for more than 1500 yards and 11 touchdowns. You can almost guarantee he will put up just about the same amount of numbers this year. I see no reason why he won’t be successful with a more experienced and healthy Deshaun Watson.
6. Michael Thomas
The number one wide receiver in fantasy football in terms of receptions last year. He rarely, if ever, drops a ball. He is as sure as they come and will be a focal point in an explosive offense that is led by quarterback Drew Brees.
7. Tyreek Hill
The number one fantasy football wide receiver last year. He is a sure lock for another huge season, especially when you have the MVP of the league throwing you the ball. I expect Chiefs to spread the ball around a whole lot more than they did last year. To compensate, the Chiefs drafted another speedster in Mecole Hardman for that purpose.
8. Davante Adams
With his great hands and route running, Adams is nearly impossible to cover. When you have Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, it is hard not to be successful. He had about 110 catches for 1300 yards and 13 touchdowns with a banged up Rodgers last year. He is in a very tough division with some great defenses, and they have a new head coach looking to run the ball a lot more.
9. Julio Jones
The best physical specimen at WR since Terrell Owens. This freak of nature is as reliable as they come in terms of yards and receptions. Touchdowns have been an issue in the past, but Jones is still capable of putting up great fantasy numbers. He had nearly 1700 yards last season!
10. JuJu Smith-Schuster
The torch has been passed in Pittsburgh and a more than worthy wide receiver is ready to shine. On what I expect to be really strong offense, you can expect JuJu to relish in the spotlight as the man now. I can truly picture him leading the league in receptions with close to 150.