Below are my way too early positional Top 10 within the four major FFL skill positions.
Notice I said Top 10, not phenomenal 10. Why? Because none of these players are phenomenal. For something to be phenomenal, it needs to be unprecedented. So when he broke the 2,000-yard rushing barrier, O.J. Simpson was phenomenal (and he remains a phenom in more ways than one). Lawrence Taylor was phenomenal. A phenomenon needs to be paradigm shifting, highly extraordinary, or at least prodigal. But the term is being thrown around like confetti.
I absolutely cringed earlier this week when I heard one of the morning news shows refer to Shawn Mendes as a global pop phenomenon. Extremely successful? Sure. Talented? Fine. But Mendes is not even close to a “global pop phenomenon”. In the last 75 years, there have been maybe 10 global pop phenomenon in the music world. PSY was actually a global pop phenomenon and he’s not even that talented. Off the top of my head, the short list of musical pop phenomenon includes the Beatles, Elvis, KISS, Michael Jackson, Run-DMC, and Madonna. Maybe we include the Grateful Dead, Kurt Cobain, and Taylor Swift. I’ll even accept I might be forgetting a couple others. But Shawn Mendes is absolutely not a phenomenon.
So media folks, can we please stop over-using that word? Thank you.
While I continue my crusade, enjoy my too early positional Top 10.
Fantasy Football Positional Top 10
|Le’Veon Bell||Nearly 1,300 rushing yards AND 85 receptions last year. Don’t overthink it.|
|David Johnson||But if you overthink it, you know DJ stays healthy and takes back the crown.|
|Todd Gurley||I’ll be happy with any of the top 3 RBs.|
|Ezekiel Elliot||Averaged nearly a TD a game last year|
|Leonard Fournette||I think he stays healthy this year|
|Alvin Kamara||His stock shot up a little too much. But he’ll produce.|
|Melvin Gordon||He’ll hit 1500+ combined yards again|
|Christian McCaffrey||A lock for 80+ receptions|
|Kareem Hunt||Can you imagine if Andy Reid actually gave him 15 carries every game?|
Additional Comments: I will gladly take Barkley in the second round right now. I suspect he’ll crack my Top 10 before the season starts. But I’m not putting him in my Top 10 until I see what he does this preseason. The gap between McCoy’s ceiling and floor might be bigger than any other player. For now, I’m keeping him out of my Top 10.
|DeShaun Watson||If he stays healthy, look out|
|Aaron Rodgers||No Nelson, but no worries|
|Russel Wilson||17 yards short of 3rd 4K-yard passing season in a row. Safest bet on the board|
|Carson Wentz||Can’t wait to see what he does with 16 games this year.|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||I’m a believer|
|Tom Brady||I’m telling you Pats are gonna be a heavy rushing team this year|
|Cam Newton||You think Cam was happy after the draft?|
|Drew Brees||Discount him at your own expense|
|Kirk Cousins||Thielen and Diggs as targets is a huge upgrade|
|Philip Rivers||Rivers is a fringe top QB1. For like the 50th year in a row.|
Additional Comments: If Andrew Luck plays at least 12 games this year, he’ll be in the Top 10. But I’m not currently buying what the Colts are selling
|DeAndre Hopkins||Look what he did without Watson|
|Antonio Brown||I like Hopkins upside better, but Brown has much higher floor|
|Mike Evans||I’m on record as saying he can score 12 TDs again|
|Doug Baldwin||This will be Baldwin’s career year|
|Adam Thielen||No way he isn’t a WR1 this year|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||Worth the headache. Maybe.|
|Michael Thomas||Man I wish I had him in my primary keeper league.|
|Tyreek Hill||If Mahomes reaches 4K like I predict, Hill is part of the reason.|
|Larry Fitzgerald||Enjoy the future HOF-er while you can.|
|Julio Jones||He’ll win you a week or two. He’ll get hurt or disappear for a couple too.|
Additional Comments: Davante Adams just missed the cut. I like Keenan Allen as a WR2, not a WR1. Don’t be surprised if Josh Gordon is the best WR this year, but his floor is too low to put in my Top 10.
|Zach Ertz||Surprise! Gronk will be good, but he won’t be the top TE this year|
|Travis Kelce||Yup. Mahomes hits 4K passing yards for a reason.|
|Rob Gronkowski||Brady is not throwing 30 TDs if Gronk is not a top three TE.|
|Evan Engram||Had more catches and yards last year than Gronk did his rookie year|
|Greg Olsen||Still a Tier 1 Tight End|
|Delanie Walker||You know what you’re getting|
|Jordan Reed||You have no idea what you’re getting. If he could just stay healthy!|
|George Kittle||Told you I was a believer in Jimmy G. The upside is there.|
|Kyle Rudolph||6 TDs is a reasonable over/under, and I’ll take the over|
|Tyler Eifert||The result if you crossbred Rudolph and Reed.|
Additional Comments: The two Indy TEs cancel each other out. So do the Tampa Bay pair. I’ll admit, I am struggling what to do with Jimmy Graham. But if I can’t get a top 10 tight end at value, I’m probably going to wait on the position and just happily take Ricky Seals-Jones.
That’s my way too early Top 10 positional rankings, but they are likely to change. Change or not, going 40 for 40, that would truly be… (cough)…a phenomenon.
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