We’re sharing what is likely our final Top 200 Player Rankings for 2015 Fantasy Football this weekend, before we start diving into Week 1 lineup preparation. As much as we complain about the long NFL offseason, including the NFL Draft, free agency, training camps and the NFL Preseason, it always wraps up much quicker than any of us really expect!
Now, here we are, with all of the NFL Preseason games behind us and most teams making all the roster moves they’re going to make before the season begins Thursday night. It flew by, right?
I’d venture to say that cutting the preseason games down by one or two might make the Fantasy Football draft season fly by too fast! Sure, it would be nice to have two more NFL games, but really, much of the fun in Fantasy comes during draft prep time.
So here we are, stepping into the shadows of Thursday night’s 2015 NFL Kickoff game between the Patriots and Steelers – two teams that have dealt with most of the NFL suspension news this season. Speaking of suspensions, let’s talk about some Fantasy news that has changed since we originally posted our 2015 Fantasy Football rankings!
Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was finally overturned. Doesn’t it seem like the NFL waits on all of this stuff until the very end of the preseason? Why couldn’t all of this have been figured out in June or July? I think they secretly do it to drive Fantasy Football owners nuts. It’s completely reasonable!
Tyrod Taylor won the starting quarterback job in Buffalo, which doesn’t affect the quarterback rankings that much, but it does affect the ability of LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins in different ways. Taylor, the former Ravens backup, can chew up yards with his legs, which means teams will have to respect that and defenses will crowd the line. That could be bad for McCoy, who is dealing with a hamstring injury anyway this week. For Watkins, this means he’ll have a quarterback that’s not looking for him downfield as much as someone like Matt Cassel likely would have.
Speaking of Buffalo, they cut Fred Jackson this week, and the Seahawks decided to pick him up as Marshawn Lynch’s direct backup. That cost Robert Turbin a spot on the roster, and Christine Michael is no longer the handcuff we had all presumed he would be.
Robert Griffin III was benched for Kirk Cousins, but really, neither of these players were expected to have huge seasons for Fantasy owners on a very not-good Redskins team. One person that could benefit is Pierre Garcon, who has played relatively well with Cousins under center in his career.
Darren McFadden tightened up the starting tailback race between himself and Joseph Randle in Dallas, but Randle still appears to be the leader. But in the Fantasy rankings, Randle drops considerably, and McFadden moves up a bit, as he’ll get plenty of touches behind the best offensive line in the NFL.
Torn ACLs for Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin helped the Fantasy stock of Davante Adams and Devin Funchess rise quite a bit! Other players like Ty Montgomery and Philly Brown are getting picked in the late rounds also now.
With Todd Gurley (knee) still a few weeks away, and Tre Mason (hamstring) questionable for the start of the season, the Rams could turn to Benny Cunningham as their Week 1 starter against Seattle.
Groin surgery scared everyone away from Arian Foster a few weeks ago, but now it looks like he might be back by the end of September, which takes a chunk out of the prospective value of Alfred Blue and Chris Polk.
Reggie Wayne signed with the Patriots, which worries many thinking about Brandon LaFell as a WR3 in Fantasy play. We’ll see how that all shakes out now, especially with Tom Brady back under center in Week 1.
Finally, the Steelers cut Shaun Suisham and traded for Josh Scobee, and the Broncos cut Connor Barth and chose to stick with Brandon McManus for their field-goal kicking duties, making the latter an instant top-12 kicker.
Also, make sure you check out our 2015 Fantasy Football Kickoff page, which has tons of links out to our best articles, like Sleepers, Busts, Rookies, Breakouts and Draft Strategies!.
Updated Top 200 Fantasy Football Rankings For 2015
Hopefully, you’re Fantasy Football draft wasn’t affected too much by the latest news, and if you still have your draft upcoming, use our updated Top 200 Fantasy Football rankings for 2015! Another smart idea would be to use the Draft Assistant from FantasyPros – there is no draft tool that comes even close to the power of this thing, as it runs alongside your own drafts with several easy-to-use tools.
Good luck in the 2015 Fantasy Football season! Come back soon for all of our Week 1 content as we get your lineups set!
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