Fantasy Football Rankings
NFL Rankings are not just a preseason task, as things can change throughout the year that lead to a move in production. Injuries, coaching changes, and other various factors can shift a player’s value throughout the year. We also want to break down things on a weekly basis, which is what you will find throughout the regular season. Holdouts have come into play, and we have already seen big names go down like Saquon Barkley, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees. These injuries have a ripple effect towards other positions. Each week the matchups play a big part in how we set our fantasy football lineups. Within our rankings you will find weekly projections, streaming options, players to avoid, and much more.
What Goes Into Our Fantasy Football Rankings?
The week-to-week rankings are based on quite a few things. One of the first steps we take is viewing all the injuries and changes that have happened leading up to the current week. That even means taking a look at defensive injuries that many overlook, and offensive line injuries that could deter a running back with said lineman being out. We want to get a good grip on the current week before we start diving in. With the correlation between fantasy points and faster paced games, we take a look at games that are going to be quick moving, and present a lot of chances for teams to have an above average number of possessions. For example, the Arizona Cardinals are playing at one of the fastest paces in the league, and their passing volume has gone through the roof under Kliff Kingsbury. This has spiked a jump in wide receiver production across the board, but also made Kyler Murray a quicker fantasy threat than expected.
Opportunity is king, and opportunity is one of the bigger variables across the season. For wide receivers and tight ends we want to see who is getting targets, and also seeing targets within the red zone. Running backs we are looking at touches, which is a combination of rushing attempts and receptions. We also dive into red zone usage, which correlates with fantasy points. As for quarterbacks, volume is something we look at, but we want efficiency to be a part of it as well. Drew Brees isn’t throwing the ball as much as he once was, but he has still kept that same efficiency. We look at defenses and kickers in a similar way where matchups factor in a bit more. Kickers on high scoring teams are always at the top of the table, while defenses we look directly towards the matchups.
When digging into matchups, defenses just simply allow more and less fantasy points to specific positions. The Dolphins have established themselves as a team to pick on with just about every position this season. When we look at teams to target through the air, we want teams with weaker secondaries, but also ones who struggle to get towards the quarterback. Tight ends and wide receivers can pick on struggling secondaries, while teams like Arizona, Oakland, and Cincinnati have shown to struggle against teams on the ground. Using all these factors, we come up with our weekly rankings and projections.