The NFL season is almost here! So with fantasy football draft season in full swing, let’s take a look at my latest 2019 PPR Top 100 Rankings. Please note, these rankings are based on full point PPR leagues, starting one QB, and rewarding 6 points per TD.
Fantasy Football 2019 PPR Top 100
1. Alvin Kamara: Provides the safest floor among top 4 RBs. In his first 31 games, Kamara has scored 31 total TDs to go along with 162 receptions. With Mark Ingram’s departure, there should be even more opportunities for Kamara, even with the “Tay Train” coming through The Big Easy.
2. Christian McCaffrey: Run CMC is the first player in NFL history with 187 receptions in his first two seasons. For those worried about how he would handle a full workload, McCaffrey put that to rest last season with 326 touches with an average of five yards per carry. If that is not good enough for you, have you seen that mans arms?
3. Saquon Barkley: Last years ROY and #1 overall PPR scoring back, Saquon is a safe bet for over 300 touches. With the loss of OBJ on the outside and Golden Tate’s 4-game suspension, Barkley should once again top 90 receptions. TD upside may be limited by lack of offensive talent around him.
4. Ezekiel Elliott: Not going to lie, I am getting afraid that Zeke won’t be back by week 1 now, thanks Jerry Jones! Following a career best 77 catches, the Cowboys have more mouths to feed this season with Cooper, Gallup, Cobb, and the returning Jason Witten. Although 70+ catches may be hard to come by, Zeke should return to double digit TDs this season.
6. DeAndre Hopkins: One of the leagues elite wide receivers (also the only offensive player in Madden 20 to get a 99 rating) coming off back to back seasons with double-digit TDs. Has to compete with Fuller and Coutee for targets, if they can stay healthy….which Coutee is already banged up.
8. Julio Jones: Julio finally broke the TD curse last season and led the NFL with 1,677 receiving yards. Should continue to be flooded with targets with the return of pass happy Dirk Koetter as the offensive coordinator.
9. Todd Gurley: Am I crazy for ranking Gurley in my top 10? Maybe, but then again, maybe not. Sure, Gurley may lose “some” touches to keep him fresh throughout the season. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Rams pay him a ton of money. The Rams also want to win games, which by the way, Todd Gurley at running back gives them the best chance to do so. I still see Gurley getting around 15-17 touches a game, which includes red zone work in one of the leagues top offenses.
10. David Johnson: A player who I was once very high on, DJ looks more like a boom or bust pick at this moment. DJ should benefit with a mobile QB, however the Cardinals offensive line looks AWFUL! Only a few years removed from a season with 2,118 yards from scrimmage, DJ could have a monster year if the offensive line can get things together.
11. Dalvin Cook: You can talk about the injury risk, the offensive line, and that the Vikings absolutely stunk last year. However, “Its a New Day, Yes it is!” Playing with a Top 3 defense, an improved offensive line (hopefully), a head coach who wants to run the ball down opponents throats, and mix in check down city Kirk Cousins under center, opportunities should be plentiful for Cook in the land of 10,000 lakes. If Cook can finally stay healthy, he is a possible league winner you can get in the 2nd or 3rd round.
12. James Conner: Le’Veon who? Subbing in for Bell last season, Conner only came close to 1,500 total yards and 13 total TDs in 13 games. There has been “talk” about splitting the workload this season, but under Tomlin, the Steel Curtain has been known to ride their workhorse.
13. Nick Chubb: With the trade of Duke Johnson, Nick Chubb has been shooting up draft boards. Playing in what should be a top-5 offense this season, Chubb should be a monster throughout the first 8 weeks of the season. Unfortunately, Chubb’s upside could be limited with Kareem Hunt waiting in the wings to steal touches.
14. Michael Thomas: Coming off 92, 104, and 125 catch seasons, the Saints finally have a reliable TE in Jared Cook who may steal some looks, especially in the red zone. However, Thomas is still Brees’ favorite target.
15. Tyreek Hill: Now that the suspension talk is behind him, Tyreek “the freak” will get back to being the most explosive player in the NFL.
16. Travis Kelce: Baby Gronk provides a weekly edge at the TE position. Takes a small hit with Tyreek Hill not facing a suspension.
17. Le’Veon Bell: Following his 2018 holdout, Bell will be the “bell cow” for the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets! Still a believer in the talent, however Bell’s run style may not mesh well with a weaker O-line. The Jets starting unit has looked great in the preseason so far, so the arrow may be pointing up.
18. Antonio Brown: What a headache AB has become. Between having frostbitten feet and his current issue with his helmet of all things, AB seems to be spiraling out of control. Finally back at Raiders camp, AB should return to the 2nd round in fantasy drafts. While many may be scared off from drafting AB because of his recent behavior and the guy throwing him the football, I am still in on AB. Sure Derek Carr may be a downgrade at QB, but this isn’t a Kerry Collins to Randy Moss sized downgrade. AB will still see plenty of targets on a team that may be playing catch up most weeks.
19. Leonard Fournette: Health is a big concern which is why many have Fournette ranked so low. But this is football, who isn’t an injury risk? The Jags as a team were awful last year. But they still have one of the top defenses, and oh yea….they also replaced that Bortles guy with Nick fricken Foles. Along with Dalvin Cook, I can see Fournette on many league winning rosters this year.
20. Juju Smith-Schuster: Has performed well without Brown in the past, now the focal point in the passing game with a lot of targets available.
21. Mike Evans: With Djax and Humphries gone, there should be plenty of opportunities to pull down some of Winston’s erratic passes. Currently dealing with a leg injury but should be good to go week 1.
22. Keenan Allen: Safe PPR floor, do not take the over on TDs. Has more upside if Melvin Gordon continues to holdout. Currently dealing with ankle injury, but it sounds like the Chargers are playing things safe.
23. Julian Edelman: While everyone is waiting for the GOAT to fall off a cliff, he will still find Edelman for 90 catches.
24. Aaron Jones: A popular breakout candidate in the fantasy community, offers league winning upside if the Packers would commit to him.
25. Amari Cooper: Looking for that payday entering a contract year, a 53/725/6 stat line in 9 starts for Cowboys. Currently dealing with an “intrinsic muscle strain” or plantar fasciitis. Whatever it is, keep close tabs on Cooper as that is an injury that could linger if he rushes back.
26. George Kittle: His 1,377 receiving yards last season broke the record for receiving yards by a TE. I personally see a regression coming this season in yardage, but should improve on five TDs. Kittle remains a set and forget at the TE position.
28. Chris Carson: After taking over as the lead back for the Seahawks, Carson finished the season with over 1,000 yards and 9 TDs. Although Rashaad Penny’s role in the offense is expected to grow this season, Carson will still have plenty of opportunities in the Seahawks run-heavy offense.
30. Adam Thielen: With an emphasis on the run game, the volume may not be there this year. Has looked great in the preseason so far, however.
31. Zach Ertz: Targets may take a hit with the addition of Djax and a possible Goedert breakout looming.
34. Stefon Diggs: May see a decrease in targets, but will improve on big play potential with a focus on PA passes in Minny.
35. Sony Michel: Was an absolute beast in the playoffs. Upside could be limited due to volume and injury concerns. Should easily hit double digit TDs if he stays healthy.
36. Damien Williams: Is he the starter? Are the Chiefs going to have a running back by committee? Unfortunately we are going to have to wait and see how this plays out. In the five games Williams started with KC last season, Williams averaged 114 total yards and two TDs. Fun fact, in 20 seasons as an NFL head coach, Andy Reid has produced 12 RB1’s in fantasy.
37. James White: Coming off an 87 catch season, White should continue to be a PPR machine with the loss of Gronk and several pass catchers in New England.
38. Josh Jacobs: Has RB2 upside as the 3-down back on an improved Raiders offense, looked great in preseason action.
39. Cooper Kupp: The highest ranked Rams receiver in these rankings. Kupp averaged 70 yards per game last season and was Mr. Consistency prior to tearing his ACL in week 10. If Kupp played 16 games last season, he was on pace for 80 catches, 1,132 yards, and 12 TDs.
40. Patrick Mahomes: What can’t be said about Mahomes? Coming off a ridiculous 5,000 yard season with 50 TDs, Mahomes is due to be over drafted everywhere. Even with regression most likely coming, Mahomes offers top 3 upside at the QB position.
42. Brandin Cooks: Could end up as a boom or bust most weeks, coming off a career high year with 1,200 receiving yards.
45. Robert Woods: Took over as the Rams most consistent WR after Kupp injury, solid WR2.
46. Melvin Gordon: Previously a top 5 pick in my rankings, Gordon’s holdout has the feel of Le’Veon Bell’s holdout from last season. Gordon’s prepared to sit out games to begin season.
47. Deshaun Watson: Coming off an ACL injury, Watson put up 4,165/26/9 and has room to grow. Has an excellent group of WRs to throw to and a defense that may force the Texans into plenty of shootouts.
48. Tyler Lockett: Following a career year with almost 1,000 yards and 10 TDs, Lockett will take over as the top WR option in Seattle.
49. Will Fuller: Thanks to the wonders of modern day medicine, Fuller is a full go following a torn ACL last season. In 11 career games with Watson, Fuller has scored 14 TDs. Has WR2 upside if he can finally stay healthy.
50. A.J. Green: Another season, and another injury for Green. Dealing with a low ankle sprain which will cause him to miss “a couple of games.” Stat line through 9 games last season: 46 receptions 694 yards 6TDs. Still an elite talent at the WR position when “healthy”.
51. Hunter Henry: A full year removed from suffering a torn ACL, Hunter “Hearst” Henry has all the tools for a breakout season. Phillip Rivers loves his TE’s.
52. Evan Engram: Has shined in games without OBJ, who else is going to catch passes from Eli?
53. Aaron Rodgers: Coming off of back-to-back injury filled seasons, Rodgers may come at a huge discount……doublecheck? Rodgers claims that he wasn’t 100% at any point last season, and still managed 4,442 yards with 27 total TDs. Look for Double A to return to elite QB status in 2019.
54. O.J. Howard: Was the TE5 last season before injuries cut his season short. Should see an increase in targets in the Bucs pass happy offense following the loss of Jackson and Humphries.
55. Josh Gordon: Flash Gordon is back! In 13 games last season Gordon logged 41/737/4 averaging 18-yards per catch. Gordon will slide right into being the #2 option in the Patriots passing attack.
56. Derrick Henry: Finished 2018 season averaging 150 yards and seven TDs over the final four games. Will be over drafted in many leagues, not sold on the Titans offense.
57. Kenny Golladay: Coming off a season where he recorded 70/1063/5, Golladay is listed by many as a prime breakout candidate. Taking over as the primary passing option for the Lions, Golladay should have more opportunities to improve on his TD total in 2019.
58. Calvin Ridley: Scored 10 TDs as a rookie and will continue to see 1 on 1 coverage with Julio Jones in the lineup.
59. Austin Ekeler: The back to own if Melvin Gordon holds out into the season, has recorded 66 catches over his first two seasons.
60. Mark Ingram: Has RB2 upside if given the bulk of the carries, should operate as Ravens goal-line back.
61. Sammy Watkins: Sammy’s fantasy value took a pretty big hit with Tyreek Hill returning to the Chiefs. However, Watkins still provides WR3 value and could have weeks where he flirts with WR1/WR2 numbers. Currently being undervalued everywhere.
63. Alshon Jeffery: Not the sexiest pick anymore, but Jeffery will remain a red zone favorite for Wentz. Upside limited with competition for targets.
64. Latavius Murray: Could be slated for Mark Ingram role in Saints offense. Best viewed as an RB3/Flex play with 12-15 touches a game, has RB1 upside if Kamara misses any time this season.
65. Baker Mayfield: Scored 27 TDs in 14 games last season. With the addition of OBJ, Mayfield has top 5 upside this season.
66. Tyler Boyd: Coming off breakout 76/1,028/7 season, will take over as the Bengals #1 pass option until A.J. Green is able to return.
67. Duke Johnson: The main beneficiary of Lamar Millers ACL injury, Duke Johnson takes over the lead role for the Texans. The Texans are expected to add another back prior to the season opener.
68. Carson Wentz: Has great supporting cast with Alshon, Djax, Ertz, Goedert, and Agholor. Healthy heading into 2019 season.
69. Cam Newton: Had a career best 67.9% completion percentage and was a top 5 fantasy QB prior to last seasons shoulder injury. Now dealing with a foot sprain, but should be ready for week 1.
70. Tevin Coleman: Has the highest upside among 49ers backfield. Familiarity with Shanahan system and McKinnon setbacks could open things up for Coleman.
71. Allen Robinson: Fully healthy after dealing with ACL recovery and injuries last season, will continue to lead Bears in targets. Lacks elite upside as Bears spread the ball around.
72. Marvin Jones: Everyone seems to be drinking the Kenny Golladay Kool-Aid this offseason and seem to be forgetting about Marvin Jones. Prior to a season ending knee injury, Jones was on pace for his second straight 1,000 yard season.
73. Jarvis Landry: Loses upside with OBJ arrival, should still end up around 80 catches this season.
74. DeSean Jackson: Should be rejuvenated with return to Philly, still averaged 18.9 yards per catch last season with Fitz/Winston. Will have upgrade at QB.
76. Donte Moncrief: Injuries and Blake Bortles have slowed down Moncrief over the past few years. Could be a WR3 with upside as the WR2 for the Steelers. Reminds me of Marvin Jones prior to his breakout with the Lions.
77. Phillip Lindsay: A waiver-wire gem last season, Lindsay put up over 1,000 rushing yards and 10 TDS in 15 games. Fully recovered from offseason wrist surgery, Lindsay will be sharing the load with Royce Freeman who is projected to have more opportunities this season.
78. Miles Sanders: Still has Jordan Howard to compete with for touches, has shown flashes in limited preseason action. Should overtake Howard at some point.
79. Curtis Samuel: Has been building up a ton of preseason hype, even the Buffalo Bills beat writers were drooling over him.
80. D.J. Moore: Had flashes of his play-making abilities throughout his rookie season. A popular breakout candidate who will be taking on a larger role in the Panthers offense.
81. Matt Ryan: Quietly finished last season with 4,924 passing yards and 35 TDs.
82. Sterling Shepard: Value pick in PPR leagues, who else is going to catch passes besides he and Evan Engram?
83. Emmanuel Sanders: Written off by everybody following last seasons Achilles injury, Sanders looked great in his first preseason action. Immediately takes over as the top passing option for the Broncos.
85. Jared Goff: Has an elite supporting cast and should throw for 30+ TDs yet again.
86. Tony Pollard: “Zeke Who?” Will be a weekly starter in fantasy until Zeke returns.
88. Corey Davis: The talent has never been the question, could turn into a big value on draft day if Mariota can become a consistent QB.
93. James Washington: Likely to start the season as the WR3 for the Steelers, Washington continues to show big play ability in the preseason.
94. Jameis Winston: Famous Jameis could still turn the ball over a ton, but Winston should have a career year with an elite receiving corps and a defense that will keep the Bucs in weekly shootouts.
95. Drew Brees: With a top-10 defense and a run heavy offense, Brees days as a top 5 fantasy QB are gone. Still has week winning upside when playing at home.
96. Kyler Murray: Playing in a pass heavy offense on a team with a weak defense, Murray has the potential to be the garbage time king this season.
97. David Njoku: Will be third in the pecking order behind OBJ and Landry for targets, but should be a reliable red zone threat for Baker Mayfield.
98. Ronald Jones: If you have to take one of the Bucs RBs, take the one with the most upside.
99. Larry Fitzgerald: Still the best route runner of all the Cardinals receivers, someone has to be getting all these catches in the Cardinals Air Raid offense.
100. Tarik Cohen: Will lose passing game opportunities with the looming breakout of David Montgomery. Matt Nagy talked about reducing Cohen’s workload.