Friday, February 20, 2015

Way Too Early 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings

Last year I actually did this in January, so I kind of feel like a slacker.  Then again, I also feel a little more sane for not rushing to do these rankings before the actual NFL season was even over.  There is a lot of uncertainty around rankings done in February.  But one thing is for sure: it's never too early to get a jump on next season.  For reference, I'll also list some key dates to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

Now: Draft Combine.  I'm not going to waste too much time talking about this.  I'll definitely do a rankings update when the draft rolls around, but it's too early to put much stock in this pageant show.

March 10: Free agency begins.  Last year I said to look for guys like Ben Tate and Rashad Jennings to potentially find themselves in position for feature roles.  That's exactly what happened in the start of 2014, although neither finished that way.  Still, free agency is definitely something worth paying attention to.  Personally, I'm very interested to see what happens with RGIII in Washington.  But there are much bigger story lines from a fantasy perspective.  While I don't think DeMarco Murray and Adrian Peterson will end up with anyone other than the Cowboys and Vikings (respectively), it could happen.  And there are other RBs like Mark Ingram and CJ Spiller who I think WILL be elsewhere.  In fact, I'd put money on Spiller landing with the Jags some time next month.  It's hard to imagine a team letting talent like Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas just walk out the door.  But it sure seems like Randall Cobb or Jeremy Maclin could end up donning different uniforms in 2015.  And just think what that would do for the value of Davante Adams and Jordan Mathews...
It might not matter where Amari lands in order to produce.

April 30: NFL Draft starts in Chicago.  You probably won't hear anything else from me until this point in time.  But like I said, I'll do another post-draft article once we see where all of the collegiate position players land.  I have a handful of rookies in my rankings right now, but that's also assuming they end up in decent fantasy situations (and not buried in the depth chart).  For some guys that might not matter, but for most it will...

So here's my initial list for the 2015 fantasy football season.  A lot will change between now and August (or whenever you do your fantasy draft).  A lot might even change in the next 2 or 3 months.  But this is a start.  I have several names that didn't quite make the top-168.  They might make the cut when things start really taking shape.  But that's a long time from now.  As usual, you'll find defenses and kickers at the very bottom of the list, but I'll end up moving the defenses around slightly (the kickers will stay at the tail end though).  I just didn't want to get that detailed yet.

But enough talk.  Here's my first edition of the 2015 rankings!


1. Eddie Lacy
2. Jamaal Charles
3. DeMarco Murray
4. Le'Veon Bell
5. Marshawn Lynch
6. LeSean McCoy
7. Adrian Peterson
8. Rob Gronkowski
9. Jimmy Graham
10. Aaron Rodgers
11. Andrew Luck
12. Matt Forte
13. Arian Foster
14. Jeremy Hill
15. CJ Anderson
16. Antonio Brown
17. Demaryius Thomas
18. Calvin Johnson
19. Jordy Nelson
20. Dez Bryant
21. Odell Beckham, Jr.
22. Julio Jones
23. AJ Green
24. Randall Cobb
25. Emmanuel Sanders
26. TY Hilton
27. Peyton Manning
28. Drew Brees
29. Julius Thomas
30. Lamar Miller
31. Joique Bell
32. Mark Ingram
33. Alfred Morris
34. Justin Forsett
35. Russell Wilson
36. Alshon Jeffery
37. Kelvin Benjamin
38. Mike Evans 
39. DeAndre Hopkins
40. Jeremy Maclin
41. Brandon Marshall
42. Sammy Watkins
43. Carlos Hyde
44. Latavius Murray
45. Isaiah Crowell
46. Tre Mason
47. Melvin Gordon (R)
48. Jonathan Stewart
49. Andre Ellington
50. Ryan Mathews
51. Andre Williams
52. Chris Ivory
53. Bishop Sankey
54. Tom Brady
55. Matt Ryan
56. Cam Newton
57. Greg Olsen
58. Travis Kelce
59. Julian Edelman
60. DeSean Jackson
61. Amari Cooper (R)
62. Golden Tate
63. Torrey Smith
64. Jordan Matthews
65. Roddy White
66. Keenan Allen
67. Mike Wallace
68. Brandin Cooks
69. Doug Martin
70. Frank Gore
71. Fred Jackson
72. Devonta Freeman
73. Giovani Bernard
74. CJ Spiller 
75. Ahmad Bradshaw
76. Rashad Jennings
77. Denard Robinson
78. Dwayne Allen
79. Martellus Bennett
80. Antonio Gates
81. Eric Decker
82. Vincent Jackson
83. Michael Floyd
84. Allen Robinson
85. Jarvis Landry
86. Martavis Bryant
87. Matthew Stafford
88. Ben Roethlisberger
89. Philip Rivers
90. Tony Romo
91. Ryan Tannehill 
92. Dan Herron
93. Todd Gurley (R)
94. Shane Vereen
95. Darren Sproles
96. LeGarrette Blount
97. Terrance West
98. Charles Sims
99. Branden Oliver
100. Knile Davis
101. Brandon LaFell
102. Donte Moncrief
103. Kenny Stills
104. Charles Johnson
105. DaVante Parker (R)
106. Terrance Williams
107. Larry Fitzgerald 
108. Andre Johnson
109. Victor Cruz 
110. Stevan Ridley
111. Steven Jackson 
112. Lorenzo Taliaferro
113. Christine Michael
114. Montee Ball
115. Reggie Bush
116. Jordan Cameron
117. Jordan Reed
118. Delanie Walker
119. Zach Ertz 
120. Nick Foles
121. Jay Cutler
122. Eli Manning
123. Davante Adams
124. Doug Baldwin
125. John Brown
126. Cody Latimer
127. Percy Harvin
128. Pierre Garcon
129. Kendall Wright
130. Michael Crabtree
131. Anquan Boldin
132. Steve Smith
133. Colin Kaepernick
134. Teddy Bridgewater
135. Joe Flacco
136. Marcus Mariota
137. Charles Clay
138. Kyle Rudolph
139. Jason Witten
140. Pierre Thomas
141. Danny Woodhead
142. Darren McFadden
143. Chris Johnson
144. DeAngelo Williams
145. Seahawks DEFENSE
146. Patriots DEFENSE     
147. Cardinals DEFENSE   
148. Bills DEFENSE     
149. Ravens DEFENSE  
150. Texans DEFENSE
151. 49ers DEFENSE
152. Rams DEFENSE
153. Broncos DEFENSE
154. Panthers DEFENSE
155. Bengals DEFENSE
156. Dolphins DEFENSE
157. Stephen Gostkowski
158. Justin Tucker
159. Steven Hauschka
160. Cody Parkey
161. Adam Vinatieri
162. Mason Crosby
163. Dan Bailey 
164. Matt Bryant
165. Shaun Suisham 
166. Blair Walsh
167. Dan Carpenter
168. Connor Barth