Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Amazing that 2018 fantasy football drafts are already underway (in my opinion a bad idea as you want to wait until as close to the season as possible given the injury factor) and so now is a good time to look at what a typical 12-team PPR first round should look like. 

1.  Todd Gurley:  Unlike the last few seasons where there was no clear consensus number 1 pick in fantasy football 2018 is no such year as Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley should hear his name called first everywhere. 

2.  Le'Veon Bell:  While we once again have a summer contract battle playing out, there is also no doubt that the closest challenger to Gurley as the top pick in 2018 fantasy football drafts is this superb running/receiving dynamo.  While Bell has an injury history to be wary of, he held up just fine under a heavy workload a year ago. 

3.  Antonio Brown:  While Brown is at the mercy of the health of QB Ben Roethlisberger, the guy remains the premier pass catcher in the game by a country mile.  Another 100-plus catcher, 1,300-plus yards, and double-digit scores would be the easiest prediction you could make for the upcoming season. 

4.  David Johnson:  You always have a leery feeling investing a first round pick on any player who missed the majority of the previous season with injury but that is the setup for Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson.  What makes us feel better about Johnson going into the new season is that it was a busted wrist and not an injury to his legs that derailed almost his entire 2017.  The Cards continue to plan on using him heavily in both the running and passing game and so Johnson should stay in the top five and get the nod over Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott due to his prowess in the latter side of the offensive attack.

5.  Ezekiel Elliott:  Yes Elliott is not the receiving as the four guys ahead of him on this list but he is every bit the runner.  The Cowboys remain one of the most run-heavy offensive outfits in the league and Elliott will once again operate behind one of the best offensive line's in the league. 

6.  DeAndre Hopkins:  It is amazing that the Houston Texans' Hopkins was able to snag 96 catches while playing with some brutal QB's a year ago not named DeShaun Watson.  With Watson fully healthy entering the season, Hopkins could challenge Brown for the top WR spot in 2018.

7.  Kareem Hunt:  You could make the case for Hunt as a top-five overall guy and I would have no issue.  I think Andy Reid will carefully monitor Hunt's 2018 workload as he did in the middle of 2017 but other than that, Hunt is set to be yet another major running/receiving monster this season.

8.  Michael Thomas:  Tough call between Thomas and Alvin Kamara but I like the consistency of the former which in my view makes him the smarter pick.

9.  Alvin Kamara:  When I look at Kamara for 2018, I get the bad feeling he will slightly disappoint.  The expectations are through the roof here as they should off such a spectacular 2017debut but I always hate paying top dollar for the previous year's numbers.  The first four weeks should be a real show with Mark Ingram suspended but the latter's return is a major threat to Kamara's numbers. 

10. Odell Beckham Jr.:  You got to swallow hard when using a first round pick on Beckham given his injury history but he is playing for a new contract which should have him firing on all cylinders. 

11. Melvin Gordon:  I have seen Gordon fall to the second round in early mocks which is surprising since he is the clear workhorse back for the Los Angeles Chargers who is featured heavily both in the running and passing game.

12. Julio Jones:  I say Jones is overrated a bit every season and that comes out to be true since he doesn't score a bunch of TD's and he looked shaky at times in Steve Sarkisian's offense last season.  In PPR though, he remains a clear WR 1 option. 

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