Football is almost back – Training camps are almost underway and preseason kicks off in less than two weeks! If the NFL is back, that also means fantasy leagues are right around the corner. There are a handful of must-haves and favorite players that almost everyone fantasy league wants and your picks determine how well you do. While some play with their heart instead of their head, here’s a list of a few of the top players that will likely help your chances of winning!
The Steelers star running back, Le’Veon Bell, will be a top pick in most fantasy leagues. Throughout Bell’s NFL career, he has ranked second, first, second, first, and ninth among RBs in fantasy points per game. Bell entered the NFL in 2013 and has only missed 18 regular-season games. Over the past five years, Bell leads all RBs in total yards snap and ESPN projects that Bell will have over 350 fantasy points this season.
Another RB that will be a top selection in many fantasy leagues is Todd Gurley. This Los Angeles Rams player had over 380 fantasy points in 2017, but ESPN has Hurley projected at only 330 this year. Gurley finished last season as the most valuable fantasy player due to his 2,039 yards from scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns. While Gurley is a strong RB, he may not be able to carry his 2017 dominance into this year.
Looking at wide receivers, David Johnson is projected to bring in the most fantasy points. Johnson, an Arizona Cardinals star, missed almost the entire 2017 season due to a wrist injury. According to CBS Sports Average Draft Position, Johnson was the number one overall pick in the majority of leagues during the 2017 season. Although it may be difficult to bring him back as strong as before, Johnson has the potential to outperform Bell and Gurley like he did in 2016.
Another Steelers favorite that will be a high pick for many leagues is Antonio Brown. Brown has finished as the top-scoring fantasy WR each of the past four seasons. ESPN projects that Brown will bring home 321 fantasy points in 2018, which is 11 more points than 2017. Last year alone, he finished with 1,533 receiving yards and 101 receptions. Brown is robotically consistent and durable, making him a great selection for any fantasy team.
Another notable RB is the Dallas Cowboys’, Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott was suspended for six games last season but still earned 203 fantasy points. ESPN predicts Elliott will easily surpass that number and potentially earn almost 300 points in 2018. Despite his six-game suspension, he managed to finish with 983 rushing and 269 receiving yards.
The final player to recognize on this list is a rookie. Saquon Barkley is beginning his NFL this season with the New York Giants. The former Penn State Nittany Lion is known for his exceptional speed and receiving ability. Barkley was the second overall draft pick and just signed a $31.2 million deal with the Giants. He will likely be a wanted and valuable member of any fantasy league team.