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Projections last updated: Sep 9, 2020 Passing Rushing Receiving Fantasy
Rank Player Pos Team Bye Yds TD Int Yds TD Rec Yds TD FPts Value
1 Christian McCaffrey RB1 CAR 13 8 0.2 0.0 1048 9.5 87 741 3.6 258.6 175.3
2 Saquon Barkley RB2 NYG 11 0 0.0 0.0 1134 8.9 51 445 2.4 225.7 142.4
3 Derrick Henry RB3 TEN 7 8 0.1 0.0 1234 12.0 22 182 1.2 221.5 138.2
4 Ezekiel Elliott RB4 DAL 10 0 0.0 0.0 1104 8.1 46 372 2.0 208.2 124.9
5 Dalvin Cook RB5 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 1003 8.6 42 374 0.9 194.7 111.4
6 Joe Mixon RB6 CIN 9 0 0.0 0.0 1076 7.8 32 289 1.7 193.5 110.2
7 Miles Sanders RB7 PHI 9 4 0.1 0.0 951 6.7 44 407 2.2 189.7 106.4
8 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB8 KC 10 0 0.0 0.0 866 8.1 43 364 2.8 188.4 105.1
9 Kenyan Drake RB9 ARI 8 0 0.0 0.0 938 8.3 36 341 1.7 187.8 104.5
10 Josh Jacobs RB10 LV 6 0 0.0 0.0 1059 7.5 32 263 0.7 181.3 98.0
11 Austin Ekeler RB11 LAC 10 0 0.0 0.0 857 5.2 54 498 2.4 181.1 97.8
12 Michael Thomas WR1 NO 6 0 0.0 0.0 5 0.1 113 1324 7.3 177.3 96.4
13 Nick Chubb RB12 CLE 9 0 0.0 0.0 1093 7.8 23 175 0.9 179.0 95.7
14 Alvin Kamara RB13 NO 6 4 0.0 0.0 682 6.6 67 545 2.7 178.7 95.4
15 Aaron Jones RB14 GB 5 0 0.0 0.0 880 7.7 35 316 2.0 177.8 94.5
16 Patrick Mahomes QB1 KC 10 4552 35.0 9.1 269 2.0 0 0 0.0 342.8 93.6
17 Lamar Jackson QB2 BAL 8 3361 26.2 10.7 868 5.5 1 10 0.2 339.9 91.3
18 Davante Adams WR2 GB 5 4 0.0 0.0 4 0.0 88 1155 9.1 170.6 89.7
19 Tyreek Hill WR3 KC 10 0 0.0 0.0 79 0.4 73 1069 8.3 167.0 86.1
20 Julio Jones WR4 ATL 10 9 0.3 0.0 6 0.0 90 1253 5.9 162.9 82.0
21 Travis Kelce TE1 KC 10 0 0.0 0.0 6 0.1 74 1004 7.1 144.1 73.9
22 Chris Carson RB15 SEA 6 0 0.0 0.0 911 6.6 27 195 1.0 156.2 72.9
23 Kenny Golladay WR5 DET 5 0 0.0 0.0 18 0.1 74 1070 7.3 153.2 72.3
24 DeAndre Hopkins WR6 ARI 8 8 0.0 0.0 4 0.0 86 1122 6.5 151.9 71.0
25 James Conner RB16 PIT 8 13 0.1 0.0 750 6.2 38 310 1.5 153.2 69.9
26 Melvin Gordon III RB17 DEN 8 7 0.0 0.0 862 5.7 34 266 0.7 151.6 68.3
27 Russell Wilson QB3 SEA 6 3993 29.5 10.1 349 2.9 0 0 0.0 309.9 67.3
27 Adam Thielen WR7 MIN 7 0 0.0 0.0 29 0.1 72 1052 6.6 148.2 67.3
29 George Kittle TE2 SF 11 0 0.0 0.0 13 0.1 77 998 5.7 135.9 66.5
30 Chris Godwin WR8 TB 13 0 0.0 0.0 5 0.0 74 1066 6.7 147.3 66.4
31 Jonathan Taylor RB18 IND 7 0 0.0 0.0 845 7.0 22 181 0.8 149.5 66.2
32 Todd Gurley II RB19 ATL 10 9 0.1 0.0 724 5.9 37 294 1.8 148.7 65.4
33 Dak Prescott QB4 DAL 10 4312 27.6 11.9 242 3.6 0 0 0.0 304.9 63.3
34 Calvin Ridley WR9 ATL 10 0 0.0 0.0 34 0.0 78 992 6.9 144.0 63.1
35 A.J. Brown WR10 TEN 7 8 0.0 0.0 45 0.6 60 980 5.4 138.9 58.0
36 Le'Veon Bell RB20 NYJ 11 0 0.0 0.0 735 4.6 39 303 1.5 140.4 57.1
37 Mike Evans WR11 TB 13 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 76 1030 5.8 137.8 56.9
37 Deshaun Watson QB5 HOU 8 3841 24.4 11.5 391 4.3 1 8 0.5 296.9 56.9
39 Amari Cooper WR12 DAL 10 0 0.0 0.0 4 0.0 67 974 6.5 136.8 55.9
40 Robert Woods WR13 LAR 9 0 0.0 0.0 65 0.4 73 960 5.1 135.5 54.6
41 Leonard Fournette RB21 TB 13 0 0.0 0.0 798 6.2 24 178 0.5 137.8 54.5
42 DJ Moore WR14 CAR 13 0 0.0 0.0 44 0.3 83 977 4.9 133.4 52.5
43 Matt Ryan QB6 ATL 10 4538 27.4 12.2 143 1.3 0 0 0.3 290.6 51.9
44 Mark Ingram II RB22 BAL 8 0 0.0 0.0 783 6.1 17 140 1.0 134.9 51.6
44 Raheem Mostert RB22 SF 11 0 0.0 0.0 793 5.8 20 160 0.8 134.9 51.6
46 David Montgomery RB24 CHI 11 0 0.0 0.0 792 5.6 23 184 0.6 134.8 51.5
47 Allen Robinson II WR15 CHI 11 4 0.0 0.0 3 0.0 79 975 5.7 132.2 51.3
48 DK Metcalf WR16 SEA 6 0 0.0 0.0 17 0.1 58 869 7.0 131.2 50.3
49 Cooper Kupp WR17 LAR 9 0 0.0 0.0 8 0.0 74 970 5.5 130.7 49.8
50 Odell Beckham Jr. WR18 CLE 9 16 0.1 0.0 11 0.2 69 934 5.6 130.3 49.4

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Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

The Fantasy Football Rankings page represents our full rankings combining all the positions. We list the top 300 players by “value,” which goes beyond simply who is projected to score the most points, to also consider position scarcity and starting requirements. These rankings are designed to be used to draft a team.

How We Determined Value for the 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings

The 2020 Fantasy Football rankings are listed in order of “value.” That value calculation is determined by using a different baseline for each position, depending on scoring format and league size. Value is determined by comparing the player’s expected points to the expected points of the players at the same position who would be on the cutline to make a fantasy football roster. 

We also adjusted the value at each position by whether the position typically required multiple starters or not, as well as by the predictability of the position. 

Why do we do this? If you are in a league that starts 3 WR (or 2 WR and a Flex), but 1 QB, then it’s more likely that the WR you drafted early is going to be in your starting fantasy roster than the QB will be. You might not have a big dropoff between your top QB and the other QB on your roster. Depending on matchup, you could switch them in your starting lineup on a given week. But at wide receiver, you would have to have 3 other wide receivers be a better option, making it less likely the first WR you draft is out of your starting lineup. So value represents both value over baseline, and likelihood of getting those points in your lineup.

Defense and Kicker Inconsistency is Accounted in Our Fantasy Football Rankings

Further, some positions just aren’t as consistent or predictable from year-to-year. Kicker and Defense are prime examples of this. So you wouldn’t want to draft them the same as others, and our value calculation takes that into account. Add in that both are “single start” positions, that is, you usually start only one, and the value further decreases. 

Comparing Our 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings to Average Draft Position

You may wonder how our rankings compare to average draft position results. Of course, there are certain players where we are higher or lower than consensus. In aggregate, in looking at position distribution and where we recommend players should be drafted, they compare fairly well with the average draft position data, with a caveat. It’s clear from fantasy football average draft position (ADP) data that many drafters do not specifically account for the scoring systems and formats strongly enough. 

For example, the difference in draft position between the top six wide receivers in standard and PPR formats is less than one draft slot on average. But one format strongly favors the position over the other. Our Fantasy Football rankings make these adjustments, which is why you will see Michael Thomas ranked lower on the standard rankings page than on a ranking for points-per-reception leagues, compared to the top running backs. We wrote about taking the scoring system into account in more detail in this blog post.