The Way-Too-Early 2015-2016 Fantasy Football Rankings
Year after year, the weekend after the Super Bowl is easily the most depressing one of the year. Millions of Americans look forward to their Sundays just so that they can spend their day munching on snacks and yelling at their televisions. Rather than remain upset that the 2014 season is over, why don't we start looking ahead to the 2015 fantasy season? Although free agency has yet to begin, all 32 teams have a have a head coach and general manager in place. These rankings will definitely change a ton come draft time, with a huge offseason coming up for perennial fantasy stars such as Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, and Demariyus Thomas. Without further ado, the first edition of the 2015 fantasy football preseason positional ranks:
1. Aaron Rodgers - the reigning league MVP shouldn't have an issue maintaining his numbers next season even if Cobb departs
2. Andrew Luck - big disappointment come fantasy playoff time, but the statistical sky really is the limit for him
3. Drew Brees - not quite as efficient as he's been in recent seasons, but he remains an absolute machine
4. Russell Wilson - did a ton of damage with his legs last season with limited options in the passing game at his disposal
5. Tom Brady - remember when we said Brady and the Pats were done? We'll let the Vince Lombardi trophy do the talking...
6. Peyton Manning - huge question mark but it seems like he's leaning towards returning. If he proves to be healthy then he may very well put his traditional video game-like numbers
7. Ben Roethlisberger - took the next step to join the fantasy elites last season and there's no reason he won't be able to repeat
8. Cam Newton - prior to the back injury, he looked like a far more polished passer. May be on the verge of finally taking the next step
9. Matt Ryan - may be revived under new offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan
10. Tony Romo - age and injuries are the only things holding me back from putting placing him higher
11. Matt Stafford - If Megatron and Tate are 100% healthy, you can't ask for a much better tandem to throw to
12. Eli Manning - gets the nod over draft mate Philip Rivers simply because he gets to the throw to Odell Beckham
1. Le'Veon Bell - the do-it-all Steelers running back was greatly missed in the AFC Divisional round game against Baltimore. May not be the consensus top pick next year as he faces a potential two-game suspension
2. Marshawn Lynch - assuming that he returns to Seattle, which seems more likely than ever, Beast Mode should continue to get into the end zone
3. Jamaal Charles - grosly underutilized in 2014, Charles may easily reclaim his top spot next year if Andy Reid lets him
4. Eddie Lacy - feasted on opposing defenses after a slow start, and should remain to be a big factor in the passing games
5. Matt Forte - age is a bit concerning, but how can you not put a running back who just caught 100+ balls up here?
6. DeMarco Murray - coming off a career year but an insane workload. All depends on where he goes in free agency
7. Adrian Peterson - will be fresh and ready to rumble wherever he's playing next season. Imagine him running behind the monstrous Cowboys o-line?
8. C.J. Anderson - assuming Peyton will be back, Denver may have finally found its complete three-down back in Anderson
9. LeSean McCoy - one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy in 2014, Shady's just way too talented not to be taken in the first round
10. Jeremy Hill - finished his rookie campaign off strong, and looks to be the early down option despite the presence of Gio Bernard.
11. Arian Foster - mileage and injuries continue to be a concern, but he's just so good when he takes the field
12. Lamar Miller - finally displayed his talents on the field at the end of last season. If he can carry a full workload, then watch out
1. Antonio Bryant - no clear-cut top wideout like there's been in previous years, but Big Ben's top option is ridiculously consistent.
2. Demariyus Thomas - coming off a big time campaign, DT will get paid this offseason and should maintain his production if Peyton's healthy.
3. Dez Bryant - almost definitely will be back in big D, playing with a chip on his shoulder following a controversial end to his season.
4. Calvin Johnson - he may be turning 30, but he definitely still has a couple of years of elite production left in him
5. Julio Jones - absolute beast when healthy and he should remain heavily-targeted in Shanahan's offensive scheme
6. Odell Beckham Jr. - I'd feel more comfortable taking a more proven receiver, but if Cruz is healthy then OBJ may shatter the record books once again
7. Jordy Nelson - ranking may really be determined on the future of Cobb, but he'll continue to make huge plays weekly
8. T.Y. Hilton - quickly emerged as Luck's top guy and injuries were the only thing holding him back late in the season
9. AJ Green - coming off his worst season as a pro, his "Pro Bowl" QB Dalton is the only thing holding him back. Hopefully he doesn't enter Larry Fitzgerald territory
10. Alshon Jeffrey - definitely looks like he's surpassed Brandon Marshall has their top receiver, but Cutler's future in the Windy City will impact him
11. Jeremy Maclin - will be looking to resign in Philly where he broke out last year thriving in DeSean Jackson's old spot
12. Emmanuel Sanders - like DT, Sander's ranking will be based on Peyton's decision and health