With the 2017 fantasy football season in the books, it is never too early (unless it’s way too early) to start thinking about next year. While a ton can, and will, happen between now and draft day, here is a 2018 fantasy football mock draft as things stand today.
*12 team PPR
Pick 1: Todd Gurley – He carried many teams to fantasy championships in 2017. With a rising Rams team, Gurley will continue his growing NFL stardom in 2018
Pick 2: Le’Veon Bell – There is no reason to think that Bell will not produce another top-end fantasy year in 2018 after finishing as the second-best running back of 2017
Pick 3: Antonio Brown – Brown is the best receiver in football and a fantasy stud. He finished as the number one fantasy receiver while missing one game and barely playing in another.
Pick 4: Deandre Hopkins – If Deshaun Watson did not tear his ACL midway through 2017, Hopkins may have finished as the top receiver in fantasy. Regardless, he had a monster year and reminded us that he is one of the best receivers in the NFL.
Pick 5: David Johnson – Getting hurt early in the year could be a blessing for 2018 fantasy football owners as the 2016 breakout stud should be healthy and ready to put up huge numbers next season.
Pick 6: Ezekiel Elliott – Elliott was on the way to another great year before serving a six-game suspension. A full season in 2018 bodes well for fantasy owners.
Pick 7: Kareem Hunt – Despite the cold stretch in the middle of the year, Hunt still finished as the fourth-best fantasy running back this year. The Chiefs know that feeding him in all facets of the game helps their chances of winning, so a big 2018 should be on deck.
Pick 8: Alvin Kamara – Kamara took the NFL and fantasy world by storm this season and showed what an incredible talent he is. The ceiling for Kamara in 2018 is sky-high.
Pick 9: Keenan Allen – With a full year of health in 2017, Allen put himself in the conversation for one of the top receivers in the game. Look for a repeat, if not better, 2018 season.
Pick 10: Odell Beckham Jr. – Beckham’s injury obviously prevented him from another top fantasy year in 2017, but his talent is too much to pass up. The big question at this point is who will be throwing him the ball.
Pick 11: Michael Thomas – Thomas followed up an impressive rookie year with an even better sophomore campaign. As one of the more consistent fantasy wide receivers, Thomas is in a great position to produce again in 2018
Pick 12: Melvin Gordon – Gordon’s third season in the league was a success as he finished as the sixth best running back in fantasy. Heavily involved on the ground and through the air, Gordon will be a solid fantasy option next season.
Pick 13: Julio Jones – While he finished as the seventh best fantasy receiver this season, Jones again struggled to find the end zone and week-to-week consistency. Jones is still an elite talent, but the combination of injury history and inconsistency drops him into the second round
Pick 14: Lesean McCoy – McCoy had another very productive year, and even better, he was not nipped by the injury bug. As the focal point of the Bills offense, McCoy should have another good year in 2018.
Pick 15: Mark Ingram – Alongside Kamara, Ingram had one of his best years as a pro. The two-headed dragon has been extremely successful for the Saints this season, so expect them to stick to their guns in 2018 and continue giving Ingram a significant amount of touches
Pick 16: Larry Fitzgerald – Like a fine wine, it almost seems Fitzgerald gets better with age. He finished as the fourth-best fantasy receiver this season without Carson Palmer for a majority of the year. While age is still a question mark, if anyone can continue this level of success, it is Larry Fitz.
Pick 17: Rob Gronkowski – A relatively healthy year was great to see for Gronk, but even better was his play. Gronk is still the best tight end in football and an elite fantasy option every time he steps on the field.
Pick 18: A.J. Green – While still finishing as the tenth receiver, Green did not have the monster year we have become accustomed to. However, with a new head coach next season, Green could easily end up as a top-five fantasy receiver.
Pick 19: Travis Kelce – The top fantasy tight end in 2017, Kelce vaulted himself to new heights. As a focal point in Kansas City’s passing attack, Kelce should have another great year
Pick 20: Jarvis Landry – The PPR machine did it again this season, finishing as the seventh best fantasy receiver. While his playing destination is unknown due to his impending free agency, Landry should continue his success wherever he winds up.
Pick 21: Devonta Freeman – If it were not for injuries, Freeman very likely could have again finished as a top-ten running back this season. With the running back position looking loaded for 2018, Freeman could be a steal in the late second round.
Pick 22: Mike Evans – After being a consensus first round pick in 2017, Evans disappointed, finishing as only the 18th best fantasy receiver. Evans’ draft stock will take a hit, but he is a prime candidate for a bounce back year in 2018.
Pick 23: Davante Adams – We may have witnessed a passing of the torch from Jordy Nelson to Davante Adams this season. As the best receiver on a team with Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, Adams could have an even bigger year than 2017, in which he finished as the tenth best receiver
Pick 24: Saquon Barkley – Easily the best running back prospect in next years’ NFL draft, Barkley, in the right situation, could be a fantasy star right away.