Pre-Season Power Rankings
7. Adam Green
There was a lot of hate towards Adam “Rank Me Last” Green’s draft this season, but I think this was one of Adam’s best drafts I’ve seen from him. For one, he was super confident and locked in for every one of his picks, almost sprinting up to put the sticker up each time it was his turn. He did pick a couple of guys much earlier than I would have, but he truly believes that each of his players will be great this year, and that is why he is where he is in these rankings. Adam looks to be very strong at RB, but I see question marks at WR and QB2 for this team. He also went extremely rookie heavy drafting 5 rookies to fill out his roster. The likelihood of those players being anything special this year is slim, but not out of the question.
QB: Josh Allen, Drew Lock, Justin Herbert
Josh Allen has proven to be a below average real life QB over the past couple of seasons as a starter in Buffalo. However, it’s a different story in fantasy as his rushing numbers give him a high fantasy floor each week as well as top 5 upside overall. I like Allen as Adam’s QB1 and think he will solid all year. I do not, however, trust that Drew Lock will be anything special in Adam’s QB2 spot. He had five starts to end last season and only posted one finish inside the top 20 at the position. The Broncos have added two additional receivers in Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler on top of Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant so Drew Lock should have no excuses to not produce this season. Justin Herbert is one of Adam’s rookie picks this season that will probably not have much value for at least the first half of the season. Adam is playing the long game and hoping he breaks out for the fantasy playoffs, but it could be too late at that point.
RB: Ezekiel Elliot, Aaron Jones, Raheem Mostert, David Montgomery, Antonio Gibson, Tony Pollard
The #1 strength of this team is the RB position where Adam boasts two top 3 RBs from last season in Zeke and Aaron Jones. Zeke is as safe as they come when it comes to RBs finishing as a top 5 RB each of the past two years and is locked into a workhorse role for the high-powered Cowboys offense. There has been talk recently of him splitting more carries with Tony Pollard to keep him fresh, but I still expect Zeke to finish top 5 once again. Aaron Jones was finally freed last season and he ended up producing over 1500 total yards and 19TDs. As a RB2 you can’t ask for much more, yet many expect Aaron Jones to regress this year. Even if he does, I still expect him to be top 10 at the position, which is rock solid for your RB2. I also really like Adam’s RB3 Raheem Mostert who showed elite potential over the final few weeks of last season and the playoffs. Given more of a role with Matt Breida now out of the picture, I expect Mostert to be a top 20 RB this season. Tony Pollard was a must pick as arguably the top handcuff in the game behind Zeke and Antonio Gibson is a solid upside pick with no one sure of what Washington will do with their backfield. The latest addition to this team is David Montgomery. Many considered Montgomery a bust last year, but he still finished as RB23 and before being injured in training camp the other day, I had him in my top 20. Adam took a big risk on Montgomery dropping his entire $100 free agent budget for the season on him, but I think it was worth it just on the value that he could bring in trade alone.
WR: Courtland Sutton, DK Metcalf, Ceedee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, Justin Jefferson
Adam has two receivers I really like this season in Sutton and Metcalf, but I prefer them as WR2/WR3 respectively instead of where they play on Adam’s roster. Sutton has all of the talent of a top 10 fantasy WR, but in his 5 games with Drew Lock last year Sutton struggled to maintain his earlier fantasy success. The Broncos adding two highly drafted receivers and with Noah Fant expecting to receive an expanded role, Sutton may not have the volume necessary to produce as a WR1. My favorite receiver on Adam’s team is his WR2 DK Metcalf. DK was pretty inconsistent last year for the Seahawks as a rookie, but flashed major upside down the stretch and into the playoffs as Seattle’s #1 outside WR. With Russell Wilson feeding him looks this year, DK is one of my breakout top 10 WR picks this year. Adam went rookie heavy for his last three wide receiver picks hoping to capitalize on this stellar draft class. I don’t see any of the three being able to contribute consistent WR3 value for Adam’s team, but playing the matchups between the three could work. Of the three, I like Lamb the most, but he may be option 5 in the Cowboys passing attack this season behind Cooper, Gallup, Zeke, and Jarwin. Jeudy falls into the same trap that Sutton does in that he’s relying on Drew Lock to find him in a run first offense. Jefferson could very well end up having the best rookie fantasy season as he has the clearest chance at targets replacing Stefon Diggs in the Vikings offense.
TE: Evan Engram, Austin Hooper
Evan Engram is a player who I believe will either finish top 5 at the position or outside of the top 20 due to injury. With that range of outcomes, I tend to stay away, but if he can finally stay healthy, Engram is a stud. Austin Hooper was TE6 in the Falcons offense last year and parlayed that into a big contract with the Browns. Unfortunately, the Browns offense hasn’t featured TEs as much as the Falcons do in the past so I don’t expect a repeat performance. As a TE2, he won’t be called on often and will serve his purpose on Adam’s team well.