Pre-Season Power Rankings
9. Jake Munn
No longer the newbie in the league now that we’ve added Tiz to the league, Jake is entering year 3 at a dead even 16-16 record in the league. His first year was a struggle as he finished 4-9, but he turned it around last year finishing 9-4 with a runner-up finish to Perry. This year I thought Jake was a little up and down with his draft. I actually like some parts of Jake’s team a lot including his WR, TE, and QB positions. I do not like his RBs at all unfortunately, and that was before his premature drop of David Montgomery happened. With RB being arguably the most important position in our league, Jake finds himself lower than usual in these rankings.
QB: Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Sam Darnold
Any time you have Patrick Mahomes on your team, your QB position is an automatic strength regardless of whoever else you have. He did have an injury for the first time in his career last year, but in the 13 weeks he played he was QB3 and looked as good as ever throwing 12 TDs in the postseason leading the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title. He’s as good a bet as any to be the QB1 this year in fantasy. Jared Goff was thought to have had a down year last year, but still finished the season as QB12. He’s never finished lower than 13th and I don’t expect that to change this year. He should be one of the top weekly QB2 options in the league. Sam Darnold is good as a QB3 as well. Adam Gase’s offense hinders everyone on the Jets, but Darnold is a good bye week fill in when he needs to be.
RB: Joe Mixon, Melvin Gordon, Duke Johnson, Boston Scott, Chris Thompson, Giovanni Bernard
Joe Mixon is a highly talented RB who hasn’t been able to overcome the Bengals poor offensive line to reach his full potential yet. Mixon was borderline unusable for the first 7 weeks of last season, but he turned it on over the final 9 games to finish a respectable 13th at the position. He will likely be relied upon heavily as the Bengals break in rookie QB Joe Burrow this year and the Bengals offensive line should be much improved this season leading to a top 10 finish for Mixon. After Mixon, there’s not a whole lot to like at the RB position for this team. Melvin Gordon joined a crowded Broncos backfield in the offseason and will be in a 50/50 RBBC split with Phillip Lindsay. He’ll be lucky to finish in the top 25 at the position in my opinion. Jake’s final four running backs are all upside backup plays with no standalone value. If Miles Sanders injury proves to be more serious than announced, Scott could be a steal and just the player Jake needs, but with all reports saying Sanders will be back for week 1, even Scott doesn’t hold much standalone value.
WR: DJ Moore, Calvin Ridley, Tyler Boyd, Golden Tate, Jalen Reagor
I do like Jake’s receiving core a lot. Catching passes from Will Grier for most of the season last year, DJ Moore put up a solid WR14 finish. Now with a much better QB in Teddy Bridgewater under center, I expect Moore to join the ranks of the top 10 at the position this year. Calvin Ridley is another receiver I think could be a breakout pick to finish in the top 15. All Atlanta does is throw the ball it seems (especially with the awful defense in the ATL) and Ridley will be one of the main beneficiaries of Sanu’s lost targets from last season. Tyler Boyd was a great pick at WR3 as well. Boyd was the defacto #1 receiver for the Bengals last year with AJ Green missing the season, but adding Burrow under center this year should allow him to maintain his target share even with Green being back. Jake’s bench receivers are solid with Golden Tate leading the way. Tate’s first season with the Giants went well with him finishing as WR28 in games he played. The Giants are healthier than they were last year, which may cost Tate some targets, but he should still be a reliable bye week fill in for Jake. Reagor seems like the one rookie receiver that Adam didn’t take this season and he probably landed in the best spot out of them all. The Eagles had no healthy receivers by the end of last season so Reagor has a chance to step into any role he’d like for the Eagles this season.
TE: Mark Andrews, Blake Jarwin
Jake’s TE position is also set for the season it seems like. Mark Andrews battled injury all last season, but was still able to finish as the TE5. With a healthy offseason, Andrews is looking to challenge for a top 3 spot this year. Blake Jarwin is a great backup as well. The Cowboys love dumping passes off to TEs and Jarwin is athletic enough to make something happen after the catch, something that Jason Witten just couldn’t do last season. Jarwin is a sleeper pick for top 8 TE production this year.