Jeremy Hill of the Cincinnati Bengals

That time of year is upon us again- No, not the fantasy football season. That’s still a couple months away. I’m talking about the official lull of the sports season, when basketball and hockey are over, baseball isn’t close enough to the playoffs to be interesting, and football still hasn’t hit training camp. All this lack of action causes the mind to wander. It starts piecing together elaborate fantasy lineups and draft strategies for the upcoming NFL season. Sleepers, busts, and value-based steals galore. So, although training camp and preseason are going to change many of these rankings, let’s start feeding the cravings and take a look at our preliminary Top 50 fantasy football rankings for 2015.

These rankings are assuming ESPN standard scoring, and are solely of the opinion of myself, SmartFantasy CEO Lee Thostenson. When our SmartCheatsheet tool is ready, you will be able to open my rankings in the tool, complete with my notes and column setups, and modify it to your liking.

Rank Player Pos Team ADP vs ADP Last Week Notes
1 Jamaal Charles RB KC 2 1
2 Eddie Lacy RB GB 2 0
3 Adrian Peterson RB MIN 2 -1
4 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 4.8 0.8
5 Le’Veon Bell RB PIT 4.3 -0.7
6 Arian Foster RB HOU 9.3 3.3
7 Antonio Brown WR PIT 7 0
8 Matt Forte RB CHI 9.3 1.3
9 Demarco Murray RB PHI 13.3 4.3
10 Rob Gronkowski RB NE 13.5 3.5
11 Dez Bryant WR DAL 11.3 0.3
12 Jeremy Hill RB CIN 17.5 5.5 I think Hill is actually one of the safer RBs in the draft. His ceiling may be capped with Gio Bernard taking 3rd down duties, but Hill is a legit talent with no injury issues behind a fantastic offensive line on a team that loves to run the ball. He’s a lock to finish a top ten RB.
13 Odell Beckham Jr WR NYG 12.8 -0.2
14 Calvin Johnson WR DET 17 3
15 Demariyus Thomas WR DEN 14.8 -0.2
16 Jordy Nelson WR GB 19.8 3.8
17 Julio Jones WR ATL 17.8 0.8
18 LeSean McCoy RB BUF 11 -7 McCoy has the talent and he’ll get the carries, but the Bills offense lacks even a mediocre quarterback or offensive line. I don’t see a lot of points being scored, which will limit McCoy’s totals
19 Aaron Rodgers QB GB 13.3 -5.7
20 Andrew Luck QB IND 15.5 -4.5
21 AJ Green WR CIN 22 1
22 CJ Anderson RB DEN 13.5 -8.5
23 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 23.5 0.5
24 Randall Cobb WR GB 23.8 -0.2
25 TY Hilton WR IND 26.3 1.3
26 Justin Forsett RB BAL 30 4
27 Jimmy Graham TE SEA 28.5 1.5
28 Mike Evans WR TB 28.5 0.5
29 Mark Ingram RB NO 31.3 2.3
30 Alfred Morris RB WAS 29.8 -0.2
31 Lamar Miller RB MIA 37.8 6.8
32 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 36 4
33 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 31.5 -1.5
34 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR 34 0
35 Frank Gore RB IND 37.3 2.3
36 Peyton Manning QB DEN 34.8 -1.2
37 Melvin Gordon RB SD 35.8 -1.2
38 Joseph Randle RB DAL 71 33 I think Randle’s ADP is going to skyrocket once training camp starts and more people realize that he’s going to be the #1 guy in Dallas.
39 Carlos Hyde RB SF 37 -1
40 Russell Wilson QB SEA 34.8 -4.2
41 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 48.3 8.3
42 Drew Brees QB NO 42 1
43 Brandin Cooks WR NO 39.3 -2.7
44 Jordan Matthews WR PHI 43.8 0.8
45 Andre Johnson WR HOU 47.3 3.3
46 Greg Olsen TE CAR 51.5 6.5
47 Sammy Watkins WR BUF 47.3 1.3
48 Golden Tate WR DET 63.3 16.3
49 Julian Edelman WR NE 48.8 0.8
50 Andre Ellington RB ARI 54.3 5.3
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