2015 Fantasy Football Spring Top 100: Jamaal Charles sits at No. 1

Thursday May 7th, 2015

The NFL draft is over, teams have gone through their voluntary offseason workouts and training camps are just about two months away. That means it’s time for our first fantasy football rankings of the year. There will be changes between now and draft season, but it’s time for us to plant our initial flag this season.

Where do we rank Le'Veon Bell following his three-game suspension? Who is our No. 1 overall wide receiver? Which rookie running back do you need to be monitoring this summer? Below is the SI.com spring top 100 for the 2015 fantasy football season.

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Top 100 players for 2015
  • 1
    1Jamaal Charles
    RB, Kansas City Chiefs
    He’s reaching the upper limits of running back shelf life, but Charles is still the center of the universe that is the Kansas City offense.

  • 2
    2Eddie Lacy
    RB, Green Bay Packers
    Lacy owns the Green Bay backfield, and he stepped up as a receiver last year. Drafting him is a great way to invest in the league’s best offense.

  • 3
    3Adrian Peterson
    RB, Minnesota Vikings
    All things considered, Peterson could have a better year this season as a result of missing nearly all of last year. Still elite in most every way.

  • 4
    4Matt Forte
    RB, Chicago Bears
    Marc Trestman may no longer be running the show in Chicago, but Forte is the key player in reviving the Bears’ offense. Expect 300-plus touches.

  • 5
    5Marshawn Lynch
    RB, Seattle Seahawks
    If you’re all about the floor, Lynch is your man. He has at least 1,500 total yards and 12 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.

  • 6
    6Dez Bryant
    WR, Dallas Cowboys
    When you combine talent, red-zone ability, big plays and team context, Bryant is the best fantasy receiver in the league.

  • 7
    7Le’Veon Bell
    RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Bell would be the runaway No. 1 overall player if not for a three-game suspension to start the season. His all-around skill set still makes him an easy first-round selection.

  • 8
    8Antonio Brown
    WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Brown has 229 receptions for nearly 3,200 yards and 21 touchdowns over the last two seasons. That should say it all.

  • 9
    9Demaryius Thomas
    WR, Denver Broncos
    If not for Peyton Manning’s shaky health, Thomas would likely be the top receiver in the rankings. As it stands, he’s still a surefire first-round player.

  • 10
    10DeMarco Murray
    RB, Philadelphia Eagles
    Murray will be hard-pressed to match last year’s numbers without the great Dallas line in front of him, but he should get a full workload in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense.

  • 11
    11Jordy Nelson
    WR, Green Bay Packers
    Higher than you’ll see him in most places, but I want Aaron Rodgers’s No. 1 receiver on my team. Environment matters, and few receivers can match Nelson’s.

  • 12
    12Julio Jones
    WR, Atlanta Falcons
    Jones probably would have led the league in receiving yards if he didn’t suffer a hip injury at the end of last season. One of the league’s best players when he’s on the field.

  • 13
    13Odell Beckham Jr.
    WR, New York Giants
    Beckham was the No. 1 receiver in fantasy last year on a per-game basis. Even if he doesn’t reach the heights of his rookie year, he’ll be an elite WR1.

  • 14
    14Jeremy Hill
    RB, Cincinnati Bengals
    Hill took over as the starting running back in Cincinnati last year, and it’s his gig to lose after the way he ran the ball. Top-five potential.

  • 15
    15Rob Gronkowski
    TE, New England Patriots
    The Off-season Of Gronk will eventually come to an end, and when it does he’ll go right back to being the best tight end in the NFL.

  • 16
    16Calvin Johnson
    WR, Detroit Lions
    Injury woes and quarterback inconsistency have knocked Johnson down to his lowest ranking in years. That could make him a bargain come draft season.

  • 17
    17Arian Foster
    RB, Houston Texans
    You probably won’t get 16 games out of Foster, but he proved last year that he can still be one of the best running backs in the league on a per-game basis.

  • 18
    18Aaron Rodgers
    QB, Green Bay Packers
    No matter if you’re talking real life or fantasy, he is the best quarterback in the league, hands down.

  • 19
    19Alshon Jeffery
    WR, Chicago Bears
    Jeffery has averaged 87 catches for 1,267 yards and 8.5 touchdowns the last two seasons. With Brandon Marshall gone, he should see even more targets this year.

  • 20
    20A.J. Green
    WR, Cincinnati Bengals
    Don’t let one injury-riddled season scare you away from Green. He has proven himself to be a top-flight receiver, even with Andy Dalton at the helm.

  • 21
    21LeSean McCoy
    RB, Buffalo Bills
    McCoy trades the video-game feel of Chip Kelly’s offense for the heavy workload promised to him by Rex Ryan and Greg Roman. Consider it a wash.

  • 22
    22Alfred Morris
    RB, Washington Redskins
    Morris remains one of the most underappreciated players in the NFL. Three straight seasons with at least 1,000 yards and seven scores.

  • 23
    23Randall Cobb
    WR, Green Bay Packers
    You should sense a theme with the Packers by now—fantasy owners should invest in this offense. Cobb provides your last real opportunity to do so.

  • 24
    24Melvin Gordon
    RB, San Diego Chargers
    The runner-up in the 2014 Heisman race landed in a perfect spot in San Diego. The bet here is that he’s the runaway Offensive Rookie of the Year. Can be a dominant runner.

  • 25
    25C.J. Anderson
    RB, Denver Broncos
    Not totally sold on Anderson being the workhorse, or on the Broncos relying on him as much as they did at the end of last season.

  • 26
    26Andrew Luck
    QB, Indianapolis Colts
    Luck was the model of consistency and likely carried most of his owners to the fantasy championship last year. Has the weapons and running ability to be even better this year.

  • 27
    27Mike Evans
    WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Odell Beckham Jr. got all the attention, but Evans was nearly as good in his rookie season. Jameis Winston will be an upgrade over Josh McCown and Mike Glennon.

  • 28
    28Lamar Miller
    RB, Miami Dolphins
    You probably won’t have to take him this early, but you’ll be happy to have him on your team. Does everything out of Miami’s backfield, and the team’s offense is improving.

  • 29
    29Mark Ingram
    RB, New Orleans Saints
    Ingram finally had the breakout season last year that had been foretold since the dawning of time. Role could increase with Saints potentially running more this year.

  • 30
    30Carlos Hyde
    RB, San Francisco 49ers
    With Frank Gore in Indianapolis, it’s Hyde’s show. He could be a breakout player, but expect his stock to rise over the summer.

  • 31
    31Todd Gurley
    RB, St. Louis Rams
    The 10th pick in the draft figures to be the Rams’ starter, but he’s still working his way back from a torn ACL.

  • 32
    32T.Y. Hilton
    WR, Indianapolis Colts
    Hilton is the top receiver for an elite quarterback in a pass-happy offense. Andre Johnson’s presence should help him this year.

  • 33
    33Jimmy Graham
    TE, Seattle Seahawks
    Graham’s fantasy stock takes a hit as a result of being traded to Seattle from New Orleans.

  • 34
    34Justin Forsett
    RB, Baltimore Ravens
    With new OC Marc Trestman and a lack of competition, Forsett could very well follow up on his breakout 2014 campaign.

  • 35
    35Emmanuel Sanders
    WR, Denver Broncos
    Sanders enjoyed a banner season in Year 1 with Peyton Manning. He should be a rock-solid WR2 again in 2015.

  • 36
    36Frank Gore
    RB, Indianapolis Colts
    The ageless Gore found himself an ideal fit in Indianapolis. Doubt him at your own peril.

  • 37
    37Kelvin Benjamin
    WR, Carolina Panthers
    Benjamin tailed off as the year progressed, but he still eclipsed 1,000 yards and found the end zone nine times. Should only continue to improve.

  • 38
    38Russell Wilson
    QB, Seattle Seahawks
    If Wilson became a top-three quarterback without a go-to pass-catcher, imagine what he can do with Jimmy Graham. Could make this ranking look foolish.

  • 39
    39DeSean Jackson
    WR, Washington Redskins
    Everything went wrong in Washington last year, but Jackson still racked up 1,169 yards and six touchdowns. Think of what he can do if even 50% of things go right.

  • 40
    40DeAndre Hopkins
    WR, Houston Texans
    Hopkins has the talent to outpace this ranking, especially as the top receiver in Houston, but quarterback issues could restrict his ceiling.

  • 41
    41Jonathan Stewart
    RB, Carolina Panthers
    For the first time in his career, Stewart has the Carolina backfield to himself. Now all he has to do is stay healthy.

  • 42
    42Latavius Murray
    RB, Oakland Raiders
    Murray had to breathe a sigh of relief when the Raiders didn’t draft a running back. He’ll be the team’s starter and should be an RB2.

  • 43
    43Andre Johnson
    WR, Indianapolis Colts
    Just like Frank Gore, the veteran Johnson picked the perfect team in free agency. He could experience a renaissance catching passes from Andrew Luck.

  • 44
    44Brandin Cooks
    WR, New Orleans Saints
    With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills out of town, Cooks is the unquestioned top pass-catcher for Drew Brees. That’s always a good look.

  • 45
    45Tom Brady
    QB, New England Patriots
    For now, we’ll keep Brady at this spot. If a suspension ends up coming, he’ll obviously slide down the rankings.

  • 46
    46Andre Ellington
    RB, Arizona Cardinals
    Ellington may not be capable of handling a workhorse role, but he was also dealing with injuries from training camp on last year. Getting some help in the backfield should keep him upright.

  • 47
    47Peyton Manning
    QB, Denver Broncos
    Don’t let the last month of the 2014 season obscure the fact that Manning was dominant for three months. He’s got one good year left.

  • 48
    48Martavis Bryant
    WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Bryant burst on the scene at midseason, and ended up scoring eight touchdowns in 10 games. Pittsburgh’s offense is another one fantasy owners should target.

  • 49
    49Ben Roethlisberger
    QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    Speaking of the Steelers, Roethlisberger had arguably the best season of his career last year. He can follow up on that with Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant at his disposal.

  • 50
    50Jordan Matthews
    WR, Philadelphia Eagles
    The No. 1 receiver in Philadelphia during the Chip Kelly era has been a fantasy WR1 each of the last two years. That’s Matthews’s role in 2015.

  • 51
    51Drew Brees
    QB, New Orleans Saints
    Brees is no longer a top-tier fantasy quarterback, but he still put up a top-five season in 2014. Down, but not out.

  • 52
    52Travis Kelce
    TE, Kansas City Chiefs
    All signs point to the Chiefs finally unleashing Kelce this year. If everything breaks right, he has the upside to be the No. 1 fantasy tight end.

  • 53
    53Sammy Watkins
    WR, Buffalo Bills
    Watkins would likely be higher if not for the shaky quarterback situation in Buffalo. It’s hard to trust the Matt Cassel-EJ Manuel duo.

  • 54
    54Julian Edelman
    WR, New England Patriots
    Edelman is a PPR machine and a favorite target of Tom Brady’s. Both of those factors bode well for him in 2015.

  • 55
    55Golden Tate
    WR, Detroit Lions
    When Calvin Johnson was injured, Tate filled in admirably as the No. 1 receiver in Detroit. Should be an easy WR2 this year.

  • 56
    56Greg Olsen
    TE, Carolina Panthers
    Olsen set career-highs in receptions (84) and yards (1,008) last year. He should be just as popular with Cam Newton in 2015.

  • 57
    57Brandon Marshall
    WR, New York Jets
    Marshall is with his fourth team and enters a questionable quarterback situation with the Jets. Don’t expect top-level production this year.

  • 58
    58Matt Ryan
    QB, Atlanta Falcons
    No one is ever excited to take Ryan, but he has averaged 4,526.25 yards and 28.75 touchdowns per season over the last four years.

  • 59
    59Joique Bell
    RB, Detroit Lions
    The Lions drafted Ameer Abdullah, but Bell is still the primary runner in Detroit. Expect another season of RB2 production.

  • 60
    60Giovani Bernard
    RB, Cincinnati Bengals
    Bernard ceded the starting gig to Jeremy Hill, but he’ll still have a sizable role in the Cincinnati offense and a top-20 RB ceiling.

  • 61
    61Tony Romo
    QB, Dallas Cowboys
    The quarterback so many people love to hate remains quietly effective for fantasy owners. Don’t let the secret out.

  • 62
    62Keenan Allen
    WR, San Diego Chargers
    Allen crashed down to earth in his sophomore season, catching 77 passes for just 783 yards and four touchdowns. Year 3 should fall somewhere between that and his rookie year.

  • 63
    63C.J. Spiller
    RB, New Orleans Saints
    Spiller seems forever a disappointment, but the Saints will try to cast him in the Darren Sproles role. Could be a steal.

  • 64
    64Eli Manning
    QB, New York Giants
    Don’t laugh. With Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen, Manning won’t be hurting for weapons.

  • 65
    65LeGarrette Blount
    RB, New England Patriots
    Every so often (Corey Dillon in 2004, Stevan Ridley in 2012), Bill Belichick relies on one running back. Blount could be that guy this year.

  • 66
    66Ryan Tannehill
    QB, Miami Dolphins
    The Tannehill breakout began last season. With Jordan Cameron, Kenny Stills and Jay Ajayi added to his stable, it will accelerate this year.

  • 67
    67Cam Newton
    QB, Carolina Panthers
    Newton experienced a bit of a down year, but he was still a fantasy stalwart thanks to 539 yards and five scores on the ground.

  • 68
    68Michael Floyd
    WR, Arizona Cardinals
    Just wipe last year from your memory. No doubt that’s what Floyd did. His talent is undeniable, and Carson Palmer is back.

  • 69
    69Rashad Jennings
    RB, New York Giants
    Jennings isn’t an exciting pick, but he’ll give you steady weekly production. A great target for those going cheap at running back.

  • 70
    70Jeremy Maclin
    WR, Kansas City Chiefs
    Maclin may not be in Philadelphia anymore, but he’s not going to fall off the map playing with Alex Smith. Don’t be surprised if he’s a WR2.

  • 71
    71Tevin Coleman
    RB, Atlanta Falcons
    The rookie out of Indiana has a great opportunity in a wide-open Atlanta backfield. Make sure he’s on your radar.

  • 72
    72Vincent Jackson
    WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Jackson isn’t a WR1 anymore, but he can still be plenty productive as a second or third fantasy option at the position.

  • 73
    73Amari Cooper
    WR, Oakland Raiders
    Cooper was the first receiver off the board in the draft. There’s no doubt about his talent and upside. If he connects with Derek Carr, look out.

  • 74
    74T.J. Yeldon
    RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
    Yeldon will have every chance to start for the Jaguars, but don’t assume he’s going to beat out Denard Robinson. The latter was impressive last season.

  • 75
    75Martellus Bennett
    TE, Chicago Bears
    Bennett has had a couple nice seasons with the Bears, and remains one of the most productive tight ends in the league. Could get more looks with Brandon Marshall gone.

  • 76
    76Darren McFadden
    RB, Dallas Cowboys
    If any back in Dallas gets the lion’s share of the carries, he could end up being a fantasy monster. McFadden, of all people, looks like the odds-on favorite to be the starter.

  • 77
    77Roddy White
    WR, Atlanta Falcons
    White’s days are numbered, but he can still be a WR2 over the course of an entire season. At worst, he’s great for depth.

  • 78
    78Mike Wallace
    WR, Minnesota Vikings
    Wallace played/sulked his way out of Miami, and is now one of Teddy Bridgewater’s top receivers. That’s not a bad position to fall into.

  • 79
    79Jordan Cameron
    TE, Miami Dolphins
    If Cameron can stay healthy this year, he’ll be a top-five tight end. You heard it here first. Position drops off after him.

  • 80
    80Torrey Smith
    WR, San Francisco 49ers
    Smith got the job done with touchdowns rather than yards last year. No matter how he did it, he again contributed a top-25 season at the position.

  • 81
    81Matthew Stafford
    QB, Detroit Lions
    The shine is off Stafford a bit, as inconsistency and an improving quarterback class have bumped him to the back end of the QB1 group.

  • 82
    82Zach Ertz
    TE, Philadelphia Eagles
    Ertz could very well take a major step forward in the Philadelphia offense. Of course, we’ve been said that each of the last two years, and it hasn’t come to fruition.

  • 83
    83Steve Smith
    WR, Baltimore Ravens
    After a hot start last year, Smith really tailed off in the back half of the season. Consider his 2014 numbers his ceiling for 2015.

  • 84
    84Shane Vereen
    RB, New York Giants
    Vereen was a bust last season, but the receiving skills that made him a hot commodity last year are still present. Should have a nice role with the Giants.

  • 85
    85Antonio Gates
    TE, San Diego Chargers
    Gates just won’t give in to Father Time. The latter eventually catches up with everyone, but Gates will be a TE1 until the day he announces his retirement.

  • 86
    86Isaiah Crowell
    RB, Cleveland Browns
    Don’t assume Crowell is going to run away with this job. Terrance West and rookie Duke Johnson will be involved, as well.

  • 87
    87Chris Ivory
    RB, New York Jets
    Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy will push Ivory, but chances are he’s the starter for the Jets. Still, don’t hope for more than low-end RB2 numbers.

  • 88
    88Charles Johnson
    WR, Minnesota Vikings
    Johnson opened eyes in Minnesota at the end of last year and enters this season with major sleeper potential.

  • 89
    89Allen Robinson
    WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
    Robinson was enjoying a nice rookie season before a foot injury ended his year in November. He’s the No. 1 receiver in an improving offense.

  • 90
    90Kevin White
    WR, Chicago Bears
    The Bears used the seventh pick to team White with Alshon Jeffery. Gives Jay Cutler another big target in the red zone.

  • 91
    91Brandon LaFell
    WR, New England Patriots
    LaFell presents fantasy owners with a cheap way of investing in the New England offense. That’s never a bad thing.

  • 92
    92Jarvis Landry
    WR, Miami Dolphins
    Landry didn’t get much attention with all the big-time rookie receivers last year hogging the spotlight, but he was quietly productive. Give him a boost in PPR leagues.

  • 93
    93Ameer Abdullah
    RB, Detroit Lions
    Abdullah will likely inhabit the role manned by Reggie Bush in Detroit the last few seasons. Has a top-25 running back ceiling.

  • 94
    94Victor Cruz
    WR, New York Giants
    Cruz should be ready for the year after a gruesome knee injury ended his 2014. Circle his name. He could be a steal.

  • 95
    95Larry Fitzgerald
    WR, Arizona Cardinals
    Fitzgerald has suffered through some tough seasons with the Cardinals, but he can still give fantasy owners WR2 production.

  • 96
    96Eric Decker
    WR, New York Jets
    Decker learned last year how tough life can be without Peyton Manning. Those same issues may be present in 2015.

  • 97
    97Owen Daniels
    TE, Denver Broncos
    Daniels will be playing with a coach who loves his skills and a quarterback who is one of the all-time greats. He has top-five tight end potential.

  • 98
    98Kenny Stills
    WR, Miami Dolphins
    It always seemed Stills was underutilized in New Orleans. Don’t expect that to be the case in Miami.

  • 99
    99Bishop Sankey
    RB, Tennessee Titans
    Don’t write Sankey off based on his lackluster rookie season. The Tennessee offense was a complete mess, and Shonn Greene was in the mix, for some reason. He’s a true sleeper.

  • 100
    100David Cobb
    RB, Tennessee Titans
    Our bet is one of these two Tennessee running backs ends up putting up RB2 numbers at an RB4 price. Cobb, the rookie from Minnesota, will push Sankey for the starting job.

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