Fantasy football 2016: Way-too-early top 100 player rankings

Thursday January 14th, 2016

Fantasy football has turned into a year-round activity, with a very short off-season before we start diving into the fantasy-relevant players in the NFL draft. From there, we can start to glean our first bits of depth-chart information from mini-camp and OTAs. By time June 1 rolls around, most people will have started preliminary draft prep, and before you know it, training camp ushers in the unofficial start of another fantasy season in earnest.

It all begins, however, with our first set of rankings for the season. These won’t be the same on June 1, July 1, Aug. 1 or Sept. 1, but they will serve as our jumping-off point for the 2016 season. While wide receivers took over the league for good in 2015, the overall No. 1 spot still belongs to the best running back in the NFL.

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With that, we’d like to thank you for joining us all season long here on SI.com. We can’t wait to get back with you next year. And to hold you over until then, allow us to present our way-too-early top 100 for 2016.

Rank

player

position

team

1

Le'Veon Bell

RB

Pittsburgh Steelers

2

Antonio Brown

WR

Pittsburgh Steelers

3

Odell Beckham Jr.

WR

New York Giants

4

Julio Jones

WR

Atlanta Falcons

5

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

Houston Texans

6

Todd Gurley

RB

Los Angeles Rams

7

Dez Bryant

WR

Dallas Cowboys

8

Allen Robinson

WR

Jacksonville Jaguars

9

David Johnson

RB

Arizona Cardinals

10

Jordy Nelson

WR

Green Bay Packers

11

Rob Gronkowski

TE

New England Patriots

12

A.J. Green

WR

Cincinnati Bengals

13

Demaryius Thomas

WR

Denver Broncos

14

Jamaal Charles

RB

Kansas City Chiefs

15

Adrian Peterson

RB

Minnesota Vikings

16

Alshon Jeffery

WR

Chicago Bears

17

Doug Martin

RB

T.B. Buccaneers

18

Amari Cooper

WR

Oakland Raiders

19

Devonta Freeman

RB

Atlanta Falcons

20

Sammy Watkins

WR

Buffalo Bills

21

Lamar Miller

RB

Miami Dolphins

22

LeSean McCoy

RB

Buffalo Bills

23

Brandon Marshall

WR

New York Jets

24

Carlos Hyde

RB

San Francisco 49ers

25

Mike Evans

WR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

26

T.J. Yeldon

RB

Jacksonville Jaguars

27

Thomas Rawls

RB

Seattle Seahawks

28

Brandin Cooks

WR

New Orleans Saints

29

Kelvin Benjamin

WR

Carolina Panthers

30

Aaron Rodgers

QB

Green Bay Packers

31

Randall Cobb

WR

Green Bay Packers

32

Keenan Allen

WR

San Diego Chargers

33

Matt Forte

RB

Chicago Bears

34

Cam Newton

QB

Carolina Panthers

35

Ben Roethlisberger

QB

Pittsburgh Steelers

36

Marshawn Lynch

RB

Seattle Seahawks

37

Andrew Luck

QB

Indianapolis Colts

38

Mark Ingram

RB

New Orleans Saints

39

Greg Olsen

TE

Carolina Panthers

40

Michael Floyd

WR

Arizona Cardinals

41

Russell Wilson

QB

Seattle Seahawks

42

Tom Brady

QB

New England Patriots

43

Julian Edelman

WR

New England Patriots

44

Jarvis Landry

WR

Miami Dolphins

45

T.Y. Hilton

WR

Indianapolis Colts

46

Josh Gordon

WR

Cleveland Browns

47

Jordan Reed

TE

Washington Redskins

48

Eddie Lacy

RB

Green Bay Packers

49

Doug Baldwin

WR

Seattle Seahawks

50

Drew Brees

QB

New Orleans Saints

51

Melvin Gordon

RB

San Diego Chargers

52

Latavius Murray

RB

Oakland Raiders

53

Martavis Bryant

WR

Pittsburgh Steelers

54

Dion Lewis

RB

New England Patriots

55

DeMarco Murray

RB

Philadelphia Eagles

56

DeVante Parker

WR

Miami Dolphins

57

Chris Ivory

RB

New York Jets

58

Jeremy Maclin

WR

Kansas City Chiefs

59

Blake Bortles

QB

Jacksonville Jaguars

60

Eric Decker

WR

New York Jets

61

Jeremy Langford

RB

Chicago Bears

62

Arian Foster

RB

Houston Texans

63

Carson Palmer

QB

Arizona Cardinals

64

Tony Romo

QB

Dallas Cowboys

65

Ameer Abdullah

RB

Detroit Lions

66

Tyler Eifert

TE

Cincinnati Bengals

67

Jonathan Stewart

RB

Carolina Panthers

68

C.J. Anderson

RB

Denver Broncos

69

Stefon Diggs

WR

Minnesota Vikings

70

Jeremy Hill

RB

Cincinnati Bengals

71

Travis Kelce

TE

Kansas City Chiefs

72

Allen Hurns

WR

Jacksonville Jaguars

73

Kevin White

WR

Chicago Bears

74

John Brown

WR

Arizona Cardinals

75

DeSean Jackson

WR

Washington Redskins

76

Tyrod Taylor

QB

Buffalo Bills

77

Michael Crabtree

WR

Oakland Raiders

78

Duke Johnson

RB

Cleveland Browns

79

Steve Smith Sr.

WR

Baltimore Ravens

80

Karlos Williams

RB

Buffalo Bills

81

Emmanuel Sanders

WR

Denver Broncos

82

Larry Fitzgerald

WR

Arizona Cardinals

83

Jordan Matthews

WR

Philadelphia Eagles

84

Dorial Green-Beckham

WR

Tennessee Titans

85

Breshad Perriman

WR

Baltimore Ravens

86

Andy Dalton

QB

Cincinnati Bengals

87

Justin Forsett

RB

Baltimore Ravens

88

Giovani Bernard

RB

Cincinnati Bengals

89

Devin Funchess

WR

Carolina Panthers

90

Danny Woodhead

RB

San Diego Chargers

91

Delanie Walker

WR

Tennessee Titans

92

Frank Gore

RB

Indianapolis Colts

93

Derek Carr

QB

Oakland Raiders

94

Buck Allen

RB

Baltimore Ravens

95

Golden Tate

WR

Detroit Lions

96

Jerick McKinnon

RB

Vikings

97

Nelson Agholor

WR

Philadelphia Eagles

98

Donte Moncrief

WR

Indianapolis Colts

99

Tavon Austin

WR

St. Louis Rams

100

Ladarius Green

TE

San Diego Chargers

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