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It’s never too early for fantasy football rankings! Michael Beller presents his very early top 100 players for the 2016 season.

By Michael Beller
January 14, 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 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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