Matt’s Value Rankings: Week 1

Matt Hicks

Staff Writer, SEC Football & Fantasy Football

Here are my Top 10 best values at each position. The emphasis in these ranking is on value, and the Value Rankings should be used primarily to navigate your waiver wire. These rankings can also be valuable when trying to gauge the value of a player involved in a trade and comparing players to what we thought they’d do before the season began.

Here’s how we get our “True Value” rating.

  • Start with the Top 24 players in each position, based on points per week
  • Subtract their Position Rank from the Average Draft Position
    • This tells us how well the player is performing based on their initial value, determined by their ADP. Note that we use positional ADP, not overall ADP.
  • Add in their Points/Week total, to account for potential wide point discrepancies between Positional Ranks.

Here’s how to best utilize our “Value Rankings”

  • Evaluate each players “True Value”
  • Compare their “True Value” to their % Owned. Note that % Owned is based on ESPN Leagues.
    • If % Owned is low, look to add the player via waivers
    • If % Owned is high, consider trading for the player
  • Always make waiver claims based on positional need first

QB:

True Value ADP POS Rank PTS/Week % Owned
Alex Smith 51 22 1 30 28.7
Sam Bradford 46 23 3 25 11.2
Matthew Stafford 34 10 2 26 100
DeShone Kizer 33 25 9 17 7.5
Tyrod Taylor 28 19 8 17 29.5
Mike Glennon 28 32 16 12 1.4
Carson Wentz 27 15 6 18 42.9
Marcus Mariota 24 11 5 18 100
Josh McCown 24 35 20 9 0.7
Derek Carr 21 7 4 18 100

RB:

True Value ADP POS Rank PTS/Week % Owned
Mike Tolbert 72 77 17 12 0.7
Tarik Cohen 68 36 2 24 10.2
Chris Thompson 55 51 11 15 62.1
Marlon Mack 53 65 23 11 3
Kareem Hunt 51 8 1 44 100
Jonathan Stewart 46 41 10 15 99
Mike Gillislee 44 25 3 22 100
Shane Vereen 36 55 13 14 32
Dalvin Cook 36 19 9 16 100
LaGarrete Blount 30 38 19 11 99.7

WR:

True Value ADP POS Rank PTS/Week % Owned
Russell Shepard 126 123 20 13 0.2
J.J. Nelson 70 70 15 15 4.1
Jermaine Kearse 64 76 24 12 2
Adam Thielen 59 39 4 24 99.9
Kenny Golladay 59 42 5 22 10.4
Stefon Diggs 57 31 2 28 100
Nelson Agholor 55 47 8 20 7.1
Cooper Kupp 55 50 12 17 16.6
Corey Coleman 55 53 14 16 89.9
Randall Cobb 44 37 10 17 100

TE:

True Value ADP POS Rank PTS/Week % Owned
Eric Tomlinson 103 123 24 4 0
Seth DeValve 57 63 14 8 3
Will Tye 48 62 20 6 0.1
Demetrius Harris 38 40 11 9 0.2
Dion Sims 34 51 22 5 0.1
Charles Clay 33 24 6 15 6.9
Austin Hooper 31 13 2 20 36.4
Jesse James 30 9 1 22 5.9
Coby Fleener 30 19 5 16 19.2
Jason Witten 26 11 3 18 65.2

*NOTE: Week 1 Value Rankings do not include players from the DEN/LAC game, based on time of publication.



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