Yahoo's 2018 Fantasy Football draft kit: Rankings, sleepers and more to win a title

With Fantasy Football season just around the corner, we’re here to help you get ready for the biggest day of the year … your draft! We’ve rounded up advice from our award-winning group of fantasy analysts, so you can dive into all our great content and be ready when you’re on the clock.

Whether you’re playing Fantasy Football for the first time or a seasoned pro looking to add another title to your trophy case, our draft kit will provide a guide to 2018 sleepers, busts, breakout candidates and so much more. We’ve also launched the Yahoo Sports Fantasy Podcast, so be sure to listen and subscribe.

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Want a quick way to prep before making your picks? Then, check out our rankings or try a mock draft. Practice makes perfect.

We’ve also listened to your feedback and made two changes to the Yahoo Fantasy Football default settings to create an even better experience:

1. We’ve moved to a half-point-per-reception as the scoring standard
2. There will be a FLEX position, replacing a third receiver spot in your lineup

You can still customize your league settings, but make sure you consider format when prepping for your draft. The only way you’ll miss out is if you don’t play. So sign up now and let the draft season begin.

Draft prep tips

– Rankings: Overall top 200 | QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | Defense | Kicker
– Sleepers: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | One steal from all 32 teams
– Lottery tickets: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | ReceiversTight Ends
– Busts:
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | One dud to avoid on each NFL team
– Breakout candidates:
Running back | Receivers and Tight Ends
Rebound candidates: Top bounce-back picks | Post-hype sleepers
– Position tiers: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
– Draft bargains
: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
– Point-per-Reception: Under-the-radar targets | Maximizing value
– Yahoo Sports Fantasy Podcast
: Draft strategy roundtable | Subscribe
– Expert mock:
Grades and analysis from 12-team draft

– Auction drafts: Why they’re great | Tips to succeed | Practice now
Best and worst of an experts’ auction
– Overrated, underrated and safest picks by round: 1-3 | 4-6 | 7-10
– Mock Draft now: Get ready for the real thing
– Ways to play: Join or create league | NFL Yahoo Cup | Pro Leagues
– Other tips: Don’t be a homerSetting a lineup | Most popular team names

Positional Analysis

Quarterbacks
How to value every starting quarterback
Stop drafting two quarterbacks
Ranking pass protection for every QB
Why Cousins could disappoint

Running backs

Pricing RB market: Gurley sets barWho to target if you go Zero RB
RBs with biggest potential value swings
Which offensive lines can unlock RB bargains?
Is this RB 2018’s version of Kamara?
RBs to fade and buy due to blocking
Case for taking Fournette over Hunt

Receivers
Evaluating receiver values
Rookie risers: Pass catchers stand out
Browns’ Gordon on way back to stardom
WRs who could outperform bigger named teammates
Three candidates to be next Thielen
Slot receivers with sneaky value
It would be a mistake to dismiss Fitzgerald

More Expert Analysis

Cliff notes for last-minute drafts
41 notes to help get you ready to draft
2018 Fantasy Yearbook: MVP, Bust of the Year and more
18 bold predictions for 2018
Fantasy and reality: NFC predictions
Four guys set to start fast
Five players who will disappoint early
Fades who could make us look dumb
Brand names the metrics don’t like
Expect the unexpected this season
Players changing minds in August
Stock report: ADP risers and fallers
Week 3 preseason winners
Inside one guru’s draft portfolio
Seven big names to fade this season
Six picks set to disappoint 
All-upside team: 2018 overachievers
Fantasy crushes: Must-draft players
Week 2 preseason takeaways
Following real-life salaries to find ADP deals

Video analysis

Sleepers: Quarterbacks | Runnings backs | Receivers
Busts: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Receivers
Breakouts | Risers-Fallers | Player Pick’ems

Tips for first-round picks:
1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th | 5th | 6th | 7th | 8th | 9th | 10th | 11th | 12th | 13th | 14th

Fantasy Power Rankings: Team-by-team previews

No. 32 Bills | No. 31 Dolphins | No. 30 Jets | No. 29 Ravens | No. 28 Raiders
No. 27 Browns | No. 26 Colts | No. 25 Redskins | No. 24 Bears | No. 23 Titans
No. 22 Jaguars | No. 21 Cowboys | No. 20 Bucs | No. 19 Bengals | No. 18 Broncos
No. 17 Niners | No. 16 Cardinals | No. 15 Seahawks | No. 14 Lions | No. 13 Panthers
No. 12 Texans | No. 11 Eagles | No. 10 Packers | No. 9 Falcons | No. 8 Chiefs
No. 7 Giants | No. 6 Chargers | No. 5 Patriots | No. 4 Vikings | No. 3 Rams
No. 2 Saints | No. 1 Steelers

Booms and busts for every AFC team

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans

Booms and busts for every NFC team

NFC East: Cowboys | Redskins | Giants | Eagles
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC West: Cardinals | 49ers | Rams | Seahawks
NFC South: Buccaneers Falcons | Panthers | Saints

Tips for improving your fantasy league

Starting with the basics | Why bylaws matter | Building franchises
Recognizing the champ | Tapping into rivalries | Fun ways to set draft order
Make your draft memorable | In-season coverage | Communication is key
Creating memories | Capturing the community

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