We are at the dawn of the fantasy season, and we’re getting ready to get into the most important step of the process: fantasy rankings.
This is where we get into our picks for the best players in the NFL.
With a new format, we’ve got a new look, and the rankings will be updated weekly.
The top players at each position are already on the list, but we will begin updating them on Wednesday, February 13, as the draft moves forward.
The players that make the cut for this season are ranked based on our preseason top 25 and our latest draft rankings.
If you are looking for a deeper look into fantasy, this is the perfect time to get started.
Aaron Donald, WR, Washington Redskins: Donald has been in and out of the lineup for Washington’s offense in recent weeks, but he has a chance to make a big jump when the Redskins return from their bye week on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Donald has the speed to get open against the run, and his deep ball is well above average, averaging 47.7 yards per game.
The Redskins have to figure out how to get him the ball more often, as he’s only averaging 11.6 yards per reception, but there are some sneaky red zone targets.
His top receiver, Pierre Garcon, is suspended for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens and Donald could see plenty of opportunities for a breakout performance.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Carr has been the best quarterback in the AFC West this season, but the Raiders have yet to reach the playoffs.
The good news is that they will be playing the division-rival Seattle Seahawks, who have given up an average of more than 18 points per game to the division rivals.
That will be tough to overcome against Seattle’s pass rush, which ranks near the bottom in the league.
Carr has the ability to throw the ball downfield with the ability of a pro passer, but Seattle has been able to slow him down enough to limit his ability to make throws to open receivers.
Carr is expected to be the starter for Oakland in 2017, and he has the talent to be an MVP candidate if he can continue to be consistent.
Dak Prescott, QB/WR, Dallas Cowboys: Prescott has had a down year, but it’s not due to the Cowboys offense.
Dallas has been one of the league’s worst offenses this season and Prescott has been a key piece of the offense.
Prescott has averaged more than 17 yards per attempt on passes that traveled more than 20 yards downfield, and when he’s able to get the ball out of his hands, he’s been one the best quarterbacks in the game.
His deep ball has improved over the past two seasons, but Prescott’s ability to get up and down the field with the ball makes him one of those elite passers.
The Cowboys are coming off a bye week, and Prescott could be a big reason why.
Mike Evans, WR/TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans has had his moments in the passing game, but has yet to have an MVP-caliber season.
The Bucs have allowed a league-high 25.8 points per drive this season.
Tampa Bay has struggled on third down, but Evans has been good on the other side of the ball.
Evans is a big target for Jameis Winston, who has the ball in the hands of his wide receivers on at least 25 percent of his plays.
The Buccaneers are coming into their bye season and it is tough to imagine them falling into the bottom third of the AFC South.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants: Beckham has been great in coverage and the Giants offense has struggled when he has been matched up with bigger receivers.
Beckham’s ability as a route runner has improved as he has gotten more comfortable as a wide receiver.
Beckham has the size and speed to make an impact, and with Victor Cruz out for the season, the Giants should have no problem lining up Beckham as a slot receiver in the slot.
Beckham is one of three wide receivers in the top five of our fantasy rankings, but his ability as an elite fantasy wide receiver makes him a must-own player.
Stefon Diggs, WR or TE, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs is coming off back-to-back games with 30 catches for 471 yards and two touchdowns.
He has had success against the pass, with Diggs averaging 24.7 touches per game, including a career-high 15.5 per game in 2016.
Minnesota has struggled with the run and Diggs should be able to create opportunities for Teddy Bridgewater, who will be facing a team that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per carry to opposing running backs.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: Murray is the Titans running back of the future, and that includes his potential breakout season.
Murray has been an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses and he should