Fantasy Draft Cheat Sheet

ADP Player Pos Team IRC IRC Category HPF HPF Category Games Played Significant Injuries Fantasy Draft Analysis
1Todd GurleyRBLos Angeles Rams9.4%Low83.6%Peak2017: 15 2016: 16 2015: 13mild quad strain (2016) mild turf toe (2015) torn left ACL (2014)Gurley is a much safer pick at the top of draft boards than Le\'Veon Bell. Gurley didn\'t have any injuries in 2017 and played every game in 2016 despite being considered a fantasy bust. He should be in for another great season if Jared Goff and the Rams\' offensive line continues to impress.
2Le'Veon BellRBPittsburgh Steelers4.3%Low97%Peak2017: 15 2016: 12 2015: 6groin surgery (2017) torn MCL (2015) knee sprain (2014) concussion (2013)Bell and Gurley are battling for the top spot in fantasy drafts, and Gurley has the slight edge due to his lower injury risk. Bell has suffered multiple serious knee injuries and underwent groin surgery last offseason. He is also looking for a contract extension that could lead to some uncertainty come training camp.
3Ezekiel ElliottRBDallas Cowboys10.3%Low84.4%Peak2017: 10 2016: 15 hamstring strain (2016)Zeke was a top 10 RB last season despite a 6 game suspension. That should tell you everything you need to know about his potential as a top 3 draft pick. There''s no reason to believe that he won''t once again be a dominant force in the Cowboys offense and one of the top fantasy producers in 2018.
5Alvin KamaraRBNew Orleans Saints12%Low86.1%Peak2017:16concussion (2017) left knee injury (2016)Kamara was the breakout star of the 2017 season, and there\\\'s no reason to believe he can\\\'t have another top 10 fantasy performance this year. Just keep in mind that he never had more than 12 carries in a game, and his concussion is concerning as repeat head injuries are a red flag. That limits his ceiling a bit. Still, he is one of the top dual-threat running backs and a Low Injury Risk, just not quite a top 5 pick.
6Saquon BarkleyRBNew York Giants8.9%Low85.2%PeakN/Ahamstring strain (2018) right ankle sprain (2016) right ankle sprain (2015)With few injury concerns on his resume and the potential for 300-350 touches, Barkley should be a top 10 RB this year. The Giants used the #2 pick to go after the RB, and they plan to use him as their workhorse back. He has plenty of talent, and the Giants improved their offensive line this offseason. The biggest concern is the uncertainty surrounding the Giants\' offense as a whole- they struggled mightily without OBJ last season and still have plenty of room to improve.
7Antonio BrownWRPittsburgh Steelers17.4%Elevated86.7%Peak2017: 14 2016: 15 2015: 16quad strain (2018) moderate left calf strain (2017) concussion (2015)AB is an elite talent and the unquestioned top WR for the upcoming fantasy season. He has been a top 3 fantasy receiver every year, and there\'s no reason to believe he won\'t be again this season...except the injuries are piling up He gave a major scare last year with his calf injury but returned in time for the playoffs. Now he is battling a quad strain. If he can get healthy and avoid another injury, he should be in for another great season.
8DeAndre HopkinsWRHouston Texans18.9%Elevated83.8%Peak2017: 15 2016: 16 2015: 16calf strain (2017) toe injury (2017) knee injuries (2017, 2016, 2015) concussion (2015) wrist surgery for ligament tear (2015)It''s shocking that Hopkins has played as many career games as he has considering his lengthy list of injuries. He has missed just one game in the last five seasons but always seems to be bothered by something, and it usually shows in his performance. If you draft him, know that he is going to have plenty of days where he may as well not even take the field due to another injury problem.
9Kareem HuntRBKansas City Chiefs6.2%Low98.7%Peak2017:16hamstring strain (2018)Hunt was slowed by a hamstring strain at OTAs but had plenty of time to recover ahead of training camp. He played in every game last season and was a breakout rookie due to his involvement in both the running and the passing game. He is worthy of a late first round pick, especially in PPR leagues.
10Leonard FournetteRBJacksonville Jaguars26.9%High76.8%Above Average2017:13:00multiple ankle sprains (2017) foot sprain (2017) multiple ankle sprains (2016)Fournette has a long and concerning history of ankle sprains, and because of that he is being drafte
11Melvin GordonRBLos Angeles Chargers21.4%Elevated78.1%Above Average2017: 16 2016: 13 2015: 14ankle sprain (2017) knee injury (2017) PCL sprain (2016) hip injury (2016) knee microfracture surgery (2015)After missing 5 total games in 2015 & 2016 due to injuries, Gordon played in all 16 games last season despite battling ankle and knee problems. While injuries remain a concern, he should have borderline RB1 value whenever he plays as he is a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield. Gordon has a lot of upside, but he also comes with a higher injury risk that many other top RB options. Plus his 2015 microfracture surgery is a very serious one that many players never fully recover from.
13Dalvin CookRBMinnesota Vikings13.4%Elevated87.3%Peak2017: 4ACL tear (2017)Cook''s rookie year ended with a week 4 ACL injury. He proved he can be a top back in the league and should be ready to go by week 1. It was an isolated tear, so 10 months is more than enough time to fully recover. Cook was cleared in June to participate in some team drills and should be a full participant at training camp. Draft him with confidence.
16Keenan AllenWRLos Angeles Chargers14%Elevated87.1%Peak2017: 16 2016: 1 2015: 8right ACL tear (2016) lacerated kidney (2015) right collarbone fractured (2014)Allen has had his fair share of serious injuries, but he should be fully healthy and ready to go this year. He played just 9 games in 2015 & 2016 but survived all 16 games in 2017, winning Comeback Player of the Year. At 25, he is just entering his prime. There''s no reason to believe he won''t be a top 10 receiving option this year, and he could even sneak into the top 5 if he can improve his touchdown numbers.
17Devonta FreemanRBAtlanta Falcons19.1%Elevated82.3%Peak2017: 14 2016: 16 2015: 15PCL & MCL sprain (2017) 2 concussions (2017) concussion (2015)Freeman played through a fairly serious knee injury at the end of last season but didn\\\'\\\'t need to undergo offseason surgery. It remains a slight concern heading into training camp, and he might not be 100% at the start of the season. Freeman also has a concerning history of concussions. Despite missing just three games in his four year NFL career, he has quite a few injuries to his name. It\\\'\\\'s best to avoid drafting him unless he falls to the third round.
18Davante AdamsWRGreen Bay Packers18.3%Elevated85%Peak2017: 14 2016: 16 2015: 13hamstring strain (2018) 2 concussions (2017) concussion (2016)Now that Jordy Nelson is no longer with the Packers, Adams should be their clear #1 option in the passing game. That alone means he will have plenty of value with Aaron Rodgers back under center following a lost year due to a collarbone fracture. But Adams comes with some concern. He battled a hamstring strain this spring and has been diagnosed with three concussions since 2016. That\'\'s a major red flag, and a reason to avoid him in fantasy drafts.
19Christian McCaffreyRBCarolina Panthers5.1%Low99.8%Peak2017:16[none]McCaffrey is one of the safest backs to target this year. With no injuries to his name, plenty of receiving opportunities, and a likely increase in carries now that Jonathan Stewart is out of the picture, he should be a high-end RB2, and possibly even RB1 in PPR leagues.
20A.J. GreenWRCincinnati Bengals26.6%High70%Above Average2017: 16 2016: 10 2015: 16hamstring tear (2016) concussion (2014) right big toe injury (2014)Green suffered a hamstring tear in 2016 that forced him to miss the final 6 games of the season, but he followed that up with an impressive 16 games season where he posted 8 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards. The 7-time Pro Bowler has been one of the most consistent receivers in the past decade, and he should one again be a top 10 option.
21Rob GronkowskiTENew England Patriots14%Elevated86.9%Peak2017: 14 2016: 8 2015: 15concussion (2017) back surgery (2016) hamstring strain (2016) ACL & MCL tear (2013) concussion (2013) back surgery (2013) forearm surgeries (2012) back surgery (2009)Gronk''s list of past injuries could go on and on and on, but it''s the history of concussions and back injuries (surgeries) that are the most concerning. He''s one of those players that we can''t expect to play 16 games, but when he''s on the field he is a top fantasy option every time.
22Mike EvansWRTampa Bay Buccaneers6.4%Low90.6%Peak2017: 15 2016: 16 2015: 15concussion (2016) hamstring strain (2015)Evans was one of the biggest fantasy disappointments last season. Because of that he is sliding into the 3rd round of many drafts, but he has plenty of upside. He also comes with a very Low Injury Risk, so he could be a steal after the first few rounds.
23Jerick McKinnonRBSan Francisco 49ers38.3%High2.7%Poor2017: 16 2016: 15 2015: 16knee sprain (2018) ankle sprain (2016) back surgery (2014)McKinnon has missed just 1 game in the last 3 seasons, but a recent knee injury could force him to miss much of the preseason. If healthy he could be the 49ers feature back, but he\'s a bit risky because it\'s too soon to know if he will be able to handle 15-20 touches per game.
24Jordan HowardRBChicago Bears5%Low99.3%Peak2017: 16 2016: 15right AC sprain (2017)Howard played through an AC sprain to his right shoulder early last season but didn''t appear to be too bothered by the injury, and he doesn''t have a concerning injury history. If he gets enough carries, he should be a solid fantasy option again, but he needs a heavy workload to be valuable.
25Joe MixonRBCincinnati Bengals13.2%Elevated85.2%Peak2017:14concussion (2017) ankle sprain (2017)Joe Mixon is one of our early favorites to be a breakout star in 2018. He was a bit of a disappointment in his rookie season but should be used as the Bengal\'\'s workhorse back, and he has dropped weight to get into better shape for the upcoming season.
26Travis KelceTEKansas City Chiefs6.9%Low97%Peak2017: 15 2016: 16 2015: 16multiple concussions (2017) microfracture surgery (2013)Travis Kelce comes with concussion concerns, but he has missed just one game in the last four seasons due to injury. He comes with some risk, but not as much as Gronk. Look to target him sometime in the 3rd round, but make sure you have a solid backup option just in case.
27LeSean McCoyRBBuffalo Bills18.9%Elevated81.8%Peak2017: 16 2016: 15 2015: 12groin strain (2018) ankle sprain (2017) dislocated thumb (2016) hamstring strain (2016) hamstring strain (2015) torn MCL (2015)Year after year Shady continues to put up strong numbers and ends up as one of the best fantasy RBs. But at some point he is going to run out of gas and his high level of play will disappear. He has a concerning list of lower body injuries that includes his ankle, hamstring and knee and will be 30 when the season begins. McCoy is also already dealing with a groin strain. Sure, he has the upside to be an elite back, but he also could be a total bust. Find someone else and don\'t take the risk.
28Aaron RodgersQBGreen Bay Packers15.7%Elevated84.9%Peak2017: 7 2016: 16 2015: 16right clavicle fracture (2017) left clavicle fracture (2013)For the second time in his career, Aaron Rodgers missed a large chunk of the season due to a collarbone fracture, but this time it was to his right side. He returned after 8 weeks but was show down again when the Packers were out of the playoffs. Now with many months to recover, the bone should be fully healed. There''s little reason to worry about Rodgers heading into 2018. He should be one of the first QBs selected.
29Tyreek HillWRKansas City Chiefs13.4%Elevated86.3%Peak2017: 15 2016: 16 [none]Patrick Mahomes taking over under center could be a boost for Hill''s fantasy value, and he was already worth a start each week in 2017. Look to go after Hill sometime in the 3rd round of drafts- he''s Low Risk and should be in for a few big games.
30Adam ThielenWRMinnesota Vikings16%Elevated87.1%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16back fractures (2017)Thielen hasn''t missed a game in the last three seasons, but a back injury during the postseason has him at a slightly increased Injury Risk going forward. He also had a back injury in 2015, so this could become a recurring problem for him. If Thielen can stay healthy, he should post similar numbers with a slight upgrade at QB but the potential for fewer targets.
31Doug BaldwinWRSeattle Seahawks16%Elevated87.5%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16knee sprain (2018)Baldwin has battled a few minor injuries throughout his career (hip, groin, foot, knee, hamstring), but he hasn\'t missed a game in 5 seasons. He nearly had his third straight 1,000 yard season (he finished with 991), but now he is battling a knee sprain that will force him to miss most of training camp. Baldwin could be a great value if he falls due to the injury, but he\'s now a much riskier option.
32T.Y. HiltonWRIndianapolis Colts17.6%Elevated78.8%Above Average2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16shoulder sprain (2018) back injury (2017) hamstring strain (2016)Despite a lengthy injury history (groin, back, knee, hip, calf, foot, hamstring, shoulder, ankle), Hilton has missed just 2 games in his 6 year NFL career. He also had four straight 1,000 yard seasons before finishing 2017 with 966, and that was without Andrew Luck. If Luck\'s shoulder can get right, there is no reason to believe that Hilton won\'t have another great year. He is dealing with a shoulder sprain early at camp, but at this point he isn\'t in danger of missing week 1.
33Zach ErtzTEPhiladelphia Eagles8.3%Low91.8%Peak2017: 14 2016: 14 2015: 15concussion (2017) hamstring strain (2017) displaced rib (2016) concussion (2015)Each season Ertz misses a few games due to various injury, but concussions are the biggest concern going forward. He will look to build on an impressive 2017 season, but in order to have the same value he must continue to find the end zone. He should be the third tight end off the board, but don''t be the one that reaches and takes him too high. He''s a bit risky both due to injuries and due to touchdown-dependence.
34Stefon DiggsWRMinnesota Vikings13.7%Elevated85.4%Peak2017: 14 2016: 13 2015: 13groin strain (2017) hip injury (2016) knee injury (2016) groin strain (2016)Stefon Diggs has battled quite a few injuries in his short NFL career. They''re never overly serious, but they are various lower body strains that force him to miss games. 2018 may not be any different, it''s just a question of which body part he is going to hurt. As a player who relies on his speed, a minor tweak can have a major impact on his game. Don''t take him before round 4-5.
35Derrick HenryRBTennessee Titans9.4%Low89.8%Peak2017: 16 2016: 15 calf strain (2016)Now that DeMarco Murray is gone, Henry is first in line to carry the load for the Titans.Unlike many other running backs, Henry doesn''t have a concerning injury history. RB1 value may be a stretch, but he should be a solid, reliable RB2. Keep an eye on Dion Lewis'' usage as that could be the one thing that gets in his way.
36Amari CooperWRDallas Cowboys15.4%Elevated86.3%Peak2017: 14 2016: 16 2015: 16ankle sprain (2017) concussion (2017)Now that Jon Gruden has taken over in Oakland, we could see a bounceback season from Cooper, but injuries are something to watch. He often misses some practice time and plays despite being banged up. Expect a 1,000 yard season but a few down weeks as he tries to play hurt.
37Kenyan DrakeRBMiami Dolphins13.7%Elevated86.4%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16concussion (2017) hamstring strain (2016)Drake has dealt with an injury during both of his NFL preseasons, so hopefully in 2018 things are different. In 2017 he was sidelined for a week with a concussion and in 2016 it took him awhile to recover from a hamstring strain. He hasn\'\'t ever missed a game but does come with some uncertainty surrounding his role with the Dolphins. He\'\'s a boom or must running back that would be a pretty big risk in the 3rd or 4th round.
38Josh GordonWRNew England Patriots10.7%Low87.7%Peak2017: 5 2016: 0 2015: 0[none]Predicting where Josh Gordon should go in fantasy drafts is an incredibly tough task. Sure, he could be a top 5 receiver that will be a huge steal. But he could also end up suspended or have trouble finding the end zone. We just don''t know what to expect after playing just 10 games since 2014. If he''s available in the fourth round it''s certainly worth weighing your options- he could be worth the risk.
39Deshaun WatsonQBHouston Texans10.6%Low90.3%Peak2017: 7 torn ACL (2017)Watson''s MVP-worthy rookie year came to a screeching halt when he suffered a torn ACL at practice. It was a clean tear, so the recovery time is typically 6-9 months. He should be able to slowly work his way back throughout training camp and get the start week 1. He''s going to be a high risk, high reward fantasy QB this season, but not just due to his injury. Make sure you have a decent backup just in case his knee acts up or he isn''t able to repeat his early NFL success.
40Alex CollinsRBBaltimore Ravens13.4%Elevated82.7%Peak2017: 15 2016: 11 calf strain (2017)The Ravens have finally admitted that Collins will start the year as their starter, and for good reason. He\\\\\\\'\\\\\\\'s a physical runner with solid hands and enough quickness to be an RB2 in both PPR and standard leagues. On top of that he\\\\\\\'\\\\\\\'s Low Risk.
41Derrius GuiceRBWashington Redskins26.6%High10.3%PoorN/Atorn ACL (2018)Derrius Guice\'s season is over following a torn ACL. With almost a year to recover, he should be back at close to 100% to start the 2019 season. Despite the injury, Guice should be able to bounce back and have a solid NFL career.
42Rashaad PennyRBSeattle Seahawks18.3%Elevated70.6%Above AverageN/Afinger fracture (2018)The Seahawks used their first round pick on Rashaad Penny, a surprising move to many. But it tells you all you need to know about how they view their new running back. Unfortunately he is going to miss the rest of the preseason to undergo surgery on a finger fracture. He is expected to be ready week 1, but we are showing a much longer 7 week Optimal Recovery Time.
43Jay AjayiRBPhiladelphia Eagles43.4%High1.5%Poor2017: 14 2016: 15 2015: 9concussion (2017) rib fracture (2015)Ajayi missed the first half of the 2015 season after landing on IR-designated to return with a rib fracture. In 2017 he suffered a concussion and continues to battle chronic knee problems (he tore his ACL in 2011 and has lingering problems). It has been described as bone on bone, never a good thing. So, Ajayi will continue to be a high upside but risky fantasy option.
44JuJu Smith-SchusterWRPittsburgh Steelers15.1%Elevated88.3%Peak2017:14knee injury (2018) hamstring strain (2017) multiple concussions (2017)Despite being in the league for just one year, Smith-Schuster has racked up quite an extensive injury list. He suffered 2 concussions last season, battled a hamstring strain, and now he is having lingering problems with his knee. He also had quite a few injuries in college. On top of that he is a bit touchdown dependent and is playing alongside Antonio Brown, who is going to hog most of the targets from Big Ben. Don\'\'t set the bar too high this year.
45Allen RobinsonWRChicago Bears15.1%Elevated87.5%Peak2017: 1 2016: 16 2015: 16torn ACL (2017) right foot fracture (2014)Robinson is going to be well past his Optimal Recovery Time by training camp and should be good to go by week 1. There are a few things on his side as he recovers from a torn ACL- it was a clean tear (no other ligament or cartilage damage), and he is just 24 years old.
46Larry FitzgeraldWRArizona Cardinals14.6%Elevated85%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16[none]Larry Fitzgerald doesn''t seem to age. He has missed just 2 games since 2008 and 6 total in his 14 year career. That''s incredibly. And on top of that he has three straight 1,000 yard seasons. At 35, the hope is that he can continue to play at a high level, but there is some uncertainty at quarterback with Josh Rosen and Sam Bradford as the top options. Fitzgeraldn is worth drafting as a reliable WR2.
47Demaryius ThomasWRHouston Texans53.4%High1.5%Poor2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16wrist injury (2018) toe injury (2018)Demaryius Thomas rarely misses a game due to injury, yet he always seems to pop up on the injury report with lower body injuries. He missed minicamp due to a toe injury, likely turf toe, which can be a lingering problem. Think Julio Jones in 2016. Now he is already dealing with a wrist injury at training camp. Keep an eye on him- this could be the year that all of the injuries catch up to him and force him to miss time, and if that is the case, there are far better picks at his current ADP.
48Russell WilsonQBSeattle Seahawks3.1%Low97%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16MCL sprain (2016) high ankle sprain (2016)It\'\'s crazy impressive that despite Wilson\'\'s style of play, he has never missed a game in his six year NFL career. He played through a painful MCL sprain and high ankle sprain in 2016 that greatly limited his mobility, but he proved how tough he is. The Seahawks will need to improve their O-line play if he is going to repeat the same success, but Wilson is always one of the better QB options due to his running and passing abilities.
49Brandin CooksWRLos Angeles Rams9.6%Low89.8%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16concussion (2017) concussion (2015) right thumb fracture (2014)After leaving the Super Bowl with a concussion, Cooks now has two documented concussions to his name, which is a concerning number. His speed should continue to be incredibly valuable for the Rams and his fantasy owners, but he needs to be healthy to contribute. With an Elevated Injury Risk, he''s a slight stretch at his current ADP despite 3 straight 1,000 yard seasons.
50Alshon JefferyWRPhiladelphia Eagles31.7%High43.8%Below Average2017: 16 2016: 12 2015: 9torn rotator cuff (2018) hamstring strain (2016) Jeffery surprisingly underwent shoulder surgery in February to repair a torn rotator cuff and is in a race against the clock to be ready week 1. He has other injury concerns as well that include hamstring, groin and calf strains. These are all tough injuries for a wide receiver. Don\\\\\\\'\\\\\\\'t expect him to be much of a contributor early on this year, and even in the second half of the season his play will likely drop off from years past. Don\\\\\\\'\\\\\\\'t bother drafting him this year.
51Mark IngramRBNew Orleans Saints7.3%Low97.9%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 12toe injury (2017) toe injury (2016) concussion (2016)Mark Ingram has a long list of past injuries that includes many instances of toe problems, which can be a tough injury for a running back that relies on power, quick acceleration and change of direction. He hasn''t missed a game since 2015 when he missed the last month of the season with a torn rotator cuff. Now he will start the year with a four game suspension, and he could be second to Alvin Kamara. Using a top 50 pick on Ingram is going to be a risk this year.
52Golden TateWRPhiladelphia Eagles14.3%Elevated86.7%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16AC sprain (2017)Tate is just about as durable as they come with 5 straight 16 game seasons and 3/4 1,000 yard seasons. He doesn''t post great touchdown numbers, but he a reliable option in a solid passing offense. The Lions run game also has plenty of room to improve, and until that happens Stafford and Tate will have plenty of value due to a high volume passing game. Expect some inconsistent weeks but overall decent numbers for a 3rd wide receiver.
53Tom BradyQBNew England Patriots20.6%Elevated80.7%Peak2017: 16 2016: 12 2015: 16hand laceration (2017)Since tearing his ACL in 2008, Tom Brady has not missed a single game due to injury. He has had plenty of bumps and bruises along the way (he has been listed on the injury report nearly 200 times in his career), but he is incredibly durable and smart about the way he plays. His wife Gisele Bundchen also hinted last year that he has had some concussions, but none have been documented. Brady will continue to be one of the league\'s best fantasy options despite being 40 years old.
54Jarvis LandryWRCleveland Browns12.3%Low85.4%Peak2017: 16 2016: 16 2015: 16knee injury (2017) shoulder injury (2016) knee injury (2015)Landry hasn\'t missed a game in his four year NFL career, but he has had multiple instances of knee and shoulder problems. He\'s currently injury-free and barely slips into the Low Risk category. Now with Cleveland, his value could heavily depend on the unpredictable quarterback play and the performance of other talented receivers around him - Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman.
IRC - Injury Risk Category is the likelihood a player will sustain an injury based on many factors that are included in the Inside Injuries algorithm (injury history, games played, age, etc). A player’s injury risk is calculated on a scale of 0-100% (0% is best).

HPF - Health Performance FactorThis number helps you understand the question of, “Is this player 100%?” It will help you determine how healthy a player is on a scale of 0-100% (100% is best). The percentage is calculated based on the frequency and severity of their injury/injuries, as well as several additional factors.

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