ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. This is the final question of the season. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: What is your preliminary top 10 for the 2018 season?


Top 10 for PPR leagues:
1. LeVeon Bell. The assumption here is that the Steelers re-sign Bell to a new long-term deal. If that happens, he is clearly the best PPR back in the league. His consistency year after year puts him 1st.
2. Todd Gurley. He had a phenomenal season, but can he repeat it or was that his career year? I'm betting he'll come close, but not quite repeat it.
3. David Johnson. Until he got hurt in Week 1, he was dominating both on the ground and via the air. Without Carson Palmer, the Cardinals are likely to lean on Johnson even more.
4. Ezekiel Elliott. The best pure runner in the top 4, but Elliott only caught 26 passes in 10 games of 2017.
5. Antonio Brown. Brown caught 101 passes for 1,533 yards and 9 scores in just more than 13 games in 2017. He may not be the No. 1 WR by a big margin anymore, but he's still the top guy.
6. DeAndre Hopkins. Deshaun Watson took this guy to new heights before getting hurt. His return to health makes Hopkins the No. 2 PPR receiver on my board.
7. Alvin Kamara. This kid totaled more than 1,500 yards, 13 TDs and caught 82 passes in a timeshare with Mark Ingram last year! His speed and pass-catching ability makes him top 10 special in 2018.
8. Kareem Hunt. Hunt may have struggled a bit in the middle of his rookie season, but he still rushed for 1,327 yards, scored 11 times, and caught 53 passes. That makes him top-10 worthy since the team could rely on him even more without Alex Smith.
9. Melvin Gordon. He scored 12 times in 2017 and totaled nearly 1,600 yards of offense. He also caught 58 passes despite the return of Keenan Allen. What's not to like here?
10. Odell Beckham Jr. He played only four games in 2017, but averaged 18.5 PPR points per game with 3 TDs. That was good enough for the No. 3 ranked WR slot in per game average. When healthy, he will dominate again.

Nazarek is the CEO of Fantasy Football Mastermind Inc. His company offers a preseason draft guide, customizable cheat sheets, a multi-use fantasy drafting program including auction values, weekly in-season fantasy newsletters, injury reports and free NFL news (updated daily) at its newly re-designed web site. He has been playing fantasy football since 1988 and is a four-peat champion of the Experts Fantasy League, a nationally published writer in several fantasy magazines and a former columnist for He's also won in excess of $20K in recent seasons of the FFPC High Stakes Main Event. Nazarek can be reached via email at


1. Todd Gurley
2. Ezekiel Elliott
3. LeVeon Bell
4. Antonio Brown
5. Odell Beckham Jr.
6. David Johnson
7. DeAndre Hopkins
8. Kareem Hunt
9. Michael Thomas
10. Leonard Fournette

Smith the co-owner of Gridironexperts and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Jody was named the Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert by Fantasypros in 2012.


1. Todd Gurley
2. LeVeon Bell
3. Ezekiel Elliott
4. Alvin Kamara
5. DeAndre Hopkins
6. Antonio Brown
7. David Johnson
8. Leonard Fournette
9.Kareem Hunt
10. Saquon Barkley

Satterlee is the Fantasy Football Insider for the Charlotte Observer and is syndicated in a few other newspapers in the southeast. Satterlee first started playing fantasy football in 1990.


Quarterbacks tend to be devalued in most scoring systems, so I’m not sure any will get in my top 20; maybe Aaron Rodgers. And I think it’s similar with the tight ends (especially with Rob Gronkowski wondering whether he wants to play). Formats vary, but running backs tend to bubble to the top, and I expect Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott will be my top two. Gurley catches a lot more passes. Others who look like solid top-10 type running backs to me include (in approximate order) LeVeon Bell, Kareem Hunt, Alvin Kamara, David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, Leonard Fournette, Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard and Dalvin Cook (if healthy). I don’t know where Saquon Barkley will wind up playing, but he’ll probably be in this group. Wide receivers also hold considerable value (particularly in PPR formats), and I would put five in my top tier – Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham and Mike Evans.

Allan is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame. A co-founder of Fantasy Football Index in 1987, he generates most of the writing, player rankings and analysis for that publication. His work can be seen in Fantasy Football Index magazine and also at


1. Todd Gurley
2. LeVeon Bell
3. Ezekiel Elliott
4. David Johnson
5. Antonio Brown
6. Kareem Hunt
7. Alvin Kamara
8. Odell Beckham Jr.
9. Melvin Gordon
10. DeAndre Hopkins
11. Leonard Fournette
12. LeSean McCoy
13. Devonta Freeman. 2018 is all about the running back!

Hendricks is the author of Fantasy Football Guidebook, Fantasy Football Tips and Fantasy Football Basics, all available at, at all major bookstores, and at Amazon and He is a 25-year fantasy football veteran who participates in the National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC) and finished 7th and 16th overall in the 2008 and 2009 Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC). He won the Fantasy Index Open in 2013. Follow him at his web site,


1. Ezekiel Elliott
2. Todd Gurley
3. LeVeon Bell
4. Antonio Brown
5. Dalvin Cook
6. Alvin Kamara
7. David Johnson
8. DeAndre Hopkins
9. Odell Beckham Jr.
10. Melvin Gordon

L.A. Hale is the Founder and President of Fantasy Gives, a 501c3 charitable organization that provides financial support to non-profit groups through fantasy sports.


1. Antonio Brown
2. Todd Gurley
3. LeVeon Bell
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. David Johnson
6. DeAndre Hopkins
7. Alvin Kamara
8. Odell Beckham
9. Kareem Hunt
10. Leonard Fournette

Dorey is the co-founder and lead NFL analyst for The Huddle and author of Fantasy Football: The Next Level. He has projected and predicted every NFL game and player performance since 1997 and has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, radio and television.


1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Antonio Brown
3. Todd Gurley
4. David Johnson
5. LeVeon Bell
6. Ezekiel Elliott
7. Odell Beckham Jr.
8. Kareem Hunt
9. Tom Brady
10. Carson Wentz

With two perfect seasons and multiple league championships to his credit, Sachs runs Perfect Season Fantasy Football, featuring LIVE Talk & Text Advice. He won the 2011 and 2016 Experts Auction League and also the 2012 Fantasy Index Experts Poll.


Looks like once again, running backs are king. Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara and LeVeon Bell won fantasy leagues last year. There's enough separation between the top guys and the rest of the field that if you're drafting near the top, you pretty much have to get one of them (with a couple of wide receivers also factoring in. I'll go Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell, David Johnson and Alvin Kamara as my top 4. Depending on quarterback situation, maybe Kamara edges ahead of Johnson. Then comes a trio of wide receivers: Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Odell Beckham Jr. Then more running backs, with Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon and Kareem Hunt slotting in. Dalvin Cook gets consideration if he's fully healthy in August (but that seems unlikely). Could consider Leonard Fournette and Julio Jones up in or just outside that top 10.

Richardson has been a contributing writer and editor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and since 2002. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual experts draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.