In case you play fantasy soccer — and for those who’re studying this, there’s a few 100-percent likelihood you do — then the chances are excessive that your league is hosted on both ESPN or Yahoo. Each websites supply nice fantasy merchandise, however your draft expertise may very well be noticeably totally different relying on which web site you utilize. Their respective prime 200 participant rankings are totally different, which implies all the things from first-round picks to late-round sleepers may change relying on which web site you are holding your draft.

Whether or not we need to admit it or not, these rankings within the draft applet affect draft decisions, if not by you than certainly by a few of your leaguemates (and clearly by these on autopick). If a participant is ranked considerably greater (or decrease) than in your rankings, likelihood is he’ll go greater (or decrease) than you are planning. In case you play on each ESPN and Yahoo, you must alter your draft technique and sleeper lists between drafts. 

With that in thoughts, let’s check out key gamers who’ve the most important disparities of their rankings between the 2 websites and check out to determine how this may have an effect on your draft.

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Final 2018 fantasy soccer cheat sheet

2018 ESPN fantasy soccer rankings vs. Yahoo fantasy soccer rankings

*Non-PPR

**Each ESPN and Yahoo constantly replace their rankings. All rankings as of 8/15.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars (No. 25 on Yahoo; No. 12 on ESPN). 

We’re a lot nearer to ESPN in our general rating of Fournette, and our solely guess is Yahoo is nervous about him staying in a single piece all season. Whereas it is true his rookie 12 months wasn’t overly spectacular for those who have a look at his 3.9 yards per carry, he managed double-digit fantasy factors in 10 of 13 video games because of a heavy workload. After slimming down a bit within the offseason, he must be a bit of faster and have extra stamina, however the heavy workload ought to stay the identical. As good as it’s could be getting among the WRs (and TEs) Yahoo has ranked forward of Fournette, we simply cannot see taking them over a second-year again who will get 20-plus touches nearly each week.

Allen Robinson, WR, Bears (No. 43 on Yahoo; No. 31 on ESPN).

Robinson was a monster in 2015, posting 1,400 yards and 14 TDs, however ’16 was a disappointment (883 yards, six TDs) and ’17 was a complete loss (ACL tear in Week 1). Now with the Bears, Robinson appears poised to be the No. 1 receiver in an up-and-coming offense, however even probably the most optimistic need to view him as a primary  “boom-or-bust” candidate. We’re decrease than each websites on Robinson, seeing him as a fairly large query mark.. Nevertheless, if you need him on ESPN, likelihood is you are going to need to pay like he is a “positive factor.”

Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams (No. 52 on Yahoo; No. 41 on ESPN).

Yahoo sees extra of a fair cut up among the many Rams receivers, rankings Cooks, Robert Woods (63) and Cooper Kupp (75) inside 23 spots of one another. ESPN sees Kupp trailing behind the opposite two a bit, rating Woods (53) greater and Kupp (72) in an identical spot. Perhaps ESPN simply likes the Rams higher, or possibly this can be a pure product of ESPN pushing all QBs down (see beneath). Both manner, Cooks and Woods will possible go greater in ESPN leagues.

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Lions (No. 55 on Yahoo; No. 40 on ESPN).

Jones goes to fluctuate from week to week given his big-play methods, however Yahoo appears skeptical he might be pretty much as good as final season, wherein he completed with 1,101 yards and 9 TDs. He is the kind of participant who would not actually transfer the needle in most homeowners’ minds, however he’ll possible present a superb worth on Yahoo. Tennessee’s Corey Davis (No. 50 on Yahoo; No. 65 on ESPN) is an identical participant with an identical swing in rankings, although he is far much less confirmed than Jones.

2018 RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Working again Huge Receiver | Tight Finish | D/ST | Kicker | High 200 | PPR

Evan Engram, TE, Giants (No. 51 on Yahoo; No. 79 on ESPN).

Engram is the No. four TE on Yahoo and No. 6 TE on ESPN, however clearly the 2 websites see his general worth fairly otherwise. This would possibly merely come all the way down to a philosophy on place shortage. Tight ends are at all times prime heavy, and this 12 months, it seems to be like there is a stable prime eight earlier than issues get dicey. Engram is certainly within the prime eight, so for those who place additional worth in having a TE who seems to be like he’ll be a stable starter nearly each week, you will in all probability like Yahoo’s rating extra. We rank Engram nearly useless in the course of the 2 websites, so we favor ready a bit…however not an excessive amount of. Inexperienced Bay’s Jimmy Graham (No. 66 on Yahoo; No. 84 on ESPN) and Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph (No. 82 on Yahoo; No. 99 on ESPN) additionally see pretty noticeable variations, so it appears clear that Yahoo merely values the upper-tier TEs extra.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Payments (No. 54 on Yahoo; No. 36 on ESPN).

Whereas this primarily comes all the way down to how nervous you’re about McCoy being suspended due to the home abuse allegations towards him, there are different causes to doubt him even when he performs all 16 video games. As Vinnie Iyer identified in his “Do-Not-Draft” article, McCoy is 30 and coming off the worst yards-per-carry season of his profession. The Payments offense additionally would not encourage a lot confidence. Whereas we nonetheless put a premium on RBs who “do all of it” for his or her groups, it is easy to see why there’s a lot variance amongst McCoy’s rankings.

Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos (No. 57 on Yahoo; No. 44 on ESPN).
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks (No. 78 on Yahoo; No. 49 on ESPN).

Ronald Jones II, RB, Buccaneers (No. 90 on Yahoo; No. 48 on ESPN).
Sony Michel, RB, Patriots (No. 96 on Yahoo; No. 61 on ESPN)
Jordan Wilkins, RB, Colts (No. 121 on Yahoo; No. 83 on ESPN)
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns (No. 143 on Yahoo; No. 97 on ESPN)

This appears to be a development: Yahoo rating rookie RBs a lot decrease than ESPN. Maybe Yahoo is simply being cautious and can transfer guys up all through the preseason in the event that they’ve secured a beginning job, however both manner, you are not getting a lot of a deal on most rookie backs on ESPN. For what it is price, Yahoo’s strategy seems to be like the right one with Penny/Michel injured and Jones struggling behind Peyton Barber. It is solely potential your draft will eschew the rankings and let these unproven guys fall in ESPN leagues (or leap on them sooner than anticipated in Yahoo leagues), but when an thrilling rookie is setting on the prime of the queue, likelihood is he will not keep there for lengthy. One way or the other, Detroit’s Kerryon Johnson (No. 77 on Yahoo; No. 86 on ESPN) bucks the development and will get favorable remedy in Yahoo leagues.

SLEEPERS
Eight QBs | 16 RBs | 19 WRs | 9 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from every group

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles (No. 68 on Yahoo; No. 35 on ESPN)

There have been rumors that Jeffery may miss the beginning of the season due to a shoulder harm. Yahoo could be reacting to that information and taking part in it secure. In addition they would possibly view him as an injury-prone, inconsistent receiver who has a probably unstable QB state of affairs. We view Jeffery nearer to ESPN, however there’s nothing mistaken with taking part in it secure at a loaded place.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers. (No. 32 on Yahoo; No. 19 ESPN).

We have talked earlier than how McCaffrey is quietly similar to Duke Johnson (who’s ranked No. 110 on Yahoo and No. 95 on ESPN, respectively), so each of those rankings could be a bit excessive, however for a non-PPR league, 19 is fairly steep. Even odder, ESPN has him just one spot greater of their PPR rankings, so clearly they count on him to do quite a bit as a runner, each when it comes to yards and touchdowns. Both manner, you are unlikely to get a lot worth on McCaffrey in ESPN leagues.

Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins (No. 168 on Yahoo; No. 82 on ESPN).
Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins (No. 62 on Yahoo; No. 102 on ESPN).
Paul Richardson, WR, Redskins (No. 205 on Yahoo; No. 116 on ESPN).

Yahoo is planting a flag for Crowder and principally saying, “overlook the opposite two Redskins receivers.” ESPN is saying, “We kinda like Doctson, however flip a coin”. We took an identical strategy, solely we went all-in on Doctson, possibly greater than we should always have. Both manner, all three of those guys have upside and are price drafting, with Richardson and Doctson wanting like potential steals in Yahoo leagues. 

DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS:
Quarterback | Working again | Huge receiver | Tight finish | D/ST

George Kittle, TE, 49ers (No. 104 on Yahoo; No. 157 on ESPN).

Kittle suffered a shoulder harm within the first preseason sport, and his TE15 rating on ESPN could be a mirrored image of that. It is possible Kittle might be prepared for the beginning of the common season, so if ESPN’s rating holds, he gives main worth.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders (No. 80 on Yahoo; No. 50 on ESPN).

Yahoo would not like rookie backs, and so they apparently don’t love veteran backs both. Lynch is the kind of participant who may fall off a cliff, particularly in what figures to be an unpredictable new Raiders offense, so we will not blame them for downgrading Lynch. The truth is, fantasy homeowners on ESPN will possible apply their very own downgrades given his age, so he finally would possibly wind up getting into related spots on each websites.

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints (No. 61 on Yahoo; No. 87 on ESPN).

With a four-game suspension to open the season, Ingram is a little bit of a wild card. If he wasn’t suspended, he’d possible be a top-20 participant. Thus, you will possible see loads of homeowners drafting him nearer to the place Yahoo has him.

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins (No. 142 on Yahoo; No. 88 on ESPN).

We do not blame anybody for giving up on Parker after he upset as a well-liked breakout candidate final 12 months, however Yahoo appears overly harsh on him. Whereas Parker has his warts, he’d present sleeper worth at that value.

Allen Hurns, WR, Cowboys (No. 158 on Yahoo; No. 105 on ESPN).

Much like Parker, Hurns has the potential to be a group’s No. 1 receiver and has proven upside up to now. Whereas accidents are definitely a fear, he is one other good WR sleeper candidate who will present extra worth on Yahoo than on ESPN.

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Final 2018 fantasy soccer cheat sheet

Jaguars Protection/Particular Groups (No. 118 on Yahoo; No. 156 on ESPN).

We may develop this to All Defenses Are Increased On Yahoo, however we used the Jaguars, the No. 1 D/ST on each websites, for example this level. All informed, Yahoo has seven D/STs ranked greater than 156, which is the place ESPN’s first D/ST is ranked. Due to this, you will possible see defenses going earlier on Yahoo. In case you might be disciplined, maintain regular and seize sleepers at different positions whereas your leaguemates overdraft certainly one of fantasy’s most risky positions.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers (No. 36 on Yahoo; No. 56 on ESPN).

Much like D/ST, All QBs Are Increased on Yahoo. The explanation for that is easy: ESPN’s default scoring is four-point passing TDs whereas Yahoo’s is six. Thus, quarterbacks are going to naturally be decrease on ESPN. Actually, what it is advisable to have a look at is particular QB rankings, not the place QBs fall within the general rankings. It is no shock that Rodgers is No. 1 on each web site, although Tom Brady being No. 2 on ESPN is a little bit of an upset because you would possibly count on a working QB to vault above him given the additional few factors speeding TDs are price. Carson Wentz is No. four on ESPN and No. 9 on Yahoo — no shock given his unsure Week 1 standing — and Matthew Stafford is No. 7 on Yahoo and No. 11 on ESPN. Andrew Luck (No. 13 on Yahoo; No. 9 on ESPN) additionally has a notable distinction.

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