Best Ball Rankings 2023: Top 250 Options, Sleepers, Busts, and More

    How do the rankings shape out in our 2023 Best Ball rankings? Which players should be targeted as sleepers based on ADP, and who should be avoided?

    Before seasonal drafts dominate the discussion, Best Ball remains the most popular form of fantasy football. To prepare fantasy managers for possibly months of drafting, here are our top 200 Best Ball rankings for the 2023 season, plus a handful of sleepers to target and busts to avoid.

    Best Ball Top 250 Rankings

    An important note when constructing your Best Ball roster: No set of rankings should be taken literally every time. Be sure to factor in how your draft room is operating, team construction, positional needs, and a whole host of other factors better explained in the link above.

    The farther down the rankings you go, the less the difference between players matters. For example, a player ranked 20th is definitively ahead of a guy ranked 25th. However, a player ranked 150th isn’t much different than a player ranked 170th.

    Keep that in mind when strategizing, and don’t be afraid to deviate from the rankings based on how your draft is going, especially as you get into the later rounds.

    Tier 1 | Sure Things

    1. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
    2. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
    3. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
    4. Christian McCaffrey, RB, San Francisco 49ers
    5. Bijan Robinson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
    6. Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins
    7. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
    8. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
    9. Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills
    10. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
    11. Davante Adams, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

    Tier 2 | Probably Sure Things Plus Some Quarterbacks

    12. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
    13. Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
    14. Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys
    15. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys
    16. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
    17. A.J. Brown, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
    18. Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets
    19. Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints
    20. Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
    21. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
    22. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
    23. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins
    24. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

    Tier 3 | The Last Guys You Can Really Trust

    25. DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
    26. Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
    27. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
    28. Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots
    29. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    30. Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets
    31. Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
    32. DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
    33. Travis Etienne Jr., RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Tier 4 | High Ceiling/Low Floor Guys Plus More QBs

    34. Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
    35. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
    36. Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears
    37. Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns
    38. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
    39. Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Detroit Lions
    40. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
    41. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
    42. Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings
    43. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
    44. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Arizona Cardinals
    45. Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons
    46. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers
    47. Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers
    48. Calvin Ridley, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
    49. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
    50. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Minnesota Vikings

    Tier 5 | Half of These Guys Will Probably Bust

    51. Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
    52. Christian Kirk, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
    53. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    54. Miles Sanders, RB, Carolina Panthers
    55. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens
    56. Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
    57. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Commanders
    58. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
    59. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
    60. DJ Moore, WR, Chicago Bears
    61. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts
    62. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    63. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
    64. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
    65. Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
    66. D’Andre Swift, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
    67. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
    68. Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
    69. Kenneth Walker III, RB, Seattle Seahawks
    70. Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans

    Tier 6 | Hoping for a Breakout or To Avoid a Bust

    71. Dalvin Cook, RB, FA
    72. Jordan Addison, WR, Minnesota Vikings
    73. David Montgomery, RB, Detroit Lions
    74. James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals
    75. Darren Waller, TE, New York Giants
    76. Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
    77. Brandin Cooks, WR, Dallas Cowboys
    78. Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
    79. Kadarius Toney, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
    80. AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers
    81. Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
    82. Samaje Perine, RB, Denver Broncos
    83. Isiah Pacheco, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
    84. James Cook, RB, Buffalo Bills
    85. Rashaad Penny, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
    86. Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
    87. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
    88. Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks
    89. Deshaun Watson, QB, Cleveland Browns

    90. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
    91. Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
    92. Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders
    93. Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
    94. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
    95. Treylon Burks, WR, Tennessee Titans
    96. George Pickens, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
    97. Rachaad White, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    98. Zach Charbonnet, RB, Seattle Seahawks
    99. Anthony Richardson, QB, Indianapolis Colts
    100. Devon Achane, RB, Miami Dolphins
    101. Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Washington Commanders
    102. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Commanders
    103. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, New England Patriots
    104. Elijah Moore, WR, Cleveland Browns
    105. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seattle Seahawks
    106. David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns

    Tier 7 | Likely Useful Players

    107. Damien Harris, RB, Buffalo Bills
    108. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
    109. Jakobi Meyers, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
    110. Gabe Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills
    111. Allen Lazard, WR, New York Jets
    112. Quentin Johnston, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
    113. Zay Flowers, WR, Baltimore Ravens
    114. Aaron Rodgers, QB, New York Jets
    115. Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings
    116. Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
    117. Jamaal Williams, RB, New Orleans Saints
    118. Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears
    119. Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers
    120. Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins
    121. Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions
    122. Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons
    123. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
    124. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
    125. Greg Dulcich, TE, Denver Broncos
    126. Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Tennessee Titans
    127. Dalton Schultz, TE, Houston Texans

    128. Dalton Kincaid, TE, Buffalo Bills
    129. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
    130. Jaylen Warren, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    131. Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, Miami Dolphins
    132. Roschon Johnson, RB, Chicago Bears
    133. Kendre Miller, RB, New Orleans Saints
    134. DJ Chark, WR, Carolina Panthers
    135. Adam Thielen, WR, Carolina Panthers
    136. Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears
    137. Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams
    138. Juwan Johnson, TE, New Orleans Saints
    139. Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers
    140. Derek Carr, QB, New Orleans Saints
    141. Russell Wilson, QB, Denver Broncos
    142. Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams
    143. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Chicago Bears
    144. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Free Agent
    145. Leonard Fournette, RB, Free Agent
    146. Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans
    147. Malik Davis, RB, Dallas Cowboys
    148. Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

    Tier 8 | This Is Where Tiers Stop Mattering

    149. Jonathan Mingo, WR, Carolina Panthers
    150. Rashee Rice, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
    151. Josh Downs, WR, Indianapolis Colts
    152. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Baltimore Ravens
    153. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Las Vegas Raiders
    154. Bryce Young, QB, Carolina Panthers
    155. Trey Lance, QB, San Francisco 49ers
    156. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
    157. C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans
    158. Brock Purdy, QB, San Francisco 49ers
    159. Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
    160. Sam LaPorta, TE, Detroit Lions
    161. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Cincinnati Bengals
    162. Chase Brown, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
    163. Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens
    164. Jameson Williams, WR, Detroit Lions
    165. Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
    166. Skyy Moore, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
    167. Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
    168. Jalin Hyatt, WR, New York Giants
    169. Romeo Doubs, WR, Green Bay Packers
    170. Alec Pierce, WR, Indianapolis Colts
    171. Nico Collins, WR, Houston Texans
    172. Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
    173. Rashid Shaheed, WR, New Orleans Saints

    174. Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills
    175. Michael Mayer, TE, Las Vegas Raiders
    176. Taysom Hill, TE, New Orleans Saints
    177. K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings
    178. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Cleveland Browns
    179. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
    180. Jayden Reed, WR, Green Bay Packers
    181. Desmond Ridder, QB, Atlanta Falcons
    182. Sam Howell, QB, Washington Commanders
    183. Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots
    184. Baker Mayfield, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    185. Tank Bigsby, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
    186. Tyjae Spears, RB, Tennessee Titans
    187. Jerome Ford, RB, Cleveland Browns
    188. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, New York Giants
    189. Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams
    190. Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals
    191. Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
    192. Isaiah Hodgins, WR, New York Giants
    193. Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Commanders
    194. Khalil Shakir, WR, Buffalo Bills
    195. John Metchie III, WR, Houston Texans
    196. Mecole Hardman, WR, New York Jets
    197. Mike Gesicki, TE, New England Patriots
    198. Hayden Hurst, TE, Carolina Panthers

    199. Trey McBride, TE, Arizona Cardinals
    200. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
    201. Marvin Mims, WR, Denver Broncos
    202. Tyler Conklin, TE, New York Jets
    203. Robert Woods, WR, Houston Texans
    204. Kareem Hunt, RB, Free Agent
    205. Josh Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
    206. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
    207. Tank Dell, WR, Houston Texans
    208. Noah Fant, TE, Seattle Seahawks
    209. Richie James, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
    210. Ty Chandler, RB, Minnesota Vikings
    211. Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
    212. Jake Ferguson, TE, Dallas Cowboys
    213. Tyquan Thornton, WR, New England Patriots
    214. Zach Evans, RB, Los Angeles Rams
    215. Isaiah Likely, TE, Baltimore Ravens
    216. Deuce Vaughn, RB, Dallas Cowboys
    217. Israel Abanikanda, RB, New York Jets
    218. Sean Tucker, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    219. Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions
    220. Cedric Tillman, WR, Cleveland Browns
    221. Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants
    222. Parris Campbell, WR, New York Giants
    223. Luke Musgrave, TE, Green Bay Packers

    224. Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots
    225. Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers
    226. Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Dallas Cowboys
    227. DeVante Parker, WR, New England Patriots
    228. Cade Otton, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    229. Pierre Strong, RB, New England Patriots
    230. Will Levis, QB, Tennessee Titans
    231. Mack Hollins, WR, Atlanta Falcons
    232. Eric Gray, RB, New York Giants
    233. Josh Reynolds, WR, Detroit Lions
    234. Latavius Murray, RB, Buffalo Bills
    235. Sam Darnold, QB, San Francisco 49ers
    236. Evan Hull, RB, Indianapolis Colts
    237. Jacoby Brissett, QB, Washington Commanders
    238. Chase Claypool, WR, Chicago Bears
    239. Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos
    240. Jelani Woods, TE, Indianapolis Colts
    241. Dewayne McBride, RB, Minnesota Vikings
    242. Allen Robinson II, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
    243. Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets
    244. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
    245. Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
    246. Chris Evans, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
    247. Quez Watkins, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
    248. Donte Harty, WR, Buffalo Bills
    249. Keaontay Ingram, RB, Arizona Cardinals
    250. Trayveon Williams, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

    Best Ball Sleepers To Target

    It’s tough to find sleepers in modern fantasy football. With so much information readily available, even the most casual fantasy gamer knows every fantasy-relevant player.

    In reality, the term “sleeper” has mostly evolved into meaning a player that you perceive as undervalued. With that in mind, here are a handful of Best Ball sleepers to target in your upcoming drafts.

    WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers (ADP 77 Overall)

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    Diontae Johnson was my No. 1 must-draft player in 2021. I completely faded him in 2022. Now, I’m back in for 2023.

    While Johnson may never reach the volume he saw in 2021, he’s being severely slept on this season. My theory is that’s largely due to him somehow not scoring a single touchdown last season, resulting in a WR39, 10.6 points-per-game finish.

    This season, Johnson is going to find the end zone, and he’ll probably score five or six times. He’s still an elite route runner and one of the more talented wide receivers in the league. At about 20 spots above ADP, Johnson definitely qualifies as a Best Ball sleeper.

    QB Geno Smith, Seahawks (ADP 112 Overall)

    Let me see if I understand this properly. Geno Smith just finished as the overall QB8 averaging 18.5 ppg. The Seahawks gave Smith a three-year extension. They then drafted the best wide receiver in this class in the first round and a pass-catching running back in the second round, and didn’t draft a quarterback. Yet, Smith has a QB16 ADP. Okay, got it.

    Actually, I don’t get it. At all. It makes no sense to me. Geno is firmly inside my top 12 QBs and being severely undervalued in Best Ball drafts.

    RB Rashaad Penny, Eagles (ADP 114 Overall)

    By no means is Rashaad Penny some sort of must-draft player. It just seems like he’s going lower than he should. Penny is poised to be the lead running back on one of the best offenses in the NFL. Sure, Jalen Hurts is the primary goal-line back, but Penny can easily score 6-8 touchdowns this season.

    This one is purely about value. Penny doesn’t have this super high ceiling, but at 114 overall, sign me up. I’ve got him nearly 30 spots above ADP.

    RB AJ Dillon, Packers (ADP 105 Overall)

    Last season, AJ Dillon was one of my most targeted players. He was also a major whiff…at least for the first half of the season. After looking like a smash in Week 1, Dillon went on to not score a touchdown for the next 10 weeks.

    He was easily one of my biggest misses, but then, something changed. The guy I was hyping up suddenly reappeared. From Weeks 12-17, Dillon was the overall RB7, averaging 16.7 ppg.

    I didn’t plan to be back in on Dillon this season, but apparently, I’m about 25 spots above ADP on him. The Packers’ offense is going to be worse without Rodgers, but Dillon is still the primary goal-line RB. There’s more value here than the consensus seems to believe.

    Potential Best Ball Busts To Avoid

    Sleepers may be tough to find, but there is no shortage of busts every season. Just as important as it is to find guys who will finish above their ADP it is to avoid guys who will finish below it. Here are a handful of busts to avoid.

    RB Rachaad White, Buccaneers (ADP 78 Overall)

    We need a term for the opposite of “my guys.” That’s what Rachaad White is for me in 2023. He’s my No. 1 fade, avoid-at-all-costs player.

    By every measure imaginable, White was awful last season. Sure, you can point to the Bucs’ poor offensive line, but both Leonard Fournette and White were unsuccessful in their own right.

    White didn’t produce explosive runs or make defenders miss. He averaged 3.7 yards per carry and a paltry 2.54 yards created per touch. Where White is supposed to shine is as a receiver. But are we really excited about his target share in an offense going from Tom Brady throwing 700+ passes to Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask?

    White’s going to catch fewer passes, be inefficient on the ground, and not score many touchdowns on a bad offense. I’m nearly 20 spots lower than ADP and completely out on White this season.

    WR Treylon Burks, Titans (ADP 76 Overall)

    As a general rule, I endorse drafting second and third-year wide receivers. But with Treylon Burks, I just can’t get excited about anything.

    The main selling point on Burks is the volume. He may push a 25% target share with no competition to speak of. But he had a dismal rookie season, failing to reach 500 receiving yards. Burks is on a run-first offense with a quarterback likely to be benched at some point this season for a rookie. I’m about 20 spots lower than ADP on him and just not interested.

    WR Jameson Williams, Lions (ADP 100 Overall)

    There’s certainly a much better argument for taking a shot on Jameson Williams in Best Ball than in seasonal. I just don’t want him in either.

    As a rookie, Williams caught one pass for 41 yards. Yes, he started the season on PUP, recovering from a torn ACL, but he still played in six games and was unable to command targets.

    This is less about Williams missing six games and more about the fact that his rookie season doesn’t bode well for his future success. If he’s an outlier, fine by me. I’ll gladly miss out.

    However, I’m way below ADP on Williams — a whopping 60 spots. I’m very worried Williams will be a major bust this season.

    WR Gabe Davis, Bills (ADP 80 Overall)

    My issue with Gabe Davis is less about his rank among wide receivers and more about his overall rank. I only have Davis a few spots below ADP at his position. And once you get past WR3s, a difference of a handful of spots doesn’t mean much.

    In overall rankings, though, I’m about 30 spots below ADP on Davis. There are just a bunch of players from other positions I prefer because he just doesn’t excite me.

    Volume remains king in fantasy football, but volume is earned, especially at wide receiver. A player needs to be good to earn targets. There are a lot of ways to describe Davis, but “good” is not one I would use.

    Last season, Davis averaged 11.4 ppg, finishing as the overall WR36. But he was really just a splash play or bust player. Davis had eight weeks with single-digit fantasy points and two other games under 12.

    Davis had a 51.6% catch rate last season, playing with a quarterback who completed 63.3% of his passes. He was targeted in just 18.3% of his routes run, despite running a route on 94.2% of Josh Allen’s dropbacks.

    Even with a sixth-ranked average depth of target and third-ranked yards per reception average, Davis averaged just 1.66 yards per route run, 49th in the league.

    Simply put, I’m not a believer in Davis’ talent and don’t think he’s Buffalo’s answer at WR2. Davis was a major disappointment last season, and I’m expecting him to bust again, even at his lower ADP.

    Jason Katz is a fantasy football analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Jason’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @jasonkatz13.

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