FanDuel NFL Snake Draft Rankings: Week 1

How do numberFire's algorithms rank the main slate player pool in head-to-head, three-entry, and six-entry drafts?

Fantasy sports have come a long way since their inception.

Gathering with friends and drafting the perfect team was -- and still is -- a big part of fantasy sports. But FanDuel has done its part in changing how we play and think about a particular slate of sports games.

And guess what? They’re going back to the classics and bringing snake drafts to the forefront of the daily fantasy scene.

Each week, you can hop into a live fantasy football draft and pick your six-player team against the rest of your league. No salary cap involved. Just draft.

You can read more about the strategy behind daily fantasy NFL snake drafts, but here’s a jumpstart for the upcoming slate.

Daily Fantasy Football Snake Draft Rankings

Here’s how numberFire’s projections rank the field in a head-to-head, three-entry, and six-entry draft. (Be sure to check the projections throughout the week for updates.)

These rankings compare each player’s projection to the replacement level of his position. In a head-to-head draft, no more than two quarterbacks can be drafted, so every passer is compared to the QB2 in terms of weekly projections. For running backs, up to six running backs can be drafted in a two-entry draft, so they're all compared to the RB6 in projections to see the biggest gaps in value.

Here's how the Week 1 rankings look across various draft sizes. (Snake draft position rank refers to a player's raw projection rank, so the RB3 is expected for the third-most FanDuel points among running backs.)

PlayerOverall Snake Draft
Christian McCaffreyRB1111
Lamar JacksonQB1227
Dalvin CookRB2432
Michael ThomasWR/TE1348
Alvin KamaraRB3553
Josh JacobsRB4764
Davante AdamsWR/TE26712
George KittleWR/TE38816
Julio JonesWR/TE49917
Austin EkelerRB511105
Russell WilsonQB2121123
Joe MixonRB612126
DeAndre HopkinsWR/TE5101318
DJ MooreWR/TE6121420
Chris GodwinWR/TE7151521
Kenny GolladayWR/TE8161622
Miles SandersRB718179
Aaron JonesRB8201810
Kenyan DrakeRB9211911
Mike EvansWR/TE9171924
Matt RyanQB3221930
Josh AllenQB4242231
Allen Robinson IIWR/TE10192325
Calvin RidleyWR/TE11232426
Adam ThielenWR/TE12252527
Chris CarsonRB10302613
Nick ChubbRB11312714
Cam NewtonQB5322839
Kyler MurrayQB6332940
Tyler LockettWR/TE13263032
DJ Chark Jr.WR/TE14273133
Odell Beckham Jr.WR/TE15283234
Todd Gurley IIRB12343315
Keenan AllenWR/TE16293435
Terry McLaurinWR/TE17353537
Jimmy GaroppoloQB7393649
DK MetcalfWR/TE18363740
Mark AndrewsWR/TE19373843
Zach ErtzWR/TE20383945
Matthew StaffordQB8424052
Carson WentzQB9444153
Teddy BridgewaterQB10454254
Marlon MackRB13434319
T.Y. HiltonWR/TE21404446
Stefon DiggsWR/TE22414547
DeSean JacksonWR/TE23464751
Jonathan TaylorRB14686428
Raheem MostertRB15696529
Le'Veon BellRB16737336
Mark Ingram IIRB17797538
Sony MichelRB18807640
Kareem HuntRB19838144
Devin SingletaryRB20908448
Kerryon JohnsonRB21918650