Win your league with this fantasy football cheat sheet

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a four-time MVP, but Patrick Mahomes will go well before him in fantasy drafts. (Ed Zurga/AP)

The peak of fantasy football draft season has arrived, and with it have arrived the usual questions. Should Christian McCaffrey or Jonathan Taylor be the first overall pick? How many running backs will be taken before the first wide receiver goes off the board? Are the elite tight ends worth a selection in the top 20 or 25 picks? Does Saquon Barkley still have the opportunity to be an top-flight fantasy football performer? Wait, Tom Brady’s still in the NFL?

The most important question, of course, is which players you should take once you’re on the clock — and which players you should avoid. As you prepare, check out our positional rankings of the top running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends. Examine the draft tiers so you’re adept at knowing when to pass on a given position and when to pounce. Get familiar with the Top 200. Review the hints in our beginner’s guide, the four well-known stars you’ll want to avoid and the sleepers who could overperform.

After all, the draft only comes once a year, and you need to get it right. (Unless you’re in two leagues.) (Or three.) (Ok, four is a lot.) (Five? Really?)

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