I'm back from a bit of a hiatus after spending the past month working on Rotowire's annual NFL preview magazine (shameless plug - link here). I did RB rankings and tiers in early May right after the 2020 NFL Draft, followed by QB rankings and tiers a few days later.
In terms of news, not much has changed over the past month and a half, with the one big exception being Deebo Samuel's Jones fracture — a foot injury that usually requires 8-12 weeks for rehab and recovery. He'll be up against the clock to suit up for Week 1, with multiple injury experts (including Matthew Betz and Edwin Porras) suggesting a quicker return to play likely would correspond with a lower level of performance and/or higher risk of re-injury.
Samuel, of course, will take a big hit in my rankings, while rookie first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk gets a tiny bump. These rankings are intended for full-PPR, redraft leagues, as the vast majority of drafts taking place right now (mostly best ball) use this format.
(Rankings updated September 2)
The addition of Emmanuel Sanders and possibility of a healthier Alvin Kamara should allow the Saints to spread the ball around a bit more, but that's not quite enough to push Thomas out of his own tier if we're talking about full-PPR scoring (which we are). His career lows are 92 catches (2016), 121 targets (2016), 1,137 yards (2016), five touchdowns (2017), 69.8