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The Best Fantasy Authors

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The best fantasy authors of all time, ranked by readers and fans. This list include some highly recognizable names, like J.R.R. Tolkein and George R.R. Martin, along with some contemporary fantasy writers who are just beginning to make their mark on the genre. This list of the best fantasy authors includes some science fiction writers , horror writers and young adult fiction authors. Fans of fantasy know that there is always some overlap. All of the authors on this list have one thing in common: They've written fantastic, magical, mystical works of fantasy for fans to enjoy for years to come. Vote for your favorite fantasy authors here and add your own personal faves if you don't see them listed!

I've listed what I believe are some of the most well-known, popular fantasy authors ever, and I've added a few that may not always show up on a 'best of' list. Disagree with a choice? Vote it down. I'll be interested to see who wins the Tolkein vs. Martin battle for votes, too! The aforementioned (brilliant) writers are responsible for some of the best fantasy novel series' of all time - but I'd be remiss if I didn't also include authors like Robert Jordan ('The Wheel of Time' series), Ursula K. Le Guin ('Earthsea'), Tad Williams ('Memory, Sorrow and Thorn') and yes, J.K. Rowling ('Harry Potter') as well. All of these authors, in my opinion, deserve a place of honor on this list.

Hopefully, this list will grow and become totally comprehensive. Readers who are new to fantasy can use it as a great guide to find new favorite fantasy authors and books.

J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

Robin Hobb

Joe Abercrombie

Raymond E. Feist

Raymond E. Feist

Roald Dahl

Neil Gaiman

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker

Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Stephen King

Stephen King

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

David Eddings

David Eddings

H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss

Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher

Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski

David Gemmell

David Gemmell

George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin

Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey

Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick

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16 of the Best Fantasy Authors Ever

July 13, 2020

There is no feeling quite like falling in love with a great fantasy listen, doing a little digging, and joyfully discovering that the author has an extensive catalog of audiobooks waiting for you to dive into. Fantasy offers its fans a wealth of diverse authors writing all different kinds of stories. From classic epics to the latest standalone novels, it's the perfect genre for losing yourself in a full day’s worth of listening.

With so many great fantasy authors out there with rich bibliographies filled with exciting adventures and epic worldbuilding, the conversation of who's the best naturally comes up. While there are far too many amazing writers in this genre to rank definitively, we’ve gathered up this list of some of our favorite fantasy authors. Read on and see how it matches up with your own!

George R. R. Martin

You know this New Jersey native as the author of the high fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire — the inspiration for the global phenomenon that is HBO's Game of Thrones . But Martin's work as a writer stretches all the way back to the 1970s, and his writings are an impressive testament to his status as one of the best fantasy authors of all time.

The World of Ice & Fire

By George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia, Linda Antonsson

You know this New Jersey native as the author of the high fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire — the inspiration for the global phenomenon that is HBO's Game of Thrones. But Martin's work as a writer stretches all the way back to the 1970s, and his writings are an impressive testament to his status as one of the best fantasy authors of all time.

Seanan McGuire

With the urban fantasy October Daye series, the Wayward Children series, and many other works of fantasy to her name, Seanan McGuire is one of the most prolific authors currently working in the genre. Spanning fantasy, sci-fi, and standalone volumes like  Middlegame , McGuire's bibliography is packed with great listens.

Rosemary and Rue

By Seanan McGuire

With the urban fantasy October Daye series, the Wayward Children series, and many other works of fantasy to his name, Seanan McGuire is one of the most prolific authors currently working in the genre. With works in fantasy, sci-fi, and standalone volumes like Middlegame , McGuire's bibliography is packed with great listens.

Brandon Sanderson

From finishing Robert Jordan’s  Wheel of Time  series to penning his wholly original works in the Cosmere universe, including the  Stormlight Archive , Brandon Sanderson has a great talent for worldbuilding and epic fantasy. Beyondwriting novels, Sanderson promotes the art of storytelling through podcasts, teaching, and articles. That passion for constructing good tales is evident in his wide body of work.

The Final Empire

By Brandon Sanderson

What if the hero of prophecy fails? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in Mistborn ....

Patrick Rothfuss

Although Patrick Rothfuss has only a few books to his name to date, the Kingkiller Chronicle is such a sweeping, exciting adventure with a deeply imagined magic system that it's hard not to put him on this list. With The Name of the Wind , he established a name for himself as a seriously talented writer of heroic fantasy. The Doors of Stone , the third book in the series, is due out later this year, and should further solidify Rothfuss's status as a true great of the genre.

The Name of the Wind

By Patrick Rothfuss

A tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend....

J.R.R. Tolkien

One could credibly make the argument that no other author on this list would be here were it not for the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Born John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, his surname has gone on to become synonymous with epic fantasy. The Lord of the Rings built many of the genre's main characteristics, such as the concept of true heroism and how unlikely bonds are forged in the face of a great evil. Although Tolkien did not invent fantasy strictly speaking, it's difficult to imagine modern fantasy without the signpost of his monumental works.

The Silmarillion

By J. R. R. Tolkien

Nnedi Okorafor

A Nigerian-American writer, Okorafor is a relative newcomer to the genre—but her fabulous fiction marks a new beacon in fantasy. Among her works, the historical-fantasy hybrid  Who Fears Death  is one of the finest, featuring magic and a revenge quest in a post-apocalyptic Sudan. Okorafor's stories are often inspired by the real-world conflicts in Africa, a perspective that brings a fresh outlook to the fantasy realm. 

Binti: Home

By Nnedi Okorafor

Okorafor is another of the less seasoned authors on this list, but to read one of her several fantastic fantasy books is to become familiar with a new beacon of the genre. Among her works, the science fantasy Who Fears Death is one of the finest, featuring magic and a revenge quest in a post-apocalyptic Sudan. A Nigerian-American writer, Okorafor's stories are often inspired by the real-world conflicts in Africa, a perspective that brings a fresh outlook to the fantasy genre.

Andrzej Sapkowski

The Witcher is a sprawling enterprise at this point, generating novels, comic books, television shows, and even various iterations as video and tabletop games. It all originates from the mind of one writer: Andrzej Sapkowski. The Polish author has written many books—including another trilogy and a standalone novel set during the Soviet-Afghan War—but the Witcher is where gold was struck. It's among the most well-known fantasy franchises out there, and that alone makes Sapkowski one of the most significant fantasy authors working right now.

The Last Wish

By Andrzej Sapkowski

The Witcher is a sprawling enterprise at this point, generating novels, comic books, television shows, and even various iterations as video, tabletop, and board games. It all originates from the mind of one writer: Andrzej Sapkowski. The Polish author has written many books—including another trilogy and a standalone novel set during the Soviet-Afghan War—but the Witcher is where gold was struck. It's among the most well-known fantasy franchises out there, and that alone makes Sapkowski one of the most significant fantasy authors working right now.

One of the best things about listening to fantasy is that it grants you the ability to fully immerse yourself in an intricately imagined other world. For a great example of this, look no further than the works of Robin Hobb, including five separate series set in the Realms of the Elderlings . From the Farseer Trilogy to the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy, it's an impressive collection of stories that bring Hobb's imagined universe fully into being.

The Farseer: Assassin's Apprentice

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One of the best things about listening to fantasy is that it grants you the ability to fully immerse yourself into an intricately imagined other world. For a great example of this, look no further than the works of Robin Hobb, including five separate series set in the Realm of the Elderlings . From the Farseer Trilogy to the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy, it's an impressive collection of stories that bring Hobb's imagined universe fully into being.

Naomi Novik

Dragons are one of the fantasy genre's most iconic creatures, and with good reason—dragons are super cool. In the Temeraire series, Naomi Novik creates a historical fantasy in which the Napoleonic Wars are fought not only at sea, but also in the air—aboard dragons. Novik is also the author of the excellent standalone high fantasy Uprooted , about a plain and ordinary teenage girl’s tense yet symbiotic relationship with a wizard (known as the Dragon) who controls the evil of a forest that encroaches her village.

By Naomi Novik

Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is the kind of writer who’s practically impossible to dislike. Her YA fantasy books are not only well-imagined and enticing, but also provide representation for young girls and women in the genre. Pierce has said that while she loved well-known fantasies like The Lord of the Rings, she couldn't understand why the books lacked teenage girls as warriors and heroes. So, when she began gravitating toward fantasy writing, she made it a point to include the types of characters missing from books she loved: strong and brave young women. Beginning with the Song of the Lioness series, Pierce's bibliography is a delight to listen to all the way through.

Alanna, The First Adventure

By Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is the kind of writer who’s practically impossible to dislike. Her YA fantasy books are not only well-imagined and enticing, but also provide representation for young girls and women in the genre. Pierce has said that while she loved well-known fantasies like The Lord of the Rings, she couldn't understand why the books lacked teenage girls as warriors and heroes. So, when she began gravitating toward writing, she made it a point to include the characters she felt the books she loved were missing. Beginning with the Song of the Lioness series, Pierce's bibliography is a delight to listen to all the way through.

Katherine Arden

Among the youngest writers on this list, Katherine Arden is one fantasy author you will want to keep your eyes on in the coming years. This is largely due to her historical fantasy,  Winternight . Combining elements of fantasy and Russian folklore with a strong coming-of-age arc for protagonist Vasilisa, the trilogy is a thrill for fans of any genre, but in particular for those passionate about fantasy. 

The Winter of the Witch

By Katherine Arden

Among the youngest writers on this list, Katherine Arden is one fantasy author you will want to keep your eyes on in the coming years. This is largely due to the historical fantasy Winternight trilogy. Combining elements of fantasy and Russian folklore with a strong coming-of-age arc for protagonist Vasilisa, the trilogy is a thrill for reade

Brian Jacques

Brian Jacques famously wrote the vast majority of his Redwall series while sitting in his garden, inspired by the foliage around him and the creatures within it, with a typewriter. Jacques wrote the Redwall books non-sequentially, giving the world of Mossflower and Redwall Abbey a limitless feeling and an ongoing, complex chronology in which events of some stories affected the history of others. No other fantasy author writes quite like Jacques did; his work has a truly enduring legacy.

By Brian Jacques

Anne McCaffrey

There is some debate as to whether Anne McCaffrey wrote fantasy or science fiction. While the Pern novels feature dragons and other fantastical elements, the dragons specifically are created through scientific means. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame and the author herself have described her work as science fiction, while one critic listed her books as among the best fantasy novels ever. Either way, McCaffrey deserves consideration on the lists of all-time greats in both genres.

Dragonquest: Dragonriders of Pern

By Anne McCaffrey

Juliet Marillier

Mariellier's most recent novel, Beautiful , released in 2019, shows that this author of historical fantasy is still writing to the highest caliber. Known widely for the Blackthorn & Grim series, as well as the Sevenwaters books, Marillier writes stories that are wide-ranging and emotionally resonant, while also being very fun to be absorbed in. She places great emphasis on the importance of human connections to the natural world. With elements of folklore, romance, and family sagas, each of Marillier's books is an unforgettable experience.

By Juliet Marillier

Sarah J. Maas

Having written the earliest drafts and ideas of her Throne of Glass series when she was still a teenager, Sarah J. Maas is a young voice in the genre who has already released several modern classics of the YA fantasy canon. With the recently released debut volume of House of Earth and Blood , the author's signature blend of exciting fantasy settings, romance, and intrigue is showcased in an adult fantasy series for the first time.

Throne of Glass

By Sarah J. Maas

Robert Jordan

You can debate until the sun comes up about the most significant fantasy series of the last 30 years, and there are good cases to be made on behalf of many of them. The conversation would be incomplete, though, without consideration of The Wheel of Time . Robert Jordan's 15-book series, which was finished by Brandon Sanderson after the author's death in 2007, is the epitome of high-concept high fantasy. Taking place on an unnamed planet that is simultaneously past and far-future Earth, The Wheel of Time is, simply put, one of the best fantasy series of all time. By that measure alone, Robert Jordan is one of the best fantasy authors ever.

The Dragon Reborn

By Robert Jordan

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The best fantasy books are written by authors who have taken fiction  to the next level. Here are 15 of the best fantasy authors across the globe.

Fantasy is one of the most popular fiction genres, along with sci-fi (science fiction), horror , and romance. Finding a great title to read isn’t difficult because there’s an abundance of excellent work available. That said, making a choice can be hard. So, to help you out, here are 15 of the best fantasy authors and their books.

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1. George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin  is the internationally acclaimed bestselling author of the books that inspired the popular HBO television series,  A Game of Thrones . Until its highly criticized ending, the show had won multiple Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, and Golden Globe awards. While Martin has written children’s books, short stories, and other works of fiction, he is best known for the detailed fantasy world he created for his first book series  A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire . 

  • A Game of Thrones ,  $8.99
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  • A Storm of Swords , $9.99
  • A Feast for Crows , $9.99
  • A Dance With Dragons , $9.99
  • A Song of Ice and Fire Series , $39.99

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J.R.R. Tolkien

One of the most epic fantasy genre writers to this day remains  J.R.R. Tolkien , bestselling author of the Lord of the Rings book series. Tolkien lived between 1892 and 1973, and in his works, he created a robust high fantasy world with elves, dwarves, hobbits, and adventures. Although he was frequently criticized by other English literature professionals in his early career, Tolkien would eventually rise to fame with one of the most loved trilogies of all time.

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  • The Lord of the Rings  Trilogy , $15.99

The Hobbit

  • Tolkien, J.R.R. (Author)
  • 304 Pages - 09/19/1997 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

3. Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson  is a well-known American author of science fiction and urban fantasy novels and is the creator of the popular Cosmere fictional universe. His fantasy books have landed him on the  New York Times Bestseller  list more than once. Although he avoided reading as a child, Sanderson fell in love with the fantasy genre in eighth grade after reading the book  Dragonsbane  by Barbara Hambly. 

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  • Skyward, Book 1 of The Skyward Series , $9.99
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  • A Memory of Light, Book 14 of The Wheel of Time Series , $10.99

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4. Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb  is a New York Times #1 best-selling author of the  Farseer  fantasy series and the critically acclaimed  Realm of the Elderlings  series. The Farseer trilogy has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new copy beautifully illustrated by Magali Villeneuve. Robin Hobb also writes science fiction short stories under the pen name Megan Lindholm. To date, the fantasy author has sold more than a million copies of her books to audiences worldwide, and in 2021, Hobb was given a World Fantasy Award Lifetime Achievement. 

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  • Royal Assassin , $7.99
  • Assassin’s Quest , $8.99

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  • 464 Pages - 10/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)

5. Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan is the critically acclaimed author of  The Wheel of Time  book series. His real name was James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (1948 – 2007), and he was a Vietnam War veteran with a degree from The Citadel and another in physics. He lent his hand to the  Conan the Barbarian  series and penned works under the names Jackson O’Reilly and Reagan O’Neal, writing Western and historical fiction. 

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  • The Dragon Reborn, Book 3 of The Wheel of Time , $10.99
  • The Shadow Rising, Book 4 of The Wheel of Time ,  $10.99

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  • 784 Pages - 10/06/2020 (Publication Date) - Tor Books (Publisher)

6. C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis  is a popular author in the young adult and fantasy genre with his unique fairytale-like stories. Although he has written dozens of books, including devotionals and adult spiritual literature, he is best known for his trilogy,  The Chronicles of Narnia.  Born in 1898 ,  Lewis served as the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University and was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University just before that, until 1954. He died in 1963.

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  • The Screwtape Letters ,  $7.99

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7. J.K. Rowling


J.K. Rowling  is a U.K. author who penned some of the best fantasy novels in the genre for children, young teens, and even older adults. She is most well known for her debut novel  Harry Potter  and its unique magic system, which has inspired eight major motion pictures and a theme park. Her work has since expanded into the Wizarding World series. That said, Rowling has faced social backlash recently from the LGBTQ+ community for alleged discrimination.

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , $9.99
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , $9.99
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince , $9.99
  • Harry Potter  and the Deathly Hallows , $9.99

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • J.K. Rowling (Author)

8. Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is a Canadian writer of modern fantasy and adult fantasy books. What makes Kay’s writing different than other authors in the fantasy genre is that instead of using typical tropes often seen in fantasy novels, he uses real-world settings from historical events. However, the author’s preference is that his works are not categorized as historical fiction. This new take on world-building makes Kay’s novels even more fantastical. 

  • All the Seas of the World ,  $14.99
  • A Brightness Long Ago , $13.99
  • The Summer Tree , $3.99

All the Seas of the World

  • Kay, Guy Gavriel (Author)
  • 528 Pages - 05/17/2022 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

9. Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie  is an acclaimed British writer and freelance film editor in the fantasy fiction genre. He is most well known for his works in the  First Law  trilogy and several standalone books set in the same fictional world. Abercrombie has also written the  Age of Madness  series, which canonically meshes with the  First Law  books to create an epic fantasy realm ripe with adventure. 

  • The Blade Itself, Book 1 of The First Law Trilogy ,  $9.99
  • A Little Hatred, Book 1 of the Age of Madness Series , $9.99 
  • The Trouble With Peace, Book 2 of the Age of Madness Series , $9.99
  • The Wisdom of Crowds, Book 3 of the Age of Madness Series , $14.99

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10. N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin

New York Times has named author  N.K. Jemisin , “the most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation.” Jemisin, a strong Black voice in the fiction community, is also a three-time winner of the Hugo Award. She is the first author to have won three of these awards consecutively and is one of the few recipients of the coveted MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

  • The Fifth Season, The Broken Earth Book 1 ,  $9.99
  • The Obelisk Gate, The Broken Earth Book 2 , $11.99
  • The Stone Sky, The Broken Earth Book 3 , $11.99
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Inheritance Trilogy Book 1 , $9.99
  • The City We Became, The Great Cities Trilogy Book 1 , $9.99

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, 1)

  • Jemisin, N. K. (Author)
  • 512 Pages - 08/04/2015 (Publication Date) - Orbit (Publisher)

11. Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson  is a Canadian anthropologist, archaeologist, writer, and novelist best known for his ten-volume  Malazan Book of the Fallen series. He is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author recognized by both Paste Magazine and  Fantasy Book Review for best-in-class fantasy fiction. Erikson is also a past nominee for the World Fantasy Award and Locus Award for his literary works.

  • Gardens of the Moon, Book One of the Malazan Book of the Fallen Series ,  $9.99
  • Deadhouse Gates, Book Two of the Malazan  Book of the Fallen Series , $9.99
  • Memories of Ice, Book Three of the Malazan Book of the Fallen Series , $10.99
  • House of Chains, Book Four of the Malazan Book of the Fallen Series , $10.99

Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, 1)

  • Erikson, Steven (Author)
  • 494 Pages - 05/12/2009 (Publication Date) - Tor (Publisher)

12. Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin  is the late author of 23 full-length books, 13 children’s books, 12 collections of short stories, 11 collections of poetry, five collections of written essays, and four translated works. Although Le Guin passed away in 2018, she is the seven-time winner of the coveted Hugo Award, the six-time winner of the Nebula Award, and was named Grand Master by the SWFA. 

  • A Wizard of Earthsea,  The Earthsea Cycles Series Book 1 , $8.99
  • The Toms of Atuan, The Earthsea Cycles Series Book 2 , $8.99
  • The Farthest Shore, The Earthsea Cycles Series Book 3 , $8.99
  • Lavinia , $9.99
  • The Left Hand of Darkness 50th Anniversary Edition, Ace Science Fiction , $8.99

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  • Le Guin, Ursula K. (Author)
  • 240 Pages - 09/11/2012 (Publication Date) - Clarion Books (Publisher)

13. Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch 

Scott Lynch is the global bestselling author of the Gentleman Bastard book series. He is the oldest of three children, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1978. His first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora , was immediately popular, and Lynch has enjoyed critical acclaim since. His wife, Elizabeth Bear, is also a science fiction and fantasy writer, whom he married in 2016. The couple share an old Minnesota home with their cats, preferring to spend time on their property when not writing.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora ,  $3.99
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies , $6.99
  • The Republic of Thieves ,  $8.99
  • The Gentleman Bastard Series , $18.99

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  • 11/19/2023 (Publication Date) - Gollancz (Publisher)

14. Stephen King

Stephen King

Stephen King  is arguably one of the most well-known fantasy writers in history, particularly in the sci-fi and horror genres. He has sold over 350 million copies of his books, several of them having been made into full-length motion pictures, including  Pet Semetary, It, The Shining,  and more. King also publishes his work under the pen name Richard Bachman and, to date, has a complete collection of more than 63 books, 20 novellas, and approximately 120 short stories. For more books like The Stand, why not check out our list of the top dystopian novels ? 

  • The Stand ,  $9.99
  • Billy Summers , $15.99
  • Later , $6.99
  • The Shining , $8.99

The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition

  • Good versus Evil
  • Germ Warfare
  • End of the World

15. Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman  is a beloved English author of several fantasy novels, including  The Sandman  comic book series and  Coraline,  the latter of which was later adapted to the big screen. His first book was a Duran Duran biography written in 1986, and more recently, his book  The Ocean at the End of the Lane  won the British National Book Awards Book of the Year. His work,  The Graveyard Book,  won a Newbury Medal in 2009 and is scheduled to be made into a motion picture directed by Ron Howard. 

  • American Gods 10th Anniversary Edition ,  $9.99
  • Norse Mythology , $9.68
  • Neverwhere: A Novel , $7.99
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel , $8.99
  • The Graveyard Book , $8.99

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel

  • Gaiman, Neil (Author)
  • 560 Pages - 06/21/2011 (Publication Date) - William Morrow (Publisher)

If you love to read, grab one of these fantasy books by some of the best-known and most beloved authors in the genre. No matter which novel or short story you choose, good fantasy authors will know how to pull you into their unique stories and magical worlds.

FAQs on the Best Fantasy Authors and Their Books

YA fantasy books typically have at least one protagonist who is a teen or young adult, while adult fantasy books feature characters older than 21-25 years of age.

The best fantasy authors aren’t necessarily the writers who have the most published novels. Instead, look for authors that use overarching themes that interest you, such as a robust fantasy world or elements of science fiction. Read book reviews to find out what other readers have to say; just watch out for spoilers. 

First and foremost, don’t judge a book by its cover. You should also overlook the heavily curated recommendations on the book’s front, back, and inside covers. Instead, read the first few pages to make sure you like the fantasy author’s writing style and that they do a good job of drawing you into the content. 

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling is the best-selling fantasy series of all time, selling over 500 million copies so far. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien is next on the list, with that series amassing over 150 million sales.

There have been 52 winners of the Hugo Award for Best Novel. Five authors have won it three times: Isaac Asimov and Fritz Leiber, and N. K. Jemisin, Connie Willis, and Vernor Vinge. Hugo Awards were first given in 1953, at the 11th World Science Fiction Convention.

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If you’re a new—or old—fantasy reader, you might be wondering what the top fantasy books are. It’s a reasonable question. It makes sense to begin with what’s popular if you’re starting out in the genre. Or maybe you’re just curious to see how mainstream your preferences are.

But in trying to answer this question, you’ll immediately run into problems. How do we determine what makes a top fantasy book? Sales? Let’s be honest. Some bestselling books may not be that good. We can use ratings but as Rioter Tasha discovered when she looked at the highest rated books on Goodreads , reader-generated rankings and lists lead to other problems. The actual number of ratings might be too low. A book with more ratings may garner more lower ratings simply because of the increased reader pool. Many excellent series populate the fantasy genre , and the longer the series, the more readers the first book is likely to have. There’s also no denying that certain authors dominate the genre. And if those authors happen to be prolific, their books are going to be highly rated due to their exuberant fanbase.

How I Put Together a List of Top Fantasy Books

In putting together this list, I used Goodreads and looked at a variety of metrics. It’s not scientific. There’s no math involved. I considered the number of ratings, the spread of ratings, and the year of publication. Fantasy is such an established genre, and one of the most popular on Goodreads, so older books have a distinct advantage over newer books.

I focused on single books, not boxsets. I only included one book per series (usually the first book because I know my fantasy readers and I know how hard it is for us to read out of order), and I picked only one book per author.

Did I overlook some novels? Probably. You might think a specific title absolutely belongs on a list of top fantasy books. Or, remembering that I limited this list to only one book per author and only one book per series, you might think another selection from that author or series is a better choice. That’s okay. In the end, this list is just a starting point.

The Top Epic Fantasy Books

When we think of the fantasy genre, we usually think of epic fantasy. Important quests to save the world. Royal families fighting for control of the kingdom. Spectacular magic battles. The aesthetic established by J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings , let’s just say.

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Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

(4.45 avg rating; 2,000,614 ratings)

This novel launched the Song of Ice and Fire series and upended the established tropes of 1990s-era epic fantasy. Let’s not forget that shocking death at the end! I know it’s hard to believe now, but back then, that was something of a fantasy no-no.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

(4.53 avg rating; 720,012 ratings)

While good writing certainly permeates the fantasy genre, it’s not necessarily a requirement. Above all, we want a good story and as long as the prose is readable, that’s fine. Rothfuss’s debut novel showed us that an epic fantasy novel could feature not only good writing, it could showcase beautiful prose. But what’s most interesting about The Name of the Wind is its structure. We first meet Kvothe when he’s a broken man, after the battle has been fought. The mystery of how he got to that end point from his beginnings as an audacious prodigy is part of the series’s charm.

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

(4.63 avg rating; 305,994 ratings)

Sanderson is arguably one of the most prolific fantasy writers working in the genre today. In a genre where readers are used to waiting years between series installments, that’s very refreshing. I can’t overstate this fact. It’s one of the reasons he’s gathered a very large, dedicated fanbase. If you’re not familiar with Sanderson’s work, he’s best known for his clearly delineated, almost scientifically laid out magic systems.

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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin

(3.99 avg rating; 242,314 ratings)

Confession time: I first discovered LeGuin through her science fiction. I didn’t learn she’d also written fantasy until I was well into adulthood. Unfortunately, the Earthsea series is probably better known for the whitewashed adaptation that aired on the SyFy channel. A true tragedy because as anyone who’s read her books knows, LeGuin was a master of world-building and depicting culture.

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

(4.15 avg rating; 236,411 ratings)

Royal bastards figure prominently in the fantasy genre. So do assassins. They’re usually two different people, though. The main character in the first book of Hobb’s Farseer trilogy, however, is both.

cover image of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

(4.27 avg rating; 224,608 ratings)

In addition to royal bastards and assassins, thieves also run wild through the fantasy genre. Who’s surprised? There are a lot of important mystical artifacts to steal. And let’s face it, a fantasy setting is the perfect background for a heist caper.

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Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

(4.01 avg rating; 72,095 ratings)

Courtesans are another staple of the epic fantasy genre. While they’re usually supporting characters—either in the form of allies or enemies—Carey’s debut novel introduces us to Phedre, a courtesan marked by a god to feel pleasure and pain as one. In other words, she’s a masochist. But alongside her courtesan-related talents, she’s also a spy. This unlikely combination in a protagonist explains why it’s one of the top fantasy books on Goodreads, even though it doesn’t necessarily resemble the traditional quest-style epic fantasy tome.

Find even more of our epic fantasy recommendations here.

Contemporary Fantasy Books

While the fantasy genre often conjures images of dragons and wizards, fantasy need not take place in alternate worlds. They can take place in our world.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

(4.11 avg rating; 761,532 ratings)

While Gaiman’s short stories are my personal favorites of his writings, most fiction readers meet him through his novels. American Gods reimagines myths and gods in the modern age, mashes them up with Americana, and takes you on a road trip. I can see why this is one of his most famous works.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

(4.03 avg rating; 688,655 ratings)

A standalone novel in the fantasy genre is a rare feat, but The Night Circus succeeds—much to the dismay of its fans who wish it had a sequel or two. Revolving around a competition between two magicians who fall in love, the lush prose has won the heart of many readers across the world. It’s collected over half a million ratings on Goodreads! That is a big accomplishment for an author who didn’t publish her follow-up,  The Starless Sea , until eight years later.

Find more contemporary (or low) fantasy novels here.

Urban Fantasy Books

The sister sub-genre to contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy experienced a boom in the 2000s and early 2010s. It’s since contracted and stabilized—although I’d argue we’re seeing a revival featuring more diverse casts and authors—but here are a couple stand-out top fantasy books from that prior era.

Moon Called cover - Patricia Briggs

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

(4.15 avg rating; 176,892 ratings)

In a sub-genre populated by investigators and mercenaries, coyote shifter Mercy Thompson stands out because she’s a mechanic. How refreshing. The staples of the genre—gremlins, werewolves, vampires, and more—can be found in Mercy’s world and her relationships with them are what often get her into trouble.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

(4.12 avg rating; 511,242 ratings)

As someone who read a lot of vampire novels, both adult and YA, in the late 2000s, I admit I’m a little surprised to see how many ratings this book had on Goodreads. And I was a big fan of this series! I don’t know how I missed its popularity. About a dhampir who’s dedicated her life to protecting her best friend, a vampire princess, what I appreciated most about these books was the female friendship that ran throughout. Over a decade later, I still love seeing that fierce dedication between girls—especially in YA.

Find more of our urban fantasy recommendations here .

Top Fantasy Books for Young Readers

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

(4.33 avg rating; 628,065 ratings)

One of the most beloved middle grade authors out there, picking one Riordan book to recommend is impossible. Thankfully, I had my previously mentioned restrictions to make things easier. Set in the world of the Percy Jackson books, The Lost Hero once again features Riordan’s take on Greek mythology but with a whole new cast of characters.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

(4.27 avg rating; 37,280 ratings)

Given the nature of Goodreads, it can be difficult to find the highly rated fantasy books for younger readers. It seems like there’s a gap between middle grade novels and picture books. I’m sure they exist, but they’re not easiest to find. Based on Chinese mythology, Lin’s book pulls together the pieces of many different stories and weaves them into something new. Featuring a determined heroine who never gives up, this story about her quest to improve her family’s fortune delights children and parents alike.

Do your children love fantasy? We got 50 of our top fantasy books for kids here.

Young Adult Fantasy Books

You knew it was coming. Young adult books are booming, and the fantasy genre makes up a huge chunk. More to the point, it has an enormous presence on Goodreads. But given those things, I can see why a primer of the top fantasy books for this age category might be necessary.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

(4.32 avg rating; 670,055 ratings)

The first book in the prequel trilogy to the hugely popular The Mortal Instruments series, Clockwork Angel takes place in Victorian London. It delivers everything Clare’s fans want and expect from her books.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

(4.20 avg rating; 601,767 ratings)

If you’re a regular voter in the annual Goodreads book awards, you’ll recognize Maas’s name. She and her novels are a mainstay in the competition. This is the debut novel, about an assassin, that started it all.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

(4.04 avg rating; 569,501 ratings)

If you ever wondered what X-Men would look like in a fantasy setting, this book might provide an answer for you. In a world where people with silver blood have superpowers and people with red blood are the people they subjugate, a girl with red blood discovers she has special abilities of her own.

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

(4.07 avg rating; 386,770 ratings)

Published in 2008, Graceling was one of the earliest fantasy novels in the current young adult renaissance. Set in a world where people known as Gracelings are born with an extreme skill, Kaisa has the ability to kill. Unfortunately, the nature of her gift traps her into serving as her uncle’s enforcer. By the way, her uncle is the king, and not the most benevolent one.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

(4.43 avg rating; 320,906 ratings)

Bardugo’s Grishaverse books have inspired a huge legion of fans since Shadow and Bone was first published in 2012. A quick glance at bookstagram will show you just how much these books are beloved by the reading community. Six of Crows introduces us to a crew of thieves out to pull off an impossible heist. If you’re a fan of The Lies of Locke Lamora , this is the book for you. Even if you think you don’t like young adult novels, I still think you should give this one a try, and given the number of Goodreads ratings, so do a lot of other people.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

(4.01 avg rating; 301,954 ratings)

If I had to describe this book, I’d say it was about angels and demons, and that answer is both accurate and inaccurate. If you’ve never read a Laini Taylor novel, be prepared for fascinating characters, unique settings, and creepy imagery that catch you off-guard because they always come when you least expect!

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

(4.12 avg rating; 220,434 ratings)

Holly Black has established herself as the Queen of Faerie Novels. The Cruel Prince takes us back to the world first featured in her debut novel, Tithe , and introduces us to Jude, a mortal heroine whose rage and determination cuts through a courtly politics and a quest to find a place she can call home.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

(4.27 avg rating; 183,882 ratings)

Inspired by ancient Rome, An Ember in the Ashes explores oppression and tyranny via the story of Laia, who hopes to save her brother by spying on the Empire for the rebellion. This mission leads her to Elias, who is set to become the best soldier the Empire has ever seen.

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

(4.11 avg rating; 154,906 ratings)

Originally published in 2018, Adeyemi’s debut has shot up through the Goodreads rankings at an astonishing pace. It almost reached 50,000 ratings in its first year alone, which is no small feat for a new author. No doubt, the book’s fast pace and action-filled adventure contributed to its popularity. Interested in reading more novels like Children of Blood and Bone ? Find even more African-inspired fantasy novels here .

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

(4.11 avg rating; 114,603 ratings)

Of all the potential retellings out there, I never expected to see a YA retelling of 1001 Nights . It’s not a strict retelling, so if you’re a fan of the nested story within a story structure, this is not the book for you. But if you want to see a different take on the original, Ahdieh’s debut might be worth checking out.

Find even more YA fantasy picks here !

Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy

I must make a confession. I have a weakness for fantasy takes on the end of the world. A lot of apocalyptic stories approach the concept from a science fiction angle or even a horror one. Fantasy ones are a rarer but always worth looking at. Find 20 more recommendations in this subgenre here .

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Angelfall by Susan Ee

(4.13 avg rating; 165,949 ratings)

Originally a self-published title, I remember when this book made a huge splash. An apocalypse caused by angels! Given the nature of the Bible, perhaps this shouldn’t have been so astonishing. While the portrayal of mental illness isn’t what I consider to be the best (at all), the protagonist’s quest to save her younger sister—which leads her to joining forces with the enemy—is a gripping one.

The Award-Winning Top Fantasy Novel

Book Cover for The Fifth Season, showing the title in white over a green-blue stone background. In the bottom left corner is some filigree style stonework.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

(4.28 avg; 150,656 ratings)

The Fifth Season may not have the most ratings on Goodreads, but the trilogy it begins (The Broken Earth trilogy) has made history. Each of the three books has won the Hugo, making Jemisin the first author to win the award in consecutive years. If that doesn’t mark a top fantasy novel, I don’t know what does.

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WR Notes: The Chiefs are not a great receiver matchup, but a plus scoring environment and the Eagles’ loss of Dallas Goedert makes another 125-yard effort easily attainable for A.J. Brown. … The Cowboys are finally posting massive fantasy numbers no matter the matchup. An uncontainable CeeDee Lamb is a nightmare proposition for a Panthers defense that’s lost back-to-back games to Gardner Minshew and Tyson Bagent. … Amon-Ra St. Brown has reached 100 yards receiving in four straight games and 6-of-7. The Bears surrender the league’s seventh most passing yards. … Although clearly elite, the Ravens’ pass defense has taken advantage of a soft quarterback slate to post otherworldly numbers. A healthy Joe Burrow will be by far the best QB they have faced all season. With Tee Higgins (hamstring) sidelined, Ja’Marr Chase’s floor is probably in the 10-12 target range. Even if Baltimore puts the clamps on big plays, that kind of workload typically produces a WR1 day. … Keenan Allen played through his shoulder issue in Week 10 and should do so again against the Packers. The injury and a sturdy Pack passing D do make it more of a floor than ceiling bet.

Stefon Diggs’ brother is saying he needs to be traded the week the Bills fire their offensive coordinator and welcome Sauce Garnder to town. Cool. Normal. Good. The play-caller change would normally profile as a “recommitment”-type outing for a player of Diggs’ caliber, but Gardner’s presence will make it difficult. A wideout held under 100 yards receiving in four straight contests will probably make it five. … Cooper Kupp headed into the Rams’ bye with three straight sub-50 efforts. With Matthew Stafford returning vs. a giving Seahawks defense, better days should be ahead. … Davante Adams was creeping back toward the WR1 we know and love in Week 10. Coming off bye, a knee-rehabbed Jalen Ramsey does make the Dolphins a tougher matchup than they were to begin the year. The Silver and Black are going to have to throw so much in South Beach, however. … The 49ers have been surprisingly receiver soft, but their revamped pass rush is going to make life difficult for Baker Mayfield. Provided Mayfield doesn’t totally crumble like Trevor Lawrence in Week 10, Mike Evans will remain a strong touchdown bet.

Where should the Eagles’ lost Dallas Goedert targets end up? Mostly in the hands of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. With Smith having more room to grow than AJB, he should be the main beneficiary. … Garrett Wilson has at least 12 targets in four straight appearances and five of the past six. He hasn’t scored in the process, and he has reached 100 yards only once. Perhaps the Bills’ super banged up defense provides the canvass to finally spike a week? … With Deebo Samuel (shoulder) back healthy against the Jaguars, Brandon Aiyuk drew a season-low three targets. It’s so hard for every member of this loaded skill corps to get home on a weekly basis. The Bucs’ pass-funnel defense enhances the odds for Week 11. … Desperate Panthers coach Frank Reich has reassumed play-calling duties. Reich had been peppering Adam Thielen with targets before giving up the reins. Thielen is mired in his first slump. Reich’s return coupled with several quarters worth of comeback game script keeps Thielen in the mid-range WR2 mix. … Matthew Stafford returns not a moment too soon for Puka Nacua, who was straight up not having a good time during Stafford’s brief absence. Nacua torched the Seahawks in Week 1 without Cooper Kupp. 8-10 looks is a reasonable bet this time around.

Speaking of returning not a moment too soon, Justin Fields in Chicago. Fields had locked onto DJ Moore before his thumb injury. The duo reunites against a Lions defense that will be front-running in a potential shootout. 8-10 targets is a strong possibility. … Will Levis has not stopped targeting DeAndre Hopkins. It might actually result in some fantasy points vs. a Jaguars defense permitting the third most passing yards. … DK Metcalf reached 10 targets for only the second time all year in Week 10. There is nothing scary about his Rams matchup. … However hard he tries, there is always just a little something missing for Terry McLaurin. He still has a WR2 floor that seems destined to eventually produce some WR1 efforts in this pass-obsessed offense. … A slumping Trevor Lawrence is all too comfortable targeting Christian Kirk. That’s bad news for Clavin Ridley in a stagnant offense. Struggling against press coverage, the pint-sized Ridley isn’t being moved around the formation. There has never been a better time for coach Doug Pederson to start doing so than against a Titans D coughing up the seventh most receiver fantasy points. It’s just not the most likely outcome, rendering Ridley a risky WR3.

Nico Collins (calf) has guaranteed he will play vs. the Cardinals. Perhaps Tank Dell and Noah Brown’s Week 10 eruptions put his rehab over the top. The Cardinals are a plus matchup for all three. Brown is battling a knee issue. … Courtland Sutton has scored in 7-of-9 appearances. He is the lone part of the Broncos’ passing attack coach Sean Payton feels comfortable with. … Marquise Brown had a quiet Kyler Murray debut. Murray was throwing down-field more often than he did in 2022, not to mention more often than his backup quarterbacks. Better days should be ahead. … Amari Cooper’s Deshaun Watson/P.J. Walker splits are predictably brutal. He’s going to maintain a mammoth target share, but it is more than fair to wonder what that amounts to with Walker/and or Dorian Thompson-Robinson under center. … I rank Diontae Johnson wrong essentially every week. Even with the thumb injury, there is ample reason to believe last Sunday’s one-grab performance was an aberration. … Rashee Rice is facing an Eagles defense allowing the most receiver fantasy points. … It would be difficult to trust Jordan Addison as a WR3 if Justin Jefferson returns. … That’s been more like it than Brandin Cooks. Forget the floor. It’s the ceiling you have to remember.

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The weekend is here, and that means it’s time to make the final adjustments to your fantasy football lineup. Here are our fantasy football rankings for the week from our analysts. You can find our expert consensus fantasy football rankings for the week here . And you can also sync your fantasy football league for free using our My Playbook tool for custom advice, rankings, and analysis.

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Fantasy Football Lineup Basics: Roster Positions

A fantasy football lineup consists of various roster positions, including quarterbacks (QB), running backs (RB), wide receivers (WR), tight ends (TE), kickers (K), and team defenses (D/ST). Most leagues require you to start:

  • 1 Quarterback (QB)
  • 2 Running Backs (RB)
  • 2 Wide Receivers (WR)
  • 1 Tight End (TE)
  • 1 Kicker (K)
  • 1 Team Defense/Special Teams (D/ST)

Additionally, many leagues feature a “flex” position, which allows you to start an extra RB, WR or TE, providing more flexibility in your lineup. Others add another quarterback, or a “superflex,” which can be any position, including quarterback.

The Importance of Bye Weeks

Bye weeks are weeks during the NFL season when a team does not have a game. It’s crucial to be aware of your players’ bye weeks, as you’ll need to find suitable replacements to fill in for them in your lineup. Keep an eye on the NFL schedule, and plan ahead to ensure you have enough depth on your roster to cover bye weeks without sacrificing too many points.

Strategies for Setting Your Lineup

Matchups matter Analyze your players’ opponents each week and identify favorable matchups that could lead to higher point totals. Start players facing weaker defenses to increase your scoring potential.

Consistency vs. upside Balance your lineup with consistent performers and players with high upside, or potential for a breakout game. Consistent players provide a solid point floor, while high-upside players can be difference-makers in tight matchups.

Monitor injuries and depth charts Stay informed about player injuries and their position on their team’s depth chart. Injuries can create opportunities for backups to step into significant roles, providing valuable fantasy points.

Stay active on the waiver wire Regularly check the waiver wire for potential lineup additions. Key pickups can fill in for injured or underperforming players, or even become long-term starters on your team.

Making Last-Minute Adjustments

Sometimes, last-minute changes to your lineup are necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, such as injuries or weather conditions. Stay informed and be prepared to make adjustments to your lineup when needed. Use trusted sources for NFL news and updates , and always have a backup plan in place.

Understanding and setting your fantasy football lineup is an essential skill for success in your league. By mastering roster positions, managing bye weeks and employing strategic lineup-setting techniques, you’ll be well on your way to dominating your league and claiming the championship. Stay proactive, informed, and adaptable, and you’ll be celebrating your fantasy football victories in no time. Good luck, and may the best lineup win!

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The 60 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Whether you’ve sat around waiting for your Hogwarts letter or looked for Narnia in the back of a closet, you've probably dreamt of stepping into your favorite fantasy books and leaving the real world behind. But the genre isn’t all witches, wardrobes, and whimsy! Beyond offering temporary escape from the pressures of daily life, the best fantasy books help us confront them. 

Stories of the otherworldly allow readers to make sense of this world, refracting change, wickedness, and heartache through a magical lens so we can see them all more clearly — and face them head-on. A good fantasy book illuminates the mind with childlike wonder, but also lingers in our memories because of its connection to real life.

In other words, great fantasy books show us the world in another guise, yet each is also a universe unto itself. We hope you enjoy exploring them in this list of the best fantasy books of all time!

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1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

Even if you’re not a math geek, you’re probably familiar with the algebraist Charles Dodgson — you just know him his much more famous alter-ego, Lewis Carroll. Unlike Dodgson, Carroll wrote stories that defied logic, twisting it into dreamlike, fantastical shapes: a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a flamingo-filled croquet-ground, a perpetually tardy White Rabbit. The result was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , which has delighted adults and children alike since it was published over a century and a half ago — and today is recognized as a momentous early foray into the fantasy genre as a whole.

2. The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany (1924)

The King of Elfland’s Daughter is a fairy tale with deep, dark roots — as well as a love story rendered with piercing emotional honesty. It’s also an unlikely immigration novel, about an elfin princess’s attempts to deal with her fractured sense of self as she adjusts to the homeland of her beloved human husband. Another remarkably early entry into the fantasy genre, this book prompted Arthur C. Clarke to name Dunsany as one of the greatest writers of his century, and World Fantasy Award winner Jane Yolen to call him “the great grandfather of us all.”

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

It might be a childhood favorite, but The Hobbit gives adult fantasy readers one of the genre’s most relatable protagonists: a middle-aged homebody who just wants to chill. The iconic Bilbo Baggins speaks to all grownup introverts who like nothing more than a good meal and a cozy chair. But we all hope we’d find Bilbo-like reservoirs of heroism within us — yes, while a career as a Chosen One might be out of reach for us, we can all aspire to be Bilbo Baggins. 

4. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White (1938)

We all know what happens after King Arthur pulls the sword out of the stone; The Sword in the Stone takes a look at the before . Predictably, it’s much less glamorous. In this telling, the archetypical fantasy monarch was once just a boy called Wart — teased by his foster-brother Kay and subjected to a punishing round of lessons that would make any modern high-schooler wince in sympathy. Only Wart’s education doesn’t involve AP Calculus and JV Track... and his teacher, Merlyn, prefers to instruct by turning his students into animals instead of grilling them with the Socratic method.

5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950)

When the four Pevensie siblings leave bomb-ravaged London to wait out World War II in the countryside, they discover a portal to the magical land of Narnia behind a pile of fur coats. But their magical new vacation spot suffers from bad leadership: it’s governed by a witch whose only policy decisions are about ensuring eternal winter with no Christmas cheer. The Pevensies have to oust her — with the help of a talking lion! If you’re a fantasy buff, you’ll already know that the lion is a Christological stand-in, and that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a meditation on redemption, sacrifice, and faith. But you don’t need to worship anything to want to drop in on Narnia for an hour or two.

6. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1966)

Like the first five books on this list, The Master and Margarita is often considered one of the 20th century’s finest novels. Unlike them, it’s definitely not for kids. Written at the height of Stalinist repression, it braids together two narrative strands: one a psychologically subtle take on the death of Christ, the other a devilish satire on Soviet intellectual life. And where does the mysterious Muscovian author, known only as the Master, fall in all of this? In reality, fearful of political repression, Mikhail Bulgakov fed his first attempt at this story to the flames; fortunately for Russophiles and demonologists everywhere, he gave it another try.

7. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (1968)

With its shimmering, lilac-scented prose, The Last Unicorn treads the line between novel and poetry — reading with the ease of a bedtime story and the depth of an allegory. In this gossamer world, we meet an immortal Unicorn, who’s grieved to learn from a hunting party that she might be the last of her kind. Upon leaving her enchanted forest to investigate their claims, she finds that humans perceive her as an ordinary white horse. The Unicorn’s wanderings put her in the company of ringmasters and harpies, magicians and kings: some who want to harm her, and some who do their best to help.

8. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)

On a dense cluster of islands, inhabited by dragons and raised out of the water by a god, master fantasist Ursula K. Le Guin spins out elegant, character-driven tales, enriched by her knowledge of world mythology. Her first installment in the Earthsea series, A Wizard of Earthsea , is a bildungsroman of the old school, albeit enlivened with wizardry: a magical coming-of-age that treats hefty themes like death, the environment, and cosmic balance — all with Le Guin’s characteristically deft touch.

9. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (1968)

The Lord of the Rings has made its mark on high fantasy’s DNA more than any other work — and this is the volume that started it off. Like The Hobbit , its prequel of sorts, The Fellowship of the Ring is a story that turns on ordinary acts of courage. Running as a counterpoint alongside the thundering motifs of kingly destiny and good-versus-evil, we see the innocent bravery of country gentlemen and the loyalty of gardeners. These, the book argues, are the real engines of historical change. And in today's fantasy landscape overshadowed by the grimdark, returning to Tolkien’s brand of clear-eyed hope can be a real breath of fresh air.

10. Watership Down by Richard Adams (1972)

If you don’t think a rabbit warren could be reasonably described as epic fantasy, clearly you’ve never read Watership Down . This stirring adventure story has it all: warriors and visions, harrowing escapes and heartbreaking deaths — its stars just happen to be unusually soft of fur and long of ear. Indeed, when human encroachment on their environment threatens their way of life, the rabbits react the way any self-respecting group of noble warriors would: by going on a quest. Despite its adorable premise, Richard Adams’ novel draws on a rich wellspring of literary precedents, and reads like Beowulf by way of Beatrix Potter.

11. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)

A perennial favorite of both elementary schoolers and their teachers, The Dark is Rising renders the cosmic conflict between Light and Dark in lively style, at a scale accessible to young readers. It centers on British schoolboy Will Stanton, who discovers, on his eleventh birthday, that he’s actually an immortal Light warrior known as an Old One — bound to play out an eternal struggle against the forces of the Dark. This story is perfectly contextualized by Susan Cooper's vast mythological knowledge, drawing generously from the sea-scented myths of her native British Isles, especially the Arthurian legend.

12. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973)

Besides its iconic adaptation , Goldman’s novel is most famous for its delightfully complicated framework: the core story deals with a farm boy called Westley, a gentrywoman named Buttercup, and the many colorful — and hilarious — obstacles that impede their love. According to The Princess Bride 's extensive (fictional) footnotes, this picaresque romance was drawn from Goldman’s favorite childhood tale, which his father had always read aloud. Years later, when he finally read it for himself, he found out that Goldman Sr. strayed pretty liberally from the text... but the heartwarming adventure story that resulted as all the better for it.

13. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip (1974)

With its elegant language and a thoughtfully rendered heroine, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld has won the love of readers young and old (not to mention the 197 World Fantasy Award). The story centers on teenage orphan Sybel, whose only companions are the sentient, mythical creatures who share her mountain home — and with whom she cohabits happily. But one day, a stranger named Coren arrives, along with a newborn he claims to be the rightful heir to the kingdom of Eld. Together, the man and the baby conscript Sybel into single parenthood — and drag her quiet mountain refuge into a world of political turmoil. 

14. A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson (1974)

Poul Anderson is better known for his science fiction, but this slim, strange, and utterly engrossing book demonstrates his range as a storyteller. A Midsummer Tempest takes place in an alternate version of 17th century — one where everything Shakespeare wrote actually happened and fairies were very much real. Inventive as the premise sounds, this one’s really quite faithful as far as Shakespearean fanfic goes: all the noble characters speak in iambic pentameter, as if they were written by the Bard himself. 

15. Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson (1977)

The first installment in the 10-book Chronicles of Thomas Covenant , Lord Foul’s Bane starts off in a decidedly un-Tolkien-esque fashion: with a protagonist who’s American, a novelist, and newly recovered from leprosy, a disease to which he lost two fingers. And as far as his new neighbors are concerned, the titular Thomas, with his two missing fingers, is a dead ringer for their culture-hero, Berek Halfhand — a misunderstanding that kicks off this complicated and morally grey giant of the genre.

16. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (1977)

Terry Brooks’ 1977 fantasy takes place in a post-nuclear-holocaust Pacific Northwest, in which the surviving humans have diverged into five species: Men, Dwarves, Gnomes, Trolls, and Elves. The plot centers on Shea Ohmsford, a half-elven boy destined to wield a legendary sword against a dreaded Warlock Lord. Thanks to this post-apocalyptic premise, The Sword of Shannara interweaves fantasy with science fiction; you might say it depicts fantasy as a result of science fiction, unimaginable violence producing a future that looks like an enchanted vision of the past.

17. Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)

Kindred has been described as a “neo-slave narrative using science fiction framework” — a designation that effectively encompasses the thematic complexity of the book. The author herself, however, called Kindred “a kind of grim fantasy.” Indeed, its time-traveling protagonist, a young black woman named Dana, finds herself flickering between 1976 Los Angeles and 1815 Maryland. In the antebellum South, she winds up in the company of her own ancestors — an enslaved woman named Alice and a slave-owner named Rufus. Butler’s spare prose and mastery of psychological detail render the human cost of slavery with devastating clarity. 

18. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (1979)

Like fellow multimedia phenomenon The Princess Bride , The Neverending Story uses a framework narrative to reflect on the power of, well, stories. The title refers to a book within the book: an antique volume unearthed by a boy called Bastian, an outsider at odds with schoolyard bullies and a distant father. As he reads — with us peering over his shoulder — Bastian is literally pulled into the story of Fantastica, a magical realm ruled by an immortal Childlike Empress. But the empress is dying, and without her power, Fantastica and all its people will disappear. It’s up to reader-turned-protagonist Bastian to save her.

19. Little, Big by John Crowley (1981)

Little, Big is the perfect fantasy novel for people who don’t like fantasy. It reads like a prestigious generational saga, the kind of thing you’d find in English dissertations and on Booker Prize shortlists — just with a few fairies thrown into the mix. No wonder literary critic Harold Bloom, notorious for thumbing his nose at the likes of Harry Potter , praised it as a “neglected masterpiece.” At its center is the Drinkwater family, whose architect patriarch built their sprawling family estate in the hazy borderlands between the Faerie world and New York — which invites a great deal of complexity into their lives.

20. The Gunslinger by Stephen King (1982)

Stephen King is best known for infiltrating our nightmares with stalkers and murderous clowns. But The Gunslinger proves he’s got a gift for fantasy too — just don’t expect it to be light and fluffy! This novel pulls from a broad palette of influences, from cowboy westerns to the poetry of Robert Browning. The hero, Roland of Gilead, wields his gun in pursuit of a shadowy Man in Black who's as dangerous as he is mysterious, with the power to spawn demons and raise the dead. Luckily or not, Roland's not alone in his pursuit; he finds a traveling companion in Jake Chambers, a schoolboy from our world.

21. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983)

Beloved fantasy writer Terry Pratchett made his name on tales from Discworld: a flat, circular planet, carried on the backs of four elephants balanced on a turtle. The 41-book series is a world unto its own — and it all began with The Color of Magic . Pratchett conceived the book as an antidote to the dark lord-y, paint-by-numbers fantasy that saturated the market at the time. The result is playful-yet-thoughtful story about an incompetent wizard and a ignorant tourist, whose adventure reads like a hilarious, sparkling travelogue.

22. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1983) 

The most influential reimagining of the Arthurian legend since The Sword and the Stone , this sharply observed novel turns a feminist gaze on age-old tales. The Mists of Avalon centers on Arthur’s sorcerous half-sister Morgaine — better known as Morgan le Fay. A pagan priestess of Avalon blessed with clairvoyance, she’s troubled by the encroachment of Christian missionaries into the land she loves. Her sister-in-law Gwenhwyfar, meanwhile, emerges as her opposite: a devout and increasingly fanatical Christian. The ideological clash between them represents a far greater conflict, which the book unflinchingly depicts with all the dark tragedy of the original legend.

23. The Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart (1984)

In an era when “fantasy” was synonymous with “fake medieval Europe,” The Bridge of Birds gave us something wonderfully original: a novel set — as its subtitle explains — in “an ancient China that never was.” We see this reimagining through the eyes of Number Ten Ox, a young man those village is ravaged by a mysterious plague that destroys silkworms and renders its children unconscious. He finds aid in Master Li Kao, a scholar with a drinking problem — and an encyclopedic knowledge of poisons. Together, Number Ten Ox and Master Li set off in search for a cure... only to be drawn into the heady world of imperial politics.

24. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock (1984)

Celebrated for its dazzling prose, Mythago Wood is as densely enchanting as the English forest at its center: the ancient, otherworldly Ryhope Wood. Make your way between the old-growth trees and you'll discover its inhabitants — myth-images, or mythagos, who have come out of ancestral memory and the story-seeped subconscious of the human mind. These might be monsters, centaurs, or several different versions of King Arthur. We explore Ryhope Wood with the Huxley brothers: World War II veteran Stephen regards the forest’s mysteries with measured skepticism, even as his brother Christian starts to lose himself within it.  

25. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986)

Gorgeously brought to life by the Studio Ghibli anime of the same name, Howl’s Moving Castle combines whimsy and poignancy in the tradition of the best children’s fiction — and doesn't skimp on the allusions, moving breezily from Shakespeare to Lewis Carroll. The story begins with 18-year-old Sophie Hatter, who seems condemned to a lifetime of drudgery at the family hat shop. But when she’s aged several decades by a witch’s curse, a suddenly geriatric Sophie finds her way to a moving castle ruled by the eccentric wizard Howl, whose fire-demon servant holds the key to restoring her youth. 

26. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (1990)

The end of the world has never been so funny. Equal parts biting and heartwarming, this charmingly English take on the Apocalypse combines the talents of golden-age Terry Pratchett and a young Neil Gaiman just discovering his novelistic voice. Take this dream team, add 50% more laughter than you think is possible, and you’ll have Good Omens . The book’s tween Anti-Christ, Adam, is refreshingly human and irresistibly likable. But its true stars are the fussy angel Aziraphale and sauntering demon Crowley, who steal the show with their unlikely bond — and their rogue efforts to put a pin in Armageddon.

27. The Famished Road by Ben Okri (1991)

Booker Prize winner The Famished Road makes an eloquent case for the place of magical creatures in the literary big leagues — and, in 1991, brought fantasy out of its traditional Anglo-American silo. Author Ben Okri moves fluidly between genres and influences: combining Yoruba oral traditions and Shakespearean allusions, mixing magical realism with Enlightenment philosophy. His very protagonist, Azaro, is a creature of the hybrid and the in-between: an abiku , or child spirit, he dwells between the realms of the living and the dead. But Okri manages to ground this unorthodox story with spare, elegant prose and devastating pathos.

28. Was by Geoff Ryman (1992)

This wildly inventive novel snagged a nomination for the World Fantasy Prize, but it’s about as far from sword and sorcery as you can get. A gritty remix of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , Was uses L. Frank Baum’s sunny fable to examine the mundane tragedies of modern life, from child abuse to HIV. The main character of this tale is an orphan named Dorothy Gael, whose Uncle Henry abuses her with Aunty Em’s tacit consent. Her story runs alongside another one equally tragic — that of a gay actor weakened by AIDS. Close to dying, he rallies for a final pilgrimage to Kansas, drawn by memories of his childhood fascination with Oz.

29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (1994)

Haunting, sexy, and grim, Anne Rice’s gothic novel paved the way for Twilightmania — just don’t expect her vampires to sparkle. Interview with the Vampire centers on 200-year-old, world-weary Louis, who finds himself telling his life story to a cub reporter. As we listen in on their interview, we meet the colorful characters who shaped Louis’ long afterlife: his cruelly charismatic lover Lestat — the vampire who turned him — and their tragic “daughter” Claudia, whose eternally childish form can’t contain her sharp wit and grown-up rage.

30. Towing Jehovah by James Morrow (1994)

This oddball religious satire spins the famous Nietzsche quote into a fantastic story: God is dead, and now there’s another corpse in the Atlantic, looking like any old white guy — except two miles long. As a result, oil tanker captain Anthony Van Horne finds himself with an unexpected new gig, courtesy of the archangel Raphael. The heavenly hosts expect him to, well, tow Jehovah : transport His corpse to the Arctic to be embalmed by its icy waters. Morrow’s effervescent cleverness has drawn endless comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut , but Towing Jehovah ’s theological snark evokes Good Omens , too. 

31. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (1995)

A stunning example of high, epic fantasy played straight, Assassin’s Apprentice introduces us to the bravest bastard this side of Jon Snow. The illegitimate son of a prince named Chivalry, the boy called Fitz grows up a loner. If he wants company, he prefers to draw on the Wit — his telepathic link to animals — instead of talking to another human. But when his powerful relations finally summon him to court, Fitz is forced to change his wild ways — and soon begins training as an assassin and kingsman to the new ruler, Shrewd (another symbolic name).

32. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)

This stunning YA fantasy opens the His Dark Materials trilogy, which can only be described as the anti-Narnia: a literary monument to secular humanism. This first installment centers on Lyra Belacqua, an orphan raised by a committee of graybeards at Oxford. Her fantastical world is crafted by Pullman with all the deft-fingered care of a Renaissance painter, laying on the details stroke by stroke. Perhaps most excitingly, here there be daemons: externalized souls that tail each person in animal form. Lyra’s daemon, Pantalaimon, is one of the book’s most lovable (and important) characters — and after reading The Golden Compass , you’ll definitely want your own.

33. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (1996)

While we wait for G.R.R. Martin to finish up his long-running series’ sixth installment, it’s worth revisiting the book that made his name — and gave its name to the show that brought TV fantasy into the mainstream. If His Dark Materials is the anti-Narnia, then A Game of Thrones and its sequels are the anti-LOTR. In a sharp-toothed reaction to Tolkien’s idealism, Martin gives us a quasi-medieval setting as rich in magic as Middle-earth, though it runs on cynical realpolitik instead of quiet courage. In this grimdark world , winter is coming, debts must be paid, and noble characters can die ugly, senseless deaths at any time.

34. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997)

If you need a summary of this book, you’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades. Love them or hate them, the Harry Potter series has shaped millennials more than any other media phenomena, creating a generation of bookworms inclined to question authority. The Boy Who Lived is now approaching middle-age — canonically born in 1980, he's just about 40 now. But as the book that kickstarted his literary career, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone remains as influential as ever, with Hogwarts houses being as legitimate a source of identity as zodiac signs.  

35. The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre (1997)

A Game of Thrones might be the more famous book today, but The Moon and the Sun narrowly beat it out to win the prestigious Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1998! An intricate historical romance made magical through the addition of mermaids and immortality quests, The Moon and the Sun takes place in the palace of the Sun King, who ruled over late 17th-century France. We encounter his dazzling world through the eyes of Marie-Josèphe de la Croix, a lady-in-waiting who is the only person at court able to see Versailles’ new mermaid resident as a person instead of a monster (with delicious shades of The Shape of Water ).

36. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville (2000)

China Miéville has defined his own work as “a breathless and genre-slippery macabre fiction” — and with its heady mixture of Victorian tech , black magic, and organized crime, this book is par for the course. Perdido Street Station takes place in the steampunk city of New Crobuzon, where humans rub shoulders with other strange and intelligent species. But this peaceful coexistence is jeopardized when a hallucinogenic experiment unleashes the slakemoth: a mind-eating monster with paralytic in its wings. As they attempt to save the city, protagonist Isaac and his friends soon find themselves pulled into the seedy underbelly of New Crobuzon politics, discovering more than they ever wanted to know about their bizarre home.

37. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001)

A decade after Good Omens , Neil Gaiman returned to the world of religious fantasy with this magnificent solo venture. American Gods blends old legends with a modern noir sensibility — it’s peopled with deities and convicts, and the distinctions between them aren’t always clear. At its center is the improbably named Shadow Moon, a new widower who drifts into the employ of a con-man named Mr. Wednesday. They go on a good, old-fashioned American road-trip — but Shadow soon discovers that their cross-country trek isn’t all that it appears to be

38. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop (2003)

The Etched City ’s cloak-and-dagger plot stands out thanks to a richly drawn setting — one that crosses the Wild West with the medieval Islamic world. Following a civil war where their side lost, bounty hunter Gwynn and healer Raule are chased out of their homeland. As the pair attempt to find their footing in this Etched City, they experience the very human costs of exile and political turmoil. This is K.J. Bishops’ first and only work of book-length fiction, but it’ll make you look out eagerly for more. 

39. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (2004)

Every once in a while, you encounter a voice of such talent and originality it stands out like a signal fire against the night. In the world of fantasy, Susannah Clarke is that voice. Her magnum opus, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell , is an alternate history of England during the Napoleonic Wars, combining Gothic fiction with comedy of manners to interrogate romantic myths of the English past. After a full decade in the making, it catapulted straight from Bloomsbury’s press to The New York Times bestseller list. The rest is history — or, should we say, alternate history.

40. The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla (2004)

This witty, sci-fi/fantasy take on the afterlife has shades of both The Good Place and Black Mirror — and fittingly enough, reflects consistently on the notion of endings. Before his suicide, protagonist Ben Mendelssohn was a professional ender: a ghostwriter for authors unable to finish their own stories . And after putting a bullet in his own head, Ben emerges in the Other World: a strangely sterile afterlife where the shades of the dead can customize their own microclimates. Clearly, The World of the End was an incredibly precocious — maybe even prophetic — work, anticipating pop cultural themes a decade ahead of time. 

41. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (2007)

The Name of the Wind boasts another complicated framework narrative that, in this case, turns the entire work into a meditation on the importance of storytelling. It’s told as a fictional autobiography whose subject — and narrator — is the legendary culture-hero Kvothe, living incognito at the novel’s beginning as a humble innkeeper. But his cover’s blown following the appearance, in the flesh, of a demon long relegated to the realm of myths. Long story short — or if you read the whole thing, long story long — Kvothe ends up recounting the submerged stories of his past, from his magical education to his myriad heartbreaks.

42. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (2009)

This high fantasy novel (in the guise of New Yorker -friendly lit fic) follows a high school senior named Quentin, who finds his way into magic college en route to his Princeton interview. But there are no sun-drenched Quidditch matches at Brakebills: instead, the curriculum turns on classical philology and the memorization of magical hand positions. Indeed, between this and its frank treatment of sexuality and mental health, The Magicians has often been touted as a “Harry Potter for grownups.” And if you’re more Ravenclaw than Gryffindor, you might find yourself daydreaming about Brakebills instead of Hogwarts — at least until Grossman deconstructs the trope of the magical boarding school with devastating acuity.

43. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (2010)

Guy Gavriel Kay is a sorcerer in the realm of alternate history — his usual M.O. entails magic-drenched versions of ancient Constantinople or Renaissance Italy. In Under Heaven , Kay turns his talents to medieval China, with a version of the country called Kitai having recently achieved a hard-fought peace. Shen Tai, the second son of a legendary general, takes advantage of the ceasefire to bury the long-abandoned dead: both his own Kitai countrymen and their Taguran enemies, whose ghosts still haunt the site of their fatal defeats. In response, the Taguran empress gifts him a herd of 250 prized horses — making him an immediate target in the next round of Kitai political intrigues.

44. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (2010)

These days, N.K. Jemisin is a bona fide thought leader who writes full-time, but The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was the match that sparked her incandescent career. It opens as such: following her mother's death, a biracial woman named Yeine Darr is summoned to the floating city of Sky and told she’s descended from Sky’s ruling house. But on her father’s side, she belongs to the Darre — a people considered barbarians by her mother's kin. This revelation pulls her into a struggle of succession and identity, all of which Yeine must navigate as she tries to solve her mother's mysterious murder.

45. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (2010)

This searing novel is rooted in the real-life tragedy of weaponized rape in the Darfur conflict, which Okorafor read about just as she was beginning work on it. The narrator of Who Fears Death , Onyesonwu, is the product of similar racial violence; she's born to an Okeke woman, raped by the light-skinned Nuru sorcerer responsible for the massacre of her village. Named for a question — “Who Fears Death?”— she develops magical gifts to rival her wicked father’s. And after honing her abilities under the tutelage of a powerful shaman, Onyesonwu takes on a quest: to end the genocide of her mother’s people forever.

46. Among Others by Jo Walton (2011)

This inventive, award-winning book portrays the coming-of-age of Morwenna Phelps, a teenager who recently lost both her twin and the use of her legs thanks to a magical accident. Her story is refracted in a charmingly meta fashion, and has a comforting familiarity of form, as we see everything through Mori’s journal entries — where she vents about math classes, bra shopping, and first love along with the difficulties of spell-casting. If you’re into quirky, genre-bending works, you’ll definitely find Mori a charming and relatable guide to the world of Among Others , a place at once totally strange and achingly familiar.

47. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011)

The Night Circus began as a stab at NaNoWriMo , but its success has long since transcended its origins. This romantic, quasi-Victorian confection of a fantasy takes place, predictably enough, at a circus that’s only open at night. The mysterious carnival has been prepared as the dazzling battleground for a duel between two magicians, Celia and Marco — both raised as puppets in the rivalry between their two powerful mentors. But instead of giving their all to the coming battle, Celia and Marco have done something unforgivable: they’ve fallen in love, and now must find a way to fulfill their contracts without killing each other.

48. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (2013)

This wildly imaginative historical fantasy involves an unexpected pair of magical creatures — the titular golem and jinni, from Jewish and Arabic mythology respectively. The former, Chava, was brought to life by a wicked kabbalist to serve as a mail-order bride; the latter, Ahmad, lived for centuries inside a copper flask, only to end up as a tinsmith once freed. After a chance encounter in the 19th century, Chava and Ahmad become friends — swapping stories on their struggles to pass as human. The Golem and the Jinni draws the reader in with a touching portrait of friendship while weaving in tantalizing threads of history and myth. 

49. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (2013)

This gorgeous debut novel turns fantasy into poetry, telling a story of hauntings both literal and figurative. It tracks the son of a pepper merchant, Jevick of Tyom, who finds himself in unwanted company — he’s tailed by the ghost of an illiterate little girl. And when he seeks help from a group of exorcist-priests, Jevick quickly finds himself enmeshed in a power struggle that he never anticipated. A Stranger in Olondria writes out the power of narrative in a way that’s human and moving, with just the right amount of meta.

50. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (2014)

The Bone Clocks shines with both literary pedigree and imaginative worldbuilding, up for both the Man Booker Prize and the World Fantasy Award in 2015. Its title hints at the darkly magical world we find inside — “bone clocks” are what immortals call the rest of us, ordinary humans whose bodies tick out the passage of time through their slow decay. We soon encounter two groups of immortals through a bone clock named Holly Sykes. But mortal as she is, Holly isn’t an ordinary young woman. Her psychic abilities make her a lightning rod for unusual phenomena — and the eventual focal point for an epic supernatural war.

51. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015)

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro penned this elegiac, post-Arthurian fantasy over the course of a difficult decade. The result was well worth the wait: The Guardian’ s glowing review hailed it as “Game of Thrones with a conscience.” The Buried Giant considers the entanglement of old age, memory, and national history in a setting infused with the otherworld. At its center are an elderly couple named Axl and Beatrice, Briton villagers living in a world where King Arthur has died, leaving behind a seemingly durable peace. But everyone in Axl and Beatrice’s village continues to suffer: not from armed conflict, but from the mist, an amnesia that seems to have eaten away all their memories of a son they’re certain they’ve lost. 

52. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (2015)

The Fifth Season is perhaps N.K. Jemisin's most fully realized work, combining her trademark psychological complexity with an ultra-immersive world and a magic system of startling originality. It's set in a Pangaea-like supercontinent called the Stillness — an ironic name, since the land is ravaged periodically by earthquakes. Because of this, the Stillness is a dangerous place for orogenes, who have the ability to control earthquakes and channel temperature. Called “roggas” and savaged by mobs because of their dangerous powers, orogenes rarely make it to adulthood. But those who survive — generally by hiding their abilities — are herded towards a training facility called the Fulcrum, where they suffer oppressions of their own.  

53. The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (2015)

The first installment in a planned trilogy, The Grace of Kings is entertaining as well as erudite. It’s already become a foundational work of the sensibility Liu terms “silkpunk” : an East Asian-inflected spin on steampunk that trades in gears and goggles for bamboo and paper. The Grace of Kings uses this silkpunk framework to rewrite some of the most exciting stories from a canonical Han-dynasty text. The result is a page-turner even for bookworms who don’t have knowledge of Chinese history — and full of delightful easter eggs for those who do. 

54. A Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (2015)

In A Sorcerer to the Crown , debut novelist Zen Cho serves up historical fantasy with humor and heart. Set in a magical version of Regency England, it's equal parts white-gloved gentility and side-splitting wit. But the story also tackles race with a deft touch: Zacharias Wythe is the new Sorcerer Royal of black African descent, and Prunella Gentleman is a biracial, magical finishing school drop-out. Together, they have to prevent an all-out war between powerful magical factions — all while dealing with the constant indignities of prejudice.

55. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (2016)

All the Birds in the Sky is a love story for nerds. Sparks fly between the compelling leads — and between the two speculative genres they represent. Patricia Delfine, a witch, is fantasy. Her childhood friend Laurence Armstead, a gadgeteer, is science fiction. But after banding together against junior high bullies, the two lose touch: Patricia runs from witchcraft accusations to wind up in a school of magic, while Laurence is shipped off to military school to shape up among other ill-behaved teenage Muggles. Luckily, they reunite as adults — just in time to tap into their combined skills to stop the Unraveling of the universe.

56. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (2016)

In the world of Neal Shusterman's Scythe , hyper-advanced technology has eliminated death by natural causes, rendering humans biologically immortal. But this seemingly utopian premise turns dys topian with the reality that overpopulation is still a problem — and to cull it, a select group of citizens must act as “Scythes” to determine who will live and die. This is the role taken on by our teenage protagonists, Citra and Rowan, who grapple with intense issues of mortality and morality as they train to be Scythes — growing more suspicious all the while of inner-circle corruption that threatens to derail their society.

57. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (2017)

A dazzling fantasy set in the 18th-century Egypt, The City of Brass wraps a tale of magical adventure around a core of Islamic mythology. But its heroine is a skeptic — at first. A talented swindler with an instinct for healing, Nahri tricks Ottoman nobles into filling her purse by claiming magical powers she doesn’t actually have. Then one day, she fakes an exorcism... only to find herself face-to-face with a very real djinn. This unexpected new acquaintance, named Dara, spirits her away to the enchanted, brass-walled city of Daevabad. Here Nahri finds out the truth about her own heritage — the key to her talent for the healing arts. 

58. Jade City by Fonda Lee (2017)

Jade City reads like Game of Thrones meets The Godfather , with a modern, pan-Asian aesthetic all its own. In its vividly drawn magical underworld, organized crime centers around jade — not the green jewel we know, but a mineral that grants superpowers to those who wield it, provided they have the right training and genes. After a cataclysmic conflict, the One Mountain Society that protected the island of Kekon has shattered into rival crime families. As they fight over the future of the jade trade, their battles spring to life in stunning fight sequences undergirded by Lee's martial arts knowledge and rich worldbuilding. 

59. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (2019)

For anyone ever intrigued by the hush-hush and vaguely felonious undercurrents of Ivy League secret societies, Ninth House is the novel to sate your imagination. It kicks off with 20-year-old Alex Stern, ghost-seer and sole survivor of a brutal homicide, receiving a full-ride scholarship to Yale — under the condition that she use her spiritually perceptive powers to monitor the university's eight Houses of the Vale. As part of the titular ninth house, Lethe, Alex must work to uncover the magical abuses of these occult organizations — but what she can't know is how dark things will get, and how deeply she's enmeshed in them already.

60. Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (2019)

Finally we've arrived at Starsight , the most recent undertaking by fantasy phenom Brandon Sanderson. In this outer-space spectacular, Sanderson seamlessly picks up the narrative thread of Spensa Nightshade — a passionate, psychically gifted young pilot who's become a key weapon in the human war against the alien Krell. Here, Spensa embarks on a dangerous undercover mission to steal a Krell hyperdrive, but what will happen when her true identity is revealed? (Our only advisory before diving headfirst into Starsight is to read the previous installment, Skyward, first — especially if you have an Ender's Game -shaped hole in your life.)

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The 50 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Fantasy is the oldest genre of literature, but its best release ever landed just six years ago.

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Fantasy is the oldest genre of literature, pre-dating the invention of bound books by thousands of years thanks to mythology and folklore. Yet even now, readers and critics can’t always agree on what fantasy is and what it isn’t. For some, ancient poetry like Beowulf, The Odyssey, and The Epic of Gilgamesh is fair game. For others, the modern genre for adults began with George MacDonald’s Phantastes in 1858, the story of a thirsty 21-year-old who wakes up in Fairy Land and falls in love with a marble statue sculpted by Pygmalion.

Origins aside, most scholars agree on a basic definition: fantasy is when something we consider supernatural occurs that can’t be explained by technology (as in science fiction) or the macabre (as in horror). Of course, there are no strict borders between these genres, and many books could be reasonably shelved under all three. But for this list, we concentrated on novels that are primarily fantasy, which is why you won’t see genre-straddlers like Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time or Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun .

To keep this lineup manageable, we only included books originally published as a bound book on paper—which ruled out classics like Journey to the West and One Thousand and One Nights —and ensured they were currently and easily available in print. We also limited the list to one book per author, to avoid crowding it with multiple titles in the same series.

While all lists are subjective, we emphasized books that brought something new and innovative to the genre—books that inspired other fantasy writers as well as readers. In ranked order, here are the best fantasy books of all time.

Harper Voyager The City of Brass, by S. A. Chakraborty

The first novel in Chakraborty’s trilogy is set in 18th-century Cairo, where a thief-slash-exorcist named Nahri accidentally summons a djinn warrior. Together, they travel to the “city of brass,” a magical metropolis called Daevabad. Nahri’s story continues in two fast-paced sequels, The Kingdom of Copper and The Empire of Gold, while a spinoff story compilation, The River of Silver, is forthcoming this October.

Anchor The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

The only book on this list written during National Novel Writing Month, Morgenstern’s debut novel is an atmospheric fairy tale about Le Cirque des Rêves —a traveling magical circus that only appears at night in Victorian England. The nonlinear story is full of surprising secrets that keep coming until the very end.

Vintage The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro

The author of Never Let Me Go has only written one fantasy novel, but he knocked it out of the park. In the Dark Ages after the death of King Arthur, a mysterious “mist” prevents Britons from storing long-term memories. An elderly couple, convinced that a son they can barely remember is missing, journeys across the country to find him, where they stumble upon ogres, a dragon, and Sir Gawain.

Broadway Books The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins

Carolyn and her eleven siblings live together in the house of their father, a seemingly immortal man whose library grants them special powers. To say anything else would spoil this riveting, one-of-a-kind novel full of surprises and paced like a thriller.

Tordotcom Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clark

In Clark’s harrowing novella, white supremacists summon demonic entities when The Birth of a Nation premiers in 1915. Seven years later in Georgia, three battle-ready Black women armed with a sword, a rifle, and explosives come together at Stone Mountain to stop a demon-infested Ku Klux Klan from bringing about an apocalypse.

Dalkey Archive Press The Other City, by Michal Ajvaz

Translated into English in 2009, The Other City is a challenging but immensely rewarding novel set in Prague, where an unnamed narrator discovers a purple book written in an indecipherable language; he then realizes that there’s another, surreal version of the city existing in the same space as the familiar one. His midnight travels through this “other city” are rich with Borgesian and Dalíesque imagery, resulting in a reading experience you’ll never forget.

Tordotcom The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Kai Ashante Wilson

Another strange forest is at the center of The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson’s 2015 novella about two men descended from dead gods. They lead an expedition through the Wildeeps, where multiple worlds overlap and magical creatures stalk their party. It’s a captivating world, expanded upon even further in 2016 by a followup novella, A Taste of Honey .

Liveright Publishing Corporation The Unfinished World, by Amber Sparks

Amber Sparks plays with form, genre, and archetypes in this nuanced collection of short stories. An assortment of knights, werewolves, astronauts, librarians, time-travelers, and dinosaurs haunt these pages, but never as tropes—despite their fantastical premises, each story is grounded in emotional realism.

Tordotcom Witchmark, by C.L. Polk

Winner of the 2019 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, Witchmark is set in a secondary world similar to Edwardian England and ruled by noble families with magical powers. The setup is fantastic and the characters are nuanced, but the book really shines in the latter half, thanks to a series of revelations you’ll never see coming.

Penguin Books Tales of Falling and Flying, by Ben Loory

Ben Loory’s very short stories are almost a genre unto themselves, somewhere between fairy tales, fantasy vignettes, and absurdist sketches. They'll make you think, wonder, and laugh out loud. None of these 40 stories ends like you expect it to—not even the one about the Dodo.

Harper Perennial What Should Be Wild, by Julia Fine

Fine’s debut novel opens with one of the most stunning first lines of all time: “They grew me inside of my mother, which was unusual, because she was dead.” Born with the power to kill and revive living things with a single touch, 16-year-old Maisie Cothay embarks on an adventure through a mysterious forest to find her missing father.

Tor Books A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

Schwab’s Shades of Magic series begins with this blockbuster, where a few rare magicians have the power to travel between four versions of London—Red London, full of magic; Grey London, our own world in the Regency era; White London, a dying city; and Black London, destroyed by magic long ago. It’s as fascinating as it sounds.

Vintage The Vorrh, by Brian Catling

A dark, polarizing novel filled with passages of exquisite beauty and heartache. Shortly after World War I, an English soldier arrives in the African city of Essenwald—which was transported brick by brick from its original location in Germany—as a base camp for his journey across a vast unmapped forest, armed with a bow made from the bones and sinews of his dead wife. It gets even weirder from there.

Berkley Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay

In the 1970s, Guy Gavriel Kay helped Christopher Tolkien edit The Silmarillion after the passing of J.R.R. Tolkien. In the decades since, Kay has become one of the most prolific fantasy writers of his generation, often setting his novels in worlds that closely resemble historical places on Earth. His most impressive book, 1990’s Tigana , takes place on a planet with two moons, magic, and a culture inspired by medieval Italy’s warring provinces.

Tordotcom The Black Tides of Heaven, by Neon Yang

An epic novella in Yang’s Tensorate series, The Black Tides of Heaven was a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards in 2018. The twin children of a brutal empress, Mokoya and Akeha grow up in a monastery where they develop magical powers. After declaring their chosen genders as youths, they fall into opposing sides in the war over their mother’s empire.

Bantam A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin

When the first book in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series was published in 1996, no one could have predicted that Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow would become household names two decades later, courtesy of HBO. While the two most recent volumes have lost some of the momentum Martin built in the first three, there’s no denying that the original A Game of Thrones is a landmark event for turning so many well-worn genre tropes upside down.

Yearling The Subtle Knife, by Philip Pullman

It’s hard to pick the best book in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. The Golden Compass is a fascinating if somewhat arduous introduction to Lyra’s world, full of daemons and airships and armored polar bears, while The Amber Spyglass takes the biggest narrative risks (not all of which pay off). But The Subtle Knife is a fast-paced romp through the multiverse, unburdened by the setup and windup duties that sometimes weighed down the first and third books in the series.

Orbit Queen of the Conquered, by Kacen Callender

A Black woman with the power to read minds, Sigourney Rose seeks revenge on the colonizers who killed her family in Callendar’s adult debut, set in an island world inspired by the Caribbean. It’s a remarkable story of royal intrigue, manipulation, and corrosive power that won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2020.

Small Beer Press Kalpa Imperial, by Angélica Gorodischer

The late Argentine writer Angélica Gorodischer deserves far more attention for this novel-in-stories, translated by none other than Ursula K. Le Guin in 2003. Every chapter in Kalpa Imperial is narrated by a different storyteller and describes the rise and fall (and rise and fall again) of an unnamed empire. It’s a smart, whimsical take on the way power corrupts real and imaginary societies.

William Morrow & Company Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

Inspired by England’s pre-Tolkien fantasy writers like Lord Dunsany and Hope Mirrlees, Gaiman’s 1999 novel Stardust feels like a timeless classic. A tale of faerie markets, witches, and feuding princes, it’s also a romance between a half-human, half-faerie young man and a fallen star in the shape of a young woman. Bright and breezy, it’s short enough to read in a single sitting.

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Week 11 defense (def) streamers and starts - 2023 fantasy tiers, rankings.

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Week 10 just wrapped up with the Broncos stunning the Bills in Buffalo on Monday Night Football. And it’s on to Week 11 and the fantasy decisions we are faced with can be the difference between making your playoffs or not this late in the season. We have four bye teams again this week with the Falcons, Colts, Patriots, and Saints, so no big losses to the DST game. The Cowboys are my top DST again this week against the Panthers, and the Dolphins and Lions are my top streamers versus the Raiders and Bears, respectively.

The Broncos have had some solid DST outings in recent weeks with eight fantasy points at Buffalo in Week 10 and 17 fantasy points against the Chiefs in Week 8. They are a unit I’m keeping my eyes on. The top DST score went to the rejuvenated 49ers in Week 10 in a slightly negative matchup against the Jaguars. The Colts came through as the top streamer in Week 10 with five sacks and six points allowed versus the Patriots, good for 17 standard fantasy points. The Ravens and Browns traded defensive TDs with each other to both finish in the top five, and the Buccaneers were also a successful streamer with four sacks and only six points allowed to the Titans.

On the disappointing end of the spectrum, the Saints DST never showed up against the Vikings, scoring the fifth-fewest fantasy points of Week 10. The Falcons were a popular streamer for some against the Cardinals in Kyler Murray ’s first game back. I had them ranked 17 th so I wasn’t on that page, and the Falcons disappointed with only four fantasy points. The Seahawks were in a good spot at home against the Commanders but came away with only five fantasy points. But it’s a new week so let’s get into it.

How To Determine What Defenses To Start 

When it comes to determining the top fantasy football defenses each week, you should look at which units have the most upside and can change the trajectory of your matchup. Defenses are often overlooked in fantasy, but as stated above, the top ones from each week can outscore some of your opponent's key starters.

We also need to pay attention to matchup strength. In determining DST matchup strength, I use an adjusted fantasy points-allowed system. I include the raw fantasy points allowed per game to the DST position. I then factor in how that PPG allowed compares to the opponent's average DST PPG. For instance, let’s say Team A allows 10 fantasy points to the Ravens’ DST. Team B allows five fantasy points to the Panthers’ DST. If looking only at raw fantasy points allowed, Team B is ranked as a tougher matchup having given up half as many points. But if the Ravens’ DST is averaging 16 PPG while the Panthers’ DST is averaging only one PPG, that needs to be factored into the overall matchup strength. Team A’s Points Allowed Over Average (POA) allowed is -7. Team B’s POA allowed is +4. I assign a weight to POA, which is factored into the overall rank. Each opponent will include their current rank, with lower numbers representing tougher matchups and higher numbers representing easier matchups.

Matchup strength is important, but it typically shouldn’t outweigh the strength of the DST in making a decision. To maximize the upside of your fantasy defense each week, you need to target units that can get to the quarterback constantly and cause turnovers. Sacks, turnovers, and defensive touchdowns are what create high ceilings for these fantasy defenses. To determine a somewhat safe start at defense, you should look at low point totals and teams that can hold their opponent to less than 20 points.

Tier 1 Defenses – Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 11

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Dallas Cowboys DST vs. @CAR

Yahoo Rostership%: 100% Vegas Odds: DAL favored by 10.5 Over/Under (Total Points): 41.5 Implied points against: 15.5

For the second week in a row, the Cowboys DST tops the rankings, this time against the 23 rd -ranked Panthers. The Cowboys didn’t smash as hard as everyone thought they would in Week 10 against the Giants. They did have five sacks but generated only one turnover and gave up 17 points. A solid effort but still somewhat disappointing based on expectations. The only concern I had with this play last week is exactly what happened. The Cowboys were so dominant that they limited their opportunities for DST points. The Giants ran only 50 plays and scored all of their points after being down 28-0 at halftime.

I expect more opportunities for the Cowboys' defense against the Panthers, a team that throws it a lot more than the Tommy Devito version of the Giants. The Panthers rank 27 th in offensive DOA and rookie QB Bryce Young has shown a propensity to turn the ball over.

There were a lot of good plays made by the Cowboys' defense on Sunday, but I just love having some power in the middle on short-yardage downs. Johnathan Hankins is so good at getting pushback and redirecting the runner. — Dan Rogers (@DannyPhantom24) November 14, 2023

San Francisco 49ers DST vs. TB

Yahoo Rostership%: 91% Vegas Odds: SF favored by 10.5 Over/Under ( Total Points): 41.5 Implied points against: 15.5

After a string of disappointing fantasy performances, the 49ers DST came roaring back in Week 10 coming off of their bye. With recently acquired Chase Young, the 49ers completely dominated the Jaguars, who have been a negative DST matchup. San Francisco finished the game with four turnovers, five sacks, and only three points allowed, good for 20 fantasy points. This was a welcome result for those rostering the 49ers DST, as they were coming off a three-game losing streak in which they had only five total sacks and allowed 24 points per game.

The Buccaneers are not the most ideal DST matchup, currently ranking 13 th against DSTs in adjusted fantasy points allowed. But this defense is hot again and you’ll never guess where the Jaguars ranked entering Week 10…13 th .

The #49ers defense finished the game with 16 Total Pressures against the Jaguars. ♦️5 Sacks ♦️4 Hits ♦️6 Hurries Chase Young + Nick Bosa + Javon Hargrave account for 12 of the 16 total pressures. — WayneBreezie (@thewaynebreezie) November 13, 2023

Tier 2 Defenses – Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 11

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Miami Dolphins DST vs. LV

Yahoo Rostership%: 41% Vegas Odds: MIA favored by 11.5 Over/Under ( Total Points): 47.5 Implied points against: 18

After a string of bad matchups, the Dolphins now enter one of the juicier stretches of DST opponents, starting against the Raiders in Week 11. If you have been reading this series over the last month, I have been talking about the Dolphins in the look-ahead portion for weeks. They were above 50% rostership a few weeks ago, but I predicted that would drop during their bye week, and they now sit at 41%. They are the top DST add in Week 11 as they have five straight positive plus matchups through Week 15.

Dolphins LB David Long: You’re seeing a difference in the defense now as we’ve gotten more comfortable with each other and the scheme — Joe Schad (@schadjoe) November 13, 2023

Baltimore Ravens DST vs. CIN

Yahoo Rostership%: 98% Vegas Odds: BAL favored by 3.5 Over/Under ( Total Points): 45.5 Implied points against: 21

The Ravens are the highest-ranked DST with a top-10 toughest opponent (Bengals). That’s because Baltimore is about as close to a “matchup-proof” DST as we have right now. Even in a close loss and allowing 27 points to division rival Browns, the Ravens managed 14 fantasy points thanks to a defensive TD.

The Ravens rank second in defensive DVOA and lead the NFL with 39 sacks. And they’ve been getting home against QBs with the seventh-lowest pressure rate. The Ravens don’t have the best look-ahead schedule, with the Chargers in Week 12 followed by a bye in Week 13. But don’t overthink it this week as they are still a top-shelf option against the Bengals.

Detroit Lions DST vs. CHI

Yahoo Rostership%: 30% Vegas Odds: DET favored by 10 Over/Under (Total Points): 46.5 Implied points against: 18.3

After the Dolphins, technically a streamer with a rostership of less than 50%, the Lions are the next best DST streamer for Week 11. Even if Justin Fields returns from his hand injury, the Bears are still a top-five fantasy-friendly matchup. The Lions may seem like an odd choice ranked this high coming off of a negative points game against the Chargers, but the Chargers have been one of the toughest DST matchups all season. The Bears have a season-long POA allowed to DSTs of +3.8 PPG and have allowed a positive POA in only two of 10 games.

That may not move the needle a lot for a Lions DST averaging only 6.1 fantasy PPG (20 th ), but Detroit has excelled in positive matchups. In four positive DST matchups (ATL, GB, CAR, LV), the Lions have averaged 9.3 fantasy points and 4.8 sacks per game.

Cleveland Browns DST vs. PIT

Yahoo Rostership%: 83% Vegas Odds: CLE favored by 4 Over/Under (Total Points): 37.5 Implied points against: 16.8

If you “took your lumps” by sticking with the Browns in a bad matchup against the Ravens in Week 10, you were rewarded with 13 standard fantasy points. Like their opponent, the Browns made up for allowing 20+ points by scoring a defensive TD. The Steelers have turned into a surprisingly tough DST matchup, ranking as the seventh-toughest opponent in adjusted fantasy points allowed. But Kenny Pickett is still the Steelers’ QB and the Browns have the fifth-highest pressure rate and are tied for the third-most sacks in the NFL.

They’re also tied for the fifth-most interceptions with nine and are the top-ranked unit in defensive DVOA. And with an over-under at 37.5 points and an implied total of only 16.8 points for the Steelers, this looks to be a low-scoring affair with enough opportunity for sacks and turnovers to give the Browns’ DST a safe floor.

The Browns defense held MVP candidate Lamar Jackson to one completion in the 4th quarter. ONE COMPLETION. — Nick Karns (@karnsies817) November 13, 2023

Tier 3 Defenses – Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 11

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Pittsburgh Steelers DST @CLE

Yahoo Rostership%: 92% Vegas Odds: CLE favored by 4 Over/Under (Total Points): 37.5 Implied points against: 20.8

The Steelers have been a decent defense lately, not allowing more than 20 points scored since Week 4 against the Texans. This hasn’t translated into huge fantasy scores as their PPG over the last five games is 7.2. But that is a solid floor against the 23 rd -ranked Browns, a team they scored 26 fantasy points against back in Week 2.

Steelers defense rankings through week 10: EPA/play: 10th Success rate: 14th Dropback EPA: 14th Dropback success rate: 15th Rushing EPA: 18th Rushing success rate: 11th Pittsburgh’s forced 18 turnovers which leads the NFL this season. — Derrick (@Steelers_DB) November 13, 2023

Buffalo Bills DST vs. NYJ

Yahoo Rostership%: 97% Vegas Odds: BUF favored by 6.5 Over/Under (Total Points): 40.5 Implied points against: 17

The underperforming Bills DST is strictly a matchup play in Week 11. Having just lost embarrassingly to the Broncos, the Bills are still an overrated and over-rostered DST at 97% in Yahoo leagues. They did get back to four sacks against Denver for the first time since Week 5, but they extended their streak of games without an interception to six games.

But the matchup. The Jets rank as the second-best matchup for fantasy DSTs and have a POA allowed of +7.2 PPG over the last three games. The Jets rank 30 th in offensive DVOA and head coach Robert Saleh’s recent comments about the Jets sticking with Zach Wilson mean that likely does not improve.

Washington Commanders DST vs. NYG

Yahoo Rostership%: 21% Vegas Odds: WAS favored by 9.5 Over/Under ( Total Points): 36.5 Implied points against: 13.5

The Commanders are another Tier 3 start because of the matchup. Washington is not a good defense. They weren’t that good before trading Montez Sweat and Chase Young, and now they are worse. They rank 30 th in defensive DVOA and rank 31 st in DST fantasy PPG. But the Giants and their offense have descended to such a state of being outmatched that it forces me to boost up any DST playing against them, including the Commanders. You just can’t pass up an implied total of only 13.5 points for the Giants in this matchup.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. PHI

Yahoo Rostership%: 62% Vegas Odds: KC favored by 3 Over/Under ( Total Points): 46.5 Implied points against: 21.8

The Chiefs are the opposite of the last two DSTs discussed (BUF and WAS). Kansas City boasts one of the better defenses in the NFL but has a negative matchup against the 10 th -ranked Eagles. But negative matchups haven’t stopped the Chiefs DST from solid fantasy outings as of late. Two of their last four games were against the Chargers (third) and Dolphins (11 th ) and they scored double-digit fantasy points against both teams.

The Chiefs rank third in defensive DVOA and have averaged 4.5 sacks per game over the last four games. They are second in pressure rate and have the second-most sacks (31) behind only Baltimore. And with their upcoming schedule, if the Chiefs are somehow available in your league, they are a higher priority pickup than the Dolphins.

"That @Chiefs defense went up against the #1 rushing offense in the league and they silenced them for 2 quarters then put them to bed in the 2nd half... The story of the Chiefs season so far has been that the defense has led them and the offense has followed..." @PSchrags — Good Morning Football (@gmfb) November 6, 2023

Jacksonville Jaguars DST vs. TEN

Yahoo Rostership%: 20% Vegas Odds: JAX favored by 6.5 Over/Under ( Total Points): 40.5 Implied points against: 17

The Jaguars are coming off a bludgeoning at the hand of the 49ers in Week 10, the toughest matchup for fantasy DSTs. But before that game, Jacksonville had nine or more DST fantasy points in four of their last five games. The Titans rank 22 nd in adjusted fantasy points allowed to DSTs and have a POA allowed of +4.1 PPG over the last three games. At only 20% rostership, the Jaguars are a solid streaming option in Week 11.

Los Angeles Chargers DST @GB

Yahoo Rostership%: 23% Vegas Odds: LAC favored by 3 Over/Under ( Total Points): 44.5 Implied points against: 20.8

The Chargers get the last spot in Tier 3 with a matchup against the 21 st -ranked Packers. The Chargers are another example of a below-average defense (ranked 27 th in defensive DVOA) that has been unstartable in negative matchups but put up decent fantasy scores in positive ones. In their matchups against teams ranked 16 th or worse against DSTs, the Chargers have scored at least nine points and/or had five sacks in all of them. The Chargers are another decent streaming option this week.

Tier 4 Defenses – Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 11

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The Tier 4 defenses are mostly available and there are a few decent streaming options if you’re stuck. Unlike Tier 5, multiple DSTs in Tier 4 are decent plays. However, all the defenses in the previous tiers should be prioritized over these teams.

Tier 5 Defenses – Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 11

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These are the defenses that I would not be playing in Week 11 unless you absolutely have to. These units are either going up against a top offense in the league, aren’t a good defense in general, or both. They offer low ceilings and significantly low floors that can hurt your chances of winning your fantasy matchup. Avoid all these choices entirely and try to get a defense in the top two to three tiers for Week 11.

Rest-of-Season Look-Ahead

The following chart shows each fantasy defense’s remaining schedule with each opponent color-coded based on rank in adjusted fantasy points allowed to DSTs. Red and orange indicate tougher matchups while green represents easier matchups. Each opponent’s corresponding number rank can be found on the right side of the chart. Also included are the strength of schedule scores for the rest of the fantasy regular season (Weeks 11-14) and the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 15-17).

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A strategy this visual depiction assists with is developing what I like to call a Streaming Action Plan. This is also something I’ll be updating or adding to each week where I present potential action plans for DST streamers over multiple future weeks. Of course, a lot can change (and quickly) in the NFL, but I am constantly utilizing this look-ahead “puzzle piece” strategy so I want to share it with you. Unless otherwise noted, this will feature DST options that are below a 50% rostership during the current week.

I like to look four to five weeks ahead when strategizing these action plans. Looking at Weeks 11-14, here are potential pieces and weekly options for a DST Streaming Action Plan:

  • Week 11: Dolphins (vs. LV), Lions (vs. CHI), Commanders (vs. NYG), and Jaguars (vs. TEN).
  • Week 12: Patriots (@NYG), Vikings (vs. CHI), Lions (vs. GB).
  • Week 13: Buccaneers (vs. CAR), Colts (@TEN), Falcons (@NYJ).
  • Week 14: Lions (@CHI), Packers (@NYG), Vikings (@LV).

Full D/ST Rankings for Week 11

In addition to going through each of the five DST tiers for Week 11, here is the full list of ranks for all 28 teams playing this week. The chart includes each team’s tier, Week 11 rank, Yahoo rostership, opponent, opponent rank versus the DST position, the over/under, spread, and implied points against.

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If you prefer a simple grid, you can check out this chart as well:

Thank you so much for reading! I love diving deep into the data in search of statistics and combinations of statistics that can help you make the best decisions possible in the maze of fantasy football decisions. If you have any questions about this article or general questions about fantasy football, reach out to me on X ( @MunderDifflinFF ).

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The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

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1. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

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It’s not an understatement to say that this is the very best fantasy series currently underway. It’s only two books in at the moment (well, two and a half), so it’s a perfect time to jump in and get started. A rich and compelling story of a brilliant young man’s rise to become a legendary magician, framed by a present where he is middle-aged and seemingly powerless.

2. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

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Another series that only has two books so far, so now’s the time to get involved. The one issue is that they’re BIG books, so the two Stormlight Archives feel more like four books. Luckily, they’re incredible, so you’ll tear through them. RIYL: really big swords, sorcery, and massive battle sequences.

3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

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A Song of Ice and Fire , the series that A Game of Thrones belongs to, is a modern classic. If you enjoy the HBO show, you owe it to yourself to read the books. (Just be prepared for this thing to start real tight and end up sprawling .)

4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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If you’re reading a list of the best fantasy books, there’s like a 0% chance you haven’t read The Lord of the Rings books already, but just in case you somehow haven’t, you should. Required reading. Prerequisite for all fantasy.

5. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks

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Solid fantasy books with an intricate and fascinating system of magic. A little bit like how the power rings work in the Green Lantern comic books, except set in a fantasy world.

6. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

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Classic storybook fantasy full of witches, magic animal companions, and badass polar bears covered in armor. These books skew a little younger, but are still fun to read for adults as well.

7. Discworld by Terry Pratchett

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Discworld isn’t a traditional fantasy cycle, but more of a fantasy-themed and generally humorous collection of books, short stories, encyclopedias, and maps. There are 40 books in eight different storylines, so it’s quite an undertaking. Sadly, Terry Pratchett died earlier this year, and the final Discworld book, The Shepherd’s Crown , is expected to hit shelves this fall.

8. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie

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As violent, gritty, and unpredictable as Game of Thrones , but with more heart, humor, and sense of play. This series will draw you in immediately and make you fall in love with its troubled, complicated lead characters.

9. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

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Elves, Dark Lords, and quests to retrieve mythical swords in order to vanquish said Dark Lords. These are classic, epic fantasy books that feel an awful lot like the Lord of the Rings series at times, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Lord of the Rings books are, after all, very, very good indeed.

10. Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett

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A “hero’s journey” told through several protagonists and settings. As its name implies, the Demon Cycle exists in a complex and fascinating world where humans and demons are forced to live at constant odds with one another, and explores what happens when humans finally take a stand.

11. The Riddle-Master Trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip

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Set in a world akin to northwestern Europe, and with royalty disguised as commoners, talkative ghosts, and star-crossed lovers, The Riddle Master Trilogy feels a bit like a contemporary fantasy equivalent to some of Shakespeare’s stories. (But with shape-shifting monsters, magic, and, yes, lots of riddles .)

12. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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The heart of this series is in the intricate and cleverly deployed system of magic that powers it. Allomancers have different abilities tied to different metals, and there is a real thrill in watching the characters learn and master their craft and combine forces as they attempt to overthrow a corrupt and oppressive regime.

13. Gentlemen Bastard Sequence by Scott Lynch

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Thieves, pirates, and a beautifully planned series of heists that are a delight to watch unfold. This series is not without its share of heartbreak and loss, but the tribulations of its protagonists are tempered with a joyful sense of mischief, cunning, and a fair amount of swashbuckling. Oceans 11 meets Pirates of the Caribbean meets Robin Hood .

14. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

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A vividly imagined world where gods are slaves and nothing is as it seems. Author N.K. Jemisin deftly subverts all the old fantasy tropes in the course of creating a beautiful, rich world full of intriguing characters and dazzling moments that will leave you wanting more.

15. Liveship Traders Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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Epic tales of the sea and pirate stories...except all the ships are magical and sentient and sort of have minds of their own at times. The thinking “liveships” carry with them generations of collected wisdom and often have as much rich characterization as the human characters aboard them.

16. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

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You’ve probably never heard of these little-known books from British author J.K. Rowling. But this well-kept secret is actually a wonderful series of books that deserves much more recognition than it gets. OK, let’s be real: If you are the one person who hasn’t read these yet, just do yourself a favor. Read them now. Right now. No more excuses.

17. The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind

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Less a fantasy series and more a complex dedication to world-building. The Sword of Truth series is 14 books, all of which are designed to be stand-alone stories, totally independent from the others. (Except for the final three books, which are a traditional trilogy.) They follow several key protagonists all grappling with the same antagonists bent on world domination.

18. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Like reading the Bible, if the Bible was set in a fantasy universe. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but the books are pretty heavy on the Christian allegory. The seven novels (the reading order of which is a little controversial) are shorter than standard fantasy books, and written for younger readers, so they’re incredibly fun, easy to get through, and definitely worth picking up if you had the extreme misfortune of not reading these as a child.

19. The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin

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A classic of the genre from one of its all-time masters, Ursula K. LeGuin. The Earthsea saga confronts the great themes of life and death with its wonderful cast of magicians, priestesses, and dragons. Elegiac in tone and epic in scope, the books in this series will make you think and grow as you delight in the adventures of its characters.

20. The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

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From the great Guy Gavriel Kay (see also, the stunning Tigana ), The Fionavar Tapestry is a high fantasy tale of princes and princesses, dragons and warriors, with an intriguing foothold in the contemporary world. Follow the adventures of five students from our world who find themselves in the middle of an epic battle in the magical Fionavar, in this riveting and deftly realized series that draws from Arthurian legend, Norse and Welsh mythology, and the very best of the fantasy traditions established by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

21. Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan

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In the vein of Name of the Wind , the first book of the Raven’s Shadow series more than does justice to a hero’s journey with a compelling bit of world-building and enough action and adventure to keep you completely hooked. Follow the adventures of Vaelin al Sorna as he weaves his way from his apprentice training in the harsh military “Sixth Order” to worldwide renown as the fearsome “Hope Killer.”

22. The Broken Empire series by Mark Lawrence

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A little more adult than many of the selections on this list, the Broken Empire series is aimed at the cynical fantasy fan. The world in which these books take place is violent and brutal, and their protagonist is not particularly sympathetic. This series feels a bit like a fantasy story told from the perspective of the vile and power-hungry evil king who would usually play the part of the villain.

23. A Land Fit For Heroes by Richard K. Morgan

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An exuberant twist on some standard dark fantasy tropes, A Land Fit For Heroes is almost gleeful in its violence, sexual themes, and cynical outlook. Author Richard K. Morgan brings some of his science fiction chops (see in particular the brilliant Takeshi Kovacs novels) to add color to a fantasy world full of magic, destiny, and so, so, so much violence. Also, the hero is gay, which is a refreshing change.

24. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

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Part romance novel, part historical fiction, part fantasy, the Outlander series takes the best parts of each genre and makes its own unique narrative, which begins with a 20th-century nurse who’s mysteriously time-warped to 18th-century Scotland. These books are full of intrigue and romance and are extremely readable, and also feature a female protagonist, which is rarer than it should be for fantasy novels.

25. The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan

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The first three books in this iconic series are a classic exploration of the themes of good versus evil and a template for almost all of the high fantasy that follows it. After Jordan’s death in 2007, the extremely talented Brandon Sanderson (see also The Stormlight Archive in this list) has finished off the series to great acclaim from fans. But there are 14 books (of, frankly, varying quality) to read before the grand finale, so you better get cracking now.

26. Malazan Book Of The Fallen by Steven Erikson

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“Epic” doesn’t even really begin to describe this 10-volume series, with its sweeping plot, its multiple storylines, and its intricate, ambitious world-building. This is the War and Peace of high fantasy literature, but obviously way better, because it has assassins, magic, and dragons – three things Tolstoy never thought to include in his magnum opus, to his great detriment and (presumably) lasting regret.

27. The Black Company by Glen Cook

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You won’t read a review of The Black Company without seeing the word “gritty,” and that’s because Glen Cook basically singlehandedly brought the idea into the world of fantasy. Follow the adventures of this morally questionable group of mercenaries as they hack their way through a dark, war-torn world full of death, misery, and, occasionally, a chance at redemption.

28. Elemental Logic by Laurie J. Marks

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The Elemental Logic books are a fascinating look into what it’s like being on the wrong side of a hostile occupation, and all the politics and betrayal that comes along with it. Complicated characters play their stories out in a richly imagined world, and the lines between good and evil often become blurred throughout the three books.

29. The Chronicles Of Amber by Roger Zelazny

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A man wakes up in a hospital with no idea of how he got there. His attempts to find out lead him through a series of other worlds and into a tumultuous confrontation with the members of his family who rule over the one true world.

30. The Avalon Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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The Mists of Avalon and its decades-spanning series of sequels and prequels all tell the familiar tale of the Arthurian legend, but with characters such as King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table playing secondary roles. Instead, the series follows the lives of the women in Arthur’s court, and explores the Matter of Britain from a more feminist perspective.

31. The Merlin Quintet by Mary Stewart

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Another set of fantasy novels retelling the Arthurian legend, but this time mostly through the perspective of a Welsh boy named Myrddin Emrys, who grows up to be the powerful wizard Merlin. The series follows Merlin as he grows up, raises Arthur, and eventually becomes the young king’s trusted ally during the part of the Arthurian legend that most readers will be familiar with. The series is a fascinating take on a familiar tale.

32. The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

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Although The Dark Elf Trilogy was originally written as a prequel trilogy to another series, the popularity of the protagonist, a dark elf named Drizzt Do'Urden, has made this the stand-out series among all the D&D books out there. If you’re a fan of the world of Dungeons & Dragons, or just need a fix between play sessions, look no further.

33. The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock

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Elric VIII, the 428th Sorcerer Emperor of Melniboné, is a weak and frail introvert. But his sword, Stormbringer, is anything but. It brings Elric the strength he needs to survive, at a cost: It feeds on the souls of its prey. Michael Moorcock’s subversion of what he saw as the tired tropes of fantasy established by Tolkien and others make for a powerful read that is, to this day, a seminal influence on the genre.

34. Redwall by Brian Jacques

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Redwall is a fantasy series for older children set in a world full of talking animals. The 22 books span centuries within the world, with some familiar characters from earlier books returning only as legends in later books. Despite being a childrens’ series, the world of Redwall is rich and complex, and it manages to be engaging despite the expansive nature of the books.

35. Temeraire by Naomi Novik

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For anyone who ever felt that the Napoleonic wars were all well and good but didn’t have nearly enough dragons, this fun and compulsively readable series will permanently fix that problem. This is basically Hornblower meets Dragonriders of Pern , and it’s a perfect combination. Naomi Novik is a true delight to read, and you should also check out her excellent new novel, Uprooted .

36. Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

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Eragon and its sequels are entry-level high fantasy. They’re thematically similar to fantasy classics such as the Earthsea novels or the Wheel of Time books, but written to be accessible to modern kids and young adults. The book has everything you’d expect: dragons, ultimate evil, and a farm boy thrust into the role of the hero. All in all, they’re a great introduction to the genre.

37. The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

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The Riyria Revelations follows two unlikely heroes across three novels written as one long ongoing tale, rather than as a series of sequels. The heroes are accused of regicide in the opening pages, and they spend the rest of the books in over their heads as they try to clear their names. Unfortunately, they have their hands full, because they’re going to need to solve the mystery of the king’s death and battle against evil wizards all at the same time.

38. Prince Of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker

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On the surface, the Prince Of Nothing novels are everything you’d expect from well-written fantasy novels: a good magic system, a full and complex world, and well-rounded characters. But anyone who took a Philosophy 101 class will recognize some key principles of academic philosophy and human psychology at play, which makes for a challenging yet interesting read.

39. Dragonlance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

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Dragonlance was one of the first independently produced modules for Dungeons & Dragons , and it was so well-written and engaging for fans that it became the setting for the game’s first foray into the world of novels. At this point, there are over 200 published Dragonlance novels, but if you’re looking for the core experience, the original Chronicles Trilogy and the Legends trilogy are your best bet.

40. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson

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When the protagonist of the series – a writer named Thomas Covenant who is afflicted with leprosy – is struck by a police cruiser, he wakes up in a land of high fantasy and magic. Was he somehow transported to this new world, or is he lying in a coma in a hospital bed? He’s never quite sure, and he spends the entire series as "The Unbeliever," trying to figure things out alongside the reader.

41. The Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan

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The Powder Mage books are a little different from the other books on this list because they’re set in a more modern “Bulletpunk” setting, where swords and sorcery are replaced with guns and epaulettes. Even the magic system in the books involves consuming gunpowder in order to access inert abilities. There’s a lot happening in this trilogy, from gun battles with gods to good, old-fashioned policework, so there should be a little something for everyone.

42. The Once And Future King by T.H. White

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Published in the ‘50s by T.H. White, The Once And Future King has gone on to be an enduring classic, and it still stands out as the very best reimagining of the Arthurian legend for a modern audience. Psychologically complex and at times devastating, this five-book series is rightly considered one of the very best fantasies ever written.

43. The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud

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A young adult series that sets itself apart with excellent writing and humor. This trilogy by Jonathan Stroud tells the story of a 12-year-old magician and the lovable but cantankerous 5,000-year-old spirit who becomes his familiar. Basically…RIYL Harry Potter.

44. The Gormenghast Series by Mervyn Peake

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A gothic fantasy that looms imposingly in its influence on some of the later masters of the genre, Mervyn Peake’s deeply weird but masterfully written Gormenghast series is often described more as a “fantasy of manners” than a heroic fantasy in the style of Tolkien. These are books of castle intrigue, romance, madness, and grotesque, brilliant imagination. You’d want Guillermo del Toro to direct the movies rather than Peter Jackson.

45. The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

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A high fantasy series with a non-traditional subject: A family of necromancers. And a cat named Mogget. A deeply imaginative series that will keep you reading all the way to the gripping conclusion.

46. The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper

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Susan Cooper’s classic series is for a younger audience, but it stands up as one of the very best of its kind. Based on Arthurian legends and Norse mythology but set in the 20th century, these five books follow the story of 11-year-old Will Stanton, who discovers that he is the youngest of the Old Ones, and that the fate of the world rests on his shoulders.

47. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

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Robin Hobb, aka Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, published the first book of her Farseer Trilogy in 1997, netting her a British Fantasy Award nomination for Best Novel. The series follows FitzChivalry Farseer, a royal bastard whose nascent magical abilities and training as an assassin may just be enough to protect him from the powerful forces that threaten his kingdom, not to mention the malicious intentions of his dangerous and conniving relatives.

48. The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

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The Red Knight and its sequels read like historical fiction, if medieval Europe had been full of monsters and magic. The series follows a band of mercenaries and their captain, known only as The Red Knight, as he and his merry men hack and slash their way across the kingdom of Alba. The books are prohibitively thick, but don’t let that turn you off, because they are immensely rewarding.

49. Dreamblood by N.K. Jemisin

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Another promising series by N.K. Jemisin, the Dreamblood series creates a vivid landscape of war, intrigue, and religion, set in the City of Dreams, where crime and violence are unknown, but nightmares lurk.

50. The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist

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Based on a role-playing world originally created to compete with Dungeons & Dragons , this is classic epic fantasy. An orphan boy discovers magical abilities within himself and becomes a hero in the world of Midkemia. Rifts open up between worlds and a huge battle between order and chaos erupts, spanning 10 novels.

51. The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman

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Lev Grossman’s brilliant trilogy is always referred to as “Harry Potter for grownups,” but a better description would be “Narnia for the permanently disillusioned.” The evil forces arrayed against Grossman’s hero, Quentin Coldwater, are not so much the wizards, monsters, and demons he has to face as he comes to terms with his considerable powers, but the even more terrifying horrors of finding a place in the world and learning how not to be an asshole while you’re at it. This series may break you a little bit emotionally, but there’s so much fun to be had along the way.

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Fantasy football 2023 rankings, NFL Week 11 QB, RB, WR, TE, defense, kicker picks, top model projections

Sportsline simulated the nfl schedule 10,000 times and revealed optimal week 11 fantasy football rankings.

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After a sluggish start to the season by his standards, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is finding his stride. Prescott has thrown for 1,082 yards and 11 touchdowns over the last three weeks and even added a rushing touchdown last game in a dominant win over the Giants. So where does Prescott belong in the Week 11 Fantasy football QB rankings? Prescott's huge game led to CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks both producing at least 150 yards and a touchdown last week. Lamb is an automatic start, but does Cooks' outburst mean that you should have him in your Week 11 Fantasy football lineups?

A reliable set of Week 11 Fantasy football rankings can help you make tough start-or-sit decisions up and down your lineups. Before setting your Fantasy football lineups, be sure to check out the Week 11 Fantasy football rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine .

The model is powered by the same people who generated projections for all three major Fantasy sites, and it beat human experts last season when there was a big difference in ranking. The 2023 Fantasy football PPR rankings and 2023 Fantasy football standard projections update multiple times daily, so you're always getting the best Fantasy football advice and the latest Fantasy football tiers.

Now, SportsLine has simulated the entire Week 11 NFL schedule 10,000 times and released its latest Week 11 Fantasy football rankings.  Head to SportsLine now to see them . 

Top Week 11 Fantasy football QB rankings

Here's a look at SportsLine's top Week 11 Fantasy football QB picks: 

1. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins: The NFL's leader with 19 touchdown passes, Tagovailoa has reached 300 passing yards four times this year, plus he's tossed three-plus TDs four times in 2023. Off a bye week in which coach Mike McDaniel had even more time to draw up exotic offensive looks to confuse a defense, Tagovailoa is the clear choice to top the Week 11 Fantasy football QB rankings.

2. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions: Since joining Detroit, Goff has eight touchdowns versus zero interceptions in four games against Week 11 opponent Chicago. Additionally, outside of games versus rookie quarterbacks, the Bears have allowed all but one QB to either reach 300 passing yards or multiple TD passes this season.

3. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City is coming off a bye, and Mahomes has historically excelled in these such games. Just last season, including the postseason, he had seven total TDs after the Chiefs' three off-weeks, with multiple touchdowns in each contest.  See more top QBs here .

Top Week 11 Fantasy football RB rankings

Here's a look at SportsLine's top Week 11 Fantasy football RB picks: 

1. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers: McCaffrey is coming off 142 yards from scrimmage, his third-most of the season. His yardage often gets overlooked since he's scored 13 touchdowns this year, but he's on pace to finish with over 2,000 total yards. His high floor in yards and touchdowns gives him the top spot in Week 11 Fantasy football RB rankings.

2. Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins: Mostert scored touchdowns in back-to-back games before Miami's Week 10 bye, and he has a mouth-watering matchup on Sunday versus the Raiders. Las Vegas has allowed an average of 151 rushing yards over its last three games.

3. Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars: Etienne ranks third among RBs in Fantasy points even after his four-game TD streak came to an end last week. However, he has a chance to start a new one against Tennessee on Sunday, as the Titans have allowed seven TDs to running backs over their last seven games.  See more top RBs here .

Top Week 11 Fantasy football WR rankings

Here's a look at SportsLine's top Week 11 Fantasy football WR picks: 

1. Tyreek Hill , Miami Dolphins: Hill is coming off his least productive Fantasy game with 65 yards prior to Miami's Week 10 bye, but he's always bounced back after subpar outings. It was the fourth time he's been held under 100 yards this season, but he's averaging exactly 150 yards in the games immediately following being held under triple-digits.

2. Amon-Ra St. Brown , Detroit Lions: St. Brown leads the NFL with 8.1 receptions per game, and he's piling up the yardage as well. He's eclipsed 100 yards in each of his last four games and is averaging 9.8 receptions for 122.5 receiving yards over that stretch.

3. CeeDee Lamb , Dallas Cowboys : The fourth-year wideout made history on Sunday by becoming the first player to catch at least 10 passes for 150 yards three games in a row. With Dallas facing the NFL's worst team in Carolina on Sunday, Lamb is a must-start for Week 11 Fantasy football lineups.  See more top WRs here .

Top Week 11 Fantasy football TE rankings

Here's a look at SportsLine's top Week 11 Fantasy football TE picks:

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce had his worst game of the season in Germany last week with three catches for 14 yards in a win over the Dolphins. However, he's still the top option in the Kansas City passing attack and has a juicy matchup against an Eagles defense that ranks 28th in passing yards allowed per game (257.0) and last in passing touchdowns allowed per game (2.1). Get ready for another big week before the calendar turns back to December.

2. Sam LaPorta, Detroit Lions: The rookie out of Iowa has been a pillar of consistency throughout the first half of the season, hauling in at least four passes in eight of the nine games that he's played and producing between 36 and 84 yards every week. Overall, he has 47 catches for 474 yards and four touchdowns and he'll be a boom candidate on Sunday against a Bears defense that has allowed 20 passing touchdowns this season.

3. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers: Kittle followed up nine catches for 149 yards in a loss to the Bengals with three catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Jaguars last week, making it the second time in his career he's logged back-to-back 100-yard games. He'll be a candidate to make it three in a row against a Tampa Bay defense that has given up 18 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns to No. 1 tight ends over the last three weeks.  See more top TEs here .

Top Week 11 Fantasy football defense rankings 

Here's a look at SportsLine's top three Week 11 Fantasy football D/ST picks:

1. Commanders D/ST: How does a defense that's allowed the second-most points this season earn the top spot in the Week 11 Fantasy football defense rankings? It gets to face the Giants on Sunday. New York has given up the most Fantasy points to opposing defenses and has allowed 13 sacks with three turnovers over the last two games alone.

2. Bills D/ST: A divisional matchup with the Jets awaits the Bills on Sunday, and New York's 30th-ranked scoring offense doesn't scare anyone. The Jets have scored 13 or fewer points in three straight games, and Zach Wilson has been sacked at least four times in four of his last five games.

3. Lions D/ST: Detroit takes on Chicago, which struggles to generate offense -- and avoid mistakes -- no matter who is under center. The Bears have scored 17 or fewer in three consecutive contests and committed seven turnovers over that stretch.  See more top D/ST here .

How to get Week 11 Fantasy football rankings

Now that you know who the top three at each position are, you'll want to see the full Week 11 Fantasy football rankings from SportsLine. The model has identified a stunner in the top five at quarterback who's ranked ahead of players like Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts . Knowing who it is can give you a huge edge in your league. Head to SportsLine now to get Week 11 Fantasy football rankings . 

So who should you target in your Week 11 Fantasy football rankings, and which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 11 Fantasy Football rankings for every single position, all from the model that has crushed experts , and find out.

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The dynamic Dolphins offense returns to action off a bye last week. Having Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Raheem Mostert could be a huge boost to anybody that rosters them in their Fantasy football lineups. However, a lopsided matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders (+13.5) might not make everybody from that group an automatic start. Where should every player be in the Week 11 Fantasy football rankings, including Browns skill position players with quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) out for the year? How should you navigate Fantasy football injuries like Tyler Lockett (hamstring), Alexander Mattison (concussion), and Bryce Young (thigh)?

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Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings – Week 11 (2023)

Posted: November 14, 2023 | Last updated: November 14, 2023

Fantasy football managers have faced a challenging season, dealing with numerous injuries and star players consistently falling short of expectations. As we approach the fantasy football playoffs, the importance of knowing which players to rely on in your lineups becomes even more crucial.

The potential return of Justin Jefferson injects a sense of optimism for fantasy football owners as we approach the final stretch of the regular season. It’s no surprise that Jefferson ranks high in our Week 11 fantasy football wide receiver PPR rankings, alongside the usual top performers and the emerging sleeper candidates.

Sure, the week’s byes for wide receivers aren’t particularly damaging. Still, minor injuries continue to be a concern. Although wide receiver is often considered the deepest position in fantasy football, this depth only truly matters when you’re trying to select the three or four best wide receivers for your starting lineup.

Now, let’s dive into our NFL Fantasy Football Wide Receiver rankings for Week 11 of the 2023 regular season.

Teams on Bye in Week 11

The bye weeks in Week 11 won’t have as significant an impact on wide receivers as last week’s did. The Saints, Colts, Patriots, and Falcons are on bye. This means fantasy football owners won’t start Chris Olave, Michael Pittman, Drake London, and Demario Douglas, which is a setback.

Top Fantasy Football Picks

Tyreek Hill, facing the Raiders in Week 11, aims to bounce back after a subpar performance in Week 9. He’s up against a vulnerable Raiders pass defense, making it a favorable matchup for the NFL’s leading receiver. CeeDee Lamb, playing against the Panthers, continues to climb our PPR rankings. He has had four consecutive games of at least 115 yards in Week 10. Dak Prescott is heavily targeting Lamb, with 44 targets over the past three weeks.

Despite not being at 100 percent , Keenan Allen put up 175 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow 41-38 loss to the Lions last week. Justin Herbert’s primary target is always a threat to finish the week as the overall PPR WR1. That said, his sore shoulder is something to monitor throughout the week.

Fantasy Football Sleepers

This week’s hidden gems and waiver wire prospects include Noah Brown, facing the Cardinals, and Quentin Johnston and Jalen Guyton against the Packers. We can also include Jayden Reed against the Chargers, Brandin Cooks against the Panthers, Elijah Moore against the Steelers, and Trenton Irwin against the Ravens.

Remember that Noah Brown has had two strong weeks. He has tallied 172 yards on seven receptions. With CJ Stroud performing exceptionally well at quarterback, Brown has a lot of potential in a favorable matchup, even if Nico Collins returns from a calf issue.

Fantasy Football Busts

Calvin Ridley’s inconsistency makes it hard to trust him right now. This is despite the favorable matchup against the Titans. Yes, we understand the temptation to start him. However, enduring another week of the Ridley rollercoaster might not be the ideal choice.

Just when Jahan Dotson was gaining momentum, he delivered a disappointing performance with zero points. Although his route participation numbers are solid, the week-to-week variation in his performance is a tough pill to swallow. Gabe Davis and Khalil Shakir, facing the Jets, go up against a defense that allowed the fewest fantasy football points per game to wide receivers in Week 10. These make them less appealing as starters.

Fantasy Football Injuries

Fortunately, only one relevant fantasy football wide receiver, Michael Thomas (knee), left early in Week 10. However, both Keenan Allen (shoulder) and Garrett Wilson (ankle) received attention from their respective training staffs during their games. As such, it’s essential to monitor their status throughout the week.

Several fantasy-relevant wide receivers missed Week 10 due to injuries. These include Tee Higgins (hamstring), Zay Jones (knee), Nico Collins (calf), KJ Osborn (concussion), DeVante Parker (concussion), and Treylon Burks (concussion). Of these, Osborn appears to be the most likely to play this week.

Justin Jefferson (hamstring) will be closely observed in practice this week. Still, given his “questionable” designation ahead of last week’s game, we expect him to return against the Broncos.

Now, let’s dive into our NFL Fantasy Football Wide Receiver rankings for Week 11 of the 2023 regular season. Standard rankings are indicated in parentheses.

NFL Fantasy Football Week 11 Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Tyreek Hill, MIA vs. LV (1)

2. CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ CAR (5)

3. Keenan Allen, LAC @ GB (6)

4. AJ Brown, PHI @ KC (4)

5. Ja’Marr Chase, CIN @ BAL (7)

6. Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. NYJ (3)

7. Justin Jefferson, MIN @ DEN (14)

8. Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. CHI (2)

9. Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. SEA (8)

10. Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. TB (16)

11. Mike Evans, TB @ SF (11)

12. Garrett Wilson, NYJ @ BUF (15)

13. Davante Adams, LV @ MIA (20)

14. Amari Cooper, CLE vs. PIT (36)

15. DK Metcalf, SEA @ LAR (18)

16. Adam Thielen, CAR vs. DAL (9)

17. Jordan Addison, MIN @ DEN (35)

18. DeAndre Hopkins, TEN @ JAC (12)

19. Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. LV (17)

20. Puka Nacua, LAR vs. SEA (24)

21. DeVonta Smith, PHI @ KC (13)

22. Noah Brown, HOU vs. ARI (46)

23. Jakobi Meyers, LV @ MIA (32)

24. George Pickens, PIT @ CLE (40)

25. Christian Kirk, JAC vs. TEN (19)

26. DJ Moore, CHI @ DET (27)

27. Chris Godwin, TB @ SF (33)

28. Diontae Johnson, PIT @ CLE (23)

29. Tank Dell, HOU vs. ARI (31)

30. Romeo Doubs, GB vs. LAC (43)

31. Deebo Samuel, SF vs. TB (22)

32. Marquise Brown, ARI @ HOU (29)

33. Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. NYG (10)

34. Tyler Lockett, SEA @ LAR (28)

35. Rashee Rice, KC vs. PHI (25)

36. Tyler Boyd, CIN @ BAL (38)

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