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Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

This is it. Just one more week that we need to hear about kickers until next season. Or at least until the debate begins as to whether or not we should eliminate the position for 2017.

But not so fast.

We still should not overlook the position, as the upper level kickers can average about nine to ten points per game with the potential for a 15 point week. That could mean the difference between a championship and a painful second place finish. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week:

  1. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  4. Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  5. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  6. Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  8. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at Denver Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Stop me if you have heard this before; expected point totals will continue to go down as we get closer to kickoff. To close out the season, all of the games will be taking place on Sunday, and there aren’t many teams who don’t know (or have control) of where they will be next weekend.

Since last week’s games, all we have seen is a steady parade of offensive skill position players who will be bystanders to close out the regular season. That means offense will be at a premium and the risk involved with most defenses should be at a minimum. Let’s take a look at how our options rank for this week:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  3. Denver Broncos – vs. Oakland
  4. Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles
  5. Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  6. Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  7. Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

Things have not been easy this year at the tight end position, and things will likely not get better this week. If there is anything good to takeaway here, and it’s really just an optimistic point of view, it’s that things aren’t going get anymore difficult for the last week of the season. Let’s jump into the rankings:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Diego
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  5. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  8. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  9. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

This is not going to be an easy week. In fact, it might be the most challenging week there is… Challenging might not necessarily be the right word to use, maybe frustrating or nerve wracking might be more like it.  If you are still playing it means one of two things: Either you have reached the championship, and in that case congratulations, or you are setting a DFS lineup to help ease the pain of the fantasy football season being over.

Regardless of what brings you here, it is commendable as there is nothing like filling out a Week 17 lineup. We already have an abundance of players sidelined as there is no reason to risk further injury when the game means nothing, and more inactive players will likely come this weekend.

The rankings below are based on what we know at this point, but also are very much subject to change based on who actually takes the field. If you are setting a lineup make sure to monitor who will be actually taking the field and try to read the tea leaves as to what the usage will be. We’ll try to note of the situations that might look a little different than they did last week as there are certainly opportunities for value out there. Read more

Will Allen Robinson (Or Similar WR) Be Viable Options This Week?

by Ray Kuhn

Speculation doesn’t matter. Potential, that is meaningless at this point in the season. What is important though, is results.

And there are players, who for one reason or another, just haven’t produced them this season. At this point in the season, there is no need to be taking risks. If there is a risk to be taken, it should be in situations where upside is plentiful. There is no tomorrow, and you should plan accordingly.

Who would have thought this? We are in Week 16, and Allen Robinson is ranked 44th among wide receivers by RotoProfessor. It certainly isn’t a sudden development as Robinson has struggled all season, but it is a bit surprising to see him not even ranked as a WR3.

After all, Robinson was either a late first round or early second round selection in drafts this summer. We are well beyond the point of equating Robinson’s roster status to where he was drafted, and it is very possible you weren’t able to overcome his poor performance, but the time is now. Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the season kickers were not receiving much, if any, respect. There was talk about eliminating the position entirely from fantasy leagues, and as a whole they didn’t do much to help their cause. Last week though, with weather becoming more of an issue across the league, kickers had a very good week. With fantasy championships on the line, let’s hope they can make it two in a row. Here is how the kickers rank for Week 16:

  1. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  2. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  4. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapollis
  5. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  6. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys -vs. Detroit
  7. Will Lutz – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Due to multiple factors we have quite an interesting slate of games from an over/under perspective. Weather will once again be an issue, and it likely will cause game totals to continue to fall as we get closer to Saturday. There are 12 games with an over/under of 44.5 or lower as of Wednesday night, and just four games are expected to be over 46.5 points with three match-ups expecting a combined total of between 52 and 53 points.  That means plenty of opportunity for defensive success, or at the very least there isn’t too much risk. Let’s take a look at how things rank:

  1. New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  3. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  4. Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  5. San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  6. New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  7. Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Fantasy football is not easy and you need a lot of things to go right to get to this point, so hopefully you still have something to play for this week. While we won’t object to third place, especially if there is a financial benefit, first place is where the glory lies.

Remember that this is a short week. While things still goes through Monday night, the majority of the week’s action will be taking place on Saturday. That means one less day of practice and one less day of decision making. Let’s not waste any time as we jump into the running back rankings for this week:

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  2. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Detroit
  3. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  4. DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  5. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
  6. Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina Read more

Going Deep: Who Will Pick up the Slack with Julio Jones Sidelined?

by Ray Kuhn

We cannot understate how big of a blow it is to the Falcons that Julio Jones will be out of the lineup this week. Of course, it is clearly the correct call though. Atlanta should have no problem defeating the 49ers at home this week without their star receiver, and his health heading into the playoffs is more important.

But, that doesn’t take into account the issues you, as a fantasy owner, must overcome this week without Jones (your likely first round pick) at your disposal.

In most leagues, the waiver wire is pretty thin, and Taylor Gabriel has already been snatched up. But replacing Jones is not merely one mans job. Over 12 games, Jones has 72 catches for 1,253 yards, five touchdowns, and seven games with more than 100 yards.  Read more

Week 15 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

We are almost there with just two more weeks of paying attention to kickers, though it likely won’t be a smooth ride. Of all the positions we pay the least attention to kicker, until they cost you a playoff victory. So we are here to help make sure that doesn’t happen.  Look for efficiency, recent success, favorable weather conditions and a large expected point total to try and cover yourself. With that in mind, let’s jump into the rankings for this week:

  1. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – vs. San Francisco
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  3. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
  4. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Philadelphia
  5. Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – at San Diego
  6. Kai Forbath – Minnesota Vikings – at Indianapolis
  7. Stephen Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles
  8. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Minnesota Read more