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2016 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight end has become a surprisingly deep position, with significant upside up and down the rankings.  Whether it’s veterans who are easily overlooked or high upside players (both in a new location or with new opportunity), it seems like it’s easy to find value at any point in your draft.  Who are the best players to target?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
  2. Jordan Reed – Washington Nationals
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
  4. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans
  6. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
  7. Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints
  8. Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers Read more

2016 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are quickly moving away from the old fashioned “lead” running back, making a true three-down back in his prime so much more valuable.  Instead we are seeing most teams utilize a committee, with two or three backs sharing the opportunities.  Obviously, even in these situations, there is going to be a player who is more valuable.  Sometimes, though, it’s a little bit more complicated to identify.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how we currently view the running backs as we prepare for the 2016 season:

  1. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams
  2. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
  3. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals
  4. Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys
  5. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
  6. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons
  7. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Lamar Miller – Houston Texans Read more

2016 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that quarterback is an extremely deep position, especially in one-quarterback formats.  It’s easy to look towards the later rounds in the draft and see productive options being available, so there isn’t necessarily a need to reach in the early rounds.  That’s not to say that all quarterbacks are created equal and that there is reason to simply ignore the top names.  Who is the best heading into 2016?  Who has under-the-radar value?  Let’s take a look at our first rankings of the year:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
  3. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
  7. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
  8. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  9. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Kickers can truly decide a game, but the goal is always to avoid that occurrence. Of course that cannot be completely avoided, so here is how the Kickers rank to close out the season.

  1. Shayne Graham – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  4. Caleb Sturgis – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  5. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  6. Dustin Hopkins – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  7. Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Nick Novak – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

As we close out the season, the best opportunities we have seen all year for defenses is upon us. At this point only about a third of teams have something to play for and there are no risks being taken. There are a lot of injuries and teams that are at less than full strength, so we will be seeing a lot of backups this week. While that also covers defensive players, this is most felt at the offensive skill positions. With that in mind let’s take a look at how the Defenses rank to close out the season.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  2. Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  5. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
  6. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  7. New England Patriots – at Miami
  8. St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

There’s a lot on line for all of those who are still playing fantasy football in Week 17, so lineup decisions are more important than ever before. Here is how I see the Wide Receiver position breaking down in the rankings this week:

  1. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans
  2. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Philadelphia
  3. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville
  4. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland
  5. Brandon Marshall – New York Jets @ Buffalo
  6. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta
  7. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore
  8. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos vs. San Diego
  9. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston
  10. Eric Decker – New York Jets @ Buffalo Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

At this point it really is getting to be ridiculous. Now that we are at the finish line of the regular season your preseason rankings should have been long tossed out in the trash and we can all agree that there is very little symmetry between the Week 1 and Week 17 rankings. Regardless, it has been a wild ride, so let’s close out the season by seeing how the backfield options rank one last time:

  1. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  2. Todd Gurley – St. Louis Rams – at San Francisco
  3. DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  4. Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  5. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
  6. Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  7. Tim Hightower – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  8. Darren McFadden – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  9. Charcandrick West – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  10. Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 17 is always a difficult week, which is why most leagues end in Week 16.  However, if you are still battling for a championship let’s take a look at who the best options are:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  6. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  8. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  9. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  10. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta Read more

Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Ray Kuhn

We have reached the finish line. The fantasy football season which is a marathon, sprint and game of survival all at the same time, but Week 17 is finally here. For those of you who are still alive in your league, there literally is no next week and all of the chips are on the table. If not and you are just taking a crack at DFS to add a little bit of intrigue to the game, here is how the Tight Ends rank to close out the season:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Miami
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  4. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
  5. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  6. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  7. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  8. Ben Watson – New Orleans – at Atlanta Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

By the looks of the weather you would never know that it is December. That at least gives you somewhat of a respite when trying to select your kicker, but in Championship Week there is no such thing as an easy decision. Let’s take a look at how the kicker ranks shake out for this week.

  1. Carlo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cleveland
  2. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  3. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs St. Louis
  4. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
  5. Matt Prater – Detroit Lions – vs. San Francisco
  6. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Arizona
  7. Josh Brown – New York Giants – at Minnesota
  8. Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Green Bay Read more