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Updated Preseason 2016 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We have a few weeks of preseason action under our belts and fantasy football drafts are soon approaching (if they haven’t already).  Obviously a lot of things have changed, as situations become a little bit clearer in terms of who is going to start (though not all situations are settled quite yet).  With that in mind let’s start updating our rankings for 2016:

  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. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
  9. Eli Manning – New York Giants
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers Read more

Top 10 Rookie Running Backs For 2016 (How Do Things Fall Behind Ezekiel Elliott)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

You don’t need to be an early round draft pick in order to be a productive running back.  That’s a lesson we’ve all learned by now, with opportunity often being the biggest key.  Which rookies have the highest upside for the 2016 season?  Let’s take a look:

1) Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys
Is there any doubt who the top rookie running back is going to be at year’s end?  Selected fourth overall, Elliott steps into an offense with one of the best offensive lines in the game and a passing game that defenses need to pay attention to (as long as everyone can stay healthy).  Remember Darren McFadden topped 1,000 yards in 2015 and DeMarco Murray ripped off 1,845 yards in 2014 in this offense.  Don’t be surprised to see Elliot emerge as one of the elite runners in the game.

2) Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans
If he wasn’t sharing the backfield with Demarco Murray he’d likely be well ahead of the rest of the field.  Of course Murray has only once played all 16 games and struggled mightily in his lone season in Philadelphia last year (3.6 yards/carry).  You can easily argue that he simply wasn’t a fit, but is it really unthinkable that Henry ultimately assumes lead back duties?  Regardless, this appears primed to be a run based offense and there should be more than enough carries to go around. Read more

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