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Waiver Wire Friday: Take it to the Max

Posted By: on April 21, 2017

After what has been far too long of a layoff, we’re getting back to basics here at BretskyBall and what better way to do that than dust off an old favorite and dive into the free agent pool on a relaxing Friday afternoon.

Just two and a half weeks into the fantasy season, I’ll urge you to remain patient with the team you’ve drafted. Baseball is a grind and with most players sitting with fewer than 60 at-bats on the year it is way, way, waaaaaaaay too early to declare busts, cut bait, or panic. Two good games can turn an absolute dud into a solid contributor.

Of course, the flip side on that argument is that you must still consider your roster and how you can free up some space for those up-and-coming talents that have started off the season hot.

Minnesota Twins’ outfielder Max Kepler fits that bill. After going late or undrafted in many league, Kepler has put together a very productive start to the season, proving to be a more enticing mixed league option than his heavily-hyped teammate Byron Bukkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkston. Kepler’s 2016 numbers during his first taste of big league action where not all that impressive (.235/.309/.424) but he did mash 17 home runs over 113 games and a poor .261 BABIP can take some of that blame for his dissapointing average.

Kepler is off to a fine start to the year, slashing .309/.361/.509 over 61 at-bats with eight runs scored and seven RBI. Kepler’s power numbers in the minors are not all that impressive, but his plate discipline and performance last year show an improving player who can become an above average major league hitter. Kepler is available in about 68% of standard Yahoo! leagues and is a more attractive add than several more heavily-owned outfielders like Melky Cabrera, Carlos Beltran and teammate Byron Buxton.

Each week we’ll provide a position-by-position roundup of the top talent on the wire. To qualify, players must have an ownership rate below 40% in standard 12-team Yahoo leagues. For our deeper formats, we’ll also throw out names with under 15% ownership.

Working The Waiver Wire

Catcher

Austin Hedges (8%) – After shaking off a slow start in which he was hitless over his first nine games, Hedges has six hits in his last six contests including a pair of homers.

Tom Murphy (8%) – Murphy remains sidelined with a fractured forearm, but it’s only a matter of time before he is the primary catcher for the Rockies and taking half of his hacks at Coors Field.

First Base

Mitch Moreland (27%) – Moreland has long been a solid play agains right-handed pitching and has been productive overall in the season’s opening weeks, batting .344/.420/.574 over 69 plate appearances.

Lucas Duda (13%) – Injuries are always the issue with Duda and, surprise, he’s hurt again already (though thankfully, it’s not his back). If Duda gets right, he’s a very solid and underrated power bat.

Logan Morrison (11%) – LoMo remains a batting average liability, but has shown improved pop so far this year, clubbing three home runs and plating 11 RBI over his first 16 games. He has opportunity in Tampa.

Middle Infield

Zack Cozart (38%) – If your in a league with me, you won’t find Cozart on the waiver wire. He posted a perfectly respectable .252-67-16-50-4 5×5 line over 121 games last season and is the perfect late round middle infielder to fill out your roster. Injuries have been a issue for Cozart but he’s healthy now and hitting a ridiculous .400/.481/.667 over his first 14 games in 2017.

Devon Travis (37%) – It’s been a painful start for the Blue Jays in general and Travis has been one of the weakest links. He’s shown enough over the past two seasons to get a little more leash, however, so if an impatient owner has moved on from Travis, now would be a nice time to scoop him up and stash on your bench. This lineup is too good to slump for too long.

Andrelton Simmons (7%) – For deeper leagues, don’t sleep on Simmons. He’s hit well over the first couple of weeks of the season and despite his recent track record has shown ability to provide double-digit power from a middle infield spot.

Third Base

Matt Davidson (9%) – Don’t expect the average to stay over .300 for all that long, but Davidson has always been an intriguing power prospect. He’s blasted three homers and driven in 10 over just 34 at-bats. Ride him while he’s red hot.

Martin Prado (7%) – Injury delayed Prado’s start to the season so he’s likely to be sitting on most waiver wires. Prado remains a consistent-but-unexciting option in mixed leagues. He’s not going to hurt you anywhere while providing a solid BA and runs scored with modest RBI and power numbers.

Outfield

Michael Conforto (20%) – Though his playing time has been frustratingly sparse, Conforto has been doing everything in his power to prove he’s worth an everyday spot — blasting a pair of home runs and batting .320 over just 25 at-bats.

Jarrod Dyson (23%) – As I wrote for FantasyPros just yesterday: Following a slow start at the dish, Jarrod Dyson’s ownership rate has slipped below the 25% ownership rate in most formats. He is still locked into an everyday role and has found himself hitting at the top of the lineup in five of his last eight starts. Dyson’s piled up four steals on the young season and can still bring plenty of speed to a needy fantasy roster. He’s worth an add for all teams looking for steals.

Josh Reddick (11%) – He fits right in with Houston’s homer-happy lineup so as long as Reddick is getting at-bats he’s an interesting name in all leagues.

Michael Saunders (4%) – We’ll throw in a homer pick from my very own Philadelphia Phillies for good measure. Saunders has always possessed the type of power/speed blend that makes fantasy owners drool. His streakiness is notable, however, Saunders can be an asset when hot. He’s a wait and see type, but worth an add in deeper leagues.

Starters

AJ Griffin (8%) – Griffin has railed off two straight quality starts to bump his record to 2-0 through three turns in the rotation. He’s not a flashy arm, but Griffin has struck out 16 batters with just four walks over his first 15.1 innings and has a couple of productive fantasy seasons under his belt despite some mediocre results coming off of surgery in 2016. If he’s regained the form we saw in 2012-2013, Griffin will be a useful arm in all leagues and is widely available.

Bartolo Colon (24%) – The rotund Colon is always overlooked and is as far from a sexy pickup as you can get. Still, Bartolo pounds the strike zone and continues to get enough strikeouts to matter in fantasy. When things go bad, they can get really ugly, but Colon is a nice spot start, particularly when facing some of his weak NL East opponents.

Jason Hammel (16%) – Hammel is another overlooked veteran who will never be your ace, but will always be a solid No. 4. He was blasted in his first two turns in 2017 but bounced back with a quality start this week. There is no shame with rolling Hammel out every fifth day in 12-team leagues.

Shelby Miller (11%) – While I’ll never trust this guy, the early results indicate that we should be paying attention.

Alex Wood (8%) – The K-rate has always made Wood an interesting name in fantasy so we’ll keep an eye on his performance as he has a clear path to the rotation. now.

Closer Carnage

It will be a constant race to the wire to go mining for saves, here’s how we see it.

Go get ’em: Hector Neris (48%), Santiago Casilla (42%), Joaquin Benoit (42%), Sean Doolittle (18%), Koda Glover (18%), Darren O’Day (7%)

Keep an eye on: Jeremy Jeffress (18%), Michael Lorenzen (8%), Jose Leclerc (4%), Drew Storen (5%)

2017 Fantasy Baseball Top-300 Rankings

Posted By: on March 26, 2017

Draft Season is in full swing and sometimes, it’s not until you’re literally sitting on the clock until you’re true preferences as a fantasy player are revealed. Given the fluid nature of things, we’ll continue tweaking these ranking right up to Opening Day.

Here is our overall list heading into the 2017 Fantasy Season. Positional breakdowns coming later this week — have at it!

Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings

Posted By: on October 1, 2016

A jam packed Sunday of football brings of NFL action across two continents with the Jacksonville Jaguars facing off with the Indianapolis Colts in Wembley Stadium. We’s also got a couple of intriguing matchups highlighted by an AFC showdown between the Chiefs and Steelers on Sunday night. Look for the Jets to get back on track and “upset” the Seattle Seahawks who are taking a trip across the country to play an early game.

Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings

Posted By: on September 25, 2016

Sunday brings us another glorious day of football. Let’s see what trends hold up from the first two weeks and continue to shape the landscape for the season.

We’re buying No. 1 overall QB Matt Ryan to continue his success in a Monday night showdown at the Super Dome.

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings

Posted By: on August 20, 2016

Welcome to another wonderful football season here at BretskyBall. Heading into your fantasy draft season we’ve wrapped up our top-150, positional and PPR fantasy football rankings.

Top 200 Fantasy Football Rankings 2016

RankNameTeamPosition
1Antonio BrownPITWR
2Julio JonesATLWR
3Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWR
4Adrian PetersonMINRB
5David JohnsonARIRB
6A.J. GreenCINWR
7Todd GurleyLARB
8Dez BryantDALWR
9DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR
10Devonta FreemanATLRB
11Lamar MillerHOURB
12Rob GronkowskiNETE
13Jamaal CharlesKCRB
14Mark IngramNORB
15Ezekiel ElliottDALRB
16Mike EvansTBWR
17Alshon JefferyCHIWR
18Le'Veon BellPITRB
19Allen RobinsonJACWR
20C.J. AndersonDENRB
21Brandon MarshallNYJWR
22Jordy NelsonGBWR
23T.Y. HiltonINDWR
24Doug MartinTBRB
25Eddie LacyGBRB
26Keenan AllenSDWR
27Amari CooperOAKWR
28Sammy WatkinsBUFWR
29Thomas RawlsSEARB
30Jonathan StewartCARRB
31Carlos HydeSFRB
32Cam NewtonCARQB
33Demaryius ThomasDENWR
34Brandin CooksNOWR
35Eric DeckerNYJWR
36Randall CobbGBWR
37LeSean McCoyBUFRB
38Aaron RodgersGBQB
39Jeremy MaclinKCWR
40Jordan ReedWASTE
41Latavius MurrayOAKRB
42Ryan MathewsPHIRB
43Andrew LuckINDQB
44Kelvin BenjaminCARWR
45Greg OlsenCARTE
46Julian EdelmanNEWR
47Russell WilsonSEAQB
48Matt ForteNYJRB
49Arian FosterMIARB
50Travis KelceKCTE
51Dion LewisNERB
52Jarvis LandryMIAWR
53Donte MoncriefINDWR
54Chris IvoryJACRB
55Doug BaldwinSEAWR
56Marvin JonesDETWR
57Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB
58DeMarco MurrayTENRB
59Jeremy LangfordCHIRB
60Golden TateDETWR
61Drew BreesNOQB
62Jeremy HillCINRB
63Jordan MatthewsPHIWR
64John BrownARIWR
65Rashad JenningsNYGRB
66Delanie WalkerTENTE
67Michael FloydARIWR
68Larry FitzgeraldARIWR
69Carson PalmerARIQB
70Tom BradyNEQB
71Matt JonesWASRB
72Justin ForsettBALRB
73Giovani BernardCINRB
74Emmanuel SandersDENWR
75Antonio GatesSDTE
76Coby FleenerNOTE
77Devante ParkerMIAWR
78Eli ManningNYGQB
79Chris HoganNEWR
80Allen HurnsJACWR
81Duke JohnsonCLERB
82Tyler EifertCINTE
83Ameer AbdullahDETRB
84Isaiah CrowellCLERB
85DeSean JacksonWASWR
86Willie SneadNOWR
87Frank GoreINDRB
88Matt RyanATLQB
89Charles SimsTBRB
90Julius ThomasJACTE
91Tyler LockettSEAWR
92Bilal PowellNYJRB
93Josh GordonCLEWR
94Zach ErtzPHITE
95Philip RiversSDQB
96Danny WoodheadSDRB
97Stefon DiggsMINWR
98Melvin GordonSDRB
99Andy DaltonCINQB
100Gary BarnidgeCLETE
101Darren SprolesPHIRB
102Corey ColemanCLEWR
103DeAngelo WilliamsPITRB
104Kevin WhiteCHIWR
105Michael CrabtreeOAKWR
106Kirk CousinsWASQB
107Christine MichaelSEARB
108Martellus BennettNETE
109Travis BenjaminSDWR
110Shane VereenNYGRB
111Derek CarrOAKQB
112Rishard MatthewsTENWR
113Torrey SmithSFWR
114Dwayne AllenINDTE
115T.J. YeldonJACRB
116Blake BortlesJACQB
117Jay AjayiMIARB
118LeGarrette BlountNERB
119Tyrod TaylorBUFQB
120Tony RomoDALQB
121Sterling ShepardNYGWR
122Tavon AustinLAWR
123Theo RiddickDETRB
124Jimmy GrahamSEATE
125Chris JohnsonARIRB
126Matthew StaffordDETQB
127Vincent JacksonTBWR
128Steve SmithBALWR
129Joe FlaccoBALQB
130Bruce EllingtonSFWR
131Chris ThompsonWASRB
132Seattle SeahawksSEADST
133Eric EbronDETTE
134Denver BroncosDENDST
135Jason WittenDALTE
136Jerick McKinnonMINRB
137James StarksGBRB
138Ryan FitzpatrickNYJQB
139Markus WheatonPITWR
140Robert GriffinCLEQB
141Devin FunchessCARWR
142Kenneth DixonBALRB
143Kamar AikenBALWR
144Sammie CoatesPITWR
145Kendall WrightTENWR
146Josh FergusonINDRB
147Zach MillerCHITE
148Michael ThomasNOWR
149Arizona CardinalsARIDST
150Dorial Green-BeckhamPHIWR
151Laquon TreadwellMINWR
152Javorius AllenBALRB
153Devontae BookerDENRB
154Sam BradfordPHIQB
155Alex SmithKCQB
156Carolina PanthersCARDST
157Charles ClayBUFTE
158Phillip DorsettINDWR
159Houston TexansHOUDST
160Mohamed SanuATLWR
161Tevin ColemanATLRB
162DeAndre WashingtonOAKRB
163Clive WalfordOAKTE
164Jameis WinstonTBQB
165Nelson AgholorPHIWR
166Kenny StillsMIAWR
167Mike WallaceBALWR
168Philadelphia EaglesPHIDST
169Austin Seferian-JenkinsTBTE
170Ronnie HillmanDENRB
171Jordan CameronMIATE
172C.J. ProsiseSEARB
173Jaelen StrongHOUWR
174Josh DoctsonWASWR
175Derrick HenryTENRB
176Ladarius GreenPITTE
177Jared CookGBTE
178Terrance WilliamsDALWR
179Marcus MariotaTENQB
180Pierre GarconWASWR
181Malcolm MitchellNEWR
182Jordan HowardCHIRB
183Karlos WilliamsBUFRB
184Will TyeNYGTE
185Darren McFaddenDALRB
186Anquan BoldinDETWR
187Ryan TannehillMIAQB
188Los Angeles RamsLADST
189C.J. SpillerNORB
190Paul PerkinsNYGRB
191Kansas City ChiefsKCDST
192Vance McDonaldSFTE
193Spencer WareKCRB
194Breshad PerrimanBALWR
195Benjamin WatsonBALTE
196Terrance WestBALRB
197Wendell SmallwoodPHIRB
198Minnesota VikingsMINDST
199Tim HightowerNORB
200Jeff JanisGBWR

 

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings

Posted By: on August 20, 2016

Welcome to another wonderful football season here at BretskyBall. Heading into your fantasy draft season we’ve wrapped up our top-200, positional and PPR fantasy football rankings.

Top 200 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings 2016

RankNameTeamPositions
1Antonio BrownPITWR
2Julio JonesATLWR
3David JohnsonARIRB
4Odell Beckham Jr.NYGWR
5Devonta FreemanATLRB
6Adrian PetersonMINRB
7Rob GronkowskiNETE
8A.J. GreenCINWR
9DeAndre HopkinsHOUWR
10Todd GurleyLARB
11Dez BryantDALWR
12Lamar MillerHOURB
13Mike EvansTBWR
14Alshon JefferyCHIWR
15Mark IngramNORB
16Jamaal CharlesKCRB
17Brandon MarshallNYJWR
18Keenan AllenSDWR
19Allen RobinsonJACWR
20Jordy NelsonGBWR
21Ezekiel ElliottDALRB
22T.Y. HiltonINDWR
23Le'Veon BellPITRB
24Amari CooperOAKWR
25Demaryius ThomasDENWR
26C.J. AndersonDENRB
27Jarvis LandryMIAWR
28Julian EdelmanNEWR
29Doug MartinTBRB
30Brandin CooksNOWR
31Cam NewtonCARQB
32Dion LewisNERB
33Sammy WatkinsBUFWR
34Eric DeckerNYJWR
35Eddie LacyGBRB
36Carlos HydeSFRB
37Jordan ReedWASTE
38Aaron RodgersGBQB
39Jeremy MaclinKCWR
40Thomas RawlsSEARB
41LeSean McCoyBUFRB
42Travis KelceKCTE
43Jonathan StewartCARRB
44Randall CobbGBWR
45Latavius MurrayOAKRB
46Golden TateDETWR
47Kelvin BenjaminCARWR
48Andrew LuckINDQB
49Greg OlsenCARTE
50Donte MoncriefINDWR
51Danny WoodheadSDRB
52Marvin JonesDETWR
53Russell WilsonSEAQB
54Ryan MathewsPHIRB
55Jordan MatthewsPHIWR
56Arian FosterMIARB
57Duke JohnsonCLERB
58Doug BaldwinSEAWR
59Delanie WalkerTENTE
60Larry FitzgeraldARIWR
61Giovani BernardCINRB
62Ben RoethlisbergerPITQB
63Matt ForteNYJRB
64John BrownARIWR
65Antonio GatesSDTE
66Drew BreesNOQB
67Chris HoganNEWR
68Justin ForsettBALRB
69Emmanuel SandersDENWR
70Carson PalmerARIQB
71Michael FloydARIWR
72Tom BradyNEQB
73Jeremy LangfordCHIRB
74DeMarco MurrayTENRB
75Charles SimsTBRB
76Coby FleenerNOTE
77Devante ParkerMIAWR
78Willie SneadNOWR
79Darren SprolesPHIRB
80Chris IvoryJACRB
81Eli ManningNYGQB
82Tyler EifertCINTE
83Allen HurnsJACWR
84Tyler LockettSEAWR
85Josh GordonCLEWR
86Rashad JenningsNYGRB
87Julius ThomasJACTE
88Stefon DiggsMINWR
89DeSean JacksonWASWR
90Zach ErtzPHITE
91Corey ColemanCLEWR
92Michael CrabtreeOAKWR
93Shane VereenNYGRB
94Matt RyanATLQB
95Matt JonesWASRB
96Jeremy HillCINRB
97Bilal PowellNYJRB
98Gary BarnidgeCLETE
99Ameer AbdullahDETRB
100Theo RiddickDETRB
101Bruce EllingtonSFWR
102Philip RiversSDQB
103Kevin WhiteCHIWR
104Chris ThompsonWASRB
105Martellus BennettNETE
106Travis BenjaminSDWR
107Andy DaltonCINQB
108Frank GoreINDRB
109Kirk CousinsWASQB
110Isaiah CrowellCLERB
111Melvin GordonSDRB
112Rishard MatthewsTENWR
113T.J. YeldonJACRB
114Derek CarrOAKQB
115Sterling ShepardNYGWR
116Christine MichaelSEARB
117Blake BortlesJACQB
118Tavon AustinLAWR
119Dwayne AllenINDTE
120Jason WittenDALTE
121Tyrod TaylorBUFQB
122DeAngelo WilliamsPITRB
123Steve SmithBALWR
124Torrey SmithSFWR
125Jerick McKinnonMINRB
126Vincent JacksonTBWR
127Jay AjayiMIARB
128Jimmy GrahamSEATE
129Markus WheatonPITWR
130Kendall WrightTENWR
131Eric EbronDETTE
132Kamar AikenBALWR
133Kenneth DixonBALRB
134Tony RomoDALQB
135Seattle SeahawksSEADST
136Devin FunchessCARWR
137Matthew StaffordDETQB
138Sammie CoatesPITWR
139Zach MillerCHITE
140Denver BroncosDENDST
141Joe FlaccoBALQB
142Michael ThomasNOWR
143Ryan FitzpatrickNYJQB
144James StarksGBRB
145Laquon TreadwellMINWR
146Charles ClayBUFTE
147Josh FergusonINDRB
148Chris JohnsonARIRB
149Javorius AllenBALRB
150Mohamed SanuATLWR
151Phillip DorsettINDWR
152Clive WalfordOAKTE
153LeGarrette BlountNERB
154Arizona CardinalsARIDST
155Carolina PanthersCARDST
156DeAndre WashingtonOAKRB
157Dorial Green-BeckhamPHIWR
158Robert GriffinCLEQB
159Austin Seferian-JenkinsTBTE
160C.J. ProsiseSEARB
161Nelson AgholorPHIWR
162Houston TexansHOUDST
163Jordan CameronMIATE
164Kenny StillsMIAWR
165C.J. SpillerNORB
166Pierre GarconWASWR
167Jaelen StrongHOUWR
168Ladarius GreenPITTE
169Tevin ColemanATLRB
170Josh DoctsonWASWR
171Devontae BookerDENRB
172Philadelphia EaglesPHIDST
173Sam BradfordPHIQB
174Alex SmithKCQB
175Mike WallaceBALWR
176Ronnie HillmanDENRB
177Anquan BoldinDETWR
178Will TyeNYGTE
179Darren McFaddenDALRB
180Jared CookGBTE
181Malcolm MitchellNEWR
182Vance McDonaldSFTE
183Jordan HowardCHIRB
184Breshad PerrimanBALWR
185Derrick HenryTENRB
186Benjamin WatsonBALTE
187Los Angeles RamsLADST
188Tyler BoydCINWR
189Jameis WinstonTBQB
190Kansas City ChiefsKCDST
191Karlos WilliamsBUFRB
192Shaun DraughnSFRB
193Brandon LaFellCINWR
194Kyle RudolphMINTE
195Paul PerkinsNYGRB
196Minnesota VikingsMINDST
197Marcus MariotaTENQB
198Lance DunbarDALRB
199Terrance WilliamsDALWR
200Terrance WestBALRB

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback

Posted By: on August 20, 2016

The quarterbacks are a tough group to pin down this season as we saw a couple of top-flight options fall back to the pack in 2015. The top tier spans the top-7 names in these rankings, with Tom Brady’s impending four-game suspension the only thing keeping him out of that group.

Eli Manning bounced back nicely from an awful 2013 season with a pair of 30+ TD, 4400-yard campaigns. Amazing what an all-world talent on the outside can do for you. Year three under Ben McAdoo should be more of the same.

Blake Bortles at 15 likely represents the biggest surprise out of the top two tiers, but after leading the league in interceptions during his breakout sophomore campaign it’s hard to imagine that the Jags coaching staff allows him to lead the league in red zone passing attempts for a second straight season. With the offseason addition of Chris Ivory signaling a more run-heavy approach for 2016, Bortles sits behind veterans Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Philip Rivers and Kirk Cousins as well as fellow sophomore Derek Carr.

Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings 2016

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Aaron RodgersGB
2Cam NewtonCAR
3Andrew LuckIND
4Russell WilsonSEA
5Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
6Drew BreesNO
7Carson PalmerARI
Tier 2
8Tom BradyNE
9Eli ManningNYG
10Matt RyanATL
11Philip RiversSD
12Andy DaltonCIN
13Kirk CousinsWAS
14Derek CarrOAK
15Blake BortlesJAC
Tier 3
16Tyrod TaylorBUF
17Tony RomoDAL
18Matthew StaffordDET
19Joe FlaccoBAL
20Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ
21Robert GriffinCLE
22Sam BradfordPHI
23Alex SmithKC
24Jameis WinstonTB
25Marcus MariotaTEN
26Ryan TannehillMIA
27Jay CutlerCHI
28Brock OsweilerHOU
29Teddy BridgewaterMIN
30Mark SanchezDEN

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Back

Posted By: on August 20, 2016

While Adrian Peterson gets the nod at the top spot overall — any of the top 8 could finish at the as the king of the hill.

Lev Bell is simply too talented to let out of the top-10 and potential owners have to love seeing his suspension reduced to three games.

C.J. Anderson is getting no love in the preseason (RB14, 34 overall in consensus ADP data), despite averaging 4.7 ypc last season and 6.7 ypc over his last seven games.

Tier 1 stops at Elliot, the (mostly) healthy and in-their-prime bellcows with Bell, CJA, Doug Martin and Eddie Lacy forming the second tier.

Jonathan Stewart’s checkered injury history that includes multiple lower-leg issues leaves him out of this second tier and begins a new one including Carlos Hyde in Chip Kelly’s back-friendly system. Young risers Thomas Rawls and Latavius Murray as well as veterans LeSean McCoy and Ryan Matthews.

You absolutely want to leave the draft table with at least one of these top-18 backs. Missed time is the only thing that will prevent this group from returning RB1 value.

Tier four is also full of juice but the question marks are too big to ignore. Does Bilall Powell block Matt Forte from seeing anywhere near the volume he enjoyed in Chicago? How many games can Arian Foster get in? Does Demarco Murray bounce back? If you feel confident in any of these answers feel free to thrust these veterans up a round or two in your pre-draft list.

Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings 2016

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Adrian PetersonMIN
2David JohnsonARI
3Todd GurleyLA
4Devonta FreemanATL
5Lamar MillerHOU
6Jamaal CharlesKC
7Mark IngramNO
8Ezekiel ElliottDAL
Tier 2
9Le'Veon BellPIT
10C.J. AndersonDEN
11Doug MartinTB
12Eddie LacyGB
13Thomas RawlsSEA
Tier 3
14Jonathan StewartCAR
15Carlos HydeSF
16LeSean McCoyBUF
17Latavius MurrayOAK
18Ryan MathewsPHI
Tier 4
19Matt ForteNYJ
20Arian FosterMIA
21Dion LewisNE
22Chris IvoryJAC
23DeMarco MurrayTEN
24Jeremy LangfordCHI
25Jeremy HillCIN
26Rashad JenningsNYG
27Matt JonesWAS
28Justin ForsettBAL
29Giovani BernardCIN
30Duke JohnsonCLE
31Ameer AbdullahDET
32Isaiah CrowellCLE
33Frank GoreIND
34Charles SimsTB
35Bilal PowellNYJ
36Danny WoodheadSD
37Melvin GordonSD
Tier 5
38Darren SprolesPHI
39DeAngelo WilliamsPIT
40Christine MichaelSEA
41Shane VereenNYG
42T.J. YeldonJAC
43Jay AjayiMIA
44LeGarrette BlountNE
45Theo RiddickDET
Tier 6
46Chris JohnsonARI
47Chris ThompsonWAS
48Jerick McKinnonMIN
49James StarksGB
50Kenneth DixonBAL
51Josh FergusonIND
52Javorius AllenBAL
53Devontae BookerDEN
54Tevin ColemanATL
55DeAndre WashingtonOAK
56Ronnie HillmanDEN
57C.J. ProsiseSEA
58Derrick HenryTEN
59Jordan HowardCHI
60Karlos WilliamsBUF
61Darren McFaddenDAL
62C.J. SpillerNO
63Paul PerkinsNYG
64Spencer WareKC
65Terrance WestBAL
66Wendell SmallwoodPHI
67Tim HightowerNO
68George AtkinsonOAK
69Charcandrick WestKC
70Shaun DraughnSF
71Keith MarshallWAS
72Alfred MorrisDAL
73Lance DunbarDAL
74Cameron Artis-PayneCAR
75Andre EllingtonARI

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receiver

Posted By: on August 20, 2016

The top four options at the wide receiver position represent an elite tier with the enticing combination of superior talent, capable quarterback play and whole lot of targets. Beyond this upper echelon, Dez Bryant and Deandre Hopkins get the next two spots — we’ll call this tier 1B. A lost 2015 season keeping depressing Dez’s outlook while a new quarterback puts just the slightest bit of question in Nuk’s value.

The next group (tier-two) sits just a half-step behind, but each of the top-16 options has the look of a WR1. It’s an intriguing mix of young and old and the order they sit in your pre-draft list is merely personal preference.

Brandin Cooks starts the true third-tier of wide receivers covers the rest of the top-30 including all three wideouts in Arizona, both of Matthew Stafford aerial weapons and the moist talent “Number 2’s” in the game.

Interesintg values stand out in tier four, which is comprised of a mix of youngsters expected to see significant action (Parker, Coleman, White), a few reliable vets (Crabtree, Sanders, Jackson) as well as some stepping into larger roles (Chris Hogan).

Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings 2016

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Antonio BrownPIT
2Julio JonesATL
3Odell Beckham Jr.NYG
4A.J. GreenCIN
Tier 1B
5Dez BryantDAL
6DeAndre HopkinsHOU
Tier 2
7Mike EvansTB
8Alshon JefferyCHI
9Allen RobinsonJAC
10Brandon MarshallNYJ
11Jordy NelsonGB
12T.Y. HiltonIND
13Keenan AllenSD
14Amari CooperOAK
15Sammy WatkinsBUF
16Demaryius ThomasDEN
Tier 3
17Brandin CooksNO
18Eric DeckerNYJ
19Randall CobbGB
20Jeremy MaclinKC
21Kelvin BenjaminCAR
22Julian EdelmanNE
23Jarvis LandryMIA
24Donte MoncriefIND
25Doug BaldwinSEA
26Marvin JonesDET
27Golden TateDET
28Jordan MatthewsPHI
29John BrownARI
30Michael FloydARI
31Larry FitzgeraldARI
Tier 4
32Emmanuel SandersDEN
33Devante ParkerMIA
34Chris HoganNE
35Allen HurnsJAC
36DeSean JacksonWAS
37Willie SneadNO
38Tyler LockettSEA
39Josh GordonCLE
40Stefon DiggsMIN
41Corey ColemanCLE
42Kevin WhiteCHI
43Michael CrabtreeOAK
44Travis BenjaminSD
45Rishard MatthewsTEN
46Torrey SmithSF
47Sterling ShepardNYG
48Tavon AustinLA
49Vincent JacksonTB
50Steve SmithBAL
51Bruce EllingtonSF
52Davante AdamsGB
53Markus WheatonPIT
54Devin FunchessCAR
55Kamar AikenBAL
56Sammie CoatesPIT
57Kendall WrightTEN
58Michael ThomasNO
59Dorial Green-BeckhamPHI
60Laquon TreadwellMIN
61Phillip DorsettIND
62Mohamed SanuATL
63Nelson AgholorPHI
64Kenny StillsMIA
65Mike WallaceBAL
66Jaelen StrongHOU
67Josh DoctsonWAS
68Terrance WilliamsDAL
69Pierre GarconWAS
70Malcolm MitchellNE
71Anquan BoldinDET
72Breshad PerrimanBAL
73Jeff JanisGB
74Tyler BoydCIN
75Brandon LaFellCIN
76Ted GinnCAR
77Will FullerHOU
78Rueben RandlePHI
79Terrelle PryorCLE
80Kenny BrittLA

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight End

Posted By: on August 20, 2016

At the tight end position, Gronk remains in a tier of his own, but there’s a nice bit of value in the remaining options in the top-10. Reed and Olsen are the “safest” bets to return TE1 value but Travis Kelce and Delaine Walker have plenty of potential as well. Antonio Gates remains the veteran value at the position, while getting very little respect as the 13th tight end taken on average according to Fantasy Pro’s consensus ADP data.

Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings 2016

RankNameTeam
1Rob GronkowskiNE
2Jordan ReedWAS
3Greg OlsenCAR
4Travis KelceKC
5Delanie WalkerTEN
6Antonio GatesSD
7Coby FleenerNO
8Tyler EifertCIN
9Julius ThomasJAC
10Zach ErtzPHI
11Gary BarnidgeCLE
12Martellus BennettNE
13Dwayne AllenIND
14Ladarius GreenPIT
15Clive WalfordOAK
16Jimmy GrahamSEA
17Eric EbronDET
18Jason WittenDAL
19Zach MillerCHI
20Cameron BrateTB