2017 RB Rankings 2.0

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Tier 1

1. David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

2. Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tier 2

3. Melvin Gordon - San Diego Chargers

4. Jay Ajayi - Miami Dolphins

5. Lesean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

6. Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons

Tier 3

7. DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans

8. Carlos Hyde - San Francisco 49ers

9. Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams

10. Jordan Howard - Chicago Bears

11. Isaiah Crowell - Cleveland Browns

12. Lamar Miller - Houston Texans

13. Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers

14. Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings

15. Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs

16. Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17. Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

Tier 4

18. Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals

19. Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders

20. Ameer Abdullah - Detroit Lions

21. Ty Montgomery - Green Bay Packers

22. Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars

23. Bilal Powell - New York Jets

24. Danny Woodhead - Baltimore Ravens

25. Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints

Tier 5

26. Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys

27. Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans

28. CJ Anderson - Denver Broncos

29. Paul Perkins - New York Giants

30. Tevin Coleman - Atlanta Falcons

31. Adrian Peterson - New Orleans Saints

32. Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots

33. Mike Gillislee - New England Patriots

Tier 6

34. Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions

35. Frank Gore - Indianapolis Colts

36. Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

37. Rob Kelley - Washington Redskins

38. Thomas Rawls - Seattle Seahawks

39. Terrence West - Baltimore Ravens

40. Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers

41. LeGarrette Blount - Philadelphia Eagles

42. James White - New England Patriots

43. Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns

Tier 7

44. Matt Forte - New York Jets

45. Eddie Lacy - Seattle Seahawks

46. Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers

47. Samaje Perine - Washington Redskins

48. Jacquizz Rodgers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tier 8

49. Tarik Cohen - Chicago Bears

50. Dion Lewis - New England Patriots

51. Charles Sims - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

52. Shane Vereen - New York Giants

53. DeAndre Washington - Oakland Raiders

54. Buck Allen - Baltimore Ravens

55. Wendall Smallwood - Philadelphia Eagles

56. D'Onta Foreman - Houston Texans

57. CJ Prosise - Seattle Seahawks

58. Jalen Richard - Oakland Raiders

59. Gio Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals

60. Marlon Mack - Indianapolis Colts

61. Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

62. Jamaal Charles - Denver Broncos

63. Latavius Murray - Minnesota Vikings

64. Chris Thompson - Washington Redskins

65. Branden Oliver - Los Angeles Chargers

2017 WR Rankings 2.0

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tier 1

1. Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

3. Odell Beckham Jr - New York Giants

Tier 2

4. Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

5. Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6. AJ Green - Cincinnati Bengals

Tier 3

7. Michael Thomas - New Orleans Saints

8. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

9. Doug Baldwin - Seattle Seahawks

10. Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

11. Brandin Cooks - New England Patriots

12. Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders

13. TY Hilton - Indianapolis Colts

14. Tyreek Hill - Kansas City Chiefs

15. Keenan Allen - San Diego Chargers

Tier 4

16. Martavis Bryant - Pittsburgh Steelers

17. DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Texans

18. Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings

19. Davante Adams - Green Bay Packers

Tier 5

20. Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

21. Sammy Watkins - Los Angeles Rams

22. Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

23. Terrelle Pryor - Washington Redskins

24. Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders

25. Alshon Jeffrey - Philadelphia Eagles

26. Allen Robinson - Jacksonville Jaguars

27. Tyrell Williams - Los Angeles Chargers

28. DeVante Parker - Miami Dolphins

29. Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

30. Kelvin Benjamin - Carolina Panthers

31. Desean Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

32. Jamison Crowder - Washington Redskins

33. Pierre Garcon - San Francisco 49ers

34. Jarvis Landry - Miami Dolphins

35. Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions

Tier 6

36. Brandon Marshall - New York GIants

37. Corey Coleman - Cleveland Browns

38. Willie Snead - New Orleans Saints

39. Corey Davis - Tennessee Titans

40. Eric Decker - Tennessee Titans

41. Jeremy Maclin - Baltimore Ravens

42. Donte Moncrief - Indianapolis Colts

43. Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers

44. Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings

45. Jordan Matthews - Buffalo Bills

46. John Brown - Arizona Cardinals

47. Kenny Britt - Cleveland Browns

48. Rishard Matthews - Tennessee Titans

49. Chris Hogan - New England Patriots

50. Ted Ginn - New Orleans Saints

Tier 7

51. Robby Anderson - New York Jets

52. Mike Wallace - Baltimore Ravens

53. Zay Jones - Buffalo Bills

54. Paul Richardson - Seattle Seahawks

55. Sterling Shepard - New York Giants

56. Cooper Kupp - Los Angeles Rams

57. Cole Beasley - Dallas Cowboys

58. Kevin White - Chicago Bears

59. Kendall Wright - Chicago Bears

60. Marqise Lee - Jacksonville Jaguars

61. Devin Funchess - Carolina Panthers

62. Mohammed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons

63. Marquise Goodwin - San Francisco 49ers

64. Tyler Lockett - Seattle Seahawks

65. Torrey Smith - Philadelphia Eagless

2017 TE Rankings 2.0

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Tier 1

1. Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

Tier 2

2. Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

3. Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs

4. Jimmy Graham - Seattle Seahawks

Tier 3

5. Jordan Reed - Washington Redskins

6. Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals 

Tier 4

7. Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans

8. Zach Ertz - Philadephia Eagles

9. Hunter Henry - San Diego Chargers

10. Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

11. Martellus Bennett - Green Bay Packers

12. Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

Tier 5

13. Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints

14. Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons

15. Jack Doyle - Indianapolis Colts

16. Evan Engram - New York Giants

17. Cameron Brate - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18. CJ Fiedorowicz - Houston Texans

19. Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills

20. Antonio Gates - Los Angeles Chargers

2017 QB Rankings 2.0

Tier 1

1. Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

2. Tom Brady - New England Patriots

Tier 2

3. Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

4. Drew Bress - New Orleans Saints

Tier 3

5. Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

6. Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans

7. Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

8. Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys

9. Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tier 4

10. Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

11. Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers

12. Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

13. Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

Tier 5

14. Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders

15. Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

Tier 6

16. Eli Manning - New York Giants

17. Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

18. Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals

19. Jay Cutler - Miami Dolphins

20. Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles

Tier 7

21. Tyrod Taylor - Buffalo Bills

22. Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs

23. Sam Bradford - Minnesota Vikings

24. Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens

25. Brian Hoyer - San Francisco 49ers

26. Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars

27. Trevor Siemian - Denver Broncos

28. DeShone Kizer - Cleveland Browns

29. Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams

30. Mike Glennon - Chicago Bears

31. Tom Savage - Houston Texans

32. Josh McCown - New York Jets

2017 RB Rankings

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Tier 1

1. David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

2. Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tier 2

3. Melvin Gordon - San Diego Chargers

4. Lesean McCoy - Buffalo Bills

5. Jay Ajayi - Miami Dolphins

6. Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons

Tier 3

7. DeMarco Murray - Tennessee Titans

8. Todd Gurley - Los Angeles Rams

9. Jordan Howard - Chicago Bears

10. Isaiah Crowell - Cleveland Browns

11. Carlos Hyde - San Francisco 49ers

12. Lamar Miller - Houston Texans

13. Christian McCaffrey - Carolina Panthers

14. Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings

15. Kareem Hunt - Kansas City Chiefs

16. Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17. Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

Tier 4

18. Marshawn Lynch - Oakland Raiders

19. Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals

20. Ameer Abdullah - Detroit Lions

21. Ty Montgomery - Green Bay Packers

22. Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars

23. Bilal Powell - New York Jets

24. Danny Woodhead - Baltimore Ravens

25. Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints

Tier 5

26. Darren McFadden - Dallas Cowboys

27. Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans

28. CJ Anderson - Denver Broncos

29. Paul Perkins - New York Giants

30. Tevin Coleman - Atlanta Falcons

31. Adrian Peterson - New Orleans Saints

32. Thomas Rawls - Seattle Seahawks

33. Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots

34. Mike Gillislee - New England Patriots

Tier 6

35. Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions

36. Frank Gore - Indianapolis Colts

37. Darren Sproles - Philadelphia Eagles

38. Rob Kelley - Washington Redskins

39. Terrence West - Baltimore Ravens

40. Jonathan Stewart - Carolina Panthers

41. LeGarrette Blount - Philadelphia Eagles

42. James White - New England Patriots

43. Duke Johnson - Cleveland Browns

Tier 7

44. Matt Forte - New York Jets

45. Eddie Lacy - Seattle Seahawks

46. Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers

47. Samaje Perine - Washington Redskins

48. Jacquizz Rodgers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tier 8

49. Dion Lewis - New England Patriots

50. Charles Sims - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

51. Shane Vereen - New York Giants

52. Jonathan Williams - Buffalo Bills

53. DeAndre Washington - Oakland Raiders

54. D'Onta Foreman - Houston Texans

55. CJ  Prosise - Seattle Seahawks

56. Jalen Richard - Oakland Raiders

57. Gio Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals

58. Jamaal Charles - Denver Broncos

59. Marlon Mack - Indianapolis Colts

60. Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

6. Latavius Murray - Minnestoa Vikings

61. Wendell Smallwood - Philadelphia Eagles

63. Chris Thompson - Washington Redskins

64. Branden Oliver - Los Angeles Chargers

65. De'Angelo Henderson - Denver Broncos

2017 WR Rankings

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Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tier 1

1. Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Julio Jones - Atlanta Falcons

3. Odell Beckham Jr - New York Giants

Tier 2

4. Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

5. Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6. AJ Green - Cincinnati Bengals

Tier 3

7. Michael Thomas - New Orleans Saints

8. Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys

9. Demaryius Thomas - Denver Broncos

10. Doug Baldwin - Seattle Seahawks

11. Amari Cooper - Oakland Raiders

12. Brandin Cooks - New England Patriots 

13. TY Hilton - Indianapolis Colts

14. Keenan Allen - San Diego Chargers

15. Tyreek Hill - Kansas City Chiefs

Tier 4

16. Terrelle Pryor - Washington Redskins

17. Martavis Bryant - Pittsburgh Steelers

18. DeAndre Hopkins - Houston Texans

19. Stefon Diggs - Minnesota Vikings

20. Davante Adams - Green Bay Packers

Tier 5

21. Golden Tate - Detroit Lions

22. Sammy Watkins - Los Angeles Rams

23. Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

24. Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders

25. Alshon Jeffrey - Philadelphia Eagles

26. Allen Robinson - Jacksonville Jaguars

27. Tyrell Williams - Los Angeles Chargers

28. DeVante Parker - Miami Dolphins

29. Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

30. Kelvin Benjamin - Carolina Panthers

31. Desean Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

32. Jamison Crowder - Washington Redskins

33. Pierre Garcon - San Francisco 49ers

34. Jarvis Landry - Miami Dolphins

35. Willie Snead - New Orleans Saints

36. Marvin Jones - Detroit Lions

Tier 6

37. Brandon Marshall - New York GIants

38. Corey Coleman - Cleveland Browns

39. Corey Davis - Tennessee Titans

40. Eric Decker - Tennessee Titans

41. Jeremy Maclin - Baltimore Ravens

42. Donte Moncrief - Indianapolis Colts

43. Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers

44. Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings

45. Jordan Matthews - Buffalo Bills

46. Rishard Matthews - Tennessee Titans

47. Kenny Britt - Cleveland Browns

Tier 7

48. Ted Ginn - New Orleans Saints

49. Robby Anderson - New York Jets

50. Mike Wallace - Baltimore Ravens

51. John Brown - Arizona Cardinals

52. Zay Jones - Buffalo Bills

53. Chris Hogan - New England Patriots

54. Sterling Shepard - New York Giants

55. Cooper Kupp - Los Angeles Rams

56. Cole Beasley - Dallas Cowboys

57. Paul Richardson - Seattle Seahawks

58. Kevin White - Chicago Bears

59. Travis Benjamin - Los Angeles Chargers

60. Tyler Lockett - Seattle Seahawks

2017 TE Rankings

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Tier 1

1. Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

Tier 2

2. Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

3. Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs

4. Jimmy Graham - Seattle Seahawks

Tier 3

5. Jordan Reed - Washington Redskins

6. Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals 

Tier 4

7. Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans

8. Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

9. Zach Ertz - Philadephia Eagles

10. Hunter Henry - San Diego Chargers

11. Martellus Bennett - Green Bay Packers

12. Eric Ebron - Detroit Lions

Tier 5

13. Coby Fleener - New Orleans Saints

14. Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons

15. Jack Doyle - Indianapolis Colts

16. Cameron Brate - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17. CJ Fiedorowicz - Houston Texans

18. Evan Engram - New York Giants

19. Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills

20. Antonio Gates - Los Angeles Chargers

2017 QB Rankings

Tier 1

1. Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers

2. Tom Brady - New England Patriots

Tier 2

3. Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

4. Drew Bress - New Orleans Saints

Tier 3

5. Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

6. Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans

7. Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

8. Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys

9. Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

10. Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

Tier 4

11. Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12. Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

13. Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers

Tier 5

14. Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders

15. Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

Tier 6

16. Eli Manning - New York Giants

17. Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals

18. Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals

19. Jay Cutler - Miami Dolphins

20. Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles

Tier 7

21. Tyrod Taylor - Buffalo Bills

22. Alex Smith - Kansas City Chiefs

23. Sam Bradford - Minnesota Vikings

24. Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens

25. Brian Hoyer - San Francisco 49ers

26. Blake Bortles - Jacksonville Jaguars

27. Trevor Siemian - Denver Broncos

28. DeShone Kizer - Cleveland Browns

29. Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams

30. Mike Glennon - Chicago Bears

31. Tom Savage - Houston Texans

32. Josh McCown - New York Jets

2016 Redraft RB Rankings 3.0

Elite RB1 Bell Cow Backs

1. Ezekiel Elliott - DAL - I explained why I'm all in on Zeke early this offseason here

2. David Johnson - AZ - Johnson made the most of his opportunities as a rookie racking up 13 TD's despite starting only 5 games. In those 5 starts down the stretch Johnson averaged over 131 yards from scrimmage. DJ is an outstanding receiver out of the backfield and should have a safe floor even if Chris Johnson is more of a factor in the run game than we'd like.

3. Lamar Miller - HOU - I've been chanting #FreeLamarMiller for nearly 3 years so I'm happy to see him take his talents to Houston. Miller arrives to a Texans team that led the league in plays per game last season. Bill O'Brien's up tempo approach relies heavily on running the football. In 2015, Houston was 5th in the NFL in total rush attempts. They led the NFL in rushes in 2014 so there shouldn't be any concerns over Miller not getting fed the football. Heck, a mediocre RB like Alfred Blue had 4 20+ carry games in 2015.

4. Todd Gurley - LAR - Gurley is many analysts RB1 and I agree that he is a special talent. My ranking has more to do with the situation Gurley finds himself in. Gurley plays in a vanilla offense that has had offensive line struggles recently. Gurley plays in the NFC West and the Rams are comfortable working in Benny Cunningham in as a receiver. Add in a pretty extensive injury history for a 22-year old and I'll pass on Gurley as this top of the 1st round pick.

5. Adrian Peterson - MIN - If there is one person you don't bet against it's Adrian Peterson. In his age 30 season AP led the league in carries, rushing yards, and rushing TDs. Norv Turner said he still wants to give Peterson 20 carries per game again this year. Peterson slots in at #5 because of his limited use in the passing game compared to the other backs in this tier.

RB1 - Injuries Concerns

6. Le'Veon Bell - PIT - Bell will miss the first 3 games of the season due to skipping a drug test. Once he returns he'll be at the top of running back rankings on a weekly basis. If Bell falls to me at the 2-3 turn I'm taking him 100% of the time. Yes, he's missing 3 games but I am able to draft knowing that. Bell has had two pretty major knee injuries the past two years and for that reason it wouldn't surprise me if Pittsburgh lowers Bell's workload a bit.

7. Mark Ingram - NOR - Staying healthy has always been the issue with Ingram. Only once in his 5 year career has he played a full 16 games. A shoulder injury put Ingram on the IR this past season. Up until the injury in Week 13, Ingram was RB3 in PPR formats. His improvement as a pass catcher over the years makes him one of the more well rounded fantasy options at RB. Not to mention he plays in an outstanding offense.

High-End RB2 With Upside

8. Doug Martin - TAM -  Even though he's only played 4 seasons in the NFL it seems as if Martin may be one of those players who has already burned every fantasy owner. On the flip side, in the two years when Martin has been healthy he's put up 1,400 rushing yard campaigns. Tampa Bay's offense ran through Martin last year and since they rewarded Martin with a huge contract this offseason there is no reason to think it would change in the years to come.

9. LeSean McCoy - BUF - After a tumultuous departure from Philadelphia, McCoy looked rejuvenated last season in Buffalo. Buffalo led the NFL in carries in 2015 and with Karlos Williams coming in overweight and Jonathan Williams DUI it appears that McCoy's feature back role is safe for the time being.

10. Jamaal Charles - KC - Coming off his second ACL surgery I do believe they'll limit Charles workload a bit. Spencer Ware may become a TD vulture but Charles will still be a primary option in the passing game. Charles has never had a season where he's averaged less than 5.0 YPC.

11. Devonta Freeman - ATL - Tevin Coleman is due to get more work in the running game but that should have been expected. With that being said Freeman still has a hold on red zone and passing duties. Even with the lowered work load I still expect Devonta to gain around 800 rushing yards on the ground 60-70 receptions in the passing game. For what it's worth, Freeman has looked like the better back this preseason.

12. Eddie Lacy - GB - P90 Eddie lost some weight this offseason but he still seems quite big and is lacking some of the burst he had his first two years in Green Bay. He's the lead back in a potentially top tier offense so he'll have plenty of scoring opportunities. It's a contract year for Lacy so that should be extra motivation to regain his 2013-2014 form. If he's slow out the gates James Starks, who looked great last year, will likely make this a frustrating timeshare again for fantasy owners.

High Floor RB2

13. CJ Anderson - DEN - I'm still a believer in CJ Anderson's talent but it seems as if it's always something with CJ. Being the lead back in a Gary Kubiak offense is a tremendous situation to be in. With a questionable QB situation currently the Broncos will be relying on the run game more than they did during the Peyton Manning era.

14. Latavius Murray - OAK - Murray is set to get a large workload behind an offensive line that should be one of the better units in the league. Due to his upright running style Murray struggles to work through contact and get the extra yard or so at times but he's the definition of a home run threat.

15. Jeremy Langford - CHI - Langford is probably the biggest climber on the list since I last published my rankings. I think Langford is a marginal talent but he seems in line for a great deal of work. Through two weeks of the preseason the Bears first-team offense has run 39 plays. Langford has been in for 36 of them. Coach John Fox recently said Langford, "Made a step forward" and that he, "continues to impress and get better." If you go WR heavy early I think Langford is a perfect RB to target in the middle rounds.

16. Gio Bernard - CIN - Despite always sharing a backfield Bernard has been a Top 20 back in fantasy every year. He's an excellent weapon out of the backfield who may be relied upon more this coming year with the departures of Marvin Jones and Mohammad Sanu in Free Agency and with Tyler Eifert on the shelf to start the year. Bernard is due for some TD regression as he only hit pay dirt 2 times in over 200 touches. He might not be a sexy pick but he's a reliable RB2.

17. Ryan Mathews - PHI - Mathews should be in line for a career season. He's easily the most talented RB on the Eagles roster and should be the linchpin of Doug Pederson's run heavy offense. However we haven't heard too much praise coming out of Eagles camp this offseason and Mathews is already nursing an ankle injury. I'm willing to bet on talent in the middle rounds of my draft and think Mathews is a nice risk/reward at his current 6th round ADP.

18. Matt Forte - NYJ - Forte had an incredible stretch in Chicago and now finds himself in a potent Jets offense. Forte still has some gas left in the tank but I'm concerned this will be more of an RBBC situation than it appears. Forte signed a 3-year, $12M ($9M guaranteed) deal this offseason. One day after the Forte signing the Jets locked up Bilal Powell, who looked spectacular at the end of 2015, to a similar 3-year, $11.25M ($6M guaranteed) deal. Forte and Powell have similar skill sets with Powell having a little more juke and juice in his legs. I still expect Forte to get more work than Powell but not enough to be a RB1.

19. Carlos Hyde - SF - Hyde shouldn't have much of a problem getting used to Chip Kelly's offense as he's had success running out of the shotgun in the past. Hyde is the best player on offense for the 49ers and being in Kelly's offense gives him a tremendous ceiling but I'm just not sold how often the game scripts are going to be in Hyde's favor. The 49ers might have the worst roster in the NFL and will surely be trailing the majority of games this season. Not that Hyde can't work as a receiver out of the backfield but it appears Shaun Draughn is the primary back in passing situations. My concern is that Hyde will have 12 carries for 60 yards in the 1st half and not see much run in the second half because their trailing 24-3.

20. Thomas Rawls - SEA - Rawls spent all offseason recovering from a fractured ankle. It's a good sign he's off the PUP list and is practicing but it sounds like he'll only see limited action in Seattle's 4th preseason game. I'd obviously like to see if Rawls is the same wrecking ball that burst onto the scene filling in for Marshawn Lynch in 2015 but we'll have to draft without that knowledge. As we try to sift through coach speak and beat writers reports it sounds like Rawls will still be the starter but Christine Michael should receive a noticeable workload too. I'm not drafting Rawls at his current ADP but will take a look if he falls a round or so.

Flex/RB2 With Injury

21. Jeremy Hill - CIN - I'm expecting the Bengals offensive game plan to shift more towards the run this year. New OC, Ken Zampese, knows Andy Dalton's limitations and outside of AJ Green the WR corp is less than stellar. Hill is a powerful downhill runner who is looking to rebound from a 'disappointing' sophomore season where he saw his YPC drop from 5.1 to 3.6. Hill is proven around the goal line and for that reason will always have fantasy value. His has 21 TD's through his 1st two years in the league.

22. DeMarco Murray - TEN - Murray looked great in his preseason debut that included a 71-yard TD run. The Titans will have a run heavy attack that will put a lot of weight on Murray's shoulders. If it weren't for rookie RB Derrick Henry limiting Murray's upside I would have DeMarco a few spots higher.

23. Melvin Gordon - SD - Gordon has looked healthy this preseason. I wrote about Gordon's rookie season and his outlook moving forward here.

24. Danny Woodhead - SD - Believe it or not Woodhead has been a Top 20 fantasy RB both of his healthy seasons as a Charger. In those two years (2013 & 2015) Woodhead averaged 1,062 yards from scrimmage, 78 receptions and 7.5 TD's. Woodhead is Philip Rivers safety value in the passing game and has RB1 upside in PPR if Gordon has a setback from his knee injury.

Flex

25. Duke Johnson - CLE - Duke wasn't used a much as in the passing game this preseason as I would have liked. I wrote about my expectations for Duke earlier this offseason here.

26. Jonathan Stewart - CAR - J-Stew deserves more love than this because he's a really good back but I just have a hard time taking him at his ADP.  It just seems like an uninspiring pick because Cam Newton steals 6-8 possible TD's a year and Stewart has his long track record of injury history. Carolina will never have better game scripts last year and Stewart was still just a run of the mill RB2.

27. DeAngelo Williams - PIT - This may seem as an ambitious ranking for someone who may only start 3 games but just listen to me for a second. DeAngelo was the RB1 in all of fantasy football last year in Le'Veon Bell's absences. Think of drafting Williams as getting an extra 1st round pick for 3 weeks right out the gate! Even after Bells suspension you still have the most valuable handcuffs in the game. That boost Williams can give you to start the year can be the difference between making or missing the playoffs. The risk is worth the reward.

28. Frank Gore - IND - Shockingly enough the Colts brought in zero competition for Gore this offseason. Gore's career is coming to a close but he should still see enough touches to put up RB2 production. 

29. Rashad Jennings - NYG

RBBC

30. Ameer Abdullah - DET

31. Isaiah Crowell - CLE - Hue Jackson will use Crowell exactly like he used Jeremy Hill. 

32. Derrick Henry - TEN - Henry had a magnificent preseason. I would expect Henry to get like 10 carries or so a week and possibly goal line duties. If Murray ever goes down Henry is an easy Top 15 RB

33. Charles Sims - TAM

34. Arian Foster - MIA

35. LeGarrette Blount - NE

36. Matt Jones - WAS

37. Chris Ivory - JAX

38. TJ Yeldon - JAX

39. Jay Ajayi - MIA

40. Justin Forsett - BAL

41. Bilal Powell - NYJ

42. Tevin Coleman - ATL

43. Theo Riddick - DET

44. Chris Thompson - WAS - Will be this years Theo Riddick. Can get for basically free late in drafts.

45. Darren Sproles - PHI - Sproles always out performs his ADP. He's another receiving back that you can get for free late in drafts. With Wentz running the show I think Philly will keep the passing game as simple as can be. Getting the ball out quickly to Sproles could be a staple of the passing game.

High End Handcuff

46. Spencer Ware - KC - I don't know if people recognize how good Ware actually is. Right now I think he's a better RB than someone like Eddie Lacy. He's the handcuff to own in KC and may have some stand alone value if they truly do decided to lower Charles workload.

47. Christine Michael - SEA - I cant believe the lights turned on.

"Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight."

48. Alfred Morris - DAL - Morris no nonsense running style meshes perfectly behind the Dallas O-Line. McFadden was hurt this preseason but I would expect Morris to be the primary back in Zeke were to ever go down.

49. Terrance West - BAL

50. Chris Johnson - ARI

51. Shaun Draughn - SF

52. DeAndre Washington - OAK

53. James Starks - GB

54. Robert Kelley - WAS

55. Dion Lewis - NE - Lewis still isn't off the PUP list after tearing his ACL last October. When healthy Lewis was RB1 in PPR formats. I love what Lewis adds to the New England offense but I'm proceeding with caution at this point. I'd let someone else draft Lewis at his ADP and take James White late. White had some huge games down the stretch filling in for Lewis.

56. Devontae Booker - DEN

57. Shane Vereen - NYG

58. Javorious Allen - BAL

59. Jerick McKinnon - MIN - I'm afraid to say this but the Vikings offense actually looks better with McKinnon in the game. I think he'll see a decent amount of 3rd down work.

60. Mike Gillislee - BUF

2016 Redraft QB Rankings 3.0

Elite QB1

1. Cam Newton - CAR - Newton had a one of a kind 2015 on his way to the MVP award (35 Passing TD, 10 Rushing TD). The Carolina offense regains Kelvin Benjamin and there has been positive buzz surround Devin Funchess as well. While regression is likely in store for Newton on the TD front, Carolina could be in more shootouts this coming year due to the departure of Josh Norman.

High End QB1

2. Aaron Rodgers - GB - Rodgers is still the best QB in the game.. When both Rodgers and his supporting cast are healthy he has never finished below QB2 since becoming a full time starter. With Jordy Nelson back practicing I'm fine with taking Rodgers at his ADP.

3. Russell Wilson - SEA - The Seahawks may be leaning towards a more pass happy approach than recent years, which is exactly what fantasy owners want to hear. Wilson's usage in the running game gives him that unfair weekly ceiling that can win your matchup. Wilson has finished as QB2 and QB3 the past two seasons.

4. Drew Brees - NOR - Brees hasn't finished below QB6 during his tenure with the Saints. His cupboard has been restocked a bit too with the addition of Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener. The Saints defense looks horrific again so the Saints are going to be throwing 650 times again this year.

High Floor QB1

5. Andrew Luck - IND - Which Andrew Luck will we see this year? Luck has all the ability in the world but I'm worried about their depth at the skill positions if they happen to catch the injury bug. There is nothing behind Gore or Dwayne Allen and outside of Hilton, Moncreif & Dorsett there isn't much at WR. We know how good Luck can be but I'm not willing to really ride that rollercoaster again.

6. Philip Rivers - SD - Rivers was QB6 the last time Ken Whisenhunt was callings plays and this time he arguably has a slightly more talented cast around him (Allen, Gates, Benjamin, Woodhead & Hunter Henry). Rivers was QB2 through the first 8 weeks of last season before injuries ravaged the team.

7. Carson Palmer - AZ - Palmer had a career year last season and at age 36 should still have enough in the tank to replicate it. The stable of running backs and wide receiver Arians has put together is impressive.

8. Tom Brady - NE - I want an angry Tom Brady on team. Would have been in the High QB1 tier if not for the 4 game suspension.

9. Eli Manning - NYG - Eli has quietly been a Top 10 QB both years under Ben McAdoo, Eli has thrown 30+ TD's the past two seasons without a reliable option across from Odell Beckham. With Sterling Shepard lining up in the slot and outside I expect the passing game to be even more potent.

10. Blake Bortles - JAX - Bortles was the King of Garbage Time last year but the Jags are hoping the game script is much different this coming year with all the additions on defense. The acquisition of Chris Ivory could also mean less reliance on Bortles in the red zone.

11. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT - The Steelers have arguably the most talented group of skill position players in the league but without Bell for 4 games, Martavis for 16, the growing pains of Sammie Coates and the uncertainty surrounding Ladarius Green's health I'm lower on Big Ben than most. I love Ben as a QB but right now he's being drafted as QB6 and I'm not on board with that ranking.

Perfect QB Streaming Options

12. Matthew Stafford - DET - We know Stafford is going to throw the ball 600+ times and I'm a fan of the additions of Marvin Jones and Anquon Boldin. Abdullah and Riddick are fun jitterbugs that add value in the passing game. I think Stafford is a nice high floor QB2 with QB1 upside if everything clicks. We'll see how year two under Cooter goes.

13. Kirk Cousins - WAS - Cousins finished 2015 on a tear tossing 23 TD to just 3 INT over his last 10 regular season games. Washington has an compiled a nice slew of weapons on the outside. DJax, Reed, Doctson, Garcon and Crowder skill sets compliment one another well. I'm still not 100% sold on Cousins and don't think he'll have 5 rushing TD's again so that's why he remains in the streaming category.

14. Tyrod Taylor - BUF - Taylor was outstanding last season and his play definitely warrants the contract extension that he recently signed. On a points per start basis Taylor ranked 7th among QB's last year. Taylor's ability as a runner gives him a relatively safe floor with huge upside some weeks. Sammy Watkins health is a big factor to his success and Watkins appears to be recovering from his offseason foot surgery just fine.

15. Derek Carr - OAK - Carr made a significant leap in his sophomore season increasing his touchdown total by 11 and passing yards by 700+. People may see the #17 ranking as too low for a guy who threw 32 TD's in his second season but there really isn't much separating the QB's in this streaming tier.

16. Robert Griffin III - CLE - I can't wait to stream RG3 this year. Griffin has shown he still has all the tools he displayed as a promising rookie so far this preseason. If healthy RG3 will put up QB1 points. I just don't have much faith that he'll last a full 16 games. RG3 is a perfect pick high risk pick late in a draft.

17. Marcus Mariota - TEN - Marcus Mariota is a top tier talent but I'm afraid the coaching and system the Titans plan to run will hold him back. Mike Mularkey intends to run a slow-pace run-oriented offense that he coined as "exotic smashmouth" this coming year. Hopefully there will be a uptick is designed QB runs for Mariota who only averaged 2.6 rushes per game as a rookie. The Titans WR corp is littered with mediocrity too.

18. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ - Fitzpatrick had a career year in 2015 throwing for a career high 31 TD's. He got away with a lot last year and is due for some regression but he's returning to the same system with an even deeper stable of weapons. Devin Smith and Jace Amaro are healthy. Matt Forte and Powell are an outstanding one-two punch as receivers out of the backfield.

19. Jameis Winston - TAM - Winston had a fantastic rookie season throwing for over 4,000 yards and rushing for 6 TDs. Will he make the leap as a 2nd year signal caller that Derek Carr and Blake Bortles did last year? That remains to be seen but he certainly has the talent to vault up this list in years to come as he matures as a QB and creates even more of a chemistry with Mike Evans.

QB2

20. Alex Smith - KC

21. Ryan Tannehill - MIA

22. Jay Cutler - CHI

23. Matt Ryan - ATL

24. Andy Dalton - CIN

25. Brock Osweiler - HOU

26. Joe Flacco - BAL

27. Dak Prescott - DAL

28. Sam Bradford - MIN

29. Blaine Gabbert - SF

30. Trevor Siemian - DEN

31. Carson Wentz - PHI

32. Case Keenum - LAR

*Pour out some liquor for Teddy and Romo*

2016 Redraft TE Rankings 3.0

Gronk Tier

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE - Death, Taxes & Rob Gronkowski TE1.

The addition of Martellus Bennett might worry some people but in 2011 when Aaron Hernandez was at his peak and finished as TE3 (79 rec, 910 yds & 7 TDs) Gronk had his best statistical season ever - 90 rec, 1,327 yds, 17 TD!!!. There is room for both in this offense.

High End TE1

2. Greg Olsen - CAR - Olsen has turned into a true "Set It And Forget It" TE. Back-to-back season of 120+ targets to go along with nearly 80 receptions, 1000+ yards and 7 TD.

3. Jordan Reed - WAS - Reed won leagues for people last season and certainly has the talent to do so again but his injury history scares me.

High Floor TE1

4. Coby Fleener - NOR - I explain why Coby Fleener is a TE1 this coming season here

5. Antonio Gates - SD - Although he's not the freak athlete of his younger days Gates remains Philip Rivers favorite red zone target. Gates missed 5 game last year (4 due to PED suspension, 1 due to injury) and still finished as TE11. Was on a 81 Rec, 916 Yard, 7 TD pace when on the field.

6. Delanie Walker - TEN - Well, Mike Mularkey wants to create an "Exotic Smashmouth" offense. I assume that means more reliance on the running game (Murray & Henry). With that being said Walker should still receive the most targets through the air. He wont see 133 again but could see something around 106 targets like he did in 2014. He finished a TE8 that season.

7. Travis Kelce - KC - You can blame Andy Reid and Alex Smith for this ranking. Finished as TE9 and TE7 the last two years. #FreeKelce. 

8. Gary Barnidge - CLE - Big Play Barnidge falls down a tier with Josh Gordon now in the fold for 12 games *crosses fingers* but the deep threat of Gordon and Coleman may open things up for Barnidge. He'll see less target volume but could be more efficient on his touches due to the surrounding weapons.

9. Martellus Bennett - NE - This ranking may fluctuate as the preseason goes along but right now I'm putting stock in the Pats putting Bennett in the position to succeed. There is so much mismatch potential when paired with Gronk on the field. For those needing a refresher in 2011 Gronk was TE1 and Hernandez was TE3.

TE1's?

10. Dwayne Allen - IND - With Coby Fleener finally out of the picture the targets should be there for Allen to become a TE1 for fantasy. Now we just have to cross our fingers his body holds up.

11. Julius Thomas - JAX - Thomas will never replicate his Denver production in Jacksonville but I think he fills in as a nice 3rd option in this passing attack.

12. Jared Cook - GB - Cook's whole career suggests he'll flop as this reliable seam splitting receiving presence but he's never played with Aaron Rodgers. Late in your draft you should be looking for upside so I'm on board with using a late pick to see what comes of this match made in heaven.

13. Tyler Eifert - CIN -  The more information that leaks out about Eifert's ankle procedure the more likely it sounds that he might be a candidate to start the regular season on PUP, leaving him out until Week 7. I'm likely staying away from him this year at his current ADP. When healthy he's in the Tier 2 class.

14. Zach Ertz - PHI - I've never been an Ertz guy and with Pederson's more conservative, slowed down approach I think Ertz's numbers will end up be similar to his 2014 production - 89 targets, 58 receptions, 702 yards, 3 TD. On the other-hand the Eagles gave Ertz a huge extension this offseason and are still looking for contributors in the passing game outside of Jordan Matthews so maybe I am too low.

Late Round Fliers

15. Vance McDonald - SF - In Chip Kelly's up tempo offense McDonald could be one of the main beneficiaries in the passing game. With Anquon Boldin out of town, Torrey Smith is the only proven commodity in San Fran. McDonald has received praised so far this offseason and listed as the starter so far.

16. Eric Ebron - DET - Will Ebron make the leap in year 3? He's off to a rough start and the addition of Anquon Boldin, who will likely be used in a similar manner to a TE, doesn't help his cause.

17. Zach Miller - CHI - Miller filled in marvelously for Martellus Bennett the second half of 2015 and looks to have the starting job locked down. Miller had either a touchdown or 57 yards receiving in 6 of his last 8 games. 

18. Jason Witten - DAL - Our favorite Dad Runner slides in here as a reliable high floor target and I probably have him too low. Witten's has had at least 64 receptions and 700 yards every season since 2004.

19. Virgil Green - DEN - Green is an elite athlete that has been finally given a crack at the starting job. At the 2011 combine Green tested in the 99th percentile for Tight Ends in both the broad and vertical jumps. His 4.64 40-yard dash at 6'3", 249 lbs was in the 94th percentile. I'm excited to see what he can do given the opportunity.

20. Charles Clay - BUF - Clay had an alright first year in Buffalo and is likely the 2nd best receiving option in Buffalo. He'll have a few big weeks it'll just be to hard to predict when.

Best Of The Rest:

We still don't have any clarity of which TE (Ben Watson, Maxx Williams, Dennis Pitta & Crockett Gilmore) will emerge in Baltimore...I have respect for a player like Kyle Rudolph but I don't really have any interest in drafting a player with such a low ceiling and floor...Austin Seferian-Jenkins is talented but also a headcase. I'll believe his hype when I see it on Sunday's. In the meantime Cameron Brate is an interesting player to keep your eye on and it looks like he has a grasp on the starting role...A rookie who I'll be keeping my eye on the rest of camp is Tyler Higbee. Talent wise he's not far off from like a Travis Kelce...Monitor Ladarius Green's health...Will Tye and Larry Donnell appear to be splitting TE duties. Killing both players fantasy value.

2016 Redraft RB Rankings 2.0

Elite RB1 Bell Cow Backs

1. Ezekiel Elliott - DAL - I explained why I'm all in on Zeke early this offseason here

2. David Johnson - AZ- Johnson made the most of his opportunities as a rookie racking up 13 TD's despite starting only 5 games. In those 5 starts down the stretch Johnson averaged over 131 yards from scrimmage. DJ is an outstanding receiver out of the backfield and should have a safe floor even if Chris Johnson is more of a factor in the run game than we'd like.

3. Lamar Miller - HOU - I've been chanting #FreeLamarMiller for nearly 3 years so I'm happy to see him take his talents to Houston. Miller arrives to a Texans team that led the league in plays per game last season. Bill O'Brien's up tempo approach relies heavily on running the football. In 2015, Houston was 5th in the NFL in total rush attempts. They led the NFL in rushes in 2014 so there shouldn't be any concerns over Miller not getting fed the football. Heck, a mediocre RB like Alfred Blue had 4 20+ carry games in 2015.

4. Todd Gurley - LAR - Gurley is many analysts RB1 and I agree that he is a special talent. My ranking has more to do with the situation Gurley finds himself in. Gurley plays in a vanilla offense that has had offensive line struggles recently. Gurley plays in the NFC West and the Rams are comfortable working in Benny Cunningham in as a receiver. Add in a pretty extensive injury history for a 22-year old and I'll pass on Gurley as this top of the 1st round pick.

5. Adrian Peterson - MIN - If there is one person you don't bet against it's Adrian Peterson. In his age 30 season AP led the league in carries, rushing yards, and rushing TDs. Norv Turner said he still wants to give Peterson 20 carries per game again this year. Peterson slots in at #5 because of his limited use in the passing game compared to the other backs in this tier.

RB1 - Injuries Concerns

6. Le'Veon Bell - PIT - Bell will miss the first 3 games of the season due to skipping a drug test. Once he returns he'll be at the top of running back rankings on a weekly basis. If Bell falls to me at the 2-3 turn I'm taking him 100% of the time. Yes, he's missing 3 games but I am able to draft knowing that. Bell has had two pretty major knee injuries the past two years and for that reason it wouldn't surprise me if Pittsburgh lowers Bell's workload a bit.

7. Mark Ingram - NOR - Staying healthy has always been the issue with Ingram. Only once in his 5 year career has he played a full 16 games. A shoulder injury put Ingram on the IR this past season. Up until the injury in Week 13, Ingram was RB3 in PPR formats. His improvement as a pass catcher over the years makes him one of the more well rounded fantasy options at RB. Not to mention he plays in an outstanding offense.

8. Jamaal Charles - KC - Coming off his second ACL surgery I do believe they'll limit Charles workload a bit. Spencer Ware may become a TD vulture but Charles will still be a primary option in the passing game. Charles has never had a season where he's averaged less than 5.0 YPC.

High-End RB2 With Upside

9. Devonta Freeman - ATL - Tevin Coleman is due to get more work in the running game but that should have been expected. With that being said Freeman still has a hold on red zone and passing duties. Even with the lowered work load I still expect Devonta to gain around 800 rushing yards on the ground 60-70 receptions in the passing game. For what it's worth, Freeman has looked like the better back this preseason.

10. Doug Martin - TAM -  Even though he's only played 4 seasons in the NFL it seems as if Martin may be one of those players who has already burned every fantasy owner. On the flip side, in the two years when Martin has been healthy he's put up 1,400 rushing yard campaigns. Tampa Bay's offense ran through Martin last year and since they rewarded Martin with a huge contract this offseason there is no reason to think it would change in the years to come.

11. LeSean McCoy - BUF - After a tumultuous departure from Philadelphia, McCoy looked rejuvenated last season in Buffalo. Buffalo led the NFL in carries in 2015 and with Karlos Williams coming in overweight and Jonathan Williams DUI it appears that McCoy's feature back role is safe for the time being.

12. Eddie Lacy - GB - P90 Eddie lost some weight this offseason but he still seems quite big and is lacking some of the burst he had his first two years in Green Bay. He's the lead back in a potentially top tier offense so he'll have plenty of scoring opportunities. It's a contract year for Lacy so that should be extra motivation to regain his 2013-2014 form. If he's slow out the gates James Starks, who looked great last year, will likely make this a frustrating timeshare again for fantasy owners.

High Floor RB2

13. Latavius Murray - OAK - Murray is set to get a large workload behind an offensive line that should be one of the better units in the league. Due to his upright running style Murray struggles to work through contact and get the extra yard or so at times but he's the definition of a home run threat.

14. CJ Anderson - DEN - I'm still a believer in CJ Anderson's talent but it seems as if it's always something with CJ. Being the lead back in a Gary Kubiak offense is a tremendous situation to be in. With a questionable QB situation currently the Broncos will be relying on the run game more than they did during the Peyton Manning era.

15. Gio Bernard - CIN - Despite always sharing a backfield Bernard has been a Top 20 back in fantasy every year. He's an excellent weapon out of the backfield who may be relied upon more this coming year with the departures of Marvin Jones and Mohammad Sanu in Free Agency and with Tyler Eifert on the shelf to start the year. Bernard is due for some TD regression as he only hit pay dirt 2 times in over 200 touches. He might not be a sexy pick but he's a reliable RB2.

16. Ryan Mathews - PHI - Mathews should be in line for a career season. He's easily the most talented RB on the Eagles roster and should be the linchpin of Doug Pederson's run heavy offense. However we haven't heard too much praise coming out of Eagles camp this offseason and Mathews is already nursing an ankle injury. I'm willing to bet on talent in the middle rounds of my draft and think Mathews is a nice risk/reward at his current 6th round ADP.

17. Matt Forte - NYJ - Forte had an incredible stretch in Chicago and now finds himself in a potent Jets offense. Forte still has some gas left in the tank but I'm concerned this will be more of an RBBC situation than it appears. Forte signed a 3-year, $12M ($9M guaranteed) deal this offseason. One day after the Forte signing the Jets locked up Bilal Powell, who looked spectacular at the end of 2015, to a similar 3-year, $11.25M ($6M guaranteed) deal. Forte and Powell have similar skill sets with Powell having a little more juke and juice in his legs. I still expect Forte to get more work than Powell but not enough to be a RB1.

18. Carlos Hyde - SF - Hyde shouldn't have much of a problem getting used to Chip Kelly's offense as he's had success running out of the shotgun in the past. Hyde is the best player on offense for the 49ers and being in Kelly's offense gives him a tremendous ceiling but I'm just not sold how often the game scripts are going to be in Hyde's favor. The 49ers might have the worst roster in the NFL and will surely be trailing the majority of games this season. Not that Hyde can't work as a receiver out of the backfield but it appears Shaun Draughn is the primary back in passing situations. My concern is that Hyde will have 12 carries for 60 yards in the 1st half and not see much run in the second half because their trailing 24-3.

19. Jeremy Langford - CHI - Langford is probably the biggest climber on the list since I last published my rankings. I think Langford is a marginal talent but he seems in line for a great deal of work. Through two weeks of the preseason the Bears first-team offense has run 39 plays. Langford has been in for 36 of them. Coach John Fox recently said Langford, "Made a step forward" and that he, "continues to impress and get better." If you go WR heavy early I think Langford is a perfect RB to target in the middle rounds.

20. Thomas Rawls - SEA - Rawls spent all offseason recovering from a fractured ankle. It's a good sign he's off the PUP list and is practicing but it sounds like he'll only see limited action in Seattle's 4th preseason game. I'd obviously like to see if Rawls is the same wrecking ball that burst onto the scene filling in for Marshawn Lynch in 2015 but we'll have to draft without that knowledge. As we try to sift through coach speak and beat writers reports it sounds like Rawls will still be the starter but Christine Michael should receive a noticeable workload too. I'm not drafting Rawls at his current ADP but will take a look if he falls a round or so.

Flex/RB2 With Injury

21. Duke Johnson - CLE - I wrote about my expectations for Duke here.

22. Jeremy Hill - CIN - I'm expecting the Bengals offensive game plan to shift more towards the run this year. New OC, Ken Zampese, knows Andy Dalton's limitations and outside of AJ Green the WR corp is less than stellar. Hill is a powerful downhill runner who is looking to rebound from a 'disappointing' sophomore season where he saw his YPC drop from 5.1 to 3.6. Hill is proven around the goal line and for that reason will always have fantasy value. His has 21 TD's through his 1st two years in the league.

23. DeMarco Murray - TEN - Murray looked great in his preseason debut that included a 71-yard TD run. The Titans will have a run heavy attack that will put a lot of weight on Murray's shoulders. If it weren't for rookie RB Derrick Henry limiting Murray's upside I would have DeMarco a few spots higher.

24. Danny Woodhead - SD - Believe it or not Woodhead has been a Top 20 fantasy RB both of his healthy seasons as a Charger. In those two years (2013 & 2015) Woodhead averaged 1,062 yards from scrimmage, 78 receptions and 7.5 TD's. Woodhead is Philip Rivers safety value in the passing game and has RB1 upside in PPR if Gordon has a setback from his knee injury.

Flex

25. Jonathan Stewart - CAR - J-Stew deserves more love than this because he's a really good back but I just have a hard time taking him at his ADP.  It just seems like an uninspiring pick because Cam Newton steals 6-8 possible TD's a year and Stewart has his long track record of injury history. Carolina will never have better game scripts last year and Stewart was still just a run of the mill RB2.

26. DeAngelo Williams - PIT - This may seem as an ambitious ranking for someone who may only start 3 games but just listen to me for a second. DeAngelo was the RB1 in all of fantasy football last year in Le'Veon Bell's absences. Think of drafting Williams as getting an extra 1st round pick for 3 weeks right out the gate! Even after Bells suspension you still have the most valuable handcuffs in the game. That boost Williams can give you to start the year can be the difference between making or missing the playoffs. The risk is worth the reward.

27. Dion Lewis - NE - Lewis still isn't off the PUP list after tearing his ACL last October. When healthy Lewis was RB1 in PPR formats. I love what Lewis adds to the New England offense but I'm proceeding with caution at this point. I'd let someone else draft Lewis at his ADP and take James White late. White had some huge games down the stretch filling in for Lewis.

28. Frank Gore - IND - Shockingly enough the Colts brought in zero competition for Gore this offseason. Gore's career is coming to a close but he should still see enough touches to put up RB2 production. 

RBBC

29. Melvin Gordon - SD

30. Rashad Jennings - NYG

31. Jay Ajayi - MIA

32. Justin Forsett - BAL

33. Ameer Abdullah - DET

34. Charles Sims - TAM

35. Isaiah Crowell - CLE

36. Chris Ivory - JAX

37. Derrick Henry - TEN

38. LeGarrette Blount - NE

39. Matt Jones - WAS

40. Arian Foster - MIA

41. Bilal Powell - NYJ

42. TJ Yeldon - JAX

43. Theo Riddick - DET

44. Tevin Coleman - ATL

45. Chris Thompson - WAS

High End Handcuff

46. Christine Michael - SEA

47. Alfred Morris - DAL

48. Chris Johnson - ARI

49. DeAndre Washington - OAK

50. Spencer Ware - KC

51. James Starks - GB

52. Mike Gillislee - BUF

53. Devontae Booker - DEN

54. Shaun Draughn - SF

55. Darren Sproles - PHI

56. Shane Vereen - NYG

57. Javorious Allen - BAL

58. Devontae Booker - DEN

59. Jerick McKinnon - MIN

60. Terrance West - BAL

2016 Redraft WR Rankings 2.0

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ronald martinez/getty images

Elite WR1

1. Antonio Brown - PIT - 152 Receptions, 2,039 Receiving Yards & 12 TD. These are Antonio Brown's stats in the last 16 games completed by Ben Roethlisberger

2. Odell Beckham Jr. - NYG - Beckham has averaged 6.9 receptions, 102 yards and 0.92 TD's per game in his NFL career. He's simply incredible.

3. Julio Jones - ATL - His TD totals the past couple of years have been underwhelming but don't overthink it here.

4. AJ Green - CIN - With the departures of Marvin Jones, Mohammad Sanu and the uncertainty surrounding Tyler Eifert's ankle, look for Green to receive an obscene amount of targets this year. Think of DeAndre Hopkins last year - 111 Receptions, 1,521 Yards, 11 TD.

High End WR1

5. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU - How you value Hopkins should be based off how you think the Texans will do this year. 

1st Half Stats (3-5 Record): 112 targets, 66 receptions, 870 yards, 6 TD

2nd Half Stats (6-2 Record) : 80 targets, 45 receptions, 651 yards, 5 TD

I'm far from sold on Osweiler but I love the additions of Lamar Miller and the vertical threat that Will Fuller brings adds another element to that offense. I think your expectations should be closer to 2nd half totals, which still comes out to an outstanding 16 game total of 90 receptions, 1,302 yards and 10 TD.

6. Dez Bryant - DAL - By selecting Elliott #4 overall in the draft I think Dallas will use the recipe that led them to a 12-4 record in 2014. While Elliott will be the workhorse on that offense Dez Bryant will still be fed plenty and is the only red zone presence in the passing game. In 2014 he finished as WR4 - 136 targets, 88 receptions, 1320 yards, 16 TD.

7. Allen Robinson - JAX - Robinson blew my WR16 ranking out of the water last year on his way to a WR4 finish. A-Rob can certainly replicate his 80 receptions for 1,400 yards from his sophomore season but expecting 14 TD's next season might be a little much.

8. Brandon Marshall - NYJ - He's 32 and getting up there in age but he's still been an elite producer when healthy. The last 3 seasons BMarsh has been healthy he's finished as WR2, WR6 and WR3 with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jay Cutler throwing him the ball.

Low End WR1 / High End WR2

9. Alshon Jeffrey - CHI - Jeffrey was troubled by a hamstring injury last season but still put up over 800 yards and 4 TDs in 9 games. We'll want to monitor his health heading into the season but if he's at full strength he should be a solid WR1. Jeffrey has 70+ yards or a TD in 32 of his last 38 games.

10. Keenan Allen - SD - A lacerated kidney ended Allen's breakout season. Prior to that injury Allen was on pace for 134 receptions, 1,450 yards, 8 TD. I don't expect Allen to keep up that pace but you've certainly seen what he is capable of.

11. TY Hilton - IND - Hilton has been over 130 targets and 1,000 yards each of the past 3 seasons. Evan Silva pointed out that Hilton has an 82-1,504-10 line over Luck's last 16 fully-played games.

12. Mike Evans - TAM - If there is a WR who I could see crashing the top 5 WR party it would be Evans, who is due for TD regression after hauling in only 3 last year on 74 receptions.

13. Jordy Nelson - GB - 2015 showed fans how important Jordy Nelson is to the Packers offensive success. While Nelson is getting up there in age I think he has a couple of Pro Bowl level seasons left. He is a master at his craft. Jordy currently resides here due to being on the PUP list with tendinitis in his "good" knee. I'd like to see Jordy show he's at full strength before I move him up the boards likely into the WR8 or so territory.

WR2 With Upside

14. Demaryius Thomas - DEN - His drops have been maddening at times and the Denver QB situation is scary but I'm going to trust that Gary Kubiak's offense will continue to feed the top WR with an abundance of targets. In a 'disappointing" 2015 Bey-Bey was WR13 and I think it's realistic he finishes in that area again.

15. Amari Cooper - OAK - Even though he faded down the stretch Cooper had an impressive rookie season amassing 72/1070/6. For a 22 year old Cooper is exceptional as a route runner and hopefully in Year 2 he'll cut down on his drops. If healthy I look for Cooper's stats to have a little bit of an uptick.

16. Brandin Cooks - NOR - Cooks is the #1 WR in the Saints potent passing attack. Brees does spread the ball around so I don't see him getting 150 targets but I think Cooks is a relatively safe bet to match his 2015 numbers - 129 targets, 84 receptions, 1,138 yards, 9 TD.

17. Randall Cobb - GB - Cobb was a disappointment in 2015 but I think he's a great candidate to bounce back to his high end WR2 status if Jordy Nelson is healthy. Cobb's been banged up a bit throughout the years but he's still 26 in one of the better offenses in the league and a year removed from a 91-1,287-12 TD season in 2014. If Jordy isn't healthy Cobb likely drops down two tiers.

18. Sammy Watkins - BUF - Watkins might be the toughest person for me to rank. Talent wise he's in the upper echelon of wideouts but playing in a run heavy Rex Ryan system limits his upside, for now. Last season Watkins became the 1st WR to surpass 1,000 yards under a Rex Ryan led team and he did it in only 13 games and less than 100 targets. Buffalo was 2nd to last in pass attempts in 2015 but with all the injuries to their defense (Ragland, Lawson, IK, Dareus (suspension)) they might be in more shootouts.

Not Sexy But Sold WR2

19. Jeremy Maclin - KC - Playing alongside Alex Smith he might not have the highest of ceilings but he still quietly put up 87/1088/8 last season when there weren't many pass heavy game scripts in the second half of the year. One of the safer WR's out there.

20. Jarvis Landry - MIA - I'm interested to see how Landry is deployed this year in Adam Gase's scheme. He's obviously can be a PPR machine but there were rumors that Landry may be used on the outside more to let DeVante Parker work from the slot. Either way I think Landry is in line for 80 receptions.

21. Eric Decker - NYJ - All he does it catch TD's. Decker had 80 yards or a TD in each of his 15 starts in 2015. Over 10 points in PPR every game.

22. Kelvin Benjamin - CAR - Kelvin Benjamin has been a rollercoaster dating back to his days at Florida State. The most recent reports are that he's struggling with conditioning coming off of a torn ACL. Benjamin has as good a shot as anyone to reach 1,200 yards and 10 TD but I think we need to proceed with caution with him. Greg Olson is still the most reliable option in the passing game. Ted Ginn should still have a role in this offense and Devin Funchess, who is basically the same player as Benjamin just 3 years younger, has received praise all camp. I point this all out to say that we should not just be expecting Benjamin to step in to the same role he had as a rookie when he was target 145 times. Even then he was inefficient catching only 50% of his passes and converted 3 of his 17 redzone targets. Both below league average.

Low End WR2/ High Floor WR3

23. Marvin Jones - DET - Jones is an underrated talent. I wrote about his fit and expectations for this coming year here.

24. Donte Moncrief - IND - Many in the industry are predicting Moncrief to be this years breakout WR but I don't have as high of expectations. Moncrief is an exceptional talent with a high ceiling, so I get the hype, but this offseason I wasn't willing to pay for him at his ADP in MFL10's. I see him improving on his 2015 numbers but the Colts OL and Andrew Luck's erratic play are still a cause for concern.

25. Golden Tate - DET - Tate is one of the games finest entertainers and I have a soft spot for him because of that. With the acquisition of Anquon Boldin it sounds like Tate may be used on the outside more than expected which will certainly help bump his YPC up from an anemic 9.0 in 2015. Tate is one of the safest PPR plays and in full point league he belongs in the same category as Jarvis Landry. Tate could catch 100 passes but doesn't have huge TD upside.

26. Michael Floyd - ARI - The Cardinals have 3 awesome WR's and from a fantasy lens its hard to really separate them from one another. Since David Johnson will be the centerpiece of the offense this year I'm expecting the offense to function much like it did the second half of 2015. Michael Floyd had a TD or 100 yards receiving in 7 of the final 10 games last year after he returned from a gruesome hand injury.

27. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI - 109 receptions, 1,215 yards, 9 TD. That's the season that Larry Fitzgerald had as a 32 year old. He's a special talent and functions great in the big slot role that Arizona deploys him in. The addition of David Johnson to the starting lineup, who is one of the best receiving backs in the league, did seem to have an affect on Fitz though.

Non David Johnson Starts (Week 1-11 Avg): 10 targets, 7.5 receptions, 90 yards, 0.63 TD.

David Johnson Starts (Week 12-17 Avg) : 6.8 targets, 5.2 receptions, 44.6 yards, 0.40 TD

You can say small sample size and note that two of the 5 games were blow outs but it's at least something to think about.

28. Michael Crabtree - OAK - Crabtree's lost a step since tearing his achilles but he's still a craftsman that quickly built a nice rapport with Derek Carr. Still one of the more well rounded WR2's in the league I think we can expect similar numbers from him again in 2016.

29. Doug Baldwin - SEA - Baldwin won't catch a league leading 14 TD's again this year but he's a damn good wideout. If Seattle goes with a more pass heavy approach this coming year, like they should, it wouldn't shock me to see Baldwin top 1,000 yards again.

30. Sterling Shepard - NYG - I've tried to tamper my expectations with Shepard but I just don't see how he doesn't haul in 70 passes this year.

31. Tyler Lockett - SEA - He's not quite the next Antonio Brown but he's not far off. Lockett is one of the players I'm most looking forward to see this coming year. I did an in-depth breakdown of Lockett early this offseason here.

32. Julian Edelman - NE - I certainly respect Edelman's game but I see him more as the WR3 in this offense behind Gronk and Bennett. When you also factor in Edelman's injury history and Dion Lewis coming back I don't see a tremendous upside here. If you want 6 receptions for 60 yards then he's your guy.

33. John Brown - ARI - Love me some Smokey Brown but he might be third in the pecking order among wideouts, which is still good for 100 targets. Brown is a dynamic big play threat who actually was one of the more consistent wideouts in fantasy last year. Even with a bum hamstring for part of the season Brown had a TD or 60 yards in 11 of the 15 games he appeared in.

Boom Bust WR3 / Sexy Flexy

34. Jordan Matthews - PHI

35. DeSean Jackson - WAS

36. Torrey Smith - SF

37. Allen Hurns - JAX

38. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN

39. Kamar Aiken - BAL

BYE Week Filler

40. Josh Gordon - CLE

41. Michael Thomas - NOR

42. Kevin White - CHI

43. Stefon Diggs - MIN

44. Corey Coleman - CLE

45. DeVante Parker - MIA

46, Travis Benjamin - SD

47. Bruce Ellington - SF

48. Willie Snead - NOR

49. Vincent Jackson - TAM

Bench WR Full With Upside

50. Laquon Treadwell - MIN

51. Phillip Dorsett - IND

52. Devin Funchess - CAR

53. Mike Wallace - BAL

54. Sammie Coates - PIT

55. Dorial Green-Beckham - PHI

56. Tavon Austin - STL

Boring WR Depth

56. Mohammad Sanu - ATL

57. Pierre Garcon - WAS

58. Markus Wheaton - PIT

59. Rishard Matthews - TEN

60. Tajae Sharpe - TEN

60. Ted Ginn - CAR

HM: Brandon Lafell - CIN, Kendall Wright - TEN, Jaelen Strong - HOU, Tyler Boyd - CIN, Terrance Williams - DAL, Nelson Agholor - PHI, 

 

2016 Redraft QB Rankings 2.0

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Elite QB1

1. Cam Newton - CAR - Newton had a one of a kind 2015 on his way to the MVP award (35 Passing TD, 10 Rushing TD). The Carolina offense regains Kelvin Benjamin and there has been positive buzz surround Devin Funchess as well. While regression is likely in store for Newton on the TD front, Carolina could be in more shootouts this coming year due to the departure of Josh Norman.

High End QB1

2. Russell Wilson - SEA - The Seahawks may be leaning towards a more pass happy approach than recent years, which is exactly what fantasy owners want to hear. Wilson's usage in the running game gives him that unfair weekly ceiling that can win your matchup. Wilson has finished as QB2 and QB3 the past two seasons.

3. Drew Brees - NOR - Brees hasn't finished below QB6 during his tenure with the Saints. His cupboard has been restocked a bit too with the addition of Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener.

4. Aaron Rodgers - GB - Rodgers is still the best QB in the game.. When both Rodgers and his supporting cast are healthy he has never finished below QB2 since becoming a full time starter. With Jordy Nelson's health still in question I've knocked Rodgers for the time being. If Jordy is full go in a week or two he'll move up to QB2.

High Floor QB1

5. Andrew Luck - IND - Which Andrew Luck will we see this year? Luck has all the ability in the world but I'm worried about their depth at the skill positions if they happen to catch the injury bug. There is nothing behind Gore or Dwayne Allen and outside of Hilton, Moncreif & Dorsett there isn't much at WR.

6. Carson Palmer - AZ - Palmer had a career year last season and at age 36 should still have enough in the tank to replicate it. The stable of running backs and wide receiver Arians has put together is impressive.

7. Philip Rivers - SD - Rivers was QB6 the last time Ken Whisenhunt was callings plays and this time he arguably has a slightly more talented cast around him (Allen, Gates, Benjamin, Woodhead & Hunter Henry)

8. Tom Brady - NE - I want an angry Tom Brady on team. Would have been in the High QB1 tier if not for the 4 game suspension.

9. Eli Manning - NYG - Eli has quietly been a Top 10 QB both years under Ben McAdoo, Eli has thrown 30+ TD's the past two seasons without a reliable option across from Odell Beckham. With Sterling Shepard lining up in the slot and outside I expect the passing game to be even more potent.

10. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT - The Steelers have arguably the most talented group of skill position players in the league but without Bell for 4 games, Martavis for 16, the growing pains of Sammie Coates and the uncertainty surrounding Ladarius Green's health I'm lower on Big Ben than most. I love Ben as a QB but right now he's being drafted as QB6 and I'm not on board with that ranking.

11. Blake Bortles - JAX - Bortles was the King of Garbage Time last year but the Jags are hoping the game script is much different this coming year with all the additions on defense. The acquisition of Chris Ivory could also mean less reliance on Bortles in the red zone.

Perfect QB Streaming Options

12. Kirk Cousins - WAS - Cousins finished 2015 on a tear tossing 23 TD to just 3 INT over his last 10 regular season games. Washington has an compiled a nice slew of weapons on the outside. DJax, Reed, Doctson, Garcon and Crowder skill sets compliment one another well. I'm still not 100% sold on Cousins and don't think he'll have 5 rushing TD's again so that's why he remains in the streaming category.

13. Matthew Stafford - DET - We know Stafford is going to throw the ball 600+ times and I'm a fan of the additions of Marvin Jones and Anquon Boldin. Abdullah and Riddick are fun jitterbugs that add value in the passing game. I think Stafford is a nice high floor QB2 with QB1 upside if everything clicks. We'll see how year two under Cooter goes.

14. Tony Romo - DAL - The most underrated QB of his era, Romo has been a lock for a Top 12 finish when healthy but his health (collarbone) has been a huge issue the past couple of seasons. From 2011-2014 Romo averaged 31 TD's per season.

15. Tyrod Taylor - BUF - Taylor was outstanding last season and his play definitely warrants the contract extension that he recently signed. On a points per start basis Taylor ranked 7th among QB's last year. Taylor's ability as a runner gives him a relatively safe floor with huge upside some weeks. Sammy Watkins health is a big factor to his success and Watkins appears to be recovering from his offseason foot surgery just fine.

16. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ - Fitzpatrick had a career year in 2015 throwing for a career high 31 TD's. He got away with a lot last year and is due for some regression but he's returning to the same system with an even deeper stable of weapons. Devin Smith and Jace Amaro are healthy. Matt Forte and Powell are an outstanding one-two punch as receivers out of the backfield.

17. Derek Carr - OAK - Carr made a significant leap in his sophomore season increasing his touchdown total by 11 and passing yards by 700+. People may see the #17 ranking as too low for a guy who threw 32 TD's in his second season but there really isn't much separating the QB's in this streaming tier.

18. Marcus Mariota - TEN - Marcus Mariota is a top tier talent but I'm afraid the coaching and system the Titans plan to run will hold him back. Mike Mularkey intends to run a slow-pace run-oriented offense that he coined as "exotic smashmouth" this coming year. Hopefully there will be a uptick is designed QB runs for Mariota who only averaged 2.6 rushes per game as a rookie. The Titans WR corp is littered with mediocrity too.

19. Jameis Winston - TAM - Winston had a fantastic rookie season throwing for over 4,000 yards and rushing for 6 TDs. Will he make the leap as a 2nd year signal caller that Derek Carr and Blake Bortles did last year? That remains to be seen but he certainly has the talent to vault up this list in years to come as he matures as a QB and creates even more of a chemistry with Mike Evans.

QB2

20. Matt Ryan - ATL

21. Jay Cutler - CHI

22. Andy Dalton - CIN

23. Alex Smith - KC

24. Ryan Tannehill - MIA

25. Joe Flacco - BAL

2016 Redraft TE Rankings 2.0

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Gronk Tier

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE - Death, Taxes & Rob Gronkowski TE1.

The addition of Martellus Bennett might worry some people but in 2011 when Aaron Hernandez was at his peak and finished as TE3 (79 rec, 910 yds & 7 TDs) Gronk had his best statistical season ever - 90 rec, 1,327 yds, 17 TD!!!. There is room for both in this offense.

High End TE1

2. Greg Olsen - CAR - Olsen has turned into a true "Set It And Forget It" TE. Back-to-back season of 120+ targets to go along with nearly 80 receptions, 1000+ yards and 7 TD.

3. Jordan Reed - WAS - Reed won leagues for people last season and certainly has the talent to do so again but his injury history scares me.

4. Coby Fleener - NOR - I explain why Coby Fleener is a TE1 this coming season here

High Floor TE1

5. Gary Barnidge - CLE - Big Play Barnidge falls down a tier with Josh Gordon now in the fold for 12 games *crosses fingers* but the deep threat of Gordon and Coleman may open things up for Barnidge. He'll see less target volume but could be more efficient on his touches due to the surrounding weapons.

6. Antonio Gates - SD - Although he's not the freak athlete of his younger days Gates remains Philip Rivers favorite red zone target. Gates missed 5 game last year (4 due to PED suspension, 1 due to injury) and still finished as TE11. Was on a 81 Rec, 916 Yard, 7 TD pace when on the field.

7. Delanie Walker - TEN - Well, Mike Mularkey wants to create an "Exotic Smashmouth" offense. I assume that means more reliance on the running game (Murray & Henry). With that being said Walker should still receive the most targets through the air. He wont see 133 again but could see something around 106 targets like he did in 2014. He finished a TE8 that season.

8. Travis Kelce - KC - You can blame Andy Reid and Alex Smith for this ranking. Finished as TE9 and TE7 the last two years. #FreeKelce. 

9. Martellus Bennett - NE - This ranking may fluctuate as the preseason goes along but right now I'm putting stock in the Pats putting Bennett in the position to succeed. There is so much mismatch potential when paired with Gronk on the field. For those needing a refresher in 2011 Gronk was TE1 and Hernandez was TE3.

TE1's?

10. Dwayne Allen - IND - With Coby Fleener finally out of the picture the targets should be there for Allen to become a TE1 for fantasy. Now we just have to cross our fingers his body holds up.

11. Julius Thomas - JAX - Thomas will never replicate his Denver production in Jacksonville but I think he fills in as a nice 3rd option in this passing attack.

12. Tyler Eifert - CIN -  The more information that leaks out about Eifert's ankle procedure the more likely it sounds that he might be a candidate to start the regular season on PUP, leaving him out until Week 7. I'm likely staying away from him this year at his current ADP. When healthy he's in the Tier 2 class.

13. Ladarius Green - PIT - Same deal as Dwayne Allen. Green is a tantalizing talent but has never quite put it all together. With Heath Miller's retirement and Martavis Bryant's suspended for the year there should be an opportunity for Green have the breakout year that we've been waiting years and years on. Green is still on the PUP list due to offseason ankle surgery and headaches. Green had two concussions in an 11 day span last season. He could be one hit away from calling it a career.

14. Zach Ertz - PHI - I've never been an Ertz guy and with Pederson's more conservative, slowed down approach I think Ertz's numbers will end up be similar to his 2014 production - 89 targets, 58 receptions, 702 yards, 3 TD. On the other-hand the Eagles gave Ertz a huge extension this offseason and are still looking for contributors in the passing game outside of Jordan Matthews so maybe I am too low.

Late Round Fliers

15. Eric Ebron - DET - Will Ebron make the leap in year 3? He's off to a rough start and the addition of Anquon Boldin, who will likely be used in a similar manner to a TE, doesn't help his cause.

16. Zach Miller - CHI - Miller filled in marvelously for Martellus Bennett the second half of 2015 and looks to have the starting job locked down. Miller had either a touchdown or 57 yards receiving in 6 of his last 8 games. 

17. Vance McDonald - SF - In Chip Kelly's up tempo offense McDonald could be one of the main beneficiaries in the passing game. With Anquon Boldin out of town, Torrey Smith is the only proven commodity in San Fran. McDonald has received praised so far this offseason and listed as the starter so far.

18. Jared Cook - GB - Cook's whole career suggests he'll flop as this reliable seam splitting receiving presence but he's never played with Aaron Rodgers. Late in your draft you should be looking for upside so I'm on board with using a late pick to see what comes of this match made in heaven.

19. Jason Witten - DAL - Our favorite Dad Runner slides in here as a reliable high floor target and I probably have him too low. Witten's has had at least 64 receptions and 700 yards every season since 2004.

20. Will Tye - NYG -  The little known rookie impressed coaches from the get-go and slowly early the starting role. His growing chemistry with Eli Manning was apart the 2nd half the season as he was targeted 50 times for 34 receptions, 387 yards and 3 TDs. You stretch those numbers over 16 games season and have 100 targets for 68 receptions, 774 yards and 6 TD. Tye's 4.57 speed can present mismatches against some defensive personnel.

Best Of The Rest:

We still don't have any clarity of which TE (Ben WatsonMaxx WilliamsDennis PittaCrockett Gilmore) will emerge in Baltimore...I have respect for a player like Kyle Rudolph but I don't really have any interest in drafting a player with such a low ceiling and floor...Austin Seferian-Jenkins is talented but also a headcase. I'll believe his hype when I see it on Sunday's. In the meantime Cameron Brate is an interesting player to keep your eye on and it looks like he has a grasp on the starting role...Charles Clay had some breakout games last year but in such a low voluminous passing attack it's hard to know when he'll be relied upon...Jace Amaro is a former 1st Round pick who missed all of 2015. Interested to see the role he is able to carve out for himself in the Jets offense...A rookie who I'll be keeping my eye on the rest of camp is Tyler Higbee. Talent wise he's not far off from like a Travis Kelce.

2016 Redraft QB Rankings 1.0

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Tier 1

1. Cam Newton - CAR - Newton had a one of a kind 2015 on his way to the MVP award (35 Passing TD, 10 Rushing TD). The Carolina offense regains Kelvin Benjamin and there has been positive buzz surround Devin Funchess as well. While regression is likely in store for Newton on the TD front, Carolina could be in more shootouts this coming year due to the departure of Josh Norman.

2. Aaron Rodgers - GB - Rodgers is still the best QB in the game.. When both Rodgers and his supporting cast are healthy he has never finished below QB2 since becoming a full time starter.

Tier 2

3. Russell Wilson - SEA - The Seahawks may be leaning towards a more pass happy approach than recent years, which is exactly what fantasy owners want to hear. Wilson's usage in the running game gives him that unfair weekly ceiling that can win your matchup.

4. Drew Brees - NOR - Brees hasn't finished below QB6 during his tenure with the Saints. His cupboard has been restocked a bit too with the addition of Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener.

5. Andrew Luck - IND - Which Andrew Luck will we see this year? Luck has all the ability in the world but I'm worried about their depth at the skill positions if they happen to catch the injury bug. There is nothing behind Gore or Dwayne Allen and outside of Hilton, Moncreif & Dorsett there isn't much at WR.

Tier 3

6. Carson Palmer - AZ - Palmer had a career year last season and at age 36 should still have enough in the tank to replicate it. The stable of running backs and wide receiver Arians has put together is impressive.

7. Ben Roethlisberger - PIT - The loss of Martavis Bryant for the year certainly hurts, but Big Ben still has arguably the best WR and RB in the game to work with. This is a ranking I feel could fluctuate as the offseason progresses.

8. Philip Rivers - SD - Rivers was QB6 the last time Ken Whisenhunt was callings plays and this time he arguably has a slightly more talented cast around him (Allen, Gates, Benjamin, Stevie Johnson, Woodhead & Hunter Henry)

9. Tom Brady - NE - If his 4 game suspension is lifted he'll likely be QB5.

10. Blake Bortles - JAX - Bortles was the King of Garbage Time last year but the Jags are hoping the game script is much different this coming year with all the additions on defense. The acquisition of Chris Ivory could also mean less reliance on Bortles in the red zone.

Tier 4

11. Eli Manning - NYG

12. Kirk Cousins - WAS

13. Matthew Stafford - DET

14. Jameis Winston - TAM

15. Tony Romo - DAL

16. Ryan Tannehill - MIA

17. Derek Carr - OAK

18. Marcus Mariota - TEN

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ

Tier 5

20. Andy Dalton - CIN

21. Jay Cutler - CHI

22. Alex Smith - KC

23. Tyrod Taylor - BUF

24. Matt Ryan - ATL

25. Joe Flacco - BAL

2016 Redraft RB Rankings 1.0

Tier 1

1. Ezekiel Elliott - DAL

2. LeVeon Bell - PIT

3. David Johnson - AZ

4. Todd Gurley - STL

Tier 2

5. Adrian Peterson - MIN

6. Lamar Miller - HOU

7. Devonta Freeman - ATL

8. Mark Ingram - NOR

9. Jamaal Charles - KC

Tier 3

10. Eddie Lacy - GB

11. Doug Martin - TAM

12. Jay Ajayi - MIA

13. LeSean McCoy - BUF

Tier 4

14. Ryan Mathews - PHI

15. Matt Forte - NYJ

16. CJ Anderson - DEN

17. Dion Lewis - NE

18. Latavius Murray - OAK

Tier 5

19. Gio Bernard - CIN

20. Duke Johnson - CLE

21. Carlos Hyde - SF

22. Jeremy Hill - CIN

23. Danny Woodhead - SD

24. Chris Ivory - JAX

Tier 6

25. Matt Jones - WAS

26. DeMarco Murray - TEN

27. Ameer Abdullah - DET

28. Isaiah Crowell - CLE

29. Frank Gore - IND

Tier 7

30. TJ Yeldon - JAX

31. Jonathan Stewart - CAR

32. Thomas Rawls - SEA

33. Charles Sims - TAM

34. Theo Riddick - DET

35. Jeremy Langford - CHI

36. Justin Forsett - BAL

37. Melvin Gordon - SD

38. Derrick Henry - TEN

Tier 8

39. Karlos Williams - BUF

40. Kenneth Dixon - BAL

41. Rashad Jennings - NYG

42. Paul Perkins - NYG

43. Jordan Howard - CHI

44. Bilal Powell - NYJ

45. Deonvtae Booker - DEN

46. Deangelo WillIams - PIT

47. Tevin Coleman - ATL

48. Chris Johnson - ARI

49. DeAndre Washington - OAK

50. James Starks - GB

2016 Redraft WR Rankings 1.0

Tier 1

1. Antonio Brown - PIT - 152 Receptions, 2,039 Receiving Yards & 12 TD. These are Antonio Brown's stats in the last 16 games completed by Ben Roethlisberger

2. Odell Beckham Jr. - NYG - Beckham has averaged 6.9 receptions, 102 yards and 0.92 TD's per game in his NFL career. He's simply incredible.

3. Julio Jones - ATL - His TD totals the past couple of years have been underwhelming but don't overthink it here.

4. AJ Green - CIN - With the departures of Marvin Jones, Mohammad Sanu and the uncertainty surrounding Tyler Eifert's ankle, look for Green to receive an obscene amount of targets this year. Think of DeAndre Hopkins last year - 111 Receptions, 1,521 Yards, 11 TD.

Tier 2

5. DeAndre Hopkins - HOU - How you value Hopkins should be based off how you think the Texans will do this year. 

1st Half Stats (3-5 Record): 112 targets, 66 receptions, 870 yards, 6 TD

2nd Half Stats (6-2 Record) : 80 targets, 45 receptions, 651 yards, 5 TD

I'm far from sold on Osweiler but I love the additions of Lamar Miller and the vertical threat that Will Fuller brings adds another element to that offense. I think your expectations should be closer to 2nd half totals.

6. Dez Bryant - DAL - By selecting Elliott #4 overall in the draft I think Dallas will use the recipe that led them to a 12-4 record in 2014. While Elliott will be the workhorse on that offense Dez Bryant will still be fed plenty. In 2014 he finished as WR4 - 136 targets, 88 receptions, 1320 yards, 16 TD. 

7. Jordy Nelson - GB - Nelson will be over a year removed from his ACL injury when the regular season starts. Assuming he is healthy I think he's back in WR1 status. While Nelson is getting up there in age I think he has a couple of Pro Bowl level seasons left. He is a master at his craft.

8. Allen Robinson - JAX

9. Alshon Jeffrey - CHI

Tier 3

10. Keenan Allen - SD

11. TY Hilton - IND

12. Mike Evans - TAM

13. Brandon Marshall - NYJ

14. Brandin Cooks - NOR

Tier 4

15. Amari Cooper - OAK

16. Demaryius Thomas - DEN

17. Kelvin Benjamin - CAR

18. Randall Cobb - GB

Tier 5

19. Larry Fitzgerald - ARI

20. Golden Tate - DET

21. Jeremy Maclin - KC

22. Jarvis Landry - MIA

23. Eric Decker - NYJ

Tier 6

24. Marvin Jones - DET

25. Michael Crabtree - OAK

26. Julian Edelman - NE

27. Doug Baldwin - SEA

28. Allen Hurns - JAX

29. Michael Floyd - ARI

30. Sammy Watkins - BUF

Tier 7

31. Sterling Shepard - NYG

32. Tyler Lockett - SEA

33. Emmanuel Sanders - DEN

34. John Brown - ARI

35. Kevin White - CHI

36. Donte Moncrief - IND

37. Jordan Matthews - PHI

38. Kamar Aiken - BAL

39. Torrey Smith - SF

Tier 8

40. Laquon Treadwell - MIN

41. Corey Coleman - CLE

42. Michael Thomas - NOR

43. DeSean Jackson - WAS

44. DeVante Parker - MIA

45. Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN

46, Travis Benjamin - SD

47. Vincent Jackson - TAM

48. Willie Snead - NOR

Tier 9

49. Stefon Diggs - MIN

50. Mike Wallace - BAL

51. Tavon Austin - STL

52. Mohammad Sanu - ATL

53. Pierre Garcon - WAS

54. Kendall Wright - TEN

55. Markus Wheaton - PIT

Tier 10

56. Devin Funchess - CAR

57. Brandon Lafell - CIN

58. Ted Ginn - CAR

59. Terrnace Williams - DAL

60. Nelson Agholor - PHI

2016 Redraft TE Rankings 1.0

Tier 1

1. Rob Gronkowski - NE - Death, Taxes & Rob Gronkowski TE1

Tier 2

2. Greg Olsen - CAR - Olsen has turned into a true "Set It And Forget It" TE. Back-to-back season of 120+ targets to go along with nearly 80 receptions, 1000+ yards and 7 TD.

3. Jordan Reed - WAS - Reed won leagues for people last season and certainly has the talent to do so again but his injury history scares me.

4. Coby Fleener - NOR - I explain why Coby Fleener is a TE1 this coming season here

5. Gary Barnidge - CLE - Barnidge came out of absolute nowhere last season to become TE2 overall. While you may be dismissive of Barnidge and his ability who else is RG3 going to throw too? Who else is a red zone target?

Tier 3

6. Antonio Gates - SD - Although he's not the freak athlete of his younger days Gates remains Philip Rivers favorite red zone target. Gates missed 5 game last year (4 due to PED suspension, 1 due to injury) and still finished as TE11. Was on a 81 Rec, 916 Yard, 7 TD pace when on the field.

7. Delanie Walker - TEN - Well, Mike Mularkey wants to create an "Exotic Smashmouth" offense. I assume that means more reliance on the running game (Murray & Henry). With that being said Walker should still receive the most targets through the air. He wont see 133 again but could see something around 106 targets like he did in 2014. He finished a TE8 that season.

8. Travis Kelce - KC - You can blame Andy Reid and Alex Smith for this ranking. Finished as TE9 and TE7 the last two years. #FreeKelce

9. Martellus Bennett - NE - This ranking may fluctuate as the preseason goes along but right now I'm putting stock in the Pats putting Bennett in the position to succeed. There is so much mismatch potential when paired with Gronk on the field. For those needing a refresher in 2011 Gronk was TE1 and Hernandez was TE3.

10. Tyler Eifert - CIN - Another year, another injury. Eifert had ankle surgery this offseason and now his status for Week 1 is in jeopardy. Until we hear more promising news Eifert falls down my board a bit. When healthy he's a Tier 2 talent.

Tier 4

11. Dwayne Allen - IND - With Coby Fleener finally out of the picture the targets should be there for Allen to become a TE1 for fantasy. Now we just have to cross our fingers his body holds up.

12. Ladarius Green - PIT - Same deal as the man above him. Green is tantalizing but has never quite put it all together. With Heath Miller's retirement and Martavis Bryant's suspension for the year there should be an opportunity for Green have the breakout year that we've been waiting years and years on.

13. Julius Thomas - JAX - Thomas will never replicate his Denver production in Jacksonville but I think he fills in as a nice 3rd option in this passing attack.

14. Zach Ertz - PHI - I've never been an Ertz guy and with Pederson's more conservative, slowed down approach I think Ertz's numbers will end up be similar to his 2014 production - 89 targets, 58 receptions, 702 yards, 3 TD. On the other-hand the Eagles gave Ertz a huge extension this offseason and are still looking for contributors in the passing game outside of Jordan Matthews so maybe I am too low.

15. Eric Ebron - DET - Will Ebron make the leap in year 3? He'll certainly have the opportunity too with the Lions looking for people to fill Calvin Johnson's shoes.

Tier 5

16. Zach Miller - CHI - Miller filled in marvelously for Martellus Bennett the second half of 2015 and looks to have the starting job locked down. Miller had either a touchdown or 57 yards receiving in 6 of his last 8 games. 

17. Vance McDonald - SF - In Chip Kelly's up tempo offense McDonald could be one of the main beneficiaries in the passing game. With Anquon Boldin out of town, Torrey Smith is the only proven commodity in San Fran. McDonald has received praised so far this offseason.

18. Jason Witten - DAL - Our favorite Dad Runner slides in here as a reliable high floor target and I probably have him too low. Witten's has had at least 64 receptions and 700 yards every season since 2004.

19. Jordan Cameron - MIA - I'm excited about what Adam Gase will bring to the offense but Cameron's first season in Miami was certainly disappointing.

20. Will Tye - NYG -  The little known rookie impressed coaches from the get-go and slowly early the starting role. His growing chemistry with Eli Manning was apart the 2nd half the season as he was targeted 50 times for 34 receptions, 387 yards and 3 TDs. You stretch those numbers over 16 games season and have 100 targets for 68 receptions, 774 yards and 6 TD. Tye's 4.57 speed can present mismatches against some defensive personnel.

Best Of The Rest:

We still don't have any clarity of which TE (Ben Watson, Maxx Williams, Dennis Pitta & Crockett Gilmore) will emerge in Baltimore...I have respect for a player like Kyle Rudolph but I don't really have any interest in drafting a player with such a low ceiling and floor...Austin Seferian-Jenkins is talented but also a headcase. I'll believe his hype when I see it on Sunday's. In the meantime Cameron Brate is an interesting player to keep your eye on... I will be interested to see how the Packers deploy Richard Rodgers and Jared Cook. Should have a better idea during training camp...Charles Clay had some breakout games last year but in such a low voluminous passing attack it's hard to know when he'll be relied upon...Jace Amaro is a former 1st Round pick who missed all of 2015. Interested to see the role he is able to carve out for himself in the Jets offense.