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2015 Wide Receiver Rankings

This year, there are a lot of options at wide receiver. It’s probably the deepest position for 2015 besides perhaps quarterback. But this doesn’t mean you should wait too long to draft your first receiver, it just means there will still be value to be had after the sixth round. For your typical roster you’ll end up with about 4-8 receivers depending on your league’s scoring. Player’s marked with a $$ are players that should outperform their draft day values.

Two guys I’m targeting as deep sleepers are Eddie Royal, and Andrew Hawkins. Eddie Royal was already on my radar long before the Kelvin White injury. But when you couple that with the fact that Alshon Jeffery is dealing with an injury, it paints a rosy picture for Royal’s outlook. Royal is a seasoned veteran coming off his two most productive fantasy football seasons, and with White out he should lack for targets. I really like Cutler this season as well, so everything is trending up for his production.

I’m not going to lie, I was pretty down on Johnny Manziel, but he’s looked pretty sharp in the preseason. As a result, Cleveland receivers have seen a boost in my rankings. I’m not sure who’s going to be the top receiver in Cleveland at the end of the season, but if I don’t end up with Bowe, I’m not going to be upset landing Andrew Hawkins in the later rounds. Hawkins has the talent, and showed flashes of this last season, ending 2014 with more first downs than any other receiver or back on for The Browns. Hawkins is a gut call for me, but my gut says he’ll have a big season.

1. Demaryius Thomas DEN 21. Brandon Marshall NYJ 41. Percy Harvin BUF
2. Antonio Brown PIT 22. DeSean Jackson WAS 42. Devin Funchess CHI
3. Dez Bryant DAL 23. Amari Cooper OAK 43. Kendall Wright TEN
4. Alshon Jeffery CHI 24. Andre Johnson IND 44. DeVante Parker MIA
5. Randall Cobb GB 25. Mike Wallace MIN 45. Brandon Lafell NE
6. Julio Jones ATL 26. Jeremy Maclin KC 46. Charles Johnson MIN
7. Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 27. Nelson Agholor PHI $$ 47. Brian Quick STL $$
8. T.Y Hilton IND 28. Allen Robinson JAC 48. Dwayne Bowe CLE $$
9. Calvin Johnson DET 29. Eric Decker NYJ 49. Kenny Stills MIA
10.  Mike Evans TB 30. Marques Colston NO $$ 50. Donte Moncrief IND
11. A.J. Green CIN 31. Jarvis Landry MIA 51. . Doug Baldwin SEA
12. DeAndre Hopkins HOU 32. Victor Cruz NYG $$ 52.  Malcom Floyd SD
13. Emmanuel Sanders DEN 33. Roddy White ATL 53. Terrance Williams DAL
14. Julian Edelman NE 34. Martavis Bryant PIT 54. Dorial Green-Beckham TEN
15. Sammy Watkins BUF 35. Davante Adams GB $$ 55. Cody Latimer DEN
16. Brandin Cooks NO 36. Torrey Smith SF $$ 56. Marqise Lee JAC
17. Golden Tate DET 37. Steve Smith BAL 57. Cole Beasley DAL
18. Keenan Allen SD 38. Breshad Perriman BAL 58. Tyler Lockett SEA
19. Vincent Jackson TB $$ 39. Anquan Boldin SF 59.Marvin Jones CIN $$
20. Jordan Matthews PHI 40.  Larry Fitzgerald ARI 60. John Brown ARI

*Rankings are based on standard scoring.

Based on your league size, and how enthusiastic your fellow drafters are this may not be enough receiver depth. Below are a few more later round guys, that can still produce for your team.

Cecil Shorts HOU

Andrew Hawkins CLE

Danny Amendola NE

Eddie Royal CHI

Riley Cooper PHI

Pierre Garcon WAS

Rueben Randle NYG

Michael Crabtree OAK

Greg Jennings MIA

Allen Hurns JAC

Markus Wheaton PIT

Jarius Wright MIN

Mohamed Sanu CIN

2015 Quarterback Rankings

When drafting quarterbacks in fantasy football, you want to go early or go last. This years quarterback depth is ridiculous. Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck are easily the two standouts. Rodgers simply gets the job done every year, and Luck is a young strong armed QB surrounded by talent. But even if you choose to wait on drafting a quarterback, there is still a lot of talent left on the line. Players marked by $$$ are some players that I predict will outperform their average draft position.

Two players I am targeting in later rounds are Tony Romo and Jay Cutler. Dez Bryant has been outspoken all season. To me he seems hungry. There has never been a wide receiver score 16+ touchdowns in back to back seasons. I think that Dez has a shot at breaking that record this season. Not to mention, the loss of their bell cow running back leads me to believe they’ll be airing the ball out more this season. Jay Cutler should benefit from new offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase is coming from Denver where he worked with Peyton Manning during some of his most productive seasons. The loss of Kevin White shouldn’t impact Cutler too greatly. He still has Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett as targets. These are two of my top guys that should give you quite the bang for your buck.

1. Aaron Rodgers GB 14. Matthew Stafford
2. Andrew Luck IND 15. Sam Bradford PHI
3. Ben Roethlisberger PIT $$$ 16. Teddy Bridgewater MIN $$$
4. Peyton Manning DEN 17. Jay Cutler CHI $$$
5. Russell Wilson SEA 18. Carson Palmer ARI
6. Drew Brees NO 19. Joe Flacco BAL $$$
7. Ryan Tannehill MIA 20. Jameis Winston TB
8. Matt Ryan ATL 21. Alex Smith KC
9. Cam Newton CAR 22. Marcus Mariota TEN
10. Tony Romo DAL $$$ 23. Nick Foles STL $$$
11. Philip Rivers SD 24. Andy Dalton CIN
12. Tom Brady NE 25. Robert Griffin III WAS
13. Colin Kaepernick SF

*Rankings are based on standard scoring.

2015 Tight End Rankings

There isn’t nearly as much point disparity between tight ends as say running backs and wide receivers. This directly influences their value. If you have a shot at a stud running back for example, you’ll want to pull the trigger on that player as opposed to the best tight end available. The only exception this season is Rob Gronkowski. Gronk annihilated his competition last season, averaging 11.5 points a game. Even though he’ll likely be missing his starting quarterback (Tom Brady) for the start of the season, he’s still head and shoulders above the rest. For your draft you’ll want to end up with one to three tight ends. You’ll only draft three if you can use a tight end in your flex position on your roster. Players marked with $$$ are players that are likely to outperform their draft value.

1. Rob Gronkowski NE 14. Kyle Rudolph MIN $$$
2. Greg Olsen CAR 15. Larry Donnell NYG
3. Jimmy Graham SEA 16. Josh HIll NO
4. Martellus Bennett $$$ 17. Charles Clay BUF
5. Travis Kelce KC 18. Heath Miller PIT $$$
6. Dwayne Allen IND 19. Jordan Reed WAS
7. Julius Thomas JAC 20. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB
8. Jason Witten DAL 21. Maxx Williams BAL $$$
9. Jordan Cameron MIA $$$ 22. Jace Amaro NYJ
10. Owen Daniels DEN $$$ 23. Eric Ebron DET
11. Zach Ertz PHI $$$ 24. Vernon Davis SF
12. Delanie Walker TEN 25. Tyler Eifert CIN
13. Antonio Gates SD

*These rankings are based on standard scoring.

More rankings to come! After all are published I will link all of my rankings to a downloadable document for easy printing and draft day use. Good luck!

Players, Players everywhere, and not a one to draft…..

  It’s draft day! You are prepared. You are ready. You have done your research. You have your cheat sheets in hand. You are going to rock this draft! UNTIL EVERYONE STARTS TAKING EVERY PLAYER THAT YOU WANT, RIGHT BEFORE YOU DRAFT THEM. I have been there, done that. (It happens to the best of us) So I have compiled a list of some later round draft picks that I think have value to replace some of those near misses.

Running Backs:      Frank Gore (Round 4/5)

                               Trent Richardson (Round 5/6)

                               Ray Rice (Round 6)

                               Chris Johnson (Round 6/7)

                               Shane Vereen (Round 7)

                               Maurice Jones Drew (Round 8)

                               Fred Jackson (Round 10)

                               Danny Woodhead (Round 10/11)

  Frank Gore, Trent Richardson, Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones Drew are all at the top of their depth charts. I think any starting running back past round 6 has inherent value. Vereen, Jackson, and Woodhead, all proven backs, are RB2’s playing behind shaky starters. When it comes to finding value with low risk, these guys are it.

Wide Receivers:    DeSean Jackson (Round 4/5)

                              Wes Welker (Round 5/6)

                              Torrey Smith (Round 6/7)

                              Emmanuel Sanders (Round 7/8)

                              Erik Decker (Round 8/9)

                              Mike Wallace (Round 9)

                              Cecil Shorts (Round 10/11)

                              Greg Jennings (Round 11/12)

   Again, almost all of the receivers are WR1’s for their respective team and at the rounds they are going have great value. Welker and Sanders are not WR1’s but will see their fair share of work. Based on preseason performance, and updates  Sanders has developed a strong rapport with QB Peyton Manning. Welkers concussion woes only add value for Sanders. However if Welker can stay healthy he still has value. Erik Decker and Mike Wallace are sneaky pick ups. These are affirmed wide receivers learning the mechanics of new teams. Either could have a break out season and are worth the gamble at their average draft position. Cecil Shorts as a starter at round 10? Sure he doesn’t have the greatest QB but who else are they going to throw it to? This list represents some safer draftees with a lot of upside.

Tight Ends:           Jordan Cameron (Round 7)

                             Greg Olsen (Round 8)

                             Kyle Rudolph (Round 10)

                             Martellus Bennett (Round 11)

                             Charles Clay (Round 12)

  Minus Jordan Cameron, who I simply like as a tight end, the other tight ends listed seemingly have a solid harmony with their QB’s, and with the lack of disparity after Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, and Rob Gronkowski, this is what makes them standout players. My favorite by far is Martellus Bennett. Although surround by talent on all sides, I predict he has a break out season. I am particularly impressed by his yards after the catch, and with Cutler spreading the ball around, he’s sure to have the ball in his hands. In comparison to other tight ends going around that round, drafting Bennett is the safer bet.

Quarterbacks:      Andrew Luck (Round 4)

                            Tom Brady (Round 5/6)

                            Tony Romo (Round 9)

                            Jay Cutler (Round 10)

  These are the average draft positions as reported by various sports websites. However, in mock drafts I have noticed that quarterbacks are going MUCH sooner rather than later. So don’t be afraid to reach around earlier for a quarterback you like, especially after the 4th or 5th round. If you end up with Romo or Cutler in the 9th or 10th round count your lucky stars and the points these two studs will pull in for you throughout the season.

  Remember guys; MOCK DRAFTS, MOCK DRAFTS, MOCK DRAFTS! There is no special formula that will guarantee you a fantasy football championship; No single player that will make or break your fantasy season. Want to know the secret to life, the universe, and everything? In the words of the great Matthew Berry, “at a fundamental level, fantasy football is about minimizing risk and giving yourself the best odds to win on a weekly basis. Everything leads back to that. Everything.”