Top 10 Wide Receiver Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football

What’s your favorite position in football? We think the WR might be the coolest position. Extreme talent to run, jump, and time catches from your QB is an art form of the NFL. Now presenting, Top 10 Wide Receiver Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football!

  • Rankings considered between PPR and STD scoring
  • Our rankings: Love them? Hate them? Let us know!
  • As always these opinions reflect solely on the research from the Baseline Times staff
  • Every week until the end of August you can expect to find us ranking other positions and full coverage of the NFL 2022 Fantasy Football season
  • Consider that these WR ranked in our Top 10 are probably worthy enough of nothing short of drafting in the second round, no later.

Top 10 Wide Receiver Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football


ADP 1 – Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams

If the reason you are here for some “where do I take him in the draft” advice, I’d assume you know he’s the undisputed number one WR this season. Kupp remains in a prestigious position to be the number one target for Matthew Stafford. If you understood that Stafford doesn’t run much any way he’s doing nothing but sitting in the pocket tossing to Kupp.

Allen Robinson II joins the Rams this season as the only other WR to threaten Kupp’s target sharing. Gone is Robert Woods now in Tennessee. At the time of these rankings, Odell Beckham is still a free agent so all odds are Kupp remains the favorite guy yet again. Where do we take Kupp? I wouldn’t mind Kupp if Austin Ekeler, Jonathan Taylor, or Derrick Henry is off the board in a Standard scoring league. If you’re in a PPR league obviously Kupp now favors anywhere in the Top 5 overall.


ADP 2 – Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings

Listen in on the trend here. A couple of things are now in place that tie into the ranking mentioned above. First, the not-so-obvious is that Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford are not very mobile. They also pace some pretty solid yardage. What does that mean? Are you sniffing what we’re sniffing? HAMMERING targets to Jefferson.

The real obvious is that Wes Phillips is now the Offensive Coordinator in Minnesota. Doesn’t ring a bell to the masses right? Well, he coached the Rams through last season’s monstrous season from Cooper Kupp. Don’t shy away from picking Jefferson in any league as the second-best WR behind Kupp. Cousins threw only 7 interceptions last season which is the second lowest next to Rodgers who threw 4 in 2021. The efficiency is there for Cousins to improve and hopefully direct more yardage/better routes for Jefferson.


ADP 3 – Ja’Marr Chase – Cincinnati Bengals

With a better offensive line in Cincinnati, the hope is Burrow has more time to throw all day to Mr. Chase. Sophomore slump? No way! His 2021 Rookie season brought in 81 receptions, 1,455 yards, and 13 Touchdowns. He’s already the QBs go-to and a big body that can create space always to catch at his young age. He’s just blowing by Eli Apple in training camp.

It wouldn’t be unrealistic to put the type of season together for the Chase again. His ceiling now is being able to hit the Cooper Kupp-like numbers. Chase finished 18th overall in PPR scoring last season so it’s fair to say his expectation to push your team over the rest of WR week-to-week will be in good hands with him as a must-start WR.


ADP 4 – Davante Adams – Las Vegas Raiders

There is too much going on with this one but one thing remains the same. Adams is coveted as one of the best, if not the best WR in the game right now. Why are we placing him this low on a fantasy ranking then? Who knows but the above choices are great and Adams can be just as great or even better. Things to consider though, are Josh McDaniels and Derek Carr are two new factors in Adams’ 2022 season.

We do know that Adams was a target hog in Green Bay but will Carr be able to elevate his game with talent like Adams? The feeling is that it will happen and McDaniels is someone who can coach football obviously. We’re leaning with the general opinion that it’s a no-brainer that Adams shouldn’t be ignored as a first-round pick this season. He’s one of the only WR that can finish in the top 5 of fantasy scoring overall in the WR position year after year.


ADP 5 – Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills

If there is one WR this season that arguably you can’t leave out of the top 5 it’s Diggs. A lot of us rank Josh Allen as the number one QB this season. Well, if you’re following the trail here throughout our rankings, the tea. Allen threw at least 38 passes last season. 9 of them at least went to Diggs who converted that to 16.4 PPR points per game.

What’s almost guaranteed here with Diggs is that he is easily a 1200-yard, 10-Touchdown WR this season which should rank him pretty damn high regardless of Standard or PPR scoring leagues. Diggs finished 8th overall among WR yards last season (1225 yards). Hence, his mid-range ranking is in the Top 10 chart here. The possibility to rise above the WRs ranked above is very positive. The Bills will have to figure out if Jamison Crowder, Isaiah McKenzie, or Gabriel Davis will be the next best target for Allen. This favors Diggs even more in 2022.


ADP 6 – Deebo Samuel – San Fransisco 49ers

The contact has been signed and the fantasy ranking for Deebo stands. It’s clear as the day his talent is there and when used correctly it’s efficient for fantasy purposes. The BEST case scenario for Samuel was to stay with the 49ers if you ask us. Kyle Shanahan is proven of leading some offense places (but not finishing the job in the playoffs). But please don’t let foolish things like that distract you from what’s important. Deebo will thrive with Shanahan’s lead and supposedly the contract dispute might have earned Samuel more touches.

What’s even more exciting is that the 49ers have put their full trust in second-year QB Trey Lance. A more mobile athletic QB that also will have a learning curve this season as well. Let’s get one thing straight unless Lance has the timing, arm, habits, and playbook down at a high level, we might get more of Deebo from the ground vs the air again. That isn’t a bad thing since normally Deebo can give you both a stout running back one game or some big games from the air in PPR-friendly leagues.


ADP 7 – Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers

We know, we get it, usually, he’s trending for the 10th spot in the 2022 rankings. Keenan Allen is no WR just to pass up to risk for let’s say a DK Metcalf, Jaylen Waddle, Tee Higgins, or DJ Moore. What’s PROMISED is that he’s the number one guy in an offense that has arguably the 1.2 QB in fantasy, Justin Herbert.

Since 2017 it is promised that Allen can give you between 16-17 points per game in Fantasy Football. Mr. Consistency is his name to us. PPR fans get ready to draft him as the best WR in the second round. 2022 shouldn’t any different. Sure, you might favor Mike Williams a bit more this season and that’s fine. We’ll be here at the end of the season to tell you you’re wrong. If we’re wrong fine (and injuries can exclude us from being wrong). Here is another promising note, since 2015 Allen AT LEAST averages 10 yards a catch. PPR fans, that’s 2 points for every catch every week! Missing 3 games in the last 5 seasons also is key.


ADP 8 – CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys

This one cannot go any lower. We’ve done enough research to find out that in 2021 Dak Prescott really stuck to the pocket and passed. His 596 passing attempts in 2021 were a career-high that tied his 2019 season. We’re seeing less of Prescott running out of the pocket these days as his 2021 rushing attempts were below average for a QB with only 48 rushing attempts. You know what this means right?

The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Browns and in return, look to give Lamb the green light as their young next best WR of the future. He was the most targeted WR in 2021 for Dallas but that came with the injury to Cooper who missed two games in 2021. Michael Gallup also was injured and played in 9 games for Dallas last season. This opens eyes for Dallas how talented Lamb can be for them. The second most targeted receiver last year was Dalton Schultz who is a TE for Dallas. That’s enough to consider Lamb as a solid WR second-round pick.


ADP 9 – Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One of Tom Brady‘s WR has to be Top 10 RIGHT? Yep, let’s not ignore that team that threw the MOST passes in 2021. Tom Brady returns, and Mike Evans stands as the best option in Tampa. Chris Godwin did return to the field but his status to play the entire season depends. Do the Buccaneers ease in Godwin early in the season? Brady also has to connect with Russell Gage and Julio Jones who are new to the team this season. His old reliable will be Evans.

Evans has one of the most decorated careers on paper. He’s played 8 seasons and was able to bring in 1,000 receiving yards in each of them. With Brady as his QB, his Touchdown average over the last two years is 13.5 Touchdowns (13 in 2020 and 14 in 2021). Nothing should slow down in 2022 when a 45-year-old Tom Brady really wants to go out with a bang.


ADP 10 –Tyreek Hill – Miami Dolphins

We strive to be a little different here at Baseline Times but not too much different. Are we saying Hill isn’t worthy of AT LEAST a second-round pick in 2022? No, we are not but he’s ranked down here to curve some expectations. Yes, we’re on the train that Tua’s play early on in the season could be figuring out his new weapons. Do you sacrifice that for more sure guys ranked above?

Again, to our earlier point above in the bullet points, this list is compiled to ensure you understand this list is your best option to draft a WR in the second round of redrafts NO LATER! Hill gets the last spot because of the QB situation. However, he’s a machine when it comes to yards after the catch and pure NFL talent that should not be ignored just because his QB is Tua. Sure, Jaylen Waddle is a concern but the next best WR is Cedric Wilson Jr. The Dolphins will be targeting Hill as much as Mahomes did. Waddle is a nice distraction of talent for opposing defenses to pick their poison when defending against Miami’s WR core.


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Early Top 10 Tight End Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football

Food for thought! Should this position just be eliminated altogether for Fantasy Football purposes? Can they can some weird metric to track those Tight Ends who can block? We don’t know but we do understand that some of your leagues may not ask to start a TE weekly. With that being said, do you have a flex spot or two instead? USE IT! Sometimes the right TE is worth the start. Now presenting, early Top 10 Tight End Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football!

  • Rankings considered between PPR and STD scoring
  • For the PPR fans, Mark Andrews poured in 301 points which led ALL TE last season in PPR scoring. To frame this, it’s about equal to a Tyreek Hill, Najee Harris, and Ja’Marr Chase scoring in 2021.
  • Kyle Pitts played well enough as a Rookie landing in the top 10 of STD or PPR scoring rankings
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Top 10 Tight End Rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football


ADP 1 – Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs

If he’s your 1B and Mark Andrews is your 1A then ok fine. No big deal in drafting him over Andrews. With Tyreek Hill out of the picture and Patrick Mahomes now turning to a slightly different receiving core, things will get interesting. His 8.4 targets per game led to 1,125 yards in 2021. Just a hair under what Andrews added on the board. Kelce and Andrew both caught 9 receiving Touchdowns in 2021. Yes, it’s that close in 2022!

It’s hard to hype up Kelce even more honestly. If you’re looking for some tea Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs with 159 targets last season. Kelce was a close second with 134 targets in 2021. Hill’s ability to catch and make plays after his catch is on par with Kelce but believe it or not Kelce won the YAC battle in 2021. Hill only put up about 4 yards after a catch per game while Kelce’s 6 could be more significant with the majority of targets headed his way in 2022. He’s the clear targeting favorite for Mahomes.


ADP 2 – Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens

This is where you may have a 1A and 1B depending on who you’re talking to. You’re here with us and we’ll say it. Yes, Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce can go hand in hand. However, we give the slight nod to Andrews due to the potential he could see more targets and better yet a better per-game average than Kelce. Make no mistake though, he’s clearly late first-round or second-round draft value.

Last season, Andrews finished in some top-tier scoring rankings alongside Ja’Marr Chase, Najee Harris, and Tyreek Hill. If that doesn’t wake you up then hopefully his 9 targets a game and 1,361 yards in 2021 is also a key indicator. The Ravens’ offense relies heavily on Andrews and it’s clear as day. However, you’d think Andrews is the type of guy just to catch and run right? His 4.3 yards after a catch isn’t above-average so to say. Some advance metrics say Andrews will give you 8.4 yards a catch. This means he’s kind of the best option for a Lamar Jackson who is running like a chicken with his head off and dumping it to his reliable TE. Make no mistake again, Andrews is pure talent.


ADP 3 – Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys

Schultz may be the one-of-a-kind TE that can fall to you later in a draft but give you some boarder line star power scoring. You’ll notice that PPR is going to get reference a lot in the TE rankings. Well, that’s because these TE do nothing but block or catch. Making them more worthy of a PPR scoring league. Who would have thought that Schultz’s overall scoring would land him close to Dalvin Cook, D’Andre Swift, and Nick Chubb? Now granted the just mentioned did not play in all 17 games it did take Schultz the entire season to achieve this (he stayed healthy for 17 games!).

Let’s take a look back at 2020 for a second. Dak Prescott goes down 5 games in and here comes Andy Dalton to lead the Cowboys for the rest of the season. Schultz finished with 89 targets in 2020 behind Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup. Last season Gallup missed 8 games but Prescott saw some career-high numbers (per our QB rankings) in passing last season. The point here is Dallas feels comfortable playing Schultz and making him a prime target where matchups seem to favor them. Amari Cooper is no longer on the team and assumingly the target share will favor CeeDee Lamb but Schultz could be a close 2nd or 3rd again.


ADP 4 – Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Pitts had a Rookie season that paced 10.4 PPR points per game last season. With Calvin Ridley now suspended for the full 2022 season, Pitts becomes an attractive offensive focal piece for the Falcons. Marcus Mariotta is the new QB on the block in the post-Matt Ryan era. Pitts led the Falcons with 110 targets in 2022. Russell Gage was a close second with 94 but is no longer a member of the team.

The Falcons are full of question marks with Mariotta at the helm but a team nonetheless could tank by midseason. This is a case of the bad teams’ great fantasy player production rank. I would ASSUME Pitts can score more than one Touchdown like he did last season. With already year one in the books, he caught 1,026 yards which aren’t something to ignore about him. His 68 receptions out of the 110 targets is a little lower but here’s to hoping a vet like Mariotta can help out the young buck.


ADP 5 – Zach Ertz – Arizona Cardinals

On a serious note here is where we thank you for reading so far through what seems to be a boring sports lag before football season makes us crazy. Right? Anyways, this is where we leave a nice little gem in place. Zach Ertz is probably going to show up around here may be higher to a more woke blog or media giant.

Ertz seemed to be fitting in just nice last season when he was traded to the Cardinals. Out of Kelce, Andrew, Darren Waller, George Kittle, and Rob Gronkowski, Ertz sits within the reaching distance of those names from 2019-2021 when it comes to PPR scoring. Ertz played in 11 games in 2020 but there is something in the fog that looks to be trending up for him. He average 7.6 targets in 10 games as a member of the Cardinals last season and 5.1 in 7 games with the Eagles. His ceiling is similar to Hockenson’s of the 10 points per game but who would you rather have? The guy with the Lions offense or Cardinals? Sure, DeAndre Hopkins can come back after his six-game suspension, sure Kyler Murray might not like throwing to him, or Hollywood Brown eats up all the targets. But in between the lines, Ertz is a big upgrade over their previous years’ TE room worth throwing to especially on goal line situations.


ADP 6 – Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders

We’re not going to answer or address DaVante Adams but yes, I mean cmon people Adams is a generational talent that will demand more targets. Now, is this typically a bad thing for Waller? Perhaps Waller goes from a rather high-yardage TE to Touchdown dependent TE in the WORSE case? He’s put together a couple of solid seasons before getting injured last season. The fear here is that he certainly was a focus of the offense for the Raiders in those seasons. In 2019 he was targeted 117 times and finished with 1,145 yards. In 2020 he was targeted 145 times and finished with 1196 yards.

Enter in Adams, and the targeting should cool off but by how much is the question? Derek Carr now sits with Adams and Hunter Renfrow as his main WR and where can Waller fit in between all that? The Raiders offensive line isn’t among the best but does Waller provide more blocking in 2022 while running shorter routes? Shorter routes could be fun for a guy who can catch and run up the field. Waller shouldn’t be expected to boom into Travis Kelce this season.


ADP 7 – George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers

This one is tough but in 2021 we’ve reached our witts end. Kittle is continuously drafted high but will finish scoring about the same as a WR 3 on a high-scoring offense. Which is nice to do with Jimmy Garrapolo as your QB right? We can make funny jokes at times. But honestly, is he worth the high rankings and for blogs to consistently lie to you he’s worth it? Are the above-mentioned guys worth the pick over Kittle?

Here is food for thought, he’s absolutely an awesome pick should he turn out healthy and back to his prestigious worth to take in the second round. Kittle is the end of the road to Tight Ends that are worthy of drafting and not having to worry about that position for the season. You feel confident taking him and he’ll give you a great boost when he eats and the “just good enough” because the rest of the TE you’re up against can’t do what he does. Do we see Trey Lance at some point? Will Deebo Samuels play and dominate touches? All this is too much to say he’s worth the price tag maybe around 4th round at the EARLIEST.


ADP 8 – T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions

He’s one of the rare Lions players alongside D’Andre Swift ranked high for fantasy purposes. Now, last year you may have drafted him with high expectations. The disappointing 2021 season for Hockenson is that he missed 5 games due to injury. For Fantasy Football owners banking on him to produce mid-level production, you may want to tame expectations. But why is he so high?

In 2019 and 2020 Hockenson was trending to be a solid 10 PPR points per game kind of guy. Despite being the third most targeted on the Lions he’ll emerge with a Touchdown to push that 10 points to a nice 17-18 occasionally. The odds are you’ll beat the pack in the TE category almost every week or break even with Hockenson. Amon-Ra St. Brown now looks like a young athletic WR that will be the targeting focus for Jared Goff.


ADP 9 – Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles

Oh, the irony is here. Out goes Ertz from Philadelphia last year and Goedert’s production trends up? Yep, just like that. I’m starting to sip on this kind of tea. Mobile QBs are getting far too friendly with their TE (Jackson-Andrew in BAL, Hurts-Goedert PHI?). Perhaps the only guy who went unblocked and wide open is best for some short yardage than none right? Where is the i hAte aNaLyTiCs cRowd?

Ok we won’t hype him up as the next Mark Andrew but starting from Week 7 of last season, he averaged 5.7 targets a game until the end of the season. His slow start from Weeks 1-7 could be to blame for an average like TE production and separate him from an above-average. Basically, Goedert is ranked this high with the expectation that a full season’s workload will grant us to rank him here or higher in potential seasons to come. Could be a bust so round 8 or later is the best place to take him.


ADP 10 – Hunter Henry – New England Patriots

His 75 targets are a key number to keep in mind when it comes to the Tight End field. See you could assume he is Touchdown dependent too right? But what’s the hidden rule of “Touchdown dependent”? Are we saying any Tight End who can’t drop you at least 800 yards fits this category? If you’re a League Manager looking to hone in on a TE you can slot into the weekly slot, expect at least 10 points per game, you’ve got one of the most promising ones in Henry. He’ll do just that.

The Patriots did not make any major offensive moves in the offseason besides signing Devante Parker. Parker hasn’t been able to play a full season since 2019 and only played in 10 games for Miami last season. Without much changing in the offense, the targeting and pacing of the Patriots’ offense can be expected to include Henry. The great debate was how he would fit alongside Jonnu Smith. Henry saw 45.9 snaps per game to Smith’s 32.9. Henry saw 4.7 targets to Smith’s 2.8 targets per game. A nice 9 Touchdowns later and Henry can make you seem like a genius on a good day. With O.J. Howard now in Buffalo now and the Bills seem to keep an open mind about anyone but Diggs with targets. We say fade Knox this season.


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Early Top 10 Running Back rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football

If you’re new to Fantasy Football welcome. You’ll learn quickly that this is the MOST important position that you may want to pay attention to for draft purposes. Alright on to the rankings but first let’s take a quick highlight of your RB needs. Here is your early Top 10 Running Back rankings for 2022 Fantasy Football!

  • Rankings considered between PPR and STD scoring
  • Jonathan Taylor took the crown for the MOST points scored by a Running Back in the 2021 season. Whether you played in a Standard, Half-Point, or Full-Point PPR league he’s still number one!
  • The most touches? Najee Harris with 381 touches led the NFL’s Running Backs.
  • Jonathan Taylor led all Running Backs with 18 Rushing Touchdowns in the 2021 season. Just food for thought.
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ADP 1 – Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts

We keep hearing about this guy at least five times before we started ranking right? You bet he’s pretty important. Here are some quick things to consider about Mr. Taylor. His Offensive Line did wonders to allow him to run 1,811 yards on 332 Rushing Attempts in the 2021 season. He’s trending up as one of the most prolific runners in the NFL.

He does have a new Quarterback he will line up behind this season. That being Matt Ryan however, does it really matter with Taylor slaying on the ground? NOPE! JT has shown as a Rookie he can handle the running load scoring about 250 points in 2020 depending on your scoring league’s scoring. Last season’s full point PPR tally was 373.1 for the frame of reference. He’s a clear RB1 in any league these days but temper your expectations on him being a pass-catching RB. His 51 targets as a receiver were not even top 10 amongst all RBs last season. This is proof his scoring comes from truly the running game. Further proof you shouldn’t be too concerned with Matt Ryan in town.


ADP 2 – Austin Ekeler – Los Angeles Chargers

Look out Fantasy Football Managers. Your draft queue should always consider some of the top-tier talents in the league and some of those players are falling with the Chargers too often. We ranked Justin Herbert as the QB2 for the 2022 Season. Ekeler is a beneficiary of the young Quarterback’s talent. A huge plus side for Ekeler is that he’s targeted quite a lot as a receiver. In fact, in the 2021 season, his 94 targets as a receiver were tied with Najee Harris.

Let’s pack in why Ekeler maintains his ranking here though. Of the 94 times he was targeted as a receiver last season he caught 70 passes and converted them into a LEAGUE high 647 as a Running Back. That is the tea we leave you to consider him as your star in that RB slot this season. Ekeler shared a workload with Justin Jackson towards the end of the 2021 regular season. This was a concern for Fantasy Managers who most in the playoffs at that point of the season would be livid. Ekeler’s ankle was the blame but as it seems should he stay healthy the touches are his.


ADP 3 – Christian McCaffery – Carolina Panthers

Oh, this is touchy! How many of us have been burned by Mr. McCaffery’s inability to stay healthy the past couple of seasons? *Raises hand shamefully*. What we can say is that the rankings you’re seeing check out. CMC is one of the most unique Fantasy Football gems ever. For those in PPR leagues, in 2018 he played every game and scored 385.5 points. In 2019 he played in every game and scored a league-high 471.2 PPR points. Do we want to justify and sell you on taking McCaffery even if you’re not comfortable? No, obviously draft CMC within the top five range of a redraft league at your own risk.

The positives to point out last season is that CMC played 7 games and averaged about 18 points a game between an STD and PPR scoring leagues. The dumbest thing we can write out to you is yes, healthy CMC is the best option for a stud RB. Despite Cam Newton, Sam Darnold, or various backup Quarterbacks taking snaps for the Panthers, we find McCaffery as the perfect pass-catching Running Back Fantasy Football has come across. The last thing to sell you on is to consider that CMC’s workload and injury last season wasn’t season-ending or required major surgery. It would appear the Panthers knew their faith was sold weeks before the season’s end and decided to shut him down.


ADP 4 – Najee Harris – Pittsburg Steelers

All we have is ONE Rookie season to go by, unfortunately. However, Harris still checks out to be one of the top Running Backs to consider especially if you’re drafting late in the first round. Here is where the success lies for Harris. As mentioned above he tied Austin Ekeler in targets out of all the other Running Backs in the league. The flip side is he only turned those receptions into 467 yards. I mean if you’re really doing the math, whether you’re playing in an STD or PPR scoring that’s an easy 46.7 points of yardage beyond his running game (your league scoring could make it for better).

wHat aBoUt a soPhoMoRe sLuMp? Well, the tea there is this, the Steelers plan to reduce Harris’ workload and he seems to be down for that as well per himself. Does this mean he will have a huge drop-off? Probably not but do consider this if you’re licking your chops with a top-five pick in a redraft league. You may want to lean towards the first three mentioned or a stud WR. The good news is Harris is a proven back that can catch and run or just take a handoff and give you what you need. Given his high targeting as a pass-catching RB, he stays in the Top 10 but is perhaps a late first-round pick in redraft leagues.


ADP 5 – Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans

It’s incredible that Henry has to fall this low when speaking on the Running Backs for fantasy purposes however, not surprising. In a newly minted 17-game schedule we were robbed of Henry in about half of those. He was hurt in Week 8 and did not play in the rest of the regular season. When drafting Henry yes, the workload and injury last year could make you consider passing on him this year. However, consider for once the athlete and talent you’re drafting over the rest of the field after him. You’ll get nobody like Henry.

What is really intriguing about Henry in 2021 is his pass-catching. He was trending for career highs in receptions and receiving yards. In the eight 2021 games, he was targeted 20 times as a receiver and caught 18 of those passes. This resulted in 153 receiving yards before his injury. His previous career-high was in 2019 when he caught 18 passes that resulted in 206 yards (in 15 games).

Of course, the tables slightly turn where Henry’s reliance could amp up that A.J. Brown and Julio Jones are no longer on the team. Newcomer WR Robert Woods is the other distraction for defenses against the Titans and Ryan Tannehill‘s other option besides Henry. Beyond just Henry’s health do some homework on the Titans’ Offense Line periodically if you do decide to take Henry. Blocking is going to be huge to allow him to run through gaps that don’t require him beating his body through defensive lines.


ADP 6 – Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals

We promise we’re not doing this on purpose but it is ironic that Joe Burrow also finished ADP 6 among Quarterbacks in our Early Top 10 Quarterback Rankings. This isn’t on purpose but Mixon also falls within the same window here too. If you’re a total score watcher well consider this, Mixon can land you an easy 250 points overall in PPR scoring when he’s playing each game in the season.

Here is the tea of the other Joe in Cincinnati, he’s the 3rd highest Running Back in the NFL when it came to touches in 2021. He finished 3rd overall (16 TDs) among Running Backs in scoring Touchdowns overall. There aren’t any signs or worries that the Bengals plan to split touches or reduce his touches either. The only concern is how often the Bengals will target Ja’Marr Chase now that Burrow and he are on the same page.


ADP 7 – Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings

The tale of injury-prone Running Backs comes also with Cook in mind. Despite his pure talent to delight fantasy owners with scoring from the passing or running game he somehow misses games. In his five seasons, he has yet to play more than 14 games. Oh, the NFL adding another Week makes it even worse right? Why does all of the internet of Fantasy Football advice list this guy in their Top 10 yearly?! I know we asked the same question but let’s make a justification.

The NFL’s RB talent starts to drop off after the Top 7-10 Running Backs fall come off the board. Cook is the one exception to not allowing yourself to miss out on a guy who can bring you some serious Running Back points but probably will get injured. If that is the case, the best draft tea is to plan accordingly and draft another quality RB in the second round by default. The shortest best answer to why he’s this high always is: he just scores points.

Examples? Sure! In the 2020 season while playing 14 out of 16 games he scored 337.8 points in a full-point PPR setting. In short, if you can live with missing Cook for a couple of games beyond his Bye Week then, you can certainly start him no questions when healthy to expect above-average RB scoring. He will still bring you a solid average per game and overall score better than what’s left after his ADP.


ADP 8 – Javonte Williams – Denver Broncos

This is how we’re thinking. The Denver Broncos bring in Russell Wilson a guy who will probably throw more often than hand-off to an RB? The Broncos Running Back duo of Williams and Melvin Gordon III DOMINATED the touches in 2021 with not the greatest QB room. Top three in total touches in 2021 for Denver? Williams – 246, Gordon III – 231, and Noah Fant – 68. Um, Houston we have a problem if the tides change for a more focused air attack now that Wilson is at QB. To make this a strong point, realize that Noah Fant is no longer with the team (he’s in Seattle) and he was the TIGHT END!

It’s fair to say the Broncos trusted their dynamic duo of RBs to lead the way in 2021 but 2022 brings on a whole new Head Coach and Offense/Defense Coordinators. This screams red flags but wait. Williams is the clear upgrade over Gordon III and the favorite to receive the majority of RB touches. Williams might see fewer touches so his ability to catch and run or run for more yardage this season will be the key to having him be an exploding Fantasy Football season.

As we mentioned above with Dalvin Cook, we’re going to see RBs this season become more average across the board as we get outside of the Top 10. Williams rushed for 903 yards but can he finally become more efficient and go for 1000-plus in 2022? His 7 Touchdowns overall were nice in 2021. Can he score 10 or more TDs in 2022? Those are the questions we can’t answer and why his BEST ranking is this high.


ADP 9 – Aaron Jones – Green Bay Packers

Speaking of touches, here is a talented RB that might start to see the trickle-down of no Davante Adams almost immediately. He’s arguable the next best talent on the Packers roster when it comes to the offense. What CAN NOT be ignored, however, is that Jones saw 223 touches in 2021. He also only played in 15 games vs the 17 available to play in. Adams was the winner of touches right? NOPE, he only saw 123 touches which are equal to his 123 receptions in 2021 (and yes in our WR rankings you’ll find out Adams is just one hell of an efficient WR talent for fantasy purposes).

A good way to put this is that Jones’ reliance is heavy already and the Packers would be operating very similar as they had been. The air attack with Rodgers is going to be slightly different without Adams but in short, the last thing to worry about is the health of Jones. Because his touches are so high on the team if it increases it only gets better to draft Jones late in the first round of a redraft league. In fact, it’s sort of disrespectful that he’s outside of the Top 10 as some ADP rankings are listing 13 at best for Jones. We say you don’t shy away from Jones just because he missed two games last season.

The Packers could tame his usage with A.J. Dillon but that’s not where the talent in their offense is going to rely on unless Jones is indeed hurt at some point in the season. Jones has played in 45 of the 49 games since 2019. His usage rate is a no-brainer he can maintain the touches and come out mostly healthy from season to season.


ADP 10 – Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sorry, we have to do it. Tom Brady is back that is all. Fournette hasn’t had the BEST health record in the last three seasons but he also hasn’t been disappointing when he’s available to play. Also, Fournette is getting some wild ADP rankings for 2022. Some have Fourtnette at the bottom of the Top 10 while the average seems to be about 12-13th ADP ranking. We’ve got to say that Fournette’s health shouldn’t be a factor as his 2020 season is starting to look like a fluke. He was cut from the Jaguars right before preseason and the Buccaneers took him in. He only started three games in 2020 for Tampa but his resurgence in the 2020 Super Bowl run told the story for 2021 (and the Bucs choosing Ronald Jones Jr. for most of the 2020 season over him played a factor).

Last season the starting RB role was clearly his. Despite playing in only 14 of the 17 games he’s still worth looking at strongly this season. The Buccaneers will start the season potentially without Chris Godwin and the starting RB role is Fournette’s by a long stretch. Forunette finished where James Conner and Ezekiel Elliot finish in terms of PPR scoring in 2021. The real tea is Mr. Fournette finished with 84 targets as a receiver in 2021 which was 3rd overall among RBs. Who is the guy throwing him the ball again in 2022? Oh yeah, that one guy that they say is a GOAT.

Fournette’s clear role in the Buccaneers’ offense has been determined and set in stone. Expect another elite season for Fournette. Don’t let 2020 fools gold shy you away from one of the MOST targeted RBs as a pass-catcher. If you’re considering D’Andre Swift instead tame expectations that the Lions are not going to snap the ball as many times as Fournette will with Brady in Tampa Bay.


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Early Top 10 Quarterback Rankings for NFL 2022 Fantasy Football

Oh the rollercoaster of Quarterbacking in the NFL has become a lot more exciting in recent seasons. Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford swapped cities in 2021, Tom Brady decided he couldn’t leave football alone after the 2021 season, and Carson Wentz finds a new city yet again in 2022. Here is an early top 10 ranking for Quarterbacks in Fantasy Football when it comes to the 2022 NFL Fantasy Football season.

  • Rankings considered between PPR and STD scoring
  • As always these are early drafts at the beginning of July take note Deshaun Watson‘s availability in 2022 can factor into our rankings later on in August
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  • Every week until the end of August you can expect to find us ranking other positions and full coverage of the NFL 2022 Fantasy Football season

ADP 1 – Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills

He is the undisputed first QB that should fly off the board in redraft leagues within the first five rounds. Here is the actual tea – Allen may not lead the league in yards thrown or touchdowns but he somehow finds a way to be trending as the top-scoring QB in full-point PPR AND STD scoring leagues. How? In 2021, Allen was third in Rushing Attempts (122) and Rushing Yards (763) compared to all other QBs. Jalen Hurts‘ 139 Rushing Attempts and 784 Rushing Yards took first place for the respective statistical categories mentioned. 

Back to Allen, who also poured in 6 Rushing Touchdowns helped negate some of the negative points his 15 interceptions caused. A rare combination you shouldn’t ignore is that the Bills could come up short at times in games but Allen is the proven QB1 in Fantasy Football terms again this year.


ADP 2 – Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers

A third-year QB this high huh? Don’t have any fear as Herbert seems to be on track for one of the fastest-growing QBs in the league. Likewise, Allen, Herbert brings a “triple-threat” of scoring for a fantasy owner. In 2021 PPR scoring Herbert finished with a total of 395.6 points which trailed Josh Allen’s 417.7 points, both playing in 17 games. Tom Brady was the winner of most yards thrown last season but who was second? Herbert threw for 5014 passing yards which makes him the only QB with Brady to throw for over 5,000 yards in 2021. Will there be a drop-off of throwing for Herbert? Absolutely not! Set to make a serious playoff run again, Herbert is stacked with the talent behind him.

He will continue to thrive with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler. Ekeler is massive proof in the pudding that Herbert will be tossing the ball to his Running Back. Ekeler finished tied first with Najee Harris for most targeted Running Backs in 2021. Take my word (or Google it!) that Ekeler also finished with more receiving yards than Harris. Follow the tea here if you’re woke you know…Ekeler led Running Backs in yards after the catch with at least 9 yards per catch.


ADP 3 – Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs

This is where the line starts to get a little more interesting between the rankings. Mahomes could be taken as the QB2 or QB3 in 2022. Some of you may have taken Mahomes last season with pretty high expectations. It’s fair to say Mahomes may have come back down to earth slightly. However, this doesn’t mean he isn’t just another QB to wait out on drafting.

Here is the honest truth some people can’t fathom. Mahomes had one overachieving year in 2018 with 50 touchdowns and 5097 yards thrown. Since then he hasn’t been able to throw for over 5K yards or more than 40 touchdowns in 2019, 2020, and 2021. If you temper your expectations to understanding he’s an above-average top QB for sure you’ll be ok taking him within the first 5 rounds.


ADP 4 – Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He’s back. That’s all I got. Kidding halfway but Brady threw the league’s most Touchdowns and threw the most yards out of any QB in 2021. You will get nothing but the same in 2022. A slight concern is Chris Godwin. He is set to return from an ACL injury and the latest reports in July are the Bucs are “hopeful” he’s ready by Week 1. This could muddy up the first few weeks if Russell Gage takes time to find a groove and Mike Evans is better covered. However, have no fear. If you put a lot of trust into Leonard Fournette this season he’s the third most targeted Running Back in 2021. 

Brady’s resume speaks volumes and the Buccaneers brought in Shaq Mason from New England to help bolster up the Offensive Line (lost RG Alex Cappa in Free Agency). Rob Gronkowski is missing this season, but don’t shy away from TB12 making one more magical run this season. Four of the Buccaneers games will be in domes without weather a factor. Most of the time Florida weather is tamed to be hot, sticky, and sunny. Unless there is a bad weather game Brady is airing it out. He is the only non-mobile QB that is worth a top-five pick at his position.


ADP 5 – Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals

There is just one thing about Murray we cannot ignore. He’s efficient running away from trouble and can score Touchdowns on his own. Do you have the idea that he runs into trouble? His 31 sacks taken last season is about average with the rest of the league QBs and his 423 Rushing Yards was 4th among all QBs in 2021. His 5 Rushing Touchdowns put him fourth amongst all QBs last season and Murray only played in 14 games. Let’s just say the injury setback his overall fantasy value and team in 2021. That’s a fair take but at this rate, it’s unfair to say Murray will fade in 2022. He returns with a slightly new core of Zach Ertz and Marquise Brown.

AJ Green and Rondale Moore are the other two likely targets at least for the first six games of the season. Remember folks, DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season. This makes Murray a little more exciting to draft if he falls later in a redraft. For a guy who missed a few extra games than expected last season his fantasy value still maintained pretty solid over other QBs playing 16-17 games. The biggest concern in drafting Murray would be if the Cardinals move to a more grounded approach with James Conner but at this rate, Murray is 24 years old and full of fresh legs to keep running.


ADP 6 – Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals

Fresh off the Super Bowl appearance we have Mr. Burr. Whether you’re playing full-point PPR or STD he’s surprisingly in the top-10 based on pure score. The biggest dilemma the Bengals face is pass protection. Burrow was sacked a league-high 51-times in 2021’s regular season. If your league penalizes a QB for getting sacked this is a huge concern of course because that’s Joe deducting points he doesn’t seem to make up on the ground himself. How did they fix this for 2022? They brought in free agent Alex Cappa who just learned the ropes and won a Super Bowl with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. La’el Collins steps up on the right side next to Cappa as an upgrade as well.

Again, don’t be dumb and look at the bigger picture. Who is Cool Joe tossing to? Highly coveted first or second-round WR Ja’Marr ChaseTee Higgins also is gaining traction as a top pick in the first four rounds. His 34 Touchdowns last season puts him 8th overall compared to the other QBs last season and his 4611 yards place him at 7th overall. After Burrow, your QB selection will become more average across the board.


ADP 7 – Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys signed Prescott to an epic deal and on top of that trust him in the pocket more than ever in 2021. He’s trending up as a passer over the last few seasons. The 2020 ankle injury is a noise of the past and the only season we couldn’t tell what Dak has become. Here this out though. Prescott’s 2021: 410 completions, 68.8% completion percentage, and 37 Touchdowns are all career highs. The loss of an Amari Cooper is concerning but Dak also now has Ceedee Lamb emerging as the clear favorite.

Dalton Schultz seems to be a fair favorite as well. The Cowboys have maintained one of the best Offensive Lines of the last few seasons as Dak was only sacked 30 times in 2021. This is about average with the rest of the league’s QBs. What this screams is that Dak will probably be available a little later in most redrafts but he is a solid efficient QB pick you shouldn’t feel wrong about at all if he lands to you.


ADP 8 – Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens

An unhealthy season for Action Jackson in 2021 doesn’t give much hope in 2022 when his receiving core is a little regressed (or a lot?!). The 2021 Baltimore WR core of Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman, and Sammy Watkins only remains with Bateman heading into 2022. Brown (146 targets) and Bateman (68) were the two WR that saw most of the targets. Watkins is now in Green Bay and Brown was traded to the Cardinals. Now, the 2022 Ravens WR core are Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, and James Prochee II. Luckily, Mark Andrews still exists and is one of the few coveted TE that may go as early as the second round in most redraft leagues.

Health is wealth when employing Jackson as your starting QB weekly. Whether you are in an STD or PPR league I got the tea. Jackson (despite missing five games in 2021), still managed to finish second in Rushing Yards and Rushing Attempts behind Jalen Hurts in the QB category. This boosts his value to be considered a Top 5 Fantasy QB in 2022 but a new WR core that isn’t too impressive is questionable more for PPR purposes. Overall, his rushing game makes him a very attractive fantasy choice over some of the less mobile QBs.


ADP 9 – Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams

Here is the real tea of Stafford’s fantasy value. Yes, it’s all because of Cooper Kupp! However, IF Kupp cannot repeat such a prestigious season Stafford’s numbers will decline. Ready for a reason? Stafford doesn’t provide any hope for bonus scoring in Standard or PPR scoring. Why? He had 32 Rushing Attempts, 43 Rushing Yards, and 0 Rushing Touchdowns.


Again, don’t be dumb. Just temper your expectations with Stafford. We’ll hear the Rams added Allen Robinson III to the roster but the Rams also added Odell Beckham in the middle of the season as Robert Woods went down with an injury. Did this make Stafford any better? Nope, his 4886 yards and 41 touchdowns last season again, are widely due to the talent of Cooper Kupp. This is what held him as the 6th highest scoring QB in a full-point PPR league. Kupp SHOULD continue to be an amazing receiver but remember, Kupp’s talent to gain extra yards after a catch will help Stafford be a solid “get the job done” for a QB spot on your roster. If you’ve read this far his 17 Interceptions in 2021 (tied for first with Trevor Lawrence) is clear as day he shoots himself in the foot if you own him as a fantasy owner.


ADP 10 – Russell Wilson – Denver Broncos

There is a new arm in charge in the Mile High City. Wilson is on to better things in Denver. Courtland SuttonTim Patrick, and Jerry Jeudy are the receptors of Wilson’s arm and the average age of these three? 25 years old. His Tight End is Albert Okwuegbunam who is 23 years old. A huge deal in Seattle was Wilson felt like he was not protected. It is far to say the Broncos will focus on protecting their veteran QB this season but a big question is how much of the run game will they shy away from? Javonte Williams lead the Broncos in 2021 with 246 touches with Melvin Gordon being a close second with 231 touches. The third highest? 68 touches to Noah Fant the TE who is no longer with the Broncos as a part of the trade with Seattle.

Beyond adding Wilson, Denver has a new Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett, Offensive Coordinator Justin Outten, and Defensive Coordinator Ejrio Evero. Wilson is a premier talent when healthy and the team around him has talent. He has no problem finding a favorite receiver like Tyler Lockett in Seattle. His Rushing Attempts may see a decline now that Gordon III and Williams are in the backfield. The chance for Wilson to be an above-average QB could be fading but nonetheless, a safe QB pick with the potential to be a greater upside than a decline.



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Gabe’s Faves and Fades: Fantasy Football Rankings 2021 – Week 1

Welcome back to my Fantasy Football Faves and Fades for 2021. The goal as always is to pick the optimal plays of the week to get that money up. I like to focus on numbers and matchups. These plays could serve you well in season long as well. If you followed me last year nothing much has changed in the format.

As promised there will be a week-to-week 2021 fantasy football rankings as the season wears on. Follow us on all social media platforms to know when I drop each week!

As a reminder FAVES obviously means to start or choose the listed players or defense for the respective week. FADES means that player or defense is best to bench or not select for daily fantasy that respective week.

The NFL 2021 season is here and so is Gabe’s Faves and Fades for Week 1 of fantasy football. Let’s get it!!!

QUARTERBACK

FAVES

Patrick Mahomes (KC) – This is the safest pick on the slate with the highest game total at 53. Mahomes is back with all of his weapons looking to make another run at the championship. Mahomes is averaging 24 points a game vs the Browns as they are favored by 6.

Kyler Murray (ARI) – Murray is also a no-brainer going up against the 24th ranked defense in the Titans. Adding AJ Green to the mix should keep defenses honest against Hopkins. It’s really a toss-up between him and Patrick Mahomes in Week 1.

Sam Darnold (CAR) – Since the other QB’s are obvious choices, Darnold presents the value option. He is facing off against his former team in the New York Jets so the narrative is there to prove them wrong. The only problem with that is Zack Wilson seems primed to have a stellar rookie season according to chatter.

FADES

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Rumors are ramping up that Ben appears to be over his shoulder issues. However, we never play Big Ben on the road as the splits are damning.

Justin Herbert (LAC) – Herbert surprised most with the stellar year last season but faces a stiff road test against the Washington Football team.

RUNNING BACK

FAVES

Christian McCaffrey (CAR) & Derrick Henry (TEN) – 1 and 1A. I’d slightly lean towards Derrick Henry due to its high game total but you can’t go wrong with CMC either. It all comes down to price and roster construction.

Mike Davis (ATL) – The Atlanta Falcons is a team I’m most excited about. He will see plenty of opportunities in both the run and pass game with the addition of rookie TE Kyle Pitts. Ridley is set to have a massive year with the departure of Julio Jones. You really have to pick your poison defending the Falcons.

FADES

Najee Harris (PIT) – See Ben Roethlisberger. I expect the Steelers to be passing a ton to keep pace with the Bills. It doesn’t mean Harris won’t be busy but there are better options in Week 1.



WIDE RECEIVER

FAVES

DeAndre Hopkins (ARI) & Tyreek Hill (KC) – Again, we want to attack the game with the highest totals and these studs fit the bill. Hopkins would be my preferred target slightly due to the Chiefs having multiple weapons that could take away from Hill.

Calvin Ridley (ATL) – Fire him up!! Once again, the Falcons will have a potent offense and he will be most responsible for that. He is definitely one of the top drafted receivers in season-long fantasy for good reason.

Marvin Jones Jr. (JAX) & Tee Higgins (CIN) – These are some value options that should be heavily targeted in their respective matchups.

FADES

Terry McLaurin (WAS) & Keenan Allen (LAC) – These two are slated to face each other in a very low-scoring affair with decent defenses on both sides of the ball. I expect the run games of both offenses to be the headliners.

TIGHT END

FAVES

Travis Kelce (KS) & George Kittle (SF) – Once again these are the obvious plays and for good reason. Kelce is an every-week play but sometimes you need to find an edge elsewhere. Kittle should be fully healthy and ready to be Jimmy G’s target hog.

Kyle Pitts (ATL) – Truly touted as the next big thing at 6’6 240lbs. He is basically Julio Jones with a bigger frame and uber-athletic. Expect him to step in and contribute immediately being utilized all over the field.

FADES

Dallas Goedert (PHI) & Zach Ertz (PHI) – It appears to be a slight timeshare at the position and that’s definitely something we don’t want at the position. Jalen Hurts is also going to be running a ton so let the situation play out a few weeks.

DEFENSE

FAVE

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – The Colts have way too much talent on this squad to not make life difficult for Wilson and Co. The Seahawks offensive line is still problematic and relinquishes sacks like no other.

FADE

ARIZONA CARDINALS – High-scoring affairs usually mean very little defensive production. The Titans are filthy so expect fireworks.



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The Poor QB Fantasy League

Shoutout to Bad QB Fantasy Leagues that came before us. Most notably Grantland – RIP.

One of a kind league of its own. A bad Quarterback in Fantasy Football in 2020 is a good thing. See we play a little differently around here this year. The Poor QB Fantasy League is reborn!

Ever wonder what it would be like to play Fantasy Football in reverse? To award points for poor play and (sometimes) even worse behavior. This league does precisely that (but only for the premier position in football)!

Don’t feel bad for these bad NFL Quarterbacks. If their play doesn’t improve they can always fall back on their millions in the bank, fame, celebrity, college awards/highlights, adulation from their fans, and most likely a bevy of beautiful women who would be happy to be their shoulder to cry on. And don’t forget to play along with us at home! Or make your own league!

Baseline’s Poor QB League Leaderboard

TeamTeams/QB RoomsWeekly Wins
ChevyJets & Bears4
JanoEagles & Washington4
RhobyJags & Giants4
GlowCowboys & Pats4
Leaderboard through Week 16

Week 16 Breakdown

Despite Patriot QBs Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham’s best efforts (56 total passing yards, 3 sacks, 1 rushing TD = 159 points) Dwayne Haskins and Washington take Week 16 with legendarily poor off-field performance.

Haskins went viral on Instagram when pictures emerged of him violating COVID protocol to attend a party with strippers, lost his captaincy, and ended up getting cut entirely by Monday evening. We don’t even have points for some of this behavior! That’s how far Haskins has gone off the deep end. So, we had to adapt some of our criteria from other off-field behavior.

We think this qualifies for going viral for “other lady friend shenanigans” (100 points), as well as being suspended (50 points), violating COVID protocol (50 points), and getting benched mid-week (30 points). That plus the on-field stats (2 INTs, 3 sacks, and 1 fumble = 65 points) equals a total of 295 points. A Poor QB League record!

What a coup for Jano! This makes our Poor QB League entirely tied up at 4 wins each. Whoever wins Week 17 wins the whole shebang! Stay tuned to see what happens!



The Poor QB League Concept

Draft 2 NFL teams using a snake-style draft.

Each week, choose one entire team to start. You get on-field points for the play of every QB on the roster that plays QB snaps. (Wildcats, WR/RB passes, and Taysom Hill type shenanigans don’t count).

Every QB on your roster is eligible for off-field points. That means whether you started them or if they are the 3rd string QB you still get points when they go viral for drunk texting four of their ex-girlfriends (for example).

Keep your own score. And follow along with our league!

On-Field Points:

Benched during game (non-injury): 50 points

Benched mid-week (non-injury): 30 points

Interception: 20 points

Fumble: 10 points

Sack: 5 points

No passing/rushing TDs (by QBs on the roster): 30 points

Passing yards below 200: 1 point each (180 yards = 20 points)

Passing yards in excess of 300: -1 point each (320 yards = -20 points)

3 passing/rushing TDs: -10 points

4 passing/rushing TD’s: -20 points

5 passing/rushing TD’s: -30 points

Off-Field Points:

Arrested (non-protest/civil rights related): 50 points

Detained/questioned by police (non-protest/civil rights related): 20 points

Practice/locker room fight (physical): 50 points

Practice/locker room fight (verbal): 30 points

Apology press conference: 75 points

Anatomical or explicit pic goes viral: 150 points

Goes viral for baby mama drama or other lady friend shenanigans: 100 points

Official vote of confidence from coach: 30 points

Calls out his defense, linemen, receivers, or coaching staff: 30 points

Teammate, coach, front office calls him out: 30 points

Suspended: 50 points per game

Violates quarantine/Covid protocol: 50 points

Violation of team rules: 20 points

Teammate/Coach/Staff/Fan argument on sidelines goes viral: 20 points


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2017 NFL Fantasy: Top 15 Defense/Special Team Rankings

The D/ST position is often overlooked in fantasy football, and I think it’s because most of us just wish we didn’t have to deal with it. It can be so difficult to pick the right D/ST on any given week, let alone the entire season. The best advice I can give everyone is to just take it week by week. Unless you pull the trigger early and draft the Seahawks or Broncos, you’re most likely going to be playing the streaming game at some point during the season. I’ve been lucky enough to win 2 fantasy championships, and on both occasions, I streamed defenses throughout the season. At some points, I even committed a fantasy football sin and rostered multiple defenses at once. I was looking ahead to future match up and wanted to be ahead of the curve. Sometimes that’s the kind of crazy moves you have to make to get a small advantage. No matter what you do though, there’s going to be a point during the season where your defense will let you down. It’s part of the game. Don’t ever get too discouraged, or too over confident with your D/ST. Unpredictability is something you need to expect. With all that in mind, here are my top 15 defenses for the 2017 season.

15. Jacksonville Jaguars

This one is going to seem a bit out of place. At one point, one of the best defensive strategies was to stream whoever was facing the Jaguars that week. Their offense was garbage, and their defense wasn’t much better. The offense has improved significantly over the last couple of years, and this is the may be the year the defense finally puts it all together too. Last season, the Jaguars scored 75 fantasy points, forced only 13 turnovers, and allowed 25 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. So, after such a poor outing in 2016, why do I think the Jags are worthy of ranking? Well, despite the horrid stat line, Jacksonville is actually a very talented defensive unit. They added, even more, talent over the off season. Calais Campbell, AJ Bouye, and Barry Church were all brought in to help transform a defense that’s good on paper, into a defense that’s good on the field. They’ll be usable this season.

Where I’d draft them: 14th round. Draft them ahead of only your kicker.

14. Los Angeles Rams

Some of you might think I’m crazy for having the Rams on this list after last year, but I think I might even have them a little low. Last season, the Rams scored 72 fantasy points, forced 18 turnovers, and allowed 24.6 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. That’s less than stellar, but a lot has gone down since then. Head Coach, Jeff Fisher, and Defensive Coordinator, Greg Williams, are now gone, replaced by Sean McVay, and legendary Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips. With all due respect to McVay, Phillips is the reason I’m both excited, and optimistic. With him at the helm, the Rams will surely improve their horrid red zone defense, which allowed touchdowns at a 71% clip last year. Phillips is also likely to get the most out of Aaron Donald, and Robert Quinn, who are both elite pass rushers. Total it all up, and you get a defensive unit that’s going to catch some folks by surprise next season.

Where I’d draft them: 13th or 14th round. I see a big season coming, but they’re still a defense. Don’t draft early

13. Oakland Raiders

Man, am I going to rank any good defenses at any point? Don’t be fooled. Despite giving up 24.1 points per game, and only scoring 74 fantasy points last season, the Raiders forced a whopping 30 turnovers, per ESPN standard scoring. That was second to only the Atlanta Falcons, who forced 33. The Falcons didn’t make this list because they like to blow 28-3 leads at bad times. As for the Raiders, the ability to create that many turnovers are extremely appealing to any fantasy owner. They’ve improved their secondary a bit, and that should hopefully help them keep the yards and points allowed down. If Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack help bring the Raiders’ sack total up from the 25 they got last season, then Oakland might just live up to their potential.

Where I’d draft them: 13th or 14th round. The high number of turnovers is nice, but that can fluctuate year to year. Potential is there, but don’t draft them too high.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers

We finally get to a historically good defense. Last season, the Steelers scored 91 fantasy points, forced 23 turnovers, and allowed 20.4 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. It was business as usual for the “Steel Curtain” in 2016, and it should be more of the same this season. With the exception of the Patriots, Pittsburgh’s defense was able to smother their opponents, especially in the red zone, where teams only scored touchdowns on them 48% of the time. The Steelers have talent at every defensive position, and they’re hoping newly drafted rookie, TJ Watt, can eventually replace their long time defensive anchor James Harrison. They’ll be solid all season long.

Where I’d draft them: 13th round. We’re starting to get to more usable defenses now. Honestly, if you chose to stick with Pittsburgh all season long, they would help you more than they’d hurt you. Sometimes, that’s all you can really expect from your defense.

11. Philadelphia Eagles

A seriously underrated D/ST, in my opinion. Last season, the Eagles scored 127 fantasy points, forced 26 turnovers, and allowed 20.7 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. Defensively, the Eagles have one of the best lines in all of football. Their front four can cause havoc, but they need some help in the secondary, and their line backers aren’t exactly blowing people away. What really makes this unit desirable to fantasy owners is their special teams. A weapon like Darren Sproles can seriously turn a game around in the blink of an eye. All he needs is a punt and some room to work. They’re a solid defense, and they’re gonna give you a fair amount of extra points via their special teams.

Where I’d draft them: 13th round. I’m not sure if you’re starting to notice a pattern, but I don’t recommend taking any defense early. Not even one with such an upside on special teams.

10. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have been one of the league’s most dominant defenses for over a decade. Last season, they scored 118 fantasy points, forced 28 turnovers, and held teams to 20.1 points game, per ESPN standard scoring. It was a solid season, but despite finishing inside the top 10 in points per game, yards per game, and turnovers, you’d want the same defense we’d all grown accustomed to seeing. The Ravens noticed it too, and they addressed the issue over the off season. They used their first 4 picks in the NFL draft on defensive players, and also signed veteran free agents Brandon Carr, and Tony Jefferson. They should easily be a top 10 defense this year.

Where I’d draft them: 13th round. This is getting pretty redundant now, but virtually no defense is worthy of being taken early. The Ravens are no different

9. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers’ offense wasn’t the only ones suffering from a SuperBowl hangover last year. After an awesome 2015 season, their defense also took a step back in 2016. They scored 101 fantasy points, forced 27 turnovers, and allowed 25.1 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. It was obvious that Carolina’s defense missed Josh Norman. They ranked 29th in passing yards allowed and looked even worse than that when they had to defend Julio Jones. Their secondary is still going to be an issue, but their defensive line got even stronger with the additions of Julius Peppers, and Daeshaun Hall over the off season. Assuming that Luke Kuechly is back to 100%, the Panthers should resemble their 2015 form again this year.

Where I’d draft them: 13th round. Bounce back year should be coming. They’re going to be a solid option this season. The later you land them, the better value they’ll hold.

8. New York Giants

From a team that took a step back last season, to one that made a huge leap. The Giants went from a bottom 5 defense in 2015, to a top 5 defense last season. They scored 130 fantasy points, forced 25 turnovers, and allowed a 17.8 points points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. Last season was just a glimpse of the potential this Giants defense has. They were the only team that could slow down the Cowboys’ offense last season, and they’re looking to carry that’s over to this season. They lost Jonathan Hankins over the off season, but they added Dalvin Tomlinson through the draft to help improve the defense. I see another big year in store for the Giants.

Where I’d draft them: 12th or 13th round. I wouldn’t mind taking a chance one round earlier on a defense with the potential that the Giants have. Just don’t get too cute.

 7. Houston Texans

Now we’re getting into the really good defenses. Last season, Houston scored 102 fantasy points, forced 17 turnovers, and allowed 20.5 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. Despite losing JJ Watt for most of the season, the Texans led the NFL in total yards last year, and surprised most experts with their resilience. A returning Watt will no doubt provide a boost to an already strong Houston defense, and will keep them hovering around the top 5 all season long. I’d feel comfortable rolling them out as my defense every week.

Where I’d draft them: 12th round. I won’t go as far as calling them elite, but they’re in the next tier. I’d feel comfortable reaching for them a little bit sooner.

6. New England Patriots

From a strictly football standpoint, the Patriots probably have the best defense on this list. Last season, they scored 117 fantasy points, forced 23 turnovers, and allowed a league low 15.6 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. From a fantasy standpoint they’re a bit less dominant, but great nonetheless. What makes them so good is their ability to adapt to my style of play. The addition of Stephon Gilmore over the off season will only add to their versatility, and will have them around the top 5 in all defensive categories.

Where I’d draft them: 11th or 12th round. This is where I start to tolerate reaching for defenses you want. As long as you don’t go too crazy, the Patriots should hold good value all year long.

5. Arizona Cardinals

We’ve arrived at the top 5, and what a way to kick it off. On paper, the Cardinals might very well be the most talented defensive unit in the league. They’ve got elite talent at every important position. Last season, they scored 143 fantasy points, forced 28 turnovers, and allowed 22.6 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. They lost Calais Campbell to free agency, but brought in Carlos Dansby to boost the 2nd best run defense in the league last year. Add him to a core of Patrick Peterson, Chandler Jones, and Tyrann Mathieu, and it’s hard not to get excited about the Cardinals defense.

Where I’d draft them: 11th or 12th round. The Cardinals play in one of the most offensively challenged divisions in the league, the NFC West. Draft them and reap the benefits.

4. Minnesota Vikings

The Vinkings stared off hot last year, especially their defense. They allowed just 63 combined points during the first 5 games of the season, and got off to a 5-0 start. They scored 157 fantasy points, forced 27 turnovers, and allowed 19.2 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. Unfortunately for the Vikings, their offense didn’t match their defense, and they eventually became too much dead weight to carry. Things should be a bit different this year though . The Vikings added Latavius Murray through free agency, and drafted Dalvin Cook in the 2nd round of the NFL draft, so they should have way more ball control this year. That’s great news for the defense, and anyone who owns them.

Where I’d draft them: 11th or 12th round. It’s rare to see a defense get dragged down by their offense, but it’s a real possibility for the Vikings. If it wasn’t for that, they’d be ranked even higher. Regardless though, they’re going to have huge games, and a great season.

3. Seattle Seahawks

The top 3 defenses are pretty much interchangeable. It’s honestly all about preference. All three will be elite. We start off with the Seahawks. Last season, they scored 113 fantasy points, forced 19 turnovers, and allowed  18.3 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. They would’ve had an even better season, but they lost their anchor Earl Thomas halfway through the year.  Despite losing Thomas though, the Seahawks finished in the top 5 in points and yards allowed, and 3rd in sacks. With a healthy Thomas, and what should be a motivated Richard Sherman, the Seahawks should be locking teams down again this season.

Where I’d draft them: 11th round. They’re going to be elite all season long, and they also have the luxury of playing in the NFC West. If they stay healthy all year, they will challenge for the top spot in fantasy. They should be vintage the Seahawks this year.

2. Denver Broncos

This season is really going to show us a lot about the Denver defense. Last season, they scored 146 fantasy points, forced 27 turnovers, and allowed 18.6 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. They mostly looked like the same dominant defense that carried them to a SuperBowl the year before, but not against the run. Uncharacteristicly, the Broncos were 28th in the league against the run last season, and losing legendary Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips, won’t help improve that. Regardless, they still have Von Miller, and one of the best defensive units in the game so I’m not worried about them at all.

Where I’d draft them: 9th or 10th round. They should be one of the first 3 defenses to get drafted. If they can just improve their run defense a bit, they will defiantly be elite.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

You can agree or disagree, but in my opinion, the Chiefs are going to dominate the rest of the league defensively this year. Last season, they scored 140 fantasy points, forced 33 turnovers, and allowed 19.4 points per game, per ESPN standard scoring. All that virtually came without Derrick Johnson, and Justin Houston, who were injured most of the season. Their absence was felt though, as the Chiefs were in the bottom 10 in both yards allowed, and sacks. They lost Dontari Poe to free agency, but getting Johnson, and Houston back at 100% should be more than enough to end the season as the #1 fantasy defense.

Where I’d draft them: 10th round. I honestly couldn’t be mad if you decide to reach for them earlier. They’re going to be worth the pick, regardless of where you take them. Odds are they’ll go off at some point, and win you a couple of games. If I had my pick of any defense, I’d take them.

 

Wesly Avendano
Baseline Times NFL Contributor

 

 

Fantasy Impact: Ezekiel Elliott’s Suspension

Oh boy. What a huge mess we’ve got in Dallas. The Cowboys’ most dominant offensive weapon, Ezekiel Elliott, has been suspended for 6 games by the NFL. I’m not going to sit here and put in my two cents on whether he should’ve been suspended or not. That’s irrelevant at this point. What I will do, however, is break down the impact that Elliot’s suspension will have on this fantasy season. Before I do though, I just want to say, that this incident is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t draft your fantasy team until a week before the season starts. I get it, you’re excited that fantasy is back, and you just want to have your team already, but look at what could happen. I’m sorry, but scratching the fantasy itch is hardly worth losing the most important player on your roster. We haven’t even played one game in the regular season yet, and all the Elliott owners are already scrambling to hold their teams together. The later you draft, the lower the odds are of an injury, or suspension, ruining your season before it even starts. Keep that in mind when selecting a draft date.

So where do Elliott owners go from here? This isn’t just any running back you’re losing. Elliott led the NFL with 1,631 rushing yards last season, so hopefully, you took some sort of precaution when drafting him. Either Alfred Morris, who has a career average of 4.3 yards per rush attempt, or Darren McFadden, who has a career average of 4.2 yards per rush attempt, should’ve been a late draft pick for any Elliott owner. Even the recently signed Ronnie Hilman, could be worth something in Elliott’s absence. Dallas has the best offensive line in all of the football, and whoever gets the bulk of the carries behind that line, will certainly be a worth a starting spot. What if you didn’t take any of those players though? Well, then you need to hit the waiver wire and see what’s left. Remember that every single season, plenty of valuable players are left sitting on the waiver wire after the initial draft, and right before the regular season starts. Do some research, have a little faith, and take a shot on a player.

The other option you have, and the option I’d go with, is trying to pull off a trade before the season starts. You can try to include Elliott in the deal, but you have to understand that if you do, you’d be selling him for a fraction of his normal value. Nobody is going to pay you full price for a guy who’s going to miss multiple games, let alone 6 games. You can try to add another player to the deal to bring the value back up, but don’t go too crazy. The whole point of a trading is to make your team better not worse. I wish there was some sort of default advice that would cover all the Elliott owners, but unfortunately, there isn’t. If you’re in the unenviable position of owning Elliott right now, it’s not the end of the world. The season still hasn’t even started. Both times I won my league, I had to do it with basically nothing at my #1 RB position, so who’s to say you can’t win it with half a season of an elite RB. When Elliott comes back, whether it’s in week 8, or earlier, he’ll be fresh, and motivated. Patient Elliott owners will probably be handsomely rewarded at the end of the year.

If you haven’t drafted yet, and you’re still considering taking Elliott, do it. Just make sure you take one of his back ups too or draft another RB that can start for you until Elliot’s suspension is over. Odds are Jerry Jones, and the Cowboys, are going to use every single resource available to them in order to get this suspension thrown out. I don’t believe it’ll get thrown out, but I definitely anticipate it being reduced to at least 4 games. If it is reduced, I can still see Elliott going in the 1st round. He’s extremely talented, and his situation isn’t unlike LeVeon Bell’s situation last season. Bell was still going in the first round of some drafts, and when he returned, he looked every bit like a top 5 pick. This suspension sucks for Elliot owners, or anyone who was hoping to draft him, but remember that this is a fluid situation, that could change at any second. If you have Elliot, don’t panic, do your due diligence, and make the move that’s best for your team. Whether that means keeping him or dealing him. If you were hoping to own Elliott, don’t be scared off. Just understand that what you’re drafting now, isn’t what you would’ve been drafting a week ago.

Wesly Avendano
Baseline Times NFL Contributor 

 

 

Stop Drafting Adrian Peterson So Early

This offseason, the Saints made a somewhat unexpected splash in free agency. By signing Adrian Peterson to a two-year, $7 million deal, New Orleans added some impressive veteran depth to its backfield. It surely wasn’t Peterson’s first choice, but he found out pretty quickly that there weren’t a ton of teams actively seeking out 32-year-old RBs with injury problems and a checkered past off the field – even if that RB is a future Hall of Famer.

For many years, Peterson was at the height of his game. He’s a once-in-a-generation athlete, 16th All-Time in Rushing Yards, and won the MVP in 2012. He’s just two years removed from leading the league in rushing, so it’s not inconceivable that he could regain his otherworldly form that earned him the nickname “Purple Jesus” during his time in Minnesota, but that’s not likely.

 

 

According to FantasyPros, fantasy-footballers are grabbing AP at a nice spot in their drafts. Currently coming off the board at the 69th pick, Peterson is being taken in the 6th round by some of you. The sixth! He’s being drafted ahead of safer bets like Kelvin Benjamin, Stefon Diggs, Cam Newton, and Frank Gore, in addition to a ton of other players with much higher upside.

Don’t draft him that early. Here’s why:

The Saints pass more than nearly every team. 

This may be a surprise to some of you, but the Saints are a pass-first offense and receiving is hardly one of Peterson’s strengths. Last season, New Orleans threw the ball 63.44% of their offensive snaps – good for 5th most in the league. As long as Drew Brees is at the helm, the ball will spend more time in the air than in the hands of his backfield. That won’t change just because the front office brought in an aging superstar.

When the Saints do pass it to a running back, it’s incredibly unlikely that Peterson will be on the receiving end of Brees’ throws. Travaris Cadet is listed as the third back on the Saints’ depth chart, but he won’t be doing much running this season. Last year, Cadet had 4 rushes for 19 yards, but he corraled 40 of 54 targets for 281 yards. His role is likely to stay the same this year, which means Peterson won’t see the field on third downs.

Mark Ingram is better than Adrian Peterson. 

The number one reason All Day will continue his gradual descent into insignificance has nothing to do with Peterson himself.

Mark Ingram is going to make sure you forget that #28 is even on the roster. He makes Peterson’s presence redundant because everything that AP can do, Mark can do better. Ingram is in his prime, and he enters 2017 following a season where he tallied 1362 total yards and 10 touchdowns. His last season average of 5.1 yards-per-carry is higher than all but one of Peterson’s seasons. His 46 receptions on 58 targets are more than Peterson ever had.

Again, Mark Ingram will not have a better career than Adrian Peterson. Please do not think that’s what I’m implying, but Ingram at 27 is better than Peterson at 32.

Fantasy Takeaway: 

Adrian Peterson is a Mark Ingram insurance policy. Ingram will still continue to see the bulk of the workload, and he’ll have a much more productive fantasy season than Peterson. AP is an obvious handcuff, but should not be going in the 6th round.

It was a good signing by the Saints and a fine landing spot for Peterson. However, the only way Purple Jesus’ fantasy value is resurrected is if Ingram suffers a significant injury and doesn’t return.

 

Kory Schulte, Baseline Times

2017 NFL Fantasy: Top 15 TE Rankings

Now we’re getting into the thick of things. The tight end position is very crucial in fantasy football. Many times, it can be the deciding factor in a close match up. For example, if two teams are caught in the middle of an epic game, matching each other point for point, and each team has only a tight end left going into “Monday Night,” then the team with Gronk has the advantage over the team with Coby Fleener.

The big problem with tight ends is depth. The position is so barren, that after the top 6 or 7 are gone, you’re pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel. Sure, one of the guys you draft late might have a breakout year, like Tyler Eifert in 2015, but those are long odds. It’s so hard to predict which tight ends are going to score big on any given week, that some fantasy owners opt to stream tight ends throughout the season, rather than hold on to any specific one for the year.

So without any more delay, here’s my top 15 TEs for 2017. Pay close attention. It could be the difference between a championship season, and “there’s always next year.”

15. Charles Clay

We kick our rankings off with a guy that could be a solid streaming option throughout the year. Last season, Clay had  562 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns, and a total of. 136.2 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. He did most of his damage during the fantasy playoffs. Between weeks 14-16, Clay scored 62.7 fantasy points. That’s not his typical output, but at least he’s shown he can score big at times. He’ll be worth streaming a couple of times.

Where I’d draft him: I wouldn’t. He’s a solid streaming option, but he’s not worth rostering. He’ll be in a new offense this season, and the possibility of seeing fewer snaps is a real one.

14. Antonio Gates

In his prime, Gates was a fixture in the upper echelon of TEs. Now in the twilight of his career though,  Gates is no longer an elite TE option. Last season, Gates had 548 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, and a total of 147.8 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. It all boils down to health for Gates. He’s got a QB that isn’t afraid to force the ball to his receivers, he’s just got to be on the field more. That’s easier said than done at this point tho.

Where I’d draft him: As late as possible. Gates is tricky. He’s going to have at least one monster game during the season, but it’ll be impossible to predict. If you do decide to draft him, keep a close watch on Hunter Henry. I never advocate handcuffing a TE, but Gates/Henry are an exception.

13. Jason Witten

Another guy who’s passed his prime, but can still contribute. Last season, Witten had 673 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns, and a total of 152.3 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. Witten has the benefit of being in efficient offenses, having a solid QB, and he rarely misses games. This could finally be the season when his production dips significantly, but I’d have to see before I believe it.

Where I’d draft him: 13th round. He’s no longer going to produce like he once did, but he’s going to make sure you don’t get a zero from your TE. Sometimes that’s all you need to squeeze out a win.

12. Jack Doyle

I’m very excited about Jack Doyle. I plan on drafting him as my TE this season. Although, now that I’ve said that, someone in my league will probably draft him early, and try to trade him to me. Doyle was a revelation last season, totaling 584 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns, and 145.4 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. He wasn’t even the starter at the beginning of the season. This year, with a full off season to prepare, Doyle should be even better.

Where I’d draft him: 12th or 13th round. Now that Dwayne Allen has been traded to the Patriots, Doyle is the top TE for the Colts. The added snaps should make for a bigger fantasy season for Doyle. He’s a solid option, especially later on in drafts.

11. Eric Ebron

Ebron has the potential to be a top fantasy TE. The problem is, he’s had that potential ever since he entered the league in 2014, and has yet to fulfill it. Last season, Ebron had 711 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, and totaled 144.2 fantasy points. The reason Ebron keeps getting the benefit of the doubt is that we keep hoping one of these years everything will click, and he’ll become more productive. Here’s hoping for the best.

Where I’d draft him: 12th round. Matthew Stafford is a gun slinger. A QB like that can make a star out of a player like Ebron. Megatron’s shoes still haven’t been filled. Maybe this is the year Ebron fills them. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll be able to help you out during a few weeks of the season.

10. Kyle Rudolph

Some people will think I’m way too low on Rudolph, but I’ve never been much a believer in him. He had an amazing 2016 season, totaling 840 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, and 209 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. I won’t go too far and call his season a fluke, but I will say he massively over achieved. I expect him to come back down to Earth this season.

Where I’d draft him: 10th round. If he ends the season as the #2 scoring TE in fantasy again, I’ll look really dumb. Luckily, I have supreme confidence that lightning won’t strike twice for Rudolph. He is a legit TE option tho. Sam Bradford has always favored his TE’s, and I see that trend continuing this season. Just temper your expectations a bit.

9. Cameron Brate

The TE’s start getting a bit more efficient now that we’re in the top 10. When the Buccaneers released Austin Seferian-Jenkins 2 games into the 2016 season, I didn’t think they’d find such a suitable replacement, especially so quickly. However, Cameron Brate stepped up and had a breakout year. Last season, Brate had 660 receiving yards, 8 touchdowns, and a total of 171 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. The entire Tampa Bay offense is poised for a big season. That includes Brate.

Where I’d draft him: 8th round. With all the defensive attention Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson are going to attract this season, Brate should find himself open plenty. I see Jameis Winston throwing a lot of touchdowns this season, and Cameron Brate should be the recipient of a few of those. Potential steal in the later rounds.

8. Jimmy Graham

If Jimmy Graham is back to full speed, I could see him getting close to his old elite status. Last season, Graham had 923 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns, and totaled 189.3 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. The Seahawks could always use some help for Russell Wilson, and Graham gives him a big target to aim for in the red zone.

Where I’d draft him: 7th or 8th round. He’ll probably go much higher solely based on name recognition, but the earlier he’s taken, the bigger risk he is. I believe he’s still got the shot to be an elite fantasy TE, but just don’t reach for him too early.

7. Tyler Eifert

Eifert was one of fantasy football’s biggest breakout stars in 2015. 2016 however, was an injury plagued let down. Last season, Eifert had 394 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns, and totaled 189.3 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. Assuming he’s healthy, Eifert should be back to his old efficient ways. The Bengals will be glad to get such a big weapon back.

Where I’d draft him: 7th round. If he’s healthy, he’s got elite potential. That’s proven to be a big “if” lately though. I like his chances, but not enough to burn an early pick on him.

6. Delanie Walker

Walker is one of the safest, and most consistent, TEs in fantasy. Last season, he had 800 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, and a total of 188.1 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. He’s been carrying the majority of the Titan’s receiving load for the last two seasons. This year he’ll get some help in the form of Eric Decker. I expect Walker to keep being consistent.

Where I’d draft him: 5th round. Not going to get many zeros or 1’s from Walker, he kicks off the portion of the rankings where you can start to reach for a TE. If being strong in that position is important to you, I wouldn’t mind reaching for Walker if you have to.

5. Greg Olsen

The TE’s really start getting good now. Last season, Olsen had 1073 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns, and 207.3 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. Carolina was suffering from a SuperBowl hangover last season, and Olsen still managed to be dominant. Cam might not be 100% this season, but that shouldn’t slow Olsen down too much.

Where I’d draft him: 3rd or 4th round. Like I said above, Cam Newton probably won’t be fully healthy this season, but that might actually benefit Olsen. If Cam’s arm isn’t up for throwing deep, it could mean frequent dump offs to his running backs, and especially Olsen.

4. Jordan Reed

I really like Reed as a player. He’s got great hands, and he’s Kirk Cousin’s favorite red zone target. The only problem is he’s quite injury prone. Last season, Reed had 686 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns, and a total of 168.6 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. His season would’ve been even better had he not missed 5 games. That’s Reed’s whole career in a nutshell though. If he plays he’ll be great. Just be wary of his injury risk.

Where I’d draft him: 3rd round. This one is very tricky. If Reed was 100%, he would be a challenge for the top spot in these rankings. However, Reed is already a question mark to start the season. He’s got a toe injury and is seeking further opinions on it. He might be too good for you to pass up. If you do draft him though, for God’s sake, be smart and handcuff Vernon Davis to him. You’ll thank me later.

3. Rob Gronkowski

I’m saying it right now, Gronk’s days as the unrivaled #1 TE are over. I mean how many games does he have to miss before we brand him as injury prone? Last season, Gronk had 540 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns, and totaled just 97 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. He’s been one of my pet peeves for a couple of seasons now, I can’t tell you how sick I am of seeing him on the sidelines year after year with an injury.

Where I’d take him: 3rd round. He’s not playing all 16 games this season. Hell, he’s not even going to play the 13 games that most fantasy seasons consist of. Don’t burn an early pick on him, if you do, take Dwayne Allen too as insurance. You’re going to regret it if you don’t have some sort of back up plan in place.

2. Martellus Bennett

If I had more guts, he’d be #1 on this list. Last season, Bennett had 701 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, and a total of 168.1 fantasy points, per week ESPN standard scoring. He’s going from Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers, so it’s not crazy to think he’s due for an even bigger season. Bennett is the total package at TE, and Aaron Rodgers has always loved targeting his TE’s. This is going to be an amazing pairing.

Where I’d draft him: 2nd round. There’s too much talent out there to take many TEs before the 2nd round. I wouldn’t hate it if you took Bennett earlier though. He’s going to be consistently good all year long. Draft him and enjoy the move.

1. Travis Kelce

Here’s the new top TE in fantasy football. Last season, Kelce had 1,125 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns, and a total of 223 fantasy points, per ESPN standard scoring. He could use a few more touchdowns, but other than that, he’s great. I expect him to follow up his 2016 season with another top TE performance. The only one who I could see stopping that would be Martellus Bennett. Let’s just hope he’s done recording reality dating shows.

Where I’d draft him: 1st round. Like I said before, I don’t usually agree with taking a TE early, but Kelce is the one exception. Alex Smith loves throwing to the middle of the field, and that’s where Kelce operates. Plus, he’s got incredible speed, and agility, to add yards after any catch. He’s going to be the deciding factor in many fantasy games this season. If you get the chance to draft him, do it. He’s hands down your best option at this position.

 

Wesly Avendano
Baseline Times NFL Contributor

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