UPDATED 6/20/16: As I mentioned in my Pre-Draft rankings, when I draft, I always have a tier sheet handy. I find that organizing players by tiers is far more beneficial than merely ranking players.
I could rank Odell Beckham Jr. over Julio Jones, but it is impossible to truly predict who will finish better between the two of them. Maybe Jones has fifty more yards on the season then ODB, or maybe Beckham has one more touchdown. Who knows; but I do know that both should finish better than a guy like Alshon Jeffery.
These rankings have already changed considerably since the draft and I will continue to update them as the pre-season progresses.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Injuries to his wide receivers and Fat Eddie killed him. “Fat Eddie” is now “In Shape Eddie” plus Jordy Nelson is back. The addition of Jared Cook could possibly help as well. Remember, in 2014 he threw for 4,381 yards and 38 TDs, adding 269 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. He put up even bigger numbers in 2012 and 2011.
Cam Newton, Panthers – Dominated last season with a pathetic wide receiver core. This year he gets back Kelvin Benjamin, plus Devin Funchess will be in his second year after flashing late last season.
Andrew Luck, Colts – Injury riddled season and recency bias will make Luck and Rodgers steals in early drafts. Expect a major bounce back. They also don’t have much of a run game or defense, so look for them to pass often.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks – Showed last year that he can have success as a pocket passer. He will have even better weapons available to him this season.
Tom Brady, Patriots – Would be in Tier 1 if not suspended, but between missing 4 games and his bye week, that's essentially over 30% of the fantasy season right there.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals – Weapons galore and he will always take his shots.
Matthew Stafford, Lions – The teams early 2015 struggles weren’t his fault. Came on big time after OC Cooter took over (17tds and only 1int) and they beefed up the offensive line this off-season. Severely under-drafted at the moment.
Tony Romo, Cowboys – Witten older, Dez never truly featured and more reliance on the run game makes Romo a solid but not elite option. You also have to hold your breath every time he lands on that shoulder.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – Has a chance to be a Top 5 QB and reliable starter if offensive line and wide receivers stay healthy. They were starting third stringers at both positions by mid-season last year. If all goes well, he's a steal.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars – Young team loaded with weapons started to blossom last year and should continue to improve this season. But better defense could lead to less garbage time production.
Andy Dalton, Bengals –Additions of LaFell and Boyd should make up for the loss of Sanu and Jones. But you just can’t rely on him to be your QB1 despite stretches of great play. It’s the untrustworthy factor that keeps him here.
Marcus Mariota, Titans – They’ve beefed up the run game, wide receiver core and offensive line. I’m a believer.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins – Addition of rookie Doctson provides Cousins with a WR1 to go along with an already solid receiving core.
Jay Cutler, Bears – A healthy Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White could mean big numbers for Cutler, but like Dalton, huge weeks can always lead to some major duds. John Fox would also love for the run game to be the teams’ offensive foundation.
Joe Flacco, Ravens – He has an arsenal of weapons this year and OC Marc Trestman likes to throw.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers – Has solid weapons and has dedicated the off-season to getting into shape and fine-tuning his craft. Lots of weapons (including intriguing second year player Kenny Bell) and he did throw for more than 4,000 yards as a rookie.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins – If he could just complete some deep passes I would move him up a tier.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills – Consistency will be key for him, but he throws a nice deep ball. But Watkins has a foot injury and still a run first team though.
Sam Bradford, Eagles – Good supporting cast, as long as he wins the job, will be a solid QB2.
Alex Smith, Chiefs – two words: Alex. Smith. He’s not like a box of chocolates.
Ryan Fitzpatrick Jets – Lots of weapons and Chan Gaily loves to throw it around. Just need to get him in camp before moving him up.
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings – Limited passer, and even with the addition of Treadwell, this is AP’s team.
Brock Osweiler, Texans – John Elway didn’t believe in Brock after 4 years, I don’t either.
Mark Sanchez, Broncos – Could surprise in real life, but probably not reliable fantasy option. Injured right now as well.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers - Will he really lose his job to Gabbert again? If anyone can get the most out of him it’s Chip Kelly. Run Kaep, Run.
Jared Goff, Rams – Lack of weapons and an offensive line will keep the ball in Gurley’s belly. Bright future, but this might be rough.
Blaine Gabbert, 49ers – He’s actually a much better passer than Kaep. He’s just terrified of being tackled and nobody to throw to.
Geno Smith, Jets – Fitzpatrick has to sign, right? Right!
Carson Wentz, Eagles – Will probably start at some point this season.
Josh McCown, Browns – Hopefully the Browns don’t need him, but should do okay if they do.
Brian Hoyer, Bears – Cutler does seemingly get hurt every season.
Paxton Lynch, Broncos – They have to hope he doesn’t need to play this year, but great dynasty future.
Chase Daniel, Eagles – Might be their starter if Bradford goes down.
RUNNING BACK TIERS
Todd Gurley, Rams – Fully healthy and the foundation of their offense.
Ezekiel Elliot, Cowboys – Unreal landing spot and he can do it all. The Cowboys will want to limit the wear and tear on Romo as well.
Lamar Miller, Texans – Rock solid RB1 who could finish in the top 3.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings – Betting against him is never good, but while he performed well last season, he seemed to have lost just a step on some of his runs. They also have a decent receiving core with the addition of Treadwell to go along with Diggs.
Eddie Lacy, Packers – Fat Eddie is now Phat Eddie after jacking up in the off-season. Has the talent and situation to put up Tier 1 numbers.
Mark Ingram, Saints – Steady option that was the third overall running back before he went down in Week 13. He has also not played more than 13 games since 2012.
Carlos Hyde, 49ers – Chip likes to run more than pass and Hyde has experience running his inside zone running scheme. He's one of the leagues true featured backs that will push 20+ touches every game.
Devonta Freeman, Falcons – Freeman did most of his damage over only four games last year. I’m not entirely sold like some. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Coleman got the ball more than people are expecting forming a Hill/Bernard type combo.
C.J. Anderson, Broncos – Was the foundation of their offense during last season’s playoff run. Rookie Booker more of a compliment back that should keep Anderson fresh rather than steal his job.
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – Don’t ever count this guy out, but goal line looks could go to Ware to keep him fresh coming off second ACL injury.
LeSean McCoy, Bills – Run heavy team, including top 3 last year in the redzone, and somehow only 27 years old, but Karlos Williams and Jonathan Williams are both talented enough to cut into McCoy’s workload. Seems to get banged up every year too.
Doug Martin, Buccaneers – I’m probably lower on him than I should be. A better standard league option.
Thomas Rawls, Seahawks – He wasn’t the passing down back last season and still put up monster numbers. Positive signs so far in his rehab. If he is a full go by pre-season, you can move him up.
Jay Ajayi, Dolphins – Would have been my second rated running back if he came out this year. Similar profile to Marshawn Lynch with great hands. Went 50/535/4 through the air his final year of college, while adding another 347/1,823/28 on the ground. Not just a two down back and drawing early raves in camp.
Matt Forte, Jets – As long as Fitzpatrick re-signs, Forte will end up being a solid PPR value in drafts. Powell will steal some touches, but very few feature backs and he could catch a ton of balls in this offense.
Jeremy Hill, Bengals – Still young and talented. I think they go to him more this season with very little receiving options outside of Green and (an injured) Eifert. The Bengals also finished last season top 5 in rushing percent in the redzone.
Ryan Mathews, Eagles – Big winner from the draft. He’s their guy and produces when he's on the field. Just needs to stay healthy. He never stays healthy.
Dion Lewis, Patriots – Rehab is key. Talent isn’t a question. Will move up to Tier 3 if he's all systems go.
Danny Woodhead, Chargers – PPR gold.
Giovani Bernard, Bengals – PPR silver.
Duke Johnson, Browns – Could be a major sleeper and move up the board as the season gets closer. The Browns could have easily used one of their many draft picks on a running back and they didn’t. Going to handle the Gio Bernard role plus more in Hue Jackson’s offense. Hue Jackson had the fourth highest rushing percentage in the redzone last season.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers – They didn’t add anything in the draft, so he’s their workhorse. Yet, how many times did he kill you in DFS last year? Cam and Tolbert will once again vulture the goalline carries.
Frank Gore, Colts –Actually ran pretty well last year. Great pickup at his current 7th round ADP as your 3rd or 4th running back, but best but best to let someone else take the 33 year old if his ADP rises.
Matt Jones, Redskins – His body and hair fly’s in all directions, but that doesn’t mean he’s always going in the right direction as evidenced by his pathetic 3.4 yac last year. When he ends up in the doghouse for fumbling again, my money is on Keith Marshall.
Ameer Abdullah, Lions – Love the talent, but he’s not going to be a true workhorse back with Ridley in town and Riddick a pass catching beast.
T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars – Addition of Ivory is a major buzz kill and for some reason they just don’t trust him near the goal-line. Has the talent to be a RB1, but may have to wait a year or two now.
Melvin Gordon, Chargers – Major disappointment (at least for those who believed in him). Rookie wall and the decimation of their offensive line and receiving core didn’t help though. Juries still out especially with Woodhead in the mix.
Jeremy Langford, Bears – Should be drafted as a PPR flex option, which means I’m probably never drafting him.
Charles Sims, Buccaneers – Underrated weekly PPR flex and bye week option. Managed 51/1,090/4 all-purpose yards. Look for those numbers to go up as he managed 4.9 yards per carry and flashed big time as a receiver. If Martin goes down, Sims value goes way up.
Isaiah Crowell, Browns – Will form a RBBC with Duke Johnson. A team built on analytics seems to be sold on him as their bigger back. Hopefully RG3 and a new wide receiving core can keep defenses honest and open things up for him. Has good intangibles but Duke could run away with the starting job too.
Chris Ivory, Jaguars – Time-share with Yeldon. Should get the goal line and short yardage work.
Jordan Howard, Bears – Has a bit of an injury history, but a big and powerful running back that should easily assume early down and goal-line work for the Bears. John Fox wants the run game to be the teams’ foundation, as he did in Carolina.
Legarrette Blount, Patriots - They didn't grab a back in the draft and Lewis is coming off injury. Should handle early down work, although never truly reliable since the Patriots offense is often game specific. Donald Brown could steal some touches.
Shane Vereen, Giants – Should catch 50+ balls this year.
CJ Prosise, Seahawks – Big (6'1” 220lbs) and fast (4.48 forty). Needs to work on his game after only playing one year of running back in college after changing over from a wide receiver, but has a high ceiling if it all comes together. Should start the season as their passing-down compliment to Thomas Rawls, but his ability to learn to better pass protect will be key to getting and staying on the field.
Derrick Henry, Titans – Won’t be their lead guy, but could score a lot of TD’s. A better standard league grab. I'm not sold on his talents as others are. Think Brandon Jacobs at his best.
Theo Riddick, Lions – Needs an injury ahead of him or for Abdullah to face plant to rely on week-to-week, but that happened last year when he caught 80 passes.
Tevin Coleman, Falcons – Talented enough to steal meaningful touches from Freeman and would be an immediate RB1 if Freeman goes down. No better handcuff and deep bench stash.
DeAndre Washington, Raiders – Short, but thick receiver in the MJD mold. They would like him to be the receiving compliment to Murray, but could end up being much more.
Keith Marshall, Washington – He’s big (5’11” 219lbs) and fast (4.31 forty). As value, I prefer him later over Matt Jones earlier. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Jones in the doghouse again and Marshall shine when given a chance.
Spencer Ware, Chiefs – Won’t get many touches, but could get the ones that count. Wouldn’t be shocked if he scored 8+ TDs.
Paul Perkins, Giants – Lots of competition here, but has juice, good balance and body control. Decent in pass protection so could carve out a role or even take over lead duties if Jennings isn't getting it done. If you're looking for upside in a Giants running back, he's your target.
DeAngelo Williams, Steelers – Handcuff to an elite running back coming off a serious knee injury. Must own for all Bell owners.
James Starks, Packers – Must own handcuff to Lacy.
Jerick McKinnon, Vikings – Must own handcuff for Peterson.
C.J. Spiller, Saints – I don’t think he ever got over his foot injury, which kept him out of the pre-season and start of last season. Boom or bust in the biggest way.
Andre Ellington, Cardinals – Played on 31% of the snpas in games he played, but will see only a handful of touches a game unless there is an injury to Johnson.
Kenyan Drake, Dolphins – Explosive for his size (6’1” 210lbs - 4.45 forty), but not a lead back. More of a package specific player, but conceivable he could be the Charles Sims to Ajayi’s Doug Martin. Horrible in pass pro in college, which isn't good for him seeing the field.
Devante Booker, Broncos – Despite his size, he’s more of a complimentary back. Would be the lead in the committee if Anderson went down or faltered.
Stevan Ridley, Lions – Now fully recovered from his knee injury, the Lions early favorite for early down work. Draft Twitter loves the idea of Zack Zenner, but Ridley is a seasoned pro.
Javorius Allen, Ravens – Going to be a 3rd down specialist at best and probably just a special teams player.
Christine Michael, Seahawks – Seems to have had a change of attitude on his second deployment with the Seahawks. Nothing more than a handcuff to Rawls at the moment still.
Wendall Smallwood, Eagles - He displays a nice combination of vision, lateral quickness and speed. The current handcuff for Matthews who has a substantial injury history. Could act as their change of pace back right away if Sproles has nothing left ... and he might not.
Donald Brown, Patriots - Sneaky sleeper to handle early down work if Blount falters. He's not special, but the Patriots don't require their back to be.
Jonathan Williams, Bills – True three down running back who noted analyst Greg Cosell compared favorably to Ezekiel Elliot. Missed all of 2015 with injury but had a 101.9 elusive rating in 2014 that would have been good enough for second in 2015. Great dynasty hold and more talented than Karlos Williams but behind Shady and him for now.
Tyler Ervin, Texans – Not big (5’10” 192 lbs - 4.41 Forty), but has good balance, is tough, fast and explosive. A bit of Brian Westbrook to him. Will form a committee if Lamar Miller went down, but he would be my target.
Alfred Morris, Cowboys – Best left on the waiver wire. Maybe he will get you some touchdowns in standard leagues, but can you really rely on that week-to-week?
Darren McFadden, Cowboys – Purely a handcuff for Elliot.
Tre Mason, Rams – Most likely the handcuff to Gurley and has talent. But off-field issues and dedication are a concern.
Charcandrick West, Chiefs – Will need an injury to Charles and then still a part time player.
Arian Foster, TBD – Beset with soft tissue injuries and now coming off an achillies tear. He didn't have a lot of juice to begin with as he enters his year 30 season. He is a false fantasy boogie man.
Lance Dunbar, Cowboys – Was prolific catching passes last year for them, but Elliot may never leave the filed.
Darren Sproles, Eagles – Getting up their in age, not sure you can expect too much.
Dexter McCluster, Titans – Will get a handful of touches a game, but tough to rely on for any real production.
Zach Zenner, Lions – Signing of Ridley a major buzz kill. Monitor him during the pre-season; Abdullah is not going to be a workhorse.
Kelvin Taylor, 49ers – A downhill no nonsense runner that should acts as Hyde’s handcuff.
Cameron Artis-Payne, Panthers – Just a guy.
Ronnie Hillman, Broncos – Will form a committee with rookie Booker if Anderson falters or goes down.
KaDeem Carey, Bears – Needs some injuries.
WIDE RECEIVER TIERS
Antonio Brown, Steelers – The best wide receiver in Fantasy as long as Big Ben stays healthy.
Julio Jones, Falcons – An absolute beast and he’s the only game in town.
A.J. Green, Bengals – The focal point of their offense who will probably get force fed the ball even more with Eifert injured and Jones and Sanu gone. The three players in Tier 1 are interchangable in draft position, Green falls just after them, keeping him in Tier 2.
Dez Bryant, Cowboys – Lack of truly being featured in the past keeps him out of the first tier, but there is no more talented a wide receiver in the league and addition of new OC Scott Linehan has history of force feeding WR1's (see Calvin Johnson). Recency bias may allow you to grab him in the 2nd round of drafts.
Allen Robinson, Jaguars – Will be even better this year to make up for any touchdown regressions (14 last year).
Keenan Allen, Chargers – Was on pace for a 134/1,450/8 line before he went down in Week 8 last season with a lacerated kidney. I preached last pre-season that he had Antonio Brown upside and he was proving me right. Just needs to stay healthy, which has been a problem going back to college and why I don't have him at the top of Tier 2.
Mike Evans, Buccaneers – He’s a better player than he showed last season.
Jordy Nelson, Packers –Is already back running in their off-season program. He’ll be 31 this year, but no reason to think his play will fall off. Rodgers loves him.
Alshon Jeffery Bears – If the guy could just stretch properly before he played.
Amari Cooper, Raiders –He hit the rookie wall last season, but he is capable of being a Tier 1 receiver.
Brandon Marshall, Jets – Will this be the year he finally slows down? I doubt it. No reason he doesn’t have another 109/1,502/14 line this season.
Brandin Cooks, Saints – Proved many doubters wrong going 84/1,138/9. He’s also just 22 years old.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts – Luck’s go to guy stymied last year by bad quarterback play.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – Should actually have a better season with Mark Sanchez at the helm, but not really sure what that’s saying. We obviously know his insane upside, but he’s not playing with 2013 Peyton Manning.
Sammy Watkins, Bills – Foot injury is a concern, otherwise would be up in Tier 2 or 3. If he is good to go for the start of pre-season, then move him up, if not, we saw what a foot injury did to C.J. Spiller last season so move him down.
Randall Cobb, Packers – With Jordy back, he’ll be back to being an every week high end WR2 in PPR leagues.
Donte Moncrief, Colts – Big time talent that is only 22 years old. Should be locked and loaded as a solid WR2 if Luck stays healthy and he may be the break out receiver of this season.
Golden Tate, Lions – Stafford loves to throw and Tate is going to be his go to guy.
Eric Decker, Jets – Put up 80/1,027/12 last season. Should see a similar line this season if Fitzpatrick re-signs. Slight touchdown regression certainly possible though.
Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers – Cam playing better and he will resume his role as their top dog. Garbage time TDs won't be as frequent though.
Julian Edelman, Patriots – The four game Brady suspension hurts. Couple that with their bye week and that means a diminished Edelman for more than a third of the regular fantasy season. He’s great, but probably let someone else over draft him especially coming off foot surgery.
Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs – Injury a major buzz kill after putting up 87/1,088/8. If he's fully healed, he will exceed this ranking.
Jarvis Landry, Dolphins – A 111/1,159/6 line seems like it should be a yearly occurrence for Landry. Once bodies start flying, Tannehill will once again look his way despite other options.
Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos – Conceding I could be too low on him.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals – Floyd, Brown and Fitzgerald are all extremely talented, you just don’t know which one will go off each week, capping their upside. Taking one in a MFL10 seems like a good strategy. My bet is on Floyd or Brown this year.
John Brown, Cardinals – See Floyd, Michael.
Michael Crabtree, Raiders – Should be an 85-catch guy again this year. What a difference a quarterback makes.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – See Floyd, Michael.
DeSean Jackson, Redskins – Lots of mouths to feed. He’s a better standard and best ball player, than PPR guy. Love his talent; they just aren’t going to be maximized in this offense.
Jordan Matthews, Eagles – Despite the hype, he’s best as a complimentary receiver and your WR3.
Stefon Diggs, Vikings – Maybe less catches than Landry, but probably more yards.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Titans – Has the potential to be truly dominant after a year under his belt and after missing a full season of college football. Him and White have massive upside so he is someone to target in all drafts.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins – Not as big a believer in his talents as some others. Don’t see him as a true number one and wouldn’t be surprised if Leonte Carroo ate into his production like Rishard Matthews did last year.
Marvin Jones, Lions – One of the big winners from the draft. Underrated talent with a nose for the endzone, but don’t overdraft either.
Torrey Smith, Ravens – Even though Chip is great at scheming wide receivers open, Smith still has to play with Kaepernick or Gabbert. I’m not buying a huge bounce back to where he can regularly be relied on in fantasy beyond your bye week replacement or flex starter. Will have some big weeks.
Laquon Treadwell, Vikings – 75/850/8 certainly possible, but this team is built around the run game and Bridgewater just doesn’t throw enough.
Corey Coleman, Browns – Love the player and he is destined to be over-drafted this year. Still needs a bit of time to learn full route tree. He’s not Odell Beckham Jr. yet, but has a chance to be ODB3 in the future.
Willie Snead, Saints – Emerged as a reliable target for Brees, but might be third on the pecking order this year behind Cooks and Fleener.
Travis Benjamin, Chargers – Great fit. Could easily catch 10+ TDs, but those TDs might come in bunches, so tough to rely on from week-to-week.
Mike Wallace, Ravens – Back with a quarterback that can take advantage of his talents. A 2011 72/1193/8 line not out of the realm of possibility and he's starting as of now.
Josh Gordon, Browns – I have a gut feeling he will be back and if he is, move him up to Tier 3. Risk is mitigated at this point in the draft.
Sterling Shepard, Giants – Great landing spot. While his route running has been heavily lauded, it’s his toughness and fight for the ball that won me over. He’s a more athletic Jarvis Landry. Will man the slot and guzzle up catches like Julien Edelman.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles – Looks like they might move him into the slot with Randle and Matthews outside, which would be good for his value.
Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers – Entering his age 33 season. Let someone else grab him.
Tavon Austin, Rams – The addition of Goff should help, but he’s never going to be a reliable weekly option until they get more creative with his use.
Brandon LaFell, Bengals – He played injured all season and it showed. Expect a bounce back as their #2 wide receiver, although third on the pecking order behind Green and Eifert.
Josh Doctson, Washington – Love the player, but lots of mouths to feed. And while Cousins is a limited player, the Gruden/Dalton connection did okay for AJ Green. A true breakout is probably a year away.
Steve Smith, Ravens – One of my favorite players ever, but he’s old and coming off a serious injury. I would never count him out, but I’m not drafting him either.
Kendall Wright, Titans – Yardage and touchdown totals will never be high, but should catch 80+ passes.
Phillip Dorsett, Colts – Lots of mouths to feed, but Luck can take advantage of his speed. Should be in all three wide sets, which they use a lot of especially with a suspect run game. Might move him up the board once we get a proper look at OTAs.
Steven Johnson, Chargers – Was plagued with injuries last season to himself and his team, giving Rivers little time to run their offense properly. Should bounce back as a solid PPR bench option.
Rishard Matthews, Titans – Will be a better real life player than a fantasy player. No better than 4th on the pecking order.
Mohamed Sanu, Falcons – Just a guy, but he’ll be starting.
Robert Woods, Bills - The #2 wide receiver on the team, but fourth on the pecking order for targets. If Watkins can't go, bump him up.
Chris Hogan, Patriots – Needs to win the starting job first. Not impossible for him to beat out Amendola.
Brian Quick, Rams – The best bet still to lead the Rams in receiving.
Kenny Britt, Rams – Goff should help, but this team runs through Gurley
Terrance Williams, Cowboys – He will catch 1 TD on 2 catches with 4 targets for three or four games in a row … don’t bite.
Kenny Stills, Dolphins – Has never realized his full potential, and with Tannehill and an influx of new receivers, that doesn’t look like it will happen this year either.
Bruce Ellington, 49ers - Chip Kelly is "intrigued" by him. Cousin to Andre, they are similar players that can both handle the slot or even handle some carries out of the backfield. Great late round snag since Kelly is a cretive offensive mind that can utilize his talents and there really is nothing on this team outside of Hyde. Ran 4.45 forty with impressive 39.5 vertical.
Victor Cruz, Giants – Essentially just a dart throw until you actually see him put in a few weeks of full practice and a pre-season game or two. He may never recover from his injury properly.
Breshad Perriman, Ravens – Is he healthy yet? Bueller, Bueller. WR1 potential if he’s actually healthy. But he's not healthy.
Kenny Bell, Buccaneers – A Matt Waldman favorite. He has 4.42-speed, a 41.5-inch vertical, a good quarterback and has only a 33 year old Vincent Jackson in his way. He should be targeted later in drafts aggressively.
Rueben Randle, Eagles - Has a shot to start on the outside along with Matthews and with Agholor in the slot. Tons of theoritical talent, but cotninues to underachiever.
Tajae Sharp, Titans – More of a slot player, playing on a team already with a great slot player. But he's been showing well in practice so far.
Cecil Shorts, Texans - Will man the slot in all three wide sets. But this is a run first team with an alpha number one receiver in Hopkins.
T.J. Jones, Lions – Some size and speed (6’ 190lbs and 4.48 forty). Worth monitoring during pre-season to see if he can win the 3rd receiver role. Would be their deep threat, which holds value.
Jeff Janis, Packers – Started coming on, could have decent value if he wins their third receiver job. There is value to be had in this offense.
Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots - 6'0” 198lbs and ran a 4.45 forty. A lot to like: runs great routes, good hands, yac and toughness. Injuries stunted his college production, but should start for the Pats at some point this season. There’s certainly value in that. Has an outside chance to be the most productive first year receiver in this year’s rookie class.
Jamison Crowder, Redskins – Did well in the slot, but now even more mouths to feed.
Jaelen Strong, Texans – Will still be buried on their depth chart.
Albert Wilson, Chiefs – Wilson, Conley and Streater all have talent and it’s worth monitoring who wins out in camp in addition to tracking Maclin’s recovery from injury. Unfortunately there just isn’t a ton of production to go around in this offense, but the winner of that battle can be moved up.
Chris Conley, Chiefs – See Wilson, Albert.
Rod Streater, Chiefs – See Wilson, Albert.
Tyler Boyd, Bengals – Not an elite athlete and sometimes issues with separation, but runs good routes, good hands and physical for size. Will man the slot with Lafell and Green outside. PPR guy.
Cole Beasley, Cowboys - Could have 3 or 4 catches a game, but not much upside.
Leonard Hankerson, Bills - Looking good in camp once again, but he just drops too many passes. Will have a few usable weeks especially with Watkins injured.
Paul Richardson, Seahawks – Was placed on IR last year after not being able to get healthy from his rookie year knee injury. There is plenty of talent here. Matt Waldman loved him coming out of college and on the filed saw little difference between him and Sammy Watkins at times.
Kenbrell Thompkins, Jets –Currently the #3 wide receiver on a team that likes to use four receivers.
Danny Amendola, Patriots - Took a pay cut to stay with the team and still may be cut.
Stephen Hill, Panthers - Maybe ... but probably not. But maybe. If you are looking for upside on your final pick, he's it.
J.J. Nelson, Cardinals – Deep threat speedster (5’10 165lbs with 4.28 forty) that needs an injury in front of him to have any reliable impact.
Davante Adams, Packers – He’s a disaster. There has been talk he may be cut.
Mike Thomas, Rams – Good size and speed (6'1" 200lbs - 4.5 forty) and plays even bigger with toughness and physicality. Could emerge to be a reliable WR2, but probably a year away as he adjusts to the NFL game and while he plays with a rookie QB.
Rashard Higgins, Browns – Not a great athlete, but does everything well. Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception is a fan.
Keyarris Garrett, Panthers - Inexplicably went undrafted, but landing on a team in need of additional receiving weapons. He is big (6’3” 220lbs), fast (4.53 forty) and only dropped 3 of the 99 catchable passes thrown his way in 2015. Someone to monitor in camp.
Roger Lewis - Giants – Solid athlete (4.46 forty, a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump) but comes with off-field baggage, which most likely led to going undrafted. There is an opportunity here though with Sheppard in the slot and Beckham on the outside if Cruz can’t get healthy. Someone to watch rather than draft.
Pharaoh Cooper, Rams – A better real life player than a fantasy player this year. Some Golden Tate to his game.
Ted Ginn, Panthers – The return of Benjamin will limit his production big time. It was fun while it lasted though.
Devin Smith, Jets –Has a chance for some big weeks as their deep threat, but better best ball league player than reliable weekly fantasy starter especially since he’s still coming back from major knee injury.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings - Maybe .... nah.
Tyrell Williams, Chargers - He's was an undrafted free agent last year for the Chargers and did enough in camp for them to work hard to stash him away on their team and practice squad. He stands 6'4" 210lbs and ran a 4.42 forty with a monster 39.5 vertical. Malcom Floyd took him under his wing last season and he flashed in the pre-season. Worth monitoring.
Jordan Peyton, Browns - Good size and speed (6'1" 207lbs 4.47 forty). Matt Waldman likes him and thinks he’s a smooth and understated route runner. Long term WR3 at best.
Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs – Suspended four times in college, so is a raw prospect, but tons of potential. Outside chance he emerges over Conley, Streater and Wilson.
Devin Lucien, Patriots – Lots of mouths to feed here, but if Amendola is released, will battle with Mitchell for outside duties. Underrated talent.
Rasahwn Scott, Miami – Joins a crowded receiving corp. Could be cut, but worth monitoring where he lands.
TIGHT END TIERS
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots – The most dominant player at any position for fantasy.
Jordan Reed, Redskins – Love the talent and put up a monster 87/952/11 last season. Although DJax missed 7 games and with Doctson in town and Crowder coming on, those numbers will most likely go down. Concussion history also a concern.
Coby Fleener, Saints – Couldn’t have landed in a better spot. The 125 targets Watson leaves behind are all his. Snead and Cooks are also both under six feet, while Fleener stands 6'6" with 4.51 jets. His hands an issue, but Brees will take full advantage.
Greg Olsen, Panthers – Return of Benjamin and emergence of Funchess could impact his bottom line. He was the only game in town last season.
Gary Barnidge, Browns – Won’t be the only show in town, but should still be RGIII’s security blanket.
Delanie Walker, Titans – A steady option, but they have a full compliment of receivers this year, in addition to Demarco Murray.
Travis Kelce, Cheifs – The offense frustratingly caps his upside.
Zach Ertz, Eagles – The Eagles most talented receiver.
Tyler Eifert, Bengals – A touchdown monster and clear-cut second option in their passing game. Return from ankle surgery key, but easy backup with Kroft.
Julius Thomas, Jaguars – Should be their number two receiver behind Robinson.
Jimmy Graham, Seahawks – Value depends on how soon he comes back from injury. Early reports are that he will avoid PUP. He moves up to tier 2 if he does.
Eric Ebron, Lions – They need him to step up and I think he does.
Dwayne Allen, Colts – With Fleener gone, the tight end targets are all his and OC Chud loves to feature the tight end, as a former one himself.
Antonio Gates, Chargers – The juice is gone, but still will catch a ton of balls.
Jason Witten, Dallas – The juice is gone, but still will catch a ton of balls.
Clive Walford, Raiders – Could make a leap into the Top 10.
Martellus Bennett, Patriots – Should have at least 3 or 4 catches a game and probably many of the ones that count.
Charles Clay, Bills – Their number three receiver behind Watkins and McCoy.
Zach Miller, Bears – Will be third or fourth on the pecking order, but will be involved every week.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Buccaneers – Built like a building, but will be touchdown dependent.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings – Is always touchdown dependent. His talent is lost on this team.
Jared Cook, Packers – Whomever wins the primary receiving role between Cook and Rogers will have value. My money is on Cook. Move him up if early reports are positive.
Jeff Heuerman, Broncos – The Broncos believe in him and should be fully healthy after inured rookie season. Could be big time sleeper as Elway expects him to “step in and be a force."
Cameron Brate, Bucs - ASJ seems to be imploding while Brate is showing dominance in the red zone drills.
Maxx Williams, Ravens – If he wins the starting job, move him way up. Great hands and route runner. But now Denis Pitta may be back? The team has 4 or 5 starting caliber tight ends.
Tyler Kroft, Bengals – Needed an injury to Eifert to have relevance, and he got it. He's a great athlete who has been compared to Travis Kelce. Showed progress as his rookie season went on and should be ready to step in for Eifert while he's gone, plus maybe more.
Richard Rodgers, Packers – See Cook, Jared.
Austin Hooper, Falcons – Rookie tight ends rarely make much of an impact, but he has the best chance.
Will Tye, Giants – A lot more mouths to feed, but he’s a big body for Manning in the redzone.
Jace Amaro, Jets – Could move up if plays well during pre-season after missing all of his sophomore year, he also could be cut.
Tyler Higbee, Rams – Great dynasty stash, but he’s a rookie and may be suspended to start the season due to legal issues.
Hunter Henry, Chargers – great dynasty hold. Their tight end of the future.
Dion Sims, Dolphins – Needs an injury in front of him to have any value.
Larry Donnell, Giants – Lost his starting gig to Tye.
Josh Hill, Saints – He’s going to mostly block, but will inevitably catch a few touchdowns.
Crockett Gillmore, Ravens – Played well last season, but Williams and Watson kill his value.
Brent Celek, Eagles – Should block more than catch this year.
Vance McDonald, 49ers – At least he starts. That’s something.
Lance Kendricks, Rams – Their blocking tight end.
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