Fan Fantasy Football Show

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TE/K/DEF rankings

TIGHT ENDS

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Jimmy Graham
  3. Jason Witten
  4. Greg Olsen
  5. Martellus Bennett
  6. Dwayne Allen
  7. Travis Kelce
  8. Delanie Walker
  9. Julius Thomas
  10. Antonio Gates
  11. Jordan Cameron
  12. Jordan Reed

KICKERS

  1. Adam Vinateri
  2. Connor Barth
  3. Matt Bryant
  4. Dan Bailey
  5. Steven Hauschka
  6. Blair Walsh
  7. Stephen Gostkowski
  8. Mason Crosby
  9. Matt Prater
  10. Nick Novak
  11. Randy Bullock
  12. Justin Tucker

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

  1. Buffalo
  2. Seattle
  3. N.Y. Jets
  4. St. Louis
  5. Houston
  6. Miami
  7. Denver
  8. Minnesota
  9. New England
  10. Cleveland
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 22, 2015

WR Rankings

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Dez Bryant
  3. Julio Jones
  4. Odell Beckham Jr.
  5. Jordy Nelson
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Demaryius Thomas
  8. A.J. Green
  9. Randall Cobb
  10. Mike Evans
  11. Alshon Jeffery
  12. T.Y. Hilton
  13. Brandin Cooks
  14. DeAndre Hopkins
  15. Emmanuel Sanders
  16. Keenan Allen
  17. Golden Tate
  18. Jordan Matthews
  19. DeSean Jackson
  20. Julian Edelman
  21. Jeremy Maclin
  22. Amari Cooper
  23. Roddy White
  24. Sammy Watkins
  25. Victor Cruz
  26. Andre Johnson
  27. Mike Wallace
  28. Vincent Jackson
  29. Brandon Marshall
  30. Martavis Bryant
  31. Larry Fitzgerald
  32. Brandon LaFell
  33. Kendall Wright
  34. Eric Decker
  35. Allen Robinson
  36. Torrey Smith
  37. Michael Floyd
  38. Jarvis Landry
  39. Devin Funchess
  40. Cody Latimer
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 22, 2015

RB Rankings

  1. Le'Veon Bell
  2. Eddie Lacy
  3. Jamaal Charles
  4. Matt Forte
  5. Adrian Peterson
  6. C.J. Anderson
  7. Jeremy Hill
  8. Marshawn Lynch
  9. Alfred Morris
  10. LeSean McCoy
  11. Lamar Miller
  12. DeMarco Murray
  13. Frank Gore
  14. Mark Ingram
  15. Carlos Hyde
  16. Melvin Gordon
  17. Justin Forsett
  18. Jonathan Stewart
  19. Todd Gurley
  20. Latavius Murray
  21. Joseph Randle
  22. Alfred Blue
  23. Doug Martin
  24. T.J. Yeldon
  25. Andre Ellington
  26. Ryan Matthews
  27. Rashad Jennings
  28. Joique Bell
  29. Giovani Bernard
  30. Bishop Sankey
  31. Ameer Abdullah
  32. C.J. Spiller
  33. Chris Ivory
  34. Tevin Coleman
  35. Darren McFadden
  36. LeGarrette Blount
  37. Arian Foster
  38. Tre Mason
  39. Fred Jackson
  40. Reggie Bush
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 22, 2015

Updated QB Rankings

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Andrew Luck
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Ben Roethlisberger
  5. Matt Ryan
  6. Tony Romo
  7. Russell Wilson
  8. Eli Manning
  9. Drew Brees
  10. Cam Newton
  11. Tom Brady
  12. Matthew Stafford
  13. Ryan Tannehill
  14. Philip Rivers
  15. Sam Bradford
  16. Jay Cutler
  17. Colin Kaepernick
  18. Teddy Bridgewater
  19. Joe Flacco
  20. Nick Foles
  21. Carson Palmer
  22. Andy Dalton
  23. David Carr
  24. Blake Bortles
  25. Jameis Winston
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 22, 2015

Preseason watching

Preseason football is upon us, and the key for fantasy football is - don't overreact.

The main thing to watch for is injuries, especially if you have already drafted.

Closely monitor the health of key offensive linemen, in addition to the fantasy football positions.

But don't panic if an established veteran gets off to a poor start, unless he is at the tail end of his career and his job was already in jeopardy. For instance, if Big Ben has an awful preseason - so what? However, if someone like Josh McCown has a tough go of it...well, that's completely different.

Hopefully you aren't drafting for at least a couple of weeks and you have plenty of time to evaluate the preseason. If you are waiting until the end of the month to draft, you have plenty of time to evaluate the injury landscape. If you've already drafted, well then you are now on waiver watch.

Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 14, 2015

TE/K/DEF rankings

TIGHT ENDS

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Jimmy Graham
  3. Jason Witten
  4. Greg Olsen
  5. Martellus Bennett
  6. Dwayne Allen
  7. Travis Kelce
  8. Delanie Walker
  9. Julius Thomas
  10. Antonio Gates
  11. Jordan Cameron
  12. Jordan Reed

KICKERS

  1. Adam Vinateri
  2. Connor Barth
  3. Matt Bryant
  4. Dan Bailey
  5. Steven Hauschka
  6. Blair Walsh
  7. Stephen Gostkowski
  8. Mason Crosby
  9. Matt Prater
  10. Nick Novak
  11. Randy Bullock
  12. Justin Tucker

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

  1. Buffalo
  2. Seattle
  3. N.Y. Jets
  4. St. Louis
  5. Houston
  6. Miami
  7. Denver
  8. Minnesota
  9. New England
  10. Cleveland
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 9, 2015

WR Rankings

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Dez Bryant
  3. Julio Jones
  4. Odell Beckham Jr.
  5. Jordy Nelson
  6. Calvin Johnson
  7. Demaryius Thomas
  8. A.J. Green
  9. Randall Cobb
  10. Mike Evans
  11. Alshon Jeffery
  12. T.Y. Hilton
  13. Brandin Cooks
  14. DeAndre Hopkins
  15. Emmanuel Sanders
  16. Keenan Allen
  17. Golden Tate
  18. Jordan Matthews
  19. DeSean Jackson
  20. Julian Edelman
  21. Jeremy Maclin
  22. Amari Cooper
  23. Roddy White
  24. Sammy Watkins
  25. Victor Cruz
  26. Andre Johnson
  27. Mike Wallace
  28. Vincent Jackson
  29. Brandon Marshall
  30. Martavis Bryant
  31. Larry Fitzgerald
  32. Brandon LaFell
  33. Kendall Wright
  34. Eric Decker
  35. Allen Robinson
  36. Torrey Smith
  37. Michael Floyd
  38. Jarvis Landry
  39. Devin Funchess
  40. Cody Latimer
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 9, 2015

RB Rankings

  1. Le'Veon Bell
  2. Eddie Lacy
  3. Jamaal Charles
  4. Matt Forte
  5. Adrian Peterson
  6. C.J. Anderson
  7. Jeremy Hill
  8. Marshawn Lynch
  9. Alfred Morris
  10. LeSean McCoy
  11. Lamar Miller
  12. DeMarco Murray
  13. Frank Gore
  14. Mark Ingram
  15. Carlos Hyde
  16. Melvin Gordon
  17. Justin Forsett
  18. Jonathan Stewart
  19. Todd Gurley
  20. Latavius Murray
  21. Joseph Randle
  22. Alfred Blue
  23. Doug Martin
  24. T.J. Yeldon
  25. Andre Ellington
  26. Ryan Matthews
  27. Rashad Jennings
  28. Joique Bell
  29. Giovani Bernard
  30. Bishop Sankey
  31. Ameer Abdullah
  32. C.J. Spiller
  33. Chris Ivory
  34. Tevin Coleman
  35. Darren McFadden
  36. LeGarrette Blount
  37. Arian Foster
  38. Tre Mason
  39. Fred Jackson
  40. Reggie Bush
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 9, 2015

Updated QB Rankings

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Andrew Luck
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Ben Roethlisberger
  5. Matt Ryan
  6. Tony Romo
  7. Russell Wilson
  8. Eli Manning
  9. Drew Brees
  10. Cam Newton
  11. Tom Brady
  12. Matthew Stafford
  13. Ryan Tannehill
  14. Philip Rivers
  15. Sam Bradford
  16. Jay Cutler
  17. Colin Kaepernick
  18. Teddy Bridgewater
  19. Joe Flacco
  20. Nick Foles
  21. Carson Palmer
  22. Andy Dalton
  23. David Carr
  24. Blake Bortles
  25. Jameis Winston
Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Aug 9, 2015

WRs need QBs

Some QB situations will doom WRs

There are some damn fine WRs that are stuck in some damn messy QB situations. Here’s three teams that have a lot of potential from wideouts, but will likely underperform because the signal-callers are below average.

N.Y. Jets (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Devin Smith): They’ve got a terrific trio, but if Geno Smith doesn’t get better in a hurry than all three are going to be disappointments.

In his first two seasons, Smith has 25 touchdown passes and a whopping 34 interceptions. Here’s the good news – having those three guys to play catch with is bound to improve his stats. And Smith did look good down the stretch last season. Maybe Marshall helps that.

If Smith falters, or if he has a bad pre-season, it will be Ryan Fitzpatrick under center for the Jets. Fitzpatrick has been decent at times throughout his career, but never spectacular. He had a couple of serviceable seasons in Buffalo and finished with 17 touchdown passes and just eight interceptions for Houston last year (although it was padded with a six-touchdown game against Tennessee).

Speaking of Houston…

Houston Texans (DeAndre Hopkins, Jaelen Strong, Cecil Shorts III): I love me some DeAndre, but I certainly don’t love having Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer trying to find him in space. Jaelen Strong has a ton of potential, but will it get recognized with these guys under center?

Of the two, Mallett certainly has the higher ceiling. We already know what Hoyer can do – bask in mediocrity. Bill O’Brien might be able to work some magic and develop Mallett.

Buffalo Bills (Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin): The hourglass is about to run out for EJ Manuel. In 15 games, he has 16 TD passes and 12 interceptions. They used a first-round pick on him in 2013, but he has failed to meet the expectations.

When/if he is replaced, it will be Matt Cassel in relief. Since that fantastic run in 2010 with Kansas City, when he had 27 TD passes and just seven interceptions, he has 30 TD passes and 34 picks in 30 games.

Neither are worthy options, but they will be aided by the addition of LeSean McCoy in the backfield. Having him as a bailout option and home-run threat should do either QB a world of good.

 

Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Jul 31, 2015

The suspensions

Le’Veon Bell out for two games. Tom Brady out for four games (or three, or two, or one – or none).

Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Jul 31, 2015

Wide range of depth

When it comes to drafting, the old strategy was always to go running back, running back…and sometimes another running back.

Posted by Jeff Thitoff Posted on Jul 31, 2015