Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Rankings: Rookie Update

Last year I did a recap of the draft for all 32 NFL teams (from a fantasy perspective, of course).  This year, that's not happening.  But I am updating my top-168, and I'll add some players at the bottom to keep an eye on (including several rookies who didn't crack the list...for now).  Defenses and kickers will stay at the very bottom, but I'll move the defenses up a bit in my next rankings update, whenever that will be.  Until then, here is the latest update.  Enjoy!


1. Eddie Lacy
2. Jamaal Charles
3. Marshawn Lynch 
4. Le'Veon Bell
5. Adrian Peterson: Swapped him with Gronk, who will now start the year with no Tom Brady.
6. LeSean McCoy
7. Rob Gronkowski
8. DeMarco Murray
9. Matt Forte
10. Arian Foster 
11. Jeremy Hill 
12. CJ Anderson
13. Aaron Rodgers
14. Andrew Luck
15. Antonio Brown
16. Demaryius Thomas
17. Calvin Johnson
18. Jordy Nelson
19. Dez Bryant
20. Odell Beckham, Jr.
21. Julio Jones
22. Lamar Miller
23. Carlos Hyde
24. AJ Green
25. Randall Cobb
26. Alshon Jeffery
27. Emmanuel Sanders
28. Justin Forsett
29. Alfred Morris
30. Mark Ingram
31. Melvin Gordon: Chargers traded up in the 1st round to get him. He moves way up for me.
32. Jimmy Graham 
33. Mike Evans 
34. TY Hilton
35. DeAndre Hopkins
36. Kelvin Benjamin
37. Russell Wilson: Moving him above Peyton and Brees. The old guys are on the decline.
38. Peyton Manning
39. Drew Brees
40. Jonathan Stewart
41. Latavius Murray
42. Joique Bell: Down quite a bit. Slightly concerned the Lions used high pick on Abdullah.
43. Frank Gore
44. Todd Gurley: Rams used 10th overall pick on him, but he could start season on PUP list.
45. Andre Ellington
46. Jordan Matthews: Down slightly to this tier, with Eagles drafting a WR in the first round...
47. Brandin Cooks
48. Sammy Watkins
49. Julian Edelman: Also down a couple of spots with the Brady news.
50. Brandon Marshall  
51. Keenan Allen  
52. Greg Olsen: Moved these two TEs up about ten spots. 
53. Travis Kelce
54. DeSean Jackson
55. Jeremy Maclin
56. Andre Johnson
57. CJ Spiller: Clear change-of-pace RB in uptempo offense. Could crack top-50 if 100% healthy.
58. T.J. Yeldon: Another high draft pick who could be the lead RB for his new squad (Jags though).
59. LeGarrette Blount: With so much uncertainty at RB position, Blount rises quite a bit.
60. Giovani Bernard: Gio falls a few spots with others rising. He may need to be down even further. 
61. Cam Newton
62. Matt Ryan
63. Tom Brady: Down 2 spots to the bottom of this QB tier. Might reconsider if 4 games becomes 2.
64. Martellus Bennett
65. Golden Tate
66. Martavis Bryant: Up a few spots. If he improves, could be most productive #2 fantasy WR.
67. Roddy White
68. Steve Smith: Ravens drafted a couple of WRs, but Steve Smith main veteran left in the corps.
69. Bishop Sankey: Didn't do much in Year 1, and Titans drafted a RB. Down a bit.
70. Isaiah Crowell: Also down a bit. Duke Johnson will likely end up in the mix for the Browns.
71. Tevin Coleman: This could change in the coming weeks, but Falcons used high pick on him...
72. Darren McFadden: Cowboys didn't get AP and didn't draft a RB. McFadden has the opportunity.
73. Michael Floyd 
74. Amari Cooper: Drafted by the Raiders, who recently signed Crabtree. Down to this WR tier.
75. Eric Decker
76. Vincent Jackson
77. Jarvis Landry
78. Torrey Smith
79. Mike Wallace
80. Ben Roethlisberger: Moved above Stafford. Offense should continue to be pass-happy.
81. Matthew Stafford
82. Doug Martin: Down slightly, though still likely to get most carries in Buc offense.
83. Rashad Jennings
84. Chris Ivory: Jets traded a 7th rounder for Zac Stacy, adding to Ivory/Ridley. Ivory down some.
85. Tre Mason: Down a ton. Like I said, Gurley could steal reps as early as Week 1 if healthy. 
86. Ryan Mathews  
87. Devonta Freeman: With Atlanta drafting Coleman, had to move Freeman down considerably.
88. Fred Jackson
89. Zach Ertz: Moved him to the TOP of this TE tier.
90. Antonio Gates 
91. Julius Thomas
92. Owen Daniels
93. Dwayne Allen: And moved Allen to the bottom of this TE tier.
94. Philip Rivers
95. Tony Romo
96. Ryan Tannehill 
97. Kevin White: Drafted by the Bears #7 overall. Moved all the way up into top-100!
98. Brandon LaFell 
99. Charles Johnson
100. Allen Robinson: Probably was too high for a Jag...so I moved him down.
101. Nelson Agholor: First round pick by Philly. Had to add him to the rankings.
102. Breshad Perriman: ...and the 1st rounder by the Ravens, assuming he can remedy the drops.
103. Joseph Randle: Once again a super valuable backup, now to Mr. Glass himself (McFadden).  
104. Charles Sims  
105. Ameer Abdullah: He replaces Theo in my rankings, and he made me drop Joique quite a bit.
106. DeAngelo Williams
107. Andre Williams  
108. Denard Robinson: With high pick on Yeldon, moved Robinson down many spots.
109. Terrance West
110. Terrance Williams 
111. Kenny Stills
112. Larry Fitzgerald 
113. Percy Harvin
114. Victor Cruz 
115. DaVante Parker: First round pick by the Dolphins, but not sure of instant impact...down a bit.
116. Knile Davis
117. Reggie Bush 
118. Shane Vereen
119. Jordan Cameron  
120. Jordan Reed
121. Delanie Walker 
122. Eli Manning: Moved him above Bradford, but I hate this QB tier...ugh!
123. Sam Bradford
124. Jay Cutler
125. Anquan Boldin: With Crabtree gone, I moved Boldin to the top of this WR tier.
126. Doug Baldwin
127. Brian Quick
128. Pierre Garcon
129. Kendall Wright
130. Cecil Shorts
131. John Brown 
132. Dwayne Bowe
133. Jaelen Strong: Texans took him in the 3rd, but he could battle Shorts for #2 WR position.
134. Jason Witten 
135. Delanie Walker
136. Kyle Rudolph
137. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins
138. David Johnson: Arizona took him in late 3rd round. Ellington does have some injury issues...
139. Stevan Ridley
140. Danny Woodhead 
141. Darren Sproles
142. Colin Kaepernick 
143. Teddy Bridgewater
144. Joe Flacco
145. Seahawks DEFENSE
146. Texans DEFENSE: Swapped them with Arizona. No clear #2 fantasy D yet though.  
147. Bills DEFENSE    
148. Rams DEFENSE  
149. Cardinals DEFENSE   
150. Patriots DEFENSE
151. Ravens DEFENSE
152. Dolphins DEFENSE
153. Broncos DEFENSE
154. Panthers DEFENSE
155. Bengals DEFENSE
156. Eagles DEFENSE
157. Stephen Gostkowski
158. Justin Tucker
159. Steven Hauschka
160. Cody Parkey
161. Adam Vinatieri
162. Mason Crosby
163. Dan Bailey 
164. Matt Bryant
165. Shaun Suisham 
166. Blair Walsh
167. Dan Carpenter
168. Connor Barth

...and a few more players to consider at each position

Carson Palmer
Andy Dalton
Jameis Winston
Robert Griffin, III
Derek Carr
Nick Foles
Marcus Mariota
Blake Bortles

Alfred Blue
Roy Helu
Lorenzo Taliaferro
Montee Ball
Antone Smith
Branden Oliver
Donald Brown
James Starks
Jerick McKinnon
Dan Herron
Theo Riddick
Travaris Cadet
Khiry Robinson
Zac Stacy
David Cobb: Could immediately replace Shonn Greene in Tennessee as the big plodder.
Duke Johnson: Another young RB for the Browns. Cleveland could have three headed monster.
Matt Jones: Alfred Morris the clear starter, but Jones could get into the mix right away in 2015.
Jay Ajayi: 5th round pick out of Boise State could battle for #2 RB behind Lamar Miller.

Marvin Jones
Michael Crabtree
Kenny Britt
Marqise Lee
Cody Latimer
Davante Adams
Donte Moncrief
Phillip Dorsett: Colts used their first round pick on him, but lots of WR weapons already.
Devin Funchess: Second round pick by the Panthers...borderline top-168, but not yet.
Dorial Green-Beckham: Drafted by the Titans, but don't think he belongs in top-168 either.
Tyler Lockett: Seahawks traded up to get him in 3rd round. They must like him a lot!
Ty Montgomery: This pick had me moving Davante Adams out of the rankings.
Darren Waller: A late round pick by the Ravens, but could develop into better WR than Perriman..

Charles Clay
Larry Donnell
Coby Fleener
Tyler Eifert
Josh Hill
Heath Miller
Eric Ebron
Maxx Williams: If Dennis Pitta can't return from injury, he becomes a top-15 or 20 fantasy TE.