Monday, April 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings v1.1

There have been some big changes since my last rankings update, so I thought I'd get another one out there before the draft (which is now less than 2 weeks away!). 
Thanks for the memories, Alfred!

No, I'm not talking about how I got rid of the color coding (but I did do that).  I'm talking about Peyton Manning, Megatron, and Beast Mode all retiring!  I'm talking about free agency moves like DeMarco Murray (for the second year in a row, this time to the Titans) and Matt Forte to the Jets.  Surprisingly, neither of those big moves had me changing my ranking of either guy.  But with Lamar Miller to the Texans and Alfred Morris to the...Cowboys?  Different story.  And just an aside: UGH!  I mean, I can't blame the guy because the NFL is just a business.  It just stings because Alfred seems like such a great guy and I hate to see him leave Washington (especially to go to Dallas).

Anyway, there have been plenty of other moves too, and I've adjusted my rankings accordingly.  For now I only have a handful of rookies in my rankings, and that's assuming those guys end up in good fantasy situations.  You'll notice I cheated at #113, where I simply listed a handful of rookie wideouts.  I'll narrow that down to one or two once we see who gets drafted where (I promise!).  I don't think all of those rookies will be draftable, but whoever lands with the right team could be.  Think Bengals, Cowboys, Giants, Saints, or Steelers...

These rankings will definitely change in a few weeks when I hopefully get another update out there.  Until then, enjoy!


1. Le'Veon Bell
2. Todd Gurley
3. Antonio Brown
4. Odell Beckham, Jr.
5. Julio Jones
6. Devonta Freeman
7. Adrian Peterson
8. Thomas Rawls: With Lynch retiring, Rawls immediately in Round 1 discussion.
9. David Johnson: Moved him up 3 or 4 spots.  I like youth at the RB position.
10. Lamar Miller: Up into Rd1 discussion as well. He's young and Texans will run.
11. Jamaal Charles: Moved down slightly, as he's coming off an ACL injury. 
12. Rob Gronkowski
13. Doug Martin 
14. DeAndre Hopkins 
15. Allen Robinson
16. LeSean McCoy
17. Mark Ingram  
18. AJ Green 
19. Dez Bryant
20. CJ Anderson: Broncos matched Miami's offer sheet. Denver committed to CJ. 
21. Jeremy Langford: Forte is gone. The workhorse role is his to lose. 
22. DeMarco Murray 
23. Latavius Murray
24. Eddie Lacy 
25. Alshon Jeffery 
26. Jordy Nelson: Moved him up here with Alshon.
27. Andrew Luck
28. Cam Newton 
29. Demaryius Thomas: Down slightly, at least until I know who his QB will be.
30. Sammy Watkins
31. Brandon Marshall
32. Aaron Rodgers: Up a few spots. Still has a good chance to be #1 fantasy QB.
33. Matt Forte
34. Jonathan Stewart
35. Mike Evans 
36. Amari Cooper: Moved him up here with Mike Evans.
37. Russell Wilson  
38. Carlos Hyde
39. Ezekiel Elliott  
40. Jeremy Hill 
41. Matt Jones: Now that Alfred is out of the picture, I like Jones a lot.
42. Dion Lewis
43. Jay Ajayi: With Miller gone, he's the guy if Miami doesn't draft/sign a RB. 
44. Melvin Gordon: Moved him up to this RB tier as well. 
45. Brandin Cooks
46. TY Hilton
47. Keenan Allen: With Benjamin to San Diego, moved Allen down to this tier.  
48. Randall Cobb
49. Kelvin Benjamin
50. Tom Brady
51. Ben Roethlisberger: With Martavis out for the year, dropped Ben below Brady. 
52. Drew Brees
53. Ryan Mathews: Assumed to be the starter, unless Philly drafts a RB early... 
54. Giovani Bernard: And hard not to move Gio up. Lots of RB uncertainty after here. 
55. Julian Edelman: Moved him and Decker up a few spots.
56. Eric Decker  
57. Tyler Eifert
58. Jordan Reed
59. Greg Olsen 
60. Jeremy Maclin
61. Jarvis Landry
62. Michael Floyd
63. Golden Tate: With Megatron retiring, felt I had to move him up a bunch. 
64. Ameer Abdullah: Put the young guy at the top of this RB tier.    
65. Chris Ivory: He fell considerably with the move to Jacksonville.  
66. Justin Forsett: Moved him down. Not sure of the split with him & Javorius.
67. Frank Gore  
68. T.J. Yeldon: And he moved down to this tier, now assuming a more COB role. 
69. Doug Baldwin  
70. Laquon Treadwell
71. Alfred Morris: I think he'll take over lead back duties, but RUN DMC still around.
72. Derrick Henry
73. Arian Foster: Moved him way down, maybe more depending on where he lands.
74. Emmanuel Sanders
75. Larry Fitzgerald
76. Carson Palmer
77. Blake Bortles
78. Darren McFadden: Alfred to Dallas has me moving him down for now. 
79. Isaiah Crowell
80. DeVante Parker
81. John Brown
82. Allen Hurns: Moved him up this WR tier.
83. Steve Smith
84. Jordan Matthews: Moved him up too. He's the new Ryan Mathews. I can't quit him!
85. Michael Crabtree: And Crabtree up to this tier as well. 
86. DeSean Jackson 
87. Travis Kelce 
88. Delanie Walker  
89. Karlos Williams 
90. Duke Johnson
91. Charles Sims 
92. Danny Woodhead: With Donald Brown gone, Woodhead up a few.
93. Eli Manning: Felt the need to have Eli and Rivers up here with Romo.
94. Philip Rivers
95. Tony Romo
96. Andy Dalton: Lost Marvin and Sanu.  Down to this QB tier for me now.
97. Javorius Allen: Moved this young Buck to the top of this RB tier.
98. LeGarrette Blount  
99. Rashad Jennings 
100. Ronnie Hillman
101. Tyler Lockett 
102. Donte Moncrief: Moved up to this WR tier. Should be clear #2 receiver in Indy. 
103. Dorial Green-Beckham
104. Stefon Diggs 
105. Kevin White 
106. Tyrod Taylor: Belongs down in this "nice upside" area with Carr/Mariota.  
107. Derek Carr  
108. Marcus Mariota 
109. Gary Barnidge 
110. Markus Wheaton: He gets a bump up with Martavis out, maybe should be higher.
111. Travis Benjamin
112. Willie Snead
113. Michael Thomas/Will Fuller/Josh Doctson/Corey Coleman (TBD...)
114. Marvin Jones: Moved to Detroit and now well up on my big board. 
115. Jimmy Graham: Moved him and Julius down a few spots. 
116. Julius Thomas 
117. Vincent Jackson  
118. Tavon Austin 
119. Torrey Smith 
120. Jameis Winston 
121. Kirk Cousins 
122. Ryan Fitzpatrick 
123. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins 
124. Coby Fleener: Gotta like his move to New Orleans with Brees. 
125. Dwayne Allen: And with Fleener gone, Allen the main TE in Indy. 
126. Ladarius Green: Finally out of the Gates shadow and now a Steeler.
127. Antonio Gates 
128. Theo Riddick 
129. Darren Sproles  
130. Bilal Powell: Jets signed Khiry, and Powell/Forte too similar for me. 
131. Andre Ellington: With Arizona re-signing CJOK, Ellington down a bit. 
132. James Starks  
133. Charcandrick West
134. DeAngelo Williams 
135. Pierre Garcon
136. Mohamed Sanu: Should be the #2 WR in Atlanta.
137. Chris Hogan: Patriots picked him up from Buffalo.  Sneaky late pick here.
138. Sammie Coates: Someone has to catch Big Ben's balls (hehe).    
139. Nate Washington: He also now has Brady throwing to him. Has to be ranked!  
140. Josh Gordon: Another late round flier, but if he's reinstated, watch out!
141. Chris Thompson: Should be a decent COB back in Washington. 
142. Tevin Coleman 
143. Cameron Artis-Payne  
144. David Cobb: With DeMarco coming to TN, he moves down and Andrews off.
145. Seahawks DEFENSE
146. Panthers DEFENSE: Their schedule moves them up a couple of spots for me.
147. Broncos DEFENSE 
148. Cardinals DEFENSE
149. Texans DEFENSE
150. Rams DEFENSE 
151. Patriots DEFENSE
152. Chiefs DEFENSE
153. Bengals DEFENSE
154. Packers DEFENSE: Up a couple of spots based on their schedule as well.
155. Jets DEFENSE
156. Vikings DEFENSE: They crack my top-12 defenses, and the Ravens are out.
157. Stephen Gostkowski
158. Justin Tucker 
159. Steven Hauschka
160. Cairo Santos
161. Graham Gano
162. Mason Crosby
163. Dan Bailey
164. Chandler Catanzaro
165. Adam Vinatieri
166. Roberto Aguayo: Could be the highest drafted kicker since Janikowski. 
167. Brandon McManus
168. Blair Walsh