2016 Defensive Player Rankings

 

2016 Defensive Player Rankings by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Overall 2016 Defensive Player Rankings-

1. HOU DE J.J. Watt
2. OAK DE Khalil Mack
3. CAR MLB Luke Kuechly
4. TB OLB Lavonte David
5. SF ILB NaVorro Bowman
6. LA MLB Alec Ogletree
7. DET  WLB DeAndre Levy
8. SEA MLB Bobby Wagner
9. CAR OLB Thomas Davis
10. LA DT Aaron Donald
11. BALT ILB C.J. Mosley
12. MIA SS Reshad Jones
13. JACK OLB Telvin Smith
14. IND ILB D’Qwell Jackson
15. PHIL DT Fletcher Cox
16. PITT ILB L. Timmons
17. DET DE Ezekiel Ansah
18. MIA MLB Kiko Alonso
19. NE MLB Jamie Collins
20. NO OLB Stephone Anthony
21. DAL WLB Sean Lee
22. ARI ILB Deone Bucannon
23. NYJ DE M. Wilkerson
24. KC ILB Derrick Johnson
25. MINN FS Harrison Smith
26. NYG DE Olivier Vernon
27. OAK OLB Malcolm Smith
28. BALT FS Eric Weddle
29. NYG FS Landon Collins
30. CHI ILB Danny Trevathan
31. TB MLB Kwon Alexander
32. BUFF ILB Preston Brown
33. DEN  ILB Brandon Marshall
34. GB SS Morgan Burnett
35. BUF  FS Corey Graham
36. CHI ILB Jerrell Freeman
37. DEN  OLB Von Miller
38. NYJ ILB David Harris
39. PHL FS Malcolm Jenkins
40. OAK FS Reggie Nelson
41. MIA DT Ndamukong Suh
42. CINN DE Carlos Dunlap
43. ARI ILB Kevin Minter
44. JACK MLB Paul Posluszny
45. CAR DT Kawann Short
46. NO SS Kenny Vaccaro
47. BUFF ILB Reggie Ragland
48. SEA OLB K.J. Wright
49. CLE  ILB Chris Kirksey
50. LA OLB Mark Barron
51. PITT ILB Ryan Shazier
52. DAL SS Barry Church
53. SEA SS Kam Chancellor
54. TB MLB Daryl Smith
55. MIN MLB Eric Kendricks
56. WAS CB Bashaud Breeland
57. CAR FS Kurt Coleman
58. JACK SS Johnathan Cyprien
59. IND  ILB Nate Irving
60. ATL  MLB Paul Worrilow
61. TENN ILB Avery Williamson
62. TENN  ILB Wesley Woodyard
63. NO MLB James Laurinaitis
64. SD  OLB Melvin Ingram
65. NE DE Rob Ninkovich
66. ATL DL Adrian Clayborn
67. WASH ILB Chris Baker
67. MINN DE Danielle Hunter
68. TB SS Chris Conte
69. NYG SS Darian Thompson
70. SEA CB Brandon Browner

 

Defensive Linemen Rankings

Tier One DLs

1. HOU DE J.J. Watt

Tier Two DLs

2. OAK  DE Khalil Mack
3. PHIL DT Fletcher Cox
4. LA DT Aaron Donald
5. CINN DE Carlos Dunlap
6. NYJ DE M. Wilkerson
7. NYG DE Olivier Vernon
8. DET  DE Ezekiel Ansah
9. MIA DT Ndamukong Suh
10. CAR DT Kawann Short
11. NE DE Rob Ninkovich
12. NO DE Cameron Jordan
13. CINN DT Geno Atkins

Tier Three DLs

14. SD DE Joey Bosa
15. PHIL DE Connor Barwin
16. ARI DE Calais Campbell
17. KC DE Jaye Howard
18. TB DT Gerald McCoy
19. SEA DE Michael Bennett
20. MIA DE Mario Williams
21. PHIL DE Brandon Graham
22. SF DT DeForest Buckner
23. WAS DE Chris Baker
24. MIA DE Cameron Wake
25. PITT DE Stephon Tuitt
26. SEA DE Cliff Avril
27. NYG NT Damon Harrison
28. NYG DE Jason Pierre-Paul
29. NYJ DE S. RichardsonNYG
30. PITT DE Cameron Heyward
31. MINN DE Everson Griffen
32. CINN DE Michael Johnson
33. MINN DE Brian Robison
34. TB DE William Gholston
35. MINN  DT Linval Joseph
36. SF NT Ian Williams
37. TB DE Robert Ayers
38. DAL DE D. Lawrence
39. TENN  DE Jurrell Casey
40. NYJ  DT Leonard Williams
41. BUFF DT Kyle Williams
42. LA DE William Hayes
43. DEN DE Derek Wolfe
44. BUFF DT Marcell Dareus
45. NE DE Jabaal Sheard
46. JACK DE Dante Fowler
47. PHIL NT Bennie Logan
48. JACK DE Malik Jackson
49. DEN  DE Jared Crick
50. CAR  DE Charles Johnson
51. SF DE Quinton Dial
52. NE DT Malcom Brown
53. BALT NT Brandon Williams
54. MINN DE Danielle Hunter
55. GB  DE Mike Daniels
56.BALT DE Lawrence Guy
57. OAK DT Dan Williams
58. TB DE Jacquies Smith
59. DET DE Devin Taylor
60. NE DE Chris Long
61. CAR DE Kony Ealy
62. IND DE Kendall Langford
63. ATL DE Derrick Shelby
65. CLEV DE Desmond Bryant
66. OAK DE Mario Edwards
67. IND DE Authur Jones
68. ATL DE Vic Beasley
69. JACK Sen’Derrick Marks
70. KC DE Allen Bailey

 

Defensive Linebackers Rankings

Tier One LBs

1. SF ILB NaVorro Bowman
2. CAR MLB Luke Kuechly
3. TB OLB Lavonte David

Tier Two LBs

4. LA MLB Alec Ogletree
5. DET WLB DeAndre Levy
6. SEA MLB Bobby Wagner
7. JACK MLB Paul Posluszny
8. DAL WLB Sean Lee
9. BALT ILB C.J. Mosley
10. JACK OLB Telvin Smith
11. PITT ILB L. Timmons
12. NO OLB Stephone Anthony
13. MIA MLB Kiko Alonso
14. NE MLB Jamie Collins
15. IND ILB D’Qwell Jackson
16. ARI  ILB Deone Bucannon
17. KC ILB Derrick Johnson
18. OAK OLB Malcolm Smith

Tier Three LBs

19. CHI ILB Danny Trevathan
20. TB MLB Kwon Alexander
21. BUFF ILB Preston Brown
22. DEN ILB Brandon Marshall
23. CHI ILB Jerrell Freeman
24. DEN OLB Von Miller
25. NYJ ILB David Harris
26. ARI ILB Kevin Minter
27. CAR OLB Thomas Davis
28. BUFF ILB Reggie Ragland
29. SEA OLB K.J. Wright
30. CLEV ILB Chris Kirksey
31. LA OLB Mark Barron
32. TB MLB Daryl Smith
33. IND ILB Nate Irving
34. PITT ILB Ryan Shazier
35. MINN MLB Eric Kendricks
36. NO MLB James Laurinaitis
37. ATL  MLB Paul Worrilow
38. TENN ILB Avery Williamson
39. TEN ILB Wesley Woodyard
40. SD OLB Melvin Ingram
41. HOU ILB Brian Cushing
42. PHI WLB Mychal Kendricks
43. ARI OLB Chandler Jones
44. NYG OLB Jonathan Casillas
45. GB ILB Clay Matthews
46. PHI MLB Jordan Hicks
47. CINN OLB Vincent Rey
48. CLEV ILB Demario Davis
49. NYG MLB Keenan Robinson
50. SD ILB Manti Teo
51. CINN ILB Karlos Dansby
52. DAL MLB Rolando McClain
53. CINN OLB Vontaze Burfict
54. CHI ILB Christian Jones
55. JACK OLB Myles Jack
56. BALT OLB Terrell Suggs
57. SD ILB Denzel Perryman
58. WASH ILB Will Compton
59. DEN ILB Todd Davis
60. MINN OLB Anthony Barr
61. ATL  WLB Deion Jones
62. NYJ LB Erin Henderson
63. HOU  OLB Whitney Mercilus
64. BUFF OLB Jerry Hughes
65. NE OLB Donta Hightower

 

Defensive Backs Rankings

Tier One DBs

1. MIA SS Reshad Jones
2. MINN FS Harrison Smith
3. NYG FS Landon Collins
4. BAL FS Eric Weddle
5. GB SS Morgan Burnett
6. SEA 5 FS Earl Thomas
7. PHIL FS Malcolm Jenkins
8. OAK FS Reggie Nelson

Tier Two DBs

9. DAL SS Barry Church
10. NO SS Kenny Vaccaro
11. SEA SS Kam Chancellor
12. BUFF FS Corey Graham
13. CAR FS Kurt Coleman
14. JACK SS Johnathan Cyprien
15. ARI 9 FS Tyrann Mathieu
16. PHIL SS Rodney McLeod
17. KC SS Ron Parker
18. GB FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
19. IND FS Mike Adams
20. OAK SS Karl Joseph
21. LA CB Trumaine Johnson
22. ARI SS D.J. Swearinger
23. TB FS B. McDougald
24. PITT FS Mike Mitchell

Tier Three DBs

25. DET FS Glover Quin
26. SD FS Dwight Lowery
27. KC CB Marcus Peters
28. NYG CB Janoris Jenkins
29. MIA FS Michael Thomas
30. TENN CB Antwon Blake
31. ATL SS Keanu Neal
32. NYJ FS Marcus Gilchrist
33. NE SS Patrick Chung
34. WASH CB Bashaud Breeland
35. TB SS Chris Conte
36. NYG SS Darian Thompson
37. SEA CB Brandon Browner
38. CLEV FS Jordan Poyer
39. WASH CB Josh Norman
40. ATL  FS Ricardo Allen
41. PIT  SS Sean Davis
42. NE  CB Logan Ryan
43. LA  CB Lamarcus Joyner
44. BUF  CB Ronald Darby
45. OAK  CB D.J. Hayden
46. NYG  CB D. Rodgers-Cromartie
47. DAL CB Brandon Carr
48. TENN FS Rashad Johnson
49. NE CB Malcolm Butler
50. JACK CB Davon House
51. JACK CB Jalen Ramsey
52. MINN SS Andrew Sendejo
53. ARI SS Tyvon Branch
54. SF FS Eric Reid
55. CINN CB Dre Kirkpatrick
56. TB  CB Vernon Hargreaves
57. SF  CB Kenneth Acker
58. OAK  CB David Amerson
59. GB SS Micah Hyde
60. MIA CB Byron Maxwell
61. CAR SS Roman Harper
62. NYJ  SS Calvin Pryor
63. NE FS Devin McCourty
64. HOU CB Kareem Jackson
65. KC CB Eric Berry
66. NO FS Jarius Byrd
67. TB CB Brent Grimes
68. JACK FS Tashaun Gipson
69. NYJ CB Darrelle Revis
70. GB CB Damarious Randall

 

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2016 Top 150 Fantasy Football

2016 Top 150 Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

2016 Top 150 Fantasy Football- Rankings Standard League

 

1. WR Antonio Brown, Steelers
2. RB Todd Gurley, Rams
3. WR Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
4. WR Julio Jones, Falcons
5. RB David Johnson, Cardinals
6. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
7. RB Lamar Miller, Texans
8. RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
9. WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
10. TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
11. RB Doug Martin, Buccaneers
12. WR Allen Robinson, Jaguars
13. RB Devonta Freeman, Falcons
14. RB Eddie Lacy, Packers
15. WR Brandon Marshall, Jets
16. WR A.J. Green, Bengals
17. WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers
18. RB Jeremy Hill, Bengals
19. WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys
20. RB Le’Veon Bell, Steelers ****Suspended 3 games
21. RB C.J. Anderson, Broncos
22. RB Mark Ingram, Saints
23. WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
24. WR Amari Cooper, Raiders
25. WR Sammy Watkins, Bills
26. RB Matt Forte, Jets
27. WR Brandin Cooks, Saints
28. RB Thomas Rawls, Seahawks
29. WR Alshon Jeffery, Bears
30. QB Cam Newton, Panthers
31. RB DeMarco Murray, Titans
32. WR Eric Decker, Jets
33. WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts
34. QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
35. WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
36. WR Keenan Allen, Chargers
37. WR Randall Cobb, Packers
38. RB Ryan Mathews, Eagles
39. RB LeSean McCoy, Bills
40. RB Latavius Murray, Raiders
41. RB Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
42. TE Greg Olsen, Panthers
43. RB Carlos Hyde, 49ers
44. RB Chris Ivory, Jaguars
45. RB Jeremy Langford, Bears
46. QB Andrew Luck, Colts
47. RB Frank Gore, Colts
48. WR Allen Hurns, Jaguars
49. WR Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
50. TE Jordan Reed, Redskins
51. WR Julian Edelman, Patriots
52.  RB Melvin Gordon, Chargers
53. RB Matt Jones, Redskins
54. WR Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs
55. WR Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
56. WR Josh Gordon, Browns****4 game suspension
57. RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
58. WR Golden Tate, Lions
59. WR Michael Floyd, Cardinals
60. WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
61. WR Jordan Matthews, Eagles
62. WR Kevin White, Bears
63. QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks
64. TE Gary Barnidge, Browns
65. QB Blake Bortles, Jaguars
66. TE Delanie Walker, Titans
67. WR Tavon Austin, Rams
68. QB Drew Brees, Saints
69. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
70. RB Isaiah Crowell, Browns
71. WR Corey Coleman, Browns
72. WR DeSean Jackson, Redskins
73. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
74. TE Coby Fleener, Saints
75. WR Travis Benjamin, Chargers
76. RB Terrance West, Ravens
77. RB Ameer Abdullah, Lions
78. QB Eli Manning, Giants
79. QB Kirk Cousins, Washington
80. TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs
81. WR Donte Moncrief, Colts
82. QB Tom Brady New England Patriots****higher if suspension overturned
83. WR Tajae Sharpe, Titans
84. RB Rashad Jennings, Giants
85. RB Giovani Bernard, Bengals
86. RB Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
87. TE Tyler Eifert, Bengals ****targeting Weeks 4-6
88. TE Julius Thomas, Jaguars
89. WR Will Fuller, Texans
90. WR Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
91. RB Danny Woodhead, Chargers
92. WR Michael Crabtree, Raiders
93. RB Dion Lewis, Patriots
94. WR Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers
95. RB James Starks, Packers
96. RB Charles Sims, Buccaneers
97. WR Marvin Jones, Lions
98. WR Willie Snead, Saints
99. WR Sterling Shepard, Giants
100. TE Zach Ertz, Eagles
101. RB Duke Johnson, Browns
102. WR Sammie Coates, Steelers
103. TE Zach Miller, Bears
105. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers
106. WR Mike Wallace, Ravens
107. WR Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
108. WR  Michael Thomas, Saints
109. QB Carson Palmer, Cardinals
110. TE Antonio Gates, Chargers
111. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions
112. QB Matt Ryan, Falcons
113. QB Derek Carr, Raiders
114. RB Karlos Williams, Bills
115. RB Buck Allen, Ravens
116. RB Theo Riddick, Lions
117. RB Tevin Coleman, Falcons
118. RB Kirk Cousins, Redskins
119. WR Devin Funchess, Panthers
120. RB Darren Sproles, Eagles
121. WR Chris Hogan, Patriots
122. WR Terrance Williams, Cowboys
123. WR Brandon LaFell, Bengals
124. RB Christine Michael, Seahawks
125. WR Stefon Diggs, Vikings
126. WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Eagles
127. WR DeVante Parker, Dolphins
128. WR Steve Smith, Ravens
129. QB Jameis Winston, Bucs
130. QB Jay Cutler, Bears
131. WR Tyler Boyd, Bengals
132. RB Derrick Henry, Titans
133. RB LeGarrett Blount, Patriots
134. RB Chris Johnson, Cardinals
135. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
136. WR John Brown, Cardinals
137. QB Andy Dalton, Bengals
138. TE Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
139. QB Marcus Mariota, Titans
140. WR  Laquon Treadwell Vikings
141. WR Josh Doctson, Redskins
142. RB Tim Hightower, Saints
143. RB Jordan Howard, Bears
144. RB T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars
145. RB DeAndre Washington, Raiders
146. RB Justin Forsett, Ravens**** free agent
147. WR Torrey Smith, 49ers
148. WR Vincent Jackson, Bucs
149. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
150. WR DaVante Adams, Packers

151. RB Ronnie Hillman, ****Free agent

152. RB C.J. Prosise, Seahawks

 

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2016 WR Rankings Standard League

2016 WR Rankings Standard League by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

2016 WR Rankings Standard League- Top 100 NFL Wide Receivers

 

Tier One WRs

1. WR Antonio Brown PITT
2. WR Odell Beckham NYG
3. WR  Julio Jones ATL
4. WR DeAndre Hopkins HOU
5. WR Brandon Marshall NYJ

Tier Two WRs

6. WR A J Green CINN
7. WR Allen Robinson JACK
8. WR Mike Evans TB
9. WR Brandon Cooks NO
10. WR  Amari Cooper OAK
11. WR Sammy Watkins BUFF
12. WR Dez Bryant DAL
13. WR Jordy Nelson GB
14. WR Alshon Jeffery CHI
15. WR Keenan Allen SD
16. WR Eric Decker NYJ
17. WR Demaryius Thomas DEN
18. WR Allen Hurns JACK
19. WR T Y Hilton IND
20. WR  Randall Cobb GB
21. WR Jeremy Maclin KC
22. WR Jarvis Landry MIA
23. WR  Julian Edelman NE

Tier Three WRs

24. WR Doug Baldwin SEA
25. WR Golden Tate DET
26. WR Kevin White CHI
27. WR Michael Floyd ARI
28. WR Jordan Matthews PHIL
29. WR Tyler Lockett SEA
30. WR Tavon Austin LAR
31. WR Kelvin Benjamin CAR
32. WR DeSean Jackson WASH
33. WR Will Fuller HOU
34. WR Travis Benjamin SD
35. WR Donte Moncrief IND
36. WR  Larry Fitzgerald
37. WR Emmanuel Sanders DEN
38. WR Michael Crabtree OAK
39. WR Marvin Jones DET
40. WR Willie Snead N.O.
41. WR Josh Gordon CLEV
42. WR Sterling Shepard NYG
43. WR Corey Coleman CLEV
44. WR Kamar Aiken BALT
45. WR Chris Hogan NE
46. WR  Sammie Coates PITT
47. WR Michael Thomas N.O.

Tier Four WRs

48. WR Tyler Boyd CINN
49. WR rookie Tajae Sharpe TENN
50. WR Kenny Stills MIA
51. WR  Devante Parker MIA
52. WR Mike Wallace BALT
53. WR Dorial Green-Beckham PHIL
54. WR John Brown ARI
55. WR  Brandon LaFell CINN
56. WR Mohamed Sanu ATL
57. WR Stefon Diggs MINN
58. WR Devin Funchess CAR
59. WR Torrey Smith SF
60. WR Terrance Williams DAL
61. WR  Danny Amendola NE
62. WR Davante Adams GB
63. WR Vincent Jackson TB
64. WR Steve Smith BALT
65. WR Laquon Treadwell MINN
66. WR Rishard Matthews MIA
67. WR Braxton Miller HOU
68. WR Pierre Garcon WASH
69. WR Kenny Britt LAR

Tier Five WRs

70. WR Anquan Boldin Detroit
71. WR Ted Ginn Jr
72. WR Quinton Patton SF
73. WR Robert Woods BUFF
74. WR Josh Doctson WASH
75. WR Jermaine Kearse SEA
76. WR Cole Beasley DAL
77. WR Brandon Coleman N.O.
78. WR Philip Dorsett IND
79. WR Albert Wilson KC
80. WR Jaelen Strong HOU
81. WR Victor Cruz NYG
82. WR Justin Hardy ATL

Tier Six WRs

83. WR TY Montgomery GB
84. WR Eddie Royal CHI
85. WR Charles Johnson MINN
86. WR Nelson Agholor PHIL
87. WR Jeff Janis GB
88. WR Dwayne Harris NYG
89. WR Malcolm Floyd SD
90. WR James Crowder WASH
91. WR Chris Conley KC
92. WR Kenny Bell TB
93. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey PITT
94. WR Andre Roberts OAK
95. WR Pharoh Cooper LAR
96. WR Devin Hester ATL
97. WR Dezmin Lewis BUFF
98. WR Dontrelle Inman SD
99.  WR Kendall Wright TENN
100. WR Cecil Shorts free agant

101. WR Reuban Randle free agent

102. WR Stevie Johnson SD- OUT FOR THE SEASON

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To Hell With RBBC

To Hell With RBBC by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

I have addressed the vile F_____subject of “Running Back By Committee” before, but every year the dialogue changes a little or a lot, so here is my 2016 profanity-laced tirade on “RBBC”….( and if you’re sensitive, you may want to skip this piece….as I will likely be forced to contribute to the “Swear Jar” many times, before this is over! )

Hopefully you have been following the joint endeavor between the Dynasty Football Factory and Utter-Fantasy called “1st and 10″, the weekly segment of Q & A that canvasses some of the hot button topics in the NFL landscape.

In Week 8, I was asked the following question:

DFF- “Play devil’s advocate here and make the argument that a premier wide receiver should not be taken 1.01 across all formats. Convince me that going running back heavy in the first round is still the right strategy.”

My response, in short, was ” With fewer teams than ever before featuring a one-back offense, I think RBs Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell and Adrian Peterson can easily be argued as selections #1, #2 and #3 in drafts” – See entire response here- LINK

Or, to be even more succinct, I could have simply responded….“Yes, grab a RB and F_____ RBBC!”

And that is the F____ing WORST part of RBBC. Fantasy football owners don’t have man-crushes on Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson or Arizona’s David Johnson! They have man-crushes on WRs Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and DeAndre Hopkins. Because of F____ers like DET HC Caldwell ( who rotates RBs every other play) we almost have to draft a RB from a one-back offense in Round One, and miss out on those elite wide outs. Maybe you won’t, but I F____ing will because honestly, I’d rather start out in a draft with Todd Gurley and Mike Evans, than one with OBJ and Eddie Lacy.

I count only 6 teams that we are all fairly certain will run a one-back featured offense, those being Arizona, Dallas, LA Rams, Minnesota, Houston and Pittsburgh ( although I think Pittsburgh will use RB DeAngelo Williams more than some fantasy football owners think they will.) The New York Jets, Seattle, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis and perhaps KC, are on the fringe of being one-back offenses, but not so certain that you should miss out on an elite wide receiver in Round One.

This may be interesting……not only are most of the NFL teams pissing us off with their F____ ing RBBC, but it’s not helping them win either. Good! Below is a look at the NFL Playoffs for 2015. See anything that they all have in common, at least for most of them? A solid running game with a featured back. Except for New England( who you can’t trust F_____ anyway), you can name the featured back on all of these teams in 2015. Most do have a complimentary back, but we can live with that.

2015 Playoffs

So “To Hell With RBBC” and when drafting in September, I understand wanting to get elite WRs early, but especially in large leagues, I do not think you can afford to have a SH_____y stable of running backs. The NFL WR corps is deeper than ever, so do not ignore getting strong #1 RB(s) early if you can, then stockpile a SH___load of wide outs later.

OK….let’s see…paying the F_____swear jar. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen…..I owe thirteen F____ bucks. D___ it….F______ fourteen bucks.  D___ it!!

Pittsburgh Steelers Team Profile 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Mike Tomlin became the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach on January 22, 2007, which will make 2016 his 10th year. Tomlin has never had a losing season with Pittsburgh. Despite key players suffering serious injuries, the Steelers had another winning season in 2015, with a 10-6 record. It wasn’t enough to top Cincinnati, who won the division with an even better record of 12-4.

2016 Team Outlook – Over the past 10 years, Baltimore has won the AFC North Division 3 times, Cincinnati has won it 3 times and Pittsburgh 4 times. The team not mentioned here is Cleveland. It’s been 29 years since the Browns won an NFL Division title ( 1989- and it was the AFC Central then.) Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have been taking turns winning the division since 2013…so with the Bengal’s title in 2015, the edge goes to Pittsburgh in 2016.

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook-

QB– The Steelers got into trouble in 2015, then same way the Dallas Cowboys did. When their star quarterback went down, there wasn’t a strong back up quarterback on the roster that could carry the team. Ben Roethlisberger only played in 12 games last season, and only 13 in 2012. He’s a big quarterback who often takes big hits. He has been increasingly prone to injury, but when healthy, Big Ben is a top 5 QB in the NFL.

RBs– For some fantasy football owners, Le’Veon Bell’s two game suspension was a blessing in disguise. (reduced by the NFL from a three-game suspension for being a first-time offender of league policy) Many avoided selecting LeVeon Bell in fantasy football drafts because of the suspension, and unfortunately for Bell, he suffered a season-ending torn MCL in the game vs Bengals. In Week 9, RB DeAngelo Williams became the #1 Waiver Wire pick up. –Week 9 Waiver Wire– ( (While Bell was on suspension Weeks 1 & 2, Williams proved he could fill in with 224 total yards and 3 TDs) Williams ended 2015 as the #4 RB in the NFL, and will return as Bell’s back up in 2016. ( On Mar. 1 st , 2016, LeVeon Bell had been cleared to begin running.)

WRs– Antonio Brown was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. 21 wide receivers were selected in that draft, before Antonio Brown was selected by the Steelers with the 195th overall in the 6th round. 3 wide outs from the Pittsburgh Steelers ranked in the top 40 in 2015. Brown was #1, Martavis Bryant ranked #32 and Markus Wheaton was #40. (Antonio Brown was the #1 WR in 2014 as well) UPDATE: NFL suspended Steelers WR Martavis Bryant a minimum of one year for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

TEs– Heath Miller, who QB Ben Roethlisberger has called the best tight end in the NFL, has called it quits after 11 years in the NFL. On February 19, 2016, Miller announced his retirement from football and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jesse James, drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft, will likely be the starting tight end for Pittsburgh Week 1, 2016. UPDATE: Steelers sign former Charger TE Ladarius Green

K– Shaun Suisham missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. Suisham was replaced by Chris Boswell, who did well for Pittsburgh, converting 29-of-32 field goal attempts. His 90.6% field goal percentage was 7th best in the NFL. Both Suisham and Boswell will compete for the position in 2016.

DEF– In 2015, it was a whole lot easier to pass against Pittsburgh, than it was to run against them. Pittsburgh’s 2015 group of corners has one of the weakest in the NFL, and now depleted due to CB William Gay, CB Antwon Blake, and CB Brandon Boykin all free agents. The Steelers were 5th vs the run, and held teams to under 95 yards rushing on average per game.

2015 Pittsburgh Fantasy Surprises– If you grabbed RB DeAngelo Williams in  fantasy football drafts last fall, either as RB LeVeon Bell’s handcuff or simply as  a starter for the first 2 games of the season ( Bell was suspended) you were rewarded with the #4 running back for 2015. Williams has 1174 total yards and 11 TDs. Last year QB Roethlisberger was talking up WR Markus Wheaton as a player ready for a breakout season. Many fantasy football owners fed on this, and selected Wheaton over WR Bryant in their fantasy drafts. Bryant and Wheaton’s numbers were very close at season’s end, but Bryant played in 5 less games.

2016 Free Agents that Pittsburgh Needs to Address–  QB Bruce Gradkowski, QB Michael Vick, RB Jordan Todman, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, LT Kelvin Beachum, OG Ramon Foster, CB Brandon Boykin, NT Steve McLendon, CB William Gay, SS Will Allen, ILB Sean Spence, CB Antwon Blake, FS Robert Golden, DE Cam Thomas

2016 NFL Draft– Pittsburgh’s immediate needs are addressing most positions on defense, especially at cornerbacks and safety. The Steelers did not have a legit No. 1 corner going into 2015, and must get at least one for 2016. Protecting QB Roethlisberger starters with their O-Line and they have holes, thanks to free agency. The Steelers also need a quarterback to groom and back up Roethlisberger. PITTSBURGH’S 2015 DRAFT

Did You Know– Steelers’ fullback Rocky Bleier was drafted in 1968 and played his rookie season for the team before being drafted again, this time by the United State Government, and sent to Vietnam. After being wounded in Vietnam, Bleier had trouble even walking without pain yet came back to work his way into NFL shape and star for the Steelers through the 1980 season.

Team Home Page: www.steelers.com

All team reports can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS

Team Profiles- Pittsburgh Steelers

Team Profiles- Pittsburgh Steelers by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The Pittsburgh Steelers, the oldest franchise in the AFC, has been led by head coach Mike Tomlin since January 22, 2007. Tomlin is the first African-American to be named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in its 75-year history. At age 36, he was the youngest head coach to ever win the Super Bowl and in 2010, Tomlin was the only coach to reach the Super Bowl twice before the age of 40. Tomlin’s record is 76-44 and he is the first Pittsburgh coach without a losing season.

The 2014 season was known for record performances from the “killer B’s”. This trio consisted of WR Antonio Brown, QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Le’Veon Bell.

2015 Team Outlook – The Steelers won the AFC North division in 2014, topping rivals Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland. 3 of the 4 teams in this Division made it to the playoffs. The 4th, Cleveland, almost did as well (Until they decided to bench QB Hoyer and start Manziel, which ended the Browns chances because they never won again in 2014.) Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Baltimore all have such well coached, well-balanced teams that it’s anyone’s guess who will be champs of that division in 2015. (I guess I’m anybody, and my guess is that it will be Pittsburgh taking the Division once again.)

2015 Fantasy Outlook-

QB– Ben Roethlisberger is the best quarterback in the AFC North division, followed by Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. Every year in fantasy drafts, I am the guy that is willing to wait to the later rounds to get my QBs. I understand wanting QB Rodgers, Brees and Manning early, but I have to say that I am usually able to win my leagues by putting a higher priority on top RBs & WRs, then getting my Tier 2 quarterbacks in the later rounds. In 2014, I drafted Roethlisberger and later Russell Wilson in nearly every league. They ended the 2014 season as the #5 and #6 QBs in the NFL respectively. (I’ll also target Cutler, Rivers and Romo. If you are going to wait on QBs in fantasy drafts, you have to jump in and get 2 of the top 15 rated QBs or it’s too late.)
* Last season Roethlisberger recorded 4952 passing yards with 32 TDs vs 9 INTs. Only QBs Luck, Rodgers, Brees and Peyton Manning had better seasons. His receiving corps with #1 WR Antonio Brown and two young guys, Martvius Bryant and Markus Wheaton will be one the best in the NFL for 2015. Roethlisberger will help you win fantasy leagues this year.

RBs– Le’Veon Bell is really good, and Le’Veon Bell is really going to spend at least the first three games in 2015 sitting on the bench. (appeal to suspension pending ) Bell pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of marijuana on Aug. 20 2014. This suspension will make some fantasy owners pass on him in the first round, which will allow you to steal him. If you subtract three average games from his incredible 2225 total yards from scrimmage and 11 all-purpose TDs in 2014, Bell would still rank in the top 5. He’s an every down back, he’s used on the goal line and no running back in the NFL had more receiving yards last season than Bell (854). UPDATE: The NFL is taking their sweet time on Bell’s appeal and Bell confirmed that he doesn’t know when it will. The NFL should reduce Bell’s three-game suspension. He’s a first-time offender of league policy.

WRs– I pride myself on seeing player potential, finding the fantasy diamonds-in-the-rough and forecasting break out players, but have to admit that I missed the boat on Antonio Brown’s past 2 seasons. I knew that he was a great receiver and the #1 WR on a great team, but from #37 in 2012…to #7 in 2013…to #1 in 2014? WR Antonio Brown got the lion’s share of the passing game last season, pushing Pittsburgh’s #2 receiver Martavius Bryant down to ranking #43 in the NFL. Brown had 1698 and 13 TDs while Bryant had 549 yards and 8 TDs. WR Markus Wheaton ranked #59 with 644 yards and 2 TDs. Bryant and Wheaton are young WRs that were drafted in the past 2 years. I expect Antonio Brown to have another monster year for Pittsburgh, but I also expect that the passing numbers will even out more between the 3 WRs in 2015.

TEs– QB Ben Roethlisberger has referred to Heath Miller many times as the best tight end in the NFL. Statistically Jason Witten, Gronk and Graham beat Miller, but that position carries more with it than just receptions and TDs. After the 2012 season, Miller was voted MVP of the team by his teammates. In 2014, Miller had 761 yards and 3 TDs which ranked him #12 TE in the NFL. He is the only fantasy option at the position for Pittsburgh and is under contract through 2016.

K– On August 1st, 2014 K Shaun Suisham signed a three-year contract extension with the Steelers and is coming off a 30-of-32 campaign, the best of his career. He was the #7 placekicker in the league last season and he plays for a team who’s offense routinely gives him plenty of opportunities. Suisham’s 56 extra points was the most of any team in 2014.

DEF– Pittsburgh’s 5 defensive TDs was tied for tops in the NFL last season. The Steel Curtain was more like the the Lead Curtain when it came to sacking opposing quarterbacks and recording interceptions, as Pittsburgh ranked near the bottom in both categories. The Steelers were so strapped for pass rushers that they were forced to coax back 37 year old James Harrison. With defensive players heading for free agency, asking Troy Polamalu to retire, and others just not cutting it for Pittsburgh, the team has a plenty to fix between now and September. UPDATE: Troy Polamalu has retired from football. Steelers resigned James Harrison.

2014 Pittsburgh Fantasy Surprises– I knew WR Antonio Brown would be great, just not #1 WR in the NFL great. RB Le’Veon is proving to be incredibly durable considering his workload, having played in all 16 games during the 2014 season. His only missed games in 2013 were the result of a mid-foot sprain that he suffered in the 2nd week of preseason. The injury did not require surgery but he missed the first three weeks of the NFL Regular Season.

2015 Free Agents that Pittsburgh Needs to Address– RB Bet Tate (signed late December 2014)- FB Will Johnson- WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- WR Lance Moore (released)- TE Matt Spaeth (resigned)- CB Ike Taylor- CB Brice McCain

2015 NFL Draft– The immediate needs of Pittsburgh are addressing most positions on defense, and at running back. As in indicted by their fewest number of sacks in 5 years, Pittsburgh has to get some pass rushers (DE), the Steelers have two of their corners possibly leaving in free agency (CB), they need depth on their up-front rotation (DL). They also need someone not only backing up Le’Veon Bell, but someone who can start games 1-4 in 2015 if necessary (RB). UPDATE: Pittsburgh’s entire 2015 NFL Draft can be seen at this link- PITTSBURGH’S DRAFT

Did You Know– In 1962 the Pittsburgh Steelers did not have their own logo design until a company named Republic Steel (Who are located in Cleveland – the city of their most bitter rival.) suggested that they adapt the insignia called the Steelmark, used by the American Iron and Steel institute. Pittsburgh liked the idea and their logo was born. The 3 colors in the insignia represent the three materials used to produce steel: yellow for coal; orange for iron ore; and blue for steel scrap. (Prior to 1962, while other teams were already sporting teams logos, since the Steelers didn’t have theirs yet, all they could do was add the players’ numbers and a black stripe to their distinctive gold helmets.)

All team reports
can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS

Team Home Page: www.steelers.com

2015 Wide Receiver Rankings

2015  Wide Receiver Rankings

1. Antonio Brown – Steelers
2. Odell Beckham Jr – Giants
3. Dez Bryant – Cowboys
4. Julio Jones – Falcons
5. Demaryius Thomas – Broncos
6. A J Green – Bengals
7. Randall Cobb – Packers
8. Calvin Johnson – Lions
9. Brandon Cooks- Saints
10. T Y Hilton – Colts
11. Alshon Jeffery – Bears
12. Jordan Matthews- Eagles
13. DeAndre Hopkins- Texans
14. Golden Tate – Lions
15. Mike Evans – Bucs
16. Emmanuel Sanders – Broncos
17. Davante Adams – Packers
18. Charles Johnson – Vikings
19. Jarvis Landry- Dolphins
20. Steve Smith Sr – Ravens
21.John Brown – Cardinals
22. Amari Cooper – Oakland Rookie
23. Jeremy Maclin- Chiefs
24. Sammy Watkins- Buffalo
25. DeSean Jackson WASH
26. Torrey Smith – 49ers
27. Devin Funchess – Carolina Rookie
28. Markus Wheaton – Steelers
29. Andre Johnson- Colts
30. Julian Edelman- Patriots
31. Nelson Agholor – Rookie Eagles
32. Keenan Allen – Chargers
33. Pierre Garcon – Washington
34. Marques Colston – Saints
35. Michael Floyd- Cardinals- Likely out Week 1
36. Vincent Jackson- Bucs
37. Terrance Williams – Cowboys
38. Malcolm Floyd – Chargers
39. Anquan Boldin – 49ers
40. Martavius Bryant- Steelers- 4 game suspension
41. Eric Decker – Jets
42. Roddy White – Falcons
43. Mike Wallace – Vikings
44. Eddie Royal – Bears
45. Victor Cruz – Giants- Likely will not play Week 1
46. Kendall Wright – Titans
47. Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals
48. Doug Baldwin- Seahawks
49. Marvin Jones – Bengal
50. Breshad Perriman – Rookie Baltimore- Likely will not play Week 1
51. Brandon LaFell – Patriots
52. Cecil Shorts – Texans
53. Danny Amendola – Patriots
54. Michael Crabtree – Raiders
55. Leonard Hankerson – Falcons
56. Dwayne Bowe – Browns
57. Mohamed Sanu – Bengals
58. Brian Hartline – Browns
59. T Y Montgomery- Packers
60. Kenny Britt – Rams
61. Jermaine Kearse – Seahawks (injured)
62. Allen Hurns – Jaguars
63. Jericho Cotchery- Panthers
64. Rueban Randle – Giants
65.  Jeff Janis – Packers
66. Chris Givens – Rams
67. Greg Jennings- Dolphins
68. James Jones- NYG
69. Marguess Wilson – Bears
70. Donte Moncrief – Colts
71. Stevie Johnson – Chargers
72. Nate Washington – Texans
73. Cody Latimer – Broncos
74. Cole Beasley – Cowboys
75. Percy Harvin – Buffalo
76. Kenny Stills – Dolphins
77. Jaelen Strong – Rookie Houston
78. Reggie Wayne- New England
79. Brian Quick – Rams
80. Harry Douglas – Titans
81. Sammie Coates – Rookie Steelers
82. Ted Ginn Jr- Panthers
83. DeVante Parker – Rookie Miami
84. Dorial Green-Beckham – Rookie Tennessee
85. Riley Cooper – Eagles
86. Robert Woods – Buffalo
87. Andre Holmes – Raiders
88. Jarrett Boykin – Panthers
89. Jeremy Kerley – Jets
90. Nick Toon – Saints
91. Cordarrelle Patterson – Vikings
92. Andrew Hawkins – Browns
93. Corey Brown – Panthers
94. Stedman Bailey – Rams
95. Andre Caldwell – Broncos
96. Brandon Lloyd – 49ers
97. Josh Huff – Eagles
98. Jacoby Jones – Chargers
99. Aaron Dobson – Patriots
100. Marquise Goodwin – Buffalo
101. Denarius Moore – Bengals
102. Andre Roberts – Washington
103. Paul Richardson – Seahawks-(injured)
104. Rod Streater – Raiders
105. Justin Blackmon – Jaguars
106. James Wright – Bengals
107. Taylor Gabriel – Browns
108. Devin Smith – Rookie Jets-(injured)
109. Robert Herron – Bucs
110. Santana Moss- Free Agent
111. Wes Welker- Free Agent

112. Donnie Avery- Free Agent

 

•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Quarterback Rankings
• Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Running Back Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Tight End Rankings
•Utter-Fantasy’s Preliminary 2015 Defense Rankings