2016 TE Rankings Standard League


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

2016 TE Rankings Standard League- Top 100 NFL Tight Ends


Tier One TEs

1. TE Gronk-  New England Patriots

Tier One TEs

2. TE Greg Olsen-  Carolina Panthers
3. TE Jordan Reed-  Washington
4. TE Delanie Walker-  Tennessee Titans
5. TE Travis Kelce-  Kansas City Chiefs
6. TE Gary Barnidge-  Cleveland Browns
7. TE Coby Fleener-  New Orleans Saints
8. TE Zach Ertz-  Philadelphia Eagles
9. TE Julius Thomas-  Jacksonville Jaguars
10. TE Virgil Green- Denver Broncos
11. TE Tyler Eifert-  Cincinnati Bengals-OUT UNTIL WEEK 4-6

Tier Three TEs

12. TE Antonio Gates-  San Diego Chargers
13. TE Zach Miller- Chicago Bears
14. TE Jason Witten- Dallas Cowboys
15. TE Kyle Rudolph- Minnesota Vikings
16. TE Jared Cook-  Green Bay Packers
17. TE Charles Clay- Buffalo Bills
18. TE Dwayne Allen-  Indianapolis Colts
19. TE Jesse James- Pittsburgh
20. TE Martellus Bennett-  New England Patriots
21. TE Jimmy Graham- Seattle Seahawks

Tier Four TEs

22. TE Will Tye-  New York Giants
23. TE Brent Celek- Philadelphia Eagles
24. TE Austin Hooper-  Atlanta Falcons
25. TE Eric Ebron- Detroit Lions
26. TE Jordan Cameron- Miami Dolphins
27. TE Richard Rodgers-  Green Bay Packers
28. TE Crockett Gillmore- Baltimore Ravens
29. TE Ryan Griffin-  Houston Texans
30. TE Clive Walford- Oakland Raiders
31. TE Vance McDonald- San Francisco 49ers
32. TE Larry Donnell-  New York Giants
33. TE Hunter Henry- San Diego Chargers
34. TE  Tyler Higbee-   Los Angeles Rams
35. TE Jace Amaro-  New York Jets

Tier Five TEs

36. TE Vernon Davis- Washington
37. TE Maxx Williams- Baltimore Ravens
38. TE Cameron Brate-  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
39. TE Dennis Pitta- Baltimore Ravens
40. TE Niles Paul-  Washington
41. TE Jacob Tamme-  Atlanta Falcons
42. TE Luke Willson-  Seattle Seahawks
43. TE Daniel Fells- Arizona Cardinals
44. TE  Mychal Rivera-   Oakland Raiders
45. TE Brandon Pettigrew-  Detroit Lions
46. TE Anthony Fasano- Tennessee Titans
47. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
48.  TE Jeff Heuerman- Denver Broncos
49. TE Ed Dickson- Carolina Panthers
50. TE Josh Hill- New Orleans Saints
51. TE CJ Fiedorowicz-  Houston Texans

52. TE Ladarius Green-  Pittsburgh Steelers- Health issues
53. TE Benjamin Watson- Baltimore Ravens-OUT FOR THE SEASON


2016 QB Rankings Standard League
2016 RB Rankings Standard League

2016 Fantasy Players Difficult to Predict

2016 Fantasy Players Difficult to Predict by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Samantha Holt

It’s time to take that leap of faith. You decide, he’s the guy for you. Is there the likelihood that he will completely let you down and break your heart? Yes! But the hopeless romantic in you takes the risk. What if he’s completely wonderful and surprises you week after week? You look at him and think, hey he’s got potential. He could be the one. So you take the plunge, and draft him.

OK maybe for you fantasy football is nothing like dating, but to me I see some similarities. Similar in the way that some of these players may end up being total disappointments. Don’t worry this article won’t be depressing. Then again, if some of you had a terrible season last year as a direct result from one of them, this might be a sore spot. So either get over it or if he seems sincere and apologizes for his previous mistakes, you may consider taking him back this year. It’s up to you.

The following are a list of 10 players who were difficult to predict last season and in some cases even harder to predict for the upcoming season. Let’s also pretend this list is random, because it’s just too difficult to rank 1-10.

Frank Gore – He’s a guy who on paper looks pretty darn good. He’s got opportunity and health on his side. However if you look at a chart of his points last season, it looks like the heart rate monitor of someone who’s been drinking red bull vodkas all night… Mess. Am I placing him in my RB1 spot? No… but if I’m picking him up, it’ll be as an RB 2 to someone with a far greater consistency rate. STEADY BOYFRIEND

Jamaal Charles – Ok guys, if he broke your heart last season don’t hold that against him, he wasn’t trying to get hurt. And if you didn’t handcuff this injury prone player that’s on you. Now if you handcuffed him with Knile Davis, I can empathize a little. As for this upcoming season, he is still a risk. Charles is clearly great when HEALTHY, but I’m nervous to take him as my first pick. If I do, I’m definitely picking up Charc-nado to handcuff. Or Ware.. Uhgg, madness. MY EX

Carlos Hyde – After a semi decent start it looked like Hyde was ready to go, but alas another injured RB. If I had to rank RBs right now, I would put him out of the top 15. He is the only 49er worth drafting and if he stays healthy, he could be great. Keep in mind he’s got a heavy workload with a tough schedule. SUMMER ROMANCE

Thomas Rawls – With Lynch’s retirement my first thought was Rawls is a must own. But with so many offensive options he could be on a short leash with Pete Carroll if he makes any mistakes. “Get back on the bench and keep Graham company!” STEADY BOYFRIEND

Rashad Jennings – The underwhelming starter had a measly 3 TDs this past season. He did have more rushing yards in 2015, than in seasons past, but that doesn’t win you games. And what’s the golden rule in fantasy? “You play to win the game!” thanks Herm Edwards. So don’t add Jennings, instead talk him up to the drunk guy at the draft to take him. BAD BLIND DATE

Vincent Jackson – I think Vincent Jackson hates me. Whenever I have played him, he’s been awful/ ineffective. Whenever I’ve benched him he’s had a big day. You sir, are frustrating. With the many options in Tampa, and one year older, it’s safe to say Jackson will be getting less targets this season. STOOD UP

Demaryius Thomas – Was and will remain unpredictable. This offense is dependent on who will be throwing the ball. I doubt Butt-Fumble will get the starting job, so preseason will be interesting who gets the job. Once that’s decided there’s still a bunch of available targets besides Thomas. So who knows….BOOTY CALL

Markus Wheaton – Mentioning him for two reasons; 1. With Bryant suspended he could be a legit WR2 in Pittsburgh, 2. I’m a Steelers fan, so yeah. Ben’s versatile and when he’s not passing to Brown, he’s creating volume in plays. Wheaton will be seeing targets, his floor is raised, and his ceiling?.. TBD…STEADY BOYFRIEND

Back field of San Diego – Yeah, just all of them. Melvin Gordon, a depressing bust last season, is coming back from a knee injury and will be eased back very slowly. Woodhead suffered an ankle injury in minicamp this week, was seen walking off the field, so hopefully nothing serious. Branden Oliver is coming back from a toe injury… Yeah not much confidence in this group. They also added Derek Watt, and though I’m biased because I’ve JJ in my IDP league, I’m sure anything Derek does has the potential to be awesome. CHEATER

Tyler Eifert – Some big games last season, amongst some sparse showings due to SO many targets in Cincinnati. What makes him most unpredictable is the time table for recovery from his ankle surgery. Estimated 3 months till he’s back to playing. However if I’ve learned anything from fantasy sports is never trust ankle injuries. Though the surgery is listed as “minimal”, anything that can weaken stability in the ankle is a bad sign. Plus they never rush a player back from that (and shouldn’t), because they can easily aggravate it. All that said, if he’s healthy in September, he’s a big-time playmaker. POSSIBLE HUSBAND MATERIAL

There you have it. I know there are many more unpredictables out there but I like to keep things simple. So draft at your own risk this season, and I’ll date at my own risk. Though with 4 leagues to manage and the Sunday Ticket, I’ll have no time for that nonsense.
Happy offseason to all!

Sam Holt

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Cincinnati Bengals Team Profile 2016

Cincinnati Bengals Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Marvin Lewis is one of the head coaches on the NFL hot seat…..2016…2015…2014….2013…etc etc etc. If I had a dollar every time I heard that Marvin Lewis was on the hot seat, I could afford to pay Marvin Lewis! In 2015, the Bengals got out to a franchise-best 8-0 start with a 31-10 win over the Cleveland Brown. They would go on however and lose 4 of their next 7 games but still winning their division and clinching a playoff berth. The Bengals lost to the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers 18-16 in the Wild Card round, making them the first franchise in NFL history to lose five straight opening round playoff games….which brings us back to……Marvin Lewis is one of the head coaches on the NFL hot seat.

2016 Team Outlook– The AFC North Division is comprised of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland. The only good gamble to make before the season begins….is to bet that Cleveland won’t win the division. Since 2002, Pittsburgh has won the division 6 times, with Cincinnati & Baltimore both having 4 titles a piece.

2016 Fantasy Outlook- The Bengals are loaded with fantasy football stars. RBs Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard, TE Tyler Eifert, and WR AJ Green are a few names that I know that you are familiar with. QB Andy Dalton isn’t exceptional for fantasy football owners, only cracking the top 12 among NFL quarterbacks once since being drafted in 2011, but is a good #2 QB.

QB– Bengal’s starting quarterback Andy Dalton, ended 2015 with a broken thumb and as the 19th ranked QB. Dalton does however play in the AFC North Division with teams whose defenses have tanked in recent years. Facing pass defenses twice a season, that ranked- 27th ( CLEV), 25th (BALT) and 15th ( PITT), can pad stats nicely. Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron played adequately enough in his 4+ starts filling in for injured Dalton, but he won’t take over the starting job anytime soon.

RBs-  The Bengals have one of the best running back combos in the NFL. It isn’t often that two backs from the same team rank in the top 25 of running backs in the same season. For 2015, Hill ranked #14 and Bernard ranked #22. Jeremy Hill had 223 carries for 794 rushing yards and Gio Bernard had 154 carries for 730 yards. Gio also added 392 receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs. Both are young players, and unless one suffers an unfortunate injury, Cincinnati’s back field is set for another season.

WRs– AJ Green (1st round-4th overall) was selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, the same year Andy Dalton was selected ( 2nd round- 35th overall). Only four full seasons into their careers, Andy Dalton and AJ Green rank among the NFL’s top pass-and-catch duos. Dalton and Green have hooked up 324 times for 4,735 yards in their first four seasons, the top marks by any duo. Their 33 touchdown catches match the mark with Miami’s Dan Marino and Mark Clayton. Green has had at least 10 TD receptions in 3 of his past 4 seasons and joined Randy Moss as the only player with 1,000 yards receiving in each of their first five seasons. In 2015 WR Marvin Jones was a healthy Marvin Jones, playing in all 16 games and ended as the #39 overall wide receiver in the NFL. Mohamed Sanu had zero receiving touchdowns in 2015, but did have 2 rushing TDs. UPDATE: Marvin Jones signs with Detroit.

TEs– If only Tyler Eifert could stay healthy. Eifert has never played an entire NFL since being drafted in 2013. He played 15 games in 2013, only played 1 game in 2014, and only 13 games played in 2015. Eifert’s 13 receiving touchdowns in only 13 games last season was tops in the NFL. ( NE Gronk and WASH Jordan Reed both tied with 11 TDs)

K– Mike Nugent was a free agent in 2015, but signed a two-year, $4 million contract on Mar. 8, 2015. He ended 2015 as the #15 kicker for 2015, making 23 of 28 field goal attempts. He also didn’t seem to mind the extra yardage added to extra points (48 of 49)

DEF- For 2015, The Bengals were the 10th best defense vs the pass, and the 8th best defense vs the rush, ranking them 10th overall. This was an improvement over their #14 ranking in 2014 (They were the 5th ranked defense in 2013) Cincinnati has a load of defensive players headed for free agency. UPDATE: WLB Vontaze Burfict suspended 3 games for multiple violations of the league’s player-safety rules…….Bengals re-sign CB Pacman Jones

2015 Cincinnati Fantasy Surprises– RB Jeremy Hill’s 11 rushing touch downs for 2015 was the most in the NFL ( tied with ATL D Freeman, MINN A Peterson and Pittsburgh D Williams)  As written earlier, TE Tyler Eifert’s 13 receiving touchdowns in only 13 games last season was tops in the NFL.

2016 Free Agents that Cincinnati Needs to Address– WR Marvin Jones (signed w/ DET) , WR Mohamed Sanu (signed w/ ATL), MLB Vincent Rey, DT Pat Sims, DE Wallace Gilberry, DT Brandon Thompson, OLB Emmanuel Lamur, OT Eric Winston SS Reggie Nelson, CB Pacman Jones (re-signed) , CB Leon Hall, RT Andre Smith, FS George Iloka,

2016 NFL Draft– Although Cincinnati has two important wide receivers headed for free agency, and they could be crippled by the number of defensive players that they could lose. Keeping the Bengal’s defense in the top 10 again could begin with the 2016 NFL Draft. Their needs include: nose tackle, linebacker, and center. Cincinnati currently has the 24th overall pick in the upcoming draft.  CINCINNATI’S 2015 DRAFT

Did You Know – Paul Brown, the founder and longtime Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns also founded the Cincinnati Bengals?

Team home page: www.bengals.com