Fantasy football position rankings: Tight ends

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting soon. Through Saturday I’ll share my rankings for each position. I started with quarterbacks Tuesday, followed by running backs Wednesday and wide receivers Thursday. Tight ends are next with defenses to follow. This year I’ve added tiers to better help you prepare for your draft.

RELATED: Fantasy football rankings: Top 250.

Tight ends

Tier 1

No surprise at the top of this tier, but Rob Gronkowski isn’t in a tier of his own anymore. Zach Ertz was outstanding last year, catching 74 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns. That made for three straight years of at least 74 receptions and 816 yards for the sixth-year tight end. Ertz has the edge over Travis Kelce for me since the Chiefs will have a new quarterback in Pat Mahomes. Kelce will still have a big year, but I don’t think he tops 1,000 yards like he has in the last two seasons.

1. Rob Gronkowski, NE
2. Zach Ertz, PHI
3. Travis Kelce, KC

Tier 2

I still like Evan Engram even though he’s not the only reliable target in New York anymore. Last season he had to lead the way with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard all missing time. Engram led the team with 64 receptions and was second on the squad with 722 yards while scoring a team-best six times. Something you rarely see is a rookie tight end having a lot of fantasy production. Engram was able to do that and then some. Also in this group is Jimmy Graham, who could be special if he stays healthy. Aaron Rodgers hasn’t used the tight end effectively but he’s never had a tight end like Graham. I have to also mention Trey Burton, who looks to be a big part of the Bears offense. With a second-year quarterback and a shaky wide receiver corps, Burton should lead the passing attack.

4. Evan Engram, NYG
5. Jimmy Graham, GB
6. Greg Olsen, CAR
7. Trey Burton, CHI

Tier 3

Delanie Walker has been so solid for the last four years, gaining at least 800 yards while catching at least 63 passes in each of those seasons. Someone in this group who I’m high on is Ricky Seals-Jones. I’m out on a bit of an island (pun intended) on this one, but I think he has a lot of upside. He would be nearly free in drafts so you don’t have to draft him as your starter. In 2016, when Sam Bradford played 15 games for the Vikings, Kyle Rudolph caught 83 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. Bradford could help Seals-Jones have that kind of production.

8. Delanie Walker, TEN
9. Kyle Rudolph, MIN
10. Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
11. Jared Cook, OAK
12. Jordan Reed, WAS

Tier 4

I nearly had Jordan Reed and George Kittle swapped, but the talent of Reed is a little too much to overcome. If he can stay healthy, and it’s always a huge if, then he’s still definitely a TE1. Kittle, depending on his chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo, could take the next step after a solid rookie season in which he caught 43 passes and gained 515 yards. David Njoku, another second-year tight end, could be productive with Tyrod Taylor tossing him the ball in Cleveland. Also in this tier is Tyler Eifert, who really should be in a higher tier based on talent. Injuries and having to play with Andy Dalton has him as a bye week sub in my opinion.

13. George Kittle, SF
14. David Njoku, CLE
15. O.J. Howard, TB
16. Jack Doyle, IND
17. Benjamin Watson, NO
18. Tyler Eifert, CIN
19. Charles Clay, BUF

Tier 5

There are a lot questions surrounding the Colts offense, mostly due to the play of Andrew Luck, a bad offensive line and the rest of the backfield. But I also think there’s a question of which Colts tight end will be more productive. Eric Ebron has the size and talent you want in a tight end but he just hasn’t delivered. Someone who could surprise in this group is Austin Hooper of the Falcons, but it depends on how successful the offense is. Hooper was the third most targeted receiver for Atlanta last season, but the team added Calvin Ridley in the draft.

20. Eric Ebron, IND
21. Austin Hooper, ATL
22. Cameron Brate, TB
23. Luke Willson, DET
24. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC

Tier 6

For the most part these guys are going to be replacements during bye weeks, but Hayden Hurst could end up having some value. He should start for the Ravens, but I can’t rank a pass catcher from Baltimore very highly.

25. Vance McDonald, PIT
26. Stephen Anderson, HOU
27. Vernon Davis, WAS
28. Hayden Hurst, BAL

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Updated 2018 fantasy football rankings: Top 250

We’re just a little more than two weeks away from the kickoff of the NFL season so it’s time to strap in for another year of fantasy football. You’ll want to make sure to check the frequently updated rankings at the bottom of the page. Here’s a look at the top 250 fantasy football players for half-point per reception leagues. Rankings by position can be found in the widget at the bottom of the page.

Top 250

1. Le’Veon Bell, PIT, RB—You could go with Todd Gurley here, but truth be told, any one of the top 5 could end up with the best fantasy year. Bell is playing with a franchise tag and will be a free agent after this season. He’ll want to put his best foot forward in order to demand a huge contract from his eventual team.
2. Todd Gurley, LAR, RB
3. David Johnson, ARI, RB
4. Antonio Brown, PIT, WR
5. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL, RB
6. Melvin Gordon, LAC, RB
7. Alvin Kamara, NO, RB
8. Leonard Fournette, JAC, RB
9. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU, WR
10. Saquon Barkley, NYG, RB—Getting a minor injury in the preseason could have been the best thing that happened for him. He’s virtually guaranteed to enter the first week fully healthy after flashing a glimpse of what could be in his first preseason game.
11. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG, WR
12. Julio Jones, ATL, WR
13. Christian McCaffrey, CAR, RB
14. Michael Thomas, NO, WR
15. Kareem Hunt, KC, RB
16. Dalvin Cook, MIN, RB
17. Keenan Allen, LAC, WR
18. A.J. Green, CIN, WR
19. Davante Adams, GB, WR—Jordy Nelson is no longer in Green Bay which opens things up for Adams to take the next step and likely record his first 1,000-yard season. When Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback, you want to have the Packers’ No. 1 receiver on your fantasy squad.
20. Devonta Freeman, ATL, RB
21. Rob Gronkowski, NE, TE
22. Adam Thielen, MIN, WR
23. LeSean McCoy, BUF, RB
24. T.Y. Hilton, IND, WR
25. Joe Mixon, CIN, RB
26. Jerick McKinnon, SF, RB
27. Mike Evans, TB, WR
28. Jordan Howard, CHI, RB
29. Alex Collins, BAL, RB
30. Zach Ertz, PHI, TE
31. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, WR—He just keeps getting it done year after year. After a third straight season catching at least 100 passes and gaining over 1,000, he gets Sam Bradford as his quarterback. Bradford is extremely accurate on short routes, a Fitzgerald specialty.
32. Travis Kelce, KC, TE
33. Dion Lewis, TEN, RB
34. Aaron Rodgers, GB, QB
35. Stefon Diggs, MIN, WR
36. Amari Cooper, OAK, WR
37. Doug Baldwin, SEA, WR
38. Russell Wilson, SEA, QB
39. Royce Freeman, DEN, RB—I expect Freeman to be the main rusher for the the Broncos. They’ve used him on goal line situations in the preseason and he’s already scored in that role. The presence of Devontae Booker doesn’t make me shy away from the rookie.
40. Jay Ajayi, PHI, RB
41. Tyreek Hill, KC, WR
42. Cam Newton, CAR, QB
43. Demaryius Thomas, DEN, WR
44. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT, WR
45. Marvin Jones, DET, WR
46. Kenyan Drake, MIA, RB
47. Brandin Cooks, LAR, WR
48. Lamar Miller, HOU, RB
49. Marshawn Lynch, OAK, RB—I can see why he’s being drafted in the late fifth round of mocks, but he’s looked good in preseason and still put up decent numbers last year. He gained over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scored seven times. That’s nice from likely your third running back.
50. Jarvis Landry, CLE, WR
51. Deshaun Watson, HOU, QB
52. Golden Tate, DET, WR
53. Allen Robinson, CHI, WR
54. Drew Brees, NO, QB
55. Rex Burkhead, NE, RB
56. Derrick Henry, TEN, RB
57. Evan Engram, NYG, TE
58. Alshon Jeffery, PHI, WR
59. Chris Carson, SEA, RB—Rashaad Penny was all the rage on draft day based on who drafted him. But he hasn’t asserted himself as the No. 1 rusher and is now dealing with a broken finger. Carson can be had in the eighth round and he looks like he’ll start the season as Seattle’s starter.
60. Josh Gordon, CLE, WR
61. Tevin Coleman, ATL, RB
62. Corey Davis, TEN, WR
63. Jimmy Graham, GB, TE
64. Kirk Cousins, MIN, QB
65. Mark Ingram, NO, RB
66. Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR
67. Sony Michel, NE, RB
68. Isaiah Crowell, NYJ, RB
69. Tom Brady, NE, QB
70. Greg Olsen, CAR, TE—In mocks he’s getting drafted at the 60th overall pick. I don’t see that as a value and he’s coming off an injury. The addition of D.J. Moore could take some targets away as well. Take Trey Burton in the eighth round instead of Olsen in the fifth.
71. Carson Wentz, PHI, QB
72. Cooper Kupp, LAR, WR
73. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN, WR
74. Kerryon Johnson, DET, RB
75. Robert Kelley, WAS, RB
76. Marquise Goodwin, SF, WR
77. Matthew Stafford, DET, QB
78. Rashaad Penny, SEA, RB
79. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, QB—Big Ben is my 10th-ranked quarterback and has many weapons at his disposal. He’s got the best receiver in the game in Antonio Brown, a great sophomore wideout in JuJu Smith-Schuster, a talented rookie in James Washington and arguably the best pass-catching running back in the league.
80. Chris Hogan, NE, WR
81. Trey Burton, CHI, TE
82. Andrew Luck, IND, QB
83. Tarik Cohen, CHI, RB
84. Pierre Garcon, SF, WR
85. Sammy Watkins, KC, WR
86. Carlos Hyde, CLE, RB
87. Delanie Walker, TEN, TE
88. Allen Hurns, DAL, WR
89. Sterling Shepard, NYG, WR—I think Shepard is a great value as he’s being taken in the 10th round. Odell Beckham Jr. is back so Eli Manning will have three solid targets (Beckham Jr., Evan Engram, Shepard), four if you count Barkley. Shepard will be productive and a decent flex play if he stays healthy.
90. Michael Crabtree, BAL, WR
91. Duke Johnson, CLE, RB
92. Bilal Powell, NYJ, RB
93. Robert Woods, LAR, WR
94. Randall Cobb, GB, WR
95. Ty Montgomery, GB, RB
96. Marlon Mack, IND, RB
97. Jamison Crowder, WAS, WR
98. Nelson Agholor, PHI, WR
99. Philip Rivers, LAC, QB
100. Jamaal Williams, GB, RB
101. Kenny Stills, MIA, WR—Stills is another tremendous value (ADP in the 11th round) and could definitely end up as the best WR for the Dolphins. He’s had at least 726 yards and 6 TDs in each of the last two seasons. With Jarvis Landry in Cleveland now, there are a lot of targets unaccounted for.
102. Matt Ryan, ATL, QB
103. Jared Goff, LAR, QB
104. Kelvin Benjamin, BUF, WR
105. Kyle Rudolph, MIN, TE
106. Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI, TE
107. Peyton Barber, TB, RB
108. Jared Cook, OAK, TE
109. Dak Prescott, DAL, QB
110. Ronald Jones II, TB, RB—You may have noticed that three spots above this is Jones’ teammate Peyton Barber. Barber has the inside track so far and Jones hasn’t impressed yet. Jones is getting drafted in the sixth round which is way too high for a running back struggling with pass protection.
111. Chris Thompson, WAS, RB
112. Latavius Murray, MIN, RB
113. Marcus Mariota, TEN, QB
114. Jordan Reed, WAS, TE
115. Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, QB
116. Devin Funchess, CAR, WR
117. Will Fuller, HOU, WR
118. LeGarrette Blount, DET, RB
119. Corey Clement, PHI, RB
120. Patrick Mahomes, KC, QB—Mahomes has a huge arm which was displayed on his 69-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in his second preseason game. He’ll be a great streaming option if he doesn’t prove to be a weekly fantasy starter for you. Also note that he can run the ball.
121. DeVante Parker, MIA, WR
122. Marqise Lee, JAC, WR
123. Rishard Matthews, TEN, WR
124. George Kittle, SF, TE
125. David Njoku, CLE, TE
126. Eli Manning, NYG, QB
127. James White, NE, RB
128. D.J. Moore, CAR, WR
129. Jordy Nelson, OAK, WR—He’s shaved five years off his age, if you’re to believe reports out of training camp. The 33-year-old isn’t playing with Aaron Rodgers anymore and he’ll be targeted behind Amari Cooper. Martavis Bryant could even take some deep targets away from Nelson.
130. Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC, DST
131. Alex Smith, WAS, QB
132. Derek Carr, OAK, QB
133. Minnesota Vikings, MIN, DST
134. Kenny Golladay, DET, WR
135. Frank Gore, MIA, RB
136. C.J. Anderson, CAR, RB
137. DeSean Jackson, TB, WR
138. Devontae Booker, DEN, RB
139. Los Angeles Rams, LAR, DST—I may have them ranked too low, at this point (make sure to stay up to date by checking the bottom of this page). They’ve added so much defensive talent in the offseason after having a great 2017.
140. O.J. Howard, TB, TE
141. Julian Edelman, NE, WR
142. Giovani Bernard, CIN, RB
143. Spencer Ware, KC, RB
144. Benjamin Watson, NO, TE
145. Philadelphia Eagles, PHI, DST
146. Tyrell Williams, LAC, WR
147. Donte Moncrief, JAC, WR
148. Matt Breida, SF, RB
149. Paul Richardson, WAS, WR
150. Los Angeles Chargers, LAC, DST
151. John Brown, BAL, WR—Don’t be afraid to take a shot on Brown late in your draft. He can fly and has looked healthy in the preseason. Beating out Michael Crabtree as the team’s top target isn’t out of the question.
152. Case Keenum, DEN, QB
153. T.J. Yeldon, JAC, RB
154. Josh Doctson, WAS, WR
155. New Orleans Saints, NO, DST
156. Calvin Ridley, ATL, WR
157. Dede Westbrook, JAC, WR
158. Tyrod Taylor, CLE, QB
159. Nick Chubb, CLE, RB
160. Tyler Eifert, CIN, TE
161. Mike Williams, LAC, WR—I’m high on him as a second-year player to become a productive fantasy receiver. He’s looked good in preseason and his size makes you see how he could be a great red zone target in the absence of Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.
162. Mohamed Sanu, ATL, WR
163. Jordan Wilkins, IND, RB
164. Chris Godwin, TB, WR
165. Denver Broncos, DEN, DST
166. Justin Tucker, BAL, K
167. Charles Clay, BUF, TE
168. Theo Riddick, DET, RB
169. Eric Ebron, IND, TE
170. Stephen Gostkowski, NE, K
171. Nyheim Hines, IND, RB—He’s too small to be a feature back, but he can catch and that can prove valuable if the Colts need to score a lot due to a poor defense. I’m definitely a bigger fan of Jordan Wilkins, but taking Hines in the 10th round isn’t a bad move.
172. Matt Bryant, ATL, K
173. Jameis Winston, TB, QB
174. Houston Texans, HOU, DST
175. Sam Bradford, ARI, QB
176. Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR
177. Greg Zuerlein, LAR, K
178. Cameron Meredith, NO, WR
179. Darren Sproles, PHI, RB
180. Andy Dalton, CIN, QB—The Bengals should lean on Joe Mixon and A.J. Green to do most of the heavy lifting for this offense. Nothing tells me Dalton will improve too much on last year’s effort, though. The line could be better, but that may not translate to fantasy production for Dalton.
181. Wil Lutz, NO, K
182. Baltimore Ravens, BAL, DST
183. Carolina Panthers, CAR, DST
184. Jack Doyle, IND, TE
185. Jake Elliott, PHI, K
186. Ted Ginn, NO, WR
187. Arizona Cardinals, ARI, DST
188. Quincy Enunwa, NYJ, WR
189. Doug Martin, OAK, RB
190. Martavis Bryant, OAK, WR—It’s amazing the kind of talent you can find in late rounds of fantasy drafts. Bryant isn’t getting selected until the 14th round of mock drafts, but I wouldn’t mind taking a shot on him a round or two earlier. He’s just that good when he’s not being a knucklehead.
191. New England Patriots, NE, DST
192. Kenneth Dixon, BAL, RB
193. Austin Hooper, ATL, TE
194. Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT, DST
195. Cameron Brate, TB, TE
196. Aaron Jones, GB, RB
197. Luke Willson, DET, TE
198. Chris Boswell, PIT, K
199. John Ross, CIN, WR
200. Lamar Jackson, BAL, QB—He’s not the starter…yet. If Joe Flacco starts feeling the pressure he could start forcing matters, which likely won’t end well. If Jackson gets on the field, his running ability gives him value. Even if he doesn’t start, John Harbaugh has hinted that he’ll be on the field.
201. Atlanta Falcons, ATL, DST
202. Chicago Bears, CHI, DST
203. Matt Prater, DET, K
204. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC, TE
205. Chris Ivory, BUF, RB
206. Jonathan Stewart, NYG, RB
207. C.J. Prosise, SEA, RB
208. Taywan Taylor, TEN, WR
209. D’Onta Foreman, HOU, RB
210. Jermaine Kearse, NYJ, WR
211. Vance McDonald, PIT, TE
212. Blake Bortles, JAC, QB
213. Cole Beasley, DAL, WR
214. Seattle Seahawks, SEA, DST
215. Mason Crosby, GB, K
216. Geronimo Allison, GB, WR
217. Dan Bailey, DAL, K
218. Ryan Grant, IND, WR
219. Harrison Butker, KC, K
220. Kansas City Chiefs, KC, DST
221. Terrance Williams, DAL, WR
222. Danny Amendola, MIA, WR
223. Charles Sims, TB, RB
224. Adam Vinatieri, IND, K
225. Albert Wilson, MIA, WR
226. Joe Flacco, BAL, QB
227. Elijah McGuire, NYJ, RB
228. Cincinnati Bengals, CIN, DST
229. Mike Wallace, PHI, WR
230. Michael Gallup, DAL, WR
231. Dante Pettis, SF, WR
232. Stephen Anderson, HOU, TE
233. Vernon Davis, WAS, TE
234. Hayden Hurst, BAL, TE
235. New York Giants, NYG, DST
236. Ryan Tannehill, MIA, QB
237. Anthony Miller, CHI, WR
238. Christian Kirk, ARI, WR
239. Green Bay Packers, GB, DST
240. Chad Williams, ARI, WR
241. Mitch Trubisky, CHI, QB
242. Austin Ekeler, LAC, RB
243. John Kelly, LAR, RB
244. Brandon Marshall, SEA, WR
245. Terrelle Pryor, NYJ, WR
246. Keelan Cole, JAC, WR
247. Corey Grant, JAC, RB
248. Josh Rosen, ARI, QB
249. James Conner, PIT, RB
250. Alfred Morris, SF, RB

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

 

2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 250

NFL training camps are in full swing so we’ll take a glance at my current fantasy football rankings. We’ll look at the top 250 overall which will be updated as teams progress through training camp. Keep an eye out for our divisional previews which roll out daily beginning Thursday.

It’s important to note that these rankings reflect a player’s true value in my opinion, not necessarily their average draft position. These rankings are for half-point PPR leagues, since more leagues are placing value on receptions. These rankings split the difference between standard and full PPR scoring leagues.

Scroll to the bottom for tiered rankings by position.

Name, Position, Team
1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT
2. Todd Gurley, RB, LAR

Todd Gurley could very well end up the top-scoring running back in the league, but I’m giving the edge to Le’Veon Bell at this point in time. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

3. David Johnson, RB, ARI
4. Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
5. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, DAL
6. Alvin Kamara, RB, NO
7. Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC
8. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
9. Melvin Gordon, RB, LAC
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, NYG
11. Julio Jones, WR, ATL
12. Kareem Hunt, RB, KC
13. Michael Thomas, WR, NO
14. Saquon Barkley, RB, NYG

Saquon Barkley put his best foot forward at the NFL scouting combine. His performance coupled with a stellar college career has a lot of fantasy owners with high hopes. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

15. Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN
16. Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
17. A.J. Green, WR, CIN
18. Keenan Allen, WR, LAC
19. Davante Adams, WR, GB
20. Jerick McKinnon, RB, SF
21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
22. Adam Thielen, WR, MIN

The Vikings have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins and I think Adam Thielen keeps producing well at the wide receiver position. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

23. LeSean McCoy, RB, BUF
24. Travis Kelce, TE, KC
25. Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA
26. Christian McCaffrey, RB, CAR
27. Jordan Howard, RB, CHI
28. T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
29. Alex Collins, RB, BAL
30. Joe Mixon, RB, CIN
31. Mike Evans, WR, TB
32. Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
33. Mark Ingram, RB, NO
34. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
35. Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
36. Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
37. Alshon Jeffery, WR, PHI
38. Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
39. Dion Lewis, RB, TEN

Dion Lewis is a Titan now, putting a damper on those excited about Derrick Henry. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

40. Lamar Miller, RB, HOU
41. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
42. Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
43. Tyreek Hill, WR, KC
44. Allen Robinson, WR, CHI
45. Marvin Jones, WR, DET
46. Derrick Henry, RB, TEN
47. Stefon Diggs, WR, MIN
48. Jay Ajayi, RB, PHI
49. Kenyan Drake, RB, MIA
50. Golden Tate, WR, DET
51. Cam Newton, QB, CAR
52. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, PIT
53. Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
54. Derrius Guice, RB, WAS
55. Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU

Deshaun Watson isn’t likely to be as awesome as he was in the short time he played last season, but most signs point to a good year. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

56. Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL
57. Rashaad Penny, RB, SEA
58. Evan Engram, TE, NYG
59. Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
60. Rex Burkhead, RB, NE
61. Brandin Cooks, WR, LAR
62. Sony Michel, RB, NE
63. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
64. Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
65. Drew Brees, QB, NO
66. Royce Freeman, RB, DEN
67. Robby Anderson, WR, NYJ
68. Isaiah Crowell, RB, NYJ
69. Ronald Jones II, RB, TB
70. Kirk Cousins, QB, MIN

Kirk Cousins could put up a big year with all the weapons he has in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

71. Jimmy Graham, TE, GB
72. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
73. Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR
74. Jarvis Landry, WR, CLE
75. Ty Montgomery, RB, GB
76. Kerryon Johnson, RB, DET
77. Corey Davis, WR, TEN
78. Tom Brady, QB, NE
79. Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
80. Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
81. Michael Crabtree, WR, BAL
82. Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
83. Andrew Luck, QB, IND
84. Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
85. Robert Woods, WR, LAR
86. Allen Hurns, WR, DAL
87. Marlon Mack, RB, IND
88. Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
89. Sammy Watkins, WR, KC
90. Sterling Shepard, WR, NYG
91. Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
92. Jamaal Williams, RB, GB
93. C.J. Anderson, RB, CAR

C.J. Anderson will need to take on the goal line roll in Carolina if he’s going to have significant fantasy value. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

94. Randall Cobb, WR, GB
95. Devin Funchess, WR, CAR
96. Chris Carson, RB, SEA
97. Carlos Hyde, RB, CLE
98. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, BUF
99, Chris Hogan, WR, NE
100. Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
101. Chris Thompson, RB, WAS
102. Kenny Stills, WR, MIA
103. Philip Rivers, QB, LAC
104. Jared Goff, QB, LAR

I’m expecting Jared Goff to fall outside of QB1 status this season, but not necessarily because of bad play. Well rounded teams don’t always put up big fantasy numbers. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

105. Nelson Agholor, WR, PHI
106. Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
107. Trey Burton, TE, CHI
108. Marshawn Lynch, RB, OAK
109. Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, ARI
110. Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
111. Latavius Murray, RB, MIN
112. Tarik Cohen, RB, CHI
113. LeGarrette Blount, RB, DET
114. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF
115. George Kittle, TE, SF
116. Dak Prescott, QB, DAL
117. Devante Parker, WR, MIA
118. Will Fuller, WR, HOU
119. James White, RB, NE
120. Doug Martin, RB, OAK
121. Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
122. Rishard Matthews, WR, TEN
123. Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
124. D.J. Moore, WR, CAR
125. Jared Cook, TE, OAK
126. Benjamin Watson, TE, NO
127. Alex Smith, QB, WAS
128. Spencer Ware, RB, KC
129. Donte Moncrief, WR, JAC
130. Marquise Goodwin, WR, SF
131. Jacksonville Jaguars, DST, JAC
132. Derek Carr, QB, OAK
133. Eli Manning, QB, NYG
134. Minnesota Vikings, DST, MIN
135. Julian Edelman, WR, NE
136. T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAC
137. Theo Riddick, RB, DET
138. Jordy Nelson, WR, OAK
139. Kenneth Dixon, RB, BAL
140. Los Angeles Rams, DST, LAR
141. Eric Ebron, TE, IND
142. Kenny Golladay, WR, DET
143. D’Onta Foreman, RB, HOU
144. Nick Chubb, RB, CLE
145. David Njoku, TE, CLE
146. Philadelphia Eagles, DST, PHI
147. DeSean Jackson, WR, TB
148. Cameron Meredith, WR, NO
149. Frank Gore, RB, MIA
150. Tyrell Williams, WR, LAC
151. Houston Texans, DST, HOU
152. Paul Richardson, WR, WAS
153. Case Keenum, QB, DEN
154. Nyheim Hines, RB, IND
155. Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
156. Denver Broncos, DST, DEN
157. Jermaine Kearse, WR, NYJ
158. Albert Wilson, WR, MIA
159. Lamar Jackson, QB, BAL
160. Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
161. Charles Clay, TE, BUF
162. Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
163. Ted Ginn, WR, NO
164. Devontae Booker, RB, DEN
165. Mohamed Sanu, WR, ATL
166. Los Angeles Chargers, DST, LAC
167. Justin Tucker, K, BAL
168. Jack Doyle, TE, IND
169. Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
170. O.J. Howard, TE, TB
171. Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
172. Aaron Jones, RB, GB
173. Matt Bryant, K, ATL
174. Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
175. New Orleans Saints, DST, NO
176. Jameis Winston, QB, TB
177. Calvin Ridley, WR, ATL
178. Greg Zuerlein, K, LAR
179. Dede Westbrook, WR, JAC
180. Chris Ivory, RB, BUF
181. Blake Bortles, QB, JAC
182. Wil Lutz, K, NO
183. Baltimore Ravens, DST, BAL
184. Seattle Seahawks, DST, SEA
185. Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
186. Jake Elliott, K, PHI
187. Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ
188. New England Patriots, DST, NE
189. Geronimo Allison, WR, GB
190. Peyton Barber, RB, TB
191. Ryan Grant, WR, IND
192. Arizona Cardinals, DST, ARI
193. Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG
194. Austin Hooper, TE, ATL
195. Carolina Panthers, DST, CAR
196. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, JAC
197. Charles Sims, RB, TB
198. Cameron Brate, TE, TB
199. Chris Boswell, K, PIT
200. John Brown, WR, BAL
201. Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
202. Pittsburgh Steelers, DST, PIT
203. New York Giants, DST, NYG
204. Matt Prater, K, DET
205. Luke Willson, TE, DET
206. C.J. Prosise, RB, SEA
207. Bo Scarbrough, RB, DAL
208. Jonathan Stewart, RB, NYG
209. Cole Beasley, WR, DAL
210. Austin Ekeler, RB, LAC
211. Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
212. Stephen Anderson, TE, HOU
213. Sam Bradford, QB, ARI
214. Jordan Matthews, WR, NE
215. Kansas City Chiefs, DST, KC
216. Mason Crosby, K, GB
217. Dante Pettis, WR, SF
218. Dan Bailey, K, DAL
219. Christian Kirk, WR, ARI
220. Harrison Butker, K, KC
221. Atlanta Falcons, DST, ATL
222. Terrelle Pryor, WR, NYJ
223. Chris Godwin, WR, TB
224. Mike Wallace, WR, PHI
225. Mike Davis, RB, SEA
226. Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
227. Mike Williams, WR, LAC
228. Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA
229. Corey Grant, RB, JAC
230. Chicago Bears, DST, CHI
231. Martavis Bryant, WR, OAK
232. Chester Rogers, WR, IND
233. Zay Jones, WR, BUF
234. Vernon Davis, TE, WAS
235. Antonio Gates, TE, FA
236. Vance McDonald, TE, PIT
237. Cincinnati Bengals, DST, CIN
238. Mitch Trubisky, QB, CHI
239. Anthony Miller, WR, CHI
240. Danny Amendola, WR, MIA
241. Green Bay Packers, DST, GB
242. Brandon Marshall, WR, SEA
243. Tyrod Taylor, QB, CLE
244. Jalen Richard, RB, OAK
245. Kalen Ballage, RB, MIA
246. James Washington, WR, PIT
247. J.J. Nelson, WR, ARI
248. Michael Gallup, WR, DAL
249. Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET
250. Josh Rosen, QB, ARI

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NFL Playoff Challenge fantasy football rankings: Super Bowl LII

It’s all come down to this. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots are the last teams standing and one of them will be crowned the Super Bowl LII champions on Sunday.

If you’re playing in the NFL.com’s Playoff Challenge, you’ve got one more lineup to set. There are couple of things to consider in this type of competition which I’ll cover as we get to each position.

Here are my rankings for the final game of the season.

Quarterbacks

This is a pretty standard call. If you’ve started Tom Brady since the beginning of the competition, you’ll want to cash in on his quadruple bonus. However, I could see a scenario where you’re close to the top of your group’s standings after starting Nick Foles in the conference championship. If that’s the case you can get double points starting him in the Super Bowl. That’s if you think he’ll stay hot.

1. Tom Brady, Patriots
2. Nick Foles, Eagles

Running backs

I think the Patriots will win it all, and Dion Lewis will have a big role. He lost some touches due to a fumble in the AFC championship, but his skills will make up for that. James White was a huge part of New England’s Super Bowl win last season. He could be a big factor again, which is why I have him ranked second. In either case, the running backs for the Patriots will have to get most of their points through the air against the tough Eagles run defense. The highest ranked Eagle for me is LeGarrette Blount. While Jay Ajayi is the better overall back, I think a touchdown for Blount is more likely if they get down near the goal line.

1. Dion Lewis, Patriots
2. James White, Patriots
3. LeGarrette Blount, Eagles
4. Jay Ajayi, Eagles
5. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
6. Corey Clement, Eagles

Wide receivers

I have Alshon Jeffery ahead of Brandin Cooks because he’s been hot recently. He’s a big target in the red zone. Jeffery’s quarterback is coming off his best playoff game. With Tom Brady having a lot of options, including Rob Gronkowski, it’s likely Jeffery is the highest scoring wideout in the game. The Patriots wide receivers that could lead in fantasy points are Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. Cooks is more talented, but Amendola has been solid for Brady.

1. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
2. Brandin Cooks, Patriots
3. Danny Amendola, Patriots
4. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
5. Chris Hogan, Patriots
6. Torrey Smith, Eagles
7. Mack Hollins, Eagles
8. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots
9. Kenny Britt, Patriots

Tight ends

It’s a no-brainer starting Gronkowski, if he’s fully recovered from the concussion he suffered in the conference championship game. Of course, Zach Ertz has been good, but it’s not likely you’ve sat Gronk so far this postseason. You’ll need that multiplier to work in your favor.

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
2. Zach Ertz, Eagles
3. Trey Burton, Eagles
4. Dwayne Allen, Patriots
5. Brent Celek, Eagles
6. Jacob Hollister, Patriots

Defense/Special teams

Nick Foles has played well in stretches and his 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in 2013 was no fluke. That said, the Patriots have had two weeks to prepare for the quarterback who has also played poorly in stretches. Odds of the Patriots winning and of Foles turning the ball over have me picking the Patriots to score more fantasy points on defense.

1. Patriots
2. Eagles

Kickers

I’m not expecting a blowout, but I think the Patriots can hold the Eagles out of the end zone more often than not. That would give Jake Elliott more opportunities to kick field goals.

1. Jake Elliott, Eagles
2. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots

DFS fantasy football rankings: conference championships

There are just two more games remaining in the NFL playoffs, so that’s just two more opportunities to play fantasy football. Here are my DFS fantasy football rankings for the conference championships. There’s not much difference between these and my NFL Playoff Challenge fantasy rankings with the season so close to an end. But there are a few differences and more options ranked here.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

NFL playoff fantasy football rankings: conference championships

It’s starting to get serious if you’re playing NFL.com’s Playoff Challenge. The players you started in the first round are now due to earn triple points if you’ve kept them in your lineup this whole time. Last week I suggested you start a few top-scoring Saints and Titans, but with the caveat that it would possibly be the end of the line for them. It was indeed the end of the line for the Saints, and in unbelievable fashion.

Here’s a look at my rankings for the conference championships.

Quarterbacks

The Patriots have just been cruising along this whole time, having all the breaks go their way. Now they take on an upstart Jaguars team that needs their defense to score points in order for them to win. If Brady can’t be productive against the Jags’ pass defense, it might be time to start thinking his skills are falling off. I don’t think that happens. If you started him in the first week of the playoffs, you’ll get to multiply this week’s points by three. A lot of people started Drew Brees to begin the Playoff Challenge, but with him no longer available, they should look to Case Keenum, who is favored to make the Super Bowl.

1. Tom Brady, Patriots
2. Case Keenum, Vikings
3. Blake Bortles, Jaguars
4. Nick Foles, Eagles

Running backs

Dion Lewis did it all last weekend, though James White was the running back that scored twice. Lewis is a safer play that can pay off big if he ends up getting in the end zone. He had 24 touches for 141 yards from scrimmage while White had just eight touches, though he scored twice. Someone that I think will have to score in order for his team to advance is Jay Ajayi. He had 19 touches and 98 yards from scrimmage, but things should be tough against the Vikings. For the Vikings, I think Latavius Murray continues to take a big share of carries, especially if Minnesota controls the game.

1. Dion Lewis, Patriots
2. Jay Ajayi, Eagles
3. Latavius Murray, Vikings
4. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
5. James White, Patriots
6. T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars
7. Jerick McKinnon, Vikings
8. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
9. LeGarrette Blount, Eagles
10. Corey Clement, Eagles
11. Chris Ivory, Jaguars
12. Corey Grant, Jaguars
13. Tommy Bohanon, Jaguars

Wide receivers

Stefon Diggs was the big hero last Sunday, but a big chunk of his numbers came on the winning play. The numbers still count, obviously, but Adam Thielen has been the more consistent receiver for the Vikings. I don’t have Diggs far behind Thielen, though. Brandin Cooks is my third-best receiver this week as I expect the Patriots to find a way to get by the Jags’ defense. Jacksonville, though stout on D, has had some high-scoring affairs this season and they just gave up 42 points to the Steelers.

1. Adam Thielen, Vikings
2. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
3. Brandin Cooks, Patriots
4. Danny Amendola, Patriots
5. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
6. Chris Hogan, Patriots
7. Marqise Lee, Jaguars
8. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
9. Keelan Cole, Jaguars
10. Jarius Wright, Vikings
11. Allen Hurns, Jaguars
12. Torrey Smith, Eagles
13. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
14. Laquon Treadwell, Vikings
15. Kenny Britt, Patriots
16. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots

Tight ends

Rob Gronkowski was the easiest call in terms of starting a tight end for the Playoff Challenge. Owners will get rewarded with triple points this week. I’ve got Kyle Rudolph ranked second since he and the Vikings are favored to make the Super Bowl. He had five catches, but just 28 yards in the win over the Saints. Zach Ertz had a disappointing game last weekend, catching three passes for 32 yards. I have him behind Rudolph because I think his season ends in a loss to the Vikings. Of course, if you have a multiplier in play for Ertz, you might want to start him over Rudolph.

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
2. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
3. Zach Ertz, Eagles
4. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars
5. Trey Burton, Eagles
6. Dwayne Allen, Patriots
7. Brent Celek, Eagles
8. James O’Shaughnessy, Jaguars

Defense/Special teams

These picks are pretty straight forward. I think the Patriots, who are favored by more than a touchdown, won’t have much trouble against the Jaguars. I’ve ranked the Vikings second since I think they move on.

1. Patriots
2. Vikings
3. Eagles
4. Jaguars

Kickers

If you pick either one of the top two kickers, you’re likely to have a multiplier in play during the Super Bowl.

1. Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots
2. Kai Forbath, Vikings
3. Jake Elliott, Eagles
4. Josh Lambo, Jaguars

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football: Week 11 rankings

After Monday night’s performance, fantasy football owners are probably disappointed Cam Newton is off next week. The Jets, Colts and 49ers are also off in Week 11. With that in mind, here are my early Week 11 fantasy football rankings.

RELATED: Fantasy football Week 10 recap and top waiver wire picks.

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Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football: Week 6 rankings

The fantasy football season is in full swing. Here’s hoping you’re sitting high in the standings. The Cowboys, Seahawks, Bengals and Bills are off this week so keep that in mind as we take a look at the Week 6 rankings.

RELATED: Week 5 recap and top waiver wire picks.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football: Week 2 rankings

A weird Week 1 is in the books and with that we take a look forward to my Week 2 fantasy football rankings. Every week I’ll give you rankings for each position. Make sure to check back every Tuesday for analysis, trends and waiver wire advice throughout the season. In addition, every Thursday we’ll bring you start/sit suggestions. Rankings will be updated throughout the week so make sure to check back here.

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Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Our fantasy defense and special teams rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. Over the last few days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I have been sharing our rankings for each position side-by-side. We’ve ranked quarterbacksrunning backswide receivers and tight ends. We close out with defenses. Make sure to stay updated up until your draft with our standard and PPR rankings.

1. Tijerina—Vikings; Vasquez—Broncos

2. Tijerina—Broncos; Vasquez—Seahawks

3. Tijerina—Chiefs; Vasquez—Texans

4. Tijerina—Texans; Vasquez—Cardinals

5. Tijerina—Steelers; Vasquez—Patriots

6. Tijerina—Panthers; Vasquez—Chiefs

7. Tijerina—Falcons; Vasquez—Panthers

8. Tijerina—Seahawks; Vasquez—Vikings

9. Tijerina—Jaguars; Vasquez—Giants

10. Tijerina—Cardinals; Vasquez—Rams

11. Tijerina—Eagles; Vasquez—Steelers

12. Tijerina—Patriots; Vasquez—Ravens

13. Tijerina—Giants; Vasquez—Bengals

14. Tijerina—Titans; Vasquez—Jaguars

15. Tijerina—Buccaneers; Vasquez—Bills

16. Tijerina—Chargers; Vasquez—Eagles

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.