Consensus Fantasy Football Top 100: Players 61-80 Lots of Colts Hype
Ever wanted to get the best Fantasy Football Top 100 rankings you could find? Well, Jake Ciely (@allinkid) did just that for you. He collected 23 of the industry's best minds to create a consensus Top 100 Fantasy Football players. This is part two of the series. Here are players Nos. 61-80:
Welcome back for the second release of the Consensus Fantasy Football Top 100 for 2016. Unfortunately, there is no Josh Gordon to talk about this time, but there are a few interesting names. Now that we're in to the second group, 61-80, I'll drop a few names that missed the cut from the Top 100. If you missed Part 1 with players 81-100, just click here.
Rashad Jennings – Understandable given age, injury concern and Paul Perkins being a highly talented backup.
Vincent Jackson – On the downside of his career.
LeGarrette Blount – Patriots running back. Need I say more?
Tony Romo – No respect.
Rookies – Kenneth Dixon, Derrick Henry, Sterling Shepard, Josh Doctson, Perkins, Jordan Howard, C.J. Prosise, Devontae Booker, DeAndre Washington, Keith Marshall
Theo Riddick – I know someone is upset about this from the first list.
Few Quick Notes:
– Everyone in 81-100 had at least vote for being unranked, and surprisingly, all but five players had an unranked vote here as well
– Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Brees, Allen Hurns, Giovani Bernard and Kevin White were those five
– Fitzgerald had the highest low rank of 87th overall
– Donte Moncrief, despite having one unranked vote had the highest vote from the group at 26th overall
– List 81-100 had three QBs, five RBs, eight WRs and four TEs… Fantasy Football Top 100 list of 61-80 has two QBs, seven RBs, eight WRs and three TEs – pretty close in disbursement
Fantasy Football Top 100
Adam Rank: NFL.com @adamrank
Gio Bernard, RB, CIN
I love Bernard in this spot. The Bengals are going to struggle this year, something I know the Cincinnati fans hate to hear (believe me, they have let me know on the social media). Here’s the thing, the loss to the Steelers in the playoffs is unlike any other. It’s one thing to lose to the Chargers or the Texans in the playoffs. To lose to your blood rival. Like that. Marv Lewis has run his course. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? That’s the Bengals. Plus, they lost some key offensive players and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.
Oh yeah, so what does this all mean? Well the Bengals are going to struggle this year. Which means they will trail in more ball games. Which means more passing, which means more snaps for Gio. When it comes down to the two Bengals backs, I’m going to lean towards the guy who will be the volume play.
DeSean Jackson, WR, WSH
Jackson is a pretty interesting case here. He’s kind of like scrolling through your Sirius XM radio and hearing a Collective Soul song on the Lithium Channel. Now I normally wouldn’t want to listen to Collective Soul here, but after a quick scroll through the 80s channel, the 90s channel and the metal stations, you’re like, you know what, Collective Soul isn’t a bad option given the alternatives. That’s how I envision DJax.
I’m also torn how the presence of Josh Doctson is going to impact him. Will Jackson be threatened and go into a funk that he never gets out of? Or will this motivate him to have the best season of his life. It’s a pretty big leap of faith to say the latter. But if he moved down from this range, I’d be willing to take a chance on him. I just hope heaven will let its light shine down on him.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN
I don’t know why people don’t talk about Delanie Walker more as an option at tight end. I like his ranking here, but don’t feel like the general public agrees with us. I’ve done tons of mocks on other platforms and Walker just continues to fall, even after the "run on tight ends" starts. But he’s a solid option. Like an Almond Joy candy bar. Nobody says it’s his favorite candy bar, but it’s pretty damn delicious. He’s going to be a great value pick. Because hey, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.
Alex Miglio: FootballGuys.com @AlexMiglio
Allen Hurns, WR, JAX
The regression alarm is blaring for the Jacksonville offense, but everyone is wearing noise-cancelling headphones and playing Mobile Strike.
Allen Hurns is a great story. Undrafted out of Miami, the former Hurricane has taken the NFL by storm. (I get paid by the pun.) He just signed a four-year extension just two years after being completely overlooked in the NFL draft. Scoring 16 touchdowns in two seasons definitely helped matters.
Hurns scored 10 of those last season, but he did it on just 105 targets. That nearly 10 percent touchdown rate is plummeting this season, and he won't have the volume to make up for it. He is going off the board way too early for me.
Andy Behrens: Yahoo! Sports @andybehrens
Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
The first and most obvious problem with Eifert is that he's injured. He's recovering from ankle surgery at the moment, so he's clearly at risk of missing the opening weeks of the season. Not exactly what you're looking for in an early-round tight end. The second glaring problem with Eifert is that his 2015 production seems unsustainable. He only saw 74 targets last season, a total that ranked No. 20 at his position, but he managed to find the end zone 13 times. That's really an insane TD-to-target ratio. Unless Eifert's workload explodes this year, it's awfully hard to imagine him approaching double-digit touchdowns. He caught only 52 balls for 615 yards last season (Jacob Tamme-like numbers), so he's not a guy who helps in a significant way if he's not breaking the plane.
Bob Harris: Football Diehards @footballdiehard
Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
While some will wonder if Palmer can overcome the setback of a horrible six-turnover performance in the Cardinals' NFC Championship Game loss, I don't. He's bounced back from much more difficult circumstances than that in recent year. As NFL.com recently reminded readers, when Palmer first tore his ACL in 2006, doctors deemed the injury a "four" on a "scale of one to three." When the Cardinals traded for Palmer in April of 2013, he was coming off a lingering elbow injury left him without his usual arm strength. Then, just as he was hitting stride in head coach Bruce Arians' offense, Palmer was slowed by nerve damage in his throwing shoulder. Three months later, he tore the ACL in his left knee for a second time. But Palmer returned stronger than ever in 2015, tossing a career-best 35 TDs (against just 11 INTs). In addition, Palmer has joined the ranks of QBs who have become an on-field extension of their coach/play caller. Arians has supreme confidence in Palmer and with a strong supporting cast, there's no reason to believe he won't continue playing at or near his 2015 level, when he finished as a Top 5 Fantasy QB, in 2016.
Chad Parsons: Under the Helmet Dynasty @ChadParsonsNFL
DeVante Parker, WR, MIA and Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
Parker and Moncrief stand out as glaring values in this range. Moncrief would be priced higher if not for Andrew Luck missing most of the season and the Indianapolis offense idling in neutral. As a result, Donte Moncrief's likely breakout was put on hold until 2016. DeVante Parker flashed late in his rookie season, and finally Ryan Tannehill will get the keys to the offense at the line of scrimmage. Both are ideal upside plays with the potential to tilt Fantasy football championship odds in 2016.
Chris Meaney: FNTSY Sports Network @chrismeaney
Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
Moncrief scored a touchdown in his first five games with Andrew Luck last year and he picked up 48 targets in their seven games together. That’s an average of seven a game, which would have put him at a pace of 123 if not for Luck getting sidelined. Four of those five touchdowns came in the red zone as well. Look for Moncrief to take another step in his third year and take advantage of the departure of Andre Johnson.
Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
Johnson is one of four backs to have 50 plus catches and 100 rushing attempts last season. He’s more valuable in PPR formats, as he finished with the fourth most catches (61) and fifth most receiving yards (534) among running backs last season. Even still, 165 touches in your rookie year isn’t a bad mark. He’s one of a few three-down backs left in the game today. Hue Jackson threw to their running backs 20 percent of the time last season in Cincinnati.
David Gonos: DavidGonos.com @davidgonos
Kevin White, WR, CHI
This isn’t expected to be a banner year for rookie wide receivers, which might cause some to pick White as a "second-year rookie" coming off a stress fracture in his shin from last offseason. It’s nice to think that White has absorbed a lot in his two NFL training camps – and learning from Alshon Jeffery during a full regular season. But even Jeffery needed two years before he was Fantasy-worthy, as do most wide receivers (not including the 2014 class!).
Dennis Esser: CoachEsser.com @coachesser
Duke Johnson, RB, CLE
Johnson was one of my favorite running backs coming out of the 2015 Draft Class. I had hoped he would find himself on the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys, but instead he found himself on the Cleveland Browns competing with Isaiah Crowell for touches on an offense that had a hard time sustaining drives. This season he gets a new head coach in Hue Jackson who is known as a run first, run second offensive mind. That bodes well for a running back that has shown the ability to make people miss. His hands, 61 receptions last year, give him the advantage of being more versatile than his running mate Crowell and will help pad his stats when the game flow goes away from the run. I think Duke makes a big leap this year as far as production so I love taking him where he's going and usually before where we have him ranked.
Fantasy Footballers: TheFantasyFootballers.com @TheFFBallers
Donte Moncrief, WR, IND
Moncrief opened the season extremely strong in 2015. He had seven-plus targets in five of the first six weeks, and scored in five of the first seven. The season eventually went sour for the Colts, as did the Moncrief's production. But, the metric freak is a top breakout candidate this year if Luck can bounce-back from last year's disaster. The cherry on top is he can be had toward the later rounds in drafts. Moncrief is a high priority target for me this season.
Jamey Eisenberg: CBS Sports @JameyEisenberg
Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN
I hope people have adjusted their rankings to more accurately reflect where Eifert should go following his recent ankle surgery, and it's not this high at No. 72 overall. There was already going to be some touchdown regression for him after he led all tight ends with 11 red zone touchdowns last year, and for a player with a lengthy injury history, he's a risky No. 1 tight end coming into the year. He's outside of my Top 100, and I would much rather have Delanie Walker of the group here and definitely Coby Fleener, who is lower on this list.
Jarrett Behar: Dynasty 1 Podcast @EyeoftheGator
Danny Woodhead, RB, SD
Woodhead at 79 criminally undervalues him in standard scoring. While everyone thinks of Woodhead as a PPR machine, he was actually the standard RB12 last year with over 1,000 combined yards and nine total TDs. Yes, I think that Melvin Gordon will get another chance to establish himself given his first round pedigree, but let's remember that he's coming off of microfracture surgery and has 217 total touches last year. So it's not as if Gordon having a decent workload hurt Woodhead's value too much. I actually think that Keenan Allen's return hurts Woodhead more than Gordon, but to take a guy that was an RB1 last year and put him down towards the bottom of this list just doesn't make all that much sense.
Jeff Ratcliffe: Pro Football Focus @JeffRatcliffe
Drew Brees, QB, NO
It's crazy to think of how productive Brees has been. He's thrown for 30-plus touchdowns in each of the last eight seasons, topping 5,000 yards four times. He screams value this year with the Saints upgrading with Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas.
Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI
I just don't get it. This guy averaged 3.6 yards per carry, was one of least elusive backs in the league, had one of the highest drop rates as a receiver, and struggled mightily as a pass blocker. If Jordan Howard is even half-decent, he'll blow by Langford.
Kevin White, WR, CHI
Winter is coming, and it's going to be a White-out in Chicago. This kid has the size-speed profile of a potential elite Fantasy receiver. I don't think that happens this year, but I do expect White to have a breakout season.
To see the rest of the experts and their comments, jump on over to RotoExperts via THIS LINK. Make sure you come back for the next four list releases!
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