Only Fantasy Football Top 100 List You Need
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 22 of the industry's best minds to create a consensus Top 100 Fantasy Football players. The experts were even so kind to comment on some of the players in the first list. Here is Nos. 81-100:
Fantasy Football-ers love rankings. Every year, rankings are the most searched topic on Google, even months before draft season. Not only are Fantasy Football rankings crucial to your draft, they're a terrific launch pad for discussion… or internet virtual fist throwing.
Any smart Fantasy Football owner knows you can't rely on just one set of rankings. (I'm sure you are about to utter the words, "There's Jake talking about how great he is again," but it's hard to say what's next without sounding conceited, so tough noogies.) Even with my ranking among the most accurate at Fantasy Pros the last three years (see, no humble way to put that), you still shouldn't solely use my rankings. After all, C.J. Anderson was my No. 1 running back last year, as none of you will let me forget. See? I can take my licks too. Although, think about how good my ranks had to be to make up for that mistake? Ah… there's the ol' Jake we know again.
That's what the piece is all about: rankings! The consensus, true blue, iron clad, best you can find Fantasy Football Top 100 players for 2016. I collected the best Fantasy Football minds, took their Top 100 ranked players and calculated a consensus ranking. Now, we get to talk about those ranks!
Each release, there will be 20 players included, and our participants will comment on at least one player. They can like the ranking, hate it, think it's too low or even just blab about how much they love said player. This series will be one of your most valuable resources for the 2016 Fantasy Football season – see, that's not conceited because it includes everyone in that statement!
As an aside, I listed the participants alphabetically (by first name) because it was easy to sort and won't show any favorites… although, my favorite knows who he/she is anyway.
Few Quick Notes:
– Overall, 145 players received at least one Top 100 position
– Thomas Rawls was the highest ranked player with at least one unranked position
– Arian Foster and Josh Gordon (more on him in a second) both had a Top 100 vote despite Foster not being on a roster and Gordon being… well…
– Gordon also had over twice as many mentions in this recap (five) as he did Top 100 votes (two)
– Corey Coleman and Steve Smith both had positive and negative comments for their rankings
– Another Gordon, Melvin Gordon, was a popular undervalued pick, but Tom Brady was tops with four votes (try to act surprised)
Fantasy Football Top 100
Adam Rank: NFL.com @adamrank
Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
The most underrated player on this whole list is a guy who is not even on this list. I know our hero Jake has taken it upon himself to try to rid Fantasy football of kickers. Oh Jake, you should know that bans never work. This kicker prohibition is never going to last.
And really, it’s two separate issues. Should kickers be banned? Fine. I’ll hear the argument. I’ll sign the petition to get it on the ballot. But kickers do exist and should also exist in this list. I know a lot of Fantasy hipsters love to say they can get kickers later in drafts. Fine, if I didn’t even draft a team last year and built around undrafted guys like Devonta Freeman, Doug Baldwin and Gary Barnidge, I would have done great. So don’t give me that [expletive].
Gostkowski is the best, most consistent kicker going. And if you think you can just lurk and take Graham Gano, then feel free. (But realize he’s going to score about 40 points less this year.) But whatever.
If you need me to take a guy from this list, fine. I like Eli Manning. Sterling Shepard is going to make everybody better.
Alex Miglio: FootballGuys.com @AlexMiglio
Karlos Williams, RB, BUF
An injury cut his fabulous rookie season short, but Williams is primed to explode in his second year in the league. Unfortunately, LeSean McCoy is hiding the detonator.
Whether McCoy can stay healthy or be effective with nearly 2,000 touches under his belt will determine Williams' ultimate value. But the latter could force his way onto the field the way he did as a rookie when he averaged 5.6 yards per carry and caught 11 of his 14 targets en route to averaging an incredible 1.38 Fantasy points per opportunity. Just get him the ball.
Andy Behrens: Yahoo! Sports @andybehrens
Tom Brady, QB, NE
Brady at pick No. 83 is basically theft. As Fantasy analysts, we have to play the rankings accuracy game, which forces us to account for the fact that Brady is facing the possibility/likelihood of a four-game suspension, pending further legal drama. So none of us can slot him appropriately, based on his talent and projected per-game production. Just please understand that Brady will be available to you in the most important weeks of your Fantasy season, deep in December, when league titles are won and lost. He led the NFL in touchdown passes last season, and his receiving corps should be improved in 2016, thanks to the addition of Martellus Bennett and Dion Lewis' return to health. My advice is to pass on the top-of-draft quarterbacks, then target Brady after the first six rounds. You can find a serviceable four-week placeholder QB late in your draft.
Bob Harris: Football Diehards @footballdiehard
Tom Brady, QB, NE
Assuming his four-game suspension isn't overturned, delayed or otherwise put off, Brady will be eligible to return Oct. 9 when the Patriots play in Cleveland. Starting that weekend, Fantasy owners will get 12 weeks of Brady at the helm of a New England offense that's been extremely productive under his watch. Given that, I'll remind you that season-long leagues boil down to one thing: Winning your weekly matchup at each position. Brady will give you a chance to do just that for three quarters of the season (including the most important stretch). I'll also suggested that it will be an angry Brady on the field for those 12 games; a Brady who is looking to stick it to the entire league with every pass attempt. He knows how and has the weapons to do it. That you're getting a draft-day discount due to the suspension will make it that much better.
Chad Parsons: Under the Helmet Dynasty @ChadParsonsNFL
Charles Sims, RB, TB
While viewed as the clear backup in Tampa Bay, Sims is far more than that. At a minimum, Sims is a viable RB2/3 on passing upside alone. Add in Doug Martin's likely regression off a career-year feel to his 2015 season and Sims is one of the few primary backups with RB1 upside. Sims outside the Top 75 is a glaring misevaluation by the consensus.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, TEN
Green-Beckham has prototypical traits and showed plenty of "mismatch moments" in his rookie season. Delanie Walker may challenge for the team target lead, but Green-Beckham is a true breakout candidate worthy of higher draft position than 87th overall.
Chris Meaney: FNTSY Sports Network @chrismeaney
Tyler Lockett, WR, SEA
Lockett averaged only three targets per game in his first six NFL contests, catching only 12 balls. Russell Wilson threw Lockett’s way 50 times over his next 10 games with 31 of those targets coming over his final five games of the regular season. Lockett tallied five touchdowns in his final seven games with two 90-plus yard games. He also had nine targets, 110 yards and a score during two playoff games. Speed, hands, route running, return game, big play threat and upside. It’s all there.
Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT
The Steelers offense should be lethal again this season even with the loss of Martavis Bryant. If you pick late in the first round, you won’t get Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell leaving you with Wheaton in what will most likely be Ben Roethlisberger’s third scoring option (Ladarius Green shakes head). Wheaton had 47 targets over his final six contests, scored a touchdown in four of the six and averaged 79 yards a game during that span. Expect him and Ben to continue where they left off in 2015.
David Gonos: DavidGonos.com @davidgonos
Melvin Gordon, RB, SD
It appears I like Gordon a round or two higher than most of my Fantasy-ranking brethren. Outside of his name "That guy’s a real Melvin!" and the fact that he was the biggest rookie bust in Fantasy last year, what’s not to like!?! In true Fantasy fashion, we’re all over-correcting for his 2015 stinker, and now he has turned into a great mid-round Fantasy value at a true trouble spot for most teams. Entering 2016, Gordon is healthy after January microfracture surgery (they flew in tiny instruments from El Paso!), and the 32nd-ranked Chargers’ offensive line has to be better than 2015.
Dennis Esser: CoachEsser.com @coachesser
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, TEN
The Titans offense will be a lot better in 2016. They added a really nice piece to their offensive line in Jack Conklin in the first round of this year's draft. They also backed up the trade for DeMarco Murray by drafting Derrick Henry to help tote the rock and make things easier on the offense. They had their Fantasy moments in 2015, but most of those were made by rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Green-Beckham started to see the field more and more down the stretch and produced some big games like in Week 13 against the Jaguars (five receptions, 119 yards, one TD) and Week 15 against the Patriots (six catches, 113 yards). The big thing is he kept his nose out of trouble and finally got back on the football field after having to sit out his last year in college. The guy is 6'5" tall, weighs 235 pounds and is the closest thing size and speed wise to Calvin Johnson. Is he going to break out and put up Calvin Johnson numbers? No, probably not, but he could play himself into a situation where he greatly outplays his draft position. He has WR2 upside, especially in standard scoring leagues, and you're getting him in the seventh to eighth round with him ranked here. I wouldn't be scared off by the signing of Rishard Matthews or the drafting of Tajae Sharpe. I think they are there to push Kendall Wright and the under-talented Harry Douglas.
Jamey Eisenberg: CBS Sports @JameyEisenberg
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
Are people still drafting Josh Gordon? Is that still a thing? Move on, and he should not be ranked (definitely not in any Top 100) because it's unlikely he will play again in 2016.
Coby Fleener, TE, NO
The best player on this list should be Coby Fleener, and he's about 20 spots too low. I have him in my Top 70, and he'll be a Top 5 tight end this season. Benjamin Watson was the No. 8 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues last year for the Saints with 74 catches, 825 yards and six touchdowns on 109 targets. Fleener is a better talent, and this offense churns out tremendous production for its tight ends. Fleener is a breakout candidate, and this is a steal if you get him at No. 88 overall.
Jarrett Behar: Dynasty 1 Podcast @EyeoftheGator
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
The inclusion of Gordon on this list is just silly given the fact that his initial application for reinstatement was denied after he failed yet another drug test. The Cleveland Browns also drafted eleventy seven wide receivers in the NFL draft including first round pick Corey Coleman. I'll be curious to see if Theo Riddick surfaces higher than 81 on this list. If not, Gordon's inclusion at the expense of Riddick, who was the standard scoring RB38 last year, just because of his theoretical upside on a team in clear rebuild mode makes no sense whatsoever.
Jeff Ratcliffe: Pro Football Focus @JeffRatcliffe
Melvin Gordon, RB, SD
Sure, last season was ugly, especially given the preseason hype for Gordon, but I don't think we can simply write him off as a bust. He ran behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, and actually forced the seventh most missed tackles on a per touch basis. He still has explosive upside and makes for a sneaky post-hype sleeper.
Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
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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