RANKINGS

August 17, 2015

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QB

QUARTERBACKS WITH 2014 STATS

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NAME/TEAM BYE AUCTION COMP YD 300-YD G TD INT RUSH YD TH
1 Aaron Rodgers Packers 7 $37 341 4,381 8 38 5 269 2
With all due respect to Andrew Luck, Rodgers remains the best real-life and fantasy QB in the league.
2 Andrew Luck Colts 10 $34 380 4,761 10 40 16 273 3
He was the most consistent fantasy QB in '14—even if he did let down in Week 16, when Indy had nothing to play for.
3 Russell Wilson Seahawks 9 $24 285 3,475 2 20 7 849 6
Wilson vaulted into the fantasy elite last year, and now he has his first true go-to pass catcher in TE Jimmy Graham.
4 Ben Roethlisberger Steelers 11 $18 408 4,952 9 32 9 27 0
Big Ben had his best season in '14; in '15 he has, in his own words, his most potent collection of weapons.
5 Peyton Manning Broncos 7 $18 395 4,727 7 39 15 --24 0
Despite a slow finish, Manning was the No. 4 QB in standard-scoring leagues. He has at least one more good year in him.
6 Drew Brees Saints 11 $16 456 4,952 8 33 17 68 1
It's a transition year, but you'd be crazy to think Mark Ingram, and not Brees, will be the center of this offense.
7 Eli Manning Giants 11 $13 379 4,410 5 30 14 31 1
Manning is surrounded by talent, and the Giants have little on D. That's the formula for a monster fantasy season.
8 Tony Romo Cowboys 6 $13 304 3,705 1 34 9 61 0
Perennially underrated in both real life and fantasy, he has been a top 12 QB in all but one of his eight full seasons.
9 Matt Ryan Falcons 10 $13 415 4,694 6 28 14 145 0
Over the last three years he has averaged 4,642.7 passing yards and 28.7 touchdowns.
10 Ryan Tannehill Dolphins 5 $12 392 4,045 2 27 12 311 1
The Dolphins have added WRs Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, plus TE Jordan Cameron. He's primed for a breakout.
11 Cam Newton Panthers 5 $12 262 3,127 1 18 12 539 5
He was the No. 8 standard-scoring QB on a per-game basis. He'd be ranked higher if we could trust him as a passer.
12 Tom Brady Patriots 4 $9 373 4,109 5 33 9 57 0
A four-game suspension would lead Brady to slide in fantasy drafts, making him a value pick.
13 Matthew Stafford Lions 9 $9 363 4,257 4 22 12 93 2
On paper Stafford should be a top 10 quarterback, but he's too inconsistent to trust weekly.
14 Jay Cutler Bears 7 $6 370 3,812 4 28 18 191 2
He was No. 10 in fantasy points per game before losing his job. Under new OC Adam Gase he should be better.
15 Philip Rivers Chargers 10 $5 379 4,286 4 31 18 102 0
Rivers has put together consecutive strong fantasy seasons, but the other shoe feels destined to drop soon.
16 Colin Kaepernick 49ers 10 $5 289 3,369 1 19 10 639 1
No QB has a wider range of outcomes. Scoring just once with his legs, as he did in '14, feels like a fluke. Expect more.
17 Teddy Bridgewater Vikings 5 $5 259 2,919 3 14 12 209 1
We're going to look back and wonder how the Vikings stole Bridgewater with the last pick of the first round in '14.
18 Carson Palmer Cardinals 9 $5 141 1,626 2 11 3 25 0
He's reportedly 100% recovered from his knee injury, but that still leaves him just outside the QB1 class.
19 Joe Flacco Ravens 9 $5 344 3,986 5 27 12 70 2
Remember, Flacco needed a five-TD game against the lowly Buccaneers to get to his career-high 27 TD passes in '14.
20 Sam Bradford† Eagles 8 $3 159 1,687 1 14 4 31 0
Bradford's upside is undeniably high in Chip Kelly's O, but this is a guy who has Dr. James Andrews on speed dial.
21 Robert Griffin III Redskins 8 $3 147 1,694 1 4 6 176 1
RG3 hasn't been the same after right-knee surgery. His legs are what made him special; don't count on a return to form.
22 Andy Dalton Bengals 7 $3 309 3,398 3 19 17 169 4
Dalton has settled into his fantasy destiny as a milquetoast backup who will post a few big games every year.
23 Alex Smith Chiefs 9 $1 303 3,265 1 18 6 254 1
With incoming WR Jeremy Maclin, plus RB Jamaal Charles and TE Travis Kelce, Smith won't lack weapons, as in '14.
24 Jameis Winston* Buccaneers 6 $1 305 3,907 7 25 18 65 3
The presence of WRs Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson should ease the rookie's transition to the NFL.
25 Marcus Mariota* Titans 4 $1 304 4,454 9 42 4 770 15
Mariota doesn't enjoy the receiving options that Winston has, but he'll add more value with his legs.
26 Nick Foles Rams 6 $1 186 2,163 4 13 10 68 0
It's hard to get excited about any QB when his best pass catchers are Brian Quick and Jared Cook.
27 Blake Bortles Jaguars 8 $1 280 2,908 1 11 17 419 0
The Jaguars might be building a respectable offense. There's enough for Bortles to enter '15 with some upside.
28 Derek Carr Raiders 6 $1 348 3,270 1 21 12 92 0
The Raiders envision Carr and Amari Cooper as a top QB-WR combo. A full season with RB Latavius Murray will help that.
29 Ryan Mallett Texans 9 $1 41 400 0 2 2 --2 0
There's no doubting Mallett's arm strength, but first he'll have to beat veteran Brian Hoyer for the starting gig.
30 Geno Smith Jets 5 $1 219 2,525 2 13 13 238 1
The winner in his training-camp battle with Ryan Fitzpatrick is only relevant in two-QB leagues.
31 Ryan Fitzpatrick Jets 5 $1 197 2,483 1 17 8 184 2
A near toss-up: Of the two Jets QBs, Fitzpatrick would be more worthy of a pick if he starts, but he lacks Smith's ceiling.
32 Josh McCown Browns 11 $1 184 2,206 2 11 14 127 3
McCown is likely to be the starter, but he's no lock to beat out Johnny Manziel. Neither will be a strong fantasy option.

* 2014 college stats

† 2013 stats

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RB

RUNNING BACKS WITH 2014 STATS

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NAME/TEAM BYE AUCTION ATT YD 100-YD G TD REC REC YD TD
1 Eddie Lacy Packers 7 $55 246 1,139 3 9 42 427 4
You could make an argument for any of the top five here, but Lacy has the best combo of skills, role and environment.
2 Jamaal Charles Chiefs 9 $54 206 1,033 1 9 40 291 5
Charles has put together three consecutive elite seasons. K.C.'s offense as a whole should be improved too.
3 Adrian Peterson Vikings 5 $53 21 75 0 0 2 18 0
Don't worry about rust after he lost 15 games to suspension. He could easily climb back to the top of the RB mountain.
4 Marshawn Lynch Seahawks 9 $53 280 1,306 5 13 37 367 4
The safest floor in the NFL: He's had at least 1,200 rushing yards and 12 total TDs in each of the last four seasons.
5 Le'Veon Bell Steelers 11 $49 290 1,361 4 8 83 854 3
If not for a two-game suspension, he'd easily be the No. 1 overall pick. That he can still be a top five RB is amazing.
6 Jeremy Hill Bengals 7 $45 222 1,124 5 9 27 215 0
The guy who stole Giovani Bernard's starting job doesn't catch a ton of passes, but he makes up for it on the ground.
7 Matt Forte Bears 7 $42 266 1,038 3 6 102 808 4
The measured approach of OC Adam Gase should keep him elite, albeit in a more traditional way than in recent years.
8 DeMarco Murray Eagles 8 $35 392 1,845 12 13 57 416 0
His 497 touches, including the playoffs, were the fourth most for one season in NFL history. Beware his bust potential.
9 Melvin Gordon* Chargers 10 $30 343 2,587 12 29 19 153 3
The Wisconsin product landed in an ideal situation in San Diego. He has top 10 overall potential.
10 C.J. Anderson Broncos 7 $29 179 849 2 8 34 324 2
He thrived once he became Denver's feature back in '14, but will the Broncos really lean on him for all of '15?
11 LeSean McCoy Bills 8 $28 312 1,319 4 5 28 155 0
He traded Philly's up-tempo offense for one in Buffalo that should get him more carries. Consider it a wash.
12 Justin Forsett Ravens 9 $25 235 1,266 5 8 44 263 0
After his breakout he could be in for an even bigger year with Marc Trestman running the O. Expect more receptions.
13 Lamar Miller Dolphins 5 $25 216 1,099 2 8 38 275 1
Has a player coming off a 1,374-yard, nine-TD season ever gotten less attention than Miller has?
14 Alfred Morris Redskins 8 $25 265 1,074 1 8 17 155 0
Only two RBs had at least 1,200 scrimmage yards and seven TDs in each of the last three seasons. (The other is Lynch.)
15 Mark Ingram Saints 11 $24 226 964 4 9 29 145 0
He lost three games to injury in '14 but was the No. 10 RB on a per-outing basis. He should at last top 1,000 yards in '15.
16 Frank Gore Colts 10 $20 255 1,106 4 4 11 111 1
Gore continues to defy age. The Indianapolis offense should be a boon to his fantasy value this year.
17 Andre Ellington Cardinals 9 $18 201 660 0 3 46 395 2
He missed four games and averaged just 3.3 ypc last year. He may not have the durability of a primary ballcarrier.
18 Jonathan Stewart Panthers 5 $18 175 809 2 3 25 181 1
For the first time in his eight years, Stewart has Carolina's backfield all to himself. He should have a career season.
19 Carlos Hyde 49ers 10 $18 83 333 0 4 12 68 0
The Niners are set to hand the backfield over to Hyde in year two. He has all the necessary tools on a run-first team.
20 Latavius Murray Raiders 6 $17 82 424 1 2 17 143 0
Murray wowed the fantasy community when he ran for a 90-yard TD in Week 12. He has RB1 upside.
21 Todd Gurley* Rams 6 $16 123 911 5 9 12 57 0
He'll be a star someday, but check your expectations for the rookie. He's 10 months removed from a serious knee injury.
22 LeGarrette Blount Patriots 4 $16 125 547 1 5 10 54 0
Bill Belichick loves throwing curveballs at fantasy owners, but Blount appears to have a clear path to plenty of touches.
23 T.J. Yeldon* Jaguars 8 $16 194 979 4 11 15 180 1
Denard Robinson impressed in the second half of '14. This rookie is probably looking at the larger part of a time-share.
24 C.J. Spiller Saints 11 $14 78 300 0 0 19 125 1
An ideal free-agency fit: The Saints could use him as they did Darren Sproles, allowing Spiller to do what he does best.
25 Ameer Abdullah* Lions 9 $14 264 1,611 7 19 22 269 3
Even with Joique Bell the nominal starter, this rookie is going to have a sizable role. He'll be explosive from Day One.
26 Giovani Bernard Bengals 7 $12 168 680 1 5 43 349 2
No longer the starter in Cincy, he's still going to be an impact player. Move him up your cheat sheet in PPR leagues.
27 Joseph Randle Cowboys 6 $12 51 343 0 3 4 23 0
The favorite to start behind a stout O-line, he still has to hold off Darren McFadden. Both will have substantial roles.
28 Rashad Jennings Giants 11 $11 167 639 1 4 30 226 0
The primary back in what should be a strong O, he missed five games last year but was still the No. 22 RB on a ppg basis.
29 Shane Vereen Giants 11 $10 96 391 0 2 52 447 3
The Giants had the seventh-fewest catches by RBs last year. Enter Vereen, who had 99 over the past two seasons.
30 Chris Ivory Jets 5 $9 198 821 2 6 18 123 1
With his 4.7 ypc career average heading into this season, he should easily hold off Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy.
31 Joique Bell Lions 9 $9 223 860 0 7 34 322 1
He has a bankable role in an above-average O. Even with Abdullah in town, Bell's a safe RB3 with RB2 upside.
32 Tevin Coleman* Falcons 10 $8 270 2,036 11 15 25 141 0
Being drafted in round 3 suggests he'll be the starter over Devonta Freeman. This could be a lucrative pick if he is.

*2014 college stats

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WR

WIDE RECEIVERS WITH 2014 STATS

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NAME/TEAM BYE AUCTION REC YD YPC 20+ 100-YD G TH TGT
1 Dez Bryant Cowboys 6 $50 88 1,320 15.0 22 4 16 136
In a WR field filled with stars, Bryant is the brightest. He has three straight 1,200-yard, 12-TD seasons.
2 Antonio Brown Steelers 11 $49 129 1,698 13.2 19 8 13 181
If you give him an extra yard in '13, Brown has back-to-back 1,500-yard seasons. Even in today's NFL that's nuts.
3 Demaryius Thomas Broncos 7 $47 111 1,619 14.6 25 10 11 184
Never mind Peyton Manning's health; Thomas has at least 1,400 yards and 10 TDs in each of the past three seasons.
4 Odell Beckham Jr. Giants 11 $44 91 1,305 14.3 16 7 12 132
Even with Victor Cruz and Shane Vereen taking away looks, last year's No. 1 WR (by fantasy ppg) is a first-round pick.
5 Jordy Nelson Packers 7 $40 98 1,519 15.5 19 7 13 151
The top receiver on the league's best offense with its best quarterback at the helm? Easy pick.
6 Calvin Johnson Lions 9 $39 71 1,077 15.2 16 5 8 128
A right-ankle injury hampered Johnson for half of '14, but he was still No. 10 among WRs in points per game.
7 Julio Jones Falcons 10 $39 104 1,593 15.3 31 7 6 163
There's always an injury risk with Jones, but he could be No. 1 on this list next year if he plays 16 games.
8 A.J. Green Bengals 7 $35 69 1,041 15.1 13 5 6 117
Nagged by injuries and Andy Dalton's poor play, Green still had 1,041 yards and six TDs in '14. He'll do better.
9 Alshon Jeffery Bears 7 $32 85 1,133 13.3 17 3 10 145
Everything fell apart in Chicago last year. With Brandon Marshall gone in the rebuild, Jeffery will get more targets.
10 Randall Cobb Packers 7 $28 91 1,287 14.1 24 5 12 127
If any offense is capable of producing two 1,200-yard, 12-TD WRs in back-to-back seasons, it's the Packers'.
11 Mike Evans Buccaneers 6 $27 68 1,051 15.5 20 3 12 122
Evans did major damage as a rookie with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon as his QBs. Jameis Winston can't be worse.
12 T.Y. Hilton Colts 10 $25 82 1,345 16.4 21 6 7 131
Another year as Andrew Luck's favorite receiving threat should result in a minimum of 130 targets.
13 Emmanuel Sanders Broncos 7 $23 101 1,404 13.9 24 7 9 141
Sanders learned in '14 how amazing life can be alongside Peyton Manning. He can grow to be a borderline WR1.
14 Martavis Bryant Steelers 11 $22 26 549 21.1 8 2 8 48
With six TDs in his first four games, Bryant announced he has top 10 upside at this position.
15 DeAndre Hopkins Texans 9 $22 76 1,210 15.9 20 4 6 127
Hopkins will put up big numbers, but it sure would help if his QB were anyone besides Ryan Mallett or Brian Hoyer.
16 DeSean Jackson Redskins 8 $20 56 1,169 20.9 16 6 6 95
It's usually considered a knock to be dependent on the big play, but Jackson has hit home runs with consistency.
17 Andre Johnson Colts 10 $17 85 936 11.0 14 1 3 147
Johnson isn't the WR he was five years ago, but he's also never had the pleasure of playing with a QB like Andrew Luck.
18 Kelvin Benjamin Panthers 5 $17 73 1,008 13.8 14 3 9 145
To progress this season he needs to cut back on his drops: He tied for No. 1 in that category last year, with 10.
19 Jordan Matthews Eagles 8 $16 67 872 13.0 16 3 8 103
Matthews takes over the WR1 role in Chip Kelly's high-octane O. Is he ready? This ranking reflects our outlook.
20 Golden Tate Lions 9 $15 99 1,331 13.4 17 5 4 144
Tate enjoyed a career year in '14, but that was mostly about Calvin Johnson's ankle-injury drop-off.
21 Brandin Cooks Saints 11 $15 53 550 10.4 4 0 3 69
He'd need a ton of targets to justify this ranking. And with Jimmy Graham gone, Cooks is now Drew Brees's No. 1 option.
22 Jeremy Maclin Chiefs 9 $14 85 1,318 15.5 21 4 10 143
Don't write off Maclin simply because he left Philly; he was more than just a creation of Chip Kelly's offense.
23 Keenan Allen Chargers 10 $13 77 783 10.2 6 3 4 121
Allen isn't nearly as average as last year's stats suggest—but he may not be as good as his rookie numbers, either.
24 Julian Edelman Patriots 4 $13 92 972 10.6 7 1 4 134
Consider Edelman's ceiling: He's never had more than six TDs and has just one 1,000-yard season.
25 Brandon Marshall Jets 5 $13 61 721 11.8 5 2 8 106
The Bears stunk in '14, but they had a better offensive environment than the Jets. Marshall's value drops with the move.
26 Michael Floyd Cardinals 9 $12 47 841 17.9 15 3 6 99
Last year is in the past. Floyd is still just 25, with the size and speed to be a legitimate No. 1 WR.
27 Allen Robinson Jaguars 8 $12 48 548 11.4 5 0 2 81
The rookie was on his way to a banner year before a foot injury. He's a popular breakout pick for good reason.
28 Mike Wallace Vikings 5 $11 67 862 12.9 10 1 10 115
Whatever you think about Wallace, he's still a top deep threat. If Teddy Bridgewater grows, Wallace will turn a profit.
29 Vincent Jackson Buccaneers 6 $11 70 1,002 14.3 12 3 2 142
Entering his age-32 season, V-Jax has ceded Tampa's top spot to Mike Evans, but he's still a serious red zone threat.
30 Eric Decker Jets 5 $9 74 962 13.0 12 2 5 115
His size makes him an intriguing target. As bad as the Jets were in '14, he was still the No. 28 WR in standard leagues.
31 Sammy Watkins Bills 8 $9 65 982 15.1 14 4 6 128
If we had more confidence in Watkins's QB, he'd be 10 spots higher in these rankings. There's no doubt about his talent.
32 Charles Johnson Vikings 5 $8 31 475 15.3 9 1 2 59
Johnson first played more than one third of the Vikings' snaps in Week 11 last year. He's a breakout candidate.

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TE

TIGHT ENDS WITH 2014 STATS

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NAME/TEAM BYE AUCTION REC YD YPC 20+ 100-YD G TD TGT
1 Rob Gronkowski Patriots 4 $39 82 1,124 13.7 19 3 12 131
Where does he rank overall? That's up for debate, but you'll probably have to use a first-round pick to get him.
2 Jimmy Graham Seahawks 9 $25 85 889 10.5 8 1 10 124
His '14 was only a disappointment because he's Jimmy Graham. He'll be Russell Wilson's go-to guy, and that's great news.
3 Travis Kelce Chiefs 9 $16 67 862 12.9 15 1 5 87
K.C. never fully unleashed Kelce in '14. Now that they're treating him like the elite TE that he is, the sky's the limit.
4 Greg Olsen Panthers 5 $15 84 1,008 12.0 9 3 6 123
Olsen set career highs in catches and yards in '14 and remains one of Cam Newton's favorite targets.
5 Martellus Bennett Bears 7 $11 90 916 10.2 11 2 6 128
Bennett may be a tier below the guys up top, but he has averaged 77.5 catches, 837.5 yards and 5.5 TDs with the Bears.
6 Jordan Cameron Dolphins 5 $10 24 424 17.7 8 1 2 48
His talent is undeniable, and the offensive environment in Miami is superior to anything he had in Cleveland.
7 Delanie Walker Titans 4 $6 63 890 14.1 13 2 4 106
He won't blow anyone away, but he's the safest TE beyond the obvious top six. Marcus Mariota will improve this offense.
8 Owen Daniels Broncos 7 $5 48 527 11.0 5 0 4 79
No TE has ever gone hungry playing with Peyton Manning. Daniels can recall his younger days if he's healthy.
9 Zach Ertz Eagles 8 $4 58 702 12.1 9 1 3 89
A popular breakout pick in each of his first two years, he hasn't quite put it together yet. Don't reach for him.
10 Jason Witten Cowboys 6 $4 64 703 11.0 7 0 5 90
Witten will have a larger role in the O, assuming Dallas doesn't run the ball 500 times, as it did last year.
11 Tyler Eifert Bengals 7 $4 3 37 12.3 1 0 0 3
An absolute sleeper, he has the tools to dominate—and he's the only show in town now that Jermaine Gresham is gone.
12 Julius Thomas Jaguars 8 $4 43 489 11.4 7 1 12 62
He'll get more targets in Jacksonville than he did in Denver, but that won't make up for the step-down in offense quality.
13 Dwayne Allen Colts 10 $2 29 395 13.6 6 0 8 50
A prolific TD scorer last season, he hit pay dirt eight times in 13 games. It's hard to bet on that TD rate again.
14 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Buccaneers 6 $2 21 221 10.5 3 0 2 38
His size will make him a great weapon for Jameis Winston in the red zone; he'll have a much larger role in year two.
15 Josh Hill Saints 11 $2 14 176 12.6 2 0 5 20
A lot of Hill's value is based on the assumption that Drew Brees will still go to his TE often, even if it isn't Jimmy Graham.
16 Antonio Gates Chargers 10 $2 69 821 11.9 12 0 12 98
It'll be hard for him to repeat his ageless '14 season—especially since he's suspended for the first four games of '15.
17 Larry Donnell Giants 11 $1 63 623 9.9 5 0 6 92
The Giants' O could be among the best in the league, but he's still a fantasy backup heading into this season.
18 Jordan Reed Redskins 8 $1 50 465 9.3 4 1 0 65
If he could stay healthy, he might be a top 10 TE. Instead, it seems the next hamstring injury is always around the corner.
19 Ladarius Green Chargers 10 $1 19 226 11.9 5 0 0 25
With Gates out the first four games, Green finally may take the torch—and have the year many projected in '14.
20 Kyle Rudolph Vikings 5 $1 24 231 9.6 2 0 2 34
No, he hasn't been able to stay healthy during his career, but at this spot he's worth a roll of the dice.
21 Coby Fleener Colts 10 $1 51 774 15.2 16 2 8 92
Fleener showed his potential when Allen got hurt in '14. Unfortunately, it seems the latter still sits atop the depth chart.
22 Maxx Williams* Ravens 9 $1 36 569 15.8 N/A 0 8 N/A
The Ravens drafted this second-rounder with an eye on his being their starter. A year from now he could be a top 10 TE.
23 Heath Miller Steelers 11 $1 66 761 11.5 8 1 3 91
Miller remains an important real-life cog in Pittsburgh's O, but his days as a fantasy-relevant TE are likely over.
24 Eric Ebron Lions 9 $1 25 248 9.9 1 0 1 47
He may have been a ghost as a rookie in '14, but the Lions used the No. 10 pick on him. He'll have a larger role this year.
25 Charles Clay Bills 8 $1 58 605 10.4 9 1 3 84
After three years with Ryan Tannehill in Miami, it's hard to gin up too much excitement about his prospects in Buffalo.
26 Vernon Davis 49ers 10 $1 26 245 9.4 2 0 2 50
He's a worthy late-round target with his average draft position as low as it is, but his top-tier fantasy days are over.
27 Jace Amaro Jets 5 $1 38 345 9.1 4 0 2 53
Amaro has good size and athletic ability, and he could get himself into the fantasy consciousness quickly.
28 Jared Cook Rams 6 $1 52 634 12.2 7 0 3 99
These stats are likely Cook's ceiling. He may finish better than TEs ranked above him, but they all have greater upside.
29 Niles Paul Redskins 8 $1 39 507 13.0 7 0 1 52
Paul flashed skills when Reed was hurt in '14, and it could be just a matter of time before the starter is back on the shelf.
30 Mychal Rivera Raiders 6 $1 58 534 9.2 6 1 4 99
You shouldn't have to dig this deep, but it's worth remembering: Rivera became a waiver-wire target in the middle of '14.
31 Rob Housler Browns 11 $1 9 129 14.3 3 0 0 17
If you wait until late to address TE, have Housler's name circled. The fifth-year man gets his first chance to start in '15.
32 Dennis Pitta Ravens 9 $1 16 125 7.8 2 0 0 21
There's a fair chance Pitta misses all of '15 with a hip injury. For the time being he's worth keeping on your radar.

*2014 College Stats

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D/ST

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS WITH 2014 STATS

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TEAM BYE AUCTION PPG SACK SFTY INT FR DEF TD KR TD PR TD
1 Seattle Seahawks 9 $2 15.9 37 1 13 10 2 0 0
The Seahawks are easily the top defense, but taking a D early is usually foolish. The payoff just isn't there.
2 Houston Texans 9 $2 19.2 38 1 20 14 5 0 0
J.J. Watt alone makes this a top five D. Throw in (possibly) Jadeveon Clowney and QBs will run for their lives.
3 St. Louis Rams 6 $2 22.1 40 0 13 12 3 0 2
You have to disrupt the passer in today's NFL, and the Rams are among the best in the league at doing so.
4 Buffalo Bills 8 $2 18.1 54 1 19 11 1 1 1
The Bills will primarily line up in a 3--4; it'll be interesting to see how they adapt after dominating as a 4--3 in '14.
5 Miami Dolphins 5 $2 23.3 39 3 14 11 3 0 0
Adding Ndamukong Suh to the line could make Miami the biggest D riser. Target the Fins once the big names are gone.
6 Denver Broncos 7 $2 22.1 41 0 18 7 3 0 0
There isn't a better collection of LBs than Demarcus Ware, Von Miller, Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan.
7 Arizona Cardinals 9 $1 18.7 35 0 18 7 4 0 1
Sure, they lost DC Todd Bowles, but they return most of the personnel from last year's No. 6 fantasy defense.
8 Cincinnati Bengals 7 $1 21.5 20 3 20 6 1 0 0
Injuries to Geno Atkins and Vontaze Burfict derailed the D last year. With those guys healthy, expect a resurgence.
9 Carolina Panthers 5 $1 23.4 40 0 14 12 2 0 1
The Panthers weren't nearly as good last year as in '13, but Luke Kuechly alone makes them worth drafting.
10 Baltimore Ravens 9 $1 18.9 49 1 11 11 1 1 0
Terrell Suggs is back (for now), and he'll have help from DT Timmy Jernigan, LB C.J. Mosley and CB Ladarius Webb.
11 New England Patriots 4 $1 19.6 40 0 16 9 2 0 1
Beware the bust potential of a D that lost CBs Darelle Revis and Brandon Browner, DT Vince Wilfork and LB Akeem Ayers.
12 New York Jets 5 $1 25.1 45 1 6 7 0 0 0
The return of Revis plus new coach Todd Bowles, who crafted a top D in Arizona, have them back on the fantasy radar.
13 Kansas City Chiefs 9 $1 17.6 46 0 6 7 1 1 1
Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson give K.C. heft up front; SS Eric Berry's health aids the DBs.
14 Green Bay Packers 7 $1 21.8 41 1 18 9 4 0 2
This was a top three fantasy D in '14 but 21st by Pro Football Focus's real-life metrics. Lean more on the latter.
15 Cleveland Browns 11 $1 21.1 31 0 21 8 3 0 0
The D was already the best fantasy option out of Cleveland—then the Browns drafted DT Danny Shelton at No. 12.

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K

KICKERS WITH 2014 STATS

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NAME/TEAM BYE AUCTION FGM FGA 40-49 50+ XPM PT
1 Stephen Gostkowski Patriots 4 $1 35 37 12 1 51 156
He's the top-scoring kicker three years running. You're not splitting the atom here. Don't overthink this pick.
2 Dan Bailey Cowboys 6 $1 25 29 8 5 56 131
Bailey has a big leg and is tied to a strong offense. That's all you're looking for in a fantasy kicker.
3 Mason Crosby Packers 7 $1 27 33 5 4 53 134
He may not be the most-accurate kicker, but he gets to clean up for the league's best offense.
4 Steven Hauschka Seahawks 9 $1 31 37 9 2 31 134
Despite (uncharacteristically) struggling with accuracy in '14, he was still the league's No. 5 scorer.
5 Justin Tucker Ravens 9 $1 29 34 4 4 42 129
Coach John Harbaugh employs one of the biggest legs in the league, and he isn't afraid to use it.
6 Connor Barth Broncos 7 $1 15 16 3 1 15 60
Barth played in just five games last year and scored 60 points. That's a 192-point pace for a 16-game season.
7 Adam Vinatieri Colts 10 $1 30 31 7 3 50 140
In a storied career highlighted by title-winning kicks, Vinatieri had his best season in '14—at age 41.
8 Cody Parkey Eagles 8 $1 32 36 4 4 54 150
The NFL's No. 2 scorer as a rookie last year, he'll again get plenty of scoring opportunities from the Eagles' O.
9 Caleb Sturgis Dolphins 5 $1 29 37 6 3 41 128
He's tied to an improving Miami O—but he missed five FGs inside the 50 last year and has a mere 77.5% career accuracy.
10 Matt Prater Lions 9 $1 21 26 6 3 21 84
The former Bronco has taken well to Detroit's indoor arena. He'll play outside in the cold only three times in '15.
11 Matt Bryant Falcons 10 $1 29 32 8 7 40 127
Bryant keeps getting the job done well into his 40s: He's been a top 12 kicker in four of the past five seasons.
12 Dan Carpenter Bills 8 $1 34 38 7 6 31 133
Carpenter drilled a whopping 34 FGs in '14 and remains tied to an O that might not be too efficient in the red zone.
13 Blair Walsh Vikings 5 $1 26 35 7 5 29 107
Four of Walsh's nine misses in '14 were from 50-plus yards. This might be the best offense he's played for in four years.
14 Nick Novak Chargers 10 $1 22 26 4 3 40 106
The bankability of the Chargers' offense could well change with rookie Melvin Gordon in the backfield.
15 Robbie Gould Bears 7 $1 9 12 3 0 28 55
He missed four games with leg injuries in '14 and still lacks range, but he's among the most accurate kickers ever.

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PHOTOPhotograph by Bill Frakes for Sports IllustratedSTROKE OF LUCK The Colts' QB's sweet release resulted in 40 touchdowns last season, tops in the league. PHOTOJASEN VINLOVE/USA TODAY SPORTSRETURN OF THE KING Suspended for 15 games in 2014, Peterson is being welcomed by fantasy owners, who see value in the 30-year-old's year of rest. PHOTORONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (BRYANT)EIGHTY-EIGHT SPECIAL Bryant cuts a striking silhouette in Dallas, where his 29 TDs over the past two seasons lead all WRs. PHOTOCHARLIE RIEDEL/AP (KELCE)LIVING END Kelce's standout first year as a starter, in '14, brought to mind a past Chiefs TE who dominated in fantasy: Tony Gonzalez.
PHOTOLESLIE PLAZA JOHNSON/ICON SPORTSWIRE (TEXANS)WATT'S UP We see problems for any team facing Houston's defensive end, the league's leading sacker over the past three years. PHOTOAL TIELEMANS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (GOSTKOWSKI)BEST FOOT FORWARD Gostkowski's 13 FGs of 40-plus yards in '14 helped owners (and New England fans) move on from past Pats kickers.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)