Fantasy football rankings: An updated Top 100

Not drafted yet? You'll definitely be wanting this top 100 list from Jeff Ratcliffe, complete with depth charts and links to our stories.

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Fantasy football rankings: An updated Top 100


There’s no better place to prepare for a fantasy football draft than player rankings. And there’s no better place to go for fantasy rankings than ours here at PFF Fantasy.

Director of PFF Fantasy Jeff Ratcliffe has regularly been one of the industry’s most accurate rankers. Below are his top 100 rankings for the 2016 season, as of Wednesday morning. Along with each name is a link to the full fantasy depth chart look of that player’s team, and links to relevant stories about that player or that player’s situation on PFF Fantasy.

(Updated August 31)

1. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

In just about any format, Brown is an easy No. 1. He’s been the No. 1 wide receiver each of the last two seasons.

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2. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Since Le’Veon Bell’s suspension, Johnson has become PFF’s No. 1 running back.

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3. Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Gurley is good. The rest of the Rams? Not so much. So he’ll get heavy usage.

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4. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

As long as Peterson is around in Minnesota, he’ll be the focus of that offense. That’s even more true in the wake of the Teddy Bridgewater injury.

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5. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Take out his injury-ravaged 2013, and Jones has gotten better every year of his career.

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6. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

Miller finished as the RB6 in 2015 despite fewer than 200 carries. That number should shoot up in 2016 with Houston.

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7. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys surprised by taking Elliott at fourth overall in the draft, but it certainly gave him plenty of fantasy potential.

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8. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

At almost 30 and coming off his second ACL tear, we might not have many more years of Charles left, but until he shows he can’t do it, it’s wise to believe he can.

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9. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Freeman had an out-of-nowhere 2015, and should be the team’s bell cow in 2016.

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10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

Beckham has had maybe the best first two seasons ever, and there’s not much reason to expect him to slow down now.

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  • Jeff Ratcliffe thinks Sterling Shepard could make for a breakout candidate, which could divert attention from Beckham.

11. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

On a per-game basis, McCoy had a better 2015 than 2014. If he can stay healthy, he’s still a stud.

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12. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Ingram was on the road to bust status before 2014, but now he’s had back-to-back productive seasons and is his team’s unquestioned No. 1 back.

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13. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell was PFF’s No. 1 fantasy running back, contending for No. 1 overall, before his four-game suspension was announced. It has since been reduced to three.

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14. Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin had a big return to form in 2015, evoking memories of his 2012. If that’s the Martin that we get in 2016, he’s a fantasy powerhouse.

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15. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Lacy’s struggles were overstated in 2015 — he still averaged 4.1 yards per carry. If his conditioning improves, he can jump back up the rankings.

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16. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Hopkins was the only worthwhile fantasy player in Houston last year, but the team has surrounded him with extra options this year.

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17. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

With Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone from Cincinnati and Tyler Eifert banged up, Green could be in line to upgrade on his already-elite performance.

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18. Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Last year was a lost season for Bryant and the whole Cowboys team, but odds are with him rebounding, even with Tony Romo missing a chunk of the season.

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19. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Hyde had 182 yards from scrimmage and two scores in Week 1. He played only six more games, with 341 yards and one more touchdown. Under Chip Kelly, though, Hyde could have a big year.

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20. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

Injuries continue to be Jeffery’s sticking point, as he played only nine games in 2015 and wasn’t 100 percent for those. If he can stay healthy, he’s a stud, but that’s a big “if.”

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21. Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

Marshall had a big rebound in New York after a rough 2014. With Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signed, the sky’s the limit for the 32-year-old.

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22. C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

Anderson disappointed for much of 2015 before coming on late in the year. He’ll start 2016 as the Denver No. 1, but he’ll need to hold off Devontae Booker.

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23. Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets

The years are adding up for Forte, and he’s on a new roster now. With Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson battling for touches, his fantasy stock could come down to workload.

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24. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Robinson tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns last year, leading a surprisingly potent Jaguars passing offense.

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25. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

Starting with his 2010 rookie season, Gronkowski’s year-by-year fantasy finish among tight ends: 5-1-2-2-1-1.

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26. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

Stewart has averaged barely 10 games a year since 2011 and enters camp banged up. When healthy though, his 2015 showed how productive he can be.

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27. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans actually put up more yards in 2015 than he did as a rookie in 2014, but his touchdown total going from 12 to three really depressed his fantasy value. He continues to be Tampa Bay’s No. 1.

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28. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

Watkins continues to be a one-man army in the Bills’ receiving corps. He’s got all the talent in the world.

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29. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

Nelson’s fortunes will likely come down to his recovery from a 2015 ACL tear. If he’s back, his production should be too.

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30. Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

Murray’s production was largely workload-based in 2015, but he should at least start 2016 with a similar load. If he produces, it’ll continue.

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31. Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Injuries are always going to tell the story of Mathews, but he enters the season as the sure-fire No. 1 back in Philadelphia.

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32. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Rawls had a great rookie season until it was derailed by injury. If he can get healthy, he should get the chance to repeat.

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33. Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

Cooks more than doubled his yardage total from 2014 to 2015. He won’t do that again, of course, but his career is definitely trending upward.

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34. Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Landry is a volume-dependent receiver. With Arian Foster, Leonte Carroo, Kenyan Drake, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker all there and improving, the volume might have a cap, but it won’t go away.

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35. LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

Blount was on place to get close to 1,000 yards in 2015 before his injury, despite individual games of 4 and -3 yards. He’s boom-or-bust, but his big games can be really big. And with Dion Lewis now hurt, Blount’s stock is on the rise.

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36. Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

Gordon had far and away the most touches without a score across the whole league last year. If he can find the end zone, his stock will rise quickly.

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37. Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Allen was on his way to a prolific 2015 before a midseason injury. While the volume might not be quite as high in 2016, he still has elite upside.

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38. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

Cooper promises to be the focal point of a potentially ascending Raiders offense in his second season.

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39. Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

Last year was the first in Jennings’ career in which he played all 16 games. If he can do that again, he could return big value.

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40. Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins

Jones struggled as a rookie, but Washington didn’t add anyone who will definitely steal touches from him. He’s going to get every opportunity, provided his preseason injury heals.

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41. Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

Langford will start the season as the Bears’ No. 1 back. Whether he finishes the season as the same is up to his production.

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42. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Along with the rest of the Colts, Hilton saw his numbers dip a bit in 2015, losing 200 yards and two scores. If Andrew Luck is healthy and productive in 2016, Hilton should bounce back fine.

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43. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Jordy Nelson’s injury got all the publicity, but Cobb wasn’t healthy for much of 2015, either. He is a strong candidate for a rebound.

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44. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Newton played to his ceiling in 2015, but there’s room for him to regress and still be the No. 1 fantasy quarterback, or close.

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45. Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

Decker has had varying degrees of success with Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, Geno Smith and now Ryan Fitzpatrick. You always want a good quarterback, but he doesn’t appear to truly need one.

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46. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Edelman was on a 200-fantasy-point pace before getting injured last year. That’s basically his ceiling in 2016.

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47. DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

The move from Dallas to Philadelphia was accompanied by a huge reduction in production for Murray. Now in Tennessee, he needs to prove himself all over again.

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48. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Bernard could see his target numbers rise in 2016, with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu gone and Tyler Eifert a question mark.

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49. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

With Calvin Johnson retired, there’s reason to think Tate can ascend; he finished as the No. 13 receiver in 2014, when Johnson dealt with injuries.

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50. Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Gore is the oldest regular back in the league, but that didn’t stop him from finishing as the No. 11 fantasy back. He’ll be the Colts’ No. 1 as long as he can.

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51. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

Entering Week 7 last year, Reed had one touchdown and not even 300 yards on the season and had just missed two games to injury. The rest of the way, he was the No. 1 tight end in fantasy. If he can stay healthy, he has a crazy-high ceiling.

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52. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Maclin was one of the focal points of the Kansas City offense last year, and that shouldn’t change much in 2016.

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53. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

Johnson was a big pass-catcher last year, and under Hue Jackson has the chance at seeing even more work in 2016.

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54. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Fitzgerald started 2015 as hot as anyone before cooling off. Still, he promises to have a big target number as Arizona’s possession guy.

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55. Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Hill didn’t rush for 100 yards in any game last year, but 12 total touchdowns kept him fantasy relevant. He needs a better balance of production in 2016.

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56. John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Brown, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd form a formidable trio. All three should have their place in 2016, with Brown offering big upside but perhaps not huge consistency.

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57. Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Moncrief is an ascending weapon in the Indianapolis offense. He unseated Andre Johnson in 2015 and is now a prime running mate for T.Y. Hilton.

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58. Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins

A late-summer addition, Foster was excellent in his Houston days whenever he was healthy enough to play. Odds are good he’ll be the same in Miami, but that health caveat still applies.

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59. Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

Woodhead led all running backs in targets and receptions last year. He probably won’t quite do that again, but he is one of the elite receiving backs in the game.

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60. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

Benjamin tore his ACL in the preseason last year, and the Panthers didn’t really miss a beat. Even if he’s 100 percent, he might not dominate targets as much as he did in 2014.

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61. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Olsen’s ceiling might not be as high as some other guys’, but he has maybe the highest floor you’ll find.

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62. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

It was a disappointing rookie season for Abdullah, but with Joique Bell gone, he’ll get a shot at being the No. 1 in 2016.

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63. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Yeldon will split time with Chris Ivory in 2016, but the team should run the ball more than it did last year, helping to offset the timeshare.

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64. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Matthews has had a short but up-and-down career so far. With Chip Kelly gone, he’ll need to up his efficiency, because his targets will likely drop.

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65. Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

Fleener leaves Indianapolis for one of the few places where he could be a TE1. In New Orleans, he could be an elite fantasy option.

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66. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Not many receivers have ever been as hot as Baldwin was down the stretch last year. That pace was unsustainable, but he’s made himself an upper-tier receiver.

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67. Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders

Crabtree had a career renaissance in his first year in Oakland. He might not offer that upside again, but he’s made himself into a real fantasy option again.

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68. Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Floyd is the third of the three big-name Arizona receivers. He’ll have big games, perhaps several of them, but could also have no-shows if the other two put up numbers.

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69. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Forsett failed to build on his 2014 breakout in 2015, but he’ll start the season as the No. 1 in Baltimore with a chance to re-prove himself.

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70. Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Ivory topped 1,000 yards a season ago, and would rank much higher on this list if not for having signed with Jacksonville, where pairing with T.J. Yeldon saps a big chunk of his value.

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71. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Shepard gets the gift of playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr., which could be a boon for the rookie receiver.

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72. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

The story of the 2016 Denver offense is going to be the team’s quarterback situation. Thomas should go as far as his passers can take him.

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73. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

Gordon will miss the season’s first four games but, barring further news, should be back after that, and still has elite upside.

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74. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

In two seasons, Crowell has 1,313 yards on the ground and 13 total touchdowns. He has not been terribly efficient, but with the proper workload he’s not a killer.

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75. Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sims and Devonta Freeman were the only running backs last year with 500 yards both rushing and receiving. He’ll fill the same role in 2016.

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76. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Hurns was one of three receivers to have double-digit scores on fewer than 100 targets last year. He’ll see some regression, but still offers production.

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77. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Williams had his career rejuvenated backing up Le’Veon Bell a year ago. He’ll do the same in 2016, and could offer the same upside.

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78. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

Jones is the Lions’ best (only?) downfield threat now that Calvin Johnson is gone. That alone should give him plenty of chances to produce.

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79. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers finished 2015 as the No. 8 QB, with 31 touchdowns against 8 interceptions. Most quarterbacks would kill for that “down” year.

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80. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jackson had 78 yards in Tampa Bay’s third preseason game, and has looked healthy this preseason. If he can stay healthy, his ceiling is high.

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81. Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

Lewis was a revelation in 2015 before getting injured. If he can do that again, he’s a big-time option. The problem is, he’s out “indefinitely” after a new knee procedure.

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82. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Lockett had 104 fantasy points on only 67 targets in 2015 as a rookie; no receiver had more points on fewer targets. He really came on in the second half.

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83. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

In the eight weeks before Seattle’s bye last year, Wilson was the No. 13 fantasy quarterback. After the bye, he was QB2. If that continues, he could be No. 1.

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84. Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

Walker had 11 more targets than the No. 2 tight end in 2015. With more weapons around him in 2016, that number should come back to the pack.

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85. Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers

The arrival of Chip Kelly and the departure of Anquan Boldin combine to make Smith an interesting sleeper play, as he should get a lot of attention in the San Francisco offense.

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86. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce is one part of the three-headed monster in Kansas City. He is firmly in the second tier of tight ends, after Rob Gronkowski in a tier by himself.

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87. Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints

Snead was something of a surprise last year, but in a high-powered New Orleans offense, he should be plenty productive in 2016.

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88. Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions

Riddick tied Danny Woodhead for most receptions by a running back last year. Give him a little more touchdown luck (only three in 94 targets), and he could rise up the ranks.

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89. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

In 2016, Brees threw for his fewest yards and touchdowns since 2010. Of course, he still reached 4,870 and 32. He’s as elite as it gets.

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90. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

A popular breakout candidate, Parker could rise to the top of the Miami depth chart quickly, though preseason hasn’t gone according to plan.

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91. Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans

Matthews was a top-30 receiver with Miami in 2015 prior to his injury. He signed with Tennessee in the offseason to be the team’s new No. 1 receiver, but he’s now battling Tajae Sharpe for that role.

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  • If there was any doubt left, Jeff Ratcliffe says the trade of Dorial Green-Beckham locks Matthews into his role.

92. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

After his great 2014, last season was a big disappointment for Luck. He’s a safe bet to return to QB1 status, though.

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93. DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

Jackson remains a big-play guy, and there’s room for that. You don’t want him as much in PPR, but he is always a threat for a touchdown.

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94. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz finished seventh among tight ends in yards last year, but only 10th in fantasy points by virtue of only scoring two touchdowns. A little more touchdown luck will really boost his stock.

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95. Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns

Barnidge was drafted in 2008 and had 603 yards for his career before 1,043 yards and nine scores in 2015. He was one of last year’s biggest breakouts.

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96. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Roethlisberger heads up maybe the league’s top offense, which means his fantasy floor is very high.

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97. Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers

Benjamin had some big moments in 2015 with the Browns before signing with San Diego as a free agent in the offseason. He should be the field-stretcher for the Chargers this season.

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98. Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Smith came off the PUP list in mid-August as he worked to recover from last year’s season-ending ankle injury. He’s expected to be ready to start the season.

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99. Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams signed Austin to an extension late in the preseason, despite the fourth-year receiver never topping 475 receiving yards in a year — though he did have 434 rushing yards last year to top 900 from scrimmage.

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100. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Henry has looked strong in the preseason so far, meaning the rookie will challenge veteran addition DeMarco Murray for playing time right off the bat this season.

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  • Mike B

    Is this PPR or Standard?

  • AJ

    So I’ve got your #1 and #2 players for my keeper league this year. Should be fun

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  • DEV00100000

    Langford at 40? Even besides that, this list seems all jacked up. Must be for standard leagues, even then, Langford at 40?

  • Devmeis

    If it was PPR there wouldn’t be 15 of the top 25 as RB