AFC Team/Player Tiers

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AFC EAST

BUF MIA NE NYJ
WR Edelman RB Bell
RB Drake
QB Allen RB Michel WR Anderson
WR Brown WR Parker RB White
WR Jones WR Stills WR Gordon WR Crowder
WR Wilson QB Brady WR Enunwa
RB McCoy QB Darnold
RB Singletary QB Fitzpatrick WR Harry
WR Beasley RB Ballage WR Meyers TE Herndon
WR Williams WR

Dorsett

Harris

Buffalo Bills:  The Bills have no elite fantasy options for us this year.  We’ll primarily focus on Josh Allen as a potential QB1/QB2.  He’s an interesting superflex target with is rushing ability and should progress as a passer with is new WR group.  John Brown appears to be the No.1 target throughout camp so far, with Zay Jones not too far behind.  Brown and Jones should be targeted as bench players with upside.  We’re still not sure what to expect from the running back rotation between McCoy, Singletary and Gore.  It seems like Yeldon is not impressing and could even be let go.  Continue to monitor the running back group for now.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are projected at 4.5 wins for 2019, the lowest in the league.  We shouldn’t get too excited about owning Dolphins players this year, but the one guy with the greatest fantasy outlook will be Kenyan Drake.  RB14 last year in PPR leagues, he’ll be heavily involved again in the passing game.  Reports out of camp are positive for Kalen Ballage, who will be mixed in as the 1st and 2nd down back.  Ballage could carve out a role similar to Frank Gore last year.  With the Dolphins likely to be losing often, Drake should see the field more and could see more targets than he did last year.  I’ll recommend drafting Drake at ADP, pass on Ballage.  The WRs will be grouped together and could limit each others upside.  Parker, Stills and Wilson should each have their moments throughout the year with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB, but it will be difficult to predict week to week.  They are complementary fantasy players and can be avoided on draft day.  Fitzpatrick could give us QB2 upside in Superflex leagues and will be dirt cheap in drafts.  Rosen lingers however.  Monitor rookie WR Preston Williams.  He has been clicking with Rosen and could emerge as the season progresses.

New England Patriots: The Patriots will be lead by Julian Edelman and running backs Sony Michel and James White.  All three guys are worth a pick at ADP right now.  Michel appears to be fine from his off-season knee concerns and has been more involved in the passing game in camp.  Michel and White should both be RB2s this year.  Tom Brady offers us a fringe QB1, but looks better as your QB2.  Their is a competition at WR in camp between N’Keal Harry, Maurice Harris and Jacobi Meyers.  Meyers has been the most impressive rookie so far and has the opportunity to become a fantasy asset.  Harry has the higher draft capital but has been up and down.  Harris provides a steady veteran presence and makes very few mistakes.  Continue to monitor this WR battle.  Not much here at tight end until Ben Watson returns.

* update * Josh Gordon was reinstated with no suspension.  Instantly becomes a solid complementary target for Tom Brady and has WR2 upside.  This also bumps Tom Brady up slightly.  He’ll be a fantastic QB2 target as your backup or in Superflex leagues.

New York Jets: Le’veon Bell will be the straw that stirs this drink.  He’s worth a shot at ADP and could easily provide a top 5 finish at RB.  Robby Anderson should be the team leader in touchdowns and receiving yards, looking best as your WR3/Flex.  Anderson could lose some targets from Jamison Crowder, who has been impressing in camp.  Crowder should be drafted for your bench and could provide WR3 numbers this year.  Quincy Enunwa also clouds this WR groups outlook.  If any one of these three WRs miss, time, the other two will be worth a Flex spot.  Chris Herndon will provide fringe TE1 numbers when he returns from his suspension as well.  All of this points to Sam Darnold being a value at ADP with all of these weapons.

AFC NORTH

BAL CIN CLE PIT
RB Ingram RB Mixon WR Beckham WR Smith-Schuster
QB Jackson RB Chubb RB Conner
WR Boyd QB Mayfield
TE Andrews WR Green TE McDonald
WR Landry QB Roethlisberger
WR Snead QB Dalton TE Njoku WR Moncrief
WR Boykin TE Eifert WR Washington
WR Brown WR Ross WR Higgins
TE Hurst RB Samuels
RB Hill RB Bernard WR Johnson

Baltimore Ravens: One of the more exciting offenses to think about this year, the Ravens will rely heavily on the running game from Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson.  Ingram can be drafted as your RB2 with RB1 upside.  He’ll finish as an RB1 if he can stay healthy and catch enough passes.  Jackson looks fantastic as your QB2 in Superflex, and will also flirt with QB1 numbers in 1QB leagues.  His passing should improve in his second season.  His most reliable asset for fantasy will most likely be TE Mark Andrews.  He finished TE16 last year and could finish in the top 12.  The WRs will be hard to predict week to week, but Willie Snead could give us a decent floor in PPR leagues.  Miles Boykin has impressed as a rookie and could be the most consistent big play WR.  Marquise Brown has been coming along slowly and will continue to ramp up his workload.  Monitor the WR group here.  Hayden Hurst will make some plays but will be too inconsistent to trust.  Rookie Justice Hill will be involved in the passing game and could eat in Ingram’s workload as the season progresses.

Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon is the best player on this team.  He finished as an RB1 last year and will deliver so again in 2019.  He has top 5 upside at the position.  With AJ Green recovering from ankle surgery, Tyler Boyd will be the team’s top receiving option.  He can perform as a WR2 for us all season.  It’s difficult to want to draft AJ Green with is injury history, but when he returns, he’ll take back his main role and could be a WR1.  I’m probably not interested in Green even at the depressed ADP.  Andy Dalton is an interesting QB2 option.  He played well last year before getting hurt, but with no AJ Green to start the year, he’ll probably be off my board.  Tyler Eifert has a chance to be a TE1 while Green is away.  He has the injury history, but when he plays, he plays well.  Monitor John Ross and his hamstring injury.  He’ll have a chance to impress while Green is Out.  Giovani Bernard could see more play time with Green out as well.  He’ll be the next man up if Mixon misses time like last year.

Cleveland Browns:  You’ll want to target Browns players this year.  Odell Beckham Jr should be a first round draft pick.  Even Nick Chubb should be considered at the end of the first.  If they fall into round two, run these picks in.  If you are unable to land these two guys, consider making Baker Mayfield your QB1.  This Browns offense will run heavily through these main players.  Complementary players include Jarvis Landry, David Njoku and Rashard Higgins.  Landy can perform as a WR3 for us, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Higgins flirt with WR3 numbers by seasons end.  Njoku is a great TE prospect, but I wonder if he has lost some of his upside with Beckham in town.  I prefer Njoku is best ball leagues over redraft.  Dontrell Hilliard steps into the Duke Johnson role as a rookie, so monitor his pre-season.  He’ll be the RB2 up until Kareem Hunt returns from suspension.  I’m not drafting Hunt, but he could be flex worthy come fantasy playoff time.

Pittsburgh Steelers:  I’m beginning to wonder if the Steelers might actually be better without Brown this year.  Expect Elite production from Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner.  To replace AB, the Steelers will rely on multiple players such as Vance McDonald, Donte Moncrief, James Washington and Jaylen Samuels.  All four of these players are worth a shot at ADP.  Moncrief is the favorite to be the WR2 for now, but Washington flashed in the first pre-season game and gives them a vertical element.  McDonald will be a TE1 this year if he stays healthy and is primed for a career season.  Samuels will be used primarily as a receiver and presents league winning upside if Conner goes down.  All of these weapons make Ben Roethlisberger a value at ADP, especially in Superflex leagues.  Draft Steelers.

AFC SOUTH

HOU IND JAX TEN
WR Hopkins WR Hilton RB Fournette
QB Watson QB Luck RB Henry
WR Westbrook WR Davis
WR Fuller RB Mack
RB Miller TE Ebron QB Foles WR Humphries
WR Coutee WR Conley WR Brown
RB Johnson RB Hines TE Walker
TE Doyle WR Chark
TE Thomas WR Rogers WR Cole QB Mariota
WR Campbell RB Lewis
WR Funchess

Houston Texans: The Texans will once again be lead by the duo of DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson.  Hopkins will be a lock for top 5 WR production at worst.  Watson will also be finishing in the top 5 at his position.  Draft both at ADP.  The complementary players for Houston should also be on our draft boards.  Will Fuller is a WR2 when healthy.  Keke Coutee injured his ankle in the first pre-season game, but he’ll be better in year two, as long as he can stay healthy.  Lamar Miller is the starting running back but will now face stronger competition from newly acquired Duke Johnson.  Miller still has RB2/Flex value at ADP.  Johnson will take some carries away from Miller, but will thrive in the short passing game.  This is one of the best young offenses in the league, so make sure you try to get a piece of it.

Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck currently has us holding our breath at the moment with his calf injury.  He is currently off of my board at ADP.  Even if he is 100% and plays the full season, his ADP offers us very little return on value.  TY Hilton is the only true Elite player on this offense and should be drafted with WR1 expectations.  Marlon Mack and Eric Ebron will be complementary roles on our fantasy teams.  Mack provides a boom/bust RB2 option, mainly because of his lack of involvement in the passing game.  That’s where Nyheim Hines comes in.  But back to Ebron.  Ebron finished as the TE4 last year and still provides us TE1 upside with a healthy Jack Doyle.  Ebron should lead the team in touchdowns this year again, but might be best in a best ball league.  After these main guys, Nyheim Hines, Jack Doyle, Chester Rogers, Parris Campbell and Devin Funchess will all have moments this year.  Doyle could be a high floor PPR play at TE.  Hines offers flex value in PPR leagues.  Monitor the battle for the WR group to see who emerges as the starter opposite TY.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette is an RB1 when healthy and should be drafted as such.  Yes, he has an injury history, but it’s obvious the Jaguars are going to give him the ball as much as possible.  With Nick Foles at QB, the offense will be more functional and efficient than years past.  Expect more usage in the passing game from Fournette this year.  A mid-to-late round 3 ADP is not too crazy of a price tag.  Beside Fournette, the Jaguars will feature Dede Westbrook in the passing game.  He could be a sneaky WR3 in PPR this year.  Behind him, Chris Conley appears locked into a starting role, along with DJ Chark.  Nick Foles could surprise us in 2QB leagues as your superflex.  Not much here at TE, so expect a top heavy offense that runs through Fournette, Westbrook, Conley and Chark.

Tennessee Titans: All eyes will be on Marcus Mariota in his 5th year.  Derrick Henry will be the bellcow this year, but comes with a very boom/bust risk.  How often can we be expecting the Titans to control the game-scripts that allow Henry to carry the ball 20+ times?  He is not involved in the passing game to be trusted every week as an RB1 or even RB2.  I’m OK with taking Henry off of my board due to inconsistency.  The passing game for the Titans could be under-rated this year.  Corey Davis finished as a WR3 last year and is being drafted around WR30.  He has WR2 upside if Mariota is on point.  The signing of Adam Humphries should really help Mariota make this offense more consistent.  He’ll be a high floor PPR WR3 option.  Rookie AJ Brown is an intriguing talent, but I’m not sure if he’ll be consistent enough for us to use in fantasy this year.  Delanie Walker is also back.  He could provide low end TE1 numbers this year.  And we can’t forget about Dion Lewis catching passes out of the backfield.  All of these weapons point to Mariota having a bounce-back year, perhaps finishing as a solid QB2.  His low ADP could be a league winner in superflex leagues, but then again, he has a lot to prove in his final year of his rookie deal.  I wouldn’t blame you for staying away from the Titans in fantasy this year, but guys like Davis and Humphries could be dependable assets.

AFC WEST

DEN KC LAC OAK
TE Kelce RB Gordon
RB Lindsay WR Hill WR Allen WR Brown
RB Freeman QB Mahomes RB Jacobs
TE Henry
WR Sanders RB Williams RB Ekeler WR Williams
WR Sutton WR Watkins WR Williams TE Waller
QB Flacco WR Hardman QB Rivers QB Carr
TE Fant WR Robinson RB Jackson RB Richard
RB Hyde
RB Thompson

Denver Broncos: The 2019 Broncos offense will rely heavily on their running game and strong defense.  Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman appear to be in a 50/50 split, making Freeman the better value at ADP.  Lindsay will be more involved in the passing game this year, but will take a hit in production when Theo Riddick returns from injury.  Veteran Joe Flacco is in his first year with the team and will rely heavily on Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton.  Flacco likes to lock onto his favorite WRs, making Sanders his go-to guy and best value at ADP.  Sutton should lead the team in TDs, but expect Sanders to provide consistent PPR floors every week.  Flacco isn’t exciting as your QB2 in Superflex leagues, but I’m open to streaming him in juicy matchups.  Monitor the rookie TE Noah Fant the rest of pre-season.  I’m not sure he’ll be consistent week to week, but he could be streamed as well.  Daesean Hamilton and Juwann Winfree will be the third and fourth receivers to monitor if any injury occurs.

Kansas City Chiefs: Target all Chiefs at ADP.  Kelce is a fringe first rounder.  Tyreek Hill is a fringe first rounder as well.  Patrick Mahomes is a near lock to repeat as QB1 and could even step forward this year as a passer.  Sammy Watkins is healthy entering his second season with the team and should be considered a WR2 every week he plays.  They drafted speedster Mecole Hardman in the third round to help stretch the defense.  Complementary WRs in Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, Gehrig Dieter and Jamal Custis will all battle for the final roster spots.  Each one of these guys can have some splash weeks with Mahomes.  The biggest question is at running back.  Damien Williams has been labeled as the starter, but now Andy Reid suggests that this is a committee.  Williams has a very high draft price and has been off of my board.  They added Carlos Hyde in free agency and drafted Darwin Thompson in the 6th round.  Thompson has been compared to Brian Westbrook and has been fantastic in camp.  Don’t forget about Darrel Williams.  This might be a hot hand approach this year, and if any injuries occur to Damien or Carlos Hyde, Thompson or Darrel Williams could be league winners.  Just draft Chiefs man.

Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon holdout yadda yadda yadda.  He has no leverage in his holdout, so just continue to monitor his situation.  If he plays, yes, he’s an RB1 and worth an early pick. He has injury history, but when he plays, he’s a top 5 option.  If he doesn’t play, we’ll see a tandem of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.  Ekeler has a pass catching role no matter what, so he looks like the best player to target.  He has RB2/Flex appeal even with Gordon.  If no Gordon, Justin Jackson will be the primary ball carrier on 1st and 2nd downs.  Gordon has the holdout and injury history, so Justin Jackson should be drafted no matter what.  Keenan Allen has made us forget about his injury prone label, making him a consistent low-end WR1.  Draft him in the third round without question.  Mike Williams is set to take on a bigger role with Tyrell Williams out of town.  He’ll likely lead the team in TDs this year, but could be inconsistent as your WR3.  Hunter Henry will be a mid to low TE1 this year and could also lead the team in TDs.  We’ll expect Phillip Rivers to flirt with QB1 numbers again this year.  He looks best as your QB2 in Superflex leagues.

Oakland Raiders: I won’t blame you if you want to completely avoid any Raiders player this year.  Antonio Brown is the best option on the team, but is attached to Derek Carr.  Brown will be a boom/bust WR1 every week, so take the risk if you’d like.  He’s also got the feet issue to worry about, as well as his off-the-field drama. He’s off my board at ADP.  Josh Jacobs will be the next best Raider to consider.  He’ll lead the team in carries and is set to be the goal-line back as well.  I’m just not sure how successful the Raiders will be on offense.  Factor in pass-catching back Jalen Richard, and Jacobs’ PPR upside may be limited.  He’s a fantastic receiver, but Richard is also very good on third downs.  I’m more likely to look elsewhere for an RB around Jacobs’ range.  Tyrell Williams is the WR2 here and is a better best ball target than in redraft.  Derek Carr can be your QB2 in Superflex leagues and could also be stream-able at times this year.  Darren Waller is set to be the starting TE after Jared Cook left in free agency.  He’s an interesting late round dart who could provide some TE1 moments.  Overall though, not too excited to dabble with Raiders yet.

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