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Fantasy Football Tiers

Fantasy Football Tiers

What are fantasy football tiers? Viewing players based upon tiers is one of the most effective drafting techniques available in fantasy football. A tier is comprised of players who should contribute as much as some of their peers. This is where we put the elite guys together, the great, good, average, and below average players into groups. For example, you ideally want at least one running back from a top tier, at least one from each tier, or as many from top tiers as you can get. Watching tiers allows you to see which skill positions have an abundance of players and which are scarce. Fantasy football tiers are an excellent way to conduct value based drafting!

Running Backs

Tier 1 Running Backs
LeSean McCoy - RB, PHI
Jamaal Charles - RB, KC
Adrian Peterson - RB, MIN
Tier 2 Running Backs
Matt Forte - RB, CHI
Eddie Lacy - RB, GB
Montee Ball - RB, DEN
Marshawn Lynch - RB, SEA

Wide Receivers

Tier 1 Wide Receivers
Calvin Johnson - WR, DET
Demaryius Thomas - WR, DEN
Julio Jones - WR, ATL
Tier 2 Wide Receivers
Dez Bryant - WR, DAL
A.J. Green - WR, CIN
Brandon Marshall - WR, NYJ
Jordy Nelson - WR, GB
Alshon Jeffery - WR, CHI
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT

Tight Ends

Tier 1 Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham - TE, NO
Julius Thomas - TE, DEN
Tier 2 Tight Ends
Rob Gronkowski - TE, NE
Vernon Davis - TE, SF
Jordan Cameron - TE, CLE
Kyle Rudolph - TE, MIN
Jason Witten - TE, DAL
Dennis Pitta - TE, BAL
Jordan Reed - TE, WAS
Greg Olsen - TE, CAR


Tier 1 Quarterbacks
Peyton Manning - QB, DEN
Aaron Rodgers - QB, GB
Drew Brees - QB, NO
Tier 2 Quarterbacks
Matthew Stafford - QB, DET
Andrew Luck - QB, IND
Nick Foles - QB, PHI
Matt Ryan - QB, ATL

Defense/Special Teams

Tier 1 Defense/Special Teams
Seattle Seahawks - DEF, SEA
San Francisco 49ers - DEF, SF
St. Louis Rams - DEF, STL
Cincinnati Bengals - DEF, CIN
Denver Broncos - DEF, DEN
New England Patriots - DEF, NE
Arizona Cardinals - DEF, ARI
Chicago Bears - DEF, CHI
Tier 2 Defense/Special Teams
Carolina Panthers - DEF, CAR
Kansas City Chiefs - DEF, KC
Cleveland Browns - DEF, CLE
Houston Texans - DEF, HOU
New Orleans Saints - DEF, NO
Buffalo Bills - DEF, BUF
Pittsburgh Steelers - DEF, PIT
Green Bay Packers - DEF, GB
Jacksonville Jaguars - DEF, JAC
Indianapolis Colts - DEF, IND
Oakland Raiders - DEF, OAK


Tier 1 Kickers
Stephen Gostkowski - K, NE
Steven Hauschka - K, SEA
Justin Tucker - K, BAL
Phil Dawson - K, SF
Mason Crosby - K, GB
Adam Vinatieri - K, IND
Tier 2 Kickers
Ryan Succop - K, TEN
Alex Henery - K, DET
Dan Bailey - K, DAL
Nick Novak - K, SD
Robbie Gould - K, CHI
Blair Walsh - K, MIN
Nick Folk - K, NYJ
Greg Zuerlein - K, STL
Matt Bryant - K, ATL
Shayne Graham - K, NO
Shaun Suisham - K, PIT
Mike Nugent - K, CIN
Graham Gano - K, CAR
Dan Carpenter - K, BUF
Josh Brown - K, NYG
Kai Forbath - K, WAS
Chandler Catanzaro - K, ARI
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