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Fantasy Football Tiers

2015 Fantasy Football Tiers

What are fantasy football tiers?

Tiers are a way of grouping similar-caliber players. Production between tiers is generally considered significant enough to warrant a new tier.

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
Adrian Peterson - RB, MIN
Eddie Lacy - RB, GB
Le'Veon Bell - RB, PIT
Jamaal Charles - RB, KC
Marshawn Lynch - RB, SEA
Tier 2 Running Backs
C.J. Anderson - RB, DEN
Jeremy Hill - RB, CIN
Matt Forte - RB, CHI
DeMarco Murray - RB, PHI
LeSean McCoy - RB, BUF
Lamar Miller - RB, MIA

Wide Receivers

Tier 1 Wide Receivers
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT
Dez Bryant - WR, DAL
Demaryius Thomas - WR, DEN
Julio Jones - WR, ATL
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR, NYG
Calvin Johnson - WR, DET
A.J. Green - WR, CIN
Randall Cobb - WR, GB
Tier 2 Wide Receivers
Alshon Jeffery - WR, CHI
T.Y. Hilton - WR, IND
Mike Evans - WR, TB
DeAndre Hopkins - WR, HOU
Jordan Matthews - WR, PHI
Brandin Cooks - WR, NO
Emmanuel Sanders - WR, DEN
Andre Johnson - WR, IND

Tight Ends

Tier 1 Tight Ends
Rob Gronkowski - TE, NE
Tier 2 Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham - TE, SEA
Travis Kelce - TE, KC
Greg Olsen - TE, CAR
Martellus Bennett - TE, CHI
Jordan Cameron - TE, MIA


Tier 1 Quarterbacks
Andrew Luck - QB, IND
Aaron Rodgers - QB, GB
Tier 2 Quarterbacks
Drew Brees - QB, NO
Peyton Manning - QB, DEN
Russell Wilson - QB, SEA
Ben Roethlisberger - QB, PIT
Matt Ryan - QB, ATL

Defense/Special Teams

Tier 1 Defense/Special Teams
Seattle Seahawks - DEF, SEA
St. Louis Rams - DEF, STL
Buffalo Bills - DEF, BUF
Houston Texans - DEF, HOU
Denver Broncos - DEF, DEN
Tier 2 Defense/Special Teams
Arizona Cardinals - DEF, ARI
Carolina Panthers - DEF, CAR
New England Patriots - DEF, NE
Miami Dolphins - DEF, MIA
Green Bay Packers - DEF, GB
New York Jets - DEF, NYJ
Baltimore Ravens - DEF, BAL
Cincinnati Bengals - DEF, CIN


Tier 1 Kickers
Stephen Gostkowski - K, NE
Steven Hauschka - K, SEA
Adam Vinatieri - K, IND
Justin Tucker - K, BAL
Brandon McManus - K, DEN
Dan Bailey - K, DAL
Mason Crosby - K, GB
Matt Bryant - K, ATL
Tier 2 Kickers
Cody Parkey - K, PHI
Matt Prater - K, DET
Carey Spear - K, CLE
Nick Novak - K, SD
Dan Carpenter - K, BUF
Graham Gano - K, CAR
Caleb Sturgis - K, MIA
Phil Dawson - K, SF
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