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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
Jamaal Charles - RB, KC
Le'Veon Bell - RB, PIT
Marshawn Lynch - RB, SEA
DeMarco Murray - RB, PHI
Tier 2 Running Backs
Matt Forte - RB, CHI
Arian Foster - RB, HOU
C.J. Anderson - RB, DEN
LeSean McCoy - RB, BUF

Wide Receivers

Tier 1 Wide Receivers
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR, NYG
Dez Bryant - WR, DAL
Demaryius Thomas - WR, DEN
Tier 2 Wide Receivers
Julio Jones - WR, ATL
Calvin Johnson - WR, DET
Jordy Nelson - WR, GB
A.J. Green - WR, CIN
Alshon Jeffery - WR, CHI
Randall Cobb - WR, GB
DeAndre Hopkins - WR, HOU

Tight Ends

Tier 1 Tight Ends
Rob Gronkowski - TE, NE
Tier 2 Tight Ends
Jimmy Graham - TE, SEA
Greg Olsen - TE, CAR
Travis Kelce - TE, KC


Tier 1 Quarterbacks
Andrew Luck - QB, IND
Aaron Rodgers - QB, GB
Tier 2 Quarterbacks
Russell Wilson - QB, SEA
Peyton Manning - QB, DEN
Cam Newton - QB, CAR
Ben Roethlisberger - QB, PIT
Matt Ryan - QB, ATL

Defense/Special Teams

Tier 1 Defense/Special Teams
Seattle Seahawks - DEF, SEA
Buffalo Bills - DEF, BUF
St. Louis Rams - DEF, STL
Arizona Cardinals - DEF, ARI
Philadelphia Eagles - DEF, PHI
Tier 2 Defense/Special Teams
Houston Texans - DEF, HOU
Denver Broncos - DEF, DEN
New England Patriots - DEF, NE
Carolina Panthers - DEF, CAR
Green Bay Packers - DEF, GB
Baltimore Ravens - DEF, BAL
Miami Dolphins - DEF, MIA
Kansas City Chiefs - DEF, KC
Detroit Lions - DEF, DET


Tier 1 Kickers
Stephen Gostkowski - K, NE
Steven Hauschka - K, SEA
Adam Vinatieri - K, IND
Cody Parkey - K, PHI
Tier 2 Kickers
Justin Tucker - K, BAL
Dan Bailey - K, DAL
Connor Barth - K, DEN
Mason Crosby - K, GB
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