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Fantasy Football Tiers

2016 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!

Wide Receivers

Tier 1 Wide Receivers
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR, NYG
Julio Jones - WR, ATL
DeAndre Hopkins - WR, HOU
A.J. Green - WR, CIN
Jordy Nelson - WR, GB
Dez Bryant - WR, DAL
Allen Robinson - WR, JAC
Tier 2 Wide Receivers
Alshon Jeffery - WR, CHI
Brandon Marshall - WR, NYJ
Demaryius Thomas - WR, DEN
Mike Evans - WR, TB
Amari Cooper - WR, OAK
Sammy Watkins - WR, BUF
Brandin Cooks - WR, NO
T.Y. Hilton - WR, IND
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Running Backs

Tier 1 Running Backs
Le'Veon Bell - RB, PIT
Adrian Peterson - RB, MIN
Todd Gurley - RB, LA
David Johnson - RB, ARI
Lamar Miller - RB, HOU
Tier 2 Running Backs
Devonta Freeman - RB, ATL
Doug Martin - RB, TB
Jamaal Charles - RB, KC
Mark Ingram - RB, NO
Thomas Rawls - RB, SEA
Eddie Lacy - RB, GB
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Tight Ends

Tier 1 Tight Ends
Rob Gronkowski - TE, NE
Tier 2 Tight Ends
Jordan Reed - TE, WAS
Greg Olsen - TE, CAR
Tyler Eifert - TE, CIN
Travis Kelce - TE, KC
Delanie Walker - TE, TEN
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Tier 1 Quarterbacks
Cam Newton - QB, CAR
Aaron Rodgers - QB, GB
Tier 2 Quarterbacks
Andrew Luck - QB, IND
Russell Wilson - QB, SEA
Ben Roethlisberger - QB, PIT
Drew Brees - QB, NO
Blake Bortles - QB, JAC
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Defense/Special Teams

Tier 1 Defense/Special Teams
Denver Broncos - DEF, DEN
Seattle Seahawks - DEF, SEA
Carolina Panthers - DEF, CAR
Arizona Cardinals - DEF, ARI
Houston Texans - DEF, HOU
Tier 2 Defense/Special Teams
Los Angeles Rams - DEF, LA
New England Patriots - DEF, NE
Buffalo Bills - DEF, BUF
Kansas City Chiefs - DEF, KC
New York Jets - DEF, NYJ
Minnesota Vikings - DEF, MIN
Cincinnati Bengals - DEF, CIN
New York Giants - DEF, NYG
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Tier 1 Kickers
Stephen Gostkowski - K, NE
Josh Brown - K, NYG
Blair Walsh - K, MIN
Roberto Aguayo - K, TB
Randy Bullock - K, NYJ
Zach Hocker - K, CIN
Nick Novak - K, HOU
Matt Bryant - K, ATL
Tier 2 Kickers
Michael Palardy - K, OAK
Steven Hauschka - K, SEA
Graham Gano - K, CAR
Chandler Catanzaro - K, ARI
Matt Prater - K, DET
Chris Boswell - K, PIT
Cairo Santos - K, KC
Justin Tucker - K, BAL
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