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

Wide Receivers

Tier 1 Wide Receivers
Antonio Brown - WR, PIT
Dez Bryant - WR, DAL
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR, NYG
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
Peyton Manning - QB, DEN
Russell Wilson - QB, SEA
Matt Ryan - QB, ATL
Ben Roethlisberger - QB, PIT
Cam Newton - QB, CAR

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
Miami Dolphins - DEF, MIA
Carolina Panthers - DEF, CAR
Detroit Lions - DEF, DET
New England Patriots - DEF, NE
Baltimore Ravens - DEF, BAL
Kansas City Chiefs - DEF, KC
Green Bay Packers - DEF, GB


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