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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!


Tier 1 Kickers
Carey Spear - K, CLE
Connor Barth - K, TB
Patrick Murray - K, TB
Stephen Gostkowski - K, NE
Kyle Brindza - K, TB
Andrew Franks - K, MIA
Adam Vinatieri - K, IND
Steven Hauschka - K, SEA
Tier 2 Kickers
Justin Tucker - K, BAL
Dan Bailey - K, DAL
Cody Parkey - K, PHI
Mason Crosby - K, GB
Brandon McManus - K, DEN
Josh Lambo - K, SD
Matt Bryant - K, ATL
Matt Prater - K, DET

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
Julio Jones - WR, ATL
Demaryius Thomas - WR, DEN
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
Mike Evans - WR, TB
T.Y. Hilton - WR, IND
DeAndre Hopkins - WR, HOU
Brandin Cooks - WR, NO
Jordan Matthews - WR, PHI
Emmanuel Sanders - WR, DEN
Amari Cooper - WR, OAK

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
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
Russell Wilson - QB, SEA
Peyton Manning - QB, DEN
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
Houston Texans - DEF, HOU
Denver Broncos - DEF, DEN
Tier 2 Defense/Special Teams
Arizona Cardinals - DEF, ARI
Miami Dolphins - DEF, MIA
Carolina Panthers - DEF, CAR
New England Patriots - DEF, NE
Green Bay Packers - DEF, GB
New York Jets - DEF, NYJ
Baltimore Ravens - DEF, BAL
Cincinnati Bengals - DEF, CIN
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