Well, the preseason is underway and fantasy drafts are just weeks away. Two months ago, I published this as a way-too-early compilation of fantasy rankings.

Given that the last weeks of the NFL offseason have been hectic, between the Bills completely restructuring their team, Ryan Tannehill being lost for the year, and Ezekiel Elliott being suspended, these rankings are definitely due for an update.

Quarterbacks

Tier 1

1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Tom Brady

3. Matt Ryan

Tier 2

4. Drew Brees

5. Derek Carr

6. Marcus Mariota

7. Kirk Cousins

8. Ben Roethlisberger

Tier 3

9. Dak Prescott

10. Russell Wilson

11. Cam Newton

12. Jameis Winston

13. Philip Rivers

14. Matthew Stafford

15. Andrew Luck

Tier 4

16. Carson Wentz

17. Andy Dalton

18. Eli Manning

19. Tyrod Taylor

20. Blake Bortles

21. Ryan Tannehill

22. Joe Flacco

23. Carson Palmer

24. Alex Smith

Notable changes:

-Andrew Luck is likely to start the season on the PUP list, rendering him useless for the first 6 weeks of the season. He drops from 4th to 15th in my rankings.

-Like it or not, Dak Prescott owes a lot of his success to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas running game. Missing Elliott for the first 6 games is a huge blow to the Dallas offense. Dak drops from 6th to 9th in my rankings.

Running Backs

Tier 1

  1. Le’Veon Bell

2. David Johnson

Tier 2

3. Jordan Howard

4. Melvin Gordon

5. LeSean McCoy

6. Jay Ajayi

7. Devonta Freeman

Tier 3

8. Lamar Miller

9. DeMarco Murray

10. Todd Gurley

11. Leonard Fournette

12. Marshawn Lynch

13. Ezekiel Elliott

14. Carlos Hyde

15. Isaiah Crowell

16. Christian McCaffrey

17. Ty Montgomery

Tier 4

18. Joe Mixon

19. Dalvin Cook

20. Bilal Powell

21. Spencer Ware

22. Frank Gore

23. Paul Perkins

24. Mark Ingram

25. Tevin Coleman

26. Eddie Lacy

27. CJ Anderson

28. LeGarrette Blount

29. Ameer Abdullah

30. Mike Gillislee

31. Rob Kelley

Tier 5

32. Derrick Henry

33. Danny Woodhead

34. Kareem Hunt

35. Adrian Peterson

36. Jamaal Charles

37. Doug Martin

38. Charles Sims

39. Jamaal Williams

40. Samaje Perine

Notable changes:

-Elliott’s 6-game suspension is a big hit to his fantasy value if it stands. Seeing where fantasy players are willing to take him will be interesting. I’ve dropped him from 3rd to 13th in my rankings.

-Ty Montgomery appears to have established himself as the primary running back in what should be one of the best offenses in football yet again. He gets a major bump from 26th to 17th.

Wide Receivers

Tier 1

1. Antonio Brown

2. Julio Jones

3. Odell Beckham, Jr.

4. Mike Evans

5. A.J. Green

Tier 2

6. Jordy Nelson

7. Michael Thomas

8. Brandin Cooks

9. Dez Bryant

Tier 3

10. Alshon Jeffery

11. Amari Cooper

12. Keenan Allen

13. Doug Baldwin

14. T.Y. Hilton

15. DeAndre Hopkins

16. Allen Robinson

17. Demaryius Thomas

18. Terrelle Pryor

19. Sammy Watkins

20. Davante Adams

Tier 4

21. Michael Crabtree

22. Jarvis Landry

23. Emmanuel Sanders

24. Golden Tate

25. Julian Edelman

26. Jamison Crowder

27. DeVante Parker

28. Corey Davis

29. Willie Snead

30. Stefon Diggs

31. Donte Moncrief

Tier 5

32. Brandon Marshall

33. Larry Fitzgerald

34. Kelvin Benjamin

35. Pierre Garçon

36. Martavis Bryant

37. DeSean Jackson

38. Tyreek Hill

39. Marvin Jones

40. Cameron Meredith

Notable changes:

-Hilton, last season’s receiving yards king, gets bumped down from 7th to 14th in the wake of Andrew Luck’s deteriorating health. If the Colts are able to bring in a capable veteran to fill his shoes for 6 weeks (cough, COLIN KAEPERNICK, cough cough), Hilton might find his way back into the top 10.

-DeVante Parker joins the rankings at #27, partially because I forgot about him when I made the initial rankings, and partially because new Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler likes to chuck it.

Tight Ends

Tier 1

  1. Rob Gronkowski

Tier 2

2. Travis Kelce

3. Jordan Reed

4. Greg Olsen

Tier 3

5. Tyler Eifert

6. Hunter Henry

7. Jimmy Graham

8. Martellus Bennett

9. Zach Ertz

Tier 3

10. Kyle Rudolph

11. Eric Ebron

12. O.J. Howard

13. Jason Witten

14. Evan Engram

15. David Njoku

Tier 4

16. Jack Doyle

17. Zach Miller

18. C.J. Fiedorowicz

19. Julius Thomas

20. Charles Clay

21. Austin Hooper

22. Antonio Gates

23. Coby Fleener

24. Jared Cook

Notable changes:

-Hunter Henry and Zach Ertz swap places to 6th and 9th, respectively. I’m becoming increasingly bullish on Henry as training camp progresses. Jimmy Graham (7th) and Martellus Bennett (8th) are also growing on me. Thus, Ertz getting bumped down isn’t really an indication of any significant changes to his situation as much as it is an indication of my growing confidence in the guys I had previously ranked ahead of him.

Defenses

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Houston Texans
  4. Seattle Seahawks
  5. Arizona Cardinals
  6. New England Patriots
  7. Minnesota Vikings
  8. Baltimore Ravens
  9. New York Giants
  10. Los Angeles Chargers
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars
  12. Carolina Panthers
  13. Miami Dolphins
  14. Pittsburgh Steelers
  15. Los Angeles Rams
  16. Oakland Raiders

Kickers

  1. Justin Tucker
  2. Stephen Gostkowski
  3. Dan Bailey
  4. Matt Bryant
  5. Mason Crosby
  6. Adam Vinatieri
  7. Matt Prater
  8. Sebastian Janikowski
  9. Steven Hauschka
  10. Graham Gano
  11. Chris Boswell
  12. Cairo Santos
  13. Will Lutz
  14. Dustin Hopkins
  15. Brandon McManus
  16. Blair Walsh

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I’m Andrew Cabatingan, and I only know three things for sure. One, any NFL kicker not named Stephen Gostkowski (GOATkowski) is absolute garbage and cannot be trusted. Two, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback there ever was or ever will be. Three, I am prone to outbursts of Patriots homerism and any hyperbolic statements I make should be taken as sarcasm. If you’re looking for real facts about me, I suppose I would start by saying I am a sophomore at Northeastern University, I love all Boston sports, everything Game of Thrones (kudos to you if you can find the reference I made earlier), reading, singing, and arguing with strangers on the Internet. I hope that any preexisting bias due to any of this does not begin to seep into my writing, but if it does, I have the peace of mind of knowing that some snarky commenter will probably point it out.
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I’m Andrew Cabatingan, and I only know three things for sure. One, any NFL kicker not named Stephen Gostkowski (GOATkowski) is absolute garbage and cannot be trusted. Two, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback there ever was or ever will be. Three, I am prone to outbursts of Patriots homerism and any hyperbolic statements I make should be taken as sarcasm. If you’re looking for real facts about me, I suppose I would start by saying I am a sophomore at Northeastern University, I love all Boston sports, everything Game of Thrones (kudos to you if you can find the reference I made earlier), reading, singing, and arguing with strangers on the Internet. I hope that any preexisting bias due to any of this does not begin to seep into my writing, but if it does, I have the peace of mind of knowing that some snarky commenter will probably point it out.

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