Fantasy Savvy Player Tiers

This is primetime drafting week. The preseason is complete, all cuts have been made and all roles have been pretty much been identified. Remember to stay confident and get the players you want, just be smart about it. Create solid depth, beware of injury prone players and don’t pick a guy just because everybody and their mother says he’s in for a big year, usually the opposite happens. Stay tuned to all season for players rankings, waiver wire help, radio shows, NFL picks and more. Follow us on twitter @FantasySavvy. Now for the best Player Tiers in the Bidness.

* You may notice sometimes starters are tiered below their backups, this is because the starter is probably a fantasy bum who will lose his job at some point. *Subject to Change before Thursday



Tier 1

Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers

Tier 2

Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick

Tier 3

Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan

Tier 4

Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, Robert Griffin III, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton

Tier 5

Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill

Tier 6

Matt Cassel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Michael Vick

Tier 7

Matt Schaub, Jake Locker, Derek Carr, Gino Smith, E.J. Manuel, Ryan Fitzpatrick

Tier 8

Brian Hoyer, Chad Henne, Shaun Hill


Tier 1

Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson

Tier 2

Eddie Lacy, Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch

Tier 3

Le’Veon Bell, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball, DeMarco Murray

Tier 4

Zac Stacy, Giovani Bernard, Shane Vereen

Tier 5

Ben Tate, Rashad Jennings, Alfred Morris, Arian Foster, Reggie Bush, C.J. Spiller, Doug Martin, Ryan Mathews, Frank Gore

Tier 6

Joique Bell, Chris Johnson, Stevan Ridley

Tier 7

Maurice Jones-Drew, Knoshon Moreno, Toby Gerhart, Pierre Thomas, Bernard Pierce, Andre Williams,

Tier 8

Jeremy Hill, Trent Richardson, Danny Woodhead, Bishop Sankey, Fred Jackson, DeAngelo Williams, Darren Sproles, Carlos Hyde, Lamar Miller, Ahmad Bradshaw, Ray Rice, Steven Jackson, Roy Helu

Tier 9

Chris Ivory, Jonathan Stewart, Donald Brown, Mark Ingram, LeGarrette Blount, Darren McFadden,

Tier 10

Knile Davis, Lance Dunbar, Khiry Robinson, Mike Tolbert, Dexter McCluster, James White, Bryce Brown, Devonta Freeman, Robert Turbin, Shonn Greene, Tre Mason, Jordan Todman, Jonathan Grimes, Isiah Crowell, James Starks, Ronnie Hillman

Tier 11

Terrance West, Chris Polk, Storm Johnson, Stepfan Taylor, Jonathan Dwyer, DuJuan Harris, Mike Tolbert, C.J. Anderson, Jaquizz Rodgers, Joseph Randle, Ka’Deem Carey, Marcel Reese, Charles Sims, Tavaris Cadet, Marcus Lattimore, Bilal Powell


Tier 1 

Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Byrant, A.J Green, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones

Tier 2

Keenan Allen, Jordy Nelson, Alshon Jeffrey, Vincent Jackson ,

Tier 3

Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Randall Cobb, Cordarrelle Patterson, Andre Johnson

Tier 4

Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Michael Crabtree, Victor Cruz, Michael Floyd, Torrey Smith, Mike Wallace, T.Y. Hilton,

Tier 5

Roddy White, Marques Colston, Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin,

Tier 6

Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders,

Tier 8

Terrance Williams, Eric Decker, Kendall Wright, Julian Edelman, Reggie Wayne, Anquan Boldin,

Tier 9

Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Cooks, Sammy Watkins, Dwayne Bowe, Cecil Shorts, Mike Evans, Riley Cooper, Kelvin Benjamin, Doug Baldwin, Steve Smith, Wes Welker

Tier 10

Ruben Randle, Marquise Lee, Mohammed Sanu, Markus Wheaton, Kenny Britt, Jordan Matthews, Justin Hunter, DeAndre Hopkins, Brian Hartline, Danny Amendola, Greg Jennings,

Tier 11

Jarret Boykin, Aaron Dobson, O’Dell Beckham JR., Robert Woods, Harry Douglas, Kenny Stills, Stevie Johnson, Miles Austin, Lance Moore, Brandon LaFell, Jermaine Kearse, Andre Caldwell

Tier 12

Cody Latimer, Allen Hurns, Denarius Moore, Mike Willams, Brian Quick, Marvin Jones, Malcolm Floyd, Brandon Gibson, Marlon Brown, Jeremy Kerley, Donnie Avery, Nate Washington, Martavius Byrant

Tier 13

Andrew Hawkins, Andre Roberts, Kenbrell Thompkins, Paul Richardson, Chris Givens, Jernel Jerrigan, Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal, Santonio Holmes



Tier 1

Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas

Tier 2

Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkoswski

Tier 3

Jason Witten, Jordan Cameron, Jordan Reed

Tier 4

Greg Olsen, Tim Wright, Dennis Pitta,

Tier 5

Charles Clay, Kyle Rudolph, Eric Ebron, Antonio Gates, Heath Miller,

Tier 6

LaDarius Green, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Tyler Eifert,

Tier 7

Martellus Bennett, Dwayne Allen, Brandon Pettigrew, Delanie Walker, Jace Amaro,




FantasySavvy 2012: Week 8, Fantasy Five

By: Kevin Lewis

New England Patriots vs St. Louis Rams

Aaron Hernandez is out. Plan accordingly.

Mark Sanchez just finished throwing for 300+ yards on 70% completions on the Patriots. Par for the course as everyone throws on them. Sam Bradford is a decent play this week if your QB is on a bye, or if you might have shaken confidence in your QB (see: Vick, Michael and Romo, Tony)

– Don’t bother with either Rams RB. The Patriots are good at stopping the run and Steven Jackson just doesn’t look the same. You MIGHT steal a cheap TD out of Jackson but it’s not worth starting him to find out.

-If you’re desperate, give Brandon Gibson a start against that Patriots secondary. He seems to be the beneficiary of Danny Ammendola’s absence as he’s been the most targeted Rams WR since the trade. I already alluded to the Patriots terrible secondary, so if you’re in need of a jolt from an unexpected source, give Gibson a look.

-If you have an alternative, give Brandon Lloyd a break this week. Lloyd and Tom Brady still aren’t fully in sync yet, and the Rams don’t give up many big plays through the air. If you don’t have someone you’re comfortable with, DON’T do it. I’m not saying to bench him for anyone, but I don’t expect much production from him this week.

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets

-Miami’s run defense is a significant strength of their team. Do not read anything into Shonn Greene’s last two fluky weeks. Do NOT put your stock in Shonn Greene. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a touchdown this week, but his performance the last two weeks is the anomaly (especially his SIX catches last week, when he had THREE the previous SIX games combined).

-If you need to take a flier on a WR this week, start Davone Bess (PPR). Although the numbers didn’t do it proper justice (a couple bubble screens went for big yardage), Isaiah Trufant did a great job on Welker last week. Who knows if he’ll be assigned on Bess this week but I don’t think he will perform that well two weeks in a row. I’d expect a 7-9 catch effort for Bess.

-Start Jeremy Kerley with confidence. To me, he is an every week flex. He’s become one of the lone bright spots on the Jets as he’s played well all year. The impact of Keller’s presence on the field can only do wonders for him as far as having more space to operate.

-Speaking of Keller, he had his first impact of the season last week. The Jets are going to have to throw the ball to succeed, and Keller is Sanchez’ favorite target. He’s a midlevel starting tight end this week. Start him accordingly.

Seattle @ Detroit

-Start Mikel Leshoure with confidence. With all the soft fronts that he sees as a result of Calvin Johnson’s presence on the field, Leshoure should have a nice day. Hopefully Detroit can avoid shooting themselves in the foot in the redzone, then Leshoure might get a TD.

-If you can pick up a Sam Bradford type, then sit Matt Stafford. I know he’s either your first or second round pick but he hasn’t hacked it so far this season. He’s been bad and Seattle’s pass defense is unrelenting and unfriendly to fantasy QBs. If you can get another guy or have a guy on your bench you feel comfortable with, go with them.

-Maybe this is just hopefulness, but I feel like you should keep an eye on Titus Young. Nate Burleson is hurt and SOMEONE has to step up opposite Calvin Johnson right? ANYONE? Right? I’m not saying to start him this week but I’m saying that taking a flier on him makes a lot of sense.

Redskins at Steelers

-Firstly, if you aren’t a fan of these two teams and you watch, I feel bad for your eyes having to deal with those uniforms the Steelers are wearing Sunday.

Antonio Brown has been relatively solid but we’re looking for that breakout game. This may be it. Washington’s pass defense is brutally bad, the Steelers have a banged up backfield, and there will be a lot of points. Brown doesn’t find the endzone much but he should have plenty of opportunities to make his name felt otherwise.

Santana Moss always seems to do well against the Giants, and overall is a solid WR. That being said, do not be duped into starting him this week. He’ll revert back to the normal this week.

-Start Jonathan Dwyer this Sunday if you MUST start one of those backs. He did come off a 100+ yard performance and he seems to be the only healthy and productive back out of them.

Jaguars @ Packers

-With MJD out, go ahead and start Rashad Jennings with confidence. He’s showed good things when he’s had the chance to start and someone has to move the ball.

Randall Cobb had 8 catches and two TDs last week. And the Rodgers/Cobb combination has combined for an 85% completion percentage which is the best of any QB/WR combo in the league. With Jennings out, Cobb’s role continues to increase. Expect good things from him.

-At this point just drop Jermichael Finley or trade him for a pack of now and laters. He isn’t worth the headache anymore.

-Monitor Jordy Nelson’s injury situation carefully.


FantasySavvy 2012: Week 8 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

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There are only six or seven weeks left until the Fantasy Playoffs depending on when your league starts them up, but either way the time is soon approaching. If you are sitting there at 3-4 or 2-5, I wouldn’t give up hope yet. There is still enough time to right the ship and get into the postseason. For some owners you can not afford to wait for Cam Newton or Darren McFadden to get it going, you need solutions now! Waiting for these players to get back to Fantasy relevance again while you continue to rack up losses can destroy your team. At some point you might have to start playing matchups with lesser named players. For example, this week, Cam Newton faces the Bears on the road, whileSam Bradford takes on the Patriots. Nuts to start Bradford? I don’t think so. Even Brandon Weeden seems almost more attractive than Cam as he goes up against the Chargers. Cam Newton and the Panthers are a mess right now and if you have Cam on you fantasy squads your team is most likely suffering as a result.

So my advice to you is don’t give up, keep grinding, and don’t be afraid to play a good matchup over a high draft pick that just isn’t producing.  Stay on that waiver wire,  look to make a trade to shake things up and try your best to get your squads back into gear. As always if you guys have any questions, you are more than welcome to shoot me an email at or @FantasySavvy on twitter.

You won’t see the obvious names on here, that would be pointless. Maybe occasionally to give you a reminder, but rather we are looking to identify some guys that you may be on the fence with and encourage you to either start or sit them. Matchups will be broken down, stats will be used, some projections will be provided and some “gut” feeling will be mixed in. But when it comes down to the come down, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

*Players listed in order of projected effectiveness in the start ‘em category and ineffectiveness in the sit ‘em category.


Start ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger vs Washington

The Skins have allowed at least two passing TD’s to every QB this season except for Josh Freeman and Eli Manning . They also have allowed every QB they have faced to go over 300 yards passing with the exception of Freeman who threw for 299! The Steelers will move the ball and Ben has a great opportunity for a nice day here. Look for close to 300 yards passing with at least two TD’s.

Andrew Luck @ Tennessee 

Although Luck ran for two TD’s last week, he does not have a passing TD in two weeks. Expect that to change Sunday against the Titans who are allowing the 6th most points to Fantasy QB’s. Reggie Wayne faced off against Antonio Cromartie and Joe Haden the last two weeks, but the Titans have nobody who can cover him. Look for Luck to find his best target often and for Luck to get back on track throwing the football.

Sam Bradford vs New England (Game in London)

Like last season the Patriots secondary is once again one of the worst in the NFL. Only New Orleans is allowing more fantasy points to QB’s. In their last five games the Patriots have allowed 13 touchdowns and  four 300-yard passers. Normally I wouldn’t touch Sam Bradford with a ten foot cheesestick, but even he can take advantage of this matchup.

Sit ‘Em

Josh Freeman @ Minnesota

I am not buying Josh Freeman just yet. He tore up New Orleans last week, but everybody does. The week before he succeeded against Kansas City, but they have been putrid overall as well. Freeman has also struggled in his two road games this year averaging just 175 yards while throwing  just 3 TD’s with 3 Int’s. I think Minnesota will get pressure on Freeman and force him into a rough game. Also these Thursday Night games have been  low scoring all year as they are averaging eight points less than Sunday games. If Freeman gets it done this week, I MIGHT start to believe in him, but I doubt he does.

Matt Stafford vs Seattle

What is going on with this Detroit passing game that saw Stafford throw for 41 TD’s and and over 5,000 yards last season? First, Stafford isn’t getting much protection, second teams are now coming up with new gameplans to take away Calvin Johnson and third Stafford’s mechanics have been poor. I think eventually the Lions will pick up the pace, but it’s hard to expect it to start this week. Seattle is allowing an average of  just 14 fantasy points per game to QB’s.

Cam Newton @ Chicago

Last time I put Cam on this list, he proved me wrong against Atlanta, but I feel pretty secure in saying that he will struggle vs the Bears. Cam isn’t playing well, but at the same time he has faced Seattle and Dallas in his last two games, two teams who are top-five in pass defense. After this week, it may be time to buy-low on Cam as he goes onto face Washington, Denver and Tampa Bay in his next three games. His playoff schedule also looks good going against Atlanta, San Diego and Oakland in Weeks 14, 15 and 16. After facing the Bears this week Cam will have endured three of the roughest matchups a Fantasy QB can face, but the road gets much easier from there on out and I expect him to turn things around. Just think about sitting him this week.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Chris Johnson vs Indianapolis

Johnson exploded last week against the Bills for 195 yards with two TD’s and has been showing signs of life. The Bills defense was a swiss  cheese matchup, but Johnson also excelled against the Texans and Steelers defenses respectively. The Titans will be in this game and Johnson should get plenty of touches. The Colts rush D played well last week, but that was against a banged up Trent Richardson. The week before Shonn Greene gashed them and they have struggled most of the season so expect CJ to keep up his good play in Week eight.

Willis McGahee vs New Orleans

The Saints vs. Broncos game is going to be filled with a ton of points and all your players on these teams should be in your lineups. McGahee is no exception. Manning will be utilizing Willis often and I expect him to find the endzone this week. The Saints have been the worst at defending Fantasy RB’s allowing 34 points per game so get Willis in those lineups.

Doug Martin @ Minnesota

Martin ran fairly well last week against New Orleans and even though that was a dream matchup, he got the job done running for 86 yards and a score. The Vikings just allowed waiver wire Hall of Famer LaRod Stephens-Howlinggo over 100 yards on them and with a short week and little time to rest, facing Martin won’t be a easy task.LeGarrette Blount might of also played himself out of goal line carries after being stuffed three straight times on the goal line against the Saints. Blount ran with no attitude whatsoever and Martin will now most likely be called upon in all goal line situations in this game.

Sit ‘Em

LaRod Stephens-Howling vs San Francisco

Howling was one of the top pickups this week, but don’t expect to him to produce against the 49ers. Keep him benched. Kind of sucks when you pick a  guy up and then really can’t start him huh? You could be cutting him after this week!

Michael Turner @ Philadelphia

The defense wasn’t the problem in Philly so not sure why Andy Reid felt he had to fire Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo. Maybe he’s just looking for a scapegoat or maybe he really didn’t get along with the guy. Anyway, Turner always seems to struggle in tough matchups and the Eagles have been stingy against the run this season ranked 8th best in fantasy points allowed to RB’s. I see a very slow week for Turner, it could be one of those 16 carry, 40-yard, scoreless games.

Steven Jackson vs New England

Still have this guy? I told you to trade him six weeks ago! This is the last time he will be on this list. Daryl Richardson is now cutting heavily into his touches and will remain a factor. The Pats can’t stop the pass, but they have only allowed one 100-yard rusher all year and Jackson sure as schnikes won’t be the second!

Wide Recievers

Start ‘Em

Jeremy Kerley vs Miami

Kerley had the best game of his career against the Pats going over 100 yards receiving and I feel safe using Kerley against Miami who have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to WR’s. Kerley is a good route-runner and Sanchez‘ play has picked up the past few weeks. Look for Kerley to produce again for your fantasy teams.

Josh Gordon vs San Diego

With 22 targets and 4 TD’s in his last three games, Gordon has to be in your lineups until proven otherwise. Weeden has the arm to get the speedster the ball deep and Gordon continues to get open. The matchup is also favorable as San Diego is allowing the the 6th most fantasy points to WR’s.

Kenny Britt vs Indianapolis

Britt failed in a good matchup against Buffalo last week, but let’s throw him out there again in another nice matchup. This week at home I say he gets the job done. As noted many times, Indy’s defense is not good!

Sit ‘Em

Steve Smith @ Chicago

Smith continues to underwhelm each week and as Cam goes he will go. With the Bears and Charles “Peanut” Tillman coming up, Smith needs to be on benches if you can afford to do so. Like with Cam, Smith is another good buy-low candidate.

Dwayne Bowe vs Oakland

Matt Cassel is healthy coming back from his concussion, but Romeo Crennel has chosen to go with Brady Quinn. I own Bowe in the FP911 staff league and I am going to bench him for Denarius Moore. I just don’t trust Brady Quinn, how can you, the guy has done nothing to earn our trust. Hopefully he doesn’t sap Jamaal Charles‘ value as well. Bowe and Cassel have had a nice chemistry, but we need to wait and see if Quinn can get him the rock. I am scared about the Chiefs altogether right now. Hopefully Quinn can be decent.

Hakeem Nicks vs Dallas

Nicks is finally feeling healthy and looks to be almost past his injuries, but I would be cautious about starting him against Dallas. The Cowboys are 5th best against Fantasy WR’s and contained Nicks in their Week 1 matchup holding him to just 38 yards on four catches.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Heath Miller vs Washington

Gotta stick with big Heath once again this week as he looks to keep it rolling against the Skins. Good chance for him to do so because the Skins are allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to TE’s.

Dustin Keller vs Miami

I have a “gut” feeling that Keller is going to finish the year very strong. If he’s still available in your league go snatch him up. I know it was against the Pats and they can’t stop anything,  butI just liked the way Keller looked. He has always been one of the more athletic Tight Ends in the league and I believe Sporano is going to involve him heavily into the gameplan. I expect another quality game against Miami.

Joel Dreessen vs New Orleans

Suprisingly, New Orleans has been good against Tight Ends, ranked 4th best, but I like this spot for Joel. Again I am starting everybody I possibly can in this matchup betweeen these two teams. I even like Jacob Tamme, but of the two, I believe Dreessen will be the one to find the endzone and be the better play.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook vs Indianapolis

The Colts are having a tough time stopping any other position, but they are the best against Tight Ends allowing an average of just six points per game. Cook isn’t as good as advertised anyway, so don’t be hesitant to drop him.

Jermichael Finley vs Jacksonville

If I hear “Finley has all the talent in the world” one more time, I am going to blackout! No, the guy doesn’t have all the talent in the world. He has hands of stone and is vastly overrated. It’s almost time to give up on this guy. He’s droppable at this point. Finley does have some talent, but the Packers are just stacked with options and he will remain inconsistent.

Vernon Davis @ Arizona

Back to back horrid weeks for Davis and he wasn’t even targeted last week. Unfortunately we saw these types of performances last year from Davis. It’s not his fault, blame the offensive coordinator and Alex Smith. The 49ers will start getting the ball in their best receivers hands again eventually, but they may find it tough against Arizona who are allowing just eight points a game to Tight Ends. With Smith’s recent play and Arizona’s tough D on TE’s, consider sitting Davis in Week eight.


Start ‘Em

Aldon Smith @ Arizona

This is a great spot to start Smith who has 5.5 sacks on the year thus far. The Cardinals have allowed the most sacks in the league and Smith is a QB hunter. Get him in your lineups.

Mark Barron @ Minnesota

Barron has had a solid rookie campaign with 34 solo tackles and seven pass deflections. Expect Barron to rack up the tackles in this matchup as the Vikings pound the run.

Sit ‘Em

DeAngelo Hall @ Pittsburgh

As I’ve stated before, Hall struggles against quality QB’s and WR’s. He won’t do much against Big BenMike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

Cortland Finnegan vs St. Louis

Finnegan is most likely going to defend Wes Welker in this matchup and I don’t think he fares well. He may get a few tackles, but the interceptions and deflections opportunities will be limited. Keep him benched for one more week.

FantasySavvy: Week 1 Rankings


  1. Cam Newton @ TB
  2. Drew Brees vs WASH
  3. Matthew Stafford vs STL
  4. Tom Brady @ TEN
  5. Aaron Rodgers vs SF
  6. Matt Schaub vs Miami
  7. Michael Vick @ CLE
  8. Peyton Manning vs PIT
  9. Jay Cutler vs IND
  10. Robert Griffin III @ NO
  11. Phillip Rivers @ OAK
  12. Matt Ryan @ KC
  13. Ben Rothlisberger @ DEN
  14. Andrew Luck @ Chicago
  15. Carson Palmer vs SD
  16. Alex Smith @ GB
  17. Jake Locker @ NE
  18. Joe Flacco vs CIN
  19. Russell Wilson @ ARi
  20. Matt Cassel vs ATL
  21. Sam Bradford @ DET
  22. Josh Freeman vs CAR
  23. Mark Sanchez vs BUF
  24. Ryan Tannehill @ HOU
  25. Blaine Gabbert @ MIN
  26. Andy Dalton @ BALT
  27. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ NY
  28. Christian Ponder vs JAC
  29. Brandon Weeden vs PHI
  30. John Skelton vs SEA

Running Backs

  1. LeSean McCoy at CLE
  2. Ray Rice vs CIN
  3. Darren McFadden vs SD
  4. Arian Foster vs Miami *Questionable
  5. Jamaal Charles vs KC
  6. Matt Forte vs IND
  7. Chris Johnson vs NE/ Marshawn Lynch @ ARI *Questionable
  8. Darren Sproles vs WASH
  9. Steven Ridley @ TEN
  10. Doug Martin vs CAR
  11. Trent Richardson vs PHI *questionable
  12. Shonn Greene vs BUF
  13. Michael Turner @ KC
  14. Steven Jackson @ DET
  15. Fred Jackson @ NYJ
  16. Reggie Bush @ HOU
  17. Willis McGahee vs PIT
  18. Kevin Smith vs STL
  19. Frank Gore @ GB
  20. Ben Tate vs MIA
  21. Donald Brown @ CHI
  22. Peyton Hillis vs ATL
  23. DeAngelo Williams @ TB
  24. Jonathan Stewart @ TB *questionable
  25. Rashad Jennings @ MIN
  26. Cedric Benson vs SF
  27. Maurice Jones-Drew @ MIN
  28. Adrian Peterson vs JAC * questionable
  29. Ronnie Brown @ OAK *Mathews out
  30. C.J. Spiller @ NYJ/ Michael Bush vs IND
  31. Jonathan Dwyer @ DEN/ BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ BAL
  32. Roy Helu @ NO
  33. Toby Gerhart vs JAC
  34. Pierre Thomas vs WAS
  35. Mark Ingram vs WAS
  36. Evan Royster @ NO
  37. Issac Redman @ DEN
  38. Chris “Beanie” Wells vs STL
  39. Ryan Williams vs STL
  40. Robert Turbin @ ARI
  41. LeGarrette Blount vs CAR
  42. Jacquizz Rodgers @ KC
  43. Kendall Hunter @ GB
  44. Chris Rainey @ DEN
  45. Danny Woodhead @ TEN

Wide Receivers

  1. Calvin Johnson vs STL
  2. Andre Johnson vs MIA
  3. Larry Fitzgerald vs SEA
  4. Julio Jones @ KC
  5. Steve Smith @ TB
  6. Greg Jennings vs SF
  7. Jordy Nelson vs SF
  8. Brandon Marshall vs IND
  9. Percy Harvin vs JAC
  10. Wes Welker vs TEN
  11. A.J. Green @ BAL
  12. Roddy White @ KC
  13. Marques Colston vs WASH
  14. Jeremy Maclin @ CLE
  15. Antonio Brown @ DEN
  16. Mike Wallace @ DEN
  17. Eric Decker @ PIT
  18. Dwayne Bowe vs ATl
  19. Reggie Wayne @ CHI
  20. Demaryius Thomas vs PIT
  21. Justin Blackmon @ MIN
  22. Brandon Lloyd @ TEN
  23. Vincent Jackson vs CAR
  24. Torrey Smith vs CIN
  25. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs SD
  26. Steve Johnson @ NYJ
  27. DeSean Jackson @ CLE
  28. Titus Young vs STL
  29. Robert Meachem @ OAK
  30. Malcolm Floyd @ OAK
  31. Pierre Garcon @ NO
  32. Santana Moss @ NO
  33. Lance Moore vs WASH
  34. Sidney Rice @ ARI
  35. Brandon LaFell @ TB
  36. Greg Little vs PHI
  37. Santonio Holmes vs BUF
  38. Anquan Boldin vs CIN
  39. Danny Amendola @ DET
  40. Nate Burelson vs STL
  41. Michael Crabtree @ GB
  42. Randy Moss @ GB
  43. Austin Collie vs CHI *questionable
  44. Denarius Moore vs SD *questionable
  45. Mike Williams vs CAR
  46. Emmanuel Sanders @ DEN
  47. LeStar Jean vs MIA
  48. Jon Baldwin vs ATL

Tight Ends

  1. Jimmy Graham vs WAS
  2. Rob Gronkowski @ TEN
  3. Antonio Gates @ OAK
  4. Aaron Hernandez @ TE
  5. Vernon Davis vs GB
  6. Jermichael Finley vs SF
  7. Tony Gonzalez @ KC
  8. Fred Davis @ NO
  9. Brent Celek @ CLE
  10. Jacob Tamme vs PIT
  11. Brandon Pettigrew vs STL
  12. Jermaine Gresham @ BAL
  13. Jared Cook vs NE
  14. Tony Moeaki vs NE
  15. Greg Olsen @ TB
  16. Owen Daniels vs MIA
  17. Coby Fleener @ CHI
  18. Dustin Keller vs BUF *questionable
  19. Kyle Rudolph vs JAC
  20. Dallas Clark vs CAR
  21. Joel Dreessen vs PIT
  22. Heath Miller  @ DEN
  23. Ed Dickson vs CIN
  24. Ben Watson vs PHI
  25. Zach Miller @ ARI
  26. Lance Kendricks @ DET
  27. Marcedes Lewis @ MIN
  28. Kellen Davis vs IND
  29. Scott Chandler @ NYJ
  30. Anthony Fasano @ HOU

Fantasy Savvy 2012: Fantasy Five, Week 1

By: Kevin Lewis

Bills at Jets

Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

Synopsis: Let me preface this by saying that I like Stevie Johnson in fantasy this year. He’s a WR2 who you can get at bargain basement prices. That being said, I don’t expect him to do much of anything this week. With the talk of his overplayed success being popular all week, I expect Darrelle Revis to send him a clear message on Sunday. He’s a “Do Not Start” for me.

I actually think both these QBs are being unfairly discarded from a fantasy standpoint. I’ve never seen a QB account for 32 touchdowns and not get drafted the following year, but that is where we are with Mark Sanchez. I think folks are brainwashed by the potential of Tebow, who is awful, taking over. But if you’ve watched both of them play QB, it’s quite obvious that Sanchez is much better. I get that Tebow will slice into a lot of work inside the 10, but Sanchez should be at worst, a good bye week substitution.

While I’m not a big fan of Ryan Fitzpatrick from a reality standpoint, last year he was doing well fantasy wise before he hurt his ribs. Buffalo plans on spreading it out, and Fitzpatrick has a decent mix of weapons at his disposal including two running backs that are pass catching threats.

Speaking of backs, I expect Fred Jackson to show this season the same things he showed before he broke his leg last season. I fully expect that he will be a top 7-8 fantasy back and be a steal with where he’s going in drafts (I’ve never seen him go before round 3). Even with a relatively strong performance last season, I’m not buying CJ Spiller being a significant factor out of the backfield for Buffalo this season. I think folks are overthinking in that regard and I think folks forgot what Jackson was doing before he got hurt last season. That being said, I like Spiller as a decent flex option with potential for more with a Jackson injury. I actually don’t like either this week as I think the Jets defense is out to send a message but Jackson may get a TD. Spiller may cause damage out of the backfield, especially with three and four WR’s on the field. The Jets don’t have anyone to contend with him really.

Prediction: Jets 24 Bills 14

Atlanta Falcons @ Kansas City Chiefs

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Synopsis:  Matt Ryan, Jamaal Charles, Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Dwayne Bowe, Julio Jones, Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers. There are a lot of prominent fantasy names featured in this contest.

Many are high on Matt Ryan this season. I have even seen a few people pick him to win NFL MVP. From a reality standpoint, I think he’s immensely overrated but from a fantasy standpoint I can see a little uptick in his numbers. First of all, I think Julio Jones will be the second best WR in fantasy this year (second only to Megatron). Second of all, the consistently productive Roddy White and steady Tony Gonzalez surround Jones. Possibly the biggest reason for a potential breakout for Matt Ryan is the fact that Michael Turner is declining and there might be a need for a more heavy reliance on Ryan. That is also why I like Jacquizz Rodgers. Atlanta should pass the ball more, and Rodgers is more useful in that setting. I have Ryan in the second tier of QBs with guys like Tony Romo, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers.

It will be interesting to see what Jamaal Charles does after missing an entire season with an ACL tear. He relies heavily on lateral quickness. The positive is that, unlike Adrian Peterson and Rashard Mendenhall, he’s had plenty of time to recover. The Chiefs run blocking is pretty good, and Charles had a robust 6.1 YPC in 2009/2010 on 420 carries. If he’s healthy, he should be incredibly productive. Only downside is that he will never score a lot of touchdowns but he did score 16 touchdowns in 2009/2010 and that is more than enough not to sap his value. Peyton Hillis may have some value as a flex because Kansas City should be running the ball plenty. Dwayne Bowe, for all his shortcomings, had 1100 yards and 5 touchdowns catching the ball from Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton the last two months. He should have a big year.

Last note, Dexter McCluster may have some use as a flex option in deeper leagues, because he may get plenty of touches as a safety valve of sorts. Prediction: Atlanta 27 Kansas City 20

Washington @ New Orleans

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Synopsis: Reality speaking, I really think the Saints will blow the Redskins out. Onto the fantasy side, there are interesting subplots at RB here on both sides. With Washington, you have the maddening tendency of Mike Shanahan to play Russian Roulette with his running backs. And with New Orleans, you have the conundrum that is Mark Ingram.

On the Redskins side, Roy Helu had a productive rookie season once he was inserted into the lineup, but now is second on the depth chart to the apparently less talented Evan Royster. In addition to that, rumblings about Alfred Morris became louder as camp progressed on. This situation is frustrating for me as a fantasy owner because I have Helu on three different teams as a late flier. In my eyes he is clearly the best back on the team but the Shanahan’s play around with the depth chart too much. The potential is there but the return likely won’t be because of circumstances Helu can’t control.

On the Saints side, you know what Darren Sproles is going to give you. He’s difficult to cover out of the backfield, and the short passes to him are like an extended running game for the Saints. The interesting player here is Mark Ingram. He struggled with injuries and had a general lack of productivity last year but he does have talent and he is setup to be a goalline back on arguably the most potent offense in football.  I think he is a good value where he is going because he can probably be a #2 back on your team and you’re getting him for #3 back/flex prices.

Who will start opposite Pierre Garcon for the Redskins? Who will fill Robert Meachem’s shoes? How will Jimmy Graham follow up his historic season last year? Who ends up being next in line behind Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston? What does Robert Griffin put forth in his rookie campaign? Prediction:  New Orleans 45 Washington 21

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

San Francisco @ Green Bay

Synopsis: I think Jermichael Finley is in for a breakout season this year. I think he’ll go for 1000+ yards. Why? I don’t really know. I’m not a huge fan of his mental makeup but the guy’s talent is so tantalizing, and you’d think more attention will be paid to Jordy Nelson who was second in the NFL in touchdowns last season. I like Finley as a top five tight end this year. Obviously, this is a tough matchup for him and the rest of the Packer offense.

Randall Cobb is a super sleeper for me, especially in leagues that keep track of return yards. Rodgers took kindly to him whenever he was on the field at wide receiver last year. With Driver being phased out a bit because of his decline, maybe Cobb’s workload increases. He’s shifty and runs good routes, and plays with the best QB in the sport. I see good things on the horizon.

On the 49ers side, Frank Gore is getting up there in “running back age”, and has quite a few miles on his tires. He had a rough second half of last year as he averaged less than four yards per carry and scored three touchdowns. The 49ers responded to that by signing Brandon Jacobs, and drafting LaMichael James to go with camp standout. Given a decline in the second half last year, and a conservative offense where his catches are practically eliminated because of being a consistent blocker, it’s not hard to see a scenario where Gore is no longer a RB1 caliber player. Kendall Hunter is a good late flier too as he’s impressed in camp, and Gore as mentioned is older and injury prone.

We’ll see if the 49ers continue to use Vernon Davis like they did in the playoffs where he had standout games against the Giants and Saints. If he does, he can be a top three TE. If not he’ll be what he was last year, an inconsistent player with a big game every now and again. Prediction: Packers 24 49ers 20

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Synopsis: Pittsburgh’s running back situation is loaded with question marks. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are pretty unremarkable talents and Rashard Mendenhall is fresh off an ACL injury and nobody knows when he’s coming back.

Todd Haley likes to throw the ball, and Ben Roethlisberger has a full arsenal of weapons. The line is spotty, but that’s never deterred Roethlisberger before. If Mike Wallace isn’t bitten by the typical post holdout lack of production, Roethlisberger could turn out to be a steal in the later rounds.

I also believe Antonio Brown will be the best fantasy WR on the Steelers and will end up top 10 overall in PPR formats. He’s in for a monster year.

On the Broncos, the most interesting developments will be the Eric Decker/DeMaryius Thomas dynamic and what McGahee will do now that the offense isn’t as run heavy. Without Tebow, and the defenses focusing to stop him in the game how will McGahee do? Who will be the more productive WR? DeMaryius or Decker? Will Peyton Manning’s neck hold up?

What will Jacob Tamme do? Unsurprisingly all of this hinges on Manning and just how healthy/productive he is. As far as this week, I’m not sure I like Manning in his first game against a defense that has given him trouble in the past. Long term though, I love the value with him.

Prediction: Pittsburgh 27 Denver 21

Fantasy Savvy Week 1 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Ok, it’s finally time for Football, no more drafts, no more auctions, although I know there are some leagues still drafting into this week. Thank god I’m all done because if I saw Coby Fleener or Benard Scott’s name anymore I was going to blackout! But were ready to rock and we get you set with the Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em’s. You won’t see the obvious names on here, that would be pointless. Maybe occasionally to give you a reminder, but rather we are looking to identify some guys that you may be on the fence with and encourage you to either start or sit them. Matchups will be broken down, stats will be used, some projections will be provided and some “gut” feeling will be mixed in. But at the end of the day, it’s your “gut” you need to roll with.

Quarterbacks- Start ‘Em

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III @ New Orleans

Griffin gets a great matchup to start the season against New Orleans and regardless of whether he plays great or not, he will put up productive numbers. Three reasons to start RG3 in this game. First, the Skins will most likely be playing catchup to the Saints powerful offense. Second, the Skins backfield is still a hot mess, so the Shahanan’s will most likely be putting the ball in RG3′s hands the majority of the game. Lastly, the Saints secondary allowed the 24th most points to Fantasy QB’s last year by giving up an average of 21 points per game. Simply throw RG3 out there and enjoy the show.

Matt Schaub vs Miami

Schaub has been very undervalued in drafts and auctions this year. Owners no doubt were concerned about his injury potential as well as Andre Johnson’s, while taking into account that this offense now runs through Arian Foster. But this is still a guy who threw for a combined 9,000 yards with 53 TD’s in 2009 and 2010 and last year was on his way to another successful season with 15 TD’s and 2,500 yards before he got hurt in Week 10.

For week 1 at least, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Schaub himself are all healthy and ready to go. The weapons are there, the matchup is there (Miami allowed the 23rd most points to Fantasy QB’s last year) and the Texans are at home on the turf. Schaub also might have a nice little second option this season in second year WR, Lestar Jean. I look for 250 to 300 yards passing with 2-3 TD’s from Schaub.

Peyton Manning vs Pittsburgh

The stats and logic will tell you to sit Manning in this matchup. First game back in over a year, new team, new offense and matched up with the Steelers who will be looking for revenge for their Wildcard loss to the Broncos. Pittsburgh was also number one in pass defense and were the best against Fantasy QB’s last season, allowing just 13 points per game.

Maybe we should just wait and see how he does? Give him a week?  Many fantasy “experts” think Manning will be a bust this season, but I disagree. I think he has a very successful season and starts the year off with a bang on Sunday night. This is still Peyton Manning we are talking about, arguably the best QB in the league two seasons ago. In Denver, he’s got the weapons in Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Willis McGahee. Then Sprinkle in a little Jacob Tamme and Brandon Stokley to make him feel at home. All systems a go as I look for Manning to approach 300 yards passing with 2-3 TD’s.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Fitzpatrick @ New York Jets

If Fitzpatrick is your starter in Week 1, you are either are in a two Quarterback league, a 16-team league, really waited long to take a QB or just love the Buffalo Bills. Fitzpatrick has started hot the last two seasons, but he’s going to have a slow week 1 facing the Jets and Darrelle Revis. Stay away.

Matt Ryan @ Kansas City

Obviously Ryan is expected to have the best season of his career with all the glorious weapons he has. I don’t doubt it, I just think this is a spot you might want to consider benching him. Arrowhead Stadium is going to be extremely loud for Week 1 and I expect the Falcons to struggle on offense a bit. The Chiefs are going to using their “ground and pound” strategy with the tandem of Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis and play ball control offense. The K.C. defense is also a young, and talented group who were very stout against Fantasy QB’s last year, ranking 7th best, allowing just 16 points per game.

Joe Flacco vs Baltimore

Like Matt Ryan, Flacco should improve on last season’s numbers, but he needs to be benched against the Bengals. In his last four games against Cincy, Flacco has thrown just four TD’s compared to five Int’s and is averaging a horrific 119 yards per game.  The Bengals were also the 5th stingiest in defending Fantasy QB’s in 2011. Cornerbacks Leon Hall, Nate Clements and newly added Terrence Newman will limit Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, capping Joe Flacco’s performance in Week 1.

Running Backs- Start ‘Em

Kevin Smith vs St. Louis

Pretty easy here, Lions will score a ton of points at home in this one and Smith will be a contributor. Mikel LeShoure is out two games with the suspension, Jahvid Best is still on the PUP list,  and so this is Kevin Smith’s job right now. When he’s healthy he produces and this is a great matchup against the Rams who allowed more than 150 yards rushing per game last season.

Shonn Greene vs Buffalo

In two games against Buffalo last season, Greene carried the ball 32 times for 154 yards, averaging five yards per carry. With L.T. gone, Greene could approach 20 carries in this game, reach 100 yards and possibly find the endzone against a Buffalo defense that gave up the third most points to Fantasy RB’s last season.

Michael Bush vs Indianapolis

Bush should make for a fairly solid flex play this week matching up with the Colts who allowed an average of 27 points per game to Fantasy RB’s last season, good for 4th most in the league. Matt Forte is still the main cog, but Bush should get a lot of the short yardage and goal-line carries. 40-50 yards rushing with a score is likely.

Sit ‘Em

Maurice Jones-Drew @ Minnesota

Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey has already announced Rashad Jennings will draw the start with MJD being mixed in, maybe getting 7-12 touches. Jones-Drew even stated this week that “he has to get his job back”.  Week 2 or Week 3 he should fully regain the reigns, but in the meantime keep him benched while he gets back into the groove of things.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Baltimore

Bernard Scott has ruled himself out for Sunday and the “Lawfirm” will be ready for a big workload, but don’t expect much production against the Ravens. Baltimore was 4th best in defending the RB position last year.

Cedric Benson vs San Francisco

The 49ers had the number one run defense last season and allowed the fewest points to Fantasy RB’s so steer far and clear from Benson this week. Even if they do punch it in from the one yard-line, we could be hearing the Kuhnnnnnnnnn as John Kuhn scores a TD. This could be a frustrating season overall for Benson owners.

Wide Receivers Start ‘Em

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins

Santana Moss @ New Orleans

Moss will be in the slot this year for the Skins, a role I think he can excel in. If you guys have been following me, you know I have been bullish on Moss this year as a nice little sleeper pick. He should get things going in this high scoring affair with the Saints.

Reggie Wayne @ Chicago

Wayne and Rookie QB Andrew Luck showed a nice rapport in the preseason and I expect that continue all year. Wayne is no longer catching passes from Curtis Painter or Kerry Collins, he now has a legit, accurate QB tossing him the rock. Expect Luck to lean on Wayne early and often, in this matchup with the Bears secondary.

Justin Blackmon @ Minnesota

If Blaine Gabbert wants to keep his job, he will need to deliver the ball consistently to the vastly talented Blackmon. We saw it in the preseason with Blackmon and Gabbert hooking up for 136 yards and a TD in about 6 quarters. The Minnesota Defense should make it easy on the duo as they allowed the 2nd most to Fantasy WR’s last year. Blackmon was limited in Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, but should be fine for Sunday.

Sit ‘Em

Steve Johnson @ New York Jets

Recommending to sit Johnson here, even though Stevie J (don’t confuse with the producer) actually had his way with Revis last year finishing with 11 catches for 159 yards and a TD in two games. But I wouldn’t bank on Johnson this week, as he is still working his way back from groin surgery. Keep him reserved.

Brandon Lloyd @ Tennessee

We heard tons of hype about the Brady, Lloyd connection in training camp, but we didn’t see much of it in the preseason. This connection could take a few games to fully develop. In the meantime, Brady will be throwing to the usual suspects in Gronk, Hernandez and Welker. With Brady and Lloyd still working out some kinks and the the Titans ranking 5th best in points allowed to Fantasy WR’s last year, I am sitting Lloyd in Week 1.

DeSean Jackson @ Cleveland

No suspension as of yet for Browns CB Joe Haden, as he has appealed, so that means the Browns and their stout secondary should be in full force for the opener. Jackson may be in for a rebound season (I don’t see it), but either way, it would be wise to sit him against the Browns who ranked number one in defending Fantasy WR’s last year.

Tight Ends- Start ‘Em

Coby Fleener @ Chicago

Luck and Fleener (there’s that name again!!) have the Stanford connection working for them and it could show itself early  as both get accustomed to the NFL. It also helps that Brian Urlacher isn’t fully healthy and Chicago allowed the 26th most points to Tight Ends last season. If I had to pick between “Fantasy Sleepers” Kyle Rudolph and Coby Fleener in Week 1, I’m going with Fleener. I might just pick Fleener solely on the name. Fleeeeener!!!! To bad Gus Johnson left CBS.

Brent Celek @ Cleveland

Why no love for Celek? Brent finished the season strong last year finishing with 811 yards on 62 catches with 5 TD’s, but still was being under appreciated by Fantasy Owners in drafts this year. Vick loves to go to him and while the Browns are great against Fantasy WR’s, they can’t defend Tight Ends nearly as well, allowing the 16th most points to the position.

Vernon Davis @ Green Bay

After the 49ers kept Davis into block much of year last season which hurt his overall regular season numbers, they finally got the ball in Davis’ hands in the postseason. Davis exploded in his two postseason games finishing with 10 catches for 292 yards and 4 TD’s. I know that Jim Harbaugh is a smart man, so he should be looking Davis’ way even more this season. Davis should pop off in Week 1 against Green Bay who allowed the 2nd most points to Fantasy TE’s last year. Davis also has 308 yards and 13 catches in three career games against the Pack. Start with confidence.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook vs New England

Cook is a beast in size at 6’5 250 and could very well have a breakout season, but this a matchup to consider reserving him in. The Pats allowed the 2nd fewest points to Tight Ends last season with just around 10 points per game. Maybe give Locker and Cook a little more time to develop before fully trusting this connection.

Brandon Pettigrew vs St. Louis

Pettigrew should enjoy a nice season playing in this high-powered offense, but the Rams won’t make it easy on him in Week 1. St. Louis ranked numero uno in defending the Tight End last year, allowing a measly 8 points per game.

Jermaine Gresham @ Baltimore

Gresham is still questionable for Sunday, but even if he plays he should be on your bench going against the Ravens Defense. Ray Lewis has also reportedly dropped 20 pounds in order to keep up with the quicker Tight Ends. Gresham’s injury, Ravens Defense, not a good combo, stay away.

IDP Start ‘Em

Cliff Avril, Detroit Lions

DE, Cliff Avril vs St. Louis

Avril broke out for the Lions last year with 11 sacks. He should continue that surge this season and punish Sam Bradford who is being protected by one of the worst pass blocking offensive lines in the NFL. The Rams allowed a league-high 55 sacks last season.

DE, J.J. Watt vs Miami

Watt was one of leaders on Wade Phillips’ top ranked Texans defense last year and will enjoy playing against Miami who allowed 52 sacks in 2011.

Sit ‘Em

CB, DeAngelo Hall @ New Orleans

Don’t like this matchup for Hall who is better in Fantasy than he is in the NFL. Drew Brees will be throwing darts, leaving few chances for Hall to get deflections or an interception.

Cameron Wake @ Houston

The Texans will be running effectively and moving the chains all night. Their offense will be efficient and wear down this Miami defense. Keep Wake benched this week.

Fantasy Savvy WR Tiers

In stark contrast to the RB position, the WR’s are extremely deep this season. There is a ton of talent, and while grabbing your RB’s, QB and possibly TE early, you can afford to wait on your WR’s, if you choose to do so. Fantasy Savvy approved. We use the Boar Symbol on the Cereal Boxes which signifies our approval. Look for the Boar Symbol, Boar.

*players ranked in order within each tier

Tier 1

Calvin Johnson

Tier 2 

Julio Jones, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald,

Tier 3

Greg Jennings, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Roddy White, A.J. Green, Jordy Nelson, Mike Wallace, Brandon Lloyd, Steve Smith, Wes Welker, Dez Bryant, Percy Harvin

Tier 4

Marques Colston, Antonio Brown, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin

Tier 5

Vincent Jackson, Steve Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, , Reggie Wayne

Tier 6

DeSean Jackson, Torrey Smith, Justin Blackmon, Kenny Britt, Santana Moss, Malcolm Floyd

Tier 7

Titus Young, Santonio Holmes, Robert Meachem, Sidney Rice, Denarius Moore, Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Pierre Garcon, Nate Burleson, Greg Little, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Randy Moss, Brandon LaFell,

Tier 8

Randall Cobb, Jonathan Baldwin, Lance Moore, Vincent Brown, LeStar Jean, Kendall Wright, Doug Baldwin, Michael Floyd,  Brian Quick, Danny Amendola, Ruben Randle, Alshon Jeffrey, Golden Tate, Davone Bess, Eddie Royal