San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) greets Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) during Super Bowl LIV Opening Night at Marlins Park.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: 2023 TE rankings; Travis Kelce alone at the top

Not getting Travis Kelce in your fantasy football draft comes with permission to wait for the right tight end.

We’re ready to endorse a slight reach for Mark Andrews given his consistent production for the Ravens, and we might be able to buy into your affinity for George Kittle despite a string of injuries.

But waiting stands as the more likely strategy for a strong return than reaching with fingers crossed that this is the year T.J. Hockenson gets it done.

Here are our top 15 fantasy tight ends for the 2023 season:

1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs

A seventh consecutive 1,000-yard season came in a season in which Kelce had 152 targets. The Chiefs continue to feed Kelce in the red zone and scheme to spring him for big plays. Do it, and don’t look back.

2. Mark Andrews, Ravens

Andrews likely won’t put up another 100-reception season as he did in 2021 now that Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers are on the scene, but his targets aren’t likely to decrease as much as some anticipate.

3. George Kittle, 49ers

Kittle was on the receiving end of seven of QB Brock Purdy’s 13 touchdown passes during the regular season and the only reason to doubt that connection will thrive again is injury woes for both players.

4. Dallas Goedert, Eagles

With Miles Sanders gone, Goedert healthy and teams consistently shading help toward A.J. Brown, Goedert has breakout potential as Jalen Hurts’ security blanket.

5. Darren Waller, Giants

Many moons ago — ok, 2020 — Waller had 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine TDs with the Raiders. We’re betting he’ll be a threat for the Giants, who want to bring balance to a run-heavy offense.

6. T.J. Hockenson, Vikings

Traded from the Lions, Hockenson amassed 60 receptions on 86 targets while racking up 519 yards in 10 games with the Vikings last season. It wouldn’t be shocking for Minnesota to increase its percentage of play calls higher than 64.4 percent passes last season.

7. Evan Engram, Jaguars

The third-most targeted pass-catcher on the roster last season, Engram might see his total target share drop but the Jaguars should continue to look his way in the red zone.

8. Pat Freiermuth, Steelers

Too much is asked of Freirmuth to expect 100-yard games every week, but he’ll be one of the primary options when the Steelers get inside the 20.

9. David Njoku, Browns

Njoku had 164 yards and two scores on 17 catches in five games with Deshaun Watson at quarterback. If he gets Watson for 17 games this season, 50-600-7 isn’t a reach.

10. Kyle Pitts, Falcons

Pitts returns from a season-ending knee injury with a mixed bag of results. That includes 68 catches and some signs of a breakout during his 2021 rookie season. If he puts it all together, he has Kelce-type production potential.

11. Cole Kmet, Bears

12. Dalton Kincaid, Bills

13. Dalton Schultz, Texans

14. Greg Dulcich, Broncos

15. Chigoziem Okonkwo, Titans

16. Tyler Higbee, Rams

17. Dawson Knox, Bills

18. Juwan Johnson, Saints

19. Gerald Everett, Chargers

20. Irv Smith, Bengals

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: 2023 RB rankings; Nick Chubb the 1?

Offseason narratives focused on the devalued running back position are mostly moot in fantasy football.

San Francisco 49ers All-Pro Christian McCaffrey, the highest-paid player at the position, stands as the most coveted in leagues awarding points for receptions. Durability questions aside, McCaffrey fits perfectly in coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme even if it means sacrificing goal-line touches for wide receiver wizardry and the occasional Deebo (Samuel) dive.

Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns stands to receive more third-down work this season with Kareem Hunt gone. Based on his track record of consistency and top production, he could be the back that stands out.

But because Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler’s resume shows a TD machine who just so happened to finish tied for fifth in the NFL with 107 receptions, going headlong for Chubb is a massive leap of faith.

Here are our top 30 fantasy running backs in 2023:

1. Nick Chubb, Browns

If not for falling four yards shy of the millennium mark as a rookie, Chubb would have had 1,000 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns in each of his first five pro campaigns.

2. Christian McCaffrey, 49ers

Let’s go with 1A instead of 2 on the ratings scale. McCaffrey remains an acceptable choice for the No. 1 pick. For reference, he had more receptions than Seattle Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett last season, and 52 of them came after being traded to the 49ers from the Carolina Panthers in October.

3. Austin Ekeler, Chargers

Can you say contract year? With 107 receptions last season, Ekeler tied Dallas Cowboys wideout CeeDee Lamb for fifth and the Chargers, while part of the pay-your-running-back narrative we discussed up top, added only change-of-pace options in the offseason.

4. Saquon Barkley, Giants

Barkley comes with some injury worry but his floor in Brian Daboll’s offense looks likely to be as a 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown performer.

5. Jonathan Taylor, TBD/Colts

Oh pay, you say? Taylor’s ankle wasn’t right after Week 4 and he hasn’t strapped on a helmet in August while pining for a relocating in a standoff with the Colts. Trade or no trade, Taylor will get on the field at some point and don’t forget he led the NFL in rushing with 1,811 yards in 2021.

6. Josh Jacobs, Raiders

Right, the money thing. Franchise-tagged and a no-show during camp, Jacobs averaged almost 100 rushing yards per game in 2022 and set a career high with 340 attempts. When he returns, he’s the centerpiece of a rebuilt offense.

7. Bijan Robinson, Falcons

A dynamic back with speed and agility with open-field skill to thrive as a receiver, Robinson could jump into the top five of the position rankings as the bell-cow in Arthur Smith’s scheme.

8. Derrick Henry, Titans

Henry has scored double-digit touchdowns five seasons around as the one constant in a tattered Tennessee offense that was starting a practice squad signee at quarterback late last season.

9. Najee Harris, Steelers

Harris ranked fifth in the NFL in carries in 2022 and had 39 touches in the red zone. If he gets the same opportunities this season as Kenny Pickett proves a polished passer, Harris could be in the 1,500-yard range.

10. Kenneth Walker III, Seahawks

Walker has to share the opportunities that made him a breakout fantasy back in 2022 as a rookie. The Seahawks picked a running back in the second round for the second straight year, adding Zach Charbonnet from UCLA to form a clear thunder-and-lightning tandem. Charbonnet likely is to be the goal-line back.

11. Travis Etienne Jr., Jaguars

Jacksonville added more backs, but Etienne brings the big-play ability and built-in chemistry with former college teammate Trevor Lawrence to trust he’ll be the RB1.

12. Tony Pollard, Cowboys

A first-time starter, the only thing holding us back on buying higher on Pollard is head coach Mike McCarthy’s desire to spread the load among multiple ballcarriers.

13. Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots

14. Dalvin Cook, Jets

15. Aaron Jones, Packers

16. Rachaad White, Buccaneers

17. Dameon Pierce, Texans

18. Miles Sanders, Panthers

19. Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions

20. Cam Akers, Rams

21. James Conner, Cardinals

22. J.K. Dobbins, Ravens

23. Breece Hall, Jets

24. Joe Mixon, Bengals

25. Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs

26. Brian Robinson Jr., Commanders

27. Javonte Williams, Broncos

28. Alvin Kamara, Saints

29. Jamaal Williams, Saints

30. AJ Dillon, Packers

–Field Level Media

Jul 26, 2023; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball as quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier watches during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: 2023 QB rankings; trust Russ, Rodgers?

Rush to draft your quarterback if you must, but the depth implies there’s plenty to go around at the position in 2023.

Teams holding late picks in fantasy drafts should still be in position to land a volume scorer.

For the sake of argument, the chances Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert meets or exceeds Joe Burrow’s passing totals this season are quite high, even before Burrow limped his way out of training camp with a calf injury.

Here’s a peek at the fantasy football QB rankings for 2023:

1. Josh Allen, Bills
Until the Bills establish a formidable running game, we continue to punt the theory that Allen won’t run the ball in the red zone. He tied for 15th in the NFL last season with seven rushing TDs and tied for second with 35 TD passes.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
No more doubting Mahomes. Travis Kelce serves as an enormous security blanket and even without a proven No. 1 wide receiver outside, Mahomes was his MVP self last season. He averaged more than 300 yards and had at least one TD toss in every game.

3. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
Next-level Michael Vick is where Hurts took the bar last season, his second consecutive with at least 10 rushing touchdowns, a claim no other QB can make. Hurts accounted for at least one touchdown (passing or rushing) in 14 of his 15 starts in 2022.

4. Joe Burrow, Bengals
Burrow passed for at least 300 yards in 11 regular-season games over two seasons even while being sacked an NFL-high 92 times.

5. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
He’s etching plays in the playbook and not sweating his next payday. The return of MVP Lamar? He topped 750 rushing yards for the fourth consecutive season and the Ravens might finally have the right mix at wide receiver.

6. Justin Fields, Bears
Three games with 130-plus rushing yards in 2022 helped fantasy owners, but it’s no path to longevity in the NFL. Significant additions on the offensive line and at receiver — hello, D.J. Moore — elevate Fields’ potential to chase 30 (passing TDs) and 10 (rushing TDs).

7. Justin Herbert, Chargers
Looking for a QB to reach for in the draft? This might be the guy. Kellen Moore plans a lot of nine routes — fly patterns, go routes and verts, if you will — as offensive coordinator and Herbert won’t be shy about letting it rip.

8. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars
Calvin Ridley brings a relevant receiver to the equation and ups the chess options for Lawrence.

9. Deshaun Watson, Browns
Teams knocked rust off Watson last season and he’s driving the Cleveland offense with a co-pilot in top-rated running back Nick Chubb.

10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
A more complete WR corps gives us confidence Prescott’s numbers are ready to jump and those INT totals drop.

11. Aaron Rodgers, Jets
12. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
13. Derek Carr, Saints
14. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
15. Jared Goff, Lions
16. Daniel Jones, Giants
17. Geno Smith, Seahawks
18. Russell Wilson, Broncos
19. Matthew Stafford, Rams
20. Kenny Pickett, Steelers

2023 Sleeper: Jordan Love, Packers
Green Bay is well-stocked at running back but if the Packers get rapid growth from their wide receiver and tight end projects, Love could quickly jump into spot-start consideration as a No. 2 fantasy QB.

Pass on this QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, Raiders
With one 300-yard game in San Francisco last season, Jimmy G is not a notorious high producer and history says at age 31 he’s more likely to land on IR than post his first 30-TD season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) celebrates his touchdown reception during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football: 2023 WR rankings highlight emerging Garrett Wilson

Aaron Rodgers landing with the New York Jets changes a few things in the fantasy football landscape.

For starters, the value of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson shot through the roof. The wide receiver instantly drew comparisons to Rodgers’ former favorite target, Davante Adams, who rolls with rather exclusive All-Pro company.

Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, with 324 receptions in his first 50 NFL games, continues to smash records and stands as one of the most coveted players in fantasy football in 2023.

If drafting today, here’s our analyst’s rating of the top 25 fantasy football wide receivers for 2023:

1. Justin Jefferson, Vikings
Being solid as a baseline and sensational with regularity is the way to win your fantasy title. Jefferson had eight touchdowns last season, a modest total for No. 1 overall pick consideration, but 10 games with 100-plus yards (including 184, 154, 193 and 223) and six games with 10 or more receptions.

2. Ja’Marr Chase, Bengals
At 23, Chase already has plenty of pelts on the wall. Jefferson’s teammate at LSU should continue rising provided he avoids injuries. An Offensive Player of the Year type of season is infinitely possible.

3. Tyreek Hill, Dolphins
Hill changed teams and promptly had 119 receptions, while also demolishing Mark Clayton’s team record for receiving yards with 1,710 in his first season in Miami.

4. Garrett Wilson, Jets
Aaron Rodgers? Yes, please. Wilson topped 1,100 yards last season and posted 100-yard games with these fellas: Joe Flacco, Zach Wilson and Mike White. Grab him early and don’t apologize.

5. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions
Get to know him. Try to own him, fantasy freaks. He’s tops in NFL history in receptions (196) and games with eight-plus catches (11) and second in receiving yards (2,073) through a player’s first two seasons.

6. Cooper Kupp, Rams
The Rams had to tap the brakes on Kupp during training camp. Considering he turned 30 this summer and played only nine games last season, this is a buyer beware player with an unstable QB situation. When he’s right — well, Kupp won the Triple Crown two seasons ago with the most catches, yards and TD catches in the NFL.

7. Davante Adams, Raiders
Maybe the QB doesn’t matter for Adams. We might be about to find out. He has six seasons with 10-plus TD receptions.

8. Stefon Diggs, Bills
Josh Allen’s WR1 might lose red-zone touches as Buffalo buys into spreading the ball around, and he was angry throughout the offseason. If he goes full diva mode, we apologize for not ranking him lower. Consider this a mild warning.

9. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
Lamb appeared to round into form with Dak Prescott in the lineup, posting 100-yard games in five of the final nine last season and setting a career-best with nine TDs.

10. A.J. Brown, Eagles
Brown fell four yards shy of 1,500 in his first season with the Eagles and an encore or better should be doable.

11. Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins
12. DeVonta Smith, Eagles
13. DK Metcalf, Seahawks
14. Tee Higgins, Bengals
15. Chris Olave, Saints
16. Deebo Samuel, 49ers
17. Keenan Allen, Chargers
18. D.J. Moore, Bears
19. Amari Cooper, Browns
20. Mike Williams, Chargers
21. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
22. Calvin Ridley, Jaguars
23. Terry McLaurin, Commanders
24. George Pickens, Steelers
25. Mike Evans, Buccaneers

–Field Level Media

Answering the Fantasy Football Players Injury Dilemma

All fantasy football players have had this dilemma:

Player X is my best option at WR 2 but he’s coming off of that groin injury and took limited reps in practice this week… should I start him or go with my backup who averages a couple less points?

The real question being asked is: what effect does being on the injury report have on average weekly performance when a player is still active for game day?

To analyze this question in an objective way, we need to look at the numbers. Specifically – we need to contrast the average or expected output of Player X when healthy (defined here as not-listed on injury report or full-participant in weekly practice) vs average or expected output of Player X when injured (defined here as listed on official injury report for the week and/or limited practice reps). But Player X is a pretty small sample size so lets aggregate the differences across the league by position and injury type. The goal is to get a better overall understanding of whether certain positions are affected more by injuries, or if certain types of injuries have a more noticeable impact on fantasy football performance.

For this information – I downloaded the full offensive stat list for each team from and grabbed what I could for injury report data from which, unfortunately, was limited to the 2017 season only. As you’ll see from the data, even an entire NFL season boils down to a pretty small sample size but there are still relevant insights to be gained.

The criteria which we used for the analysis is as follows:

Hurt: Injury listed on injury report but player active and took snaps in game

Healthy: Full practice participant with no injury specified, or not listed at all on injury report

Aggregated by player average points (standard league) when healthy vs player average points when hurt. (weeks that a player left game early and did not return the following week were removed so as not to distort the ‘healthy’ averages)

Since different players obviously average different hauls in points, we need to look at the average difference in points, isolated by player. We can then combine these across the league by position group and injury type to get a better look at the overall picture.

I’m working on creating an unbiased metric for opposing defenses so that we can more fairly drill down to how different injuries may affect specific players, however for now this will serve as a good overall indicator in the average change in production (points) between healthy vs hurt – as it would be highly improbable that all weeks when players ‘played hurt’ aligned with weaker defenses and/or all weeks when players ‘played healthy’ aligned with better ones (or vice versa).

You might have noticed that I refrained from using the word ‘drop’ or ‘decrease’ when referencing the average change week-to-week when healthy vs. hurt … and the reason for that is the available evidence is inconclusive that you should expect any change as long as said player is listed as active.

The overall distribution is pretty normal (both positive and negative) and most of the data are well within the standard margin of error week to week for each position type (about 4.18 points overall). Additionally, in most cases the higher frequency injuries (larger sample size) were closer to the healthy averages when aggregated – meaning there’s a correlation between less data and a greater deviation from the norm, and vice versa.

Avg Standard Deviation of weekly Fantasy Points by position: (Standard League, from this dataset)

QB  +-  6.49
RB  +-  4.64
TE   +-  3.08
WR +-  4.01

This further suggests that the more extreme deviations (in the data) may just be one-offs. In fact every data point outside of the 4-point margin had only 1 or 2 occurrences in 2017 to draw from and probably don’t qualify as hard evidence of any trends.

I think that may be  interesting in and of itself. This suggests that there shouldn’t be any expected change in production as long as a player is active. This also makes sense from the team’s standpoint, if you consider that by the time they allow a player to participate on gameday they expect his performance to be close-to-par. We also know that essentially every player is ‘hurting’ somewhere (from normal wear-and-tear) so ‘playing hurt’, as defined here, may be closer to the norm than most fans realize.

The net was about a 0.40 point overall reduction on average, but again with plenty of examples where players performed better than normal. It’s certainly not conclusive, however, and would be very interesting to see if this holds true over a 10 year period or more – or if the NFL has gotten better over time at diagnosing when a player is ready to come back.

Avg Change in Standard League Points (Healthy -> Inj) by Position, 2017 season

Position FantasyPoints SampleSize
RB -1.19 25
TE -0.65 18
WR -0.13 51
QB +2.74  4

Avg Change in Standard League Points (Healthy -> Inj) by Injury, 2017 season

Injury FantasyPoints SampleSize
Right Shoulder -4.66 1
Foot -4.23 1
Neck -3.97 3
Illness -3.08 2
Rib -2.92 2
Shoulder -2.80 8
Thumb -2.79 1
Groin -2.35 6
Knee -1.75  16
+0.43 1


Stay tuned for the other side of this as we take a look at defensive players in a future post. One thing I’m curious of is the potential case that offenses attack a defensive player (or his side of the field) more often when they are known to be injured – which may lead to an increase in opportunities to make plays and accumulate points.

For reference, here is a link to the NFL’s official personnel injury report policy for the 2017 season.

Week 9 Fantasy Disappointments

Fantasy football is a fickle beast. In Week 9 of the NFL season, three names had particularly poor outings considering what was expected of them.
Christine Michael
Michael is the guy for the Seattle Seahawks, at least for the time being. With Thomas Rawls due back in Week 11, Michael’s time as the bell-cow back could be coming to an end. That is especially true after a disastrous Week 9 performance.
Entering the game, Michael was projected as a top-10 player at running back and thus a must-start in all leagues. He finished the game against the Buffalo Bills with five total touches for one total yard! Luckily for owners, Michael found his way into the end zone to salvage what could have been a death sentence in weekly matchups.
Michael and the Seahawks have the Patriots on the schedule this week, and then Rawls is due back. The Patriots have one of the premiere rush defenses in the NFL. Michael’s usefulness as a fantasy starter may be over for good.
Charcandrick West
West was the biggest waiver pickup in the league between Weeks 8 and 9 because of the injuries around him. With Jamaal Charles hitting IR and Spencer Ware set to miss the game, West was due for a major workload in the matchup against Jacksonville. He did indeed dominate touches, but West did nothing with them. He had 16 total touches while no other Chief had more than five. He got 39 yards on the ground and 35 through the air; that was it. Ware is due back in Week 10, so West will once again be relegated to the bench.  He can safely dropped and disregarded at this point.
Dez Bryant
Though the Dallas Cowboys dominated the Cleveland Browns, Bryant did not partake in the festivities. He entered the week as arguably the number-one fantasy wide receiver because of the matchup. Instead of keeping pace with the likes of Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham, Bryant was a complete zero.
He caught one pass for 19 yards and never factored into the offense. This was a scary development for Bryant owners. Dallas had been playing so well without him, turning to the likes of Cole Beasley. Bryant returned to the field, had one good game and then disappeared again. Moving forward, it is hard to have confidence in him being a key in this offense that relies on running the football and the underneath passing tree.
Next up are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who boast a threatening offense but a defense that can be exploited in the passing game. Dak Prescott has little rapport with Bryant so who knows how often the latter will be targeted, let alone what he will produce.

Week 8 Fantasy Disappointments

Week 8 of the NFL season held lots of disappointment for fantasy owners. No player is ever a lock to have a monster day, but that guy you drafted in the 2nd round (We’re looking at you, Mark Ingram) wasn’t supposed to put up a negative number. Here are 3 of the most disappointing fantasy performers from this week.
Julio Jones
Julio was the consensus pick by experts to be the top fantasy receiver heading into Week 8. With a juicy matchup against the Green Bay Packers’ depleted secondary, everyone expected another monster performance from the star wideout. His speed and explosiveness should have been unmatched against a bunch of second-string corners. Instead, Jones only had 3 catches for 29 yards, good for just 2.9 standard fantasy points.
The game turned out to be a shootout just like everyone expected, but most of the fantasy production went to number 2 Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu, who had 9 receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Even Taylor Gabriel had a better fantasy day than Julio, posting 68 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions. Jones should certainly rebound next week against the Buccaneers, who are still fighting for playoff contention.
Mark Ingram
Ingram had a less than stellar matchup against a stout Seattle Seahawks rushing defense, but he was still considered a low end number one fantasy back heading into the contest. Ingram had seen at least 15 touches in 4 straight weeks, and he had been fairly productive.
Instead of seeing his usual volume, Saints head coach Sean Payton benched Ingram in favor of backup running back Tim Hightower, who went on to record more than 100 yards on the ground. This would have been a little easier to swallow for his fantasy owners if he hadn’t only had 5 yards on 3 carries when he got benched. In a standard league that scores a -2 for a fumble, Ingram left his owners with an abysmal -1.5 score.
DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins was a sure-fire top 10 pick in fantasy drafts to start this season. After finishing last season with 1,521 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, Hopkins was due for another monster season. Instead, he’s on pace for a measly 860 yards and 6 touchdowns this year. While this isn’t terrible, it’s a far cry from what owners expect from a first round pick.
Everyone expected Hopkins to turn things around against a terrible Detroit Lions defense that was to be without top corner Darius Slay. Instead, Hopkins only recorded 44 yards on 4 catches, good for just 4.4 standard points. After this most recent abysmal performance, Hopkins can now safely be considered a bust. With quarterback Brock Osweiler under center, things only appear to be getting worse for the star receiver.

Week 5 Fantasy Disappointments

The NFL and fantasy football are filled with surprises and disappointments. Something shocking is almost guaranteed to happen every week. The potential of chaos at any moment is one of the things that makes fantasy football so much fun to play. These are the three players that disappointed their fantasy football owners the most during Week 5.
Julio Jones
Julio Jones was coming off the sixth best receiving game in NFL history, so he was always going to have a hard time living up to expectations in Week 5. He was also stuck playing against the great cornerbacks of the Denver Broncos that have been able to shut down every great receiver they have faced this season. All of the fantasy football experts had Julio Jones ranked much lower than normal heading into Week 5, but he still managed to disappoint his owners. Jones only had two receptions for a total of 29 yards against the Broncos. The future should be a lot brighter for Julio Jones, but he may struggle to meet his lofty expectations on a weekly basis as the Falcons feature a much more balanced offense than last year.
Lamar Miller
Lamar Miller entered the 2016 season as the consensus 10th overall ranked player in fantasy football. While he has never lived up to this ranking, Miller still produced solid stats in his first four games thanks to a large number of carries each week. While the Vikings have one of the best defenses in the NFL, fantasy owners were still expecting a solid game from Miller thanks to his impressive workload. He severely disappointed by only gaining 20 rushing yards on eight attempts against the Vikings. Despite the horrible start, the upcoming schedule is very favorable for Lamar Miller. If the Texans continue the commitment to the running game they showed in their first four games, then Miller should be one of the more valuable running backs the rest of the fantasy football season.
Eli Manning
Eli Manning had three straight unimpressive games entering his Week 5 contest against the Green Bay Packers. Fantasy owners were still expecting big things from Manning because of the great matchup. The Packers have a great rush defense, but they showed no ability to stop the pass before their game against the New York Giants, who many believed would have one of the most potent offenses in the league this season. Manning only tallied 199 passing yards and one late touchdown against the depleted secondary of the Packers. Unlike the other two players on this list, it is hard to trust Manning in the near future. The terrible play calling of Ben McAdoo will probably limit Manning’s upside the rest of the season, so he is only a desperation play at this point in the fantasy football season.