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Year end review: WR and TE

One of the biggest parts of fantasy sports is that you are putting yourself in the position of a general manager of a team, and the goal of the game itself is to mimic real football as much as possible. Why am I starting off by saying this? Well if we really want to mimic what the NFL is doing for fantasy, we need to start valuing pass catchers more.

The NFL is a pass happy league. Teams are passing more than they run, and those few times they do run are sometimes being split up between three running backs.  This season is just another in what is trending to make receivers the most valuable position in fantasy, as long as you don’t play in two quarterback leagues.

For each position you will see the order the players were drafted within that position and what their ADP was. The fantasy point total is the total through Week 15, so no Week 16 stats were taken into account because not all of the games have been finished.
As always, post any questions you may have in the comment section below or hit me up on twitter @TheSportsGuy40.

Also don’t forget to check back next week for more information on playing fantasy football throughout the playoffs.

Wide Receivers

If you went receiver early you wouldn’t have killed your team, unless you selected Dez Bryant. Guys like Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb were letdowns for what people expected on draft day, but in the long run their owners could have survived because they gave them some great games.

A lot of people will be jumping on the zero-running back theory bandwagon next year because of what the receiving position did this season compared to the running backs.

Rank Overall ADP Player Total Points Position Ranking
1 6 Antoni Brown: PIT 217.4 2
2 7 Dez Bryant: DAL 58.1 71
3 14 Demaryius Thomas: DEN 138.8 15
4 16 Julio Jones: ATL 200.4 3
5 17 Odell Beckham Jr:. NYG 217.9 1
6 18 Calvin Johnson: DET 140 13
7 21 A.J. Green: CIN 166.6 8
8 20 Randall Cobb: GB 124.2 26
9 22 T.Y. Hilton: IND 131.6 21
10 24 Alshon Jeffery: CHI 104.7 36
11 27 Mike Evans: TB 120.8 27
12 30 Brandin Cooks: NO 148.1 11
13 32 Emmanuel Sanders: DEN 127.8 23
14 37 Jordan Matthews: PHI 111.9 30
15 33 DeAndre Hopkins: HOU 193.5 4
16 41 Andre Johnson: IND 59.8 66
17 42 Amari Cooper: OAK 137.7 16
18 45 Julian Edelman: NE 111.5 31
19 47 Golden Tate: DET 110.1 32
20 50 Keenan Allen: SD 94.5 42
21 53 DeSean Jackson: WAS 70.8 58
22 51 Jeremy Maclin: KC 131.8 19
23 59 Brandon Marshall: NYJ 188.1 6
24 57 Sammy Watkins: BUF 136.8 17
25 60 Jarvis Landry: MIA 140.5 12
26 62 Davante Adams: GB 46.7 86
27 66 Vincent Jackson: TB 74.3 54
28 75 Martavis Bryant: PIT 119.2 28
29 82 Nelson Agholor: PHI 26.5 111
30 79 Allen Robinson: JAC 192.1 5
31 81 Mike Wallace: MIN 56.6 72
32 85 Steve Smith: BAL 85 47
33 89 Charles Johnson: MIN 12.7 139
34 92 Larry Fitzgerald: ARI 151.1 9
35 93 Roddy White: ATL 48.9 82
36 96 John Brown: ARI 129.5 22
37 98 Victor Cruz: NYG 0 N/A
38 101 Eric Decker: NYJ 151 10
39 103 Torrey Smith: SF 77.9 52
40 104 Anquan Boldin: SF 85.1 46
41 115 Michael Floyd: ARI 108.2 33
42 114 Marques Colston: NO 76 53
43 116 Devin Funchess: CAR 59.3 69
44 121 Kendall Wright: TEN 58.7 70
45 119 Pierre Garcon: WAS 88.8 45
46 129 Brandon LaFell: NE 48.9 81
47 136 Eddie Royal: CHI 27.6 105
48 133 Terrance Williams: DAL 78.5 51
49 144 Devante Parker: MIA 41.5 91
50 172 Kevin White: CHI 0 N/A

Top 30 receivers drafted outside the top 50 on draft day

Player Points Position Ranking
Doug Baldwin 168.5 7
Ted Ginn 139 14
Allen Hurns 136.7 18
Tavon Austin 131.7 20
Michael Crabtree 126.9 24
James Jones 124 25
Travis Benjamin 116 29

The busts

  1. Dez Bryant
  2. Andre Johnson
  3. DeSean Jackson
  4. Davante Adams

When it comes to what you paid for them on draft day and their end of the line totals, these are the busts. If you look deeper at some game logs you might want to throw guys like A.J. Green and Randall Cobb into this group because they had a few great weeks, but they also had a lot of weeks that just killed their owners.

The steals

  1. Allen Robinson
  2. Brandon Marshall
  3. Doug Baldwin
  4. Larry Fitzgerald
  5. Eric Decker
  6. Jarvis Landry
  7. Ted Ginn
  8. Allen Hurns
  9. Tavon Austin
  10. Michael Crabtree

I could have listed a lot more here based on the point totals and where they were drafted. One issue with the receiver position is that a quite a few of boom or bust players end up looking good at the end of the season, but over the course of the season you missed a lot of those boom weeks because they were on your bench (or on waivers). I would assume very few people started Tavon Austin in the weeks he had huge games. Doug Baldwin was doing next to nothing for a large part of the season before turning into possibly the best receiver in fantasy down the stretch which catapulted him into the top-10.

Tight Ends

Another year that makes me think even more than in the past that you either take Rob Gronkowski early, or you wait until around the ninth or tenth round to take a tight end. People might say he isn’t worth it, but he would have been the number seven receiver in total fantasy points among wide receivers this season. The big bonus is you can get that production out of a position where most players score about five points per game.

Rank ADP Player Total Points Position Ranking
1 12 Rob Gronkowski: NE 173.2 1
2 25 Jimmy Graham: SEA 72.5 13
3 43 Greg Olsen: CAR 144.8 3
4 49 Travis Kelce: KC 106.2 7
5 61 Martellius Bennett: CHI 61.9 22
6 74 Jason Witten: DAL 74.2 11
7 86 Jordan Cameron: MIA 46.6 31
8 105 Delanie Walker: TEN 131.5 4
9 107 Julius Thomas: JAC 73.1 12
10 117 Dwayne Allen: IND 17 56
11 112 Zach Ertz: PHI 69.9 16
12 120 Owen Daniels: DEN 61.2 23
13 124 Antonio Gates: SD 82.5 10
14 141 Tyler Eifert: CIN 128.4 5
15 143 Coby Fleener: IND 53 25

Top 8 tight ends drafted outside the top 15 on draft day

Player Points Position Ranking
Gary Barnidge 147 2
Jordan Reed 127.8 6

The busts

  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Travis Kelce
  3. Martellus Bennett
  4. Jason Witten

Some might not consider Jason Witten a bust because he was drafted as the sixth tight end and ended up 11th overall, but he was definitely not worth being picked in the 60’s. Travis Kelce’s top-five season was carried by his huge Week 1 and a lot of disappointment after that.

The steals

  1. Gary Barnidge
  2. Tyler Eifert
  3. Jordan Reed
  4. Delanie Walker
  5. Julius Thomas

Barnidge wasn’t drafted, but the rest should have been. Eifert, Reed, and Thomas battled through some injuries, but when they were on the field they played at an elite level for a tight end.

 

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Andy Germani
I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.

2 comments on “Year end review: WR and TE

  1. Happy holidays, Andy. Thanks for all the advise this season. I needed to find insight and fantasy assembly was able to offer some great input to how to manage a team. I came in third of a twelve team league. Yeh, I wish I could say I won it all, but making the playoffs and giving myself a shot is just ok with me. So, once again thank you. Have a great year and I’ll be checking in from time to time. Jason

    • Glad you enjoyed it here!

      Third place isn’t what we all hope for but its still good nonetheless. I think my best overall team was a team that I finished in 3rd. Ran into a team that scored 155 in a 12 team standard league, to put in perspective in 8 years the highest score in any one week period is 166. My 103 wasn’t even close.

      In the last few weeks of the season it all comes down to who your opponent is and what week your team decides to show up. The best teams don’t always win. One year that league I was talking about had a championship game with a 13-2 team against a 9-6 team won it all.

      Its all about getting hot at the right time.

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