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.
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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.
Top 30 receivers drafted outside the top 50 on draft day
- Dez Bryant
- Andre Johnson
- DeSean Jackson
- 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.
- Allen Robinson
- Brandon Marshall
- Doug Baldwin
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Eric Decker
- Jarvis Landry
- Ted Ginn
- Allen Hurns
- Tavon Austin
- 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.
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
- Jimmy Graham
- Travis Kelce
- Martellus Bennett
- 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.
- Gary Barnidge
- Tyler Eifert
- Jordan Reed
- Delanie Walker
- 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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