Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. WRs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.
- Denoting PPR value with an asterisk is mainly for deciding your flex spots where a TE is a legitimate option in your deeper PPR leagues. Otherwise, it is very difficult to justify a TE as a flex. Jacob Tamme may be the cut-off spot in 12-team leagues.
- Using a game against the Saints for any player is maybe dumb, but Reed--when healthy--is easily TE4 with TE2 upside. His 8.29 targets per game are almost as much as Greg Olsen (8.56) and Rob Gronkowski (8.33). That Reed is actually scoring TDs for the first time in his career in recent weeks can be a trend that puts him over Olsen and Tyler Eifert. Olsen's playoff schedule and Eifert's huge game potential are the tiebreakers, but Reed is still trending upward.
- Be careful with these ranks. The position is a total mess after the #6 spot. Because Jimmy Graham is TE10, making him a legit #1 TE, but near the spot in the rankings where we are likely better off plugging in whomever is playing the Raiders. After Bennett, we may be better off streaming whomever is playing the Giants, Lions, 49ers, Seahawks, or Chargers.
- As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later because there is sell-high value to come. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom.
- Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.