FNTSY Football: Top 100: 61-80

FNTSY Football: Top 100: 61-80

Welcome back for the second release of the Consensus Fantasy Football Top 100 for 2016. Unfortunately, there is no Josh Gordon to talk about this time, but there are a few interesting names. Now that we’re in to the second group, 61-80, I’ll drop a few names that missed the cut from the Top 100. If you missed Part 1 with players 81-100, just click here.

Rashad Jennings – Understandable given age, injury concern and Paul Perkins being a highly talented backup.

Vincent Jackson – On the downside of his career.

LeGarrette Blount – Patriots running back. Need I say more?

Tony Romo – No respect.

Rookies – Kenneth Dixon, Derrick Henry, Sterling Shepard, Josh Doctson, Perkins, Jordan Howard, C.J. Prosise, Devontae Booker, DeAndre Washington, Keith Marshall

Theo Riddick – I know someone is upset about this from the first list.

Few Quick Notes:

– Everyone in 81-100 had at least vote for being unranked, and surprisingly, all but five players had an unranked vote here as well

Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Brees, Allen Hurns, Giovani Bernard and Kevin White were those five

– Fitzgerald had the highest low rank of 87th overall

Donte Moncrief, despite having one unranked vote had the highest vote from the group at 26th overall

– List 81-100 had three QBs, five RBs, eight WRs and four TEs… Fantasy Football Top 100 list of 61-80 has two QBs, seven RBs, eight WRs and three TEs – pretty close in disbursement

Fantasy Football Top 100

Players 61-80





61Larry FitzgeraldARIWR
62John BrownARIWR
63Drew BreesNOQB
64Allen HurnsJACWR
65DeVante ParkerMIAWR
66Travis KelceKCTE
67Jeremy LangfordCHIRB
68Donte MoncriefINDWR
69Frank GoreINDRB
70Giovani BernardCINRB
71DeSean JacksonWASWR
72Tyler EifertCINTE
73T.J. YeldonJAXRB
74Duke JohnsonCLERB
75Kevin WhiteCHIWR
76Delanie WalkerTENTE
77Michael CrabtreeOAKWR
78Ameer AbdullahDETRB
79Danny WoodheadSDRB
80Carson PalmerARIQB

Adam Rank: NFL.com @adamrank

Gio Bernard, RB, CIN

I love Bernard in this spot. The Bengals are going to struggle this year, something I know the Cincinnati fans hate to hear (believe me, they have let me know on the social media). Here’s the thing, the loss to the Steelers in the playoffs is unlike any other. It’s one thing to lose to the Chargers or the Texans in the playoffs. To lose to your blood rival. Like that. Marv Lewis has run his course. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? That’s the Bengals. Plus, they lost some key offensive players and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

Oh yeah, so what does this all mean? Well the Bengals are going to struggle this year. Which means they will trail in more ball games. Which means more passing, which means more snaps for Gio. When it comes down to the two Bengals backs, I’m going to lean towards the guy who will be the volume play.

DeSean Jackson, WR, WSH

Jackson is a pretty interesting case here. He’s kind of like scrolling through your Sirius XM radio and hearing a Collective Soul song on the Lithium Channel. Now I normally wouldn’t want to listen to Collective Soul here, but after a quick scroll through the 80s channel, the 90s channel and the metal stations, you’re like, you know what, Collective Soul isn’t a bad option given the alternatives. That’s how I envision DJax.

I’m also torn how the presence of Josh Doctson is going to impact him. Will Jackson be threatened and go into a funk that he never gets out of? Or will this motivate him to have the best season of his life. It’s a pretty big leap of faith to say the latter. But if he moved down from this range, I’d be willing to take a chance on him. I just hope heaven will let its light shine down on him.

Delanie Walker, TE, TEN

I don’t know why people don’t talk about Delanie Walker more as an option at tight end. I like his ranking here, but don’t feel like the general public agrees with us. I’ve done tons of mocks on other platforms and Walker just continues to fall, even after the “run on tight ends” starts. But he’s a solid option. Like an Almond Joy candy bar. Nobody says it’s his favorite candy bar, but it’s pretty damn delicious. He’s going to be a great value pick. Because hey, sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.

Alex Miglio: FootballGuys.com @AlexMiglio

Allen Hurns, WR, JAX

The regression alarm is blaring for the Jacksonville offense, but everyone is wearing noise-cancelling headphones and playing Mobile Strike.

Allen Hurns is a great story. Undrafted out of Miami, the former Hurricane has taken the NFL by storm. (I get paid by the pun.) He just signed a four-year extension just two years after being completely overlooked in the NFL draft. Scoring 16 touchdowns in two seasons definitely helped matters.

Hurns scored 10 of those last season, but he did it on just 105 targets. That nearly 10 percent touchdown rate is plummeting this season, and he won’t have the volume to make up for it. He is going off the board way too early for me.

Andy Behrens: Yahoo! Sports @andybehrens

Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN

The first and most obvious problem with Eifert is that he’s injured. He’s recovering from ankle surgery at the moment, so he’s clearly at risk of missing the opening weeks of the season. Not exactly what you’re looking for in an early-round tight end. The second glaring problem with Eifert is that his 2015 production seems unsustainable. He only saw 74 targets last season, a total that ranked No. 20 at his position, but he managed to find the end zone 13 times. That’s really an insane TD-to-target ratio. Unless Eifert’s workload explodes this year, it’s awfully hard to imagine him approaching double-digit touchdowns. He caught only 52 balls for 615 yards last season (Jacob Tamme-like numbers), so he’s not a guy who helps in a significant way if he’s not breaking the plane.

Bob Harris: Football Diehards @footballdiehard

Carson Palmer, QB, CIN

While some will wonder if Palmer can overcome the setback of a horrible six-turnover performance in the Cardinals’ NFC Championship Game loss, I don’t. He’s bounced back from much more difficult circumstances than that in recent year. As NFL.com recently reminded readers, when Palmer first tore his ACL in 2006, doctors deemed the injury a “four” on a “scale of one to three.” When the Cardinals traded for Palmer in April of 2013, he was coming off a lingering elbow injury left him without his usual arm strength. Then, just as he was hitting stride in head coach Bruce Arians’ offense, Palmer was slowed by nerve damage in his throwing shoulder. Three months later, he tore the ACL in his left knee for a second time. But Palmer returned stronger than ever in 2015, tossing a career-best 35 TDs (against just 11 INTs). In addition, Palmer has joined the ranks of QBs who have become an on-field extension of their coach/play caller. Arians has supreme confidence in Palmer and with a strong supporting cast, there’s no reason to believe he won’t continue playing at or near his 2015 level, when he finished as a Top 5 Fantasy QB, in 2016.

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Donte Moncrief is a popular favorite player of the experts. Photo Credit: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

Chad Parsons: Under the Helmet Dynasty @ChadParsonsNFL

DeVante Parker, WR, MIA and Donte Moncrief, WR, IND

Parker and Moncrief stand out as glaring values in this range. Moncrief would be priced higher if not for Andrew Luck missing most of the season and the Indianapolis offense idling in neutral. As a result, Donte Moncrief’s likely breakout was put on hold until 2016. DeVante Parker flashed late in his rookie season, and finally Ryan Tannehill will get the keys to the offense at the line of scrimmage. Both are ideal upside plays with the potential to tilt Fantasy football championship odds in 2016.

Chris Meaney: FNTSY Sports Network @chrismeaney

Donte Moncrief, WR, IND

Moncrief scored a touchdown in his first five games with Andrew Luck last year and he picked up 48 targets in their seven games together. That’s an average of seven a game, which would have put him at a pace of 123 if not for Luck getting sidelined. Four of those five touchdowns came in the red zone as well. Look for Moncrief to take another step in his third year and take advantage of the departure of Andre Johnson.

Duke Johnson, RB, CLE

Johnson is one of four backs to have 50 plus catches and 100 rushing attempts last season. He’s more valuable in PPR formats, as he finished with the fourth most catches (61) and fifth most receiving yards (534) among running backs last season. Even still, 165 touches in your rookie year isn’t a bad mark. He’s one of a few three-down backs left in the game today. Hue Jackson threw to their running backs 20 percent of the time last season in Cincinnati.?

David Gonos: DavidGonos.com @davidgonos

Kevin White, WR, CHI

This isn’t expected to be a banner year for rookie wide receivers, which might cause some to pick White as a “second-year rookie” coming off a stress fracture in his shin from last offseason. It’s nice to think that White has absorbed a lot in his two NFL training camps – and learning from Alshon Jeffery during a full regular season. But even Jeffery needed two years before he was Fantasy-worthy, as do most wide receivers (not including the 2014 class!).

Dennis Esser: CoachEsser.com @coachesser

Duke Johnson, RB, CLE

Johnson was one of my favorite running backs coming out of the 2015 Draft Class. I had hoped he would find himself on the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys, but instead he found himself on the Cleveland Browns competing with Isaiah Crowell for touches on an offense that had a hard time sustaining drives. This season he gets a new head coach in Hue Jackson who is known as a run first, run second offensive mind. That bodes well for a running back that has shown the ability to make people miss. His hands, 61 receptions last year, give him the advantage of being more versatile than his running mate Crowell and will help pad his stats when the game flow goes away from the run. I think Duke makes a big leap this year as far as production so I love taking him where he’s going and usually before where we have him ranked.

Fantasy Footballers: TheFantasyFootballers.com @TheFFBallers

Donte Moncrief, WR, IND

Moncrief opened the season extremely strong in 2015. He had seven-plus targets in five of the first six weeks, and scored in five of the first seven. The season eventually went sour for the Colts, as did the Moncrief’s production. But, the metric freak is a top breakout candidate this year if Luck can bounce-back from last year’s disaster. The cherry on top is he can be had toward the later rounds in drafts. Moncrief is a high priority target for me this season.

Jamey Eisenberg: CBS Sports @JameyEisenberg

Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN

I hope people have adjusted their rankings to more accurately reflect where Eifert should go following his recent ankle surgery, and it’s not this high at No. 72 overall. There was already going to be some touchdown regression for him after he led all tight ends with 11 red zone touchdowns last year, and for a player with a lengthy injury history, he’s a risky No. 1 tight end coming into the year. He’s outside of my Top 100, and I would much rather have Delanie Walker of the group here and definitely Coby Fleener, who is lower on this list.

Jarrett Behar: Dynasty 1 Podcast @EyeoftheGator

Danny Woodhead, RB, SD

Woodhead at 79 criminally undervalues him in standard scoring. While everyone thinks of Woodhead as a PPR machine, he was actually the standard RB12 last year with over 1,000 combined yards and nine total TDs. Yes, I think that Melvin Gordon will get another chance to establish himself given his first round pedigree, but let’s remember that he’s coming off of microfracture surgery and has 217 total touches last year. So it’s not as if Gordon having a decent workload hurt Woodhead’s value too much. I actually think that Keenan Allen’s return hurts Woodhead more than Gordon, but to take a guy that was an RB1 last year and put him down towards the bottom of this list just doesn’t make all that much sense.

Jeff Ratcliffe: Pro Football Focus @JeffRatcliffe

Drew Brees, QB, NO

It’s crazy to think of how productive Brees has been. He’s thrown for 30-plus touchdowns in each of the last eight seasons, topping 5,000 yards four times. He screams value this year with the Saints upgrading with Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas.

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI

I just don’t get it. This guy averaged 3.6 yards per carry, was one of least elusive backs in the league, had one of the highest drop rates as a receiver, and struggled mightily as a pass blocker. If Jordan Howard is even half-decent, he’ll blow by Langford.

Kevin White, WR, CHI

Winter is coming, and it’s going to be a White-out in Chicago. This kid has the size-speed profile of a potential elite Fantasy receiver. I don’t think that happens this year, but I do expect White to have a breakout season.

Jody Smith: GridironExperts.com @JodySmithNFL

DeVante Parker, WR, MIA

Nice grab at this point if the “Adam Gase funnels his passing game thru his X-receiver” element plays out, as many analysts expect.

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI

Advanced metrics weren’t kind to the second-year back, and Jordan Howard looms as competition, making Langford a risk/reward pick.

Frank Gore, RB, IND

The Colts didn’t bring in any competition to take carries away from Gore, and with a healthy Andrew Luck, the offense should bounce back. Gore is a very nice value pick where his current ADP is.

Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN

Bernard simply outplayed Jeremy Hill last season, and could take even more carries away in a new offense.

Carson Palmer, QB, ARI

Very modest numbers in 2015’s last month once the Cardinals established David Johnson as a three-down back. I see Palmer as a target in the ninth round or later.

Joe Bond: FantasySixPack.net @FantasySixPack

T.J. Yeldon, RB, JAX

He is a ranked a bit too high in my book. With the addition of Chris Ivory this offseason, Yeldon is sure to lose plenty of early down carries. He will likely get the bulk of the third down work, but that does not mean he is worth a sixth round pick or that he should even go ahead of Ivory. In fact, another big reason they brought in Ivory is to work the red zone and goal line. Something that Yeldon was not trusted to do very often last year as he received just 22 total carries in the red zone and scored just once. Perhaps it was his 2.9 yards per touch in the red zone that did it. Either way, I think most are buying into too much of the hype train that is a second year running back that showed some promise, but forgetting that a very capable running back, Chris Ivory, is joining his side.

John Evans: Xs & Ys Podcast @JohnF_Evans

Donte Moncrief, WR, IND

Moncrief at 68 feels like a real value in standard leagues. With their “defense,” the Colts will find themselves in lot of shootouts. While he probably won’t be a PPR powerhouse, Moncrief will split red-zone targets with the ever-injured Dwayne Allen on a team without a stud running back. I foresee a bounce-back for Andrew Luck and this passing game, which means Moncrief will have his share of big games.

John Halpin: FOX Sports @jhalpin37

Duke Johnson, RB, CLE

I’m starting to like Duke Johnson more and more. Think of him as Hue Jackson’s new Gio Bernard, who average 1,116 yards from scrimmage in two seasons with Jackson as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator. Johnson had 61 receptions and 913 yards from scrimmage as a rookie, and could get even better this year. He’s a solid RB2 in PPR leagues, and can be regularly flexy in standard formats. He *might* work his way into some early down snaps, too.

John LaPresto: SoCalledFantasyExperts.com @TheJohnLaPresto

Frank Gore, RB, IND

Per Pro Football Reference, the last time a RB Gore’s age, 33, rushed for over 1,000 yards was in 1983, and since 2002 only one RB his age has rushed for over 900 yards. The odds are simply stacked against Gore and yes, we’ve said that about Gore in the past but sometimes the odds are too great to ignore. Since 2000, the average games played for an age 33 RB is just 12 with a rushing yardage total just over 200. There are simply too many options with upside for me to bet against father time this early in my draft.

Liz Loza: Yahoo! Sports @LizLoza_FF

Ameer Abdullah, RB, DET

Abdullah sure has some flashy tape. But his lack of girth and tiny hands have prevented me from paying up for the human pinball. I didn’t like him in Round 4 last year, and I don’t like him inside the Top 80 overall this year. I get that Joique Bell is no longer there to “force a time share” or “steal” away totes, but that doesn’t mean the Lions are going to make Abdullah a workhorse. He’s not built for the volume business! And Stevan Ridley is there to fill the power role in Detroit’s backfield. The ex-Jet may not be fast, but neither was Bell, and that didn’t stop the aforementioned plodder from getting fed. Plus, Abdullah is coming off of a shoulder surgery, which means he’s more likely to run with hesitancy than wild abandon. Having a soft spot for Abdullah’s skill set is fine, but let’s get real about his ability to produce on a week-to-week basis.

Matt Schauf: DraftSharks.com @SchaufDS

Frank Gore, RB, IND

It’s not fun to draft Frank Gore, and there’s clear risk after he posted a career-worst 3.7 yards per rush at age 32 in his first Colts season. But when you leave him on the board until the end of Round 6, you’re basically eliminating that risk. Indy added little to a backfield that let Gore score 100 percent of the rushing TDs in 2015. Robert Turbin is not strong-arming him out of work. Neither is Jordan Todman. Josh Ferguson? Trey Williams? There’s some upside, but Gore will need to get hurt to present opportunity. He declined in yards per reception and catch rate on top of the rushing decline, and yet Gore still finished 14th among PPR backs in 2015. The Colts can only get better on whole with a healthier Andrew Luck, which just might leave even better numbers for the old guy to stumble into. He’ll go solid value in 2015 drafts to accidental steal in 2016.

Michael Beller: SInow @MBeller

Kevin White, WR, CHI

This is an incredibly intriguing group of players. You can bet that at least a couple of them will turn into league-winners because of the return on investment associated with great picks in this range. T.J. Yeldon and Duke Johnson strike me as players who could fall into that category, but the one who most jumps off the page is Kevin White.

Forget about last year’s shin injury that robbed the Bears of the No. 7 overall pick in the draft for the entire season. White is fully healthy and already opening eyes in Chicago. He’s 6’3″ and 215 pounds, giving Jay Cutler another physically imposing receiver opposite Alshon Jeffery. The Bears will necessarily tweak their passing game with Matt Forte gone, and neither Jeremy Langford nor Jordan Howard can produce the same value catching the ball out of the backfield as Chicago’s old standby. In fact, I’d expect Jeffery and White to have one of the highest target percentages of any receiving duo this year. White has the skills, size and opportunity to be one of this season’s breakout receivers, right there with DeVante Parker and Dorial Green-Beckham.

Nick Raducanu: ProjectRoto.com @ProjectRoto

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI

I know he’s going to be 33 when Week 1 starts. I know we never want to get stuck buying on the old vet who’s about to fall off a cliff. But I can’t ignore the fact that Larry Fitzgerald finished as WR11 last year and is being ranked in the WR25 range (and I’m guilty of this too). Sure, Michael Floyd and John Brown’s arrows are pointing upward, but Larry Fitzgerald caught 109 balls last year (good for fifth in the league) and those receptions accounted for 30.9 percent of Carson Palmer’s pass attempts (that 30.9 puts Fitzgerald fourth in the NFL among all wide receivers). He was also the 14th-most targeted player in the red zone last season (more than Rob Gronkowski) and turned eight of those targets into touchdowns (which has increased importance with our standard scoring). Fitz was an important part of Carson Palmer’s success last year and that’s not going to change drastically this season unless the wheels completely fall off. I’m willing to bet that 33 isn’t old enough for Fitzgerald’s wheels to fall off just yet, and I think he’s an absolute bargain as the 25th or so receiver off the board. Time to go back and change my rankings (I had him ranked 55th).

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI

I think Langford should be ranked at least 25 spots higher based. Why? Because it would be interesting to see how many shades of red Mike Clay’s face can turn.

Sigmund Bloom: Fooballguys.com @SigmundBloom

Frank Gore, RB, IND

Gore was a disappointment last year, but mostly because the Colts offense was a disappointment after (and even before) Andrew Luck was injured and eventually lost for the season. The team did not do anything significant to bolster their running back corps, so Gore should be “the man” again, which should entail at least 10 total touchdowns and 1,200 total yards as long as he stays on the field. He could approach RB1 numbers simply by opportunity and competence, but he is the cheapest of the running backs with that status (Matt Jones, Jay Ajayi, Jeremy Langford) and the most proven. He’ll be at worst a mid RB2 when he’s on the field, which makes a sixth round cost easy to stomach.

Steve Gardner: USA Today Sports @SteveAGardner

DeVante Parker, WR, MIA

Rookie wide receivers can be impact contributors, but they need to be on the field first. Due to offseason foot surgery, Parker rarely saw the field over the first 10 games of the 2015 season. But once he finally got the opportunity to play, he showed what kind of a playmaker he could be. In the Dolphins’ final six games, the No. 14 overall pick averaged at least 20 yards per catch in five of them and caught TD passes in three. Look for even better chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill in Year 2.

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