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Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, May 29, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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Fantasy Football Rankings 2017: Post-Free Agency Tight Ends

Tier 5 –  TE2s

Though relying on any of the below names as an immediate 2017 starter would be unwise, many of these names could emerge as highly viable options over the course of the season. As such, all make worthwhile bench stashes. 

16) CJ Fiedorowicz (HOU)

The hulking Fiedorowicz might be the only player negatively impacted by Brock Osweiler‘s removal, as the 6’5″ seam-stretcher benefited from Osweiler’s unwillingness to toss a ball further than 10 yards downfield. Still, who’s to say a QB-Upgrade doesn’t seriously improve The Fieds stock.  Most likely, he’ll return as a “streamer” when the matchup is right, but upside always exists at this size.

17) Ladarius Green (PIT)

Miss half the season with injury. Flash enormous upside in a single game (6 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD, perhaps?).  Get reinjured. Remain bench-worthy “what if?” stash that never truly pans out. But what if?

What if, indeed.

18) Julius Thomas (MIA)

If anyone can coax a productive season out of this athletic freak, it’s Adam Gase; in 27 games with Gase calling plays, Thomas has caught 24 TDs.  Gase is aware of Thomas’ upside, noting:

“Spring is going to be a little experimental for me because it’s been a couple years since I’ve been with Julius… So we’ll kind of see where we can go from there. I have a good idea of what we want to do on offense with him. I think it’s going to make a little bit of a difference for us.”

Of course, Ryan Tannehill is about the furthest thing from prime Peyton Manning, but Thomas offers serious bench appeal and rebound potential in this offense.

19) Zach Miller (CHI)

Miller was a bonafide TE1 when on the field in 2016, topping double digits in 5 of 10 contests.  In fact, his 80 catch, 826 yard, and 7 TD pace would’ve placed Miller well within the top-five scoring tight ends had he managed a full season. Unfortunately, that’s the rub.  Miller suffered his second career Lisfransic tear, and is still deep in the lengthy recovery process. Plus, he’s 33 years old, making a clean bill of health even more unlikely.  Plus, with Mike Glennon a complete unknown, Miller is shrouded in question marks.  He’s still likely to be usable throughout the season when on the field, making him a worthy last-round investment.

20) Antonio Gates (LAC)

In his 14 year career, Gates has dipped below 7 TDs just three times, and only once when on the field for 11 or more games.  He’ll easily go down as one of the top tight ends and red zone targets to ever plays this game, and some more scores should be expected in 2017.  However, I’ll bang the under on 7 TDs, and mainly because of Hunter Henry.  Though usually useless, Matthew Berry dug an interesting nugget up from Chargers’ coaches regarding 2017’s tight end usage:

“I spoke with another Chargers’ offensive assistant who said Hunter Henry could have had 10 to 12 touchdowns last year (he finished with 8). He mentioned there was a deliberate effort to get Antonio Gates the record (for touchdowns by a tight end). He ended up tying it, but the coach said this year, there will be no such effort. Gates will break it when he breaks it.”

Without the deliberate looks, Gates is likely to border on unusable most weeks, despite his historic dominance. It’s now the Henry show.

21) Dwayne Allen (NE)

Perhaps sixth on the target totem pole amidst such a crowded and talented receiving cast, Allen will never be usable on his own.  He does, however, carry highly significant “handcuff” or “stash” upside as the oft-injured Rob Gronkowski‘s direct back up.  If/when Allen makes starts in Gronk’s place, he’ll bring immediate plug-and-play TE1 upside.

22) Coby Fleener (NO)

Brandin Cooks is gone. Fleener still sucks. Those Jimmy Graham comparisons are laughable, but any piece of the Saints’ pie needs a mention.

Continue on for our 2017 Fantasy Football Tight End Cheat Sheet.

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