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Top fantasy football defenses in 2015

Fantasy football defenses can be hard to evaluate. It often depends on the teams matchup and switching defenses out week to week is the way to go. You’re going to want a powerhouse defenses that’ll rack up sacks and turnovers. But you don’t necessarily need a defense that gets shutouts, because a sack or two is worth the same amount of fantasy football points as holding an opponent to 17 points or less.

Confusing, right?

There are a couple of them out there worth a mid to low round selection. In short, don’t go to high and take one in the top six or seven rounds, just wait until near the end. Here are the top five defenses fantasy-wise for 2015:

1. Buffalo Bills

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The No. 1 fantasy defense in 2014 added a defensive-minded head coach in Rex Ryan. They led the league with 54 sacks last season, and Ryan did not retain Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. This team has arguably more talent up front then Ryan’s early New York Jets teams, so 55 to 60 sacks is in range. They don’t have the highest upside, but are a very, very safe pick.

2. Miami Dolphins

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The addition of Ndamukong Suh to a line that already had Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon could bring the Dolphins to compete with the Bills d-line. Last season they had at least 10 points in six of their first eight games, but faded horribly down the stretch. Brent Grimes and Loius Delmas hold up the secondary and if they replicate what they did over the first half of 2014 (with Suh in the mix making everyone better) they will be a top fantasy defense.

3. Seattle Seahawks

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The usual consensus first defense drafter, they fell to three on this list because Earl Thomas might miss some time to start the year with his torn labrum and Byron Maxwell has left. Cary Williams is slated to take his place as a starter, and while he’s had a lot of success, he’s gotten burned a few times as well. This unit still has the highest upside and their performance down the stretch of last year was dominant.

4. Baltimore Ravens

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The Ravens had 49 sacks last season and the duo of Elvis Dummervill and Terrell Suggs may be the best in the league. C.J. Mosley is coming of a great rookie year and Darryl Smith is still successfully fighting off father time. The Ravens will continue to get to the quarterback and stack up points.

5. Houston Texans

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How much damage will J.J. Watt do? The Texans finished fourth in fantasy scoring last season and as long as Watt continues his terror, the rest of the defense will hold up behind him. They added Vince Wilfork in the middle and Brian Cushing will look to bounce back from a down year. Don’t forget about Jadeveon Clowney. Anything they get from him coming of micro fracture surgery will be a bonus. The Texans will be a top-five defense this fantasy season.

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Top 5 fantasy football tight ends in 2015

Good tight ends in fantasy football are hard to come by. Last season, only 9 tight ends had over 100 fantasy football points and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots was the only player with over 150. The top 12 tight ends averaged only 7.4 points per game.

There are only two or three tight ends worth taking in the first three rounds. Any other ones will probably end up being a reach, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important. I know the margin of victory in my games can often be between 5-7 points, so a tight end who can get an extra score or another 1-2 receptions for 15-25 yards might be the difference between the playoffs and the consolation bracket.

With much further ado, here are the top five fantasy football tight ends for 2015:

1. Rob Gronkowski

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This one is a no-brainer. Coming off a season where he compiled 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns, Gronk will continue to put up similar numbers while leading all tight ends in fantasy football points. That is if he stays healthy, something he was able to do last season for the first time since 2011. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him go as high as the first round in some drafts, he has scored 50 touchdowns in his last 55 games.

2. Jimmy Graham

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He still had 10 touchdowns but his yardage was down from 2014 and Graham didn’t have any catches over 30 yards. He was injured, nursing a shoulder injury, and he now comes to the Seattle Seahawks once again being the clear cut No. 1 receiving option. There’s no way he’s going to approach the targets or touchdowns that he did during his peak with the New Orleans Saints, but Graham is still the clear cut second-best tight end in the NFL. Russell Wilson will look his way and he will put up nice numbers.

3. Greg Olsen

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Olsen had his first career 1,000-yard season last year, and was real close to being No. 2 on this list. He has been extremely consistent since being traded to the Panthers, scoring at least five touchdowns each year. The last three seasons have been the only times he gained over 800 yards and last season his chemistry with quarterback Cam Newton took off. At least 800 yards and a handful of scores is his floor this season.

4. Julius Thomas

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Thomas is going to be a giant part of the Jaguars offense. He had 12 touchdowns in 13 games, while that number probably won’t be matched, he only had 489 receiving yards last season. The Jaguars will likely use him all over the field, and much higher yardage can be expected. Thomas remains a top option for fantasy football tight ends.

5. Martellus Bennett

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Bennett has emerged over the last two seasons with the Bears as a massive target in the red zone. His 916 yards also showed he can do it all over the field. Another season with a couple handfuls of scores and 800 yards are so is likely to happen, no matter who or how bad his quarterback may be.

ADDITIONAL Options

A few tight ends that didn’t make the list could be worth a late round pick. Jason Witten has been Romo’s security blanket for a long time now, and is usually good for a couple scores here and then. I’ve mentioned Jordan Reed as sleeper and if he stays healthy he can put up numbers. Travis Kelce has been the Kansas City Chiefs top option, we’ll see if that lasts with Jeremy Maclin there. Finally, Antonio Gates, suspended for a few games and aging, may be worth a late-round pick.

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Top 10 fantasy football running backs of 2015

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Top 10 fantasy football wide receivers in 2015

We continue to inch closer to the start of preseason, usually when fantasy football drafts are held, and scoping out players now will get you ahead. We’ve looked at the top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks and top 10 fantasy running backs. Today? The top 10 fantasy football wide receivers

Wide receiver can be the most frustrating position in fantasy football. A good week for a receiver is 70-90 yards and maybe a touchdown. That’s only between 10 and 12 fantasy points. This is why receivers who put up double digit touchdowns are so important. Go for the players who will be red-zone factors early.

1. Odell Beckham Jr.

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As a rookie, Beckham had 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns, even with time missed with injuries. His ceiling is incredibly high and he could be the most explosive receiver in the NFL. Eli Manning is going to get him the ball a lot this season. The second-year player did all of his damage without Victor Cruz across from him, so with the return of Cruz, defenses will have a tougher time doubling him. If he continues his pace from last season he will easily surpass 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2015.

2. Dez Bryant

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2. Now that Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have reached a contract agreement, there is no holdout talk looming over picking him. Dez had 16 touchdowns last season and there’s no reason to think he won’t be around that number this year. He is Romo’s favorite target and for good reason — he has almost 4,000 receiving yards over the last three seasons.

3. Antonio Brown

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Last year’s leader in yards and receptions, Brown hauled in 13 touchdown passes as well. He also was targeted 182 times. You can’t go wrong taking any of these receivers early and Brown will likely have another giant year. After all, he’s had the most snaps of any receiver over the last two years. Double-digit touchdowns and 1,400 yards are close to what we should expect.

4. Calvin Johnson

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Injuries are the only thing keeping Johnson at bay, as he usually misses a couple games per year when he’s banged up. Besides that, he’s still a monster and could easily lead the league in receiving yards or touchdowns. Matt Stafford is supposed to have improved accuracy coming into training camp, so that can only bode well for those who draft Johnson. If he stays mostly healthy, Johnson will easily surpass his totals from last year.

5. A.J. Green

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Another receiver who’s injury-plagued 2014 led to a down year. He only (only!) collected 1,041 yards and six touchdowns, the worst of his career. Regardless, he should still be in consideration for if he’s available in the 20’s. Green will produce this year and chances are his numbers will return to his usually peak.

6. Julio Jones

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Jones had six touchdowns last season but expect him to get into the end zone a few more times than that this year. He pulled in a career high 1,593 receiving yards in 2014 and had over 100 catches. The Falcons entire offense will revolve around him and I suspect he could do better than A.J. Green.

7. Jordy Nelson

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Coming of the biggest season of his career, Nelson will look to continue to be a the top of the NFL in yards and touchdowns. With arguably the best quarterback in the game, he should stay at the top. Another season with 12 or more touchdowns will make him worth a top pick.

8. Demaryius Thomas

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The Broncos may struggle to put up the wild numbers they have in the past but Thomas won’t see a decline. Without Julius Thomas, more balls will be available to go around. For someone who has been as dependable as possible throughout the last 3 years, he can make your receiving corps. Expect another big year.

9. T.Y. Hilton

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Hilton had 10 points or more in 15 games last year, cementing himself as a top fantasy football wide receiver. His targets may go down with the additions to Andre Johnson and Phillip Dorset, but it should open up more of an opportunity for him to take the top of a defense. Big plays and big numbers will be in store for Hilton in 2015.

10. Mike Evans

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This list starts and ends on second-year players. Evans had a little over 1,000 yards, and that was with Mike Glennon and Josh McCown throwing him passes. Former Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars coordinator Dirk Koetter is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and with Winston he may (finally!) have a reliable quarterback. Evans may go under the radar in some drafts but he is set up for a big year.

OTHER FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS

Top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks of 2015

Top 10 fantasy football running backs of 2015

Top 5 fantasy football tight ends of 2015

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Top 10 fantasy football running backs in 2015

Fantasy football running backs. The most important position in all of fantasy sports. Having a workhorse back (or two, if you’re lucky) can singlehandedly make a team. Someone that’s guaranteed to get 20 touches a game could fill gaps among your entire roster.

A great fantasy back is going to average anywhere between 15 and 20 points per week on a consistent basis. But their value is directly tied to their scarcity.

At the end of the year, there are only going to be five or seven running backs that put up those types of numbers. Quarterbacks and wide receivers are a much deeper position crop. More and more teams are going to follow the running back-by-committee approach. You have to find the guys who aren’t involved in that and receive the large bulk of the carries.

Earlier this week, we gave you the top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks for 2015. Here are the top 10 fantasy football running backs — players who can singlehandedly carry you into the playoffs.

1. Lesean McCoy

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After a giant 2013, LeSean McCoy was somewhat of a disappointment fantasy-wise last season, even though he still rushed for 1,300 yards with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now he’s on the Buffalo Bills and head coach Rex Ryan has already been talking about how often his team will run the ball. Just look at the quarterbacks — they don’t have much of a choice. The Bills could hand it off 40 times a game or so. McCoy’s going to get plenty of touches and catches out of the backfield, which is only going to increase his scoring potential — the single most valuable trait for running backs. If you draft him No. 1 overall, you’re doing it right.

2. Jamaal Charles

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Charles has averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry throughout his entire career. He’s 28 and in his prime. He’s great catching out of the backfield, with 12 touchdown receptions over the past two years. The only concerning part is his carries dropped last season. The Chiefs will get him back to his 250 carries this year, and he’ll be a top back. No. 2 overall pick? Absolutely.

3. Marshawn Lynch

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Lynch is still only 29 years old and over the last four seasons he’s rushed for double digit touchdowns and at least 1,200 yards. The addition of Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks is only going to open things up even more for him. A top-three pick spent on Lynch is going to give your team a reliable 15 to 20 points a week.

4. Eddie Lacy

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After the top three picks, things start to open themselves up for interpretation. Lacy’s not going to be the type of back with 300 or more carries. The Packers have already said they’ll work to limit his load. However, he will have plenty of red zone opportunities and like I said, that’s what’s important. Think of it this way: Eddie Lacy with 12 touchdowns and 700 yards will average more points per game than LeSean McCoy with seven touchdowns and 1,200 yards. The powerful runner has only missed one game in his two seasons in the league and with Aaron Rodgers and their powerful offense, they’ll be in the red zone a lot.

5. Le’Veon Bell

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Another third-year back, Bell could even be higher on this list except for a three-game suspension to start 2015. This is a runner that was in line for 300 carries and 50 more receptions, but it’ll certainly be less with the three games he misses. That all said, the Steelers offense revolves around him. They looked out of sorts without him in the backfield during their playoff game. Bell will still get over 1,000 yards easily in his 13 games.

6. Arian Foster

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Foster is the first player on the list with a backup that may take some touches. Alfred Blue is going to get some action as a occasional third-down back, but the Texans should run the ball enough to get Foster at least 20 or carries per game. (Not to mention their quarterback situation is awful.) As long as he stays healthy and on the field, he has been a steady producer and a good fantasy pick.

7. Matt Forte

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Forte averaged just under 4.0 yards per carry and barely topped 1,000 yards in 2014. But he also had over 100 catches for more than 800 receiving yards. He had just six games where he rushed 20 or more times, but with a new coach and offensive system, the Bears will likely use him more. The three-down back will see a rise in his numbers again and will be a bargain anywhere after the No. 10 overall pick.

8. Adrian Peterson

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After last seasons debacle, the 30-year-old Peterson is back and with a new rising quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. If the offense is the best he’s been a part of in years, Peterson may have more space to run than he’s had in a while. The Vikings are trying harder to incorporate him in the receiving game, something he hasn’t had a giant impact on. If it all works he out he could out play this ranking, but after sitting out almost a full year, we need to see how long it takes to get up to speed.

9. Alfred Morris

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With 1,000 yards each season he’s been in the league, Morris has been a reliable option. The only concerning fact is that his yardage total has gone down each of those three years. The Redskins have a new offensive line coach and will look to reverse that trend. He’ll continue to enough his touches and goal line carries to warrant a pick in the late 20’s and early 30’s.

10. Melvin Gordon

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Yup, a rookie. Gordon is giving the Chargers the running back they’ve been looking for since LaDainian Tomlinson. Early reports are that he looks great and ready to have a huge rookie year. Danny Woodhead will accompany him in the Chargers backfield, but won’t take many of his carries. 1,000 or more yards and seven to nine touchdowns is in his realm this year.

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Top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks of 2015

Top 10 fantasy football wide receivers of 2015

Top 5 fantasy football tight ends of 2015

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Top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks in 2015

Fantasy football is fast approaching and if you’re like me, you’ve already begun ranking different positions and playing out several mock draft scenarios in your mind.

(Okay, maybe you’re not like me.)

With teams more and more likely to go to a running back-by-committee approach, the value of quarterbacks and wide receivers has skyrocketed. Running back is still incredibly important when drafting a team, but only because there are so few who will get you big points on a consistent basis. Because there are more quarterbacks and receivers who will get points, picking a running back early is important.

But you can’t overlook the importance of a good quarterback on your fantasy roster. How many times have you been frustrated by the guy with Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers putting up 25 points per game and always finishing in the top three of scoring by season’s end?

Running back is important. So is wide receiver. But let’s start with the top 10 fantasy football quarterbacks for the 2015 NFL season.

1. Andrew Luck

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Last season, Luck averaged 27.5 points per week in standards formats. That made him the second-highest scorer, and his team made additions this offseason to make the offense better. Frank Gore could bring the first stable running game he has see. That might mean he won’t throw as much, but it should increase is efficiency and decrease his turnover’s. Andre Johnson and first-round pick Philip Dorsett create more options for Luck to throw too. Expect another giant year.

2. Aaron Rodgers

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Rodgers led everyone in fantasy points last season, but I think Andrew Luck will pass him this season. Regardless, as long as he’s not banged up, he’ll be on the top of the boards. The Packers resigned Cobb and his other targets will be back. He’s about as safe as you can get.

3. Ben Roethlisberger

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Ben had the best statistical season of his career last season. All his weapons will be back and he even said himself he expects this years offense to be the best he’s been a part of. With Brown, Bell, Wheaton, and Bryant Roethlisberger has his most explosive cast of players around him. Don’t expect many more six-touchdown games, but expect his biggest fantasy year yet.

4. Matt Ryan

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Ryan has had all the tools around him to be a top 5 QB in past years. The O-line has failed and injuries have negated that, but this year with Kyle Shanahan as his new OC and injury luck from White and Jones, he could live up to that potential. A 4,000 yard 35 touchdown season is not out of the question.

5. Russell Wilson

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Wilson’s legs were a huge fantasy difference last year, and it should stay that way. Bring Jimmy Graham into the fold and we could see even more passing out of him. If Wilson can throw for 30 touchdowns and rush for a few more, a second- or third-round pick will be reasonable for him.

6. Drew Brees

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No more Jimmy Graham, but the Saints are still going to air the ball out a whole lot. His 17 interceptions didn’t help his point total, and he’ll look to bounce back from that this season. If the Saints can get Brandon Cooks really going and C.J. Spiller fills in for Darren Sproles, Brees is in line to have another big fantasy year.

7. Cam Newton

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Dec 22, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) stands on the field prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Sticking in the NFC South, Newtons is ready to have his best season yet. He dropped last season, after being a top-five fantasy quarterback, but should get back in track in 2015. Greg Olsen must continue to be a giant option and Kelvin Benjamin needs to take another step forward. No matter what, his legs will assure good production.

8. Matt Stafford

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Stafford had 41 touchdowns in 2011 but hasn’t reached 30 besides that. Early word from OTA practices is that he improved on his accuracy. It will be his second year in a new system and he will be more comfortable. The Lions will air the ball out more then they did last season and his statistics will show it.

9. Tony Romo

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The loss of Demarco Murray could help out Romo’s fantasy owners. Romo could be throwing a whole lot more. It would be tough to maintain the same efficiency, but big numbers will be put up regardless.

10. Peyton Manning

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No Julius Thomas, no Wes Welker, and he’s 39 years old. He still makes the top-10 list, but not by much. Expect a giant drop off from previous years but nothing to dramatic. He looked good in OTA practices and is looking to make up to a rough injury-plagued 2014.

Other fantasy football rankings

Top 10 fantasy football running backs of 2015

Top 10 fantasy football wide receivers of 2015

Top 5 fantasy football tight ends of 2015

Top 5 fantasy football defenses of 2015

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