With fantasy drafts taking place, here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2017 fantasy football tight end landscape.
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
4. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
6. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
7. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
8. Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers
9. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
10. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
11. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
12. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
12. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
14. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
15. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
16. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans
17. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
18. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
19. Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers
20. Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins
21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
22. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
23. Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots
24. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
25. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
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Brady Spike
With fantasy drafts taking place, here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2017 fantasy football quarterback landscape.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
5. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
10. Marcus Mariotta, Tennessee Titans
11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
12. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
13. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
14. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
15. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
16. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
17. Eli Manning, New York Giants
18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
19. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
20. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
21. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
22. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
23. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
24. Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins
25. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
26. Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers
27. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
28. Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos
29. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
30. Mike Glennon, Chicago Bears
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Allen Robinson
There aren’t many wide receivers that had a more disappointing season than Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson. A top-five fantasy wide receiver selection last year, he mustered just 73 catches for 883 yards and six touchdowns. A far cry from the 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns he produced in 2015.
So what does it mean for Robinson? For starters, you’ll likely end up getting a WR1 at a discount. Will he hit those lofty 2015 numbers? Probably not, but I can see him landing somewhere in the middle of the two seasons. That would put him on a 1,141 yard and 10 touchdown season. I actually think the yardage will be north of the 1,200 mark.
Robinson failed to reach 35 yards in six games last year and 60 yards in another four. Certainly not the mark a WR1 should make. He only topped 85 yards twice.
2015 was a different story. Robinson topped 100 yards in six games with 80 or more in another three. He did fail to reach 60 yards five times, which is still a high number for a high-end receiver.
So why will Robinson be better? For starters, his regression was so dramatic that going up isn’t a very tall order. Plus, the arrival of Leonard Fournette show make Jacksonville’s whole offense run better. Assuming defenses have to change their approach to slow Fournette down, it will open things up for the passing game.
I currently have Robinson outside of my top 12 WRs, but still have him as a high-end WR2. I imagine it will still be a little of the feast or famine with Robinson, but he should be a more reliable and productive option this coming year.

Is Jay Cutler a QB2?

7 August 2017

The Miami Dolphins, to nobody’s surprise, signed Jay Cutler to take over for the injured Ryan Tannehill. He has history with Adam Gase in both Denver and Chicago. While his best days were with Gase, it’s been a long time since Cutler has put up big numbers.
If you look at the numbers and forget the name and reputation, Cutler is one of the least prolific gunslingers in the passing era. He has only throw over 3,850 yards one time in his career and that was back in 2008. Cutler has never reached the 30-touchdown plateau, topping out with 28 in 2014. He’s thrown 25 touchdowns just three times. With 208 touchdowns (plus nine rushing) and 146 interceptions and 89 fumbles, Cutler actually has 18 more turnovers than touchdowns.
Miami is a running team. They finished 25th in the league in passing yards last year with 3,500 yards and 9th in the league in rushing with 1,824 yards.
With battery allegations surrounding Jarvis Landry, it makes it tougher to trust Cutler should Landry miss any time.
There will be spot starts to try to plug and play Cutler, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with him as my top fantasy backup.

Dalvin Cook
With Latavius Murray sidelined, Dalvin Cook is establishing himself as the lead back for the Minnesota Vikings. Early indications are that Cook should be moving up draft boards. I have adjusted my preliminary rankings to put him in the top 15. The Vikings have been praising his pass protection, which is wonderful news if Cook wants to establish himself as a three-down back.
Cook was impressive in his three years at Florida State. As a freshman he ran for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns on a 5.9 yards per carry average. He followed that up with 1,691 yards and 19 touchdowns on 7.4 ypc as a sophomore and 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns on 6.1 ypc as a junior.
Cook’s receiving totals increased every year also going from 22 catches for 203 yards to 24 catches for 244 yards to 33 catches for 488 yards.
Minnesota finished dead last this past season with 1,205 yards and 3.2 ypc. They were also one of seven teams that failed to reach double-digit rushing touchdowns. Clearly a change was needed.
Murray was solid last year with 788 yards on 4.0 ypc and 12 touchdowns, but Oakland had one of the league’s best offensive lines last season. Jalen Richard (5.9 ypc) and DeAndre Washington (5.4 ypc) had some impressive moments as well. He isn’t as dynamic as Cook though. I can see Murray getting a crack at goal line carries, but Cook should lead the team in touches and total yards.
How much do you like Cook?

2017 Quality QB2 Options

3 August 2017

Philip Rivers baby blue
Not everybody can land a Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Big Ben, Cam Newton, Russell Rilson or Matt Ryan in their fantasy drafts. If you miss out on an elite quarterback it’s not a bad plan to nab a quality QB2 that you can play the matchup game with when your starter has a tougher opponent. Assuming Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins, Marcus Mariota and Dak Prescott round out your QB1s, here are some quality QB2 options.
Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers – Rivers is always a good option for a low-end QB1 or high-end QB2. He has averaged 4,485.5 yards and 31.25 touchdowns over the past four years. He’s often overlooked, but he finished 5th in passing yards and 4th in touchdown passes. Once again a dozen or so quarterbacks will likely go off the board before Rivers.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford is another one that seems to be forgotten about on draft day. Yet he finished 6th with 4,327 yards. He only threw 24 touchdowns (14th), which has kept him from fantasy greatness. Stafford has only topped 30 touchdowns twice. However, he’s averaged 4,583.5 yards over the past six seasons.
Eli Manning, New York Giants – Manning throws to arguably the best wide receiver in the game. He has averaged 4,291 yards and 30.3 touchdowns over the past three seasons. Last year Manning finished 13th in passing yards (4,027) and tied for 10th with 26 touchdowns.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders – After finishing with 28 touchdowns to 6 interceptions to go along with 3,937 yards in an injury-shortened season, it would not be a stretch if Carr went as a QB1. If not, he’s a real nice QB2.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – Palmer finished 9th with 4,233 yards and tied for 10th with 26 touchdowns. He had 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2015. His age makes him a little scary, but Palmer can still produce.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – Dalton throws to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. He finished 11th with 4,206 yards. The injuries to the two aforementioned stars limited him to 18 touchdown passes. He has averaged 23.6 touchdowns in six season.

LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest
The 2017 fantasy football season is around the corner. Not only do you have to put in the prep work for your fantasy football draft, but you have come up with a cool team name. The 2016 Lester’s Legends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest gives you a chance to show off how clever you are. Not only will you have the bragging rights, but you have a chance to take home a prize. The winner will take home a $25 gift certificate.
All you need to win is a creative name and contact information to get your prize. You can reference football players, songs, movies, whatever. Just be original and keep it somewhat clean. Avoid the low hanging fruit if you’re looking to win the prize.
Limit three team names per entrant. The contest will be open until August 21st. We will then narrow it down to ten team names and determine the winner. Scroll down past the entries below to submit your names.
Here are the 2016 finalists:
Fat-bottomed Gurleys
Javorius Bastards
Make AmariCarr Great Again
Poke’Veon Go
Pound Control to Major Tom (2016 contest winner)
Suh-icide Squad
Here are the 2015 finalists:
Bend Back like Beckham
Fourth and Lynches (2015 contest winner)
I LaFell and it Ertz
Now watch me Chip, now watch me Mur-Ray
Rage Against the Vereen
Spiller High Life
The King Jameis Bible
When I Poo I Forsett
Here are the 2014 finalists:
Clear eyes, Foles Hearts, Can’t Lose
For Whom Le’ Bell Tolls
Joiquierro Taco Bell
Kuechly in the Bedroom
Le’Veon on a Prayer
Saved by Le’ Bell
Sons of anArchie (2014 contest winner)
The Walking Dez
Here are the 2013 finalists:
Blair Walsh Project
Blurred Tynes
Come Helu High Water
Harvin hip problems, I feel bad for you son
Luck B a Brady 2Nite
I Find Urlacher Faith Disturbing
I Pitta the Fool (2013 contest winner)
The Land Before Tynes
Here are the 2012 finalists:
50 Shades of Heyward Bey
Biggie Smalls is the Hillis
Helu… Is it me you’re looking for?
Here’s my number, so call me Brady
Percy Control
RG3P0 (2012 contest winner)
Sexy Andy knows it
Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles
That’s a McCown Question Bro
Weeden’t Start The Fire
Here are the 2011 finalists:
Avoid the Lloyd
Belichick yourself b4 you REX yourself (2011 contest winner)
Brady Back Ribs
Burrested Development
Flaccoroni N Cheese
It’s all about the ReX’s & tOe’s
Plaxidental Shooting
Shot through Gerhart, and You’re to Blame
The Hillis have Eyes
Throw Mamma from the Torain
Here are the 2010 finalists:
A Kolb Day in Hell
Cooley than the Other Side of the Pillow
Corn on the Schaub
Dezzie Does Dallas (2010 contest winner)
Henne Nut Cheerios
Ix-nay on the Heyward-Bey – Reid
Revis and Butthead
Schaub Shank Redemption
Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi
The Godfavre
Here are the 2009 finalists:
Kibbles and Vicks (2009 contest winner)
Eli-The Other White Manning
Forgetting Brandon Marshall
Cassel Greyskull

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J.J. Watt
Here’s a look at the 2016 IDP Rankings.
1. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
3. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
4. Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5. Jamie Collins, Cleveland Browns
6. Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams
7. Olivier Vernon, New York Giants
8. Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Telvin Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
11. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
12. Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys
13. Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
14. Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
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J.J. Watt
Here is an early look at fantasy football team defense rankings.
1. Houston Texans
2. Denver Broncos
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. New England Patriots
6. Arizona Cardinals
7. Minnesota Vikings
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Los Angeles Rams
10.  New York Giants
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Stephen Gostkowski
Here is an early look at fantasy football kicker rankings.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
3. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
5. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
6. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
7. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders
8. Blair Walsh, Seattla Seahawks
9. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
10. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
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