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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowksi finished 2014 with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. It was the fourth time in five years that he had double-digit touchdowns.  Gronk scored in his final three games of the regular season and in all three playoff games.
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2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
In 2014 Jimmy Graham had 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 receptions for 1,099 yards and 11.5 touchdowns. Graham’s value gets bumped a little going from Drew Brees to Russell Wilson, but he remains his team’s primary threat.
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3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen set career-highs in 2014 with 84 catches for 1,008 yards. Over the past three seasons he has averaged 75.3 receptions for 889 yards and 5.7 touchdowns.
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4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce quietly finished with 862 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 coming off a knee injury. Look for him to take a step forward in his second full year.
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5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Martellus Bennett finished 2014 with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns. Over the past three years he has averaged 767 yards and 5.3 touchdowns.
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6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
There are a lot of targets up for grabs following the departure of Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Zach Ertz caught 58 passes for 702 yards and three touchdowns in his second season. Look for Ertz to breakout in Year 3.
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7. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
Jordan Cameron was limited to 10 games in 2014, which yielded 24 catches for 424 yards and a pair of scores. In 2013 he caught 80 balls for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Charles Clay averaged 682 yards over the past two seasons with Ryan Tannehill. As long as Cameron can stay healthy, he should be able to surpass those numbers.
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8. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
Julius Thomas had 489 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 with Peyton Manning. Blake Bortles represents a major downgrade at quarterback, but Thomas should be heavily targeted. He can score any given week, but he’s a risky play than some of the other top options because he relies so heavily on touchdowns.
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9. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates had 12 touchdowns in 2014, the second highest total in his illustrious career. He also finished with 821 yards. At 35 Gates is  bit of a risk, but the big fella just continues to produce.
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10.  Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
In 2014 Delanie Walker had 890 yards and four touchdowns. He should be a nice security blanket for Marcus Mariota in his rookie year.
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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 running back rankings.
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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Adrian Peterson missed the majority of the 2014 season. His legs should be fresh and he should put up huge numbers in Norv Turner’s offense.
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2. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Jamaal Charles had 1,324 total yards in 2014 with 14 touchdowns. Over the past three seasons he’s averaged 1,683 total yards and 13 touchdowns.
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3. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell had 2,215 total yards with 11 touchdowns. In the final six games Bell averaged 167 total yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game.
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4. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy has averaged 1,500.5 total yards and 12 touchdowns in his first two seasons. At 25 Lacy should continue to roll.
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5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch could  lose some touches near the goal line, but at least it will be Jimmy Graham that he’s yielding them to. Over the past four seasons Beast Mode has averaged 1,612 total yards and 14 touchdowns.
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6. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
DeMarco Murray is part of a crowded backfield with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, but he should still have plenty of touches in Chip Kelly’s offense. Murray had 2,261 total yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. Even a 20 percent decrease in production, would yield 1,809 total yards and 10 touchdowns.
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7. Arian Foster, Houston Texans
Arian Foster bounced back with 1,573 total yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. He has averaged 1,600 total yards and 12.4 touchdowns over the past five seasons despite missing half of the 2013 season.
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8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
In 2014 Matt Forte had 1,846 total yards and 10 touchdowns. In seven seasons he’s averaging 1,633 total yards and 8.1 touchdowns.
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9. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy had 1,474 total yards and five touchdowns in 2014. He lost looks in the passing to Darren Sproles with the Eagles last year. McCoy should return to his dual threat role with the Bills.
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10. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill ran for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns with 27 catches for 215 yards. Over the final six games of the year he averaged 112.6 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game.
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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 quarterback rankings.
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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The guard has changed. Andrew Luck led the NFL with 40 passing touchdowns in 2014. He also threw for 4,761 yards while adding 273 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Indianapolis Colts added Andre Johnson to give Luck another weapon.
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2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers continues to put up big numbers. In 2014 He threw for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Rodgers ran for 269 yards and a pair of scores.
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3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning should continue to deliver during the regular season. He’ll miss Julius Thomas, but look for Peyton to make somebody else a star. Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Owen Daniels figure to keep Manning rolling.
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4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson should take a step forward thanks to the arrival of Jimmy Graham. In 2014 Wilson threw for 3,475 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 849 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
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5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Meanwhile, Drew Brees will dearly miss Jimmy Graham. Brees fell 48 yards shy of a fourth straight 5,000 yard season in 2014. He added 33 touchdown passes. Like Peyton, Brees will just make new stars.
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6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton was banged up for much of the 2014 season, but finished with 3,127 yards and 18 touchdowns with another 539 yards and five scores on the ground. He missed two games and was limited in several more. The Panthers have added Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess the past two seasons to give Cam additional weapons. Greg Olsen remains a high-end tight end option as well.
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7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2014. Big Ben has averaged 28.7 touchdowns over the past three seasons. With a young receiving corps, look for Roethlisberger to turn in another fine season.
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8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan threw for 4,694 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2014. Over the past three seasons he has averaged 4,642.7 yards and 28.7 touchdowns.
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9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
In 2014 Tony Romo threw for 3,705 yards and 34 touchdowns. The loss of DeMarco Murray should put more of the load on Romo’s shoulders.
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10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the season pending his appeal. Fantasy owners are more interested in what happens at the end of the season. Brady threw for 4,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last year. During Weeks 6-15 Brady averaged 307.1 yards and 2.9 touchdowns per game.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2015 NFL rookie wide receiver class.
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1. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Amari Cooper caught 124 passes last year for 1727 yard and 16 touchdowns for Alabama. He’ll be the number one option for the Raiders and should be targeted early and often by Derek Carr.
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2. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
Kevin White should start opposite of Alshon Jeffery. He caught 109 passes for 1447 yards and 10 touchdowns. Cutler won’t shy away from getting the ball from 6’3″ rookie out of West Virginia.
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3. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have plenty of production up for grabs after Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy moved on. Nelson Agholor should take some of it. He caught 104 passes for 1313 yards and 12 touchdowns for USC last year.
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4. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens
Breshad Perriman should gobble up some of the targets that were directed at Torrey Smith. He had 1044 yards and nine touchdowns on 50 catches at Central Florida. The big play receiver should be a good fit for Joe Flacco.
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5. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker could be slow to start the year because of a foot injury, but could finish strong. He had 855 yards and five touchdowns in six games last year for Louisville.
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Melvin Gordon NFL Draft  Todd Gurley NFL Draft
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2015 NFL rookie running back class.
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1.Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
Melvin Gordon ran for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns last year for Wisconsin. He caught 19 passes for an additional 153 yards and three touchdowns. Gordon dominated Nebraska last year for 408 yards and four touchdowns. In 2013 Gordon had 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’ll tote the rock immediate for the Bolts and should have the biggest impact among rookie running backs.
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2. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
Todd Gurley is an amazing talent when healthy. His health is his weakness though. Gurley was limited to six games last year, but he managed 911 yards and nine touchdowns. He had 989 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013 despite missing three games. Gurley played the full season as a rookie, which resulted in 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 6’1″, 222 pound Gurley shouldn’t have much trouble supplanting Tre Mason as the lead back. I prefer Gurley to Gordon in dynasty leagues.
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3. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
Tevin Coleman has a solid shot of the feature back role for the Falcons. He ran for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for Indiana. Devonta Freeman figures to be more of a third down back.
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4. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
T.J. Yeldon has to earn carries away from Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, but clearly he’s the future of the Jaguars’ running game. He ranks third in dynasty leagues. Yeldon 1,272 total yards and 13 touchdowns over the past three years at Alabama. At 6’1″, 226 pounds he should be a force.
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5. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
Ameer Abdullah lands in a talented offense, but has to share the load with Joique Bell. He ran for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns last year and 1,690 and nine scores in 2013. Abdullah averaged 24 catches over the past three years, but Bell will likely handle third down duties.
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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Press Conference
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2015 NFL rookie quarterback class.
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1. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston threw for 3,907 yards and 25 touchdowns, which was a step back from the 4,057 yard and 40 touchdowns he produced as a freshman. He should hit the ground running with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson in his arsenal.
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2. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota will have more of an adjustment to the NFL game. He threw for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2012, 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2013 and 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns last year while averaging 745.7 yards and 9.7 touchdowns on the ground. Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas and Delanie Walker give him some decent options.
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3. Bryce Petty, New York Jets
Bryce Petty averaged 4,027.5 yards and 30.5 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He ran for 14 touchdowns in 2013. Petty likely won’t get a look this season for the Jets.
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4. Sean Mannion, St. Louis Rams
Sean Mannion threw for 4.662 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013, but dipped to 3,164 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. He also isn’t likely to get any run in 2015. Garrett Grayson and Brett Hundley are better dynasty options.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for Super Bowl XLIX.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Luke Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
3. Timothy Wright, New England Patriots
4. Michael Hoomanawanui, New England Patriots
5. Tony Moeaki, Seattle Seahawks
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