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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Houston Texans
3. St. Louis Rams
4. Buffalo Bills
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. New England Patriots
7. Denver Broncos
8. Carolina Panthers
9. New York Jets
10. Miami Dolphins
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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
3. Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
5. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
6. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
7. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
8. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
9. Connor Barth, Denver Broncos
10. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Football season is rapidly approaching. This is the first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant finished 2014 with 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He had a touchdown and/or 100 yards in 12 of 16 games and had four multiple touchdown games.
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2. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. took the league by storm in 2014 finishing with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the final 10 games of the season the rookie averaged 123.3 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown caught 129 passes in 2014 for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 90 yards and/or a touchdown in 12 of 14 games. His worst performance in standard leagues was eight catches for 74 yards.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas had 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and has averaged 1,494.3 yards and 11.7 touchdown per game over the past three seasons. He remains Peyton Manning’s favorite target.
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5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson was limited to 13 games in 2014 and finished with 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the past five seasons he has averaged 1,466.8 yards and 10.6 touchdowns.
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6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones returned to form in 2014 with 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 153.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his last four games.
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7. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson had 1,519 yards  and 13 touchdowns in 2014. He had 1,314 yards in 2013 and has topped 1,250 yard in three of the past four seasons.
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8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green was limited to 13 games in 2014, but still managed 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Through four seasons he has averaged 1218.5 yards and 8.8 touchdowns per year.
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9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery posted 85 catches for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. With Brandon Marshall playing for the New York Jets, look for a steady dose of targets for Jeffery.
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10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans also had a fabulous rookie season finishing with 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.  He should continue to shine with Jameis Winston.
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11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
With Andre Johnson going to the Indianapolis Colts, DeAndre Hopkins is now the primary option. He had 1,210 in 2014 and could be poised for an even more productive 2015.
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12. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Kelvin Benjamin had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 as a rookie. Look for a more productive second season with Cam Newton healthier.
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13. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton finished 2014 with 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven scores. He has averaged 1,096.3 yards and 6.3 touchdowns in three year.
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14. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
It is no surprise that Emmanuel Sanders broke out in his first season with Peyton Manning. He finished with 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns.
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15. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb caught 91 passes in 2014 for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. His touchdown total could dip, but he should remain heavily targeted.
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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. 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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10. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten caught 64 passes for 703 yards and five touchdowns. His production has slipped the past few seasons, but remains a heavily targeted option.
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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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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2014 Week 17 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski is averaging 74.9 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. Gronk has scored in three straight games. He had 94 yards in the first meeting with the Buffalo Bills
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2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 55.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. He faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season finale. The Bucs have allowed 254.4 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 50.3 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. He has three scores in the past two games. Gates had 61 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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4. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas 40.8 yards and a touchdown per game. He had 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Oakland Raiders.
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5. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 65.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He had 61 yards in the first meeting with the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta has allowed 291.1 passing yards per game.
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6. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker is averaging 60.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had 84 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Indianapolis Colts.
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7. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten is averaging 43.6 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He had 70 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Washington Redskins.
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8. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears 
Martellus Bennett is averaging 57.1 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He wraps the season up against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes have allowed 1.7 passing touchdowns per game.
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9. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is averaging 47.9 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He scored in the first meeting with the Titans.
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10. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce is averaging 51.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. He finishes a strong rookie season against San Diego.
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The Next Batch
11. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
12. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
13. Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
14. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
15. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
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