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Thursday 25th May 2017

The NFL season is far enough along to draw one basic conclusion: A disproportionate number of teams that drafted towards the bottom of Round 1 are leading the two major NFFC contests.

20 of the top 30 teams in the NFFC Primetime drafted from the bottom third positions (9-12) and 22 out of the top 40 teams in the NFFC Classic drafted from positions 10-14. Clearly, the disappointing performances from LeSean McCoy (just bad so far), Adrian Peterson (legal trouble), Jamaal Charles (injury and Andy Reid) and Matt Forte (no touchdowns) are the main reasons for the upside down standings. If the season continues this way, will it signal the time to eliminate third-round reversal? The necessity of third-round reversal was essentially created by the NFFC as a way to level the playing field in a time where there was seemingly one or two dominant running backs every season (think Priest Holmes, Shaun Alexander, LaDainian Tomlinson, Marshall Faulk). From 2000 through 2007, the NFL touchdown leader scored between 20 and 31 touchdowns. But since 2008 (admittedly only six seasons), nobody scored more than 20 touchdowns.

With more and more teams going to some type of running back by committee, the time to re-open the third-round reversal debate might have arrived.

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QUARTERBACK
PLAYER TEAM COMMENT
1 Peyton Manning Den
2 Philip Rivers SD With limited running game, he is on a roll
3 Aaron Rodgers GB Could have thrown for eight touchdowns last week
4 Andrew Luck Ind
5 Matt Ryan Atl
6 Jay Cutler Chi Makes a lot of mistakes but also throws touchdown passes
7 Nick Foles Phi
8 Russell Wilson Sea Impressive pass/run combo
9 Eli Manning NYG Bouncing back from very slow early start
10 Ben Roethlisberger Pit
11 Colin Kaepernick SF
12 Kirk Cousins Was
13 Matthew Stafford Det Tough going without Megatron
14 Ryan Tannehill Mia
15 Austin Davis StL
16 Tony Romo Dal
17 Carson Palmer Ari With Stanton concussed, maybe Palmer can play
18 Andy Dalton Cin Could be a down week if A.J. is out
19 Joe Flacco Bal
20 Cam Newton Car
21 Tom Brady NE Tough to trust based on one good game
22 Mike Glennon TB
23 Blake Bortles Jac
24 Kyle Orton Buf
25 Teddy Bridgewater Min
26 Brian Hoyer Cle
27 Ryan Fitzpatrick Hou
28 Michael Vick NYJ The Jets QB is doomed with nobody to throw to
29 Charlie Whitehurst Ten
30 Derek Carr Oak New coach is unlikely to help much
31 Alex Smith KC Bye
32 Drew Brees NO Bye

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RUNNING BACK
PLAYER TEAM COMMENT
1 DeMarco Murray Dal Top two backs in playing against eachother this week
2 Marshawn Lynch Sea
3 Le'Veon Bell Pit
4 Matt Forte Chi Expect him to continue to pile up yards.  Touchdowns will come
5 Arian Foster Hou
6 Giovani Bernard Cin Bigger load with no A.J.
7 Andre Ellington Ari Does not look like the foot injury is that big a deal
8 Eddie Lacy GB
9 LeSean McCoy Phi Still looking for the breakout we all expect
10 Ahmad Bradshaw Ind
11 Frank Gore SF
12 Branden Oliver SD Doubt the debut against the Jets is sustainable
13 Alfred Morris Was
14 Andre Williams NYG
15 Lamar Miller Mia
16 Shane Vereen NE
17 Ben Tate Cle
18 Ronnie Hillman Den Should see the bulk of the RB volume
19 Doug Martin TB
20 C.J. Spiller Buf Big disappointment so far
21 Justin Forsett Bal
22 Chris Ivory NYJ
23 Jeremy Hill Cin
24 Darren Sproles Phi
25 Stevan Ridley NE
26 Steven Jackson Atl
27 Matt Asiata Min Losing touches to McKinnon, but still the goal-line guy
28 Carlos Hyde SF
29 Roy Helu Was
30 Antone Smith Atl Making big plays on limited touches
31 Bishop Sankey Tenn
32 Bobby Rainey TB
33 Chris Johnson NYJ
34 Trent Richardson Ind
35 Maurice Jones-Drew Oak
36 C.J. Anderson Den
37 Darren McFadden Oak
38 LeGarrette Blount Pit
39 Lance Dunbar Dal
40 Jerick McKinnon Min
41 Lorenzo Taliaferro Bal
42 Toby Gerhart Jac
43 Alfred Blue Hou
44 Shonn Greene Ten
45 Theo Riddick Det
46 Isaiah Crowell Cle
47 Robert Turbin Sea
48 Benny Cunningham Stl
49 James Starks GB
50 Storm Johnson Jac Might be the best of a lackluster group
51 Jacquizz Rodgers Atl
52 Ka'Deem Carey Chi
53 Stepfan Taylor Ari
54 George Winn Det
55 Devonta Freeman Atl
56 Bilal Powell NYJ
57 Bernard Pierce Bal
58 Terrance West Cle
59 Dexter McCluster Ten
60 Marcel Reece Oak
61 Jamaal Charles KC Bye
62 Knile Davis KC Bye
63 Pierre Thomas NO Bye
64 Khiry Robinson NO Bye
EXPECTED TO MISS WEEK 6
Knowshon Moreno Mia
Ryan Mathews SD
Joique Bell Det Unsure of return at this time
Mark Ingram NO
Adrian Peterson Min
Jonathan Dwyer Ari
Jonathan Stewart Car
Mike Tolbert Car
DeAngelo Williams Car
Montee Ball Den
Rashad Jennings NYG
Reggie Bush Det
Donald Brown SD
Zac Stacy Stl Uncertain for Monday night
Fred Jackson Buf

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WIDE RECEIVER
PLAYER TEAM COMMENT
1 Antonio Brown Pit
2 Jordy Nelson GB
3 Julio Jones Atl Consistently Ryan's top target
4 Dez Bryant Dal Tough match-up against the Seahawks
5 Randall Cobb GB
6 Demaryius Thomas Den Finally posted numbers people expect
7 Alshon Jeffery Chi
8 Brandon Marshall Chi
9 Golden Tate Det Truly "Golden" without Calvin
10 Julian Edelman NE
11 Kelvin Benjamin Car Down week five but with a lot of targets
12 Steve Smith Bal
13 Vincent Jackson TB Clicking with Glennon
14 Emmanuel Sanders Den
15 Percy Harvin Sea
16 Kendall Wright Ten Catches passes and finally scoring touchdowns
17 Jeremy Maclin Phi
18 Pierre Garcon Was
19 Keenan Allen SD As good as Rivers has been, Allen's numbers are down
20 T.Y. Hilton Ind
21 Sammy Watkins Buf
22 Michael Floyd Ari QB uncertainty
23 Brian Quick Stl Developed into a nice target for Davis
24 Roddy White Atl
25 DeAndre Hopkins Hou
26 Eddie Royal SD
27 Terrance Williams Dal Making big plays
28 Wes Welker Den
29 Mike Wallace Mia
30 James Jones Oak
31 Larry Fitzgerald Ari
32 Reggie Wayne Ind
33 Victor Cruz NYG Giants receivers are a very inconsistent bunch
34 Andrew Hawkins Cle
35 Andre Johnson Hou
36 Cordarrelle Patterson Min Expected to be much higher at the beginning of the season
37 DeSean Jackson Was
38 Torrey Smith Bal The breakout has not come
39 Jordan Matthews Phil
40 Anquan Boldin SF
41 Markus Wheaton Pit
42 Hakeem Nicks Ind Low-end fourth target for Luck
43 John Brown Ari
44 Steve Johnson SF
45 Justin Hunter Ten
46 Louis Murphy TB
47 Jarvis Landry Mia Emerging rookie gives the Dolphins an extra threat
48 Brian Hartline Mia Steady move-the-chains receiver
49 Riley Cooper Phil
50 Greg Jennings Min
51 Allen Robinson Jac
52 Rueben Randle NYG
53 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG
54 Kenny Britt Stl
55 Jeremy Kerley NYJ
56 Jerricho Cotchery Car
57 Denarius Moore Oak
58 Mohamed Sanu Cin
59 Andre Holmes Oak
60 Devin Hester Atl
61 Andre Roberts Was
62 Jermaine Kearse Sea
63 Brandon LaFell NE
64 Davante Adams GB
65 Allen Hurns Jac
66 Jason Avant Car
67 Mike Williams Buf
68 Marlon Brown Bal
69 Doug Baldwin Sea
70 Miles Austin Cle
71 Robert Woods Buf
72 David Nelson NYJ
73 Santonio Holmes Chi
74 Nate Washington Ten
75 Aaron Dobson NE
76 Danny Amendola NE
77 Donte Moncrief Ind
78 Kenny Stills NO Bye
79 Dwayne Bowe KC Bye
80 Marques Colston NO Bye
81 Brandin Cooks NO Bye
EXPECTED TO MISS WEEK 6
Josh Gordon Cle
Justin Blackmon Jac
Jarrett Boykin GB
Mike Evans TB
Calvin Johnson Det
Michael Crabtree SF
Eric Decker NYJ
A.J. Green Cin
Marvin Jones Cin
Cecil Shorts Jac
Tavon Austin Stl
Marqise Lee Jac
Rod Streater Oak
Harry Douglas Atl

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TIGHT END
PLAYER TEAM COMMENT
1 Julius Thomas Den
2 Greg Olsen Car Consistent threat
3 Martellus Bennett Chi
4 Rob Gronkowski NE Starting to look better
5 Delanie Walker Ten
6 Dwayne Allen Ind
7 Antonio Gates SD Inconsistently very good
8 Zach Ertz Phi Not seeing as many targets as expected
9 Heath Miller Pit
10 Larry Donnell NYG
11 Owen Daniels Bal
12 Coby Fleener Ind Good second fiddle
13 Jordan Cameron Cle
14 Jared Cook Stl
15 Jason Witten Dal
16 Brandon Myers TB
17 Ladarius Green SD
18 Eric Ebron Det
19 Richard Rodgers GB
20 Andrew Quarless GB
21 Scott Chandler Buf
22 Levine Toilolo Atl
23 Clay Harbor Jac
24 Jace Amaro NYJ
25 Garrett Graham Hou
26 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB
27 Jermaine Gresham Cin
28 Charles Clay Mia
29 Jimmy Graham NO Bye
30 Travis Kelce KC Bye
EXPECTED TO MISS WEEK 6
Jordan Reed Was
Vernon Davis SF
Kyle Rudolph Min

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KICKER
PLAYER TEAM
1 Dan Bailey Dal
2 Stephen Gostkowski NE
3 Justin Tucker Bal
4 Cody Parkey Phi
5 Steven Hauschka Sea
6 Phil Dawson SF
7 Nick Novak SD
8 Adam Vinatieri Ind
9 Mason Crosby GB
10 Blair Walsh Min
11 Brandon McManus Den
12 Chandler Catanzaro Ari
13 Nick Folk NYJ
14 Matt Bryant Atl
15 Mike Nugent Cin
16 Randy Bullock Hou
17 Greg Zuerlein Stl
18 Robbie Gould Chi
19 Ryan Succop Ten
20 Kai Forbath Was
21 Patrick Murray TB
22 Shaun Suisham Pitt
23 Graham Gano Car
24 Josh Brown NYG
25 Josh Scobee Jac
26 Dan Carpenter Buf
27 Matt Prater Det
28 Billy Cundiff Cle
29 Sebastian Janikowski Oak
30 Caleb Sturgis Mia
31 Shayne Graham NO
32 Cairo Santos KC

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DEFENSE
TEAM BYE
1 Chargers 10
2 Bengals 4
3 Broncos 4
4 Lions 9
5 Titans 9
6 Eagles 7
7 Seahawks 4
8 49ers 8
9 Cardinals 4
10 Browns 4
11 Packers 9
12 Ravens 11
13 Patriots 10
14 Colts 10
15 Giants 11
16 Panthers 12
17 Bills 9
18 Cowboys 11
19 Steelers 12
20 Dolphins 5
21 Texans 10
22 Redskins 10
23 Bears 9
24 Falcons 9
25 Bucs 7
26 Rams 4
27 Vikings 10
28 Jaguars 11
29 Raiders 5
30 Jets 11
31 Chiefs 6
32 Saints 6

Comments   

0 #2 Todd Zola 2014-10-09 16:35
Agree Perry-- eyeballing the list, I'd have him at #16.
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0 #1 Perry Van Hook 2014-10-09 16:20
Tim Wright (NE) should be on the TE list - while Week 5 numbers may not be duplicated, Wright was on the field for a low percentage of plays and caught 5 of 5 targets. Also note that the Patriots split him out to WR position given their weakness there. He was added Wednesday in most leagues where he was available but JIC take a look - in larger leagues or TE friendly scoring he may well be flex worthy in future weeks and is playable this week if you are missing Graham or Kelce
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