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Early FFPC Best Ball Rankings - Tight End Premium Scoring

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Not only is the FFPC (Fantasy Football Players Championship) home to some of the best high stakes and serious Fantasy Football competitions you will find anywhere, it also features various formats and unique scoring elements that add extra appeal and additional layers of challenges.

Best Ball drafts have already started on the FFPC site, and you can participate in many unique formats, such as seasonal or dynasty, and even Best Ball "Slim” leagues that remove positions you may not want to have in lineups, such as kickers or team defenses. There are several levels of entry fees, so you can play for the fun of it, or compete for highly lucrative prizes.

All FFPC leagues place a higher emphasis on tight end scoring, awarding 1.5 points for every tight end reception. In my latest pre-draft update of Best Ball rankings specifically for the FFPC, I examine how that scoring twist affects your strategies and my rankings. I also include some of my latest insights at other positions. RotoBaller readers can get a great and automatically applied discount to new FFPC entries right here.

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FFPC TE Premium Scoring - Rankings Analysis

In the FFPC, tight ends get a scoring boost of 1.5 points per reception. Obviously, this pushes them up the board and higher in the rankings, but running backs and top wide receivers can still dominate the early selections. Only one TE gets credit per week for sure in your weekly scoring while you will get credit for a minimum of the highest scorers among two running backs and wide receivers each week, plus two flex players. Those flex players can be tight ends, but you likely won't have two tight ends among your top scorers in many weeks.

According to the FFPC final player totals from 2020 on FantasyMojo.com, only two TES, Travis Kelce and Darren Waller, scored over 300 points. Kelce scored 367.3 and Waller scored 336.1. With George Kittle limited to a half-season, no other TE came anywhere close to Kelce and Waller, as Logan Thomas was the third-highest scoring player at the position with 212.9 points. A total of 23 wide receivers scored more points than all but two of the entire TE field. So while Kelce, Waller, and Kittle can make inroads into the top players drafted, most others will not. Kelce did outscore all WRs, though, as Davante Adams topped the wideouts with 360.4 points. A total of 10 running backs scored more points than all TEs except Kelce and Waller, so you will naturally see the elite RBs continue to go off the board before many tight ends.

The latest FFPC Best Ball Average Draft Position Reports from FantasyMojo.com have Kelce going third overall, which is exactly where I have him ranked. The elevated TE scoring gives him a boost into a class of his own because not only will he dominate the position as he does in any other format, but he soars above other wide receivers here too. And that rings true in any FFPC style of play. I have Waller ranked 13th and 16th overall, while they both have ADPs of 11 and 13, respectively. I don’t expect much to change for Waller in terms of production, as the Raiders made no major changes at WR, so he should remain the top target in the Las Vegas passing game. Health is the only obvious reason I rank Kittle just outside the top-15, but if anyone wants to take him a few spots higher than that, I won’t be strongly opposed to doing so.

Then, the drop-off begins in my overall ranks, as I have my next batch of TEs ranked in a cluster from 33rd to 37th, beginning with Mark Andrews. Robert Tonyan directly follows Andrews and could outscore him, but he lacks the track record of Andrews as a fantasy producer. T.J. Hockenson could drop from 35th overall if the Lions do draft Kyle Pitts. I am expecting the true breakthrough year from Dallas Goedert. You can see, though, that I have these TEs ranked behind most of my true WR1 types and after my top-18 RBs.

I have Logan Thomas, Kyle Pitts, and Irv Smith Jr. ranked just inside the top-50 overall. Thomas was impressive once he started emerging as a true top threat for Washington last season, yet he has to show he can do it again, especially with some new pieces around him at QB and WR. Pitts has more potential and talent than most rookie TEs, but he is going to have to earn a loftier rank, I just cannot hand it to him right away. Smith could be headed for a real breakout season with Kyle Rudolph gone from Minnesota and another year of experience behind him.

After that, my next TE, Jared Cook, appears just outside the top-55. Only two more appear in my top-75 for a total of 14 within the top-75. So, I am still recommending you take one TE among your core skill position players. They are certainly boosted overall, yet many of the lesser ones are not elevated enough to take them over many players at other positions. The ADPs are loosely reflective of such rankings, as 12 TEs are going in the top-85.

Obviously, Best Ball rankings are different in terms of going for overall scoring and weekly upside rather than consistency here. But, there aren’t enough significant upside plays overall at TE in any scoring system. That said, I do like Adam Trautman as a potential value play in New Orleans, and Gerald Everett as another value type to possibly take on his largest role yet with Seattle.

 

Other Key FFPC Best Ball Targets

Here are a few notable points on some of my latest FFPC Best Ball ranks.

-Stefon Diggs is in for another huge year with Josh Allen and I will confidently take him as my WR3 in any scoring format.

-Ezekiel Elliott will deliver a big rebound year with Dak Prescott back, especially for overall scoring in Best Ball formats.

-I like Jonathan Taylor a heck of a lot too, but he has to earn an elite rank first, he is not quite in my top-10 overall yet. He will still lead a committee in Indianapolis. I’ll take him as an RB1, but I am coming in a bit below his ADP of seventh overall. There will be some outstanding Best Ball weeks, but I am not fully convinced he will have quite as many upside outings as a few other standout RBs.

-Justin Jefferson had a great rookie year, but I am not ready to draft him over some more established top wideouts just yet.

-Kenny Golladay could turn out to be a value at 39th overall. If he stays healthy and shows he can handle playing in the New York environment, he still has significant WR1 promise. He could come through with some really good Best Ball weeks.

-Chris Carson can still play at an RB1 level when healthy and is a very good Best Ball option to take advantage of his strong outings when he is healthy. Taking Rashaad Penny later on as some Best Ball insurance is a nice move.

-Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp will have some outstanding weeks working with Matthew Stafford, and drafting them both on the same Best Ball team can give you exposure to several impressive outings from the Rams’ improved passing game.

-Michael Pittman Jr. has a lot of upside, but consistency could be an issue. You won’t have to be as concerned with the lesser outings in Best Ball formats and can take advantage of the bigger weeks. He may supply some very productive outings working with Carson Wentz.

 

FFPC Best Ball Rankings - Tight End Premium Scoring

Rank Player Name Pos
1 Dalvin Cook RB
2 Christian McCaffrey RB
3 Travis Kelce TE
4 Derrick Henry RB
5 Alvin Kamara RB
6 Saquon Barkley RB
7 Davante Adams WR
8 Tyreek Hill WR
9 Stefon Diggs WR
10 Nick Chubb RB
11 Ezekiel Elliott RB
12 Jonathan Taylor RB
13 Darren Waller TE
14 Cam Akers RB
15 Aaron Jones RB
16 George Kittle TE
17 DeAndre Hopkins WR
18 Calvin Ridley WR
19 D.K. Metcalf WR
20 Austin Ekeler RB
21 Justin Jefferson WR
22 Michael Thomas WR
23 Allen Robinson II WR
24 A.J. Brown WR
25 D'Andre Swift RB
26 Antonio Gibson RB
27 James Robinson RB
28 Joe Mixon RB
29 Miles Sanders RB
30 Patrick Mahomes II QB
31 J.K. Dobbins RB
32 David Montgomery RB
33 Mark Andrews TE
34 Robert Tonyan TE
35 T.J. Hockenson TE
36 Rob Gronkowski TE
37 Dallas Goedert TE
38 Josh Allen QB
39 Kenny Golladay WR
40 Keenan Allen WR
41 Julio Jones WR
42 Mike Evans WR
43 Amari Cooper WR
44 Terry McLaurin WR
45 Chris Godwin WR
46 Chris Carson RB
47 Logan Thomas TE
48 Kyle Pitts TE
49 Irv Smith Jr. TE
50 Dak Prescott QB
51 Aaron Rodgers QB
52 Robert Woods WR
53 Tyler Lockett WR
54 Cooper Kupp WR
55 Kyler Murray QB
56 Justin Herbert QB
57 Jared Cook TE
58 Diontae Johnson WR
59 Odell Beckham Jr. WR
60 D.J. Moore WR
61 CeeDee Lamb WR
62 Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB
63 Michael Pittman Jr. WR
64 Russell Wilson QB
65 Lamar Jackson QB
66 Noah Fant TE
67 Adam Thielen WR
68 Will Fuller V WR
69 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
70 Tyler Boyd WR
71 Najee Harris RB
72 Travis Etienne RB
73 Mike Gesicki TE
74 Melvin Gordon III RB
75 Josh Jacobs RB
76 Tee Higgins WR
77 Hunter Henry TE
78 Brandon Aiyuk WR
79 Deebo Samuel WR
80 Matthew Stafford QB
81 Jonnu Smith TE
82 Robby Anderson WR
83 Ronald Jones II RB
84 Chase Edmonds RB
85 Evan Engram TE
86 Myles Gaskin RB
87 Joe Burrow QB
88 D.J. Chark Jr. WR
89 DeVante Parker WR
90 Jalen Hurts QB
91 Tom Brady QB
92 Courtland Sutton WR
93 Adam Trautman TE
94 Raheem Mostert RB
95 Chase Claypool WR
96 Zach Ertz TE
97 Kareem Hunt RB
98 Mike Davis RB
99 Gerald Everett TE
100 Marquise Brown WR
101 Jarvis Landry WR
102 Corey Davis WR
103 Ryan Tannehill QB
104 Curtis Samuel WR
105 Ja'Marr Chase WR
106 DeVonta Smith WR
107 David Johnson RB
108 Leonard Fournette RB
109 Matt Ryan QB
110 Hayden Hurst TE
111 T.Y. Hilton WR
112 Tyler Higbee TE
113 Jack Doyle TE
114 Marvin Jones Jr. WR
115 Damien Harris RB
116 James Conner RB
117 Jeff Wilson Jr. RB
118 Eric Ebron TE
119 Zack Moss RB
120 Gus Edwards RB
121 Jalen Reagor WR
122 Carson Wentz QB
123 Jerry Jeudy WR
124 Austin Hooper TE
125 Christian Kirk WR
126 J.D. McKissic RB
127 Daniel Jones QB
128 Gabriel Davis WR
129 Jimmy Graham TE
130 Cole Kmet TE
131 Devin Singletary RB
132 Baker Mayfield QB
133 Michael Gallup WR
134 Kenyan Drake RB
135 O.J. Howard TE
136 Trevor Lawrence QB
137 Tevin Coleman RB
138 Marlon Mack RB
139 John Brown WR
140 AJ Dillon RB
141 Blake Jarwin TE
142 Brandin Cooks WR
143 Nyheim Hines RB
144 Nelson Agholor WR
145 Tarik Cohen RB
146 Denzel Mims WR
147 Laviska Shenault Jr. WR
148 Trey Burton TE
149 Mike Williams WR
150 James White RB
151 Henry Ruggs III WR
152 Cole Beasley WR
153 Darnell Mooney WR
154 Kirk Cousins QB
155 Anthony McFarland Jr. RB
156 Cam Newton QB
157 Ryan Fitzpatrick QB
158 Sammy Watkins WR
159 Jacob Hollister TE
160 Rashaad Penny RB
161 Sterling Shepard WR
162 Phillip Lindsay RB
163 Tim Patrick WR
164 Derek Carr QB
165 Chris Herndon IV TE
166 Dawson Knox TE
167 Benny Snell Jr. RB
168 Ben Roethlisberger QB
169 Jamaal Williams RB
170 Le'Veon Bell RB
171 Zach Wilson QB
172 Todd Gurley II RB
173 Joshua Kelley RB
174 Kenny Gainwell RB
175 Javonte Williams RB
176 Jared Goff QB
177 Michael Carter RB
178 Jamison Crowder WR
179 Darius Slayton WR
180 Chuba Hubbard RB
181 Allen Lazard WR
182 Quintez Cephus WR
183 Tre'Quan Smith WR
184 Mecole Hardman WR
185 Trey Sermon RB
186 Jermar Jefferson RB
187 Sony Michel RB
188 Tony Pollard RB
189 Van Jefferson WR
190 Latavius Murray RB
191 Rashod Bateman WR
192 Dalton Schultz TE
193 Will Dissly TE
194 Ito Smith RB
195 Alexander Mattison RB
196 Jaylen Waddle WR
197 Rondale Moore WR
198 Justin Fields QB
199 Mac Jones QB
200 Trey Lance QB
201 Emmanuel Sanders WR
202 Jameis Winston QB
203 Travis Fulgham WR
204 Breshad Perriman WR
205 Antonio Brown WR
206 Deshaun Watson QB
207 Jakobi Meyers WR
208 Tua Tagovailoa QB
209 Jimmy Garoppolo QB
210 Sam Darnold QB
211 Kadarius Toney WR
212 Anthony Miller WR
213 Andy Dalton QB
214 Taysom Hill QB



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Welcome to our fantasy football Breakouts, Busts, and Locks, a series on RotoBaller where our writers look at three key players on each NFL team. Today, we're talking about the Detroit Lions. After trading Matthew Stafford last year, the Lions are now in the second year of a rebuild. What kind of fantasy value can... Read More


2022 Fantasy Sleeper: Allen Lazard

The Green Bay Packers receiving corps was wiped out during the offseason. Top target and perennial Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for a treasure trove of draft picks, and big-play man Marquez Valdes-Scantling took his talents to the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, the Packers signed injury-prone veteran Sammy... Read More


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Boom or Bust Wide Receivers for Fantasy Football in 2022

We’re here looking for the next Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson. The kind of guys who will help win and lose fantasy football seasons this year. The reality is, we’re very unlikely to have any players who end up in the same stratosphere of season Kupp and Robinson had last year, but that doesn’t mean... Read More


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Saquon Barkley- RB1 Or Overvalued?

Saquon Barkley is a player that the fantasy football industry is divided on as we head into the 2022 season. On one hand, there are those who will be completely avoiding him because of the past two seasons. However, there are some that still believe in the ability of tone of the greatest running back... Read More


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NFL Rookies Most Likely to Make Fantasy Football Impacts (And Those Who Won't)

With the popularity of dynasty leagues growing and the fantasy impact of the last few rookie classes, fantasy managers seem to be flocking to NFL newbies at far higher rates than before. Our expectations increased, oftentimes to unrealistic levels. Guys like Ja’Marr Chase and Najee Harris have spoiled us. They were also drafted into picture-perfect... Read More


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Is Allen Lazard The Packers WR1? Where Should I Draft Allen Lazard?

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard jumped to the top of the team's chart after losing Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling this offseason. The 26-year-old signed his second-round tender in June and is expected to be Aaron Rodgers' top target in 2022. He finished with career highs in receptions (40), receiving yards (513), and... Read More


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Will James Robinson or Travis Etienne Be The RB1 For The Jaguars?

With James Robinson suffering a torn Achilles deep into last season, it quickly became the expectation that a healthy Travis Etienne would be the Jaguars' RB1 this year. Miraculously, Robinson avoided entering training camp on the PUP list and is already taking some reps with the first-team offense. If he continues to progress and sees... Read More


Is James Washington Out for the Season?

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver James Washington earned his fair share of hype during the offseason. After leaving the Steelers and joining Dallas' high-powered offense, his stock started to grow. Then, with Amari Cooper traded to the Browns and Michael Gallup recovering from a torn ACL, it looked like Washington had a chance to carve out... Read More


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Quarterback Fantasy Football Rankings for 2022 Drafts: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan

Fellow RotoBallers, we present our updated 2022 fantasy football quarterback rankings. We have been updating our fantasy football rankings all throughout the preseason, and will continue until the season kicks off. Our quarterback fantasy football rankings are put together by Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Scott Engel and Brandon Murchison. Below you will also see recent fantasy football... Read More