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Today’s assignment is to update the information on how useful 32 NFL clubs are to the fantasy. This is my list and is, of course, subjective. I welcome your reasonable disagreement at any time: @Scott Pianovski on Twitter.
We did this exercise before the season and this is version 2.0. We will review teams every quarter. First grade time.
32. Chicago Bears (previous ranking 26)
You can start with David Montgomery or Khalil Herbert, depending on their health condition. The passing game was a submarine due to an overly conservative game call. At this point, Darnell Mooney is barely worth a spare on the bench, and Cole Kmet’s breakout season appears to have been cancelled.
31. Houston Texans (32)
Dameon Pierce was stable after the jump, but Davis Mills was not as stable as I wanted. This hurts Brandon Cooke and destroys Nico Collins’ dormant hopes.
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30. New York Giants (30)
Saquon Barkley was an outstanding player, but the receiver room is by far the worst in football. Somehow this team is 3-1, although internal numbers mock it (DVOA has 23).
29. New Orleans Saints (20)
Chris Olav will cover for any defense, no matter who the quarterback is. But Alvin Camara and Michael Thomas look like fantastic bricks in the first month.
28. Carolina Panthers (23)
I wanted to believe that Baker Mayfield would be at least a modest improvement over Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater, but that’s not the case. Christian McCaffrey may be too big to fail, but DJ Moore is sinking with the Mayfield. OC Ben McAdoo is not doing us any favors.
27. Tennessee Titans (31)
Derrick Henry is heavily used in the passing game, which could add seasons to his career. But there isn’t a lot of fantasy value elsewhere – Ryan Tannehill is just a fantasy back-up, and Robert Woods sits near the WR50.
26. New England Patriots (28)
When you can cut a productive field down to two players, we have fantastic utility. Damien Harris and Ramondra Stevenson are here to help. All New England receivers are WR4-5 type at best.
25. Atlanta Falcons (27)
Forget Kyle Pitts going to the moon, I wish he could just stay in the top 10 in the tight end. Arthur Smith, you’re not helping. The Falcons have been without Cordarrell Patterson for a month, and a Week 4 victory over Cleveland showed that Smith isn’t entirely sure about starting quarterback Marcus Mariote.
24. Washington Commanders (22)
You can’t watch Carson Wentz from one frame to the next, it will break your heart and soul. Curtis Samuel is back in business, which put Terry McLaurin down.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (25)
James Robinson was better than expected, though some erratic long runs (never his game) skew the picture. I would try to sell it in exchange for a high perceived value. Trevor Lawrence went through a series of ups and downs, showing his worst form in a loss to Philadelphia. Christian Kirk starts every week and even from zero in week 4 I want Zay Jones on all my lists.
22. Seattle Seahawks (21)
Gino Smith was more prepared for this moment than anyone could have imagined. And he passes the ball to the playmakers we care about. I would like Rashaad Penny to take this job and do it.
21. Indianapolis Colts (18)
I knew Matt Ryan was in the bottom nine, but he may be closer to the 18th hole than I like to admit. Ryan relies on his tight ends in the red zone, which highlights his current limitations. Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman are weekly top players when they’re healthy, and Alec Pierce has a shot at being somebody. But the Colts have trouble separating from the weak AFC South.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (17)
Kenny Pickett can’t be worse than Mitch Trubisky, although the first start in Buffalo is a nasty challenge. Chase Claypool did not last long on this team.
19. Arizona Cardinals (14)
Kyler Murray is running around and making things up – hey, this is the best thing Cliff Kingsbury came up with. Hollywood Brown got off to a good start with his college buddy, but James Conner is worthless when deodorant runs out.
18. Denver Broncos (8)
Javonte Williams missed the year and Melvin Gordon was in disarray in the first quarter. And who expected Geno Smith to outplay Russell Wilson a month into the season? Nathaniel Hackett may not be a long-term solution as head coach.
17. New York Jets (24)
Zach Wilson had three dirty quarters and one great in the win over Pittsburgh. This is his career in a nutshell. But he’s surrounded by four good pass catchers and two good defensemen. The Jets have a chance to have some fun.
16. Miami Dolphins (15)
We are no closer to an answer about Tua Tagovailoa, although he had moments before the concussion. Tyreke Hill didn’t miss, and Jaylen Waddle reveals it was misused last year.
15. Los Angeles Rams (10)
Cooper Kupp keeps ruining the fantasy, but most other Rams ruin your lineup. Matthew Stafford doesn’t trust his offensive line, and the team hasn’t figured out how to use Allen Robinson. Tyler Higbee was a pleasant surprise in the tight end.
14. Cleveland Browns (29)
The Browns came as a surprise with two worthy defensemen and flushes from Amari Cooper and David Njoku. But Jacoby Brisset is still a below-average starter, so the passing game will have limited upside for three months.
13. Las Vegas Raiders (11)
Davante Adams was great in week 1 and Josh Jacobs was great in week 4, but this team (hell, this division) was a bit disappointing in the first quarter. Darren Waller, anytime you’re ready.
12. San Francisco 49ers (12)
We’ll have to wait another year for answers on Trey Lance, but at least the Nines are one of the rare teams with a playable backup. George Kittle hasn’t shown up for a long time; maybe he is destined to always be better in real life than in fantasy. Deebo Samuel is always cheerful.
11. Dallas Cowboys (7)
Tony Pollard is still the best here, but to be honest, Ezekiel Elliot wasn’t bad. Cooper Rush turned out to be a better help than anyone expected, and Dak Prescott will be back soon anyway. CeeDee Lamb may have had an overdraft over the summer, but not much. He is the real number one.
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10. Green Bay Packers (19)
The Packers have finally identified the top four as Aaron Rodgers likes to keep his circle of trust narrow. You can play Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Allen Lazard and Romeo Daubes every week with relative certainty.
9. Detroit Lions (16)
An absolute fantasy carnival, high-octane offense and defense that can’t stop anyone. A bit of cold water on history: The opposition’s defense gets a lot more difficult over the next four games. But this offense will be better than the average for the entire season.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2)
The Buccaneers faced injuries and a one-game suspension for Mike Evans, and Tom Brady’s performance also took a step back. Brady’s teams seem to improve over the course of the season, but I won’t blame anyone who doesn’t want to make this bet forever.
7. Minnesota Vikings (6)
Justin Jefferson has two scoring games and two quiet ones, but Week 4 showed the Vikings were likely to keep their promise and set him up creatively for his career season.
6. Baltimore Ravens (13)
Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews are obvious hits at their summer ADP, and Rashod Bateman was playable, if not outstanding. JK Dobbins has a chance to take this offense to the limit.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (4)
Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelsey are stable as always, but it has been difficult to get stable production from other places. Even after a strong fourth week, I don’t fully trust Clyde Edwards-Heler.
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4. Cincinnati Bengals (5)
For two weeks, Joe Burrow’s pocket awareness has been in disarray, but things are improving now. Bengals retain a narrow usage tree and special talents in key positions. They are always watchable.
3. Los Angeles Chargers (3)
It’s a shame this team doesn’t have an outside burner, but Justin Herbert is a superstar nonetheless and Mike Williams will always be the monster of the competition. Austin Eckeler would have stayed in the first round if we changed the draft today.
2. Buffalo Bills (1)
An injury prevented Gabe Davis from truly breaking through, and Dawson Knox has yet to burst. But Josh Allen and Stephon Diggs are as consistent as can be, and Devin Singletary looks ready for the perks of Circle of Trust. Jamison Crowder’s injury could push Isaiah Mackenzie into a fantasy role, assuming…