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College Fantasy Football 2017 Tight End, Defense and Kicker Rankings

Daniel Carlson

Daniel Carlson

While not the meat and potatoes of your college fantasy football lineup, the tight ends, kickers and defense you select can be the small difference to help you conquer your league this season.

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With regards to the tight ends, the group at the top of this year's rankings once again is led by the "Swiss Army Knife," who is better known as NC State's Jaylen Samuels. Far and away the top tight end, Samuels is expected to be used more as a running back this season, which increases his fantasy value and appeal even more.

Athlon Sports has teamed up with contributor and resident college fantasy football expert Mike Bainbridge to help you prepare for the upcoming college fantasy football draft season with our positional rankings. Below is the scoring system used to comprise these positional rankings. 

Passing Yards, 25 Yards = 1 point

Passing TD = 4 points

Rushing Yards, 10 yards = 1 point

Rushing TDs = 6 points

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Receptions = 0.5 points per reception

Receiving Yards, 10 yards = 1 point

Receiving TDs = 6 points

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2017 College Fantasy Postional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DEF I K

College Fantasy Football TE Rankings for 2017

Rank

Player

Team

FPPG

1

Jaylen Samuels

NC State

15.33

2

Adam Breneman

UMass

12.75

3

Mike Gesicki

Penn State

10.13

4

Ryan Yuracheck

Marshall

10.13

5

Mark Andrews

Oklahoma

9.71

6

Blake Mack

Arkansas State

8.67

7

Troy Fumagalli

Wisconsin

8.25

8

Hayden Hurst

South Carolina

8.17

9

Cole Herdman

Purdue

8.13

10

Isaac Nauta

Georgia

7.96

11

Ryan Smith

Miami (Ohio)

7.88

12

Ari Werts

Georgia State

7.63

13

Maaseiah Francis

South Alabama

7.54

14

David Lucero

UTEP

7.46

15

Chris Herndon

Miami

7.33

16

Cam Serigne

Wake Forest

7.29

17

Tyler Conklin

Central Michigan

7.21

18

Garrett Dickerson

Northwestern

7.13

19

Jordan Akins

UCF

6.79

20

Tyler Mabry

Buffalo

6.79

21

DeAndre Goolsby

Florida

6.73

22

C.J. Conrad

Kentucky

6.58

23

Daniel Imatorbhebhe

USC

6.50

24

Daniel Helm

Duke

6.29

25

Austin Cantrell

Arkansas

6.17

26

Jacob Breeland

Oregon

6.04

27

A.J. Sattinger

FIU

5.96

28

Jake Roh

Boise State

5.75

29

Chris Clark

Pittsburgh

5.71

30

Dan Buschman

Eastern Michigan

5.68

*FPPG = Fantasy Points Per Game (projected) for 2017

College Fantasy Football DEF Rankings for 2017

Rank

Team

Bye Week

1

Alabama

Week 9

2

LSU

Week 9

3

Florida

Week 8

4

Clemson

Week 8

5

Florida State

Week 6

6

Wisconsin

Week 4

7

Ohio State

Week 8

8

Georgia

Week 8

9

San Diego State 

Week 11

10

Michigan

Week 5

11

Stanford

Weeks 2, 9

12

USC

Week 13

13

Washington

Week 8

14

Auburn

Week 9

15

Miami

Week 6

College Fantasy Football K Rankings for 2017

Rank

Player

Team

1

Daniel Carlson

Auburn

2

Jonathan Barnes

Louisiana Tech

3

Redford Jones

Tulsa

4

Matt Anderson

California

5

Tyler Davis

Penn State

6

Michael Badgley

Miami

7

Gary Wunderlich

Ole Miss

8

Canon Rooker

Middle Tennessee

9

Ricky Aguayo

Florida State

10

Louie Zervos

Ohio

11

Skyler Simcox

Western Kentucky

12

Austin Seibert

Oklahoma

13

Greg Heugel

Clemson

14

John Baron

San Diego State

15

Eddie Pineiro

Florida

— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. For additional College Fantasy Football insight, be sure to follow him on Twitter @MBainbridgeCFF.