Whether you are preparing for a last minute fantasy football draft or analyzing trade opportunities, using tiered rankings to determine player values can be very helpful.

Champion managers are often those who maximize the number of elite players on their roster at the end of the season.

So, you would be wise to continue looking for opportunities to package a collection of lower-value players for one higher-value player in a trade (while then filling out new roster spots with high upside players in waivers).

A list of rankings can be helpful as you explore these types of trade opportunities, but knowing which tier a player belongs in can be even more beneficial.

After all, drafting a solid team is just the first step. Making smart trades, waiver-wire acquisitions and starting-lineup choices are often even more influential pieces of the puzzle. Good luck in your pursuit of a championship this season!

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Alex Case is amNY's fantasy

football columnist.