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August 31, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 11th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 11 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.11 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: In three seasons playing with Peyton Manning, Thomas has exceeded 90 catches and 1,400 yards with double-digit touchdowns each season. Repeating last year's career numbers (111/1,619/11) may not happen, but Thomas should post a fourth consecutive 90/1,400/10 line.

2.02 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: Forte set the running back single-season record with 102 receptions last season. With the coaching change(s), Forte won't come close to 100 catches this year, but 60-plus catches seems reasonable. Forte has 1,400-plus yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons.

3.11 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: It's unlikely that Johnson bounces back to his 2013 numbers (109 catches for 1,407 yards), but I do expect better numbers in 2015 from Johnson. Although he recently turned 34, Johnson gets a significant quarterback (Andrew Luck) and offensive upgrade with the Colts.

4.02 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Edelman hasn't played in the preseason, but he should be ready to go for the season opener next week. Soon we should know whether or not Tom Brady will be under center for that game (or any of the first four). If he is, that is obviously better news for Edelman, but he has averaged 6.6 receptions per game for 67.6 yards over the past two seasons.

5.11 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce finished with 67 receptions for 862 yards and five touchdowns with the sixth-most fantasy points (PPR) among tight ends last season. With no health restrictions or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Baby Gronk in 2015.

6.02 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Sooner or later, Yeldon figures to become Jacksonville's every-down back even if it isn't the case in Week 1.

7.11 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Even though Jeremy Hill enters 2015 as the team's lead back, there is value, especially in PPR formats, with Bernard as a change-of-pace back. As an example, Hill carried the ball 22-plus times for 100-plus yards in each of the three final games in 2014, but Bernard finished as a top-12 fantasy RB (PPR) in those same games.

8.02 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: There is growing optimism that Foster will miss only a few games to start the season. Missing three games in 2014, Foster finished as a top-five fantasy running back and he has a ton of upside here.

9.11 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning started slowly but finished strong -- five top-five weekly finishes in his last 10 games (only Aaron Rodgers had as many). With healthier receivers and more comfort in the offensive scheme, Manning should build upon last year's success.

10.02 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: With Melvin Gordon likely to get the majority of early-down work, Woodhead should handle the bulk of third-down snaps. In his last full season, he finished with 76 catches, 1,034 YFS and eight touchdowns.

11.11 - Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: Off to a great start last season, Quick missed the second half of the season after tearing his rotator cuff. Provided he can stay healthy for the full season, perhaps this will be his breakout season.

12.02 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Failing to build upon his 2013 breakout season, the quarterback situation (injuries) was (were) at least partly to blame. At a lower draft-day cost, Floyd has upside as my WR5.

13.11 - Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Wheaton barely finished as a top-60 fantasy receiver last season, but Ben Roethlisberger has predicted a breakout season for him and the four-game suspension of Martavis Bryant helps his fantasy outlook as well.

14.02 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Aided by injuries to Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Randle set career highs of 71 receptions for 938 yards in his age-23 season. More than likely, it will take an injury to Cruz and ODB for Randle to exceed last year's numbers, but he has upside here.

15.11 - Miami Dolphins D/ST

16.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks:

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August 30, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 4th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

[Follow @EDSFootball on Twitter for updates.]

Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 4 pick, standard scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.04 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: One week after losing Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL, the Packers were nearly dealt another major injury with Randall Cobb, who escaped with a sprained AC joint. With Aaron Rodgers keeping opposing defenses honest, Lacy has rushed for 1,100-plus yards and scored double-digit touchdowns in each of his first two seasons and is a good bet to do so again this year.

2.09 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Assuming the lead-back role down the stretch, no player rushed for more yards than Hill (929) over the final nine games of the season. Lacy and Hill are my RB2 and RB7, respectively, so I'm thrilled to get both to start this mock.

3.04 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: In his age-22 season, Hopkins took a big step forward with 76 catches for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns. Although he's limited by poor quarterback play, Hopkins should build upon last year's success and he finished as fantasy's WR15 in 2014.

4.09 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Gordon is off to a slow start this preseason (20 carries for 45 yards), but he figures to handle the bulk of the team's early-down carries. I'd be comfortable with him as my RB2 so I obviously like him more as my flex.

5.04 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: The most pro-ready receiver in this year's draft class, Cooper became Alabama's first-ever Biletnikoff Award winner. Not only will Cooper enter the season as Oakland's No. 1 receiver, but only three teams threw the ball more often than the Raiders last season.

6.09 - Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: Bennett posted career highs of 90 receptions, which led all tight ends last season, for 916 yards and six touchdowns. With Brandon Marshall traded and the injury to Kevin White, Bennett has a chance to come close to last year's numbers.

7.04 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: It's unclear how many games Foster will miss following his groin surgery, but there is plenty of optimism that he may only miss a few games. Last year, Foster missed three games yet finished as a top-five fantasy running back on the team that led the NFL in rush attempts (551).

8.09 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Although Fitzgerald is 0-for-3 in 1,000-yard seasons over the past three years, he has averaged 5.18/65.32/0.55 in the 22 games that both he and Carson Palmer have appeared. If both stay healthy for 16 games and maintain their same pace, it's a 16-game equivalent of 83/1,045/9.

9.04 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill set career highs across the board last season and finished with the eighth-most fantasy points among QBs last season. Tannehill has looked sharp this preseason and has upside from his QB12 spot in this mock.

10.09 - Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Emerging in the second half of last season (with his third team in two NFL seasons), Johnson has a chance to build upon last year's late-season success with offseason continuity. Even though the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, I expect Johnson to lead the team's receivers in fantasy points this season.

11.04 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith started slowly, but he finished strong as he scored 10 touchdowns in the final 11 games of the season. Even though I have Brian Quick ranked higher, I took Smith first given the likelihood (via FantasyPros pick predictor: see below) that I'd have a better chance to get both if I selected them in that order.

12.09 - Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: Quick started the season strong with four consecutive weekly top-25 finishes, but his season ended prematurely due to a torn rotator cuff. Provided he can stay healthy for a full season, perhaps his breakout comes this year.

13.04 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Even if Lacy got hurt, the trio of Hill, Foster and MG3 means that Starks may not find his way into my starting lineup in that scenario. That said, what RB available in Round 13 would?

14.09 - Baltimore Ravens D/ST

15.04 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 11

We are now heading into the final round of our new 12-round 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft as the first 11 rounds are now complete.

Here are Round 11 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

11.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins

Garcon has now played full 16-game seasons in back-to-back years for the first time in his career. Things weren't all positive for Garcon, however, as his production was nearly cut in half to 68 catches for 752 yards and three touchdowns. (Garcon had 113/1,346/5 in 2013.) That said, the team is expected to make a more concerted effort to get the ball into Garcon's hands in 2015.

11.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

A big back (6-1, 224) with excellent receiving skills, Johnson had over 200 receiving yards in the game against Iowa last season. By signing Chris Johnson to a one-year deal, the third-round rookie isn't a lock to get the second-most touches among the team's backs this season. That said, it's fair to question Andre Ellington's ability to hold up for a full 16-game season, which gives (I suppose either) Johnson some upside.

11.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Generating plenty of buzz prior to the draft highlighted by a pair of sub-4.3's run at the UCF Pro Day, Perriman is the son of ex-NFL receiver Brent Perriman, who has a 1,400-yard season under his belt with the Lions. Much bigger than his father, Perriman (6-1, 212) has had some issues with drops and needs to improve as a route-runner, but he's a big play waiting to happen (when healthy). Coming off a career-best 50/1,044/9 season, Perriman has averaged more than 20.0 Y/R over the past two seasons and is an excellent fit to replace Torrey Smith as a vertical threat in this offense (again, when healthy).

11.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins

Stills set career highs with 63 receptions for a team-high 931 yards in his second season with the Saints, but he was traded to the Dolphins this offseason. One of the areas in which Ryan Tannehill has struggled is with downfield accuracy, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the speedy Stills.

11.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Owen Daniels, TE, Denver Broncos

Daniels had 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns last season in Baltimore and he has once again followed Coach Kubiak to Denver this offseason. While I don't expect 12 touchdowns from Daniels, which the departed Julius Thomas had done in each of the past two years in Denver, I would expect an improvement across the board from his 48/527/4 line from last season.

11.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots

It's not often that a running rushes for 201 yards with four touchdowns one week and is a healthy scratch the next. So what to make of Gray's projected workload is anyone's guess. Of course, that's the norm with Bill Belichick and the workloads given to New England's running backs.

11.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans

Receiving some pre-draft comparisons to Calvin Johnson, DGB isn't nearly as athletic as Megatron, but he has sub-4.5 speed with tremendous size (6-5, 237). Green-Beckham, the No. 1 overall high school recruit in 2012 (via Rivals.com), has the upside and potential to emerge as the best fantasy receiver out of this year's draft class long term, but his immediate impact could be limited after sitting out the 2014 college season.

11.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers

The biggest appeal with taking Artis-Payne late is the durability of Jonathan Stewart -- or lack thereof. The Daily Show was one of the league's most productive backs down the stretch and he enters 2015 as the team's featured back, but he has missed 20 games over the past three seasons. If Stewart misses time, CAP should lead the team in touches in those games.

11.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Eifert's 2014 season ended almost as soon as it began with a dislocated elbow injury in Week 1. As a rookie and part of a timeshare with Jermaine Gresham, Eifert posted a solid 39/445/2 line in 2013. Now healthy and with Gresham gone, Eifert will be counted on to be a significant part of their passing attack. Provided he stays healthy, it wouldn't surprise me if the former first-round pick finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015.

11.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Missing two games and at less than 100 percent for much of the season, it was a down year for Newton. That said, Newton has now exceeded 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in all four of his NFL seasons. Over those four seasons, he has averaged 3,606 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns per season as well as 643 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Despite the down year, Newton finished seventh in fantasy points per game (17.78) among QBs. And before last season, Newton finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in his first three NFL seasons. Before the injury to Kelvin Benjamin, I was much higher on Newton, but I still expect him to finish as a top-10 fantasy QB in 2015.

11.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill posted career highs in passing yards (4,045), passing touchdowns (27) and completion percentage (66.4) with a career low in interceptions (12) in his first year playing for new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. In addition, he rushed for a career-high 311 yards, which ranked fifth among all quarterbacks last season. Starting in Week 6, Tannehill finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in six of 11 weeks, but he finished with the eighth-most fantasy points over the full season. The team's group of top pass-catchers was entirely turned over except for Jarvis Landry, but Tannehill is a high-upside QB2 for Brendan behind Drew Brees.

11.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

In five NFL seasons since being drafted first overall by the Rams, Bradford has played a total of 49 games -- and only seven of 32 games in the past two years. If, a big if, Bradford starts 16 games for the Eagles, however, he has the potential to finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 2015. The duo of Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez combined to throw 4,581 yards, 27 touchdowns and 21 interceptions last season and score 258.74 fantasy points, which would have placed them 14th among quarterbacks last year.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 10

Last weekend, we began a "slow" Fantasy Football Mock Draft and we are now down to the final two rounds of our 12-round mock.

Here are Round 10 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

10.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

With his season cut short after six games due to a torn patellar tendon, Cruz averaged just 56.2 yards per game, a four-year low, with only one touchdown. While he avoided the PUP list to start the season, there is still significant separation between Cruz and and the team's new No. 1 wide receiver, Odell Beckham.

10.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Overall, it was a disappointing season for Smith, who either set or tied career lows with 49 receptions for 767 yards. On a positive note, however, Smith set a career high with 11 touchdowns and he was much more productive from Week 6 to 17. During that span, Smith averaged 3.8/59.1/0.9 per game and scored the 14th-most fantasy points among receivers on a per-game basis. One of the league's more dangerous vertical threats, Smith fills a void for the 49ers, but his weekly production could remain relatively volatile.

10.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

In the first six games of the season, Eli finished outside the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in all but one game. Over the final 10 games of the season, however, Manning posted five weekly top-five performances. No quarterback had more top-five finishes during that span; only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had as many.

With better health from his wide receivers and the free-agent addition of Shane Vereen, a talented receiver out of the backfield, plus more comfort and familiarity with Ben McAdoo's offense, Eli has the potential to post career numbers in 2015. In addition, only Tampa and Washington have a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule than Eli does.

10.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Floyd opened (5/119) and closed (8/153/2) the season with a bang, but there weren't many bright spots in between. Floyd had zero, one or two receptions in eight games last season and finished the year with a 47/841/6 line after his breakout second season (66/1,054/5). Given the team's quarterback injuries, however, it's no surprise that we didn't see Floyd take another step forward in 2014. With less buzz entering 2015 drafts, Floyd has some bounce-back appeal at a lower draft-day cost than in 2014.

10.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Replacing LeSean McCoy with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews means that Sproles goes from second in line for touches to third. That said, Chip Kelly should continue to find ways to get Sproles the ball in space and recently described him as a "Swiss army knife." While he isn't exactly a handcuff for Murray, who Dan selected at 1.08, Sproles' weekly value will rise considerably in the games that Murray (or Mathews) misses.

10.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts

With eight touchdowns on only 29 receptions in 13 games, Allen is one of the league's better red-zone options at the position. In weeks he doesn't score, however, Allen's lack of volume (2.23 catches per game) will lead to mostly boom (scores a touchdown) or bust (doesn't score a touchdown) outcomes.

10.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

On a per-game basis, Colston's 3.69 receptions, 6.25 targets and 56.38 yards per game were all career lows. One positive for Colston personally, not the offense in general, is that the team traded away both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills so perhaps his targets and production will see a slight bump in 2015.

10.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos

Hillman had a couple of very productive games last season and he has a shot to earn the RB2 role behind C.J. Anderson. Hillman has run the ball well -- 16 carries for 120 yards (7.5 YPC) -- and has garnered praise from head coach Gary Kubiak this preseason.

10.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sims, who rushed for 3,465 yards in college but also added 203 receptions for 2,108 yards, was less than impressive as a rookie (2.8 YPC). While Doug Martin enters the season atop the depth chart and has looked much better than he has the past two seasons, he has missed 15 games over the past two seasons.

10.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wheaton barely finished as a top-60 fantasy receiver (either format) last year with his 53/644/2 slash line, but he should improve upon those numbers in year three (perhaps by quite a bit). Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, Wheaton "[probably] had best offseason of the Steelers WRs." And Big Ben has predicted a breakout season for Wheaton, who will start opposite Antonio Brown. In addition, second-year receiver Martavis Bryant will be suspended for the first four games of the season.

10.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team I): Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams

Tearing his rotator cuff in Week 8 last season, Quick played just seven games, but he started the season strong. In the first four games of the year, Quick had a total of 21 receptions for 322 yards and three touchdowns and finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver in all four games. Although he had just four catches for 53 yards in his other three games, Quick was on his way to a breakout season. Depending on his ability to stay healthy, that breakout season could come for the former Appalachian State receiver in 2015.

10.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Williams has had some really productive NFL seasons -- 1,515 rushing yards and 18 rushing scores in 2008, as an example -- and has averaged 4.78 YPC over his career. Now 32 years old, Williams won't be the featured back for his new team (starting in Week 3). With Le'Veon Bell suspended for the first two games, however, Williams is expected to lead the team's backfield in touches during that span. After that point, however, Williams would do well to average five carries per game over the final 14 games.

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Julio Jones, Falcons agree to five-year contract extension

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was about to enter the final year of his rookie contract, but there was no way that the team would have allowed him to hit the free-agent market.

And now Jones won't be able to become a free agent until the 2021 offseason as the two sides agreed to a five-year extension, per SI's Peter King.

In his fourth NFL season, Jones shattered his previous career highs with 104 receptions and 1,593 yards although he scored only six touchdowns.

Jones found more success in the red zone (18 touchdowns on 133 catches) in his first two seasons compared to his past two seasons (eight touchdowns on 145 catches), but he has the size (6-3, 220) and speed to be dominant in the red zone.

Going into the 2015 season, I have Jones projected for a stat line of 106/1,579/10 and he's my third-ranked fantasy wide receiver behind Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown and Dallas' Dez Bryant. In PPR formats, I have Jones ranked second behind Brown.

In addition, Jones and the Falcons wide receivers have the second-most favorable fantasy football strength of schedule behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Tight End (TE) Rankings

Here are my fantasy football tight end rankings (standard scoring):

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: When it comes to fantasy tight ends, he's in a tier all by himself. Named the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year after two injury-plagued seasons, Gronkowski posted an 82/1,124/12 stat line over 15 games. Scoring 184.4 fantasy points, Gronk had 30.3 points (or 19.66 percent) more than Antonio Gates, who had the second-most among tight ends. Not only dominant over a full season, but Gronk was consistent as well finishing as a top-five weekly scorer at the position in eight of 15 games and a top-11 scorer in all but two games.

2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks: Slowed by a shoulder injury, Graham had 54 yards or less in six of his final seven games last season and finished with only 889 yards, a four-year low. Over his past four seasons, however, Graham has averaged 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns per year. With his trade to the Seahawks, Graham goes from an offense that averaged 41.2 pass attempts per game, second-most in the NFL last year, to one that averages the fewest (28.4/G).

3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce played only 52.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps from Weeks 1 to 10, but that percentage jumped to 86.7 percent from Weeks 11 to 17. Despite his snap-count limits during the first half of the season, Kelce still finished with 67 receptions, 862 yards and five touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points (sixth-most in PPR formats) among tight ends last season. With good health, the sky is the limit for Kelce in 2015.

4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: Posting career highs of 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, Olsen now has at least 69 receptions and 816 yards while finishing as a top-seven fantasy tight end in each of the past three seasons. Over that three-year span, Jimmy Graham (3,086) is the only tight end with more yards than Olsen (2,667) and only Graham (256) and Jason Witten (247) have more receptions than Olsen (226). He's never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season, but he has at least five scores for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, Olsen is extremely durable having played all 16 games in seven consecutive seasons.

5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears: Setting career highs across the board in 2014 with 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns, Bennett finished as a top-five scorer among tight ends and led the position in receptions. With the Bears trading Brandaon Marshall to the Jets and the injury to top pick Kevin White, Bennett has the potential to come close to those numbers this season.

6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz saw a year-over-year jump from 36 catches and 469 yards as a rookie to 58 catches for 702 yards, 11th-most among tight ends last season. With Jeremy Maclin leaving Philadelphia for Kansas City, however, Ertz should become even more involved in the passing game. That said, he was still working with the second-team offense before undergoing a surgery to repair a groin tear.

7. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars: Slowed by injuries, Thomas followed up a breakout 2013 season with only 43 catches for 489 yards, but he once again scored 12 touchdowns. Signing a massive free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Thomas is unlikely to approach that red-zone success again this year. Aside from the Browns (12), no other team threw fewer touchdowns than the Jaguars (15) last season.

8. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Other than his rookie season, Witten's 64 receptions and 703 yards last year set or tied career lows. Witten lacks upside at this point in his career, but he's a solid option that should come close to last year's top-10 performance once again.

9. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins: In 2013, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. When healthy, he is clearly a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Unfortunately, Cameron missed six games last season and has a history of concussions. Perhaps no injury is more worrisome from a fantasy outlook given the greater susceptibility and unpredictability of a recurrence. If Cameron plays 16 games in 2015, however, he has top-five upside.

10. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans: Walker set career highs in both receptions (63) and yards (890) and led the team in both categories last season. It may be difficult for Walker to repeat that production with a rookie quarterback, but he could once again finish as a top-10 fantasy tight end.

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver (WR) Rankings

A wide receiver has scored 250-plus fantasy points 12 times in the history of the NFL.

Nearly half of those 250-point seasons belong to one player, Jerry Rice (five). Only four of them have occurred since the turn of the century — Randy Moss (2003 and 2007), Calvin Johnson (2011) and now Antonio Brown (2014).

Amazingly, Brown never finished as the highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in any given week throughout the 2014 season. (In fact, that applies to both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.) Yet no wide receiver had more fantasy points over the course of the season -- in either format -- than Brown.

Over the past two seasons, Brown has a combined 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also has 17 rushing yards and two return touchdowns. More impressive than his overall level of production, however, has been his consistency.

Brown had at least five receptions and 70 yards in all 17 games (counting their playoff loss) last season. Going back to the start of 2013, Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games.

One of the things that you'll often hear in fantasy football is that you can't win your league in the first round, but you can lose it. With Brown's production and consistency, there isn't a safer first-round pick.

Here are my fantasy football wide receiver rankings for 2015:

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers: See above.

2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: Targeted only 136 times, a three-year low, Bryant finished with 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-high and league-leading 16 touchdowns. Dez now has at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. And aside from Marshawn Lynch, Bryant is the only other player with at least 50 total touchdowns over the past four seasons.

3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons: Jones finished with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, both of which shattered his previous career highs, and six touchdowns in 2014. After scoring 0.62 TD/G on 74.4 YPG in his first two seasons, Jones has averaged just 0.40 TD/G despite a jump to 1087.7 YPG over the past two seasons. With plus size and speed, Jones should bounce back in terms of red-zone production and could put together a 100/1,500/10 season in 2015 with good health.

4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos: Despite his slow start, Thomas reached the 100-yard mark in 10 of his final 13 games and finished with a full-season stat line of 111 catches and 1,619 yards, both of which were career highs, and 11 touchdowns. A fourth consecutive year of 90-plus receptions, 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns seems like a strong possibility with Peyton Manning back for (at least) one more year.

5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: Including playoff appearances, Megatron has more 200-yard games (six) than any other receiver in league history. And while he still has as much potential as any receiver to take over a given game, he has missed a total of five games in 2013 and 2014. Johnson also appeared in a few games as a decoy, which can be even worse for fantasy owners than missed games. With five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, however, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 90/1,467/11 during that span.

6. Odell Beckham, New York Giants: Closing the season with nine consecutive games of 90-plus yards, Beckham racked up a massive stat line of 81/1,199/9 on 115 targets during that stretch. In fact, only 11 other receivers had more yards in all of 2014 than OBJ had in his final nine games. And as impressive as that sounds, he was even more dominant over his final four games -- 43/606/7 on 63 targets. While ODB is far from being the biggest receiver, his combination of hands, route-running ability, speed and elusiveness makes him nearly impossible to cover especially in today's age of offense-friendly rules.

7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals: Injuries kept Green from building upon his 2013 numbers (98/1,426/11), but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. Only Megatron (6,214), Brown (5,092) and Demaryius (5,034) have more yards during that four-year span than Green (4,874). With good health, Green is a good bet for 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2015.

8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers: Recently turning 25, Cobb re-signed with the Packers prior to the official start of NFL free agency. Of course, playing in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense helps to maximize his fantasy value this year and going forward. Cobb finished the season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all of which set career highs, but I would be surprised if he scored 12 touchdowns again in 2015. That said, the season-ending ACL injury to Jordy Nelson means that Cobb should finish as a top-eight fantasy receiver in 2015.

9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears: With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets and using a top-seven pick on West Virginia's Kevin White, Jeffery now takes over as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver. Despite year-over-year dips in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,133), Jeffery posted a career high in touchdowns (10) and finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among wide receivers last season.

10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last year, but Evans was one of five receivers to score at least 12 touchdowns. From Weeks 9 to 11, he gave us a glimpse of what we can expect when things really click as he posted a massive 21/458/5 line over that three-game stretch. Only 21 years old (turns 22 in August), Evans should take a step forward in 2015 despite playing with a rookie quarterback.

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back (RB) Rankings

Among fantasy football's major positions, running back is arguably the most difficult to predict.

While I generally prefer to draft at least two running backs within my first three picks, plenty of late(r)-round selections will pay huge dividends for fantasy owners. Of course, identifying them is a little more difficult.

That said, four of the top-12 fantasy running backs last season were drafted, on average, outside the top-30 fantasy running backs last year — Lamar Miller (No. 9, ADP: RB31), Jeremy Hill (No. 10, ADP: RB42), C.J. Anderson (No. 11, ADP: RB65) and Justin Forsett (No. 8, ADP: Undrafted).

With that said, here are my fantasy football running back rankings for 2015:

1. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers: Unfortunately for Bell (and his fantasy owners), he's suspended for the first two games of the season (although that was cut from his initial three-game ban). Once he returns, however, Bell's versatility makes him a true three-down back and his production won't vary much based on game flow. Named 2014 AP First-Team All-Pro Team, Bell racked up 1,361 rushing yards, 83 receptions for 854 yards and 11 total touchdowns in his second season. Bell broke single-season franchise records for yards from scrimmage and receptions by a running back. Over the course of last year, he averaged 17.97 fantasy points per game although his production spiked to 24.7/G with LeGarrette Blount out of the picture down the stretch.

2. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, only DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell scored more fantasy points than Lacy did from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, he averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).

3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: One of the league's all-time best running backs, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards back just a couple of seasons ago. Assuming that he plays all 16 games (or close to it), the 30-year-old Peterson should finish as a top-five (or better) back in 2015.

4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Despite a somewhat disappointing season, Charles finished with the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The 28-year-old back rushed for 1,033 yards, his fifth 1,000-yard season, and added 40 catches for 291 yards while scoring a total of 14 touchdowns. Despite a year-over-year decline in all of those numbers, the biggest concern was his reduction in workload. After 320-plus touches in back-to-back seasons, Charles had just 246 touches -- 15 running backs had more -- in 2014. Perhaps we won't see Charles get in the 320-range ever again, but it would be a surprise to see him as low as 246 again this season.

5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: In his four full seasons in Seattle, Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in those seasons. During that four-year span, no player has more rushing yards (5,357), rushing touchdowns (48) and or total touchdowns (56). Beast Mode's production hasn't slowed at all, but his physical running style (granted, he seems to dish out more punishment than he receives), heavy workload (league-high 1,479 regular-season and playoff touches over that four-year span) and age (turned 29 in April) is at least somewhat concerning. That said, Lynch seems to be a lock for another 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns in one of the league's most run-dominant offenses.

6. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos: From Week 10 to 17 last year, Anderson finished as a top-five fantasy running back in six of eight games. In the other two games, he was still very productive as the RB10 and RB16 for those given weeks. With a healthy backfield and new coaching staff entering 2015, there is perhaps some uncertainty about how the workload will be allocated, but it appears that CJA is set for a featured-back role. In his mailbag column, Troy Renck of the Denver Post projects Anderson to average 18 carries per game as the team's "bellcow" and to "roll for 1,400 yards."

7. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals: Over the final nine games of the season, Hill had 22-plus carries and 100-plus rushing yards five times including the final three games of the regular season. During that nine-game span, Hill had 172 carries for 929 yards and six touchdowns and no running back had more rushing yards than Hill during that stretch. (Lynch was second with 824 yards.) Going into the 2015 season, Hill is clearly the team's lead back with Giovani Bernard back as the change-of-pace option.

8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: Not only did Forte lead all running backs in receptions (102) last year, but only three players had more -- Antonio Brown (129), Demaryius Thomas (111) and Julio Jones (104) -- as he broke the single-season record for receptions by a running back. With the coaching change, Forte isn't likely to see anywhere close to triple-digit receptions again, but he could certainly finish in the neighborhood of 60-70 catches. And although Forte averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time since 2009, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and has exceeded 1,400 yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons. Only the Raiders (337) and Bucs (353) ran the ball less than the Bears (355) last season and I'd expect the Bears to be more committed to the run in 2015 to limit Jay Cutler's turnovers.

9. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles: Murray has always been productive on a per-game, per-touch basis. Before last season's career year, Murray averaged 4.95 yards per carry in his first three seasons combined. The issue with Murray (before 2014) was durability as he missed multiple games in each of those three seasons. With a total of 497 touches including the playoffs last year, durability remains Murray's biggest concern in 2015 as well. Even though the team added another talented (and injury-prone) running back (Ryan Mathews) in free agency, I'd expect Murray to still get close to 20 touches per game, when healthy. But will he hold up for another full season?

10. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills: Barely finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back last season, McCoy finished third in the league in rushing (1,319 yards) and was one of only two 300-carry backs. Not only did he average nearly a yard per carry less in 2014 than 2013, however, McCoy also saw his receptions (52 in 2013) and touchdowns (11 in 2013) drop roughly in half to 28 and five, respectively. Despite running behind an inferior offensive line (compared to Philadelphia's), McCoy should see a healthy volume of work within Buffalo's ground-and-pound offense, like last year, but will his per-touch effectiveness bounce back in a less-efficient offense?

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Quarterback (QB) Rankings

It was the first time it happened (or should I say didn't happen?) in a decade.

Three of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation -- Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees -- all finished outside the top-three fantasy quarterbacks in 2014. From 2005 to 2013, at least one of those three quarterbacks had finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback every season.

Could that happen for a second year in a row? Based on my rankings, my answer is yes.

With that said, here are my fantasy football quarterback rankings for 2015:

1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, Luck's 40 TDs last season nearly equalled his total from his first two seasons combined (46 TDs). During the season, Luck had the second-longest streak of 300-yard games (eight) in NFL history. Not only does Luck lead one of the league's most prolific passing offenses, but he gets a boost from his mobility with at least 255 rushing yards each year and a total of 12 rushing scores.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013). Over the past four seasons, Rodgers has compiled a 139:25 TD-to-INT ratio with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt, 112.6 passer rating and 67.0 completion percentage.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: A top-three fantasy quarterback in 2014, Wilson rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns, both of which were career highs, and netted fantasy owners an average of 7.56 fantasy points per game from rushing stats alone. While he won't post gaudy passing statistics in Seattle's run-dominant offense, Wilson is the first quarterback in league history to throw 20-plus touchdowns with 10 or fewer interceptions in each of his first three NFL seasons, per Pro Football Reference. Wilson's volume of pass attempts may not spike in 2015, but the Seahawks pulled off a blockbuster trade for tight end Jimmy Graham, which significantly upgrades the team's weapons in the red zone.

4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: After three consecutive 5,000-yard seasons, Brees fell just shy of that mark in 2014 but still tied for the league lead with 4,952 passing yards and threw 33 touchdowns. For the first time since signing with the Saints in 2006, Brees finished outside the top-five fantasy quarterbacks (sixth) in 2014. And while he has thrown at least 650 pass attempts in five consecutive seasons and he led the league in pass attempts per game (41.2) last season, a transition to a more run-based offense appears set to begin with their offseason moves.

5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Based on his 2014 average draft position (ADP), Roethlisberger was one of the biggest draft values last season. Only four quarterbacks scored more fantasy points and he threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, which tied Drew Brees last season for the league lead, and 32 touchdowns, which tied a previous career high. With continuity on the offensive line and one of the league's best group of pass catchers, it wouldn't surprise me if Big Ben posted another top-five finish in 2015.

6. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: With a slow finish to the season, Manning finished the year as the QB4 (312.68 fantasy points) behind Rodgers (354.14), Luck (350.74) and Wilson (327.6). In the first 11 games of the season, Manning averaged 23.96 fantasy points per game (323.45 YPG, 34 TDs and nine INTs). In the final five games of the season, however, he averaged just 9.83 FPPG (233.8 YPG, five TDs and six INTs) and never scored more than 13.02 fantasy points in any of those games. Much of the decline can be attributed to last year's thigh injury, but Manning's passing production also tends to slow as the weather turns colder. In a more balanced offense with some issues on the offensive line, it's possible that Manning fails to produce a top-five fantasy season.

7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan has more than 4,500 passing yards in three consecutive seasons with the third-most (13,928) over that span. In addition, he has 26-plus touchdowns in five consecutive seasons and the sixth-most (143) during that span. The good news is that Ryan has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the past five years, which makes him a solid mid-QB1 option to target. That said, he has yet to finish as a top-six fantasy quarterback in his career.

8. Eli Manning, New York Giants: In the first six games of the season, Eli finished outside the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in all but one game. Over the final 10 games of the season, however, Manning posted five weekly top-five performances. With better health from his wide receivers and the free-agent addition of Shane Vereen, a talented receiver out of the backfield, plus more comfort and familiarity with Ben McAdoo's offense, Eli has the potential to post career numbers in 2015. In addition, only Tampa and Washington have a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule than Eli does.

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9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Missing two games and at less than 100 percent for much of the season, it was a down year for Newton. That said, Newton has now exceeded 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in all four of his NFL seasons. Over those four seasons, he has averaged 3,606 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns per season as well as 643 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Despite the down year, Newton finished seventh in fantasy points per game (17.78) among QBs. And before last season, Newton finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in his first three NFL seasons. Before the injury to Kelvin Benjamin, I was much higher on Newton, but I still expect him to finish as a top-10 fantasy QB in 2015.

10. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill posted career highs in passing yards (4,045), passing touchdowns (27) and completion percentage (66.4) with a career low in interceptions (12) in his first year playing for new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. In addition, he rushed for a career-high 311 yards, which ranked fifth among all quarterbacks last season. Starting in Week 6, Tannehill finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in six of 11 weeks, but he finished with the eighth-most fantasy points over the full season. The team's group of top pass-catchers was entirely turned over except for Jarvis Landry, but Tannehill has some upside for those that wait on quarterback in 2015.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 9

We're closing in on the end of our new 12-round 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft that we started last weekend.

Here are Round 9 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

9.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

Other than his rookie season, Witten's 64 receptions and 703 yards last year set or tied career lows. Witten lacks upside at this point in his career, but he's a solid option that should come close to last year's top-10 performance once again.

9.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

Woodhead missed all but three games last season, but prior to the 2014 season, he had finished as a top-30 fantasy running back in three of his previous four seasons. (Woodhead's the RB42 in this mock.) In his first full season with the Chargers (2013), which also coincided with the only full season for Ryan Mathews, Woodhead had 1,034 yards from scrimmage, 76 receptions and eight total touchdowns. Even though Melvin Gordon should get the bulk of early-down work, Woodhead should get the majority of third-down snaps.

9.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Since entering the league as a top-four pick, McFadden has largely disappointed fantasy owners due to durability issues or lack of production. Back in 2010 and 2011, he gave owners a glimpse of what could be with an average of 121.6 YFS per game and 5.27 YPC over 20 games played. For the first six seasons of his career, however, he missed at least three games every season and averaged only 11.17 games per year before finally playing a full 16-game season in 2014. In addition, McFadden has averaged just 3.34 YPC over the past three seasons combined. Having just turned 28, McFadden has some upside if he can stay healthy and get a significant share of the committee's workload.

9.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Slowed by injuries, Thomas followed up a breakout 2013 season with only 43 catches for 489 yards, but he once again scored 12 touchdowns. Signing a massive free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Thomas is unlikely to approach that red-zone success for a third straight year. Aside from the Browns (12), no other team threw fewer touchdowns than the Jaguars (15) last season.

9.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

One year after his 94/1,079/2 breakout season in 2013, Wright's production dropped year over year to 57/715/6 although the issues at quarterback were at least partly to blame. And even though the Titans lost 14 games and nine of them by double digits, Wright saw 10 targets in only one game last season. While it's unlikely that Wright bounces back to his 2013-level production, chemistry between Mariota and Wright have been positive so far so he should improve upon last year's disappointing numbers.

9.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears

Royal posted a 62/778/7 line last year with the Chargers and finished as a top-32 fantasy wide receiver (both scoring formats). Reunited with Jay Cutler via free agency this offseason, Royal's best season was his rookie campaign (91/980/5 with 109 rushing yards) with Cutler as his quarterback. With positive reports all summer and the injury to Kevin White, Royal has plenty of upside.

9.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, Bush missed five games and gained a total of only 550 yards from scrimmage (50.0 per game) while averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and scoring just two touchdowns. Released by the Lions, Bush signed with the 49ers and will at least own a change-of-pace role to unproven second-year back Carlos Hyde.

9.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins

In 2013, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. When healthy, he is clearly a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Unfortunately, Cameron missed six games last season and has a history of concussions. Perhaps no injury is more worrisome from a fantasy outlook given the greater susceptibility and unpredictability of a recurrence. If Cameron plays 16 games in 2015, however, he has top-five upside.

9.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz saw a year-over-year jump from 36 catches and 469 yards as a rookie to 58 catches for 702 yards, 11th-most among tight ends last season. With Jeremy Maclin leaving Philadelphia for Kansas City, however, Ertz should become even more involved in the passing game. That said, he was still working with the second-team offense before undergoing a surgery to repair a groin tear, both of which dampen his outlook.

9.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

The all-time rushing leader at The U., Johnson's production is especially impressive considering the school's alumni of talented backs (Frank Gore, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, etc.). While I like Johnson's skill set and his longer-term outlook, there could be some week-to-week variability in Johnson's rookie-season production. With that said, few running backs have generated as much buzz during the offseason and he appears set for a prominent role as a rookie.

9.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

Unsurprisingly, Decker's first year with the Jets (74/962/5) was worse than his two previous seasons with the Broncos (and Peyton Manning), but he still finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats. Both of Decker's 100-yard games came in the final three weeks of the season including a massive 10/221/1 line against the Dolphins in Week 17. Given the team's quarterback situation, Decker's upside is capped, but the addition of Brandon Marshall as a true No. 1 wide receiver should take the attention off of Decker.

9.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

The best handcuff among fantasy running backs, Davis had some big games when given the opportunity as he finished as a top-eight fantasy running back four times last season. With Jamaal Charles leaving Week 2 early (only two carries) and missing Week 3, Davis had a combined 60 touches for 237 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in those two games.

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: New England Patriots

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the New England Patriots:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tom Brady345538394433.47.534410.5290.96
The NFL upheld Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the DeflateGate scandal, but the two sides will meet again in court on August 31st although it's unclear by when the finding will be announced. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brady may be willing to accept "some form of suspension" for failure to cooperate without admitting guilt. After a slow start last season, only Peyton Manning (31) threw more touchdowns than Brady (29) from Weeks 5 to 17. With good health once again for Rob Gronkowski, Brady could post top-five production on a per-game basis in 2015 although the exact number of games he plays remains the wild card.
Jimmy Garoppolo48785383.12.3728034.42

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
LeGarrette Blount1988719.512650.1151.2
As we've seen from Blount in the postseason, he can go from one yard on three carries (vs. BAL) one week to 30 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns (vs. IND) the next week. Blount's carries in his final six games through the Super Bowl were as follows: 20, eight, 10, three, 30 and 14. While we can't always count on consistent running back workloads from Belichick, Blount figures to be the "guy" in the Patriots' backfield. And Blount has been dominant at the goal line for the Patriots with 15 rushing scores in his past 15 games (including playoffs) with the Pats.
James White522241.6261691.859.7
The departure of Shane Vereen in free agency opens the door for a new third-down back in New England. If that's White (and he appears to be the favorite), he's a nice value at his current ADP.
Jonas Gray843703.129056.5
Brandon Bolden351371.8315026
Travaris Cadet8320171140.920
Dion Lewis20881530017.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julian Edelman919835.68520.1137.7
2013 seemed to be a perfect storm for Edelman as he was surrounded by other first-year receivers (either rookies or free agents) and Rob Gronkowski missed more than half of the season due to injury. After his breakout 2013 season (105/1,056/6), however, Edelman actually averaged slightly more receptions (6.57 in 2014 vs. 6.56 in 2013) and yards (69.43 in 2014 vs. 66.0 in 2013). A high-end WR2 in PPR formats, Edelman is in the low-end WR2/high-end WR3 range for standard-scoring leagues as well.
Brandon LaFell547295.52120107.1
In his first year with the Patriots, LaFell had his best NFL season, by far, as he set career highs in receptions (74), yards (953) and touchdowns (seven). As solid as LaFell's overall numbers were, there was plenty of weekly inconsistency as he had four weekly top-12 finishes but he finished outside the top-36 eight times. The possibility of starting the season on reserve/PUP (and missing at least the team's first six games) threatens his ability to repeat last year's career numbers.
Aaron Dobson304113.900064.5
Danny Amendola343432.412048.9
Reggie Wayne242831.900039.7
It's been a highly productive NFL career for Wayne (1,070 receptions for 14,345 yards -- top eight all-time in both categories) and it will be weird seeing him in a Patriots uniform, but Wayne turns 37 years old in November and he averaged a career-low 12.2 Y/R last season with only 51.9 yards per game, his lowest since 2002.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Rob Gronkowski85121612.7197.8
When it comes to fantasy tight ends, he's in a tier all by himself. Named the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year after two injury-plagued seasons, Gronkowski posted an 82/1,124/12 stat line over 15 games. Scoring 184.4 fantasy points, Gronk had 30.3 points (or 19.66 percent) more than Antonio Gates, who had the second-most among tight ends. Not only dominant over a full season, but Gronk was consistent as well finishing as a top-five weekly scorer at the position in eight of 15 games and a top-11 scorer in all but two games.
Scott Chandler8911.618.7
Michael Hoomanawanui2240.13

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Cleveland Browns

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Cleveland Browns:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Josh McCown217355246714.212.4281290.8160.78
Even if Johnny Football weren't shut down for the rest of the preseason, McCown was expected to open the year as the team's starter. Perhaps the injury to Manziel will help McCown hold on to that role a bit longer, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Manziel is starting by the end of the season. After a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio with the Bears in 2013, McCown posted a 11:14 ratio with the Bucs last year and a similar ratio with the Browns would accelerate McCown's return to the bench.
Johnny Manziel9115510705.34.726990.974.6

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Isaiah Crowell1958397.411720.1136.1
On a positive note, the coaching staff wants to lean on the rushing attack and the Browns have one of the better run-blocking offensive lines, when healthy. On a less positive note, the coaching staff's allocation of carries was unpredictable on a weekly basis as the guy with the "best practice" during the week got the most carries last year. Adding Duke Johnson to the mix only creates more uncertainty in projecting how things will shake out in Cleveland's backfield, but I still expect Crowell to lead the backfield in touches and (fantasy) production (although it might be by a narrow margin).
Duke Johnson1185193.8362880.8108.3
The all-time rushing leader at The U., Johnson's production is especially impressive considering the school's alumni of talented backs (Frank Gore, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, etc.). While I like Johnson's skill set and his longer-term outlook, there could be some week-to-week variability in Johnson's rookie-season production. With that said, few running backs have generated as much buzz during the offseason and he appears set for a prominent role as a rookie.
Terrance West1255133.512720.582.5
The frustrating part of owning a Browns running back is the inconsistency in carries. In West's final seven games played last season, here are his rush attempts: 26, 5, 14, 7, 15, 5 and 18. Reducing workload predictability for West is the selection of Miami's Duke Johnson in the third round of this year's draft.

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Dwayne Bowe566834.200093.5
Well, at least Bowe can't have fewer touchdown receptions in 2015. Unfortunately though, the eight-year veteran's zero touchdowns were tied with me. After back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011, Bowe has 801, 673 and 754 receiving yards in his past three seasons, respectively. Bowe may be one of a few free-agent wide receivers where Cleveland as a landing spot doesn't necessarily hurt his fantasy stock. Although it doesn't necessarily help it, either. (No team threw fewer touchdowns than the Browns last season, but at least some of them went to wide receivers.)
Brian Hartline40496200061.6
Andrew Hawkins384331.8312055.3
Taylor Gabriel202901.328037.6
Terrelle Pryor121781.18560.130.6
Travis Benjamin81280.700017
Vince Mayle4480.10005.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Rob Housler334133.260.5
Under-utilized within Arizona's offense, Housler has averaged just 1.9/20.6 per game with only one touchdown in 55 games over four seasons with the Cardinals. With Josh Gordon suspended for the 2015 season, the Browns have one of the least-talented groups of pass catchers, which could lead to the athletic Housler setting new career highs in his first season with the Browns.
E.J. Bibbs151931.528.3
Gary Barnidge121401.221.2
Jim Dray11103116.3

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Kansas City Chiefs

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Kansas City Chiefs:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Alex Smith337528383023.37.4613231277.3
The good news is that Smith has averaged more passing yards per game over each of the past two seasons with the Chiefs than he ever did with the 49ers. The bad news, of course, is that he still has never averaged more than 220.9 YPG. Smith's mobility (685 rushing yards over the past two seasons), lack of turnovers and improved group of pass-catchers are positives, but the "game manager" has relatively limited upside.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jamaal Charles25012638.5503903.7238.5
Despite a somewhat disappointing season, Charles finished with the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The 28-year-old back rushed for 1,033 yards, his fifth 1,000-yard season, and added 40 catches for 291 yards while scoring a total of 14 touchdowns. Despite a year-over-year decline in all of those numbers, the biggest concern was his reduction in workload. After 320-plus touches in back-to-back seasons, Charles had just 246 touches -- 15 running backs had more -- in 2014. Perhaps we won't see Charles get in the 320-range ever again, but it would be a surprise to see him as low as 246 again this season.
Knile Davis1184435.3151140.489.9
The best handcuff among fantasy running backs, Davis had some big games when given the opportunity as he finished as a top-eight fantasy running back four times last season. With Jamaal Charles leaving Week 2 early (only two carries) and missing Week 3, Davis had a combined 60 touches for 237 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in those two games. In the other games, Davis averaged just 6.92 touches per game but he had double-digit touches in four of those games as well.
Charcandrick West381711.26450.129.4
Anthony Sherman26011850.411.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jeremy Maclin7810226.3000140
After sitting out all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Maclin returned to the Eagles on a one-year deal and posted a career-best season (85/1,318/10) in Chip Kelly's offense. He then parlayed that success into a five-year deal to reunite with his former coach Andy Reid. While the transition from Kelly's up-tempo offense to one with a quarterback that rarely challenges defenses down the field isn't a positive, the Chiefs have made a concerted effort to get the ball in Maclin's hands during the preseason. In the Week 3 dress rehearsal, Maclin had seven catches for 65 yards and a score.
Albert Wilson364791.500056.9
Chris Conley243502.200048.2
Jason Avant121210.400014.5
De'Anthony Thomas161150.300013.3
Junior Hemingway5470.10005.3
Frankie Hammond33100003.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Travis Kelce749407.4138.4
Kelce played only 52.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps from Weeks 1 to 10, but that percentage jumped to 86.7 percent from Weeks 11 to 17. Despite his snap-count limits during the first half of the season, Kelce still finished with 67 receptions, 862 yards and five touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points (sixth-most in PPR formats) among tight ends last season. With good health, the sky is the limit for Kelce in 2015.
James O'Shaughnessy7910.512.1

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Tennessee Titans

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Tennessee Titans:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Marcus Mariota307486359621.413.1884932.5280.64
Described by ESPN's Jon Gruden as a "6-foot-4 Russell Wilson," Mariota possesses all of the physical tools to develop into an elite fantasy quarterback. Naturally, there will be an adjustment period for Mariota, as there is with all rookies, but Mariota's ability to create outside the pocket could lead to several big weeks even as a rookie.
Zach Mettenberger9151070.70.61106.58

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Bishop Sankey1747223211470.1105.5
Not only was Sankey the first running back selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he seemed (at least on paper) to have the clearest path to a sizable workload. While it's too early to call a player entering his second season a "bust," it's more than fair to say that his rookie campaign was a disappointment. Averaging only 3.7 YPC, Sankey finished with 170 total touches and only 702 yards from scrimmage. While I expect improved numbers from him in 2015, Sankey may not be much more than a flex option in year two.
David Cobb1506455.112720102.3
Last year's first running back selected, Bishop Sankey, was a disappointment for the Titans. With that said, it wouldn't be a surprise if Cobb, the team's fifth-round pick this year, led the team's backfield in touches as early as his rookie season. Coach Ken Whisenhunt described Cobb as a potential three-down back.
Dexter McCluster321120221720.933.8
Antonio Andrews381651.15330.127

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Kendall Wright678015.53240115.5
One year after his 94/1,079/2 breakout season in 2013, Wright's production dropped year over year to 57/715/6 although the issues at quarterback were at least partly to blame. And even though the Titans lost 14 games and nine of them by double digits, Wright saw 10 targets in only one game last season. While it's unlikely that Wright bounces back to his 2013-level production, chemistry between Mariota and Wright have been positive at training camp.
Justin Hunter34622300080.2
Despite a huge bump in snaps played (82.8 percent in 2014 versus 36.4 percent in 2013), Hunter disappointed those that expected a breakout season from him. Missing the final month due to a lacerated spleen, Hunter finished with only 28 catches for 498 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games. Hunter had 37 yards or less in seven of his 12 games and never had more than four receptions in any game last season.
Dorial Green-Beckham283723.700059.4
While he got some comparisons to Calvin Johnson, DGB isn't nearly as athletic as Megatron, but he has sub-4.5 speed with tremendous size (6-5, 237). Green-Beckham, the No. 1 overall high school recruit in 2012 (via Rivals.com), has the upside and potential to emerge as the best fantasy receiver out of this draft class long term, but a fellow rookie at quarterback and sitting out a year doesn't bode well for his ability to make an immediate impact.
Harry Douglas283221.100038.8
Hakeem Nicks21256200037.6
Tre McBride6730.10007.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Delanie Walker587084.497.2
Walker set career highs in both receptions (63) and yards (890) and led the team in both categories last season. It may be difficult for Walker to repeat that production with a rookie quarterback, but he could once again finish as a top-10 fantasy tight end.
Anthony Fasano141251.219.7

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Seattle Seahawks

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Seattle Seahawks:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Russell Wilson301465371128.69.3975534.2334.04
A top-three fantasy quarterback in 2014, Wilson rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns, both of which were career highs, and netted fantasy owners an average of 7.56 fantasy points per game from rushing stats alone. While he won't post gaudy passing statistics in Seattle's run-dominant offense, Wilson is the first quarterback in league history to throw 20-plus touchdowns with 10 or fewer interceptions in each of his first three NFL seasons, per Pro Football Reference. Wilson's volume of pass attempts may not spike in 2015, but the Seahawks pulled off a blockbuster trade for tight end Jimmy Graham, which significantly upgrades the team's weapons in the red zone.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Marshawn Lynch278123712322782.2236.7
In his four full seasons in Seattle, Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in those seasons. During that four-year span, no player has more rushing yards (5,357), rushing touchdowns (48) and or total touchdowns (56). Beast Mode's production hasn't slowed at all, but his physical running style (granted, he seems to dish out more punishment than he receives), heavy workload (league-high 1,479 regular-season and playoff touches over that four-year span) and age (turned 29 in April) is at least somewhat concerning. That said, Lynch seems to be a lock for another 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns in one of the league's most run-dominant offenses.
Robert Turbin863440.9171450.859.1
Christine Michael462120.6215026.3
Thomas Rawls291310.300014.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Doug Baldwin587483.514096.2
Baldwin set career highs of 66 receptions and 825 yards last season and his numbers post-Percy Harvin (4.55/58.0/0.27) were much better than they were prior to the trade (3.2/37.4/0.0). Adding Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lockett to the mix, however, there is little to no upside with Baldwin in Seattle's run-first offense.
Tyler Lockett304092.85350.161.8
Jermaine Kearse273922.315053.5
Chris Matthews182452.500039.5
Paul Richardson161841.500027.4
Ricardo Lockette5780.400010.2
Kevin Norwood5590.30007.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jimmy Graham7290710.4153.1
Slowed by a shoulder injury, Graham had 54 yards or less in six of his final seven games last season and finished with only 889 yards, a four-year low. Over his past four seasons, however, Graham has averaged 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns per year. With his trade to the Seahawks, Graham goes from an offense that averaged 41.2 pass attempts per game, second-most in the NFL last year, to one that averages the fewest (28.4/G).
Luke Willson192511.936.5

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Atlanta Falcons:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Ryan425630485130.215.425930.1309.34
Ryan has more than 4,500 passing yards in three consecutive seasons with the third-most (13,928) over that span. In addition, he has 26-plus touchdowns in five consecutive seasons and the sixth-most (143) during that span. The good news is that Ryan has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the past five years, which makes him a solid mid-QB1 option to target. That said, he has yet to finish as a top-six fantasy quarterback in his career.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Tevin Coleman1928546.1181130.3135.1
The biggest home run threat in college football last year, Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards on 270 carries with four 200-yard games and eight 60-yard runs, most in both categories. Clearly, that won't be repeated at the NFL level, but it illustrates his big-play ability as he joins one of the league's better offenses. With a committee approach between Coleman and second-year back Devonta Freeman expected to start the season, Coleman is likely to see his usage expand as the season develops.
Devonta Freeman1606564.6402921128.4
During the draft process last year, Freeman drew some comparisons to Frank Gore. Meanwhile, new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said that he "loved" Freeman when evaluating him last year. Averaging just 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie, Freeman had eight or fewer carries in all but one game, but he also finished with 30 receptions. Freeman played on just 21.5 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps last season and at a minimum, he should see a huge bump in snaps, touches and production in 2015 as he figures to begin the season atop the depth chart.
Antone Smith502951.61196154.7
Michael Ford12480.10005.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julio Jones10615799.9260217.9
Jones finished with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, both of which shattered his previous career highs, and six touchdowns in 2014. After scoring 0.62 TD/G on 74.4 YPG in his first two seasons, Jones has averaged just 0.40 TD/G despite a jump to 1087.7 YPG over the past two seasons. With plus size and speed, Jones should bounce back in terms of red-zone production and could put together a 100/1,500/10 season in 2015 with good health.
Roddy White819196.6000131.5
Coming off a disappointing season, White still averaged a respectable 5.71 catches and 65.79 yards per game with seven touchdowns. Had he not missed two games, he was on a 16-game pace of 91/1,053/8. With White having "minor" elbow surgery this month, turning 34 in November and Julio Jones now the clear-cut No. 1 wideout on the team, however, White would do well to reach the 1,000-yard mark in 2015.
Leonard Hankerson47597400083.7
Devin Hester283561.2420044.8
Justin Hardy222181.100028.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jacob Tamme363242.145
Tony Moeaki262861.537.6
Levine Toilolo10711.516.1

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Houston Texans

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Houston Texans:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Brian Hoyer271451329718.513.127410.1197.48
Hoyer has won the starting gig over Ryan Mallett, but his grip on that spot is far from lock-tight. And no team ran the ball more than the Texans, who ranked last in the NFL in passing-play percentage (48.07 percent) last year. There is little reason to expect a significant change in philosophy regardless of which quarterback is under center in 2015.
Ryan Mallett31563892.1231022.06
Tom Savage36400.10.10001.9

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Arian Foster2048986.5262131.8160.9
Not only did the Texans lead the NFL in rushing attempts (551), Foster is one of the league's few true workhorse backs, when healthy. Although Foster missed three games in 2014, he averaged 95.8 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry, both of which were four-year highs, and scored double-digit touchdowns (13). Not only did Foster finish as a top-five fantasy running back last season, he also finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in 10 of 13 weeks last season. There is growing optimism that Foster will only miss a few games as opposed to half the season following his recent groin surgery.
Alfred Blue1785872.7221581.197.3
Blue averaged just 3.1 YPC as a rookie last season and he backs up one of the league's few workhorses in Arian Foster, but he finished as a top-40 fantasy running back in 2014. Ranked 24th in carries (169) last season, Blue will open the season as the team's starting running back while Foster recovers and rehabs the groin surgery he had in early August.
Jonathan Grimes803040.75370.138.9
Chris Polk481801213025.3
Kenny Hilliard18720.4319011.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeAndre Hopkins8112396.7000164.1
Emerging as the team's most productive wide receiver last season, Hopkins took a huge step forward in his second season with a 76/1,210/6 stat line and the team released Andre Johnson in the offseason. If there's any concern when it comes to Hopkins taking another step forward in his third season, it's the team's less-than-inspiring quarterback play, but he's a borderline WR1/WR2 option in fantasy leagues heading into 2015.
Nate Washington416192.900079.3
Cecil Shorts525773.100076.3
Shorts has seen his production decline in each of the past three seasons: 55/979/4 (2012), 66/777/3 (2013) and 53/557/1 (2014). Signing with the Texans this offseason, Shorts could finish second among the team's receivers in receptions and targets behind Hopkins, but he's unlikely to be useful in 12-team leagues.
Jaelen Strong314152.800058.3
Keshawn Martin3350.10004.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Garrett Graham252751.335.3
Ryan Griffin6660.49
C.J. Fiedorowicz8600.48.4

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 8

We're now two-thirds of the way complete through our new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Four of our contributors started a 12-round mock draft on Saturday and we have completed the first eight rounds.

Here are Round 8 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

8.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

With the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin, no player benefits more from a fantasy perspective than Funchess. That said, it's highly unlikely that Funchess follows in Benjamin's steps and exceeds 1,000 yards as a rookie, but he moves into the WR3 mix due to his expanded role.

8.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans

Not only was Sankey the first running back selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he seemed (at least on paper) to have the clearest path to a sizable workload. While it's too early to call a player entering his second season a "bust," it's more than fair to say that his rookie campaign was a disappointment. Averaging only 3.7 YPC, Sankey finished with 170 total touches and only 702 yards from scrimmage. While I expect improved numbers from him in 2015, it wouldn't surprise me if rookie David Cobb is a more productive fantasy back in 2015.

8.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Averaging just 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie, Freeman had eight or fewer carries in all but one game, but he also finished with 30 receptions. Playing on just 21.5 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps last season, Freeman will see a huge bump in snaps, touches and production in 2015 as he and Tevin Coleman form a committee backfield.

8.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Even though the 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons combined, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Niners. In addition, both of his yardage totals (1,179 and 1,062, respectively) were higher than any of his previous six seasons. Boldin is unlikely to blow up for 150 yards and two touchdowns in any given week, but he provides this team with consistent production -- 50-plus receiving yards in 12 of 16 games last season.

8.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Mike Wallace, WR, Minnesota Vikings

The Dolphins certainly had some buyer's remorse after signing Wallace to a big free-agent contract two offseasons ago and traded him to the Vikings this offseason. Wallace has three consecutive mediocre seasons of less than 1,000 yards and has averaged just 13.1, 12.7 and 12.9 Y/R over the past three seasons, respectively. Perhaps the change of scenery and Norv Turner's vertical-passing attack will help Wallace live up to his potential and exceed his draft spot. With three other receivers on his roster already, Dan won't have to rely on Wallace each week so it's worth a roll of the dice here.

8.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Over his past three seasons, Romo's pass attempts have dropped from 648 (2012) to 535 (2013) to 435 (2014). Despite the drop in volume, Romo threw 34 touchdowns, the most for him since 2007, with only nine interceptions, a four-year low. In addition, Romo led the league in Y/A (8.5), completion percentage (69.9), touchdown percentage (7.8) and passer rating (113.2) last year.

Assuming the team stays committed to the run game without DeMarco Murray, who signed a free-agent deal with the Eagles, Romo's upside could be somewhat limited as I project 20-plus QBs to throw more pass attempts this year. Even with his career year in efficiency, Romo still finished just outside the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks last season.

8.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

With the NFL upholding Brady's four-game suspension, it's still unclear how many games Brady will miss as both sides are set to meet again in court on August 31st. Brady had a slow start last season, but only Peyton Manning (31) threw more touchdowns than Brady (29) from Week 5 through the end of the season. With good health once again for Rob Gronkowski, Brady could post top-five production on a per-game basis. How many games will Sean get from Brady?

8.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): David Cobb, RB, Tennessee Titans

As noted earlier in this round, Sankey was a disappointment for the Titans last year. Coach Ken Whisenhunt described Cobb as a potential three-down back and I'd personally prefer Cobb over Sankey.

8.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams

Brendan selected Todd Gurley (4.09) earlier than I would have, but I think it's smart to pair Gurley with Mason. Mason didn't get his first carry until Week 6 last year, but he averaged 18.11 touches per game from Week 9 on. While Gurley should emerge as the lead back for the Rams at some point this season, Mason will occupy that role initially as the team eases Gurley in. From Weeks 9 to 17, Mason had the 14th-most fantasy points among running backs.

8.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots

According to some reports, LaFell (foot) could potentially land on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season. In his first year with the Patriots, LaFell had his best NFL season, by far, as he set career highs in receptions (74), yards (953) and touchdowns (seven). As solid as LaFell's overall numbers were, there was plenty of weekly inconsistency as he had four weekly top-12 finishes but he finished outside the top-36 eight times.

8.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Coming off a disappointing season, White still averaged a respectable 5.71 catches and 65.79 yards per game with seven touchdowns. Had he not missed two games, he was on a 16-game pace of 91/1,053/8. With White undergoing "minor" elbow surgery this month, turning 34 in November and Julio Jones now the clear-cut No. 1 wideout on the team, I have White projected for only 946 yards and six touchdowns. But that's good enough to place him among the top-35 fantasy wide receivers.

8.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

No quarterback underachieved expectations more last season than Stafford, who finished as the QB15 in 2014. Even with the free-agent signing and breakout season from Golden Tate (99/1,331/4), Stafford threw for only 4,247 yards, a four-year low, and 22 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. With better health from Calvin Johnson, who missed a few games and was a decoy in others, Stafford should post better numbers in 2015.

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Dallas Cowboys

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Dallas Cowboys:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tony Romo352512422433.810.224790.1302.46
Over his past three seasons, Romo's pass attempts have dropped from 648 (2012) to 535 (2013) to 435 (2014). Despite the drop in volume, Romo threw 34 touchdowns, the most for him since 2007, with only nine interceptions, a four-year low. In addition, Romo led the league in Y/A (8.5), completion percentage (69.9), touchdown percentage (7.8) and passer rating (113.2) last year. Assuming the team stays committed to the run game without DeMarco Murray, who signed a free-agent deal with the Eagles, Romo's upside could be somewhat limited as I project 20-plus QBs to throw more pass attempts this year. Even with his career year in efficiency, Romo still finished just outside the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks last season.
Brandon Weeden812900.50.72405.3

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Joseph Randle22410087.4241590.4163.5
While he had only 51 carries in 2014, 11 (21.6 percent) of those 51 carries resulted in runs of more than 10 yards and he averaged 6.73 yards per carry on the season. More than anything, that production is a result of running behind one of the best offensive lines in football, which should be even better this year. His YPC average will certainly decline with a bump in volume, but Randle is expected to get the largest share of the workload within the team's committee backfield.
Darren McFadden1566554.4281990.4114.2
Since entering the league as a top-four pick, McFadden has largely disappointed fantasy owners due to durability issues or lack of production. Back in 2010 and 2011, he gave owners a glimpse of what could be with an average of 121.6 YFS per game and 5.27 YPC over 20 games played. For the first six seasons of his career, however, he missed at least three games every season and averaged only 11.17 games per year before finally playing a full 16-game season in 2014. In addition, McFadden has averaged just 3.34 YPC over the past three seasons combined. Having just turned 28, McFadden has some upside if he can stay healthy and get a significant share of the committee's workload.
Lance Dunbar652670.8302260.758.3
With DeMarco Murray totalling close to 500 touches including the postseason, the team's other backs had a limited role. With Murray gone, Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden figure to handle the largest share of the workload, but ESPN's Todd Archer writes that the Cowboys "plan to get Dunbar more involved in 2015" -- and this time, "the Cowboys actually mean it." With Randle and McFadden having a higher draft-day cost, Dunbar is a cheaper/additional way to get some exposure to the Cowboys backfield.

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Dez Bryant91137413.5000218.4
Targeted only 136 times, a three-year low, Bryant finished with 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-high and league-leading 16 touchdowns. Dez now has at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. And aside from Marshawn Lynch, Bryant is the only other player with at least 50 total touchdowns over the past four seasons.
Terrance Williams437226.9130113.9
With the Cowboys leaning heavily on their ground game last year, Williams saw a drop in targets (74 to 64), receptions (44 to 37) and yards (736 to 621). On a positive note, Williams had eight touchdowns with another three coming in the team's two playoff games. Going into his third season, Williams will likely remain a TD-dependent option for depth as he finished with two or fewer receptions in 12 of 16 games last year.
Cole Beasley414432.900061.7
Devin Street101200.600015.6
A.J. Jenkins8840.600012

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jason Witten677495.1105.5
Other than his rookie season, Witten's 64 receptions and 703 yards last year set or tied career lows. Witten lacks upside at this point in his career, but he's a solid option that should come close to last year's top-10 performance once again.
Gavin Escobar182383.243

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 7

Last weekend, we began a new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft with four of our contributors including yours truly.

We are posting the rounds as they are complete and another round is in the books.

Here are Round 7 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

7.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The good news is that Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in the past seven years -- the exception was his holdout-shortened 2010 season. The bad news is V-Jax had just two touchdowns, the lowest of his career since his three-catch rookie season (2005). Jackson should score more touchdowns in 2015 although the 6-foot-5 receiver has never scored double-digit touchdowns.

7.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans

The Texans led the NFL with 551 rush attempts last season and Foster is one of the league's few true workhorse backs, when healthy. Although Foster missed three games in 2014, he averaged 95.8 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry, both of which were four-year highs, and scored double-digit touchdowns (13). Not only did Foster finish as a top-five fantasy running back last season, he also finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in 10 of 13 weeks last season.

Unfortunately, Foster recently had groin surgery, which means he'll miss some time to begin the season. That said, there is growing optimism that Foster will only miss a few games as opposed to half the season. Once Foster returns, he'll immediately become a starter for this team along with Le'Veon Bell (1.02).

7.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Possessing an impressive combination of size (6-2, 225) and athleticism (sub-4.4 forty), Johnson was reunited with Norv Turner in Minnesota after being released by the receiver-deficient Browns last offseason. In the final six games of the season, Johnson was on the field for all but 19 of the team's offensive snaps. And over his final seven games, Johnson posted 25 receptions for 415 yards and two touchdowns. With a full offseason and the continued development of second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Johnson should pick up where he left off last season.

7.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Small but ultra quick, Brown had a solid rookie season especially given the team's injuries at quarterback and finished with 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns. Improved year-over-year production should be expected, but his personal outlook is less bullish than it would have been without Larry Fitzgerald back in Arizona.

7.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Speaking of Fitzgerald, he had 63 receptions for 784 yards and a career-low two touchdowns last season and his 784 yards were only four more than the career low he had as a rookie. Given the injuries to the team's quarterbacks, the decline certainly wasn't solely the fault of Fitzgerald, who also missed two games.

In the 22 games that Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald have played together over the past two seasons, Fitzgerald has averaged 5.18 receptions, 65.32 yards and 0.55 touchdowns per game. That's a 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9 so perhaps Fitz ends the drought of 1,000-yard seasons if both he and Palmer stay healthy.

7.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Mathews has struggled with durability as he has played a full 16-game season only once in his five-year career. That said, he has been productive when on the field with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt a career 4.40 YPC average. While he enters 2015 second on the depth chart behind last year's rushing champion, DeMarco Murray has his own durability concerns as he is coming off a massive 497-touch season counting the playoffs. And if Murray misses time, Mathews becomes an RB1-type fantasy back in those games.

7.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Smith's first season as a Raven went better than expectations as he posted a 79/1,065/6 full-season stat line. With all four of his 100-yard games occurring in the first six games of the season, Smith was much less effective over the final 10 games. That said, he did have at least five catches in each of the final four games for a total of 25 catches during the final month of the season. Now 36 years old, it's unlikely that Smith posts another 1,000-yard season in what will be his final NFL season, but he has made a career out of disproving his doubters.

7.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan has more than 4,500 passing yards in three consecutive seasons with the third-most (13,928) over that span. In addition, he has 26-plus touchdowns in five consecutive seasons and the sixth-most (143) during that span. The good news is that Ryan has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the past five years, but he has yet to finish as a top-six fantasy quarterback in his career.

7.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Based on his 2014 average draft position (ADP), Roethlisberger was one of the biggest draft values last season. Only four quarterbacks scored more fantasy points and he threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, which tied Drew Brees last season for the league lead, and 32 touchdowns, which tied a previous career high. It wouldn't surprise me if Big Ben posted another top-five finish in 2015 so I like getting him as the QB7 in this mock.

7.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

On a positive note, the coaching staff wants to lean on the rushing attack and the Browns have one of the better run-blocking offensive lines, when healthy. On a less positive note, the coaching staff's allocation of carries was unpredictable on a weekly basis. Adding Duke Johnson to the mix only creates more uncertainty in projecting how things will shake out in Cleveland's backfield, but I still expect Crowell to lead the backfield in touches and (fantasy) production.

7.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants

Vereen is one of the league's better receiving backs and he set career highs last year with 52 catches for 447 yards. Especially with both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams likely to get more carries, Vereen is a better fantasy running back in PPR formats, but he should be in the flex mix on a weekly basis in standard-scoring formats as well.

7.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

The biggest home run threat in college football last year, Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards on 270 carries with four 200-yard games and eight 60-yard runs, most in both categories. Clearly, that won't be repeated at the NFL level, but it illustrates his big-play ability as he joins one of the league's better offenses. With a committee approach between Coleman and second-year back Devonta Freeman expected to start the season, Coleman is likely to see his usage expand as the season develops.

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: St. Louis Rams

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the St. Louis Rams:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Nick Foles332532388424.212.8321120.6254.16
Two seasons ago, Foles had a breakout season (27:2 TD-to-INT ratio and 9.1 Y/A in 13 games) and Chip Kelly said he would be the team's quarterback for the "next 1,000 years." After a disappointing half-season prior to breaking his collarbone, the 1,000 years are up and Kelly traded him to the Rams. Meanwhile, the transition to the Rams is a downgrade on a number of fronts -- leakier offensive line, lesser talent at skill positions (compared to 2013/2014 Eagles) and much tougher pass defenses in the NFC West compared to NFC East.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Todd Gurley2008906.4312640.9159.2
Arguably the best running back prospect since Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, Gurley ended the drought of first-round running backs and possesses all of the physical tools to be a dominant RB1-type back for years to come. With his combination of size and speed, Gurley has the ability to run over and/or outrun opposing tacklers. Recovering from his torn ACL, Gurley will likely sit out of the preseason and eased into what will eventually be a featured-back role.
Tre Mason1506533.3211710.7106.4
One year after Zac Stacy got a huge workload down the stretch, Mason, the team's third-round pick in 2014, emerged as the team's lead back over the second half of last season. Mason didn't get his first carry until Week 6, but he averaged 18.11 touches per game from Week 9 on. Unfortunately for Mason and his fantasy owners, the team used the 10th-overall pick on stud running back Todd Gurley. While Gurley is rehabbing from a torn ACL, it should once again be a rookie running back emerging as the lead dog in the second half in St. Louis.
Benny Cunningham461891.3201700.446.1
Malcolm Brown12490.10005.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Brian Quick629186.5000130.8
Tearing his rotator cuff in Week 8 last season, Quick played just seven games, but he started the season strong. In the first four games of the year, Quick had a total of 21 receptions for 322 yards and three touchdowns and finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver in all four games. Although he had just four catches for 53 yards in his other three games, Quick was on his way to a breakout season. Depending on his ability to stay healthy, that breakout season could come for the former Appalachian State receiver in 2015.
Kenny Britt466264.100087.2
Britt scored the 51st-most fantasy points among wide receivers last season and he gets a quarterback upgrade with Nick Foles in 2015. That said, he averaged 6.71 fantasy points per game after the injury to Brian Quick compared to 4.52/G prior to the injury. While the upside isn't high, Britt has the potential to finish as a top 50-60 fantasy wide receiver in 2015.
Tavon Austin352992.3282021.572.9
Through two seasons, Austin has just 1,035 yards from scrimmage -- 660 receiving and 375 rushing -- and nine touchdowns. In fact, he was only targeted 44 times in 15 games last season.
Stedman Bailey304171.818053.3
Chris Givens101530.614019.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jared Cook506153.481.9
Despite Sam Bradford playing just seven games over the past two seasons, Cook has exceeded 50 receptions and 600 yards and finished as a top-15 fantasy tight end in both of his seasons with the Rams. There has been some boom or bust to his game in the past, but he was one of just nine tight ends to have at least three receptions in 12 games last season.
Lance Kendricks272513.546.1

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 6

Over the weekend, four of our contributors including yours truly began a "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft and we are posting each round as we complete them.

We are now at the midway point of our 12-round mock draft as Round 6 is complete.

Here are Round 6 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

6.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Posting career highs of 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, Olsen now has at least 69 receptions and 816 yards while finishing as a top-seven fantasy tight end in each of the past three seasons. Over that three-year span, Jimmy Graham (3,086) is the only tight end with more yards than Olsen (2,667) and only Graham (256) and Jason Witten (247) have more receptions than Olsen (226). He's never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season, but he has at least five scores for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, Olsen is extremely durable having played all 16 games in seven consecutive seasons.

With the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin, Olsen clearly enters the season as the team's top pass-catcher should rank near the league lead in targets among tight ends.

6.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

After three consecutive 5,000-yard seasons, Brees fell just shy of that mark in 2014 but still tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the league lead with 4,952 passing yards and threw 33 touchdowns. For the first time since signing with the Saints in 2006, Brees finished outside the top-five fantasy quarterbacks (sixth) in 2014. And while he has thrown at least 650 pass attempts in five consecutive seasons and he led the league in pass attempts per game (41.2) last season, a transition to a more run-based offense appears set to begin with their offseason moves. My fourth-ranked fantasy quarterback heading into 2015, Brees is the fifth quarterback off the board in this mock.

6.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

A lot went wrong for Marshall and the Bears offense last season as he missed multiple games, was limited in others, Jay Cutler struggled and was benched, etc. Marshall posted his lowest totals for both receptions (61) and yards (721) since his rookie season, but he was traded to the Jets in the offseason and gets a fresh start. A return to his 2012 or 2013 numbers appear unlikely, but I expect a bounce-back to the 1,000-yard range.

6.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Better suited for his return to a change-of-pace role, Bernard can still be productive as the flex for this squad. As an example, Jeremy Hill carried the ball 22-plus times for 100-plus yards in the team's final three regular-season games. In those same games, Bernard finished as the weekly RB11, RB17 and RB13, respectively, in standard-scoring formats. As beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. noted earlier this offseason, "... once settling into a complementary role the final three weeks, [Bernard] returned to the explosive, multi-dimensional player the Bengals team envisioned."

6.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

The fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Watkins finished his rookie campaign with 65 receptions for 982 yards and six touchdowns. While Watkins had four 100-yard games including a career-high 157 yards against his new head coach's former team, he also had nine games with 35 receiving yards or less. In a run-first offense with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, there will still be plenty of weekly inconsistency from Watkins even though his overall numbers should improve on a year-over-year basis.

6.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

After sitting out all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Maclin returned to the Eagles on a one-year deal and posted a career-best season (85/1,318/10) in Chip Kelly's offense. He then parlayed that success into a five-year deal to reunite with his former coach. Few players, if any, have seen their fantasy stock drop more in free agency than Maclin as he transitions to an offense with a quarterback incapable and/or unwilling to challenge opposing defenses down the field. That said, he's a solid WR3 behind Dan's first two receivers -- Brandin Cooks and Amari Cooper.

6.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Among rookies, only his ex-LSU teammate Odell Beckham (91) had more receptions than Landry (84) last season. Over the final nine games of the season, Landry had a minimum of five receptions every game and racked up a total of 59 catches over that span. In addition, he had at least nine targets in six of his final eight games. Landry should improve upon his 84/758/5 rookie numbers, but he's a much better option in point-per-reception (PPR) formats.

6.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions

Scoring the 14th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014, Bell finished with 223 carries for 860 yards, both of which were career highs, as well as 34 receptions for 322 yards and eight total touchdowns. That said, it was the second consecutive season that Bell has averaged under 4.0 YPC.

While I expect Bell to lead the team's backfield in touches in 2015, second-round rookie Ameer Abdullah weakens Bell's grip on the featured-back role and it wouldn't surprise me if Abdullah emerged as the lead back at some point during the season. With Bell coming off a pair of offseason surgeries, he's still not practicing although he is expected to be ready for the opener.

6.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Just a couple of seasons ago, Martin racked up 1,926 yards from scrimmage, 49 receptions and 12 touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie when he finished the year as fantasy's RB2. Over the past two seasons (combined), however, Martin has only 1,080 YFS, 25 receptions and three touchdowns in 17 games. Going into 2015, Martin appears to be in line for the largest share of the backfield's workload.

6.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears

Setting career highs across the board in 2014 with 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns, Bennett finished as a top-five scorer among tight ends and led the position in receptions. With the Bears trading Marshall to the Jets and the injury to top pick Kevin White, Bennett has the potential to come close to those numbers this season.

6.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

Despite the revolving door at quarterback, Jackson was one of the few bright spots for Washington's offense in 2014. D-Jax finished with 56 catches for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns and he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.9).

Even though he finished as the 16th-highest scoring fantasy wide receiver, the big drawback of owning Jackson is his boom-or-bust nature. Jackson finished as a top-17 fantasy wide receiver in eight of 15 games last year; in all seven of the other games, he finished as the WR53 or worse. Stated differently, Jackson had zero games within the range of WR18 and WR52 in a given week last year.

6.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans

Blue averaged just 3.1 YPC as a rookie last season and he backs up one of the league's few workhorses in Arian Foster, but he finished as a top-40 fantasy running back in 2014. The Texans were more committed to the run than any other team in the league and Foster, who missed three games last season, is always a candidate to miss a game or two. In fact, Foster will miss at least some games to begin the season following groin surgery.

At this point, however, I'd actually prefer Foster over Blue. There is some optimism that Foster may only miss a few games as opposed to half the season as initially expected.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

Four of our contributors began a new "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft over the weekend and another round is complete and posted.

Here are Round 5 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

5.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

Tate had a career year with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns plus 30 rushing yards. From Weeks 4 to 8, Calvin Johnson missed three games and was a decoy in two other games (19 total yards). During that same five-game span, Tate averaged 119.8 yards per game and scored three of his four touchdowns. If Megatron is healthy for the entire season, Tate is unlikely to repeat last year's career numbers, but he's otherwise a solid low-end WR2 in 2015. In this case, he's a WR3 for Dan's team with T.Y. Hilton and Julian Edelman ahead of him.

5.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce played only 52.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps from Weeks 1 to 10, but that percentage jumped to 86.7 percent from Weeks 11 to 17. Despite his snap-count limits during the first half of the season, Kelce still finished with 67 receptions, 862 yards and five touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points among tight ends last season. With good health and no playing time limitations, the sky is the limit for Kelce in 2015.

5.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

A top-three fantasy quarterback in 2014, Wilson rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns, both of which were career highs, and netted fantasy owners an average of 7.56 fantasy points per game from rushing stats alone. While he won't post gaudy passing statistics in Seattle's run-dominant offense, Wilson is the first quarterback in league history to throw 20-plus touchdowns with 10 or fewer interceptions in each of his first three NFL seasons, per Pro Football Reference. Trading for Jimmy Graham gives Wilson an elite red-zone option for the first time in his young career.

5.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

With a slow finish to the season, Manning finished the year as the QB4 (312.68 fantasy points) behind Aaron Rodgers (354.14), Andrew Luck (350.74) and Wilson (327.6). In the first 11 games of the season, Manning averaged 23.96 fantasy points per game (323.45 YPG, 34 TDs and nine INTs). In the final five games of the season, however, he averaged just 9.83 FPPG (233.8 YPG, five TDs and six INTs) and never scored more than 13.02 fantasy points in any of those games.

Much of last year's decline can be attributed to his thigh injury, but Manning's passing production also tends to slow as the weather turns colder. In a more balanced offense with some issues on the offensive line, it's possible that Manning fails to produce a top-five fantasy season. (He's the QB6 currently in my rankings.)

5.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

After a boost in playing time down the stretch and a strong offseason, all signs pointed to Adams taking a step forward in year two. In addition, no player benefits more by the ACL injury to Jordy Nelson (from a fantasy perspective) than Adams, who finished with 38/446/3 numbers as a rookie.

5.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Inactive for the first six games, Bryant went on a scoring spree in his first four NFL games with a total of six touchdowns during that span. After that point, however, Bryant had just 12 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the final six games of the season. Not only does he currently project as the team's No. 3 receiver, Bryant will miss the first four games of the season due to league suspension.

[Note: Sean made this selection prior to the news of Bryant's pending suspension.]

5.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

As we've seen from Blount in the postseason, he can go from one yard on three carries (vs. BAL) one week to 30 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns (vs. IND) the next week. Blount's carries in his final six games through the Super Bowl were as follows: 20, eight, 10, three, 30 and 14. While we can't always count on consistent running back workloads from Belichick, Blount figures to be the "guy" in the Patriots' backfield. And Blount has been dominant at the goal line for the Patriots with 15 rushing scores in his past 15 games (including playoffs) with the Pats.

5.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets

Although he averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC, Ivory once again rushed for more than 800 yards and set a career high with six touchdowns. The Jets signed Stevan Ridley in free agency and traded a seventh-round pick for Zac Stacy, but Ivory should lead the team's backfield in both workload and fantasy production. More productive than most probably realized, Ivory finished as a top-20 fantasy running back last season.

5.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

With Antonio Brown and Nelson as my first two picks, the injury to Nelson hurts what I expected to be this mock's best receiving corps. Quietly off to a strong rookie season before a Week 10 foot injury ended his season, Robinson averaged 5.22 receptions and 60.89 yards per game with four-plus catches per game from Weeks 2 to 10. Assuming good health in 2015, Robinson is poised for a breakout season.

5.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints

Following his breakout 2012 season, the Bills (new and since ousted) coaching staff failed to utilize Spiller correctly over the past two seasons. That's certainly not a concern in 2015 as Payton & Co. should maximize Spiller's production on a per-touch basis.

Since Payton took over in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints have roughly one-third (six of 19) of the 70-reception seasons by running backs. One concern entering the season, however, is Spiller's recent arthroscopic knee surgery, but he is expected to ready for Week 1.

5.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Landing in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense bodes well for Agholor's short- and long-term fantasy outlook. While the Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin (6-0, 198, 4.48 forty) in free agency, Agholor (6-0, 198, 4.42 forty) has earned comparisons to the departed receiver. An excellent route runner, Agholor has the ability to play both inside and outside and finished with a 104/1,313/12 stat line last year for USC. With that said, there are several receivers still on the board that I'd take before Agholor (WR25 in this mock).

5.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

Dealing with multiple injuries, Jennings played in just 11 games in his first season with the Giants. Second-year back Andre Williams will steal some goal-line opportunities and Shane Vereen will steal some of his passing-down work, which limits the weekly upside of the soon-to-be 30-year-old Jennings.

On a positive note, the Giants used the ninth-overall pick on Ereck Flowers, one of the best run-blocking offensive linemen in this year's draft class. Only the Cardinals (3.3) and Chargers (3.4) averaged fewer YPC than the Giants (3.6) last season and at least part of those struggles can be attributed to the line play.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

Another round of our new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft is complete. Four of our contributors are conducting a "slow" draft and we are posting updates as the rounds are complete.

With that said, another round is in the books.

Here are Round 4 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

With Frank Gore signing a free-agent deal with the Colts, Hyde enters 2015 atop the 49ers depth chart at running back. With Gore ahead of him last year on the depth chart, Hyde had just 83 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. Not only will his workload expand significantly, but I expect his effectiveness on a per-carry basis to increase from last year's 4.0 yards-per-carry average. On a positive note, Hyde has shed some weight and is now in the "mid 220-pound range," which should improve his elusiveness yet still allow him to flourish near the goal line.

4.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

With previous career highs of 67/740/6, Sanders blew those numbers out of the water in his first season in Denver with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. Given a new coaching staff and more balanced philosophy, repeating a 101/1,404/9 line appears unlikely, but Sanders is a solid WR2 behind Dez Bryant (1.10) for Brendan.

4.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

I'm thrilled that Matthews made it to me at 4.03. Playing only 65.0 percent of the team's offensive snaps as a rookie, that ratio will undoubtedly spike in his second season as the team lost Jeremy Maclin via free agency. In his first season in the league, Matthews finished with 67 receptions for 872 yards and eight touchdowns and finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver. With Maclin gone, it wouldn't surprisie me if he posted top-10 numbers (like Maclin last year) as the No. 1 receiver in such a high-volume offense.

4.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

Over the final five games of the season, Stewart, who recently turned 28, rushed for 486 yards on 91 carries (5.34 YPC) and only DeMarco Murray (491) had more rushing yards during that span. Entering 2015 as the team's clear featured back, Stewart will finally get the opportunity to carry the load for a full season. Well, the "full" season part is the only concern with him as Stewart has played only 28 games over the past three seasons. If, a big if, he can stay healthy for a full season, he has legitimate top-10 fantasy upside.

4.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

While his receptions increased from 71 to 77 in 2014, Allen's yardage (1,046 to 783) and touchdowns (eight to four) both dropped and he finished as only the 48th-highest scoring wide receiver last season. Allen turned 23 this spring and should have a bounce-back season in 2015.

4.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

No rookie receiver is more pro-ready than Cooper, the first Biletnikoff winner in Alabama history. Cooper racked up 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and should become Derek Carr's go-to receiver immediately for a team that ranked fourth in the league in pass attempts per game (39.3) in 2014.

4.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys

While he had only 51 carries in 2014, 11 (21.6 percent) of those 51 carries resulted in runs of more than 10 yards and he averaged 6.73 yards per carry on the season. More than anything, that production is a result of running behind one of the best offensive lines in football, which should be even better this year. His YPC average will certainly decline with a bump in volume, but Randle is expected to get the largest share of the workload within the team's committee backfield. The upside certainly warrants a selection higher than this and MG3/Randle give Sean two quality backs despite waiting until Rounds 3/4 to draft his first two running backs.

4.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts

After back-to-back 1,400-yard seasons, Johnson finished with 85 receptions for just 936 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. Johnson's 62.4 Y/G and 11.0 Y/R were his lowest since 2005. Now 34 years old, Johnson may never have another 1,400-yard season, but he goes from a team with one of the league's worst quarterback situations to one of the best with Andrew Luck.

4.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

Arguably the best running back prospect since Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, Gurley ended the drought of first-round running backs and possesses all of the physical tools to be a dominant RB1-type back for years to come. With his combination of size and speed, Gurley has the ability to run over and/or outrun opposing tacklers. Recovering from his torn ACL, however, Gurley will be eased in slowly before eventually settling on a featured-back role. That said, there a few running backs still available that I'd prefer over Gurley including the guy that Brendan took next ...

4.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

Loaded with potential and upside, Murray is a physical freak that runs a sub-4.4 forty at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Murray finally got a chance to showcase what he could do down the stretch last season as he gained 478 yards from scrimmage over his final five games on a total of 83 touches (72 carries and 11 receptions). With Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew out and Trent Richardson and Roy Helu in, Murray will be given every opportunity to be the team's lead back in 2015.

4.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Selected with a top-36 pick in this year's draft, Yeldon has excellent size (6-1, 225) and immediately goes to the front of the line in terms of the team's backfield depth chart. General manager David Caldwell said that he sees Yeldon as "a three-down back." Playing in an offense that ranked in the bottom two in both scoring and total offense last year could limit Yeldon's fantasy upside as a rookie, but he could end up leading rookie backs in touches in 2015.

4.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

After his breakout 2013 season (105/1,056/6), Edelman actually averaged slightly more receptions (6.57 in 2014 vs. 6.56 in 2013) and yards (69.43 in 2014 vs. 66.0 in 2013). I'd prefer a few receivers before Edelman, but he is in the low-end WR2/high-end WR3 range for standard-scoring leagues and is the WR20 in this mock.

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Martavis Bryant facing four-game ban for multiple failed drug tests

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

At full strength, the Steelers have one of the league's best offenses as Ben Roethlisberger tied Drew Brees for the league lead in passing yards last season. The Steelers will now be without three keys members of their offense to open the season.

Along with Bryant, running back Le'Veon Bell is suspended for the first two games of the season and center Markice Pouncey will miss at least the first half of the season with a broken fibula.

Bryant made his debut last season in Week 7 and scored six touchdowns on 14 receptions in his first four games as a pro and finished with 26 catches for 549 yards (21.1 Y/R) and eight touchdowns in 10 games as a rookie.

Before this news, Markus Wheaton was projected to start opposite Antonio Brown. Earlier this offseason, Roethlisberger said he expects a breakout season from Wheaton and recently ESPN's Jeremy Fowler tweeted the same.

Depending on how far this causes Bryant's ADP to tumble from his current fifth-round ADP, he'd be worth a late(r)-round flier given his upside once he returns.

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 12th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 12 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.12 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: Closing the season with 90-plus yards in his final nine games, Beckham averaged 9/133/1 on nearly 13 targets per game over that span. Those historic numbers won't be repeated, but ODB enters the season as a top-five fantasy receiver.

2.01 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: No player has more rushing yards (5,357) or touchdowns (56) than Lynch over the past four seasons. In addition, Lynch has at least 36 receptions in each of the past two seasons.

3.12 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: It was a disappointing season for Ellington, who saw his yards-per-carry average plummet to 3.3 in 2014 from 5.5 YPC. There are questions about his ability to hold up for a full season, but Ellington enters the season healthy after a foot injury limited him all year.

4.01 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: The Biletnikoff recipient in college football, Cooper enters the NFL as the most pro-ready receiver and he'll be counted on early and often as Oakland's go-to receiver. Last year, the Raiders ranked fourth in the NFL in most pass attempts (39.3 per game).

5.12 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Playing roughly half of the team's snaps in the first 10 games, Kelce still posted full-year stats of 67/862/5 to finish as fantasy football's TE6 in PPR formats in 2014. Without any health limitations or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Kelce in 2015.

6.01 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: It's unlikely that Wilson repeats his 849 rushing yards with six rushing scores again, but he has 308 runs for 1,877 yards and 11 touchdowns over three seasons. With 72 passing touchdowns over those three seasons, Wilson finally has an elite red-zone option (Jimmy Graham).

7.12 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Even though Bernard enters 2015 as the change-of-pace option to featured back Jeremy Hill, there is the potential for both backs to be productive, especially in PPR formats. As an example, Hill rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the final three games of last season while Bernard finished as a top-12 PPR back in each of those games.

8.01 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: At some point, the Jaguars will count on Yeldon to be their three-down back and it wouldn't surprise me if he led all rookie running backs in touches. Playing in the low-powered Jags offense may limit his upside, but he's a nice value in Round 8.

9.12 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: Two seasons ago, Garcon led the NFL in receptions (113). Last year, his numbers were nearly cut in half (68/752/3). He should fall somewhere in between in 2015.

10.01 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: Setting per-game career lows in targets, receptions and yards in 2014, Colston has an opportunity to bounce back (some) given the team's offseason moves.

11.12 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd failed to build upon his 2013 breakout season, but the team's quarterback situation (injuries) had a limiting effect on the entire passing offense. There is optimism that Floyd will be ready for Week 1.

12.01 - Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: McFadden, who just turned 28, has averaged 3.4 YPC or less in each of the past three seasons and durability has been a consistent issue for him. That said, he has value here if he can stay healthy as part of a committee backfield that gets to run behind the Cowboys' elite offensive line.

13.12 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Randle set career highs of 71 receptions and 938 yards in his age-23 season, but it may be difficult to repeat those numbers if the team's other pass catchers stay healthy.

14.01 - Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Williams saw his receptions (37) and yardage (621) decline as the Cowboys threw it much less in 2014 although he caught a career-high eight touchdowns. I expect better overall numbers from him in 2015, but he remains the third option in the passing offense behind Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

15.12 - New York Jets D/ST

16.01 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

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August 27, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

Four of our contributors recently began a new "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft and another round is now complete.

Here are Round 3 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton had a breakout 82/1,345/7 season last year. And that breakout year would have been even better if he weren't limited down the stretch by a hamstring injury. With good health, Hilton could set new career highs in both receptions and yards this season.

3.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, Luck's 40 TDs last season nearly equalled his total from his first two seasons combined (46 TDs). During the season, Luck had the second-longest streak of 300-yard games (eight) in NFL history. Not only does Luck lead one of the league's most prolific passing offenses, but he gets a boost from his mobility with at least 255 rushing yards each year and a total of 12 rushing scores.

Quarterback is deep and I usually like to wait on the position, but there is a clear-cut top tier with Luck and Aaron Rodgers and I'd be willing to take either in the third round.

3.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

With the exception of an 11-game season in 2010, Gore has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in eight of his past nine seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons. Coach Pagano has said that he still views Gore as an every-down back, which means he should get the opportunity to extend that streak. One of the league's better pass-catching backs earlier in his career, Gore should be much more involved as a receiver with the Colts than he has been over the past four seasons (average of 18 catches per season) in San Francisco.

3.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Emerging as the team's most productive wide receiver last season, Hopkins took a huge step forward in his second season with a 76/1,210/6 stat line and the team has subsequently released Andre Johnson in the offseason. If there's any concern when it comes to Hopkins taking another step forward in his third season, however, it's the team's less-than-inspiring quarterback play, but he's a strong WR2 option for Brendan behind his WR1 (Randall Cobb).

3.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

Morris averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC last season, but he rushed 265 times for 1,074, respectable numbers but also career lows, and eight touchdowns. Washington's offensive line struggled last year, but the team used the fifth-overall pick on Brandon Scherff and the addition of Bill Callahan to the coaching staff is certainly a positive for the team's offensive line play and rushing attack overall.

3.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

With significant injuries to the team's running backs, the Chargers ran the ball only 39.45 percent of the time last season (compared to 46.66 percent, eighth highest, in 2013). Assuming a healthy backfield, I'd expect the Chargers to be closer to 46 percent than 39 percent this season. A top-15 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Gordon should get the bulk of the early-down work for the Chargers with Ryan Mathews now in Philadelphia.

3.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

Before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 11, Cook's 86.3 fantasy points ranked 25th among all wide receivers and his 53 receptions led all rookie receivers. Once again generating plenty of buzz in the offseason, Cooks is poised for a major breakout with the offseason trades of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills.

3.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

Once again, Ingram missed multiple games and has now missed a total of 14 games over his four-year career. That said, Ingram set career highs -- 226 carries, 964 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and 29 receptions -- in the 13 games he did play in 2014. Re-signing with the Saints, Ingram should lead the team in carries. And given the team's offseason moves, a transition to more of a run-based offense appears to be in the offing.

3.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins coaching staff has seemed reluctant to give Miller as much work as his fantasy owners would have liked, but Miller was highly productive on a per-touch basis (5.09 YPC, 7.24 Y/R) last season. With more than 15 carries in only four games last season, Miller still managed to post his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,099 rushing yards).

In addition, Miller was very consistent throughout the season as he finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in 12 of 16 weeks. Although they didn't draft Jay Ajayi until the fifth round, his presence could cap Miller's upside in 2015 but I still expect his touches to be fairly close year over year.

3.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints

Slowed by a shoulder injury, Graham had 54 yards or less in six of his final seven games last season and finished with only 889 yards, a four-year low. With his trade to the Seahawks, Graham goes from an offense that averaged 41.2 pass attempts per game, second-most in the NFL last year, to one that averages the fewest (28.4/G).

Over his past four seasons, however, Graham has averaged 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns per year. I think it's unlikely that reaches the 89/1,099 this season, but I do think he could score double-digit touchdowns as the Seahawks clear best red-zone (receiving) option.

3.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

There is a lot to like about Abdullah, but this is a little too rich for my blood. Highly productive at Nebraska with back-to-back 1,600-yard campaigns, Abdullah finished first in the vertical jump (42.5 inches), broad jump (10-10), 3-cone drill (6.79) and 20-yard shuttle (3.95) among running backs at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Provided Joique Bell is ready for Week 1, however, Abdullah will likely begin the season behind Bell on the depth chart, although his role within the offense should expand as the season progresses.

3.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals

The good news is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. The bad news is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. Given Ellington's size (5-9, 199), it wasn't a huge (no pun intended) surprise that Ellington didn't hold up for a full season and missed the final four regular-season games.

With the substantial bump in workload, Ellington underwhelmed as his yards-per-carry average plummeted from 5.5 YPC as a rookie to 3.3 on 201 carries last season. That said, the foot injury he battled all of last season is now healed and the Cardinals improved their offensive line this offseason.

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August 26, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 8th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

[Follow @EDSFootball on Twitter for updates.]

Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 7 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.08 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: No player has more rushing yards or touchdowns over the past four seasons than Lynch, who has rushed for at least 1,200 yards and scored double-digit touchdowns each season during that stretch. In addition, Beast Mode has become more productive as a receiver with at least 36 receptions in each of the past two seasons.

2.05 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Green missed three games last season, but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. With better health in 2015, Green should finish with 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns (or better).

3.08 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The biggest concern with Gore is his age (32), but he has rushed for 1,100-plus yards in four consecutive seasons with no missed games during that stretch. Transitioning to the high-powered Andrew Luck-led Colts offense is only a positive for Gore.

4.05 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Over the final five games of the season, only DeMarco Murray rushed for more yards than Stewart. While durability is a concern (20 missed games over past three seasons), there is plenty of upside here if he can play a full (or close to it) season.

5.08 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Robinson quietly posted a strong rookie season with four-plus catches in nine consecutive games before his season was cut short with a Week 10 foot injury. Going into his age-22 season, Robinson is poised for a breakout season.

6.05 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Not only did Big Ben set a career high in passing yards, but he tied Drew Brees for the NFL lead. Big Ben finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback last season and is the QB5 in my rankings this year as well.

7.08 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Even though Foster won't be ready for Week 1, there is a chance that he'll be back on the field by the end of September. Either way, he becomes an immediate starter once he's healthy.

8.05 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz posted a 58/702/3 line in his second season and he should improve upon those numbers in 2015, but two concerns are his groin surgery this month and his spot on the depth chart (second to Brent Celek).

9.08 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons, but Boldin still has back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in his two seasons with the 49ers.

10.05 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith exceeded 1,000 yards in his first season with the Ravens and although he has announced this will be his final NFL season, he enters 2015 as the team's No. 1 receiver.

11.08 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: Setting per-game career lows in targets, receptions and yards, Colston has some bounce-back appeal given the team's offseason moves.

12.05 - Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins: At a minimum, Jones will get many snaps as the change-of-pace to Alfred Morris, but Jones has looked really good this preseason -- averaging more than six yards per carry.

13.08 - Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: After a breakout sophomore campaign, Floyd's production declined year over year to 47/841/6, but at least part of that dip was due to the team's injuries at quarterback.

14.05 - Carolina Panthers D/ST

15.08 - Connor Barth, K, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

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August 24, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 3rd Pick, 2-QB League

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 3 pick, standard scoring, 2-QB league
  • Starting lineup: 2 QBs, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.03 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: With Andrew Luck (my QB1) and Le'Veon Bell (my RB1) off the board, the choice came down to Lacy (my RB2) or teammate Aaron Rodgers (my QB2). Through two NFL seasons, Lacy has racked up 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns.

2.10 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: One of my favorite running backs this season, Hill was dominant in the second half last season. No player had more rushing yards than Hill (929) over the final nine games and he enters the season as the team's clear lead back.

3.03 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: With a torn ACL sidelining Newton's top weapon, it certainly delivers a blow to his fantasy outlook. That said, I still have Newton projected as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in large part due to his rushing stats -- minimum of 539 yards and five touchdowns in all four seasons.

4.10 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Poised for a breakout season, Matthews enters his sophomore campaign as the team's top receiver after finishing last season as fantasy football's WR25 in 2014. Even though I have him ranked outside my top 10 receivers, Matthews has the potential to do what Jeremy Maclin last season and finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver.

5.03 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Bridgewater's development throughout his rookie season was impressive. Over the final five games of the season, he completed 72.14 percent of his pass attempts with eight touchdowns and five interceptions and he has looked sharp in the preseason.

6.10 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was a lost season for the Bears and Marshall, who was traded this offseason to the Jets. It's not necessarily an ideal landing spot for a bounce back, but I do expect Marshall to finish with roughly 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015.

7.03 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: It's certainly possible that the talented second-round back overtakes Joique Bell at some point during his rookie season for the lead back role. Either way, he's a solid flex option for this team (with upside for much more).

8.10 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: There is continuing optimism that Foster may not miss eight games, which was initially feared. Once he returns, he turns a stacked fantasy backfield into an even more stacked fantasy backfield.

9.03 - Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Even if he enters the season as the team's No. 3 receiver, Bryant has more talent than the incumbent No. 2 (Markus Wheaton) and gives me a high-upside WR3.

10.10 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Unfortunately, Bridgewater and Newton share the same bye week (Week 5). Due to his rushing ability and better offensive weapons, however, Bortles has some upside as my QB3.

11.03 - Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Eifert's sophomore season ended only soon after it began, but there has been nothing but positive buzz for him heading into 2015. Provided he stays healthy, Eifert has the potential to finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end this season.

12.10 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Despite the team's weak passing attack, Boldin has finished with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Even though he turns 35 in October, he has value in the 12th round as my WR4.

13.03 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: After leading the NFL in receptions in 2013, Garcon's numbers were nearly cut in half, but the team has talked up his increased involvement for 2015.

14.10 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Considering how stacked my running back group is, Starks provides some insurance in the event of a Lacy injury.

15.03 - New York Jets D/ST

16.10 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

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2015 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP) Weekly Movement: August 24th Update

Every Monday this offseason, we post an update in players that have had the biggest moves — both up and down — in fantasy football average draft position (ADP) from the previous week.

With this information, we can get a better sense of changes in the collective perceptions of fantasy football owners (mock drafters); in essence, it's a version of fantasy stock up/down for players. If a player is moving up the ADP chart, it may lead us to using a higher pick than his current ADP to make sure we secure a targeted player.

Of course, a player's ADP (and movement) is just one (small) piece in determining who to draft and our strategy used to assemble a fantasy roster.

For purposes of our weekly comparison(s), we use ADP data from 12-team mock drafts from Fantasy Football Calculator.

Biggest weekly gainers in ADP.

Quarterbacks:

  1. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: -7.2 (156.6 on 8/17 to 149.4 on 8/24)
  2. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: -6.6 (142.6 to 136.0)
  3. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: -5.7 (159.5 to 153.8)

Running Backs:

  1. Jonas Gray, New England Patriots: -23.2 (139.3 to 116.1)
  2. David Cobb, Tennessee Titans: -15.2 (104.3 to 89.1)
  3. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers: -13.3 (108.1 to 94.8)

Wide Receivers:

  1. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers: -49.7 (160.5 to 110.8)
  2. Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears: -30.9 (131.0 to 100.1)
  3. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers: -19.9 (96.3 to 76.4)

Tight Ends:

  1. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals: -16.5 (133.9 to 117.4)
  2. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: -8.0 (138.8 to 130.8)
  3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: -7.4 (104.6 to 97.2)

Biggest weekly fallers in ADP.

Quarterbacks:

  1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: +31.1 (72.8 on 8/17 to 103.9 on 8/24)
  2. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +8.9 (150.4 to 159.3)
  3. Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams: +3.0 (158.5 to 161.5)

Running Backs:

  1. Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans: +14.4 (89.7 to 104.1)
  2. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints: +10.6 (50.1 to 60.7)
  3. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals: +6.7 (122.6 to 129.3)

Wide Receivers:

  1. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: +11.5 (113.5 to 125.0)
  2. Percy Harvin, Buffalo Bills: +11.1 (137.7 to 148.8)
  3. Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens: +8.4 (103.6 to 112.0)

Tight Ends:

  1. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: +23.9 (98.6 to 122.5)
  2. Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints: +17.7 (125.6 to 143.3)
  3. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts: +8.3 (136.6 to 144.9)

[Note: Negative numbers mean the player's ADP is improving (i.e., being drafted earlier) and vice versa.]

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Green Bay Packers

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Green Bay Packers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Aaron Rodgers3705344486367.5482352351.44
The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013). Over the past four seasons, Rodgers has compiled a 139:25 TD-to-INT ratio with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt, 112.6 passer rating and 67.0 completion percentage.
Scott Tolzien12201460.90.72409.14

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Eddie Lacy272122410.6413603.6243.6
Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, only DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell scored more fantasy points than Lacy did from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, he averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).
James Starks974172.6191600.676.9
The backup to one of the league's best running backs, Starks isn't going to get a heavy workload barring an injury to Eddie Lacy. As much as the team blows out their opponents, however, there is the potential for him to get some fourth-quarter carries in addition to providing a breather for Lacy.
John Kuhn2070112860.424
John Crockett361580.5643023.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Randall Cobb9312659.15350.1185.2
Recently turning 25, Cobb re-signed with the Packers prior to the official start of NFL free agency. Of course, playing in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense helps to maximize his fantasy value this year and going forward. Cobb finished the season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all of which set career highs, but I would be surprised if he scored 12 touchdowns again in 2015. That said, the season-ending ACL injury to Jordy Nelson means that Cobb should finish as a top-eight fantasy receiver in 2015.
Davante Adams729298.3000142.7
After a boost in playing time down the stretch and a strong offseason, all signs pointed to Adams taking a step forward in year two. That said, no player benefits more by Nelson's injury (from a fantasy perspective) than Adams, who finished with 38/446/3 numbers as a rookie.
Jeff Janis457346.5000112.4
With Nelson's injury, it opens the door for a receiver like Janis, or perhaps third-round rookie Ty Montgomery, to emerge as the team's No. 3 receiver. With elite measurables (6-foot-3, 219, 4.4 forty), the small-school product has plenty of upside if he's able to secure the No. 3 role.
Ty Montgomery323751.816048.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Richard Rodgers444845.380.2
Andrew Quarless181961.327.4

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August 23, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 7th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

[Follow @EDSFootball on Twitter for updates.]

Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 7 pick, standard scoring, individual defensive players (IDP)
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST, Flex (RB, WR or TE) and one IDP
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.07 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Over the past two seasons, Brown has 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. More impressive than his overall production is his consistency as Brown now has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games counting a playoff game.

- Poll: Will Brown post 5+ catches and 50+ yards in all 16 games this season?

2.06 - Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Megatron has missed five games over the past two seasons and was a decoy in a few others, but he has the ability to take over any game when healthy. While I prefer to at least have my first running back by my second-round pick, Johnson was my top-ranked player available and this format starts three receivers.

3.07 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore has four consecutive 1,100-yard seasons and has not missed a game during that span. His age (32) is a bit of a concern, but the team views him as a three-down back and signing with the Colts is a huge boost in offense.

4.06 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Yeldon figures to become the team's three-down back sooner rather than later and it wouldn't surprise me if led all rookie backs in touches. The only real concern with Yeldon is the team's relative lack of offensive production, which could limit his scoring opportunities.

5.07 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: At this point, the debate was Davante Adams or Watkins, but fortunately I ended up with both. There is no denying Watkins talent, but there is certainly concern about the team's quarterback situation.

6.06 - Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams: All signs point to the Rams taking things slow with Gurley, who is about nine months removed from a torn ACL. At some point, however, he should emerge as the team's lead back and he's one of the most talented backs to enter the league in years.

7.07 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: While the loss of Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL obviously hurts the Packers, no player benefits more than Adams, who should start opposite Randall Cobb in two-wide sets. Being the No. 2 receiver in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense is obviously a good thing.

8.06 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Finishing as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2014, Manning build plenty of momentum as he gained comfort within a new offensive scheme. Not only will he have more comfort in year two, but the team's skill-position players are healthy/better heading into 2015.

9.07 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Even if Foster misses eight games, which seems to be a worst-case scenario, I'd be more than comfortable taking him here, but there appears to be a decent chance that he misses less. Once he returns, however, he immediately becomes this team's best fantasy running back.

10.06 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Despite ranking 31st in the league in passing yards over the past two years, Boldin has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns.

11.07 - DeAndre Levy, LB, Detroit Lions: Levy is coming off a career season (121 tackles) and played every defensive snap last season for the Lions.

12.06 - Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: Walker set career highs of 63 catches and 890 yards in his second season in Tennessee. There may be more weekly inconsistency with a rookie quarterback, but it's also possible that he sees more targets as Mariota's safety valve.

13.07 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: The season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin opens the door for Funchess to lead the team's receiving corps in targets in 2015. While I don't expect him to post Benjamin-like numbers from last season, he should outperform his draft slot in this mock.

14.06 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Randle posted career highs of 71 catches for 938 yards in his age-23 season. Depending on the health of the team's other receivers, it may be difficult for him to exceed those numbers, but he has upside as my WR7.

15.07 - Carolina Panthers D/ST

16.06 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: Especially if I draft a top-four fantasy tight end, I'll draft only one tight end in a 12-team league. Having waited this time, however, Ebron is an ideal (high-upside) TE2. Based on talent and athleticism, it's possible that he breaks out this season, but if he doesn't, I have a solid low-end TE1 in Walker.

17.07 - Matt Bryant, K, Atlanta Falcons

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger408615488931.411.131900.2320.26
Based on his 2014 average draft position (ADP), Roethlisberger was one of the biggest draft values last season. Only four quarterbacks scored more fantasy points and he threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, which tied Drew Brees last season for the league lead, and 32 touchdowns, which tied a previous career high. With continuity on the offensive line and one of the league's best group of pass catchers, it wouldn't surprise me if Big Ben posted another top-five finish in 2015.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Le'Veon Bell25811749.8686322.6255
Unfortunately for Bell (and his fantasy owners), he's suspended for the first two games of the season (although that was cut from his initial three-game ban). Once he returns, however, Bell's versatility makes him a true three-down back and his production won't vary much based on game flow. Named 2014 AP First-Team All-Pro Team, Bell racked up 1,361 rushing yards, 83 receptions for 854 yards and 11 total touchdowns in his second season. Bell broke single-season franchise records for yards from scrimmage and receptions by a running back. Over the course of last year, he averaged 17.97 fantasy points per game although his production spiked to 24.7/G with LeGarrette Blount out of the picture down the stretch.
DeAngelo Williams782891.6171280.151.9
Williams has had some really productive NFL seasons -- 1,515 rushing yards and 18 rushing scores in 2008, as an example -- and has averaged 4.78 YPC over his career. Now 32 years old, Williams won't be the featured back for his new team (starting in Week 4). With Le'Veon Bell suspended for the first three games, however, Williams is expected to lead the team's backfield in touches during that span. After that point, however, Williams would do well to average five carries per game over the final 13 games.
Dri Archer227701260013.7
Josh Harris24820.10008.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Antonio Brown119159512.55230236.8
Surprisingly, Brown never finished as the highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in any given week in 2014. (In fact, that applies to both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.) Yet no wide receiver had more fantasy points over the course of the season -- in either format -- than Brown. Over the past two seasons, Brown has a combined 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. More impressive than his overall level of production, however, is his consistency. Counting the playoffs, Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games.

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Martavis Bryant569247.83150140.7
Inactive for the first six games, Bryant went on a scoring spree in his first four NFL games with a total of six touchdowns during that span. After that point, Bryant had just 12 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the final six games of the season. Recent comments from Big Ben suggest that Markus Wheaton will start opposite Brown in two-WR sets, but Bryant is clearly the more talented option and he has plenty of upside heading into his second season.
Markus Wheaton556233.5312084.5
Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, Wheaton "[probably] had best offseason of the Steelers WRs." And Big Ben has predicted a breakout season for Wheaton. That said, Wheaton barely finished as a top-60 fantasy receiver (either format) last year with his 53/644/2 slash line.
Sammie Coates7920.500012.2
Darrius Heyward-Bey22100002.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Heath Miller596553.385.3
Miller parlayed 91 targets last season into a 66/761/3 stat line, which was good for the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2014. While he only has four touchdowns in 30 games over the past two seasons, but he's one of 10 tight ends I have projected for 60-plus catches in 2015.
Jesse James131591.122.5

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Minnesota Vikings

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Minnesota Vikings:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Teddy Bridgewater359535415026.113.4542321.1286.8
Bridgewater improved throughout his rookie season, which is something you always want to see with a young quarterback. All four of his games with a completion percentage of at least 70 percent occurred within the final five games of the season. In addition, Bridgewater posted a 1:5 TD-to-INT ratio in his first four games but improved to a 13:7 TD-to-INT ratio for the remainder of the season. With the attention that Adrian Peterson commands from opposing defenses, it should open up the passing offense for Bridgewater in year two. Through two preseason games, Bridgewater has looked sharp.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Adrian Peterson298135612.2382720.9241.4
One of the league's all-time best running backs, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards back just a couple of seasons ago. Assuming that he plays all 16 games (or close to it), the 30-year-old Peterson should finish as a top-five (or better) back in 2015.
Jerick McKinnon753491.6322080.467.7
When McKinnon was on the field last year, he was productive (4.76 YPC) and he averaged 16.38 touches per game from Weeks 4 to 12 before missing the rest of the year due to injury. McKinnon's volume of work won't approach anything close to 16 touches per game with Adrian Peterson back as the team's workhorse.
Matt Asiata361302.114880.336.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Charles Johnson7210155.7000135.7
Possessing an impressive combination of size (6-2, 225) and athleticism (sub-4.4 forty), Johnson was reunited with Norv Turner in Minnesota after being released by the receiver-deficient Browns last offseason. In the final six games of the season, Johnson was on the field for all but 19 of the team's offensive snaps. And over his final seven games, Johnson posted 25 receptions for 415 yards and two touchdowns. With a full offseason and the continued development of second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Johnson should pick up where he left off last season.
Mike Wallace588767.2180131.6
The Dolphins certainly had some buyer's remorse after signing him to a big free-agent contract two offseasons ago and traded him to the Vikings this offseason. Wallace has three consecutive mediocre seasons of less than 1,000 yards and has averaged just 13.1, 12.7 and 12.9 Y/R over the past three seasons, respectively. Perhaps the change of scenery and Norv Turner's vertical-passing attack will help Wallace live up to his potential and exceed this ranking.
Cordarrelle Patterson293282.3121261.568.2
Jarius Wright364902.2436065.8
Stefon Diggs101310.300014.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Kyle Rudolph495155.483.9
Rudolph has failed to reach double-digit games in each of the past two seasons. While he has the potential to excel in the red zone (nine touchdowns in 2012), Rudolph has just five touchdowns in 17 games over the past two years. While Norv Turner runs a tight end-friendly offense, Rudolph actually posted three-year lows on a per-game basis in receptions (2.67/G) and receiving yards (25.7/G) in his only season with Turner.
MyCole Pruitt212271.431.1

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Jordy Nelson likely out for season with torn ACL

Non-contact injuries are never good and the worst is feared for Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.

Assuming that Nelson is lost for the season with a torn ACL, it's obviously a huge blow to the Packers offense, but several players stand to benefit with an increased role and targets.

Nelson set career highs last season with 151 targets, 98 receptions and 1,519 yards and was tied for the second-most fantasy points with Denver's Demaryius Thomas behind Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown. That production won't go to one player, but no player benefits more than second-year receiver Davante Adams.

Earlier this offseason, coach Mike McCarthy dubbed Adams as the MVP of the team's OTAs and he has continued to receive praise throughout training camp as well.

No player benefits more than Adams, who had 38 catches on 66 targets for 446 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. While the Packers use plenty of three-WR sets, Adams will now start opposite Randall Cobb in two-wide formations.

Meanwhile, Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery have some late-round upside and I'd expect Janis to earn the No. 3 role heading into the season. In addition, Richard Rodgers should see more targets with the injury to Nelson.

While Aaron Rodgers is still a top-two fantasy quarterback heading into 2015, the loss of one of the league's best receivers solidifies Andrew Luck's spot ahead of Rodgers in my fantasy quarterback rankings.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

This weekend, four of our contributors began a new 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Although it is a "slow" mock, we are posting the picks as they occur and another round is now complete.

Here are Round 2 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants

Closing the season with nine consecutive games of 90-plus yards, Beckham racked up a massive stat line of 81/1,199/9 on 115 targets during that stretch. In fact, only 11 other receivers had more yards in all of 2014 than OBJ had in his final nine games. And as impressive as that sounds, he was even more dominant over his final four games -- 43/606/7 on 63 targets.

While ODB is far from being the biggest receiver, his combination of hands, route-running ability, speed and elusiveness makes him nearly impossible to cover especially in today's age of offense-friendly rules.

2.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Over the final nine games of the season, Hill had 22-plus carries and 100-plus rushing yards five times including the final three games of the regular season. During that nine-game span, Hill had 172 carries for 929 yards and six touchdowns and no running back had more rushing yards than Hill during that stretch. (Marshawn Lynch was second with 824 yards.)

Going into the 2015 season, Hill is clearly the team's lead back with Giovani Bernard back as the change-of-pace option. Considering that the Bengals ranked in the top-five in run-play percentage last season, it's possible that Hill challenges for the league lead in rush attempts in 2015.

2.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Jones finished with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, both of which shattered his previous career highs, and six touchdowns in 2014. After scoring 0.62 TD/G on 74.4 YPG in his first two seasons, Jones has averaged just 0.40 TD/G despite a jump to 1087.7 YPG over the past two seasons. With plus size and speed, however, Jones should bounce back in terms of red-zone production and could put together a 100/1,500/10 season in 2015 with good health.

2.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

The only receiver to score more fantasy points than Nelson last season was Antonio Brown, coincidentally Nelson's teammate to start this squad. While he may not finish as a top-two fantasy receiver once again, Nelson posted a 98/1,519/13 line last season and has scored a total of 43 touchdowns over the past four seasons.

Granted, the duo of Brown/Nelson means I'll have one of this league's strongest receiving corps, I tend to dislike how my teams turn out when I fail to secure my RB1 in one of the first two rounds. I'll be cautiously optimistic as I wait to see who falls to me in the next couple of rounds.

2.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Including playoff appearances, Megatron has more 200-yard games (six) than any other receiver in league history. And while he still has as much potential as any to take over a given game, he has missed a total of five games in 2013 and 2014 while appearing as a decoy in some others. With five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 90/1,467/11 during that span. And if he does play a full 16-game season, it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished the year as the WR1 (or at least higher than his WR7 draft slot).

2.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Arguably the biggest surprise in fantasy football last season, Forsett scored more fantasy points than all but seven other running backs in 2014. Forsett, who re-signed with the Ravens this offseason, rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards last season and averaged an RB-high 5.4 YPC while adding 44 receptions for 263 yards. With Marc Trestman hired to coordinate the offense, Forsett is virtually guaranteed to set a new career high in receptions, but it's perhaps a bit of a concern that the soon-to-be 30-year-old journeyman back has a new coordinator after last year's career year.

2.07 - Sean Beazley (Team II): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Injuries kept Green from building upon his 2013 numbers (98/1,426/11), but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. Only Megatron (6,214), Antonio Brown (5,092) and Demaryius Thomas (5,034) have more yards during that four-year span than Green (4,874). With good health, Green is a good bet for 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2015.

2.08 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013).

2.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Prior to the official start of NFL free agency, Cobb re-signed with the Packers. Of course, playing in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense helps to maximize his fantasy value this year and going forward. Cobb finished his age-24 season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all of which set career highs, but I would be surprised if he scored 12 touchdowns again in 2015.

2.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last year, but Evans was one of five receivers to score at least 12 touchdowns. From Weeks 9 to 11, he gave us a glimpse of what we can expect when things really click as he posted a massive 21/458/5 line over that three-game stretch. Turning just 22 this month, Evans should take a step forward in 2015 although playing with a rookie quarterback could lead to some early-season inconsistency.

2.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Jeffery now takes over as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver. Despite year-over-year dips in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,133), Jeffery posted a career high in touchdowns (10) and finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among wide receivers last season. Jeffery is the 11th receiver off the board in this mock.

2.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

Barely finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back last season, McCoy finished third in the league in rushing (1,319 yards) and was one of only two 300-carry backs. Not only did he average nearly a yard per carry less in 2014 than 2013, McCoy also saw his receptions (52 in 2013) and touchdowns (11 in 2013) drop roughly in half to 28 and five, respectively.

Despite running behind an inferior offensive line (compared to Philadelphia's), McCoy should still see a healthy volume of work within Buffalo's ground-and-pound offense due to philosophy and necessity (poor QB situation). In fact, I have McCoy projected to lead all running backs in carries. But will his per-touch effectiveness bounce back in a less-efficient offense?

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Oakland Raiders

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Oakland Raiders:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Derek Carr367597408924.813.732960.1259.26
Only three teams threw the ball more than the Raiders in 2014 and Carr gets a boost to his receiving corps with rookie Amari Cooper and free-agent addition Michael Crabtree. While Carr posted a very solid 21-to-12 TD-to-INT ratio as a rookie, he averaged an anemic 5.5 Y/A.
Matt McGloin9151010.70.92406.34

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Latavius Murray25211346322590.2176.5
Loaded with potential and upside, Murray is a physical freak that runs a sub-4.4 forty at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Murray finally got a chance to showcase what he could do down the stretch last season as he gained 478 yards from scrimmage over his final five games on a total of 83 touches (72 carries and 11 receptions). With Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew out and Trent Richardson and Roy Helu in, Murray will be given every opportunity to be the team's lead back in 2015.
Roy Helu602701.3352840.465.6
In four seasons, Helu has been relatively productive on a per-touch basis (4.4 YPC, 8.9 Y/R). At a minimum, Helu will get a lot of work as the team's third-down back, but there is upside with unproven Latavius Murray as the featured back.
Marcel Reece15650.5292231.239
Trent Richardson451761.3151200.238.6
Over the past two seasons, the former third-overall pick has averaged only 3.1 yards per carry -- 347 rush attempts for 1,082 yards. Despite getting a fresh start in Oakland, Richardson continues to struggle with a 2.3 YPC average through two preseason games. It's unclear if T-Rich will make the final 53-man roster.

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Amari Cooper7810307.3000146.8
No rookie receiver is more pro-ready than Cooper, the first Biletnikoff winner in Alabama history. Cooper racked up 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and should become Derek Carr's go-to receiver immediately for a team that ranked fourth in the league in pass attempts per game (39.3) in 2014.
Michael Crabtree525564.400082
Since his breakout 2012 season (85/1,105/9) and tearing his Achilles the following offseason, Crabtree has a total of 87 receptions for 982 yards and five touchdowns in 21 regular-season games. Crabtree signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Raiders, but rookie Amari Cooper should emerge as Derek Carr's go-to receiver sooner rather than later.
Rod Streater415622.800073
Streater missed all but three games last season and posted a 60/888/4 line in 2013. By drafting Amari Cooper and signing Michael Crabtree, however, Streater is unlikely to approach his 2013 numbers.
Andre Holmes233361.800044.4
Holmes has averaged 15.6 yards per reception over the past two years, but he'll be little more than a situational deep threat for the team that ranked 32nd in the NFL in pass yards per attempt last season.
Kenbrell Thompkins141831.100024.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Mychal Rivera363743.659
Finishing as a top-20 tight end in both scoring formats, Rivera had 58 catches for 534 yards and four touchdowns in his second NFL season. With the selection of Clive Walford in the third round this year, however, Rivera's upside is capped. And although rookie tight ends generally struggle, it wouldn't surprise me if the more talented Walford becomes the more productive of the duo as the season progresses.
Clive Walford212632.541.3

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jameis Winston359585427127.518.7351020.4274.74
Despite his past off-the-field concerns, Winston possesses strong on-field intangibles (leadership skills and football intelligence) that you'd want in a franchise quarterback. Based on the style of Florida State's offense and the pair of 6-foot-5 1,000-yard receivers (Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson) already on Tampa's roster, Winston has the potential to make more of a fantasy impact early in his career than fellow rookie Marcus Mariota. In addition, Winston has the softest fantasy football strength of schedule among QBs going into the 2015 season.
Mike Glennon12201401.40.812010.6

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Doug Martin2128805.5231270.2134.9
2012 feels like it was 10 years ago for The Muscle Hamster. But just a couple of seasons ago, Martin racked up 1,926 yards from scrimmage, 49 receptions and 12 touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie when he finished the year as fantasy's RB2. Over the past two seasons (combined), however, Martin has only 1,080 YFS, 25 receptions and three touchdowns in 17 games. Complicating matters a bit for 2015, Charles Sims, the new regime's third-round pick from last year, will be healthy to start the year. That said, Martin appears in line for the largest share of the workload in 2015.
Charles Sims1325022.4423441.2106.2
The current regime inherited Doug Martin, but used a relatively early pick on the versatile Sims, who rushed for 3,465 yards in college but also added 203 receptions for 2,108 yards. It wouldn't surprise me if he led the Bucs' backfield in fantasy points this season, but he was less than impressive when healthy over the final eight games of his rookie season -- 2.8 yards per carry.
Bobby Rainey582381.312770.441.7
Mike James12410.20005.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Mike Evans7611939.8000178.1
Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last year, but Evans was one of five receivers to score at least 12 touchdowns. From Weeks 9 to 11, he gave us a glimpse of what we can expect when things really click as he posted a massive 21/458/5 line over that three-game stretch. Only 21 years old (turns 22 in August), Evans should take a step forward in 2015 despite playing with a rookie quarterback.
Vincent Jackson679766.5000136.6
The good news is that Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in the past seven years -- the exception was his holdout-shortened 2010 season. The bad news is V-Jax had just two touchdowns, the lowest of his career since his three-catch rookie season (2005). Jackson should score more touchdowns in 2015, but the 32-year-old receiver is clearly the No. 2 receiver to Mike Evans.
Kenny Bell243261.500041.6
Louis Murphy212500.600028.6
Robert Herron161570.500018.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Austin Seferian-Jenkins465205.182.6
Seferian-Jenkins played only nine games in his rookie season and finished with 21 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns. With good health in 2015, however, there is some breakout appeal for ASJ.
Tim Wright282942.946.8
Brandon Myers161470.215.9

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Baltimore Ravens

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Baltimore Ravens:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Joe Flacco365576406127.611.535911.5279.44
Flacco quietly finished as fantasy's QB13 last season. While the team lost Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels in free agency, they used their first two picks in this year's draft on long-term replacements -- Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams. Flacco may lack the upside to be an elite fantasy quarterback, but he has never finished worse than QB19 in his seven NFL seasons and the hire of Marc Trestman as offensive coordinator is certainly favorable for his outlook.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Justin Forsett1989506.1644201.6183.2
Arguably the biggest surprise in fantasy football last season, Forsett scored more fantasy points than all but seven other running backs in 2014. Forsett, who re-signed with the Ravens this offseason, rushed for a career-high 1,266 yards last season and averaged an RB-high 5.4 YPC while adding 44 receptions for 263 yards. With Marc Trestman hired as the team's new offensive coordinator, Forsett is likely to set new career highs in receptions with Marc Trestman hired to coordinate the offense.
Javorius Allen682922.7201640.564.8
With Justin Forsett having a breakout season in 2014 and re-signing with the Ravens this offseason, Allen is no better than second in line for touches among the team's backs. That said, Allen is a versatile back that rushed for 1,489 yards that also had 41 receptions for 458 yards last year at USC. With Marc Trestman now running the offense, all of the team's running backs benefit from a scheme standpoint in PPR formats.
Lorenzo Taliaferro602554.67490.158.6
As a rookie, Taliaferro rushed 68 times for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Taliaferro's upside is limited with the team re-signing Justin Forsett, who had a career year in his first season with the Ravens, and the selection of Buck Allen with a mid-round pick in this year's draft.
Kyle Juszczyk00018153121.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Steve Smith788986.1000126.4
Smith's first season as a Raven went better than expectations as he posted a 79/1,065/6 full-season stat line. With all four of his 100-yard games occurring in the first six games of the season, Smith was much less effective over the final 10 games. That said, he did have at least five catches in each of the final four games for a total of 25 catches during the final month of the season. Now 36 years old, it's unlikely that Smith posts another 1,000-yard season, but he has made a career out of disproving his doubters.
Breshad Perriman396865.5000101.6
Generating plenty of buzz prior to the draft highlighted by a pair of sub-4.3's run at the UCF Pro Day, Perriman is the son of ex-NFL receiver Brent Perriman, who has a 1,400-yard season under his belt with the Lions. Much bigger than his father, Perriman (6-1, 212) has had some issues with drops and needs to improve as a route-runner, but he's a big play waiting to happen. Coming off a career-best 50/1,044/9 season, Perriman has averaged more than 20.0 Y/R over the past two seasons and is an excellent fit to replace Torrey Smith as a vertical threat in this offense.
Kamar Aiken323713.500058.1
Marlon Brown303513.400055.5
Michael Campanaro151970.500022.7
Darren Waller8980.200011
DeAndre Carter4430.10004.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Maxx Williams202642.642
Crockett Gillmore24295241.5
Nick Boyle6720.510.2

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Detroit Lions

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Detroit Lions:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matthew Stafford394638467728.715.339821.9306.18
No quarterback underachieved expectations more last season than Stafford, who finished as the QB15 in 2014. Even with the free-agent signing and breakout season from Golden Tate (99/1,331/4), Stafford threw for only 4,247 yards, a four-year low, and 22 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. With better health from Calvin Johnson, who missed a few games and was a decoy in others, Stafford should post better numbers in 2015.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Joique Bell1967847.1312800.3150.8
Scoring the 14th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014, Bell finished with 223 carries for 860 yards, both of which were career highs, as well as 34 receptions for 322 yards and eight total touchdowns. That said, it was the second consecutive season that Bell has averaged under 4.0 YPC. While I expect Bell to lead the team's backfield in touches in 2015, second-round rookie Ameer Abdullah weakens Bell's grip on the featured-back role and it wouldn't surprise me if Abdullah emerged as the lead back at some point during the season. Plus, Bell was placed on the active/PUP list as he continues to recover from offseason surgeries (Achilles/knee).
Ameer Abdullah1647305.7413400.7145.4
At only 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, Abdullah may lack the ideal size to be a bellcow back and he's had some ball-security issues (13 career fumbles at Nebraska). That said, Abdullah was highly productive at Nebraska with three consecutive 1,100-yard seasons including back-to-back 1,600-yard campaigns. Among running backs at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Abdullah finished first in the vertical jump (42.5 inches), broad jump (10-10), 3-cone drill (6.79) and 20-yard shuttle (3.95). At a minimum. his role within the offense should expand as the season progresses.
Theo Riddick26810.3252150.635
Riddick had 34 receptions for 316 yards and four touchdowns in his second season and prior to the draft, it seemed like Riddick would have a legitimate opportunity to take a big step forward in 2015. With the addition of Ameer Abdullah to the team's backfield, however, those expectations have been tempered.
Zach Zenner18770.4214011.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Calvin Johnson9414579.7000203.9
Including playoff appearances, Megatron has more 200-yard games (six) than any other receiver in league history. And while he still has as much potential as any receiver to take over a given game, he has missed a total of five games in 2013 and 2014. Johnson also appeared in a few games as a decoy, which can be even worse for fantasy owners than missed games. With five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, however, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 90/1,467/11 during that span.
Golden Tate8010006.25300140.2
Tate had a career year with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns plus 30 rushing yards. From Weeks 4 to 8, Calvin Johnson missed three games and was a decoy in two other games (19 total yards). During that same five-game span, Tate averaged 119.8 yards per game and scored three of his four touchdowns. If Megatron is healthy for the entire season, Tate is unlikely to repeat last year's career numbers, but he's otherwise a solid low-end WR2 in 2015.
Corey Fuller223211.600041.7
Jeremy Ross121500.900020.4
Greg Salas101050.800015.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Eric Ebron505305.485.4
Rookie tight ends typically struggle and Ebron, the 10th-overall pick in 2014, posted a modest 25/248/1 stat line over 13 games last season. There is plenty of upside with Ebron, but he needs to cut down on drops, which were still a problem in the offseason.
Joseph Fauria131501.825.8
Brandon Pettigrew141150.715.7

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1

Four of our site's contributors — Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko — have begun a new 12-team, 12-round 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Although this is a slow draft, we will post picks as they occur, along with comments from yours truly, as opposed to waiting for the entire mock draft to be completed.

Here are Round 1 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

1.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team I): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Despite a somewhat disappointing season, Charles finished with the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The 28-year-old back rushed for 1,033 yards, his fifth 1,000-yard season, and added 40 catches for 291 yards while scoring a total of 14 touchdowns.

Despite a year-over-year decline in all of those numbers, the biggest concern was his reduction in workload. After 320-plus touches in back-to-back seasons, Charles had just 246 touches -- 15 running backs had more -- in 2014.

1.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Unfortunately for Bell (and his fantasy owners like me), he's suspended for the first two games of the season (although that was cut from his initial three-game ban). And despite that two-game ban, I have Bell projected to score more fantasy points than all other running backs.

Once he returns, however, Bell's versatility makes him a true three-down back and his production won't vary much based on game flow. Bell broke single-season franchise records for both yards from scrimmage (2,215) and receptions (83) by a running back.

1.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team I): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

One of the league's all-time best running backs, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards back just a couple of seasons ago. Assuming that he plays all 16 games (or close to it), the 30-year-old Peterson should finish as a top-five (or better) back in 2015.

1.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team II): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, only DeMarco Murray and Bell scored more fantasy points than Lacy from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, Lacy averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns.

The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).

1.05 - Sean Beazley (Team I): Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

In his four full seasons in Seattle, Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of those seasons. During that four-year span, no player has more rushing yards (5,357), rushing touchdowns (48) and or total touchdowns (56).

Beast Mode's production hasn't slowed at all, but his physical running style (granted, he seems to dish out more punishment than he receives), heavy workload (league-high 1,479 regular-season and playoff touches over that four-year span) and age (turned 29 in April) is at least somewhat concerning. That said, Lynch seems to be a lock for another 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns in one of the league's most run-dominant offenses.

1.06 - Sean Beazley (Team II): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

When it comes to fantasy tight ends, Gronkowski is in a tier all by himself. Named the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year after two injury-plagued seasons, Gronkowski posted an 82/1,124/12 stat line over 15 games. Scoring 184.4 fantasy points, Gronk had 30.3 points (or 19.66 percent) more than Antonio Gates, who had the second-most among tight ends.

Not only dominant over a full season, but Gronk was consistent as well finishing as a top-five weekly scorer at the position in eight of 15 games and a top-12 scorer in all but two games.

1.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team II): Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

With the coaching change, Forte isn't likely to see anywhere close to triple-digit receptions he had last season, but he could certainly finish in the neighborhood of 60-70 catches. And although Forte averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time since 2009, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and has exceeded 1,400 yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons.

Only the Raiders (337) and Bucs (353) ran the ball less than the Bears (355) last season and I'd expect the Bears to be more committed to the run in 2015 to limit Jay Cutler's turnovers.

1.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team III): DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Murray has always been productive on a per-game, per-touch basis. Before last season's career year, Murray averaged 4.95 yards per carry in his first three seasons combined. The issue with Murray (before 2014) was durability as he missed multiple games in each of those three seasons.

With a total of 497 touches including the playoffs last year, durability remains Murray's biggest concern in 2015 as well. Even though the team added another talented (and injury-prone) running back (Ryan Mathews) in free agency, I'd expect Murray to still get close to 20 touches per game, when healthy.

If he holds up for 16 games, he certainly could finish as a top-seven running back like his draft slot in this mock, but will he hold up for another full season?

1.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team II): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Surprisingly, Brown never finished as the highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in any given week in 2014. (In fact, that applies to both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.) Yet no wide receiver had more fantasy points over the course of the season -- in either format -- than Brown.

Over the past two seasons, Brown has a combined 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. More impressive than his overall level of production, however, is his consistency. Counting the playoffs, Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games.

1.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team III): C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

From Week 10 to 17 last year, Anderson finished as a top-five fantasy running back in six of eight games. In the other two games, he was still very productive as the RB10 and RB16 for those given weeks. With a healthy backfield and new coaching staff entering 2015, there is perhaps some uncertainty about how the workload will be allocated, but it appears that CJA is set for a featured-back role.

In his mailbag column, Troy Renck of the Denver Post projects Anderson to average 18 carries per game as the team's "bellcow" and to "roll for 1,400 yards."

1.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team III): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Targeted only 136 times, a three-year low, Bryant finished with 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-high and league-leading 16 touchdowns. Dez now has at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. And aside from Marshawn Lynch, Bryant is the only other player with at least 50 total touchdowns over the past four seasons.

1.12 - Sean Beazley (Team III): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Despite his slow start, Thomas reached the 100-yard mark in 10 of his final 13 games and finished with a full-season stat line of 111 catches and 1,619 yards, both of which were career highs, and 11 touchdowns. A fourth consecutive year of 90-plus receptions, 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns seems like a strong possibility with Peyton Manning back for (at least) one more year.

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Poll: Will Antonio Brown finish with at least 5/50 in all 16 games in 2015?

Perennially one of the teams with a strong defense and running game, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have one of the league's best passing offenses. (They also have a strong run offense led by Le'Veon Bell, but this is clearly a team that now has to rely on its offense.)

Not only did Ben Roethlisberger tie Drew Brees for the league lead in passing yards (4,952), but the Steelers had four players with at least 50 receptions last year -- Antonio Brown (league-high 129), Bell (83), Heath Miller (66) and Markus Wheaton (53).

Even though Brown led the league in both receptions and receiving yards (1,698), he surprisingly never finished as the weekly top-scoring fantasy wide receiver last season.

That said, no receiver scored more fantasy points on the year in either scoring format than Brown.

While I have him projected to score the most fantasy points once again, it's his consistency that really sets him apart. No receiver has a higher floor than Brown.

After finishing with a minimum of five catches and 50 yards in all 17 games (counting the playoffs) in 2013, Brown once again finished with a 5/50 line in every game in 2014 to extend his own NFL record.

Will Brown once again reach a 5/50 stat line in all 16 games this season?

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Cincinnati Bengals

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Cincinnati Bengals:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Andy Dalton346535401326.518.7581682.6280.22
Through four seasons in the NFL, Dalton has finished as the QB18, QB12, QB5 and QB19, respectively. In his first season in Hue Jackson's offense, his pass attempts dropped from a career-high 586 in 2013 to a career-low 481 in 2014. With A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert all missing significant time in 2014, it's possible that my projection for Dalton is too low, especially if his pass-catchers can stay healthy in 2015.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jeremy Hill295140110.3251850.3222.2
Over the final nine games of the season, Hill had 22-plus carries and 100-plus rushing yards five times including the final three games of the regular season. During that nine-game span, Hill had 172 carries for 929 yards and six touchdowns and no running back had more rushing yards than Hill during that stretch. (Lynch was second with 824 yards.) Going into the 2015 season, Hill is clearly the team's lead back with Giovani Bernard back as the change-of-pace option.
Giovani Bernard1365853.5645763.3156.9
Better suited for his return to a change-of-pace role, Bernard should still have the opportunity to be productive as an low-end RB2/flex in fantasy leagues. As an example, Jeremy Hill carried the ball 22-plus times for 100-plus yards in the team's final three regular-season games. In those same games, Bernard finished as the weekly RB11, RB17 and RB13, respectively, in standard-scoring formats. As beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. noted earlier this offseason, "... once settling into a complementary role the final three weeks, [Bernard] returned to the explosive, multi-dimensional player the Bengals team envisioned."
Rex Burkhead8280.112920.213.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
A.J. Green8812769.72110186.9
Injuries kept Green from building upon his 2013 numbers (98/1,426/11), but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. Only Megatron (6,214), Brown (5,092) and Demaryius (5,034) have more yards during that four-year span than Green (4,874). With good health, Green is a good bet for 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2015.
Marvin Jones415454.4318082.7
Two seasons ago, Jones broke out with 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he missed all of last season. Healthy now, he should move back into the team's No. 2 receiver role, but the Bengals ranked near the bottom of the league in pass attempts (31.7/G) last season.
Mohamed Sanu282832.5418045.1
With the injuries to the team's top receivers, Sanu had the best season of his career with 56 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns. As the team's No. 3 receiver in 2015, it will likely take more injuries for him to repeat that production.
Denarius Moore121601.300023.8
Brandon Tate33700003.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Tyler Eifert566724.191.8
Eifert's 2014 season ended almost as soon as it began with a dislocated elbow injury in Week 1. As a rookie and part of a timeshare with Jermaine Gresham, Eifert posted a solid 39/445/2 line in 2013. With Gresham now gone and Eifert healthy, Eifert will be counted on to be a significant part of their passing attack. Provided he stays healthy, it wouldn't surprise me if the former first-round pick finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015.
Tyler Kroft131430.718.5
C.J. Uzomah44404.4

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Green Bay Packers

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Green Bay Packers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Aaron Rodgers372537475239.25.9482352376.48
The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013). Over the past four seasons, Rodgers has compiled a 139:25 TD-to-INT ratio with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt, 112.6 passer rating and 67.0 completion percentage.
Scott Tolzien12201460.90.72409.14

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Eddie Lacy272122410.6403513.5242.1
Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, only DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell scored more fantasy points than Lacy did from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, he averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).
James Starks974172.6151190.572.2
The backup to one of the league's best running backs, Starks isn't going to get a heavy workload barring an injury to Eddie Lacy. As much as the team blows out their opponents, however, there is the potential for him to get some fourth-quarter carries in addition to providing a breather for Lacy.
John Crockett361580.5536022.4
John Kuhn207018540.320.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jordy Nelson91139711.3000207.5
The only receiver to score more fantasy points than Nelson last season was Antonio Brown. While he may not finish as a top-two fantasy receiver once again, Nelson posted a 98/1,519/13 line last season and has averaged 1,210 yards and 10.75 touchdowns over the past four seasons.
Randall Cobb8811978.68560.1177.5
Having just turned 25 in August, Cobb re-signed with the Packers prior to the official start of NFL free agency. Of course, playing in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense helps to maximize his fantasy value this year and going forward. Cobb finished the season with 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, all of which set career highs, but I would be surprised if he scored 12 touchdowns again in 2015.
Davante Adams617877.1000121.3
In Week 17 and their two playoff games, Adams was on the field for 91.2, 88.7 and 90.4 percent, respectively, of the team's snaps. While his numbers may not see a major spike with the Packers re-signing Randall Cobb, Adams will certainly improve upon his 38/446/3 rookie numbers and we've seen instances in which the Packers have had three productive fantasy wide receivers at the same time. And another positive has been Adams strong offseason and training camp.
Jeff Janis223593.200055.1
Ty Montgomery2210.11603.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Richard Rodgers374134.467.7
Andrew Quarless151641.123

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Denver Broncos

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Denver Broncos:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Peyton Manning387586460237.514.728-310.2317.48
With a slow finish to the season, Manning finished the year as the QB4 (312.68 fantasy points) behind Rodgers (354.14), Luck (350.74) and Wilson (327.6). In the first 11 games of the season, Manning averaged 23.96 fantasy points per game (323.45 YPG, 34 TDs and nine INTs). In the final five games of the season, however, he averaged just 9.83 FPPG (233.8 YPG, five TDs and six INTs) and never scored more than 13.02 fantasy points in any of those games. Much of the decline can be attributed to last year's thigh injury, but Manning's passing production also tends to slow as the weather turns colder. In a more balanced offense with some issues on the offensive line, it's possible that Manning fails to produce a top-five fantasy season.
Brock Osweiler59590.20.22203.16

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
C.J. Anderson290133410.2342651.7231.3
From Week 10 to 17 last year, Anderson finished as a top-five fantasy running back in six of eight games. In the other two games, he was still very productive as the RB10 and RB16 for those given weeks. With a healthy backfield and new coaching staff entering 2015, there is perhaps some uncertainty about how the workload will be allocated, but it appears that CJA is set for a featured-back role. In his mailbag column, Troy Renck of the Denver Post projects Anderson to average 18 carries per game as the team's "bellcow" and to "roll for 1,400 yards."
Montee Ball803283161150.263.5
Three different Broncos running backs had more than 20 touches in a game last season -- Ball (Week 1), Ronnie Hillman (Weeks 6 and 8) and C.J. Anderson (Weeks 12 through 16). Going into 2015, Anderson is the clear favorite for the featured role under new head coach Gary Kubiak, but it wouldn't be a complete surprise if Ball occupies that role at some point in the season as well. That said, Ball averaged just 3.13 yards per carry in the games he did play last season.
Ronnie Hillman682862.4231670.361.5
Hillman had a couple of very productive games last season and he has a shot to earn the RB2 role behind Anderson. Worth a flier in the final rounds of drafts, Hillman has garnered praise from head coach Gary Kubiak this preseason.
Juwan Jamison271300.9323020.7

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Demaryius Thomas99142611.8000213.4
Despite his slow start, Thomas reached the 100-yard mark in 10 of his final 13 games and finished with a full-season stat line of 111 catches and 1,619 yards, both of which were career highs, and 11 touchdowns. A fourth consecutive year of 90-plus receptions, 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns seems like a strong possibility with Peyton Manning back for (at least) one more year.
Emmanuel Sanders779937.45330147
In his first season with the Broncos, Sanders blew his previous career highs out of the water. With previous career highs set in 2013 of 67/740/6, Sanders finished with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. The Broncos offense will be more balanced this season, but Sanders is a solid mid-tier WR2 option heading into 2015.
Cody Latimer405406.300091.8
As a rookie, Latimer played just 37 offensive snaps and had just two receptions for 23 yards on four targets. Two of the team's top pass-catchers -- Wes Welker and Julius Thomas -- have departed via free agency. Going into his second season, Latimer should see a big bump in snaps as Emmanuel Sanders could move inside in three-WR sets and Latimer has plenty of upside.
Andre Caldwell161731.300025.1
Jordan Taylor7880.500011.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Owen Daniels525685.489.2
Once again, Daniels is reunited with Gary Kubiak. Daniels had 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns last season in Baltimore. While I don't expect 12 touchdowns from Daniels, which is something that Julius Thomas has done in back-to-back years in Denver, I would expect an improvement across the board over his 48/527/4 line from last season.
Virgil Green253032.847.1

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 Teams, 1st Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

[Follow @EDSFootball on Twitter for updates.]

Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 10 teams, No. 1 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.01 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Ideally, I'd prefer for the No. 1 overall pick to not be suspended for the first two games of the season, but I still have Bell projected to score more in 14 games than any other running back will score in 16 games.

2.10 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson is coming off a career season (98/1,519/13) and has scored 43 touchdowns over the past four seasons. The only wide receiver with more receiving touchdowns during that span is Dez Bryant.

3.01 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: One of my favorite running backs heading into the 2015 season, Hill was dominant down the stretch. Not only did he have five 100-yard games in his final nine contests, but no player rushed for more yards over that span than Hill (929).

4.10 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: With a disappointing season following back-to-back 100/1,400 campaigns, Johnson should at least post better numbers year over year in a high-powered offense led by Andrew Luck.

5.01 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Playing a tad more than half of the team's offensive snaps in his first 10 games, Kelce still posted a 67/862/5 line and finished as a top-six fantasy tight end in PPR formats last year. With no health restrictions or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Kelce in 2015.

6.10 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Regardless of any concerns you may have about Ellington, he's an excellent value at 60th overall. Healthy heading into 2015 and running behind an upgraded offensive line, Ellington's numbers should improve on a per-touch basis after last year's disappointing season.

7.01 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Quietly off to a strong rookie season, Robinson averaged 5.22 catches and 60.89 yards from Weeks 2 to 10 before having his season cut short by a foot injury. With good health in 2015, Robinson is poised for a breakout season.

8.10 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Durability remains a concern for the 30-year-old Jennings, but he should lead the team's backfield in both touches and fantasy production when he's healthy.

9.01 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: While it's unclear how many games Foster will miss, it appears that eight is the maximum and the best-case scenario is that doesn't land on short-term IR and misses only a couple of games. As this team's RB5, Foster has tremendous upside once he returns.

10.10 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: As the 13th QB off the board, Tannehill is a solid value. Tannehill posted career highs across the board -- 4,045 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns and 311 rushing yards -- and finished as a top-eight fantasy QB in 2014.

11.01 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has posted less than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, but part of the problem has been the team's quarterback situation/health. Assuming they aren't down to their third-stringer by the end of the year, perhaps Fitzgerald ends the drought this year.

12.10 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: One season after leading the NFL in receptions, Garcon's numbers were nearly cut in half. The coaching staff has said that they plan to make a more concerted effort to involve Garcon although a return to his 113 receptions in 2013 is unlikely.

13.01 - Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots: Offering plenty of value as my WR5, LaFell had a career season -- 74 catches, 953 yards and seven touchdowns -- in his first with Tom Brady and the Patriots as he finished as the WR22 in PPR leagues.

14.10 - New York Jets D/ST

15.01 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

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August 21, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Carolina Panthers

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Carolina Panthers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Cam Newton309496364621.812.9965145.9306.94
Missing two games and at less than 100 percent for much of the season, it was a down year for Newton. That said, Newton has now exceeded 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in all four of his NFL seasons. Over those four seasons, he has averaged 3,606 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns per season as well as 643 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Despite the down year, Newton finished seventh in fantasy points per game (17.78) among QBs. And before last season, Newton finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in his first three NFL seasons. Before the injury to Kelvin Benjamin, I was much higher on Newton, but I still expect him to finish as a top-10 fantasy QB in 2015.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jonathan Stewart25411185.3322500.6204.2
Over the final five games of the season, Stewart, who recently turned 28, rushed for 486 yards on 91 carries (5.34 YPC) and only DeMarco Murray (491) had more rushing yards during that span. With DeAngelo Williams now in Pittsburgh, it appears that the team finally recognizes that The Daily Show gives their offense the best opportunity for success. Durability is a concern for Stewart, however, as he has played only 28 games over the past three seasons.
Mike Tolbert631953.7181350.475.6
Tolbert missed half of last season, but he finished as a top-40 fantasy running back in each of the previous four seasons. Tolbert's upside is limited as I'd expect Cameron Artis-Payne to emerge as the lead back if Stewart misses any time. That said, there's a good chance that Tolbert exceeds his late-round draft status if you're in a deep league.
Cameron Artis-Payne1064401.7642064.4
The biggest appeal with taking Artis-Payne late is the durability of Jonathan Stewart. The Daily Show was one of the league's most productive backs down the stretch and he enters 2015 as the team's featured back, but he has missed 20 games over the past three seasons. If Stewart misses time, CAP should lead the team in touches in those games.
Fozzy Whittaker24940.3214014.6
Jordan Todman14560.11707.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Devin Funchess587517.2000176.3
With the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin, no player benefits more from a fantasy perspective than Funchess. That said, it's highly unlikely that Funchess follows in Benjamin's steps and exceeds 1,000 yards as a rookie, but he moves into the WR3 mix due to an expanded role.
Philly Brown426303.86540133.2
Jerricho Cotchery354271.500086.7
Ted Ginn Jr.141901.5535045.5
Brenton Bersin891000017.1
Jarrett Boykin667000012.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Greg Olsen7894160.077
Posting career highs of 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, Olsen now has at least 69 receptions and 816 yards while finishing as a top-seven fantasy tight end in each of the past three seasons. Over that three-year span, Jimmy Graham (3,086) is the only tight end with more yards than Olsen (2,667) and only Graham (256) and Jason Witten (247) have more receptions than Olsen (226). He's never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season, but he has at least five scores for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, Olsen is extremely durable having played all 16 games in seven consecutive seasons.
Ed Dickson91010.80.088

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 9th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 10 pick, standard scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.09 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: No player is more dominant atop his position group than Gronkowski, who scored 15.9 percent more fantasy points (PPR) than Jimmy Graham (TE2) last season. And with Graham traded to the run-dominant Seahawks this offseason, the gap between Gronk and Graham has widened heading into 2015. In my 2015 fantasy football projections, I have Gronk projected to score 22.98 percent more PPR fantasy points than Graham in 2015.

2.04 - Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Had this mock started three receivers, this pick would have been Jordy Nelson (my top-ranked available receiver). And I still strongly considered Nelson, but I tend to dislike the overall composition of my team when I don't draft a running back with a top-30 pick. Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards with double-digit scores in four consecutive seasons and he has at least 36 receptions in back-to-back seasons.

3.09 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: The biggest beneficiary of Graham's trade to Seattle is Cooks. Before sustaining a season-ending injury last season, Cooks had led all rookie receivers in receptions through that point and he's poised for a breakout season provided he stays healthy in 2015.

4.04 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Johnson had a disappointing year with 85 catches for 936 yards, but he posted 100-plus catches for 1,400-plus yards in each of the previous two seasons. Turning 34 last month, I don't expect a return to 100/1,400 for Johnson, but the upgrade in offense and quarterback (Andrew Luck) means there is a strong chance that he bounces back with a top-20 fantasy season in 2015.

5.09 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: One of my favorite breakout candidates in 2015, Robinson was quietly off to a strong rookie season. Despite poor quarterback play and offense, Robinson had a streak of nine games (before the injury) with four-plus catches last year and Robinson turns just 22 in a couple of days as he enters 2015 as the team's top receiver.

6.04 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has half of the eight 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history and although he ended a three-season streak last year, he tied Ben Roethlisberger for the league lead in passing yards (4,952) last season. The loss of Graham (and Kenny Stills) dampens the outlook some, but I still expect Brees to finish as a top-five QB in 2015.

7.09 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars drafted Yeldon with a top-36 pick for him to ultimately become the team's three-down back. While the team's modest offensive production puts a cap on his upside to a certain degree, I like the skill set and the volume of work he should receive.

8.04 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Jennings has struggled with durability over his career and that's the biggest concern with the 30-year-old back. That said, I expect him to lead the team in touches and fantasy production when he is healthy.

9.09 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: It's unclear how many games Foster will miss (eight appears to be the max should he land on short-term IR), but he immediately emerges as one of my starting running backs once he's back on the field. If he were healthy, he'd be a first-round fantasy pick so as long as this team at least treads water until his return, Foster could put my team over the top.

10.04 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has fallen shy of 1,000 yards for three consecutive seasons, but a huge part of last year's (limited) production is tied to injuries at quarterback. In the 22 games that Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald have played together over the past two years, Fitzgerald has averaged 83/1,045/9 per 16 games.

11.09 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith has announced that 2015 will be his last season and he enters 2015 as the team's clear-cut top receiving option with Torrey Smith signing a free-agent deal with the 49ers. Smith had a 79/1,065/6 bounce-back season last year and the addition of Marc Trestman to call the offense is a positive for his fantasy outlook.

12.04 - David Cobb, RB, Tennessee Titans: As much as Bishop Sankey disappointed last season, it would not be a surprise if Cobb leads the team's backfield in fantasy production in 2015.

13.09 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST

14.04 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

15.09 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith started last season slowly and I expect Anquan Boldin to score more fantasy points than him this year, but he's a high-upside, TD-dependent option that should have some big weeks throughout the year.

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August 20, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 Teams, 6th Pick, QB-Eligible Flex

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 6 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring, Super Flex
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and QB-eligible Flex (QB, RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.06 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Despite a drop in touches from 329 to 246 last season, Charles now has 33 touchdowns and 3,304 yards from scrimmage in 30 games over the past two seasons combined. Three QBs -- Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning -- before my pick here.

2.05 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas posted career highs of 111 catches and 1,619 yards last season with 11 touchdowns and now has three consecutive seasons of at least 90 catches, 1,400 yards and double-digit touchdowns.

3.06 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Like Thomas, Nelson set career highs in both receptions (98) and yards (1,519) last season and he now 43 touchdowns over the past four seasons.

4.05 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: No player rushed for more yards over the final nine games of the season than Hill (929) last season. Entering the season as the team's featured back, Hill should improve upon his RB11 finish in PPR formats last season.

5.06 - Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Without question, Johnson gets a major upgrade in quarterback play and offense and should bounce back from his 85/936/3 season. Before last year, Johnson exceeded 100 catches and 1,400 yards in each of his previous two seasons.

6.05 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The only concern with Gore is his age (32). Other than that, he's been durable -- no missed games over the past four seasons with 1,100-plus rushing yards each year during that span. Like Johnson, the transition to the Colts is significant improvement in offense.

7.06 - Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Olsen is coming off a career season (84/1,008/6) and now has three consecutive 800-yard seasons. Jimmy Graham is the only tight end with more yards during that span and Olsen's reliance in the passing attack is increased with the season-ending ACL injury to Kelvin Benjamin.

8.05 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Only DeMarco Murray rushed for more yards than Stewart over the final five games of the season. While durability is a concern with Stewart, there is plenty of upside in Round 8 as Stewart finally enters a season as the team's unquestioned lead back.

9.06 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Like Stewart, Jennings has some durability concerns, but he is a strong RB4 and should lead the Giants backfield in both touches and fantasy production in 2015.

10.05 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: There is little risk with Foster here as my RB5, but he could be a top-five fantasy running back once he returns from injury through the end of the season.

11.06 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has fallen short of 1,000 yards for three consecutive seasons, but he has averaged 1,045 yards per 16 games when playing with Carson Palmer.

12.05 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Even though the 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns for the 49ers and is a nice value as my WR5.

13.06 - Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Wanting to see how my team would turn out if I waited on QB, Dalton has a decent amount of upside as the 19th QB off the board. Aside from QB, however, Draft Analyzer shows the strength of my team at every other position:

14.05 - St. Louis Rams D/ST

15.06 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota provides me with a high-upside QB2 due to his rushing ability for my QB-elgible flex spot.

16.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers:

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August 19, 2015

Kelvin Benjamin out for the season with a torn ACL

Carolina Panthers second-year wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a torn ACL today at practice and will miss the 2015 NFL season, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

As a top-17 fantasy wide receiver in 2014, Benjamin finished with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. Along with Odell Beckham and Mike Evans, Benjamin was one of three rookie 1,000-yard receivers last year.

The loss of Benjamin for the season obviously hurts the Panthers offense overall and most directly hurts the fantasy outlook of Cam Newton.

With four consecutive 3,000/500 seasons to begin his career, much of Newton's fantasy value (or upside) is derived from his elite rushing ability. But I will certainly move him down in my fantasy rankings from his current QB4 spot.

On the flip side, the injury solidifies Olsen as a top-four fantasy tight end and it's possible that he posts another 1,000-yard season as the team's top (healthy) weapon. In addition, second-round rookie Devin Funchess gets the biggest fantasy boost as a result of the injury.

Excluding Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery (580 yards) and Philly Brown (296) were the only other returning wide receivers to have exceeded 200 receiving yards in 2014.

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August 18, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Washington Redskins

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Washington Redskins:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Robert Griffin III317484370321.311.1612991.8262.92
Coach Jay Gruden was clearly not RG3's biggest fan last year and there was plenty of dysfunction in the nation's capital. Appearing in nine games (missing some due to injury and others due to benching), RG3 threw just four touchdowns with six interceptions last season. Much of Griffin's fantasy upside is derived from his rushing ability, but he averaged only 19.6 rushing yards per game last year and has just one rushing touchdown in his past 22 games. And of course, his rushing attempts expose him to greater injury risk. That said, RG3 remains a high-risk, (potential) high-reward option as a QB2 heading into 2015.
Kirk Cousins17282131.31.2413013.82
Colt McCoy610730.60.33130.16.92

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Alfred Morris27212107.6151220.1179.4
Morris averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC last season, but he rushed 265 times for 1,074, respectable numbers but also career lows, and eight touchdowns. Despite the shaky quarterback situation, Alf should benefit on a per-carry basis if RG3 is back as the starter with his athleticism putting additional strain on run defenses. Washington's offensive line struggled last year, but the team used the fifth-overall pick on Brandon Scherff and the addition of Bill Callahan to the coaching staff is certainly a positive for the team's offensive line play and rushing attack overall.
Matt Jones582471.9362771.271
With Roy Helu in Oakland, the team used a second-day pick on Jones, who is expected to take over Helu's third-down role. Jones is a bigger back (6-2, 231) that can handle a heavy workload in the event of an Alfred Morris injury, but he should be better in PPR formats given his initial role.
Chris Thompson24980.212780.119.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeSean Jackson579986.6350139.9
Despite the revolving door at quarterback, Jackson was one of the few bright spots for Washington's offense in 2014. D-Jax finished with 56 catches for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns and he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.9). Even though he finished as the 16th-highest scoring fantasy wide receiver, the big drawback of owning Jackson is his boom-or-bust nature. Jackson finished as a top-17 fantasy wide receiver in eight of 15 games last year; in all seven of the other games, he finished as the WR53 or worse. Stated differently, Jackson had zero games within the range of WR18 and WR52 in a given week last year.
Pierre Garcon789055.3000122.3
Garcon has now played full 16-game seasons in back-to-back years for the first time in his career. Things weren't all positive for Garcon, however, as his production was nearly cut in half to 68 catches for 752 yards and three touchdowns. (Garcon had 113/1,346/5 in 2013.) That said, the team is expected to make a more concerted effort to get the ball into Garcon's hands in 2015.
Andre Roberts38471219060
Ryan Grant202081.600030.4
Jamison Crowder262682.400041.2
Evan Spencer44600004.6

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jordan Reed546103.984.4
In two NFL seasons, Reed has played nine and 11 games, respectively, and that's the biggest concern (durability) with Reed. That said, he's been reasonably productive in those 20 games -- 95 receptions for 964 yards (plus 18 rushing yards) and three touchdowns. I like Reed's upside if he can stay healthy, especially considering that both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen were placed on Injured Reserve.

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Arizona Cardinals

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Arizona Cardinals:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Carson Palmer37158844102714.125630.3278.4
It was mostly a lost season for Palmer, who missed a total of 10 games with significant injuries, but he actually finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game (17.26) last season. Provided he stays healthy, Palmer is a high-upside backup fantasy quarterback in Bruce Arians' vertical passing attack with Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown forming a good trio of receivers.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Andre Ellington2159353.7453871.6164
The good news is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. The bad news is that Ellington averaged more than 20 touches per game last season. Given Ellington's size (5-9, 199), it wasn't a huge (no pun intended) surprise that Ellington didn't hold up for a full season and missed the final four regular-season games. With the substantial bump in workload, Ellington underwhelmed as his yards-per-carry average plummeted from 5.5 YPC as a rookie to 3.3 on 201 carries last season. That said, the foot injury he battled all of last season is now healed and the Cardinals improved their offensive line in free agency and the draft.
David Johnson753113.6282300.981.1
A big back (6-1, 224) with excellent receiving skills, Johnson had over 200 receiving yards in the game against Iowa last season. Coach Bruce Arians said of Johnson, "[h]e’s got good power, but his receiving ability is as close to Andre’s as anybody I’ve seen." In addition, general manager Steve Keim described him as a "three-down" back. By signing Chris Johnson to a one-year deal, however, (David) Johnson isn't a lock to get the second-most touches in the backfield.
Chris Johnson803321.7201460.661.6
After six consecutive seasons with more than 250 carries and 1,000 rushing yards, Johnson gained only 663 yards on 155 carries with the Jets last season. By signing a one-year veteran-minimum contract, Johnson isn't a lock to make the final 53-man roster.
Robert Hughes18400.7428011
Kerwynn Williams18740.131609.6
Stepfan Taylor6200.11603.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Larry Fitzgerald789596.7000136.1
Fitzgerald had 63 receptions for 784 yards and a career-low two touchdowns last season and his 784 yards were only four more than the career low he had as a rookie. Given the injuries to Carson Palmer and then Drew Stanton, the decline certainly wasn't solely the fault of Fitzgerald, who also missed two games. In the 22 games that Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald have played together over the past two seasons, Fitzgerald has averaged 5.18 receptions, 65.32 yards and 0.55 touchdowns per game. That's a 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9.
Michael Floyd559306.3130131.1
Floyd opened (5/119) and closed (8/153/2) the season with a bang, but there weren't many bright spots in between. Floyd had zero, one or two receptions in eight games last season and finished the year with a 47/841/6 line after his breakout second season (66/1,054/5). Given the team's quarterback injuries, however, it's no surprise that we didn't see Floyd take another step forward in 2014. With less buzz entering 2015 drafts, Floyd has some bounce-back appeal at a lower draft-day cost than in 2014, but his hand injury puts his status for Week 1 in jeopardy.
John Brown588875.8280124.3
Small but ultra quick, Brown had a solid rookie season especially given the team's injuries at quarterback and finished with 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns. Improved year-over-year production should be expected, but his personal outlook is less bullish than it would have been without Larry Fitzgerald back in Arizona.
Jaron Brown29328200044.8
J.J. Nelson66401506.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jermaine Gresham18184230.4
Troy Niklas121140.615
Darren Fells131200.515
Gerald Christian11101.1

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2015 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 10th Pick

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 10 pick, point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • Starting lineup: 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.10 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Jones shattered previous career highs last season with 104 catches on 163 targets for 1,593 yards in 15 games. Assuming good health in 2015, Jones could post a 100/1,500/10 as Atlanta's clear-cut top receiver.

2.03 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: No running back rushed for more yards over the final nine games of the season than Hill (929). Entering the 2015 season as the team's featured back, Hill should improve upon his RB11 (PPR) finish in 2014.

3.10 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Finishing his rookie season as fantasy's WR25, Matthews has top-10 upside with the free-agent departure of Jeremy Maclin this offseason.

4.03 - Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Perhaps the signing of Chris Johnson gives fantasy owners one additional thing to worry about with Ellington, who struggled with durability last season. That said, we should see better production on a per-touch basis from Ellington with better health (at least, entering the season) and blocking (OL upgrades via both free agency and the draft).

5.10 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was certainly a year to forget for Marshall as he posted eight-year lows of 61 receptions and 721 yards as he missed three games. If he stays healthy, however, I expect him to bounce back with a 1,000-yard season and finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver.

6.03 - Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Olsen is coming off a career season, but he has exceeded 800 yards in three consecutive seasons and Jimmy Graham is the only tight end to have more yards than Olsen during that span. With plenty of question marks after the top-four tight ends, Olsen provides me with a durable, productive and consistent option at tight end.

7.10 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: In six NFL seasons, Jennings has missed a total of 32 games including five of them last season. Durability remains a concern for the 30-year-old back, but I expect him to lead the team's backfield in touches and production in 2015.

8.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark in each of the past three seasons, but the team's quarterback situation (injuries) and his own injuries (two missed games last year) contributed to that. If both Carson Palmer and Fitzgerald can stay healthy for 16 games, perhaps he ends the drought given his 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9 in games both players appeared.

9.10 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: In what appears to be a worst-case scenario (missing eight games), I'd be comfortable taking Foster here. That said, there is reason for some optimism that he'll avoid IR designated for return. Either way, he immediately becomes an every-week starter once he's back and can put this team over the top down the stretch.

10.03 - Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: One of my favorite values at quarterback, Manning finished as fantasy's QB10 despite a slow start in a new offense with two of his top receivers missing 14 combined games. With more comfort in the offense plus healthier (and new) skill players, Manning could be even better in Ben McAdoo's system in year two.

11.10 - Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: While Sproles is third on the RB depth chart behind DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, the versatile Sproles will line some as receiver as well. In addition, both Murray and Mathews have historically struggled with durability, which could open up some opportunities of increased usage for Sproles.

12.03 - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Despite the 49ers ranking 31st in the NFL in passing offense over the past two seasons combined, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Even though he turns 35 this season, the 49ers should pass more often given their offseason personnel changes.

13.10 - Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints: Following a year in which he set per-game career lows in targets, receptions and yards, there is some bounce-back appeal for Colston giving the offseason trades of Graham and Kenny Stills.

14.03 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST

15.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings:

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August 17, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP) Weekly Movement: August 17th Update

Every Monday this offseason, we post an update in players that have had the biggest moves — both up and down — in fantasy football average draft position (ADP) from the previous week.

With this information, we can get a better sense of changes in the collective perceptions of fantasy football owners (mock drafters); in essence, it's a version of fantasy stock up/down for players. If a player is moving up the ADP chart, it may lead us to using a higher pick than his current ADP to make sure we secure a targeted player.

Of course, a player's ADP (and movement) is just one (small) piece in determining who to draft and our strategy used to assemble a fantasy roster.

For purposes of our weekly comparison(s), we use ADP data from 12-team mock drafts from Fantasy Football Calculator.

Biggest weekly gainers in ADP.

Quarterbacks:

  1. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles: -2.9 (116.1 on 8/11 to 113.2 on 8/17)
  2. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: -1.6 (110.5 to 108.9)
  3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: -1.4 (75.8 to 74.4)

Running Backs:

  1. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions: -16.4 (56.8 to 40.4)
  2. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers: -16.3 (124.4 to 108.1)
  3. Jonas Gray, New England Patriots: -13.9 (153.2 to 139.3)

Wide Receivers:

  1. Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears: -24.3 (155.3 to 131.0)
  2. Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers: -10.9 (133.4 to 122.5)
  3. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams: -7.8 (165.4 to 157.6)

Tight Ends:

  1. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals: -14.0 (147.9 to 133.9)
  2. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: -3.9 (142.7 to 138.8)
  3. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions: -3.5 (156.1 to 152.6)

Biggest weekly fallers in ADP.

Quarterbacks:

  1. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears: +3.5 (153.1 on 8/11 to 156.6 on 8/17)
  2. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: +2.4 (157.1 to 159.5)
  3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: +1.6 (57.9 to 59.5)

Running Backs:

  1. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins: +16.4 (140.1 to 156.5)
  2. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals: +16.0 (106.6 to 122.6)
  3. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons: +8.7 (73.2 to 81.9)

Wide Receivers:

  1. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals: +22.4 (131.3 to 153.7)
  2. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: +12.6 (100.9 to 113.5)
  3. Kevin White, Chicago Bears: +10.7 (93.9 to 104.6)

Tight Ends:

  1. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: +10.2 (88.4 to 98.6)
  2. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers: +3.8 (148.3 to 152.1)
  3. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers: +3.3 (154.5 to 157.8)

[Note: Negative numbers mean the player's ADP is improving (i.e., being drafted earlier) and vice versa.]

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

It was the first time it happened (or should I say didn't happen?) in a decade.

Three of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation -- Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees -- all finished outside the top-three fantasy quarterbacks in 2014. From 2005 to 2013, at least one of those three quarterbacks had finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback every season.

Could that happen for a second year in a row? Based on my rankings, my answer is yes.

With that said, here are my fantasy football quarterback rankings for 2015:

1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, Luck's 40 TDs last season nearly equalled his total from his first two seasons combined (46 TDs). During the season, Luck had the second-longest streak of 300-yard games (eight) in NFL history. Not only does Luck lead one of the league's most prolific passing offenses, but he gets a boost from his mobility with at least 255 rushing yards each year and a total of 12 rushing scores.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013). Over the past four seasons, Rodgers has compiled a 139:25 TD-to-INT ratio with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt, 112.6 passer rating and 67.0 completion percentage.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
A top-three fantasy quarterback in 2014, Wilson rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns, both of which were career highs, and netted fantasy owners an average of 7.56 fantasy points per game from rushing stats alone. While he won't post gaudy passing statistics in Seattle's run-dominant offense, Wilson is the first quarterback in league history to throw 20-plus touchdowns with 10 or fewer interceptions in each of his first three NFL seasons, per Pro Football Reference. Wilson's volume of pass attempts may not spike in 2015, but the Seahawks pulled off a blockbuster trade for tight end Jimmy Graham, which significantly upgrades the team's weapons in the red zone.

4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Missing two games and at less than 100 percent for much of the season, it was a down year for Newton. That said, Newton has now exceeded 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in all four of his NFL seasons. Over those four seasons, he has averaged 3,606 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns per season as well as 643 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Despite the down year, Newton finished seventh in fantasy points per game (17.78) among QBs. And before last season, Newton finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in his first three NFL seasons.

5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
After three consecutive 5,000-yard seasons, Brees fell just shy of that mark in 2014 but still tied for the league lead with 4,952 passing yards and threw 33 touchdowns. For the first time since signing with the Saints in 2006, Brees finished outside the top-five fantasy quarterbacks (sixth) in 2014. And while he has thrown at least 650 pass attempts in five consecutive seasons and he led the league in pass attempts per game (41.2) last season, a transition to a more run-based offense appears set to begin with their offseason moves.

6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Based on his 2014 average draft position (ADP), Roethlisberger was one of the biggest draft values last season. Only four quarterbacks scored more fantasy points and he threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, which tied Drew Brees last season for the league lead, and 32 touchdowns, which tied a previous career high. With continuity on the offensive line and one of the league's best group of pass catchers, it wouldn't surprise me if Big Ben posted another top-five finish in 2015.

7. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
With a slow finish to the season, Manning finished the year as the QB4 (312.68 fantasy points) behind Rodgers (354.14), Luck (350.74) and Wilson (327.6). In the first 11 games of the season, Manning averaged 23.96 fantasy points per game (323.45 YPG, 34 TDs and nine INTs). In the final five games of the season, however, he averaged just 9.83 FPPG (233.8 YPG, five TDs and six INTs) and never scored more than 13.02 fantasy points in any of those games. Much of the decline can be attributed to last year's thigh injury, but Manning's passing production also tends to slow as the weather turns colder. In a more balanced offense with some issues on the offensive line, it's possible that Manning fails to produce a top-five fantasy season.

8. Eli Manning, New York Giants
In the first six games of the season, Eli finished outside the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in all but one game. Over the final 10 games of the season, however, Manning posted five weekly top-five performances. With better health from his wide receivers and the free-agent addition of Shane Vereen, a talented receiver out of the backfield, plus more comfort and familiarity with Ben McAdoo's offense, Eli has the potential to post career numbers in 2015. In addition, only Tampa and Washington have a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule than Eli does.

9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan has more than 4,500 passing yards in three consecutive seasons with the third-most (13,928) over that span. In addition, he has 26-plus touchdowns in five consecutive seasons and the sixth-most (143) during that span. The good news is that Ryan has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the past five years, which makes him a solid mid-QB1 option to target. That said, he has yet to finish as a top-six fantasy quarterback in his career.

10. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Tannehill posted career highs in passing yards (4,045), passing touchdowns (27) and completion percentage (66.4) with a career low in interceptions (12) in his first year playing for new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. In addition, he rushed for a career-high 311 yards, which ranked fifth among all quarterbacks last season. Starting in Week 6, Tannehill finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in six of 11 weeks, but he finished with the eighth-most fantasy points over the full season. The team's group of top pass-catchers was entirely turned over except for Jarvis Landry, but Tannehill has some upside for those that wait on quarterback in 2015.

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Among fantasy football's major positions, running back is arguably the most difficult to predict.

While I generally prefer to draft at least two running backs within my first three picks, plenty of late(r)-round selections will pay huge dividends for fantasy owners. Of course, identifying them is a little more difficult.

That said, four of the top-12 fantasy running backs last season were drafted, on average, outside the top-30 fantasy running backs last year — Lamar Miller (No. 9, ADP: RB31), Jeremy Hill (No. 10, ADP: RB42), C.J. Anderson (No. 11, ADP: RB65) and Justin Forsett (No. 8, ADP: Undrafted).

With that said, here are my fantasy football running back rankings for 2015:

1. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Unfortunately for Bell (and his fantasy owners), he's suspended for the first two games of the season (although that was cut from his initial three-game ban). Once he returns, however, Bell's versatility makes him a true three-down back and his production won't vary much based on game flow. Named 2014 AP First-Team All-Pro Team, Bell racked up 1,361 rushing yards, 83 receptions for 854 yards and 11 total touchdowns in his second season. Bell broke single-season franchise records for yards from scrimmage and receptions by a running back. Over the course of last year, he averaged 17.97 fantasy points per game although his production spiked to 24.7/G with LeGarrette Blount out of the picture down the stretch.

2. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, only DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell scored more fantasy points than Lacy did from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, he averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).

3. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
Despite a somewhat disappointing season, Charles finished with the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs in 2014. The 28-year-old back rushed for 1,033 yards, his fifth 1,000-yard season, and added 40 catches for 291 yards while scoring a total of 14 touchdowns. Despite a year-over-year decline in all of those numbers, the biggest concern was his reduction in workload. After 320-plus touches in back-to-back seasons, Charles had just 246 touches -- 15 running backs had more -- in 2014. Perhaps we won't see Charles get in the 320-range ever again, but it would be a surprise to see him as low as 246 again this season.

4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
One of the league's all-time best running backs, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards back just a couple of seasons ago. After last year's lost season, it was unclear where he would play in 2015, but the draft has come and gone and Peterson reported to the team. Assuming that he plays all 16 games (or close to it), the 30-year-old Peterson should finish as a top-five (or better) back in 2015.

5. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
In his four full seasons in Seattle, Lynch has rushed for 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in those seasons. During that four-year span, no player has more rushing yards (5,357), rushing touchdowns (48) and or total touchdowns (56). Beast Mode's production hasn't slowed at all, but his physical running style (granted, he seems to dish out more punishment than he receives), heavy workload (league-high 1,479 regular-season and playoff touches over that four-year span) and age (turned 29 in April) is at least somewhat concerning. That said, Lynch seems to be a lock for another 1,200 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns in one of the league's most run-dominant offenses.

6. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
From Week 10 to 17 last year, Anderson finished as a top-five fantasy running back in six of eight games. In the other two games, he was still very productive as the RB10 and RB16 for those given weeks. With a healthy backfield and new coaching staff entering 2015, there is perhaps some uncertainty about how the workload will be allocated, but it appears that CJA is set for a featured-back role. In his mailbag column, Troy Renck of the Denver Post projects Anderson to average 18 carries per game as the team's "bellcow" and to "roll for 1,400 yards."

7. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Over the final nine games of the season, Hill had 22-plus carries and 100-plus rushing yards five times including the final three games of the regular season. During that nine-game span, Hill had 172 carries for 929 yards and six touchdowns and no running back had more rushing yards than Hill during that stretch. (Lynch was second with 824 yards.) Going into the 2015 season, Hill is clearly the team's lead back with Giovani Bernard back as the change-of-pace option.

8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Not only did Forte lead all running backs in receptions (102) last year, but only three players had more -- Antonio Brown (129), Demaryius Thomas (111) and Julio Jones (104) -- as he broke the single-season record for receptions by a running back. With the coaching change, Forte isn't likely to see anywhere close to triple-digit receptions again, but he could certainly finish in the neighborhood of 60-70 catches. And although Forte averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time since 2009, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and has exceeded 1,400 yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons. Only the Raiders (337) and Bucs (353) ran the ball less than the Bears (355) last season and I'd expect the Bears to be more committed to the run in 2015 to limit Jay Cutler's turnovers.

9. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
Murray has always been productive on a per-game, per-touch basis. Before last season's career year, Murray averaged 4.95 yards per carry in his first three seasons combined. The issue with Murray (before 2014) was durability as he missed multiple games in each of those three seasons. With a total of 497 touches including the playoffs last year, durability remains Murray's biggest concern in 2015 as well. Even though the team added another talented (and injury-prone) running back (Ryan Mathews) in free agency, I'd expect Murray to still get close to 20 touches per game, when healthy. But will he hold up for another full season?

10. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
Barely finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back last season, McCoy finished third in the league in rushing (1,319 yards) and was one of only two 300-carry backs. Not only did he average nearly a yard per carry less in 2014 than 2013, however, McCoy also saw his receptions (52 in 2013) and touchdowns (11 in 2013) drop roughly in half to 28 and five, respectively. Despite running behind an inferior offensive line (compared to Philadelphia's), McCoy should see a healthy volume of work within Buffalo's ground-and-pound offense, like last year, but will his per-touch effectiveness bounce back in a less-efficient offense?

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

A wide receiver has scored 250-plus fantasy points 12 times in the history of the NFL.

Nearly half of those 250-point seasons belong to one player, Jerry Rice (five). Only four of them have occurred since the turn of the century — Randy Moss (2003 and 2007), Calvin Johnson (2011) and now Antonio Brown (2014).

Amazingly, Brown never finished as the highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in any given week throughout the 2014 season. (In fact, that applies to both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.) Yet no wide receiver had more fantasy points over the course of the season -- in either format -- than Brown.

Over the past two seasons, Brown has a combined 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also has 17 rushing yards and two return touchdowns. More impressive than his overall level of production, however, has been his consistency.

Brown had at least five receptions and 70 yards in all 17 games (counting their playoff loss) last season. Going back to the start of 2013, Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games.

One of the things that you'll often hear in fantasy football is that you can't win your league in the first round, but you can lose it. With Brown's production and consistency, there isn't a safer first-round pick.

Here are my fantasy football wide receiver rankings for 2015:

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Surprisingly, Brown never finished as the highest-scoring fantasy wide receiver in any given week in 2014. (In fact, that applies to both standard- and PPR-scoring formats.) Yet no wide receiver had more fantasy points over the course of the season -- in either format -- than Brown. Over the past two seasons, Brown has a combined 239 receptions for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns. More impressive than his overall level of production, however, is his consistency. Counting the playoffs, Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 33 consecutive games.

2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Targeted only 136 times, a three-year low, Bryant finished with 88 receptions for 1,320 yards and a career-high and league-leading 16 touchdowns. Dez now has at least 88 catches, 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. And aside from Marshawn Lynch, Bryant is the only other player with at least 50 total touchdowns over the past four seasons.

3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Jones finished with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, both of which shattered his previous career highs, and six touchdowns in 2014. After scoring 0.62 TD/G on 74.4 YPG in his first two seasons, Jones has averaged just 0.40 TD/G despite a jump to 1087.7 YPG over the past two seasons. With plus size and speed, Jones should bounce back in terms of red-zone production and could put together a 100/1,500/10 season in 2015 with good health.

4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Despite his slow start, Thomas reached the 100-yard mark in 10 of his final 13 games and finished with a full-season stat line of 111 catches and 1,619 yards, both of which were career highs, and 11 touchdowns. With the Broncos using their franchise tag on Thomas, he's yet to sign the tender or reach a long-term deal ahead of the looming July 15th deadline. That said, a fourth consecutive year of 90-plus receptions, 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns seems like a strong possibility with Peyton Manning back for (at least) one more year.

5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
The only receiver to score more fantasy points than Nelson last season was Brown. While he may not finish as a top-two fantasy receiver once again, Nelson posted a 98/1,519/13 line last season and has averaged 1,210 yards and 10.75 touchdowns over the past four seasons.

6. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Including playoff appearances, Megatron has more 200-yard games (six) than any other receiver in league history. And while he still has as much potential as any receiver to take over a given game, he has missed a total of five games in 2013 and 2014. Johnson also appeared in a few games as a decoy, which can be even worse for fantasy owners than missed games. With five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, however, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 90/1,467/11 during that span.

7. Odell Beckham, New York Giants
Closing the season with nine consecutive games of 90-plus yards, Beckham racked up a massive stat line of 81/1,199/9 on 115 targets during that stretch. In fact, only 11 other receivers had more yards in all of 2014 than OBJ had in his final nine games. And as impressive as that sounds, he was even more dominant over his final four games -- 43/606/7 on 63 targets. While ODB is far from being the biggest receiver, his combination of hands, route-running ability, speed and elusiveness makes him nearly impossible to cover especially in today's age of offense-friendly rules.

8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Injuries kept Green from building upon his 2013 numbers (98/1,426/11), but he extended his streak of 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career to four. Only Megatron (6,214), Brown (5,092) and Demaryius (5,034) have more yards during that four-year span than Green (4,874). With good health, Green is a good bet for 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2015.

9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets and using a top-seven pick on West Virginia's Kevin White, Jeffery now takes over as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver. Despite year-over-year dips in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,133), Jeffery posted a career high in touchdowns (10) and finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among wide receivers last season.

10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last year, but Evans was one of five receivers to score at least 12 touchdowns. From Weeks 9 to 11, he gave us a glimpse of what we can expect when things really click as he posted a massive 21/458/5 line over that three-game stretch. Only 21 years old (turns 22 in August), Evans should take a step forward in 2015 despite playing with a rookie quarterback.

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Updated 2015 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings

With a week of the NFL preseason in the books, we have updated our 2015 fantasy football rankings.

Here are our fantasy football tight end rankings (standard scoring):

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
When it comes to fantasy tight ends, he's in a tier all by himself. Named the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year after two injury-plagued seasons, Gronkowski posted an 82/1,124/12 stat line over 15 games. Scoring 184.4 fantasy points, Gronk had 30.3 points (or 19.66 percent) more than Antonio Gates, who had the second-most among tight ends. Not only dominant over a full season, but Gronk was consistent as well finishing as a top-five weekly scorer at the position in eight of 15 games and a top-11 scorer in all but two games.

2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
Slowed by a shoulder injury, Graham had 54 yards or less in six of his final seven games last season and finished with only 889 yards, a four-year low. Over his past four seasons, however, Graham has averaged 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns per year. With his trade to the Seahawks, Graham goes from an offense that averaged 41.2 pass attempts per game, second-most in the NFL last year, to one that averages the fewest (28.4/G).

3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce played only 52.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps from Weeks 1 to 10, but that percentage jumped to 86.7 percent from Weeks 11 to 17. Despite his snap-count limits during the first half of the season, Kelce still finished with 67 receptions, 862 yards and five touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points (sixth-most in PPR formats) among tight ends last season. With good health, the sky is the limit for Kelce in 2015.

4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Posting career highs of 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, Olsen now has at least 69 receptions and 816 yards while finishing as a top-seven fantasy tight end in each of the past three seasons. Over that three-year span, Graham (3,086) is the only tight end with more yards than Olsen (2,667) and only Graham (256) and Jason Witten (247) have more receptions than Olsen (226). He's never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season, but he has at least five scores for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, Olsen is extremely durable having played all 16 games in seven consecutive seasons.

5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Setting career highs across the board in 2014 with 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns, Bennett finished as a top-five scorer among tight ends and led the position in receptions. With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Bennett has the potential to match those numbers this season.

6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz saw a year-over-year jump from 36 catches and 469 yards as a rookie to 58 catches for 702 yards, 11th-most among tight ends last season. With Jeremy Maclin leaving Philadelphia for Kansas City, however, Ertz should become even more involved in the passing game. That said, he was still working with the second-team offense before undergoing a surgery to repair a groin tear.

7. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
Slowed by injuries, Thomas followed up a breakout 2013 season with only 43 catches for 489 yards, but he once again scored 12 touchdowns. Signing a massive free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Thomas is unlikely to approach that red-zone success again this year. Aside from the Browns (12), no other team threw fewer touchdowns than the Jaguars (15) last season. Another concern is that Thomas has a hand fracture that will keep him out of the preseason.

8. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Other than his rookie season, Witten's 64 receptions and 703 yards last year set or tied career lows. Witten lacks upside at this point in his career, but he's a solid option that should come close to last year's top-10 performance once again.

9. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
In 2013, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. When healthy, he is clearly a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Unfortunately, Cameron missed six games last season and has a history of concussions. Perhaps no injury is more worrisome from a fantasy outlook given the greater susceptibility and unpredictability of a recurrence. If Cameron plays 16 games in 2015, however, he has top-five upside.

10. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Walker set career highs in both receptions (63) and yards (890) and led the team in both categories last season. It may be difficult for Walker to repeat that production with a rookie quarterback, but he could once again finish as a top-10 fantasy tight end.

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: San Diego Chargers

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the San Diego Chargers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Philip Rivers378565446932.81730780.1301.36
Winning the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2013, Rivers followed up his bounce-back season with 4,286 yards and 31 touchdowns but he also threw 18 interceptions. Dealing with a back injury, Rivers threw seven of those interceptions in the final three games of the season. Rivers should be a relatively safe bet for 4,000-plus yards and around 30 touchdowns once again in 2015.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Melvin Gordon24911457211601.1179.1
For re-draft purposes, I expect Gordon to be the most productive rookie running back in 2015. MG3 has drawn some comparisons to Jamaal Charles and he enters a favorable situation with the injury-prone Ryan Mathews no longer in San Diego. The Bolts should give Gordon the bulk of the early-down work as I have him projected for more than 275 touches as a rookie.
Danny Woodhead873652.6483603.3107.9
Woodhead missed all but three games last season, but prior to the 2014 season, he had finished as a top-30 fantasy running back in three of his previous four seasons. In his first full season with the Chargers (2013) which also coincided with the only full season for Ryan Mathews, Woodhead had 1,034 yards from scrimmage, 76 receptions and eight total touchdowns. Even though Gordon will get the bulk of early-down work, Woodhead should get the majority of third-down snaps.
Branden Oliver421601.312890.233.9
Donald Brown401360.66450.122.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Keenan Allen8110326.6000142.8
While his receptions increased from 71 to 77 in 2014, Allen's yardage (1,046 to 783) and touchdowns (eight to four) both dropped and he finished as only the 48th-highest scoring wide receiver last season. Allen turned 23 this spring and should have a bounce-back season in 2015.
Steve Johnson617505.9000110.4
Earlier this month, Philip Rivers said he'd "probably single out" Johnson as the "one guy who I was most excited about." Considering Eddie Royal finished as a top-32 fantasy receiver last season, Johnson certainly has the potential to exceed his current ADP.
Malcom Floyd447045.2000101.6
For only the second time in his career, Floyd played a full 16-game season and finished with 856 yards and six touchdowns, both of which tied career highs. Floyd played just two games in 2013, but he has averaged 17.5 Y/R and 61.7 Y/G over the past five seasons. And during that five-year stretch, he has finished as a top-38 receiver four times.
Dontrelle Inman131720.800022
Jacoby Jones5650.132009.1
Titus Davis3320.10003.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Antonio Gates434905.582
Although his targets (98), receptions (69) and yards (821) were down year over year, Gates finished with 12 touchdowns, the second-most of his career, and scored more fantasy points than all tight ends not named Gronkowski. That said, he enters the 2015 season facing a four-game suspension for PEDs and turned 35 years old last month.
Ladarius Green415703.980.4
Disappointing those that expected an expanded role for him within the offense last season, Green had just 19 receptions for 226 yards and no touchdowns in 2014. Meanwhile, Antonio Gates finished second among all tight ends in fantasy points in his age-34 season. For at least the first four games of the season, however, Green will see his role expand with Gates suspended.

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2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 Teams, 5th Pick, 2-QB League

Using the Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator (powered by FantasyPros), we continue our Fantasy Football Mock Draft Per Day Series for the 2015 season.

From May 28th through Labor Day weekend, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results.

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Here are the league settings (all customizable) for today's mock:

  • 12 teams, No. 5 pick, standard scoring, 2-QB league
  • Starting lineup: 2 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, TE, K, D/ST and Flex (RB, WR or TE)
  • Six bench spots, any position

With that said, here is my roster from today's mock draft:

1.05 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: At this spot, I would have only considered either of the top-two fantasy QBs -- Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers, but both were off the board. Despite being suspended for the first two games of the season, I still have Bell projected to score the most fantasy points among non-QBs in 2015.

2.08 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Finishing with 3,000-plus passing yards and 500-plus rushing yards in each of his first four seasons, Newton has finished as a top-four fantasy QB three times. Last year was a bit of a disappointment for Newton owners, but he still finished seventh in terms of fantasy points per game. Provided he stays healthy in 2015, it wouldn't surprise me if he finished as a top-four fantasy QB once again.

3.05 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Green missed three games last year and failed to build upon his 2013 numbers, but he has exceeded 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons. As long as he stays healthy, Green should bounce back with around 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns and is a nice value in the middle of Round 3.

4.08 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The transition to the Colts offense will be a huge boost to the 32-year-old Gore. Despite his age, Gore has not missed a game over the past four seasons and has rushed for 1,100-yards each year. Finishing as fantasy's RB17 last season, Gore has top-12 upside in 2015.

5.05 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: All of the offseason losses -- free agency and retirement -- don't bode well for San Francisco's 2015 outlook, but it could lead to more pass attempts for a squad that has ranked 31st in attempts over the past two seasons combined. Due to his dual-threat abilities, Kaepernick is a high-upside QB2 for this team.

6.08 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: After essentially missing all of his rookie season, Kelce posted a strong 67/862/5 stat line in 2014. With no health restrictions or snap counts, the sky's the limit for Kelce in 2015.

7.05 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: It was a disappointing season for Marshall and the Bears as his streak of 1,000-yard seasons ended after seven years. Despite the transition to the Jets, Marshall should finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver provided he stays healthy.

8.08 - LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: Like Bell, Blount begins the season with a suspension, only one game, as a result of their arrest(s) last offseason. And while the workload of Patriots backs is generally anyone's guess, Blount has been dominant near the goal line with 15 rushing scores in his past 15 games (including the playoffs) with the Patriots.

9.05 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald has fallen shy of the 1,000-yard milestone in three consecutive seasons, but he has averaged a 16-game pace of 83/1,045/9 in the 22 games he has played with Carson Palmer. Especially if both can stay healthy in 2015, Fitzgerald can be a strong WR3 option.

10.08 - Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: It's unclear how many games Foster will miss this season, but it should be eight (mandatory if he lands on short-term IR) at the most. Once he's back on the field, Foster becomes an immediate starter and gives me three top-12 fantasy running backs along with Bell and Gore.

11.05 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: At this point, there were very few starting QBs still on the board. With some of the offensive upgrades and Bortles' rushing ability, there is a bit of upside for Bortles as my QB3 (bye-week fill-in).

12.08 - Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: After leading the NFL in receptions in 2013, Garcon's production was nearly cut in half. Washington has talked about making more of a concerted effort to get the ball in Garcon's hands although there is no chance that he comes close to the 113 receptions he had two seasons ago.

13.05 - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: With a bump in playing time down the stretch last season, Adams followed that up with a strong offseason as he was dubbed the "MVP" of the team's OTAs. Adams should have plenty of solid weeks as the No. 3 in a Rodgers-led offense, but there will plenty of weekly inconsistency as well with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb ahead of him.

14.08 - Rueben Randle, WR, New York Giants: Even with the addition of James Jones, I still have Randle projected to score the second-most fantasy points among the team's wide receivers -- 118.3 compared to Victor Cruz's 118.0.

15.05 - Terrance West, RB, Cleveland Browns: Oops. I like my running backs for down the stretch, but three of my top-four backs are either suspended or injured for Week 1. That means, I'll have to start West as my RB2 in Week 1.

16.08 - New England Patriots D/ST

17.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: New York Giants

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the New York Giants:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Eli Manning397615468032.615.415320.4307.8
In the first six games of the season, Eli finished outside the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in all but one game. Over the final 10 games of the season, however, Manning posted five weekly top-five performances. With better health from his wide receivers and the free-agent addition of Shane Vereen, a talented receiver out of the backfield, plus more comfort and familiarity with Ben McAdoo's offense, Eli has the potential to post career numbers in 2015. In addition, only Tampa and Washington have a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule than Eli does.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Rashad Jennings2078285.4262000.5138.2
Dealing with multiple injuries, Jennings played in just 11 games in his first season with the Giants. Second-year back Andre Williams will steal some goal-line opportunities and Shane Vereen will steal some of his passing-down work, which limits the weekly upside of the soon-to-be 30-year-old Jennings. On a positive note, the Giants used the ninth-overall pick on Ereck Flowers, one of the best run-blocking offensive linemen in this year's draft class. Only the Cardinals (3.3) and Chargers (3.4) averaged fewer YPC than the Giants (3.6) last season and at least part of those struggles can be attributed to the line play.
Shane Vereen783351.5544562.5103.1
Vereen is one of the league's better receiving backs and he set career highs last year with 52 catches for 447 yards. Especially with both Jennings and Andre Williams likely to get more carries, Vereen is a better fantasy running back in PPR formats, but he should be in the flex mix on a weekly basis in standard-scoring formats as well.
Andre Williams1043544.2638064.4
As a rookie, Williams led the team in carries (217), rushing yards (721) and rushing touchdowns (seven), but he averaged just 3.3 YPC and exceeded 3.5 YPC in only three games. Over the final four games of the season, the 230-pound back had 83 carries for 328 yards (3.95 YPC) and two touchdowns. Williams may only be the third-most productive fantasy back behind Jennings and Vereen, but he could be first in line for goal-line carries.

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Odell Beckham97133910.59500201.9
Closing the season with nine consecutive games of 90-plus yards, Beckham racked up a massive stat line of 81/1,199/9 on 115 targets during that stretch. In fact, only 11 other receivers had more yards in all of 2014 than OBJ had in his final nine games. And as impressive as that sounds, he was even more dominant over his final four games -- 43/606/7 on 63 targets. While ODB is far from being the biggest receiver, his combination of hands, route-running ability, speed and elusiveness makes him nearly impossible to cover especially in today's age of offense-friendly rules.
Rueben Randle588295.9000118.3
A top-35 fantasy wide receiver last season, Randle finished with 71 receptions for 938 yards and three touchdowns on 127 targets. Part of the improvement was due to Victor Cruz's injury, but Randle just turned 24 years old and Eli Manning has predicted a "breakout" season for Randle in 2015. Perhaps the addition of James Jones will cut in to some of his snaps as the team's No. 3 receiver, however.
Victor Cruz658265.9000118
With his season cut short after six games due to a torn patellar tendon, Cruz averaged just 56.2 yards per game, a four-year low, with only one touchdown. On a positive note, Tom Coughlin has said that he doesn't expect Cruz to begin the camp on the PUP list. That said, there is still significant separation between Cruz and and the team's new No. 1 wide receiver, Odell Beckham.
James Jones161951.400027.9
Corey Washington6710.900012.5
Dwayne Harris3350.21405.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Larry Donnell515263.573.6
At this point last year, nobody projected that Donnell would finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end, but that's exactly what he did in 2014. Donnell was especially good in the first four games (25/236/4 and fifth-most TE fantasy points). After scoring 45.6 fantasy points in the first four games of the season, however, Donnell scored only 44.7 fantasy points (3.73/G) in the final 12 games. Coincidentally, Odell Beckham missed the first four games of the season and Victor Cruz expected back in Week 1 from his patellar tendon injury.
Daniel Fells131451.322.3
Adrien Robinson22002

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Miami Dolphins

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Miami Dolphins:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ryan Tannehill381592416827.213583361.5305.12
Tannehill posted career highs in passing yards (4,045), passing touchdowns (27) and completion percentage (66.4) with a career low in interceptions (12) in his first year playing for new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. In addition, he rushed for a career-high 311 yards, which ranked fifth among all quarterbacks last season. Starting in Week 6, Tannehill finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in six of 11 weeks, but he finished with the eighth-most fantasy points over the full season. The team's group of top pass-catchers was entirely turned over except for Jarvis Landry, but Tannehill has some upside for those that wait on quarterback in 2015.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Lamar Miller22010676.6352490.5174.2
The Dolphins coaching staff seemed reluctant to give Miller as much work as his fantasy owners would have liked, but Miller was highly productive on a per-touch basis (5.09 YPC, 7.24 Y/R). With more than 15 carries in only four games last season, Miller still managed to post his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,099 rushing yards). In addition, Miller was very consistent throughout the season as he finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in 12 of 16 weeks. Although they didn't draft Jay Ajayi until the fifth round (due to long-term concerns about his knee), Ajayi profiles as a potential three-down back in this league and could cap Miller's upside in 2015.
Jay Ajayi843703.7241630.477.9
There were concerns with Ajayi's knee, but it really surprised me that he slipped all the way to fifth round. As noted earlier, the Dolphins seemed fairly reluctant to give Lamar Miller a large workload and the versatile Ajayi is a downhill runner with excellent size (6-0, 221) that also displayed excellent pass-catching ability (50 receptions for 536 yards) last season as well.
Damien Williams622601.18540.138.6
LaMichael James12470.132107.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jarvis Landry929385.4270126.9
Among rookies, only his ex-LSU teammate Odell Beckham (91) had more receptions than Landry (84) last season. Over the final nine games of the season, Landry had a minimum of five receptions every game and racked up a total of 59 catches over that span. In addition, he had at least nine targets in six of his final eight games. Even better in PPR formats, Landry should improve upon his 84/758/5 rookie numbers.
Kenny Stills456574.200090.9
Stills set career highs with 63 receptions for a team-high 931 yards in his second season with the Saints, but he was traded to the Dolphins this offseason. One of the areas in which Ryan Tannehill has struggled is his downfield accuracy, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the speedy Stills.
DeVante Parker466095.100091.5
With the exception of Jarvis Landry, all of Miami's top pass-catchers are newcomers including first-round rookie DeVante Parker. The 6-foot-3 Parker missed the first seven games of the season with a foot injury, but he closed the season with 43 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns in just six games. Parker gives the Dolphins someone who can develop into a true No. 1 wideout, but unfortunately he underwent another surgery on the same foot and may miss most/all of training camp, but he is expected to ready for Week 1.
Greg Jennings323683.300056.6
Rishard Matthews10111100017.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jordan Cameron637335.2104.5
In 2013, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. When healthy, he is clearly a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Unfortunately, Cameron missed six games last season and has a history of concussions. Perhaps no injury is more worrisome from a fantasy outlook given the greater susceptibility and unpredictability of a recurrence. If Cameron plays 16 games in 2015, however, he has top-five upside.
Dion Sims23265238.5

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Indianapolis Colts

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Indianapolis Colts:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Andrew Luck384620486137.814.9622733.2377.24
Throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, Luck's 40 TDs last season nearly equalled his total from his first two seasons combined (46 TDs). During the season, Luck had the second-longest streak of 300-yard games (eight) in NFL history. Not only does Luck lead one of the league's most prolific passing offenses, but he gets a boost from his mobility with at least 255 rushing yards each year and a total of 12 rushing scores.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Frank Gore26011058.1342821.5196.3
With the exception of an 11-game season in 2010, Gore has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in eight of his past nine seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards in four consecutive seasons. Coach Pagano has said that he still views Gore as an every-down back, which means he should get the opportunity to extend the streak. One of the league's better pass-catching backs earlier in his career, Gore should be much more involved as a receiver than he has been over the past four seasons (average of 18 catches per season) in San Francisco.
Dan Herron723171.9181400.861.9
Part of last year's Boom (Herron) and Bust (Trent Richardson) backfield, Herron was the more productive back in the duo down the stretch. And in the team's three playoff games, Herron was a workhorse with a total of 298 yards from scrimmage on 65 touches including 20 receptions. With the release of Richardson but addition of Gore, Herron should handle a secondary role to Gore, who has been extremely durable -- no missed games in the past four years. That said, the 32-year-old Gore has the third-most touches (1,301 including playoffs) over that four-year span.
Josh Robinson542191.812790.141.2
Vick Ballard8300.11504.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
T.Y. Hilton8413446.72120175.8
Hilton had a breakout 82/1,345/7 season last year. And that breakout year would have been even better if he weren't limited down the stretch by a hamstring injury. With good health, Hilton could set new career highs in both receptions and yards this season.
Andre Johnson8610926.7000149.4
After back-to-back 1,400-yard seasons, Johnson finished with 85 receptions for just 936 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. Johnson's 62.4 Y/G and 11.0 Y/R were his lowest since 2005. Released by the Texans this offseason, Johnson signed with the Colts and gets a major upgrade in quarterback situation with Andrew Luck. Johnson, who turns 34 in July, may never record another 1,400-yard season, but 1,000-plus yards seems likely.
Donte Moncrief385474.3210081.5
Moncrief (6-foot-2, 220 pounds, 4.4 speed) flashed his potential with a couple of big games last season -- 7/113/1 in Week 8 and 3/134/2 in Week 13. Playing only 39.1 percent of the team's offensive snaps last season, Moncrief should improve upon last year's 32/444/3 rookie campaign. The signing of Andre Johnson, who was released by the Texans, and selection of Phillip Dorsett in Round 1, however, will limit his opportunity for a true breakout season.
Phillip Dorsett304083321060.9
Griff Whalen44200004.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Dwayne Allen364468.595.6
With eight touchdowns on only 29 receptions in 13 games, Allen is one of the league's better red-zone options at the position. In weeks he doesn't score, however, Allen's lack of volume (2.23 catches per game) will lead to mostly boom (scores a touchdown) or bust (doesn't score a touchdown) outcomes.
Coby Fleener414766.284.8
Fleener finished with 774 yards and eight touchdowns, both of which were career highs, on 51 receptions last season. Unsurprisingly, Fleener's best games last season came in games that Dwayne Allen was out. In the four games that Allen missed or left early due to injury, Fleener had 355 yards and four touchdowns. In the other 12 games, he had just 419 yards and four touchdowns. Assuming that Fleener and Allen are healthy for the entire season, I prefer Allen over Fleener.

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: San Francisco 49ers

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the San Francisco 49ers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Colin Kaepernick324522386323.213.1914782.1294.62
Kaepernick averaged fewer yards per attempt (7.0), threw fewer touchdowns (19) and more interceptions (10) than he did in 2013 (7.7 Y/A, 21 TDs and eight INTs) despite throwing more pass attempts (478 in 2014 vs. 416 in 2013). Given the changes to the roster and coaching staff, the 49ers should find themselves trailing (and throwing) more often in 2015. Meanwhile, the addition of Torrey Smith gives the 49ers a vertical threat that can take advantage of Kaepernick's strong arm. He also set career highs in rush attempts (105) and rushing yards (639) even though he rushed for only one touchdown last year (after nine touchdowns in the previous two years combined). While I wouldn't want to count on him as my every-week starter, few QB2 options have as much upside as Kaepernick.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Carlos Hyde2309898.3191200.4163.1
With Frank Gore signing a free-agent deal with the Colts, Hyde projects atop the 49ers depth chart at running back although they signed Reggie Bush in free agency and drafted Mike Davis as well. With Gore ahead of him last year on the depth chart, Hyde had just 83 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. Not only will his workload expand significantly, but I expect his effectiveness on a per-carry basis to increase from last year's 4.0 yards-per-carry average. On a positive note, Hyde has shed some weight and is now in the "mid 220-pound range," which should improve his elusiveness yet still allow him to flourish near the goal line. On a not-so-positive note, the 49ers have lost Anthony Davis (retirement) and Mike Iupati (free agency) along the offensive line.
Reggie Bush743072.9513641.794.7
Coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, Bush missed five games and gained a total of only 550 yards from scrimmage (50.0 per game) while averaging just 3.9 yards per carry and scoring just two touchdowns. Released by the Lions, Bush signed with the 49ers and will at least own a change-of-pace role to unproven second-year back Carlos Hyde.
Kendall Hunter632842.31068049
Mike Davis482021.4535032.1
Jarryd Hayne6250.11603.7

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Anquan Boldin7710255.3140134.7
Even though the 49ers have the second-fewest passing yards over the past two seasons, Boldin has back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Niners. In addition, both of his yardage totals (1,179 and 1,062, respectively) were higher than any of his previous six seasons. Boldin is unlikely to blow up for 150 yards and two touchdowns in any given week, but he provides owners with consistent production -- 50-plus receiving yards in 12 of 16 games last season.
Torrey Smith508257.2000125.7
Overall, it was a disappointing season for Smith, who either set or tied career lows with 49 receptions for 767 yards. On a positive note, however, Smith set a career high with 11 touchdowns and he was much more productive from Week 6 to 17. During that span, Smith averaged 3.8/59.1/0.9 per game and scored the 14th-most fantasy points among receivers on a per-game basis. One of the league's more dangerous vertical threats, Smith fills a void for the 49ers, but his weekly production could remain relatively volatile.
Jerome Simpson192641.200033.6
Quinton Patton172070.800025.5
Bruce Ellington9970.65260.217.1
DeAndre Smelter8980.600013.4

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Tight Ends






PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Vernon Davis40528582.8
After a 4/44/2 game to open the season, it was all downhill for Davis from there. Last season's 245 yards, 9.4 Y/R and two touchdowns either set or tied career lows for Davis, who had 792-plus yards in four of his previous five seasons with a total of 44 touchdowns during that span.
Vance McDonald121560.116.2
Blake Bell4460.25.8
Rory Anderson2240.13

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Buffalo Bills

In addition to viewing our 2015 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we have posted our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Buffalo Bills:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Cassel291480325420.117.324910.2203.56
Few teams have more talent at non-quarterback positions than the Bills. In turn, few teams have as poor of a quarterback situation as Buffalo. The Bills acquired Cassel this offseason, but ESPN's Mike Rodak left Cassel off his 53-man roster projection earlier this offseason. That said, Cassel appears to the best of the team's not-so-great options at quarterback.
E.J. Manuel16261771.114160.112.68
It's possible that Cassel won't start for the Bills, but that would be as much of a case as Cassel losing the job as it would be of the former first-rounder Manuel winning it. And in fact, Manuel appears to be third in the team's quarterback race behind both Cassel and Tyrod Taylor.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
LeSean McCoy30813716.5342361.3207.5
Barely finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back last season, McCoy finished third in the league in rushing (1,319 yards) and was one of only two 300-carry backs. Not only did he average nearly a yard per carry less in 2014 than 2013, however, McCoy also saw his receptions (52 in 2013) and touchdowns (11 in 2013) drop roughly in half to 28 and five, respectively. Despite running behind an inferior offensive line (compared to Philadelphia's), McCoy should see a healthy volume of work within Buffalo's ground-and-pound offense, like last year, but will his per-touch effectiveness bounce back in a less-efficient offense?
Fred Jackson1054102.428207182.1
Although Jackson rushed for a career-low 3.7 yards per carry, he also set career highs with 66 receptions for 501 yards. In fact, Matt Forte (102) and Le'Veon Bell (83) were the only running backs that had more receptions than F-Jax last season. Now 34 years old, however, Jackson is likely to see fewer touches in 2015 especially considering the Bills upgraded the position by trading for LeSean McCoy. In fact, it appears that Jackson isn't a lock for the 2015 roster.
Bryce Brown361481.35470.127.9
Karlos Williams10420.20005.4
Anthony Dixon51701502.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Sammy Watkins7010366.63150144.7
The fourth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Watkins finished his rookie campaign with 65 receptions for 982 yards and six touchdowns. While Watkins had four 100-yard games including a career-high 157 yards against his new head coach's former team, he also had nine games with 35 receiving yards or less. In a run-first offense with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, there will still be plenty of weekly inconsistency from Watkins even though his overall numbers should improve on a year-over-year basis.
Percy Harvin465202.343249196.7
Following his former head coach Rex Ryan to Buffalo this offseason, Harvin is a dynamic playmaker in the open field. In 13 games with the Seahawks and Jets last season, Harvin had a total of 51 receptions for 483 yards, 33 carries for 202 yards and three total touchdowns. There is some upside with Harvin based on his skill set, but he's the third option, at best, in an offense with subpar quarterback play.
Robert Woods465473.800077.5
Improving upon his rookie numbers (40/587/3), Woods finished with 65 receptions for 699 yards and five touchdowns last season. With the offseason additions of Percy Harvin and Charles Clay, Woods is unlikely to repeat last year's production, let alone build upon it.
Chris Hogan111030.900015.7
Dezmin Lewis5620.30008

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Charles Clay465154.779.7
Although he started the season slowly, Clay averaged 4.56 catches for 51.0 yards per game and scored all three of his touchdowns from Weeks 7 to 17 while finishing fifth among tight ends in fantasy points per game (7.1) during that stretch. The concern for Clay's outlook -- and that of the other Bills' skill players -- is the team's quarterback situation.
MarQueis Gray8840.29.6
Nick O'Leary44204.2
Chris Gragg32702.7

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Chargers, Philip Rivers agree to 4-year extension

The San Diego Chargers announced that they have agreed to a four-year extension with quarterback Philip Rivers that will keep him under contract through the 2019 NFL season.

Rivers enters 2015 with the second-longest active streak of consecutive games started (144) after New York's Eli Manning (167).

My 14th-ranked fantasy quarterback heading into 2015, Rivers finished as the QB12 last season.

Perhaps I'm too low on Rivers given that he has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback every season since 2008 with the exception of 2012 (QB21).

Over the past two seasons since Mike McCoy was hired as head coach, Rivers has completed 68.0 percent of his pass attempts for 8,764 yards with 63 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

During that two-year span, Rivers' 63 TDs are tied for fourth with Andrew Luck; only Peyton Manning (94), Drew Brees (72) and Tony Romo (65) have more. His passing yardage ranks sixth during that stretch.

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August 15, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Jacksonville Jaguars

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Jacksonville Jaguars:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Blake Bortles31652235862315.7613661.8267.14
Sacked a league-high 55 times in 2014, the second-year quarterback will have an improved level of talent around him on offense in 2015. While he's a big and strong quarterback, Bortles dealt with a bit of a "dead arm" down the stretch as a rookie. Bortles rushed for 419 yards (7.5 YPC) and only three quarterbacks rushed for more yards. Due to his dual-threat abilities and the talent upgrades on the offense, Bortles has some fantasy upside as a QB2.
Chad Henne10161060.80.70006.74

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
T.J. Yeldon26511406.1171050.2162.3
Selected with a top-36 pick in this year's draft, Yeldon has excellent size (6-1, 225) and immediately goes to the front of the line in terms of the team's backfield depth chart. General manager David Caldwell said that he sees Yeldon as "a three-down back." Playing in an offense that ranked in the bottom two in both scoring and total offense last year could limit Yeldon's fantasy upside as a rookie, but he could end up leading rookie backs in touches in 2015.
Denard Robinson552482.4221210.151.9
The Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart last offseason expecting him to be the team's featured back, but Gerhart was a major disappointment. Of the team's running backs, Robinson was head and shoulders above the rest in terms of effectiveness. Shoelace got a shot at the featured role in Week 7 and posted back-to-back 100-yard games and averaged 4.3 yards per carry last season, but he finished the season on IR due to a foot injury. Going into 2015, he'll be nothing more than a change-of-pace option to T.J. Yeldon, on whom the Jags used a top-40 draft pick.
Toby Gerhart361401.4161250.236.1
Bernard Pierce103700003.7
Storm Johnson41500001.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Allen Robinson7910696.4000145.3
While his season was cut short by a Week 10 foot injury, Robinson was quietly off to a strong rookie season. From Weeks 2 to 10, Robinson averaged 5.22 receptions and 60.89 yards per game with a minimum of four receptions every game during that span. With good health, Robinson is poised for a breakout season in 2015.
Allen Hurns466264.800091.4
Hurns had a couple of big games -- 4/110/2 in Week 1 and 7/112/2 in Week 9, as examples -- and finished with 51/677/6 as a rookie. Going into 2015, Hurns appears to be the favorite to start opposite Allen Robinson in two-WR sets.
Marqise Lee363891.6311049.6
Lee's rookie season was relatively quiet, but he exceeded 50 receiving yards in four of his final six games and averaged 4.0 receptions, 46.83 yards and 7.33 targets per game over that stretch. The Jags were without Allen Robinson down the stretch and the suspended Justin Blackmon for all of 2014. While Blackmon isn't expected back in 2015 (and perhaps never), Lee will likely be behind both Robinson and Allen Hurns in two-WR sets to start the season.
Rashad Greene181980.800024.6
Arrelious Benn44200004.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Julius Thomas586796.5106.9
Slowed by injuries, Thomas followed up a breakout 2013 season with only 43 catches for 489 yards, but he once again scored 12 touchdowns. Signing a massive free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Thomas is unlikely to approach that red-zone success again this year. Aside from the Browns (12), no other team threw fewer touchdowns than the Jaguars (15) last season. Another concern is that Thomas has a hand fracture that will keep him out of the preseason.
Marcedes Lewis212392.337.7
Clay Harbor8890.914.3
Ben Koyack11001

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: New York Jets

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the New York Jets:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ryan Fitzpatrick303478344224.415.3582611.5255.08
Due to Geno Smith's broken jaw, Fitzpatrick enters 2015 as the team's starting quarterback and there is a good chance that he maintains that role throughout the year. Being reunited with Chan Gailey should bode well for Fitzpatrick as his three most productive seasons (2010 to 2012) occurred within Gailey's offense at Buffalo.
Geno Smith22362561.61290.117.14
It wasn't a great 2014 season for Geno, but he did improve his completion percentage to 59.7 percent (from 55.8 percent as a rookie) and his TD-to-INT ratio to 13:13 (from 12:21). And while the team has an improved group of wide receivers (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and rookie Devin Smith), Smith's broken jaw has opened up the door for Fitzpatrick to enter 2015 as the starter.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Chris Ivory2089267.3161040.2148
Although he averaged a career-low 4.1 YPC, Ivory once again rushed for more than 800 yards and set a career high with six touchdowns. The Jets signed Stevan Ridley in free agency and traded a seventh-round pick for Zac Stacy, but Ivory should lead the team's backfield in both workload and fantasy production. More productive than most probably realized, Ivory finished as a top-20 fantasy running back last season.
Stevan Ridley903873.2423060.2
Coming off a torn ACL and MCL, Ridley signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Jets and joins a crowded and redundant backfield that includes Chris Ivory, Zac Stacy and Bilal Powell. Ridley had a 1,263-yard season in 2012, but I'd expect him to rank no better than second on the team in touches behind Ivory.
Bilal Powell542241.8302340.358.4
With Chris Ivory (as well as Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy possibly) ahead of him for early-down work, Powell will enter the 2015 season as the favorite for third-down snaps. While that makes him a slightly better option in PPR formats, he doesn't offer much upside in either format.
Zac Stacy281111320019.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Brandon Marshall8210098000148.9
A lot went wrong for Marshall and the Bears offense last season as he missed multiple games, was limited in others, Jay Cutler struggled and was benched, etc. Marshall posted his lowest totals for both receptions (61) and yards (721) since his rookie season, but he was traded to the Jets in the offseason and gets a fresh start. A return to his 2012 or 2013 numbers appear unlikely, but I expect a bounce-back season in the 1,000-yard range. Before last year, Marshall had seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Eric Decker668727.3000131
Unsurprisingly, Decker's first year with the Jets (74/962/5) was worse than his two previous seasons with the Broncos (and Peyton Manning), but he still finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats. Both of Decker's 100-yard games came in the final three weeks of the season including a massive 10/221/1 line against the Dolphins in Week 17. Given the team's quarterback situation, Decker's upside is capped, but the addition of Marshall as a true No. 1 wide receiver should take the attention off of Decker.
Devin Smith183243.100051
Jeremy Kerley353751.4315047.4
Chris Owusu4460.31607
Shaq Evans22200002.2
DeVier Posey11100001.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jace Amaro454373.665.3
Jeff Cumberland182091.831.7
Wes Saxton11201.2

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Chicago Bears

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Chicago Bears:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jay Cutler359552398827.516311460.9273.52
Benched a game in favor of Jimmy Clausen, Cutler played only 15 games and led the league in multi-interception games (seven) last season. Despite the massive contract given to Cutler from the last regime in the previous offseason, he's clearly not in the team's long-term plans and could have a short leash if he doesn't cut down on the turnovers. Per CSN Chicago, the plan is to "take some things away from Cutler and shrink the game for him," which will hopefully cut down on his interception rate.
Jimmy Clausen24392631.31.525014.72

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Matt Forte28011906.7584542.5219.6
Not only did Forte lead all running backs in receptions (102) last year, but only three players had more -- Antonio Brown (129), Demaryius Thomas (111) and Julio Jones (104) -- as he broke the single-season record for receptions by a running back. With the coaching change, Forte isn't likely to see anywhere close to triple-digit receptions again, but he could certainly finish in the neighborhood of 60-70 catches. And although Forte averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time since 2009, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and has exceeded 1,400 yards from scrimmage in all seven of his NFL seasons. Only the Raiders (337) and Bucs (353) ran the ball less than the Bears (355) last season and I'd expect the Bears to be more committed to the run in 2015 to limit Jay Cutler's turnovers.
Jacquizz Rodgers341220.4181280.731.6
Jeremy Langford461960.76440.128.8
Ka'Deem Carey301290.5321018
Daniel Thomas12440.40006.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Alshon Jeffery8712019.78490183.2
With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets and using a top-seven pick on West Virginia's Kevin White, Jeffery now takes over as the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver. Despite year-over-year dips in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,133), Jeffery posted a career high in touchdowns (10) and finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among wide receivers last season.
Eddie Royal687895.33200112.7
Royal posted a 62/778/7 line last year with the Chargers and finished as a top-32 fantasy wide receiver (both scoring formats). Reunited with Jay Cutler via free agency this offseason, Royal's best season was his rookie campaign (91/980/5 with 109 rushing yards) with Cutler as his quarterback. With positive reports all summer and the injury to Kevin White, Royal has plenty of upside compared to where he's currently being drafted.
Marquess Wilson445152.500066.5
One of my favorite sleepers last offseason before he broke his clavicle, Wilson, who turns 23 after Week 1, had less than 20 receiving yards in all but one of his seven games played last season. With Brandon Marshall traded in the offseason and White's season in doubt, Wilson enters the season as one of the team's top three wide receivers.
Kevin White152301.717033.9
White has a special combination of size (6-3, 215), speed (4.35 forty) and strength and I really like his long-term outlook. During the draft process, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared White to Atlanta's Julio Jones. That said, surgery due to a stress fracture in his shin has put his season in jeopardy.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Martellus Bennett747776.2114.9
Setting career highs across the board in 2014 with 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns, Bennett finished as a top-five scorer among tight ends and led the position in receptions. With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Bennett has the potential to match those numbers this season.
Dante Rosario10920.19.8

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2015 Fantasy Football Projections: Philadelphia Eagles

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Below you find our 2015 fantasy football projections for the Philadelphia Eagles:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Sam Bradford35955242232612.128640.7271.42
In five NFL seasons since being drafted first overall by the Rams, Bradford has played a total of 49 games -- and only seven of 32 games in the past two years. If, a big if, Bradford starts 16 games for the Eagles, however, he has the potential to finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in 2015. The duo of Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez combined to throw 4,581 yards, 27 touchdowns and 21 interceptions last season and score 258.74 fantasy points, which would have placed them 14th among quarterbacks last year.
Mark Sanchez31483642.21.67200.325.56
Tim Tebow36370.10.31672114.78

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
DeMarco Murray280127410.6241800.2210.2
Murray has always been productive on a per-game, per-touch basis. Before last season's career year, Murray averaged 4.95 yards per carry in his first three seasons combined. The issue with Murray (before 2014) was durability as he missed multiple games in each of those three seasons. With a total of 497 touches including the playoffs last year, durability remains Murray's biggest concern in 2015 as well. Even though the team added another talented (and injury-prone) running back (Ryan Mathews) in free agency, I'd expect Murray to still get close to 20 touches per game, when healthy. But will he hold up for another full season?
Ryan Mathews1466575.5181350.1112.8
Mathews has struggled with durability as he has played a full 16-game season only once in his five-year career. That said, he has been productive when on the field with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt a career 4.40 YPC average. While he enters 2015 second on the depth chart behind last year's rushing champion, DeMarco Murray has his own durability concerns as he is coming off a massive 497-touch season counting the playoffs.
Darren Sproles421931.5484421.380.3
Replacing LeSean McCoy with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews means that Sproles goes from second in line for touches to third. That said, Chip Kelly should continue to find ways to get Sproles the ball in space and recently described him as a "Swiss army knife."

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jordan Matthews8110699.1000161.5
Playing only 65.0 percent of the team's offensive snaps as a rookie, that ratio will undoubtedly spike in his second season as the team lost Jeremy Maclin via free agency. Even if the Eagles were able to re-sign Maclin, I would have expected Matthews to play in two-WR sets ahead of Riley Cooper, who played in 81.7 percent of offensive snaps. In his first season in the league, Matthews finished with 67 receptions for 872 yards and eight touchdowns and finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver.
Nelson Agholor648625.86450.1126.1
Landing in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense bodes well for Agholor's short- and long-term fantasy outlook. While the Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin (6-0, 198, 4.48 forty) in free agency, Agholor (6-0, 198, 4.42 forty) has earned comparisons to the departed receiver. An excellent route runner, Agholor has the ability to play both inside and outside and finished with a 104/1,313/12 stat line last year for USC.
Josh Huff313911.216046.9
Riley Cooper24278200039.8
Miles Austin9950.300011.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Zach Ertz627944.9108.8
Ertz saw a year-over-year jump from 36 catches and 469 yards as a rookie to 58 catches for 702 yards, 11th-most among tight ends last season. With Jeremy Maclin leaving Philadelphia for Kansas City, however, Ertz should become even more involved in the passing game. That said, he was still working with the second-team offense before undergoing a surgery to repair a groin tear.
Brent Celek323783.458.2

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