Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

Our way-too-early 2016 fantasy football mock draft is a one-man mock draft, but we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats later this offseason.

Here is Round 4 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01 - Team 12: Matt Forte, RB, Chicago BearsOne of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Forte won't be back with the Bears so there is plenty of uncertainty about his 2016 outlook. Even though he missed three games last season, Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015.

4.02 - Team 11: Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo BillsTrading up to select Watkins with a top-four pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills finally started to use Watkins the way fantasy owners wanted. Of course, it took some public complaints by Watkins for that to happen. Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games and he scored a total of six touchdowns during that stretch. Based on his talent and late-season production, you could easily argue that this is too low for Watkins.

4.03 - Team 10: Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ersA stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. The Eagles have ranked in the top-11 in rush attempts in all three of his seasons in Philadelphia.

4.04 - Team 9: Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh SteelersA big-play receiver in Pittsburgh's high-powered offense, Bryant has averaged 17.3 yards per reception and scored a total of 15 touchdowns in 21 games played. Suspended for the first four games of last season, there is the potential of a full-season ban if he violates the league's substance-abuse policy again, but he's a high-upside WR2 for this team with Alshon Jeffery as its WR1.

4.05 - Team 8: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis ColtsDisappointing fantasy owners, Hilton still finished with 1,124 yards but just five touchdowns. With 67-plus yards in six of his first seven games, Hilton had more receiving yards (606) than all but five receivers through Week 7. Given that Andrew Luck played just seven games all season including a few at much less than 100 percent, Hilton's numbers should improve in 2016 assuming a healthier version of Luck under center.

4.06 - Team 7: C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver BroncosDrafted as a late first-round pick in many 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson started slowly and spent much of the season in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman. In the second half of the season, however, CJA was much better. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and hopefully that momentum will carry over into 2016. In addition, Hillman will be a free agent this offseason.

4.07 - Team 6: Jermy Maclin, WR, Kansas City ChiefsReunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015), Maclin will be a solid WR2 to Demaryius Thomas on this team heading into 2016.

4.08 - Team 5: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona CardinalsFitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. I still expect Fitzgerald to be the most productive of the team's receivers in 2016, but Michael Floyd and John Brown will be right behind him.

4.09 - Team 4: Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina PanthersOlsen followed up with his first career 1,000-yard season with a 77/1,104/7 campaign in 2015 and the fourth-most fantasy points among tight ends. The (soon-to-be) 31-year-old durable and consistent tight end should post similar numbers in 2016.

4.10 - Team 3: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego ChargersMG3 disappointed fantasy owners in his rookie season as he failed to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaged just 3.5 YPC. Bigger and better things should be expected for Gordon in his second season, however.

4.11 - Team 2: Eric Decker, WR, New York JetsScoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points every week. While he finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver only twice, he never finished worse than WR31 last season. That consistency led to a top-10 full-season finish in fantasy points scored among wide receivers.

4.12 - Team 1: Jordan Reed, TE, Washington RedskinsDominant in the fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed. If we knew he would play 16 games in 2016, he'd be my second-ranked TE heading into 2016, but his next 16-game season will be his first.

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