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May 31, 2016

Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 4 pick

The key to doing anything well is practice; and then practice some more.

We will apply that same concept to drafting fantasy football teams by using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator starting today.

Like the past few seasons, we will complete one mock draft per day and post the results along with comments leading up to the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, etc. -- and compile the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (no PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 4
  • Starting lineup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST

With that said, here are the results of today's mock draft:

1.04 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Not only did he lead the NFL in receptions (136, tied with Antonio Brown) and yards (1,871), Jones had the second-most all-time in both categories. I'd consider a running back here in a league that starts only two receivers, but Jones is the fourth-ranked player in my overall fantasy football cheat sheet and this league starts three WRs.

2.09 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin stayed healthy in 2015 and ranked second behind Adrian Peterson in rushing attempts (288) and rushing yards (1,402).

3.04 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9 and closed with momentum — eight of those touchdowns in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December.

4.09 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. Before a Week 14 injury, however, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

5.04 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Speaking of durability risk, Reed was dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 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.

6.09 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games and amassed 22/445/3 during that six-game span. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016 as my WR3.

7.04 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012.

8.09 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. I like him a lot in Round 8.

9.04 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: Even if the plan is for DeMarco Murray to handle the bulk of carries, Henry will be involved and should see his role expand over the course of the season.

10.09 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: If things go according to plan for the Cowboys (at least, based on my belief of what the "plan" is), their offense should be run-heavy similar to the 2014 season, which limits Romo's upside. Even with career-best efficiency numbers in 2014, Romo finished as only the 11th-best fantasy quarterback that year. There are obvious durability concerns as well, which is another reason why I doubled up on the position here.

11.04 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch, Carr averaged 18.33 fantasy points (263.18 Y/G and 24:6 TD-to-INT ratio) through Week 12, but he averaged only 14.34 (218.4 Y/G and 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio) over his final five games. That said, Carr still finished as fantasy's QB14 overall in 2016 and he's a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 going into the 2016 season. With Romo and Carr, I'll play the matchups. In fact, Romo has the second-most favorable fantasy strength of schedule.

12.09 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and the rookie brings plenty of confidence to the team's backfield. "I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job," Booker said. While he may not "take" C.J. Anderson's job, Booker is the Broncos running back to own (after CJA) and should challenge for early-down snaps.

13.04 - Carolina Panthers D/ST: Normally, I wait until the second-to-final round to draft my D/ST. I miscalculated thinking I was only one round earlier than usual.

14.09 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Agholor's rookie season went much worse than anyone anticipated, but he apparently dealt with a high-ankle sprain during the middle of the season. Starting opposite Jordan Matthews, Agholor should see much improved numbers and should exceed value at this draft slot.

15.04 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: Matthews missed the final five games last season due to injury. Through the first 10 games, Matthews was on pace for 69/1,059/6. While I wouldn't expect that stat line in his first season in Tennessee, he's a solid WR depth option late in drafts.

16.09 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos: Last round, I needed a kicker.

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May 30, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Cincinnati Bengals

In addition to our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will have preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Cincinnati Bengals:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Andy Dalton338514395828.315.9591652.8288.92
Before sustaining a thumb injury that essentially ended his season, Dalton was having a career-best year: 106.2 passer rating, 66.1 completion percentage, 8.4 Y/A and 25:7 TD-to-INT ratio. While Dalton is healthy again, the loss of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and several of his top weapons from 2015, it's unlikely that he performs at that pace once again. That said, he goes into 2016 as a solid QB2 option.
A.J. McCarron47530.30.21203.32

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jeremy Hill2259239.5181120.5163.5
Admittedly, I was high, too high, on Hill going into the 2015 season and he was a disappointment. With one more carry than he had as a rookie, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Perhaps we shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill.
Giovani Bernard1607043.4514492147.7
Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard, who should easily reach value at his current ADP (RB30) even if his ceiling is limited by Hill's presence.
Rex Burkhead4120.18690.310.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
A.J. Green90134110.4000196.5
With only 132 targets last season, Green was targeted 10-plus times in only four of 16 games in 2015. While he may not have as much upside as the receivers ranked ahead of him, Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in all five of his NFL seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns three times.
Brandon LaFell496423.916088.2
Following up a career 2014 season (74/953/7), LaFell finished with 37 catches for 515 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games. Signing a one-year free-agent deal with the Bengals, LaFell has a chance to be the second-most targeted wideout on the team after A.J. Green although they used their second-round pick on Tyler Boyd.
Tyler Boyd434212.615058.2
Cody Core4600.30007.8
Brandon Tate2230.21704.2
Mario Alford2240.10003
James Wright0000000

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Tyler Eifert566557.3109.3
Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2016. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games, all of which occurred by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. Given the team's free-agent losses in the passing game, Eifert should see a bump in targets in 2016, which will hopefully make his weekly production less TD-dependent.
Tyler Kroft151741.224.6
C.J. Uzomah2210.23.3

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May 29, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons

In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Atlanta Falcons:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Ryan413621472024.814.932670.3281.6
Ryan has thrown for more than 4,500 yards in each of the past four seasons, but Ryan's 21 passing touchdowns were the lowest since his rookie season (2008). After finishing as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the previous five seasons, Ryan finished as fantasy's QB19 in 2015. If there's a positive for Ryan going into 2016, it's that he should feel more comfortable with a full season of running Kyle Shanahan's offense under his belt.
Matt Schaub46370.20.31-101.88

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Devonta Freeman2319479.2675162.7217.7
Just like we had all expected, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards. In addition, he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he may not lead the NFL in touchdowns again, he's developed into a three-down back for the Falcons.
Tevin Coleman1155292.98570.277.2
Injuries slowed Coleman, who missed four games as a rookie. While he lost three fumbles on just 87 carries, he did average 4.5 yards per carry and he has plenty of big-play ability. Assuming he stays healthy and does a better job of protecting the football, Coleman could wind up getting in the neighborhood of 10 touches per game in 2016.
Patrick DiMarco00012980.814.6
Terron Ward18670.4539013

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julio Jones12417488.7160227.6
Not only did Jones lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,871), but it was second-most of any season in NFL history. Despite having more than 100 catches and 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, Jones has only 14 touchdowns in those two seasons. Based on his volume of targets as well as his combination of size and speed, Jones should be more productive in the red zone.
Mohamed Sanu626703.7210090.2
The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta's No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role more so than talent, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5), a year in which he also led the league in drops.
Justin Hardy424122.500056.2
Devin Hester162261.15280.132.6
Nick Williams141360.700017.8
Devin Fuller5690.30008.7
Eric Weems11200001.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jacob Tamme424540.850.2
Austin Hooper262913.147.7
The second tight end off the board in this year's draft, Hooper landed in a pretty good spot in terms of potential opportunity. The Falcons have a number of players that will vie for targets after stud receiver Julio Jones (but no elite options). That said, rookie tight ends tend to struggle so expectations should be relatively low for Hooper out of the gate.
Levine Toilolo6420.57.2

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 12

We have completed our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

Four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- each drafted for three (of 12) teams. The draft used standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

With that said, here are Round 12 results from our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

12.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

What's worse than breaking your collar bone? Breaking it twice. Not only did Romo break his collar bone twice last season, but he had surgery in March. That said, he has been participating in the team's OTAs. If he (and Dez Bryant) can stay healthy, Romo could finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback.

But it wouldn't surprise me if the Cowboys went with a run-heavy attack similar to two seasons ago, when Romo finished as only fantasy's QB11 despite having an incredibly efficient season (69.9 completion percentage and 34:9 TD-to-INT ratio). On a positive note, Romo has a favorable fantasy strength of schedule -- 2nd-most favorable to only Matthew Stafford and the Lions.

12.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Graham failed to make the impact that many expected. In fact, Russell Wilson's strong performance in the second half of the season mostly occurred with Graham injured. While it's unclear if Graham will be ready for the start of the season, the team at least is hopeful that he will be ready for Week 1.

12.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Despite injuries to Romo and Bryant and not starting at the beginning of the season, McFadden scored the 13th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2015. Not only did McFadden play a full 16-game season for a second year in a row, but he reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career as well. Unfortunately for McFadden, the Cowboys used the No. 4 overall pick on Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, so his workload is set to drop considerably.

12.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Aiken had a nice 2015 season with 75 catches for 944 yards, but that production should decline with the addition of Mike Wallace and returns of Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman.

12.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) out for the season, Funchess underperformed expectations with a stat line of 31/473/5 in 2015. On a positive note, all five of his touchdowns came in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. With Benjamin healthy, however, Funchess is no better than third (and possibly fourth) in line for targets.

12.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Underutilized at Ohio State, Thomas will step into a prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL, which will give him an opportunity to make a significnat contribution as a rookie.

12.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins used a third-round pick on Drake, who was a change-of-pace back to Derrick Henry at Alabama last season. While he's not a threat to Jay Ajayi's lead-back role, Drake should get plenty of work on third downs and could finish as a top-50 back in 2016.

12.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Powell was a PPR machine down the stretch as he finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games, which included three top-eight finishes. While Chris Ivory is no longer on the roster, signing Matt Forte, one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, was not a positive for Powell's outlook. That said, he's still a top-50 back for 2016 with more upside in PPR formats.

12.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Agholor's rookie season went much worse than anyone anticipated, but he apparently dealt with a high-ankle sprain during the middle of the season. The first-round draft pick finished 2015 with only 23 catches for 283 yards and one touchdown in 13 games and had 35 yards or less in all but two games. Starting opposite Jordan Matthews, Agholor should see dramatically improved numbers in his second season and could exceed value at his current draft slot.

12.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

With Tom Brady as the starter for this team, it's possible that Mariota will need to start the first four games with Brady's four-game suspension reinstated. Especially if he runs more often, the second-year quarterback has plenty of upside in 2016.

Finishing as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in four of his 12 games, Mariota had his share of big games. Typical for a rookie, however, Mariota's performance was up and down, but he had one of the league's worst supporting casts around him as well. No team allowed more sacks (54), but the Titans improved both their offensive line and skill-position options this offseason as well. Even so, the Titans should find themselves in catchup mode often, which is a positive for Mariota's fantasy value.

12.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts

One of the fastest players in the league, Dorsett, the team's first-round pick in 2015, had more than two receptions in only one of 11 games played last season. While his production should improve in his second season, he's clearly behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief on the depth chart.

12.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants

The bulk of Vereen's production comes as a receiver (59/495/4, all of which were receiving career highs), but he still finished as the RB38 in standard-scoring formats (RB27 in PPR). In other words, he's a solid RB5 for Dan's team.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 11

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are down to the final round.

Here are the Round 11 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

11.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks

With the retirement of Marshawn Lynch and injury (broken ankle) to Thomas Rawls, the Seahawks used multiple draft picks on running backs with Prosise being the earliest (Round 3). At a minimum, however, the team plans to use Prosise as their third-down/passing-down back. In fact, Prosise began his Notre Dame career as a wide receiver.

Coach Pete Carroll recently said the following of Prosise (via the Seattle Times): "He’s going to do things that he’s really good at and then we’re going to expand his role as he can handle it. There’s no reason he can’t be a first-down back, too. We just know what we’re going to attempt to do with him on third down."

11.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Filling in for Le'Veon Bell due to suspension and then injury, Williams finished as fantasy's RB4 in 2015. Williams racked up a total of 1,274 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns last year. If Bell plays a full season, Williams obviously won't come anywhere close to his 2015 numbers, but he is a must-own for any Bell owner, like Brendan.

11.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Miller, but Green recently underwent ankle surgery. Assuming that he is healthy before the start of the season, Green should shatter previous career highs and he has top-10 upside.

11.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos

The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and the rookie brings plenty of confidence to the team's backfield. "I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job," Booker said. While he may not "take" C.J. Anderson's job, Booker is the Broncos running back to own (after CJA) and should challenge for early-down snaps.

11.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

With 662 pass attempts (previous career high: 582), Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game and threw 29 touchdowns despite multi-game absences by his top-two pass-catchers -- Keenan Allen (played eight games) and Antonio Gates (11 games). In fact, Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him.

Sean drafted Ben Roethlisberger in the eighth round, but Rivers gives Sean some protection if Big Ben misses time. Roethlisberger missed four games last season and has missed at least three games in three of the past six seasons.

11.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants

Over the past couple of seasons at UCLA, Perkins ran for 2,918 yards, hauled in 56 receptions for 443 yards and scored a total of 26 touchdowns. With Rashad Jennings having a shaky durability track record and turning 31 this offseason, Perkins could find himself with a relatively large role as a rookie.

Given that Sean waited until Round 5 to select his first running back, none of his team's running backs rank inside my top-24 backs. So with a team full of "flex" running backs, Perkins gives Sean some insurance with Jennings as one of his top-three backs.

11.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

With Justin Forsett healthy and the team drafting Kenneth Dixon in the fourth round, it's unclear how 2016 touches will be allocated, but Allen has shown an ability to be productive when given the opportunity. With Forsett sidelined over the final seven games of the season, Allen totalled 629 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches (including 37 receptions).

11.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings

In limited opportunities, McKinnon has been productive -- 4.9 yards per carry in 165 career rush attempts. And Adrian Peterson is clearly the team's workhorse, but McKinnon should see a larger workload than he had last year (73 touches).

11.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who should be the No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham with Rueben Randle signing with the Eagles and the uncertainty of what Victor Cruz will be able to provide. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie.

11.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions

Riddick had 80 catches for 697 yards plus 133 rushing yards and three total touchdowns last season. While he's much better in PPR formats (RB18 last year), he finished as a top-40 option in standard-scoring leagues as well.

11.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

Gates missed five games, but still finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015 at 35 years old. In fact, his 57.3 yards per game was a four-year high. If Keenan Allen stays healthy for a full season, he may average fewer yards, but he remains the favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers and a top-12 option at the position heading into his age-36 season.

11.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers

In spite of poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. With better weapons on San Diego's roster, Benjamin may be third in line behind Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers even if he falls a little short.

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May 28, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 10

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now down to the final two rounds.

Here are the Round 10 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

10.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

Many believed that Doctson was the best receiver in this year's rookie class, but it may be a season before his true impact is felt as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are still on the team's roster. It would make sense for the team to part ways with Garcon, but it sounds unlikely at this point, but both Garcon and D-Jax will become free agents next offseason. While Doctson's 2017 season should be much better than his 2016 season, his role in the offense should expand as the season progresses.

10.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills

When given touches, Williams was highly productive -- 93 carries for 517 yards (5.6 YPC), 11 catches for 96 yards and nine total touchdowns -- in 11 games last season. For this team, he's a high-upside RB5 if LeSean McCoy misses any time.

10.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Missing much of training camp and the first four games of the season, Thomas did not make the impact that he or the team expected when they signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract. Thomas should establish better chemistry with Blake Bortles this season provided he can stay healthy, but he has missed multiple games in each of the past three seasons as a starter with the Broncos and the Jags.

10.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Injuries slowed Coleman, who missed four games as a rookie. While he lost three fumbles on just 87 carries, he did average 4.5 yards per carry and he has plenty of big-play ability. Assuming he stays healthy and does a better job of protecting the football, Coleman could wind up getting in the neighborhood of 10 touches per game in 2016. Plus, Dan's team owns Devonta Freeman as well so this pick provides him some insurance.

10.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens used their 2015 first-round draft pick on Perriman, but the big-play wideout missed all of 2015 due to a PCL injury. With the Ravens adding Mike Wallace, however, both receivers will compete for the same role within the offense.

10.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta's No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role more so than talent, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5), a year in which he also led the league in drops.

10.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

With 50-plus catches in each of the past three seasons, Fleener should have an opportunity to exceed that production by a considerable amount. In the team's first season without Jimmy Graham, Ben Watson essentially came out of nowhere to finish as a top-eight fantasy tight end in 2015. Playing with Drew Brees and with Watson gone, Fleener could not have landed in a better spot as a free agent.

10.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints

Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games.

10.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz set career highs in 2015 with 75 catches for 853 yards, but he had just two touchdowns. Ertz was especially good over the final four games of the season with a 35/450/1 line during that span. Obviously, he'll slow from his end-of-season torrid pace, but hopefully Ertz can build upon last year's positive momentum.

10.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

The Bears used a fifth-round pick on Howard and it wouldn't surprise me if the 230-pound back ends up scoring more fantasy points than Jeremy Langford. To be clear, I have Langford ranked higher than Howard, but I'd much rather draft Howard late than Langford early. One AFC running backs coach called Howard the "best runner in this year's draft" (via NFL.com) and while I wouldn't go that far, Howard will be a back that I target late in virtually all of my drafts.

10.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Some will knock Treadwell for his (lack of) speed, but the Vikings first-round pick is a big-bodied (6-2, 221), physical receiver with strong hands that runs good routes. Perhaps a bigger problem than his speed is Minnesota's offense, as no team threw it less than the Vikings in 2015, but Treadwell should make his presence felt in the red zone.

10.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns

It was the atypical 30-year-old breakout for Barnidge last season as he finished with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which exceeded his NFL production from 2008 to 2014 combined. In fact, only Rob Gronkowski scored more fantasy points than Barnidge in standard-scoring formats (TE4 in PPR) last season. While he may not finish as a top-five producer once again, he enters the season as a viable starting tight end despite a change in coaching staff and quarterback.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 9

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and ROund 9 is now complete.

Here are the Round 9 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

9.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

In his second season, Bortles threw for 4,428 yards, 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and ran for 310 yards and two more scores. Bortles needs to cut down on the turnovers and he's unlikely to repeat the 35 touchdowns, but he was consistent in terms of fantasy production last year. Finishing with the fourth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks, Bortles was a top-10 weekly performer 10 times last season.

9.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans

The Titans have a number of receivers on their roster, but Green-Beckham is the most talented and the second-year wideout certainly has the most upside out of the group. The 6-foot-5 receiver had both of his 100-yard games in December so he will look to build upon his late-season momentum.

9.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Arian Foster, RB, Free Agent

A ruptured Achilles ended his 2015 season prematurely and he will turn 30 prior to the start of the 2016 NFL season as Foster currently remains an unsigned free agent. A couple of potential landing spots, such as Miami or Washington, could lead to a sizable workload for Foster, which makes him a high-upside, low-floor option at his current eighth-round ADP.

Using the first three of this team's picks on receivers, I've loaded up on running backs since then as Foster would be this team's RB5. Considering Jay Ajayi, my fifth-round pick, projects as the team's RB2, Foster provides some insurance in the event that he signs with the Dolphins.

9.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

Taking this team's starting wide receivers -- Julio Jones and Keenan Allen -- in the first three rounds, Jackson is a high-upside weekly option as my WR3. And even though Washington used a first-round pick on Josh Doctson, D-Jax remains a boom-or-bust weekly option that should finish with 1,000 yards or so provided he remains healthy.

A hamstring injury limited Jackson to just nine games last season so his overall numbers dropped to 30/528/4 after finishing with 56/1,169/6 in 2014. Over the final six weeks of the season, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns.

9.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

With Martavis Bryant suspended for the season, it should lead to a higher volume of targets and production for Wheaton, who finished with 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns last season. Over the first 10 games of the season, five of which Bryant missed last year, Wheaton had less than 20 yards seven times. Over the final six games, however, Wheaton had a total of 476 yards and four touchdowns.

9.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans

Missing six games last season, Wright finished with 36 catches for 408 yards, both of which were career lows in terms of absolute numbers and per-game production. With the team signing Rishard Matthews this offseason, it's possible that Wright is off the field in two-WR sets, which makes him a low-upside WR4/5.

9.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

Jones set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (816) in his final season with the Bengals last year. While the Lions should be more balanced this year, no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays than Detroit last year. And while Golden Tate should lead the receiving corps in targets and production, the retirement of Calvin Johnson and lack of depth beyond Tate and Jones should lead to new career highs in catches and yards for Jones.

9.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

Finishing in the top 25 in both categories, Crowell carried the ball 185 times for 706 yards last season. He also added 19 catches for 182 yards and scored a total of five touchdowns. New coach Hue Jackson has talked up Crowell (and backfield mate Duke Johnson) and he could once again finish as a top-25 rusher once again.

9.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

For a second consecutive season, Manning finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. In both seasons, Manning threw 600-plus times and exceeded 4,400-plus yards while throwing a total of 65 touchdowns. With one of the league's most dynamic players as his go-to receiver, there's no reason Eli shouldn't finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback once again. And coincidentally, Manning is the 10th quarterback off the board in this mock.

9.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

Slumping down the stretch, Carr averaged 18.33 fantasy points (263.18 Y/G and 24:6 TD-to-INT ratio) through Week 12, but he averaged only 14.34 (218.4 Y/G and 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio) over his final five games. That said, Carr still finished as fantasy's QB14 overall in 2016 and he's a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 going into the 2016 season.

9.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Smith is coming off a career-worst season -- 33 catches, 663 yards and four touchdowns all set or tied career lows. With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith is the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays.

9.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins

Over the final 10 games of the season, few quarterbacks were as productive as Cousins, who threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more and threw only three interceptions. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times.

Whether Cousins plays out this season under the franchise tag or both sides agree to a long-term deal before the July 15th deadline, he is set up for success with a talented supporting cast that drafted TCU's Josh Doctson in the first round and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 8

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 8.

Here are the Round 8 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

8.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens

At the turn, Sean took Justin Forsett with the pick immediately preceeding this one. A talented rookie that slipped to the Ravens in the fourth round, Dixon could quickly emerge as the lead back in the team's crowded backfield. While Buck Allen will get work as well, doubling up here gives Sean a better chance of securing the team's best fantasy back.

8.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, it wouldn't surprise me if me duplicates last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

8.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Before breaking his leg, Johnson ranked near the top of the league in rush attempts and yards last season. In 11 games, CJ2K finished with 196 carries for 814 yards. That said, he averaged 3.6 YPC or less in his final four games before the injury and David Johnson should dominate backfield touches in 2016 as long as he remains healthy.

- Related: 2016 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Football Projections

8.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With CJ2K and V-Jax, Dan has taken players with 11th-round ADPs three rounds early. Neither of these guys are guys that I would take earlier than their ADPs, however.

Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs both in absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. Jackson had just one or two catches in four of his 10 games last year.

8.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in his final 12 games of the season and due to that level of consistency, he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 11 of 16 weeks.

8.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, Henry has great speed for his size (6-3, 247) and he should challenge DeMarco Murray early on for work as part of their backfield committee. Perhaps early in the season, we could see Murray getting 15-18 touches and Henry getting 10-12 touches per game.

8.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and he should enter the season as the lead back. That said, he turned 31 in March, has struggled with durability and the Giants drafted Paul Perkins in the fifth round of this year's draft.

8.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

For a second consecutive season, Big Ben has led the NFL in passing yards per game (328.2/G in 2015). Even with the full-season suspension of Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger has top-five upside provided he can stay healthy for 16 games.

8.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Even without Jimmy Graham last year, Brees averaged 324.7 yards per game, which was the second-highest of his career. Over the past five seasons, Brees has averaged no less than 309.5 YPG with at least 32 touchdowns per year. During that five-year stretch, no quarterback has more passing yards (25,637), passing touchdowns (193) or 300-yard games (52).

8.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

It's déjà vu all over again with the four-game suspension for Brady, who appears as determined as ever to fight the suspension. Perhaps Brady won't have to serve the suspension in 2016, but even if he does, he should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

8.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer has a chance to once again finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2016. Excluding Week 17, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.

8.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs got off to a great start with six-plus catches and 87-plus yards in each of his first four games played and he was clearly the most productive of Minnesota's wide receivers. After the first four games, however, he exceeded 50 yards only twice and he closed the season with 22 yards or less in four of his final five games.

No team threw it less than Minnesota (454 pass attempts) and they drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round. In other words, Diggs is a solid receiver at this spot, but the upside is limited.

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May 24, 2016

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert to have ankle surgery

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will undergo ankle surgery with an estimated three-month timetable for him to return, per Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted, Eifert's availability for the start of the season is in "jeopardy."

The injury was initially sustained at the Pro Bowl in January, but it hasn't healed as quickly as hoped. Through three NFL seasons, Eifert missed a total of 19 games as he has battled a variety of injuries.

While he missed three games last season, Eifert was highly productive when he was on the field. Scoring the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends, Eifert finished with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Even though they signed Brandon LaFell and drafted Tyler Boyd to fill the void created by free-agent departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, Eifert was/is expected to assume an even larger role in the passing game going forward.

Ranked fourth in my 2016 Fantasy Football TE Rankings, Eifert is currently behind only Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen and Jordan Reed. It's possible that he slides down a spot or two in my next update based on the potential risk that he isn't ready for the start of the season, but he will remain a top-four fantasy tight end for me provided he's available for the opener.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 7

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson (yours truly), Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 7.

Here are the Round 7 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

7.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans Saints

If we were assigning mock draft superlatives, this would certainly earn the title of Most Surprising Pick. Based on early ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator, Hightower has an average draft position of 180 (14th round).

I have to admit I have no idea what Dan was thinking when he made this pick, as he could have waited until the last round of this mock (Round 12) for Hightower. My guess is Dan worries about Mark Ingram's durability and is basing this pick on what Hightower did last season as Ingram's injury replacement — and could do in that role again this year. In the final four games of the season (with Ingram sidelined), Hightower finished as a top-seven fantasy running back three times and averaged 24.0 touches and 17.4 fantasy points per game over that stretch.

And even though Ingram has missed at least three games in four of his five NFL seasons, Hightower will have little weekly value when Ingram is healthy. With only LeSean McCoy (2.12) and Jeremy Langford (4.12) as starting running backs on Dan's team, I'd prefer a running back in this spot that could provide more weekly production, such as Giovani Bernard or Chris Ivory.

7.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce's 2015 numbers (875 yards and five touchdowns) were very similar to his 2014 numbers (862 yards and five touchdowns). Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski (2,300), Greg Olsen (2,112) and Delanie Walker (1,978) have more receiving yards than Kelce (1,737) over the past two seasons.

7.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career.

In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard, who should easily reach value at his current ADP (RB30) even if his ceiling is limited by Hill's presence.

7.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

One year after finishing as a top-20 fantasy running back, Ivory finished 2015 as a top-10 fantasy back while recording his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,070 yards on 247 carries). Signing a free-agent deal with the Jaguars, however, Ivory will be part of a 1-2 punch with second-year back T.J. Yeldon in 2016. Only the Lions ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays than the Jaguars last season, but the team should run the ball more often in 2016 with an improved outlook.

7.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

Atop the team's depth chart, Abdullah has some breakout potential in 2016. No team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, but the retirement of Calvin Johnson should lead to more play-calling balance. Abdullah rushed for 597 yards on 143 carries, added 25 catches for 183 yards and scored three total touchdowns as a rookie.

7.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts

In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. Moncrief had turf toe surgery earlier this offseason, but he should be ready for training camp. With an ideal combination of great size (6-2, 222) and athleticism (4.40 forty, 39.5-inch vertical), the 22-year-old (turns 23 in August) Moncrief has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.

7.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Dangerous as a returner, Lockett became more involved in the team's offense in the second half of his rookie season. While he had a couple of return scores early in the season, all six of his receiving scores occurred in the final 10 games of the season. Lockett should improve upon his rookie receiving numbers (51/664/6) in 2016.

7.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

White missed all of his rookie season due to a stress fracture in his shin. Recovered from last year's injury, White has all of the physical tools to develop into a dominant receiver in the league and should finish second on the team in targets behind Alshon Jeffery in 2016.

7.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

In his 38 games (regular season and playoffs) as a Patriot, Blount has a total of 24 touchdowns. The biggest challenge with owning Blount — or any Patriots running back — is that he could go from 30 carries and three touchdowns one week to two carries the next week.

7.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Postponing his retirement by one year, the obvious concerns with Smith is that he is now 37 years old and coming off a torn Achilles injury. That said, Smith had 46 catches for 670 yards and three scores in his seven games played last season. His 95.7 YPG average was the third-highest of his career and his most in nearly a decade (2008).

7.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

Only four running backs had more receptions than Johnson (61) had as a rookie last season. Better in PPR formats (RB23 in 2015), Johnson still managed to finish as a top-35 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats as well. Coincidentally, Johnson is the 35th running back off the board in this mock.

7.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Forsett broke his arm in the team's 10th game and he missed the final six games of the season. In the first nine games, however, he averaged 16.33 touches per game in the first nine games of the season. Forsett will open camp atop the team's depth chart, but he turns 31 this year and Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon will push him for snaps early on.

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May 22, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Arizona Cardinals

We are currently in the process of creating our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections.

In addition to having fantasy football projections by position, we will have preseason projections per NFL team as well. Our plan is to post one team's projection per day over the next 32 days.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Arizona Cardinals.

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Carson Palmer3455464586301226470.8300.94
Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer has a chance to once again finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2016. Excluding Week 17, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.
Drew Stanton715920.50.511-1104.08

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
David Johnson248111610.9474471.9233.1
Injuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches last season. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson will spend all of 2016 as the team's featured back.
Andre Ellington763652.7282581.587.5
Chris Johnson963982.47640.261.8
Kerwynn Williams4180.132504.9
Stepfan Taylor8260.31504.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
John Brown6610106.93120143.6
In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers, however, are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.
Larry Fitzgerald839308.3000142.8
Fitzgerald 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.
Michael Floyd599977.1000142.3
While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015.
J.J. Nelson163071.915042.6
Jaron Brown101290.800017.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Darren Fells202821.839
Jermaine Gresham161700.620.6
Troy Niklas5530.68.9

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 6

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Kevin Hanson, Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley and Dan Yanotchko -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now halfway through our 12-round mock draft.

Here are the Round 6 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

6.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

Perhaps my favorite pick in this mock so far, I was hoping Lewis would last one more pick. Tearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. (Only four running backs had 1,400-plus YFS in 2015 although injuries played a part in that as well.) Still only 25 years old, there's a good chance that Lewis will be ready for the start of the season.

6.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) in 2015. And when he was on the field, he was (much) less than 100 percent for much of those games. Like Cam, Luck benefits from his dual-threat abilities as he rushed for 255-plus yards per year with a total of 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

6.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totalled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Woodhead played just three games in 2014, but Woodhead has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in each of his past three full seasons. In fact, he finished as a top-10 fantasy running back (RB3 in PPR) in 2015.

6.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders

Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012. Crabtree exceeded 55 yards only once in his final eight games after doing so five times in his first eight games, but he had a minimum of four receptions in 15 of 16 games.

6.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

The 2015 first-round pick out of Louisville, Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games of the season. During that six-game span, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

6.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

After a slow start, Wilson's production spiked down the stretch as he once again finished the full season as fantasy's QB3. Not only did Wilson rush for 500-plus yards for a third consecutive season, he finished with career-best passing numbers — 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, 68.1 completion percentage and 110.1 passer rating. Wilson should once again finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback.

6.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

Failing to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaging just 3.48 YPC, Gordon disappointed fantasy owners as a rookie. While his January microfracture surgery isn't a positive, the Chargers don't seem too concerned based on both their words and actions (no tailbacks drafted or added via free agency). Provided he stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for MG3 and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how reviving the team's rushing attack is his priority.

6.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman has a few things working in his favor. Not only is he an explosive athlete, few teams have a worse receiving corps than the Browns, who should also find themselves trailing and needing to throw. Especially if Josh Gordon isn't reinstated, it wouldn't surprise me if Coleman finishes with 70-80 receptions and roughly 1,000 yards as a rookie.

6.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Missing four games as a rookie, Yeldon averaged more than 18 touches per game but finished with just two rushing touchdowns. With the team signing free-agent Chris Ivory in the offseason, Yeldon's workload should decline on a per-game basis. On a positive note, the team should be much more competitive in 2016 and that should lead to an improved run-play percentage (34.98 percent). Only the Lions had a lower run-play ratio in 2015.

6.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

With the exception of an 11-game 2010 season, Gore rushed for 1,000-plus yards every other season from 2006 to 2014. In his first season with the Colts, however, Gore fell just shy of the 1,000-yard milestone with 967 yards on 260 carries and a career-low 3.7 YPC.

While Gore turned 33 years old earlier this month, the team used four draft picks on their offensive line, which should help both the running game and Andrew Luck, who missed nine games last season. Based on the team's depth chart behind him, Gore should get 250-plus carries once again if he can stay healthy.

6.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

In two seasons with the Broncos, Sanders finished with 101/1,404/7 (2014) and 76/1,135/4 (2015). Given the team's quarterback situation, however, it's likely that the Broncos rely heavily on their running game and defense and Sanders sets three-year lows as a Bronco. That said, he's a strong WR3 for Brendan's team especially given the strength of his running backs (Le'Veon Bell, Mark Ingram and Carlos Hyde).

6.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2016. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games, all of which occurred by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. Given the team's free-agent losses in the passing game, Eifert should see a bump in targets in 2016, which will hopefully make his weekly production less TD-dependent.

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May 19, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 5.

Here are the Round 5 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

5.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

In a breakout second season, Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Along with teammate Allen Robinson, the two Allens were among only nine wide receivers to post 1,000/10 lines in 2015. With an improved team outlook, the Jaguars are unlikely to rank second pass-play percentage (65.02%) once again, but Hurns is a solid WR3 in 2016.

5.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

A 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. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a lot of upside in 2016.

5.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

With Lamar Miller in Houston and the Dolphins only using a third-round pick on Alabama's Kenyan Drake, Ajayi's workload is certain to jump in his sophomore campaign. Beginning last season on short-term IR, Ajayi plans to shed about 10 pounds to be shiftier after averaging just 3.8 YPC as a rookie.

5.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Earlier this offseason, Mathews was reportedly available for trade, but he enters the season as Philadelphia's lead back. The Eagles drafted Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round and still have the versatile Darren Sproles, but Mathews should get close to 250 touches if he stay healthy for a full season.

5.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Matthews improved on his rookie numbers with 85 receptions (67 as a rookie) and 997 yards (872 as a rookie) and once again hauled in eight touchdown receptions, but fantasy owners had bigger expectations from Matthews. On a positive note, six of his eight touchdowns came in his final six games and he finished with 100-plus yards in two of his final three games.

5.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins

Impressive during the preseason (7.0 YPC), Jones had a couple of big games in the regular season -- 19/123/2 rushing in Week 2 and 187 YFS in Week 10. That said, Jones averaged just 3.4 YPC on the season, fumbled five times on 163 touches and missed three games last season. The good news, though, is Jones will get a large workload as the Redskins have limited depth behind Jones.

5.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Olsen followed up his first career 1,000-yard season with another (77/1,104/7) and scored fourth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2015. The durable and consistent tight end enters 2016 as a top-three tight end.

5.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) for the season hurt the offense in general and Rodgers production in particular. Rodgers completed 60.7 percent of his attempts for just 6.7 Y/A, both of which were lows since becoming a starter (2008). Before this season, however, Rodgers finished as the QB1 or QB2 in all full seasons as a starter and I'd be comfortable drafting him after Cam Newton (and perhaps Andrew Luck).

5.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers, however, are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.

5.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams

Even though Austin had just 473 receiving yards, the versatile receiver had a total of 907 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns including a punt return touchdown. Even though Austin finished as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver in 2015, I don't expect a repeat performance in 2016 and there are several receivers still on the board (Golden Tate, Michael Floyd, etc. to name a few) that I'd prefer over Austin.

5.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

Tate followed up a career-best season (99/1,331/4 in 2014) with another 90-catch season although he averaged just 9.0 Y/R in 2015. With the retirement of Calvin Johnson, however, Tate should lead the team in targets and he's been productive in the games that Megatron has missed. Tate should easily exceed his WR30 draft slot in this mock.

5.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. A nice value here, Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015.

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May 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we now through Round 4 of our "slow" mock draft.

Here are the Round 4 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

After leading the NFL in rushing (1,845 yards) in 2014 and signing a large free-agent deal with the Eagles, Murray rushed for only 702 yards in 2015 and set career lows in YPG (46.8) and YPC (3.6). Murray's outlook isn't as positive after the team drafted Derrick Henry in the second round, but he should is a solid mid-RB2 going into 2016.

4.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Missing seven games with a broken foot, Edelman set a career high with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Edelman has missed multiple games in each of the past two seasons, but he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Two concerns heading into 2016, however, are another recent foot surgery for Edelman and the reinstatement of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

4.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Reunited 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 remains a solid WR2 heading into 2016 and he's the WR19 in this mock.

4.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Fitzgerald 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.

4.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

As a rookie in 2014, Benjamin finished with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately he missed all of 2015, but he's clearly the team's top wide receiver for last year's highest-scoring offense.

4.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Not only did he set career highs of 78 receptions, 1,069 yards and (a league-high) 14 touchdowns last season, but Baldwin scored 11 of those touchdowns during the five-game span from Weeks 12 to 16. It's possible that Baldwin reaches the 1,000-yard milestone again, but the 5-foot-10 receiver had a total of 15 touchdowns in his first four seasons combined.

4.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Through the first three games of the season, it was so far, so good with Cobb, who had hauled in 20 receptions for 245 and four touchdowns. From there on out, however, Cobb disappointed his fantasy owners. Over the final 13 games, Cobb averaged 47.85 YFS per game and scored only two touchdowns. With Jordy Nelson (ACL) back as the team's No. 1 receiver, however, it should take pressure off Cobb and lead to improved 2016 production.

4.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

Scoring 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. The quarterback situation for the Jets is still unsettled, but I ultimately think we will see Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets work out a short-term deal for his return.

4.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets

One of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and signed as a free agent with the Jets this offseason. 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. Forte won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but he's a solid RB2 in 2016.

4.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Admittedly, I was high, too high, on Hill going into the 2015 season and he was a disappointment. With one more carry than he had as a rookie, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Perhaps we shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill and I'm more than willing to gamble on him at the end of Round 4 as my RB2.

4.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Setting a franchise record with 111 receptions last season, Landry had 1,159 receiving yards, 111 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns. Even though he is/was better in PPR formats (WR8 in 2015), Landry finished as the the WR13 in standard-scoring formats last season.

4.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

Filling in as a starter for Matt Forte in Weeks 9 to 11, Langford racked up 366 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his three starts. While he averaged more than 20 fantasy points per game in his three starts, Langford averaged only 3.63 yards per carry on the season. If Langford doesn't improve his efficiency, it wouldn't surprise me if Jordan Howard carves out an expanded role as the season progresses.

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May 17, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through one quarter of our "slow" mock.

Here are the Round 3 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Although he set career highs of 74 catches for 1,206 yards, Evans had just three touchdowns (after 12 as a rookie) and led the league in drops. Only 22 years old (turns 23 in August) and with the continued development of Jameis Winston, Evans has a chance to post markedly better numbers in 2016.

3.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. While I don't expect a repeat of his historic numbers, 1,200-plus yards and 8-10 touchdowns would be a reasonable projection for his second season with the Jets.

3.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. With Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) now longer in Denver, Thomas may still approach last year's stat line but his upside is a bit capped due to the team's quarterback situation for 2016.

3.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Before sustaining the injury, only Julio Jones (70) had more catches and only Jones (892) and DeAndre Hopkins (870) had more receiving yards. If he can stay healthy, the 24-year-old receiver should rank near the top of the league in targets in 2016.

3.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

Trading 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. One concern with Watkins, however, is that he had foot surgery recently, which could keep him out of the preseason and foot injuries are always a concern with receivers.

3.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

The top-scoring fantasy quarterback in 2015, Newton threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns. Newton has now finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in four of his five NFL seasons. No quarterback has more weekly upside than the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player as he finished as the weekly QB1 in five of his final nine games in 2015.

3.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

The breakout may not have been as great as many had expected, but Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9. Eight of those touchdowns came in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December so he carries momentum into 2016.

3.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Disappointing 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 less than 100 percent, Hilton's numbers should bounce back in 2016 assuming a healthier version of Luck under center.

3.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

Scoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray had 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games with 13 being the lone exception. Here is the list of players with 15 15-touch games in 2015: Murray. End of list. Comments by the coaching staff about Murray this offseason are a bit of a concern, but the good news is they waited until the fifth round to draft a running back (DeAndre Washington).

3.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

Drafted 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 than both his first half and Hillman. 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. The Broncos brought back Hillman on a one-year deal, but the bigger concern is fourth-rounder Devontae Booker becoming more involved as the season progresses.

3.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. After all, Newton has the third-most rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2011. Before a Week 14 injury, however, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

3.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 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. The only concern is durability; Reed has played only 34 games through three seasons.

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May 16, 2016

Sammy Watkins had foot surgery, could miss preseason

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins underwent foot surgery three weeks ago and is expected to miss the preseason, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

On the other hand, Watkins says that he will be ready for the preseason.

Only 22 years old (turns 23 next month), Watkins finished with career highs of 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns on 60 receptions despite missing three games last season.

Closing the season strong, Watkins exceeded 80 receiving yards in each of his final six games and had 100-yard games in five of his final nine games. During that nine-game span, he finished with 49 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdowns. From Week 9 to 17, only Antonio Brown (1,116) and Julio Jones (979) had more receiving yards than Watkins (900).

Given how troublesome foot injuries can be for receivers, it would make sense for the Bills to proceed with caution and patience. Watkins is 17th in my Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings going into the 2016 season. I'll move Watkins up in my rankings if we get positive health/status updates on Watkins as the season approaches, but the injury is a concern either way.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring -- and we are now through Round 2.

Since this is a "slow" mock draft, we will post picks/rounds as they are complete.

Here are the Round 2 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

There are a few receivers that most would take ahead of Nelson, who is the WR6 in this mock, but I have no issues with Sean taking Nelson here. Not only was his ACL injury sustained relatively early (last preseason), but reports so far have shown him to be ahead of schedule throughout the rehab process. In other words, he should be a full participant once training camp begins.

Set to turn 31 at the end of May, Nelson had stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons prior to the injury. Being the go-to receiver of Aaron Rodgers, Nelson should finish in the neighborhood of 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns with good health in 2016.

2.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old Robinson finished with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 and scored the fourth-most fantasy points among wide receivers. In his final 12 games of the season, Robinson finished with 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown (or more) in every game. Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season.

2.03 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

This is a little earlier than I'd take Cooper, especially with receivers such as A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery and Mike Evans still on the board. Still just 21 years old (turns 22 in June), however, Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie and battled a foot injury down the stretch. In other words, 2015 could have been even better for Cooper and he should take a big leap in his sophomore season.

2.04 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

The top-scoring fantasy running back in 2015, Freeman rushed for 1,056 yards and hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards as he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. Perhaps he won't lead the NFL in touchdowns once again, but the versatile back has upside from his RB7 draft slot.

2.05 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As a rookie, Martin exploded onto the scene with 1,926 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns. After two injury-plagued disappointing campaigns, Martin exceeded the value of his 2015 draft slot with 1,673 YFS and seven touchdowns last season. After re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin should rank near the top of the league in workload and production provided he can stay healthy.

2.06 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

Perennially under-involved in Miami's offense, Miller has been highly productive on a per-touch basis. Despite his modest workload (194 carries, 18th-most in 2015), Miller scored the sixth-most fantasy points last year and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy running back in back-to-back seasons.

Given the change of scenery, Miller is poised for a jump in workload as the new lead back in Houston. Since Bill O'Brien has taken over as coach, the Texans have ranked third in the NFL in offensive plays and second in rushing attempts.

2.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

With only 132 targets last season, Green was targeted 10-plus times in only four of 16 games in 2015. While he may not have as much upside as some of the receivers selected ahead of him, Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in all five of his NFL seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns three times.

2.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

It's been an impressive run for Marshawn Lynch in Seattle, however, he has decided to hang up his cleats. The Seahawks and fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game.

There is risk with Rawls, however, as the Seahawks have been less than clear about the recovery and timeline following last year's broken ankle. In addition, the Seahawks drafted three running backs including Notre Dame's C.J. Prosise in the third round.

2.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

Following back-to-back 1,100-yard rushing seasons with 24 total touchdowns in his first two seasons, Lacy disappointed fantasy owners with only 758 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. Benched for a stint during the season and called out by his coach after the season for his weight, Lacy has shed plenty of pounds as he plays for a new contract following the 2016 season.

2.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

Designated with the franchise tag, Jeffery could be playing for a new contract in 2016 if the two sides don't agree to a long-term deal by July 15th. In an injury-marred 2015 season, Jeffery averaged 6.0 catches and 89.7 yards per game, both of which were career highs. With better health in 2016, Jeffery should finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver.

2.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

The biggest issue with Ingram has been durability. The 26-year-old back has missed three or more games in four of five seasons including four games in 2015. Over the past two seasons, however, Ingram has averaged 18.84 touches, 91.32 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. Despite playing just 12 games, Ingram still finished as fantasy's RB15 in 2015.

2.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

Missing four games in his first season with the Bills, McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches (19.58/G) and 100 YFS (98.92/G) per game. Assuming good health, McCoy should rank near the top of the league leaders in usage and YFS in 2016.

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May 15, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1

In our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly (Kevin Hanson) -- will each draft for three (of 12) teams.

This mock draft will run 12 rounds and will use standard scoring -- i.e., not point-per-reception (PPR) scoring.

Note: This is a "slow" mock, but picks will be added once they are made and I will include comments for all picks as well.

Here are the Round 1 results in our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

1.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Perhaps the consensus top pick in 2016 fantasy football drafts, Dan gets a player that is as safe and productive as it gets. As the saying goes, you can't win -- but you can lose -- your league in Round 1.

While Brown set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, his numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns with a minimum of 110 catches and 1,499 yards per season.

The full-year suspension of Martavis Bryant will benefit the rest of the team's pass catchers more than Brown, but it's another reason that Brown could once again be in store for a career-best season. My top-ranked fantasy wide receiver for 2016, Brown has led all wide receivers in fantasy points in both of the previous two seasons.

1.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Injuries at running back are obviously a huge risk with any running back and Bell missed a huge chunk of last season, but he's a highly productive, true three-down back when he's on the field. In 22 games over the past two seasons, Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. That averages out to 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or more than 17 (standard) fantasy points -- per game.

Last season, only two running backs exceeded 200 fantasy pointsDevonta Freeman (243.9) and Adrian Peterson (230.7). With Bell missing 10 games due to suspension or injury last season, DeAngelo Williams stepped up big time as he finished as fantasy's RB4 (193.4 fantasy points) last year.

If we used Bell's fantasy points scored in the games he played and Williams' fantasy points in the games he did not, the featured back in those 16 games scored 265.3 fantasy points (or more than Freeman or Peterson) . There is obviously some injury concern with Bell (MCL, PCL) going into 2016, but he's my top-ranked fantasy running back and worthy of a top-two pick after Brown.

1.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

Three of the top four players in my overall 2016 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet are wide receivers. With the next two picks in this mock, I've stuck to my board with a pair of wide receivers, but I at least considered drafting a stud running back here given there are so few true workhorse backs in the league these days.

In his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game (2,755 yards in 27 career games). Even though he has missed five games over his first two seasons, OBJ has 15 100-yard games during that span. Only Brown (17) and Julio Jones (16) have more. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) during his two NFL seasons.

1.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Not only did Jones lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,871), but it was second-most of any season in NFL history. Despite having more than 100 catches and 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, Jones has only 14 touchdowns in those two seasons. Based on his volume of targets as well as his combination of size and speed, Jones should be more productive in the red zone.

1.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Injuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches last season. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson will spend all of 2016 as the team's featured back.

1.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

1.07 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Despite missing the first three games of the season, Gurley finished third in the NFL with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Gurley exceeded the 100-yard mark only once in his final eight games, but he still averaged 4.8 yards per carry over his rookie campaign. Despite running behind a poor offensive line and with a rookie quarterback under center, Gurley will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and could lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.

1.08 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March.

1.09 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

Counting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in 90 career games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position. If there's any concern, it's a potential slow start if Tom Brady's four-game suspension is upheld, but I would have taken him if he had slipped two more spots to me at 1.11.

1.10 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Coming off a torn ACL, there's obviously concerns with Charles from a health perspective, but the good news is the injury happened reasonably early in the season so he remains on track for Week 1. The next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry for a season, it will be his first. In his five games last season, he averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game.

In addition to returning from the injury, the other concern with Charles is that the Chiefs will scale back his workload with the presence of other capable backs. Before his injury-shortened 2015 season, Charles' workload dropped from 285 carries (2013) to 259 (2014) to 206 (2015).

1.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Ezekial Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

As a Cowboys fan, I still wish the team used the fourth-overall pick on Jalen Ramsey instead of Elliott. With that said, however, Elliott is a complete back with the vision, power and speed to excel as a runner. Possessing soft hands as a receiver, Elliott is also outstanding in pass protection, which can often limit rookie playing time.

From a fantasy football perspective, Elliott could not have ended up in a better situation. With the skill set to be a true three-down back, Elliott gets to run behind the NFL's best offensive line. Provided Tony Romo and Dez Bryant stay healthy to keep opposing defenses honest, Elliott has the upside to finish as the RB1 in 2016.

1.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

It was a disappointing season for Dez and the Cowboys. Not only was Bryant sidelined for nearly half the season with a broken foot, but Tony Romo broke his collarbone (two times). When healthy, however, Bryant is one of the most dominant receivers in the league and only Rob Gronkowski has more receiving touchdowns than Bryant (53) since 2011.

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May 11, 2016

Julian Edelman had second foot surgery; "on track" for training camp

The bad news? Julian Edelman recently had a second foot surgery, per ESPN's Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss.

The good news? The New England Patriots receiver is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Over nine games last season, Edelman had 61 receptions for 692 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns along with 23 rushing yards. Edelman's per-game pace of 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards set career highs.

With the exception of 2013, Edelman has never played a full 16-game season in any of his other six NFL seasons.

A second foot surgery is a concern, or at least worth monitoring, as is the pending four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, but Edelman is the 17th-ranked wideout in my Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings heading into the 2016 season.

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May 09, 2016

2017 NFL Mock Draft: DeShaun Watson to Browns, Leonard Fournette to Lions

With the 2016 NFL Draft only one week behind us, I've already begun the process of looking ahead to the 2017 NFL Draft.

This should be obvious to everyone, but I'll state it anyways, this preliminary projection of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft will likely change significantly between now and end of the April 2017. Therefore, the goal is primarily to highlight players who could hear their names called on Day 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft and match up some possible fits.

For the draft order, I've used the inverse of my 2016 NFL Power Rankings. And I'll continue to use them for future updates until we know the draft order for certain.

With that said, here is my very early projection of how Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft could play out next April:

1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Since professional football has returned to Cleveland, the Browns have had nothing but question marks under center. While RG3 will enter 2016 as Cleveland's starting quarterback and the team drafted USC's Cody Kessler in the third round, it would be difficult for Hue Jackson and the front office to pass up an opportunity to select a franchise quarterback here.

Despite losing their top receiver in the season opener, Watson went on to finish in the top three among Heisman voting as he led the Tigers to the national championship game against Alabama as a true sophomore. Watson threw for 4,104 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also rushing for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Watson threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama in the championship game and rushed for another 73 yards. Per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, one NFL quarterbacks coach said of Watson: “Those are NFL players he was going against. He threw with anticipation. He was very accurate. He responded well to adversity. He’s a smooth athlete, and he showed he’s tough.”

2. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History: Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M

If the 49ers are selecting second overall in 2017, it's more than possible that they consider a quarterback prospect, such as Miami's Brad Kaaya, in this spot. That said, Garrett has as good of a chance as any other prospect to be the first non-quarterback prospect selected next April. Averaging nearly a sack per game over his first two seasons in College Station, Garrett racked up 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss as a true sophomore in 2015. The 49ers ranked 29th in the NFL in sacks (28) in 2015.

3. San Diego Chargers (Draft History: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

There was some speculation that the Chargers would take either Ronnie Stanley or Laremy Tunsil (pre-social media hack), but it wouldn't surprise me if they draft a tackle here in 2017. PFF graded San Diego's offensive line 32nd of 32 teams in 2015. Starting at left tackle since stepping on campus as a freshman, the former five-star recruit and 2015 All-SEC selection would be a long-term upgrade over either King Dunlap or Joe Barksdale at either tackle spot.

4. Tennessee Titans (Draft History: Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

Only three teams -- 49ers (8.0 Y/A), Browns (8.2) and Saints (8.7) -- allowed more yards per attempt than the Titans (7.9) last season. The Titans used a couple of Day 3 picks on corners, but the 6-foot-1 Tabor has the talent to become the team's true No. 1 corner. Vernon Hargreaves III was a top-11 pick in this year's draft and it's possible that his Gator teammate gets selected even higher than VH3.

5. Detroit Lions (Draft History: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

With Todd Gurley and Ezekial Elliott both going within the first 10 picks of the draft, Fournette should extend that streak for a third consecutive year. The dominant 230-pound sophomore rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns despite the lack of a passing attack to keep defenses honest.

6. Tennessee Titans, via LA, (Draft History: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

By trading the No. 1 overall pick last year, the Titans have a pair of first-rounders and based on my post-draft 2016 NFL Power Rankings, the Titans have a pair of top-six selections as a result. Last year, they added DeMarco Murray, Heisman winner Derrick Henry and Jack Conklin to improve their rushing attack.

With the pick of Smith-Schuster, who finished with 89/1,454/10 as a sophomore, Marcus Mariota get a potential No. 1 wideout. Perhaps Dorial Green-Beckham will take a step forward in his second season and beyond, but Kendall Wright will be a free agent after the 2016 season.

7. Cleveland Browns, via PHI, (Draft History: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn

Playing only seven games over the past two seasons due to injury, Lawson is an explosive edge rusher with the potential to be a top-five selection next April provided he stays healthy. Ranking in the bottom five in the league in sacks (29) last season, the Browns added some pass-rushers through the draft -- Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib, etc., but they declined the fifth-year option on Barkevious Mingo, who has been a disappointment, and Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant will be free agents after the 2017 season.

8. New Orleans Saints (Draft History: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

The Saints improved their defensive line by drafting Louisville's Sheldon Rankings, a disruptive interior defensive lineman, and continue to rebuild the unit by selecting Allen here. After allowing the most points and second-most yards in 2015, however, the team's defense has a long way to go. Despite playing fewer than half of the team's defensive snaps, Allen led the team with 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2015.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Draft History: Jabrill Peppers, DB, Michigan

In addition to having made contributions on offense and in the return game, the versatile Peppers has played safety, cornerback and will play SAM linebacker this season. While the Bucs added VH3 at cornerback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Peppers would provide the Bucs with an upgrade at safety.

10. Chicago Bears (Draft History: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)

With Jay Cutler's guaranteed money set to run out after this season, it's possible that the Bears find a long-term replacement for their turnover-prone quarterback if Kaaya is still on the board here. The son of Angela Means, who played Felisha in the movie Friday, the 6-foot-4 signal-caller has all of the tools to develop into a franchise quarterback.

11. Miami Dolphins (Draft History: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Only five teams recorded fewer sacks than the Dolphins (31) last season. In addition, the Dolphins gave Cameron Wake a two-year extension, but both of their starting defensive ends -- Wake (turns 35 in January) and Mario Williams (turns 32 in January) -- are on the wrong side of 30. Over 26 games in his two seasons with the Vols, Barnett has racked up a total of 20.0 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss.

12. Atlanta Falcons (Draft History: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State

As a 19-year-old sophomore, McDowell recorded 4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles as the team's starting nose tackle. Going into the 2016 season, however, the confident McDowell (6-6, 280 pounds) will line up all over the defensive line including defensive end.

Who's the best defensive lineman in the country? It's McDowell, if you ask McDowell.

"I think I'm the best D-lineman in the country, I can't lie," McDowell said, per Mike Griffith of MLive.com. "So if you want it and you ask for it, you've got to be willing to take on the pressure."

13. New York Jets (Draft History: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

With the retirement of D'Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets signed Ryan Clady to a two-year deal. Based on the deal, the Jets hold an option for 2017 that would pay Clady $10 million (or up to $13 million based on 2016 playing time). Florida State's starting left tackle last season, Johnson won the 2015 ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is awarded to the conference's best blocker.

14. Buffalo Bills (Draft History: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

Stud cornerback Stephon Gilmore is due to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason. If they are unable to sign Gilmore to a long-term deal or they use their franchise tag on him, White gives them some insurance. Either way, you can never have too many talented cornerbacks and White would have likely been a first-round pick had he not decided to return to Baton Rouge this fall.

15. New York Giants (Draft History: Zach Banner, OT, USC

The son of former Pro Bowl offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy, Banner is one of the biggest college football players in the country at 6-foot-9 and 360 pounds and he has played basketball for USC as well. With 25 of his 27 starts at right tackle, Banner will move to the left side this season.

16. Houston Texans (Draft History: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

All three of Houston's qualified safeties (out of 89), Quintin Demps (47th), Andre Hal (51st) and Eddie Pleasant (66th) graded out in the bottom half of PFF's 2015 grades for the position. A confident, hard-hitting, playmaking safety, Adams (6-1, 211) is the son of George Adams, who played for the Giants and Patriots. Adams had a team-high four interceptions and finished third on the team in tackles (67) last season.

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May 08, 2016

2016 NFL Power Rankings: Post-Draft Power Rankings

Here are my post-draft NFL Power Rankings:

1. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 0-0; Last: 1)More talented than the 29th player overall, Robert Nkemdiche was a nice value for the Cardinals, who also added Chandler Jones before the draft in exchange for their second-round pick (and Jonathan Cooper). The addition of both significantly boosts their defensive line talent and rotation.

2. New England Patriots (Record: 0-0; Last: 2)Without a first-round pick, the Patriots had some solid value picks in the draft. Even though Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games, at least currently, the Pats remain the favorite (15/2) in Vegas (via Sportsbook.ag) to win Super Bowl LI.

3. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 0-0; Last: 6)For the first time since 2012 (Bruce Irvin), the Seahawks actually made a first-round selection in the draft (Germain Ifedi). The Seahawks need reinforcements on their offensive line so Ifedi addresses one of their bigger needs and they got excellent value with their next two picks -- Jarran Reed (Round 2) and C.J. Prosise (Round 3) -- as well.

4. Carolina Panthers (Record: 0-0; Last: 3)Typical for Dave Gettleman, the Panthers drafted a defensive lineman -- Louisana Tech's Vernon Butler -- in the first round. Then the team proceeded to draft cornerbacks with their next three picks -- James Bradberry (Round 2), Daryl Worley (Round 3) and Zack Sanchez (Round 5).

5. Denver Broncos (Record: 0-0; Last: 4)While he may not start any games this season, the Broncos got their long-term replacement for Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler in the draft as they traded up for Paxton Lynch. You could argue that Lynch has as much upside as any quarterback prospect in this draft class based on his tools and he is an excellent system fit for Denver's offense.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 0-0; Last: 5)The Steelers double-dipped by selecting defensive backs -- Artie Burns and Sean Davis -- with their first- and second-round picks. Both are a bit raw, but possess outstanding athleticism, length and upside.

7. Green Bay Packers (Record: 0-0; Last: 7)The Packers addressed several needs in the draft with two defensive linemen and two linebackers among their first five picks. They also traded up to get athletic left tackle Jason Spriggs in the second round.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 0-0; Last: 8)The Bengals stayed put with each of their draft pick slots and got some good values throughout including Baylor's Andrew Billings in the fourth round and Arizona State's Christian Westerman in the fifth round. Pitt's Tyler Boyd will help fill the void at receiver left by free-agent departures from Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

9. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 0-0; Last: 10)Not only did the Vikings arguably add the best receiver in this year's draft class with Laquon Treadwell, but Mackensie Alexander was a nice value with the 54th overall pick as well. And Moritz Boehringer, the first-ever player drafted out of Europe, joins his favorite team after taking up the sport as a 17-year-old impressed by an Adrian Peterson YouTube video.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 0-0; Last: 9)With their first pick (a second-rounder), the Chiefs selected Mississippi State's Chris Jones, who has first-round talent if he can play with consistent effort and technique. The Chiefs lost Sean Smith in free agency, but they drafted three cornerbacks, and they also selected Stanford's Kevin Hogan to replace Chase Daniel as the team's backup quarterback.

11. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 0-0; Last: 12)The Ravens passed on Laremy Tunsil for Ronnie Stanley, but their grades are very similar, and the Ravens loaded up on positions of need throughout the draft -- two offensive tackles, three defensive ends/edge rushers, two cornerbacks and a pair of running backs including one of my favorite prospects in this class, LA Tech's Kenneth Dixon.

12. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-0; Last: 13)In a season where Andrew Luck played only seven games, the Colts offensive line allowed a total of 118 QB Hits, second-most after the Browns. Using the draft to reinforce their offensive line, the Colts drafted four offensive linemen including center Ryan Kelly with the 18th overall pick.

13. Oakland Raiders (Record: 0-0; Last: 14)Continuing the momentum they built in free agency, the Raiders added safety Karl Joseph and a pair of pass-rushers with their first three picks. They should have four newcomers as starters on the defensive side of the ball in 2016. The Raiders last winning season was the 2002 season when they lost in the Super Bowl, but this is their most talented roster since that point.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-0; Last: 17)Their strong offseason continued into the draft as the Jags were able to land Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, both of whom are top-five prospects when healthy. Of course, there are concerns with Jack's knee, but the their defense should be much improved in 2016.

15. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 0-0; Last: 11)Clearly, Ezekial Elliott is the best running back prospect in this year's draft class, but the Cowboys would have been better off drafting Jalen Ramsey in the first round. Meanwhile, Jaylon Smith was a top-five prospect before his knee injury, but he's expected to miss all of 2016.

16. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-0; Last: 16)Washington had only three top-150 picks in the NFL Draft and they got value with each of them: Josh Doctson (Round 1), Su'a Cravens (Round 2) and Kendall Fuller (Round 3).

17. Houston Texans (Record: 0-0; Last: 15)Not only did the Texans sign Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller in free agency, but they continued to re-make themselves on offense by drafting WR Will Fuller, G/C Nick Martin, WR Braxton Miller and RB Tyler Ervin with their first four picks.

18. New York Giants (Record: 0-0; Last: 18)Perhaps a little early with their first-round pick, Eli Apple, as the Bears jumped ahead of them to take Leonard Floyd, the Giants made several value picks later in the draft.

19. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-0; Last: 19)The Bills made a few value picks on the defensive side of the ball early as Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland slipped to them in the first and second rounds, respectively. Given their lukewarm commitment to Tyrod Taylor, fourth-rounder Cardale Jones could be the team's quarterback of the future.

20. New York Jets (Record: 0-0; Last: 21)The Jets drafted a quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, in the second round, but unless (or until) they re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, their quarterback situation remains shaky at best with Geno Smith currently the projected starter.

21. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 0-0; Last: 20)Selecting prospects in the draft that address some of their team needs, the Falcons did not add much pass-rush help and they ranked last in the NFL in sacks (19) last season.

22. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-0; Last: 26)Arguably the most talented prospect of this year's draft class, Laremy Tunsil fell to the Dolphins at No. 13 after his Twitter account was hacked. In addition, the Dolphins also addressed some other needs with early picks as well -- Xavien Howard at cornerback and Kenyan Drake at running back.

23. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-0; Last: 25)The Bears traded up two spots to get in front of the Giants and take Leonard Floyd, who has a lot of potential as a pass-rusher, but I really liked their Day 2 value picks -- Cody Whitehair, a left tackle in college that will move inside to guard, and Jonathan Bullard, a versatile defensive lineman from Florida.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 0-0; Last: 28)With Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence as their first two picks, the Buccaneers addressed some needs. And while they upgraded their placekicking, the Bucs gave up a third- and fourth-round pick to trade up to take Roberto Aguayo in the second round. Aguayo is only the fourth kicker selected in the first two rounds in the past 25 years.

25. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-0; Last: 22)The Saints had only five picks in this year's draft and Sheldon Rankins and Vonn Bell should help improve a defense that ranked last in the NFL. In addition, they drafted receiver Michael Thomas, who will likely assume Marques Colston's old role. That said, it's possible that the Saints will be picking within the top 5-10 picks in 2017.

26. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 0-0; Last: 23)Given the amount of compensation given to move up to No. 2, Philadelphia's draft class will be evaluated almost exclusively on Carson Wentz' development. At least at the moment, Wentz will sit behind a quarterback that doesn't want to be on the team.

27. Los Angeles Rams (Record: 0-0; Last: 24)The good news is that the Rams now have their quarterback of the future. The bad news is the amount of draft-pick compensation surrendered to move up 14 spots. If Jared Goff turns into a true franchise quarterback, however, it will be all worth it.

28. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-0; Last: 27)For a second consecutive draft and the third in five drafts, the Lions used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman -- this year, Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker. Whether they use Decker at left or right tackle, he instantly makes the offensive line better. But the retirement this offseason of Calvin Johnson will make this a much less dynamic offense in 2016 and beyond.

29. Tennessee Titans (Record: 0-0; Last: 30)Using the second overall pick last season, the Titans have their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota. This offseason, however, they added some significant pieces to improve their rushing attack -- DeMarco Murray before the draft as well as Jack Conklin and Derrick Henry in the draft. In addition, they added some key contributors to their defensive line rotation with Kevin Dodd and Austin Johnson in Round 2.

30. San Diego Chargers (Record: 0-0; Last: 29)Adding Joey Bosa will help improve a pass rush that ranked in the bottom 10 in the league last season and Hunter Henry, the top tight end prospect in this year's draft class, gives the Chargers a long-term replacement for Antonio Gates. That said, the Chargers are now the least talented team in the AFC West despite having the best quarterback.

31. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 0-0; Last: 31)One of the least surprising picks of the weekend, Chip Kelly reunited with Oregon's DeForest Buckner with the seventh overall pick and he represented good value. But one of the biggest surprises of the draft was the team trading back into the first round for Stanford guard Joshua Garnett.

32. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-0; Last: 32)Tying a seven-round record with 14 draft picks, the Browns added a total of four receivers including Corey Coleman with the 15th-overall pick and used three top-99 picks on edge rushers. They also drafted USC's Cody Kessler in the third round, but it's possible (likely) that they draft a franchise quarterback should they finish with the first overall pick in 2016.

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May 05, 2016

Jordan Reed, Redskins agree to 5-year contract extension

The Washington Redskins and tight end Jordan Reed agreed to a five-year extension with $22 million in guaranteed money.

Only 25 years old, Reed led the team in receptions (87), receiving yards (952) and touchdowns (11).

Perhaps the more important number is 14, the number of games played by Reed. In addition, that's the number of missed games by Reed in his young three-year career.

Despite missing two games, Reed finished third in fantasy points scored among tight ends behind Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge. Only Delanie Walker (94) had more receptions and only Tyler Eifert had more touchdowns (13) among tight ends. Reed also finished fifth in receiving yards at the position.

Going into the 2016 season, Reed is in the discussion to be the second tight end drafted, but he's my third-ranked tight end after Gronk and Greg Olsen.

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