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June 30, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14 teams, No. 7 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard Scoring (i.e., not PPR Scoring)
  • # of Teams: 14
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.07 - Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: There's always some concern when drafting a 31-year-old running back in the first round, but Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing TDs (11) in his age-30 season. Except for his one-game 2014 season, Peterson has rushed for double-digit touchdowns in the other eight seasons of his career and no team called a run on a higher percentage of their plays than the Vikings.

2.08 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: In most drafts, I prefer to go RB-WR or WR-RB in the first two rounds, but Martin was my top-ranked option available here. Finishing second behind Peterson in rushing, Martin had a bounce-back season after two injury-plagued, disappointing campaigns. If he stays healthy, he should finish as a top-10 fantasy running back in 2016.

3.07 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: With Peyton Manning retiring, we may not see comparable numbers to what we have expected from DT over the past four seasons. But the team's quarterback play in 2015 wasn't great and Thomas still put up a 105/1,304/6 stat line.

4.08 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson retiring this offseason, it will open up a greater role for Tate within the offense. Tate has performed well with Megatron out of the lineup and has 90-plus receptions in both of his seasons in Detroit. I have Tate projected for a 100-catch season in 2016.

5.07 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons. With half of the eight 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history, Brees has also averaged more than 320 passing yards per game in four of the past five seasons.

6.08 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Exceeding 1,000 yards in his second NFL season, Brown is poised to take another step forward. Finishing as fantasy's WR22 last season, he's a nice value as a WR3 in a 14-team league.

7.07 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: A PPR monster (finished as the RB3 in PPR last season), Woodhead is underrated in standard-scoring formats as well. Not only did he finish as a top-10 fantasy running back in standard last season, but he has now finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in his past three full seasons.

8.08 - Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears: White missed all of his rookie season, but he possesses elite physical tools that gives him plenty of upside as my WR4; especially if Alshon Jeffery struggles with durability again this season.

9.07 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Posting a four-year high in yards per game (57.3), Gates may not repeat that production if Keenan Allen stays healthy for the whole season, but he is still one of the better red-zone targets.

10.08 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: In hindsight, I should have taken Jerick McKinnon here as AP's handcuff, but Booker has a better chance to carve out the larger role if both AP and C.J. Anderson stay healthy this season.

11.07 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Allen is a high-upside backup TE for this team. While he has been TD-dependent, he should see more targets in 2016 with Coby Fleener signing a free-agent deal with the Saints.

12.08 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Funchess may be third in line in targets, but the second-year receiver has the potential to take a step forward in 2016. Supposedly, he has been the "star of OTAs."

13.07 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Losing Megatron hurts, but Stafford has the most favorable (on paper, at least) fantasy football strength of schedule in 2016. With 14 teams and a couple extra bench spots (eight instead of six), I decided to add backups at QB and TE. In 12-team leagues with only six bench spots, I prefer to draft only one QB and TE and use the waiver wire for bye weeks.

14.08 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

15.07 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: The No. 2 receiver to Julio Jones, Sanu still may approach 70 or so receptions.

16.08 - Jeff Janis, WR, Green Bay Packers: While he still needs to build the trust of Aaron Rodgers, Janis is an athletic freak that should see his role continue to expand in the offense and well worth a flier this late.

17.07 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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Jacksonville Jaguars - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Jacksonville Jaguars:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Blake Bortles348574421929.318.4512961.5306.16
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.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Chris Ivory1988717.5151070.6146.4
Rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, Ivory finished 2015 as a top-12 fantasy back (RB8 in STD, RB12 in PPR). Signing a free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Ivory will be part of a 1-2 punch with second-year back T.J. Yeldon in 2016 and may not get as many carries as he had last season. That said, Ivory should get the larger share of the workload split with Yeldon given the size of his free-agent contract. And even though only the Lions ran the ball on a lower percentage of plays last season, I expect the Jags to run the ball (much) more often in 2016 given the team's improved outlook.
T.J. Yeldon1526463.8423321.3128.4
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 as I expect Ivory to get more work than Yeldon most weeks.
Denard Robinson482161.4181300.445.4
Jonas Gray15540.21407

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Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson86134210.3000196Breaking 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. Allen Hurns588996.4000128.3In 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 fantasy drafts. Rashad Greene424122.500056.2 Marqise Lee141610.8212022.1
PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Julius Thomas626766.8108.4
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. Reports of strong chemistry with Blake Bortles this offseason sets him up for much better numbers in 2016 provided he can stay healthy. That said, he has missed multiple games in each of the past three seasons as a starter.
Marcedes Lewis121440.517.4

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June 29, 2016

Andrew Luck, Colts agree to extension through 2021 NFL season

It was only a matter of time until a deal got done; and it's now done.

The Indianapolis Colts have extended franchise quarterback Andrew Luck through the 2021 NFL season in a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in the league. (At least, for now.)

Missing more games than he played last season, Luck completed only 55.3 percent of his pass attempts for a career-low 6.4 Y/A. Even worse, he had five multi-interception games.

Despite missing nine games, no quarterback had more multi-interception games than Luck although five other quarterbacks — Blake Bortles, Sam Bradford, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan — had five each as well.

With that said, Luck never seemed to be 100 percent last season and the team has finally invested in better protecting him by using four of their draft picks on the offensive line including their first-round pick.

Going into the 2016 season, Luck is my third-ranked fantasy quarterback behind Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers and is poised for a bounce-back season.

In general, there is plenty of value to be had with the Colts offense as I think T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Frank Gore are all undervalued compared to their current average draft positions (ADPs).

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 9 pick, QB-Eligible Flex

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring with Super Flex
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 9
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, QB-eligible Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.09 - David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on just 161 touches as a rookie. Entering the season as the lead back in last year's top-ranked offense, Johnson is my second-ranked PPR running back heading into 2016.

2.04 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy QB for 10 consecutive seasons and has averaged more than 320 passing yards per game over four of the past five seasons.

3.09 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: Marshall set career highs in touchdowns (14) and nearly established them for catches (109) and yards (1,502) as well.

4.04 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: In his age-22 season, Cooks finished with 84 catches for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns and three of his four 100-yard games occurred in December. Cooks should take another step forward in year three.

5.09 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Maclin had 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season reunited with Andy Reid. I expect similar numbers from him in 2016.

6.04 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: After an incredibly slow start, Stafford averaged 21.29 fantasy points per game and posted a 26-to-5 TD-INT ratio over his final 11 games. While Stafford has the most favorable fantasy schedule (on paper), he lost Calvin Johnson to retirement this offseason. Either way, he's a solid flex option here.

7.09 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Here's the list: Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson. Those are the (only) RBs that scored more fantasy points than Woodhead last season. He may not finish as a top-three PPR back in 2016, but he's an ideal second RB in this format.

8.04 - Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns: Like Woodhead, Johnson has more appeal in PPR formats than standard-scoring leagues. Johnson finished as fantasy's RB23 in PPR (vs. RB35 in standard) and his outlook is looking even better in 2016.

9.09 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Continuing the trend of RBs that are better in PPR-scoring leagues, Sims finished 2015 as the RB17 in PPR last season. All three of Woodhead, Johnson and Sims should finish with 50 or so receptions this season.

10.04 - Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears: White missed all of 2015, but he has elite physical tools that made him the seventh overall pick in last year's draft. Provided he stays healthy, White is a high-upside WR4 for this team.

11.09 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Signing a free-agent deal with the 49ers last offseason, Smith had a career-worst season in 2015, but things are looking up. Not only does he move into the team's No. 1 WR role, but the up-tempo offensive scheme of Chip Kelly gives his fantasy outlook a boost as well.

12.04 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: Given Megatron's retirement, Ebron should more involved in 2016. TE is my weakest position, but there is some upside based on talent and expanded role.

13.09 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: As much as I'm not a fan of Jeremy Langford in fantasy, I like Howard this late. It wouldn't surprise me if Howard ends up scoring more fantasy points than Langford, but at a minimum, he's a much better relative value.

14.04 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST

15.09 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Cleveland Browns: With a change of scenery, RG3 will have an opportunity to resurrect his career with a fantasy-friendly head coach.

16.04 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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June 28, 2016

Doug Baldwin, Seahawks agree to 4-year extension

The Seattle Seahawks and receiver Doug Baldwin have agreed to a four-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2020 season.

Baldwin set career highs across the board last season with 78 catches for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Especially productive over the second half of the season, Baldwin racked up 47 catches for 724 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final eight games. During that span, no receiver scored more fantasy points than Baldwin, who averaged more than 18 fantasy points per game over that stretch.

Tied with Allen Robinson and Brandon Marshall, Baldwin's 14 touchdowns in 2015 led the NFL. Before last season, however, Baldwin had a total of 15 touchdowns in his first four seasons combined.

During his eight-game stretch as fantasy's top-scoring receiver, the 5-foot-10 wideout ranked 18th in the NFL in targets (63), scoring a touchdown on an insane 19.05 percent of his targets over that span.

As a comparison, Baldwin averaged a touchdown on 4.93 percent of his targets in his first 70 regular-season games. Meanwhile, Baldwin only reached 10 targets in two of 16 games last season.

Lower than most on Baldwin, I have him ranked as my fantasy WR31 going into the 2016 season.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 4 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 4
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.04 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Following up a 104/1,593/6 season, Jones posted league and career highs of 136 catches and 1,871 yards in 2015. Provided he stays healthy, Jones is a lock for a 100/1,500 season.

2.09 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy racked up 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons, but he was a huge disappointment last year. Entering 2016 in much better shape, Lacy should bounce back in a contract year.

3.04 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: Marshall set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly set another with 1,502 yards (career high: 1,508). Especially if the Jets re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, which I expect will happen at some point, Marshall is a high-upside WR2 for this team.

4.09 - Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers: Olsen is about as steady as it gets -- no missed games since 2007 rookie season, back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and more than 70 catches in three consecutive seasons.

5.04 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Tate has posted 90-plus receptions in each of his seasons in Detroit and could reach the 100-catch milestone with Calvin Johnson now retired.

6.09 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has averaged more than 320 passing yards per game in four of the past five seasons and has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons.

7.04 - Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: Before his ACL injury, Lewis had 622 YFS and four TDs through seven games -- a full-season pace of 1,422 YFS and 11 TDs.

8.09 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: It was a disappointing rookie season for Gordon -- 3.5 YPC and no TDs on 217 touches. Things should be better in 2016 -- can't be much worse -- and certainly worth an eighth-round pick as my RB3.

9.04 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: As Chip Kelly takes over, Smith also moves into the No. 1 receiver role for the Niners. In other words, I expect a bounce-back season after last year's disappointment.

10.09 - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings: While no team threw it less than Minnesota, Treadwell should lead the team's receivers in fantasy production as a rookie.

11.04 - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Justin Forsett should open the season as the starter, but Dixon is a talented running back that fell to the Ravens in the fourth round. It wouldn't surprise me if he becomes the team's most productive running back at some point during his rookie campaign.

12.09 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Based on value, I'd much rather have Howard in Round 12 over teammate Jeremy Langford in an early round.

13.04 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: With Marshawn Lynch retired and Thomas Rawls returning from a serious leg injury, Prosise may be more involved as a rookie than expected. Either way, he should take over the Fred Jackson role at a minimum.

14.09 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Especially due to his dual-threat abilities, Mariota is a high-upside QB2 entering 2016.

15.04 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

16.09 - Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts

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June 27, 2016

San Diego Chargers - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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 San Diego Chargers.

Quarterbacks




PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Philip Rivers439646487730.413.621440.2308.68
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.
Zach Mettenberger35360.20.21-101.94

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Melvin Gordon2259234.7322051147
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, reports are that MG3 looked fully healthy at the team's June mini-camp. Provided he stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how reviving the team's rushing attack is his priority.
Danny Woodhead1013743716114.6144.1
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.
Branden Oliver3813519700.328.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Keenan Allen11312667.9000174
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 his kidney injury, only Julio Jones (70) had more catches and only Jones (892) and DeAndre Hopkins (870) had more receiving yards than Allen. If he can stay healthy, the 24-year-old receiver should rank near the top of the league in targets and catches in 2016.
Travis Benjamin579414.62120122.9
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.
Steve Johnson647233.800095.1
Dontrelle Inman182431.600033.9
Javontee Herndon4460.20005.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Antonio Gates586446.1101
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.
Hunter Henry212421.533.2

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 10 pick, 2-QB league

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring, 2-QB league
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 10
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.10 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: There were a number of non-QB options -- DeAndre Hopkins, Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, etc. -- that I considered here, but I also felt that (at least) one would be available in five picks when I was on the clock again. Wilson has now finished as a top-three fantasy QB two years in a row and he gives me an elite option early that allows me to be more flexible in filling my QB2 spot.

2.03 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Targeted a massive 192 times, Hopkins shattered previous career highs with 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in his age-23 season.

3.10 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin exceeded expectations in 2015 as he rushed for 1,402 yards, second to only Adrian Peterson, and scored the fifth-most fantasy points among PPR running backs. Re-signing with the Bucs, Martin should produce as a solid RB1 provided he can stay healthy.

4.03 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper, who turned 22 earlier this month, finished his rookie season with 72/1,070/6 despite battling a foot injury for much of the second half. Cooper gives this squad a high-upside WR2 that should take a big step forward in his second season.

5.10 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson hanging up his cleats, Tate will take over as the team's top receiver. Tate has 90-plus catches in each of his two seasons with the Lions and could reach triple digits with Megatron retired.

6.03 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Breaking out last season, Reed finished as fantasy's TE1 in all three weeks of the fantasy playoffs last year with 25/333/5 over that span. Only Rob Gronkowski and Delanie Walker scored more fantasy points than Reed in PPR last year and he should finish as a top-three scorer in 2016 provided he can stay healthy.

7.10 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Devonta Freeman. Adrian Peterson. End of list. Those are the only RBs that scored more PPR fantasy points than Woodhead last season.

8.03 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: While I'm not excited to draft Tannehill as my QB2, he finished as fantasy's QB17 last season and that was his worst finish in the past three seasons. With Gase taking over as coach and DeVante Parker ready to break out, he is a solid QB2 at this spot in the draft.

9.10 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Like Woodhead, Gio is much better in PPR formats and he finished as the RB16 in PPR last season. Bernard has a total of 148 catches over three seasons and no fewer than 154 carries each year.

10.03 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: MG3 disappointed as a rookie and offseason microfracture surgery, but there is plenty of upside this late as my RB4.

11.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: The transition from Baltimore to San Francisco was not smooth, at least in terms of fantasy production, but things are looking up for Smith as he moves into the No. 1 receiver role and with Chip Kelly taking over the offense.

12.03 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Cleveland Browns: Not relying on RG3, there are few options with as much upside as a QB3.

13.10 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Especially if Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) misses any time, Williams showed how productive he can be in his absence as he scored the fourth-most fantasy points among RBs last season.

14.03 - Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans: Wright is low-upside WR5, but he provides some depth.

15.10 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

16.03 - C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints: There was lots of hype before the season; lots of disappointment during the season. Call me an idiot (I've been called worse), but I'm comfortable using (wasting?) a pick on some of that potentail upside panning out in year two.

17.10 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos

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June 26, 2016

Detroit Lions - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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 Detroit Lions:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matthew Stafford38057542552714.4421181.5284.6
After an incredibly slow start, things turned up for Stafford, who finished as fantasy's QB9 in 2015. Through the first five games, Stafford averaged just 11.12 fantasy points per game and posted a 6-to-8 TD-INT ratio. In his final 11 games (most of which were with Jim Bob Cooter as coordinator), Stafford averaged 21.29 fantasy points per game and posted a 26-to-5 TD-INT ratio. During that 11-game stretch, Stafford finished as a top-12 weekly fantasy quarterback seven times. While Stafford has the most generous fantasy schedule (on paper), he lost Calvin Johnson to retirement this offseason.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Ameer Abdullah1958395.9282101.1146.9
Atop the team's depth chart with Joique Bell no longer on the roster, Abdullah has some breakout potential in 2016. Abdullah rushed for 597 yards on 143 carries, added 25 catches for 183 yards and scored three total touchdowns as a rookie. No team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, but the Lions should be more balanced on offense this year.
Theo Riddick622360.6726413.2110.5
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 and could do so again in 2016.
Zach Zenner7633435350.155.5
Stevan Ridley381521.5212025.4
Dwayne Washington9380.24320.18.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Golden Tate10011606.15320155.8
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.
Marvin Jones708756.32120126.5
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 in 2015. And while Golden Tate should lead the receiving corps in targets and production, the retirement of Megatron and lack of depth beyond Tate and Jones should lead to new career highs in catches and yards for Jones.
T.J. Jones243001.900041.4
Jeremy Kerley25260200038
Andre Caldwell121180.700016

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Eric Ebron525825.289.4
In his second season, Ebron finished with 47 catches for 537 yards and five touchdowns. It was an up-and-down year, but he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in half of his 14 games played. Following Megatron's retirement, the former top-10 pick should be more involved in the passing game and could finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end provided he stays healthy.
Brandon Pettigrew4380.56.8

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Pittsburgh Steelers - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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 Pittsburgh Steelers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger410606496930.31724360.2307.76
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. That said, Roethlisberger has now missed at least three games in half of his past six seasons.
Bruce Gradkowski12211510.60.62107.94

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Le'Veon Bell28012886.7756381.9244.2
Injuries at the position 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.
DeAngelo Williams883872.6161380.470.5
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.
Fitzgerald Toussaint24620.221508.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Antonio Brown142190312.53200267.3
The consensus top receiver in fantasy, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. While he set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, Brown's 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.
Markus Wheaton566944.500096.4
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.
Sammie Coates386274.200087.9
Darrius Heyward-Bey243002.100042.6
Issac Blakeney6780.500010.8
Martavis Bryant0000000
Bryant is suspended for all of 2016.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ladarius Green526144.789.6
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 fantasy top-10 upside.
Jesse James141391.120.5

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Poll: Which NFC East QB will score the most fantasy points in 2016?

With the exception of Philadelphia's Sam Bradford, the other three NFC East starting quarterbacks are grouped together in my 2016 Fantasy Football Rankings within the 11 to 15 range.

In other words, you could make a case for any of the three to outscore the others.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished as a top-10 quarterback for the second consecutive season and he's my highest-ranked NFC East quarterback (currently 11th). In each of the past two 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 in Odell Beckham as his go-to receiver, Eli could certainly finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke his collar bone (two times) and had offseason surgery. The risk to his health is primarily durability for both him and top wideout Dez Bryant, who missed half of last season with a broken foot. If Romo stays healthy, he has a favorable fantasy football strength of schedule — in fact, only Matthew Stafford has a more favorable schedule. That said, I expect the Cowboys to employ a run-heavy offensive game plan similar to when DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing in 2014. Romo had only 435 pass attempts in 2014.

Last but not least, ok maybe least since he's third in my rankings out of this group, is Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. 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. Not only does he have the same weapons as last year with Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, etc., but the team used their first-round pick on TCU WR Josh Doctson.

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2016 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP) Weekly Movement: June 26th Update

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

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

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

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


Note: This week's update covers the two-week period from June 12 to June 26.


Biggest Risers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns-4.8 (164.2 on 6/12; 159.4 on 6/26)
RBChris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals-2.6 (118.4 on 6/12; 115.8 on 6/26)
WRSterling Shepard, New York Giants-8.7 (145.4 on 6/12; 136.7 on 6/26)
TEZach Miller, Chicago Bears-2.4 (156.7 on 6/12; 154.3 on 6/26)

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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns-2.92% (164.2 on 6/12; 159.4 on 6/26)
RBLe'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers-11.76% (3.4 on 6/12; 3.0 on 6/26)
WROdell Beckham, New York Giants-17.78% (4.5 on 6/12; 3.7 on 6/26)
TELadarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers-2.31% (86.7 on 6/12; 84.7 on 6/26)
Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBJoe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens+2.4 (160.6 on 6/12; 163.0 on 6/26)
RBRonnie Hillman, Denver Broncos+3.0 (146.5 on 6/12; 149.5 on 6/26)
WRVictor Cruz, New York Giants+4.7 (133.1 on 6/12; 137.8 on 6/26)
TEClive Walford, Oakland Raiders+8.6 (149.3 on 6/12; 157.9 on 6/26)
Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBBlake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars+1.61% (74.5 on 6/12; 75.7 on 6/26)
RBTodd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams+5.26% (3.8 on 6/12; 4.0 on 6/26)
WRJulio Jones, Atlanta Falcons+6.25% (4.8 on 6/12; 5.1 on 6/26)
TEClive Walford, Oakland Raiders+5.76% (149.3 on 6/12; 157.9 on 6/26)

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Tennessee Titans - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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 Tennessee Titans:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Marcus Mariota333505393926.312.6653772.7304.06
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 played, 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.
Matt Cassel712820.40.52304.68

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
DeMarco Murray23010126.9362590.9173.9
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 be a solid mid-RB2 going into 2016.
Derrick Henry1245395.26420.189.9
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 or so touches per game.
Dexter McCluster321310.3302551.247.6
Bishop Sankey15620.310810.317.9
David Cobb6180.10002.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Dorial Green-Beckham376114.800089.9
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. That said, DGB was working with the second-string receivers during OTAs behind Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe.
Kendall Wright535783.2526079.6
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. Wright is nothing more than a low-upside WR4/WR5 going into 2016.
Rishard Matthews415414.100078.7
Matthews missed the final five games last season due to injury. Through the first 10 games (before getting injured in his 11th), however, 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 late-round option at receiver for some depth.
Tajae Sharpe253052.500045.5
Justin Hunter71050.700014.7
Harry Douglas2220.11303.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Delanie Walker859955.9134.9
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 each of 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 last year.
Anthony Fasano202181.631.4

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New York Giants - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the New York Giants:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Eli Manning386615452033.215.418450.5305.7
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, Eli could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Rashad Jennings2088845.2262110.5143.7
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.
Shane Vereen522181604984.2102.8
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 2015.
Paul Perkins803482.1201640.566.8
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.
Andre Williams481682.4211032.3
Bobby Rainey6250.14300.16.7

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Odell Beckham102152012.23140226.6
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 Antonio Brown (17) and Julio Jones (16) have more. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) during his two NFL seasons.
Sterling Shepard607865.4000111
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.
Victor Cruz303782.100050.4
Geremy Davis121421.600023.8
Dwayne Harris141531.1312023.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Will Tye364143.260.6
Larry Donnell181581.625.4
Jerell Adams81000.613.6

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 16 teams, No. 5 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 16
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.05 - Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Despite missing the first three games as he recovered from a torn ACL, Gurley finished third in the NFL in rushing yards (1,106) and fifth in rushing TDs (10). Another year removed from the injury, the dynamic 21-year-old (turns 22 in August) should rank near the NFL lead in carries -- and production -- in 2016.

2.12 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: It was a disappointing season for Lacy, who had 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 TDs in his first two seasons combined. A fitter, more focused Lacy has bounce-back appeal, especially here as the 11th running back off the board.

3.05 - Randall Cobb, RB, Green Bay Packers: With a healthy Jordy Nelson (ACL) back, it should take pressure off of Cobb and open things up for him to bounce back following a disappointing 2015 season.

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Green Bay Packers

4.12 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has averaged more than 320 passing yards per game in four of five seasons and has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons.

5.05 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed the season strong with 22/445/3 over his final six games. The 2015 first-round pick is poised for a breakout in his sophomore campaign.

- Related: My DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

6.12 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags should be more run-pass balanced in 2016, but the team also gave Chris Ivory a large free-agent deal and it wouldn't surprise me if Ivory got the larger share of the split.

7.05 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: The 36-year-old Gates is still one of the better red-zone options at tight end, but he averaged 57.3 YPG, a four-year high, in 2015.

8.12 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: The Heisman Trophy winner will start the season as the "2" in the Titans 1-2 rushing attack with DeMarco Murray, but he should see his role expand as the season progresses. There is some upside here as the 44th RB off the board.

9.05 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs began his rookie season with several productive outings, but he slowed down the stretch in one of the league's most run-heavy offenses. At this point, however, he was the best-available receiver on the board.

10.12 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) back, Funchess will be the team's third option (at best) in the passing game, but he has reportedly had a good offseason as he enters his second season.

11.05 - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts: The speedster out of The U. is the third WR behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, but the Colts should use more three-wide sets with Coby Fleener now in New Orleans.

12.12 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: The dual-threat quarterback has plenty of upside as my QB2.

13.05 - Josh Ferguson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: While Frank Gore should handle the majority of backfield touches, he's 33 years old with more than 3,000 career touches. The Colts are high on the UDFA and he's worth a flier this late.

- Related: My Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

14.12 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

15.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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Buffalo Bills - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Buffalo Bills:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tyrod Taylor249385311918.17.71126163.9274.46
Averaging 8.0 Y/A and posting a 20:6 TD-INT ratio, Taylor averaged a mere 27.14 pass attempts per game. More than likely, the Bills will once again rank near the bottom of the league in pass attempts, but Taylor is a high-upside QB2 due to his rushing ability. Finishing as a top-10 weekly fantasy quarterback in half of his 14 starts in 2015, Taylor rushed for 568 yards and four touchdowns in his first year as an NFL starter.
E.J. Manuel42704622.22.515560.633.98
Cardale Jones23240.10.12501.76

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
LeSean McCoy26411486.3393081.6193
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 for the run-heavy Bills.
Karlos Williams964704.4181511.195.1
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.
Jonathan Williams451981.410750.337.5
Mike Gillislee24940.54260.115.6
James Wilder Jr.8330.21605.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Sammy Watkins7512237.9130170
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 had hoped. 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, which could keep him out of the preseason and foot injuries are always a concern with receivers.
Robert Woods414722.500062.2
Dezmin Lewis303962.400054
Leonard Hankerson131630.800021.1
Greg Salas81040.400012.8
Kolby Listenbee4640.30008.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Charles Clay545673.275.9
Chris Gragg6680.28
Jim Dray21901.9

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Dallas Cowboys - 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Dallas Cowboys:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tony Romo32847838003213.925530.3273.2
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. 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 on paper to only Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
Dak Prescott22362631.41.36250.117.92

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Ezekiel Elliott26512469.3453872231.1
Elliott is a complete back with the vision, power and speed to excel as a runner and he possesses soft hands as a receiver. In addition, Elliott is also outstanding in pass protection, which tends to 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, he gets to run behind the NFL's best offensive line. Provided Tony Romo and Dez Bryant stay healthy to keep opposing defenses honest, Zeke has the upside to finish as the RB1 in 2016.
Darren McFadden1205463.4211790.897.7
Despite injuries to Tony Romo and Dez 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. That said, McFadden's workload is about to drop precipitously with Ezekiel Elliott set to take over the featured back role.
Alfred Morris582471.44290.136.6
Lance Dunbar16690.2161520.626.9
Darius Jackson241060.52160.115.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Dez Bryant86120412000192.4
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.
Terrance Williams447135.7000105.5
Cole Beasley474613.600067.7
Brice Butler152521.500034.2
Devin Street4410.20005.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jason Witten565384.580.8
In his age-33 season, Witten finished with 77 catches for 713 yards (career-low 9.3 Y/A) and three touchdowns. While there is virtually no upside with Witten, he had 11 games with 40-plus yards. As much as that sounds like we're setting the bar low (and I suppose we are), only four other TEs had as many such games last season: Rob Gronkowski (13), Greg Olsen (13), Travis Kelce (12) and Gary Barnidge (11).
James Hanna141410.718.3
Gavin Escobar6570.69.3

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 11 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 11
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.11 - David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Even before taking over as lead back late last season, Johnson made the most of his limited offensive touches. Entering 2016 as the team's workhorse back, Johnson scored once per every 13.42 touches last season.

2.02 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: No player is more dominant atop his position than Gronk, who has scored 66 touchdowns in 80 career regular-season games.

3.11 - LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches per game (19.58/G) and should rank near the league lead in usage in 2016.

4.02 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Typically, I'd prefer to draft my first WR in a PPR league before Round 4, but Maclin is the first of three consecutive WRs for this team.

5.11 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitz posted a career-high 109 receptions in 2015 and reached the 1,000-yard milestone (1,215 yards) for the first time in four seasons. I don't expect a repeat of that production, but 80-90 catches and 1,000 yards are reasonable expectations.

6.02 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed the season with a bang (22 catches for 445 yards and three TDs in final six games) and is a high-upside WR3 for this team.

- Related: My DeVante Parker 2016 fantasy outlook

7.11 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: It was a hugely disappointing season for Hill in 2015, but he led the NFL in rushing TDs (11) and has a total of 21 TDs through his first two NFL seasons.

8.02 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback, Palmer posted career highs in yards (4,671) and touchdowns (35) for the league's top-ranked offense in 2015.

9.11 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: It was a season to forget for Smith and the Niners, but he should bounce back as the team's No. 1 WR in the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.

10.02 - Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Ivory finished as a top-12 PPR running back last season as he exceeded 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. While he will split the workload with second-year back T.J. Yeldon, Ivory could see the larger share of the split considering the sizable free-agent contract the team gave him.

11.11 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Austin finished as the WR27 in PPR leagues last season and coach Fisher has suggested that Austin could get 100 catches in 2015. As unlikely as 100 catches may be for Austin, it wouldn't be hard for the WR-deficient Rams to manufacture more touches for Austin.

12.02 - Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen will dominate targets for the Bolts, but Benjamin gives them the deep threat they have lacked and this team some depth as its WR5.

13.11 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota is a high-upside QB2 for this team.

14.02 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: As much as I dislike Jeremy Langford early in drafts, I really like Howard this late.

15.11 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

16.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook: Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts

For the first time in five seasons, Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore failed to exceed 1,100 rushing yards. In fact, he fell short of the 1,000-yard milestone for only the third time in his 11-year career.

Gore rushed 260 times for 967 yards and six touchdowns and added 34 catches for 267 yards and a touchdown in 2015.

The other two times that he fell short of the milestone were his rookie campaign and an injury-shortened 2010 season. In both cases, he would have rushed for 1,000 yards with more opportunities. As a rookie, he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and led the team in rushing (608 yards) even though Kevan Barlow had nearly 50 more carries. And his 16-game pace in 2010 was 1,241 rushing yards.

Going into 2016, Gore's goal is to become the franchise's first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Addai (2007) nearly a decade ago.

“I’m not over it,” Gore said (via Scout.com). “I’m not going to be over it until I do it. I’ve been blessed that they kept me to get the opportunity to do it again. To go after my goals again, to be the one to get the 100 yards that they didn’t have in years. To get that 1,000-plus yards (in a season). To have the opportunity when it’s playoff time when it’s time to get down and dirty and we’ve got to run the ball when key plays happen. Now I got another opportunity to do it so from here on out I just have to start taking care of my body, eating healthy, start training to get myself ready to try to go get it.”

If Gore succeeds in rushing for 1,000-plus yards this season, he will become only the fourth player in NFL history to do so at his age. And it hasn't been done in a while. The other three running backs to exceed 1,000 rushing yards at age 33 (or older) are John Riggins, Franco Harris and John Henry Johnson.

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In terms of efficiency, it was also Gore's worst season ever. Not only did he set a career low in yards per carry (3.72), but it was the first time in his career that he averaged less than four yards per carry. In addition, Gore averaged just 60.4 rushing yards per game, his lowest average since he was a rookie in 2005.

On a positive note, however, Gore ranked fifth in the NFL in both carries (260) and touches (294). And Gore's 34 receptions were a four-year high.

In addition, Gore had 15-plus touches in 14 of 16 games. Tied with Minnesota's Adrian Peterson for second in games with at least 15 touches, only Oakland's Latavius Murray (15) had more such games. In fact, only six running backs had more than 10 15-touch games last season.

Primarily due to volume, Gore finished with the 12th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2015. Gore has now finished as a top-20 fantasy running back for 10 consecutive seasons, but it was a bumpy ride to get to his 2015 top-12 performance.

Despite finishing as a top-12 fantasy running back, Gore had only four weekly top-12 finishes. Meanwhile, he finished outside the top-30 weekly fantasy running backs in seven of 16 games.

Based on the team's depth chart, however, Gore appears poised for another heavy workload if he can stay healthy. The other running backs on the roster include Robert Turbin, Jordan Todman and UDFA Josh Ferguson. The Colts are high on Ferguson and he's worth a late-round flier in drafts this year, but Gore figures to get north of 250 touches once again.

Even though Gore is 33 with a cumulative workload of more than 3,000 career touches, he has been extremely durable with five consecutive 16-game seasons.

There are two positives going into 2016: (1) a healthier Andrew Luck and (2) an improved offensive line.

While Gore averaged a career-low 3.72 YPC last season, his efficiency was much better with Luck (4.11 YPC) under center than it was with Matt Hasselbeck (3.44). Missing nine games last season, Luck is fully healthy and ready to go for 2016.

The Colts have shored up their protection for Luck by investing four of their 2016 draft picks in the offensive line including first-round center Ryan Kelly. Not only will that help keep Luck upright, but it will help open holes for Gore.

Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

The fantasy schedule isn't favorable for Gore as the Colts running backs have the third-most difficult fantasy schedule. And his fantasy playoff schedule won't be much easier against the Texans, Vikings and Jaguars. Both the Texans and Vikings were among the 10-most stingy fantasy defenses to running backs last season and the Jags should be much improved on the defensive side of the ball.

Bottom Line

Even if Gore falls shy of 1,000 rushing yards once again, I still expect him to exceed 1,200 yards from scrimmage for an 11th consecutive season. Based on my current projection, Gore will score a tad more than 170 fantasy points, something only nine running backs did last season. Currently being drafted as the RB26 and with the 94th overall pick, on average, in Yahoo! drafts, Gore offers plenty of value for those that scoop him up late.

2016 Fantasy Football Projection: (Rushing) 245 carries, 992 yards, 7.1 TDs; (Receiving) 28 Rec., 218 Yards, 1.1 TDs

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June 24, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 8 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 8
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.08 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: The good news is no player is more dominant atop his position than Gronk. The bad news is I tend to dislike my team when I go TE in Round 1 regardless of how dominant Gronk is.

2.05 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Surprisingly, no running back scored more fantasy points than Freeman in 2015. While he's unlikely to repeat as the top-scoring fantasy running back in 2016, he's a fair value here in the middle of Round 2 as my RB1.

3.08 - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills: Watkins has some injury concern (stress fracture in foot), but he was highly productive down the stretch last season. Over the final six games, Watkins had a stat line of 35/679/6 and double-digit targets in four of those games.

4.05 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: It was a disappointing season for Cobb without Jordy Nelson to take pressure off him, but I have Cobb projected to bounce back with a stat line of 78/1,022/7 in 2016.

5.08 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Decker finished as a top-10 fantasy receiver in 2015, and is a solid WR3 assuming that Ryan Fitzpatrick is under center in Week 1.

6.05 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben has now led the league in passing yards per game in back-to-back seasons and he set a career high (328.2/G) in 2015. Durability is a bit of a concern, however, as he has missed three or more games in three of his past six seasons.

7.08 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Not only did MG3 have a disappointing rookie season, but he had microfracture surgery earlier this offseason. That said, he supposedly he looked good at minicamp and should be fine for the start of the season.

8.05 - Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Ivory signed a $32.5 million contract, which means that he could be in position to get a larger share of the workload in a split with T.J. Yeldon. And more than likely, Ivory will get the majority of goal-line carries as well.

9.08 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: For the first time in his career, the (now) 31-year-old Jennings played a full 16-game season. Productive down the stretch, he should lead the team's backfield in workload and production in 2016.

10.05 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: At a minimum, Coleman provides me with a handcuff for Freeman, but he should be more involved in the offense this season as well.

11.08 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs isn't my preferred Vikings receiver and no team threw the ball less than Minnesota last year. He's an uninspiring depth option as my WR4.

12.05 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: With Kelvin Benjamin back from a torn ACL, Funchess does not have much upside, but he should still be more involved in the offense in 2016 than he was a rookie.

13.08 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota is a high-upside QB2 that may need to start a few games for this team given Big Ben's durability as noted above.

14.05 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.08 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Agholor was a disappointment as a rookie and is dealing with off-the-field legal issues, but he provides some depth as my WR6.

16.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers:

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June 22, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 Teams, No. 1 Pick, 2-QB League

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: 2-QB league with point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 1
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.01 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The top-scoring fantasy receiver in each of the past two seasons, Brown set career highs of 136 receptions and 1,834 yards even though Ben Roethlisberger missed multiple games last season.

2.12 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The QB9 in this mock, Bortles finished as a top-four fantasy QB in 2015 as he threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. While he's unlikely to repeat last year's production, it's certainly possible/likely that he finishes as a top-10 fantasy QB in 2016.

3.01 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: There is some injury risk with Charles (ACL), but I'm more than willing to bet on his upside here.

4.12 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Landry set a franchise record with 110 catches last season and finished as the WR8 in PPR formats. Even if DeVante Parker takes a big step forward in 2016, as I expect, Landry should outproduce his WR19 draft slot.

5.01 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: If Hyde can stay healthy, there is plenty of upside in a Chip Kelly run-first, up-tempo offense.

6.12 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitz posted a career-high 109 catches last season. Even though a repeat of his 109/1,215/9 line is unlikely, he's a strong WR3 for this team.

7.01 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce's 2015 numbers (72/875/5) were very similar to his 2014 numbers (67/862/5) and that production represents his floor with upside for more.

8.12 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: While he finished as only fantasy's QB21 last year, there is plenty of upside if Cutler's weapons can stay healthy.

9.01 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill disapponted fantasy owners in year two, but he's a high-upside RB3 this late.

10.12 - Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills: Williams was highly productive on a per-touch basis and has plenty of upside if LeSean McCoy misses any games.

11.01 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Austin finished as the WR27 in PPR and the Rams lack weapons in the passing game beyond Austin.

12.12 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: A distant No. 2 to Julio Jones, Sanu could end up with 65-70 catches in 2016.

13.01 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: With Coby Fleener now in New Orleans, Allen will have an opportunity to be more involved in the offense in 2016.

14.12 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Better as a handcuff to Le'Veon Bell, but Williams finished as the RB4 last season.

15.01 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Kaep is an excellent fit for Kelly's offense and the upside is immense as my QB3 here in Round 15.

16.12 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

17.01 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots:

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June 21, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 2 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 2
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.02 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Over the past two seasons combined, Jones has a total of 240 catches for 3,464 yards, second in both categories to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown. Aside from Brown, no other receivers have 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons.

2.11 - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: The biggest issue with Ingram has been durability. Ingram 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 (RB10 in PPR) in 2015.

3.02 - 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.

4.11 - 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 Kelly's seasons in Philadelphia. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a lot of upside in 2016.

5.02 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) in 2015. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season and a top-three fantasy finish from Luck.

6.11 - 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 finished as a top-3 PPR running back in 2015.

7.02 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: 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.

8.11 - Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: In a breakout second season, Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. With an improved team outlook, the Jaguars are unlikely to rank second in pass-play percentage (65.02%) once again, but Hurns is a solid WR3 for this team.

9.02 - 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.

10.11 - 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).

11.02 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and he should challenge for early-down snaps.

12.11 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles 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. While unlikely to repeat his PPR WR27 performance, the Rams continue to lack weapons in the passing game.

13.02 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: 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.

14.11 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

15.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks:

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Indianapolis Colts

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 Indianapolis Colts:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Andrew Luck371615449035.719.1633152.8351.6
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 many of those games. Like Cam Newton (but to a lesser extent), 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 and a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Frank Gore2459927.1282181.1170.2
Gore fell just shy of the 1,000-yard milestone with 967 yards on 260 carries and a career-low 3.7 YPC in his first season with the Colts. That said, Gore's efficiency was much better with Luck (4.11 YPC) than Matt Hasselbeck (3.44 YPC). With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore, who was fantasy's RB12 last season, should be more consistent week to week even though he recently turned 33 years old.
Josh Ferguson482111.2322721.665.1
An undrafted free agent the Colts considered drafting as early as Round 4, Ferguson has impressed the coaching staff throughout offseason workouts. Given Frank Gore's age and cumulative workload and the lack of competition elsewhere on the roster, Ferguson has plenty of appeal as a late-round flyer in fantasy drafts this summer.
Robert Turbin32131110790.429.4
Jordan Todman12520.28650.314.7

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
T.Y. Hilton8013208.42130183.7
A top-10 fantasy receiver in 2014, Hilton disappointed fantasy owners with only 1,124 yards and five touchdowns, but Andrew Luck missed nine games. Through the first seven games, Hilton had 606 receiving yards -- only five wideouts had more. Provided Luck stays healthy, Hilton is poised for a bounce-back season and has top-10 upside.
Donte Moncrief689798.2150147.6
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 recently began running routes again. With an ideal combination of 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.
Phillip Dorsett425843.85310.184.9
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.
Brian Tyms101421.200021.4
Josh Boyce8810.600011.7
Quan Bray6720.500010.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Dwayne Allen485866.798.8
Allen has struggled with durability -- 21 missed games over past three seasons. If he can stay healthy, however, Allen is poised for a much larger role within the offense given Coby Fleener's free-agency departure.
Jack Doyle221502.932.4

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June 20, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 6 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.06 - 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. 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 potentially lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.

2.07 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Rehabbing a torn ACL and the presence of other capable backs on the roster pose a threat to Charles' outlook, but I really like the value here in the middle of the second round. And the next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry for a season, it will be his first.

3.06 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: A top-10 fantasy receiver in 2014, Hilton disappointed fantasy owners with only 1,124 yards and five touchdowns, but Andrew Luck missed nine games. Through the first seven games, Hilton had 606 receiving yards -- only five wideouts had more. Provided Luck stays healthy, Hilton is poised for a bounce-back season and has top-10 upside.

4.07 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Edelman set a career highs with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. While he has missed multiple games each of the past two seasons, Edelman is a high-volume receiver in a Tom Brady-led offense.

5.06 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has averaged more than 320 passing yards in four of the past five seasons and thrown at least 32-plus touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons. Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons.

6.07 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: With 80-plus yards in four of the final six games of the season, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns during that six-game stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

7.06 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: MG3 failed to score on 217 touches, averaged just 3.48 yards per carry and had microfracture surgery in January. That said, things should only be better for last year's first-round pick.

8.07 - 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.

9.06 - 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.

10.07 - 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.

11.06 - 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).

12.07 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: 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.

13.06 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: 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.

14.07 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.06 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos

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June 19, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 12 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 12
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.12 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: It was a lost year for Bryant, Tony Romo and the Cowboys in general last season. Since 2011, no wide receiver has more touchdowns than Bryant (53); only Marshawn Lynch (59) and Rob Gronkowski (56) have more during that span.

2.01 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Green was tied with Eric Decker for 16th in the NFL in targets (132) last season, but I'd expect that to jump by at least 20-30 targets in 2016 with some free-agent receiver departures. Even with a relatively low amount of targets last season, Green finished with a stat line of 86/1,297/10.

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections for the Cincinnati Bengals

3.12 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Anderson struggled with a 2.69 YPC average in his first six games, but he averaged an RB-high 6.35 YPC over the final nine games of the season. The Broncos drafted Devontae Booker and re-signed Ronnie Hillman, but CJA is "ready to be an every down back."

4.01 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: One player had 15-plus touches in 15 games last season and that player is Murray. Comments from the coaching staff hasn't exactly inspired confidence in his 2016 outlook, but he could once again finish near the league lead in touches.

5.12 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has averaged at least 322 passing yards per game in four of his previous five seasons and has now thrown 32-plus touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons.

6.01 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce has had 67-72 catches, 862-875 yards and exactly five TDs in each of the past two seasons. That seems like a reasonable expectation for 2016, but there is some upside beyond that.

7.12 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: A potential breakout candidate for 2016, Parker closed his rookie season with a productive six-game stretch — 22 catches for 445 yards and three TDs (WR18 over that span).

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook for DeVante Parker

8.01 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: One of my favorite fantasy running backs, Woodhead is generally undervalued in standard-scoring leagues. Not only did he finish as the RB10 (RB3 in PPR) last season, but he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in each of his past three full seasons.

9.12 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman unexpectedly led all RBs in fantasy production last year, but Coleman should be more involved in 2016 with good health.

10.01 - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Based on talent alone, it wouldn't surprise me if Dixon turns out to be the most productive fantasy RB in Baltimore this season.

11.12 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: It was a disappointing first season in San Francisco for Smith, but Smith is clearly the team's No. 1 receiver now and Chip Kelly will intstall an up-tempo offense that should rank near the league lead in volume of plays.

12.01 - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings: No team threw the ball on a lower percentage of plays than Minnesota, but Treadwell should immediately become the team's top red-zone target.

13.12 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Based on his dual-threat abilities, Mariota is a high-upside QB2 in his second season if he runs more often.

14.01 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.12 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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June 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Green Bay Packers

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 Green Bay Packers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Aaron Rodgers359550453837.46.1522961.1361.22
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 could finish as a top-two performer in 2016 with good health from the team's passing-game weapons.
Brett Hundley48620.30.331805.18

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Eddie Lacy2329868.8302762.3192.8
Totalling 3,001 yards from scrimmage with 24 total touchdowns in his first two seasons, Lacy disappointed fantasy owners with less than 1,000 YFS and just five total touchdowns. Benched for a stint during last season, Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.
James Starks1204982.4363202.5111.2
Re-signed to a two-year contract, Starks (993) had more YFS than Lacy (946). And while both finished as top-25 fantasy running backs in 2015, it was Starks (RB24) that scored more fantasy points than Lacy (RB25). If Lacy struggles again this season despite his improved fitness, Starks will have an opportunity for another productive season.
John Crockett15610.30007.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jordy Nelson88135511.5000204.5
Rehab from a torn ACL last preseason has progressed well and Nelson should be a full participant for training camp. With stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons before the injury, the 31-year-old receiver should finish with roughly 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016.
Randall Cobb781022712660.1151.4
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 Nelson back as the team's No. 1 receiver, however, it should take pressure off Cobb and lead to improved 2016 production.
Jeff Janis254053.400060.9
Based on physical tools, Janis has a chance to become the team's most productive receiver after Nelson and Cobb even if he has yet to develop the trust of Aaron Rodgers.
Davante Adams383992.700056.1
Jared Abbrederis12138100019.8
Ty Montgomery10960.9421017.1
Trevor Davis2320.20004.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jared Cook324133.864.1
Expected to start over Richard Rodgers, Cook signed a free-agent deal with the Packers and has plenty of upside although he recently had foot surgery.
Richard Rodgers201782.432.2

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 16 teams, No. 9 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 16
  • Draft Slot: 9
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.09 - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: The fifth running back off the board, Elliott has RB1 overall upside due to his all-around talent and that of his offensive line. Similar to 2014 when DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing, I expect the Cowboys to utilize a run-heavy game plan.

2.08 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Battling a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper had 20 yards or less in four of his final seven games but still finished with excellent overall numbers (72/1,070/6). The WR13 through Week 10 last season, Cooper should be a top-12 fantasy receiver (or better) in his age-22 season.

- Poll: Which AFC West WR will score the most fantasy points in 2016?

3.09 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: 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 the fantasy playoffs. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed.

4.08 - 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.

- Related: Devante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

5.09 - 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 should finish as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in 2016.

6.08 - 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. Johnson should be even more productive in his second season.

7.09 - 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 becomes the No. 1 receiver in Kelly's up-tempo offense.

8.08 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Finishing in the top 25 in both categories, Crowell carried the ball 185 times for 706 yards last season. Coach Hue Jackson has talked up Crowell and backfield mate Johnson this offseason.

9.09 - 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 significant contribution as a rookie.

10.08 - Devantae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and the rookie should challenge C.J. Anderson for early-down snaps.

11.09 - Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers: The return of Kelvin Benjamin will limit the upside of Ginn, who had 739 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season, but he provides some WR depth in this deep league.

12.08 - Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans: The first-round rookie out of Notre Dame has elite speed, which could lead to an occasional big game. That said, his volume of targets will likely be inconsistent as DeAndre Hopkins dominates the team's targets.

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections for the Houston Texans

13.09 - Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: 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 running Kyle Shanahan's offense.

14.08 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

15.09 - Josh Ferguson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts reportedly considered Ferguson as early as Round 4 although they signed him as an undrafted free agent. Coach Pagano calls Ferguson a "mismatch out in space," and Ferguson has some upside with Frank Gore turning 33 this offseason.

16.08 - Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts

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POLL: Which AFC West WR will score the most fantasy points in 2016?

Based on current ADP, the top three AFC West wide receivers are being selected within a few picks of one another in fantasy football mock drafts -- Oakland's Amari Cooper (2.10, WR11), San Diego's Keenan Allen (2.11, WR12) and Denver's Demaryius Thomas (3.05, WR14).

Within my fantasy football wide receiver rankings, those three wide receivers fall within WR10-14 as well although I have Allen ranked the highest.

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.

Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie and battled a foot injury down the stretch. With 20 yards or less in four of his past seven games, his rookie campaign could have been even better, but I expect a stronger performance throughout all of 2016 for the talented second-year receiver.

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) no 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.

There are some other talented receivers in the AFC West -- Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, Emmanuel Sanders, to name a few -- but it's likely that one of Cooper, Allen or Thomas leads the division's receivers in fantasy production in 2016.

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Houston Texans

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 Houston Texans.

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Brock Osweiler364592429223.714.235980.7266.28
Parlaying just seven starts into a $72 million contract, Osweiler will lead a revamped Texans offense. Despite his limited experience and the transition to a new offense, Osweiler has some fantasy upside in an offense that should rank near the NFL lead in offensive plays run. Over the past two seasons, the Texans have run the third-most offensive plays (2,189) although only Raiders (4.9181) have averaged fewer yards per play during that span (5.0603).
Brandon Weeden714950.30.64204.6

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Lamar Miller25011888484032.3220.9
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.
Alfred Blue1043692.112830.560.8
Jonathan Grimes421810.8151250.639
Tyler Ervin321410.3161280.632.3
Jay Prosch5130.11702.6

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeAndre Hopkins10515239.1000206.9
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.
Will Fuller355922.8430079
The first-round rookie out of Notre Dame has elite speed, which could lead to an occasional big game. That said, his volume of targets will likely be inconsistent as DeAndre Hopkins dominates the targets. In other words, there should be plenty of boom or bust to his week-to-week production.
Jaelen Strong283422.200047.4
The Texans used a third-round pick on Strong in 2015, but he disappointed as a rookie and the team invested two high picks in Fuller and Miller in 2016. Strong has shed some weight this offseason, which is a positive sign, but it's unlikely that Strong makes a significant fantasy contribution this year.
Cecil Shorts455042.3316065.8
Missing five games last season, Shorts finished with 42 catches for 484 yards and two touchdowns in his first year with the Texans. Shorts has now missed multiple games in all five of his NFL seasons and the Texans used two early picks on receivers -- Will Fuller (first round) and Braxton Miller (third round) -- in this year's draft.
Braxton Miller151941.37630.234.7
Keith Mumphery6560.30007.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ryan Griffin242861.738.8
C.J. Fiedorowicz151490.920.3

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 3 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.03 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: When healthy, Bell is as good as gets among fantasy running backs. There are some concerns as he recovers from his MCL/PCL injury, but Bell is a true three-down back that had 2,215 YFS, 83 catches and 11 TDs in 2014.

2.10 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL, but he has a total of 183 catches for 2,833 yards and 21 touchdowns over his past two seasons.

3.03 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: While Peyton Manning has retired, Thomas has at least 1,300 yards in four consecutive seasons and 105-plus catches in back-to-back years. Questions at quarterback could lead to another dip in production, but he's a quality WR2 for this team.

4.10 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: If Hyde stays healthy, he is a high-upside RB2 in the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.

5.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald turns 33 before the start of the season, but he set a career high with 109 catches and exceeded 1,000 yards (1,205) for the first time in four seasons.

6.10 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games than he played and he was at less than 100 percent when he did play. The Colts used multiple draft picks on upgrading their offensive line so assuming Luck stays healthy, he has plenty of upside here.

7.03 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz closed the season strong (35/450/1 over final four games) and hopefully some of that momentum will carry over to 2016.

8.10 - Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: If he stays healthy, a big if, Mathews has plenty of upside in a DeMarco Murray-less backfield, but there have been some RBBC comments about the backfield from the coaches.

9.03 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Even though he scored only two touchdowns, Bernard finished as fantasy's RB16 in PPR last year (and the RB28 in this mock).

10.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: After a disappointing first season in San Francisco, Smith is poised from a much larger role as the team's top receiver in the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.

11.03 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Williams was more productive than anyone could have expected as a fill-in for Bell as he ended the year with the fourth-most fantasy points among running backs. In any league that I have Bell, it will be a priority to handcuff him with Williams.

12.10 - Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Out of necessity, Aiken emerged in 2015 with a 75/944/5 season. There are plenty of question marks with the team's other three top receivers so Aiken is worth a flier here.

13.03 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Romo has his share of injury concerns, but he provides some insurance in case Luck misses time and is a nice value in the 13th round.

14.10 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.03 - Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans: Wright adds some depth as my WR6, but he averaged career lows of 3.6 catches and 40.8 yards per game.

16.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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June 15, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 5 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 8 Bench

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

1.05 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Tied with Antonio Brown for the league lead in receptions (136), Jones finished with more receiving yards (1,871) than any receiver not named Calvin Johnson in his record-breaking season. Jones now has back-to-back seasons with 100-plus catches and 1,500-plus yards.

2.08 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: After racking up 3,001 YFS and 24 TDs in his first two seasons combined, Fat Eddie was a huge disappointment in 2015. A fitter version of Lacy should bounce back in a contract year.

3.05 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks finished with 84/1,138/9 in his second season and should continue to improve upon those numbers in his age-23 season.

4.08 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Finishing fourth in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards), Murray was the only NFL player to have 15-plus touches in 15 games last season. My plan was to get DeAndre Washington later in this draft, but unfortunately he went a few picks before when I was hoping to grab him.

5.05 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Megatron out of the lineup, Tate has had some highly productive games for the Lions. Now that Johnson has retired, Tate will have an opportunity to lead the Lions in receiving on a weekly basis as this team's WR3.

6.08 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees has averaged more than 320 passing yards per game in four of his past five seasons and has thrown 32-plus TDs in eight consecutive seasons. Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons.

7.05 - Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Along with teammate Allen Robinson, Hurns (and Robinson) became the first players in Jaguars history to reach the 1,000-yard/10-touchdown receiving mark. Passing-game volume should decrease overall due to the team's improved outlook, but Hurns should be a productive WR4 for this team.

8.08 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: With career highs of 75 catches for 853 yards, Ertz was especially good over the final four games (35/450/1). Obviously, he'll slow from his end-of-season pace, but hopefully he can build upon last year's momentum.

9.05 - 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 all year, it wouldn't surprise me if me duplicates last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

10.08 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman was outstanding finishing as fantasy's top-scoring running back in 2015, but Coleman has big-play upside and should be more involved in his second season assuming good health.

11.05 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Depending on the health of Thomas Rawls, Prosise has some upside. Either way, he should get plenty of work as the team's third-down back.

12.08 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: There are plenty of injury concerns with Graham (patellar tendon), but I won't need to rely on him early in the year as my TE2.

13.05 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: In most one-QB leagues, I don't draft a second quarterback, but Romo is a nice value in the 13th round (current ADP is early 10th) and there are two extra bench spots in this league.

14.08 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: A disappointing rookie season on the field has been followed by recent off-the-field concerns. That said, Agholor should be much more productive on the field in 2016.

15.05 - Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Third in line for targets behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, Dorsett's weekly production could be volatile, but the speedster should significantly improve upon his 18/225/1 rookie stat line.

16.08 - New England Patriots D/ST

17.05 - Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions: While Ameer Abdullah will lead the team's committee backfield, Zenner has some upside this late. In addition, Abdullah is coming off shoulder surgery although he is expected to ready for training camp.

18.08 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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June 14, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 teams, No. 4 pick, 2-QB league

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring, 2-QB league
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 4
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.04 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With two QBs -- Cam Newton (1.01) and Aaron Rodgers (1.02) -- off the board, I get my top-ranked player going into 2016. Setting career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards last year, Brown's numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season.

2.07 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: After taking Brown at 1.04, the plan was that I would take the best available QB here, but Gronk gives me two players atop their respective positions. Except for his injury-shortened 2013 season (seven games), Gronk has scored double-digit touchdowns every year.

3.04 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer finished as a top-five fantasy QB last season as he threw for 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, both of which were career highs. Being able to get Palmer here makes me feel better about going Brown/Gronk with my first two picks.

4.07 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: The loss of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler puts a damper on the outlook for Thomas, but neither QB had a great season last year as Thomas finished with 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

5.04 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: I expect the Cowboys to rely heavily on Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but Romo is a high-end QB2 for this team as long as he stays healthy.

6.07 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Coming off a gruesome leg injury, Rawls has some injury concern, but we have seen what he can do with Marshawn Lynch sidelined. With Beast Mode hanging up his cleats, Rawls has plenty of upside here if he stays healthy.

7.04 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: In his second season, Brown eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and the arrow is pointing upward for the speedy receiver.

8.07 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Devonta Freeman. Adrian Peterson. End of list. Those are the running backs that outscored Woodhead in PPR scoring last season. In his two full seasons in San Diego, Woodhead has at least 76 catches, 1,034 YFS and eight TDs in both seasons.

9.04 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Signing Chris Ivory diminishes the outlook for Yeldon, but the Jags should be better as a team, which should lead to more of a commitment to the run. Yeldon provides some depth as my RB4.

10.07 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Considering the injury risk with Romo and that there is little depth on the waiver wire (30 QBs were drafted), Stafford gives me insurance. In addition, Stafford and Romo have the top-two fantasy football strength of schedules.

11.04 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: 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. If he stays healthy, he's a high-upside WR4 for this team.

12.07 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Durability and age (31) are a concern for Jennings, but he played his first full 16-game season last year and closed the season with a bang (419 YFS over final three games).

13.04 - WIllie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints: Snead nearly reached 1,000 yards in his first season playing in the high-powered Saints offense.

14.07 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell provides more depth and he finished as the RB33 in PPR formats last year.

15.04 - New England Patriots D/ST

16.07 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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June 13, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Miami Dolphins

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 Miami Dolphins:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ryan Tannehill377608435327.114351561.1290.72
Tannehill has thrown for 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons and 24-plus touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. In addition, he's averaged 225 rushing yards per season over his career. With Adam Gase taking over as head coach (and Peyton Manning helping him learn the offense), Tannehill has fantasy upside from his current ADP. Over the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jay Ajayi2259686.3282300.9163
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.
Kenyan Drake1205282.2302581.299
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.
Damien Williams15540.38600.214.4
Daniel Thomas3900000.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeVante Parker6710598.2000155.1
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.
Jarvis Landry9610375.38450.3141.8
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.
Kenny Stills345243.100071
Leonte Carroo27329200044.9
Griff Whalen161741.300025.2
Jakeem Grant1120.10001.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jordan Cameron424754.473.9
Cameron had a disappointing first season with the Dolphins and accepted a pay cut in part because Julius Thomas told Cameron that "he HAS to play for Gase." (Thomas had 24 touchdowns in 27 games over his two seasons as a starter with the Broncos.)
Dion Sims151581.122.4
Jake Stoneburner4340.24.6
MarQueis Gray190.11.5

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June 12, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14 teams, No. 6 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 14
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.06 - Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Missing the first three games as he recovered from a torn ACL, Gurley still finished third in the NFL in rushing (1,106 yards) with 10 TDs and scored the fifth-most fantasy points among running backs. With another year removed from the injury, Gurley should be even better in 2016 despite running behind one of the league's worst offensive lines.

2.09 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: The debate here was Marshall or Keenan Allen; the good news is I got both. For the third time in four years, Marshall finished as a top-five fantasy receiver as he posted a 109/1,502/14 stat line.

3.06 - 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. Based on my rankings, Marshall and Allen give this team a pair of top-10 fantasy wideouts.

4.09 - Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: With Lamar Miller now in Houston, Ajayi takes over as the featured back and should be in line for 250 or so touches.

5.06 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: In games that Calvin Johnson has missed, Tate has had some big games and now he'll get that chance all season with Megatron retiring early.

6.09 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore struggled last year with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, but he ranked fifth in the NFL in touches (294). Despite turning 33 last month, Gore is a solid RB3 as Andrew Luck is healthy and the team invested heavily in its OL during the draft.

- Poll: Will Gore rush for 1,000 yards in 2016?

7.06 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Throwing a career-high 662 pass attempts, Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game and threw 29 touchdowns. Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Assuming Allen stays healthy, Rivers has upside from his QB12 draft slot.

8.09 - 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.

9.06 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: The first rookie receiver selected in this year's draft, Coleman should also lead the group in targets this season. Not only do the Browns lack talent at the position, but they should trail often and be forced into passing situations.

10.09 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: V-Jax is coming off a disappointing season, but he provides some depth as my WR5.

11.06 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: With the free-agent departure of Coby Fleener, Allen has some upside, but tight end is clearly this team's weakest position.

12.09 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: Since I punted on the position, I decided to double up. Witten lacks upside these days, but Witten had 11 games with 40-plus yards last year. The only tight ends with more last season were Rob Gronkowski (13) and Travis Kelce (12).

13.06 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more, to only three interceptions over his final 10 games. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times.

14.09 - New England Patriots D/ST

15.06 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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2016 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP): Torrey Smith Biggest Weekly Riser

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

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

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

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


Biggest Risers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRyan Fitzpatrick, Free Agent-4.4 (162.0 on 6/5; 157.6 on 6/12)
RBChris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals-6.1 (124.5 on 6/5; 118.4 on 6/12)
WRTorrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers-12.5 (139.6 on 6/5; 127.1 on 6/12)
TEMartellus Bennett, New England Patriots-5.5 (137.5 on 6/5; 132.0 on 6/12)

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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBAndrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts-3.51% (48.5 on 6/5; 46.8 on 6/12)
RBLamar Miller, Houston Texans-9.80% (15.3 on 6/5; 13.8 on 6/12)
WRTorrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers-8.95% (139.6 on 6/5; 127.1 on 6/12)
TEMartellus Bennett, New England Patriots-4.00% (137.5 on 6/5; 132.0 on 6/12)

Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns+6.4 (157.8 on 6/5; 164.2 on 6/12)
RBAlfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys+12.0 (118.1 on 6/5; 130.1 on 6/12)
WRSteve Smith, Baltimore Ravens+9.6 (77.0 on 6/5; 86.6 on 6/12)
TETyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals+6.0 (49.5 on 6/5; 55.5 on 6/12)

Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns+4.06% (157.8 on 6/5; 164.2 on 6/12)
RBLe'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers+17.24% (2.9 on 6/5; 3.4 on 6/12)
WRSteve Smith, Baltimore Ravens+12.47% (77.0 on 6/5; 86.6 on 6/12)
TETyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals+12.12% (49.5 on 6/5; 55.5 on 6/12)

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June 11, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 10 pick, QB-Eligible Flex

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring; Super Flex (QB-eligible flex)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 10
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.10 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck is the QB5 in this mock and a consensus top-three option going into 2016 in what is a de facto 2-QB league considering quarterbacks are eligible as flex options.

2.03 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: No player has scored more touchdowns since entering the league than Gronk. Even if Tom Brady's four-game suspension isn't overturned, you could easily argue that Gronk is the most dominant fantasy option atop his corresponding position group.

3.10 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Only 21 years old (turns 22 next week), Cooper finished with a 72/1,070/6 stat line in 2015 and he should build upon his rookie success.

4.03 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin finished second in the NFL in rushing and should finish as a top-10 (or higher) fantasy running back provided he once again stays healthy.

5.10 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Not only is Jordy Nelson's return a positive for the fantasy outlook of Aaron Rodgers, but Cobb's fantasy production should improve with Nelson taking pressure and defensive attention off Cobb.

6.03 - 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) last season. Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray is the only player to have 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games last season.

7.10 - Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: With Lamar Miller now in Houston, Ajayi assumes the role of lead back for the Dolphins and should get in the neighborhood of 250 touches.

8.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald's production slowed down the stretch, but he established a career high in catches (109) and had his first 1,000-yard season (1,215) in four years.

9.10 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: A potential breakout candidate, Parker closed his rookie season strong with 22/445/3 over his final six games. Getting him here feels like stealing.

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Profile for DeVante Parker

10.03 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: No team threw the ball on a larger percentage of their plays last season than Detroit and no quarterback has a more favorable fantasy football strength of schedule than Stafford this season. The retirement of Calvin Johnson obviously hurts his outlook, but he's a nice value as the QB23 in this mock.

11.10 - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns: Crowell finished as the PPR RB33 last season and provides some depth as my RB4.

12.03 - Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants: In PPR formats (such as this league), Vereen finished as the RB27 last season with receiving stats of 59/495/4.

13.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Taking over as the No. 1 receiver in an up-tempo Chip Kelly offense makes Smith a prime bounce-back candidate for fantasy owners in 2016 and a high-upside pick for this squad in Round 13.

14.03 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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Breshad Perriman has partially torn ACL; likely out for season

The Baltimore Ravens used their 2015 first-round pick on UCF wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who missed all of his rookie season with a torn PCL.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Perriman will visit Dr. James Andrews to determine if he'll need season-ending surgery after partially tearing his ACL during OTAs.

Not only will the Ravens be without Perriman, but Steve Smith postponed his retirement by a year as he returns from a torn Achilles and turned 37 years old last month.

Before his injury, Smith averaged a career-high 6.6 receptions per game for 95.7 yards per game, the third-highest of his career. It's unlikely that he averages 6.6/95.7 given his age and last year's injury, but I'd still expect him to pace the receivers in fantasy points if he stays healthy the entire season.

With all of the injuries to Baltimore's receiving corps last season, Kamar Aiken finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in 2015. The fantasy outlook for Aiken and newcomer Mike Wallace improves with the injury to Perriman.

Wallace did virtually nothing in his lone season with Minnesota (39/473/2), but Wallace has some bounce-back potential as Joe Flacco's deep threat. Prior to last season, Wallace finished as a top-25 fantasy receiver in each of the previous five seasons (2010 to 2014).

For what it's worth, no team's receivers has a more favorable fantasy football strength of schedule than Baltimore's.

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Poll: Will Frank Gore rush for 1,000 yards in 2016?

Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore just missed the 1,000-yard mark in his first season with the club.

Last season, Gore rushed 260 times for 967 yards and six touchdowns and added 34 receptions for 267 yards and a touchdown.

His 3.7 yards-per-carry average was his first below 4.0 and it was just the third time in his career that he finished under 1,000 rushing yards. The other two times were his rookie season (2005) and an injury-shortened 2011 season (853 rushing yards in 11 games).

Despite his age (turned 33 last month), Gore has a couple of factors working in his favor.

Not only did the Colts use four draft picks on their offensive line including first-rounder Ryan Kelly, but Andrew Luck is healthy after missing nine games last season. Gore's YPC average was much better with Luck (4.11) under center than it was with Matt Hasselbeck (3.44).

There isn't much competition behind Gore as Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman are next up on the depth chart. In other words, I'd expect Gore to get in the neighborhood of 250 carries again assuming good health.

Only three running backs have rushed for 1,000-plus yards at 33 years old (or older): John Riggins (twice), John Henry Johnson (twice) and Franco Harris (once).

And for what it's worth, Gore has the third-toughest fantasy football strength of schedule in 2016.

Will Gore become the fourth 33-year-old in NFL history to rush for 1,000-plus yards in a season?

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June 10, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 7 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.07 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Not only does Gronk have back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons, but no player has more TDs (66) since he entered the league in 2010.

2.06 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy racked up 3,001 YFS and 24 TDs in his first two seasons combined and I expect a fitter Lacy to bounce back from last year's disappointing performance.

3.07 - Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: While many expected an even bigger jump, Cooks posted an 84/1,138/9 stat line in his sophomore campaign. In a high-powered Drew Brees-led offense, the 22-year-old (turns 23 in September) has room to take another step forward in 2016.

4.06 - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: Missing all of 2015 due to a torn ACL, Benjamin had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.

5.07 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Like Lacy, Hill was a disappointment in 2015, but he scored 12 TDs last season.

6.06 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Durability is a bit of concern with Big Ben as he has missed three-plus games in three of the past six seasons, but he led the NFL with a career-high 328.2 passing yards per game last season.

7.07 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: 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. With the team using a first-round pick on Josh Doctson, D-Jax remains a boom-or-bust weekly option, but he should finish with 1,000 yards or so as this team's WR3.

8.06 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Woodhead has finished as fantasy's RB24, RB19 and RB10 in his last three full seasons, respectively. In both of his two full seasons with the Chargers, he has 1,000-plus YFS and eight-plus TDs each season.

9.07 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray enters the season as the starter and lead back, but Henry will get plenty of opportunities in what should be a run-heavy offense. If Murray struggles like last year, Henry could see an expanded role as the season progresses.

10.06 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: V-Jax missed six games last year and posted a disappointing 33/543/3 stat line, but he provides some WR depth for this team.

11.07 - Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers: Despite poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. Benjamin may be third in line behind Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates for targets, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers.

12.06 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: C.J. Anderson is the starter, but Booker should have plenty of opportunities like Ronnie Hillman had last season.

13.07 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: A distant No. 2 receiver to Julio Jones, Sanu should see more consistent targets in Atlanta.

14.06 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: If Lacy struggles again, Starks gives me insurance as his handcuff.

15.07 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

16.06 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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June 09, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 11 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 11
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.11 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Injuries (to himself and Tony Romo) derailed his 2015 season, but only Rob Gronkowski (55) has more receiving TDs than Bryant (53) over the past five seasons combined.

2.02 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Productive on a per-touch basis (top-10 fantasy running back in back-to-back seasons), Miller joins a Texans team that ranks second only to the Seahawks in rush attempts over the past two seasons combined.

3.11 - Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets: Forte changed teams this offseason and turns 31 in December, but full-season production should be in the neighborhood of 1,300-1,500 YFS and eight or so TDs.

4.02 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: With the injuries to Andrew Luck, Hilton's per-game production dropped from 5.5/89.7/0.47 to 4.3/70.3/0.31. Provided Luck stays healthy, Hilton's numbers should be closer to his 2014 production.

5.11 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Despite the addition of Brandon Marshall as the team's No. 1 receiver, Decker's 2015 was remarkably consistent scoring within a range of 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points in every game played last season.

6.02 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: With 32 passing scores in eight consecutive seasons and four 5,000-yard seasons during that span, Brees averaged the second-most passing yards (324.7/G) of his career last season.

7.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: With a strong finish (22/445/3 over final 6G) to his rookie season, Parker is a breakout candidate heading into 2016.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

8.02 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: An underrated fantasy option, Woodhead has finished as fantasy's RB24, RB19 and RB10 in his last three full seasons, respectively. (That is standard scoring formats as he finished as the PPR RB3 last season.) In his two full seasons with the Chargers, he has 1,000-plus YFS and eight-plus TDs.

9.11 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith is old (relatively speaking) and coming off a torn Achilles, but he was having a productive season before the injury — career-high 6.6 catches for 95.7 yards per game.

10.02 - Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman is clearly the top back in Atlanta, but Coleman could have a significant role with good health.

11.11 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: Graham is a health risk and I may need to add another TE to this roster if he's not ready for the start of the season. Either way, there is definitely concern that he won't be productive coming off his patellar tendon injury.

12.02 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: While he's a gadget player, Austin finished as a top-20 fantasy receiver in 2015 and the Rams have talked up his volume of targets (potential receptions) this offseason.

13.11 - Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins: Drake is a change-of-pace back, but there is some upside with limited talent beyond unproven starter Jay Ajayi.

14.02 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.11 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs

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June 08, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 5 pick, 2-QB league

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: 2-QB league, Point per reception (PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.05 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: For what it's worth, Bell (MCL, PCL) has said that he will be 100 percent in time for camp. In 2014, Bell racked up 2,215 YFS, 83 catches and 11 TDs and he still enters 2016 as my top-ranked fantasy running back.

2.08 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer (QB8) is technically lower than Tom Brady (QB7) in my fantasy quarterback rankings, but it would be difficult to find a solid QB3 to start for Brady during his four-game suspension so I went with the safer choice.

3.05 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Robinson had a breakout season (80/1,400/14) in his age-22 season. While he may not repeat those numbers, especially in the red zone, he's one of the best young receivers in the league and a quality WR1 at this point in the mock.

4.08 - 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.

5.05 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Scoring the eighth-most PPR fantasy points among receivers last year, Landry set a franchise record with 110 catches for 1,157 yards and four touchdowns. Even if DeVante Parker breaks out as I expect, Landry remains a strong PPR WR2 for this team.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

6.08 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins may not finish as a top-eight fantasy quarterback, like he did in 2015, but Cousins has the same supporting cast with the addition of first-round receiver Josh Doctson. As the QB20 in this mock, he has plenty of upside here.

7.05 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in his second season, Brown is a high-upside WR3 for this team.

8.08 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Durability concerns are always an issue with Stewart, but only Adrian Peterson (nine) had more games with 20-plus carries than Stewart (eight) even though he missed three games last year.

9.05 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Gates can still be an effective fantasy tight end going into his age-36 season as one of the better red-zone options at the position.

10.08 - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers: Gordon didn't score a touchdown in his disappointing rookie season and he had offseason microfracture surgery, but it's a positive that the Chargers did not add much competition at running back.

11.05 - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings: While playing in a run-first offense caps his upside, Treadwell should become the team's best red-zone option right away.

12.08 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Williams showed last season how productive he could still be if Bell misses time.

13.05 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Austin finished as the WR27 in PPR last season and Coach Fisher said Austin could double his receptions (as unlikely as that may be) in 2016.

14.08 - Blaine Gabbert, QB, San Francisco 49ers: If Gabbert wins the starting gig over Colin Kaepernick, he provides depth and a bye-week fill-in as my QB3.

15.05 - Houston Texans D/ST

16.08 - Clive Walford, TE, Oakland Raiders: Rookie tight ends tend to struggle, but Walford has some breakout appeal as a late-rounder here.

17.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins: 2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook

A top-15 pick and the third receiver off the board after Amari Cooper and Kevin White in the 2015 NFL Draft, Miami Dolphins receiver DeVante Parker closed his rookie season strong.

Like his final season at Louisville, his rookie season began with dealing with a foot injury so virtuall all of Parker's rookie production occurred in the final six weeks of the season.

During that six-week span from Weeks 12 to 17, Parker hauled in 22 receptions for 445 yards (20.23 Y/R) and three touchdowns. Moreover, Parker was consistent during that stretch with eight or more fantasy points in five of six games and he was the WR18 over that span.

That per-game production down the stretch would extrapolate to a statistical line of 1,187 yards and eight touchdowns over a 16-game season.

Parker's end-of-season production also corresponded with the absence of Rishard Matthews, who signed a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans this offseason. Matthews missed the final five games of the season, but he was on pace for 69/1,059/6 through his first 10 games.

There are plenty of positive reports about Parker early this offseason.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill recently said the following of Parker (via the Sun Sentinel):

"I think you saw, the last six to eight games of the year, his confidence start to build. He made more and more plays it seemed like as the weeks went on. He got more comfortable and more confident and was attacking the football.

"He's starting at that point now. We can build from where he is at now, and the sky is the limit for him."

As one of Miami's top-three receivers along with Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, Parker is the biggest (6-3, 218) of the group. And while he's not necessarily a burner, he has good speed (4.45 forty). Given his size, Parker should be the most productive Dolphins receiver in the red zone.

"He can make big plays down the field [and] inside," Tannehill said. "He's a big-bodied guy. He's a guy that we're going to want to use in the red zone and we're going to want to use him on third downs and to stretch the field, as well."

Adam Gase takes over as head coach for a team that threw the ball on 64.79 percent of its offensive plays last season. Only three teams -- Detroit (65.63%), Jacksonville (65.02) and New England (65.00) -- threw it more often in 2015 than Miami.

Here are the rankings for Gase-coordinated offenses over the past three seasons:

YearTeamPass-play % (Rank)Pass Att. (Rank)Pass Yards (Rank)
2015Chicago Bears54.3% (25th-most)523 (25th-most)3,663 (23rd-most)
2014Denver Broncos59.21% (17th)607 (9th)4,661 (4th)
2013Denver Broncos59.68% (13th)675 (2nd)5,444 (1st)

Many of the top Bears pass-catchers missed multiple games last season -- Alshon Jeffery (seven missed games), Kevin White (16 missed games), Marquess Wilson (five missed games), Eddie Royal (seven missed games) and Martellus Bennett (five missed games). That said, Jay Cutler had one of the best seasons -- career-high 92.3 passer rating -- in his only season with Gase as a coach.

While the Dolphins may not throw the ball on as high of a percentage of their plays as they did last season, I'd expect their passing-game production to be more efficient in 2016. Earlier this offseason, Tannehill also had the opportunity to get tutored by Peyton Manning when it comes to understanding the new offense.

Compared to his current WR32 average draft position (ADP), Parker should easily return value assuming good health. Primed for a breakout in his sophomore campaign, Parker is currently ranked as my WR22 (I'm higher on him than most analysts target="_blank") but has top-12 upside if things go really well.

Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

Parker and the Dolphins receivers have the eighth-most favorable fantasy football strength of schedule (10th-best in PPR) in 2016. His fantasy playoff SOS (Weeks 14 to 16) is middle of the road (No. 16 in standard, No. 15 in PPR). In the fantasy playoffs, Parker faces the Cardinals, Jets and Bills, respectively.

2016 Fantasy Football Projection: 67 Receptions, 1,059 Yards, 8.4 TDs

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June 07, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 teams, No. 9 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 9
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.09 - Ezekial Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Not only is Elliott a complete three-down back, but he gets to run behind the league's best offensive line.

2.02 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: With free-agent departures at receiver, Green should see a jump from the 132 targets he had last season and he still finished with an 86/1,297/10 stat line.

3.09 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: The loss of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler leaves a question mark at quarterback, but Thomas has 1,300-plus yards in four straight seasons with 105-plus catches in back-to-back seasons.

4.02 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy had 3,001 YFS and 24 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Will his weight loss help him bounce back from a disappointing 2015? I think so, and I love the discounted price.

5.09 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson hanging up his cleats, Tate will have an opportunity to be the team's No. 1 receiver. In a limited sample size with Megatron out of the lineup, Tate has put up big numbers.

6.02 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Not only did Wilson rush for more than 500 yards again, but he set career highs in passing -- 4,024 yards and 34 touchdowns.

7.09 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: Even after Tennessee drafted Derrick Henry in the second round, Murray goes into 2016 as the lead back. And if he disappoints (again), I won't need to start him.

8.02 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: In PPR-scoring formats, only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson scored more fantasy points than Woodhead last season.

9.09 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: With 22/445/3 in his final six games, Parker is poised for a breakout in 2016 with good health.

10.02 - Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns: It's unlikely that Barnidge repeats his breakout performance (79/1,043/9), but he's a solid option after punting the position.

11.09 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: D-Jax is a high-upside, boom-or-bust WR5 for this team.

12.02 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Smith is 37 and coming off an Achilles injury, but he was averaging 95.7 YPG, the third-highest of his career, before the injury.

13.09 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: A receiver when he started his collegiate career with Notre Dame, Prosise will at least take over the Fred Jackson change-of-pace role, but he has upside for much more if Thomas Rawls is unable to stay healthy.

14.02 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.09 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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June 06, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 2 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 2
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.02 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: My plan was to take either Brown or Le'Veon Bell, whichever was left for me here, but Todd Gurley was the first pick. The top-ranked player in overall rankings, Brown is as consistent and productive as it gets -- 375/5,031/31 over past three seasons.

2.11 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy totalled 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns in his first two seasons, but he was a major disappointment in 2015. Slimming down this offseason, Lacy is poised for a rebound at a cheaper cost.

3.02 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper had 72/1,070/6 as a rookie and the soon-to-be 22-year-old should build upon that success in year two.

4.11 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Like Lacy, Hill disappointed fantasy owners as his YPC average dropped from 5.1 to 3.6. With 21 total touchdowns over two seasons, he'll need to improve upon last year's 3.6 YPC to be more than a TD-dependent RB2 for this team, but I think he bounces back some.

5.02 - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Wilson once again finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback. Not only did he rush for 553 yards, but he set passing career highs in both yards (4,024) and touchdowns (34).

6.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Closing the season with 22/445/3 over his final six games, Parker was the WR18 during that span and is poised for a breakout in his sophomore campaign, assuming good health.

7.02 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark (967 rushing yards) in his first season with Indy, but Andrew Luck missed nine games. With Luck healthy and an upgraded offensive line through the draft, Gore could hit that mark this season despite turning 33 last month.

8.11 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray is the starter, but Henry will be plenty involved as part of the 1-2 rushing attack and could see his role expand as the season progresses.

9.02 - Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears: White missed all of last season, but he was the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has rare physical tools. Especially if Alshon Jeffery struggles with durability at all, White could have a huge year, but he's a high-upside WR4.

10.11 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Smith will be the No. 1 WR in the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.

11.02 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson retiring, Ebron has the potential to be a bigger part of the offense.

12.11 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Allen has struggled with durability -- 27 games over past three seasons -- but has some upside with Coby Fleener leaving via free agency.

13.02 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: In case Lacy struggles again or misses time, Starks is a handcuff for my RB1.

14.11 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

15.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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June 05, 2016

POLL: Will Doug Baldwin outperform his current ADP?

Especially after trading for tight end Jimmy Graham, nobody expected Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin to finish as a top-10 fantasy wide receiver in 2015.

But that's exactly what he did; only six receivers scored more fantasy points than Baldwin.

After a relatively slow start by Baldwin, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in general, Seattle's offense racked up points in bunches in the second half of the season.

On the year, Baldwin finished with a stat line of 78/1,069/14. His per-game production over the final eight games was 5.88/90.5/1.5. As a comparison, he averaged 3.88/43.13/0.25 over the first eight games of the season.

While Baldwin led the NFL in touchdown receptions (tied with Brandon Marshall and Allen Robinson), it was only one less than he had in his first four NFL seasons combined. At 5-10 and 189 pounds, it would be reasonable to project Baldwin to score half as many touchdowns in 2016. Even so, it would be the second-highest total of his career.

Going into the 2016 NFL season, Baldwin is being drafted as the 23rd fantasy wide receiver at the end of Round 4 (ADP: 4.10) and currently sits at WR30 in my 2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings. Based on my rankings and his current ADP, Baldwin is unlikely to end up on many of my fantasy teams in 2016.

Before finishing as fantasy's WR7, Baldwin finished as the WR40, WR80, WR35 and WR40 in his first four seasons, respectively.

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 3 pick, QB-Eligible Flex

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Super Flex (i.e., QB-eligible flex), point per reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers off the board with the top-two picks, it left my top-ranked player for PPR leagues available here at 1.03. With a QB-eligible flex, it elevates the value of elite QBs, but I was happy to start with Brown and Drew Brees (next pick). The alternative would have been to go with Andrew Luck, who went at 1.05, and someone like Allen Robinson (3.01) or Jordy Nelson (3.04) at 2.10. In that scenario, I prefer the Brown/Brees combo.

2.10 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: With four career 5,000-yard seasons, Brees fell short of a fifth 5,000-yard campaign but he actually averaged 324.7 yards per game, the second-highest of his NFL career. Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback for 10 consecutive seasons and he was the QB7 in this mock.

3.03 - Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Highly productive on a per-touch basis, Miller finished as a top-10 fantasy running back in each of the past two seasons in Miami. Only the Russell Wilson-led Seahawks (1,025) have more rush attempts than the Texans (1,023) over the past two seasons combined.

4.10 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: There are a couple of concerns with Edelman -- durability and a four-game reinstated suspension for Tom Brady -- but Edelman is an elite PPR wide receiver, when healthy.

5.03 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Cousins parlayed strong play down the stretch into a franchise tag, but he's a high-upside flex option for this team as his weapons could be even better. Not only did DeSean Jackson miss seven games last season, but the team used its first-round pick on Josh Doctson, who some believe was the best receiver in this year's draft class.

6.10 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Before an injury ended his regular season, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries. Durability and Cam-vultured rushing TDs are a concern, but heavy workloads are there when he is healthy.

7.03 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson scored more PPR fantasy points among running backs last season than Woodhead (PPR's RB3). In both of his two full seasons in San Diego, Woodhead has 1,000-plus YFS, 75-plus receptions and eight-plus TDs.

8.10 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Decker finished as a top-14 fantasy receiver in PPR formats in 2015 due to his success in the red zone (12 TDs) and consistency (11.7+ PPR points in every game).

9.03 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: A high-upside WR4 for this team, Parker finished his rookie campaign strong with 22/445/3 over the final six games. One of the top breakout candidates, Parker is worthy of going a few rounds earlier so I love the value here.

10.10 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: Nearing the end of his career, Gates still played well in his age-35 campaign -- his 57.3 yards-per-game average was his highest over the past four seasons -- and he remains an elite red-zone option for Philip Rivers.

11.03 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: There is upside with Prosise considering Marshawn Lynch's retirement and the injury to Thomas Rawls. At a minimum, however, Prosise, who began his Notre Dame career as a receiver, will be used as a third-down change-of-pace option for the Seahawks.

12.10 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly in San Francisco, Smith is a bounce-back candidate as the No. 1 receiver in an up-tempo offense.

13.03 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: While I'm not a fan of Jeremy Langford, at least at his current ADP, Howard is someone that I will own quite a bit at his current ADP as the Bears will likely favor a "hot-hand" approach.

14.10 - New England Patriots D/ST

15.03 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Chicago Bears

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

Below you find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Chicago Bears:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jay Cutler339520398825.515.1391871.1271.72
Injuries at wide receiver limited Cutler's fantasy production, but he still completed 64.4 percent of his pass attempts (second-most in his career) and averaged a career-high 7.6 Y/A. The team's top-three wide receivers -- Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and Eddie Royal -- played a total of 18 games last season. Not surprisingly, Cutler averaged more than three fantasy points per game more with Jeffery (16.41/G) than he did without him (13.13/G). With a healthy supporting cast, Cutler should at least finish as a top-20 fantasy quarterback with top-12 upside.
Brian Hoyer59640.30.23403.96

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jeremy Langford2088426.2362811.3157.3
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.
Jordan Howard1165054.49630.183.8
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.
Ka'Deem Carey481971.25360.231.7
Jacquizz Rodgers8280.112820.414

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Alshon Jeffery7811397.8000160.7
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.
Kevin White528636.2000123.5
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.
Eddie Royal575243.729075.5
Marquess Wilson172581.400034.2
Daniel Braverman10960.414012.4
Josh Bellamy5570.30007.5

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Zach Miller485814.383.9
With Martellus Bennett now in New England, Miller takes over as the team's top tight end. With Bennett sidelined over the final three weeks of the season, Miller hauled in 18 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown during that span.
Rob Housler91160.313.4

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June 04, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 6 pick, 2-QB league

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we began the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will continue to do so up until the start of the 2016 NFL season.

Each day, we will switch things up -- e.g., PPR vs. standard scoring, the number of teams, draft slot, 2-QB leagues, etc. For an easy way to keep track of our mocks, we will centralize the links to all of our daily fantasy football mock drafts here.


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: 2-QB league, Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 6
  • Roster Setup: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 Bench

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

1.06 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: In one-QB leagues, it makes sense to wait on a QB. In two-QB leagues, however, things become a little more urgent. Luck is the fourth QB off the board in this mock: Cam Newton (1.01), Aaron Rodgers (1.03) and Russell Wilson (1.05). Provided Luck stays healthy for a full season, there is a good chance that he finishes as a top-four fantasy QB in 2016.

2.07 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: With free-agency departures among wide receivers and Tyler Eifert having ankle surgery that could jeopardize his availability for the start of the season, Green should see an uptick in targets from the 132 he had last year. Even with a relatively low volume of targets compared to other elite receivers, Green still posted an 86/1,297/10 stat line last season.

3.06 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Missing all of 2015 with a torn ACL, Nelson will help revive a Packers offense that struggled more than expected last season. In his last full season, Nelson finished with 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns.

4.07 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Losing plenty of weight this offseason, Lacy goes into a contract year with better fitness and he should bounce back after a disappointing 2015 campaign. In his first two seasons, Lacy had 3,001 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns.

5.06 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: Playing under the franchise tag (unless both sides can agree to a long-term deal before July 15th), Cousins is coming off an impressive first season as the club's starter. Over his final 10 games, Cousins finished as the weekly QB1 three times and as a top-10 weekly option seven times. During that span, he posted a 23:3 TD-INT ratio with four more rushing touchdowns.

6.07 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Durability and Cam vultured touchdowns are a concern for The Daily Show, but Stewart had 20-plus carries in eight straight games before a Week 14 injury. Stewart may lead the NFL in rush attempts if he can stay healthy for a full 16-game season.

7.06 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: One of the most popular breakout candidates heading into 2016, the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft closed the season strong — 22/445/3 over the final six games. Generating plenty of offseason buzz, Parker is a high-upside WR3 for this squad.

8.07 - Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos: With Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler no longer in Denver, there are quarterback concerns for the defending Super Bowl champs, but Sanders provides solid value as my WR4/flex.

9.06 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: A PPR monster, Woodhead is an undervalued standard-scoring running back option as well. In his past three seasons playing at least four games, Woodhead has finished as fantasy's RB24 (2012), RB19 (2013) and RB11 (2015).

10.07 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin finished second in the NFL in rushing, Sims still finished as the RB22 (RB17 in PPR) last season. A solid option as my RB4 with some upside if Martin misses time.

11.06 - Robert Griffin III, QB, Cleveland Browns: RG3 enters 2016 as Cleveland's starting quarterback and a change of scenery should do him well. Playing for Hue Jackson, RG3 has plenty of upside as my QB3.

12.07 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: It appears that Graham will be available for Week 1, but it's a difficult injury from which to return so there are plenty of question marks even if is on the field in early September.

13.06 - Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: His age and injury are a concern, but Smith has made a career out of proving doubters wrong. Before the Achilles injury, Smith was averaging 95.7 YPG (the third-highest of his career).

14.07 - Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions: In his second season, Ebron finished with 47 catches for 537 yards and five touchdowns. It was an up-and-down year, but he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in half of his 14 games played. Following Megatron's retirement, the former top-10 pick should be more involved and could be the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Golden Tate.

15.06 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST:

16.07 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Agholor had a disappointing rookie season, but he is worth a flyer in Round 16 as my WR6.

17.06 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos

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June 03, 2016

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

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we have begun the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will do so up to the start of the 2016 NFL season.

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point per reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 12
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), 6 Bench

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

1.12 - A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Targeted 10-plus times in only four games in 2015, Green should see a significant increase in targets with several free-agent departures at the position this offseason. Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in all five of his NFL seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns three times.

2.01 - 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.

3.12 - 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.

4.01 - Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots: 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.)

5.12 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Before a Week 14 injury, 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.

6.01 - 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.

7.12 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015, but he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. He has some upside as my RB4.

8.01 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Brown finished his second season with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 25th-most PPR fantasy points among wide receivers.

9.12 - 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.

10.01 - 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.

11.12 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: It wouldn't surprise me if Howard ends up scoring more fantasy points than presumed starter Jeremy Langford. While I have Langford ranked higher than Howard, I'd much rather draft Howard here than Langford early.

12.01 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs provides some depth as my WR5, but the team used their first-rounder on Laquon Treadwell and no team threw it less than Minnesota last season.

13.12 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Starting opposite Jordan Matthews, Agholor should see dramatically improved numbers in his second season and is worth a flyer as my WR6.

14.01 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.12 - Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions

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June 02, 2016

Allen Hurns, Jaguars agree to four-year extension

The Jacksonville Jaguars and wide receiver Allen Hurns agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $40 million today, per Pro Football Talk.

Already under contract for the 2016 season, the new deal will keep Hurns under contract through the 2020 NFL season.

In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Jaguars used a pair of second-round picks on wide receivers -- Marqise Lee (39th overall) and Allen Robinson (61st). While Robinson is developing into one of the league's best young receivers, Lee has been a disappointment so far.

Hurns has filled the void of what the Jags had expected from Lee with a total of 115 receptions for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns over that two-year span as an undrafted free agent out of Miami (FL).

The duo of Robinson (80/1,400/14) and Hurns (64/1,031/10) both exceeded 1,000 yards and scored double-digit touchdowns last season. In fact, they are the first receivers in franchise history to ever post 1,000/10 seasons.

Before them, the Jags had only two receivers that ever reached the 1,000-yard mark: Jimmy Smith (nine times) and Keenan McCardell (four). But Smith and McCardell never exceeded eight touchdowns in any of those 13 seasons.

With Blake Bortles under center and the two Allens on the outside, the Jags passing offense has a strong young nucleus going forward. That said, the Jags should be more run-pass balanced in 2016 as their defense/team should be much better this season. Only the Lions (65.63 percent) passed the ball on a greater percentage of plays than the Jaguars (65.02) last season.

Even though I don't expect a repeat of his 2015 production, Hurns is still a top-36 wide receiver in my fantasy football rankings.

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Gary Barnidge had sports hernia surgery, expected back for training camp

Rob Gronkowski. End of list.

That is the list of tight ends that scored more fantasy points (standard-scoring leagues) than Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge in 2015. Barnidge finished as the TE4 in PPR-scoring formats behind Gronk, Delanie Walker and Jordan Reed.

Breakouts at 30 years old are certainly atypical, but Barnidge finished with 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015. (From 2008 to 2014, Barnidge had a total of 44 catches for 603 yards and three touchdowns in 92 games.)

One thing that may slow down Barnidge is the sports hernia surgery that he had this morning. Per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Barnidge is expected to return in time for training camp.

Barnidge is my 11th-ranked tight end in my early 2016 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings.

Going into 2016, Barnidge and the Browns have the fourth-most difficult fantasy strength of schedule.

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Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 1 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting on May 31st, we have begun the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will do so up to the start of the 2016 NFL season.

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point per reception (PPR)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 1
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), 6 Bench

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

1.01 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: In a PPR that starts three receivers, this is a no-brainer pick. Scoring the most fantasy points among WRs over each of the past two seasons, Brown has 375/5,031/31 over the past three seasons.

2.12 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: It was a disappointing season for Fat Eddie, who is less "fat" going into the 2016 season. I think we see production closer to his first two seasons: 1,100-plus rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns each of those seasons.

3.01 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin played a full 16-game season and finished second in the NFL in rushing behind Adrian Peterson.

4.12 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald set a career high in receptions (109) last season and exceeded 1,000 yards (1,215 to be exact) for the first time in four years. I doubt we see a repeat of last year's stat line, but he's the WR24 in this mock and I'd expect at least top-24 production from him in PPR formats in 2016.

5.01 - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets: Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's 2015 weekly production was extremely consistent: 11.7-plus PPR fantasy points every week. More than likely, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets will agree on a deal and Decker should finish as a top-25 fantasy receiver (his draft slot in this mock).

6.12 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Before a Week 14 injury, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload and production is there when healthy, even though he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

7.01 - 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. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

8.12 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: 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.

9.01 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard finished as the RB16 in PPR despite scoring just two touchdowns. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. I love the value of both Bengals RBs at the turn.

10.12 - 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. Barnidge won't repeat those numbers this season, but I like the value this late after punting the position.

11.01 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who could/should finish second on the team in targets and production behind Odell Beckham.

12.12 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Sanu should haul in 60 catches or so as the No. 2 receiver to Julio Jones.

13.01 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: Thomas will take over the Marques Colston role in one of the league's most prolific passing offenses ever.

14.12 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the suspension of Martavis Bryant, Coates could have an opportunity for a big second-year jump and is worth a flyer as my WR7.

15.01 - New England Patriots D/ST

16.12 - Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers

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June 01, 2016

Fantasy Football Mock Draft (June 1st): 12 teams, No. 8 pick

Practice is the key to doing anything well and that applies to drafting fantasy football teams as well.

Starting May 31st, we have begun the process of drafting one fantasy football team per day using the 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator and we will do so up to the start of the 2016 NFL season.

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., NO point per reception)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 8
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, FLEX (RB/WR/TE), K, DST, 6 bench spots

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

1.08 - Ezekial Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Using the fourth-overall pick on Elliott, the Cowboys should use Elliott as a three-down workhorse. A complete back running behind the league's best offensive line, Elliott has RB1 overall upside.

2.05 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson missed last season due to a torn ACL in the preseason, but he had stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons before the injury.

3.08 - 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.

4.05 - 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 and the reinstatement of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

5.08 - 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).

6.05 - 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.

7.08 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Closing the season with 80-plus yards in four of his final six games, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns and 18th-most fantasy points among wide receivers during that span. As my WR4, there is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

8.05 - 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.

9.08 - 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.

10.05 - 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.

11.08 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: I debated Rob Gronkowski at pick 1.08, and ended up completely punting the position with Witten. There's virtually no upside with him, but Witten had 11 games with 40-plus yards last year. Gronk (13) and Travis Kelce (12) are the only TEs with more such games.

12.05 - 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.

13.08 - Carolina Panthers D/ST

14.05 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

15.08 - Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Dealing with a midseason high-ankle sprain, Agholor was a huge disappointment in his rookie season, but he should see dramatically improved numbers in his second season. Either way, he's my WR7.

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