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July 31, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Preview

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 Kansas City Chiefs:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Alex Smith314483357420.87.2713831.7267.46
Consistent but mediocre, Smith has finished as fantasy's QB13 to QB16 in three of the past five seasons, but he's never finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback. While he has thrown three times as many TDs (61) as INTs (20) in his three seasons in Kansas City and rushed for 1,183 yards over that span, Smith has only two 300-yard passing games (in 46 tries). In addition, he has 19 games with 200 or less passing yards over that span.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jamaal Charles22011097.7393202201.1
Coming off a second torn ACL (right knee this time) in four seasons, Charles has begun camp on the active/PUP list but remains on track for Week 1. In his five games last season, Charles averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game. While Charles has never averaged less than 5.0 yards per carry, it's fair to project a slightly reduced workload given the other capable backs on the roster.
Spencer Ware944143.610550.269.7
Charcandrick West642691.3121030.648.6
Anthony Sherman2405390.36.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jeremy Maclin8410677.1280150.1
Reunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015, WR15 in PPR), Maclin remains a solid WR2 heading into 2016.
Albert Wilson283471.300042.5
Chris Conley242931.400037.7
Rod Streater161840.800023.2
Demarcus Robinson2220.10002.8
Tyreek Hill111021202.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Travis Kelce708895.6122.5
Kelce's 2015 numbers (875 yards and five touchdowns) were very similar to his 2014 numbers (862 yards and five touchdowns). Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski (2,300), Greg Olsen (2,112) and Delanie Walker (1,978) have more receiving yards than Kelce (1,737) over the past two seasons.
James O'Shaughnessy151950.924.9
Demetrius Harris121341.120

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Preview

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Los Angeles Rams:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jared Goff257422284916.514.332430.3171.76
Goff entered training camp second on the depth chart behind Case Keenum and even if he doesn't start in Week 1, there is little doubt that he eventually assumes the starting role sooner rather than later this season. From a fantasy perspective, however, there is little upside for this year's No. 1 overall draft pick given the team's run-heavy offensive scheme and lack of playmakers in the passing game.
Case Keenum36593841.81.212470.126.66

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Todd Gurley29813419.8342921228.1
Should you draft Gurley first overall? Well, if you ask Gurley, you should. Although Gurley shouldn't be the first player off the board in fantasy drafts, you could argue that he should be the first running back off the board. 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 with a rookie quarterback under center, Gurley will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and could lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.
Benny Cunningham572111.1363170.964.8
Malcolm Brown19800.20009.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Tavon Austin635613.2483262.5122.9
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. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again even if he doesn't double his receptions total as Fisher has suggested.
Kenny Britt406203.200081.2
Brian Quick263482.100047.4
Mike Thomas182561.800036.4
Pharoh Cooper111080.67350.118.5
Bradley Marquez4350.20004.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Lance Kendricks353433.555.3
Tyler Higbee333802.653.6

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2016 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position: Weekly Risers and Fallers in Fantasy ADP

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
QB(tie)Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
-1.3 (131.6 on 7/24; 130.3 on 7/31)
-1.3 (163.1 on 7/24; 161.8 on 7/31)
RBDeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers-21.3 (83.3 on 7/24; 62.0 on 7/31)
WRJosh Gordon, Cleveland Browns-53.2 (133.3 on 7/24; 80.1 on 7/31)
TEEric Ebron, Detroit Lions-3.0 (152.0 on 7/24; 149.0 on 7/31)

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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBCarson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals-1.13% (79.6 on 7/24; 78.7 on 7/31)
RBDeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers-25.57% (83.3 on 7/24; 62.0 on 7/31)
WRJosh Gordon, Cleveland Browns-39.91% (133.3 on 7/24; 80.1 on 7/31)
TEEric Ebron, Detroit Lions-1.97% (152.0 on 7/24; 149.0 on 7/31)

Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBBlake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars+5.1 (78.8 on 7/24; 83.9 on 7/31)
RBJay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins+15.1 (60.0 on 7/24; 75.1 on 7/31)
WRMike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens+9.7 (148.9 on 7/24; 158.6 on 7/31)
TEJulius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars+4.5 (97.8 on 7/24; 102.3 on 7/31)

Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBBlake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars+6.47% (78.8 on 7/24; 83.9 on 7/31)
RBLe'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers+142.55% (4.7 on 7/24; 11.4 on 7/31)
WRJordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers+9.09% (14.3 on 7/24; 15.6 on 7/31)
TEJulius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars+4.60% (97.8 on 7/24; 102.3 on 7/31)

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Preview

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 Baltimore Ravens:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Joe Flacco390604433127.113.926471.7282.64
Despite missing six games due to a torn ACL, Flacco had six games with 40-plus pass attempts -- only Drew Brees (10), Eli Manning (eight), Philip Rivers (eight) and Matt Ryan (seven) had more such games. While I don't expect Flacco to sling it 41.3 times per game, like last year, his supporting cast -- when at full strength -- is better than he's had over the past few seasons. (Of course, the group isn't yet at full strength, though.) And prior to last season, he had finished as a top-16 fantasy quarterback in four of the previous five seasons. In other words, he's a solid, if not spectacular, QB2 going into 2016.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Justin Forsett1657104.3392380.4123
Forsett broke his arm in the team's 10th game and he missed the final six games of the season. In the first nine games, however, he averaged 16.33 touches per game. Forsett is currently atop the team's depth chart, but he turns 31 in October and rookie Kenneth Dixon as well as Buck Allen will push him for snaps and touches.
Kenneth Dixon1175153.5221650.692.6
With a three-down skill set, Dixon rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three out of four seasons and posted 30-plus catches in back-to-back seasons at Louisiana Tech. Forsett should open the season as the starter, but there's a good chance that Dixon sees an expanded roles as the season progresses. That said, Dixon suffered a Grade 1 MCL sprain and is currently sidelined in training camp.
Javorius Allen923771.7372811.182.6
With Forsett healthy and the team drafting Dixon in the fourth round, it's unclear exactly how 2016 touches will be allocated, but Allen has shown an ability to be productive when given the opportunity. With Forsett sidelined over the final seven games of the season, Allen totalled 629 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches (including 37 receptions).
Kyle Juszczyk240262131.329.5
Terrance West251000.5212014.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Steve Smith506454.500091.5
Postponing his retirement by one year, the obvious concerns with Smith are that he is now 37 years old and coming off a torn Achilles injury. When he was on the field last year, Smith had 46 catches for 670 yards (95.7 YPG) and three scores in his seven games played last season. If he's ready for the opener and able to play a full season, I expect him to lead the team's receivers in fantasy production but he certainly won't post similar per-game numbers as last year.
Mike Wallace456394.500090.9
Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Wallace will play for his third team in as many seasons, but he has a chance to exceed expectations in Baltimore. While neither Ryan Tannehill nor Teddy Bridgewater excel in the vertical passing game, Flacco is a better match for Wallace's skill set.
Kamar Aiken486054.600088.1
Aiken had 75 catches for 944 yards in 2015, but his production should decline year over year with the addition of Mike Wallace and returns of Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman. Even so, it wouldn't surprise me if Aiken ends 2016 as the team's most productive fantasy receiver once again.
Breshad Perriman22363200048.3
The Ravens used their 2015 first-round draft pick on Perriman, but the big-play wideout missed all of 2015 due to a PCL injury. In June, Perriman avoided an ACL tear as initially feared, but there is no timetable for him to be activated from the active/PUP list following his knee scope and stem-cell injection.
Chris Moore10155100021.5
Keenan Reynolds2200.14220.26

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ben Watson323492.952.3
Maxx Williams262471.835.5
Crockett Gillmore202401.633.6
Dennis Pitta211931.528.3

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 10 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: 10
  • 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:

1.10 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Currently holding out from training camp, it's highly unlikely that Hopkins misses any regular-season games with or without a new deal. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs in his age-23 season with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns.

2.03 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: While few (read: nobody) saw it coming, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. One concern is that the Falcons want to lower Freeman's workload even though he has shown a three-down skill set. Freeman is currently my RB6 heading into 2016.

3.10 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Newton has now finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in four of his five NFL seasons. No quarterback has more weekly upside than Newton, who finished as the weekly QB1 in five of his final nine games in 2015. Even though this is a fair spot to take Cam, I'm not usually a fan of how my team turns out when drafting a QB early and this is another example of that. In real drafts, I'd be unlikely to take Cam here due to the value to be had later.

4.03 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game. There is risk with Rawls, however, following last year's broken ankle injury.

5.10 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. With an ideal combination of size (6-2, 222) and athleticism (4.40 forty, 39.5-inch vertical), the 22-year-old (turns 23 next month) Moncrief has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.

- Moncrief was on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts

6.03 - 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, which was good for the 18th-most fantasy points during that span. Like with Moncrief, there is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

- DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

7.10 - 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.

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

9.10 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and he's expected to 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.

10.03 - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Treadwell is a big-bodied (6-2, 221), physical receiver with strong hands that runs good routes and should especially make his presence felt in the red zone early in his career.

11.10 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: 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.

12.03 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) out for the season, Funchess underperformed expectations with a stat line of 31/473/5 in 2015. On a positive note, all five of his touchdowns came in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. With Benjamin healthy, however, Funchess is no better than third in line for targets among Carolina's pass-catchers.

13.10 - Paul Perkins, RB, New York Giants: As noted earlier, durability is always a concern with Jennings, which gives Perkins upside as his handcuff.

14.03 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With just one catch in six games as a rookie, Coates is poised for an expanded role due to Martavis Bryant's full-season suspension. Earlier this offseason, OC Todd Haley said Coates was having a "tremendous offseason" and that is continuing into the early stages of training camp.

15.10 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

16.03 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens:

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Preview

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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jameis Winston342554426624.913.9491962.5290.94
As a rookie, Winston threw for more than 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for another six scores and finished the season as fantasy's QB13. From a fantasy perspective, Winston was incrediby consistent as he never finished with less than 12 fantasy points in any week. Going into his second season, Winston is a high-upside QB2.
Mike Glennon47460.10.10002.14

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Doug Martin25611267.7362840.9192.6
After two injury-plagued and disappointing campaigns, Martin exceeded the value of his 2015 draft slot and finished second to only Adrian Peterson for the 2015 NFL rushing title. With 1,673 YFS and seven touchdowns last season, Martin should rank near the top of the league in workload and production provided he can stay healthy.
Charles Sims1205642.4535042.1133.8
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, something he's only done once in the past three years, it wouldn't surprise me if he comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.
- Sims was on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts
Mike James12470.221107

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Mike Evans8213129000185.2
Although he set career highs of 74 catches for 1,206 yards, Evans had just three touchdowns (after 12 as a rookie) and led the league in drops. Only 22 years old (turns 23 in August) and with the continued development of Jameis Winston, Evans has a chance to post markedly better numbers in 2016.
Vincent Jackson527704.7000105.2
Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs in both absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. With Evans clearly the guy in Tampa, Jackson is not much more than a fantasy WR4 in 2016.
Kenny Bell252681.500035.8
Louis Murphy242521.200032.4
Adam Humphries16157100021.7
Donteea Dye4470.30006.5

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Austin Seferian-Jenkins344153.160.1
Based on talent, Seferian-Jenkins should be ready to take a big step forward. Based on immaturity and attitude as well as his durability track record, however, ASJ is hard to trust.
Cameron Brate253151.842.3
Luke Stocker5380.35.6

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Washington Redskins Fantasy Preview

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Washington Redskins:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Kirk Cousins38557445462714.427701.5291.44
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. Cousins is set up for success with a talented supporting cast — in fact, even more talented than last year's group — and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).
Colt McCoy610750.40.32-204.1

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Matt Jones25910626.2211640.6163.4
Impressive during the preseason (7.0 YPC), Jones had a couple of big games in the regular season -- 19/123/2 rushing in Week 2 and 187 YFS in Week 10. That said, the rookie averaged just 3.4 YPC on the season, fumbled five times on 163 touches and missed three games. The good news, though, is Jones will get a large workload as the Redskins have limited depth behind him.
Chris Thompson472120.5382701.560.2
Keith Marshall401720.912940.434.4
Mack Brown8320.20004.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeSean Jackson6010025.3230132.3
A hamstring injury limited Jackson to just nine games last season so his overall numbers dropped to 30/528/4 after finishing with 56/1,169/6 in 2014. Over the final six weeks of the season, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns. 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 provided he remains healthy.
Josh Doctson325023.500071.2
Many believed that Doctson was the best receiver in this year's rookie class, but it may be a season before his true impact is felt as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are still on the team's roster. Both Garcon and D-Jax will become free agents next offseason. While Doctson's 2017 season should be much better than his 2016 season, his role in the offense will likely expand as the season progresses.
Pierre Garcon444803.400068.4
Washington decided to not part ways with the overpaid Garcon, but it's unlikely that he duplicates last year's production (72/777/6) in 2016 with rookie Josh Doctson added to the mix of receivers and D-Jax missing half of last season.
Jamison Crowder505202.136065.2
Crowder had 59 catches for 604 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. Generating some positive buzz this offseason, the challenge for Crowder to improve on last year's numbers will be the presence of the other weapons in the offense including first-rounder Josh Doctson.
Ryan Grant232711.200034.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jordan Reed829187.4136.2
Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed. Durability is the obvious concern with Reed, but I expect him to average the second-most fantasy points per game at the position behind Gronk.
Niles Paul253131.540.3
Vernon Davis131340.918.8
Logan Paulsen4300.34.8

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 teams, No. 8 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: 10
  • Draft Slot: 8
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.08 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: In his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game and no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) during his two NFL seasons.

2.03 - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: From a fantasy 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 fantasy's overall RB1 in 2016.

3.08 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears: In an injury-marred 2015 season, Jeffery averaged 6.0 catches and 89.7 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Missing six-plus games in two of his four NFL seasons, Jeffery should finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver if he can stay healthy for a full season.

4.03 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Keenan Allen, who missed the second half of the season, and only 14.52/G without him. Through Week 8 with Allen, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady.

- Rivers was on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts

5.08 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Finishing as the TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16, Reed posted a 25/333/5 stat line during that three-game stretch. Durability is obviously a concern, but his fantasy playoff dominance demonstrated his upside when healthy.

6.03 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Reunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a top-15 PPR wide receiver, Maclin remains a solid WR2 heading into 2016.

7.08 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: After leading the NFL in rushing (1,845 yards) in 2014 and signing a large free-agent deal with the Eagles, Murray rushed for only 702 yards in 2015 and set career lows in YPG (46.8) and YPC (3.6). The lead back in Tennessee's "exotic smashmouth" offense, Murray should get a heavy workload in his shot to bounce back.

8.03 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season in his career.

9.08 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Gore averaged a career-low 3.7 YPC in his first season with the Colts, but he finished fifth in the NFL in touches. With a healthy Andrew Luck and improved offensive line, Gore is a nice value as my RB4.

- 2016 Fantasy Football Profile for Frank Gore

10.03 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed his rookie 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.

11.08 - Willie Snead, WR, : Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016.

12.03 - Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Thomas should post much better numbers in 2016 provided he can stay healthy, but he has missed multiple games in each of his three seasons as a starter.

13.08 - 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 -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1), but he becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays. And as far as game flow is concerned, the 49ers are underdogs in every game from Weeks 1 to 16 (based on odds from sportsbook.ag) so there could be plenty of garbage-time production for Smith.

14.03 - Seattle Seahawks D/ST

15.08 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Tannehill has thrown for 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons and 24-plus touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. Over the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively. With Adam Gase taking over as head coach (and Peyton Manning helping him learn the offense), Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.

16.03 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers:

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July 30, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Detroit Lions Fantasy Preview

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 Detroit Lions:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matthew Stafford388588429228.214.7411151.4289.68
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.
Dan Orlovsky58520.20.21002.68

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Ameer Abdullah2169295.8282101.1155.3
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 — and plan to — be more balanced on offense this year.
Theo Riddick542050.5655792.998.8
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 Zenner823613.35350.160
Stevan Ridley381521.5212025.4
Dwayne Washington6250.14320.16.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Golden Tate98114765320153.9
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 Jones648066.12120118.4
Jones set career highs in both 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 the team's relative lack of depth at receiver should lead to new career highs in catches and yards for Jones.
Anquan Boldin424833.400068.7
The Lions recently signed Boldin to a one-year deal and he's already working with the first-team offense in the slot at the start of training camp. While Boldin won't make much of a fantasy impact this season, his signing delivers a blow to the sleeper potential for T.J. Jones.
T.J. Jones212651.900037.9
Jeremy Kerley6630.50009.3
Andre Caldwell5510.30006.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Eric Ebron515925.189.8
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.
Cole Wick91130.916.7
Brandon Pettigrew5480.68.4

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July 29, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Tennessee Titans Fantasy Preview

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 Mariota335506389625.313.7553362.3290.74
Typical for a rookie quarterback, Mariota had an up-and-down season, but he finished as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in one-third (four) of his 12 games played. Upgrading their offensive line this offseason, no team allowed more sacks than the Titans (54) last year. With better protection from his line and a full offseason of development under his belt, the dual-threat quarterback has plenty of upside entering 2016 especially if he runs more often.
Matt Cassel13211430.70.82308.02

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
DeMarco Murray23510226.8312230.8170.1
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 2016 outlook took a bit of a hit when Tennessee drafted last year's Heisman winner, but the Titans should rank near the top of the league in rush attempts with Murray as their lead back if things go according to script.
Derrick Henry1556826.78560.2115.2
Joining DeMarco Murray as the other half of their "exotic smashmouth" backfield, Henry possesses great speed for his size (6-3, 247). Murray is expected to be the lead back, but Henry could also approach double-digit carries per game, or close to it. Plus, if Murray struggles for whatever reason again, Henry could see his role expand as the season progresses.
Dexter McCluster321310.326221143
Bishop Sankey7290.14320.17.3
David Cobb6180.10002.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Dorial Green-Beckham396445.100095
Based purely on talent and physical tools, Green-Beckham is the most gifted of the team's receivers and no receiver on the roster has more upside. At least in part to send him a message, however, DGB was working with the second-string receivers during OTAs behind Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe. After less-than-impressive offseason workouts, Green-Beckham got training camp off to a good start by reporting at 228 pounds and running well in conditioning tests.
Kendall Wright545893.2526080.7
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 little more than a low-upside WR4/WR5 going into 2016.
Rishard Matthews425544.200080.6
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.
Andre Johnson242712.400041.5
Top-10 all-time in receptions (1,053), receiving yards (14,100) and receiving touchdowns (68), Johnson has signed a two-year contract with the Titans after struggling to the tune of a 41/503/4 stat line with the Colts last year. More than anything, Johnson should offer value to the team's receivers as a mentor and role model.
Tajae Sharpe212562.100038.2
Justin Hunter71050.700014.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Delanie Walker768895.2120.1
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. While he may not repeat last year's production, he's my TE4 heading into 2016.
Anthony Fasano171851.426.9
Craig Stevens7730.610.9

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12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts

There are a number of viable strategies that will help lead fantasy owners to a championship. While I may start a fantasy football draft with a particular strategy in mind, it's important to maintain the flexibility to adjust based on the flow of the draft.

Regardless of strategy, the one thing that I try to do in every draft is consistently select players that are relative values compared to their draft slots.

Below you will find a list of 12 players that I expect to exceed their fantasy football average draft position (ADP).

[Note: Consensus ADP from FantasyPros was used as a comparison.]

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (ADP: 101, QB12 — My rank: QB8)

Like many fantasy owners, I will wait to draft my fantasy quarterback(s) — unless one of the elite quarterbacks falls further than expected. One of my more frequent approaches to the position has been to pair Tom Brady with a replacement-level quarterback considering the depth of the position. So, I suppose Brady could have been listed here as well.

With that said, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers through Week 8 last year was Brady. Why am I using Week 8? That's when Keenan Allen last played in 2015 due to his lacerated kidney.

Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Setting career highs in pass attempts (661) and passing yards (4,792) last season, Rivers has thrown at least 29 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. Along with Drew Brees, he's one of only two QBs to throw 29-plus passing scores in three consecutive seasons.

Not only did Allen miss eight games last season, but Antonio Gates and Stevie Johnson missed five and six games, respectively. With the addition of Travis Benjamin and better health (and no suspensions) from the team's other pass-catchers, Rivers could outperform my QB8 ranking -- and certainly his current QB12 ADP.

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (ADP: 160, QB21 — My rank: QB13)

A better fantasy quarterback than real quarterback (at least, so far in his career), Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively, over the past three seasons. Throwing for 24-plus touchdowns in each of those seasons, Tannehill has also exceeded 4,000 passing yards in back-to-back campaigns.

With the coaching change (Adam Gase), some tutoring from Peyton Manning and a potential breakout receiver (listed below), I expect improved year-over-year production from Tannehill. Not only does he offer plenty of upside to QB streamers, but Tannehill is my favorite QB2 value in 2-QB leagues with sneaky top-12 upside.

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RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (ADP: 41, RB17 — My rank: RB14)

Scoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray was consistently given a large workload as he led the NFL in games (15) with 15-plus touches.

Comments by the coaching staff about Murray this offseason were a bit of a concern, but they waited until the fifth round to draft a running back (DeAndre Washington). If you draft Murray, however, handcuffing him with Washington makes sense.

A huge positive for Murray (or Washington or any Raiders running back) is their offensive line. In fact, PFF asked the following question earlier this offseason: Better offensive line in 2016: Cowboys or Raiders?

RB - Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (ADP: 74, RB27 — My rank: RB20)

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 Andrew Luck (4.11 YPC) than with Matt Hasselbeck (3.44 YPC) under center. Provided Luck stays healthy and with their 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.

- Related: Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

RB - Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (ADP: 80, RB31 — My rank: RB23)

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

In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard, who should easily reach or exceed value at his current ADP (RB31) even if his ceiling is somewhat limited by Hill's presence.

RB - Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ADP: 115, RB41 — My rank: RB34)

Doug Martin played 16 games for the first time in three years and finished second behind only Adrian Peterson in rushing. Despite that, Sims still finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015.

Even more so than Gio (with Hill), Sims' upside is capped by the presence of Martin. But even if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, it wouldn't surprise me if Sims comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

In addition, Tampa's running backs have the most favorable fantasy strength of schedule for the full season and the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 14 to 16). The Bucs face the Saints, Cowboys and Saints again in the fantasy playoffs.

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (ADP: 33, WR17 — My rank: WR10)

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.

T.Y.’s had as good an offseason as anybody,” Pagano gushed a few weeks back (via the Indianapolis Star). “I’ve never seen this guy practice as fast as he is right now and compete at the level he is.”

WR - DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (ADP: 69, WR31 — My rank: WR18)

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, which was good for the 18th-most fantasy points among wide receivers during that stretch. Not only is Parker poised for a breakout season, but I have him ranked ahead of Jarvis Landry (ADP: 47, WR23) in my standard-scoring receiver rankings.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

WR - Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (ADP: 78, WR33 — My rank: WR20)

The third Colt on this list, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore campaign. 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) receiver would have posted even better numbers if it weren't for the injuries to Luck.

In the first seven games last season, Moncrief had a touchdown in five games and four-plus catches in six games. The true breakout that would have happened with a healthy Luck should happen this season for Moncrief.

WR - Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (ADP: 116, WR45 — My rank: WR36)

Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Had he not missed one game, Snead would have covered the 16-yard shortfall.

Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead will give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016. An underrated but consistent performer, there aren't many (likely) 1,000-yard receivers being drafted as a low-end WR4 like Snead. Compared to other experts tracked by FantasyPros, I'm as high on Snead as nearly anyone (see above).

WR - Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: 122, WR47 — My rank: WR33)

Smith is coming off a career-worst season -- 33 catches, 663 yards and four touchdowns all set or tied career lows -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays. Potentially playing the vast majority of their season in catch-up mode, the 49ers are underdogs in every game from Weeks 1 to 16 (based on lines from sportsbook.ag) so there could be plenty of garbage-time production for Smith.

TE - Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (ADP: 102, TE11 — My rank: TE8)

Missing much of training camp and the first four games last season, Thomas has now missed multiple games in each of his three seasons as a starter. Before joining the Jaguars, however, Thomas scored 12 touchdowns in each of his previous two seasons as part of Denver's high-flying offense. Provided he can stay healthy, Thomas should post much better numbers in 2016 even if it's not the double-digit touchdowns that Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times Union projects for him.

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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, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.07 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another huge 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.

2.06 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: 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. Ceding more work than expected to James Starks last season, Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.

3.07 - 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.

4.06 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Fourth in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards), Murray was the only player to have 15-plus touches in at least 15 games last season. Not only will he get a heavy workload, but the Raiders have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

5.07 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed his rookie 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 heading into 2016 and I love his upside as the WR3 for this team.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

6.06 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 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) under center. 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.

7.07 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: While he will server a four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

8.06 - 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 and I expect him to see a larger share of the workload split in 2016.

9.07 - Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints: Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016.

10.06 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: 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 and I expect big things overall for Indy's offense.

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

12.06 - Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills: Missing the final three games, Clay had 51 catches for 528 yards, both of which were three-year lows, and three scores. Scoring the 20th-most fantasy points among tight ends following back-to-back top-15 seasons, Clay is expected to be more involved in the offense in 2016.

13.07 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch, Carr averaged 18.33 fantasy points (263.18 Y/G and 24:6 TD-to-INT ratio) through Week 12, but he averaged only 14.34 (218.4 Y/G and 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio) over his final five games. That said, Amari Cooper battled a foot injury in the second half and his development should allow Carr to take another step forward in 2016. As a suspension-replacement QB for Brady, Carr is a high-upside QB2.

14.06 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: 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.

15.07 - New England Patriots D/ST

16.06 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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July 28, 2016

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

1.12 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) and was (much) less than 100 percent the games he played. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season and a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

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 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas now has 1,300-plus yards in four consecutive seasons with back-to-back 100-catch campaigns. After scoring double-digit touchdowns in three straight seasons with Peyton Manning, his touchdown total dipped to six last year. The QB situation in Denver is unsettled, but Thomas should still finish with close to 100 catches and 1,300 yards (like last year) in 2016.

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4.01 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After two injury-plagued disappointing campaigns, Martin exceeded the value of his 2015 draft slot with 1,673 YFS and seven touchdowns last season. Re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin should rank near the top of the league in workload and production provided he can stay healthy.

5.12 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. Durability is always a concern with Reed, but he has the potential for dominant performances more than any tight end not named Rob Gronkowski.

6.01 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards) and had 15-plus touches in 15 games. No other running back had as many such games. I would have liked to draft DeAndre Washington late in this mock, but Murray is a nice value here.

7.12 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Averaging 225 rushing yards per season over his career, Tannehill has thrown for 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons with 24-plus touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. Finishing no worse than QB17 over the past three seasons, Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside with the coaching change and breakout potential of the next pick in this mock.

8.01 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: The first-round rookie out of Louisville, Parker closed the season strong — 80-plus yards in four of the final six games. During that six-game span, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns. He's a high-upside WR3 for this squad.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

9.12 - 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. There's some upside with Hill at this much cheaper draft-day cost compared to 2015.

10.01 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Shy of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC in his first season with the Colts, Gore's efficiency was much better with Luck (4.11 YPC) under center. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore should be more consistent week to week even though he recently turned 33 years old.

11.12 - Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints: Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016.

- Related: New Orleans Saints Fantasy Football Projections

12.01 - 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 -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays.

13.12 - Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants: The bulk of Vereen's production comes as a receiver (59/495/4, all of which were receiving career highs) as he finished as RB27 in PPR in his first season with the G-Men.

14.01 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs in both absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season, but he provides some depth as my WR6.

15.12 - Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Cleared for training camp, Kaepernick (shoulder) may be second on the depth chart behind Blaine Gabbert (for now), but his fantasy upside is tantalizing in Chip Kelly's offense as my bye-week fill-in.

16.01 - Houston Texans D/ST

17.12 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs

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July 27, 2016

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 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: 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.

2.10 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. Repeating last year's numbers seems unlikely, but Marshall has the potential to come close to 100 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns if the team re-signs Ryan Fitzpatrick, which may not happen until after preseason games start (if at all).

3.03 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: 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. Ceding more work than expected to James Starks last season, Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.

4.10 - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) for the season hurt the offense in general and Rodgers' production in particular. (Nelson tweaked his non-ACL knee but is expected to be ready before Week 1.) 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 should finish as a top-two performer in 2016 with good health from the team's passing-game weapons.

5.03 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. Among the trio of Cards receivers, Fitz is last in my standard rankings but first in PPR rankings -- in other words, they are all really close.

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

7.03 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 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 Andrew Luck (4.11 YPC), who missed nine games last season, and he ranked fifth in the league in touches (294).

- Related: Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

8.10 - 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.

9.03 - Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Conditionally reinstated with a four-game suspension to the start the season, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy receiver going into 2016. Only 25 years old, Gordon has served multiple suspensions including the entire 2015 season, but he also led the NFL in receiving in 2013 despite being suspended for the first two games of that season. He's worth the risk here as my WR4.

10.10 - 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 Calvin Johnson'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.

11.03 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: 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.

12.10 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs in both absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season, but he provides some more depth at the position.

13.03 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Re-signed to a two-year contract, Starks (993) had more YFS than Lacy (946). If Lacy struggles again this season despite his improved fitness, Starks will have an opportunity for another productive season.

14.10 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.03 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas has a chance to make a fantasy-relevant contribution as a rookie. Underutilized at Ohio State, Thomas will step into a fairly prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL.

16.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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July 26, 2016

Pre-Training Camp Update: 2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

With NFL teams opening up training camps this week, we have updated our 2016 Fantasy Football Rankings.

Here are our 2016 fantasy football wide receiver rankings:

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

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.
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2. Julio Jones, 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.


3. Odell Beckham, New York Giants

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.


4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another huge 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.


5. Dez Bryant, 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.


6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Averaging a career-low 8.25 targets per game, Green saw double-digit targets in only four of 16 games in 2015. Despite a relatively low volume of targets for an elite receiver, Green finished the season with 86 catches for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns. With an 86/1,297/10 stat line in three of his past four seasons, Green should see a boost in targets this season following some free-agent departures at receiver.


7. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old (turns 23 in August) 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.


8. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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 in 2016.


9. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets

In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. Repeating last year's numbers seems unlikely, but Marshall has the potential to come close to 100 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns if the team re-signs Ryan Fitzpatrick.


10. T.Y. Hilton, 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.


11. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

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.


12. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

In an injury-marred 2015 season, Jeffery averaged 6.0 catches and 89.7 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Missing six-plus games in two of his four NFL seasons, Jeffery should finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver if he can stay healthy for a full season.


13. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Before sustaining 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.


14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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


15. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. With Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) 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.


16. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

The breakout may not have been as great as some had expected, but Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9 as he became the youngest (22) 1,000-yard receiver in Saints history. In fact, he became the first Saints wide receiver to reach the 1,000-yard mark since Marques Colston in 2012. (Tight end Jimmy Graham exceeded 1,000 yards in 2013.) Eight of Cooks' touchdowns came in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December so he carries momentum into his age-23 season.


17. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games. During that six-game span, Watkins caught 35 of 57 targets for 679 yards (19.4 Y/A) and six touchdowns. Watkins had offseason foot surgery and foot injuries are always a bit of a concern with receivers, but it appears that he will be ready for the start of the season.


18. DeVante Parker, 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.


19. Golden Tate, 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.


20. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts

In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. 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.


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Pre-Training Camp Update: 2016 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

With NFL training camps getting under way this week, we have updated our 2016 fantasy football rankings.

Here are our 2016 fantasy football running back rankings:

1. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

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


2. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

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


3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

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 fantasy's overall RB1 in 2016.


4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March, but I have Peterson projected for a league-high 331 touches. (LA's Todd Gurley is second with 330 projected touches.)


5. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans

Perennially under-involved in Miami's offense, Miller has been highly productive on a per-touch basis. Despite his modest workload (194 carries, 18th-most in 2015), Miller scored the sixth-most fantasy points last year and has now finished as a top-10 fantasy running back in back-to-back seasons. Given the change of scenery, Miller is poised for a jump in workload as the new lead back in Houston. Since Bill O'Brien has taken over as coach, only the Seahawks (1,025) have run the ball more than the Texans (1,023).


6. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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


7. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons

While few (read: nobody) saw it coming, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards, and scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he's shown a three-down skill set, the Falcons want to lower Freeman's workload and get second-year back Tevin Coleman more involved in the offense in 2016.


8. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

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. Ceding more work than expected to James Starks last season, Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.


9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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


10. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints

The biggest issue with Ingram has been durability. The 26-year-old back has missed three or more games in four of five seasons including four games in 2015. Over the past two seasons, however, Ingram has averaged 18.84 touches, 91.32 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. Despite playing just 12 games, Ingram still finished as fantasy's RB15 (RB10 in PPR) in 2015.


11. Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

Injuries at the position are obviously a huge risk with any running back and Bell missed a huge chunk of last season due to both injury and suspension. Unfortunately, Bell is facing another suspension to start the 2016 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.


12. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks

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


13. LeSean McCoy, 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 for the run-heavy Bills.


14. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

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


15. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos

Drafted as a late first-round pick in many 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson started slowly and spent much of the season in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman. In the second half of the season, however, CJA was much better than both his first half and Hillman. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and hopefully that momentum will carry over into 2016. The Broncos brought back Hillman on a one-year deal, but the bigger concern is fourth-rounder Devontae Booker becoming more involved as the season progresses.


16. Matt Forte, New York Jets

One of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and signed as a free agent with the Jets this offseason. Even though he missed three games last season, Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015. Forte won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but he's a solid RB2 in 2016.


17. Carlos Hyde, 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. With Kelly as head coach, the Eagles are one of seven NFL teams with 1,400-plus rush attempts over the past three seasons. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a plenty of upside in 2016.


18. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans

After leading the NFL in rushing (1,845 yards) in 2014 and signing a large free-agent deal with the Eagles, Murray rushed for only 702 yards in 2015 and set career lows in YPG (46.8) and YPC (3.6). Murray's 2016 outlook took a bit of a hit when Tennessee drafted last year's Heisman winner, but the Titans should rank near the top of the league in rush attempts with Murray as their lead back if things go according to script.


19. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

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


20. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts

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) under center. 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.

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Jordy Nelson on PUP list due to "hiccup" on non-ACL knee

When the Green Bay Packers placed receiver Jordy Nelson on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to open training camp, it seemed that they were just being cautious following his torn ACL from last preseason.

Instead, it appears that he suffered a "hiccup" in his other knee.

Nelson wouldn't put a timetable on his return other than to say: "The only timetable is Week 1. That's the only thing we're worried about."

With Nelson missing all of last season due to his torn ACL, the Packers offense struggled as a whole. Not only did Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and other receivers struggle to step up, but Aaron Rodgers had his worst season as an NFL starter.

In fact, the Packers were tied at 25th with the Tennessee Titans in passing offense (3,503 yards) in 2015 and only four teams -- Rams (6.2), Colts (6.3), Ravens (6.6) and Texans (6.6) -- had a lower Y/A than Green Bay (6.7).

Heading Nelson's advice, I didn't "freak out" when updating my rankings, but I moved Nelson down to No. 8 from No. 6 in my fantasy football wide receiver rankings as I bumped both A.J. Green and Allen Robinson each up a spot.

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Pre-Training Camp Update: 2016 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings


Here are our 2016 fantasy football tight end rankings:

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Counting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in 90 career games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position. If there's any concern, it's a potential slow start if Tom Brady's four-game suspension is upheld, but Gronk is in a tier by himself atop the position group.


2. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed. Too bad we couldn't count on a 16-game season from him, but I expect him to average the second-most fantasy points per game at the position behind Gronk.


3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

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


4. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in 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. While he may not repeat last year's production, he's my TE4 heading into 2016.


5. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

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


6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

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


7. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints

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


8. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars

Missing much of training camp and the first four games last season, Thomas did not make the impact that he or the team expected when they signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract. Thomas should post much better numbers in 2016 provided he can stay healthy, but he has missed multiple games in each of his three seasons as a starter.


9. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2016. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games, all of which occurred by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. When healthy, Eifert should see a per-game boost in targets given the turnover in the receiving corps, but durability has been an issue and it's likely that Eifert (ankle) won't be ready for Week 1.


10. Antonio Gates, 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 despite heading into his age-36 season.


11. Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers

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


12. Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns

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


13. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks

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


14. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

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.


15. Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots

Even though Gronk is ahead of him on the depth chart, Bennett is a low-end TE1/high-end TE2 heading into his first season in Foxboro as the Patriots will likely use plenty of two-TE sets with the duo. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end with Gronk out.


16. Eric Ebron, 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 in the passing game and could finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end provided he stays healthy.


17. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears

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.


18. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills

Missing the final three games of first season with the Bills, Clay had 51 catches for 528 yards, both of which were three-year lows, and three scores. Scoring the 20th-most fantasy points among tight ends following back-to-back top-15 seasons, Clay is expected to be more involved in the offense in 2016.


19. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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 I'm setting the bar low (and I suppose I am), only four other TEs had as many such games last season: Rob Gronkowski (13), Greg Olsen (13), Travis Kelce (12) and Gary Barnidge (11).


20. Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are "very high" on Walford and "want to expand his role." Walford should easily exceed his rookie-season production (28/329/3) in year two.

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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, 2 Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.06 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another huge 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.

2.07 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: While few (read: nobody) saw it coming, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards, and scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he's shown a three-down skill set, the Falcons want to lower Freeman's workload and get second-year back Tevin Coleman more involved in the offense, but I think he still finishes as a top-10 fantasy running back in 2016.

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 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. I expect him to average the second-most fantasy points per game at the position behind Rob Gronkowski

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

6.07 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 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) under center. 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.

- Related: Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

7.06 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

8.07 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and he's expected to 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.

9.06 - Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Conditionally reinstated with a four-game suspension to the start the season, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy receiver going into 2016. Only 25 years old, Gordon has served multiple suspensions including the entire 2015 season, but he also led the NFL in receiving in 2013 despite being suspended for the first two games of that season.

10.07 - Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints: Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016.

11.06 - 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. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin may not have the same success in 2016, but he should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again.

12.07 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who should be the No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie.

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

14.07 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.06 - Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Before sustaining a thumb injury that essentially ended his season, Dalton was having a career-best year: 106.2 passer rating, 66.1 completion percentage, 8.4 Y/A and 25:7 TD-to-INT ratio. While Dalton is healthy again, the loss of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and several of his top weapons from 2015 means it's unlikely that he performs at that pace once again. That said, he's a quality suspension fill-in for Brady.

16.07 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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Pre-Training Camp Update: 2016 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings


Here are our top 25 fantasy quarterbacks for the 2016 NFL season:

1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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


2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) for the season hurt the offense in general and Rodgers' production in particular. Rodgers completed 60.7 percent of his attempts for just 6.7 Y/A, both of which were lows since becoming a starter (2008). Before this season, however, Rodgers finished as the QB1 or QB2 in all full seasons as a starter and should finish as a top-two performer in 2016 with good health from the team's passing-game weapons.


3. Andrew Luck, 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 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.


4. Russell Wilson, 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.


5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Even without Jimmy Graham last year, Brees averaged 324.7 yards per game, which was the second-highest of his career. Brees has averaged more than 320 yards per game in four of five seasons with a minimum of 32 passing scores for eight consecutive seasons. If it weren't for a missed game early in the season, Brees would have finished with his fifth 5,000-yard season of his career. Since becoming a Saint in 2006, Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy QB every year (10 seasons).


6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

For a second consecutive season, Big Ben has led the NFL in passing yards per game (328.2/G in 2015). Even with the full-season suspension of Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger has top-five upside provided he can stay healthy for 16 games. That said, Roethlisberger has now missed at least three games in half of his past six seasons.


7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.


8. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

With 662 pass attempts (previous career high: 582), Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game and threw 29 touchdowns despite multi-game absences by his top-two pass-catchers -- Keenan Allen (played eight games) and Antonio Gates (11 games). Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Through Week 8, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady.


9. Carson Palmer, 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-10 fantasy QB with the upside to once again finish as a top-five fantasy QB. Through Week 16, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.


10. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

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


11. Eli Manning, New York Giants

For a second consecutive season, Manning finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. In both seasons, Manning threw 600-plus times and exceeded 4,400-plus yards while throwing a total of 65 touchdowns. With one of the league's most dynamic players as his go-to receiver, Eli could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.


12. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

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


13. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

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. Over the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively. With Adam Gase taking over as head coach (and Peyton Manning helping him learn the offense), Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.


14. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Before sustaining a thumb injury that essentially ended his season, Dalton was having a career-best year: 106.2 passer rating, 66.1 completion percentage, 8.4 Y/A and 25:7 TD-to-INT ratio. While Dalton is healthy again, the loss of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and several of his top weapons from 2015 means it's unlikely that he performs at that pace once again. That said, he goes into 2016 as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 option.


15. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Typical for a rookie quarterback, Mariota had an up-and-down season, but he finished as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in one-third (four) of his 12 games played. Upgrading their offensive line this offseason, no team allowed more sacks than the Titans (54) last year. With better protection from his line and a full offseason of development under his belt, the dual-threat quarterback has plenty of upside entering 2016 especially if he runs more often.


16. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As a rookie, Winston threw for more than 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for another six scores and finished the season as fantasy's QB13. From a fantasy perspective, Winston was incrediby consistent as he never finished with less than 12 fantasy points in any week. Going into his second season, Winston is a high-upside QB2.


17. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

Over the final 10 games of the season, few quarterbacks were as productive as Cousins, who threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more and threw only three interceptions. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times. Cousins is set up for success with a talented supporting cast and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).


18. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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.


19. Matt Ryan, 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 with a full season of running Kyle Shanahan's offense under his belt.


20. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

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.


21. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

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.


22. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

What's worse than breaking your collar bone? Breaking it twice. Not only did Romo break his collar bone twice last season, but he had surgery in March. If he (and Dez Bryant) can stay healthy, Romo could finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback. Then again, I expect the Cowboys to utilize a run-heavy attack similar to two seasons ago when Romo finished as only fantasy's QB11 despite having his most efficient season ever (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.


23. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Despite missing six games due to a torn ACL, Flacco had six games with 40-plus pass attempts -- only Drew Brees (10), Eli Manning (eight), Philip Rivers (eight) and Matt Ryan (seven) had more such games. While I don't expect Flacco to sling it 41.3 times per game, like last year, his supporting cast -- when at full strength -- is better than he's had over the past few seasons. And prior to last season, he had finished as a top-16 fantasy quarterback in four of the previous five seasons. In other words, he's a solid, if not spectacular, QB2 going into 2016.


24. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets

Still an unsigned, unrestricted free agent, Fitzpatrick and the Jets will hopefully work out an agreement before training camp -- or at least before the start of the season. Fitzpatrick has had his most productive seasons in a Chan Gailey offense and he threw a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes last year in his first season with the Jets. If he doesn't re-sign with the Jets, it would lead to a downgrade in my projections for the team's pass-catchers and the offense in general.


25. Robert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns

Going into the 2016 NFL season, few projected starting quarterbacks have a wider range of possible outcomes than RG3. With more scout team reps at safety than pass attempts last season, Griffin was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 when he finished as a top-five fantasy QB. While a top-five (or even top-12) finish would be an unrealistic expectation, a fresh start in a new city with a QB-friendly head coach is certainly a positive for RG3.

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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, 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 - 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.

2.02 - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: With the skill set to be a true three-down back, Elliott gets to run behind the NFL's best offensive line and is in store for a monster workload. Comparing his expected workload to the heavy workloads of Emmitt Smith, SI's Peter King wrote in today's MMQB that Zeke "better be ready to carry it an Emmitt-like 375 times this year."

3.09 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. With Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) 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.

4.02 - Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets: One of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and signed as a free agent with the Jets this offseason. Even though he missed three games last season, Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015. Forte won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but he's a solid RB2 in 2016.

5.09 - Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns.

6.02 - Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Luck missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) and was less than 100 percent when he was on the field. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season and a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

7.09 - 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 should see a larger percentage of the backfield split than he had last year.

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

9.09 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 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. More efficient with Luck (4.11 YPC) under center, Gore should be more consistent on a weekly basis in 2016 even though he turned 33 this offseason.

10.02 - Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Conditionally reinstated with a four-game suspension to the start the season, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy receiver going into 2016. Only 25 years old, Gordon has served multiple suspensions including the entire 2015 season, but he also led the NFL in receiving in 2013 despite being suspended for the first two games of that season. He's worth the risk here as my WR4.

11.09 - 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 -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). With limited competition for targets, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.

12.02 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR), the versatile receiver had a total of 907 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns including a punt return touchdown last season.

13.09 - Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants: The bulk of Vereen's production comes as a receiver (59/495/4, all of which were receiving career highs) and he finished as fantasy's RB27 in PPR in 2015.

14.02 - 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 Calvin Johnson's retirement, the former top-10 pick should be more involved in the passing game.

15.09 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

16.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Cleveland Browns Fantasy Preview

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 Cleveland Browns:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Robert Griffin III295458348121.110.5804482.4272.34
Going into the 2016 NFL season, few projected starting quarterbacks have a wider range of possible outcomes than RG3. With more scout team reps at safety than pass attempts last season, Griffin was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 when he finished as a top-five fantasy QB. While a top-five (or even top-12) finish would be an unrealistic expectation, a fresh start in a new city with a QB-friendly head coach is certainly a positive for RG3.
Josh McCown54866363.41.712600.546.34
Cody Kessler35350.20.11102.2

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Duke Johnson1556742.9554902.8150.6
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 see a larger percentage of the workload split in 2016.
Isaiah Crowell2048367.1131140.1138.2
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 has some upside in what should be a run-heavy offense.
Terrell Watson241010.54300.116.7

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Josh Gordon548216.5000121.1
Conditionally reinstated with a four-game suspension to the start the season, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy receiver going into 2016. Only 25 years old, Gordon has served multiple suspensions including the entire 2015 season, but he also led the NFL in receiving in 2013 despite being suspended for the first two games of that season.
Corey Coleman627014.56430.2102.6
The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman is an explosive athlete and could wind up leading all rookie receivers in fantasy production. Few teams have a worse receiving corps than the Browns, especially with Gordon on the sidelines for the first four games, and the team should find themselves trailing and needing to throw often.
Terrelle Pryor284542318059.2
Andrew Hawkins363821.300046
Rashard Higgins212671.900038.1
Jordan Payton6610.20007.3
Ricardo Louis3510.30006.9
Marlon Moore2230.10002.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Gary Barnidge546805.198.6
It was the atypical 30-year-old breakout for Barnidge last season as he finished with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which exceeded his NFL production from 2008 to 2014 combined. In fact, only Rob Gronkowski scored more fantasy points than Barnidge in standard-scoring formats (TE4 in PPR) last season. While he may not finish as a top-five producer once again, he enters the season as a viable starting tight end despite a change in coaching staff and quarterback.
Seth Devalve101100.715.2

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Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated by NFL, suspended 1st 4G of 2016 season

Given a conditional reinstatement from his indefinite suspension, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will be eligible to return after Week 4 of the 2016 NFL regular season.

The Browns coincidentally host the Patriots in Week 5, the same game in which Tom Brady will be eligible to return from his four-game suspension.

In his young NFL career, Gordon has seen plenty of highs and lows (no pun intended).

While the 25-year-old receiver has been suspended multiple times including all of last season, he's also only a few seasons removed from leading the NFL in receiving (1,646 yards over 14 games in 2013).

Not only will his conditioning be a question mark as he returns in Week 5, but the bigger concern is that he continues to satisfy the conditions of his reinstatement while he's away from the team.

A high-risk, high-reward fantasy option in drafts, Gordon will be slotted into my fantasy football rankings within the WR31-WR35 range. Provided he stays out of trouble, however, Gordon could post top-20 fantasy numbers (or better) on a per-game basis.

The fantasy outlook of the other skill-position players (Corey Coleman, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson, etc.) take a bit of a hit, but Gordon's return is obviously boosts the "boom" component of RG3's boom-or-bust fantasy outlook.

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Oakland Raiders Fantasy Preview

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 Oakland Raiders:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Derek Carr378595431430.314.3321220.6295.26
Slumping down the stretch, Carr averaged 18.33 fantasy points (263.18 Y/G and 24:6 TD-to-INT ratio) through Week 12, but he averaged only 14.34 (218.4 Y/G and 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio) over his final five games. That said, Carr still finished as fantasy's QB14 overall in 2016 and he's a low-end QB1 going into the 2016 season.
Matt McGloin58540.40.32103.56
Connor Cook23200.10.11-101

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Latavius Murray25210847.3271940.7175.8
Scoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray had 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games with 13 being the lone exception. Here is the list of players with 15 15-touch games in 2015: Murray. End of list. Comments by the coaching staff about Murray this offseason are a bit of a concern, but they waited until the fifth round to draft a running back (DeAndre Washington). If you draft Murray, however, handcuffing him with Washington makes sense.
DeAndre Washington602671.6453691.682.8
Washington isn't the biggest back (5-8, 204), but GM Reggie McKenzie said the following of Washington shortly after the draft: “We think he’s a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly. He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he’s the total package as a runner. We really like him.”
Marcel Reece6220.1241941.732.4
Taiwan Jones20900.68680.321.2
Roy Helu16620.29760.518

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Amari Cooper8712889.1280184.2
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.
Michael Crabtree788816.6000127.7
Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012. Crabtree exceeded 55 yards only once in his final eight games after doing so five times in his first eight games, but he had a minimum of four receptions in 15 of 16 games. He's unlikely to finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver once again (as Cooper takes a step forward), but he's a solid WR3 for fantasy teams.
Seth Roberts38475300065.5
Andre Holmes121811.800028.9
Joe Hansley3310.10003.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Clive Walford455224.780.4
The Raiders are "very high" on Walford and "want to expand his role." Walford should easily exceed his rookie-season production (28/329/3) in year two.
Mychal Rivera232071.630.3

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Preview

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 Bortles344568417529.818.2512961.5306.6
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 is expected to get the larger share of the workload split with Yeldon in addition to the majority of goal-line carries. 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 more often in 2016 given the team's improved outlook.
T.J. Yeldon1496333.9443481.3129.3
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.
Denard Robinson421891.3181300.442.1
Jonas Gray12430.10004.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Allen Robinson86134210.3000196
Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old (turns 23 in August) 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 Hurns599156.5000130.5
In a breakout second season, Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Along with teammate Allen Robinson, the two Allens were among only nine wide receivers to post 1,000/10 lines in 2015. With an improved team outlook, the Jaguars are unlikely to rank second pass-play percentage (65.02%) once again, but Hurns is a solid WR3 in 2016 fantasy drafts.
Rashad Greene393822.300052
Marqise Lee161841212025.6

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Julius Thomas626767.1110.2
Missing much of training camp and the first four games last season, Thomas did not make the impact that he or the team expected when they signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract. Thomas should post much better numbers in 2016 provided he can stay healthy, but he has missed multiple games in each of his three seasons as a starter.
Marcedes Lewis121440.517.4

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July 24, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Preview

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 Minnesota Vikings:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Teddy Bridgewater304464341018.19.7451981.6228.5
Finishing as the QB20 or worse in 11 of 16 games, Bridgewater had nine games with less than 200 passing yards in 2015. In addition, the Vikes averaged a league-low 28.38 pass attempts per game. On a positive note, Bridgewater has shown improvement throwing the deep ball this offseason so maybe he takes a step forward, but he's a low-end QB2 at best.
Shaun Hill35350.10.13-301.4

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Adrian Peterson299131610.5322430.6222.5
After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March, but I have Peterson projected for a league-high 331 touches. (LA's Todd Gurley is second with 330 projected touches.)
Jerick McKinnon683332.2262050.871.8
In limited opportunities, McKinnon has been productive -- 4.9 yards per carry in 165 career rush attempts. And while Peterson is clearly the team's workhorse, McKinnon should see a larger workload than he had last year (73 touches).
Matt Asiata301141.214950.329.9
Zach Line5110.55400.29.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Laquon Treadwell557265.2000103.8
Some will knock Treadwell for his (lack of) speed, but the Vikings first-round pick is a big-bodied (6-2, 221), physical receiver with strong hands that runs good routes. Perhaps a bigger problem than his speed is Minnesota's offense, as no team threw it less than the Vikings in 2015, but Treadwell should especially make his presence felt in the red zone.
Stefon Diggs527023.6210092.8
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 last season. 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. Competing with Treadwell for targets in Minnesota's low-volume pass offense limits his upside in year two.
Jarius Wright354521.2327055.1
Charles Johnson182660.900032
Adam Thielen7880.3322012.8
Cordarrelle Patterson2140.13260.25.8
Moritz Boehringer2290.20004.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Kyle Rudolph454413.665.7
Here's the good news: Rudolph played a full 16-game season for the first time in three years and set a career high in receiving yards. The bad news? His career high was 495 yards. Rudolph is a low-upside TE2.
MyCole Pruitt151641.123
Rhett Ellison6670.610.3

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: San Diego Chargers Fantasy Preview

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the San Diego Chargers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Philip Rivers435641484030.813.521440.2308.9
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). Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Through Week 8, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady.
Zach Mettenberger35360.20.21-101.94

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Melvin Gordon2309434.8311980.9148.3
Failing to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaging just 3.48 YPC, Gordon disappointed fantasy owners as a rookie. Provided MG3 stays healthy (following January microfracture surgery), it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in year two.
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 Allen11312948.2000178.6
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 Benjamin538754.22120113.9
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 or fourth in line for targets, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers even if he falls a little short.
Steve Johnson586553.500086.5
Dontrelle Inman182431.600033.9
Javontee Herndon4460.20005.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Antonio Gates586446.2101.6
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 despite heading into his age-36 season.
Hunter Henry222531.534.3

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 14 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 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: 14
  • Draft Slot: 1
  • 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:

1.01 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: As safe as it gets, Brown set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards and could have been even better. In the 12 games both he and Ben Roethlisberger played, Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game, a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.

2.14 - 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.

- Related: Teammate Donte Moncrief was biggest weekly riser in Fantasy ADP

3.01 - 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 for the run-heavy Bills.

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

5.01 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game.

6.14 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Averaging a career-low 3.7 YPC in his first season with the Colts, Gore's efficiency was much better in the games Luck started (4.11 YPC) compared to the games he didn't start (3.44 YPC). With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore, PPR's RB14 in 2015, should be more consistent week to week even though he recently turned 33 years old.

- Related: Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

7.01 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

8.14 - 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. Provided he stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in 2015.

- Poll: Which Chargers running back will score the most fantasy points in 2016?

9.01 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Abdullah has some breakout potential in 2016 and is certainly an excellent value as my RB5 in a 14-team league. 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.

10.14 - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: 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 I'm setting the bar low (and I suppose I am), only four other TEs had as many such games last season: Rob Gronkowski (13), Greg Olsen (13), Travis Kelce (12) and Gary Barnidge (11).

11.01 - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts: 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.

12.14 - Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Wallace will play for his third team in as many seasons, but he has a chance to exceed expectations in Baltimore. While neither Ryan Tannehill nor Teddy Bridgewater excel in the vertical passing game, Flacco is a better match for Wallace's skill set.

13.01 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: A physically-gifted second-year receiver, Coates will see an expanded role following the full-season suspension of Martavis Bryant. Earlier this offseason, OC Todd Haley said Coates was having a "tremendous offseason."

14.14 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Typical for a rookie quarterback, Mariota had an up-and-down season, but he finished as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in one-third (four) of his 12 games played. The dual-threat quarterback has some fantasy upside and is a nice fill-in for Brady.

15.01 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

16.14 - Josh Brown, K, New York Giants

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Tennessee Titans Fantasy Preview

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 Tennessee Titans:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Marcus Mariota326493384524.712.6593602.5291
Typical for a rookie quarterback, Mariota had an up-and-down season, but he finished as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in one-third (four) of his 12 games played. Upgrading their offensive line this offseason, no team allowed more sacks than the Titans (54) last year. With better protection from his line and a full offseason of development under his belt, the dual-threat quarterback has plenty of upside entering 2016 especially if he runs more often.
Matt Cassel813880.40.52304.92

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
DeMarco Murray23410186.8342450.9172.5
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 2016 outlook took a bit of a hit when Tennessee drafted last year's Heisman winner, but the Titans should rank near the top of the league in rush attempts with Murray as their lead back if things go according to script.
Derrick Henry1556826.78560.2115.2
Joining DeMarco Murray as the other half of their "exotic smashmouth" backfield, Henry possesses great speed for his size (6-3, 247). Murray is expected to be the lead back, but Henry could also approach double-digit carries per game, or close to it. Plus, if Murray struggles for whatever reason again, Henry could see his role expand as the season progresses.
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
Based purely on talent and physical tools, Green-Beckham is the most gifted of the team's receivers and no receiver on the roster has more upside. Even though DGB posted a pair of 100-yard games in December, breakout expectations are tempered by less-than-impressive offseason workouts. At least in part to send him a message, 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 little 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 Sharpe242932.400043.7
Justin Hunter71050.700014.7
Harry Douglas2220.11303.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Delanie Walker789135.4123.7
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. While he may not repeat last year's production, he's my TE4 heading into 2016.
Anthony Fasano171851.426.9
Craig Stevens8830.712.5

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2016 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position: Weekly Risers and Fallers in Fantasy ADP

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
QBTyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills-7.6 (132.6 on 7/17; 125.0 on 7/24)
RBDevontae Booker, Denver Broncos-12.8 (146.0 on 7/17; 133.2 on 7/24)
WRDonte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts-15.7 (72.7 on 7/17; 57.0 on 7/24)
TEJared Cook, Green Bay Packers-4.8 (155.0 on 7/17; 150.2 on 7/24)

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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRussell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks-10.95% (54.8 on 7/17; 48.8 on 7/24)
RBTodd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams-15.00% (4.2 on 7/17; 3.6 on 7/24)
WRDonte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts-21.30% (72.7 on 7/17; 57.0 on 7/24)
TEJared Cook, Green Bay Packers-3.08% (155.0 on 7/17; 150.2 on 7/24)

Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBMarcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans+7.8 (132.6 on 7/17; 140.4 on 7/24)
RBKarlos Williams, Buffalo Bills+24.9 (88.3 on 7/17; 113.2 on 7/24)
WRDavante Adams, Green Bay Packers+10.0 (151.7 on 7/17; 161.7 on 7/24)
TEGary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns+6.3 (89.8 on 7/17; 96.1 on 7/24)

Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBMarcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans+5.94% (132.6 on 7/17; 140.4 on 7/24)
RBLe'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers+70.37% (2.8 on 7/17; 4.7 on 7/24)
WRKelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers+7.67% (28.9 on 7/17; 31.1 on 7/24)
TERob Gronkowski, New England Patriots+11.40% (11.4 on 7/17; 12.7 on 7/24)

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Buffalo Bills Fantasy Preview

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 Taylor2624053281199.31126163.9282.94
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. Manuel29483171.51.715560.626.18
Cardale Jones23240.10.12501.76

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
LeSean McCoy25811226.2372921.5187.6
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 Williams572792.6151260.961.5
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. That said, Williams reportedly tipped the scales at 250-plus at minicamp and will also be suspended for the first four game of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Mike Gillislee813161.614910.352.1
With Karlos Williams suspended for the first four games of the season, Gillislee is the favorite for the back-up role to McCoy in one of the league's most run-heavy offenses. In 2015, Gillislee averaged 5.7 yards per carry on his 47 rush attempts.
Jonathan Williams271190.86450.222.4
James Wilder Jr.5210.21603.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Sammy Watkins7311907.7130165.5
Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games. During that six-game span, Watkins caught 35 of 57 targets for 679 yards (19.4 Y/A) and six touchdowns. Watkins had offseason foot surgery and foot injuries are always a bit of a concern with receivers, but it appears that he will be ready for the start of the season.
Robert Woods414722.500062.2
Assuming that Watkins (foot) is ready to go for the start of the season, Woods won't have much fantasy value in 2016. With more than four catches in only two games, Woods had 47 receptions for a career-low 552 yards and three touchdowns.
Dezmin Lewis344492.700061.1
Leonard Hankerson101250.600016.1
Greg Salas101300.500016
Kolby Listenbee4640.30008.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Charles Clay575993.983.3
Missing the final three games of first season with the Bills, Clay had 51 catches for 528 yards, both of which were three-year lows, and three scores. Scoring the 20th-most fantasy points among tight ends following back-to-back top-15 seasons, Clay is expected to be more involved in the offense in 2016.
Chris Gragg6680.28
Jim Dray21901.9

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July 23, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Detroit Lions Fantasy Preview

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 Detroit Lions:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matthew Stafford386585427128.114.6421181.5289.44
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 Abdullah2078905.6322401.3154.4
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 Riddick602280.6706233.2107.9
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 Zenner733212.95350.153.6
Stevan Ridley401601.6212026.8
Dwayne Washington6250.14320.16.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Golden Tate10111826.25320158.6
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 Jones688576.52120125.9
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. Jones293652.600052.1
Jeremy Kerley222311.800033.9
Andre Caldwell101010.600013.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Eric Ebron536155.393.3
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 Pettigrew5480.68.4

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: New York Giants Fantasy Preview

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Eli Manning38261245293315.918470.5304.96
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 Jennings2129015.3262110.5146
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's expected to 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 Vereen461930.9564653.894
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 Perkins883832.3272210.778.4
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 at some point as a rookie.
Andre Williams481682.4211032.3

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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 Cruz263281.800043.6
After missing more than half of the 2014 season, Cruz (patellar tendon) missed all of the 2015 season. Most likely, he will be ready to return Week 1, but it's unclear how productive he'll be.
Geremy Davis161892.100031.5
Dwayne Harris141531.1312023.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Will Tye364143.260.6
Productive in the second half of his rookie season, Tye had five-plus catches in five of his final seven games for a total of 32/368/3 during that seven-game span. Assuming that he starts over Larry Donnell, Tye has upside as a TE2.
Larry Donnell181581.625.4
Jerell Adams81000.613.6

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Preview

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger410606496930.91724360.2310.16
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 Bell2089575.8514341.4182.3
Injuries at the position are obviously a huge risk with any running back and Bell missed a huge chunk of last season due to both injury and suspension. Unfortunately, Bell is facing another suspension to start the 2016 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 Williams1466424.5302580.8121.8
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. With Bell facing a four-game suspension to open the season, Williams will have at least four startable weeks in fantasy.
Fitzgerald Toussaint521460.86450.124.5

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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. [Poll: Will it be a record-setting season for Brown?]
Markus Wheaton587254.6000100.1
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 Coates396444.300090.2
With just one catch in six games as a rookie, Coates is poised for an expanded role due to Bryant's full-season suspension. As a vertical threat possessing outstanding physical traits, Coates will have plenty of weekly upside that will likely find his way into many of my DFS GPP lineups as well. Earlier this offseason, OC Todd Haley said Coates was having a "tremendous offseason."
Darrius Heyward-Bey23288200040.8
Issac Blakeney6780.500010.8
Martavis Bryant0000000
Bryant is suspended for all of 2016.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ladarius Green546374.993.1
The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Miller. Green underwent ankle surgery this offseason and is likely to be back in time for training camp. 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 James141391.422.3

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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:
  • Draft Slot:
  • 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:

1.05 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Averaging 112.3 yards per game since 2013, Jones led the NFL in receptions (136, tied with Antonio Brown), targets (203) and yards (1,871) last season. I'm thrilled that Jones, No. 2 player in my overall cheat sheet, slipped to me at No. 5.

2.08 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: In his first two seasons, Lacy racked up 1,400-plus yards and double-digit scores each season. Last year was a disappointment, but there is bounce-back appeal now that he's in better shape and entering a contract season.

3.05 - 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.

4.08 - 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 that three-game stretch. Only Rob Gronkowski averaged more fantasy points per game last season than Reed and I expect the same this year.

5.05 - Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Brees averaged 324.7 yards per game, the second-highest of his career, and has averaged 320-plus YPG in four of five seasons with a minimum of 32 passing scores for eight consecutive seasons. Since becoming a Saint in 2006, Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy QB every year (10 seasons).

6.08 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed his rookie season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games. During that six-game span, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns as the WR18 over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

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

8.08 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: Like Gio, Woodhead often exceeds his fantasy ADP as he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats in his past three full seasons (played only three games in 2014).

- Poll: Which Chargers RB will score more fantasy points in 2016?

9.05 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With Le'Veon Bell facing a four-game suspension to open the year, Williams becomes a four-game starter, at least, for this fantasy team. With Bell missing 10 games last year, Williams finished as fantasy's RB4 in 2015.

10.08 - 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. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin may not have the same success in 2016, but he should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again.

11.05 - Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers: In spite of poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. With better weapons on San Diego's roster, Benjamin isn't the team's top option, but he gets a huge upgrade with Philip Rivers as his quarterback.

12.08 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Both Lacy and Starks barely finished as top-25 running backs last season and Starks actually outscored Lacy. While I expect a bounce-back season from Lacy, Starks provides me with some insurance.

13.05 - Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants: The bulk of Vereen's production comes as a receiver (59/495/4, all of which were receiving career highs), but he still finished as the RB38 in standard-scoring formats (RB27 in PPR) in 2015. Vereen provides some more depth at the position as my RB6.

14.08 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Martavis Bryant suspension opens up an opportunity for Coates to make a major impact. He's certainly worth the flier as my WR6.

15.05 - Buffalo Bills D/ST

16.08 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals:

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July 22, 2016

Le'Veon Bell faces 4-game suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is the league's most dynamic running back when he's on the field.

Unfortunately, Bell is unlikely to be on the field when the Steelers open the season in Washington on Monday, September 12th. Or for the three games after that, either.

Like last season, Bell could start the year serving a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Per ESPN's Dan Graziano, Bell is appealing a four-game ban for missing -- not failing -- a drug test.

Graziano wrote the following: "Sources close to the situation tell me Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's drug policy. The suspension is the result of a MISSED drug test, not a failed one, and the reason it hasn't yet been announced is that the appeal process is still going on. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, though it's expected that it will be heard before the start of the regular season, meaning that if it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season ..."

With Bell sidelined for 10 games last season, DeAngelo Williams was an absolute stud.

Excluding a Week 17 matchup against the Browns, Williams racked up a total of 206 touches for 1,100 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns in the other nine games he played with Bell sidelined.

Even though he was basically a half-season starter, only Devonta Freeman, Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin scored more fantasy points than Williams last year.

If there's a silver lining, the suspension is at the start of the year, which allows Bell additional time for his knee (MCL, PCL) to heal. Plus, only two teams have a bye -- Eagles and Packers in Week 4 -- during the first four weeks of the season.

In my fantasy football running back rankings, I moved Bell down to RB11 and Williams up to RB31.

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July 21, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 10 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: 10
  • 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:

1.10 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: One of the benefits of mock drafting is the ability to experiment without being tied to a real team. I'm often not crazy about my teams when I mock a TE and/or QB early, something I did in this mock, and I'm not crazy about this team even though I think both Gronk and Cam were fair values where selected as the most dominant players at their respective positions.

2.03 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Coming off a torn ACL, Nelson may not repeat his 2014 numbers (98/1,519/13), but I could certainly see him post comparable production to his 2013 season (85/1,314/8). In fact, I have Nelson projected for a 86/1,324/11 stat line.

- Related: Green Bay Packers Fantasy Football Projections

3.10 - Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets: Forte won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015.

4.03 - Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: No quarterback has more weekly upside than the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player as he finished as the weekly QB1 in five of his final nine games in 2015. Newton has now finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in four of his five NFL seasons.

5.10 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game. There is risk with Rawls following last year's broken ankle injury, but he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

6.03 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: 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

7.10 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. After all, Newton has the third-most rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2011. At least this team would get credit for the touchdown either way.

8.03 - 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 is a high-upside WR3.

9.10 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: The No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham, Shepard could finish with 60-plus catches as a rookie.

10.03 - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Justin Forsett is expected to open the season as the starter, but there's a chance that Dixon eventually earns the largest share of the team's backfield touches as early as later this season.

11.10 - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Diggs' production slowed down the stretch, the team used a first-round pick on Laquon Treadwell and no team threw the ball less last season, but Diggs provides some depth as my WR5.

12.03 - DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Filling in for Le'Veon Bell due to suspension and then injury, Williams finished as fantasy's RB4 in 2015. Williams racked up a total of 1,274 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns last year and he becomes an elite RB1 if Bell misses any time.

13.10 - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta's No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role more so than talent, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5).

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

15.10 - Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

16.03 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Preview

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 Dallas Cowboys:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tony Romo329478392032.513.925530.3280
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. Then again, I expect the Cowboys to utilize a run-heavy attack similar to two seasons ago when Romo finished as only fantasy's QB11 despite having his most efficient season ever (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 Elliott26512468.7443782.1227.2
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 fantasy's overall RB1 in 2016.
Darren McFadden1205462.9181530.791.5
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. In addition, it's no lock that he's ready for Week 1 following his June elbow surgery.
Alfred Morris582472.14290.140.8
With the Cowboys drafting two running backs, I'm not sure that both McFadden and Morris make the final 53. Elliott is obviously the guy going forward. Considering neither McFadden nor Morris play special teams, it's unlikely one of those makes the cut as the team's third RB. If Alf makes the final 53-man roster, he could potentially steal a few goal-line touches from Elliott.
Lance Dunbar16690.2222091.135.6
Darius Jackson241060.52160.115.8

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Wide Receivers







PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Dez Bryant87126212.6000201.8
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 Williams426805.5000101
Cole Beasley484703.700069.2
Brice Butler162691.600036.5
Devin Street4410.20005.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jason Witten555284.479.2
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 I'm setting the bar low (and I suppose I am), 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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July 20, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Preview

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 Indianapolis Colts:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Andrew Luck366608446935.917.6613052.7351.46
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 Gore2359526.8282181.1164.4
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) under center. 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 Ferguson733211.8322721.679.7
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.
Jordan Todman261120.512970.526.9
Robert Turbin18740.56470.216.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
T.Y. Hilton7913048.52130182.7
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 Moncrief7210378.6150155.8
In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. 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 Dorsett446124.25310.190.1
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 Bray4480.30006.6

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Dwayne Allen475736.696.9
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 Doyle171162.224.8

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Green Bay Packers Fantasy Preview

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 Green Bay Packers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Aaron Rodgers374562466538.26.2523021.2370.6
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 should 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 Lacy23610039302762.3195.7
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. Ceding more work than expected to James Starks last season, Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.
James Starks1184902.4363202.5110.4
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 Nelson86132411.3000200.2
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 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 defensive attention 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 Adams404202.800058.8
Ty Montgomery141341.3421023.3
Jared Abbrederis12138100019.8
Trevor Davis2320.20004.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jared Cook364644.372.2
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 Rodgers221962.635.2

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 10 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: 10
  • 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: 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.

2.07 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Coming off a torn ACL, Charles averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game in five games last season.

3.04 - Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets: In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards.

4.07 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game. There is risk with Rawls following last year's broken ankle injury, but he expects to be ready for the start of the training camp.

5.04 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. There is durability risk with Reed, but I expect only Rob Gronkowski to score more fantasy points than Reed.

6.07 - 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. With 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns over that six-game span, there is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

7.04 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Like Parker, Moncrief is poised for a breakout in as he enters his age-23 season. In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns and those numbers would have been better if Andrew Luck did not miss nine games.

8.07 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

9.04 - 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 see a larger percentage of the workload split in 2016.

10.07 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and he should enter the season as the lead back.

11.04 - Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: In his second season, Bortles threw for 4,428 yards, 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and ran for 310 yards and two more scores. Bortles needs to cut down on the turnovers and he's unlikely to repeat the 35 touchdowns, but he's a high-upside QB2 to fill in for Brady during his suspension and bye.

12.07 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: The Bears are expected to use the "hot hand" at running back and that should bode well for Howard.

13.04 - 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. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin may not have the same success in 2016, but he should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again.

14.07 - Arizona Cardinals D/ST

15.04 - Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Aiken had 75 catches for 944 yards in 2015, but his production should decline with the addition of Mike Wallace and returns of Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman. Even so, it wouldn't surprise me if Aiken ends 2016 as the team's most productive fantasy receiver once again.

16.07 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Houston Texans Fantasy Preview

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 Houston Texans:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Brock Osweiler365594430724.414.335980.7269.58
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 the Raiders (4.9181) have averaged fewer yards per play during that span (5.0603).
Brandon Weeden48540.20.34202.86

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Lamar Miller25612168.2484032.3224.9
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, only the Seahawks (1,025) have run the ball more than the Texans (1,023).
Alfred Blue102362212830.559.5
Jonathan Grimes381630.8141150.636.2
Tyler Ervin361580.4161280.634.6
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 huge 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.
Jaelen Strong405083.300070.6
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 as Hopkins dominates targets.
Will Fuller294872.3430065.5
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.
Cecil Shorts434772.2316062.5
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 Miller131661.18720.231.6
Keith Mumphery4380.20005

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ryan Griffin252981.840.6
C.J. Fiedorowicz141390.718.1
Stephen Anderson6710.510.1

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Preview

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

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Andy Dalton336512394228.214.8611713.1291.38
Before sustaining a thumb injury that essentially ended his season, Dalton was having a career-best year: 106.2 passer rating, 66.1 completion percentage, 8.4 Y/A and 25:7 TD-to-INT ratio. While Dalton is healthy again, the loss of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and several of his top weapons from 2015 means it's unlikely that he performs at that pace once again. That said, he goes into 2016 as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 option.
A.J. McCarron47530.30.21203.32

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jeremy Hill2359879.6171050.5169.8
Admittedly, I was high, too high, on Hill going into the 2015 season and he was a disappointment. With one more carry than he had as a rookie, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Perhaps we shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill.
Giovani Bernard1587113.5545022.2155.5
Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard, who should easily reach value at his current ADP (RB30) even if his ceiling is limited by Hill's presence.
Rex Burkhead4120.18690.310.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
A.J. Green90134110.4000196.5
Averaging a career-low 8.25 targets per game, Green saw double-digit targets in only four of 16 games in 2015. Despite a relatively low volume of targets for an elite receiver, Green finished the season with 86 catches for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns. With an 86/1,297/10 stat line in three of his past four seasons, Green should see a boost in targets this season following some free-agent departures at receiver.
Brandon LaFell496423.916088.2
Following up a career 2014 season (74/953/7), LaFell finished with 37 catches for 515 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games. Signing a one-year free-agent deal with the Bengals, LaFell has a chance to be the second-most targeted wideout on the team after A.J. Green although they used their second-round pick on Tyler Boyd.
Tyler Boyd403922.415054.1
Cody Core4600.30007.8
Brandon Tate2230.21704.2
Mario Alford2240.10003

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Tyler Eifert546327105.2
Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2016. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games, all of which occurred by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. When healthy, Eifert should see a per-game boost in targets given the turnover in the receiving corps, but durability has been an issue and it's likely that Eifert (ankle) won't be ready for Week 1.
Tyler Kroft182091.429.3
C.J. Uzomah3320.35

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2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Chicago Bears Fantasy Preview

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jay Cutler340526407726.613.7391931.2282.28
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 Langford2028186.1332571.2151.3
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, Jordan Howard's role should continue to expand as the season progresses.
Jordan Howard1225314.69630.187.6
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 Carey502051.37500.335.1
Jacquizz Rodgers8280.113880.515.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Alshon Jeffery8111919.72110178.4
In an injury-marred 2015 season, Jeffery averaged 6.0 catches and 89.7 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Missing six-plus games in two of his four NFL seasons, Jeffery should finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver if he can stay healthy for a full season.
Kevin White528795.7000122.1
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 Wilson13198100025.8
Josh Bellamy121370.700017.9
Daniel Braverman6580.21407.4

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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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July 19, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 12

Four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- had begun a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft and that mock is now complete.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor drafted for three (of 12) teams.

Here is Round 12 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

12.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins

Washington decided to not part ways with the overpaid Garcon, but it's unlikely that he duplicates last year's production (72/777/6) in 2016 with rookie Josh Doctson added to the mix of receivers and D-Jax missing half of last season. But he's solid depth as Dan's WR5.

12.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas has a chance to make a fantasy-relevant contribution as a rookie despite being underutilized at Ohio State. With Marques Colston no longer on the roster, Thomas will step into a fairly prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL.

12.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Smallwood is an intriguing late-round pick given the backs ahead of him on the depth chart: (1) Ryan Mathews, who has a questionable durability track record, and (2) Darren Sproles, a 33-year-old change-of-pace back.

12.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys

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.

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

What's worse than breaking your collar bone? Breaking it twice. Not only did Romo break his collar bone twice last season, but he had surgery in March. 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.

12.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): 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 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.

12.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots

Even though Rob Gronkowski is ahead of him on the depth chart, Bennett is a low-end TE1/high-end TE2 heading into his first season in Foxboro as the Patriots will likely use plenty of two-TE sets with the duo. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end with Gronk out.

12.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys

With the Cowboys drafting two running backs, I'm not sure that both McFadden and Morris make the final 53. Elliott is obviously the guy going forward. Considering neither McFadden nor Morris play special teams, it's unlikely one of those makes the cut as the team's third RB.

12.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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

12.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Wallace will play for his third team in as many seasons, but he has a chance to exceed expectations in Baltimore. While neither Ryan Tannehill nor Teddy Bridgewater excel in the vertical passing game, Joe Flacco is a better match for Wallace's skill set.

12.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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

12.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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

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July 18, 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:
  • # of Teams:
  • Draft Slot:
  • 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:

1.02 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: 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. Bell has averaged 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or more than 17 (standard) fantasy points -- per game over the past two seasons.

2.11 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After two injury-plagued disappointing campaigns, Martin racked up 1,673 YFS and seven touchdowns last season. Martin should rank near the top of the league in workload and production provided he can stay healthy.

3.02 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: 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.

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4.11 - 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.

5.02 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Reunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015), Maclin is a strong WR3 for this team.

6.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: With plenty of breakout potential heading into 2016, Parker closed his rookie season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games of the season with a total of 22/445/3 during that span. I actually have Parker ranked higher than Maclin, but one of the cool features of the Mock Draft Simulator is the "Pick Predictor" (as you can see to the right).

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook

7.02 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

8.11 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: 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.

9.02 - Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers: The favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers, Gates could repeat as a top-12 option at the position heading into his age-36 season.

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

11.02 - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Even though I expect Justin Forsett to open the season as the starter, there's a good chance that Dixon eventually earns the largest share of the team's backfield touches. With a three-down skill set, Dixon rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three out of four seasons and posted 30-plus catches in back-to-back seasons at Louisiana Tech.

- Related: Dixon had biggest weekly improvement in Fantasy ADP this past week

12.11 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: All five of Funchess' touchdowns came in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) healthy, Funchess is no better than third in line for targets among Carolina's pass-catchers, but he has generated some buzz this offseason.

13.02 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Even though the Jets signed Matt Forte, Powell is still a top 40-50 back for 2016 and provides some depth as my RB6.

14.11 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: At a minimum, I will need Mariota for five games -- Brady's suspension and bye -- but there is plenty of upside this late.

15.02 - Houston Texans D/ST

16.11 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 11

Last weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 11 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

11.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Aiken had 75 catches for 944 yards in 2015, but his production should decline with the addition of Mike Wallace and returns of Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman. Even so, it wouldn't surprise me if Aiken ends 2016 as the team's most productive fantasy receiver once again.

11.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Mille. Green underwent ankle surgery this offseason and is likely to be back in time for training camp. Assuming that he is healthy before the start of the season, Green should shatter previous career highs and he has fantasy top-10 upside.

11.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Injuries slowed Coleman, who missed four games as a rookie. While he lost three fumbles on just 87 carries, he did average 4.5 yards per carry and he has plenty of big-play ability. Assuming he stays healthy and does a better job of protecting the football, Coleman is set to see his opportunities expand.

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Preview

11.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers

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

11.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots

Dubbed "7-Eleven" several seasons ago by Reggie Bush on Hard Knocks, Hogan had spent the past three seasons with the Bills and posted a 36/450/2 in 2015. After Julian Edelman, it's possible Hogan scores the second-most fantasy points among the team's receivers in 2016 although he's fourth, at best, behind Gronk, Edelman and Dion Lewis on the passing game's totem pole.

11.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Powell was a PPR machine down the stretch as he finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games, which included three top-eight finishes. While Chris Ivory is no longer on the roster, signing Matt Forte, one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, was not a positive for Powell's outlook. That said, he's still a top 40 back in PPR formats.

11.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans

The Titans have a number of receivers on their roster, but Green-Beckham is the most talented and the second-year wideout certainly has the most upside out of the group. The 6-foot-5 receiver had both of his 100-yard games in December so he will look to build upon his late-season momentum. That said, DGB was working with the second-string receivers during OTAs behind Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe.

11.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers

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

11.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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

11.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

It's unclear whether Gordon will be reinstated, but he's eligible to apply for reinstatement as early as August 1st. Gordon missed all of last season and played only five games in 2014, but he led the league in receiving yards -- 1,646 yards in 14 games -- in 2013. Coincidentally, he was suspended for the first two games of that season. As Brendan's WR6, he's not counting on Gordon, but he obviously has upside if he's reinstated.

11.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos

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

11.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Earlier in this round, I drafted Travis Benjamin for my team that also owns Le'Veon Bell. That was a mistake. I should have drafted Williams, his handcuff. 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.

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2016 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP) Weekly Movement: July 17th 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.

Biggest Risers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRyan Fitzpatrick, Free Agent-1.9 (162.9 on 7/10; 161.0 on 7/17)
RBKenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens-3.3 (122.7 on 7/10; 119.4 on 7/17)
WRSterling Shepard, New York Giants-3.0 (109.3 on 7/10; 106.3 on 7/17)
TEJason Witten, Dallas Cowboys-2.7 (155.4 on 7/10; 152.7 on 7/17)

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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRyan Fitzpatrick, Free Agent-1.17% (162.9 on 7/10; 161.0 on 7/17)
RBKenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens-2.69% (122.7 on 7/10; 119.4 on 7/17)
WRJulio Jones, Atlanta Falcons-4.55% (4.4 on 7/10; 4.2 on 7/17)
TEJason Witten, Dallas Cowboys-1.74% (155.4 on 7/10; 152.7 on 7/17)
Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns-2.2 (164.5 on 7/10; 166.7 on 7/17)
RBSpencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs+8.8 (148.7 on 7/10; 157.5 on 7/17)
WRTed Ginn, Carolina Panthers+6.5 (154.2 on 7/10; 160.7 on 7/17)
TEJordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins+1.8 (151.0 on 7/10; 152.8 on 7/17)
Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns+1.34% (164.5 on 7/10; 166.7 on 7/17)
RBSpencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs+5.92% (148.7 on 7/10; 157.5 on 7/17)
WRTed Ginn, Carolina Panthers+4.22% (154.2 on 7/10; 160.7 on 7/17)
TEDelanie Walker, Tennessee Titans+1.21% (74.1 on 7/10; 75.0 on 7/17)

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 Teams, No. 8 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 PPR Scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 8
  • 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:

1.08 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: In his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game (2,755 yards in 27 career games) and no player has more receiving touchdowns during his two NFL seasons. It's not often that I start a draft (or mock) with three consecutive receivers, but I like how this team turned out.

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

3.08 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: 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.

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

5.08 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games and averaged 118.67 rushing yards per game. There is some risk with Rawls following last year's broken ankle injury, but he has said he'll be ready for the start of camp.

6.03 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray had 15-plus touches in 15 games and I like him a lot as my RB2 in Round 6.

7.08 - 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 played, Mariota had his share of big games.

8.03 - Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in 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.

9.08 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 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 Andrew Luck (4.11 YPC) under center. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore, who was fantasy's RB12 (RB14 in PPR) last season, should be more consistent week to week even though he recently turned 33 years old.

- Related: Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook

10.03 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as the RB16 in PPR last season 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.

11.08 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012. He's unlikely to finish as a top-16 PPR wide receiver once again, but he's a solid WR4 for this team.

12.03 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and he should enter the season as the lead back.

13.08 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who should be the No. 2 option behind OBJ. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie.

14.03 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Starting his college career as a receiver, Prosise provides me with insurance and a handcuff for Rawls.

15.08 - Denver Broncos D/ST

16.03 - Blaine Gabbert, QB, San Francisco 49ers: If Gabbert wins/keeps the starting job, there is some upside in a 2-QB league.

17.08 - Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 10

Last weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 10 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

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

Riddick had 80 catches for 697 yards plus 133 rushing yards and three total touchdowns last season. While he's much better in PPR formats (RB18 last year), he finished as a top-40 option in standard-scoring leagues as well. Based on the PPR scoring format in this mock, however, Riddick is an absolute steal in the 10th round.

10.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns

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

10.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants

The bulk of Vereen's production comes as a receiver (59/495/4, all of which were receiving career highs), but he still finished as the RB38 in standard-scoring formats (RB27 in PPR) in 2015. As the 42nd running back off the board in this mock, Vereen should at least return value.

10.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

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

10.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, Henry has great speed for his size (6-3, 247) and he should challenge DeMarco Murray early on for work as part of their backfield committee. Perhaps early in the season, we could see Murray getting 15-18 touches and Henry getting 10 or so touches per game. And if Murray stumbles out of the gate again, Henry has plenty of upside from his current draft position.

10.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders

Washington isn't the biggest back (5-8, 204), but GM Reggie McKenzie said the following of Washington shortly after the draft: “We think he’s a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly. He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he’s the total package as a runner. We really like him.”

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

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

10.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers

Re-signed to a two-year contract, Starks (993) had more YFS than Eddie Lacy (946) last season. 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.

10.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

Finishing in the top 25 of 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) this offseason and he has upside in what should be a run-heavy offense.

10.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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

10.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs got off to a great start with six-plus catches and 87-plus yards in each of his first four games played and he was clearly the most productive of Minnesota's wide receivers last season. 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. Competing with Treadwell for targets in Minnesota's low-volume pass offense limits his upside in year two.

10.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs in both absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. Jackson had just one or two catches in four of his 10 games last year. We should see better numbers from him this season, but Mike Evans is clearly the team's No. 1 receiver.

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Atlanta Falcons: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections and Preview

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 Atlanta Falcons:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Ryan413621472026.415.532660.3287.3
Ryan has thrown for more than 4,500 yards in each of the past four seasons, but Ryan's 21 passing touchdowns were the lowest since his rookie season (2008). After finishing as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the previous five seasons, Ryan finished as fantasy's QB19 in 2015. If there's a positive for Ryan going into 2016, it's that he should feel more comfortable with a full season of running Kyle Shanahan's offense under his belt.
Matt Schaub46370.20.31-101.88

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Devonta Freeman2088538.3655012.6200.8
While few (read: nobody) saw it coming, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards, and scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he's shown a three-down skill set, the Falcons want to lower Freeman's workload and get second-year back Tevin Coleman more involved in the offense in 2016.
Tevin Coleman1265803.810710.289.1
Injuries slowed Coleman, who missed four games as a rookie. While he lost three fumbles on just 87 carries, he did average 4.5 yards per carry and he has plenty of big-play ability. Assuming he stays healthy and does a better job of protecting the football, Coleman is set to see his opportunities expand.
Patrick DiMarco00012980.814.6
Terron Ward18670.4539013

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julio Jones12417488.7160227.6
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.
Mohamed Sanu636803.8210091.8
The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta's No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role more so than talent, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5), a year in which he also led the league in drops.
Justin Hardy434212.600057.7
Devin Hester162261.15280.132.6
Nick Williams121160.600015.2
Devin Fuller5690.30008.7
Eric Weems11200001.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jacob Tamme40432255.2
Austin Hooper293253.553.5
The second tight end off the board in this year's draft, Hooper landed in a pretty good spot in terms of potential opportunity. The Falcons have a number of players that will vie for targets after stud receiver Julio Jones (but no elite options). That said, rookie tight ends tend to struggle so expectations should be relatively low for Hooper out of the gate.
Levine Toilolo6420.57.2

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 9

Last weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 9 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

9.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Missing four games as a rookie, Yeldon averaged more than 18 touches per game but finished with just two rushing touchdowns. With the team signing free-agent Chris Ivory in the offseason, Yeldon's workload should decline on a per-game basis as I expect Ivory to get more work than Yeldon most weeks. In addition, Ivory is the favorite to get goal-line carries as well.

9.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Arian Foster, RB, Free Agent

It's unclear where Foster will sign in free agency, and he's a (soon-to-be) 30-year-old running back coming off a torn Achilles injury. Perhaps a bit early as the RB37 in this mock, but in general, I don't have a problem with swinging for the fences with a fourth running back. Again, there is plenty of uncertainty considering his age, injury and lack of a team, but Foster has upside here.

9.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

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

9.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sims is a steal here. Granted, it's only one round later than his current ADP in PPR formats, but Sims was highly productive last year and he's a viable starter in PPR formats this year. 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 he comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

9.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

For a second consecutive season, Manning finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. In both seasons, Manning threw 600-plus times and exceeded 4,400-plus yards while throwing a total of 65 touchdowns. With one of the league's most dynamic players as his go-to receiver, Eli could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.

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9.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Missing much of training camp and the first four games of the season, Thomas did not make the impact that he or the team expected when they signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract. 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.

9.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): 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. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin may not have the same success in 2016, but he should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again.

9.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

While I would have taken a few other running backs over Sproles, he finished as a top-25 fantasy running back in PPR formats last season. Now 33 years old, Sproles should reach or come close to the 55 receptions he had last season.

9.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints

Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016.

- Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections: New Orleans Saints Preview

9.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins

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

9.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Even though I expect Justin Forsett to open the season as the starter and the team's website referred to him as the "clear lead dog," there's a good chance that Dixon eventually earns the largest share of the team's backfield touches. With a three-down skill set, Dixon rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three out of four seasons and posted 30-plus catches in back-to-back seasons at Louisiana Tech.

9.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins

Over the final 10 games of the season, few quarterbacks were as productive as Cousins, who threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more and threw only three interceptions. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times. Cousins is set up for success with a talented supporting cast and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).

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July 16, 2016

Miami Dolphins: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections and Preview

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 Miami Dolphins:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ryan Tannehill370599431327.313.8381691.1291.42
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. Over the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively. With Adam Gase taking over as head coach (and Peyton Manning helping him learn the offense), Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jay Ajayi23410066.6292351169.7
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 Drake974271.7332741.388.1
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 Williams281010.68600.220.9
Daniel Thomas12400.142407

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeVante Parker6710798000155.9
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 Landry9610465.48450.5144.5
Setting a franchise record with 110 receptions last season, Landry had 1,157 receiving yards, 113 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. My main concern with Landry is that I expect a breakout season for teammate DeVante Parker.
Kenny Stills345243.100071
Leonte Carroo27329200044.9
Jakeem Grant8920.400011.6

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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
Thomas Duarte6650.59.5
Jake Stoneburner4340.24.6

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14 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 scoring)
  • # of Teams: 14
  • 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 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins shattered career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

2.04 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After two injury-plagued disappointing campaigns, Martin exceeded the value of his 2015 draft slot with 1,673 YFS and seven touchdowns last season. Re-signing with the Bucs this offseason, Martin should rank near the top of the league in workload and production provided he can stay healthy.

3.11 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Over the final 13 games last year, Cobb averaged just 47.85 YFS per game and scored only two touchdowns. With Jordy Nelson back as the team's No. 1 receiver, however, it should take pressure off Cobb and lead to improved 2016 production.

4.04 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed.

5.11 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed his rookie 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 Outlook and Profile

6.04 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 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 Andrew 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.

7.11 - 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 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.

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

9.11 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with 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 he comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

10.04 - 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. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin may not have the same success in 2016, but he should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production.

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

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

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

14.04 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

15.11 - Josh Ferguson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Both Martin (injury history) and Gore (age) give me a little bit of concern when it comes to durability so it's nice to have both handcuffs, especially in a deeper league.

16.04 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 8

Last weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 8 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

8.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman has a few things working in his favor. Not only is he an explosive athlete, few teams have a worse receiving corps than the Browns, who should also find themselves trailing and needing to throw. Especially if Josh Gordon isn't reinstated (or back with the Browns in 2016), it wouldn't surprise me if Coleman finishes with 70-80 receptions as a rookie.

- Related: The Browns have the No. 1 pick in early 2017 NFL Mock Draft

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

Smith is coming off a career-worst season -- 33 catches, 663 yards and four touchdowns all set or tied career lows -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays. Perhaps this is a round or two early for Smith, but I really like his upside.

8.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

Jones set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (816) in his final season with the Bengals last year. While the Lions should be more balanced this year, no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays 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.

8.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): 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-10 fantasy QB with the upside to once again finish as a top-five fantasy QB. Through Week 16, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.

8.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

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

8.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

Many believed that Doctson was the best receiver in this year's rookie class, but it may be a season before his true impact is felt as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are still on the team's roster. Both Garcon and D-Jax will become free agents next offseason. Therefore, I think this is too early for Doctson in re-draft leagues as his 13th-round PPR ADP would suggest. While Doctson's 2017 season should be much better than his 2016 season, his role in the offense will likely expand as the season progresses.

8.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

The Bears used a fifth-round pick on Howard and it wouldn't surprise me if the 230-pound back ends up scoring more fantasy points than Jeremy Langford. To be clear, I have Langford ranked higher than Howard and I was surprised that Dan took him this early. Based on ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator, Howard has been going off the board in the 14th round of PPR drafts. I'd start considering him around the 10th or 11th round.

8.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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

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

8.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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.

8.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): 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 and he's a nice value here.

8.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Graham failed to make the impact that many expected. In fact, Russell Wilson's strong performance in the second half of the season mostly occurred with Graham injured. While it's unclear if Graham will be ready for the start of the season, the team at least is hopeful that he will be ready for Week 1. Because of those concerns, there are a few tight ends still on the board -- Julius Thomas, Gary Barnidge, Ladariud Green, etc. -- that I'd prefer over Graham.

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 7

Last weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 7 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

7.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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

7.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): 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. Brees has averaged more than 320 yards per game in four of five seasons with a minimum of 32 passing scores for eight consecutive seasons. If it weren't for a missed game early in the season, Brees would have finished with his fifth 5,000-yard season of his career. Since becoming a Saint in 2006, Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy QB every year (10 seasons).

7.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in 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.

7.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

In two seasons with the Broncos, Sanders finished with 101/1,404/7 (2014) and 76/1,135/4 (2015). Given the team's quarterback situation, however, it's likely that the Broncos rely heavily on their running game and defense and Sanders falls a little short of his of 2015 numbers, but he's a solid WR3 for this team.

7.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders

Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012. Crabtree exceeded 55 yards only once in his final eight games after doing so five times in his first eight games, but he had a minimum of four receptions in 15 of 16 games. He's unlikely to finish as a top-16 (PPR) fantasy receiver once again, but he's a solid WR3.

7.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

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

7.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

It's déjà vu all over again with the four-game suspension for Brady. He should easily finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015.

7.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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

7.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

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

7.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

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

7.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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

7.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Forsett broke his arm in the team's 10th game and he missed the final six games of the season. In the first nine games, however, he averaged 16.33 touches per game. Forsett will likely open camp atop the team's depth chart, but he turns 31 in October and rookie Kenneth Dixon as well as Buck Allen will push him for snaps early on. For what it's worth, the team's website calls Forsett the "clear lead dog."

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July 15, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR 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: Point-per-reception (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 - Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: 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. I'm surprised he lasted until 1.06 in this mock.

2.07 - Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Before sustaining his kidney injury, only Julio Jones (70) had more catches and only Jones (892) and DeAndre Hopkins (870) had more receiving yards than Allen.

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 - 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. With Kelly as head coach, the Eagles are one of seven NFL teams with 1,400-plus rush attempts over the past three seasons. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a plenty of upside in 2016.

5.06 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did he have a large workload overall (307 touches, fourth-most in NFL), Murray was the only player with 15-plus touches in 15 games last season.

6.07 - 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. 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-10 fantasy QB with the upside to once again finish as a top-five fantasy QB.

7.06 - Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Miller. Assuming that Green (ankle) is healthy for the start of the season, he should shatter previous career highs and he has fantasy top-10 upside.

8.07 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB17 in PPR last season. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, it wouldn't surprise me if me comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs -- and he has lots of upside if Martin misses time.

9.06 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012. He's unlikely to finish as a top-16 (PPR) fantasy receiver once again as I expect Amari Cooper to take a big step forward, but he's a solid WR4 for this team.

10.07 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Powell was a PPR machine down the stretch as he finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games, which included three top-eight finishes. While Chris Ivory is no longer on the roster, signing Matt Forte, one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, was not a positive for Powell's outlook. That said, he's still a roughly a top-40 back in PPR.

11.06 - Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: The Bears used a fifth-round pick on Howard and it wouldn't surprise me if the 230-pound back ends up scoring more fantasy points than Jeremy Langford. To be clear, I have Langford ranked higher than Howard, but I'd much rather draft Howard later than Langford earlier.

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

13.06 - Houston Texans D/ST

14.07 - DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders: Comments by the coaching staff about Murray this offseason were a bit of a concern, so it made sense to handcuff him with Washington, their fifth-round pick this year.

15.06 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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July 14, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 16 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: 16
  • Draft Slot: 12
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, Flex (RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 8 Bench

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

1.12 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Injuries made it a lost season for Bryant (foot), Tony Romo (clavicle) and the Cowboys in general. While I expect the Cowboys to employ a run-heavy offensive game plan similar to 2014, Bryant finished as a top-four fantasy receiver in 2014 and is a top-five receiver provided he can stay healthy.

2.05 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin has had two monster seasons (2012 and 2015) and two disappointing injury-marred campaigns (2013 and 2014). While he may not finish second in rushing again, he should finish as a top-10 fantasy RB in 2016 with good health.

3.12 - Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Better suited as Aaron Rodgers' No. 2 receiver, Cobb struggled a bit with Jordy Nelson (ACL) out for the season. A healthy Nelson should benefit Cobb, Rodgers and others in Green Bay.

4.05 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: With Calvin Johnson retiring this offseason, it will expand Tate's opportunities within Detroit's offense. In his first two seasons with the Lions, Tate has 90-plus catches each year and I have him projected for a 100-catch season in 2016.

5.12 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: On one hand, it was a disappointing season for Gore -- fell short of 1,000 yards and averaged a career-low of 3.7 YPC. On the other hand, he finished fifth in touches and scored the 12th-most fantasy points even with Andrew Luck missing more games (nine) than he played (seven). Despite his age (33), Gore is a solid RB2 for this team.

6.05 - Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns: Only Rob Gronkowski scored more fantasy points among tight ends last season than Barnidge, who had the atypical breakout (79/1,043/9) as a 30-year-old. Granted, he (likely) won't repeat those numbers, but he is a viable starting TE in 2016, especially in a 16-teamer.

7.12 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: I actually have Marcus Mariota (QB12) ranked one spot higher than Carr (QB13), but I thought I'd have a better chance of getting both by taking Carr first.

8.05 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Martin playing 16 games and rushing for 1,400-plus yards, Sims still finished as the RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. So, in other words, he provides stand-alone value as my RB3 with tremendous upside if Martin misses any time.

9.12 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: The projected No. 2 receiver to Odell Beckham, Shepard could finish with 60-plus receptions as a rookie.

10.05 - Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants: Vereen doesn't have a ton of upside, but the passing-down back provides depth in a deep league. Vereen has finished as a top-50 fantasy running back in four consecutive seasons and was fantasy's RB37 in his first season with the G-Men.

11.12 - Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Another year, another new team for 60 Minutes. One reason for optimism is Joe Flacco's ability to push the ball down the field and take advantage of Wallace's deep speed.

12.05 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: I'm really surprised Mariota lasted this long, but I couldn't chance it any further. Last year's No. 2 overall draft pick is a high-upside QB2 for this team.

13.12 - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins: With a trio of Carr, Mariota and Cousins, I can play the matchups. While most don't expect Cousins to repeat last year's numbers, he has an even better supporting cast this year. Normally I wouldn't draft three QBs, the deeper bench (eight spots) allowed me to take advantage of Cousins' fall.

14.05 - Steve Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers: Johnson provides some more depth at receiver.

15.12 - Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST

16.12 - Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: LaFell should finish second among the team's receivers in targets after A.J. Green.

17.05 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 6

This past weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 6 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

6.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

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

6.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

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

6.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

For a second consecutive season, Big Ben has led the NFL in passing yards per game (328.2/G in 2015). Even with the full-season suspension of Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger has top-five upside provided he can stay healthy for 16 games. That said, Roethlisberger has now missed at least three games in half of his past six seasons.

6.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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

6.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 11.7-plus PPR points every week. While he finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver only twice, he never finished worse than PPR WR34 last season. That consistency led to WR14 full-season finish in PPR scoring in 2015.

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

In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. Moncrief had turf toe surgery earlier this offseason, but he 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 provided Andrew Luck stays healthy.

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

I like Shepard, but not as much as Dan based on his selection here. Shepard has a ninth-round ADP in PPR (per FFC) so I'm not the only one that thinks this is a little early. That said, the Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who should be the No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham and I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie.

- Related: New York Giants 2016 Fantasy Football Projections - More teams

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

Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2016. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games, all of which occurred by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. Given the team's free-agent losses in the passing game, Eifert should see a bump in targets in 2016 when he's healthy. The concern is that Eifert (ankle surgery) could miss the start of the season.

6.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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.

- Related: Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook

6.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

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

6.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 25th-most fantasy points (PPR) among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers, however, are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.

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

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 a little more balanced on offense this year following Megatron's retirement.

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July 13, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 5

This past weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 5 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

5.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins

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

5.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as PPR's RB16 last season 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. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard even if his ceiling is limited by Hill's presence.

5.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

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

5.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): 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 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 after Cam and Aaron Rodgers.

5.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): 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 should see a larger percentage of the workload split with Isaiah Crowell in 2016.

5.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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

5.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Not only did he set career highs of 78 receptions, 1,069 yards and (a league-high) 14 touchdowns last season, but Baldwin scored 11 of those touchdowns during the five-game span from Weeks 12 to 16. Baldwin, who signed an extension through 2020, will likely perform more like a WR3-type in 2016 than the absolutely dominant version we saw in the second half of 2015.

Over the final eight games of the season, Baldwin scored a touchdown on 19.05% of his receptions (12 of 63). Before that, the 5-foot-10 receiver scored a touchdown on 4.93% of his receptions (17 of 345) in his career.

5.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): 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, 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. That said, there are a number of running backs still on the board that I'd take ahead of MG3 including his teammate, Danny Woodhead.

5.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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

5.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

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

5.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers

No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totalled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Here's the list of running backs that scored more fantasy points than Woodhead last season: Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson. While he's unlikely to score the third-most PPR points among RBs this year, I like him more than MG3, as noted above.

- Poll: Which Chargers RB will score the most fantasy points in 2016?

5.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015 and I have him projected to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in 2016.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 10 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: Standard Scoring with Super Flex (QB-eligible flex)
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, Super Flex (QB/RB/WR/TE), K, D/ST, 8 Bench

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

1.03 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: A true three-down back when healthy, Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in his 22 games over the past two seasons. That averages out to 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or more than 17 (standard) fantasy points -- per game.

2.08 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: It was another huge step forward for Hopkins in 2015 (111/1,521/11) despite less-than-stellar quarterback play.

3.03 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Robinson broke out with 80/1,400/14 in his age-22 season. Even if the Jags throw it less as they field a more competitive squad, ARob is a nice value here.

4.08 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper exceeded 1,000 yards in his rookie season despite battling a foot injury down the stretch. This team has three legitimate top-10 fantasy receivers.

5.03 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: A QB-eligible flex option means this is a de facto 2-QB league and I usually take my first QB earlier in 2-QB leagues, but I like Mariota's upside heading into his second season.

6.08 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Reed was so good during the fantasy playoffs last season that he finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16. A top-two fantasy tight end heading into 2016, the only concern is durability.

7.03 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker closed his rookie season strong -- 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns in his final six games. I expect a breakout season from Parker in 2016.

- Related: DeVante Parker Fantasy Football Outlook and Profile

8.08 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: A change of scenery should bode well for Murray, who struggled in Philadelphia after leading the NFL in rushing in 2014. Even though the Titans drafted Derrick Henry, Murray should lead a run-heavy attack.

9.03 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Despite a career-low 3.7 YPC and failing to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, Gore finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in 2015. More efficient in games Andrew Luck started (4.11 YPC) vs. the games he didn't (3.44 YPC), Gore should exceed expectations as long as Luck stays healthy in 2016.

10.08 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Over the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as fantasy's QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively. With the coaching upgrade (Adam Gase) and expected breakout of Parker, Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.

11.03 - Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan has thrown 600-plus attempts for 4,500-plus yards for four consecutive seasons, but his 21 touchdowns were the lowest since his rookie season. If he can be more efficient in the red zone, there is upside as I would play the matchups with my three QBs from this mock.

12.08 - LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: It's tough to predict how New England's workload will be allocated in any given week, but Blount has loads of upside in weeks that the Patriots are big favorites facing a soft run defense.

13.03 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Surprisingly, Austin finished as a top-20 fantasy wideout in 2015. While I don't expect him to repeat that level of production, the team is weak at receiver and Coach Fisher has talked about Austin doubling his receptions (albeit unlikely) in 2016.

14.08 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy has shed some weight following a disappointing season and I expect him to bounce back. But if he struggles for whatever reason, Starks has plenty of upside in the high-powered Packers offense.

15.03 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: It's unclear what fantasy owners should expect from Graham as he returns from a patellar tendon injury, but there is some upside this late.

16.08 - Houston Texans D/ST

17.03 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

18.08 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: With a slightly deeper bench, I took my starting D/ST and K a round earlier than usual. Since I would have taken Booker at 17.03, it worked out.

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 4

This past weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 4 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

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

Drafted as a late first-round pick in many 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson started slowly and spent much of the season in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman. In the second half of the season, however, CJA was much better than both his first half and Hillman.

Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and hopefully that momentum will carry over into 2016. The Broncos brought back Hillman on a one-year deal, but the bigger concern is fourth-rounder Devontae Booker becoming more involved as the season progresses.

4.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills

Trading up to select Watkins with a top-four pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills finally started to use Watkins the way fantasy owners 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.

4.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

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

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

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

4.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) for the season hurt the offense in general and Rodgers' production in particular. Rodgers completed 60.7 percent of his attempts for just 6.7 Y/A, both of which were lows since becoming a starter (2008). Before last 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.

4.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets

One of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and signed as a free agent with the Jets this offseason. Even though he missed three games last season, Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015. Forte won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but he's a solid RB2 in PPR for 2016.

4.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

In a breakout second season, Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Along with teammate Allen Robinson, the two Allens were among only nine wide receivers to post 1,000/10 stat lines in 2015. With an improved team outlook, however, the Jaguars are unlikely to rank second pass-play percentage (65.02%) once again. Especially in PPR formats, there are several receivers still on the board that I'd prefer over Hurns, such as Dan's next pick ...

4.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Reunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015, WR15 in PPR), Maclin remains a solid WR2 heading into 2016.

4.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders

Scoring the 11th-most fantasy points among running backs, Murray finished fourth in the NFL in touches (307) and sixth in rushing (1,066 yards). Not only did he have a large workload overall, Murray had 15-plus touches in 15 of 16 games with 13 being the lone exception. Here is the list of players with 15 15-touch games in 2015: Murray. End of list.

Comments by the coaching staff about Murray this offseason are a bit of a concern, but they waited until the fifth round to draft a running back (DeAndre Washington). It would make sense to handcuff him with Washington later on.

4.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): 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 Outlook and Preview

4.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): 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 although injuries played a part in that as well.) Assuming he's ready for the start of the season and maintains good health, Lewis is an elite PPR running back.

4.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): 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.

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July 12, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Preview

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

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

Quarterbacks




PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Carson Palmer346546461430.611.526470.8304.96
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-10 fantasy QB with the upside to once again finish as a top-five fantasy QB. Through Week 16, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.
Drew Stanton715920.50.511-1104.08

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
David Johnson248111610.2474471.9275.9
Injuries finally led to Johnson getting a shot at the featured role, but the third-rounder out of Northern Iowa had been productive in limited opportunities before that. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- on only 161 touches last season. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson will spend all of 2016 as the team's lead back.
Andre Ellington612812.1292671.6106
Chris Johnson1044322.67640.273.4
Before breaking his leg, Johnson ranked near the top of the league in rush attempts and yards last season. In 11 games, Johnson finished with 196 carries for 814 yards. That said, he averaged 3.6 YPC or less in his final four games before the injury and the other Johnson (David) should dominate backfield touches in 2016 as long as he remains healthy.
Stepfan Taylor8260.31505.9
Kerwynn Williams4180.11804.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
John Brown6610236.93120210.9
In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers, however, are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.
Michael Floyd5910097.2000203.1
While Floyd once again failed to exceed 1,000 yards, he finished the season strong after a slow start. Floyd exceeded the 100-yard mark in five of his final eight regular-season games in 2015 and I have him projected to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in 2016.
Larry Fitzgerald869687.8000229.6
Fitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. The trio of Brown, Floyd and Fitzgerald are separated by a mere 1.3 fantasy points in my projections (standard scoring).
J.J. Nelson163071.915058.6
Jaron Brown101290.800027.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Darren Fells202821.859
Jermaine Gresham151590.634.5
Troy Niklas4410.39.9

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 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: 12
  • 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: A complete three-down back, the Cowboys will likely employ a run-dominant offensive game plan to help protect Tony Romo and to hide their defensive deficiencies.

2.04 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson missed all of last season following a torn ACL, but he had 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014. Nelson's return should allow for Aaron Rodgers and the overall offense to bounce back in 2016.

3.09 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: With 100-plus rushing yards in four of six starts, Rawls has shown how effective he can be when given the opportunity. Recently, he has said that he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

4.04 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Tate had some productive games with Calvin Johnson out of the lineup and he could finish with 100 catches in the post-Megatron era.

5.09 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: One of favorite breakout candidates, Parker closed his rookie season with a strong six-game stretch -- 22 catches, 445 yards and three TDs (WR18 in fantasy).

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

6.04 - Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben has led the NFL in passing yards per game in each of the past two seasons. The biggest concern with Roethlisberger, however, is that he has missed at least three games in three of the past six seasons.

7.09 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz closed the season strong -- 35/450/1 over his final four games. Obviously, he'll slow from that pace, but he carries plenty of momentum over to 2016.

8.04 - Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns: Better in PPR formats, Johnson's share of the workload should increase in 2016 and he's the RB27 in my 2016 fantasy football rankings.

9.09 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: With limited options in the passing game, Smith should see a spike in targets in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense following a disappointing first season in San Francisco.

10.04 - Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: The No. 2 to Odell Beckham, Shepard should get roughly 70 catches in his rookie season and could potentially finish as the most productive rookie fantasy receiver.

11.09 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Prosise provides some insurance in case Rawls misses any time, but he has stand-alone value here as Seattle's third-round back.

12.04 - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks: There's uncertainty with Graham as he returns from his patellar tendon injury, but there is some upside as my TE2.

13.09 - DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders: Latavius Murray is the only running back to get 15-plus touches in 15 games last season, but the comments from the coaching staff suggest there is plenty of opportunity for Washington. He's worth a flier in Round 13.

14.04 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota is a high-upside QB entering his second season and as noted earlier, Big Ben has struggled some with durability over the past several years.

15.09 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

16.04 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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July 11, 2016

Falcons want to decrease carries for Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman scored more fantasy points than all running backs last season. Freeman carried the ball 265 times for 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns and added 73 catches for 578 yards and three scores.

By comparison, Tevin Coleman, the team's third-round pick in 2015, managed 406 total yards and a touchdown on 89 touches.

Fantasy owners shouldn't expect another 80-20 (79.16%-20.84%, to be precise) split in workloads again this season.

"It’s about growth," [Atlanta's running backs coach Bobby] Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. Well, you’re saying, how can it be better? It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin (Coleman) more involved and that also keeps Free fresher."

In my 2016 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football Projections, I have the split in workload projected as 70.8% (298) for Freeman and 29.2% (123) for Coleman. More than likely, I will adjust it closer to a 65-35 split, but I still expect Freeman to get at least 275 touches.

Going into the 2016 NFL season, Freeman is currently my seventh-ranked fantasy running back.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 7 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 standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • Roster Setup: 2 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 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: I debated Andrew Luck and Odell Beckham here, but Jones led the NFL in receptions (136), targets (203) and receiving yards (1,871) last season. The only concern is that he has only 16 TDs in his past 36 games.

2.06 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Injuries to Dez (foot) and Tony Romo (clavicle) derailed last season, but Bryant had 3,935 yards and a league-high 41 TDs in his previous three seasons.

3.07 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Despite all of the injuries on offense, Rivers set a career high with 299.5 passing yards per game on a league-high 661 pass attempts last season. Over the past three seasons, Rivers has averaged 4,519 yards and 31 TDs per year.

4.06 - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Coming off a serious ankle injury, Rawls expects to be ready for the start of training camp. When given a heavy workload, Rawls has thrived -- rushed for 100-plus yards in four of his six starts -- and averaged a league-best 5.65 yards per carry.

5.07 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: With plenty of upside going into his second season, Mariota is ranked just inside my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks for 2016.

6.06 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans: Two years ago, Murray led the NFL in rushing. Last season, he was a huge free-agent bust in Philadelphia. While I don't expect a return to 2014, Murray is a solid RB2 with some bounce-back potential.

7.07 - Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Kelce has been pretty consistent over the past two seasons -- 67/862/5 (2014) and 72/875/5 (2015). There is upside for more, but he has a solid floor.

8.06 - DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins: Parker battled foot injuries in his final season at Louisville and first season in the NFL, but the rookie closed the season strong -- 22 catches for 445 yards and three TDs over his final six games. Provided he stays healthy, there is plenty of breakout appeal in 2016.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

9.07 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: While better in PPR formats, Bernard has exceeded 1,000 YFS in all three seasons and has finished as the RB16, RB18 and RB21, respectively, in standard-scoring formats.

10.06 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Martin finishing second in the NFL in rushing, Sims was highly productive -- 1,090 YFS and four scores -- last season. Like Gio, Sims is better in PPR formats (51 catches in 2015), but he finished as the RB22 in standard-scoring formats last year.

11.07 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Underwhelming in his first season in San Francisco, Smith still led the NFL in Y/R (20.1). With Chip Kelly taking over his coach and Anquan Boldin no longer on the roster, Smith should see a much higher volume of targets and receptions in 2016.

12.06 - LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: The concern with Blount -- or a Bill Belichick-coached running back in general -- is the potential for 150 yards and three TDs one week and two carries for five yards the next week.

13.07 - C.J. Prosise, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Prosise gives me a handcuff for Rawls, but he has stand-alone value here in the 13th round.

14.06 - Blaine Gabbert, QB, San Francisco 49ers: If Gabbert wins the starting gig, there is plenty of upside with him as my QB3.

15.07 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

16.06 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers:

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Cleveland Browns: 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 Cleveland Browns.

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Robert Griffin III288450333018.99.9804482.4258.1
Going into the 2016 NFL season, few projected starting quarterbacks have a wider range of possible outcomes than RG3. With more scout team reps at safety than pass attempts last season, Griffin was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 when he finished as a top-five fantasy QB. While a top-five (or even top-12) finish would be an unrealistic expectation, a fresh start in a new city with a QB-friendly head coach is certainly a positive for RG3.
Josh McCown52846133.31.612600.545.12
Cody Kessler24270.10.11101.48

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Duke Johnson1526462.7585162.9149.8
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 see a larger percentage of the workload split in 2016.
Isaiah Crowell2048267.1161410.2140.5
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 has upside in what should be a run-heavy offense.
Terrell Watson241010.54300.116.7
Malcolm Johnson00031201.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Corey Coleman687684.96430.2111.7
The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman has a few things working in his favor. Not only is he an explosive athlete, few teams have a worse receiving corps than the Browns, who should also find themselves trailing and needing to throw. Especially if Josh Gordon isn't reinstated (or back with the Browns in 2016), it wouldn't surprise me if Coleman finishes with 70-80 receptions as a rookie.
Terrelle Pryor315022.2318065.2
Andrew Hawkins424451.500053.5
Rashard Higgins283562.500050.6
Ricardo Louis61100.600014.6
Jordan Payton101010.300011.9
Marlon Moore5580.30007.6

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Gary Barnidge627815.9113.5
It was the atypical 30-year-old breakout for Barnidge last season as he finished with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which exceeded his NFL production from 2008 to 2014 combined. In fact, only Rob Gronkowski scored more fantasy points than Barnidge in standard-scoring formats (TE4 in PPR) last season. While he may not finish as a top-five producer once again, he enters the season as a viable starting tight end despite a change in coaching staff and quarterback.
Seth Devalve121320.818

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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, 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, Gurley finished third in the NFL in rushing and scored 10 touchdowns. Another year removed from his torn ACL, Gurley is perhaps the favorite to lead the NFL in touches in his sophomore campaign.

2.08 - Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: No running back scored more fantasy points last season than Freeman, who racked up 1,634 yards from scrimmage and scored 14 touchdowns. While Tevin Coleman will more involved this season, Freeman is a solid value in the second half of Round 2.

3.05 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Slowed by a foot injury in the second half, Cooper could have had a much bigger rookie season, but he still reached the 1,000-yard mark. I expect bigger things from the 22-year-old in his second season.

4.08 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: The only concern with Reed is durability. That said, I expect him to average the second-most fantasy points per game after Rob Gronkowski.

5.05 - Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: There is durability concern with Edelman (foot) as well, but he's a high-volume receiver that posted per-game career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season.

6.08 - Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season (again), but he's easily a top-five fantasy QB in terms of per-game fantasy production. Given how deep fantasy quarterbacks are, it's easy to find a solid suspension and bye-week fill-in.

7.05 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Brown exceeded 1,000 yards in his second season in the NFL and things continue to look up for Brown. He's a high-upside WR3.

8.08 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: In each of his past three full seasons, Woodhead has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back. In fact, he finished as a top-10 producer last season.

9.05 - Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: Crabtree set or tied career highs in receptions and touchdowns last season. While I expect his numbers to decline some as Cooper takes a step forward, he's a solid WR4.

10.08 - Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Last year was a disappointement for Smith, but he moves up the depth chart (or targets pecking order), which coincides with Chip Kelly (and his up-tempo offense) taking over. There is plenty of upside with Smith here.

11.05 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: I like Booker's talent and think he could see his role expand as the season progresses. I should have drafted a fifth running back as well, but I like his value here.

12.08 - Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Romo's ceiling isn't high as I expect the Cowboys to employ a run-dominant offense (a la 2014 with DeMarco Murray), but he's a solid fill-in for Brady. Only Matthew Stafford has a better fantasy football strength of schedule than Romo.

13.05 - Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Aiken could see his fantasy ADP continue to move up as we get closer to draft season; no receiver saw his ADP rise more than Aiken over the past week.

14.08 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

15.05 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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2016 Fantasy Football Average Draft Position (ADP) Weekly Movement: July 10th 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.


Biggest Risers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBEli Manning, New York Giants-5.6 (91.9 on 7/3; 86.3 on 7/10)
RBKenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens-17.1 (139.8 on 7/3; 122.7 on 7/10)
WRKamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens-11.3 (138.3 on 7/3; 127.0 on 7/10)
TEJordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins-6.9 (157.9 on 7/3; 151.0 on 7/10)

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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBEli Manning, New York Giants-6.09% (91.9 on 7/3; 86.3 on 7/10)
RBKenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens-12.23% (139.8 on 7/3; 122.7 on 7/10)
WROdell Beckham, New York Giants-25.45% (5.5 on 7/3; 4.1 on 7/10)
TEJordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins-4.37% (157.9 on 7/3; 151.0 on 7/10)
Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns+5.6 (159.9 on 7/3; 164.5 on 7/10)
RBDarren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys+7.9 (135.0 on 7/3; 142.9 on 7/10)
WRJosh Gordon, Cleveland Browns+9.8 (118.3 on 7/3; 128.1 on 7/10)
TEJimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks+5.3 (96.9 on 7/3; 102.2 on 7/10)
Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBRobert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns+3.52% (158.9 on 7/3; 164.5 on 7/10)
RBMatt Forte, New York Jets+6.52% (27.6 on 7/3; 29.4 on 7/10)
WRJosh Gordon, Cleveland Browns+8.28% (118.3 on 7/3; 128.1 on 7/10)
TEJimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks+5.47% (96.9 on 7/3; 102.2 on 7/10)

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 3

This weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 3 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

3.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

The breakout may not have been as great as some had expected, but Cooks finished the season with a productive stat line of 84/1,138/9 as he became the youngest (22) 1,000-yard receiver in Saints history. In fact, he became the first Saints wide receiver to reach the 1,000-yard mark since Marques Colston in 2012. (Tight end Jimmy Graham exceeded 1,000 yards in 2013.) Eight of Cooks' touchdowns came in the final nine games and three of his four 100-yard games happened in December so he carries momentum into his age-23 season.

3.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

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

3.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

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.

3.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. With Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) 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.

3.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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

3.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

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

3.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed. Even though we can't count on a 16-game season from Reed, I expect him to average the second-most fantasy points per game at the position behind Gronk.

3.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Setting a franchise record with 110 receptions last season, Landry had 1,157 receiving yards, 113 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns and finished as the WR8 in PPR formats last season.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook

3.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): 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.

3.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

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

3.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): 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. With Kelly as head coach, the Eagles are one of seven NFL teams with 1,400-plus rush attempts over the past three seasons. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a plenty of upside in 2016.

3.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

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

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New York Jets: 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 Jets:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ryan Fitzpatrick337545400627.316.4522181.6284.44
Still an unsigned, unrestricted free agent, Fitzpatrick and the Jets will hopefully work out an agreement before training camp -- or at least before the start of the season. Fitzpatrick has had his most productive seasons in a Chan Gailey offense and he threw a franchise-record 31 touchdown passes last year in his first season with the Jets. If he doesn't re-sign with the Jets, it would lead to a downgrade in my projections for the team's pass-catchers and the offense in general.
Geno Smith23362301.31.14180.115.7

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Matt Forte1817605.2584993.2176.3
One of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and signed as a free agent with the Jets this offseason. Even though he missed three games last season, Forte averaged close to 100 yards -- 69.1 rushing and 29.9 receiving -- per game in 2015. Forte won't dominate touches in the Jets' backfield the way he did in Chicago, but he's a solid RB2 in 2016.
Bilal Powell632771.3554622.294.9
Powell was a PPR machine down the stretch as he finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games, which included three top-eight finishes. While Chris Ivory is no longer on the roster, signing Matt Forte, one of the best receiving backs in the NFL, was not a positive for Powell's outlook. That said, he's still a top 40-50 back for 2016 with more upside in PPR formats.
Khiry Robinson843193.46450.157.4
Tommy Bohanon13054104.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Brandon Marshall9813238.8000185.1
In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. Repeating last year's numbers seems unlikely, but Marshall has the potential to come close to 100 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns if the team re-signs Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Eric Decker759757.7000143.7
Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points every week (11.7-plus in PPR). While he finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver only twice, he never finished worse than WR31 last season. That consistency led to a top-10 full-season finish in fantasy points scored among wide receivers.
Quincy Enunwa202681.200034
Devin Smith122221.800033
Kenbrell Thompkins8820.400010.6

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Jace Amaro282972.846.5
Kellen Davis2150.22.7

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 2

This weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 2 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

2.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

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

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

2.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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

2.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Averaging a career-low 8.25 targets per game, Green saw double-digit targets in only four of 16 games in 2015. Despite a relatively low volume of targets for an elite receiver, Green finished the season with 86 catches for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns. With an 86/1,297/10 stat line in three of his past four seasons, Green should see a boost in targets this season following some free-agent departures at receiver.

2.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Playing only eight games last season, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. Before sustaining 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.

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

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

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.

2.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Coming off a torn ACL, there's obviously concerns with Charles from a health perspective, but the good news is the injury happened reasonably early in the season so he remains on track for Week 1. In addition to returning from the injury, the other concern with Charles is that the Chiefs will scale back his workload with the presence of other capable backs.

The next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry for a season, it will be his first. In his five games last season, he averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game. And in the four games before sustaining the injury, Charles finished as the weekly RB6, RB5, RB2 and RB8 in PPR, respectively.

2.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

2.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

2.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. Perhaps he won't repeat last year's historic numbers, but Marshall should come close to 100 catches, 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns.

2.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

The biggest issue with Ingram has been durability. The 26-year-old back has missed three or more games in four of five seasons including four games in 2015. Over the past two seasons, however, Ingram has averaged 18.84 touches, 91.32 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. Despite playing just 12 games, Ingram still finished as fantasy's RB15 (RB10 in PPR) in 2015.

2.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

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

2.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

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.

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 1

This weekend, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft.

It will be a "slow" mock, but we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses point-per-reception (PPR) scoring and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams. The mock will last 12 rounds.

Here is Round 1 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

1.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

The consensus top receiver in fantasy, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. 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.

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. In the 12 games that Big Ben played, Brown averaged a 9.92/133.25/0.83 stat line -- equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.

- Poll: Will Brown set single-season receiving records in 2016?

1.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): 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 Brown. Aside from Brown, no other receivers have 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons.

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

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

1.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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 21.90 PPR fantasy points -- per game.

1.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Only Jones (203) and Brown (193) had more targets than Hopkins (192) last season.

1.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March. It wouldn't surprise me if AP finished as a top-two fantasy running back in PPR again, but he's No. 13 in my top 150 Fantasy Football PPR Cheat Sheet.

1.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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

1.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

Counting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in 90 career games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position. If there's any concern, it's a potential slow(er) start with Tom Brady suspended for the first four games, but Gronk is in a tier by himself atop the position group.

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

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

1.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Just like we had all expected, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards. In addition, he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he may not lead the NFL in touchdowns again, he's developed into a three-down back for the Falcons.

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

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.

1.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old Robinson finished with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 and scored the sixth-most PPR 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.

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Our 2016 Fantasy Football Rankings:
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- PPR Fantasy Football Rankings
- Top-200 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet
- PPR Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet
- Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings

Check out more of our content:
- 2017 NFL Mock Draft
- NFL Mock Draft Database
- NFL Power Rankings
- 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)
- 2016 Fantasy Football Profiles
- 2016 Fantasy Football Projections
- Fantasy Football Mock Draft Simulator

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