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August 31, 2016

Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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 Palmer346546464131.714.726470.8307.24
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 Johnson22610359.5524992.9227.8
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 could lead all running backs in fantasy points in 2016.
Andre Ellington642942.2252301.474
Chris Johnson1154772.97640.272.7
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) will lead the backfield in touches in 2016 as long as he remains healthy.
Stepfan Taylor8260.31504.9
Kerwynn Williams4180.11803.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
John Brown6610566.83120147.6
In his second season, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. Brown's concussion/headaches over the past month have been a concern, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.
Michael Floyd6110437.3000148.1
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 for the first time since his sophomore campaign (2013).
Larry Fitzgerald839798.3000147.7
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 fraction of a fantasy point in my projections (standard scoring).
J.J. Nelson162991.915041.8
Jaron Brown101290.800017.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Darren Fells212961.941
Jermaine Gresham151590.619.5
Troy Niklas6620.59.2

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Cincinnati Bengals Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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 Dalton336510397828.614.8591593292.62
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.
A.J. McCarron9141060.60.41206.44

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jeremy Hill24410619.8181130.5179.2
Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, Hill's rushing yardage dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) as a rookie to 794 (3.6 YPC) last season. That said, he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. The 235-pound Hill seems to have greater focus as he looks to bounce back in 2016. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner recently wrote of Hill: "His razor focus and desire to return to rookie form are very real this offseason."
Giovani Bernard1587113.5555122.3157.1
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 and he should easily reach -- or exceed -- value at his current ADP (RB30).
Rex Burkhead4120.16520.28.2

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
A.J. Green91138310.6000201.9
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 a minimum stat line of 86/1,297/10 in three of his past four seasons, Green has plenty of upside with a likely boost in targets given the team's free-agent departures at receiver. [As an FYI, there is the potential that Green misses a game with the birth of his first child due in the season's first month.]
Brandon LaFell455903.616081.2
Following up a career 2014 season (74/953/7), LaFell finished with 37 catches for 515 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games last season. Signing a one-year free-agent deal with the Bengals, LaFell enters the season as the starter opposite Green in two-wide sets, but second-round pick Tyler Boyd could potentially overtake him on the depth chart down the stretch.
Tyler Boyd484943.415070.3
Cody Core4600.30007.8
Brandon Tate2230.21704.2
Mario Alford2240.10003

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Tyler Eifert505906.497.4
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 2015. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games with all of those games occurring by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. When healthy, however, Eifert should see a per-game boost in targets given the turnover in the receiving corps. That said, durability has been an issue and Eifert (ankle) is targeting a return of Weeks 4-6 with Week 4 being "his hope."
Tyler Kroft182091.429.3
C.J. Uzomah111161.118.2

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Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Preview: 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 Minnesota Vikings:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Shaun Hill28745632381611.420240.4186.92
Finishing as the QB20 or worse in 11 of 16 games, Teddy 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. With Bridgewater (knee) now out for the season, Hill projects as the starter entering the season, but the Vikings could add another quarterback to the mix. Hill isn't anything more than a QB3 in 2-QB leagues.
Joel Stave12201420.60.641408.88

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Adrian Peterson306134610.7272030.5222.1
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, especially with the injury to Bridgewater. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March, but I have Peterson projected for the more touches (333) than any other back. [LA's Todd Gurley (332) is second.]
Jerick McKinnon713482.334269181.5
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 Asiata281061.110680.225.2
Zach Line5110.54320.28.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Stefon Diggs587834.12100103.9
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. He enters the season as the team's No. 1 receiver, but Minnesota's low-volume pass offense limits his upside in year two.
Laquon Treadwell30387300056.7
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. By season's end, he should emerge as the second-most productive fantasy receiver on the roster, but he will need to climb the depth chart to make an impact.
Charles Johnson284061.700050.8
Jarius Wright273430.9327042.4
Adam Thielen212520.8322032.2
Cordarrelle Patterson2140.13260.25.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Kyle Rudolph444313.564.1
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 Pruitt14150121
Rhett Ellison5560.58.6

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

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

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

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 2
  • 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 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Following Antonio Brown, Jones and Odell Beckham are consensus top-three picks. Leading the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Brown) and yards (1,871) last season, Jones is less than three points ahead of OBJ in 2016 Fantasy Football Projections.

2.11 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: There are durability concerns and Nelson may not finish with a stat line comparable to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13), but he's a high-upside WR2 for this squad.

3.02 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: If it weren't for a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper would have posted a better stat line, but he still had a solid rookie season (72/1,070/6). Bigger and better things await Cooper in his age-22 season.

4.11 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Better in PPR (WR8 in 2015) than standard-scoring formats (WR13), Landry set a franchise record with 110 receptions last season. There is breakout potential for second-year receiver DeVante Parker (if he can stay healthy), but Landry could once again finish with triple-digit receptions.

5.02 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, Hill's rushing yards dropped from 1,124 (5.1 YPC) in 2014 to 794 (3.6 YPC) in 2015. That said, he scored 12 touchdowns last year and I expect a more efficient season from the 235-pound Hill.

6.11 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Andrew Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

7.02 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Closing the season with a bang (35/450/1 over final four games), Ertz carries positive momentum into 2016. More importantly, perhaps we will see improved red-zone production from Ertz.

8.11 - Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants: Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and it's clear that he will enter the season as the lead back. With that said, he turned 31 in March and has historically struggled with durability despite playing a full 16-game season last year.

9.02 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as my RB4. While no team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, the Lions plan to be more balanced on offense this season.

10.11 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, something Martin has done only once in the past three years, it wouldn't surprise me if Sims comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

11.02 - Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Referring to Thomas Rawls and Michael, coach Pete Carroll described the duo as a "little 1-2 punch that we are really excited about.'' Michael has always possessed elite physical tools, but it appears that his maturity and leadership are starting to catch up to his athleticism.

12.11 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Cooper's foot injury), 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. Finishing as fantasy's QB14 in 2015, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside in 2016.

13.02 - 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 — in fact, even more talented than last year's group — and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).

14.11 - Houston Texans DST

15.02 - 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.

16.11 - Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos

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San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Preview: 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 San Francisco 49ers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Blaine Gabbert309496352219.814.4563081.4244.88
Gabbert started the team's third preseason game and all signs point to him starting the season opener as well. Not only is Gabbert the likely starter, but it appears very possible that Colin Kaepernick does not end up on the final 53-man roster.
Colin Kaepernick29483411.91.48470.326.34
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer has recently said that Kaepernick "has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team. ... I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks."
Jeff Driskel24402761.41.26300.219.64
Grant Cohn of the Santa Press Democrat had predicted earlier this offseason that three QBs -- Gabbert, Kaepernick and Driskel -- would "start at least three games." In the running to "win" the top overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, it's certainly possible that the Niners give Driskell a chance to start some games in December.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Carlos Hyde25811226.5281900.8175
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. That said, there are a couple of other concerns: (1) lack of offensive weapons to prevent opposing defenses from loading up the box and (2) a bottom-10 offensive line based on PFF's preseason rankings.
Shaun Draughn622601.252374176.6
During a four-game stretch near the end of the 2015 season, Draughn was a really productive PPR running back (RB16 or better in all four games). Unless Hyde misses time, however, Draughn won't get the same workload (18-plus touches in each of those games). On a positive note, Curtis Modkins -- the team's RBs coach and Detroit's RB coach last season -- compared Draughn to Theo Riddick, who had 80 receptions last season.
Bruce Miller000202120.624.8
Mike Davis301350.67490.122.6
DuJuan Harris8330.14340.17.9
Kelvin Taylor8300.121004.6

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Torrey Smith539124.9000120.6
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. 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. If the preseason is a preview of what's to come for Smith (one target and no catches in three preseason games), however, it could be another disappointment for fantasy owners.
Quinton Patton354622.529062.1
DeAndre Smelter222752.200040.7
DeAndrew White101300.800017.8
Dres Anderson4560.40008
Bruce Ellington0000000
Set up for a potential breakout season, Ellington was unfortunately placed on season-ending IR.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Vance McDonald546375.496.1
Over his final six games, McDonald had 21 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns and he finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends over that span. Given the team's lack of offensive weapons, McDonald has the potential to pick up where he left off last season.
Garrett Celek272732.441.7
Blake Bell8920.612.8

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August 30, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Preview: 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 Pittsburgh Steelers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger405598490430.516.724360.2306.26
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.
Landry Jones27453241.61.72-2017.46

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Le'Veon Bell22210216.2544591.5194.2
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 for his fantasy owners, Bell is suspended three games (cut from four games) to start the 2016 season. A highly productive, true three-down back 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. In other words, Bell should lead all running backs in fantasy points on a per-game basis once he returns in Week 4.
DeAngelo Williams1305724262240.7107.8
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 three-game suspension to open the season, Williams will have at least three startable weeks in fantasy.
Fitzgerald Toussaint35980.5430015.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Antonio Brown138184911.32130254
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. Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game in the 12 games Big Ben played -- that's equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.[Poll: Will it be a record-setting season for Brown?]
Markus Wheaton597384.4000100.2
With Martavis Bryant suspended for the season, it should lead to a higher volume of targets and production for Wheaton, who finished 2015 with 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns. Over the first 10 games of the season, five of which Bryant missed, however, Wheaton failed to reach the 20-yard receiving mark seven times. SEVEN! Over the final six games, however, Wheaton had a total of 476 yards and four touchdowns. Given his inability to capitalize on the opportunity when Bryant was out last season, it's fair to wonder if he'll be able to do so this year.
Sammie Coates386274.100087.3
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 saw his ADP skyrocket in the offseason and camp only to fall back down to earth during the preseason. Based on the upside, he's certainly worth an end-of-draft flier even though he's currently being undrafted (on average) using FFC's average draft position.
Eli Rogers485522.4214071
Not only has the undrafted second-year player out of Louisville generate buzz in training camp, but Rogers worked as the slot receiver with the first-team offense in the Week 3 regular-season dress rehearsal. A late-round sleeper in PPR formats, Rogers was compared to Wayne Chrebet by OC Todd Haley: "Wayne Chrebet was probably more like this guy — quick, he’ll separate, catch the ball, make you miss."
Darrius Heyward-Bey151881.300026.6
Martavis Bryant0000000
Bryant is suspended for all of 2016.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jesse James434265.273.8
With Ladarius Green placed on the reserve/PUP list, James will start at tight end for a minimum of six games and quite possibly more than that. Not only is he a large target (6-foot-7, 260 pounds), but the Steelers starting three receivers (Brown, Wheaton and Rogers) are all under 6-foot and 200 pounds. In other words, James should see plenty of red-zone targets from Big Ben.
Ladarius Green172011.529.1
The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Miller. Following offseason ankle surgery in January, Green was placed on the reserve/PUP list, which means that he will miss a minimum of six games to start the 2016 NFL season. It remains a distinct possibility that Green misses the entire season due to the speculation that he's dealing with recurring headaches, even though he and the team deny that.

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Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Preview: 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 Atlanta Falcons:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Ryan413622469626.716.231600.2285.64
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. Then again, he didn't look more comfortable in the preseason (for what it's worth): 48.6 completion rate, 5.59 Y/A and 0:1 TD-INT ratio on 37 pass attempts through three weeks.
Matt Schaub46370.20.31-101.88

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Devonta Freeman2088538.3655072.6201.4
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 league-leading 14 total 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 Coleman1305984.213980.597.8
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 as a rookie and he possesses 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 — by a lot.
Patrick DiMarco00012980.814.6
Terron Ward16590.3539011.6
Brandon Wilds15630.30008.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julio Jones12217818.5000229.1
One of only two players with 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons combined, Jones has a total of 240 catches for 3,464 yards during that span. While he's second to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in both stats, Jones actually led the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Brown) and yards (1,871) last season.
Mohamed Sanu657094.6210099.5
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 Hardy363712.200050.3
Aldrick Robinson121980.800024.6
Nick Williams10970.500012.7
Eric Weems11200001.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jacob Tamme424582.560.8
Austin Hooper303393.655.5
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 -- and he's still behind Jacob Tamme on the depth chart -- so expectations should be relatively low for Hooper out of the gate.
Levine Toilolo4280.34.6

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR 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: Point-per-reception (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 - 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 a minimum stat line of 86/1,297/10 in three of his past four seasons, Green has plenty of upside with an expected boost in targets given the team's free-agent departures at receiver.

2.04 - 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.

3.09 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Starting slowly, CJA was much better in the second half of the season. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and he enters 2016 as the team's clear lead back.

4.04 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). The Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to running the football. In addition, Del Rio has said that he wants Murray to get more carries in 2016 than he had in 2015.

5.09 - 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. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Matthews expects to be ready for Week 1.

6.04 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Despite scoring just two touchdowns, Bernard finished as PPR's RB16 last season. 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.

7.09 - 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. Gates remains the favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers and should finish as a top-12 option at the position despite heading into his age-36 season.

8.04 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most (14th in PPR) fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Andrew Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

9.09 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: 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 should find themselves trailing and needing to throw as often as the Browns, who could end up trading away talented-but-suspended Josh Gordon.

10.04 - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: A PPR machine down the stretch, Powell finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games and the fourth-most PPR points among RBs during that span. Even with the addition of Matt Forte, Powell has upside as my RB5.

11.09 - 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 (or even 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.

12.04 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Amari Cooper's foot injury), 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. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside.

13.09 - Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens: It's unclear exactly how 2016 touches will be allocated, but Allen has shown an ability to be productive when given the opportunity. With Justin Forsett sidelined over the final seven games of the season, Allen totalled 629 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches (including 37 receptions). The most-likely scenario for Allen would feature him in a third-down role in the team's committee.

14.04 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: 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 don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, I expect him to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver, especially now that Dorial Green-Beckham has been traded to the Eagles.

15.09 - Cincinnati Benagls DST

16.04 - Mason Crosy, K, Green Bay Packers

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August 29, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football 2-QB 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: 2-QB league with point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 3
  • 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:

1.03 - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: With Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers off the board at 1.01 and 1.02, the best and safest fantasy option falls to me at 1.03. 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. Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game in the 12 games Big Ben played -- that's equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.

[Poll: Will it be a record-setting season for Brown?]

2.10 - 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. Even the Falcons want to lower his workload, he remains an elite PPR back.

3.03 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game even though Keenan Allen (kidney) missed half the season. 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. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers is my QB6 and the 10th QB off the board in this mock.

4.10 - Sammy Watkins, WR, 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.

5.03 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Anderson started slowly, but he was highly productive in the second half. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and he enters 2016 as the team's clear lead back.

6.10 - Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Matthews improved upon 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. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Matthews expects to be ready for Week 1.

7.03 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Outperforming his 2016 ADP (QB22) in each of the previous three seasons, Tannehill has finished as fantasy's QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively, from 2013 to 2015. With the coaching change (and some tutoring from Peyton Manning), Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside. Either way, he's one of my favorite QB2 targets in 2-QB leagues like this.

8.10 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Setting career highs of 75 catches for 853 yards, Ertz was especially good over the final four games of the season with a 35/450/1 line during that span. Hopefully Ertz can build upon last year's positive momentum and he is expected to be more featured in the red zone this year.

9.03 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hill was a disappointment compared to his 2015 ADP, but he did score a total of 12 touchdowns. Not only do I expect a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill, but he's a nice value in Round 9.

10.10 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: 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 should find themselves trailing and needing to throw as often as the Browns.

11.03 - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: While he'll get some early-down work as well, Yeldon should get the majority of third-down snaps and he provides some RB depth to this team.

12.10 - 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). Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that operate at a much faster pace.

13.03 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver.

14.10 - Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: After an unsuccessful attempt to get himself traded to Denver, Bradford begins the season as Philadelphia's starting quarterback. It's possible that Carson Wentz takes over the starting gig down the stretch, but hopefully Bradford retains the job through the byes for Rivers and Tannehill.

15.03 - Houston Texans DST

16.10 - Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans: Even though Sharpe is only a rookie from UMass, he's an outstanding route-runner and he led college football with 111 receptions last season. Expected to begin the season as a starter, Sharpe is especially worth a late-round flier in PPR formats.

17.03 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

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August 28, 2016

Carolina Panthers Fantasy Preview: 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 Carolina Panthers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Cam Newton313515401731.411.31185788.3382.58
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.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Jonathan Stewart26011056.2201360.8166.1
There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. Stewart has missed three-plus games in four straight seasons. In addition, 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. (The next longest 20-carry streak last season was three games.)
Mike Tolbert532122.1151251.152.9
Cameron Artis-Payne572341.16490.236.1
Fozzy Whittaker17750.58600.217.7

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Kelvin Benjamin719668.5000147.6
As a rookie in 2014, Benjamin finished with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Missing all of 2015 with a torn ACL, Benjamin resumes his role as the No. 1 receiver for the highest-scoring offense in the NFL.
Devin Funchess466815.5000101.1
Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Benjamin and Greg Olsen should get more targets, but positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver.
Ted Ginn355504.2322082.4
Philly Brown212421.7540038.4
Brenton Bersin111330.600016.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Greg Olsen719306.7133.2
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.
Ed Dickson121141.218.6
Beau Sandland3410.35.9

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Fantasy Football ADP: Biggest Weekly Risers/Fallers in Average Draft Position

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 (118.3 on 8/21; 110.7 on 8/28)
RBAlfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys-33.2 (143.0 on 8/21; 109.8 on 8/28)
WRDevin Funchess, Carolina Panthers-14.2 (122.0 on 8/21; 107.8 on 8/28)
TEAntonio Gates, San Diego Chargers-8.4 (111.4 on 8/21; 103.0 on 8/28)


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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBTyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills-6.42% (118.3 on 8/21; 110.7 on 8/28)
RBEzekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys-24.47% (9.4 on 8/21; 7.1 on 8/28)
WRMarvin Jones, Detroit Lions-17.45% (79.1 on 8/21; 65.3 on 8/28)
TEAntonio Gates, San Diego Chargers-7.54% (111.4 on 8/21; 103.0 on 8/28)

Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBMatt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons+6.6 (138.0 on 8/21; 144.6 on 8/28)
RBDion Lewis, New England Patriots+63.4 (49.1 on 8/21; 112.5 on 8/28)
WRSammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers+23.8 (120.8 on 8/21; 144.6 on 8/28)
TEJimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks+9.6 (109.6 on 8/21; 119.2 on 8/28)

Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBMatt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons+4.78% (138.0 on 8/21; 144.6 on 8/28)
RBDion Lewis, New England Patriots+129.12% (49.1 on 8/21; 112.5 on 8/28)
WRSammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers+19.70% (120.8 on 8/21; 144.6 on 8/28)
TEJimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks+8.76% (109.6 on 8/21; 119.2 on 8/28)

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

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

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

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 12
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 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 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Breaking out in his second season, 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. Leading the NFL in 20-yard receptions (31), Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season.

2.01 - Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys: When healthy, Bryant is one of the most dominant receivers in the league and only Rob Gronkowski has more receiving touchdowns than Bryant (53) since 2011. The back injury to Tony Romo hurts Bryant's outlook to some degree, but Dak Prescott has exceeded all expectations this preseason.

3.12 - Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers: A stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense.

4.01 - 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. While the team's quarterback situation is less than ideal, which may cap Thomas' upside, Peyton Manning posted a 9-to-17 TD-INT ratio last season. In other words, there is a good chance that DT posts at least comparable numbers to 2015.

5.12 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, 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. Fantasy owners 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.

6.01 - 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. 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).

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

8.01 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz was especially good over the final four games of the season with a 35/450/1 line during that span. Obviously, he'll slow from his end-of-season torrid pace, but hopefully Ertz can build upon last year's positive momentum. One thing working in his favor is that coach Pederson has said that he "fully expects" to feature Ertz in the red zone.

9.12 - 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.

10.01 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: 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.

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

12.01 - DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders: Washington isn't the biggest back (5-8, 204), but Oakland's GM desribed Washington as a "complete back." Washington has looked good so far in the preseason.

13.12 - 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.

14.01 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: 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 had a buzz-filled offseason and training camp. The preseason hasn't gone as smoothly for the potential breakout receiver. With plenty of boom or bust to his game, Coates is worth a 14th-round flier in this mock as my WR7.

15.12 - Buffalo Bills DST

16.01 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

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New Orleans Saints Fantasy Preview: 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 Orleans Saints:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Drew Brees445649503633.113.628420.8329.24
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).

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Mark Ingram23610387.8513670.5190.3
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.
Tim Hightower743003151230.362.1
Hightower's fantasy value hinges upon Mark Ingram's durability — and considering that Ingram has missed three-plus games in four of five seasons, it's possible that Hightower gets a few opportunities as the team's lead back. In the final four games of the season (with Ingram sidelined), Hightower finished as a top-seven fantasy running back three times and averaged 24.0 touches and 17.4 fantasy points (standard scoring) per game over that stretch.
C.J. Spiller542481.4302131.261.7
Travaris Cadet12400161380.822.6
Austin Johnson6160.35330.27.9
Daniel Lasco12520.221407.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Brandin Cooks89121086510.5177.1
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 the speedster carries plenty of momentum into his age-23 season.
Willie Snead7210015000130.1
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.
Michael Thomas485666.200093.8
The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas has a chance to make a fantasy-relevant contribution. Underutilized at Ohio State, Thomas will step into a fairly prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL. While he's still behind Cooks and Snead on the depth chart, Thomas has generated plenty of positive buzz during training camp.
Brandon Coleman202861.800039.4
R.J. Harris6720.700011.4
Tommylee Lewis8760.600011.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Coby Fleener728066.5119.6
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.
Josh Hill181821.627.8
Michael Hoomanawanui2160.12.2

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August 27, 2016

Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Preview: 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 Dallas Cowboys:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Dak Prescott175277209114.19.7351791.2155.44
With Tony Romo (back) expected to miss at least six games, Prescott will hope his preseason success (39-of-48 passing, 9.46 Y/A, seven total TDs and no INTs in three games) carries over into the regular season. As much as Prescott has exceeded expectations in the preseason, it certainly won't be as easy in the regular season. Not only does Dak have plenty of fantasy upside as a QB streamer and DFS option in the first half of 2016, but only Matthew Stafford and the Lions have a more favorable fantasy football strength of schedule in 2016.
Tony Romo165243196815.88.58170.1135.72
What's worse than breaking your collar bone? Breaking it twice. And even worse than that (at least looking forward), Romo will now miss roughly half of the 2016 season as well due to a broken bone in his back. Before the injury, I was among the lowest on Romo's outlook since I expected the Cowboys to utilize a run-heavy attack similar to two seasons ago. Now that he's going to miss at least six games, he's not draftable in standard 12-team leagues.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Ezekiel Elliott28412928.8383461.8227.4
With the skill set to be a true three-down back and workhorse, Elliott could not have ended up in a better situation as he gets to run behind the NFL's best offensive line. With Tony Romo (back) already set to miss the first half of the season, the Cowboys will rely heavily on Zeke and their ground game. It wouldn't be a big surprise if Elliott finished as fantasy's RB1 in 2016.
Alfred Morris994213.86430.169.8
With the Cowboys drafting two running backs, I'm not sure that both McFadden and Morris make the final 53-man roster considering neither one plays special teams. Elliott is obviously the guy going forward. Alf could potentially steal a few goal-line touches from Elliott, but he won't have much stand-alone value unless Elliott misses time.
Darren McFadden843862161360.667.8
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 Elliott set to take over the featured-back role.
Lance Dunbar12520.1242281.235.8
Darius Jackson8350.21805.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Dez Bryant87128811.3000196.6
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. Even though Prescott has looked good in the preseason, Romo's back injury knocks Dez down a couple of spots in my 2016 rankings.
Terrance Williams386164.600089.2
Williams set career highs in targets (93), receptions (52) and yards (840), but he scored only three touchdowns. Provided that Bryant stays healthy, Williams is likely to see fewer targets, but he has finished as fantasy's WR44 or better in all three of his NFL seasons.
Cole Beasley464513.200064.3
Brice Butler152521.400033.6
Devin Street3310.20004.3

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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 Hanna121210.716.3
Gavin Escobar5480.57.8

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Miami Dolphins Fantasy Preview: 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 Miami Dolphins:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ryan Tannehill380598433628.413.8351561.1295.44
Not only has Tannehill thrown for 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons, but he's averaged 225 rushing yards per season over his young career. Outperforming his current ADP (QB22) in each of the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as fantasy's QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively, from 2013 to 2015. With Gase taking over as head coach (and some tutoring from Peyton Manning), Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Arian Foster1656776.4393592.5157
Recently, Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said (via the Miami Herald), “We really need someone to emerge as the guy. ... We don't want to substitute. ... We really need one guy to be a three-down back, stay in there for that drive.” And it appears that Foster will be "the guy." The durability concerns with the soon-to-be-30 Foster are obvious, but there is plenty of upside from his current ADP if he can stay healthy.
Jay Ajayi1355813.812970.493
With Lamar Miller in Houston, Ajayi's workload was certain to jump in his sophomore campaign. Then the Dolphins signed free-agent running back Arian Foster to a one-year deal. Even though Ajayi has been the preseason "starter," he has averaged just 2.4 YPC on 15 preseason carries. When healthy, Foster should lead the backfield in workload and production.
Kenyan Drake351540.6161330.635.9
The Dolphins used a third-round pick on Drake, who was a change-of-pace back to Derrick Henry at Alabama last season. With Foster and Ajayi (and even Isaiah Pead) ahead of him on the depth chart, Drake missed a few weeks due to a hamstring injury and could even potentially end up on short-term IR.
Isaiah Pead351440.48520.122.6
Damien Williams21760.43230.112.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jarvis Landry10111015.78450.5151.8
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. There is breakout potential for second-year receiver DeVante Parker, but Landry could once again finish with triple-digit receptions.
DeVante Parker6510477.7000150.9
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, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.
Kenny Stills365363.200072.8
Griff Whalen171851.400026.9
Leonte Carroo121460.800019.4
Jakeem Grant8920.400011.6

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jordan Cameron394414.369.9
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.) That said, it's been a drop-filled and disappointing preseason and camp for Cameron so far.
Dion Sims141471.121.3
Thomas Duarte5540.47.8

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Tony Romo has a broken bone in his back; expected to miss at least 6 regular-season games

Leaving Thursday night's game only three plays in, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (back) had an MRI on Friday and the results are in.

And the news is bad.

Romo won't need surgery and the good (or not as bad) news is that he isn't expected to miss the entire season. With the Cowboys having a Week 7 bye, the hope is that Romo will be able to return in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

And once he does, he'll likely need an epidural to play.

Perhaps the good news is that the Cowboys have a better backup quarterback situation than was believed only three weeks ago as rookie Dak Prescott has played as well as anyone could have hoped. After all, the Cowboys were 1-11 in the games that Romo missed and 3-1 in the games he started.

Of course, once the regular season calls and teams game plan for the rookie and he isn't facing vanilla defenses, we could see different results.

Prescott, the team's fourth-round pick, has completed 39-of-48 pass attempts (81.25 percent completion rate) for 454 yards (9.46 Y/A), five touchdowns and no interceptions. He has also rushed for 53 yards and two scores.

While I think Ezekiel Elliott's efficiency would be better with Romo under center, I'd expect the Cowboys to rely even more on Elliott as a true workhorse to take some of the pressure off of Prescott.

I wouldn't draft either quarterback in standard 12-team leagues, but Prescott is a high-upside streamer over the first six-plus weeks of the season. Priced at the contest-minimum salary ($5,000) in both FanDuel Week 1 contests and DraftKings Week 1 contests, Prescott will likely be the highest-owned Week 1 DFS quarterback.

Prescott, Romo and the Cowboys have the second-most favorable fantasy football strength of schedule behind Matthew Stafford and the Lions.

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Buffalo Bills Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tyrod Taylor273422340619.810.11126163.9290.34
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. Manuel21342241.11.212440.519.56
Cardale Jones23240.10.12501.76

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
LeSean McCoy25010886.5352771.4183.9
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.
Reggie Bush652471.3161250.648.6
Signing with the Bills on August 1st, Bush has emerged as the primary backup to McCoy. From 2011 to 2013, Bush rushed for 1,000-plus yards in two of three seasons. That said, he won't have much stand-alone fantasy value without an injury to McCoy.
Mike Gillislee592361.210650.238.5
With Karlos Williams released and Reggie Bush signed, Gillislee appears to be third on the depth chart behind McCoy and Bush in one of the league's most run-heavy offenses. In 2015, Gillislee averaged 5.7 yards per carry on his 47 rush attempts and it wouldn't surprise me if he eventually was second on the depth chart.
Jonathan Williams281230.86450.222.8
James Wilder Jr.280.10001.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Sammy Watkins7512307.9130170.7
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. The talent is elite; the only concerns is the run-dominant Bills offense and it took some public complaining/whining for his volume of targets to spike last season.
Robert Woods475412.800070.9
With more than four catches in only two games, Woods had 47 receptions for a career-low 552 yards and three touchdowns. Given Buffalo's low-volume passing attack, it's hard to support two fantasy-relevant wide receivers.
Marquise Goodwin162431.300032.1
Dezmin Lewis151981.200027
Greg Salas111430.600017.9
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. I expect Clay to finish second on the team in receptions behind Watkins.
Nick O'Leary8680.610.4
Jim Dray6570.16.3

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New York Jets Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ryan Fitzpatrick344557406627.916.2522181.6289.44
Despite all of the uncertainty about his status for the season, Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets on a one-year deal worth $12 million. 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.
Geno Smith13201280.70.63140.19.32

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Matt Forte1797525.7564823.1176.2
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 Powell984362.5524422.1115.4
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. During that six-game stretch, Powell scored the fourth-most PPR points among RBs (10th-most in standard).
Khiry Robinson782963.16450.153.3
Tommy Bohanon13054104.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Brandon Marshall9813239.8000191.1
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 should finish in the neighborhood of 100/1,300/10.
Eric Decker7710017.9000147.5
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 Enunwa222951.500038.5
Devin Smith122221.100028.8
Kenbrell Thompkins6620.30008

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jace Amaro313293.151.5
Kellen Davis2150.22.7

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Denver Broncos Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Denver Broncos:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Paxton Lynch21034826451615.3401924197.7
While the Broncos traded up in the first round for Lynch, he (most likely) won't be the Week 1 starter. That said, he's the team's quarterback of the future and it wouldn't surprise me if he's starting sooner rather than later. The Broncos have a Week 11 bye, but they play on Thursday night in Week 6 and Monday night in Week 7. My projections assume Lynch takes over as the starter following their "mini-bye" after Week 6.
Trevor Siemian13821816029.26.318540.4102.38
Starting both the second and third preseason games, Siemian is expected to be the Week 1 starter in a Super Bowl rematch to open the 2016 NFL season. With no career (regular-season) pass attempts, Siemian is just a bridge quarterback to first-round rookie Paxton Lynch.
Mark Sanchez812880.50.41305.42
At one point viewed as the likely Week 1 starter, Sanchez has a 50-50 chance (or better) to be cut with Trevor Siemian the expected Week 1 starter. More than anything, The Sanchize has lost the starting gig with a turnover-prone preseason. Even if he makes the final 53-man roster, it's unlikely that he starts any games unless there is an injury to Siemian and/or rookie Paxton Lynch.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
C.J. Anderson22810498.2352940.7187.7
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 he enters 2016 as the team's clear lead back.
Devontae Booker1165103.5221720.290.4
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 he has been generating praise in camp from his teammates.
Ronnie Hillman301260.915980.329.6
Juwan Jamison18700.43230.112.3
Kapri Bibbs8320.221305.7

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Demaryius Thomas9712908.8000181.8
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. While the team's quarterback situation is less than ideal, which may cap Thomas' upside, Peyton Manning posted a 9-to-17 TD-INT ratio last season. In other words, there is a good chance that DT posts at least comparable numbers to 2015.
Emmanuel Sanders7410556.33230145.6
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, which could mean that Sanders falls a little short of his of 2015 numbers.
Bennie Fowler232902.300042.8
Cody Latimer161701.400025.4
Jordan Norwood171790.700022.1

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Virgil Green405283.272
Only one quarterback on the roster has thrown an NFL pass and it's possible that quarterback does not make the final 53-man roster. Playing in a TE-friendly offense and with inexperience at quarterback, Green has some upside and sleeper appeal as the team's top tight end.
Jeff Heuerman182071.831.5
Henry Krieger-Coble3250.23.7

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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: 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 last season, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

2.03 - Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bell is suspended three games 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 averaged 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or more than 17 (standard) fantasy points -- per game. In other words, Bell should lead all running backs in fantasy points on a per-game basis.

3.10 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he finished with 20 yards or less in four of his final seven games. If he weren't battling a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper's rookie campaign would have been even better. With the second-year receiver at full strength now, however, I expect bigger and better things in his age-22 season.

4.03 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, 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. Fantasy owners 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.

5.10 - 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, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

6.03 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Andrew Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

7.10 - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns and the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. There are concerns with the headaches/concussion he has dealt with this month, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver assuming good health.

8.03 - 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 Odell Beckham as his go-to receiver, Eli could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.

9.10 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than he was in the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as he sits atop the team's depth chart heading into his second season. While no team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, the Lions plan to be more balanced on offense this season.

10.03 - 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.

11.10 - 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 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Re-signed to a two-year contract, Starks (993) had more YFS than Eddie 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.

13.10 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Cooper's foot injury), 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. He's a high-upside QB2 for this team.

14.03 - Los Angeles Rams DST

15.10 - Bruce Ellington, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Ellington had just 13 catches for 153 yards last season, but he enters 2016 as the favorite for the team's No. 2 receiver job. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee recently wrote that Ellington "appears to be a major component and is in excellent position to be the 49ers’ breakout player on offense."

16.03 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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Chicago Bears Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to 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 Chicago Bears:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jay Cutler340526405027.113.7391971.4284.8
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 Langford2208916.6282181156.5
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, the team's other backs could see expanded roles as the season progresses.
Jordan Howard753262.99630.156.9
Leading up to the NFL Draft, one AFC running backs coach called Howard the "best runner in this year's draft" (via NFL.com). There were comments earlier this offseason about the possibility of the Bears using a hot-hand approach, but Howard isn't yet second on the depth chart, which limits his upside.
Ka'Deem Carey602461.58580.240.6
Jacquizz Rodgers361260.5211430.432.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Alshon Jeffery86125610.12110187.3
In an injury-marred 2015 season, Jeffery averaged 6.0 catches and 89.7 yards per game, both of which were career highs. If he can stay healthy for a full season, Jeffery should finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver. That said, Jeffrey has now missed six-plus games in two of his four NFL seasons.
Kevin White528796160124.5
White missed all of his rookie season due to a stress fracture in his shin. Recovered from last year's injury, White has all of the physical tools to develop into a dominant receiver in the league and should finish second on the team in targets behind Alshon Jeffery in 2016.
Eddie Royal534883.429070.1
Josh Bellamy131480.800019.6
Marquess Wilson101520.700019.4
Daniel Braverman6580.21407.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Zach Miller516174.890.5
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 Housler81030.211.5

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 10 teams, No. 8 pick

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

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

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 8
  • 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:

1.08 - 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 last season, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

2.03 - 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 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.

3.08 - 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.

4.03 - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Totaling 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. Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.

5.08 - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears: 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.

6.03 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totaled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Woodhead finished as a top-three PPR fantasy running back (behind only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson) in 2015.

7.08 - Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins: Miami's OC recently said (via the Miami Herald), “We really need someone to emerge as the guy. ... We don't want to substitute. ... We really need one guy to be a three-down back, stay in there for that drive.” And it appears that Foster will be "the guy." The durability concerns with the soon-to-be-30 Foster are obvious, but there is upside as my RB4.

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. One thing working in his favor is more potential red-zone production.

9.08 - 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 in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, something Martin has done only once in the past three years, it wouldn't surprise me if Sims comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

10.03 - Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns: 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 Josh Gordon on the sidelines for the first four games, and the team should find themselves trailing and needing to throw often.

11.08 - DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins: A hamstring injury limited Jackson to just nine games last season, but Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns over the final six weeks of the season.

12.03 - 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). That said, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays and are underdogs in every game this season.

13.08 - 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 throw another 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.

14.03 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: 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 don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, I expect him to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver, especially now that Dorial Green-Beckham has been traded to the Eagles.

15.08 - New England Patriots DST

16.03 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

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August 25, 2016

Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Preview: 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 Baltimore Ravens:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Joe Flacco392607437027.31426471.7284.9
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 Forsett1506453.9362200.4112.3
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. The Ravens used a fourth-round pick on Kenneth Dixon, Buck Allen was productive last season and Terrance West has generated buzz early in camp. Because of the role workload uncertainty, I'd generally prefer to avoid the team's quartet of running backs.
Kenneth Dixon1245463.7181350.593.3
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.
Javorius Allen893651.6362741.180.1
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). The most-likely scenario would feature Allen in a third-down role.
Terrance West75300314830.358.1
Shedding 15 pounds this offseason, West has generated plenty of early buzz in training camp. With some uncertainty in Baltimore's backfield, West is at least worth a late-round flier and he could get the majority of goal-line carries.
Kyle Juszczyk240231891.226.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Mike Wallace487014.800098.9
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 Aiken526554.900094.9
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.
Steve Smith486194.300087.7
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. Smith has made a career out of proving doubters wrong, but it's unlikely that Smith comes close to last year's per-game production.
Breshad Perriman193141.700041.6
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. Missing all of his rookie season and beginning training camp on the active/PUP list, Perriman has been activated and claims he'll be ready for the season opener. But it's unlikely that he makes a major fantasy impact, especially early in the season.
Chris Moore121861.200025.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ben Watson343713.155.7
Maxx Williams28266238.6
Crockett Gillmore202401.633.6
Dennis Pitta151381.120.4

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Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Preview: 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 Kansas City Chiefs:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Alex Smith316485362821.37.3723961.7272.82
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/games). 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 Charles22011097.7403282241.9
Coming off a second torn ACL in four seasons, Charles began camp on the active/PUP list but remains on track for Week 1. He's unlikely to appear in any preseason games, but Charles recently participated in full-team drills for the first time. 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 and his return from injury.
Spencer Ware974273.910560.282.9
All signs point to Charles starting in Week 1, but it's become clear that Ware, not Charcandrick West, is the preferred handcuff to Charles heading into the 2016 season. The 230-pound back averaged 5.6 YPC and rushed for six touchdowns on his 72 carries last season.
Charcandrick West612561.2121030.658.7
Anthony Sherman2405390.311.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jeremy Maclin8410677.1280234.1
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 Wilson283471.400071.1
Chris Conley273401.900072.4
Rod Streater161840.800039.2
Demarcus Robinson2220.10004.8
Tyreek Hill111021203.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Travis Kelce708895.6192.5
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'Shaughnessy151950.939.9
Demetrius Harris121341.132

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR 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: Point-per-reception (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 last season, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

2.06 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Unlikely to appear in any preseason games, Charles (ACL) recently participated in full-team drills for the first time. 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 and his return from injury.

3.07 - Sammy Watkins, WR, 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. The talent is elite; the only concerns is the run-dominant Bills offense and his foot (but he will be ready for Week 1).

4.06 - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: In his first season with the Chiefs, 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 is a nice WR3 value for this team.

5.07 - 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.

6.06 - 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, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

7.07 - 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 one thing working in his favor is that coach Pederson has said that he "fully expects" to feature Ertz in the red zone.

8.06 - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. Stewart has missed three-plus games in four straight seasons. In addition, 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. (The next longest 20-carry streak last season was three games.)

9.07 - 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 it's clear that he will enter the season as the lead back. With that said, he turned 31 in March and has historically struggled with durability.

10.06 - 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. During that six-game stretch, Powell scored the fourth-most PPR points among RBs (10th-most in standard).

11.07 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: 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. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside this late.

12.06 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: 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 don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, I expect him to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver, especially now that Dorial Green-Beckham has been traded to the Eagles.

13.07 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver.

14.06 - Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: All signs point to Charles starting in Week 1, but it's become clear that Ware, not Charcandrick West, is the preferred handcuff to Charles heading into the 2016 season. The 230-pound back averaged 5.6 YPC and rushed for six touchdowns on his 72 carries last season.

15.07 - New York Jets DST

16.06 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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2016 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

Here are our 2016 fantasy football wide receiver rankings:

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh SteelersThe 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. Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game in the 12 games Big Ben played -- that's equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.

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2. Julio Jones, Atlanta FalconsOne of only two players with 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons combined, Jones has a total of 240 catches for 3,464 yards during that span. While he's second to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in both stats, Jones actually led the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Brown) and yards (1,871) last season.

3. Odell Beckham, New York GiantsIn 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 more 100-yard games (15) than he has with less than 100 yards (12) during that span. In fact, only Antonio Brown (17) and Julio Jones (16) have more 100-yard games. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) during his two NFL seasons.

4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston TexansOne 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 last season, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

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5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati BengalsAveraging 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 a minimum stat line of 86/1,297/10 in three of his past four seasons, Green has plenty of upside with a likely boost in targets given the team's free-agent departures at receiver.

6. Dez Bryant, Dallas CowboysIt 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.

7. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville JaguarsBreaking out in his second season, 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. Leading the NFL in 20-yard receptions (31), Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season. By all accounts, Robinson looks even better going into his age-23 season.

8. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay PackersTearing his ACL in one knee and dealing with tendinitis in the other, Nelson has been activated off the PUP list, but there are obviously some injury concerns going into the season. Nelson may not finish with a stat line comparable to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13), but he is a top-eight receiver for me heading into 2016 assuming he's ready for the start of the year.

9. Brandon Marshall, New York JetsIn 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 should finish with 100 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns.

10. Amari Cooper, Oakland RaidersCooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he finished with 20 yards or less in four of his final seven games. If he weren't battling a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper's rookie campaign would have been even better. With the second-year receiver at full strength now, however, I expect bigger and better things in his age-22 season.

11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay BuccaneersAlthough 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. Not only will he benefit from the continued development of Jameis Winston, but the 23-year-old receiver has shed 10-15 pounds this offseason and has a chance to post markedly better numbers in 2016.

12. Keenan Allen, San Diego ChargersPlaying 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.

13. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago BearsIn 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.

14. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis ColtsA 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.

15. Demaryius Thomas, Denver BroncosWith 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. While the team's quarterback situation is less than ideal, which may cap Thomas' upside, Peyton Manning posted a 9-to-17 TD-INT ratio last season. In other words, there is a good chance that DT posts at least comparable numbers to 2015.

16. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans SaintsThe 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 the speedster carries plenty of momentum into his age-23 season.

17. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo BillsNot 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 (foot) is expected to be removed from the active/PUP list soon, which is obviously a good sign a month ahead of the regular-season opener against the Ravens.

18. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis ColtsIn 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 23-year-old has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.

19. Randall Cobb, Green Bay PackersThrough 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.

20. DeVante Parker, Miami DolphinsThe 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, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

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August 24, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

Here are my updated 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 could lead all running backs in fantasy points in 2016.

2. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
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 (Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown should), you could argue that he should be the first running back off the board. Despite missing the first three games of last 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 (at some point) under center, Gurley will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and could lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.

3. 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 huge 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).

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 the second-most touches (328) behind only LA's Todd Gurley (332).

5. 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.

6. 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 for his fantasy owners, Bell is suspended three games (cut from four games) to start the 2016 season. A highly productive, true three-down back on the field, Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in 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. In other words, Bell should lead all running backs in fantasy points on a per-game basis.

7. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
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.

8. 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.

9. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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.

10. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
Totaling 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.

11. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). Rookie DeAndre Washington may cut into Murray's workload some, but the Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to running the football. In addition, Del Rio has said that he wants Murray to get more carries in 2016 than he had in 2015.

12. 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.

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. 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.

15. 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.

16. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals
Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, 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. Fantasy owners 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.

17. Thomas Rawls, 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 has started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games while averaging 118.67 rushing yards per game and 5.65 yards per carry. Rawls (ankle) began training camp on the active/PUP list, but he has been activated from the PUP list and should be ready for the start of the season.

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). If things go according to (the coaching staff's) plan, Murray will get the largest workload share of a run-heavy offense. So far, both Murray and second-round rookie Derrick Henry have looked good in the preseason.

19. 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.

20. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most (14th in PPR) fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 1 pick

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

Starting on May 31st, we 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: 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: 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. Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game in the 12 games Big Ben played -- that's equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.

[Poll: Will it be a record-setting season for Brown?]

2.12 - 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. Not only will he benefit from the continued development of Jameis Winston, but the 23-year-old receiver has shed 10-15 pounds this offseason and has a chance to post markedly better numbers in 2016.

3.01 - 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.

4.12 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, 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. Fantasy owners 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.

5.01 - 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 23-year-old has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season provided Andrew Luck stays healthy.

6.12 - 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 MG3 stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in year two.

7.01 - 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, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

8.12 - 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 it's clear that he will enter the season as the lead back. With that said, he turned 31 in March and has historically struggled with durability.

9.01 - 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. In my 2016 projections, I have Johnson (216 touches) edging Isaiah Crowell (214) in usage.

10.12 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, something Martin has only done once in the past three years, it wouldn't surprise me if Sims comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

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

12.12 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Amari Cooper's foot injury), 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. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside.

13.01 - 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 — in fact, even more talented than last year's group — and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).

14.12 - 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. As a vertical threat possessing outstanding physical traits, Coates had a buzz-filled offseason and training camp. The preseason hasn't gone as smoothly for the potential breakout receiver. Getting him this late in the mock as my WR6, he is a low-risk, high-reward option for my team.

15.01 - Houston Texans DST

16.12 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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2016 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings


We are just 15 days away from the regular-season opener and Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

Here are my updated 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. 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. Perhaps the Seahawks throw a bit more following Marshawn Lynch's retirement, but the dual-threat Wilson should at least finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback once again.


4. 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. In addition to being in a high-volume passing offense, 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-four fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise 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. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

With 661 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. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside at his current ADP to those who wait to draft a QB.


7. 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.


8. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should 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. Given the depth at QB (at least in terms of fantasy), pairing Brady with a high-upside QB2 is certainly a viable strategy for fantasy owners in 2016.


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 throw another 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 (at least in part due to Amari Cooper's foot injury), 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. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside.


13. 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 — in fact, even more talented than last year's group — and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).


14. 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.


15. 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.


16. 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.


17. 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. No team allowed more sacks than the Titans (54) last year, but they upgraded their offensive line this offseason. 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.


18. 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.


19. 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.


20. 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.


21. Robert Griffin III, Cleveland Browns

Going into the 2016 NFL season, few 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 and his outlook.


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. 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.


24. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets

Despite all of the uncertainty about his status for the season, Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets on a one-year deal worth $12 million. 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.


25. 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. (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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Los Angeles Rams Fantasy Preview: 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 Los Angeles Rams:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jared Goff222365244614.612.429390.3149.54
Goff entered training camp second on the depth chart behind Case Keenum and isn't expected to start in Week 1, but 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 Keenum711187673.52.415590.249.38

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Todd Gurley29813359.8342921227.5
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 (Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown should), you could argue that he should be the first running back off the board. Despite missing the first three games of last 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 (at some point) under center, Gurley will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and could lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.
Benny Cunningham572111.138334167.1
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 Quick25335200045.5
Pharoh Cooper1918617350.128.7
Mike Thomas5710.500010.1
Bradley Marquez2180.10002.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Tyler Higbee364143.663
Lance Kendricks353433.555.3

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

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

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

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


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

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

1.11 - 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 - 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.

3.11 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns. In the post-Peyton Manning era, the Broncos should be a run-heavy team with CJA leading the way.

4.02 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). Not only do the Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines, but Del Rio has said that he wants Murray to get more carries in 2016 than he had in 2015.

5.11 - 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. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Matthews expects to be ready for Week 1.

6.02 - 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.

7.11 - 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. One thing working in his favor is that coach Pederson has said that he "fully expects" to feature Ertz in the red zone.

8.02 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Keenan 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. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers is my sixth-ranked QB heading into 2016.

9.11 - 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 it's clear that he will enter the season as the lead back. With that said, he turned 31 in March and has historically struggled with durability, but he's a nice value here.

10.02 - 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. He enters the season as the team's No. 1 receiver, but Minnesota's low-volume pass offense limits his upside in year two.

11.11 - 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.

12.02 - Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Missing six games last season, V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. If anything, he's just a late depth option at receiver at this point in his career.

13.11 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver, which gives him plenty of late-round upside.

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

15.11 - New York Jets D/ST

16.02 - Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks

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Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Preview: 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 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger408603494530.816.924360.2308.9
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.
Landry Jones19322301.11.22-2012.2

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Le'Veon Bell22210216.2544591.5194.2
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 for his fantasy owners, Bell is suspended three games (cut from four games) to start the 2016 season. A highly productive, true three-down back on the field, Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in 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. In other words, Bell should lead all running backs in fantasy points on a per-game basis.
DeAngelo Williams1305724262240.7107.8
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 three-game suspension to open the season, Williams will have at least three startable weeks in fantasy.
Fitzgerald Toussaint381060.65380.118.6

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Antonio Brown139186311.82130258.4
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. Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game in the 12 games Big Ben played -- that's equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13. [Poll: Will it be a record-setting season for Brown?]
Sammie Coates457435000104.3
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 had a buzz-filled offseason and training camp. The preseason hasn't gone as smoothly for the potential breakout receiver. With plenty of boom or bust to his game, Coates is worth an 11th-round flier (his current ADP) in season-long formats and he'll find his way into many of GPP lineups in daily fantasy sports (DFS) this season.
Markus Wheaton567004.500097
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, Wheaton had less than 20 yards seven times. Over the final six games, however, Wheaton had a total of 476 yards and four touchdowns. Given his inability to capitalize on the opportunity when Bryant was out last season, it's fair to wonder if he'll be able to do so this year.
Eli Rogers273111.6214042.1
Generating some buzz in training camp after missing all of last season with a foot injury, Rogers, the undrafted second-year player out of Louisville, was recently compared to Wayne Chrebet by OC Todd Haley. “Wayne Chrebet was probably more like this guy — quick, he’ll separate, catch the ball, make you miss.”
Darrius Heyward-Bey182251.600032.1
Martavis Bryant0000000
Bryant is suspended for all of 2016.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ladarius Green364253.261.7
The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Miller. If (a HUGE if) Green is ready for the start of the season, he should shatter previous career highs and he has fantasy top-10 upside. Following offseason ankle surgery in January, Green still remains on the active/PUP list. Although Green denies it, reports are that he's on PUP due to recurring headaches, which could threaten his season or even his career. At a minimum, it seems more likely than not that Green will at least begin the regular season on the reserve/PUP list. If so, Jesse James would have upside as a sleeper tight end.
Jesse James252482.539.8

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August 22, 2016

New England Patriots Fantasy Preview: 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 England Patriots:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tom Brady313478372829.27.226812.3280.62
Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should 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. Given the depth at QB (at least in terms of fantasy), pairing Brady with a high-upside QB2 is certainly a viable strategy for fantasy owners in 2016.
Jimmy Garoppolo8813910496.43.918630.472.36
Jacoby Brissett24290.10.12201.66

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
LeGarrette Blount2129128.79620.2150.8
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.
Dion Lewis552481.9353411.679.9
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.) Unfortunately, Lewis will have a second knee surgery that will keep him out 8-10 weeks and will almost certainly begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.
James White672650.7363061.469.7
Tyler Gaffney381651.17490.229.2
Brandon Bolden20680.48600.317

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julian Edelman869986.95410.2146.5
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 and durability is my only concern with him. That said, he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league when he's healthy (and when Tom Brady isn't suspended).
Chris Hogan395273.900076.1
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. With strong offseason workouts with the Patriots, it's possible Hogan scores the second-most fantasy points among the team's receivers in 2016. That said, he's no more than fourth-best in line for targets after Gronk, Edelman and Martellus Bennett.
Malcolm Mitchell202702.200040.2
Danny Amendola181761.3210026.4
Aaron Dobson7830.600011.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Rob Gronkowski75111010.9176.4
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 (based on Gronk standards) with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension to begin the season, but Gronk is in a tier by himself atop the position group.
Martellus Bennett566895.6102.5
Bennett is at least a back-end TE1 heading into his first season in Foxboro as the Patriots will likely use plenty of two-TE sets with Rob Gronkowski and Bennett. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end with Gronk out.
A.J. Derby5650.59.5

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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 - 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 could lead all running backs in fantasy points in 2016.

2.07 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Tearing his ACL in one knee and dealing with tendinitis in the other, Nelson has been activated off the PUP list, but there are obviously some injury concerns going into the season. Nelson may not finish with a stat line comparable to his 2014 season (98/1,519/13), but he is a top-eight receiver for me heading into 2016 assuming he's ready for the start of the year.

3.06 - Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he finished with 20 yards or less in four of his final seven games. If he weren't battling a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper's rookie campaign would have been even better. With the second-year receiver at full strength now, however, I expect bigger and better things in his age-22 season.

4.07 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, 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. Fantasy owners 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.

5.06 - 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 23-year-old has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.

Moncrief appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in Fantasy Football Drafts

6.07 - 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, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

7.06 - 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. In my 2016 projections, I have Johnson (216 touches) edging Isaiah Crowell (214) in usage.

8.07 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than he was in the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as he sits atop the team's depth chart heading into his second season. While no team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, the Lions plan to be more balanced on offense this season.

9.06 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, 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.

10.07 - Martellus Bennett, TE, 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.

11.06 - Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Amari Cooper's foot injury), 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. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside.

12.07 - 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 (or even 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.

13.06 - 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).

14.07 - Los Angeles Rams D/ST

15.06 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: 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.

16.07 - Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals

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Seattle Seahawks Fantasy Preview: 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 Seattle Seahawks:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Russell Wilson342503412529.79.11025873.1352
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. Perhaps the Seahawks throw a bit more following Marshawn Lynch's retirement, but the dual-threat Wilson should at least finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback once again.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Thomas Rawls23010938.313980.9174.3
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 has started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games while averaging 118.67 rushing yards per game and 5.65 yards per carry. Rawls (ankle) began training camp on the active/PUP list, but he has been activated from the PUP list and should be ready for the start of the season.
Christine Michael964322.9181170.575.3
Following the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, the team drafted a trio of running backs, but Michael seems to be the favorite for the second-largest role behind Thomas Rawls. Referring to Rawls and Michael, coach Pete Carroll described the duo as a "little 1-2 punch that we are really excited about.'' Michael has always possessed elite physical tools, but it appears that his maturity and leadership are starting to catch up to his athleticism.
C.J. Prosise462070.9363021.867.1
The Seahawks used multiple draft picks on running backs with Prosise being the earliest (Round 3). Beginning his Notre Dame career as a wide receiver, Prosise would be their ideal third-down/passing-down back, but he has missed the first two preseason games (and much of camp) with a hamstring injury.
Alex Collins231000.5214014.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Doug Baldwin759607.1000138.6
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.
Tyler Lockett689326.16300.2134
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.
Jermaine Kearse415864.500085.6
Paul Richardson172641.700036.6
Kasen Williams4460.30006.4
Kenny Lawler1120.10001.8

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jimmy Graham526085.795
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. Starting training camp on the active/PUP list, Graham (patellar tendon) has since been activated, but it's unclear how effective he'll be coming off his significant injury.
Luke Willson151891.226.1
Nick Vannett6650.48.9

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August 21, 2016

Fantasy Football ADP: Biggest Weekly Risers/Fallers in Average Draft Position

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
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-1.7 (120.0 on 8/14; 118.3 on 8/21)
-1.7 (130.0 on 8/14; 128.3 on 8/21)
RBChristine Michael, Seattle Seahawks-33.0 (155.5 on 8/14; 122.5 on 8/21)
WRDevin Funchess, Carolina Panthers-15.0 (137.0 on 8/14; 122.0 on 8/21)
TEMartellus Bennett, New England Patriots-12.8 (135.2 on 8/14; 122.4 on 8/21)


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

Biggest Risers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBTyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills-1.42% (120.0 on 8/14; 118.3 on 8/21)
RBChristine Michael, Seattle Seahawks-21.22% (155.5 on 8/14; 122.5 on 8/21)
WROdell Beckham, New York Giants-14.71% (3.4 on 8/14; 2.9 on 8/21)
TEMartellus Bennett, New England Patriots-9.47% (135.2 on 8/14; 122.4 on 8/21)

Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBMatt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons+5.2 (132.8 on 8/14; 138.0 on 8/21)
RBC.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks+29.9 (114.9 on 8/14; 144.8 on 8/21)
WRDorial Green-Beckham, Philadelphia Eagles+13.4 (135.7 on 8/14; 149.1 on 8/21)
TELadarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers+45.7 (96.7 on 8/14; 142.4 on 8/21)

Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBBen Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers+6.51% (63.0 on 8/14; 67.1 on 8/21)
RBC.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks+26.02% (114.9 on 8/14; 144.8 on 8/21)
WRJulio Jones, Atlanta Falcons+24.24% (3.3 on 8/14; 4.1 on 8/21)
TELadarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers+47.26% (96.7 on 8/14; 142.4 on 8/21)

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Preview: 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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Jameis Winston346561432025.814.6481852.4294.3
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 Martin25411187.6362840.9191.2
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 Sims1205642.4545132.2135.3
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.
Mike James12470.221107

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Mike Evans8413449.2000189.6
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. Not only will he benefit from the continued development of Jameis Winston, but the 23-year-old receiver has shed 10-15 pounds this offseason and has a chance to post markedly better numbers in 2016.
Vincent Jackson517554.6000103.1
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.
Adam Humphries262551.600035.1
Kenny Bell202141.200028.6
Louis Murphy151580.800020.6
Donteea Dye4470.30006.5

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Austin Seferian-Jenkins354273.261.9
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. So far in camp and the preseason, however, coach Dirk Koetter says that "ASJ has earned the right to share first-team reps with Cam Brate again."
Cameron Brate29365248.5
Luke Stocker5380.35.6

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Jacksonville Jaguars Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Blake Bortles35057742123018.5512931.5308.28
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 throw another 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 Ivory2008807.6151070.6147.9
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. While his workload will surely decline compared to last season, Ivory should get the majority of goal-line carries and perhaps a slightly larger share of the overall workload over Yeldon. 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. Yeldon1506383.9443481.3129.8
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. While he'll get some early-down work as well, Yeldon will get the majority of third-down snaps and is therefore a better option in PPR formats.
Denard Robinson421891.3181300.442.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Allen Robinson86138510.3000200.3
Breaking out in his second season, 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. Leading the NFL in 20-yard receptions (31), Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season. By all accounts, Robinson looks even better going into his age-23 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.
Marqise Lee252881.5212039
Rashad Greene262551.600035.1

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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 Lewis151801.225.2

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 14 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: 14
  • 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: One of only two players with 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons combined, Jones has a total of 240 catches for 3,464 yards during that span. While he's second to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in both stats, Jones actually led the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Brown) and yards (1,871) last season.

2.11 - Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 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.

3.04 - 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.

4.11 - 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 soon-to-be 23-year-old has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.

5.04 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

6.11 - 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 MG3 stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in year two.

7.04 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: With 661 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.

8.11 - Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots: 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 Bennett and Rob Gronkowski. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end with Gronk out.

9.04 - 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.

10.11 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: 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. And early reports from training camp have been glowing.

11.04 - James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Re-signed to a two-year contract, Starks (993) had more YFS than Eddie 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.

12.11 - 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.

13.04 - Charles Clay, TE, 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.

14.11 - Jameis Winston, QB, 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.

15.04 - Minnesota Vikings

16.11 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings

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Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Preview: 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 Philadelphia Eagles:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Sam Bradford276431310320.314.718320.4196.22
After an unsuccessful attempt to get himself traded to Denver, Bradford begins the season as Philadelphia's starting quarterback. That said, it wouldn't surprise me if Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, or Chase Daniels eventually make starts this season. Even if Bradford is playing well, the Eagles could turn to Wentz down the stretch if the Eagles are out of playoff contention.
Carson Wentz691128295.24.3241080.865.26
Chase Daniel25382681.50.86230.118.82

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Ryan Mathews2049187.1231700.7155.6
Struggling with durability throughout his career, Mathews has missed multiple games in five of six seasons. With DeMarco Murray now in Tennessee, Murray enters the season atop the depth chart although he was reportedly available for trade earlier this offseason. When healthy, Mathews has been productive -- 4.47 YPC over his career and 5.04 YPC in his lone season in Philadelphia.
Darren Sproles682751.9513981.386.5
Now 33 years old, Sproles finished as a top-25 fantasy running back in PPR formats (RB33 in standard) last season. Especially given the durability track record of Ryan Mathews, it wouldn't surprise me if Sproles returned PPR flex value in 2016 despite his age.
Wendell Smallwood823612.4151080.463.7
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, (2) Darren Sproles, a 33-year-old change-of-pace back, and (3) Kenjon Barner, only 34 career rush attempts. Smallwood (quad) missed the first two preseason games, but he has returned to practice.
Kenjon Barner4921117460.132.3

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Jordan Matthews8410257.6000148.1
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. Currently sidelined with a knee injury, Matthews expects to be ready for Week 1.
Dorial Green-Beckham42693500099.3
In an unexpected trade, the Titans sent Green-Beckham to the Eagles in exchange for OL Dennis Kelly. Based on his physical tools, the second-year, second-round pick should end the season as Philadelphia's second-most productive fantasy receiver. Meanwhile, the acquisition of DGB says a lot about how the Eagles feel about last year's first-rounder Nelson Agholor and Rueben Randle, who signed a one-year free-agent deal.
Nelson Agholor303842.400052.8
Agholor's rookie season went much worse than anyone anticipated as the first-round draft pick finished 2015 with only 23 catches for 283 yards and one touchdown and had 35 yards or less in all but two games. The recent acquisition of DGB and lackluster offseason/camp for Agholor could mean that we are unlikely to see a major jump in production from the second-year wideout.
Rueben Randle10136100019.6
Chris Givens6970.5210013.7
Josh Huff91040.500013.4

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Zach Ertz687895.8113.7
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. One thing working in his favor is that coach Doug Pederson has said that he "fully expects" to feature Ertz in the red zone.
Brent Celek202221.430.6
Trey Burton101220.817

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August 20, 2016

Washington Redskins Fantasy Preview: 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 Washington Redskins:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Kirk Cousins394584458428.614.624581.1295.56
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 Jones25210336.6201560.6162.1
Impressive during the preseason (7.0 YPC) as a rookie, 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 (lost four) on 163 touches and missed three games. One concern leading up to the season is that he suffered an AC sprain in Week 2 of the preseason, but coach Gruden said that he hopefully won't be out "too long." Provided he's ready for the start of the regular season, the good news is that he will get a large workload as Washington has limited depth behind him.
Chris Thompson472120.5473341.969
Only 195 pounds, Thompson won't assume lead-back responsibilities if Jones isn't ready for the opener. That said, the change-of-pace option could approach 50 receptions in his fourth NFL season. Last year, he had a total of 70 touches including 35 catches for 456 YFS and two scores.
Keith Marshall421810.912940.435.3
Rob Kelley21800.44240.113.4
Mack Brown8320.20004.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
DeSean Jackson609965.3000131.4
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 Doctson355503.900078.4
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. With an Achilles injury sidelining Doctson at the moment, he'll likely be slowly eased back into action once he's healthy, but his role should expand as the season progresses.
Pierre Garcon444803.500069
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 Crowder505202.536067.6
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 Grant141650.700020.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jordan Reed798857.9135.9
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, but I expect Reed to average the second-most fantasy points per game at the position after Gronk.
Niles Paul253131.540.3
Vernon Davis131340.918.8
Logan Paulsen4300.34.8

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Cleveland Browns Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Cleveland Browns:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Robert Griffin III307476366523.812.4784332.3286.5
Going into the 2016 NFL season, few 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 and his outlook.
Josh McCown40634732.71.312600.537.42
Cody Kessler23210.10.11101.24

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Duke Johnson1586873585162.9155.7
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. In my 2016 projections, I have Johnson (216 touches) edging Isaiah Crowell (214) in usage.
Isaiah Crowell2018247131140.1136.4
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. I prefer Johnson over Crowell, but Hue Jackson and the Browns would like to employ a run-heavy offense.
Terrell Watson21880.43230.114.1
Malcolm Johnson0002800.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Corey Coleman748296.76430.5130.4
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 Josh Gordon on the sidelines for the first four games, and the team should find themselves trailing and needing to throw often.
Josh Gordon548155.9000116.9
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.
Terrelle Pryor315213.14340.275.3
Andrew Hawkins293070.900036.1
Rashard Higgins172161.400030
Ricardo Louis3510.30006.9
Jordan Payton4400.10004.6

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Gary Barnidge556935.2100.5
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.
Connor Hamlett6630.59.3
Seth Devalve5550.47.9

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Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Minnesota Vikings:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Teddy Bridgewater308469344718.39.8451981.6230.68
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 Peterson299131610.5292180.6220
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 the second-most touches (328) behind only LA's Todd Gurley (332).
Jerick McKinnon683332.2302370.975.6
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 Asiata301141.211750.227.3
Zach Line5110.54320.28.5

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Stefon Diggs587834.12100103.9
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. He enters the season as the team's No. 1 receiver, but Minnesota's low-volume pass offense limits his upside in year two.
Laquon Treadwell364643.600068
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. By season's end, he should emerge as the second-most productive fantasy receiver on the roster, but he will need to climb the depth chart to make an impact.
Charles Johnson284061.400049
Jarius Wright303811.1327047.4
Adam Thielen242881322037
Cordarrelle Patterson2140.13260.25.8
Moritz Boehringer1140.10002

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Kyle Rudolph444313.564.1
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 Pruitt151611.122.7
Rhett Ellison6670.610.3

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Oakland Raiders Fantasy Preview: 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Oakland Raiders:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Derek Carr378596438730.414.3321150.5297.28
Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Amari Cooper's foot injury), 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. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a back-end QB1 with upside.
Matt McGloin711740.60.42105.06
Connor Cook23200.10.11-101

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Latavius Murray27211708.2282020.7190.6
Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). Rookie DeAndre Washington may cut into Murray's workload some, but the Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to running the football. In addition, Del Rio has said that he wants Murray to get more carries in 2016 than he had in 2015.
DeAndre Washington632801.6423441.581
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 Reece6220.1231861.631
Jalen Richard23990.54340.116.9
Taiwan Jones12540.42170.110.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Amari Cooper8913449.3280191
Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he finished with 20 yards or less in four of his final seven games. If he weren't battling a foot injury down the stretch, Cooper's rookie campaign would have been even better. With the second-year receiver at full strength now, however, I expect bigger and better things in his age-22 season.
Michael Crabtree788976.6000129.3
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. Unlikely to finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver once again (as Cooper takes a step forward), Crabtree is a high-end WR4 (WR3 in PPR formats) based on my 2016 rankings.
Seth Roberts38479300065.9
Andre Holmes121821.800029
Joe Hansley3310.10003.7

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Clive Walford455314.781.3
OC Bill Musgrave says that Walford "has a lot of ability, so we’re looking for him to be a big part of what we do." Despite his ATV accident that required surgery, Walford says he's "more comfortable" in the offense and he should easily exceed his rookie-season production (28/329/3) in year two.
Mychal Rivera232091.630.5
Lee Smith8520.68.8

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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: Point-per-reception (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:

1.09 - 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 last season, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.

2.04 - 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.

3.09 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). The Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to their commitment to running the football.

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. 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.

5.09 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, 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. Fantasy owners 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.

6.04 - 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, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

7.09 - Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer should finish as a top-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.

8.04 - 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.

9.09 - 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). Not only does he become the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays, 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.

10.04 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, 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.

11.09 - Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Aiken had 75 catches for 944 yards in 2015 and it wouldn't surprise me if Aiken ends 2016 as the team's most productive fantasy receiver once again.

12.04 - Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots: 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. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end with Gronk out.

13.09 - Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans: 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 don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, I expect him to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver, especially now that Dorial Green-Beckham has been traded to the Eagles.

14.04 - Houston Texans D/ST

15.09 - Christine Michael RB, Seattle Seahawks: Following the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, the team drafted a trio of running backs, but Michael seems to be the favorite for the second-largest role behind Thomas Rawls. Referring to Rawls and Michael, coach Pete Carroll described the duo as a "little 1-2 punch that we are really excited about.'' Michael has always possessed elite physical tools, but it appears that his maturity and leadership are starting to catch up to his athleticism.

16.04 - Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens

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Matt Jones suffers AC sprain, won't be out "too long"

Beyond starter Matt Jones, the Washington Redskins have a fairly weak running back group. On Friday night, Jones left the game early with what has been diagnosed as an AC sprain.

Following an ineffective preseason opener (one yard, two carries), Jones was running the ball much better in Week 2 with seven carries for 31 yards before leaving the game.

It's unclear how much time Jones will miss, but coach Jay Gruden said the following: "We’ll get him checked out, get him rehabbed and hopefully he won’t be out too long."

Jones won't play any more in the preseason, but hopefully he'll be ready for the regular-season opener.

The other backs had a total of 19 carries — Keith Marshall (10 for 26 yards), Chris Thompson (four for 18 yards), Rob Kelley (three for eight yards) and Mack Brown (two for seven yards).

Washington has the 13th-most favorable fantasy football strength of schedule this year and Jones is my 22nd-ranked fantasy running back heading into the 2016 NFL season.

Jones will have one extra day to get healthy for the regular season as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football in Week 1.

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Le'Veon Bell suspension cut from 4 to 3 games

Once again, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will begin the season by serving a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Facing an initial four-game suspension, Bell was confident that his suspension would be overturned. It wasn't, but it was reduced from four to three games.

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 some additional time for his knee (MCL, PCL) to heal even though he says he's already 100 percent. Plus, bye weeks don't begin until Week 4 when Bell returns.

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August 19, 2016

New York Giants Fantasy Preview: Updated 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Eli Manning38661245353315.918470.5305.2
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 Jennings2359995.9282270.6161.6
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 it's clear that he will enter the season as the lead back. With that said, he turned 31 in March and has historically struggled with durability.
Shane Vereen552311.1564653.899
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 Perkins502181.3252050.653.7
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. That said, he is currently fourth on the depth chart.
Andre Williams511792.6211034.6

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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 more 100-yard games (15) than he has with less than 100 yards (12) during that span. In fact, only Antonio Brown (17) and Julio Jones (16) have more 100-yard games. In addition, no player has more receiving touchdowns than Beckham (25) during his two NFL seasons.
Sterling Shepard617995.5000112.9
The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who is clearly the team's No. 2 receiver behind Odell Beckham. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie. OBJ recently said the following of the rookie from Oklahoma: "I don't want to spoil the surprise, but he's going to be a special player." I expect Shepard to finish with 60 or so catches as a rookie.
Geremy Davis202362.600039.2
Dwayne Harris171851.4312028.1
Victor Cruz151891.100025.5
After missing more than half of the 2014 season, Cruz (patellar tendon) missed all of the 2015 season. Perhaps he'll be ready for Week 1, but he's now dealing with a groin injury. Even if he is ready for the regular-season opener, he's clearly behind Beckham and Shepard and offers very little upside.

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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, but the starting tight end job appears to be undetermined yet with Tye, Donnell and even Matt LaCosse battling for the role.
Larry Donnell22194231.4
Matt LaCosse6670.49.1
Jerell Adams3380.25

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR 2-QB Mock Draft: 10 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: 2-QB league with point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 10
  • Draft Slot: 5
  • 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:

1.05 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: With my top-two QBs (Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers) off the board, Jones, who second-ranked player overall, fell to me at No. 5. Jones led the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136) and yards (1,871) last season.

2.06 - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: A complete back, Elliott could not have ended up in a better situation from a fantasy perspective. Running behind the league's best offensive line in a run-heavy scheme, Zeke has the upside to finish as fantasy's overall RB1 in 2016.

3.05 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Keenan Allen, who missed the final eight games; only 14.52/G without him. Through Week 8, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside to those who wait to draft a QB.

4.06 - Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Recently activated from the PUP list, Charles (ACL) averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game in his five games last season. 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. Even so, he's a great value as my RB2 in the fourth round.

5.05 - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: A better PPR option (WR8 in 2015), Landry hauled in a franchise-record 110 receptions for 1,157 receiving yards with 113 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns.

6.06 - Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 with a 25/333/5 during that three-game stretch. Durability is the obvious concern with Reed, but I expect him to average the second-most fantasy points per game at the position behind Rob Gronkowski.

7.05 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: 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), Moncrief has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his age-23 season.

8.06 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totaled 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 behind only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson) in 2015.

9.05 - Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard finished as the RB16 in PPR formats last season. 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 offers plenty of value in Round 9.

10.06 - Ryan Tannehill, WR, Miami Dolphins: One of favorite QB2 options in 2-QB leagues, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively. The coaching change (Gase) and potential breakout for DeVante Parker gives Tannehill sneaky top-12 fantasy upside. Despite his QB22 ADP, he's my 13th-ranked fantasy QB in 2016.

11.05 - 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.

12.06 - 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. In fact, he was the RB4 in PPR over that six-game span. Even with the free-agent addition of Matt Forte, Powell has plenty of upside here.

13.05 - Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: The team's top-three wide receivers played a total of 18 games last season. Not surprisingly, Cutler averaged more than three fantasy points per game more with Alshon 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 (despite the loss of Gase).

14.06 - 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.

15.05 - Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams: 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.

16.06 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

17.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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August 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 16 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: Standard scoring (i.e., not PPR scoring)
  • # of Teams: 16
  • 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 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Leading the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Antonio Brown) and yards (1,871) last season, Jones has averaged more than 100 YPG in each of the past three seasons.

2.14 - T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Through the first seven games last season, Hilton had 606 receiving yards -- only five wideouts had more. Provided Andrew Luck stays healthy, Hilton is poised for a bounce-back season and has top-10 upside.

3.03 - 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. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a plenty of upside in 2016.

4.14 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

5.03 - 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, he scored the 18th-most WR fantasy points with a 22/445/3 stat line and brings plenty of breakout potential into 2016.

DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile

6.14 - Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars: Thomas should post much better numbers in 2016 and be a major red-zone factor for the Jags provided he can stay healthy, but he has missed multiple games in each of his three seasons as a starter.

7.03 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: 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.

8.14 - Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans: Joining DeMarco Murray as the other half of their "exotic smashmouth" backfield, Henry possesses great speed for his size (6-3, 247). Both backs looked great in the preseason opener, but Henry could see his role expand as the season progresses if Murray struggles for whatever reason.

9.03 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver.

Related: Funchess was on my list of late-round fantasy football sleepers for 2016

10.14 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: After being drafted, Booker said: "I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job." Booker said. While he won't "take" C.J. Anderson's job, Booker is the Broncos running back to own (after CJA).

11.03 - 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.

12.14 - Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Coach Marvin Lewis has recently said that "Tyler's exceeded my expectations of things." Consistently receiving praise this offseason and given the team's offseason turnover at receiver, the second-round rookie provides solid depth as my WR5.

13.03 - Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: With better protection from his line and a full offseason of development under his belt, Mariota has plenty of upside entering 2016 especially if he runs more often.

14.14 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

15.03 - Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers: Over his final six games, McDonald had 21 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns and he finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends over that span. Given the team's lack of offensive weapons, McDonald has the potential to pick up where he left off last season.

16.14 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs

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2016 Fantasy Football Sleepers: 12 Players to Target After Round 10

Fantasy Football Sleeper.

That term lacks a clearly-defined shared meaning and you could certainly argue that "sleepers" don't even exist in today's era of instant information.

For purposes of this post, we will define sleepers as players being drafted (on average) beyond the 10th round of fantasy football drafts. In other words, the top-120 players in terms of Fantasy Football ADP are excluded from consideration.

To be clear, the players that appear on this list aren't the only players going in Round 11 (or later) that I like. And if you want to do who I would draft (over other players), check out my Top-200 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet.

With that said, here are 10 fantasy football sleepers to target in your fantasy football drafts (ADP via FantasyPros):

QB — Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (ADP: 169, QB22)

Being drafted outside the top-20 fantasy quarterbacks (on average), Tannehill should easily outperform his current ADP. Excluding his rookie 2012 season, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17 over the past three seasons, respectively.

Among the top-10 quarterbacks in passing yards (15,460, ninth-most) and rushing yards (901, eighth-most) since entering the league, Tannehill has thrown for 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons and 24-plus touchdowns in each of the past three seasons.

Not only does Tannehill get a coaching upgrade with Gase and Peyton Manning as an occasional tutor, but I expect big things from second-year receiver DeVante Parker. While Tannehill is one of my favorite QB2 targets in 2-QB leagues, he has sneaky top-12 upside.

Tannehill also appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts

RB — Bilal Powell, New York Jets (ADP: 126, RB44)

Complementing Chris Ivory well, Powell was a PPR machine down the stretch last season. Powell finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games, which included a trio of top-eight finishes. During that six-game stretch (Weeks 11 to 16), only three running backs scored more PPR fantasy points than Powell. He was the RB10 in standard formats over that same span.

Perhaps the biggest potential concern with Powell's 2016 outlook is that the Jets replaced Ivory, who signed with the Jags in free agency, with Matt Forte, who excels as a receiver (like Powell). Based on my Jets fantasy football projections, however, I believe both Forte (56) and Powell (51) could end up with 50-plus receptions in 2016.

With the Jets giving Powell a three-year, $11 million contract to return, some expect the split between between the two backs to be fairly even. I have the split projected to be 61/39, but even so, Powell offers upside from his current RB44 ADP.

RB — DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders (ADP: 160, RB55)

Latavius Murray is one of my favorite fantasy running backs heading into 2016 and he appeared on my undervalued players post (link above) earlier this offseason. But especially for Murray owners, it makes sense to handcuff him with the fifth-round rookie. Either way, Washington should get plenty of work as Murray's change-of-pace option.

Not the biggest back (5-8, 204), the Texas Tech product received high praise from GM Reggie McKenzie 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.”

It's so far, so good for Washington. In his preseason debut, Washington carried the ball five times for 43 yards and added a 32-yard reception.

RB — Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (ADP: 195, RB57)

Who will be Baltimore's starting running back? Going into the season, it appears to be Justin Forsett, but it is certainly possible that another running back on the roster finishes as the team's top fantasy producer.

Shedding 15 pounds this offseason, West has generated plenty of buzz in training camp. ESPN's Jamison Hensley recently wrote, "West has been the No. 1 playmaker for the Baltimore offense so far this training camp. He's hitting holes, making cuts to elude tackles and producing big gains consistently."

Scoring a pair of touchdowns in the preseason opener and with some uncertainty in Baltimore's backfield, West is at least worth a late-round flier.

RB — Josh Ferguson, Indianapolis Colts (ADP: 236, RB68)

An undrafted free agent the Colts reportedly considered drafting as early as Round 4, Ferguson has impressed the coaching staff throughout offseason workouts. Leading up to the NFL Draft, NFL.com's Lance Zierlein wrote the following about Ferguson:

"Ferguson's ability to change direction instantaneously and create explosive yardage as a runner or pass catcher could make him a dangerous weapon in the hands of the right NFL team. Ferguson has the hands and route running potential to be considered as a slot receiver option to go along with being a change of pace back."

Frank Gore has been a durable back despite his age, but Ferguson got the start with Gore resting the preseason opener. At a minimum, Ferguson should get plenty of opportunities as a change-of-pace option to Gore. Given 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.

Related: 2016 Fantasy Football Profile for Frank Gore

RB — Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (ADP: 230, RB64)

Following the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, the team drafted a trio of running backs, but Michael seems to be the favorite for the second-largest role behind Thomas Rawls. Referring to Rawls and Michael, coach Pete Carroll described the duo as a "little 1-2 punch that we are really excited about.''

After being re-signed by the Seahawks late last season, Michael had a few productive games at the end of the season (16/84 in Week 15, 17/102 in Week 17 and 21/70/1 in Wild Card playoff game). Michael has always possessed elite physical tools, but it appears that his maturity and leadership are starting to catch up to his athleticism.

WR — Bruce Ellington, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: 209, WR70)

Ellington had just 13 catches for 153 yards last season, but he enters 2016 as the favorite for the team's No. 2 receiver job. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee recently wrote that Ellington "appears to be a major component and is in excellent position to be the 49ers’ breakout player on offense."

Meanwhile, CSN Bay Area named Ellington the team's "most improved" player in a mailbag post, in which they wrote the following about Ellington:

"With the 49ers apparently featuring a ball-control passing attack, Ellington has the short-area quickness to get open quickly out of the slot. He figures to be an easy pitch-and-catch option as the 49ers’ quarterback will try to get the ball out quickly against unblocked pass-rushers.

If Ellington can remain healthy, he has a chance to be a big factor in the return game and as a pass-catcher who could blow away his previous reception totals early in the season."

WR — Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (ADP: 161, WR60)

Will Devin Funchess score more fantasy points than Kelvin Benjamin? Probably not, but "it wouldn't surprise" ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton if Funchess outperformed Benjamin.

With Benjamin (ACL) missing all of 2015, Funchess began his rookie season slowly, but he built some momentum in the second half. Over the final nine games of the season, Funchess scored all five of his touchdowns and he saved his best performance for the final week of the season with a 7/120/1 line.

It's likely that Funchess finishes third on the team in targets behind Benjamin and Greg Olsen, but all reports indicate that his positive momentum has carried over from last season into the offseason and training camp. The second-year receiver should easily exceed his rookie production (31/473/5) and offers fantasy owners plenty of late-round value.

WR — Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers (ADP: 156, WR54)

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 his positive momentum has carried into training camp.

It's possible that Markus Wheaton and/or Darrius Heyward-Bey score more fantasy points than Coates. At a minimum, Wheaton is currently ahead of Coates on the depth chart. But with Bryant suspended for the first five games last season as well, Wheaton failed to capitalize with a total of only nine catches during Bryant's five-game 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.

Coates was the past week's biggest weekly riser in Fantasy ADP (via FFC)

WR — Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (ADP: 142, WR52)

The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas has a chance to make an immediate and 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. And early reports from training camp have been glowing. And the rookie wideout impressed in the preseason opener with four catches for 67 yards against the Patriots.

ESPN Saints beat reporter Mike Triplett wrote of Thomas: "The big, sure-handed, 6-3, 212-pounder should emerge as a red-zone target. But he has also shown the potential to make big plays down the field, with spectacular catches throughout training camp and the first preseason game. Thomas has quickly drawn the trust of Payton and the quarterbacks, who have raved about his talent."

WR — Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (ADP: 240, WR76)

Matthews missed the final five games last season due to injury. Through the first 10 games (before getting injured in his 11th), however, Matthews had 43 catches for 662 yards and four touchdowns -- equivalent to a 16-game pace of 69/1,059/6.

While I don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, I expect him to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver, especially now that Dorial Green-Beckham has been traded to the Eagles. His ADP is sure to rise considerably, but he quietly put up impressive numbers pre-injury last season so it's possible that he remains a late-round bargain for fantasy owners leading up to the start of the season.

TE — Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers (ADP: 284, TE30)

Through his first 31 games over 2 1/2 seasons, McDonald was essentially a non-factor on offense. During that span, he had a total of 18 catches for 193 yards and no touchdowns. Down the stretch last season, however, McDonald became a much bigger factor in the passing game.

Over his final six games, McDonald had 21 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns and he finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends over that span. In the preseason opener, McDonald caught a pair of passes for 54 yards including a 43-yard touchdown. Given the team's lack of offensive weapons, McDonald has the potential to pick up where he left off last season.

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August 17, 2016

Houston Texans Fantasy Preview: Updated 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 Houston Texans:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Brock Osweiler365594436624.414.335980.7271.94
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 than the Texans (5.0603).
Brandon Weeden48540.20.34202.86

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Lamar Miller25912308.3484032.3226.9
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 huge 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 Blue933301.912830.555.7
Tyler Ervin391720.6181440.739.4
Jonathan Grimes15650.39740.418.1
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 last season, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015.
Will Fuller305042.6430069
The first-round rookie out of Notre Dame has elite speed, which could lead to an occasional big game. That said, his volume of targets will likely be inconsistent as DeAndre Hopkins dominates the targets. In other words, there should be plenty of boom or bust to his week-to-week production.
Jaelen Strong394953.200068.7
The Texans used a third-round pick on Strong in 2015, but he disappointed as a rookie and Houston invested a pair of high picks in Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in April's draft. Strong generated some buzz throughout the offseason, but it's unlikely that he makes a major fantasy impact with Hopkins dominating the targets in the passing game.
Cecil Shorts424662.1211060.3
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. Fiedorowicz131290.717.1
Stephen Anderson7830.611.9

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

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

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

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (PPR) scoring
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 2
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 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 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Jones led the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Antonio Brown) and yards (1,871) last season. While I'd like to see more red-zone production from Jones (16 TDs in past 36 games), he has averaged 112.3 YPG over the past three seasons.

2.11 - Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Durability is a concern as the 26-year-old back has missed three-plus games in four of five seasons. That said, Ingram has averaged 18.84 touches, 91.32 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game over the past two seasons and finished as fantasy's RB15 (RB10 in PPR) despite missing four games in 2015.

3.02 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: After three straight 1,400/10 seasons, Thomas finished 2015 with a 105/1,304/6 stat line. His 2016 QB situation is less than ideal, but Peyton Manning wasn't great (9-to-17 TD-INT ratio) last season either.

4.11 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). Rookie DeAndre Washington may cut into Murray's workload some, but the Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to running the football.

Murray is one of my favorite running back values for 2016.

5.02 - Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Before last season without Jordy Nelson (ACL), Rodgers finished as the QB1 or QB2 in all full seasons as a starter. Assuming good health from Nelson, who was activated from the active/PUP list today, Rodgers should have a bounce-back season.

6.11 - 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. All six of his receiving scores occurred in the final 10 games of the season and Lockett should improve upon his rookie receiving numbers (51/664/6) in 2016.

7.02 - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz will slow from his end-of-season pace (35/450/1 in final four games), but hopefully Ertz can build upon last year's positive momentum.

8.11 - Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Disappointing fantasy owners in 2015, 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. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect similar efficiency as his rookie season, but I do expect to see a bit of a bounce-back from the 235-pound Hill and love the value in Round 8.

9.02 - 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 MG3 stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in year two. On a positive note, Gordon had a 44-yard TD reception in the preseason opener.

10.11 - 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.

11.02 - Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots: If Rob Gronkowski were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a weekly top-five fantasy tight end. That said, the Pats should use plenty of 12 personnel with both Gronk and Bennett on the field at the same time.

12.11 - Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: Underutilized at Ohio State, Thomas will immediately step into a fairly prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses as a rookie. And it's been so far, so good for Keyshawn Johnson's nephew.

13.02 - Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers: Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver.

14.11 - Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Michael seems to be the favorite for the second-largest role behind Thomas Rawls. Referring to Rawls and Michael, coach Pete Carroll described the duo as a "little 1-2 punch that we are really excited about.''

15.02 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

16.11 - Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs

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August 16, 2016

Tennessee Titans Fantasy Preview: Updated 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 Tennessee Titans:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Marcus Mariota337506382025.113.7593602.5290.5
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. No team allowed more sacks than the Titans (54) last year, but they upgraded their offensive line this offseason. 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 Murray23510227.1322300.9173.2
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). If things go according to (the coaching staff's) plan, Murray will get the largest workload share of a run-heavy offense. So far, both Murray and second-round rookie Derrick Henry have looked good in the preseason.
Derrick Henry1576916.8171190.4124.2
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. And if Murray struggles for whatever reason again, Henry could see his role expand as the season progresses.
Dexter McCluster321310.3282381.145.3
Bishop Sankey7290.14320.17.3
David Cobb6180.10002.4

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Rishard Matthews598086.2000118
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 don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, I expect him to be the team's most productive fantasy receiver, especially now that Dorial Green-Beckham has been traded to the Eagles.
Kendall Wright515563.3526078
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. Missing multiple weeks in training camp and the preseason, Wright (hamstring) is little more than a low-upside WR4/WR5 going into 2016.
Andre Johnson252832.500043.3
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
Tre McBride121440.800019.2
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 TE5 heading into 2016.
Anthony Fasano171851.426.9
Craig Stevens7730.610.9

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

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

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

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


Details of today's mock draft:
  • Scoring: Point-per-reception (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:

1.12 - 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.

2.01 - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old (turns 23 this month) 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.

3.12 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). Rookie DeAndre Washington may cut into Murray's workload some, but the Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows when it comes to running the football.

4.01 - 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 the obvious concern with Reed, but he's my second-ranked TE after Gronk.

5.12 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most (14th in PPR) fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Andrew Luck and an improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

6.01 - 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 posted a 22/445/3 stat line, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. There is plenty of breakout potential for Parker heading into 2016.

Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

7.12 - 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.

8.01 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: With 661 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.

9.12 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, something Martin has done only 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.

10.01 - 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). Not only does Smith become the team's No. 1 WR this season, but 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.

11.12 - 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 and could do so again in 2016.

12.01 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: 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. Earlier this offseason, OC Todd Haley said Coates was having a "tremendous offseason" and his positive momentum has carried into training camp.

Coates was the biggest weekly riser in Fantasy Football ADP in each of the past two weeks.

13.12 - DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders: Washington provides me with a handcuff for Murray and he should also get plenty of work as a change-of-pace option for Murray.

14.01 - Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

15.12 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Over the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively. With Gase taking over as coach and the potential breakout for Parker, Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.

16.01 - Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots

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August 15, 2016

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

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

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

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


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

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

1.08 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Hopkins took another huge step forward in his age-23 season despite a less-than-ideal quarterback situation with career highs across the board — 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns.

2.05 - Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: There are plenty of injury concerns with his knees, but the 31-year-old receiver should finish with roughly 1,300 yards in 2016 assuming that he is ready for Week 1 and is able to stay healthy.

3.08 - LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: Missing four games last season, McCoy averaged nearly 20 touches (19.58/G) and 100 YFS (98.92/G) per game. Assuming good health, McCoy should rank among the leaders in usage and YFS in 2016.

4.05 - Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Not only did Murray rank fourth in the NFL in touches (307), but no other running back had as many games with 15-plus touches than Murray (15). In addition, the Raiders have one of the league's best offensive lines and their overall roster improvements should lead to more positive game flows conducive to running the football.

5.08 - Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts: 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), Moncrief, who turns 23 in August, has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.

6.05 - 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's 22/445/3 was good for the 18th-most fantasy points among WRs. Along with Moncrief, Parker is one of my two favorite breakout receivers heading into 2016.

7.08 - Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins: Miami's OC recently said (via the Miami Herald), “... We really need one guy to be a three-down back, stay in there for that drive.” And it appears that Foster will be "the guy." The durability concerns with the soon-to-be-30 Foster are obvious, but there is upside as my RB3.

8.05 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than he was in the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as he sits atop the team's depth chart heading into his second season. While no team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, the Lions plan to be more balanced on offense this season.

9.08 - 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.

10.05 - 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.

11.08 - Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: 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. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside to those who wait to draft a QB (like me in this mock).

12.05 - Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots: Bennett is a low-end TE1/high-end TE2 as the Patriots will likely use plenty of two-TE sets with Bennett and Rob Gronkowski. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end.

13.08 - 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. 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" and his positive momentum has carried into training camp.

14.05 - Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos: The Broncos should lean heavily on their running game (and defense) as they begin their title defense. The fourth-round rookie is the back to own after C.J. Anderson.

15.08 - New England Patriots D/ST

16.05 - Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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2016 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

The 2016 NFL season kicks off three weeks from Thursday, which means that we are fast approaching the heart of fantasy football draft season.

With that said, I have updated my 2016 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings:

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. In addition to being in a high-volume passing offense, 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. Perhaps the Seahawks throw a bit more following Marshawn Lynch's retirement, but the dual-threat 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. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
With 661 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. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside at his current ADP to those who wait to draft a QB.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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. 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 — in fact, even more talented than last year's group — and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).

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. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

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. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
Despite all of the uncertainty about his status for the season, Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets on a one-year deal worth $12 million. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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. (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.

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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August 14, 2016

Detroit Lions Fantasy Preview: Updated 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 Detroit Lions:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matthew Stafford390591428528.414.8411151.4290.1
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 Abdullah2159255.8272031.1154.2
Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than he was in the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as he sits atop the team's depth chart heading into his second season. While no team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, the Lions plan to be more balanced on offense this season.
Theo Riddick542050.5645702.997.9
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 Zenner964223.88560.271.8
Stevan Ridley24961212016.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Golden Tate9511125.85320149.2
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 Jones688776.82120129.7
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, who has generated buzz in camp.
Anquan Boldin445063.500071.6
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 Kerley4420.30006
Andre Caldwell3300.20004.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Eric Ebron526035.291.5
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. After a scare (initially reported as an Achilles injury), Ebron should be ok for the start of the season as he deals with a high-ankle sprain.
Cole Wick81000.814.8
Brandon Pettigrew5480.68.4

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 12

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

The mock used standard scoring (i.e., and each contributor drafted for three (of 12) teams. The final round is now complete and posted.

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

12.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

At the turn to kick off the mock, Sean selected Lamar Miller (1.12) and Jamaal Charles (2.01). The best handcuff to Charles, who should be ready to go Week 1, Ware averaged 5.6 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns on 72 carries last season.

12.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

Leading up to the NFL Draft, one AFC running backs coach called Howard the "best runner in this year's draft" (via NFL.com). While I wouldn't go that far, the Bears are expected to use a hot-hand approach with their backfield, which gives Howard some late-round upside.

12.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Shedding 15 pounds this offseason, West has generated plenty of buzz in training camp and scored a pair of touchdowns in the preseason opener. With some uncertainty in Baltimore's backfield, West is at least worth a late-round flier.

12.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. While he's third in line for targets, his positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp.

12.05 - 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. Garcon is outside my top-75 fantasy receivers and undraftable in 12-team leagues, in my opinion.

12.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Now 33 years old, Sproles finished as a top-25 fantasy running back in PPR formats (RB33 in standard) last season. Especially given the durability track record of Ryan Mathews, it wouldn't surprise me if he finished as a top-50 fantasy running back in standard-scoring leagues (he's the RB52 in this mock).

12.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): 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.

12.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers

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

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

The Seahawks used multiple draft picks on running backs with Prosise being the earliest (Round 3). At a minimum, 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. With Christine Michael having an "awakening," however, it's possible that he has the second-most value after Thomas Rawls among the team's running backs this season.

12.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): 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).

12.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots

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 Bennett and Rob Gronkowski. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end.

12.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens used their 2015 first-round draft pick on Perriman, but the big-play wideout missed all of 2015 due to a PCL injury. In June, Perriman avoided an ACL tear as was initially feared, but there is no timetable for him to be activated from the active/PUP list. Perriman is expected to be activated for Week 1, but it's hard to get excited about Perriman or really any of the Ravens receivers in fantasy.

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Fantasy Football ADP: Biggest Weekly Risers/Fallers in Average Draft Position

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
QBMatthew Stafford, Detroit Lions-4.2 (126.5 on 8/7; 122.3 on 8/14)
RBBilal Powell, New York Jets-16.9 (124.9 on 8/7; 108.0 on 8/14)
WRSammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers-19.5 (134.7 on 8/7; 115.2 on 8/14)
TEJulius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars-9.9 (103.0 on 8/7; 93.1 on 8/14)


[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 Palmers-5.03% (79.5 on 8/7; 75.5 on 8/14)
RBBilal Powell, New York Jets-13.53%(124.9 on 8/7; 108.0 on 8/14)
WRSammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers-14.48%(134.7 on 8/7; 115.2 on 8/14)
TEJulius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars-9.61% (103.0 on 8/7; 93.1 on 8/14)

Biggest Fallers (Absolute Terms)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBAndy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals+3.1 (124.5 on 8/7; 127.6 on 8/14)
RBKenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens+25.4 (119.1 on 8/7; 144.5 on 8/14)
WRDorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans+19.0 (116.7 on 8/7; 135.7 on 8/14)
TEEric Ebron, Detroit Lions+9.6 (150.6 on 8/7; 160.2 on 8/14)

Biggest Fallers (Percentage)
Pos.PlayerADP change
QBAndy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals+2.49% (124.5 on 8/7; 127.6 on 8/14)
RBKenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens+21.33% (119.1 on 8/7; 144.5 on 8/14)
WRAlshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears+17.35% (21.9 on 8/7; 25.7 on 8/14)
TETyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals+6.57% (74.6 on 8/7; 79.5 on 8/14)

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 11

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

While this is a "slow" mock, we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses standard scoring (i.e., and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams and will last 12 rounds.

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

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

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

11.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

Finishing in the top 25 in both categories, Crowell carried the ball 185 times for 706 yards last season. He also added 19 catches for 182 yards and scored a total of five touchdowns. New coach Hue Jackson has talked up Crowell (and backfield mate Duke Johnson) and he has some upside in what should be a run-heavy offense.

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

One of the fastest players in the league, Dorsett, the team's first-round pick in 2015, had two or fewer receptions in 10 of 11 games played last season. While he's clearly behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief on the depth chart, Dorsett has some breakout potential and his production should improve considerably in his second season.

11.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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

11.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): 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 despite heading into his age-36 season. In fact, Rivers recently stated that it's a goal to get Gates eight TDs to pass Tony Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end.

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

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

11.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): 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. It's fair to wonder whether or not Wheaton will capitalize on his opportunity, especially considering the breakout potential of Sammie Coates.

11.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): 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). That said, I would prefer some other tight ends still available over Witten, such as Martellus Bennett, Dwayne Allen and Eric Ebron, to name a few.

11.09 - Kevin Hanson (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. Even though the Jets signed Matt Forte in free agency to replace Chris Ivory, Powell has plenty of upside this late given reports that the workload could be split fairly evenly between Forte and Powell.

11.10 - 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. Underutilized at Ohio State, Thomas will step into a fairly prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL. And early reports from training camp have been glowing.

11.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins

Many believed that Doctson was the best receiver in this year's rookie class, but it may be a season before his true impact is felt as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are still on the team's roster. 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.

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

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.

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Dallas Cowboys Fantasy Preview: Updated 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 Dallas Cowboys:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Tony Romo338490401832.813.721440.2283.82
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 Prescott18282061.317290.115.94
At the moment, Prescott, the team's fourth-round pick, is Romo's backup. Perhaps the team will add a veteran in free agency or even trade for Josh McCown, but Prescott looked great in the preseason opener as he tossed a pair of touchdowns.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Ezekiel Elliott27612569.1383501.8226
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 McFadden1105062.6181530.785.7
Despite injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant and not starting at the beginning of the season, McFadden scored the 13th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2015. Not only did McFadden play a full 16-game season for a second year in a row, but he reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career. That said, McFadden's workload is about to drop precipitously with Ezekiel Elliott set to take over the featured back role. In addition, it's no lock that he's ready for Week 1 following his June elbow surgery.
Alfred Morris7833236430.156.1
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. Assuming Alf makes the final 53-man roster, he could potentially steal a few goal-line touches from Elliott.
Lance Dunbar12520.1252381.337.4
Darius Jackson20880.43240.114.2

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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
Williams set career highs in targets (93), receptions (52) and yards (840), but he scored only three touchdowns. Provided that Bryant (foot) stays healthy, Williams is likely to see fewer targets, but he has finished as fantasy's WR44 or better in all three of his NFL seasons.
Cole Beasley484703.700069.2
Brice Butler162691.600036.5
Devin Street4410.20005.3

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jason Witten565384.580.8
In his age-33 season, Witten finished with 77 catches for 713 yards (career-low 9.3 Y/A) and three touchdowns. While there is virtually no upside with Witten, he had 11 games with 40-plus yards. As much as that sounds like 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 Hanna141410.818.9
Gavin Escobar6570.69.3

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San Diego Chargers Fantasy Preview: Updated 2016 Fantasy Football Projections

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

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Philip Rivers421629476831.513.221440.2309.12
With 661 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. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside at his current ADP to those who wait to draft a QB.
Zach Mettenberger35360.20.21-101.94

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Melvin Gordon23810006.2322050.9163.1
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, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in year two. Even though he had offseason microfracture surgery, Gordon appears to be fully recovered from the injury. And on a positive note, Gordon had a 44-yard TD reception in the preseason opener.
Danny Woodhead1044063.4706024.6148.8
No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totaled 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 behind only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson) in 2015.
Branden Oliver38135111860.329.9

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Keenan Allen11713408.7000186.2
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 Benjamin528584.22120112.2
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 even 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.
Tyrell Williams233801.800048.8
Dontrelle Inman233112.100043.7
James Jones141510.800019.9

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Antonio Gates586446.7104.6
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. In fact, Rivers recently stated that it's a goal to get Gates eight TDs to pass Tony Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end.
Hunter Henry252881.839.6

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2016 Fantasy Football 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 Mock Draft.

While this is a "slow" mock, we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses standard scoring (i.e., and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams and will last 12 rounds.

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

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

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

10.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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. Justin Forsett should open the season as the starter, but Dixon should see his role expand as the season progresses although Buck Allen and Terrance West will vie for touches as well.

10.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): 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.

10.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers

With 661 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.

Rivers appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in Fantasy Football Drafts

10.05 - 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 and could do so again in 2016.

10.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): 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 — in fact, even more talented than last year's group — and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).

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

There are some RBs still on the board that I'd prefer over Washington, who 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.”

10.08 - 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. With Evans clearly the guy in Tampa, Jackson provides some depth for Sean as his WR5.

10.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, 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.

10.10 - Brendan Donahue (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. Starting training camp on the active/PUP list, Graham (patellar tendon) has since been activated, but it's unclear how effective he'll be coming off his significant injury.

10.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): 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 (or fourth) in line for targets, but the improvement in quarterback play with Philip Rivers should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers even if he falls a little short.

10.12 - Dan Yanotchko (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) will lead the backfield in touches in 2016 as long as he remains healthy.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 12 teams, No. 7 pick, Super 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 (i.e., not PPR scoring) with QB-eligible flex
  • # of Teams: 12
  • Draft Slot: 7
  • 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:

1.07 - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: With this being a de facto 2-QB league, all four of my top-ranked QBs -- Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson -- were off the board before this pick. Jones led the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Antonio Brown) and yards (1,871) last season.

2.06 - 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.

3.07 - 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 Odell Beckham as his go-to receiver, Eli could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.

4.06 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Starting with Week 8 last season, things picked up for Anderson, who carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns. With Peyton Manning retiring, the Broncos should rely even more on their running game in 2016.

5.07 - 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. 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 and he's a lot cheaper on draft day.

6.06 - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Tate followed up a career-best season (99/1,331/4 in 2014) with another 90-catch season although he averaged just 9.0 Y/R in 2015. With the retirement of Calvin Johnson, however, Tate should lead the team in targets and he's been productive in the games that Megatron has missed.

7.07 - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: Over the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as the QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively. With Gase taking over as coach and second-year receiver DeVante Parker poised for a breakout, Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.

8.06 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most (14th in PPR) fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

9.07 - Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: Atop the team's depth chart, 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.

10.06 - Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers: No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totaled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Woodhead played just three games in 2014, but he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in each of his past three full seasons.

11.07 - 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 should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again.

12.06 - 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. Even though the Jets signed Matt Forte in free agency, the anticipated split in workload between the two backs appears to be relatively close.

13.07 - Jay Cutler, QB, 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).

14.06 - Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: 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" and his positive momentum has carried into training camp.

15.07 - Minnesota Vikings D/ST

16.06 - Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys

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2016 Fantasy Football 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 Mock Draft.

While this is a "slow" mock, we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses standard scoring (i.e., and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams and will last 12 rounds.

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

9.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans

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. A high-ceiling, low-floor selection for Dan, this is about three rounds earlier than his current ADP (11.12 via FFC).

9.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Filling in for Le'Veon Bell due to suspension and then injury, Williams finished as fantasy's RB4 in 2015. Williams racked up a total of 1,274 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns last year. With Bell facing a four-game suspension to open the season, Williams will have at least four startable weeks in fantasy (even though Bell believes he will win his appeal).

9.03 - 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 steal as the WR44 in this mock draft.

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9.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): 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.

9.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Green had offseason ankle surgery, but recurring headaches threaten his availability for the start of the season and there is even speculation that he may retire. If Green is ready for the start of the season, however, he should shatter previous career highs and he has fantasy top-10 upside.

9.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): 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.

9.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins

With Lamar Miller in Houston, Ajayi's workload was certain to jump in his sophomore campaign. To complicate matters, however, the Dolphins have signed free-agent running back Arian Foster to a one-year deal. Based on comments from Gase, it appears that Ajayi will be second in line for touches after Foster.

9.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): 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.

9.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): 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. 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.

9.10 - Kevin Hanson (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 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

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

9.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Fantasy Preview: Updated 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 Pittsburgh Steelers:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Ben Roethlisberger408603494530.816.924360.2308.9
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.
Landry Jones18312231.11.22-2011.92
Bruce Gradkowski23220.10.10001.18

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Le'Veon Bell2059435.7504251.4179.4
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 (even though he believes he will win his appeal), but Bell'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 Williams1436294.4302580.8119.9
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 Toussaint471320.75380.121.8

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Antonio Brown139186311.82130258.4
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?]
Sammie Coates457435000104.3
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" and his positive momentum has carried into training camp.
Markus Wheaton567004.500097
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, Wheaton had less than 20 yards seven times. Over the final six games, however, Wheaton had a total of 476 yards and four touchdowns. Given his inability to capitalize on the opportunity when Bryant was out last season, it's fair to wonder if he'll be able to do so this year.
Eli Rogers202301.2214031.6
Generating some buzz in training camp after missing all of last season with a foot injury, Rogers, the undrafted second-year player out of Louisville, was recently compared to Wayne Chrebet by OC Todd Haley. “Wayne Chrebet was probably more like this guy — quick, he’ll separate, catch the ball, make you miss.”
Darrius Heyward-Bey172131.500030.3
Martavis Bryant0000000
Bryant is suspended for all of 2016.

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Ladarius Green485664.382.4
The Steelers gave Green a large contract this offseason to take over for retired Heath Miller. Green had offseason ankle surgery, but recurring headaches threaten his availability for the start of the season and there is speculation that he may even get cut. If Green is ready for the start of the season, however, he should shatter previous career highs and he has fantasy top-10 upside.
Jesse James20198231.8

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 8

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

While this is a "slow" mock, we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses standard scoring (i.e., and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams and will last 12 rounds.

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

8.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): 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 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.

8.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

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.

8.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans

In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in 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 TE5 heading into 2016.

8.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

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

8.05 - Dan Yanotchko (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.

8.06 - Dan Yanotchko (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.

Snead appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in Fantasy Football Drafts

8.07 - Sean Beazley (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.

8.08 - 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. In fact, I'd prefer Ivory over Yeldon and I took Ivory at a few picks later.

8.09 - Brendan Donahue (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. Beyond Jordan Matthews, the Eagles have a bunch of question marks at receiver.

8.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Julius Thomas, TE, 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.

8.11 - 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 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.

8.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions

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 (as noted above). 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.

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Indianapolis Colts Fantasy Preview: Updated 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 Indianapolis Colts:

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Andrew Luck365614450735.617.2582902.6350.08
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. In addition to being in a high-volume passing offense, 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 Gore2409797282181.1168.3
Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 12th-most (14th in PPR) fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.
Josh Ferguson733211.8363061.884.3
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 Todman241030.58650.321.6
Robert Turbin21860.66470.218.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
T.Y. Hilton8013208.62130184.9
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 Moncrief7410668.9150160.5
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 soon-to-be 23-year-old has plenty of breakout appeal heading into his third season.
Phillip Dorsett466394.45310.194
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 he's clearly behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief on the depth chart, Dorsett has some breakout potential and his production should improve considerably in his second season.
Quan Bray111320.900018.6
Josh Boyce9910.700013.3

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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 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 Mock Draft.

While this is a "slow" mock, we will post picks as they are made and I will add comments for the picks as well.

The mock uses standard scoring (i.e., and each contributor will draft for three (of 12) teams and will last 12 rounds.


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

7.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): 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 is currently atop the team's depth chart, but he turns 31 in October and rookie Kenneth Dixon as well as Buck Allen and perhaps even Terrance West will push him for snaps and touches.

7.02 - Kevin Hanson (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 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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

7.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

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 Josh Gordon on the sidelines for the first four games, and the team should find themselves trailing and needing to throw often.

7.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): 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.

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

Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should 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. And given the depth at the position, it would be easy for Sean (or any Brady owner) to find a quality suspension-replacement for him late.

7.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): 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 2015. 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 appears more likely than not that Eifert (ankle) won't be ready for Week 1.

7.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

A little earlier than I would select Shepard, but the rookie out of Oklahoma will be the No. 2 option in the Giants offense behind Odell Beckham. In addition, the Giants ranked sixth in the NFL in pass attempts (623) last season and 11th in offensive plays run in 2015, but the Giants could play at an even faster pace in 2016. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie.

7.09 - Kevin Hanson (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, Jordan Howard and/or Ka'Deem Carey should see an expanded role as the season progresses.

Even though the team may go with the "hot hand" on a game-by-game basis, Langford is the favorite to lead the team in touches on a weekly basis. And with his ADP dropping mid-2nd round in mid-March to early-5th now (see ADP chart below), he's not a bad value near the end of the seventh round in this mock draft.

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

No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totaled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Woodhead played just three games in 2014, but he 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.

7.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): 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-20 fantasy receiver once again (as Amari Cooper takes a step forward), but he's a solid WR3 for this team.

7.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

This is a little earlier than I would have selected Coates, but he was someone that I was targeted a couple of rounds from here. No player saw their ADP increase more than Coates last week and it's a trend that may continue throughout fantasy draft season.

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. 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" and that momentum has carried into training camp.

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: 14 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: 14
  • Draft Slot: 10
  • Roster Setup: QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, K, D/ST, 6 Bench

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

1.10 - 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.

2.05 - 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. Repeating last year's numbers seems unlikely, but Marshall should finish with roughly 100 catches, 1,300 yards and 8-10 touchdowns.

3.10 - C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Drafted as a late first-round pick in many 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson started slowly. Starting with Week 8, however, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns and the team should be more run-heavy in the post-Peyton Manning era.

4.05 - 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. Provided he's ready for the start of the season (there was some speculation he could start the season on the reserve/PUP list) and maintains good health, Lewis is a high-end RB2 in this 14-team PPR mock draft.

5.10 - 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.

6.05 - 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.

7.10 - Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Falling short of the 1,000-yard milestone with a career-low 3.7 YPC average, Gore had the fifth-most touches and still scored the 14th-most PPR fantasy points among running backs last season. With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore made my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.

8.05 - Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy 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.

9.10 - Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Aiken had 75 catches for 944 yards in 2015, but his production could decline year over year depending on the health of the team's other receivers. Even so, it wouldn't surprise me if Aiken ends 2016 as the team's most productive fantasy receiver once again.

10.05 - 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 may be third 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.

11.10 - Martellus Bennett, TE, 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.

12.05 - 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).

13.10 - Houston Texans D/ST

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

15.10 - Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings:

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August 12, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

With the preseason getting underway on Thursday, we have updated our 2016 fantasy football positional rankings.


Here are our 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. Perhaps the Seahawks throw a bit more following Marshawn Lynch's retirement, but the dual-threat 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 661 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.

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