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December 31, 2016

Week 17 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 17 NFL picks against the spread:

Miami Dolphins +9.5 over New England Patriots (4 Units)

Happy New Year to all, and as always, Week 17 gives us divisional matchups, but most of the playoff questions have already been answered. The Patriots will either be the No. 1 or 2 seed, so I really think with Tom Brady and Malcolm Mitchell hobbled, you will see the starters exit the game in the 3rd quarter. The Dolphins have been the Patriots kryptonite at home, as the Patriots are 0-4 against the number in their last four trips to Miami. I think the Patriots will win this game, but winning by 9.5 will be a tall order on the road.

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Denver Broncos -1.5 over Oakland Raiders (5 Units)

This is a series that the Raiders have had the best of in the last few years, but I think Denver will rise up and play this one hard for pride. The Raiders were dealt a stunning loss in losing quarterback Derek Carr to a broken leg last week. The Raiders will enter this game with backup Matt McGloin facing the league's best passing defense that only gives up 187 yards per game. The Broncos have also been great against the number in recent history as well, as they have gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. The Broncos will load up the box, so they won't be gashed as bad as they were by the Raiders earlier this year, and I will give the points here.

Detroit Lions +3.5 over Green Bay Packers (3 Units)

This is definitely the marquee game of the week, as the winner guarantees their ticket to the playoffs. The Packers have been on a roll as of late, and Aaron Rodgers is just one game shy of his prediction to run the table. I really like the Lions at home though, due to the fact that they get a Packers passing defense that gives up 265 yards passing per game, and 30 touchdowns on the year. Both of these defenses will have problems stopping the pass, and I have a feeling that the last team to get the ball will win this game. As a berth in the postseason is on the line, I suspect this one will be close, and give me the home 'dog here, even though I think Green Bay will win.

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December 29, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 17

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 17?

Kevin Hanson: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Carolina Panthers ($4,900)

The great (and not-so-great) thing about Week 17 is that it's more difficult to figure out than any other week on the year. That said, there should be an abundance of value plays by the time Sunday rolls around. During other weeks, there are some value plays become extremely chalky.

Following a surprise inactive status for Doug Martin, Rodgers led the team in both usage and production -- 15/63/1 rushing and 2/15 receiving -- in Week 16. With Martin now suspended four games and set to be inactive on game day, Rodgers will dominate early-down work with Charles Sims assuming a change-of-pace role.

Not only are the Bucs six-point home favorites this weekend, but only the Falcons and Patriots are projected to score more points based on implied totals using Vegas odds. Rodgers won't get the 35 touches he had in his first matchup against the Panthers in Week 5 (with Martin/Sims out), but I could see 20-plus touches this week.

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Sean Beazley: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,500) and DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans ($6,500)

Week 17 is a tricky week to play because of all the meaningless games for playoff teams. It is important to keep track of all the news before 1 PM. These picks are purely speculation at this point, because they are from two playoff teams who have nothing to gain from a win on Sunday.

DeAngelo Williams ($5,500) -- Mike Tomlin has said that Le'Veon Bell is a candidate for rest on Sunday, and it makes complete sense to me that he sits. We just saw the Raiders Super Bowl dreams crumble last week when Derek Carr broke his leg. An injury to Bell would clearly hurt the Steelers chances to push forward in the playoffs.

We have seen what DeAngelo has done in the past as the lead back. He gets a dream matchup at home against our favorite punching bag defense, the Cleveland Browns. If Bell is out Sunday, I will be locking DeAngelo in on nearly 100 percent of my tournament teams. His price is far too low to what we can expect him to score.

DeAndre Hopkins ($6,500) -- Had Randy Bullock made that kick Sunday night, I would have been 100% Hopkins this week in a winner-take-all matchup vs. the Titans. The Texans have the division wrapped up, so I do think there will be some key players resting like Lamar Miller. I do think Nuk plays though, because the Texans really need to get this passing attack figured out before the playoffs start. This is the perfect spot to iron out the kinks versus the Titans, who get torched by opposing WRs.

John Trifone: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers ($7,700)

Week 17 has a lot of uncertainty right now. We're still waiting to find out who exactly will be resting, who will be taking a look at rookies, who may start the game but not finish, etc. Some we know, much we will find out later in the week. At this point, I think Aaron Rodgers is as safe a bet to give you a great floor and high ceiling. He's expensive, but you know what you're getting with Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. They need to win at Detroit to clinch the division, and the Lions pass defense has been the worst or among the worst most of the year. I think Rodgers is worth the hefty price tag this week.

Dan Yanotchko: Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions ($6,600)

This week you have to take guys that have something to play for, so I like Golden Tate of the Lions. He has a great last-four split with 378 yards on 34 receptions on 40 targets. The Packers give up a ton of passing yards per game with 265 and 30 touchdowns to boot. I look for a shootout in the dome, with the winner going to the playoffs.

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December 24, 2016

Week 16 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 16 NFL picks against the spread:

San Diego Chargers -4.5 over Cleveland Browns (4 Units)

I think this one is almost too good to be true, but looking at this Cleveland defense I can't justify them hanging close with the Chargers. The Browns have been historically bad this year, and this is probably their best shot to win a game as they have Pittsburgh to finish up the season. The Browns just can't stop anyone as they allow 155 yards rushing per game and 4.8 yards per carry, and they allow opposing passers 245 yards per game and 31 touchdowns. I just think the Chargers have too much for them, and also RG3 looked really bad in his return. I just don't think the Browns will win a game all year, and San Diego should easily win big here.

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Los Angeles Rams -4.5 over San Francisco 49ers (3 Units)

I know the history trend is always to take the 49ers anytime they are playing the Rams, but this week for the Rams at home will be different, as the 49ers are playing some really awful ball right now. The 49ers have one of the worst rushing defenses in memory, as they allow 176 yards rushing per game, and also 5.0 yards per carry. I think the Rams game plan will be to run Todd Gurley about 600 times this game, as they might not even let Jared Goff attempt a pass. I also like the ability of the Rams front four to get pressure on Colin Kaepernick, and they will be able to bottle up Carlos Hyde. In a game that is unwatchable, I like for Gurley to have his breakout game for the fantasy championships.

Detroit Lions +6 over Detroit Lions (4 Units)

I think this game is pretty simple, as Dallas has nothing to play for, and the Lions have everything to play for. The Cowboys have home field throughout the playoffs sewn up, and I think this will be a rotation game where Ezekiel Elliot will see a lot less touches. The Lions have traditionally had good luck against the Cowboys, as they have gone 4-1 against the spread in their last five. The main reason I like Detroit, is that they can attack a weak Dallas pass defense that allows 265 yards passing per game, a 68% completion percentage, and 23 passing touchdowns on the year. We all know the Lions are the king of the comeback this year, and they will certainly be within a touchdown of the Cowboys.

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December 18, 2016

Week 15 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 15 NFL picks against the spread:

Kansas City Chiefs -6 over Tennessee Titans (3 Units)

This is the week to separate the wheat from the chaff, and although I really love what Tennessee has done this year, I think showing up on the road at Arrowhead after an emotional win against Denver will be too much. The Chiefs have found a potent passing attack lately as Jeremy Maclin has returned to action with the recent discovery of Mr. All Purpose, Tyreek Hill. The Titans can certainly be exploited on the back end, as their secondary has given up 275 yards passing per game and 22 touchdowns on the year. I think the Chiefs just have too many weapons with Travis Kelce, Spencer Ware, Hill and Maclin so I really love KC at home in this one.

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Oakland Raiders -3 over San Diego Chargers (3 Units)

This game is quite the rivalry, and sadly it could be one of the last times we can say that it's San Diego vs. Oakland, as in the coming years it could be Los Angeles vs. Las Vegas. The Chargers have great personnel, but they have just lost way too many games as a result of the injury bug, and emerging star Melvin Gordon is the most recent to join this list. The Raiders were embarrassed by the Chiefs last week on Thursday night, and I have the hunch that a team being embarrassed (and getting four extra days to prepare) will do well the next week. The Raiders will be able to move the ball against a Chargers secondary that allows 261 yards passing per game, and 18 touchdowns on the year. I think the loss of Gordon will be too much, and the Raiders need this game in the worst way.

New England Patriots -3 over Denver Broncos (4 Units)

I really think that this is the lowest spread that the Patriots have had this year since the return of Tom Brady this season. (Oh and by the way, according to the Giants/Steelers game two weeks ago the ideal gas law exists ... because of, you know, science.) I know that everyone thinks that Brady will be coming out and throwing the ball all over the field, but I really think that the game plan will be similar to the AFC title game against the Colts, which was to pound the ball on the ground. The Broncos can certainly be had on the ground, as they allow 127 yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry, while having surrendered 12 touchdowns on the year. The Patriots will also be able to make the Broncos play one-dimensional, and force Trevor Siemian to beat them through the air, as they only allow 90.2 yards rushing per game. This will be revenge for last year's AFC title game, and I look for the Pats to keep on rolling.

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December 14, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 15

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 15?

Sean Beazley: Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills ($5,900)

I really like Sammy Watkins this week in GPPs. I had 20% exposure to Watkins in tournaments last week and will probably have a little more this week as he gets a great matchup vs. the Browns. This is an offense you can definitely stack with Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy as well. Many may be off the Tyrod train this week, but I am all aboard. Watkins appears to be healthy finally and he has as much upside as any WR in the league giving his deep play potential. I could see a 8/140/2 type of game from him this week vs. the Browns.

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Kevin Hanson: Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons ($6,700/$5,000)

Last week, I went with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas as a double-WR stack against the poor Titans pass defense and both WRs reached the 100-yard mark on a combined 30 targets. Many of my tournament lineups this week will feature a pair of Falcons running backs against the woeful 49ers run defense. (Virtually all of my lineups will have one, if not both, of these two backs.)

The 49ers have allowed 10 100-yard rushers in their past 12 games with Jordan Howard (32/117/3) and Bilal Powell (29/145/2) doing plenty of damage in Weeks 13 and 14, respectively. No team has allowed more yards per carry (4.99) to opposing running backs, who have also rushed for 19 touchdowns and added three more receiving scores.

With Freeman coming off a disappointing performance in their blowout win, that will hopefully keep his ownership down slightly. Especially if Julio Jones plays (at less than 100 percent), I could see the Freeman/Coleman duo racking up 200-300 YFS, 5-10 receptions and a couple of touchdowns in this dream matchup.

Brendan Donahue: Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ($5,700)

Hill's speed was on display on national TV last Thursday night and it seems like KC is figuring out what kind of weapon they now have in Hill. Over his past five games, he has caught at least four balls and had at least 52 receiving yards and scored double-digits on DK in each so he is starting to establish a decent floor. Within those five, he's also had three games where he's scored over 20 points with a high over 32.5 so he's also establishing a really high ceiling. This week he gets the Titans, who have given up the most points to opposing WRs so he's a must-play for me this week at just $5,700.

John Trifone: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens ($3,800)

The clear value play at running back, Dixon is coming off a good game against the Patriots Monday night. He out-touched Terrance West with 11 carries and eight receptions, and should continue to see increased usage. Salaries came out before Dixon's good game, so I wouldn't overthink it. He's a solid option and the low price tag will help get in some of the higher-priced guys.

Dan Yanotchko: LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots ($5,000)

This week I have LeGerette Blount of the Patriots going up against the Denver Broncos. Last year the Broncos hit Tom Brady 20 times in the AFC Championship Game, and this year the Broncos are soft against the run. They allow 127 yards per game, 4.2 yards per carry, and 12 touchdowns on the year, and have allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last three games. Blount has an impressive four-game split -- 66 carries, 351 yards and two touchdowns. They are going to play this game like the Colts, run them into the ground.

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December 07, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 14

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 14?

Sean Beazley: Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos ($5,100)

I am targeting a QB this week who is near minimum salary facing a defense that has giving up 21 or more points in seven straight games. That QB is Trevor Siemian at $5,100. Siemian is out of a walking boot, and from early reports is on track to play vs. the Titans this week.

The Titans did release CB Perrish Cox, who was one player we all loved to target in DFS, but their backups are just as bad. This team makes mediocre QBs like Matt Barkley look like Hall-of-Famers. I’ll be running a dozen-plus Siemian GPP stacks this week as I think they will be pretty much unowned.

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Kevin Hanson: Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, WRs, Denver Broncos ($6,000/$5,700)

In his past seven games, Thomas has double-digit targets in six games. Meanwhile, Sanders has a minimum of nine targets in five consecutive games. Both of these wide receivers dominate team targets so they should combine for roughly 20 or so in a great matchup against the Titans. This year, the Titans have allowed 173 catches (5th-most in NFL) for 2,227 yards (3rd-most) and 14 touchdowns (tied, 7th-most) to opposing wide receivers. Based on their bargain salaries, Thomas (19th-most expensive WR) and Sanders (23rd-most) should easily exceed value with plenty of upside.

Brendan Donahue: Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers ($5,800)

Yes, I am going with the guy who set an NFL record last week by actually being sacked more times than he had yards passing in the game. I am willing to chalk that performance up to the weather. This pick might even have more to do with who the Niners are playing, as the Jets defense not only got torched by the Colts but looked disinterested while they were out there. Again, if you can overlook last week's performance, Kapernick was performing as a top-three fantasy QB over the previous four weeks and while he might not be the safest play, I am willing to take a chance on him for tournaments this week at just $5,800 at home vs. the Jets.

John Trifone: Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers ($4,900)

The Jets defense on Monday night was absolutely terrible. With nothing left to play for and Bryce Petty taking over at quarterback for the last four games, I expect the 49ers and Hyde to have plenty of opportunities to put up fantasy points. When healthy, Hyde has been a workhorse back, and I think a 100-yard game and a touchdown is well within his range of outcomes. He could score multiple TDs, but certainly has a safe floor with upside. For $4,900, he's a strong play his week.

Dan Yanotchko: Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals ($6,100)

This week I like Andy Dalton of the Bengals, as he has the best possible matchup in the Browns. Dalton last two 300-yard games were 332 yards last week against Philly and 308 in Week 6 vs. Cleveland. The Browns passing defense is really bad allowing 259 yards per game, 28 touchdowns and they only have eight interceptions and 17 sacks on the year. It will definitely be raining points for the ginger.

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December 04, 2016

Week 13 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 13 NFL picks against the spread:

Atlanta Falcons -5.5 over Kansas City Chiefs (3 Units)

This week, the Chiefs have another massive road test flying out to the East coast to take on the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. The Chiefs are coming off a big emotional divisional game against the defending champions, and I think they will be due for a let-down this week. The Falcons have exactly the right personnel available to attack the Chiefs, as Kansas City's secondary has been like a sieve this year to opposing wide receivers. The Chiefs allow 261 yards passing to opposing quarterbacks, and they also have given up 20 touchdowns through the air as well. I really like the Falcons at home in the dome, and having Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Taylor Gabriel to go against a Chiefs team that will be without Jeremy Maclin again.

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Miami Dolphins +3.5 over Baltimore Ravens (3 Units)

The Dolphins will certainly have a test this week to see if they are truly for real, as they are coming into this game winners of their last six ball games. The Ravens lead the AFC North for now, and one would think that the Ravens at home with the best run defense in the league will slow down Jay Ajayi. Over the last six games, Ajayi has been on fire, as he has posted the following split 730 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns over that span. Also, don't sleep on the Dolphins passing offense, as they have emerged with dual threats in Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, and you can certainly exploit the Ravens secondary that gives up 223 yards passing per game and 20 touchdowns. I think this will be a close game overall and when in doubt, take the points as always.

Chicago Bears +2 over San Francisco 49ers (4 Units)

Outside of Cleveland of course, this game features the two other worst teams in the league, and well, I think, this one is more for draft positioning than anything. Although the Bears have lost two starting quarterbacks this year, Matt Barkely did a credible job last week in his first start, and if it wasn't for the backup receivers having the drops, they would have beaten Tennessee. The Bears have also found a bright spot in running back Jordan Howard, who over the last four games has posted a stat line of 414 yards rushing, two touchdowns, and also hauled in eight catches for 114 yards as well. Howard has the dream matchup against a 49ers defense that allows 171.8 yards rushing per game and 5.1 yards per carry. I know a lot of people love Colin Kaepernick this week, but the Bears are better than the Niners at home.

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November 30, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 13

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Roundtable post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 13?

Sean Beazley: Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions ($5,800)

The past few weeks, the chalk has crumbled which has led to a major dent in my bankroll. I am going to get back on track this week and the one player I love this week is Theo Riddick. Riddick has a very reasonable salary at $5,800.

The Lions have a date with the Saints on the road this week, and we just saw how good Drew Brees and the Saints offense was this past week vs. a good defense. This week, they get the Lions defense, one of the worst in the NFL vs. the pass. Points for New Orleans equals opportunity for Riddick in the passing game in catch-up mode. I could see Riddick easily getting 8-10 receptions for 100 yards and a TD this week, which would more than pay off his value in receiving stats alone.

This is also a great game to stack in tournaments as it should be the highest-scoring of the week. This will be a popular stack, so going a little contrarian in your non-stack part of your lineup will be needed to differentiate yourself from the field. Game stack example: Matthew Stafford, Riddick, Golden Tate, Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener.

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Kevin Hanson: Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs ($4,700)

I debated a few players here and I debated listing Jordan Howard as it's always a wise move to start running backs facing the 49ers. Another player at a different position that will be in the mix to be my most-owned player is Kelce.

Kelce has hit the 100-yard mark in back-to-back games with a total of 15 catches in those two games. In fact, he had 15 targets on Sunday Night Football against the Broncos. Granted, that game went to overtime, but he has at least seven catches, nine targets and 100 yards in three of his past five games with a favorable matchup on tap. Only five teams that allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, but two of those teams -- Browns (bye) and Cowboys (TNF) -- won't play on the main Sunday slate.

Even though he has scored only one touchdown in his past five games (and none in his past four), Kelce has finished with 20-plus DK points three times. Priced below six other tight ends, Kelce is a top-two option for me this week.

Brendan Donahue: Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers ($6,100)

For a guy that has garnered a lot of attention for his off-the-field actions, he's surprisingly stayed pretty under the radar for his on-the-field performance for fantasy owners. In his last four games, he's averaged 26.9 points per game on DraftKings that culminated with a 37.1-point effort last week against a pretty good defense in Miami. In that game, he ran for 103 yards and facing a Bears defense that will be missing their top two linebackers, I can see him scrambling for a few longs runs once he breaks containment from the defensive line. He continues to produce as a top-10 QB, but DraftKings still has yet to catch up to his production as he is still only priced as the 13th-highest QB this week.

John Trifone: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears ($6,900)

Even though I want as much of the Saints/Lions game as possible, I'm going to recommend Jordan Howard as a top play. At $6,900, he's a substantial discount from top backs like David Johnson or Le'Veon Bell, but should have a comparable floor and even ceiling in Week 13. The 49ers were actually decent against Jay Ajayi in Week 12, but Miami was missing multiple starters on the O-line. I'm not putting too much stock in the performance. The 49ers run D has been atrocious all year. They play at a fast pace and Howard has been getting the volume as the lead back for Chicago. They should rely on him heavily this week, making his $6,900 price tag a bargain.

Dan Yanotchko: Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions ($5,800)

This week, I like Theo Riddick of the Lions as I think he will not be selected as much of the other options at running back. Riddick fits well with PPR formats, as he is averaging six receptions per game over his last four, and he has been targeted 29 times. The Saints have allowed 13 touchdowns on the ground, and 27 FPTS to opposing runners in PPR format.

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November 26, 2016

Week 12 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 12 NFL picks against the spread:

Tennessee Titans -6 over Chicago Bears (5 Units)

These are the games that you have to win if you want to take the jump into the league's upper teams, and the Titans are primed to win this game and the chance to be just one game down in the AFC South race. This week it looks like the Bears will start their third quarterback of the year in Matt Barkley, as Jay Cutler will miss this one. I do foresee the Bears leaning heavily on Jordan Howard, but he will be going up against a stout Titans rush defense that only gives up 92.1 yards per game to opposing backs. The Bears are just missing too many playmakers for this game being down Cutler, Alshon Jeffrey, and Zach Miller to keep this one close. I would look for another steady day from DeMarco Murray, and the Titans will win this one on the road.

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New England Patriots -8 over New York Jets (3 Units)

The Patriots just haven't looked like themselves the last two weeks, but as the calendar starts to turn to December, we all know that the Pats play their best ball. New England has done phenomenal against the number this year, as they have posted an 8-2 mark. This will be the type of bounce-back game from the Patriots, as I look for Tom Brady and company to take advantage of a weak Jets secondary that allows 261 yards passing per game and 16 touchdowns on the year. The Jets have also had trouble moving the ball all year, and while the Pats may give up the yards, you simply don't score touchdowns on them. Even though it is a high number, I think this is a game that the Patriots will be executing at the level that they are used to.

Kansas City Chiefs +3.5 over Denver Broncos (3 Units)

This game is the certainly the marquee matchup of the week, as the clash of two great defenses has been flexed to primetime. I like the Chiefs ability to come into Mile High and come out with the win, because they are a much better running team than throwing the ball. The Broncos can be had on the ground, as they allow an astounding 123.7 yards per game, and 4.4 yards per carry. I also love the Chiefs pressure defense going against a rookie QB in Trevor Siemian, and also the Chiefs lead the league with 13 interceptions on the year. This game will certainly be close with the caliber of both defenses, so I will be taking the points here.

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November 23, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 12

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 12?

Brendan Donahue: Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks ($5,700)

I think last weekend was a prime example of why more and more people have started to switch over to DFS vs. season-long leagues. While the rash of injuries most likely ruined some teams in season-long leagues, it opened up some nice opportunities for us this weekend who are playing on DraftKings. The main one I like this week is Thomas Rawls, who is unquestionably the featured back for Seattle as they only have two running backs currently on the roster after cutting Christine Michael and the injury to C.J. Prosise.

Rawls has already shown that he's ready for a larger workload as he was forced into more action last week and carried the ball 14 times and caught it three times. Rawls was a fantasy difference-maker down the stretch last year and now with his increased role and a good matchup against Tampa Bay, I will be putting him in almost all my lineups at just $5,700 this week.

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Kevin Hanson: Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks ($6,700)

The Sunday-slate wide receiver options aren't great this week as Antonio Brown plays on Thursday, Julio Jones draws shadow coverage from Mike Evans will likely be shadowed by Richard Sherman and A.J. Green tore his hamstring last week.

With Russell Wilson playing better (now at full health), the Seahawks offense is one of my favorite team stacks this weekend. I will have many tournament lineups with Wilson paired up with Rawls, Baldwin and/or Jimmy Graham this weekend. One week after hauling in three touchdowns, Baldwin reached the 100-yard mark and he now has back-to-back top-10 PPR performances.

Sean Beazley: Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, WRs, Arizona Cardinals ($7,000, $4,300)

I just came off my worst week playing NFL DFS, but I'm ready to get back on the winning side this week. There is one particular game I really like this week and it's the Arizona-Atlanta game. This game should have a ton of points.

People will see that "green 31" next to David Johnson's name and want to jam him in. I will have my fair share of DJ this week (including cash) and I really like Larry Fitzgerald at $7,000 and Michael Floyd at $4,300. This Atlanta team can be thrown on, and for some strange reason, Arians doesn't like to run the ball even though he has the league's best RB. I believe both will have lower ownership this week and make a great natural leverage play off DJ.

John Trifone: Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals ($4,000)

With A.J. Green likely done for the year, Boyd may emerge as the top wideout on the team. He had eight catches and a touchdown last week, the game in which AJG went down early on. He's also got a matchup with the Ravens, who have one of the league's top run defenses. This looks like a good spot for a cheap WR to have a solid floor with big potential upside.

Dan Yanotchko: Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks ($5,700)

This week I like Thomas Rawls of the Seahawks, as he has a under-the-radar matchup against Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have allowed 114.3 yards per game, 4.3 yards per carry, and nine touchdowns this season. Rawls will be seeing a plenty of action this week, as C.J. Prosise is on the shelf, and Seattle has limited options on the depth chart.

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November 19, 2016

Week 11 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 11 NFL picks against the spread:

Jacksonville Jaguars +6 over Detroit Lions (3 Units)

So, this isn't the surprise season that everyone thought Jacksonville would have, and also it certainly appears that after four years of futility that coach Gus Bradley will be out the door as well. I think if only for a week, Blake Bortles can get back on track against a really bad Detroit Lions pass defense.

The Lions allow 259 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, at 74% completion percentage, and have allowed 20 touchdowns through the air as well. Compound this with Jacksonville's improving pass defense that only gives up 204 yards per game, which is good for fourth in the league.

I really think that the Lions will win this game outright at home, but the way that they can't stop the pass and Allen Robinson has some momentum coming into this game, it will be a close one.

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New York Giants -7.5 over Chicago Bears (4 Units)

This is the type of game that New York will struggle in, and also Chicago will find a way to win, but I really think this season is just a lost cause for the Bears right now. The worst possible thing for the Bears happened this week with Alshon Jeffrey being suspended, and as he is the go-to guy for Jay Cutler this offense will be anemic.

The Bears will not only be toothless on offense, but their passing defense is just too weak for the likes of Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Sheppard at home. The Bears allow 243 yards per game to opposing passers and a robust 66.7 completion percentage as well. I like the Giants at home here, as Chicago just doesn't have any mismatches available against New York.

Miami Dolphins -2 over Los Angeles Rams (4 Units)

This will certainly be an odd game, as finally the No. 1 pick in Jared Goff will make his season debut, and I am certain that this call is coming in from above Jeff Fisher's head. I don't know what else there is to really say about one of the most average coaches in league history having Goff start the year at number 3 on the depth chart.

The other reason that I like Miami in this game is the Ryan Tannehill might actually have a chance to stand in the pocket, and not be killed by a surprisingly weak Rams pass rush. The Rams haven't surrendered many yards to opposing quarterbacks, but they have only compiled 16 sacks and five interceptions on the year.

Combine Todd Gurley's struggles, the Dolphins loading up the box, and a No. 1 pick waiting 11 weeks to start due to ability in practice ... I'm going Miami here.

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November 13, 2016

Week 10 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 10 NFL picks against the spread:

Houston Texans +2.5 over Jacksonville Jaguars (3 Units)

The Texans are going to need this game plain and simple to stay in front of a tightened AFC South race, and they have the Jags on tap this week, who they have recently dominated. The Texans have posted an impressive 4-1 mark against the spread in their last five, but what's more telling is the fact that you have to go back to December of 2013 to find the last time the Jaguars beat them straight up. The Jaguars have certainly found a decent secondary to work with, but I am looking for Houston to attack Jacksonville on the ground, as Brock Osweiler just cannot be trusted. I love the matchup of Lamar Miller going up against a rushing defense that allows 116 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry. I like the Texans to continue their recent dominance on the road.

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Green Bay Packers -3 over Tennessee Titans (3 Units)

This is a Packers team that just hasn't looked right all year, but I think they will be fine come playoff time, and they have to pick up these games against AFC South opponents. While everyone has said that Aaron Rodgers just doesn't look right this year, and I tend to agree, but the Pack has been winning games with defense. This week, I predict a low total for DeMarco Murray, as the Packers lead the league in rushing defense only allowing 3.3 yards per carry, and 75.8 yards per game. The Titans have been a great story, and I think Marcus Mariota has been the most improved player in the league this year, but I just don't see them knocking off the heavyweights of the league just yet.

New England Patriots -8 over Seattle Seahawks (3 Units)

Wow, this is certainly not the gap we would expect between these two teams, but I really think this will be one of the classic Patriots prime time blowouts. The deck is already stacked against Seattle, as they are flying across the country, playing on a short week, and oh the Patriots had their bye last week as well. Tom Brady has been playing like a man possessed, and I think he will still attack a Seahawks secondary that allows a 62.4% completion percentage to opposing QBs. Another benefit in the Patriots favor, is the absence of Michael Bennett, who can take over a game just by himself, and also this will be the first time in a month that Kam Chancellor has played as well. I think the Patriots have the right matchup of quickness inside with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, and the Seahawks still can't matchup with Rob Gronkowski. It's a big number, but all the factor arrows point to New England.

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November 09, 2016

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 10

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 10?

Sean Beazley: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears ($6,600)

I am assuming most people will target David Johnson this week, so you are going to need to be very wise with how you spend the rest of your salary. The price point I am looking at for my WRs is between $5,500-$7,000. There are a bunch of great tournament plays in this group that could have the same type of ceiling as some of the top options this week.

One of the players that I am interested in this week is Alshon Jeffery. I really like the Jay Cutler/Jeffery stack vs. a Tampa defense that is ranked 27th in the NFL vs. the pass. Alshon finally looks healthy and he has seen 32 targets in his past three games.

We have seen what Jeffery’s ceiling is in the past. I could see a 8/140/2 type of game here. I definitely will be overweight on Alshon this week.

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Kevin Hanson: David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals ($8,400)

Perhaps my final ownership will be less than 100 percent, but there will be no other time this season that I will come this close to 100-percent ownership on a player than this specific week and with this specific player. The only concern is the massive spread (nearly two TDs) and that the Cardinals take their proverbial foot off the gas, but no team has a higher implied total than the Cardinals (31.0).

Not only have the 49ers surrendered the most fantasy points to opposing running backs, but they have allowed seven consecutive 100-yard rushers. The 49ers are allowing RBs a league-most 5.48 YPC and only the Browns and Saints (14 each) have allowed more total touchdowns to RBs (13).

So, how much will an elite running back like Johnson rack up this week? Well, he was one of those seven rushers and had 27 carries for a season-high 157 yards and two touchdowns with three catches for 28 yards in his first matchup against them in Week 5.

Perhaps he won't match his Week 5 performance, but no player has a higher floor and ceiling this week than DJ.

John Trifone: Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans ($5,700)

Early on, there doesn't appear to be a ton of great value, so paying down at QB is a good way to give yourself some extra spending. Mariota has been outstanding the last few weeks and has at least 17 DK points in each of his last five games. Tennessee is at home against Green Bay this week, in what should be one of the higher-scoring games of the week. I like Mariota to easily pay off his salary, but also offer the high upside of some of the top-tier QBs this week.

Brendan Donahue: Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles ($4,300)

This is the second week in a row I'm picking Sproles even after he let me down a bit last week with a somewhat disappointing performance. The good news is that Coach Pederson reiterated that Sproles is the lead back and that was evidenced by him getting 60 snaps to just eight for Ryan Mathews. It is also encouraging that he was targeted nine times even though he was only able to catch one-third of them. In what should be a shootout with Atlanta, I expect him to get at least that many targets again, if not more. It seems that DraftKings has not properly factored in his new usage into their pricing as he is only $4,300 this week, which is the 33rd-priced RB and one of the best values of the week.

Dan Yanotchko: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears ($6,000)

This week, I like Jordan Howard of the Bears as he has a great matchup against the Buccaneers. Howard is rested off a bye, but he gashed an excellent Vikings defense for 202 yards from scrimmage two weeks ago. The Buccaneers have been soft against the run giving up 118 yards per game 4.1 yards per carry, and eight touchdowns on the year. Howard will be under the radar this week with Jay Ajayi, David Johnson, and Ezekiel Elliot having favorable matchups, but I love his matchup.

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November 06, 2016

Week 9 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 9 NFL picks against the spread:

New Orleans Saints -5 over San Francisco 49ers (4 Units)

The Saints have been one of the pleasant surprises this year, and I think they have a strong chance to be the new team to win the NFC South this year. The 49ers have been pretty sad this year, and it looks like they are quite a few years away from regaining their past glory. The 49ers have been amazingly bad against the run this year, as they have allowed a whopping 185 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. The 49ers have been really bad against the spread this year as well, as they have posted a lowly 1-6 mark. The Saints just have too much firepower for the Niners, and the Saints will continue their impressive run of form as of late.

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Detroit Lions +6.5 over Minnesota Vikings (3 Units)

I truly don't know what to think about the Vikings, as they have looked like Super Bowl contenders for the first quarter of the season, yet drop two embarrassing losses as of late and they only posted 10 points in each game. Although the Vikings have played better at home, they have some glaring weaknesses that can be exploited such as their offensive line. The Vikings have had problems not only running the ball this year, but also in protecting the quarterback as they have allowed Sam Bradford to be sacked 19 times in six starts. I think the Lions will be able to hang with Minnesota this week, as the Vikings can be attacked on the ground, as they allow 4.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs. I think the Lions are within a TD for this game.

Tennessee Titans +4.5 over San Diego Chargers (3 Units)

The Titans have been yet another one of the surprise teams this year, and with the AFC South being what it is, they actually have a shot to compete for the division crown. The Titans have been the epitome of smashmouth football this year, as they have averaged 152 yards per game this year, and 4.9 yards per carry on the ground. The Chargers have been traditionally bad against the run the past few years, and they have yielded 11 touchdowns to opposing running backs this year. The Titans have also gotten Marcus Mariota going well this year, as he has passed for 224 yards per game and 14 touchdowns on the year. I think the Titans can hang close on the road, and will certainly be in this game down to the wire.

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October 30, 2016

Week 8 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 8 NFL picks against the spread:

Indianapolis Colts +3 over Kansas City Chiefs (3 Units)

The Colts have been somewhat resurgent as of late, and they will head into this game at home facing the Kansas City Chiefs, who are middling as well at 4-3. I always like the Colts at home on the fast track and the Chiefs haven't been that great against the pass this year. Kansas City allows 257 passing per game to opposing quarterbacks, they have only compiled eight sacks so far this year, and if it wasn't for that stinker by Ryan Fitzpatrick, they would only have four picks.

Recent history has also not been kind to the Chiefs as well, as they are 1-4 against the Colts and the number in their last five games. I will take the Colts at home, as they will get back to .500.

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New York Jets -2.5 over Cleveland Browns (3 Units)

The Jets have certainly started slow this season, but that is because the schedule has not been easy with the first seven games, and now they get an easier task going against the winless Browns. This game will come down to being won on the ground, as the Jets have one of the best rushing defenses in the league that allows an average of 74.9 yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry.

The flip side is that the Browns have the second-worst rushing defense in the league, as they allow a whopping 139.9 yards per game, and 4.7 yards per carry. I would look for a heavy dose of Matt Forte, and they will limit the amount of throws for Fitzpatrick. I like the Jets on the road.

Minnesota Vikings -5 over Chicago Bears (4 Units)

The Bears are bad, and they have an even worse relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler, who recently said "they have no choice but to start me." I am thinking that even with a broken arm, John Fox wishes that Brian Hoyer could start for him instead of Cutler.

The Vikings will be able to make this game very one-dimensional, as they excel at stopping the run by only allowing 81.7 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. I also will look for the Vikings to attack the Bears through the air, as the Chicago secondary gives up 243 yards passing per game, and allows a 67-percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks. I think the Vikings get back on track here on Monday night, as the Bears are pretty hapless.

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October 26, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 8

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 8?

Sean Beazley: Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks, $

You're either a narrative guy, or you’re not. I don't go out of my way looking for a narrative game (revenge, birthday, homecoming, etc.), but there are some that just fall into your laps each week. This week, we get the Jimmy Graham “Revenge” game after being discarded by the Saints front office and traded away to Seattle.

Graham gets an extremely soft matchup with the Saints pass defense, who is among the worst in the league. This game is also in New Orleans which is always a good sign for some extra points. Each week, TE is usually a spot to plug in someone for $3,500 or less to get some savings, so Graham could come in at a pretty low ownership percentage, which is ideal for tournaments. Fire up Graham everywhere this week.

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Kevin Hanson: Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos, $3,700

If anything, the drawback to owning Booker this week will be his increased ownership levels following Monday night's performance (17/83/1 rushing). Playing more snaps than "starter" C.J. Anderson, Booker also had more touches (18) than CJA (16). While I don't expect him to out-snap, out-touch Anderson this week (or most weeks), his role in the offense had been steadily increasing before his big game in Week 7.

Since Week 3, Booker's percentage of his team's carries has increased every week: 17.39% (W3), 21.88% (W4), 25.00% (W5), 31.25% (W6) and 48.57% (W7). Productive this season on a per-touch basis (4.78 YPC) and a favorable matchup to exploit this week, Booker offers plenty of upside and cost relief for owners looking to fit in high-priced studs elsewhere.

- Related: Booker topped my list of waiver-wire adds at RB this week

Brendan Donahue: Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos, $3,700

Denver said before the Texans game that they wanted to get Booker more involved in the offense and they were true to their word. Booker ran the ball 17 times for 83 yards and a touchdown and actually out-snapped C.J. Anderson 35 to 28. His talent is obvious on the field and I think he at the very least keeps a 50/50 share with Anderson going forward and at just $3700 this week against a Chargers defense that ranks 30th vs opposing RB's on the year, he is a great value play on DK this week.

John Trifone: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $8,100

Evans isn't cheap this week, but he's also not quite in the Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham, A.J. Green range yet, and he should be. With Vincent Jackson done for the year, Evans is an absolute target monster. He's had between 11-18 targets in each of his last five games with Week 1 being his only game that wasn't double digits (seven). Jameis Winston is still a young quarterback and he locks onto his favorite target more than a veteran might. In a PPR format like DK, Evans is a tough fade -- even at $8,100.

Dan Yanotchko: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts, $

This week, I am going with T.Y. Hilton of the Colts as I think his ownership will be a little less than Mike Evans of the Buccaneers. Hilton has been a true workhorse all year, 45 receptions on 76 targets for 689 yards receiving and four touchdowns . The Colts get the Chiefs on the fast track at home in Indianapolis, and the Chiefs do allow 257 yards passing per game, and surprisingly they only have gotten eight sacks. This means Andrew Luck might actually live another week behind that offensive line.

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October 23, 2016

Week 7 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 7 NFL picks against the spread:

Indianapolis Colts +3.5 over Tennessee Titans (3 Units)

The Colts have been one of the stranger teams this year, as they have really struggled out of the gate, and the Titans have certainly been a very nice surprise, as they have the chance to be over .500 for the first time in a long time after Sunday.

I think this will be the game that gets the Colts back on track, as they certainly have history on their side. The Colts have really run over the Titans as of late, as they have posted an impressive 8-1 record against the number in their last nine games overall. This is a game that should actually feature a nice aerial duel, as Marcus Mariota has been on fire as of late. The one thing I do like though is that Andrew Luck should be able to take advantage of a Titans secondary that allows 236 yards passing per game. I am going with the points play here, and look for Indy to get back on track.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1 over San Francisco 49ers (3 Units)

The 49ers are just a bad team, and even turning to Colin Kaepernick didn't help matters any as they were blasted by Buffalo last week. Tampa will be coming into this game off a bye, and I foresee them just running all over San Francisco, as they have the worst rushing defense in the league. The 49ers cannot stop the run, as they allow a whopping 174 yards per game, and 5.0 yards per carry to opposing running backs. I know that Tampa is down two backs on the depth chart in Doug Marin and Charles Sims, but Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 101 yards against Carolina, and added five receptions to boot. The Bucs will be able to control the clock, and in the end, the 49ers are just a really bad team

New England Patriots -7.5 over Pittsburgh Steelers (4 Units)

It is unfortunate that the Steelers will be without Ben Roethlisberger for this game, as he and Tom Brady always put on one of the better shows when they go head-to-head. The Steelers will be very limited in what they can do, and you can be certain that Bill Belichick will be geared to stop Le'veon Bell, and force Landry Jones to beat them through the air.

The Steelers also have a really bad pass defense, as they allow 294 yards passing per game, and get virtually no pressure on the quarterback, as they have only compiled eight sacks. I think Brady will go off huge in this game, as he seems to always throw the ball a ton against Pittsburgh.

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October 19, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 7

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 7?

Sean Beazley: DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans ($7,200)

One of my favorite DK plays this week is Titans RB DeMarco Murray. Murray is the fourth-highest priced RB this week, and has an extremely favorable matchup vs. the Colts. Murray has had 20-plus touches in each of his last four games, and I expect another heavy workload for him this week.

Last week, DeMarco was the chalk, and he disappointed many owners. This week, I think he will get overlooked. David Johnson is only priced $200 higher than Murray and is coming off a great game In prime time. I think the majority of players will click DJ’s name even with the bad matchup over DeMarco in an elite matchup.

I would estimate ownership being 10-15% higher on DJ this week. Recency bias at its finest, and this is the week to capitalize. I think DeMarco will be the highest-scoring RB this week.

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Kevin Hanson: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons ($5,900)

One of my GPP strategies will be to start both Freeman and Tevin Coleman in the same lineup. Normally it wouldn't make sense to pair running backs from the same team in the same GPP lineup, but the Falcons are home favorites with the highest implied point total of the week. The duo has shown that they have the potential to BOTH perform as top-eight PPR running backs in the same week twice in their past four games.

With all that said, Freeman (59.44% of team's RB usage) is getting the larger share of the workload than Coleman (38.33%). Not only does Freeman have a minimum of 15 touches in all six games this season, but he has five targets in three of the past four games. So far this season, no team has allowed more receptions to RBs than the Chargers (54) and only the Saints (10) have allowed more TDs to RBs than the Chargers (nine).

Brendan Donahue: DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans ($7,200)

Murray is the clear workhorse in Tennessee and is even getting more carries as the year goes on as evidenced by his 73 carries and seven catches over the past three weeks. With that type of volume and talent going against the 30th-ranked defense against opposing RBs this year, I think Murray has a chance to be the top-scoring RB of the week. At $7200, I think he's as safe an option to build a lineup around.

John Trifone: Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans ($6,000)

At $6K, Mariota is one of the cheaper viable quarterback options this week and he's got a great matchup at home against the Colts. He's rushed for over 60 yards in each of his last two games and has thrown six TDs and rushed for one in those games. Mariota should easily pay off value but also has tremendous upside, and as a lower-cost option, will allow you to spend up in other spots.

Dan Yanotchko: Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($5,000)

This week, I really like Allen Hurns going up against the worst pass defense in the league, the Oakland Raiders. Hurns is due for a breakout game, as he has complied 200 yards on 20 receptions, but he has been targeted 38 times in those five games. The Raiders allow 313 yards passing per game, and 12 touchdowns as well, so Hurns is a great add this week.

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October 16, 2016

Week 6 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are Dan Yanotchko's Week 6 NFL picks against the spread:

Jacksonville Jaguars +1.5 over Chicago Bears (3 Units)

The Jaguars have not totally made the leap that most projected this year, but they are finally showing signs of being competent on defense, especially against the pass. The Jaguars have actually been sort of a no fly zone team, as they have only allowed opposing quarterbacks 199 yards passing per game, and they have also compiled 11 sacks so far this year.

I also like them coming into this game refreshed off of a bye week, and I think the two-headed monster of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon will spell trouble for a Bears front-seven that gives up 118 yards per game, and 4.0 yards per carry. I like this young frisky Jags defense going up against backup Bears QB Brian Hoyer this week, even if they are on the road.

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Philadelphia Eagles -3 over Washington Redskins (4 Units)

The Eagles so far have been one of the surprise teams of the year, and I think they will get back on track this week with a trip to Washington. Washington has struggled on offense this year, and it doesn't get much better on Sunday, as they will be facing one of the league's most complete units.

The Eagles defend both the pass -- only allowing 194 yards per game and they can pressure the quarterback with 14 sacks in four games -- and is also masterful against the run. They only allow 73 yards per game and 3.9 yards per carry on the ground. On the other hand, Washington is very bad against the run, as they allow 130 yards rushing per game, and 5.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs. I like the Eagles on the road here, as their defense will be able to carry them through.

Kansas City Chiefs -2.5 over Oakland Raiders (3 Units)

While amazing as it sounds, the Raiders look up and find themselves in first place in the AFC West heading into this game, but I don't think it will last long. First off, the Raiders have been historically bad against KC in Oakland, as the Chiefs have posted a mind boggling 10-3 record against the spread in their last 13 visits to the Alameda County Coliseum.

The Raiders have also been getting quite lucky, as their defense is statistically one of the worst in the league on both sides of the ball. The Raiders allow 122 rushing yards per game, and 4.9 yards per carry to opposing running backs. But wait, it gets worse, as they allow opposing passers to average 331 yards per game, and they certainly can't pressure the QB with only seven sacks on the year. I think the Chiefs, after a bye, will smash their rivals on the road.

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October 13, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 6

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 6?

Sean Beazley: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs ($6,300)

Roster construction last week was cheap RB and pay up for WR. This week, I expect it to be the exact opposite as there are so many high priced RBs in great matchups. Cam Meredith will likely be one of the highest-owned players to get those stud RBs in. I think this week a more balanced approach will be key to differentiate yourself from the pack. One of those targets I like this week is Jeremy Maclin. Maclin is priced outside the top 20 this week, and he gets a very juicy matchup vs. the Raiders, who can’t stop anyone. Maclin has had success in the past vs. the Raiders (12/149/3 last season) and I think he has top-five upside this week. Fire him up in GPPs.

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Kevin Hanson: Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,500)

There are plenty of players that I considered, but I absolutely love Allen Robinson this week. While there are six other receivers priced higher than A-Rob, the third-year wideout is my second-ranked receiver after Antonio Brown ($10,000) this week. The volume of targets has been there for Robinson, who has double-digit targets in three of four games. After leading (tied) the league with 14 touchdowns last season, Robinson has three touchdowns in his past two games before the bye. That said, the immensely talented receivers has yet to have that monster game that he's capable of producing and it wouldn't surprise me if it happened against a beatable Bears secondary that just gave up 10/171/1 last week to T.Y. Hilton.

Brendan Donahue: Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,700)

While I don't expect Coates to duplicate exactly what he did last week, he is certainly trending in that direction. In the past two weeks, he has 12 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets. He actually had a few drops last week that cost him an even bigger day and an easy touchdown, but Ben Roethlisberger is clearly gaining confidence in him. In a great matchup against the Dolphins defense that ranks 29th against WRs, he is a great value at only $4,700.

John Trifone: Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills ($4,200) and Cam Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears ($4,100)

My DK pick this week is going to go back to some value options and I'm going to give two WRs in the same range: Robert Woods for $4,200 and Cam Meredith for $4,100. Woods is coming off a poor game, catching only two of his six targets this past week. However, he's got a good matchup coming up and is the Bills top wideout option with Sammy Watkins out. His performance this past week should keep his ownership down.

Meredith also has a good matchup at home against the Jags this week. He played almost the entire game, replacing Kevin White's role, and the presence of Eddie Royal and Alshon Jeffrey on the field did not hurt his production. In the limited time he has played, he's been heavily targeted and made the most of his opportunities. Both wideouts are great value options to open up your lineup to some of the more expensive guys.

Dan Yanotchko: Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans ($6,600)

This week, I really like Lamar Miller of the Texans, as he has a great matchup against the Colts. Miller has averaged 74 yards per game, and added 14 receptions as well, as I believe he will be focal point of their offense this week. The Colts have allowed 109.6 yards per game, 4.6 yards per carry, and five touchdowns on the ground. This week will be a breakthrough for Miller, against a really bad Colts front seven.

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October 08, 2016

Week 5 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 5 NFL picks against the spread:

Houston Texans +7 over Minnesota Vikings (3 Units)

This feels like a weird game, and I know the new US Bank stadium is a really tough place to play, but this game still feels closer than a touchdown. The Texans do come into this game boasting one of the best passing defenses in the league, as they only allow 163 yards per game, one touchdown through the air, and they have also compiled 11 sacks so far as well. I know the Vikings just pasted the Giants on Monday night, but Sam Bradford may be without his best weapon in Stefon Diggs for this game. The Texans have enough aerial firepower to catchup, and I think they will keep this one close.

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New York Jets +7.5 over Pittsburgh Steelers (3 Units)

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been horrible and the Steelers are coming off of a shellacking of the Chiefs at home. What is to say that they won't win by 30 again?

The the Jets still have a magnificent front-seven that only gives up 3.1 yards per carry and 70.3 yards per game, so they should be able to slow Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers are also not that great against the pass, as they allow 317 yards passing per game, and they have only accumulated five sacks so far on the year. Now I think the Steelers will win this game, but with the passing attack the Jets bring to the table, I think they will get the back-door cover.

San Diego Chargers +3.5 over Oakland Raiders (3 Units)

The Chargers have been woeful about closing out teams this year, as they should actually be 3-1 rather than 1-3 so far. Do you know what the other woeful thing that there is in this game though? The answer is the Oakland Raiders defense, of course. The Raiders allow 326 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks, and they also get limited pressure with only five sacks. They are also one of the worst in the league at stopping the run as well, as they give up 134 yards per game, and a whopping 5.1 yards per carry. This rivalry goes back so far, and this is a game that I see the Chargers taking on the road.

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October 05, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 5

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 5?

Sean Beazley: Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles, $3,500

One guy that I will be heavily targeting this week is Eagles TE Zach Ertz. Ertz should be 100 percent ready to go this week versus a Lions defense that just bleeds points to TEs. Last season, they were the worst unit versus the position, and this year they are allowing on average 6-64-1.5. This is 21.4 DK points. Ertz is only $3,500 so he more than pays off this value.

Ertz should be somewhat low-owned this week as well considering the increase in ownership that Rob Gronkowski will have with Tom Brady back and the weekly chasers targeting Jordan Reed. Ertz’s price point is perfect given that I expect the recency bias to fall as well on players like Kyle Rudolph, Zach Miller, and Hunter Henry (if Antonio Gates is out), who all scored touchdowns last week.

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Kevin Hanson: Julian Edelman, New England Patriots, $6,700

During Tom Brady's four-game suspension, Edelman averaged a 4.75/49 line with no touchdowns. Not only do the Patriots get Brady back this week, but they get a favorable matchup against the Browns. In his past 16 games with Brady, Edelman has racked up 119 catches (on 176 targets) for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns. As the 18th-priced receiver for DraftKings main slate of Sunday games, Edelman should easily exceed value (for the first time this season).

Brendan Donahue: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears, $5,200

Howard was given the lead role in the Bears backfield last week and may have just won the job going forward even when Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey come back from their injuries. John Fox said in his post-game interview that the Bears will "continue riding Howard," which certainly makes sense as he ran for 111 yards on 23 carries and caught three balls for 21 yards against the Lions. With a good matchup against a bad Colts defense this week, he is still priced too low on Draftkings at only $5,200 and should have a rather high floor with the potential to be a top-five RB this week.

John Trifone: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts, $7,300

There are always a ton of guys to like on DK, both for value and matchup-based situations, regardless of price. I typically go with a value guy for my recommendation, but this week, I'm going to go with Andrew Luck. At 1-3, the Colts absolutely need a win at home against the Bears this week. Luck has been solid from a fantasy perspective — the Denver game aside, which any quarterback is going to struggle with. He hasn't had that huge game yet, though, and this is an absolutely prime spot for him to get it. I don't mind going for more value at quarterback, but on raw points, I like Luck to blow up this week. I'm expecting 350+ yards with 4 TDs.

Dan Yanotchko: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets, $5,100

This week I like — and don't laugh — Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Jets at Pittsburgh. Take away his horrible interceptions, and he has averaged 252 yards per game, and has added 60 yards rushing as well. The Steelers have been bad against the pass, allowing 317 yards per game, and a 64-percent completion rate to opposing QBs. I like his value and he's less than Brian Hoyer this week.

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October 01, 2016

Week 4 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Here are my three Week 4 NFL picks against the spread:

Seattle Seahawks -1 over New York Jets (4 Units)

The test gets even tougher for the Jets this weekend, as they are coming off a six-interception game from Ryan Fitzpatrick, and they only get to face one of the best defenses in Seattle. The Seahawks certainly have not lit the world on fire offensively as of yet, but this has not been necessary as Pete Carroll has the Seattle defense playing very well on both sides of the ball. The Seahawks rush defense has limited opposing ballcarriers to 3.5 yards per carry, and 87 yards per game, while the Legion of Boom has only allowed 163 yards passing per game and a 57.1% completion percentage to boot.

The Jets will be very challenged this game, as they will be missing Eric Decker, and Brandon Marshall is certainly not 100 percent. I like Seattle on the road to right the ship offensively, and the Jets will struggle again on the offensive side of the ball.

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Houston Texans -5 over Tennessee Titans (3 Units)

I really don't think that the Texans are as bad as they showed last game against the Patriots, as it was a short week, in Foxboro, and going against the best game planners in the league right now. The Texans did receive some bad news, as they have placed All-World defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve, but the still have plenty of great players on their defensive line.

History has not been kind to the Titans in recent years, as they have only scored 12 points combined in their last two games against Houston, and also they are 0-5 against the spread as well. Houston will be able to limit Marcus Mariota, as they allow a league-best 151 yards to opposing quarterbacks, and only a 55.3% completion percentage. This will be a Brock Osweiler gets-back-on-track game, and I look for the Texans to continue their dominance of Tennessee.

Detroit Lions -3.5 over Chicago Bears (4 Units)

I have to say that I am pretty amazed about how bad the Bears actually are, and they will be missing two key offensive starters in Jay Cutler and Jeremy Langford. The Lions have been dominant when it comes to the number lately, as they have gone 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 games.

The Bears have also been really bad on the defensive side of the ball, as they have allowed opposing rushers to go for 142 yards per game, and a robust 4.0 yards per carry. The Bears have also been very generous to opposing passers, as they allow a 67% completion percentage, and they have only sacked the quarterback four times this year. I like the Lions on the road, as I think Chicago just has too many holes in it's roster right now.

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September 28, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 4

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 4?

Sean Beazley: DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans, $8,400/$5,300

The pricing this week on DraftKings looks much softer than it has in previous weeks. With some of that value on the board this week, you can pretty much pay for anyone. This will make playing GPPs this week very fun.

I have a pair of teammates that I will be targeting heavily this week: DeAndre Hopkins ($8,400) and Will Fuller ($5,300). I wouldn't be opposed to a double stack with Brock Osweiler in GPPs. Recency bias and the extremely low total of 40.5 will get people off the Texans offense this week. This is a big mistake. Hopkins has 15/211/2 in two games vs. the Titans last year and I expect him to get in the end zone again this week.

The Titans released DFS favorite CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson and replaced him with Perrish Cox, who has been equally awful this season. If Fuller is matched up with Cox, he should have a monster game.

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Kevin Hanson: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (vs. NO), $

I'm going back to the well with Gordon again (my pick in Week 3). It was a mildly disappointing performance for Gordon last week as he barely averaged two yards per carry against the Colts. That said, he did get 20 touches and score a touchdown. With Danny Woodhead injured, Gordon has a total of 47 touches in the past two games and he's a lock for close to (or more than) 20 touches every week.

MG3 was such a popular pick last week, I'm hoping a high volume of disappointed owners get off him this week. Gordon and the Chargers face a Saints defense that allowed Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman to finish as the week's top-two scorers at the position.

The Chargers are four-point home favorites in a game that has highest over/under. As the 10th-most expensive back for the Sunday slate, he should easily return value and has as much upside as any running back this week.

Brendan Donahue: Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos (at TB), $5,400

In a week that I don't really love any quarterbacks at their price points, I'm looking for value and possibly no better value this week than in Trevor Siemian. In his first road game last week, Siemian put up 312 yards and four touchdowns on a Bengals D that isn't great, but certainly is better than Tampa's defense that is currently giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on the season.

While I'm not expecting another 300-yard, four-touchdown performance, I am expecting a very solid performance from Siemian. And at only $5,400 this week on Draftkings, he will allow you to spend up at the other skill positions.

John Trifone: Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears (vs. DET), $3,700

Jordan Howard is this week's value play at $3,700. The Bears offense is terrible, but they're at home this week against the Lions and Howard should receive a heavy workload. In the age of the passing game, there aren't too many backs that get the volume Howard should with Jeremy Langford out, so for $3,700, he's a great lineup starter.

Dan Yanotchko: Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers (vs. NO), $5,900

This week, I really like Travis Benjamin of the Chargers, who has a dream matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have been really bad against the pass, giving up 299 yards per game, and a 70% completion percentage. Benjamin is the Chargers WR1 with 17 receptions, 229 yards, and two scores. With his big-play ability, you have to love his opportunity this week.

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September 24, 2016

Week 3 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Here are my Week 3 NFL picks against the spread:

New York Giants -3 over Washington Redskins (4 Units)

The Giants are certainly one of the league's most-improved teams, and as well as they have played, you can certainly state the opposite for Washington as they have been one of the league's most disappointing teams. For all the big money spent to acquire cornerback Josh Norman, Washington has certainly not reaped the rewards as they give up 284 yards passing per game, and a 73-percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks.

The Giants are certainly going to be able to exploit that weak passing defense with their vertical passing offense led by Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard. The Giants also spent a lot of bucks on the defensive side of the ball, and so far their rush defense has been exceptional only giving up 3.3 yards per carry and 71 yards per game. I like the Giants here, and they will run their record to 3-0.

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Philadelphia Eagles +4 over Pittsburgh Steelers (3 Units)

I really don't think that the Eagles are totally for real, after all they have only played the Bears and the Browns, but something about this game just strikes me as funny. As interesting as Carson Wentz has been for the first two weeks, one unit that is not getting nearly enough run is the Eagles defense, which has held opposing QBs to 194 yards passing per game, and they have collected six sacks.

I know Pittsburgh is one of the elite teams of the league, but they have been pretty dreadful in passing defense so far this year. The Steelers have allowed 348 yards passing per game, and they are really struggling to get to the quarterback, as they have only collected one sack. I think Pittsburgh gets the win here, but that passing defense leaves too much to be desired, so I am certainly taking the Eagles with the points at home.

Minnesota Vikings +7 over Carolina Panthers (3 Units)

Here is another game that strikes me weird, and I am sure it has been fairly influenced by the Vikings All World running back Adrian Peterson's knee injury. That being said, the Vikings offense absolutely lit up a very competent Packers defense last week, and now Sam Bradford and Stefon Diggs are everyone's Week 2 darlings. The Panthers have been an odd team this year, as they had a very tough game in Denver, and also they let the 49ers hang around for quite some time last week.

The one thing that is overlooked is the Vikings defense, as they have only allowed 216 yards passing per game this year, they have collected seven sacks, and by the way the rushing defense is even better, only giving up 3.3 yards per carry and 73.5 yards per game. The VIkings defense will absolutely be able to keep this one close, and yes, Minnesota was a playoff team last year that was a easy field goal miss away from beating Seattle, give me the 7.

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September 21, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 3

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 3?

Sean Beazley: Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. BAL), $7,500

There is a ton of value this week giving the plethora of injuries this past week. Getting one of your top-end options correct is going to be very important this week. One of those players I really like is the Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson at $7,500.

When you look for WRs, looking at targets is probably one of the most important factors. A-Rob has 20 targets in his first two games and leads the team. Robinson was shut down last week by Jason Verrett, who I think is a top-three CB in the league, so his ownership should be lower than normal.

The matchup is great vs. the Ravens despite the Ravens giving up the least amount of passing yards in the NFL this season. I hope the casual DFS player overlooks the fact that the Ravens first two games were versus Tyrod Taylor and Josh McCown. My bold call is that Robinson is the No. 1 WR this week in DFS. Get him in your lineups.

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Kevin Hanson: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (at IND), $5,800

Talent? Check. Heavy workload? Check. Favorable matchup? Check. What's not to like about Gordon this week? The 13th-most expensive running back this week, MG3 offers his owners plenty of value this week. Through two weeks, Gordon has three touchdowns after failing to score any as a rookie, and he had 27 touches in Sunday's win over Jacksonville. MG3 should be one of the staples of your cash-game lineups and he has some upside for GPPs as well.

Brendan Donahue: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (at IND), $5,800

Even though the Chargers added Dexter Mccluster this week, I don't see him stealing too many snaps from Gordon. With Gordon getting the bulk of the work against the defense that's currently allowing the most points per game to opposing RBs, Gordon has a great chance to surpass last week's performance that returned 24 points for his owners.

John Trifone: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers (at IND), $5,800

The Chargers continue to offer value through injuries. It's early in the week and several RB injuries this past weekend are likely to open up some great cheap options, but at this point, Melvin Gordon already looks like one of the better plays. He's averaging over 20 DK points through two games, and with Danny Woodhead's injury, Gordon should get even more usage.

He had 24 carries for over 100 rushing yards, and has another great matchup with Indianapolis coming up. Gordon has looked more like the guy that San Diego thought he would be when they drafted him, and he should get plenty of opportunities to continue that trend.

Dan Yanotchko: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (at BUF), $6,900

I really like Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals this week, as he's turned back the clock to 2009 and he gets to play the Bills. Fitzgerald has 168 yards receiving on 14 receptions on 22 targets and three touchdowns. The Bills have given up 295 yards passing per game and just look woeful in the secondary after letting Ryan Fitzpatrick carve them up.

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September 18, 2016

Week 2 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Yanotchko)

Here are my Week 2 NFL picks against the spread:

Miami Dolphins +6.5 over New England Patriots (3 Units)

The Dolphins are coming into this game after a tough loss in Seattle, and I expect them to keep their defensive momentum going, as they always play the Patriots well. Miami has a very good front-four, and they will look to exploit the banged-up offensive line of New England, who may be missing both starting tackles again this week. The Patriots will also be missing All-World TE Rob Gronkowski, and also their defensive captain in the middle of the field in Donta Hightower.

While this will be a game that Belichick and company find a way to get the win, this game will be close throughout all four quarters, as New England is certainly missing quite a few players.

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Saints at Giants -- Over 54 (4 Units)

The Saints are really bad on defense, and apparently it was just not the Rob Ryan effect from last year, as they allowed Derek Carr to hit them up for 319 yards passing last week. Whenever these two teams get together, the scoreboard struggles to keep up, and with both high-powered passing offenses, I expect this one to be the same.

Last year the Saints outdueled the Giants 52-49, and already both Eli Manning and Drew Brees are in midseason form, as they passed for seven combined touchdowns in Week 1. I think this will be another huge offensive display, and I am going to take the points and over here.

Los Angeles Rams +6.5 over Seattle Seahawks (3 Units)

Yes, the Rams looked downright awful on offense last week by getting shut out by the 49ers, and the usually stout defense didn't look much better. The Seahawks will be coming into this game after only putting up 12 points in the win against Miami, and now they have a hobbled quarterback in Russell Wilson (ankle).

The Rams have had the Seahawks number as of late, as they have gone 3-1 straight up in their last four matchups. I think this is a bounce-back week for the Rams, and also combined with the excitement of the first Los Angeles home game in 22 years will help propel the Rams to a close game. I think the trend continues, as Jeff Fisher always has his team ready to play Seattle.

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September 14, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 2

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts in our weekly DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 2?

Sean Beazley: Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers (vs. JAX), $5,200

Woodhead outsnapped Melvin Gordon 50-23 on Sunday and had seven more touches. Even when the Chargers were up big in the game, the Chargers were using Woodhead, which is a pretty telling sign.

The Chargers will be without Keenan Allen for the rest of the season, and will need to turn to Woodhead even more in the passing game. Woodhead could see upwards of 10 targets this week against a Jags defense that gave up 105 receptions to RBs last year (third-highest in the NFL). Woodhead could even be safe in cash this week as well.

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Kevin Hanson: C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos (vs. IND), $6,800

After a slow start last season, CJA averaged an RB-high 6.35 yards per carry from Weeks 7 to 17. Picking up where he left off, Anderson racked up a total of 139 yards and two scores on 24 touches as he finished Week 1 as a top-three back.

Favored by nearly a touchdown (-6) in Week 2, the Broncos should once again force feed the ball to Anderson. CJA gets a favorable matchup against the Colts, who allowed a pair (Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah) of top-10 fantasy running backs last week.

Six running backs have a higher salary than Anderson this week. That said, there is only one running back ahead of him in my PPR running backs: David Johnson, who's also the highest-priced back of the week. With plenty a high floor and plenty of upside, he'll be the building block in the majority of my lineups.

Brendan Donahue: Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints (at NYG), $5,800

Even though it's only been one week, I think the Saints have already come to the realization that they are only going to win games in shootouts this year, which is great for us in fantasy. Snead had a terrific Week 1 catching all nine targets for 172 yards and a touchdown. In last year's matchup with the Giants, Snead put up 25 points on DraftKings with 6 catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns. I see another high-scoring game between these two teams and Snead is in line for another big game.

John Trifone: Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers (vs. JAX), $5,200

If you're not playing Eli Manning and Odell Beckham in cash Week 2, you're going to be in the minority. And you should be. There are plenty of tournament options I like as pivots off Eli - specifically Philip Rivers, who everyone will be off after the Keenan Allen news. I also like Kirk Cousins in tournaments after having a sub-par performance on Monday night.

My favorite early value play, though, would probably be Danny Woodhead. He substantially out-snapped Melvin Gordon Week 1 and has better usage with Keenan out of the lineup. With DK's PPR scoring, Woodhead has a safe floor and also a fairly high ceiling in what should be a relatively fast-paced game against Jacksonville. At $5,200, he looks like great value to me.

Dan Yanotchko: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (at SD), $4,700

This week I like T.J. Yeldon of the Jaguars going against a very bad Chargers run defense. Chris Ivory was just released from the hospital, and most likely will not play this week. Although he was inefficient, Yeldon had 25 touches -- 21 carries and four receptions -- last week and added a TD. Also, last week San Diego gave up 4.4 yards per carry and two scores as well.

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September 07, 2016

DFS Round Table: Favorite DraftKings Plays for Week 1

Every week of the 2016 NFL season, our contributors will provide their favorite DraftKings play of the week and share their thoughts why in our DFS Round Table post.

In some cases, the play is intended for tournaments (i.e., Guaranteed Prize Pools or GPPs); in other cases, it's for cash games (e.g., head-to-heads and 50-50's). Or both.

Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 1?

Brendan Donahue: Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD), $4,400

It's becoming more apparent that Jamaal Charles will miss Week 1 and since prices were released before the news broke, you can get his replacement, Spencer Ware, for only $4,400 this week. Ware got 11 carries or more in four games last season and he scored at least one TD in each of those four games and got you over 23 DraftKings points in two of them. As the 30th-most expensive RB on the board this week, he presents great value in cash-game formats and will allow you to spend at other positions.


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Sean Beazley: Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions (at IND), $7,300

If you are reading this DFS advice column, you have probably read countless others, so I'm not going to talk to you about all of the same chalky plays that everyone is talking about. Dak Prescott, Marvin Jones Jr. are four players that will be very high owned, and I have all four penciled into my cash team right now. One player that I absolutely love that will get overlooked is Golden Tate. Tate has a hefty price tag at $7,300 considering his teammate Jones Jr. is $2,700 cheaper.

Here are two reasons why I love Tate for GPPs:

  1. Ownership: Unless you are going full game stack, or a QB-WR-WR Lions stack, chances are you are going to be choosing Jones Jr. over Tate. Jones Jr. will be 20-25% higher owned than Tate. There are also a lot of other flashy players in great matchups in this same price range. Randall Cobb vs. Jacksonville, Amari Cooper vs. New Orleans, and Mike Evans vs. Atlanta. The casual DFS player is not going to choose Tate over those players. I think this gets overlooked when building lineups.
  2. This is a dream matchup for Tate. The Colts defense is decimated with injuries in the secondary which should lead to plenty of opportunities for Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense. I read a great article today on defensive tendencies. I would imagine Tate sees a lot of Darius Butler (89th of 111 corners in coverage last year according to PFF) in the slot.
DraftKings offers full point per catches, and it wouldn't shock me at all to see Tate be among the league's best WRs in Week 1.

Alternating picks for a tournament lineup, Sean/Kevin did a DraftKings GPP Draft for Week 1.

Kevin Hanson: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (vs. NYG), $7,300

Even if Tony Romo weren't injured, I'd expect the Cowboys to employ a run-dominant game plan with Zeke. With a horrible defense and a rookie quarterback replacing a fragile one, the Cowboys can protect both Dak and their leaky defense by controlling the clock and LOS on offense. There is plenty of value to be had this week so it's easy to spend up, but I think Elliott's ownership will be much lower than next week given Dak's contest-minimum price tag this week. In my early Week 1 rankings, Elliott is my top-ranked fantasy running back and my bold prediction for his debut is 200 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.

[FYI: I looked it up and no rookie had more than 194 rushing yards in Week 1. Coincidentally, it was Ottis Anderson against the Cowboys.]

John Trifone: Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts (vs. DET), $6,000

There are a lot of great value picks this week -- more than there will usually be because of the long gap between when prices came out and Week 1. Guys like Spencer Ware, Dak Prescott, and Marvin Jones are all good value options. I'm going to pick two different value plays, though. I like Donte Moncrief for $6,000 and the Browns defense for $2,300 against a rookie quarterback in Philly. Moncrief should see a lot of targets in a high-scoring affair Week 1 against a bad defense. The Browns are facing a team that just traded their starting quarterback, a sign that they're essentially waving the white flag on the entire season. Those are two of my favorite cash plays for Week 1.

Dan Yanotchko: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at ATL), $6,200

I like Doug Martin this week at home against the Atlanta Falcons. Last year Martin had a solid stat line in two games of 166 rushing yards and a TD. Not only will the Falcons start two rookies at linebacker, they gave up 105 rushing yards per game, 4.0 yards per carry, and a league-high 20 rushing touchdowns last year.

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August 14, 2016

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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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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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: 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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August 13, 2016

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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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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August 10, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 6

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

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

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 6 of our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

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

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

6.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins

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 as Brendan's RB3.

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

It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven). And when he was on the field, he was (much) less than 100 percent for many of those games. In his last full season, Luck threw for 4,761 yards and a league-high 40 touchdowns. Perhaps he won't duplicate his 2014 numbers, but I expect a bounce-back season and a top-three fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback provided he stays healthy.

6.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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

6.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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

6.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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

In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard, who should easily reach value at his RB27 draft slot even if his ceiling is limited by Hill's presence.

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

6.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

In Year 2, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. All three of the team's top-three receivers, however, are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver and he's a nice value as the WR33 in this mock.

6.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

In two seasons with the Broncos, Sanders finished with 101/1,404/7 (2014) and 76/1,135/4 (2015). Given the team's quarterback situation, however, it's likely that the Broncos rely heavily on their running game and defense and Sanders falls a little short of his of 2015 numbers. Even so, he's the WR34 in this mock and a top-30 receiver in my rankings.

6.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

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

6.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants

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

6.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): 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.

6.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

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

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August 09, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

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

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 5 of our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

5.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

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

Before this season, however, Rodgers finished as the QB1 or QB2 in all full seasons as a starter and should finish as a top-two performer in 2016 with good health from the team's passing-game weapons. [Of course, Nelson is currently on the PUP list due to a "hiccup" with his other knee.]

5.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

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

5.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): 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.)

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

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

5.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Fitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. The trio of Brown, Floyd and Fitzgerald are separated by a fraction of a fantasy point in my projections (standard scoring).

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

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

5.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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

5.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

Failing to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaging just 3.48 YPC, Gordon disappointed fantasy owners as a rookie. Provided MG3 stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon in year two.

5.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

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

5.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): 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.

5.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets

Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points every week (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.

5.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

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

Through five rounds, Gordon is Sean's WR2 behind Randall Cobb (Round 3); I'd prefer to have Gordon as my WR3 (or WR4), but he has the potential upside to finish as a WR1 in terms of fantasy points per game.

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

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

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 4 of our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

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

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

4.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets

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

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

Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in each of 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. Recently passing his physical, Watkins (foot) has dealt with more than his fair share of injuries in his career so far, but he should be ready for the regular-season opener against the Ravens.

4.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts

In his sophomore campaign, Moncrief doubled his reception total from 32 to 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns. With an ideal combination of size (6-2, 222) and athleticism (4.40 forty, 39.5-inch vertical), the third-year receiver has plenty of breakout appeal.

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

4.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Setting a franchise record with 110 receptions last season, Landry had 1,157 receiving yards, 113 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns. Even though he is/was better in PPR formats (WR8 in 2015), Landry finished as the the WR13 in standard-scoring formats last season. My main concern with Landry is that I expect a breakout season from teammate DeVante Parker. In fact, I have Parker ranked ahead of Landry this season.

4.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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

4.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Missing seven games with a broken foot, Edelman set a career high with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Edelman has missed multiple games in each of the past two seasons, but he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

4.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Reunited with his former coach, 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. While he's technically Sean's WR1, he's the 23rd receiver off the board in this mock.

4.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

Tearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. (Only four running backs had 1,400-plus YFS in 2015 although injuries played a part in that as well.) Provided he's ready for the start of the season and maintains good health, Lewis is an elite PPR running back with plenty of upside in standard-scoring formats as well.

4.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Not only did he set career highs of 78 receptions, 1,069 yards and (a league-high) 14 touchdowns last season, but Baldwin scored 11 of those touchdowns during the five-game span from Weeks 12 to 16. Baldwin, who signed an extension through 2020, will likely perform more like a WR3-type in 2016 than the absolutely dominant version we saw in the second half of 2015. Over the final eight games of the season, Baldwin scored a touchdown on 19.05% of his receptions (12 of 63). Before that, the 5-foot-10 receiver scored a touchdown on 4.93% of his receptions (17 of 345) in his career.

4.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): 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.

4.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

Only four running backs had more receptions than Johnson (61) had as a rookie last season. Better in PPR formats (RB23 in 2015), Johnson 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.

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August 08, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

Yesterday morning, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR 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.

With that said, here is Round 3 of our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

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

3.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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

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

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

3.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. 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.

3.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

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

3.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints

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

3.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers

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. That said, this is a little early for me as Benjamin is the WR24 in my rankings and the WR17 off the board in this mock.

3.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy owners have seen a glimpse of what life could be like with Rawls as the full-time starter. In the six games that he started and finished, Rawls had four 100-yard rushing games 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.

3.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

Drafted as a late first-round pick in many 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson started slowly and spent much of the season in a timeshare with Ronnie Hillman. In the second half of the season, however, CJA was much better than both his first half and Hillman. Starting with Week 8, Anderson carried the ball 85 times for 540 yards (6.35 YPC) and five touchdowns. Especially given the quarterback depth chart, the Broncos will rely on their defense and run game to win games, leading to a heavy workload for Anderson.

3.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): 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 appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in Fantasy Football Drafts

3.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

A stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. With Kelly as head coach, the Eagles are one of seven NFL teams with 1,400-plus rush attempts over the past three seasons. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a plenty of upside here.

3.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

Yesterday morning, four of our contributors -- Brendan Donahue, Sean Beazley, Dan Yanotchko and yours truly -- began a new 2016 Fantasy Football PPR 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 2 of our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Coming off a second torn ACL (the other 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.

2.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Breaking out in his second season, the 22-year-old (turns 23 on Aug. 24th) Robinson finished with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015 and scored the fourth-most fantasy points among wide receivers. In his final 12 games of the season, Robinson finished with 100-plus yards and/or a touchdown (or more) in every game. Robinson is one of only five players in the past decade to have a 1,400/14 season.

2.03 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

Rehab from a torn ACL last preseason seemed to be progressing well until a "hiccup" in the other knee landed him on the active/PUP list. Nelson and the team still say he's on track to suit up for Week 1, his and the team's stated goal, but obviously there is reason for some concern after he tweaked his other knee. I'll admit, I didn't great picking Nelson here (although he's my 14th-ranked player and the 15th-player off the board).

With stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons before the injury, the 31-year-old receiver should finish with roughly 1,300 yards in 2016 assuming that he is ready for Week 1 and is able to stay healthy. But I'll be holding my breath ...

2.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): 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.

Freeman has shown a three-down skill set, but the Falcons want to lower Freeman's workload and get second-year back Tevin Coleman more involved in the offense in 2016. Even so, Freeman is still my seventh-ranked running back (and the RB7 so far in this mock draft).

2.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

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

2.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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

A highly productive, true three-down back when he's 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. If there's a silver lining with the suspension, it gives Bell (knee) a little more time to get to 100 percent.

2.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

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

2.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): 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.

2.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. Repeating last year's numbers seems unlikely, but Marshall should finish with 100 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns.

2.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

2.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): 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. 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.

2.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

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

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August 07, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1

This morning, 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 1 of our 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

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

The consensus top receiver in fantasy, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns with a minimum of 110 catches and 1,499 yards per season.

While he set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, Brown's numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season. In the 12 games that Big Ben played, Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game -- equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.

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

1.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): 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.

1.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants

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

The trio of Brown, Jones and OBJ are the consensus top-three picks in fantasy drafts this year. It will get a little more interesting starting with pick 1.04 ...

1.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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

1.05 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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

1.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Todd Gurley, RB, 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, you could argue that he should be the first running back off the board.

Despite missing the first three games of the season, Gurley finished third in the NFL with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Despite running behind a poor offensive line with a rookie quarterback under center, Gurley will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and could lead the league in rush attempts in 2016.

1.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

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

If there's any concern, it's that his brief holdout to start training camp has ended without any negotiations of an extension according to reports, but Hopkins is the sixth-ranked player overall on my big board.

1.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

A complete back with the vision, power and speed to excel as a runner, Elliott also 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.

1.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Speaking of Dez, it was a disappointing season for Bryant, Romo and the Cowboys in general. Not only was Bryant sidelined for nearly half the season with a broken foot, but 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.

1.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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

1.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

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

1.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

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

Given the change of scenery, Miller is poised for a jump in workload as the new lead back in Houston. Since Bill O'Brien has taken over as coach, only the Seahawks (1,025) have run the ball more than the Texans (1,023).

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July 19, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Despite injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant and not starting at the beginning of the season, McFadden scored the 13th-most fantasy points among running backs in 2015. Not only did McFadden play a full 16-game season for a second year in a row, but he reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career. That said, McFadden's workload is about to drop precipitously with Ezekiel Elliott set to take over the featured back role.

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

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

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

12.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

Especially if he runs more often, the second-year quarterback has plenty of upside in 2016. Finishing as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in four of his 12 games played, Mariota had his share of big games. Typical for a rookie, however, Mariota's performance was up and down, but he had one of the league's worst supporting casts around him as well. No team allowed more sacks (54), but the Titans improved both their offensive line and skill-position options this offseason as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earlier in this round, I drafted Travis Benjamin for my team that also owns Le'Veon Bell. That was a mistake. I should have drafted Williams, his handcuff. Filling in for Le'Veon Bell due to suspension and then injury, Williams finished as fantasy's RB4 in 2015. Williams racked up a total of 1,274 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns last year. If Bell plays a full season, Williams obviously won't come anywhere close to his 2015 numbers, but he is a must-own for any Bell owner.

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July 17, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Re-signed to a two-year contract, Starks (993) had more YFS than Eddie Lacy (946) last season. And while both finished as top-25 fantasy running backs in 2015, it was Starks (RB24) that scored more fantasy points than Lacy (RB25). If Lacy struggles again this season despite his improved fitness, Starks will have an opportunity for another productive season.

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

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

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

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

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

Diggs got off to a great start with six-plus catches and 87-plus yards in each of his first four games played and he was clearly the most productive of Minnesota's wide receivers last season. After the first four games, however, he exceeded 50 yards only twice and he closed the season with 22 yards or less in four of his final five games. Competing with Treadwell for targets in Minnesota's low-volume pass offense limits his upside in year two.

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sims is a steal here. Granted, it's only one round later than his current ADP in PPR formats, but Sims was highly productive last year and he's a viable starter in PPR formats this year. Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, it wouldn't surprise me if he comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs.

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

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

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

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

Missing much of training camp and the first four games of the season, Thomas did not make the impact that he or the team expected when they signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract. Reports of strong chemistry with Blake Bortles this offseason sets him up for much better numbers in 2016 provided he can stay healthy. That said, he has missed multiple games in each of the past three seasons as a starter.

9.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Even though Austin had just 473 receiving yards, the versatile receiver had a total of 907 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns including a punt return touchdown. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin may not have the same success in 2016, but he should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hamstring injury limited Jackson to just nine games last season so his overall numbers dropped to 30/528/4 after finishing with 56/1,169/6 in 2014. Over the final six weeks of the season, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns. With the team using a first-round pick on Josh Doctson, D-Jax remains a boom-or-bust weekly option, but he should finish with 1,000 yards or so provided he remains healthy.

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

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

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

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

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July 16, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jones set career highs in receptions (65) and yards (816) in his final season with the Bengals last year. While the Lions should be more balanced this year, no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays in 2015. And while Golden Tate should lead the receiving corps in targets and production, the retirement of Megatron and lack of depth beyond Tate and Jones should lead to new career highs in catches and yards for Jones.

8.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer should finish as a top-10 fantasy QB with the upside to once again finish as a top-five fantasy QB. Through Week 16, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, Ivory finished 2015 as a top-12 fantasy back (RB8 in STD, RB12 in PPR). Signing a free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Ivory will be part of a 1-2 punch with second-year back T.J. Yeldon in 2016 and may not get as many carries as he had last season.

That said, Ivory should get the larger share of the workload split with Yeldon given the size of his free-agent contract. And even though only the Lions ran the ball on a lower percentage of plays last season, I expect the Jags to run the ball (much) more often in 2016 given the team's improved outlook.

8.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 14, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gore fell just shy of the 1,000-yard milestone with 967 yards on 260 carries and a career-low 3.7 YPC in his first season with the Colts. That said, Gore's efficiency was much better with Luck (4.11 YPC) than Matt Hasselbeck (3.44 YPC). With a healthy Luck and improved offensive line, Gore, who was fantasy's RB12 last season, should be more consistent week to week even though he recently turned 33 years old.

- Related: Frank Gore 2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook

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

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

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

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

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

Atop the team's depth chart with Joique Bell no longer on the roster, Abdullah has some breakout potential in 2016. Abdullah rushed for 597 yards on 143 carries, added 25 catches for 183 yards and scored three total touchdowns as a rookie. No team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, but the Lions should be a little more balanced on offense this year following Megatron's retirement.

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July 13, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as PPR's RB16 last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season. Another season with 200 touches, 50 receptions and 1,000-plus YFS is likely for Bernard even if his ceiling is limited by Hill's presence.

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

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

5.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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

5.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

Only four running backs had more receptions than Johnson (61) had as a rookie last season. Better in PPR formats (RB23 in 2015), Johnson should see a larger percentage of the workload split with Isaiah Crowell in 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

5.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers

Failing to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaging just 3.48 YPC, Gordon disappointed fantasy owners as a rookie. While his January microfracture surgery isn't a positive, reports are that MG3 looked fully healthy at the team's June mini-camp. Provided he stays healthy, it shouldn't be difficult for things to go better for Gordon and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt has talked about how reviving the team's rushing attack is his priority. That said, there are a number of running backs still on the board that I'd take ahead of MG3 including his teammate, Danny Woodhead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trading up to select Watkins with a top-four pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills finally started to use Watkins the way fantasy owners had hoped. Of course, it took some public complaints by Watkins for that to happen.

Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games and he scored a total of six touchdowns during that stretch. One concern with Watkins, however, is that he had foot surgery, which could keep him out of the preseason and foot injuries are always a concern with receivers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

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

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook and Preview

4.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

Tearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. (Only four running backs had 1,400-plus YFS in 2015 although injuries played a part in that as well.) Assuming he's ready for the start of the season and maintains good health, Lewis is an elite PPR running back.

4.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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

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July 10, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Totalling 3,001 yards from scrimmage with 24 total touchdowns in his first two seasons, Lacy disappointed fantasy owners with less than 1,000 YFS and just five total touchdowns. Benched for a stint during last season, Lacy has shed weight this offseason and a fitter version is poised to bounce back as he enters a contract season.

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

With 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. With Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency) no longer in Denver, Thomas may still approach last year's stat line but his upside is a bit capped due to the team's quarterback situation for 2016.

3.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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

3.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

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

3.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

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

3.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

Setting a franchise record with 110 receptions last season, Landry had 1,157 receiving yards, 113 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns and finished as the WR8 in PPR formats last season.

- Related: DeVante Parker 2016 Fantasy Football Profile and Outlook

3.09 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

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

3.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

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

3.11 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers

A stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. With Kelly as head coach, the Eagles are one of seven NFL teams with 1,400-plus rush attempts over the past three seasons. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a plenty of upside in 2016.

3.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

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

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 2

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

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

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

Here is Round 2 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

2.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans

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

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

2.02 - Kevin Hanson (Team 3): Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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

2.03 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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

2.04 - Brendan Donahue (Team 2): Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

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

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

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

Rehab from a torn ACL last preseason has progressed well and Nelson should be a full participant for training camp. With stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons before the injury, the 31-year-old receiver should finish with roughly 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016.

2.06 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Coming off a torn ACL, there's obviously concerns with Charles from a health perspective, but the good news is the injury happened reasonably early in the season so he remains on track for Week 1. In addition to returning from the injury, the other concern with Charles is that the Chiefs will scale back his workload with the presence of other capable backs.

The next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry for a season, it will be his first. In his five games last season, he averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game. And in the four games before sustaining the injury, Charles finished as the weekly RB6, RB5, RB2 and RB8 in PPR, respectively.

2.07 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

2.08 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

2.09 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

In all but two games last season, Marshall had either 100 yards and/or a touchdown (or more) as he set a career high in touchdowns (14) and nearly missed a career high with 1,502 yards. In fact, it was the first time since Randy Moss (2003) that a receiver had at least 109/1,502/14 and only the fifth time in NFL history. Perhaps he won't repeat last year's historic numbers, but Marshall should come close to 100 catches, 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns.

2.10 - Kevin Hanson (Team 1): Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints

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

2.11 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

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

2.12 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

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

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2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft: Round 1

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

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

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

Here is Round 1 of our 2016 Fantasy Football PPR Mock Draft:

1.01 - Sean Beazley (Team 1): Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

The consensus top receiver in fantasy, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns with a minimum of 110 catches and 1,499 yards per season.

While he set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, Brown's numbers may have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time last season. In the 12 games that Big Ben played, Brown averaged a 9.92/133.25/0.83 stat line -- equivalent to a full-season pace of 159/2,132/13.

- Poll: Will Brown set single-season receiving records in 2016?

1.02 - Brendan Donahue (Team 1): Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Over the past two seasons combined, Jones has a total of 240 catches for 3,464 yards, second in both categories to Brown. Aside from Brown, no other receivers have 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons.

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

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

1.04 - Kevin Hanson (Team 2): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Injuries at the position are obviously a huge risk with any running back and Bell missed a huge chunk of last season, but he's a highly productive, true three-down back when he's on the field. In 22 games over the past two seasons, Bell has 510 touches -- 403 carries and 107 receptions -- for 2,907 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. That averages out to 23.18 touches, 132.14 YFS and 0.64 touchdowns -- or 21.90 PPR fantasy points -- per game.

1.05 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 1): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

One of the best young talents in the NFL, Hopkins took another big step forward in his age-23 season. Even with a less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Hopkins set career highs across the board with 111 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Only Jones (203) and Brown (193) had more targets than Hopkins (192) last season.

1.06 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 2): Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

After sitting out virtually all of the 2014 season, Peterson led the NFL in carries (327), rushing yards (1,485) and rushing touchdowns (11). The Vikings will continue to ride AP as their workhorse. Despite his superhuman physical traits, the only concern is that he turned 31 years old in March. It wouldn't surprise me if AP finished as a top-two fantasy running back in PPR again, but he's No. 13 in my top 150 Fantasy Football PPR Cheat Sheet.

1.07 - Sean Beazley (Team 2): David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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

1.08 - Sean Beazley (Team 3): Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

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

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

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

1.10 - Brendan Donahue (Team 3): Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Just like we had all expected, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards. In addition, he scored a total of 14 touchdowns last season. While he may not lead the NFL in touchdowns again, he's developed into a three-down back for the Falcons.

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

Elliott is a complete back with the vision, power and speed to excel as a runner and he possesses soft hands as a receiver. In addition, Elliott is also outstanding in pass protection, which tends to limit rookie playing time. From a fantasy football perspective, Elliott could not have ended up in a better situation.

With the skill set to be a true three-down back, he gets to run behind the NFL's best offensive line. Provided Tony Romo and Dez Bryant stay healthy to keep opposing defenses honest, Zeke has the upside to finish as the RB1 in 2016.

1.12 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 12

We have completed our latest 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Related: 2016 Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Football Projections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 22, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

A stress fracture in his foot limited Hyde to just seven games last season, but he should benefit from playing in an up-tempo, run-heavy Chip Kelly offense. The Eagles have ranked in the top-11 in rush attempts in all three of his seasons in Philadelphia. Provided he stays healthy, Hyde has a lot of upside in 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 18, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015), Maclin remains a solid WR2 heading into 2016 and he's the WR19 in this mock.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoring a touchdown in 12 of 15 games, Decker's weekly production was extremely consistent: 8.1 to 15.7 fantasy points every week. While he finished as a weekly top-12 fantasy wide receiver only twice, he never finished worse than WR31 last season. That consistency led to a top-10 full-season finish in fantasy points scored among wide receivers. The quarterback situation for the Jets is still unsettled, but I ultimately think we will see Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets work out a short-term deal for his return.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 17, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trading up to select Watkins with a top-four pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bills finally started to use Watkins the way fantasy owners wanted. Of course, it took some public complaints by Watkins for that to happen. Not only did Watkins have at least 80 yards in his final six games, but he exceeded 100 yards in four of those games and he scored a total of six touchdowns during that stretch. One concern with Watkins, however, is that he had foot surgery recently, which could keep him out of the preseason and foot injuries are always a concern with receivers.

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

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

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

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

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

Disappointing fantasy owners, Hilton still finished with 1,124 yards but just five touchdowns. With 67-plus yards in six of his first seven games, Hilton had more receiving yards (606) than all but five receivers through Week 7. Given that Andrew Luck played just seven games all season including a few at less than 100 percent, Hilton's numbers should bounce back in 2016 assuming a healthier version of Luck under center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dominant in the 2015 fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in a total of 25 catches for 333 yards and five touchdowns during that three-game stretch. On the year, only Rob Gronkowski and Gary Barnidge scored more fantasy points than Reed. The only concern is durability; Reed has played only 34 games through three seasons.

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May 16, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 15, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December 31, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 17

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 17?

Sean Beazley - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles ( NYG), $3,600

This is the final full NFL slate of the year, and boy does it have some dream matchups to target. Spending up on elite WRs in cash games has been my recipe to success this year, and this week all five of the top-priced wideouts have great matchups. I have tinkered with a number of different rosters to try to get 2-3 to fit in my cash lineup. Luckily, DraftKings pricing has been extremely soft this year.

One player who will be the centerpiece of all my cash games this week is Eagles TE Zach Ertz. Ertz has a cake matchup vs. the Giants, who are near the bottom of the league vs. the pass. Ertz has finished the season strong posting 26/298/1 on 37 targets in his last three games. At a bargain price of $3600, Ertz really only needs 11 DK points to pay off his salary. Ertz paired with a sub 6K QB, and a bargain-bin priced defense (like Dallas) can really open up your options this week.

Brendan Donahue - Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles ( NYG), $3,600

The Eagles have finally started to make Ertz one of the focal points of their offense, but unfortunately for them it was too little too late. Ertz certainly isn't going to help DeMarco Murray gain any more yards by blocking, but he can catch the ball as evidenced by his 21 catches in the past two games. Sam Bradford has been targeting him early and often with 30 targets in the past two games and he has a great matchup this week against the Giants, who give up the most points to opposing TEs on the season. Draftkings has him at only $3,600 this week and he should easily outperform his salary.

Kevin Hanson - Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (vs. PHI), $9,000

Certainly, I'm not going out on much of a limb to suggest Beckham, but my most common stack this week will be Eli Manning and OBJ. And with some other values on the board, I feel comfortable with cash-game and tournament lineups that feature Eli/OBJ plus Julio Jones ($8,500).

Before his one-game suspension, Beckham extended his touchdown streak to five games even though his 100-yard game streak ended at six games. Over his past seven games, Beckham has a minimum of 19.6 fantasy points in every game and an average of 29.74 per contest. Averaging nearly 100 yards (99.71/G) and a score (0.93/G) this season, OBJ should be targeted early and often by Manning in a premier matchup. Only the Steelers have allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (PPR/DK scoring) this season.

Dan Yanotchko - Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets (at BUF), $6,500

This week I am big on Eric Decker of the Jets at $6,500, as he has a great matchup in a must-win game. Decker splits in the last four games: 38 targets, 24 receptions, 69 YPG, and 3 TDs. Decker caught six balls for 85 yards and a TD in the last game against a Bills secondary that allows 253 yards passing and 28 TDs.

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December 24, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 16

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 16?

Sean Beazley - Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens (vs. PIT), $5,400

One player that will be the center piece of my cash lineup this week is Kamar Aiken. Aiken comes in at a great price of $5400. He has a dream matchup this week vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. The Steelers have giving up the most points to fantasy WRs this year, mainly due to the fact that their offense has been so efficient this past month or so.

Baltimore will likely be behind in this one, so Aiken should see plenty of targets. Aiken had a solid game vs. the Steelers in his previous meeting, and that was with a healthy Steve Smith and Justin Forsett. Aiken is the Ravens only reliable option at this point. I will be 100 percent on Aiken on all DFS sites in cash this week.

Brendan Donahue - Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL), $9,300

We learned once and for all last week that as long as Ben Roethlisberger is under center, Brown is matchup-proof. He put up a very impressive 16 catches for 189 yards and 2 TDs against a very tough Denver secondary and hopefully helped most of us get in the cash on DK last week.

So, if he can do that against Chris Harris and Denver, I'm very excited at his prospects against a Baltimore secondary that has given up the third-most fantasy points (DK scoring) to opposing WRs on the year. In his last seven games, he's averaging over 14 targets a game and if he gets 14 targets against this Baltimore defense, he should easily be the No. 1 WR this week and should be in your lineups.

Kevin Hanson - Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (vs. NE), $3,900

Over the past three weeks, Powell has been extremely productive -- perhaps more so than you have realized. In fact, he's been a top-12 fantasy running back each week in standard-scoring formats. Here's the list of running backs with three top-12 weekly finishes over the past three weeks: Bilal Powell.

End of list.

With 20 receptions on 25 targets for 191 yards during that span, Powell has been even better in PPR (DraftKings) scoring. Powell has a minimum of five catches and 19.2 DraftKings points in each of those three games. While he may not continue his streak of games with 20-plus points, it's highly likely that he exceeds value on his below-$4,000 salary, providing the salary-cap relief to load up elsewhere.

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Dan Yanotchko - Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. PIT), $4,100

For a good GPP pick this week, I really like Markus Wheaton of the Steelers going against a very bad Ravens secondary. Wheaton has had a great four-game split -- 37 targets, 22 catches, 94.5 yard average and three touchdowns. At $4,100 and going up against a team that has given up 28 TDs through the air, he has great value.

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December 16, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 15

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 15?

Sean Beazley - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL), $5,500

There is no elite value popping out at me right now, so I feel this week it might be the best approach for a balanced lineup. There are a number of options between $4,500-$6,500 where I believe you can put up 20-plus points. One of those plays is Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin.

Maclin comes in at a very reasonable price at $5,500 and draws a great matchup vs. the Ravens, who just got torched by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks last week. Maclin has averaged 10 targets over his past three games, hauling in 24 catches during this time. I believe Maclin has a field day vs. the Ravens this week and finishes north of 20 DK points.

Kevin Hanson - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI), $4,900

Brown has been consistent with 14-plus fantasy points in eight of nine games; the exception was Week 10 when he was a game-time decision against the Seahawks due to his hamstring. Since Week 3, Brown has averaged 4.6 catches for 80.4 yards per game. Based on DK scoring, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Eagles.

With a sub-$5,000 salary, Brown should easily exceed value in Week 15. Given his matchup, consistency and price, he's a safe play in cash games. And with the speed to get behind the Eagles secondary for a big play or two, Brown has plenty of upside for GPPs.

Brendan Donahue - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins (at SD), $6,300

Coming off of a two-TD game on only 12 carries (it is a bit of a mystery why he only got 12 carries), Miller now goes up against the Chargers, who have given up the fifth-most points to opposing RBs and he should be relatively fresh. You can see the talent when Miller gets the ball as he averaged 7.4 yards per carry last week on just 12 carries. And the week before when they consistently gave him the ball, he rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries. I have him ranked second this week among running backs, but he is only $6,300 this week and should easily outproduce his salary.

Ryan Watterson - James White, RB, New England Patriots (vs. TEN), $4,600

With LeGarrette Blount out for the season, White should step into a larger role. His usage has seen an increase the past few weeks as the passing-down back, but he should now see more carries as well. Against a Titans defense that is near the bottom of the league against the run, and with White's growing role in the pass game, he has potential to return solid gains on a cheap salary.

Dan Yanotchko - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL), $5,500

This week a must-have for me is the Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin at $5,500. Maclin has had a great four-game split: 36 targets, 27 receptions, 88 yards per game and three touchdowns. He also gets a great matchup against the Ravens, who give up 248 yards passing on the year and 27 TDs. Just look what Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin did last week, and Maclin is a certain WR1.

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December 13, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 14 (Yanotchko)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 14 of the 2015 NFL season:

Detroit Lions -3 over St. Louis Rams (3 units)

This game is a contest of two teams that had very high aspirations at the start of the year, but they both have had quite the disappointing year. The Lions come into this game on the heels of possibly one of the worse losses ever, as they got beat by a Hail Mary on an untimed down after a questionable call.

The Rams have just been flat over the last five games, as they have lost everyone of them, and they haven't put up more than 18 points as well. I think the Lions defense is starting to come together, and they will be able to contain Rams running back Todd Gurley as they only allow 3.9 yards per carry per game.

Also Matthew Stafford has been coming alive as of late, and he will be able to attack a Rams passing defense that allows a 69-percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks. I am looking for Stafford to have a big day throwing to Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and I will lay the three points here.

Tennessee Titans +7 over New York Jets (3 units)

The Jets are on the cusp of the playoffs, and they can certainly take a huge step forward with a big win against the Titans on Sunday. While the Titans have struggled for much of the year, there is great hope of the future with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota showing signs of being a solid NFL starter. While I believe that the Jets are a much better team, this game will still come down to certain matchups, and what most don't realize is that the Titans have a very strong pass defense. We are even including last week's shootout with Jacksonville, the Titans only allow 231 yards passing per game, and they get excellent QB pressure with 34 sacks. While I still think that the Jets are going to win this one, I believe that the Titans will be able to keep it close, and I will take the 7 points here.

New England Patriots -4.5 over Houston Texans (4 units)

The Patriots have certainly struggled as of last, as they have lost two in a row, and also last week in one of the most surprising fashions by giving up 21 points on defense and special team touchdowns. The Texans were left for dead after starting 1-4, but have managed to climb back in to the AFC South race, as the defense has gotten on track.

New England has not been themselves on offense, as they are missing Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola has been slowed by injury as well. This will be a week where Tom Brady will right the ship, as I love his match up going against a Texans secondary that has given up 242 yards passing and 36 touchdowns on the year.

The Patriots have not lost three games in a row since the 2002 season, and while J.J. Watt, has been other worldly the last few weeks, he will go into this game with a broken hand. I look for the Patriots to have a tight contest for most of the game, but will pull away in the end.

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DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 14

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 14?

Brendan Donahue - Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots (at HOU), $5,200

Since Julian Edelman has gone down in Week 10, Amendola has filled the role admirably. Looking at the numbers more closely, he has taken over right where Edelman left off. In those three games, he has 26 catches on 36 targets and has amassed 258 yards and a TD. With Edelman and most likely Rob Gronkowski out again, look for Amendola to once again be Tom Brady's primary target this week and get you great value on Draftkings.

Kevin Hanson - David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN), $4,300

As the team's featured back last week, Johnson gained 99 yards on 22 carries and added two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over the Rams. This week, the Cardinals are favored by nearly double digits as they host a Vikings team that has already ruled out four defensive starters.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals will be without Andre Ellington for another week, which means another heavy workload for Johnson this week. With a touchdown in three consecutive games, Johnson has scored a total of nine touchdowns -- four rushing, four receiving and one return -- despite limited touches (78) this season. Ranked inside my top-10 running backs for the week, Johnson should easily reach value for those that play in Thursday contests this week.

Ryan Watterson - Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO), $5,500

Going with the trend of QBs playing the Saints defense. Winston has improved throughout the season and has had a few games that show his potential. Against the worst pass defense in the league, Winston should have a big game and allow you to spend elsewhere. Pairing him with Mike Evans is my favorite stack this week.

Dan Yanotchko - Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL), $4,500

This week, I am liking Doug Baldwin of the Seahawks who is on a tear lately. Baldwin has benefitted hugely from Jimmy Graham's injury, as he has compiled a four-game split of 24 receptions, 443 yards and six TDs. Combine this with a favorable Baltimore matchup that has given up 244 yards passing and 22 touchdowns on the year with only four picks. I really like his value at $4,500, and he has been targeted 31 times over the last four as well.

Sean Beazley - LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills (at PHI), $6,100

When I build my lineups each week, I take into consideration a lot of different things. One of those things are narratives. Some DFS players are big into narratives and some are more analytical and just play the best numbers. This week we probably have one of the biggest narratives of the year and that's the LeSean McCoy revenge game.

McCoy was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, and in a nutshell called Chip Kelly a racist. McCoy doesn't have the best matchup in the world vs. an Eagles D which is more easily beaten through the air, but at $6,100 I think he easily pays off that price this week. There is one thing that is certain, and that's Rex Ryan is a player's coach. I believe he will give Shady plenty of opportunity to prove Chip Kelly wrong.

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December 06, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 13 (Yanotchko)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 13 of the 2015 NFL season:

Chicago Bears -7 over San Francisco 49ers (4 units)

The Bears have been much improved this year, as they are almost at .500, and they have been more efficient on offense, and playing better defense than anyone thought possible after last year. The 49ers have just been a train wreck, as they lost quite a few Pro Bowl players to retirement, and of course, the offense has regressed mightily.

Although Blaine Gabbert has looked halfway decent this year, this game is still a huge mismatch in Chicago's favor, as the 49ers have been awful against the pass. The Niners secondary has given up 277 yards per game, and they allow a 69-percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks. I just love Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, a healthy Alshon Jeffrey, and of course, the Bears at home at 1 PM in December. Add 'em all up, and I will give the seven here.

New York Giants +2.5 over New York Jets (4 units)

You just have to love the way this one works out, as the Giants are home 'dogs in their own stadium, and I still can't understand it. The Giants have been quite the odd team to figure out this year, as they could easily be 8-3 this year, but they are one game under .500 at 5-6.

The good news is that the Giants can still win the NFC East, but they have to start putting the games they should win in the proper column. The Jets had a hot start, but they have come back to earth as of recent, but they also need to start stringing wins together.

I believe this game will be won by the Giants through the air, as the Jets give up 240 yards per game, and 21 touchdowns to opposing QBs. Also, they have announced that All-Pro corner Darelle Revis will be missing this game with a concussion, so it will be open season for Odell Beckham Jr. I am a big fan of taking the better team when they are getting points, and this is certainly the case here.

Washington Redskins -4 over Dallas Cowboys (3 units)

I am going to start this pick with the preface that I despise the Cowboys. Even growing up in New England,you couldn't walk three feet in school without seeing bandwagon Dallas merchandise (Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, etc.). That being said, I really feel bad for Tony Romo, as he deserves much better, and hopefully he can make it through a season properly healthy.

Washington is a different team at home, and now in December they actually have something meaningful to play for, as they lead the NFC East. Washington has had the Cowboys number over the last 5 years, as they have gone 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games. Also, I believe that Washington will be keeping a steady diet of run-first offense with Alfred Morris and Matt Jones, going up against a Dallas front-seven that gives up 106 yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry. I just don't think Matt Cassel can cover the four on Monday night, so I will take Washington to win going away.

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November 29, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 12 (Yanotchko)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 12 of the 2015 NFL season:

New Orleans Saints +3.5 over Atlanta Falcons (3 units)

The Saints have finally fired the much maligned defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, and they will look to get their second half of the season started off right against a surging Houston Texans team. The Saints have been woeful, but I feel this is one of those games with a new voice, focus, and coming off a bye week that will do New Orleans well.

One place that the Texans can be attacked is on the ground, as they give up 113 yards per game, and 4.2 yards per carry, so I really like Mark Ingram in this one. Also, the Saints always have big-play capability, and while they may not win this one, it will certainly be close, so when in doubt take the points.

Pittsburgh Steelers +3.5 over Seattle Seahawks (3 units)

The Seahawks are starting to pull things together and they certainly have been playing much better ball in their last few games. The Steelers come in banged up with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, but they now have a chance to win the AFC North, as the Bengals have faltered as of late.

For me, Seattle just doesn't look right this year, and it starts with the offensive line. Russell Wilson has been scrambling for his life back there, as the Seahawks have allow 35 sacks on the year, which is astronomical numbers compared to the past two years. The Steelers have also been able to get after the QB this year, as they have compiled 28 sacks through 10 games, and they are great against Seattle's bread and butter, as they only allow 93 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry.

I just love the offensive firepower of Pittsburgh to keep this one close, and I will take the 3.5 here also.

Cleveland Browns -3 over Baltimore Ravens (5 units)

For both teams this will be a pride game, and both seasons couldn't truly have gone worse for them as well. Baltimore has had the worst of the injury bug, as they lost Terell Suggs in Week 1, and now just last week they lost both Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett to season-ending injuries.

Earlier this year, Josh McCown and the Browns went into Baltimore and won in overtime, but McCown had an unbelievable day passing for 457 yards. The Ravens still boast one of the worst secondaries in the league, as they have given up 257 yards per game and 19 touchdowns. This is the season for Cleveland and their fans, and McCown won't let the hometown down on their return to Monday Night Football.

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November 25, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 12

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 12?

Brendan Donahue - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD), $4,800

I am playing the law of averages with Yeldon this week. He's the clear-cut lead back in Jacksonville and is going against the Chargers, who have given up the most fantasy points to running backs this season. Yeldon has had 10 days to rest his foot that had been bothering him and should be 100 percent this week. He has still averaged over 16 carries per game in his last four games and is going up against a Chargers team that gives up 125.9 yards per game on the ground, it's hard not to see him having a big game based on his volume and matchup.

Kevin Hanson - Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston Texans (vs. NO), $5,000

The last three quarterbacks that have faced the Saints defense have scored the most or second-most fantasy points for that given week. In fact, the Saints have allowed multiple touchdowns in six consecutive games and a minimum of 324 passing yards in five of those six games. A bye week and a new defensive coordinator won't be enough to turnaround the league's most fantasy-friendly defense.

Before leaving the Bengals game early, Hoyer threw multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games. During that span, Hoyer has scored a minimum of 17 fantasy points in each game with 20-plus three times. Despite his position-minimum salary, Hoyer should easily exceed value with top-five upside this week. Another factor in Hoyer's favor this week is that both Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton play on Thursday and Tom Brady (at Denver) and Ben Roethlisberger (at Seattle) have tough matchups.

Ryan Watterson - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks (vs. PIT), $4,500

Rawls steps into the starting position for the Seahawks with Marshawn Lynch out for a few weeks, and while he has a difficult matchup, the opportunity is too great to ignore. Coming off a massive day against the Niners, Rawls will be fed the ball consistently against the Steelers and has a chance to greatly outproduce his salary.

Dan Yanotchko - T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. SD), $4,800

This week I love T.J. Yeldon of the Jaguars going up against one the worst front-sevens in football, San Diego. Yeldon has a great number at $4,800, and he has 17-plus touches in six of his last seven games, plus 27 receptions on the year. I like Yeldon and his 4.0 YPC average going against a Chargers team that allows 126 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. C'mon, they let Spencer Ware rush for 96 yards on 11 carries and 2 TDs last week.

Sean Beazley - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans (vs. NO), $9,100

Last week was a tough week if you played a lot of the chalk. The cash lines in the Million maker and 50/50's were the lowest they have been all year. This week we are going to run into a lot of the similar type of chalk bargain players, so it is imperative that you nail the rest of your lineup. The chalk this week comes at the RB position, so I'll be paying at WR again this week. One player I absolutely love is Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins.

Hopkins comes in at a steep price tag of $9100, but like I mentioned, if you are playing the chalk RBs, you should have plenty of salary to get one or two of these top-notch stud WRs into your lineup this week. Some people have pretty short memories in the DFS world, but let's not forget how bad the Saints defense has been the past three games vs. the Giants, Titans, and Redskins. The Saints gave up 1,045 yards and 15 passing touchdowns during this time. There are ten teams in the NFL this year who have 15 or fewer passing touchdowns allowed all season. There is no WR in the NFL that has more targets than Hopkins (137). Hopkins also leads all WR in TDs with nine. Hopkins will be the center of my cash lineup this week.

Bonus Turkey Day Play: It's pretty unfortunate that DK doesn't have a 16-game slate this week because I would be on board rolling out QB Matthew Stafford as my cash game QB this week. Stafford has a juicy matchup against the Eagles tomorrow, and he still has a very fair price of $5,800. Stafford managed 20.4 DK points last week without having a good game. If you're playing the three-day Turkey slate, I recommend Stafford for GPPs. One great tip for playing small slate GPPs is avoiding the urge to spend your entire salary cap. Too many players make this mistake in tournaments, which leads to a lot of overlap. If you have a lineup $1500 short of the cap, there is a great chance that it's unique.

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November 18, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 11

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 11?

Brendan Donahue - Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (at SD), $4,500

Anyone that puts up 31.1 points against Denver, in Denver, immediately gets my attention. Digging deeper, there is a nice trend with West.

He has gotten at least 20 carries in his each of his last three games and has rewarded his fantasy owners by putting up 23.9, 22.2, and 31.1 points in each. I don't see any reason why this trend can't continue going up against the Chargers, who give up the most points in the league against opposing running backs. At $4,500, he is an absolute steal this week.

Kevin Hanson - Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (at SD), $4,500

Heavy workloads? Check. Consistent production? Check. Favorable matchup? Check. What's not to like about West this week? And despite his high usage rate and strong production, his salary has actually dropped from his Week 10 price tag ($4,800). Thank you, DraftKings!

Not only does West have a minimum of 20-plus carries in three consecutive games, but he has at least 22.2 DraftKings points in each of those three games. Priced at more than $1,000 less than the average starting salary, West will be a staple in my cash-game and GPP lineups alike.

Dan Yanotchko - Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (), $

This week, I really like Davante Adams at quite the nice $4,700 price point. Adams has finally broken through with Aaron Rodgers in the past two weeks, as he has compiled 17 receptions on 32 targets, and 173 yards total.

I know the Packers haven't exactly lit the offensive world on fire lately, as they only compiled 16 points against Detroit at home. This will be a Rodgers bounce-back game, and of course I love the fact that Adams had 21 targets last week alone.

Ryan Watterson - Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings (), $

There are two low cost WRs firmly on my radar this week -- Allen Hurns and Stefon Diggs. But if I have to choose between the two, Diggs is the choice. His salary is lower and he has a lot of upside this week. While he has slowed down the past two weeks, matchups and game flow can be blamed for the decrease in production.

This week, the Vikings take on the Packers. Call me naive, but I actually believe the Packers figure it out this week and the Vikings will be forced to throw more than they have been. In terms of FPA, the Packers have been solid against WRs, which will lead a lot of people to overlook Diggs in their lineups. However, that can be deceiving.

The Packers are 27th in efficiency against WR1's, so if the Vikings are forced to throw more, Diggs could be in for a big day. I'll be taking a flier on him in a lot of lineups this week.

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November 14, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 10 (Yanotchko)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 10 of the 2015 NFL season:

New England Patriots -7.5 over New York Giants (4 units)

The Patriots will be coming into this game resembling the walking wounded, as at press time they only have five healthy linemen, and now will be without superback Dion Lewis for the rest of the year. This being said, the Patriots have quietly built one of the best front-sevens in the league, and they actually lead the league in only allowing 89.1 yards per game on the ground.

The other part where the Patriots will be able to attack the Giants is through the air, as the Giants give up a league-worst 308 yards per game to opposing QBs. And the Giants just can't get after the passer, as they only have complied nine sacks on the year. This will be a game that Tom Brady throws it all over the yard, and I look for the Patriots to win going away for the revenge factor.

Jacksonville Jaguars +4.5 over Baltimore Ravens (2 units)

The Ravens certainly have not had the season they wanted, as they are competing more for the first pick overall rather than a playoff berth. The Jaguars have been getting better by the week this year, and Blake Bortles is really starting to justify that high draft pick.

This is were the Jags will be able to attack the Ravens, through the air, as the Ravens allow 284 yards passing per game and a 67-percent completion rate to opposing QBs. The Jaguars also have a decent front-seven, as they only allow 94.3 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry to opposing rushers, which will limit Justin Forsett.

The Ravens just have been bad against the number this year, going 1-6-1, and while it's a tall order for Jacksonville to win on the road, I love their chances at covering.

Arizona Cardinals +3 over Seattle Seahawks (3 units)

This will be the chance to really put a few nails in the Seahawks coffin for the 2015 campaign, and I really like Arizona going up north and stealing one on the road. The Cardinals as always are doing a great job of stopping the run this year, as they only allow 90.1 yards per game, and 3.8 yards per carry which doesn't bode well for an already hobbled Marshawn Lynch.

Arizona also has been great at limiting opposing quarterbacks to 223 yards per game, and they have been really opportunistic with 13 interceptions as well this year already. The Seahawks have just looked listless this year, they have massive offensive line troubles, and they just don't seem to be able to hold a 4th-quarter lead anymore.

Given all these checkmarks against them, I will certainly take the points here.

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November 12, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 10

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 10?

Sean Beazley - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (at BAL), $6,700

Before I get to my picks this week, I strongly recommend every DFS player to support FanDuel and DraftKings with their fight to keep DFS legal in NY. I'm not only saying this because I'm a resident of NY, but it's for the overall general good of the industry.

My DFS career is on the line, so why not go all-in on the mighty Jacksonville Jaguars this week! One player I absolutely love this week is receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson has a modest salary at $6,700 and faces the Ravens, who have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Pairing Robinson with QB Blake Bortles ($5,600) on DK will be one of my favorite GPP stacks of the week. I believe Robinson could be under-owned in tournaments considering all the WRs in that same price tier that are coming off big weeks (Randall Cobb, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Alshon Jeffery, etc.).

Bonus Pick: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was the focal point of my DFS lineups last week, and he will continue to be in my cash lineup until his price hits elite level. There is no reason why he shouldn't be priced in the same range as the elite WRs in the game. At $7,100, he is a must play in your cash lineup.

Brendan Donahue - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots (at NYG), $8,000

With Dion Lewis out for the season, look for Gronkowski to return to the focal point (or even more of the focal point) of the offense again. Lewis missed Week 7 vs. the Jets and Gronkowski had a season-high 16 targets that resulted into 11 catches for 108 yards and a TD. Couple that with the fact that the Giants have given up the third-most points (Draftkings scoring) to tight ends this season and this is shaping up for another monster game for the monster known as Gronk.

Kevin Hanson - Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins (vs. NO), $5,200

While he has been a bit boom or bust, Cousins has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback twice over his past five games. While his overall level of production has varied, one constant has been passing volume. Cousins has thrown for 40-plus pass attempts in three consecutive games and in five of his past six.

This week sets up as a potential "boom" week for Cousins. Not only have the Saints allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but they have allowed an average of 351.3 passing yards per game and a total of 13 passing touchdowns over their past three games.

At only $5,200 (or just $200 above the position-minimum salary), Cousins has a ton of upside while creating plenty of salary-cap relief to load up elsewhere. He will be a staple in both my cash game and GPP lineups in Week 10.

Dan Yanotchko - Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (at BAL), $6,700

This week, I am going with Allen Robinson of the Jaguars for $6,700, as he has one of the best matchups possible against the Baltimore secondary. Robinson has had an amazing stat split over the last four weeks, having 25 receptions on 41 targets for an average of 93.0 yards per game and four touchdowns. I feel Robinson is primed for a breakout week, and also fellow No. 2 Allen Hurns has already missed Wednesday practice with a sprained foot. Baltimore has been quite rough in the secondary this year, as they have given up 284 yards passing and 16 touchdowns, so I am green lighting Robinson this week.

Ryan Watterson - Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins (), $6,700

Although Landry gets a Philly defense that is giving away a lot of production to WRs, ranking third to last in FPA to that position. In addition, the Eagles are 31st against WR1's in particular. Landry continues to produce on a weekly basis despite some of the Dolphins passing game struggles. I think he blows up for a big week and pushes towards a top-5 finish at his position.

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November 08, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 9 (Yanotchko)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 9 of the 2015 NFL season:

Atlanta Falcons -7.5 over San Francisco 49ers (3 units)

The 49ers are a hot mess, as they have just traded away Vernon Davis, and now they are benching Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert, who couldn't even beat out Chad Henne for a starting job. The Falcons come into this game with one of the best passing attacks in the league, and I am certain they will be taking advantage of a 49ers secondary that gives up 280 yards per game and a 69-percent completion rate to opposing QBs.

I am looking for a huge day from Matt Ryan and Devonta Freeman will be able to run wild on a terrible 49ers front-seven. Blaine Gabbert will not give San Fran a lift, and the Falcons will win this one going away.

Philadelphia Eagles -3 over Dallas Cowboys (4 units)

I know this is a division game in Dallas, and the Eagles have certainly not been that great this year, but I am very surprised at the line. Since Tony Romo went down, the Cowboys have been stuck in neutral on offense, and this week won't get any easier against an aggressive Philly D.

The Eagles do a solid job of limiting opposing ballcariers to 110 yards per game, and I am certain that they will load up eight men in the box, and force Matt Cassel to beat them by throwing the ball. This will be a classic Chip Kelly blowout, that will have every one back saying that he is a genius, and all he needed was time. Dallas has been playing great D, but they are just missing too many playmakers to hang close in the end.

San Diego Chargers -4 over Chicago Bears (4 units)

Philip Rivers has had an amazing season so far, as he is almost on pace to throw for 6,000 yards this year, and it's only because the Chargers defense is awful. Rivers will certainly have to adjust this week, as he has lost his best target in Keenan Allen for the year, but I feel with Malcom Floyd, Steve Johnson, Antonio Gates, and Danny Woodhead, he has more than enough weapons.

Since we are talking about bad defenses, so far the guru John Fox has not been able to fix the Bears squad. The Bears are terrible against the pass, as they have given up 16 touchdowns, and they have only four interceptions and they just cannot muster a pass rush with only 12 sacks. This is a game where Rivers will have all sorts of time to throw, and also the Bears will be without their best player in Matt Forte. I will lay the points here as well.

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November 01, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 8 (Yanotchko)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season:

Minnesota Vikings -1.5 over Chicago Bears (4 units)

The Vikings have been a nice surprise this year, as they have gotten off to a 4-2 start, and look like a very strong wildcard contender. I really like the Vikings on the road this week, as they have one of the better matchups this week with Adrian Peterson going against a weak Chicago front-seven. The Bears have been really bad against the run this year, as they have given up 124 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry.

The Vikings have also done quite well against the number, as they have posted an impressive 5-1 mark to start the year. I just like the ground game of Minnesota too much, and also Mike Zimmer's defense going against Jay Cutler, so I will give the 1.5 points here.

San Diego Chargers +3.5 over Baltimore Ravens (3 units)

Being quite the Patriots homer, it has been quite fun to watch the Ravens circle the drain here this year. That being said, this is a game that the Chargers need desperately, and of course we all know that San Diego plays it's best ball of the year in November and December.

The Chargers will be able to attack a very vulnerable Baltimore secondary, that gives up 283 yards to opposing quarterbacks. How can you not love Philip Rivers here averaging 350 yards per game going against one of the worst secondaries out there? Even though this is on East Coast time, I still will lay the points here.

Dallas Cowboys +5.5 over Seattle Seahawks (2 units)

I know it's easy to make fun of Dallas when they are down, and believe me, saying that Greg Hardy is a leader is one of the all-time dumbest statements ever, but the Cowboys have a history of playing Seattle close. I know that Dallas had both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant last year when they beat the Seahawks up in Seattle, but I think this is one of the games where Seattle will struggle on the road.

Dallas does have a fairly stout front seven, that gives up 101 yards per game to opposing rushers, and I think they will be able to slow down Marshawn Lynch. I am also not a fan of the Seahawks offensive line, as they have almost gotten Russell Wilson killed this year. I am going to take the points here, as I think this game will be close, and there is an outside chance to see Dez Bryant back.

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October 22, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 7

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 7?

Brendan Donahue - Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams (vs. CLE), $5,000

If you want the definition of a workhorse running back, take a look at Todd Gurley's past two games. Gurley has averaged 24.5 carries per game for 152.5 yards per game, so I think it's safe to say he's recovered from his injury and you can start him with confidence. He couldn't have a much better matchup this week going against the Browns at home who are giving up a league-high 149.8 yards rushing per game. At just $5,000, I expect him to be highly owned but he is just too good of a value this week to pass up.

Sean Beazley - Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (at TEN), $9,100

There are a number of extremely chalky plays this week. If you aren't all over players like Antonio Gates, and Todd Gurley this week in your cash game, then you're probably a losing player in DFS. Gates was a lock for me before the salaries were released playing the Raiders who are awful vs TEs. Gates has been targeted 27 times in his first two games of the season. At the price of $5,000 you would be extremely foolish to not target him. Gurley, the other chalk play of the week, also sits at $5,000. Gurley will no doubt get 20-plus carries this week, and it wouldn't shock me to see him get around 30 given how I expect the game to go on Sunday.

My favorite tournament option of the week is Julio Jones. Jones is the perfect pivot off DeAndre Hopkins. I expect Hopkins to be among the highest owned players this week given receny bias. I believe this same bias (Julio's recent struggles), and the fact that Julio Jones costs $500 more than Hopkins will make Jones extremely under-owned. I also believe that Julio's teammate Devanta Freeman will be very popular, which also should keep people off Jones as pairing a RB/WR together is not usually a smart move. The Falcons played the Titans this pre-season and Jones absolutely dominated the Titans secondary. This was without CB Jason McCourty, but let's be honest, nobody can slow down a healthy Julio Jones. There are plenty of cheap options this week so you should have no problem fitting Jones in. You have the Rams D at a ridiculous $2400 vs. the Browns at home, and you could always go double TE for the savings.

Ryan Watterson - Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams (vs. CLE), $5,000

Gurley won't be this cheap for long, take advantage while you can. Gurley gets a Cleveland team that ranks 28th against RBs by DraftKings standards, and he will be the primary focus of this offense given the lack of other weapons - he had 30 carries last game. Given he is likely to touch the ball as much as anyone else this week, and has one of the best matchups, he is a must-start. Without question, he will be one of the most highly-owned players this week, but you can't afford to fade him in the majority of lineups.

Kevin Hanson - Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams (vs. CLE), $5,000

Coming off a torn ACL, Gurley sat the first two weeks of the season and was eased into action in Week 3. Since then, however, the talented top-10 pick from Georgia has carried the ball 49 times for 305 yards in his past two games. Now healthy and coming off his team's bye, Gurley is in line for another massive workload and the matchup couldn't be much more favorable.

The Browns have allowed a 100-yard rusher -- Latavius Murray (Week 3), Justin Forsett (Week 5) and Ronnie Hillman (Week 6) -- in three of their past four games. (And in Week 4, Danny Woodhead had 138 yards from scrimmage.) There is no doubt that Gurley will be one of the highest-owned players this week, but he's as safe as it gets with the upside for a monster game.

Dan Yanotchko - John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (vs. BAL), $5,500

This week I am going with John Brown of Arizona, who has one of the best matchups against a very bad Ravens secondary. Brown has had a great start to the season, registering 33 catches for 497 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens have been very bad on the back end, giving up 286 yards and 27 points per game. The league's highest-scoring offense, going against Baltimore in their second week in a row out west on the road? Yes, please.

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October 18, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 6 (Yanotchko)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 6 of the 2015 NFL season:

San Diego Chargers +10.5 over Green Bay Packers (3 units units)

I know that Green Bay is the much better team here, but I think that the Chargers will absolutely be within 10 points of them in a game they really need to win. The Packers have been rolling this year at a perfect 5-0, and Aaron Rodgers is of course looking like his perennial MVP self, even while missing Jordy Nelson.

The Chargers come into this game at 2-3, and will need this game to keep pace in the AFC West. The Chargers can exploit the Packers on the ground, as Green Bay gives up 130 yards per game, and 5.0 yards per carry on the ground this year. Also, it appears Packers run-stuffer B.J. Raji is doubtful for the game, and this way the Chargers can try to keep the ball out of Rodgers' hands.

San Diego will probably not win this game, but they have the passing attack to play catchup, and will be in this game to the end, so I will take the double-digit points here.

New England Patriots -10 over Indianapolis Colts (3 units)

What can be said about this game, that hasn't been said already, but just imagine, a rematch of last year's AFC final, and the road team is laying 10 points! They can't make this line high enough, as this is the game that has been circled on the Patriots calendar from Day 1, and they are going into Indy for vengeance.

The Colts just do not matchup up well against New England, as they are 0-4 against the spread, and also they have been outscored 189-73 in those four contests. The Patriots will have the ability to pick apart a weak Colts defense, and of course, we all know Brady will still be throwing late into the fourth quarter.

I don't think this line is high enough, as the Colts just aren't a good team this year; they have offensive line protection problems, and will not be able to cover the Pats receivers.

Philadelphia Eagles -4.5 over New York Giants (3 units)

This is a crucial game for the NFC East, and the winner here will have the advantage with the tiebreaker going forward. The Eagles have started slow, but now they have started to find their stride, and they have had great success against the Giants in recent years. The Eagles have gone 10-3-1 in their last 14 games against the Giants.

Also the Chip Kelly passing offense will be able to easily attack a Giants secondary that gives up a league-worst 304 yards passing per game. Also for this game Odell Beckham is listed as questionable, and we are due for the classic Eli Manning stinker game soon. I love the Eagles at home on a Monday night before their rowdy home crowd, and I will certainly give the points here.

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October 14, 2015

DFS Roundtable: Favorite DraftKings Play for Week 6

Every week this season, our contributors will give their favorite plays for the week in DraftKings contests.

Q: Who is your favorite DraftKings play for Week 6?

Sean Beazley - Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots (at IND), $7,600

Last week for me was pretty rough especially with Jamaal Charles in all my cash lineups, and heavily used in the majority of my GPP lineups. This week, I'm going nearly all-in again and I'm going with Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. I was completely wrong on Gronk last week, and paired with Charles you can get how awesome my Week 5 was.

Gronk is the most expensive TE on the board again at $7,600 but still is much cheaper than some of the elite WRs on the site. The Patriots sit as nearly double-digit fanvorites on Sunday, and the total is at 55.5. This is by far the biggest total of the week. This is the biggest FU game of the season for Tom Brady and the Pats since this is where Deflategate started. There is a concern that the Patriots take to the ground vs. the Colts since they racked up over 400 yards versus them last year in two meetings, but I think this is all about Brady.

I'll be trying to squeeze Brady in as my QB in my cash lineups as well, but for $400 savings you can get Aaron Rodgers, who has just a high as floor this week as Brady does in my opinion. The Patriots have scored six offensive touchdowns in each of their last three games vs. the Colts. I don't see any reason why they can't do that again on Sunday. I'm calling for a 30+ point week for Gronkowski, and the best part of it is the game is on Sunday Night. If you do not have a piece of this offense in your cash game this week, you will most likely lose.

Bonus GPP Stack - Colin Kaepernick/Anquan Boldin ($9,300 combined): The Ravens secondary has been god awful this season. They have made Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, and Josh McCown all look like Hall-of-Fame QBs. Playing this stack will definitely allow you to get a piece of all the top totals games (NE/IND, SD/GB, PHI/NYG) this week.

Brendan Donahue - Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears (at DET), $7,100

If you want someone who is guaranteed touches on a weekly basis, then Forte is your guy. He's averaged 20 carries and four receptions per game through the first five weeks. The only week he didn't have a reception was when Cutler was out so with him back, expect Forte to continue to get his targets in the passing game against a weak Detroit defense who will be out with Deandre Levy this week, so I expect him to finish as a top-three RB this week.

Ryan Watterson - Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (), $4,000

With Jamaal Charles done for the season, West will be first in line to take the lead role for the rest of the season. He has the speed to be a game-breaker and with the increased opportunities, West has the chance to return significant value for his $4,000 salary.

Kevin Hanson - Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints (vs. NO), $3,300

Leading the team with 381 receiving yards, Snead has emerged as the team's most reliable receiver through the first five weeks of the season and he's on pace for 1,219 yards for the season. With 89 and 141 yards in his past two games, respectively, Snead now has at least five catches in three consecutive games. Even though the Saints are underdogs, they are still projected to score the fifth-most points this week based on Vegas odds. In what should be a high-scoring game, Snead has a solid floor with plenty of upside and his $3,300 price tag (60th-highest WR salary) offers owners plenty of salary-cap relief to afford higher-priced studs in other spots.

Dan Yanotchko - Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers (vs. BAL), $4,300

This week, I really like Anquan Boldin of the 49ers, as he has a great matchup, and awesome price point at $4,300. Boldin had a great week against a bad Giants secondary, as he had eight catches for 108 yards and a TD. This week he gets another bad secondary in the Ravens, who have given up 288 yards passing per game, and their defense allows 27.4 points per game.

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