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May 05, 2016

Jordan Reed, Redskins agree to 5-year contract extension

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

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

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

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

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

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April 26, 2016

2016 NFL Power Rankings: Pre-Draft Power Rankings

Here are our initial 2016 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Cardinals led the NFL in scoring offense and Carson Palmer had a career season — 4,671 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, 104.6 passer rating, etc. were all career highs — even though he comitted six turnovers in the NFC Championship Game. And going into the 2016 NFL season, you could argue that the Cardinals are the league's most balanced team.

2. New England Patriots (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Over the past six seasons, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick & Co. have posted a 75-21 regular-season record with a minimum of 12 wins every year. Only the Colts (7, 2003-2009) have a longer streak of seasons with 12-plus victories. Even with Brady's four-game suspension reinstated, Vegas still has the Pats as Super Bowl LI favorites (15/2).

3. Carolina Panthers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Coming off a career-best season, Cam Newton became the ninth Heisman Trophy winner to also win an NFL MVP award and the first to do since Barry Sanders (1997). On defense, the Panthers have one of the league's best front-sevens, but they rescinded their franchise tag on shutdown corner Josh Norman, who signed a free-agent deal with Washington.

4. Denver Broncos (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Although they field last year's top-ranked defense, the defending champs go into the draft without either first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning or presumed 2016 starter Brock Osweiler, who signed a free-agent deal with Houston. Perhaps they will be able to work out a deal for Colin Kaepernick; otherwise, Mark Sanchez currently tops their quarterback depth chart.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While it hurts that Martavis Bryant (suspension) will miss all of 2016, the Steelers were without Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell for multiple games in 2015 yet finished third in total offense (395.4 YPG) and tied for fourth in scoring offense (26.4 PPG). Adding upgrades and reinforcements to a leaky pass defense will be key area of emphasis in the draft.

6. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While he and the team (4-5 in first nine games) started slowly, Russell Wilson compiled a 24-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio over the team's final seven regular-season games. Oddly enough, Wilson's passing-game success happened primarily with Jimmy Graham (knee) out of the lineup.

7. Green Bay Packers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The loss of Jordy Nelson (ACL) hurt the team's offense as Aaron Rodgers averaged just 238.8 YPG and 6.7 Y/A with a 60.7 completion percentage, all of which were career lows as a starter. With the return of Nelson and a fitter Eddie Lacy, the Packers offense, which ranked 23rd in 2015, should bounce back in 2016.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The good news is that the Bengals have made the postseason in five consecutive seasons. While Andy Dalton (thumb) missed the playoff game, the Bengals have now lost all seven of Marvin Lewis' playoff games.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While the Chiefs got off to a horrible start (1-5 and an ACL injury to Jamaal Charles), Andy Reid is now 3-for-3 in winning seasons in Kansas City as the Chiefs won their final 10 regular-season games.

10. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Minnesota's Adrian Peterson led the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards and he rushed for 11 touchdowns. Excluding his one-game 2014 season, Peterson has rushed for double-digit touchdowns in all eight of his other nine seasons. Currently 10th all-time in rushing touchdowns (97), AP is currently 13 rushing scores behind Walter Payton (110, fourth all-time).

11. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)While the Cowboys have a top-four pick in this month's NFL Draft, they also have the best odds (among NFC East teams) to win Super Bowl LI at 20/1, per sportsbook.ag. Of course, the key to their success will be the health of quarterback Tony Romo, as he played in just four games (3-1) last season. They were 1-11 in their other 12 games.

12. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)For the first time in the eight seasons that John Harbaugh has been head coach, the Ravens finished with a losing record (5-11). The team suffered numerous season-ending injuries -- Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, etc. -- but you could argue this is the least talented roster that Harbaugh has had.

13. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)In four seasons as quarterback, Andrew Luck has lost exactly five games every season. The bad news is that he played only seven games last year. Clearly the franchise needs to surround him with better talent, but Luck, who turned the ball over 15 times in seven games, needs to take better care of the football.

14. Oakland Raiders (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Few teams made as significant of an improvement to their roster in free agency as the Raiders. Not only did Oakland re-sign Donald Penn and Aldon Smith, but they signed Kelechi Osemele, Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson as well.

15. Houston Texans (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Texans gave Brock Osweiler a four-year, $72 million contract to replace Brian Hoyer as their starter and signed free-agent running back Lamar Miller to take over for Arian Foster. Underutilized in Miami, Miller has been highly productive on a per-touch basis (4.59 YPC and 7.58 Y/R). Since entering the league in 2012, Miller is one of just five backs to average 4.5 YPC (min: 500 carries) and 7.5 Y/R (min: 100 catches).

16. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)In a division where they were expected, by most, to finish in last place, Washington won the NFC East with strong quarterback play from full-time starter Kirk Cousins. Designated with the franchise tag, Cousins is under contract for at least one more season provided a long-term deal isn't reached prior to the July 15th cutoff. Not only did Cousins lead the NFL in completion percentage (69.8), he posted a 23:3 TD-to-INT ratio over his final 10 games of the regular season.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Since the 2000 NFL season, the Jaguars had made the playoffs twice (2005 and 2007). Since their last playoff berth, the Jags have gone eight seasons without a winning record and five consecutive seasons with five or fewer wins. Third-year quarterback Blake Bortles will need to limit the turnovers, but the team should be better on defense with free-agent additions Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson and last year's first-rounder Dante Fowler (ACL) set to make his NFL debut. They may be a year away from finishing above .500, but they are a team poised to take a step (or two) forward in 2016.

18. New York Giants (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)With Tom Coughlin no longer the coach, Eli Manning and the offense have continuity as Ben McAdoo takes over. The Giants made a number of signings on the defensive side of the ball in free agency, and that side of the ball should determine how much success they will have in 2016.

19. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Since Rex Ryan became Baltimore's defensive coordinator in 2005, he had never finished worse than 11th in total defense -- until last year, that is. In his first season in Buffalo, the Bills ranked 19th in total defense. The G-Men ranked 32nd in total defense and 30th in scoring defense in 2015.

20. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Julio Jones led the NFL with 1,871 receiving yards, which was the second-most all-time to Calvin Johnson's 1,964 in 2012. Over the past two seasons, Jones has 240 catches for 3,464 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Falcons signed, or overpaid, free-agent receiver Mohamed Sanu, but they could still use an upgrade as a No. 2 option to Jones.

21. New York Jets (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)In his lone season as Jets starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 31 touchdowns, a single-season franchise record. Still a free agent, Fitzpatrick appears unlikely to agree to a new contract with the Jets prior to the draft although GM Dave Maccagnan has said re-signing Fitzpatrick is a priority.

22. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)For the fourth time in five seasons, Drew Brees led the NFL in passing yards although his 4,870 yards was a five-year low. In addition, his 32 touchdowns were an eight-year low. Only 458 passing yards behind Dan Marino, Brees should move into third place all-time by Week 2.

23. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford and signed free agent Chase Daniel, but their quarterback of the future won't be on their roster until Thursday evening. The Eagles gave up a lot to move from No. 8 to No. 2 in the 2016 NFL Draft, but they are expected to use the pick on North Dakota State quarterback prospect Carson Wentz.

24. Los Angeles Rams (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Rams are back in L.A., but they still lack the most important "star" power as Case Keenum currently tops the quarterback depth chart. But that will change in the coming days with the club trading up to the No. 1 pick for the right to select a franchise quarterback (expected to be Jared Goff).

25. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Since entering the league in 2008, no player has more yards from scrimmage than Matt Forte (12,718). With Forte signing a free-agent deal with the Jets, the Bears will rely on Jeremy Langford to lead the backfield barring a high pick on a running back in the 2016 NFL Draft. Langford averaged just 3.6 yards per carry as a rookie.

26. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)High-priced free agents don't always pay off and it was a disappointing season for Ndamukong Suh and Byron Maxwell, who was acquired via trade with Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon in free agency as the Giants gave him an $85 million contract.

27. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Closing the season with strong momentum, Detroit won six of their final eight regular-season games. The Lions signed Marvin Jones, the top available 2016 free-agent wide receiver, but they lost Megatron to early retirement. Or in other words, they lost much more than they received.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Tied for a league-high 4.8 yards per carry, the Buccaneers ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing offense (135.1 yards per game) and they re-signed Doug Martin in free agency. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston threw 16 touchdowns to only eight interceptions over his final 12 games as a rookie.

29. San Diego Chargers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)The Chargers agreed to a long-term contract with Philip Rivers, but their offensive line remains among the worst in the NFL. In fact, PFF graded San Diego's line the worst in the league. With quarterbacks the presumed first and second pick in the draft, the Chargers have an opportunity to draft one of the best left tackle prospects in years, which I project in 2016 NFL Mock Draft.

30. Tennessee Titans (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)By trading back in this year's draft, the Titans now have a total of 11 draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Draft. Considering they drafted a franchise quarterback (Marcus Mariota), they are in position to turn their franchise around over the next couple of years.

31. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Only the Texans and Colts averaged fewer yards per play than the 49ers last season. Only the Rams and Vikings averaged fewer offensive plays per game than the 49ers in 2015. At a minimum, the Chip Kelly-led 49ers should rank near the top of the league in terms of plays per game, but the roster has been significantly stripped of talent compared to their recent NFC Championship Game appearances.

32. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-0; Last: N/A)Quarterback. The most important position in football. Correction: The most important position in sports. With 24 quarterbacks to start since professional football returned to Cleveland, the Browns signed RG3 to a two-year deal and there's a decent chance that they will draft a quarterback at some point as well. By trading down from the second overall pick, the Browns now have six top-100 selections in this year's draft.

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April 23, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 1 to 16

Now that the NFL has released the 2016 NFL Schedule, we have updated our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule pages.

Our fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) rankings for each position are based on last year's production. In other words, we average the fantasy points allowed per game (in 2015) for every team's set of 2016 opponents. The higher the number listed below, the more cumulative fantasy points their 2016 opponents allowed in 2015.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to draft and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 1-16):

1. Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford): 18.21
2. Dallas Cowboys (Tony Romo): 17.99
3. New York Giants (Eli Manning): 17.86
4. Baltimore Ravens (Joe Flacco): 17.73
5. Chicago Bears (Jay Cutler): 17.66

Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for QBs (Weeks 1-16):

28. Atlanta Falcons (Matt Ryan): 16.40
29. New York Jets (Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick?): 16.37
30. Miami Dolphins (Ryan Tannehill): 16.36
31. New Orleans Saints (Drew Brees): 15.99
32. New England Patriots (Tom Brady): 15.92

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2016 Fantasy Football RB Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 1 to 16

Now that the NFL has released the 2016 NFL Schedule, we have updated our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule pages.

Our fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) rankings for each position are based on last year's production. In other words, we average the fantasy points allowed per game (in 2015) for every team's set of 2016 opponents. The higher the number listed below, the more cumulative fantasy points their 2016 opponents allowed in 2015.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to draft and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 1-16):

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Doug Martin, Charles Sims): 19.06
2. Detroit Lions (Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick): 18.82
3. New York Giants (Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen): 18.73
4. Chicago Bears (Jeremy Langford): 18.72
5. Tennessee Titans (DeMarco Murray): 18.64

Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for RBs (Weeks 1-16):

28. New York Jets (Matt Forte, Bilal Powell): 17.59
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory): 17.13
30. Indianapolis Colts (Frank Gore): 16.83
31. New England Patriots (Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount): 16.81
32. Miami Dolphins (Jay Ajayi): 16.59

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2016 Fantasy Football WR Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 1 to 16

Now that the NFL has released the 2016 NFL Schedule, we have updated our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule pages.

Our fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) rankings for each position are based on last year's production. In other words, we average the fantasy points allowed per game (in 2015) for every team's set of 2016 opponents. The higher the number listed below, the more cumulative fantasy points their 2016 opponents allowed in 2015.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to draft and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 1-16):

1. Baltimore Ravens (Steve Smith, Mike Wallace): 24.74
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton): 24.70
3. Cincinnati Bengals (A.J. Green): 24.59
4. Dallas Cowboys (Dez Bryant): 24.43
5. Cleveland Browns (Josh Gordon): 24.15

Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for WRs (Weeks 1-16):

28. Kansas City Chiefs (Jeremy Maclin): 21.61
29. San Francisco 49ers (Torrey Smith): 21.59
30. Carolina Panthers (Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn): 21.22
31. New Orleans Saints (Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead): 21.03
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson): 20.43

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2016 Fantasy Football TE Strength of Schedule (SOS): Weeks 1 to 16

Now that the NFL has released the 2016 NFL Schedule, we have updated our 2016 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule pages.

Our fantasy football strength of schedule (SOS) rankings for each position are based on last year's production. In other words, we average the fantasy points allowed per game (in 2015) for every team's set of 2016 opponents. The higher the number listed below, the more cumulative fantasy points their 2016 opponents allowed in 2015.

A player's fantasy strength of schedule is far from the most important aspect of his outlook. But if you're debating a pair of players to draft and they are otherwise comparable in your view, a more favorable fantasy schedule could potentially break the tie.

Five most favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 1-16):

1. Kansas City Chiefs (Travis Kelce): 8.57
2. Carolina Panthers (Greg Olsen): 8.47
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Austin Seferian-Jenkins): 8.36
4. San Diego Chargers (Antonio Gates): 8.35
5. Detroit Lions (Eric Ebron): 8.21

Five least favorable Fantasy SOS for TEs (Weeks 1-16):

28. Miami Dolphins (Jordan Cameron): 7.26
29. Cleveland Browns (Gary Barnidge): 7.15
30. New England Patriots (Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett): 7.14
31. New York Jets (Jace Amaro): 7.10
32. Pittsburgh Steelers (Ladarius Green): 6.81

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April 09, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft Update: Carson Wentz to Browns, Joey Bosa to Cowboys

It's nearly impossible to nail a mock draft minutes before it starts — let alone three weeks beforehand.

Over the next three weeks, I will update my 2016 NFL Mock Draft on a weekly basis and additional rounds will be added as well.

It's fair to say that this mock will change, perhaps quite a bit, leading up to my final version, but here is my updated 2016 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Tennessee Titans (team draft history): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

Perhaps a team trades up into this spot as the Titans have made it clear that they are willing to trade down. If they stay put, however, Tunsil appears to be the most likely selection.

No team allowed more sacks last season than the Titans (54). Given their investment in franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick in last year's draft, the Titans should make improving their leaky pass protection an offseason priority.

A three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil has allowed only two sacks — and none last season — over his career at Ole Miss. With unique athletic traits for the position, the former five-star recruit has drawn comparisons to Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein recently wrote that "Tunsil to me is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."

Zierlein went on to write, "With Tunsil, he's got all that athleticism, but he's a three-year starter in a major conference who has played left tackle the entire time and has some of the cleanest technique you're going to find at the position. He's ahead of Tyron Smith in terms of his knowledge, technique and ability at the position right now, coming into the league. Laremy Tunsil comes in and has a shot at being a Pro Bowler as a rookie."

2. Cleveland Browns (team draft history): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Despite signing RG3 to a two-year deal, it's certainly possible that the Browns still go with North Dakota State's Carson Wentz here and let him develop with Griffin potentially being the Week/Year 1 starter. Since professional football has returned to Cleveland, the Browns have had 24 different quarterbacks and it's nearly impossible to win with a question mark at the most important position in team sports.

The upside is that RG3 won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and led his team to the playoffs as a rookie in 2012. And a change of scenery in addition to working with Hue Jackson are both positives for rehabbing his career. Since his outstanding rookie campaign, however, he has played only 22 games, none last year, over the past three seasons due to injury and/or benching.

The biggest obstacle for Wentz will be his transition from the FCS level to the NFL, but he has experience playing in a pro-style system. With prototypical size (6-5, 235), a strong arm and excellent mobility, Wentz has all of the physical traits to develop into a franchise quarterback in the NFL.

3. San Diego Chargers (team draft history): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

There is a lot to like about Ramsey -- elite size (6-1, 202), Olympic-caliber athleticism and positional versatility. A second-team All-American at safety in 2014, Ramsey was a first-team All-American at cornerback this past season. With Eric Weddle signing with the Ravens this offseason, Ramsey could either be an immediate starter at free safety or cornerback.

4. Dallas Cowboys (team draft history): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Draft their quarterback of the future? Or an immediate difference-maker?

Unlike the other four teams with top-five selections, the Cowboys enter 2016 with 20/1 Super Bowl LI odds (via Sportsbook.ag). The other four teams are at 60/1, or worse. In other words, if it weren't for a twice-broken collar bone for Tony Romo, the Cowboys wouldn't have a top-five pick.

At a minimum, the Cowboys should consider Jared Goff here, but I think they will lean towards a player that will make more of a 2016 impact, especially given the four-game suspension to Randy Gregory. The Cowboys generated just 31 sacks, which ranked 25th in the NFL last season.

The son of a former first-round pick for the Dolphins, Bosa had 51.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks in his three seasons with the Buckeyes. Not necessarily an explosive athlete, Bosa can become a double-digit sacks guy while also defending the run well.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (team draft history): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

A knee injury ended his season and collegiate career prematurely, but Jack is an ultra-athletic three-down linebacker that's custom-made for today's NFL. One of the most versatile players in this year's entire draft class, Jack was named the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the year early in his UCLA career.

Including this pick, it is as though the Jags are adding a pair of top-five defensive selections as last year's first-rounder, Dante Fowler at No. 3, missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. In addition, the Jags added Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson to their defense in free agency.

Only the Saints allowed more points last season, but the new-look Jags should be much improved on that side of the ball in 2016. With continued development from third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, the 1-2 rushing attack of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon and a true difference-maker with Allen Robinson at wideout, the Jaguars should be picking much higher in the 2017 NFL Draft.

6. Baltimore Ravens (team draft history): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Perhaps another team would trade with Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens to get in front of the 49ers for the potential to draft Jared Goff. If they don't trade down, however, I see the Ravens going with the best player still on the board. Drawing comparisons to Calais Campbell, Buckner (6-7, 290) has plenty of upside with the collegiate production to match. Named the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buckner had 17.0 tackles for loss including 10.5 sacks and 83 tackles as a senior.

7. San Francsico 49ers (team draft history): Jared Goff, QB, California

At the moment, it's unclear whether Colin Kaepernick will eventually agree to a pay cut that would allow a deal with Denver to get done. While plenty of attention has been given to Goff's frame and hand size, his intelligence, accuracy and arm talent could make him Chip Kelly's long-term answer at the position.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (team draft history): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

After signing a big free-agent deal last offseason, Byron Maxwell was a bust and traded after just one season in Philly. While he may lack ideal size, Hargreaves, a three-time All-SEC selection, is extremely fluid with outstanding ball skills as his 10 interceptions over three seasons would indicate.

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April 01, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Free-Agency Update

It's nearly impossible to nail a mock draft minutes before it starts — let alone four weeks beforehand.

Over the next four weeks, I will update my 2016 NFL Mock Draft on a weekly basis while also adding additional rounds with the goal of all seven rounds being mocked.

It's fair to say that this mock will change, perhaps quite a bit, leading up to my final version, but here is my updated 2016 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Tennessee Titans (team draft history): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

No team allowed more sacks last season than the Titans (54). Given their investment in franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick in last year's draft, the Titans should make improving their leaky pass protection an offseason priority.

A three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil has allowed only two sacks — and none last season — over his career at Ole Miss. With unique athletic traits for the position, the former five-star recruit has drawn comparisons to Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein recently wrote that "Tunsil to me is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."

Zierlein went on to write, "With Tunsil, he's got all that athleticism, but he's a three-year starter in a major conference who has played left tackle the entire time and has some of the cleanest technique you're going to find at the position. He's ahead of Tyron Smith in terms of his knowledge, technique and ability at the position right now, coming into the league. Laremy Tunsil comes in and has a shot at being a Pro Bowler as a rookie."

Even though the Titans may prefer to trade down from this spot, it's unlikely that another team will fork over the "king's ransom" they seek for this pick.

2. Cleveland Browns (team draft history): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Despite signing RG3 to a two-year deal, it's certainly possible that the Browns still go with North Dakota State's Carson Wentz here and let him develop with Griffin as the Week/Year 1 starter. Since professional football has returned to Cleveland, they have had 24 different quarterbacks and it's nearly impossible to win with a question mark at the most important position in team sports.

The upside is that RG3 won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and led his team to the playoffs as a rookie in 2012. And a change of scenery in addition to working with Hue Jackson are both positives. Since his outstanding rookie campaign, however, he has played only 22 games, none last year, over the past three seasons due to injury and/or benching.

If the Browns don't go with Wentz, the pick likely comes down to either Ohio State's Joey Bosa or Florida State's Ramsey. There is a lot to like about Ramsey -- elite size (6-1, 202), Olympic-caliber athleticism and positional versatility. A second-team All-American at safety in 2014, Ramsey was a first-team All-American at cornerback this past season.

Not only did the Browns lose free safety Tashaun Gipson in free agency, but there are some concerns whether or not Joe Haden will be ready for Week 1. In addition, former first-rounder Justin Gilbert has not panned out either.

3. San Diego Chargers (team draft history): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

In previous updates, I had the Chargers taking Ramsey and I think he'd be the pick if he's still on the board at No. 3. Drawing comparisons to Calais Campbell, Buckner (6-7, 290) has plenty of upside with the collegiate production to match. Named the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buckner had 17.0 tackles for loss including 10.5 sacks and 83 tackles as a senior.

4. Dallas Cowboys (team draft history): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Draft their quarterback of the future? Or an immediate difference-maker?

Unlike the other four teams with top-five selections, the Cowboys enter 2016 with 20/1 Super Bowl LI odds (via Sportsbook.ag). The other four teams are at 60/1, or worse. In other words, if it weren't for a twice-broken collar bone for Tony Romo, the Cowboys wouldn't have a top-five pick.

At a minimum, the Cowboys should strongly consider Carson Wentz here, but I think they will lean towards a player that will make more of a 2016 impact, especially given the four-game suspension to Randy Gregory. The Cowboys generated just 31 sacks, which ranked 25th in the NFL last season.

The son of a former first-round pick for the Dolphins, Bosa had 51.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks in his three seasons with the Buckeyes. Not necessarily an explosive athlete, Bosa can become a double-digit sacks guy while also defending the run well.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (team draft history): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

A knee injury ended his season and collegiate career prematurely, but Jack is an ultra-athletic three-down linebacker that's custom-made for today's NFL. One of the most versatile players in this year's entire draft class, Jack was named the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the year early in his UCLA career.

Including this pick, it is as though the Jags are adding a pair of top-five defensive selections as last year's first-rounder, Dante Fowler at No. 3, missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. In addition, the Jags added Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson to their defense in free agency.

Only the Saints allowed more points last season, but the new-look Jags should be much improved on that side of the ball in 2016. With continued development from third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, the 1-2 rushing attack of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon and a true difference-maker with Allen Robinson at wideout, the Jaguars should be picking much higher in the 2017 NFL Draft.

6. Baltimore Ravens (team draft history): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Going into the 2016 NFL season with Eugene Monroe as their starting left tackle, in addition to the free-agent loss of Kelechi Osemele, leaves plenty of question marks about the left side of the team's offensive line. Over the past two seasons, Monroe has played a total of 17 games and missed at least five games per season.

Passing up a chance to be a potential top-five pick in 2015, Stanley could go as high as No. 3 this year to the Chargers. While he has experience at right tackle as well, Stanley has the length (35 5/8-inch arms) and feet to allow him to excel as Joe Flacco's long-term blind-side protector.

7. San Francsico 49ers (team draft history): Jared Goff, QB, California

At the moment, it appears as likely that Colin Kaepernick will be a 49er going into the draft as it appears that he won't be. Depending on his status days prior to the draft, I may slot someone other than Goff here when it's time for the final version of this mock. While plenty of attention has been given to Goff's frame and hand size, his intelligence, accuracy and arm talent could make him Chip Kelly's long-term answer at the position.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (team draft history): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

The Eagles have re-signed Sam Bradford to a two-year deal and signed free-agent Chase Daniel to a three-year deal to be his backup as well. Bradford has historically struggled with durability and Daniel has familiarity with Doug Pederson's offense so it wouldn't be a surprise if Daniel started a game or two (or more). With that said, the Eagles should at least consider Wentz if he's on the board here.

Obviously, the transition from the FCS level to the NFL is an enormous jump and that will be the biggest challenge for Wentz. That said, he has played in a pro-style system at North Dakota State and he has all of the physical traits to develop into a franchise quarterback in the NFL. Often compared to Jacksonville's Blake Bortles, the No. 3 pick two drafts ago, Wentz possesses prototypical size (6-5, 235), a strong arm and excellent mobility.

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March 12, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Carson Wentz to Browns, Jared Goff to 49ers

It's nearly impossible to nail a mock draft minutes before it starts — let alone seven weeks beforehand.

With this update of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft, the NFL Scouting Combine is now behind us and the start of NFL Free Agency is upon us.

It's fair to say that this mock will change, perhaps quite a bit, leading up to my final version, but here is my updated 2016 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Tennessee Titans (team draft history): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

No team allowed more sacks last season than the Titans (54). Given their investment in second-year franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Titans should make improving their leaky pass protection an offseason priority.

A three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil has allowed only two sacks — and none last season — over his career at Ole Miss. With unique athletic traits for the position, the former five-star recruit has drawn comparisons to Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, whose father is an offensive line coach with the Cardinals, recently said that "Tunsil to me is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."

Zierlein went on to say, "With Tunsil, he's got all that athleticism, but he's a three-year starter in a major conference who has played left tackle the entire time and has some of the cleanest technique you're going to find at the position. He's ahead of Tyron Smith in terms of his knowledge, technique and ability at the position right now, coming into the league. Laremy Tunsil comes in and has a shot at being a Pro Bowler as a rookie."

2. Cleveland Browns (team draft history): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Since their return to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have had nothing but question marks at the most important position in sports. Unfortunately, the team has invested a number of first-round picks at the position, which have not panned out and the latest — Johnny Manziel — should be released any day now.

With prototypical size (6-5, 235), a strong arm and excellent mobility, Wentz has all of the physical traits to develop into a franchise quarterback in the NFL. And while he has experience playing in a pro-style system, the biggest obstacle for Wentz will be his transition from the FCS level to the NFL.

3. San Diego Chargers (team draft history): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

There is a lot to like about Ramsey -- elite size (6-1, 202), Olympic-caliber athleticism and positional versatility. A second-team All-American at safety in 2014, Ramsey was a first-team All-American at cornerback this past season. With Eric Weddle being a free agent, Ramsey could either be an immediate starter at free safety or cornerback.

4. Dallas Cowboys (team draft history): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

It was a highly disappointing season for the Cowboys after Tony Romo broke his clavicle (twice). Should the Cowboys brass use this opportunity to draft Romo's long-term replacement and upgrade the backup spot? Or should they look for a difference-making player that can help them make a run over the next year or two (provided Romo can stay healthy)? Granted, Jerry Jones has said they won't draft a quarterback, but pre-draft comments from a team's front office are meaningless anyways.

Last season, the Cowboys generated just 31 sacks, which ranked 25th in the NFL. The son of a former first-round pick for the Dolphins, Bosa had 51.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks in his three seasons with the Buckeyes. Not an elite athlete, Bosa is also an outstanding run defender with the ability to consistently generate double-digit sacks as a pass-rusher.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (team draft history): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

A knee injury ended his season and collegiate career prematurely, but Jack is an ultra-athletic three-down linebacker that's custom-made for today's NFL. One of the most versatile players in this year's entire draft class, Jack was named the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the year early in his UCLA career.

With this pick, the Jags will essentially be adding a pair of top-five defensive selections as last year's first-rounder, Dante Fowler at No. 3, missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. In addition, the Jags added Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson to their defense in free agency. Only the Saints allowed more points last season, but the new-look Jags should be much improved on that side of the ball in 2016.

6. Baltimore Ravens (team draft history): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

The Ravens signed Eugene Monroe to a five-year deal only two offseasons ago, but he has missed five-plus games in each of his two seasons with the club. Cutting him would save the team $6.5 million against the cap. In addition, the Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders in free agency. Stanley does have experience at right tackle as well, but he has the length and mobility to allow him to excel as Joe Flacco's blind-side protector.

7. San Francsico 49ers (team draft history): Jared Goff, QB, California

By the time the NFL Draft rolls around at the end of April, it is unlikely that Colin Kaepernick will still be on San Francisco's roster. With the loss of Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency), it seems possible that Kaepernick ends up in Denver. While plenty of attention has been given to Goff's frame and hand size, his intelligence, accuracy and arm talent could make him Chip Kelly's long-term answer at the position.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (team draft history): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

The debate here came down to Buckner or Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and I went back and forth. Even though the Eagles re-signed Vinny Curry to a five-year deal in February, Cedric Thornton departed to Dallas via free agency and Fletcher Cox is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season.

Drawing comparisons to Calais Campbell, Buckner (6-7, 290) has plenty of upside, but he has the collegiate production to match. Named the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buckner had 17.0 tackles for loss including 10.5 sacks and 83 tackles as a senior.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (team draft history): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

While he lacks ideal size, Hargreaves was a three-time All-SEC selection with good fluidity and ball skills as his 10 interceptions in his three seasons in Gainesville would indicate. Per PFF, all five of Tampa's qualified corners (out of 111 total) in 2015 graded 64th or worse. And two of them, Sterling Moore (64th) and Mike Jenkins (94th) are free agents.

10. New York Giants (team draft history): Ezekial Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Before this update, all previous versions of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft slotted a defensive player to the G-Men. In the early part of free agency, however, the Giants have been big spenders, especially on the defensive side of the ball, so this turns out to be the best-player available here. That said, Rashad Jennings turns 31 later this month.

The top-ranked running back prospect in this year's draft class, Elliott is a do-it-all, three-down back with no holes in his game. Outstanding in pass protection, the 225-pound back was highly productive with the ball in his hands as he rushed for 3,699 yards and 41 touchdowns and added 55 catches for 446 yards over the past two seasons.

11. Chicago Bears (team draft history): A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

The Bears ranked 23rd in rushing defense (120.9 yards per game) and allowed 4.5 yards per carry (25th). Robinson has the physical tools that give him the potential to develop into a dominant lineman in Vic Fangio's defense.

12. New Orleans Saints (team draft history): Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Rankins has had an impressive offseason with a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl and Combine workout. A scout told Yahoo's Charles Robinson that Rankins "could end up being the best defensive lineman taken in this draft, and could end up as a top-10 surprise on draft day," which says a lot considering how deep defensive line is this year.

13. Miami Dolphins (team draft history): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

While the Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon in free agency, they added Mario Williams as the other starting defensive end opposite Cameron Wake. With both Wake (34) and Williams (31) on the wrong side of 30, Lawson would make sense here.

14. Oakland Raiders (team draft history): Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Not only did the Raiders add Kelechi Osemele to the offensive line, but they have signed edge rusher Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith to their defense in free agency. While he may be a little undersized (6-1, 232), Lee possesses blazing speed and his 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash was the fastest within his position group in nearly a decade.

15. St. Louis Rams (team draft history): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

Perhaps the Rams go quarterback here with Paxton Lynch, as I had slotted in my previous update, but the Rams lack elite weapons in the passing game for whomever is under center as well. Treadwell isn't a burner, but he possesses excellent size, strength and hands to develop into a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the league.

16. Detroit Lions (team draft history): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

A former walk-on at Michigan State, Conklin has the size, strength and demeanor to be a great right tackle, but he tested well at the combine and has long arms (35 inches) as well. One NFC North scout told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, "That is a dude, right there. He was busting up Ohio State in the fourth quarter of that game not because he was more talented than those guys but because he just wanted it more. He's tougher than old beef jerky. He fits in our division."

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March 06, 2016

Fantasy Football Rankings: Pre-Free Agency 2016 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

Even with the team's best receiver sidelined all season with a torn ACL, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had the best season of his young NFL career.

Not only did he score more fantasy points than all other quarterbacks, but Newton won the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as well.

While he had a strong overall season, Newton was especially dominant down the stretch. Over the final nine games of the NFL season, he finished as the weekly top-scoring fantasy quarterback in five of those nine weeks. With a couple other top-six weekly finishes, Newton scored an average of 27.95 fantasy points per game over that nine-game span.

Newton threw for 3,837 yards and a career-high 35 passing scores while also rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Despite playing quarterback, only two players have more rushing touchdowns than Newton (43) since he entered the league as the top overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft: Marshawn Lynch (51) and Adrian Peterson (45).

No player at the position has a higher weekly ceiling than Newton, but his rushing abilities and opportunities also raise his weekly floor.

Newton has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback in four of his first five NFL seasons and he should be a lock to do so once again with good health.

Some more notes about quarterbacks:

  • Missing more than half of the season due to a kidney laceration while also battling other injuries, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is reportedly fully recovered. Posting career-worst numbers in many categories — 4.1 interception rate, 6.4 Y/A and 74.9 passer rating — while on the field, Luck is two years removed from throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-best 40 touchdowns. With 1,101 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in four seasons and talented core of young receivers, Luck should bounce back in 2016 provided he stays healthy and especially if the Colts upgrade their offensive line play in 2016.

  • Before 2015, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had finished as the QB1 or QB2 in each of the six seasons he had played 15-plus games. Finishing 2015 as fantasy's QB7, however, Rodgers posted either career or multi-year lows in many passing categories — 238.8 passing yards per game (273.8 in 2014), 5.4 TD percentage (7.3 in 2014), 60.7 completion percentage (65.6 in 2014), etc. as Jordy Nelson (ACL) missed all of 2015. With good health for Nelson, Rodgers should once again finish as a top-three fantasy quarterback.

  • New England's Tom Brady finished with more fantasy points than all quarterbacks other than Newton. Injuries to his pass-catchers and interior line struggles led to lesser production down the stretch, but he has shown no signs of slowing down in general terms. One potential concern, however, is the not-so-favorable start to the Deflategate appeal.

  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed multiple games, but he averaged 328.2 passing yards per game (a 16-game pace of 5,251 yards). With the league's most talented trio of weapons, Big Ben could easily finish as a top-five fantasy producer in 2016.

  • Just like everyone had all expected, Jacksonville's Blake Bortles finished with the fourth-most fantasy points in 2016. In his breakout second season, Bortles threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. Even though he threw a league-worst 18 interceptions, Bortles was consistent throughout 2015 with 10 top-10 weekly outings.

  • Unless a long-term deal can be reached by July 15th, Washington's Kirk Cousins will play 2016 out on his franchise tag tender. Over the final 10 weeks of the season, Cousins finished as the QB1 in three weeks and as a top-nine fantasy quarterback in all but three weeks. In those 10 games, Cousins accounted for 27 touchdowns — 23 passing and four rushing — with only three interceptions thrown.

Here are my early 2016 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings:

1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
8. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
9. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Eli Manning, New York Giants
11. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
13. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
14. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
15. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
16. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
17. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
18. * Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
19. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
20. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
21. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
22. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
23. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
25. * Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos

* Note: Both Fitzpatrick and Osweiler are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 9th. At this point, the most-likely scenario is that both players re-sign with their existing teams.

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February 19, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition

It's nearly impossible to nail a mock draft minutes before it starts -- let alone more than two months beforehand.

With this update of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft, the goal remains is to highlight some prospects and potential fits at this point. It's fair to say, this mock will likely look a lot different in the days leading up to the draft than it does today.

With that said, here is my 2016 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Tennessee Titans (team draft history): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

No team allowed more sacks last season than the Titans (54). Given their investment in second-year franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Titans should make improving their leaky pass protection an offseason priority.

A three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil allowed just two sacks over his career and none this past season for Ole Miss. With unique athletic traits for the position, the former five-star recruit has drawn comparisons to Tyron Smith. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, whose father is an offensive line coach with the Cardinals, recently said that "Tunsil to me is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."

Zierlein went on to say, "With Tunsil, he's got all that athleticism, but he's a three-year starter in a major conference who has played left tackle the entire time and has some of the cleanest technique you're going to find at the position. He's ahead of Tyron Smith in terms of his knowledge, technique and ability at the position right now, coming into the league. Laremy Tunsil comes in and has a shot at being a Pro Bowler as a rookie."

2. Cleveland Browns (team draft history): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Since their return to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have had nothing but question marks at the most important position in sports. Unfortunately, the team has invested a number of first-round picks at the position, which have not panned out and the latest -- Johnny Manziel -- will be released next month.

With prototypical size (6-5, 235), a strong arm and excellent mobility, Wentz has all of the physical traits to develop into a franchise quarterback in the NFL. And while he has experience playing in a pro-style system, the biggest question about Wentz is his transition from the FCS level to the NFL.

3. San Diego Chargers (team draft history): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

There is a lot to like about Ramsey -- his elite size (6-1, 202), Olympic-caliber athleticism and positional versatility. A second-team All-American at safety last year, Ramsey was a first-team All-American at cornerback this year. Not only will Eric Weddle depart via free agency this offseason, but the team could use help at cornerback as well.

4. Dallas Cowboys (team draft history): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

If it weren't for injuries -- or the same injury, multiple times -- to Tony Romo, the Cowboys wouldn't be picking this high. While the front office could view this as a rare opportunity to get a franchise quarterback as his long-term replacement and an upgrade to his backup, I think it's just as likely that the team goes with a prospect like Bosa that can make an immediate impact.

The son of a former first-round pick, Bosa had 51.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks in his three seasons with the Buckeyes. Even with the high-profile and controversial signing of Greg Hardy, who becomes a free agent this offseason, the Cowboys generated only 31 sacks, tied for 25th in the NFL.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (team draft history): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

A knee injury ended his season and collegiate career prematurely, but the versatile and ultra-athletic linebacker was the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the year. In essence, the Jags will be adding a pair of top-five defensive picks as last year's first-rounder, Dante Fowler at No. 3, missed all of last season with a torn ACL to a defense that allowed more points than every team except the Saints.

6. Baltimore Ravens (team draft history): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Drawing comparisons to Calais Campbell, Buckner (6-7, 290) has plenty of upside, but he has the collegiate production to match. Named the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buckner had 17.0 tackles for loss including 10.5 sacks and 83 tackles as a senior.

7. San Francsico 49ers (team draft history): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

While the Niners gave Torrey Smith big money last offseason, Anquan Boldin turns 36 in October and will become a free agent in March. Treadwell may lack elite speed, but he has excellent size, strength and hands to develop into a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the league.

8. Miami Dolphins (team draft history): Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Hargreaves helps fill what is arguably the team's biggest need. Among their top four corners last year, Brent Grimes turns 33 in July and is a pay-cut candidate with a $9.5 million salary, Brice McCain was released this month and Jamar Taylor could be on the way out too. While he lacks ideal size, the three-time All-SEC selection had 10 interceptions in his three seasons in Gainesville.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (team draft history): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

In my previous update, I had Hargreaves slotted here and the Bucs will need to address a weak secondary in either free agency and/or the draft. Not only will Demar Dotson be a free agent after the 2016 season, Gosder Cherilus and rookie Donovan Smith -- bookend starters for most of the season -- both received negative grades from PFF. Stanley possesses an elite combination of athleticism and length among left tackle prospects.

10. New York Giants (team draft history): Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Prior to the knee injury sustained in the Fiesta Bowl, Smith was a likely top-five pick in this year's draft. As Rotoworld's Evan Silva writes in his team needs column, the Giants' top need is "Every Position on Defense." Once healthy, Smith will give the Giants a true difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball.

11. Chicago Bears (team draft history): Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, Ragland led Alabama in tackles and tackles for loss. While he may have some coverage limitations, he will help shore up a run defense that allowed 4.5 yards per carry last season while filling one of the team's bigger needs.

12. New Orleans Saints (team draft history): A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

The Saints ranked second-to-last in total defense (413.8 yards per game) and last in scoring defense (29.8 points per game). Ranking 31st in both pass and run defense, the Saints allowed a league-worst 4.9 yards per carry last season. In other words, the Saints could use reinforcements across all levels of their defense.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (team draft history): Jared Goff, QB, California

Reports are the Eagles won't use the franchise tag on Sam Bradford and the only quarterback under contract for 2016 is Mark Sanchez, who has one year left on his deal. One free-agent target could be Chase Daniel as new coach Doug Pederson believes Daniel has potential as a starter. Pederson has also talked about developing a young quarterback as well. Most mocks have Goff off the board by this point and there are some concerns about his frame, but Goff has plenty of arm talent, accuracy and good anticipation.

14. Oakland Raiders (team draft history): Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Even with the now-retired safety Charles Woodson having a strong season (five interceptions), the Raiders ranked 26th in pass defense and D.J. Hayden has not lived up to his (high) first-round expectations. A redshirt sophomore and top-five high school recruit, Alexander helps to fill one of the team's bigger needs.

15. St. Louis Rams (team draft history): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Making the move to Los Angeles with many talented players on its roster, quarterback remains a clear weakness for the Rams. With more interceptions thrown (10) than touchdowns (seven) last season, Nick Foles was eventually benched in favor of Case Keenum. While it may be better for him to sit and learn for a season, Lynch has an intriguing complement of physical traits and perhaps more upside than any quarterback prospect in this year's draft class.

16. Detroit Lions (team draft history): Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

There are a lot of reasons to like Rankins -- college production, quickness, motor, etc. -- even if he's a bit undersized. Over the past two seasons combined, Rankins has racked up 26.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks. In addition, the Lions have a number of interior defensive linemen about to hit free agency -- Haloti Ngata (UFA), Tyrunn Walker (UFA) and Khyri Thornton (ERFA).

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February 14, 2016

Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 5

Our way-too-early 2016 fantasy football mock draft is a one-man mock draft, but we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats later this offseason.

Here is Round 5 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

5.01 - Team 1: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay PackersThe 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 he became a starter (2008). Before this season, however, Rodgers finished as the QB1/QB2 in all full seasons as a starter and I'd be more than willing to draft him here as the QB3 in this mock.

5.02 - Team 2: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina PanthersAs 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.

5.03 - Team 3: Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago BearsWith Matt Forte set to play somewhere else in 2016, Langford could move up in my rankings if the team doesn't add much competition via free agency and/or the draft. When Forte was sidelined, Langford was productive for fantasy football owners. Even though he averaged just 3.33 YPC from Weeks 9 to 11, Langford racked up 366 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his three starts.

5.04 - Team 4: Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay PackersCobb exceeded 100 yards in Week 2 against the Seahawks and finished with 91 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3 against the Chiefs. From there on out, Cobb disappointed his fantasy owners. Over the final 13 games, Cobb averaged 47.85 YFS per game and scored just two touchdowns. With Nelson back as the team's No. 1 receiver, however, it should benefit Cobb as well.

5.05 - Team 5: Tom Brady, QB, New England PatriotsDespite all the controversy leading into the season, Brady finished with the second-most fantasy points among quarterbacks behind Cam Newton, the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player. With better health from his receivers (and running backs), Brady could have posted even better numbers, but he threw for 4,770 yards, 36 touchdowns and only seven interceptions with three rushing scores as well.

5.06 - Team 6: Chris Ivory, RB, New York JetsSet to become an unrestricted free agent, it's unclear where Ivory will be playing his football in 2016, but it at least seems possible that it will be for someone other than the Jets. One year after finishing as a top-20 fantasy running back, Ivory finished the season as a top-10 fantasy back while recording his first-ever 1,000-yard season (1,070 yards on 247 carries).

5.07 - Team 7: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle SeahawksAfter 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. With the depth of talent at the position including the guys already off the board in this mock and others (Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Carson Palmer, etc.) still available, it once again makes sense to wait on a quarterback.

5.08 - Team 8: Arian Foster, RB, Houston TexansA ruptured Achilles ended his 2015 season prematurely, but it's unclear whether Foster will be back with Houston for the final year of his contract. Not only does Foster turn 30 in August, but he has played only 25 games over the past three seasons combined. A workhorse back when healthy, Foster would go much earlier than this if you could guarantee he'd play (close to) a full season.

5.09 - Team 9: Dion Lewis, RB, New England PatriotsTearing his ACL only seven games into the season, Lewis was on pace for 1,422 yards from scrimmage, 82 receptions and nine total touchdowns. Still only 25 years old, there's a good chance that Lewis will be ready for the start of the season.

5.10 - Team 10: Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami DolphinsSetting a franchise record with 111 receptions last season, Landry had 1,159 receiving yards, 111 rushing yards and a total of six touchdowns. Better in PPR leagues, you could certainly argue that this is too low for him even in a standard-scoring league like this mock.

5.11 - Team 11: John Brown, WR, Arizona CardinalsIn 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 are limited some by the presence of the other two, but the arrow is pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.

5.12 - Team 12: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona CardinalsWhile 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.

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Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 4

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Here is Round 4 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

4.01 - Team 12: Matt Forte, RB, Chicago BearsOne of the most versatile running backs in the league, Forte turned 30 in December and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Forte won't be back with the Bears so there is plenty of uncertainty about his 2016 outlook. 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.

4.02 - Team 11: Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo BillsTrading 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. Based on his talent and late-season production, you could easily argue that this is too low for Watkins.

4.03 - Team 10: Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ersA 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.

4.04 - Team 9: Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh SteelersA big-play receiver in Pittsburgh's high-powered offense, Bryant has averaged 17.3 yards per reception and scored a total of 15 touchdowns in 21 games played. Suspended for the first four games of last season, there is the potential of a full-season ban if he violates the league's substance-abuse policy again, but he's a high-upside WR2 for this team with Alshon Jeffery as its WR1.

4.05 - Team 8: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis ColtsDisappointing 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 much less than 100 percent, Hilton's numbers should improve in 2016 assuming a healthier version of Luck under center.

4.06 - Team 7: C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver BroncosDrafted 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. 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. In addition, Hillman will be a free agent this offseason.

4.07 - Team 6: Jermy Maclin, WR, Kansas City ChiefsReunited 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 will be a solid WR2 to Demaryius Thomas on this team heading into 2016.

4.08 - Team 5: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona CardinalsFitzgerald 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.

4.09 - Team 4: Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina PanthersOlsen followed up with his first career 1,000-yard season with a 77/1,104/7 campaign in 2015 and the fourth-most fantasy points among tight ends. The (soon-to-be) 31-year-old durable and consistent tight end should post similar numbers in 2016.

4.10 - Team 3: Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego ChargersMG3 disappointed fantasy owners in his rookie season as he failed to score a touchdown on 217 touches and averaged just 3.5 YPC. Bigger and better things should be expected for Gordon in his second season, however.

4.11 - Team 2: Eric Decker, WR, New York JetsScoring 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.

4.12 - Team 1: Jordan Reed, TE, Washington RedskinsDominant in the fantasy playoffs, Reed finished as the weekly TE1 in Weeks 14, 15 and 16 as he hauled in 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. If we knew he would play 16 games in 2016, he'd be my second-ranked TE heading into 2016, but his next 16-game season will be his first.

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Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 3

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Here is Round 3 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

3.01 - Team 1: Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland RaidersScoring 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.

3.02 - Team 2: T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville JaguarsYeldon missed four games as a rookie, but he averaged more than 18 touches per game. While it was disappointing that he had only two rushing touchdowns and just four carries from inside the 5-yard line, I'd expect more scoring opportunities in 2016.

3.03 - Team 3: Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego ChargersPlaying only eight games, Allen hauled in 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns -- or a full-season pace of 134/1,450/8. The 23-year-old (turns 24 in April) receiver enters 2016 as the team's clear-cut top pass-catching option.

3.04 - Team 4: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina PanthersThere 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, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy. That said, he has missed at least three games in four consecutive seasons.

3.05 - Team 5: Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans SaintsThe 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.

3.06 - Team 6: Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati BengalsAdmittedly, 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.

3.07 - Team 7: Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay PackersBased on early reports, Nelson's rehab from a torn ACL last preseason is progressing well as he's started to run full speed. Turning 31 in May, Nelson had stat lines of 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 85/1,314/8 (2013) in his previous two seasons.

3.08 - Team 8: Cam Newton, QB, Carolina PanthersThe 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.

3.09 - Team 9: Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis ColtsIt 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 the year. 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 from the Colts' franchise quarterback.

3.10 - Team 10: Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland RaidersStill just 21 years old, 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.

3.11 - Team 11: DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia EaglesAfter leading the NFL in rushing (1,845 yards) in 2014, Murray had more than 1,100 yard less with the Eagles (702). In addition, he set career lows in YPG (46.8) and YPC (3.6). I'd like to think that things will only get better for Murray with a new coaching staff in place, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport writes that the two sides are "not in a good place."

3.12 - Team 12: Julian Edelman, WR, New England PatriotsMissing 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.

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Way-Too-Early 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Round 2

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Here is Round 2 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

2.01 - Team 12: Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville JaguarsBreaking 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.

2.02 - Team 11: A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati BengalsWith only 132 targets last season, Green was targeted 10-plus times in only four of 16 games in 2015. While he may not have as much upside as the receivers off the board before him, Green has exceeded the 1,000-yard mark in all five of his NFL seasons and scored double-digit touchdowns three times.

2.03 - Team 10: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay BuccaneersAs 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. Martin is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, but the team appears intent on re-signing him.

2.04 - Team 9: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago BearsLike Martin, Jeffery is scheduled to become a free agent, but it's highly unlikely that the (soon-to-be) 26-year-old receiver hits the free market. 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 easily finish as a top-10 fantasy receiver.

2.05 - Team 8: Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle SeahawksIt's been an impressive run for Marshawn Lynch in Seattle, however, he has decided to hang up the 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.

2.06 - Team 7: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay BuccaneersAlthough he set career highs of 74 catches for 1,206 yards, Evans had just three touchdowns (after 12 as a rookie) and led the league in drops. 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.

2.07 - Team 6: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver BroncosWith 1,400-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in each of the previous three seasons, Thomas had 105 catches for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. Assuming that Peyton Manning is no longer under center next season, Thomas should at least post a stat line similar to last year's production with a full season of Brock Osweiler as starter.

2.08 - Team 5: LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo BillsMissing 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. One major question mark, however, is the uncertainty pending the assault investigation at the Philadelphia night club with reports that an arrest warrant could be issued soon for McCoy.

2.09 - Team 4: Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay PackersFollowing 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, the Packers would like Lacy to lose 30 pounds in the offseason. Assuming closer attention paid to his conditioning and fitness, Lacy should rebound in 2016.

2.10 - Team 3: Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans SaintsThe 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 per game.

2.11 - Team 2: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami DolphinsPerennially under-involved on offense, Miller has been highly productive on a per-touch basis. Scoring the sixth-most fantasy points among running backs, Miller had just 194 carries last season. Set to become an unrestricted free agent, Miller's outlook could change depending on his landing spot in free agency.

2.12 - Team 1: Brandon Marshall, WR, New York JetsIn all but two games this 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.

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February 13, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: Way-too-early One-Man Mock

Earlier today, I posted a way-too-early 2016 fantasy football mock draft. It's a one-man mock draft (i.e., I made all the picks), but later in the year, we will feature more mock drafts with more of our contributors and other scoring formats.

Here is Round 1 of my one-man 2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft:

1.01 - Team 1: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh SteelersFor me, the decision comes down to Bell or his teammate, Antonio Brown. Many, perhaps most, would take Brown first overall and that wouldn't necessarily be the wrong choice. Injuries at running back are obviously a huge risk and Bell missed a huge chunk of the 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, the (now) 23-year-old 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.

1.02 - Team 2: Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh SteelersLikely the consensus top pick in 2016 fantasy football drafts, Brown is as safe and productive as it gets. While Brown set career highs of 136 catches and 1,834 yards, his numbers would have been even better had Ben Roethlisberger not missed time. Over his past three seasons combined, Brown has a total of 375 receptions for 5,031 yards and 31 touchdowns.

1.03 - Team 3: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York GiantsIn his young career, Beckham has averaged more than 100 yards per game (2,755 yards in 27 career games). Even though he has missed five games over his first two seasons, OBJ has 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) over the past two seasons.

1.04 - Team 4: Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta FalconsNot only did Jones lead the NFL in receiving yards (1,871), but it was the second-most of any season in NFL history. Jones has more than 100 catches and 1,500 yards in back-to-back seasons, but he 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 - Team 5: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles RamsDespite 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. There remains concerns about the weakness of the team's passing attack (and in turn, the eight-men boxes in Gurley's future), but he will be one more year removed from his torn ACL and should rank near the top of the league in rush attempts in 2016.

1.06 - Team 6: Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England PatriotsCounting 10 playoff games, Gronkowski has a total of 75 touchdowns in career 90 games. And with the exception of his seven-game 2013 season, Gronk has double-digit touchdowns in five of his six NFL seasons. Still 26 years old (turns 27 in May), Gronk is one of the league's biggest mismatches and the clear-cut top option at his position.

1.07 - Team 7: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota VikingsAfter 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 turns 31 years old in March.

1.08 - Team 8: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston TexansOne 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.

1.09 - Team 9: Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta FalconsJust 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 score 14 touchdowns again, he's developed into a true three-down back for the Falcons.

1.10 - Team 10: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas CowboysIt was a disappointing season for Dez and the Cowboys. Not only was Bryant sidelined for nearly half the season with a broken foot, but Tony Romo broke his collarbone (two times). When healthy, however, Bryant is one of the most dominant receivers in the league and only Gronk has more receiving touchdowns than Bryant (53) since 2011.

1.11 - Team 11: Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City ChiefsComing 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 and reports suggest that his recovery is going well. The next time the versatile eight-year veteran averages less than 5.0 yards per carry 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.

1.12 - Team 12: David Johnson, RB, Arizona CardinalsInjuries 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. Finishing as a top-five weekly performer in three of his five starts, Johnson has a legitimate shot at finishing as a top-five running back for all of 2016.

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January 23, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft: Joey Bosa to the Titans, Jared Goff to the Browns

It's nearly impossible to nail a mock draft minutes before it starts -- let alone more than three months beforehand.

With this update of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft, the goal is to highlight some prospects and potential fits at this point. It's fair to say, this mock will likely look a lot different in the days leading up to the draft than it does today.

With that said, here is my (still) way-too-early 2016 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Tennessee Titans (team draft history): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

It's certainly possible that the Titans go with Laremy Tunsil here to better protect second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota as no team surrendered more sacks than the Titans last season. With this pick, however, Bosa gives them someone that can get after opposing quarterbacks. Over his three seasons in Columbus, Bosa had 51.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks.

2. Cleveland Browns (team draft history): Jared Goff, QB, California

Here are the final four quarterbacks still playing football this season: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton and Carson Palmer. Granted, Manning is not playing like the five-time MVP Manning, but it's no secret that it's virtually impossible to win a Super Bowl with a question mark at the most important position in sports. Since their return in 1999, the Browns have had nothing but question marks at the position. With a new coaching staff and front office, it would make sense to start over and try to fix their biggest problem.

3. San Diego Chargers (team draft history): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

Injuries were a huge issue last season, but the Chargers offensive line ranked 32nd by PFF. Perhaps the top prospect overall in this year's draft class, Tunsil allowed only two sacks over 29 games at Ole Miss and none in his six games this season. This would surely be a welcome selection by Philip Rivers.

4. Dallas Cowboys (team draft history): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Former Cowboys VP Gil Brandt suggested that the Cowboys pick could come down to Bosa, who's off the board in this mock, and Buckner. Even with the high-profile and controversial signing of Greg Hardy, who becomes a free agent this offseason, the Cowboys generated only 31 sacks, tied for 25th in the NFL.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (team draft history): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

There is a lot to like about Ramsey -- his elite size (6-1, 202), athleticism (potential Olympian?) and positional versatility. Jacksonville ranked 29th in pass defense and only three teams intercepted fewer passes last season.

6. Baltimore Ravens (team draft history): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

The Ravens signed Eugene Monroe to a five-year deal only two offseasons ago, but he has missed five-plus games in each of his two seasons with the club. Cutting him would save the team $6.5 million against the cap.

7. San Francsico 49ers (team draft history): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

While the Niners gave Torrey Smith big money last offseason, Anquan Boldin turns 36 in October and will become a free agent in March. Treadwell may lack elite speed, but he has excellent size, strength and hands.

8. Miami Dolphins (team draft history): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

A knee injury ended his season and collegiate career prematurely, but the versatile and ultra-athletic linebacker was the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the year. Despite some splash free-agent moves, the Dolphins defense ranked near the bottom of the league in 2015.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (team draft history): Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

No defense allowed a higher completion percentage (70.0) than Tampa Bay and despite facing the seventh-fewest pass attempts (540), they allowed the fifth-most passing touchdowns (31). While he lacks ideal size, the three-time All-SEC selection had 10 interceptions in his three seasons in Gainesville.

10. New York Giants (team draft history): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

The Giants have a number of defensive ends set to hit free agency including Jason Pierre-Paul. Lawson led college football with 25.5 tackles for loss last season.

11. Chicago Bears (team draft history): Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, Ragland led Alabama in tackles and tackles for loss. While he may have some coverage limitations, he will help shore up a run defense that allowed 4.5 yards per carry last season.

12. New Orleans Saints (team draft history): A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

The Saints ranked second-to-last in total defense (413.8 yards per game) and last in scoring defense (29.8 points per game). Ranking 31st in both pass and run defense, the Saints allowed a league-worst 4.9 yards per carry last season. Robinson will help shore up the Saints leaky run defense.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (team draft history): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

With prototypical size (6-5, 235) and playing in pro-style system, FCS to the NFL is a big jump for Wentz, but it also wouldn't be a shock if he were the first quarterback off the board. Or at least, off the board by this point in the draft. With Sam Bradford about to become a free agent and Chip Kelly out, the Eagles could find their quarterback of the future in Wentz.

14. Oakland Raiders (team draft history): Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

A redshirt sophomore and top-five high school recruit, Alexander helps to fill one of the team's bigger needs. Even with the now-retired safety Charles Woodson having a strong season (five interceptions), the Raiders ranked 26th in pass defense and D.J. Hayden has not lived up to his (high) first-round expectations.

15. St. Louis Rams (team draft history): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Rams make the move from St. Louis to Los Angeles with many talented players on their roster, but quarterback is a clear weakness. The team traded oft-injured Sam Bradford for Nick Foles, but he isn't the long-term answer. With more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (seven) last season, Foles was eventually benched in favor of Case Keenum. While it may be better for him to sit and learn for a season, Lynch has an intriguing complement of physical traits.

16. Detroit Lions (team draft history): Robert Nkemdiche, DT/DE, Mississippi

With a number of their defensive linemen about to enter free agency, the Lions could look to add reinforcements to their defensive front. The nation's top recruit coming out of high school, perhaps his on-field production did not entirely live up to the hype. And while there are the obvious off-field concerns, there is no denying the physical tools.

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January 13, 2016

Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Divisional Round of Playoffs

Going into the best (football) weekend of the year, there are a number of injuries among the top tier of fantasy positions. And although a couple of quarterbacks are dealing with injuries themselves, it appears that all of the team's normal starters will be ready to go on Saturday or Sunday.

Five of the quarterbacks playing this weekend finished among the top-seven fantasy quarterbacks in 2015. Two of the other three quarterbacks -- Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger -- missed multiple games.

Big Ben actually led the NFL in passing yards per game (328.2), but he may be without his best weapon and Manning is the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. Yet both are ranked in the bottom-half of my fantasy quarterback rankings for the weekend.

Here are my Divisional Round Quarterback rankings:

1. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)

Not only did he score the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks in 2015, Palmer was remarkably consistent throughout the season. Excluding Week 17 when Palmer sat the second half, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in 13 of 15 games including Week 16 against the Packers (265 yards and two touchdowns).

In addition, Palmer and the Cardinals are the biggest favorites of the weekend in the game with the highest over/under. Therefore, no team (obviously) is projected to score more points than the Cardinals (28.5) based on Vegas odds.

2. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. SEA)

Not only did he score the most fantasy points in 2015, but Newton finished as the weekly top-scoring fantasy quarterback in five of the past nine weeks. In fact, he has finished as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback nine times this season. Newton threw for 3,837 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns while rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns as well.

Only the Broncos have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Seahawks this season, but Newton had a solid fantasy outing (19.76 fantasy points, QB11) in his first matchup this year. In Week 6, he threw for 269 yards and a touchdown and ran for 30 yards and another score although he threw two interceptions.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at CAR)

Over the final seven regular-season games, Wilson averaged 272.29 passing yards and 3.43 touchdowns per game, but he completed just 13-of-26 attempts for 142 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Wild Card win over Minnesota. On a positive note, the weather should be much warmer in Carolina this weekend. That said, the Panthers have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. KC)

Sustaining a high-ankle sprain in the regular-season finale, Brady is expected to be ready for Saturday's matchup against the Chiefs. In addition, the offensive line will certainly have their hands full with one of the top pass rushes in the NFL. On a positive note, however, Brady should have healthier offensive linemen this week in addition to getting back trusted target Julian Edelman. Before shutting out the Texans on Saturday, the Chiefs closed the regular season allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)

It was only the second time this season that the Packers scored at least 35 points and Rodgers threw multiple touchdown passes for the first time since Week 14. That said, he threw for only 210 yards in a relatively favorable matchup against Washington, who had allowed 341.25 passing yards per game over their past four games.

Counting Sunday's win, Rodgers has averaged 220.13 passing yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game over his past eight games. Only a couple of weeks ago, Rodgers and the Packers were blown out in Arizona as he threw for 151 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

6. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. PIT)

It was a year to forget for Manning, but he had an opportunity to take over for Brock Osweiler in Week 17 and help lead the Broncos to a win. (That said, I don't think the problem was Osweiler.) Going forward, Manning begins the postseason as the starter and he gets the most favorable matchup on the board. Only the Giants and Saints allowed more passing yards than the Steelers this season.

While the way to exploit the Steelers defense is through the air, the Broncos should rely heavily on their rushing attack and defense this weekend. Despite missing much of the season, Manning threw 17 interceptions (second-most behind Blake Bortles, 18) and only nine touchdowns this season.

7. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at DEN)

First things first, it appears that Big Ben will be under center for the Steelers on Sunday. As virtually every player is fighting through some ailment this late in the season, an injury to a quarterback's throwing shoulder is obviously a big concern.

The matchup itself is challenging as the Broncos have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but Antonio Brown is currently in the concussion protocol as well. His absence would significantly damper Roethlisberger's outlook. On a positive note, however, Big Ben threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns against the Broncos in Week 15.

8. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at NE)

In Saturday's 30-0 win over the Texans, Smith led the Chiefs to an 11th consecutive win. Smith extended another streak as he threw for less than 200 yards for the sixth consecutive week. During that six-game span, Smith has thrown 25 pass attempts or less each week.

Facing stiffer competition this week, the Chiefs are unlikely to play most of the game with the lead. So, perhaps that leads to more pass attempts. That said, Jeremy Maclin is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, which puts his status for Saturday's game in serious jeopardy. And if he is able to go, how effective will he be?

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January 09, 2016

Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Wild Card Round of Playoffs

It's a weekend of a potentially low-scoring games -- no game has a higher over/under than 46.0. And two of the four games have over/unders set a 40.0 (or less).

Of the teams playing this weekend, only Washington and Pittsburgh rank in the top half of the league in most fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. On the other hand, five of the eight defenses playing this weekend ranked among the 10 stingiest defenses to fantasy quarterbacks.

With that said, here are my fantasy quarterback rankings for the Wild Card Round of the playoffs:

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)

Since returning from injury in Week 8, Big Ben has scored 21-plus fantasy points in six of nine games. During that nine-game span, Roethlisberger has averaged 335.67 passing yards per game with a total of 17 touchdowns. In addition, he has 334-plus yards in six of his past eight games.

Two of Roethlisberger's worst games during that stretch have come against the Bengals: 8.48 and 9.88 fantasy points. In those two games, he threw only one touchdown and four interceptions. It's certainly possible that Roethlisberger has another dud against the Bengals, but I would expect the Steelers to be more pass-happy than usual with DeAngelo Williams sidelined for this week's game.

2. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. GB)

Full of confidence heading into the postseason, Cousins has the team's offense firing on all cylinders at the right time. Even with Cousins sitting in the second half of last week, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in his past three games.

Dating back to Week 7, he has posted an impressive 23:3 TD-to-INT ratio and he actually has more rushing scores (four) than interceptions thrown over that stretch. During that 10-game span, Cousins has finished as fantasy's QB1 three times and QB2 once. Moreover, he has finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in seven of those 10 weeks including each of his past four games.

Like the team itself, Cousins has been even better at home than on the road. Excluding Week 1, Cousins has accounted for 19 touchdowns -- 15 passing and four rushing -- with no interceptions at FedEx Field. It feels weird to write, but I have much more confidence in Cousins than the other quarterback in this game.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at MIN)

With multiple touchdowns in only one of his first nine games this season, Wilson has thrown multiple touchdowns in seven consecutive games going into the postseason. During that seven-game span, he has thrown at least three touchdowns six times and has averaged 3.43 touchdowns per contest.

Even though the Vikings were middle of the road in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, five of the other seven teams playing this weekend have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In his first matchup against the Vikings, Wilson threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns.

4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at WAS)

Especially on offense, the Packers haven't looked like the Packers this season. Even though he played a full 16-game season, Rodgers scored the seventh-most fantasy points in 2015. The other six times that he played a full season (15 or 16 games), Rodgers finished as fantasy's QB1 or QB2. In his tenure as the team's starting quarterback, Rodgers set career lows in completion percentage (60.7), Y/A (6.7) and QB rating (92.7) and his TD% (5.4) was his lowest since his first year (2008) as a starter.

It is a favorable matchup for Rodgers, however, as Washington has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. And among playoff teams, no team has allowed more. That said, Rodgers has no 300-yard games in his past seven games, a span during which he has averaged only 221.6 passing yards per game.

5. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at HOU)

Steady, but with little upside, Smith has thrown for less than 200 yards in five consecutive games. In addition, he has thrown for under 200 yards in half of his games this season. That said, he has multiple touchdown passes in four of his last six games and he threw for a season-high three touchdowns against the Texans in Week 1. Most of Smith's upside comes from his rushing ability as he ran for 498 yards this season.

6. Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (vs. KC)

It's been a crazy season for the Texans as four different starting quarterbacks have won games for them this season. It's been an up-and-down season for Hoyer, who was benched in Week 1 against the Chiefs. Among teams playing this weekend, no team threw it more than the Texans (619 attempts). Since Week 5, however, the Chiefs have allowed just one weekly top-12 fantasy quarterback (Tyrod Taylor, QB5 in Week 12).

7. AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)

For at least one more week, McCarron will get the start over Andy Dalton (thumb). With modest production, McCarron has thrown for 200 yards or less in his final three regular-season games. He did, however, throw for a season-high 280 yards in his first start, which was against the Steelers. In his four starts, McCarron has compiled a 6:2 TD-to-INT ratio.

8. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (vs. SEA)

Coming off a 99-yard performance against the Packers, Bridgewater has barely averaged 200 passing yards this season (201.94/G). In addition, he has thrown multiple touchdowns in only two of 16 games. Due to Seattle allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and the Minnesota's run-heavy play calling, his upside is limited. In fact, he threw for 118 yards, no touchdowns and one interception against the Seahawks in Week 13 for 2.92 fantasy points even though they were blown out.

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January 03, 2016

Week 17 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Martavis Bryant is listed below as a "start" for Week 17. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 17 with him as my starting one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson and Bryant and started only two receivers, you should start Brown and Robinson -- and in turn, bench Bryant.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 17:

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (at BUF)

Few players, at any position, have been as consistent as Decker this season. With a minimum of 80 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season, Decker has scored at least 8.1 fantasy points every week and he has scored the 10th-most fantasy points among receivers through Week 16.

Interestingly enough, Decker has finished as a top-10 weekly fantasy wide receiver in only one game this season. Coincidentally though, it was Week 10 against the Bills.

WR - Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)

In his first seven games, Floyd never reached 60 receiving yards in any game. Since then, however, Floyd has five 100-yard outings in his past seven games played. The matchup against the Seahawks is poor on paper as the Seahawks have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to the position, but Floyd had his best game of the season in his first matchup against Seattle (7/113/2).

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)

Across the board, the Steelers passing attack disappointed fantasy owners in a prime Week 16 matchup against the Ravens. Bryant himself had just one catch for six yards on three targets. In fact, Bryant has now finished outside the top-36 fantasy receivers in three consecutive weeks: WR50, WR39 and WR92, respectively.

Before his three-game rough patch, however, Bryant had 623 yards and six touchdowns in his previous seven games. Not only have the Browns allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, but Bryant had six catches for a season-high 178 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 10.

WR - Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)

Cooks started the season slowly, but his breakout has occurred over the second half. Not only does Cooks have 100-plus yards and a touchdown in three of his past four games, but he has a total of eight touchdowns in his past eight games. (Cooks scored only once in his first seven games this season.) During that eight-game span, Cooks has finished as a top-15 fantasy wide receiver six times.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 17:

WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)

Three targets. Fifteen yards. 1.7 fantasy points. While that was what fantasy owners got from Cobb in Week 16 and all of those were season lows, it's been a terribly disappointing season for Cobb's fantasy owners. Since Week 4, Cobb has scored double-digit fantasy points only once (Week 9) and that was his only top-24 weekly performance. Also since Week 4, Cobb has finished as the weekly WR50 (or worse) in seven of 12 games.

WR - DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (at DAL)

Typically a boom-or-bust fantasy option, D-Jax has scored 12-plus or less than five fantasy points in every game this season. Listed as questionable on the injury report, Jackson (knee) is likely to have his snaps limited in a meaningless game. Regardless of the game's outcome, Washington is locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC.

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)

Although his final numbers will be solid, it has been an up-and-down season for Hilton as Andrew Luck has missed the majority of the season. Or has been dealing with injury when on the field. With Luck and Matt Hasselbeck ruled out for Week 17, the starting quarterback will be Ryan Lindley or Josh Freeman, both of whom signed with the Colts on Tuesday. Enough said.

WR - Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at MIA)

Although LaFell has 35 more receptions than I do, he and I are tied with zero touchdown receptions on the season. LaFell had just one catch for 19 yards last week and now has 36 yards or less in four of his last five games.

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January 02, 2016

Week 17 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Rashad Jennings is listed below as a "start" for Week 17. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 17 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Jennings and started only two running backs, you should start Peterson and Williams -- and in turn, bench Jennings.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 17:

RB - Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)

Hightower carried the ball 27 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns and added three catches for 47 yards as he scored the most fantasy points in Week 16. Hightower now has 29-plus touches in two of three games and he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in each of those weeks: RB7, RB24 and RB1, respectively.

The Saints are 5.5-point underdogs, but no game has a higher over/under than this one (53.0). In addition, the matchup is favorable as the Falcons have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (vs. PHI)

Since getting single-digit touches in Weeks 12 and 13, Jennings has a minimum of 16 touches in three consecutive games with an average of 19 per contest over that stretch. Exceeding 100 yards from scrimmage in each of those three games, Jennings has averaged 12.83 fantasy points per game and he has finished as the RB20, RB6 and RB17, respectively, in those games.

Jennings closes the season with a favorable matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Since Week 10, the Eagles have allowed five top-10 fantasy running backs and 10 top-24 weekly running backs.

RB - Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (at CIN)

After a pair of dud performances, Allen rushed 18 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 35 yards last week. Since taking over as starter for the injured Justin Forsett, Allen has finished as a top-15 fantasy running back in four weeks and outside the top-50 in the other two weeks. With 31 receptions over those six games, Allen has been even better in PPR formats, but he is a solid RB2 this week in either format given his expected volume.
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RB - Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams (at SF)

In 12 games this season, Mason has a total of 57 carries for 163 yards (2.86 YPC) and no touchdowns. So, why is he listed as a start? Todd Gurley is listed as doubtful, which opens the door for Mason to get a sizable workload in a favorable matchup. Mason had 163 touches (18.11/G) over his final nine games last season. While he may not get 18 touches, it's certainly reasonable for him to get 12 to 15 touches (or more) and the 49ers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 17:

RB - DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)

The good news is that Chip Kelly has been fired. Murray, who has seven carries in his last two games combined, should see a larger workload in Week 17. That said, it's unclear by how much his usage will increrase. With a favorable matchup against the Giants, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs, Murray is worth a dart throw in large tournaments in daily, but I'm not sure I'd trust in a head-to-head matchup for a title in Week 17.

RB - Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)

Just a couple of weeks ago, Michael was the most-coveted waiver-wire fantasy running back. Unfortunately, he followed up his 16-carry week with six carries for six yards and two catches for 14 yards in Week 16. Technically, Michael's eight touches led the backfield, but Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson both had seven touches apiece. In an unfavorable matchup -- Arizona allows the fourth-fewest fantasy points to RBs -- and with an uncertain workload, Michael should remain on your bench.

RB - Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at DAL)

Last week, Morris had 17 carries, which was a four-week high, but he managed to turn them into only 49 yards. Alf had finished as a top-26 fantasy running back in three of his previous four games, but it's unclear how much work he'll get in Week 17 as Washington locked up the division (and their playoff seeding) with a win last week.

RB - Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (at CHI)

Abdullah has a minimum of nine touches in each of his past six games with an average of 12.5 per game over that span. That said, he has exceeded 13 touches only once during that span. With some terrific matchups during that stretch (e.g., 49ers, Saints, Eagles, etc.), Abdullah has finished as a top-24 weekly fantasy running back only once during that six-game span. The Bears have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but Abdullah is more of a flex option this week given his steady, but not heavy, workloads.

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Week 17 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Matt Ryan is listed below as a "start" for Week 17. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 17 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan, you should start Big Ben -- and in turn, bench Ryan.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 17:

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. PHI)

With Odell Beckham Jr. suspended for Week 16, Manning and the Giants offense in general struggled against the Vikings. With the return of OBJ this week and the favorable matchup against the Eagles, however, Eli has the perfect opportunity to bounce back for fantasy owners -- provided your league extends into Week 17 and you're still alive after his dud last week.

Before last week, Manning had thrown four touchdown passes in back-to-back games and multiple touchdowns in six of his past seven outings. In fact, he has thrown a total of 22 touchdowns over his past eight games.

His first game against the Eagles (189 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions) was a disappointment, but the Eagles have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In their past eight games, the Eagles have surrendered 24 touchdowns through the air plus one QB rushing touchdown (Tom Brady).

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)

Just as we had all expected, Bortles finished Week 16 as the fourth-best fantasy quarterback in 2015. While he turned the ball over 20 times (16 interceptions and four lost fumbles), Bortles was a consistent weekly fantasy producer this season. Entering Week 17 with five consecutive top-eight weekly outings including three top-five finishes, Bortles has finished inside the top-10 weekly quarterbacks in 10 of 15 games.

It's not a plus matchup on paper, but Bortles threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns against the Texans in Week 6. And despite his three interceptions in that game, he finished with 22.94 fantasy points, the sixth-most that week. Seventh in my Week 17 rankings, I expect Bortles to close the season with a sixth consecutive top-eight outing.

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)

Never a stud performer, Ryan had been a consistently solid mid-QB1 type of fantasy quarterback. From 2010 to 2014, Ryan had finished as the QB7 or QB8 in four of five seasons. Even though Julio Jones leads the NFL in both receptions and yards with an outside chance at breaking Megatron's single-season receiving yards record, Ryan has been a huge disappointment. Entering the final week of the regular season, he sits at QB19 in fantasy points scored.

Fortunately for Ryan, he has a chance to end the season on a positive note with a matchup against the Saints. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than New Orleans this year. In his first matchup against the Saints, Ryan threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns. It's possible that Ryan gets his second game of the season with 300-plus passing yards and multiple touchdowns this week.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (at BUF)

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Fitzpatrick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns as he scored 23.14 fantasy points, fourth-most in Week 16. It was his third top-four outing in five games and fourth top-eight performance over that same span.

With one more touchdown pass, Fitzpatrick will take sole possession of the single-season franchise record for passing touchdowns. Over his past eight games, Fitzpatrick has compiled an 18:5 TD-to-INT ratio and has averaged 276 passing yards per game. In addition, he has 134 rushing yards and a score during that stretch.

Given that the Steelers lost to the Ravens last week, the Jets now maintain control of their playoff destiny. If they win, they are in the playoffs. While there are plenty of games with postseason intrigue, there's even more incentive for the Jets to play their starters with their playoff berth not yet clinched -- as opposed to several other teams playing for seeding only.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 17:

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)

Kudos to Rivers for managing to score the 11th-most fantasy points among quarterbacks through this point of the season given how poorly he (and the team's offense) has played lately. The anti-Russell Wilson, if you will, Rivers started the season strong with multiple passing touchdowns in all but one of his first eight games.

In his seven games since that point, however, he has thrown zero touchdowns three times and one touchdown twice. Stated differently, he has thrown multiple touchdowns in just two of his past seven games. To be fair, a significant portion of his struggles has to do with the lack of (healthy) offensive talent around him.

With a matchup against the Broncos, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, it's unlikely that Rivers bounces back enough from his last matchup against Denver (6.08 fantasy points) to have a top-12 performance.

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at KC)

Carr has just one top-12 weekly finish since Week 11. In those six games, Carr has scored 15.16 fantasy points or less four times. One of those six matchups was the first time he faced the Chiefs this season (13.32 points, QB20). Not only have the Chiefs allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points this season, but they have allowed only one top-12 weekly finish (Tyrod Taylor, Week 12) from Weeks 5 to 16.

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at DAL)

In his past nine games, Cousins has finished as fantasy's QB1 in three weeks and the QB2 in another. With 300-plus yards and four passing touchdowns in each of his past two games, Cousins has helped Washington clinch the NFC East division with an 8-7 record. That is part of the problem — at least in terms of Cousins' fantasy outlook for this week.

With their playoff seeding already cemented, Cousins is unlikely to play the full game especially given that the Redskins do not have a first-round bye. Coach Gruden has even said that his snaps are "still to be determined" even though he will start. Even with a full allotment of snaps, however, the matchup wouldn't be favorable for Cousins as the Cowboys have limited opposing quarterbacks to the eighth-fewest fantasy points this season.

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)

After a breakout 2014 season, 2015 has been an utter disappointment for Tannehill and the Dolphins in general. Tannehill enters Week 17 having thrown zero touchdowns in back-to-back games and only two touchdowns in his past four games combined. (Granted, he does have a rushing touchdown over that stretch as well.) The Patriots have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

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January 01, 2016

2015 Fantasy Football: Week 17 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings

Prior to serving his one-game suspension in Week 16, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham. Jr. had scored double-digit fantasy points in seven consecutive games with an average of 20.17 (standard scoring) per game.

Even though his 100-yard game streak ended at a franchise-record six games, Beckham extended his scoring streak to five games. Over his past seven games played, Beckham has 49 catches for 872 yards and nine touchdowns.

While most fantasy leagues end in Week 16, Beckham will look to redeem himself with a strong outing to close the season.

Fortunately for fantasy owners, the matchup is about as good as it gets. Heading into the final week of the season, only the cross-state Steelers have allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers than the Eagles.

With 25/26 yards on Sunday, Beckham (2,701) will tie/pass Randy Moss (2,726) for most receiving yards over a player's first two NFL seasons. That said, Moss played all 32 games in his first two seasons; OBJ has missed five games.

[Coincidentally, Beckham is second for most receptions (182) over the first two seasons; ex-LSU teammate Jarvis Landry (188) ranks first.]

Julio. Jones: 78 yards shy of becoming 3rd NFL 1,800-yard receiver

With nine catches for a season-high 178 yards and a touchdown, Atlanta's Julio Jones was the top-scoring fantasy receiver last week despite the difficult matchup against the Panthers.

Going into Week 17, Jones has a total of 193 targets and double-digit targets in 13 of 15 games.

Not only does Jones lead the NFL in targets, but he also leads the league in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,722), both of which have shattered his previous career highs of 104 and 1,593, respectively.

If Jones finishes with at least 78 yards in Week 17, he'll become one of only three NFL players to ever have an 1,800-yard season along with Calvin Johnson (1,964 in 2012) and Jerry Rice (1,848 in 1995).

Trailing Megatron by 243 yards, it's obviously highly unlikely that Jones catches his single-season record. That said, Jones' career high (259 yards) is greater than the amount needed so it's not impossible.

Jones closes the season against the Saints, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on wide receivers:

  • After failing to exceed 100 yards in four consecutive games, Houston's DeAndre Hopkins finished with seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Titans last week. Shattering his previous career highs across the board, Hopkins has 104 catches for 1,432 yards and 11 touchdowns. The first time Hopkins faced the Jaguars this season, he led all receivers in fantasy points with a 10/148/2 slash line.

  • Jacksonville second-year receiver Allen Robinson continued his scoring streak with a 6/151/1 performance against the Saints on Sunday. Not only has Robinson scored in five consecutive games, but he is tied with Doug Baldwin for the league lead in touchdowns (14) this season. Robinson has exceeded 50 receiving yards and/or scored a touchdown in every game since Week 2. Meanwhile, the other Allen (Hurns) scored twice last week and he now has 10 scores on the season.

  • Speaking of receivers that have scored in five consecutive games, Seattle's Doug Baldwin scored only once last week, but he extended his touchdown streak to five games. With a season-high eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown, Baldwin now has 29 catches for 484 yards and 11 touchdowns over his past five games. The matchup against the Cardinals is difficult, but Baldwin had 7/134/1 in his first matchup against them in Week 10.

  • Arizona's Michael Floyd has come on strong with five 100-yard games in his past seven games. Floyd has a minimum of eight targets in all but one of those games. Even though the Seahawks have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Floyd had his best fantasy performance (7/113/2, 23.3 fantasy points, WR2) in his first matchup against the Seattle.

  • After seeing his seven-game scoring streak end in Week 15, Jets receiver Brandon Marshall had eight catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Patriots. Marshall has a franchise-record 101 catches for 1,376 yards and a career-high 13 touchdowns. In a win-and-you're-in scenario, Marshall should see plenty of targets in Week 17.

  • Saints second-year wide receiver Brandin Cooks started the season slowly, but the breakout has occurred over the second half. Not only does Cooks have 100-plus yards and a touchdown in three of his past four games, but he has a total of eight touchdowns in his eight most recent games. (Cooks scored only once in his first seven games this season.) Will the momentum continue? The Falcons have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points this season and Cooks had just four catches for 41 yards in his first matchup this season, but I have Cooks ranked inside my top-10 receivers for Week 17.

Below you find my Week 17 Fantasy Football WR Rankings:

1. Odell Beckham, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)
3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (vs. JAX)
5. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (at BUF)
6. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
7. Eric Decker, New York Jets (at BUF)
8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BAL)
9. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)
10. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
11. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
12. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
13. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
14. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
15. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at CAR)
16. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
17. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYJ)
18. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
19. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)
20. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
21. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
22. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
23. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
24. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
25. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
26. Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (at CIN)
27. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)
28. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)
29. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)
30. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
31. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
32. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
33. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (at SF)
34. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (at GB)
35. Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT)
36. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)
37. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
38. Rueben Randle, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
39. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BAL)
40. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (vs. STL)
41. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)
42. Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (at IND)
43. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)
44. Nate Washington, Houston Texans (vs. JAX)
45. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at MIA)
46. Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
47. Keshawn Martin, New England Patriots (at MIA)
48. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
49. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (vs. TB)
50. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at MIA)

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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 17 Fantasy Running Back Rankings

Despite starting only nine games this season, Pittsburgh's DeAngelo Williams enters Week 17 with the third-most fantasy points among running backs, trailing only Atlanta's Devonta Freeman and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.

With 17 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns plus six catches for 53 yards last week, Williams scored 27.3 fantasy points, the second-most of the week. Last week marked the fifth time this season that Williams has finished as a top-four weekly fantasy running back.

In his nine starts, Williams has a total of 173 carries for 793 yards (4.58 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns plus 33 catches for 307 yards. In fact, his 11 rushing touchdowns on the season is tied for the NFL lead with Freeman.

Going into the final week of the regular season, Williams is within striking distance -- only 101 yards shy -- of his third 1,000-yard season and his first since 2009.

Extremely consistent, Williams has either exceeded 100 rushing yards and/or scored a touchdown (or two) in all but one start. In other words, he has scored double-digit fantasy points in eight of nine games as a starter with an average of nearly 20 fantasy points (19.56) over that stretch.

My top-ranked fantasy running back for Week 17, Williams has a great matchup against the Browns. Not only have they allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, the Browns rank last in the NFL in rushing defense (135.0 YPG allowed).

That said, Williams only start with single-digit fantasy points was his first matchup against the Browns in Week 10.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on running backs:

  • The player that scored more fantasy points than DeAngelo last week: Saints running back Tim Hightower (28.9). Hightower carried the ball 27 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns and added three catches for 47 yards. Hightower now has 29-plus touches in two of three games and he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in each of those weeks: RB7, RB24 and RB1, respectively. This week, he faces the Falcons, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year.

  • On Thursday, St. Louis Rams rookie Todd Gurley sat out another practice and was in a walking boot, which obviously puts his Week 17 availability in jeopardy. In 13 games, Gurley has rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns, both of which are third-most in the NFL. Gurley has scored in three consecutive games and eight of his past 10 games. The 49ers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and Gurley posted a 20/133/1 line against them in Week 8.

  • Oakland's Latavius Murray gained 117 yards with a touchdown on 24 touches last week against the Chargers. Murray has averaged 19.53 touches per game and has a minimum of 16 touches in all but one game this season. While he doesn't have a great matchup against the Chiefs, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, Murray gained 97 yards with a touchdown against them in Week 13.

  • Arizona's David Johnson had just nine carries, and 12 touches, against the Packers in Week 16, but he once again finished as a top-five weekly running back. Johnson has finished as a top-five running back in three of the past four weeks and as a top-24 fantasy running back in six consecutive weeks. Even though he has only 147 touches this season, Johnson has scored the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs and a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return.

  • Over his past nine games, Green Bay's Eddie Lacy has finished as a top-16 fantasy running back five times and outside the top-50 weekly running backs four times. Which one will fantasy owners get this week? The Vikings have limited opposing running backs to the eighth-fewest fantasy points this season. Against the Vikings in Week 11, however, Lacy had his first 100-yard game of the season on 22 carries.

Below you find my Week 17 Fantasy Football RB Rankings:

1. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
2. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (at GB)
4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
5. Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)
6. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams (at SF)
7. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at CAR)
8. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (vs. WAS)
9. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
10. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (vs. TEN)
11. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
12. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)
13. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (vs. DET)
14. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
15. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)
16. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (at CIN)
17. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYJ)
18. James White, New England Patriots (at MIA)
19. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BAL)
20. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (vs. DET)
21. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)
22. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (at BUF)
23. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
24. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (at BUF)
25. Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
26. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BAL)
27. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
28. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (vs. TB)
29. Alfred Blue, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
30. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
31. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
32. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYJ)
33. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
34. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT)
35. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
36. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
37. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
38. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at CAR)
39. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
40. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)
41. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
42. Steven Jackson, New England Patriots (at MIA)
43. Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)
44. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans (at IND)
45. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)
46. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (at MIA)
47. DuJuan Harris, San Francisco 49ers (vs. STL)
48. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (vs. PIT)
49. Shane Vereen, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
50. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (at CHI)

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December 31, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football: Week 17 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

Despite their 14-0 start to the 2015 NFL season, the Carolina Panthers still have something for which play in Week 17. Only one game ahead of the Arizona Cardinals, who will host the Seattle Seahawks, the Panthers need a win (or a Cardinals loss) to secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

With a first-round bye in either case, that scenario should lead to Cam Newton playing a full game -- or close to it.

For players in leagues that conclude in Week 16, Newton finished the year as fantasy's top-scoring quarterback with 356.36 fantasy points -- nearly 20 more than New England's Tom Brady (338.44).

Newton has thrown for 3,544 yards with a career-high 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and has rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns, tied for the second-most of his career.

Owners that needed a strong performance from Newton in Championship Week were disappointed with his 142 passing yards and no touchdowns against the Falcons although he rushed for 46 yards and a score. Finishing with 14.28 fantasy points, Newton was outscored by 17 other quarterbacks last week.

Before last week's game, however, Newton had finished as the top-scoring weekly fantasy quarterback in four of seven weeks. In two of those three weeks where he wasn't the top scorer, he finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback.

The Buccaneers are middle of the road in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and Newton threw for a season-low 124 yards against them in Week 4. As well as he's been playing (last week excluded), however, Newton is still my top-ranked fantasy quarterback for Week 17.

Big Ben: Worst Game at Worst Time

In an exploitable matchup, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger laid an egg in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Excluding Week 3 when he left the game early due to injury, Big Ben's 215 passing yards were a season low. Not only did he throw no touchdowns, but he threw a pair of interceptions and scored just 3.8 fantasy points on the week.

Including last week's dud, however, Roethlisberger has averaged 344.29 passing yards per game with 13 passing scores over his past seven games.

If your league plays in Week 17 and his poor performance last week didn't knock you out of the playoffs, he has a chance for redemption this week with a favorable matchup against the Browns.

The Browns have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. And in his first matchup against Cleveland, Roethlisberger threw for 379 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to score nearly 27 fantasy points.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on quarterbacks:

  • The biggest (positive) surprise among fantasy quarterbacks this season, Jacksonville's Blake Bortles has scored the fourth-most fantasy points this season. Scoring a minimum of 22 fantasy points in five consecutive games, he has averaged 313.2 passing yards per game with 17 touchdowns -- 15 passing and two rushing -- over that stretch. Bortles has finished as a top-10 weekly fantasy quarterback in 10 of 15 games this season.

  • For the second week in a row, Washington's Kirk Cousins threw for 300-plus yards and four touchdowns. You like that?! Over his past nine games, he has finished as the top-scoring weekly quarterback three times and he has three other top-10 finishes during that span as well. On paper, the matchup isn't great as the Cowboys have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and it's possible that Cousins gets pulled early given the fact that Washington has their playoff seeding wrapped up with no bye.

  • Throwing a game-winning touchdown in OT last week, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns against the Patriots. Over his past five games, The Amish Rifle has averaged 305 passing yards per game with a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio. Playing in a win-and-you're-in scenario, Fitzpatrick is a top-10 quarterback for me in Week 17.

  • It's been a season to forget for Atlanta's Matt Ryan, but he had a solid performance against the Panthers last week -- 306 yards and a touchdown. It was only the second 300-yard game against the Panthers since Week 4. With a matchup against the Saints, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, Ryan has a golden opportunity to close the season with back-to-back strong performances.

  • After throwing multiple touchdowns in only one of his first nine games, Wilson has thrown multiple touchdowns in six consecutive weeks. Wilson has compiled an impressive 21:1 TD-to-INT ratio during that stretch. His last single-TD game was against this week's opponent and the Cardinals have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. That said, Wilson still finished as the QB11 that week and he's projected for a back-end QB1 performance in my Week 17 rankings.

  • With a strong start to the season, San Diego's Philip Rivers is currently the QB11 on the year, but he has disappointed fantasy owners over the past half of a season. Since Week 9, Rivers has finished as the weekly QB15 (or worse) in five of seven games, which include three single-digit fantasy outings. One of those games was his first matchup against the Broncos, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. There is little reason for optimism in this week's re-match as the Broncos play for a first-round bye.

Below you find my Week 17 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. TB)
2. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CLE)
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at MIA)
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at ATL)
5. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. PHI)
6. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SEA)
7. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at HOU)
8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at ARI)
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (at BUF)
11. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. MIN)
12. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at CHI)
13. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
14. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (at NYG)
15. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYJ)
16. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
17. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
18. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (vs. DET)
19. Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (vs. JAX)
20. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)
21. AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. BAL)
22. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (vs. SD)
23. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (at GB)
24. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. NE)
25. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at CAR)

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December 30, 2015

2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 17

Here are our Week 17 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 13-2; Last: 2)No team is more complete than the Cardinals, who have won nine consecutive games and own the league's best scoring differential (+206). Not only do Carson Palmer and the Cardinals lead the NFL in total offense (420.1 yards per game), but they rank fifth in total defense (319.5 YPG allowed).

2. Carolina Panthers (Record: 14-1; Last: 1)The Panthers first loss of the season may turn out to be a blessing in disguise as they play for a championship without the added pressure (distraction) of trying to play for perfection. Going into the final week of the season, Cam Newton has to be the favorite for league MVP. Despite a lack of skill-position talent around him, Newton has thrown for 3,544 yards and a career-high 33 touchdowns and rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns.

3. New England Patriots (Record: 12-3; Last: 3)With a win on Sunday, the AFC playoffs will run through Foxboro. The Patriots continue to lose players to injuries, but as long as they have a healthy Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski with Bill Belichick on the sideline (coin-toss decisions aside), they will be the prohibitive favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

4. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 9-6; Last: 4)Extending his touchdown streak to five games, Doug Baldwin finished with a season-high eight catches and exceeded 100 yards for the third time in seven games. His 14 receiving touchdowns this season have set a franchise record.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 11-4; Last: 5)With Andy Dalton (thumb) not expected to be ready for the Wild Card round, the Bengals are perhaps fortunate that A.J. McCarron (wrist) is considered "day to day." After losing to Denver on Monday Night Football, the Bengals could still earn a first-round bye with a win (and Denver loss) on Sunday.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 10-5; Last: 6)After starting the season with a 1-5 record, the Chiefs extended their winning streak to nine games with a win over the Browns. If the Chiefs beat the Raiders (and the Broncos lose), they would win the AFC West.

7. Denver Broncos (Record: 11-4; Last: 8)With Brock Osweiler leading the Broncos to a come-from-behind win over the Bengals on Monday Night Football, he has already been confirmed the Week 17 starter. Clinching a playoff berth, the MNF win puts the Broncos in the driver's seat for a first-round bye with an outside chance at the No. 1 seed.

8. New York Jets (Record: 10-5; Last: 10)Brandon Marshall exceeded 100 yards for the fourth time in five games and he caught a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's OT win over the Patriots. In the process, Marshall set the franchise's single-season record for receptions (101) and set a career high in touchdowns (13).

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 9-6; Last: 7)The Steelers laid an egg against the Ravens in Week 16. Favored by double digits against a leaky secondary, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 215 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Not only do they need a Week 17 win, but they need help from the Chiefs and/or Jets to get into the playoffs.

10. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 10-5; Last: 11)Not only did Adrian Peterson rush for 104 yards and a touchdown, but Jerick McKinnon ran for 89 yards and two late touchdowns as the Vikings scored a season-high 49 points in Week 16. The Vikings head to Lambeau Field in Week 17 for the division. In 15 regular-season games against Green Bay, AP has 1,911 yards from scrimmage, 5.37 YPC and 13 total touchdowns.

Here are the best of the rest:

11. Washington Redskins (Record: 8-7; Last: 12)
12. Green Bay Packers (Record: 10-5; Last: 9)
13. Houston Texans (Record: 8-7; Last: 13)
14. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 8-7; Last: 20)
15. Oakland Raiders (Record: 7-8; Last: 18)
16. Buffalo Bills (Record: 7-8; Last: 14)
17. New York Giants (Record: 6-9; Last: 15)
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 6-9; Last: 16)
19. St. Louis Rams (Record: 7-8; Last: 22)
20. Detroit Lions (Record: 6-9; Last: 19)
21. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 7-8; Last: 17)
22. New Orleans Saints (Record: 6-9; Last: 25)
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 5-10; Last: 23)
24. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 6-9; Last: 21)
25. Chicago Bears (Record: 6-9; Last: 24)
26. Miami Dolphins (Record: 5-10; Last: 28)
27. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 5-10; Last: 30)
28. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 4-11; Last: 29)
29. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 4-11; Last: 26)
30. San Diego Chargers (Record: 4-11; Last: 27)
31. Cleveland Browns (Record: 3-12; Last: 31)
32. Tennessee Titans (Record: 3-12; Last: 32)

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December 27, 2015

Week 16 Fantasy Football: Updated WR Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Golden Tate is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as one of my starting receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned DeAndre Hopkins, Jeremy Maclin and Tate and started only two wide receivers, you should start Hopkins and Maclin -- and in turn, bench Tate.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)

Without question, Bryant's teammate, Antonio Brown, is the clear-cut top fantasy receiver for Week 16. That said, few receivers (on other teams) have a better outlook than Bryant. After all, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense have scored 30-plus points in six consecutive games, which is tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history.

Held without a touchdown in back-to-back games, Bryant had a total of six touchdowns in his first seven games this season. Not only does the second-year wideout currently have the longest reception of 2014 (94 yards) and 2015 (88 yards), but the volume has been there as well. Bryant has double-digit targets in three of five games and is averaging 9.56 targets per game this year.

Posting a respectable 5.3/84.3/0.7 average stat line this season, Bryant, Brown and the Steelers receivers have the best matchup of the week. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers this season than the Ravens. Over their past nine games, Baltimore has allowed opposing receivers to haul in 18 touchdowns.

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)

It's been a phenomenal four-game stretch for Baldwin, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing offense, in general. Nearly half of Baldwin's 21 receptions over that four-game span have gone for touchdowns (10). In fact, Baldwin's four-game, multi-TD streak is tied for the longest in NFL history with Calvin Johnson (2011) and Cris Carter (1995). With his recent production catapulting him into the top-seven fantasy wide receivers through Week 15, Baldwin has 65 catches for a career-high 905 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns.

The matchup isn't great on paper as the Rams have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. Even though he is considered a game-time decision, it appears that he will be ready to go later today.

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Decker may be second on his own team in terms of fantasy points scored among wide receivers, but he's still been a top-10 producer going into Week 16. With 72 catches for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns, Decker has exceeded 80 yards and/or scored a touchdown in every game he's played this season. In his first matchup against the Patriots, Decker finished with six catches for 94 yards on 12 targets.

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)

Tate has not reached 75 receiving yards in any of his past 12 games, but he has pulled off a mini-Baldwin, if you will. Tate has scored multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games. In fact, Tate has twice as many receiving touchdowns as Megatron has catches over the past two weeks. With Johnson dealing with an ankle injury, Tate is ranked inside my top-24 receivers this week.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at MIA)

Perhaps he's due if the pattern of his recent performances are any indication: 2.1 fantasy points (weekly WR65), 21.5 (WR9), 3.6 (WR64), 13.2 (WR16) and 2.9 (WR78), respectively. In his past nine games, Hilton has finished as a top-16 receiver four times and outside the top-60 weekly receivers four times.

The matchup is favorable with the Dolphins allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Andrew Luck is out for another week and Hilton has complained about the team's reluctance to take shots down the field. Given the inconsistent production, Hilton is more of a WR3/flex for me this week.

WR - Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

Even though the Patriots will be without the services of both Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman and I expect Tom Brady to throw it close to 50 times today, LaFell is still a sit for me. After hauling in four catches for 88 yards last week, LaFell had a total of 95 receiving yards in his previous three games. LaFell has dealt with plenty of drops this season and it wouldn't surprise me if he spend some time on Revis Island. In his last matchup against the Jets, LaFell finished with two catches and 25 yards on eight targets.

WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)

Since Week 4, Cobb has scored single-digit fantasy points in all but one of his 11 games. That also means that he has finished outside of the top-24 fantasy receivers in 10 of his past 11 games as well.

Among healthy wide receivers, there hasn't been a bigger disappointment than Cobb (WR29 through Week 15). While the season-ending injury to Tyrann Mathieu is a devastating blow to Arizona's pass defense, the Cardinals have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (at SEA)

A boom-or-bust fantasy option, Austin has finished as a top-10 weekly fantasy wide receiver four times this season including last week against the Buccaneers and in Week 1 against the Seahawks. With nearly as many rushing yards (390) as receiving yards (427), Austin has scored 10 touchdowns this season -- four rushing, five receiving and one return. And even though he had two scores against the Seahawks in Week 1, he had only 15 YFS (and minus two receiving yards) in that game.

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Week 16 Fantasy Football: Updated RB Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Denard Robinson is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Robinson and start only two running backs, you should start AP and Williams -- and in turn, bench Shoelace.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

RB - Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)

Starting for injured rookie running back T.J. Yeldon, Robinson was less effective against the Falcons (2.0 yards per carry) than he was in an expanded role in Week 14, but he racked up a season-high 22 touches. With only 0.34 fantasy points per touch, his third-lowest of the season, Robinson still finished the week as a top-30 fantasy running back.

With Yeldon expected to miss another game, Robinson should get a large workload in one of the best matchups of the week. Only Frank Gore and the Colts have a (slightly) better matchup as the Saints have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)

Since leaving the San Diego game (Week 11) early with an injury, West saw his largest workload last week with 18 touches against the Ravens. West finished the game with 76 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added two catches for nine yards. Before Week 11, West had three consecutive games with 24-plus touches.

It's unlikely that West gets 24-plus touches this week, but if he gets the 18 he had last week, he should produce as a top-eight fantasy running back once again. The Browns have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL)

With LeSean McCoy (MCL) expected to miss this week's game, it will be a combination of Williams and Mike Gillislee that carries the load for the Bills rushing attack. When given the opportunity, Williams has been highly productive. Averaging 6.0 yards per carry this season, Williams has a total of seven touchdowns on only 76 touches this season. And this week's matchup is favorable as the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Over the past three weeks, Powell has been extremely productive -- perhaps more so than most 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 scoring. Powell has a minimum of five catches and 19.2 PPR points in each of those three games. While he may not continue his streak of 20-point PPR games, he's ranked inside my top-20 fantasy running backs (standard scoring) for the week.

- Related Poll: Will Powell finish as a top-24 RB (standard scoring) in Week 16?

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

RB - C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)

What a disappointing season it has been for Anderson! Drafted as a mid-to-late first-rounder, Anderson has had a couple of big games this season, but he has struggled to string together multiple productive outings. Over his past five games played, CJA has scored 0.9, 7.2, 27.3, 5.4 and 2.0 fantasy points, respectively.

I am actually in a league where I drafted CJA with the last pick in Round 1 and I'm in the league's Championship Game. That said, I've managed to pick up guys like West, Thomas Rawls (before IR) and others to pick up his slack along the way. Given Anderson's lack of consistency this season, there's no way that I could trust him in a less-than-favorable matchup.

RB - Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (at KC)

One week after leading all running backs in fantasy points scored, Crowell gained just 23 yards on nine carries and added three catches for seven yards. Crowell has 3.0 or fewer fantasy points in five of his past eight games and he doesn't have a favorable matchup this week either. The Chiefs have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. In addition, only the Rams (14.0) are projected to score fewer points than the Browns (15.5) based on Vegas odds this week.

RB - Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

With Joey Iosefa (yes, Joey Iosefa) getting more carries than "starter" Brandon Bolden last week, it's hard to trust Bolden this week -- or any week. Added to the mix will be Steven Jackson, who hasn't played all season. In fact, LeGarrette Blount had just three carries for MINUS three yards in Week 7 against the Jets. This week's game plan should be pass-heavy so I wouldn't trust any Patriots running back not named James White. Not only do the Jets rank second in the NFL in rushing defense (82.8 YPG allowed), but they have allowed a league-low two rushing touchdowns this season.

RB - C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)

I get that you wouldn't even consider starting Spiller as bad and fantasy-irrelevant as he's been. A spike in Spiller's offensive involvement at least seemed reasonable following Mark Ingram's injury. Silly me.

With both Ingram and Khiry Robinson landing on IR, Tim Hightower has dominated touches over Spiller -- 45 to 10 in the past two games combined. As another comparison, Hightower had 8.5 fantasy points last week alone; Spiller has a total of 7.7 fantasy points in his past six games combined. Ugh!

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Kirk Cousins throws for 365 yards, 4 TDs; Redskins clinch NFC East

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One of the players on the start'em side of my Week 16 Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em column, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles.

It was Cousins' second consecutive game with 300-plus yards and four touchdowns and he finished the game with 30.2 fantasy points.

Over his past nine games, Cousins has scored 30-plus fantasy points three times and 20-plus fantasy points in six of those games.

During that nine-game span, Cousins has six 300-yard passing games and he's thrown a total of 20 touchdowns and only three interceptions. In addition, he has run in another four touchdowns over that stretch.

Connecting with tight end Jordan Reed on two first-quarter touchdowns, Reed finished the game with nine catches for 129 yards and two scores. Reed has 25/333/5 over his past three games combined. Pierre Garcon and Chris Thompson caught Cousins other two touchdowns.

With Washington clinching the division Saturday night, it's unclear how much Cousins and the starters will play next week at Dallas.

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Jordan Reed hauls in 9 catches for 129 yards and 2 TDs

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed continued his recent hot streak against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night.

Reed finished the game with nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. In fact, Reed caught both of his touchdowns in the first quarter.

Before this week, Reed had finished as fantasy's TE1 in back-to-back games and Saturday's performance (24.9 fantasy points) was his best of that three-game span.

Over his past three games, Reed has 25 receptions for 333 yards and five touchdowns.

On the season, he has 83 catches for 907 yards, a single-season franchise record for a tight end, and 11 touchdowns.

With Washington clinching the NFC East title in Saturday night's win, it's unclear whether the team will rest Reed and their starters next week in Dallas.

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December 26, 2015

Week 16 Fantasy Football: Updated QB Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Kirk Cousins is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Ben Roethlisberger and Cousins, you should start Big Ben -- and in turn, bench Cousins.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)

One of the biggest surprises in fantasy football this season, Bortles enters Championship Week with the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks -- just ahead of Aaron Rodgers (QB6). Even better, Bortles has been a consistent producer; in other words, his unexpected production isn't due to only a few big games.

Since Week 2, Bortles has finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in nine weeks. Over the past four weeks, he's finished as a top-eight performer with a minimum of 22 fantasy points in each of those games. During that four-game span, Bortles has averaged a tad shy of 300 passing yards (299.5/G) and he's thrown 11 touchdowns to only two interceptions. In addition, he has 93 rushing yards and two more scores over that stretch.

The good times should continue to roll for Bortles and the Jags passing offense. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Saints. The Saints have allowed a top-three weekly finish in six of their 14 games this season and Bortles is my third-ranked quarterback for the week behind only Big Ben and Cam Newton.

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at PHI)

As I tweeted earlier this week, Cam Newton (four times), Russell Wilson (twice) and Cousins (twice) have finished as the top-scoring fantasy quarterback in eight of the past nine weeks. (Saints QB Drew Brees was the exception in Week 8.)

Someone else may finish as this week's top-scoring quarterback, after all I have Big Ben in the top spot of my rankings, but Cousins at least has QB1 upside given this week's matchup against the Eagles. Only the Saints and Giants have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the Eagles have surrendered 21 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in their past seven games. In addition, the Eagles are dealing with a number of key injuries in their secondary.

Including his two QB1 performances, Cousins has five top-10 outings in his past eight games. During that eight-game span, he has averaged slightly more than 275 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns (16 passing and four rushing) and only three interceptions.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Before last week's relatively disappointing (fantasy) performance, Fitzpatrick had finished as the weekly QB3, QB8 and QB4, respectively, in his previous three games. Going into the final week of the fantasy season, Fitzpatrick has scored the 10th-most fantasy points among quarterbacks.

In the games that Fitzpatrick did not leave early due to injury, he has accounted for multiple touchdowns in 11 of 13 games. One of those multi-TD games was his Week 7 matchup against the Patriots when he scored 20.7 fantasy points and finished as fantasy's QB8.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)

In the first five games of the season, Stafford finished outside the top-15 fantasy quarterbacks in every game. Since then, however, Stafford has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in five of nine games and has averaged 20.9 fantasy points per game over that stretch.

With multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games, Stafford has compiled an impressive 12:1 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. The 49ers have been middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed only two passing scores in their past four games, but Stafford is still a back-end QB1 for Week 16.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. CAR)

We only have to look back two weeks for a glimpse of how Week 16 may play out for Ryan. In his first matchup against the Panthers (Week 14), Ryan threw for 224 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. In addition, he lost a fumble and finished with 4.86 fantasy points, 29th-most among Week 14 quarterbacks.

Allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, Eli Manning's QB9 performance last week was only the second time the Panthers have allowed a top-12 outing this season. The other time was to Aaron Rodgers in Week 9.

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (at MIN)

Despite a difficult matchup on paper, Eli threw four pass touchdowns for a second consecutive game. Over his past six games, he has thrown multiple touchdowns five times and a total of 21 scores. One big problem this week is the absence of Odell Beckham Jr., who was suspended for this week's game. With the loss of OBJ and in a less-than-average matchup, Eli and the Giants are only projected to score 19.75 (25th-most) based on Vegas odds.

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)

Tannehill has thrown for 236 yards or less, in some cases much less, and a total of two passing touchdowns over the past three weeks. To make matters worse, two of those games were elite matchups against the Ravens and Giants, both of whom rank among the seven friendliest defenses to fantasy quarterbacks. Indianapolis hasn't been much better than Baltimore or New York, but can you trust that Tannehill will exploit the matchup?

QB - Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)

Since Week 6, Bradford has failed to finish as a top-15 quarterback in any of his games. The good news is that he threw for 361 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals last week, but he turned the ball over three times as well. More good news is that facing Washington is obviously a more favorable proposition than facing Arizona's defense. That said, now isn't the time to start trusting Bradford or the Eagles offense.

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2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 16 (Hanson)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 16 of the 2015 NFL season:

Seattle Seahawks -13 over St. Louis Rams (2 units)

Looking back at the past eight times these two teams have met in Seattle (all Seattle wins), the Seahawks have won seven of those games by double-digit points. In addition, the Rams have not scored more than 13 points in Seattle in any of their past eight games. In fact, they have scored a total of just four touchdowns in their past eight games there. (Granted, the Rams won their OT matchup in Week 1 in St. Louis.)

The Seahawks have lost Marshawn Lynch, and then Thomas Rawls, and have turned the rushing attack over to Christine Michael, 2.0, with some Bryce Brown and Fred Jackson mixed in. That said, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and the passing offense is firing on all cylinders. In his past five games, Wilson has 20 touchdowns -- 19 passing and one rushing -- and no interceptions.

[Related Poll: How many TDs will Baldwin score in Week 16?]

Since averaging 6.12 yards per carry in his first five NFL games, Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley has averaged just 3.86 YPC over his past seven games. And those numbers would look a lot worse if it weren't for a 16/140/2 game against the Lions. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have allowed only three 50-yard rushers since Week 7: Darren McFadden (20 carries for 64 yards), Andre Ellington (five for 61) and Chris Johnson (25 for 58).

The size of the point spread is a small (or I guess large, depending on your perspective) concern, but I expect the Seahawks to win this one going away as they are playing their best football of the season at the right time.

Redskins vs. Eagles -- Over 49.0 (2 units)

With an ability to clinch the division on the road, Washington has had much less success outside of FedEx Field this season. Only 1-5 on the road this season, they close the regular season out in Philadelphia (tonight) and Dallas (next week).

One of the biggest reasons for their ability to clinch the division tonight has been the play of Kirk Cousins. Whether they should show him the money is another question, but Cousins has compiled a 16:3 TD-to-INT ratio over his past eight games. In fact, he has accounted for 20 touchdowns with four rushing scores over that span as well. Not only will DeSean Jackson get a chance to face his former team, but Jordan Reed is having a breakout season (74/778/9).

Meanwhile, the Eagles defense ranks 29th in the NFL (393.3 yards per game allowed). In addition, the Redskins defense hasn't been all that much better (25th, 370.0 YPG). With an over/under of 49, I could easily see this game turn out to be a 27-24 contest.

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Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS): Week 16 Values for DraftKings Contests

In a salary-cap format, finding players that give you a bang for the buck is key to constructing a profitable lineup.

Looking ahead to Sunday, I've identified some players that I believe are undervalued based on their DraftKings price tag. In some cases, they are cheap in absolute terms, but the focus here is on relative values -- projected output versus current salary.

With that said, here are some of my favorite value plays for Week 16 (Sunday/Monday games only):

QB - Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL), $6,800

While not necessarily a bargain-bin quarterback for the week, there is plenty of value with Big Ben this week. Ranked first overall in my Week 16 rankings, Roethlisberger is tied with Drew Brees as the sixth-most expensive DraftKings quarterback this week.

With the Steelers scoring 30-plus (real-life) points in six consecutive games, Roethlisberger has scored a minimum of 25 DraftKings points in five of those six games. In each of those 25-point outings, he has thrown for 300-plus yards, which is a three-point bonus with DK scoring. Over that six-game span, Big Ben has averaged 365.8 passing yards per game and thrown a total of 13 touchdowns.

Baltimore has allowed the eighth-most DraftKings points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Roethlisberger is as safe as can be for cash games and he has tremendous upside in tournaments as well.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO), $6,500

Finishing with a minimum of 25.28 DK points in each of his past four games, Bortles has averaged a tad shy of 300 passing yards (299.5/G) and has thrown 11 touchdowns to only two interceptions. In addition, he has 93 rushing yards and two more scores over that stretch.

Bortles faces a Saints team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In addition, the Saints have allowed a top-three weekly finish in six of their 14 games this season.

There are seven quarterbacks priced higher than Bortles this week, but he's third in my Week 16 rankings behind only Big Ben and Cam Newton. And the fact that he's priced so closely to Roethlisberger, Bortles ownership levels may not as high as would otherwise be the case.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (vs. NE), $5,200

Priced only $200 above the position-minimum salary, Fitzpatrick offers plenty of bang for the buck. Excluding the game he left early due to injury, Fitzpatrick has accounted for multiple touchdowns in 11 of 13 games this season including the first time he faced the Patriots. In that game, Fitzpatrick threw for 295 yards and two scores and ran for another 29 yards.

Over his past four games, Fitzpatrick has thrown 10 touchdowns and only one interception with an average of 307.25 passing yards per game. In addition, he's averaged roughly 20 (19.75) rushing yards per game as well. With the exception of the game left early, Fitzpatrick has scored a minimum of 14 fantasy points in every game this season.

RB - David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB), $5,800

Scoring a league-most 47.9 DraftKings points in Week 15, Johnson rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and added four catches for 42 yards as well. It would be unreasonable to expect a repeat performance, but he has been consistently productive since taking over as the team's lead back three weeks ago.

Over his past three games, Johnson has a minimum of 24 touches and 110 yards from scrimmage in each of those games. And despite a limited number of touches (135) this season, Johnson has scored a total of 12 touchdowns -- seven rushing, four receiving and one return.

There are 10 running backs with a higher salary than Johnson, but three of them won't play this weekend. That said, there are not seven running backs better than DJ this weekend.

RB - Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE), $5,700

Against the Ravens on Sunday, West carried the ball 16 times for 76 yards and a touchdown plus he added two catches for nine yards. It was his best performance and largest workload since departing early in a Week 11 matchup against the Chargers.

Before his injury, West had a minimum of 24 touches and 22 DK points in three straight games. It's unlikely that he gets 24 or more touches this week, but the matchup against the Browns is favorable. In addition, the Chiefs are favored by double digits so they should be playing with a lead for much of the game.

RB - Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (at MIA), $4,000

While I wouldn't roll Gore out in my cash lineups, Gore has a favorable matchup as he returns home to Miami. Only the Saints and 49ers have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Dolphins, who have allowed 132.1 rushing yards per game and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Averaging only 2.81 yards per carry over his past seven games, the good news is that Gore has a minimum of 16 touches in each of those games with an average of 20.57/G during that stretch. With his consistent usage rate and favorable matchup, Gore is worth a flier in tournaments.

RB - Bilal Powell, 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.

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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 20-point games, it's highly likely that he exceeds value on his below-$4,000 salary, offering salary-cap relief to load up elsewhere.

- Related Poll: Will Powell finish as a top-24 RB (standard scoring) in Week 16?

RB - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (at MIN), $3,500

Another NY (or NJ) running back should provide DFSers with plenty of production and salary-cap relief this week. Spending most of the season as part of a four-man rotation, Jennings has seen a spike in workload over the past two weeks. In those two games, he has a minimum of 17 touches each week and a total of 41.

Although he lost a fumble last week against the Panthers, it was his most productive outing of the season. Jennings rushed 16 times for 107 yards and a touchdown to score 19.7 DK points. It's not too often that a 20-touch back is available for the discounted salary of $3,500 even though the matchup isn't necessarily favorable.

WR - Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE), $6,000

Maclin has a minimum of six catches and 50 yards in four consecutive games and he has scored a total of four touchdowns during that span. During that four-game span, Maclin has averaged 23.53 DraftKings points per contest with a minimum of 12.6 in each of those games. Ranked as a top-10 wideout for Week 16, Maclin is priced lower than 16 other wide receivers on DraftKings this week. The Browns have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points (DK scoring) to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL), $5,600

Without question, Bryant's teammate, Antonio Brown, is the clear-cut top fantasy receiver for Week 16. That said, few receivers (on other teams) have a better outlook than Bryant. The Ravens have allowed third-most DraftKings points to opposing receivers this season. Over their past nine games, Baltimore has allowed opposing receivers to haul in 18 touchdowns.

Held without a touchdown in back-to-back games, Bryant had a total of six touchdowns in his first seven games this season. In addition, the second-year wideout has the longest reception of 2014 (94 yards) and 2015 (88 yards). While he's one of the best big-play receivers in the NFL, Bryant has double-digit targets in three of five games and is averaging 9.56 targets per game on the year. While Bryant is my ninth-ranked receiver this week, there are 23 with a lower salary.

WR - Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (vs. PIT), $5,400

It's not only Bryant and the Steelers receivers that have a favorable matchup in this game. In fact, the Steelers have allowed the most DraftKings points to the position this season. Coming off an 8/128/1 performance against the Chiefs last week, Aiken has a minimum of five catches and has scored double-digit fantasy points in seven consecutive games.

WR - Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL), $4,100

With teammates Brown and Bryant such strong plays this week, Wheaton will be relatively overlooked, but he's certainly a fine option in his own right. Kicking off a four-game stretch with a career-best 201-yard performance against the Seahawks, Wheaton has a total of 22 catches, 378 yards and three touchdowns over that span. Not only does he have a minimum of 50 yards in each of those games, but he has scored in three of the four and he's averaging 9.25 targets over that stretch.

WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (at MIN), $3,500

Randle has scored and finished with double-digit fantasy points in back-to-back games and in four of his past six games. Averaging only 5.57 targets per game, Randle should see that volume spike with the one-game suspension of Odell Beckham Jr. Priced only $500 above minimum salary, Randle should easily exceed value this week.

TE - Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO), $5,100

Thomas has the best matchup on the board as no team has allowed more fantasy points to the position than the Saints. Over his past five games, Thomas has scored more than 13 fantasy points in four of five weeks and has a total of 27 catches for 292 yards and four touchdowns over that stretch.

TE - Will Tye, New York Giants (at MIN), $3,500

Tye has finished as a top-10 weekly tight end in three consecutive games. In addition, Tye has five-plus catches in four of five games and he has either 50-plus yards or a score in all five consecutive games. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in five consecutive games. With OBJ sidelined this week, Tye should see a bump in targets and extend his streak of games with at least 10 DraftKings points.

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December 25, 2015

Poll: Kirk Cousins Week 16 fantasy points, O/U: 19.5?

Over the past nine weeks, only four different quarterbacks have finished as the week's top-scoring fantasy quarterback.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees did so in Week 8, and three others have done so multiple weeks: Cam Newton (four times), Russell Wilson (twice) and Kirk Cousins (twice).

Including his two QB1 performances, Cousins has finished with more than 20 fantasy points and as a weekly top-10 producer in five of his past eight games.

During that eight-game span, he has averaged slightly more than 275 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns (16 passing and four rushing) and only three interceptions.

Someone else may finish as this week's top-scoring quarterback, after all I have Ben Roethlisberger in the top spot of my rankings, but Cousins at least has QB1 upside given this week's matchup against the Eagles.

Only the Saints and Giants have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the Eagles have surrendered 21 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in their past seven games.

As of now, Cousins is eighth in my Week 16 rankings, one spot ahead of Aaron Rodgers.

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December 24, 2015

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS): Week 16 Values for FanDuel Contests

In a salary-cap format like FanDuel, the key to long-term profitability is finding players that are undervalued compared to their salaries.

Most of the players that I've listed in this post will be values in both absolute and relative terms, but the focus is on relative values. In other words, the players listed may not carry bargain-bin price tags, but my ranking for all players on this list is more favorable than their corresponding FanDuel price tag.

With that said, here are some of my favorite value plays for Week 16:

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO), $8,200

Finishing with a minimum of 23.46 FanDuel points in each of his past four games, Bortles has averaged a tad shy of 300 passing yards (299.5/G) and has thrown 11 touchdowns to only two interceptions. In addition, he has 93 rushing yards and two more scores over that stretch. Heading into Week 16, Bortles has scored the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks -- just ahead of Aaron Rodgers (QB6).

With the top matchup on the board, Bortles gets a Saints team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In addition, the Saints have allowed a top-three weekly finish in six of their 14 games this season. While there are six quarterbacks with a higher price tag than Bortles ($8,200), only Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton are ranked higher in my Week 16 rankings.

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at PHI), $7,500

Not only does he have six top-nine weekly finishes over his past 11 games, Cousins has finished as the QB1 or QB2 in three of those games. Over his past eight games, Cousins has averaged slightly more than 275 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns (16 passing and four rushing) and only three interceptions. As Cousins would say, "you like that?"

Given his elite matchup against the Eagles, who have surrendered the third-most fantasy points to the position, Cousins has legitimate QB1 upside this week. In their past seven games, the Eagles have surrendered 21 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks.

RB - David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB), $7,400

Scoring a league-most 42.9 FanDuel points in Week 15, Johnson rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and added four catches for 42 yards as well. It would be unreasonable to expect another 40-pointer from the rookie out of Northern Iowa, but he has been consistent since taking over as the team's lead back three weeks ago.

Over his past three games, Johnson has a minimum of 24 touches and 110 yards from scrimmage in each of those games. And despite a limited number of touches (135) this season, Johnson has scored a total of 12 touchdowns -- seven rushing, four receiving and one return. With only the seventh-highest FanDuel salary among running backs, Johnson is my second-ranked option this week.

RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD), $6,100

Few running backs have received a larger and more consistent workload than Murray this season. Averaging 19.14 touches per game, Murray's 268 touches ranks fourth in the NFL. Not only does he have 22-plus touches in three of his past four games, but he has at least 16 touches in all but one game this season.

The fifth-leading rusher in the NFL (956 yards), Murray has not run the ball as well recently -- 3.02 yards per carry over his past five games compared to 4.71 YPC in his first nine. That said, he had success against the Chargers in his first matchup (15/85/1 rushing) and the Bolts currently allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
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RB - Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at OAK), $5,900

It's unlikely that Woodhead repeats last week's monster 33.0-point performance, but then again, he racked up a total of 27.6 against the Raiders earlier this season. In that game, Woodhead had only eight rushing yards, but he was a huge part of the passing game with 11 catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Earlier this week, the Chargers placed MG3 on IR and perhaps that leads to a few extra early-down carries. But Woodhead derives his fantasy value from his role in the passing game -- 64 catches for a position-high 651 yards -- and the trust he has from Philip Rivers in the red zone.

RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. NE), $5,900

In our DFS Roundtable post for Week 16, Powell was my choice as my favorite DraftKings play for Week 16. While his salary isn't as low on FanDuel and there isn't full PPR scoring (like on DraftKings), Powell is one of my favorite running back plays for Week 16 here as well. Scoring in three consecutive games, Powell has scored a minimum of 16.7 fantasy points (FanDuel scoring) per game. Over that three-game stretch, Powell has 20 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 25 targets.

- Related Poll: Will Powell finish as a top-24 RB (standard scoring) in Week 16?

RB - Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL), $5,400

After sitting out two games, Williams carried the ball four times for 41 yards on Sunday. In nine games this season, Williams has averaged 6.0 yards per carry and scored a total of seven touchdowns on just 76 touches this year. With a torn MCL, LeSean McCoy is "week to week" and likely done for the season with the Bills eliminated from playoff contention.

Teammate Mike Gillislee has been productive in his three games with Buffalo and he should get plenty of work as well, but Williams is a great tournament play for Week 16. The Cowboys have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and 37 running backs that carry a higher price tag than Williams on FanDuel this week.

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL), $7,200

Without question, Bryant's teammate, Antonio Brown, is the clear-cut top fantasy receiver for Week 16. That said, few receivers (on other teams) have a better outlook than Bryant. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers this season than the Ravens. Over their past nine games, Baltimore has allowed opposing receivers to haul in 18 touchdowns.

Held without a touchdown in back-to-back games, Bryant had a total of six touchdowns in his first seven games this season. In addition, the second-year wideout has the longest reception of 2014 (94 yards) and 2015 (88 yards). While he's one of the best big-play receivers in the NFL, Bryant has double-digit targets in three of five games and is averaging 9.56 targets per game on the year.

WR - Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE), $6,900

Maclin has a minimum of six catches and 50 yards in four consecutive games and he has scored a total of four touchdowns during that span. During that four-game span, Maclin has averaged 18.65 FanDuel points per contest with a minimum of 9.6 in each of those games. Ranked as a top-10 wideout for Week 16, Maclin is priced lower than 22 other wide receivers on FanDuel this week. The Browns have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (vs. PIT), $6,600

It's not only Bryant and the Steelers receivers that have a favorable matchup in this game. The Steelers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position this season. Coming off an 8/128/1 performance against the Chiefs last week, Aiken has a minimum of five catches in seven consecutive games. In addition, Aiken has scored double-digit fantasy points in five of his past six games.

WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (at MIN), $5,700

Randle has scored and finished with double-digit fantasy points in back-to-back games and in four of his past six games. Averaging only 5.57 targets per game, Randle should see that volume spike with the one-game suspension of Odell Beckham Jr. With a salary lower than 45 other receivers, Randle should easily exceed value this week.

TE - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at OAK), $6,400

The Raiders have been a lightly better at defending tight ends recently, but they have still allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position in 2015. The first time that the Chargers faced the Raiders, Gates sat out. That said, fellow tight end Ladarius Green scored a touchdown and had a pair of two-point conversions against them.

Gates hasn't scored since Week 12, but he has exactly six catches in three consecutive weeks. It wouldn't surprise me if Philip Rivers and Gates connected for a touchdown, or two, this week. Gates has a total of 21 multi-touchdown games in his career, the most of any active player since he entered the league.

TE - Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX), $6,400

With double-digit targets in back-to-back games, Watson has now finished as a top-12 weekly tight end in three consecutive weeks. On the season, Watson has 67 catches for 761 yards and five touchdowns and the eighth-most fantasy points among tight ends. Watson gets a great matchup this week as the Jags have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position this season. The only concern for him this week is the availability of Drew Brees (foot) although Brees says that he will play.

TE - Will Tye, New York Giants (at MIN), $5,100

Tye has finished as a top-10 weekly tight end in three consecutive games. In addition, Tye has five-plus catches in four of five games and he has either 50-plus yards or a score in all five consecutive games. With OBJ sidelined this week, Tye should see a bump in targets and extend his streak of games with at least eight FanDuel points.

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Week 16 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Julius Thomas is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 16 with him as my starting tight end.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Rob Gronkowski and Thomas, you should start Gronk -- and in turn, bench Thomas.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

TE - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)

Providing Gates fantasy owners with an early Christmas present, the Raiders defense has been awfully generous to the position throughout the year. Granted, they have been a little better defending the position recently, but they have still allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position in 2015.

The first time that the Chargers faced the Raiders, Gates sat out. That said, fellow tight end Ladarius Green did score a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversions against them. Gates hasn't scored since Week 12, but he has exactly six catches in three consecutive weeks. It wouldn't surprise me if Philip Rivers and Gates connected for a touchdown, or two, this week.

TE - Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)

As noted above, Thomas and the Jags tight ends have the most favorable matchup of the week as no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Saints. Eight different tight ends facing the Saints have finished as a weekly top-eight fantasy tight end this season and I expect Thomas to be the ninth.

Over his past five games, Thomas has scored a minimum of 7.5 fantasy points every week and has a total of 27 catches for 292 yards and four touchdowns over that stretch. During that five-game stretch, Thomas has averaged 7.8 targets per game and has finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end four times.

TE - Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at PHI)

Reed has now finished as the top-scoring fantasy tight end in back-to-back weeks and he has done so in three of the past nine weeks. In his past two games combined, Reed has 16 catches for 204 yards and three touchdowns and has finished with at least 18 fantasy points in each game. On the season, Reed is averaging 6.17 catches, 64.83 yards and 0.75 touchdowns on 8.25 targets per game. This week, Reed will face the Eagles, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, but he's still my top-ranked tight end not named Gronk.

TE - Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)

With double-digit targets in back-to-back games, Watson has now finished as a top-12 weekly tight end in three consecutive weeks. On the season, Watson has 67 catches for 761 yards and five touchdowns and the eighth-most fantasy points among tight ends.

Watson gets a great matchup this week as the Jags have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position this season. The only concern for him this week is the availability of Drew Brees (foot).

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

TE - Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense has been firing on all cylinders lately with 30-plus points in six consecutive games. While Miller has plenty of receptions (35) and targets (47) during that span, he's averaging only 8.57 Y/A over that stretch and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2. The wide receivers have a tremendous matchup against a Ravens secondary that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but they haven't been as fantasy-friendly (third-fewest) to opposing tight ends.

TE - Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at BUF)

Since scoring a pair of touchdowns in the opener, Witten has been kept out of the end zone for 13 consecutive games. In addition, Witten has less than 50 receiving yards in eight consecutive games with an average of 37.25/G over that stretch. Perhaps things will be different this week with Kellen Moore getting the starting nod, but there is little upside for Witten in an average matchup.

TE - Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL)

Clay missed last week's game with a back injury, but the Bills are "hoping" that he'll be good for Week 16. Highly productive in the first four games of the season (9.38 fantasy points per game), Clay has finished as a top-15 fantasy tight end only once over his past nine games. Considering the recent play and volume for Sammy Watkins and the less than favorable matchup against the Cowboys, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends, Clay deserves to remain on your bench should he be active this week.

TE - Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)

What a disappointing season it has been for Cameron and his fantasy owners. Drafted as a starting (top-12) fantasy tight end, Cameron has been anything but for the vast majority of the season. In his past 12 games, he's finished as a top-20 fantasy tight end only three times: TE11 (Week 6), TE20 (Week 8) and TE10 (Week 11). For some reason, he's still owned in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues as of Christmas Eve (morning), but he shouldn't even be worthy of a spot at the end of your bench.

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Week 16 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Doug Baldwin is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as one of my starting receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson and Baldwin and started only two wide receivers, you should start Brown and Robinson -- and in turn, bench Baldwin.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)

Without question, Bryant's teammate, Antonio Brown, is the clear-cut top fantasy receiver for Week 16. That said, few receivers (on other teams) have a better outlook than Bryant. After all, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense have scored 30-plus points in six consecutive games, which is tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history.

Held without a touchdown in back-to-back games, Bryant had a total of six touchdowns in his first seven games this season. Not only does the second-year wideout currently have the longest reception of 2014 (94 yards) and 2015 (88 yards), but the volume has been there as well. Bryant has double-digit targets in three of five games and is averaging 9.56 targets per game this year.

Posting a respectable 5.3/84.3/0.7 average stat line this season, Bryant, Brown and the Steelers receivers have the best matchup of the week. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers this season than the Ravens. Over their past nine games, Baltimore has allowed opposing receivers to haul in 18 touchdowns.

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)

It's been a phenomenal four-game stretch for Baldwin, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing offense, in general. Nearly half of Baldwin's 21 receptions over that four-game span have gone for touchdowns (10). In fact, Baldwin's four-game, multi-TD streak is tied for the longest in NFL history with Calvin Johnson (2011) and Cris Carter (1995). With his recent production catapulting him into the top-seven fantasy wide receivers through Week 15, Baldwin has 65 catches for a career-high 905 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns.

The matchup isn't great on paper as the Rams have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. More concerning may be Baldwin's hamstring as it kept him off the practice field on Wednesday, but as long as he's active on Sunday, he's become a must-start at this point.

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Decker may be second on his own team in terms of fantasy points scored among wide receivers, but he's still been a top-10 producer going into Week 16. With 72 catches for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns, Decker has exceeded 80 yards and/or scored a touchdown in every game he's played this season. In his first matchup against the Patriots, Decker finished with six catches for 94 yards on 12 targets.

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)

Tate has not reached 75 receiving yards in any of his past 12 games, but he has pulled off a mini-Baldwin, if you will. Tate has scored multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games. In fact, Tate has twice as many receiving touchdowns as Megatron has catches over the past two weeks. With Johnson dealing with an ankle injury, Tate is ranked inside my top-24 receivers this week.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at MIA)

Perhaps he's due if the pattern of his recent performances are any indication: 2.1 fantasy points (weekly WR65), 21.5 (WR9), 3.6 (WR64), 13.2 (WR16) and 2.9 (WR78), respectively. In his past nine games, Hilton has finished as a top-16 receiver four times and outside the top-60 weekly receivers four times.

The matchup is favorable with the Dolphins allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Andrew Luck is out for another week and Hilton has complained about the team's reluctance to take shots down the field. Given the inconsistent production, Hilton is more of a WR3/flex for me this week.

WR - Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at BUF)

With a healthy Tony Romo, Bryant is virtually unstoppable. Since coming back from his foot injury, Dez has not been anything close to his once dominant self. In his past six games, Bryant has finished no better than the weekly WR20. During that six-game span, Bryant has had 62 yards or less in every game with an average of 39.5 per week.

Next season, Bryant will be a top-five fantasy receiver once again, but it's time for fantasy owners to shut him down this season even if Jerry Jones says the team will go "balls out" with Dez.

WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)

Since Week 4, Cobb has scored single-digit fantasy points in all but one of his 11 games. That also means that he has finished outside of the top-24 fantasy receivers in 10 of his past 11 games as well.

Among healthy wide receivers, there hasn't been a bigger disappointment than Cobb (WR29 through Week 15). While the season-ending injury to Tyrann Mathieu is a devastating blow to Arizona's pass defense, the Cardinals have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

Amendola had one catch for three yards before exiting Sunday's game with a knee injury. Limited in practice so far this week, it's unclear if Amendola will be able to go in Week 16. If he is active, he'll be at less than 100 percent and he always seems to be banged up.

Even though he had 8/86/1 in his first matchup against the Jets and I expect the Patriots to use a pass-heavy game plan (Tom Brady threw 54 pass attempts in Week 7), the risk of aggravating the injury puts him outside of my top-24 receivers for the week.

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Week 16 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Danny Woodhead is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Woodhead and start only two running backs, you should start AP and Williams -- and in turn, bench Woodhead.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)

Heading into Championship Week for most fantasy leagues, Murray ranks 14th in fantasy points scored among running backs. Scoring more than 15.7 fantasy points only once this season, Murray has been consistent -- 7.5-plus fantasy points in 11 of 14 games.

Few running backs have received a larger and more consistent workload than Murray. Averaging 19.14 touches per game, Murray's 268 touches ranks fourth in the NFL. Not only does he have 22-plus touches in three of his past four games, but he has at least 16 touches in all but one game this season.

The fifth-leading rusher in the NFL (956 yards), Murray has not run the ball as well recently -- 3.02 yards per carry over his past five games compared to 4.71 YPC in his first nine. That said, he had success against the Chargers in his first matchup (15/85/1 rushing) and the Bolts currently allow the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

RB - Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)

Since leaving the San Diego game (Week 11) early with an injury, West saw his largest workload last week with 18 touches against the Ravens. West finished the game with 76 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added two catches for nine yards. Before Week 11, West had three consecutive games with 24-plus touches.

It's highly unlikely that West gets 24 or more touches this week, but if he gets the 18 he had last week, he should produce as a top-eight fantasy running back once again. The Browns have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)

Not only did Johnson finish as the highest-scoring fantasy running back in Week 15, but it was actually the only 40-point fantasy performance this season. Johnson carried the ball 29 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns and added four catches for 42 yards as well.

Since taking over as the team's lead back (by necessity), Johnson has exceeded 110 yards from scrimmage in three consecutive games. In addition, he has a minimum of 24 touches in each of those games. During that three-game span, Johnson has 378 rushing yards, 11 catches for 94 yards and four total touchdowns.

Even though he has only 135 touches on the season, Johnson has scored a total of 12 touchdowns -- seven rushing, four receiving and one return. Johnson is a top-three option this week whether Andre Ellington returns or not.

RB - Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)

While Johnson scored the most fantasy points last week, Woodhead scored the second-most (30.0). Last week's monster performance catapulted him into the top-12 fantasy running backs (standard scoring) through Week 15. There's no way that he repeats last week's four-TD performance, but he's a viable RB2 type this week against the Raiders. (Then again, he did score two TDs against the Raiders the first time around.)

Perhaps he gets a few more early-down carries with MG3 placed on IR, but his fantasy value is largely derived from his ability in the passing game and the trust he has from Philip Rivers in the red zone. Woodhead has the third-most receptions (64) among running backs and none have more receiving yards (651) than he has. In addition, only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson have more PPR fantasy points than Woodhead this season.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

RB - C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)

What a disappointing season it has been for Anderson! Drafted as a mid-to-late first-rounder, Anderson has had a couple of big games this season, but he has struggled to string together multiple productive outings. Over his past five games played, CJA has scored 0.9, 7.2, 27.3, 5.4 and 2.0 fantasy points, respectively.

I am actually in a league where I drafted CJA with the last pick in Round 1 and I'm in the league's Championship Game. That said, I've managed to pick up guys like West, Thomas Rawls (before IR) and others to pick up his slack along the way. Given Anderson's lack of consistency this season, there's no way that I could trust him in a less-than-favorable matchup.

RB - DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)

Speaking of disappointments, what string is Murray currently on Philadelphia's depth chart? While he still officially tops the list (I just checked), he had only two carries for three yards last week against the Cardinals. Murray now has 34 rushing yards or less in four consecutive games. During that four-game span, he has a total of 35 carries for 91 yards (2.60 YPC).

RB - Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

With Steven Jackson back in the league, Montee Ball activated from the practice squad and Joey Iosefa (yes, Joey Iosefa) getting 14 carries -- four more than Bolden -- last week, it's anyone's guess how the workload will get allocated. In fact, LeGarrette Blount had just three carries for MINUS three yards in Week 7 against the Jets. This week's game plan should be pass-heavy so I wouldn't trust any Patriots running back not named James White.

RB - C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)

I get that you wouldn't even consider starting Spiller as bad and fantasy-irrelevant as he's been. A spike in Spiller's offensive involvement at least seemed reasonable following Mark Ingram's injury. Silly me.

With both Ingram and Khiry Robinson landing on IR, Tim Hightower has dominated touches over Spiller -- 45 to 10 in the past two games combined. As another comparison, Hightower had 8.5 fantasy points last week alone; Spiller has a total of 7.7 fantasy points in his past six games combined. Ugh!

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Week 16 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Kirk Cousins is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Ben Roethlisberger and Cousins, you should start Big Ben -- and in turn, bench Cousins.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)

One of the biggest surprises in fantasy football this season, Bortles enters Championship Week with the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks -- just ahead of Aaron Rodgers (QB6). Even better, Bortles has been a consistent producer; in other words, his unexpected production isn't due to only a few big games.

Since Week 2, Bortles has finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in nine weeks. Over the past four weeks, he's finished as a top-eight performer with a minimum of 22 fantasy points in each of those games. During that four-game span, Bortles has averaged a tad shy of 300 passing yards (299.5/G) and he's thrown 11 touchdowns to only two interceptions. In addition, he has 93 rushing yards and two more scores over that stretch.

The good times should continue to roll for Bortles and the Jags passing offense. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Saints. The Saints have allowed a top-three weekly finish in six of their 14 games this season and Bortles is my third-ranked quarterback for the week behind only Big Ben and Cam Newton.

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at PHI)

As I tweeted earlier this week, Cam Newton (four times), Russell Wilson (twice) and Cousins (twice) have finished as the top-scoring fantasy quarterback in eight of the past nine weeks. (Saints QB Drew Brees was the exception in Week 8.)

Someone else may finish as this week's top-scoring quarterback, after all I have Big Ben in the top spot of my rankings, but Cousins at least has QB1 upside given this week's matchup against the Eagles. Only the Saints and Giants have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the Eagles have surrendered 21 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in their past seven games.

Including his two QB1 performances, Cousins has five top-10 outings in his past eight games. During that eight-game span, he has averaged slightly more than 275 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns (16 passing and four rushing) and only three interceptions.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Before last week's relatively disappointing (fantasy) performance, Fitzpatrick had finished as the weekly QB3, QB8 and QB4, respectively, in his previous three games. Going into the final week of the fantasy season, Fitzpatrick has scored the 10th-most fantasy points among quarterbacks.

In the games that Fitzpatrick did not leave early due to injury, he has accounted for multiple touchdowns in 11 of 13 games. One of those multi-TD games was his Week 7 matchup against the Patriots when he scored 20.7 fantasy points and finished as fantasy's QB8.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)

In the first five games of the season, Stafford finished outside the top-15 fantasy quarterbacks in every game. Since then, however, Stafford has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in five of nine games and has averaged 20.9 fantasy points per game over that stretch.

With multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games, Stafford has compiled an impressive 12:1 TD-to-INT ratio during that span. The 49ers have been middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed only two passing scores in their past four games, but Stafford is still a back-end QB1 for Week 16.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. CAR)

We only have to look back two weeks for a glimpse of how Week 16 may play out for Ryan. In his first matchup against the Panthers (Week 14), Ryan threw for 224 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. In addition, he lost a fumble and finished with 4.86 fantasy points, 29th-most among Week 14 quarterbacks.

Allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, Eli Manning's QB9 performance last week was only the second time the Panthers have allowed a top-12 outing this season. The other time was to Aaron Rodgers in Week 9.

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)

Carr has thrown multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games and isn't necessarily a bad option for Week 16. That said, he has finished outside of the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in three consecutive games and he's just outside my top-12 quarterbacks for this week as well. The other factor that could limit his production is the favorable matchup that Latavius Murray has against San Diego's rush defense, but Carr had a strong performance in his first matchup against the Chargers this season.

QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)

Tannehill has thrown for 236 yards or less, in some cases much less, and a total of two passing touchdowns over the past three weeks. To make matters worse, two of those games were elite matchups against the Ravens and Giants, both of whom rank among the seven friendliest defenses to fantasy quarterbacks. Indianapolis hasn't been much better than Baltimore or New York, but can you trust that Tannehill will exploit the matchup?

QB - Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)

Since Week 6, Bradford has failed to finish as a top-15 quarterback in any of his games. The good news is that he threw for 361 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals last week, but he turned the ball over three times as well. More good news is that facing Washington is obviously a more favorable proposition than facing Arizona's defense. That said, now isn't the time to start trusting Bradford or the Eagles offense.

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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Fantasy Tight End Rankings

Not only did he do it in back-to-back games, but it was the third time he did so over the past nine weeks.

Who? What? Washington's Jordan Reed finished as fantasy's TE1 this past week for a second consecutive week.

In his past two games combined, Reed has 16 catches for 204 yards and three touchdowns and has finished with at least 18 fantasy points in each game.

While Reed missed a couple of games early in the season and durability has been the biggest issue with Reed over his young career, there is no denying the talent.

On the season, Reed is averaging 6.17 catches, 64.83 yards and 0.75 touchdowns on 8.25 targets per game.

This week, Reed will face the Eagles, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, but he's still my top-ranked tight end not named Gronk.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on tight ends:

  • Speaking of Rob Gronkowski, he has scored in back-to-back games since returning from his knee injury. And he's scored in three straight going back to Week 12. On the year, he has 11 touchdowns in 13 games and has finished as a top-six weekly fantasy tight end in all but three games this season. In his first matchup this season against the Jets, Gronk had 11/108/1 on 16 targets.

  • Saints tight end Benjamin Watson has double-digit targets in back-to-back games and he has now finished as a top-12 weekly tight end in three consecutive weeks. On the season, Watson has 67 catches for 761 yards and five touchdowns and the eighth-most fantasy points among tight ends. Watson gets a great matchup this week as the Jags have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position this season.

  • In turn, Jacksonville's Julius Thomas has the best matchup of the week as no team has allowed more fantasy points to the position than the Saints. Over his past five games, Thomas has scored a minimum of 7.5 fantasy points every week and has a total of 27 catches for 292 yards and four touchdowns over that stretch.

  • Only Gronk has scored more fantasy points than Cleveland's Gary Barnidge this season. Targeted only four times in Week 15, Barnidge had three catches for 29 yards but he scored for a second consecutive week. Since Week 3, Barnidge has scored a minimum of 8.9 fantasy points and finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in all but two games. Unfortunately, Barnidge has a tough matchup this week as only the Eagles have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Chiefs.

  • At one point, it made sense to start tight ends, any tight end, against the Raiders. They have been better at defending tight ends lately, but they have still allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position this season. San Diego's Antonio Gates faces them on Christmas Eve this year. While Gates did not play, teammate Ladarius Green scored two touchdowns against them in Week 7. Gates hasn't scored since Week 12, but he has exactly six catches in three consecutive weeks. It wouldn't surprise me if Philip Rivers and Gates connected for a touchdown, or two, this week.

  • Giants tight end Will Tye has finished as a top-10 weekly tight end in three consecutive games and he could extend that streak if the league upholds the one-game suspension of Odell Beckham. (OBJ will have his appeal heard on Wednesday morning.) That said, Tye has five-plus catches in four of five games and he has either 50-plus yards or a score in all five consecutive games.

Below you find my Week 16 Fantasy Football TE Rankings:

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
2. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at PHI)
3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (at ATL)
4. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)
5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
6. Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)
7. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (vs. HOU)
8. Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
9. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)
10. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals (at DEN)
11. Will Tye, New York Giants (at MIN)
12. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (vs. NYG)
13. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)
14. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (at TB)
15. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at BUF)
16. Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)
17. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CHI)
18. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)
19. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)
20. Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons (vs. CAR)

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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings

Over their past six games, the Pittsburgh Steelers have scored at least 30 points in each game, which is tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history.

A huge part of that offensive success, Antonio Brown has been as dominant as ever.

In the middle of the season, Brown was slowed by Ben Roethlisberger's absence. But there is no better duo when both are healthy.

Averaging 14.67 targets per game, Brown has four 100-yard games over that period with a total of 64 catches for 868 yards and six touchdowns plus 22 rushing yards and a return score.

With at least 27.9 fantasy points (standard scoring) in four of those six games, Brown has finished as either the weekly WR1 (three times) or WR2 (once) four times.

Big Ben was sidelined in the first matchup against the Ravens and Brown had one of his worst games (5/45) of the season. That said, no team has allowed more fantasy points this season than the Ravens.

With Brown's volume and talent, Big Ben's health and the exceptional matchup, is it unreasonable to project 300 yards and four touchdowns for Brown this week?

Maybe so, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy wide receiver heading into the finale.

Sammy: TDs in 4 straight games with 100+ yards in 3 of 4G

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins continued his hot streak in Sunday's loss with five catches for 111 yards and two scores.

Watkins has now scored in four consecutive games and exceeded 100 yards in three of those games. During that span, he has 19 catches for 459 yards and six touchdowns.

Buffalo's run-first offense has led to Watkins voicing his frustrations earlier in the season, but he's seeing more consistent volume lately. Averaging 24.16 yards per reception, Watkins has at least 10 targets in three of his past four games.

In 11 games this season, Watkins has a total of 44 catches for 827 yards and nine touchdowns. As a rookie last season, Watkins had 65 catches for 982 yards and six scores.

Week 16's matchup isn't great as the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Watkins is still a top-10 fantasy receiver for Week 16.

Ginn: 80+ yards, 2 TDs in 3 straight

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was targeted 14 times on Sunday and turned those targets into six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

It was the third consecutive game in which Ginn finished with 80-plus yards and scored two touchdowns. In addition, it was Ginn's fourth multi-touchdown game this season.

During that three-game span, Ginn has 13 catches for 285 yards and six touchdowns.

Not only has he scored 20-plus fantasy points in all three of those games, but Ginn has finished as fantasy's WR5, WR3 and WR7 over the past three weeks, respectively.

On the year, Ginn has 43 catches for 730 yards and 10 touchdowns. From 2007 to 2014, Ginn had a total of 11 receiving touchdowns. He also has four rush attempts for 60 yards as well.

In Week 16, Ginn and the Panthers will take on the Falcons for the second time in three weeks. Targeted only three times against the Falcons in Week 14, Ginn had two catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns.

Perhaps I'm way too low on Ginn as productive as he's been, but he's just inside my top-30 fantasy receivers this week.

Below you find my Week 16 Fantasy Football WR Rankings:

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)
2. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (at TEN)
4. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (vs. NE)
5. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CHI)
6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (vs. CAR)
7. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (at TB)
8. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)
9. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)
10. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL)
11. Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. NE)
12. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)
13. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)
14. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)
15. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)
16. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at DEN)
17. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (at PHI)
18. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)
19. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)
20. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)
21. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)
22. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)
23. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)
24. Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (vs. PIT)
25. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)
26. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)
27. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)
28. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)
29. Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers (at ATL)
30. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at BUF)
31. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at MIA)
32. Rueben Randle, New York Giants (at MIN)
33. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)
34. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)
35. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)
36. Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (vs. HOU)
37. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)
38. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
39. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (vs. NYG)
40. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)
41. Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
42. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
43. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (at SEA)
44. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (at MIA)
45. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (at DEN)
46. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
47. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (at PHI)
48. Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
49. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)
50. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (at ATL)

* Note: Odell Beckham Jr. is suspended for one game, but he has his appeal hearing on Wednesday.

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December 22, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Fantasy Running Back Rankings

Not only was it the best performance of the week, but it was also the best performance of the season for any running back.

On Sunday Night Football, Arizona Cardinals rookie running back David Johnson carried the ball 29 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns and added four catches for 42 yards as well.

Since taking over as the team's lead back (by necessity), Johnson has exceeded 110 yards from scrimmage in three consecutive games. In addition, he has a minimum of 24 touches in each of those games.

During that three-game span, Johnson has 378 rushing yards, 11 catches for 94 yards and four total touchdowns. In each of those games, he has a minimum of 12.3 fantasy points (standard scoring).

Despite his workhorse status over the past three weeks, Johnson still has just 135 touches on the season. (He had only only 54 touches through Week 12.) That said, he has scored a total of 12 touchdowns -- seven rushing, four receiving and one return -- this season.

It's unclear whether Andre Ellington will return in Week 16, but either way, Johnson has seized the lead-back role for good even if Bruce Arians has been reluctant to prominently feature rookies.

Hosting the Packers on Sunday, the Cardinals can clinch a first-round bye with a win. The Packers have allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season and they have allowed only one 100-yard rusher (Darren McFadden) since Week 9.

With that said, Johnson is a top-three fantasy option in Championship Week.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on running backs:

  • On Christmas Eve, the Raiders will host the Chargers giving Latavius Murray fantasy owners an early present. So far this season, the Chargers have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs. In his first matchup against San Diego, Murray rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Murray has 20-plus carries in three of his past four games a total of 85 touches during that four-game span. Given his usage and the matchup, Murray is a top-eight option for me and he has top-three upside in Week 16.

  • With a huge four-touchdown performance on Sunday, San Diego's Danny Woodhead moved into the top-12 fantasy running backs this season. In fact, he's now the RB3 in PPR formats. While he's unlikely to score 30 fantasy points again this week, the team placed disappointing rookie Melvin Gordon on season-ending injured reserve. At a minimum, Woodhead is a viable start in standard-scoring formats and a must-start in PPR leagues this week.

  • Over the past five weeks, it's been a roller coaster ride for Eddie Lacy fantasy owners. In three of those five games, Lacy has rushed for 100-plus yards. In the other two, he has scored 0.1 and 2.3 fantasy points, respectively. Given the variance in his production and the tough matchup (Arizona has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs), the range of possible outcomes for Lacy is very wide this week.

  • Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore has a minimum of 16 touches in seven consecutive games and an average of 20.57 per game over that stretch. In addition, no running back has a more favorable matchup as the Dolphins have allowed the most fantasy points to the position this season. That said, Gore has finished as the weekly RB35 (or worse) in four of his past five games.

  • St. Louis rookie running back Todd Gurley has undeniable talent and Gurley currently ranks third in the NFL in rushing (1,023 yards) behind Adrian Peterson (1,314) and Doug Martin (1,305). While the 10th overall pick has five 100-yard rushing games this season, he also has less than 50 rushing yards in four of his past six games. To make matters worse, he faces the Seahawks this week and no team has allowed fewer fantasy points this season.

  • Saints running back Tim Hightower had another productive outing in his new starter role. With 16 touches against the Lions, Hightower gained 85 yards from scrimmage and finished as fantasy's RB24 in Week 15. In his past two games, he has a total of 45 touches and 180 YFS and a touchdown. The Jaguars have been middle of the road in terms of fantasy points allowed to backs, but they have allowed only two running backs to gain more than 60 rushing yards since Week 6: LeSean McCoy (68, Week 7) and Antonio Andrews (78, Week 11).

  • With McCoy (MCL) likely out for the rest of the season, the team will turn to Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee to handle the workload against the Cowboys in Week 16. Williams has averaged 6.0 yards per carry on limited carries (70) this season, but he has scored a total of seven touchdowns. Meanwhile, Gillislee has scored in back-to-back games and has 146 yards on his 14 carries in three games with Buffalo. The Cowboys have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Below you find my Week 16 Fantasy Football RB Rankings:

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. NYG)
2. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)
3. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)
4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CHI)
5. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)
6. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (vs. CAR)
7. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (at TB)
8. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)
9. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams (at SEA)
10. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)
11. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (at BUF)
12. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (at MIA)
13. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. NE)
14. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)
15. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
16. Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)
17. Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL)
18. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (at DEN)
19. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. NE)
20. Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)
21. James White, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
22. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)
23. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)
24. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (vs. PIT)
25. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at DEN)
26. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (at MIN)
27. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (at PHI)
28. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (at ATL)
29. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)
30. Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)
31. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)
32. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)
33. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (at TB)
34. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at PHI)
35. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)
36. Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL)
37. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CHI)
38. Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
39. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)
40. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans (at TEN)
41. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)
42. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)
43. Bryce Brown, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)
44. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
45. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)
46. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)
47. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
48. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)
49. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
50. Shane Vereen, New York Giants (at MIN)

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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

Before the season began, it would have been impossible to imagine the Steelers being favored by more than 10 points over the Ravens, on the road, in Week 16.

Not only have the Ravens suffered an inordinate amount of injuries, but the Steelers offense is firing on all cylinders with six consecutive 30-point outings and they get a matchup against an exploitable Ravens secondary.

Against the league's stingiest pass defense, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday afternoon. In fact, it was the first 300-yard game allowed by the Broncos this season.

Over his past six games, Big Ben has averaged 365.83 passing yards per game with 13 pass touchdowns. During that six-game span, Roethlisberger has scored at least 21 fantasy points in five games.

Heading into Championship Week, the Ravens have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

No QB has more fantasy points through Week 15 than Cam

Sunday's game turned out to be closer than expected after the Panthers nearly squandered a 35-7 lead, but Cam Newton finished as the week's top-scoring fantasy quarterback in Week 15.

It was Newton's fourth overall QB1 outing in his past seven games. During that seven-game span, he has actually finished as a top-six option in all but one game.

Completing 25-of-45 pass attempts, Newton threw for a season-high 340 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed eight times for a season-high 100 yards.

It was the third time in five games that Newton has thrown five touchdown passes in a game.

On the season, Newton has thrown for 3,402 yards, 33 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and rushed 119 times for 580 yards and seven touchdowns. That marks his record-breaking (of his own record) fifth consecutive season with at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards.

The list of quarterbacks that have scored more fantasy points than Newton this season include, well, nobody. The top three heading into Week 16 are Newton (342.08), Tom Brady (327.3) and Russell Wilson (295.72).

Newton and the Panthers will face the Falcons for a second time in three weeks. Against Atlanta in Week 14, Newton threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns.

Cousins: Top-10 Week 16 QB, Owned in ~25% of Leagues

Washington's Kirk Cousins and the team, in general, have played well at home and he threw for 319 yards, four touchdowns and ran in another score in Sunday's win over the Bills.

In Week 15, only Newton (41.6) scored more fantasy points than Cousins (35.86).

Over his past eight games, Cousins has averaged 21.15 fantasy points per game with three top-two outings and five top-10 performances. During that eight-game span, he has averaged slightly more than 275 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns (16 passing and four rushing) and only three interceptions.

While Cousins plays better at home, he gets an ideal matchup in Week 16, even if it's on the road.

Through Week 15, only the Saints and Giants have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Eagles. In their past seven games combined, the Eagles have allowed 21 total touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks.

Available in roughly three-quarters of Yahoo! leagues, Cousins was the top recommended add in my Week 16 fantasy football waiver-wire post.

Below you find my Week 16 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)
2. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at ATL)
3. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)
5. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)
6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at NYJ)
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)
8. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at PHI)
9. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)
10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)
11. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (vs. NE)
12. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at OAK)
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants (at MIN)
14. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL)
15. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. SD)
16. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (vs. NYG)
17. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)
18. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CHI)
19. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at TB)
20. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. IND)
21. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. CAR)
22. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. WAS)
23. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns (at KC)
24. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)
25. Blaine Gabbert, San Francisco 49ers (at DET)

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2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

Here are our Week 16 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Carolina Panthers (Record: 14-0; Last: 1)Despite the more exciting ending than expected on Sunday, the Panthers improved to 14-0 and have now won 18 consecutive regular-season games. Meanwhile, Cam Newton threw for 340 yards, five touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards to exceed 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards for an NFL-best fifth consecutive season.

2. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 12-2; Last: 2)With a convincing win over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, the Cardinals set a franchise record with their 12th regular-season win.
3. New England Patriots (Record: 12-2; Last: 3)Picking up another sack on Sunday, Chandler Jones tied his career high with 11.5 on the season. The only Patriots with more in franchise history are Andre Tippett (three separate times) and Mike Vrabel (12.5).

4. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 9-5; Last: 4)Once again, Doug Baldwin hauled in multiple touchdown receptions. Over his past four games, Baldwin now has 10 touchdowns.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 11-3; Last: 5)In his first start, A.J. McCarron was efficient (15-of-21 for 192 yards and a touchdown) with Andy Dalton sidelined. Ultimately, their Week 16 showdown with the Broncos could determine whether or not they earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 9-5; Last: 7)With a 20-point victory over the Ravens, the Chiefs won their eighth consecutive regular-season game. Six of those eight wins have been by double digits.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 9-5; Last: 9)The Steelers have scored 30-plus points in six consecutive games, which is tied for the fifth-longest streak in the NFL since 1970. Pittsburgh is 5-1 during that span and they overcame a 17-point deficit. In those six games, Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 365.8 passing yards per game and Antonio Brown has an insane stat line of 64/868/6.

8. Denver Broncos (Record: 10-4; Last: 6)Peyton Manning called a report that he wouldn't accept being a backup, when healthy, as "insulting," but the Broncos have lost four of their past seven games as they play for a first-round bye on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, Kubiak said that the team is "starting from scratch" this week in regards to its quarterback situation.

9. Green Bay Packers (Record: 10-4; Last: 8)In his past five games, Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 273 yards or less in every game and he's failed to even reach 220 yards in four of the five. It's the first time in Rodgers tenure as a starter that he has thrown for 275 yards or less in more than four consecutive games. The Packers have an outside shot a first-round bye and coincidentally they face the team currently in the No. 2 spot this week.

10. New York Jets (Record: 9-5; Last: 10)Tied with Joe Namath, Mark Sanchez and Al Dorow, Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown the second-most single-season touchdowns (26) in franchise history. The franchise record is within reach (Vinny Testaverde, 29 in 1998). More than likely, Fitz will have a chance to work his "magic" for the Jets in 2016.

Here are the best of the rest:

11. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 9-5; Last: 11)
12. Washington Redskins (Record: 7-7; Last: 15)
13. Houston Texans (Record: 7-7; Last: 20)
14. Buffalo Bills (Record: 6-8; Last: 12)
15. New York Giants (Record: 6-8; Last: 14)
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 6-8; Last: 16)
17. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 6-8; Last: 13)
18. Oakland Raiders (Record: 6-8; Last: 18)
19. Detroit Lions (Record: 5-9; Last: 19)
20. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 7-7; Last: 17)
21. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 6-8; Last: 22)
22. St. Louis Rams (Record: 6-8; Last: 21)
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 5-9; Last: 24)
24. Chicago Bears (Record: 5-9; Last: 23)
25. New Orleans Saints (Record: 5-9; Last: 26)
26. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 4-10; Last: 28)
27. San Diego Chargers (Record: 4-10; Last: 30)
28. Miami Dolphins (Record: 5-9; Last: 25)
29. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 4-10; Last: 27)
30. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 4-10; Last: 29)
31. Cleveland Browns (Record: 3-11; Last: 32)
32. Tennessee Titans (Record: 3-11; Last: 31)

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December 21, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football: QB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 16

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

With most leagues hosting their championship in Week 16, the players on this list really comes down to those that can help you the most this week.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 16 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

QB - Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (23 percent)

It was another strong performance at home for Cousins this week. In Sunday's win over the Bills, he threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score as he finished north of 35 fantasy points. Over his past eight games, Cousins has averaged 21.15 fantasy points per game.

With Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees yet to take the field this week, only Cam Newton has scored more fantasy points than Cousins in Week 15. If he hangs on to his QB2 finish, it will be his third top-two finish (and fifth top-10 finish) during that eight-game span. Over that stretch, Cousins has averaged slightly more than 275 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns (16 passing and four rushing) and only three interceptions.

Going into Monday Night Football, only the Saints and Giants have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Eagles. In their past seven games combined, the Eagles have allowed 21 total touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks.

QB - Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (37 percent)

In eight of 14 games this season, Bridgewater has thrown for less than 200 yards and/or zero touchdowns. That means that he has also finished as fantasy's weekly QB20 (or worse) in nine games this season.

Not only is he coming off his best fantasy performance, but he gets an ideal matchup in Week 16. Throwing for four touchdowns and added a rushing score, Bridgewater scored 32.94 fantasy points in Week 15.

Given that he threw a total of four touchdowns in his previous seven games combined, it's unlikely that he repeats that kind of success in Championship Week. That said, only the Saints have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Giants this season.

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (43 percent)

Winston threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns in a difficult matchup against the Rams on Thursday Night Football, but he gets a more favorable matchup against the Bears in Week 16. The Bears have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Meanwhile, Winston has been fairly consistent for a rookie quarterback as he has scored a minimum of 12 fantasy points in all 14 games this season.

QB - Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (37 percent)

Like many of the quarterbacks on this week's list, Smith has a great matchup in Week 16. The Browns have allowed an average of 19.61 fantasy points per game, which ranks fourth in the NFL heading into Monday Night Football.

That said, Smith has thrown for 191 yards or less in three consecutive games and he failed to take advantage of a strong Week 15 matchup against the Ravens. On a positive note, his rushing stats (383 yards) helps raise his fantasy floor and his team keeps winning (eight consecutive wins), but he's unlikely to post the gaudy numbers that someone like Cousins might.

QB - Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (41 percent)

Cutler has finished outside the top-20 weekly fantasy quarterbacks in four of five games, but he has thrown multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games after throwing just one during a three-game span. Inconsistent by nature, Cutler may take advantage of a fair matchup, but Cutler will be more a mid-tier QB2 this week for me.

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2015 Fantasy Football: RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 16

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

With most leagues hosting their championship in Week 16, the players on this list really comes down to those that can help you the most this week.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 16 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

RB - Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (nine percent)

With Marshawn Lynch still out and Thomas Rawls out for the season, it was Michael, who re-signed with the team this past week, that led Seattle's rushing attack. Michael 2.0, if you will, carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards (5.3 yards per carry). With three teams (Seattle to Dallas to Washington and back to Seattle), Michael had just 12 carries before this week.

Getting nearly double the carries of Bryce Brown (nine), Michael should once again lead the team's backfield in touches in Week 16. And since Week 9, it's been easier to run on the Rams. St. Louis allowed 3.73 YPC from Weeks 1 to 8 (sixth-fewest in NFL), but they have allowed 4.51 YPC from Weeks 9 to 15 (seventh-most).

RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (21 percent)

Scoring in three consecutive games, Powell has scored a minimum of 13.9 fantasy points (standard scoring) in each of those games with an average of 14.97 per contest. With 20 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 25 targets over that three-game stretch, Powell has been even better (21.63/G, same span) in PPR formats.

As it currently stands, Powell has been the RB3, RB7 and RB6 (with one game to go tonight) in PPR formats over the past three weeks, respectively. It's unreasonable to expect another week of top-seven fantasy production, but Powell is at least worth a start in PPR formats in Week 16 against the Patriots.

RB - Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (31 percent)

After sitting out two games, Williams carried the ball four times for 41 yards on Sunday. In nine games this season, Williams is averaging 6.0 yards per carry and he has scored a total of seven touchdowns on 76 touches this year.

With a torn MCL, LeSean McCoy is "week to week" and likely done for the season with the Bills eliminated from playoff contention. Backfield mate Mike Gillislee has been productive in his three games with Buffalo, but it's unclear who's the favorite for the larger share of the workload between the two backs.

At this point, I'd lean Williams over Gillislee if I had to pick up one of the two backs. Hopefully we will get more clarity about their Week 16 workloads as the week progresses as the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs through Sunday.

RB - Mike Gillislee, Buffalo Bills (one percent)

With four carries on Sunday, Gillislee rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown against Washington. Through three games with the Bills, Gillislee has 14 carries for 146 yards and touchdowns in back-to-back games. As noted above, the injury to McCoy will open up more opportunities for Gillislee and both backs should at least be flex possibilities in Week 16.

RB - Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (six percent)

With Jonathan Stewart sidelined in Week 15, Artis-Payne carried the ball 14 times for 59 yards and added two catches for 34 yards as well. If The Daily Show is sidelined for another week, CAP should get in the neighborhood of 15 touches once again and he gets a favorable matchup against the Falcons. Only three teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs so far this season.

RB - Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (47 percent)

Jones had just 28 rushing yards on his 10 carries on Sunday after getting 39 touches in his previous two games combined. While his volume of work has fluctuated throughout the season, Jones has averaged 12.54 touches per game in his rookie season and he gets a favorable matchup in Week 16.

The Eagles have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the position through Sunday's games. Since Week 7, the Eagles have allowed four 100-yard rushers and another running back to exceed 100 yards receiving. During that eight-game span, they have allowed 11 running backs to score double-digit fantasy points in standard-scoring formats.

RB - Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (30 percent)

There is still one game to go this week and Riddick plays in that game, but Riddick is an absolute must-own in PPR formats. With seven catches for 44 yards last week, Riddick now has 67 receptions for 578 yards and three touchdowns. Only Devonta Freeman (68) has more receptions than Riddick and only Danny Woodhead (651) has more receiving yards.

Riddick has finished as a top-38 fantasy running back in PPR formats in every game this season and he has finished as a top-24 option in seven of 13 games. Through Sunday's games, Riddick ranks 21st in PPR fantasy points (42nd in standard-scoring formats).

RB - Shane Vereen, New York Giants (45 percent)

Although Rashad Jennings has rushed for more than 80 yards in back-to-back games, Vereen finished with 72 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 12 touches on Sunday. With Odell Beckham Jr. suspended for Week 16, perhaps Vereen could see a few extra targets as OBJ's targets get spread around.

RB - Alfred Blue, Houston Texans (36 percent)

While the Texans dole out workloads inconsistently, Blue carried the ball 20 times for 107 yards on Sunday after not playing any snaps in Week 14. It was his second 100-yard game of the season. Meanwhile, teammate Chris Polk had just four carries for six yards after getting double-digit carries in each of the previous two games. If I had to add a Houston running back, it's Blue but I wouldn't feel confident in starting him in Championship Week.

RB - Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans (40 percent)

Volume, not efficiency, led to a productive outing for Andrews in Week 15 as he gained a total of 70 yards on 19 touches -- 14 carries and five receptions. Andrews now has at least seven fantasy points in three consecutive games and in four of his past five.

RB - Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29 percent)

Even though Doug Martin is having a bounce-back season and ranks second in the NFL in rushing behind Adrian Peterson, Sims has been productive in his own right. Averaging roughly 10 touches per game (9.86/G), Sims has finished as a top-30 fantasy running back in eight of 14 games including each of his past three (although there is one more game to go tonight). The Bucs running backs have a favorable matchup against the Bears this weekend so Sims should be a flex option in deeper leagues.

RB - Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers (zero percent)

With Melvin Gordon sidelined for most of the game on Sunday, Brown rushed 12 times for 90 yards and added two catches for 14 yards as well. The Chargers have a short turnaround time as they face the Raiders on Christmas Eve so it's possible that MG3 is sidelined this week. If so, Brown could see 12 to 15 touches once again.

[Update: Gordon has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.]

RB - Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins (12 percent)

Lamar Miller gained just 24 total yards on 11 touches on Sunday as Ajayi had six carries for 27 yards and a touchdown plus one catch for 15 yards. With nothing to play for, it's possible that the two backs split the workload in their final two games. That said, I'd still expect Miller to lead the backfield in Week 16 and the team has a plus matchup against the Colts.

RB - Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings (three percent)

Based on reports, Adrian Peterson (ankle) is expected to play in Week 16. If AP's status were to change, McKinnon would have a lot of upside. On 11 touches on Sunday, he racked up 86 yards and scored a touchdown. At this point, however, his primary value will be to AP owners -- or teams facing AP -- this week.

RB - Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (one percent)

With Javorius Allen losing a second fumble in as many weeks, it was West that took over in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. West rushed seven times for 35 yards and added two catches for 11 yards. Going into Week 16, however, Allen will likely resume his lead-back role based on comments John Harbaugh made.

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2015 Fantasy Football: WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 16

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

With most leagues hosting their championship in Week 16, the players on this list really comes down to those that can help you the most this week.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 16 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

WR - Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (23 percent)

Once the most-coveted high school recruit, Green-Beckham has plenty of talent and size (6-5, 235), but there was some expected rust after being required to sit all of 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules. Starting slowly, DGB had 40 or fewer yards in all but two of his first 11 games this season, but he has become much more involved and productive down the stretch.

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Green-Beckham finished with six catches for 113 yards on nine targets and he now has a pair of 100-yard games in the past three weeks. Over that three-game span, DGB has 14 catches for 285 yards (20.4 Y/A) and a touchdown. (He had 16/243/2 in his first 11 games combined.)

The Texans have limited opposing wide receivers to the seventh-fewest fantasy points through yesterday's games. And since Week 5, the Texans have allowed only one 100-yard receiver (Sammy Watkins in Week 13). That said, DGB has as much upside as any receiver owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues.

WR - Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (29 percent)

While Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant remain better options on his own team, Wheaton is a worthwhile addition given the ideal matchup heading into the fantasy season's finale. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers than the Ravens this year.

Over his past four games, Wheaton has emerged as a viable fantasy option. Not only does he have a minimum of 50 receiving yards in each of those games, but he has scored and finished as a top-24 receiver in three games during that stretch.

WR - Rueben Randle, New York Giants (35 percent)

The final status of Odell Beckham Jr., who could be suspended this week, would determine Randle's actual placement on this list of wide receiver waiver-wire options. Of course, if OBJ is forced to sit, it elevates Randle's appeal, but it sounds as though he will be suspended this week.

Since a 116-yard performance in Week 3, Randle's receiving yards has stayed within a relatively narrow band of 22 to 68 yards, but he has scored a touchdown in six of his past 12 games. Randle's targets have been so consistent with five or six targets in nine of his past 11 games. If OBJ sits, however, Randle could very well get double-digit targets this week, which would put him on the WR2 radar.

WR - Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (50 percent)

After sitting out Week 13, Snead had seven catches for 122 yards against the Bucs in Week 14 and he faces the Lions tonight on Monday Night Football. Since Week 4, Snead has 50-plus yards in seven of nine games and he's averaging 72.56 yards per game over that stretch.

Through Sunday's games, the Jags rank 25th in the NFL in pass defense (261 YPG) and they have allowed a 100-yard wide receiver in three consecutive games -- DGB, T.Y. Hilton and Julio Jones, respectively.

WR - DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (36 percent)

On Sunday, Parker had four catches for 87 yards and he now has at least 63 yards in three of his past four games. During that four-game stretch, Parker has averaged 61.5 yards and has scored two touchdowns. The first-round rookie receiver should continue to be involved down the stretch for the Phins and he has a favorable matchup heading into Week 16. Through Sunday's games, the Colts have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (eight percent)

Returning to the field on Sunday, Inman finished with three catches for 78 yards against the Dolphins. It was the third time in four games that Inman has exceeded 50 receiving yards. With Steve Johnson (groin) missing a second consecutive game, it's unclear whether he'll return in Week 16. If not, Inman would be my highest-ranked Chargers receiver in their upcoming matchup against the Raiders.

WR - Jeremy Butler, Baltimore Ravens (zero percent)

With three catches for 60 yards against the Chiefs yesterday, Butler now has 60-plus yards in back-to-back games for a team depleted of healthy skill-position players. Butler and the Ravens receivers have a nice matchup this weekend against the Steelers, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season through Sunday's games. As a double-digit underdog on Sunday, the Ravens could be forced into catch-up mode early.

WR - Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (36 percent)

Despite the success of Cam Newton and Carolina's offense, Funchess has 30 yards or less in four consecutive games. That said, he has had some red-zone success with touchdowns in four of his past seven games. Funchess is a TD-dependent fantasy option, but the passing offense is clicking on all cylinders.

WR - Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks (six percent)

Kearse had a big week against the Browns on Sunday with seven catches for 110 yards. It marked the second consecutive game that Kearse finished with seven catches and more than 70 yards. While I would prefer Doug Baldwin, who has 10 touchdowns over his past four games, or Tyler Lockett, Kearse is worth a look in deeper leagues given how well Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are moving the ball through the air lately. That said, the receivers have a difficult matchup against the Rams this week.

WR - Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears (19 percent)

With two games under his belt since a multi-game absence, Royal had five catches on six targets for 31 yards yesterday. At least in deep PPR leagues, Royal is worth consideration in a plus matchup against the Bucs.

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2015 Fantasy Football: TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 16

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short- and/or long-term.

With most leagues hosting their championship in Week 16, the players on this week's list really comes down to those that can help you the most this week.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire.

With that said, here are some waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 16 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

TE - Will Tye, New York Giants (10 percent)

With an average of 6.3 targets per game since Week 9, Tye has at least 50 receiving yards or a touchdown in five consecutive games. With the sixth-most fantasy points this week among tight ends heading into Monday Night Football, Tye will go into Championship Week with three consecutive top-10 fantasy outings.

If you've been dealing with an injury at tight end (Jimmy Graham, Tyler Eifert, etc.) or streaming tight ends, Tye will be a back-end TE1 or high-end TE2, at worst, in my Week 16 rankings. The matchup in Week 16 against the Vikings isn't great, or horrible, but Tye is my favorite option among tight ends owned in (less than) 50 percent of leagues.

TE - Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (34 percent)

Since Week 9, Miller has averaged 3.43 receptions for 47.86 yards per game and he has scored a total of five touchdowns during that seven-game span. During that span, Miller has three top-10 weekly finishes. With Martellus Bennett placed on injured reserve, Miller has at least five catches and 57 yards in back-to-back games.

TE - Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (35 percent)

Miller had just three catches on five targets for 12 yards on Sunday afternoon against the Broncos. With Ben Roethlisberger back under center, however, Miller has averaged 7.83 targets per game in his past six games. In two of those six games, Miller has double-digit receptions. Miller is better option for those in point-per-reception (PPR) formats than standard-scoring leagues.

That said, he has finished outside the top-12 fantasy tight ends in five consecutive games and the Ravens have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends through Sunday's games.

TE - Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (31 percent)

Heading into Monday Night Football, Ebron has 28 yards or less in six consecutive games although he has a dream matchup against the Saints tonight. The 49ers present a more challenging matchup for Ebron in Week 16 as they have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to the position through Sunday's games. That said, the former top-10 overall pick has five top-12 weekly outings this season.

TE - Blake Bell, San Francisco 49ers (zero percent)

Bell has more than 40 receiving yards in back-to-back games and he had a season-high eight targets on Sunday. Even though Vance McDonald returned from his concussion, Bell had twice as many targets as McDonald (four). Both tight ends have a plus matchup in Week 16 as the Lions have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season through Sunday's games, but Bell is little more than a dart throw.

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December 20, 2015

Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Quarterback (QB) Rankings

After a slow start to the season, no quarterback has been hotter than Seattle's Russell Wilson.

In each of his past four games, Wilson has finished as a top-three weekly fantasy quarterback and the top producer in two of those weeks. Not only has Wilson scored a minimum of 25 fantasy points in all four of those games, but he has at least 32 in three consecutive games.

During that four-game streak, Wilson has thrown 16 touchdowns and no interceptions and averaged 292.75 passing yards per game. In addition, he has 101 rushing yards and a rushing score over that stretch as well.

Through Week 10, he had just 10 touchdowns to seven interceptions and had averaged only 15.8 fantasy points per game. In fact, he had just two top-12 weekly outings in those first nine games: QB9 in Week 2 and QB11 in Week 10.

Heading into Week 15, Wilson has scored the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks. In addition, he is only 1.36 fantasy points behind QB3 (Carson Palmer).

With a fantasy-friendly matchup, Wilson is set up for another strong outing. The Browns have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Carson Palmer: 300+ Yards and/or 2+ TDs in 12 of 13G

As noted above, Arizona's Carson Palmer ranks third in fantasy points scored this season.

With 4,003 passing yards and 31 passing touchdowns, Palmer is likely to exceed his all-time career highs on Sunday. His previous career highs are 4,278 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Palmer's consistency has been remarkable.

Finishing no worse than QB17 in any week this season, Palmer has scored a minimum of 15.98 fantasy points in all 13 games. In addition, he has 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in 12 of 13 games this year.

Only the Saints and Jaguars have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Over their past six games combined, the Eagles have allowed 20 touchdowns -- 19 passing and one rushing -- to opposing quarterbacks. In addition, they have allowed 29-plus fantasy points in three of their past four games.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on quarterbacks:

  • In his first five games of the season, Detroit's Matthew Stafford scored single-digit fantasy points three times and less than 14 fantasy points four times. Since then, however, he has scored a minimum of 15 fantasy points in seven of eight games. During that eight-game span, he has thrown 18 touchdowns and rushed for another and has averaged 20.76 fantasy points per contest. Going into Week 15, no quarterback has a more favorable matchup than Stafford as the Saints allow an average of 24.07 fantasy points per game.

  • One of the biggest surprises this season, Jacksonville's Blake Bortles has scored the sixth-most fantasy points this season and has finished as a top-10 fantasy producer in eight games including each of his past three games. With a minimum of 22 fantasy points in each of his last three games, Bortles has thrown a total of 10 touchdowns to only one interception and has rushed for another score. In addition, he has exceeded 320 passing yards in two of those games.

  • Eli Manning is coming off one of his best performances of the season with 337 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Dolphins on Monday night. With 27.28 fantasy points, Eli scored more fantasy points than every other quarterback except Wilson last week. Given the matchup this week against the Panthers, who have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Manning is ranked just outside my top-15 fantasy quarterbacks for the week.

  • With 371 rushing yards and three rushing scores this season, Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor's rushing stats have accounted for 5.01 fantasy points per game, which helps to boost his weekly floor. In his past three games, however, Taylor has thrown for 256.67 yards per game and seven touchdowns with only one interception. Averaging 24.5 fantasy points over that three-game stretch, Taylor has finished as the weekly QB5, QB7 and QB13, respectively, and is inside my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 15.

  • Leading the NFL in completions (359) and pass attempts (541), Rivers is averaging a career-high 305.8 passing yards per game this season. And while he has the 11th-most fantasy points on the year, it's been a disappointing stretch for Rivers and San Diego's offense. With the exception of 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jags in Week 12, Rivers has thrown zero touchdowns in three of his other four most recent games, which is one of the reasons the under in this game is one of my favorite picks against the spread for Week 15. In those non-Jacksonville games, Rivers has scored 5.92, 6.08 and 8.92 fantasy points, respectively.

  • Atlanta's Matt Ryan has had a rough year. Even though he ranks fifth in the NFL in passing (3,705 yards), Ryan has thrown only 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Among quarterbacks with 3,000-plus passing yards, Ryan is one of only three with less than 20 touchdowns and at least 10 interceptions -- Jameis Winston and Kirk Cousins are the other two. Fortunately for Ryan, however, he has a great matchup this weekend as only the Saints have allowed more fantasy points than the Jags this season.

Below you find my Week 15 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)
2. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at NYG)
3. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. TEN)
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at NO)
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)
8. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN)
10. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. GB)
11. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at WAS)
12. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (at NE)
13. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at JAX)
14. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)
15. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL)
16. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. CAR)
17. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at MIN)
18. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (at SD)
19. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. BUF)
20. A.J. McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals (at SF)
21. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (at PIT)
22. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)
23. Blaine Gabbert, San Francisco 49ers (vs. CIN)
24. T.J. Yates, Houston Texans (at SEA)
25. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CHI)

* Note: QBs that have already played have been removed.

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2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 15 (Hanson)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 14 of the 2015 NFL season:

Arizona Cardinals -4.5 over Philadelphia Eagles (4 units)

The Carolina Panthers may be playing for perfection, but no team is as complete as the Arizona Cardinals. Not only do the Cardinals rank first in yardage differential, but they rank first in the NFL in total offense and fourth in total defense. On the other hand, the Eagles rank 28th in rush defense and 24th in pass defense so I expect Carson Palmer and the Cardinals to be able to move the ball at will.

A few weeks ago, the Eagles allowed back-to-back quarterbacks (Jameis Winston and Matthew Stafford) to throw for five touchdowns a piece. It wouldn't surprise me if Palmer had similar success tonight. Arizona has a trio of talented receivers -- Larry Fitzgerald (first 1,000-yard season since 2011), John Brown (on pace for 1,000-plus yards) and Michael Floyd (100-plus yards in three of four games).

Not only is Palmer an impressive 24-4 in his past 28 games as a starter, but Bruce Arians is 19-11 ATS as a favorite. In addition, the Eagles have won only two of 18 games in which they were a home underdog.

Chargers vs. Dolphins -- Under 46.0 (2 units)

The matchup is a favorable one for Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense, but they have struggled lately. With the exception being a four-TD performance against the Jags, Rivers has thrown zero touchdowns in three of four games. In those three games, the Chargers scored exactly three points each week.

On the other hand, the matchup should be favorable for Lamar Miller and the Dolphins, but their play-calling this season has been questionable, at best. Miller has single-digit carries in five of 13 games this season. After throwing multiple touchdowns in three consecutive games, Ryan Tannehill has thrown for only 322 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games combined.

Both offenses have underperformed expectations this season and this game has gone under in each of their past five meetings.

Washington Redskins +3 over Buffalo Bills (2 units)

In a week where the Giants host the unbeaten Panthers and the Eagles face the most balanced team in the league (see above), Washington may have an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the NFC Least. Depending on the location of their games, they have looked like two different teams this season.

Washington is 5-2 at home so I'll gladly take the points at Fedex Field. In fact, Kirk Cousins has an 11:0 TD-to-INT ratio in his home games since Week 2. Earlier in the week, the Bills placed cornerback Stephon Gilmore, one of the league's better young cornerbacks, on season-ending injured reserve, which improves the matchup.

At a minimum, I expect Washington to keep the game to within a field goal although I think they win this one straight up.

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December 19, 2015

Week 15 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Doug Baldwin is listed below as a "start" for Week 15. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 15 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall and Baldwin and started only two receivers, you should start Jones and Marshall -- and in turn, bench Baldwin.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 15:

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)

Baldwin has (unexpectedly) become one of the most dominant fantasy wide receivers in the league. He has finished as a top-three fantasy receiver in three consecutive games and as a top-five performer in four of his past five. During that five-game stretch, he has a total of 30 receptions for 515 yards and nine touchdowns. (In his first eight games, he had a total of only 31/345/2.)

With a plus matchup, it's certainly possible that the good times continue to roll for Russell Wilson, Baldwin and Seattle's passing attack. The Browns have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (at DAL)

Decker has a minimum of 80 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season, which means that he has also scored eight or more fantasy points in every game this season. With 66 catches for 875 yards and nine touchdowns, Decker has scored the 11th-most fantasy points among wide receivers. The Cowboys have been excellent at limiting fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Decker and Brandon Marshall are both inside my top-12 fantasy receivers for this week.

WR - Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL)

Since a four-game stretch with exactly three catches and no more than six targets per game, Maclin has a minimum of six catches and nine targets in three consecutive games. During that three-game span, Maclin has a total of 24/323/3 on his 30 targets. This week, Maclin and the Chiefs face a Ravens secondary that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

WR - John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)

Over his past nine games, Brown has finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in eight games. In five of those nine games, he has finished as a top-15 fantasy receiver. Brown is set up for another big week as the Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 15:

WR - Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. NYJ)

Since returning in Week 8, Bryant's fantasy usefulness has relied on whether or not he has scored. In his past seven games, Bryant has averaged 43.29 yards per game and has had two games with 12 yards or less including a nine-yard performance last week. Only the Vikings (nine) and Rams (10) have fewer passing touchdowns than the Cowboys (12) this season.

WR - Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (at PIT)

Since posting a 6/113 line on nine targets in the team's OT win versus the Patriots, Sanders has finished with less than 20 receiving yards in back-to-back games. In those two games, Sanders and Brock Osweiler have connected on only five of 14 targets. In addition, Sanders has 22 yards or less in four of his past six games. The Steelers have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Sanders is more of a flex option, than WR2, against his former team.

WR - Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)

Benjamin has tons of big-play ability, but he's been a boom-or-bust fantasy option over the past half-season. In his past eight games, Benjamin has double-digit fantasy points in three games and less than three fantasy points in four games. Facing the Seahawks, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, this week is shaping up to be a "bust" type of week for Benjamin.

WR - Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CHI)

Since beginning his NFL career with a four-game stat line of 25/419/2, Diggs has averaged 36.5 yards per game with no scores over his past six games. Over the past three weeks, Diggs has seen his production dip from 31 to 22 to 12 receiving yards and he has finished outside of the top-70 fantasy receivers in each of those games. Diggs did have 6/95/1 on a career-high 12 targets against the Bears in Week 8, but his cold stretch makes it unlikely that he repeats his early-season success in Week 15.

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Week 15 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Denard Robinson is listed below as a "start" for Week 15. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 15 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte and Robinson and started only two running backs, you should start McCoy and Forte -- and in turn, bench Robinson.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 15:

RB - DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN)

During a five-game span as the team's starter once again, Williams has scored more than 14 fantasy points in four games and finished as a top-four weekly fantasy running back in three of those five games. Over that stretch, Williams has a total of 101 carries for 463 yards and five touchdowns plus 17 catches for 204 yards.

Since that point, only two running backs have more yards from scrimmage than Williams (667, 133.4/G): LeSean McCoy (723, 120.5/G) and Adrian Peterson (717, 119.5/G). But both backs played six games while the Steelers had their bye during that span.

If you include the first two games of the season when Le'Veon Bell was suspended, Williams has finished as a top-15 fantasy running back in six of seven games as a starter. The matchup may not be a great one but given his usage rate, Williams should exceed 100 YFS and there's a better chance than not that he finds the end zone on Sunday.

RB - David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)

Johnson has rushed for 90-plus yards in back-to-back games as the starter and he has totalled 243 yards from scrimmage on 48 touches in those two games combined. Johnson has now finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in four consecutive weeks. Despite limited touches this year, Johnson has scored a total of nine touchdowns -- four rushing, four receiving and one return. In their past seven games, the Eagles have allowed 10 (yes, 10!) different running backs score double-digit fantasy points.

RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)

In Sunday's win over the Cowboys, Lacy carried the ball 24 times for 124 yards, both of which were season highs, and a touchdown and he added a 24-yard reception. It was the third time in four games that Lacy has rushed for at least 100 yards. No running back has more 100-yard rushing games over the past four weeks than Lacy and only two others have at least two 100-yard performances during that stretch.

The Raiders have allowed 2.92 yards per carry to opposing running backs over the past four weeks, but they allowed monster performances to DeAngelo Williams (225 YFS and two TDs) in Week 9 and Adrian Peterson (216 YFS and a TD) in Week 10. Barring any curfew-related punishments, Lacy should finish this week as a top-10 running back once again.

RB - Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)

With T.J. Yeldon doubtful to play this week, Robinson takes over lead-back duties in a favorable matchup. Not only did he have some success when given the opportunity last season, but he rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries last week and added a 12-yard reception as well. Only the 49ers have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than the Falcons.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 15:

RB - DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ARI)

Murray has less than 40 scrimmage yards in three consecutive games and he's finished outside of the top-48 weekly running backs in each of those games as well. With Ryan Mathews back on the field, Murray is nothing more than part of a rotation as opposed to being the centerpiece in the offense. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)

Despite losing a fumble against the Broncos in Week 13, the good news is that Gordon got 18 touches in Week 14. The bad news is that he still hasn't scored a touchdown as the team's offense continues to struggle. In addition, MG3 gained just 63 yards on his 18 touches.

With the exception of Week 2 (RB16), Gordon has finished outside of the top-24 fantasy running backs in every other game of his young career. Even though the Chargers' backfield has a terrific matchup, it's hard to trust MG3 as anything more than a flex this week.

RB - Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)

No running back scored more fantasy points last week than Crowell, who rushed for a season-high 145 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers. In his previous seven games, however, Crowell had finished outside of the weekly top-30 fantasy running backs and he gets a terrible matchup this week. Not only have the Seahawks allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but the Seahawks are 15-point favorites, which should force the Browns into catch-up mode early.

RB - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (vs. CAR)

Jennings had a season-high 24 touches last week for 102 yards from scrimmage, which also set a season high. Before last week, however, Jennings had rushed for only 379 yards on 103 carries in his previous 11 games. There is no guarantee that Jennings approaches 20-plus touches once again, however, as the Giants have used a four-man rotation and Jennings had 14 total touches in his previous two games combined. With a less-than-favorable matchup against one of the league's best defenses, I view last week's performance as an exception to the rule than a change in opportunity for Jennings.

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Week 15 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Matthew Stafford is listed below as a "start" for Week 15. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 15 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Tom Brady and Stafford, you should start Brady -- and in turn, bench Stafford.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 15:

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at NO)

In his first five games of the season, Stafford scored single-digit fantasy points three times and less than 14 fantasy points four times. Since then, however, he has scored a minimum of 15 fantasy points in seven of eight games. During that span, he has thrown 18 touchdowns and rushed for another and has averaged 20.76 fantasy points per contest.

Going into Week 15, no quarterback has a more favorable matchup than Stafford as the Saints allow an average of 24.07 fantasy points per game. As a comparison, the Jags are second (20.11/G). Although they have had some better outings recently, the Saints have allowed 302.7 passing yards and 3.22 passing touchdowns per game since Week 5.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)

One of the biggest surprises this season, Bortles has scored the sixth-most fantasy points this season and he's been a strong fantasy producer on a consistent basis. In 13 games, Bortles has finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in eight games including each of his past three games.

With a minimum of 22 fantasy points in each of his last three games, Bortles has thrown a total of 10 touchdowns to only one interception and has rushed for another score. In addition, he has exceeded 320 passing yards in two of those games.

The matchup against the Falcons may not be great, as they have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but Bortles has played way too well to keep on your bench this week.

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at WAS)

With 371 rushing yards and three rushing scores this season, Taylor's rushing stats have accounted for 5.01 fantasy points per game, which helps to boost his weekly floor. In his past three games, however, Taylor has thrown for 256.67 yards per game with seven touchdowns and only one interception. Averaging 24.5 fantasy points over that three-game stretch, Taylor has finished as the weekly QB5, QB7 and QB13, respectively, and is inside my top-12 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 15.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (at DAL)

Since Week 6, Fitzpatrick has finished the week as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in five games. In the other four games, he left one early due to injury and finished the week as fantasy's QB11, QB13 and QB17 in the rest. Excluding the game he didn't finish, Fitzpatrick has scored 20 touchdowns -- 18 passing and two rushing, averaged 269.88 passing yards and 21.0 rushing yards per game.

Even though the matchup isn't favorable as the Cowboys have allowed the 10th-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Fitzpatrick and the team's passing offense has played well enough that he's at least a back-end TE1 for Week 15.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 15:

QB - Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. CAR)

Eli is coming off one of his best performances of the season with 337 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Dolphins on Monday night. With 27.28 fantasy points, Eli scored more fantasy points than every other quarterback except Russell Wilson last week. Given the matchup against the Panthers, who have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Manning is ranked just outside my top-15 fantasy quarterbacks for the week.

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)

Leading the NFL in completions (359) and pass attempts (541), Rivers is averaging a career-high 305.8 passing yards per game this season. And while he has the 11th-most fantasy points on the year, it's been a disappointing stretch for Rivers and San Diego's offense.

With the exception of 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jags in Week 12, Rivers has thrown no touchdowns in three of his other four most recent games. In those non-Jacksonville games, Rivers has scored 5.92, 6.08 and 8.92 fantasy points, respectively.

QB - Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ARI)

The Eagles have won back-to-back games and are tied for first place in the NFC Least, but Bradford has averaged only 11.7 fantasy points per game since Week 6. During that span, he has scored more than 15 fantasy points only once -- 15.7 in Week 9 (QB16). Against an Arizona defense that allows the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, now isn't the time to trust Bradford or any Eagles offensive player.

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December 18, 2015

Week 15 Collaborative DraftKings GPP Lineup

Modifying a theme we do every April with NFL mock drafts, Sean Beazley and I collaborated (alternated picks) on putting together a GPP lineup for Week 15 DraftKings tournaments.

Below we both comment on all of the selections, but here is the final lineup:

QB: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI), $7,000
RB: Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at OAK), $5,200
RB: Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (vs. TEN), $3,200
WR: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (at JAX), $8,500
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL), $5,500
WR: John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI), $4,900
TE: Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (at SEA), $5,000
Flex: DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN), $6,600
DST: Arizona Cardinals DST (at PHI), $3,900

Here are our individual picks with comments in the order that we drafted our team:

Sean Beazley: Jeremy Maclin, $5,500

Sean: Maclin 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. Alex Smith has great chemistry with Maclin and I believe he has a field day and finishes north of 20 DK points.

Kevin: Given the style of the offense, Maclin's ceiling may not be as high as some other receivers in his price range, but he should easily exceed value given his recent level of production and the matchup.

Kevin Hanson: Carson Palmer, $7,000

Kevin: Palmer's ownership level should be relatively low this week considering that his salary is identical to that of Russell Wilson. Given Wilson's recent hot streak, I expect him to be the highest-owned quarterback of the week, which in turn should mean an ownership level of less than 10 percent for Palmer. With the third-most fantasy points scored this season, Palmer has 300-plus passing yards and/or multiple touchdowns in 12 of 13 games this season. Based on DK scoring, the Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points this season and they have allowed a total of 20 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in their past six games.

Sean: Palmer is in a great spot this week vs the Eagles, but I really like their RB David Johnson if Andre Ellington remains out this week. Johnson has averaged 23 touches the past week, and that's a ridiculous amount for the NFL's second highest scoring offense. A Palmer/Johnson/WR stack would definitely be contrarian. I'll have some exposure to Palmer, but more for Johnson.

Sean Beazley: Julio Jones, $8,500

Sean: Jones has disappointed owners the past three weeks. He has failed to hit value or reach 100 yards receiving during this span. Jones also has hasn't caught a TD pass since Week 8. Many DFS players tend to fade players that have burned them in the past. I think Julio will be the least owned of the top four WRs this week. Jones gets a good matchup vs. the Jags, who most teams attack via the air. I think Jones has a rebound game this week and will be the highest-scoring player of the week.

Kevin: Jones has not scored a touchdown in five consecutive games, but he still leads the NFL in both receptions and yards. In addition, he has double-digit targets in all but two games this season. With his volume of targets in a favorable matchup, Jones is my top-ranked receiver for Week 15.

Kevin Hanson: John Brown, $4,900

Kevin: Brown has a minimum of 14 DK points in eight of his past nine games so the consistent production has been there. In a matchup against the Eagles, who allow the most fantasy points to opposing receivers, the ceiling is high for the speedy wideout from Pittsburg State. I'll also have my fair share of Michael Floyd, who has exceeded 100 yards in three of his past four games, and Larry Fitzgerald stacked with Palmer as well this week.

Sean: Brown is my favorite Cardinals WR to stack with Palmer this week. The salary is perfect. I love deep threats vs. this defense who struggles with man coverage.

Sean Beazley: Brandon Bolden, $3,200

Sean: There are a lot of cheap RBs this week that you can target. I believe that teammate James White will be the highest-owned Patriots RB this week. One of the main reasons why I like Bolden is game flow. The last time Tennessee traveled to Foxboro, they lost 59-0. While I think this team is a little better, they should still get smoked this week and Vegas agrees since they are 14-point dogs. There is always risk rostering a Patriots RB, so Bolden is only a GPP play for me this week. I generally look for 4-5x from my punt value plays, so I'm looking for 14 points here. 15-50-1, 2-10 seems like a reasonable line to me in a game I expect the Patriots to score five-plus TDs.

Kevin: As Sean noted, it's hard to trust a Patriots running back in anything other than a GPP. But at slightly more than minimum salary, Bolden could easily get 15 touches and potentially some goal-line work in a game where they should score a lot of points. He's worth the roll of the dice here and gives us some salary-cap relief.

Kevin Hanson: Eddie Lacy, $5,200

Kevin: Over the past four weeks, who has the most 100-yard rushing games? Of course, the answer is Lacy (three). In fact, only three players have more than one during that span. Barring a game following a curfew mishap, Lacy has 20-plus touches in those three 100-yard games. Ownership levels shouldn't be too high given his Week 13 dud and early-season struggles, but he has 100-yard, two-TD type of upside at a reasonable price.

Sean: I'm on board with Lacy as a target this week. He's had 20 touches in three of four weeks.

Sean Beazley: Gary Barnidge, $5,000

Sean: Barnidge has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises this year. Everyone was on the TE narrative at the beginning of the year, and that was playing whoever is facing Oakland. Well in Week 3, it was Gary Barnidge. He was an unknown, and if you played him, you were rewarded with 25.5 DK points. Since then, Barnidge has scored 15-plus DK points in seven of 10 games. Barnidge is safe for cash, but safety for a GPP is also a plus, since many people usually try to punt this position with someone in the $2,700-$3,200 range. Seattle's defense has been pretty poor against TEs this season. Cleveland should be down in this one, so I expect Barnidge to see double-digit targets and hit 15-plus DK points again this week.

Kevin: On pace for 80/1,109/10, what a year it has been for Barnidge. I prefer him in cash games, but he's a fine choice in GPPs as well.

Kevin Hanson: DeAngelo Williams, $6,600

Kevin: While the Broncos have limited opposing passers and receivers to the fewest fantasy points, they have been middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs this season. In his seven starts this season, Williams has been highly productive: 891 YFS, 22 receptions and eight touchdowns. Based on DK scoring, he has averaged 24.16 fantasy points per start. In three of those seven starts, he has scored multiple touchdowns; only Chris Ivory (15) has more rush attempts inside the 5-yard line than Williams (12) this season. He's been consistent, but he has a high ceiling as well and I think he'll be fairly low-owned.

Sean: Kevin has a set of big ones with this play, and I like it. Williams should be extremely low owned in tournaments facing the Broncos who are third vs. the run this season. I think Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers can move the ball vs Denver this week, and that makes all Steelers offensive weapons great tournament plays.

Kevin Hanson: Arizona Cardinals DST, $3,900

Kevin: I think the Cardinals win this game comfortably and establish an early lead, forcing the Eagles to throw more often than they would like. Only the Panthers and Chiefs have more interceptions than the Cardinals (16) with three of those returned for touchdowns. In addition, they have multiple sacks in four of their past five games. And not only have the Cardinals D/ST scored positive points in all 13 games, but they have double-digit fantasy points in five games this season.

Sean: There are golden rules in yearly leagues like drafting defense and kicker in the last two rounds, and there are golden rules in daily leagues as well. I rarely ever target road defenses, and in the rare case I do the defense needs to be either elite or very cheap. The Cardinals do not fit this criteria. In a GPP however, I can get on board with the play for one reason. This is a great correlation play with Palmer/Brown. If you're expecting Palmer/Brown to go off, then you're probably expecting the Cardinals to be able to score some points and have a lead in the game. This could lead to some extra sacks, and potentially a pick-six.

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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 15 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings

New York Giants second-year wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. currently owns the franchise record for the longest streak of 100-yard receiving games.

With seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns on Monday Night Football, Beckham extended his streak to six games.

During that six-game stretch, OBJ has a total of 43 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns on 76 targets. Not only does he have double-digit fantasy points in each of those games, but Beckham has scored a minimum of 20.2 fantasy points in each of his past three games.

Through 25 NFL games, he has 176 receptions for 2,625 yards and 24 touchdowns plus 38 rushing yards. In addition, he has at least 100 receiving yards in 15 (or 60 percent) of those 25 games.

OBJ faces his biggest challenge this weekend, however.

Not only do the Panthers allow the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Josh Norman has arguably emerged as the league's best cornerback. The Panthers have allowed only two 100-yard receivers this season -- Vincent Jackson in Week 4 and Brandin Cooks in Week 13.

Despite the matchup, OBJ is still a top-two fantasy wide receiver for me in Week 15.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on wide receivers:

  • Even with Atlanta's recent offensive struggles, Julio Jones still leads the NFL in receptions (109) and receiving yards (1,426). Over his past eight games, Jones has 88-plus yards in seven games. With a five-game scoring drought, Jones has finished as the WR50, WR31 and WR27 in his past three games, respectively. The Jags rank 25th in the NFL in passing defense and Jones could be in store for a bounce-back fantasy performance this week.

  • Buffalo's Sammy Watkins is one of the league's more inconsistent fantasy wide receivers, but he has now had three strong outings in a row. Against the Eagles on Sunday, Watkins had five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown on a season-high 12 targets. Over that three-game span, he has a total of 348 yards and four touchdowns and an average of 19.63 fantasy points per game.

  • Since a four-game stretch with exactly three catches and no more than six targets per game, Kansas City's Jeremy Maclin has a minimum of six catches and nine targets in three consecutive games. During that three-game span, Maclin has a total of 24/323/3 on his 30 targets. This week, Maclin and the Chiefs face a Ravens secondary that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

  • Over his past nine games, Arizona's John Brown has finished as a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in eight games. In five of those nine games, he has finished as a top-15 fantasy receiver. Brown is set up for another big week as the Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

  • Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall has at least 125 receiving yards in three consecutive games and has scored a touchdown (or two) in six consecutive games. In fact, he has at least 100 yards and/or a touchdown in all but one game this season. On the year, only OBJ, Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins have more fantasy points than Marshall. That said, the Cowboys have done a decent job at limiting fantasy points to opposing receivers (fourth-fewest) this year.

  • Last but not least, Seattle's Doug Baldwin has (unexpectedly) become one of the most dominant fantasy wide receivers in the league. Baldwin has finished as a top-three fantasy receiver in three consecutive games and a top-five performer in four of his past five. During that five-game stretch, he has a total of 30 receptions for 515 yards and nine touchdowns. (In his first eight games, he had a total of only 31/345/2.) The Browns have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

Below you find my Week 15 Fantasy Football WR Rankings:

1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (at JAX)
2. Odell Beckham, New York Giants (vs. CAR)
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at SF)
4. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at NO)
5. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN)
6. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (at DAL)
7. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (at SEA)
8. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (at MIN)
9. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)
10. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)
11. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (at PIT)
12. Eric Decker, New York Jets (at DAL)
13. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)
14. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL)
15. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)
16. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (at WAS)
17. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (at SD)
18. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)
19. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN)
20. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)
21. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (vs. GB)
22. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)
23. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (vs. TEN)
24. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at NO)
25. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. HOU)
26. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (vs. GB)
27. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)
28. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. NYJ)
29. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (at PIT)
30. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)
31. Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (vs. KC)
32. Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers (at NYG)
33. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (vs. BUF)
34. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (at SD)
35. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)
36. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (vs. CIN)
37. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ARI)
38. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (at SF)
39. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (vs. TEN)
40. Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)
41. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (vs. HOU)
42. Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (at NE)
43. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CHI)
44. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)
45. Cecil Shorts, Houston Texans (at SEA)
46. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)
47. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)
48. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN)
49. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (vs. BUF)
50. Nate Washington, Houston Texans (at SEA)

* Note: Bucs/Rams wide receivers have been removed from these rankings.

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December 17, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football: Week 15 Fantasy Running Back Rankings

After missing team curfew and getting only five carries (for four yards) in Week 13, Green Bay's Eddie Lacy bounced back with his best game of the season.

In Sunday's win over the Cowboys, Lacy carried the ball 24 times for 124 yards, both of which were season highs, and a touchdown and he added a 24-yard reception.

With Week 13 being the exception, it was the third time in four games that Lacy has rushed for at least 100 yards.

No running back has more 100-yard rushing games over the past four weeks than Lacy. In fact, only two others have two -- Darren McFadden and Thomas Rawls, who is out for the season with a broken ankle.

In addition, Lacy has the fourth-most rushing yards (333) during that span after Doug Martin (508), Rawls (435) and LeSean McCoy (338).

The matchup against the Raiders isn't great as they have allowed 2.92 yards per carry to opposing running backs over the past four weeks. In fact, no running back has more than 44 rushing yards against them over that stretch. Then again, they haven't faced the who's who of backs over that span, either -- Lions, Titans, Chiefs and Broncos.

In their previous two games, they allowed monster performances to DeAngelo Williams (225 YFS and two TDs) in Week 9 and Adrian Peterson (216 YFS and a TD) in Week 10.

Barring any curfew-related punishments, Lacy should finish this week as a top-10 running back once again.

DeAngelo Williams: 133.4 YFS/G, 1.0 TD/G over past 5G

Since taking over as the starter for the injured Le'Veon Bell, few running backs have been better than Pittsburgh's DeAngelo Williams.

During that five-game span, he has scored more than 14 fantasy points in four games and finished as a top-four weekly fantasy running back in three of those five games.

In those five games, Williams has a total of 101 carries for 463 yards and five touchdowns plus 17 catches for 204 yards.

Only two running backs have more yards from scrimmage than Williams (667): LeSean McCoy (723) and Adrian Peterson (717). But both backs played six games while the Steelers had their bye during that span.

If you include the first two games of the season when Bell was suspended, Williams has finished as a top-15 fantasy running back in six of seven games as a starter.

The Broncos have allowed only one 100-yard rusher (Jamaal Charles, Week 2) this season, but they have allowed seven touchdowns to running backs over their past seven games.

Given the volume that Williams should see, Williams should exceed 100 YFS and there's a better chance than not that he finds the end zone on Sunday.

Below you find my Week 15 Fantasy Football RB Rankings:

1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CHI)
2. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (at WAS)
3. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN)
4. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at STL)
5. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)
6. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (at DAL)
7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)
8. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (at MIN)
9. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (at SD)
10. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams (vs. TB)
11. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (at JAX)
12. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (at SF)
13. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (vs. GB)
14. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (vs. NYJ)
15. Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)
16. Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)
17. Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers (vs. CIN)
18. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (vs. KC)
19. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL)
20. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (vs. HOU)
21. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at SF)
22. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (at PIT)
23. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (vs. BUF)
24. James White, New England Patriots (vs. TEN)
25. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (at MIN)
26. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ARI)
27. Bryce Brown, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)
28. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (at NO)
29. Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (vs. TEN)
30. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (at PIT)
31. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)
32. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ARI)
33. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)
34. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (at NO)
35. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL)
36. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)
37. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at STL)
38. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. ARI)
39. Chris Polk, Houston Texans (at SEA)
40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)
41. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)
42. Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers (at NYG)
43. Fred Jackson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)
44. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers (at NYG)
45. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (at NYG)
46. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (at DAL)
47. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. BUF)
48. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans (at NE)
49. Joique Bell, Detroit Lions (at NO)
50. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (vs. CAR)

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December 16, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football: Week 15 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

After a slow start to the season, no quarterback has been hotter than Seattle's Russell Wilson.

In each of his past four games, Wilson has finished as a top-three weekly fantasy quarterback and the top producer in two of those weeks. Not only has Wilson scored a minimum of 25 fantasy points in all four of those games, but he has at least 32 in three consecutive games.

During that four-game streak, Wilson has thrown 16 touchdowns and no interceptions and averaged 292.75 passing yards per game. In addition, he has 101 rushing yards and a rushing score over that stretch as well.

Through Week 10, he had just 10 touchdowns to seven interceptions and had averaged only 15.8 fantasy points per game. In fact, he had just two top-12 weekly outings in those first nine games: QB9 in Week 2 and QB11 in Week 10.

Heading into Week 15, Wilson has scored the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks. In addition, he is only 1.36 fantasy points behind QB3 (Carson Palmer).

With a fantasy-friendly matchup, Wilson is set up for another strong outing. The Browns have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Carson Palmer: 300+ Yards and/or 2+ TDs in 12 of 13G

As noted above, Arizona's Carson Palmer ranks third in fantasy points scored this season.

With 4,003 passing yards and 31 passing touchdowns, Palmer is likely to exceed his all-time career highs on Sunday. His previous career highs are 4,278 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Palmer's consistency has been remarkable.

Finishing no worse than QB17 in any week this season, Palmer has scored a minimum of 15.98 fantasy points in all 13 games. In addition, he has 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in 12 of 13 games this year.

Only the Saints and Jaguars have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Over their past six games combined, the Eagles have allowed 20 touchdowns -- 19 passing and one rushing -- to opposing quarterbacks. In addition, they have allowed 29-plus fantasy points in three of their past four games.

Below you find my Week 15 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. CLE)
2. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at NYG)
3. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at PHI)
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. TEN)
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at OAK)
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at NO)
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. DET)
8. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. ATL)
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. DEN)
10. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at WAS)
11. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. GB)
12. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (at NE)
13. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (at DAL)
14. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at BAL)
15. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at JAX)
16. Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. CAR)
17. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. MIA)
18. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at MIN)
19. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (at SD)
20. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. BUF)
21. A.J. McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals (at SF)
22. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at STL)
23. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (at PIT)
24. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns (at SEA)
25. Blaine Gabbert, San Francisco 49ers (vs. CIN)

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December 13, 2015

2015 NFL Picks Against the Spread (ATS): Week 14 (Beazley)

Here are my picks against the spread (ATS) for Week 14 of the 2015 NFL season:

Kansas City Chiefs -10.5 over San Diego Chargers (3 units)

The Chargers have been hit with the injury bug pretty hard this season. At this point, I could probably sign and play WR for them this week. To make matters worse, QB Philip Rivers has severe flu-like symptoms. This does not look good for the Chargers. The Chiefs are my favorite defense to target in daily leagues this week. I don't see a way this one is close. Chiefs, 30-13.

Tennessee Titans +7 over New York Jets (3 units)

I'll take the points in this one. The Titans have no running attack, and even if they did, they would have a hard time against this Jets defense. This Jets defense is beatable in the air though, and as crazy as it sounds, that's Tennessee's strength. I think Marcus Mariota will have some success this week.

On the other side of the ball, I expect the Jets to try and use Chris Ivory a little more this week. I think Ivory is sneaky in DFS this week. The Jets win after the Titans collapse in the 4th quarter again. Jets, 24-21.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Under 46 (4 units)

This game has a very high total, and rightfully so after their games last week. Neither team could stop anything. I think the Colts will continue to struggle moving the ball this week, and Jacksonville will run a little more to keep the lead. This is one of the games I believe will have the lowest total of the week. Jags win in an ugly contest, 19-17.

Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears -- Over 43 (2 units)

This total has been dropping due to the bad weather that will be in effect at game time. Even with the weather being horrible, I think this game hits the over pretty easily. I think both teams will be able to run the ball, and I still think the Bears get Alshon Jeffery 10-plus targets. This is one of those sneaky games of the week I feel. Bears win at home, 38-29.

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December 12, 2015

Week 14 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Doug Baldwin is listed below as a "start" for Week 14. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 14 with him as one of my starting receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson and Baldwin and started only two receivers, you should start Hopkins and Robinson -- and in turn, bench Baldwin.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 14:

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)

It's been a remarkable four-game stretch for Baldwin. During that span, he has finished as a top-five fantasy receiver in three of those weeks and has racked up a total of 24/433/6. While he's averaging just 7.75 targets per game over this stretch, he has at least five catches and 60 yards in all four of those games.

Before this hot streak, Baldwin had 36 yards or less in six of eight games. A top-five outing may not be in the cards for Baldwin, but he has a top-five matchup against the Ravens in terms of fantasy points allowed to the position.

WR - Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)

Generally inconsistent, Watkins has had a pair of huge games in a row. Targeted only four times last week, Watkins finished with three catches for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Texans. In Week 12, Watkins had six catches for 158 yards and two scores.

With 100-plus yards and at least one score in three of five games, Watkins gets the league's most favorable matchup for wide receivers in Week 14. In their past five games, the Eagles have surrendered a total of 12 touchdowns to wide receivers.

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)

One of the league's most dangerous big-play receivers, Bryant is averaging more than 20 yards per reception (20.1 Y/A) on the season. (And he averaged 21.1 Y/A last season.) With 655 yards from scrimmage -- 623 receiving and 32 rushing -- and seven touchdowns, Bryant is averaging 93.6 yards and a touchdown per game in his seven games played this season. On paper, the matchup against the Bengals isn't normally a great one, but their secondary is dealing with multiple key injuries.

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. TEN)

With the 12th-most fantasy points on the season, Decker has had few big weeks, but he has been remarkably consistent. In fact, he has a minimum of 80 yards and/or a touchdown in every game this season. Therefore, he has yet to score less than 8.1 fantasy points (standard scoring) in any game this season.

Meanwhile, the Titans have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, which sets up for Decker to have another productive outing.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 14:

WR - Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at HOU)

The good news is that LaFell has nine targets in each of his past two games. The bad news is that he has turned those targets into a total of eight catches for 63 yards in those two games. Yet to score a touchdown this season, LaFell has averaged 48.0 yards per game and finished outside of the top-30 weekly fantasy receivers in all but one game (Week 9, WR23). Despite the injuries at the position, LaFell deserves to remain on your bench.

WR - Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (vs. SEA)

Aiken has at least five receptions in each of his past five games with double-digit targets in three of his past four. During that five-game span, Aiken is averaging a respectable 62.6 yards per game as the team's No. 1 receiver and he has finished as a top-35 receiver in four of those games. Given this week's matchup and the talent (or lack thereof) around him, Aiken isn't anything more than a flex, if that, this week.

WR - Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)

Cooper has had an excellent rookie campaign -- 62/920/4 on 105 targets -- with a quarter of the season to go. Both teammate Michael Crabtree (WR14) and Cooper (WR19) currently rank inside the top-20 fantasy receivers on the year. That said, the Raiders face the league's stingiest pass defense to fantasy wide receivers and Cooper himself had just four catches for 49 yards (although he did score a touchdown) in his first matchup against Denver. For this week, Cooper is ranked just outside of my top-24 fantasy receivers.

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December 11, 2015

Week 14 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Shaun Draughn is listed below as a "start" for Week 14. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 14 with him as one of my starting running backs.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you own both LeSean McCoy, Devonta Freeman and Draughn and your league starts two backs, you should start McCoy and Freeman -- and in turn, bench Draughn.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 14:

RB - Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)

Rawls has capitalized on the opportunity created by Marshawn Lynch's injuries this season. In two separate three-game stints with 15-plus carries in each game, Rawls has exceeded 100 rushing yards in four of those six games. In those six games as the primary back, Rawls has 779 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns.

While the way to beat the Ravens is through the air (they allow fourth-fewest fantasy points to RBs), Rawls should still get a large workload and he's been running the ball too well to consider sitting. In fact, he's still ranked inside my top-five fantasy running backs for the week.

RB - Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers (at CLE)

Draughn gained only 36 yards on his 13 carries last week, but he scored his first touchdown of the season and he continues to be a key component of San Francisco's passing game. Draughn has a minimum of 18 touches in four consecutive games and a total of 22 receptions during that four-game span.

While he's averaged 10.13 fantasy points per game in standard-scoring formats, Draughn has been a top-16 (or better) PPR running back in all four of those games. Meanwhile, the Browns have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points (seventh-most in PPR) to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)

Hill has been running the ball well lately. One week after setting a season high with 86 rushing yards on 16 carries, Hill carried the ball a season-high 22 times for 98 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 13. This week's matchup is difficult as the Steelers have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but Hill has now finished as a top-16 fantasy running back in three consecutive games.

RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)

After back-to-back 100-yard games, Lacy was punished for missing curfew ahead of his Thursday Night Football matchup against the Lions. In his few opportunities (five carries and one reception) that night, Lacy had a total of one (yes, just ONE) yard from scrimmage.

Fantasy owners burned last week may be a bit untrusting this week, but comments from coach Mike McCarthy this week are positive. McCarthy said, "I think Eddie's been rejuvenated ... and I look for him to have a very good week of practice, and I look for him to be productive Sunday."

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 14:

RB - DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)

One week after gaining just 30 yards on 14 carries against the Lions, Murray carried the ball eight times for 24 yards and played on only 14 snaps in Week 13's win over the Patriots. There was a lot of attention given to the frustrations he expressed to the team's owner about his role within the offense, but I'm not sure that leads to a sizable workload this week.

Teammate Ryan Mathews is likely to return from his concussion and he's been productive on a per-touch basis with an average of 5.69 yards per carry on the season. With no more than 11 touches in his past five games, Mathews has scored a touchdown and has finished as a top-20 fantasy running back in four of those five weeks. At a minimum, I'd rather start Mathews over Murray (assuming both are active) this week.

RB - Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (at KC)

Gordon gained 55 yards on 12 carries last week, but he once again lost a fumble. It was Gordon's sixth fumble, fourth lost, this season. Only Adrian Peterson has more fumbles (seven) this year. Earlier in the season, Gordon had back-to-back games (Week 5 and 6) with lost fumbles and had only seven carries in each of the subsequent games (Week 6 and 7).

It's possible that he sees a reduced workload given last week's lost fumble, and he had just 37 rushing yards on 15 carries (2.47 YPC) against the Chiefs in Week 11. Barely inside the top-50 fantasy running backs this season, now isn't the time to start trusting MG3.

RB - Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at CHI)

Here is the workload (touches) for Morris since the team's Week 8 bye: four (RB54), 18 (RB18), two (RB72), 24 (RB19) and six (RB76). I suppose he's due for a sizable workload and productive fantasy outing based on his recent pattern, but who knows? Unless you're in a deep league and desperate, there's no reason to take that chance.

RB - Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)

Before last week, Langford had finished as the weekly RB6, RB1, RB19 and RB15, respectively. With Matt Forte back for a second week, he dominated touches (26) compared to Langford (14) in Week 13. In 12-team leagues, Langford is more of a flex than an RB2 for Week 14.

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Week 14 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Jameis Winston is listed below as a "start" for Week 14. And I'd feel very comfortable going into Week 14 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Ben Roethlisberger and Winston, you should start Big Ben -- and in turn, bench Winston.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 14:

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)

Still available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues (as of Friday morning), Winston, a recommended pickup in my waiver-wire post, is certainly a viable starter in Week 14. With only one game this season with less than 200 passing yards, Winston has averaged 17.26 fantasy points per game and scored at least 12 fantasy points in all 12 games this season.

Based on this weekend's matchup against the Saints, it's possible that Winston has a monster game like he had a few weeks ago against the Eagles (five passing TDs). While not necessarily a very mobile quarterback, Winston has five rushing scores this season including four in his past six games.

Allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, the Saints have allowed 317.75 passing yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game over their past eight games. With four of the past five quarterbacks finishing as the weekly QB1 or QB2 in their matchup against the Saints, Winston has legitimate top-three overall upside against the league's worst defense.

QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)

In his first nine games this season, Wilson finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback only twice: QB9 (Week 2) and QB11 (Week 10). During that nine-game span, Wilson averaged a very mediocre 15.8 fantasy points per game and threw multiple touchdowns only once.

Since then, however, Wilson has scored a minimum of 25 fantasy points in each game and has finished as the QB3, QB1 and QB3, respectively. During that three-game span, Wilson has an 11:0 TD-to-INT ratio with more touchdowns than than he had in the first nine games combined. With 450 rushing yards this season, Wilson finally scored his first rushing touchdown last Sunday.

Wilson may not extend his streak of top-three weekly finishes, but he's set up for success in Week 14 with a fantasy-friendly matchup. The Ravens have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)

Vastly exceeding preseason expectations, Bortles has scored the seventh-most fantasy points this season and he's coming off his best performance of the season. On Sunday, Bortles threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns and scored 32.78 fantasy points. It was his seventh top-10 weekly finish this season and he gets a top-10 matchup this weekend against the Colts, against whom Bortles threw for 298 yards in Week 4.

[Related: No QB has a more favorable fantasy playoffs strength of schedule.]

QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)

Taylor completed only 11 pass attempts on Sunday, but he threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns and added 28 rushing yards and a fourth touchdown against the Texans. With three passing touchdowns in back-to-back games, Taylor has scored at least 26.24 fantasy points in each of those games. Due to his dual-threat abilities, Taylor has a solid floor and plenty of upside. On the season, he has 63 rush attempts for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

Perhaps he won't score 26-plus fantasy points for a third consecutive game, but Taylor is set up for the success to continue in Week 14. Only Winston has a more favorable matchup as the Eagles have allowed the second-most fantasy points this season. In fact, the Eagles pass defense has surrendered a total of 18 passing touchdowns in their past five games alone.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 14:

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)

Despite missing no games this season, Ryan has scored only the 20th-most fantasy points this season. The yardage has been there as he ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards (3,481), but he is tied with Kirk Cousins with the fewest passing touchdowns (17) among 3,000-yard passers so far this season. In addition, he's tied with Bortles for the most interceptions thrown (13) within that same group.

Making matters worse, Ryan has to face the Panthers this week (and in Week 16 as well). The Panthers have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at KC)

Earlier in the season, Rivers finished as a top-10 weekly quarterback in five consecutive games. Since then, however, he has finished as the QB19, QB27, QB4 and QB29, respectively. And in two of his past three games, he has scored 6.08 fantasy points or less. In fact, the QB27 game was against the Chiefs, this week's opponent. With plenty of favorable matchups for guys like Winston, Taylor, etc., it's certainly possible, if not likely, that Rivers once again finishes outside of the top-12 weekly performers.

QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at STL)

After a slow five-game start to the season, Stafford has been much better. During that seven-game span, he has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback four times and a top-six fantasy quarterback three times. Over that stretch, Stafford has averaged 279.86 yards per game with 16 passing touchdowns to only four interceptions.

The matchup for Stafford isn't great this weekend, however. The Rams have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on the year. With the exception of Jay Cutler (Week 10, QB3), they haven't allowed any other top-12 weekly producers this season. That said, they have been more vulnerable lately with their three worst games all happening over the past four weeks: Cutler (24.72 fantasy points), Andy Dalton (19.72 in Week 12) and Carson Palmer (22.24 last week).

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)

Carr has thrown multiple touchdowns in six of his past seven games, but he has been less consistent with two duds in his past three games. Against the Lions in Week 11, Carr threw for 169 yards and no touchdowns. Last week, he threw three interceptions against the Chiefs.

Facing the league's stingiest defense to opposing signal-callers doesn't bode well for Carr's fantasy success. In his first matchup with the Broncos (Week 5), Carr threw for 249 yards and a score but committed two turnovers and finished with only 9.86 fantasy points.

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December 10, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Fantasy Tight End Rankings

It's a dream matchup for Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins this weekend.

Not only have the Saints allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, but they have allowed a tight end to score double-digit fantasy points in four consecutive games. In fact, they have allowed five tight ends to finish as a top-eight weekly fantasy tight end in those four games.

During that span, the Saints have allowed 34 catches for 444 yards and six touchdowns to the position.

After a prolonged absence, Seferian-Jenkins returned to the field last week against the Falcons and played only 21 of the team's 71 offensive snaps. And while he finished with only three catches for 31 yards, he was targeted six times on his 21 snaps. Going forward, ASJ should play more offensive snaps.

Facing the worst defense in the league means that the Buccaneers are projected to be one of the top-scoring teams this weekend based on Vegas odds.

If he gets more than six targets this week, it wouldn't surprise me if he finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end for the week.

Below you find my Week 14 Fantasy Football TE Rankings:

1. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
3. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
4. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (at NYJ)
5. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (at CHI)
6. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)
7. Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
8. Scott Chandler, New England Patriots (at HOU)
9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
11. Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
12. Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
13. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
14. Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
15. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at GB)
16. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)
17. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (at ARI)
18. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (at STL)
19. Will Tye, New York Giants (at MIA)
20. Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens (vs. SEA)

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December 09, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings

With 10 catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns this week against the Titans, Jaguars second-year receiver Allen Robinson became the third player in franchise history to reach the 1,000-yard milestone and the first to do so since 2005.

Scoring the fourth-most fantasy points among wide receivers entering the season's final quarter, Robinson now has a total of 65 receptions for 1,080 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.

Just as impressive as his overall numbers, Robinson has been incredibly consistent this season. Robinson has scored at least 11 fantasy points standard-scoring (and 16-plus in PPR) formats in eight consecutive games.

Robinson and the Jaguars receivers will face the Colts this week.

So far this season, the Colts have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The first time Robinson faced the Colts this season, he finished with four catches for 80 yards on 12 targets.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on wide receivers:

  • With a stat line of 5/128/1 against the Browns last week, Bengals receiver A.J. Green extended his streak to five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to begin his NFL career. Green now has a total of 70 catches for 1,037 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. Green and the Bengals will face the Steelers, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

  • With Rishard Matthews (ribs) sidelined last week, Dolphins rookie DeVante Parker had another productive outing on Sunday. Following up a 4/80/1 performance against the Jets in Week 12, Parker had three catches for 63 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Ravens. In their past five games, the Giants have allowed 19 total touchdowns to wide receivers and four 100-yard receivers.

  • Extending his streak of 100-yard games to five, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. finished with a 6/149/1 stat line against the Jets on Sunday. Not only does that tie a franchise record, but OBJ has two of the three four-game streaks in club history. On the year, OBJ has a total of 78 receptions for 1,154 yards and 10 touchdowns. Beckham will look to extend the streak to six games against the Dolphins, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

  • Generally inconsistent, Buffalo's Sammy Watkins has had two huge games in a row. While he was only targeted four times, Watkins finished with three catches for 109 yards and a touchdown against the Texans. In Week 12, Watkins had six catches for 158 yards and two scores. With 100-plus yards and at least one score in three of five games, Watkins gets the league's most favorable matchup for wide receivers in Week 14.

  • It's been a remarkable four-game stretch for Seattle's Doug Baldwin. During that span, he has finished as a top-five fantasy receiver in three weeks and has racked up a total of 24/433/6. Before this hot streak, Baldwin had 36 yards or less in six of eight games. A top-five outing may not be in the cards for Baldwin, but he has a top-five matchup against the Ravens in terms of fantasy points allowed to the position.

Below you find my Week 14 Fantasy Football WR Rankings:

1. Odell Beckham, New York Giants (at MIA)
2. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (vs. NE)
4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
5. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)
6. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at STL)
7. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
8. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
11. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)
12. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
13. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN)
14. Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
15. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
16. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)
17. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at GB)
18. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)
19. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
20. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at HOU)
21. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYG)
22. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at JAX)
23. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
24. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins (at CHI)
25. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
26. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
27. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)
28. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN)
29. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)
30. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYG)
31. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)
32. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)
33. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN)
34. Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
35. Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
36. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (at CLE)
37. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at STL)
38. Brian Hartline, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
39. Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (vs. DET)
40. Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at HOU)
41. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts (at JAX)
42. Kamar Aiken, Baltimore Ravens (vs. SEA)
43. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (at ARI)
44. Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (at NYJ)
45. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)
46. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
47. Steve Johnson, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
48. Ted Ginn, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
49. James Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
50. Cecil Shorts, Houston Texans (vs. NE)

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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Fantasy Running Back Rankings

Since missing Weeks 4 and 5, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has a minimum of 68 rushing yards in seven consecutive games and at least 17 carries in six of those seven.

During that seven-game span, McCoy has averaged 20.43 touches per game and has scored a minimum of 10.4 fantasy points (standard scoring) in every game.

In addition, McCoy has a minimum of 8.6 fantasy points in all 10 games played this season and has yet to finish worse than the weekly RB27. In those 10 games, he has finished as a top-12 fantasy running back six times.

With exactly 112 rushing yards in three of his past five games, McCoy has averaged 97.6 rushing yards per game over that span.

Facing his former team, McCoy will obviously be (extra, if possible) motivated to stick it to Chip Kelly.

The Eagles defense has been extremely generous to fantasy running backs since Week 7.

In those six games, they have allowed three 100-yard rushers including a 235-yard game by Doug Martin and a 100-yard receiving game by Patriots running back James White last week. During that six-game span, they have allowed nine running backs to finish as a weekly top-20 performer.

One (other) running back not so happy with Kelly is the free agent that replaced McCoy: DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last season for the Cowboys.

One week after gaining just 30 yards on 14 carries against the Lions, Murray carried the ball eight times for 24 yards and played on 14 snaps in Week 13's win over the Patriots.

After Week 3, Murray had expressed frustration with his workload. Starting in Week 4, Murray had a five-game streak with 20-plus touches. Since then, however, his workload has decreased each week: 17 touches (Week 11), 14 (Week 12) and eight (Week 13).

At this point, I'd feel just as confident starting Ryan Mathews, who appears likely to return from a concussion this week, as I would Murray.

Mathews has been productive on a per-touch basis with an average of 5.69 yards per carry on the season. With no more than 11 touches in his past five games, Mathews has scored a touchdown and has finished as a top-20 fantasy running back in four of those five weeks.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on running backs:

  • Seattle's Thomas Rawls has taken the opportunity created by Marshawn Lynch's injuries this season and made the most of them. In two separate three-game stints with 15-plus carries each game, Rawls has exceeded 100 rushing yards in four of those six games. In those six games as the primary back, Rawls has 779 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. The Ravens have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but Rawls remains a clear-cut top-10 fantasy running back even in tough(er) matchups.

  • Baltimore rookie running back Javorius Allen was the top-scoring fantasy running back last week as he rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries and caught 12-of-13 targets for 107 yards and a score. This week's matchup is difficult as the Seahawks have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, but Allen is assured a massive workload (24.0 touches per game over past three), which should at least keep him on the RB2 radar despite the matchup.

  • Cincinnati's Jeremy Hill has been running the ball well lately. One week after setting a season high with 86 rushing yards on 16 carries, Hill carried the ball a season-high 22 times for 98 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 13. This week's matchup is difficult as the Steelers have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, but Hill has now finished as a top-16 fantasy running back in three consecutive games.

  • After back-to-back 100-yard games, Green Bay's Eddie Lacy was punished for missing curfew ahead of his Thursday Night Football matchup against the Lions. In his few opportunities (five carries and one reception) that night, Lacy had a total of one (yes, just ONE) yard from scrimmage. Fantasy owners burned last week may be a bit untrusting this week, but comments from coach Mike McCarthy this week are positive. McCarthy said, "I think Eddie's been rejuvenated ... and I look for him to have a very good week of practice, and I look for him to be productive Sunday."

  • San Francisco's Shaun Draughn gained only 36 yards on his 13 carries last week, but he scored his first touchdown of the season and he continues to be a key part of San Francisco's passing game. Draughn has a minimum of 18 touches in four consecutive games and a total of 22 receptions during that four-game span. While he's averaged 10.13 fantasy points per game in standard-scoring formats, Draughn has been a top-16 (or better) PPR running back in all four of those games.

Below you find my Week 14 Fantasy Football RB Rankings:

1. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
2. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (at ARI)
4. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
5. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)
6. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)
7. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN)
8. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
9. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
10. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYG)
11. Chris Ivory, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
12. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams (vs. DET)
13. Shaun Draughn, San Francisco 49ers (at CLE)
14. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)
15. Darren McFadden, Dallas Cowboys (at GB)
16. Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
17. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
18. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (vs. SEA)
19. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
20. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)
21. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (at HOU)
22. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (at JAX)
23. Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
24. Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
25. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)
26. DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)
27. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
28. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
29. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
30. James White, New England Patriots (at HOU)
31. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
32. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (at STL)
33. James Starks, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
34. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (at CHI)
35. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
36. Antonio Andrews, Tennessee Titans (at NYJ)
37. Tim Hightower, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
38. Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. BUF)
39. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (at STL)
40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
41. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
42. Alfred Blue, Houston Texans (vs. NE)
43. C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
44. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (at CHI)
45. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (at MIA)
46. Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
47. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
48. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
49. Shane Vereen, New York Giants (at MIA)
50. Chris Polk, Houston Texans (vs. NE)

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2015 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

It was a slow start to the season for the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson.

In his first nine games this season, Wilson finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback only twice: QB9 (Week 2) and QB11 (Week 10). During that nine-game span, Wilson averaged a very mediocre 15.8 fantasy points per game and threw multiple touchdowns only once.

Since then, however, Wilson has been a different, and dominant, fantasy quarterback.

Against the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings, Wilson has scored a minimum of 25 fantasy points in each game and has finished as the QB3, QB1 and QB3, respectively.

During that three-game span, Wilson has an 11:0 TD-to-INT ratio and he threw more touchdowns than than he had in the first nine games combined. And while Wilson has had success running the ball (450 rushing yards), he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on Sunday.

Wilson may not extend his streak of top-three weekly finishes, but he's set up for success in Week 14 with a favorable matchup. The Ravens have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

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Owned in just 43 percent of Yahoo! leagues as of Wednesday afternoon, Winston, recommended in my waiver-wire post, is certainly a viable starter in Week 14.

Over his past five games, Winston threw five touchdowns against the Eagles in Week 11, but a total of only two touchdowns in his other four games combined. And while he isn't the most mobile of quarterbacks, Winston has five rushing scores this year including four in his past six games.

Winston has averaged 17.26 fantasy points per game on the season and has scored at least 12 fantasy points in all 12 games this season. Yet to throw for 300 yards in any game this season, Winston has thrown at least 200 yards in all but one game this season, which has given him a solid floor to his level of production.

Not only have the Saints allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but they have allowed nearly five points per game more than the team that has allowed the second-most (Eagles).

In their past eight games, the Saints have allowed 317.75 passing yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game. Over their past six games, they have allowed 29.06 fantasy points per game.

With four of the past five quarterbacks finishing as the weekly QB1 or QB2 in their matchup against the Saints, Winston has legitimate QB1 overall upside against the league's worst defense.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on quarterbacks:

  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for a minimum of 334 yards in each of his past four games. Even though he left one of those games early and came off the bench in another, he has averaged 383.25 yards and thrown a total of 10 touchdowns during that span. The matchup is difficult as the Bengals have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to the position, but if Roethlisberger throws for at least 334 yards once again, he'll become only the second quarterback in NFL history to do so in five straight games.

  • There are only eight quarterbacks in NFL history that have thrown for 334-plus yards in four consecutive games. Big Ben isn't the only to do so this season; San Diego's Philip Rivers has as well. Earlier in the season, Rivers finished as a top-10 weekly quarterback in five consecutive games. Since then, however, he has finished as the QB19, QB27, QB4 and QB29, respectively. And in two of his past three games, he has scored 6.08 fantasy points or less. The QB27 game was against the Chiefs, this week's opponent.

  • Vastly exceeding preseason expectations, Jacksonville's second-year quarterback Blake Bortles has scored the seventh-most fantasy points this season and he's coming off his best performance of the season. On Sunday, Bortles threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns and scored 32.78 fantasy points. It was his seventh top-10 weekly finish this season and he gets a top-10 matchup this weekend against the Colts, against whom Bortles threw for 298 yards in Week 4. [No quarterback has a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule in the fantasy playoffs.]

  • Despite missing no games, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has scored only the 20th-most fantasy points this season. The yardage has been there as he ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards (3,481), but he is tied with Kirk Cousins with the fewest passing touchdowns (17) among 3,000-yard passers so far this season. In addition, he's tied with Bortles for the most interceptions thrown (13) within that same group. Making matters worse, Ryan has to face the Panthers this week (and in Week 16 as well).

  • Cincinnati's Andy Dalton has been more consistent than he's been in the past with nine top-12 weekly performances in his 12 games played this season. On the year, he has scored the fifth-most fantasy points with 28 touchdowns -- 25 passing and three rushing -- to only six interceptions. One of the three games in which he finished outside of the top-12 weekly quarterbacks, however, was against the Steelers, this week's opponent. Two of Dalton's six picks happened that week, but the Steelers have allowed 300-plus yards in three of their four games since that first matchup.

Below you find my Week 14 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at HOU)
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)
6. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN)
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
8. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
9. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)
10. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)
11. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
12. Eli Manning, New York Giants (at MIA)
13. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at STL)
15. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (at NYJ)
16. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
17. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYG)
18. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
19. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
20. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)
21. Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (vs. NE)
22. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
23. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
24. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
25. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at CHI)

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