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July 06, 2016

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

It's fair to say that Melvin Gordon's rookie season did not live up to expectations.

One of two running backs selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft along with Todd Gurley, Gordon averaged only 3.5 yards per carry and failed to score on any of his 217 touches. He also had some issues with ball security as he lost four fumbles.

To make matters worse, MG3 had offseason microfracture surgery. Apparently, he has looked fully healthy at mini-camp and it's good news that the team wasn't concerned enough to add a back of significance via free agency and/or the draft.

Meanwhile, teammate Danny Woodhead posted another better-than-drafted fantasy season. He scored the 10th-most fantasy points among running backs in standard-scoring leagues; only Atlanta's Devonta Freeman and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson scored more fantasy points in PPR formats.

In each of his two full seasons with the Chargers, Woodhead has finished with at least 1,034 YFS and eight TDs. And over his past three full seasons, he has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats each season.

The gap in fantasy production between San Diego's two backs won't be as great this season, but which one will score the most fantasy points?

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July 03, 2016

Which 2nd-year RB will score more fantasy points: Gurley or Johnson?

Based on current average draft position (ADP), there are five first-round fantasy running backs -- Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott.

Of that group, Gurley and Johnson are second-year featured backs in the NFC West.

Not only are they next to each other in my positional rankings, but they are next to each other (fifth and sixth) in overall fantasy football cheat sheet.

In other words, it's essentially a toss-up between the two backs.

Despite missing the first three games of the 2015 NFL season as he recovered from a torn ACL, Gurley still finished third in the NFL in rushing (1,106 yards) behind Adrian Peterson (1,485) and Doug Martin (1,402). The Rams still have one of the league's worst offensive lines and lack elite weapons elsewhere to keep opposing defenses honest, but Gurley might lead the league in carries in what should be one of the league's most run-heavy offenses.

Meanwhile, Johnson started the season as a backup and while he was productive on a per-touch basis, he didn't get an opportunity for the lead-back role until an injury to Chris Johnson. Going into 2016, the Northern Iowa product is clearly the lead back in one of the league's top offenses. Johnson scored a total of 13 touchdowns -- eight rushing, four receiving and one return -- despite getting only 161 touches.

Of these two elite fantasy options, which NFC West back will score more fantasy points in 2016?

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July 02, 2016

Poll: Will Antonio Brown set single-season receiving records in 2016?

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been the top-scoring fantasy wide receiver in back-to-back seasons.

As the consensus top fantasy receiver for 2016, Brown is as safe as it gets atop fantasy drafts in 2016. As consistent as he's been, there is the upside that Brown puts up record-setting numbers.

Over the past three seasons, Brown's production has improved each season -- 110/1,499/8 (2013), 129/1,698/13 (2014) and 136/1,834/10 (2015).

Tied for the league lead in receptions last year, only Julio Jones (1,871) had more yards.

If it were for Ben Roethlisberger missing four games, Brown might have had a record-setting 2015 campaign. The single-season records for receptions and receiving yards are (143, Marvin Harrison) and (1,964, Calvin Johnson) and it's fair to wonder whether Brown will break those records in 2016.

Getting double-digit targets in all 12 games that Big Ben played, Brown averaged 9.92/133.25/0.83 per game. That equates to a 16-game pace of 159/2,132/13.

With Martavis Bryant suspended for all of 2015, that will have a bigger impact for the team's other receivers -- Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates, etc., but it should mean a few more targets for Brown as well.

Will Brown break the single-season record for either receptions or receiving yards? Or both?

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July 01, 2016

Poll: How many TDs will Blake Bortles throw in 2016?

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw a total of 35 touchdowns in 2015; only New England's Tom Brady (36) threw more.

Vastly exceeded his 2015 average draft position, Bortles scored the fourth-most fantasy points last season with only Cam Newton, Brady and Russell Wilson scoring more.

The duo of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns both became the first two receivers in club history to reach the 1,000-yard and 10-TD milestones in the same season.

The trio of Bortles, Robinson and Hurns are all entering their third season together and tight end Julius Thomas will enter 2016 healthy -- unlike 2015. In addition, Thomas has reportedly looked "unstoppable" in offseason workouts and mini-camp.

The Jags upgraded their defense by drafting Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, signing Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson in free agency and Dante Fowler, the No. 3 overall pick in 2015, will make his debut after missing all of last season.

Meanwhile, the team's running backs should score more than three touchdowns than they had last season as the team signed Chris Ivory this offseason.

Will Bortles throw 30+ touchdowns in 2016?

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June 26, 2016

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

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

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

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished as a top-10 quarterback for the second consecutive season and he's my highest-ranked NFC East quarterback (currently 11th). In each of the past two seasons, Manning threw 600-plus times and exceeded 4,400-plus yards while throwing a total of 65 touchdowns. With one of the league's most dynamic players in Odell Beckham as his go-to receiver, Eli could certainly finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.

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

Last but not least, ok maybe least since he's third in my rankings out of this group, is Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. Over the final 10 games of the season, few quarterbacks were as productive as Cousins, who threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more and threw only three interceptions. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times. Not only does he have the same weapons as last year with Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, etc., but the team used their first-round pick on TCU WR Josh Doctson.

When we look back at the 2016 NFL season, which NFC East quarterback will have scored the most fantasy points?

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June 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which one?

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June 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 05, 2016

POLL: Will Doug Baldwin outperform his current ADP?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of 2016, where will Baldwin finish in terms of fantasy production?

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December 26, 2015

Poll: Will Sammy Watkins extend his TD streak to 5G in Week 16?

Several players have an active streak of three of more games with a touchdown heading into Week 16.

Interestingly enough, the player -- Odell Beckham Jr. (five games) -- with the longest such streak is suspended for Week 16.

Three wide receivers have an active four-game scoring streak -- Jacksonville's Allen Robinson, Seattle's Doug Baldwin and Buffalo's Sammy Watkins.

Earlier in the season, Watkins voiced his frustrations about his lack of targets in Buffalo's run-first offense. During his four-game scoring spree, however, Watkins has double-digit targets in three of four games.

Over that four-game stretch, Watkins has a total of 19 catches for 459 yards and six touchdowns. In addition, he has three 100-yard games and a minimum of 81 yards in each of those contests.

With LeSean McCoy (MCL) doubtful for this week, we will see a heavy dose of Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee against a vulnerable Cowboys run defense. But Watkins should be heavily targeted once again.

That said, the matchup isn't favorable, at least on paper. Going into Championship Week, the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

Will Watkins for a fifth consecutive game in Week 16?

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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.

Will Cousins score 20-plus fantasy points in Week 16?

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December 24, 2015

Poll: How many touchdowns will Doug Baldwin score in Week 16?

It's been a historic four-game stretch for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. Nearly half of Baldwin's 21 receptions have gone for touchdowns (10).

With a minimum of two touchdowns in each of those four games, Baldwin joins Cris Carter and Calvin Johnson as the only three players in NFL history with a minimum of two receiving touchdowns in four consecutive games.

A two-TD performance this weekend will give him sole possession of that record/distinction.

Here's another way to look at Baldwin's four-game run: only eight other players -- six receivers and two tight ends -- have at least 10 touchdowns for the entire season.

Tied with Odell Beckham Jr. and Allen Robinson for the league lead in touchdowns (13), Baldwin has a total of 65 catches for a career-high 905 yards.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has his own impressive streak going with five consecutive games with three-plus touchdowns including a pair of five-TD games during that stretch. But Baldwin has caught 10 of 16 touchdowns over the past four weeks.

Primarily due to his last four to six games, Baldwin has moved into the top-seven fantasy wide receivers through Week 15. Going into Week 16, Baldwin is among my top-10 fantasy wide receivers (standard scoring).

St. Louis has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, but a hamstring injury may be a bigger problem for Baldwin.

Assuming he plays, however, will Baldwin extend his touchdown streak this week? Will he score more than once?

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December 23, 2015

Poll: Will Bilal Powell finish as a top-24 fantasy running back in Week 16?

Scoring in three consecutive games, New York Jets running back Bilal 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.

Even though he has six or fewer carries in each of those three games, Powell has finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in all three of those games.

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. Powell has been the RB3, RB7 and RB6 in PPR formats over the past three weeks, respectively.

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Going into Week 16, both Powell (RB19) and Chris Ivory (RB13) are ranked inside my top-20 fantasy running backs for the week.

Will Powell finish as a top-24 fantasy running back in Week 16? Or even top-12?

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December 22, 2015

Poll: How many yards will Dorial Green-Beckham have in Week 16?

Once the most-coveted high school recruit, Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Dorial 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, Green-Beckham had 40 or fewer yards in all but two of his first 11 games this season. That said, DGB has become much more involved and productive down the stretch and is the top-ranked receiver in Week 16 waiver-wire recommendations.

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.)

It's been a slow year in general for rookie wide receivers. Through this week's games, Green-Beckham ranks 56th in fantasy football points scored.

The rookie wide receivers that rank ahead of DGB: Amari Cooper (16th), Tyler Lockett (36th) and Stefon Diggs (41st).

The Texans have limited opposing wide receivers to the seventh-fewest fantasy points through Week 15. And since Week 5, the Texans have allowed only one 100-yard receiver (Sammy Watkins in Week 13).

How many yards will Green-Beckham have in Week 16?

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November 29, 2015

Poll: When the Carolina Panthers lose next?

With a pair of pick-sixes on Thanksgiving, the Carolina Panthers improved to a perfect 11-0 record in 2015.

While Cam Newton ran in the team's third and final touchdown, Kurt Coleman and Luke Kuechly both returned Tony Romo interceptions for scores.

It was Newton's first game this season without a touchdown pass, but he is on pace to throw a career-high 29 touchdowns. In addition, he's on pace for 10 rushing touchdowns.

And although he has played one more game, Newton's 27 touchdowns -- 20 passing and seven rushing -- are tied for the most in the NFL with Carson Palmer (27 passing and no rushing) and Tom Brady (25 passing and two rushing).

Of Carolina's remaining five games, four are within the division and the only non-division game is against the Giants.

Going back to the 2014 season, the Panthers have won 15 consecutive regular-season games.

The Panthers currently have a 2.5-game lead on Arizona Cardinals for the NFC's No. 1 seed and a 4.5-game lead on the Atlanta Falcons for the division, which means they may not be playing for anything in their final game or two.

When the Panthers lose their next game? Will they get through the regular season with an unblemished record?

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November 25, 2015

Poll: Will Darren McFadden rush for 100+ yards in Week 12?

Even though there was some speculation that a groin injury and sloppy field conditions in Miami would lead to a reduced workload, Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden carried the ball 29 times for 129 yards on Sunday.

Since taking over as the team's featured back after their Week 6 bye, McFadden has exceeded 100 rushing yards in three of five games.

In addition, McFadden has exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage in a fourth game during that span.

Durability has long been a huge concern with McFadden as he played a full 16-game season only once in his career (last season). Over the past five games, however, no running back has had a larger workload than McFadden (137 touches).

Only four other running backs have at least 100 touches since Week 7 -- Adrian Peterson (118), Jonathan Stewart (114), Todd Gurley (113) and Doug Martin (108).

On a short week, the Cowboys will host the unbeaten Carolina Panthers tomorrow on Thanksgiving. While the matchup isn't ideal, the Cowboys will likely give McFadden another heavy workload.

Will McFadden rush for 100-plus yards against the Panthers in Week 12?

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November 06, 2015

POLL: Will Todd Gurley rush for 125+ yards for a 5th consecutive game?

So far in his young career, St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley has either rushed for more than 125 yards or less than 10 yards in every game.

After his modest nine-yard NFL debut, Gurley has been dominant.

Including 133 rushing yards and a touchdown against the 49ers last week, Gurley has rushed for more than 125 yards in four consecutive games. During that four-game span, Gurley has racked up 566 rushing yards (6.43 yards per carry) and three touchdowns with nine catches for 63 yards.

The only other active running backs that have ever had a streak of at least four 125-yard rushing games are Chris Johnson (six, 2009) and Frank Gore (four, 2011). Along with Johnson, Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell both have six-game streaks with 125-plus rushing yards.

Only two other players -- Adrian Peterson and Chris Ivory (both two games) -- have rushed for 125-yards in consecutive games this season.

Gurley and the Rams will face the Vikings in Week 9. Only two running backs have gained more than 51 rushing yards against the Vikings this season -- Carlos Hyde (168, Week 1) and Ronnie Hillman (103, Week 4).

Will Gurley rush for 125-plus yards for a fifth consecutive game in Week 9?

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October 30, 2015

POLL: Will Todd Gurley rush for 125+ yards in 4 consecutive games?

Before his team's bye in Week 6, St. Louis Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley had rushed for 146 and 159 yards in back-to-back games against the Cardinals and Packers, respectively.

While he didn't rush for as many yards as either of those two outings, Gurley continued to dominate on the ground in Week 7. Against the Browns last week, Gurley carried the ball 19 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, the first and second touchdowns of his NFL career.

If Todd Gurley rushes for 125-plus yards in a fourth consecutive game, it will be the 13th time that it has been done in NFL history. The NFL record of consecutive 125-yard games is six (Chris Johnson, Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell).

Over his past three games, Gurley has racked up a total of 433 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 68 carries (6.37 yards per carry) with six catches for 50 yards.

In his second career divisional matchup, Gurley will face the 49ers in Week 8. This season, the 49ers have allowed only two 100-yard rushers, both of which play in the division -- Chris Johnson (110 yards and two TDs) in Week 3 and Marshawn Lynch (122 yards and a TD) in Week 7.

A popular choice among our contributors in our weekly DFS Roundtable post for favorite DraftKings play of the week, Gurley is ranked second in my Week 8 fantasy football running back rankings behind only Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell.

Will Gurley rush for at least 125 yards in Week 8 against the 49ers to extend his streak to four games?

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October 24, 2015

Poll: Will Brandon Marshall reach 100-yard mark in fifth straight game?

Things could not have gone much better for wide receiver Brandon Marshall in his first season with the New York Jets.

So far this season, Marshall has either exceeded 100 yards or scored a touchdown (or both) with a minimum of six receptions and nine targets in every game.

In standard-scoring formats, Marshall has scored at least 12 fantasy points in all five games and currently ranks 10th in total fantasy points among wide receivers despite already having his bye.

Marshall brings a four-game streak of 100-yard games into his Week 7 matchup against the Patriots, who are eight-point favorites this week. In other words, game flow could lead to plenty of opportunities in the passing game for Marshall (and Eric Decker).

The longest 100-yard streak in NFL history was eight games (Calvin Johnson, 2012). Marshall is tied with DeAndre Hopkins for the longest active streak of 100-yard games.

Several elite wide receivers -- A.J. Green, Randall Cobb, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Alshon Jeffery -- are on bye this week so the position is much thinner than usual.

Despite his consistent level of high production, Marshall has yet to finish any better than WR12 in standard-scoring formats (or WR8 in PPR formats), but I have him ranked fifth among wideouts this week. (In addition, I have Decker ranked inside my top-15 fantasy wide receivers as well.)

Will Marshall extend his career-best streak of 100-yard games to five this week?

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Poll: Will Gary Barnidge score in a 5th straight game?

Every season, there are always surprise players in terms of fantasy production; one of those players is Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge.

Nobody could have projected Barnidge's production; the only tight end with more fantasy points this season than Barnidge is New England's Rob Gronkowski.

Over the past four weeks, Barnidge has finished as a weekly top-three fantasy tight end in all four games.

During that four-game span, Barnidge has a total of 23 receptions for 358 yards and five touchdowns on 35 targets and has scored (at least once) in all four games.

This week, Barnidge and the Browns will face the Rams, who have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

Will Barnidge extend his touchdown streak to five games in his matchup against the Rams this week?

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August 22, 2015

Poll: Will Antonio Brown finish with at least 5/50 in all 16 games in 2015?

Perennially one of the teams with a strong defense and running game, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have one of the league's best passing offenses. (They also have a strong run offense led by Le'Veon Bell, but this is clearly a team that now has to rely on its offense.)

Not only did Ben Roethlisberger tie Drew Brees for the league lead in passing yards (4,952), but the Steelers had four players with at least 50 receptions last year -- Antonio Brown (league-high 129), Bell (83), Heath Miller (66) and Markus Wheaton (53).

Even though Brown led the league in both receptions and receiving yards (1,698), he surprisingly never finished as the weekly top-scoring fantasy wide receiver last season.

That said, no receiver scored more fantasy points on the year in either scoring format than Brown.

While I have him projected to score the most fantasy points once again, it's his consistency that really sets him apart. No receiver has a higher floor than Brown.

After finishing with a minimum of five catches and 50 yards in all 17 games (counting the playoffs) in 2013, Brown once again finished with a 5/50 line in every game in 2014 to extend his own NFL record.

Will Brown once again reach a 5/50 stat line in all 16 games this season?

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July 17, 2015

Poll: Which 2nd-year WR is a better fantasy option - Benjamin, Cooks or Matthews?

There are many talented second-year NFC wide receivers as five of them rank inside my top-16 fantasy wide receivers for 2015.

Clearly, the top option among the group is New York's Odell Beckham, who currently has a (late) first-round ADP at Fantasy Football Calculator. ODB may not lead the league with 108.8 yards per game again, but he enters 2015 with a streak of four consecutive 8/130/1 (or better) games. And no receiver finished as a top-12 fantasy receiver in a higher percentage (58.3 percent) of his games than Beckham.

While ODB is the consensus top option within the group, Tampa's Mike Evans is widely-viewed as the second-best option within the group. Not only was he one of three rookie receivers to haul in 1,000-plus yards, but he was one of only five receivers to rack up 12-plus scores last season. Playing with a rookie quarterback may lead to some early-season inconsistency, but Jameis Winston is clearly a long-term upgrade over the team's 2014 quarterback play.

That leads us to the other three within the group.

Not only are these three receivers next to each other in my rankings, but their ADPs are bunched together as well -- Kelvin Benjamin (3.12, WR15), Brandin Cooks (4.01, WR16) and Jordan Matthews (4.05, WR17).

Like Evans and Beckham, Benjamin exceeded the 1,000-yard mark last year. Like Evans, he's also a big-bodied receiver that can use his size as an advantage over all cornerbacks in the red zone. One area that he needs to improve considerably is the drops. Per PFF, only Cincinnati's Mohamed Sanu had more drops than Benjamin last season.

Through Week 11 when Cooks sustained a season-ending injury, he was leading all rookies in receptions (53) and had the 25th-most fantasy points among receivers. Once again, Cooks is generated plenty of offseason buzz and he has a tremendous opportunity to take a big step forward if he can stay healthy as the team traded Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this spring.

Last but not necessarily least, Matthews finished as a top-25 fantasy wide receiver over the course of the full season despite ranking third among the team's receivers in snaps. With Jeremy Maclin signing with the Chiefs in free agency and Riley Cooper, well, being Riley Cooper, Matthews should lead the group in snaps in 2015. Rookie Nelson Agholor profiles similarly to Maclin, but Matthews could see his production spike to 2014 Maclin levels (85/1,318/10, WR9).

So, out of Benjamin, Cooks and Matthews, which second-year receiver will score the most fantasy points in 2015?

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July 10, 2015

Poll: Which NFC WR will score the most fantasy points in 2015?

Going into the 2015 season, my top-two fantasy wide receivers play in the AFC -- Pittsburgh's Antonio and Denver's Demaryius Thomas.

After that, the next five wide receivers in my rankings all play in the NFC and you could certainly make a case for any of them to be the most productive NFC wide receiver.

The gap in my 2015 fantasy wide receiver projections between Brown (239.0 fantasy points) and Thomas (218.5) is larger than the gap between Dez Bryant (WR3, 218.4) and Odell Beckham (WR7, 201.9).

Bryant set a three-year low in targets (136), but he had a career-high 16 touchdowns. In fact, only Marshawn Lynch (56) has scored more touchdowns than Bryant (50) over the past four seasons. It's unclear if Bryant and the Cowboys will reach a long-term deal prior to the July 15th deadline, but I expect Bryant to be there Week 1 under his franchise tag (if they don't) and he's a lock for 85-plus catches, 1,200-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns in 2015.

Atlanta's Julio Jones finished with 104 catches for 1,593 yards, both of which shattered his previous career highs, and six touchdowns in 2014. His TD/G rate has dipped to 0.4/G over the past two seasons (compared to 0.62/G in his first two seasons), but I expect that rate to bounce back given his size and athleticism. Jones is now the clear No. 1 receiver in Atlanta ahead of Roddy White.

No NFC wide receiver scored more fantasy points than Green Bay's Jordy Nelson last season. The only receiver to score more fantasy points than Nelson last season was Brown. With the league's best quarterback (Aaron Rodgers) throwing his passes, Nelson posted a career-best 98/1,519/13 line last season and has averaged 1,210 yards and 10.75 touchdowns over the past four years.

Detroit's Calvin Johnson has a total of six 200-yard games in his career -- more than any other player. While he still has as much potential as any receiver to take over a given game, he has missed a total of five games in 2013 and 2014. With five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, however, Megatron has averaged a stat line of 90/1,467/11 during that span and still has WR1 potential if he can stay healthy for 16 games.

What New York's Odell Beckham did over the final nine games (81/1,199/9) was better than what most receivers did over 16 games last season. ODB's combination of hands, route-running ability, speed and elusiveness makes him nearly impossible to cover especially in today's age of offense-friendly rules, but he will receive more attention from opposing defenses this year and Victor Cruz is expected back in Week 1.

Even after these five NFC wide receivers, three of the next four in my rankings (Mike Evans, Randall Cobb and Alshon Jeffery) also play in the NFC and are 25 years old or younger.

Of the top NFC wide receivers, which one will score the most fantasy points in 2015?

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June 30, 2015

Poll: Which AFC wide receiver will score the most fantasy points in 2015?

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown led all receivers in fantasy points scored last season regardless of scoring format.

While Brown led the NFL in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698), the most impressive thing about Brown's production over the past couple of seasons has been his consistency. Oddly enough, Brown never finished with the most fantasy points among wide receivers in any given week last year despite leading the position on the year. Over the past two seasons, however, Brown has recorded at least five receptions and 50 receiving yards in every game.

Going into the 2015 season, Brown is my top-ranked fantasy receiver. And the majority of "experts" tracked by FantasyPros, including yours truly, have Brown ranked as their WR1.

My second-ranked wideout, Denver's Demaryius Thomas, is also the guy that finished second in fantasy points among wide receivers in 2014 although he was tied with Green Bay's Jordy Nelson.

In three seasons playing with Peyton Manning, Thomas has posted the following stat lines: 94/1,434/10 (2012), 92/1,430/14 (2013) and 111/1,619/11 (2014). Even if DT doesn't duplicate last year's career numbers, he appears to be a lock for 90 catches, 1,400 yards and double-digit touchdowns.

Among the top-eight wide receivers that I view as part of an "elite" tier, three of them play in the AFC. Along with Brown and Thomas, the third of that group is Cincinnati's A.J. Green. Green missed a few games last season, but he still finished with 69 catches for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. In his previous two seasons, however, Green averaged 97.5 receptions, 1,388 yards and 11 touchdowns per season.

There are some other young AFC receivers on the rise, such as T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins, but they are not yet in the same tier as Brown, Thomas and Green.

Of these AFC wide receivers, which one will score the most fantasy points in 2015 (using standard scoring)?

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June 29, 2015

Poll: Which NFC South QB will score the most fantasy points in 2015?

Based on 2015 Fantasy Football ADP from Fantasy Football Calculator, the first four quarterbacks off the board in standard 12-team mock drafts are Andrew Luck (2.04), Aaron Rodgers (2.06), Peyton Manning (4.01) and then Russell Wilson (4.10).

After the first four quarterbacks, however, three of the next four all play their football in the NFC South.

Leading one of the NFL's most prolific passing offenses ever, Saints quarterback Drew Brees has half of the 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history. And while his streak of three consecutive 5,000-yard seasons ended last year, he still led the NFL with 4,952 passing yards (tied with Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger). Not only has Brees thrown for 4,388-plus yards in nine consecutive seasons, but he has at least 33 passing touchdowns in six straight as well.

For the first time in the past nine seasons, however, Brees finished outside the top-five fantasy quarterbacks (sixth) and the team traded two of their best pass-catchers (Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills) this offseason. Brees led the league in pass attempts (659) last season and has at least 650 pass attempts in five straight years, but it appears that the Saints will be more committed to their rushing attack going forward.

Meanwhile, Carolina's Cam Newton had a disappointing season as he missed two games and seemed at less than 100 percent for most of the year. Even so, Newton finished seventh among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game last year. And before last season, Newton finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in each of his first three seasons.

In four NFL seasons, Newton has thrown for 3,000-plus yards while also rushing for 500-plus every year. The only other quarterback in NFL history to do that more than twice is Randall Cunningham (three times).

While Brees and Newton have almost always finished as top-five fantasy quarterbacks in their careers, Atlanta's Matt Ryan has yet to do so. Ryan has finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the past five seasons, however.

Ryan has been consistent with 4,500-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and actually has the third-most during that span behind Brees and Manning. In addition, Ryan has the most talented wide receiver (Julio Jones) in the division as his primary target. Will this be the year that Ryan posts his first-ever top-five season?

[With Jameis Winston being a rookie in a division with three talented quarterbacks, I left him out of the poll. But in future seasons, he'll certainly challenge to be the division's top fantasy quarterback.]

Which NFC South QB do you expect to score the most fantasy points in 2015?

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June 24, 2015

Poll: Which QB will score more fantasy points in 2015 - Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck?

In any fantasy football (mock) draft this season, the first quarterback to be selected will almost always be either Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck.

Based on ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator, Luck (2.04) and Rodgers (2.07) are both second-round picks, on average, and then the next three quarterbacks are being selected in the fourth or fifth round: Peyton Manning (4.01), Russell Wilson (4.10) and Drew Brees (5.05).

Based on my 2015 Fantasy Football Rankings, I have Rodgers ranked (slightly) ahead of Luck.

Here's what I wrote in my fantasy rankings on the two quarterbacks:

Rodgers: The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, Rodgers was also the top-scoring fantasy quarterback as well. Since becoming Green Bay's starting quarterback seven years ago, Rodgers has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in six of seven seasons with the lone exception due to injury (broken clavicle, 2013). Over the past four seasons, Rodgers has compiled a combined 139:25 TD-to-INT ratio with an average of 8.5 yards per attempt, 112.6 passer rating and 67.0 completion percentage.

Luck: Throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-leading 40 touchdowns, both of which were career highs, Luck's 40 TDs last season nearly equalled his total from his first two seasons combined (46 TDs). During the season, Luck had the second-longest streak of 300-yard games (eight) in NFL history. Like with Rodgers, Luck gets a boost from his mobility and he has rushed 62-64 times in all three seasons with at least 255 yards each year and a total of 12 touchdowns.

Both signal-callers have talented players around them -- Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and Eddie Lacy in Green Bay and T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener in Indianapolis, among others.

Both are tremendous options, but which of these two stud QBs will score more fantasy points in 2015?

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June 14, 2015

POLL: Which NFC North RB will score the most fantasy points in 2015?

Three of the top-six players in our 2015 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet are NFC North running backs -- Green Bay's Eddie Lacy, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Chicago's Matt Forte.

Lacy: Starting slowly while facing three elite rush defenses to start the season, only DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell scored more fantasy points than Lacy did from Weeks 4 to 17. Over those final 13 games of the season, he averaged 18.92 touches for 108.85 YFS per game and scored a total of 13 touchdowns. The benefit of playing with Aaron Rodgers means that opposing defenses are less likely to stack the box to (try to) slow down Lacy. After averaging a relatively modest 4.15 yards per carry as a rookie, Lacy averaged 4.63 YPC last season (and 4.89 YPC over final 13 games).

Peterson: One of the league's all-time best running backs, Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards back just a couple of seasons ago. After last year's lost season, it was unclear where he would play in 2015, but the draft has come and gone with Peterson on Minnesota's roster and he has reported to the team. Assuming that he plays all 16 games (or close to it), the 30-year-old Peterson should finish as a top-five (or better) back in 2015.

Forte: Not only did Forte lead all running backs in receptions (102) last year, but only three players, any position, had more -- Antonio Brown (129), Demaryius Thomas (111) and Julio Jones (104) -- as he broke the single-season record for receptions by a running back. With the coaching change, Forte isn't likely to see anywhere close to triple-digit receptions again, but he could certainly finish with around 70 catches. And although Forte averaged less than four yards per carry for the first time since 2009, he has rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons and has at least 929 rushing yards in all seven of his NFL seasons. Only the Raiders (337) and Bucs (353) ran the ball less than the Bears (355) last season and I'd expect the Bears to be more committed to the run in 2015.

Of these stud NFC North running backs, which will score the most points (standard scoring) in 2015 fantasy football leagues?

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December 07, 2014

POLL: Will DeMarco Murray reach the 2,000-yard milestone this season?

Although he has played one more game than Le'Veon Bell, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has a 540-yard lead over Bell to win this year's rushing title.

Barring injury, there is no chance that Bell catches Murray, but will Murray become the seventh player in league history to reach the 2,000-yard milestone?

On the season, Murray has 320 carries for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns plus 53 receptions for 392 yards. In addition, Murray has exceeded 100 yards in all but two games this season and his 11 100-yard games ties him with Emmitt Smith for the single-season franchise record.

If Murray, who is averaging 123.5 rushing yards per game, is to reach the 2,000-yard mark, he will need to average 131.3 yards per game.

The Cowboys will face the Eagles, Colts and Redskins in their final three games and all three teams currently rank in the top 12 in the rush defense. Murray had a season-low 73 yards against the Eagles two weeks ago, but he had 141 yards against Washington earlier this season.

Will Murray reach the 2,000-yard milestone?


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