NFL, Fantasy Football and NFL Draft PollsHere are the latest NFL, fantasy football and NFL Draft polls on our site:
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.
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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Poll: 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.
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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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.
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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Poll: Which NFC East QB will score the most fantasy points in 2016?Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw a total of 35 touchdowns in 2015; only New England's Tom Brady (36) threw 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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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.
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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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).
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.
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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.
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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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.
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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Here are older polls:
- (12/26) Will Sammy Watkins extend his TD streak to 5G in Week 16?
- (12/25) Kirk Cousins Week 16 fantasy points, O/U: 19.5?
- (12/24) How many TDs will Doug Baldwin score in Week 16?
- (12/23) Will Bilal Powell finish as a top-24 fantasy running back in Week 16?
- (12/22) How many yards will Dorial Green-Beckham have in Week 16?
- (11/29) When will the Carolina Panthers lose next?
- (11/25) Will Darren McFadden rush for 100+ yards in Week 12?
- (10/30) Will Todd Gurley rush for 125+ yards in a 4th straight game?
- (10/24) Will Brandon Marshall extend his streak of 100-yard games to five?
- (10/24) Will Gary Barnidge score for a fifth straight game in Week 7?
- (8/22) Will Antonio Brown finish with at least 5/50 in all 16 games in 2015?
- (7/17) Which 2nd-year NFC WR is the better fantasy option - Benjamin, Cooks or Matthews?
- (7/10) Which NFC WR will score the most fantasy points in 2015?
- (6/30) Which AFC WR will score the most fantasy points in 2015?
- (6/29) Which NFC South QB will score the most fantasy points in 2015?
- (6/24) Which QB will score the most fantasy points in 2015: Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck?
- (6/14) Which NFC North RB will score the most fantasy points in 2015?