Fantasy Football is finally upon as these top 50 players heading into the regular season will undoubtedly light up the scene on a consistent basis.
Aug 26, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass in the second half against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Panthers 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
The official start of the Fantasy Football season is just a few weeks away and if you’re glued to your television, phone, or computer, it could only mean one of two things. You’re either preparing for your upcoming fantasy football draft or doing research to see if you had a good one worthy of dominating your league.
Yes, it’s nice to see how your favorite team is looking after a long miserable winter but, let’s be honest, you are really eyeing your first round pick, bench fillers, and looking at the waiver wire deciding future moves.
Well, you lucked out. I have compiled a list of the top 50 fantasy football players to consider drafting this upcoming season and power ranked them for all my fellow fanatics out there. I know, I am the best and saved you a ton of time but before you start giving me fantasy football trophies, remember, just like in real football, make sure take things one week at a time.
Without further ado, here are the top 50 fantasy football players power ranked based on what to anticipate in 2016. Enjoy and please leave your comments and/or fantasy lineups below so I can give you some early grades after your draft or even right before the start of the regular season!
Next: 50. This bird is flying high on the charts
Aug 13, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
50. Russell Wilson, QB, Bye Week 5
Quarterback Russell Wilson not only led the Seattle Seahawks to the playoffs last season but, chances are if you owned him he took you pretty far as he was owned in 99% of leagues.
Wilson totaled 3,827 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. He averaged about 21 points per game for a total of 336 points in 2015.
His best performance came in Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers where he completed his season high of five touchdowns in one game. Wilson posted 50 points that week.
If you missed out on Wilson last season, you might want to re-strategize this season. He is definitely a fantasy star.
Next: 49. He's ranked second in his position
Aug 7, 2016; Canton, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley (7), quarterback Marquise Williams (9) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) enter the field at the 2016 Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The game was cancelled due to safety concerns with the condition of the playing surface. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
49. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Bye Week 4
Last season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers lit up the fantasy charts! Whether it was the regular season or postseason, Rodgers consistently posted above average points with his incredible throwing accuracy and popular Hail Mary.
Believe it or not, Rodgers posted almost 60 points in Week 9 against the Carolina Panthers, whose defense ranked No. 1 in the league. He had four touchdowns, the second most of his season.
He averaged a little over 18 points per game. He totaled 30 touchdowns bringing owners 301 points for the season.
Rodgers fantasy value has increased this upcoming season, and he ranked the No. 2 quarterback in the league. With last year’s stats and this year’s ranking, Rodgers is a must have on any roster.
Next: 48. He was a Super Bowl hopeful
Jun 15, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) catches a pass from quarterback Cam Newton (1) at the practice field at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
48. Greg Olsen, TE, Bye Week 7
Although he may not be a Super Bowl champion, tight end Greg Olsen had an amazing season. His connection with quarterback Cam Newton is something quarterbacks usually only dream of.
Last year he opened the season with a bang in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. Although that doesn’t say much if you followed the Saints last season.
Olsen had a season high of 134 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He brought home 50 fantasy points in the Week 3 match-up.
There were only a couple of weeks out of the season Olsen didn’t earn double-digit points. He averaged about 14 points per game and had 227 for the season.
Although those points are on the lower end of the fantasy realm, in comparison to most tight ends, Olsen had an above average season. Grab him while you can and if you already landed him, smart decision!
Next: 47. Just a week ago his ranking was in the 100's
Oct 18, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) tries to catch a pass against New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
47. Donte Moncrief, WR, Bye Week 10
Let me start off by saying only a week ago, wide receiver Donte Moncrief wasn’t even in the top 100 players to draft this fantasy season. Within only a week and a few preseason games, Moncrief has increased his value, and is now considered a top 50 fantasy player.
Last season, Moncrief had an amazing fantasy run; he ranked No. 21 in his position. That was until the second half of the season when he tanked and only totaled 20 receptions and had one touchdown bringing his ranking to No. 68.
However, this season is looking a little more promising for Moncrief. Not only does he have a healthy quarterback in Andrew Luck, but he has recovered beautifully from a toe surgery during organized team activities.
Moncrief is considered to be the Colts WR2/3 playing opposite T.Y. Hilton. Fantasy owners should look to Moncrief for an excellent break out season.
Next: 46. This season he is out for vengeance
46. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Bye Week 7
I am not sure if there was anyone more upset about wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s season-ending injury last year than me. During his 2014 rookie year, Benjamin not only had one of the highest number of end zone targets but, he also ended the season with nine touchdowns; that’s incredible for a rookie!
Now Benjamin is returning to a team that not only had a breakout year but, had the top offense in the league. And, that was without Benjamin, the Panthers No. 1 receiver!
With Newton and Benjamin back together, the duo is sure to dominate the field. Benjamin is projected to have the highest amount of touchdowns ever this season, assuming he stays healthy.
He is a little higher on the rankings, but don’t let that keep you from drafting him. If your willing to take a chance it should definitely be with Benjamin, he didn’t disappoint anyone his rookie year.
Next: 45. A retired Megatron gives this guy a golden opportunity
Aug 12, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) warms-up before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Lions won 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
45. Golden Tate, WR, Bye Week 10
The Detroit Lions will definitely miss Calvin Johnson after his end of season retirement. But, with Megatron out of the picture, wide receiver Golden Tate will have opportunity to take over the star receiving role, or so he thought!
The Lions are also heavily utilizing Marvin Jones, Anquan Boldin, and Eric Ebron which decreases his fantasy potential and value. Last season, Tate also had his worst career season which isn’t helping the situation.
However, if we go back to Tate a few years ago when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, not only did he show signs of potential but, he reminded us why he was drafted in the first place.
With Tate fighting for the WR1 position, I believe he will put all of his heart and soul into this season. In a league that allows multiple receivers on your roster, Tate is a great option.
Next: 44. This receiver had touchdowns in almost every game
Dec 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive back B.W. Webb (38) tackles New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 30-8. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
44. Eric Decker, WR, Bye Week 11
The New York Jets had an unpredictable 10-6 season last year. Nearly making a Wild Card berth, there were a few players that outshined others; wide receiver Eric Decker is one of them.
No matter how bad of a game the Jets had, Decker always posted double-digit fantasy points. I was shocked that he was owned in only 75% of leagues, because if he hadn’t missed two games, he probably would have had a better ranking on the top fantasy players of 2015.
Week after week, we saw Decker rule the field. He averaged almost 17 points per game ending last season with 252 total.
Decker is as consistent as they come when it comes to wide receivers. He scored a touchdown in almost every one of his games. Unless you’re lucky enough to draft a receiver like Antonio Brown, Decker is definitely a player to draft.
Next: 43. This Packer is looking to increase his total touchdowns
Nov 30, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) catches a pass during the second half against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 26-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
43. Randall Cobb, WR, Bye Week 4
Wide receiver Randall Cobb had an opportunity of a lifetime last season. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson was injured, and Cobb was given an opportunity to take the team to victory. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies for Cobb or the Green Bay Packers.
Although he didn’t totally light up the fantasy world, he definitely didn’t live up to the expectations. He finished the season with six touchdowns, which is exactly half of what he produced two seasons ago; this was also he battled an on and off again injury.
His decrease in receptions and yards per reception are what landed him so low on the list. With Nelson returning to the Packers, Cobb will need to step it up this season.
Although he had a 99% ownership last year, his WR3 status might decrease that number as well. Personally, I think if you can draft Nelson, he’s the way to go; Cobb is a good draft in multiple receiver leagues!
Next: 42. This Chief earned over 40 ppg multiple weeks in 2015
Aug 28, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) celebrates after scoring during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
42. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Bye Week 5
The Kansas City Chiefs may not have had the total package last season but, they managed to secure a Wild Card position, which is more than most other teams did. With quarterback Alex Smith not having an endless amount of receiver options, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had several opportunities to score big.
With a few good match-ups, Maclin was able to earn over 40 fantasy points per game, while the rest of the season offered little or no fantasy value. Maclin averaged about 16 fantasy points per game.
I wasn’t too impressed with his performance compared to other available receivers however, he is still a decent option for a bench spot or on a roster with multiple receivers.
He’s going to have to step it up a little this season if he wants to increase his fantasy value. I won’t be surprised if Maclin doesn’t have a 100% ownership this season.
Next: 41. This guy had 11 rushing touchdowns in 2015
Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass to running back Jeremy Hill (32) in the second half against the Houston Texans at Paul Brown Stadium. The Texans won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
41. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bye Week 9
Running back Jeremy Hill is one of those players who stays low on the radar, but still manages to post much-needed double-digit fantasy points on a weekly basis. During his rookie season, Hill managed to rank third among running backs in the league; that same year he ranked ninth in fantasy football points.
Unfortunately, Hill struggled to keep those statistics last season. He averaged less than four yards per carry. However, with his eleven rushing touchdowns, he still managed to keep fantasy owners happy.
Drafting Hill is a little iffy personally. He only had one receiving touchdown, which limits him to certain plays. Hill also isn’t expected to have another 11 touchdown season.
He is expected to be an RB2 coming into this fantasy season. If you have a multiple running back league, Hill would be a great addition to any roster, however, if you’re limited to one, I would try for a running back with a better ranking.
Next: 40. He holds the most NFL snaps and touches
40. Matt Forte, RB, Bye Week 11
Running back Matt Forte has been a household name for the last eight years. He holds the NFL high for running back touches and snaps.
This season, critics question his ability to mirror his talent as he joins the New York Jets. The Jets will use Forte in the starting back position, however, his goal line and blocking abilities lack which will result in shared playing time with Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson.
Forte has incredible athleticism and talent but, I am not sure I would use him in all leagues; especially leagues that only allow one running back. Forte is getting older, has a new team, and will be sharing game time.
Personally, I will be using Forte as a roster filler and not a starting player. Not only will this allow me to track his progress, but it will allow me to use a better ranked back; trust me, it’s a thoughtful suggestion.
Next: 39. Last season he averaged 17 points per game
Nov 8, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Corey Graham (20) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills beat the Dolphins 33-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
39. Jarvis Landry, WR, Bye Week 8
The Miami Dolphins had everything but a good season last year. Losing two coaches after a couple pitiful losses, it’s surprising a Dolphin was able to excel so greatly.
For the most part, wide receiver Jarvis Landry consistently scored double-digit fantasy points last season.
He averaged almost 17 points per game and was owned in 97% of leagues. Landry’s best game was a Week 12 match-up against the Jets. Although the Dolphins couldn’t win the game, Landry had 165 receiving yards and a touchdown; he received 50 fantasy points for that performance.
With no plans on switching up the uncertain quarterback situation, it will be interesting to see how this season plays out with a new coach in Adam Gase. Either way, Landry is still a top wide receiver option for any fantasy team.
Next: 28. This Seahawk scored 11 times in six games
Jan 3, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) leaps to catch a second quarter pass against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
38. Doug Baldwin, WR, Bye Week 5
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin is as explosive as they come. During his first four seasons playing in the league, he totaled 15 touchdowns; everyone was impressed by the rookie.
Well, he put his first four years in the league to shame because, he finished last season with 14 total touchdowns, just one shy of his career total. But, oddly enough, in the beginning of the season, fantasy owners were probably hesitant to start Baldwin as the end of the season was much more valuable.
Up until Week 11, Baldwin was ranked No. 34 in fantasy receivers. By the end of the season, his ranking dropped due to his 11 touchdowns in only six games.
Baldwin can block, can receive, and has the entire package. He is definitely going to be an asset to any team. But, keep in mind the Seahawks use a running game, which could result in loss of targets.
Next: 37. He managed to get more targets than Rob Gronkowski
Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) avoids Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29) in the second quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
37. Julian Edelman, WR, Bye Week 9
Unfortunately, his accident-prone tendencies are what brings him such a place on this list. Edelman has only played one full season in his career, and only nine games last season.
But when he’s healthy, he cannot be stopped; Edelman had seven touchdowns in those nine games. He was ranked 13th in receivers during those weeks.
If Edelman’s health is a concern, I should add that he sat out of preseason games due to a foot injury. However, he is expected to play in upcoming games and be ready for the season opener. Edelman’s value is much more appropriate in point per run leagues.
Next: 36. Will he excel with a healthy quarterback?
Aug 13, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) tap hands before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
36. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Bye Week 10
The Indianapolis Colts had a rough 2015 season without quarterback Andrew Luck for most of their season. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was one player who really felt the loss of Luck, as his statistics severely were affected.
Last season, Hilton’s touchdowns, yards per reception, yards, receptions, and catch rate all decreased since 2014. Those decreases resulted in lower fantasy points as well.
Although Hilton is currently suffering from a hamstring injury, there is no threat of Hilton missing any season games thus far. With Luck healthy and ready to rock, Hilton looks as though he’ll improve immediately.
Next: 35. Can he repeat last year's breakout season?
Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Confetti falls as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts during his walk off the field following the game against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl 50 at Levi
35. Cam Newton, QB, Bye Week 7
If you drafted any Carolina Panther to your team last year you had a good season. But, if you were able to snag quarterback Cam Newton, you were probably the most hated player in your league.
He earned passing points, running points, touchdown points; Superman was all over the place. Newton averaged a little over 24 fantasy points per game but, there were some week’s he earned over 40.
In Week 3 and Week 13, Newton played the New Orleans Saints and had a combined total of over 100 fantasy points for those games. He also threw five touchdowns in Week 13.
Need more? Newton embarassed the New York Giants in their Week 15 match-up. He completed five passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown for over 65 fantasy points that game for a season total of 389 points.
With Newton being ranked No. 1, I am sure I don’t need to convince anyone that Newton is this season’s go-to fantasy quarterback.
Next: 34. The champ is here
Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi
34. C.J. Anderson, RB, Bye Week 11
Running back C.J. Anderson had a slow start to the 2015 season. It wasn’t until Week 6 we saw the No.1 drafted fantasy football player everyone was waiting for; by the end of the season, Anderson had the most yards per carry at the position.
Anderson is strong and extremely progressive at the position; he averaged almost 3 yards per catch after contact. We already saw a glimpse of his talents in preseason action. With only six carries he managed 30 yards and a touchdown.
The Denver Broncos shuffled out a decent amount of money to keep their star running back. If that doesn’t say he’s their starting guy then I don’t what will.
Anderson is one of those players you must have faith in. This season looks like the year to that chance; he’s a great pick!
Next: 33. Trust this 49er?
Aug 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) runs the ball for a first down in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
33. Carlos Hyde, RB, Bye Week 8
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of bad teams in the NFL but, I am not sure drafting a San Francisco 49er is the best idea. Even though running back Carlos Hyde did make the list, I am not too confident in his fantasy production.
Last season Hyde not only had a horrific offensive line but, he also managed to injure himself which really hurt his season. Although the 49ers signed great new additions to their squad, I can’t imagine them turning around the team entirely in one offseason.
His projections are just too wishy-washy for me to confide in him. In the last two years, he missed 11 games and is rocking with a new coach which, could work for or against him. If you can steer clear of Hyde, I would. But, he is looking like a solid RB2 option if you need it.
Next: 32. Watch out if this Panther stays healthy
Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) hands off the ball to running back Jonathan Stewart (28) for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at Levi
32. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Bye Week 7
This running back will not do you wrong. As a matter of fact, I drafted running back Jonathan Stewart in one of my leagues already.
Last season Stewart was finally able to receive the spotlight. Even after missing three games, he still ranked No. 11 in carries, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards.
Although he shows signs of excellence, there a few things to keep in mind. Stewart has missed a little less than 25 games (due to injuries) in the last four years.
He is also a part of a dynamic offensive line. His quarterback is capable of run plays, and may not always need to rely on a back for yardage and downs.
He’s definitely worth the pick, just make sure you do your research on a weekly basis.
Next: 31. An electrifying Charger
Sep 27, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings beat the San Diego Chargers 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
31. Keenan Allen, WR, Bye Week 11
Wide receiver Keenan Allen has already proved his capabilities in this year’s preseason so far. Even when his second string quarterback, Kellen Clemens, entered the game, Allen completed a 28-yard pass.
He shows signs of receiving abilities and incredible athleticism but, his injuries seem to get the best of him. Allen missed 10 games within the last two seasons.
But, when he is healthy, he’s unstoppable which we saw last season. Prior to Week 8, Allen ranked fourth in point per run leagues and seventh in standard leagues; he cut his season short after tearing his kidney.
Allen is expected to have a comeback season. I wouldn’t solemnly rely on him at the position but, if you have multiple picks or room on your bench, he is a player to look out for.
Next: 30. This Bronco dominates the fantasy scoreboard
Jan 3, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) catches a pass against San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson (26) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
30. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Bye Week 11
If you played daily fantasy football last season, you’re probably going to recognize him. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas not only exploded but, he was a huge asset in daily fantasy playoff games.
The Super Bowl stud dominated the field all season; he was owned in 100% of leagues. Although he decreased his total fantasy points since 2014, he totaled 267 points averaging a little under 17 per game.
His top performing week was against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. He didn’t even manage to secure one touchdown and still earned 40 points in that matchup.
The Denver Broncos had a great season, and the Super Bowl winners have proven why they’re a force to reckon with. With or without quarterback Peyton Manning, Thomas will continue to dominate the fantasy world.
Next: 29. He is the only Raider to make the list
Aug 27, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) rushes against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
29. Amari Cooper, WR, Bye Week 10
The Oakland Raiders are another team that have decent players but, they just can’t get it together. Wide receiver Amari Cooper is definitely one of those players.
During his 2015 rookie season, Cooper ranked top 25 in touchdowns, yardage, receptions, and fantasy football points. The beginning of the season was looking good for Cooper owners until he started deteriorating from a foot injury.
When there’s good there’s bad, and Cooper also had his fair share of bad games. He dropped 10 passes which were the second most in the league.
Cooper has proved himself to be an every down player and is expected to have a breakout season. He is expected to be a WR2 and is a decent receiver pick.
Next: 28. He's increased his fantasy totals by 150 since 2014
Jan 10, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the first half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
28. Jordan Reed, TE, Bye Week 9
If you look at last season, tight end Jordan Reed had weeks where he ranked among players like Gronkowski. However, his inconsistent tendencies left him being owned in only 60% of fantasy leagues.
Reed has developed over the years, increasing his fantasy totals by almost 150 since 2014. He ended last season with 244 points averaging a little over 17 points per game.
He went above and beyond 17 points in a Week 16 matchup versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Reed had his season high of 129 receiving yards and two touchdowns; he earned almost 50 fantasy points that week.
Keep in mind Reed also missed a few games that added little or no points per game those weeks. Inconsistent or not, averaging 17 points a game is definitely a tight end you want this season.
Next: 27. This Seahawk only played six games last season
Oct 11, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) carries the ball in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
27. Thomas Rawls, RB, Bye Week 5
I was a little surprised to see running back Thomas Rawls make the top 20 of this list, so if you have an upcoming fantasy draft, target him! After all, he was only really used when running back Marshawn Lynch was injured.
Having only played six games, Rawls had four touchdowns and 830 rushing yards. Rawls was definitely impactful during times of need last season.
Ironically, it had been stated that Rawls could share the field with Christine Michael. What does this mean for fantasy owners?
He’s not guaranteed a tremendous amount of carries on a weekly basis. Even with some field sharing, he will still have an influential season. Personally, I would draft Rawls in a multiple back fantasy league.
Next: 26. Great talent, but doesn't offer consistent points
26. Brandin Cooks, WR, Bye Week 5
The New Orleans Saints had anything but a good season last year. Luckily enough, several players still managed to have a decent fantasy season.
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is the type of player you start on a week-to-week basis based on his matchups. Cooks was capable of earning 20 points per game, and yet he still had weeks where he didn’t even reach double-digits.
And then, he threw us all for a loop in the Week 16 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cooks had 10 rushing yards, 123 receiving yards and a touchdown posting 50 fantasy points.
I am not sure if his inconsistency makes him a valuable asset but, he ended up averaging a little under 16 points per game for a total of 253 last season, and still should be considered in your starting lineup.
Next: 25. This Bill will lose touches down the road
Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson (91) tackles Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) in the 1st quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
25. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bye Week 10
Running back LeSean McCoy is as versatile as they come. Not only does he offer a mean running game, but he is also used on passing plays as well, which will only enhance his fantasy numbers.
He is also projected to have a heavy workload, especially while teammate Karlos Williams waits out his four-game suspension.
Last season, McCoy ranked No. 17 among running backs in fantasy points. That was also after missing a handful of games.
McCoy is a definite starter. However, I would stay clear of him when Williams returns because his touches and workload will be lightened.
Next: 24. He ranked sixth in fantasy points among receivers
Aug 26, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) stands on the field during warm ups prior to the Bills
24. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bye Week 10
Ironically, McCoy’s teammate Sammy Watkins falls right below him. Maybe it’s not ironic at all being the Bills had one their strongest offenses in years.
Although Watkins is projected to be healthy for the season opener, he entered training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. So if you don’t see too much of Watkins during preseason action, don’t panic!
Just like many of the players on this list, Watkins missed some of 2015 due to injuries. But, he still managed to rank No. 6 among wide receivers in fantasy points during the 12 games he played.
It’ll be a slow beginning for Watkins but, if history repeats itself, he is a must draft! If you have him already, enjoy the plethora of fantasy points coming your way in no time.
Next: 23. This wide receiver had the most dropped passes
Aug 26, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) celebrates after he scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
23. Mike Evans, WR, Bye Week 6
Personally, I can’t believe wide receiver Mike Evans made the top 50 list! Evans literally led the league with drops coming in at 11 just below wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Last season, he caught only 2 of 15 passes in the end zone; that’s not good at all and definitely someone I wouldn’t want on my fantasy roster. Most people improve, but Evans didn’t; in his rookie campaign, he totaled 19 receptions.
Analysts suggest if quarterback Jameis Winston improved, so will Evans. I don’t know about you but I don’t play fantasy based onwhat ifs and assumptions. Personally, I would pass on Evans or use him as a filler. But it would only make sense if you truly believe Winston can have a huge sophomore season. If he does, Evans could also share similar fantasy results.
Next: 22. This Chief may not be in charge this season
Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is tackled by Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
22. Jamaal Charles, RB, Bye Week 5
Running back Jamaal Charles is a household name but, can you really rely on Charles to score big in fantasy? He recently came off the PUP list and is already sitting out of preseason games due to a knee injury; buyer beware.
Before his ACL injury last season, Charles was flying high in the game. He scored five touchdowns and totaled 541 yards; that was only in just four games!
Charles has finished No. 10 of top running backs in fantasy for five years now, which shows he is very capable of posting numbers. His injury-prone tendencies are the only thing that may stop him this season.
Keep an eye on this RB1 and if his health remains intact, add him to your roster. Just keep in mind he will be one to keep tabs on all season long.
Next: 21. Injuries kept this Bear at bay but could be big
Dec 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) catches a touchdown pass over New Orleans Saints defensive back A.J. Davis (20) during the second half at Soldier Field. New Orleans won 31-15. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
21. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bye Week 9
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was another player to fall short last season due to an injury. However, he was explosive when he was healthy, which bodes well for the upcoming fantasy season.
Last season, Jeffery had four touchdowns, 54 receptions, and a little over 800 yards. In 2016, he will see more targets come his way in red zone formations. If he’s healthy, he has a very good chance at leading the league in touchdowns thanks to everything he brings to the table to finish scoring drives.
Although he has been accident prone and has played in only about half of his career years, he will still be considered a WR1. He should be considered a second receiver option on your team, worst case scenario.
Next: 20. This running back manages double-digit points weekly
Nov 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) avoids Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) on a 10-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Green Bay Packers win 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
20. Eddie Lacy, RB, Bye Week 4
Running back Eddie Lacy is back and ready to take this fantasy season to another level. He lost weight, is in better shape, and is already doing great in the preseason.
Lacy did lose playing time to running back James Starks but, is anticipated to be the Packers’ go-to man. He’s already owned in 99.6% of leagues.
Lacy is entering a contract season which could only mean one thing; he’s going to ball out! It may be a stretch drafting Lacy but he is easily an RB1 without question.
He is the way to go. He may not be Ezekiel Elliott but, he still earns consistent double-digit points; draft him and if you already have Lacy, make sure to have a cheesehead avatar in your fantasy football leagues.
Next: 19. This Jet took off last season
Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
19. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bye Week 11
I must admit I am a bit bias when it comes to wide receiver Brandon Marshall; who doesn’t love BM? Last season, Marshall had a career-high season breaking all kinds of NFL and franchise records, which ultimately reflected his fantasy scores tremendously.
Although Marshall averaged 21.2 points per game, his highest scoring game was in Week 12 against the Dolphins. He completed 9-of-11 passes for over 130 yards and two touchdowns posting 50 fantasy points.
He completed the season with 1,376 yards and 13 touchdowns. Marshall totaled 339 points this season which almost doubled his 2014 fantasy points.
Marshall is like a nice bottle of wine; he gets better with age! I am hopeful this will be his best season yet. Don’t miss out on Machine Marshall!
Next: 18. This Saint seals the deal at the goal line
Dec 6, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
18. Mark Ingram, RB, Bye Week 5
The Saints had a rough 2015 season. Luckily, there were a few players that still were able to have a good fantasy season.
Running back Mark Ingram was owned in 99% of leagues last year because, let’s be honest, he’s great! He totaled a little over 280 points for the season averaging a little over 16 points on a weekly basis.
He had the same amount of targets in 50 games that he had in 12 games last season alone. His goal line abilities are tremendous, which will increase fantasy points weekly.
Even with Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller sharing field time, Ingram is still expected to be of RB1 status. He will be a high-scoring running back and should definitely be drafted early. If you already have him, keep an eye out on big matchups where he could really put up huge numbers!
Next: 17. He's back!
Aug 23, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) runs after a pass reception against Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Antwon Blake (41) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 24-19. Nelson was injured on the play. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
17. Jordy Nelson, WR, Bye Week 4
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson is back! As of the time of this writing, Nelson was removed from the PUP list, but don’t expect to see much of him during the preseason. The Packers don’t want a repeat of last year when Nelson tore his ACL before the start of the regular season.
Jumping back to 2014, Nelson proved he is the receiver to beat in fantasy football. He averaged a little over three touchdowns a game; Nelson had the third highest fantasy points in the league.
Many analysts worry his age and earlier injury might affect his fantasy value but he’ll be a huge part offensively for the Packers. But, with a No. 2 ranked quarterback in Rodgers, it doesn’t seem Nelson will encounter any problems.
He is projected to see at least eight targets a game, which will benefit any fantasy team. Nelson is a must draft this season, just as long as he stays healthy. If you’re on the clock and he’s available, hit that button immediately!
Next: 16. He made the top 50 fantasy scorers of 2015
Dec 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) hands the ball off to running back Doug Martin (22) against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
16. Doug Martin, RB, Bye Week 6
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be the best team but, they have some key players that heavily influence fantasy teams. Last season, running back Doug Martin was one of only five at his position to make the top 50 in fantasy football players.
It’s hard to depend on a running back because depending on how the game is going, a team may need to focus on a passing game. However, Martin offered consistent points week by week averaging almost 15 points per game.
It was even better when he had a good match-up; kind of like when he played the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5. He had 35 receiving yards and 123 rushing yards for two touchdowns and 50 fantasy points.
His 97% ownership is validated by his season performance. This season doesn’t offer any suggestion that he won’t mimic last year’s performance!
Next: 15. Wait, a Jaguar made the top 20?
Dec 27, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) celebrates with wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Jaguars 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
15. Allen Robinson, WR, Bye Week 5
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking like a solid team this year. A decent quarterback is all wide receiver Allen Robinson needs to strut his stuff, and this season is showing good signs of that!
Last season, Robinson earned 50 fantasy points against the Saints. That wasn’t even his best week; it was Week 2 in a matchup against the Dolphins.
Robinson had over 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns giving owners 60 points. He averaged 19 points per game for a season total of 304.
He nearly tripled his fantasy points from 2014. Robinson was owned in 98% of leagues, and I can almost guarantee this season Robinson will have a 100% ownership.
Next: 14. An inconsistent quarterback increases his fantasy value
14. Lamar Miller, RB, Bye Week 9
When your team is lacking quarterback capabilities you have no option but to focus your efforts on a running game. That was partly the situation with running back Lamar Miller last season.
Don’t get me wrong, he didn’t have a great season. But, with a few explosive games, he brought his average to almost 15 fantasy points per game.
This was the case in Week 7 against the Houston Texans. He had a season high of 175 rushing yards and a touchdown as well as 61 receiving yards and a touchdown. Miller earned almost 70 points that week.
Ironically enough, Miller is now with the Texans and they’re built to have a powerhouse kind of offense. Expect a huge year out of Miller on his new team.
Next: 13. This receiver had over 1,500 yards last season
Aug 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) makes a catch against Detroit Lions free safety Glover Quin (27) during the first quarter of a game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
13. A.J. Green, WR, Bye Week 9
Picking a strong wide receiver in the very beginning of a fantasy draft years ago was always a controversial issue. However, wide receivers rule fantasy football now as it’s not a bad strategy, especially with so much talent to choose from. Which is why there’s no surprise wide receiver A.J. Green appears on the early end of this list.
Not only was Green was owned in 100% of leagues last season but, he ended the year with nine touchdowns and over 1,500 yards. He averaged 17 fantasy points per game totaling 273 for the season.
He made a statement coming into the season posting 70 points in Week 3. He had his season-high of 227 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens.
Green increased his 2014 fantasy total by about 50 points last season and projected to go above and beyond his previous performances. He is a must draft receiver this season!
Next: 12. Don't worry about his suspension
Jul 29, 2016; Latrobe, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) participates in drills during training camp at Saint Vincent College. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
12. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Bye Week 8
Running back Le’Veon Bell has had one heck of a year. He was one of the top-scoring fantasy running backs, and owners everywhere thought they struck gold, that was until he ended his season early with a knee injury.
A fully healthy Bell is back to destroy the field, or so we thought. Unfortunately, Bell is facing a four-game suspension however, he is attempting to appeal it although the outcome is still unknown.
Regardless of a suspension, he is a huge asset to any team. Bell had over 650 yards, receiving and rushing, having only played five full games. Not many running backs offer that kind of fantasy value.
At the time of this writing, Bell’s appeal will probably be decided before the season opener although you never know; look how long Brady’s appeal took. Don’t let the suspension scare you away, he is definitely a player to keep tabs on.
Next: 11. He's ranked No. 1 in his position
Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is tackled by Denver Broncos free safety Josh Bush (20) and inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) in the second half in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
11. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Bye Week 9
I could never bring myself to draft Brady or any New England Patriot at that since well, that Green & White blood flows through my body. But, this season, I might just have to draft tight end Rob Gronkowski if I actually want to win my fantasy leagues.
Increasing his fantasy points by almost 50 since 2014 already brings him ahead of the game. Gronkowski averaged about 17 points per game, and probably would have appeared higher on the list had he not been injured for one game. Even still, a tight end who averages 17 points per game is a keeper as most teams that don’t have star tight ends that earn double-digit points weekly.
We saw him destroy the Dolphins in Week 8. Gronkowski had 113 receiving yards on seven targets and one touchdown reeling in about 45 points that game. Gronkowski is a staple name in the league and in fantasy football as he will continue to shine on any roster.
Next: 10. He is expected to double last season's fantasy points
Aug 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores a touchdown defended by Los Angeles Rams defensive back Coty Sensabaugh (21) during the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
10. Dez Bryant, WR, Bye Week 7
If you drafted wide receiver Dez Bryant last season, you’re probably questioning his fantasy abilities this year. Only playing in nine games all season, he was anything but beneficial.
When Bryant did play, he was battling an unhealthy Tony Romo and an iffy offensive line. Needless to say, this season will be better for Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys thanks to possibly having an upgrade at quarterback with Dak Prescott if he lives up to what we’ve seen him do in the preseason.
If we look at the 2014 season, Bryant ranked in the top five wide receivers of the league. He also finished the season with 16 touchdowns which provided the third highest fantasy points of wide receivers.
I know many may hesitate to draft him in the first round but, he will definitely have a better season. With a healthy quarterback and better offensive game, there’s no doubt we will forget about his awful 2015 season.
Next: 9. He totaled 13 touchdowns in 2015
Oct 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) breaks a tackle by Houston Texans defensive back Rahim Moore (26) to score a touchdown during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
9. Devonta Freeman, RB, Bye Week 11
Running back Devonta Freeman made a statement last season. He managed over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns in only his second year in the league.
Consistently, he made owners proud as he averaged 21 points per game for a total of 316. He dominated the field against teams like the Redskins and Saints.
However, his most impressive performance came in Week 3 against the Cowboys. Dominating the rushing and receiving game, he completed three touchdowns and posted over 50 points for owners.
Freeman is entering the season with confidence and even more experience. Grab Freeman as soon as possible as he will be a one to go quick! If you were lucky to land him, enjoy being on the Freeman Express!
Next: 8. Watch out for this Cardinal
Dec 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) against the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
8. David Johnson, RB, Bye Week 9
Johnson not only pushed himself to the top but, he exceeded every running back in Week’s 13-17. He totaled five touchdowns and over 650 rushing yards; that was just four weeks!
We can’t forget about his 15 receptions during his playoff games which make him useful in standard and PPR leagues. He also averaged a little over 20 fantasy points per game.
With a 100% ownership last year, you better move quickly to draft this definite first rounder. I can almost guarantee he’ll be scooped up by the fifth pick.
Next: 7. Everything is bigger in Texas
Aug 1, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) runs up field during Houston Texans training camp at Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
7. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Bye Week 9
Another popular wide receiver in the fantasy world is DeAndre Hopkins. Last year, he averaged a little over 20 points per game consistently.
Hopkins completed 11 touchdowns and 1,432 yards last season. His best game earned 50 fantasy points in Week 11 against the Jets.
Hopkins earned owners a total of 331 fantasy points this season, which is almost a 100-point increase from 2014. Hopkins has dealt with some wishy-washy quarterback situations in the past, and still manages to offer tremendous fantasy value; things will only get better this year!
Hopkins is a top five wide receiver for a reason, don’t let him slip away. This could be his best season yet as if you landed him, start him consistently.
Next: 6. A Cowboy ready for a big debut
Apr 29, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys number one draft pick Ezekiel Elliott holds his jersey in the locker room at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Bye Week 7
Running back Ezekiel Elliott is the player we have all been waiting for. But, don’t get too excited as he is already sitting out of practices and preseason games due to a hamstring injury.
But, keep in mind Elliott probably be limited as he is the only saving grace when it comes to Cowboys’ running backs. Although we don’t have fantasy statistics from last year to compare him to, he fell between Todd Gurley and David Johnson on this list which speaks for itself.
This year’s fantasy projection ensures nothing but elite athleticism as Elliott is skilled in rushing, pass catching, and blocking. He will most likely be utilized heavily in the red zone which offers, even more, fantasy value.
If you’re going to take a chance on any rookie this season it should definitely be Elliott. After all, the Cowboys really have no other option if things don’t turn out as envisioned with Prescott under center.
Next: 5. Rookie, what rookie?
Nov 15, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (5) passes to running back Todd Gurley (30) during the first half against the Chicago Bears at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
5. Todd Gurley, RB, Bye Week 8
Running back Todd Gurley was anything but a rookie last season. After being drafted in the first round of the 2015 skeptics questioned his first-year capabilities due to an ACL injury.
Gurley got the last laugh because not only did he exceed early expectations but, he outplayed seasoned NFL backs. He ended the year with 10 touchdowns and over 1,000 rushing yards.
Last season, he had the second most points per position falling short to Devonta Freeman. Some question his lack of abilities in a passing game but, his fantasy value has increased this season, so it won’t be a huge factor.
High scoring running backs are hard to come by these days. So, if your still traditional and going back in the first round, Gurley is the man to draft.
Next: 4. This Falcon soars the charts
Dec 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) talks with wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and wide receiver Roddy White (84) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
4. Julio Jones, WR, Bye Week 11
Wide receiver Julio Jones was definitely one of the first wide receivers to get drafted last season; it’ll probably be the same this year as well. He consistently lit up the scoreboard averaging 23 points per game.
Jones opened the season with a bang against the Eagles. He completed 9 receptions and two touchdowns, earning owners 50 fantasy points; he continued this the following week when he posted 40 fantasy points. That was only the first two weeks of the season.
Jones has really become beneficial to the game and totaled 375 fantasy points in 2015. He is projected to mirror last season’s performance and has even jumped up spots in overall rankings. No justification in the world could explain not drafting Jones. If you have him, he will continue to post big fantasy numbers in 2016.
Next: 3. Last season was a statement year
Dec 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs onto the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Bye Week 6
Going into last season we weren’t sure what to expect from running back Adrian Peterson. Coming back after an entire season after injuring his groin and being indicted on child abuse charges; it was going to be a make it or break it season for Peterson.
With a 100% ownership, it’s safe to say it was a make it season in his return to the gridiron. Peterson average a little over 16 points per game ending the year with 260, which is outrageous for a running back.
In Week 10, the Minnesota Vikings took on the Raiders where Peterson had an unbelievable 203 rushing yards and a touchdown. Owners were left beyond satisfied with 50 points that week.
AP still got it! He will continue to dominate the fantasy game without a question.
Next: 2. The attitude of this Giants is as big as his talents
Dec 20, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
2. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Bye Week 8
What can one say about wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.? What can’t I say about him! He stepped in as the Giants’ No. 1 receiver after Victor Cruz got injured and literally exploded onto the fantasy scene.
Owners everywhere couldn’t believe the numbers Beckham was posting week after week. Even after a one-game suspension, his numbers topped most players.
Beckham had multiple occasions where he posted over 40 points per game. In Week 8, he earned about 60 points against the Saints.
Some question his overall fantasy status with a healthy Cruz back on deck however, there are no signs of Beckham slowing down. If anything, it will only add fuel to his fire as he’s a must have. If you were one of the fortunate to draft him, expect to see some major fireworks in 2016.
Next: 1. He didn't win Dancing with the Stars, but he wins on the field
Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) talks with Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 33-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
1. Antonio Brown, WR, Bye Week 8
There’s no denying wide receiver Antonio Brown made a huge impact in the league and in fantasy football last season. It was a sigh of relief that the regular fantasy season was over when he got injured as he was a weekly starter on the majority of leagues.
He averaged almost 24 points per game and in multiple games posted over 40; Week 10 versus the Cleveland Browns. Brown was no matchup for the Browns as he totaled 10-of-14 receptions and two touchdowns earning owners about 60 fantasy points.
He finished the season with nine touchdowns and over 1,600 receiving yards and was owned in 100% of leagues.
If you drafted him, congratulations, he earned 382 fantasy points last season!
He may not have won Dancing with the Stars but, Brown’s dancing in the end zone when it matters most! Sorry to say but unless you have a top three draft pick, you probably won’t get your hands on this NFL superstar. Try not to be too jealous of owners that have him as he will more than likely total his best season yet of his prolific career. It’s as if he’s playing fantasy football in real life!