C.J. Anderson
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The Denver Broncos will begin their Super Bowl defense with Trevor Siemian under center barring a major development. At some point in the season the Paxton Lynch era could begin. Given the lack of experience in the game’s most important position, coupled with a stout defense, the Broncos should have a heavy run-oriented attack in 2016.
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Anderson is once again in line for a heavy load for the Broncos. The good news, is owners could be a little skittish because last year was supposed to be his monster year. That never really materialized.
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Anderson ran for 720 yards and five touchdowns last year. He did, however, manage to run for 4.7 yards per carry for the second straight season. C.J. added 25 receptions for 183 yards. Anderson never received more than 15 carries last year. I’m not worried that he cannot handle a heavy workload though.
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In 2014 Anderson averaged 27.3 carries over a four-game stretch and 23.3 over the final six games to close out the season. During that six-game stretch he averaged 129.8 total yards and 1.5 total touchdowns per game. Hence the high expectations heading into 2015.
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Anderson’s first six games in 2015 was a total opposite of his 2014 finish. He averaged 46.7 total yards without reaching paydirt. Anderson averaged a mere 2.7 yards per crack. In his next 11 games he increased his production to 56.6 total yards per game while scoring all five of his touchdowns. C.J. averaged 6.4 yards per carry during that stretch.
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Denver ramped up his usage during the playoffs as he averaged 18 carries and three receptions en route to 91 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game during the Broncos’ Super Bowl run.
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Given the current state of the Broncos’ offense, look for them to lean heavily on Anderson early. If he can stay healthy, he certainly has the ability to crack the top 10 or even a little higher. I recently updated my RB rankings to move him to RB13.

Josh Tomlin
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Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins
Tomlin is 11-8 with a 4.70 ERA. He has had a brutal August, but the Twins give him a nice chance to turn things around. Tomlin is 2-0 against them with a 3.72 ERA.
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Season Totals: 108 Starts, 46-27, 649 IP, 522 Ks, 3.80 ERA (274 Earned Runs), 1.23 WHIP (622 hits, 179 walks)

Matt Shoemaker
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Matt Shoemaker, Los Angeles Angels vs. Cincinnati Braves
Shoemaker is 8-13 with a 3.98 ERA. A home he’s 4-4 with a 3.10 ERA. Since May 1st he is 7-9 with a 3.16 ERA.
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Season Totals: 108 Starts, 46-27, 649 IP, 522 Ks, 3.80 ERA (274 Earned Runs), 1.23 WHIP (622 hits, 179 walks)

Ezekiel Elliott
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It was hardly a major surprise to see the Dallas Cowboys select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft back in May. Elliott is widely regarded as the best young offensive prospect in the National Football League and many pundits have already tipped him to go on and blossom into a very successful running back and with Dallas’ illustrious history at the position, the 21-year-old could be on the road to greatness.
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Whether you play daily or weekly fantasy games, Ezekiel Elliott is a fantastic acquisition and somebody you should consider seriously as the season draws ever closer. Last year, Elliott racked up over 2,000 yards of total offense, with 1,821 on the ground. Just imagine what he could do at Dallas with the best offensive line in the sport? Christ, they even made Darren McFadden look good at times last season…
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As your fantasy campaign approaches, punters can visit bonus.ca for the latest offers and promotions on a number of games – as well as sports betting odds on the NFL’s upcoming fixtures. Dallas were pretty poor on the whole last year but the Cowboys will believe that Elliott’s arrival gives them a fantastic chance of regaining the NFC East title despite finishing at the bottom of the division in 2015.
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Ezekiel Elliott may be a rookie but he is a talented rookie with an exceptional offensive line and that means he could be a fantasy gold mine in 2016. The Dallas Cowboys are keeping their cards close to their chest in pre-season but it is hard to imagine Alfred Morris taking too many snaps from the three-down Ohio State running back. You now face a tough choice; take Elliott in the first round or risk missing out on him if you wait until the second round.
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Jason Garrett may be the best man to take full advantage of Elliott’s skills and Dez Bryant’s presence out wide should keep the opposing defense guessing throughout the year. While the Cowboys run on the majority of first down plays, Bryant’s dominance on the flanks may give Elliott breathing space in the backfield. For example, he is unlikely to face too many blitzes from the secondary; and therefore, he should have very few tackles for a loss.
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Ezekiel Elliott comes with a reputation on the field but his fantasy reputation is also very important to avid players all over the world. The Dallas Cowboys have a real stud on their hands and most fantasy players will be expecting Garrett to unleash him on a regular basis this season. Only time will tell but Elliott is looking like the real deal and fans will be excited to see him in action.
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He probably isn’t “worth” a first round pick just yet but you might have to take him early to hold off competition from your fantasy rivals…

Jake Peavy
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Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
Peavy is 5-9 with a 5.55 ERA, but is 4-3 with a 4.93 ERA at home. He tossed seven scoreless one-hit innings on May 31st against Atlanta.
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Season Totals: 107 Starts, 45-27, 644 IP, 515 Ks, 3.79 ERA (271 Earned Runs), 1.23 WHIP (620 hits, 175 walks)

Matthew Stafford
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When Calvin Johnson retired my first thought was why does Detroit’s best football players retire so soon? My second though was Matthew Stafford’s value just took a hit. I currently have Stafford ranked at 18th, but I’m thinking that may need to be adjusted.
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It appears that the Lions will be looking to employ a more fast-paced offense in 2016. Quite simply, more plays should translate into more stats.
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Stafford threw for 4,262 yards and 32 touchdowns with just 13 interceptions. Over the past five seasons he’s averaged 4,634.8 yards and 28.8 touchdowns. I know losing a hall of fame wide receiver hurts your value, but perhaps I am overdoing it.
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Detroit has three solid options at wide receiver. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will stretch the field while Anquan Boldin gives them a tough inside presence. T.J. Jones gives them another option that could end up surprising fantasy owners.
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Theo Reddick caught 80 balls last year and Ameer Abdullah added 25 of his own. Dynamic receiving backs will certainly help Detroit’s fast-tempo plan.
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Eric Ebron is dealing with an ankle injury, but he should be ready for the season opener. Ebron caught 47 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns last year. In his third season, Ebron is a breakout candidate.
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I’m not Stafford is quite a QB1 entering the year, but he definitely has the potential to perform like one.

Francisco Liriano Blue Jays
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Francisco Liriano, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins
Liriano is 6-12 with a 5.21 ERA, but he has 132 strikeouts in 131.1 innings. He has a 3.57 ERA since coming over from Pittsburgh. He’s a solid start against his old team.
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Season Totals: 106 Starts, 44-27, 637.2 IP, 510 Ks, 3.80 ERA (269 Earned Runs), 1.24 WHIP (614 hits, 175 walks)

Stephen Gostkowski
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Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2016 fantasy football kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
3. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
4. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
5. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
6. Josh Brown, New York Giants
7. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
8. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
9. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
10. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
11. Cairo Santos, Kansas City Chiefs
12. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
13. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
14. Nick Novak, Houston Texans
15. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
17. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders
18. Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills
19. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
21. Josh Lambo, San Diego Chargers
22. Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers
23. Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
25. Connor Barth, New Orleans Saints

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Daniel Norris
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Daniel Norris, Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Norris is 1-2 with a 3.81 ERA. He has a 3.38 ERA on the road. Norris had a 2.45 ERA against the Twins last year.
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Season Totals: 105 Starts, 43-27, 631.2 IP, 503 Ks, 3.79 ERA (266 Earned Runs), 1.24 WHIP (609 hits, 174 walks)

LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest
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We had some awesome submissions this year (click here to see the entries). Thanks to everybody for participating. Unfortunately I had to narrow the list down. Here are the finalists:
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Fat-bottomed Gurleys – Ian
Javorius Bastards – Sharon
Make AmariCarr Great Again – Ian
Poke’Veon Go – Alex
Pound Control to Major Tom – Greg
Suh-icide Squad – Yooo
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