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.

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…

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.

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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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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Richard Sherman
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Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2016 fantasy football team defense rankings.
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1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. Houston Texans
4. Carolina Panthers
5. Arizona Cardinals
6. Cincinnati Bengals
7. New England Patriots
8. New York Jets
9. Kansas City Chiefs
10. Minnesota Vikings
11. Los Angeles Rams
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Buffalo Bills
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
15. Philadelphia Eagles
16. Miami Dolphins
17. Oakland Raiders
18. Jacksonville Jaguars
19. Baltimore Ravens
20. Washington Redskins
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James White
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New England Patriots Running Back Dion Lewis suffered a setback as he required a second procedure to his knee, which will sideline him two to three months. Lewis was effective last year for New England, running for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns while adding 36 receptions for 388 yards and another pair of scores in seven games.
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The injury will help LeGarrette Blount will likely occupy the Patriots’ big back duties. He has been decent for the Patriots the past few years, but is a tough fantasy prediction. Blount ran for 703 yards and a touchdown last year.
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The real winner should be James White. He will get some carries, but should really be utilized in the passing game. White ran for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns last year, but caught 40 passes for 410 yards and four scores. He will be a nice early season flex option, particularly in points-per-reception leagues.

Le’Veon Bell
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The No Fun League can from time to time show a little willingness to soften their iron fist ruling. Pittsburgh Steelers running back caught a break having his suspension for missing drug test reduced from four games to three games. This is huge for Bell owners (and future bell owners), but it doesn’t do much to change my running back rankings. In my opinion Bell remains in the second tier of running backs with the likes of Ezekiel Elliot, Eddie Lacy, Lamar Miller and Doug Martin. The main takeaway from this is that the NFL actually cut someone a break. Now, if only they would show some leniency to Tom Brady.

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Lamar Miller Houston
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A lot of the talk out of the Houston Texans’ camp has been the possibility of a monster season for running back Lamar Miller. The Houston Chronicle suggests that he will have a versatile role with the club in 2016, solidifying Miller as a major three-down back. Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman is saying that Miller is poised for a “season for the ages”.
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Miller ran for 872 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015 with 47 catches for 397 yards and two touchdowns. In 2014 he ran for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns with 38 catches for 275 yards and a score.
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Miami ranked dead last in rushing attempts last year with 344 while Houston ranked fifth with 472.  In 2014 Miami ranked 22nd with 399 carries while Houston led the league with 551.
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Miller will certainly get his opportunity. Houston trusted Alfred Blue to 183 carries, Chris Polk to 99 more and Jonathan Grimes to 56 of his own. Don’t look for Blue or Grimes to steal much of Miller’s work. His ability to pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield will help with the touches and add to his fantasy appeal.
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In Houston’s first preseason game he ran for 30 yards on four carries. Don’t expect a heavy workload as we gear up towards the season, but once it’s go time, he will be on full display.
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Miller’s career high in carries is 216. He has averaged 195.7 carries the past three seasons and sports a career yards per carry average of 4.6. If he can get 250 or more carries for the Texans to go along with 30-40 receptions, he should be in line for a massive season.
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Personally, I have Miller just outside the top five, but I do have him slotted as a legit RB1 with major upside.

Luck
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Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts“ (CC BY 2.0) by  EDrost88 
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Everything went wrong for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts last year. After reaching the AFC Championship game in 2014, plenty of NFL fans believed that Chuck Pagano’s men would push on and compete for a place in the Super Bowl in 2015. However, an injury to star quarterback Andrew Luck all but ended their chances of glory and Colts fans had to sit and watch as the Houston Texans won the AFC South title.
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Despite their struggles last season, there is plenty of optimism in the air at Lucas Oil Stadium ahead of the new campaign. Luck is back to 100% fitness and the Colts focused heavily on improving their offensive line in the 2016 NFL Draft. With added protection in front of him, Indianapolis may be about to regain their 2014 form – and the rest of the AFC will be wary of their offensive prowess.
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As of August 16th, the Colts are 25/1 in bet365’s NFL betting odds to go on and win the Super Bowl. While that may be a step too far, Indianapolis will certainly be much more competitive this time around. Luck is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the business and he will be very influential for the Colts this season. But he could also be central to your fantasy football this year. If you get the chance, you should definitely select him.
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Luck’s poor 2015 season was down to a few things.
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Firstly, Indy’s offensive line was virtually non-existent. There was a clear lack of protection for the Colts quarterback throughout the campaign and a hit-and-miss running game meant that Luck had to carry the offense on his own. Unfortunately, it was a step too far for the number one overall pick from the 2012 NFL Draft but that shouldn’t be an issue this season.
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Secondly, Luck was trying to force things a little too much. With new offensive co-ordinator Rob Chudzinski working closely with him, Luck may be about to improve and benefit from a tweaked scheme. Indianapolis are still going to be a pass-heavy offense but added focus on the running game should help to take a bit of pressure off Luck’s shoulders as the Colts look to get back to their best.
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His fantasy stock has fallen in the offseason but that could be good for your team. If you are fortunate, you could select Luck in the fifth round of the draft – a decent mid-round pick that will give you a solid option at the quarterback position. He is never going to do a Cam Newton but Luck has MVP potential and if he can regain his 2014 form, you could be on your way to the fantasy title.
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For us, he’s a top five quarterback without a shadow of a doubt. Write Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts off at your peril… we dare you.


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