Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston had a great rookie season with 4,042 yards with 22 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. He added 213 yards and six scores on the ground. Can he take a step forward in Year 2?
Looking at his splits Winston was very consistent.
Games 1-8: 1,895 yards, 10 TDs, 7 INTs, 115 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs
Games 9-16: 2,147 yards, 12 TDs, 8 INTs, 98 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs
Winston’s numbers are slightly bloated by a five touchdown performance against he Philadelphia Eagles, but is showed a glimpse of his upside.
A deeper look into Winston’s performances cause me to pump my brakes a little. He only topped 265 yards in five of his 16 starts. He only had six starts with multiple touchdown passes, and just one with over three. The way he finished the season is encouraging.
Winston averaged 327.7 yards with four touchdown passes and a rushing score in his past three games.

Winston has been working out to improve his conditioning so he prepared to take that next step. More importantly he is putting in time in the film room so he’s mentally prepared.
The Buccaneers have great targets for Winston’s development. Mike Evans saw his receiving yards increase from 1,051 to 1,206 but his touchdowns dipped from 12 to 3. Expect another improvement in the yards and a return to form in the touchdown area. Vincent Jackson gives Winston another large target. He provided just 543 yards and three touchdowns. While he won’t return to his previous form, he should provide some of the best WR2 numbers in the league.}
Charles Sims and Doug Martin caught 51 and 33 passes respectively out of the backfield giving Winston two dynamic options while tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins gives him another big red zone target.
Currently I have Winston as a low-end QB1. If he falls outside of that range it isn’t by much. He’ll be a nice QB2 option with upside. What are your thoughts on the second-year QB?

Richard Sherman
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
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Stephen Gostkowski
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. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
10. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
11. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
12. Cairo Santos, Kansas City Chiefs
13. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears
14. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
15. Nick Novak, Houston Texans
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Sammy Watkins
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins is loaded with talent and has blazing speed. He also has battled numerous injuries in two seasons.
His rookie season was frustrating. While he did well enough, especially considering he was catching passes from the likes of EJ Manuel and Kyle Orton, he just didn’t stack up to his rookie counterparts. Watkins finished with 982 yards and six touchdowns. Meanwhile Odell Beckham (1,305 yards, 12 touchdowns), Mike Evans (1,051 yards, 12 touchdowns), Kelvin Benjamin (1,008 yards, 9 TDs) and Jordan Matthews (872 yards, 8 TDs) proved to be more better fantasy options.
Watkins took a step forward last year with 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns, but he missed three games. The Bills got much better QB play from Tyrod Taylor. This looked like a breakout year for Watkins.
Unfortunately break is the operative word. Watkins underwent surgery recently for broken bones in his foot. Anytime someone that relies on their speed has issues with their wheels, there is a great cause for concern. We are hearing that he should not miss any action. Time will tell how the recovery goes. I have him currently ranked inside the top 20 wide receivers for 2016, but I am definitely keeping my eye on him.

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
3. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
4. Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers
5. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
6. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
7. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
8. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
9. Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns
10. Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
12. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
13. Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
14. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
15. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
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Todd Gurley leap
Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams ran for 1,106 yards in 13 games as a rookie. Can he take the leap to the 15oo yard mark in year 2?
Gurley missed the first two games of the season and then was held to nine yards on six carries in his NFL debut. He also sat out the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers with a mild case of turf toe. Certainly not the best way to start or end a rookie campaign. That middle stretch of games told a different story.
In those 12 games Gurley average 91.4 yards per game, which would put him at 1,463 yards in a 16 game schedule at that clip. He’ll need to average 93.8 yards per game to hit the 1, 500 mark.
After his first showing Gurley took off to the tune of 146 yards, 159 yards, 128 yards and 133 yards in his next four games. He looked like he would hold the #1 fantasy spot the rest of the way. Unfortunately he only topped 100 yards one more time. He was held to 66 or fewer yards in five of his final eight games. Nonetheless, Gurley stamped an impressive rookie season with 90 total yards and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.
Gurley finished the year with ten touchdowns, a 4.8 yards per carry average and 21 receptions for 188 yards.
Great things are in store for this young man. He’s just scratching the surface. Not only do I have him as the number one ranked running back, I absolutely think he can reach 1,500 yards and more.

Odell Beckham
With the NFL Draft behind us it is time to start thinking about the 2016 fantasy football season. We’ll continue with a first look at the wide receivers.
1. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
5. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
6. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
7. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
8. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
9. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
10. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
11. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
12. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
14. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
15. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
16. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
17. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
18. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
19. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
20. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
21. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
22. Eric Decker, New York Jets
23. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
24. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
25. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
26. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
27. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
28. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
29. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
30. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
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Todd Gurley
With the NFL Draft behind us it is time to start thinking about the 2016 fantasy football season. We’ll continue with a first look at the running backs.
1. Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
3. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
5. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
7. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
8. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
9. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
10. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
11. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
12. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
13. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
14. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
15. Matt Forte, New York Jets
16. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
17. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
18. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
19. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
20. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
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Cam Newton dance
With the NFL Draft behind us it is time to start thinking about the 2016 fantasy football season. We’ll start with a first look at the quarterbacks.
1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
5. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
9. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
10. Eli Manning, New York Giants
11. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
13. Kirk Cousins , Washington Redskins
14. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
15. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
16. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
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Hunter Henry Arkansas
1. Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
Henry gets to work behind Antonio Gates as he replaces Ladarius Green (Pittsburgh). His value is limited as rookie tight ends seldom make a big impact, but he’s the best of the bunch.
2. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Hooper likely won’t make a huge impact as a rookie, but he could find the end zone a few times. He could enter the TE2 range by next season.
3. Tyler Higbee, St. Louis Rams
Higbee has solid potential, but will likely face some league discipline based on an previous altercation. He shouldn’t be on your radar in fantasy leagues, but could end up developing into a solid option.
4. Thomas Duarte, Miami Dolphins
Duarte has the athleticism to make an impact going forward. He just likely won’t achieve it this year.
5. Jerell Adams, New York Giants
Adams has the skill set to be a solid option for the Giants. It’s a matter of opportunity that will hold him back in 2016.
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