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Odell Beckham
As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the NFC East.
Five Stars
Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, New York Giants
Dex Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
Four Stars
Josh Brown, K, New York Giants
Kirk Cousins , QB, Washington Redskins
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
Three Stars
Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Dustin Hopkins, K, Washington Redskins
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins
Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Cody Parkey, K, Philadelphia Eagles
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys Defense
New York Giants Defense
Philadelphia Eagles Defense
Washington Redskins Defense
Two Stars
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Rueben Randle, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Will Tye, TE, New York Giants
Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
One Star
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
Chris Givens, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
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Jay Ajayi
Arian Foster’s signing puts a damper on Jay Ajayi’s fantasy forecast for the upcoming NFL season. He is a running back that has topped 1,200 rushing yards with double-digit touchdowns in four of the past six seasons. As long as he can stay healthy, Foster should get plenty of touches this year, but there should be enough to go around.
Foster will turn 30 before the year start. He has missed nearly half (23 of 48) of his games the previous three seasons. Most recently Foster lost all but four games of the 2015 season, which was cut short by an Achilles’ tear. He finished with 163 yards on 63 carries for a paltry 2.6 yards per carry average. Foster did manage to catch 22 passes. His receiving totals (227 yards, 2 touchdowns) exceeded his rushing totals (163 yards, 1 touchdown).
That is the way I envision Foster doing most of his damage. He has proved himself capable of thriving in the passing game, catching 241 passes in 70 games since 2010. That is good for 3.4 receptions per game. He seems to embrace that role. In a recent interview with the Miami Herald, he stated that his strength at this stage of his career is “route-running and catching the ball out of the backfield” and that Adam Gase knows how to “steer the ship and that he’s happy to have a seat on the boat.” His is willing to accept whatever role the Dolphins find for him.
Ajayi ran for 187 yards on 49 carries (3.8 ypc) as a rookie, adding seven catches for 90 yards in nine games. He should be able to improve in year two. The Dolphins drafted Rookie Laremy Tunsil and added Jermon Bushrod from the Bears to improve their guard play. Branden Albert has worked on his conditioning and should be more effective in 2016. Improved offensive line and having a year under his belt should help Ajayi develop in Year 2.
Foster’s presence does make Ajayi more of a RB3 option. There is always the possibility that the veteran Foster wins the starting job about from Ajayi at some point. That’s something to keep in mind during your fantasy draft.

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Amari Cooper

As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the AFC West.
Five Stars
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos Defense
Four Stars
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Amari Cooper, WR,  Oakland Raiders
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs Defense
Three Stars
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers
Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders
Josh Lambo, K, San Diego Chargers
Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
Two Stars
Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers
Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers
Mark Sanchez, QB, Denver Broncos
Albert Wilson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders Defense
San Diego Chargers Defense
One Star
Virgil Green, TE, Denver Broncos
Jeff Heuerman, TE, Denver Broncos
Jordan Norwood, WR, Denver Broncos
Mychal Rivera, TE, Oakland Raiders
Seth Roberts, WR, Oakland Raiders
Clive Walford, TE, Oakland Raiders
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DeAndre Hopkins
As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the AFC South.
Five Stars
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston Texans Defense
Four Stars
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Three Stars
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Frank Gore, RB, Indianpolis Colts
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
Nick Novak, K, Houston Texans
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Two Stars
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans
Jason Myers, K, Jacksonville Jaguars
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans
Cecil Shorts, WR, Houston Texans
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts Defense
Jacksonville Jaguars Defense
Tennessee Titans Defense
One Star
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Griffin, TE, Houston Texans
Ryan Succop, K, Tennessee Titans
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Antonio Brown
As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the AFC North.
Five Stars
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Four Stars
Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns
Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals Defense
Three Stars
Chris Boswell, K, Pittsburgh Steelers
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Mike Nugent, K, Cincinnati Bengals
Steve Smith, Sr., WR, Baltimore Ravens
Markus Wheaton, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens Defense
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense
Two Stars
Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Buck Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns
Travis Coons, K, Cleveland Browns
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Ben Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns Defense
One Star
Robert Griffin III, QB, Cleveland Browns
Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cleveland Browns
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Brady Spike
As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the AFC East.
Five Stars
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
Four Stars
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots Defense
New York Jets Defense
Three Stars
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, (Assuming he’ll re-sign with the Jets)
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots (only until Brady returns)
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Buffalo Bills Defense
Miami Dolphins Defense
Two Stars
Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins
Dan Carpenter, K, Buffalo Bills
Nick Folk, K, New York Jets
Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins
Andrew Franks, K, Miami Dolphins
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo Bills
One Star
Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots
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LestersLegends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest
The 2016 fantasy football season is around the corner. Not only do you have to put in the prep work for your fantasy football draft, but you have come up with a cool team name. The 2016 Lester’s Legends Best Fantasy Football Team Name Contest gives you a chance to show off how clever you are. Not only will you have the bragging rights, but you have a chance to take home a prize. The winner will take home a $25 gift certificate.
All you need to win is a creative name and contact information to get your prize. You can reference football players, songs, movies, whatever. Just be original and keep it somewhat clean. Avoid the low hanging fruit if you’re looking to win the prize.
Limit three team names per entrant. The contest will be open until August 21st. We will then narrow it down to ten team names and determine the winner. Scroll down past the entries below to submit your names.
Here are the 2015 finalists:
Bend Back like Beckham
Fourth and Lynches (2015 contest winner)
I LaFell and it Ertz
Now watch me Chip, now watch me Mur-Ray
Rage Against the Vereen
Spiller High Life
The King Jameis Bible
When I Poo I Forsett
Here are the 2014 finalists:
Clear eyes, Foles Hearts, Can’t Lose
For Whom Le’ Bell Tolls
Joiquierro Taco Bell
Kuechly in the Bedroom
Le’Veon on a Prayer
Saved by Le’ Bell
Sons of anArchie (2014 contest winner)
The Walking Dez
Here are the 2013 finalists:
Blair Walsh Project
Blurred Tynes
Come Helu High Water
Harvin hip problems, I feel bad for you son
Luck B a Brady 2Nite
I Find Urlacher Faith Disturbing
I Pitta the Fool (2013 contest winner)
The Land Before Tynes
Here are the 2012 finalists:
50 Shades of Heyward Bey
Biggie Smalls is the Hillis
Helu… Is it me you’re looking for?
Here’s my number, so call me Brady
Percy Control
RG3P0 (2012 contest winner)
Sexy Andy knows it
Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles
That’s a McCown Question Bro
Weeden’t Start The Fire
Here are the 2011 finalists:
Avoid the Lloyd
Belichick yourself b4 you REX yourself (2011 contest winner)
Brady Back Ribs
Burrested Development
Flaccoroni N Cheese
It’s all about the ReX’s & tOe’s
Plaxidental Shooting
Shot through Gerhart, and You’re to Blame
The Hillis have Eyes
Throw Mamma from the Torain
Here are the 2010 finalists:
A Kolb Day in Hell
Cooley than the Other Side of the Pillow
Corn on the Schaub
Dezzie Does Dallas (2010 contest winner)
Henne Nut Cheerios
Ix-nay on the Heyward-Bey – Reid
Revis and Butthead
Schaub Shank Redemption
Texas Chainsaw Massaquoi
The Godfavre
Here are the 2009 finalists:
Kibbles and Vicks (2009 contest winner)
Eli-The Other White Manning
Forgetting Brandon Marshall
Cassel Greyskull

Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper turned in a solid rookie season, finishing with 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns. He faded down the stretch though. Can he rebound from the poor finish and turn in a top 15 fantasy season?
Cooper looked the part early in the 2015 season averaging 81.6 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his first eight games. He hit a wall in the final eight games averaging 52.1 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per game. Four of those games he combined for 34 yards.
A foot injury slowed his production, but clearly the talent is there. Cooper went over 100 yards five times during his rookie season and had at least 79 yards and/or a score in half of his games. He caught at least five passes in nine games. Clearly he is on the same page as Derek Carr.
Carr improved from 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns as a rookie to 3,987 yards and 32 touchdowns in his second year. Having a great young quarterback that he has such a good rapport with should help Cooper turn in a full season on par with his first half success. That would translate to 1,306 yards and eight touchdowns.
I currently have Cooper ranked withing the top 15 of fantasy football wide receivers. If he stays healthy, he can flirt with WR1 status.

Julius Thomas
News out of the Jacksonville Jaguars camp is that tight end Julius Thomas has been “nearly unstoppable” during OTAs. It wasn’t long ago that Thomas was one of the premier tight ends in the league with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns. He followed it up with just 489 yards, but another dozen touchdown catches. He cashed in with Jacksonville but injuries limited him to 12 games with 455 yards and five touchdowns. If he’s healthy he can certainly exceed those numbers, but can he reach TE1 form?
Durability has been a concern for Thomas. He has played in 44 or 64 games in his four seasons. Red zone prowess has not been an issue though as he has 29 touchdowns in his past 39 games. That puts him on an average of 11.9 in a full 16 game season.
Outside of durability, a secondary concern is his fantasy value reliance on the touchdown. He has averaged just 37.8 yards per game over the past two seasons and just 44.4 in his past three years.
He was literally all or nothing last year. In the seven games in which he did not score Thomas averaged 23.4 yards per game with just one game with over 25 yards. He did have one game with 79 yards to give him six solid games. In the five games in which he did find paydirt, he averaged 58.2 yards and had three games over 50 yards. In those seven scoreless games he averaged 2.6 receptions. In the other five games he averaged 5.6 receptions. Not only did he lack good yardage totals, he wasn’t PPR friendly.
I currently have Thomas ranked outside of the top 12, based on injury history and his dependence on scoring touchdowns. He’s a really good TE2 option though, particularly if you wait on filling the position. The tight end landscape is deep enough that you can afford to pair a couple of solid options.
What are your thoughts on Julius Thomas?

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?

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