Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2016 fantasy football team defense rankings. .
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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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. .
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. .
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.
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.
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”. .
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. .
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. .
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. .
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. .
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. . Personally, I have Miller just outside the top five, but I do have him slotted as a legit RB1 with major upside.
“Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts“ (CC BY 2.0) by EDrost88 .
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. .
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. .
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. .
Luck’s poor 2015 season was down to a few things. .
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. .
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. .
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. .
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.
Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2016 fantasy football tight end rankings. .
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
3. Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers
4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
5. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
6. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
7. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
8. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
9. Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns
10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
11. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
12. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
13. Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers
14. Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
15. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
16. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
17. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
18. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
19. Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers
20. Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens
21. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
22. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
23. Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders
24. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25. Will Nye, New York Giants . .
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NFL trades don’t happen very often. The Tennessee Titans must have grown tired of Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham was a 2015 second-round pick. He caught 32 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. The change of scenery and the proverbial kick in the butt from being shipped off could end up pushing him to realize his potential. .
He’s worth a look as a fifth receiver. If he meets expectations, great. If not, ditch him for someone that lands on the Get ‘em ledger of a future Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em article.
“Antonio Brown“ (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Keith Allison .
Last season, the likes of Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and Julio Jones played crucial roles for a number of fantasy football teams. Many running backs struggled to inspire confidence or suffered season-ending injuries, which helped to raise the stock of wide receivers throughout the campaign. And it is hard to see the running backs fighting back to buck the trend in 2016… .
Pittsburgh Steelers star Brown was absolutely sensational, especially in PPR leagues. He is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the National Football League and it would be fair to say he is a fantasy goldmine. Brown was effective in the receiving game but also played a brief role rushing out of the backfield when required. Basically, the Steelers have a fantastic asset at their disposal and you should definitely consider moving for Brown early on in the draft. .
Ultimately, this man is a huge asset in fantasy sports – especially those that include points for punt and kick returns. The Steelers number 84 recorded 1,834 yards at an average of 13.5 yards per catch; an impressive feat to say the least. And if Brown performs just as well in 2016, the Steelers could be set for a very successful campaign. .
At the time of writing, Pittsburgh are priced at 12/1 to win the Super Bowl in Paddy Power’s NFL betting odds and Brown could be the man to lead the Steelers to glory. However, he might not finish as the leading wide receiver again this time around. Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr are both in with a great chance of recording league-leading fantasy numbers this season and you would do well to select either star in your fantasy draft. .
Jones is a dominant figure on the Atlanta Falcons offense and the emergence of Devonta Freeman in the backfield really helped to boost his’ stock last season. While Freeman was taking a bunch of carries, the running back’s production meant that opposing defences couldn’t focus purely on Jones – they had to be aware of Freeman’s threat and that allowed quarterback Matt Ryan to expose the defense on more than one occasion. .
By the same token, Beckham Jr is equally as important for the New York Giants and he could be the difference for your fantasy team this year. Beckham Jr is a difference-maker and Eli Manning now has a genuine talent to look for when under pressure. He is a stud wide-out and it is only a matter of time before Beckham blossoms into the best receiver in the NFL. At times, his temperament comes into question but his skill and upside is unrivalled. .
Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2016 fantasy football wide receiver rankings. .
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. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
16. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
16. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
17. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
18. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
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. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
25. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
26. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
27. Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
28. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
29. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
30. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
31. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
32. Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts
33. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
34. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
35. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks
36. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
37. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
38. Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
39. Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
40. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
41. Tavon Austin, Los Angeles Rams
42. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
43. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
44. Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers
45. Steve Smith, Sr., Baltimore Ravens
46. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
47. Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns
48. Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers
49. Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers
50. Travis Benjamin, San Diego Chargers . .
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Here’s an updated and expanded look at the 2016 fantasy football running back rankings. .
1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
3. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
4. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
5. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers
6. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
8. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
10. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
11. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs
12. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
13. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
14. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
15. Matt Forte, New York Jets
16. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
17. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
18. Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
19. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
20. Jeremy HIll, Cincinnati Bengals
21. Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
22. Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
23. Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles
24. Arian Foster, Miami Dolphins
25. Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
26. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
27. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
28. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
29. Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
31. Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
32. Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
33. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
34. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
35. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers
36. James White, New England Patriots
37. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
38. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
39. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
40. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
41. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans . .
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