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Top 10 Fantasy Football WRs for 2016?

Who are the Top 10 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers (WRs) for 2016? Last year, we had a handful of new receivers emerge as elite, like Allen Robinson. Who are the top 10WRs for 2016? Who just missed the cut?

Top 10 WRs for 2016

1. Antonio Brown – The tough part about calling this obvious is that if Big Ben gets hurt, Brown falls almost an entire tier. Still, predicting that Big Ben will be hurt isn’t something we will do here. Brown has had two back-to-back seasons now with 129-130 receptions for 1,698+ yards and 10+ touchdowns.

2. Julio Jones – ABrown and Julio are so dominate at their position. Brown with his speed and route running, and Julio with his insane size. He flat-out dominates the space around him. Despite only 8TDs in 2015, and 6 the year prior, he has 12-15TD upside in him, he just needs more end zone targets. Last year, the beast dropped 136/1871/8TDs… that’s incredible, and even if he dips in receptions in yards this coming year, add in 2-3 more TDs and his points will be there again.

3. Deandre Hopkins – This year is so loaded in the top 1-6 overall, and it’s because of these super elite WRs. Hopkins could easily be as good as either ABrown or Julio, and he could be the top fantasy scorer at the end of 2016. He is that good. He has that much upside and he is only going to get better. Scary. His 111/1521/11TDs last year feels safe if you want 2016 projections.

4. Odell Beckham – He will always come with some attitude concerns, but he, like any of the three above him, is 1.01 deserving. He really is. He is only entering his third season and his first two NFL seasons look like: 91/1305/12TDs and 96/1450/13TDs. Sometimes you forget how good he is for only playing two years in the NFL.

5. Dez Bryant – After only 9 games played with 401 yards receiving and 3TDs, it’s tough to know what to expect out of Dez in 2016. Ranking him higher than this would have big risks, but 5-8 seems safe with good upside.

6. Allen Robinson – ARob has both the ability to get even better next year, or disappoint. He pulled in 1,400 yards and 14TDs on just 80 receptions, so if he can pull in 95-100, watch out. Players sometimes have seasons like he did in 2015, though, then disappoint the next year. So, there is some risk in expecting 1,400/14TDs, but we like his chances give Blake Bortles is looking for real. Feel good about ranking ARob in the 5-8WR range in 2016.

7. AJ Green – A great value here. While it’s hard to rank him higher because he has disappointed as of late, but he can always play with the 1-5 guys, so this is great value with low risk.

8. Demaryius Thomas – Of all the WRs in the 5-10 range, we worry most about Thomas, due to injury and QB situation. He could drop to the bottom of the top 10 by August. He could remain, much depends on what we think DEN will do at QB in 2016.

9. Amari Cooper – He could take a huge step forward in 2016 and be a top 3-6 guy.

10. Mike Evans – He will be a great value grab this year because he has top 3-7 ability but will rank near the bottom of the top 10WRs by default, just because there are so many good WRs this year.

Just missed the cut: Alshon Jeffery, Sammy Watkins, Josh Gordon, Keenan Allen, Brandon Marshall, Julian Edelman, Randall Cobb, Doug Baldwin, Jordy Nelson, Emmanual Sanders, Jordan Matthews, Brandin Cooks, Allen Hurns, TY Hilton

Top 10 Fantasy Football RBs for 2016?

Who are the Top 10 Fantasy Football Running Backs for 2016? This list will change fast, and there are a number of players that ‘just missed the cut’, so know that those players are below (and many are worthy).

Top 10 RBs for 2016

1. Todd Gurley – An easy 1.01 choice for anyone not wanting to go WR.

2. LeVeon Bell – Even recovering from PCL/MCL injuries, it’s hard to argue against this workhorse inside the top 2-5 overall. Very few backs can pull in 500 receiving yards and rush 15-18 times a game. Mix in his shot for 10-15TDs, only his injury should worry you at all, and even that shouldn’t worry you.

3. Devonta Freeman – After Gurley and Bell, some risk emerges, as it’s tough to know for certain what Atlanta is thinking in terms of workload. Still, after being the best RB in football for more than half a season, he has earned this ranking.

4. Adrian Peterson – He should have one more elite top 5RB season left, if not two.

5. David Johnson – Same team risk here as with Freeman above. If judging just off talent, not fear of misuse, there is no more exciting rushing/receiving youngster in football. He is already arguably the best receiving back in football.

6. Jamaal Charles – Will he get the carries needed to return to form? We think so, but his ranking could get bumped up or down as we see him progress and see his team adjust to his progress.

7. Doug Martin – Hard to argue this ranking after such a big 2015.

8. Matt Forte – Where he plays in 2016 will determine a lot, but he has at least one great year left.

9. LeSean McCoy – He has some off-the-field problems emerging right now, so stay tuned. Based on talent, this is a good spot. For now.

10. Thomas Rawls – For now, Lynch is set to retire, and that leaves Rawls as one of the most exciting low-end RB1s in fantasy football this upcoming season.

Just missed the cut: DeMarco Murray, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde, Eddie Lacy, TJ Yeldon, CJ Anderson, Jeremy Langford, Mark Ingram, Latavius Murray, Arian Foster, Chris Ivory, Jay Ajayi, Giovani Bernard, Melvin Gordon, Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Duke Johnson

Top 10 Fantasy Football QBs for 2016?

Who are the Top 10 Fantasy Football QBs for 2016? Last year, a handful of second tier QBs, like Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Blake Bortles, jumped into the top tier. Even if you have Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers ranked significantly above all other fantasy passers heading into 2016, you have to at least entertain the option of owning a guy like Cam or Bortles given you can likely draft that slightly lesser passer rounds later. So, here are our top 10 fantasy quarterbacks heading into next year. Yours might be different, and that’s awesome, post your top 10 below!

Top 10 QBs for 2016

1-tie – Aaron Rodgers – Use last year’s disappointing season to your advantage. He is easily capable of being the best player in fantasy football, but the good news, you won’t have to draft him at that level in 2016.

1-tie – Andrew Luck – Yes, he had a horrible season in 2015, but he has #1 overall ability.

1-tie – Tom Brady – Capable of at least 1-2 more years as a 1-5 fantasy QB.

4. Drew Brees – Should have at least one more season where he can run with the top 1-4QBs.

5. Cam Newton – Like the two QBs below him, the fear of letdown after a big year has some unable to rank him inside the top 1-4. It makes sense to rank him here.

6. Blake Bortles – Will he let people down after such a big year in 2015? He certainly deserves a shot if you ask us.

7. Russell Wilson – Capable of underperforming has him ranking outside the top 4-6, but he can score with anyone.

8. Kirk Cousins – Is he for real? He proved enough to us last year to be worth a place in this 6-10 range.

9. Ben Roethlisberger – He can play with anyone for strings of games.

10. Carson Palmer – If you doubted him for one more year, keep in mind he played with a mangled finger during the playoffs. He has one year left.

Just missed the cut: Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Tony Romo, Derek Carr, Sam Bradford, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco, Teddy Bridgewatter, Alex Smith… a few more are worth mentioning here, but we

2016 Fantasy Football Mock Draft

Below is a 2016 fantasy football mock draft based on a ppr format; it’s based on redraft. Things will change quickly as the off-season moves along, but this is as of early January 2016, so enjoy.

Round One

1.01 – todd gurley
1.02 – antonio brown
1.03 – julio jones
1.04 – deandre hopkins
1.05 – le’veon bell
1.06 – adrian peterson
1.07 – odell beckham jr.
1.08 – rob gronkowski
1.09 – devonta freeman
1.10 – dez bryant
1.11 – aj green
1.12 – demaryius thomas

Analysis: Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, LeVeon Bell and DeAndre Hopkins all deserve considerations for the 1.01 heading into 2016. You almost can’t go wrong with any of those names at the top spot, but even the next 3-4 names after that can be argued. This is a deep top 10 overall this upcoming season. The elite every-down rushers are not deep, however, as you are looking at Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Devonta Freeman and LeVeon Bell (in no particular order) as the elite of the elite. Then, past those four, you have very capable rushers in Matt Forte and LeSean McCoy, and even Doug Martin, David Johnson, DeMarco Murray and Jamaal Charles, but that second group I just listed off is a tier below that top crew. So, the question is, is RB more valuable than ever because of this, or less? That will debated all off-season long!

Round Two

2.01 – matt forte
2.02 – lesean mccoy
2.03 – doug martin
2.04 – demarco murray
2.05 – jamaal charles
2.06 – david johnson
2.07 – aaron rodgers
2.08 – tom brady
2.09 – andrew luck
2.10 – drew brees
2.11 – amari cooper
2.12 – allen robinson

Analysis: This entire round is loaded with high-upside, but also lots of risk. This round is nowhere near as secure-looking as the first-round.

Round Three

3.01 – alshon jeffery
3.02 – mike evans
3.03 – russell wilson
3.04 – blake bortles
3.05 – cam newton
3.06 – keenan allen
3.07 – brandon marshall
3.08 – doug baldwin
3.09 – jeremy langford
3.10 – brandin cooks
3.11 – marshawn lynch
3.12 – eddie lacy

Analysis: If QBs like Luck, Brady, Brees or Rodgers fall into this round, they have great value, as they still have top 10 overall upside in fantasy (despite some of those passers struggling/getting hurt in 2015).

Round Four

4.01 – mark ingram
4.02 – jordan matthews
4.03 – randall cobb
4.04 – calvin johnson
4.05 – jarvis landry
4.06 – sammy watkins
4.07 – martavis bryant
4.08 – josh gordon
4.09 – jordy nelson
4.10 – thomas rawls
4.11 – emmanual sanders
4.12 – greg olsen

Analysis: Players like Thomas Rawls, Josh Gordon and Sammy Watkins all have big-time upside at this value, as they can all be top 10 at their position, yet you can buy them low-risk right here.

More Players Worth Considering: carlos hyde, lamar miller, allen hurns, latavius murray, jeremy hill, chris ivory, jordan reed, gary barnidge, carson palmer, ben roethlisberger, kirk cousins, derek carr, travis kelce, tyler eifert, delanie walker, arian foster, stefon diggs
michael floyd, ty hilton, tony romo, julius thomas, marcus mariota, jameis winston, larry fitzgerald, julian edelman, darren mcfadden, tj yeldon

2016 RB Rankings

Below are our early 2016 RB Rankings (cheat sheet)… it’s never too early to start ranking the 2016 fantasy football running backs.

Sort by: QB | RB | WR | TE

Running Backs | 2016

Updated: 1/3/2016

Top 12

1. todd gurley
2. devonta freeman
3. le’veon bell
4. adrian peterson
5. matt forte
6. lesean mccoy
7. jamaal charles
8. doug martin
9. david johnson
10. demarco murray
11. jeremy langford
12. marshawn lynch

The Rest

eddie lacy
mark ingram
thomas rawls
lamar miller
carlos hyde
chris ivory
latavius murray
jeremy hill
tj yeldon
arian foster
darren mcfadden
giovani bernard
justin forsett
melvin gordon
cj anderson
duke johnson
buck allen
charcandrick west
ronnie hillman
jonathan stewart
danny woodhead
matt jones
alfred morris
isaiah crowell
tevin coleman
jay ajayi
karlos williams
deangelo williams
ameer abdullah
dion lewis
shane vereen
rashad jennings
ryan mathews
alfred blue
andre ellington
frank gore
james starks
chris johnson
khiry robinson
christine michael
jerick mckinnon
chris polk
legarrette blount
bishop sankey
denard robinson
andre williams
darren sproles
theo riddick
cj spiller
chris thompson
brandon bolden
terrance west
james white
cameron artis-payne
mike gillislee
zach zenner
orleans darkwa
knile davis
charles sims

2016 TE Rankings

Below are our early 2016 TE Rankings (cheat sheet)… it’s never too early to start ranking the 2016 fantasy football tight ends.

Sort by: QB | RB | WR | TE

Tight Ends | 2016

Updated: 1/3/2016

Top 12

1. rob gronkowski
2. greg olsen
3. jordan reed
4. gary barnidge
5. travis kelce
6. tyler eifert
7. delanie walker
8. julius thomas
9. austin seferian-jenkins
10. jimmy graham
11. zach ertz
12. eric ebron

The Rest

kyle rudolph
jason witten
antonio gates
charles clay
jordan cameron
martellus bennett
ben watson
crockett gillmore
heath miller
zach miller
richard rodgers
ladarius green
maxx williams (R)
clive walford (R)
vernon davis
will tye
jacob tamme
larry donnell
coby fleener
dwayne allen
owen daniels
jared cook
josh hill
brent celek
scott chandler
mychal rivera
marcedes lewis
jace amaro
niles paul
jermaine gresham
gavin escobar
anthony fasano
lance kendricks
joseph fauria
brandon pettigrew
brandon myers

2016 WR Rankings

Below are our early 2016 WR Rankings (cheat sheet)… it’s never too early to start ranking the 2016 fantasy football wide receivers.

Sort by: QB | RB | WR | TE

Wide Receivers | 2016

Updated: 1/3/2016

Top 12

1. antonio brown
2. julio jones
3. deandre hopkins
4. odell beckham jr.
5. dez bryant
6. aj green
7. demaryius thomas
8. allen robinson
9. alshon jeffery
10. mike evans
11. amari cooper
12. brandon marshall

The Rest

keenan allen
doug baldwin
brandin cooks
randall cobb
calvin johnson
jarvis landry
sammy watkins
josh gordon
martavis bryant
jordy nelson
emmanual sanders
jordan matthews
allen hurns
stefon diggs
michael floyd
ty hilton
larry fitzgerald
julian edelman
steve smith sr.
john brown
tyler lockette
kelvin benjamin
golden tate
davante parker
jeremy maclin
donte moncrief
kevin white
eric decker
brian hartline
davante adams
kamar aiken
brian quick
devin funchess
vincent jackson
kendall wright
danny amendola
nelson agholor
willie snead
dorial green-beckham
pierre garcon
mohamed sanu
rueben randle
michael crabtree
desean jackson
torrey smith
roddy white
phillip dorsett
nate washington
brandon lafell
justin blackmon
marvin jones
james jones
mike wallace
percy harvin
tavon austin
andre johnson
marques colston
jeff janis
brandon coleman
breshad perriman
malcom floyd
jermaine kearse
justin hunter
cole beasley
anquan boldin
eddie royal
marquees wilson
robert woods
markus wheaton
cecil shorts
kenny stills
cordarrelle patterson
kenny britt
dwayne harris
josh huff
darrius heyward-bey
terrance williams
charles johnson
stevie johnson
rishard matthews
leonard hankerson
andrew hawkins
dexter mccluster
lance moore
victor cruz
harry douglas
riley cooper
rashad greene
dwayne bowe
marquise lee
stedman bailey
marquise goodwin
paul richardson
cody latimer
devin smith
sammie coates
jaelen strong
rod streater
donnie avery
brandon gibson
andre caldwell
aaron dobson
nick toon
chris conley
albert wilson
andre roberts

2016 QB Rankings

Below are our early 2016 QB Rankings (cheat sheet)… it’s never too early to start ranking the 2016 fantasy football quarterbacks.

Sort by: QB | RB | WR | TE

Quarterbacks | 2016

Updated: 1/3/2016

Top 12

1. aaron rodgers
2. andrew luck
3. tom brady
4. drew brees
5. russell wilson
6. cam newton
7. blake bortles
8. carson palmer
9. ben roethlisberger
10. tony romo
11. kirk cousins
12. derek carr

The Rest

marcus mariota
jameis winston
brock osweiler
philip rivers
matthew stafford
eli manning
matt ryan
andy dalton
tyrod taylor
peyton manning
teddy bridgewater
sam bradford
ryan tannehill
johnny manziel
joe flacco
jay cutler
blaine gabbert
ryan fitzpatrick
alex smith

Radio: 2016 Running Backs!!! Russ and Smitty Talk Dynasty.

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Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 16)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 16. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that Saints QB Drew Brees (foot) will play today (Sunday/Week 16) against the Jaguars.

FANTASY: He is playing with a torn plantar fascia, know that, but he would be tough to sit in most any situation given his upside. Colston is out, but Ben Watson is expected to play (as of now). Anything can change last minute, so stay on the news and smart alerts all morning!


NEWS: Dez Bryant (foot, ankle) is inactive for Week 16 against Buffalo.


NEWS: Titans declared Marcus Mariota inactive for Week 16 against the Texans.

FANTASY: Zach Mettenberger will start.


NEWS: According to reports, Ravens QB Ryan Mallett will start Sunday against the Steelers.

FANTASY: Jimmy Clausen could be sent in if Mallett struggles early.


NEWS: Vincent Jackson (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be a real sneaky Week 16 play, and of course, get ready for a ton of Mike Evans in this one.


NEWS: Jarvis Landry (knee), Lamar Miller (quad) and DeVante Parker (ankle) are all three expected to play Week 16.

FANTASY: Setbacks happen last-minute, so stay on the news if you plan to play any of these guys.


NEWS: Matt Hasselbeck (jaw, back, neck, ribs) is probable for Week 16 against the Dolphins.

FANTASY: This is a risky play. He should start, but anything can happen in warmups, and it’s just not a safe play. Charlie Whitehurst would start if for any reason Hasselbeck couldn’t go last-minute.


NEWS: Alshon Jeffery is looking to be out for Week 16.

FANTASY: Check back last minute but get him out of lineups.