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2016 Rookie-Only Draft (post NFL Draft)

Below is a fresh 2016 Fantasy Football Rookie-Only Expert Draft. This is a real draft amongst ‘experts’ in the fantasy football industry, so it’s an interesting take on where to slot 2016 rookies. With the NFL Draft complete, it’s time to see where the 2016 rookies fall as you prepare for your rookie-only league drafts.

Round One

1.01 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL RB (R)
1.02 Doctson, Josh WAS WR (R)
1.03 Treadwell, Laquon MIN WR (R)
1.04 Coleman, Corey CLE WR (R)
1.05 Shepard, Sterling NYG WR (R)
1.06 Henry, Derrick TEN RB (R)
1.07 Fuller, Will HOU WR (R)
1.08 Dixon, Kenneth BAL RB (R)
1.09 Thomas, Michael NOS WR (R)
1.10 Boyd, Tyler CIN WR (R)
1.11 Carroo, Leonte MIA WR (R)
1.12 Booker, Devontae DEN RB (R)

First-Round Observations: No shock seeign Ezekel Elliott go at the 1.01. In fact, there is no reason you should ever see another player ever drafted at the 1.01 in any upcoming rookie-only draft. I’m not suggesting that a player can’t come out of nowhere and be this year’s David Johnson, but ADPs suggest you can get a TON via trade if you don’t want Elliott for whatever reason. I think the first three receivers going right after Elliott is par for the course, as Doctson, Treadwell and Coleman have the most upside after Elliott, but keep an eye on Kenneth Dixon (1.08) and Devontae Booker (1.12). Derek Henry was a big name player heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, but his situation behind DeMarco Murray is not an attractive one heading into the next couple of years.

The Rest…

Round One

2.01 Prosise, C.J. SEA RB (R)
2.02 Howard, Jordan CHI RB (R)
2.03 Goff, Jared RAM QB (R)
2.04 Perkins, Paul NYG RB (R)
2.05 Marshall, Keith WAS RB (R)
2.06 Henry, Hunter SDC TE (R)
2.07 Thomas, Mike RAM WR (R)
2.08 Williams, Jonathan BUF RB (R)
2.09 Mitchell, Malcolm NEP WR (R)
2.10 Hogan, Chris NEP WR
2.11 Hooper, Austin ATL TE (R)
2.12 Allen, Dwayne IND TE

Round One

3.01 Washington, DeAndre OAK RB (R)
3.02 Higbee, Tyler RAM TE (R)
3.03 Payton, Jordan CLE WR (R)
3.04 Drake, Kenyan MIA RB (R)
3.05 Miller, Braxton HOU WR (R)
3.06 Moore, Chris BAL WR (R)
3.07 Wentz, Carson PHI QB (R)
3.08 Cooper, Pharoh RAM WR (R)
3.09 Ervin, Tyler HOU RB (R)
3.10 Garrett, Keyarris CAR WR (R)
3.11 Smallwood, Wendell PHI RB (R)
3.12 Lynch, Paxton DEN QB (R)

Round One

4.01 Higgins, Rashard CLE WR (R)
4.02 Smelter, DeAndre SFO WR
4.03 Ferguson, Josh IND RB (R)
4.04 Heuerman, Jeff DEN TE
4.05 Collins, Alex SEA RB (R)
4.06 Listenbee, Kolby BUF WR (R)
4.07 Janis, Jeff GBP WR
4.08 Quick, Brian RAM WR
4.09 Peake, Charone NYJ WR (R)
4.10 Miller, Zach CHI TE
4.11 Sharpe, Tajae TEN WR (R)
4.12 Tucker, Justin BAL PK

March 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Below is our 2016 NFL Mock Draft, which also includes the combine times for the fantasy football skill positions.

Expect this mock to change a ton between now and Draft Day, and expect more rookie analysis to come!

2016 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: 3/16/2016

1 – Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 – Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (4.77 forty)
3 – San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State
4 – Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State
5 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6 – Baltimore Ravens: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (tba forty)
7 – San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California (4.82 forty)
8 – Miami Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
9 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
10 – New York Giants: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
11 – Chicago Bears: A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
12 – New Orleans Saints: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
13 – Philadelphia Eagles: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (4.47 forty)
14 – Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
15 – Los Angeles Rams: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
16 – Detroit Lions: Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT, Ole Miss
17 – Atlanta Falcons: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU (4.50 forty)
18 – Indianapolis Colts: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (4.54 forty)
19 – Buffalo Bills: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
20 – New York Jets: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
21 – Washington Redskins: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
22 – Houston Texans: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (tba forty)
23 – Minnesota Vikings: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (tba forty)
24 – Cincinnati Bengals: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
25 – Pittsburgh Steelers: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
26 – Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
27 – Green Bay Packers: Noah Spence, OLB/DE/OLB, Kentucky
28 – Kansas City Chiefs: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
29 – Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
30 – Denver Broncos: (4.87 forty)
31 – Carolina Panthers: Kevin Dodd, DE, ClemsonVadal Alexander, G, LSU
2.01 – Cleveland Browns: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

And the No. 1 overall pick in 2016 is….?

Now that the off-season is here, it is time to discuss who is the leading candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in August of 2016. If you had to draft today, who would you select with the first overall pick in a 2016 fantasy football draft? Here are the top options in order of who we’d roll with.

1.01 – Todd Gurley (STL/RB): Honestly, it’s hard to argue against any of the players below, and any of the players listed below might be in the discussion for the No. 1 overall pick come August, 2016. Still, Gurley showed flashes of the kind of runner that can have those occasional 2-3TD games, and those 150+ rushing performances. He is so dynamic, and he should only get better, stronger (from his ACL recovery) heading into this upcoming year.

1.02 – LeVeon Bell (PIT/RB): His health (PCL/MCL surgery) this off-season will steer his value, but having to guess now, we think it’s pretty safe to say he will be good to go for 2016. When healthy and on the field, Bell can be just as good as Gurley. Last year’s injury (MCL/PCL) is the only reason he isn’t tied for the 1.01.

1.03 – Antonio Brown (PIT/WR): As we said above, a case can be made for Brown going 1.01, especially in PPR. This is personal preference. If you’re a good running back draft, like in middle rounds, then you might lean Brown at 1.01. If you tend to struggle during years where you try going cheap at RB, then you might consider both Gurley and Bell before you consider the top receiver… there are no bad picks in this top 6 overall.

1.04 – Julio Jones (ATL/WR): Everything just said above under Antonio Brown can be said here.

1.05 – Devonta Freeman (ATL/WR): A case can be made that there is a lot of risk here, but a case can also be made that he is the No. 1 overall pick. Because of the risk, he falls near the bottom of this group of six, but again, that’s not a bad thing, as this group of six is all 1.01 worthy.

1.06 – DeAndre Hopkins (HOU/WR): He proved this year he can outscore any WR on any given Sunday. His QB situation isn’t as strong as any of the WRs above, which is the only reason he isn’t right up there with both Brown and Jones.

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

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Week 2: Live Sunday Breaking News

Below is a running live Breaking News report, which will be updated throughout the entire day on Sunday (Week 2). Have a great Sunday morning/afternoon everyone!

Breaking News: Week 2

NEWS: According to reports, Tony Romo has likely suffered a broken collarbone.
Fantasy: This will likely have the passer out for the season, or at least 8 weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. With Dez Bryant out potentially longer than 6-8 weeks, the Cowboys are in trouble. If you have some depth you may never use, consider making an offer for Dez so that you can stash him on your bench. While there is tons to worry about, him getting healthy, not having Romo, etc, he is still a great player to stash if you can get a low-risk deal done. Some looking to win now in dynasty might also sell-low on Dez, so take a stab there as well.


NEWS: According to reports, Carlos Hyde was cleared after being taken to the locker room with a possible Week 2 concussion.
Fantasy: It appears Hyde will be fine for Week 3 – for now. Be sure to stay glued to Smart Alerts and your logged in Starters homepage, as we will surely address any big injuries via a Player Spotlight.


NEWS: Matt Jones ran for 123 yards and 2TDs on 19 carries in Week 2. He also pulled in 3 receptions for 23 yards.
Fantasy: Beast! He wasn’t #13 on our 2015 Breakout Upside Board for nothing. Congrats to all who own this guy, especially in dynasty. He has some serious talent and clearly looks like the future of that Washington rushing attack. We will let you know what’s going on with Alfred Morris when we know more.


NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is in fact active for Week 2.
Fantasy: We knew this was going to be the case, but it’s now official. Again, he could be on a snap count this week, though, making Spiller more of a flex play. Low-end RB2-type value could be in the cards once Spiller is back to full-go.


NEWS: According to reports, Todd Gurley (knee) is inactive for Week 2.
Fantasy: He should be a go in Week 3, though, so get ready. Unless he suffers a setback, Tre Mason has decent flex value this week, but Benny Cunningham will still get reps.


NEWS: According to reports, Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) is considered out for Week 2 against Arizona.
Fantasy: Both Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson are solid starts this week. We predict at least one of them scores, and Wilson could be a very sneaky play. If you need a WR3 this year in deep leagues, run him out onto the field! Expect Martellus Bennett to have a big game in this one.


NEWS: According to reports, Mike Evans (hamstring) will play in Week 2 against the Saints.
Fantasy: He is questionable, so stay close to your Smart Alerts today… we consider him a low-end fantasy WR1, or at least high-end fantasy WR2 whenever on the field! He looks like a go!


NEWS: According to reports, Vontae Davis is expected to cover Brandon Marshall on Monday night.
Fantasy: Davis was the one that caused Sammy Watkins to go without a catch in Week 1. Don’t bench him for just decent options, but don’t expect a huge game out of Marshall this week.


NEWS: LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is expected to be active for Week 2 against New England.
Fantasy: Keep him in lineups unless he has a setback, which we will surely alert you to via Smart Alerts. Karlos Williams should be owned by all McCoy owners, though, just in case McCoy doesn’t come out of this week healthy.


NEWS: According to reports, C.J. Spiller (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against Bucs.
Fantasy: He could be eased into this one, so curb expectations a bit. Great news, though, for future weeks!


NEWS: According to reports, Tre Mason (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 2 against Washington.
Fantasy: Benny Cunningham won’t just go away, but Mason is the better start. Gurley may or may not play a little in this one, but in a few weeks, it will surely be the Todd Gurley show. Get ready!