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2016 NFL Draft Results (Round One)

Below is the entire first-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. View the draft results below, but also comment below on all of the fantasy implications! Look for our fantasy analysis to follow!

1 – Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff QB CAL
2 – Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St.
3 – San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa DE Ohio St.
4 – Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio St.
5 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey CB Florida St.
6 – Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
7 – San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
8 – Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin OT Michigan St.
9 – Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
10 – New York Giants: Eli Apple CB Ohio St.
11 – Tampa Bay Bucs: Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
12 – New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins DE Louisville
13 – Miami Dolphins: Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
14 – Oakland Raiders: Karl Joseph S West Virginia
15 – Cleveland Browns: Corey Coleman WR Baylor
16 – Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker OT Ohio St.
17 – Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal S Florida
18 – Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly C Alabama
19 – Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
20 – New York Jets: Darron Lee OLB Ohio St.
21 – Houston Texans: Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
22 – Washington Redskins: Josh Doctson WR TCU
23 – Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
24 – Cincinnati Bengals: William Jackson III CB Houston
25 – Pittsburgh Steelers: Artie Burns CB Miami
26 – Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
27 – Green Bay Packers: Kenny Clark DT UCLA
28 – San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Garnett G Stanford
30 – Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
31 – Carolina Panthers: Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
32 – Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M

Bounce-Back Players for 2016

Below are a list of just a few bounce-back fantasy football candidates heading into the 2016 NFL fantasy football season. Have a few names you want to toss out? Comment below!

Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy has reportedly lost 15-18 pounds since the end of last year. Some are even suggesting that he will enter 2016 in the best shape of his life. There are plenty of reasons to doubt him, but if he can be had at RB2 value entering 2016, and currently that’s the case, he has bounce-back written all over him.

Jordy Nelson

Another Packer with bounce-back written all over him. Aaron Rodgers struggled a bit last year, as did the Packers, and one reason is that Rodgers lost Jordy. Jordy is always underrated, but coming off injury, he is more likely to get overlooked than ever. Buy-low, at least until his ADP climbs back into stud range, and it may. Once it does, then he is a tad risky and the appeal is somewhat lost.

Andrew Luck

Most expect a bounce-back, but given that he and Aaron Rodgers both struggled last year, and now with Brady again looking at a 4-game suspension, QBs might fall further than they should in 2016. Take advantage, as Luck (and Rodgers) both have top 10 overall value, it’s just that QBs are waited on in almost every veteran fantasy football draft. At 3rd- and 4th-round value, we say don’t wait, be the one to snag either QB.

Jamaal Charles

He should bounce-back from injury nicely, for at least one season. Don’t spend a top 5RB pick on him, but if you can get him near 2nd-round value, or particularly at 2nd-round value, strike!

DeMarco Murray

Risky, sure, especially with a new team (TEN); however, he is still top 5-10RB skilled, and TEN wanted him, which is a change from his situation in PHI last year. His ADP is in the 3rd/4th, so the risk is very low, whereas the reward is 1st-round possible.

2016 NFL Mock Draft Update

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: 3/28/2016

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

2016 Free Agent Tracker Update

Below is our 2016 NFL Free Agent Tracker update. We have each skill position sorted by signed and unsigned.

Quarterbacks

Signed

Kirk Cousins (Re-signed 1-year, $19.953M deal with WAS)
Sam Bradford (Re-signed 2-year, $36M deal with PHI)
Brock Osweiler (Signed 4-year, $72M deal with HOU)
Chase Daniel (Signed 3-year, $21M deal with PHI)
Matt Moore (Re-signed 2-year, $3.5M deal with MIA)
Chad Henne (Re-signed 2-year, $8M deal with JAX)
Matt Schaub (Signed 1-year, $1.75M deal with ATL)
Colt McCoy (Re-signed 3-year, $9M deal with WAS)
Drew Stanton (Re-signed 2-year, $6.5M deal with ARZ)
Dan Orlovsky (Re-signed 1-year, $1.065M deal with DET)
Matt Cassel (Signed 1-year, $2M deal with TEN)
Luke McCown (Re-signed 2-year, $3M deal with NO)
Scott Tolzien (Signed 2-year, $3.5M deal with IND)
Kellen Clemens (Re-signed 1-year, $1.065M deal with SD)

Still Free Agents/Unsigned

Robert Griffin III
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Tarvaris Jackson
Brandon Weeden
Jimmy Clausen
Bruce Gradkowski
Charlie Whitehurst
T.J. Yates
Michael Vick
Matt Flynn
Josh Freeman

Running Backs

Signed

Matt Forte (Signed 3-year, $12M deal with NYJ)
Doug Martin (Re-signed 5-year, $35.75M deal with TB)
Lamar Miller (Signed 4-year, $26M deal with HOU)
C.J. Anderson (Re-signed 4-year, $18M deal with DEN)
Chris Ivory (Signed 5-year, $32M deal with JAX)
Khiry Robinson (Signed 1-year, $1.75M deal with NYJ)
Bilal Powell (Re-signed 3-year, $11.25M deal with NYJ)
Shaun Draughn (Re-signed 1-year deal with SF)
Robert Turbin (Signed 1-year deal with IND)
Travaris Cadet (Re-signed 1-year, $840K deal with NO)
Jacquizz Rodgers (Re-signed 1-year deal with CHI)
Mike Tolbert (Re-signed 2-year, $3.3M deal with CAR)

Still Free Agents/Unsigned

Arian Foster
James Starks
Chris Johnson
Christine Michael
Alfred Morris
LeGarrette Blount
Ronnie Hillman
Tim Hightower
Ahmad Bradshaw
Chris Polk
Bobby Rainey
Jonathan Grimes
Donald Brown
Stevan Ridley
Pierre Thomas
Lance Dunbar
Anthony Dixon
Bryce Brown
Matt Asiata
Reggie Bush
Dan Herron
DuJuan Harris
Jordan Todman
Joique Bell
Fred Jackson
Steven Jackson
Kendall Hunter
Toby Gerhart
Bernard Pierce
Montee Ball

Wide Receivers

Signed

Alshon Jeffery (Re-signed 1-year, $14.599M deal with CHI)
Brandon Marshall (Second-Round Tender)
Travis Benjamin (Signed 4-year, $24M deal with SD)
Marvin Jones (Signed 5-year, $40M deal with DET)
Rishard Matthews (Signed 3-year, $15M deal with TEN)
Brian Quick (Re-signed 1-year, $1.75M deal with LAR)
Mohamed Sanu (Signed 5-year, $32.5M deal with ATL)
Mike Wallace (Signed 2-year, $11.5M deal with BAL)
Andre Holmes (Re-signed 1-year, $3M deal with OAK)
Jermaine Kearse (Re-signed 3-year, $13.5M deal with SEA)
Marc Mariani (Re-signed 1-year deal with CHI)
Rod Streater (Signed 1-year, $810K deal with KC)
Darrius Heyward-Bey (Re-signed 3-year, $3.8M deal with PIT)
Keshawn Martin (Re-signed 2-year, $3M deal with NE)
Brandon Tate (Re-signed 1-year deal with CIN)

Still Free Agents/Unsigned

Anquan Boldin
Rueben Randle
James Jones
Brandon LaFell
Percy Harvin
Nate Washington
Roddy White
Leonard Hankerson
Lance Moore
Marques Colston
Hakeem Nicks
Jordan Norwood
Chris Givens
Jeremy Kerley
Riley Cooper
Andre Johnson
Wes Welker
Greg Jennings
Andre Caldwell
David Nelson
Bryan Walters
Seyi Ajirotutu
Jason Avant
Ricardo Lockette
Brian Tyms
Nick Toon

Tight Ends

Signed

Antonio Gates (Re-signed 2-year, $11M deal with SD)
Ladarius Green (Signed 4-year, $20M deal with PIT)
Dwayne Allen (Re-signed 4-year, $29.4M deal with IND)
Coby Fleener (Signed 5-year, $36M deal with NO)
Ben Watson (Signed 2-year, $7M deal with BAL)
Zach Miller (Re-signed 2-year, $5.5M deal with CHI)
Marcedes Lewis (Re-signed 3-year, $12M deal with JAX)
Craig Stevens (Re-signed 1-year, $2M deal with TEN)
Jermaine Gresham (Re-signed 1-year, $3.5M deal with ARZ)
Logan Paulsen (Re-signed 1-year, $840K deal with WAS)
Garrett Celek (Re-signed 4-year, $14M deal with SF)
Rhett Ellison (Re-signed 1-year, $2.25M deal with MIN)
Michael Hoomanawanui (Re-signed 3-year, $5.1M deal with NO)
Tim Wright (Re-signed 1-year deal with DET)
Rob Housler (Re-signed 1-year, $760K deal with CHI)
Kellen Davis (Re-signed 1-year, $965K deal with NYJ)

Still Free Agents/Unsigned

Vernon Davis
Jared Cook
Clay Harbor
Andrew Quarless
Scott Chandler
Owen Daniels
Daniel Fells
Tony Moeaki
Jim Dray
Garrett Graham
David Johnson
Jeff Cumberland

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

Two Players to Buy-Low For 2016?

Jay Ajayi | RB Dolphins

With Lamar Miller likely playing elsewhere in 2016, the Dolphins could turn to Jay Ajayi. Now, it’s important to call him a sleeper, not a sure bet, so don’t treat him as such, meaning do not buy-high or draft him, or trade for him, at stud levels. He is a sleeper! The Dolphins believe in him and he looks like an every-down back. His YPG weren’t impressive on the year last year, but if you watched him run, he has the ability to grind it out between the tackles and he has a smoothness to his game. We truly believe he will thrive if the Dolphins both do not retain Miller and do not draft a big name rusher (or acquire one through free agency), both possible. Stay tuned on this one, but scooping this runner up on the cheap in dynasty/keeper leagues is advised.

Andrew Luck | QB Colts

It’s easy to want to avoid Luck in 2016, as he frustrated so many all year long in 2015. Not only did he play below mediocre for much of the year, he got hurt around mid-season and did not return. He failed many. That said, it’s important to remember that he threw for 4761 yards and 40TDs the year prior (adding 3TDs rushing), and he is easily capable of 4500/38+TDs during any given season. He is 2nd-round worthy, but luckily his ADP (in redraft) is in the 3rd- to 4th-round range, which is STEAL territory. In redraft, if he continues to go in the late 3rd- or 4th-round, he will arguably be one of the biggest steals of 2016 drafts. The same can be said of Aaron Rodgers. Even if his value rises back in the 3rd and locks in, that’s still great value, yes, even if you can grab guys like Bortles rounds later. A 40TD QB in the 3rd or 4th is crazy good value. In dynasty, see if you can get close to this value… if so, strike a trade!

Two Players to Avoid in 2016?

LeSean McCoy | RB BUF

Sure, he might actually avoid disciplinary action in his connection with a February nightclub fight in Philly, however, the guy will be 28 when the 2016 NFL season begins. Now, in redraft, or for those in keeper leagues that are only counting on keeping McCoy for 1-2 more years (max), he isn’t too risky. He could have a solid 2016, so don’t panic if you own him and have no super long term plans for the guy. But, we advise dynasty owners to shop the guy given he will be entering his 28-age season and has always kind of been an injury worry. He has played 12, 16, 16 and 12 games over his last four years, and the concussion issues will never vanish. He is a risky long-term hold, but should only be sold high.

Tony Romo | QB DAL

The Dallas Morning News recently reported that Tony Romo plans to undergo a Mumford procedure on his left collarbone. This is likely to take place in a week or so. This is not a good sign for Romo. The procedure is expected to lower the odds of him breaking the bone again, and the recovery timetable is 6-8 weeks. While many suggest that Romo should be healthy for training camp, and well before it begins, we say shop the QB just as soon as he gets back to throwing and healthy. Could he regain his previous form and never injure the collarbone again? Sure, but why take the chance if you can sell high later? Selling high now isn’t likely an option, again, wait until he hits the field and look back to healthy, as he will during camp and into the preseason. Of course, this is advise for those in dynasty/keeper leagues. For those in redraft leagues, I wouldn’t count on Romo unless you have an equal-type backup behind him.

2016 NFL Mock Draft (with Combine Times)

Below is our 2016 NFL Mock Draft, which includes the combine times for the fantasy football skill positions (updating them as they come in).

As for the big-name fantasy guys, right now the top three fantasy players will likely be Ezekiel Elliott, Laquon Treadwell and Derrick Henry. Treadwell will surely be the first of the three off the board, and he could easily go inside the top 5-10, if not sooner. Expect this mock to change a ton between now and Draft Day, and expect more rookie analysis to come!

2016 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: 2/28/2016

1 – Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 – Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California (4.82 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: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (4.77 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: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (4.87 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: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (tba forty)
18 – Indianapolis Colts: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (4.47 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: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU (4.50 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: Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
31 – Carolina Panthers: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (4.54 forty)
2.01 – Cleveland Browns: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

2016 NFL Mock Draft

Below is our 2016 NFL Mock Draft, which will change a lot between now and even March. Who will your team draft? Drop a comment below!

As for the big-name fantasy guys, right now the top three fantasy players will likely be Ezekiel Elliott, Laquon Treadwell and Derrick Henry. Treadwell will surely be the first of the three off the board, and he could easily go inside the top 5-10, if not sooner. The combine and pro days will surely change much of this, especially in terms of the fantasy relevant guys.

2016 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: 2/24/2016

1 – Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2 – Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California
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
7 – San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
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: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
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: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
18 – Indianapolis Colts: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
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
23 – Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
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: Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
31 – Carolina Panthers: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
2.01 – Cleveland Browns: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Top 10 Fantasy Football TEs for 2016!

Who are the Top 10 Fantasy Football Tight Ends 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 TEs for 2016

1. Rob Gronkowski – There isn’t anything to argue here, as Gronk stands as the only fantasy football tight end even close to worthy of a first-round pick. If healthy, there is no reason to think Gronk won’t post at least 70-80 receptions fro 1,150-1,200 yards and 10-14TDs.

2. Greg Olsen – He is turning 31 here in March, but he just posted back-to-back 1,000-yard, 6TD seasons. He has never pulled in double-digit touchdowns during his nine seasons, so he doesn’t sniff Gronk’s No. 1 overall TE ranking, but he easily rivals anyone for the second spot. Others command consideration, like Jordan Reed, sure, but Olsen is a high-end TE1 in 2016 and maybe 2017… then we need to consider a slight decline.

3. Jordan Reed – Injuries are always a concern with Reed, as he has never played more than 14 games in his three NFL seasons (9, 11, 14 and in that order). Still, his 87 receptions for 952 and 11TDs last year is proof this kid is top 2-5 worthy for the long-term (especially if Kirk Cousins gets locked up by Washington).

4. Travis Kelce – Easily top 2-5TE upside. To be honest, he disappointed a bit in 2015, as I expected a bigger jump from his rookie season, but his first two years are pretty solid: 64/862/5TDs and 72/875/5TDs… I think that he can make that leap this year and could drop something along the lines of 70+ receptions for 900-950 yards and something close to 8-10TDs.

5. Gary Barnidge – What a breakout season last year, as the TE pulled in 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and 9TDs. He did that with a mess at the QB position, so that gives hope for consistency. However, keep in mind that he turns 31 in September, so his dynasty value has a touch of concern. Sell high in dynasty, draft as a top 3-6TE in redraft!

6. Tyler Eifert – Like Kelce, this guy could take a big step forward this year. He enters his fourth season and just dropped 52/615/13TDs in 2015. I think 8-10TDs is what one should count on, or hope for, in 2016, but any dip in TDs will be made up by receptions and yards, and I think 65 receptions for 750-800 yards sounds about right. Breakout!

7. Delanie Walker – The guy turns 32 this year, which is a bummer, because he never got things going (or had a passer that targeted him enough) until now. He dropped 94 receptions for 1,088 yards and 6TDs in 2016. In dynasty, I sell high, but in redraft, I think he drops 75-80 receptions for 900 or so yards and 5-6TDs.

8. Zach Ertz – Chip Kelly really slowed his growth. He was a breakout of Smitty’s two years ago, but Chip Kelly refused to use him (and use him down field). He showed signs of life near the end of last season with Kelly out the door… If any TE past the top 5-6 have top 3-5 upside, it’s Ertz.

9. Austin Seferian-jenkins – Big upside, but he has to stay healthy.

10. Julius Thomas – Tough to count on, but big talent.

Just missed the cut: Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Graham, Eric Ebron, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, Charles Clay, Jordan Cameron, Ben Watson, Heath Miller