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2016 Rookie Rankings (Post Draft)

Below are our post-draft 2016 Rookie Rankings. We still rounds 4-7 to go, so note that some of the players ranked below could jump up, or down, depending on what team drafts them, or doesn’t draft them, in rounds 4-7. An example of a guy who could jump high is Kenneth Dixon, or even Devontae Booker.

Top Fantasy Football Rankings – Post Draft

  1. Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL – He couldn’t have landed in a better spot. He has top 5RB upside for the future and possibly top 5-10 upside for 2016.
  2. Corey Coleman WR CLE – Very talented, he just needs consistent QB play, which may or may not happen in CLE.
  3. Josh Doctson WR WAS – Also very talented. Great landing spot.
  4. Laquon Treadwell WR MIN – Not elite speed wise but if he gets enough targets, which is questionable in MIN, he could develop into a solid NFL wide receiver in 2-3 years.
  5. Derrick Henry RB TEN – Horrible landing spot, as DeMarco Murray is the main man in TEN.
  6. Will Fuller WR HOU – Decent spot, but given Hopkins is a top 1-3 fantasy WR, it’s tough seeing Fuller ever becoming a stud in fantasy.
  7. Kenneth Dixon RB TBA – Hopefully he lands in a good spot in rounds 4-7. If not, he could drop on these rankings. He could also climb high if he finds a great situation. Sleeper!
  8. Carson Wentz QB PHI – Solid situation, good talent. Not sure he is ever going to be a top 5 fantasy QB, though.
  9. Jared Goff QB LA – Same thing said about Wentz goes here.
  10. Paxton Lynch QB DEN – He excites us a touch more than the other two QBs above, but he is more raw and could take longer to develop.
  11. CJ Prosise RB SEA – Not a great spot, but Rawls isn’t exactly a for sure – yet.
  12. Devontae Booker RB TBA – Could be huge if he gets drafted into the right spot in rounds 4-7, or he could drop off the map if drafted as a total backup.
  13. Alex Collins RB TBA – Where will he go? If drafted into a good spot, he jumps a ton! Sleeper!
  14. Michael Thomas WR NO – Good spot, good talent.
  15. Kenyan Drake RB MIA – Good spot, but we don’t love his upside, so this is a good thing for Jay Ajayi.
  16. Tyler Boyd WR CIN – Not elite.
  17. Sterling Shepard WR NYG – Not likely elite.
  18. Braxton Miller WR HOU – Crowded situation.
  19. Leonte Carroo WR MIA – Solid talent, but very, very crowded situation.
  20. The Rest

  21. Keith Marshall RB TBA
  22. Christian Hackenberg QB NYJ
  23. Wendell Smallwood RB TBA
  24. Deandre Washington RB TBA
  25. Hunter Henry TE SD
  26. Austin Hooper TE ATL

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

Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Below is our Final 2016 NFL Mock Draft prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, which takes place this week (Thursday). Who will your favorite team draft this week?

2016 NFL Mock Draft

1 – Los Angeles Rams: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
2 – Philadelphia Eagles: Jared Goff, QB, California
3 – San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
4 – Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State
5 – Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6 – Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State
7 – San Francisco 49ers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
8 – Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
9 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
10 – New York Giants: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
11 – Chicago Bears: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
12 – New Orleans Saints: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
13 – Miami Dolphins: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
14 – Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
15 – Tennessee Titans: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
16 – Detroit Lions: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
17 – Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
18 – Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
19 – Buffalo Bills: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
20 – New York Jets: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
21 – Washington Redskins: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
22 – Houston Texans: William Jackson, CB, Houston
23 – Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
24 – Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
25 – Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
26 – Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Decker, OT/G, Ohio State
27 – Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Florida
28 – Kansas City Chiefs: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
29 – Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
31 – Carolina Panthers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
30 – Denver Broncos: A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
2.01 – Cleveland Browns: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

2016 Rookie-Only Fantasy Mock Draft

1.01 – Ezekiel Elliott (RB)
1.02 – Derrick Henry (RB)
1.03 – Laquon Treadwell (WR)
1.04 – Josh Doctson (WR)
1.05 – Kenneth Dixon (RB)
1.06 – Tyler Boyd (WR)
1.07 – Alex Collins (RB)
1.08 – Michael Thomas (WR)
1.09 – Cj Prosise (RB)
1.10 – Devontae Booker (RB)
1.11 – Will Fuller (WR)
1.12 – Corey Coleman (WR)

Comments: There really is zero question who the top-ranked rookie is in this year’s 2016 NFL Draft class. Ezekiel Elliott would have to get drafted into a very, very bad situation to not remain the consensus 1.01 post-draft. Landing spots are clearly important, and a great landing spot for Derrick Henry could very well close the gap between he and Elliott, but that’s the only scenario we see, as of now, where Elliott isn’t miles ahead of the pack on any dynasty/rookie rankings.

Worth Consideration:

Keith Marshall (RB)
Wendell Smallwood (RB)
Deandre Washington (RB)
Josh Ferguson (RB)
Paul Perkins (RB)
Aaron Green (RB)
Johnathan Williams (RB)

2016 Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings

Laquon Treadwell WR (Ole Miss)

Treadwell is most everyone’s lock as this year’s top WR, but there are some concerns about speed and being able to separate from defenders at that next level. He’s a good blocker, and while he has upside, there is some risk that expectations are too high and he turns into a possession type receiver.

Josh Doctson WR (TCU)

A great combine has ensured his place in the top 1-3 for 2016 rookie WRs. He could be amazing in the right spot, but he will need a good passer and plenty of targets.

Michael Thomas WR (Ohio State)

This kid has great size and speed. Some call him the most well-rounded receiver of this year’s group. Some feel he could go in the late first-round, some suggest the second-round. Where he lands will determine if he has high-end WR2-type appeal or WR3-type appeal.

Will Fuller WR (Notre Dame)

This guy is a big-time deep-threat and proved it at the combine, running a 4.32 forty. His hands, and hand size, are the only real question with Fuller. He will either be a deep-threat and only that, think Ted Ginn Jr., or a stud. He could go in either direction, so landing spot will be critical.

Next Group

Tyler Boyd WR (Pittsburgh)
Corey Coleman WR (Baylor)
Braxton Miller WR (Ohio State)
Pharoh Cooper WR (South Carolina)
Rashard Higgins WR (Colorado State)
Sterling Shepard WR (Oklahoma)

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Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 14)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 14. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: According to reports, Browns TE Travis Benjamin (shoulder) and TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) are both expected to start Week 14 on Sunday.

FANTASY: Johnny Manziel loves Travis Benjamin, so as long as he remains a go, he is a strong WR this week.


NEWS: According to reports, Chargers QB Philip Rivers (flu) is expected to start Week 13 against KC.

FANTASY: “Expected” is the keyword here, so play this with caution, especially given the QB has lost so many weapons this year. Check back, but for now, he is ‘expected’ to play.


NEWS: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that NE TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will be ready “if needed” for Sunday’s Week 14 game against the Texans.

FANTASY: This went from him not looking likely to play, to looking very likely given that he made the flight with the team… now, he could be ready on an emergency basis, or decoy. This will be a game-time call, so keep checking back on this one!


NEWS: According to reports, Packers RB Eddie Lacy will be the Packers’ top runner on Sunday against the Cowboys.

FANTASY: Last week was a disaster, after Lacy missed curfew and killed fantasy owners in unexpected fashion. This week, he should be considered a RB2 with high upside, but also a touch of risk.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Eagles have “weighed all options” in regards to RB DeMarco Murray including benching him, and the team has already announced that Darren Sproles will be the feature back in Week 14.

FANTASY: Murray owners have had enough, and hopefully most of you own Sproles. Sproles is a very solid flex play this week (with upside for more), while Murray, right now, is looking like a “hopefully something changes in his favor next season” type of player.


NEWS: According to reports, Ravens QB Matt Schaub (questionable, chest) is not expected to play Week 14 on Sunday.

FANTASY: Jimmy Clausen will likely start against Seattle in Week 14.


NEWS: Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (back) is doubtful for Week 14 against the Seahawks.

FANTASY: If we hear more, we will let you know!


Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 12)

Below is our Breaking News Wire for Week 12. Check back all morning long, and stay tuned to our Smart Alerts as well, as news can often break last-minute!


NEWS: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is inactive for Week 12.

FANTASY: Get ready for the Thomas Rawls show! Rawls is a low-end RB1 moving forward with Lynch out.


NEWS: 49ers declared Carlos Hyde (foot) inactive for Week 12.

FANTASY: Shaun Draughn will start in his place. Hyde’s return timetable is unknown.


NEWS: Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is active for Week 12.

FANTASY: He has been playing well, but is tough to start outside of being a WR3/flex play.


NEWS: Bengals RB Jeremy Hill left Week 12 game against the Rams with an ankle injury.

FANTASY: He is questionable to return. We will keep you posted.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion, out) was seen running with the Falcons’ inactive players prior to Sunday’s Week 12 game against the Vikings.

FANTASY: This is great news for his Week 13 availability, but Tevin Coleman is still expected to start Week 12. Stay tuned just in case something has changed, but last we heard, Freeman was ruled out and Coleman will start (and be a fine RB2).


NEWS: According to reports, there could be 1-3 inches of snow during Sunday’s Week 12 game between the Patriots and Broncos.

FANTASY: It’s tough to ever sit Tom Brady, so don’t unless your alternative is just plain awesome. He is without Danny Amendola (knee), Julian Edelman (foot) and he is playing Denver. But, he is Tom Brady.


NEWS: Accordindg to Rotoworld, ESPN’s Bob Holtzman has said that it “would be surprised” if Charcandrick West (hamstring, questionable) played in Week 12’s Sunday battle against the Bills. Travis Kelce (ankle, questionable) is expected to play in this one.

FANTASY: Spencer Ware is expected to start, and Knile Davis could see some action. Stay tuned just in case something changes, though.


NEWS: Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Vikings.

FANTASY: Tevin Coleman will start Week 12 and will be backed up by Terron Ward. Coleman is a legit RB2 this week and could get 18+ carries.


NEWS: According to reports, Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) is not expected to travel with the team to Denver.

FANTASY: Check back with us on this one, but he doesn’t appear to be a go for Week 12.


NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed that Rams QB Nick Foles is expected to start Week 12.

FANTASY: Looks like Case Keenum couldn’t get through the concussion protocol.


Week 12 Waiver Wire Grabs

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The Top Dogs To Add For Week 12

Thomas Rawls, RB Seahawks – With Marshawn Lynch extremely questionable for Week 12, Thomas Rawls could be one of the biggest pickups of the year, as he just ran for 200 rushing yards and scored 2TDs in Week 11. He is setup to be a monster sleeper the rest of the way, even if Lynch is able to return soon. Seattle might want to see what they have in Rawls and start him in 2016. Grab this kid in redraft without hesitation, and jump through the roof if he is available somehow in dynasty.
Javorious “Buck” Allen, RB Ravens – With Justin Forsett (broken arm) out for the year, next man up, and Buck Allen is a good rusher.

More Week 12 Adds

James White, RB Patriots
Crockett Gillmore, TE Ravens
Tyler Lockett, WR Seahawks
Brandon LaFell, WR Patriots
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Colts
Shaun Draughn, RB 49ers
Spencer Ware, RB Chiefs

Note: Not likely available in most leagues, but be sure to grab Tevin Coleman, just in case Devonta Freeman (concussion) isn’t ready for Week 12.

Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 11)

Below is our STARTERS Breaking News Wire, which will provide live breaking news all Sunday morning. Keep checking back all morning long, as news often breaks last second, thus we can update the Analyzers multiple times per hour, sometimes 2-3 times within the last 20 minutes!


NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder, groin) is inactive for Week 11 against Denver.

FANTASY: This is horrible news for Jay Cutler and of course Jeffery owners. Get ready for a big dose of Jeremy Langford.


NEWS: Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (groin) is active for Week 11 against Miami.

FANTASY: Most reports suggest he will be close to being without limitation, but it’s tough to know how healthy he is. Turbin is expected to be the backup, but it’s also a guessing game as to how fast he has picked up the offense. It sounds like McFadden is a go, and the matchup is awesome.


NEWS: Bucs WR Vincent Jackson is active for Week 11 against Philly.

FANTASY: There was debate whether or not he’d be active in this one. He is risky given he was very questionable for this one, but get on our forums if you have a dilemma between VJax and someone else. If starting and healthy, he is always a decent play. The question is, is he healthy?


NEWS: The Eagles declared RB Ryan Mathews, QB Sam Bradford inactive for Week 11 against Tampa.

FANTASY: Get ready for a ton of DeMarco Murray. Even Darren Sproles could have relevance in this one now.


NEWS: Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders and Broncos QB Peyton Manning are inactive for Week 11.

FANTASY: Demaryius Thomas should be in for more targets than usual, and Owen Daniels is a solid start, and look for Cody Latimer to get some good run if in desperate need at WR3/4.


NEWS: Panthers WR Corey Brownis inactive for Week 11 against Washington.

FANTASY: Devin Funchess could have a bigger game than usual and is a solid WR3 start this week.


NEWS: Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman will be San Diego’s #2WR in Week 11.

FANTASY: It looks like it’s just Inman and Stevie Johnson at the WR position. Inman is worth a grab in deeper leagues, especially if you are in need this week. Same goes for Stevie.


NEWS: Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been activated off of the injured reserve-designated to return list.

FANTASY: Welcome back, Tony, who will start against the Dolphins in Week 11, which is fantastic news for Dez Bryant and Jason Witten owners.


NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (illness) is no longer on the Week 11 injury report.

FANTASY: The runner could reach double-digit points even playing behind starter LeSean McCoy on Monday night. McCoy is still a RB1, though, don’t let Williams’ solid play and occasional play scare you off on ranking McCoy as a RB1 for as long as he is healthy. His health is a concern, though, so if you own McCoy and do not own Karlos, be sure to try and trade for him last minute in case McCoy gets hurt in Week 11! If McCoy makes it out of Week 11 ok, even more of a reason to go get Karlos on the cheap! You need both!


NEWS: According to reports, Dallas RB Darren McFadden (questionable, groin) could see a reduction in carries in Week 11.

FANTASY: Robert Turbin is likely to be McFadden’s most valuable backup, and then Rod Smith is next in line. It’s a guessing game, though, as we just can’t predict if Turbin will be up to speed in time for this one, so know that both runners, Turbin and Smith, are must-haves if McFadden is a stater for your team. It’s tough cuffing two players to one, but it’s kind of a must until we see Turbin settle into that backup role. With McFadden’s injury history, we strongly believe one of Turbin/Smith will start some games this year… both should be owned in all leagues given that upside!


NEWS: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is “questionable” for Week 11, but early reports are leaning in the direction of Lynch playing in Week 11.

FANTASY: Keep tabs on this by staying on this article and our Smart Alerts. For now, he looks like a go, but setbacks happen in warmups. Stay tuned!