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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

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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.


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!


Sunday Morning Breaking News (Week 10)

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: Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for Week 10 against the Packers.

FANTASY: Stay close to your smart alerts just in case, but great news here.


NEWS: Titans have declared RB David Cobb (calf) inactive for Week 10 against the Panthers.

FANTASY: There were reports weeks ago that Cobb would soon get a shot at starter carries, but since then, Antonio Andrews has played well. Expect Andrews to get solid carries in this one. Andrews is a solid pickup and play if still available in your league.


NEWS: According to Rotoworld, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is “50/50” to play today against the Cardinals.

FANTASY: Thomas Rawls should be owned in all leagues, especially if you own Lynch, as this is the Sunday night game and we won’t know about this one until most all fantasy players have played this morning/afternoon.


NEWS: According to reports, the Patriots are expected to double-team Odell Beckham on Sunday.

FANTASY: After a few huge weeks, it’s not shocking to hear this, nor would it be shocking to see him somewhat contained for a week or two. He is a top 1-4WR regardless, you can never sit ODB if on the field, but the point is to expect some human-like games out of the guy.


NEWS: According to ESPN, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is expected to back up Landry Jones today against the Browns.

FANTASY: It’s strange that the team will use him over Mike Vick, but aren’t prepared to play him. That said, this is great news heading into the Week 11 bye, as the QB should be back after the bye. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are both capable of elite numbers with Big Ben in the lineup, but even with Jones under center, both have top 5-10WR upside. Bryant has caught every single Landry Jones TD this year, FYI.


NEWS: Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) is expected to play Sunday against the Vikings.

FANTASY: Stay glued to your smart alerts and this news wire, though.


NEWS: Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is expected to play today against the Titans.

FANTASY: Stewart has always been a walking injury, so all owners should have him backed up heading into this week, this way if he goes down, or suffers a setback, you won’t have to fight for Cameron Artis-Payne heading into Week 11 waivers.


NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Bears RB Matt Forte (questionable, MCL) is not expected to play in Week 10 against the Rams; Alshon Jeffery is probable with a groin injury.

FANTASY: This was all expected, but Forte’s somewhat questionable, vs doubtful, status this week indicated he is closer to getting back. This is great news for Forte owners. Get ready for another Jeremy Langford show in Week 10.


NEWS: Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (questionable, concussion) has been cleared for Week 10.

FANTASY: Bridgewater passed the final stage of his concussion protocol and should start Week 10.


NEWS: Texans WRs Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Nate Washington (hip) are listed as probable for Week 10 against the Bengals.

FANTASY: This is good news for Hopkins, who will have a little extra room with defenses needing to key on all three of Hopkins, Washington and Shorts.


NEWS: Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is expected to see more carries in Week 10 after a solid showing in Week 9.

FANTASY: Ajayi is absolutely a must-have for all Lamar Miller owners, and he is a sneaky hold all by himself in deeper leagues. He can get TD looks right away, but the value is more in owning him if Miller got banged up. If starting, Ajayi would likely thrive. Miller is thriving currently, though, so this is not a knock on Miller. Miller has been on the Upside Board previously, I love the guy, and if he remains healthy, he should continue cranking out fantastic fantasy RB2-type numbers the rest of the way. But, own Ajayi, he is one of the better looking backup runners in the league right now, and he has starter talent.


Week 9 Waiver Wire Recommendations

Top Pickups of Week 9

DeAngelo Williams
Jeremy Langford

With LeVeon Bell (MCL) out for the year, there is no better pick up than DeAngelo Williams. He is 100-yard/TD capable every single week that he starts, and he is now the starter in PIT. Matt Forte might be out for 2 weeks, maybe longer, maybe shorter, but that leaves Jeremy Langford as the current lead dog in Chicago. He should be owned in all leagues.

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Week 8 Live News Wire (All Sunday Morning)

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Below is our running Sunday morning live Week 8 Breaking News Wire. Check back all morning long, and good luck in Week 8!


NEWS: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) is active for Week 8 against Cincy.

FANTASY: He is a top 5 fantasy QB right away, and Antonio Brown instantly returns to the top 1-3 fantasy WRs moving forward. And, expect both Martavis Bryant and LeVeon Bell to see bumps this week. When that offese is clicking, everyone becomes hard to key on defensively. Note: We just updated the Analyzers with a touch more points for all these guys now that Big Ben playing is official. Re-run your Lineup Analyzer.


NEWS: 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) is inactive for Week 8 against the Rams.

FANTASY: Get him out of lineups.


NEWS: Browns QB Josh McCown (shoulder) is active for Week 8 against Arizona; John Brown, as expected, is active for Week 8.

FANTASY: This is good news for Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge. Having McCown back there is critical for both players, and since McCown is under center, both are must starts despite the matchup.


NEWS: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is active for Week 8 against Chicago.

FANTASY: He should have a big, big game against that Bears rushing defense.


NEWS: Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) is officially active for Week 8 at the Ravens.

FANTASY: It’s hard to sit him, but some risk is present here.


NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that WR Vincent Jackson (knee) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) will both be inactive for Week 8 at Atlanta.

FANTASY: Mike Evans and Donteea Dye will lead the way as far as the receivers go. Evans could see a huge amount of targets in this one.


NEWS: Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is fully expected to start Week 8.

FANTASY: We expect a nice little game out of Hillman on Sunday night against the Packers.


NEWS: Cardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) is now looking more likely to play Week 8 than not play.

FANTASY: It looks like we will know during pregame warmups, but it might take a setback for this to trend back in the wrong direction, which is great for John Brown owners.


NEWS: According to reports, Chargers TE Antonio Gates will attempt to run prior to kickoff to see if he can give Week 8 a go.

FANTASY: This is going to be a true game-time call, maybe before one can even make the change, but stay close to your Smart Alerts and this news wire if you plan to roll Gates out there this week.


NEWS: 49ers RB Reggie Bush is expected to start Week 8; Carlos Hyde (foot) is out for Week 8.

FANTASY: Hopefully Hyde can get healthy fast. Bush is a decent pickup and start if hurting at your flex spot in Week 8.


NEWS: According to several sources, all signs “point” to Dez Bryant (questionable, foot) playing Week 8 on Sunday.

FANTASY: It’s hard to imagine anyone sitting him, even if forcing him into a WR3 or flex spot this week, but if you have a deep roster, bring your dilemmas to the forum!