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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.

Ranking the top 20 Dynasty WRs

Below are our Top 20 Dynasty Wide Receivers for 2016. Feel a player is too high or too low? Comment below!

WRs 1-10

1. Antonio Brown – It’s hard to argue against him being the 1.01 overall.
2. Julio Jones – Like with Antonio Brown, a strong case can be made for Julio being the 1.01, especially in PPR.
3. Deandre Hopkins – He is as capable of both Julio and Antonio.
4. Odell Beckham Jr. – He has a big more risk than the three receivers above, but he has as much upside. He is a top 2-4 fantasy WR in any format.
5. Dez Bryant – Capable of being the top WR during any season, but also capable of getting hurt or disappointing. The risk has him falling somewhere between 4-6 for 2016 WRs, which is safe.
6. AJ Green – Good value for a guy fully capable of being a top 1-5 WR. Great value.
7. Allen Robinson – Sometimes WRs explode and then vanish, so there is some logic to playing it safe with ranking Allen too high. I think this is a very safe range to rank him.
8. Demaryius Thomas – Will he see enough targets in DEN in 2016?
9. Amari Cooper – Of all the WRs in this lower half of the top 10, this guy has the most ceiling.
10. Mike Evans – Both he and Cooper have high, high ceilings at 8-10WR rankings/values.

WRs 11-20

11. Sammy Watkins
12. Josh Gordon
13. Alshon Jeffery
14. Keenan Allen
15. Jarvis Landry
16. Jordan Matthews
17. Brandin Cooks
18. Emmanual Sanders
19. Randall Cobb
20. Brandon Marshall/Doug Balwin/Julian Edelman/TY Hilton/Jordy Nelson

Ranking the Top 20 Dynasty QBs

Who are the Top 25 Dynasty Quarterbacks right now?

Top Dogs by Tier

Tier One

1. Aaron Rodgers – Only the guy below him holds near the same value, especially in leagues that award 6 points per TD.
2. Andrew Luck – He had a bad 2015, but he is just as elite and long-term valuable as A-Rod. No QBs below these two hold first-round value. Note, neither should be grabbed in even the second-round, though, as the ADPs of both Luck and Rodgers are in the 3rd-round (at the earliest), which is awesome news.

Tier Two

3. Blake Bortles – Big upside, but some risk in this 3-5 range, which is where you’ll need to grab him moving forward.
4. Russell Wilson – Not a ton of risk given he is proven and has an ADP a round or two below the two top dogs above.
5. Cam Newton – Again, not a ton of risk here, and he too, like Wilson, is going a round or two below A-Rod and Luck.

Tier Three

6. Tom Brady – In dynasty, there is great value in grabbing one of Brady or Brees, as they can be elite for 1-2 more years. Even if just 1 year, it’s great value, as these guys are falling so far. Not every draft selection in dynasty has to be for the future. Veteran picks like Brady or Brees can win leagues if acquired at ADP values.
7. Drew Brees – Everything said about Brees above applies here.
8. Marcus Mariota – Great upside. If you can get him in the 6-8 range, the risk isn’t too bad.
9. Ben Roethlisberger – Injury risk, sure, but in the 8-10 range, the risk is still low given the potential.
10. Kirk Cousins – Here is the question mark of this top 10… is he going to be elite, or will he disappoint? It’s tough to say, but in the 8ish range, the risk is low enough to invest. If his value climbs into the 4-6 range, we’d have some concerns.
10. Derek Carr – He has top 4-6 appeal, so this is great value, and most rankings have him right here and no higher. By default, given the depth of the QB pool right now, the risk is minimized for sure.
12. Jameis Winston – Good value.

The Next Group

Tier Four

13. Tony Romo
14. Sam Bradford
15. Matt Ryan
16. Eli Manning
17. Brock Osweiler
18. Teddy Bridgewater
19. Ryan Tannehill
20. Tyrod Taylor

The Rest

Carson Palmer
Philip Rivers
Matthew Stafford
Andy Dalton
Joe Flacco
Colin Kaepernick
Robert Griffin III
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Jay Cutler
Blaine Gabbert
Alex Smith
Johnny Manziel
Nick Foles

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.

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

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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!