The Ultimate 2016 Fantasy Football Preview

Alex Kaczynski and Kevin Zielaznicki preview the 2016 fantasy football season with their rankings and risers/fallers at each position

Kevin Zielaznicki and myself are going to be giving weekly fantasy advice, wavier pick-ups, rising and falling stocks, key match-ups, and general help that will allow your fantasy team to thrive. You can expect our take on fantasy news every Tuesday of the regular season and our best line-ups for DFS on Wednesdays. To kick things off, here are our top players for each position heading into the 2016 season. These ranks are based off 0.5 PPR league settings since it gives good value for anyone in standard or 1 point PPR leagues. All of these ranks are based off a calculated value, taking into consideration suspensions and injuries….

Quarterback 

Alex’s Top 20

1.     Cam Newton

2.     Aaron Rodgers

3.     Drew Brees

4.     Russell Wilson

5.     Ben Roethlisberger

6.     Andrew Luck

7.     Eli Manning

8.     Carson Palmer

9.     Tom Brady

10.  Blake Bortles

11.  Phillip Rivers

12.  Kirk Cousins

13.  Matt Ryan

14.  Andy Dalton

15.  Derek Carr

16.  Ryan Tannehill

17.  Tyrod Taylor

18.  Tony Romo

19.  Marcus Mariota

20.  Jameis Winston

 

Kevin’s Top 20

1.     Cam Newton

2.     Aaron Rodgers

3.     Andrew Luck

4.     Russell Wilson

5.     Carson Palmer

6.     Drew Brees

7.     Blake Bortles

8.     Ben Roethlisberger

9.     Eli Manning

10.  Jameis Winston

11.  Andy Dalton

12.  Derek Carr

13.  Phillip Rivers

14.  Matt Ryan

15.  Tyrod Taylor

16.  Kirk Cousins

17.  Ryan Fitzpatrick

18.  Ryan Tannehill

19.  Tom Brady

20.  Tony Romo

 

Rising

AlexBlake Bortles – All aboard the Bortles train, I have been preaching this since last year when I was riding Allen Hurns and Blake every week in DFS. That offense is going to be even more ridiculous with the amount of points it is going to put up. Blake finished 3rd in scoring for QBs with 37 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He is a sneaky runner too, finishing with 310 rushing yards to boot. The new and improved defense is going to put the ball back in his hands more often.

Running Back

Alex’s Top 20

1.     Todd Gurley

2.     David Johnson

3.     Lamar Miller

4.     Adrian Peterson

5.     Devonta Freeman

6.     Jamall Charles

7.     Ezekiel Elliott

8.     LeVeon Bell

9.     LeSean McCoy

10.  Doug Martin

11.  Matt Forte

12.  Eddie Lacy

13.  CJ Anderson

14.  Thomas Rawls

15.  Carlos Hyde

16.  Dion Lewis

17.  Latavius Murray

18.  Ryan Mathews

19.  DeMarco Murray

20.  Jeremy Hill / Jeremy Langford

 

Kevin’s Top 20

1.     Todd Gurley

2.     Adrian Peterson

3.     Lamar Miller

4.     David Johnson

5.     Doug Martin

6.     Ezekiel Elliot

7.     Le’Veon Bell

8.     Thomas Rawls

9.     Jonathan Stewart

10.  Mark Ingram

11.  C.J. Anderson

12.  Devonta Freeman

13.  Eddie Lacy

14.  Jamal Charles

15.  Carlos Hyde

16.  LeSean McCoy

17.  Matt Forte

18.  Dion Lewis

19.  Matt Jones

20.  Duke Johnson

 

 Who’s Falling?

Kevin Devonta Freeman – I know it is crazy to say that the #1 RB in fantasy football last year is falling, but look at what happened towards the end of last season. After bursting onto the scene during the first quarter of the season, Freeman’s production gradually decreased and fellow RB Tevin Coleman began to get more and more carries. Going into 2016, it seems likely that the Falcons running game will include both heavy does of Freeman and Coleman, limiting the fantasy value of both. Stay away from Freeman in the first round.

 Wide Receiver

Alex’s Top 20

1.      Antonio Brown

2.     Julio Jones

3.     DeAndre Hopkins

4.     Odell Beckham

5.     Brandom Marshall

6.     AJ Green

7.     Dez Bryant

8.     Alshon Jeffery

9.     Jordy Nelson

10.  Allen Robinson

11.  Mike Evans

12.  Keenan Allen

13.  Brandin Cooks

14.  Amari Cooper

15.  TY Hilton

16.  Sammy Watkins

17.  Demaryius Thomas

18.  Golden Tate

19.  Jarvis Landry

20.  Kelvin Benjamin / Doug Baldwin

 

Kevin’s Top 20

1.     Antonio Brown

2.     Julio Jones

3.     Odell Beckham Jr.

4.     AJ Green

5.     DeAndre Hopkins

6.     Dez Bryant

7.     Allen Robinson

8.     Brandon Marshall

9.     Jordy Nelson

10.  Alshon Jeffrey

11.  Keenan Allen

12.  Mike Evans

13.  T.Y. Hilton

14.  Demaryius Thomas

15.  Jordan Matthews

16.  Brandin Cooks

17.  Sammy Watkins

18.  Amari Cooper

19.  John Brown

20.  Jarvis Landry

 

Who’s Rising

AlexMike Evans – I have never been more confident in a receiver putting up his best numbers than Evans this year. His drops have been brutal to owners over the past two seasons but the chemistry has been brewing with Jameis Winston and he is bound to figure it out. The likelihood of last season’s touchdown numbers happening again is very slim. Every single stat other than touchdowns have increased from ’14 to ’15.

Tight End  

Alex’s Top 20

1.     Rob Gronkowski

2.     Jordan Reed

3.     Greg Olsen

4.     Travis Kelce

5.     Coby Fleener

6.     Gary Barnidge

7.     Tyler Eifert

8.     Julius Thomas

9.     Delanie Walker

10.  Ladarius Green

11.  Zach Ertz

12.  Antonio Gates

13.  Jason Witten

14.  Dwayne Allen

15.  Eric Ebron

 

Kevin’s Top 20

1.     Rob Gronkowski

2.     Jordan Reed

3.     Greg Olsen

4.     Zach Ertz

5.     Travis Kelce

6.     Delanie Walker

7.     Gary Barnidge

8.     Coby Fleener

9.     Tyler Eifert

10.  Jason Witten

11.  Julius Thomas

12.  Ladarius Green

13.  Antonio Gates

14.  Zach Miller

15.  Dwayne Allen

 

Who’s Falling?

KevinLadarius Green – At first, I was going crazy about the potential of Ladarius Green in the Pittsburgh offense but after thinking about it, I am staying away at all costs. Under offensive coordinator Todd Haley, no Steelers tight end has ever had tremendous success and I don’t see that changing this upcoming season.  

Consensus Late Round / Sleepers

1.     Sterling Shepard

2.     Mohamed Sanu

3.     Laquon Treadwell

4.     Devontae Booker

5.     Kevin White

6.     Robert Turbin

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