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Here are the top 10 fantasy players by position:
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
-Brees consistently throws for 4,500+ yards and 35+ touchdowns. Last year he had a game where he threw 7 TDs. And here is an added bonus: last year he was working with a lot of new and young talent not acclimated to the offensive scheme. With another year under their belts, Brees is poised to have a great year.
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
-The Steelers will likely have the best offense in the league this year. Big Ben has an armada full of weapons at his disposal and the only things that can stop him from having a career year are his health and hanging onto the ball too long. I expect Roethlisberger to lead the league in passing yardage and finish top 3 in TDs.
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
Newton is the ideal dual-threat quarterback. He can pass and run, but he is smart about running in that he does not take too many direct hits and avoids injury. He has also developed touch on his passes, especially in the red zone, which means he is more of a viable option to pass as well as run in goal line situations. I also expect Jonathan Stewart to take step back, therefore putting more of an onus on Cam to be great.
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
-Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league. His ability to extend plays and his accuracy from the pocket and on the run is unparalleled. Unfortunately for him, he has suffered from various injuries and the Packers organization has taken him for granted and has failed to surround him quality talent. And do not kid yourself, the Packers do not have a lot of talent, they just compensate with a great quarterback.
Tom Brady* – New England Patriots
This ranking is based on the assumption that he is suspended for four games. But even with that Brady will get a lot of yards, a lot of TDs and have very few turnovers. I can’t stand the guy, but he is great.
Carsen Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
He finished top 3 in the MVP voting last year. He has been great ever since he joined the Cardinals, but for some reason everyone keeps passing on him until the 12th round. Palmer is the ultimate value pick.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Last year Wilson proved that he can carry the load. With an injured and and mediocre supporting cast he had the best year of his career and had an 8-game stretch that rivals that of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Now in a contract year, with a more versatile running back (you know it’s true), and perhaps better chemistry with Jimmy Graham I expect Wilson to have a monster win.
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
Can not win in the playoffs, but he is the greatest quarterback in the Bengals’ history. And despite his painful playoff performances, he is a consistently great quarterback in the regular season (plus he can usually be grabbed in the 8th round or later).
Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
I dislike him, his eight kids, and that damn bolo tie. I think he is a terrible quarterback who does nothing to make his team better. All that being said, Rivers is a great fantasy quarterback. He gets a ton of points due to the plethora of garbage time minutes he is throwing in. And as much as I like Joey Bosa, Rivers is still going to get a lot of garbage time stats. So he is worth drafting.
Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
The only reason he is this low is because of his injury history. No one gets a worse rap than Tony Romo. He is one of the best quarterbacks in pretty much any measurable category: QBR, passer rating, 4th quarter rating, TD/INT ratio, yards/pass attempt, yards/pass completion, etc., etc., etc. If you doubt it, then look it up. But if you draft Romo, then draft a good backup, because his injury history is a definite concern.
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
-He still has the power and the work ethic to continue his dominance. Also, the Vikings are making bold strides in improving the offense around him. While he is on the wrong side of 30, there are still no signs of Peterson slowing down.
Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams
-Gurley is basically a young version of Adrian Peterson. He has size, speed, power, and the ability to break big plays. Unfortunately, Gurley has virtually no help around him and will be dealing with a rookie quarterback, which means he will see a steady stream of 8 and 9 men box-fronts.
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys
-I wrote about this before. Elliott landed in the perfect place. He will have a proven quarterback to lean on and will have a very good offensive line paving the way for him. I think Elliott will finish the year top 5 in the MVP voting, so draft him early.
David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals
-Johnson broke out in a big way last year. With the extreme efficiency of the passing offense Johnson is going to have a ton of room to make big plays. He won’t get as many touches as an Adrian Peterson and Todd Gurley, but due to the nature of the offense, Johnson will have plenty of big moments throughout the season.
LeVeon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
-Bell is as talented as any runningback in the league, but his use of pot and injury history have held him back. But the real benefit of having Bell is that he will be the lead ball-handler on what will likely be the best offense in football.
Jamal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs
-Jamal Charles from year to year has the potential to be the best back in the league, but is constantly sidelined by injuries. He has adapted well to Andy Reid’s offensive scheme and has become an elite duel threat runningback…if only he can stay healthy.
Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons
-Freeman burst onto the scene last year after the injury to rookie Tevin Coleman, but tapered off at the end of the year. He may face a decrease in carries with Coleman being healthy, but he should still see plenty action and should get plenty of running lanes due to all the attention paid to Julio Jones.
Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Martin earned himself a new contract by finishing second in rushing yardage last season. Winston is proving to be a very good quarterback which will keep teams from loading up in the box to stop Martin.
Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders
-Murray is a poor man’s Matt Forte. But with the maturation of the Raiders offense, Murray will be given more opportunities and responsibilities and could be pivotal in Oakland’s ability to make a playoff run.
Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints
-Ingram is a power runner who is a valuable asset in goal line situations. And while he has taken longer to develop than most had hoped, he is now at a point where he is a key contributor to an offense that should bounce back this season.
Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons
-This is a coin flip between Jones and Antonio Brown. I have Jones taking the edge because he is more of a necessity to the Falcons than Brown is to the Steelers. The Steelers have more weapons, but the Falcons are figuratively forced to go to Jones early, often, and consistently.
Antonio Browns – Pittsburgh Steelers
-Brown is a monster talent and as long as Roethlisberger stays upright, he is going to get plenty of looks and chances to make major plays. Brown also has the ability break deep plays, catch tough balls in traffic, and to get open quickly on slants and curls. There is nothing he can’t do.
A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals
-Green will be asked to do a lot more this year with the departure of several Bengals’ receivers. This will be a detriment to the Bengals overall, but will be a statistical boon to Green individually.
O’Dell Beckem Jr. – New York Giants
-Beckem has quickly established himself as one of the best young receivers in the entire league. Unfortunately, he is the lone weapon on a team that has been lacking explosive offensive talent. And while I am personally a fan of Eli Manning, his consistency is not always there.
Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
-He’s a psychopath, but he is ultra-talented. And with Tony Romo coming back and the first round pick of Elliott will force defenses to stay honest and allow Dez the opportunity to see more man-on-man coverage.
DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans
-Hopkins has proven that he can be successful even without a consistent passing game. The acquisition of Brock Osweiler should prove beneficial if for no other reason than they will have one starting quarterback this season rather than 4.
Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers
-If he can stay healthy, then Nelson will be a Pro Bowl receiver. It is all dependent on his health.
Alshon Jeffery – Chicago Bears
-Jeffery is healthy and is the unquestioned man in Chicago. Plus, with the franchise tag in place, he is playing for a very large free agent contract after the season. Hopefully with an improved defense and a healthy offense Jeffery can put up numbers to match his potential.
Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
-Blake Bortles took a major jump last year dramatically increasing his passing yards and touchdowns without increasing his turnover rate. Robinson was the main beneficiary of that improvement and seems to be the go-to guy on an improving Jaguars team.
Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
-Thomas would have been higher if he had a starting quarterback who deserved to be in the NFL. But talent cannot be denied and Thomas will still get some good stats, but not what we are all accustomed to.
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
-When all is said and done there is a distinct possibility that Gronkowski will go down as the best tightend in NFL history. He has a ridiculous touchdown to games played ratio and is the biggest redzone threat in the NFL.
Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
-Olsen is the number one target for one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Plus, the NFC South is very weak in pass defense. He has the speed of a receiver with the size of a tightend which makes him one of the best mismatches in football.
Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins
-Reed emerged as a legitimate superstar who also happens to be Kirk Cousins favorite target. Reed as speed and great hands which mean he will be Cousins’ security blanket and primary target in the red zone. I expect a monster year from Reed.
Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns
-Barnidge came out of nowhere last year to become one of the very few bright spots for the hapless Browns. The intention of Cleveland is to rehabilitate RGIII, so Barnidge’s production will be completely dependent on Griffin’s ability to regain his seemingly lost form.
Tyler Eiffert – Cincinnati Bengals
-Eiffert should see an increase in targets this season after the departure of the Bengals second and third receivers. He is a big body and knows how to use it in open spaces to create a big target for Dalton.
Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans
-Walker is a good athlete, but his value lies in the fact that Tennessee has very few other weapons for Mariota to take advantage of. Walker is the beneficiary of being the best receiver on a bad team.
Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
-Gates is old, but he keeps chugging along and now that the Chargers’ backup, Ladarius Green, has relocated to Pittsburgh Gates will once again be the primary target.
Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
-In the first half of the season, few tightends performed better than Kelce. He can go deep or catch in traffic. The Chiefs also like to split him out wide to create mismatches against cornerbacks. He should have another very good year.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-This guy is a freak athlete who has established himself as the go-to guy for Jameis Winston. He was on track to have a monster season until injuries derailed his progress. As Winston continues to mature, Seferian-Jenkins will thrive.
Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions
-Ebron will be the biggest beneficiary of the Calvin Johnson retirement. Stafford likes his big targets because he just isn’t that accurate. With an iffy running game and no real threat at receiver Ebron could be poised for a big year.
-Seattle has consistently been the best defense over that past 4-5 years and there is no indication that will change this year.
-The loss of Josh Norman was a huge blow, but the Panthers may still have the best front seven of any team in the league. Norman or not, the Panther will still be among the best defenses in the NFL.
-The Cardinals defense benefits greatly from an offense that maintains possession of the ball. It also a defense that is loaded with talent and only got better when they drafted Robert Nkemdiche late in the first round. The rich get richer and with two games against the 49ers and two against the Rams this defense should rank in the top 5.
-They have the best defensive player in the NFL and now they may have an offense that can carry its end of the bargain. If the offense can stay on the field and minimize turnovers, then this defense will be clutch.
-This is a solid defense that always puts forth a good effort and keeps the team in the game. The big problem with the Bengals defense is that they will face the Steelers twice, which always proves to be a tough matchup.
-The Broncos would have been number one, but they lost a lot of talent and they now have an offense that likely won’t be able to hang onto the ball. This defense is going to be under a lot of pressure so long as Mark Sanchez is under center.
-The Vikings lean heavily on the running game and seek to control the ball and run the clock as much as possible. This works in favor of their defense by keeping them fresh and minimizing the amount of time they spend on the field.
New England Patriots
-Bele-cheat is the best coach in the league and he always has his defenses ready and playing well. They may not be stacked with talent, but they rarely make mistakes and are good at taking advantage of the opportunities other teams provide.
New York Jets
-Much like the Broncos, this is a team loaded with talent on defense, but with their lackluster offense the defense will have a lot of pressure on it.
Los Angeles Rams
-The offense is finally starting to catch up to the defense for this team. Also, they have Aaron Donald who may be the best defensive player not named J.J. Watt.
Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots
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