Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Sunday, August 28, 2016 | BataviasBest.org
As I await my third Fantasy Football draft tonight, I decided to put together a list of quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers that I either love or hate heading into the season. Determinations were made based upon which players I believe will underperform, or outperform their average draft position in ESPN Standard Leagues. Hope this helps you as you get ready for your own draft:
Blake Bortles (JAX) – Bortles Service! Blake is in for a big season this year after a breakout campaign in 2015. Although many of his fantasy points came as a result of his team playing from behind for much of the year, I believe the Jags QB can continue to produce due to all of the weapons he has both in the backfield and along the outside.
Matt Ryan (ATL) – Death, taxes, Matt Ryan throwing interceptions in the end zone. Not this season, though! Get ready for the Falcons’ gunslinger to finally make good use of the most-talented WR in football (Julio Jones) and the rising star behind him in the backfield (Devonta Freeman). Falcons are making the playoffs. Matt Ryan is going to lead them there.
Carson Palmer (ARI) – An aging Larry Fitzgerald, a banged up John Brown, and an injury prone Michael Floyd are the reasons why I just can’t fully trust Carson Palmer this season. Although his RB David Johnson is destined to be a star in this league, Palmer’s other weapons – those he must throw to – aren’t exactly the best in the NFL.
LeSean McCoy (BUF) – The Bills are going to rely heavily upon McCoy this season, and if he is able to stay healthy for the entire season, I believe he will have a huge 2016. For the past several seasons, McCoy has been one of the best backs in the league, and even with the new influx of young runners in the NFL, I believe the Bills RB will continue to earn his spot amongst the best to carry the rock.
Latavius Murray (OAK) – Although much of his production came as a result of volume last season, I think Murray can once again help fantasy teams as a high-end RB2 in 2016. The Raiders’ offense is improving, and with Amari Cooper as its centerpiece, expect Murray to fall in line an quietly produce another impressive campaign.
Matt Forte (NYJ) – Forte will be targeted a ton out of the backfield this season for the Jets, and as one of the most-consistent runners in Fantasy Football over the last several seasons – there is no reason to doubt his ability as a quality dual threat back in 2016. In all formats, but especially PPR, pick up Forte if you can. He is going to have a big year.
Ryan Mathews (PHI) – Mathews gets hurt basically every other game that he plays. And besides that fact, the Eagles suck. Forget about their running back as an option.
Jordy Nelson (GB) – He’s back, and with him, will come a resurgent season for the Packers offense. With Randall Cobb able to move back to the slot, and Nelson along the outside, the full compliment of weapons is back for Aaron Rodgers – and his top target has always been #87.
Amari Cooper (OAK) – As you may be able to tell, I am really high on this Oakland offense. Amari Cooper is a budding superstar, and Latavius Murray is going to be a beast. Eat up all the Raiders you can get this year – as they are being drafted in spots where they can provide you with great value.
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) – I’ve been up-and-down on Thomas thus far in the preseason, but when you look at his average draft position, it’s hard not to take a guy who gets out of bed and catches 10 touchdowns a season. Even with the putrid QB play which is expected in Denver this season, I think their #1 guy can have a quality fantasy year.
Alshon Jefferey (CHI) – Already doused with injury concerns heading into Week 4 of the preseason, Alshon Jefferey and the hapless Bears will struggle to produce any player which will help fantasy teams this season.
If you disagree with any of my selections, feel free to comment below, or reach out to me on social media @BataviasBest on all platforms.
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