CONFIDENTIAL FILE EXPOSED: Top 3 Picks for 2016 NFL Fantasy Drafts (archival article)

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2016 may represent a changing of the guard, when it comes to the first overall pick in standard scoring fantasy football leagues. Previously, especially in leagues that didn’t incorporate any points per reception component, it was a foregone conclusion that you’d take the best running back in the league. Over the last decade, guys like Priest Holmes, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Adrian Peterson were almost always off the board by the second overall pick. Sure, there would be the odd year when Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers would enter the consideration set, but the ability to capitalize on the rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and receiving yards and touchdowns that the elite franchise running backs produced was just too much to pass up.

So with this changing of the guard, who enters the 2016 season as the top overall picks? Here’s are the 

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers —  Brown may be the singularly most dominant wide receiver in fantasy football (and football in general) since Randy Moss.  In 2014, he lead the league receptions, receiving yards, and passes caught for a first down. He averaged over 100 receiving yards per game, and almost one touchdown per game (he had 13). How did he follow that up in 2015? By again leading the league in receptions and receiving yards, exceeding both totals from 2014. His 136 receptions was the second highest total in NFL history, and his 1,834 yards was the 4th highest total in NFL history. Few players have shown that type of year-over-year consistency, in terms of re-writing NFL standards for their position. With Ben Roethlisberger throwing the football as well as any quarterback in the league, and with the suspension of Martavis Bryant opposite Brown (meaning the Steelers will likely have to continue to force targets in Brown’s direction), there’s no reason to see those statistics dropping.

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams — at this point last year, there were legitimate questions as to whether Gurley would even play in the 2015 season for the team that drafted him; he suffered a torn ACL injury in November while playing his last season for the University of Georgia. The Rams tried to bring him along slowly, not rushing him into immediate action when the season began.  It started with just a few spot carries in an ugly game against the Steelers; Gurley had a paltry nine rushing yards on six carries (and one reception for five yards). From there? Everything changed. Over the next four games, Gurley ripped off 566 rushing yards and four touchdowns, drawing rave reviews from the rest of the league for his startling combination of vision, size, and speed. Despite really only playing in 12 games last year, Gurley finished third in the NFL with 1,106 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns (the latter tied for second best in the NFL). Who knows what a full season of carries, and an improvement at the quarterback position — assuming the Rams select a quarterback with the #1 overall pick — could bring.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers — Once Bell returned from his two game suspension to start the 2015 season, the conversation began as to whether he emerged as the best running back in the NFL. His ability as a runner and a receiver began to draw comparisons to Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk. In the five games prior to the early November matchup against Cincinnati, when he suffered his season-ending knee injury, Bell recorded over 125 combined yards in four of those five games. He remains one of the true “bell cow” running backs in the NFL, but the biggest question around Bell will be whether he will be fully healthy when the 2016 season begins, after his offseason surgery to fix the damaged MCL/PCL in his knee.


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Five NFL Teams with Severe Quarterback Problems (archival article)

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CLEVELAND BROWNS

Cleveland is the capital of NFL misery.

Robert Griffin is not the answer! No way!

Some experts are inexplicably positive about Griffin’s possibilities of being successful with the Browns after his stay in Washington broke down over 4 seasons.

The Browns signed the 26-year-old Griffin to a two-year, $15 million agreement with $6.7 million ensured on Thursday.

Considering  his fantastic rookie season in 2012, Griffin has actually regressed. He represented 21 touchdowns  and 22 turnovers in 2013-14. The Redskins didn’t even play Griffin in 2014 as Kirk Cousins won the job.

Griffin will likely be out played once more quickly. The Browns should choose a quarterback, most likely California’s Jared Goff, with the 2nd general choice in the draft on April 28. Cleveland ought to get its leading option, unless Tennessee discovers a trade partner ready to go up to No. 1.

Now Griffin should be the coach?

Josh McCown would be much better fit for that function. The 36-year-old McCown tossed 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 8 starts last season for the Browns.

The Browns continue to be in Quarterback Hell. That’s why they’ll be taking a quarterback at No. 2.

Which other teams remain in QB Hell? The Browns have company!

SAN FRANCISCO

Starter: Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick.

Outlook: The 49ers have actually discovered little interest in attempting to trade Kaepernick. Gabbert, the former Jaguar, began 8  games last season for the 49ers, tossing 10 touchdowns and 7 INTs.

Option: The 49ers have the 7th choice in the draft and need to draft  either Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz or Memphis’s Paxton Lynch. Exactly what might doom the 49ers is if the Browns take a quarterback, followed by Dallas (No. 4). A team might make an offer with either the Jaguars (No. 5) or Baltimore (No. 6) to jump ahead of San Francisco.

L.A.

Starter: Case Keenum.

Outlook: The 28-year-old Keenum has actually started 15  games in his four-year career, completing 56.7 percent of his passes. He’s represented 16 touchdowns and 14 turnovers.

Option: The Rams have to grab a quarterback in the draft. They might get fortunate and have Lynch available to them at No. 15, however  they may need to trade to get ahead of San Francisco.

DENVER

Starter: Mark Sanchez.

Outlook: Broncos GM John Elway bungled this scenario, permitting Brock Osweiler to sign with Houston after Peyton Manning’s retirement. Elway traded for the substandard Sanchez, and more assistance is required. The 29-year-old Sanchez has actually represented 99 touchdowns with 108 turnovers and is a professional 56.7 percent passer.

Option: The Broncos ought to sign free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’s a journeyman quarterback, however he had the ability to toss 31 TD passes last season for the New York Jets. Let him take on Sanchez!

New York  JETS

Starter: Geno Smith.

Outlook: The Jets have actually revealed a lack of interest in bringing Fitzpatrick back. It’s unexpected, however it tells us they think receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker had more to do with that TD count than Fitzpatrick.

Smith’s season was messed up last year when a colleague broke his jaw in a locker room run-in. Smith, 25, has tossed 27 TDS and 35 picks.


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The New England Patriots Dominate League Again in Free Agency (archival article)

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If the Patriots had not done a thing  this off season, they would likely be the favorites again to win the AFC next season. So exactly what does Bill Belichick do? He heads out and  practically murders every person in  free agency, taking actions that promptly place the Patriots atop the NFL power positions, and  by a huge margin also.

After including pass receiver Chris Hogan and also dealing Chandler Jones for a gifted offensive guard as well as a 2nd round choice, Belichick made the most effective action yet the other day, trading for one of the most productive tight  ends in the business in Martellus Bennett.

Are you joking me? Martellus Freaking Bennett? 😆

And if defenses aren’t  frightened enough  with Tom Brady tossing the football to Gronk as well as Bennett, merely remember he likewise has Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and even Dion Lewis also at his disposal.

The Aaron Hernandez– Rob Gronkowski duo was extraordinary back in 2011, and I think this brand-new combination will certainly equal that duo in manufacturing points, and even be  a lot better when it pertains to making first downs. Since 2013, there is just one tight end that has  more yards after catch compared to Bennett, namely: Rob Gronkowski! 🙂

This offense  just went from top 5, to damn near unstoppable. The two-tight end collection is restored in a huge way this period with Gronk as well as Bennett, and  it will be close to impossible to guard. Both are gigantic targets that can run well, making them no match for linebackers,corners and safeties. We understand just how awesome Gronkowski is, yet Bennett is exceptionally skilled too.  Opposing defenses will  not have the ability to take care of both of them rumbling down the field at the same time! 2019-20 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings Archival Football Player News  patriots league england dominate agency again


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