Top 25 for Fantasy Football 2016

By: Nate Leer

I’m excited to share my early top-25 for 2016. Obviously this list can and will change but with most rosters pretty well set, it is a good time to start projecting. Whether Ryan Fitzpatrick goes back to the Jets is the last major roster question for the coming season that significantly impacts the rankings.

  1. Gronk – I will be making the case for Gronk in the coming days but if you have to start a TE, he is SO far better than any other option that he makes my list at No. 1
  2. LeVeon Bell – Plan to handcuff him with a still-procutcive player in DeAngelo Williams but otherwise the Bell-cow will be ready to go
  3. AP – Old man keeps high ranking due to being the most consistent force in fantasy football for most of the last decade
  4. Todd Gurley – Upside only limited by health and LA’s lack of passing game
  5. Antonio Brown – Many have him higher but as many as 20 other WRs could post similar numbers
  6. OBJ – May be ready to take over top WR spot
  7. DeAndre Hopkins – If Os is better than Hoyer, he could be the best WR to own
  8. Julio Jones – Julio! Just stay healthy for a full year
  9. Dez Bryant – Love his talent and drive plus the situation improves with Elliot’s drafting
  10. David Johnson – I love the kid but could be this year’s Jeremy Hill, in other words he is talented but the situation is unproven
  11. DeVonte Freeman – We will see if he can replicate last season while remaining healthier and more productive than Tevin Coleman
  12. Ezekiel Elliott – Could rise fast on my board IF he shows well in preseason
  13. Cam – Rated this high because he is far and away the best QB plus his WRs got better
  14. AJ Green – Questionable whether he has enough help around him at QB and WR
  15. Allen Robinson – Lower here than on most lists due to unproven talent and offense
  16. Brandon Marshall – Still a beast assuming Fitz is back
  17. Doug Martin – Similar pluses (skills, high-end offense) and minuses as Freeman but has also been productive prior to 2015
  18. Thomas Rawls – Seattle drafted competition and may be transitioning to pass-first but the kid ran well last year
  19. Jamal Charles – Coming off major injury and has competition but still looked good last year
  20. Lamar Miller – Seems like a great fit in Houston but RBs on move can be scary
  21. Chris Ivory – Similar to Miller but more competition in Jacksonville
  22. Kelvin Benjamin – Coming off ACL but long recovery time, work ethic and situation make excellent upside
  23. Jordy Nelson – Coming off ACL but long recovery time, work ethic and situation make excellent upside
  24. Alshon Jeffery – Injuries are biggest question as to whether he is good, situation will determine if he is great
  25. Demarius Thomas – Mark Sanchez hurts

Just outside top-25: Eddy Lacy – Prime bounceback candidate has high ceiling but low floor; Mark Ingram – 50 receptions but rushing fell off last year; CJ Anderson – great postseason but, again, Sanchez hurts; Mike Evans – talented player on improving offense; Carlos Hyde – another bounceback candidate who’s style fits Chip Kelly; Aaron Rodgers – still the best QB in the league and probably pissed about last year and offseason speculation


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