We are now past the halfway point of the NFL season, which means fantasy football playoffs are fast approaching. If you've already locked up a spot in your league's playoffs, now is the time to pray for your big producers to stay healthy and if you're still in the hunt it might be time to try smooth talking an already eliminated owner into a trade that will put you over the top.
The 2016 NFL season has reached a crucial juncture: Now, with a few weeks in the books, is when good teams scramble to solidify their status as Super Bowl contenders and when fringe squads try to remain latched on to the peripherals of that same discussion, lest they ebb completely into betting oblivion.
This Week 4 FanDuel lineup will be the first week with teams on byes this year, which means there will be two fewer teams to choose players from. Remember – no Eagles or Packers – and there’s an early London game Sunday morning! At this point last year, I was writing for FanDuel, working on the other side of the glass, and hating my own company for all their ridiculous commercials.
From the moment Roger Goodell said “With the fourth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Ezekiel Elliott,” the Fantasy Football world has fallen head-over-heels in love with the rookie running back out of Ohio State. But I’m here to tell you -- Don't draft Ezekiel Elliott in Round 1 of your Fantasy drafts!
The 2016 Fantasy quarterback rankings are littered with players that should have big years, players that could have big years and players whose big years are likely far behind them. Last year, we thought Andrew Luck would replace Peyton Manning as a top-three quarterback for the next decade.
The running backs position ain’t what it used to be! As you look at our 2016 Fantasy running back rankings, think back to how things have changed from just one year ago. Sure, some things look the same – Le’Veon Bell and Adrian Peterson are still near the top, although, with more question marks than last year.
Over the past few years, the wide receiver position has taken on new importance. That means our 2016 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings mean even more than ever. The running backs position has been slowly neutered since 2010 or so, and the NFL passing games have gone to a new level.
The 2016 Fantasy Tight End rankings may have taken a bigger shift in the past six months than any other position in Fantasy. Several players swapped teams, but that doesn’t change the fact that this remains a very deep position. I’m a big fan of tight ends in the NFL because they’re an underappreciated group of players, much like catchers in baseball.
When you start looking deeper into the 2016 Fantasy Kicker Rankings, you realize the usual suspects over the past few years are still making appearances. And really, as the last round in your draft comes closer and closer, you should really try to think about drafting a “usual suspect,” like Justin Tucker, over some possibly rising kickers, like Brandon McManus, Cairo Santos or even the legendary Roberto Aguayo! (OK, so that last one wasn’t a tough one.)
Compared to other Fantasy Football positions, the 2016 Fantasy Defense Rankings have much less continuity than the other Fantasy positions. Looking at the Fantasy quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends, you might spot a sleeper that creeped up 20 spots from last year’s rankings, like Blake Bortles or Gary Barnidge.