Fantasy Breakout Wide Receiver Report – NFL Week 1

Jeremy Maclin may not duplicate last season's magic, but he might come close

Jeremy Maclin may not duplicate last season’s 1,300 receiving yards, but he might come close

With just one day to go before the kickoff the 2015 season, we wanted to take one last look at the wide receiver position. This is a position that is rich with talent and depth this season, which makes it easy to overlook the diamonds in the rough. Today we feature three players that are bound to make a big splash during Week 1.                                     – ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com

Jeremy Maclin (ADP: WR #22)

Many experts wrote off Jeremy Maclin when he got shipped off to Kansas City, but he’s seems determined to make many of those experts eat their words. Since being reunited with his former Eagles HC Andy Reid, Maclin has been on fire showing amazing chemistry with K.C. quarterback Alex Smith. Also, let’s not forget that Maclin is coming off the best season of his career in Philly where he registered 85 receptions for more than 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Chiefs head to Houston to take on the Texans to start the season and Maclin owners should enjoy a big day. Houston’s defense features strong players in J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and Jadeveon Clowney, but that shouldn’t be seen as terribly threatening. Houston will have trouble dealing with versatile RB Jamaal Charles, as well as red-zone target TE Travis Kelce, leaving Maclin in single coverage situations more often than not. Expect Maclin to produce like that of a middle-of-the-pack WR1 this week.

Tyler Lockett (ADP: WR #57)

Lockett is more of a reach play for Week 1, but he could be worth the risk in deeper fantasy formats. The rookie wideout from Kansas State has made some impressive special teams plays this preseason, scoring on punt and kick return TDs and also torched the Raiders defense for a 63-yard TD during Seattle’s preseason victory. Lockett has competition for targets in the Seahawks’ newly acquired freak-athlete TE Jimmy Graham, and WRs Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin, but his upside could allow him to steal targets from his fellow receivers. One preseason trend that should bode well for Lockett’s potential moving forward, is that Jimmy Graham was used as a blocker on nearly 37 percent of his snaps, leaving room for others to step up. Expect Lockett to see minimal snaps in Week 1, but with his big-play ability, he could definitely come down with a couple long receptions and a touchdown.

John Brown (ADP: WR #36)

John Brown is currently listed as Arizona’s WR3, but he could become Carson Palmer’s most trusted target. Brown is behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd on the depth chart, but uncertainty surrounds that wide receiver corps situation. Fitzgerald is undoubtedly on the decline, as he has failed to eclipse the 1,000 for three straight seasons, so his current place atop the depth chart is in jeopardy. John Brown will also most likely replace Michael Floyd for Week 1, as Floyd is listed as questionable with three dislocated fingers. Brown’s ability to take over as a starter later on in the season, but with Floyd out immediately, John Brown should be in line for a big game Week 1. The Cardinals are set to host the New Orleans Saints, who ranked 31st a season ago, allowing 384 yards per game, and 25th in surrendering an average of 251 passing yards per contest. Barring an out of body defensive performance from the Saints, the Cardinals offense should put up 21+ points, making a touchdown from Brown fairly likely. Consider John Brown a middle WR3 week 1, and a high WR3 if Michael Floyd is unable to play.

Dallas Still Undecided on Week 1 Running Back

Randle and McFadden would love some clarity coming into Week 1

Even Randle and McFadden would love some clarity coming into Week 1

If you are fantasy owner sitting on one of the Dallas Cowboys running backs, you are totally in the dark as to what is coming down the pike for this weekend. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett admitted on Tuesday that team has not decided which back will get the start this weekend. Joseph Randle in currently listed as the lead back, but that apparently has no sway over who is supposed to start at home on Sunday night against the Giants.

Usually for the Cowboys, it’s the quarterback or wide receiver positions that make the most noise. But one or more lucky running backs may get the keys to the kingdom and a chance at stardom as the starter this year. Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar, and newly acquired Christine Michael are all in contention for the top spot. Yearning for the yesteryear of the Triplets (Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith), Cowboys fans and fantasy owners are particularly nervous about who will grab the top spot.

The two front-runners for the starting position are McFadden and Randle. If you’re familiar with the Houston Texans’ quarterback situation, as played out on this season of HBO “Hard Knocks,” you know that it’s very hard to evaluate a player at a position when there is no competition between him and his so called “competition.” Just as Mallet and Hoyer match up in skills and ability, Randle and McFadden match up in the amount of trust is afforded each player. One reason for this is McFadden’s injury history and Randle’s off-the-field issues. In that case, the two cancel each other out. Another problem with Randle and McFadden is they haven’t performed on equal playing fields. In the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, McFadden’s only, the running back showed some of the quickness that made him the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft. But, was that a side effect of Randle grinding out the first quarter and McFadden providing a change of pace? Or, has Randle been the front-runner for the starting position simply because no one trusts that McFadden can stay healthy?

Dunbar isn’t really in the conversation. He is much more known as a third down/change of pace guy. Having that reputation might actually be great for him because not being in the competition for the starting position means he can focus on his job(and keep it). One thing is for sure. It will be hard to replicate DeMarco Murray’s stats from last year. The now Philadelphia Eagle rushed for over 1,800 yards. But DeMarco had his faults as well. He could be accused of giving up on runs and just falling down. Then there’s the notion that maybe it was Dallas’ monster offensive line that created the running back’s MVP-caliber year.

With Dallas trading for Christine Michael, the question remains do the Cowboys have faith in any running back on their roster. The team, in an effort to promote fiscal responsibility, couldn’t address the position in the offseason, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to find THAT guy. Michael has power and good blocking skills that could make him friends with Tony Romo real fast. But don’t expect him to get any significant playing time unless McFadden or Randle happen to miss games.

Randle has prove than he can carry some of the load, but who knows if he can deal with the pressure that comes with being a star on America’s Team. Something tells me that McFadden is going to have a stellar year. The Cowboys left him out of much of preseason action due to a hamstring injury. People tend to forget that, just like McFadden, Murray was known to catch the injury bug also. Last season was the first time Murray played in all 16 regular season games in his entire career while McFadden finally accomplished the same feat. But, unlike Murray, McFadden wasn’t running behind the all-pro offensive line that the Cowboys have built. The former Oakland Raider also has something Randle doesn’t; he’s a favorite of fellow Arkansas Razorback and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. If he stays healthy and gets going downhill, McFadden could easily win the starting job within the first couple of game. With Randle, Dunbar, and now Michael waiting in the wings, McFadden knows he only has so much time to capture the spotlight in Big D.

4 Fantasy Wide Receivers to Avoid in 2015

Sammy

Sammy Watkins is loaded with talent, but stuck in a bad situation

The wide receiver may be the deepest position in fantasy football but it also has its fair share of busts. Here are four wide receivers that are destined to disappoint in 2015.          – ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com

Sammy Watkins (ADP: WR #23)

This projection has nothing to do with Watkins’ talent and everything to do with the environment surrounding him. In the first eight weeks of last season, the rookie Clemson product scored five touchdowns and ranked as fantasy’s No. 10 wideout. After the Bills’ week nine bye, Watkins scored only one TD and averaged just five points a game. The outlook for 2015 is just as bleak as an even heavier run-game plan is implemented and the QB situation has not gotten better. Until Buffalo’s game plan starts to mold towards Watkins’ skill set, he’ll just be a borderline WR2.

Larry Fitzgerald (ADP: WR #35)

Larry Fitzgerald is the epitome of dependability. In the past two seasons, Fitzgerald has dropped only two passes on 236 targets. So what’s the problem? In his 12th season at age 32, Fitzgerald is past his prime. Arizona has a trio of younger guys who are knocking at the door for their opportunity to shine. Michael Floyd (25), John Brown (25), and Andre Ellington (26) all had more receiving touchdowns than Fitzgerald did in 2014. If you were expecting a bounce-back year for Fitz upon Palmer’s return, temper your expectations, there’s a lot more mouths to feed in Arizona nowadays.

Torrey Smith (ADP: WR #39)

After an abysmal start to the 2014 season, Smith managed to finish as fantasy’s No. 18 wide receiver. Now in San Francisco’s run-first offense, expect Smith to fall outside the top 25. Smith’s selling point is the long ball and his ability to stretch defenses. Unfortunately for Smith, his quarterback is not the most accurate when connecting on deep throws. No QB threw more deep passes (20 yards or more) than Colin Kaepernick in 2014 and the 49ers signal-caller ranked 20th on such throws*. If the chemistry can’t be developed quickly, it could be a long year for Torrey Smith and his owners.

Devin Funchess (ADP: WR #44)

At 6’4”, 230 pounds, Devin Funchess may look like Kelvin Benjamin but he won’t produce similar numbers in 2015. With Benjamin sidelined for the season, many turned to Funchess as a perfect replacement, but as of now, Funchess is not even expected to play in week one. Raw, slow, and inconsistent are just some of the weaknesses tagged on the rookie out of Michigan. Funchess needs to develop early and fast if he is to warrant any fantasy relevance this season.

 

NFL Running Back Handcuff Breakdown

Given Jamaal Charles recent injury history, Davis may be worth a stash

Given Jamaal Charles and his recent injury history, Davis may be worth a stash

Drafting HB Handcuffs is essentially gambling; one has to have incredible foresight and luck to correctly predict those who will immediately spring from the waiver wires to starting lineups. Today we explore three backs in particular: Knile Davis, Matt Jones, and Roy Helu.  – ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com

Roy Helu (ADP: RB #64)

Of the three previously mentioned backs, Helu has the most upside, simply because Latavius Murray’s situation is extremely ambiguous. Unlike Alfred Morris, and Jamaal Charles, Murray’s hold on the majority of carries is extremely suspect. Knile Davis and Matt Jones will only become relevant through injury, where Helu has multiple opportunities to break into a starting role, either by injury or poor performance. Helu has size (6 foot) and speed (4.4) to be a feature back; he may just need an opportunity.

Knile Davis (ADP: RB #52)

Davis over the past few years has started for the Kansas Chiefs as a result of various Jamaal Charles injuries, and in all those situations he has performed very well. Nevertheless, Jamaal Charles is still going to be the feature back, and the only way Davis will truly become relevant is through injury. There’s no debating that over the past few years, Charles has dealt with injury issues and as he he ages, it will become increasingly difficult for him remain on the field. If something were to happen to Charles, Davis would immediately be catapulted into a cow-bell type role, drastically increasing his value. There are a lot of what-ifs in this scenario, but for the right draft pick, Davis could be worth the investment.

Matt Jones: (ADP: RB #60)

I am not a huge fan of Matt Jones this year, mostly because he is a rookie, with less than impressive athleticism, and he sits behind Alfred Morris who hasn’t missed a game in multiple years. The only way that Matt Jones will receive significant carries is through a Morris injury, but we’ve just never seen Morris succumb to that. Morris has shown an amazing ability to stay healthy year after year, and because of this, grabbing Jones isn’t worth the investment. The probability of Jones being worth a roster spot is very low, and one can find more production or a higher ceiling elsewhere.

3 Fantasy Quarterbacks to Buy Low on in 2015

Don't let Cam Newton sack your fantasy team

Don’t let Cam Newton sack your fantasy team for a second season in a row

Going into the season, there are players that we have come to expect to perform at a certain level. This article does not suggest that these quarterbacks don’t have real fantasy value, but taking them early is not a sound drafting strategy for your fantasy team in 2015. Here are three quarterbacks who will come up short for many fantasy expectations. – ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com

Cam Newton (ADP: QB #11)

Last season, Superman actually looked pretty human. Hobbled by nagging injuries all year long, Newton finished outside the top-5 fantasy quarterbacks for the first time in his career. Heading into 2015, Newton would be lucky to finish within the top-10. Albeit fully healthy, Newton’s fantasy stock took a massive blow when his number one target, Kelvin Benjamin, went down with an ACL tear before the start of the season. The Carolina Panthers now arguably have the worst receiving pools in the NFL. Newton is going to have to rely heavily on his legs for elite fantasy production, which is something he excelled at during the 2014 season.

Drew Brees (ADP: QB #5)

Even when Drew Brees is bad, it’s still pretty good. A typical lock for a top-5 quarterback each year, Brees just missed the mark at No. 6 for 2014. Brees will fall even further in 2015. The Saints are looking to have a more balanced attack on offense by implementing a more run-oriented offensive attack. The Saints let Jimmy Graham escape to Seattle which means that Bress has lost a player who caught double-digit touchdowns in three of the last four seasons. In addition to Graham leaving town, the Saints also let Kenny Stills and Pierre Thomas walk through free agency. As always, Brees will make do with the weapons he has at his disposal, but he won’t be as dominant through the air as in previous years. Brees most likely will finish in the bottom half of the top 10 quarterback rankings so make sure to draft accordingly.

Peyton Manning (ADP: QB #3)

The king of the regular season, Peyton Manning is entering his 18th season in the league. At age 39, Manning can still sling the pigskin with the rest of them. However, much like the Saints, the Denver Broncos are looking for a more balanced attack in 2015. The Broncos will use a running back by committee approach to spell Manning from throwing the ball too much. Don’t look for Manning to finish in the top-5 quarterback rankings this year.

 

5 Fantasy Wide Receivers Sporting 2015 Deep Sleeper Potential

John Brown

As long as Palmer stays healthy, John Brown should develop into a top-notch fantasy producer

The wide receiver is arguably the deepest position in fantasy football. While there are a handful of players in tier one, there are a plethora of gems that can be found in tiers three, four, and five. That’s right, we’re talking sleepers. For the purpose of this article, a sleeper pick is defined as a player who will exponentially provide more value than their low draft position. When the draft winds down, and the later rounds come along, keep an eye out for these five wideouts.  – ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com

John Brown (ADP: WR #37)

Heading into his sophomore year, look for John Brown to build off a solid rookie season. In Arians’ offense that rotated quarterbacks such as Ryan Lindley, Drew Stanton, and Logan Thomas, Brown still managed to catch 48 balls for 696 yards and five touchdowns. Although Brown is third on the depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, he has the potential to be the Cardinals number one receiver by January. Floyd is currently no lock to start week one so look for Brown to take advantage of the added targets. Brown is currently being drafted outside the top 30 but has top 20 upside; grab him while you can.

Eddie Royal (ADP: WR #50)

Finally reunited with his ole friend, Cutler, Eddie Royal settled into Chicago after a career year with the Chargers. So far, the transition doesn’t seem to be too difficult for Royal. Both starting receivers for the Bears are hampered by injuries leading to more opportunities for Royal. While Alshon Jeffery is slated to return at some point this year, Kevin White is rumored to be out all season. Jay Cutler is going to have to throw the ball…and then he’ll throw the ball some more. All those targets are not just going to Jeffery and Bennett. Royal will make the most of his receptions and look to build off a stellar 2014 season.

Markus Wheaton (ADP: WR #53)

Markus Wheaton had a quiet sophomore campaign no thanks to the fantasy explosion of rookie teammate, Martavis Bryant. Recently, Bryant was just suspended four games for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. That upticks Wheaton’s value just enough as he’ll now be starting across Antonio Brown in a high-powered offense. “I think Markus Wheaton is our breakout player of the year,” Roethlisberger said in an interview for SiriusXM NFL Radio August 2. “I want that pressure on him because when we’re in two wide sets, he’s our No. 2 guy”. Big Ben certainly knows what’s going on in the locker room better than anyone else. Cheers to year three and that a diamond in the rough is made from all that pressure.

Brian Quick (ADP: WR #58)

This selection has the most potential to blow up in my face. Last season, Quick was a top 20 wide receiver in weeks one through six before suffering a season ending shoulder injury. Fully healthy once again, Quick is back atop the depth chart as the Rams number one wide receiver. However, he may not just be the top receiver for the Rams, but also the top option as Tre Mason and Todd Gurley are both questionable for the season opener. Quick will have the opportunity to resume his breakout season early in 2015 and if he can stay healthy, who knows what his ceiling is?

Stevie Johnson (ADP: WR #60)

Stevie Johnson is the one receiver I tend to have on every one of my rosters at the completion of a draft. Johnson is low enough in the rankings and on the depth chart for everyone to overlook him. Don’t be that guy. After a couple down years in Buffalo and an awful stint in the run-first San Francisco scheme, Johnson has found himself in the best situation since the start of his career. As the third string receiver in San Diego’s offense, Johnson shall be revived. The Bolts utilized three wide sets on 86% of their plays, third highest mark in the league. Initially slated to play the slot position, Johnson will see soft coverage while defenses have their hands full with Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd. Side note: Eddie Royal accumulated 1,409 yards and 15 touchdowns over the last two seasons as a slot receiver in San Diego.

4 Fantasy Running Backs to Avoid in 2015

Carlos Hyde has some flex appeal, but don't rush out to draft him

Carlos Hyde has some flex appeal, but don’t rush out to draft him

– ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com

Carlos Hyde (ADP: RB #18)

Some devoted Niners fans are still optimistic that this young sophomore out of Ohio State can still fill the void left by Frank Gore and be the franchise back for the future, but common sense simply dictates that this year is not Hyde’s year. Finally inheriting the starting job for a team that has dwindled down to the bottom echelon of the NFL, it will be difficult for Hyde to make any significant (fantasy) contributions, especially without the help of run-happy offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Furthermore, the regression of the Niner defense suggests that the team will likely be playing games from behind, decreasing Hyde’s touches even more. Lastly, with Reggie Bush also a more likely candidate to steal receptions because of his proven status as a target, I struggle to suggest Hyde even as a bottom-end RB2.

Tevin Coleman (ADP: RB #33)

I definitely fell into the pre-draft hype of Coleman, especially during the past offseason. I even put him high up on my likely fantasy breakouts list for this year. So why the sudden change of heart? First of all, the most concerning part of Coleman’s fantasy draft stock is his unbelievably high ADP, at 76. Sure, he has immense raw talent and a high ceiling, but he is way too unproven to be placed that high in player rankings. Coleman is also sharing the spotlight with former Florida State product Devonta Freeman, who is also top-100 in most fantasy lists. Though they both returned from injury for tonight’s game against the Dolphins, Freeman was listed as an inactive, and Coleman did not fare much better, posting 2 yards on 4 carries. Coleman can be a risk worth taking, but definitely not as a seventh-round pick.

Joique Bell (ADP: RB #27)

Bell has never been a solid fantasy pick, as he never was the sole starting back for the Lions, and he will not get that opportunity this year. With a proven specimen coming from Nebraska in Ameer Abdullah, who greatly impressed during his preseason appearances, the Lions will likely return to their usual run committee this season. Not only is Bell struggling to return to health before the start of the season, but there is some threat that the Lions’ third and fourth string backs, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner, will further drain the depleted amount of carries that Bell will start his season with. Though he has good hands and is a threat for receptions, he has little-to-no potential as a solid RB2 and owners should avoid drafting him.

Melvin Gordon (ADP: RB #16)

A report from Chargers RB coach Ollie Wilson refuted any claims that Gordon had concerning pass-protection issues, stating that he’s had no problem with Gordon’s pass protecting. Be that as it may, from a fantasy standpoint, this bares little to no relevance. Not only is Gordon dealing with ankle issues, but a huge part of what made Ryan Mathews an attractive fantasy option was his receiving abilities from an ever-improving quarterback in Rivers. Sure Mathews is now out of the picture, but Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver are still more of a threat than Gordon. Let’s also not forget his meager 34 yards on 14 carries in his latest preseason showing—not persuasive by any means.

Fantasy Draft Zone: Next up in Green Bay

Ty Montgomery

Ty Montgomery is just one of the players who will try to fill the void left by Jordy Nelson

Along with the news that Jordy Nelson is out for the entire 2015 season due to an ACL tear, the Packers offensive line is also suffering some key injuries. However, if there is any concern about Green Bay’s offense this season, cut it out now. The Packers have certainly suffered their share of woes this preseason but as long as Aaron Rodgers is under center, a prolific offense remains in Wisconsin.

The man who protects Rodger’s blind side is currently sitting out the rest of preseason. Left tackle, David Bakhtiari, is currently nursing a knee ailment although he expects to be back for the regular season. The Packers starting line is also missing right guard T.J. Lang who is working through the concussion protocol and Josh Sitton with an ankle injury. The Packers line is comprised of backups right now but all the starters figure to be healthy by week one.

Unfortunately for Mr. Nelson, he won’t be available by week one. In 2012, Nelson also endured an injury-riddled season in which he missed four games and caught only 49 balls for 745 yards. Other starting receivers such as Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, and Donald Driver accounted for 12 more missed games. Yet, Aaron Rodgers still threw for 39 touchdowns that year, his second most in his career.

In football, when someone goes down, the motto is, “next guy up”. The injuries to the Packers are unlucky and untimely but the season must go on. Production will have to be filled by one person or more likely, a collection of guys. Davante Adams is a name that has been tossed around but Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery are also players to watch out for. Aaron Rodgers is still the best quarterback in the league and he will make do with the weapons at his disposal.

Andre Williams Closing in on Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings

Rashad Jennings can feel the footsteps of Andre Williams right behind him

Andre Williams has certainly been busy this offseason. The Giants 4th round pick in last April’s draft spent the offseason working on weaknesses in his game with veteran teammate Rashad Jennings. The two backs have been spending plenty of extra time just catching passes out of the backfield and working on the discipline needed to allow a play to develop.

Williams is also fighting for the starting running back job with Jennings, who left the Oakland Raiders last summer to sign a 4 year $10 million deal with the Giants. Jennings’ first season in the blue and white was less than impressive, running for only 639 yards on 167 touches and just 4 touchdowns. He was also nursing a nagging ankle injury as well as a strained MCL for most of the season. Williams came in for the injured Jennings and took advantage of the opportunity, leading the Giants in rushing with 721 yards on 217 touches and 7 touchdowns.

This offseason, Williams set out to become a bigger part of the Giants passing game, an area which he struggled last year, dropping the ball 19 times out of 37 targets. In addition to dropped passes, he also fumbled the ball 6 times. His hard work this offseason has resulted in an increase in first team reps in camp and in preseason games. There is little doubt that Andre Williams will be the starter for the Giants this season, the real question to ask is when?

The Giants are already committed to improving the run game this season, which ranked 23rd in the league last season. Besides the offensive line, a big reason for that was Jennings’ injury plagued season and both backs not being able to follow their blocking. “I’m just really working on staying patient this year, not just go-go-go as soon as you see the first hole, but remembering what’s supposed to happen and waiting to make sure that its time to go,” Williams told reporters after Saturday nights preseason game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jennings, who turned 30 last March, realizes that he is no longer the young back he once was, and he has turned his focus on teaching Andre Williams different tricks of the trade. Jennings turned Williams onto watching film of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who last season proved to be one of the leagues most patient and elite running backs. Jennings said that William’s biggest problem last year was not waiting long enough for his blocking to develop, and has helped the young player work on that this offseason, truly showing how a veteran teammate is supposed to act.

20 Fast Facts for Your Fantasy Football Draft

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Last Season: 21 backs and QB Russell Wilson scored more rushing touchdowns than Shady McCoy

Earlier this season I rolled out 50 Fundamental Facts for your upcoming fantasy drafts, but things change quickly once the preseason gets rolling. There are only a couple weeks left to the start of the NFL season and so much has already happened. Here are 20 additions facts to keep you up to date and primed for not just a strong draft, but also a successful fantasy football season.

  1. Drew Brees led the league and set a career high with 659 pass attempts last season.
  2. Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, and Pierre Thomas altogether caught 193 of those passes.
  3. None of the aforementioned remained in the Mardi Gras city for the 2015 season.
  4. Before his season-ending injury in 2014, Brandin Cooks led all wide receivers last season by catching 80% of his targets.
  5. Cooks is healthy and the undisputed No. 1 option for Drew Brees. *
  6. Cam Newton’s yardage total has regressed every year he’s been in the league with his lowest total last season of 3,127 yards.
  7. Kelvin Benjamin accounted for nearly a third (32.2%) of Newton’s passing yards.
  8. Benjamin is out for the season with a torn ACL.
  9. Greg Olsen has led the team in receiving yards for the previous two years. Strong chance Olsen gets the hat trick in 2015.
  10. Eddie Royal has 15 touchdowns in the previous two years.
  11. Eddie Royal’s WR ADP is 51. A couple spots behind the likes of Percy Harvin and Terrance Williams.
  12. C.J. Anderson was fantasy’s No. 1 running back from week 12 on, averaging 18 points per game.
  13. The Denver Broncos have averaged 12 rushing touchdowns a year since Peyton Manning has been under center.
  14. In 2012, Green Bay receivers missed a combined 16 games.
  15. That year, Aaron Rodgers threw for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns, while finishing as fantasy’s No. 2 QB.
  16. 21 running backs and QB Russell Wilson scored more rushing touchdowns than LeSean McCoy’s 5 scores last season.
  17. The Texans ran the ball on 52% of play calls, most in the league.
  18. Arian Foster is out for at least half the year paving the way for Alfred Blue who averaged 93 yards in the three games Foster missed last season.
  19. Larry Fitzgerald had his worst statistical year last season (lows in receptions, yards, and touchdowns).
  20. Carson Palmer is definitely better than Cardinals’ reserves Stanton and Lindley, but Fitzgerald will have competition for targets. (Ellington, Floyd, and Brown combined for 141 receptions).