In honor of Independence Day 2 and every other horrendous summer blockbuster where a countdown until the end of the world is introduced, there are only 82 days, 20 hours, 17 minutes and 6 seconds left until the kickoff of the NFL season.
I apologize for this article being published with such little time left for you all. Hopefully you can find a few minutes between now and opening day to cram. If you can’t, we’re here to help by giving you our So-Called Fantasy Experts 2016 Fantasy Football Top 200 rankings, preseason edition.
As the start of the 2016 NFL season approaches, there are a number of exciting moments I’m looking forward to. There are also a plethora of scalding hot takes to be had.
Soon we’ll be able to find out how much someone is willing to bid on Steph Curry’s used mouth guard. We’ll be able to watch Danny Ainge select the wrong player in the NBA draft. Everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure is back as Ballers, Season 2, begins.
Mandatory mini camp is coming to a close and as it does, so do my hopes and dreams that we will see Josh Gordon flourish in a Hue Jackson offense, that Le’Veon Bell will stop promoting his mixtape and realize the last RB with the nickname, “Juice” probably isn’t the guy you want to associate with your brand.
2016 Fantasy Football Season Thoughts
In addition to the nonsense above, we’re also getting incredibly close to watching Amari Cooper become an elite Fantasy WR and witnessing what a pass catching RB (DeAndre Washington) can do for Derek Carr and Oakland, as the Raiders become a playoff team.
Since I mentioned hot takes, I’m going to give you a few of my own.
- The Raiders offense I’m buying.
- The Jags passing offense I’m, meh.
- I’m swiping right on A.J. Green having a career year, a Tyler Lockett breakout and Paul Perkins contending for Rookie of the Year.
- I’m swiping left on the notion this is a weak rookie class.
- I’m swiping as far left as possible on Sammy Watkins because of his foot (see Dez Bryant, Julian Edelman, Julio Jones and others who have missed time with complications from a broken foot), and because Rex Ryan.
I’m sure Rex is asking for daily foot Snapchats from Sammy to keep himself updated, but it’s likely to come back and haunt the team at some point during the season.
At this point I assume no one is reading any of this. 99 percent of you immediately skipped down to check out the rankings in order to determine which ranks you can copy and paste to send to your league mates, showing them how wrong they were when they rejected your last trade offer.
Copy and paste away, folks! Let the smack talk, personal insults, immature behavior and dissolving of life long friendships begin. Football!
Without further adieu, I present to you our So-Called Fantasy Expert 2016 Fantasy Football Top 200 Rankings!
Newly acquired Brandon LaFell was supposed to help replace the production of Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu. As of August 16th the news regarding LaFell is not promising. A torn ligament in LaFell’s hand could possibly lead to season ending surgery. At the very least it sounds as if LaFell will miss an extended amount of time. Tyler Eifert still seems likely to miss the start of the season, leaving A.J. Green and rookie Tyler Boyd as targets for Andy Dalton. This certainly has the look of a career high in targets for Green.
Charles has been cleared off the Physically Unable to Perform list and is ready to practice. This is some nice peace of mind for those thinking about taking Charles as their RB 1. Charles probably deserves a bump or two in the rankings given the amount of confidence the team has already shown in his surgically repaired knee.
Early offseason reports suggested David Johnson was going to share the RB 1 duties with re-tread Chris Johnson. Those reports have since all but stopped. Johnson has received praise from nearly everyone at camp. He’s primed for a big year.
Marshall gets his QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick has re-signed with the Jets and thus once again will fire ten yard passes Marshall’s way all season long. Marshall can now be taken comfortably as a WR 1 in Fantasy drafts.
Fat Eddie Lacy seems to have been replaced by Large Eddie Lacy. All kidding aside, Lacy looks to be in much better shape than last season. Last season some were taking Lacy as the RB 1 or 2. That’s the kind of production you could be looking at from a full season of a slimmed down fat guy.
Rawls is back at practice but it hasn’t been long enough to remove concerns about explosiveness or re-injury. On top of the injury itself, Rawls is now apparently competing for carries with Christine Michael. Yes, that Christine Michael. At this point the number of years we’ve heard Michael is about to break out rivals Brett Favre retirement press conferences. C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins and Michael all appear to be viable options for carries this season. Rawls should start and see the majority of the work but he had virtually zero competition last season. That doesn’t seem to be the case now.
Watkins is forcing critics, like myself, to re-think where he is ranked heading into the season. WRs coming off foot injuries have proven to be susceptible to setbacks and lackluster production. Watkins has shown no signs of limitation thus far and may need to move up.
Benjamin was already a bust candidate for some but now with reports suggesting the Panthers are disappointed in his conditioning, or lack thereof, he’s officially on the watch list.
Arian Foster & Jay Ajayi
Foster somehow finds himself with a starting RB gig on a legitimate offense. A year removed from tearing his achillies tendon and growing old, Foster supplants Ajayi on the depth chart to begin the season. Last season the masses were calling for a bust season out of Foster. This season, he’s everyone’s favorite sleeper. Consider me skeptical and give me Ajayi a few rounds later than he was going a month ago.
Roger Goodell finally did something right and allowed Josh Gordon to play football once again. Fantasy owners are looking at Gordon’s 2013 stat line and drooling at the possibility of adding that production on their squad. Remember though, Gordon is not only suspended for four games but will also miss a fifth due to Cleveland’s bye in Week 13. Gordon will most likely need time to get back into elite football shape and with the five games he’s missing, you’re hoping for elite level production for just a handful of games this season.
Perhaps no player has been hyped this offseason as much as Shepard. The NY media has already fallen in love with the rookie due to his performance in camp thus far. It’s possible we’ll finally see what a healthy tandem of Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz can do, only his name is Sterling, not Victor.
Beckham’s move to the Eagles gives him just a few weeks to learn the offense. He’ll most likely rely on his athleticism and play making ability rather than carve out himself a consistent role in the offense.
Your guess is as good as mine at this point. There have been rumors Green may never play football again after a string of consistent headaches has kept him sidelined throughout camp thus far. Until better news breaks, I’m going to pass.
2016 Fantasy Football Top 200 Rankings
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