DFL’s Top Fantasy Football Players of 2016

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We here at Dream Fantasy Lineups have combed through this year’s list of eligible NFL players to come up with our personal list of the top fantasy football players of 2016.  Shown below are our top players at each position for season-long leagues along with a quick snippet describing our picks.  Some of our top players may be a surprise to some, but we are extremely confident in what we have generated for our preseason rankings of the NFL’s top fantasy performers for 2016.

Feel free to use our list as a cheat sheet on draft day for your league, and also share with your friends who are also looking for alternative insights for the 2016 NFL season.

QB

Cam Newton may very well be the quintessential top QB this season.  Look for Andrew Luck to bounce back into the fantasy star we knew him as pre-2015.  Our top value pick may very well be Matt Ryan: he will be available late and should easily provide top 10 QB value this season.

NAME TEAM BYE
Cam Newton CAR 7
Aaron Rodgers GB 4
Russell Wilson SEA 5
Andrew Luck IND 10
Carson Palmer ARI 9
Drew Brees NO 5
Matt Ryan ATL 11
Jameis Winston TB 6
Blake Bortles JAC 5
Ben Roethlisberger PIT 8

HB

While Adrian Peterson is climbing the age ladder pretty rapidly, look for one of the most consistent fantasy performers of his generation continue to be the top HB this season.  David Johnson may be the “hot pick” this season, we feel there are at least 5 other HB’s that are safer bets.  The sleeper of this group we have pegged is Matt Jones.  He will be the workhorse of the Washington Redskins and should be fed the rock early and often.

NAME TEAM BYE
Adrian Peterson MIN 6
Le’Veon Bell PIT 8
Todd Gurley LA 8
Devonta Freeman ATL 11
Doug Martin TB 6
David Johnson ARI 9
Lamar Miller HOU 9
Jamaal Charles KC 5
Giovani Bernard CIN 9
Matt Jones WAS 9
LeSean McCoy BUF 10
Mark Ingram NO 5
Jonathan Stewart CAR 7
Ezekiel Elliott DAL 7
Eddie Lacy GB 4

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WR

Top top 3 WR on our list are interchangeable.  Our favorite of the 3, however, is Julio Jones.  He does everything well:  catching, route-running, body control, size, and touchdown upside.  We see Mike Evans as having huge upside this year with the continued development of Jameis Winston and the team’s offensive scheme.  Kelvin Benjamin is coming back from injury, but should have a huge season for the Carolina Panthers and their explosive offense.

NAME TEAM BYE
Julio Jones ATL 11
Antonio Brown PIT 8
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG 8
Dez Bryant DAL 7
A.J. Green CIN 9
DeAndre Hopkins HOU 9
Mike Evans TB 6
Keenan Allen SD 11
Jordy Nelson GB 4
Allen Robinson JAC 5
Brandin Cooks NO 5
T.Y. Hilton IND 10
Kelvin Benjamin CAR 7
Amari Cooper OAK 10
Brandon Marshall NYJ 11
Demaryius Thomas DEN 11
Jarvis Landry MIA 8
Julian Edelman NE 9
Golden Tate DET 10
Alshon Jeffery CHI 9
Larry Fitzgerald ARI 9
Jeremy Maclin KC 5
DeSean Jackson WAS 9
Tavon Austin LA 8
Kendall Wright TEN 13

TE

Not much to say here other than Rob Gronkowski.  He won’t be affected by Tom Brady’s suspension as much as the other players on NE’s squad.  We have Jordan Reed rated lower than most others, but the injury risk is real with him:  proceed with caution.  Eric Ebron should have a substantial uptick in production with Calvin Johnson retiring.

NAME TEAM BYE
Rob Gronkowski NE 9
Greg Olsen CAR 7
Travis Kelce KC 5
Zach Ertz PHI 4
Jordan Reed WAS 9
Delanie Walker TE 13
Eric Ebron DET 10
Jimmy Graham SEA 5
Dwayne Allen IND 10
Julius Thomas JAC 5

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DST

The Seattle Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL and there is no debating that.  The Kansas City Chiefs will benefit from a pretty weak division and the same can be said for the New England Patriots.

NAME TEAM BYE
Seattle Seahawks SEA 5
Kansas City Chiefs KC 5
Carolina Panthers CAR 7
Arizona Cardinals ARI 9
New England Patriots NE 9

K

Stephen Gostkowski is consistently rated as the top fantasy kicker in the NFL.  Justin Tucker is also a great pick due to his deep accuracy and the nature of Baltimore’s offense.

NAME TEAM BYE
Stephen Gostkowski NE 9
Steven Hauschka SEA 5
Justin Tucker BAL 8
Chandler Catanzaro ARI 9
Adam Vinatieri IND 10

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2015 NFL Week 11 Fanduel Top Value Plays

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Listed below are the NFL players for Week 11 that have hit at least 2x value on Fanduel.

Players that hit 2x value are important in FanDuel in order to have the potential to cash in any given tournament.  Given the starting total team salary of $60,000, you must target 125 or more points from your team in order to be in a comfortable position to cash.  (60,000 / 1,000) * 2.1 = 126: this is where the term ‘2x value‘ is derived.

Our recommended plays from this list are noted in bold format.

NAME POSITION FPPG SALARY GAME INJURY PROJ X
Blaine Gabbert QB 16.6 6000 SF@SEA 2.77
Alex Smith QB 17 6200 KC@SD   2.74
Tom Brady QB 25.1 9200 BUF@NE 2.73
Tyrod Taylor QB 19.2 7200 BUF@NE 2.67
Carson Palmer QB 21.4 8200 CIN@ARI   2.61
Cam Newton QB 22.3 8600 WAS@CAR   2.59
Andy Dalton QB 20.4 7900 CIN@ARI 2.58
Jay Cutler QB 17.8 7000 DEN@CHI 2.54
Derek Carr QB 19.4 7700 OAK@DET 2.52
Matt Hasselbeck QB 15.8 6300 IND@ATL   2.51
Brian Hoyer QB 16.8 6700 NYJ@HOU O 2.51
Philip Rivers QB 20.7 8300 KC@SD   2.49
Jameis Winston QB 16.8 6800 TB@PHI 2.47
Kirk Cousins QB 16.6 6900 WAS@CAR 2.41
Ryan Tannehill QB 16.8 7000 DAL@MIA   2.40
Aaron Rodgers QB 21.3 8900 GB@MIN P 2.39
Joe Flacco QB 17.6 7600 STL@BAL 2.32
Matthew Stafford QB 16.2 7000 OAK@DET   2.31
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 16.6 7400 NYJ@HOU P 2.24
Russell Wilson QB 16.6 7600 SF@SEA   2.18
Matt Ryan QB 16.5 7800 IND@ATL   2.12
Colin Kaepernick QB 12.6 6000 SF@SEA P 2.10
Sam Bradford QB 14.1 7000 TB@PHI O 2.01
NAME POSITION FPPG SALARY GAME INJURY PROJ X
Karlos Williams RB 14.7 5700 BUF@NE Q 2.58
Devonta Freeman RB 22.7 9100 IND@ATL   2.49
Christopher Ivory RB 16 7200 NYJ@HOU   2.22
Danny Woodhead RB 14.2 6400 KC@SD   2.22
Lamar Miller RB 15.8 7400 DAL@MIA   2.14
Doug Martin RB 13.3 6600 TB@PHI   2.02

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NAME POSITION FPPG SALARY GAME INJURY PROJ X
Larry Fitzgerald WR 17.1 7400 CIN@ARI P 2.31
Julio Jones WR 20.3 9100 IND@ATL   2.23
Alshon Jeffery WR 16.3 7500 DEN@CHI Q 2.17
DeAndre Hopkins WR 19.1 8900 NYJ@HOU P 2.15
Eric Decker WR 14.6 7000 NYJ@HOU P 2.09
James Jones WR 10.7 5200 GB@MIN P 2.06
Michael Crabtree WR 13.3 6500 OAK@DET   2.05
John Brown WR 11.5 5700 CIN@ARI Q 2.02
Jarvis Landry WR 14.5 7200 DAL@MIA   2.01
Tavon Austin WR 12 6000 STL@BAL 2.00
Stefon Diggs WR 13.3 6700 GB@MIN 1.99
NAME POSITION FPPG SALARY GAME INJURY PROJ X
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE 14.7 5100 TB@PHI Q 2.88
Antonio Gates TE 14.3 5900 KC@SD P 2.42
Jordan Reed TE 13.5 5800 WAS@CAR 2.33
Tyler Eifert TE 13.3 6200 CIN@ARI 2.15
Greg Olsen TE 13.2 6400 WAS@CAR 2.06
Rob Gronkowski TE 17 8400 BUF@NE   2.02
Ladarius Green TE 10.4 5200 KC@SD Q 2.00

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NAME POSITION FPPG SALARY GAME INJURY PROJ X
Connor Barth K 11.6 4800 TB@PHI   2.42
Stephen Gostkowski K 12.3 5100 BUF@NE 2.41
Cairo Santos K 10.7 5000 KC@SD   2.14
Robbie Gould K 9.7 4600 DEN@CHI 2.11
Brandon McManus K 10 4800 DEN@CHI 2.08
Dustin Hopkins K 9.3 4500 WAS@CAR 2.07
Graham Gano K 9.9 4800 WAS@CAR 2.06
Blair Walsh K 10.1 4900 GB@MIN   2.06
Chandler Catanzaro K 9.6 4700 CIN@ARI   2.04
Steven Hauschka K 10.1 5000 SF@SEA   2.02
NAME POSITION FPPG SALARY GAME INJURY PROJ X
Denver Broncos D 13.2 5300 DEN@CHI 2.49
Philadelphia Eagles D 10.1 4900 TB@PHI   2.06
Seattle Seahawks D 11.1 5400 SF@SEA   2.06
Arizona Cardinals D 9.7 4800 CIN@ARI 2.02
St Louis Rams D 10.1 5000 STL@BAL   2.02
Carolina Panthers D 9.8 4900 WAS@CAR 2.00
Washington Redskins D 8 4000 WAS@CAR 2.00

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2015 NFL Week 9 Fanduel Lineup | Generated & Optimized

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Week 9 of the 2015 NFL season is upon us!  I’m sure everyone is tinkering with their Fanduel DFS lineups non-stop while buzzing with excitement for kickoff.

We here at Dream Fantasy Lineups will attempt to remove the guesswork out of your lineup optimization and provide you with what we think is the best Fanduel lineup each week.  Our optimization tool is built from the ground up by Dream Fantasy Lineups and takes many factors into consideration.  The player pool is limited, the stats are analyzed top to bottom, and everything else that you can think of is calculated before the generated & optimized lineup is produced.

Let’s not wait any longer, here is our Week 9 2015 NFL optimized lineup for Fanduel:

FDNFLWEEK9LINEUP

*Since most Fanduel leagues do not include the Thursday night game, no players from the Bengals or Browns were evaluated*

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2015 NFL Week 9 Draftkings Lineup | Generated & Optimized

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Week 9 of the 2015 NFL season is upon us!  I’m sure everyone is tinkering with their Draftkings DFS lineups non-stop while buzzing with excitement for kickoff.

We here at Dream Fantasy Lineups will attempt to remove the guesswork out of your lineup optimization and provide you with what we think is the best Draftkings lineup each week.  Our optimization tool is built from the ground up by Dream Fantasy Lineups and takes many factors into consideration.  The player pool is limited, the stats are analyzed top to bottom, and everything else that you can think of is calculated before the generated & optimized lineup is produced.

Let’s not wait any longer, here is our Week 9 2015 NFL optimized lineup for Draftkings:
DKNFLWEEK9LINEUP

*Since most Draftkings leagues do not include the Thursday night game, no players from the Bengals or Browns were evaluated*

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2015 NFL Week 8 Draftkings Lineup | Generated & Optimized

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Week 8 of the 2015 NFL season is upon us!  I’m sure everyone is tinkering with their Draftkings DFS lineups non-stop while buzzing with excitement for kickoff.

We here at Dream Fantasy Lineups will attempt to remove the guesswork out of your lineup optimization and provide you with what we think is the best Draftkings lineup each week.  Our optimization tool is built from the ground up by Dream Fantasy Lineups and takes many factors into consideration.  The player pool is limited, the stats are analyzed top to bottom, and everything else that you can think of is calculated before the generated & optimized lineup is produced.

Let’s not wait any longer, here is our Week 8 2015 NFL optimized lineup for Draftkings:

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*Since most Draftkings leagues do not include the Thursday night game, no players from the Dolphins, Patriots, Lions, or Chiefs were evaluated*

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