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RotoExperts Staff February 8, 2016 6:55PM EDT
With the Super Bowl over, the long NFL offseason begins… and we long for the NFL Draft, OTAs and preseason football.

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We can start talking 2016 Fantasy Football though, even with the 2016 Fantasy Baseball season bearing down on us. Heck, why not talk about rankings, right? I already gave my first draft of the Way too Early 2016 Fantasy Football rankings right after the regular season, but there has been some movement.

While Cam Newton is still my No. 1 quarterback and Peyton Manning still doesn’t crack the Top 20, players such as Thomas Rawls, Marshawn Lynch and Calvin Johnson moved quite a bit.

Feel free to hit me up on Twitter @allinkid and tell me if you think I’m crazy… okay, that’s all too common already, so maybe this time we can just have a cool-headed, reasonable argument? Nah… bring those hot fire takes and tell me where my 2016 Fantasy Football rankings are wrong.

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As a quick note, scoring is standard when referenced. Also, these are 2016 draft rankings. So, I do expect someone like Jeremy Hill to finish better than RB24, but I’m not spending the cost with his being a shared-touches question mark every.single.week.

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterback

Rk Player Team
1 Cam Newton CAR
2 Andrew Luck IND
3 Russell Wilson SEA
4 Aaron Rodgers GB
5 Tom Brady NE
6 Drew Brees NO
7 Carson Palmer ARI
8 Ben Roethlisberger PIT
9 Blake Bortles JAX
10 Andy Dalton CIN
11 Eli Manning NYG
12 Tony Romo DAL
13 Philip Rivers SD
14 Derek Carr OAK
15 Jameis Winston TB
16 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ
17 Marcus Mariota TEN
18 Matt Ryan ATL
19 Kirk Cousins WSH
20 Matthew Stafford DET

 

With the Calvin Johnson retiring news, Matthew Stafford falls to the ends of the Top 20. Heck, if we get word that the retirement is official, Stafford might not make my Top 20 period. I’m not sure how you don’t call Cam Newton the best quarterback in Fantasy Football even with the Super Bowl struggles. He outscored Tom Brady by over 50 points, continues to improve and gets Kelvin Benjamin back next year. Obviously, I expect Andrew Luck to bounce back, and the same goes for Aaron Rodgers. I’d rank Ben Roethlisberger higher if he weren’t such an injury risk every year. While I see potential with the Raiders’ offense being 2015 Jaguars-like in breaking out in 2016, Derek Carr‘s late-season struggles concern me a bit. As mentioned, with the Super Bowl win, it’s a near lock that Peyton Manning will retire and ride into the sunset, as we all wanted (outside of Panthers and Chiefs fans… maybe Raiders, Colts and Pats fans too?).

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Back

Rk Player Team Rk Player Team
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT 21 T.J. Yeldon JAX
2 David Johnson ARI 22 Jonathan Stewart CAR
3 Todd Gurley STL 23 Dion Lewis NE
4 Adrian Peterson MIN 24 Matt Jones WSH
5 Lamar Miller MIA 25 Jeremy Hill CIN
6 Doug Martin TB 26 Duke Johnson CLE
7 Jamaal Charles KC 27 Ameer Abdullah DET
8 Devonta Freeman ATL 28 Rashad Jennings NYG
9 Mark Ingram NO 29 Frank Gore IND
10 Thomas Rawls SEA 30 Justin Forsett BAL
11 LeSean McCoy BUF 31 Danny Woodhead SD
12 Matt Forte CHI 32 Bilal Powell NYJ
13 Carlos Hyde SF 33 Melvin Gordon SD
14 Arian Foster HOU 34 Giovani Bernard CIN
15 C.J. Anderson DEN 35 Isaiah Crowell CLE
16 DeMarco Murray PHI 36 Chris Ivory NYJ
17 Jay Ajayi MIA 37 Tevin Coleman ATL
18 Jeremy Langford CHI 38 Karlos Williams BUF
19 Eddie Lacy GB 39 Ryan Mathews PHI
20 Latavius Murray OAK 40 Charles Sims TB

 

Until I hear Le’Veon Bell isn’t 100 percent and ready for 2016, he’s my top running back. After all, he averaged 18.0 FPPG in 2014 and 16.3 in 2015 before his injury. I’ve drooled over David Johnson and Todd Gurley enough… so much so that I think they have restraining orders on me. Lamar Miller will break free of the Dolphins and finally be able to fulfill his potential in an offense that uses him properly. Thomas Rawls see a big jump into the Top 10 thanks to the Marshawn Lynch retirement news, during the Super Bowl!

Stay classy as ever Marshawn…

There is major shakeup potential in the teens given backfield situations, but unless the Dolphins draft another running back early or sign a big name, Jay Ajayi will breakout in a big way. It sounds as though the Redskins will let Alfred Morris walk, and if so, Matt Jones has major potential as the lead back for the Redskins. Both Browns running backs have more promise with Hue Jackson in town, but just as Jackson did in Cincinnati, expect them to split touches and work the gameflow week to week.

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receiver

Rk Player Team Rk Player Team
1 Odell Beckham NYG 26 Randall Cobb GB
2 Antonio Brown PIT 27 DeVante Parker MIA
3 Julio Jones ATL 28 Steve Smith BAL
4 Allen Robinson JAX 29 Doug Baldwin SEA
5 DeAndre Hopkins HOU 30 Jarvis Landry MIA
6 Dez Bryant DAL 31 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
7 Demaryius Thomas DEN 32 Kevin White CHI
8 Brandon Marshall NYJ 33 Emmanuel Sanders DEN
9 A.J. Green CIN 34 Allen Hurns JAX
10 Alshon Jeffery CHI 35 Jordan Matthews PHI
11 Keenan Allen SD 36 Golden Tate DET
12 Sammy Watkins BUF 37 Dorial Green-Beckham TEN
13 Jordy Nelson GB 38 John Brown ARI
14 Mike Evans TB 39 DeSean Jackson WSH
15 Brandin Cooks NO 40 Michael Crabtree OAK
16 Josh Gordon CLE 41 Tyler Lockett SEA
17 Calvin Johnson DET 42 Stefon Diggs MIN
18 Amari Cooper OAK 43 Donte Moncrief IND
19 T.Y. Hilton IND 44 Travis Benjamin CLE
20 Martavis Bryant PIT 45 Nelson Agholor PHI
21 Jeremy Maclin KC 46 Tavon Austin STL
22 Eric Decker NYJ 47 Devin Funchess CAR
23 Kelvin Benjamin CAR 48 Anquan Boldin SF
24 Michael Floyd ARI 49 Kendall Wright TEN
25 Julian Edelman NE 50 Kamar Aiken BAL

 

Wide receiver didn’t change much. Odell Beckham is still my top receiver in standard leagues. I just see Bell’s return siphoning a bit from Antonio Brown. Allen Robinson over DeAndre Hopkins? 100 percent YES! Or, have you not paid attention since my pre-draft breakdown of ARob? Plus, whose quarterback situation to do you trust more? Of all of the Top 10 receivers, Alshon Jeffery scares me the most due to his injury history and still having Jay Cutler at QB. You just never know when don’t give a dang, smoking Jay is going to show up. Obviously, I’m believing in Josh Gordon‘s return to football – both that it happens and he kept himself in game shape. At WR17 is where I draw the line for the retirement risk with Calvin Johnson. Please don’t go! Amari Cooper must curtail the drops to move higher. Look for DeVante Parker and Kevin White to make noise in their second seasons. I have a hard time pining down Golden Tate with the Megatron situation, and Kamar Aiken will still have value even with Steve Smith back, as he’s the last receiver to crack the Top 50.

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight End

Rk Player Team
1 Rob Gronkowski NE
2 Jordan Reed WSH
3 Tyler Eifert CIN
4 Greg Olsen CAR
5 Delanie Walker TEN
6 Gary Barnidge CLE
7 Julius Thomas JAX
8 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB
9 Travis Kelce KC
10 Zach Ertz PHI
11 Jimmy Graham SEA
12 Antonio Gates SD
13 Eric Ebron DET
14 Jason Witten DAL
15 Maxx Williams BAL

 

Guess who lead Fantasy Football tight ends in scoring from Weeks 7-17? Rob Gronkowski, you say? Nope! Third. Greg Olsen, fourth. It was Jordan Reed. Wait, before you try to bring the games played, they both had a bye and played 10 games, good for 12.5 FPPG for Reed and 11.1 for Gronkowski. Think about that before you draft Gronk in the first, or even second, round next year. Many feared Tyler Eifert at times in 2015 because of the numerous weapons for the Bengals. No worries here, as 1) Andy Dalton will be healthy and 2) either Marvin Jones or Mohammed Sanu (maybe both) will depart in free agency. Austin Seferian-Jenkins has the potential to emerge as the Bucs No. 2 receiving option next year, while Jimmy Graham might go the way of Victor Cruz and never see the field.

 

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 12 Standard and PPR

Rk Std Player Rk PPR Player
1 Le’Veon Bell 1 Antonio Brown
2 David Johnson 2 Odell Beckham Jr
3 Todd Gurley 3 Le’Veon Bell
4 Odell Beckham Jr 4 Julio Jones
5 Antonio Brown 5 David Johnson
6 Julio Jones 6 DeAndre Hopkins
7 Adrian Peterson 7 Allen Robinson
8 Lamar Miller 8 Todd Gurley
9 Doug Martin 9 Demaryius Thomas
10 Allen Robinson 10 Dez Bryant
11 DeAndre Hopkins 11 Jamaal Charles
12 Jamaal Charles 12 Rob Gronkowski

 

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

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