1st and 10 Week 18

1st and 10 Week 18 by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

“1st and 10″ is a weekly segment by Utter-Fantasy.com, getting fantasy football insights from a knowledgeable person in the fantastic fantasy football community. With 10 questions each week, we will canvass some of the hot button topics to keep us all informed on the ever-changing NFL landscape and which ones might carry major fantasy football implications.

Every Monday, at approximately 12:00 Noon Central, I will post the latest segment of “1st & 10.”  If you enjoy it, let us know. If you have any fantasy football questions, really let us know.

 

Week 18-  July 18th, 2016

“1st and 10″ Week 18 Special Guest Writer- GuestFFL.com’s Matt Dougherty

Special thanks to Matt and be sure to follow him @FFLSFantasy and  @QuestFFL

 

Utter-Fantasy #1) Here is a Dynasty Quarterback Ranking that I got off of a popular  fantasy football website. Please comment on what you do and don’t agree with, regarding to the QBs on this list and where each is ranked.

1. IND Andrew Luck
2. GB Aaron Rodgers
3. CAR Cam Newton
4. SEA Russell Wilson
5. OAK Derek Carr
6. TB Jameis Winston
7. JACK Blake Bortles
8. TENN Marcus Mariota
9. DET Matthew Stafford
10. SD Philip Rivers

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: The top 3 QB’s are interchangeable and I would not fault anyone for taking any one of them as the first QB off the board, but Newton would be my #1 QB.  45 total TD’s in 2015 and that was with Ted Ginn and Jericho Cotchery as his top weapons.  Now he has a healthy Kelvin Benjamin, a developing Devin Funchess and a chip on his shoulder after his Super Bowl performance and post game meltdown.

Luck would come in as a close second and is a major buy low candidate after an abysmal 2015 season.  Expect a big bounce back season in 2015 and I love the young weapons he has around him with Hilton, Moncrief and Dorsett.

Rodgers is Mr. Consistent and you can always pencil him for over 30 TD’s and has Jordy Nelson coming back from injury.  At 32 years old, I would take Newton and Luck over Rodgers.  

I don’t have any issues 4-8 as all 5 QB’s will be great #1 options for the next 10 years.  Although Carr scares me a bit after his 2nd half performance in 2015 and would feel better taking a couple of the guys like Mariota, Bortles and Winston over Carr. In the final 5 games in 2015, Carr had a QB rating of 71.1 with a 8 TD’s and 7 INT’s.  

I expect a huge season from Rivers.  Travis Benjamin is a great addition and will put up some good numbers in that offense.  With Keenan Allen returning from injury and Antonio Gates back for another season, Rivers will easily surpass 30 TD’s and is a reliable #1 QB.  At 34, his age keeps him down in the rankings.  

I have a huge problem with Stafford in the top 10. Post Megatron, there is no way I trust him as my #1 fantasy QB. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones do not inspire much confidence.  I would take guys like Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, and even the oldies but goodies Drew Brees and Tom Brady, even with the suspension  over Stafford.  

 

Utter-Fantasy #2) Is Chip Kelly’s 1st year as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers doomed, if he is counting on either Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick to be his starting quarterback in 2016?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: Yes! I don’t expect either of them to be a long-term solution in SF and expect a musical chairs at QB this season.  In a tough NFC west, this should be a rebuilding season and a top 5 draft pick in 2017, where Kelly can grab his QB of the future.

 

Utter-Fantasy #3) In 2015 San Francisco, Minnesota and St. Louis were last in the NFL in passing -respectively. Can you make a case for 1 or more of these improving enough to stay out of the bottom 3 again in 2016?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: Minnesota will make a big move up those rankings. QB Teddy Bridgewater should continue to progress as a passer and I expect the coaching staff to open up the playbook for him this season.  I also love the weapons Minnesota is putting  around him.  Teams will continue to stack the box with AP still a stud and the addition of Treadwell, who will contribute immediately, will help the passing game.  Diggs and Rudolph should continue to improve as well.

As stated above, I see no hope in SF this year.  Kelly will run Hyde into the ground as there are virtually playmakers on the offensive side.  The same goes for the Rams, with a likely rookie starting QB.  It will be the Todd Gurley show.  Jared Goff is someone to stash on your roster in dynasty leagues, however.

 

Utter-Fantasy #4)  Preseason football is just a couple weeks away. What do you think is important for fantasy football owners to pay attention to, in the 4 preseason games?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: I try not to pay too much attention to pre-season numbers, especially when it comes to established players that you will be relying on as starters during the season.  Players will be rested and coaches will keep play calling close to the vest.  Pay attention to what kind of reps backups and rookies are getting in pre-season games, as this is a good indicator of where they may end up on the depth charts.

(Utter-Fantasy: I like to see the 1st string O-Lines)

 

Utter-Fantasy #5) In 2015, TENN TE Delanie Walker had a league leading 94 receptions, while none of the other Titan receivers even topped 36 receptions ( H Douglas/ K Wright both had 36). WR Dorial Green-Beckham only had 32 catches in 2015. In his 2nd year, will QB Marcus Mariota be more successful in spreading the ball around to his offensive weapons? Also, what kind of receiving stats do you see TE D Walker, WR DGB, WR K Wright and Rishard Matthews ending the 2016 season with?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: Mariota will continue to develop as a passer and his passing stats should reflect this.  The addition of Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray will help open up the passing game for Tennessee and Mariota.  While I expect Walker to once again put up top 10 TE numbers, 94 catches will be tough to match with the weapons Tennessee has added and the development of WR’s like DGB.  DGB showed glimpses of the star that many think he will be the last half of 2015 with two 100 yard games out of the last 6.  1000 yards is not of the question for DGB.  Matthews and Wright could be a decent flex option in PPR leagues but their production will be inconsistent and their ceilings will be limited with the number of weapons Tennessee has.

 

Utter-Fantasy #6) Do you think a player like TB WR Mike Evans can dramatically improve his receiving abilities and concentration ( most drops in 2015 by a wide out), in only one off-season?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: I do and I expect Evans to have a huge year.  At only 22, and going into the magical 3rd year for a WR, I expect a big leap and Evans should not have a problem getting rid of the dropsies. With Winston continuing to develop and the Bucs also improving, I expect double digit TD’s and over 80 catches.

 

Utter-Fantasy #7) An NFL team may often have a terrible losing record, but still provide great players for fantasy football owners. The New Orleans Saints ( 7-9 in 2015) are a good example. Of the 14 defensive players selected in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL draft, who are you expecting to help fantasy football owners the most in leagues that score individual defensive players?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: If you are looking for immediate production, Joey Bosa of the Chargers should rack up the tackle total.  For long-term production, Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack are the players to own if you are willing to be patient and have the roster room available to wait for them to recover from significant injuries.

 

Utter-Fantasy #8) I have written that I thought Robert Griffin III could resurrect his career in 2016, if given the starting job in the preseason. However, looking at the upcoming NFL schedule, the Browns have 5 of their first 7 games on the road, and the 2 home games are against Baltimore and New England. A rough start will likely crush RG3’s fragile confidence, so I am back tracking on my earlier prediction. Good idea, based on the schedule?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: To go along with a fragile confidence, RG3 also has a very fragile body and I would be shocked if he makes it out of the first half alive. I would avoid him at all costs, especially with the price tag still a bit inflated with owners hoping he can replicate his rookie year performance.

 

Utter-Fantasy #9) I recently published an article entitled “10 Players Getting No Respect” and on that list was JACK QB Blake Bortles. A few of my readers, who’s comments I very much welcome, disagreed with Bortles being on the list. They feel like he is already getting all the respect that he deserves in rankings and mock drafts. Which side of this subject are you leaning and why?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty:  I need to see another year of production from Bortles before I can give him the proper respect that a QB coming off a 35 TD season deserves.  With Jacksonville playing from behind so much in 2015, his TD stats are a bit inflated and I expect those totals to regress some in 2016.  With Jacksonville loaded with young offensive talent in Robinson, Hurns and Thomas, Bortles is set up for long-term successes.  I just need to see one more season before I am completely sold.

 

Utter-Fantasy #10) As the commissioner of over 300 fantasy football leagues, many of which are “dynasty leagues”, what advice would give 1st year fantasy football owners starting in this type of formatted league?

GuestFFL.com Matt Dougherty: Study up!  Dynasty is a different animal than redraft leagues.  Review expert dynasty rankings, ADP and look at prior drafts on the site you are joining. Also, make sure you review the league scoring thoroughly before drafting.  PPR vs. non-PPR leagues are completely different drafting strategy.

 

Next Week’s Guest….IPA’s Arthur Richardson

 

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1st and 10 with DFF Week 2

1st and 10 with DFF Week 2 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

“1st and 10 with DFF” is a weekly segment of fantasy insights and a joint endeavor between the Dynasty Football Factory and Utter-Fantasy Football. We will canvass some of the hot button topics to keep us all informed on the ever-changing NFL landscape and which may carry major fantasy implications.

Michael Goins is the owner of Dynasty Football Factory, which is a website that you must visit daily, or you are missing out on great fantasy football, especially dynasty formatted fantasy football. Follow him on twitter @DynastyFFactory

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Each week on Monday afternoon, approximately 2:00 PM Central, I will post the latest segment in “1st & 10 with DFF Michael Goins.”  If you enjoy it, let us know. If you have any questions for Michael, really let us know.

Week 2- March 21st, 2016

Utter-Fantasy #1)  New England did not re-sign TE Scott Chandler, but they did sign former Chicago TE Martellus Bennett. He is not just your average tight end in the NFL. Do Gronk’s stats take a hit in 2016 from the signing?

DFF) Interesting development for sure. If you look back at how productive Gronk was with Hernandez you will find that he was just as productive if not more without him. Gronk is simply a freak and Brady has every bit of faith in him. However, has had his own bouts with injury over the last few season. The wear and tear has begun to affect his play, but I do not foresee the addition of Bennett thwarting Gronks season long production as much as some may contend. If he remains healthy, he is a surefire weekly TE1 and likely finishes the season as the best at the position.

Utter-Fantasy #2)  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is still unsigned. Where is the best landing spot for him, assuming a team is willing to meet his high salary demands?

DFF) Honestly I think Denver makes a lot of sense. Fitz isn’t going to burn up the stats sheets, but he is a steady QB with decent pocket presence who could keep the engines running in Denver. However, something in my gut tells me Elway nabs one of the bigger name QB prospects in this draft. Fitz would simply be temporary, but one who could still get the job done.

Utter-Fantasy #3)  The Bengals let WRs Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu walk in free agency. Since they haven’t made any significant wide receiver signings so far, they don’t seem overly concerned about addressing the posititon yet. Should they be?

DFF) The easy answer is yes. I am shocked they let both men walk, while not retaining at least one of them. The noodle armed Dalton will need weapons. Eifert had his coming out party in 2015 and all signs point to his continued ascension to being a weekly TE1 option. However, they still need more weapons in order to mask Dalton’s limitations. Perhaps Gio stakes a claim to more dump off opportunities, but that would mean the offense most likely won’t offer much in the sense of explosive potential.

Utter-Fantasy #4)  After DAL QB Tony Romo went down in 2015 with another shoulder injury, WR Dez Bryant’s production plummeted. I will advise fantasy football owners not to draft Dez as a top 5 wide receiver in 2016, because Romo will get hurt again. Will this be good advice?

DFF) Even with all of the new rules protecting the quarterback position you can’t truly game plan for injuries. All you can do is constantly be insulating yourself with production depth. I draft or acquire players based on one thing and one thing only, talent. Bryant is still one of the most talented players at his position. Rather than steer away from him due to the fear that Romo gets hurt again, why not select him, if the value is right (still top 5 in my opinion) and parlay that move when the opportunity presents itself.

Utter-Fantasy #5)  WR Calvin Johnson has been QB Matt Stafford’s security blanket since the Detroit quarterback was drafted in 2009. Would you agree that the Detroit Lions have no chance the win the NFC North, with the retirement of Megatron?

DFF) They didn’t have chance even with Megatron. Although Detroit acquired Marvin Jones and many touted him as being worthy of a WR1, I don’t see it. He isn’t a particularly “special” athlete in my view. Speed will be his wheelhouse in that offense. Detroit is hoping to stretch the field with a fast paced offensive approach, but unless Ebron can turn the page on his career they will still be missing a true red zone threat. Hopefully Jones can become that viable red zone option, but he won’t be “replacing” what Megatron offered to that offense.

Utter-Fantasy #6)  Early last season, QB Ben Roethlisberger was saying that 2015 would be a break out year for WR Markus Wheaton. Big Ben’s statements had Wheaton being drafted before WR Martavis Bryant. As we know, Wheaton did not have a break out season, and Bryant ended with superior stats, playing in 4 less games. WR Bryant is now suspended indefinitely, but should fantasy football owner’s be cautious of expecting too much from Wheaton again? Would you draft WR Sammie Coates over Wheaton?

DFF) If you are a Wheaton or Coates owner you should be selling, selling, selling!!! Brown, Bell and the newly acquired TE Green will dominate targets in 2016. Sure, Wheaton may have a game here or there where he puts up a silly stat line, but he isn’t someone I would hang my hat on as a weekly WR2. I would be much more comfortable with him as a WR3 or FLEX option. Coates’ size and athleticism will be a benefit occasionally, but I do not foresee consistency. Obviously, much will be gleaned from the pre-season and how these two will be used, but at this stage neither player would targets for me outside of deep FLEX formats.

Utter-Fantasy #7)  The National Football League Competition Committee is expected to pass a rule making ejections automatic after 2 personal fouls. Is this a gross over-reaction to one uncontrolled game between Odell Beckham and Josh Norman in Week 15?

DFF) The “No Fun League” strikes again! All this makes me think of is the Tony Soprano gif “What are ya gonna do?” Maybe the NFLPA steps in, but I doubt very much that they end up doing that. Succinctly, do I “like” it?  No. 

Utter-Fantasy #8)  ATL QB Matt Ryan went from the #7 quarterback for 2014, to #16 quarterback for 2015. The Falcons did make a nice acquisition to help the offense by signing C Alex Mack, formerly of the Browns. What are your expectations of Ryan in 2016?

DFF) I’ve never been a big fan of Ryan myself. Another ho-hum quarterback but anytime you have Julio as your WR1 there’s still a bit of appeal. The addition of Sanu and the emergence of Freeman are certainly intriguing for his future prospects and perhaps Ryan has the potential for a Top 10 finish.

Utter-Fantasy #9)  In 2015, I recommended fantasy football owners to stay clear of DAL RB Darren McFadden, because he’s old, slow and can’t stay healthy. He ended the season with over 1400 yards and 3 TDs. What was your recommendation in 2015, and what is it for 2016?

DFF) I jumped off the D-Train years ago. Too fragile of a player with too much inconsistent production. He was the epitome of wasted talent in Oakland, while never ascending to elite status. If you currently own McFadden,you might consider selling him high. If you “still believe” then I advise you to not visit Vegas anytime soon…that gambling nature will be your undoing.

Utter-Fantasy #10)   In my recent article “2016 Free Agent Landings Part 1″ I wrote that San Diego’s signing of WR Travis Benjamin might be my “favorite offensive pick-up in free agency so far, after the Houston QB Osweiler acquisition.” Are you as high on WR Benjamin for the 2016 season as I am?

DFF) It was a heartbreaking signing for me as I was (and still am) a huge supporter of 6’4″ WR Tyrell Williams. Alas, it appears the Charger front office doesn’t agree. Yes, I do believe Benjamin was a huge addition to the Charger offense and an explosive field stretching weapon granted to the gunslinging Rivers. I could see him matching his 2015 numbers with relative ease should be ascend to the WR2 in San Diego, but there are still unknowns on that offense. At this time, he’s to trade for who and someone you might get relatively cheap.

Next week Utter-Fantasy will have 10 new questions for the Dynasty Football Factory

1st and 10 with DFF Week 1

1st and 10 with DFF Week 1 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

I was in Jiffy Lube the other day, and their was another guy waiting for his car, like I was. “How ya doing?” I asked. “Fine, how are you?” he replied. A little chit chat about the weather, then I asked him about his KC Chiefs sweat shirt. Now the conversation got fun. He loves the Chiefs, and he lost his big fantasy football league by one lousy point. Before we could get into the 2016 NFL Draft, our cars were done. Damn it. ( How often is it, that you’re in a Jiffy Lube and cursing that your car is ready? )

But that’s how the fantasy football community is. We like talking about it, and we like meeting people who like talking about it.

Michael Goins is the owner of Dynasty Football Factory, which is a website that you must visit daily, or you are missing out on great fantasy football, especially dynasty formatted fantasy football. Follow him on twitter @DynastyFFactory

Michael and I enjoy riddling each other with fantasy football questions, and I know fans of fantasy football would enjoy reading his answers.

Each week on Monday afternoon, 2:00 PM Central, I will post the latest segment in “1st & 10 with DFF Michael Goins.”  If you enjoy it, let us know. If you have any questions for Michael, really let us know.

Week 1- March 14th, 2016

Utter-Fantasy #1)  The San Francisco 49ers are a mess of a team. Does Chip Kelly make them better or make them worst?

Kelly will certainly bring an infusion of offensive creativity to the 49ers. However, it remains to be seen just how much control he will be extended. He certainly does not have the offensive talent he enjoyed and squandered in Philly. Whether or not a fast break offense can be successfully implemented will be something to track. Any skill position players SF acquires this off-season will certainly become high priority waiver adds. San Francisco has a lack of defined offensive roles outside of perhaps the one-trick pony WR Torrey Smith and RB Carlos Hyde. Even then, Hyde’s role isn’t completely clear. In PPR formats, he very well could lose passing downs to Draughn or another RB add this off-season. Still, from a fantasy perspective, the only player worth gambling on as a high potential production player is Hyde. I have reservations on whether or not Kelly is a developmental coach and one who can draft & groom players to fit his system or if he is simply a system based coach who requires certain types of players on the front end to plug into his scheme. My guess is that the 49ers spend 2016 finding their direction for the future.

Utter-Fantasy #2)  Doug Martin has re-signed with Tampa Bay, so he is staying a Buccaneer. He ended 2015 as the #3 running back with 4.87 per carry average. Is he a top 5 RB for 2016? If yes, then which of these 5 running backs are not- AP, D Freeman, Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell or David Johnson?

As with any young offense, the continued development of Jameis Winston will be the key to Tampa Bays 2016 success. As far as will Martin remain a top RB fantasy talent, I have my doubts. Yes, there is something to be said for continuity, i.e. Martin/Sims worked well together in 2015. However, Winston’s wheelhouse isn’t dumping the ball off, rather its stretching the field. Therefore, with Evans evolving as a receiver, the hopeful return of a healthy ASJ and the anticipated inclusion of Kenny Bell, the Bucs offense could evolve with a greater focus on the passing game. This could leave Martin as nothing more than a goal line 2-down thumper limiting his upside. This is one of those cases where you would prefer to use Martin as your defined RB2 rather than your clear cut RB1 and would certainly want to cuff him with Sims, especially in PPR formats. With that said, a top 10 finish isn’t out of the question.

Utter-Fantasy #3)  Can Denver repeat as the AFC West champs in 2016, without even knowing who their quarterback will be yet, in 2016?

Yes. By a large margin, the Broncos will still have an imposing defense. I expect Elways to be aggressive in finding their future franchise QB. I wouldn’t put it past him to go after Goff in the draft or another high profile QB who he could earmark as “his” guy. The Broncos are still set up for success and have all the pieces in place on both sides of the ball to make another run and at the very least only need a solid game manager in my view. However, should they lose CJ Anderson, addressing the RB position will be key if they don’t acquire a solid QB. Sanchez simply won’t do.

Utter-Fantasy #4)  If you were Cleveland, would you take yet another, 1st round swing at a college quarterback, or go with a veteran free agent? There is talk that Kaepernick wants to play for the Browns. What do you think of “Kaep” as a Brown?

Kaep aint the answer. There are no viable QBs left to pick from to get that offense started. The draft is their best bet to rebuild the face of the team. There are lots of unknowns in Cleveland in 2016. However, with the potential return of Gordon, the emergence of Barnidge as a viable offense weapon and with a corps of decent RBs, all they are missing (from the offensive side) is a contributing WR2 and a stable QB situation. That’s a tall order for sure, but the offense is relatively young and they won’t be winning in divisional titles anytime soon so why not pluck the best of the QBs from the draft and employ a traditional rebuild philosophy?

Utter-Fantasy #5)  It would have been nice to see Forte get paid by Chicago and stay a Bear. Do you like where he went ( NYJ) and do you think Jeremy Langford can be Chicago’s Forte in 2016?

As a Bears fan I was sad to see him go. Alas, thats the nature of the business. Use’m, abuse’m and send them packing when you’ve tapped all that they have to give. He will be fine as a Jet. He won’t be the every week RB1 type, but will have his moments. IF the Jets are smart they will use multiple backs in order to keep him fresh. As far as Langford, he isn’t a particularly “special” talent, but he did perform well in 2015 which even surprised me. At the very least he will have a chance to start in 2016 and should hold down the change of pace roll should they bring in a “better” talent. Regardless, he will be a worthy play in PPR formats.

Utter-Fantasy #6)  I think RB DeMarco Murray has been cashing in on a great Dallas O-Line in 2014. He’s durable and a decent receiver out of the backfield, but he wasn’t special in Philly and he won’t be in Tennessee. Do you agree?

Murray is a power back, not an especially explosive short area back. This lack of quick explosion will hurt him in Tennessee. The offensive line is horrible and will limit his ability to break into the second level of defenders. Although, if Mariota can create enough of a “cause to pause” for the linebackers softening their approach then he could be solid, at least in a small window of time. Once again, every bit of offensive success in Tennessee will be predicated on the evolution of Mariota. They have weapons on offense, so the potential to be good offensively isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but will Murray be a true RB1? I doubt it. Another guy I would rather have as an RB2 if I owned him, but certainly not a guy I am targeting, especially in dynasty formats.

Utter-Fantasy #7)  Winston and Mariota had good rookie years, which isn’t an easy thing to do the NFL. Do you see any QBs in the April’s draft that warrant a 1st or 2nd overall pick?

No. Buts its all based on the direction a team headed. You never can tell what a GM is thinking, so all bets are off. In my view, the best QB in this draft is Goff, so if he is taken in the first few picks it wouldn’t surprise me.

Utter-Fantasy #8)  Heading into 2016, Gronk is still the #1 tight end, but who is your #2?

All the hype is with Eifert and rightfully so. He enjoyed a breakout 2015 and now they don’t have a viable/proven WR2 or WR3 to lean on. However, I still like Kelce as the TE2.

Utter-Fantasy #9)  It was January 11th, 2015 and the Green Bay Packers were clinging to a 26-21 lead late in the 4th quarter in the playoffs. Question: Was it a great catch by Dez Bryant or the correct call to overturn it as an incomplete pass?

LOL. Who cares. As an owner of Dez it was a catch. The “No Fun League” strikes again.

Utter-Fantasy #10)  Tell me a player from 2015, or previous years, that you were high on, but who you will never draft again because he killed your fantasy team?

I never say never with any player simply because situations and values remain fluid, especially in dynasty. However, I tend to shy away from drafting or investing too much if anything in any New England RB. As far as a player who has burned me over the last few years, it hasn’t been anyone in particular. Its been rather, that I have not developed the necessary production depth to allow me to cascade through the bye weeks or during a play off run.

San Francisco 49ers Team Profile 2016

San Francisco 49ers Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Fill in the blank……. ___________ wants out of San Francisco. You could put many current SF players here. (You knew things were bad when former 49ers Jim Harbaugh left. Harbaugh was a winning coach, he never had a losing season, he went to the Super Bowl in 2012, and then left for the college ranks in 2015.)  Jim Tomsula lasted one 2015 season as the 49ers head coach, and 2016 starts the “Chip Kelly” era (hired on January 14, 2016.)  This has disaster written all over it, at least for 2016.

2016 Team Outlook–
  San Francisco’s 5-11 season in 2015 was their worst since 2007. ( also 5-11 ) The 49ers play in the NFC West, with Seattle, Arizona and L.A. Ram. The last time I looked, those 3 other teams were pretty good. HC Chip Kelly would get “Coach of the Century” if he could win this division, this year.

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook–

QB–  Things got so bad for QB Colin Kaepernick last year, that in November, 2015 he was benched Week 11 and Blaine Gabbert started against the Falcons. It was reported that even Colin Kaepernick’s teammates wanted him benched so that he could “clear his head.” “Kaep” most likely won’t be with this team in 2016, and teams around the league are content to wait it out until April 1 to see if the 49ers cut Kaepernick before his salary becomes guaranteed. Gabbert is a back-up quarterback, so the 49ers are currently without a starting QB.

RBs– Carlos Hyde only played on 7 games last year, but he would not have had a great year even if he had stayed healthy. With all the kaos surrounding this team, the poor quarterback play, and a hideously bad offensive line, it would have been hard for any running back to put up big numbers. Hyde had 470 yards rushing last season, and that was tops for any SF RB. In March of 2015,  49ers signed RB Reggie Bush to a 1-yr $2.5 million contract, with $500,000 guaranteed, and a $500,000 signing bonus. They got 8 carries for 28 yards for that brilliant investment. UPDATE: Shaun Draughn re-signed 1-year deal with SF.

WRs– Anquin Boldan is one name that you can write in that blank above. In 2015 Boldin had his lowest receiving yards last season since 2004. The free agent is going to get his wish of getting out of San Francisco and says that “he wants to play for a team that is a Super Bowl contender”. (I don’t blame him, but doesn’t everyone?) After Anquan is officially gone, the 49er’s receiving corps are left with Torrey Smith, Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton. This is a team for fantasy football owners to steer clear of next September.

TEs– There is actually a 49er offensive player ( other than the place kicker) who ranked among the top 32 at their position. Vance McDonald was the #31 tight end in the NFL last season, with 326 yards and 3 TDs. He has a nice 2 week stretch to thank for most of those stats, in Week 11 & Week 12. McDonald had 65 yards and 1 TD, and 71 yards and 1 TD respectively in those 2 weeks. UPDATE: TE Garrett Celek re-signed 4-year, $14M deal with SF.

K– K Phil Dawson is 41 years old and still kicking. He is on a two-year contract that he signed in March of 2014 and he finished 2015 as the #24 place kicker in the NFL. He went 24 for 27 in field goal attempts.

DEF– The San Francisco went from the #5 defense in 2014 ( 4th vs the pass- 10th vs the run) to the #27 defense in the 2015 ( 30th vs the pass- 23rd vs the run.) This wasn’t just a spiral down for this defense, but a spiral down and flush. The San Francisco’s defense was 4th worst at giving up points to opposing offenses.

2014 San Francisco Fantasy Surprises–
Granted, it seems like a long time ago, but in 2012, QB Colin Kaepernick took his team to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens. In 2013, Kaepernick led his team to two victories in the post-season…..only one game away from another Super Bowl appearance. It’s surprising that the #12 QB in 2013…the #16 QB in 2014….was the #33 QB in the NFL in 2015, and benched in Week 11.

2015 Free Agents that San Francisco Needs to Address–
WR Anquan Boldin, RB Shaun Draughn, RB DuJuan Harris, RB Reggie Bush, (RFA), K Phil Dawson, ILB Michael Wilhoite (RFA), NT Ian Williams, OG Alex Boone,DE Tony Jerod-Eddie

2015 NFL Draft– The San Francisco 49ers have so many glaring weaknesses, that it would almost be faster to write what positions they don’t need to address in this upcoming draft. For starters however, they need a quarterback for the future. The niners need offensive line reinforcements, wide receivers, a legit shutdown cornerback, defensive linebackers, etc. ect. etc. – SAN FRANCISCO’S 2015 DRAFT

Did You Know– 
During his senior year of high school Joe Montana was offered full ride scholarships from North Carolina State University as well as the University of North Carolina… to play basketball.

Team Home Page: www.49ers.com

All team reports can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS