2016 Defensive Player Rankings

 

2016 Defensive Player Rankings by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Overall 2016 Defensive Player Rankings-

1. HOU DE J.J. Watt
2. OAK DE Khalil Mack
3. CAR MLB Luke Kuechly
4. TB OLB Lavonte David
5. SF ILB NaVorro Bowman
6. LA MLB Alec Ogletree
7. DET  WLB DeAndre Levy
8. SEA MLB Bobby Wagner
9. CAR OLB Thomas Davis
10. LA DT Aaron Donald
11. BALT ILB C.J. Mosley
12. MIA SS Reshad Jones
13. JACK OLB Telvin Smith
14. IND ILB D’Qwell Jackson
15. PHIL DT Fletcher Cox
16. PITT ILB L. Timmons
17. DET DE Ezekiel Ansah
18. MIA MLB Kiko Alonso
19. NE MLB Jamie Collins
20. NO OLB Stephone Anthony
21. DAL WLB Sean Lee
22. ARI ILB Deone Bucannon
23. NYJ DE M. Wilkerson
24. KC ILB Derrick Johnson
25. MINN FS Harrison Smith
26. NYG DE Olivier Vernon
27. OAK OLB Malcolm Smith
28. BALT FS Eric Weddle
29. NYG FS Landon Collins
30. CHI ILB Danny Trevathan
31. TB MLB Kwon Alexander
32. BUFF ILB Preston Brown
33. DEN  ILB Brandon Marshall
34. GB SS Morgan Burnett
35. BUF  FS Corey Graham
36. CHI ILB Jerrell Freeman
37. DEN  OLB Von Miller
38. NYJ ILB David Harris
39. PHL FS Malcolm Jenkins
40. OAK FS Reggie Nelson
41. MIA DT Ndamukong Suh
42. CINN DE Carlos Dunlap
43. ARI ILB Kevin Minter
44. JACK MLB Paul Posluszny
45. CAR DT Kawann Short
46. NO SS Kenny Vaccaro
47. BUFF ILB Reggie Ragland
48. SEA OLB K.J. Wright
49. CLE  ILB Chris Kirksey
50. LA OLB Mark Barron
51. PITT ILB Ryan Shazier
52. DAL SS Barry Church
53. SEA SS Kam Chancellor
54. TB MLB Daryl Smith
55. MIN MLB Eric Kendricks
56. WAS CB Bashaud Breeland
57. CAR FS Kurt Coleman
58. JACK SS Johnathan Cyprien
59. IND  ILB Nate Irving
60. ATL  MLB Paul Worrilow
61. TENN ILB Avery Williamson
62. TENN  ILB Wesley Woodyard
63. NO MLB James Laurinaitis
64. SD  OLB Melvin Ingram
65. NE DE Rob Ninkovich
66. ATL DL Adrian Clayborn
67. WASH ILB Chris Baker
67. MINN DE Danielle Hunter
68. TB SS Chris Conte
69. NYG SS Darian Thompson
70. SEA CB Brandon Browner

 

Defensive Linemen Rankings

Tier One DLs

1. HOU DE J.J. Watt

Tier Two DLs

2. OAK  DE Khalil Mack
3. PHIL DT Fletcher Cox
4. LA DT Aaron Donald
5. CINN DE Carlos Dunlap
6. NYJ DE M. Wilkerson
7. NYG DE Olivier Vernon
8. DET  DE Ezekiel Ansah
9. MIA DT Ndamukong Suh
10. CAR DT Kawann Short
11. NE DE Rob Ninkovich
12. NO DE Cameron Jordan
13. CINN DT Geno Atkins

Tier Three DLs

14. SD DE Joey Bosa
15. PHIL DE Connor Barwin
16. ARI DE Calais Campbell
17. KC DE Jaye Howard
18. TB DT Gerald McCoy
19. SEA DE Michael Bennett
20. MIA DE Mario Williams
21. PHIL DE Brandon Graham
22. SF DT DeForest Buckner
23. WAS DE Chris Baker
24. MIA DE Cameron Wake
25. PITT DE Stephon Tuitt
26. SEA DE Cliff Avril
27. NYG NT Damon Harrison
28. NYG DE Jason Pierre-Paul
29. NYJ DE S. RichardsonNYG
30. PITT DE Cameron Heyward
31. MINN DE Everson Griffen
32. CINN DE Michael Johnson
33. MINN DE Brian Robison
34. TB DE William Gholston
35. MINN  DT Linval Joseph
36. SF NT Ian Williams
37. TB DE Robert Ayers
38. DAL DE D. Lawrence
39. TENN  DE Jurrell Casey
40. NYJ  DT Leonard Williams
41. BUFF DT Kyle Williams
42. LA DE William Hayes
43. DEN DE Derek Wolfe
44. BUFF DT Marcell Dareus
45. NE DE Jabaal Sheard
46. JACK DE Dante Fowler
47. PHIL NT Bennie Logan
48. JACK DE Malik Jackson
49. DEN  DE Jared Crick
50. CAR  DE Charles Johnson
51. SF DE Quinton Dial
52. NE DT Malcom Brown
53. BALT NT Brandon Williams
54. MINN DE Danielle Hunter
55. GB  DE Mike Daniels
56.BALT DE Lawrence Guy
57. OAK DT Dan Williams
58. TB DE Jacquies Smith
59. DET DE Devin Taylor
60. NE DE Chris Long
61. CAR DE Kony Ealy
62. IND DE Kendall Langford
63. ATL DE Derrick Shelby
65. CLEV DE Desmond Bryant
66. OAK DE Mario Edwards
67. IND DE Authur Jones
68. ATL DE Vic Beasley
69. JACK Sen’Derrick Marks
70. KC DE Allen Bailey

 

Defensive Linebackers Rankings

Tier One LBs

1. SF ILB NaVorro Bowman
2. CAR MLB Luke Kuechly
3. TB OLB Lavonte David

Tier Two LBs

4. LA MLB Alec Ogletree
5. DET WLB DeAndre Levy
6. SEA MLB Bobby Wagner
7. JACK MLB Paul Posluszny
8. DAL WLB Sean Lee
9. BALT ILB C.J. Mosley
10. JACK OLB Telvin Smith
11. PITT ILB L. Timmons
12. NO OLB Stephone Anthony
13. MIA MLB Kiko Alonso
14. NE MLB Jamie Collins
15. IND ILB D’Qwell Jackson
16. ARI  ILB Deone Bucannon
17. KC ILB Derrick Johnson
18. OAK OLB Malcolm Smith

Tier Three LBs

19. CHI ILB Danny Trevathan
20. TB MLB Kwon Alexander
21. BUFF ILB Preston Brown
22. DEN ILB Brandon Marshall
23. CHI ILB Jerrell Freeman
24. DEN OLB Von Miller
25. NYJ ILB David Harris
26. ARI ILB Kevin Minter
27. CAR OLB Thomas Davis
28. BUFF ILB Reggie Ragland
29. SEA OLB K.J. Wright
30. CLEV ILB Chris Kirksey
31. LA OLB Mark Barron
32. TB MLB Daryl Smith
33. IND ILB Nate Irving
34. PITT ILB Ryan Shazier
35. MINN MLB Eric Kendricks
36. NO MLB James Laurinaitis
37. ATL  MLB Paul Worrilow
38. TENN ILB Avery Williamson
39. TEN ILB Wesley Woodyard
40. SD OLB Melvin Ingram
41. HOU ILB Brian Cushing
42. PHI WLB Mychal Kendricks
43. ARI OLB Chandler Jones
44. NYG OLB Jonathan Casillas
45. GB ILB Clay Matthews
46. PHI MLB Jordan Hicks
47. CINN OLB Vincent Rey
48. CLEV ILB Demario Davis
49. NYG MLB Keenan Robinson
50. SD ILB Manti Teo
51. CINN ILB Karlos Dansby
52. DAL MLB Rolando McClain
53. CINN OLB Vontaze Burfict
54. CHI ILB Christian Jones
55. JACK OLB Myles Jack
56. BALT OLB Terrell Suggs
57. SD ILB Denzel Perryman
58. WASH ILB Will Compton
59. DEN ILB Todd Davis
60. MINN OLB Anthony Barr
61. ATL  WLB Deion Jones
62. NYJ LB Erin Henderson
63. HOU  OLB Whitney Mercilus
64. BUFF OLB Jerry Hughes
65. NE OLB Donta Hightower

 

Defensive Backs Rankings

Tier One DBs

1. MIA SS Reshad Jones
2. MINN FS Harrison Smith
3. NYG FS Landon Collins
4. BAL FS Eric Weddle
5. GB SS Morgan Burnett
6. SEA 5 FS Earl Thomas
7. PHIL FS Malcolm Jenkins
8. OAK FS Reggie Nelson

Tier Two DBs

9. DAL SS Barry Church
10. NO SS Kenny Vaccaro
11. SEA SS Kam Chancellor
12. BUFF FS Corey Graham
13. CAR FS Kurt Coleman
14. JACK SS Johnathan Cyprien
15. ARI 9 FS Tyrann Mathieu
16. PHIL SS Rodney McLeod
17. KC SS Ron Parker
18. GB FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
19. IND FS Mike Adams
20. OAK SS Karl Joseph
21. LA CB Trumaine Johnson
22. ARI SS D.J. Swearinger
23. TB FS B. McDougald
24. PITT FS Mike Mitchell

Tier Three DBs

25. DET FS Glover Quin
26. SD FS Dwight Lowery
27. KC CB Marcus Peters
28. NYG CB Janoris Jenkins
29. MIA FS Michael Thomas
30. TENN CB Antwon Blake
31. ATL SS Keanu Neal
32. NYJ FS Marcus Gilchrist
33. NE SS Patrick Chung
34. WASH CB Bashaud Breeland
35. TB SS Chris Conte
36. NYG SS Darian Thompson
37. SEA CB Brandon Browner
38. CLEV FS Jordan Poyer
39. WASH CB Josh Norman
40. ATL  FS Ricardo Allen
41. PIT  SS Sean Davis
42. NE  CB Logan Ryan
43. LA  CB Lamarcus Joyner
44. BUF  CB Ronald Darby
45. OAK  CB D.J. Hayden
46. NYG  CB D. Rodgers-Cromartie
47. DAL CB Brandon Carr
48. TENN FS Rashad Johnson
49. NE CB Malcolm Butler
50. JACK CB Davon House
51. JACK CB Jalen Ramsey
52. MINN SS Andrew Sendejo
53. ARI SS Tyvon Branch
54. SF FS Eric Reid
55. CINN CB Dre Kirkpatrick
56. TB  CB Vernon Hargreaves
57. SF  CB Kenneth Acker
58. OAK  CB David Amerson
59. GB SS Micah Hyde
60. MIA CB Byron Maxwell
61. CAR SS Roman Harper
62. NYJ  SS Calvin Pryor
63. NE FS Devin McCourty
64. HOU CB Kareem Jackson
65. KC CB Eric Berry
66. NO FS Jarius Byrd
67. TB CB Brent Grimes
68. JACK FS Tashaun Gipson
69. NYJ CB Darrelle Revis
70. GB CB Damarious Randall

 

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2016 Top 150 Fantasy Football

2016 Top 150 Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

2016 Top 150 Fantasy Football- Rankings Standard League

 

1. WR Antonio Brown, Steelers
2. RB Todd Gurley, Rams
3. WR Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
4. WR Julio Jones, Falcons
5. RB David Johnson, Cardinals
6. RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
7. RB Lamar Miller, Texans
8. RB Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
9. WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
10. TE Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
11. RB Doug Martin, Buccaneers
12. WR Allen Robinson, Jaguars
13. RB Devonta Freeman, Falcons
14. RB Eddie Lacy, Packers
15. WR Brandon Marshall, Jets
16. WR A.J. Green, Bengals
17. WR Mike Evans, Buccaneers
18. RB Jeremy Hill, Bengals
19. WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys
20. RB Le’Veon Bell, Steelers ****Suspended 3 games
21. RB C.J. Anderson, Broncos
22. RB Mark Ingram, Saints
23. WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
24. WR Amari Cooper, Raiders
25. WR Sammy Watkins, Bills
26. RB Matt Forte, Jets
27. WR Brandin Cooks, Saints
28. RB Thomas Rawls, Seahawks
29. WR Alshon Jeffery, Bears
30. QB Cam Newton, Panthers
31. RB DeMarco Murray, Titans
32. WR Eric Decker, Jets
33. WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts
34. QB Aaron Rodgers, Packers
35. WR Demaryius Thomas, Broncos
36. WR Keenan Allen, Chargers
37. WR Randall Cobb, Packers
38. RB Ryan Mathews, Eagles
39. RB LeSean McCoy, Bills
40. RB Latavius Murray, Raiders
41. RB Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
42. TE Greg Olsen, Panthers
43. RB Carlos Hyde, 49ers
44. RB Chris Ivory, Jaguars
45. RB Jeremy Langford, Bears
46. QB Andrew Luck, Colts
47. RB Frank Gore, Colts
48. WR Allen Hurns, Jaguars
49. WR Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
50. TE Jordan Reed, Redskins
51. WR Julian Edelman, Patriots
52.  RB Melvin Gordon, Chargers
53. RB Matt Jones, Redskins
54. WR Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs
55. WR Doug Baldwin, Seahawks
56. WR Josh Gordon, Browns****4 game suspension
57. RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs
58. WR Golden Tate, Lions
59. WR Michael Floyd, Cardinals
60. WR Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
61. WR Jordan Matthews, Eagles
62. WR Kevin White, Bears
63. QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks
64. TE Gary Barnidge, Browns
65. QB Blake Bortles, Jaguars
66. TE Delanie Walker, Titans
67. WR Tavon Austin, Rams
68. QB Drew Brees, Saints
69. QB Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
70. RB Isaiah Crowell, Browns
71. WR Corey Coleman, Browns
72. WR DeSean Jackson, Redskins
73. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
74. TE Coby Fleener, Saints
75. WR Travis Benjamin, Chargers
76. RB Terrance West, Ravens
77. RB Ameer Abdullah, Lions
78. QB Eli Manning, Giants
79. QB Kirk Cousins, Washington
80. TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs
81. WR Donte Moncrief, Colts
82. QB Tom Brady New England Patriots****higher if suspension overturned
83. WR Tajae Sharpe, Titans
84. RB Rashad Jennings, Giants
85. RB Giovani Bernard, Bengals
86. RB Jay Ajayi, Dolphins
87. TE Tyler Eifert, Bengals ****targeting Weeks 4-6
88. TE Julius Thomas, Jaguars
89. WR Will Fuller, Texans
90. WR Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos
91. RB Danny Woodhead, Chargers
92. WR Michael Crabtree, Raiders
93. RB Dion Lewis, Patriots
94. WR Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers
95. RB James Starks, Packers
96. RB Charles Sims, Buccaneers
97. WR Marvin Jones, Lions
98. WR Willie Snead, Saints
99. WR Sterling Shepard, Giants
100. TE Zach Ertz, Eagles
101. RB Duke Johnson, Browns
102. WR Sammie Coates, Steelers
103. TE Zach Miller, Bears
105. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers
106. WR Mike Wallace, Ravens
107. WR Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
108. WR  Michael Thomas, Saints
109. QB Carson Palmer, Cardinals
110. TE Antonio Gates, Chargers
111. QB Matthew Stafford, Lions
112. QB Matt Ryan, Falcons
113. QB Derek Carr, Raiders
114. RB Karlos Williams, Bills
115. RB Buck Allen, Ravens
116. RB Theo Riddick, Lions
117. RB Tevin Coleman, Falcons
118. RB Kirk Cousins, Redskins
119. WR Devin Funchess, Panthers
120. RB Darren Sproles, Eagles
121. WR Chris Hogan, Patriots
122. WR Terrance Williams, Cowboys
123. WR Brandon LaFell, Bengals
124. RB Christine Michael, Seahawks
125. WR Stefon Diggs, Vikings
126. WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Eagles
127. WR DeVante Parker, Dolphins
128. WR Steve Smith, Ravens
129. QB Jameis Winston, Bucs
130. QB Jay Cutler, Bears
131. WR Tyler Boyd, Bengals
132. RB Derrick Henry, Titans
133. RB LeGarrett Blount, Patriots
134. RB Chris Johnson, Cardinals
135. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
136. WR John Brown, Cardinals
137. QB Andy Dalton, Bengals
138. TE Jimmy Graham, Seahawks
139. QB Marcus Mariota, Titans
140. WR  Laquon Treadwell Vikings
141. WR Josh Doctson, Redskins
142. RB Tim Hightower, Saints
143. RB Jordan Howard, Bears
144. RB T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars
145. RB DeAndre Washington, Raiders
146. RB Justin Forsett, Ravens**** free agent
147. WR Torrey Smith, 49ers
148. WR Vincent Jackson, Bucs
149. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
150. WR DaVante Adams, Packers

151. RB Ronnie Hillman, ****Free agent

152. RB C.J. Prosise, Seahawks

 

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2016 WR Rankings Standard League

2016 WR Rankings Standard League by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

2016 WR Rankings Standard League- Top 100 NFL Wide Receivers

 

Tier One WRs

1. WR Antonio Brown PITT
2. WR Odell Beckham NYG
3. WR  Julio Jones ATL
4. WR DeAndre Hopkins HOU
5. WR Brandon Marshall NYJ

Tier Two WRs

6. WR A J Green CINN
7. WR Allen Robinson JACK
8. WR Mike Evans TB
9. WR Brandon Cooks NO
10. WR  Amari Cooper OAK
11. WR Sammy Watkins BUFF
12. WR Dez Bryant DAL
13. WR Jordy Nelson GB
14. WR Alshon Jeffery CHI
15. WR Keenan Allen SD
16. WR Eric Decker NYJ
17. WR Demaryius Thomas DEN
18. WR Allen Hurns JACK
19. WR T Y Hilton IND
20. WR  Randall Cobb GB
21. WR Jeremy Maclin KC
22. WR Jarvis Landry MIA
23. WR  Julian Edelman NE

Tier Three WRs

24. WR Doug Baldwin SEA
25. WR Golden Tate DET
26. WR Kevin White CHI
27. WR Michael Floyd ARI
28. WR Jordan Matthews PHIL
29. WR Tyler Lockett SEA
30. WR Tavon Austin LAR
31. WR Kelvin Benjamin CAR
32. WR DeSean Jackson WASH
33. WR Will Fuller HOU
34. WR Travis Benjamin SD
35. WR Donte Moncrief IND
36. WR  Larry Fitzgerald
37. WR Emmanuel Sanders DEN
38. WR Michael Crabtree OAK
39. WR Marvin Jones DET
40. WR Willie Snead N.O.
41. WR Josh Gordon CLEV
42. WR Sterling Shepard NYG
43. WR Corey Coleman CLEV
44. WR Kamar Aiken BALT
45. WR Chris Hogan NE
46. WR  Sammie Coates PITT
47. WR Michael Thomas N.O.

Tier Four WRs

48. WR Tyler Boyd CINN
49. WR rookie Tajae Sharpe TENN
50. WR Kenny Stills MIA
51. WR  Devante Parker MIA
52. WR Mike Wallace BALT
53. WR Dorial Green-Beckham PHIL
54. WR John Brown ARI
55. WR  Brandon LaFell CINN
56. WR Mohamed Sanu ATL
57. WR Stefon Diggs MINN
58. WR Devin Funchess CAR
59. WR Torrey Smith SF
60. WR Terrance Williams DAL
61. WR  Danny Amendola NE
62. WR Davante Adams GB
63. WR Vincent Jackson TB
64. WR Steve Smith BALT
65. WR Laquon Treadwell MINN
66. WR Rishard Matthews MIA
67. WR Braxton Miller HOU
68. WR Pierre Garcon WASH
69. WR Kenny Britt LAR

Tier Five WRs

70. WR Anquan Boldin Detroit
71. WR Ted Ginn Jr
72. WR Quinton Patton SF
73. WR Robert Woods BUFF
74. WR Josh Doctson WASH
75. WR Jermaine Kearse SEA
76. WR Cole Beasley DAL
77. WR Brandon Coleman N.O.
78. WR Philip Dorsett IND
79. WR Albert Wilson KC
80. WR Jaelen Strong HOU
81. WR Victor Cruz NYG
82. WR Justin Hardy ATL

Tier Six WRs

83. WR TY Montgomery GB
84. WR Eddie Royal CHI
85. WR Charles Johnson MINN
86. WR Nelson Agholor PHIL
87. WR Jeff Janis GB
88. WR Dwayne Harris NYG
89. WR Malcolm Floyd SD
90. WR James Crowder WASH
91. WR Chris Conley KC
92. WR Kenny Bell TB
93. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey PITT
94. WR Andre Roberts OAK
95. WR Pharoh Cooper LAR
96. WR Devin Hester ATL
97. WR Dezmin Lewis BUFF
98. WR Dontrelle Inman SD
99.  WR Kendall Wright TENN
100. WR Cecil Shorts free agant

101. WR Reuban Randle free agent

102. WR Stevie Johnson SD- OUT FOR THE SEASON

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To Hell With RBBC

To Hell With RBBC by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

 

I have addressed the vile F_____subject of “Running Back By Committee” before, but every year the dialogue changes a little or a lot, so here is my 2016 profanity-laced tirade on “RBBC”….( and if you’re sensitive, you may want to skip this piece….as I will likely be forced to contribute to the “Swear Jar” many times, before this is over! )

Hopefully you have been following the joint endeavor between the Dynasty Football Factory and Utter-Fantasy called “1st and 10″, the weekly segment of Q & A that canvasses some of the hot button topics in the NFL landscape.

In Week 8, I was asked the following question:

DFF- “Play devil’s advocate here and make the argument that a premier wide receiver should not be taken 1.01 across all formats. Convince me that going running back heavy in the first round is still the right strategy.”

My response, in short, was ” With fewer teams than ever before featuring a one-back offense, I think RBs Todd Gurley, LeVeon Bell and Adrian Peterson can easily be argued as selections #1, #2 and #3 in drafts” – See entire response here- LINK

Or, to be even more succinct, I could have simply responded….“Yes, grab a RB and F_____ RBBC!”

And that is the F____ing WORST part of RBBC. Fantasy football owners don’t have man-crushes on Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson or Arizona’s David Johnson! They have man-crushes on WRs Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr and DeAndre Hopkins. Because of F____ers like DET HC Caldwell ( who rotates RBs every other play) we almost have to draft a RB from a one-back offense in Round One, and miss out on those elite wide outs. Maybe you won’t, but I F____ing will because honestly, I’d rather start out in a draft with Todd Gurley and Mike Evans, than one with OBJ and Eddie Lacy.

I count only 6 teams that we are all fairly certain will run a one-back featured offense, those being Arizona, Dallas, LA Rams, Minnesota, Houston and Pittsburgh ( although I think Pittsburgh will use RB DeAngelo Williams more than some fantasy football owners think they will.) The New York Jets, Seattle, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Indianapolis and perhaps KC, are on the fringe of being one-back offenses, but not so certain that you should miss out on an elite wide receiver in Round One.

This may be interesting……not only are most of the NFL teams pissing us off with their F____ ing RBBC, but it’s not helping them win either. Good! Below is a look at the NFL Playoffs for 2015. See anything that they all have in common, at least for most of them? A solid running game with a featured back. Except for New England( who you can’t trust F_____ anyway), you can name the featured back on all of these teams in 2015. Most do have a complimentary back, but we can live with that.

2015 Playoffs

So “To Hell With RBBC” and when drafting in September, I understand wanting to get elite WRs early, but especially in large leagues, I do not think you can afford to have a SH_____y stable of running backs. The NFL WR corps is deeper than ever, so do not ignore getting strong #1 RB(s) early if you can, then stockpile a SH___load of wide outs later.

OK….let’s see…paying the F_____swear jar. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen…..I owe thirteen F____ bucks. D___ it….F______ fourteen bucks.  D___ it!!

Houston Texans Team Profile 2016

Houston Texans Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

There have been four head coaches of the AFC South Division Houston Texans. Don Capers was the first, followed by Gary Kubiak, who was fired mid-season on December 6, 2013. ( He was replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips for the last 3 games.) In the 2013 off-season, Bill O’Brien was hired to be the 4th Texans’ next head coach. O’Brien had previously served as the NE offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick. Heading into his 3rd season, O’Brien  serves as both the Texans’ head coach and offensive coordinator.

2016 Team Outlook–
In 2014, Houston’s 9-7 record didn’t come close to winning the AFC South Division, but in 2015, the Houston’s record of 9-7 did win the AFC South. The Indianapolis Colts couldn’t match their 2014 11-5 record, with QB Andrew Luck out most of the season, so Houston leaped on top. With question marks still at quarterback, it will be difficult for Houston to challenge a healthy Andrew Luck and the Colts. ( the Jacksonville Jaguars are an interesting sleeper team)

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook-

QB–
The Indianapolis Colts have only needed only 2 great quarterbacks playing for them since 1998 (Prior to QB Andrew Luck’s injury in 2015). Meanwhile the Texans have struggled with Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, TJ Yates, Brandon Weeden, Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, Matt Leinart, Sage Rosenfls, David Carr, Tony Banks and Dave Ragone! Texans owner Bob McNair has made to clear to the GM and head coach that he isn’t a fan of Hoyers. If there is a Week 1 starting quarterback in this NFL Draft, he probably won’t be there at Houston’s No. 22 overall. UPDATE: The Texans have signed former Bronco QB Brock Osweiler

RBs– Arian Foster has only played in 25 games over the past 3 years. Foster ruptured his Achilles tendon on October 25, 2015, in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Two days later, Foster was placed on injured reserve. On January 14, 2016, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans would likely release Foster before the 2016 season. RB Alfred Blue played 14 games in 2015, ranking only 50th among NFL running backs. The top 5 running backs currently headed for the 2016 NFL Draft are 1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State, 2. Derrick Henry, Alabama, 3. Alex Collins, Arkansas, 4. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech and 5. Devontae Booker, Utah. UPDATE: The Texans have signed former Dolphin RB Lamar Miller

WRs– DeAndre Hopkins, also known as “Nuk,” was drafted by the Texans in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson. You know that you have a great NFL offensive weapon, when he can put 1521 receiving yards and 11 touchdown receptions (ranking #6 wide receiver in the NFL) with 4 different quarterbacks in 2016. Houston selected two wide receivers back-to-back in the 2015 NFL Draft, WR 6’2″ Jaelen Strong in Round 3, and 6’0″ Keith Mumphery in the 5th Round.


TEs–
Ryan Griffin, CJ Fiedorowicz and Garrett Graham all had minimal action in 2015. Griffin topped the group 251 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. There are talented free agents tight ends looking for new teams this year, including Dadarius Green, Dwayne Allen and Zach Miller, if Houston feels they are upgrades. 2016 Free Agents-

K–
former Texan place kickers Randy Bullock and Nick Novak (13 games in 2015) are both free agents this year.


DEF–
LE J.J. Watt earned his third Defensive Player of the Year award in the past four seasons. Despite this honor, the Houston defense took a few steps backwards in 2015, dropping from 6th top defense in 2014, to 8th in 2015. The Texans were a pedestrian 13th vs the run last season. Houston used their 1st two selections in the 2015 NFL Draft on 6’0″ CB Kevin Johnson and 6’4″ ILB Benardrick McKinney.


2016 Houston Fantasy Surprises–
Only the Panthers ( Week 2), the Dolphins ( Week 7), the Saints ( Week 12) and the Patriots ( Week 14) were able to slow down wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in 2016. His best game of the season came in Week 6 vs the Jaguars- 10 catches for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns. RB Alfred Blue was moderately effective when given the opportunity, ending 2015 as the 40th running back in the NFL. In Week 3 vs Tampa Bay, he had 31 carries for 139 yards and 1 TD.


2016 Free Agents that Houston Needs to Address–
WR Nate Washington, K Nick Novak, P Shane Lechler, RB Chris Polk, RB Jonathan Grimes (RFA),OG Brandon Brooks, OT Chris Clark, DE Jared Crick, C Ben Jones, FS Quintin Demps, SS Eddie Pleasant (RFA), OLB John Simon (RFA)


2016 NFL Draft–
The immediate needs of Houston is at quarterback, running back, at safety and on their defensive line. The Texan’s first pick doesn’t comes until the 22nd selection of the first round.

Did You Know–
The name Texans has a long history in professional football. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City to become the Chiefs. The San Antonio Texans played one year in the Canadian Football League. The Houston Texans of the NFL began play roughly 25 years after the Houston Texans of the WFL left town.

Team Home Page: www.houstontexans.com

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

Team Profiles- Houston Texans

Team Profiles- Houston Texans by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Bill O’Brien is the current head coach and offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. This is his first head coaching job in the NFL. O’Brien has spent most of this coaching career at the college level, but was with the New England Patriots from 2007-2011. He served as a wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach, and was promoted to offensive coordinator in February 2011. In 2012, he was hired by Penn State to take over a program that had just endured the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. O’Brien finished his first Texan season with a 9-7 record. O’Brien is an offensive minded coach, who has a solid defense, so the fit should work. 2014 was still a reflection of the team HC Gary Kubiak had built, so it will be interesting to see what changes O’Brien makes in 2015, to mold the team into his design.

2015 Team Outlook–
The AFC South has the Indianapolis Colts, and the other 3. Other than some question marks at the running back position, the Colts have all the pieces in place to easily lead the AFC South in wins again in 2015. The Texans meanwhile, have lots of pieces missing, so while the Colts are repeating, the Texans will be rebuilding. The other 2 teams, Jacksonville and Tennessee, only had 5 wins total between the two teams in 2014. Jacksonville is growing around a “just OK” quarterback in Blake Bortles, drafted in 2014, and Tennessee keeps drafting and plugging in a different QB, seemingly every year. The AFC South will finish in 2015, like it did in 2014. Colts winning the division, Houston in 2nd place, and the other 2 teams out of contention.

2015 Fantasy Outlook–

QB–
It’s almost unfair that the Colts have needed only 2 great quarterbacks playing for them since 1998, while the “other 3″ struggle to have just a competent QB on their roster…for any season. The “other 3″ are Houston, Tennessee and Jacksonville. Of the 3, only Jacksonville knows who their 2105 quarterback will be. The Texans have QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage listed on their roster, but last year the Texans traded for Ryan Mallett, and there are rumblings that the Texans want him to start in 2015. (It didn’t cost Houston much to get him from New England, only for a conditional 6th round pick.) Mallett is a free agent however, so Houston first has to re-sign him. UPDATE: Texans Acquired a 2016 seventh-round pick from the Jets in exchange for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Sign former Brown QB Brian Hoyer. Re-signed QB Ryan Mallett.

RBs– RB Arian Foster’s may have a reputation for being injured often, but for a running back who carries the ball as many times as he does, Foster actually plays a lot, and for most of every season. RB Foster missed half of 2013 due to a lingering back injury, but in the other 4 seasons since 2010, the workhorse has only missed a total of 6 games. Foster played 13 of the 16 regular season games in 2014, and ended the year as the #5 RB in the NFL. Foster totaled 1373 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 TDs. UPDATE: It didn’t take Foster long to get injured! Out at least 8 weeks of regular season. Alfred Blue, a 6’2″ 223 pound running back drafted by the Texans in the 2014 sixth round, is Foster’s back-up.

WRs– There aren’t many wide receivers who spend their entire career with one team, but WR Andre Johnson could be a guy that joins that elite group. Johnson was drafted by the Texans third overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, he is second all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game trailing only Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. He holds nearly every Texans receiving record. The Texans have expressed a strong desire that Andre Johnson retire a Texan, and hopefully he does. 1st rounder in the 2013 draft, WR DeAndre Hopkins is now the #1 wide receiver in Houston and ended the past season as #14 among all WRs. The Texans have a lot of young wide receivers on their roster right now, and some of them have to step it in 2015, or Houston needs to find some new WRs that will. UPDATE: Texans release Andre Johnson, who then signed w/ Indy. Texans sign former Jag WR Cecil Shorts. With Houston’s 3rd pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, they selected 6’2″ WR Jaelen Strong who will battle newly-signed WR Cecil Shorts for the starting position opposite WR DeAndre Hopkins.

TEs–
Like Green Bay, Baltimore and New England, Houston has always been an offense that has incorporated a big, sure-handed tight end into the play-calling. (TE Owen Daniels comes to mind.) The Texans have drafted a tight end in 3 of their last 5 NFL drafts. TE Garrett Graham, drafted in 2010, was the 49th ranked TE in the NFL in 2014, with only 197 yards and 1 TD. HC O’Brien might just be a guy who’s tight ends don’t play a significant role in any offense.

K–
Randy Bullock was selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft, becoming the first kicker ever drafted by the team. In 2013, Bullock became the first NFL kicker since 1985 to have a field goal percentage less than 62 percent with at least 20 attempts. K Bullock rebounded in 2014, successfully hitting 30 of 35 field goals, including 6 out of 6 in Week 16.

DEF–
One of the biggest stories of the 2014 NFL season, was the dominating, week after week performance of J J Watt, AP’s Defensive Player of the Year. Watt became the first defensive lineman to score five touchdowns in a season in a season since 1944. Watt scored 3 TDs on offensive and 2 on defense. As a team, the Houston defense ranked #4 in the NFL for 2014. Only the 49ers and the Browns had more INTs. Unlike some teams who’s defense are being dismantled by free agency, most of Houston’s key defensive players will be returning for the 2015. UPDATE: Signed FS Rahim Moore and former Patriot NT Vince Wilfork.

2014 Houston Fantasy Surprises–
J J Watt’s 5 touchdowns. When Arian Foster plays, he averages 22.9 touches per game which is still the 4th-highest workload in the league. Andre Johnson only scoring 1 TD from Week One to Week 13, and only 3 total for 2014.

2015 Free Agents that Houston Needs to Address–
QB Ryan Mallett (re-signed)- OT Derek Newton (re-signed)- DE Ryan Pickett- OL Brooks Reed Signed w/ Atlanta)- CB Kareem Jackson (resigned)- S Kendrick Lewis (Signed w/ Baltimore)

2015 NFL Draft–
The immediate needs of Houston is at quarterback, corner back, and at wide receiver. The Texan’s first pick doesn’t comes until the 16th selection of the first round, so it’s unlikely they’ll address the QB position unless one of the top 3 QBs drops that far in the upcoming NFL Draft (QB), shoring up their secondary is a top priority for Houston (CB) and 3 of Houston’s last 4 drafted wide receivers have not turned out to be play-makers, so they may address this position again (WR). UPDATE: Houston’s entire 2015 NFL Draft can be seen at this link- HOUSTON’S DRAFT

Did You Know–
JJ Watt’s contract made him the NFL’s highest paid non-quarterback player in the NFL? Prior to the start of the 2014 season, JJ Watt agreed to a six-year contract extension, worth $100 million, $31 million he received at signing and he will receive $21 million at the start of the 2016 season if he is still on the roster. He will be!

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

Team Home Page: www.houstontexans.com