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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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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New York Giants Team Profile 2016

New York Giants Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

After 12 years of being the New York Giants head coach, ol’ grumpy pants is out ( forced to “resign”). Tom Coughlin’s run in New York was a good one, having only 4 losing seasons out of the 12, and two Super Bowl rings to show for it. On Jan. 15, 2016, the Giants announced that Ben McAdoo will become the 17th head coach in franchise history. McAdoo, 38, was the team’s offensive coordinator the previous two seasons.

2016 Team Outlook– The Giants are joined in the NFC East by Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington. This division was won in 2015 with a 9-7 record by Washington. Dallas will get QB Romo back, and if he can stay healthy, the Cowboys won’t have another 4-12 season repeat. It’s anyone’s division to win in 2016.

2016 Fantasy Outlook–

QB–
In 2013, Eli Manning had a tough time of it, throwing for 3818 yards and only 18 touchdowns….#21 QB for that season ( that was the year Peyton Manning had a career year of 5477 yards passing and 55 touchdowns.) Drafting wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr in the 2014 NFL Draft, will solve the problems of almost any quarterback. With Beckham to throw to, Manning rebounded in 2014 and 2015. He became the #8 QB for 2014, and #7 in 2015, throwing for a combined 65 TDs over the past two seasons.

RBs- Ol’ Grumpy Pants Coughlin definitely made fantasy football owners grumpy in 2015, by taking the hated RBBC approach to his offense. In the first half of the season, the Giants had 4 running backs all getting touches. Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, and Shane Vereen saw action every week, and New York added RB Orleans Darkwa into the mix in Week 7. It wasn’t until the end of the season that the Giants finally got it….”Letting a running back get hot”. In Week 15, Rashad Jennings rushed for 107 yards and 1 TD, and in Week 17, 170 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries. Hopefully HC Ben McAdoo finds himself a workhorse for 2016…. fantasy football owners hope so anyways.

WRs– If you want to know how to get under WR Odell Beckham’s skin, watch the 2015 Week 15 game vs DB Josh Norman and the Panthers. We all know Beckham can trash talk, but Norman was pushing Beckham’s buttons the entire game, and Beckham lost it. (committing two personal fouls and launching himself into Panthers CB Josh Norman’s head at the end of a play.) The “Meltdown” cost Beckham a game suspension in Week 16, and some fantasy football owners a championship. Beckham will learn from this. The Giants don’t seem keen on keeping Victor Cruz around, nor free agent Rueban Randle. There will be new WR faces in New York for 2016. UPDATE: Cruz was re-signed with a paycut, and Rueban Randle signed with PHIL.

TEs–
The Giants have both of their tight ends peeking at free agency right now…. TE Daniel Fells and restricted free agent TE Larry Donnell. If the Giants don’t resign these guys, there are some interesting names that are also free agents…
Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green, Dwayne Allen, Vernon Davis, Coby Fleener, Ben Watson, Zach Mille, Marcedes Lewis, Jared Cook.

K– Josh Brown had a great 2015 season, not bad timing for someone headed for free agency. Brown was tied for #1 in field goal percentage hitting 93.8% last year ( tied with SEA Steve Hauschka). I suspect New York tries hard to re-sign him.

DEF– The Giants cannot challenge in the NFC East against Dallas, Washington and Philadelphia, if they have the 30th worst defense again. New York was 28th vs the pass, and that doesn’t bode well versus wide receivers in their division such as DAL Dez Bryant, WASH DeSean Jackson or PHIL Jordan Matthews. A revamped defense is coming.

2015 New York Giants Fantasy Surprises– At the end of the season, New York finally let a running back get more more than 7 carries, and Rashad Jennings did what he was brought in to do. WR Rueban Randle was a name with “break out season” always attached to it, but Utter-Fantasy was never on board with that. Still, he ended 2015 as the #29 WR in the NFL for 2015. It will be interesting to see where he, as a free agent, lands in 2016

2016 Free Agents that New York Needs to Address– WR Rueben Randle, K Josh Brown, WR Hakeem Nicks, TE Daniel Fells, TE Larry Donnell (RFA), DT Cullen Jenkins, CB Trumaine McBride, SS Brandon Meriweather, MLB Jasper Brinkley, C/G Dallas Reynolds, DE George Selvie, CB Jayron Hosley, FS Craig Dahl, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Prince Amukamara, DE Robert Ayers,

2016 NFL Draft– As far as their defense goes, it would be quicker to write where the Giants don’t need help from this 2016 NFL Draft. The Giants receiving corps  needs a big make over, behind Odell Beckham. Victor Cruz can’t stay healthy and Rueban Randle likely won’t be back.- NEW YORK GIANT’S 2015 DRAFT

Did You know–
Bill Parcells is the only person to have coached both of the NFL’s New York franchises, the Giants and the Jets. BONUS Did You know– Neither the New York Giants or the New York Jets play games in New York, they both play in New Jersey.

Team Home Page: www.giants.com


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Team Profiles – New York Giants 2015

Team Profiles- New York Giants 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Team Profiles – New York Giants 2015. It’s been rumored that after he steps down from coaching in the NFL, Tom Coughlin has agreed to star in the 3rd sequel to “Grumpy Old Men”, but in the meantime, you have to think he wants one more Super Bowl before going into the movies. The often-cantankerous Coughlin has been the head coach in New York since 2004, and led the Giants to victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Prior to signing on with New York, Coughlin was also the first ever head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, serving from 1995–2002 and leading the team to two AFC Championship games. After three straight playoff-less seasons, the Giant’s owner John Mara called Big Blue’s 2014 season an “embarrassment”, and admitted that at one point he almost fired everyone. The Giants closed the year by winning three of their final four games, so Coughlin still has a seat in New York for 2015, albeit a hot one.

2015 Team Outlook– The Giants are joined in the NFC East by Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington. Like the AFC West, it’s a very competitive division where all 4 teams can claim division victories at least twice, since 1999. Dallas had their best year since 2009 and won the 2014 season with 12 wins vs only 4 losses. The last time the Giants won the division was in 2011 with a record of 9-7. They also won the Superbowl that year. With Dallas & the Giants both facing major changes to their roster due to free agency, and Philadelphia & Washington have big question marks at the quarterback position, the Division is up for grabs in 2015.

2015 Fantasy Outlook–

QB–
From the middle of the 2013 season to the middle of 2014 NFL season, I was convinced that their was something seriously wrong with QB Eli Manning’s throwing arm or shoulder. It looked extremely arduous for him to throw a pass farther than 20 yards, and I wasn’t sure he’d ever be 100% again. Through the first 6 weeks of the 2014 season, QB Manning managed to throw for 300 yards only once, and had only 11 TD passes vs 5 INTs. After his bye in Week 8, Eli looked like the old Eli again, and if you want to be kind and remove a disastrous Week 11, he threw 14 TDs and only 4 INTs for the remainder of the year. He also topped 300 yards passing in 4 more games after the bye, and had 429 yards and 1 TD Week 17. Thanks to his rebound (and thanks to a super-star receiver named Odell Beckham Jr) Eli ended the 2014 season as the 11th ranked QB in the league. The Giants have a promising young team coming up this season, and I like Eli (again) as a big sleeper for fantasy owners.

RBs–
In 2014, Cleveland was excited to get RB Ben Tate, Jacksonville was excited to get RB Toby Gerhart, and the New York Giants were excited to get RB Rashard Jennings. Injuries however, forced all three teams to rely one someone else to run the ball, and in the Giants case, that was rookie RB Andre Williams. The Giants had wisely drafted RB Willliams in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. From Week 5 on, RB Williams became the Giant’s workhorse, carrying the ball 200+ times and scoring 7 TDs. He ended the 2014 season as the #23 running back in the NFL (Rashard Jennings ended the 2014 as the #30 running back, getting healthy and back into action Week 11.) Although currently listed as the Giants #1 RB, Jennings is a 29-year-old running back with a history of injuries, and it will be hard for him to be much more than a timeshare back with Andre Williams in 2015. UPDATE: Giants released RBs David Wilson and Hillis. Former Patriot RB Shane Vereen was signed to a 3 year deal.

WRs– The only thing Odell Beckham Jr really did in 2014 was rank as the #5 wide receiver in the NFL as a rookie, playing in only 12 games, and he received the Rookie of the Year Award. (A few more notes on Beckham are included below in “Did You Know”…) WR Victor Cruz has been the #1 wide receiver in New York since 2011, but On October 12, against Philadelphia suffered a torn patellar tendon prematurely ending his 2014 season. Cruz is five months removed from knee surgery and expects to be cleared for training camp. If Cruz can come back healthy, along with 3rd year veteran WR Rueban Randle, the Giants WR corps has become one the best in the NFL. UPDATE: WR Victor Cruz’ rehab is going slowly and he could possibly be released for cap room. Cruz says that he should be ready to play in preseason games. UPDATE 2: The Giants are raving about WR Rueben Randle early on this spring/summer and Eli Manning has already predicted a breakout year for Randle. Not good enough for me. I’ve heard this before. I’ll pass on Randle.

TEs–
Giants re-signed exclusive rights free agent TE Larry Donnell to a one-year, $585,000 contract. TE Donnell hauled in 63 passes from QB Eli Manning for 623 yards and 6 TDs, which ranked him #11 among NFL tight ends. TE Daniel Fells was also a weapon for Manning especially in the red zone, catching 4 TDs in 2014. UPDATE: Giants re-signed TE Larry Donnell.

K– Josh Brown signed with the New York Giants on March 13, 2013, making the 4th team that he has played for since being drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Brown only missed 2 field goals in 2014, but only attempted 26 total.

DEF– The Giants haven’t had a defense that’s even sniffed around the top 10 since 2011 (13th). Jason Pierre-Paul almost entered free agency, but the pass rush of New York still has serious roster problems, and it doesn’t help that they have at least 8 other defensive players that could be on the way out of town. The Giant’s top three safeties from a year ago were Antre Rolle, Stevie Brown and Quinton Demps and all have expiring contracts. I’m not done. The Giants fielded one of the league’s worst run defenses in league last season, so New York has a lot of work to do just to put a defense on the field in September. UPDATE: ESPN reports Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) “could” miss training camp and the start of the season. The Giants are still “awaiting more medical info” after Pierre-Paul almost blew off his hand in a 4th of July fireworks incident.

2014 New York Giants Fantasy Surprises– No one was really talking much about WR Odell Beckham Jr before the 2014 season started, but he was almost everyone was talking about him when the 2014 season ended. If anyone tells you that they thought in September 2014, that Odell Beckham Jr would be the NFL 2014 rookie of the year, I hope their pants caught on fire when they told you that. I have to admit that even though I knew of RB Jennings previous injury history, I was “All In” on him as the starter for the Giants and shouldn’t have been surprised when he got hurt in Week 5.

2015 Free Agents that New York Needs to Address– FB Henry Hynoski- RB Hillis (released)- WR Jerrel Jernigan- G James Brewer- G John Jerry (re-signed)- Center J D Walton (released)- DE Mathias Kiwanuka- OL Spencer Paysinger- OL Jacquian Williams- ILB Mark Herzlich- CB Zach Bowman- CB Walter Thurmond- S Stevie Brown- S Quintin Demps- S Antrel Rolle- DE Jason Pierre-Paul (franchise tag).

2015 NFL Draft– The immediate needs of the Giants are trying to fill the holes that will be left in their defense after free agency and like every other team in the league except Dallas, they need help on their O-Line. The Giants have 3 safeties entering free agency (S), New York couldn’t stop the run (LB) and New York’s 2014 line play was atrocious (OL). UPDATE: New York Giant’s entire 2015 NFL Draft can be seen at this link- NEW YORK GIANT’S DRAFT

Did You know –
In his shortened 2014 NFL season, Odell Beckham Jr had New York Giants franchise records in…

• Most receiving yards in a season, Rookie: 1,305
• Most receptions in a season, Rookie: 91
• Most receptions in a game by a WR, rookie: 12, December 14, 2014
• Most receptions in a game, any position, Rookie: 12
• Most consecutive games with 90+ receiving yards: 9
• Most 100 Yard games, Rookie, Season: 7, 2014
• Most 125+ Yard games, Rookie, Season: 6, 2014
• Most 150+ Yard games, Rookie, Season: 2, 2014
• Most games with 10+ receptions, Rookie, Season: 4
• Most games with 10+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards, 1+ TD, Rookie, Season: 4, 2014
• Most games with 2+ receiving TDs, Rookie, Season: 4, 2014
• Most games with 6+ receptions, 90+ receiving yards, Season: 9
• Most touchdown receptions of 35+ yards, Rookie, Season: 4
• Most all-purpose yards (rush, rec, return yardage) by a WR, Rookie, Season: 1,326
• Most receiving yards at home, Rookie, Season: 767
• Most receptions at home, Rookie, Season: 51
• Highest average receiving yards per game, Season: 108.8
• Highest receiving yards per catch (min. 50 catches), Rookie, Season: 14.34
• Only Giants rookie WR to have 50+ receptions in a season
• Only Giants rookie to have 10+ receptions, 125+ receiving yards, 2+ TDs in a game
• Only Giants rookie to have 3 receiving touchdowns in a game
• Only Giants rookie to have consecutive games with 10+ receptions
• Only Giants rookie to have consecutive games with 11+ receptions
• Most Receiving Yards In 12 Games By A Rookie with 1,305 Receiving Yards

and NFL Records in…

• Most consecutive games with 90+ receiving yards: 9, 2014-ongoing
• Most consecutive games with 130+ receiving yards, 1+ TD: 4
• Most games with 10+ receptions, Rookie, Season: 4
• Most games with 10+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards, Rookie, Season: 4
• Most games with 10+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards, 1+ TD reception, Season: 4
• Most 125+ Yard games, Rookie, Season: 6
• Most consecutive games with 6+ receptions, 90+ receiving yards: 9
• Most receptions in a seven-game span by a rookie: 61
• Most receptions at home, Rookie, Season: 52
• Most receptions in month of November, Rookie: 38 (2014)
• Most receptions in month of December, Rookie: 43 (2014)
• Most touchdown receptions in month of December: Rookie, 7 (2014)
• Most receiving yards in any calendar month, Rookie: 606 yards (December 2014)
• Highest average receiving yards per game, Rookie, Season: 108.8
• Only player in NFL history with 75+ receptions in 11 games to begin a career
• Second player in NFL history with 90+ receptions while playing in 12 or fewer games in season
• Second player in NFL history to have 1,100+ receiving yards in 11 games or fewer in season
• Only rookie with 75+ receptions, 1,100+ receiving yards, 10+ TD’s in a season
• Only player in NFL history to have 1,300+ receiving yards while playing in 12 or fewer games in season
• Only rookie with 90+ receiving yards in 5 games in a calendar month (November 2014)
• Only rookie in NFL history to have multiple games with 10+ receptions, 125+ receiving yards, 1+ TD in a season (4)
• Only rookie in NFL history to have 12+ catches, 140+ receiving yards and 3+ TDs in a game
• Only rookie in NFL history to have consecutive games with 11+ receptions, 130+ receiving yards, 1+ TD
• Only rookie in NFL history to have 10+ receptions in consecutive games
• Only rookie in NFL history to have 11+ receptions in consecutive games
• Only rookie in NFL history with 50+ receptions at home in a season
• Second rookie in NFL history to have multiple games with 10+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards, 1+ TD in a season (3)
• Second rookie in NFL history with 700+ receiving yards in a 6-game span
• Second rookie in NFL history with 10+ receptions and 3+ receiving TDs in a game
• Second rookie in NFL history with 700+ receiving yards at home in a season
• Third rookie in NFL history to record 10+ receptions, 125+ receiving yards, 2+ TDs in a game
• Fourth rookie in NFL history to have 90+ receptions in a season
• Fourth rookie in NFL history to have 1,300+ receiving yards in a season
• Youngest player in NFL history with multiple games of 10+ receptions in a season: 4 (22 years, 53 days)

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