2016 NFL Draft Recap
The 2016 NFL draft is officially in our rear view mirror and now as fantasy owners we wait to see how rookie mini camps, training camps and pre season go. All of it leading up to the all important release of all 32 teams final depth charts.
Like in any draft there are your winners and losers. As fantasy owners all we care about is how well does the player fit into the scheme of the team who drafted him and how many people are ahead of him on the depth chart. I will always draft a player who has a better scheme or situation fit over another at the same position who might have more talent. Once talent has been canceled out in my head the next thing I am looking at is opportunity to excel.
This article is going to take a look at the players who I think have the opportunity to excel with the teams they got drafted by and the one’s you should keep an eye out for when it’s time for your fantasy football draft.
Drafted by the perfect team!
Ezekiel Elliott RB Dal – The dream situation came true!! Elliott was head and shoulders the best offense player that wasn’t a QB in the 2016 NFL draft. He immediately is the first rookie off the board come draft day! Zeke is primed to have a monster year and might just be that missing piece the Boys have been looking for to make a Super Bowl run.
Carson Wentz QB PHI – To me Wentz was the best QB in the draft but I feel the limited amount of starts he had in college as well as the competition he faced ended up being the reason the Rams went with Goff with the 1st overall pick. On film Wentz at times looks like Aaron Rodgers especially on the move. I love the fit in Philly and think Wentz not Goff will have the better career when it is all said and done.
Josh Doctson WR Was – Doctson was the 3rd WR taken in the 2016 NFL Draft but he might have landed in the best situation of any of the big named receivers who went day one. Washington really shifted their offensive philosophy half way through the season and once it happened the Redskins passing attack became one of the hottest in fantasy football. Doctson fits their scheme perfectly and will only help raise Cousins fantasy value come August.
Will Fuller WR Hou – Fuller was drafted one pick ahead of Doctson in the NFL Draft but slides in just behind him in this article. I think Fuller is a rich man’s Mike Wallace but the Texan’s look to be building at least on paper an offensive juggernaut. Adding Fuller to a team with Osweiler, Miller, Hopkins and last years rookie Jalen Strong, the Texans might have the best fantasy offense of 2016. Fuller can do more then just run GO routes and will surprise a lot of people once they get to see him on the field.
Paxton Lynch QB Den – Lynch might not start in 2016 (half way through the season I think he will be starting) but no QB taken in the 1st round has as great a team around him as Lynch does. He has all the tools to be a very good QB in the NFL and he couldn’t have gone to better organization that knows how to mold quarterbacks. Lynch is a must in Dynasty formats and by the end of the 2016 fantasy season he will have a high owned % in almost all leagues.
Sterling Shepard WR NYG – Shepard was one of my favorite receivers coming into the 2016 NFL Draft and he couldn’t have landed in a better situation then with the G MEN. Shepard fits their scheme to a T and with the Giants not knowing what to expect in production from Cruz in 2016, it’s a safe bet that Shepard see’s the field early and often for the Giants. OBJ, Cruz and Shepard could make for the quickest 3 receivers in the NFL next year.
Laquon Treadwell WR Min – I know the Vikings did not throw the ball very much compared to the other 31 NFL teams in 2015 but was that a product of the depth chart or a scheme thing? I don’t think it was the latter. Stefon Diggs a rookie last year burst onto the fantasy scene, having a great stretch of games before fading down the stretch in this same offense. AP will give Treadwell an advantage right away because he will see 1 on 1 coverage almost all season. Treadwell might not get the yardage like some of his rookie counterparts but he will get his targets when it matters most, the redzone.
Corey Coleman WR Cle – No one knows what to expect scheme wise from the Browns in 2016 but what Hue Jackson did with the Bengals has me a believer that he can turn things around in Cleveland. Coleman who’s a speedster was the 1st wideout taken off the board and should be a target monster (since they have no one else to throw to) in 2016. Right to the top of the depth chart is a major bonus for Coleman’s fantasy value even if the fit isn’t ideal at this time.
Michael Thomas WR NO – All the experts thought Thomas would be a late 1st round pick by a WR needy team but he slid and New Orleans must have been shocked when it was their turn to pick in round 2 and his name was still on the board. Any time the Saints get a new WR or RB the fantasy world has to stand up and take notice. Thomas is a big body receiver who will help give the Saints another big target to throw to in the redzone. Adding Coleman last year, Thomas this year and Cooks coming off his best season as a pro, the Saints have the feel of something special brewing at least in the fantasy world.
Tyler Boyd WR Cin – The Bengals where in need of a wideout badly after losing both Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones to free agency. As a fantasy owner I really wanted them to move up and pick Treadwell from Ole Miss but instead they decided to go CB in the 1st round and let Boyd fall to them. A steal at pick 55, Boyd has to see the field right away. Lack of depth at the position make him a great fantasy pick.
Braxton Miller WR Hou – I LOVE THIS PICK! Miller to me is the best ATHLETE in the draft not named Jalen Ramsey. Miller adds yet another weapon to the (on paper) dominating Houston offense. Lots of mouths too feed scares me a little but if they have Brock throwing the ball 30+ to 40+ times a game look for Miller to get his.
Hunter Henry TE SD – The sands of the hourglass are filling up for Antonio Gates and after letting potential fantasy stud Ladarius Green move on this off season the Chargers were one of the few teams needing a TE come draft day. Well San Diego knocked it out of the park drafting the best TE in this years draft and a guy who I think can be a very productive player in the NFL. Gates can’t play forever and once he hangs them up, Henry will be a player owners look for come draft day.
Other notable draft picks – Malcolm Mitchell WR NE , Tyler Ervin RB Hou, Cardale Jones QB Buf, C.J. Prosise RB Sea, Paul Perkins RB NYG, Jordan Howard RB Chi, Alex Collins RB Sea, DeMarcus Ayers WR Pit, Daniel Lasco RB NO, Keith Marshall RB Was