Early Look: 2016 Top 100

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By: Doug Eddy (@DaFantasyFather), Josh Trotta (@TFFGurus), and Chris Dugas (@TheFantasyBoys)

It’s never too early to put one of these lists together.  So with a little extra time on our hands, the boys gathered to go over our top 100 fantasy players (preliminary) for next season.  We went a bit wide receiver heavy at the top as we feel that is the way the draft is going to play out this year, especially with the receiver position being a bit more reliable.  This list featured 45 receivers, 37 running backs, 9 tight ends, and 9 quarter backs.  Obviously, this list does not reflect any rookies, as the draft has not happened yet.  We will post a more up to date list after the offseason has completed.  We’ve also added notes for some players showing why we ranked them where we did.  Please see the list below.  If you would prefer a color coded list, we have provided the link for that as well.

Red = QB, Yellow = RB, Blue = WR, Green = TE

Top 100

Rank Player Notes
1 Antonio Brown
2 Odell Beckham Jr.
3 Julio Jones NFL’s leading receiver should find his way to more touchdowns next year
4 Le’Veon Bell
5 DeAndre Hopkins
6 Todd Gurley The offense around him can only get better
7 Adrian Peterson Expect him to lose some 3rd down work, but he’s still one of the best pure runners in the league
8 Allen Robinson
9 David Johnson Hotly contested here in the office, but we feel 9 is just right as you can never trust Arians
10 Dez Bryant
11 Rob Gronkowski
12 Jamaal Charles His 2nd knee surgery in a few years, but the talent is unquestioned and should return with the same burst
13 Mike Evans May seem high, but we think with his big workload and raport with Winston, he can overcome drops and be a top 10 WR
14 Alshon Jeffery Pending FA, we believe he re-signs.  Like Evans, should see a lot of targets
15 LeSean McCoy Will still be the lead back in a run first offense
16 A.J. Green
17 Doug Martin Crazy amount of talent here, but we are slightly worried by his lack of production in non-contract years
18 Cam Newton
19 Mark Ingram
20 Devonta Freeman May seem low, but we think he is a bit of a glorified 3rd down back
21 Brandon Marshall
22 Lamar Miller This ranking depends on where he ends up in the offseason
23 Demaryius Thomas
24 Keenan Allen
25 Sammy Watkins
26 T.J. Yeldon Only guy in the backfield, should see the majority of the touches in an up and coming offense
27 Calvin Johnson Pending his retirement, Megatron is as safe a WR2 as you can ask for
28 Brandin Cooks We like his outlook if Brees and Payton stick around
29 Russell Wilson
30 Jordy Nelson Who would’ve thought he was the center piece of the offense?  The GB offense will be rejuvenated once he returns
31 T.Y. Hilton
32 Matt Forte Depending on where he ends up, Forte could again be the lead dog in the backfield
33 Jonathan Stewart
34 Amari Cooper Expect an improved sophomore campaign from the up and coming WR
35 Andrew Luck With Pagano staying in town, we expect a bounce back year from Andy Luck
36 Jeremy Maclin
37 Latavius Murray
38 Aaron Rodgers
39 Martavis Bryant
40 Tom Brady If the Patriots can marginally upgrade Brady’s targets, expect another top-3 year from the future HOFer
41 Carlos Hyde
42 Jarvis Landry One of the best possession receivers in the league, Landry has one of the safest floors
43 Eric Decker Consistency is unmatched
44 Randall Cobb Expect a bounce back year with a healthy Nelson
45 Kelvin Benjamin
46 DeMarco Murray New coaching scheme should be able to figure out how to use DeMarco correctly
47 Eddie Lacy
48 Arian Foster
49 Ben Roesthlisberger Runs the best offense in the NFL, expect big things
50 Jordan Reed If he can stay healthy, has the talent to be the 2nd best TE in the league.  Also one of Cousins’s favorite targets
51 Julian Edelman
52 Tyler Eifert
53 Marshawn Lynch All depends on where he ends up, but we expect Lynch to handle a big workload next year no matter where he goes
54 Thomas Rawls Should become the bellcow back in Seattle next year in a run heavy offense
55 Carson Palmer
56 Chris Ivory Had a rough finish to the season, but the talent is still there and should remain a key part of the Jets’ offense going forward
57 Dion Lewis
58 Michael Floyd We like Floyd a bit better than Brown because he’s a big-bodied red zone target
59 John Brown
60 Greg Olsen Expect him to lose some targets with the return of Kelvin Benjamin
61 Emmanuel Sanders
62 Josh Gordon High ceiling, low floor, but based on past performance we like what Gordon can bring to the table
63 C.J. Anderson
64 Steve Smith
65 Drew Brees
66 Jordan Matthews
67 Jeremy Langford If Forte departs, as expected, Langford will shoot up the board.  We’re ignoring the RBBC talk coming out of Chicago
68 Doug Baldwin Not a chance in hell he hits the same touchdown number he had this year.  Expect regression
69 Melvin Gordon Once SD fixes the o-line, Gordon should be able to play much better.  Nobody could have excelled behind the o-line he had this year
70 Larry Fitzgerald Concerned with 2nd half usage and reduced amount of targets
71 Jeremy Hill
72 Allen Hurns
73 Matt Jones
74 Darren McFadden If he remains the lead back, he’ll creep his way up this list with a fantastic o-line
75 Danny Woodhead
76 DeVante Paker
77 Rashad Jennings Based on last quarter of the season, if the Giants give him 15+ touches, he can be a useful back
78 Golden Tate Looked great in the Jim Bob Cooter offense.  If Cooter stays and Calvin bounces, Tate can provide huge value
79 Blake Bortles Finished 3rd in standard scoring at QB position.  Regression expected but should finish top-5 next year
80 Delanie Walker
81 Justin Forsett
82 DeSean Jackson
83 Travis Kelce Has the physical talent, but will KC finally learn to get him the ball?
84 Karlos Williams Easy top handcuff candidate.  Proven he can score when given the chance
85 Michael Crabtree
86 Donte Moncrief Getting Luck back should boost him back up to WR2/3 territory
87 Frank Gore
88 Jay Ajayi Pending Lamar Miller FA, Ajayi has the skillset to be a feature back
89 Dorial Green-Beckham
90 Zach Ertz
91 Gary Barnidge Regression is likely, but should still be a solid TE1, especially if Josh Gordon can come back and take some heat off him
92 Ameer Abdullah
93 Isaiah Crowell Finished the season strong, looks to be the feature back with Duke Johnson handling 3rd down duties
94 Stefon Diggs
95 DeAngelo Williams High end handcuff, proved he can be a top-5 RB if needed
96 Julius Thomas
97 Tyler Lockett Hopefully his role expands as he is a dynamic player who can score from anywhere on the field
98 Jerick McKinnon Another high end handcuff who has proven he can fill in admirably
99 Kevin White 1st round pick needs to show he is healthy and can carve out role in Chicago offense
100 Breshad Perriman Needs to bounce back from his injury, but once he does, should have a big role as the offense needs someone to stretch the field

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