Original Post: February 11, 2016
Carolina Panthers (15-1; 1st in NFC South)
Cam Newton – The NFL MVP, it’s hard to hold Cam’s poor Super Bowl against the absolutely lethal Bronco defense against him. Take everything else into account when thinking about this season. Straddled from preseason with the loss of his top receiver, Kelvin Benjamin (ACL), many (including us) were down on Cam for 2016, especially considering his middling play in 2014. Well, Cam made fools out of us, establishing himself as the NFL’s best player, and a dominant fantasy asset. In 16 games, Cam went 296/496 (59.7%) for 3837 yards (7.74 YPA), with 35 TDs and 10 INT. Cam added 132/636/10 rushing (4.8 YPC) to average an absurd 28.5 FPG, ranking him #1 among all QBs (and all fantasy players). Cam set career highs in competitions and TD passes, while also turning in a career-low in INTs. In fact, if you take away all of his rushing production (123.6 FP), he’d still average 20.7 FP, better than Matt Ryan on the year. So he played a more efficient game than he ever has. That led him to average 0.92 FP/PA, easily #1 among all QBs (Russell Wilson was #2 at 0.83). Cam put up just four games under 20 FP (unfortunately, one of them came in Week Sixteen). But he also had seven games of 30 or more FP, including two of 40 or more (one in Week Fifteen). Cam threw for 300 or more yards three times, ran for 50 or more yards four times, and scored 8 of his 10 rushing TDs in games in which he didn’t reach 50 rushing yards. So in other words, Cam was doing something in just about every area possible to help your fantasy teams. Counting rush attempts, Cam was part of 102 red-zone plays for the Panthers, the league-lead among all QBs, and obviously he’s deadly at the goal line. Cam was available at a killer discount in 2015; that simply will not be the case in 2016, when he’s a near lock to be the first QB drafted, and perhaps as early as the 2nd round.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Just how high will Cam be drafted, especially with Benjamin back? Will the Panthers re-sign gadget player Joe Webb?
Jonathan Stewart – Stewart’s had a really nice career, but injuries have robbed it of being even better. 2015 marked the third consecutive season in which Stewart missed at least three games due to injury. He still managed a solid final line, with 242/989/6 rushing (4.1 YPC) and 16/99/1 receiving on 21 targets (76.2%, 6.2 YPR). At 12.8 FPG, Stewart ranked 19th among all RBs. He got of to a slow start, with just 29.2 FP total in his first four games. But there is plenty of reason to believe that an early-season knee injury limited him, because after the Panthers’ Week Five bye, he went off. Starting in Week Six, Stewart had eight consecutive games of 20 or more carries, the longest such streak in the NFL since Marshawn Lynch in 2011. From Week Six through Stewart’s final appearance of the year, he averaged 15.3 FPG, which was 10th in the NFL, and his 769 rushing yards over that nine-week span ranked him 3rd in the NFL. Unfortunately, he went down in Week Fourteen with a foot injury that cost him the final three games of the regular season, an injury that recurred during the Super Bowl (he had an ankle injury coming into the game, as well). Stewart had just two 100-yard rushing games, and had just one more with 100 or more yards from scrimmage, but was generally involved in every situation for the Panthers, playing 66.8% of Carolina’s snaps when he was active. In all, Stewart had a “boring” year. He had just two games of 20 or more FP, but had nine of 10 or more. He had at least 3 red-zone runs in 10 of 13 games, and had multiple goal-line opportunities in four of 13. But at 0.65 FP/touch, he was among the least-efficient full-time runners in the NFL (fourth-worst among RBs with 200 or more carries). In all, he was an ideal RB2 when active, but he’s also going into his age 29 season coming off four straight years with no more than 13 games played.
Cameron Artis-Payne – The Panthers’ fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Artis-Payne appeared in seven games as a rookie, posting 45/183/1 rushing (4.1 YPC) and 5/58/0 receiving on 5 targets. He averaged just 5.0 FPG, but had some fantasy value down the stretch, when he turned in an 11.3-FP effort in Week Fifteen and a 14.1-FP effort in Week Seventeen with Jonathan Stewart injured. In all, when CAP actually appeared in a game, he played 25.2% of the Panthers’ offensive snaps, including at least 38.5% in each of the last three games of the year. Most of the time, CAP was a healthy scratch, including in the Panthers’ final two playoff games, after he lost a fumble in the divisional round. CAP isn’t a particularly exciting talent, and nothing he did would indicate that the Panthers should feel 100% confident with him as Stewart’s top backup, but he filled in decently enough when called upon.
Mike Tolbert – The Panthers’ bowling ball, Tolbert split time between fullback and tailback and posted 62/256/1 rushing (4.1 YPC) and 18/154/3 receiving on 23 targets (78.3%, 8.6 YPR). He averaged just 5.2 FPG, tying him for 76th among all RBs. Tolbert played 38.3% of Carolina’s offensive snaps on the year, playing in all 16 games, but had just two games of 10 FP or more. And Tolbert’s only game of 10 or more touches came in Week Seventeen, when most fantasy seasons were over. In all, Tolbert had only three games with more than 20 rushing yards, and had five below 10 rushing yards. More vulture than anything else, Tolbert now enters free agency, and turned 30 in November. He’ll likely be looking for short-term deals, which he should be able to find in Carolina.
Fozzy Whittaker – Whittaker played in 15 games in 2015, posting 25/108/1 rushing (4.3 YPC) and 12/64/0 receiving on 15 targets (80%, 5.3 YPR). He averaged just 2.3 YPC, and his only two games of more than 5.0 FP came in Weeks Fourteen and Sixteen, with Jonathan Stewart injured. Whittaker then missed Week Seventeen with a high ankle sprain, an injury that also kept him out of Carolina’s first playoff game. Whittaker played a bigger role than anticipated in the Super Bowl with Stewart banged up, but all in all, he’s just a rotational player (16.0% of the offensive snaps) who is unlikely to have any fantasy value unless Stewart is injured long-term and/or Mike Tolbert doesn’t re-sign with the Panthers.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Can Stewart manage to play more than 13 games in 2016? Will Tolbert be back? Who will be Stewart’s top backup, if anyone?
Kelvin Benjamin – Just how good could the Panther offense have been if they had their #1 WR Benjamin this season? We’ll never know, but this offense could be scary next season when Cam Newton gets his top outside target on the field. Benjamin tore his ACL a couple weeks into camp after arriving a little overweight and having some hamstring issues early in August. By early January, he was doing some light conditioning on the side of practice, which is a great sign that he’ll be ready for the start of training camp. The Panthers would love for Benjamin and rookie Devin Funchess to form a twin-tower tandem on the outside in 2016. Cam spread the ball around more in 2015 with plenty of success, so it’s fair to wonder if Kelvin will be force fed the ball like he was as a rookie in 2014.
Devin Funchess – Funchess was stuck in the #4 WR role for pretty much his entire rookie season, even with Kelvin Benjamin done for the season. We actually compared Funchess to Benjamin in our pre-draft coverage because of his size (6’4”, 225 pounds) and athleticism, but Funchess was unable to make a similar impact as a rookie because he couldn’t pass Corey Brown, Tedd Ginn, and Jerricho Cotchery on the WR depth chart. Funchess finished the year with 31/473/5 receiving on 61 targets (50.8% catch rate, 15.3 YPC) for 6.8 FPG in 16 games. He played on 44.7% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.78 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Funchess did play well when given a chance to start because of injuries, including 4/64/1 in Week Eleven and 7/120/1 in Week Seventeen, which makes us wonder why the Panthers didn’t give him more chances to play. Still, Funchess will turn just 22 in May and he’ll be given every chance to win the #2 WR role on the outside with Benjamin, so he’ll be a player to watch in training camp next season.
Philly Brown – Brown had a fine second season, and he actually became the top WR for Cam Newton by the end of the regular season and in the playoffs. He was one of the few Panther offensive players to show up in the Super Bowl, posting 4/80 receiving before leaving in the third quarter with a concussion. He also missed two games in the middle of the year with a shoulder issue. Brown finished the year with 31/447/4 receiving on 54 targets (57.4% catch rate, 14.4 YPC) for 7.4 FPG in 14 games. He played on 78.8% of the snaps this year – the most of the Panther WRs – and averaged 1.92 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Brown improved his route running and showed better hands after a shaky preseason, but he’s still ideally a deep threat in this offense. Brown should go back to more of a secondary role in the offense with Kelvin Benjamin returning to the offense next season, but Philly will battle Devin Funchess and Ted Ginn for #2 WR snaps next training camp.
Ted Ginn – When Kelvin Benjamin went down for the season in training camp, we knew his production had to go somewhere, but who could’ve guessed that Ginn would be fantasy relevant for the first time since his second NFL season back in 2008 with the Dolphins. He became Cam Newton’s primary deep threat and he nearly doubled his career TDs with 10 this season – he had 11 in his first eight seasons. He finished the year with 44/739/10 receiving on 97 targets (45.4% catch rate, 16.8 YPC) for 12.3 FPG (34th) in 15 games. He played on 64.5% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.90 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). He had a fantastic run in Week 13-15 with 13/285/6 for 26.0 FP, but he injured his knee in Week Sixteen and missed Week Seventeen. Ginn was also still completely hit-or-miss, with seven games with fewer than 10 FP and 13+ FP in his other eight games. Ginn, who will turn 31 in April, made a ton of plays this season, but he also left quite a few on the field with some terrible drops. Ideally, the Panthers will use Ginn as a returner and as a situational deep threat next season with Funchess getting a bigger role.
Jerricho Cotchery – Cotchery was about as boring as it gets for a #3 WR in 2015, but he did see a few targets a game from Cam Newton each week. Including the playoffs, Cotchery caught to 2-4 passes in 14 of his 17 games, and he rarely did much after the catch. He finished with 39/485/3 receiving on 54 targets (72.2% catch rate, 12.4 YPC) for 7.7 FPG in 14 games. He played on 42.8% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.98 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Cotchery was little more than a glorified check-down option because Cam rarely throws it to his RBs – they combined for 51 catches as a group. Cotchery is owed just more than $1 million and will likely be back, but the Panthers could do better than the soon-to-be 34-year-old WR out of the slot next season.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Can Benjamin get back to being a force on the outside and a legit WR2 with upside? Will Funchess emerge as the #2 WR in his second season and be fantasy relevant? Will Ginn and Brown return to relative obscurity or will they continue to work ahead of Funchess?
Greg Olsen – One of the NFL’s most consistent stars at the TE position, Olsen had yet another great year in 2015, en route to the Super Bowl. In 16 games, Olsen posted 77/1104/7 receiving on 123 targets (62.6%, 14.3 YPR). He averaged 14.3 FPG to rank #6 among all TEs. The best thing about Olsen was his constant availability. He played in all 16 games for the eighth consecutive season, which is unheard of in this day and age, while taking a ridiculous 95.9% of the Panthers’ snaps on the season. It’s not like he didn’t get hurt, as he dealt with knee, calf, and ankle injuries throughout the year, but he simply played through them. Olsen fell below 10 FP six times in 16 games, and unfortunately three of those games came in Weeks Fourteen, Sixteen, and Seventeen, perhaps dampening plenty of fantasy playoff runs. But he also had three games of 20 or more FP, and had a run of six straight games with 12 or more FP from Weeks Eight through Thirteen. That level of consistency just isn’t common from tight ends. The one thing we would have liked to see more of with Olsen were TDs, but keep in mind that Cam Newton vultures so many for himself around the goal line that Olsen gets less work in “typical” TE areas than others at the position. Indeed, Olsen had only 5 targets inside the five-yard line, turning just 1 into a TD, and 3 of his 7 TDs came from outside the red zone. In all, Olsen managed 1.87 FP/target, #4 among TEs with 100 or more targets (of which there were nine). More TDs would have helped that out, but Olsen is a key player for what the Panthers do, and he’s effective in the short, intermediate, and deep areas of the field. He should be one of the top TEs off the board in 2016 as well.
Ed Dickson – The Panthers were a heavy 2-TE team in 2015. Even with Greg Olsen playing all 16 games and basically every offensive snap, Dickson was also heavily involved. Playing in 16 games himself, Dickson posted just 17/121/2 receiving on 26 targets (65.4%, 7.1 YPR), though he was often on the field, playing 54.3% of the Panthers’ offensive snaps. Dickson scored two “vulture” TDs, but he never had any fantasy impact. Used mostly as a blocker, Dickson will be back in Carolina next year, but is no more than a “handcuff” to Olsen.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Where will Olsen be drafted, and can his body keep taking the stress of playing 16 games year after year?
Key Free Agents
CB Josh Norman, RB Mike Tolbert, S Roman Harper, OG Amini Silatolu, CB Charles Tillman, DE Frank Alexander, P Brad Nortman, DT Kyle Love, QB Joe Webb, G Chris Scott, WR Stephen Hill (RFA), OL Tyronne Green, OT Mike Remmers (RFA), LB Ben Jacobs (RFA), OL Fernando Velasco, WR Brenton Bersin (RFA), CB Cortland Finnegan.
Atlanta Falcons (8-8; 2nd in NFC South)
Matt Ryan – Certainly, 2015 was not one of Ryan’s better showings. Things started quickly for the Falcons, but Ryan never really looked comfortable in OC Kyle Shanahan’s attack. In 16 games, Ryan posted 407/614 passing (66.3%) for 4591 yards (7.48 YPA) with 21 TDs and 16 INTs. He added just 37/63 rushing (1.7 YPC) to average 20.0 FPG, tying him for 24th among QBs who made multiple starts. Ryan got off to a decent enough start, putting up three consecutive games with 20 or more FP to start his season, but then he went down the tubes. Ryan had just four games of 20 or more FP the rest of the season (13 games), throwing multiple TDs in just six games. With 21 turnovers (including 5 lost fumbles), Ryan actually matched his TD total for the year, providing even less production for those in leagues that dock for turnovers. Ryan topped 300 yards passing on five separate occasions, but threw multiple TD passes in just two of these games, so he didn’t have any “massive” games like he’s had in the past. In fact, Ryan threw 3 or more TDs just once, with a 3-score outing against Indy in Week Eleven, but he offset that with 3 INTs in the same game. Ryan was turnover-prone and made bad decisions, likely a result of having very little outside of Julio Jones at the WR position. Ryan also threw 4 red-zone INTs, tying him for second among all QBs, despite ranking just 9th with 77 red-zone pass attempts. In all, Ryan averaged just 0.52 FP/PA, below the league average of 0.54, and worst among all 16-game starters in the NFL. After the season, Ryan admitted to ESPN.com that he wasn’t comfortable for most of the year in Shanahan’s offense, but it’s something the Falcons absolutely must work on this coming off-season. Ryan’s entering his age 31 season, so he has plenty of time left, but he’s coming off his worst fantasy season since 2010, and by overall ranking, his worst fantasy season ever.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Will Ryan be better in his second year under Shanahan? Are the Falcons comfortable with Sean Renfree as their backup QB?
Devonta Freeman – While his campaign slowed down towards the end, Freeman was still fantasy’s top RB for the majority of 2015. Playing in 15 games, Freeman posted 264/1061/11 rushing (4.0 YPC), with 73/578/3 receiving on 96 targets (76.0%, 7.9 YPR). At 21.4 FPG, he was #1 among all RBs. And remember, Freeman didn’t even open the year as Atlanta’s starter; he missed all of the preseason with a hamstring injury, so he didn’t even have an opportunity to compete with Tevin Coleman. He played just 37.7% of the snaps in Week One… but then Coleman went down in Week Two. So began Freeman’s run of dominance. Freeman had an eight-game run of at least 15.0 FP, with 20 or more FP in five of the eight games, including 32 or more in four of them. Over that span, Freeman tallied at least 130 yards from scrimmage in seven games. He had back-to-back games of 3 TDs in Weeks Three and Four, and scored three times more in the next two games. But after the Falcons’ Week Ten bye, Freeman’s luck (and the luck of the Falcons) changed. Freeman suffered a concussion just 3 carries into Week Eleven against the Colts. He missed Week Twelve, and though he played at least 67% of the Falcons’ snaps in each of the remaining five games, he never topped 3.4 YPC, and he scored just 3 times total over that span. Now, because of his exceptional receiving work, he still managed an excellent fantasy bottom line, averaging 17.7 FPG, but his effectiveness as a runner totally waned. In other words, it’s rare for us to see fantasy’s #1 RB with zero 100-yard rushing games after Week Seven, but because of his great receiving skills, Freeman was #1 among all RBs with 250 or more touches at 0.97 FP/touch. Freeman should absolutely enter 2016 as Atlanta’s top option in the backfield, but Coleman is still here, and Freeman’s slow-ish end to the season could be concerning. Was it just a result of this offense taking a huge nosedive as a whole?
Tevin Coleman – It was fair to think the Falcons were planning on Coleman eventually becoming their starting RB – they drafted him in the third round, after all, and the new staff merely inherited Devonta Freeman, a fourth-round pick in 2014 who wasn’t particularly productive as a rookie. In fact, Coleman started the Falcons’ first two games because Freeman was injured during preseason and couldn’t compete with him in camp (Coleman actually missed most of preseason himself with a hamstring injury). In those two games, Coleman posted 20/80 rushing in Week One, and 9/32/1 rushing in Week Two, before leaving Week Two with a rib injury. After that, it was all history for Freeman, who turned in a breakout season. With Freeman taking over the backfield, Coleman was relegated to backup duties. In all, he played in 12 games as rookie and posted 87/392/1 rushing (4.5 YPC) and 2/14/0 receiving on 11 targets (oof, seriously). He averaged just 4.1 FPG, and he also fumbled three times. In fact, a fumble sullied his Week Twelve start for an injured Freeman against Minnesota. Coleman posted the only 100-yard rushing game of his rookie season in that one (18 carries, 110 yards), but had a terrible fumble after a 46-yard run. Coleman then had just 10 carries in the final three games of the year, before missing the last two with a concussion. He should have a chance to do more in 2016, but can he beat out Freeman?
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Where will Freeman be drafted in 2016? Will Coleman take more work from him?
Julio Jones – Jones lived up to his fat new contract, which he signed in the preseason, and it must’ve been written in the fine print that the entire passing game had to go through him. Roddy White finished with the second-most catches for a WR on the team, but he had 93 fewer catches than Jones. Julio crushed his previous career highs with 136/1871/8 receiving on 203 targets (67% catch rate, 13.8 YPC) for 23.2 FPG (2nd) in 16 games. He tied Antonio Brown for the league lead in catches, which puts them second in league history behind Marvin Harrison (143), and Jones is now second to only Calvin Johnson (1964) for yards in a season. Jones actually had more receiving production than the entire Ram receiving corps, as the group totaled just 137/1635/8. Julio played on 85.1% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.83 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Jones finished below 10 FP just once and he reached 20+ FP 10 times last season. He played a full 16-game season for just the second time in his five-year career, and he worked his way through an early season hamstring and toe injuries. The Falcons really need to add some complementary pieces at receiver around him next season. Jones will still be just 27 years old next season, and he’s taken the mantle from Calvin Johnson as the most dominant WR in football when at full strength. Jones will likely be a top-5 fantasy pick next summer, and he’ll battle Brown and Odell Beckham to be the top WR off the board.
Roddy White – White, who will be 35 next season, has seen his production dip some since 2013, but he fell off a cliff in 2015 despite seeing plenty of playing time. He had a surprisingly reduced role in first-year OC Kyle Shanahan’s offense, and he even fell behind Leonard Hankerson – when he was healthy – in the passing-game pecking order. White still finished with the second-most catches for a WR on the team, but he had 93 fewer catches than Julio Jones, as Matt Ryan had basically the entire passing game through Jones. White finished with 43/506/1 receiving on 70 targets (61.4% catch rate, 11.8 YPC) for 6.2 FPG in 16 games. He still played on 82.1% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.42 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). saying he’d love to see him back next year. He posted two goose eggs and he hit 10+ FP just four times all season, and he never even reached 13+ FP in a single game. Roddy has already come out and said he won’t take a pay cut to remain with the Falcons, and Atlanta would save about only $2.3 million by cutting White. Still, GM Thomas Dimitroff didn’t exactly give Roddy a ringing endorsement at the end of January when he said, “White is under contract. We’ve made no final decisions on anyone as far as moving on from people or redoing contracts.” White is the best Falcon WR of all-time – at least for now – but it sounds like one of the sides is going to have to give in if Roddy is going to remain in Atlanta past 2015.
Justin Hardy – The Falcons drafted Hardy in the 4th round to essentially replace Harry Douglas this season, but Hardy struggled to get on the field early in the year. Hardy had a strong preseason but the Falcons made him a healthy scratch until Week Eight. He finished the year with 21/194/0 receiving on 34 targets (61.8% catch rate, 9.2 YPC) for 4.5 FPG in 9 games. He played on 54.5% of the snaps this year and averaged a pathetic 1.19 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). He showed a little bit of promise in the second half of the year as a slot WR with Matt Ryan, but it’s not like he had any memorable performances or plays. Still, there’s a chance he’s the only remaining WR with Julio Jones, and Hardy should be in store for a bigger role if he can have a strong off-season simply because of the lack of depth the Falcons have at WR. Hardy isn’t a great athlete, but he’s got strong hands and should help out of the slot.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Will the entire Falcon passing game basically go through Julio once again? Will Roddy stick around and finish his career as a Falcon? Will Hardy get a chance for a bigger role in this passing game?
Jacob Tamme – We’ll give Tamme this – he was a lot more productive that you could have reasonably expected of him in 2015. In 15 games in his first year with Atlanta (missing Week Four with a concussion), Tamme posted 59/657/1 receiving on 80 targets (73.8%, 11.1 YPR). He averaged 8.7 FPG to rank him 21st among all TEs. Tamme actually was second behind Julio Jones on the club in receiving yards, though he finished 1214 yards behind him (in case you’re wondering, that’s the exact number of receiving yards Calvin Johnson had in 2015). It’s more of an indication of just how awful the Falcon passing game was overall. Again, Tamme was fine, putting up a career-high in yardage at age 30. But he had just six games of 10 or more FP, and caught more than 4 balls in only four of 15 games. Tamme hit season-highs in the same game, when he went for 10/103/1 on 12 targets against Tampa in Week Eight, a game that was almost 9 FP above his next-best output for the season. Tamme posted 50 or more yards six times, but was under 30 in seven more. In general, he was a low-end streamer TE, and only in PPR leagues given his lack of TDs (he had just 1 goal-line and 8 red-zone targets all year). He’s back under contract in 2016, but this is a position the Falcons need to upgrade – Atlanta doesn’t want Tamme playing 72.2% of their snaps again.
Levine Toilolo – Toilolo played in 16 games this season, taking 45.8% of the Falcons’ snaps. Still, he managed just 7/44 receiving on 12 targets. A pure blocker, Toilolo didn’t even get a single red-zone target to take advantage of with his massive frame. He has no fantasy value.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Tamme and Toilolo are back, but will the Falcons upgrade this position?
Key Free Agents
S William Moore, LB Paul Worrilow (RFA), DE Kroy Biermann, OG Chris Chester, LB Justin Durant, DE Adrian Clayborn, C Gino Gradkowski, LT Jake Long, RT Bryce Harris, OT Ryan Schrader (RFA), LB Nathan Stupar (RFA), TE Tony Moeaki, S Ricardo Allen (ERFA), LB Phillip Wheeler, S Charles Godfrey, K Shayne Graham.
New Orleans Saints (7-9; 3rd in NFC South)
Drew Brees – Brees missed one game in 2015, the first time he’s ever missed a game for injury in his time as the Saints’ starting QB – he was out in Week Three with a shoulder injury that clearly affected him early on in the season. It was all Brees needed to turn around his year, turning in yet another big-time fantasy season. In 15 games, Brees went 429/627 (68.4%) for 4876 yards (7.78 YPA), with 32 TDs and 10 INTs. He added 24/14/1 as a rusher to average 25.3 FPG, tying him for 3rd among all QBs. It extended his streak as a top-5 fantasy QB to 10 seasons, every season he’s played in New Orleans. In a year in which so many QBs were disappointing or inconsistent, Brees managed to maintain his typical high level of play despite looking like the one most likely to disappoint given his early-season shoulder troubles. Despite Brees missing a game, only Philip Rivers attempted more passes in 2015. And in 10 of the 15 games in which he was active, Brees topped 300 yards passing. Now, also keep in mind he fell below 20 FP on six occasions, more than we’re used to seeing. Brees’ 511-yard, 7-TD outing against the Giants in Week Eight helped prop up his fantasy numbers overall, but what he did in the post-Jimmy Graham era was no doubt impressive. Brees threw multiple TDs in nine of 15 games, including in seven of his final nine. And remember, he was dealing with an extremely painful torn plantar fascia in his foot over the last few weeks of 2015. While Brees likely will have to restructure his contract given his massive cap hit next season, the fact that the Saints brought back Sean Payton certainly means they plan on having Brees around, at least for another couple seasons. He’s 37, but he played well in 2015, and doesn’t need surgery on his shoulder or on the torn plantar fascia.
Luke McCown – McCown started one game in 2015, playing for an injured Drew Brees in Week Three. In that game, he turned in a solid performance against the Panthers, going 31/38 for 310 yards with a pick. He threw just 1 other pass on the year, and was placed on IR with a back injury in November. A solid backup, McCown nonetheless enters free agency, and the Saints should be ready to roll with Garrett Grayson as Brees’ top reserve.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Will Brees restructure his contract, as expected? With McCown and Matt Flynn free agents, is Garrett Grayson ready to handle the top backup role?
Mark Ingram – Until he went down with a torn rotator cuff and missed the final four games of the 2015 season, Ingram had provided excellent return on a fourth-round ADP. In 12 games, the Saints’ top RB posted 166/769/6 rushing (4.6 YPC) and a surprising 50/405/0 receiving on 59 targets (84.7%, 8.1 YPR). He averaged 17.0 FPG, which ranked him 6th among all RBs, but 2nd among RBs who played in 10 or more games. The presence of C.J. Spiller had absolutely zero effect on Ingram whatsoever. In 12 games, Ingram topped 10 FP 11 times and 20 FP four times. He had at least 2 receptions in every game, and at least 4 receptions seven times. He had just one game of 100 or more rushing yards (143 in Week Seven), but had three more of 100 yards from scrimmage, and another four in which he was over 90 yards from scrimmage. When active, Ingram played a strong 62.5% of the Saints’ offensive snaps, and touched the ball at least 15 times in 10 of his 12 games. Unfortunately, he first suffered a shoulder injury in Week Ten against Washington, an injury he aggravated further in Week Thirteen. He required surgery on his torn left rotator cuff, but is expected to be recovered for spring. Ingram’s health has long been an issue, as he’s played more than 13 games in a season just once in his five-year career (2012), and he’s had ailments all over his body. But he’s also an excellent player, surprising us with how deadly efficient he was, especially as a receiver. Despite missing four games, Ingram was 8th among RBs in catches and 10th in receiving yards. And at 0.94 FP/touch, he was 4th among RBs with 200 or more touches. The Saint backfield could look a whole lot different next year, but one thing for sure is that Ingram will be leading the way. He’s just got to stay healthy, but his play this year indicates he’s well worth spending an early-round pick on. He’s going in to his age 26 season, despite the fact that it feels like he’s been around forever.
C.J. Spiller – One of the biggest free-agent busts we can remember, Spiller was atrocious in 2015. Playing in 13 games in his first year after signing a multi-year deal with New Orleans, Spiller posted just 36/112/0 rushing (3.1 YPC) and 34/239/2 receiving on 44 targets (77.3%, 7.0 YPR). He averaged 6.2 FPG, to tie him for 59th among all RBs. Spiller missed all of the preseason after arthroscopic knee surgery in August, an injury that cost him Week One as well. And there are indications that he was never fully healthy all season, as he missed the final two games with the same injury. Regardless, this is a player who put up nearly 20% of his entire season’s fantasy production on a single play, an 80-yard TD reception on busted coverage against Dallas in Week Four. It was a 15-point play, and Spiller tallied 81.1 FP total on the year. In fact, that game against Dallas was the only time all season that Spiller managed to top 50 yards from scrimmage. He fell below 20 yards from scrimmage in six of his 13 games. In all, Spiller played 201 snaps in 13 games, an average of 21.4%, and was cast aside for journeyman Tim Hightower even after Mark Ingram was lost for the season. Because the Saints can save over $3 million by cutting him after June 1, we’d doubt he’ll be back in New Orleans next year.
Tim Hightower – Hightower is a perfect illustration of how crazy the RB position was for fantasy this year. Completely out of football since 2011, Hightower got a shot in training camp with the Saints, but was on and off the roster multiple times in September, until being brought back in November following the season-ending injury to Khiry Robinson. Still, Hightower was little used until Week Fourteen, the first week after Mark Ingram was lost for the year. From Week Fourteen through the end of the year, Hightower operated as New Orleans’ top back, posting 84/327/4 rushing (3.9 YPC) and 12/129/0 receiving on 13 targets (92.3%, 10.8 YPR). Over that span, he averaged 20.4 FPG, which ranked him #2 among all RBs. That’s right – in the fantasy playoff weeks, the 29-year-old Hightower, out of football since 2011, was the #2 fantasy RB. A determined runner with strong pass protection skills and good receiving traits, Hightower enters free agency renewed, and he should be able to latch on somewhere for his age-30 season as a third-down/short-yardage specialist, perhaps even back in New Orleans.
Khiry Robinson – Robinson played in eight games with the Saints in 2015, posting 56/180/4 rushing (3.2 YPC) and 17/115/0 receiving on 20 targets (85%, 6.8 YPR). He averaged 8.8 FPG to rank 54th among all RBs. Unfortunately, he was lost to a broken right tibia and early November, needing surgery to fix the injury. Robinson had at least 6 touches in all eight games in which he played, with more than 10 twice. He outsnapped C.J. Spiller three times, playing 22.0% of the snaps overall when active. All in all, he was a handcuff for Mark Ingram, and with 4 TDs in eight games, was more of a fantasy nuisance than anything else. Robinson was jogging as of early February, good news for him considering he’s entering restricted free agency. If the Saints cut Spiller, they’d probably like to bring Robinson back.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Will Ingram work himself into the top 25 by ADP? Will Spiller be cut? What will the Saints do with Hightower and Robinson?
Brandin Cooks – Cooks excelled as the Saints’ #1 receiver with Jimmy Graham out of the equation, but it didn’t start out that way. We pushed Cooks as a break-out WR in the first three rounds last summer, and he had us a bit worried through the first six weeks of the season, ranking 41st among WRs in that time with 29/363/1 receiving for 11.9 FPG. But he turned it on after his slows start, which just so happened to coincide with Drew Brees and his shoulder getting healthy enough to throw the deep ball effectively again. He also won plenty of fantasy championships because of his huge performances in Weeks Fifteen (10/124/1) and Sixteen (5/123/1). Cooks finished scorching hot from Week Seven on, ranking as the #8 fantasy WR with 55/775/8 on 18.2 FPG. He finished the year with 84/1138/9 receiving on 125 targets (67.2% catch rate) for 15.9 FPG (20th) in 16 games. He played on 82.8% of the snaps this year and averaged 2.03 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Cooks’ YPC average jumped from 10.4 in 2014 to 13.5 in 2015 and his TDs jumped from 3 to 9, as Sean Payton used Cooks more effectively downfield this season. Cooks was a bit of a boom-or-bust at times, with 6 games with fewer than 10 FP but also 6 performances of 20+ FP. Cooks got to show off his elite speed more this season, and if he can continue to refine his route-running heading into his third season, than there’s no reason he can’t be a high-end WR2 next season.
Willie Snead – Fellow Saint WR Brandon Coleman was a sexy late-round flyer to break out this season, but Snead was the guy that flew under the radar in the preseason and broke out as the #2 WR. He impressed during training camp and it carried over into the season, and he developed into a solid #2 WR behind Cooks. Snead actually caught our eye during the 2014 preseason as a rookie with the Browns, but he somehow didn’t make their roster out of camp. Snead finished 2015 with 70/990/3 receiving on 102 targets (68.6% catch rate, 14.1 YPC) for 12.5 FPG (33rd) in 15 games. He played on 71% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.83 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Knee and calf issues really slowed him in the middle of the season, as he missed a game in Week Thirteen and was held without a catch in Week Ten. Still, he came out of nowhere to become a pretty solid PPR WR3, with 4+ catches in 11 games and 50+ yards 10 times. Snead, who will turn just 24 next season, worked best in the short and intermediate areas, but he also showed he was capable when he went downfield. He showed some pretty strong chemistry immediately with Drew Brees, and it should only improve with another off-season to work together. Snead finished just shy of 70 catches and 1000 yards in 2015, and those numbers could be his floor with a healthy season and no major moves by the Saints this off-season.
Marques Colston – Colston will likely end his career as the best wide receiver to ever play for the Saints, but he looked on the downside of his career in his 10th season. Age – he’ll turn 33 this summer – and injuries started to catch up to him in 2015. He missed a game because of a shoulder injury and the final two games of the season because of a chest issue. It also didn’t help that Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman looked like better options for Drew Brees by the end of the year. Colston finished with by far his worst numbers of his career, recording 45/520/4 receiving on 67 targets (67.2% catch rate, 11.6 YPC) for 9.3 FPG (58th) in 13 games. He played on 60.4% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.81 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Colston did score 3 TDs in his final two games of the year, which helped his fantasy bottom line, but he still topped 40+ yards in just three games. Colston no longer looks like a viable asset to this passing game, and they’ll likely ask him to restructure his deal this off-season or cut him to save $3.2 million, especially with Coleman looking like a viable replacement at an 11 times cheaper salary ($525K compared to $5.9 million).
Brandon Coleman – Coleman had a strong preseason and became a popular late-round pick as a break-out candidate this season. It turned out to be the right neighborhood but the wrong house. Willie Snead took over as the #2 WR and had the break-out season, while Coleman battled with Marques Colston for snaps as the WR3. Coleman finished with 30/454/2 receiving on 48 targets (62.5% catch rate, 15.1 YPC) for 5.5 FPG in 16 games. He played on just 37.1% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.82 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Coleman showed some improvement as the season went along, and he definitely became a bigger part of the offense from Week Nine on (19/303/1). Coleman is a mismatch nightmare for opposing secondaries because of his 6’6”, 225-pound frame, especially when they play him out of the slot like they do with Colston. Coleman needs to play more consistent, but he should be a part of their young nucleus at wide receiver going forward. Coleman will be just 24 years old this summer and is a logical replacement for Colston, who is starting to trend downward.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Is Cooks capable of another jump in his third season? Does Snead some upside as a WR3 in his third season? Can Colston hold off Coleman or will Coleman start to take over more snaps out of the slot?
Ben Watson – 2015 was not a great season for the Saints as a whole, but they made out very well in the Jimmy Graham deal. They got their starting center (Max Unger) and an impressive rookie LB out of the deal (Stephone Anthony), and the ageless veteran Watson out-produced Graham anyway. In 16 games (in his age 34 season!), Watson posted 74/825/6 receiving on 110 targets (67.3%, 11.1 YPR). He averaged 12.0 FPG to rank 8th among all TEs. So it was the vet Watson, and not Josh Hill, who became the beneficiary of the Graham trade. Watson got off to a slow start, topping out at 8.2 FP over his first four games. But in his final 12, he was below 10 FP just four times, and in two of those games he was above 9.0 FP. Watson also helped TE streamers in Weeks Six and Eight, absolutely blowing up in glorious matchups against the Falcons and Giants, respectively. Watson caught at least 3 balls in 14 of 16 games, ranked 5th among all TEs with 18 red-zone targets, and played a monster share of snaps, with 84.9% for the full season. The end result for Watson were career-highs in every major receiving category, and also in fantasy points (the last time he averaged 10 or more FP came in 2010). Watson’s a free agent and just turned 35, but there seems to be mutual interest in bringing him back. A durable player, Watson’s missed just one game in the last four years. This seems like a Cinderella type of season, but if he’s back with the Saints, he’ll be drafted as a TE2 next summer.
Josh Hill – The “hot candidate” to replace Jimmy Graham, Hill played in 16 games, but did really nothing. Playing in 36.5% of the Saints’ snaps (actually a lower percentage than Michael Hoomanawanui played), Hill was one of the most inefficient receivers at the TE position. He managed just 16/120/2 receiving on 30 targets (53.3%, 7.5 YPR). He averaged 2.5 FPG, fewer than he averaged with Graham around in 2014 (4.1). Hill went catchless in six games, and had just one grab in five more. He’s an upcoming RFA, and he didn’t do a whole lot to earn a big offer, though he turns just 26 in May.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Watson, Hill (RFA), and Michael Hoomanawanui are all free agents. Which, if any, will be back? If Watson does return, where does he get drafted next year, at age 35?
Key Free Agents
TE Benjamin Watson, LB David Hawthorne, RB Khiry Robinson (RFA), RB Tim Hightower, S Rafael Bush, DT Kevin Williams, K Kai Forbath, LB Ramon Humber, LB Anthony Spencer, QB Luke McCown, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, CB Kyle Wilson, S Jamarca Sanford, TE Josh Hill (RFA), OL Tim Lelito 9RFA), OL Mike McGlynn, OL Tony Hills, OL Senio Kelemete (RFA), LB James Anderson, QB Matt Flynn, RB Kendall Hunter, RB Travaris Cadet, FB Austin Johnson (RFA), WR Seantavius Jones.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10; 4th in NFC South)
Jameis Winston – The #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Winston’s season got a lot better after his first NFL throw, which was an interception returned for a TD against the Titans. Playing in 16 games, all starts, Winston posted 312/535 passing (58.3%) for 4044 yards (7.56 YPA), with 22 TDs and 15 INTs. He added 54/213/6 rushing (3.9 YPC). At 21.7 FPG, Winston ranked 18th among QBs who made more than one start, one position behind Marcus Mariota. Winston turned in 20 or more FP in 11 of his 16 starts, and threw multiple INTs just four times (including a 4-INT game against Carolina in Week Four). But we have to admit that the 15 INTs were fewer than we anticipated, based on his college tape and his willingness to make difficult throws. In fact, after throwing 4 INTs in Week Four, Winston went on a four-week tear without throwing an interception, rare for a rookie QB. While the Bucs ideally didn’t want Winston throwing 40 times a game, he reached that number three times, and topped 300 yards twice, each in the last three weeks of the season. Winston threw 2 or more TDs six times (including his 5-TD effort against the Eagles in Week Eleven), but including rushing TDs, he tallied 2 or more total TDs on three other occasions. With 6 rushing TDs, Winston finished behind only Cam Newton among QBs (10). At 0.65 FP/PA, Winston was well above the league average of 0.54, and certainly much better than you may expect from a rookie. Mostly, Winston looked like a player who had a strong command of the Bucs’ offense, and he improved throughout the year, which makes us glad that OC Dirk Koetter got promoted to head coach. Consider that Winston did this behind a young offensive line, and with a lot of injuries at receiver – beyond Mike Evans (who dropped a ton of passes), Winston didn’t have a whole lot to work with on a consistent basis. His ceiling for fantasy may not be a ton higher than this, but he played a lot better than we expected as a rookie.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Just how high can Winston go? Will the Bucs find a taker for Mike Glennon, or will he return as Winston’s backup?
Doug Martin – Martin had been coming off two terrible seasons after his excellent rookie year, which led the Buccaneers to choose to not pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would have kept Martin in Tampa through 2016. Well, Martin may cash in because of that decision. In a contract year, Martin looked as good, if not better, than we saw him in his great rookie year of 2012. Playing in 16 games, Martin posted 288/1402/6 rushing (4.9 YPC) and 33/271/1 receiving on 44 targets (75%, 8.2 YPR). He averaged 15.1 FPG to rank tied for 11th among all RBs. He finished second in the league to Adrian Peterson in rushing yards, and provided a consistent if not dominant fantasy option. Martin had 12 games of 10 FP or more, including in each of the final eight games of the season. He topped 20 FP four times, though three of them game in three straight games from Weeks Four through Seven. He had four games of 100 or more rushing yards, including a dominant 235-yard outing against Philly in Week Eleven. Martin carried the ball at least 11 times in every game, had at least 20 carries in six games, and caught at least 1 pass in 14 of 16 games. Still, Martin’s upside was limited by the fact that he played in a heavy RB rotation with Charles Sims, who took much of the passing-game work. Martin played 57% of the Bucs’ offensive snaps this season, still a relatively high number, but his lack of passing-game work limited his fantasy upside. Indeed, while Martin touched the ball on 51% of his snaps (league-average 39%), he averaged just 0.75 FP/touch, below league average of 0.81. The Bucs would likely love to have their decision back on Martin’s fifth-year rookie option, but now, they’ll have to extend him longer term. Everything is pointing to Martin staying with the Bucs, as both the club and Martin have gone on the record in favor of a reunion.
Charles Sims – Sims and Doug Martin formed one of the most consistent and effective RB duos in the entire NFL in 2015, though Sims wasn’t as consistently useful for fantasy. In 16 games, Sims posted 107/529/0 rushing (4.9 YPC) and 51/561/4 receiving on 70 targets (72.9%, 11.0 YPR). Sims averaged 11.5 FPG, to tie him for 28th at the RB position. Sims was certainly worthy of a roster spot in PPR leagues for most of the year, because he played a ton (average of 41.7% of the snaps), and he was top 10 in all major receiving categories for the position. The problem was a lack of consistent value. Sims had eight games of 10 FP or more, but they came in spurts – three consecutive games from Weeks Three to Five, four consecutive from Weeks Fourteen through Seventeen, and Week Eleven mixed in. Despite his overall big final numbers as a receiver, Sims had more than three catches in a game just three times. He topped 100 yards from scrimmage just twice, so he was more reliable than truly dynamic. On a per-touch basis, Sims was excellent, as his 1.16 FP/touch ranked him 6th among RBs with 100 or more touches, so he was good even though that stat artificially inflates receiving backs more often than not. He also played more snaps than Doug Martin in three games, so the Bucs truly viewed this as a near-equal partnership in the backfield. Dirk Koetter deployed Sims in an ideal way, putting him in a fantastic position to succeed – he’s much more useful on the perimeter than between the tackles. With the Bucs expected to re-sign Martin, their plan is almost certainly to keep their rotation going to help out young QB Jameis Winston.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Will Martin re-sign? If he’s back, will the Bucs be able to have as effective a rotation as they did in 2015?
Mike Evans – Evans easily had one of the more frustrating seasons for a fantasy WR, capped off his with his ejection in final game of the year. His season was filled with way too many drops, way too many penalties, and not enough touchdowns. He had five games with 3 catches or fewer, which is unacceptable for a no-doubt #1 WR and supposed fantasy WR1. What made his season even more frustrating was that he had five games with 7+ catches and 100+ yards, so he absolutely dominated at times. Evans finished the year with 74/1208/3 receiving on 145 targets (51% catch rate, 16.3 YPC) for 14.2 FPG (27th) in 15 games. He did suffer a hamstring injury in training camp, which forced him to Week One and they used him as a decoy in Week Two, so his season did get off to a painfully slow start. Evans played on 84.1% of the snaps this year and averaged a miserable 1.47 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). His TDs plummeted from 12 in his rookie year to 3 in his second season, and Vincent Jackson’s injuries probably didn’t help much as defenses focused on Evans. New OC/WRs coach Todd Monken said that fixing Evans’ drops is one of his top priorities for the offense this off-season. At least Evans has some actual stability at QB now with a full off-season to work with Jameis Winston, who should only get better in his second season. Also, Dirk Koetter was promoted from OC to HC, so he’ll get a second off-season to get adjusted to Koetter’s vertical attack. After a sluggish 2015, Evans has a lot of factors working in his favor heading into 2016, and he’s a prime candidate to have a bounce-back campaign.
Vincent Jackson – Jackson had played full, 16-game seasons for four straight years, but his good fortune in the health department came to a crashing halt in 2015. He missed six games because of two different sprained knee injuries, and he failed to hit 1000 yards for the first time since 2010. Rookie QB Jameis Winston did a pretty good job overall, but his offensive weapons took a major hit with V-Jax out of the lineup. According to PewterReport.com, the Bucs were 4-4 when Jackson completed games, averaging 22.3 points per game, and 2-6 when he missed or played partial games, averaging 19.6 ppg. He finished the year with 33/543/3 receiving on 61 targets (54.1% catch rate, 16.5 YPC) for 10.5 FPG (49th). He played on 78.6% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.73 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). V-Jax had three 1-catch games and had only one 100-yard game this year, and he has just 5 TDs the last two seasons. The Buccaneers will reportedly keep V-Jax around at his $12.2-million cap number next season because they have plenty of cap room and absolutely no depth at WR after V-Jax and Mike Evans. Jackson just turned 33 in January and it’s fair to wonder if his best days might be behind him now. Still, Winston should continue to improve and it’s not like he has many weapons to throw to, so V-Jax should see heavy targets as long as he stays healthy.
Louis Murphy – Injuries have cut short Murphy’s first two seasons in Tampa, as he’s played in just 17 of 32 possible games. He suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Week Seven and he was actually playing well before his injury. He finished with 10/198/0 receiving on 17 targets (58.8% catch rate, 19.8 YPC) for 5.0 FPG in six games. He played on 51.7% of the snaps this year and averaged 1.75 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Murphy will be 29 next season and has had some injury issues throughout his seven-year career. He should be ready for the start of the training camp, but the Buccaneers really need to improve their depth behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Murphy would ideally be strictly a backup to Evans and V-Jax next season, in case of injuries.
Adam Humphries – Humphries went undrafted out of Clemson, and he actually posted solid numbers in college behind DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, and Martavis Bryant. Still, Humphries was a longshot just to make the roster this season, let alone make major contributions. He made the team out of camp but was cut and re-signed to the practice squad in October. They called him back up pretty quickly after the Bucs had some injuries at WR, and Humphries showed solid hands and moved the chains out of the slot. Humphries finished with 27/260/1 receiving on 38 targets (71.1% catch rate, 9.6 YPC) for 4.9 FPG in 12 games. He played on 48.3% of the snaps this year and finished with 1.55 FP per target (league average was 1.66 FP/target for WRs). Humphries showed well for himself in his first season, but he’s going to have to compete for a roster spot once again next training camp.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Can Evans clean up his drops and be the WR1 that he should be? Are V-Jax’s best days behind him or can he return to WR3 form? Will Murphy be a part of the Buccaneer plans at WR next season?
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Seferian-Jenkins has now spent two seasons in the NFL, but has played just 16 games between the two of them. In 2015, it was a shoulder injury that limited his potential for a breakout campaign. Missing every game between Week Three and Week Twelve with a shoulder injury, ASJ posted 21/338/4 receiving on 39 targets (53.8%, 16.1 FPG) in seven games. He averaged 11.3 FPG, which would have ranked him 11th among all TEs if he managed to keep it up for a full season. Of course, guys who play only seven games can bring huge “SMALL SAMPLE ALERT” warnings, and ASJ qualifies – he posted 5/110/2 in Week One against the Titans, a performance that accounted for over one third of his entire fantasy output on the year. Upon returning from the shoulder injury in Week Thirteen, he managed just modest production, turning in games of 11.9 FP in Week Fifteen and 14.0 FPG in Week Sixteen, but we still have to give the talented Seferian-Jenkins an incomplete grade (he played just 45.8% of the Bucs’ snaps in his seven games). Ideally, he’ll stay healthy in 2016, and become a major red-zone threat for rookie QB Jameis Winston. He’s still someone we’ll be ranking aggressively.
Cameron Brate – A second-year man out of Harvard, Brate emerged as the Bucs’ top receiving option at TE when Austin Seferian-Jenkins was injured. Playing in 14 games in 2015, Brate posted 23/288/3 receiving on 30 targets (76.7%, 12.5 YPR). He had three games of 10 or more FP, but he topped out at 5 catches and 53 yards, so he wasn’t exactly a high-end streamer. In general, he played fewer snaps (35.7%) than Brandon Myers (41.6%) and blocking specialist Luke Stocker (51.1%), but was utilized more in fantasy-friendly situations. He should be back in 2016 as the top receiving option backup to the oft-injured Seferian-Jenkins.
Fantasy questions to answer in 2016: Can Seferian-Jenkins stay healthy and actually approach a breakout campaign?
Key Free Agents
RB Doug Martin, DT Henry Melton, DE Jacquies Smith (RFA), RB Bobby Rainey, CB Sterling Moore, DT Tony McDaniel, S Chris Conte, CB Mike Jenkins, LB Danny Lansanah (RFA), S Keith Tandy, LB Larry English, S Bradley McDougald (RFA), FB Jorvorskie Lane (RFA), DT Da’Quan Bowers.
Source: Fantasy Guru
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