Fantasy Sports Fix: 2016 fantasy football news and notes
It’s been nearly four months since the NFL season ended but I’m already starting to see advertisements for fantasy football. I think that’s a good thing, even though training camps are another 2 months away, I’ll take any kind of fantasy football news this time of year and there’s a few fantasy worthy stories I found.
Eddie Lacy has lost a lot of weight, reportedly. The Packers admittedly asked him to slim down, but he really went above and beyond after P90x creator Tony Horton reached out to him. Lacy’s weight was noticeably affecting his running ability last year as evidenced by his 61-yard run against Arizona where he was stopped well before the end zone on what could have been a touchdown if he were a bit lighter. I suspect Lacy could really improve on his total rushing yards from last year and end up with close to 1,200 yards if all goes well. He should be a steal in the upcoming drafts, too, going in the middle rounds instead of the early rounds.
The Cowboys’ rookie first round pick, Ezekiel Elliot, will be running behind a stacked offensive line in Dallas where the expectations are high with him running behind an offensive line that had three Pro Bowlers last year. He has the best shot to be Rookie of the Year, and he could contend for leading rusher in the NFL if the hype is to be believed. Dez Bryant will be back and will be helping to open up the run game as well. I could see Elliot being drafted very high in this years fantasy drafts because his situation in Dallas looks very promising and he could score a ton of points. Elliot rushed for over 1,800 yards in 2014 and 2015 in college, so look for over 1,000 yards, which is on the very low end of projections.
Martavis Bryant is one of the most promising receivers in the game, or at least he was up until the end of last season where he managed only 765 receiving yards and missed the first four games due to yet another drug violation. He not only failed to live up to the hype, he also failed another drug test and was handed a one-year suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy back in March. The Steelers have responded and are going to be using a committee of three receivers to fill the void. They plan on using the trio of Markus Wheaton, Ladarius Green, and Sammie Coates. I expect Wheaton to get most of the snaps out of all of them though. He has great speed and could be used on the outside at some point, so don’t sleep on him in your draft this year.
Speaking of sleepers, check out these early sleeper picks.
Thomas Rawls, running back, Seattle SeahawksThomas Rawls, running back, Seattle Seahawks – Taking over for Marshwan Lynch in a potent offense. – Taking over for Marshwan Lynch in a potent offense.
Thomas Rawls, running back, Seattle Seahawks – Taking over for Marshwan Lynch in a potent offense.
Markus Wheaton, wide receiver, Pittsburgh SteelersMarkus Wheaton, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers – Should benefit from Martavis Bryant's suspension. – Should benefit from Martavis Bryant's suspension.
Markus Wheaton, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers – Should benefit from Martavis Bryant’s suspension.
Derek Carr, quarterback, Oakland RaidersDerek Carr, quarterback, Oakland Raiders – Poised to break into the top 10 quarterbacks this year. – Poised to break into the top 10 quarterbacks this year.Derek Carr, quarterback, Oakland Raiders – Poised to break into the top 10 quarterbacks this year.
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Erin Smiddy has lived in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District nearly all her life. An unaffiliated voter who lives in Aspen, Smiddy said she voted for President Joe Biden and Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, who ran against Republican Lauren Boebert, in the 2020 election. So far she said she’s not impressed with Boebert’s job performance.