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2016 Offensive Line Rankings & NFL Team Summaries
Reduce the risk of your 2016 fantasy football picks
One of the key factors that can really help your decision between two seemingly
equal players is reviewing the quality of the offensive line for those players.
All things being equal, a player that plays behind a very solid offensive line brings more
stability to the table relative to a player that plays behind a suspect offensive line.
Coupled with a Strength of Schedule Analysis, you can significantly stack the fantasy
odds in your favor for having a very successful draft. At the end of day, it is these
subtleties that can help provide a big boost to your fantasy football draft selections,
helping you select players with favorable circumstances while avoiding potential
duds that can crush your team.
The Docs have broken down our projected 2016 offensive line rankings in a very clean, user friendly format. Both projected
2016 run blocking rankings and 2016 pass blocking rankings are given, as well as an in-depth NFL overview for each NFL team, highlighting
off-season player movement, coaching changes, and headline news stories. This is all designed to give you a concise overview of
each NFL team, and the fantasy football implications of these off-season moves relative to anticipated 2016 fantasy player performance.
Coupled to our in-depth offensive line rankings and projections, you will be ready to give your league mates a beatdown on your fantasy
football draft day. It's all about reducing the risk of your 2016 fantasy football draft picks to help stack the fantasy odds in your favor.
For an explaination of how the Docs created the FootballDocs Offensive Line Rankings, click here (or scroll to the bottom of the page).
The Bengals' offense got a little bit of a shake-up in the off-season with the departure of Offensive Coordinator Hugh Jackson to the Browns to become Cleveland's new Head Coach. In Jackson's place enters Ken Zampese, whose coaching lineage traces back to the "Greatest Show on Turf" days back working with Mike Martz in the early 2000's. Whereas Jackson favored the power run game a little more, Zampese is expected to sling the ball around a little bit more. The challenge there is that while QB Andy Dalton is back and ready, Cincinnati experienced a mass exodus at WR in the off-season. WRs Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu left and are now with the Lions and Falcons respectively. Both Sanu and Jones had played their entire careers in Cincinnati up to this point, and have been with the team the last few years developing chemistry with Dalton. To replace those losses, the Bengals added the aging and drop-prone WR Brandon LaFell, as well as rookie WR Tyler Boyd from Pittsburgh. Boyd has all the skills to be a star, and super stud WR A.J. Green will need someone else to step up and keep defensive coverages honest. TE Tyler Eifert amassed 13 TDs last year, but he underwent ankle surgery and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. At RB, we've got another Running Back By Committee (RBBC) year lined up with Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard. Hill is more a of a classic power run RB, while Bernard has great hands as a pass catching option out of the backfield. With Zampese at the offensive controls, Bernard's pass catching skill set favors the offensive attack more, and his skill set is very similar to STL "Greatest Show on Turf" RB Marshall Faulk in many ways. It's hard to get completely past the TD Vulture ability of Hill. However, if Hill were to miss time with an injury or continue to struggle (3.5 yards per carry average last year), particularly in a change in offensive style not aligned as well to his strengths, Bernard could erupt to become a fantasy monster. It will be interesting to see what Zampese can do, as he inherits a good team with good talent.
Miami is a team and offense that is going to be easily overlooked by a lot of less than savvy fantasy folks, but not our folks. This is a location to keep in mind to go mining for sleepers, as they are loaded with offensive talent. A complete reboot of their coaching staff also gives reason to get excited, as new Head Coach Adam Gase joins after running high powered offenses in Chicago and Denver. At Gase's disposal is a ton of young talent. QB Ryan Tannehill has gotten better every season in the league, and that trend should continue with Gase, who helped Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler enjoy some of their best years as a Pro. RB Lamar Miller is gone to Houston, which has opened the door for second year RB Jay Ajayi out of Boise State. Ajayi has all the skills and size to be Matt Forte-like in Gase's offense. Rookie RB Kenyan Drake from Alabama also joins the Dolphins, but Drake is not built as an every down RB and slides in much better as a role player. Ajayi will be given every opportunity to be a feature RB. At WR, Miami is blessed with Jarivs Landry and DeVante Parker. Landry emerged with a big 2015 season, and the stage is set for Parker to emerge. Parker was the 14th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Louisville and has the size and all the skills to be a beast in the NFL. At TE, Jordan Cameron is in desperation mode after a horrible 2015 season, but Gase has a history with TEs too as we saw with Julius Thomas in Denver and Martellus Bennett in Chicago. In the end, you have a talented roster with an offensive minded coach. There are numerous sleepers to be had here for the later rounds of your draft in a great position to emerge with big years. Someone (perhaps even two) is going to emerge, so punch a Miami lottery ticket late in your draft and see what happens.
San Diego Chargers
After the dust has settled (for now) from all the off-season talk of the Chargers potentially moving to Los Angeles, the team and city can finally focus on football. HC Mike McCoy returns and is reunited with new OC Ken Whisenhunt, who was let go from Tennessee. Expect the short passing game to remain a key cog in the offense. Most of the starters from last year return with the exception of WR Malcom Floyd, who has retired. The Chargers wasted no time making a move to acquire WR Travis Benjamin from Cleveland. Benjamin is a burner and likely to develop into one of QB Philip Rivers' favorite deep threats on offense. Benjamin will join a talented WR corps featuring Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson. TE Antonio Gates is about five years past trading in for a newer model, yet he continues to produce. However, the Chargers did finally make that trade in move by taking the #1 rated TE off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft with Hunter Henry. Henry played for the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas and is a very gifted receiver. Both Gates and Henry will be featured on the field, which means a dip in Gates' production is likely. However, Gates is such a favorite target of QB Rivers that you can never rule him out for as long as Rivers lines up under center. Regardless, Rivers is loaded with offensive talent to spread the rock around at WR and TE, and he could see some very nice numbers this season. At RB, we enter year two of the Melvin Gordon experiment. Gordon had micro-fracture surgery, which can prove problematic when trying to return to pre-injury form. Versatile RB Danny Woodhead can and will command touches, and even RB Branden Oliver lurks on the roster. The RB situation is murky at best, while the passing situation warrants mining for some fantasy gems.
The Titans are posturing to be a ground and pound team. They added 6' 3" / 247 lbs bruiser RB Derrick Henry from Alabama in the 2016 NFL Draft and also acquired RB DeMarco Murray from the Eagles. Murray is well known for being a between-the-tackles-runner. Flashy RB Dexter McCluster is still on the roster, which means 2016 is shaping up to be a nasty Running Back By Committee (RBBC) in Tennessee. RBBC's are fantasy killers as no single RB gets a large share of the workload and hence is not given the opportunity to pile on the gaudy stats fantasy geeks crave. At QB, second year player Marcus Mariota returns. Mariota had a tremendous rookie campaign, and if it weren't for injuries, his numbers would have translated even more on the season ending stat sheet. Mariota is a very smart, dual threat pass/run QB that brings very nice fantasy upside to your line-up. TE Delanie Walker is back after earning his first Pro Bowl accolade last season in his 10 year NFL career. Walker should prove to be Mariota's favorite receiving target once again, as the two had a very strong rapport last year. A group of throw and stick WRs are on the roster, as the Titans are throwing them against the wall and hoping one of them sticks as a reliable option. WR Dorial Green-Beckham has talent and size, but he is very unpolished. WRs Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, and newcomer Rishard Matthews from Miami round out the WR corps. It's hard to get too excited about anything fantasy-wise in Tennessee not named QB Marcus Mariota and TE Delanie Walker. The waters everywhere else are very murky with no clear resolution in sight. Tennessee, however, could prove to be a great target for your fantasy waiver wire as the talent is there for a player or two to emerge at RB or WR, particularly if an injury where to happen to some of the competition at those positions.
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