Top 10 Fantasy Players In The NFC North For 2016

Top 10 Fantasy Players In The NFC North For 2016

Believe it or not there are some fantasy leagues already holding their drafts for this upcoming season. Hope you haven’t held yours, yet. You need to read Von Lozon’s top 10 fantasy players in the NFC North so you’re better prepared.

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Whether you do your draft online or at Buffalo Wild Wings, hopefully some preparation was put in beforehand so you can win your league and have bragging rights for a whole year. Today, I am going to try and help with your preparation and guide us to victory.

Here are my top 10 NFC North fantasy football players for 2016.

  1. LaQuon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings

I’m being cautiously optimistic with Treadwell at No. 10 on my list. He was the best wide receiver in the draft and he fell to pick 23 to the Vikings. He was NFL ready halfway through his final season with Ole Miss. His hands and speed will create problems for defensive backs throughout the NFL. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he were a top three receiver in the division by the end of the year.

  1. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

I love Stafford as much as the next rational Lions fan, but I don’t love him as a starting fantasy quarterback. He has weapons in Golden Tate and newly acquired Marvin Jones, but we just don’t know how he will fare without Calvin Johnson for an entire season. He’s the second best quarterback in the division, but his fantasy value is much lower than his NFC North ranking would suggest.

  1. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

Just like his quarterback, Cobb went through some difficult times in 2015. He had just one game where he had over 100 yards receiving and he was only able to score six times, three of those touchdowns being in one game. Compare that to 12 touchdowns and nearly 1,300 yards in 2014 and he looked like a different player on paper and on the field. He also had his fair share of drops, 14 of them to be exact. It was a fantasy struggle last year, but I’d be shocked if he didn’t have a turnaround season. He’s only 25 and has plenty of room to grow.

  1. Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears

Langford is only one of two Chicago players on my list, but he may have the biggest upside of all 10 players. He only started two games last year when Matt Forte was hurt, but he had a touchdown in each of those two starts. He finished with six touchdowns on the season and had over 500 yards. Not bad for a rookie that didn’t start a game until Week 10. His workload will be heavily increased with Forte gone.

  1. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers

2015 was such a letdown for Lacy that he committed himself to working out and getting back in shape over the summer. He was a bowling ball before he put on weight, so his ability to shake off defenders was reminiscent of Marshawn Lynch. I have him a tad lower just because of his backup — James Starks — and the receiving core is so good in Green Bay they tend to pass the ball more often.

  1. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

Tate is a catch-and-run machine. If you are in a point per reception league, grab Tate if you can. He caught 90 passes for over 800 yards and six touchdowns even with Calvin Johnson being the No. 1 target. Now with Johnson gone, Tate will have to step up and be the next go-to receiver in Detroit. I can see him catching over 100 passes for well over 1,000 yards this season.

  1. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears

Jeffery is arguably the best receiver in the division. He has the best hands in the game; I don’t care what you say about Odell Beckham Jr. He only played in nine games last season due to injury, but still had 807 yards and four touchdowns. That’s insane considering his health, not to mention Jay Cutler is throwing him the football. He is a top 10 receiver, so get him while you can.

  1. Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers

Nelson was my top receiver in 2014 after having over 1,500 yards, nearly 100 catches and scoring 13 times. Naturally, I drafted him as my top receiver in 2015, expecting him to have a similar season. But then he tore his ACL in the first preseason game and killed my fantasy dreams, as well as the dreams of all Packer fans. Because of his presence down the field and past connections with his MVP quarterback, he’ll be back and better than ever.

  1. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Rodgers is my go-to quarterback in fantasy football. His touchdown/interception ratio is by far the best in the game. He’s an accurate passer with a vision unlike any other quarterback in the game. He also has Nelson back from an ACL tear, so I expect more deep ball passes from Rodgers this season. He only surpassed 300 passing yards or more in three games in 2015. I guarantee that’s higher this season.

  1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

The reason I have Peterson No. 1 and not Rodgers is because of value at the position. What Peterson has done at his position and age is insane, and I expect him to put up big numbers again. The quarterback position has plenty of depth — Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger — unlike the running back position which has Peterson and some high risk players. Le’Veon Bell is suspended for the first four games of the season, Jamaal Charles is injury prone, David Johnson hasn’t established himself as a top back yet in my eyes and Ezekiel Elliot hasn’t played one snap in the NFL. Todd Gurley is Peterson’s only competition at running back in fantasy in my book.

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