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Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston, QB - TB

In year number two the top overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft took another step forward, topping 4000 yards again and raising his completion percentage to nearly 61 percent, up from his rookie year mark of just over 58 percent. Winston also threw 28 touchdown passes, but turnovers continue to be the big concern, as he gave away the ball two dozen times, including six fumbles. Still, there was marked improvement for the young quarterback despite lacking consistent offensive talent outside of Mike Evans, at the skill positions. The addition of DeSean Jackson this offseason should be huge, as defenses will need to account for his deep speed. And rookies O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin were two of the more dynamic pass catching talents in this year's draft. Tampa Bay clearly went out of its way to find weapons that should not only help bolster Winston's production this season, but also for the next decade. It would not be at all surprising for Jameis to be knocking on the door of the top ten quarterback conversation by season's end.

Matthew Stafford, QB - DET

With Calvin Johnson hanging it up last offseason there was much debate about what would happen to the Lions passing game. Marvin Jones lit the world on fire with Stafford through the first few weeks, but ultimately is was the short and intermediate passing game that drove the Detroit offense. Entering his ninth NFL season it does look like Stafford has settled in at a fairly predictable level. While he's become a more efficient passer in the past couple seasons, we can assume a typical Stafford season is going to be somewhere in the 4200-4500 yard range for 16 games, with 25-30 touchdowns and about half that number of interceptions. It's a pretty solid baseline if you consider the fact that Detroit hasn't fielded a consistent running game in years, and once again decided to stand pat in that department this offseason. Despite entering his ninth campaign, Stafford won't turn 30 until next offseason so he should be counted on to maintain this production for some time.

Christian Hackenberg, QB - NYJ

The word out of the Jets organization is that they've been happy with Hackenberg's offseason improvement, after last year's second round pick essentially took a redshirt season. While the news is at least a little encouraging, it's worth noting that Hackenberg had been so bad to this point that he really had nowhere to go but up. If he somehow wins the job over Josh McCown, he would be hands down the worst starting quarterback in the league. If he doesn't, he and Bryce Petty will battle it out for "next man up" status for whenever McCown misses time (because that's happening). Hackenberg is starting to take on somewhat of a Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel (pre-meltdown) mystique, in that some scouts and analysts believe he can eventually develop into an NFL quarterback, while others don't even believe he belongs in the league. His preseason is going to tell us a lot.

Eli Manning, QB - NYG

After a dismal 2016 campaign it appears the Giants offseason strategy was to get Eli Manning more toys, as the G-Men now have one of the best pass catching units in the league. With a year under his belt running back Paul Perkins is slated to be the starter and is a pass catching upgrade over predecessor Rashad Jennings, while Shane Vereen fills the passing downs back role. They added Brandon Marshall to keep teams from overloading on Odell Beckham, and second year receiver Sterling Shepard will now almost exclusively run out of the slot. Then, just for good measure, they used a first round pick on tight end Evan Engram, an elite athlete who can lineup all over the formation to create mismatches with his unique combination of size and speed. With this group Manning should be in line for a bounceback in his age 36 season. If not, the Giants may start hedging next offseason so that all of this young offensive talent doesn't go to waste.

Philip Rivers, QB - LAC

Few quarterbacks in the history of the NFL have been asked to do more with less over the past few seasons. Injuries, particularly at the receiver position and across the offensive line, have decimated this team of late. The emergence of Tyrell Williams last season, along with the addition of Hunter Henry in last year's draft and Mike Williams in the first round this spring, should give Rivers enough weapons to continue being productive from a fantasy standpoint. Keenan Allen also returns from another serious injury, but it's unknown what level he can get back to. Known throughout his career as a bit of gunslinger, Rivers led the league in interceptions again. But in his defense the Chargers defense, or lack thereof, required herculean efforts from him on nearly a weekly basis. Heading into his age 36 season the clock is ticking for the veteran quarterback, and despite rumblings that the Chargers were in the market for a quarterback in this past draft, nothing materialized. Rivers probably has at least a few more viable fantasy seasons left.

Cam Newton, QB - CAR

Coming off his 2015 NFL MVP season, few could have predicted the nightmarish 2016 season endured by Newton and the Carolina Panthers. By Week 3 the Panthers had lost more regular season games than they had the previous season, and Newton was already halfway to matching his interception total from the previous season. With Kelvin Benjamin's returning from sitting out 2015 with a torn ACL, the expectation was that the Carolina passing game would be even more potent last season. That was hardly the case. Injuries and defections ravaged the defense, while the offensive line struggled to protect Newton, who seemingly found himself leading comeback efforts by halftime almost every week. Carolina worked to improve the protection this offseason and also added two of the most dynamic playmakers in the draft in running back Christian McCaffrey and hybrid WR/RB Curtis Samuel. Both are big play threats and above average receivers. The new focus is to take some of the burden off Newton to run, which limits some of the short term fantasy appeal, but could ultimately give him fantasy longevity.

Running Backs

Jonathan Williams, RB - DEN

Prior to Mike Gillislee jumping ship, Williams was barely on the fantasy radar. Now he finds himself in line for the backup role in a running back heavy offense. Williams will still need to convince the new regime that he can handle the job if McCoy misses time, but if he can't hold off Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Banyard in camp then he's not worth of a roster spot in anything but the deepest dynasty formats anyway. He has some sneaky dynasty format and is a player to watch in the preseason.

Marlon Mack, RB - IND

The Colts used a fourth round pick on the dynamic Mack, as they continue to ride with 34 year old Frank Gore as their feature back. Mack ran behind some atrocious offensive lines at USF, and still managed to average more than a hundred yards per game over three seasons as the starter. That's a pretty good sign that he might be able to deliver on the promise Josh Ferguson didn't fulfill last season. While the coaching staff has been talking up Robert Turbin this offseason, heading into his age 28 season with his third NFL team, the career backup has never really flashed starter-type upside. A bit undersized, Mack isn't a banger and there are questions about his ball security and penchant for trying to turn every play into a home run, but he's hands down the most explosive running back on this depth chart.

Christine Michael, RB - IND

Doug Martin, RB - TB

Martin will sit for the first three games of 2017, serving a PED suspension for Adderall. But by all accounts his treatment and rehab went tremendously well and he looks poised to regain his prior form and role as the Bucs feature back. So far in his five year career Martin has been wildly inconsistent, but he's also playing for his third coaching regime and has suffered some unfortunate injuries along the way. He followed up a monster 2012 rookie season with two years of inconsistent play and missed time before once again breaking out in 2015, rushing for more than 1400 yards for the second time and averaging a career best 4.9 yards per carry. Last year he suffered through injuries and the late season failed PED test. But the fact that the Bucs haven't walked away from Martin and his $35 million contract is pretty telling. Despite some of the hyperbole out of Tampa Bay, no one really believes Jacquizz Rodgers is a difference maker over a sixteen game season and the remainder of the depth chart features somewhat one-dimensional backs. By many offseason accounts Martin looks like the 2015 version of the "muscle hamster," which makes him an interesting proposition in drafts, given that we know he's capable of producing for fantasy owners.

Isaiah Crowell, RB - CLE

Crowell has quietly carved out the feature back role in Cleveland, getting better in each of his first three seasons in the league. His 4.8 yards per carry last season on nearly 200 totes was impressive, as were the 40 receptions, more than doubling his previous high. The biggest issue for Crowell is that he's once again playing for a rebuilding Browns squad where the offense is likely to once again be in catchup mode quite often. Still, as Hue Jackson and company seem to be doing a solid job of rebuilding, especially on the defensive side and along the offensive line, there may be more chances to run the ball this season and Crowell should crack 1000 yards for the first time in his career. At just 24 years old and in the final year of his contract, 2017 is a huge opportunity to set himself up long term, either in Cleveland or somewhere else.

Wide Receivers

Jamison Crowder, WR - WAS

With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson gone, Crowder is nearly assured of building on last season. A smaller receiver that operated mainly out of the slot last year, Crowder should reprise that role and could see far less competition for targets. Jordan Reed's health struggles have been well documented and the mystery surrounding his preseason foot issue continues to raise questions. Terrelle Pryor is new to the offense and Cousins, and while he had some success last season, he's still learning to play the position. And talented second year wideout Josh Doctson has struggled with injuries since he was drafted, playing in just two games as a rookie. Crowder isn't a gamebreaker, but he's a shifty player with the ability to churn out some extra yards after the catch. If some of the health questions break the wrong way for Washington, there's a path to 100 receptions for Crowder in this offense. Regardless, he's a virtual lock to top last year's 67-847-7 going into just his age 24 season.

Alshon Jeffery, WR - PHI

Despite being the marquee free agent name at wide receiver this offseason, injury questions led to just a one year deal in Philly where Jeffery will need to prove he can stay on the field. Injuries have cost him eleven games over the past two seasons, derailing what looked like inevitable fantasy stud status after big 2013 and 2014 campaigns. Still just 27, if Jeffery can stay healthy then he has top tier fantasy receiver upside and should be a big upgrade to the Eagles receiving corps. Downfield accuracy is still a bit of a question for second year quarterback Carson Wentz, but Jeffery also has the skill set to turn some of those errant throws into completions. While his dynasty stock is at an all time low, the talent isn t really a question so if Jeffery stays healthy and produces this season he could wind up being a steal at his current valuation.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett, TE - NE

Bennett has never been able to elevate his game to a consistent level and supply a feasible amount of fantasy points, but the 30 year-old is given another opportunity to shine with the Green Bay Packers and hopes to make an immediate impact and become an additional threat to an already impressive passing offense. Head coach Mike McCarthy's offense revolves around QB Aaron Rodgers and a handful of other weapons headlined by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, who will more than likely account for the majority of Rodgers' looks in 2017. The two wideouts saw 47 percent of Rodgers' targets last year, a number that isn't expected to deflate. Nevertheless, given the Packers will boast a pass-heavy offense, Bennett has the opportunity to break his previous career-high of 976 receiving yards he set back in 2014 with the Chicago Bears.

Jack Doyle, TE - IND

Doyle enters the 2017 campaign as a fourth year tight end and projected to open Week 1 as the starter for the Indianapolis Colts. He is given a fantastic opportunity to produce fantasy points in a starting role, with Colts franchise QB Andrew Luck throwing his way. Luck is in desperate need of a safety valve and if Doyle can fill the void, he could see an ample amount of looks. Doyle is a big target at 6-foot-4 and 260 lbs with speed that complements his size. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and appeared in all 16 games last season, totalling 584 yards and five touchdowns. The majority of his season was spent on the bench behind Dwayne Allen until Doyle began to produce, finishing second in receiving yards among Colts' receivers. Allen bolted to the New England Patriots during the offseason, leaving Doyle to inherit the starting TE position. The Colts ranked 10th in total yards with 5,830 and as long as Luck stays healthy, a career season for Doyle could come to fruition.

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