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Top 5 Player Profiles By Position

#1 Peyton Manning (Den)

With a "noodle arm" and age theoretically working against him, Manning overcame the odds en route to a mammoth season, and arguably the greatest statistical quarterback campaign of all time. Despite losing LT Ryan Clady to a season-ending Lisfranc fracture two starts in, M... Read More

#2 Drew Brees (NO)

Just another elite year in a career littered with them. Brees finished a relatively distant second to Peyton Manning in per-game fantasy scoring, but registered his fifth top-two QB finish among the past six years. Brees' fantasy "floor" may be the highest among all quarte... Read More

#1 Adrian Peterson (Min)

Peterson was never going to match his historic 2012, but we'll take 279/1,266/10 in a "down" year any day. Peterson's 4.53 YPC may have been his worst since 2009, but was still 12th amongst running backs. His touchdowns (10) and fantasy point total were fourth and sixth, r... Read More

#2 Matt Forte (Chi)

No. 2 in the NFL in rushing behind McCoy, Forte also finished third amongst backs in receptions (74) and fourth in receiving yards (592). He was an all-purpose workhorse under rookie coach Marc Trestman, clearing 95-plus total yards and/or scoring a touchdown in 13-of-16 games. Fort... Read More

#1 Calvin Johnson (Det)

Johnson battled a knee injury, constant double-teams and Matthew Stafford's inconsistent accuracy all season long. He still emerged as a top-three fantasy receiver for the third straight year. Just one year after setting the NFL record for receiving yards in a season, Megatron poste... Read More

#2 Demaryius Thomas (Den)

Peyton Manning shattered records and Thomas was his No. 1 receiver. He certainly has the ability to be a dominant deep threat, but Manning's declining arm strength led to a ton of bubble screens. That was just fine by Thomas, who established himself as the league's premier run-after... Read More

#1 Vernon Davis (SF)

Davis scored 15 touchdowns in 18 games, including playoffs, and finished as fantasy's No. 2 tight end. It was the second time in his career that Davis eclipsed ten scores. And it still felt like Davis wasn't targeted enough. He finished 11th at tight end with his 82 targets. Davis i... Read More

#2 Rob Gronkowski (NE)

Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season as he recovered from a twice-broken forearm. He then tore his ACL and MCL in Week 14. If we extrapolated Gronkowski's stats from the seven games he played in across 16 contests, he would have put up an 89-1,353-15.2-9 receiving lin... Read More

Player Projections

Players Pass YdsPass TDIntRush Tds
Peyton Manning (Den)5,39544121
Aaron Rodgers (GB)4,6223393
Drew Brees (NO)5,24136141
Andrew Luck (Ind)4,17029143
Players RecRec YdsRec Tds
Antonio Brown (Pit)1011,3017
Demaryius Thomas (Den)1091,40311
Jordy Nelson (GB)981,30710
A.J. Green (Cin)951,37510
Players RecRec YdsRec Tds
Rob Gronkowski (NE)811,0699
Jimmy Graham (Sea)911,15412
Greg Olsen (Car)607475
Travis Kelce (KC)434925
Players Rush YdsRush TdsRecRec YdsRec Tds
Adrian Peterson (Min)1,37510473761
Marshawn Lynch (Sea)1,12011262231
LeSean McCoy (Buf)1,45711423402
Matt Forte (Chi)1,2338635412
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Morgan Burnett (GB)8429122
Harrison Smith (Min)8139131
Eric Weddle (SD)9124121
Reshad Jones (Mia)6315120
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Sheldon Richardson (NYJ)5426401
Ndamukong Suh (Mia)3214802
Jurrell Casey (Ten)3813901
Aaron Donald (StL)326702
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Luke Kuechly (Car)10351231
Lavonte David (TB)10833432
DeAndre Levy (Det)7633121
Bobby Wagner (Sea)9448421
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Jason McCourty (Ten)6721021
Darrelle Revis (NYJ)4422030
Prince Amukamara (NYG)6121021
Corey Graham (Buf)5625022
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
J.J. Watt (Hou)67201504
Jason Pierre-Paul (NYG)44141202
Robert Quinn (StL)5291804
Chandler Jones (NE)51301204
Players 20-29 Made30-39 Made40-49 Made50+ MadePAT Made
Stephen Gostkowski (NE)71110254
Adam Vinatieri (Ind)10810144
Dan Bailey (Dal)9106544
Steven Hauschka (Sea)1079346

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