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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
Cam Newton (Car)3,60624146
Andy Dalton (Cin)3,97425162
Colin Kaepernick (SF)3,29722102
Sam Bradford (Phi)3,66018101
Players RecRec YdsRec Tds
Denarius Moore (Cin)476153
Cecil Shorts III (Hou)648334
Randall Cobb (GB)851,0408
Jeremy Kerley (NYJ)506132
Players RecRec YdsRec Tds
Julius Thomas (Jax)7889410
Charles Clay (Buf)546163
Coby Fleener (Ind)404814
Jordan Cameron (Mia)658117
Players Rush YdsRush TdsRecRec YdsRec Tds
Matt Asiata (Min)200150
Jordan Todman (Car)11318680
Shaun Draughn (Cle)100000
Trent Richardson (Oak)7386302431
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Da'Norris Searcy (Ten)6436111
Mark Barron (StL)8325231
Harrison Smith (Min)8139131
Aaron Williams (Buf)6127021
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Jurrell Casey (Ten)3813901
Corey Liuget (SD)3710601
Dontari Poe (KC)457500
Mike Daniels (GB)3111901
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Bobby Wagner (Sea)9448421
Mychal Kendricks (Phi)9122221
Lavonte David (TB)10833432
Keenan Robinson (Was)7245112
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Jason McCourty (Ten)6721021
Alterraun Verner (TB)5116131
Prince Amukamara (NYG)6121021
Lardarius Webb (Bal)4825031
Players TackTack AsstSackIntForce Fum
Robert Quinn (StL)5291804
Adrian Clayborn (Atl)3912903
Cameron Jordan (NO)38141403
J.J. Watt (Hou)67201504
Players 20-29 Made30-39 Made40-49 Made50+ MadePAT Made
Ryan Succop (Ten)1176342
Graham Gano (Car)888336
Connor Barth (Den)8118337
Steven Hauschka (Sea)1079346

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