2016 fantasy football profiles (WR 17-32)

Auction...............$15

Bye Week.............8

Jarvis Landry finished sixth in the NFL in wide receiver targets in 2015. However, he is not like many of the other target hogs in the NFL. The top-10 most targeted wide receivers in the NFL finished with an average of 8.44 yards per target. Landry clocked in with just 6.97. While that stat doesn't speak to the whole story, it's fair to question whether Landry will see that much volume again this season. DeVante Parker looked ready to take on a larger role in the passing game at the end of the season, and the team drafted Leonte Carroo in the third round. The Dolphins were famous for abandoning the run game in 2015. If they commit to it more this year, that could also eat into some of Landry's target volume. All this to say, Landry should still finish in the 90-1,000-6 range once again this year. Just make sure not to get overzealous in any bidding wars for his services.

Auction...............$9

Bye Week.............5

After coming over from Philadelphia, Jeremy Maclin's numbers took a dip in Kansas City, but he certainly did not fall of the cliff as many expected. He was an offensive altering presence, and owned a 38 percent share of the Chiefs passing targets from Week 12 on. He left the ceiling behind in Philly, but found a safe floor as the No. 1 pass catcher in Kansas City. Expect that to continue this season. He makes for an ideal WR2 in PPR leagues, and is a strong part of a receiving rotation in standard leagues.

Auction...............$15

Bye Week.............9

Edelman was having his usual high-target, quality PPR season when he suffered a foot injury in Week 10 that forced him to have surgery and miss the remainder of the regular season. As long as Edelman's on the field, you can be pretty certain that he'll be Tom Brady's second-favorite target (behind Gronk, of course). The only downside to Edelman is that he's never posted huge yardage totals in his career with just one 1,000-yard season to his name. Despite this, he'll continue to be a highly drafted option in PPR leagues since he always has the chance to get close to 100 receptions in a season.

Auction...............$8

Bye Week.............6

So much went wrong with Randall Cobb's 2015 season it's hard to keep track. From Jordy Nelson going down for the season to Cobb's nagging shoulder injury to Davante Adams' inability to get open, we should have seen the writing on the wall for Cobb to disappoint. However, that is in the past, and fantasy owners need only be concerned with what's in store for the Kentucky product's immediate fantasy future. Nelson, Cobb and Aaron Rodgers will all be fully healthy again, and the last time they were that trio finished second, sixth and first at their positions in fantasy, respectively. The Packers offense should return to its high-octane form this year, and Cobb is set to be a big beneficiary. The general public might be a bit too down on Cobb based on last year's performance, which opens an opportunity for savvy drafters to take advantage and get him at a value.

Auction...............$9

Bye Week.............11

It's well past time to give Eric Decker his due as one of the better fantasy receivers in the NFL. The veteran has posted more than 1,000 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns in three of his last four seasons. Decker is ostensibly the No. 2 receiver on the roster behind Brandon Marshall, but he posts numbers closer to a top-tier wideout thanks to three top 10 fantasy finishes in the past four seasons. Some of Decker's value will hinge upon who eventually winds up as the Jets starting quarterback but there's little reason to think he can't at least have a floor of being a low-end WR2 at worst.

Auction...............$11

Bye Week.............10

Despite the Colts offense being an injury-riddled disaster in 2015, T.Y. Hilton managed to cobble together his third-straight 1,000-yard, top-25 fantasy scoring finish. Andrew Luck only played in seven games in 2015, but Hilton managed to rack up over 51 percent of his total fantasy output in those contests. There's reason for optimism with Hilton and the Colts offense as a whole if Luck can stay healthy this season, but at this point we might have seen the best Hilton has to offer (which isn't bad at all). He'll be able to net owners around 1,200 yards and five to eight touchdowns, which puts him firmly in the high-floor/low-ceiling camp of WR2s. Don't get caught reaching too highly for Hilton in 2016, but at the right price he can be a fantastic contributor.

Auction...............$9

Bye Week.............5

Baldwin had the best season of his career in 2015 with career highs in receptions, yards, touchdowns and of course, fantasy points. Thanks to his ridiculous production late in the season -- he went on a hot streak where he scored 11 touchdowns in a span of five games -- Baldwin finished as a top 10 fantasy receiver for the year. He was actually on 22.79 percent of championship winning teams as six of those 11 scores came during the fantasy playoffs. But don't be fooled. Baldwin can't be trusted to reproduce those kinds of numbers in 2016. But that doesn't mean he can't turn in a fantastic fantasy season. He remains the No. 1 receiving option in a Seattle offense that could be building more around the passing game after Marshawn Lynch's retirement and Russell Wilson's emergence as an elite passer. Baldwin looks to be a rock-solid WR2 or WR3 for the upcoming season.

Auction...............$7

Bye Week.............9

Floyd had a slow start to the season thanks to a dislocated finger that he suffered during training camp. Although he was ready to play in Week 1, it took until Week 8 before he made a big impact by racking up 106 yards and a touchdown. From there, Floyd took off with five 100-yard games in his final eight contests. He'll once again go to work as part of a deep Cardinals receiving corps that includes Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. But with Fitzgerald's career winding down, there's an opportunity for a fully healthy Floyd to earn a greater share of targets. In such a high-volume passing offense, Floyd could finally take his place among the top 20 fantasy wideouts.

Auction...............$9

Bye Week.............5

The fantasy world had high hopes for a Kelvin Benjamin encore after a rookie season where he cracked 1,000 yards. Unfortunately, a training camp ACL injury took him out for the entirety of the 2015 season. He missed out on an MVP-level campaign from Cam Newton, and a surge in efficiency from the Carolina passing attack. After a more spread-out distribution seemed to bode well for Newton and the Panthers, one must wonder whether Benjamin returns to the same place he held in the passing game as a rookie when he garnered 27 percent of the team's targets. Regardless, Benjamin should play a key role in a unit that continues to grow with each passing year. If he comes at a discount off an injury, one he had a long layoff from, he could be a draft steal.

Auction...............$6

Bye Week.............9

The final totals might lead some to believe that 2015 was the John Brown breakout season. But that belies a season that was filled with inconsistency. Only twice did he reach the 100-yard mark -- one of those games was a 196-yard outburst. Overall, Brown became a touchdown-dependent option because his yardage totals were so up-and-down. Yet his talent (and his deep speed) is reason to hope that the true breakout season is on the way. As long as the Cardinals offense stays intact, Brown should see plenty of opportunities. Last year might not have been what we would have hoped for, but the upside is too great to let that completely discourage you.

Auction...............$4

Bye Week.............10

Donte Moncrief looked like he was on his way to a breakout season with three touchdowns in the first three weeks, including a takedown of Darrelle Revis in Week 2. He held strong until running into elite secondaries with Carolina and Denver in Weeks 8 and 9 before losing Andrew Luck for the rest of the regular season. As such, he might be an interesting buy-low candidate in drafts this year. Moncrief will be a young 23 headed into his third NFL season, and has the size and speed combination to make big plays. Look for him to surprise and potentially even break out in 2016.

Auction...............$8

Bye Week.............10

Tate finds himself in a brand new role this season. He'll try his luck as the Lions' No. 1 receiver in the wake of Calvin Johnson's offseason retirement. Tate more than held his own as Detroit's No. 2 option, even posting more than 1,300 yards in 2014. But can he continue that level of production without Megatron across the way to occupy defenses? Tate will have some help with Marvin Jones signing a free agent contract this offseason. Plus there will be plenty of targets to go around in a Detroit offense that is still primarily predicated on throwing the football. We'll see if offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter can find creative ways to get Tate the football. That could potentially help bump him up closer to high-end WR2 status in standard formats (he's already there in PPR).

Auction...............$8

Bye Week.............9

A freak accident involving a blocking sled led to Jackson separating his shoulder and missing a large chunk of the early season. It wasn't until late in the season that we finally saw the DJax that we've become accustomed to. Hopefully Jackson avoids any and all stationary equipment this season, and can be on the field for 16 games. If so, he's in line to challenge Jordan Reed as the most targeted player on the roster. He'll also need to hold off threats from Pierre Garçon and rookie Josh Doctson for opportunities in an increasingly crowded passing game. But at his best, Jackson still has the makings of a legitimate No. 2 fantasy receiver.

Auction...............$7

Bye Week.............4

When Matthews opened the season with 102 receiving yards, it looked like he was on pace for the big season that many had predicted for the young receiver in Chip Kelly's offense. Unfortunately, he wouldn't hit the century mark again until Week 9. There were some encouraging signs late in the year with Matthews scoring touchdowns in five of his final six games and posting three straight contests of 16-plus fantasy points. Now he'll be tasked with being the lead wideout in Doug Pederson's offense, which isn't expected to be as fast-paced as what proceeded it. Nonetheless, Matthews should own a large percentage of the target share which will keep his status as a WR2-WR3 intact.

Auction...............$8

Bye Week.............11

Emmanuel Sanders has been an excellent complement to Demaryius Thomas since joining the Broncos roster in 2014. While his numbers dipped in 2015, Sanders still managed to finish in the top 20 at his position. The big fear surrounding Sanders is that Denver's quarterback situation will scuttle his value even further. Then again, Peyton Manning looked like a shell of his former self for most of the season and Sanders was still able to return WR2 value. Could it really get much worse than that? The upside is that some of the concerns about the Broncos offense could cause Sanders to slip in drafts which would leave someone with a great draft value.

Auction...............$5

Bye Week.............6

Surprising many, Larry Fitzgerald turned back the clock and turned in a career year in 2015. Fitz posted his first 1,000-plus yard season since 2011, while also hauling in nine touchdowns and finishing as the overall WR11 in standard scoring leagues. Having a healthy and capable quarterback (Carson Palmer), and talented wide receiver mates (Michael Floyd, John Brown), certainly helped. However, the latter part of that equation could push Fitzgerald down a bit in fantasy in 2016. The Pittsburgh product will be 33 when Week 1 rolls around, and saw his share of the passing game targets dip significantly as the season wore on last year (29.5 percent in his first 12 games, 19.1 percent in his final six including playoffs). Fitzgerald and the Cardinals offense as a whole should be one of 2016's most potent, but the savvy vet could be giving way to the younger, more explosive talents on the roster. If he can keep his red zone numbers afloat (team-high 18 targets, eight touchdowns in 2015) he'll be able to put up solid WR2 or high-end WR3 numbers.

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