2016 fantasy football profiles (WR 49-64)

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

Jackson would probably like to forget the 2015 season. The veteran receiver posted some of the worst numbers of his career. Injuries that limited him to just 10 games definitely didn't help. Neither did learning to work with a rookie quaterback. An offseason of getting to work with Jameis Winston hopefully solved one of those two issues. Yet the fact remains that Jackson now finds himself behind Mike Evans on the Buccaneers depth chart. If he can play 16 games this season, seeing close to 100 targets isn't unreasonable but it becomes a question of what he can do with them. There isn't much upside with a 33-year old wideout entering his 12th season, but at least you know what you're getting.

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

Here we are again, Mike Wallace. Just a few seasons ago, we were getting excited about Wallace being a playmaker in Miami. After that went up in smoke, we tried to muster some enthusiasm for his move to Minnesota. Wallace replied with his worst professional season. So pardon us if we're not turning backflips over Wallace landing with his third team in as many seasons. Don't get it confused, there are targets to be had in Baltimore, but believing that Wallace can take advantage of them at a rate that makes you want to spend a fantasy pick on him seems a little hopeful right now.

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

Perriman is still an unknown, but hoped-for NFL quantity after missing all of 2015 with multiple knee injuries. Once he's on the field, the Ravens hope he can be the deep threat they lost when Torrey Smith signed with the 49ers before the 2015 season. It would be a good match to go along with the big arm of Joe Flacco but the concern will be with Perriman's consistency. As a boom-or-bust option, Perriman will have more appeal in best ball or DFS leagues but might not offer quite as much value.

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

Doctson was part of a highly touted top tier of draft receiver prospects for 2016. Now he joins a team with a number of quality pass-catchers in Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. But the big question is whether all three of those players are still on the roster when the season begins. That will have the biggest impact on Doctson's immediate future. While he could potentially find success as Washington's No. 3 wide receiver, he'd ultimately be fourth on the pecking order when it came to targets. If one of those wideouts were to take up residence in another city, Doctson's draft value could rise accordingly. Nonetheless, he'll still have value in the later rounds but it would be wise to keep a close eye on how things play out in the Beltway.

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

Anyone hoping that Sanu could build on a solid 2014 campaign was sorely disappointed in 2015. With Marvin Jones back on the field for the Bengals, Sanu was significantly downgraded in the team's passing game. Yet in a surprising plot twist, the two touchdowns Sanu scored last season were of the rushing variety -- the first and only two rushing scores of his career. This season, Sanu will line up as Atlanta's No. 2 receiver across from Julio Jones. That hopefully means he'll see many more targets than the 33 he had in Cincinnati last season. That alone will boost his fantasy draft value. However, trusting Sanu as anything more than a fourth receiver could be a little risky this year.

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

The Colts drafted Dorsett with the idea that he could be a deep threat for Andrew Luck. The biggest problem is that Luck didn't make it very far into the season because of a litany of injuries. Overall, Dorsett failed to make himself a big part of the offense. In theory, that will change this season now that Andre Johnson is no longer with the club. However Dorsett will still have to take a back seat to the likes of T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief in the offense. His long speed will give him the chance to make big plays, but it will be hard for anyone to count on him to do it consistently.

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

Boyd finds himself in a great position to leave an imprint on the rosters of fantasy owners. In the offseason, the Bengals watched a lot of targets walk out of the door when Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) signed with new teams. While Cincinnati signed veteran Brandon LaFell, he certainly isn't a lock to be a perfect complement to A.J. Green. Enter Boyd, who didn't post eye-popping stats at Pittsburgh but might have found his perfect fit in an offense that is desperate for more pass-catchers. Boyd's impact might not be felt immediately, but there could be more opportunities as the season progresses.

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Bye Week.............13

Since a breakout season in 2013, Wright has seen his numbers decline steadily. Entering a contract year, there remains hope that the Baylor product can regain the form that made him a coveted fantasy option just a few short years ago. However, there is a crowd battling for targets on the Titans roster. Dorial Green-Beckham and free agent pickup Rishard Matthews will all have a say in how many balls come Wright's way. There's also tight end Delanie Walker, who has been the team's most consistent pass-catcher over the past couple of seasons. Wright's speed and overall talent makes him worth taking a chance on ... but you might be better off waiting until later in the draft to do it.

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

Garçon put together one of his better seasons in 2015, though it certainly helped that Washington played the early part of the year without DeSean Jackson and went a stretch in the middle of the year without Jordan Reed. Still it appears more and more that his breakout season in 2013 was an anomaly. Now Garçon finds himself in an even more crowded group after Washington spent a first-round pick on TCU star Josh Doctson. Right now, the veteran would seem to have an edge in the pecking order, but it's fair to wonder if there will be enough targets to go around this season. Add that to Garçon's track record and he's hard to trust as anything more than a fourth fantasy wideout.

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Bye Week.............13

Entering last season Green-Beckham was seen as a project who had plenty of upside. Later in the season, we saw some of that upside put into action with double-digit fantasy games in Weeks 13 and 15. Let's be honest, the Titans passing game is a mess but Green-Beckham looks like a player the team plans to build around. He'll hopefully have some help now that the Titans have added Rishard Matthews. There's also the hope that Kendall Wright and/or Justin Hunter finally plays up to their potential. There won't be a single Titans receiver that goes off the board early. But if there's one to target, it's Green-Beckham.

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Bye Week.............13

Matthews put together his best season in 2015 while playing in an underwhelming Dolphins offense. Now he takes his talents to Nashville to join a retooled Titans offense. The good news for Matthews is that Tennesee's receiving corps is anything but settled. Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have disappointed time and time again while Dorial Green-Beckham is still developing as an NFL receiver. Enter Matthews, who should have every chance to compete for a substantial role in the offense. The upside is that he'll have a young and talented quarterback to work with in Marcus Mariota. Matthews probably won't be drafted in many leagues, but he could offer some low-end WR4/5 production if he finds the right role in the Titans offense.

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Bye Week.............7

Last season was a career year for Ginn, thanks in large part to his 10 receiving touchdowns. That's a big number for most players. It's especially large for a player who had just 11 receiving scores in his first eight seasons combined. Much of Ginn's productivity in 2015 sprung from the season-long injury to Kelvin Benjamin and the general unreadiness of Devin Funchess. However with Benjamin back and Funchess having a year of experience, Ginn isn't likely to see the same number of targets he had last season. Because he is still a devastating deep threat, Ginn could still have some big weeks but they're likely to be fewer and farther between in 2016. Draft with caution.

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

As a rookie, Hardy wasn't a big part of the Falcons passing offense. But things have changed a bit heading into this season. While it appears that Mohamed Sanu is in line to replace Roddy White as the Falcons' No. 2 receiver, Hardy could still be in line for a bigger role this season. Of course, being a No. 3 receivr isn't the most appealing gig for a fantasy manager seeking wide receiver help but considering the production that Harry Douglas once provided in that role, it's not inconceivable to think that Hardy could have some value in daily fantasy leagues as well as deeper seasonal leagues.

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

Johnson landing with the Chargers seemed like a perfect fit. What no one counted on was the rash of injuries that decimated San Diego's offense. Johnson wasn't immune as he missed six games with a litany of physical issues. This season, the Kentucky product should challenge Travis Benjamin as the No. 2 receiver behind Keenan Allen now that Malcom Floyd has retired. If the Chargers offensive line can keep Philip Rivers upright and healthy, there is a chance for solid production from Johnson this year. Just keep in mind that while The Joker could be the team's second wideout, he'll still contend with veteran tight end Antonio Gates seeing a large share of the targets. Johnson could still have a nice value in PPR leagues, however.

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Bye Week.............7

Williams' stats have progressed each season he's been in the league. Then why does he feel like such a fantasy disappointment? It's a matter of consistency. Williams has generally been boom-or-bust, making him hard to trust for fantasy purposes. Also catching just three touchdown passes doesn't help, which is especially egregious when Dez Bryant missed nearly half of the season. Now that Bryant is back, the prospect of Williams posting his first 1,000-yard season seems even more remote. If you're considering the Baylor product for a seasonal league, you'd be wise to think of him as a fourth option, at best. He'll have slightly more value in DFS situations depending on the matchup.

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

Smith's expected NFL swan song was cut short due to a torn Achilles tendon, ending what had been a very productive beginning to the season. It also convinced the longtime veteran to come back for one more go-around with the Ravens. Not much has changed in the Baltimore offense from last season, which is good news. In fact, Smith could have extra help if Breshad Perriman plays anywhere near what's expected of him. But there is plenty of reason to be concerned about the durability of a 37-year old receiver entering his 16th season. Just be confident that as long as he's on the field, he'll get plenty of looks from Joe Flacco. If you're using Smith as a secondary receiver, make sure to have a little extra depth at the position just in case.

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