The Seahawks should content for their third straight Super Bowl run, and QB Russell Wilson will have even more fantasy upside after a trade for TE Jimmy Graham from the Saints. Although they still don’t have an elite option at WR, their high scoring offense will give WR Doug Baldwin a chance to make an impact in fantasy. The Seahawks D/ST is once again ranked as the top in fantasy.
The Colts should have a more balanced offensive attack in 2015 with the addition of running back Frank Gore, which should open things up downfield for their other key addition of Andre Johnson and returning star T.Y. Hilton. Top QB option Andrew Luck and company will also benefit from playing the second easiest schedule in the league based on 2014 records.
The Packers have the number one ranked QB and RB according to ESPN fantasy projections in Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy. Besides their key WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, their strong passing game can make any of their receivers a fantasy threat any given Sunday including WR Davante Adams and even TE Richard Rodgers.
Despite the current four game suspension of Tom Brady to start the season, the reigning champion Patriots should be good enough to compete for another Super Bowl this season. While taking Brady or any other Patriot could mean very limited production in those first four games, they will still be worth it based on the numbers they put up last year. While backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo might have enough weapons to be effective to start this season, the wide open New England backfield should get a heavy workload for those first four games. Blount looks like the only lock at RB to make a fantasy impact, but is also suspended for the first game of the year. The Patriots D/ST will miss Vince Wilfork and Darrelle Revis, but still should be considered for as a fantasy play.
2nd year WR Martavis Bryant should continue developing and getting red zone targets. Big Ben and co. may have a tough time making the playoffs again and their fantasy outlook will be limited as they are facing the toughest schedule in the league based on last year’s records. Newcomer DeAngelo Williams will get a shot at fantasy relevance again for the first 3 games of the season with Le’Veon Bell’s suspension.
The Broncos drafted Shane Ray to add to the D-Line of Demarcus Ware and Von Miller, making their D/ST a top fantasy target once again. QB Peyton Manning will have weapons Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders returning, along with newcomer TE Owen Daniels who should be a fantasy starter in the Broncos pass attack. A new head coach and offensive coordinator could mean less of a reliance on Peyton and ensure that RB CJ Anderson has a breakout season. Check out our writeup on why CJ Anderson is primed for a breakout season.
The Cowboys might have a tough time adapting to life without star RB Demarco Murray, but that should mean a higher reliance on the passing game and increasing fantasy upside for QB Tony Romo and receivers Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Cole Beasley. Newcomer RB Darren McFadden and returner Joseph Randle will compete for the starting role, and whoever gets more carries should make a big fantasy impact behind a great offensive line.
Although new QB Sam Bradford doesn’t project to be a fantasy starter, he does have a lot of weapons around him. It will be interesting to see the Eagles’ new-look offensive, but it definitely has the potential to be explosive. Changing to a new type of offense likely means RB Demarco Murray’s fantasy numbers will slip from his stellar 2014 run, but he and fellow newcomer RB Ryan Mathews are both decent targets.
The fantasy impact for most of these Cardinals players depends on whether or not QB Carson Palmer can stay healthy. He should be a fantasy starter if he can, which would then mean WRs Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald could once again be top fantasy targets. The same applies for RB Andre Ellington, but if he can’t stay healthy like last season rookie RB David Johnson might step in and make an impact in his first year. While the Cardinals D/ST have the talent to be a top target, their tough schedule could mean they’re only an option during certain matchups this season.
QB Ryan Tannehill’s fantasy outlook as well as the Dolphins chances in the AFC East greatly improved this offseason with the additions of rookie WR Devante Parker, TE Jordan Cameron, WR Kenny Stills and WR Greg Jennings. While returning players RB Lamar Miller and WR Jarvis Landry should be the most targeted in this group, Parker and Cameron will have a chance to be great fantasy value picks. The signing of Ndamukong Suh also means the Dolphins D/ST could have a big impact this season.
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