2016 Outlook: After a resurgent 2015 campaign, Martin re-signed with Tampa Bay and will return as the team's lead back. He gained 1,673 yards from scrimmage and scored seven TDs last season to finish third among RBs in fantasy points, which was a major rebound from two down years. After picking up 1,926 yards and scoring 12 TDs as a rookie in 2012, Martin missed 15 games in 2013 and '14 and totaled just 1,080 yards and three TDs. So last year's turnaround was a welcome sight in Tampa. Martin is a solid producer, but durability remains a concern, so consider him a back-end RB1 option.
2016 Outlook: Nelson missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL, and it was no secret that he was sorely missed. After scoring 3.3 TDs per game in 2014, Green Bay's offense posted a pedestrian 2.5 mark last season. Nelson finished among the top six receivers in targets, receptions, yards and TDs in 2014, which led to a third-place finish in fantasy points. Two years later, he carries more risk--he is 31 years old and coming off a serious injury. Still, Nelson is a good bet to handle eight to 10 targets per game in an Aaron Rodgers'led offense, making him a fringe WR1.
2016 Outlook: During his first 50 NFL games, Ingram totaled 64 targets. In 12 games last season, he racked up 60. He was already heavily involved on early downs and near the goal line (he averaged 15.7 carries per game over the past two years), so the boost in passing-down work pushed Ingram into the fantasy elite. Incredibly, Ingram never finished a week worse than 29th among RBs in fantasy points. Durability remains a concern: He has missed at least three games in four of his five seasons. But at age 26, Ingram is in his prime and locked in as New Orleans' every-down workhorse, making him a high-floor RB1.
2016 Outlook: Marshall consistently has been one of the league's top targets near the goal line. He either led the NFL or tied for the lead in end zone targets in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, and he was fourth in 2014. Last season all those looks paid off: His 14 touchdowns tied Allen Robinson and Doug Baldwin for most in the league. Marshall also proved to be extremely reliable in his first season as a Jet. He finished no worse than 24th among WRs in fantasy points in all but two of his 16 outings last season. Marshall is now 32, but he has shown no signs of slowing down.
2016 Outlook: After going first overall in plenty of fantasy drafts, Lacy was a massive disappointment last season. He was out of shape and ended up playing only 40 percent of the team's offensive snaps, sharing time with James Starks. After averaging 17.1 carries and 3.1 targets per game during his previous 31 games, Lacy averaged just 12.5 and 1.9 in 2015. Now 26, Lacy has vowed to be in shape for 2016, which makes sense, as it's a contract year. His massive ceiling keeps him in the RB1 mix, but obviously he's a risky investment.
2016 Outlook: Jeffery missed seven games due to injury last season, but he was one of the most dominant WRs when active. He handled just under a third of the team's targets in games he played en route to 54 receptions for 807 yards and four TDs. Jeffery's size (6-3) makes him effective in the red zone: Only Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall had more end zone targets over the past three seasons. Jeffery has missed a hefty chunk of time during two of his four professional seasons, but he posted top-12 finishes during the other two campaigns. Consider him a borderline WR1 with top-five upside.
2016 Outlook: Despite missing a quarter of the 2015 season, McCoy finished 17th among RBs in fantasy points during his first year in Buffalo. McCoy's consistency was impressive: He ranked no worse than 26th in a given week before hurting his knee in Week 15. It helped that the Bills' offense was better than expected, averaging 2.6 offensive TDs per game, eighth in the league. McCoy, who will be 28 as the season starts, will need to fend off impressive second-year back Karlos Williams, but the veteran is in a great position as the starter in Buffalo's run-heavy, high-scoring offense. He's a strong RB2 with upside.
2016 Outlook: Evans' first two seasons serve as further evidence that scoring touchdowns is more related to opportunity and good fortune than skill. He caught only two of 15 end zone targets in his second year compared with 10 of 19 as a rookie--research shows that those rates are almost entirely luck-based. In all, he was limited to three TDs, while he led the league with 11 drops. Evans is only 23, he is heavily targeted (especially deep down the field) and his 6-foot-5, 231-pound frame guarantees a ton of work near the goal line. Add in Jameis Winston's expected improvement and Evans is a solid WR2 with a huge ceiling.
2016 Outlook: Watkins was a fantasy star in 2015, but it might not seem like it because he missed nearly a quarter of the season due to injuries. During the 12 full games he played, Watkins handled 27.8 percent of Buffalo's targets and ranked sixth among WRs in fantasy points. He also posted the highest average depth of target (16.8 yards) in the NFL among players targeted at least 70 times. He should be back by training camp from a broken foot that required surgery in April. And with the emerging Tyrod Taylor under center in an offense that quietly was tied for eighth in TDs last season, Watkins is a borderline WR1 with an extremely high ceiling.
2016 Outlook: DeAngelo Williams' departure finally gave Stewart full ownership of the Carolina backfield last season, and he responded well. Despite missing three games, he ranked among the top 11 RBs in carries, rushing yards and rushing TDs. He powered his way to five top-10 weeks and finished no week ranked worse than 28th after Carolina's Week 5 bye. On the other hand, Stewart is 29 and has missed 23 games because of injury over the past four seasons. Owners need to weigh his lack of durability and passing-down involvement against his feature role in a dynamic offense, which leaves him as an RB2.
2016 Outlook: After entering last season with expectations for a breakthrough campaign, Cooks looked like a bust early on. Through Week 4, he had 20 catches for just 215 yards and no touchdowns, leaving him tied for 50th among WRs in fantasy points. From that point forward, though, the 2014 first-round pick was a revelation. Cooks scored a TD on nine of his next 64 receptions, and only 13 players ended up topping his total of 1,138 receiving yards. Cooks is only 22 years old, and his star is still on the rise. He's an explosive playmaker in Drew Brees' high-octane attack, making him a strong option as a WR2.
2016 Outlook: Hyde is a prime example of a terrific player who can't seem to stay on the field. He has already missed 11 games in two years, including nine last season. When active, he has averaged 4.1 ypc, 2.5 of which came after contact (second in the NFL). He might get a boost from Chip Kelly's arrival too. Hyde faced a defense with fewer than five DBs on 88 percent of his carries last year, but Kelly's Eagles RBs ran against a base D just 41 percent of the time. Hyde's durability and limited work on passing downs are concerns, but his efficiency cannot be ignored. He's a solid RB2 with breakout upside.
2016 Outlook: Reed missed nearly half of his first two NFL seasons due to injury, leading to concerns that he would never emerge as a reliable offensive force. So much for that narrative. He broke out in 2015, finishing second among TEs in catches and TDs, fifth in receiving yards and sixth in targets. He missed two games, so durability remains somewhat of a concern. That said, he has locked himself into seven-plus targets per game as Kirk Cousins' favorite weapon and with it, top-end fantasy status.
2016 Outlook: Cooper had quite the volatile rookie campaign after being the first receiver taken in the 2015 draft. He started strong and faded late (partially because of a foot injury), but he ended up among the top 25 receivers in targets, receptions, yardage, touchdowns and fantasy points. On the negative side, Cooper dropped 10 passes, which trailed only Mike Evans for most in the league. Still, Cooper is only 22 and already a proven every-down contributor. With his high talent level and a role in a quality offense, Cooper is a strong candidate for a big step forward in 2016, making him a solid WR2 with massive upside.
2016 Outlook: Thomas ranked among the top nine WRs in receptions and yardage in each of the past four seasons and joined Julio Jones and Antonio Brown as the only players to catch 100 passes in both 2014 and 2015. But last season, he dropped nine passes (third most in the NFL) and posted his worst fantasy finish (13th) since 2011. At age 28, thomas remains in his prime, but Denver's shaky QB situation--combined with Gary Kubiak's run-first scheme--means his efficiency and volume could very well take another step back. He is now more of a middle-of-the-pack WR2 than the solid WR1 he was during the Peyton Manning era.