2016 Outlook: Allen missed 10 games because of injury over the past two seasons, delaying what seemed like a surefire rise to the upper echelon of the wide receiver rankings. When healthy, Allen has been a tremendous asset. As a rookie in 2013, he finished 17th among wide receivers in fantasy points. Through eight weeks last season, Allen ranked seventh in standard leagues and fourth in PPR and posted top-11 outings four times. But after lacerating his kidney in Week 8, Allen missed the rest of the season. With Philip Rivers still under center, a healthy Allen should bounce back in a big way this season.
2016 Outlook: A popular first-round pick in 2015 fantasy drafts, Anderson disappointed, but a slow start and personnel mismanagement were the primary culprits. During the first six weeks of the season, Anderson managed only 180 yards on 67 carries and failed to score a touchdown. Fifty-seven running backs had more fantasy points. During the final 11 weeks of the regular season, though, Anderson averaged 6.4 ypc, which included 2.8 after contact. Both were tops at the position. Denver matched Miami's expensive offer sheet to retain Anderson, which suggests he's in line for a big workload and a breakout season.
2016 Outlook: Charles was well on his way to another huge season when he tore his ACL in Week 5. Before the injury, he had accrued 541 yards and five TDs in less than five games; only Devonta Freeman scored more fantasy points among running backs during that span. Charles has finished as a top-11 fantasy back in five of the past seven seasons, with the only exceptions being injury-shortened campaigns in 2011 and 2015. Yes, Charles is 29 and coming off his second ACL injury, but he showed no signs of slowing down last season and should be ready for Week 1. He is a borderline RB1.
2016 Outlook: Rawls was an undrafted rookie last year but took advantage of injuries to Marshawn Lynch to put up 830 rushing yards and four TDs on 147 carries. During the six weeks when he played at least half of Seattle's offensive snaps, only Devonta Freeman and Doug Martin scored more fantasy points among RBs. Not unlike Lynch, Rawls is a bruiser who figures to do his damage on early downs and at the goal line: Of his NFL-best 5.6 ypc, 2.7 yards came after contact (first in the league). Only a slow recovery from the broken ankle he suffered in December could stand between Rawls and superstardom.
2016 Outlook: Compare Hilton's 2014 and 2015 stats and you'll see how badly the Colts missed Andrew Luck. Hilton finished 15th among wide receivers in targets in both seasons. But last season, his receptions, yardage, TDs, catch rate, yards per reception and fantasy points all declined from 2014. Why? A whopping 28.5 percent of balls thrown in Hilton's direction were off target, more than double his 2014 rate of 13.3 percent. So with Luck back this year, you can bank on Hilton's resurgence. The 26-year-old deep threat should post WR2 numbers.
2016 Outlook: Edelman would be in the WR1 conversation if not for his injury issues. He has emerged as Tom Brady's favorite receiver, averaging 9.4 targets per game over the past three seasons. (Rob Gronkowski sits at 8.5 during the same span.) But Edelman has played a full 16-game slate just once in his career and appeared in only nine games last season. He scored seven times in that limited run, though, and finished as a top-13 WR during four of those weeks. Edelman is a high-floor WR2 target, especially in PPR.
2016 Outlook: After scoring a total of 15 TDs in his first four seasons, Baldwin exploded for 14 in 2015, which tied for the league lead. Incredibly, through Week 11 Baldwin had scored only three times and ranked tied for 34th among WRs in fantasy points. Over the next six weeks, 11 of his 34 catches went for TDs, and he was fantasy's top performer at the position. Baldwin's TD pace is unsustainable, but his breakout was inevitable. A terrific blocker and efficient receiver, he has been one of the NFL's top all-around WRs for years but had struggled to find targets in Seattle's run-heavy offense. Consider Baldwin a fringe WR2.
2016 Outlook: Landry took a big step forward as Ryan Tannehill's top target in 2015. After catching 84 passes as a rookie, he bumped up that total to 110 last season, which ranked fourth in the league. The problem is that the bulk of those catches came close to the line of scrimmage: He posted a lowly 7.2-yard average depth of target and caught only four TD passes. New coach Adam Gase should help the Dolphins' talented offense become even more productive, though. And even if Landry continues to be used primarily on short routes, he is a safe pick as a WR3 and becomes a borderline WR1 in PPR formats.
2016 Outlook: Forte racked up an NFL-high 2,522 touches and 12,718 yards from scrimmage during his eight years with the Bears. He was on the field for 5,868 snaps, whereas no other RB exceeded 5,400. That's an impressive r'sum', but it also raises questions about whether Forte will hold up as he enters his age-30 season. Forte isn't very effective at the goal line or as a blocker, and he will cede snaps to Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson. Still, he should get 15-plus touches per game in a Jets offense that finished sixth in snaps and in TDs last season, making him a solid RB2.
2016 Outlook: Hill was a popular breakout candidate last year after a rookie campaign in which he ranked third among RBs in TDs and ninth in fantasy points. But he struggled badly with efficiency, averaging just 3.6 ypc last season. Only a position-high 11 rushing TDs--thanks to 13 carries within 3 yards of the goal line--bailed out Hill's owners. That goal-line load was the third highest in the NFL, so barring a major increase in effectiveness, Hill won't likely match his 12 overall TDs. He isn't much of a factor as a receiver either (20 targets last season), which leaves Hill as a risky RB2.
2016 Outlook: Maclin signed with Kansas City last offseason, there were serious concerns that Alex Smith's conservative play would crush the veteran receiver's fantasy value. Instead, the underrated Smith force-fed the ball to Maclin, helping his new favorite target post nine top-30 weeks, including four top-10s. Maclin saw fewer deep shots than he did in the Philly offense, but he still managed to score eight TDs while eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards. At 28, Maclin remains in his prime, but durability is a slight concern. He has appeared in all 16 games only twice in his seven-year career. Maclin is a WR3, and his ceiling is low.
2016 Outlook: Cobb looked like a lock for WR1 production last season after Jordy Nelson tore his ACL. Instead, he struggled with consistency like the rest of the Green Bay offense and took a big step backward in terms of efficiency: Cobb's catch rate fell from 73 percent to 62 percent, and his yards per reception dropped from 14.1 to 10.5. Nelson's return figures to give the Packers' offense a boost, but Cobb will be hard to trust after laying an egg when he was presented with such a great opportunity. Cobb is only 26 and has Aaron Rodgers under center, but he should still be viewed as a WR3.
2016 Outlook: Decker has ranked among the top 10 wide receivers during three of the past four seasons, making him one of the most underrated players in fantasy. The definition of consistent, he posted a top-30 WR week in all 15 of his games last season. Decker ended up with 80 receptions, 1,027 yards and 12 TDs. There was nothing fluky about that TD total: He was targeted within 3 yards of the goal line a league-high 27 times and racked up 20 end zone targets, third most in the NFL. On draft day, consider Decker a safe WR3 target.
2016 Outlook: Calvin Johnson's shocking decision to retire should benefit Tate. Back in 2014, the Lions played five games in which Johnson was sidelined or limited. During those weeks, Tate totaled 39 receptions for 599 yards and three TDs. Only four wide receivers scored more fantasy points. Even with Johnson in the mix last season, Tate racked up 128 targets (18th among WRs) and 90 catches (ninth). Tate is primarily a short-area target, but high volume in Detroit's pass-heavy offense will allow WR3 production. Just don't expect him to score a lot of touchdowns.
2016 Outlook: The 2015 season was a tale of two halves for Moncrief. After seven weeks, he ranked 21st among WRs in fantasy points and had 34 catches for 381 yards and five TDs. But over his final nine games, Moncrief caught only 30 passes for 352 yards and one score, making him fantasy's No. 68 wide receiver. Of course, he was playing without Andrew Luck for most of that stretch. The former third-round pick will be just 23 years old to start the season and should be the Colts' No. 2 WR opposite T.Y. Hilton. Now that Luck is back, Moncrief should vault into WR3 consideration.