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Fantasy Football: 2016 Season Review

January 3, 2017
Week 17 Studs: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Rex Burkhead, Julian Edelman, Mike Thomas, Zack Ertz, Kyle Rudolph
Week 17 Duds: Travis Kelce, Adam Thielan, Brandin Cooks, Alshon Jeffery, DeMarco Murray, Latavius Murray, Cam Newton

A Look Back on the Season:

2016 first-round picks: This was a typical 12-team points-per-reception league: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., David Johnson, Todd Gurley, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Ezekiel Elliott, Allen Robinson, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller and Rob Gronkowski

2016 Top Fantasy Quarterbacks (based on points per game with a 10-game minimum): Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Mat Ryan, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and Marcus Mariota 
Lesson learned: never take a quarterback before the seventh round

2016 Top Fantasy Running Backs (based on points per game with a 10-game minimum): David Johnson, Le'Veon Bell, Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon, LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, Devonta Freeman, LeGarrette Blount, Jordan Howard and Carlos Hyde 
Lesson learned: take running backs early and often

2016 Top Fantasy Wide Receivers (based on points per game with a 10-game minimum): Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton, Michael Thomas, Davante Adams and Brandin Cooks 
Lesson learned: the top five guys are truly studs, but you can find wide receivers later in the draft who always emerge, like Thomas and Adams.

2016 Top Fantasy Tight Ends (based on points per game with a 10 game minimum): Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce, Delanie Walker, Jimmy Graham, Kyle Rudolph, Greg Olsen, Cameron Brate, Zack Ertz, Hunter Henry and Zack Miller
Lesson learned: tight ends are tough to trust early in drafts, as many of the top guys come with injury risks.

Top 2016 Defense: Minnesota Vikings

Top 2016 Kicker: Matt Bryant with 158 points (Justin Tucker was second with 141 points)
Lesson learned: take kickers from high-octane offenses and never before the 14th round.

Waiver-wire pickups of the year: RB Jordan Howard, RB Jay Ajayi (because so many teams dropped him after Week Two), WR Tyreek Hill, WR Tyrell Pryor, WR Davante Adams, TE Cameron Brate

Click here for full weekly rankings.

Locks of the Week: 
Last Week: 3-0
Season Long: 35-8 

1. Pittsburgh over Miami
2. Seattle over Detroit

Picks with Points 
Last Week: 9-7 
Season Long: 149-105 

NFL Lines For Wild Card Weekend 
Picks are in bold.

Favorite Line Underdog Total
At Houston -3.5 Oakland 36.5
At Seattle -8 Detroit 42.5
At Pittsburgh -10 Miami 47
At Green Bay -4.5 New York Giants 44.5