The 2016 NFL season is just around the corner. It also means the new Fantasy Football season is also set to begin. For fans who are planning to join a league soon, here are some players who are on top of most draft boards.
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, Running Back
Fantasy football owners treated running backs as milking cows over the past several years. This year’s crop of running backs is considered too shallow. However, Fantasy Football analyst Timothy Rapp of Bleacher Report still thinks drafting an RB could do more good than harm.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrien Peterson took the top spot on Rapp’s list of deserving first-round picks. The veteran is still expected to play a big role for the Vikings in the upcoming season. The Texas native rushed for 1,485 yards with 11 touchdowns and six fumbles in 16 games last season.
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, Wide Receiver
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown remains a top target, especially for owners who are fortunate to get the first pick in their respective Fantasy Football leagues. In fact, most draft boards rank him as the likely top pick, including the one from Bleacher Report fantasy football columnist Matt Camp.
Brown made bigger impact than any running back last season. The 28-year-old posted career-highs 1,834 receiving yards and 136 receptions last season, including 10 touchdowns for the Steelers despite turning 31 in March. Other good options for owners who want to take a gamble on wide receivers include Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr.
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, Tight End
Tight End fans will have Rob Gronkowski on top of their boards. It could be a high-risk, high-reward decision. The Patriots superstar posted 1,176 receiving yards, 72 receptions and 11 touchdowns in 15 games last season.
However, Gronkowski’s draft stock could go down, as he is reportedly dealing with knee injury. According to ESPN, his injury could also force the Patriots to give more opportunities to Martellus Bennett. In turn, Gronkowski’s fantasy football production could go down next season.