Fantasy football impact: Jamaal Charles to the Broncos

The Broncos have decided to give Jamaal Charles a chance to play with little risk on their end. He was signed for the veteran minimum and his contract is heavy on incentives.

It’s yet to be seen if Charles can return to old form after a devastating knee injury sidelined him for essentially two years. He had just a handful of carries in 2016 before being shut down again. In fact, since his contract has no guaranteed money, he’s not a lock to make the team.

What is clear is C.J. Anderson probably takes a hit in fantasy value if Charles is worthy of a roster spot. If Charles is able to provide even half of the production we’re used to seeing out of him, Anderson’s numbers will fall. Plus you have to remember Anderson’s overall history.

C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball as he is followed by Caraun Reid #91 of the San Diego Chargers during the fourth quarter of a 21-13 Charger win at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Before getting hurt, Anderson rushed for 437 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. Those were solid numbers for the time he played, but you have to remember that in his four years he hasn’t carried the ball over 200 times nor has he rushed for more than 849 yards. He’s a modest pass receiver, only scoring three times through the air in his career.

Charles, on the other hand, has 20 receiving touchdowns in his nine-year career. He’s also carried the ball over 200 times in four of his nine seasons.

The big question is if he can reproduce something close to those numbers. We’ll just have to wait and see if he can bounce back from a very tough couple of years.

I currently have him ranked in the top-70 of my top-100 fantasy football rankings for the upcoming season, but that will very likely change before the season gets started.

Mock drafts aren’t as optimistic as I am and have him going in the mid-90s.

There’s a lot yet to be determined but the big takeaway is that C.J. Anderson’s value likely takes a hit and Charles is a big x-factor at this point. One thing to note is that Charles seems to be carrying a chip on his shoulder over the way he was let go by the Chiefs. That could prove useful for him if he’s healthy enough.

2017 fantasy football rankings following the NFL draft

An early look at 2017

It’s never too early to take a look at next season’s rankings, especially now that the NFL draft has happened.

You can probably call the first through third picks 1A, 1B and 1C. It’s really that close, but David Johnson is a real candidate to gain 1,000 yards in rushing and receiving. That would make him the third player to ever accomplish that feat, joining Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk.

Keep in mind if you play in a league that awards six points per touchdown for quarterbacks, they should be ranked higher than what you see here.

1. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals

2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

4. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

5. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

6. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

7. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills

8. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers

9. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears

10. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers

11. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

12. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

13. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans

14. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers

15. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints

16. Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins

17. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys

18. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

19. Lamar Miller, RB, Texans

20. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints

21. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots

22. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

23. Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots

24. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans

25. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers

26. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

27. Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs

28. Todd Gurley, RB, Rams

29. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks

30. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

31. Davante Adams, WR, Packers

32. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles

33. Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings

34. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars

35. Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers

36. C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos

37. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills

38. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins

39. Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs

40. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs

41. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns

42. Drew Brees, QB, Saints

43. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

44. Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons

45. Michael Crabtree, WR, Raiders

46. Adrian Peterson, RB, Saints

47. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

48. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins

49. Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants

50. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals

51. Terrelle Pryor Sr., WR, Redskins

52. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers

53. Eddie Lacy, RB, Seahawks

54. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers

55. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

56. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots

57. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

58. Derrick Henry, RB, Titans

59. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers

60. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers

61. Robert Kelley, RB, Redskins

62. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks

63. Frank Gore, RB, Colts

64. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets

65. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals

66. Ty Montgomery, RB, Packers

67. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

68. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts

69. Jamaal Charles, RB, Broncos

70. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans

71. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

72. Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

73. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos

74. Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins

75. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders

76. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars

77. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

78. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions

79. Golden Tate, WR, Lions

80. Kenneth Dixon , RB, Ravens

81. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

82. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings

83. Matt Forte, RB, Jets

84. Rishard Matthews, WR, Titans

85. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers

86. Paul Perkins, RB, Giants

87. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins

88. DeSean Jackson, WR, Buccaneers

89. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

90. Mike Gillislee, RB, Patriots

91. Danny Woodhead, RB, Ravens

92. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings

93. Randall Cobb, WR, Packers

94. Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals

95. Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans

96. Eric Decker, WR, Jets

97. Thomas Rawls, RB, Seahawks

98. Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots

99. Theo Riddick, RB, Lions

100. Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers

Fantasy football impact: Marshawn Lynch joins the Raiders

It finally happened.

After months of speculation, the Raiders and Seahawks finally agreed on a trade that sends Beast Mode to Oakland.

Marshawn Lynch spent ten years in the league before retiring. His last action was in 2015 when he played in just seven games due to a sports hernia. He rushed 111 times for 417 yards.

That’s a lot of time off for a running back. Does that mean he’s fresh? Or will he be just a shade of his former self?

It will be interesting to see how he’s used in Oakland, given that he’s the only back with the typical size of a first and second down runner. DeAndre Washington, Taiwan Jones and Jalen Richard are all a bit undersized to be every-down rushers.

There has to be a little hesitation for fantasy owners when it comes to drafting the veteran. As of now, before seeing him in a Raiders uniform, I’d slot him as a rising flex player. Early mock drafts have him going in the ninth round. Wait until you get eyes on him in training camp or in preseason action, if possible, before making a final decision on him. And, of course, start mock drafting after the NFL draft concludes to see where he’s going.

There are two ways this situation can go. One is Lynch is fresh and ready to pick up where he left off. And the other is Lynch is a short yardage back that can handle just a few touches a game. Proceed with caution.

2016 Fantasy Football Awards and 2017’s Top 100

With the 2016 season in the books, it’s time to talk about the bests and worsts of the year and take a look toward 2017. Here are the 2016 Fantasy Football Awards.

We’ve got the MVP,  best sleeper, the best waiver pickup and a lot more.

We’ve also got the Top 100 rankings heading into next season.

Here’s a look at the potential first round:

1. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers

2. David Johnson, RB, Cardinals

3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

4. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers

5. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

6. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers

7. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons

8. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears

9. LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills

10. DeMarco Murray, RB, Titans

11. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

12. Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers

Go here for the rest of the list.