The 2016 NFL season was filled with surprises and drama. Whether it was the New England Patriots’ epic Super Bowl comeback, or the Dallas Cowboys being led by a phenomenal rookie quarterback and running back duo, the NFL had many intriguing storylines, and the fantasy football world was no different. Now that we’ve had months to digest the season, we can rightfully recap who the best players were, as well as the breakout players and busts.
Top Three Fantasy Football Players
Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers threw a league leading 40 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. His 4,428 passing yards lead the Green Bay Packers to another divisional crown, while also helping fantasy football owners win each week. As usual, Rodgers is as reliable as they come when it comes to fantasy quarterbacks.
Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan had a fantastic year, as he led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl and was voted as the league’s Most Valuable Player. Ryan threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns while throwing 15 interceptions. Matt Ryan will look to bounce back from one of the most memorable Super Bowls, as well as one of the most gut wrenching losses. The reigning MVP will try his best to have an even better year next season, making him a hot commodity for fantasy football.
New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
The veteran Drew Brees had a stellar season with the New Orleans Saints, despite missing out on the postseason. Brees led the NFL in passing yards with 5,208 and also threw 37 touchdowns. Due to the Saints poor defense, Drew Brees had to throw the ball more often to keep the Saints in each game. Which proves the point that you do not have to play on a great team to be an elite fantasy football player.
Top Two Fantasy Football Sleepers
Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott shocked the NFL world with his spectacular play in the replacement of injured QB Tony Romo. Prescott demonstrated incredible poise as he led the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC while throwing for 23 touchdowns and 3,667 yards. Prescott was also a threat on the ground, as he ran for 282 yards and six touchdowns. Most fantasy owners did not have Prescott on their draft board, as he was originally the third string quarterback for the Cowboys. Next year, Prescott will not be considered a sleeper and will be selected among the top quarterbacks in fantasy football.
Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill was another impressive rookie that made a great impact for his team and fantasy owners. With his elite speed, Hill returned two punts for a touchdown and averaged 15.2 yards per return. He was also a great kickoff returner, as he averaged 27.4 yards per return and scored a touchdown. Hill was not only a great returner, but he was superb at catching the football too. He finished the season with 61 receptions for 593 yards and six touchdowns. Hill’s stock will only rise, as his role will definitely expand in Andy Reid’s offense in 2017.
Biggest Fantasy Football Bust
Houston Texans Quarterback Brock Osweiler
Many fantasy owners drafted Brock Osweiler with the hope that he would lead their fantasy football team to glory. Unfortunately, Osweiler struggled throughout the year and did not meet the expectations of the Texans or fantasy football owners. Despite signing a guaranteed $37 million contract, Osweiler threw for only 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The Texans wanted to part ways so much with Osweiler, that they packaged him with a valuable second round pick to the Cleveland Browns this offseason. The Browns had the cap room to eat his $16 million salary, so they took on the bad contract to acquire the asset of a second round pick, in a very NBA-like move.