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Top 5 Fantasy Football Picks for 2016

Let's take a look at the top five fantasy football picks for your fantasy team in 2016.

(1) Cam Newton - Newton is the consensus best player in the NFL right now and the scary thought for teams not named the Carolina Panthers, Newton may not have peaked yet. Newton had a career year in 2015 with 35 passing touchdowns (without top receiver Kelvin Benjamin) while also adding 10 rushing touchdowns. Newton averaged 28.5 fantasy points per game in 2015, and has the ability to exceed that this year. Newton will get his big receiver in Benjamin back, while still having Greg Olsen, Devin Funchess and Ted Ginn Jr to throw to. Add in Newton's rushing abilities, and the Panthers utilizing those abilities inside the five yard line, he could easily surpass the 45 total touchdowns he accounted for in 2015. 

(2) Antonio Brown - Brown had an outstanding year in 2015, compiling 136 receptions, 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns, all while playing parts of the seasons with backup QBs. If Ben Roethlisberger is able to stay healthy this season, Brown will be the top target for the Steelers offense, and as Brown proved last season, even when teams attempt to double cover him, he can beat you. Expect Brown to have another season with 125+ receptions and flirt with the 2,000 yard mark. Brown averaged 15.4 fantasy points per game in 2015, but could easily average more than that in 2016.

(3) Todd Gurley - Gurley had an outstanding rookie season, rushing for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns. With the Los Angeles Rams expecting to start rookie QB Jared Goff, the Rams will rely heavily on their ground game, which will give Gurley plenty of opportunities to improve on his first season in the NFL. Gurley averaged 15.3 fantasy points per game in 2015 as a rookie, and should be a lock to average 18-20 fantasy points per game in 2016.

(4) Julio Jones - Despite being on a very average Atlanta Falcons team, Julio Jones found a way to have a huge year in 2015, accumulating 136 receptions, 1,871 and eight touchdowns. With the Falcons adding WR Mohammed Sanu during the offseason, that should help take some of the double teams away from Jones and allow him to be even more dangerous in 2016. Jones averaged 14.7 fantasy points per game in 2015 being the only credible receiver for the Falcons, with Sanu now in the mix, Jones could easily see a boost in average fantasy points per game. If Jones is available in your fantasy draft, don't pass him up.

(5) Carson Palmer - Palmer and the Cardinals offense have so many weapons at receiver, tight-end and running back, it would be almost impossible for Palmer not to have a big fantasy year. With three legitimate receivers to throw the ball too and a consistent tight-end, Palmer could very well build on his 2015 season which included 4,671 yards and 25 touchdowns. The only danger with Palmer is his age and being prone to injury, but as long as his offensive line can keep him upright and healthy, Palmer and the Cardinals will have no problems putting up stats and points. 

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