Fantasy Football will soon be upon us. These eight players can mean the difference between second place and the championship in 2016. 

1. Titans WR Rishard Matthews

This Titans wide receiver had a solid year with Miami as a secondary target before getting injured. He was on pace for 1000 receiving yards last season and should be a top option who will see plenty of targets from a Tennessee Titans team that will likely be playing from behind in 2016.

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2. Seahawks RB C.J. Proisse

Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch chose to retire prior to the 2016 season, leaving Thomas Rawls as his likely successor. Last season, Rawls averaged more than five yards per carry and was productive when he was given a chance. But Rawls got injured and has yet to prove that he can play a full sixteen games. Enter third round pick and sleeper C.J. Proisse, who should still get some opportunities even if Thomas Rawls stays healthy.

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If you own Rawls, Proisse is a must own in 2016 fantasy football.

3. Steelers WR Sammie Coates

Martavis Bryant’s season long suspension opens the door for Steelers receivers not named Antonio Brown. Obviously Brown is Big Ben’s favorite target, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be getting the ball to his other receivers. Markus Wheaton is the most likely beneficiary, but that doesn’t mean Coates won’t also receive some fantasy targets.

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Last season, Bryant was targeted 94 times, which means that Coates will have far more opportunities to prove his worth as a solid fantasy receiver in 2016.

4. Cardinals RB Chris Johnson

Everyone in fantasy is planning on drafting David Johnson in the first round, but people seem to forget that Chris Johnson was a very productive lead dog in the Cardinals offense prior to his injury. Bruce Arians is famous for favoring older players, which means Chris Johnson could actually have the starting role at the start of the 2016 season. If that happens, fantasy players who drafted Chris Johnson as a late round sleeper will have a huge advantage over the rest of the league.

5. Lions WR Marvin Jones

In one of the least publicized moves of the season, Marvin Jones was signed by the Detroit Lions. Jones will likely play second fiddle to Golden Tate, who will taken over the number one role thanks to Megatron’s retirement. Matt Stafford throws the ball enough for Marvin Jones to be worthy of consideration as a sleeper in the later rounds, especially as a low risk fantasy pick who had more than 800 yards with the Bengals last season.

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6. Packers TE Jared Cook

The Packers signed Jared Cook to give Aaron Rodgers, a big, quick target. Cook should easily replace tight end Richard Rodgers as the top fantasy tight end within the Packers offense thanks to his size and quickness. Aaron Rodgers is good enough to make even the most mediocre fantasy players relevant, so a talented Cook could give fantasy players a great return with a late round pick.

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7. Bengals QB Andy Dalton

It seems a bit foolish to say this after his season last year, but Dalton has pretty much the same cast of characters that made him one of the best fantasy quarterbacks last year. Tyler Eifert and A.J. Green didn't go anywhere, which means Dalton could again have another year as a top 10 fantasy quarterback. Don’t waste a pick on a top tier quarterback, when Dalton can be had for next to nothing as a sleeper pick.

8. Falcons QB Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan had one of his worst fantasy years ever last season, throwing just 21 touchdown passes to go with 16 interceptions. But Ryan hasn’t passed for fewer than 4000 yards in the last five seasons, and he’s thrown for at least 26 touchdowns in every season for the last five years, excluding 2015. Ryan should be able to at least return to his mean, which would mean elite fantasy status for the Falcons quarterback that is currently going undrafted in some leagues.

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