Now that the fantasy Football season is finally drawing to a close, it’s time to take an overall look at fantasy players. We began our list with some of the biggest busts in fantasy, which included players like Todd Gurley and DeAndre Hopkins. In this article, we’ll be far more positive and point out the players who exceeded their draft value in 2016.

1. Melvin Gordon:

The Chargers running back benefitted from a massive amount of volume in touches after Danny Woodhead went down and was one of the top five fantasy backs all season long. Gordon disappointed owners in 2015, but he rewarded owners with faith in him by delivering a huge fantasy season that was only derailed by a late injury.

2. Matt Ryan:

One of the highest scoring quarterbacks in 2016 fantasy football lasted until between the 8th and 10th rounds in most drafts.

Ryan has rewarded owners by delivering solid performance after solid performance to become one of the top five scoring quarterbacks in fantasy football.

3. DeMarco Murray:

New place? New production. The Titans have leaned heavily on Murray for production and he’s turned in some big time fantasy performances in 2016. The consistent running back ranks fourth among all running backs in points scored and has delivered for owners who spent a 3rd or 4th round pick on him.

4. Jamison Crowder

I’m not sure anyone expected Crowder to have the type of season he’s been having. Jackson was expected to be the main source of wide receiver production in Washington, but Crowder has delivered a ton of value to anyone who was willing to spend a late round pick on him.

He ranked in the top 20 wide receivers in fantasy, an impressive feat for a guy who went undrafted in most fantasy leagues.

5. Drew Brees

Another quarterback who proved to be well worth the fifth or sixth round pick you spent on him is Drew Brees. Despite the Saints struggles, Brees has put up monstrous numbers and currently leads all fantasy quarterbacks in total points scored.

Cam Newton, drafted higher than Brees in pretty much every league, isn’t even in the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks.

6. Michael Crabtree

Most fantasy owners expected Amari Cooper to take on a bigger role in the Raiders offense, taking production away from Michael Crabtree in the process. Instead, the opposite has occurred.

Crabtree has been the top scoring fantasy wide receiver on the Raiders and has been one of Derek Carr’s favorite targets all season.

7. Dak Prescott

This list is very quarterback heavy simply because some of the top scorers in fantasy were drafted in the first few rounds. David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliot, Le’veon Bell, and LeSean McCoy were all drafted within the first two rounds. Dak Prescott, on the other hand, went mostly undrafted. The Cowboys quarterback has used a combination of his legs and smart decision making on his way to becoming a top ten fantasy quarterback, a pretty solid return on investment.

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