Fantasy Football Mailbag: Fitzpatrick hurting Marshall, Decker

Decker should see a downgrade in value with whoever starts at quarterback given his touchdown dependency last season. He had just five games with more than 80 yards in 2015, and he had seven games with 60 yards or less. But he’s still a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver worth drafting in Round 6.

We’ll see what happens with Fitzpatrick, but the Jets receivers would like to have him back in New York. Fantasy owners feel the same way because we want the best for Marshall and Decker in 2016.

You can make a case for Robinson as a first-round pick in PPR leagues after he had 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, but be careful of some touchdown regression in 2016, which should impact his value. He won’t last past Round 2 in any format, however. As for Charles, if his knee is OK after last year’s torn ACL then he will be drafted early in the second round in all leagues, especially PPR. I’m concerned he will lose touches to Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, but it’s hard ignore Charles’ upside when healthy.

Le’Veon Bell should be considered the No. 1 running back in all leagues if his knee is 100 percent, and he should be ready for Week 1. You’re in good shape there. As for Gordon, there is even more concern over him after it was revealed he had microfracture surgery in his knee this offseason. But he’s expected to be fine, and I expect a bounce-back season after he struggled as a rookie, including his failure to score a touchdown. The Chargers offensive line is healthy after it dealt with 24 different combinations last year, and Gordon didn’t get any competition for playing time. He should prove to be great value in Round 5 or 6 this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a Top 20 running back in all leagues.

The Giants drafted Shepard in the second round from Oklahoma, and he should be a starter right away opposite Odell Beckham. There’s no guarantee Cruz is even ready for Week 1, and he hasn’t played since Week 6 of the 2014 season because of the patellar tendon injury in his knee. He suffered a calf injury last year in his rehab process, and he will be No. 3 on the depth chart at best. I plan to draft Shepard in all leagues with a mid-round pick. But I wouldn’t draft Cruz at all even if he’s healthy. I’m not optimistic he’ll ever be a viable Fantasy option again.

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The biggest change for me this season is leaning more toward receiver with my early-round selections and then loading up on running back. I know many Fantasy owners have been doing this for years, but I don’t buy into the “zero RB theory” of not drafting running backs until Round 6. My ideal strategy is two receivers with my first three picks and then find a third receiver with high upside around Round 6 or 7. In the interim, I will load up on running backs, with maybe a quarterback or tight end mixed in. When you hit on a stud running back early, your Fantasy team is in great shape, but finding those guys early has been hard to do in recent years. It’s all about the elite receivers in 2016.

NFL fans might want to start paying closer attention to the business side of UFC, because if that company gets sold, it could bring the NFL one step closer to putting a team in Las Vegas.

UFC majority owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta are reportedly looking to sell at least part of the company, and it’s very possible that they’re planning to use that money to make a run at buying an NFL team.

According to, several companies are looking to buy the UFC at a price of about $4 billion.

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