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2016 AFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview
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The good news this year is that Jacksonville appears to have found a quarterback. Their answer lies in Blake Bortles who seems to have taken a leap compare to last season. Bortles will be coupled with a few top receivers this year enabling the Jaguars to move the ball effectively through the air. Jacksonville has a pair of running backs capable of generating yardage on their own.
The return from injury of Dante Fowler will also be crucial. If Fowler can hit the ground running, the Jaguars’ defensive front will be much-improved. The addition of CB Prince Amukamara to a group that already includes Aaron Colvin and Davon House gives Jacksonville three solid corners, and Tashaun Gipson could add the playmaking touches to an already reliable unit. Improving against the pass would give the Jaguars a real chance to compete in the AFC South.
Key additions: OT Kelvin Beachum, CB Prince Amukamara, S Tashaun Gipson, DT Malik Jackson, RB Chris Ivory
Key losses: None (C Stefan Wisniewski remains an unrestricted free agent)
The Titans are still coming into this season as sleepers in the AFC South. WR Rishard Matthews was one of the best-value additions in the entirety of free agency thus far. With Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright, and Delanie Walker already in the fold, the Titans have a solid set of pass-catchers. DeMarco Murray may not be the player he was in 2014, but he’s a worthwhile low-risk investment for a team that has struggled to find talented running backs. Tennessee has a number of solid players in their front seven. Jurrell Casey is a stud, but otherwise the Titans lack difference-makers. Outside linebacker is a position of particular concern. Brian Orakpo had a decent season in 2015, but isn’t getting any younger. Derrick Morgan recorded his lowest pass-rush grade since 2011. The Titans lack the pass-rushers to conceal the deficiencies of a secondary full of holes. Brice McCain is certainly not the answer and Perrish Cox had an average 2015 season with Jason McCourty recording the worst coverage grade of his career. The Titans are relying on resurgence from both Cox and McCourty to be competitive on the back end in 2016.
Key additions: HB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews, C Ben Jones
Key losses: CB Coty Sensabaugh
Predicting the Colts’ 2016 season outcome is almost impossible because of the enigma that is Andrew Luck. Luck wasn’t quite at his best last year, to the point where Hasselbeck’s proved an upgrade in on-field production. Luck may have been struggling with injuries but his performances offer no confidence that he will lead the Colts to a division title next season. His supporting cast does, however, remain amongst the best in the division. T.Y. Hilton should get some help from a healthy Phillip Dorsett in the passing game, while Donte Moncrief is an underrated No. 2. The loss of TE Coby Fleener is not particularly significant, especially with the re-signing of Dwayne Allen and with the Colts retaining one of the better offensive lines in the division.
The Colts lost their highest-graded defender, Jerrell Freeman to the Bears. CB Vontae Davis remains an excellent player, but Indianapolis is yet to find a complement across from him.
Key additions: None
Key losses: LB Jerrell Freeman, S Dwight Lowery, QB Matt Hasselbeck, TE Coby Fleener
We cannot be sold yet on Osweiler being a franchise QB, but he’s undoubtedly an upgrade over the combination of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. The Texans may have been forced to pay a king’s ransom for a mid-level starter at the position, but Osweiler possesses the upside to be more than that. He flashes big-time talent on some throws, but struggles to generate the consistency of the top NFL signal-callers (in his small sample-size of games, at least). With that said, Osweiler has the potential to improve with live experience in a QB-friendly system.
Key additions: QB Brock Osweiler, G Jeff Allen, RB Lamar Miller, G Tony Bergstrom
Key losses: G Brandon Brooks, C Ben Jones
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