A list of the top players to draft for the 2015 fantasy football season.
1. Le'Veon Bell (PIT)
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Bell established himself as the Steelers' bell cow last year, finishing second in the league to DeMarco Murray in scrimmage yards and staying healthy all season after missing the first three games of his rookie campaign with a foot injury. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, Bell's power, vision and patience are complemented by surprising agility for his size (6-1, 244), allowing him to slip tackles nearly as often as he simply runs through them. His breakout performance was boosted by an excellent run-blocking offensive line that was one of the league's best at denying penetration, ensuring Bell had time to find holes as they developed. He also showed dramatic improvement as a receiver, finishing second on the team to Antonio Brown with 105 targets. And despite the Steelers' penchant for passing in the red zone — they were fourth in the league in red-zone pass percentage (61.7) — Bell scored nine of his 11 touchdowns in the red zone, including three receiving touchdowns on 13 targets (T-1st among RB). Bell is suspended for the first two games because of a substance abuse policy violation, but otherwise is well-positioned for another big year.
2. Adrian Peterson (MIN)
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For the second time in four years, Peterson missed a significant portion of the season, but this time injury wasn't to blame. Peterson played one game last year before being sidelined the rest of the season for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. On the field, he still appeared to be at his peak, possessing the same elite blend of size, speed, burst, power and balance that he brought into the league, combined with the improved vision and pass-catching skills he's developed with experience. The last time Peterson had an extended break, he returned to post a 2,000-yard rushing season and 6.0 YPC, but the picture isn't quite as rosy in 2015. Lost in last season's scandal was that he was coming off groin surgery, and while Peterson likely has at least one more big season left in him, the downside of his career could be looming. He's 30 years old with 2,054 carries worth of wear and tear on his body.
3. Dez Bryant (DAL)
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The league's premier touchdown catcher — other than maybe a healthy Rob Gronkowski — Bryant led the NFL with 16 last season, running his three-year total to 41. Unlike Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown, who did their damage with north of 180 targets, Bryant checked in 12th overall (137), tied for 18th in the red-zone (15) and seventh inside the 10 (10). Bryant tied for second in goal-line targets with eight, however, a hallmark of Scott Linehan's play calling since his days with the Dolphins when even Chris Chambers got double-digit scores. At 6-2, 220, with 4.5 speed, Bryant has the specs you'd want from a No. 1 NFL receiver, and he plays even bigger and more physical than that. Bryant's 9.6 YPT placed seventh among the league's 41 100-target wideouts, and his 22 catches for 20-plus yards was fifth. Entering 2015, Bryant's role could potentially grow. While the Cowboys return an all-world offensive line and quarterback Tony Romo, they are thin at wide receiver with only the disappointing Terrance Williams and slot man Cole Beasley providing experienced depth. Moreover, Jason Witten turned 33 in May, and workhorse tailback DeMarco Murray is in Philadelphia. Given the strength of the line and the team's success a year ago, one would think Dallas will again feature a run-heavy scheme, but at press time, it's hard to envision the backfield options (individually or collectively) absorbing Murray's 392-carry load. That could portend more work for Bryant.
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