NFL Preview: In-Depth Analysis

By Paul Bessire
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We have already played the 2017 NFL season 50,000 times before it's actually played. The New England Patriots lead the way as prohibitive Super Bowl favorites this season, winning it all a league-high 35.5% of the time (last season's top champion at this time of year won the Super Bowl 11.6% of the time - this is the highest mark in the eight years PredictionMachine.com has existed).

The most likely Super Bowl is a rematch of Super Bowl XLIX as the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks 63.1% of the time and by an average score of 28-21. This Super Bowl is 8.5% likely. Another AFC team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, is actually the second most likely team to win the Super Bowl at 8.9% (yes, just one team wins it more than 10%).The Seahawks are the third most likely Super Bowl Champion (8.0%) and are followed by three NFC teams in the Green Bay Packers (6.2%), Dallas Cowboys (6.1%) and Atlanta Falcons (6.0%).

Those six teams combine to win it all 68% of the time and no other team is greater than four percent likely to win it.

There are 13 other teams that win the championship between 1% and 5% of the time, including nine teams that did not even make the playoffs last year (in descending likelihood of order): Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts.

Heading into the season, the Patriots (97%), Steelers (79%), Seahawks (79%), Packers (72%), Falcons (64%), Cowboys (61%), Titans (54%), Raiders (51%) and Panthers (51%), are the nine teams at least 50% likely to make the playoffs.

Below, we explain How This Works and break down every team division-by-division. In each team's preview, the "Most Valuable" players for each team are those whose play is most critical to the team's success. Typically, they will be young, injury-prone and/or inconsistent players who could just as likely play well and help the team as play poorly or miss games to hurt the team. Also, the Offensive and Defensive Rankings are based on how many points a team would score (offense) or allow (defense) if each team played the same, league-average schedule (rankings are based on current, Week 1 rosters, so New England is without Tom Brady for example).

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

How This Works
Just as we play each individual NFL game 50,000 times before it's actually played, it can also play the entire NFL season 50,000 times before it's actually played. Using the actual schedule for 2016 through the playoffs, our model is able to compute average records and likelihoods of each team making the playoffs, winning its division and bringing home the Super Bowl trophy.

Our technology is built to handle such a demanding task. Making sure that we have the best possible inputs for players' statistics, progression over time and age, roles, health and playing time as well as teams' coaching styles and weather are keys to the accuracy of the output.

In general, we apply strength-of-schedule-adjusted, relevant statistics from every player's career (weighted more heavily on the most recent 16 games) to a fairly traditional player development curve that considers age and previous playing time. Not only does this development curve help to set average inputs, it combines with health history to dictate the variance ("boom or bust" potential) of a player's inputs.

Playing time estimation is more of an art than a science for all players who are expected to see significant starting time in 2016. That being said, gaps have been filled in by our best approximations of average bench and role players on teams.

Once that math and statistical analysis is evaluated, importing a schedule and running the games 50,000 times each is simple. See every projected score from every 2017 game here.

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

Season Summary
Based on the analysis, here is the projected NFL 2016 Playoff bracket. It should be noted however, that this exact bracket only occurred in 94 of the 50,000 seasons played by PredictionMachine.com:

AFC
Wild Card Round
#6 Baltimore 22 @ #3 Oakland 27
#5 Kansas City 23 @ #4 Tennessee 25

Divisional Round
#3 Oakland 25 @ #2 Pittsburgh 31
#4 Tennessee 23 @ #1 New England 32

AFC Championship
#2 Pittsburgh 25 @ #1 New England 31

NFC
Wild Card Round
#6 Arizona 21 @ #3 Atlanta 26
#5 Carolina 23 @ #4 Dallas 28

Divisional Round
#4 Dallas 24 @ #1 Seattle 26
#3 Atlanta 29 @ #2 Green Bay 31

NFC Championship
#2 Green Bay 25 @ #1 Seattle 28

Super Bowl
New England 28 over Seattle 21

Other Info:
Teams that should surprise (good): Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears
Teams that should surprise (bad): Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Bucs
Most Important Player (AFC): Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Most Important Player (NFC): Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Most Important Rookie (AFC): DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Most Important Rookie (NFC): Marshon Lattimore, DB, New Orleans Saints

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

AFC East Preview

New England Patriots
Power Rank: 1
Offensive Rank: 2
Defensive Rank: 11
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
Playoff Probabilities: 97.0%
Super Bowl Win%: 35.5%
Biggest Strength: Football
Greatest Weakness: Uh… complacency?
Most Important Offensive Player: Rob Gronkowski, TE
Most Important Defensive Player: Malcom Branch, DT
Fantasy Stud: Tom Brady, QB
Fantasy Dud: Danny Amendola, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Rex Burkhead, RB

Miami Dolphins
Power Rank: 21
Offensive Rank: 22
Defensive Rank: 24
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Playoff Probabilities: 18.2%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.4%
Biggest Strength: All-Around Offense
Greatest Weakness: Patriots in the Division
Most Important Offensive Player: Ryan Tannehill, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Ndamukong Suh, DT
Fantasy Stud: Jay Ajayi, RB
Fantasy Dud: Defense
Fantasy Sleeper: DeVante Parker, WR

Buffalo Bills
Power Rank: 26
Offensive Rank: 14
Defensive Rank: 27
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
Playoff Probabilities: 8.8%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.1%
Biggest Strength: Run Offense
Greatest Weakness: Run Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Tyrod Taylor, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Marcell Dareus, NT
Fantasy Stud: LeSean McCoy, RB
Fantasy Dud: Defense
Fantasy Sleeper: Jonathan Williams, RB

New York Jets
Power Rank: 32
Offensive Rank: 31
Defensive Rank: 25
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
Playoff Probabilities: 0.6%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
Biggest Strength: Next Year's QB Draft Class
Greatest Weakness: Football
Most Important Offensive Player: Next Year's Quarterback
Most Important Defensive Player: Morris Claiborne, CB
Fantasy Stud: Bilal Powell (???), RB
Fantasy Dud: Just stay away for now
Fantasy Sleeper: ArDarius Stewart, WR

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

AFC North Preview

Pittsburgh Steelers
Power Rank: 2
Offensive Rank: 5
Defensive Rank: 10
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Playoff Probabilities: 79.2%
Super Bowl Win%: 8.9%
Biggest Strength: Elite Skill Positions
Greatest Weakness: Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Martavis Bryant, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Artie Burns, CB
Fantasy Stud: Le'Veon Bell, RB
Fantasy Dud: Defense
Fantasy Sleeper: Xavier Grimble,TE

Baltimore Ravens
Power Rank: 14
Offensive Rank: 18
Defensive Rank: 8
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Playoff Probabilities: 46.2%
Super Bowl Win%: 1.5%
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Skill Positions
Most Important Offensive Player: Jeremy Maclin, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Brandon Carr, CB
Fantasy Stud: Justin Tucker, K
Fantasy Dud: Tight Ends
Fantasy Sleeper: Danny Woodhead, RB

Cincinnati Bengals
Power Rank: 16
Offensive Rank: 17
Defensive Rank: 16
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Playoff Probabilities: 37.8%
Super Bowl Win%: 1.0%
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Running Game (Off and Def)
Most Important Offensive Player: Andy Dalton, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Adam Jones, CB
Fantasy Stud: A.J. Green, WR
Fantasy Dud: John Ross, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Joe Mixon, RB

Cleveland Browns
Power Rank: 29
Offensive Rank: 30
Defensive Rank: 31
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Playoff Probabilities: 3.1%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
Biggest Strength: Analtyical Front Office + Assets
Greatest Weakness: On Field Talent
Most Important Offensive Player: Corey Coleman, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Danny Shelton, DT
Fantasy Stud: Isaiah Crowell, RB
Fantasy Dud: Cody Kessler, QB
Fantasy Sleeper: Defense

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

AFC South Preview

Tennessee Titans
Power Rank: 9
Offensive Rank: 9
Defensive Rank: 19
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Playoff Probabilities: 53.5%
Super Bowl Win%: 2.7%
Biggest Strength: Offensive Efficiency
Greatest Weakness: Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Corey Davis/Eric Decker (Need #1) WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Da'Norris Searcy, S
Fantasy Stud: Delanie Walker, TE
Fantasy Dud: Tajae Sharpe, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Corey Davis, WR

Houston Texans
Power Rank: 12
Offensive Rank: 28
Defensive Rank: 1
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Playoff Probabilities: 38.7%
Super Bowl Win%: 1.5%
Biggest Strength: All-Around Defense
Greatest Weakness: Skill Positions
Most Important Offensive Player: Tom Savage/Deshaun Watson, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Kareem Jackson, CB
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins, WR
Fantasy Dud: Jaelen Strong, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Deshaun Watson, QB

Indianapolis Colts
Power Rank: 19
Offensive Rank: 8
Defensive Rank: 28
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 9
Playoff Probabilities: 36.6%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.9%
Biggest Strength: Andrew Luck
Greatest Weakness: Lines (Offensive and Defensive)
Most Important Offensive Player: Andrew Luck, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jabaal Sheard, DE/OLB
Fantasy Stud: TY Hilton, WR
Fantasy Dud: Phillip Dorsett, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Erik Swoope, TE

Jacksonville Jaguars
Power Rank: 27
Offensive Rank: 27
Defensive Rank: 21
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Playoff Probabilities: 21.5%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
Biggest Strength: Young Defensive Playmakers
Greatest Weakness: Experience and Depth
Most Important Offensive Player: Leonard Fournette, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jalen Ramsey, CB
Fantasy Stud: Leonard Fournette, RB
Fantasy Dud: Marcedes Lewis, TE
Fantasy Sleeper: Defense

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

AFC West Preview

Denver Broncos
Power Rank: 10
Offensive Rank: 24
Defensive Rank: 3
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 2
Playoff Probabilities: 36.3%
Super Bowl Win%: 1.7%
Biggest Strength: Elite Defense
Greatest Weakness: Quarterback
Most Important Offensive Player: Paxton Lynch/Trevor Siemian, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Derek Wolfe, DE
Fantasy Stud: Demaryius Thomas, WR
Fantasy Dud: Quarterback
Fantasy Sleeper: Carlos Henderson, WR

Oakland Raiders
Power Rank: 7
Offensive Rank: 6
Defensive Rank: 18
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Playoff Probabilities: 50.8%
Super Bowl Win%: 3.1%
Biggest Strength: Young Stars (Off and Def)
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Derek Carr, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Sean Smith, CB
Fantasy Stud: Amari Cooper, WR
Fantasy Dud: Defense
Fantasy Sleeper: Jared Cook, TE

Kansas City Chiefs
Power Rank: 8
Offensive Rank: 19
Defensive Rank: 7
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Playoff Probabilities: 42.9%
Super Bowl Win%: 2.3%
Biggest Strength: Discipline (Turnovers, Special Teams, Penalties)
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Tyreek Hill, WR/RB/RET
Most Important Defensive Player: Justin Houston, LB
Fantasy Stud: Travis Kelce, TE
Fantasy Dud: Albert Wilson, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Kareem Hunt, RB

Los Angeles Chargers
Power Rank: 18
Offensive Rank: 21
Defensive Rank: 5
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 4
Playoff Probabilities: 28.9%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.9%
Biggest Strength: Run Defense
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Melvin Gordon, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: Joey Bosa, DE
Fantasy Stud: Melvin Gordon, RB
Fantasy Dud: Tyrell Williams, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Defense

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

NFC East Preview

Dallas Cowboys
Power Rank: 4
Offensive Rank: 7
Defensive Rank: 17
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Playoff Probabilities: 61.0%
Super Bowl Win%: 6.1%
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Greatest Weakness: Pass Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Dez Bryant, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Sean Lee, LB
Fantasy Stud: Ezekiel Elliott, RB
Fantasy Dud: Terrance Williams, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Ryan Switzer, WR

New York Giants
Power Rank: 15
Offensive Rank: 23
Defensive Rank: 4
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 39.4%
Super Bowl Win%: 2.2%
Biggest Strength: Quantity and Quality of Weapons
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Ereck Flowers, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Damon Harrison, DT
Fantasy Stud: Odell Beckham Jr., WR
Fantasy Dud: Sterling Shepard, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Paul Perkins, RB

Philadelphia Eagles
Power Rank: 22
Offensive Rank: 15
Defensive Rank: 13
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 27.0%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.9%
Biggest Strength: No Glaring Weakneses
Greatest Weakness: No Obvious Strengths
Most Important Offensive Player: Carson Wentz, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Jalen Mills, CB
Fantasy Stud: Zach Ertz, TE
Fantasy Dud: Brent Celek, TE
Fantasy Sleeper: Donnel Pumphrey, RB

Washington Redskins
Power Rank: 24
Offensive Rank: 10
Defensive Rank: 30
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 26.3%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.8%
Biggest Strength: No Glaring Weakneses
Greatest Weakness: No Obvious Strengths
Most Important Offensive Player: Jordan Reed, TE
Most Important Defensive Player: Josh Norman, CB
Fantasy Stud: Jordan Reed, TE
Fantasy Dud: Rob Kelley, RB
Fantasy Sleeper: Samaje Perine, RB

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

NFC North Preview

Green Bay Packers
Power Rank: 5
Offensive Rank: 4
Defensive Rank: 14
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Playoff Probabilities: 72.0%
Super Bowl Win%: 6.2%
Biggest Strength: Pass Offense
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Ty Montgomery, RB/WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Davin House, CB
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers, QB
Fantasy Dud: Richard Rodgers, TE
Fantasy Sleeper: Jamaal Williams, RB

Minnesota Vikings
Power Rank: 17
Offensive Rank: 25
Defensive Rank: 9
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 42.7%
Super Bowl Win%: 1.5%
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Running Game (Off and Def)
Most Important Offensive Player: Riley Reiff, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Xavier Rhodes, CB
Fantasy Stud: Kyle Rudolph, TE
Fantasy Dud: Sam Bradford, QB
Fantasy Sleeper: Dalvin Cook, RB

Detroit Lions
Power Rank: 25
Offensive Rank: 16
Defensive Rank: 23
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Playoff Probabilities: 16.8%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.2%
Biggest Strength: Matthew Stafford's Arm
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: Ameer Abdullah, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: DJ Hayden, CB
Fantasy Stud: Golden Tate, WR
Fantasy Dud: Defense
Fantasy Sleeper: Jared Abbrederis, WR

Chicago Bears
Power Rank: 28
Offensive Rank: 26
Defensive Rank: 26
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Playoff Probabilities: 7.0%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.1%
Biggest Strength: Interior Lines (Off and Def)
Greatest Weakness: Pass Offense
Most Important Offensive Player: Mike Glennon, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Kyle Fuller, CB
Fantasy Stud: Jordan Howard, RB
Fantasy Dud: Kendall Wright, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Defense

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

NFC South Preview

Atlanta Falcons
Power Rank: 3
Offensive Rank: 1
Defensive Rank: 20
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 64.2%
Super Bowl Win%: 6.0%
Biggest Strength: Explosive Playmakers (Off and Def)
Greatest Weakness: Lines (Off and Def)
Most Important Offensive Player: Steve Sarkisian, OC
Most Important Defensive Player: Vic Beasley, LB
Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones, WR
Fantasy Dud: Justin Hardy, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Austin Hooper, TE

Carolina Panthers
Power Rank: 13
Offensive Rank: 11
Defensive Rank: 6
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 51.3%
Super Bowl Win%: 2.7%
Biggest Strength: Running Game (Off and Def)
Greatest Weakness: Defensive Secondary
Most Important Offensive Player: Christian McCaffrey, RB
Most Important Defensive Player: James Bradberry, CB
Fantasy Stud: Cam Newton, QB
Fantasy Dud: Jonathan Stewart, RB
Fantasy Sleeper: Curtis Samuel RB/WR

New Orleans Saints
Power Rank: 23
Offensive Rank: 3
Defensive Rank: 29
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 30.5%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.9%
Biggest Strength: Brees-Payton Brain Trust
Greatest Weakness: All-around Defense
Most Important Offensive Player: Khalif Barnes, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Marshon Lattimore, CB
Fantasy Stud: Drew Brees, QB
Fantasy Dud: Ted Ginn, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Alvin Kamara, RB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Power Rank: 20
Offensive Rank: 13
Defensive Rank: 15
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Playoff Probabilities: 29.3%
Super Bowl Win%: 1.0%
Biggest Strength: Passing Game Weapons
Greatest Weakness: Running Game (Off and Def)
Most Important Offensive Player: DeSean Jackson, WR
Most Important Defensive Player: Gerald McCoy, DT
Fantasy Stud: Mike Evans, WR
Fantasy Dud: Defense
Fantasy Sleeper: Chris Godwin, WR

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

NFC West Preview

Seattle Seahawks
Power Rank: 6
Offensive Rank: 12
Defensive Rank: 2
Division Standing: 1
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Playoff Probabilities: 78.6%
Super Bowl Win%: 8.0%
Biggest Strength: Everything Except…
Greatest Weakness: Offensive Line
Most Important Offensive Player: Luke Joeckel, T
Most Important Defensive Player: Shaq Griffin, CB
Fantasy Stud: Defense
Fantasy Dud: Jermaine Kearse, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: CJ Prosise, RB

Arizona Cardinals
Power Rank: 11
Offensive Rank: 20
Defensive Rank: 12
Division Standing: 2
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 6
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Playoff Probabilities: 48.3%
Super Bowl Win%: 2.8%
Biggest Strength: Pass Defense
Greatest Weakness: Age/Health
Most Important Offensive Player: Carson Palmer, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Tyrann Mathieu, DB
Fantasy Stud: David Johnson, WR
Fantasy Dud: Jermaine Gresham, TE
Fantasy Sleeper: Chad Williams, WR

Los Angeles Rams
Power Rank: 30
Offensive Rank: 32
Defensive Rank: 22
Division Standing: 3
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 8
Playoff Probabilities: 4.5%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
Biggest Strength: Aaron Donald
Greatest Weakness: Everything Else
Most Important Offensive Player: Jared Goff, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: Alec Ogletree, LB
Fantasy Stud: Robert Woods, WR
Fantasy Dud: Tavon Austin, WR
Fantasy Sleeper: Cooper Kupp, WR

San Francisco 49ers
Power Rank: 31
Offensive Rank: 29
Defensive Rank: 32
Division Standing: 4
2016 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 5
Projected 2017 Playoff Teams on Schedule: 7
Playoff Probabilities: 1.3%
Super Bowl Win%: 0.0%
Biggest Strength: Kyle Shanahan Seems To Have Bright Future
Greatest Weakness: Talent and Depth
Most Important Offensive Player: Brian Hoyer, QB
Most Important Defensive Player: NaVorro Bowman, LB
Fantasy Stud: Pierre Garcon, WR
Fantasy Dud: Just stay away for now
Fantasy Sleeper: Joe Williams, RB

See: How This Works, Season Summary and Division Previews: AFC East, AFC North, AFC West, AFC South, NFC East, NFC North, NFC West and NFC South

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