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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 10: The New York Jets

    FitzMagic is back, so we can again feel good about various Jets as fantasy weapons. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
    FitzMagic is back, so we can again feel good about various Jets as fantasy weapons. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    When Ryan Fitzpatrick re-upped with New York back in July, it was a huge win for Jets fans, for fantasy owners, and for those of us who produce NFL team previews. I can tell you from past experience that it’s no fun to forecast (or even consider) a Geno Smith-led offense. Fitzpatrick clearly has his flaws — he completed just 59.6 percent of his throws last season — but he’s at

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 11: The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos

    When you have a trophy and a ring, a lousy quarterback situation probably stings a bit less. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
    When you have a trophy and a ring, maybe a lousy quarterback situation probably stings a bit less. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    So here we are in late August, and the defending Super Bowl champs still have not yet named a starting quarterback for the regular season opener against Carolina. No rush, though. When Mark Sanchez is among the candidates, it makes sense to explore all possible options.

    As of this writing, it appears that Trevor Siemian, a second-year QB from Northwestern,

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 12: The Houston Texans

    Houston is the rare division champ that felt the need to make massive changes. Fantasy-wise, things are looking up. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
    Houston is the rare division champ that needed to make massive changes. Fantasy-wise, things are looking up. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    As a general rule, year-to-year continuity is a big deal in the NFL. It’s not reasonable to expect a team to execute flawlessly in September if it underwent a massive overhaul in March. Without overstating pro football’s complexity, hopefully we can all agree that repetition, rapport and scheme familiarity are not small things. Building a great

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 13: The Jacksonville Jaguars

    Jacksonville produced a pair of top-15 fantasy WRs last season, and a QB who took a non-traditional path to top-5 status. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
    Jacksonville produced two top-15 fantasy receivers last season, and a QB who took a non-traditional path to top-5 status. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    Blake Bortles is either the NFL’s best bad quarterback, or he’s the worst of the good QBs. Not sure. Either way, fantasy owners appreciated his gloriously sloppy 2015 season.

    Bortles led the league in fumbles (14), sacks (51) and interceptions (18) last year, a triple crown of despair. He also completed just 58.6 percent of his throws,

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 14: The Indianapolis Colts

    Here's hoping Andrew Luck doesn't spend another season in street clothes on the sideline. That was no fun. (Getty Images)
    Here’s hoping Andrew Luck doesn’t spend another season in street clothes on the sideline. That was no fun. (Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    Entering 2015, we all expected big things from the Indianapolis Colts. Instead, this team delivered hilarious personnel decisions, hideous injuries, endless turnovers, and the single worst decision in the history of football organized human activity.

    It’s tempting to regard the Colts’ struggles last year as the unavoidable result of Andrew Luck’s injury-marred season, but we

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 15: The New York Giants

    The Giants have continuity on offense this season, and at least one elite play-maker. Not such a bad fantasy situation, really. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    The Giants have continuity on offense this season, and at least one elite play-maker. Not such a bad fantasy situation, really. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    Watching Tom Coughlin display the full and unfiltered range of human emotions over the course of a single NFL game was, without question, an absolute delight. But all eras must end, and so it is with Coughlin’s long, successful reign in New York.

    For fantasy purposes, we shouldn’t have to fret much about the transition from Coughlin

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 17: The Kansas City Chiefs

    There's plenty of fantasy talent on KC's roster, but an Alex Smith-led offense is tough to fully embrace. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
    There’s plenty of fantasy talent on KC’s roster, but an Alex Smith-led offense is tough to fully embrace. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Join a Yahoo Fantasy Football league for free and make 2016 your season!]

    During the Andy Reid era, the Chiefs have been a wonderfully uncomplicated team for fantasy purposes. All the good stuff goes to Jamaal Charles — all the yards, all the red-zone chances, all the fantasy goodness. Every other skill player is like a decoration on a cake.

    As it should be. Charles ranks among the most efficient runners in NFL history,

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 18: The Buffalo Bills

    The Bills were an almost perfectly mediocre team last season, but they offer a few fun fantasy pieces, including a dual-threat QB. (Getty Images)
    The Bills were an almost perfectly mediocre team last season, but they offer a few fun fantasy pieces, including a dual-threat QB. (Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    No team in the NFL ran the ball as successfully as Buffalo last season, and only Carolina ran as often. The Bills led the league in rushing by a comfortable margin, averaging 152.0 yards per game and 4.8 per attempt. They also tied for the lead in rushing touchdowns with 19. So the ground game clearly wasn’t Buffalo’s problem.

    But of course we all knew that

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 19: Washington

    If Kirk Cousins can deliver a full season that resembles his second-half performance from 2015, Washington's passing game should be stellar. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    If Kirk Cousins can deliver a full season that resembles his second-half performance from 2015, Washington’s passing game should be stellar. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    The Juggernaut Index is our annual ranking and review of NFL teams for fantasy purposes — repeat: FANTASY PURPOSES. Here, we concern ourselves with a franchise’s likely contributions to the fantasy player pool. We are not concerned with projected wins and losses. Instead, we’re focused on yards and points. As always, we’re beginning with the league’s least useful teams, working our way toward the elite fantasy juggernauts.

    [Yahoo Fantasy Football is open for the 2016 season. Sign up now!]

    It’s always dangerous to play the arbitrary-end-point game in sports analysis, because, as a general rule, having more data is a good thing. But it’s almost impossible to discuss Kirk Cousins without reviewing the statistical brilliance of his second-half last season, when he was an absolute fantasy monster. Over his final eight

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