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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 16: The Oakland Raiders

    Oakland is an ascending team with a few intriguing and/or semi-useful fantasy pieces. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
    Oakland is an ascending team with a few intriguing and/or semi-useful fantasy pieces. (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.

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    Oakland quarterback Derek Carr undeniably made gains in his second pro season, improving in all meaningful statistical categories. He emerged as a fantasy asset somewhat unexpectedly, tossing 32 touchdown passes and finishing just shy of 4000 passing yards. But Carr presents a rankings dilemma, because the non-fantasy indicators are something less than stellar. He

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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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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 20: The Atlanta Falcons

    Atlanta needs a better version of Matt Ryan this year if the team is going to escape fantasy (and real-life) mediocrity. (Getty Images)
    Atlanta needs a better version of Matt Ryan this year if the team is going to escape fantasy (and real-life) mediocrity. (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!]

    Let’s talk about how good Matt Ryan isn’t. Ryan posted the lowest touchdown percentage of his eight-year career in 2015 (3.4), throwing for just 21 scores on 614 attempts while being picked 16 times. His passer-rating dipped to 89.0, which ranked No. 20 in the league — behind guys like Cutler and Hoyer, narrowly ahead of Bridgewater and Tannehill. He’s tossed 47

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  • Closing Time: Aroldis Chapman dealt to the Cubs

    New York received an impressive collection of players in exchange for Aroldis Chapman, as the Cubs went all-in for 2016. (Getty Images)
    New York received an impressive collection of players in exchange for Aroldis Chapman, as the Cubs are fully committed to winning it all in 2016. (Getty Images)

    If you had any doubts as to whether the Chicago Cubs were all-in this season, the issue was resolved on Monday.

    Chicago dealt four players to the Yankees, including elite shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, in exchange for flame-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman, a free agent to be. The Cubs filled a glaring team need with the absolute best option available on the market, so the short-term impact of this deal is obvious and significant. Chicago is undeniably a better ball-club. Chapman will get the ninth moving forward, nudging Hector Rondon to a setup roll.

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

    When Joe Maddon’s team is playing meaningful baseball deep into October, he’ll be able to give the season’s most important innings to a lights-out lefty with a fastball that averages 100.1 mph. Ridiculous. If

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 21: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Things won't be so bad at Raymond James Stadium this year, in all likelihood. But the Bucs aren't yet an unstoppable fantasy machine. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)
    Things won’t be so bad at Raymond James Stadium this year, in all likelihood. But the Bucs aren’t yet an unstoppable fantasy machine. (Photo by Cliff McBride/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 tempting to focus almost exclusively on the development of second-year quarterback Jameis Winston when discussing the Bucs, but doing so would disrespect the indisputable, ironclad strength of Tampa Bay’s offense. This team fielded a terrific running game last season — one of the NFL’s best, no matter your criteria. Tampa Bay

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  • Daily Dime: Aaron Sanchez, Joey Votto and more

    Aaron Sanchez has been a bankable ace, and he's in a good spot on Monday. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Aaron Sanchez has been a bankable ace, and he’s in a good spot on Monday. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Aaron Sanchez has limited opponents to two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts, dating back to June 1, and he gets a home matchup with the Pads on Monday. If you’re passing on the luxury pitching buys in daily, he’s a terrific (and well-priced) alternative.

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    I’ve also chosen to pick on Jake Peavy on Monday, notably by starting the scorching-hot Joey Votto. He’s hitting an insane .407/.560/.630 for the month, and he’s reached base multiple times in each of his last eight games. Ridiculous. I refuse to believe that Peavy will be the guy to stop Votto’s binge.

    Here's your winning lineup for Monday, July 25. You're welcome.
    Here’s your winning lineup for Monday, July 25. You’re welcome.
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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 22: The Minnesota Vikings

    Minnesota's season may have ended on a bad note, but the Norsemen offer a lot to like entering 2016. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
    Minnesota’s season may have ended on a bad note, but the Norsemen offer a lot to like entering 2016. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/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!]

    The same experts who told you to avoid Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson last season (he’s 30!) are, naturally, instructing you to avoid him again this year (he’s 31!) Never mind the fact that Peterson claimed his third career rushing title in 2015, or that he reached double-digit touchdowns for the eighth time, or that he averaged 4.54 yards per carry. Age is

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  • Juggernaut Index, No. 23: The San Diego Chargers

    If Keenan Allen remains healthy and Melvin Gordon isn't awful and Gates is Gates, maybe the Bolts can surprise us. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
    If Keenan Allen remains healthy and Melvin Gordon isn’t awful and Gates is Gates, maybe the Bolts can surprise us. (Photo by Donald Miralle/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!]

    Over the past year, many things have gone wrong for the San Diego Chargers, in all phases. The team lost a dozen games last season, ranked next-to-last in the league in rushing, and the defense allowed 6.0 yards per play. And then the franchise nuked its relationship with Eric Weddle, one of the more accomplished players in team history. And the Bolts

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