Fantasy Football: Week 16 PPR Rankings


1. Peyton Manning- Tucked into that cozy indoor environment in Houston on Sunday, Manning should have a monster game against a defense that has given up at least two passing touchdowns in six of their last seven games.

2. Ben Roethlisberger- Call it a hunch, but the Packers are 7th-worst in the NFL in pass defense and the last time Big Ben squared off against a bottom 10 pass defense (Detroit) he put up 31 fantasy points

3. Phillip Rivers

4. Matthew Stafford- After scoring just 13 fantasy points over the last two games, a match-up with the Giants at home is just what the doctor ordered

5. Kirk Cousins- Even is his name was Kirk Sisters he’d still be able to throw for 300 yards against the Cowboys “defense”

6. Nick Foles

7. Ryan Fitzpatrick- The magic is back!

8. Drew Brees- Not that excited about him in Carolina

9. Andy Dalton- 11 passing touchdowns in his last five games and now the fiery redhead has the Vikings on tap. Yes please

10. Alex Smith

11. Jay Cutler- Throws it up for grabs a lot, but with Jeffery and Marshall, he gets away with it

12. Tony Romo- Start him for his production in the first three quarters, because well, you know…

13. Cam Newton

14. Russell Wilson

15. Colin Kaepernick- Should probably be ranked higher, but I’ve seen him throw up way too many stinkers this season to feel confident about him, even in a good matchup

16. Tom Brady- Historically struggles against the Ravens, and without Gronk, offense is going to be tough to produce

17. Ryan Tannehill- Three straight 20+ games and starting to make a name for himself

18. Jason Campbell

19. Matt Flynn- Rodgers is out again, so Flynn picks up the slack

20. Andrew Luck- Tough match-up in Arrowhead this week. I’d avoid if I could

21. Matt Cassell- Betting rule #1- NEVER bet against Matt Cassell!

22. Mike Glennon

23. Joe Flacco- Flacco just sets up Justin Tucker field goals. That’s his role

24. Matt Ryan- I suppose their could be garbage-time stats, but the 49ers will want to send Candlestick off the right way

25. Matt Schaub


Running Backs

1. Jamaal Charles- He has more receptions than Torrey Smith, Jason Witten, Keenan Allen, and Marques Colston. Oh yeah, and he has 18 touchdowns and over 1,000 rushing yards

2. LeSean McCoy- After inexcusably getting just eight carries last week, expect McCoy to be featured early and often against the NFL’s worst rush defense

3. Knowshon Moreno

4. Reggie Bush

5. Matt Forte- If a fullback impersonating a running back can score three touchdowns against the Eagles defense, I’d love to see what Forte can do

6. DeMarco Murray- Hasn’t scored less than 15 points in a PPR since Week 9

7. Adrian Peterson- Should play, and play well

8. Le’Veon Bell

9. Marshawn Lynch- Underrated as a pass-catcher, with at least three receptions in seven games this season. Oh, and he runs with big boy pants on

10. Eddie Lacy- Did they fire the reporter that called him fat?

11. Zac Stacy

12. Shane Vereen- Consider last week an aberration. Brady will be dumping off to Vereen a bunch this Sunday

13. Chris Johnson

14. Alfred Morris

15. Rashad Jennings- We’ll see you later McFadden

16. Giovanni Bernard

17. Ryan Matthews- 30+ touches in back to back weeks? Unheard of. Start him

18. Frank Gore

19. Jordan Todman- Assuming MJD sits. Todman looked good last week with a full workload

20. Darren Sproles- Did catch eight balls last week, so his floor is reasonably high

21.Chris Ivory- 100 yards and a score seems like a plausible projection to me against a Browns defense that has been shredded on the ground the last two weeks

22. Steven Jackson

23. Andre Brown- When you’re tied to Eli Manning, you tend to be more in the FLEX conversation than anything else

24. Fred Jackson

25. Bobby Rainey

26. Danny Woodhead- Matthews is just dominating touches right now

27. Dennis Johnson

28. Donald Brown

29. C.J. Spiller- I’m over him

30. Andre Ellington

31. Montee Ball- Good bet for a touchdown this weekend

32. Lamar Miller

33. Pierre Thomas- Struggled against them at home a couple weeks ago, so you have to hope he does his damage in the passing game

34. Ray Rice- Hope you aren’t starting him

35. Stevan Ridley- Or relying on him

36. Joique Bell

37. Daniel Thomas

38. Chris Ogbonnoya- Always a good bet for a few catches

39. Deangelo Williams- I really don’t care what he did last week

40. Marcell Reece- At least two catches in each of his last seven games

41. Trent Richardson

42. Edwin Baker

43. Rashard Mendenhall- A lead-footed running back in Seattle? No thanks

44. Mike Tolbert

45. Shonn Greene- Could fall into the endzone


Wide Receivers

1. Josh Gordon- Until his ridiculous streak of awesomeness is over, I’m ranking him here

2. Dez Bryant- Should be making Deangelo Hall cry all afternoon

3. A.J. Green

4. Calvin Johnson- Nine drops this season, but who cares? It’s Megatron

5. Antonio Brown- Green Bay gets destroyed over the middle where Brown does a lot of his work

6. Demaryius Thomas

7. Alshon Jeffery- Ask Dickie V would say, “He’s a star, baby!”

8. Andre Johnson

9. DeSean Jackson

10. Pierre Garcon- It’s like him and his quarterback are Cousins (wow that was brutal to read)

11. Keenan Allen

12. Julian Edelman- How the Dolphins didn’t double cover this guy is unreal. At one point, Brady threw him SEVEN straight passes

13. Brandon Marshall

14. Vincent Jackson

15. Eric Decker

16. Jordy Nelson

17. Doug Baldwin- My “I like this guy way too much” start of the week

18. Wes Welker

19. Kendall Wright- An insane 21 targets last week

20. Michael Crabtree- This is the game you’ve been waiting for

21. Mike Wallace

22. Torrey Smith

23. Greg Jennings- I still refuse to believe he’s back to his pre-deodorant commercial days, but he and Cassell have been making sweet music together of late

24. Roddy White

25. Marques Colston- Torched the Panthers for 125 yards and two touchdowns two week ago

26. Brian Hartline

27. Danny Amendola- 10 catches last week that’s unlikely to be repeated, but he’s definitely involved

28. Harry Douglas

29. Dwayne Bowe

30. Larry Fitzgerald- Banged up and in Seattle, I hope you have better options

31. Riley Cooper- Came back down to earth in recent weeks

32. Anquan Boldin

33. T.Y. Hilton- Colts made it a point to get him involved last week, let’s hope it continues

34. Golden Tate- Should have Patrick Peterson draped all over him

35. Cordarrelle Patterson

36. Steve Smith- His miserable season continues

37. Jacoby Jones

38. Rueben Randle- Like him way more than Nicks if Cruz sits

39. Denarius Moore

40. James Jones- He and Flynn just aren’t on the same page

41. Rod Streater

42. Emmanuel Sanders

43. Michael Floyd

44. Justin Hunter- Could be a stud if he gets his head on straight

45. Deandre Hopkins- Honestly, I expected more from him this year

46. Hakeem Nicks

47. Tavon Austin

48. Marlon Brown

49. Josh Boyce/Aaron Dobson/Kembrell Thompkins- Whoever starts at X receiver usually gets four receptions for about 50 yards

50. Santana Moss


Tight Ends

1. Jimmy Graham

2. Vernon Davis- A touchdown in five straight

3. Julius Thomas

4. Jason Witten- The Redskins have no cover linebackers/safeties to speak of

5. Delanie Walker

6. Jordan Cameron- Doesn’t it feel like he does the exact opposite of what you expect him to do lately?

7. Tony Gonzalez

8. Charles Clay- Weird game last week throwing up a goose egg, but should go back to his consistent way this Sunday

9. Dennis Pitta- Right back to obscurity due to Flacco’s ineptitude

10. Heath Miller

11. Ryan Griffin- Got a feeling about him this week with Schaub likely throwing 50 times

12. Martellus Bennett

13. Zach Ertz- More talented than Celek, and the Eagles notice

14. Coby Fleener

15. Andrew Quarless- Back to back 6/66/1 games has him on the radar, but all bets are off if Rodgers starts because he ignores him

16. Jared Cook

17. Antonio Gates- Been terrible lately, but still 3rd in tight end targets

18. Tyler Eifert- If Gresham sits, he jumps a little

19. Greg Olsen

20. Jared Cook

21. Tim Wright

22. Zach Miller

23. Logan Paulsen

24. Jeff Cumberland

25. Michael Hoomanawanui- I’ll admit, I had to copy and paste his name because I couldn’t come close to spelling it


Defense/Special Teams

1. Seattle Seahawks

2. Cleveland Browns- Two defensive touchdowns against Cutler and now they get Geno. Could get ugly

3. Tennessee Titans

4. Detroit Lions- Your defense starts getting giddy when they see Eli Manning on their schedule these days

5. San Francisco 49ers

6. Cincinnati Bengals- Not as easy of a task with Cassell under center (can’t believe I’m saying that), but should still be solid

7. Buffalo Bills

8. St. Louis Rams- DE Robert Quinn is a force to be reckoned with. He has 15 sacked and eight forced fumbles in 2013.

9. San Diego Chargers

10. Denver Broncos- I could make a CASE for them to be higher. Get it? Anyone?

11. Kansas City Chiefs

12. Baltimore Ravens- Brady should have to force a ton of passes in this game

13. Carolina Panthers

14. Arizona Cardinals- Should be a relatively low-scoring game

15. New York Jets

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17. New Orleans Saints

18. Miami Dolphins- Should probably be ranked higher, but the Bills should be conservative and play better at home

19. Pittsburgh Steelers- Take a huge hit if Rodgers starts

20. New England Patriots

21. Philadelphia Eagles- Cutler has been known to throw a few pick sixes in his day

22. Chicago Bears

23. Jacksonville Jaguars

24. Green Bay Packers

25. New York Giants

26. Oakland Raiders

27. Indianapolis Colts

28. Washington Redskins

29. Atlanta Falcons

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. Houston Texans

32. Dallas Cowboys- I said they’d be stuck here until they didn’t give up 400 yards of total offense a game. Nothing has changed.



1. Justin Tucker

2-32. Everyone else/who cares/flip a coin/throw a dart

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