2016 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 200 Cheat Sheet- Updated: Tuesday, September 6th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 25 passing yards, four points per passing touchdown, one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown, one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown) and are for the 2016 season only.
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Here are is our Top-200 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet:
51. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
There are a couple of concerns with Stewart: (1) durability and (2) Cam Newton-vultured touchdowns. Stewart has missed three-plus games in four straight seasons. In addition, Newton has the third-most rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2011. Before a Week 14 injury, however, Stewart had eight consecutive games with 20-plus carries so the workload is there when healthy. (The next longest 20-carry streak last season was three games.)
52. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
After a slow start, Wilson's production spiked down the stretch as he once again finished the full season as fantasy's QB3. Not only did Wilson rush for 500-plus yards for a third consecutive season, he finished with career-best passing numbers 4,024 yards, 34 touchdowns, 68.1 completion percentage and 110.1 passer rating. Perhaps the Seahawks throw a bit more following Marshawn Lynch's retirement, but the dual-threat Wilson should at least finish as a top-five fantasy quarterback once again.
53. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
It was a lost season for Luck, who missed more games (nine) than he played (seven) in 2015. And when he was on the field, he was (much) less than 100 percent for many of those games. In addition to being in a high-volume passing offense, Luck benefits from his dual-threat abilities as he rushed for 255-plus yards per year with a total of 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons. With better health in 2016, I expect a bounce-back season and a top-four fantasy finish from the Colts' franchise quarterback.
54. Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
While fantasy owners had bigger expectations, Matthews improved on his rookie numbers with 85 receptions (67 as a rookie) and 997 yards (872 as a rookie) and once again hauled in eight touchdown receptions. On a positive note, six of his eight touchdowns came in his final six games and he finished with 100-plus yards in two of his final three games. Matthews (knee) recently returned to practice and expects to be ready for Week 1.
55. Ryan Mathews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Struggling with durability throughout his career, Mathews has missed multiple games in five of six seasons. With DeMarco Murray now in Tennessee, Murray enters the season atop the depth chart although he was reportedly available for trade earlier this offseason. When healthy, Mathews has been productive -- 4.47 YPC over his career and 5.04 YPC in his lone season in Philadelphia.
56. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Fitzgerald got off to a phenomenal four-game start: 30/432/5. Naturally, his pace slowed from that torrid start, but he finished the year with a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards, his first 1,000-yard campaign in four years, and nine touchdowns. The trio of Brown, Floyd and Fitzgerald are separated by a fraction of a fantasy point in my projections (standard scoring).
57. John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
In his second season, Brown finished with 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns as he scored the 22nd-most fantasy points among wide receivers. Brown's concussion/headaches over the past month have been a concern, but the arrow is certainly pointing up for the speedy third-year receiver.
58. Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Missing seven games with a broken foot, Edelman set a career high with seven receiving touchdowns and averaged 6.8 receptions and 76.9 yards per game, both of which were career highs. Edelman has missed multiple games in each of the past two seasons and durability is my only concern with him. That said, he's a high-volume receiver playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league when he's healthy (and when Tom Brady isn't suspended).
59. Rashad Jennings, RB, New York Giants
For the first time in his career, Jennings played all 16 games and posted career highs in both carries (195) and rushing yards (863). Racking up 419 YFS in the final three games of the season, Jennings ended the season on a positive note and it's clear that he will enter the season as the lead back. With that said, he turned 31 in March and has historically struggled with durability.
60. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Part of a platoon with Jeremy Hill, Bernard still finished as a top-21 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats (RB16 in PPR) last season despite scoring just two touchdowns. In fact, RB21 was the worst finish of his young three-year career. In his three seasons, Bernard has averaged 213.33 touches (including 49.33 receptions) and 1,146.67 YFS per season and he should easily reach -- or exceed -- value at his current ADP (RB30).
61. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce's 2015 numbers (875 yards and five touchdowns) were very similar to his 2014 numbers (862 yards and five touchdowns). Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski (2,300), Greg Olsen (2,112) and Delanie Walker (1,978) have more receiving yards than Kelce (1,737) over the past two seasons.
62. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
As a rookie in 2014, Benjamin finished with 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Missing all of 2015 with a torn ACL, Benjamin resumes his role as the No. 1 receiver for the highest-scoring offense in the NFL.
63. Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins
Impressive during the preseason (7.0 YPC) as a rookie, Jones had a couple of big games in the regular season -- 19/123/2 rushing in Week 2 and 187 YFS in Week 10. That said, Jones averaged just 3.4 YPC as a rookie, fumbled five times (lost four) on 163 touches and missed three games. One concern leading up to the season is that he suffered an AC sprain in Week 2 of the preseason, but it appears that Jones will be ready for the opener.
64. Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins
Recently, Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said (via the Miami Herald), We really need someone to emerge as the guy. ... We don't want to substitute. ... We really need one guy to be a three-down back, stay in there for that drive. And it appears that Foster will be "the guy." The durability concerns with the soon-to-be-30 Foster are obvious, but there is plenty of upside from his current ADP if he can stay healthy.
65. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Even without Jimmy Graham last year, Brees averaged 324.7 yards per game, which was the second-highest of his career. Brees has averaged more than 320 yards per game in four of five seasons with a minimum of 32 passing scores for eight consecutive seasons. If it weren't for a missed game early in the season, Brees would have finished with his fifth 5,000-yard season of his career. Since becoming a Saint in 2006, Brees has finished as a top-six fantasy QB every year (10 seasons).
66. Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints
With 50-plus catches in each of the past three seasons, Fleener should have an opportunity to exceed that production by a considerable amount. In the team's first season without Jimmy Graham, Ben Watson essentially came out of nowhere to finish as a top-eight fantasy tight end in 2015. Playing with Drew Brees and with Watson gone, Fleener could not have landed in a better spot as a free agent.
67. Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears
Filling in as a starter for Matt Forte in Weeks 9 to 11, Langford racked up 366 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in his three starts. While he averaged more than 20 fantasy points per game in his three starts, Langford averaged only 3.63 yards per carry on the season. If Langford doesn't improve his efficiency, the team's other backs could see expanded roles as the season progresses.
68. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
The 2015 first-round pick out of Louisville, Parker closed the season strong with 80-plus yards in four of the final six games of the season. During that six-game span, Parker amassed a total of 22 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns, good for the 18th-most fantasy points over that stretch. Battling a few nagging injuries over the past month, Parker has his share of durability risk, but there is plenty of breakout potential for Parker as well.
69. Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Not only did he set career highs of 78 receptions, 1,069 yards and (a league-high) 14 touchdowns last season, but Baldwin scored 11 of those touchdowns during the five-game span from Weeks 12 to 16. Baldwin, who signed an extension through 2020, will likely perform more like a WR2/WR3 in 2016 than the absolutely dominant version we saw in the second half of 2015. Over the final eight games of the season, Baldwin scored a touchdown on 19.05% of his receptions (12 of 63). Before that, the 5-foot-10 receiver scored a touchdown on 4.93% of his receptions (17 of 345) in his career.
70. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
In two seasons with the Broncos, Sanders finished with 101/1,404/7 (2014) and 76/1,135/4 (2015). Given the team's quarterback situation, however, it's likely that the Broncos rely heavily on their running game and defense, which could mean that Sanders falls a little short of his of 2015 numbers.
71. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Only four running backs had more receptions than Johnson (61) had as a rookie last season. Better in PPR formats (RB23 in 2015), Johnson still managed to finish as a top-35 fantasy running back in standard-scoring formats as well. I project a fairly even split in usage between Johnson (216 touches) and Isaiah Crowell (214), but I would unquestionably prefer Johnson over Crowell in either scoring format.
72. DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins
A hamstring injury limited Jackson to just nine games last season so his overall numbers dropped to 30/528/4 after finishing with 56/1,169/6 in 2014. Over the final six weeks of the season, however, Jackson had 25 catches for 469 yards, 11th-most among wide receivers during that span, and all four of his touchdowns. With the team using a first-round pick on Josh Doctson, D-Jax remains a boom-or-bust weekly option, but he should finish with 1,000 yards or so provided he remains healthy.
73. Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
Jones set career highs in both receptions (65) and yards (816) in his final season with the Bengals last year. While the Lions should be more balanced this year, no team threw the ball on a higher percentage of their plays in 2015. Showing good chemistry with Matthew Stafford, Jones could be in store for career highs in receptions and yards in 2016.
74. Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
In a breakout second season, Hurns finished with 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Along with teammate Allen Robinson, the two Allens were among only nine wide receivers to post 1,000/10 lines in 2015. With an improved team outlook, the Jaguars are unlikely to rank second pass-play percentage (65.02%) once again, but Hurns is a solid WR3 in 2016 fantasy drafts.
75. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Conditionally reinstated with a four-game suspension to the start the season, Gordon is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy receiver going into 2016. With a suspension to start this season, it means that Gordon will now serve a multiple-game suspension in four of his first five NFL seasons. Stated differently, the last time Gordon was NOT suspended for multiple games in a season was in 2012 (as a rookie). Still only 25 years old, Gordon led the NFL in receiving in 2013 despite being suspended for the first two games of that season.
76. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
Joining DeMarco Murray as the other half of their "exotic smashmouth" backfield, Henry possesses great speed for his size (6-3, 247). Looking dominant this preseason, Henry should see his role expand as the season progresses and it wouldn't be a shock if he's the "starter" by the end of the season.
77. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Dangerous as a returner, Lockett became more involved in the team's offense in the second half of his rookie season. While he had a couple of return scores early in the season, all six of his receiving scores occurred in the final 10 games of the season. Lockett should improve upon his rookie receiving numbers (51/664/6) in 2016.
78. Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
No running back had more receptions (80) or receiving yards (755) than Woodhead, who totaled 1,091 YFS and nine touchdowns last season. Woodhead played just three games in 2014, but Woodhead has finished as a top-24 fantasy running back in each of his past three full seasons. In fact, he finished as a top-10 fantasy running back (RB3 in PPR behind only Devonta Freeman and Adrian Peterson) in 2015.
79. Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
In his third season with the Titans, Walker blew away previous career highs in receptions (94) and yards (1,088) and tied a previous career high in touchdowns (six). Walker had 52-plus yards in each of his final 12 games of the season and due to that level of consistency, he finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 11 of 16 weeks last year. In fact, Walker and Julio Jones were the only two players to have at least 50 receiving yards in 12 consecutive games last season. While he may not repeat last year's production, he's a top-six fantasy tight end heading into 2016.
80. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
Better in the second half (4.7 YPC) than he was in the first half (3.6 YPC), Abdullah has some breakout potential as he sits atop the team's depth chart heading into his second season. While no team ran the ball on a lower percentage of their plays last season, the Lions plan to be more balanced on offense this season. One drawback with Abdullah, however, is the potential to lose passing-down snaps to Theo Riddick and goal-line carries to Zach Zenner.
81. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
With 661 pass attempts (previous career high: 582), Rivers averaged a career-high 299.6 yards per game and threw 29 touchdowns despite multi-game absences by his top-two pass-catchers -- Keenan Allen (played eight games) and Antonio Gates (11 games). Rivers averaged 21.05 fantasy points per game with Allen; only 14.52/G without him. Through Week 8, the only quarterback that averaged more fantasy points per game than Rivers was Tom Brady. Appearing on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts, Rivers offers plenty of upside at his current ADP to those who wait to draft a QB.
82. Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints
Starting opposite Brandin Cooks, Snead nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark with a 69/984/3 stat line. Snead didn't have many big games, but he had at least four receptions in 11 of 16 games. Based on my projections, Snead could give the Saints a pair of 1,000-yard wideouts in 2016.
83. Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
In his second season, Bortles threw for 4,428 yards, 35 touchdowns and 18 interceptions and ran for 310 yards and two more scores. Bortles needs to cut down on the turnovers and he's unlikely to throw another 35 touchdowns, but he was consistent in terms of fantasy production last year. Finishing with the fourth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks, Bortles was a top-10 weekly performer in 10 of 16 games last season.
84. Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671, fourth-most in the NFL) and passing touchdowns (35, second-most) in 2015 as the Cardinals led the NFL in total offense and finished second in scoring offense. With a talented trio of wide receivers in addition to one of the league's best young running backs, Palmer should finish as a top-10 fantasy QB with the upside to once again finish as a top-five fantasy QB. Through Week 16, Palmer threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in all but two games last season.
85. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Despite his four-game suspension to start the season, Brady should finish as a top-five (or better) quarterback in terms of fantasy points per game. Scoring more fantasy points than every quarterback not named Cam Newton last season, Brady threw for 4,770 yards and a league-high 36 touchdowns in 2015. Given the depth at QB (at least in terms of fantasy), pairing Brady with a high-upside QB2 is certainly a viable strategy for fantasy owners in 2016.
86. Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
Crabtree tied previous career highs of 85 receptions and nine touchdowns last season and finished with 922 receiving yards, his most since 2012. Crabtree exceeded 55 yards only once in his final eight games after doing so five times in his first eight games, but he had a minimum of four receptions in 15 of 16 games. Unlikely to finish as a top-20 fantasy receiver once again (as Cooper takes a step forward), Crabtree could still perform as a WR3 in 2016.
87. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Filling in for Le'Veon Bell due to suspension and then injury, Williams finished as fantasy's RB4 in 2015. Williams racked up a total of 1,274 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns last year. With Bell facing a three-game suspension to open the season, Williams will have at least three startable weeks in fantasy.
88. LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
In his 38 games (regular season and playoffs) as a Patriot, Blount has a total of 24 touchdowns. Given the week-to-week nature of the Patriots offense, the biggest challenge with owning Blount or any Patriots running back is that he could go from 30 carries and three touchdowns one week to two carries the next week.
89. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz set career highs in 2015 with 75 catches for 853 yards, but he had just two touchdowns. Ertz was especially good over the final four games of the season with a 35/450/1 line during that span. Obviously, he'll slow from his end-of-season torrid pace, but hopefully Ertz can build upon last year's positive momentum. With the potential for more red-zone opportunities, Ertz appeared on my list of 12 Undervalued Players in 2016 Fantasy Football Drafts.
90. Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, Ivory finished 2015 as a top-12 fantasy back (RB8 in STD, RB12 in PPR). Signing a free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Ivory will be part of a 1-2 punch with second-year back T.J. Yeldon in 2016. While his workload will decline compared to last season, Ivory should get the majority of goal-line carries and perhaps a slightly larger share of the overall workload over Yeldon. Only the Lions ran the ball on a lower percentage of plays last season, but the Jags could run the ball more often in 2016 given the team's improved outlook.
91. Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Even with Doug Martin rushing for more than 1,400 yards, Sims finished as fantasy's RB22 (RB17 in PPR) in 2015. While his ceiling is capped if Martin stays healthy for a full season once again, something Martin has done only once in the past three years, it wouldn't surprise me if Sims comes close to duplicating last year's production -- 1,090 YFS, 51 receptions and four TDs. In any games that Martin misses, however, Sims will have top-12 weekly upside.
92. Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Missing much of training camp and the first four games last season, Thomas did not make the impact that he or the team expected when they signed him to a lucrative free-agent contract. Thomas should post much better numbers in 2016 provided he can stay healthy, but he has missed multiple games in each of his three seasons as a starter.
93. Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Even though Austin had just 473 receiving yards, the versatile receiver had a total of 907 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns including a punt return touchdown. Finishing as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver (WR27 in PPR) in 2015, Austin should lead the team's weak receiving corps in fantasy production once again even if he doesn't double his receptions total as Fisher has suggested.
94. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
For a second consecutive season, Big Ben has led the NFL in passing yards per game (328.2/G in 2015). Even with the full-season suspension of Martavis Bryant, Roethlisberger has top-five upside provided he can stay healthy for 16 games. That said, Roethlisberger has now missed at least three games in half of his past six seasons.
95. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Missing four games as a rookie, Yeldon averaged more than 18 touches per game but finished with just two rushing touchdowns. With the team signing free-agent Chris Ivory in the offseason, Yeldon's workload will certainly decline on a per-game basis. While Ivory should get the majority of goal-line carries, Yeldon should get the majority of passing-down snaps.
96. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Finishing in the top 25 in carries (185) and rushing yards (706) yards last season, Crowell also added 19 catches for 182 yards and scored a total of five touchdowns. I prefer Johnson over Crowell, but Hue Jackson and the Browns would like to employ a run-heavy offense. But will game flow allow a run-heavy attack?
97. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
For a second consecutive season, Manning finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. In both seasons, Manning threw 600-plus times and exceeded 4,400-plus yards while throwing a total of 65 touchdowns. With Odell Beckham entering his third season as Manning's go-to receiver, Eli could finish as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for a third straight season.
98. Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Slated for the second-largest role behind Thomas Rawls to begin the season, Michael has always possessed elite physical tools, but it appears that his maturity and leadership are starting to catch up to his athleticism. Even though Rawls (ankle) is ready for Week 1, C-Mike would instantly become a high-upside RB1 type if Rawls misses any time.
99. Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
White missed all of his rookie season due to a stress fracture in his shin. Recovered from last year's injury, White has all of the physical tools to develop into a dominant receiver in the league and should finish second on the team in targets behind Alshon Jeffery in 2016.
100. Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns
The first receiver off the board in April's draft, Coleman is an explosive athlete and could wind up leading all rookie receivers in fantasy production. Not only is Josh Gordon suspended for the first four games, but there is no guarantee that he stays out of trouble or on the roster (although a trade appears unlikely at this point).
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