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:
101. Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
Gates missed five games, but still finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in 2015 at 35 years old. In fact, his 57.3 yards per game was a four-year high. If Keenan Allen stays healthy for a full season, he may average fewer yards, but he remains the favorite red-zone target of Philip Rivers and a top-12 option at the position despite heading into his age-36 season. In fact, Rivers recently stated that it's a goal to get Gates at least eight TDs so he passes Tony Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end.
102. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Off to great start with 6/87 (or better) in his first four NFL games, Diggs production fizzled down the stretch with 22 yards or less in four of his final five games. Even though the Vikings drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round of this year's draft, Diggs enters the season as the team's clear No. 1 receiver. Given Minnesota's low-volume pass offense (32nd in pass attempts last season), Diggs should be a productive yet unspectacular fantasy option in 2016.
103. Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots
Bennett is at least a back-end TE1 heading into his first season in Foxboro as the Patriots will likely use plenty of two-TE sets with Gronkowski and Bennett. And if Gronk were to miss any time, Bennett would instantly become a top-five fantasy tight end during those weeks.
104. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
The Giants used a top-40 pick on Shepard, who is clearly the team's No. 2 receiver behind Odell Beckham. I could see Shepard finishing with 60-plus catches as a rookie. OBJ recently said the following of the rookie from Oklahoma: "I don't want to spoil the surprise, but he's going to be a special player."
105. Rishard Matthews, WR, Tennessee Titans
Matthews missed the final five games last season due to injury. Through the first 10 games (before getting injured in his 11th), however, Matthews was on pace for 69/1,059/6. While I don't expect Matthews to reach the 1,000-yard milestone, both he and Tajae Sharpe should finish as top-50 fantasy receivers.
106. Gary Barnidge, TE, Cleveland Browns
It was the atypical 30-year-old breakout for Barnidge last season as he finished with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which exceeded his NFL production from 2008 to 2014 combined. In fact, only Rob Gronkowski scored more fantasy points than Barnidge in standard-scoring formats (TE4 in PPR) last season. While he may not finish as a top-five producer once again, he enters the season as a viable starting tight end.
107. James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers
Re-signed to a two-year contract, Starks (993) had more YFS than Lacy (946) in 2015. And while both finished as top-25 fantasy running backs in 2015, it was Starks (RB24) that scored more fantasy points than Lacy (RB25). If Lacy struggles again this season despite his improved fitness, Starks will have an opportunity for another productive season.
108. Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens
With a three-down skill set, Dixon rushed for 1,000-plus yards in three out of four seasons and posted 30-plus catches in back-to-back seasons at Louisiana Tech. Dixon sustained a left knee sprain in the team's third preseason game, but SI's Peter King wouldn't be surprised if he is the starter by the middle of the October. (Me either.)
109. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Slumping down the stretch (at least in part due to Amari Cooper's foot injury), Carr averaged 18.33 fantasy points (263.18 Y/G and 24:6 TD-to-INT ratio) through Week 12, but he averaged only 14.34 (218.4 Y/G and 8:7 TD-to-INT ratio) over his final five games. That said, Carr still finished as fantasy's QB14 overall in 2015. Going into the 2016 season, Carr is a back-end QB1 with some upside.
110. Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
Over the final 10 games of the season, few quarterbacks were as productive as Cousins, who threw 23 touchdowns, rushed for four more and threw only three interceptions. During that 10-game span, Cousins finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback seven times and as fantasy's weekly QB1 three times. Cousins is set up for success with a talented supporting cast ó in fact, even more talented than last year's group ó and a favorable fantasy strength of schedule (ninth-best).
111. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans
Even though Sharpe is only a rookie from UMass, he's an outstanding route-runner and he led college football with 111 receptions last season. Expected to begin the season as a starter, Sharpe is especially worth a late-round flier in PPR formats and it wouldn't be a shock if he led all Titans receivers in fantasy production.
112. Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Missing six games last season, Jackson had his worst season since signing with the Bucs in both absolute and per-game numbers. V-Jax finished with just 33 catches for 543 yards (54.3/G) and three touchdowns in his age-32 season. While Evans is clearly the guy in Tampa, V-Jax has some upside from his current ADP if he can stay healthy.
113. Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Smith is coming off a career-worst season -- 33 catches, 663 yards and four touchdowns all set or tied career lows -- even though he led the NFL in yards per reception (20.1). With Anquan Boldin no longer in San Francisco and Chip Kelly taking over as coach, Smith becomes the No. 1 receiver in an offense that should rank in the top 10 in the league in number of plays. And as far as game flow is concerned, the 49ers are underdogs in every game from Weeks 1 to 16 (based on odds from sportsbook.ag) so there could be plenty of garbage-time production for Smith. If the preseason is a preview of what's to come for Smith (one target and no catches in three preseason games), however, it could be another disappointment for fantasy owners.
114. Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Missing the 1,000-yard milestone in each of the past four seasons, Wallace will play for his third team in as many seasons, but he has a chance to exceed expectations in Baltimore. While neither Ryan Tannehill nor Teddy Bridgewater excel in the vertical passing game, Flacco is a better match for Wallace's skill set.
115. Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
Powell was a PPR machine down the stretch as he finished as a top-25 weekly PPR performer in five of his final six games, which included three top-eight finishes. During that six-game stretch, Powell scored the fourth-most PPR points among RBs (10th-most in standard).
116. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
With Martavis Bryant suspended for the season, it should lead to a higher volume of targets and production for Wheaton, who finished 2015 with 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns. Over the first 10 games of the season, five of which Bryant missed, however, Wheaton failed to reach the 20-yard receiving mark seven times. SEVEN! Over the final six games, however, Wheaton had a total of 476 yards and four touchdowns. Given his inability to capitalize on the opportunity when Bryant was out last season, it's fair to wonder if he'll be able to do so this year.
117. Travis Benjamin, WR, San Diego Chargers
In spite of poor quarterback play in Cleveland, Benjamin broke out with a 68/966/5 season. With better weapons on San Diego's roster, Benjamin may be third (or even fourth) in line for targets, but the improvement in quarterback play should allow Benjamin to come close to his 2015 numbers even if he falls a little short.
118. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
Starting slowly as a rookie, Funchess scored five touchdowns in the final nine games and his best performance (7/120/1) happened in Week 17. Benjamin and Greg Olsen should get more targets, but positive momentum has carried over into the offseason program and training camp for the second-year receiver.
119. Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
With Charles all but ruled out already for Week 1, Ware is set to draw the start in the opener and should have a fairly large role for at least the first month of the season. In addition, the preferred handcuff to Charles heading into the 2016 season is obviously Ware, not Charcandrick West. The 230-pound back averaged 5.6 YPC and rushed for six touchdowns on his 72 carries last season.
120. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
The nephew of Keyshawn Johnson, Thomas has a chance to make a fantasy-relevant contribution. Underutilized at Ohio State, Thomas will step into a fairly prominent role in one of the most prolific passing offenses in the NFL. While he's still behind Cooks and Snead on the depth chart, Thomas has generated plenty of positive buzz during training camp.
121. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Injuries slowed Coleman, who missed four games as a rookie. While he lost three fumbles on just 87 carries, he did average 4.5 yards per carry as a rookie and he possesses plenty of big-play ability. Assuming he stays healthy and does a better job of protecting the football, Coleman is set to see his opportunities expand ó by a lot.
122. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Averaging a touchdown per game, Eifert finished 2015 with 52 catches for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games and the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2015. Exceeding 53 yards in only three games with all of those games occurring by Week 5, Eifert averaged only 37.88 YPG over his final eight games played. When healthy, however, Eifert should see a per-game boost in targets given the turnover in the receiving corps. That said, durability has been an issue and Eifert (ankle) is targeting a return of Weeks 4-6 with Week 4 being "his hope."
123. Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Aiken had 75 catches for 944 yards in 2015, but his production is likely to decline year over year with the addition of Mike Wallace and returns of Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman. Even so, it wouldn't surprise me if Aiken ends 2016 as the team's most productive fantasy receiver once again.
124. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta's No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role more so than talent, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5), a year in which he also led the league in drops.
125. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Not only has Tannehill thrown for 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons, but he's averaged 225 rushing yards per season over his young career. Outperforming his current ADP (QB22) in each of the past three seasons, Tannehill has finished as fantasy's QB16, QB9 and QB17, respectively, from 2013 to 2015. With Gase taking over as head coach (and some tutoring from Peyton Manning), Tannehill has sneaky top-12 fantasy upside.
126. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
Typical for a rookie quarterback, Mariota had an up-and-down season, but he finished as a top-six weekly fantasy quarterback in one-third (four) of his 12 games played. No team allowed more sacks than the Titans (54) last year, but they have upgraded their offensive line. With better protection and a full offseason of development under his belt, the dual-threat quarterback has plenty of upside entering 2016 especially if he runs more often.
127. Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As a rookie, Winston threw for more than 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for another six scores and finished the season as fantasy's QB13. From a fantasy perspective, Winston was incrediby consistent as he never finished with less than 12 fantasy points in any week. Going into his second season, a slimmer Winston is a high-upside QB2.
128. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
After an incredibly slow start, things turned up for Stafford, who finished as fantasy's QB9 in 2015. Through the first five games, Stafford averaged just 11.12 fantasy points per game and posted a 6-to-8 TD-INT ratio. In his final 11 games (most of which were with Jim Bob Cooter as coordinator), Stafford averaged 21.29 fantasy points per game and posted a 26-to-5 TD-INT ratio. During that 11-game stretch, Stafford finished as a top-12 weekly fantasy quarterback seven times. While Stafford has the most generous fantasy schedule (on paper), he lost Calvin Johnson to retirement this offseason.
129. Shane Vereen, RB, New York Giants
The bulk of Vereen's production comes as a receiver (59/495/4, all of which were receiving career highs), but he still finished as the RB38 in standard-scoring formats (RB27 in PPR) in 2015.
130. Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
Riddick had 80 catches for 697 yards plus 133 rushing yards and three total touchdowns last season. While he's much better in PPR formats (RB18 last year), he finished as a top-40 option in standard-scoring leagues as well and could do so again in 2016.
131. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
Averaging 8.0 Y/A and posting a 20:6 TD-INT ratio, Taylor averaged a mere 27.14 pass attempts per game. More than likely, the Bills will once again rank near the bottom of the league in pass attempts, but Taylor is a high-upside QB2 due to his rushing ability. Finishing as a top-10 weekly fantasy quarterback in half of his 14 starts in 2015, Taylor rushed for 568 yards and four touchdowns in his first year as an NFL starter.
132. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Before sustaining a thumb injury that essentially ended his season, Dalton was having a career-best year: 106.2 passer rating, 66.1 completion percentage, 8.4 Y/A and 25:7 TD-to-INT ratio. While Dalton is healthy again, the loss of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and several of his top weapons from 2015 means it's unlikely that he performs at that pace once again.
133. Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
With Lamar Miller in Houston, Ajayi's workload was certain to jump in his sophomore campaign. Then the Dolphins signed free-agent running back Arian Foster to a one-year deal. Even though Ajayi has been the preseason "starter," he has averaged just 2.4 YPC on 15 preseason carries. When healthy, Foster should lead the backfield in workload and production.
134. Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Shedding 15 pounds this offseason, West had generated plenty of buzz in training camp. With Justin Forsett left off (and then re-signed to) the 53-man roster, West is set up to start (or not start) at running back in Week 1. In other words, who knows? Based on talent, Dixon is the preferred Ravens' running back to own for the full season, but the running back situation is as clear as mud.
135. DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders
Washington isn't the biggest back (5-8, 204), but GM Reggie McKenzie called Washington a "complete back" shortly after the NFL Draft. Both Washington and UDFA Jalen Richard have had good camps and preseasons, but Washington is Murray's primary backup and handcuff going into the 2016 season.
136. Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Now 33 years old, Sproles finished as a top-25 fantasy running back in PPR formats (RB33 in standard) last season. It wouldn't surprise me if Sproles returned PPR flex value in 2016 despite his age. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich was the OC in San Diego last season when Danny Woodhead led running backs with 80 receptions and he says the coaches ask every week, "How can we get [Sproles] the football?"
137. Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos
The Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Booker and the rookie brings plenty of confidence to the team's backfield. "Iím not there to carry pads, Iím there to take someoneís job," Booker said. While he may not "take" C.J. Anderson's job, Booker is the Broncos running back to own (after CJA) and he has been generating praise in camp from his teammates.
138. Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Forsett broke his arm in the team's 10th game and he missed the final six games of the season. In the first nine games, however, he averaged 16.33 touches per game. The Ravens used a fourth-round pick on Kenneth Dixon, Buck Allen was productive last season and Terrance West has generated buzz early in camp. After being released (and re-signed), Forsett still figures to have a big role in Week 1, but it's unclear how the workload splits will shake out once Kenneth Dixon (knee) returns to the field.
139. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings
In limited opportunities, McKinnon has been productive -- 4.9 yards per carry in 165 career rush attempts. And while Peterson is clearly the team's workhorse, McKinnon should see a larger workload than he had last year (73 touches).
140. James White, RB, New England Patriots
With Dion Lewis (knee) placed on the reserve/PUP list, he will miss a minimum of six games but it's certainly possible that he misses more than that. New England has a Week 9 bye so perhaps he returns following the bye. For as long as Lewis is sidelined, White will be the team's primary third-down back and has weekly RB2 upside in PPR formats.
141. Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
In an unexpected trade, the Titans sent Green-Beckham to the Eagles in exchange for OL Dennis Kelly. Based on his physical tools, the second-year, second-round pick should score more fantasy points than all Eagles receivers not named Jordan Matthews. In addition, it says a lot about what they expect from Nelson Agholor, the team's first-round pick in 2015.
142. Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts
One of the fastest players in the league, Dorsett, the team's first-round pick in 2015, had two or fewer receptions in 10 of 11 games played last season. While he's clearly behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief on the depth chart, Dorsett has some breakout potential and his production should improve considerably in his second season.
143. Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
With just one catch in six games as a rookie, Coates is poised for an expanded role due to Bryant's full-season suspension. As a vertical threat possessing outstanding physical traits, Coates saw his ADP skyrocket in the offseason and camp only to fall back down to earth during the preseason. Based on the upside, he's certainly worth an end-of-draft flier even though he's currently being undrafted (on average) using FFC's average draft position.
144. Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Allen has struggled with durability -- 21 missed games over past three seasons. If he can stay healthy, however, Allen is poised for a much larger role within the offense given Coby Fleener's free-agency departure.
145. Vance McDonald, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Over his final six games, McDonald had 21 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns and he finished with the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends over that span. Given the team's lack of offensive weapons, McDonald has the potential to pick up where he left off last season.
146. Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers
A seam-stretching tight end with freakish athletic ability, Cook has averaged 47 catches for 614 yards per year over his past five seasons. While he has averaged 13.1 Y/R, he has only 15 touchdowns during that five-year span including none last season. Cook has been consistently inconsistent, but he's the most-gifted weapon the Packers have had at the position since the days of Jermichael Finley.
147. Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans
The first-round rookie out of Notre Dame with elite speed, Fuller put together an impressive preseason with eight catches for 144 yards (18.0 Y/R) and two touchdowns and enters 2016 as the starter opposite Nuk Hopkins. A likely boom-or-bust weekly option, Fuller may be too inconsistent to rely on him as a regular contributor in season-long leagues, but he will definitely be a frequent play in my DFS tournament lineups.
148. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Despite missing six games due to a torn ACL, Flacco had six games with 40-plus pass attempts -- only Drew Brees (10), Eli Manning (eight), Philip Rivers (eight) and Matt Ryan (seven) had more such games. While I don't expect Flacco to sling it 41.3 times per game, like last year, his supporting cast -- when at full strength -- is better than he's had over the past few seasons. And prior to last season, he had finished as a top-16 fantasy quarterback in four of the previous five seasons. In other words, he's a solid, if not spectacular, QB2 going into 2016.
149. Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Showing an ability to be productive with Justin Forsett sidelined over the final seven games of the season, Allen accumulated 629 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches (including 37 receptions) during that span. Regardless of which Ravens running back handles the early-down work (likely not Allen), Allen figures to handle the bulk of third-down snaps, which gives him a little more appeal in PPR formats.
150. Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers
During a four-game stretch near the end of the 2015 season, Draughn was a really productive PPR running back (RB16 or better in all four games). Unless Hyde misses time, however, Draughn won't get the same workload (18-plus touches in each of those games). On a positive note, Curtis Modkins -- the team's RBs coach and Detroit's RB coach last season -- compared Draughn to Theo Riddick, who had 80 receptions last season.
Here are the final 50 players in our top-200 rankings:
151. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets
152. Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
153. Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots
154. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
155. Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
156. Steve Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
157. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
158. Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears
159. Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
160. Clive Walford, TE, Oakland Raiders
161. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
162. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
163. Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
164. Robert Griffin III, QB, Cleveland Browns
165. Virgil Green, TE, Denver Broncos
166. C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans Saints
167. Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
168. Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots
169. Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys
170. Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers
171. Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami Dolphins
172. Alfred Morris, RB, Dallas Cowboys
173. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
174. Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins
175. Eli Rogers, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
176. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seattle Seahawks
177. Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
178. Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
179. Anquan Boldin, WR, Detroit Lions
180. Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions
181. Seattle Seahawks, DST, Seattle Seahawks
182. Denver Broncos, DST, Denver Broncos
183. Houston Texans, DST, Houston Texans
184. Arizona Cardinals, DST, Arizona Cardinals
185. Carolina Panthers, DST, Carolina Panthers
186. Los Angeles Rams, DST, Los Angeles Rams
187. New England Patriots, DST, New England Patriots
188. Kansas City Chiefs, DST, Kansas City Chiefs
189. Minnesota Vikings, DST, Minnesota Vikings
190. Buffalo Bills, DST, Cincinnati Bengals
191. Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots
192. Steven Hauschka, K, Seattle Seahawks
193. Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
194. Dan Bailey, K, Dallas Cowboys
195. Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers
196. Chandler Catanzaro, K, Arizona Cardinals
197. Cairo Santos, K, Kansas City Chiefs
198. Brandon McManus, K, Denver Broncos
199. Adam Vinatieri, K, Indianapolis Colts
200. Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings
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