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Fantasy Football: Week 16 Position Ranks

December 20, 2007

Owners of the Patriots Team DEF should be in for a big week
New England Patriots Photo Credit: Tom Croke/Icon SMI

It’s so close you can smell it, almost taste it. A fantasy title… or a third-place triumph. Whatever. Soon all will be revealed, and you find out if all those long, lonely nights making roster adjustments at 1:30am paid off. Don’t falter now. A mistake on who to start this week will slowly eat away at your very soul over the next nine long, Scotch-soaked months. Choose correctly, and you’ve earned the right to be a complete jackass for the next week and those leading up to next season. Without further ado, here’s ETB’s top 20 QBs, 30 RBs, 36 WRs, 15 TEs, and 15 Team Defenses based on past performance, injuries, bye weeks, and matchups for Week 15.

Pittsburgh travels to majestic St. Louis on Thursday night, and the Dallas Cowpokes steamroll the Carolina Panthers this Saturday. Make the necessary adjustments to your roster before then.

More Free Fantasy Advice for Week 16:

- ETB’s Week 16 Stock Report

- ETB’s Week 16 Fantasy Matchups

- ETB’s Week 16 Cheat Sheet (Friday)

Fantasy Week 16: Top 20 Quarterbacks

Wayne Brady's Younger Brother

1. Tom Brady, New England vs. MIA
2. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle vs. Ravens
3. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. HOU
4. Tony Romo, Dallas @ CAR (Check Status)
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh @ STL
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. PHI
7. Brett Favre, Green Bay @ CHI
8. Derek Anderson, Cleveland @ CIN
9. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati vs. CLE
10. Kurt Warner, Arizona vs. ATL
11. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia @ NO
12. David Garrard, Jacksonville @ OAK
13. Vince Young, Tennessee vs. NYJ
14. Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. PIT
15. Eli Manning, New York Giants @ BUF
16. Jay Cutler, Denver @ SD
17. Jon Kitna, Detroit vs. KC
18. Brodie Croyle, Kansas City @ DET
19. Jeff Garcia, Tempa Bay @ SF
20. Todd Collins, Washington @ MN

Fantasy Week 16: Top 30 Running Backs

LT is on a roll

1. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. DEN
2. Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia @ NO
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. WAS
4. Jamal Lewis, Cleveland @ CIN
5. Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay @ SF
6. Ryan Grant, Green Bay @ CHI
7. LenDale White, Tennessee vs. NYJ
8. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis vs. HOU
9. Fred Taylor, Jacksonville vs. OAK
10. Willie Parker, Pittsburgh @ STL
11. Edgerrin James, Arizona vs. ATL
12. Marion Barber III, Dallas @ CAR
13. Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. PIT
14. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants @ BUF
15. Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo vs. NYG
16. Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. TB
17. Willis McGahee, Baltimore @ SEA
18. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville vs. OAK
19. Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati vs. CLE
20. Aaron Stecker, New Orleans vs. PHI
21. Kolby Smith, Kansas City @ DET
22. Clinton Portis, Washington @ MN
23. Jerious Norwood, Atlanta @ ARI
24. Kevin Jones, Detroit vs. KC
25. Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. BAL
26. Ron Dayne, Houston @ IND
27. Thomas Jones, New York Jets @ TEN
28. Adrian Peterson, Chicago vs. GB
29. Travis Henry/Selvin Young, Denver @ SD
30. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina vs. DAL
31. Chester Taylor, Minnesota vs. WAS
32. Julius Jones, Dallas @ CAR
33. DeShaun Foster, Carolina vs. DAL
33. Najeh Davenport, Pittsburgh @ STL

Fantasy Week 16: Top 36 Wide Receivers

Moss: On Fire

1. Randy Moss, New England vs. MIA
2. Braylon Edwards, Cleveland @ CIN
3. Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. PHI
4. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati vs. CLE
5. Andre Johnson, Houston @ IND
6. Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. CLE
7. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. HOU
8. Greg Jennings, Green Bay @ CHI
9. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. ATL
10. Terrell Owens, Dallas @ CAR
11. Brandon Marshall, Denver @ SD
12. Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. PIT
13. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh @ STL
14. Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay @ SF
15. Anquan Boldin, Arizona vs. ATL
16. Donald Driver, Green Bay @ CHI
17. Wes Welker, New England vs. MIA
18. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City @ DET
19. Deion Branch, Seattle vs. BAL
20. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis vs. HOU
21. Plaxico Burress, New York Giants @ BUF
22. Roddy White, Atlanta @ ARZ
23. Kevin Curtis, Philadelphia @ NO
24. Stevonne Smith, Carolina vs. DAL
25. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh @ STL
26. Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. KC
27. Lee Evans, Buffalo vs. NYG
28. Derrick Mason, Baltimore @ SEA
29. Bobby Engram, Seattle vs. BAL
30. David Patten, New Orleans vs. PHI
31. Santana Moss, Washington @ MIN
32. Reggie Brown, Philadelphia @ NO
33. Dennis Northcutt, Jacksonville vs. OAK
34. Shaun McDonald, Detroit vs. KC
35. Reggie Williams, Jacksonville vs. OAK
36. Jerry Porter, Oakland @ JAX

Fantasy Week 16: Top 15 Tight Ends

The Gates is Always Open

1. Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City @ DET
2. Jason Witten, Dallas @ CAR
3. Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. DEN
4. Kellen Winslow, Cleveland @ CIN
5. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh @ STL
6. Chris Cooley, Washington @ MN
7. Donald Lee, Green Bay @ CHI
8. Tony Scheffler, Denver @ SD
9. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. HOU
10. Vernon Davis, San Francisco vs. TB
11. Owen Daniels, Houston @ IND
12. Greg Olsen, Chicago vs. GB
13. Brent Celek, Philadelphia @ NO
14. Randy McMichael, St. Louis vs. PIT
15. Kevin Boss, New York Giants @ BUF

Fantasy Week 16: Top 15 Team Defenses

Ronde Barber in da house

1. New England Patriots vs. MIA
2. Tampa Bay Bucs @ SF
3. Minnesota Vikings vs. WAS
4. Tennessee Titans vs. NYJ
5. Pittsburgh Steelers @ STL
6. Seattle Seahawks vs. BAL
7. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. OAK
8. Dallas Cowboys @ CAR
9. San Diego Chargers vs. DEN
10. Green Bay Packers @ CHI
11. Kansas City Chiefs @ DET
12. Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU
13. Arizona Cardinals vs. ATL
14. New York Giants @ BUF
15. Buffalo Bills vs. NYG

Ronde Barber Photo Credit: Michael C. Weimar/Tampa Bay Bucaneers

7 Comments »Posted by Andrew Thell and Brian Spencer on Dec. 20, 2007 at 10:41 am in NFL, NFL Fantasy News

7 Responses

hey, should i start dangelo williams or samkon gado as my rb2? (i had reggie bush in that spot, and now im even more screwed).
also, i have to start three recievers, welker, mcdonald, northcutt and crayton. i noticed crayton isnt on your list. should i just give up on him?

Posted by: dan on December 20th, 2007 at 11:47 am

Hey Dan,

Honestly, we’re not huge fans of ‘ol Samkon, but he has put up decent (fantasy) numbers lately. Stil, I’d roll with DeAngelo and hope for the best–there’s a lot more upside there. Either way, hopefully this is just for your flex spot.

Crayton has been up and down all year, and it’s not that we’d recommend giving up on him–though this is probably the last week of the season–it’s just that Romo has been pretty awful lately and, of course, there’s his pesky thumb. Of that group, I’d roll with Welker, McDonald, and Northcutt, but don’t have very high expectations for anyone beyond Welker.

Posted by: Brian Spencer on December 21st, 2007 at 2:47 pm

Should I start Chester Talyor, Selvin Young or Travis Henry with my RB #3 flex spot?

Posted by: Goose on December 21st, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Goose, that’s a real predicament.

I’m going to give you advice, but wash my hands of it any resulting misfortune (while still taking credit for any success): You should start Selvin Young.

The fact that Chester Taylor only got 5 carries last week when Adrian Peterson wasn’t running well means you can’t expect anything more this week, and Washington’s rush defense is among the NFL’s top ten units.

We never like to rest our hopes on the whims of Mike Shenanigans, but Selvin Young has the highest upside here and should get more touches than Travis Henry- even if Henry has been getting the goal-line work. We think Young is the better running back of the two right now, and the San Diego defense isn’t at full strength.

May God/The Force be with you.

Posted by: Andrew Thell on December 21st, 2007 at 4:30 pm

Thanks!

That’s kind of where I was leaning.

By the way, I made into the championship game by winning last week by two points. I’d like to publicly thank Brian Westbrook for that!

Posted by: Goose on December 21st, 2007 at 4:37 pm

should i start: Ryan Grant Willis McGahee or Joseph Addai

I’m already starting Adrian Peterson of Minnesota

and Jeff Garcia or Vince Young

and Roddy White or Bobby Engram

Posted by: Tom on December 22nd, 2007 at 12:13 am

That’s a tough call, Tom… in situations like this, our advice pretty much follows the ranks. That means Grant over Addai, but honestly I think that one’s a toss-up. Something about Grant on the road in Chicago bothers me today, but I’m not sure why since that defense isn’t all that good. Hopefully Purple Jesus goes off and you won’t really have to worry about it.

At QB, go with Young–he’s been better lately and is at home against the Jets–and Rowdy Roddy White at WR. Good luck.

Posted by: Brian Spencer on December 23rd, 2007 at 9:41 am

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