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Fantasy Football – Week 16 Position Ranks

December 18, 2008

Calvin Johnson, Lions stud

Calvin Johnson Photo Credit: Icon SMI

As the fantasy football season draws to a close and those of you still paying attention brace for your championship match this week, I wanted to quickly recognize just how studly Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has become in just his second NFL season.

There hasn’t been much to smile about for the Lions or its fans this year; indeed, their game against the Saints on Sunday is probably their last chance to avoid 0-16 because they ain’t winning at Green Bay. Despite all the distractions and losing and double coverages he’s had to deal with, however, Megatron Johnson has established himself as one of the NFL’s very best at his position.. if not the best.

Think about it: Johnson has had to adjust to no less than five (mediocre) quarterbacks throwing him the ball this season. After Roy Williams was traded to Dallas, the Lions have trotted out an underwhelming supporting cast at receiver that has hardly helped take attention away from him. He’s battled a few minor injuries. Through it all, Johnson has still caught 65 balls for 1,165 yards and 10 TDs. Just imagine what this guy will do if/when the Lions ever surround him with a few more weapons, field a somewhat respectable offensive line, and get him a highly talented quarterback.

So here’s to you, Calvin, for continuing to dominate the competition despite playing for one of the worst teams in NFL history. And here’s to you too, loyal ETB reader, for sticking with us throughout the fantasy season and checking out the ranks. We’ll do it all again next season–until then, enjoy our award-winning* NBA coverage.

Fantasy Week 16 – Top 20 Quarterbacks

Brees heads to Detroit

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints @ DET
2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts @ JAX
3. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles @ WSH
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers @ CHI
5. Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos vs. BUF
6. Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals @ NE
7. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers @ TB
8. Matt Cassel, New England Patriots vs. ARZ
9. Brett Favre, New York Jets @ SEA
10. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. BAL
11. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons @ MIN
12. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans @ OAK
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. CAR
14. Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins @ KC
15. Tyler Thigpen, Kansas City Chiefs vs. MIA
16. Kyle Orton, Chicago Bears vs. GB
17. Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay Bucs vs. SD (Check Status)
18. Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers @ NYG
19. Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL
20. Dan Orlovsky, Detroit Lions vs. NO (Not a Misprint)

Rest of the Week 16 fantasy football ranks after the break…

Fantasy Week 16 – Top 30 Running Backs

LT gets the Bucs

1. Thomas Jones, New York Jets @ SEA
2. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL
3. Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia Eagles @ WSH
4. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears vs. GB
5. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers @ NYG
6. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. IND
7. Steve Slaton, Houston Texans @ OAK
8. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers @ TB
9. Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints @ DET
10. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons @ MIN
11. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants vs. CAR (Check Status)
12. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams vs. SF
13. Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts @ JAX
14. Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo Bills @ DEN
15. Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins vs. PHI
16. Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins @ KC
17. Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions vs. NO
18. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans vs. PIT
19. LenDale White, Tennessee Titans vs. PIT
20. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers @ NYG
21. Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers @ CHI
22. Sammy Morris, New England Patriots vs. ARZ
23. Le’Ron McClain, Baltimore Ravens @ DAL
24. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts @ JAX (Check Status)
25. Jamal Lewis, Cleveland Browns vs. CIN
26. Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers @ TEN
27. Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys vs. BAL
28. Chester Taylor, Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL
29. Leon Washington, New York Jets @ SEA
30. Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay Bucs vs. SD

Fantasy Week 16 – Top 36 Wide Receivers

Brandon Marshall, Beast

1. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans @ OAK
2. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions vs. NO
3. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons @ MIN
4. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers @ CHI
5. Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos vs. BUF
6. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts @ JAX
7. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals @ NE
8. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers @ NYG
9. Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals @ NE (Check Status)
10. Randy Moss, New England Patriots vs. ARZ
11. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints @ DET
12. Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys vs. BAL
13. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints @ DET
14. Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay Bucs vs. SD
15. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs vs. MIA
16. Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers @ TB
17. Kevin Walter, Houston Texans @ OAK
18. Wes Welker, New England Patriots vs. ARZ
19. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati Bengals @ CLE
20. Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL
21. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers @ TEN
22. Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos vs. BUF
23. Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills @ DEN
24. Laveranues Coles, New York Jets @ SEA
25. Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers @ CHI
26. Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets @ SEA
27. Santana Moss, Washington Redskins vs. PHI
28. Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns vs. CIN
29. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles @ WSH
30. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis Colts @ JAX
31. Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina Panthers @ NYG
32. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers @ TEN
33. Isaac Bruce, San Francisco 49ers @ STL
34. Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints @ DET
35. Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams vs. SF
36. Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens @ DAL (Check Status)

Fantasy Week 16 – Top 15 Tight Ends

Jason Witten is healthy for Week 16

1. Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs vs. MIA
2. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers @ TB
3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys vs. BAL
4. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts @ JAX
5. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans @ OAK
6. Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins vs. PHI
7. John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks vs. NYJ
8. Kevin Boss, New York Giants vs. CAR
9. Tony Scheffler, Denver Broncos vs. BUF
10. Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears vs. GB
11. Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders vs. HOU
12. Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL
13. Donald Lee, Green Bay Packers @ CHI
14. Dustin Keller, New York Jets @ SEA
15. Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints @ DET

Fantasy Week 16 – Top 15 Team Defenses

1. Pittsburgh Steelers @ TEN
2. Baltimore Ravens @ DAL
3. Tennessee Titans vs. PIT
4. Philadelphia Eagles @ WSH
5. New York Giants vs. CAR
6. New York Jets @ SEA
7. Dallas Cowboys vs. BAL
8. Minnesota Vikings vs. ATL
9. Chicago Bears vs. GB
10. Tampa Bay Bucs vs. SD
11. Miami Dolphins @ KC
12. Carolina Panthers @ NYG
13. Indianapolis Colts @ JAX
14. Green Bay Packers @ CHI
15. San Diego Chargers @ TB

* may not actually be true

5 Comments »Posted by Brian Spencer on Dec. 18, 2008 at 4:01 am in Fantasy Rankings, NFL, NFL Fantasy News

5 Responses

I think Calvin Johnson got a lot of training catching balls thrown by an utterly mediocre quarterback (Reggie Ball) while he was at Georgia Tech. I’m not even sure he could handle it thrown by a Pro Bowler – his head would explode inside his helmet after he caught that first awesome pass.

Posted by: Robert Fink on December 18th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Who’s a better play at my 3rd WR spot? Holt against the niners or Branch against the jets?? Zman needs help!!

Posted by: zman on December 18th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

zman: Branch has been quite solid these past few weeks, and both and he and Holt are at home. I *think* Holt has a better chance to score in the dome in a meaningless game for both teams.

Posted by: Brian Spencer on December 18th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Do you like foster against the rams D or jackson against the niner D? Who would you play?

Posted by: zman on December 19th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I’d definitely go with SJax at home… it’s fantasy football, so you never know, but he seems like the safer bet. You’re not going to see many people out there starting a wild card like Foster this week; it’s just not worth the risk.

Posted by: Brian Spencer on December 19th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

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