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Fantasy Football – Week 16 QB, TE, and Defense Rankings

December 24, 2009

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Ranks Preview by Brian Spencer

“Are you gonna wait for your sign, your miracle?
Stand up and fight, this is it!
Make no mistake where you are, this is it!
Your back’s to the corner, this is it!
Don’t be a fool anymore, this is it!
The waiting is over…”

- Kenny Loggins, This Is It

Finally, a totally legit excuse to work Loggins lyrics in…

This is indeed it, folks: championship week in most fantasy football circles. If you’re still reading, a tip of our big ol’ cowboy hat to your worthy efforts and the best of luck this weekend. This also marks the last week of ETB’s annual fantasy football coverage, and basically closes the chapter on this NFL season as far as our purposes go. As most of our loyal readers know, basketball is our main squeeze and the time has come for us to exclusively get back on that wagon after a mini-holiday break here. (To that end, stay tuned next week for a special report and player interviews from Detroit Pistons practice.)

So, how did my fantasy football teams fare this season? Could have been better, could have been worse. I made the semifinals in both leagues, but unfortunately lost both matches last week and play for 3rd place this weekend. In the ETB-sponsored league, I plugged in Michael “F’ing” Turner at the last minute after reports that he was “thumbs up” and good to go, then of course saw him carry the ball one time for 7 yards, then call it a day. That hurt. I then watched my Team DEF, the Green Bay Packers, get smoked in Pittsburgh for 38 points and Jerome Harrison, whom I briefly had in my flex spot before benching him in favor of Darren Sproles, blow up for something like 853 yards and 10 TDs. It just wasn’t meant to be, but I’ll take some solace in knocking my ETB colleague Mr. Thell down to 4th place this weekend in our consolation matchup.

The other league’s result was a bit lopsided, with Chris Johnson losing a fumble and failing to score, my underwhelming cadre of WRs combining to post next-to-nothing numbers, and my opponent benefiting from big days by Peyton Manning, Jamaal Charles, Greg Jennings, etc. Blah blah blah–everybody not playing for a title this week has a sob story to tell, so I digress.

Player ranks are broken down into just two posts this week: QBs, TEs, and DEFs below, with WRs and RBs here. Thanks for checking in with us during the fantasy season; it’s been fun, and we hope we were able to help lead you to the promised land. We’ll be back next season to do it all over again, but until then, it’s NBA all day, every day.

See Also:
- Week 16 RB and WR Ranks

Quarterbacks

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. TB
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers vs. SEA
3. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans @ MIA
4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers @ TEN
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots vs. JAX
6. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts vs. NYJ
7. Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals vs. STL
8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys @ WSH
9. Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. CAR
10. Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings @ CHI
11. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals vs. KC
12. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. BAL
13. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles vs. DEN
14. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
15. Vince Young, Tennessee Titans vs. SD
16. Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins vs. HOU
17. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears vs. MIN
18. Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins vs. DAL
19. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos @ PHI
20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens @ PIT
21. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. BUF

TE and DEF ranks after the break…

Tight Ends

1. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
2. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts vs. NYJ
3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers @ TEN
4. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons vs. BUF
5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys @ WSH
6. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles vs. DEN
7. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers vs. SEA
8. Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings @ CHI
9. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. BAL
10. Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Bucs @ NO
11. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins vs. DAL
12. Kevin Boss, New York Giants vs. CAR
13. Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears vs. MIN
14. Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints vs. TB (Check Status)
15. Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens @ PIT
16. John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks @ GB
17. Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders @ CLE
18. Tony Scheffler, Denver Broncos @ PHI
19. Bo Scaife, Tennessee Titans vs. SD
20. Dustin Keller, New York Jets @ IND

Team Defenses

1. New Orleans Saints vs. TB
2. San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
3. Green Bay Packers vs. SEA
4. Philadelphia Eagles vs. DEN
5. Minnesota Vikings @ CHI
6. Arizona Cardinals vs. STL
7. Cincinnati Bengals vs. KC
8. Baltimore Ravens @ PIT
9. New York Giants vs. CAR
10. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. BAL
11. Indianapolis Colts vs. NYJ
12. New York Jets @ IND
13. Denver Broncos @ PHI
14. Atlanta Falcons vs. BUF
15. San Diego Chargers @ TEN
16. New England Patriots vs. JAX
17. Dallas Cowboys @ WSH
18. Buffalo Bills @ ATL
19. Tennessee Titans vs. SD

See Also:
- Week 16 RB and WR Ranks

3 Comments »Posted by Brian Spencer on Dec. 24, 2009 at 12:38 am in Fantasy Rankings, NFL, NFL Fantasy News

3 Responses

Championship game and I am stuck on which TE to go with. Which one should I pick?
Jermichael Finley, Brent Celek, or Fred Davis

Posted by: tom on December 24th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

You gotta go with either Finley or Celek, but it’s a very tough call. We have Celek slightly higher, but go with your instincts – it’s what got you this far. Vaya con dios.

Posted by: Andrew Thell on December 24th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

You have a great sports blog here. I have a sports blog myself, but we focus specifically on the New York Giants football team. I was wondering if we could do a link exchange to help spread some traffic around between each other. All you have to do is simply place a comment on my site letting me know when you have added my link to your page and I’ll return the favor immediately. Please let me know if this is possible.

Keep up the good work.

Sincerely,
Jason
GIANTStalk.com

Posted by: Jason on December 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

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