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FANTASY FOOTBALL: NFL’s early positional rankings for Championship Week 16


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Jameis Winston, Christian McCaffrey, Deshaun Watson, Miles Sanders, Travis Kelce, Aaron Rodgers, Chris Carson, Lamar Jackson and the surging Joe Mixon serve as Week 16's most attractive PPR options.


  1. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  3. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
  4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  5. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  6. Drew Brees, Saints
  7. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  8. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  9. Drew Lock, Broncos
  10. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  11. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  12. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
  13. Carson Wentz, Eagles
  14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins
  15. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  16. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
  17. Daniel Jones, Giants
  18. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  19. Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  20. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  21. Josh Allen, Bills
  22. Dwayne Haskins, Redskins
  23. Tom Brady, Patriots
  24. Jared Goff, Rams
  25. Andy Dalton, Bengals
  26. Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  27. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  28. Derek Carr, Raiders
  29. Will Grier, Panthers
  30. Devlin Hodges, Steelers
  31. David Blough, Lions
  32. Sam Darnold, Jets


  1. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  2. Saquon Barkley, Giants
  3. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  4. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  5. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  6. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  7. Miles Sanders, Eagles
  8. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  9. Marlon Mack, Colts
  10. Le’Veon Bell, Jets
  11. Raheem Mostert, 49ers
  12. James White, Patriots
  13. Nick Chubb, Browns
  14. David Montgomery, Bears
  15. Derrick Henry, Titans
  16. Mike Boone, Vikings
  17. Mark Ingram, Ravens
  18. Devin Singletary, Bills
  19. Aaron Jones, Packers
  20. Kenyan Drake, Cardinals
  21. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
  22. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
  23. Todd Gurley, Rams
  24. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
  25. Carlos Hyde, Texans
  26. James Conner, Steelers
  27. DeAndre Washington, Raiders
  28. Sony Michel, Patriots
  29. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  30. Adrian Peterson, Redskins
  31. Kareem Hunt, Browns
  32. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
  33. LeSean McCoy, Chiefs
  34. Patrick Laird, Dolphins
  35. Matt Breida, 49ers
  36. Wes Hills, Lions
  37. Tarik Cohen, Bears
  38. Jamaal Williams, Packers
  39. Duke Johnson, Texans
  40. Ameer Abdullah, Vikings
  41. Latavius Murray, Saints
  42. Nyehim Hines, Colts
  43. Boston Scott, Eagles
  44. Darwin Thompson, Chiefs
  45. Royce Freeman, Broncos
  46. Tevin Coleman, 49ers
  47. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers
  48. Dion Lewis, Titans
  49. David Johnson, Cardinals
  50. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
  51. Brian Hill, Falcons
  52. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  53. J.D. McKissic, Lions
  54. Malcolm Brown, Rams
  55. Jalen Richard, Raiders
  56. Justice Hill, Ravens
  57. Benny Snell Jr., Steelers
  58. Giovani Bernard, Bengals
  59. Dare Ogunbowale, Buccaneers
  60. Gus Edwards, Ravens


  1. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  2. Michael Thomas, Saints
  3. Davante Adams, Packers
  4. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  5. A.J. Brown, Titans
  6. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  7. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  8. DJ Moore, Panthers
  9. Julio Jones, Falcons
  10. Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers
  11. D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  12. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  13. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  14. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  15. Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  16. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
  17. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  18. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  19. Chris Conley, Jaguars
  20. Allen Robinson, Bears
  21. Robert Woods, Rams
  22. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  23. Darius Slayton, Giants
  24. Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  25. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  26. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  27. Mike Williams, Chargers
  28. Anthony Miller, Bears
  29. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  30. Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers
  31. Marquise Brown, Ravens
  32. Greg Ward Jr., Eagles
  33. Justin Watson, Buccaneers
  34. Will Fuller, Texans
  35. John Brown, Bills
  36. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  37. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  38. DJ Chark, Jaguars
  39. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  40. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  41. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  42. Cole Beasley, Bills
  43. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  44. Zach Pascal, Colts
  45. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  46. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  47. James Washington, Steelers
  48. Albert Wilson, Dolphins
  49. Danny Amendola, Lions
  50. Deebo Samuel, 49ers
  51. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  52. Nelson Agholor, Eagles
  53. Marcus Johnson, Colts
  54. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  55. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots
  56. N’Keal Harry, Patriots
  57. Corey Davis, Titans
  58. Steven Sims, Redskins
  59. Willie Snead, Ravens
  60. Robby Anderson, Jets


  1. George Kittle, 49ers
  2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  3. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  4. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  5. Jack Doyle, Colts
  6. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  7. Darren Waller, Raiders
  8. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
  9. Jacob Hollister, Seahawks
  10. Tyler Higbee, Rams
  11. Noah Fant, Broncos
  12. Austin Hooper, Falcons
  13. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  14. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  15. Jared Cook, Saints
  16. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  17. Darren Fells, Texans
  18. Kaden Smith, Giants
  19. Jimmy Graham, Packers
  20. Jonnu Smith, Titans
  21. Jason Witten, Cowboys
  22. Jesper Horsted, Bears
  23. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  24. Dawson Knox, Bills
  25. Tyler Eifert, Bengals

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Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out,,, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

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