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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Patrick Mahomes, Dalvin Cook, Davante Adams, Derrick Henry headline the initial PPR rankings for Championship Week 16


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Chiefs QB and NFL MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes owns absurd home averages of 331 yards passing and 3.3 touchdowns this season.

BATSBY Sports offers up its pre-Christmas positional rankings for NFL Week 16, otherwise known as the championship round of fantasy, covering quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

(We happily dismiss kicker and defensive/special teams listings.)

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  1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
  2. Justin Herbert, Chargers
  3. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  5. Josh Allen, Bills
  6. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
  7. Jared Goff, Rams
  8. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  9. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  10. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  11. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
  12. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  13. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
  14. Matthew Stafford, Lions
  15. Drew Lock, Broncos
  16. Jalen Hurts, Eagles
  17. Derek Carr/Marcus Mariota, Raiders
  18. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
  19. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  20. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  21. Drew Brees, Saints
  22. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins
  23. Andy Dalton, Cowboys
  24. Brandon Allen/Ryan Finley, Bengals
  25. Philip Rivers, Colts
  26. Sam Darnold, Jets
  27. Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers
  28. Cam Newton, Patriots
  29. C.J. Beathard, 49ers
  30. Daniel Jones, Giants
  31. Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  32. Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team


  1. Derrick Henry, Titans
  2. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  3. David Montgomery, Bears
  4. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  5. Dalvin Cook, Vikings
  6. Nick Chubb, Browns
  7. Aaron Jones, Packers
  8. Miles Sanders, Eagles
  9. Jonathan Taylor, Colts
  10. Jeff Wilson Jr., 49ers
  11. D’Andre Swift, Lions
  12. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  13. Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
  14. Darrell Henderson, Rams
  15. David Johnson, Texans
  16. Mike Davis, Panthers
  17. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
  18. Giovani Bernard, Bengals
  19. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  20. Kareem Hunt, Browns
  21. James Robinson, Jaguars
  22. Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys
  23. J.K. Dobbins, Ravens
  24. Salvon Ahmed, Dolphins
  25. J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team
  26. Le’Veon Bell, Chiefs
  27. James Conner, Steelers
  28. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
  29. Devin Singletary, Bills
  30. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  31. Melvin Gordon, Broncos
  32. Ty Johnson, Jets
  33. James White, Patriots
  34. Kenyan Drake, Cardinals
  35. Latavius Murray, Saints
  36. Todd Gurley, Falcons
  37. Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  38. Lynn Bowden Jr., Dolphins
  39. Dare Ogunbowale, Jaguars
  40. Wayne Gallman, Giants
  41. Kalen Ballage, Chargers
  42. Adrian Peterson, Lions
  43. Duke Johnson, Texans
  44. Jamaal Williams, Packers
  45. Myles Gaskin, Dolphins
  46. Damien Harris, Patriots
  47. Rodney Smith/Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  48. Jerick McKinnon, 49ers
  49. Carlos Hyde, Seahawks
  50. Zack Moss, Bills
  51. Devine Ogizbo, Jaguars
  52. Ito Smith, Falcons
  53. Malcolm Brown, Rams
  54. Darrel Williams, Chiefs
  55. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  56. Jeremy McNichols, Titans
  57. Benny Snell Jr., Steelers
  58. Boston Scott, Eagles
  59. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  60. LeSean McCoy, Buccaneers
  61. Samaje Perine, Bengals
  62. Kerryon Johnson, Lions


  1. Davante Adams, Packers
  2. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals
  4. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  5. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  6. Allen Robinson, Bears
  7. Adam Thielen, Vikings
  8. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  9. Stefon Diggs, Bills
  10. Robert Woods, Rams
  11. Marvin Jones, Lions
  12. Calvin Ridley, Falcons
  13. Amari Cooper, Cowboys
  14. Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  15. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  16. D.J. Moore, Panthers
  17. Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team
  18. A.J. Green, Bengals
  19. A.J. Brown, Titans
  20. Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
  21. DK Metcalf, Seahawks
  22. Brandin Cooks, Texans
  23. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  24. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  25. Emmanuel Sanders, Saints
  26. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  27. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  28. Marquise Brown, Ravens
  29. Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
  30. Jerry Jeudy, Broncos
  31. Justin Jefferson, Vikings
  32. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  33. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  34. Corey Davis, Titans
  35. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys
  36. Jalen Reagor, Eagles
  37. Lavsika Shenault Jr., Jaguars
  38. Jalen Guyton, Chargers
  39. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  40. Nelson Agholor, Raiders
  41. Antonio Brown, Buccaneers
  42. Cole Beasley, Bills
  43. Robby Anderson, Panthers
  44. Zach Pascal, Colts
  45. Chase Claypool, Steelers
  46. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  47. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  48. Cam Sims, Washington Football Team
  49. Kendrick Bourne, 49ers
  50. Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
  51. Michael Pittman Jr., Colts
  52. Mike Williams, Chargers
  53. Chad Hansen, Texans
  54. Tee Higgins, Bengals
  55. Denzel Mims, Jets
  56. Russell Gage, Falcons
  57. Darnell Mooney, Bears
  58. Tim Patrick, Broncos
  59. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  60. Marques Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  61. Rashard Higgins, Browns
  62. John Brown, Bills
  63. Allen Lazard, Packers
  64. Keke Coutee, Texans
  65. KJ Hamler, Broncos
  66. Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  67. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  68. Breshad Perriman, Jets
  69. Anthony Miller, Bears
  70. Danny Amendola, Lions
  71. Golden Tate, Giants
  72. David Moore, Seahawks
  73. Olabisi Johnson, Vikings
  74. Richie James, 49ers
  75. Greg Ward, Eagles
  76. Tre’Quan Smith, Saints
  77. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns
  78. Jakeem Grant, Dolphins
  79. Quintez Cephus, Lions
  80. Steven Sims, Washington Football Team
  81. Brandon Powell, Falcons


  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  2. Darren Waller, Raiders
  3. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  4. George Kittle, 49ers
  5. Robert Tonyan, Packers
  6. T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  7. Noah Fant, Broncos
  8. Tyler Higbee, Rams
  9. Austin Hooper, Browns
  10. Jonnu Smith, Titans
  11. Jordan Akins, Texans
  12. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  13. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  14. Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team
  15. Evan Engram, Giants
  16. Jared Cook, Saints
  17. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  18. Donald Parham, Chargers
  19. Irv Smith Jr., Vikings
  20. Hayden Hurst, Falcons
  21. Cole Kmet, Bears
  22. Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
  23. Dan Arnold, Cardinals
  24. Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
  25. Drew Sample, Bengals
  26. Jordan Reed, 49ers
  27. Eric Ebron, Steelers
  28. Dawson Knox, Bills
  29. Tyler Eifert, Jaguars
  30. Will Dissly, Seahawks
  31. Chris Herndon, Jets
  32. Gerald Everett, Rams
  33. Anthony Firkser, Titans
  34. Mo Alie-Cox, Colts
  35. Hunter Bryant, Lions
  36. Harrison Bryant, Browns

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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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