Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB


The fantasy football season is on the final stretch and every move takes on do-or-die importance. If you need a win now, start the higher rated player in my rankings and bring home that championship.


Could Impress: Tim Tebow. The Bills have fallen off the map after their fast start, and a big reason is the play of the defense. Buffalo is giving up 165 rushing yards a game and has struggled horribly against mobile quarterbacks. Tebow’s pass numbers have been better the last few weeks, so expect a good mix of rush and pass numbers for #15.

Could Disappoint: Eli Manning. The ‘other’ Manning is coming off his worst game of the season and has a tough matchup with the Jets this weekend. If we know one thing about Eli, it’s that he forces the issue in pressure games. If you’ve got other good options, you might want to consider sitting Manning.

Injury Replacement: Matt Moore. Give the guy credit; he’s been an above average quarterback this season, putting up double-digit fantasy points in more than half of his starts. The Patriots have allowed less talented quarterbacks to put up big fantasy numbers this season. Moore’s a decent play this week.


QB Rankings

1. Aaron Rodgers GB (vs. Chicago)

2. Tom Brady NE (vs. Miami)

3. Drew Brees NO (vs. Atlanta)

4. Cam Newton CAR (vs. Tampa Bay)

5. Matthew Stafford DET (vs. San Diego)

6. Tim Tebow DEN (@ Buffalo)

7. Matt Ryan ATL (@ New Orleans)

8. Philip Rivers SD (@ Detroit)

9. Tony Romo DAL (vs. Philadelphia)

10. Eli Manning NYG (@ New York Jets)

11. Michael Vick PHI (@ Dallas)

12. Ben Roethlisberger PIT (vs. St. Louis)

13. Rex Grossman WAS (vs. Minnesota)

14. Matt Moore MIA (@ New England)

15. Joe Flacco BAL (vs. Cleveland)

16. Mark Sanchez NYJ (vs. New York Giants)

17. Carson Palmer OAK (@ Kansas City)

18. Andy Dalton CIN (vs. Arizona)

19. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF (vs. Denver)

20. Josh Freeman TB (@ Carolina)

21. Kyle Orton KC (vs. Oakland)

22. John Skelton AZ (@ Cincinnati)

23. Alex Smith SF (@ Seattle)

24. T.J. Yates HOU (@ Indianapolis)

25. Seneca Wallace CLE (@ Baltimore)


Running Backs

Could Impress: Cedric Benson. He’s getting plenty of work, carrying the rock at least 20 times in three of the last four weeks. Arizona’s run D is giving up fantasy gold this season, with opposing rushers averaging more than 17 points a game.

Could Disappoint: Steven Jackson. He’s had just one rushing TD since week 9 and he’s not getting much help from the passing game. Considering the Rams are going up against a tough Steelers defense, Jackson is a borderline starter at this point.

Injury Replacement: Sammy Morris. Keep an eye on Dallas’ injury report. Felix Jones has missed a pair of practices, and Morris looked very good in a reserve role last week, rushing for 53 yards on 12 carries. If Jones can’t go or is limited, Morris could be an incredibly good flex play.


RB Rankings

1. Arian Foster HOU (@ Indianapolis)

2. Ray Rice BAL (vs. Cleveland)

3. Maurice Jones-Drew JAX (@ Tennessee)

4. LeSean McCoy PHI (@ Dallas)

5. Adrian Peterson MIN (@ Washington)

6. Ryan Mathews SD (@ Detroit)

7. Michael Turner ATL (@ New Orleans)

8. Reggie Bush MIA (@ New England)

9. Michael Bush OAK (@ Kansas City)

10. Rashard Mendenhall PIT (vs. St. Louis)

11. Chris Johnson TEN (vs. Jacksonville)

12. Shonn Greene NYJ (vs. New York Giants)

13. Frank Gore SF (@ Seattle)

14. Marshawn Lynch SEA (vs. San Francisco)

15. Willis McGahee DEN (@ Buffalo)

16. Beanie Wells AZ (@ Cincinnati)

17. Cedric Benson CIN (vs. Arizona)

18. C.J. Spiller BUF (vs. Denver)

19. Steven Jackson STL (@ Pittsburgh)

20. Roy Helu WAS (vs. Minnesota)

21. LeGarrette Blount TB (@ Carolina)

22. Felix Jones DAL (vs. Philadelphia)

23. Darren Sproles NO (vs. Atlanta)

24. Ahmad Bradshaw NYG (@ New York Jets)

25. DeAngelo Williams CAR (vs. Tampa Bay)

26. Jonathan Stewart CAR (vs. Tampa Bay)

27. Kahlil Bell CHI (@ Green Bay)

28. Donald Brown IND (vs. Houston)

29. Ryan Grant GB (vs. Chicago)

30. BenJarvus Green-Ellis NE (vs. Miami)

31. Kevin Smith DET (@ San Diego)

32. Peyton Hillis CLE (@ Baltimore)

33. Ben Tate HOU (@ Indianapolis)

34. Mike Tolbert SD (@ Detroit)

35. Brandon Jacobs NYG (@ New York Jets)

36. Marion Barber CHI (@ Green Bay)

37. Lance Ball DEN (@ Buffalo)

38. Chris Ivory NO (vs. Atlanta)

39. Jackie Battle KC (vs. Oakland)

40. Pierre Thomas NO (vs. Atlanta)

41. Thomas Jones KC (vs. Oakland)

42. Toby Gerhart MIN (@ Washington)

43. Evan Royster WAS (vs. Minnesota)

44. Kendall Hunter SF (@ Seattle)

45. Sammy Morris DAL (vs. Philadelphia)

46. Mark Ingram NO (vs. Atlanta)

47. Daniel Thomas MIA (@ New England)

48. Ricky Williams BAL (vs. Cleveland)

49. Stevan Ridley NE (vs. Miami)

50. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ (vs. New York Giants)


Stephen Kelley is a contributor at The Sports Bank where he covers Fantasy Sports and Pro Drafts. You can follow him on Twitter @stephen_tsb.

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