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2016 Fantasy Football: Week 1 position rankings

2016 Fantasy Football: Week 1 position rankings

It's go time.

The NFL season starts Thursday night which means fantasy football drafts are finishing and lineup setting begins. The Week 1positional rankings are here.

Check back later in the week for updates as news shifts some players up, down or out.


1.  Aaron Rodgers, GB 
2.  Russell Wilson, SEA
3.  Andrew Luck, IND
4.  Drew Brees, NO
5.  Derek Carr, OAK 
6.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
7.  Eli Manning, NYG
8.  Matthew Stafford, DET
9.  Cam Newton, CAR
10.  Jameis Winston, TB
11.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
12.  Blake Bortles, JAC
13.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
14.  Matt Ryan, ATL
15.  Carson Palmer, ARI
16.  Philip Rivers, SD
17.  Dak Prescott, DAL
18.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
19.  Robert Griffin, CLE
20.  Brock Osweiler, HOU
21.  Andy Dalton, CIN
22.  Alex Smith, KC
23.  Joe Flacco, BAL
24.  Blaine Gabbert, SF
25.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ
26.  Jimmy Garoppolo, NE
27.  Jay Cutler, CHI
28.  Carson Wentz, PHI
29.  Sam Bradford, MIN
30.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA
31.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
32.  Case Keenum, LA

Running backs

1.  Todd Gurley, LA
2.  Adrian Peterson, MIN
3.  David Johnson, ARI
4.  Lamar Miller, HOU
5.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
6.  DeAngelo Williams, PIT
7.  Mark Ingram, NO
8.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
9.  Doug Martin, TB
10.  Eddie Lacy, GB
11.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
12.  Latavius Murray, OAK
13.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
14.  Ryan Mathews, PHI
15.  Carlos Hyde, SF
16.  Spencer Ware, KC
17.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
18.  Matt Forte, NYJ
19.  Frank Gore, IND
20.  Jeremy Langford, CHI
21.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
22.  Rashad Jennings, NYG
23.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
24.  Melvin Gordon, SD
25.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
26.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
27.  Christine Michael, SEA
28.  Duke Johnson, CLE
29.  Arian Foster, MIA
30.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
31.  LeGarrette Blount, NE
32.  Chris Ivory, JAC
33.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
34.  Danny Woodhead, SD
35.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
36.  Matt Jones, WAS
37.  Charles Sims, TB
38.  Derrick Henry, TEN
39.  James White, NE
40.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
41.  Justin Forsett, BAL
42.  Jamaal Charles, KC
43.  Theo Riddick, DET
44.  Terrance West, BAL
45.  Charcandrick West, KC
46.  Darren Sproles, PHI
47.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
48.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
49.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
50.  Robert Kelley, WAS

Wide Receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
3.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
5.  Amari Cooper, OAK
6.  Allen Robinson, JAC
7.  Mike Evans, TB
8.  Dez Bryant, DAL
9.  Brandon Marshall, NYJ
10.  Sammy Watkins, BUF
11.  A.J. Green, CIN
12.  Alshon Jeffery, CHI
13.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
14.  Brandin Cooks, NO
15.  Jordy Nelson, GB
16.  Keenan Allen, SD
17.  Randall Cobb, GB
18.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
19.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
20.  Donte Moncrief, IND
21.  Jeremy Maclin, KC
22.  Golden Tate, DET
23.  Eric Decker, NYJ
24.  Marvin Jones, DET
25.  Michael Floyd, ARI
26.  Jordan Matthews, PHI
27.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
28.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
29.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
30.  DeSean Jackson, WAS
31.  Allen Hurns, JAC
32.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
33.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
34.  Julian Edelman, NE
35.  John Brown, ARI
36.  Tavon Austin, LA
37.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
38.  Corey Coleman, CLE
39.  Willie Snead, NO
40.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
41.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
42.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
43.  Vincent Jackson, TB
44.  Torrey Smith, SF
45.  Kamar Aiken, BAL
46.  Markus Wheaton, PIT
47.  Travis Benjamin, SD
48.  Phillip Dorsett, IND
49.  Kevin White, CHI
50.  Pierre Garcon, WAS

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
2.  Jordan Reed, WAS
3.  Greg Olsen, CAR
4.  Travis Kelce, KC
5.  Delanie Walker, TEN
6.  Coby Fleener, NO
7.  Gary Barnidge, CLE
8.  Dwayne Allen, IND
9.  Zach Ertz, PHI
10.  Julius Thomas, JAC
11.  Antonio Gates, SD
12.  Eric Ebron, DET
13.  Jason Witten, DAL
14.  Jared Cook, GB
15.  Charles Clay, BUF
16.  Zach Miller, CHI
17.  Clive Walford, OAK
18.  Vance McDonald, SF
19.  Martellus Bennett, NE
20.  Jesse James, PIT
21.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
22.  Virgil Green, DEN
23.  Luke Willson, SEA
24.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
25.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TB


1.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
2.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
3.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
4.  Houston Texans, HOU
5.  Los Angeles Rams, LA
6.  Denver Broncos, DEN
7.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
8.  New England Patriots, NE
9.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
10.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
11.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
12.  New York Jets, NYJ
13.  Green Bay Packers, GB
14.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
15.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
16.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
17.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
18.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
19.  Detroit Lions, DET
20.  Tennessee Titans, TEN


1.  Steven Hauschka, SEA
2.  Justin Tucker, BAL
3.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
4.  Chandler Catanzaro, ARI
5.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
6.  Mason Crosby, GB
7.  Dan Bailey, DAL
8.  Cairo Santos, KC
9.  Matt Prater, DET
10.  Brandon McManus, DEN
11.  Graham Gano, CAR
12.  Sebastian Janikowski, OAK
13.  Chris Boswell, PIT
14.  Blair Walsh, MIN
15.  Nick Novak, HOU
16.  Mike Nugent, CIN
17.  Dan Carpenter, BUF
18.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
19.  Roberto Aguayo, TB
20.  Matt Bryant, ATL

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.