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Fantasy Football 2016: Bear-ish Week 16 rankings?

Fantasy Football 2016: Bear-ish Week 16 rankings?

We've finally arrived at Super Bowl week. Don't panic. You did something right to get this far so keep it going, though I happily offer some guidance below. 


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

Running backs

1.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
2.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
3.  Jordan Howard, CHI
4.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
5.  David Johnson, ARI
6.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
7.  Latavius Murray, OAK
8.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
9.  Todd Gurley, LA
10.  Carlos Hyde, SF
11.  LeGarrette Blount, NE
12.  Lamar Miller, HOU
13.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
14.  Spencer Ware, KC
15.  Robert Kelley, WAS
16.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
17.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
18.  Frank Gore, IND
19.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
20.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
21.  Mark Ingram, NO
22.  Doug Martin, TB
23.  Ryan Mathews, PHI
24.  Kenneth Farrow, SD
25.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
26.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
27.  Dion Lewis, NE
28.  Kenneth Dixon, BAL
29.  Terrance West, BAL
30.  Rashad Jennings, NYG
31.  Tim Hightower, NO
32.  Adrian Peterson, MIN
33.  Justin Forsett, DEN
34.  Derrick Henry, TEN
35.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
36.  Chris Ivory, JAC
37.  Dwayne Washington, DET
38.  Mike Gillislee, BUF
39.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
40.  Duke Johnson, CLE
41.  Charles Sims, TB
42.  Paul Perkins, NYG
43.  Darren Sproles, PHIQ
44.  Devontae Booker, DEN
45.  Matt Forte, NYJ
46.  James White, NE
47.  Theo Riddick, DET
48.  Rex Burkhead, CIN
49.  Melvin Gordon, SD
50.  Ronnie Hillman, SD
51.  Jalen Richard, OAK
52.  Chris Thompson, WAS
53.  Christine Michael, GB
54.  Robert Turbin, IND
55.  Matt Asiata, MIN
56.  Travaris Cadet, NO
57.  Zach Zenner, DET
58.  Shaun Draughn, SF
59.  Charcandrick West, KC
60.  Jeremy Langford, CHI

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
2.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
3.  Mike Evans, TB
4.  Julio Jones, ATL
5.  Jordy Nelson, GB
6.  Michael Thomas, NO
7.  Amari Cooper, OAK
8.  Dez Bryant, DAL
9.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
10.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
11.  Julian Edelman, NE
12.  Brandin Cooks, NO
13.  Ty Montgomery, GB
14.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
15.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
16.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
17.  Tyrell Williams, SD
18.  A.J. Green, CIN
19.  Golden Tate, DET
20.  Davante Adams, GB
21.  Alshon Jeffery, CHI
22.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
23.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
24.  Dontrelle Inman, SD
25.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
26.  DeSean Jackson, WAS
27.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
28.  Malcolm Mitchell, NE
29.  Cameron Meredith, CHI
30.  Sammy Watkins, BUF
31.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
32.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
33.  Kenny Britt, LA
34.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
35.  Tyreek Hill, KC
36.  Ted Ginn, CAR
37.  Willie Snead, NO
38.  Steve Smith, BAL
39.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
40.  Jordan Matthews, PHIQ
41.  Allen Robinson, JAC
42.  Corey Coleman, CLE
43.  Mike Wallace, BAL
44.  Adam Thielen, MIN
45.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
46.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
47.  Pierre Garcon, WAS
48.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
49.  Terrelle Pryor, CLE
50.  Donte Moncrief, IND
51.  Marqise Lee, JAC
52.  Brandon Marshall, NYJ
53.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
54.  Devante Parker, MIA
55.  Chris Hogan, NE
56.  Jeremy Maclin, KC
57.  Randall Cobb, GB
58.  Marvin Jones, DET
59.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
60.  Cole Beasley, DAL
61.  Kenny Stills, MIA
62.  Anquan Boldin, DET
63.  Tyler Boyd, CIN
64.  Eli Rogers, PIT
65.  Tavon Austin, LA

Tight ends

1.  Greg Olsen, CAR
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
4.  Cameron Brate, TB
5.  Tyler Eifert, CIN
6.  Zach Ertz, PHI
7.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
8.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
9.  Martellus Bennett, NE
10.  Antonio Gates, SD
11.  Eric Ebron, DET
12.  Hunter Henry, SD
13.  Jason Witten, DAL
14.  Jordan Reed, WAS
15.  Vernon Davis, WAS
16.  Ladarius Green, PIT
17.  Coby Fleener, NO
18.  C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU
19.  Charles Clay, BUF
20.  Jared Cook, GB
21.  Daniel Brown, CHI
22.  Ryan Griffin, HOU
23.  Dennis Pitta, BAL
24.  Jack Doyle, IND
25.  Jermaine Gresham, ARI


1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
2.  Justin Tucker, BAL
3.  Matt Bryant, ATL
4.  Dan Bailey, DAL
5.  Sebastian Janikowski, OAK
6.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
7.  Stephen Hauschka, SEA
8.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
9.  Will Lutz, NO
10.  Josh Lambo, SD
11.  Cairo Santos, KC
12.  Graham Gano, CAR
13.  Matt Prater, DET
14.  Mason Crosby, GB
15.  Nick Novak, HOU
16.  Caleb Sturgis, PHI
17.  Roberto Aguayo, TB
18.  Brandon McManus, DEN
19.  Ryan Succop, TEN
20.  Chris Boswell, PIT


1.  New England Patriots, NE
2.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
3.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
4.  Denver Broncos, DEN
5.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
6.  San Diego Chargers, SD
7.  New York Giants, NYG
8.  Green Bay Packers, GB
9.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
10.  Houston Texans, HOU
11.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
12.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
13.  Los Angeles Rams, LA
14.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
15.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
16.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
17.  Washington Redskins, WAS
18.  Atlanta Falcons, ATL
19.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
20.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?