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Fantasy football rankings: Receivers rule top 150

Fantasy football rankings: Receivers rule top 150

One look at these 2016 rankings and it's pretty clear this isn't your father's fantasy football world anymore.

Adrian Peterson and other stud running backs remain vital. Potent quarterbacks, including Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, can enhance any lineup, but it's the pass catchers who now lead the draft parade. This is the case even in standard scoring leagues. 

IN DEPTH: 11 KEY FANTASY PLAYERS IN 2016

For the most part, it's a volume passing world and those who receive the most targets and make the most of the opportunities, like Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham, lord above all. 

Injuries are typically unpredictabe, but common sense and history show the receivers are more likely able to make it through a season unscathed compared to those runners who are gang tackled on every carry. That's why even though there's an argument for running backs going first, the injury fear cannot be ignored.

Take a look at my initial top 150 and let me know what you think in the comments section or on Twitter. In addition, click here for thoughts on why specific players are ranked where they're ranked.

IN DEPTH: 11 KEY FANTASY PLAYERS IN 2016

Standard rankings

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT WR
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL WR
 
3.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR
 
4.  Todd Gurley, LA RB
 
5.  David Johnson, ARI RB
 
6.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB
 
7.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR
 
8.  A.J. Green, CIN WR
 
9.  Adrian Peterson, MIN RB
 
10.  Lamar Miller, HOU RB
 
11.  Dez Bryant, DAL WR
 
12.  Rob Gronkowski, NE TE
 
13.  Allen Robinson, JAC WR
 
14.  Devonta Freeman, ATL RB
 
15.  Jamaal Charles, KC RB
 
16.  Mark Ingram, NO RB
 
17.  Alshon Jeffery, CHI WR
 
18.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT RB
 
19.  Mike Evans, TB WR
 
20.  Jordy Nelson, GB WR
 
21.  T.Y. Hilton, IND WR
 
22.  Brandin Cooks, NO WR
 
23.  Doug Martin, TB RB
 
24.  LeSean McCoy, BUF RB
 
25.  C.J. Anderson, DEN RB
 
26.  Brandon Marshall, NYJ WR
 
27.  Keenan Allen, SD WR
 
28.  Amari Cooper, OAK WR
 
29.  Eddie Lacy, GB RB
 
30.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR
 
31.  Sammy Watkins, BUF WR
 
32.  Matt Jones, WAS RB
 
33.  Matt Forte, NYJ RB
 
34.  Doug Baldwin, SEA WR
 
35.  Jeremy Maclin, KC WR
 
36.  Carlos Hyde, SF RB
 
37.  Cam Newton, CAR QB
 
38.  Randall Cobb, GB WR
 
39.  Greg Olsen, CAR TE
 
40.  Jordan Reed, WAS TE
 
41.  Latavius Murray, OAK RB
 
42.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR
 
43.  Eric Decker, NYJ WR
 
44.  Aaron Rodgers, GB QB
 
45.  Jeremy Hill, CIN RB
 
46.  Michael Floyd, ARI WR
 
47.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR RB
 
48.  Jarvis Landry, MIA WR
 
49.  Thomas Rawls, SEA RB
 
50.  Ryan Mathews, PHI RB
 
51.  Russell Wilson, SEA QB
 
52.  Andrew Luck, IND QB
 
53.  DeMarco Murray, TEN RB
 
54.  Golden Tate, DET WR
 
55.  Donte Moncrief, IND WR
 
56.  Frank Gore, IND RB
 
57.  Jordan Matthews, PHI WR
 
58.  Travis Kelce, KC TE
 
59.  Giovani Bernard, CIN RB
 
60.  DeSean Jackson, WAS WR
 
61.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR
 
62.  Duke Johnson, CLE RB
 
63.  Drew Brees, NO QB
 
64.  Devante Parker, MIA WR
 
65.  Dion Lewis, NE RB
 
66.  Julian Edelman, NE WR
 
67.  John Brown, ARI WR
 
68.  Danny Woodhead, SD RB
 
69.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR
 
70.  Delanie Walker, TEN TE
 
71.  Rashad Jennings, NYG RB
 
72.  Allen Hurns, JAC WR
 
73.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB
 
74.  Tyler Lockett, SEA WR
 
75.  Coby Fleener, NO TE
 
76.  Melvin Gordon, SD RB
 
77.  Carson Palmer, ARI QB
 
78.  Michael Crabtree, OAK WR
 
79.  Jeremy Langford, CHI RB
 
80.  Arian Foster, MIA RB
 
81.  Eli Manning, NYG QB
 
82.  Philip Rivers, SD QB
 
83.  Ameer Abdullah, DET RB
 
84.  Kevin White, CHI WR
 
85.  Tom Brady, NE QB
 
86.  Chris Ivory, JAC RB
 
87.  Charles Sims, TB RB
 
88.  Blake Bortles, JAC QB
 
89.  Gary Barnidge, CLE TE
 
90.  Marvin Jones, DET WR
 
91.  Tyler Eifert, CIN TE
 
92.  Torrey Smith, SF WR
 
93.  Ladarius Green, PIT TE
 
94.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE RB
 
95.  DeAngelo Williams, PIT RB
 
96.  Willie Snead, NO WR
 
97.  Zach Ertz, PHI TE
 
98.  Jordan Howard, CHI RB
 
99.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC RB
 
100.  Sterling Shepard, NYG WR
 
101.  Julius Thomas, JAC TE
 
102.  Jay Ajayi, MIA RB
 
103.  Josh Gordon, CLE WR
 
104.  Kirk Cousins, WAS QB
 
105.  Antonio Gates, SD TE
 
106.  Tavon Austin, LA WR
 
107.  Corey Coleman, CLE WR
 
108.  Dorial Green-Beckham, TEN WR
 
109.  Justin Forsett, BAL RB
 
110.  Kamar Aiken, BAL WR
 
111.  Travis Benjamin, SD WR
 
112.  Dwayne Allen, IND TE
 
113.  Vincent Jackson, TB WR
 
114.  Derek Carr, OAK QB
 
115.  Markus Wheaton, PIT WR
 
116.  Laquon Treadwell, MIN WR
 
117.  Marcus Mariota, TEN QB
 
118.  LeGarrette Blount, NE RB
 
119.  Theo Riddick, DET RB
 
120.  Tony Romo, DAL QB
 
121.  Tevin Coleman, ATL RB
 
122.  Andy Dalton, CIN QB
 
123.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB
 
124.  Phillip Dorsett, IND WR
 
125.  Stefon Diggs, MIN WR

126.  Jameis Winston, TB QB
 
127.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL WR
 
128.  Bilal Powell, NYJ RB
 
129.  Jason Witten, DAL TE
 
130.  Devin Funchess, CAR WR
 
131.  Michael Thomas, NO WR
 
132.  Matthew Stafford, DET QB
 
133.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA QB
 
134.  Matt Ryan, ATL QB
 
135.  Paul Perkins, NYG RB
 
136.  Martellus Bennett, NE TE
 
137.  Zach Miller, CHI TE
 
138.  Shane Vereen, NYG RB
 
139.  Kenneth Dixon, BAL RB
 
140.  Steve Smith, BAL WR
 
141.  Derrick Henry, TEN RB
 
142.  C.J. Prosise, SEA RB
 
143.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ QB
 
144.  Rishard Matthews, TEN WR
 
145.  Sammie Coates, PIT WR
 
146.  DeAndre Washington, OAK RB
 
147.  Denver Broncos, DEN DST
 
148.  Darren Sproles, PHI RB
 
149.  Javorius Allen, BAL RB
 
150.  Charles Clay, BUF

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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