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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. 


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.


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.


“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.