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Fantasy Football: Week 16 rankings

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Fantasy Football: Week 16 rankings

Week 16 in the fantasy football world means Super Bowl. Congrats for making it this far and best of luck of this week. Whatever you've been doing is surely working so keep it up. For some extra help, my initial rankings:

Quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger - PIT at Bal
Russell Wilson - SEA vs. StL
Blake Bortles - JAC at NO
Cam Newton - CAR at Atl
Kirk Cousins - WAS at Phi
Carson Palmer - ARI vs. GB
Tom Brady - NE at NYJ
Matthew Stafford - DET vs. SF
Derek Carr - OAK vs. SD
Aaron Rodgers - GB at Ari
Drew Brees - NO vs. Jac
Tyrod Taylor - BUF vs. Dal
Ryan Fitzpatrick - NYJ vs. NE
Philip Rivers - SD at Oak
Eli Manning - NYG at Min
Jameis Winston - TB vs. Chi
Alex Smith - KC vs. Cle
Jay Cutler - CHI at TB
Teddy Bridgewater - MIN vs. NYG
Sam Bradford - PHI vs. Was
Matt Ryan - ATL vs. Car
Ryan Tannehill - MIA vs. Ind
Brock Osweiler - DEN vs. Cin
Brian Hoyer - HOU at Ten
Jimmy Clausen - BAL vs. Pit
Johnny Manziel - CLE at KC
Brandon Weeden - HOU at Ten
Blaine Gabbert - SF at Det
AJ McCarron - CIN at Den
Matt Hasselbeck - IND at Mia

Running backs

David Johnson - ARI vs. GB
Adrian Peterson - MIN vs. NYG
DeAngelo Williams - PIT at Bal
Doug Martin - TB vs. Chi
Charcandrick West - KC vs. Cle
Devonta Freeman - ATL vs. Car
Latavius Murray - OAK vs. SD
Todd Gurley - STL at Sea
Darren McFadden - DAL at Buf
Denard Robinson - JAC at NO
Lamar Miller - MIA vs. Ind
Karlos Williams - BUF vs. Dal
Matt Forte - CHI at TB
Tim Hightower - NO vs. Jac
Frank Gore - IND at Mia
Ryan Mathews - PHI vs. Was
Chris Ivory - NYJ vs. NE
Christine Michael - SEA vs. StL
James White - NE at NYJ
Cameron Artis-Payne - CAR at Atl
Danny Woodhead - SD at Oak
Bilal Powell - NYJ vs. NE
Eddie Lacy - GB at Ari
Javorius Allen - BAL vs. Pit
Rashad Jennings - NYG at Min
Giovani Bernard - CIN at Den
Matt Jones - WAS at Phi
Jeremy Hill - CIN at Den
Ronnie Hillman - DEN vs. Cin
Darren Sproles - PHI vs. Was
Alfred Blue - HOU at Ten
Jeremy Langford - CHI at TB
Ameer Abdullah - DET vs. SF
Alfred Morris - WAS at Phi
Charles Sims - TB vs. Chi
C.J. Anderson - DEN vs. Cin
James Starks - GB at Ari
Theo Riddick - DET vs. SF
Donald Brown - SD at Oak
Duke Johnson - CLE at KC
Mike Gillislee - BUF vs. Dal
Jay Ajayi - MIA vs. Ind
Spencer Ware - KC vs. Cle
Antonio Andrews - TEN vs. Hou
Brandon Bolden - NE at NYJ
Shane Vereen - NYG at Min
Bryce Brown - SEA vs. StL
Isaiah Crowell - CLE at KC
Joique Bell - DET vs. SF
DeMarco Murray - PHI vs. Was
Kendall Gaskins - SF at Det
Jerick McKinnon - MIN vs. NYG
Mike Tolbert - CAR at Atl
Joey Iosefa - NE at NYJ
Chris Polk - HOU at Ten

Wide receivers

Antonio Brown - PIT at Bal
Allen Robinson - JAC at NO
DeAndre Hopkins - HOU at Ten
Martavis Bryant - PIT at Bal
Doug Baldwin - SEA vs. StL
Mike Evans - TB vs. Chi
Sammy Watkins - BUF vs. Dal
Brandon Marshall - NYJ vs. NE
Julio Jones - ATL vs. Car
Jeremy Maclin - KC vs. Cle
Alshon Jeffery - CHI at TB
Demaryius Thomas - DEN vs. Cin
Eric Decker - NYJ vs. NE
Brandin Cooks - NO vs. Jac
Calvin Johnson - DET vs. SF
DeSean Jackson - WAS at Phi
Allen Hurns - JAC at NO
Jarvis Landry - MIA vs. Ind
Michael Floyd - ARI vs. GB
Amari Cooper - OAK vs. SD
Larry Fitzgerald - ARI vs. GB
A.J. Green - CIN at Den
John Brown - ARI vs. GB
T.Y. Hilton - IND at Mia
Kamar Aiken - BAL vs. Pit
Golden Tate - DET vs. SF
Emmanuel Sanders - DEN vs. Cin
Willie Snead - NO vs. Jac
Randall Cobb - GB at Ari
Ted Ginn - CAR at Atl
Tyler Lockett - SEA vs. StL
Michael Crabtree - OAK vs. SD
Stefon Diggs - MIN vs. NYG
Jordan Matthews - PHI vs. Was
Dez Bryant - DAL at Buf
Rueben Randle - NYG at Min
Brandon LaFell - NE at NYJ
Dorial Green-Beckham - TEN vs. Hou
DeVante Parker - MIA vs. Ind
Travis Benjamin - CLE at KC
Anquan Boldin - SF at Det
Markus Wheaton - PIT at Bal
Donte Moncrief - IND at Mia
Tavon Austin - STL at Sea
Pierre Garcon - WAS at Phi
James Jones - GB at Ari
Jermaine Kearse - SEA vs. StL
Kendall Wright - TEN vs. Hou
Marvin Jones - CIN at Den
Dontrelle Inman - SD at Oak
Davante Adams - GB at Ari
Nate Washington - HOU at Ten
Devin Funchess - CAR at Atl
Hakeem Nicks - NYG at Min
Malcom Floyd - SD at Oak
Dwayne Harris - NYG at Min
Marques Colston - NO vs. Jac
Keshawn Martin - NE at NYJ
Chris Hogan - BUF vs. Dal
Mike Wallace - MIN vs. NYG

Tight ends

Rob Gronkowski - NE at NYJ
Greg Olsen - CAR at Atl
Jordan Reed - WAS at Phi
Julius Thomas - JAC at NO
Delanie Walker - TEN vs. Hou
Antonio Gates - SD at Oak
Gary Barnidge - CLE at KC
Ben Watson - NO vs. Jac
Travis Kelce - KC vs. Cle
Zach Miller - CHI at TB
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TB vs. Chi
Will Tye - NYG at Min
Zach Ertz - PHI vs. Was
Richard Rodgers - GB at Ari
Heath Miller - PIT at Bal
Eric Ebron - DET vs. SF
Kyle Rudolph - MIN vs. NYG
Jason Witten - DAL at Buf
Charles Clay - BUF vs. Dal
Jacob Tamme - ATL vs. Car
Vernon Davis - DEN vs. Cin
Coby Fleener - IND at Mia
Jared Cook - STL at Sea
Clive Walford - OAK vs. SD
Luke Willson - SEA vs. StL
Vance McDonald - SF at Det
Ladarius Green - SD at Oak
Ryan Griffin - HOU at Ten
Maxx Williams - BAL vs. Pit
Tyler Kroft - CIN at Den

Defenses

Seattle Seahawks - SEA vs. StL
Kansas City Chiefs - KC vs. Cle
Carolina Panthers - CAR at Atl
Denver Broncos - DEN vs. Cin
Houston Texans - HOU at Ten
New England Patriots - NE at NYJ
Cincinnati Bengals - CIN at Den
Buffalo Bills - BUF vs. Dal
Minnesota Vikings - MIN vs. NYG
Detroit Lions - DET vs. SF
Arizona Cardinals - ARI vs. GB
Pittsburgh Steelers - PIT at Bal
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB vs. Chi
Washington Redskins - WAS at Phi
Miami Dolphins - MIA vs. Ind
Chicago Bears - CHI at TB
Green Bay Packers - GB at Ari
Tennessee Titans - TEN vs. Hou
St. Louis Rams - STL at Sea
Oakland Raiders - OAK vs. SD

Kickers

Stephen Gostkowski - NE at NYJ
Cairo Santos - KC vs. Cle
Steven Hauschka - SEA vs. StL
Chandler Catanzaro - ARI vs. GB
Graham Gano - CAR at Atl
Chris Boswell - PIT at Bal
Josh Brown - NYG at Min
Mason Crosby - GB at Ari
Matt Prater - DET vs. SF
Blair Walsh - MIN vs. NYG
Kai Forbath - NO vs. Jac
Jason Myers - JAC at NO
Brandon McManus - DEN vs. Cin
Dustin Hopkins - WAS at Phi
Dan Carpenter - BUF vs. Dal
Mike Nugent - CIN at Den
Sebastian Janikowski - OAK vs. SD
Connor Barth - TB vs. Chi
Justin Tucker - BAL vs. Pit
Randy Bullock - NYJ vs. NE

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Dominant defense earns Ravens' Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

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Dominant defense earns Ravens' Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

The defensive performance on display by the Baltimore Ravens Sunday against the Tennessee Titans in a 21-0 shutout win was flat out historic. So historic that it's earned linebacker Za'Darius Smith AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

A franchise-record 11 sacks were laid on quarterback Marcus Mariota during the Week 6 matchup, with Smith leading the way with three of them.   

So far this season the 26-year-old has 20 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. As someone who is in the final year of his rookie NFL contract, he's certainly proving he is worthy of getting paid this offseason. 

"It feels great, man. It's big," Smith said of the honor during media availability Wednesday. "I know when I first found out I called my mom and she was already looking at it. But I called her and she was trying to congratulate me and was like 'who would've ever thought the guy that played one year of high school football would be where he at now and making so many goals.'"

But earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week isn't the only goal Smith has in mind. His performance through the first six weeks and assisting the No. 1 ranked scoring defense is just a stepping stone to the ultimate honor.

"I was telling her, 'Ma you know this is a good self-goal but my main goal is to get us to the Super Bowl.'" 

The road to the Super Bowl for Smith and the Ravens continues this Sunday vs. Drew Brees and the Saints. 

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Peter King awards two Ravens with weekly honors for defensive performance vs.Titans

Peter King awards two Ravens with weekly honors for defensive performance vs.Titans

The Baltimore Ravens' Week 6 dominate performance over the Tennessee Titans is gaining national attention. 

A historic game that displayed the offense and defense firing on all cylinders, it's hard to pinpoint who had the biggest impact. 

So in his latest edition of Football Morning in America, NBC Sports' Peter King awarded not one, but two Ravens with weekly honors.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Za'Darius Smith

Against the Titans, Smith led the Ravens defense with three sacks and five tackles in their historic 11-sack game. On of three Defensive Players of the Week, King explained why Smith's performance stood out.

In the most dominant defensive performance of this ultra-offensive season, the Ravens shut out Tennessee 21-0 and had 11 sacks. Another one of GM Ozzie Newsome’s draft gifts that keeps on giving, Smith (2015, round four, Kentucky) contributed three sacks of Marcus Mariota and five tackles in a virtuoso game. Net passing yards for Mariota: 51.

Smith, who's entering the final year of his rookie NFL contract, has shown over six games he deserves to get paid in the offseason. So far this season the 26-year-old has 20 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble. 

COACH OF THE WEEK: Don "Wink" Martindale

In his first season as defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale has seamlessly made the transition from linebackers coach to leading the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense (12.8). But what impressed King the most from the 21-0 shutout was how Martindale's squad got to Mariota from every direction. 

When a unit records more sacks (11) than completions allowed (10), the leader gets an award. Those are the rules. Martindale’s pass rushers got to Marcus Mariota every possible way—up the middle, around the edges, in the pocket, on bootlegs, you name it. The total set a new franchise record and was one short of the single-game NFL mark of 12. And it came with a familiar face watching: Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees used to hold the same position in Baltimore. Shout out to the Ravens social media team for renaming the account RavenSSSSSSSSSSS, one ‘S’ for each sack.

This Ravens defense, who has always been known for its dominance, is ranked first in points allowed (12.8), first in yards allowed (270.8), second in passing yards allowed (188.0) and third in rushing yards allowed (82.8) heading into Week 7. In addition, they have yet to surrender a second half touchdown all season. Trusting of the talent this roster holds, the respect "Wink" has for his players is equally reciprocated. 

"It was really emotional when they told us we had 11 sacks," linebacker Patrick Onwuasor said postgame. "We just went out there and we were like, ‘We have to get Coach Wink . We have to put the Gatorade on him.’ So, we tried to turn him around so he couldn’t see it coming, and we had to get him real good."

Martindale will now face the No. 1 scoring offense in the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. 

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