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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. 

Quarterbacks

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

Kickers

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

Defenses

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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What lessons the rest of the NFL should, and shouldn’t, take from the league’s top rushing teams

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What lessons the rest of the NFL should, and shouldn’t, take from the league’s top rushing teams

A glance at the NFL over the final two months of the season gave an interesting glimpse where the league was headed. 

The Ravens, the NFL’s best offense, were a predominantly rushing team. They rushed for a league record 3,296 yards in the regular season and were the league’s top regular season team. 

The Titans rode running back Derrick Henry all season, which led to him finishing as the league’s leading rusher. Over the final nine games he rushed for an average of 24.6 carries per game, including 30 or more carries in three of the team’s final four games. 

And most recently, the 49ers won the NFC in dominating fashion over the Packers with just eight passing attempts and 42 rushing attempts. 

With a handful of the league’s best rushing teams advancing in the playoffs, there appeared to be a change in the way teams attacked defenses in the NFL.

But those stats have been a bit misleading for the crowd that wants to establish the run for the sake of establishing a ground attack. What the Ravens and Titans did was make rushing the football more efficient than any other team in the league. 

Baltimore rushed for 5.5 yards per carry in the regular season, half-a-yard more than any other team in the league. They were only one of three teams to surpass the five yard-mark — one other team was the Titans. 

When compared to passing stats across the league, however, none of the qualified quarterbacks had worse than a six-yard average when passing the ball. Speaking strictly from the numbers, passing is still more advantageous than rushing the ball, no matter what teams that advanced far in the playoffs accomplished. 

What the Ravens and Titans do have, however, are two athletes that are unique in the NFL. Lamar Jackson was the league’s best rushing quarterback of all time and Henry led the league in total rushing yards. 

So the Ravens and Titans didn’t reinvent the wheel and show the NFL the ground game was more effective, but instead showed the league to lean into the special talents that both teams had. 

While the Titans were clearly better when Henry had his best days on the ground, there’s not a direct relationship to more Henry touches equaling a better day for the Titans. 

When the Ravens fell behind 14-0 to the Titans, Henry had just seven rushes for 28 yards on the ground. Down the stretch, he rushed 23 more times for 167 yards — a 7.26 yard average. Essentially, the Titans used Henry most effectively when they had already scored the winning points. 

The same can be said for the 49ers in the NFC Championship, who barely used Jimmy Garoppolo's arm. But when Raheem Mostert averages more than seven yards per carry, it’s difficult to get away from the run. 

So while it might seem that simply running the ball got teams to the playoffs, and championship games, it was the fact that they were able to run the ball more efficiently than other teams across the league. Rushing attempts weren’t the reason those teams won, but how they used those rushing attempts instead.

And when Jackson and Henry are leading the charge, it’s hard not to give them the ball.

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Former Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announces retirement

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Former Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees announces retirement

Former Ravens and Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees announced his retirement from coaching Monday afternoon, just a day after Tennessee lost in the AFC Championship Game to Kansas City.

Pees, at age 70, had just finished his 47th year of coaching. He had previously been a coordinator for the Titans, Ravens and Patriots at the NFL level. He began coaching at the University of Findlay (OH) in 1979 as a defensive coordinator where he rose through the college ranks. 

Pees was in Baltimore from 2010-2017, where he started as a linebackers coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012. He won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens.

During his time as a coordinator, the Ravens ranked in the top 10 of scoring defenses three times, where he saw franchise greats like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed end their careers.

Pees’ defense in Tennessee this season stiffened down the stretch, as it allowed just 25 total points in the first two playoff games against New England and Baltimore. The Titans lost 35-24 to the Chiefs on Sunday.

In 10 of his 12 seasons as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, Pees led his defenses to a top 12 finish in points allowed.

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