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Fantasy Football 2016: Week 6 player rankings

Fantasy Football 2016: Week 6 player rankings

Here we go, my first look at the Week 6 fantasy football rankings. Check back later this week for another round of updates.

As a reminder, Minnesota and Tampa Bay are on byes. Also keep tabs on the status for injured players Jordan Reed, Steve Smith, Dez Bryant and Theo Riddick.

Quarterbacks

1.  Drew Brees, NO
 
2.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
3.  Tom Brady, NE
 
4.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
5.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
6.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
7.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
8.  Andrew Luck, IND
 
9.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
10.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
11.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
12.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
13.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
14.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
15.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
16.  Trevor Siemian, DENQ
 
17.  Alex Smith, KC
 
18.  Brian Hoyer, CHI
 
19.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
20.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
21.  Philip Rivers, SD
 
22.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
23.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
24.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
25.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA
 
26.  Brock Osweiler, HOU
 
27.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ
 
28.  Colin Kaepernick, SF
 
29.  Case Keenum, LA
 
30.  Cody Kessler, CLE

Running Backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  David Johnson, ARI
 
3.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
4.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
5.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
6.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
7.  Todd Gurley, LA
 
8.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
9.  Christine Michael, SEA
 
10.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
11.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
12.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
13.  Melvin Gordon, SD
 
14.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
15.  Ryan Mathews, PHI
 
16.  Jamaal Charles, KC
 
17.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
18.  LeGarrette Blount, NE
 
19.  Frank Gore, IND
 
20.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
21.  Eddie Lacy, GB
 
22.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
23.  Terrance West, BAL
 
24.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
25.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
26.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
27.  Matt Jones, WAS
 
28.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
29.  Jeremy Hill, CIN
 
30.  James White, NE
 
31.  Spencer Ware, KC
 
32.  Latavius Murray, OAK
 
33.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
34.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
35.  Darren Sproles, PHI
 
36.  Arian Foster, MIA
 
37.  Rashad Jennings, NYG
 
38.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
39.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
40.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
41.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
42.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
43.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
44.  Bobby Rainey, NYG
 
45.  James Starks, GB
 
46.  Cameron Artis-Payne, CAR
 
47.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
48.  DeAngelo Williams, PIT
 
49.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
50.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
51.  Kenneth Dixon, BAL
 
52.  Fozzy Whittaker, CAR
 
53.  C.J. Spiller, SEA
 
54.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
55.  Zach Zenner, DET
 
56.  Mike Gillislee, BUF
 
57.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
58.  Shaun Draughn, SF
 
59.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
60.  Dwayne Washington, DET

Wide Receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Allen Robinson, JAC
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
5.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
6.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
7.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
8.  Brandon Marshall, NYJ
 
9.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
10.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
11.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
12.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
13.  Brandin Cooks, NO
 
14.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
15.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
16.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
17.  DeSean Jackson, WAS
 
18.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
19.  Jeremy Maclin, KC
 
20.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
21.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
22.  Alshon Jeffery, CHI
 
23.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
24.  Julian Edelman, NE
 
25.  Jordan Matthews, PHI
 
26.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
27.  John Brown, ARI
 
28.  Willie Snead, NO
 
29.  Terrelle Pryor, CLE
 
30.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
31.  Sammie Coates, PIT
 
32.  Travis Benjamin, SD
 
33.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
34.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
35.  Cameron Meredith, CHI
 
36.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
37.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
38.  Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
 
39.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
40.  Tyrell Williams, SD
 
41.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
42.  Tavon Austin, LA
 
43.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
44.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
45.  Jeremy Kerley, SF
 
46.  Kenny Britt, LA
 
47.  Eddie Royal, CHI
 
48.  Robert Woods, BUF
 
49.  Kamar Aiken, BAL
 
50.  Victor Cruz, NYG
 
51.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
52.  Michael Floyd, ARI
 
53.  Golden Tate, DET
 
54.  Anquan Boldin, DET
 
55.  Davante Adams, GB
 
56.  Tajae Sharpe, TEN
 
57.  Phillip Dorsett, IND
 
58.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
59.  Breshad Perriman, BAL
 
60.  Pierre Garcon, WAS

Tight Ends

1.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
2.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
3.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
4.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
5.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
6.  Martellus Bennett, NE
 
7.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
8.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
9.  Julius Thomas, JAC
 
10.  Dennis Pitta, BAL
 
11.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
12.  Gary Barnidge, CLE
 
13.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
14.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
15.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
16.  Tyler Eifert, CIN
 
17.  Hunter Henry, SD
 
18.  Jesse James, PIT
 
19.  Antonio Gates, SD
 
20.  Dwayne Allen, IND
 
21.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
22.  C.J. Uzomah, CIN
 
23.  Richard Rodgers, GB
 
24.  Jacob Tamme, ATL
 
25.  Eric Ebron, DET

Defenses

1.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
2.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
3.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
4.  New England Patriots, NE
 
5.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
6.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
7.  Los Angeles Rams, LA
 
8.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
9.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
10.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
11.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
12.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
13.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
14.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
15.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
16.  New York Giants, NYG
 
17.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
18.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
19.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
20.  Indianapolis Colts, IND

Kickers

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

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 24-23 loss to the Saints

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 24-23 loss to the Saints

The Baltimore Ravens' top-ranked scoring defense clashed with the New Orleans Saints' top-ranked scoring offense in a game fans will soon never forget.

After a constant back and forth and a chance to tie the game, Justin Tucker missed his first ever point-after-touchdown attempt with seconds to spare.

Here's what you need to know from the Ravens' 24-23 loss over the Saints.

— We knew this game was going to be interesting and the Saints didn't waste any time getting things rolling. Facing a fourth down, New Orleans faked a punt for a five-yard gain from third-string quarterback Taysom Hill. The 20 play, 69-yard drive was highlighted by four fourth-down attempts, two challenges from the Ravens and a fumble recovery by nose tackle Michael Pierce on the final fourth down attempt at the six-yard line.

Not only was the 9:58 drive the longest opening drive by a team this season, it was the longest opening drive to result in zero points since the Browns' 9:59 opening drive Week 1 of 2015, per NFL research.

— Drew Brees continues making history during the 2018 season. The QB threw his 500th career touchdown to former Raven Ben Watson in the second quarter joining Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the prestigious club. Then when the clock hit zero and the Saints came away with the win, Brees also joined Manning and Favre as the third QB to beat all 32 NFL teams.

Prior to Sunday, Brees was 0-4 against the Ravens. He also became the NFL's all-time leading passer back in Week 5.

— It only took seven weeks, but rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson scored his first NFL touchdown with four seconds left in the first half. While it was only from one-yard out, it was nice to see Jackson kick it into gear with the clock ticking. He wasn't the only guy from the Ravens' 2018 draft class to make an impact. Tight end Mark Andrews scored an eight-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to put the team up 17-7 and left guard Bradley Bozeman and right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. held down the O-line for much of the afternoon. 

— The Ravens' streak of not allowing a second-half touchdown in the 2018 season came to an end Sunday. Drew Brees gave the ball to running back Alvin Kamara at the top of the fourth quarter resulting in a two-yard touchdown. Kamara finished the day with 17 attempts for 64 yards and one touchdown. 

— Jimmy Smith's first start of 2018 didn't go quite as well as he'd like.

Smith was hit with two pass interference calls, with one of them coming in the end zone leading to a Saints touchdown and the other on one of many third downs. The cornerback had trouble covering wide receiver Michael Thomas, who heading into Week 7 was ranked fourth in the NFL,  all afternoon. One of their meetings resulted in a touchdown to put the Saints up 21-17.

— Then there was, of course, Justin Tuckers' first-ever PAT miss. After Joe Flacco hit John Brown in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown with 0:24 left on the clock, the Ravens were preparing to go into overtime until that wasn't necessary. Tucker, who is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, was on the wrong side of history when his kick went wide right.

From the field to the nosebleeds, M&T Bank Stadium was in shock as the clock expired and the final score was 24-23.

Postgame, Tucker took responsibility for the team's loss while his head coach and teammates all reiterated that a game never comes down to just one play. 

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Ravens vs. Saints Week 7: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Ravens vs. Saints Week 7: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Baltimore Ravens' top-ranked scoring defense clashes with the New Orleans Saints' top-ranked scoring offense in one of the most anticipated games of Week 7.

The Ravens (4-2) are coming off a historic 21-0 shutout win over the Tennessee Titans, while the Saints (4-1) have had a full week of rest after beating up the Redskins in primetime in a dominating 43-19 win.

The Ravens are 5-1 all time against the Saints winning their last three contests and are 3-1 at M&T Bank Stadium. Here are key factors ahead of Sunday's game.

Ravens vs. Saints Week 7 Game Preview

1. Brees can make history vs. Ravens

Drew Brees' road to Hall of Fame enshrinement has not been without obstacles. In Week 7, Brees will face a roadblock he's had issues with in the past. If he can clear it, he will etch his name yet again in the NFL history books.

Since entering the NFL in 2001, Brees is 0-4 against the Ravens, making Baltimore the only NFL team he has never beaten. A win Sunday would make him just the third quarterback to beat all 32 teams,  adding him to the list that features only Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. And if that sounds familiar, it's because it it.  In Week 5 against the Redskins Brees passed both Favre and Manning to become NFL's all-time leading passer.

But the history-making for Brees won't stop there come Sunday. He enters the matchup with 499 career touchdowns and one more against the Ravens will make him the fifth signal caller in league history to throw 500.

The Ravens defense, which is ranked first in points (12.8), first in yards (270.8), second in passing yards (188) and third in rushing yards (82.8), will have to act fast as Brees hasn't thrown an interception in his last six regular-season games and leads the league in completion percentage, interception percentage, passer rating and fourth quarter passer rating. Against the Ravens, he's 116-for-181 for 1,340 yards, nine touchdowns, eight interceptions and 10 sacks. 

2. Flacco, Ravens offense needs to capitalize

Drew Brees isn't the only QB in this matchup making history. Joe Flacco became the third different quarterback in NFL history to complete 25 or more passes in nine consecutive games, completing the feat in the Week 6 victory over Tennessee. He also instilled a much needed confidence boost in receiver Michael Crabtree after dropping the ball literally and figuratively Week 5, connecting with him six times and for one touchdown. 

The Saints defense is ranked 26th in points (28.0), 18th in yards (369), 30th in passing yards (297.6) but first in rushing yards (71.4). Those are numbers the Ravens will need to capitalize on.

The Ravens' running game is still searching for its footing, so expect the chemistry between Flacco and the core receivers to strengthen. Flacco also has performed well against the Saints in the past,  finishing with 117.7 passer rating in his last two games against the Saints. The Ravens are averaging 28.7 points per game against New Orleans., lighting the Saints up for at least 30 points in the each past three matchups,

Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who exited their Week 5 game early with a concussion, was a full participant during Wednesday and Thursday's practices and will be on John Brown, Willie Snead and Crabtree all day long.

Ravens vs. Saints Week 7 Matchup Preview:

1. Jimmy Smith vs. Michael Thomas: 
Thomas will be keeping Smith preoccupied all afternoon as the wide receiver is ranked fourth in the NFL with 519 yards, averaging 103.8 yards per game with three touchdowns.

2. Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara vs. Ravens defense:
Referred to as 'Lightning and Thunder,' the two have put up 352 yards, are averaging 53 and 59.8 yards per game respectively and have seven touchdowns. 

Ravens vs. Saints Week 7 Injury Report:

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Ravens vs. Saints Week 7 How to Watch:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints

What: Week 7 regular season

When: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, 4:05 p.m. ET

Where: M&T Bank Stadium

TV Channel: FOX

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Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock

Weather: 55 degrees, mostly sunny

Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sun., 9/9. Ravens vs. Bills. Win, 47-3 (1-0)

Week 2: Thur., 9/13 Ravens at Bengals. Loss, 34-23 (1-1)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23 Ravens vs. Broncos. Win, 27-14 (2-1)

Week 4: Sun., 9/30 Ravens at Steelers. Win, 26-14 (3-1)

Week 5: Sun., 10/7 Ravens at Browns. Loss, 12-9 (3-2)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14 Ravens at Titans. Win, 21-0 (4-2)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.