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Fantasy Football -- Looking at Super Bowl/Week 16 rankings

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Fantasy Football -- Looking at Super Bowl/Week 16 rankings

Week 16 is here and once again let me offer congratulations to those still alive one way or another in your fantasy football leagues.

Earlier in the week, I took a look at a few potential sleepers or sport start candidates worth considering for Super Bowl week. Now we get to the entire field with rankings for all the positions. 

Best of luck with your lineup decisions. Do your best not to overthink. As someone who does just that in most aspects of life, I know that is easier said than done. If you have questions, hit me up on Twitter at @benstandig. I'll post a rankings update later in the week as we hopefully receive a better sense of the status for Julio Jones, Joe Mixon, Davante Adams and others.

Even since this post went live Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein and Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard were placed on injured reserve. Other end-of-season moves could follow so stay vigilant. 

RELATED: WEEK 15 NFL POWER RANKINGS 

Quarterbacks

1.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
2.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
3.  Tom Brady, NE
 
4.  Alex Smith, KC
 
5.  Drew Brees, NO
 
6.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
7.  Nick Foles, PHI
 
8.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
9.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
10.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
11.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
12.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
13.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
14.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
15.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
16.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
17.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
18.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
19.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
20.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
21.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
22.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
23.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
 
24.  Drew Stanton, ARI
 
25.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
26.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
27.  Brock Osweiler, DEN
 
28.  Brett Hundley, GB
 
29.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
30.  T.J. Yates, HOU
 
31.  Bryce Petty, NYJ
 
32.  Jacoby Brissett, IND

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
4.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
5.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
6.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
7.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
8.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
9.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
10.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
11.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
12.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
13.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
14.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
15.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
16.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
17.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
18.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
19.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
20.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
21.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
22.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
23.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
24.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
25.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
26.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
27.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
28.  Mike Davis, SEA
 
29.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
30.  Peyton Barber, TB
 
31.  Frank Gore, IND
 
32.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
33.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
34.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
35.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
36.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
37.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
38.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
39.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
40.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
41.  James White, NE
 
42.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
43.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
44.  Devontae Booker, DEN
 
45.  Tion Green, DET
 
46.  Danny Woodhead, BAL
 
47.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
48.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
49.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
50.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
51.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
52.  Rod Smith, DAL
 
53.  Matt Breida, SF
 
54.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
55.  J.D. McKissic, SEA
 
56.  Kapri Bibbs, WAS
 
57.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
58.  D.J. Foster, ARI
 
59.  Travaris Cadet, BUF
 
60.  Elijhaa Penny, ARI
 
61.  Charles Sims, TB
 
62.  Alfred Blue, HOU
 
63.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
64.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
65.  Charcandrick West, KC
 
66.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
67.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
68.  Andre Ellington, HOU
 
69.  Branden Oliver, LAC
 
70.  Terron Ward, ATL

Wide receivers

1.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
5.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
6.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
7.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
8.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
9.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
10.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
11.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
12.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
13.  Mike Evans, TB
 
14.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
15.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
16.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
17.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
18.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
19.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
20.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
21.  Golden Tate, DET
 
22.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
23.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
24.  Josh Gordon, CLE
 
25.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
26.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
27.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
28.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
29.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
30.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
31.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
32.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
33.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
34.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
35.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
36.  Keelan Cole, JAC
 
37.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
38.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
39.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
40.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
41.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
42.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
43.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
44.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
45.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
46.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
47.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
48.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
49.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
50.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
51.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
52.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
53.  Brandon LaFell, CIN
 
54.  Travis Benjamin, LAC
 
55.  Corey Coleman, CLE
 
56.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
57.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
58.  Damiere Byrd, CAR
 
59.  Brandon Coleman, NO
 
60.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
61.  Dontrelle Inman, CHI
 
62.  Albert Wilson, KC
 
63.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
64.  Cody Latimer, DEN
 
65.  Geronimo Allison, GB
 
66.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
67.  Seth Roberts, OAK
 
68.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
69.  Ryan Grant, WAS
 
70.  Chester Rogers, IND

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
4.  Greg Olsen, CAR
 
5.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
6.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
7.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
8.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
9.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
10.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
11.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
12.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
13.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
14.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
15.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
16.  Jesse James, PIT
 
17.  O.J. Howard, TB  -- UPDATE -- The Bucs placed the rookie on IR Wednesday
 
18.  Antonio Gates, LAC
 
19.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
20.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
21.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
22.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
23.  Stephen Anderson, HOU
 
24.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
25.  Garrett Celek, SF

Defenses

1.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
2.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
3.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
4.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
5.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
6.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
7.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
8.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
9.  New England Patriots, NE
 
10.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
11.  Washington Redskins, WAS
 
12.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
14.  Detroit Lions, DET
 
15.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
16.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
17.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
18.  San Francisco 49ers, SF
 
19.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
20.  Miami Dolphins, MIA

Kickers

1.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
4.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
5.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
6.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
7.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
8.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
9.  Matt Prater, DET
 
10.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
11.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
12.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
13.  Phil Dawson, ARI
 
14.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
15.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
16.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
17.  Nick Rose, LAC
 
18.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
19.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
20.  Brandon McManus, DEN

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts and sits

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts and sits

Here are your start and sit options for Week 3. Also, take a look at the Week 3 position-by-position rankings. Good luck out there.

Quarterbacks

Start – Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Steelers. The Fitzmagic cast spells on opposing defenses in the opening two games as the journeyman passers set an impressive bar for all fantasy football players. The spotlight goes next level with a Monday night matchup against a Pittsburgh squad (0-1-1) seeking its first win. The Steelers enter Week 3 allowing the second-most fantasy points to  quarterbacks. There’s certainly a chance Fitzpatrick turns back into a pumpkin – or at least the average QB he’s largely been during his career – but momentum and matchup makes for a good opportunity.

Sit – Dak Prescott at Seahawks. Carson Wentz making his return to the field for the first time since last season’s ACL injury is the obvious don’t use call, but let’s go down the PSA route. Even you blind-homer Dallas fans realize your guy should be glued to the bench, right? Actually, considering Prescott has one touchdown, 330 passing yards total through two games and limited receiver options, it’s conceivable if not likely there are better options (Ryan Tannehill? Blake Bortles?) on the waiver wire. Don’t expect an uptick in production this seek as Dallas plays guest in Seattle’s first game home game of the season.

Running backs

Start – Giovani Bernard at Panthers. Here comes a workload rise for Bernard with Joe Mixon (knee) sidelined. Though a downgrade for the Bengals’, fantasy owners shouldn’t expect a noticeable drop. Bernard produced throughout his career when receiving ample touches, a scenario that happens Sunday. With at least 15 touches in Cincinnati’s final five games last season, the dual threat had 11, 19, 13, 29 and 13 fantasy points in PPR formats. Even though Carolina is stout against the run, Bernard ranks a borderline RB1 in Week 3.

Sit –Chris Carson vs. Cowboys. There’s a backfield split with rookie Raashad Penny occurring, a scenario frustrating for Carson owners who bought into the preseason hype. There’s facing a Dallas defense that held Saquon Barkley to 28 yards on 11 carries last week (The rookie also had 14 receptions, of course). It might not be conceivable to bench Carson depending on other options. Just don’t get hyped for this matchup.

Wide receivers

Start – Dante Pettis at Chiefs. This deep cut depends on whether Marquise Goodwin missed a second consecutive game. The 49ers face a Chiefs defense giving up gobs of aerial production through two games, including four touchdowns to wide receivers and a league-worst 40 receptions. Only three receptions on the season and just a 1-for-35 line last week, but Pettis scored a TD in the opener. If Goodwin plays and Pettis’ snaps drop yet you still seek a long shot play, consider Josh Doctson a hold-your-nose flyer. Washington is dealing with injuries at receiver. Tight end Jordan Reed only played half the snaps during the first two weeks. Green Bay is allowing the fourth-most wide receiver production in PPR formats. 

Sit – Demaryius Thomas at Ravens. Until proven otherwise Thomas’ reputation trumps reality. Emmanuel Sanders is the Denver receiver putting up quality numbers (14 receptions for 231 yards vs. 11 and 81 for Thomas). As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva notes, receivers are torching Baltimore’s slot corner Tavon Young. The slot is where Sanders lines up often and where Broncos quarterback Case Keenum will look.

Tight ends

Start – O.J. Howard vs. Steelers. Either tight end in this matchup works for owners in need, but Howard’s potential easily trumps Jesse James. Five receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown in two games more than works, but is particularly impressive considering six total targets. The lack of balls thrown his way is a bit concerning, but the Steelers allowed the fifth most points to fantasy tight ends through two weeks. Good chance Tampa Bay gets Howard more involved.

Sit – Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. Titans. Despite dealing with a core muscle injury, Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t listed on Friday’s injury report. That means he’s available to face a Tennessee defense that allowed opposing tight ends four receptions for 51 yards over its first two games. There’s always hope for a touchdown, but between ASJ’s limited production (averaging 3 for 24) and the Titans’ solid work, look elsewhere if possible.

Defenses

Start – Cowboys at Seahawks. Russell Wilson has been sacked 12 times on the season and thrown three interceptions. Even if Seattle pulls off its first win of the season, Dallas’ defense should post solid fantasy numbers.

Sit – Chargers at Rams. One of these Los Angeles teams is allowing opposing defenses a mere 2.5 fantasy points. That team has Jared Goff at quarterback. The Chargers teed off on Buffalo last week. Things won’t come nearly as easily against the NFC West favorite.

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Redskins cut Breshad Perriman, promote Kapri Bibbs

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Redskins cut Breshad Perriman, promote Kapri Bibbs

After the Redskins signed receivers Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman earlier this week, many wondered how long the team would carry seven wide receivers on the 53-man roster. The answer turns out to be not very long at all.

The Redskins have announced that they released Perriman today. He was a first-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2015 and was touted as a rare combination of size (6-2, 215) and speed (4.24 in the 40 at his pro day). But a variety of injuries derailed his career before it got started. Baltimore released him on September 1 and he was a free agent until the Redskins signed him on Monday.

What this week amounted to was a three-day competition between Floyd and Perriman for one roster spot. The Redskins liked Floyd, who has had a more productive NFL career than Perriman, and they made the move.

Floyd is likely to be inactive tomorrow when the Redskins host the Packers. They then have a bye and will see if they can get him involved in the offense when they play the Saints on October 8.

As a corresponding move, the Redskins promoted running back Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. He was very close to making the team when they did the final roster cuts, but he was caught in a numbers game. He will take the running back spot vacated when Rob Kelley was moved to injured reserve earlier this week.

Bibbs likely will join Floyd on the inactive list tomorrow. He is considered to be a third-down back and as long as Chris Thompson is healthy, Bibbs is unlikely to see much action.

Updated at 4:50 pm

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