Week 16 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections: DeAndre Hopkins Will Enjoy a Strong Matchup

If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 16, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 16 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week 16.


Week 16 Quarterback Rankings

Week 16 Ranking Player Week 16 Opponent Week 16 Projection
1 Lamar Jackson @CLE 25.9
2 Deshaun Watson @TB 25.4
3 Jameis Winston HOU 25.3
4 Russell Wilson ARI 24.5
5 Dak Prescott @PHI 24.2
6 Patrick Mahomes @CHI 23.9
7 Drew Brees @TEN 22.7
8 Ryan Tannehill NO 21.4
9 Matt Ryan JAX 21.2
10 Aaron Rodgers @MIN 20.1
11 Jared Goff @SF 19.8
12 Kirk Cousins GB 19.6
13 Ryan Fitzpatrick CIN 19.4
14 Philip Rivers OAK 19.4
15 Carson Wentz DAL 19.3
16 Jimmy Garoppolo LAR 19.2
17 Kyler Murray @SEA 19.1
18 Mitch Trubisky KC 18.7
19 Drew Lock DET 18.6
20 Derek Carr @LAC 18.5
21 Baker Mayfield BAL 18.4
22 Josh Allen @NE 18.3
23 Jacoby Brissett CAR 17.8
24 Gardner Minshew @ATL 17.6
25 Andy Dalton @MIA 17.4
26 Tom Brady BUF 17.1
27 Dwayne Haskins NYG 16.8
28 Sam Darnold PIT 16.5
29 Eli Manning @WAS 16.4

Russell WilsonThere is a heavy collection of quarterbacks in good spots this week. Russell Wilson takes on Arizona, who have allowed 34 passing touchdowns and nearly 4,300 passing yards this season. He is closely ranked near this next game of quarterbacks. Houston and Tampa Bay are allowing the 3rd and 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. The over/under here is sky high 50 points, with a one point spread. However Seattle has the highest team total of 30.5, with Baltimore right behind at 29. Lamar Jackson and the names here are in the top four. Dak Prescott has a matchup he can go off in. Philadelphia’s secondary struggled against Miami, Washington, and New York of late. They also have allowed three 30+ fantasy point games this season, and five quarterbacks over 20 fantasy points. Matt Ryan is in a sneaky good start, with the Jaguars allowing 24.7 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks over the last five games. Their season has gone down and so has the effort on the defensive side.

Week 16 Running Backs Rankings

Week 16 Ranking Player Week 16 Opponent Week 16 Projection
1 Christian McCaffrey @IND 26.1
2 Ezekiel Elliott @PHI 22.8
3 Alvin Kamara @TEN 22.1
4 Saquon Barkley @WAS 20.3
5 Joe Mixon @MIA 18.7
6 Nick Chubb BAL 17.4
7 Chris Carson ARI 17.2
8 Dalvin Cook* GB 16.8
9 Todd Gurley @SF 16.5
10 Derrick Henry NO 16.4
11 Marlon Mack CAR 16.1
12 Melvin Gordon OAK 15.8
13 Mark Ingram @CLE 15.6
14 Devonta Freeman JAX 15.4
15 Leonard Fournette @ATL 15.2
16 Aaron Jones @MIN 14.8
17 Le’Veon Bell PIT 14.6
18 Josh Jacobs @LAC 14.2
19 Miles Sanders DAL 14.1
20 James Conner @NYJ 13.8
21 James White BUF 13.6
22 Raheem Mostert LAR 13.5
23 Austin Ekeler OAK 13.1
24 Phillip Lindsay DET 12.9
25 Kareem Hunt BAL 12.5
26 Adrian Peterson NYG 12.3
27 Devin Singletary @NE 12.1
28 Kenyan Drake @SEA 11.5
29 Jamaal Williams @MIN 11.3
30 Ronald Jones II HOU 10.8
31 David Montgomery KC 10.3
32 Sony Michel BUF 9.7
33 Carlos Hyde @TB 9.6
34 Tarik Cohen KC 9.4
35 Alexander Mattison* GB 9.2
36 Duke Johnson @TB 8.3
37 LeSean McCoy @CHI 7.3
38 Royce Freeman DET 6.5
39 Tevin Coleman LAR 5.3
40 Darwin Thompson @CHI 4.4
41 Peyton Barber HOU 4.3
42 Spencer Ware @CHI 3.8

joe mixonI know Alvin Kamara has been quiet since returning from injury, but I have faith in him this week. Tennessee is a middle of the road run defense who have given up their fair share of fantasy points to running backs of late. Certainly none as good as Kamara either. Saquon Barkley finally put up a strong fantasy week, and is in a good spot to do so again. Washington has allowed the 7th most fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season. Joe Mixon is another back with upside that has been struggling most of the year. Miami has allowed the third most fantasy points per game. The issue with a few backs in good spots this week is that they have been in horrendous form.

Marlon Mack has not looked good this season, and negative game script can kill any sort of fantasy production if the Colts fall behind. Taking on Jacksonville is Devonta Freeman, and the Falcons haven’t been a team to capitalize on the run, however I will trust the matchup here and put Freeman inside the top 15. Philip Lindsay is another one going up against the Lions and a Detroit defense allowing the 4th most fantasy points to running backs.

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Week 16 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 16 Ranking Player Week 16 Opponent Week 16 Projection
1 Michael Thomas @TEN 21.8
2 DeAndre Hopkins @TB 20.4
3 Julio Jones JAX 20.3
4 Davante Adams @MIN 19.7
5 Keenan Allen OAK 18.6
6 Amari Cooper @PHI 18.2
7 Tyreek Hill @CHI 17.7
8 Robert Woods @SF 17.5
9 DeVante Parker CIN 17.3
10 Tyler Lockett ARI 17.3
11 Breshad Perriman HOU 17.1
12 DJ Moore @IND 16.8
13 Allen Robinson KC 16.7
14 Julian Edelman BUF 16.7
15 Adam Thielen GB 16.7
16 Mike Williams OAK 16.5
17 Tyler Boyd @MIA 16.3
18 Courtland Sutton DET 16.1
19 AJ Brown NO 15.8
20 Terry McLaurin NYG 15.8
21 DK Metcalf ARI 15.6
22 Emmanuel Sanders LAR 15.5
23 Curtis Samuel @IND 15.4
24 Will Fuller @TB 15.2
25 Chris Conley @ATL 14.8
26 Darius Slayton @WAS 14.8
27 Stefon Diggs GB 14.6
28 Odell Beckham BAL 14.5
29 Anthony Miller KC 14.4
30 James Washington @NYJ 14.3
31 Golden Tate @WAS 14.3
32 Marquise Brown @CLE 14.2
33 Kenny Golladay @DEN 14.2
34 Jarvis Landry BAL 14.0
35 Michael Gallup @PHI 13.9
36 Dede Westbrook @ATL 13.8
37 Tyrell Williams @LAC 13.8
38 John Brown @NE 13.6
39 Russell Gage JAX 13.5
40 Kenny Stills @TB 13.2
41 Jamison Crowder PIT 13.1
42 Sammy Watkins @CHI 12.7
43 Larry Fitzgerald @SEA 12.6
44 Sterling Shepard @WAS 12.4
45 Deebo Samuel LAR 12.3
46 Christian Kirk @SEA 12.1
47 T.Y. Hilton CAR 11.7
48 Greg Ward DAL 11.4
49 Danny Amendola @DEN 11.3
50 Zach Pascal CAR 10.7
51 Cole Beasley @NE 10.6
52 Robbie Anderson PIT 10.3
53 Randall Cobb @PHI 10.3
54 Cooper Kupp @SF 10.2
55 Diontae Johnson @NYJ 9.7
56 N’Keal Harry BUF 9.5
57 Justin Watson HOU 9.3
58 Brandin Cooks @SF 7.1
59 Corey Davis NO 6.7
60 Phillip Dorsett BUF 5.2

amari cooperMichael Thomas continues to do his thing, and checks in as the top option this week against a bottom half secondary in Tennessee. The Buccaneers have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season, and the Houston trio all rank up quite a bit. The flip side of that game has a lot of value. Breshad Perriman is coming off a wild three touchdown game, and gets Houston who have struggled against the pass. Justin Watson is a deep league target who should get a bump in targets. The Eagles secondary continues to struggle, and even against lesser opponents. This is a potential big week despite being on the road for the names of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.

You can get keep AJ Brown in that starting lineup going up against the Saints, who are allowing the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. Los Angeles is in a good spot this week against Oakland, who are allowing the 7th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Mike Williams positive touchdown regression continues. Carolina’s wideouts have an interesting twist this week with Will Grier under center. The rookie quarterback is making his first NFL start.

Week 16 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 16 Ranking Player Week 16 Opponent Week 16 Projection
1 Zach Ertz DAL 18.9
2 George Kittle LAR 17.5
3 Travis Kelce @CHI 16.9
4 Tyler Higbee @SF 16.1
5 Hunter Henry OAK 15.7
6 Darren Waller @LAC 15.2
7 Mark Andrews @CLE 15.1
8 Austin Hooper JAX 14.8
9 Jared Cook @TEN 14.3
10 Jacob Hollister @ARI 13.6
11 Jack Doyle CAR 13.2
12 Jonnu Smith NO 11.9
13 Dallas Goedert DAL 11.5
14 Noah Fant DET 10.4
15 OJ Howard HOU 9.6
16 Greg Olsen* @IND 8.1
17 Mike Gesicki CIN 7.9
18 Jason Witten @PHI 7.6
19 Kyle Rudolph GB 6.3
20 Jimmy Graham @MIN 4.1

zach ertzGiven Zach Ertz‘s reception upside of late, he continues to be a top PPR threat. The Eagles are missing three of their starting wide receivers, and both Eagles tight ends continue to see a lot of looks. George Kittle comes in as the number two option ahead of Travis Kelce. Tyler Higbee makes a jump with 20+ PPR points in three straight weeks. His targets have been on the rise, and that should continue. Both tight ends in the Chargers-Raiders game have some upside this week, especially Henry. Oakland has allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends this season. Jacob Hollister gets the Cardinals this week, who have allowed the most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. His target share has been solid over the last five-six games as well.

Week 16 Kicker Rankings

Week 16 Ranking Player Week 16 Opponent Week 16 Projection
1 Wil Lutz @TEN 12.2
2 Greg Zuerlein @SF 11.8
3 Kai’mi Fairbairn @TB 11.5
4 Harrison Butker @CHI 11.3
5 Robbie Gould LAR 10.8
6 Josh Lambo @ATL 10.5
7 Matt Gay HOU 10.2
8 Jake Elliott DAL 9.9
9 Justin Tucker @CLE 9.7
10 Younghoe Koo JAX 9.3
11 Austin Seibert BAL 8.7
12 Zane Gonzalez @SEA 8.5
13 Joey Slye @IND 8.3
14 Mason Crosby @MIN 8.3
15 Matt Prater @DEN 8.2
16 Daniel Carlson @LAC 8.1
17 Dan Bailey GB 8.0
18 Sam Ficken PIT 7.9
19 Chris Boswell @NYJ 7.8
20 Steve Hauschka @NE 7.8

Teams allowing the most field goal attempts this season are Cincinnati, Denver, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Rams, and Baltimore. Detroit, Arizona, Houston, and Philadelphia are a few other teams worth targeting with kickers, as they give up a lot of volume. Teams that give up the least amount of volume are New England, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, and Minnesota. Volume is ultimately what you want each week. Finding kickers on offenses that move the ball is always a plus for fantasy points at the position. Efficiency would come next. If you are in need of a waiver wire pickup, Robbie Gould is out there in 50% of leagues. Zane Gonzalez was dropped, but is in a bounce back spot. Austin Seibert is 28% owned as well.

Week 16 Defense Rankings

Week 16 Ranking Team Week 16 Opponent Week 16 Projection
1 Pittsburgh @NYJ 13.1
2 New England BUF 12.5
3 Baltimore @CLE 12.1
4 Kansas City @CHI 11.6
5 Denver DET 11.2
6 Buffalo @NE 10.7
7 Seattle ARI 10.3
8 New Orleans @TEN 9.8
9 New York Jets PIT 9.4
10 Los Angeles Rams @SF 9.0
11 Minnesota GB 8.9
12 Los Angeles Chargers OAK 8.6
13 Dallas @PHI 8.3
14 San Francisco LAR 8.1
15 Green Bay @MIN 7.9
16 Carolina @IND 7.7
17 Philadelphia DAL 7.6
18 Atlanta JAX 7.3
19 Chicago KC 7.0
20 Indianapolis CAR 7.0
21 Houston @TB 6.9
22 New York Giants @WAS 6.8
23 Miami CIN 6.7
24 Washington NYG 6.7
25 Jacksonville @ATL 6.6
26 Detroit @DEN 6.5
27 Tennessee NO 6.4
28 Cleveland BAL 6.2
29 Cincinnati @MIA 6.1
30 Arizona @SEA 6.0
31 Tampa HOU 6.0
32 Oakland @LAC 5.9

Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh comes in as one of top defenses this week, going up against the Jets. The Steelers have been a top scoring fantasy this season, and especially over the last few games. They are averaging 10.6 fantasy points per game this season, and the Jets have allowed the 7th most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses. this season. The Saints are riding a Week 15 high over the Colts, and can step right into a Tennessee team that has allowed over 50 sacks this season. If you are in need of a streaming defense this week, Seattle has some upside against the Cardinals, and the the Lions are bottom five in fantasy points allowed to opposing defenses over the last five games. Denver is at home and is less than 20% owned around the industry.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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