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

The 2020 fantasy football season is quickly approaching which means it’s time to get a start on your research. We have you covered with our fantasy football rankings as well as projections for the upcoming season. If you are interested in the defensive side of the ball we have you covered there as well. Leave no stone unturned and check out everything we have to offer.

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 RankingPlayerWeek 16 OpponentWeek 16 Projection
1Lamar Jackson@CLE25.9
2Deshaun Watson@TB25.4
3Jameis WinstonHOU25.3
4Russell WilsonARI24.5
5Dak Prescott@PHI24.2
6Patrick Mahomes@CHI23.9
7Drew Brees@TEN22.7
8Ryan TannehillNO21.4
9Matt RyanJAX21.2
10Aaron Rodgers@MIN20.1
11Jared Goff@SF19.8
12Kirk CousinsGB19.6
13Ryan FitzpatrickCIN19.4
14Philip RiversOAK19.4
15Carson WentzDAL19.3
16Jimmy GaroppoloLAR19.2
17Kyler Murray@SEA19.1
18Mitch TrubiskyKC18.7
19Drew LockDET18.6
20Derek Carr@LAC18.5
21Baker MayfieldBAL18.4
22Josh Allen@NE18.3
23Jacoby BrissettCAR17.8
24Gardner Minshew@ATL17.6
25Andy Dalton@MIA17.4
26Tom BradyBUF17.1
27Dwayne HaskinsNYG16.8
28Sam DarnoldPIT16.5
29Eli Manning@WAS16.4

There 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 RankingPlayerWeek 16 OpponentWeek 16 Projection
1Christian McCaffrey@IND26.1
2Ezekiel Elliott@PHI22.8
3Alvin Kamara@TEN22.1
4Saquon Barkley@WAS20.3
5Joe Mixon@MIA18.7
6Nick ChubbBAL17.4
7Chris CarsonARI17.2
8Dalvin Cook*GB16.8
9Todd Gurley@SF16.5
10Derrick HenryNO16.4
11Marlon MackCAR16.1
12Melvin GordonOAK15.8
13Mark Ingram@CLE15.6
14Devonta FreemanJAX15.4
15Leonard Fournette@ATL15.2
16Aaron Jones@MIN14.8
17Le’Veon BellPIT14.6
18Josh Jacobs@LAC14.2
19Miles SandersDAL14.1
20James Conner@NYJ13.8
21James WhiteBUF13.6
22Raheem MostertLAR13.5
23Austin EkelerOAK13.1
24Phillip LindsayDET12.9
25Kareem HuntBAL12.5
26Adrian PetersonNYG12.3
27Devin Singletary@NE12.1
28Kenyan Drake@SEA11.5
29Jamaal Williams@MIN11.3
30Ronald Jones IIHOU10.8
31David MontgomeryKC10.3
32Sony MichelBUF9.7
33Carlos Hyde@TB9.6
34Tarik CohenKC9.4
35Alexander Mattison*GB9.2
36Duke Johnson@TB8.3
37LeSean McCoy@CHI7.3
38Royce FreemanDET6.5
39Tevin ColemanLAR5.3
40Darwin Thompson@CHI4.4
41Peyton BarberHOU4.3
42Spencer Ware@CHI3.8

I 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 RankingPlayerWeek 16 OpponentWeek 16 Projection
1Michael Thomas@TEN21.8
2DeAndre Hopkins@TB20.4
3Julio JonesJAX20.3
4Davante Adams@MIN19.7
5Keenan AllenOAK18.6
6Amari Cooper@PHI18.2
7Tyreek Hill@CHI17.7
8Robert Woods@SF17.5
9DeVante ParkerCIN17.3
10Tyler LockettARI17.3
11Breshad PerrimanHOU17.1
12DJ Moore@IND16.8
13Allen RobinsonKC16.7
14Julian EdelmanBUF16.7
15Adam ThielenGB16.7
16Mike WilliamsOAK16.5
17Tyler Boyd@MIA16.3
18Courtland SuttonDET16.1
19AJ BrownNO15.8
20Terry McLaurinNYG15.8
21DK MetcalfARI15.6
22Emmanuel SandersLAR15.5
23Curtis Samuel@IND15.4
24Will Fuller@TB15.2
25Chris Conley@ATL14.8
26Darius Slayton@WAS14.8
27Stefon DiggsGB14.6
28Odell BeckhamBAL14.5
29Anthony MillerKC14.4
30James Washington@NYJ14.3
31Golden Tate@WAS14.3
32Marquise Brown@CLE14.2
33Kenny Golladay@DEN14.2
34Jarvis LandryBAL14.0
35Michael Gallup@PHI13.9
36Dede Westbrook@ATL13.8
37Tyrell Williams@LAC13.8
38John Brown@NE13.6
39Russell GageJAX13.5
40Kenny Stills@TB13.2
41Jamison CrowderPIT13.1
42Sammy Watkins@CHI12.7
43Larry Fitzgerald@SEA12.6
44Sterling Shepard@WAS12.4
45Deebo SamuelLAR12.3
46Christian Kirk@SEA12.1
47T.Y. HiltonCAR11.7
48Greg WardDAL11.4
49Danny Amendola@DEN11.3
50Zach PascalCAR10.7
51Cole Beasley@NE10.6
52Robbie AndersonPIT10.3
53Randall Cobb@PHI10.3
54Cooper Kupp@SF10.2
55Diontae Johnson@NYJ9.7
56N’Keal HarryBUF9.5
57Justin WatsonHOU9.3
58Brandin Cooks@SF7.1
59Corey DavisNO6.7
60Phillip DorsettBUF5.2

Michael 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 RankingPlayerWeek 16 OpponentWeek 16 Projection
1Zach ErtzDAL18.9
2George KittleLAR17.5
3Travis Kelce@CHI16.9
4Tyler Higbee@SF16.1
5Hunter HenryOAK15.7
6Darren Waller@LAC15.2
7Mark Andrews@CLE15.1
8Austin HooperJAX14.8
9Jared Cook@TEN14.3
10Jacob Hollister@ARI13.6
11Jack DoyleCAR13.2
12Jonnu SmithNO11.9
13Dallas GoedertDAL11.5
14Noah FantDET10.4
15OJ HowardHOU9.6
16Greg Olsen*@IND8.1
17Mike GesickiCIN7.9
18Jason Witten@PHI7.6
19Kyle RudolphGB6.3
20Jimmy Graham@MIN4.1

Given 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 RankingPlayerWeek 16 OpponentWeek 16 Projection
1Wil Lutz@TEN12.2
2Greg Zuerlein@SF11.8
3Kai’mi Fairbairn@TB11.5
4Harrison Butker@CHI11.3
5Robbie GouldLAR10.8
6Josh Lambo@ATL10.5
7Matt GayHOU10.2
8Jake ElliottDAL9.9
9Justin Tucker@CLE9.7
10Younghoe KooJAX9.3
11Austin SeibertBAL8.7
12Zane Gonzalez@SEA8.5
13Joey Slye@IND8.3
14Mason Crosby@MIN8.3
15Matt Prater@DEN8.2
16Daniel Carlson@LAC8.1
17Dan BaileyGB8.0
18Sam FickenPIT7.9
19Chris Boswell@NYJ7.8
20Steve Hauschka@NE7.8

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 RankingTeamWeek 16 OpponentWeek 16 Projection
2New EnglandBUF12.5
4Kansas City@CHI11.6
8New Orleans@TEN9.8
9New York JetsPIT9.4
10Los Angeles Rams@SF9.0
12Los Angeles ChargersOAK8.6
14San FranciscoLAR8.1
15Green Bay@MIN7.9
22New York Giants@WAS6.8

Pittsburgh 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.

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