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Week 16 Fantasy Football: Player Rankings

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Week 16 Player Rankings

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You won’t find any insider information that goes more in-depth to discover trends and information pertinent to your fantasy football success.

This is it for fantasy football in 2012. It’s been a wild ride from draft day to championship day and if you’re still playing for something meaningful in Week 16, let me offer you my congratulations. Now down to business. Hopefully you have had enough foresight to anticipate some soft championship week matchups for yourself. I know I always have an eye on the Week 15 and 16 matchups if I am deciding between two players on draft day.

If you were able to crawl into the playoffs with guys like Cam Newton or Dez Bryant who were disappointments for most of the season, now is the time to reap the benefits. Both have incredibly favorable matchups in Week 16 and could turn out to be the ones getting the championship week game ball after all the frustration that they have caused in 2012. That’s the great thing about fantasy football and football in general, you just have to get there and then anything can happen.

I have crammed a serious compilation of statistics, data and matchups into these rankings to ensure that they are exactly what you need to win on championship day. Good luck and be sure to follow my series of off-season research studies in preparation for fantasy football in 2013.

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Quarterback Rankings

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

1. Cam Newton @ Oakland Raiders

2. Tom Brady @ Jacksonville Jaguars

3. Aaron Rodgers vs. Tennessee Titans

4. Peyton Manning vs. Cleveland Browns

5. Drew Brees @ Dallas Cowboys

6. Tony Romo vs. New Orleans Saints

7. Matt Ryan @ Detroit Lions

8. Andrew Luck @ Kansas City Chiefs

9. Colin Kaepernick @ Seattle Seahawks

10. Eli Manning @ Baltimore Ravens

11. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Cincinnati Bengals

12. Russell Wilson vs. San Francisco 49ers

13. Matthew Stafford vs. Atlanta Falcons

14. Josh Freeman vs. St. Louis Rams

15. Andy Dalton @ Pittsburgh Steelers

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Running Back Rankings

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

1. Adrian Peterson @ Houston Texans

2. Arian Foster vs. Minnesota Vikings

3. Alfred Morris @ Philadelphia Eagles

4. Doug Martin vs. St Louis Rams

5. C.J. Spiller @ Miami Dolphins

6. Ray Rice vs. New York Giants

7. Trent Richardson @ Denver Broncos

8. Marshawn Lynch vs. San Francisco 49ers

9. Stevan Ridley @ Jacksonville Jaguars

10. Jamaal Charles vs. Indianapolis Colts

11. DeMarco Murray vs. New Orleans Saints

12. Matt Forte @ Arizona Cardinals

13. Frank Gore @ Seattle Seahawks

14. Darren McFadden @ Carolina Panthers

15. Chris Johnson @ Green Bay Packers

16. Vick Ballard @ Kansas City Chiefs

17. Knowshon Moreno vs. Cleveland Browns

18. Darren Sproles @ Dallas Cowboys

19. Shonn Greene vs. San Diego Chargers

20. BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Pittsburgh Steelers

21. Reggie Bush vs. Buffalo Bills

22. Ahmad Bradshaw @ Baltimore Ravens

23. Steven Jackson @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

24. Mikel Leshoure vs. Atlanta Falcons

25. Michael Turner @ Detroit Lions

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Wide Receiver Rankings

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

1. A.J. Green @ Pittsburgh Steelers

2. Brandon Marshall @ Arizona Cardinals

3. Calvin Johnson vs. Atlanta Falcons

4. Victor Cruz @ Baltimore Ravens

5. Dez Bryant vs. New Orleans Saints

6. Andre Johnson vs. Minnesota Vikings

7. Demaryius Thomas vs. Cleveland Browns

8. Julio Jones @ Detroit Lions

9. Vincent Jackson vs. St. Louis Rams

10. Wes Welker @ Jacksonville Jaguars

11. Randall Cobb vs. Tennessee Titans

12. Eric Decker vs. Cleveland Browns

13. Cecil Shorts vs. New England Patriots

14. Mike Wallace vs. Cincinnati Bengals

15. Marques Colston @ Dallas Cowboys

16. Reggie Wayne @ Kansas City Chiefs

17. Steve Smith vs. Oakland Raiders

18. Roddy White @ Detroit Lions

19. Pierre Garcon @ Philadelphia Eagles

20. Hakeem Nicks @ Baltimore Ravens

21. Danny Amendola @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22. Michael Crabtree @ Seattle Seahawks

23. Miles Austin vs. New Orleans Saints

24. Anquan Boldin vs. New York Giants

25. James Jones vs. Tennessee Titans

26. Torrey Smith vs. New York Giants

27. Kenny Britt @ Green Bay Packers

28. Antonio Brown vs. Cincinnati Bengals

29. Jeremy Maclin vs. Washington Redskins

30. Brandon Lloyd @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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Tight End Rankings

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

1. Aaron Hernandez @ Jacksonville Jaguars

2. Tony Gonzalez @ Detriot Lions

3. Jason Witten vs. New Orleans Saints

4. Jimmy Graham @ Dallas Cowboys

5. Greg Olsen vs. Oakland Raiders

6. Heath Miller vs. Cincinnati Bengals

7. Owen Daniels vs. Minnesota Vikings

8. Dennis Pitta vs. New York Giants

9. Jermaine Gresham @ Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Brandon Myers @ Carolina Panthers

11. Martellus Bennett @ Baltimore Ravens

12. Kyle Rudolph @ Houston Texans

13. Tony Scheffler vs. Atlanta Falcons

14. Antonio Gates @ New York Jets

15. Jermichael Finley vs. Tennessee Titans

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Defense Rankings

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

1. Chicago Bears @ Arizona Cardinals

2. Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns

3. Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings

4. New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars

5. Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans

6. New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers

7. Carolina Panthers vs. Oakland Raiders

8. San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets

9. San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks

10. Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears

11. Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

12. New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens

13. Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs

14. Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins

15. Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

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Kicker Rankings

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

1. Shayne Graham vs. Minnesota Vikings

2. Lawrence Tynes @ Baltimore Ravens

3. Matt Bryant @ Detriot Lions

4. Stephen Gostkowski @ Jacksonville Jaguars

5. Matt Prater vs. Cleveland Browns

6. Kai Forbath @ Philadelphia Eagles

7. Shaun Suisham vs. Cincinnati Bengals

8. Dan Bailey vs. New Orleans Sains

9. Connor Barth vs. St. Louis Rams

10. Sebastian Janikowski @ Carolina Panthers

11. Justin Tucker vs. New York Giants

12. Graham Gano vs. Oakland Raiders

13. Jason Hanson vs. Atlanta Falcons

14. Olindo Mare @ Arizona Cardinals

15. Blair Walsh @ Houston Texans