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2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 PPR Rankings

It is time for the next round of the fantasy football playoffs, and COVID-19 outbreaks are causing you to be without several of your top players! With that in mind, start and sit decisions have never been harder. The best resource to make those tough decisions? Well, I am glad you asked; my Week 16 PPR Rankings! Every week, I’ll be providing you with my personal rankings for every position, excluding defense and kicker, who will be ranked later in the week. Who’s positioned to do some damage this week? Who might not be the ideal player to start this week? We’ll answer all of that in the paragraphs ahead.

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Week 16 Positional Notes


  • Make sure to monitor Lamar Jackson’s ankle injury this week. You’re starting him if he plays, but if he cannot play, you’ll want to have a backup plan, similarly to what you did last week. Hopefully, that backup plan was Tyler Huntley
  • The Bengals continue to not open up their offense, which is hampering Joe Burrow’s fantasy production. That being said, we hopefully will see them pass the ball at a greater frequency against the Ravens’ stout run defense.
  • With how potent the Bucs’ run defense is, we could see Cam Newton struggle and be benched for Sam Darnold, who is expected to play on Sunday according to head coach Matt Rhule.
  • Tua Tagovailoa, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Ryan Tannehill are interesting streaming options against middling pass defenses.

Running Back

  • With JD McKissic (Washington) and Carlos Hyde (Jaguars) both being placed on injured reserve, the time has come for Antonio Gibson and James Robinson to be top-ten running backs the rest of the way. That’s what they are in my Week 16 PPR Rankings!
  • Consider me slightly me worried about Alvin Kamara. He plays for a very inefficient offense, played a career-low 61% of the snaps, and is being negatively impacted by both Taysom Hill and Mark Ingram. He may be more of a low-end RB1 for the rest of the season.
  • Monitor Joe Mixon, who is dealing with an ankle injury. He still isn’t featured much in the passing game, for some reason, and now has a very difficult matchup against the Ravens. That’s why he’s outside the top-ten in my Week 16 PPR Rankings.
  • With Leonard Fournette being placed on injured reserve, it’s Ronald Jones’ time to be a low-end RB1; he won’t have the receiving production, but is the lead running back for a proficient offense. With the Panthers and Jets up next, he’s in a great position to shine.
  • The Cardinals are going back to more of a backfield split between James Conner and Chase Edmonds. Conner remains the top option, but he played just 59% of the snaps, and moves into low-end RB2 territory.
  • The Steelers have been putrid against the run as of late, making them a notable run-funnel. With that in mind, I’m expecting a big week from Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
  • After playing over 90% of the snaps, it’s time to view Devin Singletary as a low-end RB2. The matchup against the Patriots isn’t great this week, but he’s still someone you could probably look to start if you had to.
  • It’s clear the Rams prefer the power that Sony Michel brings compared to the potential explosiveness of Darrell Henderson. Michel should be ranked much higher than Henderson moving forward, as he is in my Week 16 PPR Rankings.

Wide Receivers

  • Regardless of if Mike Evans plays, Antonio Brown is a top-ten receiver in my Week 16 PPR Rankings. He had received 32 targets in his past three games before injury and suspension as is, but now the team is without Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette. Expect him to be peppered with targets.
  • It’s clear that Davis Mills loves Brandin Cooks, who has double-digit targets in back-to-back games and produced with Mills early in the season. He’s a very high-floor option the rest of the way.
  • After playing 96% of the snaps and DeAndre Hopkins out for the year, it’s time to get excited about Christian Kirk. Being able to combine his big-play ability with volume is a match made in heaven, and I’d be more than comfortable starting him as a low-end WR2.
  • With three straight games with limited routes, we need to downgrade Chase Claypool. It’s a shame that this is happening, but his talent likely won’t lead to elite production for the rest of the season.
  • Based on his past history, the presence of Drew Lock could be good news for Courtland Sutton, who could see more contested-catch opportunities this week.
  • With Sterling Shepard out for the year, keep an eye on KaDarius Toney as a target hog from the slot if he’s healthy enough to play.

Tight End

  • Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, and George Kittle are clearly in a tier of their own. All of them have quite the convincing case for being the #1 tight end this week, and are all matchup proof.
  • Zach Ertz gets a major bump up with DeAndre Hopkins out. This means more snaps played due to less four-receiver sets, and he saw 11 targets last week. The Colts have struggled versus tight ends, and that could continue this week.
  • Cole Kmet, James O’Shaugnessy, and potentially Evan Engram are the best streaming options with very favorable matchups this week.

Week 16 PPR Rankings

More Week 16 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | Kicker | D/ST | PPR | Flex

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1Kyler MurrayARIIND
2Justin HerbertLACHOU
3Lamar JacksonBALCIN
4Jalen HurtsPHINYG
5Josh AllenBUFNE
6Matthew StaffordLARMIN
7Aaron RodgersGBCLE
8Tom BradyTBCAR
9Patrick MahomesKCPIT
10Justin FieldsCHISEA
11Taysom HillNOMIA
12Dak PrescottDALWSH
13Russell WilsonSEACHI
14Joe BurrowCINBAL
15Tua TagovailoaMIANO
16Kirk CousinsMINLAR
17Jimmy GaroppoloSFTEN
18Ryan TannehillTENSF
19Carson WentzINDARI
20Derek CarrLVDEN
21Taylor HeinickeWSHDAL
22Ben RoethlisbergerPITKC
23Matt RyanATLDET
24Cam NewtonCARTB
25Mac JonesNEBUF
26Jared GoffDETATL
27Trevor LawrenceJAXNYJ
28Zach WilsonNYJJAX
29Davis MillsHOULAC
30Drew LockDENLV
31Baker MayfieldCLEGB
32Jake FrommNYGPHI
33Sam DarnoldCARTB

1Jonathan TaylorINDARI
2Austin EkelerLACHOU
3Dalvin CookMINLAR
4Najee HarrisPITKC
5Nick ChubbCLEGB
6Alvin KamaraNOMIA
7James RobinsonJAXNYJ
8Antonio GibsonWSHDAL
9David MontgomeryCHISEA
10Cordarrelle PattersonATLDET
11Josh JacobsLVDEN
12Joe MixonCINBAL
13Ronald JonesTBCAR
14Ezekiel ElliottDALWSH
15Saquon BarkleyNYGPHI
16Aaron JonesGBCLE
17James ConnerARIIND
18Javonte WilliamsDENLV
19Melvin Gordon IIIDENLV
20Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCPIT
21Sony MichelLARMIN
22Jeff Wilson Jr.SFTEN
23Miles SandersPHINYG
24Myles GaskinMIANO
25Michael CarterNYJJAX
26Devin SingletaryBUFNE
27DeVonta FreemanBALCIN
28A.J. DillonGBCLE
29Damien HarrisNEBUF
30D'Onta ForemanTENSF
31Rashaad PennySEACHI
32Tony PollardDALWSH
33Chase EdmondsARIIND
34Rex BurkheadHOULAC
35Darrell HendersonLARMIN
36Rhamodre StevensonNEBUF
37Darrel WilliamsKCPIT
38Chuba HubbardCARTB
39Jamaal WilliamsDETATL
40Duke Johnson JrMIANO
41Dontrell HilliardTENSF
42Ameer AbdullahCARTB
43Tevin ColemanNYJJAX
44Jordan HowardPHINYG
45Creig ReynoldsDETATL
46Mark Ingram IINOMIA
47Mike DavisATLDET
48DeeJay DallasSEACHI
49Samaje PerineCINBAL
50David JohnsonHOULAC

1Cooper KuppLARMIN
2Justin JeffersonMINLAR
3Davante AdamsGBCLE
4Tyreek HillKCPIT
5Stefon DiggsBUFNE
6Mike EvansTBCAR
7Keenan AllenLACHOU
8Diontae JohnsonPITKC
9CeeDee LambDALWSH
10Antonio BrownTBCAR
11Tyler LockettSEACHI
12Ja'Marr ChaseCINBAL
13Tee HigginsCINBAL
14Jaylen WaddleMIANO
15D.K. MetcalfSEACHI
16Deebo SamuelSFTEN
17Hunter RenfrowLVDEN
18Brandin CooksHOULAC
19D.J. MooreCARTB
20Terry McLaurinWSHDAL
21Amon-Ra St. BrownDETATL
22Marquise BrownBALCIN
23Amari CooperDALWSH
24Christian KirkARIIND
25Michael Pittman Jr.INDARI
26Mike WilliamsLACHOU
27Russell GageATLDET
28Odell Beckham Jr.LARMIN
29A.J. GreenARIIND
30Van JeffersonLARMIN
31Chase ClaypoolPITKC
32Brandon AiyukSFTEN
33Gabriel DavisBUFNE
34KaDarius ToneyNYGPHI
35Devonta SmithPHINYG
36Michael GallupDALWSH
37Jarvis LandryCLEGB
38Darnell MooneyCHISEA
39Julio JonesTENSF
41Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGBCLE
42Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEGB
43Jamison CrowderNYJJAX
44Tyler BoydCINBAL
45Jakobi MeyersNEBUF
46Cole BeasleyBUFNE
47Devante ParkerMIANO
48Josh ReynoldsDETATL
49Robby AndersonCARTB
50Marvin Jones Jr.JAXNYJ
51Kenny GolladayNYGPHI
52Rashod BatemanBALCIN
53Jerry JeudyDENLV
54Courtland SuttonDENLV
55Allen Robinson IICHISEA
56Kendrick BourneNEBUF
57Laquon TreadwellJAXNYJ
58Tim PatrickDENLV
59Allen LazardGBCLE
60Laviska Shenault Jr.JAXNYJ
61Tyler JohnsonTBCAR
62Marquez CallawayNOMIA
63Rondale MooreARIIND
64Scotty MillerTBCAR
65Tre'Quan SmithNOMIA
66Zay JonesLVDEN
67Nick Westbrook-IkhineTENSF
68DeAndre CarterWSHDAL
69Nelson AgholorNEBUF
70Keelan ColeNYJJAX
71Nico CollinsHOULAC
72Zach PascalINDARI
73T.Y. HiltonINDARI
74Quez WatkinsPHINYG
75Jauan JenningsSFTEN

1Travis KelceKCPIT
2Mark AndrewsBALCIN
3George KittleSFTEN
4Rob GronkowskiTBCAR
5Kyle PittsATLDET
6Mike GesickiMIANO
7Zach ErtzARIIND
8Dawson KnoxBUFNE
9Dallas GoedertPHINYG
10Pat FreiermuthPITKC
11Dalton SchultzDALWSH
12Tyler HigbeeLARMIN
13Tyler ConklinMINLAR
14Hunter HenryNEBUF
15Cole KmetCHISEA
16Foster MoreauLVDEN
17Noah FantDENLV
18Gerald EverettSEACHI
19James O'ShaughnessyJAXNYJ
20Evan EngramNYGPHI
21Jared CookLACHOU
22Austin HooperCLEGB
23David NjokuCLEGB
25Ricky Seals-JonesWSHDAL
26Josiah DeguaraGBCLE
27Jack DoyleINDARI
28Brock WrightDETATL
29Cameron BrateTBCAR

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