Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 16

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Seattle QB Russell Wilson had a rare trip-up game last week against the Los Angeles Rams, failing to finish as a top-5 fantasy QB for just the third time in his past 12 games. Look for Wilson to rebound in a big way this Sunday against a Dallas defense that has allowed multiple TD passes to six of the past seven starting quarterbacks it has faced. The Cowboys, for the season, have allowed the seventh-highest QB Rating (95.8). Wilson is the top-ranked fantasy signal caller for Week 16.

Name Team Opp
Russell Wilson SEA @ DAL
Cam Newton CAR vs TB
Ben Roethlisberger PIT @ HOU
Matthew Stafford DET @ CIN
Philip Rivers LAC @ NYJ
Drew Brees NO vs ATL
Dak Prescott DAL vs SEA
Tom Brady NE vs BUF
Case Keenum MIN @ GB
Nick Foles PHI vs OAK
Jared Goff LAR @ TEN
Joe Flacco BAL vs IND
Blake Bortles JAC @ SF
Alex Smith KC vs MIA
Jameis Winston TB @ CAR
Matt Ryan ATL @ NO
Marcus Mariota TEN vs LAR
Tyrod Taylor BUF @ NE
Derek Carr OAK @ PHI
Kirk Cousins WAS vs DEN
Eli Manning NYG @ ARI
Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs JAC
Jay Cutler MIA @ KC
Andy Dalton CIN vs DET
Mitch Trubisky CHI vs CLE
Drew Stanton ARI vs NYG
DeShone Kizer CLE @ CHI
Brock Osweiler DEN @ WAS
T.J. Yates HOU vs PIT
Jacoby Brissett IND @ BAL
Brett Hundley GB vs MIN
Bryce Petty NYJ vs LAC

Running Backs

Pittsburgh has pumped up the volume on its lead back, Le’Veon Bell, this season, awarding him 25-plus touches in nine of his 14 games. With lead receiver Antonio Brown out for the season with a calf injury, don’t be surprised if the Steelers ring their Bell numerous times, once again, this week against the Houston Texans. An elite talent with major workload expectations, Bell is the clear top RB play this week for fantasy owners.

Name Team Opp
Le’Veon Bell PIT @ HOU
Todd Gurley LAR @ TEN
Melvin Gordon LAC @ NYJ
Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs SEA
Kareem Hunt KC vs MIA
LeSean McCoy BUF @ NE
Alvin Kamara NO vs ATL
Leonard Fournette JAC @ SF
Alex Collins BAL vs IND
Mark Ingram NO vs ATL
Devonta Freeman ATL @ NO
Kenyan Drake MIA @ KC
Dion Lewis NE vs BUF
Jordan Howard CHI vs CLE
C.J. Anderson DEN @ WAS
Christian McCaffrey CAR vs TB
Jay Ajayi PHI vs OAK
Theo Riddick DET @ CIN
Latavius Murray MIN @ GB
Lamar Miller HOU vs PIT
Carlos Hyde SF vs JAC
Isaiah Crowell CLE @ CHI
Jerick McKinnon MIN @ GB
Jonathan Stewart CAR vs TB
Joe Mixon CIN vs DET
James White NE vs BUF
Elijhaa Penny ARI vs NYG
Derrick Henry TEN vs LAR
DeMarco Murray TEN vs LAR
Marshawn Lynch OAK @ PHI
Samaje Perine WAS vs DEN
Jamaal Williams GB vs MIN
Frank Gore IND @ BAL
Duke Johnson CLE @ CHI
Mike Davis SEA @ DAL
Bilal Powell NYJ vs LAC
Tevin Coleman ATL @ NO
Mike Gillislee NE vs BUF
Peyton Barber TB @ CAR
Giovani Bernard CIN vs DET
Wayne Gallman NYG @ ARI
Javorius Allen BAL vs IND
Danny Woodhead BAL vs IND
Aaron Jones GB vs MIN
Tarik Cohen CHI vs CLE
Matt Forte NYJ vs LAC
Orleans Darkwa NYG @ ARI
Damien Williams MIA @ KC
D.J. Foster ARI vs NYG
Kapri Bibbs WAS vs DEN
DeAndre Washington OAK @ PHI
Marlon Mack IND @ BAL
J.D. McKissic SEA @ DAL
T.J. Yeldon JAC @ SF
Rod Smith DAL vs SEA
Corey Clement PHI vs OAK
LeGarrette Blount PHI vs OAK
Doug Martin TB @ CAR
Corey Grant JAC @ SF
Devontae Booker DEN @ WAS

Wide Receivers

Houston’s go-to receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, has not only survived in fantasy since losing sensational rookie QB Deshaun Watson (ACL), but he’s actually thrived with Houston’s backup QBs (first Tom Savage, and now T.J. Yates) – he ranks second behind only Antonio Brown in fantasy points at WR in the seven-game stretch since Watson’s injury. Facing a Pittsburgh defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to the WR position, the target-hogging Hopkins is the top wideout play for fantasy championship week.

Name Team Opp
DeAndre Hopkins HOU vs PIT
Michael Thomas NO vs ATL
Adam Thielen MIN @ GB
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT @ HOU
Keenan Allen LAC @ NYJ
Tyreek Hill KC vs MIA
Marvin Jones DET @ CIN
Doug Baldwin SEA @ DAL
Alshon Jeffery PHI vs OAK
Julio Jones ATL @ NO
Michael Crabtree OAK @ PHI
Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs NYG
Josh Gordon CLE @ CHI
Robert Woods LAR @ TEN
Devin Funchess CAR vs TB
Brandin Cooks NE vs BUF
Dez Bryant DAL vs SEA
Jarvis Landry MIA @ KC
Golden Tate DET @ CIN
Mike Evans TB @ CAR
A.J. Green CIN vs DET
Stefon Diggs MIN @ GB
Demaryius Thomas DEN @ WAS
Mike Wallace BAL vs IND
Dede Westbrook JAC @ SF
Sterling Shepard NYG @ ARI
Martavis Bryant PIT @ HOU
Mohamed Sanu ATL @ NO
Keelan Cole JAC @ SF
Chris Hogan NE vs BUF
Marquise Goodwin SF vs JAC
Rishard Matthews TEN vs LAR
Cooper Kupp LAR @ TEN
Jamison Crowder WAS vs DEN
Paul Richardson SEA @ DAL
DeSean Jackson TB @ CAR
Kelvin Benjamin BUF @ NE
Sammy Watkins LAR @ TEN
Nelson Agholor PHI vs OAK
Tyrell Williams LAC @ NYJ
Robby Anderson NYJ vs LAC
Randall Cobb GB vs MIN
DeVante Parker MIA @ KC
Geronimo Allison GB vs MIN
T.Y. Hilton IND @ BAL
Cody Latimer DEN @ WAS
Travis Benjamin LAC @ NYJ
Josh Doctson WAS vs DEN
Tyler Lockett SEA @ DAL
Kenny Stills MIA @ KC
Will Fuller HOU vs PIT
Emmanuel Sanders DEN @ WAS
Eli Rogers PIT @ HOU
Kendall Wright CHI vs CLE
Seth Roberts OAK @ PHI
Corey Coleman CLE @ CHI
Jordy Nelson GB vs MIN
Jeremy Maclin BAL vs IND
Roger Lewis NYG @ ARI
Tavarres King NYG @ ARI
Danny Amendola NE vs BUF
Dontrelle Inman CHI vs CLE
Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs LAC
Corey Davis TEN vs LAR
Brandon LaFell CIN vs DET
Trent Taylor SF vs JAC
Terrance Williams DAL vs SEA
Kenny Golladay DET @ CIN
Willie Snead NO vs ATL
Cole Beasley DAL vs SEA
Ted Ginn NO vs ATL
Ryan Grant WAS vs DEN
Zay Jones BUF @ NE
Torrey Smith PHI vs OAK
Damiere Byrd CAR vs TB
Taylor Gabriel ATL @ NO
Justin Hardy ATL @ NO
Eric Decker TEN vs LAR
Allen Hurns JAC @ SF
Jaydon Mickens JAC @ SF

Tight Ends

New England’s Rob Gronkowski has been at his very best for fantasy purposes down the home stretch, as he’s delivered at least 14.7 fantasy points in each of his past three games, and he’s topped 140 yards in back-to-back weeks. One of those monster efforts came in Week 13 against Buffalo (9 catches, 147 yards) the team he’ll face again in Week 16. He’s the obvious top fantasy tight end play this week.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE vs BUF
Travis Kelce KC vs MIA
Zach Ertz PHI vs OAK
Greg Olsen CAR vs TB
Evan Engram NYG @ ARI
Jimmy Graham SEA @ DAL
Jack Doyle IND @ BAL
Delanie Walker TEN vs LAR
Jared Cook OAK @ PHI
Jason Witten DAL vs SEA
Cameron Brate TB @ CAR
Antonio Gates LAC @ NYJ
Eric Ebron DET @ CIN
Kyle Rudolph MIN @ GB
Vernon Davis WAS vs DEN
Jesse James PIT @ HOU
Ben Watson BAL vs IND
Garrett Celek SF vs JAC
Charles Clay BUF @ NE
Ricky Seals-Jones ARI vs NYG
Austin Hooper ATL @ NO
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs LAC
David Njoku CLE @ CHI
Tyler Kroft CIN vs DET
Stephen Anderson HOU vs PIT

Defense / Special Teams

The Baltimore Ravens defense has been one of the top-scoring units in fantasy football and this week it will have the good fortune of hosting an Indianapolis Colts offense that has been the second-most generous in fantasy to opposing defenses. It’s a matchup almost too good to be true for those owners of the Ravens defense, the top-ranked fantasy D/ST unit for Week 16.

Name Opp
Baltimore Ravens vs IND
Los Angeles Chargers @ NYJ
Pittsburgh Steelers @ HOU
Jacksonville Jaguars @ SF
Philadelphia Eagles vs OAK
Carolina Panthers vs TB
Kansas City Chiefs vs MIA
Los Angeles Rams @ TEN
Arizona Cardinals vs NYG
Chicago Bears vs CLE
Minnesota Vikings @ GB
Washington Redskins vs DEN
Denver Broncos @ WAS
New Orleans Saints vs ATL
New England Patriots vs BUF
Detroit Lions @ CIN
San Francisco 49ers vs JAC
Green Bay Packers vs MIN
Dallas Cowboys vs SEA
Seattle Seahawks @ DAL
New York Giants @ ARI
Cleveland Browns @ CHI
Tennessee Titans vs LAR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ CAR
Cincinnati Bengals vs DET
New York Jets vs LAC
Oakland Raiders @ PHI
Buffalo Bills @ NE
Houston Texans vs PIT
Miami Dolphins @ KC
Atlanta Falcons @ NO
Indianapolis Colts @ BAL

Kickers

No kickers blurb… ever!

Name Team Opp
Justin Tucker BAL vs IND
Stephen Gostkowski NE vs BUF
Jake Elliott PHI vs OAK
Harrison Butker KC vs MIA
Greg Zuerlein LAR @ TEN
Wil Lutz NO vs ATL
Chris Boswell PIT @ HOU
Dan Bailey DAL vs SEA
Graham Gano CAR vs TB
Matt Bryant ATL @ NO
Matt Prater DET @ CIN
Kai Forbath MIN @ GB
Josh Lambo JAC @ SF
Nick Rose LAC @ NYJ
Ryan Succop TEN vs LAR
Dustin Hopkins WAS vs DEN
Mason Crosby GB vs MIN
Blair Walsh SEA @ DAL
Patrick Murray TB @ CAR
Steven Hauschka BUF @ NE
Phil Dawson ARI vs NYG
Brandon McManus DEN @ WAS
Cody Parkey MIA @ KC
Adam Vinatieri IND @ BAL
Mike Nugent CHI vs CLE
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK @ PHI
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ vs LAC
Aldrick Rosas NYG @ ARI
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU vs PIT
Randy Bullock CIN vs DET
Robbie Gould SF vs JAC
Zane Gonzalez CLE @ CHI
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