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Week 16 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

If your fantasy football teams are still alive at this point in the year, congratulations are in order. But there is still work to be done. The fantasy football semifinals are here, and we are one step closer to hoisting that championship trophy! Lineup decisions are crucial, so you must maximize each spot in your starting lineup. With that in mind, here are my Week 16 Flex rankings. I have listed over 300 players, which should assist you with your lineup decisions. As always, there are question marks regarding injuries, so keep up with the latest news. There are also several potential weather concerns for Week 16. I probably overreacted a bit too much to similar issues last week, but we still have to consider the potential impact. Let’s get to the rankings!

Running Back Notes

Jerick McKinnon has now been the overall RB1 in back-to-back weeks. Not bad for a player with 16 total carries over that span. As you may have guessed, McKinnon has done most of his damage in the receiving game. Over the last two contests, McKinnon has 15 receptions for 182 yards and three touchdowns. For reference, Ja’Marr Chase, the overall WR5 since Week 14, has 17 catches, 179 yards, and two scores in the same timeframe. If you managed to get McKinnon on the cheap earlier in the season, I would continue to ride the wave in the fantasy semifinals. The Kansas City Chiefs host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. Seattle is among the leaders in receptions allowed to opposing running backs. I consider both McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco as top-25 backs with immense upside in an explosive offense.

The Chiefs duo is not the only pair of backs who should be considered for your Flex spot this week. In Tampa Bay, Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White continue to split the duties. Since Fournette returned three weeks ago, each back has had at least 10 touches in each game. Though not ideal for fantasy managers, both backs provide a relatively safe floor. This week, the Bucs face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have struggled to contain running backs of late. In their last two games, Arizona has allowed 331 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns to opposing running backs. It is difficult to distinguish between Fournette and White for fantasy purposes. I consider both to be right on the cusp of Flex consideration, so it may depend on what other backs you have available.

Wide Receiver Notes

This may be one of those weeks where you are hard-pressed to fill your Week 16 Flex spot with a wide receiver. There is going to be bad weather at several games this week. I would not go overboard in most instances, but it is something to monitor in the days ahead. For now, my rankings are reflective of relatively safe weather conditions.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the hottest offenses in the NFL of late. They have scored at least 28 points in three of their last four ball games. In each of those, Trevor Lawrence has thrown for over 300 yards as he continues his maturation process. Jacksonville now features two top-20 fantasy wideouts on the year, as Zay Jones has joined Christian Kirk in that exclusive club. Both will have a tough test on Thursday when they face the New York Jets. Ahmad Gardner is the league’s top-graded cornerback in his rookie season per Pro Football Focus. D..J. Reed and Michael Carter have played at a high level as well, posting top-20 grades. I would still start both Jags wideouts given their recent form. However, I consider both Kirk and Jones to be fringe WR2s, which is a bit lower than their level of production would suggest.

Falcons rookie Drake London has an interesting Week 16 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. In terms of fantasy points, Baltimore is a top-10 defense against running backs and bottom-10 versus wide receivers. That should be good news for London. However, it appears that Lamar Jackson will miss another game due to his knee injury. That likely means another week of Tyler Huntley leading the Ravens’ offense, which could be bad news for London. Baltimore has scored just 29 points since Jackson went down three games ago. We know Arthur Smith’s obsession with running the football, and the Ravens may not score enough points to force his hand. Still, London has now been targeted 23 times over his last two games. Fantasy managers are unlikely to ignore that type of volume even with questions about his quarterback situation.

Tight End Notes

As you probably know, I generally advocate against starting a tight end in your Flex spot in most cases. This week is no different. I currently have just eight tight ends among my top 100 Week 16 Flex options. Volume is king in fantasy football, and most players at the position simply do not have it. Just three tight ends average at least 10 fantasy points per game this year, compared to 30 running backs and 35 wide receivers.

One of the three tight ends averaging double figures this season is Dallas Goedert. Goedert will return to action after missing nearly six weeks with a shoulder injury. He may also be missing his quarterback Jalen Hurts. Still, I would start Goedert wherever I had him this week. From a matchup standpoint, Dallas is interesting. They have only allowed one receiving touchdown by a tight end all season long. However, they have allowed the 11th most catches to tight ends. Considering Goedert’s role and possible fill-in Gardner Minshew looking to keep things simple, I think Goedert is a safe play this week. He may not get into the end zone, but the volume alone should buoy him into a top-10 weekly finish.

Week 16 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

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1Christian McCaffreySFRB1WAS
2Derrick HenryTENRB2HOU
3Justin JeffersonMINWR1NYG
4Tyreek HillMIAWR2GB
5Austin EkelerLACRB3@IND
6Dalvin CookMINRB4NYG
7Josh JacobsLVRB5@PIT
8Saquon BarkleyNYGRB6@MIN
9James ConnerARIRB7TB
10Ja’Marr ChaseCINWR3@NE
11Travis KelceKCTE1SEA
12Stefon DiggsBUFWR4@CHI
13Davante AdamsLVWR5@PIT
14Nick ChubbCLERB8NO
15Rhamondre StevensonNERB9CIN
16Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR6@CAR
17Aaron JonesGBRB10@MIA
18Alvin KamaraNORB11@CLE
19DK MetcalfSEAWR7@KC
20A.J. BrownPHIWR8@DAL
21Tony PollardDALRB12PHI
22Joe MixonCINRB13@NE
23CeeDee LambDALWR9PHI
24DeAndre HopkinsARIWR10TB
25Travis EtienneJACRB14@NYJ
26Jaylen WaddleMIAWR11GB
27Kenneth Walker IIISEARB15@KC
28Chris GodwinTBWR12@ARI
29Keenan AllenLACWR13@IND
30Najee HarrisPITRB16LV
31Garrett WilsonNYJWR14JAC
32Latavius MurrayDENRB17@LAR
33Miles SandersPHIRB18@DAL
34Tee HigginsCINWR15@NE
35Mike EvansTBWR16@ARI
36David MontgomeryCHIRB19BUF
37Ezekiel ElliottDALRB20PHI
38Isiah PachecoKCRB21SEA
39Jerick McKinnonKCRB22SEA
40Michael PittmanINDWR17LAC
41J.K. DobbinsBALRB23ATL
42Mike WilliamsLACWR18@IND
43Christian WatsonGBWR19@MIA
44Terry McLaurinWASWR20@SF
45D.J. MooreCARWR21DET
46JuJu Smith-SchusterKCWR22SEA
47Christian KirkJACWR23@NYJ
48D’Andre SwiftDETRB24@CAR
49Raheem MostertMIARB25GB
50Cam AkersLARRB26DEN
51Devin SingletaryBUFRB27@CHI
52Mark AndrewsBALTE2ATL
53Zonovan KnightNYJRB28JAC
54DeVonta SmithPHIWR24@DAL
55Rachaad WhiteTBRB29@ARI
56Jerry JeudyDENWR25@LAR
57Leonard FournetteTBRB30@ARI
58Zay JonesJACWR26@NYJ
59Zack MossINDRB31LAC
60Diontae JohnsonPITWR27LV
61D’Onta ForemanCARRB32DET
62Marquise BrownARIWR28TB
63Brandon AiyukSFWR29WAS
64Chris OlaveNOWR30@CLE
65Amari CooperCLEWR31NO
66Darius SlaytonNYGWR32@MIN
67Jamaal WilliamsDETRB33@CAR
68T.J. HockensonMINTE3NYG
69Adam ThielenMINWR33NYG
70Gabe DavisBUFWR34@CHI
71Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB34@BAL
72George KittleSFTE4WAS
73Jakobi MeyersNEWR35CIN
74Allen LazardGBWR36@MIA
75Drake LondonATLWR37@BAL
76Brian RobinsonWASRB35@SF
77George PickensPITWR38LV
78A.J. DillonGBRB36@MIA
79Dalton SchultzDALTE5PHI
80Pat FreiermuthPITTE6LV
81Brandin CooksHOUWR39@TEN
82Evan EngramJACTE7@NYJ
83Tyler AllgeierATLRB37@BAL
84Courtland SuttonDENWR40@LAR
85Tutu AtwellLARWR41DEN
86James CookBUFRB38@CHI
87Dallas GoedertPHITE8@DAL
88Van JeffersonLARWR42DEN
89Richie JamesNYGWR43@MIN
90Chuba HubbardCARRB39DET
91Josh PalmerLACWR44@IND
92Jeffery Wilson Jr.MIARB40GB
93Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR45NO
94Julio JonesTBWR46@ARI
95Curtis SamuelWASWR47@SF
96Isaiah HodginsNYGWR48@MIN
97Antonio GibsonWASRB41@SF
98Marquise GoodwinSEAWR49@KC
99Michael GallupDALWR50PHI
100Michael CarterNYJRB42JAC
101Corey DavisNYJWR51JAC
102Mack HollinsLVWR52@PIT
103K.J. OsbornMINWR53NYG
104D.J. CharkDETWR54@CAR
105Gerald EverettLACTE9@IND
106Parris CampbellINDWR55LAC
107Deon JacksonINDRB43LAC
108Darren WallerLVTE10@PIT
109David NjokuCLETE11NO
110Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR56SEA
111Tyler BoydCINWR57@NE
112Nico CollinsHOUWR58@TEN
113Terrace Marshall Jr.CARWR59DET
114Dawson KnoxBUFTE12@CHI
115Treylon BurksTENWR60HOU
116Isaiah McKenzieBUFWR61@CHI
117Demarcus RobinsonBALWR62ATL
118Taysom HillNOTE13@CLE
119Tyler HigbeeLARTE14DEN
120Jahan DotsonWASWR63@SF
121Cole KmetCHITE15BUF
122Elijah MooreNYJWR64JAC
123Alec PierceINDWR65LAC
124Greg DulcichDENTE16@LAR
125Chris MooreHOUWR66@TEN
126Samaje PerineCINRB44@NE
127Kareem HuntCLERB45NO
128Gus EdwardsBALRB46ATL
129Daniel BellingerNYGTE17@MIN
130Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE18HOU
131Robert WoodsTENWR67HOU
132Randall CobbGBWR68@MIA
133Noah FantSEATE19@KC
134Noah BrownDALWR69PHI
135Chase ClaypoolCHIWR70BUF
136Juwan JohnsonNOTE20@CLE
137Jaylen WarrenPITRB47LV
138Jauan JenningsSFWR71WAS
139Marlon MackDENRB48@LAR
140Hunter HenryNETE21CIN
141Rashid ShaheedNOWR72@CLE
142Khalil HerbertCHIRB49BUF
143Quez WatkinsPHIWR73@DAL
144Nick WestbrookTENWR74HOU
145DeVante ParkerNEWR75CIN
146Olamide ZaccheausATLWR76@BAL
147Royce FreemanHOURB50@TEN
148Nelson AgholorNEWR77CIN
149Jarvis LandryNOWR78@CLE
150Tyler ConklinNYJTE22JAC
151Robert Tonyan Jr.GBTE23@MIA
152Josh ReynoldsDETWR79@CAR
153Marvin JonesJACWR80@NYJ
154Hayden HurstCINTE24@NE
155DeSean JacksonBALWR81ATL
156Romeo DoubsGBWR82@MIA
157Trent SherfieldMIAWR83GB
158Russell GageTBWR84@ARI
159Jordan AkinsHOUTE25@TEN
160Joshua KelleyLACRB51@IND
161Austin HooperTENTE26HOU
162Brandon PowellLARWR85DEN
163Tyquan ThorntonNEWR86CIN
164Cade OttonTBTE27@ARI
165Hunter RenfrowLVWR87@PIT
166Kendall HintonDENWR88@LAR
167Trey McBrideARITE28TB
168Dare OgunbowaleHOURB52@TEN
169Damien HarrisNERB53CIN
170Steven Sims Jr.PITWR89LV
171Logan ThomasWASTE29@SF
172Laviska Shenault Jr.CARWR90DET
173Will DisslySEATE30@KC
174Jordan MasonSFRB54WAS
175Kenneth GainwellPHIRB55@DAL
176Mecole HardmanKCWR91SEA
177Byron PringleCHIWR92BUF
178Isaiah LikelyBALTE31ATL
179Rex BurkheadHOURB56@TEN
180Jelani WoodsINDTE32LAC
181Ray-Ray McCloudSFWR93WAS
182Justin JacksonDETRB57@CAR
183Mike GesickiMIATE33GB
184Dante PettisCHIWR94BUF
185Alexander MattisonMINRB58NYG
186Cameron BrateTBTE34@ARI
187Kalif RaymondDETWR95@CAR
188Kadarius ToneyKCWR96SEA
189Damiere ByrdATLWR97@BAL
190Jamal AgnewJACWR98@NYJ
191A.J. GreenARIWR99TB
192Travis HomerSEARB59@KC
193Noah GrayKCTE35SEA
194Kylen GransonINDTE36LAC
195David BellCLEWR100NO
196Kyren WilliamsLARRB60DEN
197Shi SmithCARWR101DET
198Foster MoreauLVTE37@PIT
199Tommy TrembleCARTE38DET
200Robby AndersonARIWR102TB
201Jonnu SmithNETE39CIN
202Justin WatsonKCWR103SEA
203Boston ScottPHIRB61@DAL
204Jamycal HastyJACRB62@NYJ
205Braxton BerriosNYJWR104JAC
206Brock WrightDETTE40@CAR
207Donald ParhamLACTE41@IND
208Jameson WilliamsDETWR105@CAR
209Teagan QuitorianoHOUTE42@TEN
210Matt BreidaNYGRB63@MIN
211Skyy MooreKCWR106SEA
212Ian ThomasCARTE43DET
213MyCole PruittATLTE44@BAL
214Ashton DulinINDWR107LAC
215DeeJay DallasSEARB64@KC
216Nyheim HinesBUFRB65@CHI
217Chase EdmondsDENRB66@LAR
218Kyle JuszczykSFRB67WAS
219DeAndre CarterLACWR108@IND
220Colby ParkinsonSEATE45@KC
221Ameer AbdullahLVRB68@PIT
222David JohnsonNORB69@CLE
223Kendrick BourneNEWR109CIN
224Mo Alie-CoxINDTE46LAC
225Greg DortchARIWR110TB
226C.J. UzomahNYJTE47JAC
227Cedrick WilsonMIAWR111GB
228Equanimeous St. BrownCHIWR112BUF
229Phillip DorsettHOUWR113@TEN
230Harrison BryantCLETE48NO
231Adam TrautmanNOTE49@CLE
232Trenton IrwinCINWR114@NE
233Hassan HaskinsTENRB70HOU
234Josh OliverBALTE50ATL
235Laquon TreadwellSEAWR115@KC
236Ross DwelleySFTE51WAS
237Sammy WatkinsBALWR116ATL
238Raheem BlackshearCARRB71DET
239T.Y. HiltonDALWR117PHI
240Velus JonesCHIWR118BUF
241Amari RodgersHOUWR119@TEN
242O.J. HowardHOUTE52@TEN
243Durham SmytheMIATE53GB
244Jordan WilkinsINDRB72LAC
245Irv SmithMINTE54NYG
246Anthony FirkserATLTE55@BAL
247James WashingtonDALWR120PHI
248Pierre Strong Jr.NERB73CIN
249Stephen SullivanCARTE56DET
250Alec IngoldMIARB74GB
251Tre’Quan SmithNOWR121@CLE
252Kene NwangwuMINWR122NYG
253Zach GentryPITTE57LV
254Keaontay IngramARIRB75TB
255James ProcheBALWR123ATL
256Ty JohnsonNYJRB76JAC
257Lance McCutcheonLARWR124DEN
258Jack StollPHITE58@DAL
259Shane ZylstraDETTE59@CAR
260Darrel WilliamsARIRB77TB
261Kenyan DrakeBALRB78ATL
262Zach PascalPHIWR125@DAL
263Mitchell WilcoxCINTE60@NE
264Gunner OlszewskiPITWR126LV
265Keelan ColeLVWR127@PIT
266Marcedes LewisGBTE61@MIA
267Craig ReynoldsDETRB79@CAR
268Justice HillBALRB80ATL
269Gary BrightwellNYGRB81@MIN
270Myles GaskinMIARB82GB
271KhaDarel HodgeATLWR128@BAL
272Austin TrammellLARWR129DEN
273John BatesWASTE62@SF
274Eric TomlinsonDENTE63@LAR
275Parker HesseATLTE64@BAL
276Eric SaubertDENTE65@LAR
277Penny HartSEAWR130@KC
278Julius ChestnutTENRB83HOU
279Brevin JordanHOUTE66@TEN
280James MitchellDETTE67@CAR
281Benny SnellPITRB84LV
282Joe FortsonKCTE68SEA
283Jake FergusonDALTE69PHI
284Ronald JonesKCRB85SEA
285Malcolm BrownLARRB86DEN
286Malik DavisDALRB87PHI
287Snoop ConnerJACRB88@NYJ
288Jalen ReagorMINWR131NYG
289Cole BeasleyBUFWR132@CHI
290Darrynton EvansCHIRB89BUF
291Patrick RicardBALRB90ATL
292Dyami BrownWASWR133@SF
293Kevin HarrisNERB91CIN
294Michael WoodsCLEWR134NO
295Dareke YoungSEAWR135@KC
296Patrick TaylorGBRB92@MIA
297River CracraftMIAWR136GB
298Quintin MorrisBUFTE70@CHI
299Salvon AhmedMIARB93GB
300Demetric FeltonCLERB94NO
301Scotty MillerTBWR137@ARI
302Peyton HendershotDALTE71PHI
303Blake BellKCTE72SEA
304Geoff SwaimTENTE73HOU
305Jalen NailorMINWR138NYG
306Reggie GilliamBUFRB95@CHI
307Rico DowdleDALRB96PHI
308Nick VannettNYGTE74@MIN
309Chris ConleyTENWR139HOU
310Freddie SwainDENWR140@LAR
311Britain CoveyPHIWR141@DAL
312Ty ChandlerMINRB97NYG
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