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Week 16 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Welcome to Week 16 and the Fantasy Football Semifinals! Last week was quite the minefield for many fantasy managers. If you managed to escape the chaos, you should be proud of your accomplishments. But, as the late, great Kobe Bryant once said, “Job’s not finished”. We still need two more wins to take those trophies home, so let’s keep our eyes on the prize. With that in mind, here are my initial Week 16 Flex rankings.

There are plenty of situations to monitor over the next couple of days, so these are subject to change. Once again we have lots of staggered games this week, including two games on Saturday and three on Monday. There are 10 different lock times for the 16-game slate, which can be a chore for fantasy managers. I know things can get a bit hectic this time of year, but that is why we have everything you need to make it to the Championship Game here, with constant updates and adjustments as news breaks. Make sure you have all the latest info before setting those lineups. Best of luck this week and see you in the finals next week!

Running Back Notes

Josh Jacobs and Jonathan Taylor are lower in my Week 16 Flex rankings than they would be under normal circumstances. Jacobs missed last week’s game due to a quad injury. The expectations are for him to return this week, though he has yet to practice. This might be a tough situation for fantasy managers because the Raiders do not play until Monday. Ideally, you would have an alternative at the ready in case things go south in the coming days concerning Jacobs’ health. As long as he can play without limitations, he has RB1 upside in any given week. Jacobs has finished inside the top-10 among running backs in five of his last 10 games. I will likely bump him up a few spots between now and Sunday provided we get good news.

As for Taylor, he should be good to go after recent thumb surgery. He has been out since Week 12. The timing of Taylor’s injury was doubly tough because he had finally gotten going after missing the first four games of the year. The Colts eased Taylor into action in Weeks 5 and 6. But from Weeks 7 through 12, he was the overall RB6 on a points-per-game basis. Expecting that level of production might be asking a bit much coming off a multiweek layoff and facing a difficult matchup. The Atlanta Falcons rank 10th in defensive DVOA against the run and have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing backs. In contrast, they rank 30th in DVOA against the pass. I am starting Taylor in all formats this week, but I consider him more of a top-20 play than a top-10 play.

Brian Robinson of the Washington Commanders is still dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out last week. He has yet to practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. I ranked him higher than either Antonio Gibson or Chris Rodriguez, but check the news as we draw closer to the weekend. If last week’s usage was any indication, Gibson would be the preferred Week 16 option, especially with PPR consideration. He had five receptions last week, while Rodriguez was not targeted. Rodriguez did have 10 carries to Gibson’s four, but that does not feel like enough of a workload to warrant starting the rookie with the fantasy season on the line.

Another backfield to monitor is in Minnesota. Alexander Mattison missed last week’s game with an ankle injury. Ty Chandler more than held his own in Mattison’s stead. Chandler racked up 132 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. For reference, Mattison has recorded neither a 100-yard game nor a rushing touchdown this season. He also has just one carry of 20 or more yards (21 to be exact) on 168 total carries this year. Chandler had two carries of more than 21 yards just last week. I am not convinced that Mattison gets the bulk of the work even if he manages to push through his injury. I currently have Chandler as an RB2 in 12-team leagues, while Mattison is an RB3. Both Vikings backs will likely have an uphill battle against a Detroit team that allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

Wide Receiver Notes

There are plenty of high-profile injuries on the wide receiver front as well heading into Week 16. Keenan Allen missed last week’s massacre at the hands of the Las Vegas Raiders because of a heel injury. My initial thought was that his absence was partly caused by the short week that the Los Angeles Chargers had to face. However, Allen has not practiced this week either. Though not yet mathematically eliminated from playoff competition, Los Angeles has little incentive to expose their star player to further damage. My placement of Allen in my Week 16 Flex rankings may be overly optimistic given the circumstances. The good news is that the Chargers play on Saturday, so fantasy managers should have contingencies in place. Josh Palmer and Quentin Johnston both scored in Allen’s absence last week. Palmer would be the play for me against an up-and-down Buffalo secondary.

Michael Pittman took a scary hit last week and was out for the remainder of the game. Before his early exit, Pittman racked up four catches and still managed a WR29 weekly finish in less than one half of play, continuing his PPR dominance. Pittman entered last week’s game with eight catches or more in six consecutive games and eight straight fantasy finishes inside the top 24. Though the hit Pittman took looked like a devastating blow, early indications are that the Colts star receiver could be back for this week’s game in Atlanta. I currently have Pittman ranked as a low-end WR2, but I will bump him up a few spots as long as there are no setbacks. If Pittman can return to a full allotment of snaps, he should put up solid numbers in this matchup.

Nico Collins could also be back in the fold after missing last week’s game with a calf injury. However, there could be a couple of flies in the ointment concerning his Week 16 production. First and foremost, quarterback C.J. Stroud will likely miss a second consecutive game because of a concussion suffered in Week 14. Case Keenum is a serviceable game manager but lacks the upside that Stroud has exhibited throughout his outstanding rookie campaign. Collins will also have to contend with a difficult Cleveland Browns pass defense. They lead the NFL in overall DVOA against the pass, and also in DVOA when facing number-one receivers. Of course, they are no picnic on the ground either. I believe that Nico Collins profiles more as a WR3 this week, which is a bit lower than his year-to-date numbers would indicate.

Tight End Notes

Hunter Henry has had an interesting season from a fantasy standpoint. He began the year with two straight top-two weekly finishes among tight ends. Over his next 10 games, Henry scored a total of 37 fantasy points. He posted one top-18 weekly finish among those 10 contests. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Henry emerged once again over the past two weeks. Henry finished both weeks as the TE3 and scored 33.6 points in that span. Part of Henry’s resurgence could be due to a rapport with quarterback Bailey Zappe, while that may be a function of New England’s pass-catching corps. Henry is dealing with a knee injury but has a fantastic matchup. The Denver Broncos just served up three scores to Sam LaPorta, so Henry could be a solid Week 16 start depending on your other options.

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Week 16 Flex Rankings

1Christian McCaffreySFRB1BAL
2Kyren WilliamsLARRB2NO
3Tyreek HillMIAWR1DAL
4CeeDee LambDALWR2@MIA
5James CookBUFRB3@LAC
6Rachaad WhiteTBRB4JAX
7Justin JeffersonMINWR3DET
8Alvin KamaraNORB5@LAR
10Breece HallNYJRB6WAS
11Bijan RobinsonATLRB7IND
12Stefon DiggsBUFWR5@LAC
13Deebo SamuelSFWR6BAL
14Isiah PachecoKCRB8LV
15Tony PollardDALRB9@MIA
16Mike EvansTBWR7JAX
17Travis Etienne Jr.JAXRB10@TB
18Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR8@MIN
19Derrick HenryTENRB11SEA
20Joe MixonCINRB12@PIT
21Cooper KuppLARWR9NO
22Saquon BarkleyNYGRB13@PHI
23Rashee RiceKCWR10LV
24Travis KelceKCTE1LV
25Chuba HubbardCARRB14GB
26Puka NacuaLARWR11NO
27Raheem MostertMIARB15DAL
28D'Andre SwiftPHIRB16NYG
29Austin EkelerLACRB17BUF
31Kenneth Walker IIISEARB18@TEN
32Davante AdamsLVWR13@KC
33Jahmyr GibbsDETRB19@MIN
34David MontgomeryDETRB20@MIN
35Josh JacobsLVRB21@KC
36Jonathan TaylorINDRB22@ATL
37Brandon AiyukSFWR14BAL
38Ezekiel ElliottNERB23@DEN
39Chris OlaveNOWR15@LAR
40DeAndre HopkinsTENWR16SEA
41Garrett WilsonNYJWR17WAS
42Aaron JonesGBRB24@CAR
43Jaylen WaddleMIAWR18DAL
44Amari CooperCLEWR19@HOU
45D.K. MetcalfSEAWR20@TEN
46James ConnerARZRB25@CHI
47Ty ChandlerMINRB26DET
48Michael Pittman Jr.INDWR21@ATL
49Keenan AllenLACWR22BUF
50Tee HigginsCINWR23@PIT
51Devin SingletaryHOURB27CLE
52Javonte WilliamsDENRB28NE
53De'Von AchaneMIARB29DAL
54DeVonta SmithPHIWR24NYG
55Nico CollinsHOUWR25CLE
56Jerome FordCLERB30@HOU
57Jaylen WarrenPITRB31CIN
58Calvin RidleyJAXWR26@TB
59T.J. HockensonMINTE2DET
60Chris GodwinTBWR27JAX
61Brian RobinsonWASRB32@NYJ
62George KittleSFTE3BAL
63Sam LaPortaDETTE4@MIN
64Trey McBrideARZTE5@CHI
65Najee HarrisPITRB33CIN
66Tyler LockettSEAWR28@TEN
67David NjokuCLETE6@HOU
68Courtland SuttonDENWR29NE
69Evan EngramJAXTE7@TB
70Drake LondonATLWR30IND
71Adam ThielenCARWR31GB
72Terry McLaurinWASWR32@NYJ
73Jordan AddisonMINWR33DET
74Zay FlowersBALWR34@SF
75Alexander MattisonMINRB34DET
76Gus EdwardsBALRB35@SF
77Jake FergusonDALTE8@MIA
78Jayden ReedGBWR35@CAR
79Noah BrownHOUWR36CLE
80Diontae JohnsonPITWR37CIN
81Tyjae SpearsTENRB36SEA
82George PickensPITWR38CIN
83Demario DouglasNEWR39@DEN
84Jakobi MeyersLVWR40@KC
85Cole KmetCHITE9ARZ
86Rashid ShaheedNOWR41@LAR
87Tyler BoydCINWR42@PIT
88Darren WallerNYGTE10@PHI
89AJ DillonGBRB37@CAR
90Christian WatsonGBWR43@CAR
91Elijah MooreCLEWR44@HOU
92Josh DownsINDWR45@ATL
93Curtis SamuelWASWR46@NYJ
94Brandin CooksDALWR47@MIA
95Dallas GoedertPHITE11NYG
96Jaxon Smith-NjigbaSEAWR48@TEN
97Dalton KincaidBUFTE12@LAC
98Hunter HenryNETE13@DEN
99Gabe DavisBUFWR49@LAC
100Jerry JeudyDENWR50NE
101Tyler AllgeierATLRB38IND
102Isaiah LikelyBALTE14@SF
103Joshua PalmerLACWR51BUF
104Kareem HuntCLERB39@HOU
105Zay JonesJAXWR52@TB
106Odell Beckham Jr.BALWR53@SF
107Marquise BrownARZWR54@CHI
108Kyle PittsATLTE15IND
109Jonathan MingoCARWR55GB
110Romeo DoubsGBWR56@CAR
111D'Onta ForemanCHIRB40ARZ
112Antonio GibsonWASRB41@NYJ
113Zach CharbonnetSEARB42@TEN
114Wan'Dale RobinsonNYGWR57@PHI
115Pat FreiermuthPITTE16CIN
116Dalton SchultzHOUTE17CLE
117Khalil HerbertCHIRB43ARZ
118Zack MossINDRB44@ATL
119DeVante ParkerNEWR58@DEN
120Parker WashingtonJAXWR59@TB
121Chase BrownCINRB45@PIT
122Miles SandersCARRB46GB
123Taysom HillNOTE18@LAR
124Tucker KraftGBTE19@CAR
125Samaje PerineDENRB47NE
126Rhamondre StevensonNERB48@DEN
127Tyler ConklinNYJTE20WAS
128Chigoziem OkonkwoTENTE21SEA
129Darius SlaytonNYGWR60@PHI
130Alec PierceINDWR61@ATL
131Roschon JohnsonCHIRB49ARZ
132Jahan DotsonWASWR62@NYJ
133Dalvin CookNYJRB50WAS
134Michael WilsonARZWR63@CHI
135Justin WatsonKCWR64LV
136Darnell MooneyCHIWR65ARZ
137Gerald EverettLACTE22BUF
138Quentin JohnstonLACWR66BUF
139Justice HillBALRB51@SF
140DJ Chark Jr.CARWR67GB
141Treylon BurksTENWR68SEA
142Jalin HyattNYGWR69@PHI
143Kenneth GainwellPHIRB52NYG
144Latavius MurrayBUFRB53@LAC
145Dameon PierceHOURB54CLE
146Zamir WhiteLVRB55@KC
147Logan ThomasWASTE23@NYJ
148Rashod BatemanBALWR70@SF
149Tanner HudsonCINTE24@PIT
150Jameson WilliamsDETWR71@MIN
151Tyler HigbeeLARTE25NO
152Cade OttonTBTE26JAX
153Josh ReynoldsDETWR72@MIN
154Michael MayerLVTE27@KC
155Rico DowdleDALRB56@MIA
156Jamaal WilliamsNORB57@LAR
157Robert WoodsHOUWR73CLE
158Kadarius ToneyKCWR74LV
159Demarcus RobinsonLARWR75NO
160Dontayvion WicksGBWR76@CAR
161Jonnu SmithATLTE28IND
162K.J. OsbornMINWR77DET
163Khalil ShakirBUFWR78@LAC
164Rondale MooreARZWR79@CHI
165Jerick McKinnonKCRB58LV
166Jaleel McLaughlinDENRB59NE
167Cedric TillmanCLEWR80@HOU
168JuJu Smith-SchusterNEWR81@DEN
169Noah FantSEATE29@TEN
170Michael GallupDALWR82@MIA
171Xavier GipsonNYJWR83WAS
172Trey PalmerTBWR84JAX
173A.T. PerryNOWR85@LAR
174Allen LazardNYJWR86WAS
175Greg DortchARZWR87@CHI
176Tutu AtwellLARWR88NO
177Isaiah SpillerLACRB60BUF
178Chase EdmondsTBRB61JAX
179Chris MooreTENWR89SEA
180Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB62LV
181Dawson KnoxBUFTE30@LAC
182Marvin Mims Jr.DENWR90NE
183Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB63IND
184Juwan JohnsonNOTE31@LAR
185Andrei IosivasCINWR91@PIT
186Hunter RenfrowLVWR92@KC
187Marquez Valdes-ScantlingKCWR93LV
188Emari DemercadoARZRB64@CHI
189Allen Robinson IIPITWR94CIN
190Matt BreidaNYGRB65@PHI
191Jauan JenningsSFWR95BAL
192Kylen GransonINDTE32@ATL
193Kalif RaymondDETWR96@MIN
194D'Ernest JohnsonJAXRB66@TB
195Chris Rodriguez Jr.WASRB67@NYJ
196Royce FreemanLARRB68NO
197Tommy TrembleCARTE33GB
198Adam TrautmanDENTE34NE
199Isaiah HodginsNYGWR97@PHI
200Kevin HarrisNERB69@DEN
201Tre TuckerLVWR98@KC
202Durham SmytheMIATE35DAL
203Noah GrayKCTE36LV
204Trenton IrwinCINWR99@PIT
205Jalen TolbertDALWR100@MIA
206Cedrick Wilson Jr.MIAWR101DAL
207Nelson AgholorBALWR102@SF
208Jamal AgnewJAXWR103@TB
209Ihmir Smith-MarsetteCARWR104GB
210Van JeffersonATLWR105IND
211John Metchie IIIHOUWR106CLE
212Foster MoreauNOTE37@LAR
213Donald Parham Jr.LACTE38BUF
214Tyler ScottCHIWR107ARZ
215Jeremy RuckertNYJTE39WAS
216Will MalloryINDTE40@ATL
217Ameer AbdullahLVRB70@KC
218Malik HeathGBWR108@CAR
219Mike GesickiNETE41@DEN
220Stephen SullivanCARTE42GB
221Jordan MasonSFRB71BAL
222Tyquan ThorntonNEWR109@DEN
223Richie JamesKCWR110LV
224Melvin Gordon IIIBALRB72@SF
225Michael CarterARZRB73@CHI
226Trey SermonINDRB74@ATL
227Xavier HutchinsonHOUWR111CLE
228Mo Alie-CoxINDTE43@ATL
229Colby ParkinsonSEATE44@TEN
230Elijah MitchellSFRB75BAL
231Ty JohnsonBUFRB76@LAC
232D.J. MontgomeryINDWR112@ATL
233Elijah HigginsARZTE45@CHI
234Will DisslySEATE46@TEN
235Trent SherfieldBUFWR113@LAC
236Harrison BryantCLETE47@HOU
237Braxton BerriosMIAWR114DAL
238Randall CobbNYJWR115WAS
239KhaDarel HodgeATLWR116IND
240Joshua KelleyLACRB77BUF
241Drew SampleCINTE48@PIT
242Josh OliverMINTE49DET
243Andrew OgletreeINDTE50@ATL
244Calvin Austin IIIPITWR117CIN
245David MooreTBWR118JAX
246Irv Smith Jr.CINTE51@PIT
247Luke FarrellJAXTE52@TB
248Deven ThompkinsTBWR119JAX
249Lucas KrullDENTE53NE
250KaVontae TurpinDALWR120@MIA
251Tim JonesJAXWR121@TB
252Jeff Wilson Jr.MIARB78DAL
253Austin HooperLVTE54@KC
254Quez WatkinsPHIWR122NYG
255Connor HeywardPITTE55CIN
256Patrick TaylorGBRB79@CAR
257Velus Jones Jr.CHIWR123ARZ
258Byron PringleWASWR124@NYJ
259Dyami BrownWASWR125@NYJ
260Pierre Strong Jr.CLERB80@HOU
261Brevin JordanHOUTE56CLE
262Julio JonesPHIWR126NYG
263Brandon JohnsonDENWR127NE
264Kyle JuszczykSFRB81BAL
265Tank BigsbyJAXRB82@TB
266Lil'Jordan HumphreyDENWR128NE
267Donovan Peoples-JonesDETWR129@MIN
268Israel AbanikandaNYJRB83WAS
269John BatesWASTE57@NYJ
270Daniel BellingerNYGTE58@PHI
271Jalen GuytonLACWR130BUF
272Marquise GoodwinCLEWR131@HOU
273Jordan AkinsCLETE59@HOU
274Boston ScottPHIRB84NYG
275Lynn BowdenNOWR132@LAR
276Dare OgunbowaleHOURB85CLE
277Jalen ReagorNEWR133@DEN
278Jimmy GrahamNOTE60@LAR
279Charlie JonesCINWR134@PIT
280Davis AllenLARTE61NO
281Brock WrightDETTE62@MIN
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