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Week 16 fantasy football Rankings

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QB

  1. Patrick Mahomes @ SEA
  2. Andrew Luck vs. NYG
  3. Drew Brees vs. PIT
  4. Ben Roethlisberger @ NO
  5. Russell Wilson vs. KC
  6. Deshaun Watson @ PHI
  7. Dak Prescott vs. TB
  8. Aaron Rodgers @ NYJ
  9. Baker Mayfield vs. CIN
  10. Matt Ryan @ CAR
  11. Josh Allen @ NE
  12. Mitch Trubisky @ SF
  13. Jared Goff @ ARI
  14. Philip Rivers vs. BAL
  15. Tom Brady vs. BUF

RB (Standard)

  1. Christian McCaffrey vs. ATL
  2. Todd Gurley @ ARI
  3. Ezekiel Elliott vs. TB
  4. Joe Mixon @ CLE
  5. Saquon Barkley @ IND
  6. Nick Chubb vs. CIN
  7. Alvin Kamara vs. PIT
  8. Phillip Lindsay @ OAK
  9. Chris Carson vs. KC
  10. Dalvin Cook @ DET
  11. Melvin Gordon vs. BAL
  12. Derrick Henry vs. WAS
  13. Marlon Mack vs. NYG
  14. Tarik Cohen @ SF
  15. Gus Edwards @ LAC
  16. David Johnson vs. LAR
  17. James Conner @ NO
  18. Damien Williams @ SEA
  19. Sony Michel vs. BUF
  20. Leonard Fournette @ MIA
  21. Mark Ingram vs. PIT
  22. James White vs. BUF
  23. Jamaal Wiliams @ NYJ
  24. Elijah McGuire vs. GB
  25. Tevin Coleman @ CAR
  26. Adrian Peterson @ TB
  27. Jordan Howard @ SF
  28. Kalen Ballage vs. JAX
  29. Dion Lewis vs. WAS
  30. Lamar Miller @ PHI

WR (Standard)

  1. DeAndre Hopkins @ PHI
  2. Julio Jones @ CAR
  3. Antonio Brown @ NO
  4. Michael Thomas vs. PIT
  5. Tyreek Hill @ SEA
  6. Davante Adams @ NO
  7. Amari Cooper vs. TB
  8. JuJu Smith-Schuster @ NO
  9. TY Hilton vs. NYG
  10. Robert Woods @ ARI
  11. Adam Thielen @ DET
  12. Mike Evans @ DAL
  13. Stefan Diggs @ DET
  14. Brandin Cooks @ ARI
  15. Robby Anderson vs. GB
  16. Tyler Lockett vs. KC
  17. Julian Edelman vs. BUF
  18. Alshon Jeffery vs. HOU
  19. Doug Baldwin vs. KC
  20. Keenan Allen vs. BAL
  21. Kenny Golladay vs. MIN
  22. Josh Gordon vs. BUF
  23. DJ Moore vs. ATL
  24. Jarvis Landry vs. CIN
  25. Calvin Ridley @ CAR
  26. Corey Davis vs. WAS
  27. Larry Fitzgerald vs. LAR
  28. Allen Robinson @ SF
  29. Robert Foster @ NE
  30. Josh Reynolds @ ARI
  31. Demaryius Thomas @ PHI
  32. Curtis Samuel vs. ATL
  33. Mike Williams vs. BAL
  34. Courtland Sutton @ OAK
  35. Sterling Shepard @ IND
  36. Adam Humphries @ DAL
  37. Tyler Boyd @ CLE
  38. Jordy Nelson vs. DEN
  39. Dante Pettis vs. CHI
  40. Golden Tate vs. HOU

TE (Standard)

  1. Zach Ertz vs. HOU
  2. Travis Kelce @ SEA
  3. George Kittle vs. CHI
  4. Eric Ebron vs. NYG
  5. Rob Gronkowski vs. BUF
  6. Evan Engram @ IND
  7. Jared Cook vs. DEN
  8. Cameron Brate @ DAL
  9. Trey Burton @ SF
  10. David Njoku vs. CIN
  11. Austin Hooper @ CAR
  12. Jaylen Samuels @ NO
  13. Chris Herndon vs. GB
  14. Kyle Rudolph @ DET
  15. Vance McDonald @ NO

D/ST

  1. Rams @ ARI
  2. Bears @ SF
  3. Titans vs. WAS
  4. Vikings @ DET
  5. Colts vs. NYG
  6. Cowboys vs. TB
  7. Browns vs. CIN
  8. Patriots vs. BUF
  9. Texans @ PHI
  10. Chargers vs. BAL
  11. Dolphins vs. JAX
  12. Broncos @ Raiders
  13. Jaguars @ MIA
  14. Ravens @ LAC
  15. Eagles vs. HOU

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Willson Contreras could give the Astros some extra pop in the lineup. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

“The Hot Stove League” is the nickname given to Major League Baseball's offseason. In particular, the free agent signing period in late November/early December. Trades are also made during this period. Now that Astros' owner Jim Crane has ousted all opposition to his idea of how things should be run, he's free to do things the way he sees fit.

He opened it by not hiring a general manager to replace James Click. Instead, he opted for a committee of assistant GMs. Those guys are assisted by some special advisors, like former Astros great Jeff Bagwell. Crane likes and wants to take a big swing at things. He'd probably hit about .250 with 30-plus home runs every season. Can't leave out his guaranteed 80-100 strikeouts. Typical power hitter. It's all or nothing, except Crane has been making great contact and knocking some things out of the park.

Signing Jose Abreu was an example. Yuli Gurriel looked as if he was losing the battle with “Father Time” during the regular season. This was an insurance policy at first, and designated hitter. Another prime example is their reported interest in C/DH/LF Willson Contreras. His bat would be a major upgrade over past Astro catchers. Although Martin Maldonado may not be going anywhere, having a quality bat to relieve him is key. Add the fact that he plays some outfield, and he's almost a “two birds with one stone” type of signing.

Abreu may be 35 years old, but he's coming off a year hitting .304 with 15 home runs. Contreras may be the younger of the two at 30, but his .243 average hurts the fact that he hit 22 home runs. Both sport an OPS above .800 for their careers. Bagwell said he wants Yordan Alvarez to play left field 45% of the time. The other 55% can be Contreras, Chas McCormick (assuming Jake Meyers is still in the mix for center field), and whoever else they sign or bring up from Sugar Land. When Contreras isn't in left, he needs to be behind the plate or hitting DH. I'd really love the idea of him sitting under Maldonado's learning tree for a year and taking over catcher long-term. Not many can be the catcher "Machete" is, but hitting 50 points better than him has its advantages.

Then there's the reported interest other teams have in Justin Verlander. Supposedly, the Mets have met with him via Zoom. The Dodgers are interested and are seemingly the leaders in the clubhouse to sign him. However, I wouldn't count Crane and crew out. He may come to JV last minute and offer him something comparable in order to keep him around. He strikes me as the type of guy who'll keep his plays close to the vest, then make a Godfather type of offer. He negotiated Verlander's last deal with the team himself. Coming off a World Series win, Cy Young win, and opting out of said deal, Verlander is most likely looking to get one final payday that'll also land him on a contender.

Having a winner is one thing. Having a winner committed to winning long-term is another. Crane wants to strike while the iron is hot. Sure, he wants his franchise to be sustainable. But he also wants to keep the World Series window open as long as possible. Kyle Tucker's next deal will be one to watch. Having an embarrassment of riches on the pitching staff means you have trade bait. Keep an eye on old Jimmy Crane. I think he might be the best thing to hit Houston sports in quite some time.

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