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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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Houston can win series on Sunday

Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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