CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK

Week 16 fantasy football rankings: Final shot

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These are my early PPR ranks, so keep in mind I post these on Thursday. Make sure you check the injury report for players that have missed practice. If it doesn't look like a player will play early in the week, I typically won't rank him. Finally, remember there are 3 games on Saturday, so don't forget to set your lineup!

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5 FM. We're on every Sunday morning from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

Tannehill is in the Top 10 again this week. Photo by Getty Images.

1 Lamar Jackson

2 Deshaun Watson

3 Russell Wilson

4 Patrick Mahomes

5 Drew Brees

6 Jameis Winston

7 Matt Ryan ATL

8 Ryan Tannehill

9 Aaron Rodgers

10 Dak Prescott

11 Ryan Fitzpatrick

12 Carson Wentz

RB

Zeke Elliot keeps rolling. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

1 Christian McCaffrey

2 Ezekiel Elliott

3 Chris Carson

4 Saquon Barkley

5 Joe Mixon

6 Leonard Fournette

7 Derrick Henry

8 Austin Ekeler

9 Alvin Kamara

10 Mark Ingram

11 Miles Sanders

12 Melvin Gordon

13 Devonta Freeman

14 Todd Gurley

15 Aaron Jones

16 Kenyan Drake

17 Marlon Mack

18 Nick Chubb

19 Raheem Mostert

20 James Conner

21 Phillip Lindsay

22 DeAndre Washington

23 James White

24 Devin Singletary

25 Mike Boone

26 Le'Veon Bell

27 Adrian Peterson

28 Tarik Cohen

29 Kareem Hunt

30 Ronald Jones

WR

Hopkins should help catch you a championship. Composite photo by Jack Brame

1 Michael Thomas

2 DeAndre Hopkins

3 Julio Jones

4 Davante Adams

5 Tyreek Hill

6 Robert Woods

7 Keenan Allen

8 Allen Robinson

9 Devante Parker

10 D.J. Moore

11 Courtland Sutton

12 Amari Cooper

13 Stefon Diggs

14 Tyler Lockett

15 Breshad Perriman

16 A.J. Brown

17 Tyler Boyd

18 Julian Edelman

19 Kenny Golladay

20 Jarvis Landry

21 Mike Williams

22 Will Fuller

23 Terry McLaurin

24 Cooper Kupp

25 D.K. Metcalf

26 Darius Slayton

27 Anthony Miller

28 Michael Gallup

29 Adam Thielen

30 John Brown

31 Odell Beckham Jr

32 Danny Amendola

33 Jamison Crowder

34 James Washington

35 Sterling Shepard

36 Emmanuel Sanders

TE

Catching up with Kelce. Photo via:Chiefs/Facebook

1 George Kittle

2 Travis Kelce

3 Zach Ertz

4 Tyler Higbee

5 Darren Waller

6 Hunter Henry

7 Austin Hooper

8 Mark Andrews

9 OJ Howard

10 Jacob Hollister

11 Jared Cook

12 Dallas Goedert

DEF

1 Steelers

2 Ravens

3 Patriots

4 Broncos

5 49ers

6 Bills

7 Seahawks

8 Chiefs

9 Chargers

10 Colts

11 Cowboys

12 Saints

KICKER

1 Justin Tucker

2 Wil Lutz

3 Harrison Butker

4 Robbie Gould

5 Younghoe Koo

6 Jason Myers

7 Michael Badgley

8 Ka'imi Fairbairn

9 Jake Elliott

10 Chase McLaughlin

11 Josh Lambo

12 Dan Bailey


That will do it. Good luck this week and when in doubt, start your studs.

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Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March. Photo via: NRG Park/Facebook

Football players, coaches and general managers have come and gone, but only one person has been running the business side of the Texans, well, even before they were the Texans. Jamey Rootes has been President of the Houston Texans since 1999, when an NFL team in Houston was still just a gleam in owner Bob McNair's eyes. That's before the team adopted the name "Texans" in 2000, before there was NRG Stadium, which opened as Reliant Stadium in 2000, and before they became serial champs of the AFC South, six titles between 2011-2019.

The precise date was Oct. 6, 1999 when NFL owners voted 29-0 to award the NFL's 32nd and newest franchise to Houston. Not only that, Houston was awarded the 2004 Super Bowl. Rootes, 34 years old with no NFL experience, had his work cut out for him. Before taking the job in Houston, Rootes was team president, general manager and CEO of selling peanuts and popcorn for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

Major League Soccer, with all due respect, is not nearly a national obsession like the National Football League.

"I wasn't intimidated," Rootes said. "There's a quote that I love, 'Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.' I've always been a purpose-driven person. As for the step up to the NFL, I went from knowing nothing at the start of my time in Columbus to five years later thinking, OK, I've got this sports thing down. Actually, I had a very significant reduction in my responsibilities in Houston. When I was in Columbus, I ran the stadium, I ran the team's business, I was the general manager so I did the talent side of it, too. When I came to Houston, all I had to do was the business, so that was great."

Rootes has captured his remarkable journey from the soccer team at Clemson to grad school at Indiana University to the business world at IBM and Proctor & Gamble to the Clemson Crew, to ultimately being named President of the Houston Texans in his new book, The Winning Game Plan: A Proven Leadership Playbook for Continuous Business Success, available next week.

I've known Rootes from his day one with the Texans, but I still had to ask: everybody knows what the general manager does, and what the head coach does. What exactly does the President of an NFL team worth $3.3 billion do?

"I like to use the parallel of a pharmaceutical company to describe my job. There are two sides to that company. First you put scientists in one building and you leave them alone. They create products, which is what our football team is. The football side has a coach and general manager and all the people who prepare the team to play on Sunday. But getting that product to market is done by the business side, traditional business disciplines. Those are the things that fall to me. Basically, everything between the white lines is run by the football side. Everything outside of those lines, I do," Rootes said.

Between 1999 and 2002, when the Texans played their first game (let the record show the Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboy, 19-10), the team was essentially a massive start-up project. First orders of business for Rootes involved building a new stadium, developing relationships with suppliers, contractors and government officials, preparing for a Super Bowl and, most important, developing a relationship with fans.

Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March, but it's really an accumulation of lessons learned and behind-the-scenes stories about building the Texans from scratch into one of the most admired and valuable franchises in all of sports.

"I've always been a meticulous note-taker. I've kept every presentation I've ever done. I took all of my notes and concepts and put those down on paper," Rootes said. "To be a good leader, you need a wild imagination. You can show me a blank piece of paper, but I don't see it as blank. To me, it's a finished product that hasn't been created yet," Rootes said.

Rootes lays out his leadership strategy in seven chapters: Are You a Manager or a Leader, Get the Right People on Your Team, Build a Winning Culture, Create Raving Fans, a Winning Playbook for Adversity and Success, Your Leadership Playbook and Play to Win.

He learned lesson No. 1 the hard way. A friend once counseled Rootes, "your staff doesn't like the way you're all up in their business, you need to back off." Rootes took that advice to heart.

"It was an epiphany. I wasn't a leader. That's when I truly began thinking about leadership. I say this all the time, I don't do anything. All I do is create an environment where exceptional people can be their very best self. I know what's going on. I'm fully informed. I leave every game day exhausted. I get there early. I do the things I need to do. I kiss babies. I shake hands. I present checks. I entertain clients. I'm dialed in. It absolutely wears me out because I love this organization so much. I am so proud of what we've been able to do for this great city of Houston."

I asked Rootes, as someone who lives for Game Day and a packed NRG Stadium, are you devastated by 2020, the year of COVID-19 and small crowds limited by Centers for Disease Control guidelines?

"I don't look at it that way. I think there's a song by 10,000 Maniacs that said, these are the days that you'll remember. I told my staff, I know you're all going through hell right now, but later on in life, you'll talk about this year. Things that are important are memorable, for the positive and those things that leave a scar. You learn from adversity and you're a better person for enduring it. Victor Frankl said 'We can discover meaning in life in three different ways, by creating a work or doing a deed, experiencing something or encountering someone, and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.' Suffering is part of life. He should know, he survived a Nazi concentration camp," Rootes said.

H-E-B President Scott McClelland wrote the forward to The Winning Game Plan. Rootes dedicates the book to late Texans owner Bob McNair. Rootes' book is a fun read. All I kept thinking was, where was this book when I needed it? And before you buy too much into Rootes as a leader, consider that Rootes admits that he had to ask for wife Melissa's permission before he could accept the Texans job.

Personal note: I believe that a big part of leadership is the ability to keep a promise. Several years ago, I was riding my bicycle with my dog Lilly on a leash. It was the only way I could keep up with her. Well, one time Lilly saw a squirrel and pulled me off my bicycle. I tumbled a few times and rolled next to the curb. When I looked up, there was Jamey Rootes. I told him, "There's no need for you to tell anybody about this." He never said a word.

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