CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK

Week 16 fantasy football rankings: Final shot

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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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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