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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The Texans should swing for the fences. Composite image by Jack Brame.

With each passing day, the Deshaun drama thickens. It's progressed to Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeting, basically humbling himself to Deshaun.

A city that a few short weeks ago offered up mega star power across the board, has now seen James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and George Springer all depart for a variety of reasons. The impact of Deshaun leaving would be irreversible guaranteeing the Texans resting comfortably in the bottom of the AFC South for the next decade, wallowing in futility.

The saga will only intensify in two weeks should Patrick Mahomes collect another Lombard Trophy. As 2017 draft class contemporaries, Deshaun is comparing his career to #15. Another ring would place Mahomes up 2-0 in that discussion with Watson.

Perhaps the Texans should take a play from the Oilers playbook and inquire on Dabo Swinney. In the pursuit of securing the services of Warren Moon, the Oilers made a power play and secured the services of Moon's former CFL coach, Hugh Campbell. I've attended several luncheons and engagements in which Deshaun served as the keynote speaker. In many of those venues, a short video presentation would include personal greetings and feel good overtures directed to Deshaun from Dabo. The end result was Deshaun lighting up like a Christmas tree. There's a viable relationship in place there.

At the end of the day, Deshaun is a competitor. Losing DeAndre Hopkins was a major loss, but not to the degree that you might think. Deshaun still went out and threw for over 4,000 yards this season, and with a sub-par supporting cast, even pulling guys off of the practice squad in late December contests to fill out the receiving corps. The issue for Watson is trust, and culture. Hence, the recent headlines surrounding the Jets as a future home make very little sense. The Jets in 4 of their last 5 seasons have had double-digit losing seasons. Until the recent resurgence of the Browns, the Jets far and away have held the title of the "laughingstock" of the NFL.

The biggest challenge for the Texans is who could persuade Deshaun to stay? Could team President Jamey Rootes calm down the noise? It certainly won't come from Texans Ring of Honor recipient Andre Johnson. If I were Cal McNair, I would place a call to 105 Sikes Hall in Clemson, SC and ask for Dabo's office. That's as good of a place to start as any other.

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