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Week 16 fantasy football rankings: Mike drop

Mike Evans has a fantastic matchup against a Panthers D that has given up almost 39 FPTS/G to the WR position over the last month. Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Facebook

Below are my early 1/2 PPR fantasy rankings for Week 16. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice.

QB

1 T. Brady NE

2 C. Newton CAR

3 R. Wilson SEA

4 B. Roethlisberger PIT

5 M. Stafford DET

6 D. Brees NO

7 B. Bortles JAX  

8 N. Foles PHI  

9 P. Rivers LAC

10 J. Goff LAR

11 C. Keenum MIN 

12 D. Prescott DAL 

13 J. Garoppolo SF  

14 M. Ryan ATL

15 J. Winston TB

RB

1 T. Gurley LAR 

2 L. Bell PIT

3 E. Elliott DAL

4 D. Freeman ATL

5 A. Kamara NO

6 K. Hunt KC

7 L. McCoy BUF 

8 M. Ingram NO

9 M. Gordon LAC

10 A. Collins BAL

11 L. Fournette JAC 

12 K. Drake MIA

13 D. Lewis NE * White and Burkhead won't play, so Lewis should get a ton of touches.

14 J. Howard CHI

15 C. McCaffrey CAR

16 C. Anderson DEN

17 L. Murray MIN

18 M. Lynch OAK 

19 J. Ajayi PHI

20 J. Williams GB

21 J. Stewart CAR  

22 D. Murray TEN

23 J. Mixon CIN
  
24 C. Hyde SF

25 T. Coleman ATL

26 L. Miller HOU  
  
27 M. Davis SEA

28 T. Riddick DET  

29 J. White NE *Inactive

30 J. McKinnon MIN  

31 I. Crowell CLE

32 P. Barber TB  

33 D. Johnson CLE

34 B. Powell NYJ

35 K. Bibbs WAS

WR

1 D. Hopkins HOU

2 M. Thomas NO

3 K. Allen LAC 

4 J. Jones ATL

5 M. Evans TB * DeSean Jackson is inactive, so Evans should be peppered with targets.

6 T. Hill KC  

7 B. Cooks NE 

8 D. Baldwin SEA 
 
9 A. Thielen MIN 

10 A. Green CIN

11 M. Jones DET 

12 D. Bryant DAL  

13 J. Landry MIA

14 J. Gordon CLE

15 D. Funchess CAR

16 J. Smith-Schuster PIT

17 L. Fitzgerald ARI

18 M. Crabtree OAK

19 A. Jeffery PHI 
 
20 M. Wallace BAL  

21 M. Bryant PIT

22 D. Thomas DEN 

23 G. Tate DET
 
24 S. Shepard NYG 

25 S. Diggs MIN 

26 M. Sanu ATL
 
27 D. Westbrook JAC 

28 R. Woods LAR 
  
29 S. Watkins LAR 

30 M. Goodwin SF
 
31 R. Cobb GB

32 J. Crowder WAS 

33 C. Kupp LAR 

34 N. Agholor  PHI

35 R. Matthews TEN 

36 T. Williams LAC

37 J. Nelson GB

38 K. Cole JAX

39 R. Anderson NYJ

40 A. Cooper OAK *Questionable, and he plays on Monday night. Hard to trust him.

TE

1 R. Gronkowski NE

2 T. Kelce KC

3  Z. Ertz PHI

4 G. Olsen CA

5 D. Walker TEN

6 E. Engram NYG

7 J. Graham SEA

8 K. Rudolph MIN

9 J. Doyle IND

10 C. Brate TB

11 V. Davis WAS

12 E. Ebron DET

13 J. Witten DAL

14 C. Clay BUF

15 B. Watson BAL

DEF

1 Ravens 

2 Jaguars 

3 Chiefs

4 Vikings

5 Eagles  

6 Steelers 

7 Bears 

8 Redskins

9 Lions  

10 Chargers  

11 Cardinals 

12 Rams

13 Panthers 

14 Patriots

15 Seahawks

Kicker

1 J. Tucker BAL 

2 S. Gostkowski NE 

3 C. Boswell PIT 

4 H. Butker KC

5 J. Elliott PHI

6 M. Bryant ATL

7 S. Ficken LAR

8 P. Dawson ARI 

9 W. Lutz NO

10 J. Lambo JAX  
 
11 M. Prater DET 

12 K. Forbath MIN 

13 D. Bailey DAL
 
14 G. Gano WAS   

15 R. Gould SF  

 

 

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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.


Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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