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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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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