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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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Keep an eye on Alex Bowman this weekend. Image via: Wiki Commons.

For the first time since July 1984, NASCAR returns to one of its most popular cities in Nashville, Tennessee for the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville Super Speedway. This track is a 1 1/3rd mile concrete oval that was dormant for nearly ten years and was only used as a testing facility. So it came as a bit of a surprise last season when it was announced that this track would be getting a date. For a lot of drivers, this will be a brand new racetrack, but we will see practice and qualifying, so that will be a huge help for the newcomers that haven't raced here before. Back when the Xfinity and Trucks ran here, this track featured a lot of first time winners. Back in 2008, future NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski shocked the world by jumping in Dale Jr's car and capturing his first win here. There will be a lot of veterans like Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick who have plenty of experience at this track, but it will be tough to compare. It should be fun with everyone coming into this race with minimal knowledge.

Last week, Kyle Larson continued his hot streak by winning the All-Star Race. Overall, while Larson and his Hendrick teammates probably enjoyed the race, the feedback from crews and fans was less than positive. As I was walking through the garage area and talking to a few crew members, a lot of them were very critical of the 450 horsepower motor and the tall spoiler to try and keep the cars bunched up. When I asked one of the crew-members what he thought about the package he told me, "Oh it's awful. The track is terrible, the package makes it impossible to pass and it's super hot out here." On green flag runs, it was the same as it ever was as the lead car would pretty much take off and the only time there was really any "pack racing" it came after there were restarts. The whole race was well-intentioned and the fans showed up as it was nearly a capacity crowd, but the whole thing just didn't make any sense. From the start time being in the nearly 100 degree heat to the wacky full-field invert at the end of each stage. Let's hope that next season's All-Star Race is a lot more concise.

In Silly Season news this week, Truck Series regulars GMS racing announced that they would be fielding a full-time cup series team. The team is currently owned by Allegiant Airlines CEO Maurice Gallagher and his son, Spencer, who used to drive for them in the Xfinity Series. This move seemed to come from out of nowhere as there was never any indication that this was a move they were exploring anytime soon after they turned down the opportunity to purchase Furniture Row Racing in 2019. This is certainly a great sight for the sport as there will be more new teams on the track and with their close relationship with Chevy, it wouldn't be a surprise if they step in and help this team become competitive. The favorite to drive their car has to be 2020 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed. He has easily been their best driver in trucks, and it would make the most sense for him to get the promotion.

This week at Nashville, the driver that I have winning is Alex Bowman. Now while this is a brand new racetrack and he has a grand total of zero starts here, this track suits his driving style perfectly. With the inclusion of this track, there are now four tracks with a concrete surface. Nashville, Bristol, Dover and Martinsville. At the three of the tracks they have run at, he has shown a lot of speed, including a victory at Dover this season and a top ten finish at Bristol. This is also a track where crew-chief Greg Ives said Bowman has gravitated towards during testing. In an interview with Sirius XM Ives was quoted as saying "we used to have a lot of fun testing there," so this is clearly a track that they both enjoy going to. Another big factor going into Sunday will be just how fast these Hendrick Motorsports cars are, they have finished 1-2 over the last four points races. He has watched his teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott have immense success, and now this week I think he is due for a third win of the season. Look for the bright purple #48 Chevy to go to victory lane this week at Nashville.

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