2016 Fantasy Football Player Rankings

NFL Player Rankings

Developing accurate fantasy football player rankings is a key component of creating reliable fantasy football cheat sheets, and as we know your cheat sheet could make or break your fantasy football draft. In modern fantasy football leagues, almost any football position can be added to your fantasy league scoring configuration (even defensive players).

Regardless of your league’s configuration, you’ll need to be sure to have accurate NFL player rankings for each position that is required to complete your fantasy roster. Here are some factors we consider when developing our fantasy football player rankings:

  • Statistics- Obviously the stats from the previous season are most critical but as the season progresses current statistics become more relevant.
  • Fantasy Point Output- Understand how each player’s statistics translate to point output based on your fantasy league configuration. Just as statistic/point-values vary from league to league, a player's ranking will likewise rise or fall based on league settings.
  • Games Played- The number of games a player actually played in during the previous season is an oft-forgotten statistic. Would you rather draft a player that put up 80 fantasy points in 16 games, or a player who put up 60 fantasy points in 8 games? This is why FPPG output is a key statistic to follow (and also why it is integrated into all of our sheets by default).
  • Team- The team a player plays for should definitely factor into their ranking, especially if the player has changed teams. Those teams with high-powered offenses will have players who put up more fantasy points, so remember to factor in the team when you configure your rankings.
  • Experience- The factor that experience plays in your NFL player rankings is heavily dependent on the position being analyzed; a productive kicker will have a much longer career than a productive running back. Compare each player’s stats to their experience to ensure they are not on the downside of their career.
  • Position on Depth Chart- As training camp battles progress, a clearer picture of each team’s depth chart should arise. Know which players have cemented a starting job and which players are still battling to move up the depth chart.
  • Injury Concerns– Football players are constantly battling injuries, but some injuries are worse than others. Those players with injury concerns should slide down your player rankings; how far they slide will depend on the severity (and sometimes the frequency) of their injury.

There are many different factors to consider when configuring your 2016 NFL player rankings. The key to success is examining the relevant factors and properly applying them to the position and player being analyzed. We hope that the rankings provided will help you create reliable and accurate fantasy football cheat sheets in preparation for your 2016 fantasy football draft. Below are our top 5 players at each position named in the standard fantasy football scoring system. To view all rankings for a particular position please click the links above.


Top 10 Quarterbacks

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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 1 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 11 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, PAYD=4428, PATD=40, RUCA=67, RUYD=369, RUTD=4, INT=7, FUM=4, FPPG=28.5, TFP=456
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Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 2 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Matt Ryan #2
ATL Falcons, 8 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, PAYD=4944, PATD=38, RUCA=35, RUYD=117, RUTD=0, INT=7, FUM=2, FPPG=26.2, TFP=419
3
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 3 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 15 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, PAYD=5208, PATD=37, RUCA=23, RUYD=20, RUTD=2, INT=15, FUM=4, FPPG=25.4, TFP=406
4
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 4 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=15, PAYD=4240, PATD=31, RUCA=64, RUYD=341, RUTD=2, INT=13, FUM=5, FPPG=24.4, TFP=366
5
Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 5 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Kirk Cousins #8
WAS Redskins, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4917, PATD=25, RUCA=34, RUYD=96, RUTD=4, INT=12, FUM=3, FPPG=21.9, TFP=350
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Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 6 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Dak Prescott #12
DAL Cowboys, Rookie , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=3667, PATD=23, RUCA=57, RUYD=282, RUTD=6, INT=4, FUM=4, FPPG=20.8, TFP=333
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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 7 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, PAYD=4327, PATD=24, RUCA=37, RUYD=207, RUTD=2, INT=10, FUM=2, FPPG=20.4, TFP=326
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Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 8 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Philip Rivers #17
SD Chargers, 12 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, PAYD=4386, PATD=33, RUCA=14, RUYD=35, RUTD=0, INT=21, FUM=5, FPPG=20.3, TFP=325
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Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 9 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Derek Carr #4
OAK Raiders, 2 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=15, PAYD=3937, PATD=28, RUCA=39, RUYD=70, RUTD=0, INT=6, FUM=3, FPPG=21, TFP=314
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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is ranked 10 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Tom Brady #12
NE Patriots, 16 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=12, PAYD=3554, PATD=28, RUCA=28, RUYD=64, RUTD=0, INT=2, FUM=0, FPPG=26, TFP=313

Top 10 Running Backs

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David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 11 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
David Johnson #31
ARI Cardinals, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=293, RUYD=1239, RUTD=16, RETR=120, RECP=80, REYD=879, RETD=4, FUM=3, FPPG=20.4, TFP=326
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Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 12 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, Rookie , Bye 7
GAM=15, RUCA=322, RUYD=1631, RUTD=15, RETR=40, RECP=32, REYD=363, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=19.6, TFP=293
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LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 13 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
LeSean McCoy #25
BUF Bills, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=15, RUCA=234, RUYD=1267, RUTD=13, RETR=58, RECP=50, REYD=356, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=16.4, TFP=246
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Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 14 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Le'Veon Bell #26
PIT Steelers, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=12, RUCA=261, RUYD=1268, RUTD=7, RETR=94, RECP=75, REYD=616, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=20, TFP=240
15
DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 15 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeMarco Murray #29
TEN Titans, 5 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=16, RUCA=293, RUYD=1287, RUTD=9, RETR=67, RECP=53, REYD=377, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=14.8, TFP=236
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DeVonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 16 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeVonta Freeman #24
ATL Falcons, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RUCA=227, RUYD=1079, RUTD=11, RETR=65, RECP=54, REYD=462, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=14.4, TFP=230
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LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots is ranked 17 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
LeGarrette Blount #29
NE Patriots, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=299, RUYD=1161, RUTD=18, RETR=8, RECP=7, REYD=38, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=14.1, TFP=226
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Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 18 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Melvin Gordon #28
SD Chargers, 1 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=13, RUCA=254, RUYD=997, RUTD=10, RETR=57, RECP=41, REYD=419, RETD=2, FUM=2, FPPG=16.1, TFP=210
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Jordan Howard of the Chicago Bears is ranked 19 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Jordan Howard #34
CHI Bears, Rookie , Bye 9
GAM=15, RUCA=252, RUYD=1313, RUTD=6, RETR=50, RECP=29, REYD=298, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=13.4, TFP=201
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Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 20 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Mark Ingram #22
NO Saints, 5 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RUCA=205, RUYD=1043, RUTD=6, RETR=58, RECP=46, REYD=319, RETD=4, FUM=2, FPPG=12, TFP=192

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 21 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Jordy Nelson #87
GB Packers, 8 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, RETR=152, RECP=97, REYD=1257, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=13, TFP=208
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Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 22 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Mike Evans #13
TB Buccaneers, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=173, RECP=96, REYD=1321, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.8, TFP=204
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Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 23 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 6 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=15, RETR=154, RECP=106, REYD=1284, RETD=12, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13.4, TFP=201
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Odell Beckham of the New York Giants is ranked 24 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Odell Beckham #13
NYG Giants, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, RETR=169, RECP=101, REYD=1367, RETD=10, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.2, TFP=196
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T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 25 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
T.Y. Hilton #13
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, RETR=155, RECP=91, REYD=1448, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.3, TFP=181
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Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 26 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 5 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=14, RETR=129, RECP=83, REYD=1409, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.6, TFP=177
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Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 27 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Davante Adams #17
GB Packers, 2 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, RETR=121, RECP=75, REYD=997, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=10.6, TFP=170
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Brandin Cooks of the New England Patriots is ranked 28 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandin Cooks #10
NE Patriots, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=15, RETR=117, RECP=78, REYD=1173, RETD=8, RUYD=30, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.2, TFP=168
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Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 29 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Michael Thomas #80
NO Saints, Rookie , Bye 5
GAM=15, RETR=121, RECP=92, REYD=1137, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=10.9, TFP=164
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Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 30 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Doug Baldwin #89
SEA Seahawks, 5 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=125, RECP=94, REYD=1128, RETD=7, RUYD=2, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.7, TFP=155

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 31 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=117, RECP=85, REYD=1125, RETD=4, RUYD=-5, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.5, TFP=136
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Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 32 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Kyle Rudolph #82
MIN Vikings, 5 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RETR=132, RECP=83, REYD=840, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.9, TFP=126
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Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 33 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 9 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, RETR=129, RECP=80, REYD=1073, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.8, TFP=125
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Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 34 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jimmy Graham #88
SEA Seahawks, 6 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=95, RECP=65, REYD=923, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=7.8, TFP=124
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Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 35 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 10 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=15, RETR=102, RECP=65, REYD=800, RETD=7, RUYD=11, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.2, TFP=123
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Cameron Brate of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 36 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Cameron Brate #84
TB Buccaneers, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=15, RETR=81, RECP=57, REYD=660, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.6, TFP=114
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Martellus Bennett of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 37 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Martellus Bennett #83
GB Packers, 7 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, RETR=73, RECP=55, REYD=701, RETD=7, RUYD=10, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.1, TFP=113
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Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 38 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=14, RETR=106, RECP=78, REYD=816, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.5, TFP=106
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Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins is ranked 39 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jordan Reed #86
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=12, RETR=89, RECP=66, REYD=686, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=8.5, TFP=103
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Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 40 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Antonio Gates #85
SD Chargers, 13 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=13, RETR=93, RECP=53, REYD=548, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=7.3, TFP=95

Top 10 Kickers

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Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 41 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Matt Bryant #3
ATL Falcons, 14 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=3, MAXP=56, MIXP=1, FPPG=9.2, TFP=148
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Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 42 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 4 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, MAFG=38, MIFG=1, MAXP=27, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.6, TFP=138
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Caleb Sturgis of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 43 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Caleb Sturgis #6
PHI Eagles, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=16, MAFG=35, MIFG=6, MAXP=30, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.2, TFP=116
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Cairo Santos of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 44 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Cairo Santos #5
KC Chiefs, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=31, MIFG=4, MAXP=36, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114
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Will Lutz of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 45 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Will Lutz #3
NO Saints, Rookie , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=28, MIFG=6, MAXP=49, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114
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Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 46 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Adam Vinatieri #4
IND Colts, 20 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=27, MIFG=4, MAXP=44, MIXP=0, FPPG=7.1, TFP=113
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Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 47 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Dan Bailey #5
DAL Cowboys, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, MAFG=27, MIFG=5, MAXP=46, MIXP=0, FPPG=7, TFP=112
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Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 48 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Dustin Hopkins #3
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=8, MAXP=36, MIXP=3, FPPG=6.9, TFP=111
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Steven Hauschka of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 49 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Steven Hauschka #4
BUF Bills, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=16, MAFG=33, MIFG=4, MAXP=29, MIXP=6, FPPG=6.9, TFP=110
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Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 50 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 10 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=27, MIFG=5, MAXP=46, MIXP=3, FPPG=6.8, TFP=109

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 51 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=14, INT=14, SACK=48, DTD=3, PA=362, FPPG=8.1, TFP=130
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Kansas City Chiefs of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 52 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs
Bye 5
GAM=16, FREC=15, INT=18, SACK=28, DTD=5, PA=311, FPPG=8, TFP=128
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San Diego Chargers of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 53 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
San Diego Chargers
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=18, SACK=35, DTD=5, PA=423, FPPG=7.8, TFP=125
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 54 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bye 6
GAM=16, FREC=12, INT=17, SACK=38, DTD=4, PA=369, FPPG=7.8, TFP=124
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Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 55 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 6
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=14, SACK=41, DTD=4, PA=307, FPPG=7.7, TFP=123
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Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 56 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=17, SACK=47, DTD=3, PA=402, FPPG=7.7, TFP=123
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Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 57 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=14, SACK=42, DTD=4, PA=297, FPPG=7.5, TFP=120
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Atlanta Falcons of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 58 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Atlanta Falcons
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=12, SACK=34, DTD=5, PA=406, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
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Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 59 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
Bye 4
GAM=16, FREC=10, INT=16, SACK=34, DTD=3, PA=331, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
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New York Giants of the New York Giants is ranked 60 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
New York Giants
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=8, INT=17, SACK=35, DTD=3, PA=284, FPPG=6.4, TFP=103
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