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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Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 1 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, PAYD=385, PATD=4, RUCA=3, RUYD=21, RUTD=0, INT=0, FUM=0, FPPG=41.5, TFP=42
2
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 2 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 15 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, PAYD=423, PATD=4, RUCA=2, RUYD=5, RUTD=0, INT=0, FUM=1, FPPG=39.4, TFP=39
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Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 3 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Jameis Winston #3
TB Buccaneers, 1 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=1, PAYD=281, PATD=4, RUCA=4, RUYD=3, RUTD=0, INT=1, FUM=0, FPPG=33.5, TFP=34
4
Alex D Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 4 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Alex D Smith #11
KC Chiefs, 11 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, PAYD=363, PATD=2, RUCA=4, RUYD=15, RUTD=1, INT=1, FUM=0, FPPG=32, TFP=32
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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 5 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, PAYD=340, PATD=3, RUCA=2, RUYD=5, RUTD=0, INT=0, FUM=0, FPPG=32.1, TFP=32
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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 6 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 11 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=1, PAYD=199, PATD=2, RUCA=4, RUYD=16, RUTD=1, INT=0, FUM=0, FPPG=27.6, TFP=28
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Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 7 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Ben Roethlisberger #7
PIT Steelers, 12 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, PAYD=300, PATD=3, RUCA=1, RUYD=-2, RUTD=0, INT=1, FUM=0, FPPG=27.8, TFP=28
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Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 8 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Matt Ryan #2
ATL Falcons, 8 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=1, PAYD=334, PATD=2, RUCA=3, RUYD=10, RUTD=0, INT=0, FUM=0, FPPG=26.4, TFP=26
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Eli Manning of the New York Giants is ranked 9 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Eli Manning #10
NYG Giants, 12 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, PAYD=207, PATD=3, RUCA=0, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, INT=1, FUM=0, FPPG=24.3, TFP=24
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Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 10 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Carson Palmer #3
ARI Cardinals, 13 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, PAYD=271, PATD=2, RUCA=2, RUYD=1, RUTD=0, INT=0, FUM=0, FPPG=22.9, TFP=23

Top 10 Running Backs

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DeAngelo Williams of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 11 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeAngelo Williams #34
PIT Steelers, 10 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, RUCA=26, RUYD=143, RUTD=2, RETR=9, RECP=6, REYD=28, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=29.1, TFP=29
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Spencer Ware of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 12 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Spencer Ware #32
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, RUCA=11, RUYD=70, RUTD=1, RETR=8, RECP=7, REYD=129, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=25.9, TFP=26
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C.J. Anderson of the Denver Broncos is ranked 13 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
C.J. Anderson #22
DEN Broncos, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=1, RUCA=20, RUYD=92, RUTD=1, RETR=5, RECP=4, REYD=47, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=25.9, TFP=26
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Theo Riddick of the Detroit Lions is ranked 14 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Theo Riddick #25
DET Lions, 3 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, RUCA=7, RUYD=45, RUTD=1, RETR=5, RECP=5, REYD=63, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=22.8, TFP=23
15
Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 15 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Carlos Hyde #28
SF 49ers, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, RUCA=23, RUYD=88, RUTD=2, RETR=3, RECP=2, REYD=5, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=21.3, TFP=21
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David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 16 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
David Johnson #31
ARI Cardinals, 1 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, RUCA=16, RUYD=89, RUTD=1, RETR=6, RECP=4, REYD=43, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=19.2, TFP=19
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Ameer Abdullah of the Detroit Lions is ranked 17 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Ameer Abdullah #21
DET Lions, 1 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, RUCA=12, RUYD=63, RUTD=0, RETR=5, RECP=5, REYD=57, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=18, TFP=18
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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=1, RUCA=14, RUYD=57, RUTD=2, RETR=0, RECP=0, REYD=0, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=17.7, TFP=18
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Danny Woodhead of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 19 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Danny Woodhead #39
SD Chargers, 7 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=1, RUCA=16, RUYD=89, RUTD=0, RETR=7, RECP=5, REYD=31, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=18, TFP=18
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DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 20 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeMarco Murray #29
TEN Titans, 5 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=1, RUCA=13, RUYD=42, RUTD=0, RETR=7, RECP=5, REYD=35, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=17.7, TFP=18

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Brandin Cooks of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 21 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandin Cooks #10
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, RETR=9, RECP=6, REYD=143, RETD=2, RUYD=11, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=27.4, TFP=27
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Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 22 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 6 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, RETR=11, RECP=8, REYD=126, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=24.6, TFP=25
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A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 23 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, RETR=13, RECP=12, REYD=180, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=24, TFP=24
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Willie Snead of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 24 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Willie Snead #83
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, RETR=9, RECP=9, REYD=172, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=23.2, TFP=23
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Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 25 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Larry Fitzgerald #11
ARI Cardinals, 12 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, RETR=10, RECP=8, REYD=81, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=20.1, TFP=20
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Jordan Matthews of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 26 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Jordan Matthews #81
PHI Eagles, 2 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=1, RETR=14, RECP=7, REYD=114, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=17.4, TFP=17
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Will Fuller of the Houston Texans is ranked 27 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Will Fuller #88
HOU Texans, Rookie , Bye 9
GAM=1, RETR=11, RECP=5, REYD=107, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=16.7, TFP=17
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Mike Wallace of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 28 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Mike Wallace #11
BAL Ravens, 7 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, RETR=6, RECP=3, REYD=91, RETD=1, RUYD=11, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=16.2, TFP=16
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Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 29 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Mike Evans #13
TB Buccaneers, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=1, RETR=7, RECP=5, REYD=99, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=15.9, TFP=16
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Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 30 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Kelvin Benjamin #13
CAR Panthers, 2 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=1, RETR=12, RECP=6, REYD=91, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=15.1, TFP=15

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Jack Doyle of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 31 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jack Doyle #84
IND Colts, 3 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, RETR=4, RECP=3, REYD=35, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=15.5, TFP=16
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Julius Thomas of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 32 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Julius Thomas #80
JAC Jaguars, 5 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, RETR=5, RECP=5, REYD=64, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.4, TFP=12
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Dwayne Allen of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 33 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Dwayne Allen #83
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, RETR=6, RECP=4, REYD=53, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.3, TFP=11
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Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions is ranked 34 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Eric Ebron #85
DET Lions, 2 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, RETR=5, RECP=5, REYD=46, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.6, TFP=11
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 35 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins #87
TB Buccaneers, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=1, RETR=1, RECP=1, REYD=30, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9, TFP=9
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Larry Donnell of the New York Giants is ranked 36 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Larry Donnell #84
NYG Giants, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, RETR=2, RECP=1, REYD=15, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.5, TFP=8
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Vance McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 37 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Vance McDonald #89
SF 49ers, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, RETR=3, RECP=2, REYD=14, RETD=1, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.4, TFP=7
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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 38 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, RETR=7, RECP=6, REYD=74, RETD=0, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.4, TFP=7
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Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 39 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jason Witten #82
DAL Cowboys, 13 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=1, RETR=14, RECP=9, REYD=66, RETD=0, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.6, TFP=7
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Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 40 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 9 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=1, RETR=9, RECP=7, REYD=73, RETD=0, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.3, TFP=7

Top 10 Kickers

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Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 41 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Dan Bailey #5
DAL Cowboys, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=1, MAFG=4, MIFG=0, MAXP=1, MIXP=0, FPPG=13, TFP=13
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Nick Novak of the Houston Texans is ranked 42 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Nick Novak #8
HOU Texans, 9 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, MAFG=3, MIFG=0, MAXP=2, MIXP=0, FPPG=11, TFP=11
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Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 43 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 10 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, MAFG=3, MIFG=0, MAXP=2, MIXP=0, FPPG=11, TFP=11
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Jason Myers of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 44 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Jason Myers #2
JAC Jaguars, 1 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, MAFG=3, MIFG=0, MAXP=2, MIXP=0, FPPG=11, TFP=11
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Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 45 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Dustin Hopkins #3
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=1, MAFG=3, MIFG=0, MAXP=1, MIXP=0, FPPG=10, TFP=10
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Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 46 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Matt Bryant #3
ATL Falcons, 14 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=1, MAFG=3, MIFG=0, MAXP=1, MIXP=0, FPPG=10, TFP=10
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Mason Crosby of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 47 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Mason Crosby #2
GB Packers, 9 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=1, MAFG=2, MIFG=0, MAXP=3, MIXP=0, FPPG=9, TFP=9
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Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 48 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Adam Vinatieri #4
IND Colts, 20 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=1, MAFG=2, MIFG=0, MAXP=3, MIXP=0, FPPG=9, TFP=9
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Cairo Santos of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 49 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Cairo Santos #5
KC Chiefs, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=1, MAFG=2, MIFG=0, MAXP=3, MIXP=0, FPPG=9, TFP=9
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Chris Boswell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 50 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Chris Boswell #9
PIT Steelers, 1 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=1, MAFG=1, MIFG=0, MAXP=5, MIXP=0, FPPG=8, TFP=8

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 51 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 6
GAM=1, FREC=2, INT=1, SACK=2, DTD=2, PA=16, FPPG=20, TFP=20
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Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 52 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
Bye 4
GAM=1, FREC=0, INT=1, SACK=3, DTD=0, PA=10, FPPG=9, TFP=9
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New York Jets of the New York Jets is ranked 53 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
New York Jets
Bye 11
GAM=1, FREC=0, INT=1, SACK=7, DTD=0, PA=23, FPPG=9, TFP=9
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Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 54 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
Bye 7
GAM=1, FREC=1, INT=2, SACK=2, DTD=0, PA=21, FPPG=8, TFP=8
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Miami Dolphins of the Miami Dolphins is ranked 55 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Miami Dolphins
Bye 8
GAM=1, FREC=1, INT=1, SACK=3, DTD=0, PA=12, FPPG=7, TFP=7
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Houston Texans of the Houston Texans is ranked 56 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Houston Texans
Bye 9
GAM=1, FREC=0, INT=1, SACK=5, DTD=0, PA=14, FPPG=7, TFP=7
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Buffalo Bills of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 57 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Buffalo Bills
Bye 10
GAM=1, FREC=1, INT=0, SACK=4, DTD=0, PA=13, FPPG=6, TFP=6
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Detroit Lions of the Detroit Lions is ranked 58 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Detroit Lions
Bye 10
GAM=1, FREC=0, INT=0, SACK=2, DTD=0, PA=35, FPPG=6, TFP=6
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Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 59 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
Bye 9
GAM=1, FREC=2, INT=0, SACK=2, DTD=0, PA=23, FPPG=6, TFP=6
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San Francisco 49ers of the San Francisco 49ers is ranked 60 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
San Francisco 49ers
Bye 8
GAM=1, FREC=0, INT=2, SACK=2, DTD=0, PA=0, FPPG=6, TFP=6
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