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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Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 1 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Cam Newton #1
CAR Panthers, 5 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=3837, PATD=35, RUCA=132, RUYD=636, RUTD=10, INT=10, FUM=4, FPPG=28.7, TFP=459
2
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is ranked 2 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Tom Brady #12
NE Patriots, 16 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=4770, PATD=36, RUCA=34, RUYD=53, RUTD=3, INT=7, FUM=2, FPPG=25.8, TFP=412
3
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 3 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 4 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=4024, PATD=34, RUCA=103, RUYD=553, RUTD=1, INT=8, FUM=3, FPPG=25.3, TFP=404
4
Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 4 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Blake Bortles #5
JAC Jaguars, 2 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=4428, PATD=35, RUCA=52, RUYD=310, RUTD=2, INT=18, FUM=5, FPPG=24, TFP=384
5
Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 5 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Carson Palmer #3
ARI Cardinals, 13 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=4671, PATD=35, RUCA=25, RUYD=24, RUTD=1, INT=11, FUM=2, FPPG=23.7, TFP=379
6
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 6 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 15 years exp
GAM=15, PAYD=4870, PATD=32, RUCA=24, RUYD=14, RUTD=1, INT=11, FUM=2, FPPG=24.5, TFP=368
7
Eli Manning of the New York Giants is ranked 7 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Eli Manning #10
NYG Giants, 12 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=4436, PATD=35, RUCA=20, RUYD=61, RUTD=0, INT=14, FUM=4, FPPG=22.3, TFP=358
8
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 8 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Aaron Rodgers #12
GB Packers, 11 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=3821, PATD=31, RUCA=58, RUYD=344, RUTD=1, INT=8, FUM=4, FPPG=22.2, TFP=355
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Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 9 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 7 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=4262, PATD=32, RUCA=44, RUYD=159, RUTD=1, INT=13, FUM=2, FPPG=22.1, TFP=354
10
Ryan Fitzpatrick of the New York Jets is ranked 10 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Ryan Fitzpatrick #14
NYJ Jets, 11 years exp
GAM=16, PAYD=3905, PATD=31, RUCA=60, RUYD=270, RUTD=2, INT=15, FUM=2, FPPG=21.7, TFP=347

Top 10 Running Backs

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DeVonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 1 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeVonta Freeman #24
ATL Falcons, 2 years exp
GAM=15, RUCA=265, RUYD=1056, RUTD=11, RETR=97, RECP=73, REYD=578, RETD=3, FUM=2, FPPG=16.2, TFP=243
2
Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 2 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Adrian Peterson #28
MIN Vikings, 9 years exp
GAM=16, RUCA=327, RUYD=1485, RUTD=11, RETR=36, RECP=30, REYD=222, RETD=0, FUM=3, FPPG=14.4, TFP=231
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Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 3 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Doug Martin #22
TB Buccaneers, 4 years exp
GAM=16, RUCA=288, RUYD=1402, RUTD=6, RETR=44, RECP=33, REYD=271, RETD=1, FUM=5, FPPG=12.5, TFP=199
4
DeAngelo Williams of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 4 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeAngelo Williams #34
PIT Steelers, 10 years exp
GAM=16, RUCA=200, RUYD=907, RUTD=11, RETR=47, RECP=40, REYD=367, RETD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=11.8, TFP=189
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Todd Gurley of the Saint Louis Rams is ranked 5 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Todd Gurley #32
STL Rams, 1 years exp
GAM=13, RUCA=229, RUYD=1106, RUTD=10, RETR=26, RECP=21, REYD=188, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=14.4, TFP=187
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Lamar Miller of the Houston Texans is ranked 6 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Lamar Miller #26
HOU Texans, 4 years exp
GAM=16, RUCA=194, RUYD=872, RUTD=8, RETR=57, RECP=47, REYD=397, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=11.6, TFP=185
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David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 7 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
David Johnson #31
ARI Cardinals, 1 years exp
GAM=16, RUCA=125, RUYD=581, RUTD=8, RETR=57, RECP=36, REYD=457, RETD=4, FUM=1, FPPG=10.9, TFP=174
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Chris Ivory of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 8 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Chris Ivory #33
JAC Jaguars, 6 years exp
GAM=15, RUCA=247, RUYD=1070, RUTD=7, RETR=37, RECP=30, REYD=217, RETD=1, FUM=2, FPPG=11.5, TFP=173
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Matt Forte of the New York Jets is ranked 9 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Matt Forte #22
NYJ Jets, 8 years exp
GAM=13, RUCA=218, RUYD=898, RUTD=4, RETR=58, RECP=44, REYD=389, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=13, TFP=169
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Latavius Murray of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 10 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Latavius Murray #28
OAK Raiders, 3 years exp
GAM=16, RUCA=266, RUYD=1066, RUTD=6, RETR=53, RECP=41, REYD=232, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=10.2, TFP=164

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 1 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Antonio Brown #84
PIT Steelers, 6 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=193, RECP=136, REYD=1834, RETD=10, RUYD=28, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=15.1, TFP=242
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Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 2 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 5 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=203, RECP=136, REYD=1871, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=14.6, TFP=233
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Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets is ranked 3 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandon Marshall #15
NYJ Jets, 10 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=173, RECP=109, REYD=1502, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=14.4, TFP=230
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Allen Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 4 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Allen Robinson #15
JAC Jaguars, 2 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=151, RECP=80, REYD=1400, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14, TFP=224
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Odell Beckham of the New York Giants is ranked 5 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Odell Beckham #13
NYG Giants, 2 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=156, RECP=96, REYD=1450, RETD=13, RUYD=3, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.9, TFP=223
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DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans is ranked 6 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
DeAndre Hopkins #10
HOU Texans, 3 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=191, RECP=111, REYD=1521, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13.6, TFP=218
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Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 7 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Doug Baldwin #89
SEA Seahawks, 5 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=103, RECP=78, REYD=1069, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.9, TFP=191
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A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 8 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 5 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=132, RECP=86, REYD=1297, RETD=10, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.7, TFP=188
9
Eric Decker of the New York Jets is ranked 9 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Eric Decker #87
NYJ Jets, 6 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=132, RECP=80, REYD=1027, RETD=12, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.5, TFP=173
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Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions is ranked 10 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Calvin Johnson #81
DET Lions, 9 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=149, RECP=88, REYD=1214, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=10.8, TFP=173

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 1 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 6 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=120, RECP=72, REYD=1176, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.2, TFP=184
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Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 2 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Gary Barnidge #82
CLE Browns, 8 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=125, RECP=79, REYD=1043, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.9, TFP=158
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Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins is ranked 3 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jordan Reed #86
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp
GAM=14, RETR=114, RECP=87, REYD=952, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=11.2, TFP=157
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Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 4 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 9 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=124, RECP=77, REYD=1104, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=9.4, TFP=150
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Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 5 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 10 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=133, RECP=94, REYD=1088, RETD=6, RUYD=36, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.9, TFP=148
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Tyler Eifert of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 6 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Tyler Eifert #85
CIN Bengals, 3 years exp
GAM=13, RETR=74, RECP=52, REYD=615, RETD=13, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.7, TFP=140
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Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 7 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Benjamin Watson #82
NO Saints, 12 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=110, RECP=74, REYD=825, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=7.3, TFP=116
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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 8 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=103, RECP=72, REYD=875, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114
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Richard Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 9 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Richard Rodgers #82
GB Packers, 2 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=85, RECP=58, REYD=510, RETD=8, RUYD=11, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.3, TFP=100
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Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 10 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 3 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=112, RECP=75, REYD=853, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=6.4, TFP=95

Top 10 Kickers

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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 1 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 6 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=120, RECP=72, REYD=1176, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12.2, TFP=184
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Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 2 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Gary Barnidge #82
CLE Browns, 8 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=125, RECP=79, REYD=1043, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.9, TFP=158
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Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins is ranked 3 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jordan Reed #86
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp
GAM=14, RETR=114, RECP=87, REYD=952, RETD=11, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=11.2, TFP=157
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Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 4 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 9 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=124, RECP=77, REYD=1104, RETD=7, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=9.4, TFP=150
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Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 5 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 10 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=133, RECP=94, REYD=1088, RETD=6, RUYD=36, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.9, TFP=148
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Tyler Eifert of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 6 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Tyler Eifert #85
CIN Bengals, 3 years exp
GAM=13, RETR=74, RECP=52, REYD=615, RETD=13, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.7, TFP=140
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Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 7 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Benjamin Watson #82
NO Saints, 12 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=110, RECP=74, REYD=825, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=7.3, TFP=116
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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 8 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=103, RECP=72, REYD=875, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=7.1, TFP=114
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Richard Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 9 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Richard Rodgers #82
GB Packers, 2 years exp
GAM=16, RETR=85, RECP=58, REYD=510, RETD=8, RUYD=11, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.3, TFP=100
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Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 10 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Zach Ertz #86
PHI Eagles, 3 years exp
GAM=15, RETR=112, RECP=75, REYD=853, RETD=2, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=6.4, TFP=95

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 1 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
GAM=16, FREC=15, INT=24, SACK=44, DTD=4, PA=308, FPPG=9.1, TFP=146
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Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 2 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
GAM=16, FREC=14, INT=19, SACK=36, DTD=6, PA=313, FPPG=9.1, TFP=146
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Kansas City Chiefs of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 3 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs
GAM=16, FREC=7, INT=22, SACK=47, DTD=6, PA=287, FPPG=9.1, TFP=145
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Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 4 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=14, SACK=52, DTD=5, PA=296, FPPG=8.8, TFP=140
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Pittsburgh Steelers of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 5 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Pittsburgh Steelers
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=17, SACK=48, DTD=2, PA=319, FPPG=7.5, TFP=120
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Indianapolis Colts of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 6 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Indianapolis Colts
GAM=16, FREC=8, INT=17, SACK=35, DTD=5, PA=408, FPPG=7.4, TFP=119
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Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 7 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=15, SACK=37, DTD=4, PA=430, FPPG=7.3, TFP=117
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St. Louis Rams of the Saint Louis Rams is ranked 8 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
St. Louis Rams
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=13, SACK=41, DTD=3, PA=330, FPPG=7.2, TFP=115
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Houston Texans of the Houston Texans is ranked 9 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Houston Texans
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=14, SACK=45, DTD=3, PA=313, FPPG=7.1, TFP=113
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Washington Redskins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 10 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Washington Redskins
GAM=16, FREC=16, INT=11, SACK=38, DTD=2, PA=379, FPPG=6.8, TFP=108
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