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=3821, PATD=31, RUCA=58, RUYD=344, RUTD=1, INT=8, FUM=4, FPPG=22.2, TFP=355
2
Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 2 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Russell Wilson #3
SEA Seahawks, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, PAYD=4024, PATD=34, RUCA=103, RUYD=553, RUTD=1, INT=8, FUM=3, FPPG=25.3, TFP=404
3
Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 3 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Cam Newton #1
CAR Panthers, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, PAYD=3837, PATD=35, RUCA=132, RUYD=636, RUTD=10, INT=10, FUM=4, FPPG=28.7, TFP=459
4
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 4 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Drew Brees #9
NO Saints, 15 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=15, PAYD=4870, PATD=32, RUCA=24, RUYD=14, RUTD=1, INT=11, FUM=2, FPPG=24.5, TFP=368
5
Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 5 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Blake Bortles #5
JAC Jaguars, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, PAYD=4428, PATD=35, RUCA=52, RUYD=310, RUTD=2, INT=18, FUM=5, FPPG=24, TFP=384
6
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 6 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Ben Roethlisberger #7
PIT Steelers, 12 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=12, PAYD=3938, PATD=21, RUCA=15, RUYD=29, RUTD=0, INT=16, FUM=0, FPPG=21.2, TFP=254
7
Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 7 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Carson Palmer #3
ARI Cardinals, 13 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4671, PATD=35, RUCA=25, RUYD=24, RUTD=1, INT=11, FUM=2, FPPG=23.7, TFP=379
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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is ranked 8 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Tom Brady #12
NE Patriots, 16 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, PAYD=4770, PATD=36, RUCA=34, RUYD=53, RUTD=3, INT=7, FUM=2, FPPG=25.8, TFP=412
9
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=16, PAYD=3987, PATD=32, RUCA=33, RUYD=138, RUTD=0, INT=13, FUM=3, FPPG=20.8, TFP=333
10
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 10 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=7, PAYD=1881, PATD=15, RUCA=33, RUYD=196, RUTD=0, INT=12, FUM=1, FPPG=22.7, TFP=159

Top 10 Running Backs

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Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 1 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Adrian Peterson #28
MIN Vikings, 9 years exp , Bye 6
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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Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 2 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Todd Gurley #30
LA Rams, 1 years exp , Bye 8
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 3 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Lamar Miller #26
HOU Texans, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RUCA=194, RUYD=872, RUTD=8, RETR=57, RECP=47, REYD=397, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=11.6, TFP=185
4
Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 4 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Jamaal Charles #25
KC Chiefs, 8 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=5, RUCA=71, RUYD=364, RUTD=4, RETR=30, RECP=21, REYD=177, RETD=1, FUM=2, FPPG=16, TFP=80
5
Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 5 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Eddie Lacy #27
GB Packers, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=15, RUCA=187, RUYD=758, RUTD=3, RETR=28, RECP=20, REYD=188, RETD=2, FUM=2, FPPG=8, TFP=121
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David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 6 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
David Johnson #31
ARI Cardinals, 1 years exp , Bye 9
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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Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 7 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Doug Martin #22
TB Buccaneers, 4 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, RUCA=288, RUYD=1402, RUTD=6, RETR=44, RECP=33, REYD=271, RETD=1, FUM=5, FPPG=12.5, TFP=199
8
Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 8 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Mark Ingram #22
NO Saints, 5 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=12, RUCA=166, RUYD=769, RUTD=6, RETR=60, RECP=50, REYD=405, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=12.6, TFP=151
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Le'Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 9 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Le'Veon Bell #26
PIT Steelers, 3 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=6, RUCA=113, RUYD=556, RUTD=3, RETR=26, RECP=24, REYD=136, RETD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14.5, TFP=87
10
Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 10 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Ezekiel Elliott #34
DAL Cowboys, Rookie , Bye 7

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 , Bye 8
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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Odell Beckham of the New York Giants is ranked 2 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Odell Beckham #13
NYG Giants, 2 years exp , Bye 8
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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Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 3 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 5 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=203, RECP=136, REYD=1871, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=14.6, TFP=233
4
DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans is ranked 4 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
DeAndre Hopkins #10
HOU Texans, 3 years exp , Bye 9
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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A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 5 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, RETR=132, RECP=86, REYD=1297, RETD=10, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.7, TFP=188
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Allen Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 6 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Allen Robinson #15
JAC Jaguars, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=151, RECP=80, REYD=1400, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14, TFP=224
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Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 7 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Jordy Nelson #87
GB Packers, 8 years exp , Bye 4
8
Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 8 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Keenan Allen #13
SD Chargers, 3 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=8, RETR=89, RECP=67, REYD=725, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.8, TFP=94
9
Brandin Cooks of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 9 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandin Cooks #10
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, RETR=129, RECP=84, REYD=1138, RETD=9, RUYD=18, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.6, TFP=170
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Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets is ranked 10 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandon Marshall #15
NYJ Jets, 10 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, RETR=173, RECP=109, REYD=1502, RETD=14, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=2, FPPG=14.4, TFP=230

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 , Bye 9
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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Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins is ranked 2 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jordan Reed #86
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp , Bye 9
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 3 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 9 years exp , Bye 7
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 4 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 10 years exp , Bye 13
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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Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns is ranked 5 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Gary Barnidge #82
CLE Browns, 8 years exp , Bye 13
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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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 6 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp , Bye 5
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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Coby Fleener of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 7 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Coby Fleener #80
NO Saints, 4 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=15, RETR=84, RECP=54, REYD=491, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=4.5, TFP=67
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Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 8 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Antonio Gates #85
SD Chargers, 13 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=11, RETR=85, RECP=56, REYD=630, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.5, TFP=93
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Dwayne Allen of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 9 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Dwayne Allen #83
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=12, RETR=29, RECP=16, REYD=109, RETD=1, RUYD=1, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=1.4, TFP=17
10
Julius Thomas of the Jacksonville Jaguars is ranked 10 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Julius Thomas #80
JAC Jaguars, 5 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=12, RETR=80, RECP=46, REYD=455, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.3, TFP=76

Top 10 Kickers

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Stephen Gostkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 1 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Stephen Gostkowski #3
NE Patriots, 10 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=33, MIFG=3, MAXP=52, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.9, TFP=142
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Chris Boswell of the Pittsburgh Steelers is ranked 2 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Chris Boswell #9
PIT Steelers, 1 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=12, MAFG=29, MIFG=3, MAXP=26, MIXP=1, FPPG=8.6, TFP=103
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Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 3 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 4 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=16, MAFG=33, MIFG=7, MAXP=29, MIXP=0, FPPG=6.7, TFP=107
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Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 4 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Dan Bailey #5
DAL Cowboys, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, MAFG=30, MIFG=2, MAXP=25, MIXP=0, FPPG=6.8, TFP=109
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Steven Hauschka of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 5 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Steven Hauschka #4
SEA Seahawks, 8 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=16, MAFG=29, MIFG=2, MAXP=40, MIXP=4, FPPG=7.3, TFP=117
6
Graham Gano of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 6 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Graham Gano #9
CAR Panthers, 6 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=16, MAFG=30, MIFG=6, MAXP=56, MIXP=3, FPPG=7.8, TFP=125
7
Brandon McManus of the Denver Broncos is ranked 7 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Brandon McManus #8
DEN Broncos, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=16, MAFG=30, MIFG=5, MAXP=35, MIXP=1, FPPG=6.8, TFP=109
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Chandler Catanzaro of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 8 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Chandler Catanzaro #7
ARI Cardinals, 2 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=16, MAFG=28, MIFG=3, MAXP=53, MIXP=5, FPPG=7.7, TFP=123
9
Blair Walsh of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 9 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Blair Walsh #3
MIN Vikings, 4 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=16, MAFG=34, MIFG=5, MAXP=33, MIXP=4, FPPG=7.2, TFP=116
10
Mason Crosby of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 10 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Mason Crosby #2
GB Packers, 9 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=15, MAFG=24, MIFG=4, MAXP=36, MIXP=0, FPPG=6.4, TFP=96

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 1 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 11
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=14, SACK=52, DTD=5, PA=296, FPPG=8.8, TFP=140
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Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 2 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
Bye 7
GAM=16, FREC=15, INT=24, SACK=44, DTD=4, PA=308, FPPG=9.1, TFP=146
3
Seattle Seahawks of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 3 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Seattle Seahawks
Bye 5
GAM=16, FREC=9, INT=14, SACK=37, DTD=3, PA=277, FPPG=6.3, TFP=101
4
Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 4 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
Bye 9
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 5 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs
Bye 5
GAM=16, FREC=7, INT=22, SACK=47, DTD=6, PA=287, FPPG=9.1, TFP=145
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New York Giants of the New York Giants is ranked 6 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
New York Giants
Bye 8
GAM=16, FREC=13, INT=15, SACK=23, DTD=4, PA=442, FPPG=6.7, TFP=107
7
Los Angeles Rams of the Los Angeles Rams is ranked 7 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Los Angeles Rams
Bye 8
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 8 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Houston Texans
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=14, SACK=45, DTD=3, PA=313, FPPG=7.1, TFP=113
9
Oakland Raiders of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 9 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Oakland Raiders
Bye 10
GAM=16, FREC=11, INT=14, SACK=38, DTD=1, PA=399, FPPG=6.4, TFP=102
10
New England Patriots of the New England Patriots is ranked 10 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
New England Patriots
Bye 9
GAM=16, FREC=9, INT=12, SACK=49, DTD=2, PA=315, FPPG=6.7, TFP=107
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