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=10, PAYD=2761, PATD=25, RUCA=40, RUYD=259, RUTD=3, INT=7, FUM=3, FPPG=28.4, TFP=284
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=10, PAYD=3277, PATD=26, RUCA=15, RUYD=18, RUTD=1, INT=8, FUM=2, FPPG=27.5, TFP=275
3
Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 3 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Matt Ryan #2
ATL Falcons, 8 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=10, PAYD=3247, PATD=24, RUCA=23, RUYD=69, RUTD=0, INT=5, FUM=2, FPPG=26.7, TFP=267
4
Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 4 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Marcus Mariota #8
TEN Titans, 1 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=11, PAYD=2772, PATD=23, RUCA=45, RUYD=264, RUTD=2, INT=8, FUM=4, FPPG=23.9, TFP=263
5
Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 5 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Dak Prescott #12
DAL Cowboys, Rookie , Bye 7
GAM=10, PAYD=2640, PATD=17, RUCA=33, RUYD=141, RUTD=4, INT=2, FUM=3, FPPG=23.6, TFP=236
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Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 6 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Andrew Luck #12
IND Colts, 4 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=10, PAYD=2827, PATD=19, RUCA=51, RUYD=246, RUTD=1, INT=8, FUM=3, FPPG=23.6, TFP=236
7
Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 7 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Derek Carr #4
OAK Raiders, 2 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=10, PAYD=2800, PATD=20, RUCA=24, RUYD=62, RUTD=0, INT=4, FUM=2, FPPG=22.6, TFP=226
8
Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 8 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Kirk Cousins #8
WAS Redskins, 4 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=10, PAYD=3091, PATD=17, RUCA=20, RUYD=47, RUTD=1, INT=7, FUM=1, FPPG=22, TFP=220
9
Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions is ranked 9 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Matthew Stafford #9
DET Lions, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=10, PAYD=2651, PATD=18, RUCA=23, RUYD=126, RUTD=0, INT=5, FUM=1, FPPG=21.5, TFP=215
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Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 10 in our 2016 Quarterback rankings.
Jameis Winston #3
TB Buccaneers, 1 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=10, PAYD=2680, PATD=20, RUCA=32, RUYD=98, RUTD=1, INT=10, FUM=4, FPPG=21.5, TFP=215

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=10, RUCA=197, RUYD=863, RUTD=10, RETR=73, RECP=47, REYD=510, RETD=2, FUM=1, FPPG=20.7, TFP=207
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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=10, RUCA=223, RUYD=1102, RUTD=9, RETR=27, RECP=22, REYD=280, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=19.6, TFP=196
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DeMarco Murray of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 13 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeMarco Murray #29
TEN Titans, 5 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=11, RUCA=212, RUYD=1000, RUTD=8, RETR=49, RECP=40, REYD=268, RETD=3, FUM=1, FPPG=17.3, TFP=191
14
Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 14 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Melvin Gordon #28
SD Chargers, 1 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=10, RUCA=217, RUYD=838, RUTD=9, RETR=46, RECP=33, REYD=346, RETD=2, FUM=2, FPPG=18, TFP=180
15
LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots is ranked 15 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
LeGarrette Blount #29
NE Patriots, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=10, RUCA=201, RUYD=802, RUTD=12, RETR=6, RECP=6, REYD=31, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=15.3, TFP=153
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Matt Forte of the New York Jets is ranked 16 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Matt Forte #22
NYJ Jets, 8 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=10, RUCA=189, RUYD=732, RUTD=7, RETR=34, RECP=23, REYD=179, RETD=1, FUM=1, FPPG=13.7, TFP=137
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LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 17 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
LeSean McCoy #25
BUF Bills, 7 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=9, RUCA=138, RUYD=716, RUTD=7, RETR=32, RECP=26, REYD=144, RETD=1, FUM=0, FPPG=14.9, TFP=134
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Frank Gore of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 18 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Frank Gore #23
IND Colts, 11 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=10, RUCA=163, RUYD=642, RUTD=4, RETR=35, RECP=28, REYD=201, RETD=3, FUM=0, FPPG=12.6, TFP=126
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Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins is ranked 19 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
Jay Ajayi #23
MIA Dolphins, 1 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=9, RUCA=143, RUYD=802, RUTD=6, RETR=19, RECP=15, REYD=76, RETD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=13.5, TFP=122
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DeVonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 20 in our 2016 Running Back rankings.
DeVonta Freeman #24
ATL Falcons, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=10, RUCA=145, RUYD=669, RUTD=3, RETR=39, RECP=31, REYD=252, RETD=2, FUM=0, FPPG=12.2, TFP=122

Top 10 Wide Receivers

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Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is ranked 21 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Julio Jones #11
ATL Falcons, 5 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=10, RETR=97, RECP=61, REYD=1105, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14, TFP=140
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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=10, RETR=121, RECP=65, REYD=916, RETD=8, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=14, TFP=140
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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=10, RETR=114, RECP=77, REYD=907, RETD=7, RUYD=9, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=13.4, TFP=134
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A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals is ranked 24 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
A.J. Green #18
CIN Bengals, 5 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=10, RETR=100, RECP=66, REYD=964, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=12, TFP=120
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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=10, RETR=99, RECP=57, REYD=888, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.9, TFP=119
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Jordy Nelson of the Green Bay Packers is ranked 26 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Jordy Nelson #87
GB Packers, 8 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=10, RETR=96, RECP=53, REYD=663, RETD=9, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.8, TFP=118
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Odell Beckham of the New York Giants is ranked 27 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Odell Beckham #13
NYG Giants, 2 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=10, RETR=98, RECP=59, REYD=819, RETD=6, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=11.6, TFP=116
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Brandin Cooks of the New Orleans Saints is ranked 28 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Brandin Cooks #10
NO Saints, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=10, RETR=75, RECP=51, REYD=736, RETD=6, RUYD=26, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=11.2, TFP=112
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Amari Cooper of the Oakland Raiders is ranked 29 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Amari Cooper #89
OAK Raiders, 1 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=10, RETR=93, RECP=62, REYD=900, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.8, TFP=108
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Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 30 in our 2016 Wide Receiver rankings.
Larry Fitzgerald #11
ARI Cardinals, 12 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=10, RETR=106, RECP=74, REYD=749, RETD=5, RUYD=5, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.5, TFP=105

Top 10 Tight Ends

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Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 31 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Greg Olsen #88
CAR Panthers, 9 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=10, RETR=85, RECP=54, REYD=745, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.2, TFP=92
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Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans is ranked 32 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Delanie Walker #82
TEN Titans, 10 years exp , Bye 13
GAM=10, RETR=68, RECP=46, REYD=607, RETD=5, RUYD=3, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=9.1, TFP=91
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Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 33 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jimmy Graham #88
SEA Seahawks, 6 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=10, RETR=63, RECP=45, REYD=639, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=1, FPPG=8.6, TFP=86
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Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots is ranked 34 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Martellus Bennett #83
NE Patriots, 8 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=10, RETR=49, RECP=39, REYD=518, RETD=4, RUYD=6, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.6, TFP=76
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Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 35 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Travis Kelce #87
KC Chiefs, 3 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=10, RETR=67, RECP=49, REYD=574, RETD=3, RUYD=-5, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.5, TFP=75
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Zach Miller of the Chicago Bears is ranked 36 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Zach Miller #86
CHI Bears, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=10, RETR=64, RECP=47, REYD=486, RETD=4, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7.3, TFP=73
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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked 37 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Rob Gronkowski #87
NE Patriots, 6 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=7, RETR=36, RECP=25, REYD=540, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=10.3, TFP=72
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Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins is ranked 38 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Jordan Reed #86
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=8, RETR=69, RECP=49, REYD=535, RETD=3, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=8.9, TFP=72
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Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 39 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Kyle Rudolph #82
MIN Vikings, 5 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=10, RETR=68, RECP=39, REYD=404, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=7, TFP=70
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Cameron Brate of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 40 in our 2016 Tight End rankings.
Cameron Brate #84
TB Buccaneers, 2 years exp , Bye 6
GAM=10, RETR=52, RECP=37, REYD=393, RETD=5, RUYD=0, RUTD=0, FUM=0, FPPG=6.9, TFP=69

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=10, MAFG=23, MIFG=2, MAXP=31, MIXP=1, FPPG=9.3, TFP=93
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Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts is ranked 42 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Adam Vinatieri #4
IND Colts, 20 years exp , Bye 10
GAM=10, MAFG=20, MIFG=1, MAXP=27, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.4, TFP=84
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Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 43 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Justin Tucker #9
BAL Ravens, 4 years exp , Bye 8
GAM=10, MAFG=23, MIFG=0, MAXP=14, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.3, TFP=83
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Josh Lambo of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 44 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Josh Lambo #2
SD Chargers, 1 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=10, MAFG=21, MIFG=2, MAXP=29, MIXP=3, FPPG=8.3, TFP=83
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Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys is ranked 45 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Dan Bailey #5
DAL Cowboys, 5 years exp , Bye 7
GAM=10, MAFG=19, MIFG=2, MAXP=30, MIXP=0, FPPG=8.1, TFP=81
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Cairo Santos of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 46 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Cairo Santos #5
KC Chiefs, 2 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=10, MAFG=23, MIFG=3, MAXP=19, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.8, TFP=78
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Dustin Hopkins of the Washington Redskins is ranked 47 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Dustin Hopkins #3
WAS Redskins, 3 years exp , Bye 9
GAM=10, MAFG=23, MIFG=4, MAXP=23, MIXP=2, FPPG=7.8, TFP=78
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Caleb Sturgis of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 48 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Caleb Sturgis #6
PHI Eagles, 3 years exp , Bye 4
GAM=10, MAFG=23, MIFG=4, MAXP=20, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.6, TFP=76
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Brandon McManus of the Denver Broncos is ranked 49 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Brandon McManus #8
DEN Broncos, 2 years exp , Bye 11
GAM=10, MAFG=21, MIFG=3, MAXP=22, MIXP=1, FPPG=7.5, TFP=75
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Steven Hauschka of the Seattle Seahawks is ranked 50 in our 2016 Kicker rankings.
Steven Hauschka #4
SEA Seahawks, 8 years exp , Bye 5
GAM=10, MAFG=21, MIFG=3, MAXP=18, MIXP=4, FPPG=6.8, TFP=68

Top 10 Defenses/Special Teams

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Kansas City Chiefs of the Kansas City Chiefs is ranked 51 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Kansas City Chiefs
Bye 5
GAM=10, FREC=10, INT=13, SACK=19, DTD=4, PA=187, FPPG=8.9, TFP=89
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Minnesota Vikings of the Minnesota Vikings is ranked 52 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Minnesota Vikings
Bye 6
GAM=10, FREC=8, INT=12, SACK=26, DTD=3, PA=176, FPPG=8.8, TFP=88
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Denver Broncos of the Denver Broncos is ranked 53 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Denver Broncos
Bye 11
GAM=10, FREC=10, INT=10, SACK=29, DTD=3, PA=189, FPPG=8.7, TFP=87
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San Diego Chargers of the San Diego Chargers is ranked 54 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
San Diego Chargers
Bye 11
GAM=10, FREC=8, INT=11, SACK=19, DTD=4, PA=278, FPPG=8.5, TFP=85
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Buffalo Bills of the Buffalo Bills is ranked 55 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Buffalo Bills
Bye 10
GAM=10, FREC=6, INT=8, SACK=31, DTD=3, PA=215, FPPG=7.7, TFP=77
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Carolina Panthers of the Carolina Panthers is ranked 56 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Carolina Panthers
Bye 7
GAM=10, FREC=4, INT=10, SACK=30, DTD=3, PA=246, FPPG=7.6, TFP=76
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Arizona Cardinals of the Arizona Cardinals is ranked 57 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Arizona Cardinals
Bye 9
GAM=10, FREC=8, INT=9, SACK=26, DTD=1, PA=190, FPPG=7.4, TFP=74
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is ranked 58 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bye 6
GAM=10, FREC=10, INT=7, SACK=21, DTD=2, PA=259, FPPG=7.1, TFP=71
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Philidelphia Eagles of the Philadelphia Eagles is ranked 59 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Philidelphia Eagles
Bye 4
GAM=10, FREC=7, INT=9, SACK=26, DTD=1, PA=186, FPPG=6.8, TFP=68
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Baltimore Ravens of the Baltimore Ravens is ranked 60 in our 2016 Defense rankings.
Baltimore Ravens
Bye 8
GAM=10, FREC=6, INT=11, SACK=23, DTD=1, PA=187, FPPG=6.3, TFP=63
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