2016 Fantasy Football Top 150

To wrap up our preseason consolidated ranks, we bring you the top 150 overall players. Check out where Andy Germani, Joe Mica and Tommy Landseadel have all your favorite players listed.

Before we get to the ranks, we need to discuss a couple disclaimers.

  • As you will see, we have all changed our lists around quite a bit from the positional ranks. Much has happened over the past few weeks, so naturally players have been moving up and down the draft board.
  • Also, these lists were finalized before the Tony Romo news broke. Dez Bryant would certainly move down a couple of spots, but don’t reduce expectations too drastically. His poor performance last season was due as much to injury as it was QB play. Prescott may struggle a bit, but he can’t be worse than what the Cowboys got last season from Cassel and Weeden. As for Ezekiel Elliott, running room may be a bit tougher to find. Again though, he makes a pretty solid mid first round pick. Dallas plays in a soft division and their line is good enough to open holes even when the defense is keying on the run. In other words, don’t overreact to this news!
  • Lastly, there are a couple outlier ranks on these lists that really skew the overall numbers. That tends to happen more easily on an overall list than on a positional one. If you have a specific question about the rationale behind where we ranked a player, please ask in the comment section.

2016 Football Rankings LogoAll of our rankings assume standard scoring:

  • 6 points for TD
  • 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
  • 1 point for 25 yards passing – no PPR

Without further ado, here is our top 150 for 2016.

Rank Player Position Tommy Joe Andy
1 Antonio Brown WR 1 1 1
2 Todd Gurley RB 3 5 2
3 Odell Beckham WR 5 2 4
4 Julio Jones WR 6 3 5
5 Adrian Peterson RB 7 6 3
6 DeAndre Hopkins WR 10 8 7
7 Lamar Miller RB 8 7 12
8 A. J. Green WR 9 13 8
9 LeVeon Bell RB 12 9 11
10 Allen Robinson WR 13 4 16
11 Jamaal Charles RB 16 12 6
12 Ezekiel Elliott RB 2 25 10
12 Dez Bryant WR 14 14 9
14 Rob Gronkowski TE 11 15 13
15 David Johnson RB 4 26 14
16 Mark Ingram RB 17 20 17
17 Amari Cooper WR 23 11 29
18 Brandin Cooks WR 19 22 23
19 Mike Evans WR 18 28 19
19 Keenan Allen WR 22 17 26
21 Brandon Marshall WR 15 31 20
21 Alshon Jeffery WR 20 21 25
21 T.Y. Hilton WR 21 18 27
21 Doug Martin RB 24 27 15
25 Jordy Nelson WR 29 16 22
26 LeSean McCoy RB 26 24 21
27 Carlos Hyde RB 28 10 35
28 Devonta Freeman RB 25 34 18
29 Sammy Watkins WR 31 23 24
30 Eddie Lacy RB 37 19 31
31 Randall Cobb WR 32 30 28
32 Demaryius Thomas WR 30 37 30
33 Thomas Rawls RB 34 32 32
34 Cam Newton QB 33 41 34
35 Jordan Reed TE 35 44 33
36 Latavius Murray RB 45 29 39

The top 36 would be the first three rounds in most standard drafts. You’ll notice there is just one quarterback and two tight ends ranked here. The rest is split between running back (15) and wide receiver (18). Their draft positions will obviously differ from your actual draft, but the volume of players from these two positions should remain about the same. Unless you are drafting Gronk or Cam Newton you should be looking at receivers and backs early.



Rank Player Position Tommy Joe Andy
37 Aaron Rodgers QB 36 42 37
38 Jarvis Landry WR 44 33 43
39 C.J. Anderson RB 27 46 51
40 Matt Forte RB 39 35 52
41 Kelvin Benjamin WR 53 36 41
42 Russell Wilson QB 49 47 38
43 Jeremy Maclin WR 40 54 49
44 Andrew Luck QB 38 45 63
45 Greg Olsen TE 51 43 53
46 Drew Brees QB 48 40 60
46 Jonathan Stewart RB 56 56 36
48 Eric Decker WR 41 70 40
48 Jeremy Hill RB 47 59 45
50 Julian Edelman WR 42 65 47
50 DeMarco Murray RB 46 62 46
52 Donte Moncrief WR 57 57 44
53 Doug Baldwin WR 43 75 42
54 Larry Fitzgerald WR 59 52 54
55 Giovani Bernard RB 69 38 61
56 Golden Tate WR 63 55 56
57 Ben Roethlisberger QB 50 50 79
58 Duke Johnson RB 65 61 62
59 Melvin Gordon RB 84 39 59
60 John Brown WR 52 63 76
61 DeVante Parker WR 54 73 69
61 Emmanuel Sanders WR 61 74 55
63 Jeremy Langford RB 68 83 50
64 Delanie Walker TE 70 71 66
65 Michael Floyd WR 58 102 48
66 Marvin Jones WR 64 80 67
67 Jordan Matthews WR 75 69 68
68 Michael Crabtree WR 76 51 86
69 Chris Ivory RB 86 60 73
70 Matt Jones RB 60 88 75
71 Allen Hurns WR 87 53 84
72 Rashad Jennings RB 67 81 77

72 players would bring us to the end of round six. Just like in the top 36, there were just two tight ends ranked here and receivers (17) edge out the running backs (12). However, there are five quarterbacks listed here, and by our rankings four of the five could be taken in round four. This is where you must make a major decision, so ask yourself one simple question.

  • Do you value the security of taking one of the top quarterbacks on the board, or the depth you could acquire at the wide receiver and running back position?

If you believe that you can find value at the quarterback position later in the draft then stock up on those backs and receivers. However, if you don’t feel comfortable taking one of those lower ranked quarterbacks later then you’ll need to make your move early. There is no right or wrong decision here, just personal preferences.



Rank Player Position Tommy Joe Andy
73 Kevin White WR 72 64 89
74 Travis Kelce TE 78 77 74
75 Tom Brady QB 87 72 71
76 Josh Gordon WR 80 68 83
77 Arian Foster RB 55 105 72
78 Ryan Mathews RB 91 84 58
79 T.J. Yeldon RB 93 48 95
80 Ameer Abdullah RB 89 58 91
81 Tyler Lockett WR 62 122 57
82 DeSean Jackson WR 79 90 82
82 Carson Palmer QB 83 98 70
84 Blake Bortles QB 82 66 107
85 Sterling Shepard WR 71 100 87
86 Justin Forsett RB 88 78 96
87 Julius Thomas TE 74 95 98
88 Danny Woodhead RB 94 93 85
89 Philip Rivers QB 106 67 102
90 DeAngelo WIlliams RB 73 125 81
90 Charles Sims RB 85 79 112
92 Jay Ajayi RB 110 91 78
93 Isaiah Crowell RB 95 92 93
94 Coby Fleener TE 77 114 100
95 Torrey Smith WR 108 76 119
96 LeGarrette Blount RB 98 120 92
97 Bruce Ellington WR 100 85 131
98 Eli Manning QB 107 109 101
99 Corey Coleman WR 81 124 115
100 Tevin Coleman RB 96 106 121
101 Tyrod Taylor QB 119 99 106
102 Matthew Stafford QB 118 104 104
102 Devontae Booker RB 97 116 113
104 Zach Ertz TE 122 112 97
105 Derrick Henry RB 92 NR 80
106 Tyler Eifert TE 99 108 134
107 Christine Michael RB 105 144 94
108 Marcus Wheaton WR 129 89 126

Rounds seven through nine, or players 73 to 108 is where you start rounding out your starting squad. There are seven quarterbacks listed here bringing the grand total up to 13, and five tight ends for a total of nine through nine rounds. With 35 wide receivers  (potentially) off the board in the first six rounds there are plenty of WR2 available here.

In contrast, 27 running backs could be off the board prior to round seven which means you’ll be looking at fullbacks with pass catching abilities, or a possible handcuff for a few of the more brittle starting backs. You’ll notice there is not one kicker or DST unit ranked in the top-100 (108) – that should tell you something. Don’t be the guy to reach too early for either of these positions.



Rank Player Position Tommy Joe Andy
109 Tavon Austin WR 90 126 129
110 Kamar Aiken WR 103 119 124
110 Bilal Powell RB 113 110 123
112 Gary Barnidge TE 114 141 99
113 Kirk Cousins QB 117 133 108
114 Jameis Winston QB 116 132 111
114 Willie Snead WR 148 86 125
116 Stefon Diggs WR 149 94 120
117 Antonio Gates TE 115 NR 90
118 Phillip Dorsett WR 101 149 117
119 Shaun Draughn RB 111 97 NR
120 Rishard Mathews WR 133 82 NR
120 James White RB NR 150 65
122 Travis Benjamin WR 102 118 NR
123 Vincent Jackson WR NR 103 118
124 Deandre Washington RB 139 121 122
125 Kenneth Dixon RB 112 135 137
126 Michael Thomas WR 126 146 116
127 Matt Ryan QB NR 127 105
128 Chris Johnson RB NR 107 130
129 Devin Funchess WR 150 NR 88
130 Tony Romo QB 136 NR 103
131 John Starks RB 104 137 NR
131 Theo Riddick RB 145 96 NR
133 Marcus Mariota QB NR 134 110
134 Kenny Stills WR NR 87 NR
134 Mohammed Sanu WR 146 101 NR
136 Andy Dalton QB 120 128 NR
137 Steve Smith WR 134 115 NR
138 Sammie Coates WR 128 131 NR
139 SEA DST 123 NR 141
140 Mike Wallace WR 127 139 NR
141 Tyler Boyd WR 109 NR NR
141 Derek Carr QB NR NR 109
143 Anquan Boldin WR 132 138 NR
144 Jordan Cameron TE NR 111 NR
145 Dwayne Allen TE NR 113 NR
146 Alfred Morris RB NR NR 114
147 Paul Perkins RB 141 NR 135
147 Ka’Deem Carey RB 130 NR 146
149 Alfred Blue WR NR 117 NR
150 DEN DST 124 NR NR
NR denotes a non ranking of that player

After nine rounds you should have a starting quarterback, at least three wide receivers, three running backs, and maybe a tight end. If you drafted correctly then the final six round are for filling out your team, whether it be to fill an empty slot for an undrafted position or added bench depth to support your starting cast. That’s what the final portion of these rankings are for, listing the best of the rest – at least according to us.

There are no kickers ranked in the top-150, and only two DST units (Sea and Den). This is mainly because conventional wisdom says you should not take either of these positions until the end. However, if by round 12 you see that everyone is following this recipe, you might want to go against the grain and take someone from one of these two positions early. This might very well start a run causing some owners to take a lower ranked K/DST much earlier than they should. You’ll be doing that as well, but at least you’ve got the top choice. That right there is a strategy in itself.

 

That wraps up our fantasy football rankings for the 2016 season. Good luck to everyone in their draft and the up coming season.

2016 Fantasy Football Rankings
QuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverTight EndKickerDefense

 

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