Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings | David vs. Goliath
In this column I will try to pick a few players each week who I either “love” or “hate” more than the big boys of ESPN.
Week 15 was a pretty decent week. Rex Grossman (I predicted #9, finished #25) failed me, and I was way off on Mike Williams (#15, finished #63). Jake Ballard got injured, so I’m not counting that one. Otherwise, I was fairly accurate. I warned of Jordy Nelson’s road-game struggles, and while I never could have forecast a #66 finish, my #22 ranking was much closer than the #4 from ESPN. Rashard Mendenhall I am counting as a split with his #30 ranking (ESPN-#23, me-#36). And with Demaryius Thomas (predicted #12, finished #13) and Jabar Gaffney (predicted #17, finished #19) I was almost dead on.
It has been great writing this article the past few weeks for NFLSoup. I have really had fun with it, and hopefully you have enjoyed reading it. This will be my final offering this season, and will be a Christmas Week short-and-sweet edition, as I still have shopping to do. Happy Holidays to all!
A few Fantasy Football Player Rankings for Week 16 that the braintrust at ESPN and I disagree on:
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: ESPN Rank – #2, My Rank – #1
I don’t really have any big differences with ESPN at the QB position this week, so I just want to give my reasons for why Brees will reign supreme in Week 16: 1) I own Mr. Brees in one of my Leagues, and will need a big performance to win the championship. 2) Drew is a mere 305 yards from breaking Dan Marino’s 1984 record of 5,084 passing yards in a season. 3) New Orleans hosts Atlanta on Monday Night. In four previous Prime Time games in 2011, the Saints have averaged 46 points a game. In those games, Brees has thrown no fewer than three TDs or for less than 325 yards, and has averaged an amazing 362.25 yards and 3.75 TDs. (Jimmy Graham, who I also have in the same League, has averaged 5.75-70.75-1.25 in those games) 4) In his last five games vs ATL, Brees has only been under 300 yards (296) in one, and has thrown 11 TDs.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: ESPN Rank – #18, My Rank – #7
Spiller had a mediocre game in Week 14 (also a week I liked him), but that was sandwiched between two great weeks in which he totaled 269 yards from scrimmage and three TDs. Those two great games were at home, and so is his meeting with DEN this week. Denver is the 2nd easiest match-up for RB over the last seven weeks, surrendering a juicy 176 yards from scrimmage a game. Sounds perfect for a dual-threat like C.J.
Percy Harvin, WR, Minnesota Vikings: ESPN Rank – #18, My Rank – #6
Harvin had been spectacular for four weeks before his embarrassing Week 15 performance. I’m counting on him to return to his former glory at WAS, as the entire Vikings offense failed to show up last Sunday.
Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets: ESPN Rank – #10, My Rank – #3
It’s NY vs NY in Week 16. The Giants have been pitiful against the TE lately. They managed to fare well last week vs a WAS team missing their two top TEs, but in the six weeks prior NYG has allowed an average of 7.5-86.7-1.2. Also, Keller actually leads the Jets in both catches (50) and receiving yards (604), and is second to only Santonio Holmes (91) in targets with 90.