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NFL Week 16 positional fantasy football rankings 2.0

Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons (31) tackles Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (1) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jerick McKinnon is a must-start: McKinnon has recorded 120-plus yards, two touchdowns and seven or more catches in each of his last two games.

• Watch the weather: Multiple games may be at the mercy of bad weather this weekend, with high winds and snow expected. This will downgrade typical fantasy starters such as Gabriel Davis.

• Nathan Jahnke’s fantasy rankings have been the most accurate in-season rankings over the last four seasons, per FantasyPros‘ rankings-accuracy competition.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

These are my fantasy football rankings for Week 16 of the 2022 NFL season for PPR leagues, including some notes about players to help you make your weekly decisions. Rankings in other formats can be found here.

According to FantasyPros, my rankings were fifth-most accurate in 2021, second-most in 2020 and third-most in 2019. I was the only analyst to rank top-five all three years, making these the most consistently accurate rankings over the last four seasons.

Last Updated: 11:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24

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Rank Name Team Opp Notes
1 Patrick Mahomes KC SEA
2 Josh Allen BUF @CHI
3 Justin Herbert LAC @IND
4 Joe Burrow CIN @NE
5 Tua Tagovailoa MIA GB
6 Kirk Cousins MIN NYG GM
7 Justin Fields CHI BUF
8 Geno Smith SEA @KC
9 Dak Prescott DAL PHI BM
10 Tom Brady TB @ARZ
11 Daniel Jones NYG @MIN
12 Aaron Rodgers GB @MIA GM
13 Gardner Minshew PHI @DAL FA
14 Jared Goff DET @CAR
15 Trevor Lawrence JAX @NYJ
16 Brock Purdy SF WAS
17 Derek Carr LV @PIT
18 Russell Wilson DEN @LA BM
19 Kenny Pickett PIT LV FA
20 Tyler Huntley BLT ATL GM
21 Sam Darnold CAR DET FA
22 Nick Foles IND LAC BM, FA
23 Deshaun Watson CLV NO BM
24 Zach Wilson NYJ JAX GM, FA
25 Mac Jones NE CIN FA
26 Trace McSorley ARZ TB FA
27 Taylor Heinicke WAS @SF BM, FA
28 Malik Willis TEN HST GM, FA
29 Baker Mayfield LA DEN FA
30 Davis Mills HST @TEN FA
31 Desmond Ridder ATL @BLT FA
32 Andy Dalton NO @CLV FA

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