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NFL Week 16 positional fantasy football rankings

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (1) stiff arms Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Chad Muma (48) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jerick McKinnon is a must-start player: McKinnon is coming off back-to-back games with at least 120 yards, two touchdowns and at least seven catches.
  • Watch the weather: Multiple games may have bad weather with high winds and snow. This will move some typical fantasy starting receivers to backups, such as Gabriel Davis.
  • Nathan Jahnke’s fantasy rankings have been the most accurate in season rankings over the last four seasons combined, per FantasyPros‘ rankings accuracy competition.
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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 seasons, making these the most consistently-accurate rankings of the last four seasons.

Last Updated: 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22

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

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