Fantasy Rankings & Tiers: Make Your Championship Start/Sit Decisions Now

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  • It's fantasy football championship weekend! And Sean Koerner is here to walk you through these all important start/sit decisions.
  • Koerner -- the top in-season ranker in three of the past five seasons -- outlines his Week 16 fantasy rankings into tiers.
  • Find his rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses below.

It’s fantasy football championship weekend!

To help you make these critical start/sit decisions, I’ve outlined the latest version of my fantasy football rankings into tiers so you can better visualize the drop-off in expected production at each position. Note that these are as of Saturday afternoon and final inactives could still impact certain players, so be sure to check my updated rankings before making your final decisions.

Fantasy Rankings & Tiers

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Quarterbacks

Tier 1

Patrick Mahomes (vs. ATL)

Tier 2

Kyler Murray (vs. SF)
Lamar Jackson (vs. NYG)
Jalen Hurts (@ DAL)
Deshaun Watson (vs. CIN)
Aaron Rodgers (vs. TEN)
Josh Allen (@ NE)

Tier 3

Tom Brady (@ DET)

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Tier 4

Russell Wilson (vs. LAR)
Justin Herbert (vs. DEN)
Ryan Tannehill (@ GB)

Tier 5

Mitchell Trubisky (@ JAX)
Baker Mayfield (@ NYJ)
Jared Goff (@ SEA)
Tua Tagovailoa (@ LV)
Drew Brees (vs. MIN)
Matt Ryan (@ KC)

Tier 6

Andy Dalton (vs. PHI)
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. IND)
Matthew Stafford (vs. TB)

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Justin K. Aller/Getty Images. Pictured: Ben Roethlisberger.

Tier 7

Drew Lock (@ LAC)
Kirk Cousins (@ NO)
Teddy Bridgewater (@ WAS)
C.J. Beathard (@ ARI)
Derek Carr (vs. MIA)

Tier 8

Philip Rivers (@ PIT)
Mike Glennon (vs. CHI)
Cam Newton (vs. BUF)

Tier 9

Alex Smith (vs. CAR)
Sam Darnold (vs. CLE)
Brandon Allen (@ HOU)
Daniel Jones (@ BAL)

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Running Backs

Tier 1

Alvin Kamara (vs. MIN)
Derrick Henry (@ GB)
Dalvin Cook (@ NO)
David Montgomery (@ JAX)

Tier 2

Aaron Jones (vs. TEN)
Austin Ekeler (vs. DEN)

Tier 3

Nick Chubb (@ NYJ)
Leonard Fournette (@ DET)
Josh Jacobs (vs. MIA)
Miles Sanders (@ DAL)
David Johnson (vs. CIN)

Michael Reaves/Getty Images. Pictured: Miles Sanders

Tier 4

Melvin Gordon (@ LAC)
Chris Carson (vs. LAR)
Jonathan Taylor (@ PIT)
D’Andre Swift (vs. TB)

Tier 5

Mike Davis (@ WAS)
Le’Veon Bell (vs. ATL)
J.K. Dobbins (vs. NYG)
Jeffery Wilson (@ ARI)
Kenyan Drake (vs. SF)

Tier 6

Giovani Bernard (@ HOU)
Kareem Hunt (@ NYJ)
Ezekiel Elliott (vs. PHI)
Darrell Henderson (@ SEA)
J.D. McKissic (vs. CAR)
Tony Pollard (vs. PHI)
Myles Gaskin (@ LV)

Tier 7

Chase Edmonds (vs. SF)
Antonio Gibson (vs. CAR)

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Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Chase Edmonds

Tier 8

Wayne Gallman (@ BAL)
Salvon Ahmed (@ LV)
James Conner (vs. IND)
Dare Ogunbowale (vs. CHI)
Nyheim Hines (@ PIT)
Ito Smith (@ KC)
Zack Moss (@ NE)
Lynn Bowden (@ LV)
Devin Singletary (@ NE)
Frank Gore (vs. CLE)

Tier 9

Latavius Murray (vs. MIN)
Gus Edwards (vs. NYG)
Benny Snell (vs. IND)
Malcolm Brown (@ SEA)
James White (vs. BUF)

Tier 10

Sony Michel (vs. BUF)
Darrel Williams (vs. ATL)
Kalen Ballage (vs. DEN)
Rodney Smith (@ WAS)
Devine Ozigbo (vs. CHI)
Todd Gurley (@ KC)
LeSean McCoy (@ DET)
Damien Harris (vs. BUF)
Carlos Hyde (vs. LAR)
Ty Johnson (vs. CLE)
Samaje Perine (@ HOU)

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Wide Receivers

Tier 1

Davante Adams (vs. TEN)
Tyreek Hill (vs. ATL)

Tier 2

DeAndre Hopkins (vs. SF)
Calvin Ridley (@ KC)

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Carmen Mandato/Getty Images. Pictured: Calvin Ridley

Tier 3

Allen Robinson (@ JAX)
Stefon Diggs (@ NE)

Tier 4

D.K. Metcalf (vs. LAR)

Tier 5

A.J. Brown (@ GB)
Robert Woods (@ SEA)
Keenan Allen (vs. DEN)
Justin Jefferson (@ NO)

Tier 6

Jarvis Landry (@ NYJ)
Adam Thielen (@ NO)
Brandon Aiyuk (@ ARI)
Cooper Kupp (@ SEA)
Tyler Lockett (vs. LAR)
Diontae Johnson (vs. IND)
Brandin Cooks (vs. CIN)
Mike Evans (@ DET)
Corey Davis (@ GB)
Marvin Jones (vs. TB)

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Rob Carr/Getty Images. Pictured: Corey Davis (84) and teammates celebrate

Tier 7

Chris Godwin (@ DET)
Robby Anderson (@ WAS)
Antonio Brown (@ DET)
CeeDee Lamb (vs. PHI)
Amari Cooper (vs. PHI)
Emmanuel Sanders (vs. MIN)
Tee Higgins (@ HOU)
D.J. Moore (@ WAS)
Juju Smith-Schuster (vs. IND)
Russell Gage (@ KC)

Tier 8

Jamison Crowder (vs. CLE)
Allen Lazard (vs. TEN)
Curtis Samuel (@ WAS)
Cole Beasley (@ NE)
D.J. Chark (vs. CHI)
Keke Coutee (vs. CIN)
Tim Patrick (@ LAC)
T.Y. Hilton (@ PIT)
DeVante Parker (@ LV)
Chase Claypool (vs. IND)

Tier 9

Rashard Higgins (@ NYJ)
Marquise Brown (vs. NYG)
Sterling Shepard (@ BAL)
Nelson Agholor (vs. MIA)
Cam Sims (vs. CAR)
Chad Hansen (vs. CIN)
Laviska Shenault (vs. CHI)
Jakobi Meyers (vs. BUF)

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Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images. Pictured: Jakobi Meyers.

Tier 10

Darius Slayton (@ BAL)
Michael Gallup (vs. PHI)
Denzel Mims (vs. CLE)
Sammy Watkins (vs. ATL)
Jerry Jeudy (@ LAC)
Christian Kirk (vs. SF)
Michael Pittman Jr. (@ PIT)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. TEN)
Darnell Mooney (@ JAX)
Breshad Perriman (vs. CLE)

Tier 11

A.J. Green (@ HOU)
Mecole Hardman (vs. ATL)
Keelan Cole (vs. CHI)
K.J. Hamler (@ LAC)
Mike Williams (vs. DEN)
Damiere Byrd (vs. BUF)
Marquez Callaway (vs. MIN)
Kendrick Bourne (@ ARI)
Jalen Reagor (@ DAL)
Hunter Renfrow (vs. MIA)
Zach Pascal (@ PIT)

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Tight Ends

Tier 1

Travis Kelce (vs. ATL)

Tier 2

Darren Waller (vs. MIA)

Tier 3

Mark Andrews (vs. NYG)

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images. Pictured: Mark Andrews

Tier 4

Logan Thomas (vs. CAR)
T.J. Hockenson (vs. TB)
George Kittle (@ ARI)
Robert Tonyan Jr. (vs. TEN)
Noah Fant (@ LAC)

Tier 5

Dallas Goedert (@ DAL)

Tier 6

Rob Gronkowski (@ DET)
Jared Cook (vs. MIN)
Evan Engram (@ BAL)

Tier 7

Hayden Hurst (@ KC)
Jonnu Smith (@ GB)
Cole Kmet (@ JAX)
Eric Ebron (vs. IND)
Tyler Higbee (@ SEA)
Dalton Schultz (vs. PHI)

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Getty Images. Pictured: Tyler Higbee

Tier 8

Jordan Akins (vs. CIN)
Irv Smith Jr. (@ NO)
Mike Gesicki (@ LV)
Zach Ertz (@ DAL)
Austin Hooper (@ NYJ)

Tier 9

Donald Parham (vs. DEN)
Gerald Everett (@ SEA)
Drew Sample (@ HOU)
Dawson Knox (@ NE)
Tyler Eifert (vs. CHI)
Cameron Brate (@ DET)
Dan Arnold (vs. SF)

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KICKERS

Tier 1

Ryan Succop (@ DET)
Wil Lutz (vs. MIN)
Harrison Butker (vs. ATL)
Justin Tucker (vs. NYG)
Jason Sanders (@ LV)
Ka’imi Fairbairn (vs. CIN)
Cairo Santos (@ JAX)

Tier 2

Brandon McManus (@ LAC)
Cody Parkey (@ NYJ)
Michael Badgley (vs. DEN)
Daniel Carlson (vs. MIA)
Matt Prater (vs. TB)
Mike Nugent (vs. SF)
Robbie Gould (@ ARI)
Tyler Bass (@ NE)
Mason Crosby (vs. TEN)
Greg Zuerlein (vs. PHI)
Jason Myers (vs. LAR)
Austin Seibert (@ HOU)
Younghoe Koo (@ KC)

Tier 3

Stephen Gostkowski (@ GB)
Rodrigo Blankenship (@ PIT)
Matt Gay (@ SEA)
Nick Folk (vs. BUF)
Jake Elliott (@ DAL)
Joey Slye (@ WAS)
Chris Boswell (vs. IND)
Aldrick Rosas (vs. CHI)
Graham Gano (@ BAL)
Dustin Hopkins (vs. CAR)
Chase McLaughlin (vs. CLE)
Dan Bailey (@ NO)

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DEFENSES

Tier 1

Baltimore Ravens (vs. NYG)
Cleveland Browns (@ NYJ)

Tier 2

Houston Texans (vs. CIN)
Chicago Bears (@ JAX)
Buffalo Bills (@ NE)
Washington Football Team (vs. CAR)
Arizona Cardinals (vs. SF)

Tier 3

Kansas City Chiefs (vs. ATL)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ DET)
Carolina Panthers (@ WAS)
Philadelphia Eagles (@ DAL)
Los Angeles Chargers (vs. DEN)
Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. IND)
New Orleans Saints (vs. MIN)
Indianapolis Colts (@ PIT)

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Joe Sargent/Getty Images. Pictured: T.J. Watt

Tier 4

Los Angeles Rams (@ SEA)
Seattle Seahawks (vs. LAR)
Miami Dolphins (@ LV)

Tier 5

Dallas Cowboys (vs. PHI)
Denver Broncos (@ LAC)
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. CHI)
New England Patriots (vs. BUF)
Cincinnati Bengals (@ HOU)
San Francisco 49ers (@ ARI)

Tier 6

Las Vegas Raiders (vs. MIA)
Green Bay Packers (vs. TEN)
New York Giants (@ BAL)

Tier 7

New York Jets (vs. CLE)
Minnesota Vikings (@ NO)
Tennessee Titans (@ GB)
Detroit Lions (vs. TB)
Atlanta Falcons (@ KC)

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