NFL Skinny: Week 16 cheat sheet

Alright, we’re changing the Skinny up this week. Most leagues are down to their Championship Week – just two teams left to face off for the title. Rather than make those owners wade through the usual game capsules, I thought I’d cut straight to the chase this week and just post my early rankings for each position, color-coding the matchup column so as to show which light (green, chartreuse, yellow, red) I would have placed that player under had I been doing this the usual way. And I’ve made parenthetical note of each player dealing with a notable injury, adding a “?” or “GTD” (game-time decision) designation after the listed injury if the ailment is troubling enough to potentially mess with the player’s ability to get on the field in Week 16.

Owners will also have to monitor the Green Bay situation. If San Francisco loses on Saturday, the Packers would officially clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs before they kickoff on Christmas Day. With a very beat up offensive line and nothing to play for, Aaron Rodgers would be a likely candidate to sit in Week 16 – if not the entire game, then maybe a couple quarters. A-Rod owners may want to start looking for the best possible fallback option just in case the 49ers drop the ball in Seattle.

Alright, best of luck in Week 16, and happy holidays!

QUARTERBACK VS.RUNNING BACK VS.WIDE RECEIVER VS.
Drew Brees ATL   Arian Foster IND   Calvin Johnson SDG
Cam Newton TB   LeSean McCoy DAL   Roddy White NO
Tom Brady MIA   Ray Rice CLE   Brandon Marshall NE
Matthew Stafford SDG   Maurice Jones-Drew TEN   Wes Welker MIA
Philip Rivers DET   Ryan Mathews DET   Steve Smith TB
Matt Ryan NO   Adrian Peterson (ankle) WASH   Larry Fitzgerald CIN
Tony Romo PHI   Reggie Bush NE   Mike Wallace STL
Aaron Rodgers CHI   Michael Bush KC   Marques Colston ATL
Michael Vick (ribs) DAL   Chris Johnson (ankle) JAX   A.J. Green (shoulder?) ARZ
Tim Tebow BUF   Michael Turner NO   Miles Austin PHI
Eli Manning NYG   Darren Sproles ATL   Vincent Jackson DET
Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) STL   Rashard Mendenhall (ribs) STL   Julio Jones NO
Jake Locker (if he starts) JAX   LeGarrette Blount CAR   Hakeem Nicks NYJ
Kyle Orton OAK   Shonn Greene (finger) NYG   Jordy Nelson CHI
Rex Grossman MIN   Roy Helu (toe?) MIN   Dwayne Bowe OAK
Mark Sanchez (neck) NYG   C.J. Spiller DEN   Stevie Johnson (groin?) DEN
Carson Palmer KC   Willis McGahee (hammy?) BUF   Percy Harvin WASH
Matt Moore NE   Cedric Benson ARZ   Victor Cruz NYJ
Ryan Fitzpatrick DEN   Marshawn Lynch SF   Dez Bryant PHI
Andy Dalton ARZ   Frank Gore SEA   Santana Moss MIN
Josh Freeman CAR   Felix Jones (hammy?) PHI   Antonio Brown STL
Christian Ponder WASH   DeAngelo Williams TB   Jabar Gaffney MIN
Joe Flacco CLE   Ahmad Bradshaw NYJ   Demaryius Thomas BUF
T.J. Yates IND   Kahlil Bell GB   Jeremy Maclin (hammy) DAL
Matt Hasselbeck (calf?) JAX   Kevin Smith (ankle) SDG   Nate Washington JAX
Kevin Kolb (concussion?) CIN   Jonathan Stewart TB   Lance Moore ATL
Dan Orlovsky HOU   Beanie Wells (knee?) CIN   Santonio Holmes NYG
Tarvaris Jackson SF   Steven Jackson PITT   Malcom Floyd DET
Seneca Wallace BAL   Peyton Hillis BAL   DeSean Jackson (elbow) DAL
Alex Smith SEA   Donald Brown HOU   Laurent Robinson PHI
TIGHT END   VS.   Ben Tate (hammy) IND   Darrius Heyward-Bey KC
Jimmy Graham ATL   BenJarvus Green-Ellis MIA   Torrey Smith CLE
Rob Gronkowski MIA   Mike Tolbert DET   Michael Crabtree SEA
Antonio Gates DET   Pierre Thomas ATL   Brandon Lloyd PITT
Tony Gonzalez NO   Brandon Jacobs NYJ   Mike Williams CAR
Jermichael Finley CHI   Lance Ball BUF   Anquan Boldin CLE
Jason Witten PHI   Christopher Ivory ATL   Steve Breaston OAK
Aaron Hernandez MIA   Daniel Thomas NE   Plaxico Burress NYG
Brent Celek DAL   Jackie Battle OAK   Mario Manningham NYJ
Vernon Davis SEA   Marion Barber GB   Doug Baldwin SF
Dustin Keller NYG   James Starks (ankle?) CHI   Greg Little CLE
Kellen Winslow CAR   Ryan Grant CHI   Pierre Garcon HOU
Brandon Pettigrew SDG   LaDainian Tomlinson NYG   Reggie Wayne HOU
Jared Cook JAX   Toby Gerhart WASH   James Jones CHI
Jermaine Gresham ARZ   Thomas Jones OAK   Nate Burleson SDG
Owen Daniels (knee - GTD) IND   Joseph Addai HOU   David Nelson DEN
Anthony Fasano NE   Stevan Ridley MIA   Randall Cobb CHI
Greg Olsen TB   Dexter McCluster OAK   Eric Decker BUF
Jeremy Shockey TB   Jacquizz Rodgers NO   Damian Williams JAX
Ed Dickson CLE   Danny Woodhead MIA   Denarius Moore KC
Marcedes Lewis TEN   Evan Royster MIN   Titus Young SDG
Kevin Boss KC   Isaac Redman STL   Andre Roberts CIN
Joel Dreessen IND   Kendall Hunter SEA   Donald Driver CHI
Todd Heap CIN   Ricky Williams CLE   Golden Tate SF
Scott Chandler (ankle?) DEN   Marcel Reece KC   Dexter McCluster OAK
Heath Miller STL   Maurice Morris SDG   Davone Bess NE
DEFENSE/ST   VS.   Montario Hardesty BAL   Deion Branch (groin?) MIA
Green Bay Packers CHI   Kregg Lumpkin CAR   Kevin Walter IND
Pittsburgh Steelers STL   Jamie Harper JAX   Jonathan Baldwin OAK
Baltimore Ravens CLE   LaRod Stephens-Howling CIN   Dezmon Briscoe CAR
Seattle Seahawks SF           Devin Aromashodu WASH
Cincinnati Bengals ARZ           Danario Alexander PITT
Houston Texans IND           Jerome Simpson ARZ
Tennessee Titans JAX           Robert Meachem ATL
San Francisco 49ers SEA           Kyle Williams SEA
Kansas City Chiefs OAK           Early Doucet CIN
Washington Redskins MIN           Earl Bennett GB
Dallas Cowboys PHI           Dane Sanzenbacher GB
New York Jets NYG           Brian Hartline NE
Buffalo Bills DEN           Jacoby Jones IND
Detroit Lions SDG           Brad Smith DEN
Denver Broncos BUF           Vincent Brown DET
New England Patriots MIA           Legedu Naanee TB
Carolina Panthers TB           Austin Collie HOU
New York Giants NYJ           Riley Cooper DAL
Chicago Bears GB           Harry Douglas NO
Arizona Cardinals CIN           T.J. Houshmandzadeh KC