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NFL Skinny: Week 16 cheat sheet

Brandon Funston
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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
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