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

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