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COVID-19 cases cause chaos in fantasy playoffs

A wave of COVID-19 outbreaks among NFL teams over the past few weeks is making the job of setting a lineup for the fantasy football playoffs even more difficult. Fantasy managers may not know until game time whether or not some of their key players will be available.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, for example, could be without his top two receivers in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.

Fantasy football rankings for Week 16 are based on the point-per-reception (PPR) scoring used in most seasonal and daily fantasy football formats. One point is awarded for every 10 rushing and receiving yards and one point for every 20 passing yards. Six points are awarded for touchdowns scored, four points for passing TDs and one point for receptions.

Rankings are compiled by

(*- Be sure to check injury/status before kickoff)

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes may not have all of his weapons on offense this week with the Chiefs dealing with a COVID outbreak.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes may not have all of his weapons on offense this week with the Chiefs dealing with a COVID outbreak.


1 Patrick Mahomes K.C. vs. Pit.

2 Justin Herbert L.A.-C at Hou.

3 Tom Brady T.B. at Car.

4 Kyler Murray Ari. vs. Ind.

5 Dak Prescott Dal. vs. Was.

6 Matthew Stafford L.A.-R at Min.

7 Russell Wilson Sea. vs. Chi.

8 Josh Allen Buf. at N.E.

9 Aaron Rodgers G.B. vs. Cle.

10 Jalen Hurts Phi. vs. N.Y.-G

11 Joe Burrow Cin. vs. Bal.

12 Lamar Jackson Bal. at Cin.

13 Derek Carr L.V. vs. Den.

14 Ryan Tannehill Ten. vs. S.F.

15 Tua Tagovailoa Mia. at N.O.

16 *Kirk Cousins Min. vs. L.A.-R

17 Taysom Hill N.O. vs. Mia.

18 Cam Newton Car. vs. T.B.

19 Matt Ryan Atl. vs. Det.

20 Jimmy Garoppolo S.F. at Ten.

21 Davis Mills Hou. vs. L.A.-C

22 Justin Fields Chi. at Sea.

23 Ben Roethlisberger Pit. at K.C.

24 Carson Wentz Ind. at Ari.

25 *Tyler Huntley Bal. at Cin.

26 Trevor Lawrence Jac. at N.Y.-J

27 Mac Jones N.E. vs. Buf.

28 Zach Wilson N.Y.-J vs. Jac.

29 *Jake Fromm N.Y.-G at Phi.

30 Drew Lock Den. at L.V.

31 *Jared Goff Det. at Atl.

32 *Nick Mullens Cle. at G.B.


1 Jonathan Taylor Ind. at Ari.

2 Dalvin Cook Min. vs. L.A.-R

3 Alvin Kamara N.O. vs. Mia.

4 Nick Chubb Cle. at G.B.

5 Justin Jackson L.A.-C at Hou.

6 Ezekiel Elliott Dal. vs. Was.

7 Najee Harris Pit. at K.C.

8 Clyde Edwards-Helaire K.C. vs. Pit.

9 David Montgomery Chi. at Sea.

10 Saquon Barkley N.Y.-G at Phi.

11 Aaron Jones G.B. vs. Cle.

12 Joe Mixon Cin. vs. Bal.

13 James Robinson Jac. at N.Y.-J

14 Melvin Gordon Den. at L.V.

15 *D’Andre Swift Det. at Atl.

16 James Conner Ari. vs. Ind.

17 D’Onta Foreman Ten. vs. S.F.

18 Rashaad Penny Sea. vs. Chi.

19 Antonio Gibson Was. at Dal.

20 Chase Edmonds Ari. vs. Ind.

21 Josh Jacobs L.V. vs. Den.

22 Ronald Jones T.B. at Car.

23 Miles Sanders Phi. vs. N.Y.-G

24 Devin Singletary Buf. at N.E.

25 Sony Michel L.A.-R at Min.

26 Alexander Mattison Min. vs. L.A.-R

27 Javonte Williams Den. at L.V.

28 Myles Gaskin Mia. at N.O.

29 Darrel Williams K.C. vs. Pit.

30 Chuba Hubbard Car. vs. T.B.

31 Damien Harris N.E. vs. Buf.

32 A.J. Dillon G.B. vs. Cle.

33 Darrell Henderson L.A.-R at Min.

34 Jeff Wilson S.F. at Ten.

35 Devonta Freeman Bal. at Cin.

36 Duke Johnson Mia. at N.O.

37 Michael Carter N.Y.-J vs. Jac.

38 *Tony Pollard Dal. vs. Was.

39 Rhamondre Stevenson N.E. vs. Buf.

40 Mike Davis Atl. vs. Det.

41 David Johnson Hou. vs. L.A.-C

42 Devontae Booker N.Y.-G at Phi.

43 Jamaal Williams Det. at Atl.

44 Jordan Howard Phi. vs. N.Y.-G

45 Nyheim Hines Ind. at Ari.

46 Jaret Patterson Was. at Dal.

47 Craig Reynolds Det. at Atl.

48 Dontrell Hilliard Ten. vs. S.F.

49 Boston Scott Phi. vs. N.Y.-G

50 D’Ernest Johnson Cle. at G.B.

51 Ty Johnson N.Y.-J vs. Jac.

52 Mark Ingram N.O. vs. Mia.

53 Ameer Abdullah Car. vs. T.B.

54 Brandon Bolden N.E. vs. Buf.

55 *Alex Collins Sea. vs. Chi.


1 Cooper Kupp L.A.-R at Min.

2 Davante Adams G.B. vs. Cle.

3 Justin Jefferson Min. vs. L.A.-R

4 Deebo Samuel S.F. at Ten.

5 Keenan Allen L.A.-C at Hou.

6 Diontae Johnson Pit. at K.C.

7 *Tyreek Hill K.C. vs. Pit.

8 Ja’Marr Chase Cin. vs. Bal.

9 Jaylen Waddle Mia. at N.O.

10 CeeDee Lamb Dal. vs. Was.

11 *Adam Thielen Min. vs. L.A.-R

12 *Antonio Brown T.B. at Car.

13 Russell Gage Atl. vs. Det.

14 DK Metcalf Sea. vs. Chi.

15 Hunter Renfrow L.V. vs. Den.

16 Stefon Diggs Buf. at N.E.

17 Tee Higgins Cin. vs. Bal.

18 Cordarrelle Patterson Atl. vs. Det.

19 Amon-Ra St. Brown Det. at Atl.

20 *Mike Evans T.B. at Car.

21 Amari Cooper Dal. vs. Was.

22 Marquise Brown Bal. at Cin.

23 Terry McLaurin Was. at Dal.

24 Van Jefferson L.A.-R at Min.

25 Christian Kirk Ari. vs. Ind.

26 D.J. Moore Car. vs. T.B.

27 Odell Beckham L.A.-R at Min.

28 DeVante Parker Mia. at N.O.

29 Jamison Crowder N.Y.-J vs. Jac.

30 Chase Claypool Pit. at K.C.

31 Brandon Aiyuk S.F. at Ten.

32 Gabriel Davis Buf. at N.E.

33 Darnell Mooney Chi. at Sea.

34 DeVonta Smith Phi. vs. N.Y.-G

35 Michael Pittman Jr. Ind. at Ari.

36 Mike Williams L.A.-C at Hou.

37 A.J. Green Ari. vs. Ind.

38 Tyler Boyd Cin. vs. Bal.

39 Rashard Higgins Cle. at G.B.

40 Marvin Jones Jac. at N.Y.-J

41 Brandin Cooks Hou. vs. L.A.-C

42 Kenny Golladay N.Y.-G at Phi.

43 Jerry Jeudy Den. at L.V.

44 Robby Anderson Car. vs. T.B.

45 Marquez Callaway N.O. vs. Mia.

46 *Julio Jones Ten. vs. S.F.

47 Tre’Quan Smith N.O. vs. Mia.

48 Michael Gallup Dal. vs. Was.

49 Freddie Swain Sea. vs. Chi.

50 Keelan Cole N.Y.-J vs. Jac.

51 Bryan Edwards L.V. vs. Den.

52 Mecole Hardman K.C. vs. Pit.

53 Jakobi Meyers N.E. vs. Buf.

54 Kendrick Bourne N.E. vs. Buf.

55 Laviska Shenault Jac. at N.Y.-J


1 Mark Andrews Bal. at Cin.

2 George Kittle S.F. at Ten.

3 Rob Gronkowski T.B. at Car.

4 Kyle Pitts Atl. vs. Det.

5 Mike Gesicki Mia. at N.O.

6 Dallas Goedert Phi. vs. N.Y.-G

7 Hunter Henry N.E. vs. Buf.

8 Dawson Knox Buf. at N.E.

9 *Darren Waller L.V. vs. Den.

10 Dalton Schultz Dal. vs. Was.

11 Zach Ertz Ari. vs. Ind.

12 Noah Fant Den. at L.V.

13 Evan Engram N.Y.-G at Phi.

14 Cole Kmet Chi. at Sea.

15 Blake Bell K.C. vs. Pit.

16 Brock Wright Det. at Atl.

17 C.J. Uzomah Cin. vs. Bal.

18 Jared Cook L.A.-C at Hou.

19 Gerald Everett Sea. vs. Chi.

20 Ricky Seals-Jones Was. at Dal.

21 Tyler Conklin Min. vs. L.A.-R

22 Foster Moreau L.V. vs. Den.

23 Brycen Hopkins L.A.-R at Min.

24 Albert Okwuegbunam Den. at L.V.

25 Marcedes Lewis G.B. vs. Cle.

26 *Pat Freiermuth Pit. at K.C.

27 Jesse James Chi. at Sea.

28 Jimmy Graham Chi. at Sea.

29 James O’Shaughnessy Jac. at N.Y.-J

30 Jack Doyle Ind. at Ari.


1 Nick Folk N.E. vs. Buf.

2 Mike Badgley Ind. at Ari.

3 Greg Zuerlein Dal. vs. Was.

4 Justin Tucker Bal. at Cin.

5 Dustin Hopkins L.A.-C at Hou.

6 Jason Sanders Mia. at N.O.

7 Daniel Carlson L.V. vs. Den.

8 Younghoe Koo Atl. vs. Det.

9 Evan McPherson Cin. vs. Bal.

10 Mason Crosby G.B. vs. Cle.

11 Robbie Gould S.F. at Ten.

12 Jason Myers Sea. vs. Chi.

13 Brandon McManus Den. at L.V.

14 Tyler Bass Buf. at N.E.

15 Ryan Succop T.B. at Car.

16 Matt Gay L.A.-R at Min.

17 Chris Boswell Pit. at K.C.

18 Randy Bullock Ten. vs. S.F.

19 Greg Joseph Min. vs. L.A.-R

20 Brett Maher N.O. vs. Mia.

21 Eddy Pineiro N.Y.-J vs. Jac.

22 Harrison Butker K.C. vs. Pit.

23 Jake Elliott Phi. vs. N.Y.-G

24 Cairo Santos Chi. at Sea.

25 Matthew Wright Jac. at N.Y.-J

26 Brian Johnson Was. at Dal.

27 Graham Gano N.Y.-G at Phi.

28 Riley Patterson Det. at Atl.

29 Chase McLaughlin Cle. at G.B.

30 Matt Prater Ari. vs. Ind.

31 Ka’imi Fairbairn Hou. vs. L.A.-C

32 Aldrick Rosas Det. at Atl.


1 Dallas Cowboys vs. Was.

2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Car.

3 Los Angeles Chargers at Hou.

4 New Orleans Saints vs. Mia.

5 Denver Broncos at L.V.

6 Detroit Lions at Atl.

7 New York Jets vs. Jac.

8 Green Bay Packers vs. Cle.

9 Philadelphia Eagles vs. N.Y.-G

10 San Francisco 49ers at Ten.

11 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Bal.

12 Miami Dolphins at N.O.

13 Chicago Bears at Sea.

14 Jacksonville Jaguars at N.Y.-J

15 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pit.

16 Baltimore Ravens at Cin.

17 New England Patriots vs. Buf.

18 Buffalo Bills at N.E.

19 Minnesota Vikings vs. L.A.-R

20 Seattle Seahawks vs. Chi.

21 Washington Football Team at Dal.

22 Atlanta Falcons vs. Det.

23 Indianapolis Colts at Ari.

24 Los Angeles Rams at Min.

25 New York Giants at Phi.

26 Pittsburgh Steelers at K.C.

27 Tennessee Titans vs. S.F.

28 Arizona Cardinals vs. Ind.

29 Carolina Panthers vs. T.B.

30 Cleveland Browns at G.B.

31 Las Vegas Raiders vs. Den.

32 Houston Texans vs. L.A.-C

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fantasy football position rankings for NFL Week 16

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