FantasySavvy 2016: Championship Sunday Player Rankings & Projections

It’s been a while, but I wanted to get this out to help not only you guys gain some clarity this weekend, but also for myself. Following a list just makes things much easier when setting your lineups. But first let’s do some predictions. We have some pretty classic games this Sunday with the Pats visiting Mile High to face the Broncos and the Cardinals going to Charlotte to face the Panthers.

Peyton Manning has played the worst he ever has this season and it seems nobody is really giving them a shot against the Pats. But I will rock with the Broncos and say Brady makes a few mistakes as Denver seals the win 24-20. This is more of a contrarian pick, because looking at the surface of this game, Brady has Edelman back now and the Pats are almost completely healthy on Defense, something they were not the first time these two teams played. But sometimes things are just meant to happen and I think Denver’s D will play extremely well along with Manning as well as the running game, (most notably C.J. Anderson) doing just enough to squeeze by New England to advance to the Super Bowl.

Carson Palmer did not play well against Green Bay and you wonder how he will do now against a better defense and having to play on the road in freezing temperatures. Meanwhile Cam Newton has not lost at home this season and has been on an absolute tear all season. Jonathan Stewart has been very effective and Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Josh Norman are playing at an Elite Level. This game really could go either way, but I think the Panthers D shuts David Johnson down on the ground and puts enough pressure on Palmer which will lead him to turn the ball over a few times. Cards may hold the lead at times in this game, but I think Carolina prevails 27-24. Onto the Rankings.


  1. Carson Palmer  (315 Yards 3 TD’s 2 Int’s)
  2. Cam Newton     (260 Yards 2 TD’s 1 Int, 40 yards Rushing)
  3. Tom Brady         (275 Yards 2 TD’s 2 Int’s)
  4. Peyton Manning (240 Yards 1 TD 2 Int’s)


  1. Jonathan Stewart  (120 total yards, 2 catches, 1 TD)
  2. C.J. Anderson         (100 total yards 4 catches, 1 TD)
  3. David Johnson       (80 Total Yards, 5 catches, 1 TD)
  4. James White           (70 total yards 5 catches)
  5. Ronnie Hillman      (40 total yards, 3 catches)
  6. Steven Jackson        (30 total yards,1 catch)
  7. Andre Ellington      (30 total yards, 1 catch)
  8. Mike Tolbert            (25 total yards, 1 catch)
  9. Cameron Artis-Payne  (15 total yards)
  10. Brandon Bolden           (10 total yards, 1 catch)


  1. Julian Edelman            (100 yards, 8 Catches 1 TD)
  2. Larry Fitzgerald           (90 yards, 7 catches 1 TD)
  3. Demaryious Thomas    (80 yards, 6 catches, 1 TD)
  4. John Brown                   (70 yards, 5 catches 1 TD)
  5. Emmanuel Sanders       (70 yards, 5 catches)
  6. Michael Floyd                (50 yards, 4 catches)
  7. Ted Ginn                        (50 yards, 4 catches)
  8. Jordan Norwood            (40 yards 4 catches)
  9. Danny Amendola           (30 yards, 3 catches)
  10. Jerricho Cotchery           (30 yards, 3 catches)
  11. Corey “Philly”Brown      (30 yards, 3 catches)
  12. Bennie Fowler                 (20 yards, 2 catches)
  13. Devin Funchess               (15 yards, 1 catch)
  14. JJ Nelson                           (15 yards, 1 catch)
  15. Keshawn Martin               (10 yards, 1 catch)
  16. Andre Caldwell               (10 yards, 1 catch)
  17. Cody Latimer                     (10 yards, 1 catch)
  18. Jaron Brown                       (10 yards, 1 catch)


  1. Greg Olsen               (8 catches, 110 yards 1 TD)
  2. Rob Gronkowski      (7 catches, 90 yards 1 TD)
  3. Owen Daniels           (2 catches, 20 yards)
  4. Scott Chandler         (1 catch, 10 yards)
  5. Darren Fells               (10 yards, 1 catch)
  6. Ed Dickson                   (10 yards, 1 catch)
  7. Virgil Green                   (10 yards, 1 catch)
  8. Vernon Davis                  (10 yards, 1 catch)


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