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    Last Updated: 1/20/2016

    The Predictalator has run both NFL Conference Championship games 50,000 times. This allows us to rank all players based on their expected fantasy football output in the upcoming game. For salary cap leagues, we have added $/FP to uncover players with the greatest value. Salary values represent the cost per projected fantasy point for default public leagues in DraftKings.com and FanDuel.com, two of the top websites that specialize in daily fantasy sports games.

    General league settings (6 points for a TD, 1 point per 10 rushing and receiving yards, 1 point for 25 passing yards) are used to rank players. We have provided separate rankings for leagues that use that type of scoring plus one point for a reception (PPR).

    Check out the Optimal Daily Fantasy lineups for the week here and build customized projections and lineups with interactive Daily Fantasy Sports tools here.

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top Players (standard scoring)
    Rank Player Pos Team FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Cam Newton QB CAR 23.6 333.6 21.6 404.1 21.0
    2 Carson Palmer QB ARI 19.9 380.5 17.9 453.4 17.0
    3 Tom Brady QB NE 19.4 421.6 17.6 480.9 16.8
    4 Peyton Manning QB DEN 15.6 373.0 14.7 477.6 14.0
    5 David Johnson RB ARI 14.4 365.5 17.8 505.5 15.8
    6 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 10.5 498.7 11.8 636.2 11.0
    7 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 10.4 483.2 15.7 691.8 12.9
    8 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 10.1 410.9 16.8 596.1 13.4
    9 C.J. Anderson RB DEN 9.7 391.5 11.2 602.7 10.5
    10 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 9.6 442.5 15.8 600.0 12.7
    11 Greg Olsen TE CAR 9.4 469.4 15.1 581.2 12.0
    12 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 9.2 458.9 13.7 647.7 11.4
    13 Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 8.9 367.7 10.6 585.5 9.7
    14 Julian Edelman WR NE 8.1 563.2 13.3 729.8 10.7
    15 Michael Floyd WR ARI 7.9 444.5 11.9 756.6 9.9
    16 Brandon McManus K DEN 7.8 N/A N/A 647.3 7.7
    17 Chandler Catanzaro K ARI 7.8 N/A N/A 602.0 7.6
    18 John Brown WR ARI 7.6 442.1 11.8 672.0 9.7
    19 Graham Gano K CAR 7.4 N/A N/A 652.6 7.2
    20 Stephen Gostkowski K NE 6.8 N/A N/A 759.9 6.7
    21 Denver Broncos DEF DEN 6.6 606.2 5.4 881.7 5.4
    22 New England Patriots DEF NE 6.6 607.8 5.1 901.9 5.1
    23 Ted Ginn WR CAR 6.5 467.0 9.2 791.2 7.8
    24 Steven Jackson RB NE 5.2 577.7 5.2 1097.7 5.2
    25 Andre Ellington RB ARI 5.1 410.6 6.1 892.8 5.6
    26 James White RB NE 4.6 662.2 6.9 1107.8 5.8
    27 Philly Brown WR CAR 4.5 412.7 6.8 0.0 5.6
    28 Devin Funchess WR CAR 4.3 507.0 6.3 959.0 5.3
    29 Brandon LaFell WR NE 4.1 477.5 6.9 1107.4 5.5
    30 Owen Daniels TE DEN 4.0 340.9 6.7 926.8 5.4
    31 Danny Amendola WR NE 4.0 576.8 7.6 1031.4 5.8
    32 Arizona Cardinals DEF ARI 4.0 823.9 4.4 1121.5 4.4
    33 Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 4.0 362.9 6.6 983.4 5.3
    34 Keshawn Martin WR NE 3.9 395.6 6.6 975.3 5.2
    35 Darren Fells TE ARI 3.2 397.8 5.0 1144.4 4.1
    36 Carolina Panthers DEF CAR 3.0 755.2 4.6 1100.4 4.6
    37 Mike Tolbert RB CAR 3.0 555.0 4.0 1317.9 3.5
    38 Bennie Fowler WR DEN 3.0 478.4 4.8 1183.0 3.9
    39 Ed Dickson TE CAR 2.5 508.1 4.3 1311.9 3.4
    40 J.J. Nelson WR ARI 2.4 578.8 3.5 0.0 2.9
    41 Brandon Bolden RB NE 2.1 929.9 2.8 2044.7 2.4
    42 Cameron Artis-Payne RB CAR 1.6 1676.0 1.6 3041.6 1.6
    43 Virgil Green TE DEN 1.5 874.3 2.4 2285.1 2.0
    44 Jordan Norwood WR DEN 1.5 763.5 2.8 2141.2 2.1
    45 Cody Latimer WR DEN 1.3 1030.2 2.4 2492.1 1.9
    46 Scott Chandler TE NE 0.8 1449.7 1.4 4230.2 1.1

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top Players (PPR scoring)
    Rank Player Pos Team FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Cam Newton QB CAR 23.6 333.6 21.6 404.1 21.0
    2 Carson Palmer QB ARI 19.9 380.5 17.9 453.4 17.0
    3 Tom Brady QB NE 19.4 421.6 17.6 480.9 16.8
    4 David Johnson RB ARI 17.3 365.5 17.8 505.5 15.8
    5 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 16.8 410.9 16.8 596.1 13.4
    6 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 15.7 442.5 15.8 600.0 12.7
    7 Peyton Manning QB DEN 15.6 373.0 14.7 477.6 14.0
    8 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 15.4 483.2 15.7 691.8 12.9
    9 Greg Olsen TE CAR 14.6 469.4 15.1 581.2 12.0
    10 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 13.7 458.9 13.7 647.7 11.4
    11 Julian Edelman WR NE 13.3 563.2 13.3 729.8 10.7
    12 Michael Floyd WR ARI 11.9 444.5 11.9 756.6 9.9
    13 John Brown WR ARI 11.7 442.1 11.8 672.0 9.7
    14 Jonathan Stewart RB CAR 11.5 498.7 11.8 636.2 11.0
    15 C.J. Anderson RB DEN 11.2 391.5 11.2 602.7 10.5
    16 Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 10.6 367.7 10.6 585.5 9.7
    17 Ted Ginn WR CAR 9.2 467.0 9.2 791.2 7.8
    18 Brandon McManus K DEN 7.8 N/A N/A 647.3 7.7
    19 Chandler Catanzaro K ARI 7.8 N/A N/A 602.0 7.6
    20 Danny Amendola WR NE 7.6 576.8 7.6 1031.4 5.8
    21 Graham Gano K CAR 7.4 N/A N/A 652.6 7.2
    22 James White RB NE 6.9 662.2 6.9 1107.8 5.8
    23 Brandon LaFell WR NE 6.9 477.5 6.9 1107.4 5.5
    24 Stephen Gostkowski K NE 6.8 N/A N/A 759.9 6.7
    25 Philly Brown WR CAR 6.8 412.7 6.8 0.0 5.6
    26 Owen Daniels TE DEN 6.7 340.9 6.7 926.8 5.4
    27 Denver Broncos DEF DEN 6.6 606.2 5.4 881.7 5.4
    28 Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 6.6 362.9 6.6 983.4 5.3
    29 Keshawn Martin WR NE 6.6 395.6 6.6 975.3 5.2
    30 New England Patriots DEF NE 6.6 607.8 5.1 901.9 5.1
    31 Devin Funchess WR CAR 6.3 507.0 6.3 959.0 5.3
    32 Andre Ellington RB ARI 6.1 410.6 6.1 892.8 5.6
    33 Steven Jackson RB NE 5.2 577.7 5.2 1097.7 5.2
    34 Darren Fells TE ARI 5.0 397.8 5.0 1144.4 4.1
    35 Bennie Fowler WR DEN 4.8 478.4 4.8 1183.0 3.9
    36 Ed Dickson TE CAR 4.3 508.1 4.3 1311.9 3.4
    37 Arizona Cardinals DEF ARI 4.0 823.9 4.4 1121.5 4.4
    38 Mike Tolbert RB CAR 4.0 555.0 4.0 1317.9 3.5
    39 J.J. Nelson WR ARI 3.5 578.8 3.5 0.0 2.9
    40 Carolina Panthers DEF CAR 3.0 755.2 4.6 1100.4 4.6
    41 Brandon Bolden RB NE 2.8 929.9 2.8 2044.7 2.4
    42 Jordan Norwood WR DEN 2.8 763.5 2.8 2141.2 2.1
    43 Cody Latimer WR DEN 2.4 1030.2 2.4 2492.1 1.9
    44 Virgil Green TE DEN 2.4 874.3 2.4 2285.1 2.0
    45 Cameron Artis-Payne RB CAR 1.6 1676.0 1.6 3041.6 1.6
    46 Scott Chandler TE NE 1.4 1449.7 1.4 4230.2 1.1

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top QBs (with projected stats)
    Rushing Passing
    Rank Player Team Yards TDs Yards TDs INT FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Cam Newton CAR 34.4 0.4 234.2 1.7 0.9 23.6 333.6 21.6 404.1 21.0
    2 Carson Palmer ARI 0.1 0.0 247.8 2.0 1.0 19.9 380.5 17.9 453.4 17.0
    3 Tom Brady NE 3.5 0.1 243.3 1.7 0.8 19.4 421.6 17.6 480.9 16.8
    4 Peyton Manning DEN 0.0 0.0 241.2 1.4 1.1 15.6 373.0 14.7 477.6 14.0

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top RB (standard scoring)
    Rushing Receiving
    Rank Player Team Yards TDs Yards TDs FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 David Johnson ARI 66.2 0.6 29.0 0.2 14.4 365.5 17.8 505.5 15.8
    2 Jonathan Stewart CAR 70.4 0.4 5.5 0.1 10.5 498.7 11.8 636.2 11.0
    3 C.J. Anderson DEN 58.7 0.4 10.1 0.0 9.7 391.5 11.2 602.7 10.5
    4 Ronnie Hillman DEN 51.0 0.5 8.2 0.0 8.9 367.7 10.6 585.5 9.7
    5 Steven Jackson NE 32.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 5.2 577.7 5.2 1097.7 5.2
    6 Andre Ellington ARI 28.4 0.2 7.8 0.0 5.1 410.6 6.1 892.8 5.6
    7 James White NE 16.3 0.1 19.4 0.1 4.6 662.2 6.9 1107.8 5.8
    8 Mike Tolbert CAR 15.2 0.0 7.0 0.1 3.0 555.0 4.0 1317.9 3.5
    9 Brandon Bolden NE 7.7 0.1 5.4 0.0 2.1 929.9 2.8 2044.7 2.4
    10 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR 11.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 1.6 1676.0 1.6 3041.6 1.6

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top RB (PPR scoring)
    Rushing Receiving
    Rank Player Team Yards TDs Yards TDs FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 David Johnson ARI 66.2 0.6 29.0 0.2 17.3 365.5 17.8 505.5 15.8
    2 Jonathan Stewart CAR 70.4 0.4 5.5 0.1 11.5 498.7 11.8 636.2 11.0
    3 C.J. Anderson DEN 58.7 0.4 10.1 0.0 11.2 391.5 11.2 602.7 10.5
    4 Ronnie Hillman DEN 51.0 0.5 8.2 0.0 10.6 367.7 10.6 585.5 9.7
    5 James White NE 16.3 0.1 19.4 0.1 6.9 662.2 6.9 1107.8 5.8
    6 Andre Ellington ARI 28.4 0.2 7.8 0.0 6.1 410.6 6.1 892.8 5.6
    7 Steven Jackson NE 32.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 5.2 577.7 5.2 1097.7 5.2
    8 Mike Tolbert CAR 15.2 0.0 7.0 0.1 4.0 555.0 4.0 1317.9 3.5
    9 Brandon Bolden NE 7.7 0.1 5.4 0.0 2.8 929.9 2.8 2044.7 2.4
    10 Cameron Artis-Payne CAR 11.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 1.6 1676.0 1.6 3041.6 1.6

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top WR (standard scoring)
    Receiving
    Rank Player Team Yards TDs FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 67.0 0.6 10.1 410.9 16.8 596.1 13.4
    2 Demaryius Thomas DEN 71.9 0.4 9.6 442.5 15.8 600.0 12.7
    3 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 65.8 0.4 9.2 458.9 13.7 647.7 11.4
    4 Julian Edelman NE 51.3 0.4 8.1 563.2 13.3 729.8 10.7
    5 Michael Floyd ARI 52.5 0.4 7.9 444.5 11.9 756.6 9.9
    6 John Brown ARI 53.7 0.4 7.6 442.1 11.8 672.0 9.7
    7 Ted Ginn CAR 41.4 0.4 6.5 467.0 9.2 791.2 7.8
    8 Philly Brown CAR 31.2 0.2 4.5 412.7 6.8 0.0 5.6
    9 Devin Funchess CAR 28.3 0.2 4.3 507.0 6.3 959.0 5.3
    10 Brandon LaFell NE 31.6 0.2 4.1 477.5 6.9 1107.4 5.5
    11 Danny Amendola NE 30.1 0.2 4.0 576.8 7.6 1031.4 5.8
    12 Jerricho Cotchery CAR 30.9 0.1 4.0 362.9 6.6 983.4 5.3
    13 Keshawn Martin NE 28.9 0.2 3.9 395.6 6.6 975.3 5.2
    14 Bennie Fowler DEN 23.6 0.1 3.0 478.4 4.8 1183.0 3.9
    15 J.J. Nelson ARI 16.1 0.1 2.4 578.8 3.5 0.0 2.9
    16 Jordan Norwood DEN 12.1 0.0 1.5 763.5 2.8 2141.2 2.1
    17 Cody Latimer DEN 10.2 0.1 1.3 1030.2 2.4 2492.1 1.9

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top WR (PPR scoring)
    Receiving
    Rank Player Team Yards TDs FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Larry Fitzgerald ARI 67.0 0.6 16.8 410.9 16.8 596.1 13.4
    2 Demaryius Thomas DEN 71.9 0.4 15.7 442.5 15.8 600.0 12.7
    3 Emmanuel Sanders DEN 65.8 0.4 13.7 458.9 13.7 647.7 11.4
    4 Julian Edelman NE 51.3 0.4 13.3 563.2 13.3 729.8 10.7
    5 Michael Floyd ARI 52.5 0.4 11.9 444.5 11.9 756.6 9.9
    6 John Brown ARI 53.7 0.4 11.7 442.1 11.8 672.0 9.7
    7 Ted Ginn CAR 41.4 0.4 9.2 467.0 9.2 791.2 7.8
    8 Danny Amendola NE 30.1 0.2 7.6 576.8 7.6 1031.4 5.8
    9 Brandon LaFell NE 31.6 0.2 6.9 477.5 6.9 1107.4 5.5
    10 Philly Brown CAR 31.2 0.2 6.8 412.7 6.8 0.0 5.6
    11 Jerricho Cotchery CAR 30.9 0.1 6.6 362.9 6.6 983.4 5.3
    12 Keshawn Martin NE 28.9 0.2 6.6 395.6 6.6 975.3 5.2
    13 Devin Funchess CAR 28.3 0.2 6.3 507.0 6.3 959.0 5.3
    14 Bennie Fowler DEN 23.6 0.1 4.8 478.4 4.8 1183.0 3.9
    15 J.J. Nelson ARI 16.1 0.1 3.5 578.8 3.5 0.0 2.9
    16 Jordan Norwood DEN 12.1 0.0 2.8 763.5 2.8 2141.2 2.1
    17 Cody Latimer DEN 10.2 0.1 2.4 1030.2 2.4 2492.1 1.9

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top TE (standard scoring)
    Receiving
    Rank Player Team Yards TDs FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Rob Gronkowski NE 69.1 0.6 10.4 483.2 15.7 691.8 12.9
    2 Greg Olsen CAR 71.2 0.4 9.4 469.4 15.1 581.2 12.0
    3 Owen Daniels DEN 28.2 0.2 4.0 340.9 6.7 926.8 5.4
    4 Darren Fells ARI 21.8 0.2 3.2 397.8 5.0 1144.4 4.1
    5 Ed Dickson CAR 15.5 0.2 2.5 508.1 4.3 1311.9 3.4
    6 Virgil Green DEN 11.3 0.1 1.5 874.3 2.4 2285.1 2.0
    7 Scott Chandler NE 5.5 0.0 0.8 1449.7 1.4 4230.2 1.1

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top TE (PPR scoring)
    Receiving
    Rank Player Team Yards TDs FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Rob Gronkowski NE 69.1 0.6 15.4 483.2 15.7 691.8 12.9
    2 Greg Olsen CAR 71.2 0.4 14.6 469.4 15.1 581.2 12.0
    3 Owen Daniels DEN 28.2 0.2 6.7 340.9 6.7 926.8 5.4
    4 Darren Fells ARI 21.8 0.2 5.0 397.8 5.0 1144.4 4.1
    5 Ed Dickson CAR 15.5 0.2 4.3 508.1 4.3 1311.9 3.4
    6 Virgil Green DEN 11.3 0.1 2.4 874.3 2.4 2285.1 2.0
    7 Scott Chandler NE 5.5 0.0 1.4 1449.7 1.4 4230.2 1.1

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Top K (with projected stats)
    Rank Player Team FGM XPs FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Brandon McManus DEN 1.9 2.1 7.8 N/A N/A 647.3 7.7
    2 Chandler Catanzaro ARI 1.7 2.5 7.8 N/A N/A 602.0 7.6
    3 Graham Gano CAR 1.6 2.5 7.4 N/A N/A 652.6 7.2
    4 Stephen Gostkowski NE 1.5 2.3 6.8 N/A N/A 759.9 6.7

    Overall, Overall, QB, RB, RB (PPR), WR, WR (PPR), TE, TE (PPR), K and Team Defense

    Defenses (with projected stats)
    Rank Team Pts Allowed Fumbles Rec. Sacks Interceptions FPs DK$/FP DKFP FD$/FP FDFP
    1 Denver Broncos 20.6 0.1 2.7 0.8 6.6 606.2 5.4 881.7 5.4
    2 New England Patriots 21.4 0.2 2.4 1.1 6.6 607.8 5.1 901.9 5.1
    3 Arizona Cardinals 23.2 0.3 2.0 0.9 4.0 823.9 4.4 1121.5 4.4
    4 Carolina Panthers 24.5 0.2 2.1 1.0 3.0 755.2 4.6 1100.4 4.6
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