Fantasy Football: Week 16 Start Or Sit
Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions--8:20 PM (SAT) Start--Michael Turner, RB (ATL) Reason--The Lions have given up eight touchdowns to opposing running backs over their last four games, including three touchdowns to Beanie Wells in Week 15. Even if the Falcons limit Michal Turner's touches, he will be used in goal line situations, which should result in solid fantasy production. Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans--1:00 PM Start--Kyle Rudolph, TE (MIN) Reason--Over the last two weeks opposing offenses have exploited the issues the Texans have against the tight end position. Giving up three touchdowns in their last two games, the Texans now give up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, making Kyle Rudolph a good start in a game that the Vikings need to win to stay in the playoff chase. Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers--1:00 PM Sit--Andy Dalton, QB (CIN) Reason--The Steelers defense isn't what it used to be, but the group was able to contain Andy Dalton in their first meeting back in Week 7. Dalton finished with just 105 passing yards and one touchdown in his Week 7 loss, and I don't expect the Steelers to change their game plan, so a rough game should be expected. Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins--1:00 PM Start--Miami Dophins Defense/Special Teams Reason--The Bills offense has been playing better as of late, but when forced to pass a lot, turnovers have been an issue. The Dolphins will be able to contain C.J. Spiller, so it will come down to the arm of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has proven high volume leads to turnovers over the course of his career, so this has the making of being a great start for this defensive group. St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers--1:00 PM Start--Sam Bradford, QB (STL) Reason--Coming off of a three-touchdown performance in Week 15, Sam Bradford now faces off against the NFL's worst pass defense in the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have allowed nine touchdowns through the air in their last three games, making me believe the Rams will take full advantage of their weaknesses, so start Bradford if needed. San Diego Chargers at New York Jets--1:00 PM Sit--Danario Alexander, WR (SD) Reason--After putting up a goose egg in Week 15, he can considered a must-start, joining the rest of his Charger teammates. The matchup isn't anything owners should be worried about, but you never know who is going to show up for the Chargers, especially when playing on the road, across country. Oakland Raiders at Carolina Panthers--1:00 PM Start--DeAngelo Williams, RB (CAR) Reason--I have bashed DeAngelo Williams on numerous occasions this season, but he has proven me wrong over the last few weeks and is now back in my good graces. Outside of last week's complete shutdown of the Chiefs running game, the Raiders have been terrible against opposing running backs, allowing four 100-yard rushers in there last five games, so expect a big day from Williams come Sunday. Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles--1:00 PM Sit--Bryce Brown, RB (PHI) Reason--With LeSean McCoy cleared to resume football activities, there is a good chance he suits up this weekend when the Eagles take on the Redskins. If McCoy plays, Bryce Brown's touches will be limited, so it isn't worth taking the risk, especially in a championship game. Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers--1:00 PM Sit--Jermichael Finley, TE (GB) Reason--It is hard to overlook the great matchup Jermichael Finley has against the Titans defense, but Aaron Rodgers has yet to target him on a consistent basis throughout the team's first 14 games. There is a chance he comes through this week, but then again there is also a good chance he under-performs, like he has for most of the season, so go with a different option if one is available. New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys--1:00 PM Start--Tony Romo, QB (DAL) Reason--With the Cowboys needing wins in both Week 16 and Week 17, Tony Romo and the rest fo the team will be up and ready for this must-win game against a vulnerable Saints defense. The Saints may have shutout the Buccaneers last week, but there is no chance of that happening again, so role with who got you to the championship and reap the rewards. Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs-1:00 PM Start--Indianapolis Colts Defense/Special Teams Reason--Last week, the Chiefs offense failed to get anything going against a terrible Raiders defense, failing to exploit any of the favorable matchups studied throughout the week. The Colts defense has been able to force turnovers when needed, and in this must-win game, that will likely be the case come Sunday. New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars--1:00 PM Start--Justin Blackmon, WR (JAC) Reason--This game has blowout written all over it, which means there will be plenty of garbage time for Justin Blackmon and the rest of the Jaguars passing game. Even if the game stays within reach, he will be heavily involved in the offense, considering the Patriots give up the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos--4:05 PM Sit--Trent Richardson, RB (CLE) Reason--It is tough to sit the guys that got you to the championship game, but this matchup is not favorable for Trent Richardson and the Browns rushing attack. The Broncos haven't allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 9 and have given up over 100 yards rushing just three times all season, so if you have a better option to role with, it may be wise to go that way. New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens--4:25 PM Start--Anquan Boldin, WR (BAL) Reason--It is difficult to start players outside of Ray Rice in the Ravens offense, but this week's matchup against the Giants is one owners should exploit. The Giants have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, including four touchdowns over their last four games, not to mention it has been No. 2 wide receivers that have given them the most problems this year. Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals--4:25 PM Sit--Beanie Wells, RB (ARI) Reason--The Bears defense is much better against the run than the Lions, so it is unlikely Beanie Wells finds the endzone once, let alone three times, in Week 16. Outside of two games against the Vikings and one game against the Seahawks, the Bears have allowed just three rushing touchdowns on the season, and in the red zone they are like a brick wall, so don't expect much from Wells on Sunday. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks--8:20 PM Sit--Colin Kaepernick, QB (SF) Reason--The Seahawks have been firing on all cylinders over the last two weeks, and a lot of that production is being fueled by their tough defense. Colin Kaepernick is coming off of his best game as a starter, but is playing on the road in one of the worst places to play for opposing quarterbacks, which makes for a tough spot for him and the Niners Sunday night. 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@Bighomie586 happy footba season man! I would drop baldwin...the others have a real shot of being good flex options down the line