Updated: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 11:30am ET

Welcome to the NFL Week 16 DFS Example Lineups. I was going to try to come up with some clever “Twas the night before Christmas” thing but let's face facts – we just want to win some money playing daily fantasy football to help pay for all that crazy holiday shopping. We've probably spent money on relatives we don't even like, so making sure we have a winning DFS lineup today is going to take top priority. It's a really nice 10-game slate with some rock-solid options. We've got strong pay-ups and some really nice Week 16 DFS bargain picks as well. By now you should have been studying the NFL Week 16 DFS Playbook and DFS Dart Board, but go and take another look as we've added a few names to it to help make your lineup construction a little easier. From there, go back to your lineups and see if you can maneuver anything. Whether you're looking for a quality pay-up like Christian McCaffrey, looking to get a little weird with Taysom Hill (not my favorite move) or just looking for a nice bargain like Richie James, the options presented to you here should enable you to construct some really nice lineups. Don't forget to check in with our NFL Week 16 DFS Ownership Projections and maybe play around with the NFL DFS Lineup Generator as well. Leave no stone unturned and let's crush this week together!



Just a few notes here about the lineups below...

The cash lineups were built solely off the players I put in the Playbook. These are the guys who, unless I have indicated otherwise, offer up the higher floor and will help you cash in your Double-Ups and 50/50s. For GPP tournaments, particularly the large-field ones, you need to find alternative routes to the cash line. I will utilize players from the Playbook and the DFS Dart Board to fill in the gaps, but what I am looking for are some lower-owned stacks that make sense based on expected game flow and other news. You may also see in the GPP lineups, there may be some names I haven't discussed this week on the site, but have talked about during the week on the Fantasy Alarm Show or even on the Fantasy Alarm Sunday Gameday Show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. You will also notice, though, that others on the site have mentioned some of these players in places such as the position coaches, so it's not like we're trying to hide anything from you. The only time, and I mean the only time you will see a player in a GPP lineup who hasn't been discussed is if we are using a stack and need a player from the other team coming back. But it's rare when that happens.

Again, these lineups are meant to serve as examples for you; a sounding board, as I said. They are not meant for you to plug in as your own. That's the lazy way and we don't condone it. We are trying to teach you how to be a better DFS player; we aren't lineup-sellers. You should be creating your own lineups using all the information we provide you throughout the week and then coming here to see if there is anything you may have missed or simply for an alternative perspective.

Best of luck to you this week and let's make some money!


According to Adam Schefter:

Bills elevated WR Cole Beasley to their active roster for Saturday’s game vs. the Bears.

Texans placed WR Nico Collins on injured reserve, ending his season.

Bengals ruled out Hayden Hurst for Saturday’s game at New England due to his calf injury.

Rams ruled out DT Aaron Donald for Sunday’s game vs. Denver, and HC Sean McVay said it’s unlikely he will play again this season.

Players out Saturday include Lamar Jackson, Calais Campbell, Marcus Peters, Tyler Lockett, Al Woods, Jalen Hurts, Leighton Vander Esch, Jarvis Landry, Chris Olave, Jadeveon Clowney, Deebo Samuel, Equanimeous St. Brown, Sam Hubbard, Hayden Hurst, DeVante Parker and Ryan Tannehill

Other News:

Saints RB Dwayne Washington (illness) won't play in Week 16 vs the Browns.

Chiefs activated TE Blake Bell (hip) from injured reserve.


Cold all around but these are the games where performance could be hindered --

NO/CLE – temperatures in the teens, about an inch of snow accumulation during the game w/ 30-35 mph winds & gusts up to 40-50 mph

BUF/CHI – temperatures in the low-teens w/ 15-10 mph winds and gusts up to 30-35 mph


As a reminder, when you're stacking in GPP, you always want to run someone back from the opposing team. One-sided games often turn to a running back seeing higher-than-usual volume or the back-ups start to play. For a stack to really pop, the other team needs to keep things competitive. 

Chalk Stacks (Expect High Ownership): 

*Giants: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Saquon Barkley or Isaiah Hodgins or Richie James (Cook or Jefferson coming back)

*Vikings: Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson or Adam Thielen or T.J. Hockenson (Slayton or Barkley coming back)

Possible Lower-Owned Stacks:

*Eagles: Gardner Minshew, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith or Dallas Goedert (Lamb or Pollard coming back)

Cowboys: Dak Prescott, Tony Pollard, CeeDee Lamb or Dalton Schultz (Brown or Smith coming back)

Bengals: Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase or Tyler Boyd or Joe Mixon (Stevenson coming back)

Bills: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis or Devin Singletary (Montgomery coming back)

Lions: Jared Goff, Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift or DJ Chark (Moore coming back)

*Ravens: Tyler Huntley, Demarcus Robinson, JK Dobbins or Mark Andrews (London coming back)

*49ers: Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey, Brandon Aiyuk or George Kittle (McLaurin or Dotson coming back)

Commanders: Taylor Heinicke, Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson or Curtis Samuel (McCaffrey or Aiyuk coming back)

Dart Throw Stacks:

Bears: Justin Fields, David Montgomery, Cole Kmet or Byron Pringle (Diggs or Davis coming back)

Panthers: Sam Darnold, DJ Moore, Terrace Marshall Jr or Chuba Hubbard (St. Brown or Swift coming back)

*denotes favorite

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