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2017 Fantasy Football Week 16 Preview: All Is Bright


This is the week we talk about all season in Fantasy Football. You can include the preseason in that too. I can tell you from experience that championship glory is such a fleeting thing.

It’s really not glory, but a satisfaction and relief. Even when you lose in this week, you still have some comfort that your team lasted until the end. However, winning always wins. Always.

Just like you hear from real life champion coaches and managers after a success, we talk about the continuing work for next year. You always feel you could do better – even after an overwhelming victory.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 16 Preview

Games to Watch

Feature Game: Bills (8-6) at Patriots (11-3)

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The Bills are in a precarious playoff position. They don’t control their own destiny and require a loss by the Ravens; a Chargers loss is helpful as well, to help them enter the playoffs since the Music City Miracle. Above all, they need to take care of their own business.

The Patriots clinch the top seed in the AFC with a win. Losses by the Steelers and Jaguars also push them into the spot.

The Patriots held the Bills to a field goal in Week 13 at Buffalo. As is often the case, the character of a divisional rematch almost never reprises the same way.

Look for the Bills to arrange a gameplan that emphasises ball control like last time with LeSean McCoy. Tyrod Taylor needs to get the involvement of Charles Clay who had only three targets in the first meeting. Kelvin Benjamin was inactive due to injury in Week 13, so look for him to get extensive targeting in jump ball type passes.

Gronkowski… again

For the Patriots, the essential part for them would be Dion Lewis and Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski racked up 147 yards in the first meeting, but without a touchdown. The Bills, like everyone else, have difficulty covering him without over-taxing the safeties and linebackers in containing the running backs of the Patriots.

Tom Brady is the key to all this of course, but the Bills must use utmost care in using blitz packages against him. Getting Brady into third and long situations are likely rare, but the Bills will need that. They are a good defense, but they need the offense to sustain drives so as to avoid fatigue in the later stages.

Chris Hogan is questionable and Rex Burkhead is out. Sleeper choices are scant and too diverse on both teams.

Sleeper: None

High OU Game: Falcons (9-5) at Saints (10-4)

This is a game where we would expect the most fantasy points are going to come from in fantasy week. It’s a 53 OU line.

The Falcons clinch a playoff spot with a win and remain in contention for a higher seeding. If the Packers defeat the Vikings, the #2 seed opens as a possibility. The Falcons hold a strong position in playoff scenarios for the teams chasing them.

A Saints win clinches at least the 5th seed. If the Panthers lose as well, they lock up at least the 4th spot.

The NFC picture could be decided in terms of participants after this weekend depending on the outcome of this game.

The Saints and Falcons should let things rip in this game. This is a Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara versus Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman tag team match. Look for heavy usage from all of these backs.

This all opens up the passing game, but Matt Ryan played bad enough to lose in their Week 14 Thursday night encounter in a rather offensively tepid 20-17 victory. The loss of Alvin Kamara in that game not only sank the fantasy quarter-finalists who owned him, but perhaps contributed to the uninspiring offensive showings of both teams in the second half.

Look for this game to play out much differently and more toward the offensive show expected the first time in Atlanta.

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Sleeper: Brandon Coleman, WR, Saints

Monday Night Football: Raiders (6-8) at Eagles (12-2)

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The last time a Monday night game fell on Christmas day was in 2006. They are rare and this one is just the 5th time.

By the time the Eagles take the field, they may have clinched the top seed if the Vikings lose on Saturday. Thus, that Vikings-Packers game has some fantasy importance for Eagles owners of all the skill positions. There may be an inclination for the Eagles to rest players early for the real playoffs.

Inclination, yes, but in past situations where a lock happens for a team before the game, the 15th game of the schedule rarely sees any change from a drawn plan. Pederson however is considering the options if their Monday nighter is indeed unnecessary for securing the top seed. I expect we see the first teamers out there for at least three quarters in a post-clinch scenario. The idea always to keep the trend of winning foremost in a team. Sports psychology stuff.

If you think about it, three straight weeks without game engagement might just be a little too long for playoff rest. I don’t make a case for rust, but the case is more with staying in the flowing moment.

The Raiders will need the Bills to lose, and in the best case, have the Chiefs and Titans also lose for Monday night to have any meaning left of sneaking in on an 8-8 tie break after Week 17.

The game is worth watching because it has the last players of the fantasy championship finals for many leagues.

Sleepers: None

Players to Watch

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Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys (vs Seahawks)

I’m glad it’s finally over so this won’t carry over to next season. Elliott stayed busy during the suspension by working out in sunny Mexico. He should continue where he left off and give owners who were able to manage their way into a final without him a major increase of production. The Seahawks and Cowboys are in a de facto playoff game.

Kapri Bibbs, RB, Redskins (vs Broncos)

Both teams are looking for answers for a bad season. Bibbs will try his luck versus the Broncos run defense who have allowed just seven rushing scores this season. It’s the best thing the Broncos have left. Bibbs is playing out the string because of the injured Redskins backfield. A risk/reward fantasy starter.

Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers (at Texans on Monday)

With the injury to Antonio Brown, Juju and Martavis Bryant own the show. Eli Rogers also looks like a DFS bargain here too. It’s anyone’s guess how the Steelers go about this game on offense, but LeVeon Bell might be the guy who wins all the fantasy prizes.

Seahawks DST (at Cowboys)

After the disaster at home versus the Rams, this defense will have the chinstraps tight for the Cowboys. Of all the defenses in the NFL, they are the worst team to face after an embarrassment. Look for relentless pursuit of Zeke and Dak up front.

In the Booth this Christmas weekend

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Colts at Ravens (4:30 ET NFLN): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Vikings at Packers (8:30 ET NBC): Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth


CBS Early

Bills at Patriots: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Chargers at Jets: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Dolphins at Chiefs: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Broncos at Redskins: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Browns at Bears: Tom McCarthy, Steve Beuerlein

CBS Late

Jaguars at 49ers: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Fox Early

Falcons at Saints: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Rams at Titans: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston
Lions at Bengals: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman
Buccaneers at Panthers: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

Fox Late

Seahawks at Cowboys: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Giants at Cardinals: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

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Steelers at Texans (4:30 ET NBC/NFLN): Mike Tirico, Kurt Warner
Raiders at Eagles (Night ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden

Check out the rest of our 2017 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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